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October 18, 2009

Bound for Glory preview

Predictions for tonight’s TNA pay-per-view:

TNA world champion A.J. Styles vs. Sting: Everything points to a win for Styles. I just hope TNA doesn’t feel the need to pull a swerve because everyone “knows” Styles is retaining the title. After winning the championship last month with an assist from Sting and then appearing to be on the verge of tapping out to Kurt Angle when he was saved by the bell Thursday on Impact, Styles needs a clean victory here to legitimize his title reign.

Kurt Angle vs. Matt Morgan: The match billed as “Wrestling’s Best vs. Wrestling’s Future” is obviously the biggest of Morgan’s career. Morgan, who recently signed a five-year deal with TNA, is being groomed to be one of the top stars in the company moving forward. He has gotten over since turning babyface, and an impressive showing against Angle would likely take him to another level. However, I don’t expect Morgan to win this one. I think Morgan pushes Angle to the limit and comes oh-so-close, but Angle finds a way to pull out the victory. That sets up a title program between Styles and Angle, which seems to be the way things are headed.

Abyss vs. Mick Foley in a Monster’s Ball Match: This could turn out to be the most memorable match on a loaded card. It won’t be for the faint of heart, that’s sure. My first instinct was to go with Abyss, as Foley’s role at this point in his career is to elevate younger talent. However, I don’t think this program is ending after one match, so I’m going with Foley to win with an assist from special referee Dr. Stevie. By the way, whatever happened to Lauren on Thursday’s Impact?

Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe: This should be a physical, intense match, but a Lashley victory almost seems like a foregone conclusion.

TNA Legends champion Kevin Nash vs. Hernandez vs. Eric Young: Hernandez has the deck stacked against him since Nash and Young appear to be working together, but my guess is that the heels’ alliance falls apart and Hernandez overcomes the odds to win the title, most likely by pinning Young.

TNA world tag team champions Scott Steiner and Booker T. vs. IWGP tag team champions The British Invasion vs. Beer Money vs. Team 3D in a Full Metal Mayhem Match: This is TNA’s version of a TLC match. The stipulation here is that whichever team grabs the TNA belts win them, and the same goes for the IWGP belts. I see Beer Money coming out with the TNA title, and Team 3D regaining the IWGP title. This reportedly is Booker T.’s last match with the company.

TNA Knockouts champion ODB vs. Awesome Kong vs. Tara: The focus has been on the feud between Kong and Tara, with ODB just along for the ride. I think Tara will have ODB pinned, but at the last second Kong breaks it up and steals the victory, setting up a Kong-Tara title program.

X Division champion Amazing Red vs. Daniels vs. D’Angelo Dinero vs. Homicide vs. Suicide in an Ultimate X Match: I don’t think there’s a doubt in anyone’s mind that these guys will put on a heck of a show. I wouldn’t be surprised if Red retained, and I could see Dinero – a rising star who has the best combination of ring and mic skills of the five competitors – winning as well. My pick, however, is Homicide, who seems to be in line for a bit of a push after turning heel.

TNA Knockouts tag team champions Taylor Wilde and Sarita vs. The Beautiful People: This title likely was created just for The Beautiful People, so I expect Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne to win even though the act is nowhere near as entertaining without Angelina Love. My guess is that interference from Lacey Von Erich figures into the finish.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 1:00 PM | | Comments (4)


Here are my picks:

Sting def. AJ Styles
Matt Morgan def. Kurt Angle
Mick Foley def. Abyss
Beer Money wins the TNA tag titles while British Invasion retains the IWGP tag titles
Amazing Red wins Ultimate X
Bobby Lashley def. Samoa Joe
Awesome Kong def. ODB and Tara
Sarita & Taylor Wilde def. Beautiful People

I don't know if you have plans on watching BFG, but I'd really like to see your thoughts on a TNA ppv after having watched it instead of commenting on the results secondhand. TNA is putting out a much better, more compelling product than WWE, and it's going to take the voices of writers like you to generate support for them in the future. Competition is a great thing in wrestling, as if that weren't apparent with WWE stuck in the mud and showcasing terrible wrestling week in and week out. Sure, Impact isn't flawless, but Raw is atrocious, ECW is unwatchable, and Smackdown is the only place to see wrestling, if you can call any match involving Finlay and Mike Knox wrestling. I'm sure BFG will make any number of awful WWE ppvs look like they were produced by the amateur federation.

Kevin, I love your blog. For those of us not as familiar with TNA, what would you consider the "flagship" PPVs (akin to the WWE's "big four").

This card appears to be packed to the gills and I may even purchase it not being a TNA fan... is BFG essentially their Wrestlemania?

RESPONSE FROM KE: Yes, BFG is TNA's version of WrestleMana.

I don't watch TNA much, but,
Abyss vs. Mick Foley in a "Monster’s Ball Match"?
TNA creatives needs to come up with better names

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