TNA Bound for Glory 2013 Lineup

BoundforGlory2013This Sunday it’s the TNA Bound for Glory PPV from the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.

Here is the lineup for the show:

-  TNA World Heavyweight Championship:  Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles

-  Sting vs. Magnus

-  Ultimate X Match for the X Division Title:  Austin Aries vs. Manik vs. Chris Sabin vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe

-  TNA Tag Titles:  James Storm and Gunner vs. the winner of the pre-show gauntlet match

-  Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode

-  TNA Knockouts Title:  ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke Tessmacher

-  Pre-show Gauntlet match:  Christopher Daniels and Kazarian vs. Joseph Park and Eric Young vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Robbie E and Jessie.

Yes, even though TNA has gone out of their way to talk about a weight limit for the X Division they have added Samoa Joe to that match.  But that’s TNA right there.

And Kurt Angle has been added to a match which was a bit of a surprise.  The belief was that he was going to be on the show just to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame, especially coming off of his recent stint in rehab.

Here is the 30-minute Before the Bell video preview for Bound for Glory.  These pieces are always some of the best features that the company does.

TNA Impact Wrestling Spoilers For Thursday October 17, 2013

TNA aired a live edition of Impact Wrestling last night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After the live edition had ended, TNA taped their show for next week. Here is what happened for next week’s edition of Impact Wrestling.

- The show opened with AJ Styles saying that Bully Ray can’t keep him down. It was hard to hear what he was saying, the audio was poor.

- Robbie E defeated Christopher Daniels, Hernandez and Eric Young in a fatal four way after Robbie E pinned Daniels.

- TNA President Dixie Carter President said that there would be a World title match contract signing tonight. Bully Ray came out and said that for 50K, he’d ride the Dixie train all night. Magnus comes out and challenges Dixie’s change of heart and challenges Ray to a match tonight. Bully says that Magnus is nothing but disappointing and Magnus knocked him down.

- Samoa Joe defeated Chris Sabin via submission. After the match, Austin Aries attacked Joe, and then Jeff Hardy hit the ring and attacked Aries. Hardy brought out a ladder, but was stopped by Sabin. Manik ran out and attacked Sabin and AA off a ladder.

- AJ Styles cut a promo about becoming the new Champion. Aces & 8′s hit the ring to attack AJ, but Gunner and James Storm made the save.

- Gunner defeated Knux via pinfall.

- Kurt Angle cut a promo. E.G.O. came out and Bobby Roode said that he used to idolize Angle, but Angle ruined his Hall of Fame moment. E.G.O. then attacked Angle and left him laying.

- TNA World Champion Bully Ray defeated Magnus. Bully was about to use a chain when Sting came out. Sting grabbed his hand and held it so the referee could see it, but as the ref was distracted, Bully low-blow kicked Magnus and got the win. Magnus and Sting argued after the match.

- A contract signing between Bully Ray and AJ Styles. They argued for a bit before signing the contracts. Bully then attacked AJ, and both men started to brawl. AJ then cut a promo on Dixie and said that he was giving her a gift from everyone, and proceeded to pull his middle finger out of his pocket.

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Kurt Angle To Return At TNA Bound For Glory

It was announced last night on TNA Impact Wrestling that former TNA and WWE heavyweight champion Kurt Angle will be returning at the Bound For Glory pay-per-view. The event takes on Sunday, October 20 from the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California.

Angle hasn’t been seen on TV since August as he was arrested for the forth time in six years for DUI on August 1. The former world champion then headed to rehab immediately after his arrest.

It was announced at Slammiversary in June that Angle will be going into the TNA Hall of Fame during the weekend of Bound For Glory. The event is regarded as TNA’s version of WWE Wrestlemania.

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Between The Ropes | Matt Morgan – September 16, 2013

Brian Fritz sits down with Matt Morgan about his time in TNA Wrestling, why he left and how tough the decision was to leave, what could be next in his future including the WWE, his acting career including one interesting role he recently tried out for, his relationship with Hulk Hogan and if he thinks Hogan will return to the WWE, Kurt Angle’s recent issues and coming back from rehab, his battles with painkillers years ago and coming back to wrestling, being around Brock Lesnar and Nathan Jones early in his career, the state of wrestling right now and more including some Breaking Bad discussion.

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The AJ Styles Dilemma

styles lone wolf winBelieve it or not, AJ Styles is a big deal. He was the first contracted TNA wrestler to land at #1 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s annual PWI 500 list. He’s a five-time (five-time! five-time! five-time! five-time!) World Heavyweight Champion. And he’s the only wrestler to have held every male championship owned and sanction by TNA during the company’s tenure.

On the other hand, your neighbour might bump into him at Wal-Mart and never give him a second glance. [Read more...]

TNA Wrestling Pushes Back Big Match

TNA Wrestling President Dixie Carter announced that the match between Aces and 8′s vs. the Main Event Mafia will not be taking place on this Thursday’s Hardcore Justice event on Impact.  Instead, the match has been pushed back a week to the August 22 edition of Impact Wrestling.

Carter posted the following:

 

The most logical reason for this is because Kurt Angle — who is a part of this match — is currently in rehab following his recent DWI arrest.  If this indeed the case for the match being pushed back a week, that would mean Angle would be in rehab for about three weeks before checking out or at least leaving for this match.

You would hope that Angle along with TNA Wrestling is taking his problem very seriously.  However, if he stays in rehab for anything less than 30 days, many people will have doubts about his sincerity to battling this issue.  There are even those that believe Angle should stay in rehab for as much as 60 days considering this is his fourth related DWI issue although he has either gotten off or had the charges reduced in the first three cases.

Angle is committed to his job and no one can question that.  It’s whether or not he has that same commitment to overcoming this personal problem and how serious he is treating it.

Hardcore Justice on Thursday is headlined by TNA World Champion Chris Sabin defending his title against Bully Ray in a steel cage match.  Plus, there will be a Bound for Glory series ladder match with Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Austin Aries vs. Kazarian.

UPDATE:  The August 22nd edition of Impact Wrestling will be taped after the show on August 15.  So, it’s not certain why the match is being pushed back.  It could possibly be just to have a big match on that show and not just have one big loaded show on August 15.

 

Kurt Angle In Rehab

We had reported late Friday that former WWE and TNA heavyweight champion Kurt Angle was pulled over Thursday night in Texas for DWI.

Angle had released statements on Twitter that he would be heading to rehab. It looks like that has happened.

TNA President Dixie Carter released a statement on Twitter last night that Angle had entered rehab.

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Between The Ropes Podcast – August 3, 2013

Brian and Steve are back for a quick audio discussing Kurt Angle getting arrested for DWI in Texas, his future with TNA Wrestling and if he should have one and more.

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Kurt Angle Arrested For DWI, Heading to Rehab

Former WWE world champion and current TNA star Kurt Angle was arrested last night for DWI. Angle who appeared last night on TNA’s Impact Wrestling in Wichita Falls, TX was driving to Tyler, TX when he was pulled over in Decatur by Wise County Police. The TNA star was taken into custody and released on $2,000 surety bond.

This was Angle’s fourth alcohol related arrest in the last six years. Angle just posted these tweets and indicated that he will be entering rehab.

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Revisiting TNA’s Impact Wrestling: Week 1

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This is part one of an ongoing series, looking at TNA’s product from a non-fan perspective as it builds towards Destination X. 

Before last night, I hadn’t caught an episode of TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling since 2012. The last major Pay-Per-View I caught was Bound for Glory 2012, back when Aces and Eights revealed it’s (not actual) leader to be Devon, and Jeff Hardy captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from Austin Aries.

I didn’t stop watching because I disliked the product. In fact, TNA’s big Summer IMPACT Wrestling push last year was some of the most consistent work in the company’s 11-year history. The shows were entertaining, Austin Aries was a great champion, and the Aces and Eights storyline still had a little teeth to it. My schedule simply got too busy for a Thursday wrestling show.

Unfortunately, I tuned in last night and my first thought was, “well, not much has changed.”

I can’t compare this show to last weeks show, and I have no idea how last night’s events fit into the big TNA picture. But watching that episode of IMPACT Wrestling left me feeling completely indifferent. It wasn’t the in-ring work, which was as solid as ever (including Samoa Joe, who continues to be one of my favorite wrestlers never to step foot in a WWE ring). I’m also a big fan of the Bound for Glory series, which was hyped prominently throughout the night.

It just felt like TNA had too much going on. Moreso, it seemed as though the creative staff didn’t know how to highlight the really important things from the not-so-important things.

Example: Main Event Mafia kicked off the show (which annoys me unto itself). Kurt Angle and Sting hyped that they would be adding a new member by the end of the night. But, when the segment with Samoa Joe took place, it just felt awkward. All three men seemed unclear how to handle the moment, and the announcers fumbled through the call. Wasn’t this supposed to be a big development? Furthermore, have Aces and Eights just given up? They didn’t seem too concerned with tearing apart TNA anymore. If that’s the case, then why are Sting and Kurt Angle so threatened by them?

Every segment seemed to have more than one thing happening at a time. It couldn’t just be a match – it had to be a match AND THEN an interview. Or an in-ring promo, then a backstage segment. And why the heck was Hulk Hogan featured more prominently than the TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray?

I thought the Austin Aries reveal was a nice surprise. On the other hand, knowing what little I do about recent TNA events, it seemed to completely undermine the whole “X-Division Champion can challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship” scenario. From my understanding, the Chris Sabin X-Division Championship win was a big deal, and it seemed like a great way to build him up to that next level. But watching fake Suicide steal the title in such a ridiculous manner, the stipulation, and thus the title, both lost a little prestige. It seemed like TNA was trying to make this its own Money in the Bank at the cost of the championship.

And by the end of the night, with so much going on, I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to care about.

Yes, WWE has some weak nights too. But it seems to promote its flagship show in such a way that you know what’s important, who to focus on, and what to talk about the next day. All TNA seemed to emphasize was the “more stuff happening” part, and it caused the whole product to suffer.

Video: TNA Debut of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Facing Off With Kurt Angle

It didn’t take long for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to start his new job.

During Wednesday’s press conference to announce Jackson’s signing a deal with Bellator and TNA Impact Wrestling, TNA President Dixie Carter said Jackson would be at last night’s TNA Impact Wrestling show in Atlanta. No one knew though what Jackson was going to do on the show.

It looks like the company has big plans for the former UFC light heavyweight champion.

Jackson was doing an in-ring interview with Jeremy Borash to discuss coming to TNA. Then former TNA and WWE champion Kurt Angle came out to cut a promo on Jackson.

Watch the video above and give us your thoughts on Jackson’s debut.

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Kurt Angle is Great But Could Have Been Greater

On Sunday night at the TNA Slammiversary pay-per-view, Kurt Angle was introduced as the second inductee to the TNA Hall of Fame.  There’s no doubt that Angle deserves the honor and is,  quite honestly, one of the all-time greatest in-ring performers in the history of professional wrestling.

But I couldn’t help thinking about something when it comes to his career: how much greater would it be if he never left the WWE?

While Angle signed with the WWE in October 1998, he didn’t make his official debut until November 14, 1999 when he defeated Shawn Stasiak at the Survivor Series PPV.  He left the company on August 25, 2006 after working out his release.  So, his time there was roughly 6 years and 9 months, filled with great memories of him having matches against the likes of Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, Steve Austin and even Shane McMahon among many others.

Several weeks after his time with WWE, he signed on with TNA and made his debut on October 9, 2006 when he confronted Samoa Joe in the middle of the ring on Impact.  So, Angle has now been with the company for 6 years and 8 months.

That’s right – Kurt Angle has almost been with TNA for as long as his entire career with WWE.

I still remember being in the Impact Zone at the No Surrender PPV back in 2006 when everyone was waiting for the big announcement TNA was going to make.  This one was sealed up tight with only a handful of people in on what it would be.  (I even knew someone who was in the know and tried every trick I knew all night long to get out of him but he wouldn’t budge.)

Right before the show went off the air, the video played showing that the former WWE World Champion had jumped ship, making him the biggest signing in TNA history at the time.

The building exploded.  The online wrestling community went berserk.

TNA got a bonafide blue chipper even though he was already beaten and battered, going through the grind of the WWE for the past six years and was physically and emotionally beaten down.

Who cares because he was Kurt Angle, one of the biggest stars in all of wrestling at the time as he was leaving the big pond to make a splash in TNA.

How big has that splash been though?  Sure, he’s been a big deal in TNA.  He’s had plenty of very good matches in the company especially with AJ Styles.

But how many great matches can you point out at a moments notice?  How many memorable moments had he truly has with TNA?

Of course, his debut was fantastic, confronting Samoa Joe and giving him a head butt right between the eyes.

And their match at the 2006 Lockdown PPV was incredible with them meshing an amazing mixture of wrestling and MMA moves in a match that some thought may bring about a stylistic  change to wrestling.

In TNA, Angle has been very good but not overly memorable.  And it’s not because he isn’t good because he has been.  Part of that is because the company hasn’t blown up since his arrival or anyone else’s for that matter.

It seems like every week the company does the same rating as it always does or in the same ballpark.  Some shows are fine, some are not but nothing that really sticks out in the long run.

And Angle has been caught up in this.  He’s in TNA and they’re the #2 wrestling company.  There’s nothing wrong with that – it’s just a fact.

But with WWE – the #1 wrestling company in the world – Angle was a big deal.

A really big deal.

He has classic matches like at WrestleMania 21 – a beautiful symphony of wrestling – of WrestleMania 19 where he and Brock Lesnar almost killed themselves in an incredible athletic display.  And there’s others.

Most wrestling fans ever remember the funny Kurt Angle on television and his back and forth with Edge and Christian, Commissioner Mick Foley and even wearing a cowboy hat in conversations with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.  And there are plenty more moments.

Moments that easily come to mind, all from his WWE days.  Mind you, that was at the beginning and peak of his career (which came about very quickly) and was on wrestling biggest stage in the WWE.  So, yes, there is an advantage there.

But with TNA, you don’t have that many specific moments that stand out involving Angle.  Some of that is because it is TNA, a smaller stage than WWE.  Some of that is because Angle – while still very good – has been past his prime and really beaten up.  That’s fair.  You can also make the argument that TNA hasn’t done a good enough job of creating those type of moments for Angle.

Which leads me back to the original question: what if Kurt Angle had never left the WWE?  What if he was just given a break and allowed to freshen the batteries and continue to be a part of the machine?

Like I said, no one disputes how good, even great, Angle has been during his career.  But he would be even greater if he had never left WWE.  There would be more discussion of him being one of the greatest of all-time, a sure-fire WWE Hall of Famer.

He would be on a different level, one of the elite in the pantheon of wrestling greats.

It just wasn’t meant to be.