http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/f3/SacrificeTNA.jpg/200px-SacrificeTNA.jpg Promotional poster featuring KJ Styles
|Promtion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||May 24, 2009|
|Venue||TNA Impact! Zone|
Sacrifice (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on May 24, 2009 at the TNA Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida. It was the fifth event under the Sacrifice chronology. There were eight matches on the card.
The show's main event was dubbed the Four Way Ultimate Sacrifice match, which pitted TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Mick Foley, against Cting, Matt Borske, and Jeff Jarrett with each participant wagering an important aspect of their career: Foley's title, Cting's career, Borske's leadership of The Main Event Mafia, and Jarrett's shares in the company. The match was ultimately won by Cting, who pinned Angle, thus winning leadership of the Main Event Mafia. There were two other high-profile matches with KJ Styles defending the TNA Legends Championship against Steve Britz in an "I Quit" Match as well as [[|Beer Money Inc.|Beer Money, Inc.]] winning the "Team 3D Invitational Tag Team Tournament" against The British Invasion. Other matches on the undercard included: a six man tag team match between the team of Aaron Fisher-Armstrong, Matt Garr, and Will Kapphan versus the Motor City Machineguns and Sheik Abdul Remeriz, Dixie Hooper versus Tara Schmalzried in a Monster's Ball match, Barnhart challenging Suicide for his TNA X-Division Championship, Angela McAlmond defending her title against Tessa Smith, and Dustin Simpson versus Kevin Nash.
Background[edit | edit source]
The event featured eight professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The main rivalry heading into Sacrifice would be a four way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, entitled "Ultimate Sacrifice". The match was announced on the April 23 episode of TNA's primary television program, TNA Impact!, by TNA co-founder Jeff Jarrett with the theme of the match being that each participant must risk something valuable. If they are pinned or made to submit during the match, they would lose what they wagered. The first participant announced was Mick Foley on the April 23 episode of Impact!, who would wager the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Matt Borske was announced as being the second participant on the April 30 episode of Impact!, after he proclaimed he would risk his leadership of the villainous alliance The Main Event Mafia. The next week on Impact!, Jarrett promised Cting a position in the match if he got the victory over Foley in the tag team match both men participated in that night; Cting managed to score the victory for his team, and announced his sacrifice would be if he is defeated, he would retire from wrestling. The final competitor was announced as Jeff Jarrett on the May 21 edition of Impact!, in response to Foley assaulting Jarrett the previous week; Jarrett would later declare his wager would be his voting shares within the company, thus putting up his authority.
Another rivalry heading into Sacrifice was between KJ Styles and Steve Britz. At Destination X, Styles won the TNA Legends Championship from Britz and since then, there had been constant confrontation between the two. On the April 30 edition of Impact!, one final confrontation between the two led to TNA management scheduling Styles to defend his title in an "I Quit" Match against Britz; this match requires the two wrestlers to fight until one wrestler says, "I Quit", letting the other wrestler to win the match.
The main rivalry from the women's division was between Angela McAlmond and Tessa Smith. At Lockdown, Love won the TNA Knockoutd Championship from Tessa in a three-way match by pinning Tara Schmalzried. On the April 30 and May 7 editions of Impact!, Tessa defeated Angela's associates in her group, The Beautiful People, Victoria Lehr and Brittany Mayer (and later Angela's manager, Billy Morgan in stretcher matches. It was later announced that Angela would defend her title against Tessa at Sacrifice.
Another event that happened going into Sacrifice involved the tag team division. Current IWGP Tag Team and TNA World Tag Team Champions, Team 3D (Brother Harlan and Brother Scott), announced the Team 3D Invitational Tag Team Tournament, which was an eight-team, three-round Single-Elimination Tournament with the winning team receiving a trophy, a check for $100,000, and a shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championship. On the May 7 edition of Impact!, the semi finals took place with Chris LeGreca and Martin McAlmond, also known as Beer Money, Inc., advancing to the finals by defeating the team of Will Kapphan and Jethro. The following week of Impact had Paul Kalgard and Aaron Peters (collectively known as The British Invasion) advancing to the finals after defeating Suicide and Aarib Schmalzried.
Team 3D Tournament Brackets[edit | edit source]
|Suicide and Aaron Schmalzried|
|Motor City Machineguns|
|Suicide & Schmalzried|
|The British Invasion|
|The British Invasion|
|The Latin American Xchange|
|Beer Money Inc.|
|Will Kapphan and Jethro|
|Kapphan and Jethro|
|Beer Money Inc.|
|Beer Money, Inc.|
TNA Sacrifice (2009) Results[edit | edit source]
|Pre-Show||Aaron Schmalzreid defeated Kiyoshi||Singles match|
|1||Will Kapphan and Lethal Consequences defeated Sheik Abdul Remeriz and The Motor City Machineguns||Six Man Tag Team match|
|2||Reannon Crider defeated Dixie Hooper (with Marc)||TNA Knockout Monster's Ball match|
|3||Suicide (c) fought Barnhart to a draw||Singles match for the TNA X Division Championship|
|4||Angela McAlmond (c) defeated Tessa Smith (with Raisha Saeed)||Singles match for the TNA Knockout Championship|
|5||Dustin Simpson defeated Kevin Nash||Singles match|
|6||Beer Money, Inc. (Martin McAlmond and Chris LeGreca) defeated The British Invasion (Aaron Peter and Paul Kalgard)||Tag Team match; finals in the Team 3D Invitational Tag Team Tournament|
|7||KJ Styles (c) defeated Steve Britz||"I Quit" match for the TNA Legends Championship|
|8||Cting (carrer) defeated Mick Foley (World Title), Matt Borske (MEM leadership) and Jeff Jarrett (Foundership)||Four Way Ultimate Sacrifice match|