Eric Young vs. A1 When was this announced? Eric Young -- obviously. And possibly a fire will break out.
Petey Williams vs. Jay Lethal Really? This is another surprise for me -- I thought for sure Lethal & Dutt would be part of the 8-team tag match. Um. I'll say Williams due to a Jackass-style stunt going awry and Lethal getting his dick stapled to something.
TRIPLE CHANCE TAG TEAM BATTLE ROYAL AMW, The James Gang, The Naturals, The Paparazzi, Diamonds In The Rough, Bentley and Kazarian, The Truth and Lance Hoyt, Shark Boy and Norman Smiley Apparently, this will be like a Battle Royal, and once it's down to the final two, they get their partners back and it turns into a tag match. Truth and Hoyt??? That's SO WEIRD. Anyway, this is clearly here for the Nats to win -- and clearly they'll be in the final 2 -- but I think it might lead to something more interesting between them and Shane if they lose. It's tough to think who else could use the win, though. AMW will lose due to "mis-communication." DitR and Sharkey and Smiley are just there to fill space. B&K would be interesting, but no. Actually, you know what? I'm going to predict Truth and Hoyt pull the surprise upset and go on to get defeated by LAX.
Abyss vs. Raven vs. Runt The TNA site isn't listing any stips, which is kinda weird. I'll predict some sort of no-contest leading to a House of Fun or Monster's Ball match at BFG.
Rhino vs. Christian Cage This is just a grudge match, right? Not a #1 contender's match? Rhino wins when Sting shows up and distracts Christian.
X DIVISION TITLE MATCH - Senshi (c) vs. Chris Sabin This is also hard -- Senshi's had, like, the most uneventful title reign I've seen in a long time. Um, ok: Senshi wins, Jerry Lynn is pissed at Sabin for being a goofball and not focusing on the match enough. Sonjay Dutt capers.
FAN'S REVENGE MATCH - Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe Joe wins. I know, it would be AWESOME if there was a SHOCKING SWERVE and all, and it turns out that one of the lumberjacks was BUFF BAGWELL (you'd thing the top hat would have tipped someone off!) or something, and I'm half expecting it, but I refuse to let myself believe that TNA would make Samoa Joe's first pinfall loss be to JJ.
FIRST-EVER ULTIMATE X MATCH FOR THE NWA WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES The Latin American Exchange (c) vs. AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels I really want to say LAX wins -- but Styles and Daniels have just been getting CRUSHED in this feud -- I mean, absolutely BRUTALIZED. If they then go on to lose their "signature match" -- well, I just don't know.
But, you know what? Fuck it. LAX wins (Konnan uses a slapjack on a gringo; Hernandez hurls Homicide up to the belts).
***EDIT! Oh, and I'll predict that the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT is Goldberg.
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LAX vs. Styles/Daniels - Styles and Daniels winning really does nothing. LAX winning basically cements them and makes them the heel team to beat for the tag titles. LAX are the hottest and freshest thing going on in TNA at the moment. Having them lose is retarded. However, as much as I want to say LAX, it feels like Styles and Daniels are being setup to win.
Joe vs. Jarrett - Russo is booking this match. What does that mean? An overbooked as all hell finish. Even more overbooked than the typical crappy TNA PPV main events. I fully expect Russo to be one of the lumberjacks and to interfere to get himself over as a character again and upstage everyone else. What's ridiculous to me is that this is the first time Joe and Jarrett are facing each other one on one and it has this dumb gimmick. Lame. I predict Jarrett wins with the screwjob. Or hell, they might even have Joe win with a screwjob. The only thing that would surprise me here is a clean finish.
Senshi vs. Sabin - As far as I can tell this is the first time this match is ever taking place. What's sad is, even less than a year ago, this match would've been a big deal, and it would've been awesome and highly anticipated by TNA's fanbase. Not the case this year. The X division has turned to crap, it's a complete and utter joke. Senshi as the X division champion has been on TV less than pretty much everyone. He dropped his first loss to Sonjay Dutt on Xplosion with no mention by TNA at all. This is absolutely ridiculous. I want this match to be awesome. I want to love it, but all the circumstances surrounding it just make me apathetic. TNA clearly doesn't care about this match, why should I? What scares me is that with Russo around, he's probably going to push this Jackass crap even further. I think Senshi wins this.
Rhino vs. Christian - It's still hilarious to me how through all this, Sting has basically ignored Christian. Isn't Christian you know upset about that? Well TNA did this instead. I think Christian will win with some kind of heelish screwiness.
Eric Young vs. A1 - This was announced on TNA's website. That's the story with usually about half the matches on their PPV cards these days. Eric Young wins, and I think we will never again see A1. Unless Russo decides to give him a man of the jungle and wilderness conservationist gimmick or something.
Petey Williams vs. Jay Lethal - I think Williams gets the win back here. I feel bad for Petey. I think he's a decent worker and gets unfairly crapped on a lot. But the Team Canada dissolve has messed him up, he really does nothing at all besides the clusterfuck match wins or whatever.
Tag team battle royal - I dunno, I kind of thought this would be the place where Team 3D returns. Is there no mystery slot for this? Maybe one team will get taken out and they replace them. That's what I was predicting. If not, I guess the Naturals win it.
Abyss vs. Raven vs. Runt - if there aren't stipulations yet, my prediction is that they announce them on the pre-show. TNA has a habit of doing that with Abyss's matches, making them no DQ basically right before the PPV. However, the ones that are regular rules, it seems the refs don't do jack when they do bring in the chairs or chains.
I'm wondering what the main event will be. If it's Ultimate X, I think that something screwy is going to happen with Jarrett/Joe.
This really feels like WCW in October 1999. With Dixie Carter playing the Bill Busch role. Jeff Jarrett playing the Eric Bischoff/Hulk Hogan role. Vince Russo playing Vince Russo.
I honestly wonder what Jeff Jarrett is thinking right now and has to say for himself. This recent overhaul, where TNA is at the moment, it's all because of him really.
Eric Young over A-1 - He's actually on the show and over.
Jay Lethal over Petey Williams - They REALLY need to decide who they want to push in this division and get behind them. Jay is young, fresh, and really wins the crowd over when given the chance. Petey is, in my mind, kinda stale and bland outside of his finisher. Jay wins via shenanigans involving a lame movie tie-in.
8-man tag-team insanity - I'd really like to see Paparazzi get a nod here cuz I'm a huge Shelly mark, but I think they will push the Naturals here...to get fed to LAX after...
LAX over Styles/Daniels - LAX is way too hot to drop the belts right now. Much love for Styles and Daniels and I actually hope they stick together as a tag team and give the X-division a little while longer to make a new breakout star/stars.
Joe over Jarret - I really wish this was for the title, but oh well. Fans and Joe get revenge, but with Jarrett involved the ending will be over-booked and sloppy, Maybe even a DQ.
Runt over Abyss and Raven - Establishes his "giant-killer" character in TNA while letting both other guys save face because it is a 3-way. Abyss wins the gimmick rematch at BfG.
Christian over Rhino - If neither Christian or Joe gets a title before BfG, the biggest show of the year, they really should go against each other with both undefeated streaks on the line.
Senshi over Sabin - Sabin is just way too bland. Hopefully Senshi gets some more TV time before BfG, as I really do think the guy could get crazy over.
Eric Young over A1 Jay Lethal over Petey Williams Alex Shelley & Johnny Devine win the Battle Royal Raven over Brother Runt & Abyss Rhino over Christian Cage TNA World X-Division Champion Senshi over Chris Sabin Samoa Joe over Jeff Jarrett AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels over NWA World Tag Team Champions Homicide & Hernandez
I was in attendance for the ROH show the next night in Northeast Philly. It was Kobashi and Homicide vs. Samoa Joe and Low Ki and it was off the charts. The chops were flying and the stiffness was evident.