TNA's biggest show of the year, Bound For Glory, has come to a close. Champions were crowned and memories were definitely made.
This was TNA's first trip to Phoenix, and based on the crowd reaction, you can bet they'll be back in the future.
I had very high hopes when ordering the pay-per-view (no online streams for me), and I'm proud to say that TNA delivered a great night of action.
I'm here to review Bound For Glory.
I'm a big fan of the product, know all the wrestlers' names, the championship names and all that stuff that you should probably know while writing a review. TNT is a separate television network; TNA is a weekly wrestling show that I watch 52 weeks out of the year.
With all of that off my chest, here's my $0.02 on TNA's Bound For Glory:
X-Division Championship: RVD def. Zema Ion
Following a huge flying drop kick, some Rolling Thunder and a Frog Splash, Rob Van Dam won the X-Division Championship for the first time.
Zema Ion had a very strong performance on TNA's grandest stage and, if my memory serves me correct, was pretty dominant in his match against the former TNA World Champion.
High-flying action (mostly from Ion) had this crowd chanting "TNA! TNA! TNA!" from start to finish. Zema received good heat in the match and RVD had obvious fan support.
I, for one, think Zema Ion should've retained the championship. Having the younger guy go over the veteran would make the younger star look that much better, bigger, stronger, faster and credible. TNA decided to take another route, one I'm not too upset about.
Putting the X-Division title around the waist of RVD would only add more prestige and credibility to that belt. Whatever puts more emphasis on the X-Division is a good move, in my opinion.
After the match, Zema Ion took to Twitter and said that defeat should not count. He stated that RVD is ineligible to compete in the X-Division given the 225 lb weight limit.
Things in the X-Division should be interesting come this Thursday on IMPACT. I'm hoping to see this feud between RVD and Ion continue (or start, technically. Never really was a feud to begin with) and for that weight limit to be tossed in the trash.
Television Championship: Samoa Joe def. Magnus
These former tag team champions finally met in a one-on-one match with that shiny, red-strapped TV title on the line.
Both guys had a strong performances in an evenly-contested match. Samoa Joe would block Magnus' Figure Four attempt and choke him out as a result. Joe keeps that TV title, and its prestige only continues to rise while on the shoulder of that, to quote Taz, "Samoan Bathtub." (I don't understand it, either.)
Magnus is definitely on the rise in TNA, and Samoa Joe is really helping pull that TV title out of the gutter that it has been in for sometime now.
Good match between the two, and I'm hoping they can meet again in the future.
Street Fight: James Storm def. Bobby Roode w/ King Mo
This match was waaaay too early in the lineup. This grudge match has been boiling for over a year and is one of TNA's deepest rooted rivalries in company history. It should've been co-main event or the third-to-last match on the card.
Apart from that little complaint, BFG was perfect.
Also, to anyone saying, "Why was King Mo there? He was useless! Ugh!!" Did you honestly want to see him more involved? He filled his role, he did what he had to do, and the match was not negatively effected by it. If anything, having Mo more involved, as some people so desperately moan about, it would've negatively effected the match.
Anyway, there was buckets of blood in this match. This was definitely the most brutal match of the year, for any wrestling company.
Garbage cans, garbage lids, chains, kendo sticks, tacks, beer bottles, and tables. Pretty much, anything that wasn't nailed down to the floor was used as a weapon.
This is definitely a strong contender for Match of the Year. (I'm putting together the 2012 IMPACT Awards soon enough...).
Brutal, gruesome, bloody and yet beautiful storytelling. The ending..you can't get much better than that.
A bloodied James Storm shattering a beer bottle over his former partner's head, similar as to how their entire blood-filled rivalry started. The beer bottle wouldn't be the end, however.
James Storm would stand Bobby Roode back up, only to knock him back down with a Last Call super kick, thus closing the book on this ever-so-personal feud.
Joey Ryan def. Al Snow
Any fan with access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook or any social media outlet where Joey Ryan would spew his anti-TNA/Gut Checks rants should've loved to see this match come to a head.
Al Snow would finally get his hands on the California loudmouth. Al was even treated to a great pop from the crowd and the "You still got it!" chants. Well, that and the "We want Head!" chants too.
This was a nicely paced back-and-forth match. After a little ref bump, the action spilled to the outside.
Al Snow was in the driver's seat and looked to have this match won until a seven-foot mammoth of a man hopped the guard rail.
"The Blueprint" Matt Morgan nailed a Carbon Footprint on Snow, which allowed for Joey Ryan to get the win.
After the match, in an interesting turn of events, Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan shook hands, signaling some kind of agreement between the two.
Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan as a tag team could be an interesting idea...
Tag Team Championship: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez def. AJ Styles and Kurt Angle and Daniels and Kazarian
We've seen in the past just what AJ Styles, Kurt Angle, Daniels and Kazarian are capable of doing when they share a wrestling ring.
Add the team of Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez, and the action becomes even more hectic yet entertaining.
There was plenty of spots in this match, and the live Phoenix crowd was just eating it all up. Daniels' springboard moonsault, Hernandez suicide dive, AJ's front flip and Angle delivering a belly-to-belly suplex to Kazarian off the top rope and onto his partner Daniels below.
After all the chaos simmered down, Hernandez threw Daniels across the ring with a Border Toss, and Chavo capped it off with a Frog Splash to become new TNA Tag Team Champions.
Great tag team action in this match.
Knockouts Championship: Tara def. Tessmacher
Tessmacher definitely had one of her strongest performances to date. She brought her A game for Bound For Glory, but even that was not enough to beat the veteran in Tara.
Tess missed an elbow drop, and Tara capitalized by hitting a Widow's Peak for the victory.
I was really impressed with Tessmacher and have the same feeling as the RVD/Ion match earlier. Having Tess go over the veteran would've made her look so much better and would've produced a better BFG memory. However, this is definitely one of the best Knockout matches we've seen all year.
After the match, Tara introduced her Hollywood boyfriend to be Big Brother star, Jessie. Taz was the only one truly surprised by this. The rest of the Phoenix crowd greeted Jessie with a "Who are you?" chant.
I think Tara shouldn't've built Jessie up as such a huge Hollywood star. They could've said he's a reality TV star or something, but they made him sound like too big of a deal, which most likely let down a few fans.
Jessie Godderz is one half of the OVW Southern Tag Team Champions, so it'll be interesting to see how the guys in Ohio Valley work that out. I'm excited and happy to see Godderz finally on the official TNA roster. His in-ring stuff could still use some work, but he could be a big star in the future.
No Disqualification: Aces and Eights def. Sting and Bully Ray
During SPIKE TV's, "Countdown to Bound For Glory" (really cool, by the way), Hulk Hogan announced that this match will be no disqualification. He wanted to make sure A and 8s has no excuse for when they lose.
Incredibly stupid decision, Hulkster.
The two A and 8s members dragged a dirty and beaten Joseph Park to ringside. They handcuffed him to the guardrail and knocked him out with one punch.
Bully Ray was right when he said that this will be more of a fight than a wrestling match. Hell, he even wore old-school style Sting face paint as Sting wore a Bully Ray t-shirt. Those little touches shown their unity and were really cool.
Bully was popular with the crowd and seemed to be enjoying himself.
Sting and Bully were in control of the match, and Sting, once again, called for the tables. When the table was set up, Sting was dragged outside of the ring and Bully was one-on-one with the other member of A and 8s.
Just then, a third member arrived on scene with a steel chair. When the third A and 8s member went to attack Bully Ray, Joseph Park channeled his inner monster and broke free of the handcuffs. Park proceeded to kick this third man's ass all the way out of the arena.
Another member of A and 8s showed up later on and sent Bully Ray crashing through the table that was set up. This led to A and 8s getting the pin and full access to IMPACT Wrestling.
A and 8s attacked the bully and the TNA Hall of Famer until a furious Hulk Hogan emerged. The crowd erupted as Hogan laid out members of Aces and Eights one punch at a time.
Hogan stepped into the ring with only one A and 8s member left. Hulk laid in some punches and a big boot before Sting grabbed the masked man. Hogan motioned to the crowd that he was going to unmask the attacker.
As the mask came off, to everyone's surprise, DEVON was the man under it! A stunned Hogan, Sting, Bully Ray and Phoenix stood in awe.
Devon laughed and said "It was me all along" before fleeing the scene with his gang.
As Devon left with his crew, Team TNA remained in the ring unknowing of what to do. After a minute, the crowd started a little "This is awkward!" chant.
My initial thought when Devon was revealed as an A and 8s member was "WTF, Devon?!" I think it was a great swerve, and TNA really worked one over on everyone.
To anyone who says TNA is too predictable, did you see this in your dollar-store crystal ball?
It was a fun brawl while it lasted, and Devon really swerved things hardcore.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy def. Austin Aries
This was an amazing match from start to finish. Another "Match of the Year" candidate for sure.
Some fans might complain about Aries losing, but Hardy's win does make for a good story. Since his return, Hardy has steered clear of poor decision-making and put on quality performances.
Even in defeat, Austin Aries had an incredible showing on TNA's biggest stage, and even Taz said that this defeat shouldn't mean much to the now-former World Champion.
There was big moves, big spots and a really great crowd behind this match. They were split perfectly down the middle on who to root for.
Jeff Hardy planted Aries with a Twist of Fate and then nailed a Swanton Bomb to finish off an amazing night. Hardy's road to redemption has been completed on TNA's grandest stage and in the form of TNA's grandest prize: the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
I've said it before, and now I think I'm correct.
Bound For Glory 2012 was the GREATEST Bound For Glory of all-time!
Every match delivered. There was something for X-Division fans, something for the more technical wrestling fans, hardcore/extreme fans, fans of women's wrestling, tag team action and singles action.
There was even the shock factor in the forms of Matt Morgan, Jessie Godderz and Devon.
BFG has really spun TNA in a(n even more) positive direction as 2012 reaches its closing. With all the events that went down at BFG, this Thursday's IMPACT is sure to be "can't-miss" material.
RVD is X-Division Champion, Samoa Joe retained his TV title, James Storm ended his year-long war with Bobby Roode, Joey Ryan earned a TNA contract, Matt Morgan is back, Chavo and Hernandez are tag champions, Tara is Knockouts Champion, Jessie Godderz arrived in TNA, Devon is behind Aces and Eights and Jeff Hardy is the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
This was, without a doubt, the best Bound For Glory ever.
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