My Two Centsss - (Last Minute) Bound For Glory Predictions
By Super Chrisss
Oct 20, 2013 - 11:41:54 AM
Tonight is supposed to be TNA's biggest Pay-Per-View of the year - their version of Wrestlemania - but for some reason, it doesn't feel like a huge event. Maybe it's because the advertised card is lacking an 'oomph' to it. Maybe it's because there have been more people discussing the company's financial issues in the past few weeks than the actual PPV. Or maybe it's because too much time has been spent trying to get Dixie Carter over as a heel authority figure, rather than focusing on the other storylines in play. Whatever the reason may be, Bound For Glory feels like just another PPV, not the TNA show of the year.
Don't get me wrong, I am excited for the show. I do plan on ordering it, as it's the only TNA PPV I spend money on every year (in my defense, there are only four purchasable ones, excluding the random ones they filmed in one weekend a number of months ago). Do I recommend purchasing the show? I'm going to say yes. While there might not be any MOTY contenders going on tonight, there isn't a bad match on the card, as I expect every single match to be decent, at the very least. Will we get any swerves, anything that will turn the product upside down? I don't think so, but I do believe there will be a bunch of new champions leaving San Diego by the end of the night. So let's get started, shall we?
Pre-Show Tag Team Gauntlet Match: Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez vs. Bad Influence vs. Joseph Park & Eric Young vs. The Bro-Mans
While TNA's tag team division sure has gone down the toilet ever since Gunner & Storm captured the tag titles at Slammiversary, you have to give the company credit for at least trying to make the titles matter again. Say what you want about any of the four teams in this match, but at least they're all actual tag teams, unlike the current champions, who even after a four-month reign still feel like a thrown-together pairing. I'm a bit surprised Knux & Bischoff aren't in this match, but I have a sneaky feeling they'll make their presence felt later on in the evening (more on that later).
So...who goes on to face Gunner & Storm at the PPV? If you can name the last time Chavo made an appearance on Impact without looking it up, I'll give you a cookie. Him and Hernandez spent a large portion of the first half of 2013 as champs, and we don't need another mediocre face team to win the belts, so they're out. I like Park & Young as a duo, but they're more comedic relief, and not really established as a team yet, so I'll rule them out as well. That leaves us with the two heel tandems, Bad influence and The Bro-Mans. I know a lot of people are picking Robbie & Jesse to get the win due to their win last Thursday and being pushed as a team moreso than others, but comeon now - The Bro-Mans have won how many matches this year? Even Taz noted on commentary this week how Robbie's victory was his first in a long, long time. The Bro-Mans aren't moving on, nor should they. Daniels & Kazarian are the biggest names in the match-up, and leaving them off Bound For Glory would be an injustice.
Winners: Bad Influence
Which gives us...
TNA World Tag Team Championship: James Storm & Gunner (c.) vs. Bad Influence
I'll try not to let me bias against Gunner come into play here...just kidding; Gunner is an awful, uncharismatic wrestler, and an even worse human being. But that doesn't change the fact that he and Storm have had one of the most uneventful, useless reigns in TNA tag team championship history. Seriously. They won the belts on June 2, and I think they've defended them maybe twice since then. Moreover, Gunner & Storm don't even appear on TV on a regular basis. It's not uncommon for the tag team champions to go two, even three weeks without making an appearance on Impact. That might not necessarily be their fault, as they won the tag titles right before the BFG series kicked off, and like I said, the tag division has certainly taken a backseat in recent months. Nevertheless, it's time to get those belts far, far away from Gunner & Storm and onto a team who is infinitely more charismatic and deserving of the tag team championships - enter Bad Influence. Storm should be wrestling in the upper-midcard/lower main-event, while Gunner shouldn't even be employed. Do the right thing, TNA. Do it tonight.
Winners, and NEW TNA Tag Team Champions: Bad Influence
TNA Knockouts Championship: ODB (c.) vs. Brooke vs. Gail Kim
Speaking of divisions that have fallen by the wayside, hey there Knockouts! Someone made a comment that this match right here is 3/5 of the current KO division, and he is indeed correct. That being said, I'm actually looking forward to this one. All three women can 'go' in the ring, and when it comes to triple threat matches, the Knockouts tend to deliver more often than not. Considering that any three of these women have a decent chance of leaving San Diego with the gold adds nothing but intriugue to this match. Brooke has been receiving a lot of TV time lately due to her alignment with Bully Ray, and if Bully ends up retaining his world title against Aj Styles, then Brooke winning the KO title makes perfect sense. Gail Kim is one of the top Knockouts in the division, with or without the belt, so she has a shot at beating the babyface champ. I'm going to play it safe and pick ODB to retain, mainly because I think the company is gearing up for an ODB/Lei'D Tappa (a.k.a. wannabe Karma/Awesome Kong) feud post-Bound For Glory. Speaking of Tappa, don't be surprised to see her run in after the match and lay out the victor.
Winner, and STILL TNA Knockouts Champion: ODB
Sting vs. Magnus
This is meant to be one of the top matches on tonight's show, but the build-up and storyline would make you think otherwise. I understand the concept is Magnus wanting to prove himself and so many people are predicting Sting will put over the young star and let him pin in in the middle of the ring, fair and square. Such a move would allow Magnus to be accepted as a main-eventer and go on to challenge for the TNA world title, sooner rather than later. I, however, see things playing out a bit differently. The company is lacking in top heels (which is why Sting is facing a babyface, and Chris Sabin is the only heel in the Ultimate X match) and Magnus has been acting fairly heelish in recent weeks. I think Magnus will take Sting to the limit, but in the end, The Stinger gets the win. Afterwards, Sting offers his hand or tries to console his Main Event Mafia brother, only for Magnus to snap and beat The Icon to a pulp. That's my theory, anyway.
Ultimate X Match for the TNA X-Division Championship: Manik (c.) vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe
It's kind of funny to see the two men who main-evented last year's Bound For Glory competing in what may very well be the opener - since it is Ultimate X - for a belt that isn't the world title. But I digress. Considering I only have a 20% chance of calling this one correctly, I take no shame in getting this one wrong. Let's start with eliminating the two men who shouldn't even be in this match in the first place - Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy. I think Joe was originally scheduled to face Bobby Roode as part of MEM vs. EGO, but when TNA realized they were lacking top stars for the show, they rushed Kurt Angle's in-ring return. As for Hardy, it's the equivalent of John Cena competing for and winning the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania XXX - it's a joke, and not going to happen.
That leaves us with Manik, Sabin, and Aries. I've seen several people predict that Manik will find a way to retain his title despite the odds being heavily against him, but the sad truth is, Manik simply isn't over. Defeating four former world champions in one match won't change that. Manik is a solid addition to the X-Division, but not champion material. He's out.
Which leaves us with Sabin and Aries, who have an equal chance of winning, in my opinion. Earlier I noted how Sabin is the only heel in this match, and that could actually work in his advantage, partly because heels are usually successful in multi-man matches, and also because he would have a larger selection of opponents to feud with after tonight. Then again, Sabin has won and lost so many titles this year that it might be wise to cool it with hot-shotting him a championship, or he may be remembered more as a transitional champion than anything else.
Aries is certainly above the X-Division, but unlike Hardy, AA winning Ultimate X wouldn't feel that random. He just doesn't fit in with the current main-event scene, and I think Aries could have incredible one-on-one matches with the likes of Manik, Sabin, and Kenny King in the future. I don't see Aries holding the belt all the way until Summer 2014, but much like Rob van Dam did at last year's BFG, Aries will be the right guy to bring relevance back to the belt after Manik's unspectacular reign.
Winner, and NEW TNA X-Division Champion: Austin Aries
Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode
Originally, I was going to agree with the masses that off the heels of his Hall of Fame induction, Angle would walk away with the win after a potential show-stealer. But a few things made me change my mind. For one, there would be too many faces winning the top matches - Aries, Sting, Aj (spoiler?), and now, Angle. Secondly, EGO hasn't exactly been setting the world on fire with their win/loss record in recent months. If Bad Influence are able to survive a Gauntlet Match AND defeat Storm & Gunner for the tag team titles on the same night, then how would that make their leader (Roode) look if he's unable to defeat someone who hasn't wrestled a match in quite some time? Furthermore, this is a rematch from BFG 2011, and Angle ended up winning that encounter. I don't see Roode - who hasn't done too much since relinquishing the world title - losing to Angle at another Bound For Glory PPV. Besides, it's Kurt Angle - what difference does it make if he wins or loses here?
Winner: Bobby Roode
No Disqualification Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Bully Ray (c.) vs. Aj Styles
Thanks to Dixie Carter making this match No DQ at the last second, we're pretty much guaranteed some outside interference. Will it be Aces & 8s members Knux and Bischoff? If so, will they help their President or screw him over after he didn't have their backs last Thursday on Impact? Maybe we'll see the debut of Ethan Carter III, who is scheduled to make his debut on tonight's show. Since his last name is Carter, you'd have to assume he'd be interfering on behalf of Dixie to prevent Aj from winning the title. I've even seen rumours that Mr. Anderson will make his return to the storylines to get revenge on Bully. One way or another, shenanigans are bound to happen, but I'm glad they made this one anything goes since Bully thrives in this sort of environment. Actually, I'm not sure if Bully has ever defended his title in a standard, non-gimmicked match. Nevertheless, I think we'll see the final nail hammered into Aces & 8s coffin, as Bully's reign as world champion will come to an end. Styles hasn't been the world champion for a long, long time and tonight is the perfect opportunity to solve that problem.
Winner, and NEW TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Aj Styles
Your Two Centsss: A random thought, but do you think it's a coincidence that WWE chooses to run two PPVs in the month of October, knowing fully well that TNA's biggest PPV takes place in October?
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