Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez (debut, 2-2) vs. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian (3-2, 0-4) vs. Austin Aries and Bobby Roode (1-0, 3-4) vs. James Storm and Gunner (4-3, debut)
Tag Titles Defended at Slam: seven times (twice as NWA)
Successfully Defended: four times
The tag team division in TNA may be small, but it is quite exciting. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez, Bad Influence and the team of Austin Aries and Bobby Roode have been trading the TNA World Tag Team Championship for months now.
Guerrero and Hernandez took the belts from Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, Aries and Roode won them from Guerrero and Hernandez, but now they have them back.
The two heel teams have been vying for the No. 1 contender spot ever since Aries and Roode lost the belts and have been giving fans some great matches and very entertaining segments as a result.
After Bad Influence tried, and failed, to reform, Fortune James Storm entered the mix. He cost them both the No. 1 contender spot and got himself attacked because of that. General manager Hulk Hogan made the decision to put all of them into one match for the titles, but Storm’s partner was yet to be named.
Last week on Impact Wrestling, both Robbie E and a returning Shark Boy lobbied to be his partner, but it was the returning Gunner that got the spot.
I was hoping for an America’s Most Wanted reunion with Chris Harris, but I’m happy with Gunner. He’s a lot more talented than some give him credit for, and he’s going to prove that in this match with six of TNA’s best. Guerrero will also be there, too.
This match is very interesting and quite hard to predict. Does TNA keep the titles where they are, or get Aries and Roode’s quest for all of TNA’s gold back on track? Do they develop Storm and Gunner into more than just a one-time team, or will Bad Influence reclaim their spot back on top?
Both Guerrero and Gunner will be making their Slammiversary debuts here, while the other six have been here before. Statistically, Aries and Roode have the best chance with a combined win percentage of 72. Bad Influence are dead last with 30 percent thanks to Kazarian’s 0-4 record.
The Tag Team Championship itself has been defended at seven Slammiversary events, two defenses of which were the NWA Tag Team Championship, but only four champions have kept the titles at the end of the night.
This prediction is a tricky one. This is how I think the match will go: Guerrero and Hernandez will be eliminated first by Bad Influence. Bad Influence will then be taken out by Aries and Roode, leaving them with the team of Storm and Gunner.
When the smoke clears, Aries and Roode will be holding the titles up high.
Winners and New Champions: Austin Aries and Bobby Roode