TNA Bound for Glory 2012 Preview and Predictions
It's October, so you know what that means.
Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, Halloween is coming up, MLB postseason is underway, the NFL season is in full swing and TNA's biggest show of the year, Bound For Glory, is right around the corner.
TNA Wrestling and Direct Auto Insurance present Bound For Glory live on October 14 from Phoenix, Ariz. There will be loads of stuff going on in Phoenix to celebrate such an event.
Eight matches have been announced for pay-per-view, Spike is hosting a free "Countdown to Bound For Glory" special one hour prior to the event, which will include special interviews, previews and even a match or two.
The night before the pay-per-view itself, TNA will induct "The Icon" Sting as the inaugural member of the TNA Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Looking at the card on paper, I have every reason to believe that this has the potential to be the single greatest Bound For Glory in TNA Wrestling history. Let's run down that card with my predictions on each and every matchup.
X-Division Championship: RVD vs. Zema Ion
Despite the fact that this match hasn't received all that much hype, I'm extremely excited for this match. Why?
1.) I'm a big Zema Ion fan. Anytime this guy is on my TV screen is a good time. I'm loving his reign as X-Division Champion and the fact that he's been so dominant.
2.) It's RVD. Normally, I'm not at all excited for Mr. Rob Van Dam, but this is a special occasion. RVD is stepping out of the main event and diving headfirst into the X-Division. Former World Champion chasing X-Division gold, that's how I feel RVD will be best utilized.
This match is Zema's toughest challenge yet, and I cannot wait to see what goes down. Zema Ion is definitely the underdog in this match, which is unusual considering he's the champ. With that said, I still think he'll retain.
A win over a star like RVD on TNA's biggest stage would be huge for Zema's young career and I personally don't feel like there's enough buzz around this match for the title to change hands.
Winner: Zema Ion
Joey Ryan vs. Al Snow
I've been watching and waiting for this match to be booked since Joey Ryan's failed Gut Check in May. On Impact, it hasn't received too much build-up going into BFG, but if you're an internet fan, there's been plenty of build.
This feud was brilliantly crafted through the use of social media that included shots fired on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
With TNA visiting the western side of the country, Joey Ryan is expecting his "87 percenters" to show up in droves and cheer on their hometown hero.
The crowd reaction should be interesting considering the point Joey Ryan brings up. I'm more interested in watching Al Snow compete between those ropes once again, to be honest.
I see no reason for Joey Ryan to lose here. He wins, he's in TNA. He loses and...thanks for coming? Thanks for wrestling on our grandest stage only to end up in defeat?
Joey Ryan will win, and to the joy of his 87 percent, earn himself an Impact Wrestling contract. I for one hope he can defeat Al Snow cleanly; then after the match, Al could raise his arm and give him his contract, thus putting all of this behind us as Joey moves on.
However it ends, it's safe to say that Joey Ryan will be bringing sleazy back to TNA.
Winner: Joey Ryan
Television Title: Magnus vs. Samoa Joe
Former tag team champions, now bitter rivals. That's only natural in the world of wrestling.
I wouldn't be upset with each guy leaving BFG as Television Champion. They're both awesome and would make great champs.
However, I think it's too soon for Samoa Joe to lose that title no matter how ready Magnus is for championship gold.
That's my reasoning down to a tee. It's too early for Joe to drop that shiny red-strapped belt.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Knockouts Championship: Tara vs. Tessmacher
I'm on the fence with this prediction.
Having Tessmacher go over a wrestling veteran such as Tara on TNA's biggest show of the year would be a great accomplishment.
However, I can't safely see that happening with all this "Hollywood boyfriend" stuff flying around. Tara's "boyfriend" might affect this match and cost Tessmacher the title, which, in my opinion, won't be as good.
Giving Tess the clean win over her mentor at BFG would be the typical happily ever after feeling, but I'm unsure of it. I'd love to see Tessmacher retain, but I can't really see it happening, unfortunately.
AJ and Angle vs. Chavo and Hernandez vs. Daniels and Kazarian
This match has the potential to be one of the best on the card.
A.J. Styles, Kurt Angle, Daniels, Kazarian, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez all in the ring at one time. This ought to be great.
As far as my prediction goes, I think I'll stick with the team of Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez.
Chavo said that a Guerrero has never been a champion in TNA, and BFG would be the perfect stage for that. On the other hand, taking the belts off of Daniels and Kazarian would allow for some closure in this year-long feud between them and A.J. Styles.
Kurt Angle could go off and recover from whatever injuries he has and A.J. could finish off his feud with Daniels and Kazarian; meanwhile, Chavo and Hernandez swoop in and take the titles.
That's how I'm looking at it.
Winners: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
Just like the Magnus/Joe match, I don't really care about the outcome. Any of these three teams would make great champions.
Aces and Eights vs. Sting and Bully Ray
Aces and Eights win, no questions asked.
The bigger question is, who's their damn leader?
Will Bully Ray stab Sting and TNA in the back and reveal himself as leader? Will, I don't know, Jeff Jarrett show up as leader? Abyss? Joseph Park? Hulk Hogan? Eric Bischoff? I fear for those last two choices, by the way.
A big part of me sees Bully Ray turning on Sting and revealing himself as leader. A smaller part of me sees Bully Ray trying his best, falling short, losing the match and allowing Aces and Eights full access to TNA.
The deciding factor in my prediction is the fact that an Aces and Eights member is on the Turning Point poster.
Winners: Aces and Eights
Street Fight: Bobby Roode vs. James Storm with King Mo
This whole feud started about one year ago and here we are, watching the culmination of it all at Bound For Glory.
I feel like Roode has weaseled his way out of matches with James Storm far too much, and it's time for "The Cowboy" to settle the score.
This match will be brutal and very story-driven. This should definitely be one of, if not the, best match of the night.
My prediction: A bloody brawl all throughout Phoenix.
I'm not really sure about King Mo in the match. I mean, yeah, he's special enforcer, but I can't see him getting too involved (good, he shouldn't be). Maybe Roode will try to run from the fight, but Mo will be that brick wall he runs into.
Anyway, James Storm should pick up the win.
Winner: James Storm
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries
Here we go—the big one.
This is the toughest match to predict.
Jeff Hardy is looking to write the final chapter of his redemption, while Austin Aries is looking to cement his legitimacy as TNA World Champion. Only one of their stories will have a fairytale ending; the other will be a nightmare.
There's very high stakes in this match. It's the internet fan favorite Austin Aries vs. casual fan favorite Jeff Hardy, and definitely makes for an interesting dream match, and rightful main event for TNA's biggest event of the year.
I predict Aries leaving Phoenix with his championship intact. He needs this win much more than Jeff Hardy and "The Charismatic Enigma" doesn't really need the TNA World Championship.
Winner: Austin Aries
Countdown the Hours...
I predicted that Zema Ion, Joey Ryan, Samoa Joe, Tara, Chavo and Hernandez, Aces and Eights, James Storm and Austin Aries win with two title changes on the night. But I hope I'm wrong about the Knockouts prediction. C'mon, Tessmacher!
Have any predictions of your own? Feel free to leave 'em in the comment section.
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Now we're just counting down the hours until TNA Bound For Glory. I cannot wait.