So TNA Bound for Glory is once again upon us, and for being the biggest show of the year, the card is very lackluster and thrown together. With the exception of the World title match, all of these matches were just kind of thrown together with some not being announced until last week and at least two being announced on this week’s episode. Based on the little amount of thought going into this show, I could put little thought into my predictions. However, I’m not going to do that, because I’m a professional (which is more than I can say for TNA’s owner).
3-WAY MATCH FOR THE KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP: ODB (CHAMPION) VS. BROOKE VS. GAIL KIM
Honestly, I’m pretty sure the only reason ODB is champion right now is because they needed to get the belt of Mickie James, who left the company. Nothing against ODB, but that seems to be the case. Since winning the title, she has only been involved in feuds with men, feuds no one cares about. Until she appeared in a backstage segment on this week’s Impact, Kim barely had any kind of presence on the show. Sadly, pathetically, Brooke is the only one getting any real exposure thanks to being the on-screen girlfriend of the World Champion, and even then, she’s mostly an afterthought. Still, I’m going with her leaving as the new champion, because it makes the most amount of sense.
KURT ANGLE VS. BOBBY ROODE
This was more or less put together solely as an excuse to put Angle back on TV. As a result, he’s winning this match. When you also take into the fact that he’s getting inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend, it becomes even more obvious. Roode is nothing more than cannon fodder for Angle right now, and it’s a damn shame.
STING VS. MAGNUS
If TNA does anything right at BFG, they will have Magnus go over. The whole point of putting him in the Main Event Mafia and pushing him to the top of the BFG Series was to establish him as a major player in the company, which also seems to be the whole point of this match with Sting, as Sting’s way of “passing the torch”. With the losing streak Magnus has been on lately, if TNA does anything else other than have him beat Sting in clean fashion, the angle will have failed and Magnus will once again get shafted.
5-WAY ULTIMATE X MATCH FOR THE WORLD X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP: MANIK (CHAMPION) VS. AUSTIN ARIES VS. JEFF HARDY VS. CHRIS SABIN VS. SAMOA JOE
Honestly, I have not been so disinterested in an Ultimate X Match in a long, long time. The match just seems so forced, as well as an excuse to pad the card. No one is going after the X title for several weeks, then all of a sudden, four guys want a shot at the same time. Plus, one of those guys is Samoa Joe, who hasn’t been in the division in over a year, not to mention the fact that TNA once put in the caveat that X-Division competitors had to weigh 225 lbs. or less. Based on the booking, the winner is a toss-up between Aries and Sabin, with me leaning more towards Sabin. Manik has been a joke of a champion, Hardy doesn’t need another second-tier belt to pad his resume’, and Joe is pretty much an afterthought here (who should be involved in the World title picture, an area he hasn’t seriously been seen in since losing the belt several years ago).
WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: GUNNER AND JAMES STORM (CHAMPIONS) VS. BAD INFLUENCE
If the gauntlet match didn’t prove to you enough that the tag team division in TNA is dying, the champions should convince. Storm has catastrophically fallen from grace over the last couple of years, going from one-half of one of the hottest tag teams in the world, up to being the World Champion, back down to fighting in generic singles matches to going into a mish-mash tag team that no one cares about. TNA seems to finally be convinced that Storm will never be nothing more than a tag team wrestler, and even then, they can’t do it right. Gunner, on the other hand, went from not even being seen on TNA TV for nearly a year before more or less walking into a championship match. No one has ever cared about Gunner, and no one ever will. As for their work as a team, they’ve barely been featured on TV since winning the belts. Why not put the titles on a team that actually gets seen regularly that fans give a damn about? BI become the new champions here.
AJ Styles is winning the title here, but that will automatically fall by the wayside. Despite the fact that AJ is the face in the main event program for TNA, he’s been taking a backseat the entire time. This angle isn’t about him, it’s about a) Dixie Carter being the main heel in the company, and b) Aces and Eights falling apart. In her mind, Dixie is hoping that this will lead to an angle like Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon or CM Punk vs. John Laurinaitis with her and AJ, but it isn’t going to happen. For one thing, Dixie as a heel owner is one of the worst characters in pro wrestling history, possibly THE worst. For another, as much as I love AJ, he’s not Austin or Punk. Sure, he’s been cutting some good promos lately, but he just doesn’t have the charisma to go with his in-ring talent. That’s always been the one thing that’s held him back from being seen as a serious main eventer, and I just fear that, even with this angle, he’s going to be held back once more. Sure, he’ll have the championship, but it won’t matter thanks to the shoddy booking of this angle.
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