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Countdown to Destination X
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




On Sunday night, TNA will head to PPV once again for Destination X, with a card that can best be described as a mixed bag.

You've got what should be an entertaining main event, a couple multi-person, potential pier-sixers and a home-grown gimmick match. What more could you ask for?


 
MAIN EVENT: NWA HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Monty Brown vs. Christian Cage
 

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

These two have great chemistry on the mic, but I wonder whether their in-ring styles are just too different to mesh into a great match. Christian hasn't had the belt long enough to lose it already, but Monty shouldn't lose cleanly so that he continues to look strong. Ergo, Christian wins by DQ.

Jon Waldman

Well, Christian goes over here, we know that; the big problem, however, is that Jarrett will somehow get involved. Maybe he'll invoke his rematch clause after Brown destroys Christian for a while? Quite possibly.

Greg Oliver

No question in my mind that Cage is going home with the belt. The question is will they let Brown be strong in defeat or is the goal to establish legitimacy to Cage's reign? I suspect it's a little of both. I sincerely hope (but doubt) it'll be a clean finish without any interference. Jarrett will stick his nose in somehow and it'll backfire.

X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH (Ultimate X)

Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

I've got goosebumps thinking about how good and violent this one could get. This one won't be the typical Ultimate X match, in that Joe will keep a lot of the action on the mat as opposed to a lot of high spots from the cables. Daniels and Styles will take each other out, letting Joe keep his winning streak going.

Jon Waldman

You have to figure Joe avoids the cables, yet somehow wins here. Maybe he introduces a ladder to the mayhem? That's my guess. Joe retains here as the fans officially turn on Styles.

Greg Oliver

I thought Joe would lose at the last PPV, so what do I know? I know it'll be a good match, but not great. The Ultimate X rigging better be set up strong to withstand Joe. I'll take Daniels to win. Technically Joe will still be unpinned in TNA.


EIGHT MAN TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Abyss/Jeff Jarrett/AMW vs. Rhino/Team 3D/Ron Killings


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Haven't we seen this before? I like all of the players here, but these huge tag matches are getting to be somewhat routine. Team Canada will interfere, Gail and Jackie will have a catfight, and the whole thing will become a big schmozz before Jarrett breaks out his guitar, but before he can get the win, Sting will take him out and help the babyface team go over.

Jon Waldman

I guess this is somehow supposed to make me want to see Team 3D vs. AMW for the titles already right? Wrong. Nor does it interest me to see Rhino/Abyss or Jarrett against... well, any of them. Killings is a bit fresher to the main event ranks, but don't forget that he's been an NWA champ. There's really no reason why some actual fresh faces aren't getting elevated here, and even less reason why a Team Canada member should not be in the mix.

Greg Oliver

It'll be an entertaining, overbooked mess. The bad guys will come out on top.


 

UNDERCARD

 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Lance Hoyt vs. Matt Bentley - Remember when Hoyt-a-mania was running wild? What happened? Bentley wins.
James Gang/Bob Armstrong vs. LAX -
Wouldn't a Bob Armstrong heel turn be hilarious, especially if he came out on the next Impact all gangsta? James Gang wins.

Jon Waldman

Lance Hoyt vs. Matt Bentley - Honestly, this is looking boring to me. Sorry guys.
James Gang/Bob Armstrong vs. LAX -
Why? why god, why? This is such an obvious turn that it doesn't even need to be seen on PPV - you could see it coming at least a week ahead.

Greg Oliver

Lance Hoyt vs. Matt Bentley - Hoyt's climb up the roster begins again.
James Gang/Bob Armstrong vs. LAX -
How could you not pick "The Bullet"?


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman