We're just one day away from the second or third biggest PPV of the year, the celebration of 12 years of Total Nonstop Action. It is a shame that MVP got injured right in the midst of the compelling build-up to Young/MVP. There is still a lot to care about on the card though, so TNA has a good chance of making the show work even without our favorite Evil King.
The Von Erichs (Ross and Marshall w/ Kevin) vs. The Bro-Mans (Robbie and Jesse w/DJ Z) I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for a Lacey return here. Anyway, I'm going to blame the bros loss on the Menagerie. Winners: The Von Erichs
#1 Contenders Match: Austin Aries v. "The King of the Night" Kenny King Could go either way. Before the title match stipulation was put in, I expected Aries to win, then go on to win the X-title before Destination X to cash it in on MVP. I still expect that to happen, but now I'm expecting King to get a reign first. Winner: King
Mr. Anderson v. "The Cowboy" James Storm Mr. Anderson is nominally the face. Anderson has been making fun of drinking beer, and of cowboys, and the match is in Dallas, and Storm comes out to a Johnny Cash-like entrance song. Therefore, Storm is winning this and is getting a huge face pop, and will get revenge on Anderson for the asshole's secretly drinking water during the beer drinking contest stunt. Winner: Storm
Knockout's Championship: Gail Kim v. Angelina Love (c) w/ Velvet Sky Kim and Brittney don't have an issue with each other, so I'm expecting a relatively clean finish here. Winner: Angelina Love
Ladder Match for the X-Division Championship: Manik v. Tigre Uno v. Crazzy Steve v. Eddie Edwards v. Davey Richards v. Sanada (c) Unless Manik is Aries under a mask again, Sanada retains, to set up his next match with Aries or King. Sanada continues to bring honor to his mentor, the Great Muta. Winner: Sanada
Willow w/"The Monster" Abyss v. Magnus w/Bram Willow is less focused on winning than Hardy is. Willow, the walking nightmare, is a creature of chaos. Winner: Magnus
#1 Contender's Match: "The Samoan Submission Machine" v. "The Boss" Bobby Lashley Considering that Lashley still has an unused title shot from Thanksgiving 2009 laying around, and he pinned the champion on Impact, I fail to see why he needs to beat Joe to move to the main event. Its not as if Joe ever wins anyway. Winner: Bobby Lashley
Texas Death Match: Ethan Carter III w/Rockstar Spud v. Bully Ray I think ECIII's winning streak ends here. If the game plan is ultimately a babyface Ethan redeeming Dixie and defeating MVP, then the time is right to move Ethan into a more sympathetic position by making him deal with vulnerability. Also, Kurt Angle is scheduled to be in the building tonight, so he might be looking for revenge on ECIII. Winner: Bully Ray
TNA Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement by Kurt Angle After Sting and Angle, the next two likely inductees were Styles and Jarrett. Styles is out of the company, and Jarrett is now making yet another company. Who does that leave? Christian Cage is a possible. Abyss would make sense if he didn't have the monster thing going on right now. Hardy doesn't seem to be quite at the Hall of Fame level for TNA in particular yet. Gail Kim or Kong could work as a nod to the Knockouts Division, or Christopher Daniels for the X-Division. Most of their other options are people lacking star-power, or are people lacking significant TNA careers. Lacking any clear frontrunner, I will go with my original guess. Inductee: "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Steel Cage: King/Aries v. Joe/Lashley v. "Just Crazy Enough" Eric Young (c) I don't see MVP wanting to fight Lashley for the belt, so this match is light on interference, and Young retains so that MVP can get a shot at him later on. If MVP is expected to return to action soon, he might even win the belt in an impromptu brief match after the main event. Winner: Eric Young
A few changes since the last episode of Impact and what's on the PPV card. That always helps people want to support you TNA!
MAIN EVENT: WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP STEEL CAGE MATCH This Sunday, Samoa Joe is scheduled to face Bobby Lashley and Austin Aries is scheduled to challenge Kenny King. We can now report that the winners of each of those bouts will then be added to Sunday’s Main Event against TNA World Champion Eric Young – creating a Three Way Steel Cage Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Title.
Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe Lashley goes into the Steel Cage.
Austin Aries vs. Kenny King King goes into the Steel Cage.
EY beats them both. Somehow.
TEXAS DEATH MATCH: EC3 vs. Bully Ray I could see this going either way really. So I'll pick E3.
Kurt Angle will announce the next TNA Hall Of Fame Inductee So far the Hall of Fame has Sting and Kurt Angle. Um, I'd say AJ Styles but he's gone. Or Jeff Jarrett, but he's gone. Or even Christian, but he's gone. As for guys still there or that I could see them bringing in for it, Jeff Hardy? I guess? Samoa Joe? I'll guess Jeff Hardy.
Ladder Match For The X Division Championship: Manik vs. Tigre Uno vs. Crazzy Steve vs. Sanada vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Davey Richards It's too early for Crazzy Steve to win a belt I think. The extra Z is because he's extra crazy I guess. They'll probably leave the belt on Sanada.
Knockouts Championship: Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim Angelina Love.
Willow vs. Magnus Willow.
"Cowboy" James Storm vs. Mr. Anderson Hopefully Storm. I can't stand Mr. Anderson anymore.
The Von Erich Family to appear I went by the website, and that's all they had listed, no match. If there is The Von Erichs (Ross and Marshall w/ Kevin) vs. The Bro-Mans (Robbie and Jesse w/DJ Z) then I'll predict Bro-Mans, because who cares about two guys I've never heard of? And sure, Lacey returning would be nice. So long as we don't have to suffer seeing her wrestle.
I haven't been following TNA closely enough to predict anything anymore, but it seems like Ken Shamrock would be a valid and available choice for the Hall of Fame. He was the first ever TNA champion, after all.
Wait, there is a TNA Hall of Fame and Jeff Jarrett isn't already in it? I don't know much about the TNA vs. Jarrett situation, I assume there is bad blood there, but a TNA Hall of Fame with no Jarrett is like a WWE Hall of Fame with no Hogan.
After Jarrett, Styles makes the most sense but I don't know if he is on good terms with TNA either. Shamrock is a pretty good choice. Raven is also in that Sting/Angle/Christian category of bringing notoriety to TNA even if it was on a smaller scale.
If you want to give a nod to the tag team division then you could induct America's Most Wanted if you can dig up Chris Harris somewhere. And what about the Dudleys? They have been there for a decade now.
Originally posted by QuezzyWait, there is a TNA Hall of Fame and Jeff Jarrett isn't already in it? (...) After Jarrett, Styles makes the most sense but I don't know if he is on good terms with TNA either. (...) And what about the Dudleys? They have been there for a decade now.
The Dudleys (Team 3D) went into the TNA Hall of Fame this weekend. Not sure if that means Devon is back in TNA now or not.
The entirety of the TNA Hall consists of Sting, Angle, and now Team 3D. Jarrett is starting another wrestling company so TNA isn't going to honour him anytime soon. And they couldn't come to terms with Styles when he deal ran out - I dunno if that puts them on bad terms when he's likely happier working New Japan and indies instead anyway.
I like that we have prediction threads for shows where nobody cares about the results.
I am PUMPED for Mania this year. I never thought I would be excited for Cena/Tista, but MAN that was an epic promo. Batista is now 2-0 against Cena (or 2-1 if you count the DQ), has broken his neck, owned him every week on the mic and in the ring...