By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Bound For Glory was quite the newsworthy show.
Rob Van Dam, Tara, Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez and Jeff Hardy all became Champions.
Bully Ray didn’t turn on Sting. Devon turned out to be a part of Aces and Eights.
James Storm and Bobby Roode took part in an absolute all-out brawl that arguably stole the show.
There’s plenty of ways TNA can go after this show and with four Championships changing hands, a new direction seems definite.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Race For The Case
– The opening video chronicled Lashley’s World Title contention resurgence as he defeated (barely) Ethan Carter III in a Last Man Standing match to earn a future shot. Some focus was also paid to it being another heartbreaking loss for the “Ass-Kicking Machine.”
– The opening video hyped the 10-man Hardcore War gauntlet match between Team Kurt Angle and Team Eric Young, promising elevated violence, or something like that. This sort of felt randomly strung together, huh?
Lashley Vs. Angle
– You can fault TNA for all their past wrongdoings and chalk their Creative lack of logic to carelessness or just plain stupidity, but there are times that when they get it right, they get it right. The hype for the first-ever meeting between Kurt Angle and Bobby Lashley (for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, no less) was nothing short of brilliant. They made this truly feel like a match worth seeing, from the hype video clips for each man, to the camera shots of them in preparation and from input from the commentary team and other wrestling talent. You had the feeling that all eyes were on this match, as this had implications for the future and the very foundation of TNA as a company. Granted, last week’s Rockstar Spud-Ethan Carter III Hair Vs. Match was a tough act to follow and while this match didn’t match that magic, it excelled in its own little way.
– Despite the annoying Bro-Mans backstage promo that had Robbie E “depressed” over losing to Brooke (Shake it off Robbie, barely anyone watched), TNA did a decent job of toning down said annoyance by keeping the duo to DJ Z and Jesse Godderz, who actually had better chemistry than the Godderz-Robbie E team. Who knew? Angelina Love remains with them, but doesn’t really gain much from this situation either. Shouldn’t she be vying for the Knockouts Championship?
– The Ultimate X Tag Team Championship match between The Wolves, Jesse Godderz/DJ Z and The Great Sanada/Manik was the expected glorified spot fest that it sounded like on paper. While everyone had their moments to shine, The Wolves were the only team that looked like they had a real chance of winning and won the match before the action became stale.
– Austin Aries has always given a good promo and he had purpose being that he had his briefcase in the hands of the Beat Down Clan. Him calling them out was good for this reason. Low-Ki and Samoa Joe representing the BDC also worked here. That said, why on earth would Aries put up his earned World Title briefcase shot to get a shot at a lower Championship that he’d be due a rematch for anyway? The match between him and Joe had some time to turn into something decent, but had “BDC antics” written all over it, with Low-Ki attacking Aries to cause the DQ. Kudos to Taz for the technical hold pointers, which upped the ante in the action’s importance. Aries ended back up with the briefcase, but the moment was quickly and rightfully overshadowed by Spud’s surprise cash-in of his X-Division Title briefcase. That was great, because it gave Spud new direction and a new feud with the BDC. You can even throw Aries into things too.
– Magnus’ brawl-styled clobbering of Bram was a great follow up of last week’s segment. Even Mickie James looked good while beating on him. This raised their personal feud up a notch and felt necessary at this point in their blood rivalry. Only complaint possibly here was that this directly followed the Spud cash-in and we had no time to really digest anything, though this helped helped give the show an “unpredictable” feel, despite being taped a while back.
– The three-way Knockouts Championship match between Awesome Kong, Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell was okay, nothing too special. Why Terrell continues to get the nod over Kim/Kong is beyond us, because she still feels like a vague paper champion. She says she seeks to “validate her reign,” but we still don’t know much about her besides she always ends up winning. She is becoming the Knockouts John Cena. We hope TNA sees this and tries to fix it soon, because the longer she stays Champion, the more damage her character hurts from it this way.
– The James Storm promo put over the no DQ match and his “coin toss” talk was interesting in his own James Storm way. Who can deny the creepy whistle?
– Angle’s comments towards the upcoming match had him put over Lashley as a monster and that he was eager to show he was still one of the best in the business. Good promo.
– The Storm (w/The Revolution)-Matt Hardy No DQ match was a decent weapon fest, as the story was Hardy fighting off all of The Revolution, eventually falling victim to the match rules. Storm’s postmatch promo put over his desire to have Matt join Jeff in the hospital, as we assume happened, with all those brutal shots and camera cutaway. Being that Jeff “returns” next week, it was a good way to set that up.
– The TNA World Heavyweight Championship match between Lashley-Angle was a great match given lots of time for both guys to wear each other down, with Angle’s German suplexes and Lashley’s sudden bursts of energy. That said, it took four Angle Locks to finish Lashley off and the win was a pleasant surprise, as it seemed Lashley had the momentum going with the belt again, but Angle on top of the mountain in TNA opens up some new possibilities.
– Tag Team Championships Destination X Match – The Wolves (Champion) def. Jesse Godderz/DJ Z (w/Angelina Love) and The Great Sanada/Manik to retain
– Austin Aries def. Samoa Joe (w/Low-Ki) via DQ
– X-Division Championship Match – Rockstar Spud def. Low-Ki Champion) via pinfall to become new Champion; Briefcase Cash-In
– Knockouts Championship – Taryn Terrell def. Gail Kim, Awesome Kong via pinfall to retain
– No Disqualification Match – James Storm (w/The Revolution) def. Matt Hardy via pinfall
– World Heavyweight Championship Match – Kurt Angle def. Bobby Lashley (Champion) via submission to become new Champion
– The opening video did a good job of hyping the three “bitter feud” matches – all comprising out of former friendships with Eric Young-Bobby Roode, Bram-Magnus and Rockstar Spud and Ethan Carter III. This was more or less the theme of the show and gave us something to look forward to already with decent payoff match son paper.
– The Young-Roode Last Man Standing match was a great way to start the show off, a bit surprising considering you think that’d be main event material out of the three matches hyped. The match itself was lengthy enough to tell its own story and it had that “bitter feud” feeling to it with all the action on the outside and the chair in play as the visual aid of how they became enemies in the first place. The finish with the table spot was well done, even though Roode basically won with an Attitude Adjustment, but that table was smashed with authority and Young sold it extremely well with his body shaking. A good payoff to one of the better recent feuds – or was it?
– The Jeremy Borash-Spud backstage segment was another example of Spud standing up for himself with a lot of passion, carrying on his momentum from last week.
– Drew Galloway’s theme music strays too close to Roman Reigns’ music as does his gimmick, loosely. His promo was once again a repeat of his debut promo against the Beat Down Clan, standing amongst the crowd. More shots at WWE was necessary for his character gimmick we suppose, but how about staying away from that from here on out and accenting his in-ring abilities because he can actually wrestle and not lead a “movement” to do it? Even the use of the word “movement’ copies WWE. MVP’s promo was good stuff, and the crowd reaction definitely brought more out of him. Have to love the London faithful.
– The MVP-Galloway match wasn’t anything special until the expected BDC run-in, which got better as it continued, doing exactly what it needed to; as they got their moment over Galloway, laying him out. As for the “Stand Up For Wrestling” gimmick, still not sure Galloway is the true voice for this movement. He doesn’t come off as a leader a tiny bit.
– The Mickie James-Magnus backstage segment set up the brutality of his upcoming match with him wanting James backstage, which of course, we had to know that meant that she couldn’t possibly do so.
– The hype video for the Spud-EC3 feud was necessary given the match later on, but was more relied upon Spud’s recent big promo. EC3’s backstage promo put over his streak and how Spud wanted it all to happen. Good stuff.
– The hype video for Bram-Magnus was also well done, albeit short, as the story was simple here and put over Bram’s recent dark side, which was a big focus during the match and evidently after.
– The Bram-Magnus match was on a good route especially with James coming to ringside to support Magnus, making the match feel bigger, until the blatant DQ by Bram on a low blow stunted that momentum. Bram’s postmatch actions at least had him come across as sadistic, making us feel sympathetic for Magnus, being humiliated to save his wife. Good angle.
– The BDC’s backstage promo was more of them bragging and sounding tough, with everyone saying a little something. That’s the second promo using “synonymous” on this show. Word of the night, we guess?
– The Robbie E-Brooke match of course had to derail what was almost a perfect episode for Impact standards. This was lame all around with the boxing theme as corny as you could get. Ironic they brought up the “Stand Up for Wrestling” movement in a segment like this. Brooke won, but no one gained anything from this, except maybe a few minutes of precious nap time.
– The hype for next week’s Bobby Lashley-Kurt Angle World Heavyweight Championship match was solidly done as the video package and attention paid by the broadcast team made it feel like the big match it needed to be. Heck, we know this match would happen since before it was official, so why not go all out on it?
– The EC3-Spud Hair vs. Hair match was insanely good, especially as it went on towards the end. This was probably Spud’s biggest moment in TNA, with the blood pouring down his face as he was in the middle of his comeback, evidently pushing the envelope on Destination America, but really good stuff. The inclusion of Tyrus, Mr. Anderson and JB in the match was slight overbooking, but made sense in terms of the payoff concept surrounding the whole match. The last five minutes of the match was the best of TNA’s stint on Destination America so far and it was huge that Carter got the win, as the crowd would’ve went nuts for Spud had he won. Carter’s postmatch promo teasing a face turn was also well-crafted and genuine until he tossed Spud back into the ring and shaved his head. EC3 comes out of this looking like a beast, but how will Spud move away from this? He got his big TNA moment, but didn’t get the payoff win and lost his hair in the process. Either way, this was the best close to a TNA show in a long time.
– Last Man Standing – Bobby Roode def. Eric Young
– Drew Galloway def. MVP via DQ
– Magnus def. Bram via DQ
– Brooke def. Robbie E (w/Jesse Godderz, Angelina Love, DJ Z) via pinfall
– Hair Vs. Hair Match – Ethan Carter III def. Rockstar Spud via pinfall
– The opening video showcased Kurt Angle’s almost-too-melodramatic attempt to win the Battle Royale for the World Heavyweight Championship number one contender match go all for naught. The video made the match and moment look better than it actually was. Angle was definitely the focus here.
– The first segment with Angle, Bobby Lashley and the Beat Down Clan was good in that it continued the established tension between Angle and Lashley, with neither vowing to save each other and BDC had a bone to pick with both guys. Samoa Joe had a memorable night on the mic and it was interesting to hear him lead off the BDC side of the segment, albeit strange that MVP wouldn’t get the mic right away, but it all hyped the main event decently. You have to wonder how Joe will be written off with the now common knowledge of his TNA departure. Nights like this let us see just what intensity he brings (or brought) to the BDC.
– The Ethan Carter III/Tyrus-Mr. Anderson/Rockstar Spud match was good while it lasted, as Anderson hit a low blow on Tyrus and the mic check. This carried their program, but why did they need to cheat to beat the dirty heels? It maybe fits Anderson’s “rebel” character per se, but Spud doesn’t seem like someone who would side with winning in that fashion.
– It was smart to see the little highlight moments chronicling the history between MVP and Lashley throughout the night. Attention to detail can do wonders for hyping a match.
– EC3 screamed backstage and he promised to shave Spud’s hair. Still on this hair thing. Why?
– The segment with Taryn Terrell, Gail Kim and Awesome Kong was probably set up to give Kong a reason to lay out Terrell, who looked tough in her own way, but maybe deserved what she asked for. Kim looked good as the voice of reason and was a credible witness to Kong’s destruction in the past. Getting to the real picture: everybody wants Kim-Kong. It doesn’t matter how we get there, TNA. Just get there. Josh Matthews also made a great point of Terrell still having yet to get Kong off her feet.
– The MVP backstage segment talking to his BDC counterparts was the usual until they acknowledged the cameras bring there and threw them out. Something you wouldn’t see in WWE, who seemingly don’t realize cameras are backstage. It’s the little things.
– The Austin Aries backstage promo was interesting in providing intrigue for the main event.
– The Robbie E/Angelina Love (w/Jesse, DJZ)-Brooke/Chris Melendez was okay, nothing special, though the highlight was the finish where Robbie E pinned Brooke after flipping her off the top rope. The broadcast team also first explaining the rules with much knowledge and then being confused by them was pathetic. How can the viewer trust a broadcast team that’s unsure of what they’re talking about?
– The segment where Anderson made the save on EC3 trying to scalp Spud before Tyrus took EC3 continued their program more, though it changed little. Did we need this?
– The Gunner-Angle backstage segment had Gunner be the motivator, providing an ounce of irony with it.
– The Aries-Joe interaction was good, as Joe continued to be a good mouthpiece. Aries suicide diving on Joe was also good. The match that followed was also very good as Aries outsmarted King at the end and pinned Joe clean. The BDC did their thing after on Aries which gave them heat into the main event and the briefcase to prevent a cash-in.
– The Lashley backstage promo had him sound confident about MVP and Angle, as per his character.
– The MVP-Eric Young backstage interaction had MVP brainwash Young into wanting to take out Lashley. Intriguing.
– The Noam Dar-Rampage Brown match couldn’t have occurred at a more random time. What about some video hype explanation? Bram came out of nowhere and took out the younglings. Him calling out Magnus was good, but out came Grado and he got beat down as well. Bram looked good at least, but poor British Bootcamp peeps didn’t.
– The announcement of The Wolves vs James Storm/Abyss for the Tag Team Championships was made. That should be a decent match at best.
– The World Heavyweight Championship match between Lashley and MVP (w/Samoa Joe, Low-Ki, Kenny King) was entertaining and had a little of everything. Young attacking Lashley and Bobby Roode making the save was all good. Gunner also saved at one point too, followed by Drew Galloway and helped Lashley retain. The only problem here though is that Lashley is a Champion that claims he needs no help beating the BDC, yet when he has three guys coming out to help him, he has no problem with it. WTF-ness?
– Mr. Anderson/Rockstar Spud def. Ethan Carter III/Tyrus via pinfall
– Robbie E/Angelina Love (w/Jesse Godderz, DJZ) def. Brooke/Chris Melendez via pinfall
– Austin Aries def. Samoa Joe via pinfall
– Noam Dar and Rampage Brown to a No-Contest
– World Heavyweight Championship – Bobby Lashley def. MVP (w/Samoa Joe, Low-Ki, Kenny King) via pinfall to retain