The Crow's Nest - Final Resolution Predictions
Dec 8, 2012 - 4:14:09 AM
1) Final Resolution Predictions (12/08/12)
Another month, another PPV, and that can only mean one thing. That's right, it's time for yours truly to do up another predictions column. As usual, I'll be presenting both what I think will happen and what I wish would happen. It has seemed that, more often than not, those two things end up being pretty damn similar. Not always 100%, but pretty close.
The sad part about this PPV is that a lot of it was booked at the last minute. Sure, the newer additions may have seemed obvious, but going into Impact this week, only half the card was in place. TNA is usually more on the ball with having a full card announced in advance, so it was kind of disappointing to see it go down this way. That being said, the card actually looks pretty solid. Nothing spectacular or game changing, but all-around pretty solid.
So with THAT being said, let's take a look at the card for tomorrow's PPV event, Final Resolution.
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I don't know about anybody else, but the part I'm looking forward to most here is seeing how Wes Brisco can perform on a bigger stage. He's been impressive in the couple of appearances he's made so far, and it seems like TNA sees big things in this kid's future. Having Kurt Angle vouching for Brisco on-screen as much as he has can only mean good things for the guy. Unfortunately he's teaming with possibly the least entertaining wrestler in the industry today, Garret Bischoff. Recent reports have said Garret is a nice enough kid, but also that a large portion of the locker room is getting pretty pissed with his push, considering he's not even a sub-par talent. I think this spot could have gone to a more deserving wrestler, maybe a guy like James Storm who's been left off the PPV card entirely after losing his title shot to Bobby Roode.
But it is what it is, and this is the match we have.
I'm still digging this Aces & 8s group, but to me it still feels like they need a big win. They need to evolve past the predictable run-ins and beatdowns, and this match could be just what they need. At the same time though, I think it all comes down to Wes Brisco. He's still a fresh face, so no matter what he needs to have a strong performance in this match. Win or lose, he needs to show the fans that he belongs. So I find myself between a rock and a hard place here, able to make an argument for either side. Personally I don't think a loss would hurt Brisco all that much, and it certainly wouldn't affect Angle or Joe, and A&8 really does need that big win. It's hard to make a pick here, but I'll have to go with my gut.
What I Wish Would Happen: Aces & 8s wins
What I Predict Will Happen: Angle, Joe, Bischoff & Brisco win
This is probably going to be my easiest pick of the night. TNA has always seemed high on Mickie James for some reason, but lately it seems like Tara is finally getting her due. She's got a real storyline going with Jessie Godderz and is being allowed to show a different character than we're used to seeing from her. I think she's done a great job with that belt, and it's just way too soon to kill that momentum. Mickie may still be fairly over with the crowd, but she hasn't been back on TV long enough to deserve a title win. If she sticks around as a regular character and continues building a feud with Tara, I'll have less of a problem with her winning. For now though? I think TNA is finally realizing just how awesome Tara is, and I really hope they don't panic and throw the belt back on Mickie just yet.
What I Wish Would Happen: Tara retains
What I Predict Will Happen: Tara retains
TNA seems really unsure about what they want to do with Kenny King. They bring him in, pushing him as a HUGE acquisition, then he disappears for what seems like forever, only to be brought back and thrown right into the X-Division Title hunt. I'm a fan of the guy, and I think he could be a great fit for the X-Division, but this is no way to establish him as a star. He's already over with the crowd, but did they really notice he had disappeared? Maybe a few of them, but not enough to make a difference. Imagine if a guy like Austin Aries just disappeared for a couple months, out of the blue. I'm not saying King is on that same level as Aries, but it's the point that counts. TNA needs to have some kind of consistency with King's booking if they want to take advantage of his talent and popularity.
As for the defending champion, I've made no secrets about my dislike for RVD. I think he's overrated and stuck in the 90s, unwilling to adapt his style to what he's physically capable of doing. But he remains over with the fans, so that counts for something I guess. RVD is in a great position to help put over new X-Division stars, and my guess is that is exactly what TNA has planned for him.
I'd love to see King as the new champion, but I don't think it's going to happen just yet. I also hope it doesn't happen just yet. The X-Division title has gone back to being fairly meaningless. I'm sure that will change early next year, given that Destination X is in July and the titleholder can trade in the belt for a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, but as of now does it really matter? The next person to win the belt will likely become the next #1 contender to the big one, and there's no way King is that guy yet.
What I Wish Would Happen: RVD retains
What I Predict Will Happen: RVD retains
Here we go again. Another "final" match between AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels. This is not the first time we've heard the "one more time" promise before with these two, so I'm not putting much faith in believing it to be true.
That being said, these two almost always deliver when they're opponents, and I don't see how this go-around could be any different. Styles is still just as good as he's always been, and Daniels has stepped his game up to a whole different level over the past few months. Sure, his in-ring game is about the same, but in terms of character development? When has he ever been more entertaining?
Daniels and Styles are going to deliver here, that's just a given, but who is going to walk away with the victory? Daniels is great, but a win serves him little purpose at this point. Win or lose, he's going to be the same entertaining bastard he has been for the past few months. Styles, on the other hand, needs a big win. He's already out of the title picture for the better part of the next year, so TNA needs a way to keep him relevant. If the company really wants us to believe that this is the last time we'll ever see these two face off, it just makes sense that the "good guy" wins.
But wait, there's more! What about the possibility of a Styles heel turn? I don't know what to make of all that, especially since TNA is so heel-heavy at this point, and I really don't think it's going to affect the outcome of this match. Either he wins as a face and has your standard post-match celebration, or he wins as a heel and "shocks the world". Either way though, Styles will leave Final Resolution as the victor.
What I Wish Would Happen: AJ Styles wins
What I Predict Will Happen: AJ Styles wins
I'm about to say something here that will sound familiar, and it's probably because I literally just said it in one of my last match predictions. Chavo Guerrero was brought into TNA with a big initial push, but aside from a few tag matches, what has he done recently? The best thing he's done since his debut was help to make Hernandez finally look competent in the ring. I'm alright with that though, it's not like he's really World Champion material, and if he can help boost a few younger guys, he'll be well worth the investment.
A lot of people are upset that Matt Morgan was stuck in a bodyguard role upon his return, but I still argue that it's for the best. He is getting himself over as a monster heel again, he's helping to establish Joey Ryan, and he's not going to get lost in the shuffle in a very busy title scene right now. Had Morgan been put right back into the main event, he likely wouldn't have won the belt and he would go right back to where he was before he left the company. What good does that do anybody?
That being said, it's about time he does get some gold. Chavo and Hernandez don't need these belts. Chavo isn't going to ever be any further up the card than he is right now, and Hernandez, despite his recent improvements, is a failed experiment. Ryan has a very bright future in TNA, and Morgan should already be a World Champion, so they need this win a lot more. The tag belts are basically just props that provide bragging rights these days, so to me it just makes sense to have a title switch here. Ryan wins his first championship in TNA, Morgan gets some gold around his waist to tide him over until he moves on to something bigger, it's win/win.
What I Wish Would Happen: Joey Ryan & Matt Morgan win the belts
What I Predict Will Happen: Joey Ryan & Matt Morgan win the belts
This is probably the hardest match of the night to predict. Bully Ray is one of the top guys in the company right now, but the same could easily be said about Austin Aries. Aries seems to be embracing more of a heel role these days, and Bully is doing the exact opposite, seemingly embracing more of a face role. Bully is currently getting into some kind of a romance angle with Brooke Hogan, much to the chagrin of her father, and he seems to have been on the losing end of this feud so far.
Even answering the question of "who needs it more" is difficult in this case. Bully is finding new success as a "good guy" and could certainly use the victory, but Aries could also use a big win to help propel him back into the main event scene. He even hinted at a possible return to the X-Division so he could get a title shot at Destination X in 2013, so a win at this point would help make it seem like that would be a real possibility.
I think this feud has some fuel left in it, and if done properly it could turn into something great. Aries certainly has enough heat with the Hogans and Bully Ray to keep things going, so there's no worries there. I've got to go with my gut again here and hope for the best.
What I Wish Would Happen: Austin Aries wins
What I Predict Will Happen: Bully Ray wins
If that last match wasn't the hardest of the night to pick, this one might take the cake. There are a lot of factors at play here, both kayfabe and non-kayfabe, which always complicates a prediction.
Jeff Hardy's contract with TNA is up in March, which is only a few months away, so you'd have to think TNA would do whatever they can to keep him happy. At the same time, Bobby Roode seems to be getting another solid push these days, so it wouldn't seem entirely illogical to predict a victory for him.
On the topic of Hardy's expiring contract, I think that all comes down to how worried TNA is that he'll jump ship, and of course how much they think WWE wants him back. I could write a whole column on that topic (mental note: write a whole column on that topic), but I won't do it here. Personally I don't think there's much of a danger of him going back to WWE, and I think TNA knows that, at least to some extent.
Roode is one of the top heels in the company, and despite the fact he's not exactly "young" anymore (at least not by professional wrestling standards) he's one of the fastest rising stars in the company. His run with the World Championship was very exciting to watch and it did wonders for his character development, firmly cementing his status as a main event wrestler. He more than deserves another reign at this point.
Again though, it's a very hard prediction to make. I could make an argument for either side here. It would be very easy to pick Hardy for the win as he's usually the safe bet, but there's something keeping me from seeing it as a sure thing. Hardy is as over as ever with the fans, which definitely works in his favour, but Roode is just as over as a heel. He's also got far better theme music, not that that really has anything to do with my pick here.
So which way am I going to go here? Even as I type this I don't know. Sadly, I think I have to go with the safe bet here. As much as I want to see that belt around Roode's waist again, I'm just not sure it's going to happen tomorrow night.
What I Wish Would Happen: Bobby Roode wins the belt
What I Predict Will Happen: Jeff Hardy retains
So there we have it, my official predictions and wishes for tomorrow night's Final Resolution PPV. What do you guys think? As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions on the matter. I'll be back soon, but until then, thanks for stopping by.
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