TNA Final Resolution Thoughts
Sam Pierce / December 10, 2012 - 5:36pm
Two matches had the potential to steal the show last night at TNA's last pay per view of 2012, Final Resolution: Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Roode for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels for one last time. They did just that.
It's rare that I still look forward to a match we've seen so many times, not just this year, but since TNA's inception. AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels are such amazing workers, especially with each other that I can watch them go at it, time and time again. Their supposed last meeting at Final Resolution was yet again, a solid match. It had it's usual flurry of high risk spots and near falls but their match last night also told a great story. AJ Styles has been going through a rough patch lately. Last month, at Turning Point, he lost the triple threat number one contender's match, meaning he won't be eligible for a world title shot until October 2013. This storyline has a similar feel to the one in August 2009 where AJ was contemplating whether or not he still belonged in professional wrestling. AJ needed a big win against Daniels at Final Resolution to get him back on track but ultimately, fell short. The dissapointment was evident in his facial expression and body language after the match. There will be no rematch. At Final Resolution 2012, Daniels proved to his long time rival, AJ Styles, that he has always been the better man.
How appropriate that the main event at Final Resolution was a battle between the top face and top heel of 2012 in TNA. Jeff Hardy and Bobby Roode fought to kick off 2012 for the world title back in January, when Roode was champion. Oh, how the tables have turned. As much as I liked Hardy as a heel when he was in Immortal, he is the John Cena of TNA and the perfect posterboy for the organization. His contract with TNA is due to expire soon so it was no real surpise that he retained in this match, even though I was heavily behind Bobby Roode. I think Roode has what it takes to be in the WWE. His talent in the ring is outstanding and he is versatile as both a face and a heel. The second meeting on pay per view between Hardy and Roode was better than their first. One, it didn't end in disqualifcation like at Genesis and two, management gave the match the time it deserved to feel like a high quality main event experience. Apparently, Roode paid the Aces and Eights to help him win the title. They came out to ringside but just stood there. I guess they took the money and ran as the old saying goes. After numerous near falls, Hardy hit the Twist of Fate on Roode for the 3 count. I can't even be dissapointed that Roode didn't win because it was such a great match. After the bell, Aces and Eights raided the ring and beat down both Hardy and Roode. Does this mean that they are finally going after the TNA World Heavyweight Championship? We'll soon find out.
Like many other TNA pay per views this year, the rest of the event didn't wow me but was an overall solid card that I enjoyed watching. One thing worth noting here – The Aces and Eights are taking a similar run as the Nexus. On free TV, they look dominant, laying out their enemies left and right. But on pay per view, they lose high stakes matches. Doesn't make much sense to me.
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