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Impact: Angle snaps and Steiner taps
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


Sacrifice is just around the corner, but before we get there, we still have one more stop to make at the Impact Zone. On this edition of Impact, the Knockouts fight for immunity, the X Division stars do battle in a six way and Scott Steiner joins forces with Kurt Angle to take on Samoa Joe and Kevin Nash. All this and more on Impact!

The show began with highlights of the last edition of Impact. Mike Tenay and Don West then did their usual rundown and pitched it to Jim Cornette who was in the ring.

Jim Cornette was shown holding the TNA Tag Team Championships. He talked about the Egotistical Eight and mentioned how they have been calling him and bothering him to find out who would be teaming with who. He said the only person that didn't call was Sting. He announced that on Impact, he would introduce two of the teams as a favor to the egotistical eight. The first two names drawn are Sting and James Storm. Both stars make their way out and engage in a heated argument, that turned into a brawl. Sting was able to chase Storm off, as a furious Cornette said that the teams drawn would face each other on Impact. He then made a No DQ match between Sting and James Storm for later on.

Backstage, Jeremy Borash was hanging around and caught the arrival by limo of Rhaka Kahn, Scott Steiner and Petey Williams. Steiner said that he would co-exist with Kurt Angle to take out Samoa Joe. Kurt Angle then arrived and affirmed that they had an agreement for one night only. Steiner and Angle then shook hands.

Mike Tenay and Don West talked about the Terror Dome match at Sacrifice and said that it would involved the X Division.

Match One - Petey Williams w/ Rhaka Kahn vs. Curry Man vs. Jimmy Rave w/ Lance Hoyt and Christy Hemme vs. Johnny Devine vs. Shark Boy vs. Consequences Creed

This one broke down into an all out finisher fest. After some reversals, Jimmy Rave wound up catching Petey Williams in the face, breaking his orbital bone. Curry Man got into it with Christy Hemme after she distracted the ref and the two danced. This allowed Rave to regroup himself, counter the Spice Rack and finish off Curry Man for the win. After the match, The Rock N Rave Infection celebrated on the floor.

Winner Via Pinfall - Jimmy Rave

Frank Trigg was announced to be back on commentary at Sacrifice for the TNA Heavyweight Championship Main Event. Rick Steiner was also mentioned as being in attendance.

Backstage, Jeremy Borash caught up with Sting, who said that he and James Storm were going to do battle in their No DQ match, and that come Sacrifice, Storm would be ready and the two would function as a team and win the TNA Tag Team Championships.

Don West talked about TNA Live. A package was then shown to highlight the history of LAX. Mike Tenay and Don West then talked about Hector Guerrero joining LAX, as well as the TNA Tag Team Championship tournament.

Crystal was shown in Jim Cornette's office along with the TNA Knockouts. Cornette announced a Immunity Match for the Knockouts to compete in. He said that he would be hanging barber shears from a pole and the winner would be immune from getting their head shaved at Sacrifice. Cornette then went on to guarantee that one of the Knockouts would have their head shaved bald.

Jeremy Borash then spoke with Christian Cage and Rhino, who were confident about winning the TNA Tag Team Championships at Sacrifice. Team 3D walked in and ran them down, leading to a brawl. LAX then ran in and cleaned house on both teams.

After a commercial break, highlights were shown of the tag team backstage brawl.

Match Two - Knockouts Immunity Pole Match - Christy Hemme vs. Angelina Love vs. Velvet Sky vs. Roxxi Laveaux vs. Salinas vs. ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Traci Brooks vs. Jackie Moore

This was a good match, with the Knockouts going at it. After lots of back and forth action, Gail Kim found the opportunity that she needed to climb the pole and get the sheers.

Winner Via Grabbing The Shears - Gail Kim

Backstage, Crystal caught up with Kevin Nash and Samoa Joe who said that they were prepared for battle. Nash mentioned once again, that it was going to take a lot more than pure strength to take the TNA Heavyweight Championship from Joe.

Match Three - No DQ Match - Sting vs. James Storm

Another good match. James Storm tried to lay Sting out with a chair, but that wasn't enough to put the Stinger away. Sting fought back and hit a Stinger Splash on Storm through a table. Sting then hit the Scorpion Deathdrop and put Storm away for the win.

Winner Via Pinfall - Sting

Jeremy Borash talked to Kip James who said that he was a "Mega Star." He talked about being the best and being on a whole other level in TNA.

Jim Cornette then came out and announced the next team as Matt Morgan and Kip James. The two came out and much like Sting and James Storm, got into a brawl. Security tried to break them up, but Cornette had other plans, telling them to officially start their match.

Match Four - Matt Morgan vs. Kip James

Matt Morgan looked strong in this outing. He was able to counter Kip James' offense and put him out with the Bicycle Kick.

Winner Via Pinfall - Matt Morgan

Crystal then spoke with BG James in the back about the final four stars left to be paired up. One being him, the others being, Robert Roode, Booker T and The Awesome Kong. James ran down how unique each partner was and said to bring Kong his way, because that's the only way he is going to look good.

Mike Tenay and Don West then hyped Sacrifice.

Backstage, Jeremy Borash was shown with Scott Steiner, Kurt Angle, Petey Williams and Rhaka Kahn. Steiner and Angle get into a bit of an argument over their game plan, but Williams stepped in and tried to keep the peace, saying that they argue because they are so similar.

A package was then shown to highlight the history of Samoa Joe/Kurt Angle/Scott Steiner.

Match Five - Kurt Angle and Scott Steiner w/ Rhaka Kahn vs. Kevin Nash and Samoa Joe

Scott Steiner and Kurt Angle used some under-handed tricks in distracting the referee to get the advantage. The match eventually broke down, with Angle hitting an Angle Slam on Samoa Joe. Steiner then caught Kevin Nash with a pipe shot, followed by an Angle Slam. Steiner then made the cover and got the win for his team.

Winners Via Pinfall - Kurt Angle and Scott Steiner

After the match, Kurt Angle was upset that Scott Steiner stole the pin from him. While Steiner celebrated, Angle took him off the ropes and beat him down, hitting an Angle Slam and locking in the Ankle Lock, forcing Steiner to tap out.

A package was then shown to hype Sacrifice to round out another edition of Impact.

Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is celebrating his four year anniversary with SLAM! Wrestling. Thanks to all of those who have helped and supported him along the way.