After a wild No Surrender pay-per-view this past Sunday, TNA Impact Wrestling is heading into the final month before the company’s biggest event: Bound for Glory.
Just like WWE saves their best build for WrestleMania, TNA will unleash all of their biggest guns over the next month in order to make the culminating show the biggest and best of 2012.
With the Bound for Glory Series over, though, TNA will be forced to start using their secondary stars and building midcard feuds. This is sink-or-swim time for Impact Wrestling.
Will the Bound for Glory PPV live up to the hype?
When: Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: SPIKE TV
TNA’s No Surrender Results
Bound For Glory Series Semifinal: Jeff Hardy def. Samoa Joe
Bound For Glory Series Semifinal: Bully Ray def. James Storm
Knockouts Championship: Miss Tessmacher def. Tara
World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries challenges anyone from Aces & Eights
X Division Championship: Zema Ion def. Sonjay Dutt
Tag Team Championship: Christopher Daniels & Kazarian def. AJ Styles & Kurt Angle
The Bound For Glory Series Final: Jeff Hardy def. Bully Ray
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries
After one of the most convoluted endings to the Bound for Glory Series a fan could ever think of, Jeff Hardy beat Bully Ray to earn the shot at Austin Aries’ world title at the Bound for Glory PPV.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why not reward Bully Ray?
As much as I understand that TNA is a business and Jeff Hardy sells, Bully Ray was just embroiled in contract negotiations with TNA and has been the best heel in the company over the last year. Bully Ray deserved the title shot.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 in-ring masterpieces
While Bully Ray’s loss is still hard to swallow, the actual match at Bound for Glory between Hardy and Aries will be a masterpiece if the two take the time to work it all out before the match.
After watching Aries in Ring of Honor and in TNA, fans should expect a five star match from these two at BFG if Hardy brings his A-game.
TNA Rumor Mill: Another TNA knockout leaving? (TNAWrestlingNews.com)
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm
From last year’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view on, the future of the company was laid on the shoulders of Bobby Roode. After he turned heel, it was clear that the company was going to spend the next six months building to the eventual match between James Storm and Roode.
Then Austin Aries happened.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Do you still care about this feud?
After months of waiting for a culmination to this battle, it is hard to care about it right now. With that said, this is the same feeling that surrounded the Triple H/Brock Lesnar match, and WWE got people to care in the final month before SummerSlam. Why can’t TNA do the same?
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 forced feuds
As much as this could be a train wreck that no one cares about, these two men always put on great matches. They have so much history with each other, both as friends and enemies, that writing the storyline is simple for the next month. Picking a winner, though, may be much tougher.
TNA Rumor Mill: Hulk Hogan wants Devon back? (TNAWrestlingNews.com)
Hulk Hogan Calls Out Aces and Eights
If you had the pleasure of watching the No Surrender PPV, you saw TNA turn Universal Studios into a three-hour long episode of cops. After months of brutal attacks, this has FINALLY gone too far and Hogan is calling out Aces and Eights.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why doesn’t TNA hire better security?
Week after week, Aces and Eights get right into the Impact Zone unabated, and you would think that someone would hire better security. All jokes aside, Bound for Glory is right around the corner and the company is bound to reveal the leader soon; interest is as high as the company could have ever dreamed.
Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 amusement park employees/TNA security guards
The speculation about who the leader of the motorcycle gang may be has run rampant over the last few months, but to TNA’s credit, the outcome of the storyline hasn’t been spoiled. TNA either has no idea who the leader is themselves or they are great at hiding the truth.
Both are very real possibilities.
TNA News: Former TNA star Matt Hardy to face Kevin Steen in ROH (Twitter)
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