TNA Wrestling held its eighth annual Bound for Glory 2012 pay per view Sunday night live from Phoenix, AZ. BFG 2012 was a decent show that will be remembered for a big reveal and a predictable, yet fun championship main-event.
Jeff Hardy regained the TNA world heavyweight championship in a thrilling main-event defeating Austin Aries. It was almost two years to the day since Hardy won his first TNA world title in the headliner at Bound for Glory 2010. This makes Hardy’s third title reign with the company, putting him behind Sting and Kurt Angle for the most reigns as TNA champion.
The story behind the scenes here is that Hardy is in the midst of a contract negotiation with TNA Wrestling. Hardy’s contract is up in February and the buzz around this is that TNA put the title on Hardy to keep him happy in hopes of re-signing him. It sounds a bit ridiculous doesn’t it? Jeff Hardy will turn down a healthy raise returning to the WWE because he is TNA champion? There is certainly more to it than money as scheduling is a big part of the equation as well. It is certainly an interesting story to keep an eye on. If it were anyone else I would suspect that TNA would turn this into a CM Punk scenario, publicly leaking Hardy’s contract status to create a storyline. In this case I doubt it as I don’t think Hardy would fit in well in that role at all. It is always a risk though in putting your world title on a guy that will become a free agent in a matter of months.
The other big story of the night was the reveal in Aces & 8s. No the eight men didn’t unmask and reveal themselves, but one did indeed make his identity well known. The semi-main event featured Sting and Bully Ray teaming up to wrestle two members of Aces & 8s. Chaos broke down at the end of the match which saw one masked member put Bully through a table to win the match and “access” to TNA Wrestling. The masked man was revealed to be Devon (Dudley). Everyone acted shocked. Devon was the only man unmasked and is not necessarily the leader of the group. I know some people are disappointed but I’ll say this. It may have been fourteen or so years ago but Bubba and Devon had some tremendous matches in ECW. A lot has changed but if these two can put together anything like their past brawls, I am all for the angle here.
The other reveal of the night and I won’t necessarily call it big is that Tara revealed her celebrity boyfriend. The boyfriend turned out to be former Big Brother competitor Jesse Godderz. Someone in TNA obviously has an obsession with reality television when you look back at all of the reality TV stars that have come through the door. The funny thing about reality TV is that there is so much of it, that the shelf life of a “reality TV” celebrity is about a month after they off of television if that. Godderz hasn’t been a regular member of Big Brother in awhile. Not to mention, Big Brother isn’t even that popular anymore. Of all of the Big Brother cast members he and Dr. Will are probably the most memorable but you are talking about a very small audience.
Finally the other big news item of the night was the changing of the TNA world tag team titles. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez won the belts defeating Christopher Danielz and Kazarian and AJ Styles and Kurt Angle. The finish came when Hernandez gave Daniels the Border Toss and Chavo came off the top rope with a Frog Splash. This ends what I thought was one of the most entertaining reigns on pro wrestling television of anyone in Daniels and Kazarian. I’d imagine that this is a short-lived title change, used to pop the crowd in Phoenix. Otherwise this one makes very little sense to me.
All in all Bound for Glory was a decent show, fast-paced, with lots of title changes, and what you’d expect when you buy a big TNA pay per view. It was hardly WrestleMania or anything that will make a historic impact for the company. If you are on the fence of buying the replay I’d say go for it. The world and tag team title matches were certainly worth the price.
Rob Van Dam defeated Zema Ion to win the TNA X Division Championship
Samoa Joe defeated Magnus to retain the TNA Television Championship
James Storm defeated Bobby Roode in a Street Fight with King Mo as the Special Guest Enforcer
Joey Ryan defeated Al Snow
Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and Hernandez defeated The World Tag Team Champions of the World (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and A.J. Styles and Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship
Tara defeated Miss Tessmache to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship
Aces & 8s defeated Sting and Bully Ray in a No Disqualification Tag team match. As a result of their win, Aces & 8s gain full access to the Impact Zone
Jeff Hardy defeated Austin Aries to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
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