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CALDWELL'S TNA BFG PPV RESULTS 10/20 (Hour 1): Ultimate X opens PPV, new TNA tag champs, Angle rejects Sting

Oct 20, 2013 - 8:00:53 PM
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TNA Bound for Glory PPV Results
October 20, 2013
San Diego, Calif.
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


PPV Hour 1

The PPV opened with a video package on A.J. Styles being in a must-win situation having to top Bully Ray for the TNA World Title to remain in TNA.

Live from San Diego, Mike Tenay introduced the show and hyped an Ultimate X match for the X Division Title opening the PPV. Jeff Hardy, in his all-white alternative uniform, was introduced first. After Hardy took a victory lap, Austin Aries was introduced to a strong reception from the vocal males.

Chris Sabin, the veteran of Ultimate X, was introduced next along with Velvet Sky. Sabin jumped up and down like a madman, then escorted Velvet to her ringside seat. Samoa Joe, who is from Southern California, was out next to a strong reaction. Out last was the champion, Manik.

1 -- X Division champion MANIK vs. AUSTIN ARIES vs. JEFF HARDY vs. SAMOA JOE vs. CHRIS SABIN (w/Velvet Sky) -- Ultimate X match for the X Division Title

Hardy quickly tried to introduce a ladder into the proceedings, but Joe smashed Hardy through the ropes on the outside. Sabin then dropkicked the ladder into Joe, Manik smashed Sabin, and Aries come off the top with a splash to Joe and Manix to finish the sequence.

Back in the ring, Aries teed off on Joe and Hardy with corner dropkicks. Tenay noted Hardy vs. Aries was the BFG PPV main event last year as Aries stood tall in the ring. But, Joe choked Aries from behind, then yanked down Manix from the Ultimate X structure. Joe didn't see a dropkick coming from behind from Sabin, though.

Hardy recovered and brought his ladder into the ring to get his hands on the X Title belt, but Joe knocked him down, only to have Aries dropkick Joe off the ladder. Manik and Aries battled on the ladder, so Sabin tipped over the ladder. Sabin then stalked Hardy for a standing kick, but Hardy ducked and hit a Twist of Fate to take out Sabin.

On the outside, Sabin told Velvet to stop Hardy, who was setting up a ladder. Velvet refused, so Sabin shoved her into the ring. Hardy carefully moved Velvet out of the way, then Sabin climbed the ladder, fought off Hardy, and fell to the mat with possession of the X Division Title to win the match and the belt.

Post-match: Sabin sold satisfaction with his victory as Velvet sold not feeling good about how these events unfolded. Velvet mouthed, "I'm sorry," as Sabin continued to celebrate like a madman.

WINNER: Sabin at 12:00 flat to capture the X Division Title. They seemed to just be getting warmed up when the match concluded. Not a particularly memorable Ultimate X match despite the star power in the match. (**1/2)

A.J. Styles Hype Video: To fill time as the Ultimate X structure was disassembled, TNA went back to the first TNA show in June 2002 when Styles beat Jerry Lynn to become the first X Division champion.

Eleven-and-a-half years later, a grown-up Styles was shown arriving in the building earlier today.

Tag Team Segment

In-ring: Back in the arena, Bad Influence's music played to bring out Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. Tenay noted this was supposed to be the Tag Title match, but Bad Influence did not win the #1 contender match.

In the ring, Kaz attempted a Brokeback Mountain joke about being screwed in the #1 contender match on the pre-show. Kaz said it's an embarrassment to TNA that they are not wrestling on the PPV, then Daniels noted this PPV is supposed to celebrate TNA. And, despite the fact that TNA has treated Bad Influence like stepchildren, they are TNA. Daniels said they are the best tag team this company has ever seen.

Daniels continued that they beat Chavo and Hernandez in the gauntlet, Joseph Park and Eric Young aren't even a real tag team, and TNA likes to add people to matches at the last second. So, he proposes that Bad Influence be added to the match tonight.

Eric Young interrupted to bring out EY in San Diego Charges colors. EY hit the ring and said he's not here to be a troublemaker. Young said Bad Influence did something earlier - they created a monster. EY told them to run. Bad Influence didn't budge, then jumped Young after feigning handshakes.

Abyss's music then played to bring out the TV champion, who hasn't defended the title in four months. Abyss hit the ring and ran over Bad Influence with clotheslines before smashing Daniels with a Black Hole Slam. Kazarian opted not to run, so he took a Black Hole Slam, too. Abyss posed in the ring as Taz noted the monster is back in full effect. EY sold concern in the corner, then Abyss helped up Young to finish posing.

Backstage: Jeremy Borash was standing by to plug social media business before bringing in TNA tag champions James Storm and Gunner. Gunner talked tough to Bro-Mans about only needing to worry about them, not their tans or dancing. Storm signed off with his trademark phrase.

In-ring: Saxophone music brought out Bro-Mans, along with Mr. Olympia, for the second time tonight.

2 -- TNA tag champions GUNSTORM (JAMES STORM & GUNNER) vs. BRO-MANS (ROBBIE E. & JESSIE w/Mr. Olympia) -- TNA Tag Title match

The challengers worked on Gunner early on as Mr. Olympia shouted instructions from the outside. Gunner had enough of the challengers, so he smashed Robbie with a running knee to the face to break free. But, he could not make a tag to Storm, allowing Bro-Mans to regain control of the action. But, Jessie lost control up-top, allowing Gunner to deliver an overhead fallaway slam.

Storm finally tagged into the match and cleaned house on the heels, getting the crowd involved in the match. Storm delivered a running neckbreaker for a two count, then Jessie got involved. All four men in the ring. Chaos, then Storm came off the top with an elbow drop to Robbie for a close two count.

All four men remained in the ring as ref Brian Hebner gave up on trying to restore order. Meanwhile, Storm had a big cut on his right leg that was producing a stream of blood. Robbie scored a very close two count on Storm, then he walked into a uranage from Gunner. More action until the champs seemed to finish off Robbie with a combo powerbomb into backbreaker, but Jessie broke up what looked like the finishing pin.

Robbie then chucked one of the title belts into the ring, distracting the referee. The ref didn't see what Tenay described as an "illegal clothesline" from Jessie despite the action being a four-man brawl with no order restored for five minutes. Robbie then pinned Storm for the win. New tag champs. Taz sold shock over the finish as the new tag champs posed in the ring with Mr. Olympia, who get center position.

WINNERS: Robbie & Jessie at 11:42 to capture the TNA Tag Titles. And, thus ends one of the weakest Tag Title reigns in TNA history. Storm & Gunner lost non-title matches and rarely defended the titles during their run since the three-month BFG Series split up tag teams into singles wrestlers. (**)

Video Package: Kurt Angle's 2013 TNA Hall of Fame induction ceremony, with soundbytes from Sting, Samoa Joe, and Magnus.

Sting-Angle Segment

In-ring: Jeremy Borash brought out the first TNA Hall of Famer, Sting, to discuss the second Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle. Sting, dressed in all-black and no facepaint as Steve Borden, endorsed Angle's career and called him a good family man.

Angle, dressed to wrestle, was introduced to the ring to greet the fans and Sting. Sting handed the mic to Angle, who waited out an "Angle, Angle" chant. Angle thanked the crowd and Sting before noting he has been truly blessed with a lifetime of memories. Angle thanked God, his family, and his fans. Sounding like he was reciting lines, Angle said this HOF induction will mean more to him than anyone will ever know.

Angle continued that the love and respect from the wrestlers and support from TNA management can't even be put into words. Angle handed the mic to Sting, who joked that he felt lonely in the Hall of Fame all by himself, so he would love it if Angle would join him. Sting made it official by pulling out a box. Angle looked inside the box and sold tears. Sting was all fired up, but Angle was reserved.

Angle took the mic back and said the response from this crowd made him realize how important this HOF induction is. After the over-sell from Angle, he said he has let down his family, peers, and himself by not living up to his real potential. Which is why he's going to respectfully decline this Hall of Fame induction. Sting sold with an open jaw.

Angle then vowed to set a new standard for himself. He told Sting that when he is worthy, he will join Sting in the Hall of Fame. The crowd reacted with disappointment over this as Sting reluctantly hugged Angle and left the ring together. Sting continued to hold the box, contemplating matters. That did not go over well with the crowd - no boos or supportive cheers, but confusion as to why this segment was occurring.

Styles Video Package: A.J. Styles beat Kurt Angle at No Surrender 2009 to become new TNA champion.

Backstage: Dixie Carter's assistant handed Dixie a phone call. She didn't catch the name of the caller. Dixie muttered about her assistant, then told someone in the office to put all of Styles's merchandise on deep discount. Derrick Bateman a/k/a Ethan Carter III then walked in to greet Dixie Carter, who acted like Carter was a family member. They repeated a family slogan: "The world needs us. We're the Carters," before ECIII walked off to get ready for a match.

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