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Impact: Styles claims X Division title
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling


Since Bound For Glory, it seems as though TNA's Impact has been anything but. Reverse Battle Royal clusters, strange booking and weird angles plagued last week's edition and didn't do much for this episode either. Can TNA recover before primetime? Let's hope so.

The Battle Royal and the Joe/Angle feud were recapped at the top of the show. That battle royal still reeks of confusion.

From there we go to the Chris Sabin/AJ Styles confrontation, where Sabin officially goes berserk, calling out Jerry Lynn for doubting him and getting into a melee with Styles, which leads to...

Match One - TNA X DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP AND CHANCE AT THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT #1 CONTENDERS MATCH - Chris Sabin (C) vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles

Excellent wrestling action, but that's not out of the ordinary for these two. Hot way to kick of the episode. Lots of back and forth action that saw Sabin avoid taking the Styles Clash. While on the subject of reversals, the end came when Sabin went to roll Styles up, but Styles rolled through with a small package for the win. Too short a reign for Sabin. While Styles is great, Sabin deserved a longer reign.

Winner Via Pinfall and NEW X Division Champion - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles

Good news for Spike, the TNA primetime debut will contain Kurt Angle's debut and a Rhino-Christian Steel Cage Barbed Wire Match. Ratings?

Tenay and West pitched it to a unique look at Sting, who has basically became a righteous character. Nothing new as Tenay and West depicted it, but it's something different for TNA. Good for Sting.

In the back, Jeremy Borash stood by with Ron "The Truth" Killings and Lance Hoyt who were next up for a shot at the number one contenders match. Hoyt and Killings showed respect and went out there for some friendly competition, as Eric Young walked in and still seemed concerned about his job.

Match Two - CHANCE AT THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT #1 CONTENDERS MATCH - Lance Hoyt vs. Ron "The Truth" Killings

Good respectful match here. Hoyt was itching to get his big shot, but fell short via the Axe Kick, as Killings joined AJ Styles in the Fight For The Right match. Hoyt has something special.

Winner Via Pinfall - Ron "The Truth" Killings

Post Match - The James Gang barged into the ring and ran down TNA, but each opportunity they got to completely bash the company, they had their mics cut off. Basically, the James Gang quit and they want to destroy TNA. Very odd, but interesting.

Match Three - CHANCE AT THE FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT #1 CONTENDERS MATCH - Robert Roode w/ Ms. Brooks vs. "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Some more great action, Roode is another breakout, and it's good to have Brooks back where she belongs. After some back and forth action, Brooks distracted Earl Hebner, and got involved during the Angels Wings, allowing Roode to hit the Payoff for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall - Robert Roode

Post Match - Styles and Daniels teased dissension.

They recapped the Rhino/Christian Cage feud which led to...

Match Four - Four Corners Gimmick on a Pole Match - "Captain Charisma" Christian Cage vs. "The War Machine" Rhino

The concept of this was that there are four poles with different things hanging from them, and whoever pulls down the thing on a certain pole gets to use it in the Barbed Wire Steel Cage match. It's either a weapon or a method of escape. Simple enough. Score card reads, Rhino gets the straight jacket and the key, Cage gets the bolt cutters and with the help of Maverick Matt and Kazarian who were dressed as Raven clones, the steel chairs as well. A beatdown was attempted, but Rhino fought it off, slamming group and Goring Kazarian through a table.

Winners - Rhino and Christian Cage in a sense

They recapped the show with the traditional music video. Not terrible, but a far cry from where this show was a few episodes back.


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