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Countdown to TNA Sacrifice
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff


SACRIFICE HISTORY


I'm not sure what exactly is being sacrificed at TNA's pay-per-view this Sunday, but one has to think that it is linked in one way or another to traditional wrestling.

Yes fans, we get yet another showing that the bookers in Florida seem to think that two men or women squaring off in a one-on-one bout is way too passe for today's wrestling fan. Instead, we get three matches and one tournament that are gimmicked beyond anything reasonable.

Two of SLAM!'s veteran writers will now try to guide you through the tangled web that has been woven for us at TNA Sacrifice.


MAIN EVENT - TNA WORLD TITLE MATCH (TRIPLE THREAT)

Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle vs. Scott Steiner


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Something about this match doesn't work for me. Yes, TNA has done a decent job of building the intrigue for a three-way match, but I've already seen Joe and Angle numerous times and Steiner, while an entertaining character, seemingly has been around for ages and just isn't believeable as a title threat. I'm guessing that Joe keeps the belt and pins Angle so the Steiner angle carries forward.

Greg Oliver

I think after Thursday's Impact the finish to this match became clear -- Angle or Steiner will somehow cost the other one the match, and Samoa Joe wins. I still think this should have been Steiner vs Joe, without Angle, since it cheapens the title shot stipulation that Steiner won. A clean win by Joe in his first title defense would have made good sense... but then this is TNA.


 
TNA TAG TEAM TITLE TOURNAMENT

3D vs. LAX vs. AJ/Super Eric vs. Cage/Rhino vs. Sting/Storm vs. Morgan/Kip vs two teams TBD (participants - Awesome Kong, BG James, Robert Roode, Booker T)
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Wait, I'm supposed to order a pay-per-view for this title tourney without knowing all the teams? The expectation would be Eric/AJ or LAX to win here, but I get the sneaking suspicion that they're putting Kong over, likely with Robert Roode given his, well, less than stellar track record with women.

Greg Oliver

What an ass-backwards way to go into a tag tournament. They have some good teams, so why not showcase them? Nah. Let's just throw some teams together, and allow others to go in as a unit. LAX had better come out with the belts, or there was no point to all of this.


TNA WOMEN'S TITLE #1 CONTENDER MATCH (BATTLE ROYAL/LADDER/HAIR VS. HAIR (UNLESS IT'S GAIL KIM WHO LOSES, IN WHICH CASE IT'S THE LAST GIRL ELIMINATED FROM SAID BATTLE ROYAL BEFORE THE LADDER MATCH BEGINS)

Gail Kim vs. ODB vs. Angelina Love vs. Velvet Sky vs. Traci Brooks vs. Jacqueline vs. Christy Hemme vs. Roxxi Leveaux vs. Rhaka Khan vs. Salinas


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Congratulations TNA, you've made the most complicated match ever. It's a wonder that there isn't a steel cage all around this schmoz. The logical thing here is for Gail to be one of the ladder participants because then you then have a third woman involved in the picture. If they go wiht this, then you have to imagine that either Sky or Love will be in the head-shaving position, ensuring that Gail wins. Thus, you put Sky or Love as the other ladder participant, with the story there being a split over their entire gimmick - their looks.

Greg Oliver

Everyone is going to pick Rhaka Khan since a shaved head will fit better in the Scott Steiner mold, so I will too.


  X-DIVISION TITLE #1 CONTENDER MATCH (TERRORDOME)

Curryman vs. Jay Lethal vs. Kaz vs. Alex Shelley vs. Jimmy Rave vs. Chris Sabin vs. Johnny Devine vs. Shark Boy vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Consequences Creed
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Who gets paid to come up with these rediculous concepts? Come on - this is straight out of the BioDome that Springfield was trapped in in The Simpsons Movie. And Terrordome? Ooh, I'm so scared of a cage with a hole in the top. The only really worrysome thing here is that there's an unfortunately high risk here for an X-er to get seriously hurt. I hope it doesn't happen, but unfortunately it's likely. I'm going to go with Curryman to win the bout.

Greg Oliver

I'm picking Mel Gibson in this one ... oh wait, that was the Thunderdome. Jimmy Rave won on Impact, so he won't win here. I'll take Dutt.



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-- compiled by Jon Waldman