Countdown to Slammiversary
SLAM! Wrestling Staff
TNA is in a celebrating mood this month, as they commemorate another year in
Yes friends, it's time once again for Slammiversary, and once again, TNA has
assembled an interesting card.
With an increased WCW presence, blending with the home-grown stars, we should
be in for an interesting night. Here's what's on tap.
| MAIN EVENT: KING OF THE MOUNTAIN NWA
HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
Jeff Jarrett vs. Christian Cage vs. Sting vs. Abyss vs. Ron Killings
Was TNA's spot on Global Impact legit or a swerve? Well, I'll go with goof-up
here. There are really only two guys that can claim to be a new champ and be
legit at this point - Sting or Jarrett. I have to think Sting here, hopefully
for a very short run.
Since they've been hyping that the champion never wins in a King of the Mountain
match, I'm picking the champion to retain. My darkhorse pick would be Abyss.
Cage has been a refreshing champion. He came in as a new face to TNA, he has
had some great matches and he has delivered when it came to mic time. With all
this going for him, it would look as though the title is going to say with him.
However, after some careful thought, it would make sense for Sting to win the
championship and prove Cage's point from Impact. New champ, new feud.
|| NWA WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
America's Most Wanted vs. AJ Styles/Christopher Daniels
I was expecting a gimmick match here to end the feud, with Styles and Daniels
coming out on top. For that reason, I think this will be a controversial finish,
leading to a double-ladder match at the next PPV.
Will Styles & Daniels stay a team long-term? There are some interesting
matches down to the road against Team 3D, the Naturals, etc., if they do stick
together. So I'll play a hunch and say Styles & Daniels win the belts.
Speaking of new champions, it looks as though Daniels and Styles will finally
capture tag gold together. Honestly, they can't break up and re-start their
feud - that would be a step in the wrong direction. Like Cage, AMW have had
a great run as champions, but Styles and Daniels are part of that leader faction
in TNA, they are the "go-to" guys in the company, and now it's their
turn to once again carry the torch and spice up TNA's tag team division.
|| GRUDGE MATCH
Samoa Joe vs. Scott Steiner
If this match doesn't put Joe over, you might as well tag TNA as WCW version 2.0.
On a night where you're potentially killing your most unique wrestlers (in the
X-Division) and likely putting an old hero on top (Sting), you certainly cannot
kill the momentum of your top-drawing, homegrown talent (Samoa Joe) for a broken-down,
40-plus has-been. Joe must go over big time, and I'm talking career-ending big-time
here, otherwise all hope is lost.
Samoa Joe all the way.
This will, without a doubt be a hard hitting match. Both men are known for their
rugged style, or as some prefer to call it, their "strong". Steiner
will land a few good shots in there, but Joe will overcome them, choking out
"Big Poppa Pump" and further riding his undefeated streak that started
a year ago.
Rhino vs. Bobby Roode/Scott D'Amore -
We know Rhino wins here, well, unless
he is actually on his way out and headed to ECW. Methinks the latter is the case.
Team 3D vs. James Gang -
Team 3D goes ECW on DX.
Kevin Nash vs. Chris Sabin -
I want Sabin to win, I really do; but hey, Nash
was on the conference call, plus he hasn't killed enough careers yet. Sigh.
Rhino vs. Bobby Roode/Scott D'Amore - Rhino wins, D'Amore pulls off
Team 3D vs. James Gang - Team 3D claims the win.
Kevin Nash vs. Chris Sabin - A complete waste unless Sabin wins. Hail Sabin,
Rhino vs. Bobby Roode/Scott D'Amore - Scott D'Amore will add some extra
entertainment into what is sure to be a great match.
Team 3D vs. James Gang - This will be a brawl. Team 3D will exact some revenge
on The James Gang with a little help from Brother Runt.
Kevin Nash vs. Chris Sabin - Nash and Shelley have done their job extremely
well, however Sabin gets the rub in this encounter.
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-- compiled by Jon Waldman