With the 2012 edition of TNA’s Sacrifice pay-per-view coming live Sunday from the Impact Zone in Orlando, this may be the kind of show that brings in genuine wrestling fans.
There has been much talk about rebuilding the brand and the company’s reputation, and a card this solid and this deep will be a step in the right direction.
Where: Impact Wrestling Zone, Orlando, Florida
When: Sunday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: PPV (local cable providers)
Live Streaming: TNASacrifice.com
Full PPV Card
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Rob Van Dam—ladder match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Kurt Angle vs. A.J. Styles—singles match
Samoa Joe and Magnus (c) vs. Daniels and Kazarian—tag team match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson—singles match
Austin Aries vs. Bully Ray—singles match
Gail Kim (c) vs. Brooke Tessmacher—singles match for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship
Devon (c) vs. Robbie E and Robbie T—2-on-1 handicap match for the TNA Television Championship
Main Event Preview and Prediction
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Rob Van Dam
While many WWE fans have turned their back on TNA IMPACT Wrestling, it may be time for those fans to eat their pride and give it another chance, especially with a main event as great as Bobby Roode vs. RVD.
Rob Van Dam brings years of experience to the ring in what could be an amazing match of physical ability and showmanship. Add in the element of the ladder, and we could see the best RVD match in the last five years.
As good as RVD is, this is Bobby Roode’s time as champion. A win over RVD would not only make him the longest reigning TNA champion in the company’s history, but the rub from beating the ECW legend would get him over more with the mainstream fans.
Prediction: Bobby Roode wins
What They’re Saying
RVD took to Twitter to throw jabs at Roode and added one subtle reference that has any wrestling fans in the know laughing:
Message to @REALbobbyroode-The ladder to success is a tall one, and no one gets higher than RVD.My match. You're Sacrificing the belt.— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) May 12, 2012
Being one who has to chime in, Bobby Roode took to his own Twitter to respond to RVD and comment on the match’s stipulation:
@TherealRVDdon't think you out smarted me.Ladder match? No problem. Nothing will stop me from becoming longest World Champion in TNA ever!— Bobby Roode (@REALBobbyRoode) May 11, 2012
While TNA has been terrible lately, popular radio show Ring Rust Radio points out that the company has a great chance to put on a legendary show:
Undercard Match to Watch
Kurt Angle vs. A.J. Styles
There is no doubt that both Kurt Angle and AJ Styles are two of the best workers in the business, but their matches have always been even more amazing than fans could imagine.
With each man trying to sell the other's moves better, these matches tend to turn into an absolute war. WWE fans who may not love TNA will fall in love after watching this caliber of a match.
While there is a chance that the stupid storyline with Styles kissing TNA president Dixie Carter comes into play here, the hope is that it doesn’t take away from what could be an amazing match.
Prediction: Kurt Angle wins
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