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Impact: Abyss last king on late night
By CHRIS SOKOL -- SLAM! Wrestling


It's almost here, TNA's move to primetime is right around the corner. Excited? TNA sure is. With just one episode to go before their big break is finally caught, the new number one contender will be crowned. As a special bonus, that competitor will also go on to face Kurt Angle on the primetime debut. Will it be AJ Styles, Ron Killings, Abyss or Robert Roode? Read the report to get the answer.

A recap of the last edition of Impact was shown. Sort of a messy way to earn Abyss a bye, but in the end it did the trick.

Match One -- Fight For The Right Semi-Finals -- Ron "The Truth" Killings w/ Lance Hoyt vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles w/ "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels vs. Robert Roode w/ Miss Brooks

This was just a three way cluster. Lots of action, but overall nothing really stood out. Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt and Jerry Lynn were watching along from a highriser. Styles went to ascend the ropes, but was caught by Miss Brooks, who was then picked up and tossed into the seats by Hoyt. A fan then threw a soda in her face. She slapped him as the match continued. Roode had the win, but was distracted by what was going on outside. He went out there and shoved the fan, rescuing Brooks. While that was going on, in the ring Killings missed an scissor kick and was rolled up giving Styles the win.

Winner Via Pinfall -- "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles

Christy Hemme popped up for a quick hype job on the rest of the episode.

"The Franchise" Shane Douglas came out, calling on Brother Ray to make his way down to the ring. Douglas proceeded to berate Brother Ray, slapping him. When Ray turned around to fire back he was met by The Naturals who beat him down and threw him through a table. We were sent backstage where Brother Devon was found already beaten down by The Naturals.

Tenay and West pitched it to a clip of LAX beating on AMW outside the Impact Zone during an autograph session. LAX seems to be the hot thing.

Match Two -- Petey Williams vs. Austin Starr w/ Alex Shelley and Kevin Nash vs. Johnny Devine

Kevin Nash joined Tenay and West on commentary, he is the best. Nash made smart remarks throughout, calling the moonsault Devine hit a move out of his playbook. Starr and Shelley seem to still have their issues, with Shelley getting shoved into Starr while Starr was on the top rope, causing Starr to get caught up there, as Devine got hit with The Canadian Destroyer, allowing Williams to pick up the win.

Winner Via Pinfall -- Petey Williams

Post Match -- Nash, Shelley and Starr argued about the miscommunication. LAX came out and offered Williams a chance to join their revolution and burn the American Flag on the primetime debut of Impact.

Mike Tenay hosted an interview between Rhino and Christain Cage. Tenay asked the hard hitting questions, finding out how they felt about their Barbed Wire Six Sides of Steel Match on the next edition of Impact. Such a great segment. Rhino left his station and said he would find Cage and they wouldn't have to wait for their match. Overall another excellent point in their feud.

Don West was at the Genesis Center, plugging TNA like it was sports memorabilia on HSN.

"The Monster" Abyss and Father James Mitchell were shown cackling backstage.

A package was shown with comments from Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe about their encounter at Genesis. Another well played feud. This is going to be very special.

Match Three -- Fight For The Right Finals -- "The Monster" Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs. "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles w/ "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Styles and Abyss mesh so well together. Daniels and Mitchell were sent to the back beforehand. Lynn and company were still on the highriser looking on. Back and forth action led to the ref getting bumped in the corner. While he was down, Christian Cage hit the ring and knocked out both Abyss and Styles with a steel chair. The ref got up and counted to ten, calling for a draw. Earl Hebner and company rushed down and let him know that Cage came in and the match had to continue. Back from commercial break and it was back on. Mitchell ran down with a bag of tacks, but was cut off by Daniels. They argued to the back as the ref tried to jump in between them, while they were pre-occupied on the outside, Chris Sabin came in and hit Styles as he went for the Styles Clash, providing Abyss the opportunity to hit the Black Hole Slam for the win. Lynn, Lethal and Dutt argued with Sabin to the back, who claimed that maybe they'd respect him after that. With all this commotion going on, Sting was shown watching down from the rafters.

Winner Via Pinfall -- "The Monster" Abyss

Announced for the primetime debut -- Abyss vs. Kurt Angle, The Naturals vs. Team 3D in a Tables Match and much more.


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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is amped up for TNA's move. Hopefully it will allot TNA some more opportunities, they really deserve them.