TNA is coming off one of their worst PPV's in quite a while with last month's Victory Road. Now they need to bounce back hard with this show. Card overall looks stronger than last month's, and this is the first TNA PPV with all the titles on the line since last February's Against All Odds.
Pre-Show Match A-1 vs. Ron Killings Ugh what a demotion for Ron Killings, a mini-Xplosion feud with A-1 that climaxes with a pre-show match. Hopefully Killings will win this and actually be put in a feud with someone. It's funny because I remember Killings squashing A-1 in less than a minute in a previous TNA PPV pre-show before. My Pick: The Truth.
Gail Kim vs. Sirelda Ugh, ugh, ugh. What a waste of PPV time. This is not a match for PPV. Proven more by the fact that these 2 already wrestled on Xplosion. I think Kim is a talented wrestler and has pulled off some nice spots when she's interfered here and there in AMW matches, but I think this one is going to be nasty. My hope is that Gail Kim will win this and we will never see Sirelda again. Daniels and Styles seemed to have severed any and all association with her as well which is good. My Pick: Gail Kim.
Eric Young vs. Johnny Devine This looks more like a pre-show match than a PPV match. I think adding 9 matches to this show was a bit much, but if they got rid of Gail Kim vs. Sirelda it wouldn't be as big of a deal. Could be a good little match. I hope Eric wins. My Pick: Eric Young.
Abyss w/ James Mitchell vs. Brother Runt I think this is Runt's first one on one match since coming into TNA, or at least on PPV. This could be a fun little bump fest or big man/little man match. Based off the last Impact, I think Abyss will win it. There's also Raven who was watching this feud, and I'm not sure where that's going. Perhaps he wants to mentor one of these guys? My pick: Abyss.
Tag Team Number One Contender's Match America's Most Wanted vs. The Naturals vs. The James Gang vs. Bentley and Kazarian Well AMW looks like they are heading towards an inevitable break-up. Bentley and Kazarian have basically replaced The Diamonds as the go-to jobber tag team. The James Gang are pretty crappy in the ring and are over-the-hill. So the logical choice if the Naturals, who despite Shane Douglas, new haircuts, tights, and music haven't changed very much. What annoys me about this angle is that the announcer's keep pointing out is that the loss of Candido is what brought about their downfall. When they basically ignore that at the time, the Naturals were dominant tag team champions in TNA and held the titles longer than they ever had before, and that was when they were managed by Jimmy Hart. I feel the Naturals will win this match and get the next title shot and lose then, to further whatever this tension is they have with Douglas. Though I'm not sure where it's going. Either way, The James Gang vs. Phenomenal Angel for the tag team titles is not a match I want to see. Bentley and Kazarian winning would be awesome, but there is no chance in hell of that happening. My pick: The Naturals.
X Division #1 Contender's Match Kevin Nash w/ The Paparazzi vs. Chris Sabin I really don't feel it's in Nash's character to job cleanly to Sabin. I'd love to see a Sabin/Senshi match, but I don't think it will happen. I don't think TNA will be able to resist putting the X title on Nash even if it's for a short period of time. So far, I don't think this angle has really helped guys like Sabin or the X division at all. It's mainly gotten over Kevin Nash, as the funny and goofy guy people want to cheer for. Devine and Shelley have gotten over nicely and gotten some good face time, but they are usually on the losing side of matches. Plus a recent interview with Senshi makes me feel that he's perhaps setting up a match with Nash, unless he's no longer champion after this show. My Pick: Kevin Nash.
Falls Count Anywhere Match Monty Brown vs. Rhino vs. Samoa Joe It feels like the only reason that Joe got involved here is because TNA had nothing else to do for him before he's put in the main event to win the world title at Bound For Glory. If anyone will take the fall in this match, I get the feeling it will be Brown, and it will be at the hands of Rhino, so TNA can say that Joe is still "undefeated". My Pick: Rhino.
Triple Threat X Division Title Match Senshi(c) vs. Petey Williams vs. Jay Lethal I have no idea why Lethal was added to this match. Sonjay Dutt was the guy that pinned the undefeated Senshi, on Xplosion of all things. Lethal was the one that got pinned in the title shot match. Dumb booking. Senshi meanwhile is doing next to nothing on TV. Petey Williams wins back to back pointless multi-person X division matches 2 weeks in a row, and Senshi, THE X DIVISION CHAMPION, is jobbing on Xplosion. I think there's something wrong with that. I could kind of see Lethal taking this one and facing the #1 contender Nash for the title later on. Really not sure, but the X Division and the title feels like it's turned into everything Nash railed on it for being, filler. My Pick: Senshi.
NWA Tag Team Title Match LAX w/ Konnan vs. Phenomenal Angel(c) Well if there's one thing TNA is doing right it's the comeback of LAX after they literally became the James Gang's whipping boys. Konnan's done a good job as their mouthpiece, while Homicide and Hernandez continue to look like tough badasses. I fell on the floor with, "We're gonna be all over you like a monkey on a cupcake!" As cool as it would be, I don't think LAX are going to win the titles. Champs retain and get some retribution over LAX. My Pick:Phenomenal Angel.
NWA World Heavyweight Title Match Sting w/ Christian Cage vs. Jeff Jarrett(c) Well here's the link to the opening video of the PPV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21ZE7xyjxNc. I think this match is going to once again prove that Sting is the dumbest, most gullible, and idiotic character in the history of wrestling. He's a moronic, trusting bastard. I guess in his entire career he's forgotten what happens when people are "in his corner." They SCREW him. And Sting's dumb enough to let Cage be in his corner to do it again. Christian's insincerity toward Sting couldn't be more evident. I think this video and the end of Impact tonight cement that Christian is going to screw Sting and Jarrett will retain. Sting will then face Christian Cage, and I suppose the world title match for Bound For Glory will most likely be Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Jarrett. Cornette wants the title off Jeff Jarrett so badly, even though he handed it to him, and will continue to fail miserably in getting it off him, just like all the face DOA's, GM's, whatever the hell you want to call them in wrestling before. My Pick: Jeff Jarrett.
Gail Kim over Sirelda Eric Young over Johnny Devine Brother Runt over Abyss The Naturals win 4-way for Title Shot Kevin Nash over Chris Sabin -If Sabin ever beats Nash, it's for the title. Samoa Joe over Rhino & Monty Brown Jay Lethal over X Division Champion Senshi & Petey Williams [NEW CHAMPION] Tag Team Champions Styles & Daniels over LAX NWA Champion Jeff Jarrett over Sting -Christian turns heel. 3-on-1 beatdown, Samoa Joe makes the save.
The only questions I have are about next month: logic dictates Christian/Sting and Joe going through one of Jarrett's cronies (Steiner again?) to get the Bound for Glory title shot. Who faces Jarrett next month, though?
Okay, I'm going to answer this before reading any more.
Eric Young vs. Johnny Devine: Well, it pretty much HAS to be Eric Young, right?
Gail Kim vs. Sirelda: Wow, I don't care. This has barely had any hype, Sirelda has almost completely vanished, and I have no idea where they'd want to go from here. I'll say Sirelda -- end the feud -- and move on, one way or the other.
Abyss vs. Runt: Totally Abyss. Black Hole Slam through a table covered in thumbtacks (possibly on fire).
AMW vs. The Naturals vs. The James Gang vs. Bentley and Kazarian: Kazarian gets pinned by Kip James. I want Daniels & Styles to beat their next challengers, too, and it's too early in the Nat's re-franchising to lose a title match. The James Gang make a good time-killing sacrificial lamb.
Kevin Nash vs. Chris Sabin: At this point, I don't think it'll help anyone for Sabin to beat Nash. What I'd like to see happen is: Nash beats Sabin, and then gets chopped down to size next month by Senshi.
Senshi vs. Petey Williams vs. Jay Lethal: Senshi pins Lethal.
Monty Brown vs. Rhino vs. Samoa Joe: This is tough, because all of them are on rolls. Joe pins Brown, I guess. Maybe Rhino gets ambushed and sidelined by someone else? I dunno. Should be fun, though.
LAX vs. Daniels & Styles: Only one title will change hands tonight -- not this one. Daniels & Styles win. I expect this to be match of the night for me.
Sting vs. JJ: I think there will be a SUPER SWERVE and Christian WILL NOT -- NOT! -- turn on Sting! Sting wins! Everyone is happy! (Christian turns on Sting at a later date.)
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This Nash thing is so ass-backwards. I know the guy's funny as Hell and all that jazz, but he's essentially buried the X-Division so far. Losing to Senshi doesn't fix that, it just puts Senshi over and leaves him with a division full of guys that spent the last few months being beaten up by a 7-foot stand-up comic with bum legs.
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At this point, it would be a swerve to have Christian not turn on Sting, because it is so obvious. Even though the heel turn has been developed very well, it would be more creative at this point to have him "accidentally" cost Sting the match, and build it up a little longer.
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While I don't really have any predictions, I think it's great that TNA has put together a compelling main event to where you can't tell which way it's going to go, and that either result would help develop a story.
Jarrett vs Samoa Joe would be a great way to go for the next TNA PPV. I don't know what they would plan on doing with Sting. Maybe Sting wins, and then Christian turns down the road for a Sting-Christian match, which would be interesting, too.
I don't find the main event that compelling, since it's pretty clear that Christian is going to screw Sting on Sunday and turn heel. As per usual, Sting trusts someone in his corner that is going to stab him in the back and he's going to lose.
I think the winner of this match is ultimately going to face Samoa Joe at Bound For Glory for the world title.
Kim d. Sirelda - I know Sirelda is the amazon chick and all but I think the disappearance of her perhaps means we won't be seeing her, Kim unfortunately is sticking around so it makes sense for her to win.
Abyss d. Runt - No question on that one, the question is what is up with Raven? He has to be scouting Spike doesn't he? Do they join up then feud with the Dudleys when they come back in an Old Timers ECW match or does Spike turn him down and they feud with each other?
AMW d. Naturals, James Gang, Kazarian/Bentley - I know they are on the verge of breaking up, but these breakup angles always seem to result in the team breaking up losing a title match. I think AMW somehow wins here then breakup when they lose their title shot.
Kevin Nash d. Chris Sabin - I know this hasn't worked out well for the X Division or Sabin, but I wll give TNA credit, they really tried to put Sabin over Nash and the fans just wouldn't accept it. It might not work as well for X Division as they had hoped now but I think the best thing they can do to try and get something out of this angle is put someone over Nash that the fans will actually cheer for, atleast they'll get one guy over out of it.
Jay Lethal d. Petey and Low Ki - I guess I'm the only one that thinks the reason Lethal was added to the match was obviously because he's going to win it?
Daniels/Styles d. LAX - Daniels and Styles retain here but I hope the feud continues after AMW gets their title shot, fails and break up.
Jarrett d. Sting - Yeah nothing new here, Christian interferes, Jarrett Wins, Joe vs. Jarrett and Sting vs. Christian at Bound for Glory.
Originally posted by oldschoolheroThis Nash thing is so ass-backwards. I know the guy's funny as Hell and all that jazz, but he's essentially buried the X-Division so far. Losing to Senshi doesn't fix that, it just puts Senshi over and leaves him with a division full of guys that spent the last few months being beaten up by a 7-foot stand-up comic with bum legs.
The trouble is, Nash has been so hilarious in this role that the charisma black hole that is Chris Sabin doesn't measure up. The only way this angle can be salvaged is if Alex Shelley (who's been greatly elevated by this angle, btw) gets turned on by Nash and it's Shelley who ends up 'defending the X-Division' by beating the former Diesel.
Predictions.... *Young beats Devine *Kim beats Sirelda *Phenomenal Angels beat LAX, but it's kind of screwy so this pretty entertaining feud can continue *Abyss beats Runt *James Gang wins the four-way match *Nash beats Sabin *Senshi beats Lethal and Petey, probably by pinning Petey *Joe beats Brown and Rhino, probably by pinning Brown *Sting beats Jarrett....this might be a pipe dream, but if TNA wants Bound For Glory to be their answer to Wrestlemania, then Joe vs. Sting for the title is the most WM-level main event they've got.
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He hurt his neck somehow and won't be in the match against Chris Sabin this evening.
From the Observer:
"Kevin Nash suffered a neck injury at home yesterday and will not be wrestling on tonight's TNA PPV in Orlando. Nash will be at the show. Alex Shelley, who was not scheduled for the main card, will be facing Sabin in a singles match. So it should be a better match."
I'm sure the match will be better from a quality point of view, but I'm not sure it will be from an entertainment point of view.
(edited by samoflange on 13.8.06 1838) Ken Kennedy debuted a new finisher: Jeff Hardy fans will insist on calling it the Swanton Bomb, but it looks WAY more devastating when not performed by a 180-pound fruitcake. -Rick Scaia 06.12.2006
Man, Nash just shouldn't be wrestling anymore. Don't get me wrong, I've been genuinely enjoying his stuff with Shelly and Divine, and I really like the character he's been working in TNA lately. It's just that he's so fragile anymore. It's not just that he hurts himself doing simple stuff, which he does, it's that one of these days he's going to get hurt real bad in the ring. He should hang up the boots for good, maybe start managing guys full time. Alex Shelley has definately benefited from being associated with him, and I bet other guys would too.
With all this quite accurate talk about how Sting *always* gets stabbed in the back, I'm thinking it would be great if Christian turns on him and he's ready for it. He's got someone to take Christian out for him, or has a trap set, or something.
The only thing I can think of with Senshi is that since they can't use his name, they want to keep his title reign as Low Key as possible. (ba-DUM-bum!)
The complete history of the WWF Light Heavyweight Title belt, including the pre-North American history, can be found at Solie's Vintage Wrestling. http://www.solie.org. Chris Benoit did indeed hold this title, both winning and losing it to Villano III....