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Countdown to TNA Sacrifice
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




Sacrifice is upon us, and there's a lot of confusion surrounding it; namely, what company is putting it on.

Despite Mick Foley's proclamation Thursday, the TNA flag is still flying everywhere, which makes the branding downright confusing. If the "powers that be" are attempting to start a new era, would it not make more sense to do so after the pay-per-view?

Even without knowing who is staging Sacrifice, the PPV is confusing enough. The World title situation is a mess, we're getting more teases each week of Hogan wrestling again and putting Foley into the decision-maker mix just adds another layer of "...the hell?" to this whole thing.

Let's see if we can make some sense of this all.


??? WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Sting vs. RVD

This is the very definition of placeholder, as we await Sting vs. Ken Anderson. Consider this one to be Sting "getting his win back" after RVD's surprise debut about a year and a half ago. It seems inevitable that RVD shifts away from the main event after this, but it's extremely hard to figure out where he goes next, though it feels like we're doomed to seeing RVD vs. Bubba Ray.
GRUDGE MATCH

The Jarretts vs. Kurt Angle/Chyna

I'm actually kinda shocked that WWE let the Chyna trademark slip through their fingers, but I'm really not sure if there's much value here. I'm pleasantly surprised that ??? has built in the original Jarrett/Chyna storyline, and it wouldn't surprise me if Stacy Carter (aka The Kat) comes in sometime down the road, maybe with her hubby Sinn/Kizarny. The match, of course, will be horrible. Angle/Chyna win.
??? TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Beer Money vs. Matt Hardy/Chris Harris

The return of Harris was very well executed by ???. I'm guessing that the titles change here, knowing the ??? booking team's tendencies, but I'd rather Beer Money hold the titles a bit longer.
  TITLE VS. FREEDOM MATCH

Mickie James vs. Madison Rayne
 

I hate these types of matches, because the inevitable conclusion is Patty Hearst-esque, where the captive ends up siding with their holder. This won't be any different. Tara screws Mickie.
  ??? X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH

Max Buck vs. Kazarian
 

I still don't know why they split the Young Bucks so early. It makes no sense to me since the two hadn't yet developed individual personalities. Kaz wins.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Tommy Dreamer vs. AJ Styles
 

I'm not yet excited about this feud. I'm guessing it's the old standard of Tommy losing all his money and now has to do whatever Bubba Ray tells him to do. Tommy wins.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Mexican America vs. Ink Inc.
 

If LAX wasn't still fresh in my memory I'd be looking forward to this match more. I don't mind the build, but it just feels like such a re-hash.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Crimson vs. Abyss
 

Why is Samoa Joe not on the pay-per-view? I don't mind Crimson but Abyss has really worn thin over the last year or so. Take the young upstart to win.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Brian Kendrick vs. Robbie E
 

No buildup, and I've never been much of a fan of BK's. He'll win though.
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