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Impact: Building Abyss-Cage-Sting drama
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


It's no secret that Christian Cage has made his fair share of enemies in TNA, but suddenly the odds may be in his favor. On the last edition of Impact Tyson Tomko made his debut to assist Cage in destroying Sting. Will Tomko's presence help Cage in his quest to regain the NWA title? That quest continues on this edition of Impact!

Impact began with a recap of Tomko's surprise arrival. It was a huge shock in my book considering Tomko had been in Japan since his departure from WWE.

Backstage the newest addition to the TNA roster, Spike TV's own Letitia, interviewed LAX who promised to teach Kurt Angle and Petey Williams a lesson. Ugh, at least Jeremy Borash had some knowledge of the business. Letitia is already being compared to Rebecca DiPietro and it's easy to understand why.

Christian Cage and Tyson Tomko made their way to the ring and cut a promo on Abyss and Sting. Apparently Tomko and Abyss have some history. Anyhow, as Abyss and James Mitchell were coming down the ramp, Sting's music hit and Sting came down from the rafters, or so it appeared. When it hit the ground it was only a Sting dummy. The real Sting attacked Cage and Tomko from behind with a baseball bat and challenged Abyss without Mitchell later on. Not to a match but for a little man to man, or man to monster in this case.

BG and Kip James continue to do the angle that will never get over in TNA. Granted it's comical at points, but it is failing in a big way. BG and Kip were shown using megaphones to scream at WWE Headquarters. WWE is making out with a lot of free publicity here while TNA is getting nothing in return.

Christy Hemme announced that LAX vs. Kurt Angle and Petey Williams was set for later on. Should be a good match, big opportunity for LAX.

Clips were shown of LAX attacking James Storm in the back and leaving him bloodied under a ladder, a little message for Angle and Williams.

Match One - X Division Number One Contenders Match - Jay Lethal vs. Chris Sabin vs. Sonjay Dutt

"The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels was on commentary for this one. Chris Harris made a guest appearance, telling Mike Tenay and Don West that he was after LAX. Great match with Lethal hitting the Full Nelson suplex on Dutt and Sabin pushing him out of the way to score the pin. Afterwards, Sabin and Daniels argued until Jerry Lynn stepped in between them.

Winner Via Pinfall - Chris Sabin

In the back, LAX beat up on Chris Harris, leaving him broken and tied up.

Christy Hemme popped up again to pump up the rest of Impact. She really should get to managing in TNA, she is very peppy and such; it might work.

BG and Kip James were back with another installment. They had construction materials and someone locked in their trunk. They called out HHH, HBK and Vince McMahon and told them to leave the fat oily guy in the building. They are relentless on this aren't they?

Jeremy Borash did the Don West bit to hype what was going on in TNA and what you can get from them. The Sting DVD isn't bad, SLAM! Wrestling's Bob Kapur did a nice and accurate review of it, click here to check that out.

Mike Tenay and Don West put over the fact that "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles was acting a bit weird. Tenay did a sit-down interview with Styles earlier on that consisted of Styles saying that he didn't trust Rhino. Rhino joined in and told Styles that he wanted him to trust him, but Styles wanted nothing of it. He told Rhino that the next time they met it would be trouble. He then shoved past Rhino and left. Styles as a heel is great.

Clips were shown of Kevin Nash telling the X stars that none of them were tested positive for steroids. He then led Austin Starr and Alex Shelley in a little pep talk about their upcoming match with Ron Killings and Lance Hoyt. Shelley promised to bring home a win for "Big Sexy."

Match Two - Austin Starr and Alex Shelley vs. Ron "The Truth" Killings and Lance Hoyt

Killings and Hoyt are a unique team, but they seem to gel well. Shelley was able to pick up the win by hooking the tights. Starr then took his video camera and showed the ref what happened, thus leading to a reversed decision. Pretty funny that Starr cost Shelley the match in that way.

Winners Via Reversed Decision - Ron "The Truth" Killings and Lance Hoyt

Backstage, Ms. Brooks told Eric Young that if he didn't accept the Bikini Challenge then he would be fired. Young told Letitia that he had to start losing some weight.

Seratonin is coming to TNA. Interesting.

Christy Hemme pumped the tag main event between LAX and Kurt Angle and Petey Williams.

BG and Kip James did another segment claiming that "Dumb To The Extreme" was rubbing up with the fat oily guy and they were naked. BG said he had the same nightmare as Kip. Kip wanted to abort the mission, but BG wouldn't let him. They also plugged that more clips were available on tnawrestling.com. Ugh, it's starting to go downhill.

Sting and Abyss made their ways out to the ring. Sting preached to Abyss, telling him that he has to make his own choices and live with his consequences. Sting left as Christian Cage and Tyson Tomko attacked from behind. Sting came back and made the save, offering to help Abyss up. Abyss looked confused, Mitchell came running down and pushed Sting away, slapping him and leading Abyss off to the back.

In the back Petey Williams was shown beaten down by LAX as LAX asked Kurt Angle what he was going to do all by himself.

Match Three - LAX w/ Konnan vs. Kurt Angle and "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe

Joe came out to replace Williams and help Angle. Great match here. Angle locked in the ankle lock on Hernandez while Joe locked in the rear naked choke on Homicide as Jim Cornette came down and called for the bell. Konnan and his lawyer were shown yelling at Cornette. It was announced that due to the fact that Samoa Joe wasn't contractually involved in the match it was a no contest. Angle and Joe shook hands and walked off.

Winners - No Contest

The traditional recap music video played as a decent edition of Impact came to an end.


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  • TNA: Best of the X Division Vol. 2 DVD

    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and wonders why Sean Waltman hasn't been brought into the VKM skits yet.