On a year where critics are beginning to look at TNA a little bit different, TNA has had something interesting happen.....they've begun to grow and not just a little. Last year, attendance figures placed Bound for Glory at about 3,580 people. This year, they've already sold 3,500 and have had to release more seating to make room. And this means?
As I've been saying since the first post here, TNA is growing. I've been critical of some of TNA's decisions as of late, but not for lack of caring. I think the white tower in Nashville has some good things in store for the event. I'd go far enough to say that Bound for Glory this year, with the free t-shirt offer once again on the table, will go down as the most profitable on record. My advice to those within earshot of the Grand Canyon Arena is to pick up tickets with the VIP pack. With meet and greets, autograph sessions, and a gift pack as a part of the festivities, it will, most assuredly, be worth the investment.
I suppose now is about as good a time as any to run down the card.
Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Title
Sting and Bully Ray vs. 2 from Aces and Eights
Tara vs. Tessmacher for the Knockouts Title
Kurt Angle/AJ Styles vs. Hernandez/Chavo vs. Daniels/Kaz for the Tag Team Titles
Samoa Joe vs. Magnus for the TV Title
Joey Ryan vs. Al Snow for a spot on the TNA Roster
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm with King Mo as Enforcer
I'm betting on the return of Matt Morgan at the Bound for Glory event itself. Additionally, I believe we'll see Jeff Jarrett in some fashion to confront the first TNA Hall of Fame inductee. It has been rumored that Christian, who appeared at Slammiversary this year and had been rumored to have some role in the Bound for Glory festivities, is NOT going to be on hand, even though it was an option as a part of the WWE agreement as it related to Ric Flair. With Lex Luger inducting the Icon, I can see little place for a one time Christian role as it relates to TNA's forward movement. That, however, doesn't bar the possibility as there are still a few days to make decisions like that before the big day.
Another thing I would like to bring to the table is the Aces and Eights match. Without some kind of structure or order in place to bar the full faction from entering into the equation, we're looking at one of two things: A three man beatdown hand delivered to Sting OR the faction invading in full force creating a No Contest finish. Either way, the poster for Turning Point features a member of Aces and Eights, meaning a loss or no contest finish. Hence, releasing the poster was a bad idea until AFTER game time. It would make very little sense for the PPV to conclude with any other match than this one as the World Title situation doesn't set the tone for the Impact broadcast following BFG.
Moving in tune with that, it has been also rumored that if Eric Bischoff isn't a part of the revelation, his son Garett just might be. For the sake of TNA fans the world over, I hope he's been working his hindquarters off to get better as a ring performer, otherwise TNA is looking at some difficult times ahead as critics will tear into him like a pack of dogs on a limp rabbit. He'd been working with Devon before contract disputes vacated his title and while he may have improved from his first appearance, it is, in no way up to par with the rest of the roster at large. End rant.