In this series, not-so-sponsored by Gatorade despite the name, I’ll take whatever topic I wish to discuss (Who should’ve been in the BFGS, my favorite unsigned talent, top wrestlers of 2012, etc.), and list five things about said subject. Fairly simple, right? If you still don’t follow, it’s basically a (potentially) weekly countdown list of different subjects.
And what better subject right now than the 2012 Bound For Glory Series?
The 2012 Series is almost over and, I must say, it has been great. It’s been much better than last year’s Series, has clearer rules now, has produced great matches and great feuds and it all leads to Bound For Glory.
However, take a look at the 12 participants here on the No Surrender poster posted above.
Who sticks out the most? Who is the “sore thumb” of the group? The BFG Series has been great and all, though, I can’t help but feel that TNA could’ve used even better competitors.
Sure there’s Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Bully Ray and a few other former World Champions and main event talent. Then there’s guys like Robbie E and The Pope. Yeah, they’re good, just not Kurt Angle/AJ Styles-kinda good.
Robbie E was a long running joke in the BFG Series. Whether he’s bragging over his, “FIVE POINTS, BRO!!!” or a victory over Jeff Hardy, everyone expected him to be the jobber of the group. It was a well-known fact that he was going to finish in or close to last. (12 POINTS, BRO!)
“The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero was another guy that didn’t quite “click” with the rest of the participants. Pope has the skill level to hang with the top guys, he just wasn’t given the time to prove it. Ever since his world title match at Lockdown 2010, it’s been a downward spiral for The Pope. He was gone from TNA for nearly six months before getting randomly tossed into the BFG Series.
I think Magnus was another guy who started off shaky in the Series. Plenty of people were happy for him, but plenty of people expected him to finish in the bottom three. I would actually consider Magnus’s run in the BFGS a success. Throughout the Series he’s got nothing but positive reviews from guys like Sting, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and more.
Magnus has also used the BFG Series to kick off some new feuds with guys like Rob Van Dam, and eventually Samoa Joe.
With all of that out of the way, I can now discuss which five wrestlers I feel were more suited for the BFG Series. Instead of Robbie E, The Pope or someone else you don’t like (for me that would be RVD), how do these guys sound?