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Impact: Joe is Sting's man
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


TNA Sacrifice is right around the corner and is a stacked card is on tap. Between the Full Metal Mayhem, Tag Team supermatch and International explosions set to take place, TNA appears to be chock full of excitement, but will that excitement translate into a hyped out edition of Impact? Read the report and find out.

Team 3D made their way to the ring first to complain about the unfair treatment they were receiving. They argued that Christopher Daniels and AJ Styles should not get a tag title shot before they do, because they are the most dominant tag team in wrestling. That comment paved the way for the James Gang to come out and defend themselves, claiming that Team 3D had never beat them. The argument got heated, but turned into all fun and games and a tag team match for respect at Sacrifice.

The Impact opener led us into...

Match One - World X Cup Second Round Match - Puma w/ Shocker vs. Chris Sabin

TNA needs to continue bringing international talent in, thus far they have yet to disappoint. This was back and forth in the early goings, but Puma was able to take control midway through the match. Team Japan, Team Canada and the rest of Team USA (along with Jerry Lynn) watched on from their respective positions, as Sabin caught Puma with a pair of boots to the head (while Puma was upside down), followed by a Cradle Shock for the one-two-three. Sabin is a hot commodity in TNA.

Winner Via Pinfall - Chris Sabin

World X Cup Standings
Team USA - 5 Points
Team Mexico - 2 Points
Team Canada - 0 Points
Team Japan - 0 Points

In the back, Jeremy Borash stood by with America's Most Wanted, Gail Kim, Jackie Gayda, Bobby Roode, A-1 and Scott D'Amore. Gail and Jackie had to leave, because Jackie was causing a fuss, they had her make some coffee, as Larry Zybysko came in to beg for help with Raven. D'Amore offered him the services of A-1 which were accepted. Maybe Raven can do what others have yet to do and bring out the best in A-1.

TNA Sacrifice on PPV this Sunday, May 14.

In the Team USA lockeroom, Jeremy Borash stood by with Team USA. Alex Shelley told them to sit and watch his interview with Kevin Nash. In the interview, Nash bashed the X Division and laid out an open challenge to them, which when we returned to the lockeroom, was accepted by Sonjay Dutt.

James Mitchell popped up on the TNA Tron, holding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Mitchell said that he would hold the title until it was time for Full Metal Mayhem, where Abyss would destroy Christian Cage. We got a preview of the match in the form of...

Match Two - Full Metal Mayhem Match - "The Monster" Abyss vs. Chase Stevens

Stevens was dismantled, thrown into a chair and chokeslammed through a table.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Monster" Abyss

*After the match, Christian Cage came out and attacked Abyss with a ladder, diving off the ladder onto Abyss and security, in the process, busting him open. Should be the best match on the PPV.

Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner came out to confront Sting. Sting came out with Rick Steiner, Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell in tow, telling Jarrett he had one last chance to pick his opponent, Sting had one more guy in the back he could rely on. Jarrett finally accepted the offer. Sting seemed less than happy at first, but showed he was putting on an act, as he announced his partner to be..."The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe. Yipeee!

Match Three - Six Man Tag Team Match - America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm) and "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode w/ Coach Scott D'Amore and Gail Kim vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and "The War Machine" Rhino

Very solid main event, these guys have been putting forth some of the best matches in TNA as of late. AMW and Roode were in control for a majority of the match, isolating one man at a time and working them over. Soon the fight broke down, with finishers in all directions. Jackie Gayda came out with the coffee and threw it in the face of Storm, who turned around into a Gore! Gore! Gore!

Winners Via Pinfall - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and "The War Machine" Rhino

They played a music video to hype Sacrifice as this edition of Impact wrapped up.


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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and will be covering TNA Sacrifice here on SLAM! Wrestling. Is Kevin Nash actually going to compete?!