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Countdown to TNA No Surrender
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff


It's time for No Surrender, and as per TNA tradition, only five matches were officially leaked to potential PPV viewers before Thursday's Impact.

Yup, rather than give readers the full story for No Surrender, TNA chose instead to save the last pieces until the last taping. It's a strategy that I've never understood, especially when they had some time to hype perhaps the biggest story of all -- who would replace Angelina Love in the Knockouts tag title match.

But I digress. The five matches we preview below certainly have their own appeal and overall look to be decent showings.

Let's get to the predictions.


TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

Kurt Angle vs. Sting vs. AJ Styles vs. Matt Morgan

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Cluster! Honestly, I'm sick of thee multi-man matches. I get it already TNA -- you have a lot of main eventers. Kudos. My hope would be for AJ to win, but with the biggest PPV of the year in sight, it's staying with Kurt.

Bob Kapur

Weird psychology in this one, with a single heel facing three guys who are out to get him. Makes him a bit too sympathetic, no? Would like to see Matt Morgan take the belt, just to mix things up a little, but it's probably too soon. I can see Sting winning it and holding it until Bound for Glory in some sort of retirement stipulation match, if those rumours are to be believed.

Greg Oliver

Looking beyond this to Bound For Glory, where they are teasing Sting retires, I wonder whether he gets one last run here. Nostalgia rules the day, so Sting wins.


 
GRUDGE MATCH

Bobby Lashley vs. Rhino
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

If Rhino wins I'm never watching TNA again, because that would be the worse booking ever. Case closed.

Bob Kapur

Who did Rhino tick off to become PPV fodder for Lashley? Hopefully they give him some offense before he gets pinned.

Greg Oliver

No question Lashley goes over. The question is how much offence Rhino is allowed to get in.


X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH

Christopher Daniels vs. Samoa Joe

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I like this match for a lot of reasons, but you have to wonder if it will be anywhere close to what it was a few years ago with Joe's added bulk. This is building to something bigger, so I'll say Joe wins by DQ.

Bob Kapur

Remember a couple of years ago when Daniels, Joe and AJ had the best matches on a TNA PPV? Despite Joe's ill-advised new look, he can still go in the ring. This one could be like old times - in a good way.

Greg Oliver

What year is this? Can they still deliver? We're all hoping the magic is still there, and I'm hoping that Samoa Joe keeps the belt -- for a while, giving the title some meaning again.


  TNA TAG TEAM MATCH (LETHAL LOCKDOWN)

Main Event Mafia vs. Team 3D vs. Beer Money vs. British Invasion
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

And another cluster! I hate having eight guys locked in a cage -- that's too many bodies. You almost get the feeling that the Invasion will take the titles here, just to put a rift between them and the Mafia. If that happens, I'll be happy.

Bob Kapur

This should be a fun match. It'll be "bowling shoe ugly" to steal a phrase, but it should be fun. British Invasion cheat to win - likely with interference from the rest of the World Elite.

Greg Oliver

These are always such messy matches that it makes it hard to predict, except that there will be chaos. I'll take Beer Money to sneak in for the win when the plunder is flying all around.


 

TNA LEGENDS TITLE / $10,000 BOUNTY MATCH

Abyss vs. Kevin Nash



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Ugh. I hate that belt, I hate Abyss. I mildly tolerate Kevin Nash at the best of times. Popcorn break!

Bob Kapur

Yeesh - this could be even more ugly. Foley and Dr. Stevie get involved and it becomes a big cluster. Nash wins in the end. I'm hoping for a Raven run-in.

Greg Oliver

Abyss can lose and still stay at the same level; winning doesn't elevate him or the title either. Nash is, well, Nash -- for the good and the bad. He'll win.
NO SURRENDER HISTORY
From the SLAM! Wrestling archives:
  • Sep. 15, 2008: No Surrender a bore
  • Sep. 10, 2007: No Surrender delivers on Angles and a new TV deal
  • Sep. 25, 2006: Ultimate X steals No Surrender
  • July 19, 2005: No Surrender a success

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    -- compiled by Jon Waldman