October 14, 2012
Countdown to TNA Bound For Glory
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff
The evolution of Bound for Glory as an event, in much the same way as the state of TNA on the whole, is that it may someday be recognized as a prestigious PPV without having the tag of being "TNA's Wrestlemania". Will the 2012 version help in that venture? It's a card that has some good-looking matches, so check out these thoughts and predictions from SLAM! Wrestling.
TNA Contract/Grudge Match
Joey Ryan vs. Al Snow
Jon Waldman: Could there be a faction led by Ryan of the dismissed would-be TNA'ers? Why not?
Dave Hillhouse: It seems counter-intuitive to place this much emphasis on a match for it to result in Ryan not sticking around, so Al Snow takes it on the chin and Ryan joins TNA full-time.
KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher (champion)
Jon Waldman: Tara beats BROOKE for the belt.
Dave Hillhouse: Young Miss T. the Grasshopper has not learned all of her former master's tricks. Time for her to chase the belt so Tara takes it.
X DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
Zema Ion vs. Rob Van Dam
Jon Waldman: Why is RVD still competing? I've lost all interest in him and his shoddy entrance 'music'. Ion is just as bad, but I guess he wins.
Dave Hillhouse: Speaking of stagnation, where does RVD winning this title possibly take the X Division? There may be some "If Zema Wins We Riot" signs, but he will indeed win.
TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Magnus vs. Samoa Joe (champion)
Jon Waldman: Possible show stealer. Take Magnus.
Dave Hillhouse: Joe just got it, and that was from being hand-picked to compete in a winner-take-all match. Keep the belt on the current champ.
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm
Special Enforcer: King Mo
Jon Waldman: It's Bret vs. Austin with the MMA ref turned wrestler (Shamrock) involved for intro purposes. I really think Storm should've been in the title match, not Hardy. Roode wins when Storm passes out in the Crossface.
Dave Hillhouse: King Mo will overstep his jurisdiction in helping Storm get the win, thereby maintaining Roode's status as not having lost one-on-one to his former partner.
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES
Styles & Angle vs. Guerrero & Hernandez vs. Daniels & Kazarian (champions)
Jon Waldman: No reason for the titles to change. Daniels and Kazarian can continue on and end up turning cool heel very soon.
Dave Hillhouse: I can see these three teams chasing one another for the foreseeable future. For that to work, I'd bet on keeping the belts on the current champions for now.
FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF TNA
Aces & Eights vs. Sting & Bully Ray
Jon Waldman: The rumours of Bully being involved in A&E make sense. Ray makes a much better heel than face. Please let Sting be obliterated and forced into retirement.
Dave Hillhouse: I believe this show will belong to Aces & Eights. After they win this match and Bully Ray joins them or reveals that he's been with them all along, the icons leading TNA will feel awfully foolish. Here's my question: on whose side will the returning Abyss be?
MAIN EVENT: WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries (champion)
Jon Waldman: The right thing to do is keep the belt on Aries, but you just know it's going to be Jeff walking out with the belt, all in the name of merch sales.
Dave Hillhouse: A Jeff Hardy victory stands for stagnation in the middle of an Aries world title run; the champ should retain. Again, though, I think this will be Aces & Eights' party and they will render the main event meaningless through interference.
Also this weekend, Sting has been inducted into the brand, spanking new TNA Hall of Fame. He is the first to be so honoured, so what does that say for Sting and for TNA?
Jon Waldman:Sure he deserves the accolade but Sting isn't retiring yet. This just makes TNA look second rate and like a WWE wannabe, more so than usual.
Dave Hillhouse:Here's another "TNA's Wrestlemania" moment, as a Hall of Fame attachment to the weekend cannot be discussed without comparison to the competition. It seems silly, to be honest, to be inducting Hall of Famers for a company with such a relatively short track record, but if they're going to put someone in, why not Sting? Maybe this really does indicate his swansong.