July 9, 2005
Impact: Hot show proves there's No Surrender in TNA
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling

TNA is on fire! Two straight weeks and two great Impacts. I guess with Dusty Rhodes out, TNA is going to flourish. This week, Samoa Joe battles Shark Boy and "Primetime" Elix Skipper in triple threat action, Petey Williams goes one-on-one with The Amazing Red, plus much more as we are almost a week away from TNA No Surrender!

Match One - Chris Sabin vs David Young
Sabin uses his quickness to keep Young on the defensive for a majority of the match. Young caught some spots, but was ultimately worn down by the speed of Sabin. He fell prey to The Cradle Shock and it was over. Samoa Joe stepped in and proceeded to pound away on Sabin, locking him in the Kikeda Clutch.
Winner Via Pinfall - Chris Sabin

Terry Taylor spoke to AJ Styles who requested an interview, while Championship Commitee member Larry Zybysko was present. Styles asks for a match with Sean Waltman at No Surrender, and Zybysko obliges, further saying that Jerry Lynn would be the special guest referee to make sure everything was "kosher".

America's Most Wanted stood by with Terry Taylor and completely ran down Alex Shelly and Michael Shane, promoting their match with the two at No Surrender.

Match Two - Mikey Batts vs Zach Gowen
Batts maintains firm control throughout, until Jeff Jarrett comes down and stops the match. He tells them to leave, Gowen shoves him and takes a guitar shot for his troubles. Jarrett grabs a mic and says that if any of the new talent gets in Planet Jarrett, he will take them down, and at No Surrender, he was taking his title shot from Abyss, and the title from Raven.
No Contest

Match Three - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs "Primetime" Elix Skipper vs Shark Boy
Joe dominates a majority of this match. Skipper set Shark Boy up so he could walk the ropes and hit the huricanrana, but Joe broke that up. Shark Boy went for the Dead Sea Driver, but that was reversed into the Muscle Buster, followed by the Kikeda Clutch.
Winner Via Submission - Samoa Joe

Match Four - Petey Williams vs The Amazing Red
"The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels joined Mike Tenay and Don West to do some color commentary. Red hit the Red Storm twice in this match, once off the ring apron to the floor, and once in the ring. He missed the Infared and was hit with The Canadian Destroyer, followed by a Sharpshooter. After the match, Williams and Daniels exchanged words, preparing for their title encounter at No Surrender. The sharpshooter will now be used by Williams to counter the statement made by Daniels while he was on commentary, calling Williams a one dimensional wrestler.
Winner Via Submission - Petey Williams

"The Alpha Male" Monty Brown talked with Terry Taylor, telling the "2 Live Kru" to answer his challenge, because he has a gift for them, and it's "The POOOOUNCE!".

Match Five - Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs Cassidy Riley
Squash match, with Abyss hitting The Black Hole Slam and getting the three count. After the match he hit another Black Hole Slam, Raven came down and took Abyss out, but Mitchell provided the distraction, allowing Abyss to gather his thoughts and take down Raven, choking him out with the chain until security broke things up.
Winner Via Pinfall - Abyss

Match Six - Six Man Tag Team Match - Team Canada (A-1, "Showtime" Eric Young and Bobby Roode) vs Lance Hoyt and The Naturals w/ Jimmy "The Mouth of the South" Hart
The Naturals had the match in their favor, until Team Canada used their dirty tactics to swing things their way. Once Hoyt got the hot tag in, it was all over for the Candians. Roode missed the Northern Lariat, but got caught with a big boot that put him away. After the match, Petey Williams came out with a hockey stick and a beat down ensued, as Impact came to a close.
Winners Via Pinfall- Lance Hoyt and The Naturals

Yet another pretty solid Impact. I have no idea whats going on. Impact is looking really good as of late. If they continue at this pace (and people are indeed watching online and on their select few stations), pay per view buys will be up. People need to be interested in order for them to buy a PPV, prior to now, TNA had been showing the same thing over and over in different ways. Now, they finally have some new things going, some new talent, and better "Set-Up" shows.


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