Bully Ray, Brooke and Hulk Hogan stand in the middle of the ring on Impact! Wrestling. (Photo credit: Lee South, TNA Wrestling)
On Sunday night, December 9, Total Nonstop Action (TNA) presented its annual Final Resolution pay-per-view from the Impact! Zone in Orlando, Florida.
- James Storm defeated Kazarian in a singles match.
- Rob Van Dam defeated Kenny King to retain the TNA X-Division title.
- Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defeated Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan via disqualification to retain the TNA Tag Team titles.
- Austin Aries defeated Bully Ray in a singles match.
- Tara defeated Mickie James to retain the TNA Knockouts title.
- Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and Garrett Bischoff defeated Aces and Eights.
- Christopher Daniels defeated AJ Styles in a singles match.
- Jeff Hardy defeated Bobby Roode to retain the TNA Heavyweight title.
The next stop for TNA after Final Resolution:
TNA delivered a standard pay-per-view for viewers to see. Nothing major to note happened at Final Resolution. There were no title chances, breaking storylines, character turns or developments.
The only development that played out was when pay-per-view began with an unadvertised match between Storm and Kazarian.
Below are my thoughts on TNA’s direction after Final Resolution:
Should TNA turn Styles heel?
TNA must do something with Styles. Since turning back as a babyface in early 2011, Styles has struggled to recapture the magic that he once possessed. In order to put Styles back in the spotlight, TNA must turn him as a heel character, collaborating with Daniels and Kazarian. After his devastated loss at Final Resolution to Daniels, TNA is in perfect position to make Styles a full-fledged heel.
Ray and Aries storyline to continue:
Do not expect the Aries and Ray stoyline to disappear after their match at Final Resolution. In fact, viewers should expect it to develop and grow further. Despite that it may not be the most popular storyline on the menu, TNA has managed to keep things interesting. Brooke Hogan, who I had expected to perform poorly in this new role for her, has actually done a decent job. She has yet to really make any sort of a mistake with her backstage and in-ring segments. Throw Hulk Hogan
in the mix, this storyline could get interesting.
Jeff Hardy needs to still hold the TNA World Heavyweight title:
At Final Resolution, Roode and Hardy put together an impressive main event for viewers to see. With Hardy coming away as the winner, TNA appears to be starting 2013 off with him as the reining World Heavyweight Champion. Hardy’s work thus far since capturing the belt at Bound For Glory in October has been superb. This includes some incredible matches in the past few months. Although Roode may have been TNA’s greatest champion in recent memory, keeping the belt around Hardy’s waist was the right move.