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Impact: Saying hello to Christian
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


What will the fallout be from TNA Genesis? According to TNAWrestling.com, Christian Cage is set to make his Impact debut, directly after his not-so-shocking arrival to the company. Will he be utilized correctly or sentenced to failure? You be the judge as we head to, where else, but Orlando.

After a recap of TNA Genesis -- a decent PPV, not one of the best -- we head to our first match ...

Match One - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs Jerelle Clarke

Joe entered the ring sporting his blood-soaked towel, the same one he used after putting out Christopher Daniels. You can guess how this match went... yes even the finish. Post match, "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles popped up on one of the screens and challenged Joe to a match at the next PPV, Turning Point, for the X Division championship.

Winner Via Submission - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe

Jeff Jarrett strutted his way to the ring with Gail Kim in tow. He then harassed Mike Tenay, questioning him as to who he would be defending the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against at Turning Point, before going to the back to seek out the answer. Well, at least we'll have a Heavyweight title on the line at Turning Point.

Match Two - America's Most Wanted vs Sonny Siaki and Apolo

Both teams double teamed one another throughout the match. Siaki and Apolo still haven't found their niche in the company. They seem to be floundering around the middle-to-lower card, not finding anything interesting to get into. They both have builds and can be stars if they are pushed the proper way, but I have a feeling that just like Shocker, they could be exiting TNA, having not realized their true potential. This match concluded when James Storm cracked a beer bottle over Apolo's head, taking him out the equation, as Siaki fell victim to a Death Sentence. After the match, AMW pulled out a table with "3D" spraypainted on it. They went to put Siaki through it, but Team 3D made the save. As AMW bailed, Team 3D took turns on the mic, stating that they just left Larry Zbyszko's office, and at Turning Point they would be facing them in a Tables Match.

Winners Via Pinfall - America's Most Wanted

Outside of Larry Zbyszko's office, Jeff Jarrett and Gail Kim were shown pacing around. Jarrett told Gail Kim to call Zbyszko on her cell phone because he didn't trust him.

A video package was shown, detailing the events that have transpired between Kip James and the 3 Live Kru.

"The Franchise" Shane Douglas stood by with the 3 Live Kru, who seemed to be in a bit of disarray over the whole Kip James saga. BG said that there were going to be some changes for the better. As usual, Konnan didn't seem to agree. BG left to go talk to someone as Konnan claimed to do the same.

Match Three - "The Monster" Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs "The Man Beast" Rhino

This was a hard, back-and-forth contest that helped to showcase what the big men can do. That's one thing you can't complain about with TNA -- they have really talented wrestlers, both big and small. The pace of the match varied, but it didn't stop it from being entertaining. Abyss was on the receiving end of a Gore and Rhino was declared the victor.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Man Beast" Rhino

Backstage, Larry Zbyszko informed Jeff Jarrett that he would be facing Rhino at Turning Point. Jarrett protested, claiming that Raven or Monty Brown should get a shot at the belt. Zbyszko told Jarrett that he thought he hated them, but Jarrett felt that it was only fair. Jarrett stormed off as Gail Kim told Zbyszko that he was walking on thin ice.

Christian Cage made his Impact debut, going over what he told fans at the Genesis PPV. "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown made his way to the ring next, telling Cage to basically back it up a few steps. Brown welcomed Cage to the Serengetti, before unloading on the former WWE star, hitting him with the POOOOOUNNCEEE! Period. Next week on Impact, the two will go head-to-head.

Nice job setting up Brown vs. Christian, and that should be an excellent match. Really good thinking by TNA. Overall their product has improved tremendously. The addition of Christian Cage has been a big one, but it doesn't seem as though TNA is done just yet. With a few other stars popping up here and there, TNA seems to have bigger plans on the horizon.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is still curious as to why TNA wouldn't try to showcase and expand their women's division, when they air Impact on "The First Network For Men."