TNA has held several One Night Only pay-per-view events over the last year, but 2014 has been ushered in by the Tag Team Tournament special.
Filmed in March of 2013, this show features tag teams that have participated on TNA television and have played a role in the success of the company. While many of the wrestlers are no longer with TNA, this tournament will be steeped in nostalgia.
The winning pair will be crowned the “Best TNA Tag Team” and will carry the honor with pride.
Here is all the vital viewing information, the match card and a full preview of the show.
Where: Impact Zone, Orlando, Fla.
When: Friday, Dec. 27, at 8 p.m. ET (available all January)
Watch: Pay-per-view for $14.95 (check your local listings)
|2014 TNA Tag Team Tournament|
|Number||First-Round Matchups||Predicted Winners|
|1||Petey Williams and Sonjay Dutt vs. Generation Me (Jeremy Buck and Max Buck)||Generation Me|
|2||Aces & Eights (Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco) vs. The Hot Shots (Cassidy Riley and Chase Stevens)||Aces & Eights|
|Number||Second-Round Matchups||Predicted Winners|
|3||Austin Aries and Bobby Roode vs. The British Invasion (Douglas Williams and Rob Terry)||Aries and Roode|
|4||Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez||Bad Influence|
|5||Team 3D (Bully Ray and Devon) vs. Match No. 1 Winner||Team 3D|
|6||Magnus and Samoa Joe vs. Match No. 2 Winner||Magnus and Samoa Joe|
|Number||Third-Round Matchups||Predicted Winners|
|7||Match No. 3 Winner vs. Match No. 6 Winner||Aries and Roode|
|8||Match No. 4 Winner vs. Match No. 5 Winner||Team 3D|
|Number||Final-Round Matchup||Predicted Winner|
|9||Match No. 7 Winner vs. Match No. 8 Winner||Team 3D|
Full Predictions for All Scheduled Matches
The first round features two matches that indy wrestling fans will enjoy.
The first bout will be Petey Williams and Sonjay Dutt teaming up against Generation Me (also known as The Young Bucks). As much as Williams and Dutt have done for TNA, Generation Me was the better tag team and should advance.
The second opening-round match will feature the Aces & Eights—represented by Garett Bischoff and Wes Brisco—taking on Cassidy Riley and Chase Stevens in what should be an easy win for the motorcycle gang.
The second round opens with a fierce battle between Austin Aries and Bobby Roode vs. Douglas Williams and Rob Terry. While the British Invasion was a big part of TNA’s history, Aries and Roode are two main event players and should snag the win.
After a wild start to the show, Bad Influence—made up of Christopher Daniels and Kazarian—should be able to defeat Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez easily and advance to the next round.
Favorites Bully Ray and Devon will square off against the winner of the night's opening match. No matter which team pulls off the victory in the first bout, Team 3D will cruise to an easy win in the second round.
Just as Team 3D will beat whoever wins match No. 1 with ease, Magnus and Samoa Joe will do the same and beat whoever wins in match No. 2. That will set up a stacked final two rounds.
Main Event Preview and Prediction
With my predictions as the guide for the final two rounds, Aries and Roode will take on Magnus and Samoa Joe and Team 3D will square off against Bad Influence to make up the two the semi finals bouts.
As much as Magnus has been pushed to the moon recently, this PPV was filmed in March of 2013 when Aries and Roode were still a dominant tag team. TNA fans should expect Aries and Roode to steal the win in what will surely be considered a best-match-of-the-night candidate.
Bad Influence has been one of the most entertaining parts of the TNA broadcast each week, but there is no way the team of Bully Ray and Devon doesn’t at least make it to the finals. As the most decorated tag team in wrestling history, there is no question that Team 3D will advance.
That means the finals would feature Team 3D taking on Aries and Roode in what should be another quality match that both hardcore and casual fans can enjoy. As much as Aries and Roode are the more promising stars of the two teams, Team 3D should win due to the fact that the only prize is the “Best TNA Tag Team” title.
Team 3D is clearly the best tag team in the company’s history, so this is the smart way to book this event.
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