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Countdown to TNA Sacrifice
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling




For the last two years, Rob Van Dam has been involved in the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match at Sacrifice.

Things are no different this year, as Van Dam will challenge for the championship when he faces incumbent Bobby Roode in a ladder match in the main event.

Van Dam earned No. 1 contender's honors on the April 19 edition of Impact Wrestling when he defeated Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson in a triple threat match.

He held onto his status atop the heavyweight contender ladder on the May 10 edition of Impact in a fatal four way match with some crazy stipulations. The match pitted Van Dam against Roode, Hardy and Anderson. If Van Dam won, he got to pick the stipulation for his title match with Roode. If Roode won, he'd get to pick his opponent at Sacrifice and if Hardy or Anderson won, they'd get to face Roode.

Van Dam walked away from that match as the winner and chose to stack the odds against Roode by facing him in a ladder match.

Roode is coming off the toughest challenge of his title reign when he successfully defended his title against James Storm in a steel cage match at Lockdown. Although he retained by the skin of his teeth, his TNA title reign is nearly unprecedented. A successful title defense here means he would likely become the longest-reigning TNA world heavyweight champion in the company's history.

What will happen: Roode will again hang on by the skin of his teeth when Van Dam gets too risky in an attempt to end the match. The opportunistic Roode will take advantage of that, climb the ladder and grab his belt.

The world heavyweight title match is one of four title matches on the show. In other title action, the tag team titles are on the line when Samoa Joe and Magnus defend against Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.

With Daniels and Kazarian getting knee-deep into a potential scandal with AJ Styles and Dixie Carter, I wouldn't rule out a title change here.

In other title action, the Television Championship is on the line when Devon defends against Robbie E and Robbie T in a handicap match. It's rather quite easy to see how this one could go: The Robbies can't get along and Devon capitalizes on that, laying out Robbie E with a spinebuster yet again to retain the title.

The final championship match sees Brooke Tessmacher challenge for the Knockouts Championship against Gail Kim. Tessmacher has had Kim's number of late and we all know what that means. Kim retains here, ending Tessmacher's hot streak.

WHAT YOU THINK
TNA Sacrifice is coming up. Who will be TNA World champion after the PPV?
Bobby Roode (c) - 62%
Rob Van Dam - 38%
Outside of title action, three very solid singles matches accent the card. In a featured bout, Kurt Angle will face AJ Styles. It's almost impossible for these two to have a bad match together. This one could very easily steal the show.

The next potential contender for the heavyweight title could be found in the match between Anderson and Hardy. These two had many battles over the heavyweight title last year and each needs a big performance here to show they belong in the mix near the top of the card.

In other action, Bully Ray meets X Division champion Austin Aries in a non-title grudge match. Ray has been doing what he does best: Bullying people. Aries has stood up for himself, but Ray has used underhanded tactics at every turn to get the best of Aries. This is a big proving match for Aries. If he can upset the much larger Bully Ray, perhaps big things lie ahead for one of the most underrated wrestlers in the business.

Sacrifice appears to be a good show on paper. Is it worth plunking down your hard-earned money for? Probably not. It lacks any sort of hook that would make one want to spend the money a pay-per-view costs these days. If you want to see good wrestling and have the means, this probably wouldn't be the worst show to buy. But it's certainly missable, especially with a WWE show coming up in a week that features CM Punk facing Daniel Bryan.


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