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Impact: Tag bouts drag things down
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


We are just two days away from what promises to be the most brutal TNA PPV to date, TNA No Surrender. Raven and Abyss will go head to head in a No Surrender match, Petey Williams and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels will face off with X Division gold on the line. Top to bottom the card looks pretty good, but we need to make one more Impact stop before we get there.

The show opened with a recap of Jeff Jarrett's tirade from last week.

Match One - Petey Williams and "Showtime" Eric Young vs Samoa Joe and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels
Early on, Joe and Daniels dominated Williams, busting his nose in the process. The tide turned big time, as Team Canada was able to isolate Daniels from Joe, and double team him. The double teaming lasted the rest of the match, as Chris Sabin came out to beat on Joe. Daniels locked the Koji Clutch, but it was broken up by Young, who then sent Daniels into a Canadian Destroyer for the win.
Winners Via Pinfall- Petey Williams and "Showtime" Eric Young

Terry Taylor was backstage with Cassidy Riley who thanked Raven and proclaimed that when Raven broke his fingers a while back, he didn't do it to him, he did it for him. Appears that another Flock will be forming.

Next, a video package of the Raven vs Abyss feud was shown.

A recap of Jarrett's tirade from last week is played. Shorter than the first one, but still the same thing.

Match Two - Simon Diamond and Trytan vs Sonny Siaki and Apolo
Neither of these teams carry any weight in TNA, and can eaisly be lost in the shuffle. TNA needs to work to develop people a little better. This was a throw away match, that was compounded by Mike Tenay and Don West just talking about the PPV until the finish. TNA has done well to build up guys like Chris Daniels, AJ Styles and even now, Samoa Joe, but these four men are in desperate need of something. Trytan and Diamond win this one after Trytan hit the T-3 on Apolo.
Winners Via Pinfall - Simon Diamond and Trytan

Match Three - Konnan and Ron "The Truth" Killings vs The Outlaw and "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown
This is just a brawl that gets tossed out immediately. Three tags in a row?
Winners - No Contest

Match Four - Shocker vs "The Original Playa From The Himalayas" Sonjay Dutt
Tenay and West announce that the Championship Committee and Larry Zbysko have added Konnan and Ron "The Truth" Killings vs The Outlaw and "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown in a No DQ match to the No Surrender PPV. As for Shocker and Dutt, this was an awesome match. Both me have a lot of talent and can really get a crowd going. Shocker scored the victory on a variation of a small package. Very unique.
Winner Via Pinfall - Shocker

Father James Mitchell stood by with Abyss and cut a promo on the No Surrender Match. Mitchell and Abyss are a good pairing. Mitchell is excellent when it comes to mic work, so he fits well with a character who can't speak.

A recap of last week's altercation between Sean Waltman and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles is shown, along with words from Jerry Lynn who will be the special referee for their No Surrender Match.

Match Five - Bobby Roode and A-1 vs Sean Waltman and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles
Styles and Waltman worked well as a tag team, until Team Canada began to double team Styles. The end came when Waltman and Roode were tagged in, Roode ducked a spin kick from Waltman that caught Styles right in the face. Roode then laid out Waltman with a Northern Lariat for the victory. After the match, Styles yelled at Waltman, he then turned his back and Waltman attacked. The two fought until Jerry Lynn and security broke things up.
Winners Via Pinfall - Bobby Roode and A-1

We were then sent to Raven who cut a promo on Father James Mitchell and Abyss. Talking about their No Surrender Match.

Not a good Impact this week. Four out of five matches were tags. I understand wanting to get as much of the talent that's on the PPV exposure two days before the show, but this was the wrong way of doing it. It got redundant and boring. Let's hope the PPV does well and Impact gets back on track.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and was looking to tag out of covering Impact half way through this week's edition.