Countdown to TNA Final Resolution
By GREG OLIVER - Producer, SLAM! Wrestling
TNA's last pay-per-view doesn't look all that different from its first of 2012, at least at the top of the tree. And there is that deja vu match of Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles, which one can guarantee will be entertainingly amazing at least. There are a few intriguing new faces compared to January's Genesis, though, so let's have a look at TNA Final Resolution.
The World title is on the line, with Jeff Hardy defending the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Bobby Roode. These two were in the main event back in January at Genesis, with Roode retaining the title by DQ. As good as Roode is, compared to this point earlier in the year, he almost feels like a secondary guy, where he had his shot and this is just part of his rematch clause. That's not exactly the case, of course, but when push comes to shove, I expect Hardy to retain, simply because there are some good opponents for him down the road, and since his head appears to be screwed on right at the moment, run with him.
With Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles, we know it'll be a great match. It is billed as "One Final Time", but few believe that stipulation will hold over the months and years to come. Still, let's treasure this rivalry, the Cowboys vs. Redskins of TNA, perhaps. I'll take Mr. TNA to win.
The X Division title bout with Rob Van Dam defending against Kenny King is interesting, mainly because I'm not sure how committed TNA is to King at this point. His jump from Ring of Honor was fairly big news, at least as far as defections from ROH to TNA go. He's had his moments in his new home, and I expect this to be one more, as he'll go over. Unlike the previous two bouts, I could see this one being some sort of DQ finish that could be settled on Impact later in the week.
The TNA World tag titles are on the line, as Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez defend against Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan. As far as staying power goes, Guerrero and Hernandez have far more potential and seem a more cohesive unit. But that's sort of the beauty of the Morgan and Ryan pairing; they don't seem to fit together just right, making them a team you want to see what happens with. So I'll pick Morgan and Ryan to win here, but their reign will be short and combustible.
There was a time when the Knockouts title could have main evented a TNA PPV, but this is not that time. Geez, the return of Velvet Sky to the promotion has gotten more headlines than this match. I will boldly predict Tara retaining the Knockouts title against Mickie James, and that it will hardly make a difference.
The last match to discuss is the one that has the most to gain or lose as far as the company goes. The primary question is, does the Aces & Eights storyline still have any legs? Officially it's Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff vs. Aces & Eights in an eight-man tag team match. With both Brooke and Hulk Hogan around, and Eric Bischoff too, as well as countless others who will feel inclined to stick their noses into the match, there will not be a clean finish, but there might be a pinfall. More likely, I see a beatdown of Angle, maybe with all of his teammates turning on him, or just Brisco and Bischoff, with Samoa Joe somehow out of the picture.
Enjoy TNA Final Resolution, and watch for Dave Hillhouse's report here on SLAM! Wrestling after the show.
FINAL RESOLUTION HISTORY
From the SLAM! Wrestling archives:
Dec. 12, 2011: No resolution found at Final Resolution
Dec. 6, 2010: Hardy retains, Williams upsets Styles at Final Resolution
Dec 20, 2009: Final Resolution a "phenomenal" ending for TNA in 2009
Dec 11, 2008: Final Resolution: The Mafia makes strides
Jan 6, 2008: Styles sides with Angle costing Cage at Final Resolution
Jan 15, 2007: Cage, Angle on top after Final Resolution
Jan 16, 2006: Sting gets a hit at Final Resolution
Jan 17, 2005: New Resolution needed by TNA