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Impact: Skipper scores in shootout
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Can a 30-minute X-Division Shoot Out Match carry a 60-minute show? Will A.J. be able to stop Abyss? Will Impact be any good this week? How long until Lockdown anyway? Will the questions ever end? Yep.

The show kicks off with a recap of the Waltman/DDP/Nash/Jarrett/Brown/Outlaw saga. Probably the most on-the-fly feud TNA has built, but hey, it looks as though it's going to work.

Mike Tenay and Don West jabber a bit and announce that at Lockdown, A.J. Styles will fight Abyss in Six Sides of Steel. Whoo Hoo. The winner of the match will receive an NWA World Heavyweight Title Shot. This is TNA realizing the fans want Styles to be champ; they legitimately hate Jarrett, and this is TNA figuring that out, and once again defying storylines. For those who remember, Abyss beat Jeff Hardy to earn a title shot.

Match One- Abyss vs Cassidy Riley
AJ Styles comes out to commentate with Tenay and West. As expected, Abyss destroys Riley and picks up a victory in 1 minute, 28 seconds.
Winner Via Pinfall- Abyss
Post Match- Abyss and Styles get into a stare down, Abyss grabs some tacks, but Jeff Hardy make the save. Raven comes down, Styles waits till Hardy is getting beaten down two on one, and he enters the play, clearing house with "The Charismatic Enigma."

West and Tenay hype a five-way X Division Shoot Out to see who faces Chris Daniels at Lockdown for the X Division Title, and then send us to a video package highlighting the history between "Primetime" Elix Skipper and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels. Can you say Match of the Year Candidate? If you are looking at the paragraph funny, yeah, they hyped a number one contender's match, and then put on a promo stating Elix Skipper would be the number one contender. That's a smooth move.

Next, we are shown an interview Mike Tenay did with "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown earlier in the day. He really is the second coming of The Rock. He is almost a carbon copy, he's on his way to cutting better promos, a.k.a ones that don't depict him to be a babbling idiot. If he stays on this track, I see big things for him. Moving on, Brown talks about doing whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Best promo for him to date.

Following that, another video package on the Waltman/DDP/Nash/Jarrett/Brown/Outlaw saga.

Match Two- Four-Man X Division Shoot Out No.1 Contenders Match- Chris Sabin vs Michael Shane vs "Primetime" Elix Skipper vs Petey Williams w/ Coach Scott D'Amore, Bobby Roode, and A-1
"The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels comes out to join Tenay and West for some color commentary. I am going to go out on a limb and predict that Elix Skipper takes this home, based purely on the fact that they showed a promo for it earlier in the show. Williams and Shane have an exchange of chops, all four men go high flying to the outside, as we go to a commercial break. We come back and all four men are going at it, Shane hits the superkick on Williams, and he's outta there! Shane soons finds himself on the receiving end of the Elix Skipper Tight Rope Walk Huricanrana. Shane fights back, suplexing Skipper and wrenching down on the headlock. Sudden Death on Shane and he's gone. It's down to Skipper and Sabin, with Sabin gaining the upperhand on Skipper in a matter of seconds. Skipper comes back with a spin kick, but a lariat sends him back to the mat. Sabin snaps off a series of high impact moves, he hits the running powerbomb, but can only muster up a two count. Sabin goes for the Cradle Shock, Skipper fights out, Sabin spins all around, but gets caught for the Sudden Death for the one-two-three! Who called it?!
Elimination One Via Pinfall- Petey Williams
Elimination Two Via Pinfall- Michael Shane
Elimination Three Via Pinfall- Chris Sabin
Winner and No.1 Contender to the X Division Championship- "Primetime" Elix Skipper

Skipper and Daniels exchange words as TNA Impact comes to a close.

Horrible programming this week. The X Division match was good, but somehow, I can't get excited over five minutes of awesome action spanned out over a one-hour show. There were some spots in the X Division match that were great, but there was also a lot of down time in the match. Lockdown is shaping up to be another good TNA PPV, but Impact and storylines in general need a lot of work. As it stands now, TNA = Complete Mess.


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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wants to make sure TNA has good medical insurance, because he noticed that they like to shoot themselves in the foot constantly. If you agree that TNA is in shambles and would like to vent your anger, email Chris at CJS137@aol.com.