Posted October 1st, 2016 by 1Wrestling News Team

By Don Murphy

Advertised as TNA’s biggest show of the year, the company presents its annual Bound for Glory pay-per-view event, from the Impact Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Since moving to POP TV in January and adding Billy Corgan to the management team, the promotion has been presenting a much better show all-around, and on paper, Sunday night’s event has the potential to be a great show. There will be another installment in the Broken Hardy storyline, which has essentially saved the promotion over the last several months, in addition to the crowning of a new TNA Grand Champion, a World Title defense for Lashley, and the TNA debut of Cody Rhodes. dramatically. Based on what we know now at press tme, let’s run down the lineup:

Main Event: Lashley defends the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against EC3

Analysis: In the current era, with an over-abundance of programming and hours to fill, it’s very rare that you get a chance to see a championship match that has been slowly built and crafted to have that “big match feel” and seem important. That’s the case here, as Lashley has been developed and booked as a world-class heel champion, while his promo and in-ring work has improved substantially. With EC3, the creative team has rebuilt him into a main event babyface character, since losing his undefeated streak to Mike Bennett. In fact, it’s to the point where you may have forgotten that these two were already in a match for the title several months ago. The UFC-style press conference was a very nice touch to the buildup to this match and this is simply the case of two main eventers competing for the company’s top prize, without the distraction of valets, tag team partners and authority figures – the way it should be. In the end, this will be an intense, hard-hitting match, with Lashley ultimately retaining. I’m not sure the match needed the “no holds barred” stipulation, but I don’t see the stipulation leading to any kind of interference or non-clean finish.

Murphy Predicts: Lashley retains the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

The Great War for the TNA World Tag Team Championship: Decay (Abyss and Crazzy Steve [with Rosemary]) vs. Broken Matt Hardy and Brother Nero (with Reby Hardy)

Analysis: As I said in the opening, Matt Hardy has been TNA’s savior over the past several months, with his Broken Matt character, in addition to the production of The Final Deletion series. For some fans, it’s been the epitome of ridiculousness. For others, it’s been the greatest storyline to come down the pike in some time. For me, I find it ridiculous, but it’s been a guilty pleasure of mine for sure. And no matter what, I measure its impact by citing the 15,000 fans in Brooklyn at a Monday Night Raw event chanting “Delete” when Hardy’s name was mentioned. So, it’s clearly getting noticed. Now, for this match, they really haven’t explained what this “Great War” will entail, as much as I would have liked them to. I would expect that this match will start in the Impact Zone, but that we’ll get more of the same that we got this past week on Impact in the backstage area, possibly pre-taped earlier in the day. I do like that they’ve given Rosemary a counterpart in Reby Sky, as she’s too good of a character to be relegated to just a valet role. Given the lack of depth in the tag team division, as well as The Wolves getting set to return and likely resume their feud with Decay, I see Decay holding on to the titles for now, as they would hold more value that way. The Hardys don’t necessarily need the titles to continue to be relevant.

Murphy Predicts: Decay retains the TNA World Tag Team Championship

TNA Knockouts Championship Match: Maria defends the TNA Knockouts Championship against Gail Kim

Analysis: For you younger fans that didn’t get to experience wrestling in the 1970s and 80s, there are retro vibes all over this match. For one, this reminds me of the days of sneaky heel managers, like Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart. Fans would tune in and attend live events with the hopes of seeing them “get theirs”. And more times than not, fans were disappointed. But, when that payoff finally happened, it made for great television and great crowd reactions. This is the case here. Maria has played her heel role so well that you want to see her get ripped apart by Kim. But, TNA has done a fantastic job of teasing Kim’s revenge week after week, with Maria finding a way to escape or get the upper hand every single time. Another throwback vibe is the incorporation of Allie into the story, as Maria’s verbally-abused assistant. This brings me back to the days of the Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase and Virgil, where you couldn’t help but feel sorry for Virgil and hope that one day, he would come to his senses and stand up to Dibiase. Allie is playing the sympathetic role well here, and while I don’t see her babyface turn happening during this match, I do see her accidentally causing Maria to lose, leading to her babyface turn on an upcoming episode of Impact. Plus, with Gail Kim being inducted into the Hall of Fame during the show, putting the title on her and having her finally get her hands on Maria, would be the logical way to go.

Murphy Predicts: Gail Kim wins the TNA Knockouts Championship

Grand Championship Match: Aaron Rex meets Eddie Edwards

Analysis: Unfortunately, there’s not much to say about the build to this match, as Edwards was a late replacement for Drew Galloway, who has suffered an injury and will be unable to compete. Up until this point, the match had a nice build and the one good thing is that they will easily be able to pick up where they left off when Galloway returns. I’m not worried about the in-ring work here, as both wrestlers are highly seasoned. Plus, the rules of Grand Championship are a different twist to normal matches, so that will create some intrigue. The issue here will be the aftermath. Since debuting, Rex hasn’t really developed the type of character that made him popular in the WWE. His in-ring work is fine, he just needs to get the fans to react to him and get them to care.

Murphy Predicts: Aaron Rex becomes the first TNA Grand Champion

Singles Match: Moose meets Mike Bennett

Analysis: Moose is one of those characters that you know there’s a level of potential there, it’s just going to take some work to bring it out. The face-to-face promo this past Thursday night gave Moose one of his first chances to be his own voice. He’s still green and needs work, but it’s a start. He’s also very green in the ring, but luckily, he’s in there with a superb worker in Bennett, who will hopefully be able to carry to him to a better-than-average effort. It appears that they are grooming Moose for a run at Lashley and with the right seasoning and story build, this could be positioned as a big matchup. Working with Bennett is definitely a step in the right direction

Murphy Predicts: Moose defeats Mike Bennett

10-man Bound For Glory Gauntlet Match/Winner Gets to Challenge for the Title of Their Choice, Featuring: Tyrus, Robbie E., Jessie Godderz, Baron Dax, Grado, Mahabali Sehra, Rockstar Spud, Braxton Sutter, Eli Drake, and Basile Baraka

Analysis: It’s nice that they want to get everyone on the card here, but this match will be the typical opening match spotfest. It would be nice if the winner could get some sort of lift out of this, in addition to the upcoming title match, but I’m not that optimistic. It’s tough to pick a winner, but I’m going to go with Eli Drake, as he’s a personal favorite and someone I think could have a lot of potential if used and built properly. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tyrus win the match, as he did last year, since they’ve been building him up in vignettes over the past several weeks, but I don’t see any evidence that they have a plan to use him in a meaningful way.

Murphy Predicts: Eli Drake wins the 10-man Bound For Glory Gauntlet Match

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