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Countdown to TNA Sacrifice




Get ready for another rendition of TNA's ritual pay-per-view, Sacrifice.

This year's edition has a strong assortment of matches with some good storylines mixed in. In some cases, this PPV is as much about survival as anything else, while other bouts look to elevate new stars. There's also a retro feel for WCW fans, making this one of the more intriguing shows in some time. Let's get to the predictions.


 
MAIN EVENT: NWA HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH (FULL METAL MAYHEM)

Abyss vs. Christian Cage
 

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

With Sabu apparently leaving for WWE, Abyss has got to be considered as TNA's uncrowned hardcore champion. Some TLC matches aside, Christian doesn't have as much experience in extreme matches, but I think he'll crank it up in this case. Christian retains.

Ed Ludwig

The Samoan Submission Machine was a big surprise for this tag team match. Don't expect this to go long as Samoa Joe will eventually abandon Sting. Jarrett and Steiner will lay the beatdown leading to the Steiner Recliner and Sting passing out.

Jon Waldman

Well, Christian was the self-declared king of TLC in the Fed, so we know this will be a solid bout. I still have trouble buying Abyss in the main event fold, but then again I thought Mankind was elevated too quickly in the old days. Abyss deserves some gold, but not the top strap. It's time for TNA to create a mid-card title, but until then, Abyss will continue to be belt-less.

Greg Oliver

Since Abyss is in "possession" of the title rather than champion, this is an easier one to call - Cage takes it and regains his title, which he never actually lost (don't get me started on the idea of someone being able to steal a belt in this day and age).

Chris Sokol

This should be another great leg of their feud. Both men embody the heart and spirit of what TNA is truly about and both men deserve the praise they have been receiving. It's good that TNA is shying away from legend vs. legend, or already established star vs. already established star in the main event. Using fresh talent like Abyss in this situation was a big step in the right direction; however, he still won't be able to capture the title.


TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH

Samoa Joe/Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett/Scott Steiner


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

I actually think they should have done the contestant search a few more weeks - how funny would it have been if they brought in, say, Judy Bagwell or David Arquette? Sting's team wins, but get attacked by a returning Nash.

Ed Ludwig

New tag champs will be crowned as Styles and Daniels will lift the titles fom AMW. Interference will backfire on AMW and the title reign comes to a screeching halt when Styles pins Storm.

Jon Waldman

Two schools of thought here - either Joe turns on Sting, or Nash, deciding to go after the best of the X-Division guys, interferes on Jarrett's behalf. My bet is on Quady McFallFall getting in on this one.

Greg Oliver

This is the most obvious elevation of a young talent in years, and it is absolutely the right thing to do. That said, the match won't be much to write about but it will give Joe some serious rub. I forsee Sting and Joe winning, maybe by DQ. In the back of my mind, however, I fear that Double J will get Joe to turn and ruin him forever by making him stay behind him as a lackey.

Chris Sokol

Samoa Joe in the heavyweight division? It's about time. It should be interesting to see what Joe does with Jarrett and Steiner, two guys he has no real prior experience with. I don't think it will be a tremendous match, but it will serve it's purpose in bringing Joe up in the ranks to Heavyweight Title contention.


  NWA TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

AMW vs. AJ Styles/Christopher Daniels
 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Weren't Styles and Daniels feuding a month ago? While I like the team, those two are so much more entertaining separately, so I actually hope they keep the belts on AMW. Either way, should be a good match.

Ed Ludwig

Someone has to lose the gold and that will be AMW. Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt will pull off the unexpected and defeat AMW.

Jon Waldman

Well, if there was ever a time to turn AJ heel, this is it. Look for a post-match, "this is all your fault" turn, or a miscue a la Strike Force. AMW retain.

Greg Oliver

Thrown-together teams don't win world titles on the first shot, but it will be a great match. AMW wins.

Chris Sokol

The solid tag team title run of AMW will finally come to an end, as the bitter rivals capture tag gold together for the first time. This will be a great match with a wide variety of styles being showcased. They had an amazing match on Impact, and with any luck, they'll have a "phenomenal" one on PPV.


 

UNDERCARD

 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. Petey Williams - This could easily be match of the night. Liger wins.
Raven vs. A1 -
Raven wins, but more importantly, also gets some revenge on Larry Zybysko who will undoubtedly try to interfere.

Ed Ludwig

Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. Petey Williams - Match of the night potential providing Team Canada members don't get involved. Liger was beaten handily during his last PPV appearance so he will get the nod here with a small package victory.
Raven vs. A1 -
Raven in a total squash. A1 will be soaking in his own sauce when Raven chews through him.

Jon Waldman

Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. Petey Williams - Liger should so be battling Chris Benoit in WWE right now. Ah, a man can dream. Until then, he dominates TNA.
Raven vs. A1 -
Raven spills plenty of sauce here. Mesquite anyone?

Greg Oliver

Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. Petey Williams - Every ounce of my being screams "Go Canada Go!" but I can't seem them bringing Liger in just to lay down for Petey.
Raven vs. A1 -
A1 is done like dinner.

Chris Sokol

Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. Petey Williams - This should be another great match, with Liger picking up the victory over Team Canada's frontman.
Raven vs. A1 -
PPV Squash of sorts, as Raven makes his return, defeating Team Canada's tallest member.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman