This is the big one. Whoever loses does not get a rematch. That makes this match tough to predict, and the No Surrender main event tough to predict. (There's really no main-event guys available to challenge for the title at No Surrender; they're all in the BFGS.)
I'm hoping Austin Aries retains. He's too hot of a commodity in TNA right now. His popularity has been on the rise ever since winning the X-Division Championship last September. Now he's one of the most popular guys in TNA.
I think Aries winning is the smart choice. First off, you keep him looking strong. As I said, he's one of the most popular guys on the roster and fans would hate to see him lose here.
Second reason is because it'll make his victory at Destination X seem pretty pointless. So, he cashes in "Option C," becomes World Champion for a month and then loses? That would make "A Double" and "Option C" look weak.
My final reason being that it allows for a guaranteed co-main event at Bound For Glory. How so? I'll tell you.
Austin Aries retaining here means he's going to Bound For Glory (seriously, there's nobody to challenge him for the title at No Surrender). Aries will then face the winner of the BFG Series, be it Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy or someone else.
There you have your Bound For Glory main event. Austin Aries defending his TNA World Championship against the winner of the BFG Series.
Also, all the accusations could finally cause "The Cowboy" to snap. He's been accused of being the head honcho of Aces & Eights by everyone he comes in contact with. Who started the accusations?
His former tag-team partner turned bitter rival, Bobby Roode. After the leader of A&8's is revealed, it'll prove Roode was wrong (or right...Swerve: double turn!) and throw more fuel on an already burning fire.
Maybe at No Surrender have Bobby Roode screw James Storm out of his BFG Series semifinal match? That'll definitely stir the pot even more.
OK, I'm going off on a wild tangent here. That was some rant. Back to the match at hand.
I'm hoping Austin Aries retains, but I'm not 100 percent sure. I have a sneaky feeling that Bobby Roode will somehow leave Hardcore Justice as the World Champion, thus killing any point of my rant.