Final Resolution Preview & Predictions
Final Resolution, TNA’s final pay-per-view of 2010, comes to us live this Sunday from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL. Among the nine matches scheduled for the card are four title matches and more gimmick matches than you can shake a stick at. Final Resolution is highlighted by a rematch from Turning Point with Jeff Hardy defending the TNA World Championship against Matt Morgan with Mr. Anderson as the special guest referee.
– Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan w/ Mr. Anderson as the special referee (TNA World Championship)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe (Submission Match)
– Abyss vs. D’Angelo Dinero (Casket Match)
– Rob Van Dam vs. Rhino (First Blood Match)
– Motorcity Machine Guns vs. Generation Me (TNA Tag Team Championship – Full Metal Mayhem)
– Tara vs. Mickie James (Falls Count Anywhere)
– AJ Styles vs. Douglas Williams (TNA Television Title)
– Robbie E. vs. Jay Lethal (TNA X Division Championship – Cookie Suspended Above Ring)
– Beer Money vs. Ink Inc. (#1 Contenders Match)
Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan w/ Mr. Anderson as the special referee (TNA World Championship)
Due to some questionable officiating from a rookie referee, Jeff Hardy was able to retain the TNA World Championship against Matt Morgan at Turning Point. Morgan earned another shot by beating the odds by defeating Beer Money and Douglas Williams in a 3-on-1 handicap match the following Thursday on Impact. To assure that the same thing doesn’t happen to him twice, Morgan defeated Ric Flair to earn the right to name his own special guest referee, which is none other than the man that Hardy put on the shelf, Mr. Anderson.
Morgan may have set the odds in his favor with Anderson officiating the match, however, Hardy still has Immortal in his back pocket and I fully expect Hardy to retain the title once again over Morgan. Knowing TNA and their penchant to rehash old angles, I have a feeling that the match will probably end with Anderson being laid out by Immortal and the rookie referee making the three count and becoming Immortal’s personal referee a la Nick Patrick with the nWo.
Starman’s Prediction: Jeff Hardy to retain the TNA World Championship.
Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe (Submission Match)
Jeff Jarrett has shown a recent interest in MMA and has shown off his submission skills in a couple of exhibitions against adults and children alike. Jarrett stole a victory over Joe last month at Turning Point after interference from Gunner & Murphy and defeated Joe with a rear naked choke. The two will square off once again in a submission match at Final Resolution.
I don’t think Jarrett has much of a chance in this match against the Samoan Submission Machine. Kurt Angle made his presence felt this past Thursday on Impact and I feel that he will also make an appearance at Final Resolution and assist Joe with this match. This will set up a feud between Jarrett and Angle that will take us into the new year.
Starman’s Prediction: Samoa Joe to win the match.
Abyss vs. D’Angelo Dinero (Casket Match)
These two met last month in a Lumberjack Match where Eric Bischoff paid off Dinero’s congregation and even Dinero’s own brother to turn on him. The feud between the two has kept on going with a brawl between the Pope, Eric Bischoff and Abyss ended with the Pope being put into a casket and sent through the side of the entrance ramp. Dinero got some measure of revenge by appearing in the casket the following week and beating down Abyss during a casket match on Impact.
This feud really does nothing for me and I hope this is the send off for it all. I have no real opinion as to how this match should or will play out, but if I have to predict a winner, I will pick Dinero since he lost last month against Abyss and could use a victory, even if it is in a meaningless casket match.
Starman’s Prediction: D’Angelo Dinero to win the casket match.
Rob Van Dam vs. Rhino (First Blood Match)
Rhino’s TNA contract expired after Turning Point and feels that nobody cared about it with the exception of Eric Bischoff. Rhino stated that he was given a choice to stay or leave and he decided to stay to regain the spotlight that he lost once EV2 came in and stole it from him. After sending EV2 member, Tommy Dreamer, through a table, Rob Van Dam came out to help his fallen friend and challenged Rhino to a First Blood Match.
TNA has tried to make this match more meaningful by having RVD say that he doesn’t bleed much and that Rhino was the first person to ever put him on the shelf with a broken leg, which also happened to take place in Orlando, FL. As much backstory as they put into this, though, it doesn’t seem to help sell the match in my mind. I do expect this to be a physical match, but it feels that it is lacking a lot of fire. RVD will more than likely Rhino open in this match, but where things go from here is beyond me, unless, of course, there is some sort of swerve that doesn’t make any sense.
Starman’s Prediction: Rob Van Dam to make Rhino bleed.
Motorcity Machine Guns vs. Generation Me (TNA Tag Team Championship – Full Metal Mayhem)
Generation Me has had a few opportunities to take the TNA Tag Team Championships away from the Motorcity Machine Guns but have always come up short. This hasn’t stopped their heated rivalry, though, which came to a head on a recent edition of ReAction where the two brawled in an empty arena fight. The two teams will meet once again in TNA’s version of a TLC match, in what will more than likely be a fun match to watch.
Will this finally be GenMe’s time to take the gold? Probably not. I don’t see any need for the Guns to drop the titles just yet and think that they will go on to take on the new #1 contenders that will also be decided at Final Resolution. I don’t think Generation Me will have to wait nearly as long as Machine Guns to win the tag team titles, but their time isn’t going to start on Sunday either.
Starman’s Prediction: The Motorcity Machine Guns to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship.
Tara vs. Mickie James (Falls Count Anywhere)
These two Knockouts have been at each other since Mickie James stepped foot in TNA. The two fought to a no contest last month at Turning Point and brawled throughout this past Thursday’s edition of Impact, which has set up this Falls Count Anywhere match between two of the best workers the division has to offer.
Mickie James recently became the #1 contender to the Knockouts Championship by defeating Angelina Love in a singles match, so this match will probably be a stepping stone to Mickie facing Madison Rayne for the title. Taking out Madison’s hired muscle is a good way to set this all up, so I see Mickie winning this match.
Starman’s Prediction: Mickie James to defeat Tara.
AJ Styles vs. Douglas Williams (TNA Television Title)
Douglas Williams has turned has back on Fortune and has become a marked target of the group. AJ Styles stated on ReAction that he personally is going to take out of Williams and make him regret ever turning his back on them, while putting the TNA Television Title on the line to do so.
There isn’t much going on into this match, but considering the level of talent in the ring, it should be fun to watch. I don’t think Williams has much of a chance to take the title off of Styles, especially with Fortune in his corner, but it could turn into one of the better matches of the night as long as TNA doesn’t have to overbook the ending. At least it is one of the few matches on the card that doesn’t have some sort of stipulation tied to it.
Starman’s Prediction: AJ Styles to retain the TNA Television Title.
Robbie E. vs. Jay Lethal (TNA X Division Championship – Cookie Suspended Above Ring)
Robbie E. defeated Jay Lethal for the TNA X Division Championship at Turning Point with a little help from his sidekick Cookie. Cookie has been a deciding factor in most of Robbie’s matches and to prevent her from interfering in this rematch, she will be placed inside of a shark cage that is suspended high above the ring.
Even with Cookie being removed from this match, I still think that she will somehow cause a distraction or assist Robbie with winning this match. The Shore’s heat has sort of died down over the past few weeks, but I don’t think that will stop TNA from pushing the duo any time soon. Robbie will retain here as it will take more that a shark cage to prevent Cookie from helping her partner.
Starman’s Prediction: Robbie E. to retain the X Division Championship.
Beer Money vs. Ink Inc. (#1 Contenders Match)
These two teams recently met this past Thursday in a 4-way match on Impact. Ink Inc. surprisingly grabbed the victory by defeating Beer Money in the ring. Will momentum be on their side in a tag team match to become the new #1 contenders for the TNA Tag Team Championship? I doubt it.
Beer Money has their goal set on becoming TNA Tag Team Champions once again to bring more gold to Fortune. Plus, Beer Money gunning for the Machine Guns is a lot more intriguing than Ink Inc. going for the gold. Beer Money will easily win this match to set up another feud against the Motorcity Machine Guns for the TNA Tag Team Championships.
Starman’s Prediction: Beer Money to become the #1 Contenders.
That’s it for the Final Resolution preview and predictions. This card has a little too many gimmick matches and rematches for my liking and aside from the possibility of Kurt Angle coming back to set up a feud with Jeff Jarrett, there probably isn’t going to be much newsworthy that comes out of this show. If it was up to me, I would tuck away the money for this pay-per-view and save it for some Christmas gifts instead of ordering this event.
As always, live coverage of Final Resolution will take place starting at 8PM EST on Gerweck.net.