Last night, October 18, 2009, TNA presented their biggest event of the year, Bound For Glory. In a sense, this was a true test for TNA. TNA has a lot of doubters, and if they were ever given a chance to show the wrestling world that they can deliver, this was it. The event took place at the Bren Events Center in Irvine California, in front of a rabid crowd, which was very hot all night. This was a great, great crowd, which was very, very vocal. In my opinion, this was one of the greatest crowds in TNA pay per view history!
Now, it is time to review the main show. The opener was the Ultimate X match for the X-Division Championship, featuring Amazing Red (c) vs. Daniels vs. Homicide vs. Suicide vs. Alex Shelly vs. Chris Sabin. This match was AMAZING! It was a spotfest, and a great one at that, which fired up the crowd, as well at myself watching at home! There were tons of great spots and tremendous chemistry between all participants. Toward the conclusion of the match, Suicide and Daniels were precariously sitting on the cables, a good 20 feet above the ring canvas. Suicide ended up hitting some sort of a DDT or face buster off of the cables, which looked insane! Daniels landed right on his head, and I honestly can say that I though he had broken his neck! I’m just glad to hear that he’s alright. Red ended up retaining his title after about 20 minutes of greatness, in what was an awesome match up! (***3/4)
Next, we had The Beautiful people (Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne w/ Lacey Von Erich) vs. Sarita and Taylor Wilde (c) for the TNA Knockout Tag Team Championships. Before the match began, Lacey tried to seduce the referees into letting her stay at ringside. They ended up sending her to the back anyway, despite her efforts. As far as the match itself goes, it was decent, but could have been better if given a little more time. Taylor and Sarita retained their titles with their patented springboard/bridging belly to back suplex combo, after about 5 minutes. (**)
Following, we had Hernandez vs. Eric Young vs. Kevin Nash (c) for the TNA Legends Championship. This was another decent match, which would have been better without the addition of Nash. After about 10 minutes of Nash and Young working together, Nash goes for the Jackknife on Hernandez, but is taken down when Young turns on him, taking the head of Hernandez and ramming it into his crotch. Young picks up the victory, and wins the Legends Championship. Great, just great. All TNA needs, is to further the MEM/World Elite feud. Heel vs. Heel stable. Real logical! Way to go TNA! (**1/2)
Next, we had the match that I had high expectations for. We had Team 3D vs. The British Invasion (c) vs. Beer Money vs. Scott Steiner and Booker T (c) in the Full Metal Mayhem match for the IWGP and TNA tag team championships. In my opinion, this was a great match with a lot of cool table and chair spots. There were an abundance of vicious chair shots, and there had to have been 6 or 7 tables broken. This match is comparable to the WWE’s money in the bank or TLC match, and didn’t disappoint. Believe it or not, Scott Steiner looked great in this match, at one point hitting 4 or 5 consecutive belly to belly suplexes and a frankensteiner from the top! His partner, Booker T, was also stretchered out during the match. As Team 3D grabbed and won the IWGP tag titles, Rhyno prevented them from capturing the TNA tag titles by taking them out with some stiff chair shots. Personally, I am looking forward to the Team 3D/Rhyno feud in the near future. Eventually, after a great, action packed 15 minute match, Rob Terry came out and press slammed Robert Rude through a table on the outside, allowing The British Invasion to capture the TNA tag titles and end the match. Again, great match! (***3/4)
Following, was Tara vs. Awesome Kong vs. ODB (c) for the TNA Knockout Championship. This match was pretty good, but again, could have benefitted from a bit more time. At one point in the match, Tara look to have gone after a fan in the crowd, and then was taken to the back by security, only to return a few minutes later in the match. Expect to see this as a new angle at IMPACT this week. A memorable addition to the match, was ODB actually giving Kong a samoan drop, holding her up for a good few seconds! Finally, after 10 minutes of action, Raisha Saeed slid a chair into the ring for Kong, but to her dismay, ODB capitalized on that move, and gave Kong a face buster onto the chair for the win. Expect a Kong/Saeed feud soon. Hopefully Saeed will loose the turban, and we’ll get to see Cheerleader Melissa as herself! Again, pretty good match. (**3/4)
Next, we had Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe in a Submission Match. In my BFG preview, I I said this match would most likely suck. I was slightly surprised, in that this match slightly surpassed my expectations. This was actually decent, but short, only going about 6 or 7 minutes. This match involved a lot more actual wrestling that I had expected. I thought it was going to be more of an MMA style match, but it really was not. Lashley won, to the dismay of the live crowd, who absolutely hated Lashley, with a vice, causing Joe to pass out. The ref called for the bell, even though Joe didn’t actually tap out. This will most likely lead to the continuation of the Joe/Lashley feud, which is not a bad thing, being that I was proved wrong when there two had a decent match with one another. Overall, decent match. (**3/4)
Finally, it was time for the hardcore dream match. It was Abyss vs. Mick Foley in a Monsters Ball, with Dr. Stevie as the special guest ref. In my opinion, this match was not quite as good as a lot of fans thought it would be, buy nevertheless, it was a very good, hardcore match. Throughout the match, there were plenty of sick spots including, Abyss falling off a column through the ramp, Foley hitting a double arm DDT on Abyss onto a barbed wire board, Abyss choke slamming Foley onto the barbed wire board, Abyss Black Hole Slamming Dr. Stevie into the pile of thumbtacks, and Abyss choke slamming Daffney through a barbed wire board wedged between the guardrails on the outside! Damn, Daffney is hardcore! Abyss won with a choke slam to Foley onto the barbed wire board. Overall, this didn’t meet its expectations, but was great nevertheless. It would have been better, if it hadn’t been for the interferences, but it was still very satisfying. (***1/2)
Now, it was time for the double main event. First, we had TNA’s best vs. TNA’s future, as Matt Morgan faced Kurt Angle. Surprisingly, the crowd unanimously cheered Angle, and booed Morgan. Overall, this match was very good, but could have been great, had it been given more time. I think that the pay per view was running out of time, and this match had to be cut short. The false finishes, with each individuals respective finishers, seemed to have been rushed into. I think the match should have been given more time to develop, and wait a bit longer for the false finishes via finishing maneuvers, but I think the match was moved along quicker because of time restraints. Overall, really good match, which went about 10-12 minutes. (***3/4)
Finally, it was time for the main event. I was proved correct, as far as my time theory went, because we didn’t event see a Sting/AJ promo package or anything like that. We went right to the match, AJ Styles (c) vs. Sting for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The crowd was defiantly behind Sting throughout the entire match, being that the event was held in Sting’s home state of California. These two had a pretty good match, going about 15 minutes. There were plenty of false finishes, including AJ kicking out of two Scorpion Death Drops. The match seemed to end very suddenly, with AJ hitting a springboard frog splash. With the exception of the finish, TNA made a great decision by having AJ retain the title in a pretty good main event. After the match, Sting cut a promo putting over AJ, and stating that he’s not sure whether he is going to retire or not. Again, a pretty good main event, and conclusion to the night! (***)
Overall, BFG 2009 was a very god show, just short of great. It could have been great if TNA had cut out a few under card matches, to give the two main events more time. Again, this show didn’t quite reach its potential to be great, but it was very good nevertheless. Overall, I give this pay per view a 7.5/10.
Todd Frizzell is from Columbus Ohio, and has been a huge professional wrestling fanatic for the last ten years. Todd is very interested in all aspects of pro wrestling, including what goes on when the cameras aren’t rolling. Todd is very excited to write about his passion, and will try his best to entertain and provoke the wrestling fans.
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