Total Non-Stop Action returns to pay per view on August 12th with Hardcore Justice. Here is the card for the event along with my predictions.
For the X-Division Championship:
[champion] Zema Ion vs. Kenny King
I hope I’m not the only person who feels that Kenny King outshines Zema Ion in every possible way. Whether it be competing in the ring or cutting a promo, King is probably the best in the X-Division. Now, I realize that Jesse Sorensen is gunning for Ion and the championship for whenever he returns, which will be sometime in 2013, I assume. It’s going to be a long four to six months if Ion doesn’t lose the championship during that time. I rooting for King to prevail here and win the strap, but I don’t see it happening this soon. Ion retains the championship this go around.
Kid Kash & Gunner vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez
So, TNA signs Chavo Guerrero Jr. and puts him right straight in the midcard. There is nothing wrong with that. Though, the way they promoted him it seemed like he was going to be a bigger deal. I like that Hernandez is working with Chavo and this should be a surprisingly solid tag team match. Also, recently Kash has been doing some great promo work very much similar to his first run with the company. I’m picking Chavo and Hernandez to pull this one out.
For the TNA Knockouts Championship:
[champion] Miss Tessmacher vs. Madison Rayne
I’m not all that interested in the Earl Hebner/Madison Rayne angle that has been going on as of late. The main thing I can get out of this angle is that Hebner will help Rayne with winning the championship although he has just been doing his job. So, there can be some kind of mass confusion on the whole situation. Thus, I’m picking Rayne to win the championship. I’m thinking a referee gets knocked out and Hebner comes in to count the pinfall.
Bound For Glory Series: Falls Count Anywhere
Mr. Anderson vs. Rob Van Dam vs. The Pope vs. Magnus
We can toss Pope out of the mix here since he has seven points. This comes down to three guys and my pick may be surprising. I’m not big on Mr. Anderson and I don’t expect him to be in the final four. I’m also not expecting Rob Van Dam to be in the mix come October. I say that mainly because he hasn’t looked exactly motivated in over a year or so. So, I’m hoping that TNA decides to give Magnus that big win that could push him up the card. I’m a big Magnus fan as he has the complete package to be a main event guy for TNA. It’s probably unlikely, but I’m going with Magnus to get a big twenty points.
Bound For Glory Series: Tables Match
Jeff Hardy vs. James Storm vs. Bully Ray vs. Robbie E
Boy, doesn’t Robbie E just stick out like a sore thumb here. Surely, he will be the guy going through a table. Bully Ray’s contract is nearing the end (three weeks, reportedly) but that may not play a role into the finish here since he got a clean win over Storm on the most recent Impact. Judging by what has been going on recently on Impact, I think we will see Jeff Hardy walk out the victor after putting Robbie E through a table. The win would put Hardy at 55 points and he would second in points. That seems like the most likely outcome here.
Bound For Glory Series: Ladder Match
AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Samoa Joe
This should be a classic pay per view match. Styles and Daniels are capable of doing some great spots and Kurt Angle is just insane. I mean that as a good thing. I don’t see Daniels entering the top four as a victory would bring him to the third spot. I also don’t see Kurt Angle getting the win a he would just jump up to first place from the third spot. Samoa Joe is fine at 54 points and a win would just give him a cushion at number one. AJ Styles is just at 16 points and is far behind. Twenty points would bring him to the fifth spot. I think a guy like Styles, who is pretty much the face of TNA, should get he victory here to get some momentum in the BFG Series. Thus, I’m picking Styles to earn a very important twenty points.
For the TNA World Heavyweight Championship:
[champion] Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode
For a long time I thought Bobby Roode would be the guy to enter Bound For Glory as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. After hearing that TNA sent out posters promoting Aries as a former champion, that makes me think Roode will be champion even more. It’s too bad that they added the no rematch clause, either. If Roode were to win, that means Aries is out of the title picture for probably the rest of the year. I’ve been greatly entertained by Aries and feel like he should keep the strap for awhile. But, I’m sticking to my feeling that Roode is going to be champion for Bound For Glory. I hope I’m wrong, though.
Those are my predictions for TNA Hardcore Justice. Feel free to leave your own predictions on the event. Also, if you purchase the event this Sunday, I hope you enjoy the show.
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