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Impact: Abyss rises to Angle's challenge
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Hard Justice is in the books...thankfully. Moving right along, TNA begins the hype for No Surrender, as the main event will feature Abyss taking on Christian Cage in a First Blood Match to determine the true number one contender to the TNA Championship. Will TNA rebound from Hard Justice? Read the report and find out.

Impact began with a recap of Hard Justice. For SLAM! Wrestling's take, check out the PPV review. Jeremy Borash was shown on the red carpet, waiting for the arrival of Kurt Angle. Eric Young was out there looking for Pacman Jones, when Angle arrived. Angle boasted about his Angle Awards, while Young said that it was good to have heroes like Pacman Jones. Mike Tenay and Don West did their usual spiel, as TNA recapped the press coverage of Pacman Jones.

Inside the Impact Zone, Mike Tenay came out and introduced Pacman Jones. They recapped what happened to him at Hard Justice and claimed that it was Ron Killings who did it. Killings came out and denied the attack and actually asked to form a team with Pacman Jones. After some hesistation, Jones agreed and headed off to Jim Cornette's office to form Team Pacman. Eric Young came out and wanted to get Pacman's autograph, Pacman had him turn around to sign his shirt, as Ron Killings attacked Young from behind.

In the back, Jim Cornette was shown complaining to Matt Morgan. Christopher Daniels, Elix Skipper and Senshi barge in, as Daniels asks Cornette why he has to battle Jay Lethal in a Number One Contenders match, when he should be the rightful number one contender. Cornette reminded Daniels that Lethal pinned him at Hard Justice and that the match was on. Christian Cage then stormed in and protested having to fight Abyss. Cornette said that Abyss put his number one contendership on the line to face Cage and said that the match was also on.

Back from a commercial break, Karen Angle and her fake lover strutted in. She says that she has an order of protection against Samoa Joe and says that she suckered him in. Mike Tenay and Don West then rambled on about the Angle Awards and the impact it will have on Samoa Joe.

Match One - Number One Contenders Match For A Shot At The TNA X Division Championship - Christopher Daniels w/ Elix Skipper and Senshi vs. Jay Lethal w/ Sonjay Dutt

Christopher Daniels initiated the attack, jumping Lethal at the bell. Back and forth match with Senshi, Dutt and Skipper getting involved. Lethal was however able to hit the LethalCombo and pick up the big win, as he now gets to challenge Kurt Angle for the TNA X Division Championship.

Winner Via Pinfall and NEW Number One Contender To The TNA X Division Championship - Jay Lethal

Kevin Nash arrives and says that he is thrilled to be receiving an Angle Award. Jeremy Borash asked him about Karen Angle, to which Nash responded that she might have feelings for him. He says that he is a legitimate doctor and is getting OBGYN certification. In Cornette's office, Pacman and Killings are shown asking for a shot at the TNA Tag Team titles. Cornette says that Pacman has some contractual issues, but Killings says they can get around it. Morgan then stared down Killings, who asked if they could get along. Cornette then told Morgan to escort them out to the parking lot.

The Angles came out for the Angle Awards. Kurt pumps his new short movie, which is hysterical. He then recapped the entire saga. After that, he began to pass out the awards. Best Supporting Actor went to Kevin Nash. Best Actress went to Karen Angle. She ran down Samoa Joe, again saying that she sucked him in. Cornette came out and broke up the party. He said at No Surrender, Angle would be defending the X Division title against Lethal, the tag titles against Team Pacman and the TNA Championship against the winner of Abyss and Christian Cage. Angle flipped and went to chase down Jim Cornette, but was stopped by Morgan and tossed. Karen Angle slapped Morgan as security came in to break it up.

In the back, Jeremy Borash was hyping the text service, when Christian Cage came in and proclaimed to be the true champion in TNA and he was going to get the job done by himself without the help of the Christian Coalition. Samoa Joe came in and begged to differ, telling Cage that he was the real champ and if Cage wanted to do something about it, he could try. He then told Cage that he would see him out there as Cage called for AJ Styles and Tomko.

Match Two - First Blood Match To Determine The Number One Contender To The TNA Championship - "The Monster" Abyss vs. Christian Cage

This was pretty much a back and forth brawl, with Tomko and AJ Styles getting involved. The end came when Styles gave Christian Cage a barbed wire bat. Samoa Joe came out and chased Styles away with a steel chair. He then took the bat away from Cage and whacked him with the chair. Abyss then picked up the chair and again whacked Cage, causing him to bleed and giving Abyss the win and the number one contendership to the TNA Championship. After the match, Abyss posed with a bloody Cage as Kurt Angle came out and beat him down. Karen Angle stood on the outside and cheered along. Cornette ran out and said that it was enough. He said that on the next edition of Impact, it was going to be Kurt Angle vs. The Steiners and if The Steiners won, they got five minutes alone with Karen Angle. Interesting concept there, not sure it makes much sense, though.

Winner Via Drawing First Blood and STILL Number One Contender To The TNA Championship - Abyss

The Impact Recap played as Impact came to an end.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and has played the video game Pacman, both on Sega and in the arcade.