MCNEILL'S TAKE Who's Watching Tonight? Just-us! : McNEILL previews TNA Hardcore Justice 2012
Aug 12, 2012 - 5:30:05 PM
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By Pat McNeill, PWTorch columnist
Wake the pets and call the neighbors. It's time for our monthly TNA Wrestling pay-per-view preview column!
DISCLAIMER: Projections are made by myself and for myself with absolutely no assistance from Eric Bischoff, Brother Love, Dave "I Want Wrestling" Lagana or anybody else in Carter Country. Projections are not predictions, because this is the column where everything's made up and the points don't matter. No TNA employees have been harmed in the writing of this column. This preview has been sealed in a mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnall's porch since noon today. Some of our departing contestants will receive the Pathfinder Revolution LT wheeled luggage set. High performance luggage with style and quality, Pathfinder is best of the best for experienced travelers. Furnished by Paragon Luggage. And remember, if you land on "Bankrupt", you lose your cash but not your prizes, 'cause once you buy a prize, it's yours to keep. This is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, please, no wagering. This lineup is based on the best available information as of this writing. Also remember that my projections are based on what I would do if I had control over Total Nonstop Action, unless it's not funny enough.
Tonight is Hardcore Justice. This month, we have three hardcore matches that are part of the Bound For Glory Series. So the stipulations and pairings are pretty much random, which is want you always want when planning a big pay-per-view. The other big story is the continuing onslaught of Aces and Eights. They're the world's worst-dressed motorcycle gang, and they're attacking top stars. They've threatened Bully Ray going into tonight's event.
Before we talk about tonight's matches, let's go on to this week's Wrestling History Lesson. Twenty years ago, on August 2, 1992, World Championship Wrestling headed to Baltimore, Maryland for a big television taping. Vader was scheduled to defend the WCW World Title against Sting, but Sting was attacked and injured by Jake "The Snake" Roberts. So the title shot fell into the lap of Ron Simmons. For the call of the action, let's go to Jim Ross & Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
Here's the main event of last week's episode of TNA Xplosion, and it's a doozy. Bully Ray takes on Christopher Daniels in a Bound For Glory series matchup. Jeremy Borash and "Irish" Pat Kenney are on commentary.
Five years ago, at Hard Justice 2007, the pay-per-view kicked off with thrilling X Division action. Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt battled The Motor City Machine Guns and Christopher Daniels & Senshi in a triple threat tag team shootout. Mike Tenay and Don West had the call.
On with the projections!
Zema Ion vs. Kenny King (TNA X Division Title): It seems like we just got done with that whole X Division tournament to crown a new champion. Wait, we just DID get done with that a month ago. Projection? Hairspray. Gory Bomb. Zema is your winner.
Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez vs. Gunner & Kid Kash: The new and improved Mexican America faces the new and improved Ink Inc. See how easy it is to make new tag teams? Projection? Chavito pins Kid Kash with a frog splash.
Brooke Tessmacher vs. Madison Rayne (TNA Knockouts Title): It looks like the champion has a clear advantage here. Unless Madison's boyfriend, senior referee Earl Hebner, is somehow officiating this one. Projection? At some point in the match, Hebner gets, um, tied up with Madison Rayne and misses Gail Kim interfering and running Brooke into the ringpost. Madison once again becomes knockout champion.
Ken Anderson vs. Magnus vs. Pope D'Angelo I vs. Rob Van Dam (Bound For Glory Series - Falls Count Anywhere Match): With the different styles involved here, you're not going to see a four-star match. The best we can hope for is a fun brawl. Projection? Van Dam and Magnus brawl in the ring. Anderson hits Pope with the Mic Check in the aisle to get the win and the twenty points.
James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray vs. Robbie E. (Bound For Glory Series - Tables Match): Is there going to be a big development in the Aces & Eights sage tonight? Of course not. But we can make it look interesting. Projection? At some point, Bully knocks out Storm with a chain. Aces & Eights run in and beat down Bully Ray, putting him through a table. Security and other wrestlers run the A&8 off. But since no one in the match put Ray through a table, the match continues. Hardy gets up first and puts Robbie through a table. Twenty points for the charismatic enigma.
A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels vs. Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe (Bound For Glory Series - Ladder Match): Yes, it's Daniels vs. Styles. And it's Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe. But this time, there's a ladder involved. That's good. We wouldn't want things to get stale. Projection? After a series of violent full metal shenanigans, Samoa Joe is the man who climbs the ladder and takes the lead in the BFG Series.
Austin Aries vs. Robert Roode (TNA Heavyweight Title): It was a good idea to give Austin Aries the TNA Title, even though I didn't agree with it at the time. But here's the thing. The two contenders in the BFG series are James Storm and Samoa Joe. Even after tonight, the top two contenders in the series will be James Storm and Samoa Joe. That's not to say Aries couldn't have good matches with either wrestler. But it does make a title change more likely. Projection? Roode pins Aries with his feet on the ropes, and takes back the TNA title.
Aftermath: Next month is No Surrender. Let's go with Samoa Joe vs. James Storm in the finals of the BFG Series, and Robert Roode facing Aries in a non-title "I Quit" match.
*** Pat McNeill of Richmond, Va. has been a Torch columnist since February 2001. He's ready for his summer vacation. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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