By Garrett Kidney
October 11th, 2012
- Good opening match to start the show off with a bang, and Storm and Aries mesh better than I thought they would. It must be noted the crowd were great here (and all night) and it really helped give the show that extra bit of energy. I'd like to see these two tear it up in the not so distant future on PPV with some more time. Nice to see Wes Brisco still popping up randomly.
- Good energy from Sting and Hogan going over the last month of Aces and 8s stuff thankfully doing their best to dodge the most stupid of the stuff. Daniels and Kaz were great here and it's good to see them getting a little more focus interacting with Heath and Thunderlips (even if it was at the expense of hyping the three way title match which they seem to be hoping sells itself based on quality).
- Not much to the Styles/Hernandez match, which was a little disappointing (with the finish coming out of nowhere) as I've always thought they could do some good stuff together going all the way back to the Styles and Daniels/LAX days. It's unfortunate that they really didn't do too much to hype the three way tag over the last few weeks. The matches have been pretty good but not good enough or long enough to create any buzz around the match. At least it should be an excellent match.
- RVD is an interesting choice for the X-Division title match, though I wouldn't like to see him win it. The X-Division is in bad need of a relaunch after essentially being non-existent since Destination X. Would it really kill them to properly set up an X title match in advance, especially with a five week build? Either way, at the very least it should be another good match on a loaded show.
- The Sting and Bully/WTTCOTW match was probably the best thing in the five week lead up to Bound For Glory. Sting and Bully looked awesome, the crowd went absolutely nuts for them and Daniels and Kaz made for great foils. This was just great all round and the first time that something felt like it actually had some momentum going into Bound For Glory.
- Solid womens match, though I'm sure they could do better. I assume everybody is buying Bound For Glory to find out who Tara's boyfriend is. Nice to see Joe and Magnus finally have some interaction (brief as it was) going into their match, magnus shines any time TNA give him a chance to talk. When TNA started the BFG Memories bits, there were two I thought they had to get in. The first was Abyss going through the flaming table (which didn't make the cut), and the other was Hardy's insane Swanton.
- Really good Roode/Hardy match even if the finish was terrible. It's criminal that they didn't let Roode and Storm do a proper go home promo. I've already stated my dislike of turning Aries heel (especially so soon after they turned him face because the crowd essentially demanded it). Rushing his full blown heel turn in before BFG just seemed a little desperate and very poorly planned. Plus he now kind of has to beat Hardy or turning him will be all the more pointless. On the bright side though if he does retain, matches against Hardy, Styles, Joe, Angle, Anderson, RVD and Storm have a much better dynamic in the months following Bound For Glory and TNA are short on main event heels.
Any other week and this would be a really good show (if this show happened last week I'd say it was a very good set up for the go home show), but as a go home show it failed to create any real buzz around Bound For Glory (especially for the top two matches). Bound For Glory looks awesome on paper and bar a booking catastrophe (or a horrendous crowd) there's no reason why it shouldn't deliver but they didn't do nearly enough to really sell it. Apologies for bait and switching you regarding that article last week but I should have the first part up by the start of next week at the very latest and I'd appreciate if you read it. Enjoy Bound For Glory everybody.