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Countdown to TNA Final Resolution
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff



Perhaps TNA should rename tonight's pay-per-view (Final Resolution) -- my suggestion would be TNA If/Then. Why? Because the top two matches both carry the if/then stipulation (details are below).

Of course, knowing TNA and their love of gimmicks, I've probably just given them an idea that they will now put into effect. Damn.

Seriously though, the card for Final Resolution is as solid as any that the southern boys have put together this year. Let's take a closer look at it.


GRUDGE MATCH (IF THE FRONTLINE WINS, AJ IS WORLD CHAMPION)

Frontline vs. Main Event Mafia

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

It occurs to me that there is no reason here for Samoa Joe to try to win the match, other than for the cause of his team. That might be altruistic enough reasoning for some, but for a character that's been riding the tweener line for the last few months, you get the feeling he's not too happy with the thought of AJ carrying the belt. So, I get the feeling that, indeed, Joe gets the pin, giving AJ the belt, and the two then splinter into their own feud while still trying to fend off the MEM.

Matt Mackinder

I have always felt that if AJ were pushed to World champion status, that he could change the face of TNA and make it its own entity and not WWE South. The Main Event Mafia, though a solid group, is simply a collection of has-beens trying to recapture some of the old Millionaires Club fame of the old WCW. And that's the problem with TNA: nothing is new --- it's all recycled storylines with washed-up stars of the past. With that said, put the belt on AJ and AJ my boy, take that ball and run, run, run!
 
GRUDGE MATCH (IF ANGLE WINS, HE FACES JEFF JARRETT AT GENESIS; IF RHINO WINS, ANGLE IS GONE FROM TNA

Kurt Angle vs. Rhino
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

You know what? This is TNA booking, so I'm saying that Rhino wins here. Think about it -- what bigger swerve would there be than to have Angle all the sudden be "booted out" of TNA? Of course we all know what happens next -- Kurt gets re-signed by Jarrett to shut him up once and for all.

Matt Mackinder

Yeah, Angle gone from TNA. Sure. Foley calls the match down the middle, I would think, but TNA likes taking new guys and turning them heel too quickly (see Booker T, Christian Cage, Kurt Angle). One way or another, Angle gets three on Rhino.


WOMEN'S TITLE MATCH

Awesome Kong vs. Christy Hemme

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

At this point, Hemme needs the win and the belt more than Kong does, so I'm guessing that there's some outside interference, giving Christy the title.

Matt Mackinder

Kong as champion makes all the sense in the world and she is the best fit for now and probably for a while. All that means is that TNA puts the title on Hemme here, right? Methinks Kong retains and SLAM! Wrestling readers out there email me to indeed tell me that I'm right when I say there was a former wrestler in WCW and USWA named Awesome Kong (Editor's note: e-mail Matt by clicking here).
  FEAST OR FIRED MATCH

Motor City Machineguns vs. The LAX vs. Rock N' Rave Infection vs. "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Petey Williams vs. BG James vs. Consequences Creed vs. Curry Man vs. Cute Kip vs. Shark Boy
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman


The Styles promo this past Thursday, with the mention of Christopher Daniels, leads me to believe that this match starts the process of the end of Curry Man. So let's say Curry gets the losing briefcase. Cornette offers him the opportunity to stay in TNA if he unmasks. On Impact, the mask comes off and it's revealed to be Daniels. Cornette's ready to explode at the trickery, until Jarrett comes down and defends Daniels, and says TNA needs him now more than ever to be part of the Frontline/MEM feud. As a result, Daniels' future in TNA hangs in the balance for the next faction war PPV, where if the FL loses, Daniels is fully gone from TNA. This is where Joe turns on AJ over the title, putting the extra heel bit over by causing the firing of his former friend.

Matt Mackinder

A total cluster and a way to get the no-names on the card. I guess Jay Lethal wins.
  SIX WOMAN TAG TEAM GRUDGE MATCH

Beautiful People/Sharmell vs. Taylor Wylde/Roxxi Leveaux/ODB
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman


Why do I get the feeling that the Sarah Palin impersonator gets the duke for the heels? Feh.

Matt Mackinder

Whoa - a second match on the card involving women? Cool. Sadly, though, Billy Gunn, er, Kip James, er, The One, er, Cute Kip, sorry, and Booker T get involved to hand the match to The Beautiful People and Sharmell.
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-- compiled by Jon Waldman