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Impact: Sacrifice gets a new main event
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Impact rolls on and moves forward toward Sacrifice. After nothing was decided between Kurt Angle and Sting, Jim Cornette made the main event for Impact a tag team attraction with Angle and Sting teaming up against AJ Styles and Christian Cage. If Cage's team wins, Cage doesn't have to defend the title at Sacrifice, if Sting or Angle win, the one who gets the deciding fall gets the title shot. Phew, okay, onto the report.

The show began with the traditional recap, including a big hype job by Mike Tenay and Don West. Sting was on his way to the ring when he was attacked by Kurt Angle with a chair. The two brawled for a bit until security broke them up. In the back, Jeremy Borash caught up with Christian Cage who laughed at Angle and Sting, claiming that they wouldn't be able to team together and win. Back in the ring, Sting and Angle argued a bit about who started things. Christian Cage walked out and tried to instigate a bit. He proposed the whole winner gets a title shot thing to which Sting was hesistant to accept, however, Angle calling him a "pussy" helped move things along, making the main event official. In the back, Leticia talked to Team 3D who were told that they would be facing LAX and Tomko and Scott Steiner at Sacrifice, but they had to fight Rhino and Samoa Joe on Impact. Team 3D said they were excited and were looking forward to the challenge.

Match One - Non-Title Match - Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) vs. Rhino and Samoa Joe

Some good back and forth action, with Joe and Ray tossing each other all around. Christopher Daniels interrupted the match, whacking Rhino and Devon with his lead pipe and causing the match to be ruled a no contest. Afterwards, Team 3D, Rhino and Joe teamed up and beat down Daniels, with Rhino goring Daniels through a table.

Winners - No Contest

In the back, AJ Styles and Chrisitan Cage argued as Jeremy Borash stood by and watched. Styles was pissed that Cage was volunteering him for matches, but Cage said that he would take care of Styles in the end. Back from the commercial break, with a recap of the Eric Young/Robert Roode saga. Robert Roode and Ms. Brooks came out and talked about firing Eric Young. Jim Cornette came out and said that they couldn't do that because Young was still under a TNA contract when he signed with Roode, putting Roode in the hot seat. Cornette told Roode and Brooks that he should fire them. Roode shoved Cornette and Young made the save until he was double teamed, handcuffed and whacked with a guitar by Roode, who knew that Jeff Jarrett wasn't in the Impact Zone. Security broke things up as Cornette announced that Roode would go up against Jarrett at Sacrifice. Back from another commercial break, as they recap what happened to Abyss, with James Mitchell claiming that he had Abyss' replacement.

Match Two - TNA Knockout Knock Down Drag Out Street Fight - Gail Kim vs. Jackie Moore

This was pretty impressive, with Kim and Moore going at it in a big way, using trash cans, kendo sticks and steel chairs. The end came when Kim threw powder in Moore's face and then dropkicked a chair into her. After the match, James Storm came out and with the help of Moore went to crack Kim with the beer bottle, until Chris Harris stepped in, removed his patch and beat the crap out of Storm who retreated to the back.

Winner Via Pinfall - Gail Kim

Christy Hemme was in the back with VKM and Lance Hoyt. She told them they were disgusting and that she had a big surprise for them at Sacrifice. Papparazzi Productions returned with another installment of Chris Sabin's failed attack on Mr. Backlund.

Match Three - Number One Contenders Tag Team Match - Christian Cage and AJ Styles vs. Sting and Kurt Angle

Good main event that saw Angle and Sting turn on each other in the end. At one point, Styles was down and Sting told Angle to take the pin, but Cage broke it up. They threw Cage to the floor and applied a double ankle lock on Styles who tapped out. Jim Cornette grabbed the mic and asked Rudy Charles who Styles tapped out to. Charles said both, so Cornette made it a triple threat match at Sacrifice that put Cage against both Sting and Angle for the NWA Heavyweight Championship.

Winners Via Submission - Kurt Angle and Sting

The Impact recap played as Impact came to an end.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and still can't figure out why Chris Sabin would attack Bob Backlund in such a way. What's the sense there?