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Karlos the Jackal
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Jim Cornette is in the ring -- he announces that Jeff Jarrett won't be here tonight due to personal issues -- the crowd understands. Christian Cage comes out with AJ Styles and Tomko to demand that Styles' hand be raised in victory due to forfeit, and that Styles therefore advance to the King of the Mountain match.

Cornette's all like, yeah, I was going to do that, but since you're being such a dick, forget it. He instead gives Styles a new opponent -- Tomko!

Leticia and Eric Young are in Cornette's office -- Cornette comes in and Young starts complaining about Robert Roode and Roode's lawyers. Speak of the devil -- Roode is here, along with Miss Brooks. Cornette says that he's sick of lawyers and lawsuits, and sets up a match -- Young vs. Roode, one on one, at Slammiversary. If Roode wins, he can fire Young once and for all. If Young wins, he's free once and for all. Thank God this story looks to finally be drawing to a close, and without a "lawyer on a pole" match, even.

Bob Backlund barges in and wants a match with Alex Shelley. I think Cornette makes that match for Slammiversary, too, but it's hard to tell because Backlund will not stop screaming like a loon.

Rhino is out for a match with Christopher Daniels, but Sting ambushes Daniels and beats the crap out of him -- seriously, dragging Daniels into the back and beating him with a baseball bat. It'll be interesting to see how their match goes, because Sting has been really dominant so far.

Rhino is still in the ring -- he says that he's here to earn his paycheck, and invites anyone who wants to to come out for a match. This brings out LAX -- if you'll remember, Rhino and Chris Harris saved Hector Guerrero from a beatdown last week.

Homicide vs. Rhino: Konnan ran down Hector before the match, so he's at ringside as well. Even though Rhino wins in about three minutes with the Gore, Homicide got more offense in than I think he's gotten since LAX's feud with 3D started. Anyway. After the match LAX beats down Rhino, Hector, and a running-in Chris Harris.

Jeremy Borash with Samoa Joe -- Kurt Angle interrupts to let Joe know that he Angle plans to cripple Joe before Slammiversary. Joe suggests that he might get to Angle first.

The Christian Coalition in back -- Styles is freaking out, Tomko is amused. Cage says, hey, just go out there and fight and let the best man wins -- but after Tomko takes off, Cage tells Styles that he has a plan.

Chris Sabin vs. Kaz: This is not for the title. Also, Kaz is alone. This is a really swell X Division match, with Kaz busting out some great moves including the Wave of the Future, which I haven't seen in I don't know how long (Wikipedia calls it a "reverse swinging STO"), and some nice kicks. Sabin holds up his end, wrestling like a total dick, doing things like slingshotting into a standing position, sneering, and hitting a fistdrop.

Kaz goes for the Flux Capacitor but is distracted by the sight of Raven, Havok, and Martyr in the distance, behind the crowd -- Sabin shoves Kaz off the turnbuckle and hits the Hesitation Dropkick and then the Cradleshock for the win. Again -- if Serotonin's only purpose is to seriously push Kaz up the X Division ranks as a singles guy, it will be worth it.

Quick promo from BG James -- he's going to cripple Basham and Damaja! Man, there's a lot of crippling going around in TNA these days.

Here's Black Machismo and Kevin Nash, relaxing in back. Lethal asks Nash how he likes his coffee; Nash raises one eyebrow and slyly replies that he likes it hot...and black. Just before the wakka guitar can start, Sonjay Dutt barges in and announces that he will be debuting the NEW Sonjay Dutt NEXT WEEK! Well, okay!

AJ Styles vs. Tomko: This is a qualifying match for King of the Mountain. Tenay points out that Cage might well want Styles to win, since Cage has control over Styles, while Tomko is a loose cannon. This pleases me, because it's consistent with their characters since the formation of the coalition.

Tomko dominates Styles to start, sending Styles sliding sideways on his stomach (!) outside of the ring and onto the floor. Outside, Tomko stops to chat with Cage, allowing Styles to clip the knee. Styles continues to work the knee and Tomko sells it pretty hard for awhile before overcoming adversity and pressing Styles over his head, then dropping him into a fallaway slam.

Styles fights back with a Pele and a Superman Forearm -- Cage gives Styles a chair, but Tomko counters with a big boot for 2. Cage, on the apron, has the chair now -- Tomko's all like "J'accuse!" and then Styles rolls him up for the win.

And that's the show -- not too bad, with maybe the best X Division match on free TV so far this year. Next week, two "former world champions" take each other on in another KotM qualifier!

--K



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.28
    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal


    Homicide vs. Rhino: Konnan ran down Hector before the match, so he's at ringside as well. Even though Rhino wins in about three minutes with the Gore, Homicide got more offense in than I think he's gotten since LAX's feud with 3D started. Anyway.

    --K


And that was even before he told the ROH crowd that ROH is the greatest wrestling promotion in the world! I expect more Homicide losses in the weeks to come!



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Since: 25.4.03
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.27

The last two episodes of Impact have been pretty solid shows, in my opinion.

With that being said, I really wish Bob Backlund would just go away. Far, far away.

So is there still talk of pairing Sabin & Shelley as a team? Anyone?
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Since: 24.2.02

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.89
Huh, that was the first time in a long time that I've watched an entire TNA show. Is it always so frantically paced? It felt like a wrestling show on speed.
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Since: 25.11.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.82
    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
    Chris Sabin vs. Kaz: This is not for the title. Also, Kaz is alone. This is a really swell X Division match, with Kaz busting out some great moves including the Wave of the Future, which I haven't seen in I don't know how long (Wikipedia calls it a "reverse swinging STO"), and some nice kicks. Sabin holds up his end, wrestling like a total dick, doing things like slingshotting into a standing position, sneering, and hitting a fistdrop.

    Kaz goes for the Flux Capacitor but is distracted by the sight of Raven, Havok, and Martyr in the distance, behind the crowd -- Sabin shoves Kaz off the turnbuckle and hits the Hesitation Dropkick and then the Cradleshock for the win. Again -- if Serotonin's only purpose is to seriously push Kaz up the X Division ranks as a singles guy, it will be worth it.


This match was great. Sabin has really come into his own as a heel, and I loved the teased highspot/fist drop. Kazarian looked fantastic in the ring, all his moves were really crisp. I admit to not having seen much of him in the past, but I'm looking forward to seeing more in the future. I'd especially love to see a long X Division title feud between him and Sabin, if that match is any indication of their potential.
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Since: 26.2.04
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.11
Does anyone know if there is still talk of Impact going to two hours? Or has all of that died down?

Sounds like it was a decent show.


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Since: 11.2.03
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.97
    Originally posted by Alex
    Huh, that was the first time in a long time that I've watched an entire TNA show. Is it always so frantically paced? It felt like a wrestling show on speed.


It has, regrettably, been that way for months now. One school of thought blames Vince Russo, while another blames upper management for insisting that as much of the roster be featured each week as is humanly possible.

I don't think either group likes it much, though. B^)
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
    Originally posted by griff
    Does anynoe knoe if there is still talk of Impact going to two hours? Or has all of that died down?

    Sounds like it was a decent show.


It's been the same usual talk - TNA's hoping for doing sometime in the fall, but nothing is set or confirmed.

Dave made a mention yesterday of TNA people heading out LA for a Very Important Meeting, and I would presume that's related. This is just spitballing an idea, but seeing as how SmackDown helped prop up UPN for many years, and many of those affiliates are now with MyNetworkTV and without anything much succeeding, that they might fill a creative hole with wrestling again. (Not that's it worked with IFL.)

Two hours is the last carrot on the stick for the group and I think at some point they'll get it, though I'm not sure it'll make a difference. The problem really isn't the time, it's the pacing of that time, and so it requires a leap of faith that extra hour will inspire TNA to fix it's problems (which is the same leap of faith asked for whenever TNA gets a slightly better TV deal.)



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.51
I missed the main event because of softball but the rest of the show was solid. TNA has done some bad stuff lately but I think Lockdown was such an abomination that they finally realized they needed to pull it back some. They still cram a lot into one show but they're not doing as much crazy stuff.

I think the PPV is coming together pretty well. Rhino/Harris gives LAX a face team to wrestle. Steiners/Dudleys I think will be fun. I'm looking forward to Sting vs. Daniels. There will probably be an X Title match in there too. I'm not crazy about the King of the Mountain gimmick but I think it's safe to say that Angle, Joe, AJ, Christian (I'm assuming he wins his match), and whoever else is definitely the best group they've put in that match.



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