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TNA Bound For Glory
by Kieren Lucas
October 20, 2013
From San Diego, CA.
Ultimate X match - X Division Championship:
Manik © vs. Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Chris Sabin
This is the match I was looking forward to the most. Four former world champions all with the ability to give a five star match and maybe that is why I hated it so much. Manik starts off with a double hurricanrana. Then Hardy decides to get a ladder, but why? What's the point of having wires if you can just use a ladder. Well done, TNA. Joe hits his usual suicide dive, then Manik hits a springboard hurricanrana over the top. Good move, TJ Perkins, sorry, Manik. Sabin starts acting goofy by using weird hand gestures. Sabin wins by hitting Hardy in the head with the belt. I was so hyped for this match and I felt so deflated once it finished. Poor, simply poor.
Winner: Chris Sabin
TNA World Tag Team championship:
Gunner/Storm © vs. BroMans
The next match is for the once prestigious World Tag Team Championship. Storm puts his body on the line at the start with a cross body over the top. BroMans slow the pace down, so slow I thought it would stop. Finally, Gunner gets the hot tag and hits a Harley Race knee and a fall away slam off the second rope. BroMans get in their finisher and for the win and become the new Tag Team Champions. I apologize if the ending makes little sense I nearly fell asleep and didn't want to re-watch, as once is bad enough.
Winner: BroMans ©
I didn't watch the Knockouts match as went to toilet and made a drink, (probably more enjoyable). In case you needed to know, Gail Kim won the title again.
Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle
After a little over an hour we finally get a match worthy of being on the biggest show of the year. The start of the match had Roode immediately attempting a crossface, followed up with sweet, crisp and fluent chain wrestling. Angle then hits a belly to belly suplex, a back body drop, and a suplex on the floor. Roode smartly works the neck which is sound strategy as after all Angle has had numerous neck surgeries. Back in the ring and Roode hits the double R spine buster for two and applies the crossface. Angle attempts a moonsault but Roode moves and a countering sequence from ankle lock to crossface several times. This gets a "this is awesome" chant. Angle slam gets a two for a great near fall. Roode then hits a move I have never seen him use before: a firemanís carry into a neck breaker and that gets two. Angle then applies a grapevine Ankle lock but Roode escapes and Angle hits a Angle slam off the top, but lands on his injured neck and Roode covers for the win. Now I loved that finish great psychology and Angle sold brilliantly, that was TNA at its best.
Winner: Bobby Roode
EC3 (Ethan Carter III, the alleged nephew of TNA President Dixie Carter) then defeated some local jobber in about two minutes with a inverted DDT.
Sting vs. Magnus
This match was hurt by the crowd being completely silent. I have to say all through this PPV, Taz and Mike Tenay have been doing a great job on commentary (especially Tenay, who talks about the history of TNA). Magnus is in control at the start until Sting hits some Stinger splashes and then a double clothesline. Magnus hits a Michinoku Driver for a two count and then he hits a Scorpion Death Drop and an elbow off the top for two. Magnus wins by submission after a Kingsleaf Cloverleaf. Wow, the crowd was incredibly silent in Stingís hometown.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship:
Bully Ray © vs. AJ Styles
I will give TNA props, WWE says the winner of the Royal Rumble gets a main event championship match and they usually get an opening match, however, TNA did give the Bound for Glory Series winner the main event slot. As they both make their entrances it has a big fight feel and I'm loving it. AJ immediately goes for the cop killer but Bully escapes, Bully then hits some vicious chops and AJís chest is now a different colour. AJ hits a roll up for two and then he puts Bully on the table and hits a springboard 450 splash straight through the table! Bully then takes off the canvas padding. AJ hits a springboard clothesline into the chair and a springboard 450 but Dixie Cater stops referee Earl Hebner (Mike Tenay wisely said it wouldn't be his first screw job). AJ then hits the spiral tap for the win.
Winner: AJ Styles©
The start of the show was a disgrace to pro wrestling in general but as soon as the Angle vs. Roode match started from then on, it was a pay per view worth watching.
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