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Impact: Steeling for a PPV & schedule change
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Six sides of steel has been one TNA match that doesn't seem to disappoint, except when it's used in every match on the card, but thats beside the point. Last week's Impact may have boosted the spirits of fans watching along. Progressive storylines, a great main event and some hype towards Lockdown all contributed. Will the roll continue as TNA heads to a different television spot? Read the report.

Team Canada kicked off the show in the ring singing the Canadian National Anthem. Team 3D came out to exact some revenge, but their efforts proved to be futile, as the numbers game caught up with them. Team Canada used a table to their advantage, as "Showtime" Eric Young hit a beautiful elbow drop, planting Devon through the wood. After the beat down, Team Canada buried the Dudleys under the Canadian flag and cut a promo on how powerful they truly are.

Team Jarrett cut a promo with Jeremy Borash, bringing down Sting, who vowed he would be at Impact. Again, let's hope Scott Steiner's wrestling skills are on par with his talking skills. Maybe he can rekindle some of that Steiner Brothers magic, but on the other hand, he could be that same old Steiner from WCW's demise.

They played some footage from the TNA House show in Detroit. One of the best moves TNA has made in quite some time. House shows are one way to spread the word and get some income at the same time. With any luck, things will pan out and the arenas they run out of will get bigger and bigger.

Match One - NWA World Tag Team Championship Match - America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm) w/ Gail Kim and Jackie Gayda (C) vs. The James Gang (Kip and BG James)

The James Gang did their usual spiel before the match. On the outside, Gail and Jackie's "feud" continued, as Gail poured beer all over Jackie. In the ring, AMW had control over the match until Kip hit the Fameasser, or whatever he calls it nowadays. Storm attempted to use his beer bottle, but the ref stopped him. While the ref wasn't looking, Konnan came in and hit Kip with a slapjack, allowing Storm to make the cover and retain the titles. Afterwards, "Bullet" Bob Armstrong came out to check on the Gang.

Winners Via Pinfall and STILL NWA World Tag Team Champions - America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm)

 

Next up was a video package about the Six Sides of Steel. Dusty Rhodes' favorite match.

In the ring, Jeremy Borash stood by with "The Monster" Abyss and Father James Mitchell. Mitchell talked about how they accomplished what they set out to do. They pitched another video, Part 2 of their documentary, entitled "Desperately Alone Housewife." With Alex Shelley behind the camera, Mitchell and Abyss approached the Christian Cage household, only to be met by Cage himself. Cage took it to Shelley, but soon found himself on the defensive, as Abyss beat him all through his house, throwing him into the pool and attempting to drown him. Mitchell loved the video and talked about how great it was. Mike Tenay and Don West were irritated with the antics, leading to Don West washing his hands of the situation and leaving. Mitchell is a tremendous manager. It was also announce that Abyss would be taking on AJ Styles on the next edition of Impact. Ah, a Lockdown rewind match.

They played a promo video for Sabu, using a remix of his old theme. Sort of nostalgic. As for his match with Samoa Joe, can you say...brutal?

Match Two - Number One Contenders Match for a Shot at the X Division Championship - Alex Shelley vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin

Typical X Division match, glad TNA decided to move Joe up to the Heavyweight division. After some intense action, Joe was able to pull of a Muscle Buster on Dutt for the one-two-three, thus gaining the right to challenge for the X Division championship against "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels.

Winner Via Pinfall and NEW Number One Contender to the X Division Championship - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe

This erupted into a Christopher Daniels/Samoa Joe brawl that had to be broken up by security.

In the back, Team Jeff Jarrett was headed towards the ring to confront Sting.

TNA then recapped Sting's interview from the last edition of Impact, as Team Jeff Jarrett made it to the ring. Jarrett's team called out Sting as the lights went out. When they came back on, nearly every face on the TNA Roster was standing at a different point in the arena. The lights went out again and when they came back on, Sting had arrived. Sting and the other faces cleared house and stood tall as Impact came to an end.

Not a great Impact match wise, but the storylines are starting to head in the right direction. Lockdown is shaping up to be the third solid PPV for TNA in a row.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is glad that Alex Shelley was put in a match on this edition of Impact.