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Countdown to TNA Destination X
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




Destination X hits the airwaves in a few hours, and it's going to be an interesting night for TNA. You have the modernization of a classic match, two feuds that have gone on forever and a title bout that could pop a huge buyrate. Will there be enough excitement for it? Quite possibly. Let's look at TNA Destination X.

 
MAIN EVENT: NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Samoa Joe vs. Christian Cage
 

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Is the time right for Joe to be the man in TNA? Or does Cage keep the gold somehow? It would be too easy to hand the belt to Joe (maybe do it at Slammiversary) right now, so I see Christian retaining with some outside shenanigans. You gotta love Cage's charisma, though.

Matt Mackinder

Is the time right for Joe to be the man in TNA? Or does Cage keep the gold somehow? It would be too easy to hand the belt to Joe (maybe do it at Slammiversary) right now, so I see Christian retaining with some outside shenanigans. You gotta love Cage’s charisma, though.

Jon Waldman

The real question is not whether Joe will beat Christian here. Instead, it is whether TNA takes the threat from the NWA seriously. In case you haven't heard, the NWA has been making movements about wanting to pull their Heavyweight Title (you know, the one with lineage dating back to 1700 BC) from TNA. Part of this involves a challenge from Brian Danielson, made via YouTube, who, as we all know, has had many battles with Samoa Joe. So the answer comes like this - if Joe wins, then you know TNA is doing the smart business move and will set up a mega match between the two that indie fans everywhere will flock to. However, if Cage wins, then you know that TNA will simply give back the belt, make a "TNA World Heavyweight Title" and move on like the NWA was never part of the company. With Russo booking, the latter is the more likely scenario, with a good dozen run-ins.

Greg Oliver

Shouldn't there be more hype, more of a build-up, more excitment if Samoa Joe was (finally) going to win the NWA World title? Yeah, I thought so too. So I'm going to pick some sort of ridiculous Russo-like finish with a dozen run-ins, false finishes and Cage walking out still champion somehow.

Jason Clevett

As much as I want Joe to get the belt, with the way TNA runs right now, I don't want to see it at this point in time. The guy who made the ROH Title into what it is today deserves better then what will arguably be a title win with 4 run ins, one by Jeremy Borash in a nun outfit, and a reign that will be marred by Vince Russo BS. I think Joe gets screwed out of the belt this round and comes back to win it next month inside a steel cage at Lockdown.


ELEVATION-X MATCH

AJ Styles vs. Rhino

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

This could either be a fun little match, or a huge embarrassment for all concerned. I like the concept, so am hoping for the best. This should end the feud once and for all, with Rhino getting the win - and somehow this will help AJ Styles realize that his friendship with Chris Daniels was too special to throw away (if anyone remembers the original pretense for the feud).

Matt Mackinder

Who takes the fall, literally, here? Rhino's an ECW alum, so he's good for some juice and a big bump. Styles is actually a solid heel and an even better worker. That being said, I'd love to see Rhino take this match and get a push from TNA management.

Jon Waldman

I had wondered for a while when we would see the next scaffold match; well, we're seeing it now, and shame on WWE for not beating TNA to the punch and putting that match in ECW. Yes, I am well aware of the dangers and the sub-par wrestling elements of the scaffold, but for pure drama there is no better bout. The dimension of the free fall from a legit 20 feet in the air makes fans ooh and ahh with every hit, something you do not get in any other wrestling match. The assumedly more secure structure from TNA will give this bout an added safety measure, so you can expect there to be actual wrestling elements here. To me, Rhino must take the fall here, after a moment where he has the opportunity to throw Styles off, only to be deceived by his friend. The alternative would be for Christopher Daniels to return and save Rhino from last-minute doom, but because Rhino will be able to absorb the impact of the fall better, I believe the big man takes the fall.

Greg Oliver

Usually a feud ends with a big bout, the blowoff. This feud has to end, though it has been entertaining. Good guys usually win blowoffs, especially when belts aren't at stake. So I'll take Rhino to win, 'cause it sure won't be him taking the big bump.

Jason Clevett

This one should be interesting as AJ is known for his risk taking and Rhino is more of a power wrestler. Look for some legit tense moments but really, scaffold matches aren't that interesting even if one of my favorite wrestlers is in it. AJ takes the tumble and Rhino wins.


  X-DIVISION MATCH

Chris Sabin vs. Jerry Lynn
 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

This should be an amazing match - Jerry is still gold in my book, and Sabin is one of the most underrated talents in the ring today. If not for the idiotic writing (enough with the geriatric jokes already) this could have been a really hot feud. Sabin finally gets his long-overdue comeuppance.

Matt Mackinder

I love it when Sabin mocks Lynn with the walker schtick. Good stuff. This match could easily be the main event to boot. Is this a swan song of sorts for Lynn? He can still move, albeit a step slower, but is still a good performer; though he is not yet a champion. Sabin keeps the strap.

Jon Waldman

For some ungodly reason, Russo continues to put Lynn up against Sabin. I don't know how many PPVs in a row these two have fought, but it's beyond the point where anyone truly cares. My gut tells me Lynn pulls off the win, a la Randy Couture coming back at age whatever and beating Tim Sylvia last week in UFC. If that happens, yay for TNA; but remember, for every Couture comeback, there is a Mirko Kro Kop waiting to obliterate the champ. Lynn wins.

Greg Oliver

If they were going to put the belt on Jerry Lynn, they should have done it already. That said, I think they'll do it here, and have Lynn lose the title on an Impact.

Jason Clevett

Jerry is awesome. One of the best reasons to watch TNA is to see this vet again. Unfortunately, this angle is one of the reasons not to. Given enough time (and with 2 out of 3 falls, lets hope it does) this could be a show stealer. I hope Lynn takes the belt, he deserves it and I am picking him.


 

UNDERCARD

 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Sting vs. Abyss (Last Rites Match) - Sting wins - not sure how, but that's because the convoluted match types they've given these guys has left me not caring about the gimmick anymore.
Kurt Angle vs. Scott Steiner - Steiner sucks. Kurt wins.

Matt Mackinder

Sting vs. Abyss (Last Rites Match) - End this feud already. Sting gets 'er done here.
Kurt Angle vs. Scott Steiner - Who's the bigger 'roid freak? It doesn't matter. Angle gets the "W."

Jon Waldman

Sting vs. Abyss (Last Rites Match) - Speaking of feuds that have gone on forever. Please let this be the end. Sting wins, and Abyss gets unmasked.
Kurt Angle vs. Scott Steiner - There's a reason why this match never happened in WWE, and you'll see why tonight. Angle wins.

Greg Oliver

Sting vs. Abyss (Last Rites Match) - The feud that won't end. Abyss wins.
Kurt Angle vs. Scott Steiner - A feud that hopefully is going nowhere. Angle wins.

Jason Clevett

Sting vs. Abyss (Last Rites Match) - Speaking of convoluted dumb Russo storylines. Um. Sting I guess.
Kurt Angle vs. Scott Steiner - Remember Royal Rumble 2003? The worst Heavyweight title match in Rumble history had Steiner. The best one was the same show featuring Angle. Expect this one to be somewhere in the middle. Angle wins.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman