Bound for Glory 2013 took place on October 20th, 2013 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California. Mike Tenay and Taz provided commentary for the show. This was the first time TNA hosted a show in San Diego.
The PPV began with a recap video for the AJ Styles and Bully Ray feud.
– X Division Championship Ultimate X Match: Manik(c) vs Jeff Hardy vs Austin Aries vs Chris Sabin vs Samoa Joe
The match had a lot of pace, as we expect from an Ultimate X match. Jeff Hardy introduced a ladder halfway through the match which gave the wrestlers a shortcut to the title.
None of the five combatants had an advantage for too long, until Chris Sabin introduced the Velvet Sky factor. After shoving her into the ring, this was enough of a distraction for Sabin to climb the ladder and receive the title. The rest of the participants looked dumbstruck, and Velvet Sky appeared disgusted with Sabin for winning the title in this manner.
The match was short compared to other Ultimate X matches, but was still a solid way to start the show.
WINNER: Chris Sabin – NEW X Division Champion.
Mike and Taz hyped the main event some more. They showed a video of AJ Styles first accomplishment; AJ Styles defeating Jerry Lynn in 2002 for the NWA-TNA X Division title.
Bad Influence made their way to the ring despite Storm/Gunner vs Bro-Mans match being scheduled. Kaz got on the microphone and claimed they were screwed. Bad Influence felt they deserved to be fighting for the tag team titles which prompted Eric Young to come down to the ring. EY said they had created a monster earlier on in the night (on the pre-show) and they should run.
Daniels and Kaz cheap shot Eric Young and beat him down. Abyss returned! The Monster came down to the ring and the crowd went nuts as Abyss took out Bad Influence. Bad Influence took a Black Hole Slam each. Abyss looked down on EY, and extended his hand. EY took it and Abyss pulled him up. EY smiled as Abyss played to the crowd. Could this be the end of Joseph Park??
Backstage we see Storm and Gunner having a short interview with Jeremy Borash. They hyped their tag team title match and put the Bromans on notice. The Bromans entered the arena with Mr Olympia at their side.
– TNA World Tag Team Championship: Storm/Gunner(c) vs The Bromans.
This was a solid back and forth match which saw both teams working well together. Robbie E and Jessie had the upper-hand until Storm managed to get a tag and mounted a lot of offence.
They pushed each other to the limit, and as the crowd got really into it, the Bromans outsmarted the Champions by throwing one of the titles in the ring. With the referee temporarily distracted, Robbie and Jessie performed their finisher on Storm and picked up the victory. Robbie E appeared shocked after the three count, and Mr Olympia joined them in the ring to celebrate.
WINNERS: The Bromans – NEW TNA World Tag Team Champions.
TNA showed a clip from the TNA Hall of Fame ceremony, inducting Kurt Angle. He thanked all the fans for their support over the years.
Borash introduced Sting to induct Kurt Angle. Sting entered and introduced Kurt Angle to the audience. Kurt Angle made his way to the ring and the crowd embraced him. Kurt Angle was very emotional and told everyone the Hall of Fame induction meant more to him then the fans will ever know.
The crowd thanked Angle, he was lost for words and handed the microphone back to Sting. Sting joked with Angle that he was lonely being the only member of the Hall of Fame, so he wished for him to join.
Angle took out the Hall of Fame watch that Sting had presented to him. The crowd chanted “You deserve it”. Kurt Angle took a while to respond, and went onto say he had let his peers down, and had not reached his full potential, therefore he would respectfully decline the induction into the Hall of Fame.
This showed how disappointed Kurt Angle was to be inducted despite letting everyone down. The crowd was disappointed at first, but also respected that Kurt Angle had to prove himself once again before being inducted.
TNA showed another AJ Styles clip, when he defeated Kurt Angle to win the World Championship in 2009. Dixie Carter was shown backstage on her phone as Ethan Carter III made his début. Dixie told Ethan that she had handpicked his opponent for tonight.
– TNA Knockouts Championship: ODB(c) vs Brooke vs Gail Kim
A really good match that saw ODB and Brooke dominating the majority of the match. Gail Kim had her moments, however ODB looked set to win this match. The referee was knocked out near the end, which prompted Lei’d Tapa to make her presence known.
ODB and Brooke soon felt her wrath, which helped Gail Kim to pick up the win as the referee recovered. Lei’d Tapa held the Knockouts title in the air until she saw Gail Kim. She handed the title over to Gail Kim revealing Lei’d Tapa to be Gail Kims hired bodyguard.
WINNER: Gail Kim – NEW TNA Knockouts Champion.
Mike Tenay introduced a new interviewer, who caught up with the new TNA Tag Team Champions and Mr Olympia. The Bromans were ecstatic and celebrated with protein shakes while wearing goggles, shaking the drinks all over the place drenching the interviewer.
Bobby Roode met up with JB who talked down to Kurt Angle after declining his induction, and how he should be in the Hall of Fame instead. Roode threatened Angle and said he will make him tap in their match later.
– Bobby Roode vs Kurt Angle
Angle appeared as focused as you could ever see him It began with a lot of technical old school wrestling. Roode tried to get into his head but Angle would not allow it. Kurt was testing himself in this match and a lot of strategy was being played by both men.
The match got more physical as it went on. Roode applied the crossface on Angle numerous times to no avail. Angle was close to tapping many times. Roode gave Kurt a low blow after pulling on the referee. Roode introduced a new move, a neckbreaker variation. Angle locked in the ankle lock and grapevined Roodes legs. Roode appeared to be passed out, the ref raised Roodes hand to count him out but he grabbed the rope, prompting quite a reaction from the crowd.
Kurt hit the Angle Slam from the top. Both men were down up to a 9-count, Roode got up, fell onto Kurt, and picked up the pin-fall. Angle appeared knocked out after the Angle Slam and didn’t move for a long time. Medical personnel got into the ring, followed by the trainer and the doctor. A stretcher was brought out for him, and they tried putting a neck brace on him. As they were about to wheel him away, Angle got off the stretcher and began walking out under his own power.
WINNER: Bobby Roode
Another clip showed AJ Styles defeating Sting to retain the TNA World title a few years ago. Backstage, we saw AJ Styles getting ready, and Bully Ray talking to his resurrected club.
EC3 made his début entrance. A small wrestler called Norv Fernum made his entrance, and jumped around like a mad man.
– Ethan Carter III vs Norv Fernum
Obviously a squash match that showed what EC3 can do. The crowd were not into it and chanted “Boring”. The crowd got into it a little bit after Norv got some offence EC3 destroyed him with the same finishing move that Dean Ambrose of the Shield does, a DDT variation. Tenay mentioned he is Dixie Carters nephew after the match.
WINNER: Ethan Carter III
Magnus cut a promo saying he will have his moment against the legend known as Sting.
– Main Event Mafia match: Magnus vs Sting
They started this match being respectful to each other, until Magnus gave him a cheap shot after letting him in the ring. The crowd were quiet throughout this, and Magnus was able to escape the Scorpion Death Lock. Magnus copied Stings mannerisms and moves to try get into his head. Magnus escaped a second death lock, then took the advantage with the scorpion death drop followed up by an elbow drop from the turnbuckle.
Magnus elbowed Sting hard in the face after trying to death drop him, Sting fainted to the floor Ric Flair style. Sting encouraged Magnus to bring it. Magnus got Sting into the cloverleaf which was too much in the end, Sting tapped out.
WINNER: Magnus via submission.
After the match, Sting offered his hand, Magnus shook it for a second only to walk out on him. Sting didn’t know what to make of it.
Another AJ Styles clip, of when he defeated Magnus to become number one contender in the Bound for Glory series.
Jeremy Borash conducted an interview with the TNA World Champion Bully Ray. He talked down to AJ Styles and wanted him to feel bad after losing to him. The crowd were chanting “boring” throughout his promo.
Another video showing Dixie Carters involvement with AJ Styles, and the bounty she had put on him. It also showed the confrontation from the previous Impact Wrestling episode during Bully and AJ’s contract signing.
– TNA World Heavyweight Championship, No Disqualification:
AJ Styles vs Bully Ray(c)
AJ Styles took time to make his entrance, allowing his “No One” music to play. The music did not change to “The Phenomenal One” this time after taking his hood down. The crowd were firmly behind AJ Styles. Bully Ray entered with a modified version of the Aces and Eights theme.
Jeremy Borash handled the official main event announcement on this occasion, with Earl Hebner introduced as the referee for the contest.
Bully Ray talked down to AJ, saying he was afraid of him. Ray controlled the pace in the beginning, keeping it slow and methodical. After some trash talk, AJ Styles became well motivated and upped the pace. AJ Styles put the calf killer on Ray only for Garrett Bischoff to come down and interfere. The distraction allowed Bully to get a hammer, which he tried to use but AJ kicked him before he could. AJ tried to hit him with it but Bully stopped it.
Bully began mocking Hulk Hogan. AJ Styles willed Bully on to chop him harder, and to hit him harder after taking a beating. His chest flamed up from the hard shots. Knux came into the ring and choke slammed AJ Styles.
After AJ kicked out at two, Bully blamed Knux and Earl Hebner for it, which gave AJ time to recover. Bully kicked AJ hard to the outside.
AJ got Bully Ray onto the table on the outside, AJ attempted a 450 splash from the top rope but Bully Ray moved, leaving AJ to crash and burn through the table. Taz handed Bully a blade to cut the ring apart and tear the ring covering off. “ECW” chants from the crowd. Bully Ray called his boys out, but Dixie Carter came out instead. She handed him a chair which AJ used against Ray. Springboard 450! Earl Hebner told not to count the pinfall by Dixie but went ahead anyway, only a two count.
Bully Ray backdropped AJ onto the bare wood after Styles tried to hit the Styles Clash. Vicious chair shots followed. AJ managed to come back with a Pele kick and a chair shot of his own. AJ styles hit the Spiral Tap!
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WINNER: AJ Styles – NEW TNA World Heavyweight Champion
Five new champions crowned on the night. Major change in the air. AJ Styles back on top after years of hard times. AJ Styles finished the PPV celebrating with the crowd, as Dixie Carter looked on in horror.