Bound for Glory comments
Well, TNA's "big show" Bound for Glory was a bit of a mess. As usual, they're never boringâ€¦ but they do weird and mis-timed rubbish.
They start in the pre-show by not giving Bad Influence the obvious win in the #1 contender match, despite them CLEARLY being both the best wrestlers and the best entertainers. I'm a big fan of Daniels, who was the boss in all of TNA's five star matches, and has been just magnificent on the mike in this latest run. Boo. At least they then determine the actual winner of the match, the less-talented but less-insulting joke team remaining.
Ultimate X: Manik (champion) defends against Samoa Joe, Chris Sabin, Austin Aries and Jeff Hardy. Five is waaaay too many for this kind of match, even if it is an all-star list like this. More particularly, Hardy is allowed to crap all over the concept by rapidly introducing a ladder. Such a waste.
Yay, a bonus Bad Influence promo. Abyss, snore. Make a freaking decision on this one, TNA.
A surprise as joke team Bro-Mans hang nicely with Storm and Gunner, getting the crowd legit into it, and then win the tag title clean. Given how absurdly low-profile the actual champions had been in recent months, a spark was definitely needed.
Angle refuses to go into the TNA Hall of Fame. Huh? Knowing TNA, they may never explain this.
Knockouts three-way for the title: ODB (champion) vs Brooke vs Gail Kim. Some pretty nice hits in this one (including the double whack to the ref, NICE), before we get the inevitable Lei'd run-in. Down goes ODB, SMASH goes Brooke in a sweet powerbomb over the top rope, Gail wins and is exposed as the mastermind behind Lei'd. Gail can be title holder as many times as she likes, I say.
Angle vs Roode: we have a story, and two guys good enough to make it work. Twenty minutes of good stuff (I even liked the ref mistake) and then a WTF ending. I'd say "you can't make this up", but they are very good at doing exactly that at TNA.
Ethan Carter III (Derrick Bateman) debuts against the skinniest professional wrestler in the history of the universe, "Norv Fernum". This was pretty damn fun/funny, even if it had no right to be placed where it was. WE WANT MORE NORV.
Sting vs Magnus: see the Angle vs Roode bit. There's an even more solid story, but these two didn't quite pull it off in the ring. Another 10 minutes (if Sting could do that) and it would have worked, I suspect. As it was, kinda MEH. I agreed with the crowd when Sting did the Flair Drop, though -- great touch, even if it was a poor imitation.
And now to our main event, with Bully Ray having done all the promos and AJ Styles quiet. No one thinks AJ won't win after the looooooooong build-up and replays of his previous World Title wins during the show, but expect all sorts of hell on the way. AJ on the receiving end of a stack of insane hits, notably the boot to the chest through the ropes and the flip into the ringside table going wrong. That was nasty. Please don't die. Aaaaandâ€¦ Dixie kills the momentum of the match at the end (a tad surprising, and wasteful, as she finally actually cut a good promo a couple weeks back).
As much as I appreciate what Bully Ray has done in recent times (indeed, years): yay AJ.
Try not to fark it up, TNA.