This week’s episode of TNA iMPACT! was all about hyping this Sunday’s Victory Road PPV. Match #1 saw Kazarian against A.J. Styles, but in order to preserve the storyline between the two it ended in a double count-out. Afterward, Ric Flair made an announcement that A.J. and Kazarian will be tagging against a mystery team at the PPV. It’s a good possibility that their opponents will be Generation Me, and it won’t be surprising if A.J. and Kazarian end up bickering and losing the match.
Angelina Love beat Daffney in a quick second match. Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne then came out and convinced Love to put her career on the line on Sunday. This practically guarantees that Love will win the match, as the idea of Rayne retiring Love just seems a bit ridiculous, especially because TNA has already lost three good Knockouts in as many months.
The match at Victory Road between Brother Ray and Jesse Neal was made into a triple-threat: it will be Brother Ray vs. Jesse Neal vs. Brother Devon. Could the most decorated tag team in professional wrestling be headed toward implosion? Probably not, but it will be interesting to see how this match pans out.
Jeremy Buck beat X Division Champion Doug Williams in a ladder match. Williams had trouble climbing the ladder to retrieve the “X” suspended above the ring as he is afraid of heights. This doesn’t bode well for him at the PPV, as his title match against Brian Kendrick is an Ultimate X match.
The Motor City Machine Guns and Hernandez vs. Beer Money, Inc. and Matt Morgan previewed what to expect between Motor City and Beer Money in their Tag Title match at the PPV. Beer Money got the win on iMPACT!, but it’s hard to say who will win the vacant titles.
Ric Flair degraded Jay Lethal and his mother to hype their match. TNA has been giving Lethal a huge push out of nowhere, so it won’t be all too surprising if he walks away the winner on Sunday.
Finally, the main event match between Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy previewed the fatal four-way between them, Rob Van Dam and Abyss for the TNA World Heavyweight Title. Afterward Abyss charged the ring, soon followed by RVD. Earlier in the night RVD had competed in an amazing match again Samoa Joe (see video below), during which the ECW crew appeared in the crowd.
All in all, TNA’s Victory Road PPV seems like it’s going to be worth watching; and hopefully it will finally shed some light on what is going to happen with Tommy Dreamer (who will be wrestling at MCW’s Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup event on July 31st) and Co.