PPV Preview: TNA Bound for Glory 2009

Bound for Glory is TNA’s equivalent of WrestleMania, so they’re pulling out all the stops to put on a stellar show.  Will it live up to the hype it’s given itself?  Let’s take a look at the card.

Pre-Show Match
Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) vs. Lethal Consequences (Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed)
As the only four competitors with no real storyline going on, the Machine Guns and Lethal Consequences get to jerk the curtain. And that’s actually fine, because at least these two excellent teams will be in action.

While neither have any kind of momentum whatsoever, the Machine Guns are coming out to their new music for the first time, so I expect them to get the win. Seriously – that’s all it takes. The match will be good.

Knockouts Championship
ODB(c) vs. Awesome Kong vs. Tara
Originally, ODB and Tara were tag team partners until interference by Awesome Kong caused Tara to strand ODB against Taylor Wilde and Sarita. That didn’t sit well, and the two eventually came to blows, and Awesome Kong slipped right into the mix.

The match will be pretty good, as all the ladies have the ability, and having both ODB and Tara will balance out Awesome Kong’s usual dominance. I don’t think Tara will be winning the belt here, but I also think the three-way will keep Kong out of it. I’m looking for ODB to retain. I’m also hoping we still never see Cody Deaner ever again.

Legends Championship
Kevin Nash(c) vs. Hernandez vs. Eric Young
Originally, Eric Young wanted to recruit Hernandez into his World Elite. But he declined, so Young recruited Homicide instead and repeatedly attacked Hernandez. After Young refused to fight last month (for reasons not really clear), we try again.

So where does Nash come in? Eric Young got on the bad side of Kurt Angle and the Main Event Mafia, so Angle put out a $30,000 hit on Young. Young helped Nash retain his title from Hernandez, then offered to pay him double Angle’s bounty if he would put himself into the match and put his title on the line (because apparently Nash has that power). The idea here is that Young wants Nash’s help in taking down Hernandez, and is willing to let Nash get the pin.

Okay, who doesn’t see a swerve coming here? Either Nash is going to turn on Young or Young is going to turn on Nash. I’m betting on the latter, leading to Young getting the Legends title. That would further the World Elite vs. Main Event Mafia story. Of course, this is Kevin Nash we’re talking about, so he could very well keep his title. Anyway, the match will be decent. Hernandez and Eric Young are both good talents, and while Nash is not nearly as young as he used to be, he can still pull a decent match when he tries.

IWGP/TNA Tag Team Championship Full Metal Mayhem Match
Main Event Mafia (Booker T and Scott Steiner) vs. The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams) vs. Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm) vs. Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon)

I honestly had no idea what a ‘Full Metal Mayhem’ match was, but thanks to Wikipedia, I know that it is TNA’s term for a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. But that always struck me as odd. A regular ladder match is no-DQ. Why do you need the extra title? Oh, now I’m getting off subject.

This match is for both the TNA and IWGP tag titles (held by the Main Event Mafia and British Invasion, respectively). The idea is that the team that grabs either belt will become that champion. Apparently, we’re supposed to ignore the thought that the person who gets up there should just grab both titles. Wouldn’t that make more sense?

The bar for these types of matches have been set very high over the years, and this one is not going to even come close. Team 3D was a part of the original set of TLC matches in WWE, but they were probably the weakest link of the three teams (of the Hardys and Edge and Christian). Booker T and Scott Steiner really have no business being in this type of match. Steiner is probably over a decade past his prime and at times seems nearly immobile and frequently injured. Booker T is also a little old for this match, and likely will not be taking any big bumps. The British Invasion and Beer Money will likely carry the match, so the several big spots will be replayed over and over.

As for a winner? I have no idea. I’d like to see Beer Money take home some gold, but I also think the Mafia will get themselves some. So we’ll go with those two ending up with either title.

Knockouts Tag Team Championship
Sarita and Taylor Wilde(c) vs. The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky)
I don’t know when this match was announced (chances are I missed it), but it is pretty much the only thing to do with these belts. It doesn’t seem like the Knockouts tag belts are really working, as within one month they’ve become pretty forgettable. Anyway, this is a rematch from last month’s tournament finals. The Beautiful People have recovered from the loss of Angelina Love and now have Lacey Von Erich backing them up.

Unlike last month, which seemed to be scrambling to cover for Love’s absence, I see the Beautiful People beating Sarita and Wilde with some help from Lacey, and perhaps we can move forward with these titles instead of treading water.

X Division Championship Ultimate X Match
Amazing Red(c) vs. Suicide vs. D’Angelo Dinero vs. Daniels vs. Homicide
Originally announced as a four way match for the #1 contender spot, Amazing Red put himself into the match and put the title on the line. And this is excellent, because it gives the match that much more of a feeling of importance. Suicide and D’Angelo Dinero have been feuding over the past couple months, and now Homicide has entered into the picture by knowing Suicide’s true identity (SPOILER ALERT: It’s Kazarian). Daniels is there because Daniels is awesome. Do you need any more of a reason?

This match is going to be crazy and amazing. All five of these guys are excellent performers – very fast and very flashy. I’m thinking that Amazing Red is going to be retaining here. He’s only had the belt for a week and a half – it’s way to early to pull it from him now.

Monster’s Ball Match (with thumbtacks forbidden)
Abyss vs. Mick Foley (with Dr. Stevie as special guest referee)
Last month, Mick Foley was a good guy, and he honored Abyss with his very own flannel shirt. This month, Foley is a bad guy, and hates Abyss for being a Mankind rip-off…which he really is. Foley got peeved really quickly and went into asshole stacking-the-deck mode, bringing Dr. Stevie (who still hates Abyss) to be the guest referee. He also banned thumbtacks, which are one of Abyss’s signatures. I would assume this is to keep Foley from having to hit them, as he too is not as young as he used to be.

With Stevie as ref, I doubt Abyss will be winning this match. More likely, he will be DQ’d for using tacks anyway, and either Abyss, Foley or Stevie (or maybe even Daffney) will end up in them. The match will be violent, bloody, and probably not very good. But don’tr worry – Foley will be back to being a good guy immediately after.

Submission match
Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Lashley
This feud came out of the blue as Samoa Joe came out and attacked Lashley a few weeks ago on Impact. Lashley returned the favor by attacking Joe and costing him his X Division title to Amazing Red. And here we are. Lashley is being promoted as an MMA star (rather than a former WWE talent), so this is of course a submission match.

There is no way Lashley is going to be tapping here. It would kill his character way too soon after his debut. The only way Joe will be winning this match is if they have Lashley pass out from the pain, and I doubt that will be happening either.

Matt Morgan vs. Kurt Angle
Opponents from last month’s four-way title match, Angle blames Morgan for screwing him out of the title…which really doesn’t make sense, as Morgan was actually in the match, and AJ Styles pinned Angle cleanly. Anyway, Angle immediately demanded this match and here we are. This has the distinction of being the only match on the card that doesn’t have a stipulation or title at stake.

This is going to be good, as all Kurt Angle matches are. Morgan’s got talent, and Angle will push him to a new level. Unfortunately for Morgan, though, he’s going to be losing this match. Angle will barely squeak it out, but he will be defeating Morgan here. I’d be shocked otherwise.

TNA World Heavyweight Championship
AJ Styles(c) vs. Sting
So last month, Sting had the opportunity to pin Kurt Angle for the title, but instead jumped out of the ring at Matt Morgan and let AJ Styles do the deed. Styles was well aware of this, and insisted that his new BFF be the first title defense here. The build up hasn’t been that exciting, with Sting and Styles basically telling how much they like each other, but we’re here and let’s see what happens.

This is being billed as possibly Sting’s final match, which I’m doubting is actually the case. While Sting is another of TNA’s (majority of) stars who are past their prime, he’s still got some push in him, and with AJ Styles involved, this one will be good. I expect AJ to retain, and the match be good enough to where Sting thinks he’s not yet ready to go.

Is it worth it?
I would actually say yes – this is going to be an excellent show, and probably the best of what TNA has to offer. I personally won’t be getting it, because I don’t have anyone interested in going in on it with me. But if you like TNA at all, this is definitely the show to be getting. Just know that you’ll be shilling out an extra 10 bucks for it.

 

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