As Bound for Glory continues to draw closer each week, the build to the company’s biggest pay-per-view will raise the stakes on Thursday’s episode of TNA’s Impact Wrestling.
With still so much build left to what equates to TNA’s WrestleMania, the company will be busy putting the finishing touches on major storylines while crafting midcard feuds to fill out the card.
Now is not the time to miss a second of the wild TNA action, so expect a healthy dosage of anarchy on Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: SPIKE TV
Hulk Hogan Goes to Aces and Eights' Clubhouse
After calling out Aces and Eights for the past several weeks, the gang has made an offer to Hulk Hogan to come to their clubhouse. While he accepted, that was before they brutally attacked Joseph Park.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will we find out who the leader is before Bound for Glory?
TNA’s biggest show is Bound for Glory, so the hope would be that the reveal would come either a week before the big PPV or during the live event. Either way, the storyline of not knowing the leader's identity can’t go past BFG. Maybe they’ll start dropping clues this week.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 mixed up Hogan promos
Hulk Hogan is hilarious on the mic during this whole storyline, but while he doesn’t mean to be, the fans must be enjoying the amazing promos and fake backstage phone calls. At this point, Hogan is so bad that he is funny; I’m praying he isn’t the leader of Aces and Eights, though.
TNA News: Hulk Hogan teases a surprise on Impact (Twitter)
Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries
While last week wasn’t the best in Austin Aries' career on the mic, the former Ring of Honor alum has plenty of talent. With Jeff Hardy unable to carry this feud on the mic, though, Aries must step up his game and be the star for this main event to work.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will this feud work?
TNA has until BFG to make this relevant, but the Week 1 storyline has been forgotten already. Aries had a good backstage promo with Hardy, but it was Bully Ray that stole the spotlight; this only works if Bully is involved.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 deserved title runs
It is obvious that TNA capitalized on the hype around Austin Aries when he was red hot, but his star is cooling a bit and the company needs to appease their top stars that are considering leaving. I would expect Hardy or Bully Ray to win at BFG, and the other wins the title from him later on.
TNA Rumor Mill: Jeff Hardy’s contract done in February? (Wrestling Observer via TNAWrestlingNews.com)
TV Title Match
With the uncertainty surrounding Devon’s status in TNA, the TV Title appears to have been vacated and will be contended for Thursday on Impact. With just one heavyweight championship, this could be TNA’s chance to give the midcard a legitimate second-tier title.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will TNA build their midcard back up?
In a perfect world, the idea would be to have three veteran stars like Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam and Samoa Joe put over the younger Magnus in an epic PPV-quality match. That would also solidify the TV title as the goal for the midcard talent.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 disappointing combatants
While the perfect formula is very obvious and right in front of TNA’s face, this is bound to be a few of the worst guys on the roster just to spite the hardcore fans. If I had to venture a guess, it will be Gunner, Robbie E, Robbie T and Rob Van Dam; at least RVD would win the title.
TNA Rumor Mill: Latest rumors around Devon and Bully Ray (PWInsider via PWMania)
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