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Countdown to TNA Bound For Glory
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling






It's Bound For Glory time in TNA, and the company is all revved up for its main event of the year.

There's a lot of anticipation for tonight's event, taking place in Chicago. As you've seen throughout our interviews, the boys and girls are rarin' to go with what should be an interesting night of sports entertainment, so let's get right to it.


TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Sting vs. Samoa Joe



SLAM! Prediction

In a perfectly mapped out world, where storylines were consistently built and hype was fully developed, this match could have been a calling card bout for TNA. If you look at it on a basic level, this should be the culmination of the new guys versus the old guard, not what looks like the starting point. After all, BFG is the supposed big show of the year right? If that's the case, then it should be where one run of storylines end and another begins. That's what WWE has done effectively with WrestleMania, and to a lesser extent Summerslam, and TNA has never been able to do.

In order for this feud to really get off the ground, as much as it pains Samoa Joe fans like myself to say and see, Sting must go over, leading to an all-out takeover of all of TNA's titles, a la the nWo. Take Sting, but watch out for outside shenanigans.


 
GRUDGE MATCH (SPECIAL OUTSIDE ENFORCER -- MICK FOLEY)

Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle
 



SLAM! Prediction

This is quite possibly the toughest match to call. When you look at it, you have the returning, conquering hero, versus the apparent hottest commodity in pro wrestling. Can anyone suspend disbelief enough to allow the thought that Jarrett, who has been away for two years, can beat a guy who has consistently been a main eventer over that same span? I can't, which is where Foley comes in.

As obvious as it seems, the Jarrett/Angle match is a one-off which will transition into Angle/Foley. Mick will help Jeff win the match tonight and move into what could be an interesting battle. This, of course, will leave Jarrett open to continue his pursuit of Triple H/Ric Flair, as he battles Sting at the next PPV (or hey, maybe at the end of the PPV, a la Hulk Hogan/Yokozuna). What's that old saying? The more things change, the more they stay the same.


TNA TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH (MONSTER'S BALL, SPECIAL GUEST REFEREE - STEVE McMICHAEL)

Beer Money Inc. vs. LAX vs. Team 3D vs. Matt Morgan/Abyss



SLAM! Prediction

What can I say about this match, other than it's designed to get Abyss over. Yes, 3D, BMI and LAX have all upped the hardcore violence in recent months (which makes this match perfectly appropriate), but this is Abyss's calling card. Mongo's involvement should be minimal (for the love of God make it minimal), but expect some sort of football tribute -- maybe a kickoff tee gouging someone's eye. The team without a name wins.


  TNA KNOCKOUTS TITLE MATCH (TRIPLE THREAT)

Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong vs. Roxxi Leveaux
 



SLAM! Prediction

It's a shame that Taylor hasn't got over with the TNA crowd, but it's also not unexpected. The common thread that has weaved through every woman in TNA is that they've been given a chance to develop their character and make you care about them. I honestly can't remember if Wilde has done a promo, so if she has, that tells you how effective she's been. Kong would seem the right woman to hold the belt again, but I don't think TNA fans really want another dominating streak from her. I wouldn't be surprised, then, if Roxxi picks up the duke here, maybe with a tease of a heel turn.

  TNA X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH

Shiek Abdul Bashir vs. Consequences Creed
 



SLAM! Prediction

Something about this angle just doesn't work for me. Either it's that the Arab terrorist schtick is not having an impact on North American audiences anymore, or that Creed is not believable as the all-American hero. Actually, it's both. I wish the X could go back to the way it was - no gimmicks needed, pure wrestling that was new and cool. As is, I could care less about this match, and will only say that Creed goes over so that TNA can build up against an old guard heel (X-Pac?) as part of the big gimmick.

  GRUDGE MATCH (ASYLUM)

? vs. ?? vs. ??? vs. (you get the picture)
 



SLAM! Prediction

Ah, another TNA signature match -- no participants named. Come on -- you couldn't give us the names of the 10 or so participants? I'm going to guess that the Prince Justice Brotherhood, MCMG, Sonjay Dutt, Jay Lethal, Petey Williams and a couple others will be in here, but really, there should have been a list named. This would seem to be where Suicide should be introduced, but that's in doubt now with Kaz's injury. Then again, they could just have a stand-in don the red, black and white costume, so yeah, let's go with Suicide debuting and winning.

  GRUDGE MATCH (TRIPLE THREAT)

Booker T vs. Christian Cage vs. AJ Styles
 



SLAM! Prediction

Essentially, this is being built to lead to Cage's decision for which side of the battle he's on, and since Christian so rocks as a heel, I'm guessing he's going over to the old boys club, and in the process will help Booker T claim victory. Sodas rule!

  GRUDGE MATCH (MIXED 6-PERSON TAG)

Rhino/ODB/Rhaka Khan vs. Beautiful People
 



SLAM! Prediction

I really, really hate Kip. Move the girls to WWE, leave him behind. Rhino and James don't make much difference here, because really it's about the ladies, and Khan is throw-in also (my guess is this was supposed to be the Kim sisters at one point). I'm guessing the heels go over here.



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