TNA’s Slammiversary pay-per-view is approaching fast, and the excitement surrounding the company’s second-largest show has wrestling fans from all walks of life ready for the non-stop action of Sunday’s event.
The conversion to just four PPVs per year was the smart move by TNA, and the build to this show has been fitting of such a momentous event. With a main event featuring Sting vs. Bully Ray and a solid supporting card, this looks to be an exciting experience.
Add in the time change for Impact Wrestling—moving to a 9 p.m. ET start time—and it will be imperative that Sunday’s show is intriguing enough to lure the fans to seek out the live show the following Thursday.
With just four PPVs per year, TNA can’t afford to screw this up.
Where: Agganis Arena, Boston, Mass.
When: Sunday, June 2, 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: TNA On Demand
Full Slammiversary Card
TNA Heavyweight Championship: Bully Ray vs. Sting.
AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle.
Tag Team Championship: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. Austin Aries and Bobby Roode vs. James Storm and Gunner (Elimination Match).
Television Championship: Joseph Park vs. Devon.
X-Division Championship: Suicide vs. Kenny King vs. Chris Sabin (Ultimate X Match).
The Aces & Eights vs. Magnus, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy.
Gail Kim vs. Taryn Terrell.
Jay Bradley vs. Sam Shaw (Winner enters Bound For Glory tournament).
The 2013 TNA Hall of Fame Inductee will be announced.
Main Event Prediction
When Bully Ray defends his title against Sting in the main event of Slammiversary, the TNA Heavyweight Championship won’t be the only thing on the line. If Sting loses this match, he can never fight for the title again.
This match has major long-term implications for the company.
After taking the title from Jeff Hardy at Lockdown and successfully defending it during the a rematch on Impact Wrestling in Corpus Christi, Texas, Bully Ray has proven his worth for the company by holding the title and leading one of the most successful stables in wrestling.
While the Aces & Eights storyline is far from perfect, Bully Ray has done an amazing job and deserves the honor of wearing the strap.
If TNA is all-in on Bully Ray as the face of the company for the foreseeable future, Sting must take the loss Sunday and put the champion over in a great main event that can be a crowning jewel for his title reign.
Sting is not the in-ring worker he once was and this won’t be the greatest technical match, but with both men knowing how to tell a story in the ring and draw the reaction from the fans, there is no doubt that this will be an instant classic.
The biggest key beyond Bully Ray winning is the idea of him doing it without help. Just like The Shield has proven that the members can win on their own, Bully Ray must send the boys of Aces & Eights to the back and beat Sting clean.
That’s how you build a strong champion.
Predicted Winner: Bully Ray Retains TNA Heavyweight Championship
Predicting the Rest of Slammiversary
Hulk Hogan will be the 2013 TNA Hall of Fame Inductee.
AJ Styles will defeat Kurt Angle using the Calf Killer. Aces & Eights will hit the ring post match and beat Styles down, but Angle will make the save. After shaking Angle’s hand, Styles hits him with the Pele kick.
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian will win the tag team championships by beating Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez. James Storm and Gunner will be eliminated first and Austin Aries and Bobby Roode will be eliminated second.
Joseph Park will defeat Devon for the Television Championship after bleeding and channeling his brother Abyss to hit the Black Hole Slam.
Chris Sabin will defeat Kenny King and Suicide for the X-Division Championship in the best technical match of the night. By far.
Magnus, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy go over the Aces & Eights in a return victory for Hardy.
Gail Kim will beat Taryn Terrell via figure four leg lock on the ring post.
Jay Bradley will defeat Sam Shaw via Boomstick lariat.
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