Hi everyone! Seen as no one’s posted any results or reviews, I’m here to put that right by sharing my thoughts on TNA’s biggest show of the year.
Bound For Glory 2016 (tagline: Bound for Glory… I Knew you’d come!) drew 1,100 fans to the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida on October 2nd 2016. The commentary team consisted of Josh Matthews and ‘Pope’ D’angelo Dinero. The main card included seven matches, with all TNA Championships on the line. Jade defeated Sienna in a dark match prior to the show airing. BFG 2016 also included the first female induction in to the TNA Hall Of Fame, and the finals of the Impact Grand Championship tournament.
The show began with a shot of Maxel playing a mini piano, while his father Broken Matt played his own. Maxel’s little face lit up as his father told him he has a story to read. The story was called ‘The Great War’, and started with “Once upon a time there lived a man overflowing with broken brilliance…”. The cartoon of the story included images of the Hardy family, and the ‘Land Of Deletion’, which included a map from the land of deletion to the Zone of Impact. He went on to talk about the seven deities, other Impact Wrestling talent who were Bound For Glory.
The next chapter… “And demons dealing death from the depths of Hades itself…”, with cartoon images of Decay. “For House Hardy this would be their ultimate test…”. “To the victors of The Great War, they would have the most bountiful of glories…” (included two tag team belts with smiley faces on them). ‘Who would be DELETED?! Who would … DELETE!!!” Matt Hardy tells Maxel House Hardy will delete Decays title reign. It will be OVA!
DJ Z (c) vs. Trevor Lee – TNA X Division Championship (10:12)
Straight in to the action with a singles X-Division match. I’m glad it wasn’t Ultimate X this time, recent outings have not been so memorable. Slow burner, but competitive from the outset. DJ Z got the crowd support after a dive to the outside on Lee. A minute later, a football kick to the face of DJ Z gave Lee the advantage. Lee biting DJ Z … seems to be a theme in the company these days. First sweet spot of the match goes to DJ Z for jumping off the turnbuckle to hurricanrana Lee who was straddled on the top rope. DJ Z flew over the top rope to catch Lee on the outside. Somehow Lee managed to get back in, run the ropes, and suicide dive DJ Z on the outside. And again, DJ Z no sells, gets in the ring and flips off the second rope to land on Lee on the outside. Both laid out.
Back in the ring, Lee caught DJ Z with a flying powerslam. Lee picked DJ up on to his shoulders, DJ reversed it with a reverse hurricanrana spiking Lee on his head. After some flips and DJ trying to jump off the turnbuckle, Lee tried for a german suplex, DJ countered by falling down to the floor, Lee somersaulted over DJ to get in position to german suplex .. with a bridging pin! 2-fall. Crowd getting behind it.
A kick to the head of DJ by Lee, getting him a 2-fall. Lee reacted like he’d just accidentally ran someone over with his car. Lee tried going for his finisher, DJ got out of it, ran to the ropes, ran in to Lee who got him on his shoulders, DJ dropped down his back and flipped him over into a piledriver! With Lee out on his feet, DJ set him up for the big DDT finish. 1-2-3! And still X-Division champion.
A solid 10-minute curtain jurker, In fact, one of the better singles matches for the title in recent memory, and worthy of the X-Division. After watching, I had a feeling the rest of the night was going to be good as the talent showed what can do during a time of uncertainty. Trevor Lee is young, and looks generic, but he’s capable of putting on good matches. He needs a character so we can care to hate him, but he’s got many years ahead of him so there’s no harm. By the way … I’m grading matches from F to A+ in comparison to other TNA matches and shows. Match Grade: B
Footage aired showing Lashley and EC3 arriving earlier in the day. Drew Galloway was on hand to offer an angry promo, blaming TNA and Billy Corgan for their decision not to allow him to work the Grand Championship match with an injury. He wasn’t shy in listing his previous accolades, tag team championship, intercontinental championship, and TNA World Championship. He said ‘the only reason why Billy Corgan is buying this company is for Drew Galloway”. He also said Corgan would’ve worked one of his tours whether he was injured or not.
10-Man Bound for Gold Gauntlet match; where the winner could choose any championship match of their choice (15:19)
2 men start. New entrant every 90 seconds. Graphic says “Winner gets future world title shot”. Jessie Godderz starting with Rockstar Spud. Clearly no rules as Spud low blows Jessie. Next up is Spuds nemesis Braxton Sutter who goes right for him. Jesse and Braxton decided to team up on the smaller man. “And that is just a fact of life!” Eli Drake enters. Braxton fell out of the ring after missing Eli to be eliminated. Spud and Eli worked Jessie over til Robbie E entered. Bromans teamed up to claim the ring for themselves. Robbie turned on Jessie and tried throwing him out, Jesse survived, every man for himself. Baron Dax in. Nothing interesting til Grado entered, as he walked in to Rockstar Spud who was willing to throw him out after being in the ring only four seconds.
Grado shrugged it off and kept his party mood going as he wandered off. Basile Baraka up next. In quick fashion, Baraka, Robbie E, and Baron Dax were eliminated before Tyrus entered. Former tag team partners Tyrus and Spud stared each other out. Spud tried to form an alliance, but Tyrus was having none of it. Spud tried to give a thumbs up, but Tyrus reversed it to a thumbs down before eliminating him. Shera entered as the 10th and last participant. Shera and Tyrus fought for a while, Shera tried to slam Tyrus but Eli stopped that by striking him in the back. Shera tried going after him, but Eli pulled the rope down and suckered him in to falling out of the ring. Jessie came seriously close to throwing Eli out. He elbowed Eli in the face on the outside, Eli fell backwards, and luckily his feet hanged on the second rope preventing him from being eliminated. Jessie and Tyrus tried to eliminate each other, Eli recovered and dumped them out. Eli celebrated the win with an ecstatic reaction.
Happy Eli got the win, he is a star in the making. However, this gauntlet was the toilet break of the show. Not much heat to it, not much wrestling or finishers, just guys trying to throw each other out. Bit of a waste, but at least it got ten guys on the show and gave Eli Drake an opportunity. That is … if TNA don’t forget about it like they did with Tyrus. Match Grade: C-
Next up was an interview with Gail Kim’s husband Robert Irvine. He stated how happy he was for his wife getting the HOF induction and would be there to support her. Maria Kannellis-Bennett and Mike Bennett showed up to ruin the interview. Irvine told them straight that they were not going to have a good night, predicting Mike to lose to Moose, and Maria losing her title to Gail.
Moose vs. Mike Bennett (10:09)
Bunch of American Footballers on the stage for Moose’s entrance. How can he lose after that? But what I like about Moose is his look is deceptive, he doesn’t look like the kind of guy who can fly around the ring and deliver perfect drop kicks. He’s young in the business, having only been wrestling for a few years. Match starts with Mike escaping to the outside and being chased by Moose, before Mike found the advantage back in the ring. Mike tried to headbutt Moose, but likely came out worse. Perfect dropkick by Moose. Fighting on the outside, leading to Moose launching Mike in to the turnbuckle pole.
Somehow Mike comes back from that and drops Moose on the ring steps. Back in the ring Mike keeps working Moose over. Moose no-sells his chops, delivers some of his own, bounces off the ropes but is brought down by a dropkick to the legs. Leg lock by Bennett on Moose, working on chopping the big guy down by weakening his left leg. Moose suplexed Mike in to the turnbuckle to get some time to recover. Powerbomb and senton splash gets Moose two. The two changed strikes in the middle of the ring. Big boot by Moose, followed by a flying splash from the top rope which Bennett countered in to a “cutter”.
Mike and Moose fought near the turnbuckle, Moose picked him and crashed down to the mat with a sitting powerbomb, followed by the discus clothesline. 1-2-3 Moose wins. A good match, but Mike’s attempts at weakening Moose’s leg was all but forgotten after a few moves. At least it had build and accomplished something. Match Grade: C+
Aron Rex vs. Eddie Edwards – Impact Grand Championship (15:00)
Edwards coming off a losing effort to DJ Z for the X-Division title was not a good sign. Drew Galloway was replaced by Eddie due to injury, which killed any build. At least with Drew it wasn’t going to be a formality. In tough circumstances you have to make decisions, and in this case I don’t blame them for getting someone with the caliber of Eddie to jump in. Making the rounds five minutes instead of three was a good idea. The tournament matches were decided with 3 rounds of three minutes, with three judges deciding which wrestler would win each round. Pinfalls and submission could end the match in any round, and if the match went the distance the winner would be decided by the judges. Rex answered Jeremy Borash’s questions in a backstage interview.
First Round – Eddie used his intensity and athletic ability to rock Rex throughout. Scoreboards showed Eddie winning 30-27.