I’ve finally come to the realisation that I just wouldn’t be able to keep a Full-Time job. Actually, like most, and the majority and especially every issue of The Jobber Blogger I start off with a Sentence and then utterly correct that sentence the sentence after. I have not just come to any realisation, nor do I think a Full-Time job is actually above my level of “doing things”. I like to keep myself productive, it’s like they say “Productivity is the heart of my arse”… pretty sure I just made that up and it makes little sense, but if that isn’t a T-Shirt Slogan, I don’t know what is. But I feel obliged to Stand By my slogans, tag-lines and grammatically incorrect phrasing. Does that make sense to you, you say? Well, I know how you mean. Take that, it’s on the Internet! You know who I’m talking about! And like Wikipedia proudly exemplifies “Everything you read on the Internet is true!”.
So TNA threw out their Annual “Bound for Glory” Pay Per View Event, and not in an “overall” opinion manor, but there were highlights, of course, and then certain things didn’t live up to the Hype. Now me saying not living up to the Hype is me saying it was bad in parts, because it really wasn’t, it’s just on average, my expectations were higher than what was delivered. This paragraph, especially the last Sentence is a trademark of my “Spiffing” Good Grammar…. another T-shirt idea.
First things first, this year’s Bound for Glory Banner (without going back and checking every other BFG Banner) remarkably resembles Ye’ Olde NWA / TNA font, a subtle hint / subliminary reference me thinks?
As always, the show kicked off with a rather nifty opening Video Package detailing the journey of one AJ Styles leading to his Main Event Match with Bully Ray. For my money, TNA really has great Story telling, to think this all happened well over a year ago, with Claire Lynch, through to Christopher Daniels beating him, losing last year at BFG to not Wrestle for the title for an entire year. Leaving, the mysterious new look, new attitude, it’s a Rebirth of TNA and they put their “Poster Boy”, the Face of TNA front and centre and they broke him down, sent him down, brought him back better than ever. The old saying goes “Don’t put all your eggs in the one basket” but AJ Styles is what made TNA, and if anyone can shift them into a New Era, a new Direction, it’s AJ Styles they need on the front lines. And Bound for Glory is all about AJ Styles.
This for the record is a great thing. AJ has been on fire of late, since his Return he has been something new and extremely interesting / entertaining to watch, partner that with this ominous “New Direction” and TNA has become a very interesting place.
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin vs. Samoa Joe vs. Manik – X-Division Championship – Ultimate-X Match
The whole “not living up to my expectations” is pretty much entirely centred around this match. I will first lay out why I was excited for it, 1- it’s the X-Division, “THE” Division that built TNA, and with a new direction, surely this match goes a long way to revamp the Division. 2- Chris Sabin has been an X-Division Wrestler since day one in TNA, Samoa Joe has been one of the corner stone’s of the X-Division, let alone TNA. 3- Austin Aries is in this match. 4- It’s Bound for Glory.
Now on the flip side, I can name one thing that I honestly feel let this match down, and not in a totally negative way that I wish it wasn’t there, just wish they did it differently. And that one thing is: Jeff Hardy.
Yes, Hardy launched his Career with Wrestling a totally different style, yes you can argue he helped to develop this “X-Division” Style of Wrestling long before TNA even existed. But the X-Division matches generally are fast paced, full throttle and of course that has it’s fair shares of errors and mistakes, but they naturally are expected, and part of the adrenaline, not to mention part of their talent in how quickly the performers correct them. There was however one point toward the start of the Match where Jeff just looked like a headless chicken, really at a loss of what to do, and tried to get involved but that made him stand out all the more. He was the proverbial “Sore Thumb”. To make matters worse, as I feared from Impact, but he introduced Ladders to Ultimate-X.
Sure, I get the appeal, I’m a lifelong Hardy fan, I love Ladder Matches, but bringing a Ladder to Ultimate-X is like wearing Wrestling Platform Boots.
The whole idea and concept of this match is to struggle and climb your way to the Ropes above the ring, and shimmy across to the centre where you try and get the Belt down. The Belt isn’t That high off the Canvas in the first place. Bringing a Ladder into the match ruins the entire concept. You can reach the belt with a Foot Stool, the whole point of the Match is the concept of the match. If you could just go “you know what, screw dangling upside down trying to get the belt down, I’ll just wear stilts to the ring” then these matches would have sucked years ago.
I like the idea of putting Jeff Hardy in the X-Division, and yes an X-Division Ladder Match would be great. But this is Ultimate-X, part of the excitement is to see Jeff Hardy bring his Style to a new Match-Type. He claimed “I Want to do something I’ve never done before” which either implies he wants to be a part of an Ultimate X match… which he failed at. Or what he really meant was “I want to Ruin everything”… which he succeeded at.
On the positive side, Jeff had new music again as he always does at Bound for Glory, which is exciting, I always like new Music, specially from Jeff. Further more Joe and Aries got a great reaction from the Crowd… Jeff…. not so much.
There was some great high points in the match, Manik once again stood out the most for being so fluid in the ring, and he actually corrected a lot of the minor “errors” through-out the match that actually really played in his favour as a performer.
The ending was a bit naff, Jeff dropped Sabin with the Twist of Fate, Sabin instantly rolled out the ring then had a shouting match with Velvet Sky about her getting in the ring to Stop Jeff from winning. Should it bug me when someone connects with their finisher which normally would lay them out for a while, or result in a victory, but on the other occasion, it just takes them out of the way but they’re really not that hurt from it. Sabin could clearly get right back up and in the ring. Anyway, Velvet was pushed in the ring by Sabin, Jeff was distracted and moved her out of the way, and Sabin ran up the Ladder behind him and got the Belt.
Bad Influence made their way to the ring to have a good rant about how they should be on the Card at Bound for Glory. And in the truest words ever spoken from one Frankie Kazarian “Not since the Premier of Broke Back Mountain have two men been screwed more than Bad Influence”.
Of course this whole Segment served a Purpose, but anyone who is a fan of TNA will actually agree with their words when they spoke about this being about TNA, and they “Are” TNA. Still, they then went on to complain about not Winning the Bound for Glory – Pre-Show Tag-Team Number #1 Contender Match, but they should be put in the Tag Championship Match anyway.
Eric Young then confronted the duo claiming they Created a Monster. Now I didn’t see the Pre-Match, I’ve since tried to find it, but I will continue looking, because it does sound interesting. Either way, Bad Influence then beat down EY and Abyss Returned, with his old and awesome Music. Abyss took out both Daniels and Kaz then picked up EY showing an alliance. I really hope Abyss sticks around this time, he has had what, 3 appearances since Slammiversary? He won the TV Title, then was never seen again. I just hope they finally Wrap Up the Joseph Park / Abyss Storyline or at least get it going again in an Interesting way.
The Bromans (w/Mr. Olympia) vs. James Storm and Gunner – World Tag-Team Championships
Now, despite what I wrote in the title of this match, at first I thought Robbie and Jesse were just being occupied to the ring by a Walking Cloud. I would say “discoloured” or “pollution” but no doubt that would be flagged as Racist. But really… when did this ever become a Good Look?
Gunner was wearing a new Ring-Jacket, which actually is pretty cool, though it’s just something to Wear to the Ring, it goes a long way to creating a “Look, Style, Gimmick” that really suits him. I still think some crazy Face-Paint wouldn’t go a miss either. The Tag-Team name of “The Sinner and The Saint” was thrown around. But let’s face it, Americas Most Wanted, great team, Beer Money best team (in terms of home grown TNA), but yet another James Storm team, again. Enough is enough.
Unless Storm just wants to be a Tag-Team guy all the time, with multiple different teams, he’s like the Band you loved but keep coming back with new members till you just don’t care anymore.
If anything AMW put Storm on the Map, Beer Money put Roode in the Main Events and this new ensemble is just making Gunner look good and Storm look increasingly irrelevant.
Here is a good bit of Blog Journalism that not everyone might have got, the Image on the back of Gunner’s Trunks is the Eddie Logo from Iron Maiden’s 2006 Album – “A Matter of Life and Death”. Clearly Gunner is obviously more of a “Rock” guy anyway, but “AMOLAD” is an Album Written about War, and Gunner being a Former Army Man himself, obviously the connection fits perfectly. Part of me thought I could hear an “Iron Maiden” chant breaking out.. but then I probably just made it up myself like when you see faces in your carpet… watching you… whilst you sleep. If you sleep face down on your carpet anyway. A good tip is, get a bed.
Speaking of Gunner being impressive, he performed a great Fall Away Slam from the Top Rope. James Storm fell of the Ring-Apron and had a Nasty Cut on his Leg (not that this was his contribution to the match).
My favourite thing about this match, even though The Bromans are easily the “Clowns” of TNA, both Jesse and especially Robbie E are great in the ring. And they showed it in spades, and the crowd ate it up, which was an awesome reaction to get for them both.
The ending was fine, albeit somewhat confusing. Robbie E threw one of the Tag-Team Belts into the Ring, this distracted the Ref, then The Bromans performed a Double Move and Won the Match. But the whole Throwing of the Belt was really unnecessary. Mike Tenay was yelling on commentary about “illegal double team!” but both teams were performing Double Moves with the whole “Breakdown” of the Tag-Match lark going on, so really they did Nothing illegal.
I am glad that they picked up the Win, since Gunner and Storm won the Belts the Division has been bland, and we’ve barely seen them since. So hopefully New Champions might shed some new light on the Division going forward.
The Hall of Fame – Induction
Let’s not beat the drum anymore on just how pointless the TNA HOF really is. For a company that’s 11 years old and all of its home grown talent hitting the Prime of their Career, it’s going to be many, many, many years before any of them should be in a Hall of Fame. Which means the guys TNA puts into the Hall of Fame are those who are older “legends” from other companies… which defeats the point. It reeks of “We’ve inducted Sting before you WWE, and we’ve inducted Kurt Angle before you too!.. So Nerr!”
Regardless, just like last year’s HOF Induction Ceremony, it looks… awful. TNA have some of the best Cameras on the Market, they released a whole Video about how good their Cameras were because of the great Resolution and Frame Rate they capture at. You watch any of their “Super Star” video reels, they look awesome. Their video packages are such a high standard. So why the high holy hell, for the last 2 years running does their “Hall Of Fame” ceremony look like it’s been filmed from a proud Father sat in the Audience using their Trusty Old Cam-Corder. It’s terrible. They get people’s heads in the shot, it’s resolution is crap, there is only the one camera the entire night so it pans back and forth badly. The sound is naff quality. And the room looks like a School Play with some badly lit curtains a projector screen and a basic Microphone.
Nothing says “Hall of Fame” like an Amateur production.
Furthermore, everyone knows this is Wrestling, it’s a Storyline based show, so the President of TNA: Dixie Carter was not at the Ceremony because it suits her “Current Heel Turn”. Who cares? It makes more sense she is there. For Christ’s sake, Jeff Jarrett who hasn’t been seen on TNA since Kurt Angle himself beat him at Lockdown a few years back in one of TNA’s most personal feuds for Jarrett to leave the company was sat next to Kurt Angle. Not only that, but Kurt’s ex-Wife who is Jarrett’s current Wife was on the table too, and they are all clapping and having a great time. Surely that’s more confusing to the average “fan” than having the Boss in the Audience?
Anyway, so to Induct Kurt into the Hall of Fame, Sting was sent out, seemingly without a Script for it was the most half arsed speech I’ve ever heard. I sort of like the idea of the previous Inductee to Induct the new inductee. But Sting had a great lot to say about Kurt’s in ring skills and relevance to the industry, then he went on to say “he’s also a family man… he’s got kids, in the audience.. a nice wife… errr” it’s like, what is that? So Kurt came out to do an even more half arsed “thanks” for saying “you have no idea how much this means to me”…. “I can’t put do it justice with words”. Well that sounds like the most polite “this is sh*t” to me. Sting then gives Angle a Watch, and also Angle knows how to open a box, unlike Hogan who tore the back off the thing, then the front.. then just opened it.
Angle then “respectively” declined the offer to the Hall of Fame, which I couldn’t tell if it was a Work or not, but did genuinely seem upset, it could be legit. Because everything was going well till he got arrested yet again for DUI then went to Rehab and came back just in time for his Induction. That doesn’t sound like a very good legacy to leave behind. So I get it. I just don’t get it also.
Gail Kim vs. Brooke vs. ODB – Knockouts Championship
There is a huge “Why?” about this Match. As I mentioned last week, since when did Gail Kim earn the chance to be in this match? As she was defeated by ODB for ODB to Wrestle for the Knockouts Championship in the first place. Since then Gail hasn’t been near the title picture, nor was she involved in the Brooke / Velvet number one contenders matches. She did feel somewhat out of place, for at least ODB and Brooke are both relevant for this Match and for Television / Storylines currently. Not to reiterate, but Gail didn’t do anything to earn her way into this match.
Brooke was impressive, though her lack of a second name still seems strange to me. ODB did a really good job of carrying the match forward for both Brooke and even Gail. To be fair though, the most notes I wrote about this match was just quotes from Taz on Commentary. Getting Fan Access (WWE) mixed up with Fan Interaction (TNA) and the rather hilarious by play between him and Tenay. Plus Taz’s continued rant about Referee “Stiffler” was just classic.
Either way, the Ref was taken down, and then Lei’D Tapa made an appearance, like I’m sure most people expected. ODB had a drink from her flask but was beaten down on the Entrance Ramp, Tapa then made her way to the Ring where Brooke jumped from the Top-Rope on her, only to be caught and Power-Bombed back into the Ring. This is where Gail pinned Brooke and Won the match.
Lei’D Tapa then got the Knockouts Championship, and what I was hoping, was she would hand the belt to Gail in a, “I’m next in line” type of Manor. But instead she handed it to Gail and Gail jumped on her and hugged her. So this is my problem with that. One, I still don’t think Gail deserved to be in this match. Of course she is deserving of it, but if you’re going to put in the match, actually make that known rather than just having your commentators announce the week before “also Gail is in it”. More than that though, Lei’D Tapa was interesting because she was different, she’s this big, powerful Knockout, that I really want to see more of. She’s like a Good Awesome Kong. The problem now is that she’s just Gail’s lackey. She is no longer threatening, she’s just a “bodyguard”. She instantly looks weak because Gail is jumping all over her and celebrating. She isn’t intimidating, or dangerous, or anything like that. She now just comes across Wimpy and Pathetic, like a Female Bane.
Simply Put – Match of the Night.
With Angle turning down the Hall of Fame it pretty much just made everything about why these guys are fighting,… true… or wrong, depending on how you look at it. Angle was annoyed because of the “mockery!” and how Roode claimed he was undeserving. Angle retaliates with Violence. Then he gladly sits at a Ceremony, eats catered food, listens to loads of guys spill their guts on what he means to them and the industry. Then walks out and says “meh”, what a jerk. And he has the audacity to get annoyed with Roode for being completely and entirely Right about Angle from the get go.
Reasons and Logic be damned, I like the fact that this match wasn’t a big “built up” Story feud. It felt like a good old fashioned Wrestling Match, perfectly Placed on the grandest Stage TNA offer.
The match was fantastic, and I love it when I get so into a Match that I just really want someone to Win, even though I know it doesn’t work like that, but still. I cringed when Angle applied the Ankle Lock on the other Ankle to which he normally does, it bent horribly… the wrong way. The counters back and forth were fantastic, not to mention Angle countering the Cross-face, rolling through and turning it into an Angle-Slam.
One of the best moves was from Roode when he dropped Angle with a Death Valley Driver turned into a Neck-Breaker ish Cutter move. Roode uses a number of “Signature Moves” like the Spear, Cross-face, Spine-Buster and Northern Lights Suplex, but he’s never had that one “FINISHER”. So I really hope he develops this, as that.
I even got high hopes when Angle applied the leg-vine to his Ankle Lock and it looked as if Roode was going to “Pass-Out”, Brian Hebner (ref) picked up Roode’s arm for what I imagine would be the “drop 3 times it’s over rule” but Roode looked up on the first time he lifted his arm, and it looked as if Brian put Roode’s hand on the Rope. This was met with a huge “Boo” from the Crowd. But at that moment I thought, what if Brian Hebner is going to Screw Kurt Angle because Angle turned down the HOF Induction. I thought that would be awesome. Evidently not, it all became rather confusing though, but then just was forgotten.
The finish was just as impressive with a Top Rope Angle Slam which led to a 9-Count, Roode made to his feet, Angle didn’t move, Roode then fell on Angle and got the 3 Count. Angle still didn’t move.
I can’t tell you how glad I am that Roode won. To be fair I want Roode to win everything, he’s fantastic, but with everything else surrounding this match, I wanted him to beat Angle all the more. I would be happy for Angle to be Heel to be honest, it almost felt “right”.
The stupid thing was the EMT’s run down and bring out a Stretcher, and yet again, for the second time in Recent Memory, I Hope and Pray, that these people are just Actors or wanna be Wrestlers, not actual trained Health and Safety EMT’s. Because they badly placed Angle on the Board, and didn’t fasten it, and then tried to Push it to the Ring Apron where it looked amazingly Awkward, and Angle nearly fell off the board multiple times. Comedy aside, this looks worse than the amateur HOF Ceremony.
Anywho, Angle then did the “I’m too proud” and got up and walked off. I only wish he actually sold the fact he was injured in the first place, because he seemed just fine.
I think that was this guy’s name, local Wrestling talent, picked for his “look”.
A good debut by EC3, the idea he is Dixie’s nephew is a little odd, see how that develops. But I really like his gimmick, his music and his charisma thus far.
A basic Squash match, but no bad thing either. I wrote down “Good Finish”… I don’t remember his move.. .but apparently it was good….. Carter won.
For those of you who read my Blogs, I mentioned I hope this match actually is a “Classic” that will put Magnus on the Map, like the Flair vs. Sting match of old. Well, it wasn’t.
It was a weird mash up of confusion. And I love Sting, but let’s be honest, he’s never been “that” good in the ring. And these days he just seems to do the same thing… multiple times…. a lot. It’s just back hands, Splashes, and Suplex’s, with his finishers and the occasional Drop kick. Sting is very good at getting you on his side though, a la vs. Bully Ray in Sting’s last ever World Championship Match. I still think Sting needs to fight Aries, and it needs to be “big” because Aries will get Sting to perform at the best of his ability, because Aries wouldn’t let him do any less. Their brief bout before was awesome, so it is something I highly anticipate.
Anywho, Magnus had new attire, I like new music and new attire for Big PPV’s it’s good. His new attire is good too. But this weird mash up comes off of them being “friends / allies” yet Magnus who isn’t really moving that quickly to being a “heel” is taking “opportunities” like underhanded things and un-sportsman like things. Sure the whole, do what it takes to win thing makes sense, but it just seemed a bit strange so suddenly. What was more Sudden was Magnus flat-out mocking Sting, that seemed bizarre.
And then that bizarre got more bizarre with Sting doing Ric Flair’s infamous “fall on the face” which made no sense.
Is Sting trying to be Flair, and Magnus trying to be Sting? Is that their only claim to fame, Magnus’ best chance of being great is to try his best at replicating something that happened 20 years ago. And was Sting trying to emulate Flair? What was going on?…
It was fine, but average, which was what I feared, it certainly isn’t going to be something you look back at and think, yep, that put him on the Map. Because it didn’t. Magnus vs. Aries… that might.
Magnus made Sting tap with his Kingsland Cloverleaf, again, the Tap came suddenly.
Magnus then went super pompous and celebrated at every Corner, leaving Sting to follow him around trying to Shake his hand, Magnus then shook his hand in a very belittling manor and left.
The No Count-Out, No DQ was a stipulation added after Impact. I don’t have a problem with it, but it could have been emphasised better than Dixie putting it on Twitter.
It also means “Something is going to happen”.
Earlier on in the night we Saw Bully Ray talking to what looked like open Shower Cubicles… which is… weird on many different levels. But he went on about The Aces and Eights fooling everyone once more “They thought you just Split, they thought you were Dead, and they thought you would never Trust me Again”. Which in turn sounds like he means DOC, Anderson and Devon in that order. It was interesting to say the least.
Bully had a Promo before the match where he quoted Axl Rose… this hot on the heels of him claiming to be Darth Vadar makes for a very mixed signal.
Since AJ came back at Slammiversary to fight Kurt Angle and he walked out to “Evil Ways”, I knew that he and Bully would clash at Bound for Glory. They had that look, that theme, and just from the music and the setting / atmosphere both created around it, it was a Collision Course.
So I was so happy to have AJ walk out purely to Evil Ways and not his Phenomenal Theme, it was the perfect setting for the Match. To make it even better Bully walked out to the Lyrical version of The Aces and Eights theme.
Little subtle details like this, but it’s those little details that really set the Stage for the Match.
Obviously Bound for Glory over the years has been the PPV where something big went down to determine the Storylines going forward. The formation of Immortal, The Aces and Eights invading just to name the most current, and obviously this year is will AJ Styles take the title / power and change TNA for the better. But a No DQ basically means all bets are off, Aces and Eights could turn, Dixie Carter could align with The Aces and Eights, Hogan could come back, anything big. But nothing like that happened, which isn’t a bad thing by any means.
But it also means that Bully and AJ are capable of having a fantastic 5Star match, they’ve already had one before in their Last Man Standing match last year. But the run-ins made for a stop start type of pacing. But the idea was AJ Styles was battling to Win, because he had to Win at any cost.
Bisch ran in first, gave Bully a Hammer, this led to nothing in the end. AJ standing up to Bully and taking his powerful Chops to the Chest was a great scene, as each Chop left fresh hand prints on his chest, yet he wouldn’t back down. Knux then came down, Chokeslammed AJ, Bully pinned him, only got a Two Count.
AJ did a Spring-Board 450 Splash from the Ring through the Announce Table… pretty much landing Face First on the floor, which looked horrible, but then a great Big Spot for the Match. Taz gave Bully a knife, again, he cut the Canvas to expose the Wooden boards of the Ring beneath. Bully then called out “The Boys” who I guess is whomever he was talking to in the Shower earlier on, but no one came down to Help him.
Dixie then made her way to the ring and handed Bully a Chair, AJ spring boarded back in the Ring hitting the Chair at Bully. He then hit another Springboard 450, but Dixie threatened Heber if he counted the Three, causing Bully to finally kick out with Hebner’s slow reluctant count.
In the end of course, AJ hit Bully in the head with the Chair, landed Spiral Tap from the Corner and Won the Match.
He celebrated and then left through the Crowd with Dixie looking on as AJ secured the TNA World Championship.
Clearly the odds where in AJ’s favour to Win the belt, but you never know. I can’t say how happy I am to just have AJ back as World Champion, it’s been far too long. Though I do love the journey he has gone on, and I seriously hope and can’t wait to see where this direction goes next. I think everyone is hoping for a “Revamp” to TNA, with AJ to lead the change.
Regardless, a great Main Event, and a great Bound for Glory.
Let’s hope this coming Year in TNA is fantastic and takes them to the Level they deserve to be at. Say what you want about them, but their Locker Room, their Story Lines and their product of Wrestling, is what I always loved about Professional Wrestling, and it just baffles me more people don’t like it, or don’t get it, or don’t watch it, or don’t know about it.