Slammiversary XII: Preview & Predictions

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Hey fans, Dan K here, previously DK Wrestling Savior from the old EWN, with a quick preview and prediction piece on the upcoming TNA PPV, Slammiversary. Now the build up over the last three or four weeks hasn’t been all that great. Some of the storylines were kind of weak and others were rushed. But there are a few longer term build ups that have stayed consistent and will all come to a head this Sunday.

James Storm vs Mr. Anderson

I’ll be
honest, when I first saw the makings of this feud, it was when James Storm
ended up inadvertently assisting Gunner in his match with Anderson. I thought
they were gonna go in a different direction and maybe have Storm dragging
Gunner to the dark side after they’re feud of brutal matches. Instead, Anderson
faked drunk in a bar and beat up Storm. Then made fun of Storm and took a
beating. And thrown in between, tag teamed with Gunner against the Bro Mans and
no Storm in sight. A weak build to an even weaker feud and James Storm
continues his losing ways.

Result:  Mr. Anderson via The Mic Check.



Willow w/ Abyss  vs 
Magnus w. Bram

I’m not
exactly sure what TNA’s deficiency is when it comes to surprises, but Abyss’
return to side with Jeff Hardy would’ve had a much greater effect if it was
saved for Sunday. Either way, Willow and Magnus/Bram rolls on. Magnus has found
his true self and while I enjoy Willow and the work of Jeff Hardy, I can’t see
why Magnus wouldn’t pull this one off.

Result:  Magnus off of a distraction from Bram and
probably a cheap shot with a crowbar.

Samoa Joe  vs 
Bobby Lashley



This one
will be a battle of heavyweights. In the past few weeks, MVP has aligned
himself with Kenny King and Lashley to form his evil boss faction. Lashley is
difficult to see as a heel, at least for me. He always got a great reaction.
Now he’s pretty much a henchman. He will battle the returning Samoa Joe, who if
it weren’t for the weak crowd at the Impact tapings 2 weeks ago, would’ve blown
the roof off the Impact Zone with a crowd like this past Thursday. With his
return, following his run in the main event picture while MVP was still a face,
I can’t see Joe losing here.

Result:  Joe after botched interference from Kenny
King or MVP.

Austin Aries vs Kenny King

Much like
Joe vs Lashley, there was very little direct build to this match. However, the
storyline stays consistent and since the battle against MVP ensues, this match
makes sense. This should also steal the show and be a phenomenal display of
talent. This is a hard one pick. I can’t see MVP’s group going winless so I’m
going with Kenny King to win but this should be a great match.

Result:  Kenny King after interference from either MVP
or Lashley

X Division Title Ladder Match

When one
talks about a lack of build, this falls way outside of that realm. This one
literally had no build whatsoever. We haven’t even seen Senada in two weeks. The
lack of a tag team division in TNA has put the Wolves into this match along
with every other little guy on the roster, minus Rockstar Spudd. I’d love to
think there will be a lot of decent high spots here but there’s a lot of
matches on the card so these great performers aren’t going to have a whole lot
of time. I can’t see any real suprises here. The only thing is, Destination X
is coming up real soon so if Senada is not the one to try and cash in, who
takes his place out of the participants? Manik? Tigre Uno? Crazy Steve? The
Wolves?

Result:  Senada retains his X Division Title

Knockouts Title Match: Angelina
Love  vs 
Gail Kim

The
Beautiful People have made so many enemies since getting back together. Now,
Angelina Love’s title reign is finally in real jeopardy. Gail is the best women’s
wrestler working today. But the wildcard here is Velvet who has been
instrumental in keeping that title on Angelina. Maybe this match will have a
different referee since Stiffler never seems to be looking when Velvet sprays
Love’s opponents in the face. That’s not likely though.

Result:  Angelina Love retains the Women’s Title after
Velvet sprays Gail.  

Texas Death Match:  Bully Ray   vs  EC3

Bully Ray
has a hit list…er…a tables list rather. EC3 is on that list as he works his way
smashing people through tables all the way until he can actually put Dixie
through one. EC3 is undefeated in singles matches. He hasn’t been booked very
strong but he is a legit threat. There seems to be a lot of interference in my
predictions so I’m going to take a loss here by saying EC3 stays undefeated.

Result:  EC3 wins after a lucky fluke has Bully going
through a table.

TNA World Title Match: Steel Cage:  Eric Young 
vs  TBD

MVP has been
scratched from the PPV. I’m actually happy about that. Not happy that he got
injured, but happy that he’s not main eventing. I thought for sure Bobby Roode
would take his place and our Main Event instantly would’ve been ten times
better. Now we know that the winners of Lashley/Joe and Aries/King will make this a triple-threat cage match. EY is red
hot. He’s the champ and is not likely to lose here, though I see a strong showing
from whichever three are in this cage match. I’m predicting Joe and King,
though I think Joe and Aries would be a better match. Either way, no titles change
hands at Slammiversary.

Result:  Eric Young retains his title after a flying
elbow.

**BONUS**

As a bonus,
I’m going to predict that AJ Styles is the Hall of Famer as announced by Kurt
Angle. Logically speaking this may seem far-fetched but honestly, two one-offs
for someone who’s not really under a solidified contract anywhere is not out of
the realm of possibility either.

I hope you
guys enjoyed my preview and predictions. Let’s hear what you think. I hope TNA
pulls in a decent crowd and tears the house down at Slammiversary. Lord knows,
they need it.

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