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Impact: Relishing Raven vs Jarrett
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling


Will it be Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting? Will it be Raven vs. Scott Steiner? Will it be Scott Steiner vs. Jeff Jarrett? Those are just a few of the questions that TNA fans have faced over the past week, but fear not, all those questions will be answered this week on Impact. Click the nifty "Full Story" button and all your questions will be answered.

Jeff Jarrett emerged from the tunnel to open the show. He immediately began questioning Mike Tenay and Don West as to whether or not he would be in action tonight, and who his opponent would be. He called out Scott Steiner who took a more liberal approach to the situation, and grabbed Don West, strangling him for answers. Sting came to his rescue, chasing Jarrett out of the ring and taking it to Steiner. Jarrett was met on the ramp by Raven who got in a few shots of his own. When all was said and done, Raven and Sting stood alone in the ring, staring down their adversaries.

We then shot over to a recap of last week's occurrences. Ron "The Truth" Killings joined "The Monster" Abyss and Christian Cage in King of the Mountain, but who will be next?

Match One - America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm) w/ Gail Kim vs. The Naturals (Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas)

The Naturals started off strong, double teaming AMW, before we had to take a brief, but annoying commercial break. The action resumed with Douglas in firm control of the match. We got a shot of LAX and Moody Jack Melendez protesting over at the Spanish Announcers Table. The match eventually broke down, Gail Kim tried to get involved, but was stopped by AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels who took away her club, throwing it to Stevens. Instead of using it, Stevens tossed it away and was met with a pair of handcuffs to the face.

Winners Via Pinfall - America's Most Wanted ("Wildcat" Chris Harris and "The Tennessee Cowboy" James Storm)

Post Match - AMW attacked The Naturals and handcuffed them to the ropes. Shane Douglas watched on till he could take no more, walking away with his head down. Stevens was left a bloody mess as Douglas was knocked out cold. Could it get any worse for The Naturals?

Jeremy Borash stood in the X Division lockeroom with Alex Shelley. He asked Shelley about his alliance with Kevin Nash, just in time for the big man to make an entrance. Nash told Shelley he would be his new tripod and he would make a star out of him. So far, so good for Nash, hope he doesn't screw it up.

Christy Hemme pitched us the upcoming King of the Mountain Qualifier, as well as comments from Samoa Joe. Good job Christy! Just stay far away from the ring.

TNA returns to PPV on June 18 with Slammiversary.

Match Two - Alex Shelley w/ Kevin Nash vs. Jay Lethal

Lethal started off quick, but couldn't keep the engine running. Shelley worked extensively on the arm of Lethal, simmering down his offense and keeping the high flyer grounded. Lethal fired back with a mid-rope dropkick. Nash tried to get involved, but connected with Shelley on accident, allowing Lethal to sneak away with a victory.

Winner Via Pinfall - Jay Lethal

Post Match - Shelley and Nash attacked Lethal, dropping him with a Jacknife Powerbomb. Chris Sabin ran out, forcing Shelley and Nash to take the high road. Sabin got on the mic and in a relatively entertaining promo, called out Nash for a match at Slammiversary. Cross your fingers Sabin, maybe Nash will make this PPV.

In a video package, Samoa Joe talked about only helping Sting from bell to bell. He said Sting never did anything from him, but steal his spot in the company, asking why he should help him after his work was already done. The topic moved on to Scott Steiner. Joe ran down Steiner, claiming that he would take his reputation from him. Joe vs Steiner at Slammiversary?

Christy Hemme once again reminded us that a King of the Mountain Qualifier was still to come.

Team 3D stood in the promo area with Jeremy Borash and had a good laugh over the whole James Gang parody. The two men ripped on each other a little bit for good measure. Team 3D defended ECW honor and promised to show up The James Gang at Slammiversary.

Mike Tenay and Don West began talking about their situation from ringside, but had to send us back to Larry Zybysko's office in rapid fashion, as there was some commotion going on.

In Zybysko's office, AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels were shown lobbying for a Tag Title match against AMW. Styles claimed they had the best neutralizer for Gail Kim and that if they didn't win, they wouldn't ask for another rematch. Zybysko granted them the match as Mark "Slick" Johnson stormed into the office. He said that the new face of TNA wasn't waiting for Slammiversary, rumoring that he could pop up on Impact before then. Cough... Jim Cornette... Cough.

Jeremy Borash tried to get a word with LAX and Moody Jack Melendez, but they kicked him out of the area for not being Latin. Makes sense.

One final pitch for the King of the Mountain Qualifier from Christy Hemme and we are set to go.

They played a video package with Christian Cage talking about changing history and being the first champion to walk in to King of the Mountain and walk out of King of the Mountain, still champion.

Match Three - King of the Mountain Qualifying Match - Jeff Jarrett w/ Gail Kim vs. Raven

This was an all out brawl that saw its way all over the Impact Zone. Nobody was safe from this one, as chairs, trash cans, tables and even relish, that's right, relish were brought into the mix. Jarrett and Raven destroyed the concession stand before fighting down the ramp and back into the ring. Referee, Andrew Thomas got knocked out. Larry Zybysko came in and unarmed Raven and Jarrett from potential guitar shots. As Jarrett and Zybysko argued, Raven grabbed the guitar. He attempted to connect with Jarrett, but met with Zybysko instead. As all this confusion was going on, Jarrett gathered his bearings and hit The Stroke on Raven for the three count.

Winner Via Pinfall - Jeff Jarrett

We wrapped things up with a recap of the show and a reminder that next week is the final King of the Mountain Qualifier, featuring Scott Steiner and Sting.


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  • TNA Best of Christopher Daniels DVD

    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and was surprised at Chris Sabin's solid "Calling Out Promo" on Nash. Hail Sabin.