This week’s edition of TNA Impact Wrestling is a special pay-per-view-caliber episode of the show dubbed No Surrender. With a world championship match and the culmination of the Bound for Glory Series set to take place, this is a can’t-miss Impact.
Not only will Bully Ray have to defend the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against his former friend Mr. Anderson, but the title holder at the end of the night will know which star he must face at the October PPV.
This will be a PPV-worthy edition of Impact, and with several chances for monumental swerves, there is no doubt that Thursday’s No Surrender will be a great start to a wild month of TNA wrestling.
Where: Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, Mo.
When: Thursday, Sept. 12, 9 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
No Surrender’s Championship Match
After turning on Aces & Eights president and world champion Bully Ray to close last week’s show, Mr. Anderson made it clear that he is the man that will square off against his former boss for the title at No Surrender.
Anderson has been an afterthought for months as just another member of the gang, but now he finally has the chance to shine as the one member of the gang willing to stand up for himself. This will be the biggest moment of the veteran’s TNA career.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Anderson Win the Championship?
The Aces & Eights storyline is beyond convoluted at this point, but this is TNA’s chance to build properly to Bound for Glory. No Surrender isn’t a PPV anymore, and there is no reason for anything in the main event picture to reach its climax right now.
Anderson must walk out of Thursday’s edition of the show looking strong but without the title around his waist. After the gang gets its revenge by stealing away their former brother’s shot at Bully Ray’s championship, the Aces & Eights must begin to show the cracks that will ultimately lead to the downfall of the group.
While Anderson will lose, this must signal the beginning of the end for the Aces & Eights.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Storyline Conclusions
There is a serious chance that the hopes of this storyline drawing to a close are all in vain, but the groundwork is there for the foundation of the motorcycle gang to crumble starting this week as the members pick sides in this week’s title match.
If TNA teases constant in-fighting amongst the members of the Aces & Eights leading into the main event, there is no doubt that someone like Tito Ortiz will get involved in the outcome and screw over Anderson.
That would cement Anderson’s face turn and signal the downfall of the heel stable.
TNA News: Last Week’s Impact Ratings, via PWTorch.com
Bound for Glory Series Semifinals and Finals
The 2013 BFG Series has been an absolute mess, but the final four competitors are right on the money. While TNA took the worst possible route getting to this point, the company has the chance to salvage this as AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and Magnus all battle for the chance to square off with the world champ at Bound for Glory.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who Will Become No. 1 Contender?
The clearest choice to become the overall winner is Styles considering how his loner character revealed his real intentions of winning the TNA title over the past three weeks, but this is the one hard decision the company actually wants to face.
Not only is Styles one of the top stars in the company and a viable No. 1 contender, but Aries, Roode and Magnus could each be the eventual winner and TNA would be in much better shape moving forward. No matter who wins, at least the fans will be treated to three PPV-quality matches.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 5-Star Matches
It still feels like a foregone conclusion that Styles will get the overall victory in the BFG Series, but a semifinals matchup against Aries is something wrestling fans can’t wait to see. After a horrible finish to a spectacular match earlier in the tournament, this will be the duo’s chance to steal the show.
Magnus and Roode will put on another quality bout as well, but it should be the heel in that matchup that cheats his way to the finals against Styles. With Roode and Styles going toe-to-toe, this match has the ramifications that make this an instant classic and get TNA moving in the right direction.
TNA Rumors: AJ Styles Reported Deal With TNA, per Wrestling Observer (via Wrestling Inc.)
Final Bound for Glory Standings
- AJ Styles, 49 points
- Magnus, 39 points
- Austin Aries, 35 points
- Bobby Roode, 34 points
- Jeff Hardy, 31 points
- Christopher Daniels, 30 points
- Samoa Joe, 26 points
- Mr. Anderson, 24 points
- Frankie Kazarian, 22 points
- Joseph Park, 17 points
- Hernandez, 7 points
- Jay Bradley, 7 points
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