Looking at the results over and over again, I’m almost ashamed that I didn’t see this coming. Bobby Roode getting a shot at the world title seemed almost too good to be true. Tonight, those of us that all watched Bound For Glory, it turned out that it really was too good to be true. While Sting vs Hogan wasn’t the main event of the PPV, it might as well have been with the cluster-fuck that was the last hour of the PPV. I mean how much time did they give Bobby Roode and Kurt Angle exactly? Five Minutes? And how do they finish the final match on the card? A “grabbing ropes pinball” finish, and all this time I thought that the worst booking TNA has ever done for a PPV was their Hardcore Justice PPV last year.
What were they thinking really? That they had Sting beat Hogan, Dixie Carter gets the company back, Hogan decks Bischoff, Hogan’s a face again and that they didn’t need to worry about the rest of the card? I had some jerkoff on here piling on me about how I’m wrong that TNA is a failure and that it deserves to fail. With the crappy booking and the way they screw up a main event like the one they had tonight on what is supposed to be their biggest PPV, I still stand by saying that TNA deserves to fall flat. And anyone that thinks that TNA is just fine the way it is, then you’re simply part of the problem.
Contrary to what some people may think, I don’t have a problem with Velvet Sky winning the Knockouts Title. I really don’t and in fact, it was probably one of the few things that didn’t bother me with the PPV. Velvet has never held the belt and whether people like it or not, she’s worked her ass off to get herself ready for this. And you know what, I give all the props and congratulations that I have to her for making it to the spot she’s at and say that she earned it. And with regards to Karen Jarrett and how she said Velvet Sky would win the Knockouts Title over her dead body, Karen might want to get a coffin and a tombstone ready and to quote Nelson from “The Simpsons,” I point to Karen and say “HA HA!”
I don’t have much to say about Jerry Lynn vs Rob Van Dam because frankly, anybody that’s seen matches between these two knows what they can do and the kind of match that the two of them can deliver. I don’t mind so much having Ken Anderson as a face since he seems work better as a face/tweener than he did as a heel. My only problem is why did they ever turn him heel in the first place when the guy was clearly popular as a face? Maybe if they had kept him that way, his second world title reign wouldn’t have lasted shorter than his first one did.
Mexican America (Not LAX) vs Ink Inc was just about what I thought it would be, complete with Ink Inc not winning the tag titles. Then again, did anybody really think they had a chance in hell of doing that to begin with? As for the X-Division title match, I think it proves judging by the reactions of the crowd that they’re happier with Austin Aries as the X-Division Champ than Brian Kendrick. I think Kendrick has all the talent that he needs, but nobody gets his character, myself included. Aries is a heel, cocky, and arrogant but at least we get his character. The best move I could recommend for this is to use the time to develop a solid face to rival with Aries.
One other thing that TNA got right with the PPV was AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels. This match served in reminding people what it was like when these guys were rivals and were butting heads with each other. The way these guys can work a match against each other is done with such precision that they almost have it broken down into a science. The finish of the match did help in making Daniels look like a weasel type of heel and his post-match attack on AJ Styles left room for the guys to go at it once more. All I know is that whether it’s Falls Count Anywhere, Ultimate X, Steel Cage or an Ironman Match, I don’t think there is any type of match that could end up failing when you have these two going head to head.
Now that Hogan vs Sting is finally over, all I can help but ask is simply “Now what, TNA? Now what?” There is no way in hell that they should have Hulk Hogan wrestle another match. Yeah you had guys like Flair, Bischoff and every other reject from Immortal get involved in this match, but you should’ve expected as much considering Hogan’s limitations. As for the face turn for Hogan, big shocker since that’s all anybody on the internet has talked about was that Hogan would turn face at BFG. There was no celebration with Dixie Carter which I find shocking considering the fact that she just got her damn company back and you’d think she’d be overjoyed. If all she was going to do was be at ringside watching the match, then why’d they even bother having her show up? Considering the amount of time that was left following this match, it should’ve been obvious that the main event was going to be as rushed as it was, and oh boy is the word “rushed” the right way to describe it.
All I can say about the Triple Threat Match is that I’m still sick for seeing Samoa Joe lose. Well, that and I’m starting to think that Matt Morgan is “The Big Show” of TNA in terms of being there just as a filler, because he’s not going to get a world title anytime soon in TNA. As for Crimson and how the crowd was booing him, what do you expect? He was facing off one of the most harsh critics of wrestling in Philadelphia fans. They played a part in the popularity of the original ECW and thus, the expectations are high. The thing that is unique to me about Joe and how he’s ripped on Crimson about his “undefeated streak” is the fact that the rest of us are all thinking the same thing. There’s no domination in his streak and every match that he’s’ had that composites the streak has been a match where he barely pulls it off. If TNA’s mission with Crimson was to show him off as some dominate figure or some unstoppable, than that a mission is a failure because Philly fans tonight with all their booing towards Crimson might as well have been the fans saying to TNA “We ain’t buying into this guy.”
The Roode vs Angle match lasting 7 minutes tops is not only stupid to have considering that this is the final match on the card, but it’s also insulting. It’s insulting to any guy who calls themselves a pro wrestler and especially insulting to both Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode. All of the hype and the build-up and all that was that stupid BFG series was all for nothing and if you listen really REALLY carefully, you can hear the momentum of Bobby Roode fizzling out into nothing. I know that some people are going to be saying “Oh they can have him win on Impact” or “He’ll win at the next PPV.” So what if he does? TNA killed the momentum that would’ve made the title win actually matter. Would people feel the same way if Shawn Michaels didn’t win the Ironman Match against Bret Hart at Mania? Would we all be saying if he lost “Oh well, he’ll win it on Raw or at the next PPV?” No, none of us would because the damage would’ve been done to all the momentum and hype that was leading into the match. TNA gave Bobby Roode this push and was going full throttle and tonight, they simply slammed him right into a brick wall. And for who? For what? To keep the belt on Kurt Angle? To not overshadow the previous match that very few that didn’t have some sort of nostalgia behind it gave a damn about to begin with? Would people have cared about Hogan vs Andre happening the next night after Wrestlemania 3 if Hogan failed to defeat Andre? Yeah he could’ve always made the attempt at the next PPV or on Saturday Night’s Main Event or some other show, but he would’ve still failed to do it on the biggest stage that is Wrestlemania.
Bound For Glory is supposed to be TNA’s equivalent of Wrestlemania and this was the opportunity for Bobby Roode to rise up and have his moment. This was his time to rise up and step amongst the main eveners and TNA screwed up royally by not only not giving him the proper amount of time for a main event, but by not having him win. This is the most overhyped thing I’ve seen in wrestling since the “Lex Express” angle for Lex Luger in his WWF/E days. The ball was in TNA’s court alright, it’s just a shame that the shot they attempted at the buzzer ended up bouncing off the rim. So, TNA has once again dropped the ball and proved they haven’t learned crap and it’s at the expense of one Bobby Roode now back to square one. I had said a while back that it was now or never for Roode and it looks like we all know which one it ended up landing on tonight.