Chair Shots: Bound for Glory....or Bound for Failure (A PPV Preview)
Oct 18, 2013 - 10:12:22 AM
Welcome back Chair Shotters (anybody feeling this yet?) to the column that has more kids than Adrian Peterson- Chair Shots! This Sunday, TNA brings you their biggest PPV of the year; the one they’ve been building up to for six months- Bound for Glory! The culmination of the biggest tournament in wrestling comes to fruition as AJ Styles faces off against Bully Ray for the TNA World Championship. This is an important evening for TNA in my opinion, because they’ve got to get everything right or else they’re going to risk losing more fans from an organization that already seems to be treading water. Now don’t get me wrong, I want TNA to succeed. I’m a supporter of their product. In fact, I’ll even be sitting ringside November 21st when they come to Baltimore (if it happens), but there’s no denying that TNA is in some trouble. So with Bound for Glory only a few short days away, it’s imperative that TNA knocks this one out of the park. Can they do it? Only time will tell, but let’s go ahead and look at the card in its entirety
Pre-Show Gauntlet Match
The BroMans vs. EY & Joseph Park vs. Bad Influence vs. Chavo & Hernandez
This match will determine the #1 contender for the TNA Tag Team Championship and the winner will face Gunner & James Storm later in the evening. Now on this past edition of Impact, Robbie E. won a match that gave The BroMans the advantage in this Gauntlet Match, which means they’ll definitely have the upper hand going into it. This should be a hot opener, but it pains me to see that Bad Influence will probably not be going on to the PPV proper to face Gunner & Storm. TNA has been building up The BroMans for some time now, so I can only imagine that they will be the ones to win the shot at the Tag Team straps. I really doubt that EY/Park or Chavo/Hernandez have any real chance of winning as they are both face teams, and quite frankly the less we see of Joseph Park the better.
What’s Best for Business- Bad Influence win
What TNA Will Do- The BroMans go on to fight for the gold
Ultimate X Match for the X-Division Championship
Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe vs. Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin vs. Manik
Once again, TNA brings out their trademark X-Division match in Ultimate X. What used to be a special event is now almost a regular occurrence. Much like Hell in a Cell, Ultimate X used to be a special occasion which was met with great anticipation by the wrestling viewers, but now they are so commonly used that it’s just another match on a PPV card. It has become so common that this will be the second PPV in a row that has had an Ultimate X match, and TNA only does 4 a year now.
This particular one is being called an “All-Star” match because some of the biggest TNA names will be competing against a Champion that by all rights shouldn’t stand a chance against any of them. This one is going to be pretty hard to call quite honestly, because some of the greatest names in TNA are in this match. Whatever the case, this should be a pretty entertaining encounter that could end up being the match of the night. I like Ultimate X, but if I were TNA I’d retire it for a while to bring some anticipation back to it.
What’s Best for Business- Samoa Joe becomes the New X-Division Champion
What TNA Will Do- Manik somehow comes out retaining the title
TNA Knockouts Championship
Gail Kim vs. Brooke vs. ODB
Let’s face it, this is 3/5 of the entire Knockouts roster in this one match. The only people missing are Velvet Sky and the newest Knockout Lei’D Tapa. What was once one of the most exciting women’s division in all of wrestling is just a shell of its former self now. If you remember, just a few years ago the Knockouts matches were drawing the highest ratings consistently on Impact. Now, they’re lucky to have a big enough roster to have a champion. With the losses of Madison Rayne, Sarita and Rosita, Mickie James, and the pregnancy of Taryn Tarrell, TNA is hurting for female talent.
In terms of this match, I’ve never really been a fan of ODB as a character or as a wrestler. She’s consistently sloppy and at a time when the Knockouts are struggling to survive, I think TNA needs a better face at the top of that division. Both Gail Kim and Brooke are better wrestlers than ODB, but with both being heels they may just cancel each other out. Besides, I see TNA gearing up for an ODB/Lei’D Tapa feud, which quite frankly is a train wreck waiting to happen.
What’s Best for Business- Brooke becomes a 2-time Knockouts Champion
What TNA Will Do- ODB retains and Lei’D Tapa attacks her afterwards
TNA World Tag Team Championship
Gunner & Storm vs Winner of the Gauntlet Match (The BroMans)
Well, I’ve already picked The BroMans to win the Gauntlet Match earlier, so there’s no going back now. Let’s be real though for a minute, TNA did a lot of things right this past year in terms of storytelling, but one they that has fallen by the wayside are the Tag Titles. TNA has gone weeks at a time without either Gunner or Storm even being on television, and all of a sudden we have four teams gunning for the belts. Where were they the rest of the time? Why all of a sudden does every team want a shot, when for the past few months all Storm has done is drink beer and Gunner’s been polishing his Viking helmet. It’s this kind of negligence that has really put TNA behind the 8-ball.
As for the match, I’m going to do something I never thought I’d do, and that’s pick The BroMans to win the gold. Storm and Gunner have been non-existent as champs, so keeping the belts on them won’t accomplish anything in my opinion. Let’s change things up a little here.
What’s Best for Business- The BroMan win the Tag Team Championship
What TNA Will Do- Same thing, new Tag Champs at Bound for Glory
Sting vs. Magnus
I’m still not really sure I understand why these two are wrestling. I get that Sting wants to take Magnus to the next level and this is his way of doing that, but to me that’s a pretty poor set-up for a match. Yes, there’s been some tension between the two, but at the end of the day they’re both faces and that won’t change after Bound for Glory either.
Magnus has been gaining a lot of momentum in TNA as of late, and he’s really been a favorite of mine for some time. He’s a solid in-ring worker. He’s not bad on the mic, and he’s got youth on his side (even though he looks older than he is). Sting on the other hand is probably getting towards the end of his in-ring career, and as usual the rumours of him jumping to the WWE have once again started. Will this be the year he finally shows up, or will he again go down with a sinking ship? Personally, I don’t think Sting would bring anything to the WWE at this stage in his career. His best matches are behind him, the WWE fans may not embrace him as much as Vince would think, and it’s just too late.
What’s Best for Business- Magnus gets the pinfall
What TNA Will Do- Magnus gets the pinfall, gearing up for a World Title run
Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode
Welcome back Kurt Angle!
This will be Kurt’s first match back since entering rehab several months ago, and who better to go against than the It Factor of professional wrestling, Bobby Roode. This should be one hell of a match, as both men can and should deliver in the ring at Bound for Glory. Roode has been a bit of an afterthought since losing the TNA Championship, going on a losing streak before making some gains in the BFG Series. Kurt on the other hand does what he always does, and that’s bring it in the ring each and every time he goes out there.
Now the question will be is there any ring rust on Angle from being out of the ring for several months, but I’m doubting that will be the case. This match is all about respect, and Roode’s lack of it. With Kurt being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame, I can’t see any other outcome than Angle picking up the victory in this match. I’m hoping these two tear the house down and put on a wrestling clinic.
What’s Best for Business- Kurt Angle wins
What TNA Will Do- Same thing, Angle with the victory
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Bully Ray vs AJ Styles
Dixie Carter has been doing her best Stephanie McMahon 2.0 impersonation as of late, trying her best to keep AJ Styles out of this World Title match at Bound for Glory. She put out a contract on him, she screamed in his face, she fell on the floor in a temper tantrum, and even held her breath until she turned blue. OK, well some of that didn’t happen, but you get the point. While Stephanie McMahon plays bitchy power well, Dixie Carter comes off as a little kid who didn’t get their way. It’s just NOT WORKING! And unfortunately, it’s taking away from what should be a good match between Bully and AJ. This has become more about Dixie than anything else.
As for the match, I’m expecting good things. Bully Ray is better than he’s ever been in his career, and when AJ is on his game he’s as good as anybody in the ring. Will this be a 5-star classic? No it won’t, but it will be quite entertaining and given the right amount of time it should close out the evening on a high note, which is exactly what TNA needs right now. They need a kick in the ass to get them going, and having a solid PPV might give them a little glimmer of hope.
What’s Best for Business- AJ Styles is your NEW TNA World Champion
What TNA Will Do- AJ Styles wins. Anderson returns to cost Bully Ray the title
So there you have it folks, my look at the Bound for Glory PPV this Sunday. Will you be watching? I really hope people do, because if this PPV tanks that could spell disaster for the future of TNA, an organization that I fear may not be around this time next year.
Until next time,
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