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Impact: Singing Sting's praises
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


We are rapidly approaching TNA Final Resolution which means only one thing -- the debut of Sting. TNA promises us a tribute to man who bleeds black and white, but will it be one of good spirit, or a complete mockery?

Things start off with a recap of last week's event and some build up for tonight's Sting Tribute. I smell a rat in this one.

Match One - Team 3D vs Buck Quartermain and Lex Lovett

Team 3D made their in-ring return in a big way taking out Jobbers Inc. They went through their usual routine, finishing Lovett off with a 3D.

Winners Via Pinfall - Team 3D

After the match Brother Ray grabbed the mic and let it be known that Team 3D was coming for the NWA World Tag Team Titles. The Impact Zone was in full agreement and seems high on Team 3D and their aspiration to become NWA tag champs for the first time in their career.

Some of the TNA stars shared their thoughts on Sting and how his arrival will affect TNA. Let's just hope that TV appearances are part of the deal. You can't push a guy who plans on making one appearance a month -- it's just not going to work.

In the back, Jeff Jarrett hyped the Tribute to Sting, claiming that it was going to be Sting's night. Scott D'Amore walked in with a letter from the commissioner about the Jackie Gayda situation. Jarrett was quick to evade any questioning and left the lockeroom.

Match Two - Apolo and Homicide w/ Konnan vs The Naturals

This wasn't a match, but rather a mugging. Before things got underway, Konnan hit the ring with a loaded sock and took out both Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas. Kip and BG James came out to save them, but also fell victim to a sock sacking. When Homicide is all healed up expect some classics.

Winners - NO CONTEST

Chris Sabin was the next TNA star to pump Sting's arrival. Sabin recalled Sting's battles with Hulk Hogan and how he enjoyed them as a kid.

Jackie Gayda and Larry Zybysko were shown leaving Zybysko's office as Zybysko was caught by Austin Aries, Alex Shelly and Roderick Strong. The three X Division stars complained about their lack of respect and demanded a spot on the Final Resolution PPV. Jerry Lynn walked over and took the three young men away so they could get ready for the Impact Main Event.

Match Three- Bobby Roode w/ Coach Scott D'Amore vs Ron "The Truth" Killings

Killings won this match immediately with a quick roll-up.

Winner Via Pinfall - Ron "The Truth" Killings

Roode whined and complained that he wasn't ready and in turn received a rematch.

Match Four - Bobby Roode w/ Coach Scott D'Amore vs Ron "The Truth" Killings

Roode attempted to gain some revenge by using the hockey stick, however he was once again rolled up and pinned.

Winner Via Pinfall - Ron "The Truth" Killings

D'Amore whined and complained this time and another rematch was set up.

Match Five - Bobby Roode w/ Coach Scott D'Amore vs Ron "The Truth" Killings

This was at least a longer match then the previous two. Killings nearly picked up the win again, but D'Amore's distraction proved to be favorable to "Canada's New Favorite Son," as Roode came from behind with the Northern Lariat and picked up the win.

Winner Via Pinfall - Bobby Roode

"The Franchise" Shane Douglas caught up with Samoa Joe, leading to Joe's first words. Joe told Douglas that at Final Resolution, he was going to end Christopher Daniels' career.

Match Six - Austin Aries, Alex Shelly and Roderick Strong vs "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels, Chris Sabin and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles

The X Division continues to be the forefront of TNA. Sure, they are not using the traditional style of wrestling that many fans are used to, but you have to give credit where credit is due. This is one of the things that makes TNA unique. This match saw everyone hit their signature moves in some form or fashion, but in the end it was the up and coming Aries, Shelly and Strong who were able to attack Sabin three-on-one and pick up the victory.

Winners Via Pinfall - Austin Aries, Alex Shelly and Roderick Strong

Christian Cage was next to do his bit on how huge the arrival of Sting in TNA is going to be.

Jeff Jarrett came out next and announced that it was time for the Tribute to Sting. He introduced "Showtime" Eric Young who came out as the early Sting. Chris Harris came out next as 1990s Sting, while "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown came out as modern-day Sting. After some banter, Christian Cage came out and told them to get out of the ring because they were embarrassing themselves. Cage and Team 3D proceeded to hit the ring, Abyss and Father James Mitchell soon followed, Rhino came out next to deliver Abyss with a gore and clean house as the faces stood victorious.

All I can say is that Sting's arrival will have to be done right. He needs to shine like never before to live up to the hype that has been created around him. Sting is still (or least the last time I saw him) in shape, which could mean a promising run in TNA if he desires.


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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and enjoyed the Sting Tribute. If you have the same sentiments, feel free to drop him an email at: CJS137@aol.com.