IMPACT Wrestling: Breaking Down the Current Bound for Glory Series
If you are a member of the Internet Wrestling Community then you know that the BFG Series is one of the biggest things IMPACT Wrestling has going on right now.
If you don’t know what the Bound For Glory Series is, I’ll tell you.
IMPACT Wrestling’s top twelve wrestlers all have the chance to headline the biggest pay-per-view of the year, Bound For Glory.
The twelve wrestlers have to compete against each other in Series matches to earn points.
10 points for submission victory
7 points for pin fall victory
5 points for draw
3 points for win by disqualification
-10 points for loss by DQ
The four wrestlers with the top scores will then advance to IMPACT’s September pay-per-view, No Surrender.
There, the Final 4 will battle it out, with the winner being granted a World Heavyweight Championship match at Bound For Glory in October. You don’t even have to be the all-time points leader to win a title shot.
Right now I am going to break down the competition in this year's BFG Series and try to predict the Final 4 and eventual winner.
The undefeated rookie of the year, Crimson.
Crimson has been raining havoc since his debut in January. The red-hot rookie would continue his undefeated streak and be an obvious favorite to win the BFG Series.
Crimson got wins over top IMPACT stars such as Bully Ray, Rob Van Dam, Samoa Joe, The Pope and Bobby Roode.
Crimson’s definitely got a chip on his shoulder and is dominating this Series from the very start. Crimson has remained unbeaten and garnered up a total of 43 points and counting.
Crimson is cruising along in the one seed and is having no problems whatsoever with this contest.
I expect Crimson to make No Surrender as part of the Final 4.
James Storm (33)
Believe it or not, but “Cowboy” James Storm is in second place in the BFG Series.
Storm gathered up a nice 33 points. I only recall seeing him have a BFG Series match on IMPACT once but the remaining points must’ve came during live shows.
James Storm is flying under the radar in my opinion. Nobody saw this coming from the Cowboy. They hardly ever mention how good he’s been doing on IMPACT.
James Storm may be an underdog in the Series. However, I think Storm’s run will slow down and other guys will top him before September’s event.
James Storm will not make the Final 4.
Storm and Devon have a lot in common. Both have been under radar in the Series and that method is definitely working.
James Storm and Devon were not expected to be in the top ten let alone top three.
Devon just lost to Pope at Hardcore Justice and that may start a losing streak on the half of Devon.
I really don’t expect Devon to make the Final 4, I never expected to even consider Devon in the Final 4. I’m a fan of his, but I doubt we’ll see him in September.
“The Blue Chipper”
The future of Immortal.
Gunner was on a path of destruction just about two months ago.
Gunner was getting victories over former World Champions such as Sting, Mr. Anderson and AJ Styles.
Since June, Gunner has slowed down. He’s taken his eye off the ball and is more focused on feuding with Fortune than trying to win the Bound For Glory Series.
I think Gunner has what it takes to make the Final 4, but the feud with Fortune will continue to get the best of him, possibly leading to an another Fortune vs. Immortal match at either No Surrender or Bound For Glory.
Bully Ray (28)
Bully Ray has a similar story to Gunner’s.
Both guys are in Immortal and are still feuding with Fortune and “The Insane Icon” Sting for power of IMPACT Wrestling. Recently Bully Ray has, like Gunner, taken his eye off the ball but in a different sense.
Bully Ray is having a “civil war” within Immortal. Bully defeated Immortal member Mr. Anderson in a match at Hardcore Justice which is definitely not good for the group as a whole if they can’t get along.
For Bully to succeed in the Series, he needs to focus his energy on the Series itself, not on Ken Anderson.
As much as I’d like to see Bully Ray make the Final 4, I can’t safely say that he will be going at this pace.
Bully Ray can win big matches, he just needs to focus on the BFG Series and he should make it to No Surrender with no problems.
Bobby Roode (28)
This guy sky rocketed up the ranks in the Series. And it only took him about a week or two to do it!
Roode got victories over Joe and Pope one week on IMPACT and has been on fire ever since.
Roode must’ve picked up three wins at house shows or live events.
Bobby Roode is my favorite to win so I’m hoping he makes it to No Surrender, but his chances aren’t looking so strong right about now.
Rob Van Dam (25)
Before this Sunday, RVD was in second.
Jerry Lynn screwed RVD over by interfering and giving RVD a loss by DQ which also takes 10 points away from RVD. Before watching Hardcore Justice I thought RVD would make the Final 4 and eventually win.
After Lynn’s interference in RVD’s most recent BFG Series match, I’m stuck on the idea that Lynn and RVD will square off again at either No Surrender or Bound For Glory.
Matt Morgan* (24)
Matt Morgan is injured and is officially out of the BFG Series.
Morgan managed to rack up 24 points. Unfortunately, Matt Morgan is injured and is confirmed to be out of the Series.
Matt Morgan picked up those 24 points before his injury and is currently is sixth place and should be lowering in coming weeks. Matt Morgan claimed that this Series was custom made for himself and many fans believed him.
This injury cost Morgan his chance at the Series.
AJ Styles (21)
AJ hasn’t had a BFG Series match in a while.
As much as I’d like to see AJ win this Series and eventually the title, he won’t. He won’t win because of one person: Daniels.
AJ and Daniels have been back and forth since Destination X. Daniels keeps asking AJ for an answer to an unknown (to the public) question. AJ keeps saying no but Daniels keeps insisting.
I think Daniels may screw AJ out of the Series, turning Daniels heel and starting a nice feud between the top two talents on the roster.
I wouldn’t be surprised if AJ vs. Daniels is at Bound For Glory 2011.
The Pope (17)
The Pope is one of the most deserving guys of a World title on the roster. He’s the total package. On the mic and in the ring. Great.
Pope is finally breaking through the glass ceiling in this BFG Series. He should be a favorite to win but sadly is seen as an underdog right now.
He stole a win from Devon at Hardcore Justice which may start Devon’s downfall, but at the same time cause Pope’s rise.
I think Pope should continue to win and rise in the leaderboards. This win over Devon may start up a winning streak for Pope.
Scott Steiner (14)
Steiner has no chance in hell to win this Series.
He’ll be teaming with Immortal come BFG.
Samoa Joe (-10)
Joe has been on the biggest losing streak of his career and now is not the best time to be in a losing streak. Joe lost to Pope by DQ and got pissed, claiming that he’s being held down.
Joe is ready to snap out of his losing streak and take the BFG Series by storm.
I think we’ll see Joe rise through the ranks quickly in coming weeks.
Predicted Final 4
I'm going to say the following people will be in the Final 4 at No Surrender:
Crimson vs. Bully Ray vs. The Pope vs. Samoa Joe
I also predict either Bully Ray or Samoa Joe winning the match and headlining Bound For Glory against Kurt Angle.