This Sunday TNA presents their signature event, Bound For Glory, emanating from the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Ariz.
World Champion Austin Aries battles Bound For Glory Series winner Jeff Hardy, The World Tag Team Champions of the World defend in a triple threat match, Bobby Roode battles James Storm with King Mo as the enforcer, Sting and Bully Ray defend TNA against Aces and Eights and so much more!
Check out the full preview featuring analysis and predictions for each match.
X-Division Championship: Zema Ion (champion) vs. Rob Van Dam
On Thursday’s Impact Wrestling, Zema Ion proclaimed that he eliminated the entire X-Division. That is true, and it left Zema without a Bound For Glory match. Enter Rob Van Dam. Van Dam claimed that Hulk Hogan told him he could pick his Bound For Glory opponent for Phoenix, and he picked Ion.
The title is on the line, and I worry that Van Dam will walk out of Phoenix with it. Zema Ion should win, but TNA has a tendency to protect Van Dam in nearly every match. Yes, it makes no sense but I am going with Van Dam here.
Prediction: Rob Van Dam becomes new X-Division Champion
Joey Ryan vs. Al Snow
This match has no place on the Bound For Glory pay-per-view event. I could see it happening on the pre-show, but the main card? This belongs on Impact Wrestling. Ryan signed a one night contract for this match, and it’s unknown if this is really for a TNA contract. I am thinking it isn’t, and that means Al Snow wins.
Prediction: Al Snow
Television Championship Match: Samoa Joe (champion) vs. Magnus
Samoa Joe is the perfect choice to re-elevate the Television Championship. He is great in the ring, he’s held every current TNA championship that men can compete for, and he’s been on a tear throughout all of 2012. Magnus is showing that he has all the potential in the world, and can be a top heel for TNA. While I think Magnus will get there eventually, the time isn’t now.
Prediction: Samoa Joe retains
Knockouts Championship: Miss Tessmacher (champion) vs. Tara
Tara attacked Tessmacher, presumably out of jealousy. Now she has a Hollywood boyfriend that will apparently be at Bound For Glory. Tessmacher is the young upstart who once teamed with Tara, and she’s the champ.
TNA is laying the best foundation for Eric Young or Joey Ryan to be the boyfriend, but some California residents have had recent TNA tryouts. Championship Wrestling from Hollywood’s Shaun Ricker and the former “Chris Masters” Christopher Mordetzky would both make great options.
Regardless, this seems like a great opportunity for Tara to get a title run.
Prediction: Tara becomes new Knockouts Champion
World Tag Team Championship: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian (champions) vs. AJ Styles and Kurt Angle vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
This is likely the best built match on the PPV, and it’s been built primarily through wrestling matches. It can also steal the show. I think we will see Chavo and Hernandez as champions, but it’ll come in a straight up tag team match.
I think the World Tag Team Champions (of the World) steal someone’s pin and leave Phoenix with the titles.
Prediction: Christopher Daniels and Kazarian remain World Tag Team Champions (of the World)
Aces and Eights vs. Sting and Bully Ray
According to the stipulation, if the team representing Aces and Eights loses the entire group will disappear. But if they win they get full access to TNA.
After Thursday’s Impact Wrestling, I am convinced that Bully Ray is the most talented man in wrestling. The best heel in the company became the most over face in the company in one match. Sting and Ray seem ready to beat the world, and the world is full of ruthless masked bandits named Aces and Eights.
I suspect we’ll get some combination of Wes Brisco, Luke Gallows and Mike Knox on the Aces and Eights side of things. And I expect them to cheat and win. It makes no sense for them to lose.
Prediction: Aces and Eights wins full access to TNA
Street Fight: Bobby Roode vs. James Storm (King Mo is the special enforcer)
This should be a bigger deal, as in half of a double main event. Rather, we have a lame gimmick that will ultimately make away from the match. Obviously King Mo will be involved, but I am torn on him causing the finish.
Criticism aside, this has the potential to be a great brawl between two guys who have great chemistry together.
I expect a Storm win and a Roode-Mo feud to follow.
Prediction: James Storm wins, King Mo keeps Roode from running away and knocks him out with a kick that costs him the match.
World Championship: Austin Aries (champion) vs. Jeff Hardy
This is the main event for Bound For Glory 2012, and I will be the first to admit it wasn’t my first choice. In a perfect world we’d get Bobby Roode vs. James Storm or the title, but I accepted the fact that it would be a separate match since Destination X. Of the Bound For Glory Series competitors, I would have picked AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Bully Ray and Samoa Joe all before I would have gone for Jeff Hardy. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a worthy main event.
Jeff Hardy is a world renowned wrestler, and his challenge is worthy of a main event slot. But for this match to be satisfying, I need Austin Aries to win. Hardy’s contract is expiring in early 2013, and some think TNA will move the belt to keep Hardy happy. This is a bad business decision for TNA—look at what happened with Devon!
So yes, I will be pulling for Austin Aries as I sit in the crowd with my son watching this match. His getting a victory is the best thing for TNA moving forward. Unfortunately, I just don’t see it playing out that way.
Prediction: Jeff Hardy becomes TNA World Champion
Want to hear an audio preview of the PPV? Listen to this week’s Greg DeMarco Show, where Greg DeMarco, Patrick O’Dowd and Andy Critchell breakdown the Bound For Glory card!