THE SPECIALISTS ALT PERSPECTIVE TNA Bound for Glory recap by Wilkenfeld
Oct 16, 2008 - 3:35:11 PM
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By Daniel Wilkenfeld, PWTorch Contributor
(1) "BLACK MACHISMO" JAY LETHAL defeated SONJAY DUTT, CURRY MAN, SHARK BOY, SUPER ERIC, PETEY WILLIAMS, CHRIS SABIN, ALEX SHELLEY, and JIMMY RAVE
This match was about what you would have expected. The chaotic start overstayed its welcome by a few minutes, but once people started pairing off in the center of the ring things picked up. There were plenty of cool spots, and remarkably solid athletic performances by Lethal, Dutt, and Curry Man on the ceiling of the cage. This was good for what it was, but a waste of the talent involved.
In the back Cornette left Foley in (charge in?) his office. The Beautiful People came in to complain about their M & M colors, in what was hopefully just the first of an awesome series of interactions.
(2) ODB, RHAKA KHAN, & RHINO defeated THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE & CUTE KIP
This match had no business on the card, though it is a little amusing that Rhino was officially in a "Bimbo Brawl". Khan was sloppy, and Kip was Kip. Also, the rules were unclear, since all the Bimbo Brawls so far had been no-DQ, yet for some reason the heels kept distracting the refs for their machinations. I had lower expectations for this match than anything that's been on a TNA PPV in months, and it still somehow managed to fall short of them. Rhino had promised to play a game of "Gore the Whore", which never materialized.
Consequences Creed played up his patriotism backstage.
(3) SHEIK ABDUL BASHIR defeated CONSEQUENCES CREED
This match started competently, but never really moved beyond that. The finish was both arbitrary and blown (Creed clearly kicked out at 2). On any other PPV, this would have been borderline acceptable, but BFG has an X Division history to live up to:
2005: AJ STYLES vs. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS
2006: CHRIS SABIN vs. SENSHI (this was better than it might look on paper)
2007: JAY LETHAL vs. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS
2008: SHEIK ABDUL BASHIR vs. CONSEQUENCES CREED
As they used to ask on Sesame Street—which one of these things is not like the other?
(4) TAYLOR WILDE defeated ROXXI and AWESOME KONG
This match had some absolutely great action…till Taylor won it with a Bridging German Suplex six minutes in. Seriously? The title match of the highest rated division on the show, which featured three solid performers, and was going splendidly, was bizarrely cut short after six minutes. Keep in mind that every single match had a video package, and that Cute Kip was on the card. It's really just not cool.
AJ Styles paid his respects to Foley in the back, who expressed his sympathies with the Young Lions. Team 3D barged in, and they and Foley traded insults.
(5) BEER MONEY INC. defeated LAX, TEAM 3D, and MATT MORGAN & ABYSS
This was the first top tier match of the show. There was a bit more interaction with guest referee Mongo than was strictly necessary, but it was kind of fun. At first I thought he was spoiling the results by pausing deliberately to allow the pinned wrestler to kick out after two, but in all fairness he had the same pause when making the final count too. There was an insane flaming table spot after which Abyss caught fire—I don't get how they usually do those without bad things happening. Hernandez not being able to untie the knot on the bag of tacks was painful, but I don't much mind that Mongo helped him; if Hernandez told me to open something, I'd do it too. Beer Money snuck in a pin after Team 3D hit a 3D on Hernandez through a tack-covered table, which was a somewhat predictable, but hardly a lock.
(6) BOOKER T defeated AJ STYLES & CHRISTIAN CAGE
I love well done triple-threat matches, and in my mind this one qualified. There were three distinct, interwoven stories, and I always like the (admittedly unrealistic) elaborately choreographed spots. It was a bit on the short side for what should have been the third main-event, but then if it was supposed to be the third main event they probably should have booked it before this past Thursday. Anyway, Styles was, as his t-shirt advertises, simply phenomenal. To Booker's credit, this was probably the best performance I've seen him put in in years, to the point where I didn't even mind his win. It was a little weird that with two mysteries to be resolved - Cage's allegiances and Booker's briefcase—neither was so much as addressed.
Not-Crystal interviewed Angle, who was looking forward to what he thought of as a handicap match.
JB interviewed Jarrett, who shed a few tears about his wife and kids. Given what he's been through, I suppose we should all be charitable and suppose this is his way of working things through?
(7) JEFF JARRETT defeated KURT ANGLE
Special Guest Enforcer Mick Foley stayed largely out of things till the ref took a bump at the very end. He tried to prevent Angle from reentering the ring with a chair, but Angle just pulverized him with it. Kurt then nailed Jarrett, but before the original ref could make the count Foley pulled him (the ref) out of the ring, let Jarrett nail Angle with a guitar, and counted the three. This was fairly sensible interference—Foley really only got involved when fairly definitely provoked. It wouldn't have felt right for Angle to win after taunting Jarrett about his dead wife, but at this point in his career it wouldn't have felt real if Jarrett had beat Angle cleanly. This was a good compromise, and quite possibly match of the night.
(8) STING defeated SAMOA JOE
Nash came out and turned…heel? Whatever Sting is, that's what Nash turned. There was a weird moment where he took Sting's bat away from him before using it to nail Joe, but maybe he just wanted Joe to think he had won so he could more acutely feel the agony of defeat? It's a reach, but it's all I got. It also didn't help that he mistimed the shot to Joe's back, and that the camera failed to catch it live. There was a really exciting brawl through the crowd to start; I had actually wondered why there wasn't one in Jarrett's match, but it would have been silly to have two in a row. Joe just pounded down on Sting in the ring, which was good, but then would stop for minute-long arguments with the ref, which was bad. All in all I enjoyed this main event, but it was not quite up to BFG par.
Star of the Night: Samoa Joe. He got a largely pro-Sting crowd behind his destructive ways. A case could easily be made for A.J. as well.
Overall: The first half of the card dragged. The latter half picked up the pace a lot, but the only big PPV moments were Sting winning and Abyss catching fire (and, obviously, only one of those is even potentially a good thing). By normal TNA PPV standards, this was a pretty good outing- a B+, or maybe even an A-. But this was Bound for Glory, and the bar is a whole lot higher. C
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