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Countdown to TNA No Surrender
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




Whomever it was that decided that it would be a good idea to schedule a pay-per-view on Labour Day weekend, the last enjoyable days of summer, is out of his or her mind.

Seriously; it's like you're asking for a bad buyrate. Next to New Year's and Super Bowl Sunday, Labour Day is the most revered non-religious day in Canada and the U.S.

But I guess TNA figures that its loyalest of followers will still lay down their bucks on this eve, rather than take one last trip to the ol' swimming hole, the state fair or another sort of celebration.

Best of luck to you TNA. I'll be laughing my tuchus off if you think that putting a PPV on Boxing Day is going to get you huge numbers.

Here's the card for No Surrender.


TNA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL MATCH

Jeff Hardy vs. Kurt Angle

At some point TNA is going to have to give up the charade that this is Kurt Angle's career is on the line in the tourney, because at this point no one believes Kurt's retiring and see Bound For Glory as his return to the world title. It would make sense for Kurt to lose to Jeff, given that Hardy seems destined to be champ at one point or another, but it's inevitable that the Olympic champ stays on top here.
TNA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL MATCH

Mr. Anderson vs. The Pope

The ridiculous part of this feud is that people think Anderson is bound to turn heel. The A**hole gimmick seems to be getting over though, and if TNA had any marketing power there'd be T-shirts all over the arena. Pope is also very sellable in his gimmick, but the merch just isn't selling (if it's available at all). The feud between these two has barely registered on my radar, and inevitably whoever wins will finish second at BFG. Take Anderson for the heck of it.
GRUDGE MATCH

Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne

The build has been great for this matchup, but it's feeling second rate thanks to the revelation of Tara being the bodyguard. Why do that on Impact instead of on the PPV? Yeesh. Screwball finish, table 12.
  WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

London Brawling vs. Motor City Machine Guns
 

This is so thrown together it's sad. Up until Thursday evening this was supposed to be the Guns vs. Generation Me. The promo work Thursday did nothing but start the feud and really make this feel like a throwaway match, which no Guns match should ever be. Guns win decisively here as London Brawling splits up in short order.
  I QUIT MATCH

Tommy Dreamer vs AJ Styles
 

It's TNA so it has to be a gimmick match to start a feud. I'm not sure whether this is for the title or not, nor do I care. I respect Dreamer, but inevitably this won't be a great match. I'll take a schmoz ending.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Wolfpac vs. Jeff Jarrett/Samoa Joe
 

Nash and Sting should not be competing in matches anymore. Sigh. The idea here should be for Joe to go over as the unstoppable monster, but I'm guessing he turns on JJ to side with Nash and Sting for yet another ridiculous shift in his career. Wolfpac wins.
  X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH

Sabu vs. Douglas Williams
 

Another thrown-together bout that I couldn't care about. I'm somehow guessing Sabu wins since AJ loses, but if that happens it'll be a lowdown dirty shame.
  FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE MATCH

Abyss vs. Rhino
 

Part of me is actually getting curious about who "they" are, but I'm afraid to get my hopes up that this group will live up to the hype. Abyss vs. Rhino doesn't make any sense, since EV2 is supposed to be battling Fortune. Abyss will take it, no doubt.

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