With two huge factions in the Main Event Mafia and The Aces and Eights jockeying for control of the company, the makeshift group of Bobby Roode, Frank Kazarian and Christopher Daniels continue to pick up steam in the Bound for Glory Series.
Aside from the lackluster story, the actual in-ring action was solid. Was it “free pay-per-view” quality? Well, it was better than last week’s episode. Regardless, it was far from the type of show TNA “could” put on.
How this new “free pay-per-view” structure benefits the company in the long-term currently remains to be seen, as the pacing of these shows doesn’t allow nearly enough time for anything stellar to happen. All in all, it just feels like a slightly better episode of a “normal” Impact.
As it currently stands, TNA is far from being worth a damn, even on free TV.
20-Point Bound for Glory Series Ladder Match: Austin Aries vs. Frank Kazarian vs. AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy: The first 15 mins of this match were flat out boring. Then it became a war. Aries’ massive Powerbomb on Hardy off the top of the ladder changed things big time. The Styles Clash/Wave of the Future combo from Kazarian was pretty cool as well.The intensity of Aries and Styles ended up playing a huge role, but after Hardy hit Kazarian with the Twist of Fate, Bobby Roode and Christopher Daniels helped their buddy with some interference and an appletini, giving Kaz the win.
Knockouts Hardcore Match: ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Knockouts Champion Mickie James: ODB’s work with the kendo stick made this match interesting. Her use of a bra to biel and hang her opponents wasn’t bad either. Kim got even later when she applied the Figure-Four on ODB through the ring post, but ODB ultimately won with a TKO on a chair.
20-Point Bound for Glory Series Table Match: Mr. Anderson vs. Magnus vs. Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode: Away from Samoa Joe’s “bell” work on Roode, this match was nothing special until the end. After a slew of finishers/signatures from Joe, Magnus and Anderson, Kazarian and Daniels got involved (another appletini) and allowed Roode to Powerbomb Magnus through a table for the win.
Steel Cage: Bully Ray vs. TNA World Heavyweight Champion Chris Sabin: Ray was at his heel best early on, talking a slew of smack. Bully Ray continued to work on Sabin for the majority of the match. Sabin naturally fought back and was able to hit a huge DDT to even things out. After an amazing Death Valley Driver from Sabin, it looked as if he was about to retain, but Ray too had some fight left in him. After Ray inadvertently knocked out the referee, Sabin lost an opportunity to win. Soon enough, Anderson was ringside and wouldn’t allow Sabin to exit the cage and win, but Ortiz and Rampage Jackson stopped him from inflicting any other damage on Sabin. Ironically, Ortiz then hit Jackson with a hammer. Ray then hit the Bullybomb for the win to reclaim his title.