I thought I'd start the TNA PPV prediction thread a little earlier than Sunday afternoon for those wanting to make predictions... Hopefully the extra time will help!
X Division Championship Brian Kendrick vs. (c) "The Monster" Abyss - I think they'll let Kendrick have the X Division title to help push the idea that the X Division matters again (for the time being).
Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles - AJ Styles.
Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn - Rob Van Dam.
Samoa Joe vs. Kazarian - Samoa Joe.
Ultimate X for #1 Contendership Alex Shelley vs. Shannon Moore vs. Robbie E vs. Amazing Red - I'll pick Alex Shelley since his tag team partner is still? injured.
Winner Gets Contract Zema Ion vs. Jack Evans vs. Low-Ki vs. Austin Aries - Tough to predict who'll "get a job" by winning, but I'll go with Kaval Low-Ki.
X Division Championship Brian Kendrick vs. (c) "The Monster" Abyss This feud has been pretty bad and Kendrick looked like a dope on last night's Impact. If someone's knocking off Abyss, it isn't him. Abyss retains.
Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles This should be the match to end the show. Styles wins clean.
Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn Only in TNA would anyone think that booking RVD/Jerry Lynn in 2011 is a good idea. RVD wins.
Samoa Joe vs. Kazarian Even as Joe floats around aimlessly, I'd still think he's higher on the food chain than Kazarian. Joe wins.
Ultimate X for #1 Contendership Alex Shelley vs. Shannon Moore vs. Robbie E vs. Amazing Red Red wins, just so they can get Crimson mixed up with him and Abyss.
Winner Gets Contract Zema Ion vs. Jack Evans vs. Low-Ki vs. Austin Aries I continue to hear hype about Austin Aries, so I'll say he wins.
On paper this looks like a show that could actually deliver, so I'm sure TNA management will find all kinds of ways to ruin it which sucks because every match Abyss isn't in has potential to steal the show if it wasn't for bad morale and horrible booking.
Abyss, but Kendrick should be the winner. Styles, but if Daniels wills it this will be awesome. RVD in battle of the dinosaurs. Joe because He's a monster on a rampage. Kaz used to be so impressive. Red because he's the least buried of the 4. Evans because of the AAA connection, all 4 can be major players and in a perfect world would be part of a well operated promotion.
My main prediction is that I don't believe the X-Division will be left alone to showcase themselves, and TNA will successfully manage to undermine themselves at every turn. Therefore:
X Division Championship Brian Kendrick vs. (c) "The Monster" Abyss I think there will be run ins against Abyss to make it look like Kendrick might pull it out, but Abyss will win anyway.
Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles I really hope this will be a modern day classic, and that TNA gives it enough time and not 'help' it by having Steiner or equivalent run in. I think Daniels will win via some unknown chicanery.
Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn Rob Van Dam. He seems to win a lot in TNA.
Samoa Joe vs. Kazarian Joe should win this, but given the continued mishandling of him for such a long time, one can only assume there is someone of weight backstage that does not rate him. Maybe Russo himself? Anyway Kazarian wins and the match is too short.
Ultimate X for #1 Contendership Alex Shelley vs. Shannon Moore vs. Robbie E vs. Amazing Red Absolutely no idea here. Shelly would be a good pick. Shannon Moore is meh. I don't know who Robbie E is, so I'll pick Amazing Red. He's been good in these matches before.
Winner Gets Contract Zema Ion vs. Jack Evans vs. Low-Ki vs. Austin Aries I like both Aries and Low Ki, but both have been there before and were embroiled in backstage issues, no? I don't know the other two, so I'll pick Jack Evans! (SHOCKING SWERVE~!).
TNA is so unreliable that I'm doing two sets of predictions, what I hope happens, and what they'll likely do.
Abyss Vs. Kendrick What I Hope: Abyss beats Kendrick fairly quickly, but Kendrick's words make him want to be a true champion. So he issues an open challenge to anyone who wrestled tonight. Daniels comes out and wins the belt.
What They'll do: Abyss wins even after several X-Division run ins.
Daniels Vs Styles What I hope: Daniels wins. Styles doesn't need it, and it sets up for later.
What they'll do: Daniels screws AJ and joins Immortal. He said, "I'll shake the hand of my best friend when the match is over".
RVD Vs Lynn What I hope: Screw the haters. This isn't like Hogan Vs Sting. Both guys can still go even if they aren't what they once were. Lynn finally gets a win over RVD.
What they'll do: RVD
Joe Vs Kaz What I hope: Joe in a good but dominating match.
What they'll do: Kaz to continue Joe's losing streak.
Ultimate X I hope: Shelley even though I hate using tag wrestlers to fill this division.
They'll do: They seem to like Red and he's the only other credible choice.
Ion Vs Evans Vs Low Ki Vs Aries I hope: Anyone but Ion. This is the match even TNA can't screw up. Right?? I'll pick Aries because he has nothing left to do in ROH and deserves a new chance.
They'll do: Low Ki. He has the history with the company and the division. Also a good chance of Immortal running in and making this a no contest so that nobody gets a contract.
Also on Impact they said that Doug Williams is making an open challenge.
I hope: Desmond Wolfe comes back.
They'll do: No idea. Homicide makes sense with their current feud, but I doubt it. Petey Williams?
Yeah I don't see all kinds of run ins or anything. I think this will be a night where the X division guys get the spotlight before being ignored again. My predictions are Styles over Daniels in a thirty minute classic. Daniels turns heel after the match. RVd Vs Lynn I'm gonna go with Rvd in a real good match. Abyss over Kendrick in the only bad match of thew night. TNA has no clue what to do with Kendrick. I'd turn him heel and get him a bodyguard. Red wins ulimate X and gets squashed by Abyss next month. Petey Williams over Doug Williams. Austin Aries wins the four way which should be a fantastic match. Joe over Kaz in another really good match. This will surely be the best TNA PPV of the year and I'm looking forward to it.
Originally posted by graves9 Abyss over Kendrick in the only bad match of thew night. TNA has no clue what to do with Kendrick. I'd turn him heel and get him a bodyguard.
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It wouldn't be a bad idea to have him beat Abyss by getting in his head and then having Abyss as the bodyguard. Then the logical follow up would be to have Red win Ultimate X and have Crimson in his corner. They love Crimson, so that's something that would make sense (yeah I know, TNA).
Actually looking forward to this PPV, something I haven't done for TNA since the ECW-led PPV (Hardcore Justice or Hardcore Country or whatever they called it).
Abyss over Kendrick via Book-shot (Art of War) Styles over Daniels RVD over Jerry Lynn in a match that will steal the show from AJ and Chris Kaz over Joe Alex Shelley wins the Gauntlet X Jack Evans (personal pick)
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X Division Championship Brian Kendrick vs. (c) "The Monster" Abyss Winner: Abyss
Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles
If Immortal didn't already have a full slate of guys, I would want Daniels to align with Bully Ray and win. Fourtune doesn't really work with five guys, and the Daniels/Styles feud from late 2009 still is too fresh in my memory for me to buy into the Daniels/Styles friendship gimmick. The turn might still happen anyway, but I will go with the safer pick. Winner: AJ Styles
Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn Winner: Rob Van Dam
Samoa Joe vs. Kazarian Winner: Samoa Joe
Ultimate X for #1 Contendership Alex Shelley vs. Shannon Moore vs. Robbie E vs. Amazing Red
I would love to see Robbie E fistbump his way to victory, or Shannon Moore winning via Hardy-ference, but I don't expect either to happen here. Winner: Alex Shelly
Winner Gets Contract Zema Ion vs. Jack Evans vs. Low-Ki vs. Austin Aries Winner: Low-Ki
Douglas Williams' Open Challenge Winner: Douglas Williams
All in all, I am more interested in this PPV than I have been in any since Bound for Glory.
For whatever it's worth, living in Virginia Beach I just saw a local commercial for SummerSlam (which will take place in Norfolk on July 2nd), and they announced a couple of matches for the pay-per-view.