TNA Hardcore Justice Results: Austin Aries Paves the Road to Bound for Glory
It's been rumored at and hinted toward ever since that April night. After failing to capture the TNA Heavyweight Championship of the World in his hometown, it's been rumored that James Storm vs. Bobby Roode would happen once again at Bound for Glory.
Many people expected it, many people wanted to see the rematch between the two tag partners turned bitter rivals.
However, from April to October, plans tend to change. That change came on the night of July 8 in the form of the self-proclaimed "Greatest Man That Ever Lived" Austin Aries.
Just when everyone thought the "Leader of the Selfish Generation" had defeated all of our heroes, a new one was born. In the ultimate underdog story, and feel-good moment of the year, Austin Aries would do the unexpected and become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
Rolling the dice, Austin Aries would put up his X-Division Championship for a chance to get in the ring with the reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Roode. It was all or nothing; it was put up or shut up.
Aries would put it all on the line and do what nobody else could over the past eight months—defeat the "It Factor" for the TNA World Championship.
A task that AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, James Storm, Bully Ray, Sting, Rob Van Dam and Mr. Anderson could not accomplish. Knock the "It Factor" off the pedestal which he built so high for himself to sit upon.
That July night would send shock waves throughout the wrestling world. The actions of one Austin Aries would label Destination X as one of the best TNA pay-per-views, not only of the year, but possibly ever.
However, the "It Factor" would take every chance to deny Aries' milestone.
Oxford Dictionaries describes fluke as: "an unlikely chance occurrence, especially a surprising piece of luck."
To disprove Roode's claims, the two would once again meet in a World Championship match. The loser would not be granted a rematch in a "do or die" atmosphere at the Hardcore Justice pay-per-view event.
With Bobby Roode and James Storm's hatred for one another being revisited in weeks prior to Hardcore Justice, many speculated whether Aries' win was a true fluke.
Would Roode win back the World title just in time for what some say is an inevitable Storm/Roode rematch at Bound for Glory? Or would TNA continue to lead us down an unpredictable path as the Bound for Glory Series carried on?
At Hardcore Justice, the answer was revealed. TNA would continue to take the unpredictable path, as Austin Aries once again defeated Bobby Roode, thus ending Roode's claims of the "Destination X fluke."
On the same night, the Bound for Glory Series, the tournament held to crown a No. 1 contender, would take a twist.
Rob Van Dam and Bully Ray would capture 20 points in their respective matches and move within striking distance of the BFG Series points leader, James Storm. Now, all of a sudden, Storm's lead doesn't seem so big anymore.
James Storm now has RVD, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle and Bully Ray nipping at his heels in this Series, all while trying to convince everyone that he's not in charge of Aces & Eights.
Now that Roode is left without a rematch against Austin Aries and Storm's lead in the BFG Series is slowly diminishing, we continue down an unpredictable path. The chances of Storm meeting Roode in a championship match at Bound for Glory don't seem as great as they did two months ago.
All of this change has been brought about by Austin Aries. One win and that dream of Storm vs. Roode in a rematch for the World title at Bound For Glory is nothing but that—a dream.
Austin Aries has opened loads of new doors in TNA. The main event for Bound for Glory is much more unpredictable now than it was two months ago. Aries has the chance of facing James Storm, Kurt Angle, RVD, Samoa Joe or Bully Ray if they're willing to hold onto their lead in the BFG Series.
If one of those five stumble, they might get leapfrogged by the likes of AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson or Daniels.
The road to Bound for Glory has started, and Austin Aries is leading the way.
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