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Impact: Shelley's Sting film not Oscar-worthy
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Can't wait, huh? Couldn't sleep, right? This Sting footage Alex Shelley has been promising has been keeping you awake, wouldn't you say? Well, you might be the only one. Granted, the Sting saga has been mildly entertaining, but will this footage live up to it's hype? That's debatable. Guess we'll just have to dive and find out for ourselves.

Things started with the usual recap, including some hype for the Alex Shelley/Sting footage that we alluded to earlier. Bet you're chomping at the bit.

Match One - "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown vs. Dylan Knight

The sirens are buzzing, which must mean it's time for our squash alert. Brown destroys any hopes of Knight moving along here in TNA, finishing him off with the POOOOOOOUNNNNNNCEEEEE! Period.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown

Brown grabbed a mic and began his verbal abuse of Christian Cage. Brown proclaimed that he was hunting him down on the Serengetti, when Cage emerged from the face entrance ramp. Cage asked Brown if he even knew where the Serengetti was located. Cage continued his quiz on Brown, asking him what the capital of Thailand was. Of course a low blow would indicate that the capital is Bangkok. This led to a brawl between the two, who will be facing off at Destination X.

In the back with Jeremy Borash, America's Most Wanted and Gail Kim talked about Ron "The Truth" Killings and "The War Machine" Rhino. They told Killings and Rhino that they would be receiving a preview of what they were going to get at Destination X. Jeff Jarrett and Alex Shelley popped onto the scene and hyped the viewing party for the Sting footage. Shelley proclaimed that it was his best work yet.

Match Two - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong

A rematch from the first TNA match on Spike TV, this time, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels joined Mike Tenay and Don West for commentary. Styles was pretty dominating in this one, while Daniels talked all about his new training techniques that he promises will take him to the top of the Ultimate X match. After a stiff forearm shot, Styles hit The Styles Clash for an academic victory.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles

Backstage, Gail Kim approached Jackie Gayda with a bag. She told Gayda that she had to wear what was inside the bag. Gayda showed her displeasure, but when she found out that it was Jeff Jarrett who gave the instructions, she had no choice but to indulge him.

Match Three - Team Canada (A-1 and "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode) vs. The James Gang (BG and Kip James)

Roode and A-1 attacked as BG was doing his opening spiel. They didn't let up either, keeping The James Gang at bay and giving them no shot at any offensive momentum. A-1 was on the receiving end of a neckbreaker, that led to Kip getting the hot tag and cleaning some house. Konnan made his presence felt, coming down to hit BG in the back of the head with a slapjack. This gave the Canadians the perfect opportunity to cut in and make the pinfall, picking up another victory.

Winners Via Pinfall - Team Canada (A-1 and "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode)

After the match, LAX continued the attack, until "The Bullet" Bob Armstrong came to the ring and chased them off.

Next up was a video package hyping the Ultimate X match at Destination X. Should be a good match, and again it would be the best way for Joe to lose the title. He wouldn't be pinned, he wouldn't submit, he wouldn't be involved in the final decision. Giving the belt back to Styles or Daniels would be good, as long as they feud with some fresh, along the lines of Shannon Moore.

Match Four - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs. Shark Boy

The sirens return, as "Squash Match Alert" is back in effect for this one. Joe destroyed the cult favorite, chopping him silly, hitting a Muscle Buster and locking in the Rear Naked Choke.

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

Backstage, Jackie Gayda complained to Gail Kim about putting on the outfit. Kim informed her that she had no choice, unless she wanted them to air her dirty laundry, in the form of Alex Shelley's tape. She retreated back to changing, opting to wear the outfit. Think Jarrett will make her bark like a dog?

They played a Ron "The Truth" Killings video package, highlighting some more of his career. He really seems like a lost cause in TNA, but with any luck, that will change.

Match Five - NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH - America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm) w/ Gail Kim vs. Ron "The Truth" Killings and "The War Machine" Rhino

Killings and Rhino played some games early on, mocking the tag champs, with Killings wearing one of the cowboy hats. The two teams battled back and forth, "The Monster" Abyss made his presence felt, attacking Rhino and belly to-belly suplexing him through one of the steel walls on the entrance way. Back in the ring, Killings fell victim to The Death Sentence, giving AMW another big win.

Winners Via Pinfall and STILL NWA World Tag Team Champions - America's Most Wanted

In the viewing party room, Jarrett and his cronies sat down to watch Shelley's work. Gayda joined the party wearing the outfit that Jarrett gave her. In the video, Sting is shown picking his kids up from school, working out and doing all his regular activities. Jarrett showed that he was excited, saying how happy he was that Sting listened and went home to be with his family. "Showtime" Eric Young once again interrupted the celebration, saying that Sting wasn't gone, and that watching him workout is further proof. Jarrett listened to Young and changed his mind, telling Shelley to get more stuff on Sting. Shelley was upset, but went along with Jarrett's orders. The question is, when will Sting return?

Well, were you impressed? That Alex Shelley sure got some provocative stuff now didn't he? Moving along, TNA did a great job setting up the Monty Brown/Christain feud, two guys who certainly deserve success. The Rhino/Abyss feud took another step in the right direction as well. Destination X is certainly shaping up, could it be two solid PPVs in a row for TNA?

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wants to know which match you are most looking forward to at Destination X. Send your input to CJS137@aol.com.