MURPHY PREDICTS: PREVIEW & PREDICTIONS…TNA SLAMMIVERSARY

Posted June 11th, 2016 by Bill Apter

Preview and Predictions: TNA Slammiversary 2016

By Don Murphy

The 12th annual TNA Slammiversary pay-per-view event takes places this Sunday night at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida.  Overall, the card will feature the culmination of several feuds, five title matches and the debut of a former NXT tag team.  TNA has done a nice job in building to the top matches over the last several weeks, resulting in what should be an entertaining show. Here’s an overview of the card, from top to bottom:

Main Event: Drew Galloway defends the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Bobby Lashley

Analysis: This feud has featured Lashley’s best promo work to date, and he’s worked hard to develop into a credible heel challenger.  Drew Galloway continues to connect with the fan base and has been portrayed as the classic fighting champion. This match will likely center around Lashley dominating Galloway for the majority of the time, with Galloway refusing to stay down.  In the end, I see Galloway retaining the title and moving on to rekindle his feud with Mike Bennett.

Murphy Predicts: Drew Galloway retains the World Heavyweight Championship

Full Metal Mayhem: Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy

Analysis: Despite Matt Hardy’s change in character, the brothers have had their best matches against each other over the past several weeks.  The non-finish of the “I Quit” match last month left fans wanting more, and the inclusion of tables, ladders and chairs will help to mask their advancing age and slow loss of the agility that made them famous.  I expect several big spots with the weapons in the ring, with Jeff ultimately getting the win.

Murphy Predicts: Jeff Hardy

Grudge Match: Mike Bennett vs. Ethan Carter III

Analysis: I am particularly looking forward to this match, as the storytelling has been sensational.  Since losing to Bennett last month, Creative has built the feud around EC3’s drive and desire to earn a rematch.  Bennett plays the arrogant, entitled heel flawlessly and EC3 has been able to get the Impact crowds solidly behind him in his quest for revenge, particularly through his mic work.  The weigh-in on last week’s Impact was a nice touch and really helped give this a “big match” feel. This one was tough to pick, but as Bennett will potentially challenge for the title down the road, I see him going over in this one.  It will likely be a dirty finish, which will negate any damage to EC3’s standing.

Murphy Predicts: Mike Bennett

Tag Team Title Match: Decay (Abyss and Crazzy Steve w/Rosemary) defend the TNA World Tag Team Championship against The Bromans (Jessie Godderz and Robbie E w/Raquel)

Analysis: Decay has been one of the best acts in TNA right now.  Despite the mileage, Abyss has adapted his character slightly and plays off of Crazzy Steve very well.  To his credit, Steve has evolved from a comedy act, to a legitimate champion.  And Rosemary ties the whole presentation together beautifully.  I wasn’t a fan of the Bromans, since the team reunited, but their style, as the flashy, agile challengers will blend nicely with that of the champions.  The Bromans will put on an interesting show, but I see Decay ultimately winning out.

Murphy Predicts: Decay retains the Tag Team Championship

King of the Mountain Title Match: Eli Drake defends the King of the Mountain Championship against Bram

Analysis: Bram and Eli Drake are two of the most underrated talents in TNA.  Drake is magic on the microphone, as his “Fact of Life” segment is engaging and entertaining.  Bram has the look of a champion and could be the company’s top babyface down the road, with the right polish.  This will be a fun match, with Drake trying to outsmart Bram.  In end, Drake will find a way to sneak in a victory and retain the title.

Murphy Predicts: Eli Drake retains the King of the Mountain Championship

Tag Team Match: The Tribunal (Basile Baraka and Baron Dax w/Al Snow) vs. Grado and Mahabali Shera

Analysis: Baraka and Dax never really took off in NXT, so this a fresh start.  Pairing them with Snow has worked well thus far and this should give us a good sense of their potential.  Grado and Shera are limited in the ring, but have been over with the crowds, giving Baraka and Dax the opportunity to generate heel heat.  This will be relatively short, with the Tribunal getting the duke.

Murphy Predicts: The Tribunal

Knockouts Title Match: Jade defends the TNA Knockouts Championship against Sienna

Analysis: Jade’s title run has been flat so far, while Sienna’s last outing against Madison Rayne established her as the monster heel the Knockouts division needs.  Allie will also provide some entertainment at ringside.  With Maria’s match with Gail Kim being called off, I see Sienna gaining the title as a way to give Maria total control of the division and a continuation of the story before she finally faces Kim.

Murphy Predicts: Sienna wins the Knockouts Championship

X Division Title Match: Trevor Lee (w/Gregory Shane Helms) defends the TNA X Division Title against Andrew Everett, Eddie Edwards and DJ Z in a Fatal-Four-Way

Analysis: This match will open the show and get the crowd excited for the matches to come.  All four have worked well together over the past several weeks and I can see a scenario where Edwards wins the title, causing a rift with tag team partner Davey Richards upon his return.  This will hopefully set up a classic series of matches between the two for the title.  Look for high spots from DJ Z and Everett in this one as well.

Murphy Predicts: Eddie Edwards wins the X Division Championship

Singles Match: Braxton Sutter In Action

Analysis: TNA did a nice job introducing him via several video vignettes and in-ring debut over the past several weeks.  It will be interesting to see his character develop further Sunday night.

Murphy Predicts: Braxton Sutter

Overall:

On paper, this looks like a solid, highly entertaining show.  Bennett and EC3 will likely be the match of the night, with the Hardys, Drew Galloway and Bobby Lashley doing their parts to put forth a good presentation in the main event portion of the show.  Also watch for key performance from Decay, Eli Drake and Bram and a good debut from the Tribunal.

Until next time…

Don Murphy

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