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Impact: One last go before PPV
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


A PPV without a Heavyweight title defense, that's preposterous. On second thought, maybe not. Once again TNA has opted to ditch a Heavyweight title defence in favor of a mega match, but will it succeed? We are only one stop away from, err, staying in Orlando, FL for Genesis.

Kicking off the festivities this week, Monty Brown grabbed a mic and did the usual rundown of opponents, taunting Jeff Jarrett and Jeff Hardy. He warned Jarrett that soon he would feel the POOOOOUNNNNCEE! Period. That doesn't get old. Father James Mitchell and Abyss made their grand entrance, with Mitchell proclaiming that Abyss would be the next champion. As they were about to go at it, Hardy came down and a brawl ensued. Brown and Abyss got the better of Hardy, sending him to the floor, only for him to pop back up and catch them with a double dropkick off the top rope. Security swarmed on the situation and broke things up.

A video package was shown, pumping the Elimination X match at Genesis.

Match One - Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries

Christopher Daniels stopped in to do some commentary for this match. Joe pretty much dominated, with Aries getting some shots in here and there. However, a Muscle Buster and Rear Naked Choke secured the victory for The Samoan Submission Machine, keeping him undefeated in TNA. Post match, Joe stared down Daniels.

Winner Via Submission - Samoa Joe

In a secluded backstage area, Team Canada Coach Scott D'Amore was caught speaking with TNA Commissioner Larry Zybysko. D'Amore requested that the match at Genesis between 3 Live Kru and Team Canada be a Hockey Stick on a Pole Match. Zybysko agreed to the match and named Kip James the special referee. Note to TNA, stop doing this. I am tired of having BG James and Kip James switch as special referees.

Match Two - Kip James vs. Lex Lovett

Surprisingly enough, Lovett got in a few offense moves, before falling victim to The One and Only (or whatever he calls it now). After the match, Team Canada hit the ring with hockey sticks in hand. 3 Live Kru made their way out to make the save. Afterwards, BG James and Ron Killings celebrated with Kip as Konnan watched on.

Winner Via Pinfall - Kip James

Match Three - Finisher's Match - Petey Williams w/ Coach Scott D?Amore vs. AJ Styles

Williams and Styles went back and forth, with Williams in control most of the time, thanks to a few distractions from D'Amore. Styles hit the Pele. He went to hit The Styles Clash, but Williams held the ropes and then the referee as he was taken down, causing the referee to get knocked out. D'Amore once again provided the distraction, so that Williams could hit Styles with the X Division belt and plant him with The Canadian Destroyer.

Winner Via Hitting His Finisher - Petey Williams

Next up, a video package highlighting the history of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship was played.

In the back, Larry Zybysko was shown arguing with Raven. He told Raven that he could not fire him, but could book him however he wanted, with the booking starting at Genesis. He gave Raven release forms before he left.

Match Four - Six Man Tag Team Match - Jeff Jarrett and America's Most Wanted w/ Gail Kim vs. Jeff Hardy, Lance Hoyt and Chris Sabin

The match started off in an organized fashion, with Jarrett and Hoyt getting a lot done for their respective teams, but in typical TNA fashion, things broke down into all out mayhem. Hoyt, Hardy and AMW battled it out on the floor. Jarrett went to hit Sabin with the guitar, but almost got finished with The Cradle Shock. Sabin hit his patented swinging DDT for the two count. He again went to the high risk district, but Kim shoved him, leading to The Stroke off the top rope for the one-two-three. Post match, Jarrett and company demolished their opposition, until Team 3D and Rhino made the save.

Winners Via Pinfall - Jeff Jarrett and America's Most Wanted

There is no doubt that Impact has evolved into a great show, but TNA has to stray away from using the same things over and over again. They need to feed the fans a little something different, because some of the stuff they are feeding now is getting a little stale.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wants TNA to mix things up a bit, and hopes that the captain can make it happen.