TNA’s March pay per view is set for Sunday night, March 13th.  Parts of the card are encouraging for TNA’s future, whereas other aspects cause me to shake my head (SMH).  Let’s look at the card and see how things shake out.

The World Championship shouldn’t be in the hands of Sting.  Though he’s a popular competitor, he’s not the type of guy who is going to increase the long-term ratings for TNA Impact.  I’ve argued in the past that Sting could help put over some other talent, helping them take their careers to the next level with a big increase in both popularity and credibility, but that never happens.  Whether that’s Sting’s fault or TNA’s “Creative” department, it just hasn’t resulted in helping anyone.  In fact, some might say that it helped bury Christopher Daniels, a guy who was previously one of TNA’s most popular competitors, and now he’s back in an organization which doesn’t have a show on mainstream television.

The title also shouldn’t be in the hands of Jeff Hardy, whose legal troubles are well known around the IWC.  Sure, he’s hugely popular, but that popularity could be used to help “give the rub” to some of the competitors in the X Division and/or tag division (especially with his brother Matt now on the roster).

Either way you slice it, neither of these guys should be in the World Title scene when Summer rolls around.  If you’re talking about the best case scenario for who wins this month, that’s tough to determine.  Were Jeff Hardy to win and reclaim the championship, then Sting had a 10 day title reign for no reason, and it gives him cause to continue the feud between the two.  Conversely, if Sting’s title reign continues, then you have him setup to do battle with either Ken Anderson or Rob Van Dam at the next pay per view, and they’re all fan favorites.  Someone in TNA clearly misunderstood the excitement surrounding the rumor that WWE’s 2.21.2011 referred to Sting.  Fans weren’t excited because they wanted to see Sting.  Fans were excited because they were hoping to see Sting on Wrestlemania for its surrealism.

Thinking outside of the box, TNA’s best option would be to have this match end with some controversy, keep the belt on Sting, then have a three-way (or four-way) title shot at the next pay per view where Ken Anderson can (and should) get the belt back.  Then Jeff Hardy can move on to a feud with Rob Van Dam, then the reformation of The Hardyz can take the tag division up a notch in prevalence, highlighting one of the best parts of TNA.

Prediction: Screwy ending with Sting keeping the belt

SMH = 1

Optimism = 0

This could have very easily been the World Championship match at this month’s pay per view, but TNA decided to misuse Jeff Hardy and put the belt back on him instead of having him help the other parts of the show, and then they hot-shotted the belt to Sting in another laughable move.  At least Mr Anderson and Rob Van Dam are being put into a position of prominence at Victory Road.  Were it up to me, I’d give Ken Anderson the victory because there’s plenty of potential feuds with him as the World Champion.  Rob Van Dam did a decent job with his reign last year, but fans seem to be gravitating towards Anderson, so why not help build him up?

Prediction: Rob Van Dam wins, giving him cause to be in the World Title match next month.

SMH = 1

Optimism = 1

Matt Hardy vs AJ Styles

Make no mistake about it, AJ Styles is the number one asset TNA has on its roster, and he’s best served as playing the role of fan favorite.  Matt Hardy has decent notoriety from his days in WWE, but he’s obviously on the down-side of his career.  At this point, Matt Hardy should move on to “Version 3”, which involves working the tag division alongside his brother and working in the X Division during times that Jeff finds himself unable to show up.  TNA might decide to use this match to extend the feud between the two, but when things are all said and done, AJ Styles needs to be the one to emerge victorious.  Frankly I’d be happy if it ended here.

Prediction: AJ Styles wins

SMH = 1

Optimism = 2

Tag Team Championship Match – Beer Money (c) vs Ink Inc

This is one of the best divisions in the pro wrestling industry today, and although the best team in the division is the Motor City Machineguns, they can’t be booked against Beer Money every month.  I’ve heard plenty of people predicting that Ink Inc will win the match, though I’m not too sure.  While it would be fine to give them the titles sooner or later, I don’t think that’s the outcome for this one.

Prediction: The Gunner & Murphy team from Immortal need to get their opportunity to get a shot at the tag titles on a pay per view, so they’ll somehow get involved in this and help Beer Money retain.

SMH = 2

Optimism = 2

First Blood Match – Hernandez vs Matt Morgan

Both of these guys have the potential to be in the main event scene, but TNA is biding their time by having them feud with one another.  I’m fine with this feud happening, so long as it doesn’t last into the Summer months.

Prediction: Hernandez wins to keep things going

SMH = 2

Optimism = 3

Bully Ray vs Tommy Dreamer

With all the guys who were left off of this pay per view card, it’s disappointing that these two guys get a spot. Against one another.

Prediction: Tommy Dreamer

SMH = 3

Optimism = 3

Angelina Love & Winter vs Sarita & Rosita

It’s about time to end the Winter / Beautiful People alliance, and putting the belts on Sarita & Rosita would be a good way to let them show off their talents while moving forward with the Winter / Angelina Love storyline.

Prediction: Sarita & Rosita win, because otherwise there wasn’t really a reason to bring Rosita onto the roster, right?

SMH = 3

Optimism = 4

X-Division Title Ultimate X Match – Robbie E vs Jeremy Buck vs Max Buck vs Kaz (c)

No Jay Lethal?  No Pope?  Two guys from the same tag team?  No Amazing Red?  No Eric Young?  I wish I knew the reason that TNA decides to bench some of their more popular assets.

Prediction:  Kazarian keeps the power in Fortune Four a bit longer by retaining the title

SMH = 4

Optimism = 4

So TNA puts on a show with 8 matches, 22 competitors booked, four championships on the card, and if you just look at what’s on paper, there seems to be 50/50 split between optimism and shaking of the head pessimism.

Then you have the list of competitors who TNA didn’t book on the card.

Wrestlers TNA should be booking:

Samoa Joe, The Pope, Jay Lethal, Motor City Machineguns, Desmond Wolfe, Douglas Williams, Mickie James, Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne

If some of these individuals are injured, I can understand them being on the shelf.  If they’ve been working month after month with no break, they can miss a month, but they need to be the ones who TNA focuses on.

Names I’m Okay Not Seeing Listed for Victory Road:

Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Abyss, Brother Devon

SMH = 1

Optimism = 0