With this being the 10th anniversary of the inception of TNA wrestling, the company is going all in on the biggest pay-per-view in their history; this year’s Slammiversary!
From top to bottom, this card is full of talented stars that all wrestling fans can enjoy. While many of the storyline have been rushed or ignored all together, this still should be an amazing card even hardcore WWE fans can enjoy.
Will this PPV stink?
Where: College Park Center, Arlington, Texas
When: Sunday, June 10, 8:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: TNA On Demand
The first inductee into the TNA Wrestling Hall Of Fame will be announced!
World Heavyweight Championship: Bobby Roode (c) vs. "The Icon" Sting
No. 1 Contenders Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
World Tag Team Championship: Christopher Daniels & Kazarian (c) vs. AJ Styles & Kurt Angle
Knockouts Championship: Brooke Tessmacher vs. Gail Kim (c)
Bully Ray vs. Joseph Park
Samoa Joe vs. X Division Champion Austin Aries
TV Champion Devon & Garett Bischoff vs. Robbie E & Robbie T
Crimson's Open Challenge
Kid Kash vs. Hernandez
What They’re Saying
TNA president Dixie Carter took to Twitter to announce that the company’s newly-formed Hall of Fame would be announcing its first entrant at the PPV:
Excited to announce our first inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame at Slammiversary! tiny.cc/4oo8ew— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) June 1, 2012
While popular radio show Ring Rust Radio has come down hard on TNA in the past, a solid card with a few very bright spots will satisfy even the most fickle beast:
Christian’s Return to TNA
While there had been much speculation about what the WWE gave TNA in order to have Ric Flair appear on their WrestleMania 28 Hall of Fame ceremony, it looks like the answer has finally been exposed.
Dixie Carter revealed on Twitter that the star that WWE would allow to appear on a PPV and possibly be the first inductee into the TNA Hall of Fame is…Christian?!
On a plane headed to Dallas for the big PPV this weekend. Very excited @Christian4Peeps is joinin us for the night. He's one of my favorites— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) June 8, 2012
While I loved Christian’s time in TNA, I don’t like that this is just TNA’s way of getting back at the WWE by making a Hall of Fame and inducting Christian; if that is indeed what they are doing here.
I love the idea of TNA showing WWE that they can capitalize off their success, and hope that it starts to breed more rivalry between the companies.
Main Event Prediction
While it feels like we have seen Sting vs. Bobby Roode a thousand times, it’s because we have.
These two have been battling since Roode became the champ, but there is still something fun about it, because Sting is a great sports entertainer.
It has become abundantly clear that TNA loves having the strap around the waste of Roode and feels the lengthy title run will legitimize its worth. With all of that said, this is the perfect time to give Sting one last run.
If 2012 truly is the end of Sting’s career, giving him one final title run would be a great way for TNA to show their appreciation.
Plus, he can go to WWE in 2013 and wrestle Undertaker at WrestleMania 29…A man can dream.
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