TNA BOUND FOR GLORY 2016 Thoughts & Predictions…
To be honest, normally I wouldn’t bother with a TNA PPV prediction column. I don’t watch TNA Impact Wrestling, I don’t get POP TV on my television set, and with the exception of a select few, like the Hardy Boys, Drew McIntyre, Mike Bennett and Maria and Cody, I don’t know enough about most of the TNA talent to really have any strong interest. I do follow Impact Wrestling and the trials and tribulations of TNA via the wrestling sites, but it’s just not my thing. But with all of that being said, today is an extremely big day for TNA and their very future is at stake. Will they survive and continue as a wrestling company or will they, in the words of “Broken” Matt Hardy, be deleted? The company is out of money and is living on borrowed time right now as the principal owners, Dixie Carter, Billy Corgan and a couple of others, fight for control and not for a story-line, but for real. How they managed to scrape up money for the show tonight is a huge mystery and will they be taping TV this week? Who knows? This might be the end… or if deals are made and money is found, it could be a new beginning. Either way, things will never, ever be the same again.
So anyhow, here I am and I have TNA Bound For Glory on the mind. There are six matches advertised, plus the TNA debut of Cody (Rhodes). Let’s talk about the matches and make a few quick predictions.
TNA champion Bobby Lashley vs. EC3: No Holds Barred
Lashley is a tough man, but I’ve never really been able to get into him all that much. This match has been built up really well and should be very entertaining. If the company continues, the best way to go would be have Lashley get the win and allow EC3 to continue the chase. But no one knows what the future lies and if there is any real chance that this will be the last TNA ppv and the last TNA match, I’d rather go with sending the fans home happy and ending on a high note. That means new champion and the TNA built Ethan Carter III, aka EC3 takes home the win. Yeah, let’s go with that.
Winner and NEW TNA Impact! Wrestling World Champion: EC3
Aron Rex vs. Eddie Edwards (replacing the injured Drew Galloway) to crown the first TNA Grand champion.
Having Galloway being replaced by Eddie Edwards really hurts this whole match. Nothing against Edwards, who is a fantastic talent and was a top guy for ROH for a long time, but the rivalry was between the former Damien Sandow and the former Drew McIntyre – not between Rex and Edwards. But injuries happen and can’t be helped so we make due with what we have rather than what we were hoping for. It’ll be a great match and off the charts. I have no doubt about that. And since I’ve heard that Galloway will be there, even though he’s not cleared to compete, I’ll say he gets involved and gives Edwards an assist.
Winner and NEW TNA Grand Champion: Eddie Edwards
TNA Tag Team champions Decay with Rosemary vs. Matt and Jeff Hardy with Reby Sky in The Great War.
This will be wild and crazy and insanity at it’s best. I’d expect to see everyone and anyone get involved including Senor Benjamin, Rosemary, Reby Sky and hell, probably even Maxel. If it was a normal show, I’d say that Decay retains the titles and the wars continue. But since it’s anything but normal (and with Matt Hardy involved, that’s really saying something), I’ll go for another happy ending. “Brother Tag Team Championships, I knew you’d come!”
Winners and NEW TNA Tag Team Champions: “Broken” Matt Hardy and “Brother Nero”…
Moose vs. Mike Bennett.
Mike Bennett is a damn good wrestler and talent. That being said, Moose is making his TNA ppv debut and is being built up as a total monster. Monsters don’t lose in their debut matches. ‘Nuff said!
TNA Knockouts champion Maria Kanellis vs. Gail Kim.
It’s going to be a bad day for the Bennett family. Gail Kim is reportedly being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame tonight as part of the show and unless you’re Ric Flair, a Hall of Famer does not lose a match on the same night they are inducted into the HOF, especially when they’ve done as much and been as loyal to TNA as Gail Kim has. Maria has come a long long ways from her ditzy character in her WWE days and is actually quite talented inside that ring. But tonight, she still takes the plunge as Gail Kim once more takes home the gold.
Winner and NEW TNA Knockouts Champion: Gail Kim
10 Man Gauntlet Match for future TNA championship match of their choosing with Eli Drake, Braxton Sutter, Mahabali Shera, Grado, Tyrus, Jessie Godderz, Robbie E, Baron Dax, Rockstar Spud, and Basile Baraka.
Honestly, I don’t even know who most of these men are. Where is DJ Zema Ion or whatever he calls himself. He’s damn good and HOT! Oh well, whatever. Do you really see any of these folks as future TNA Champions? Really? I’ll go with Tyrus just because I think he really got the shaft when he was in the WWE and they changed him from a monster into a dancing fool. He’s got size and presence and with the proper booking and build, he could be a credible secondary champion or even a short-term transitional champion. It’s all about the booking, folks! Besides, he’s been on Gutfield’s show on Fox a few times and I think that’s cool!
Cody (Rhodes) makes his TNA debut.
Will he just grab a mic and trash the WWE? Maybe a little, but not too badly I suppose. Will he talk about the legacy of his father in TNA and what he hopes to accomplish? More likely. Will he be interrupted and a brawl of sorts happen, setting up some future programs. Yeppers, that’s the one right there. He’s not “Stardust” anymore. It’s just “Cody” and he’s here to chew bubble gum and kick ass… and he’s all out of gum. It’ll be interesting to see how this all develops as time goes on.
And that’s all for me. Those are my TNA Bound For Glory 2016 Thoughts and Predictions. And is this it for TNA after tonight? We’ll just have to wait and see. I hope not. I’m not a big fan of TNA, but I don’t want to see any wrestling company go under or see any less opportunities for the wrestlers we all know and love who sacrifice their lives and bodies for us each and every time they step into that ring. I’m hoping that this is just a bump in the road and TNA not only rebounds but gets bigger and better as a result. If it does prove to be the end, then thank you to TNA Impact Wrestling and all of the superstars, management, and everyone else involved for so many years of everything. Let’s hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. And TNA, best of luck to you.
I’m Doug and I think that’s it. Have a great day and I’ll catch you on the flip side.