TNA Bound for Glory: TNA Shows Us Why It Is Not WWE
We have always known that TNA and WWE were different products.
Everything from their feel to their attitude meshes to make a much different wrestling product.
No matter how much it says otherwise, though, TNA wants to be WWE.
They want the success and the fans to love them just as much. They go out of their way to steal away every WWE star that leaves the company.
It is obvious that TNA will do anything to try and find their success, and they even had me thinking for a time that they might have a chance.
Lately, the company had shown some signs of life that made me think they might finally become the great competition that they had always hoped to be.
Sadly, I came crashing down to a realization after Bound for Glory.
In its current state, TNA will never match up to the WWE.
There are just too many minds in the company that have the wrong ideas going forward.
Let's look back at each match and see why TNA is not WWE (good and bad), and why that will never allow them to shine under their current administration.
A Fast-Paced, Solid Opener
Match: Austin Aries def. Brian Kendrick, X-Division Title Match
I knew this match would be good, and it lived up to my expectations.
There was great, fast-paced action and some great storytelling.
Austin Aries showed exactly why he is becoming probably the best heel in pro wrestling today.
He has everything going for him, and his subtleties are the greatest.
Brian Kendrick also shined as a solid cruiserweight competitor.
I wish he would be given a good gimmick, though.
What made it different from WWE: real cruiserweight action.
The Battle That Has Lasted Ages
Match: RVD def. Jerry Lynn, Full Metal Mayhem Match
RVD and Jerry Lynn surprised me here.
They wrestled as though they were wrestling 10 years ago.
There was brutality and awesome spots.
Rarely ever will there be a spot as great as RVD's final Van Terminator.
That spot was incredible.
These guys made looking back feel cool and gave us an amazing match that deserved the ECW chant in the background (as long as it doesn't give TNA any ideas).
What made it different from WWE: giving a spotlight to stars in their twilight.
Putting over a Star Until the End of Time
Match: Crimson def. Samoa Joe and Matt Morgan
Samoa Joe felt like the hero in this match.
He had to face two big men who only wanted to take him out.
The crowd was rooting for him as much as I was, which is probably bad for a company that is putting Joe over as a heel.
The match was fine, though nothing write home about.
The main problem is that we have seen an immense push for Crimson as of late, and it is getting old.
The crowd was booing this guy as he pinned the supposed monster heel. That is not a good sign.
He needs to do something serious soon or he needs to lose.
Plain and simple.
What made it different from WWE: pushing a new star to the moon.
Using Brutality to Create a Convincing Story
Match: Mr. Anderson def. Bully Ray, Philadelphia Falls Count Anywhere Match
This was, surprisingly, my match of the night.
These guys nailed this match from start to finish.
It was absolutely brutal and had blood without overdoing it.
Bully Ray and Ken Anderson just nailed this.
It was so nice to see this sort of match as it shows everything that makes TNA great.
It was brutal and effective.
Both men took and received more punishment than almost any other stars on the card.
Neither man is a technical expert, but they each shined here as stars.
What made it different from WWE: visible brutality.
A Moment for Women's Wrestling
Match: Velvet Sky def. Winter, Madison Rayne and Mickie James, Knockouts Title Match
This match was a mess.
I do like that TNA actually created a breakout moment for Velvet Sky here by finally giving her her first well-deserved Knockouts championship reign, but there was no need for the massive overbooking.
This did not show that the Knockouts wrestled any better than the WWE Divas.
It just showed that TNA feels the need to overbook situations repeatedly.
They decided to have Karen Angle play the role of the most biased ref in pro wrestling history until she had to be taken out. Since Traci Brooks was allowed to randomly officiate at the end, I expect further chaos that could make Sky's win invalid.
I also could not stand the decision to only allow two wrestlers in the match at a time.
Why would anyone ever tag out?
What made it different from WWE: a moment for women's wrestling and massive overbooking in a PPV bout.
Managing to Make a Blow-off Match Not Stick
Match: AJ Styles def. Christopher Daniels, I Quit Match
Do you know what TNA manages to do sometimes?
Ruin a great match between two great stars.
When I saw that this match was between Styles and Daniels in an I Quit match, I had no idea how it could go wrong.
TNA still uses blood and allows immense brutality, yet somehow it ruined a great match.
By making the I Quit stipulation seem pointless.
These two fought a great and physical contest for about 13 minutes, and then it just ended.
In fact, it was even shorter than that as Daniels spent about a minute or so telling us that he would kill Styles during the match. I felt the promo was effective at the time, but it actually ended up ruining the momentum of the match as it mostly went downhill from there.
It was less brutal than either the Full Metal Mayhem or the Falls Count Anywhere matches earlier in the night.
This should have had at least 10 more minutes with more weapons in play.
Instead, Styles makes Daniels quit by looking menacing with a screwdriver. Sure, it was a crazy idea maiming a guy with a screwdriver, but it just ruined the momentum the match had going.
After the match, Daniels then beat down on Styles, pretending the match never happened.
How can you make an I Quit match not the final match in a series?
If giving up directly to a guy doesn't end a feud, what ever will?
What made it different from WWE: making an I Quit Match look weak.
Trying to Light an Ancient Fire
Match: Sting def. Hulk Hogan, Winner Gains Control of TNA
This match did not upset nearly as much as I expected.
Yes, it was horrible.
These two are far beyond their prime and could do very little in the ring.
However, they did the best that they could with what they had left, and it was short.
What was really annoying, though, was the obvious booking after the match.
With Sting being beaten down by Immortal, Hulk Hogan finally turned against Immortal as he had teased in the media for months.
Hulkamania is about to run wild once again! Or at least that is what TNA is hoping.
What made it different from WWE: attempting to make a 58-year old man TNA's top draw.
Managing to Trample a Developing Flame
Match: Kurt Angle def. Bobby Roode, TNA World Title Match
This was not a bad match, far from it.
In fact, it was a great match for the most part.
There was some awesome chain grappling that I haven't seen in years.
There were a few problems as the use of finishers in the match was extremely overused, and the referee seriously needed to slow down his count by a full second, but it might have been the first or second best pure match of the night.
The problem was the finish.
We have seen for weeks that Bobby Roode was ready to beat Kurt Angle.
He had all the momentum in the world, and it was all thrown away.
Worse was that the ending was so weak that it absolutely should have caused a restart. The fans even seemed to expect it as Roode's foot was under the rope and Angle's hand was on the rope.
Roode will eventually win the title. That was made clear here, but it will never be the same as this moment. This made the whole BFG tournament look weak.
What made it different from WWE: ruining all early momentum to create a surprise ending.
TNA Loses Its Momentum
Why did this PPV fail?
It was not because of the matches, as most were absolutely stellar contests.
It was because TNA cannot be trusted to simply use what they have.
Their creative overbooks angles and always goes for the surprise ending.
Why couldn't Styles and Daniels alongside Roode and Angle simply be given the time to shine?
What was wrong with booking a clean finish to the matches after a long contest rather than shortening them to lengthen the storylines?
The show was good, but it could have been phenomenal.
In fact, it needed to be phenomenal in order to prove that TNA could give a compelling product above the WWE, yet TNA could not do that.
Final Rating: 7/10
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