Bound for Glory is the biggest show of the year for TNA. Did it live up to expectations?
We'll start with the Knockouts.
Why Velvet Sky was face for this, I don't know. But it was good.
And I'm starting to warm to Havok as Knockouts champion.
To complement this TNA-only match, the show also had a Wrestle-1 only match.
Now I wouldn't mind this, except for one thing.
The production team consistently told us who everybody was. And as a Brit who can't spell Japanese names, that was helpful.
Except for this match, which didn't name Andy Wu and El Hijo del Pantera.
I had to Google them.
And I don't know why it was just them.
Still, the match was good. It only goes to show that you don't need to know somebody as long as they can still tell a story.
More on that another day, unless something else comes up.
And that brings us to the inter-promotional matches.
EC3 versus Ryota Hama was fun. Lots of fun.
Turns out that EC3 is just as good at comedy as Rockstar Spud is if you give him a chance.
We've had a whole year of EC3 now and I have to say, I still want to see more of him. He's fantastic.
But then there was MVP against Kazma Sakamoto, which felt odd.
Somehow, and for some reason, MVP is face in Japan. This doesn't make much sense and I'm sure he'll be back to heel next week.
But it was interesting to see. And an entertaining match.
Even better was Samoa Joe versus Low Ki and Kaz Hayashi.
Was it predictable that Joe would win? Maybe.
But thanks to the addition of Hayashi, the journey was different enough to make the foregone conclusion a non-issue.
And it was the same with Tommy Dreamer and Abyss versus Team 3D.
There was no way Team 3D would lose at their Hall of Fame Induction PPV.
But the match was enjoyable enough for what it was that it didn't matter.
Speaking of Team 3D's induction, it was just what a Hall of Fame induction should be: brief, sweet and heart-warming. Great stuff.
And finally, we've got Storm's Revolution.
They had a bad night of it, didn't they?
First Minoru Tanaka overcame Manik. Which was a fantastic match, by the way, and a highly enjoyable start to the show.
And then Sanada and James Storm himself lost to Tajiri and the Great Muta.
Not even the post-match beat down was good for them, what with Team 3D coming to the rescue.
I'm not sure what this is going to mean for the Revolution, but I do hope it's not going to break up.
They're one of the most interesting things in TNA right now. I want to see more.
Bound for Glory was incredibly enjoyable for me.
All the matches clicked and I had a good time.
I hope this week's Impact was just as good. Can't wait to watch it.
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