This week’s episode of TNA Impact Wrestling is incredibly important to the success of the Bound for Glory pay-per-view on Oct. 20.
There are just two episodes of Impact left before the biggest show of the year, and the company must build the rest of the card around the main event in order to get hardcore and casual fans alike to invest the time and money into this PPV.
With little build thus far to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship match and almost no build to anything else on the card, TNA must shift the booking into overdrive and build a PPV that the company and its fans can be proud of.
If Bound for Glory is TNA’s WrestleMania, the next two weeks of Impact must be perfect.
Where: Cox Business Center Arena, Tulsa, Okla.
When: Thursday, Oct. 10, 9 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Hulk Hogan Quits TNA
After being asked by TNA president Dixie Carter if he wanted to take a ride on the Dixie train, general manager Hulk Hogan quit the company and left Impact Wrestling. With Hogan’s contract running out on Oct. 1, there are serious questions about whether TNA will be able to re-sign him before Bound for Glory.
Question on Everybody's Mind: How Could This Happen Now?
The biggest problem here is that TNA is just two weeks from its biggest show of the year and one of the biggest names on the roster is negotiating a new contract. Instead of focusing this storyline on AJ Styles finally getting his shot at the world title and stopping Bully Ray and his gang, the angle is about heel Carter and the removal of Hogan from television.
The timing of this situation could not have been worse.
Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 Glorious Hogan Returns
TNA is working behind the scenes to get Hogan re-signed, and it would be a great moment for casual wrestling fans to have the announcement come right before or at the PPV that the legend would be back on Impact Wrestling. The problem is that Hogan will likely ask for so much money that the rest of the roster will suffer because of it.
Instead of focusing so much on re-signing Hogan, TNA officials should move past the veteran and start investing that money in the future of the company. With Bound for Glory likely to flop with so little build, this is the chance the company needs to hit the reset button and start all over again with proper booking and storytelling.
TNA Rumors: Backstage News On Hulk Hogan, per Wrestling Inc.
The Build for Bound for Glory
Despite much of the focus being on the status of Hulk Hogan, TNA must shift into overdrive when it comes to the booking of the matches at Bound for Glory. With just two episodes left to sell the fans on what the company calls its biggest PPV of the year, the build has to come fast and furious.
For this show to be worthy of its billing, the next two weeks of Impact have to be the unquestionable best of the year.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Do You Care About BFG?
There are plenty of great wrestlers in TNA right now who fans want to support. The problem is that these men are not being put in storylines that showcase their talents or give the casual fans a reason to start taking sides in a feud. With several matches announced but none standing out as a once-in-a-lifetime moment, it’s easy for the fans to forget this show is even taking place. The company has two weeks to make people care.
Hype Meter: 1 out of 5 Hail Mary Passes
There are many TNA fans who want this company to not only survive, but thrive as well. There is still time to build intrigue for the PPV, but it will take great storytelling from the wrestlers, entertaining writing from the people backstage and full commitment from Carter and the rest of the people in charge in order to make the next two weeks entertaining enough.
There is still a chance to save Bound for Glory, but the current trajectory has it more closely resembling Battleground instead of WrestleMania.
TNA News: Last Week’s Impact Ratings, per PW Torch.
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