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.


NWA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Jeff Jarrett vs. Kevin Nash (Special Guest Referee Tito Ortiz)


SLAM! Predictions

  • Corey David Lacroix
    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.

  • Chris Sokol
    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.

  • Greg Oliver
    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.

  • Jon Waldman
    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.

    X- DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP IRON MAN MATCH

    Christopher Daniels vs. AJ Styles


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Corey David Lacroix
    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.

  • Chris Sokol
    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.

  • Greg Oliver
    Gee, think it'll be match of the night? It'll go to the wire, and I'm picking Daniels to regain his belt.

  • Jon Waldman
    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.

    ULTIMATE X MATCH


    Matt Bentley vs. Chris Sabin vs. Petey Williams


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Corey David Lacroix
    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.

  • Chris Sokol
    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.

  • Greg Oliver
    Sabin vs. Williams. Never seen that before. Thankfully, Bentley is in there to mix things up. I'll take him for the upset.

  • Jon Waldman
    Everyone konws how much a fan I am of Sabin, so there's no question who I'm picking.

    MONSTER'S BALL MATCH

    Rhino vs. Abyss vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Sabu


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Corey David Lacroix
    Mayhem on top of piles of mayhem. Abyss takes it.

  • Chris Sokol
    TNA put alot of emphasis on Hardy prior to debuting on Spike TV. He's winning.

  • Greg Oliver
    Abyss has to come out of this the winner.

  • Jon Waldman
    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.

    OTHER MATCHES
    Samoa Joe vs. Jushin "Thunder" Liger
  • Corey David Lacroix: Konichiwa Liger, meet the ass kicking of your life. Samoa Joe wins.
  • Greg Oliver: Can they go to a draw? That would be the best. Otherwise, Joe.
  • Jon Waldman: This one gets the draw. Joe's winning streak dictates he can't lose, and you can't bury Liger.
  • Sonjay Dutt vs. Austin Aries vs. Alex Shelley vs. Roderick Strong
  • Corey David Lacroix: Another match of the night contender, my crystall ball says... Sonjay Dutt.
  • Chris Sokol: It's about time TNA did something with Austin Aries. A win here should propel him a little higher up on the card.
  • Greg Oliver: Aries has the most potential in the short-term, so I'll take him.
  • Jon Waldman: I'll go with Strong, simply because I feel like it.
  • Lance Hoyt vs. Monty Brown
  • Corey David Lacroix: Touchdown Brown!
  • Chris Sokol: The crowd loves Hoyt, but Brown appears to be striding towards a Heavyweight title shot. "The Alpha Male" wins.
  • Greg Oliver: Hoytmania continues to build!
  • Jon Waldman: Brown needs the W, and Hoyt needs a new name.
  • Diamonds in the Rough vs. Apolo/Shark Boy/Sonny Siaki
  • Corey David Lacroix: Coach Diamond finally delivers, Diamonds in the Rough wins.
  • Chris Sokol: Filler match, The Diamonds In The Rough get the win over their shaky opposition.
  • Greg Oliver: Diamonds are forever, and will come out on top.
  • Jon Waldman: One team has a name, the other is an assembly of jobbers. Guess who wins?
  • 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



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