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Impact: Natural storylines continue
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling


After a firey PPV extravaganza, TNA has patched up the Impact Zone and is ready to return with another edition of Impact. On this edition, "The Samoan Submission Machine" gets set to do battle with Pre-Show MVP, Ron "The Truth" Killings. Plus, The Papparazzi is in action and much more. Let the adrenaline rush begin!

UFC ran a bit late, so when Impact comes on, LAX, "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles are duking it out. Styles and Daniels were busted open, while a barrage of stars came out causing a big brawl. Rhino, Monty Brown, Brother Runt, Abyss w/ James Mitchell and Jeff Jarrett all joined the mix, until Sting came out and cleaned house. Sting cut a promo saying that it was Christian Cage who beat him and not Jeff Jarrett and that he wanted a re-match from Jarrett and wanted his answer.

The PPV was hyped with Eric Young's match being mentioned as one filled with smoke thanks to the fire. That was interesting to say the least.

In the lockeroom area, Jeremy Borash went looking for Jeff Jarrett, "Showtime" Eric Young popped out of his lockeroom and said Jarrett told him to get out, but was curious if he meant out of TNA. Young is still running strong, don't let him fizzle out, X Gold is calling.

Match One - "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams and The Papparazzis (Alex Shelley and "Hotshot" Johnny Devine) vs. Jay Lethal, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt

Good X Division action, during the battle, Mark "Slick" Johnson was attacked by a disgruntled Earl Hebner. Back from commercial break, Andrew Thomas is the new referee in the match. Sabin connected with some key hits on Devine including a guillotine leg drop for the pinfall victory.

Winners Via Pinfall - Jay Lethal, Chris Sabin and Sonjay Dutt

Hard Justice was recapped again, while in the back, Rhino asked Christian Cage about his actions. Cage replied that he did it for the good of TNA. Cage is doing the Rikishi thing apparently.

Mike Tenay conducted a sit down interview with Cage. Cage basically refuted any wrong doing on his behalf, claiming what he did was for the good of TNA. This was another excellent, well done segment that shows that TNA is improving by leaps and bounds. The Cage turn has gone off without a hitch thus far.

In the back, Styles and Daniels ripped apart LAX, whom they will be facing on the next edition of Impact for the tag straps. Styles and Daniels were covered in blood from the earlier beatdown. Great intensity, one of the best Impacts thus far. Seems to be running like a well-oiled machine, which is ironic after their last PPV's mishaps.

Simon Diamond, Father James Mitchell and "The Franchise" Shane Douglas were shown, showing their interest in Bobby Roode. Roode is the new big deal, he can eaisly take a stab at the Heavyweight gold, guess that's what he is in line for anyway. Some more good buildup for him, making him seem extra special, by showing the manager interest.

Match Two - Four Way Match to Determine the New Number One Contenders to the NWA World Tag Team Champions - Chase Stevens w/ Andy Douglas vs. Frankie Kazarian w/ Maverick Matt vs. "Wildcat" Chris Harris w/ "The Tennesse Cowboy" James Storm and Gail Kim vs. BG James w/ Kip James

Brawl type deal, with all members of the match going at it. LAX vs. Styles and Daniels was officially announced for the next edition of Impact. Stevens grabbed the handcuffs and used them to clock Harris who was preoccupied by his partner, allowing the Naturals to get the nod in this encounter. After the match, Shane Douglas came down and congratulated them, while Storm and Harris argued with Gail inbetween them.

Winner Via Pinfall - Chase Stevens - The Naturals are the NEW Number One Contenders to the NWA World Tag Team Championships

Hype was shown for Ron "The Truth" Killings vs. Samoa Joe.

Match Three - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe vs. Ron "The Truth" Killings

Joe was very dominant, smacking Killings all over the place and wiping the mat with him. At one point, Killings made a strong comeback, but was stopped and slammed down by Joe, who finished him off with The Muscle Buster. Joe is still a very believable contender in TNA. He deserves to keep moving up.

Winner Via Pinfall - "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe

In the back, Jeremy Borash asked Jeff Jarrett about Sting's request. Jarrett said he would, only accept if Sting put his entire career on the line and promised not to come back if he lost. Should be good.

A music video recap ended the show in traditional fashion.


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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wonders if "Joeberg" chants will enter the Impact Zone.