TNA’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view from Korakuen Hall in Tokyo lived up to expectations as the promotion flexed its international muscle during its biggest program of the year.
Headlined by superstars such as Samoa Joe and Tajiri, TNA's equivalent of WWE's WrestleMania delivered high-quality action. Belts were on the line, and rivalries spanning multiple continents finished another chapter in their story.
Before the epic event, superstar Bobby Roode spoke with Ring Rust Radio, courtesy of News of Delaware County's Joe Arcidiacono, to explain why the event is so important for the company and its dedicated fanbase:
The positive part of it is we are taking Bound for Glory to Japan and taking it internationally and giving the fans in Japan a chance to take in and be a part of Bound for Glory. To work alongside Wrestle-1 which is a great partnership for our company. I think at this point, Bound for Glory is going to be a showcase of TNA talent and Wrestle-1 talent and it’s going to be a hell of a show.
The action was nothing short of a success on multiple levels. Below is a look at the full results and some of the top moments.
2014 Bound for Glory Results and Grades
|The Great Muta and Tajiri vs. James Storm and The Great Sanada||Tag Team Match||The Great Muta and Tajiri (A)|
|Samoa Joe (c) vs. Low Ki vs. Kaz Hayashi||Three-Way Match for the TNA X Division Championship||Samoa Joe (A)|
|Team 3D (Bully Ray and Devon) vs. Abyss and Tommy Dreamer||Hardcore Tag Team Match||Team 3D (B)|
|Havok (c) vs. Velvet Sky||Singles Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship||Havok (C)|
|MVP vs. Kazma Sakamoto||Singles Match||MVP (C)|
|Ethan Carter III vs. Ryota Hama||Singles Match||Ethan Carter III (B)|
|Manik vs. Minoru Tanaka||Singles Match||Minoru Tanaka (A)|
|Andy Wu and El Hijo del Pantera vs. Jiro Kuroshio and Yusuke Kodama||Tag Team Match||Jiro Kuroshio and Yusuke Kodama (B)|
Highlighting Top Matches
Minoru Tanaka def. Manik
To say the pay-per-view got off on the right foot would be an understatement.
Minoru Tanaka and Manik figured to put on a strong technical show right out of the gate to get the raucous crowd excited for the card to come, so it is only right that Tanaka forced his opponent to tap out after a hotly contested matchup.
An international sensation, Tanaka put on a display that drew nothing short of great reviews, as expected:
Of course, many of these came from his peers, too, including a note from arguably the biggest name in the company:
While TNA gets heat often for pre-taped pay-per-views, the booking to start the show was nothing short of exceptional. It proved to be a strong sign of things to come, too.
Samoa Joe (c) def. Low Ki and Kaz Hayashi
As if there was any doubt going in, this was by far the match of the night.
This one was a strange contest, especially for those who know what will happen with the X Division title over the next few episodes of Impact Wrestling (which were taped in September). But Samoa Joe's defense of the X Division title over a pair of top-tier challengers was nothing but a good time for fans, and he paid his respects to Japanese wrestling after the fact.
He followed suit on social media after taking out Low Ki with a Coquina Clutch to retain his title:
Joe's exceptional athleticism to counter the creative offenses of Kaz Hayashi and Ki brought forth high praise, including this comment from TNA's Jeremy Borash:
Kurt Angle also weighed in on the end result, as did the promotion's Twitter account:
Fans have come to expect nothing less from any of the involved names. Ki's refusal to give in until he was unconscious and the tough nature of the match are highlights many should remember moving forward.
Team 3D (Bully Ray and Devon) def. Abyss and Tommy Dreamer
One of the most iconic tag teams in wrestling history took center stage Sunday night a mere hours removed from entering the TNA Hall of Fame.
Prior to the match, the promotion put on a great video package to salute the two legends, which garnered as many positive reviews as the epic match that followed. Ken Anderson was one of many to praise the tribute:
The match itself had all of the classic spots one could expect from a crop of legends. Team 3D toyed with tables, the ring bell was repeatedly used in various situations, a traffic cone got involved, tacks had a human body slammed onto them and Tommy Dreamer spit water in another man's face amid ECW chants.
Bully Ray and Devon predictably got the win, but this match was about the journey and not the final destination.
The Great Muta and Tajiri def. James Storm and The Great Sanada
After a strong build, the main event certainly lived up to the hype.
Groomed as the next big thing with the weight of his country on his shoulders in TNA, Sanada rapidly went from champion to rival with former teacher The Great Muta, building to this epic showdown.
James Storm and Sanada had run roughshod leading up to the event, but Muta and fan-favorite Tajiri put an emphatic end to that Sunday. The reaction from fans was positive, which was expected for a major landmark in one of the top angles the promotions have offered this year:
After, Team 3D closed the show by stopping an attack led by Storm on the victors.
Some may have expected Sanada to be on the receiving end of a passing-of-the-torch moment so he could assume the mantle of No. 1 guy in Muta’s Wrestle-1 promotion down the line, but the loss also works in that more showdowns between the teacher and student are inevitable.