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Countdown to TNA Hard Justice
By SLAM! Wrestling




It's the moment TNA fans have been waiting for - Sting finally steps into the ring with Jeff Jarrett for the NWA Championship.

Yes, Hard Justice is finally here, and tonight, two multi-time champs meet in a clash of former WCW champions.

Of course, there's a solid group of other matches, so let's take a peek at the card.


 
MAIN EVENT: NWA HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting
 

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

This reminds me of the good old days - by which I mean the bad old days when WCW was gasping its last breaths. But to be fair, I've been more entertained by Sting's TNA run than I was for his entire WCW career. They've let this feud simmer long enough, and now it's time for Sting to earn his decisive victory for the belt.

Matt Mackinder

I don’t like either of these guys as champion to be honest. I always thought Sting was in TNA to get the younger guys over. Controversy is sure to surround this match, and a possible heel turn by Christian Cage probably costs Sting the match.

Jon Waldman

Anyone else think Christian turns on Sting here? It's just a matter of if he does so during the match, thus aligning with JJ, or afterwards and becoming the number one contender. My vote is for the latter. Sting gets the belt.


NWA TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

LAX vs. AJ Styles/Christopher Daniels


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

I don't know exactly when I became an LAX fan, but I find them to be some of the most entertaining characters on TNA right now. I can't see them winning the titles this quickly, so look for the champs to retain and the feud to continue.

Matt Mackinder

This should be a doozy. Styles and Daniels are great as a team, but with no real gimmick – and I like that. LAX has major heat – and I like that, too. Though it may be too soon for the titles to change hands (maybe at Bound For Glory?), and it wouldn’t shock me to see LAX win, I give the nod to Styles and Daniels.

Jon Waldman

Well, Christian will turn heel on the show, meaning that Styles and Daniels stay together for another month. My feeling is that LAX will win and we'll get a ladder match, or something of that nature, as the rematch before the number one contenders get their shot.


  X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH

Senshi vs. Petey Williams
 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Poor Petey. Senshi stomps his way to victory.

Matt Mackinder

Williams has been here before, so I’m not sure if this is another go-round or what. Senshi exemplifies the X Division and should have a long reign. I think he retains in this one, but this could be the sleeper bout on the card.

Jon Waldman

Low Ki gets the W here. Unfortunately, however, he's fodder at this point.


 

UNDERCARD

 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Rhino vs. Samoa Joe vs. Monty Brown (Falls Count Anywhere) - Monty pins Rhino after the POOOOUNCE. It ends that feud and still keeps Joe's streak alive.
Kevin Nash vs. Chris Sabin (#1 Contender's Match) -
Nash seems totally inspired lately, both in his promos and in the ring. Even though he'll win, hopefully not in a way that buries Sabin.
AMW vs. James Gang vs. Naturals vs. Frankie Kazarian/Max Bentley (#1 Contender's Match) -
Shane Douglas helps the Naturals get the win, while AMW finally split.
Brother Runt vs. Abyss -
Poor Runt. He wins somehow, but gets destroyed in the process.
Gail Kim vs. Sirelda -
Gail cheats her way to victory.

Matt Mackinder

Rhino vs. Samoa Joe vs. Monty Brown (Falls Count Anywhere) - I saw a T-shirt at the Detroit house show in March that said "Joe Kills Bitches". Not that extreme, but he does that to the two Michiganers.
Kevin Nash vs. Chris Sabin (#1 Contender's Match) -
Nash is the funniest wrestler in TNA today. But why the angle with the X Division? In any event, Nash wins…barely.
AMW vs. James Gang vs. Naturals vs. Frankie Kazarian/Max Bentley (#1 Contender's Match) -
With the Naturals seemingly getting another push, does that continue here? I believe it does.
Brother Runt vs. Abyss -
Abyss has a 200-pound weight advantage, but Runt may pull the upset. Nah, I like Abyss.
Gail Kim vs. Sirelda -
What? No Bra and Panties Match? Give this one to Gail Kim.

Jon Waldman

Rhino vs. Samoa Joe vs. Monty Brown (Falls Count Anywhere) - Samoa Joe has to win here if he's going to have non-X cred.
Kevin Nash vs. Chris Sabin (#1 Contender's Match) -
We know Nash wins, but how dominant will he be?
AMW vs. James Gang vs. Naturals vs. Frankie Kazarian/Max Bentley (#1 Contender's Match) -
Figure on the Naturals here.
Brother Runt vs. Abyss -
I'll say it again - I hate Spike Dudley. Abyss wins, moves on to a Handicap match against Team 3D.
Gail Kim vs. Sirelda
- Gail takes this one, no questions asked.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman