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Countdown to TNA Against All Odds
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




TNA continues the pay-per-view year with Against All Odds, and once again we see that the word gimmick is as commonly used in the booking meetings as the word wrestling. Perhaps moreso.

Yes, we are headed to another PPV offering of a myriad of matches that are more complex than a Britney Spears meltdown.

Fortunately for you loyal SLAM! readers, Jon Waldman and Matt Mackinder are here to decipher this Da-Vince-i Code. Let's take a look at Sunday's action.


MAIN EVENT - TNA TITLE MATCH

Kurt Angle vs. Christian Cage (Samoa Joe is the Outside Enforcer)


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

The inclusion of Kevin Nash in the Joe angle baffles me. If it was WWE, they would instantly pit Joe against Nash and have him go over huge (well, at least to a point where Joe had credibility). Instead, somehow, Joe and Nash are best buddies here. Interweaving two storylines in one match is hard to pull off, but given the talent involved (yes, that includes Big Kev), I can see it working, leading to Joe/Cage vs. Nash/Angle at the next PPV, then Joe vs Angle a month later. For now, Angle wins.

Matt Mackinder

Intriguing. Does Joe take a side here? Turn heel? He's been teasing it in recent weeks, so let's call it all a ruse. I see Joe costing Cage the match by "inadvertantly" nailing him at some point after a ref bump and then relucantly counting the pin before challenging Angle - again.


 
TNA TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

AJ Styles/Tomko vs. BG James/Bob Armstrong
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I swear we've seen this before, and if we haven't, then it was a bad dream of mine come true. Next up will be Judy Bagwell. Theoretically, this should be where Kip turns on BG, but I don't think anyone would care if that happened. The champs retain.

Matt Mackinder

Yeah, Bullet Bob gets gold. Fat chance, folks. Only AJ and Tomko are worth watching, so let's go with the champs retaining.


WOMEN'S TITLE MATCH

ODB vs. Awesome Kong


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Is WWE holding Diva search contests because they can't see talent right under their noses? It amazes me that ODB was in OVW for so long. She would've been perfect for the Fed; instead, she is probably the most-over female competitor in TNA's history. While hot-shotting the belt to her wouldn't be a bad move, Kong is just starting her reign and you don't want to put her out of the game too quickly. For once, I'll agree with Russo booking and call for a schmozz finish.

Matt Mackinder

Kong looks like she'll have a long reign. ODB has a great gimmick, but not champ material yet. Yet. The Knockout with the old WCW name keeps her belt.


  X-DIVISION-THREATENING MATCH

Team 3D/Johnny Devine vs. Jay Lethal/Motor City Machine Guns
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I'd say that it's a lock for the X-ers to win, but really - is there a division to save here? My guess is that Johnny turns on 3D, since he likes having a title and all. Get ready for Blow Away!

Matt Mackinder

Crappy stips here. I'm not sure what they're supposed to prove, but oh well. I say the Guns and Machismo win and the Dudleys go on a crash diet. I can see the vignettes now...


 

TNA BEER-DRINKING TITLE MATCH
James Storm vs. Eric Young



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Man, does Chris Harris look like a genius or what? Seriously, I can't imagine James Storm is happy with the direction his career has taken. Let's just end this already okay Vince? I don't care who wins or loses.

Matt Mackinder

Another brutal storyline that takes a poke at WWE and Stone Cold. I don't care who wins, nor do I care who drinks the most beer. This was already determined in WWE about two years ago. I didn't care then and I don't care now. Um, the Cowboy "wins."


 

GRUDGE MATCH
Booker T vs. Robert Roode



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

What's this? A match with no stipulations or gimmicks? My god - this is the most original match idea on the card! Since it's TNA, I'm guessing Sharmell will screw over Booker T and join up with Roode. Ok seriously now - there will be a screwy ending here, with a DQ win for Booker.

Matt Mackinder

Booker makes a HUGE debut in TNA and now he's on the down side of the undercard. Nice booking. Sharmell slaps Roode and he walks into a scissors kick, er, axe kick and Booker gets the duke.



 

GRUDGE MATCH
Tracy Brooks vs. Peyton Banks



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Peyton sounds like a reject from the Fresh Prince. What's with TNA and bad names for the females? Peyton wins by nefarious means.

Matt Mackinder

Hopefully, this match goes quickly. Miss Brooks gets the 'W.'



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-- compiled by Jon Waldman