October 21, 2005
Countdown to TNA Bound for Glory
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff
It's TNA's version of the grandaddy of them all this weekend, as Bound For Glory weekend is finally here.
For months, TNA has been touting Bound For Glory as their big event of the year, and if the lineup for this year's extravaganza holds up, it could be the best card in the company's relatively short history.
Here's what to look forward to on Sunday.
Jarrett and Nash are really going to have to reach deep inside when in comes to delivering a main event that will get first time viewers excited about the product. Jarrett should retain, unless Ortiz decides to get involved in one fashion or another. Has Nash already arranged to secure the title by nefarious means? Wait and see.
One of the worst moves TNA has made since giving Nash a title shot at Against All Odds. Rather than taking another step forward, TNA has taken two steps back. Push the younger talent that can wrestle. If this match must go on, then hopefully Jarrett will retain. Good idea, though, to promote a former UFC Fighter as a guest referee on Spike TV.
I wouldn't put it past them to have the title switched to Nash, and Jarrett reclaims it on their primetime special a couple of weeks later on Spike TV where there will be a bigger audience.
Did Nash get on the booking team? He must have, because I can't see any other reason why he'd be on top, with so many main event level competitors in TNA. Ortiz will inevitably be a factor. Hopefully, he'll make an impact like Ken Shamrock did a few years ago in WWE when he was a guest ref. Jarrett retains.
We've seen this before, and no doubt long time TNA fans may roll their eyes in boredom at the prospect of another Daniels vs Styles confrontation. Still, this match has more to do with hooking new fans into the product and as such, both competitors should deliver what may very well turn out to be the match of the night. This one could go either way, but I'm betting on Styles to retain.
Judging by TNA's track record, this match will be on right before the main event, even though it will be much better. Styles and Daniels are hot prodigies in TNA. Daniels won the last iron man, but expect Styles to pull out the win in this one and even the score.
Gee, think it'll be match of the night? It'll go to the wire, and I'm picking Daniels to regain his belt.
In a perfect world, Daniels would win his gold back here. This is, however, a celebration night, and on those special nights, the faces always go over. Styles retains.
Again, we've seen this before, and again, this is for the newbies tuning in. The big question will be whether all three can exercise some creativity when it comes to showing off some new high-risk manoeuvres with the Ultimate X challenge. They most certainly have proven so in the past, but has the well finally run dry? As for a winner, anyone can score this one. I'll give it to Bentley.
As many would expect, this should be an entertaining match. All three men have competed in the Ultimate X match before, with Bentley being the only one to have won. With Styles retaining, and Williams as the only heel in this match, it appears as though Team Canada's captain will be taking this one.
Sabin vs. Williams. Never seen that before. Thankfully, Bentley is in there to mix things up. I'll take him for the upset.
Everyone konws how much a fan I am of Sabin, so there's no question who I'm picking.
Mayhem on top of piles of mayhem. Abyss takes it.
TNA put alot of emphasis on Hardy prior to debuting on Spike TV. He's winning.
Abyss has to come out of this the winner.
This is going to be chaos times four. You have to expect a former WWE'er to debut here. My feeling is Rhino takes it.
The Last Word - Bob Kapur
It's only logical that TNA Wrestling would want to pull out all the stops for this PPV, since this is their first opportunity to show off to their biggest potential audience ever what exactly they're capable of delivering. To that end, they've stacked it up huge, offering not only their signatures -- Ultimate X and the Monsters Ball -- but also throwing in two other potential Match of The Year candidates in the form of the Iron Man match and the Joe-Liger contest.
There are three potential problems with using this "everything but the kitchen sink" approach. First, it makes each individual match seem less special than it really is, and as a result, a match that would have been rated five-stars on any other night, might mistakenly be seen as the "weak link" on this show. Second, viewers might burn out too early and lose interest in the last few matches no matter how good they are. This can be dangerous, since if viewers start feeling bored -- even if it's unwarranted -- good luck getting them to order the next one. Third (and this one applies whether or not this show succeeds or not), is that after loading up everything you've got on one night, how do you out-do yourself the next time?
That said, on paper, this card has what it takes to be the best PPV of the year. All of the aforementioned matches should be bell-to-bell fantastic. And even though I'm not as pessimistic about the Jarrett-Nash match as many other fans seem to be, the involvement of Tito Ortiz in the main event can only be a good thing.
Here's hoping the strategy works and the card is a tremendous success. If not, the company's Glory days could be short-lived.
-- compiled by Jon Waldman