I've said before that I don't like Rob Van Dam as X-Division Champion because he's too high up the card and he's not enough of a high-flyer. It's no surprise that he defeated Kenny King (nor that it was a great match), but a face won't defeat RVD for the belt. No one will go over him clean, so it'll take a heel.
Unfortunately, largely down to the lack of TV time that X-Division contenders get, they're all fairly blank faces. The exception is Zema Ion, but he's been conclusively put away by Van Dam already.
The tag team championship match was very good. I never thought I'd be saying I find Matt Morgan impressive, but he's really playing a great part at the moment. The gold cape and trunks might be making all the difference. The ending of the match was a little flawed; the referee seemed to have counted to four before Morgan even pulled him out of the ring.
Austin Aries and Bully Ray might be the two best in TNA when it comes to great wrestling ability complimenting their perfectly-inhabited characters. It was inevitable that their ongoing storyline would play a part in the match, but there was some great action and I'm happy for their feud to continue. I just don't really want either of them to lose.
Tara defeated Mickie James in a match good enough to retain my interest throughout. It had a top turnbuckle dive to the outside, an enziguri and—most unlike the Divas of all—it didn't end with a quick roll-up pin.
The focus on Wes Brisco in the promo before the next match made me wonder if he'd turn to the Aces and Eights. He saved Kurt Angle from an attack previously, but that was before getting his TNA contract—though why that should make a difference, I don't know; it's not as if the Aces and Eights have kayfabe contracts. It would tie in to my guess last week that he was behind Al Snow's disappearance.
As it happened, the match progressed with no twists or surprises, just some good wrestling and a win for Team TNA. We'll have to wait longer for any real developments with the Aces and Eights, but my metaphorical money is still on Wes Brisco turning.
Christopher Daniels defeating AJ Styles was cause for great joy for me. Quite aside from the absolutely brilliant match (one of TNA's best of the year), Daniels is my favourite in TNA. I hope this will take him all the way to the title.
TNA really tries to make Jeff Hardy interesting. They make video packages, they let him clown around with face paint and they've had those dreadful promos every week where we hear his thoughts. His nickname is the Charismatic Enigma despite being neither charismatic nor enigmatic. He's a great wrestler, and that's good enough in my view. He can have his colours and face paint, but the rest should go. Instead, they decided to let him come to the ring in the stupidest mask I've ever seen. It's all too silly.
Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Roode got off to a workmanlike start, but by the time of the outside guardrail spot, it was really buzzing. A real shame, then, that the end was so predictably stupid.
Final Resolution didn't have a bad match and had an absolute classic in Daniels vs. Styles. It was certainly a lot better than Survivor Series and gives TLC a lot to live up to.