In the prologue, I talked about the history of TNA and my connection to the company. However, this PPV was really just a sad occasion in general. With the issues TNA have been dealing with, I might have just watched my last TNA PPV. But the event itself just seemed sad. It was not that the PPV itself was bad. It just seemed that a lot of the wrestlers had given up. A lot of the matches just weren’t that exciting. The Ultimate X match was great but it was just hard to care when watching this. It was also hard to care about the outcome of the main event when just a few days later… the TNA World Heavyweight Championship was vacated.
Matt Hardy won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in the main event. For those of you that don’t consider the ECW Championship to be a world championship, this would have been Matt’s first World title. Even if you do count the ECW title reign he had in 2008 as an actual world title reign, this is the first time where Matt was “the man” in a company. He became the leader of the locker room. The TNA superstars started tweeting about what a great leader Matt Hardy was in the locker room. What a moment. But then, on Monday it was announced that Ethan Carter III filed an injunction. Since TNA’s hands were apparently tied, Matt Hardy gave up the belt.
Therefore, this potential last TNA PPV finish just seemed so meaningless. Reports suggest that they’ve been planning this since they found out that Impact Wrestling was being cancelled. All I kept thinking was “You’ve been planning this for so many months and you couldn’t think of a legitimate a finish that could have lead to the title being held up?” You couldn’t have Matt and Drew pin each other while EC3 was out on the floor? I understand that TNA might have wanted to give Matt Hardy his moment in front of the Charlotte crowd. However, it was just such a miserable way for the match to finish.
Ethan Carter III’s title reign couldn’t even with, I don’t know, THE CHAMPION BEING BEATEN? Surely, this would have been the best time for the “undefeated streak” to end? No, of course not. Matt Hardy had to pin Drew McIntyre. Another thing to point out is that if you were still planning on vacating the belt after the show, then what was the point in the Bound For Gold gauntlet? The winner of the match now can’t possibly get his title shot unless they waited until after the TNA World Title tournament concludes. Just amazing…
Anyway, let’s get onto the show.
We started off with the Ultimate X match for the TNA X-Division Championship. The competitors in this match were the champion Tigre Uno, DJ Z, Manik and Andrew Everett. This was nothing more than a spot-fest which I was totally fine with. If this ends up being the final TNA PPV, then it’s pretty symbolic to have a Ultimate X match on the card. The match itself was actually a good opener. I’ve seen better Ultimate X matches over the years but this was by no means bad. Tigre Uno looked like he hurt his arm during the match. As it turns out, Dixie Carter confirmed that he actually separated his shoulder. I thought he did it earlier but it seems he might have done it when he hit the 450 on the outside onto DJ Z. Whenever he did it, credit to him for continuing the match. Takes a lot of courage, especially in a high risk match like this.
Speaking of high risk, Andrew Everett really took a lot of nasty bumps in this match. DJ Z did a cool dive, in which he jumped over the turnbuckle and onto the men outside. Tigre kicked Andrew off the top of the structure, which looked nasty, in order to retain the title. Gregory Helms came out in order to congratulate Tigre and shake his hands. It seemed a bit random as you’d expect a former X-Division Champion to come out, not just a former cruiserweight. I think he was working as an agent for TNA but it was still strange. Gregory didn’t look like a cruiserweight though, as he TOWERED over Tigre. He looked massive. Anyway, good opener to the show. I don’t have a lot of issue with this.
Ethan Carter III cut a decent promo where he hyped up the main event. He did the most unimpressive woo of all time before his departure. Maybe this was to waste a bit of time, I dunno.
Then we had the… urrghh. The Bound For Gold gauntlet match. I really tried my hardest to care but there wasn’t a great deal to this match. Considering this match was also the longest match of the night, it was hardly worth all the time it was given. It’s not like this was a hugely stacked match in terms of the wrestlers. A few of these were just there to fill the numbers. That’s not a great thing, considering this match was for a shot at a championship!
Initially it was promoted as a match for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Then it was revealed that the winner could fight for any title they wanted. I guess that made sense with the post-match angle they did but it was still annoying that they just changed up the stipulation on the fly. This wouldn’t be the only time they’d do this either…
Mr Anderson was #1 and the microphone wouldn’t come down at the top of the ramp for Anderson’s entrance. Even before the match started, there was already a botch!
#2 was Jessie. #3 came out, who was Eli Drake! I never heard of this dude, but apparently he was in Drew McIntyre’s group “the rising.” Anyway, he was in for a while until Al Snow came out as #4. Despite being 52 years old, Al Snow looked in way better shape then nearly everyone in this match! He was probably one of the better wrestlers in this match in terms of his in-ring work. Al eliminated Eli when he smacked him in the head with… head. Eli did this huge oversell where he tumbled back and then jumped over the top rope. This almost topped Carlito’s oversell of his eliminated by Rob Van Dam in the 2006 Royal Rumble! That was something else!
#5 was Aiden O’Shea. I never realised this until afterwards, but Aiden O’Shea was actually the former Gut Check winner Jay Bradley! I thought it was just some random independent dude. I find it funny that this Chicago fella was supposed to be playing this Irish hard-man character. It’s also funny because of what happens later on in the match.
#6 was Robbie E. No mention of Robbie’s rivalry with Jessie from earlier on in the year. That was disappointing. Then came out #7, Mahabali Shera. Now, I had heard of the Shera Shuffle before but I had never actually seen the dance move before. When I saw him to this cross-armed shuffle, I never got. I don’t watch TNA regularly so I initially gave it the benefit of the doubt. Maybe regular TNA viewers “got it” but I just couldn’t see what was so great about it. So I gave it the benefit of the doubt when I saw him use it. However, I was left aghast after I watched him seemingly hypnotize everyone else in the ring with this dance. Then suddenly six men in the ring, including the “hard-man” Aiden O’Shea, were doing this damn shuffle in a gauntlet…. for a shot at a championship! These men were all stood there slowly dancing! The winner had an opportunity at the TNA World title if they won and they’re all there DANCING! I just… why?
Shera then eliminated O’Shea until Tyrus came out at #8. Josh Matthews then quickly stated that no one is going to make Tyrus dance! Good one Josh. Tyrus came in and cleared house. He eliminated Al Snow, #9 entry Chris Melendez and Shera. He was dominant. I guess now is as good a time as any to mention this but I got so sick at the constant mentions of tweets from Dixie Carter. Actually, they weren’t even mentioning her tweets. They just told fans that you could follow her @TNADixie. What on earth does Dixie Carter have to do with this match? I know that’s a small thing to be mad at but it drove me up the wall.
Tommy Dreamer came out at #10 in polka dots, to pay tribute to Dusty Rhodes. He got a big pop when he came out. Jessie then delivered a high, and I mean HIGH, dropkick onto Tommy. It looked incredible! Abyss came out as #11 and this lead into a big staredown with Tyrus. As they stared down, Pope declared from the announce table that he was in this match. So he was the #12 entrant apparently. I don’t know how Pope had the power to put himself in this match. You could say that him and Dixie had agreed to put him in this match before hand but this was never mentioned or implied! So it just came off like Pope had just declared himself in the match! He got a big pop though but then eliminated himself rather than fight Tyrus and Abyss.
There were two Towers of Dooms at the same time. I hate how overused the Tower of Doom spots are in wrestling. It’s almost like WWE or TNA always do this because they know it’ll get a cheap pop. Here, it got a pop but it wasn’t that great. They also never looked good either. Tyrus eliminated Abyss, Jessie eliminated Robbie with a nice elimination actually. Very cool to see Jessie do the head-scissors to tip Robbie over the top. Anderson eliminated Tommy Dreamer and Jessie to set up the singles match between him and Tyrus at the end of the match. Mr Anderson did an impressive rolling fireman’s carry onto Tyrus which was quite a feat of strength. This got a near fall. Tyrus eventually won… WITH A CLOTHESLINE! So after all of this, it ended with Tyrus clotheslining Mr Anderson and pinning him.
Bryan Alvarez said that this match was worse than Los Villanos vs Los Psycho Clowns from Triplemania this year. For the record, Dave Meltzer gave the Villanos match a minus five star rating. I disagree with Bryan. In the ring, that Triplemania match was a total train-wreck. This Bound For Gold match was not a train-wreck. Nobody really messed anything up. It was just a very boring 24 minute bus journey which just felt like eight hours. It was very uneventful, it had a horrible segment in the middle with the Shera Shuffle and nobody cared. I’d still put this in the minus range in terms of ratings but it was not as bad as the Villanos match!
Tyrus declared that he would be challenging for the “heavyweight world championship of the world.” I’m not joking, that was what Tyrus called it! This actually would have been an awesome way to build up to EC3 vs Tyrus for the title, if the main event had not completely undone those plans. We’ll get onto to that later.
Next was a good promo from Drew Galloway. However, he claimed that he was willing to KILL HIMSELF to win the TNA World title. That’s… dark.
I have no idea why I haven’t got any notes for the Wolves vs Trevor Lee and Brian Myers match. I remember it being an OK match. Nothing special but it was fine.I can’t remember why, but I’ve got Tesco written on my notes here for this show! I can’t for the life of me remember why! Anyway, next up was Bobby Roode vs Lashley for the TNA King Of The Mountain title match. I was kinda distracted a bit while I was watching this but this was a good match. I liked it. I also found it odd that Lashley is bald but was still wearing a headband. Am I the only one that found that weird?
Next up was Awesome Kong challening Gail Kim for the TNA Knockouts title. God this was bad but to be fair, this was by no means Gail Kim’s fault. She was a true trooper in this match and was just killing herself to try and get a good match out of Awesome Kong. Kong was great at… being Kong. However, this did not help her and Kim pull off a good match. Awesome Kong wasn’t even trying to sell things from time to time. I was very disappointed with her performance in this match. While Gail was just going all out to get a good match, Kong looked like she just didn’t care. When the referee was distracted with Gail Kim’s husband at ringside, Awesome Kong hit the Implant Buster on multiple chairs on the outside. Gail hit the Eat Defeat off the top rope and then rolled up Awesome Kong for the win. I didn’t like the finish much and I thought it looked kind of weak. That sort of finish looked like it hurt Gail more than it hurt Kong, as Gail landed on her back. This was a very disappointing match considering Kong and Gail are capable of having great matches together. This was just not their day.
Kurt Angle vs Eric Young. Eric and Angle did their entrances and Eric got on the mic saying that he knew that Kurt was hurt. Eric proclaimed himself as god during his pre-match promo. Kurt responded by saying that Dixie Carter and him made this match NO DISQUALIFICATION. Kurt said that he wanted a fight. Despite saying that, Kurt then proceeded to start the match by German suplexing Eric Young! Pope kept calling Kurt’s suplexes “Souffles!” He was desperate to get this phrase over!
Eric then hit Kurt with the piledriver, which brought the match to a halt. Kurt’s obviously got a history with neck issues and the doctor at ringside effectively waved off the match. Eric Young won the match. However, the referee never rang the bell. Brian Hebner just stood there arguing with the doctors at ringside! Keep this in mind. Eric Young then attacked the referees and doctors and ringside and continued the match. As Eric was choking Kurt on the ropes, Kurt kept telling him “”it’s off” and “it’s over.” So now, Kurt has VERBALLY submitted several times! Eric’s win count over Kurt was growing but the ref AGAIN never called for the bell! WHAT? Why was this match still going on if both Kurt and the doctor called the match off? Josh later said that if Kurt Angle had his doctor at ringside, he would have thrown in the towel. Ermm, hello? KURT DID HAVE A DOCTOR AT RINGSIDE! This was infuriating!
So Eric still continued to beat up Kurt at ringside. Josh described this as assault and criminal. I hate it when wrestling commentators calls beatdowns “assaults.” Other than the fact that it’s a wrestling match, this was not assault. Having studied quite a bit of law at both college and university, I’m confident in saying that this would have been more like battery than assault! Anyway Kurt got back into it, by having no difficulty in pulling off multiple German suplexes! Kurt got a near fall for the Angle Slam but he eventually countered a top rope piledriver into an ankle lock. After a while, Eric tapped out and Angle won.
Here’s the thing… what Kurt and Eric did in there was fine. But the match itself and how it was booked was simply mind-boggling. There were so many things that happened that didn’t make sense. The match was called off twice but the ref never stopped it. Pope and Josh Matthews was unable to bring any justice to it either. Kurt continued to work the match fine after supposedly breaking his neck! It was just so illogical of the match but it had nothing to do with Eric and Angle. Whoever put this together clearly threw logic out of the window with the story of this match.
Ethan Carter III defended the TNA World Title against Matt Hardy and Drew Galloway. I know the finish didn’t mean a thing anyway, but let’s just got through the match. The match itself was shockingly not that bad. It was a bit slow paced but it was fine. There were a few cool moments. There were two things I want to point out first. Firstly, Tyrus was thrown out of the match by special referee Jeff Hardy. Now I know Jeff had the power in the match but this match was NO DISQUALIFICATION! What was the point in Tyrus being thrown out when he could have just came back out if he wanted to? Now I know that the storyline going in was that Tyrus didn’t bother to help out EC3 because he was after the title himself. However, there was nothing that Tyrus did wrong that warranted him being thrown out!
The second thing I wanted to point out was the ref bump that Jeff Hardy took. I love it when special referees that are actually wrestlers take ref bumps. The reason I love it is because those wrestlers usually sell these bumps like referees sell the bumps. They lay on the ground forever! Jeff was down for a while, but at least he was down for long. Just enough so he couldn’t count Matt’s pin.
There were a few nasty bumps. EC3 got the table. As he did this, the fans immediately started chanting “Save The Tables!” That made me laugh! Drew did the Irish Curse on EC3 onto the steel steps. That look painful considering Ethan caught the edge of the steps. In probably the spot of the night, EC3 suplexed Matt Hardy from the apron onto Drew Galloway who was laying on the table. I was thinking when I saw it that this spot would have been cool and they did it anyway. I thought it looked cool but EC3 seemed to take the brunt of it. He landed on the floor when suplexing Hardy and was screaming out loud. They did another good spot when they did a variation of the Tower of Doom where Drew did the spider German suplex which catapulted both men. I was about to be upset that they did ANOTHER Tower of Doom on the PPV, but at least they changed it up a bit. Matt, Drew and EC3 did a chop-fest in front of the Charlotte crowd. I hated how much the Pope was referring to Drew as the Leonidas of TNA. This put Michael Cole to shame in terms of repeating nicknames over and over again.
The match finished with Jeff Hardy teasing a turn on Matt but instead hitting EC3 and hitting the Twist of Fate. Matt then hit the Twist of Fate on Drew for the win and to become the champion. Despite it seeming like a sad and irrelevant win in the end, this meant a lot to Matt Hardy. That’s kind of cool that this win went so much to Matt, despite the circumstances. He was a World Champion and this was his moment. Whether I agreed with it or not is really irrelevant. To Matt, this was special.
So that was that for TNA Bound For Glory. At the end, it was NOT a bad PPV overall. There were a few bright spots with a few bad matches as well. I’ve certainly seen worse PPVs this year and I did like the Ultimate X match. Now we just wait and see what happens in the future of Impact Wrestling….