The final TNA PPV of the year took place on Sunday 9th December at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. Will TNA end the year on a high? Let's take a look.
We start with Cowboy James Storm coming out and talking about the situation involving Aces and Eights attacking Jeff Hardy. Storm is about to call out Bobby Roode when Kazarian comes out and slags off Storm, mocking him for being an alcoholic. Storm challenges him to a match and when Kazarian refuses, Storm goes after him and a referee turns up, resulting in a bonus match.
Kazarian versus James Storm is the first match and Kazarian gets the momentum relatively early and dominates most of the match. Kazarian hits a springboard legdrop and focuses on Storm's head and neck to keep the momentum. Storm makes his comeback hitting an Alabama slam followed by closing time. The end comes when Storm tries for the last call but Kazarian pulls the referee in the way. This gives Kazarian the chance to go for the fade to black. However, Storm manages to get out of it and hit the last call to get the victory. It was a good fast paced match and a good way to start the PPV.
Winner: James Storm
The X-Division Championship is on the line as Kenny King challenges Rob Van Dam. As with most X-Division matches, there are a lot of high flying offense and the usual moves from RVD. King does a cool move where he stops RVD from doing a splash by dropkicking him from the top turnbuckle, sending RVD down to the crowd barrier. RVD makes a comeback doing his usual moves such as the Rolling Thunder and he tries the 5-star frog splash but misses. RVD gets the win when he does a body scissors into a pin. It was a good match and I was surprised by the way that RVD won the match as I'm so used to RVD winning the match with the 5-star frog splash.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Predictions: 1 for 1
After an interview with Christopher Daniels, we get the Tag Team Championship match as Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan challenging Chavo Geurrero and Hernandez. First of all, why is Matt Morgan wearing a cape? It just looks weird. Anyway, back to the match. After a physical battle between Hernandez and Morgan, we get an impressive delayed vertical suplex on Hernandez on Ryan. Later on, Morgan and Ryan get to wear down Guerrero after Morgan picks him up and sends him head first into the top turnbuckle. Guerrero gets the hot tag to Hernandez after doing a head scissors to Ryan. Morgan tries to intervene but Guerrero hits a missile dropkick followed by Hernandez clotheslining him over the top rope. Guerrero hits the frogsplash and pins Ryan but Morgan pulls the referee out of the ring. This turned out to be a bad idea as it gets his team disqualified. The match was decent enough tho I thought the ending seemed off somehow.
Winners: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
Predictions: 1 for 2
The next match is between Bully Ray and Austin Aries in what could be a good match. Bully does a gutwrench fall away suplex early on before Aries is dominant for a while, mocking Hulk Hogan. Bully makes a comeback and hits a missile dropkick sending Aries to the other side of the ring. Aries tries for the brainbuster but it's reversed into the Bully Cutter for a 2 count. The action goes to the outside and Aries sends Bully head first into the steel steps, busting him open. Aries focuses his attack on Bully's wound and Brooke Hogan comes out to check on him. Aries drags her into the ring and starts intimidating her. Bully rescues her and gets her to go with Hulk Hogan when he arrives. Aries takes advantage of the confusion to hit a low blow then rolls Bully up for the win. While the match was not as good as their one earlier in the year, it was still a good match.
Winner: Austin Aries
Predictions: 1 for 3
The Knockouts Championship is on the line as Tara defends it against Mickie James. Early on, Mickie hits a Northern lights suplex and Jesse pulls Tara out of the ring to give her some breathing room. Mickie gets distracted by Jesse's presence and Tara takes advantage and wears Mickie down, during which Tara hits an airplane spin into a side slam. Mickie makes a comeback and stops Jesse from interfering. Tara seizes the opportunity and hits the Widow's Peak for the victory. It was a good match between two veterans and I thought that it told a good story.
Predictions: 2 for 4
The next match was a tag team match between Aces and Eights and the team of Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Wes Brisco and Garrett "Future of the Business" Bischoff. Aces and Eights get to wear down Joe before he gets the hot tag to Angle after taking down the 2 random members of Aces and Eights. Soon after, all the participants get involved and Angle gets the win with an Angle Slam. The match didn't have many highspots and it seemed to be a bit disappointing.
Winners: Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff
Predictions: 2 for 5
The penultimate match was between AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels for the last time (until the next time) in a match that I'm really looking forward to. The match begins with some technical chain wrestling and then later on, Daniels starts to focus on Styles' lower back, suplexing him onto the steel steps. Daniels applies a sleeper hold and Styles powers out of it and they collide in mid air, busting Styles open. Daniels goes for the BME but Styles moves out of the way and hits a flying forearm. Daniels tries, in vain, various ways to put Styles away and he gets hit with a reverse DDT. After some back and forth, Styles hits the Styles clash for a 2 count. Styles then goes for it from the top turnbuckle. However, Daniels manages to hold on to the rope, sending Styles flying. Daniels then hits a Styles Clash of his own to get the win. I really enjoyed the match and I loved the ending, especially as I thought Styles would win.
Winner: Christopher Daniels
Predictions: 2 for 6
The main event was Bobby Roode challenging Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Championship. Roode gets the early pin attempts then Hardy gets the momentum. The match goes back and forth and Hardy tries the twist of fate but Roode gets out of it and hits the Double A Spinebuster for a 2 count. Hardy finally manages to hit the twist of fate but Roode rolls out of the ring. Hardy attempts to do poetry in motion but Roode moves out of the way and Hardy goes flying into the crowd. The action goes back into the ring and Roode hits a spear for a 2 count. This is when Aces and Eights decide to pay a visit. If you remember, Roode implied that he paid them to help him out. However, they just stay in the crowd and when Roode is wondering why they're not doing anything, Hardy seizes the opportunity and hits the twist of fate to get the win. Afterwards, Aces and Eights come in and fuck Hardy, then Roode, up. It was a good match and it had an interesting end to the PPV.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Predictions: 3 for 7
I enjoyed Final Resolution. Most of the matches were good and they told some good stories. I think that 2012 was a good year for TNA and I hope they continue to improve in 2013.