Despite watching every TNA Impact Wrestling over the last year at least once and being a fan since the beginning, last week’s episode was one of the most disappointing in a long time.
With just two weeks until the company’s biggest pay-per-view of the year, Bound for Glory, TNA isn’t convincing anyone that they should be ordering this event.
Impact Wrestling should be reaching the homestretch of the build, not just starting it.
Will you buy Bound for Glory?
If there were ever two episodes of any show that could save the last month of poor build, it would be the next two Thursdays of Impact Wrestling. Odds are, though, that fans still won’t care.
Where: Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla.
When: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: SPIKE TV
World Heavyweight Heat
TNA’s biggest PPV of the year is two weeks away, and even as an Austin Aries fan, I couldn’t care less about the main event. In the saddest note of all, it's Bully Ray stealing the spotlight here, and he’s not even in the match.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will This Become a Three-Way Title Match?
There is no way I can condone a three-way title match any time, let alone on a company’s biggest PPV, but there are always exceptions. With the lack of build between Aries and Hardy, adding Bully Ray may be the only option.
Hype Meter: 3 Out of 5 Not-So-Epic Title Feuds
Putting the strap on Aries was the right move for TNA because the company was trying to catch the CM Punk or Daniel Bryan hype like WWE. The problem is that TNA hasn’t followed through, and was left with a feud built to draw in views and not mean something.
TNA Rumors: Why Hardy got the title shot (Wrestling Observer via TNAWrestlingNews.com)
Aces and Eights’ Leader
Despite the fact that TNA thought it was clever and turned the leader's back and disguised his voice, it was blatantly clear from the video that the head-man of Aces and Eights was Eric Bischoff. Add in the way Garrett was passed over and eyed up Hogan, and the leader is certain.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Eric Bischoff the Worst Possible Payoff?
While many fans were guessing Bischoff and Jeff Jarrett as possible stars to lead the motorcycle gang, the mannerisms and voice tendencies that the Aces and Eights’ leader showed Thursday were clearly Bischoff’s. And yes, that is the worst payoff.
Hype Meter: 2 Out of 5 TNA Swerves
It is so hard to tell exactly what TNA is doing in this case, or if the company even honestly knows what it wants to do. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Bischoff as the leader, but it also wouldn’t surprise me to see TNA swerve the fans and put someone else in there because it can.
TNA Rumors: Identity of woman that attacked Sting and Hogan (TNAWrestlingNews.com)
King Mo’s Debut
If you don’t know who Muhammed Lawal is yet, prepare to hear plenty about “King Mo” in the upcoming weeks leading up to Bound for Glory. This MMA fighter has been signed by TNA and will be the special guest enforcer for Bobby Roode vs. James Storm.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who?
While the idea of cross promotion is the right way to go—especially considering WWE’s stance on the UFC—only hardcore MMA fans will know who King Mo is and even those fans don’t really care.
Hype Meter: 1 out of 5 Brandon Jacobs-esque appearances
After weeks and weeks of being told about this fighter, the fact that his only impact will be as a 'special guest enforcer' is a real letdown. With so many wrestlers not working at the BFG PPV, why not have a MMA-Style match or something else fun and unique?
TNA News: Kurt Angle to consider MMA career? (PWinsider via TNAWrestlingNews.com)
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