|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||June 10, 2012|
|Venue||College Park Center|
|Last Event||Sacrifice 2012|
|Next Event||Destination X|
Slammiversary 2012 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion, which took place on June 10, 2012 at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. It was the eighth Pay-Per-View under the Slammiversary chronology, the sixth event in the 2012 TNA PPV schedule, and one of, if not, the company's largest domestically attended PPV in history.
With TNA having their origins date back to June 2002, the company commemorated and celebrated their 10 year anniversary. During the event, history was made as TNA General Manager and wrestling household name Hulk Hogan hosted parts of the show, a special appearance by WWE contracted wrestler and former TNA wrestler, Christian Cage, had him announce the #1 moment in the history of the company, and most prominently, however, Sting was announced as the first inductee into the newly created TNA Hall of Fame.
Nine professional wrestling matches took place at the event and were broadcast live on pay-per-view. In the main event saw TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode successfully defend his title against Sting. The undercard also featured acclaimed matches such as A.J Styles and Kurt Angle defeating Kazarian and Christopher Daniels for the TNA World Tag Team Championship, Mr. Anderson defeating Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy in a TNA World Title Contender's match, and Austin Aries retaining the TNA X Division Championship by defeating Samoa Joe.
Slammiversary featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and that culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The predominant feud on the card was between Bobby Roode and Sting for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Back in March at Victory Road, Sting was defeated and injured by Roode in their match. Following that match, Sting gave up his position as the General Manager of TNA to Hulk Hogan to focus on training to yet again become a full-time wrestler to compete on Bobby Roode's level. Sting returned during the May 24 edition of Impact attacking Roode after his World Title match. During the following week's advertised Lumberjack match, Sting showed how much his training paid off in his momentous in-ring return defeating Roode with the Scorpion Deathlock. Immediately following Sting's non-title victory over the champion, Hogan announced that Roode will face Sting for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Slammiversary. Later that night, Sting picked up more momentum going into Slammiversary by forcing Roode to submit to the Scorpion Deathlock again in a 6 Man Tag main event.
The second main match heading into the event was between Rob Van Dam, Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson over contention to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On June 7 edition of Impact, TNA GM Hulk Hogan announced that there would be a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match during the June 14 edition of Impact. Hogan put RVD, Hardy and Anderson in this Three Way match and ruled that the winner of this match will face whoever walks out of Slammiversary as the champion.
Another high profile match featured TNA World Tag Team Champions Christopher Daniels and Kazarian defending the titles against A.J. Styles and Kurt Angle. In April, Daniels and Kazarian began threatening that they would expose Styles' secret if Styles hadn't done it himself. The next month, due to Styles being unaware of what they had on him, Kazarian and Daniels revealed an apparent affair between Styles and TNA President Dixie Carter through the use of privately recorded footage and photography. This drove Styles into a lack of focus as a competitor, and around this time, Angle, who was associated with the two, commenced to fall into a dispute with Daniels. At Sacrifice, Kazarian and Daniels attacked Styles after his match with Angle, who acted on good conscience to save Styles. In the next few weeks leading up to the match, Angle evened the odds by helping Styles against his two antagonists. The Tag Team Title match was later announced to take place at Slammiversary.
Heading into Slammiversary was an angle featuring an Anything Goes match between Bully Ray and Joseph Park. On the March 8 edition of Impact Wresting, Joseph Park introduced himself to the TNA roster, and for weeks, began investigating the disappearance of his brother Abyss since the Genesis PPV in January, where he was physically assaulted backstage after his match. Continuing his probing, gradually Park placed accusation on Bully Ray, who was the opponent of Abyss at Genesis that night. By May, Abyss abruptly returned to warn his brother that he was getting "too close to the fire". Over the next course of weeks, Ray bullied and humiliated Park, not rating him as tough as his brother is. On the June 7 edition of Impact Wrestling, in honor of his brother, Park agreed to face off with Ray, who requested an Anything Goes match to not be deemed responsible for his actions at Slammiversary. This led to Abyss making a video screen appearance and threatening the two of them.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Austin Aries (c) defeated Samoa Joe to retain the TNA X Division Championship (11:44)
- Hernandez defeated Kid Kash (05:50)
- Devon & Garett Bischoff defeated Robbie E & Robbie T (05:55)
- Mr. Anderson defeated Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy in a triple threat match to become the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (11:22)
- James Storm defeated Crimson in an Open Challenge. (02:07)
- Brooke Tessmacher defeated Gail Kim (c) to win the TNA Women's Knockout Championship. (07:01)
- Joseph Park defeated Bully Ray in an Anything Goes match (10:20)
- A.J Styles & Kurt Angle defeated Christopher Daniels & Kazarian (c) to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship. (14:20)
- Bobby Roode (c) defeated Sting to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (11:59)
Other on-screen talent
|2012 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-views|
|Genesis • Against All Odds • Victory Road • Lockdown • Sacrifice • Slammiversary • Destination X • Hardcore Justice • No Surrender • Bound for Glory • Turning Point • Final Resolution|
|III • IV • V • VI • VII • VIII • IX • X • XI|