First PPV of the year is tomorrow, so let's do this!
TNA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH JOEY RYAN & MATT MORGAN v. CHAVO GUERRERO & HERNANDEZ The end should finally be here for the Mexican contingent. Ryan and Morgan win the titles.
KNOCKOUTS #1 CONTEDER GAUNTLET MATCH GAIL KIM v. ODB v. MISS TESSMACHER v. MICKIE JAMES v. VELVET SKY They haven't even tried to hide that Velvet's getting the big-time push. She wins.
X DIVISION #1 CONTENDER TOURNAMENT FINALS KENNY KING v. CHRISTIAN YORK I'd love to see York win here, given how consistently good he's been since the Gut Check. But it looks like they're ready to finally give the ball to King, so I give it to him here.
X DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH ROB VAN DAM v. KING/YORK WINNER Kenny King finally breaks through here and wins the title.
JOSEPH PARK v. DEVON Here we go with a fresh batch of shitty Aces match. Devon wins with a belt shot.
CHRISTOPHER DANIELS v. "COWBOY" JAMES STORM AJ Styles comes back and turns on Storm. Daniels wins.
DOC v. STING Should be the Worst Match of the Year (so far). Sting wins.
TRIPLE THREAT ELIMINATION TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH JEFF HARDY v. BOBBY ROODE v. AUSTIN ARIES Jeff retains the title. Roode and Aries go on to form a GLORIOUS tag team.
EDIT: And evidently, I'm still stuck in last year, as that thread title should say Genesis 2013!
TNA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH JOEY RYAN & MATT MORGAN (87 Percent) v. CHAVO GUERRERO & HERNANDEZ (LAX 3.0)
I am rooting for the 87 Percent, but I expect the champs to retain.
Winners: LAX 3.0
KNOCKOUTS #1 CONTEDER GAUNTLET MATCH GAIL KIM v. ODB v. MISS TESSMACHER v. MICKIE JAMES v. VELVET SKY
I feel as if ODB still has something to say in her feud with Tara. Of course, if I were the TNA Director of Authority, I would forbid ODB from competing for a second title until she starts defending her Knockouts Tag Team titles. Please, can we have an Championship Thursday focused around the Knockouts Tag Titles! It would be a great opportunity to put Bad Influence in wigs. Or British Invasion. I recall British Invasion being very interested in the Knockouts Tag Division back in late 2009 when they did the one night new year's eve Knockouts Tournament.
X DIVISION #1 CONTENDER TOURNAMENT FINALS KENNY KING v. CHRISTIAN YORK
Kenny King apparantly was pretty alpha back in Ring of Honor. Plus, he has catchy music.
Winner: Kenny King
X DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH ROB VAN DAM v. KING/YORK WINNER
Hard match to call. I'm going with RVD followed by King turning overtly heel for realz.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
JOSEPH PARK v. DEVON
Always bet against Aces and Eights.
Winner: Joseph Park after some interference from Abyss.
CHRISTOPHER DANIELS v. "COWBOY" JAMES STORM
Could Daniels win a match!?
Winner: Christopher Daniels
DOC v. STING
Always bet against Aces and Eights.
TRIPLE THREAT ELIMINATION TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH JEFF HARDY v. BOBBY ROODE v. AUSTIN ARIES
I feel like Jeff's reign is just getting started. Once he overcomes the other champs of 2012, he can start facing down new challenges for the new year. The Enigmatic Assholes will collide when Jeff faces Anderson. After that he will face his biggest challenge in the Hogan-Ray faction.
KNOCKOUTS CONTENDERS GAUNTLET Mickie James Vs. Velvet Sky Vs. Brooke Tessmacher Vs. Gail Kim Vs. ODB - I like that they didn't force another title match and try to make contendership a big deal. I wish they had just done a big one on one match though. Mickie Vs. Velvet is the one I was thinking of. Oh well. I'll pick Velvet Sky to win and, if TNA is smart, they will not have her cash in on her title shot until Lockdown and then spend all that time in between building it up.
X DIVISION TOURNAMENT FINALS Kenny King Vs. Christian York - Kenny and York are the two hot new stars in the division at the moment, so it was wise to go with them to be in the finals. Hopefully they are able to have a good match together. Given that he has been more heelish lately, I will go with Kenny King to win it and then go on to face Rob Van Dam for the title.
X DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP Rob Van Dam -c- Vs. Kenny King - Personally, I would just have the winner of the tournament defeat Rob Van Dam. Have him in as the underdog having wrestled previously. Seems like a nice set up for that. So I'll go with Kenny King to win the X Title here and be the next centerpiece of the division.
TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez -c- Vs. Joey Ryan & Matt Morgan - I am a little surprised they didn't make this match No DQ considering the previous championship match between these teams ended in a DQ. Oh well. I have not enjoyed this Morgan/Ryan pairing,and hate Mex America 2. I expect Morgan and Ryan to win.BATTLE OF THE TNA ORIGINALS "Cowboy" James Storm Vs. Christopher Daniels - Should be a really good match and I am expecting this to be the sleeper hit of the show. The problem though is in the build up. It felt like Storm just made Daniels & Kaz look like jokers the whole time and they couldn't get over on him at all. Makes me think that Daniels is going to win because of that and like others, I am expecting AJ Styles to show up and cost Storm the match to set up their grudge match at Lockdown in March. We shall see if that happens.
REVENGE AGAINST THE ACES & EIGHTS Joseph Park Vs. Devon - The Aces & Eights have been bastardized lately. It feels like they lose all the time and can't get over on anybody (what they did with Mike Knox on Impact this week was ridiculous). Devon should win this match STING'S PPV RETURN "The Icon" Sting Vs. D.O.C. - Pretty much saying the same thing here as I did for the last match. The problem though is that there is no way on Earth DOC is going to win this one. Sting will win it because it is his return. Honestly though, if they wanted to be daring and again, put heat on their big heel stable, I'd have DOC go over and get a shock win. I guess it is a fine return match for Sting given the circumstances though.
TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: THREE WAY ELIMINATION MATCH "The Charismatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy -c- Vs. "The It Factor" Bobby Roode Vs. "The Greatest Man That Ever Lived" Austin Aries - Well Hardy is going to retain. I don't doubt that at all. So yes, Jeff Hardy retains. Because it is obviously a face win coming, it kind of feels like a throwaway PPV main event. However, with Roode & Aries mixed together for this one, I expect this match to be fun. Making it an elimination match also freshen things up a bit. I am not overly excited about Hardy's reign continuing because there just isn't anything interesting about it. But I expect a good main event here regardless.
So not a bad card, but hopefully they do something a bit dynamic with it to help it stand out a bit in execution.
Velvet - Cause there is no other choice here King - Seems to the better of the two RVD - Cause he gives the belt credibility still Chavo & Hernandez - Cause I think Joey Ryan & MAtt Morgan are due for a split Devon - cause Doc ain't gonna win Christopher Daniels - Gotta keep him looking strong for when AJ Styles comes back Sting - Cause he doesn't lose *Not Jeff Hardy - I think Hardy needs to move on to something else
I also predict a Hogan doing something stupid. Perhaps even both Hogans!
My only problem with the clip -- and it's my continuing problem with ROH -- is the announce team. The heel looks and sounds stoned, and the older gentlemen can't convey the emotions necessary to sell matches.