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Impact: An ode to WCW
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


NWA TNA Impact 1-29-05

Jarrett vs. Nash, Raven going crazy, DDP delivering Diamond Cutters and Erik Watts getting pushed; what's this, WCW? Seriously, TNA has been making some odd choices, but based on the product they have been delivering, I could care less. TNA has been delivering a quality product and they deserve all the praise they can get. However, before we can get to Against All Odds, we must make a pit stop at Impact!

The show kicks off with a recap of the "Press Conference" that announced Kevin Nash vs. Jeff Jarrett as being the main event for TNA's next PPV. Nash can wrestle?

Match One- Dallas and Kid Kash vs. Jeff Hardy and Chris Sabin

The match kicks off with all four men beating each other from one end of the ring to the other. Dallas and Kash break up the fast action and go to work on Sabin. Sabin is kept isolated from Hardy, as Dallas and Kash work the double team. Tag finally comes Hardy's way, but Abyss holds him back and the two brawl. Sabin finishes off Kash, but the ref is distracted, Kash hits the Money Maker for the three.

Winners via Pinfall- Kid Kash and Dallas

Mike Tenay announces that he received a note from Dusty Rhodes' secretary Traci Brooks, oh this is annoying, and at the PPV it will be Kid Kash and Dallas vs. AMW for the Tag Team Titles. Abyss and Jeff Hardy will meet in a Tables, Ladders ...err... Full Metal Match.

We go backstage where DDP and The Outsiders are arguing over a no touch- no touch rule. They both blame each other for the fight, aka Hall will challenge DDP at the PPV.

Match Two- "No Gimmicks Needed" Chris Candido vs. Sonny Siaki

"The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels is doing commentary for this match, basically putting over his PPV match with Styles, which will be a dandy. Candido and Siaki battle back and forth, trading chops. Candido hits a standing vertical suplex, which really displays the great shape he is back in. Candido rolls through a cross body block by Siaki, puts his feet on the ropes and counts a three.

Winner via Pinfall- "No Gimmicks Needed" Chris Candido

We go backstage with Dusty Rhodes, Traci Brooks and Trinity. They are all hanging out in his pickup truck, when Dusty asks them about the guys they are bringing to TNA. Trinity says that she has two real big guys, while Traci claims her guys are eight feet tall. Oh, I smell ratings!

Match Three- Johnny Devine w/ Coach Scott D'Amore vs. Monty Brown

Devine comes in with the heavy offense. Monty Brown fights back with some stiff clothesline and a power bomb. All of Team Canada comes out and Brown lays 'em out. POUNNNNNCE!!!

Winner via Pinfall- Monty Brown

POST MATCH- Scott D'Amore and distracts Monty Brown while Scott Hall comes from behind and beats on Brown. Nash and Bobby Roode join the fight, until DDP hits the ring and breaks it up.

They show clips of Jeff Jarrett in South Korea defending the NWA Championship.

Jeff Jarrett comes to the ring for an interview with Mike Tenay. Jarrett talks about Nash not following the pecking order. Jarrett talks about the importance of the NWA Championship to him. Jarrett welcomes Nash to the end of his career. This should be interesting to say the least.

Shane Douglas is standing by with AJ Styles, who says he is ready for the 30 Minute Iron Match. He goes on to say that if he loses to Daniels, he'll leave. Knock, knock, knock, knock, knocking on WWE's doors.

Match Four- The Naturals vs. Cassidy Riley and Dustin Rhodes w/ Erik Watts

The Naturals go to town on the broken fingers of Cassidy Riley. Raven comes out and attacks Erik Watts, thus drawing away Dustin Rhodes and leaving Riley victim to a "Natural Beating", giving Douglas and Stevens the win.

Winners via Pinfall- The Naturals

Match Five- Michael Shane, Frankie "The Future" Kazarian and "Primetime" Elix Skipper vs. 3 Live Kru

3 Live Kru start off with the offense. We come back from the commercial break to Shane and Killings going back and forth. "The Heartbreak Hot Shot" takes it to Killings, but a miscommunication between Kazarian and Elix Skipper starts a six man brawl. BG James hit the Pump Handle Slam on Kazarian, but Shane is able to break the count before the ref turns around, hitting James in the head and allowing Kazarian to make the cover for the three count.

Winners via Pinfall- Michael Shane, Frankie "The Future" Kazarian and "Primetime" Elix Skipper

POST MATCH- Announcer Jeff Hammond slams his headset down and hits the ring. Shane, Kazarian and Skipper want no part, and back off, as TNA Impact comes to a close.

Wrestling matches on Impact, good Pay Per Views -- wow, things are certainly looking up for TNA. Against All Odds should be a tremendous PPV, with AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels stealing the show, no doubt about it. There is still time to add to the stacked card, so let's wait and see what next weeks Impact has in store for us.


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