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





It's TNA's biggest night of the year, and while the buildup to most of the matches for Bound For Glory has been good, there's still the "big card feel" missing as I look at what lies ahead for viewers.

On the surface, tonight's lineup reeks of the same problem that we've often complained about with TNA -- too many gimmicks. Look up and down the card and the majority of the matches have some sort of stipulation or odd-number of participants.

It's not necessarily a feeling of "same-old, same old," mind you, but there is a feeling of "been there, done that." One can only hope that this feeling will dissipate before it cuts extremely deep into TNA's buyrates.

Here's the outlook for Bound For Glory.


TNA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

AJ Styles vs. Sting

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

On the surface the relationship between Sting and AJ Styles looks like it's only been around a couple months, but really it's been about a year when you look at the two combatants being guys who really were at the centre of the Main Event Mafia vs. TNA Originals feud. Though Sting's career doesn't seem to end with this match, it certainly seems as though the man known outside the ring as Steve Borden is starting the curtain call. Styles wins.


 
TNA LEGENDS TITLE MATCH (Triple Threat)

Kevin Nash vs. Eric Young vs. Hernandez
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Nash as champion doesn't do much, and if TNA is committed to a Hernandez push he needs to start with this belt. I could see Eric Young scoring a cheap win, but I think he's in the mix to up the workrate only. I'll take Hernandez here.


TNA/IWGP TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH (Full Metal Mayhem)

Scott Steiner/Booker T vs. Team 3D vs. The British Invasion vs. Beer Money Inc.

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Think of this as the Eurocontinental Title bout at WrestleMania 17, only with weaponry and both titles available at the same time. This screams overbooked garbage and you almost expect that there will be a surprise appearance, maybe a new partner for Steiner with Booker seemingly on his way out of the company. If the rumours about Ken Anderson...Anderson are true, this might be the right place to bring him in, but I'd also not be surprised if Beer Money Inc. claims both belts.


  X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH (Ultimate X)

Homicide vs. Suicide vs. D'Angelo Dinero vs. Amazing Red vs. Daniels
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I'd be more psyched for this match under normal circumstances, but this is just such a throw together schmozz. Red's teaming with Don West would seem to indicate a larger push, but really anyone here could walk away with the title. I'll pick Dinero for the heck of it.


 

TNA KNOCKOUTS TITLE MATCH (Triple Threat)

Tara vs. Awesome Kong vs. ODB


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

This is another throw-together match which serves more to tease the Kong vs. Tara matchup. I get the feeling ODB isn't keeping the belt, despite really being the "people's champ" in the Kockouts Division. Kong takes back her gold.


 

TNA KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Beautiful People vs. Sarita/Taylor Wilde


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

While in most circumstances I'd say that Canadian girls kick ass, the Beautiful People have more reason to hold these belts. Take the Hollywood and Vine blondes.


 

GRUDGE MATCH (Submission)

Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Lashley


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

If this wasn't the biggest night of TNA's year, I'd say this was ending with a DQ. As is, Lashley's taking this one in a cakewalk.


 

GRUDGE MATCH (Monster's Ball)

Mick Foley vs. Abyss


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

The bizarre thing here is that Foley's the heel when Abyss clearly should be. That's TNA logic for you. There's blood a plenty here, but not enough to get the Jericho level of red. Abyss wins.


 

GRUDGE MATCH

Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I'm still not buying Morgan as a babyface here. I'm guessing this is a lengthy bout that somehow ends in a draw.


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