TNA’s Final Resolution PPV was probably the most predictable of 2008. The feud between the Main Event Mafia and the Front Line did progress nicely, however, the overall event just wasn’t as strong as some other recent TNA PPVs.
The main event for Final Resolution was the eight man tag team match for the TNA Heavyweight Championship, featuring the Main Event Mafia against the Front Line, as the team of AJ Styles, Samoa Joe and Team 3D went to war with Sting, Booker T, Kevin Nash and Scott Steiner.
The match itself was pretty entertaining, with the Mafia dominating Samoa Joe for a good portion. Sting and company took turns getting in the ring and putting a whoopin’ on Joe, until he eventually broke away from Scott Steiner and made the tag to AJ Styles.
Once Styles hit the ring, the match broke down, with all eight competitors battling in and out of the ring. Team 3D hit the 3D on Booker T, only to have Scott Steiner and Kevin Nash break up their fun. Styles came in and laid out Nash, as Joe fought off Sting.
The Front Line looked as though they were going to walk away with the victory, as Joe had Sting up for the Muscle Buster, however, Sharmell distracted the referee, Earl Hebner, allowing Nash to hit Joe with a low blow, followed by a Scorpion Deathdrop for the win. The Main Event Mafia celebrated in the ring after the match, as Sting took his title and walked to the backstage area.
TNA Final Resolution 2008 PPV Report
The show began with a nice opening video package about going to war.
Mike Tenay and Don West did their usual run-down of the event, then pitched it to the ring for the Feast or Fired match.
Match One – Feast or Fired Match – Jimmy Rave vs. Lance Rock vs. BG James vs. Cute Kip vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal vs. Consequences Creed vs. Homicide vs. Hernandez vs. Curry Man vs. Shark Boy vs. Alex Shelley vs. Chris Sabin
This match was pretty much a cluster with some cool spots here and there. Curry Man was the first to get a briefcase, followed by Hernandez, then Homicide. The Motor City Machine Guns grabbed the fourth briefcase and celebrated with it, long enough for Jay Lethal to snatch it away and roll out of the ring to declare it his.
Winners Via Grabbing the Briefcases – Curry Man, Homicide, Hernandez and Jay Lethal
Match Rating – 6/10
After the match, Jeremy Borash came out and announced that a random briefcase would be opened on the PPV. The Motor City Machine Guns stood in the ring and protested the entire time, claiming that Jay Lethal’s briefcase was theirs. Lethal’s briefcase was actually chosen at random to be opened and was revealed as a TNA Tag Team Championship title shot. The Guns flipped out and finally pissed off Borash, who went on a tangent and said that Alex Shelly was the biggest pain he’s ever had to deal with, before storming away.
Lauren spoke to the Beautiful People, Sharmell and Cute Kip, who talked about their match with ODB, Roxxi and Taylor Wilde. Sharmell said the whole locker room situation would be discussed after the match. During the promo, Angelina Love got a call from Gov. Palin, who said she would be at Impact.
Match Two – Six Woman Tag Team Match – Sharmell and The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky) w/ Cute Kip vs. ODB, Roxxi and Taylor Wilde
Sharmell avoided mixing it up with ODB and let the Beautiful People do her dirty work. Cute Kip got involved and was slapped around by ODB. ODB wound up chasing Sharmell to the back, with Kip in hot pursuit, while back in the ring, Taylor Wilde rolled through a high crossbody attempt by Angelina Love to get the win.
Winners Via Pinfall – ODB, Roxxi and Taylor Wilde
Match Rating – 5/10
In the Front Line’s locker room, Jeremy Borash caught up with Eric Young, who said he had confidence and was going to win the TNA X Division Championship. The Motor City Machine Guns walked in and asked for some time with Borash and Borash told Young it was okay to leave. The Guns pressed Borash against the lockers and said they would let him slide as long as he told them where Mick Foley was. Borash did that and the Guns went to find Mick Foley.
Match Three – TNA X Division Championship Match – Sheik Abdul Bashir (C) vs. Eric Young
Shane Sewell was the referee here and eventually Sheik Abdul Bashir got in his face and pushed him around. When Eric Young went for the sunset flip, Bashir grabbed the ropes and Sewell kicked his hands away, leading to the pinfall.
Winner Via Pinfall and NEW TNA X Division Champion – Eric Young
Match Rating – 6/10
After the match, Sheik Abdul Bashir got into it with Shane Sewell and Sewell put a beating on him. Bashir then took out Eric Young and used the X Division title to hit Sewell in the head, busting him open. Bashir took his headdress and choked Sewell as other referees came out to break it up. Jim Cornette, as well as security, met Bashir at the top of the entrance ramp and took the title from him. TNA’s website is reporting that the title is now vacant and a tournament for it will start on Impact.
A package was shown for the TNA Knockouts Championship match between Awesome Kong and Christy Hemme.
Match Four – TNA Knockouts Championship Match – Awesome Kong w/ Riesha Saeed and Rhaka Kahn (C) vs. Christy Hemme
An Iraq war veteran came out to introduce Christy Hemme which was nice. This was another match that turned into a cluster, with Rhaka Kahn and Riesha Saeed getting involved, forcing a disqualification.
Winner Via Disqualification – Christy Hemme – STILL TNA Knockouts Champion – Awesome Kong
Match Rating – 4/10
After the match, Awesome Kong and Hemme brawled, as security came out to break them up.
Jeremy Borash spoke to Kurt Angle, who said that he is going crazy. He promised to defeat Rhino and said that he was obsessed with getting his hands on Jeff Jarrett. He also promised that Mick Foley would be taken care of.
A package was shown for the TNA Tag Team Championship match between Beer Money Inc. and Matt Morgan/Abyss.
Match Five – TNA Tag Team Championship Match – Beer Money Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) w/ Jackie Moore (C) vs. Abyss and Matt Morgan
Beer Money Inc. tried to leave without defending the belts, but referee, Rudy Charles told them that if they left they would forfeit the belts, which forced them to return. Back and forth match here, with Abyss going to use the beer bottle, only for Jackie Moore to get involved and prevent it. James Storm loaded up some brass knucks while this was taking place and knocked out Abyss, allowing Beer Money Inc. to retain the straps, as Matt Morgan looked on wondering what happened.
Winners Via Pinfall and STILL TNA Tag Team Champions – Beer Money Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode)
Match Rating – 6/10
Lauren was shown speaking to Mick Foley, when The Motor City Machine Guns interrupted, leading to a hilarious exchange. The Guns told Foley to meet them in the ring and reverse the decision of Jay Lethal’s TNA Tag Team title match and award it to them. They left and Foley said he’d follow, but instead hung out with Lauren and told her that Alex Shelley would get his, possibly Thursday on Impact.
The Motor City Machine Guns re-entered the Impact Zone and cut another hysterical promo. They sat and protested the decision and waited for Mick Foley, but instead Jim Cornette came out. Cornette told them to leave and when they refused, Cornette said he was going to the back for security. As Cornette left the lights went out and Suicide came down from the rafters. Awesome entrance. Suicide took out the Machine Guns and sent them packing.
Lauren caught up with Rhino, who took the mic away from her and told Kurt Angle that he was fighting for Jeff Jarrett’s little girls. He again told Angle that he would beat him with the Gore.
A package was shown for Kurt Angle vs. Rhino.
Match Six – Kurt Angle vs. Rhino – Guest Enforcer – Mick Foley
The stipulation was if Kurt Angle won, he would get a match against Jeff Jarrett at Genesis, but if he lost, he would be fired. Good match, with referee, Mark “Slick” Johnson getting accidentally Gored in the corner. Mick Foley then took over as referee and prevented Kurt Angle from using a chair. Al Snow came out and distracted Foley, slapping him. While Foley was occupied with him, Angle used the chair on Rhino and hit the Angle Slam for the win.
Winner Via Pinfall – Kurt Angle
Match Rating – 7/10
After the match, Kurt Angle grabbed the mic and told Mick Foley that he gets his match with Jeff Jarrett at Genesis, then after that, he would get Mick Foley. He told Foley to “Have a nice day,” and left with Al Snow.
Lauren spoke to the Main Event Mafia, who said that the Front Line was going to learn what they were all about.
Jeremy Borash was with the Main Event Mafia, and asked them if they could trust Team 3D. They said that they have been getting that question a lot, but promised they would stand together and beat the Mafia.
A package was shown for the Main Event Mafia vs. Front Line match.
Jeremy Borash did the main event ring introductions.
Match Seven – TNA Heavyweight Championship Eight Man Tag Team Match – The Main Event Mafia (Sting, Kevin Nash, Booker T and Scott Steiner) w/ Sharmell (C) vs. The Front Line (AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Brother Ray and Brother Devon)
Winners Via Pinfall – The Main Event Mafia (Sting, Kevin Nash, Booker T and Scott Steiner) – STILL TNA Heavyweight Champion – Sting
Match Rating – 7/10
Overall PPV Rating – 6/10