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TNA Impact! is Bound for Glory
By CHRIS SOKOL - SLAM! Wrestling


TNA Impact has been hotter than ever since its move to Spike TV. This week appears to be no different, as we are promised the funeral of Team 3D, an X Division Gauntlet, Rhino vs Sabu and much more. Just as TNA promised, less talk, more action. We are on the road to Bound For Glory, full speed ahead!

The show began with a quick recap of the destruction of Team 3D. That segment also featured the TNA debut of Gail Kim, a great opponent for Traci Brooks down the line.

Match One - Handicap Match - "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown vs Mikey Batts and Jerelle Clarke
Does anybody want some squash? Brown destroyed the duo, pulling off an Alpha Bomb and a POOOUNNCEE!
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown

Post match, Brown grabbed a mic and said that nobody was going to stop him on his quest to become the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. This prompted Lance Hoyt to make his way to the ring and grab the mic. Hoyt kept it plain and simple, telling Brown that after Bound For Glory he would not forget the name Hoyt.

In the backstage area "The Franchise" Shane Douglas caught up with "The Living Legend" Larry Zybysko, who made the announcement that on next week's Impact, for the first time ever, the NWA World Tag Team Championship would be defended on Spike TV as The Naturals will go one-on-one with America's Most Wanted. During this promo, Raven jumped in and began yelling at Zybysko, security kept him at bay and for the third week in a row, threw him out of the building.

A video package aired hyping the upcoming Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs Samoa Joe match at Bound For Glory on October 23. Don't miss it!

Match Two - David Young w/ Simon Diamond vs Matt Bentley w/ Traci Brooks
Taking a page out of Shawn Michaels' book, nephew Matt Bentley whipped out "The Picture Perfect Elbow". Simon Diamond tried getting involved, but twice was taken out of the equation. After sending Young into Diamond and laying him out with a flapjack, Bentley finished him off with a Superkick to pick up the win.
Winner Via Pinfall - Matt Bentley

After the match, "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams came down and beat on Bentley. Traci stepped in after the beat down, only to get planted with a kiss and almost hit with The Canadian Destroyer. Chris Sabin made the save, sending Williams to the back. The three will meet at Bound For Glory in an Ultimate X Match to determine the Number One Contender to the TNA X Division Championship.

A video package was shown, hyping "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles. Good way to continue introducing talent to new fans.

Following that video package was another, this time hyping NWA World Tag Team Champions, The Naturals.

We then joined Mike Tenay and Don West who pumped up next week's tag title bout. They then played a video sent to them by "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett and company, showing the funeral of Team 3D. Team Canada, Abyss, James Mitchell, America's Most Wanted and Gail Kim gathered with Jarrett in a mock funeral, poking fun at the career of Team 3D. Mitchell informed the group that they had to meet back up at that same funeral home the day after Bound For Glory for the burial of Kevin Nash. The group laughed as a drunk James Storm relieved himself in the casket. Funny segment.

Match Three- "The Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal" Sabu vs "The Man Beast" Rhino
Sabu had things going in his favor until chairs were brought into the mix and Rhino took over. Rhino went to deliver a Rhino Driver off the second rope onto two chairs, but Sabu reversed it and huricanrananed Rhino onto the chairs. Abyss and James Mitchell came down and whacked Sabu with a chair, allowing Rhino to hit the Gore! Gore! Gore!
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Man Beast" Rhino

Post match, Jeff Hardy joined the mix and all four men brawled. It took the entire security squad to separate them, they will all meet in Monsters Ball 2 at Bound For Glory.

Next, they hyped the Kevin Nash/Jeff Jarrett Bound For Glory match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz will be the Special Guest Referee for that match and it should be far from a doozy. Jarrett is talented, Nash has lost it.

Match Four - The Christopher Daniels Ironman Challenge - "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Opponent One - Shark Boy
Shark Boy ran around the ring for a little bit, but fell victim to The Angel Wings.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Opponent Two - "The Original Playa From The Himalayas" Sonjay Dutt
Dutt put up a much stronger fight, whipping out a great deal of his offensive moves. However, Daniels was able to overcome him, planting him face first on the mat with The Angel Wings.
Winner Via Pinfall - "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

Daniels grabbed a mic and called out the third person Styles picked to be in the match.

Opponent Three - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles
Styles came down with a ton of intensity, going blow for blow with Daniels. It got down to the wire, and after missing a springboard flying forearm to Daniels, the bell was rung as the time limit had expired.
Winner - Draw

Post match, Styles said that under normal circumstances he would chase down Daniels and beat him all over the arena, but he said he could wait till Bound For Glory, when he would have a whole 30 minutes to do so. Should be an incredible match.

Fairly solid job yet again. TNA has undergone some transformation in the past couple of weeks. Going from producing mediocre Impacts to pretty good Impacts. They are certainly representing themselves well, and their ratings are reflecting that. For their time slot, they are doing very well. Fingers crossed, TNA will be given some bigger opportunities by Spike TV, they definitely deserve them.

MATCHES FOR BOUND FOR GLORY:

- NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match - Special Guest Referee, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz - "The King of the Mountain" Jeff Jarrett (C) vs Kevin Nash

- TNA X Division Championship Ironman Match - "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles (C) vs "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels

- Ultimate X Match with the winner becoming the Number One Contender to the TNA X Division Championship - Matt Bentley vs "The Canadian Destroyer" Petey Williams vs Chris Sabin

- Monsters Ball # 2 - "The Monster" Abyss w/ Father James Mitchell vs "The Charasmatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy vs "The Man Beast" Rhino vs "The Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal" Sabu

- International Showdown - Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs "The Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe

- X Division Four Way Match - "The Original Playa From The Himalayas" Sonjay Dutt vs Austin Aries vs Alex Shelly vs Roderick Strong

- Lance Hoyt vs "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown

- The Diamonds In The Rough (Simon Diamond, "Primetime" Elix Skipper and David Young) vs Shark Boy, Sonny Siaki and Apolo




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    Chris Sokol is from Long Island, NY and is happy for TNA on their success.