January 22, 2006
Impact: A wealth of title challengers
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling

Time to sit back and check out another edition of TNA Impact. We are fresh out of the gates after one of TNA's most successful (not necessarily match wise) PPVs, Final Resolution. With the arrival of Sting and a few fresh feuds already set out in front of us, it's time to dig in and see what we get on our road to Against All Odds.

We get a recap of the recent happenings in TNA before jumping into our first matchup...

Match One - The Diamonds in the Rough ("Primetime" Elix Skipper and David Young) w/ Simon Diamond vs. Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt

First of all, what is with Chris Sabin's hair? It seems like the new thing in TNA is getting streaks put into your hair. Works for some, but not for all. He doesn't look like Chris Sabin anymore. Regardless, the match went on with The Diamonds in the Rough gaining the upperhand thanks to their mentor Simon Diamond. Sabin and Dutt were able to overcome the obstacles, with Dutt landing a Hindu Press on Young for the three count.

Winners Via Pinfall - Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt

Morphoplex Move of the Night - The Hindu Press

In the backstage area, "The Franchise" Shane Douglas was able to catch a few words with "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles, before "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels interrupted. Daniels wasn't happy with the news that Styles was the new number one contender for the X Division Championship, especially since it was Styles that threw in the towel for Daniels during his X Division title shot. The verbal war ended peacefully, but you better believe these two aren't finished with each other.

As we arrive back from a commercial break, Shane Douglas greets us outside of Sting's lockeroom. He informs us that if Sting arrives to the arena, he will get an exclusive interview.

Match Two - Team Canada (Petey Williams, "Showtime" Eric Young and A-1) w/ Coach Scott D'Amore vs. Ron Killings, Lance Hoyt and Shark Boy

Everyone's favorite heel referee Dave Hebner made his way down the ramp to take a few notes on this match. Team Canada cheated a bit and played the numbers game to pick up some steam early on in the match. Shark Boy used his biting tactics to mount a comeback, Killings and Hoyt compounded the advantage, taking out the three stars from North of the Border. With complete mayhem in the background, Williams and Shark Boy entered back into the ring, with Williams finishing Shark Boy off with The Canadian Destroyer.

Winners Via Pinfall - Team Canada (Petey Williams, "Showtime" Eric Young and A-1)

Match Three - The James Gang (Kip and BG James) vs. Kenny King and Buck Quartermain

This was a glorified squash match for The James Gang, as they beat on the makeshift tag team of King and Quartermain. Kip put away King with The Missouri Ride for the one-two-three.

Winners Via Pinfall - The James Gang (Kip and BG James)

POST MATCH - Konnan and Homicide made their way out and challenged The James Gang to a match at Against All Odds, which was obviously accepted.

In the backstage area, TNA's Commissioner Larry Zybysko stated that Sting would not be able to make it to Impact due to travel problems. "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown made his way into the picture, finding the contract for a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Against All Odds against Jeff Jarrett. Brown confiscated the contract and told Zybysko that he was making the situation his business.

Match Four - Street Fight - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles vs. "The Prince of Punk" Shannon Moore

Styles and Moore took it to one another, brawling both in and out of the ring. This appears to be a promising feud. Styles had no problem using the guardrail to his advantage, putting Moore in a desperate situation. Moore fired back and attempted to use a steel chair to his advantage, however his plan backfired and put him on the receiving end of some punishment. Styles lost control of the match once again, allowing Moore to lock up and attempt to force a submission out of Styles. This prompted Christopher Daniels to make his way down to the ring and throw in a white towel on Styles' behalf. Considering it was a street fight, the match continued. As Styles wondered what was going on, he was rolled up from behind by Moore and counted down by the referee, giving "The Prince of Punk" the victory.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Prince of Punk" Shannon Moore

Back in Larry Zybysko's office, Team 3D came in and demanded matches against Team Canada and America's Most Wanted. Zybysko listened and is apparently going to work to get Team 3D what they want.

In the ring, "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage told fans that he just got off the phone with Sting who promised that he would make an appearance at next week's Impact. Jeff Jarrett came out next and told Cage that he already ran Sting out of TNA, the situation escalated and the two began exchanging blows. Monty Brown came out to help Jarrett, but Rhino evened the odds again, helping Cage. Jarrett and Brown were knocked out of the ring, as Cage and Rhino stared one another down with the Heavyweight title contract in the middle of the ring. Abyss made his way down and began brawling with Rhino, as the Jarrett and Cage brawl resumed, leaving Brown alone in the middle of the ring with the Heavyweight title contract.

At least there are six (including Sting) worthy contenders in the Heavyweight title scene. Kevin Nash will remain TNA's biggest Heavyweight title contender mistake. With a mix of legends and up and comers in the title scene, TNA can't go wrong.


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