TNA No Surrender 2012 Predictions – September 9, 2012 – Predictions from Smartasses Magazine Senior Editor- Johnny Video.
TNA No Surrender 2012 Predictions | Pay Per View Predictions – SA Magazine
With No Surrender, for once, we go into a TNA Pay Per View with more questions than answers. Normally, that’s a good thing, because we all like surprises- but I’m not so sure that the current group of questions contain answers that anyone has any passion for. Vince Russo’s story lines often never even had a conclusion, but hey, at least they were exciting… and involved more than the same thirteen people over and over.
TNA Knockouts Championship
Miss Tessmacher (c) vs. Tara
A “suspension of reality” may be the perfect segue when considering this match. With respect to Gail Kim, (I.E. Mount Olympus’ quintessential Goddess of Wrestling) what we have here is arguably the greatest female wrestler of all time in Tara… being expected to lose to arguably one of the worst female wrestlers of all time- Miss Tessmacher. If that isn’t “Suspended Reality”, I don’t know what is. As far as predicting this match, I believe it boils down to whether you believe that TNA is going to rebuild the Knockouts Division, or continue to let it wither away. My bet is on the former. I see Madison Rayne and Gail Kim interfering in this somehow, in some big convoluted mess, that will not only create a Knockouts Championship rematch of Tessmacher vs Gail Kim or Madison Rayne at Bound For Glory, but will also make the Women’s Tag Team titles relevant again. I see all the ingredients… I’m just not sure how TNA is going to blend them just yet.
Winner: Miss Tessmacher
X Division Championship
Zema Ion (c) vs. Sonjay Dutt
To kind of continue the sentiment outlined in the preface above, it is without question that TNA has quietly (or not so quietly) downsized itself since Bruce Pritchard took over creative control a few months ago. Matt Morgan, Alex Shelley, Ric Flair, Winter, Angelina Love, and Velvet Sky have all recently left the company. The Knockouts and Tag Team Divisions are all but a shell of their former selves, and hell, there is even talk now of ditching the TV Title (which would be a big mistake) now that Devon has left the company. In a way, this makes the writing much, much easier- which is perhaps why TNA is now on a nice solid run of storylines that actually seem linear, and reach a conclusion. But aside of the obvious reason that there is simply “less” to write, think of it this way- in today’s society, students in room #1 of a high school may never even meet the people sitting in room #222 because the school is much too large. Conversely however, back in the day when schools consisted of only one schoolroom, obviously, every person in that school related to every other person sitting in it… because there was only one room. It’s called “relevance by default”… which is the writing style TNA seems to love to employ, now that we’re deep into the Bruce Pritchard era. That alone explains exactly why TNA can put a match like this on the card, with zero buildup, zero backstory, and with a person (Dutt) who isn’t even on the active roster- and consider it “relevant”. And hey, when Destination X 2013 rolls around, thanks to relevance-by-default… we’ll have this match to look back on.
Winner: Zema Ion
RVD vs. Magnus
I am hoping, that we are finally winding down with RVD’s tenure in TNA. I mean, let’s face it, the guy may be one of the most wooden characters to ever hit the screen since Pinocchio, so I doubt too many people would really mind if that is the case. Aside of the few people in the iMPACT Zone with an I.Q. below 98 who enjoy thumbing at their own shoulders and shouting “R-V-D”, the only people who truly believe that RVD is ‘over’ in TNA… is TNA. On the other side of the card, it looks to me like Magnus is going to be getting a push. Some would call it long overdue, however, my beef is that if TNA knew this was coming, I wish they would have had the foresight to not job him out so gratuitously during the BFG series. He could have at least kicked out of a few finishers if they really wanted us to take him seriously. But hey, this is wrestling, right? “Suspended Reality” is often the name of the game. Most people believe that TNA is going to expect us to indeed suspend reality, citing that Magnus is poised to win this. But that’s the WWE approach. I think TNA is smarter than that. Instead, look for RVD to indeed get the win, for Magnus to hit him with some post-bell cheap shots, and then ensue to ruin Samoa Joe’s BFG Semi-Final later on in the night. They’re building for Magnus to be more of a pest who is too big for his britches right now, as opposed to a legitimate contender, which is exactly why he didn’t kick out more often this Summer. He’s a jobber who’s barking up the wrong trees.
Tag Team Title Match
Daniels & Kazarian (c) vs. A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle
If this were the WWE, I would say that based on Kaz & Daniels being pretty much “busted” in their cheat-to-win victory on Thursday, that it would indicate their ensuing loss on this Sunday’s Pay Per View. But (thankfully) TNA doesn’t employ the same make-sure-a-toddler-can-follow-the-story type logic that WWE does. TNA’s writing drops the ball a lot, but at least it’s not the professional wrestling equivalent of the Timbertoes in Highlights Magazine. With that said, not only is Kurt Angle legitimately injured, I think there’s a bigger payoff for A.J. Styles and this feud waiting for him at Bound For Glory, that will probably have nothing to do with the tag belts.
Winner: Kazarian & Daniels
Bound for Glory Series Semifinal Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe
TNA has wanted the entire BFG series to come down to “Samoa Joe or James Storm?” since day one. The fact that Jeff Hardy sneaked in a submission victory over the Submission Machine on Thursday just tells me they want Samoa Joe to have all the more “motivation” for a win on Sunday, and tells me that my theory was correct. Too bad Magnus is going to ruin all that.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Bound for Glory Series Semifinal Match
James Storm vs. Bully Ray
Bully Ray has signed his contract. So you can remove that from the equation. With that said, I look for Bully Ray and James Storm to be a huge feud for 2013, and in order for that to happen properly (for both individuals as workers) it needs to involve the belt. For me, a number of things could happen here to build to this:
1- It could be revealed that Bully Ray has been the leader of Aces & Eights all along. TNA kind of abandoned that aspect of the story line a couple of weeks ago, so I don’t think that’s likely going to happen. Besides, I think the leader is someone else.
2- Bobby Roode could come down and ruin the match for Storm, in much the same manner that I believe Magnus is going to ruin things for Samoa Joe. Although that would indeed give us the Roode vs Storm match we’ve all been wanting at Bound For Glory, as well as giving us a bona-fide heel for Aries to face (assuming that Bully Ray would beat Hardy in the final), I just believe that Roode vs Storm would be a bit meaningless without the belt involved, and Bully Ray vs Austin Aries just seems too “meh”.
3- Any other Storm-Roode-Bully Ray-Aces & Eights scenario you can come up with on your own.
For me… even if it would be a greatly watered down version of the best-scenario “Final BFG Chapter”, as opposed to if they had just kept the belt on Bobby Roode the entire time, I still firmly believe that somehow we are still going to see Storm vs Roode for the Heavyweight title at Bound For Glory. Whether or not it plays out that way, and despite all of the current “what ifs?” floating around out there, I cannot help but stay focused on the one thing that I have been sure of all year- and that is that James Storm will be winning the title at BFG.
Winner: James Storm
Bound For Glory Series Final Match
Looks like it’s Jeff Hardy versus James Storm. And unless Bobby Roode has been the leader of Aces & Eights all along…
Winner: James Storm
Austin Aries vs. The Big Guy From Aces and Eights
“The Big Guy From Aces & Eights”. “The Arm Breaker”. Whichever moniker you prefer, it’s the “leader” of Aces & Eights versus TNA’s best, and it’s up to you to decide whether this is David vs Goliath, or Achilles vs Hector. I’m banking on the latter. Despite the ironic congruence with the whole Ares-Greek Mythology connection, not unlike Hector, I think we’re going to see a very battered A-Double being dragged through the streets of the iMPACT Zone by the entire Aces & Eights clan, to a point where he will be unable to compete- leaving the door wide open for Bobby Roode to sweep in on the September 13 episode of iMPACT Wrestling, and win the vacated belt in a Battle Royale… giving us the Roode vs Storm match we wanted all along. Don’t be surprised when “The Arm Breaker” is revealed to be Abyss either (even though it was not Abyss playing him under the mask, I do believe it was Abyss’ altered voice we’ve been hearing), and don’t be shocked to learn that Roode and Abyss have been in cahoots with one another since Bobby lost to Aries in his rematch.
Winner: Aces & Eights
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