Slammiversary (2005) - Production - Storylines


The main event at Slammiversary was a King of the Mountain match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, in which the champion A.J. Styles defended the title against four other competitors. At TNA's Lockdown PPV event on April 24, Styles defeated Abyss in a Six Sides of Steel Cage match. With the victory, he earned a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against then-champion Jeff Jarrett at TNA's Hard Justice PPV event on May 15. At Hard Justice, Styles defeated Jarrett to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. On the May 20 episode of TNA's television program TNA Impact!, Jarrett demanded a rematch for the title from Director of Authority (DOA) Dusty Rhodes. Rhodes agreed, but instead announced that a King of the Mountain match would be held at Slammiversary in which Styles would defend the title against Jarrett, Monty Brown, Abyss—who won a Twenty-Man Gauntlet for the Gold at Hard Justice to become number one contender—and a mystery wild card opponent. A storyline also connected to this match was the on-screen suspension and quitting of TNA wrestler Raven. On the May 20 episode of Impact!, Raven attacked Larry Zbyszko of the NWA Championship Committee after he refused to make Raven the wild card entrant in the King of the Mountain match. Rhodes suspended Raven for touching TNA personnel; Raven therefore "quit" the company in the storyline. On the May 27 episode of Impact!, Raven's reasons for the attack and for quitting TNA were revealed: he felt Rhodes was holding him back from achieving his "destiny" of winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

TNA promoted a Three Way match for the TNA X Division Championship between then-champion Christopher Daniels and the challengers Chris Sabin and Michael Shane heading into Slammiversary. At Hard Justice, Sabin teamed with Traci to face the team of Shane and Trinity in a Mixed Tag Team match. The match ended with Traci and Shane turning on their partners, forming an alliance. On the May 20 episode of Impact!, Shane attacked Daniels and demanded a championship match; then Sabin attacked Shane, resulting in a brawl between the three wrestlers which was broken up by security. The following week on Impact!, Sabin made an alliance with Trinity and Daniels versus Sabin and versus Shane for the title was promoted for Slammiversary.

A storyline heading into Slammiversary revolved around the recent losing streak and declension of America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm; AMW) in the 3Live Kru (B.G. James, Konnan, and Ron Killings). After Lockown, then-reigning NWA World Tag Team Champions AMW lost the title to The Naturals (Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens) on the April 22 episode of Impact!. AMW was granted a rematch for the titles at Hard Justice, but failed to reclaim the championship. On the May 20 episode of Impact!, TNA held a match to determine the number one contenders to the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Team Canada (Eric Young and Petey Williams) defeated AMW in the bout, meaning they would challenge The Naturals at Slammiversary for the title. AMW continued to lose heading into the May 27 episode of Impact!, where they lost to Killings and B.G. of the 3Live Kru. After the lost, AMW challenged 3Live Kru to a match at Slammiversary. At the same time, 3Live Kru were having unity problems in the narrative. In February 2005, B.G. James' former tag team partner Monty Sopp, now under the moniker "The Outlaw", debuted at TNA's Against All Odds PPV event. In the weeks after, it was unknown in the storyline whether B.G. would align with his former partner or remain with the 3Live Kru. On the May 27 episode of Impact!, B.G. saved Killings from being attacked by The Outlaw. A bout between Killings and The Outlaw was promoted for Slammiversary later as well as a bout featuring AMW versus the 3Live Kru.

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