Impact: Many aim to climb Mountain
CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling
TNA Sacrifice had its ups and downs, proving that while TNA has been on a hotstreak, there can be that bump in the road to slow them down. It appears as though Impact is looking to make up for the lackluster PPV with the first qualifier match for the King of the Mountain Match and the Finals of the World X Cup. It's time for your adrenaline rush courtesy of TNA.
The show began with a quick recap of the PPV. There were a few good matches and a few "okay" matches. Nothing too terrible, but not one of their better outings.
The TNA Impact opener led us into "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage's victory speech. Cage joined his "Peeps" in the Impact Zone, returning the favor to them from when they stormed the ring after he won the title. The love affair didn't last long, as Cage headed to the ring with business in mind. Cage called out his opponents for the King of the Mountain match, and eight possible contenders stepped forward. Jeff Jarrett and Sting shot their mouths off a bit before Larry Zybysko intervened via the TNA Tron. Zybysko announced that there would be King of the Mountain qualifying matches between the eight men to determine the four contenders to Cage's championship, and the qualifiers would be starting later on in the broadcast.
In the back, Samoa Joe was shown getting ready for his match, as Mike Tenay and Don West said that they wanted answers from him. At least Joe is being featured in the Heavyweight division.
Christy Hemme has been reduced to pitching matches apparently, informing fans that the World X Cup finals would be headed our way next on Impact. Aren't there so many other things they could be doing with her... maybe using her wrestling ability... maybe not.
A vignette to hype Senshi's debut on the next edition of Impact played. Looks like he's finally going to get some TNA action despite having already debuted.
Match One - Finals In The World X Cup - "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams w/ Team Canada vs. Chris Sabin w/ Team USA
Before the match it was announced that both teams would be locked out of the Impact Zone as per the orders of Larry Zybysko. This was your typical match between the two. Sabin used his quickness to take down Williams with a snapmare, before snapping off an incredible dropkick to the back of Williams head. Throughout the match, LAX and Moody Jack Melendez were shown protesting, Kevin Nash was shown beating on a security guard and in ring action were all displayed, keeping fans' attentive so they could pick up on the three different storylines intertwined in this match. Williams hit some nice moves, including a springboard huricanrana to the floor. Another high flying attempt landed Williams in some hot water, as he was caught and thrown into the Cradle Shock.
Winner Via Pinfall and Winner of the World X Cup for Team USA - Chris Sabin
Post Match - Kevin Nash came out and attacked Sabin, breaking apart the World X Cup trophy and busting the young star open. Nash grabbed a mic and put over the fact that size does matter, before jumping out of the ring. Jerry Lynn, Alex Shelley, Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal came to Sabin's aid, but Shelley turned on his teammates and walked away with Nash. Although Nash has done the angle before, this could still be pretty good.
TNA returns to PPV on Sunday, June 18 with Slammiversary.
Jeremy Borash stood in the back with the competitors in the King of the Mountain Qualifying matches. Scott Steiner freaked out during the segment and left the backstage answer to find out who his opponent was going to be. As Mike Tenay and Don West replayed Sabin being helped out of the ring during the break, Scott Steiner made his way to ringside and slammed down on the table, grabbing Don West and demanding answers. Samoa Joe came out next and stared down Steiner before getting in the ring for his match...
Match Two - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs. Chase Stevens
First off, Joe and Steiner would be a great physical singles match. Joe showed complete dominance in this one, forcing Stevens to submit to the Rear Naked Choke.
Winner Via Submission - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe
Post Match - Joe continued his assault on Stevens, before Andy Douglas made his return and came to Stevens' aid. "The Franchise" Shane Douglas stood on the ramp and watched along. Douglas with The Naturals? Good idea.
Christy popped back up to announce that the first King of the Mountain qualifier was coming up next.
In the back, Jeremy Borash spoke with Team 3D who took a direct shot at the resurrection of ECW, before tending to some TNA business. In a rather entertaining fashion, Brother Ray and Brother Devon called out the James Gang for a No Holds Barred Match at Slammiversary.
Match Three - King of the Mountain Qualifying Match - "The Monster" Abyss vs. "The War Machine" Rhino
Clips reminded us that Father James Mitchell was not around due to getting chokeslammed onto thumbtacks by Christian Cage at Sacrifice. This was more or less a brawl, with both men landing big punches back and forth. The end came when "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode and Coach Scott D'Amore hit the ring. Roode was met with a Gore, but when Rhino attempted to take out D'Amore, he was met with a Black Hole Slam.
Winner Via Pinfall and Qualifier to the King of the Mountain Match - "The Monster" Abyss
Post Match - D'Amore slapped around and badmouthed Rhino as Roode walked to the back. The Roode/Rhino feud seems to be improving. Both men are capable of putting on a great match.
We wrapped things up with a music video recap of Impact. All in all, another decent show.
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Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is happy that Andy Douglas is back to give Chase Stevens some meaning in TNA.