After the fallout from TNA’s Slammiversary pay-per-view on last week’s Impact Wrestling, this Thursday’s edition of the show promises to be one of the most unpredictable and wild episodes in recent memory.
With the build for Bound for Glory officially kicking into overdrive this week, this is the episode of Impact Wrestling in which many of the new feuds that will last through the rest of the summer start.
TNA will be looking to clean the slate from Slammiversary and move toward Bound for Glory, so expect several feuds ending and several more kicking off. Add in the BFG Series announcements, and this show will be a must-see.
Where: Gwinnett Center Arena, Duluth, Ga.
When: Thursday, June 13 at 9 p.m. ET (Pre-Taped)
Watch: Spike TV
Fallout From Hulk Hogan’s Attempted Assault on Bully Ray
At the end of last week’s episode of Impact Wrestling, Bully Ray was seen walking through the backstage area after his match with Jeff Hardy. When he stopped, Hulk Hogan emerged from the shadows and was going to hit Bully before Brooke Hogan yelled and stopped the attack. After having a week to digest all of that, it’s time to face the fallout this Thursday.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is TNA Already Teasing the BGD Main Event?
There are four months until October’s Bound for Glory PPV, and while starting the build to the possible main event now is smart long-term booking, it looks like the company is already giving it away. If TNA is slow building to a match between Bull and Hogan, the company gave too much away last week on Impact. If this was on purpose to start building hype around Hogan’s return match, TNA is actually doing this the right way.
Whether TNA is teasing a return or not, Hogan sure is on Twitter:
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Hulk Hogan Championship Reigns
The major issue with this storyline is that the winner of the Bound for Glory series is supposed to get the title shot at the October PPV. While there is a good chance that Bully Ray drops the title and the Hogan vs. Bully match is just for Brooke, the worst possible scenario is Hogan entering the series and winning it all somehow. Anything is acceptable over the latter scenario.
TNA Rumors: Hulk Hogan and Bully Ray Reportedly Planned for Bound for Glory (Wrestling Observer Newsletter)
Sting to Address His Future
After taking Bully Ray to his limit at Slammiversary, Sting was defeated in a no-holds barred match and will never be allowed to fight for the world title again. After the fallout from the PPV, The Icon will return to Impact Wrestling to talk about his future in the business and on TNA.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Sting Retire or Stay to Put Young Guys Over?
While either one of these options would be acceptable for the veteran, the likelihood that he will leave the main event spotlight is low. A more likely scenario is that Sting will win a match and put himself in the BFG Series and go on to win it all. Instead of being able to fight Bully, he will give his title shot to Hulk Hogan.
No matter what happens going forward, Sting is ready to go out on his own, via Twitter:
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Sting’s Main Event Storylines
TNA can do whatever it wants to convince the fans that the company is not pushing the aging star Sting as a top wrestler on its card anymore, but the fact the he still sells better than almost anyone on the current roster is a signal he won’t be going anywhere. While The Icon may not have a title shot again, he will still be one of the main focal points of the company moving forward.
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