Preview & Predictions for TNA Final Resolution 2012
TNA Wrestling and Direct Auto Insurance present Final Resolution live on pay-per-view, December 9, from Orlando.
Seven matches have been announced for pay-per-view. Four of those seven will be championship matches. The World Heavyweight, Tag Team, X-Division and Knockouts Championships will be on the line!
Tune into watch TNA stars such as Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode, AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Daniels, Kazarian, Samoa Joe, Matt Morgan, Kenny King and many more!
Let's run down that card with my predictions on each and every matchup.
X-Division Title: Kenny King vs. RVD
There was a filler X-Division match on IMPACT, which created a filler X-Division title match for Filler Resolution.
King, unfortunately, has no reason to win. TNA hasn't cared about the X-Division since Destination X, and it's a stupid cycle that continues to repeat itself.
TNA cares about the X-Division from June to August, then instantly forgets they exist.
RVD squashes another young, more deserving talent and continues his wasteful, filler of an X-Division title reign. Please, TNA, give the belt back to Zema Ion so it can be relevant by the time Jesse Sorensen returns.
Winner: Still Champion, "No Job" Rob, RVD.
Knockouts Title: Mickie James vs. Tara
Not So Fun Fact: Since joining TNA in late 2010, Mickie James has competed at every Final Resolution event. Mickie is to Final Resolution as RVD is to Sacrifice.
I see no reason in having Mickie win, especially after Velvet Sky returned this past Thursday to basically bury their title match this Sunday.
Tara will retain, with or without help, and Mickie will get pissed off. Rematch or not, who cares? It's already been said that 2013 is the year of the pigeon...er...Velvet Sky.
Tara will beat Mickie however many times, then Velvet Sky will defeat Tara to become the new champion and maybe a jealous Mickie James will reemerge and fuel that feud that could've, should've and would've happened had Velvet's contract not expired over the summer.
Winner: Still Champion, Tara
Tag Team Titles: Ryan & Morgan vs. Guerrero & Hernandez
I don't care that Chavo and Hernandez are going to retain. It's almost a lock, especially considering the fact that TNA will be traveling to San Antonio this March. However, I'm just hoping "The Blueprint" looks really strong in this match.
Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan have almost nothing in common. If you ask me, I think they should go their separate ways. Have Ryan compete in the X-Division and have Morgan go for the World title in due time (Maybe run an angle where A&8s attempts to recruit the seven-footer?)
Tex-Mex wins here, and Matt Morgan's empty promise of "annihilating the TNA roster and going for the World title" becomes more emptier.
The biggest question coming from this match is: Who's next? The Robbies or Gunner and Kid Kash?
Winners: Still Champions, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez.
This time last year, TNA ran the Wild Card Tag Team Tournament and it's no secret that, one year later, they're still in dire need of new teams.
Aces and Eights vs. Team Angle
First thing is first: Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco aren't really ready for TV or pay-per-view yet. Bischoff more so than Brisco, but still, OVW is TNA's developmental system for a reason. And, this storyline could've gone on the exact same, only with different rookies under Kurt's wing.
Sam Shaw and Alex Silva are two immediate people who come to mind when I say that.
Both guys are already better than Bischoff and Brisco. Both guys actually look like more believable members of Aces and Eights. Had they went with Shaw and Silva instead, I feel like this could've been more enjoyable than watching the man everyone hates for whatever reason, Garett Bischoff.
Anyway, I'm picking Aces and Eights for the win. I don't care if it's Shark Boy, Lance Rock and Phi Delta Slam (Google 'em) under those masks; Aces and Eights gotta win.
As we seen this past Thursday, the gang has picked up a good amount of momentum with Devon winning the TNA Television Championship for a second time.
Secondly, Angle's team is just lacking in about all categories. Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, then Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco...?
Aces and Eights should win, and I'm starting to question whether or not the rookies of Team Angle will finally reveal their true allegiance to the gang.
Winners: The Aces and Eights
Bully Ray vs. Austin Aries
This match is actually tough to decide because, unlike the World title match, this match was mostly built around in-ring segments and promos.
I feel like, if Bully Ray were to win, it'd be a better way of furthering the storyline between himself, Aries and the Hogans. Bully winning could be used as an attempt to impress either Hogan, Aries could call him out on it, whatever.
I really don't know, but I'll go with Bully Ray on this one just because I've already predicted so many heels to win on this show.
Winner: Bully Ray
Daniels vs. AJ Styles
My first prediction is this: It won't be the last time these two face off. In a recent interview, AJ Styles even seemed doubtful on the idea. Both guys will definitely see each other down the line again, be it in a BFG Series match or unintentionally during a multi-man match.
However, Daniels must win this match. Not only has AJ chalked up majority of the victories in their nearly never-ending feud, but Daniels winning would greatly twist and turn the story of AJ Styles.
Coming off the Turning Point pay-per-view, and not being allowed a World title shot for a year, AJ is nearly broken. You can see it in his body language and hear it in his tone. AJ has been arguing with friends (James Storm), being too risky in matches and just wants this year of bad luck to end.
For Daniels to win, this would send AJ's character even further into a downward spiral. Not being able to compete for the World title for 11 months, then losing to Daniels in what's being called "One Final Time." AJ needs to lose for the sake of his character and storyline purposes.
TNA World Heavyweight Title: Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy
This title match just feels like a filler feud for Jeff Hardy, until creative finds something else for him to do. Roode became the number one contender on an episode of IMPACT, and there hasn't been that much build to this match.
TNA is trying to sell their main event of Final Resolution with wrestling (Hardy vs. York, Roode vs. York and the six-man tag this past week) rather than hyping it with the use of promos—probably because Hardy's such a weak speaker, hence the inner-monologue stuff.
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries are the only true main event heels at the moment, and Aries just came off of two unsuccessful shots at Jeff Hardy. So, insert their next (and possibly only at the moment) option: Bobby Roode.
It'll be a good match, without a shadow of a doubt, but I don't believe Roode has even the slightest chance of winning this match. This will elevate Jeff Hardy as he looks to start 2013 with an actual storyline/feud. TNA will keep kissing Hardy's ass until he signs that contract extension in February.
Winner: Still Champion, Jeff Hardy
Welp, that does it for me.
I predicted no title changes for Final Resolution.
I predicted that RVD, Tara, Tex-Mex, Aces and Eights, Bully Ray, Daniels and Jeff Hardy will all be victorious at this year-end pay-per-view.
If you have any predictions, questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I'll reply to them as soon as I can.
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Thanks for reading.