Sean Morley vs. Daniels
FK9: I'm really not that excited to see this one. It will probably be a good match, but Daniels was in the main event for the last two months and now he's wrestling the former Val Venis? How does that happen? Not that Morley isn't talented, but frankly, the ship has sailed on that guy, IMO, and their segment on iMPACT this past Thursday was proof of that. Their promos were good, but the audience sat on their hands when Morley came out (as evidenced by the many closeups the production team gave us of all the bored, apathetic fans in the crowd) and didn't wake up until Daniels attacked him. Hopefully, this will just be something to tide Daniels over while Kurt Angle gets his title shot and he'll be put back in the top mix where he belongs afterward.
Who should win: Daniels
Beer Money, Inc. vs. Kevin Nash & Scott Hall
FK9: Gee, let me think about this... On one hand you have TNA's biggest young, homegrown, most over marquee tag team, and on the other hand you have two broken down guys in their 50s who were passed their prime 10 years ago. It will be an absolute joke if Beer Money DON'T win this match on general principles. Unfortunately, with Hogan & Bischoff running creative, I'm not optimistic about their chances.
Who should win: Beer Money
“the Monster” Abyss vs. “the Boss” Bobby Lashley
FK9: Huh? I must have missed something. Why does this match exist? When was it made? Why should we care about it? Beats me on all counts. At any rate, Lashley just signed with Strikeforce and most people seem to think his days in TNA are numbered, whereas Abyss is an established homegrown talent and could be elevated with a win over Lashley. It seems simple enough, but the fact is the writers are at least doing something with Lashley right now and his recent heel turn seems to be getting over. Abyss would benefit more in the long run from getting this win, but he just doesn't have anything else going on at the moment to follow it up, so he wouldn't be in a position to capitalize on it. If it's confirmed that Lashley's leaving TNA, then Abyss should go over. If not, they should keep the Boss's momentum going.
Who should win: Lashley
KNOCKOUTS TITLE: 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS (????)
ODB (c) vs. Tara
FK9: Sigh... Have the TNA writers seriously not figured out yet that Tara & ODB have no in-ring chemistry? These women DO NOT have good matches together and this feud should've ended at the aptly-named Final Resolution last month. What is the point of making it 2 out of 3 falls when their 1 fall matches have been boring and when TNA just had a 2 out of 3 falls match at the last PPV? Why is this feud still going on while an infinitely better opponent for Tara in Alissa Flash is just sitting on the bench, gathering dust? I have no idea...
Thankfully, they're selling it like this will be the end of this feud, and with any luck, the writers will get these two away from each other afterward. Being the supposed last match, I expect Tara will win the belt back, hopefully ending this game of hot potato they've been playing with the Knockouts singles title, and that's what needs to happen.
Who should win: Tara. Now let's get Alissa Flash in the title picture already!
Amazing Red (c) vs. (to be announced that night)
FK9: Amazing Red was a great X champ and was building up good momentum... then he got beat up by Scott Steiner of all people and disappeared from TV for a month and a half. Now Red is in a position where he needs to be REbuilt as the champion. There's a lack of viable contenders for the title right now, so unless this mystery opponent turns out to be someone who would take the X-division by storm like Jeff Hardy or Rob Van Dam, the belt needs to stay where it is.
Who should win: Amazing Red
Who is the mystery opponent: My guess? Brian Kendrick.
'the Pope' D'Angelo Dinero vs. Desmond Wolfe
This is the match I'm most excited for thanks to the awesome promos these guys cut on each other on the Spin Cycle show. The tricky part is that you're going to have a winner and a loser. Wolfe and the Pope are both primed to be huge breakout stars in 2010 and neither man should be losing matches right now, so it comes down to who needs the win more vs. who would be hurt less by a loss.
Who should win: Pope won the first match on iMPACT, so Wolfe should go over here. But these guys play off each other amazingly well on the stick and I really hope the writers will keep this feud going for a while.
TAG TEAM TITLE
the British Invasion (c) vs. “the Blueprint” Matt Morgan & Hernandez
FK9: The Brits seem to have been depushed since Final Resolution while Morgan & Hernandez look to be gearing up for a big push. It SHOULD have been the MCMG who took the tag titles from Magnus & Williams, but sadly, the bulging/herniated disks in Alex Shelley's neck have apparently killed that dream (I'm crying bitter tears as I type this).
The British Invasion have been tag team champions for a long time now and they've been established as a strong team to be reckoned with. It's time to go in a new direction and begin the elevation of the Blueprint & Supermex.
Who should win: Morgan & Hernandez. I question the booking of having two singles wrestlers as the tag champs when TNA has about 50 tag teams on their roster, but I can't think of a good reason why the babyfaces shouldn't win this.
WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
KURT ANGLE'S LAST SHOT AT AJ STYLES'S WORLD TITLE IN 2010
AJ Styles (c) vs. Kurt Angle
FK9: I expect Kurt Angle to win this match -- probably due to Tomko's interference -- but he really shouldn't, IMO. If Hogan is really serious about it being time for the young guys to take their place and pushing the young talent to the next level (I'll believe it when I see it, Hulk), then what better way to prove that by having AJ go over Kurt Angle, thus eliminating Angle from the title picture as long as AJ remains champion?
Unfortunately, I don't see that happening. Since AJ already beat Angle on the January 4th show, I think the writing is on the wall here. On the plus side, if Angle does win the title, it will probably mean that we'll have more Kurt Angle/AJ Styles matches to look forward to in the months to come, which is certainly not a bad thing.
Who should win: AJ Styles
The debut of the newest TNA Wrestling Major Superstar Acquisition -- who will it be?!
I hate to disappoint the hundreds of people who were chanting "RVD!" at the house show I attended last Sunday, but all signs point to Ken 'don't call me Kennedy' Anderson. And frankly, I'd much rather have Misteeeeeeeeeeeer An-der-son than Rob 'I want big money and a light schedule' Van Dam.