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Countdown to TNA Sacrifice
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




Rather than go for a cheap laugh and bring up a Mother's Day joke, we'll stick to the mat wars in our preview today.

There is, however, a motherly feel to Sacrifice. Just like mom told you things repeatedly when you were a child, we're repeatedly getting the same matches on TNA events. This one's no exception. Russo and crew would be well-advised, however, to listen to other words from mom instead - try something new!

We'll see if they can get it right for Father's Day. Until then, let's take a look at Sacrifice.


Bob Kapur

NWA World Heavyweight Title - Christian Cage vs. Kurt Angle vs. Sting

Too many chefs spoil the broth - this should be a singles match between Sting and Angle with the winner getting a shot later. Cage sneaks in a win.

NWA World Tag Team Title - Team 3D vs. LAX vs. Tomko/Scott Steiner

I understand they may not want to have another PPV with 3D facing LAX after the Lockdown electric cage experiment. But adding in Tomko and Steiner? Yeesh. Team 3D retain.

X-Division Title - Chris Sabin vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal

This one could be really good, assuming they keep Bob Backlund and Kevin Nash away from it. Lethal's on fire right now, so look for him to capture the gold.

AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

Wow, they've lost all momentum with Joe - he should really be in the title scene, not mired in a meaningless undercard match. Still - match of the night. Joe wins.

Texas Deathmatch - Chris Harris vs. James Storm

Every great feud has a legacy match - ie: one that people remember for years. Hopefully this will be theirs, because neither of them deserve it to be the lousy blindfold match. Harris wins.

Jeff Jarrett vs. Robert Roode

It's good to see Roode get the rub from a main eventer like JJ. He's long overdue for great things, hopefully this can kickstart things a bit. Somehow, Roode gets the win.

Christopher Daniels vs. Rhino

This should've been combined with AJ/Joe, because there aren't nearly enough multi-man matches on this card... not. Maybe Daniels will finally reveal what his new character is supposed to be. He wins.


Greg Oliver

NWA World Heavyweight Title - Christian Cage vs. Kurt Angle vs. Sting

I don't see Angle winning the belt quite yet - it should be in a singles match if it happens. But I can see Sting getting the belt again. However, I'll pick Cage to retain.

NWA World Tag Team Title - Team 3D vs. LAX vs. Tomko/Scott Steiner

You don't build and build and build to a run with the NWA (er, soon to be TNA) tag belts for Team 3D and then have them lose the next PPV. Team 3D retains.

X-Division Title - Chris Sabin vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal

It's sad how the X-Division has been pushed down card. Still, this should be a good match. Lethal is overdue now that he's found his stride. I'll take him in a bit of an upset.

AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

What does this match actually mean? It smells of being thrown together. Samoa Joe makes AJ tap out.

Texas Deathmatch - Chris Harris vs. James Storm

Hello ... hello ... anybody care about these guys? Harris I guess.

Jeff Jarrett vs. Robert Roode

Is Jarrett one of the backstage people high on Roode? If so, then Roode wins. If he isn't, then Jarrett does.

Christopher Daniels vs. Rhino

Another thrown-together match. Daniels takes it.


Matt Mackinder

NWA World Heavyweight Title - Christian Cage vs. Kurt Angle vs. Sting

Angle and Sting concentrate on each other, leaving the door open for Cage to pull some sort of chicanery and keep his title.

NWA World Tag Team Title - Team 3D vs. LAX vs. Tomko/Scott Steiner

Team 3D just got the belts, so I would assume they can't drop them just yet. Never assume. I like LAX regaining the titles.

X-Division Title - Chris Sabin vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal

I love the X-Division and think Sonjay is very underrated. He's a future champion, just not tonight. Black Machismo, however, is over huge right now and gets a title run starting here.

AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe

Another classic in the making. These guys are awesome together. I'll pick Joe here.

Texas Death Match - Chris Harris vs. James Storm

All I know is that this feud has run its course. Someone needs to get a clean win. I say it'll be the Wildcat.

Jeff Jarrett vs. Robert Roode
A guitar shot from Double J gives the former NWA champ the victory, but Eric Young may also lend a hand.

Christopher Daniels vs. Rhino

Daniels' new gimmick is pretty solid. Rhino has a knack for putting guys over and he continues that trend with the Fallen Angel. Daniels wins.


Jon Waldman

NWA World Heavyweight Title - Christian Cage vs. Kurt Angle vs. Sting

I think this marks the first time, by the way, that Canadians have been on top of the top 2 North American promotions at the same time. That stat will increase by a few days after tonight, when Cage retains. The only other thing I could see is some sort of schmoz with the title held up after so that the Orlando boys can do a tournament to crown a first-ever TNA Champion.

NWA World Tag Team Title- Team 3D vs. LAX vs. Tomko/Scott Steiner

Tomko and Steiner add nothing to an equation that has been played out for way too long. Hopefully the OVW Connection will be brought up in the title picture quickly. Team 3D takes this one.

X-Division Title Chris Sabin vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal
If Sabin drops the title here I'll wretch. This crew needs a serious injection of new blood. Time to raid RoH again...

AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
Speaking of RoH, this reeks of being a big _ you to Ring of Honor. Of course, it's a TNA match, so it wouldn't be nearly as awesome. Joe must go over here.

Texas Death Match - Chris Harris vs. James Storm
Are they still fighting each other? Geez. Their split has lasted longer than the M*A*S*H* interpretation of the Korean War. I don't care who wins, just end it already!

Jeff Jarrett vs. Robert Roode
It's Russo, folks. There's going to be a swerve, no questions asked. Jarrett takes the guitar shot from Eric Young.

Christopher Daniels vs. Rhino
Daniels deserves better. He'd better win here.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman