Countdown to TNA Sacrifice
SLAM! Wrestling Staff
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
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
Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle vs. Scott Steiner
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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