Promotional poster featuring Eric Young
|Tagline(s)||"A Dream Twelve Years In The Making"|
|Dale Oliver remake of "Rebirthing" by Skillet|
|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||June 15, 2014|
|Venue||College Park Center|
Slammiversary XII was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion. It took place on June 15, 2014 at the College Park Center in Arlington, Texas and was the 12th anniversary celebration for TNA, the tenth event in the Slammiversary chronology, and the third event in the 2014 TNA PPV schedule.
Nine professional wrestling matches were featured on the card. The main event consisted of Eric Young defeating Bobby Lashley and Austin Aries to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship after both men won there respective matches to qualify for the main event due to MVP being injured and in no condition to compete. The second main event saw Ethan Carter III overcoming Bully Ray in a Texas Death match. The event also featured an appearance from The Von Erichs and an appearance from some of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. Kurt Angle made his return to announce the next TNA Hall Of Fame inductee.
Slammiversary featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
On April 27, at Sacrifice, Dixie Carter cost Bully Ray a tables match against Bobby Roode, when Carter (in disguise as a production worker) pushed Bully off the top rope and through a table. On May 1, Bully Ray, seeking revenge against Dixie, vowed to put her through a table, and was about to do so when MVP appeared. MVP ordered Bully to let her go and banned both Dixie and Ray from the building. Over the following weeks, Bully Ray invaded TNA Headquarters and Dixie Carter's home. On May 22, Dixie and Ethan Carter III came out to confront MVP and his alliance for their actions. But, when Bully Ray interrupted the confrontation, he was ultimately laid out by MVP's alliance and put through a table by EC3, setting up a match between Bully and EC3 at the PPV.
On May 1, after just barely escaping a brawl with Abyss, former World Champion Magnus was found packing his bags in the back and preparing to leave the arena. Bram — an old friend of Magnus from arrived and decided to help him rediscover the violent and vicious ways of his youth. On the May 8 episode of Impact Wrestling, Willow defeated Magnus by disqualification when Bram attacked Willow, and beat him around ringside and handcuffed him to the ropes. Bram then beat Willow with a piece of the turnbuckle. On the June 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, Willow defeated Bram by disqualification when Magnus attacked Willow with a pry bar, setting up a match between Magnus and Willow at the pay-per-view.
On May 1, Mr. Anderson attacked James Storm after Storm lost to Willow - this was retaliation for Storm costing Anderson a World title opportunity earlier in the night when Storm tried to attack Anderson's opponent Gunner and inadvertently hit Anderson. On May 22, Mr. Anderson challenged Storm to a drinking contest (drinking non-alcoholic beer, while Storm was drinking regular beer), then went on to attack him outside the bar. On the June 5 episode of Impact, Anderson impersonated Storm, with Storm's retro entrance music, then attacked Storm after he refused to grant him a match. After Anderson lost the brawl, the match was set for the pay-per-view.
On May 8, episode of Impact Wrestling broadcast, Eric Young and Bobby Roode agreed to have a rematch, but TNA Director of Operations MVP declined the match and promised World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young that he would reveal his opponent at June's Slammiversary event. MVP revealed himself as the opponent, which was shown when he attacked the champion. On May 15 Young challenged MVP for a match, which he agreed, but was disqualified when Kenny King attacked Young. Bobby Lashley pretended to help Young but he speared him . On May 22, MVP, King, and Lashley explained their actions - MVP wanted the World title, which would give him complete power in TNA. The new group began targeting wrestlers including Young, Austin Aries, and The Wolves. On May 29 MVP and his associates beat up Bully Ray, but the Wolves, Aries and Young made the save, which set a six-man tag that was won by Team MVP. Later on the show MVP booked Bully Ray vs EY with EC3 the special ref which ended in a no contest when Bully kicked special referee EC3 in the face. MVP, Lashley and Kenny King beat them down until Samoa Joe returned and made the save. On June 5 Bully Ray, Eric Young, Austin Aries and Samoa Joe defeated MVP, Bobby Lashley, Kenny King and Ethan Carter III in a 8-Man Tag Team First Blood Match. As Aries and Joe had been among MVP's harshest critics, they were put in matches against MVP associates King and Lashley respectively in singles matches at the PPV. MVP was later injured and not able to compete at the PPV. TNA announced on their website Friday before the PPV, that the match will now be a three-way cage match for the title, with the winners of Samoa Joe vs. Lashley and Austin Aries vs. Kenny King qualifying for the match. According to PWInsider, the original plans were to crown MVP as champion.
On May 29, TNA announced on their website that Texas wrestling legend Kevin Von Erich would accompany his two sons Marshall and Ross for their first ever nationally televised match at the pay-per-view.
On June 8 TNA announced on their website that they will reveal their third inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame and Kurt Angle will make the announcement. The inductees were later revealed to be Team 3D (Devon and Bully Ray)
On June 11, TNA announced on their website that Slammiversary opening match will be a six-man Ladder match for the TNA X Division Championship. The participants are X Division Champion Sanada, Manik, Tigre Uno, Crazzy Steve, and TNA World Tag Team Champions Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards.
On June 12, episode of Impact Wrestling Gail Kim defeated Madison Rayne and Brittany to become the new #1 contender. setting up a match between Gail and Angelina at the PPV for the TNA Knockouts Championship.
|1||Sanada (c) defeated Manik, Tigre Uno, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards and Crazzy Steve (with Knux, Rebel and The Freak)||6-man Ladder match for the TNA X Division Championship||09:41|
|2||Lashley defeated Samoa Joe||Singles match to determine the first challenger for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match||08:54|
|3||Magnus (with Bram) defeated Willow (with Abyss)||Singles match||10:01|
|4||Austin Aries defeated Kenny King||Singles match to determine the second challenger for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match||10:01|
|5||The Von Erichs (Marshall Von Erich and Ross Von Erich) (with Kevin Von Erich) defeated The BroMans (Jessie Godderz and DJ Z) by disqualification||Tag team match||05:13|
|6||Angelina Love (c) (with Velvet Sky) defeated Gail Kim||Singles match for the TNA Knockouts Championship||06:43|
|7||Ethan Carter III (with Rockstar Spud and Dixie Carter) defeated Bully Ray||Texas Death match||17:12|
|8||Mr. Anderson defeated James Storm||Singles match||05:30|
|9||Eric Young (c) defeated Lashley and Austin Aries||Three-way Steel Cage match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship||12:11|
- "Slammiversary 2014". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2014-08-24.