TNA Bound foris the company’s biggest pay-per-view event of the year. This year, the main event saw AJ Styles battle for his chance to not only win the world title from Bully Ray, but also keep his job with TNA. Here is a look at the TNA Bound for Glory results and what they mean for the future of TNA Impact Wrestling.
The entire show opened with a free match on Spike TV between four tag teams in a gauntlet match to see which one would get a chance to wrestle for the world tag team titles. The four teams involved were Bad Influence, Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez, Eric Young and Joseph Park, and the Bro-Mans.
Bad Influence beat Chavo and Hernandez, Young and Park beat Bad Influence, and then after Bad Influence beat them down, the Bro-Mans pinned Eric Young.
The first match on the PPV was the Ultimate X match for the X-Division title, a match that was expected to be the biggest match on the card. Manik defended his title against Jeff Hardy, Austin Aries, Chris Sabin and Samoa Joe. The addition of Joe made me think he could win this, but Sabin got the win and won his X-Division title match.
The match wasn’t that long, only lasting 12 minutes, which is disappointing. However, Sabin is making a good heel and should be a nice heel champion in the X-Division.
After the match, Bad Influence came out and said they were cheated and deserve to be on the PPV. Eric Young came out and said that Bad Influence created a monster. They attacked him and Abyss returned, showing that Joseph Park might have been Abyss the entire time.
The Bro-Mans actually beat James Storm and Gunner to win the tag team titles. This is curious because, out of everyone who can carry this division, the Bro-Mans do not come to mind. They do have new bodyguard in Mr. Olympia Phil Heath.
Up next, Sting came out to give Kurt Angle his Hall of Fame watch, but Angle rejected the induction and said that he wants to wait until he has accomplished more before he enters the Hall of Fame.
The Knockouts title is up next in a three-way with ODB defending againstand Brooke. The match ended when Tapa came out and attacked ODB. She also laid out Brooke and Gail Kim picked up the pinfall victory and won the Knockouts title. This means that three of the four titles are held by villains, making the main event an interesting proposition.
Up next, Bobby Roode beat Kurt Angle in a fantastic 21 minute match. This is a smart move and will hopefully push Roode back into the main event scene.
Newcomer, Ethan Carter III (with a name based on Dixie Carter) beat Norv Fernum, a jobber, in his TNA debut.
Sting andwas up next. The match, which was supposed to make Magnus a star, only lasted about 11 minutes and Magnus made Sting tap out. When Sting wanted to shake hands after the match, Magnus only lightly shook it and walked off celebrating.
The main event for the TNA World Championship saw AJ Styles battle Bully Ray in a no disqualification match. Garret Bischoff is the first Aces & Eights member out to cause a distraction. Bully brought in the hammer early, but couldn’t use it. Knux comes out as well. Ray calls for his men to come out and help him and Dixie Carter comes out and tosses a chair in the ring. Styles slams into Bully and the chair, sending it into Bully’s face. Styles goes for the pin, but Dixie Carter stops the referee from the three count. Despite all this, AJ Styles counters a powerbomb with the Pele and then hits the Spiral Tap for the three count and AJ Styles is the new world champion.
This was a huge moment, as AJ Styles has been out of the world title picture for too long. With Dixie Carter wanting to play the evil boss, she can now send everyone at Styles to try to get the belt from him and that should be the story setting up in TNA Impact Wrestling following Bound for Glory.