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Countdown to TNA Final Resolution
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




The apparent cure for a New Year's Eve hangover, at least according to TNA, is a healthy dosage of PPV wrestling action.

Yes, believe it or not, 2008 isn't even a week old and already we have a major show on our hands - Final Resolution. Some will say it's smart planning by the southern boys to be the first out of the gate, others will say it's too soon.

Regardless of your school of thought, you can't help but be intrigued by this PPV. Let's take a look at the lineup.


 
MAIN EVENT: TNA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Kurt Angle vs Christian Cage
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

The focus in this match is squarely on AJ, which in theory is good, but in reality it's on him for all the wrong reasons. Back when TNA began, Styles was the showcase star of the company, and really could, and should be again. This match exemplifies what's wrong with TNA - the company, rather than building its own stars and taking a successful group of indie wrestlers (namely RoH signess) and taking them to the global stage, is relying too heavily on former WWE names and WCW formulas that put the goddamn company out of business! Here's a resolution TNA - stop making one of your former franchise stars into a wussy and an also-ran. Let AJ destroy both guys in the bout here and walk out with a title shot against Angle next month.

Mark Xamin

This is a tough one. Not since Summerslam 1992 havewe seen the "who's corner will he be in?" angle played, but it's always been one of my favorites. So who's corner will AJ Styles be in? My guess is Kurt Angle's, so I'm going with Angle in this one with help from AJ.


Matt Mackinder

Id like to think this match will have no outside interference and could possibly be a (very) early contender for a top match of 2008. But no, well get a cluster-you-know-what. Angle keeps the gold and AJ Styles ends up crying or whining for some reason. Ugh.


TNA TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

AJ Styles/Tomko vs. Kevin Nash/Samoa Joe


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

On to stupid match #2 - why the hell would you put Joe with Nash? The partners-who-don't-get-along formula has been used far too often recently, when only Matt Hardy and MVP have been able to do it successfully. I sincerely hope that Nash is choked out by the end of the night, but in reality Tomko and Styles will go their separate ways, meaning we see another lame "alliance" at match's end.

Mark Xamin

Does it make me a terrible person that seeing Nashin the ring (as limited as he is these days) makes me feel nostalgic and a little bit giddy inside? Tomko chose to walk alone on Impact, but Styles is still torn. I have to pick Joe and Nash due to miscommunication between Styles and Tomko. New champs.


  ULTIMATE X MATCH

Motor City Machine Guns/Jay Lethal vs. Team 3D/Johnny Devine
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Those steel cables had better be reinforced tonight. As much as there's a curious intrigue to see if Bubba Ray can shimmy his way to the X, this could end up killing this gimmick (not that that's a bad thing for TNA). Sabin will be counted on heavily to guide this match, and really, the faces should win here. Unfortunately, I think Ray will end up getting the X for his team. Oh, and the over-under tonight for X falls is two.

Mark Xamin

Well, Team 3D and Johnny Devine have the momentum going into this one, after the whole wrist-breaking incident on Impact. You know what that means...Black Machismo and the Machine Gun's take the victory and promptly get a beat down, dragging the feud out for a while longer.

Matt Mackinder

Seeing Brother Ray climbing anything is downright frightening. Lethal and the Guns are way over, but Devine is getting a semi-push. Still, I like the faces here so the Guns and Machismo take it.


GRUDGE MATCH

Abyss vs. Judas Mesias


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Now here's a match I actually want to see. Mesias should be kept strong as all hell and ideally put Abyss on the shelf, maybe even remove the mask. The match would mean more if not for Mesias's injury, which resulted in a long layoff after a hot start to the battle, but it can still be effective if Judas is allowed to go over huge.

Mark Xamin

As much as I originally liked Abyss, he's become a little stale lately. He's so much better as a heel. I'm going with Judas Mesias, but it won't be the end of the feud.

Matt Mackinder

Mesias – the man whose finishing move was stolen by Shelton Benjamin – has a tight gimmick. Abyss’ is going stale. Gotta go with the hot hand here and give Judas the win. I wonder if he has the WSX World title stashed somewhere…


  TNA WOMENS TITLE MATCH (NO DISQUALIFICATIONS)

Gail Kim vs. Awesome Kong
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Congrats TNA - you've booked yourself into a corner again. Let's look at this very clearly - TNA has put Gail over Kong, making the monster look weaker than the champ. What does it say when the supposed dominant force needs a no-DQ stip to beat the supposed underdog? Either with a win or loss, Kong looks weak. It's time to move on to the Kim/ODB feud. Kim wins.

Mark Xamin

As much as I'd like to see Gail Kim retain and hold the title for a few more months, I think Awesome Kong takes this one and wins the belt. Either way, this is women's wrestling at it's best since the WCW days.

Matt Mackinder

Sift through the archives – Awesome Kong was a male behemoth in WCW and the old GWF back in the early ‘90s. I guess that pretty much applies here, too. Kim is a top-notch champ and she finds a way to KO Kong here and keep the gold.


 

MIXED TAG TEAM MATCH
Booker T/Sharmell vs. Robert Roode/Ms. Brooks



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman
Holy crap, why does someone let Vince Russo hold the book? It was not a good idea to put Elizabeth in the ring in WCW and it's even worse to put the M.A.K.E. in the ring in TNA. You'd think that this would be some sort of caveat to end the dumb Roode/Brooks angle, but it won't be. Sorry fans

Mark Xamin
You know, the obvious choice would be Booker and Sharmell, but Booker is such a class act that it wouldn't surprise me if he insisted on putting Roode over. Still, I'm going with Booker since they'll want to keep him strong.


 

GRUDGE MATCH
Kaz vs. Black Reign


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman
Like Styles, Kaz is the kind of guy this company should be built around. Instead, he gets put with Goldust v.2.0. Lovely. Kaz had better win.

Mark Xamin
Kaz wins despite interference from Relik.


 

TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH

LAX vs. Jimmy Rave/Lance Hoyt

 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman
Could be a strong match, given the RoH talent, but I still am not buying Lance Hoyt. LAX wins.

Mark Xamin
This is a tough one, because when you think it's an obvious pick, TNA surprises you and goes in the other direction. I'm going to pick Hoyt and Rave. I'm still hoping they bring in Prince Nana.


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-- compiled by SLAM! Wrestling staff