This week’s TNA Impact Wrestling is going to be a thrill ride now that general manager Hulk Hogan is back in town, and the build will continue to October’s huge Bound for Glory pay-per-view.
Not only is Hogan on a collision course with Bully Ray and the Aces & Eights, but the Main Event Mafia is also involved, and the Bound for Glory Series is still going on as well.
With so much action scheduled for Thursday, wrestling fans can’t afford to miss this week’s episode of Impact.
Where: Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
When: Thursday, Aug. 29, 9 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Hulk Hogan Returns to Confront Bully Ray
After missing two weeks of television tapings, Hogan is back in the building to talk about Bully Ray winning the championship, Devon's removal from the active roster and, hopefully, his daughter's unexplained disappearance from the company.
While TNA should address where Brooke went, totally ignoring it is much more likely.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Where is this Storyline Going?
The Aces & Eights angle has been going on for too long now, and the Main Event Mafia infusion has been nothing short of lackluster. The company has been teasing an underlying feud and potential match between Bully Ray and Hogan, and a face-to-face meeting Thursday could signal the official start of that program.
The winner of the BFG Series gets an automatic title shot at the PPV, but wrestling fans shouldn’t be shocked to see Hogan back in the ring against Bully Ray at some point in the near future.
Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 Faltering Factions
The storyline between these two factions has been so diluted that it’s hard to enjoy anymore. The inclusion of Tito Ortiz (obviously the new member of Aces & Eights with Devon fired) and Rampage Jackson has alienated the fans who don’t care about MMA and clouded the purpose of this storyline.
There is still hope this is all going to culminate at Bound for Glory when AJ Styles triumphs over Bully Ray and wins the world title for the good guys. The problem now is that the company gave the ending away by having Styles turn face and reveal his intentions. This will be a tough sell moving forward.
TNA Rumors: Hulk Hogan Receiving Heat Backstage? Per Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Wrestling Inc.
The Bound for Glory Series Drags On
Despite the hope that TNA would use arguably the best concept in the history of the company in the BFG Series to breathe new life into the product, the only storylines furthered so far have been centered around the numerous stables Impact Wrestling has right now.
The BFG Series must start shifting its focus to the wrestlers participating and their individual angles.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Did TNA Reveal Styles as Eventual BFG Winner?
The reason Styles was using the Sting-esque gimmick of playing by his own rules was so the fans would always be on the fence about his purpose. That would ultimately culminate in him winning the BFG Series and turning full face to beat Bully Ray for the championship.
It was clear Styles' heel gimmick wasn’t working, but instead of holding on to get a huge payoff, the company panicked and turned him face prematurely. While he could still win the BFG Series, the lack of suspense would hurt the main event.
Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 Solid Matches
The only positive from this year’s BFG Series has been the matches. While there is no rhyme or reason to many of them, the unusual matchups have yielded some dream bouts.
With Jeff Hardy vs. Magnus, AJ Styles vs. Bobby Roode, Austin Aries vs. Christopher Daniels and Hernandez vs. Kazarian all fighting this week, Thursday’s in-ring action should be top-notch. At least TNA still has great wrestling.
TNA Rumors: AJ Styles Working on a New Contract? Per PWInsider via Wrestling Inc.
Bound for Glory Standings
- Magnus, 39 points
- Bobby Roode, 34 points
- Christopher Daniels, 30 points
- Austin Aries, 28 points
- Samoa Joe, 26 points
- Jeff Hardy, 24 points
- Mr. Anderson, 24 points
- AJ Styles, 22 points
- Frankie Kazarian, 22 points
- Joseph Park, 17 points
- Hernandez, 7 points
- Jay Bradley, 0 points
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