Earl Hebner is looking sexy these days. Photo via ImpactWrestling.com.
Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Sun., Sept. 9, 2012) live on pay-per-view (PPV) at the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida, with No Surrender, the company's annual early fall offering, airing at 8 p.m. ET.
I'm just still not sure why they didn't use this song as the event's official theme.
No matter, the show will go on and it's a relatively solid line-up of action, though the promotion is depending entirely on the appeal of the Bound for Glory Series coming to a close in order to sell it.
Indeed, almost the entire match card line up was booked within one week of the show.
That shouldn't take away from how good the performances are though, and if Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy can have a match tonight anything remotely like what they had on Impact Wrestling this past Thursday, me thinks all will be okay.
But who is going to win and how is it going to happen?
That's a question my cohorts attempted to answer in their official predictions, which you can view after the jump.
TNA NO SURRENDER 2012 PREDICTIONS
James Storm vs. Bully Ray
Hollywood W: Bully Ray is a criminally underrated competitor, especially when he can play fast and loose with the rules since he's normally not afraid to get disqualified. Unfortunately for him, that's not the case in this BFG Series showdown. With Bully Ray out of his element, I like James Storm by pinfall.
Howell: Storm has been the forefront of Impact for a reason. No reason for him not to go over on Bully and go to the BFG Series Final.
Bradford: James Storm has to be in the finals. That is the most logical conclusion to his yearlong story. That is the only logical conclusion to his story. Yes, this is TNA. But I cannot imagine that they would screw this up. Storm losing in the semifinals, not be able to get a shot at the championship he was screwed out of, would just be absolutely idiotic. I'm a little surprised that this wasn't saved for the finals match, but c'est la vie.
Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy
Hollywood W: Jeff Hardy possess a varied and chaotic repritoire but I fear he had to show too much of his hand in his victory over Joe on Impact Wrestling. The Samoan Submission Machine will have Hardy well scouted this time. Samoa Joe by submission.
Howell: Hardy picked up the win this week on Impact Wrestling, so I am going to go out on a limb and say they'll cut Joe some slack here. He'll pick up the victory en route to the BFG Series Final.
Bradford: This is a coin flip in my mind. Samoa Joe would give Storm the best match, and it would make the finals a traditional face vs. heel. However, it cannot be denied how over Jeff Hardy is in the Impact Wrestling Zone. Joe may be the rational choice, but Hardy is whom the people want.
Austin Aries vs. The Armbreaker
Hollywood W: While everyone knows what "A-Double" brings to the table, we know almost nothing about The Armbreaker except for a penchant for bending biceps. Aces and Eights aren't stupid and know that Aries will go to great lengths to protect those arms. This will be his downfall. Armbreaker by kneebar.
Howell: I think this is the point where they start picking at Aces and Eights bit by bit, discovering pieces of information. Aries will pick up the victory here and a little about the group will be revealed.
Bradford: This fight just screams schmoze finish. The Aces and Eights storyline needs to take the next step, but I just get the feeling that TNA is going to try and stretch this out. It's the wrong move, of course, but TNA is starting to revert to their old ways. All that being said, this wouldn't be a good prediction if I don't actually pick anyone. The TNA World Heavyweight Champion finally gets his revenge for the recent attacks on him.
Rob Van Dam vs. Magnus
Hollywood W: RVD knows what to do on the big stage. Magnus will learn a few things but he simply doesn't have the firepower yet. RVD by pinfall.
Howell: Tough pick here since it was an impromptu thing. I'll go with Magnus here, as they made a point of him being on camera during Impact.
Bradford: Every TNA card has one match where there's not much to say about it, besides that it will probably be bad. And it always seems to have Rob Van Dam in it. Odd. He wins but we lose.
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. AJ Styles and Kurt Angle
Hollywood W: I like cohesion over pure star power. Daniels and Kazarian by pinfall.
Howell: Kaz and Daniels have had the belts for a quite a spell here. Unfortunately, it is starting to show that since the lovely Claire Lynch is gone, they have nothing being offered to them. Look for Styles and Angle to get revenge via victory.
Bradford: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian have spent the past four months terrorizing AJ Styles with the infamous Claire Lynch angle. If that doesn't earn "The Phenomenal One" a little bit of gold, than I don't know what would. Kurt Angle will get another shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship eventually, but he's going to have to wait until the Bound For Glory Series plays out. Might as well let him do something in the mean time. Plus, TNA actually allows the tag team titles to change hands once in a blue moon.
Zema Ion vs. Sonjay Dutt
Hollywood W: I'm "positive" about this one. Ion by pinfall.
Howell: Yeah, since these guys haven't been on TV for a long while, it has to be Ion picking up the W and retaining, right?
Bradford: TNA hasn't really built up a face challenger for the X Division Championship to take down Zema Ion. If I had to guess, they are just waiting till Jesse Sorensen is finally able to return to the ring. I have no clue when that will be, nor do I think anyone really knows. But it would be strange to have Zema lose the title with no real buildup.
Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara
Hollywood W: Tessmacher's high center of gravity makes her easy to take down, but I believe in her ground game. Tessmacher by submission.
Howell: Don't think TNA is making Tara the face of their Knockouts Division. Tess for the win.
Bradford: Tara got the better of Miss Tessmacher two weeks ago in a non-title match, getting herself the number one contendership for the Knockout Championship. I'm not sure why they would have Miss Tessmacher lose before only to retain, but I wouldn't be shocked if that happened. I think Tara gets the repeat victory, though, and becomes the new Knockouts Champion.
There you have it, Cagesiders. As a bonus, all three staff writers picked James Storm to win in the BFG Series Finals.
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