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Impact: Jarrett's Lethal challenge
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling


No more Team Canada, but a Jay Lethal push instead? Good call by TNA management to put one of it's hottest stars to the test once again, as Mr. Lethal has earned himself a title shot of his choice. Speaking of pushes, LAX is also on the receiving end of one, as they look to get their hands dirty on the NWA Tag Team Champions, all this and more on Impact!

The show started with the traditional recap of the PPV. Victory Road was decent enough, if you want the full review, click this link.

Jeremy Borash kicks off the show backstage, standing outside Sting's locker room, awaiting to hear about Sting's condition. Jay Lethal steps out and says that Sting will be fine, Borash questions Lethal about his upcoming X Division title match, Lethal says that after talking to Sting, he decided to go for it all, challenging "The King of the Mountain" himself for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

"The Franchise" Shane Douglas stood in the ring and touted The Naturals victory over The Diamonds in the Rough at Victory Road, before announcing his new team for this contest...

Match One - The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens) w/ "The Franchise" Shane Douglas vs. Matt Bentley and Frankie Kazarian

Is TNA afraid of bringing Traci Brooks out or something? I mean, they reunited these two, but they had a manager remember? Regardless, Bentley and Kazarian got in a ton of offense, that sent The Naturals reeling. Kazarian and Bentley didn't miss a beat, using their old game plan to great success. In the end, it was The Naturals' new teachings that carried them through, as a huricanrana attempt from Bentley was blocked, leading to the missile dropkick, sit out powerbomb finish for the win. After the match, Shane Douglas stepped into the ring and yelled at The Naturals, sending them to the back.

Winners Via Pinfall - The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens)

Mike Tenay and Don West spoke about the Sting situation at Victory Road and showed some footage from the event. Sting and Jarrett needs to end, put someone else up there that really needs the push. Jay Lethal vs. Jeff Jarrett is perfect, why can't they build something like that with a younger talent as opposed to Sting? Sting needs to be putting over the younger talent, not hogging the title scene.

In the back, Jeremy Borash was still waiting outside Sting's locker room, when "Showtime" Eric Young popped up and asked Borash for another idea. Borash was about to give Young a "great idea," but there was mayhem at the announce table.

Jeff Jarrett and "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner had hit the ringside area and were taking over. Jarrett complained about Sting not wanting to do battle with him, which is why Sting "conned" Jay Lethal into taking a title opportunity against Jarrett. Typical Jarrett complaint promo, and he is still entertaining.

Paparazzi Productions is back! Kevin Nash and Alex Shelley are shown watching tapes from Japan, Mexico and Madagascar. Nash comments about the two sided ring in Madagascar. Shelley claims that they are excellent wrestlers in Madagascar, and he was going to fly two of them in to train with Nash so he come closer to capturing the X Division Championship. Surprisingly, Nash remains excellent in this storyline.

Match Two - "The War Machine" Rhino vs. Robert Adams

GORE! GORE! GORE!

Winner Via Pinfall - "The War Machine" Rhino

Post Match - Rhino grabbed the mic and said that he wanted an answer to his "Extreme Challenge." "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe came out and accepted. The two will face each other at Hard Justice and on the next edition of Impact. A fight nearly broke out, but security was there to break it up. Where was "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown?

In the back, Jeremy Borash spoke with Brother Runt, but was told to sit down and "shut up" by Brother Ray and Brother Devon who told Brother Runt that they were leaving TNA for a while to refocus. They needed to retrain themselves to capture the NWA Tag Team Championships. They told Runt to behave himself and go after the X Division Championship. Runt smirked as Team 3D left the locker room.

Back from commercial with Jeremy Borash, America's Most Wanted and Gail Kim. AMW yelled at one another for their loss at Victory Road. Kim stopped them and said that Sirelda was to blame. Kim questioned how tough she would be when she had to face her at Hard Justice. Nice, Gail Kim vs. Sirelda on PPV. Good deal.

In the ring, "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles and "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels stood with contracts for all the tag teams in TNA, pondering where their open challenge would come from. Konnan came out and claimed there was no contract for LAX, because Styles and Daniels were ducking them. Styles and Daniels went and hand delivered a contract to Konnan, but were attacked by "The Notorious 187" Homicide and Hernandez, who beat down the champs and held their belts as Konnan held the contract up. Excellent, LAX deserves the push.

In the back Jeremy Borash is back outside Sting's door, Borash notes that the door was opened while he was interviewing AMW and nobody is inside. He talks about what Lethal said earlier, as we head back to the ring.

Larry Zbyzsko came out and asked Jim Cornette if he was in Sting's locker room. Zbyzsko had the right to know, because he is still a part of the championship committee. Zbyzsko questions Cornette's decisions to let big matches such as Joe and Rhino and Lethal and Jarrett take place on Impact when they should be on PPV. Mark "Slick" Johnson came out and bugged Zbyzsko before laughing and leaving. It is interesting the way TNA uses Johnson -- at least it's unique.

Back from commercial with a Bobby Roode hype video. Roode is a very talented athlete.

Match Three - NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match - "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett (C) vs. Jay Lethal

Lethal was extremely impressive, taking Jarrett off his game almost immediately, working him in the corner and sending him to the floor. "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner came out with a lead pipe. Lethal attempted some high risk offense, but was shoved off the top and to the floor by Jarrett. Steiner, got involved a bit, but it didn't slow down Lethal, until Steiner used his lead pipe to knock Lethal off the top rope. Jarrett hit The Stroke off the second rope and picked up the win to retain the title.

Winner Via Pinfall and STILL NWA World Heavyweight Champion - "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett

Post Match - Steiner hit the ring and put Lethal in the Steiner Recliner. The lights went out and came back on with Sting in the ring. Sting cleaned house as security tried to separate the sides.

Backstage, Jeremy Borash caught up with "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage, who was entering Jim Cornette's office, because he wanted to ask Cornette if he could be in Sting's corner at Hard Justice to even the odds against Jarrett and Steiner.


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