Sacrifice (2008) - Production - Storylines

Storylines

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Sacrifice featured ten professional wrestling matches that involved wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines portraying villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters; these scripted events built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

The main event at Sacrifice was a Three Way match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship between then-champion Samoa Joe and challengers Kurt Angle and Scott Steiner. At TNA's previous PPV event Lockdown on April 13, Joe defeated Angle in a Six Sides of Steel Cage match to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Prior to Lockdown on the April 3 episode of Impact!, Steiner announced that he would use his Feast or Fired TNA World Heavyweight Title shot at Sacrifice. Staying true to his word, on the April 17 episode of Impact!, Steiner challenged Joe to a title defense at Sacrifice. Angle and Joe fought in a rematch for the title on the April 24 episode of Impact!; Joe won after Steiner interfered. In response to Steiner's interference, Management Director Jim Cornette scheduled a Three Way match between Angle, Joe, and Steiner for the title at Sacrifice.

On the April 17 episode of Impact!, A.J. Styles and Tomko defended the TNA World Tag Team Championship in a Three Way match against the teams of Kaz and Eric Young and The Latin American Xchange (Hernandez and Homicide; LAX). During the match, Young switched to his "Super Eric" superhero character and pinned Styles to win the championship for his team. Styles and Tomko were then scripted to argue that Young and Super Eric were different people. In the storyline, Super Eric and Young refused to admit they were the same person, causing Cornette to strip Kaz and Young of the championship. On the April 24 episode of Impact!, Cornette set up the Deuces Wild Tag Team Tournament to crown new TNA World Tag Team Champions. The tournament consisted of eight established teams competing in four matches to qualify for the tournament. The four winning teams would then compete in a single-elimination tournament against eight wrestlers chosen by Cornette to be assigned as teams at Sacrifice. The first two teams to qualify were Team 3D (Brother Devon and Brother Ray) and the pairing of Christian Cage and Rhino on the April 24 episode of Impact!. LAX and the team of Styles and Super Eric were the last, qualifying on the May 1 episode of Impact!. Cornette also announced the eight wrestlers—known as the Egotistical Eight—who would be involved at Sacrifice on the May 1 episode of Impact!: Awesome Kong, B.G. James, Booker T, Kip James, Matt Morgan, James Storm, Robert Roode, and Sting. Two teams were announced on the May 8 episode of Impact!: Sting teamed with Storm and Kip aligned with Morgan.

The TNA Knockouts Makeover Battle Royal and the debut of the X Division TerrorDome were promoted as featured matches for the Sacrifice undercard. The TNA Knockouts Makeover Battle Royal was announced by Cornette on the April 24 episode of Impact!. The rules of the contest involved two stages: a standard battle royal in which competitors fought to eliminate wrestlers by throwing them over the top rope and a ladder match in which the final two wrestles fought to retrieve a contract that had been hung above the ring. An added stipulation to the bout was that the loser's head would be shaved and the winner would earn a TNA Women's Knockout Championship match. On the May 8 episode of Impact!, Gail Kim won a Ten-Woman Clippers on a Pole match that granted her immunity from having her head shaven if she lost at the event. During the April 24 episode of Impact!, TNA announced plans to introduce a new match type in the near future. The TerrorDome was announced on the May 1 episode of Impact!, and the participants were announced on the May 8 episode. The participants were Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Consequences Creed, Curry Man, Jay Lethal, Jimmy Rave, Johnny Devine, Kaz, Shark Boy, and Sonjay Dutt.

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