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Impact: Cage new No. 1 contender
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


A new number one contender will be crowned or Kurt Angle will get some time off. It all depends on the outcome of this Impact's main event that pits AJ Styles against Christian Cage against Samoa Joe in a Three Way Elimination match.

The show began with a recap of the last edition of Impact. In the parking lot, a limo pulled up carrying Kurt Angle, Karen Angle and Prince AJ Styles. Jeremy Borash greeted the trio, who once again informed him that he wasn't part of their group, he was just an interviewer. Eric Young ran over to them and Kurt told him that Santa was in the limo. Young got in and Kurt closed the door, telling him he was locked him. Kurt then told JB that AJ was going to earn him two months off. JB said that he could also take a title shot, but Karen said that AJ had already made his decision. The Angle Alliance then set off to get Styles ready for the main event. Mike Tenay and Don West then ran down the show.

Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns came out. They talked about instituting a weight limit when they win back the X Division Title, so that Team 3D would then be unable to compete in the X Division. They said that there would be weekly weigh-in's to ensure that competitors meet the 275 pounds or under weight limit. Team 3D came out and ran down the X stars and got in the ring to shake their hands and wish them luck at Against All Odds. The X Stars then attacked them from behind and beat them down until Matt Morgan and security ran out and broke them up.

Crystal was in the back with Abyss who vowed that the secret would not be revealed. A recap of the brawl between Johnny Devine, Team 3D, Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns was shown. Mike Tenay and Don West then showed us clips of Shark Boy getting beaten up. Jeremy Borash was shown at Shark Boy's bedside, as he was in a coma from his beating on the last edition of Impact. His whole family was there, Shark masks and all as well as Dr. Fishman who provided some nautical medical terms. WOW.

Sonjay Dutt was in the back by the limo that Eric Young was in. He blessed the limo and allowed Eric Young to get out, leading to...

Match One - Tomko vs. Eric Young

SQUASH! After the match James Storm came out and beat on Eric Young and stole the Drinking Championship belt. He then gave Tomko a beer. Tomko kicked him and threw him out and then gave his beer and the belt back to Young.

Winner Via Pinfall - Tomko

Crystal caught up with Christian Cage who said he was going to be the new number one contender to the TNA Heavyweight Championship. Back from a commercial break, and Crystal was with Dustin Rhodes in Black Reign's workshop. Rhodes said he was scared and wanted to leave the workshop.

Match Two - ODB vs. Angelina Love

ODB continues to show her dominance, winning this one with a running powerslam. After the match, ODB got on the mic and asked for a TNA Knockouts Championship match against The Awesome Kong at Against All Odds.

Winner Via Pinfall - ODB

Crystal was in the back snooping around and caught Kevin Nash imparting some words of wisdom on Samoa Joe. Back at the Shark Tank, Chris Harris had arrived and said that his career was going downhill. LAX and Salinas showed up and stole some things. WOW.

Match Three - Kaz w/ Marlena vs. Senshi

Kaz was able to overcome the offensive onslaught attempted by Senshi and hit the Wave of the Future for the win. After the match, Black Reign came down and hit Kaz with the Darkness Falls. He went to retrieve his rat, but it wasn't in the cage. He then beat on Kaz some more until security and referees came down to break it up.

Winner Via Pinfall - Kaz

In the back, James Mitchell told Jeremy Borash that he would reveal the secret later on Impact. Back from a commercial break, as Jeremy Borash was with Prince AJ Styles. Styles found Tomko and gave him a hug. He asked Tomko's advice as to what he should do if he won the Three Way Elimination match. Tomko told him that he was one half of the TNA Tag Team Champions and he could win the TNA Heavyweight Championship without Kurt Angle. He told Styles to make a decision, but Styles wound up being more confused than before.

Match Four - Abyss vs. Lance Hoyt w/ Jimmy Rave

Abyss had this one in firm control. James Mitchell came out during the match and gave Abyss one more chance to tell the secret, but he refused, so Mitchell left. The end came when Hoyt missed a moonsault and got hit with the Black Hole Slam. After the match, Mitchell appeared on the TNA Tron and revealed that he was Abyss' father. Shocker.

Winner Via Pinfall - Abyss

Back from a commercial break, with replays of James Mitchell announcing that he was Abyss' father. Crystal caught up with Abyss who went crazy and left the Impact Zone.

Match Five - Robert Roode w/ Ms. Banks vs. Sonjay Dutt

Sonjay Dutt gave So Cal Val a good luck tap on the rear end before the match started. This was a good back and forth match. Ms. Brooks came out during the match. Roode was able to hit the Payoff and pick up the win. After the match, he and Ms. Banks double teamed Ms. Brooks until Matt Morgan ran out to make the save.

Winner Via Pinfall - Robert Roode

In the back, Prince AJ Styles and Jeremy Borash discussed the options. Karen Angle came in and said that Styles would do the right thing and she would do the right thing for him. Elsewhere, BG James and Kip James argued about BG's new partner, while Roxxie Laveaux stood by and watched with concern for her team. Back at the Shark Tank, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky paid Shark Boy a visit and offered some mouth-to-mouth, but Pappa Shark jumped on top of his son and scared them off. Wow.

Back in the Impact Zone, VKM and Roxxie Laveaux were out. BG James talked about his team with Kip and introduced his new partner for the TNA Tag Team Championship title shot, "Bullet" Bob Armstrong. Kip agreed that he was a good partner for BG. In the Shark Tank, Eric Young stopped by and told Shark Boy to stay alive like Nemo. Shark Boy woke up and did a Stone Cold Steve Austin impression. Wow.

It was then announced that there would be footage shown of Brock Lesnar in training for his MMA bouts as well as comments from Kurt Angle on the next edition of Impact. Kurt Angle then came out and said that he was ready for Prince AJ Styles to win. He also mentioned that Global Impact would be on next and said to watch him defend his IWGP Championship against Yugi Nagata.

In Jim Cornette's office, Crystal was standing by with Petey Williams and Scott Steiner. Cornette convinced Steiner that the X Division Championship was about being the best, not being small. Steiner got motivated and ran off with the case, while Cornette smiled about his motivational skills.

Match Six - Three Way Elimination Match to Determine a Number One Contender to the TNA Heavyweight Championship - Prince AJ Styles vs. Christian Cage vs. Samoa Joe

This was a solid main event as was to be expected. The first elimination came after the ref got knocked out. AJ Styles brought a chair into the ring and it was passed around, before Samoa Joe kicked it into Styles' face as the ref was coming to. He was then disqualified. Matt Morgan ran down to keep the peace and got into it with Joe, before Kevin Nash ran out and broke them apart.

Elimination One Via DQ - Samoa Joe

After some excellent back and forth action, Styles attempted to hit Christian Cage with the Unprettier, but Cage was able to reverse it into one of his own and get the win. After the match, Cage stood tall over Styles and made it known that he was coming for Kurt Angle and the TNA Heavyweight Championship.

Elimination Two Via Pinfall - AJ Styles

Winner Via Pinfall and NEW Number One Contender to the TNA Heavyweight Championship - Christian Cage

The Impact Recap then played to round out another edition of Impact.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is a big fan of the King of Queens.