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Impact: Bye, bye Eric
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling


There couldn't be a better title for TNA's next PPV then it's given name, Bound For Glory. With a totally stacked card and a huge debut in the form of Kurt Angle, TNA is certainly Bound For Glory. However, we have a few more stops in Orlando before we can branch out to Detroit, so let's head into the Impact Zone for a couple of huge tags and the firing of a superstar.

The show began with a recap of last week's Impact. Another good show.

In the back Jeremy Borash stood by promising some controversial footage of AJ Styles in Mexico. He then headed into the office of Jim Cornette, who announced that Elix Skipper, Eric Young, Shark Boy and Norman Smiley would be facing each other in a Loser Leaves Match. Whoever gets pinned or made to submit is gone from TNA. Abyss and James Mitchell stormed into the office and demanded a shot the NWA Championship, which they were granted. Nice, Abyss does deserve another crack at the belt.

Match One - Matt Bentley and Frankie Kazarian vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon

The Naturals and Shane Douglas came out to commentate. Back and forth here with 3D getting the better of the exchange. Good to have Bentley and Kazarian back on a consistent basis, but they are a mere flicker of what they once were. Not by fault of their own, but it looks as though TNA has nothing for them other than coming out and jobbing. The former Dudleys were able to plant Kazarian with the 3D for the win.

Winners Via Pinfall - Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon)

Post Match - Ray got on the mic and said that Team 3D was going to work their way from the bottom back to the top and issued an open challenge for Bound For Glory.

A video package hyping Rhino came on next. It was shot for the Eight Mile Street Fight and showed clips of him hanging around Detroit. Nice little segment to get over the upcoming Eight Mile Street Fight.

Abyss and Father James Mitchell hit the ring and called out Samoa Joe. Joe came out and was chokeslammed. Abyss held the belt until Jeff Jarrett came down and took it from him. The two argued and then went at it. Joe came back in and cleaned house, reclaiming the title he didn't win and storming off to the back with it.

Mike Tenay and Don West spoke about how Sting was still laying low in preparation for his match at Bound For Glory. This was followed by a commercial for his new DVD which actually looks like it could be pretty good.

Tenay and West then pitched it over to the promised footage of the Mexico beatdown on AJ Styles. Styles was shown holding a trophy he had just won over in Mexico when he was approached by Konnan and "The Notorious 187" Homicide. They began beating Styles and then were assisted in the beatdown by a herd of luchadores. More good build up.

Match Two - LAX ("The Notorious 187" Homicide and Hernandez) w/ Konnan vs. Tyler Black and Jeff Bluxon

Wow! Hernandez can really launch them across the ring. Amazing.

Winners Via Pinfall - LAX ("The Notorious 187" Homicide and Hernandez)

Post Match - LAX cut a promo and talked about regaining the tag belts. Probably the best built feud in TNA history. Really good.

Next up was another video package on Sting with thoughts from Buff Bagwell and Lex Luger. Glad Luger and Bagwell were able to add to this in such a way.

Match Three - Loser Leaves Match - "Showtime" Eric Young vs. Shark Boy vs. Elix Skipper vs. Norman Smiley

Young was thrown into the ring by Larry Zbyzsko. He then grabbed Zbyzsko's hair piece and sent Zbyzsko running to the back. The match went on, but Zbyzsko returned and whacked Young in the ribs with a golf club, allowing Shark Boy to roll him up for the win. Well at least this will keep the Eric Young character going strong. End result is that Young was fired.

Winner Via Pinfall - Shark Boy

They played some more footage of Sting talking about certain revelations he has had and how he has changed.

Jeremy Borash caught up with Jeff Jarrett and Christian Cage and spoke with them about their tag match together. The two argued throughout, with Jarrett talking about Bound For Glory amongst other things. The arguing continued until Cage told Jarrett not to worry about Joe and to follow his lead.

Match Four - "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett and Christian Cage vs. "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels and Ron "The Truth" Killings

Great tag main event with a lot of star power. Jarrett and Cage showed their unhappiness with tagging with one another, but got through it alright. Towards the end, Jarrett distracted the ref and allowed Homicide to hit the ring and whack Daniels with a slapjack. Daniels went down and Cage went up for the Frog Splash, but Jarrett made the cover right away and got the pin.

Winners Via Pinfall - "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett and Christian Cage

Post Match - Christian was upset and grabbed a mic. Jarrett swiped the mic and called out Joe. Joe and Jarrett went at it, with Joe getting sent to the floor. Jarrett grabbed the belt, but was hit with the Unprettier. Cage grabbed the belt, Rhino came down, Cage went to swing, but missed and wound up getting Gored! Rhino and Cage brawled to the back as Joe grabbed the belt and took off.

Bobby Roode was shown saying that the interview process was over and that he has found the perfect manager.

They then recapped the show and ended this edition of Impact.


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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and traveled up for Titans in Toronto 2006. What a journey. Left 4 a.m. Saturday and got back at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday. It was a good dinner though.