September 9, 2005
Countdown to TNA Unbreakable
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff
The title for this pay-per-view, "Unbreakable", is somewhat ironic, since it seems like something's going to give here.
The card features some short, yet well developed feuds that build off history from within TNA, as well as outside the realm of Orlando, Florida. There's plenty of action to be expected in the card, so let's take a look at what we can expect from TNA Unbreakable.
TNA has done some great stuff with cruiserweights, making the WWE's division seem pale by comparison. And now they're doing the same thing with hardcore wrestling with guys like these on top. This one will be magnificently violent, with tables and chairs a-plenty. I don't see either of these guys as TV-friendly enough to keep the belt long after they debut on Spike TV, so it doesn't make sense to have Rhino win it now just to drop it in short order. Raven keeps the belt for now, and will start feuding with the soon-to-be returning Kevin Nash.
Raven will keep the title, but I don't really think it'll be a totally clean finish. There will be some sort of outside interference that will keep this feud brewing a while longer.
Wow, that was quick. Having only debuted two PPVs ago, Rhino already has his shot at championship gold. This is as good as it gets when it comes to Rhino proving he is a main stage player, and in doing so, extends the middle finger salute to WWE. To say the least, Raven will have his hands full and will need to fall back on his years of experience to out-think his opponent. Of course, he also count on an unlikely ally in the form of Jeff Jarrett. Rest assured, good ole' Double J will make his presence known if it appears that Rhino is going to take the belt. That said, it'll be Raven who retains.
With Rhino on a roll and Spike TV rapidly approaching, this match has alot riding on it. It appears, howver, as though Rhino will be walking away with his hand and the gold held high, thus starting a feud with Jeff Jarrett or Jeff Hardy. Either way, "The Man Beast" will be the new, NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
Put Daniels and Styles in the same ring together and you're virtually guaranteed a great match. Add Joe into the mix, and things can only get better. This one will be a definite highlight, and maybe reason enough to order the PPV. Booking a lengthy title reign by Joe has already proven to be a success - see his Ring of Honor days for proof - and I think they'll duplicate that formula with a win by the big man.
Just about anybody will predict this as the match of the night; but is it time to take the belt off Daniels? No, not yet. Go strong to Spike, young TNA. Resist
the urge to switch the belts around. Have your champs have credibility.
Drool, drool and drool some more - God I can't wait! This one has match of the year all over it with three guys who can deliver, pressure and all. I am almost willing to see this match held over past TNA's debut on Spike, simply because a match like this can win over so many new fans who have never see any of these three great athletes in action. As for the outcome... it's even odds for all three to take the gold, but since I gotta make a pick, I'll say Styles.
With talks of Jushin "Thunder" Liger entering the promotion, coupled with the fact that he has been placed in the Cruiserweight Division, it is likely that whoever gets defeated in this bout will face the Japanese legend at Bound For Glory. Expect to see Daniels defeat AJ Styles.
Sean Waltman has been fantastic since his return to full-time action, and Alex Shelley is poised for great things in the very near future. A run with the tag titles would be a good way to showcase their respective abilities before ultimately spinning them off into further singles action. Not to mention it would help shake up the tag team division a bit, which seems to have revolved around the other three teams for years now.
The teams are all pretty interchangeable, and always deliver good matches. I say the belts will switch to AMW for about the billionth time.
Way too many teams for a match where the Tag Titles are on the line, but that's just the traditionalist in me speaking up. Fact is, this has the potential to be a very good match for all four teams. AMW and The Naturals have been at each other and that may cause them to lose focus in this one. I'm a little disappointed we're not seeing a follow-up to Waltman and Lynn's match from the last PPV and I just don't see Shelley & Waltman taking this one. I guess that means the belts are coming back to The Great White North.
The best team in the entire tournament indeed won, but will not see gold together just yet. AMW and Team Canada have played continual "Title Change Tag" so to say, so you can count them out. The Naturals will retain in the process of setting up a match with Shelly and Waltman at Bound For Glory.
Sabu vs. Abyss: They should bring Fonzie back to counter Mitchell's ringside influence. Either way, Sabu wins in homicidal, genocidal, suicidal fashion.
Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy: Bobby Roode takes the mantle from Lance Hoyt and becomes the next guy to get a major push - his first step is to dispatch of Hardy.
Sabu vs. Abyss: Oooh. Think Sabu will job? That's the logical step. Double DQ.
Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy: Roode is being groomed for bigger things. Roode goes over.
Sabu vs. Abyss: "Bloodthirsty" Bob is gonna be in hardcore heaven with this one. Abyss takes it.
Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy: Long overdue for Roode to break away from Team Canada and become a player in singles competition - Roode taks this one.
Sabu vs. Abyss: Will be match of the night, Sabu wins with The Arabian Face Buster...or something of that nature.
Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy: When Spike TV rolls around, Hardy will be in the Heavyweight Title scene, so expect him to win here.
-- compiled by Jon Waldman