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Countdown to TNA Bound for Glory
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff





Once again, TNA heads into their WrestleMania with a slew of matches that attempt to showcase everything the company has.

Look through the card and you'll see virtually every gimmick Vince Russo and co. had in their back pockets. It's almost surprising that the whole damn thing isn't taking place inside a steel cage.

Going into Hotlanta will be an interesting dynamic, because the assumption is that all the former WCW guys will be instant faces. That may not necessarily be the case, but there's only one way to find out - tune in tonight for Bound for Glory!

 
MAIN EVENT: TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Kurt Angle vs. Sting
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

WHAT YOU THINK
Who do you think will be TNA World champion after Bound For Glory?
Kurt Angle - 25%
Sting - 28%
Knowing TNA, neither of them - 47%
In a normal world, Angle would win this match clean. Welcome to Planet TNA. We'll have run-ins a go-go with Sting coming out on top in the end, thanks to Angle's run in with the law, but as you will see in my later previews, he won't hold the belt at the end of the night.

Matt Mackinder

Sting won the NWA World title at last year’s Bound For Glory, so does lightning strike twice? Angle as champ makes sense and he should get a long run in my opinion. Sting didn’t have much of a run last year. As much as I’d like to see the Stinger get one last World title reign, I don’t see Angle losing here. Angle wins, but does Sting tap? I say a cheap finish ruins this match.

Bob Kapur

Not sure this one shouldn't have been held a year ago right after Sting won at BFG06 and he was at his hottest. This should still be a pretty good match - Angle's always good and Sting turns it up for big matches - as long as it doesn't get hijacked by the Karen Angle circus. Angle retains.

Greg Oliver

I have to give some credit to TNA for building this well, but I'm not sure it's a real eagerly-anticipated match. The right thing to do is have Sting submit to Angle clean in the middle. But you know as well as I do that a variety of people, including Karen Angle, will get involved. I still pick Angle to win though.

Andy McNamara

With all his legal woes I think the TNA title goes back around the waist of The Stinger.


X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH

Jay Lethal vs. Christopher Daniels


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Having finally got a chance to see Jay Lethal via my Fight Network preview, I can say that I absolutely hate the gimmick. Daniels needs to go over and go over strong here if the X-Division has any chance for survival.

Matt Mackinder

The X Division is the pride and joy of TNA and that, hopefully, will be on display here. I love Lethal’s Randy Savage gimmick, but then, I like Daniels and his Triple X mates. This match should be a solid five stars and see plenty of aerial moves and high-risk maneuvers. Lethal is still young and has a lot of years ahead, so give the belt to the Fallen Angel.

Bob Kapur

In my view, they really weakened Lethal by not capitalizing on his clean pin of Angle and giving him a strong title run. I think they'll try to do damage control here and give him the win.

Greg Oliver

Can the X Division belt mean something again? Maybe. Daniels as the centrepiece makes far more sense to me than Lethal, who is entertaining as a knockoff but not exactly an original. Daniels wins.

Andy McNamara

Time for Chris Daniels to shine in the sun once more, and it will be lights out for Black Machismo.


  TNA TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Team Pacman vs. AJ Styles/Tomko
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Yippee - another handicap match. The outcome here is never in doubt.

Matt Mackinder

Really, it’s Styles and Tomko against Ron Killings. Rumors have Pacman done with TNA after this event, so maybe an angle has Pacman turning on the Truth and allowing him to get pinned after a Styles Clash by Styles. Whatever the ending, we’ll have new tag champs.

Greg Oliver

What are the plans for Pacman? Will he be around long-term? It's not like he's actually wrestling. But hey, while on the subject of football players not wrestling, since BFG is in Atlanta, why not bring in Michael Vick for a surprise appearance too? I hope and wish that Styles & Tomko triumph, but my brain tells me that Team Pacman retains. Or at least Ron Killings does; the other guys doesn't appear to do much, does he?


  TNA WOMEN'S TITLE MATCH (GAUNTLET MATCH)

Amazing Kong vs. Christy Hemme vs. Angel Williams vs. Gail Kim vs. Jacqueline Moore vs. Roxxi Leveaux vs. Traci Brooks vs. ODB vs. Talia Madison vs. Shelly Martinez
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

In true TNA form, a WWE castaway will win the match tonight. My money would be on Gail Kim to establish the division, as most tend to start with a face champ, though Shelly Martinez (aka. Ariel) could take it just as easily.

Matt Mackinder

This match is to crown a women’s champ eh? Nice way to do it. If I’m Vince Russo, I pull a McMahon-esque move and put Dixie Carter in the match at the very end and give her the belt. No? OK, I’ll be serious and say that Roxxi chick wins.

Bob Kapur

Internet rumours have Gail Kim winning this match. Sounds good to me. The talent's there to make this one pretty good. Though it wouldn't surprise me either if Ugly Naked Guy came out in drag and won.

Greg Oliver

A TNA women's belt, eh? It's hard not to root for Traci Brooks and Gail Kim, two girls I used to watch on AWE shows out in Scarborough, Ontario. I think Jackie Moore will win the belt, but one of the new gals - Amazing Kong? Angel Williams (who I've also watched around Toronto)? - will put in a good performance to propel herself into the No. 1 contender's spot.


  ULTIMATE X MATCH

LAX vs. XXX
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

TNA put this one together solely for the highspots. I'm excited to see the four former RoH'ers mix it up, but I'd rather have seen a Texas Tornado match here, rather than the Ultimate X which becomes just another gimmick match on this card. XXX wins.

Matt Mackinder

Ah, the signature match of TNA. Can Hernandez even climb the ropes and then the cables? Well, he did just fine in the cage match at the 2006 BFG, so why not? These are my two favorite tag teams in TNA, so picking a winner is hard. I’ll go with Senshi and Elix Skipper here and gives Triple X a clean sweep on the night.

Bob Kapur

This should be the highlight reel of the night, with crazy spots all around. XXX wins.

Greg Oliver

Shouldn't an Ultimate X match mean more? This feels like an afterthought: "Hey, we haven't had the X bars across the ring in a while, let's throw these guys in." XXX wins.

Andy McNamara

LAX just seems watered down and not that interesting to me these days. It should be an exciting match up but i'll give the nod to XXX.


  MUST BE A WINNER MATCH (Matt Morgan - Special Enforcer)

Samoa Joe vs. Christian Cage
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

A crooked special enforcer? Nah! Never! Oh please. Cage wins with shenanigans.

Matt Mackinder

This reeks of a heel turn by Morgan. Then again, I thought Angle might turn heel when he was the special enforcer last year for Sting and Jeff Jarrett. The end will be tainted, however, as Joe will have the rear naked choke on Cage and Morgan won’t see it somehow. I’m unsure of the exact ending, but expect Cage and Morgan to leave together.

Bob Kapur

This one has the potential to steal the show if they don't mess it up with overbooking. Though with the special ref stipulation, I fear a bunch of shenanigans involving AJ Styles, Tomko, Morgan and probably others will muck it up. Joe wins, ending Cage's no-pin no-submit streak.

Greg Oliver

Falling stars are such a beautiful thing. Or are these stars on the rise again? Could be either depending on what they deliver here, and equally important, how much time they are allowed to tell a story in the ring. Flip a coin on this one, I figure, but Samoa Joe wins.

Andy McNamara

Mat Morgan *ugh*, yet another WWE reject. Samoa Joe takes this one.


  TAG TEAM TABLES MATCH

Team 3D vs. The Steiner Brothers
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Methinks the Steiners are on their way out. Team 3D wins handily.

Matt Mackinder

Maybe 10 years ago this is a dream match, but now? Not so much. The tables gimmick is wearing thin in my book. I see the Dudleys winning here and in the process putting both Steiners through tables. They then have a staredown with the new champs Styles and Tomko.

Bob Kapur

This will be fugly. Team 3-D gets their long-overdue comeuppance.

Greg Oliver

It's hard to get excited about this match, to be honest. Tables match: been there, done that. Team 3D win, likely with a big schmozz with other teams getting involved.

Andy McNamara

This is a pick'em in my mind. Lets go old school and say The Steiners.


  MONSTER'S BALL MATCH

Raven vs. Abyss vs. Rhino vs. Black Reign
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I think it's time to retire this one. The hardcore style seems to have lost interest in wrestling these days, which is fine by me. Somehow, I'm afraid, Blackdust wins.

Matt Mackinder

How extreme will this get? Last year’s was decent (remember the Brother Runt fall and subsequent Abyss elbow drop?) and I would expect nothing less this year. Abyss juices and takes some nasty bumps, but comes out on top.

Bob Kapur

Taker has the ability to put on some great matches, but I think he’ll have his work cut out for him here. Maybe the gimmick will help -- if they make it really violent and bloody, maybe people won’t notice how bad Khali really is. Taker wins.

  FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT MATCH

Participants TBD
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Here's where the magic happens. When the match is announced, Jeremy Borash announces that the winner can use their title match gift card whenever they like. Thus, the winner here tonight also calls out Sting at the end of the show and gets the belt. So who does it you ask? Well, let's note that the participants haven't been announced. This tells me TNA is saving up for a surprise entrant. The fantasy booker in me says that this individual is Ric Flair, who goes on to have the usual awesome match with Sting and claim his last title. Of course, that's saying Flair has indeed parted ways with WWE (a rumour that I less-than-half-heartedly believe). So let's instead go with the obvious - Kevin Nash.

Matt Mackinder

All the spare parts go at it here. Who gets in line for a shot at Angle? Petey Williams? Chris Sabin? Alex Shelley? Judas Mesias? No, not a ladder match. Eric Young? Kaz? Robert Roode? Sonjay Dutt? Shark Boy? Nah. Kevin Nash? Maybe. I like Chris Harris here. It’d be good if it came down to him and James Storm wouldn’t it?

Bob Kapur

There are lots of guys here who I could reasonably see getting the win. A random roll of a 12-sided die says Kaz wins (I know there are 15 participants, but Wikipedia only lists 12 at the time I'm typing this).

Greg Oliver

Who's even in this? Bobby Roode is still the only one on the undercard that I can see as a headliner down the road, IF they stop dicking him around and really pushing him. So I'll pick him.

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    -- compiled by Jon Waldman