So begins the “biggest tournament of the summer,” TNA’s Bound for Glory series. With points allotted for wins by various means, the BFG series is one of the best stories in wrestling, with Jeff Hardy and Bobby Roode as the last two men to parlay their tournament win into a WHC reign.
All Thursday’s matches were set as qualifying matches.
Frank Kazarian and Christopher Daniels vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. TNA Tag Team Champions James Storm and Gunner: First, Gunner and Storm are sporting matching gear, solidifying the new tag champs…however, one has to feel for Storm, as he’s is still stuck in the tag division. The winning team would have both member in the BFG series, and Daniels made sure he and Kaz had their spots, as he took out the champs with their own belts.
Winners: Bad Influence
Crimson vs. Joseph Park: Crimson’s been in OVW for a year now…and perhaps that means it’s OK that he loses to a lawyer? Regardless, this is a normal Joe Parks match. Nothing special.
Winner: Joseph Park
Matt Morgan vs. Kenny King vs. Rob Terry vs. Magnus: How underused is Morgan? This guy is a beast, yet hasn’t been significant since dumping his mustached sidekick. The best thing about this match, was how hot the Georgia crowd was for Magnus. After a hot tag, he made quick work of the other competitors. Magnus is still in his 20s and needs a good showing in the BFG series to cement his place in the company.
Austin Aries vs. Eric Young: Nothing special between two great talents. TNA has seemingly cooled off on Aries substantially, while Young still doesn’t get beyond his comedy routine.
Winner: Austin Aries
Aces and 8’s will be represented by Ken Anderson in the BFG series, after a quick battle royal. While the gang planned for Anderson to win, Luke Gallows (or DOC, or whatever the hell they call him) showed some dissension, perhaps signaling the beginning of the gang’s end.
AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle: An amazing match from TNA best all around talents. AJ has all but become Impact’s “Sting,” with new black and silver gear, as well as a much darker theme.
Angle and Styles tore the house down (AJ’s house, as they were in Georgia) as everyone knew they would.
Winner: AJ Styles
After the match, Angle was jumped by Aces and 8’s, but was saved…by Quentin “Rampage” Jackson.
The guy that looked like he might eat Angle last week, is now his best buddy. What a way to ruin the “hot free agent.”