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26 April 2014

TNA Sacrifice 2014: Preview & Predictions


For those of you who visit TNAMecca regularly know we usually post previews and predictions individually for each match on the card for PPVs.  But we've decided to change things up a bit by bringing you one preview, in which the TNAMecca staff share with you their predictions for each match as well as some commentary.  Please feel free to share with us your predictions and thoughts on the Sacrifice matches in the comments section below. 


COMMITTED MATCH:  Mr. Anderson vs Samuel Shaw

BIGDAWG
It's no secret that I enjoy Samuel Shaw and his character very much.  Mr. Anderson and The Creepy Bastard have done a great job with this storyline as we've gotten to know Samuel more and more.  Do we see an appearance from the newly introduced Creepy Mommy at Sacrifice now?  Until I saw Creepy Mommy Christy appear, I figured Samuel was going to the Funny Farm but now I see Samuel winning with or without her help. 
PREDICTION:  Samuel Shaw

LEWIS HARRIS
I think Mr. Anderson will win this one, bringing about an end to this feud.  Story-wise it could possibly lead to Shaw disappearing from active duty for a spell, only to return with even more sinister motives in the not too distant future. 
PREDICTION:  Mr. Anderson

MISTERTNA
Does anyone know what a Committed Match is? From what I picked up on Twitter it's something to do with Samuel Shaw being committed to the psychiatric ward if he loses. I think this feud will end with Samuel leaving TV for a while, whether to end the gimmick or have a gap between this feud and his return to feud with someone else. My guess is Mr. Anderson wins and Samuel is shipped off to the funny farm for the foreseeable.  
PREDICTION: Mr. Anderson

NICK MANN
Is this like an Ambulance Match but with a Funny Farm truck? This feud has gone from dark and creepy to a bit cartoonish, so this should be the end of it. Maybe TNA get both these guys in a new direction. I like the potential of a series of skits with Samuel Shaw at the Funny Farm. Plus, the addition of his mom has added a new layer to his persona.  
PREDICTION: Mr. Anderson

CHRIS REGAL
It's been one of the most bizarre storylines and feuds that I've seen in years and I've loved every minute of it.  The addition of his mom, also named Christy, has added another twisted element to this twisted tale so it'll be interesting to see if she plays a part going forward.  I, for one, hope she does.  This feud has been zany, wacky, kooky, and most importantly, a lot of fun so I hope it doesn't end at Sacrifice.  And I don't believe it will.  I expect Samuel Shaw to pull off the victory and send Mr. Anderson to the funny farm.
PREDICTION: Samuel Shaw


I QUIT MATCH:  James Storm vs Gunner

CHRIS REGAL
I don't think there's been a better feud in all of wrestling than Gunner vs James Storm, which has produced two fantastic matches and many more memorable moments.  It's a feud that ultimately elevated both wrestlers which is quite remarkable.  Storm hasn't been this relevant in years and Gunner has become a star right in front of our eyes.  The way TNA has booked Gunner, I just don't see him screaming "I Quit!", so I predict he will come out on top in this one.
PREDICTION: Gunner

BIGDAWG
Gunner and James Storm have been fantastic in their feud.  Some complain that it has gone on too long but I find that to be a shallow POV as they have done a fine job telling a story (especially the way Storm has put over Gunner).  I think this is the end of their match series and Storm will finally get one over on Gunner in a bloody and vicious battle. 
PREDICTION:  James Storm

LEWIS HARRIS
This is just the kind of match that James Storm has been waiting for to teach Gunner a lesson once and for all. Is Storm ruthless and hateful enough to make Gunner quit, or will Gunner's never-say-die soldier spirit win the day?  It is going to be a messy one, but my gut tells me Storm clinches this one.  
PREDICTION: James Storm

MISTERTNA
This one should be a nasty, bloody brawl indeed. Their last two bouts have been top quality, and this one should be no different. This one's tough for me, while I would say it's probably the end of the feud, leading me to think Gunner would win, James Storm's recent turn and new attitude could be affected by saying the words I Quit, then again the same applies for Gunner after his recent push. I think out of the two, Storm is the one who can recover from saying I Quit, and Gunner forcing Storm to do so will give him a nice rub after what I expect will be their final encounter.  
PREDICTION: Gunner

NICK MANN
Gunner. James Storm. I Quit Match. If you've seen their previous matches, there is no need for hype. I just wonder if this will end the feud or will it stretch to one more match. This may steal the show.  
PREDICTION: Gunner


X DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (MATCH #3):  Sanada (c) vs Tigre Uno

NICK MANN
We have only been given a preview of what these guys can do in the ring together thus far. Hopefully, we get to see what they can do with more time on a pay per view. Sanada has momentum behind him right now, no need for a title change. 
PREDICTION: Sanada

CHRIS REGAL
When was the last time there was an X Division match that actually was treated like it meant something.  I have to give credit where it's due, TNA have really done a wonderful job developing Sanada's poignant story.  As long as the X Division title is around Sanada's waist, he will continue to travel to the U.S. and be apart of the Impact Wrestling roster.  For this reason, Sanada will retain.
PREDICTION: Sanada

BIGDAWG
I really have enjoyed the Sanada vignettes on IMPACT as they've built him up well.  Hopefully Tigre Uno gets the same treatment eventually.  Their first 2 matches have been impressive but I think they're saving the best for last in this 3rd and final match.  
PREDICTION:  Sanada

LEWIS HARRIS
With his increasing popularity on Twitter and Xplosion's Spin Cycle, and the video packages we have seen of Sanada in training, I think TNA will be looking to cement this push by having him retain the title in this best of three series.  
PREDICTION:  Sanada

MISTERTNA
The first two matches between Sanada & Tigre Uno have been pretty good, but the only complaint I've had is they have lacked time, so with this bout being on PPV, that shouldn't be a factor. Both guys will have a chance to show us what they've got really for the first time, and I'm very excited to see what they can do. With the videos they're currently airing on Sanada hyping him up, I fully expect him to retain.  
PREDICTION: Sanada


KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP:  Madison Rayne (c) vs Angelina Love

MISTERTNA
After this week's Impact, I'm expecting to see quite a bit of outside interference in this match. They teased something with Madison Rayne and Brittany on Impact, with Brittany coming across as a bit obsessed with Madison. I can foresee Velvet Sky getting involved, Gail Kim coming to even the odds, then Brittany coming to help and accidentally causing Madison to lose the title to Angelina Love.  
PREDICTION: Angelina Love

NICK MANN
The Beautiful People are back and that means we have Angelina Love back on our television sets. They seem to be a big focus of TNA right now, so I'm picking Angelina to win the belt here. Say what you want about the Knockouts, but you know they will work their butts off to put on a show. Looking forward to this one."  
PREDICTION: Angelina Love

CHRIS REGAL
Unfortunately, the reunion of the Beautiful People has been a dud for me so far.  It's just not resonating with me like it did the first time around.  Perhaps, a title change is needed to spice things up.  Angelina Love for the win here.
PREDICTION: Angelina Love

BIGDAWG
I'm least excited about this particular match-up but it will probably be just fine.  I don't think Madison's reign (pun intended) has been very memorable.  Angelina Love and The Beautiful People are hot right now so they probably will continue with that momentum with VelVel interfering. 
PREDICTION:  Angelina Love

LEWIS HARRIS
The Beautiful People are the most (only?) interesting storyline in the Knockouts Division right now, and I suspect they'll be sticking the title around Angelina Love's waist at Sacrifice to give the rest of the KO roster someone to chase.  
PREDICTION:  Angelina Love


TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS (HANDICAP MATCH): The BroMans (c) vs The Wolves

LEWIS HARRIS
The BroMans' current tag title run has been a bit of a running joke and needs to end at Sacrifice.  Fans were deprived of seeing them win the titles the first time round, and I believe the Wolves will grab them a second time at Sacrifice, with the added handicap stip making their win even stronger.  
PREDICTION: The Wolves

MISTERTNA
It's interesting that this match will be a handicap match, meaning all three of the BroMans will be involved. It's pretty smart for MVP to book, it eliminates any of the outside interference that we've seen the last few weeks, and an opportunity for the Wolves to get revenge on all 3 of the BroMans. I think this is finally the night where the Wolves defeat the BroMans and become the new World Tag Team Champions.  
PREDICTION: The Wolves

NICK MANN
The Wolves Nation will be howling at the moon for these guys to win the tag team titles. It would seem silly for Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards to make the challenge for 2 on 3 and then lose, so I'm going with The Wolves getting the big win and the titles.  
PREDICTION: The Wolves

CHRIS REGAL
I've been as vocal as anyone on the lame duck status of the BroMans' title reign so I can not imagine a single scenario in which the Wolves do not leave that ring without the tag titles.  If the writers do, however, have one last ridiculous trick up their sleeve to keep the belts on the BroMans, I suggest they toss it in the garbage.  The Wolves must win.  I go with Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards.
PREDICTION: The Wolves

BIGDAWG 
If TNA keeps the belts on The BroMans it would be very foolish.  The Wolves all the way.
PREDICTION: The Wolves


TABLES MATCH:  Bobby Roode vs Bully Ray

BIGDAWG
This is a tough one to predict as either man could go over here.  Bully Ray and Bobby Roode will not disappoint if we go by their past individual PPV performances.  I think it's more important for Bobby Roode to get back to the Main Event scene however. 
PREDICTION:  Bobby Roode

LEWIS HARRIS
Toughest match of the night to predict in my opinion.  For sheer crowd pleasing purposes, and because nobody does it better, I see Bully Ray putting Bobby Roode through a table in some spectacular fashion.  Unless of course Roode and Storm decide to scratch each other's backs on Sunday.  
PREDICTION:  Bully Ray

MISTERTNA
I'm looking forward to seeing these two finally face off in a PPV match. Both men are great workers and this match should take this feud up a notch. While I'm not 100% confident about it, my thought is Bobby Roode gets the surprise victory over Bully Ray in this match to keep the feud going to a rematch at Slammiversary.  
PREDICTION: Bobby Roode

NICK MANN
I love this feud right now, it's simple and effective. Both these guys are big time players in TNA and this feels like a big time match. No one knows tables like Bully Ray, but Roode has a trick or two up his sleeve. One would think Bully is winning, being he has been out smarted the last few weeks when it comes to tables, but I don't see this ending here so I'm picking Bobby.  
PREDICTION: Bobby Roode

CHRIS REGAL
I can't help but feel that something's been missing from this feud.  It's as if the writers are biding their time until the Road to Slammiversary officially begins to kick it into high gear.  With that in mind, I suspect Bobby Roode will find a way to win to put in motion the next chapter of this feud.
PREDICTION: Bobby Roode 


TAG TEAM MATCH:  Willow & Kurt Angle vs Ethan Carter III & Rockstar Spud

CHRIS REGAL
As bizarre as the Shaw vs Anderson has been, Willow's vendetta against Team Dixie has been odd.  I don't know if the character resonates with me as much as it should.  I suspect I'm enjoying the shenanigans primarily due to the outstanding work by Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud, which have been simply brilliant.  Adding the Kurt Angle vs EC3 feud into the mix has given a somewhat hollow plot some much needed depth.  I don't see the team of Angle and Willow losing this one.
PREDICTION: Kurt Angle and Willow

BIGDAWG
Spud and EC3 are comedy gold, no doubt.  It doesn't really take away from Ethan to have a tag team loss to Willow and a returning Angle.  This one seems very predictable but it nonetheless will be a fun and entertaining match with the 4 contestants involved.  
PREDICTION:  Kurt Angle and Willow

LEWIS HARRIS
Should be an obvious choice if this was a straight out wrestling match, but things are rarely that simple with Spud and EC3 involved.  Some underhanded antics, coupled with erratic behaviour from the enigma that is Willow, will give Spud and EC3 the win.  
PREDICTION:  EC3 and Spud

MISTERTNA
It may seem obvious to some, the fact that both Willow and Kurt Angle are highly motivated to get revenge on EC3, and that standing on the opposite side from EC3 and the cowardly Rockstar Spud are two of the greatest of all time. So my prediction is Willow and Angle? No, I believe that EC3 & Spud will somehow find a way to defeat Willow & Angle and add even more fuel to the fires that burn inside their opponents. Plus, EC3 is still undefeated, right?  
PREDICTION: EC3 and Spud

NICK MANN
This seems more like a match you'd see on Impact, but it serves a purpose. Not only do Angle and Willow have issues with Spud and EC3, but Angle may need time to get going in the ring again after his injury, so a tag match may work better for him. Should be interesting to see how Willow and Angle interact with each other as we know that Spud and EC3 are GOLD as a team. I see Spud and EC3 getting a fluke win to further the feud between Angle and Carter. 
PREDICTION: EC3 and Spud


WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP:  Eric Young (c) vs Magnus

NICK MANN
Eric Young's title win has given the World Title scene a fresh face that the fans believe in; and while he has performed well, one has to wonder: how long it will last? Magnus has been cold as of late and the rematch hasn't had a lot of time to be built up, but should be good. I see EY retaining and Magnus moving into a feud with Abyss.  
PREDICTION: Eric Young

CHRIS REGAL
I think it TNA does the unthinkable and take the world title off Eric Young at Sacrifice, they will deserve all the criticisms that comes their way around 10:57PM EST on Sunday night.  Under no circumstances should Magnus win the TNA world championship here.  None.  After an impressive victory over Abyss in Monster's Ball, a clean victory here would go a long way in giving fans confidence that TNA are completely behind EY.  Eric Young, I predict, will retain and hopefully walk in to Slammiversary as the world champion.
PREDICTION: Eric Young

BIGDAWG
I have been a big supporter of Eric Young winning the World Heavy Championship.  Magnus looked strong with his return on IMPACT to confront EY & Abyss but his time in the Main Event scene needs a break.  Eric Young hasn't even got a chance to have proper matches as World Champ yet.  
PREDICTION:  Eric Young

LEWIS HARRIS  
Magnus' change in attitude and journey to reclaim the gold is a story unto itself, and I doubt he will achieve that goal so soon at Sacrifice.  Eric Young will retain the belt and further prove Magnus was a paper champion.  
PREDICTION: Eric Young

MISTERTNA
I really think and really hope Eric Young gets the win here. If they want to establish Young as a credible main eventer, then he needs to make a successful defense against Magnus, and after what happened this past Thursday, I expect that if Magnus tries any under-handed tactics, Abyss will make an appearance to stop that from happening.  
PREDICTION: Eric Young

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