TNA Hardcore Justice Preview and Predictions
Aug 12, 2012 - by Michael Riba
Tomorrow night, TNA will bring us the eighth-annual Hardcore Justice pay-per-view event. This year’s show will be featured around the Bound for Glory Series, Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode, and will have three other additional matches put together on the card for a total of seven. I think the Bound for Glory Series matches will be separated throughout the night, which I am in favor of. I would not like to see all three of them back-to-back-to-back. Overall, the card for the show has shaped up to be a fairly good one, so hopefully the matches deliver as they have been of late. Without any further delay, here are my official previews and predictions for Hardcore Justice.
Bound for Glory Series Four-Way Falls Count Anywhere Match: D’Angelo Dinero vs. Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Rob Van Dam
Of the three Bound for Glory Series matches, this one seems to have the least amount of “star power” per se, so I see it opening the show. I am not sure if I like the idea of having more than two guys in a Falls Count Anywhere Match, but on the other hand, I am intrigued on how it is going to come off on television. If I had my way, I would have Dinero pick up the win here, but in all honesty I do not see that happening. We will likely see one or two big spots from RVD somewhere along the way, including a Five-Star frog splash from an elevated area. In the end, however, I see Magnus being the one to be pinned by none other than Mr. Anderson.
Precitdion: Mr. Anderson wins and earns 20 points in the Bound for Glory Series
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Gunner and Kid Kash
Chavo Guerrero made his TNA debut a couple of weeks ago and immediately started a feud with Gunner and Kid Kash. Hernandez came in to help Chavo during a beat down from Gunner and Kash. Last week, there were only a couple of backstage segments with these four to build towards the match. I believe this match will be pretty good, even with as little build as it got. In the end, Chavo and Hernandez will walk out victorious after Chavo pins Gunner.
Prediction: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez win
TNA X Division Championship Match: Zema Ion (c) vs. Kenny King
This is the feud that I wanted to see from the second that Ion won the title at Destination X. Ion makes a good heel champion, and there are a lot of faces that he can work with. However, I hope that the feud between these two lasts for a while, and I hope that King eventually wins the title. I do not want King to win it tomorrow. I want Ion to retain with some heelish tactics, which causes King to get a rematch down the road. In fact, that’s what I think will happen for this match.
Prediction: Zema Ion retains the TNA X Division Championship
Bound for Glory Series Four-Way Tables Match: Bully Ray vs. James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Robbie E
I could see three different winners for this match. Robbie E is not one of them. James Storm currently leads the Bound for Glory Series, while Hardy and Ray are hanging around the middle, and Robbie E is at the bottom. James Storm has been accused of being the mastermind behind the Aces and Eights group by numerous people. Aces and Eights said they were coming after Bully Ray tomorrow, so there is always the possibility that he may get taken out of this match because of their attack. I do not see that happening, however, because I see Ray winning this match. I think Aces and Eights will attack Ray after the match, and even attack Hardy and Robbie E as well, but continue to not touch Storm.
Prediction: Bully Ray wins and earns 20 points in the Bound for Glory Series
TNA Women’s Knockout Championship Match: Miss Tessmacher (c) vs. Madison Rayne
And the award for most ridiculous storyline in TNA right now goes to: Madison Rayne and Earl Hebner’s love affair. Honestly, it’s really stupid. If he is the referee in this match, that’s all the focus will be on. I really don’t care for Madison Rayne, and this storyline is not helping that situation at all.
Prediction: Madison Rayne wins the title if Hebner is the referee; Miss Tessmacher retains the title if Hebner is not the referee
Bound for Glory Series Four-Way Ladder Match: A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
This is the Bound for Glory Series Match that I am the most excited for. And why wouldn’t I be excited? We have Styles, Daniels, Angle, and Joe; four of the best workers in the business today. These four have the potential to steal the show. Unfortunately for the match itself, I think we may see a Claire Lynch appearance, which will distract Styles and take away from the match. Hopefully I am wrong on that and we only see Claire Lynch backstage or after the match, or even not at all. Hopefully nothing overshadows any of these four during this match, and hopefully they are given the time to have the amazing match that we all know they can have.
Prediction: Samoa Joe to get the win and earn 20 points in the Bound for Glory Series
TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Austin Aries (c) vs. Bobby Roode
I absolutely love this feud. Point blank. I was completely shocked when Aries won the title last month, as I was expecting Roode to hold the title until October and drop it to James Storm at Bound for Glory. I still see Roode vs. Storm happening at Bound for Glory, but now it’s now so clear on whether or not it will be for the title. A scenario: Aries retains tomorrow, and Roode is so distraught that he costs Storm the Bound for Glory Series crown ans sets up a match between them for Bound for Glory. I could see that happening, and I would actually prefer it, because I want Aries to have a lengthy reign as Champion. But, unfortunately, I do no see that happening. Roode vs. Storm at Bound for Glory will be for the title. The only question that remain is: When will Roode get the title back from Aries? The answer: Tomorrow.
Prediction: Bobby Roode wins the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Well, there you have it. Those are my predictions for Hardcore Justice tomorrow night. Leave feedback in the comment section below or on Twitter (@TheMichaelRiba).