TNA Wrestling, or rather Dixie Carter, finally has a TNA World Heavyweight Champion in Magnus. With the help of Rockstar Spud, the Brit took advantage of the situation and has begun the journey of cementing his legacy in TNA Wrestling history. Quite an interesting turn of events, wouldn't you agree?
IN-RING SEGMENT - MAGNUS CONFRONTS JEFF HARDY ABOUT HIS DINNER MEETING WITH DIXIE CARTER
After a well done video package to open the broadcast followed by Magnus backstage looking for Dixie and/ or Jeff Hardy, we are taken ringside with Magnus making his way to call out Jeff Hardy. This particular segment set the tone properly for the main event match. It was great to hear the reaction from the crowd when Magnus mentioned Hardy's infamous 10/10/10 swerve, a nod that the TNA faithful were in the house. With the back and forth between the two in the ring, it's safe to assume that Jeff Hardy, more than anything, did not accept any kind of bribery or deal from Dixie Carter. The build up was the self doubt and distraction Magnus inserted into Hardy's brain. It was also good to just let these two have their time without Dixie Carter in the middle. Magnus and Hardy look to tear the house down and we will get that later in the show.
2 OUT OF 3 FALLS MATCH: KURT ANGLE VS. BOBBY ROODE(W)
One of the two main attractions of the evening didn't quite deliver as well as it should have. Not to say that Bobby Roode or Kurt Angle were terrible or botched, not at all! The match was solid with moments that made you second guess yourself in regards to who would come out as the victor. However, there was something about this match that left me wanting more. As an opening contest, especially with talent like Angle and Roode, I expected there to be more intensity or more moments that left you at the edge of your seat. The match felt a bit rushed, which could have hurt the overall quality. Again, not to say that Angle and Roode underperformed, it just could have been a better match if more time was allotted and both got the go ahead to really steal the show. Roode picks up the win over Angle by holding the ropes. A good backstage segment after the match of a battle tested Kurt Angle questioning himself and his future plans in TNA Wrestling hints of more to come.
IN-RING SEGMENT - ERIC YOUNG PRESENTS GIFTS TO JOSEPH PARK TO RILE UP THE MONSTER INSIDE
After a review of the Angle/ Roode bout and a video package setting up the Knockouts tag team match later in the evening, we have Eric Young making his way to the ring. I've said it before and I will continue to say it until the matter is resolved, I am not interested in the Joseph Park character or storyline. The only good thing about this segment was the reaction of the TNA faithful. When Janice was presented, Abyss' 4x4 with nails, there was actually a "Janice" chant. That was cool and shows the true TNA fans are still there. This eventually sets up Joseph Park Vs. both members of Bad Influence by way of Eric Young making the match in order to bring out Abyss and prove Joseph is the monster. Moving on.
BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: FEAST OR FIRED REVEALED
Very entertaining segment with the Feast or Fired briefcases revealed. We were treated to little backstage segments of the men making their way into the conference room where the reveal would take place throughout the night until this moment. DJ Zema Ion gets a shot at the X-Division Championship, Gunner gets a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Chavo Guerrero is fired and Ethan Carter III gets a shot at the TNA Tag Team Championship. Sting made an appearance that really drove in the coming angle between himself and EC3. When Sting is on, he is on and there is no denying that. Did anyone else see the look James Storm gave Gunner when his case was revealed? There's something bad brewing between the two and it'll come to head sooner than later. Ion is a great fit for the X-Division Championship and Chavo, well, that was expected considering how there is a lack of presence on TNA TV by Guerrero. Is Chavo truly gone? Is it just part of the show? We'll know more as the weeks progress. The real points of this segments were Gunner and James Storm's relationship and what will Sting's next move be against EC3. Let's not forget that EC3 needs a tag team partner!
KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM MATCH: MADISON RAYNE & ODB(W) VS. TNA KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION GAIL KIM & LEI'D TAPA
The very cool thing I noticed in this contest is the positive reaction Madison Rayne received from the IMPACT! fans. Again, they did not forget and recognize the history of TNA talent. I must say, it did feel pretty cool hearing "Killer Queen" again play as she made her way to the ring. Madison looked good in her return and the other Knockouts played their roles very well. As I mentioned in my Booking Final Resolution 2013 article for TNANews.com, I imagine Rayne will receive a TNA Knockouts Championship shot because of pinning Gail in the match for the win. I could see the two having their match, only for Gail to retain. The one thing about returns is that eminent victory does become obvious, especially when a championship is involved, so a loss can usually quell that. Good showing by the four Knockouts involved and a good match for the crowd to get back into the in-ring action with.
TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT FINALS FOR THE TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - JEFF HARDY VS. MAGNUS(W)
This was a fantastic main event match that put the cherry on top of an already entertaining broadcast. The Dixie Carter/ Jeff Hardy interaction inside of the steel cage before the match began, and Dixie confirming she will be on the stage watching, really set the story in motion. There was the opening segment and there were backstage segments here and there of Jeff Hardy having talks with Samoa Joe and Sting that also helped, but it was truly set just before the match started with Dixie in the ring. That was the key element to this match: a story was told. It was told masterfully with this being the best performance from Magnus so far in his TNA career. Jeff Hardy gave his all without a doubt as the two stole the show without question. I cringed at watching Jeff Hardy take the fall from the ladder on to the ramp, courtesy of interference by Rockstar Spud as Hardy almost won the gold by climbing the ladder set on the stage. Magnus taking advantage and joining the Carter clan was a nice touch and unexpected. Or was it?
Magnus works well as a face, but he has a natural heel essence that will only shine brighter now that he is the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. I expected there to be a "Friends of AJ Styles" video package, but we didn't get that and that was a good move on the part of TNA. The focus was kept solely on the main event and the show ended with the focus on Magnus. If we are distracted with the happenings of the main event, we will be that much more invested in the title program when AJ Styles makes his return. That's not a spoiler, that's just inevitable.
FINAL RESOLUTION 2013 GRADE: A-
An A- grade for Final Resolution 2013. It was a very entertaining and enthralling night of TNA action. The Bobby Roode/ Kurt Angle match, as solid as it was, could have been so much better if given the proper time or alternate outcome (see my Booking Final Resolution 2013 for TNANews.com). Now that Dixie's TNA World Heavyweight Champion is chosen, next week will be an interesting IMPACT Wrestling broadcast to say the least.
Loved Villain or Misunderstood Anti-Hero,