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Impact: Killings moves up the Mountain
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling


Are you ready for a new King of the Mountain to be crowned? Well, you'll have to wait till Slammiversary for that; however, we do have some qualifying action lined up on this week's edition of Impact. Also in store, the re-debut of Senshi, AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels in tag action, plus TNA's most reliable wrestler, Kevin Nash. So do the right thing and read the report.

The show started with the typical rundown, followed by a Senshi video package, sending us right into his match...

Match One - Senshi vs. Jay Lethal vs. Alex Shelley vs. Shark Boy

Strong re-debut here for Senshi, as he shows complete dominance. Lethal and Senshi re-ignited their old ROH feud here, with Senshi drilling Lethal with numerous kicks. Senshi was able to clear the ring of Shelley and Shark Boy before hitting his top rope double stomp on Lethal to pick up the victory in an impressive manner. Maybe they are setting up Senshi vs. Joe?

Winner Via Pinfall - Senshi

Post Match - Kevin Nash made his way to the ring and Jacknife Powerbombed Lethal. He grabbed the mic and did his usual "size matters," while Shelley filmed from ringside. So far so good with this angle, hopefully it will continue to move along without any major roadblocks.

In the back, Jeremy Borash stood amidst the contenders still vying for a shot at the King of the Mountain crown. They have a good pool of talent here, should be a great match at Slammiversary.

Christy Hemme informed us that Sting's interview would be coming up. At least they are not trying to make her a wrestler, we all know how that turned out the last time.

Next up was a video package on the King of the Mountain match. The champ going in has never walked out with the title -- will Christian Cage be the exception to the rule?

Match Two - The Diamonds in the Rough ("Primetime" Elix Skipper and David Young) w/ Simon Diamond vs. "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles

Prior to the match getting underway, they replayed footage from Sacrifice, that showed Gail Kim getting involved and helping America's Most Wanted retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Early on, the Diamonds isolated Styles from his corner, but when he made the tag, it was all Daniels. Daniels had the match in hand, until AMW came to interfere. While the referee was distracted, Harris clocked Daniels, knocking him out, then placing Young on top for the three count. Tenay made a comment about them celebrating "like they had just won game seven of the World Series." Guess that whole Chicago White Sox thing is still going on.

Winners Via Pinfall- The Diamonds in the Rough ("Primetime" Elix Skipper and David Young)

Jeremy Borash spoke with Sting backstage about Jeff Jarrett. Sting went off on Jarrett, telling him that he was going to do everything in his power to remove Jarrett from TNA so that he doesn't hurt anymore up-and-coming superstars. Sting told Jarrett that their rivalry was never going to end. Let's hope it does, eventually. Maybe put Sting back in there with more Eric Youngs rather than Jeff Jarretts. It worked well the first time.

TNA ran a promo for Slammiversary where a Tiger Woods impersonator was playing golf, and as the ball was going in the hole, Jeff Jarrett put his foot over the hole. Mike Tenay and Don West were the commentators. Interesting concept for a commercial to push the whole King of the Mountain thing.

In the spirit of the rebirth of DX, The James Gang came out dressed like Team 3D and cut a promo to help further their feud along, with a rematch taking place at Slammiversary. Pretty unique considering what's currently going on with WWE.

Next up was a pre-taped interview with Raven, where he discussed his desire to be NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Another run for him would be great.

In the back, Jeremy Borash caught up with Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett. Steiner snapped on Jarrett, telling him to "shut up." Steiner then proceeded to go off on Samoa Joe, laying down the gauntlet to "The Samoan Submission Machine." Round two for them at Slammiversary? That could pan out.

Match Three - "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode w/ Coach Scott D'Amore vs. Andy Douglas

Referee Mark "Slick" Johnson was sporting some weird ref attire, but nonetheless, the match went on. After some back and forth action, Roode connected with a Northern Lariat on Douglas for the three count.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Canadian Enforcer" Bobby Roode

Post Match - The attack on Douglas continued, Chase Stevens came out, but was beat down as well. "The War Machine" Rhino came out next and cleaned house. He then challenged Roode and D'Amore to a Handicap Match at Slammiversary. As The Naturals were leaving, Shane Douglas began walking them out and talking to them. Finally it appears as though Douglas will be back in a ringside, or possibly in-ring role.

Backstage, Jeremy Borash spoke with Ron "The Truth" Killings who talked about his King of the Mountain Qualifier against "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown. Killings assured victory. Good to have Monty Brown back in action.

Match Four - King of the Mountain Qualifying Match - Ron "The Truth" Killings vs. "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown

"Captain Charisma" joined Tenay and West on commentary for this one. Brown was very aggressive, tons of power offense, slamming Killings all over the match. Killings used his quickness and agility to hit Brown with a plauncha to the floor. The match made it's way back into the ring, with Brown regaining control. He set up for the POOOOOOOOOOUNNNNNNCEEEEE! period, but Killings moved out of the way and rolled him up for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall - Ron "The Truth" Killings


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  • TNA Best of Christopher Daniels DVD

    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and enjoys the fact that he can once again incorporate the POOOOOOUNNNNNNCEEEE! period, into his reports.