Sunday was TNA’s biggest pay-per-view of the year, and this Thursday’s edition of Impact Wrestling will showcase all of the fallout from Bound for Glory.
With a new world champion in AJ Styles (forced by TNA president Dixie Carter to defend the title against Bully Ray in a BFG rematch this week), the hope is that this episode of Impact Wrestling will be the first step in the rebirth of the company.
What grade did you give Bound for Glory?
TNA has a roster filled with talented stars, but porous booking over the last year has ruined many of the top wrestlers. The hope now is that the backstage changes will help the on-screen direction of the brand.
As long as Impact Wrestling uses Bound for Glory as a reset button for most of the major storylines and officials get back to basic storytelling, there is no doubt the future will be very bright.
Where: Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah
When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 9 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Bully Ray Gets His Rematch on Impact Wrestling
Bound for Glory saw the end of former world champion Bully Ray’s reign with the title, but the win was not as momentous as many had hoped. Whether it was the lack of elite build to the match or the fact that Bully Ray lost the title to Chris Sabin during the summer, fans couldn’t bring themselves to care about the title change. Fans not only just paid for this match on the PPV, but they will also get it this week on Impact Wrestling.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who Walks Away Champion?
It will be hard to give TNA the leniency it needs to make the fundamental changes to the product, but if the fans remain patient and the company shifts away from old storylines, positive upgrades should be coming. Bully Ray is getting his rematch on Impact to ensure this storyline is over quickly, and when Styles stands tall to end the show, that should be the end of this feud.
While Bully Ray may still feud Knux and Garrett Bischoff as the Aces & Eights continue to dissolve, there is no question that the former champion will move away from the title scene after losing on Impact this week.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 New Beginnings
Styles is not the most charismatic wrestler on the roster, but he is a homegrown superstar. With plenty of stars on TNA’s roster who helped put the company on the map, this is the company's chance to rebuild from the ground up.
Instead of hiring or pushing talent because they spent time with another company, Impact Wrestling should focus on a new wave of unique characters and storylines that make the product better. The changes won’t come instantly, but getting this rematch over with now is a great sign that major changes are coming.
TNA Rumors: TNA Moving Back to the Impact Zone? Per PWInsider via Wrestling Inc.
Bound for Glory Fallout
While the main focus of this week's show should be on Styles relegating Bully Ray from the title scene, there have been several long-term secondary storylines TNA can play off moving forward. The key will be keeping the angles simple and not abandoning the game plan before it can be effective.
If a wrestler is turning heel or face, he must stay that way long enough for fans to have a vested interest in the character. I’m looking at you, Chris Sabin and Magnus.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will TNA Build PPV-Worthy Secondary Angles?
One of the biggest problems with WWE has been the lack of direction for talent not involved in the world title scenes. TNA can offer fans a viable alternative by following up on the Sting vs. Magnus storyline (the English star is starting to turn heel) and building an X Division title chase that only the company can provide.
Once TNA builds a strong midcard to compliment Styles in the main event, the shows will begin to steadily improve.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Fundamental Storylines
The key moving forward will be getting back to basic storytelling. Instead of trying to imitate what other companies are doing or trying to overcomplicate stories with multiple angles, Impact Wrestling needs to get back to basics.
Using the Bound for Glory results as the starting point, TNA must slowly build each angle with time and thoughtful planning. Making these fundamental changes won’t be easy, but this is the only way TNA can begin to grow as a company once again.
TNA News: Updates on Injuries from Bound for Glory, via ImpactWrestling.com.
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