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TNA Wrestling Bound For Glory Review

TNA Bound For Glory 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!

[adinserter block=”1″]First, we had the pre-show match. This was The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelly and Chris Sabin) vs. Lethal Consequences (Consequences Creed and Jay Lethal). It was announced that “The Pope” D’ Angelo Dinero, was not going to be able to compete in the Ultimate X match, due to a family emergency. Now, the winners of this pre-show match would fill in for him in the Ultimate X match. This match went for about 5 minutes, and was decent, accomplishing what is was set to do, fire up the live crowd for the main show. The Motor City Machine Guns picked up the victory with a neck breaker/top rope frog splash combo. (**1/2 )

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.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. First, to respond to Eric's question, I do think that Sting will retire between 6 months and 1 year from now, but I don't think his match at BFG was his last. If it was, he would have made an official announcement. At BFG, he said that he's not sure if he will wrestle again or not, but I think he will return in a few months or so, only to compete for a few more months, and then ofificially retire. I could see him going for another year and having his last match at BFG next year.

    Matt, It sounds like you had a great time Sunday night! I sure wish that I could have made it there to watch it live. Ther fans, including yourself, were great and really made the show entertaining to watch. Please visit my online radio show at ubroadcast.com and search for Elite All Pro Wrestling Radio, where I discussed whaqts going on in the pro wrestling world, including BFG! If you have a chance to listen to it, feel free to email me some thoughts.
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  2. Hey Todd,

    I was at Bound For Glory last night, and even though I am not sure how the audience sounded on TV, you were definitely right about the audience being rabid. Let me start out with the Ultimate-X match. Being in the audience, this was probably one of the best matches of the night. Through out the whole match, the audience was behind every single wrestler, except Homicide, but when he came out, he got a pretty huge pop despite his recent heel turn. Next, there seemed to be a lot of old WCW fans in the crowd, and when Kevin Nash came out for his match, the audience went wild. Hernandez got a pretty huge pop as well, especially because of the pyro during his entrance and the fact that California has a huge Latino population. Scott Steiner and Booker T had a huge pop too, especially Steiner. In fact, besides Sting and AJ Styles, Steiner probably had one of the biggest pops of the night. The crowd was going crazy during the huge Full Metal Mayhem match. During the Knockouts Title match, there was a huge Awesome Kong mark sitting in the section next to me. The guy was going absolutely insane, he looked like Bam Bam Bigelow, but with Eric Young's hair style before he shaved his head. I think the guy only went for the Kong match because he didn't stay much after. The two wrestlers that had the most heat during the night were Bobby Lashley and Matt Morgan. Bobby Lashley had only two guys cheering for him during the match with Joe. The rest of the crowd was behind Samoa Joe. You could tell though, the audience didn't hate him, they were just huge Joe marks. Same thing happened with Matt Morgan, they only cheered him after the match, otherwise mostly all of the crowd was for Angle. And finally on to the final match. Sting and AJ Styles both had a huge pop (obviously the crowd was behind Sting more, especially due to the speculation that he was going to retire), but after the match there was one guy booing Sting. He kept going on, but everybody in the building told him to shut up, and he finally did. It got to the point where if he kept going, my whole section would have jumped him. Everybody looked at him like "are you for real, wrestling is fake, and you are acting like this guy killed one of your family members". It was quite annoying and pretty much made it difficult to hear Sting's promo at the end. Other than that, Sting got the biggest pop of the night, and it was an amazing show to be at. Unfortunately, there were a few empty chairs in one particular section, but they seemed to have sold a huge amount of tickets in the will call, so there were a lot more people than the original 800 something people that bought tickets. Anyways, I just thought I might share my experience.

    -Matt

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