October 16, 2011
Countdown to TNA Bound For Glory
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
The ol’ desktop is down for one more pay-per-view so you’re in for another fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants preview; but to be honest I’m getting used to this style, and with this month’s Impact offering being Bound For Glory, this format works pretty damn well, at least in my humble opinion.
You see, much like WrestleMania, the expectation at BFG is that the faces will go over in most cases. Cases in point:
It’s inevitable that Bobby Roode goes over Kurt Angle to gain his first World title. The build over the last month has been nothing short of spectacular and Angle seems primed to drop the strap and potentially move into a side feud with Jeff Hardy while we, perhaps, get the Beer Money battle.
Sting, meanwhile, seems a lock to go over Hulk Hogan after great schmozzery reigns supreme with run-ins, fake refs and probably a surprise debut likely to occur.
Ink Inc., meanwhile, has all the momentum they need to finally score the tag belts and AJ Styles seems a lock to force Christopher Daniels to say “I Quit” and, perhaps most interestingly, Velvet Sky is bound to get her first Knockout Championship run started, especially with Karen Angle firmly singling her out from the rest of the ladies of Impact.
That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s going to be a clean sweep by the ‘good guys’.
First and foremost, Austin Aries MUST go over Brian Kendrick to fully establish him as the alpha dog in the X Division. Aries has all the talent and charisma to carry the division on his shoulders; but this comes with the caveat that the roster needs to be broadened. Kid Kash is well past his prime and Jesse Sorenson, while intriguing, is not ready for a serious title contention spot. Bringing in a luchadore to fill the gap should help, or a WWE castaway like Chavo Guerrero.
Bully Ray, meanwhile, should by all rights go over Ken Anderson. Ray has excelled more than anyone likely thought possible in his singles run but he needs that decisive victory to really push him to title contention; and putting him over Anderson, whose stock has been sinking of late, is a great place to start.
That leaves the three-way with Samoa Joe, Matt Morgan and Crimson. The push for Crimson seems to have stalled a bit with the injury angle, but really, Joe is jobber fodder (sadly) at this point and Morgan’s pushes have had no real oomph in what feels like years.
So in the end, BFG seems pretty straight forward; but the key is that this will, in many ways, mark the beginning of a new era in Impact land. While Pritchard has been head of the writing crew in secret over the last few weeks, the recent reveal shows that the company is finally taking a step in a different direction.
Will the interest pop a higher buyrate (or at least more interest from those watching feeds on the ‘net)? Probably. Outside of one or two angles, Impact has been solid the last few weeks and there seems to be a renewed hope about the viability of the company, now that there is a new man in charge of booking.
Until the next preview, enjoy Bound for Glory.