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Impact: Abyss aligns with Mitchell
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


With Impact off national TV and showing on a few U.S. stations and TNA's official website, it will be interesting to see how things play out. Now, only the real diehard fans will be watching the show and keeping up with TNA on a weekly basis. This will obiously affect everything going on with TNA at the moment, putting them in a bit of slump.

The June 25th show kicked off with a recap of Slammiversary. Without the X Division matches the PPV would have been a complete bomb.

Match One - Michael Shane w/ Traci vs "The Tennesee Cowboy" James Storm w/ "Wildcat" Chris Harris

Storm started the match off by delivering some quick offense to Shane. Once Traci got involved, Shane really took over. It wasn't long after that Harris attempted to handcuff Traci, in the process knocking out Shane and getting himself and Traci ejected. Shane kept the match in his control, but when Storm started to comeback, Traci and Alex Shelly appeared. The ref got knocked out, Shelly took a superkick, Storm had Shane down, but he was able to regain his senses and hit Storm with a superkick, putting him away for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall - Michael Shane

Backstage, Father James Mitchell approached Abyss about becoming his manager. He said Abyss deserves a title shot, and that the reason he never got a one-on-one title shot was because he was not a backstage politic like Mitchell. He left Abyss saying that all he needed was one chance.

Mike Tenay had a chance to sit with the 3 Live Kru, everyone showed except BG James. The Outlaw and "The Alpha Male" showed up as BG James. They destroyed the "2 Live Kru", and left them laying.

Match Two - Shark Boy vs David Young

Pretty much back and forth contest until Shark Boy was able to set Young up for his patented 9 punch, 1 bite, beatdown by the turnbuckles. Shark Boy continued with the offense going for the Dead Sea Driver, he was reversed, but rolled up the modern-day Barry Horowitz for the three count.

Winner Via Pinfall - Shark Boy

Jeff Jarrett was with Larry Zybysko complaining about getting a title shot. Larry told him Abyss deserved a title shot at No Surrender and so did the new people coming in, he told Jarrett he blew his chance. Jarrett was confused and continued to ask Zybysko about his rematch and the new people who were comming in.

Match Three - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs Delirious

Absolute squash match, but this is what I love, new faces! Joe pounded poor Delirious all over the ring, hitting The Muscle Buster and forcing Delirious to tap out to the Tikida Clutch.

Winner Via Submission - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe

Match Four - "Primetime" Elix Skipper vs "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Skipper came right out of the blocks just dominating Daniels. He took him both in and out of the ring, pounding away and breaking him down. Daniels, through his devious ways was able to mount a comeback. Skipper came back with a spinning leg lariat and put the ball back in his court. Daniels was able to counter Skipper out of nowhere and hit the STO and apply the Koji submission move, forcing Skipper to tap out.

Winner Via Submission - "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Raven hit the ring to ramble on about his victory at Slammiversary. Father James Mitchell interrupted him, and Raven was attacked by Abyss. Raven got the better of Abyss, until he caught the Black Hole Slam and was choked out with Abyss' steel chain.

Well, Impact on the 'Net is already off to a better start than expected. The show had action, told each story real well, and was right down to business. With Dusty Rhodes out of the picture, things appear to be much better already. Maybe TNA can maintain this "lightning in a bottle", and turn themselves around.

Scheduled Matches For TNA No Surrender:
"The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs Chris Sabin

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY, and hopes TNA can strike a good TV deal and build themselves up again.