Slammiversary X: Preview and Predictions for TNA's 10-Year Anniversary
TNA Wrestling and Direct Auto Insurance present Slammiversary X live, June 10, on pay-per-view!
Slammiversary X will take place in Arlington, Texas.
There are nine matches scheduled for the event. Three of those nine will be championship matches. The World Heavyweight Championship, Tag Team Championships and Knockouts Championship will be up for grabs.
We will also witness the very first inductee to the newly established TNA Hall of Fame!
Tune in to see IMPACT stars such as Bobby Roode, AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Kurt Angle, Sting, Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, Samoa Joe, Brooke Tessmacher and much more!
Kid Kash vs. Hernandez
This match has "pre-show" screaming all over it.
Hernandez hasn't been seen in a month and, even then, he didn't wrestle. He watched as Kurt Angle destroyed Anarquia on the very first Open Fight Night. Since then, Hernandez has become irrelevant and fallen off the radar.
Kid Kash, on the other hand, has been training for an upcoming MMA fight he has.
I'm guessing that this match was booked for two reasons.
1. Slammiversary X is being held in Texas, which also happens to be the home state of "Super Mex" Hernandez.
2. Both guys have such a long history with TNA, the company felt they must be featured on the 10-year anniversary show.
To predict this match, just flip a coin. Heads is Hernandez, tails is Kash. I don't know. Me, I'm going to play to one of my favorites and pick Kid Kash to win. Why not?
Winner: Kid Kash
Robbie E and Rob Terry vs. Devon and Garett Bischoff
As much as I'd like to see Robbie E and Rob Terry win, they won't.
The two have constantly failed to beat down the Television Champion, Devon. Now that Devon has extra backup in the form of Garett Bischoff, his chances of beating the Robbies (once again) increases.
Like we've seen many times before, Robbie E and Rob Terry will get smacked around by Devon. Expect their nights to end in a losing effort.
Winners: Devon and Garett Bischoff
I wouldn't be to surprised if Madison Rayne shows up because one of these four (I bet Garett) is the man she has a crush on.
Hopefully after this match, Robbie E and Rob Terry can venture into full-time tag team wrestling. TNA can use more teams at the moment.
Crimson's Open Challenge
Is it 468 days now? The self-proclaimed "Undefeated hero" Crimson has roughly spent 500 days on the IMPACT roster. Not once has he been pinned or submitted.
With his new-found arrogance, Crimson has decided to book himself an open challenge for Slammiversary. Interesting.
The thing that really grabs my interest is the fact that it's an open challenge. Who'll accept a challenge from the undefeated Crimson?
Could we see a member of the IMPACT roster such as Eric Young, Douglas Williams or "The Pope" accept?
Or will a past wrestler reappear in TNA for one night to challenge Crimson? Guys like Lance Hoyt, Low Ki or Monty Brown.
Maybe it'll be a wrestler who is trying to prove himself worthy of an IMPACT Wrestling contract. Examples being latest Gut Check participant Joey Ryan or even the man who recently worked a dark match in TNA, Chris Masters.
Either way, I don't expect Crimson's streak to end at the hands of an unknown (at this point) opponent. I expect to see one more "W" chalked up in the win column for Crimson.
Brooke Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim
In four matches against each other, Brooke Tessmacher has defeated Gail Kim three out of those four. At Sacrifice, Gail Kim had to cheat in order to finally defeat Tessmacher and to retain her Knockouts Championship.
Gail Kim's reign as Knockouts Champion has bored me. (Yeah, I say that every time. Nothing has changed.) She's appeared as too unbeatable and it's as if nobody can hold a candle to her in the Knockouts division.
Within a month of her return, she became Knockouts Tag Team and Knockouts Champion. She's beaten Mickie James, Tara, Madison Rayne, Velvet Sky and Brooke Tessmacher to retain her championship. How many of those times did she win clean?
Gail Kim can only use the same trick in the book so many times. She's gotten boring and only wrestles from pay-pe-view to pay-per-view it seems. This Sunday, I hope Brooke Tessmacher beats Gail Kim.
This Sunday, I not only hope but expect Brooke Tessmacher to beat Gail Kim in front of her hometown Texas crowd.
Winner: New Knockouts Champion, Brooke Tessmacher
Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries
Given the fact that this feud hasn't been given much time to grow, I'm hoping it'll roll over and into Destination X. What better place to cap it off than the all-X Division pay-per-view, Destination X?
Onto the match itself, I'm unsure of who'll win. It's too early in this feud to tell, really.
Part of me is expecting Joe to lose at Slammiversary. He hasn't had much going for him since losing the Tag Team Championships at Sacrifice.
Austin Aries is the complete opposite of Joe. He's coming off a hot feud with Bully Ray and picked up a huge win at Sacrifice. He's the longest-reigning X Division Champion and the record continues to grow.
Hell, I don't even remember the last time Austin Aries lost a match. He's been on fire all year long. Because of that, I guess I'm going with "A Double."
Winner: Austin Aries
Whatever the outcome, I think (and hope) we may see a rematch at Destination X. However, with the weight limit in the X Division now, it will not be contested for the championship belt. Now I'm sad, too.
Mr. Anderson vs. RVD vs. Jeff Hardy
I'm not complaining, but how many times have we seen this match? I feel like we've seen this on countless pay-per-views, just with a new outcome every time.
(Now I'm complaining.) How come TNA doesn't give anyone else a chance to earn a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship? Bobby Roode defeated all three of these guys, yet Austin Aries hasn't been beat in months, but he doesn't get a shot?
At least the winner here will only get their title match on IMPACT rather than pay-per-view. I'm tired of seeing these former WWE guys in the main event now. (Angle is still good for a title shot, in my opinion.)
This match was recently pieced together by Hulk Hogan on IMPACT. That's as much backstory as you're going to get.
Winner: Mr. Anderson
RVD just lost at Sacrifice. Hardy lost at Genesis, Against All Odds and several times on IMPACT. Anderson, though he lost to Roode, has not received a World title match.
That's my only reasoning. Anderson has yet to get a title match, so why not give the resident A-hole a chance?
Bully Ray vs. Joseph Park
This storyline has been built beautifully over weeks on IMPACT. With that, I don't know who will win!
I hate when I have no idea about the outcome. With Abyss warning both men this past Thursday, I'm curious to see how Abyss will affect the match (especially because Abyss will be Joseph Park that evening).
I'm going to say that Joseph Park has a better chance of winning. He's "brothers" with Abyss and I would think that "The Monster" wants revenge more so on Bully Ray for taking him out in the first place.
Winner: Joseph Park
TNA found themselves in an interesting position with this storyline here. I'm very curious to see how it'll play out on Sunday.
AJ Styles and Kurt Angle vs. Daniels and Kazarian
Speaking of feuds that have gotten great build over several weeks, how's this one sound?
Things definitely heated up between AJ Styles, Dixie Carter, Daniels, Kazarian and even Dixie's husband, Serge, this past Thursday.
With these four in the ring together, in one match no less, it should be a wrestling clinic. Just like AJ vs. Angle at Sacrifice, this match should be one of the best, if not the best match on the card.
I can't help but mark out like crazy at the idea of AJ Styles and Kurt Angle, two of the best in the world, sharing a reign as Tag Team Champions. But I think that, like Sacrifice, this match will be running smooth until something happens to twist the ending.
I would expect Dixie Carter to be involved in that ending "twist," but anything can happen. Either way, the "dream team" of AJ and Angle will not leave as Tag Team Champions. It's much too soon for the dynamic duo of Daniels and Kazarian to drop those shiny, golden belts.
Winners: Still champions, Daniels and Kazarian
Sting vs. Bobby Roode
Victory Road's main event revisited for the 10-year anniversary.
As we've seen in the past, Sting and Bobby Roode work well together. They're more than capable of putting on a great match, and Sunday should be no different.
Roode's last two title defenses (AJ on OFN and RVD at Sacrifice) have ended in clean fashion! Yes, Bobby Roode did not have to cheat to retain versus AJ or RVD. I'm hoping the same can be said for Slammiversary and Sting.
Bobby Roode is the longest-reigning World Champion in TNA history and is too red-hot to stop. TNA would be making a big mistake in giving Sting the title on Sunday.
The "It Factor" must prevail. And I believe he will. (Note that the three competitors in the No. 1 Contender match are face; I wouldn't imagine TNA throwing together two faces in a World title match on an episode of IMPACT.)
Winner: Still champion, Bobby Roode
TNA Hall of Fame
The very first inductee to the TNA Hall of Fame.
With Christian on his way to Slammiversary, fingers can point towards "Captain Charisma" as the first inductee into the Hall of Fame. Or maybe he'll induct someone.
To be clear, I do not favor the idea of Christian as the first TNA Hall of Famer. He is Hall of Fame worthy, but he shouldn't be an active member of the rival company's roster!
I've written a slideshow about possible Hall of Famers for this Sunday. You can read all my choices here. To sum up that slideshow, I believe the co-founder of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, Jeff Jarrett, should have the honor of being the inaugural inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame.
The End; Happy 10th, TNA!
There you go. There's my predictions, and feel free to leave your own.
I got Kash, Devon and Garett, Crimson, Tessmacher, Aries, Anderson, Park, Daniels and Kazarian and Roode down as the winners of the night.
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Looking at that picture, don't you miss Christian Cage in TNA? His involvement at Slammiversary should be very interesting.