Last Thursday night at the TNA Destination X special, Chris Sabin defeated Bully Ray to win his first TNA World Heavyweight Championship. This came as a major shock to many viewers, as most people expected Sabin to put up a strong fight against Ray only to come up short.
For the second straight year, the X-Division champion, who relinquished their title prior to the event, defeated a top-tier star to win the TNA title at Destination X. Last year, it was Austin Aries who overcame the odds by scoring an upset victory over Bobby Roode to capture the prestigious prize.
Aries went on to reign as TNA World Heavyweight champion for a solid three months before dropping the strap to Jeff Hardy in the main event of Bound For Glory. The question now is if Sabin can do the same and maintain possession of the title until the company's biggest show of the year.
Interestingly enough, Aries wished Sabin luck prior to his big title match during a backstage segment last week at Destination X. Aries, who has been a heel for close to nine months, showed babyface tendencies during his brief encounter with the former Motor City Machine Gun member.
Since Aries is currently involved in the Bound For Glory Series, the self-proclaimed Greatest Man Who Ever Lived stands a pretty good chance of once again headlining Bound For Glory for the second consecutive year. Instead of being the champion this time around, however, he would be the challenger.
After winning his fifth X-Division Championship at Slammiversary, Sabin was set to defend his title in a Triple Threat match on the June 27 edition of Impact Wrestling. He lost the title to Suicide, who was later revealed to be Aries in disguise.
Another Triple Threat match was held the next week between Aries, Sabin and Suicide (now named Manik), where the gold was up for grabs. Manik was taken out of the bout at the hands of Aces and Eights, leaving Sabin and Aries to battle for the belt in a standard singles match.
In what was one of the best matches of the year thus far for TNA, Aries and Sabin traded signature maneuvers and engaged in some of the most exciting action we've seen in the X-Division in quite some time. In the end, Sabin connected with his All Hail Sabin finisher on to Aries from the top rope, scoring his sixth X-Division title in the process.
Following that barn burner of a match, it became clear what the main event at Bound For Glory should be: Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Some say that Sabin isn't ready for the main event picture at this point in time, but I'm sure he would be developed enough by the time October rolls around. The seeds were planted at Destination X, and if their most recent match against one another was any indication, then their clash at Bound For Glory could be one of the greatest main event matches in the event's history.
Of course, it's unknown at this time if Sabin will still be the reigning champion by Bound For Glory, but only time will tell as far as that goes. It's been heavily rumored amongst fans for months now that Bully Ray might be facing Hulk Hogan on the grand stage, and one would assume that the title wouldn't be on the line for that bout.
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