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Impact: Moving the mess along
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Glad to be back on SLAM! with the TNA Impact Recap, but it seems like the same old show again. The storylines are just a mess right now.

A video package of Jeff Jarrett on Blue Collar TV is shown. From what was shown, he didn't look too bad.

Backstage, Konnan confronts The Outlaw, who he thinks is trying to break up the Kru. BG James and Ron Killings come in, Outlaw tells James they have business. BG James declines The Outlaw and is questioned by Konnan before walking away. There's thunder in paradise, and I'm not talking about Hulk Hogan either.

Match One- Shocker and Jeff Hardy vs Lex Lovett and David Young
Young gets taken down via some double teaming. Poetry in Motion by Jeff Hardy, but Lovett breaks the three count. Lovett in, and with some outside interference by Young, he gains the advantage. Quick tags in and out by Young and Lovett, Hardy comes back and hits both men with the Willow in the Wisp. Shockwave, one-two-three.
Winners Via Pinfall- Jeff Hardy and Shocker

Kevin Nash is on the hunt for Diamond Dallas Page, he runs into Michael Shane who says he saw DDP walk through the gates.

Match Two- The Dysciples of Destruction w/ Traci Brooks vs Shark Boy and Cassidy Riley
Riley and Shark Boy use their speed to gain and early advantage, but the advantage doesn't last long, and the D.O.D. just demolish the X-Division duo. Shark Boy takes one of the Harris Brothers down with an insiguri, Traci gets on the ring apron and gets her rear end bit by Shark Boy. Shark Boy then attempts to get some more rear end from The Harris Brothers, but instead gets a boot to the head. H-Bomb on Cassidy Riley and it's over.
Winners Via Pinfall- The Dysciples of Destruction

DDP hits the ring, and is ready to hear if the cage match he requested will be on for Lockdown. Dusty Rhodes, Trinity, and Traci come out. Dusty announces that at Lockdown, DDP, Kevin Nash, and Sean Waltman will be taking on Monty Brown, The Outlaw, and Jeff Jarrett in a Steel Cage Match. DDP starts to talk about Monty Brown, but is interrupted by Jeff Jarrett who is in the parking lot. Behind him, Kevin Nash is being beaten down. Jarrett tells DDP that "The first shot has been fired!"

Jeff Hardy is walking in the backstage area, when he is confronted by Raven. Raven wants to join forces with Hardy, and mix each of their fans. Hardy says that he wrestles for his fans only. Raven/Jeff Hardy feud is on its way...

Match Three- Apolo vs Sonny Siaki
The match starts off at a fast pace, with both men going back and forth, Apolo hits a huge superkick, knocking Siaki down to the mat. The two of them roll around a bit, before Apolo gains the advantage and rolls Siaki up for the three count.
Winner Via Pinfall- Apolo
Post Match- Apolo and Siaki shake hands. Kid Kash and Lance Hoyt come out and, Kash tells them this is TNA Wrestling, not the Puerto Rican/Samoan soap opera. Siaki and Kash get into a verbal battle, before Siaki and Apolo chase Hoyt and Kash to the back.

Shane Douglas is standing backstage with "The Lone Star" Dustin Rhodes. Rhodes says there has never been a Canadian able to beat a Texan in history. Bobby Roode and Coach Scott D'Amore come in. Both sides jabber a bit and we are sent back to ringside...

Match Five- Phi Delta Slam w/ Trinity vs America's Most Wanted
Bruno and Harris lock it up to start off the match, with Bruno being sent to the floor. Big Till comes in, as does James Storm, and Big Till is sent to the floor. We come back from commercial break, and AMW are in firm control of the contest. Phi Delta Slam make the quick tags in and out, regaing the momentum in this match. All four men in the ring, AMW go for The Death Sentence, but Team Canada comes in and interferes. Phi Delta Slam go for the Big Splash from the top, but Dustin Rhodes makes the save. AMW and Dustin Rhodes clean house, as Impact comes to a close.
Winners- No Contest

So, the storyline messes continue. Some of my most maddening complaints: Quatermain was being pushed with Lovett as a tag team competitor for Johnny Fairplay, but in two weeks, Fairplay was scrapped, and Lovett and Quatermain were broken up. Trytan was thrown from a feud with Brown after nothing was settled, things are just out of control.

Anyway, next week on Impact, Chris Sabin, Michael Shane, Elix Skipper, and Petey Williams will battle it out in an X Division Shoot Out match, see you all then.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and thinks that the SLAM! writing staff needs to take over TNA and write some storylines that make sense, even if very little. If you agree, write to TNA or email Chris at CJS137@aol.com