Last Knockout Standing match for TNA Knockout Championship: [C] Madison Rayne vs. Mickie James
Mickie James came to TNA to prove that she was the top female wrestler in what used to be the top female division in the business. While the Knockouts division still remains (by default) the top national women’s wrestling division, they are a shadow of what they once were. Can putting the belt on Mickie bring back some prestige to the Knockouts division? Maybe, maybe not. But like anything we see on TNA, everything is a random experiment so we may indeed see Mickie win the belt this Sunday. Or… since the championship match is a Last “Knockout” Standing match, Madison Rayne may retain since she has Tara, Sarita, and Rosita all to interfere on her behalf. And unless Angelina Love can get her tag team partner Winter and her BFF Velvet Sky to cooperate, Mickie will have no backup to offset Rayne’s buddies.
Street Fight: Bully Ray vs. Brother Devon
Technically this bout is a 3-on-1 Handicap Street Fight match, since Bully Ray challenged Brother Devon’s sons (after they interfered in their tables match on Impact) to partake in the street fight. Honestly, I would not expect Bully Ray to issue this sort of disadvantage without having an ace up his sleeve. Who could he possibly recruit? And with their history with Ray, would Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal of Ink, Inc. intervene on Devon & Sons behalf?
Samoa Joe vs. D’Angelo Dinero
Wasn’t Samoa Joe heel and D’Angelo Dinero babyface around this time last year? Remember, The Pope won the Eight-Card Stud Tourney to become the number one contender to the TNA World Championship. It is a shame that now he’s in a throw-away match one year later. As for Samoa Joe, he should be ranked right up there with the main-eventers instead of wasting his time in meaningless feuds with Pope and Jeff Jarrett.
High Stakes match: Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett
If Jarrett wins, Kurt Angle must give Karen Jarrett away at her wedding. But if Angle wins, he gets sole custody of Kody and Kyra Angle. This is a dangerous game that Jarrett is playing with Angle, because what makes him so sure that he won’t lose, thus losing custody of Karen’s children? If Angle loses, all he has to do is walk Karen down the aisle and give her away at her wedding vow renewal. Angle could do anything he wants in that scenario, even lock in an Angle Lock on Jeff as soon as he fulfills his obligatory walk. Angle has all the power come this Sunday, is Jarrett set to face the consequences of his contract?
Rob Van Dam vs. Matt Hardy
Let me take the time to congratulate Matt Hardy on landing Reby Sky as his girlfriend. Talk ill of his body and his wrestling skills, but you have to pay the devil his dues when it comes to picking out women. This match holds no importance, just another throw-away. Hopefully Matt took the time to work off some of the ring rust, or else Rob Van Dam will easily end the match with a Five-Star Frog Splash.
Three-Way match for number one contendership to X-Division Title: Max Buck vs. Jeremy Buck vs. Robbie E
This match is a lose-lose situation for us all, especially for Robbie E. Max and Jeremy Buck are obviously going to double team Robbie E like they only know how, however, when it comes time to decide who pins Robbie, that’s when the situation will erupt (no Shore pun intended).
Six-Man Tag Team match: Beer Money Inc and Scott Steiner vs. Rob Terry and Gunner & Murphy
Was there even a mention of this Six-Man Tag match between Fortune and Immortal? Gunner and Murphy are simply Jarrett’s goons, with no development character wise. Rob Terry is an over rated muscle head that is lucky that Hogan is in charge. And Scott Steiner should retire, his heydays ended in the 90s, let’s leave it at that. Despite the dead weight of Steiner, this match would be a perfect opportunity to showcase the talents of James Storm and Robert Roode, and show viewers why they are the TNA World Tag Team Champions.
Ladder match for TNA World Championship: [C] Mr. Anderson vs. Jeff Hardy
Another match that was just thrown together with no build up whatsoever, except for an instance of Jeff Hardy bringing out a neon painted ladder to watch Mr. Anderson’s title defense against Matt Morgan on Impact, is the ladder match for the TNA World Title between Hardy and Anderson. Ken Anderson’s credentials in ladder matches include Money in the Bank 2007 winner (though he never cashed it), and defeating Kurt Angle last year prior to their Lockdown showdown. As for Jeff Hardy, we all know that he is the king of ladder matches, so they are both capable of putting on one hell of a match. Let’s just hope it pans out that way. And if Anderson retains, can we PLEASE change that belt?