Hard Justice (2009)

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Hard Justice (2009)
Promotional poster featuring Mick Foley
Theme
song
(s)
"Burn It Down" by F.I.L.T.H.E.E[1]
Information
Promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Date August 16, 2009[2]
Attendance 1,100[3]
Venue TNA Impact! Zone[2]
City Orlando, Florida[2]
Pay-per-view chronology
Victory Road (2009) Hard Justice (2009) No Surrender (2009)
Hard Justice chronology
Hard Justice (2008) Hard Justice (2009) Hardcore Justice (2010)

Hard Justice (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on August 16, 2009 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida.[2][4] It was the fifth event under the Hard Justice chronology.[1] Nine professional wrestling matches were featured on the event’s card.

The main event saw Kurt Angle defending his TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Sting and Matt Morgan in a 3 – way match.[5] Kevin Nash defeated Mick Foley to win the TNA Legends Championship. Other matches featured on the card included a Falls Count Anywhere match and a singles match. In the first, The Main Event Mafia (Booker T & Scott Steiner) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) to retain the Tag Team championships. The second was for the TNA X Division Championship, in which Samoa Joe defeated Homicide to win the championship.

The event featured the debut of D’Angelo Dinero in TNA, who had previously worked for the WWE.[6] The event was released on DVD on October 20, 2009 by TNA Home Video.[7]

Background[edit]

Hard Justice featured nine professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes in the scripted events that built tension and culminated into a wrestling match or series of matches.

The main feud heading into Hard Justice was between Kurt Angle, Sting, and Matt Morgan over the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On TNA's primary television program TNA Impact! in the weeks leading to the event, Morgan competed against A.J. Styles for a spot in the main event at Hard Justice. Morgan won their contest and injured Styles in the process. Angle tried to trade Morgan a spot in The Main Event Mafia in exchange for Morgan making sure that Angle kept his title at the event. Sting had been attacked by Angle and The Main Event Mafia on Impact!, and his presence distracted Kevin Nash and Angle long enough for Mick Foley to win the TNA Legends Championship from Nash with the help of Bobby Lashley.

Another feud was between Mick Foley and Kevin Nash over the TNA Legends Championship. Foley had won the title from Nash in a tag team match with special stipulations that also involved Angle and Bobby Lashley. Foley and Nash then argued about whether wrestling was about the wrestling or the money, which heated up their emotions leading into the event.

A feud on the mid-card revolved around Rob Terry stealing Hernandez's Feast or Fired Briefcase which holds a title shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Their match at Hard Justice would be with the briefcase on the line. The final major feud heading into the event was between Abyss, Dr. Stevie, and Jethro Holliday. Dr. Stevie had offered $50,000 to anyone who could beat Abyss, and Holliday took up the offer and attacked Abyss with a steel chair while he was giving an interview on Impact!.

Reception[edit]

411mania.com writer Arnold Furious rated the event 4 out of 10 stars,[8] which was lower than the 2008 event’s rating of 7.6 out of 10 stars. The main event for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was rated a 1.5 out of 5 stars, while the Tag Team Match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship was rated a 2.5 out of 5 stars. Phil Alley, a journalist for United Kingdom newspaper, The Sun felt that overall, "the PPV did nothing to move storylines along or push any characters".[9] He also stated that the TNA Legends title brawl was a “real blood bath” and that the Falls count anywhere match was "an arena-wide brawling that both teams excel at".

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times[citation needed]
1 Daniels defeated Suicide, Chris Sabin, Amazing Red, Alex Shelley, Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, and D'Angelo Dinero Steel Asylum match to determine the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship 16:33
2 Abyss defeated Jethro Holliday (with Dr. Stevie) $50,000 Bounty Challenge
Had Holliday won, he would have claimed the $50,000 bounty on Abyss.
08:49
3 Hernandez defeated Rob Terry (with Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams) Singles match for Hernandez's TNA World Heavyweight Championship Feast or Fired briefcase 00:09
4 The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams) (c) defeated Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) Tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team Championship 08:45
5 ODB and Cody Deaner defeated The Beautiful People (Angelina Love (c) and Velvet Sky) (with Madison Rayne) Tag team match for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship 07:26
6 Samoa Joe (with Taz) defeated Homicide (c) Singles match for the TNA X Division Championship 08:56
7 The Main Event Mafia (Booker T and Scott Steiner) (c) (with Sharmell) defeated Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray) Falls Count Anywhere match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship 13:08
8 Kevin Nash defeated Mick Foley (c) Singles match for the TNA Legends Championship 10:38
9 Kurt Angle (c) defeated Sting and Matt Morgan Three-way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship 11:22
(c) - refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hard Justice: August 16 Live on PPV. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d Martin, Adam (2009-07-09). "Dates/locations for 2009 TNA PPV's". WrestleView.com. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Hard Justice 2009". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  4. ^ "Monthly Three-Hour Pay-Per-View Events". TNA Wrestling.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  5. ^ Furious, Arnold. "The Furious Flashbacks – TNA Hard justice 2009". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  6. ^ None, Facebook. "Videos posted by Impact Wrestling". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  7. ^ None, Facebook. "Videos posted by Impact Wrestling". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  8. ^ Furious, Arnold (2011-04-13). "The Furious Flashbacks". 411Mania.com. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  9. ^ Alley, Phil (2009-09-20). "The Hard Viewing". The Sun.com. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 

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