Predictions from the Faculty
TNA Against All Odds 2012 Edition
February 12, 2012
Predictions by: Wrestleview Columnists and Staff
Written by: Anthony J. Valvo of Wrestleview.com

Introduction

Welcome to the FIRST edition of “Predictions from the Faculty” (Season #4). This weekend, we gathered our thoughts for the upcoming TNA Pay-Per-View, as we will provide our selections for Against All Odds. The show will be held at The Impact Zone in Orlando, FL.

The card is currently booked to have seven matches.

In case you are new to reading these predictions, here is the format. Each Pay-Per-View a few of the columnists on Wrestleview provide predictions on who they think will win the matches. We accumulate the records throughout the end of the Faculty’s year (in this case, the 2013 Royal Rumble).

What makes this entirely different to others is that you, the reader, can provide your picks for a spot to have yours posted in an upcoming PPV. You can participate by contacting by any means under the “Dismissal” portion of this piece. The winner among the “Wrestleview Students” will win an opportunity to post their picks as a “Student of the Week” (if they outright defeat the reigning Students of the Week). We all thank you for your participation.

Tie-Breakers will determine standings!

I have decided to prevent some tiebreakers, I will issue points to Title Matches that are predicted correctly. There will be four championship matches on the card, so the maximum amount of points to go along with the win/loss standing will be FOUR points. Also, if I throw out a pick for a championship, then obviously no bonus will be counted for that particular match.

But wait, to the Wrestleview “students”, there is more!

I got approval for this decision, and for the SECOND time in our three seasons the students will compete for PRIZES!!! That is right; we felt that your loyalty to the article shall be rewarded. However, the prizes* will not be handed out until the FINAL PPV Prediction of the season (which will be WWE’s Royal Rumble 2013). So not only will one get a chance to earn a Gold Star and be a part of this game, but it will be for a competition.

*Prizes go out to the top three (the most picked correctly and if needed tiebreaker points) positions and the worst (most matches picked incorrectly with the fewest tiebreaker points).

Before Season Four begins, let’s recap who ranked where last season.

Final Wrestleview Prediction Standings for Season #3 (As of WWE Royal Rumble)

1) Jose Marrero (Wrestling Rumblings/The Eye Gouge)……………114-59 (2-1)
2) Ryan Rivera (ROH on HDNet Recapper)…………………………..111-63 (2-1)
3) Mike Tedesco (WWE Smackdown Recapper)……………………..108-66 (3-0)
4) Gregory “Grash” Walek (WWE NXT Recapper)……………………107-67 (2-1)
5) Wrestleview Students (The Readers of the article)………………106-68 (2-1)
6) Dave Stephens (Raw Recaps/That’s a Wrap/Teachers Lounge)…105-69 (2-1)
7) Anthony Valvo (From the Desk of Mr. V/Teacher’s Lounge)……104-70 (2-1)
8) Jason Namako (ROH/Superstars/FCW Recaps/Ind. Round. Host).103-71 (2-1)
9) Josh Boutwell (Impact Recaps/LL USA Recaps/Viva La Raza)…….102-66 (2-1)
10) Nicholas Gray (Independent Roundtable Host)…………………102-70 (1-2)
11) Greg McNeish (WV International Desk)…………………………….100-73 (2-1)
12) Evan O’Brien (WV International Desk)……………………………99-75 (2-1)
13) Darragh O’Connor (WV International Desk)……………………..97-59 (2-1)
14) Matt O’Brien (Notes from the Nosebleeds/WV Polls)…………….91-75 (1-2)

Tie-Breaker Points – Which are based on Championship matches correct

60: Jose Marrero; Mike Tedesco
58: Gregory Walek
56: Anthony Valvo; Jason Namako
55: Ryan Rivera; Dave Stephens
53: Josh Boutwell;
52: Nicholas Gray; Greg McNeish
51: Evan O’Brien
47: Darragh O’Connor
43: Matt O’Brien

The Student of the Week for TNA’s Against All Odds will be Austen Allen. Mr. Allen maintained his status when he went 3-0. While someone else went undefeated for The Royal Rumble, Mr. Allen won the tiebreaker by holding this spot last time.

The Best of the Class (Top 3 earn a prize. Tie-Breaker Points in parentheses)

**To the Top Three and the person with the most incorrect picks please contact me and we will talk about what prize you will receive.**

Prizes:

1st Place – A DVD Set of our choosing (max 3 disc set).
2nd Place – A T-Shirt
3rd Place – A Coffee Mug
Worst – TNA Victory Road 2009 (or 2011) DVD.

The Wrestleview Reader Leaderboard (FINAL for Season #1, as of WWE Royal Rumble)

1) Jordan Benterman…………………………………………..116-59 (3-0) (60) – #1 (Won DVD Set)
2) Brian Czygan……………………………………………………111-63 (2-1) (61) – #2 (Won T-Shirt)
3) Wade Bradford………………………………………………..109-65 (2-1) (55) – #3 (Won Coffee Mug)
4) Michael Fox……………………………………………………108-66 (2-1) (53)
5) Sam Newstone……………………………………………….105-69 (2-1) (61)
6) Paul Meade……………………………………………………..104-70 (2-1) (53)

The Worst score has been notified. The TNA Victory Road DVD is heading his way.

As of Press Time, have yet to offer predictions from Mike Tedesco, Gregory “Grash” Walek, Josh Boutwell, and Austen Allen.

And now, the moment you all have been waiting for…

Predictions for TNA’s Against All Odds

*** NON-TITLE MATCHES ***

Singles Match
Garett Bischoff vs. Gunner

Jose M. – GARETT BISCHOFF. I have to say with the eception of Bischoff missing a month this has to be the most one sided feud ever. Has Gunner even won a single match?

Mike T. – N/A.

Gregory W. – N/A.

Dave S. – GARETT BISCHOFF.

Anthony V. – BISCHOFF. I cringe at this because I am a fan of Gunner, but it appears that TNA wants to, for some unknown reason, push Bischoff as a superstar.

Jason N. – GARETT BISCHOFF.

Josh B. – N/A.

Nick G. – GARETT.

Greg M. – GARETT BISCHOFF.

Evan O. – GUNNER.

Darragh O. – GUNNER.

Matt O. – GARETT BISCHOFF.

Austen A. – N/A.

CONSENSUS: BISCHOFF 7-2. Crazy it may seem, the majority of the staff is going for the youthful Bischoff over the more established Gunner.

Singles Match
AJ Styles vs. Kazarian

Jose M. – KAZARIAN.

Mike T. – N/A.

Gregory W. – N/A.

Dave S. – AJ STYLES.

Anthony V. – KAZARIAN. Usually I would pick Styles, but Kaz got the “Daniels Factor” working for him. I don’t think Daniels allows him to take it easy on Styles.

Jason N. – KAZARIAN.

Josh B. – N/A.

Nick G. – KAZ.

Greg M. – AJ STYLES.

Evan O. – AJ STYLES.

Darragh O. – KAZ.

Matt O. – AJ STYLES.

Austen A. – N/A.

CONSENSUS: KAZARIAN 5-4. This was very close, but due to Christopher Daniels being associated with Kazarian (and being under the skin of AJ Styles) the staff was nearly split, but gave the slight edge to Kazarian.

Singles Match
Stipulation: Winner becomes the #1 Contender for the TNA X Division Championship
Jesse Sorenson vs. Zema Ion

Jose M. – ZEMA ION because how many title shots can Jess Sorenson receive?

Mike T. – N/A.

Gregory W. – N/A.

Dave S. – ZEMA ION.

Anthony V. – ION. Zema Ion worked a lot of matches in the Pittsburgh area. So by principle I will choose him as the next #1 contender (probably will have it on an Impact taping).

Jason N. – JESSE SORENSON.

Josh B. – N/A.

Nick G. – SORENSON.

Greg M. – JESSE SORENSON; the only X-Divisioner that seems to understand pacing.

Evan O. – ZEMA ION.

Darragh O. – JESSE SORENSON.

Matt O. – JESSE SORENSON.

Austen A. – N/A.

CONSENSUS: SORENSON 5-4. Yet in another very close decision, the staff chose Sorenson to get slightly over on the rising X Division wrestler in Ion.

*** CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES ***

Singles Match for the TNA Knockout’s Championship
Gail Kim (c) vs. Tara

Jose M. – GAIL KIM just because I think the plan is still to do the Gail vs. Traci Brooks feud.

Mike T. – N/A.

Gregory W. – N/A.

Dave S. – GAIL KIM.

Anthony V. – KIM. This one is a pick ’em. But I will go with the champion because of possible interference by Madison Rayne. Honestly, Rayne will be the factor.

Jason N. – GAIL KIM.

Josh B. – N/A.

Nick G. – GAIL KIM.

Greg M. – GAIL KIM.

Evan O. – GAIL KIM.

Darragh O. – GAIL KIM.

Matt O. – GAIL KIM.

Austen A. – N/A.

CONSENSUS: KIM 9-0. Though Tara got a bit of the upper hand on her rival, the staff overwhelmingly predict Gail Kim as the champion when it is all over.

Tag Team Match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
Crimson and Matt Morgan (c’s) vs. Samoa Joe and Magnus

Jose M. – I want to say Joe and Magnus but for some reason I think it will stay with CRIMSON AND MORGAN.

Mike T. – N/A

Gregory W. – N/A.

Dave S. – CRIMSON AND MATT MORGAN.

Anthony V. – JOE and MAGNUS. Crimson and Morgan is just not getting any positive reactions at the moment and I smell a feud between them shortly. Joe and Magnus are surprisingly the better team and should get their chance right now.

Jason N. – JOE & MAGNUS.

Josh B. – N/A.

Nick G. – JOE/MAGNUS

Greg M. – CRIMSON AND MATT MORGAN; so, did TNA really end Crimson’s streak on some random tag match, on Impact?

Evan O. – CRIMSON AND MATT MORGAN.

Darragh O. – CRIMSON AND MATT MORGAN.

Matt O. – JOE AND MAGNUS.

Austen A. – N/A.

CONSENSUS: CRIMSON/MORGAN 5-4. Man, we have a lot of close scores here. Many may be surprised that the challengers have a legitimate shot in this match, given Crimson’s streak that ended (albeit quietly) a couple weeks ago. The champions are predicted to find a way to get the upper hand.

Singles Match for the TNA X Division Championship
Austin Aries (c) vs. Alex Shelley

Jose M. – ALEX SHELLEY because there is just no one left for Austin.

Mike T. – N/A.

Gregory W. – N/A.

Dave S. – AUSTIN ARIES.

Anthony V. – ARIES. As I said before, no one can match the work ethic and personality of one A-Double in the X Division. Shelley may be the best contender, but Aries retains.

Jason N. – AUSTIN ARIES #TGMTEL

Josh B. – N/A.

Nick G. – ARIES.

Greg M. – AUSTIN ARIES; and I don’t even like the guy…

Evan O. – AUSTIN ARIES.

Darragh O. – ARIES (I want Shelly to win, that said.)

Matt O. – AUSTIN ARIES.

Austen A. – N/A.

CONSENSUS: ARIES 8-1. Shelley made a strong return after missing a lot of time due to injury, and our reigning “Dean of Wrestleview” thinks the title will change hands. However, the rest predicts that the title will be retained by Aries.

Four-Way Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bully Ray vs. James Storm vs. Jeff Hardy

Jose M. – BOBBY ROODE.

Mike T. – N/A.

Gregory W. – N/A.

Dave S. – BOBBY ROODE.

Anthony V. – ROODE. I think this “Selfish Generation” work has been excellent for Roode. I say he will pick up the scraps from someone who hits their finisher. I hope booking does not make this difficult.

Jason N. – BOBBY ROODE.

Josh B. – N/A.

Nick G. – BOBBY ROODE.

Greg M. – BOBBY ROODE; He & Storm simply have to have a date with the cage, next month. Even TNA can’t screw that up, right? Right?

Evan O. – BOBBY ROODE.

Darragh O. – BOBBY ROODE (Hardy may win, just to screw with everyone.)

Matt O. – BOBBY ROODE.

Austen A. – N/A.

CONSENSUS: ROODE got all 9 votes. In this “Era of Selfishness”, Roode is the most fitting World Champion for TNA Impact Wrestling. The end result makes sense.

Dismissal

Well, that does it for THE FIRST ROUND of “Predictions from the Faculty” for the 2012-2013 season.

And remember students, this is YOUR column too! Please present to me your choices and the winner of each PPV will be granted approval to join us to provide picks for the next PPV.

Well, that does it for us, class. On behalf of my peers on Wrestleview I bid you farewell. We will be taking a well-deserved 7-day recess and will be back with our predictions for the next PPV of Season #4, The 2012 Edition of WWE’s Elimination Chamber. As always, thank you for reading our predictions. Now go and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Be sure to check out all the VIP material before Against All Odds. Also, for $4.99 a month you get so much for your money, including this weekend’s Pay-Per-View Post-Show hosted by Mike Tedesco and David Stephens.

Thank you for reading and to those that do, participated in the column. We appreciate your feedback.

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