Did anyone else know that there was an Impact Wrestling pay-per-view tonight? It seems to be the case every month. Is it lack of promotion? Or lack of fans? Tonight is not only the ninth anniversary for TNA Entertainment LLC, (Yup, Wrestling Matters, my ass) but the first PPV under the Impact Wrestling banner. The significance of “Slammiversary” (only in professional wrestling…) has heavily decreased since The Hogan-Bischoff Regime. And it seems lately that everyone points the blame at these guys, but there’s a reason why we do it. Not only has the six-sided ring since been eliminated, but Slammiversary has since ceased hosting the King of the Mountain Match. With both Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle each holding two victories as King of the Mountain, wouldn’t it have made sense for them to compete in another KoM match to determine the True King of the Mountain? Just saying.
With that said, do you even know who’s on the card? Well, you came to the right place because Wrestling Times X proudly presents: “What to Expect?” — Rants and listings for tonight’s Impact Wrestling Slammiversary IX.
Mr. Anderson finally has his one-on-one shot for the TNA World Championship against Sting. Having lost the belt back at Against All Odds, Mr. Anderson has been demanding his rematch. Can Mr. Anderson once again realize his dreams and become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion? Or will Sting sneak by with another under-ten-minute title defense? The Bottom Line: Sting may be the Icon, but at 52, it is time for Sting to pass the torch. But what about his promise to eliminate the cancer that is the Hogan-Bischoff Regime? He doesn’t need to be the World Champion to do what he does best: lie in wait in the rafters above, and strike them down with his trusty baseball bat.
Kurt Angle and Jeff Jarrett, after six months, will finally end their feud tonight. Finally, the two will square off in the ring one-on-one without the distractions from the titillating Karen Jarrett. Jarrett has taken Kurt’s ex-wife, his kids, he’s taken pretty much everything except for Kurt’s prized possession – his Olympic Gold Medal. Angle won his gold medal in the heavyweight (90–100 kg; 198–220 lb) weight class despite his neck injury, defeating the Iranian Abbas Jadidi. He is the only Olympic Gold Medalist is all of professional wrestling. It is what has sparked and defined his professional wrestling career. Tonight, will Jeff Jarrett earn possession of the gold, or will Kurt Angle finally score the long-awaited pinfall victory?
Eric Bischoff has been on a vendetta to destroy the X-Division, which he started by forcing Kazarian to defend the X-Division belt against “The Monster” Abyss. Now in possession of the title, Abyss has renamed it the X-treme Championship instead of destroying the belt. Now a student of The Art of War, Abyss believes that it is better to hold on to the title as a reminder to the X-Division of what they lost. Brian Kendrick has been on a journey to reignite the passion that was once the X-Division. Tonight, Abyss has allowed for both Kazarian and Kendrick to challenge for the belt in a Triple-Threat Match.
The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Douglas Williams) look to become two-time TNA World Tag Team Champions as they face the team of Beer Money’s James Storm and Motor City Machine Guns’ Alex Shelley for the belts. With Robert Roode sidelined with a shoulder injury, and Alex Shelley without his partner Chris Sabin (also sidelined) the pact between former enemies were made out of respect for each other and for the honor of defending the TNA World Tag Team Titles. But from what was showcased in their match against Mexican America, “Gun Money” lack the continuity that is shared between tag team partners. Can Gun Money manage to retain the gold for Beer Money, or will British Invasion take their regal spot in Impact Wrestling?
Angelina Love w/Winter will challenge Mickie James for the Knockouts Championship. Love, holding a pinfall victory over Mickie James in tag team action, could possibly be Mickie’s greatest opponent to date because of her zombie-like lack of emotions. Love cannot feel pain, sorrow, or remorse, which means that Mickie will be unable to psych-out her opponent. Unless… Winter does seem to have a mystical sense of control over Angelina’s mind, much like Paul Bearer had on The Undertaker. Now, if Mickie were to eliminate Winter from ringside, would that mean that Angelina would weaken? This could very well be Mickie’s ticket towards retaining her title.
Bully Ray and AJ Styles meet in a Last Man Standing Match. When it comes to brute strength, and an undeniable Extreme background from the Bingo Halls of ECW, Bully Ray has the utmost advantage when it comes to these type of matches. But let’s not forget that AJ Styles holds a hardcore victory over Tommy Dreamer with a fork in the eye, and retains a year of experience under the tutelage of “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” Ric Flair. Can Styles find redemption for Bully Ray powerbombing him off the entrance ramp, or will Ray continue dominating the Impact Wrestling Zone?
Also taking place at Slammiversary: Samoa Joe sets out to end the winning streak of Crimson, and Matt Morgan takes on Scott Steiner.
And that my friends is a crash course of what to expect from tonight’s Impact Wrestling Slammiversary IX pay-per-view. Whether or not you decide to drop this week’s paycheck, or skip it, come back tomorrow (or the day after that) for The Final Thoughts Post with all the rants of the event.
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