The LAW’s TNA Slammiversary Preview

Sunday night TNA presents Slammiversary from Boston, Massachusetts to celebrate 11-years since they launched on June 19th 2002. With their new pay-per-view model of only four live shows a year this will be their second to last pay-per-view of 2013 with Bound for Glory in October. The LAW takes a look at Sunday’s show and then will have a full review of the show at 11pm EST on Sunday night on TSN 1050 Toronto, The TEAM 1410 in Vancouver and Sirus/XM Channel 164.

BULLY RAY VS. STING FOR THE TNA TITLE IN A NO HOLDS BARRED MATCH (If Sting loses he never get another TNA Title shot)

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
This one sure looks like it’s set up for Sting to win the title so it’s off Bully Ray and we can finally get that greatly anticipated Bully Ray vs Hogan match at Bound for Glory. As for Sting, I guess he’ll defend against various A & E members, so get ready for what could be the most boring title reign ever. 

Jason Agnew
I guess with the stip and the fact it looks like a Hogan/Bull Ray program for Bound For Glory, Sting gets the win and the title.

John Pollock
I think it’s really hard to argue that there is anyone better for the role of TNA champion right now other than Bully Ray, who has provided a top level performer to the Aces and Eights group. I do like the stipulation for this match because it’s a stipulation you can buy unlike a retirement tease and has real consequences to create sympathy for the Sting character, who can no longer fight for the title. The argument for putting the title on Sting is that Bully Ray and Hulk Hogan appears to be the direction on television for Bound for Glory and you need the title off of Ray to do that program. I cannot fathom Hogan wrestling and to water it down with a six-man tag where Hogan gets one big spot – it begs the question of “why bother?” My preference is Bully Ray retains and Brooke aligns herself with Bully and puts on her wedding ring to close the show right in from of Hulk.

KURT ANGLE VS A.J. STYLES

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
The booking for this on the TV this week was completely messed up to me. You have AJ Styles fighting Anderson, a member of Aces & Eights, who are trying to take over the company. So Kurt Angle, a babyface with TNA, comes out and attacks AJ during this match. Where’s the logic in that? If Angle wants AJ on his team, why is he fighting him? I don’t get it at all. And what is to be gained by both fighting each other? Does Angle win and they do the mutual respect angle or does AJ win and continue as the lone wolf? You tell me because none of it makes any sense to me. 

Jason Agnew
I continue to ask, why does AJ keep coming to work? I’d guess Aces & Eights runs in on this match and there is no winner.

John Pollock
These two have had some of the best matches in TNA history but I am curious how the audience reacts to this match as you have Angle as the babyface fighting for TNA while Styles is the anti-authority, lone wolf that is supposed to be the true babyface at the end of this run. The finish seems very simple in that Styles needs to beat Angle clean with his new finish as he is the year long focus and Angle is there to keep Styles moving forward.

CHAVO GUERRERO & HERNANDEZ VS BAD INFLUENCE VS AUSTIN ARIES & BOBBY ROODE VS JAMES STORM & GUNNER FOR THE TAG TITLES

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I can’t say the 8-man tag on Impact this week really got me excited for this match, as I think it’s too many guys out there at once, and I would much rather just see a regular title match with the champs and Bad Influence, with Bad Influence winning, turning babyface (since fans love them anyway), and then feuding with Roode & Aries. Then the other two teams could be in a #1 contender match. I’m going with Bad Influence to win.

Jason Agnew
This should be a pretty good match. I’d like to see Bad Influence get the win and the belts here but I don’t see that happening. I think the plan may have been for Gunner/Storm to get the titles here, but with Storm’s injury I think that plan now needs to be reworked. So with that said its Roode/Aries or Los Stereotypes keeps them. So let’s say Roode/Aries takes the belts here.

John Pollock
This seems like a lot of bodies in one ring and is going to get cluttered really fast. Guerrero and Hernandez just have not clicked for me and it’s probably time to slip the titles onto one of the heel groups in either Aries & Roode or Bad Influence. James Storm is the question mark in the match as he is going to be limited with his involvement due to his abdominal injury and probably shouldn’t even be working the match but allows them to put a spotlight on Gunner if they take Storm out early and he fights on.

KENNY KING VS CHRIS SABIN VS SUICIDE IN AN ULTIMATE X MATCH FOR THE X DIVISION TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
What does it matter who wins here? We only have about 3 guys in the X Division right now and they’ve said that every X Division match has to be a three way. So who cares who wins when we’ll probably see the same three against each other on TV this week. If they are really putting the push on Sabin since he came back, perhaps he gets the win here. 

Jason Agnew
Hopefully Chris Sabin gets the win here, with the intention of pushing him into a more main event status when he to cash in a title shot at the world title.

John Pollock
I feel this is just a trivial use of the Ultimate X gimmick, which is a concept fans generally are interested in when TNA presents one. Instead this was just mentioned in passing and seems like a waste to not make it more of a big deal. I worry about Chris Sabin in this match where the expectations are high for these matches and this is not a match that takes it easy on your knees. I feel they need to get the title onto Sabin and it will happen on this show.

DEVON VS JOSEPH PARK FOR THE TELEVISION TITLE

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
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his one really looks like the return of Abyss to TNA full time with Joseph Park finally disappearing, but I also see Aces & Eights running down to help Devon retain, and the feud continues with a newly revitalized Abyss against the anarchy of Aces and Eights.

Jason Agnew
Joseph Park

John Pollock
This probably only gets 5-6 minutes and that is for the best. I don’t see the need to put the title on Park / Abyss but then again I also don’t see a point to having this title in the company. If Park morphs into Abyss he cannot lose so maybe that is the direction they go and now Park must go through training to become a proper “television star” and we get more vignettes.

GAIL KIM VS TARYN TERRELL IN A LAST KNOCKOUT’S STANDING MATCH

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
I just don’t see this working at all as I don’t think either one is capable of a believable Last Woman Standing match (which in itself makes no sense here), so I expect a crappy match, but Gail should probably go over here and challenge James for the title. 

Jason Agnew
Taryn is a winner here, simply because she gets to work with Gail! And I’d suspect we get Tara to run in here and take out Gail, leading to a feud between them. The win going to Taryn should propel her into a feud with Mickie James.

John Pollock
This is probably the end of their feud and in that case Terrell finally gets the big win after all the weeks of Kim taking out the Knockout’s division and perhaps they all show up to gang up on Kim as the rules can allow for it.

SAM SHAW VS JAY BRADLEY IN THE GUT CHECK TOURNAMENT

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
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n a company full of failures, Gut Check has probably been the biggest. It has made zero sense since day one and I’m so not interested in a match with two guys who have no identity. Throw the dart for this one. I’m going with Sam Shaw because I love alliteration.

Jason Agnew
Washroom break.

John Pollock
I see a lot of talent in Jay Bradley he certainly has a presence and a good finish people can get into and makes the most sense to win the tournament and enter the BFG Series.

JEFF HARDY & SAMOA JOE & MAGNUS VS GARRET BISCHOFF & DOC & WES BRISCO

Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski
This one seems pretty obvious that the TNA team will get the victory here with Hardy getting the pin to bring him back strong.

Jason Agnew
So Jeff Hardy is back… Yay! I believe that would mean the babyfaces are going over here.

John Pollock
It is about time to bring Hardy back with TNA starving for a top end babyface and Hardy is someone the audience takes to in the role. I expect this could even open the show and a quick win for the babyfaces.


The LAW’s TNA Slammiversary Preview

Tonight TNA celebrates their 10th anniversary with ‘Slammiversary’ from the College Park Arena in Arlington, Texas. Their official anniversary is June 19th where they kicked off their Wednesday night weekly pay-per-view events in 2002 with their first show taking place in Huntsville, Alabama before moving to the more modest Nashville Fairgrounds. The interesting news coming out Friday morning was a veiled tweet from Dixie Carter leading to the expectation that Christian will be a part of the show tonight as part of their deal with the WWE to allow Ric Flair to appear at this past March’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. Catch The LAW tonight at 11pm EST on TSN 1050 Toronto and online here on the site for a full rundown of the show. Here is our preview of the show.

BOBBY ROODE VS STING FOR THE TNA TITLE

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
Obviously, after beating Roode clean on TV and making him submit in the tag match, Sting is not winning the world title. Roode comes out strong here and then he faces Jeff Hardy on TV, retains once again, and back comes James Storm.

Jason Agnew
Bobby has gotta keep this.

John Pollock
This isn’t going to be a match of the year candidate but hopefully the temptation of doing a title change on their anniversary show is not there because there isn’t any reason I would take the title off of Roode. They have attempted to get Sting as believable as possible for being a threat by beating Roode clean two-weeks in a row but I don’t sense a giant interest for this match but both will have their working boots on and should be a fine match especially since Sting has had some time to rest and will be very motivated for this one.

CHRISTOPHER DANIELS & KAZARIAN VS A.J. STYLES & KURT ANGLE FOR THE TAG TITLES

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
I can’t say I’m a big fan of this whole angle with AJ and Dixie, and I can see this match just being a backdrop to further that angle, so I’m guessing that Daniels and Kaz go over when AJ costs himself and Angle the match.

Jason Agnew
Do we get a run-in from Serge here?

John Pollock
On paper this is a hell of a match but for such a heavy grudge style program involving Kazarian, Daniels and Styles it doesn’t really lend itself for having a great technical / high flying match as they often provide. Kurt Angle is lost in the mix here but I’m intrigued with the Dixie storyline and how they progress it on this show. This certainly has the possibility to be match of the night and Daniels and Kazarian should keep the titles since they have become the top heels in the company.

MR. ANDERSON VS ROB VAN DAM VS JEFF HARDY IN A #1 CONTENDER’S MATCH

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
It seems like all these three guys have is #1 contender matches with each other. I see them going with Jeff Hardy since it leads to a TV title defence, and Hardy has the best chance of the three in creating fan interest, aka ratings, in a shot with Roode. Hardy wins.

Jason Agnew
Blah… who cares.

John Pollock
These three have wrestled in every combination possible along with three-ways in the past and personally feel this match would be better received without Anderson in the mix. I generally dislike three-way matches no matter who is involved, they are a staple of mid-90’s wrestling that has just become a style of match to fit extra bodies onto a show. This is designed to set up a big match for ‘Impact’ and get the number up for the live shows and unlike most times I don’t object to the PPV building to the television show because establishing the timeslot is a bigger goal this summer than their pay-per-view business. For maximum ratings value you go with Hardy winning the match.

BULLY RAY VS JOSEPH PARK

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
This should be interesting in terms of the execution and how they bring Abyss back. Does he just start the match right from the start and we don’t even see Joseph Park? Does Park start the match, and eventually he gets chased backstage and remerges as Abyss?  I don’t really care who wins, I just want to see how they bring Abyss back. I see Bully Ray going down here, but the feud continuing.

Jason Agnew
Don’t quite understand this whole thing, I’d expect about half-way through the match Joseph ducks under the ring and suddenly Abyss appears.

John Pollock
I love the Joseph Park character and Bully Ray has been quietly been the best part of TNA since his heel turn with program after program delivering and doing the best work of his career. Either this match will feature the reveal of Park as Abyss or they go the direction of keeping the two as separate characters with a ‘wink’ to the audience, who is aware they are the same person. It seems that every Bully Ray program features him bullying a babyface, the babyface fights back and gets their revenge on the bully with a win at the end. If they want to keep this story going they could easily have Ray beat Park and forces Abyss to come for revenge on Ray.

AUSTIN ARIES VS SAMOA JOE

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
This has the potential to be the match of the night, and that’s saying something on a card that really, in-ring-wise, should be pretty damn good. I’m guessing Aries goes over since Joe hasn’t won a match since the late ’50s. I would actually like to see this feud continue since they aren’t doing anything interesting with either guy right now.

Jason Agnew
This is going to be a great match, I expect both guys to go full out here and do some very col stuff in the ring… why isn’t the belt on the line here?

John Pollock
This match is not listed on the TNA site as a X Division Title Match so I’m assuming it isn’t for whatever reason. In the ring this could be excellent but there was little build to this one and I was disappointed that Joe was turned heel without any kind of explanation and that Aries was given poor followup after that excellent match with Bully Ray at ‘Sacrifice’ last month. The X Division Title is quickly becoming a nostalgia title where it was once a great calling card for TNA but was part of a bygone era and see little reason for the title in 2012. Aries gets the win in this one and could steal the show.

GAIL KIM VS MISS TESSMACHER FOR THE KNOCKOUT’S TITLE

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
I think Brooke is winning the belt here and Madison will screw up Gail in someway causing her to lose.

Jason Agnew
Hopefully Gail can carry Brooke to a good match here.  I expect a new champion.

John Pollock
I’m expecting Kim to finally lose the title on this show in Tessmacher’s home state of Texas and leads to Kim and the soon to be turning Mickie James to form a heel alliance that feuds with Brooke Hogan.

DEVON & GARRET BISCHOFF VS ROBBIE E & ROBBIE T

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
I could actually see E & T getting the win here because they’ve lost and looked like chumps on TV for this whole feud. That way they can also extend the feud since they don’t have anything else for these guys anyway.

Jason Agnew
More tension between Robbie E + Robbie T after they lose this match.

John Pollock
Devon and Garret win this match in 5-minutes and then Robbie E gets yet another TV Title shot on television this week.

CRIMSON VS TBA IN AN OPEN CHALLENGE

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
Don’t care.

Jason Agnew
I wanna see Christian Cage answer this challenge.

John Pollock
I don’t think the climax of my idea occurs on Sunday night but this starts a storyline with Crimson where he issues open challenges every month and destroys each guy that answers it until King Mo finally shows up and arm bars him in seconds and ends the streak.

HERNANDEZ VS KID KASH

Dan ‘The Mouth’ Lovranski
Huh?

Jason Agnew
What? Why?

John Pollock
I had no clue Kid Kash was still on the roster. Perhaps this begins a singles run for Hernandez, who is without a partner as Anarquia is gone. Hernandez has never clicked with me and just don’t know how much you can get out him at this stage in his career.