Sunday’s Bound for Glory is TNA’s biggest pay-per-view of the year, and the excitement surrounding the event is as high as could be expected considering the lack of build over the past three months.
TNA has cut down the amount of PPVs it puts on every year, and the culmination of that new strategy should be the Bound for Glory show. With little build to the main event and no real depth on the card, there is uncertainty about this show.
While Impact Wrestling has its flaws, putting on great PPVs is not one of them.
The build to Sunday’s Bound for Glory may have not been perfect or conventional, but the show will still be one of TNA’s best all year. The intense action should keep the fans distracted from the lackluster storyline culminations.
Where: Viejas Arena, San Diego, Calif.
When: Sunday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. ET
Watch: PPV and SpikeTV (pre-show)
Live Stream: TNA On Demand
|Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) vs. Eric Young and Joseph Park vs. The BroMans (Jessie Godderz and Robbie E)||Tag team gauntlet match for a spot in TNA World Tag Team Championship match|
|Bully Ray (c) vs. AJ Styles||No Disqualification match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship|
|James Storm and Gunner (c) vs. TBA||Tag team match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship|
|Manik (c) vs. Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe||Ultimate X match for the TNA X Division Championship|
|Sting vs. Magnus||Singles match|
|Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode||Singles match|
|ODB (c) vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke||Three-way match for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship|
*(c) is defending champion.
No Hulk Hogan?
Despite being previously advertised for Bound for Glory, Hulk Hogan is not expected to be re-signed in time to make his return at the PPV, per Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc.
The fact that the company is even dealing with contract issues like this right now is a bad sign for the future of TNA wrestling. The backstage officials should be dumping all of the resources into building the biggest show of the year instead of doing whatever it takes to re-sign Hogan.
Let’s hope BFG is a success and TNA realizes it doesn’t need Hogan. We can only dream.
Mr. Anderson Set to Return?
According to F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc., Mr. Anderson will return to programming either Sunday or at this week’s Impact tapings. While it is unclear what role Mr. Anderson will play with the company, the natural progression would be an immediate feud with Bully Ray.
Anderson has not lived up to the expectations that many had for his character since jumping to the company, but TNA officials now have the chance to hit the reset button and make the former Money in the Bank winner a top draw.
Full Predictions for All Scheduled Matches
Bad Influence will win the tag team gauntlet pre-show match (the duo will beat Eric Young and Joseph Park, BroMans and Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez). If Christopher Daniels and Kazarian don’t win, the problems in TNA run much deeper than anyone could have imagined.
ODB will successfully defend her TNA Women’s Championship against both Gail Kim and Brooke Tessmacher. Expect a possible Lei'D Tapa interruption.
Austin Aries will win the X Division title over Manik, Chris Sabin, Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe. This should be the beginning of the official feud between Sabin and Aries for the X Division Championship.
James Storm and Gunner will successfully defend the titles against Bad Influence, but this match should feature a dirty finish that makes it clear Kaz and Daniels are staying in the title picture.
Kurt Angle will steal the win, but the marquee feud with Bobby Roode shouldn’t culminate at Bound for Glory. This is one of the battles that the company should push heavily moving forward.
Magnus will beat Sting after using heel tactics to steal the victory, and it will mark his official turn. This should help get a serious reaction from the fans for the wrestler the company has dubbed a star of the future.
Main Event Preview and Prediction
Ever since AJ Styles lost the chance to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for a year, it was clear that he would force himself back into the title picture via the Bound for Glory series and walk away with the title.
With Bully Ray and the Aces & Eights falling apart, it is time for Styles to reach his goal of winning the championship and ending the reign of terror the motorcycle gang has on the company.
The storyline is that Styles' contract with the company is up, but he will wrestle Sunday without any long-term future with TNA. Just like CM Punk did at Money in the Bank in 2011, Impact Wrestling fans should expect Styles to dethrone the current champion and hold the title hostage until his demands are met.
Bully Ray has been a stellar heel champion, but this main event is TNA’s chance to hit the reset button on the company. Both Styles and Bully Ray are talented performers on the mic and in the ring, but there is no real animosity here.
The hope is that the Bound for Glory ending will spike interest for Thursday’s Impact Wrestling and build toward a positive future for the company.
Prediction: AJ Styles wins the TNA World Championship.
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