July 15, 2005
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
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
Match Three - Konnan and Ron "The Truth" Killings vs The Outlaw and "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown
Match Four - Shocker vs "The Original Playa From The Himalayas" Sonjay Dutt
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
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.