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Countdown to TNA Final Resolution
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




The moment has come...again.

Yes, after a long hiatus, Sting is finally returning to TNA. With a few weeks worth of teasing under his belt, the Stinger will enter the ring again in Orlando, with the eyes of the wrestling world squarely on him.

Those who are turning in just to see Sting, however, might want to look through the rest of the card because there are a bunch of other solid offerings here. Let's take a look at Final Resolution 2006.


TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH
Sting/Christian Cage vs. Jeff Jarrett/Montry Brown


SLAM! Predictions

Ed Ludwig
Normally tag team main events don't excite me too much but this one is different. I hope they give this match some time and do not rush it. Sting and Christian Cage will win this one clean by pinfall.

Bob Kapur
In my view, the first meeting between Sting and Jarrett should be for the title. Now, they're just giving away the encounter in a meaningless tag match and putting themselves in a no-win situation, because if Sting's not 100% in this match, it will weaken his credibility as a future threat to Jarrett, and if he is 100%, then they've blown the opportunity to let him debut with a major impact. Sting and Cage win.

Jon Waldman
Look, I'm a big Sting fan, but honestly -- how many more people will buy in because of him? Hell, how many fans even remember what WCW is anymore? This was a major step backwards for TNA. Did they not learn anything from Kevin Nash? Unless Sting goes over big, this is dead in the water.

Greg Oliver
With Sting signing up for a longer term, it doesn't make any sense to have him go over here. Instead, this has to play out for a while. Cage does the job, but the deal really sets up Sting vs Jarrett for the belt.

Corey David Lacroix
This match is strictly focused on the debut of Sting, plain and simple. No title on the line, but this contest does have the potential to establish some long term feuds that should generate future PPV main events, not to mention, the return of the wrestling wars. I'm not completely happy with how TNA has built up Sting's debut, but nonetheless, it'll be good to see him in the ring one more time. Easy money on Sting and Christian taking this one home.


X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH
Samoa Joe vs. Chris Daniels
 



SLAM! Predictions

Ed Ludwig
It's much too soon for the new X-Division champ to drop the strap here. Expect a very solid match with Samoa Joe retaining the title.

Bob Kapur
It's cliche, but any match featuring these two guys has got to be a possible Match of the Year contender. Given the storyline, expect this one to be a nasty hard-hitting affair that will no doubt electrify the crowd. Joe's undefeated streak continues.

Jon Waldman
A couple nights ago I was watching a Ring of Honor tape with both of these men. You have to figure at one point or another TNA will start to push the RoH tradition here, a la how the WWF used ECW references to make itself look much bigger and better. There has to be shenanigans here, because neither can lose cleanly yet. You have to think stoppage due to blood loss on this one.

Greg Oliver
It's a given that it's the match of the night. But is it a given that Samoa Joe retains the belt? You bet.

Corey David Lacroix
Samoa Joe is the most talked about wrestler in TNA, maybe even in the wrestling business. The dominant force in the X-Division, the Samoan Submission Machine looks to retain his title against Christopher Daniels. Should be match of the night and Joe should win this one. The only question is whether AJ Styles will make his presence known during the bout. Even so, look for Joe to keep the belt.


TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH
Team 3D vs. America's Most Wanted



SLAM! Predictions

Ed Ludwig
I don't see all the champions retaining their titles even with only two on the line. Team 3D will once again capture gold in their new home.

Bob Kapur
Man, it's good to see the Dudleys on TV. And you can tell they like to be back. TNA certainly seems to have brought the spring back into their steps. It's been three months since they've debuted with the company and they've played the foil to AMW too many times. Look for the champs to finally get their comeuppance, and Team 3-D to wear tag team gold once again.

Jon Waldman
Am I the only one here who is sick and tired of the Dudleyz? Rebirth this, rebirth that, they're still a team whose schtick went the way of Public Enemy a while ago. AMW will likely lose here, which is very, very sad.

Greg Oliver
How patient will the fans be for a title chase? Team 3D is hot now, but will they mean anything once they have the titles? I'm not sure that they will, at least until there are other viable challengers again. I'll take AMW to screw the ex-Dudleys out of the titles yet again.

Corey David Lacroix
This will no doubt be a wild contest. Both teams have brutalized each other in past encounters and I'm betting they will elevate the violence to a new level -- that's the only way this saga can end. Team 3D are looking to finally get the gold from AMW and I'm betting they'll do just that in this one.


 
INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE MATCH
AJ Styles vs. Tanahashi
 



SLAM! Predictions

Ed Ludwig
The Phenomenal one has been on somewhat of a downward slide since losing the X Division title and it doesn't look like he's being groomed for a world title run any time soon. Time to break the cycle. Styles will come out on top in this one.

Bob Kapur
I hadn't seen a Tanahashi match until very recently, but from what I've seen, this could be a stellar match. X-Division villains Strong, Aires, and Shelley will interfere and cost Styles the match.

Jon Waldman
This is the perfect match to tease towards an X-Division Cup tourney for singles wrestlers, or at least build a rivalry a la WCW/NJPW. There has to be interference here from more Japanese wrestlers (Liger?) here, otherwise it'll just be a forgotten bout.

Greg Oliver
Styles will look stronger after his victory.

Corey David Lacroix
Great to see Tanahashi on the shores of North America, but most mainstream fans here don't know (or care) who he is. Styles takes it.


GRUDGE MATCH
Abyss vs. Rhino


SLAM! Predictions

Ed Ludwig
Gore, Gore, Gore!

Bob Kapur
The irresistable force meets the immovable object (TM Gorilla Monsoon). In other words: simply fugly. Abyss wins.

Jon Waldman
Welcome back to Joberville Rhino.

Greg Oliver
They are probably headed for a longer program, so I expect a DQ of some sort.

Corey David Lacroix
Carnage, carnage and more carnage. Rhino takes it.


 

LARRY ZBYSZKO CHOOSES THE OPPONENT MATCH
Raven vs. ???

 


Ed Ludwig
If the opponent is Larry Zbyszko, Raven wins a bloody and brutal match.

Bob Kapur
Please, please, please, don't have Larry choose himself. Raven wins.

Jon Waldman
Well, either Lethal Larry enters or he's bringing in Perry Saturn. My vote is for the latter and Raven wins.

Greg Oliver
Raven will win against whomever it is. What a slow-moving storyline, which is certainly a change these days.

Corey David Lacroix
Raven's streak of wins ends in this one, just a guess.