TNA Bound For Glory 2012 Predictions – October 14, 2012 – Predictions from Smartasses Magazine Senior Editor- Johnny Video.
TNA Bound For Glory 2012 Predictions | Pay Per View Predictions – SA Magazine
As TNA’s “Super Bowl“, Bound For Glory approaches, we not only look forward, but look back over the last twelve months. TNA has all but destroyed their Tag Team Division, the Knockouts Division is nearly non-existent, and we do not have Roode vs Storm for the belt like everyone wanted. Still, all things considered, this appears to be a Pay Per View worth buying, and if the last two BFG’s were any indication, we should at least leave the night with lots of new and exciting unanswered questions to set a new course for the ensuing three-hundred-plus days.
TNA Knockouts Championship
Miss Tessmacher (c) vs. Tara
It really is a sad state of affairs when considering the Knockouts Division. What was once a division that was almost worthy of it’s own Thursday night show, has now become a mirror image of what the WWE is doing. There are no storylines, there is the belt, and that’s it… and it happens to be being held by arguably the worst athlete on the roster. There was a point where she was wrestling some great matches, and though Miss Tessmacher was also the definitive fan favorite at the time when she beat Gail Kim (I.E. Mount Olympus’ quintessential Goddess of Wrestling), her skills have gone dramatically downhill since then, and the fans are clearly bored to tears with her as the champ. If there is any silver lining at all to the Knockouts Division, it was seeing TNA go to an old-school well that they don’t dip into very often, when they decided to turn Tara heel in the middle of “congratulating” Tessmacher on her No Surrender victory on the next episode of iMPACT. Hopefully, TNA senses the same things that the rest of us do, and not only adds a Women’s Tag Team Title match to the card, but also puts the belt back on Tara. If that happens, don’t be surprised to see a returning Velvet Sky standing at the top of the ramp when the match is over.
X Division Championship
Zema Ion (c) vs. Rob Van Dam
This is a match? What’s next, LeBron James going one on one against that kid up the street who made the All County Team once? But seriously, as most of you know, I’ve been calling for TNA to dump RVD for some time now. But you know what? Just like Samoa Joe immediately gave a new validity to the Television Title belt (Devon did very little for that title in spite of a valiant effort, which was probably why they almost quietly scrapped the belt when Devon left the building), I can honestly say that perhaps that same logic can be applied here. As TNA tries to move forward, having some of these “Legends” around (and I use that term loosely) does put more eyes on TNA simply because casual viewers can latch on to household names. Also, let’s face facts, even though I am all about getting the younger stars over and burying most of these old WWE guys, Zema Ion is arguably one of the worst wrestlers on the roster who does nothing to make the X-Division Title nor TNA any better.
So just like Joe and the TV Title justify one another, perhaps the X-Division belt can justify RVD, and also settle around the waist of someone who can at least hit their spots. Yes, I know the world believes Zema’s going to retain until Jesse Sorenson returns to get his revenge, but as I’ve said before, it’s not like Sorenson’s return is imminent or even definite, and assuming he does come back one day, TNA has never had an issue with rekindling a story line at the very last minute and expecting us to become emotionally involved. So my bet is that TNA realizes that Ion was a worthwhile, yet failed experiment, and cuts their losses here by giving us a nice feel-good-moment to kick off the night.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Al Snow vs. Joey Ryan
Let’s face facts. The only reason we’re even talking about Joey Ryan is because of Ric Flair. Joey Ryan does not deserve a TNA contract, which is exactly why the judges of Al Snow, Bruce Pritchard and Tazz told him “no” during his May 31 Gut Check decision. The problem was, Alex Silva, the previous Gut Check contestant, didn’t deserve a contract either, but thanks to Ric Flair (whom Tazz replaced as a judge) blowing the call a month earlier and granting Silva a contract anyway, well, the “no” for Ryan didn’t make much sense seeing as how he was heads and tails better than Silva. Whether or not TNA was just trying to set the ship right and raise their standards with the new judges-panel didn’t really matter at that point, the fans just figured that if the anemic Silva got himself a contract, then Joey Ryan definitely deserved one too. So… TNA decided to make lemonade out of the lemons, hence this elongated “I, Joey Ryan, deserve a contract!” storyline.
So here we are. If Ryan wins, he gets his contract. If Snow wins, he doesn’t. Problem is, Al Snow can’t lose cleanly, otherwise he loses all credibility as a mentor and a judge. Conversely, Joey Ryan can’t really lose either or else all of this hoopla seems like a pretty big waste of time, not to mention that fans would be denied all of the ensuing hijinks that would accompany Joey Ryan winning this bout. So, look for Joey Ryan to bring some kind of gimmicky “Seventies” item to the ring (blow dryer, cheap cologne bottle, ten pounds of gold chains, etc) not unlike Zema Ion’s can of hairspray, and use it as a weapon when the ref isn’t looking so that he can score the cheap win.
Winner: Joey Ryan
Tag Team Title Match
Daniels & Kazarian (c) vs. A.J. Styles & Kurt Angle vs Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez
I’m sorry, but I just can’t find a lick of logic in the notion of keeping AJ Styles & Kurt Angle together as a tag team, especially since it seems likely that Styles is going to go crazy and do a heel turn (Thank God, because he is *so* much better as a heel) and there’s a 50% chance that Kurt Angle is going to be one of management’s go-to-guys after Aces & Eights is allowed to run rampant in the iMPACT Zone. So, flip a three-sided coin, because one of three things could happen here. One: Chavo & Hernandez win by pinning Styles & Angle, and Kaz & Daniels throw a fit wanting their rematch seeing as how they were not the ones who were pinned. Two: AJ Styles inadvertently screws Chavo & Hernandez somehow which causes a new feud between them, causes AJ to ‘snap’ and turn heel, and allows for Kaz & Daniels to sneak out a win. Three: Kaz & Daniels win clean or dirty on their own, brag about how “nobody” can beat them, and we see a new tag-team emerge from the shadows, a reuniting of Matt Morgan & Abyss perhaps, spelling impending doom for the Appletini-Duo… and helping to rebuild the division in the process. Though, I must admit… I think TNA has other plans for Morgan & Abyss.
Winner: Kazarian & Daniels
Television Title Match
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Magnus
Although there’s probably a 30% chance that they could let Magnus win for no other reasons than ‘shock-value’ and the fact that they job him out way too much, yet continue to push him as a top talent, the fact of the matter is, up until the BFG Series began, the same could have been said about Samoa Joe. I think TNA would be crazy to derail that train, now that Joe is back near the top of the heap where he belongs.
Winner: Samoa Joe
Falls Count Anywhere Street Fight – King Mo as the Special Guest Referee
James Storm vs. Bobby Roode
Ugh. Where to begin? Every one on this planet, as well as any other habitable planets who happen to watch TNA knows that this was originally intended to be the main event, that Bobby Roode should still be the champion, that the title should be on the line, and that this should *still* be the main event. Honestly, I would be remiss in saying that this feud lost three fourths of it’s steam when Roode dropped the title to Austin Aries at Destination X, and lost even more of it when he lost the rematch at Hardcore Justice. With Storm, in essence, being the real winner of the Bound For Glory Series, basically, an entire year’s worth of TNA booking aimed towards James Storm avenging Bobby Roode hitting him with the beer bottle and headlining the biggest show of the year… has turned into an afterthought. And for what? To appease the 13-15 year old female demographic who like to scream for Jeff Hardy, and to get one tiny little feel-good moment out of Aries forfeiting the X-Division Title for bigger and better?
I’m sorry, but the ends do not justify the means. Then again, TNA has a staunch history of never knowing what to do with it, whenever they do accidentally catch lightning in a bottle. The question is, “So now what?” Let Bobby Roode win so that he can justifiably be back in the title hunt once Austin Aries loses (because he’s not allowed to have a title shot while Aries is the champ)? What happens to Storm then? Or maybe TNA lets Storm win, and drops Roode’s credibility as the “It Factor” down another notch in the process? Maybe Roode loses and blames it on King Mo, while Storm goes back into the title hunt? Maybe Roode wins on another screwjob to keep the feud going even longer, and set up some kind of Bobby Roode vs King Mo match for next month? You tell me. Seems to me it would have just been better to keep the belt on Bobby Roode all along, and let Storm finally win it after a 367 day chase. But I digress. Personally, I’m going to go with my last guess. Believe it or not, I think TNA still wants to build to these two battling for the belt at some point, and the only way to do that is to have Storm get screwed again, and why not use King Mo to help stretch it out a bit?
Winner: Bobby Roode
Aces and Eights vs. Bully Ray & Sting
“Never trust a Bully”. As much as I wanted Bully Ray & Sting to team up for the greater good and win or lose cleanly, and even though other experts are touting this outcome as “too obvious”, the thing that gives this away for me is the recent shoot-interview Hulk Hogan did. In the interview, Hogan quotes Bully Ray for saying that he wanted to become the “best heel in the business” and gives him deserved props for doing so. Seems to me, that Bully Ray can’t be that heel if he’s a babyface. With that said, frankly, I don’t feel that this outcome really is *that* obvious. TNA has really done a good job of making us forget about Abyss, as well as making us really believe that Bully Ray inherently wants to do the right thing. However, the other factors that tell me that this is what will indeed happen, is to first consider the “feud” involving Ray, Joseph Parks and Abyss over the Summer. I’m pretty sure Abyss came out in the middle of Joseph Parks’ fight with Bully Ray and warned Parks to stop searching for him because he may not like what he found. Also, in mid August, TNA did drop a few hints that made it look like Bully Ray just might be the one who was letting Aces & Eights into the building (while Ray was pointing the finger at James Storm).
In a nutshell, I’ve been saying that Bully Ray and Abyss were in cahoots with Aces & Eights all along. Either way, I have it on very good authority that Abyss is indeed making a “surprise visit” during Bound For Glory which just adds even more credence to my prediction, plus, there is just the common sense factor- what “fun” would it be for the viewer if the Aces & Eights angle just ended so cleanly and disappeared? By the way, don’t be surprised if Matt Morgan is revealed as an Ace or an Eight too.
Winner: Aces & Eights
World Heavyweight Championship
Austin Aries (c) vs. Jeff Hardy
Unfortunately, contract negotiations may be the reason that TNA pushed the Storm vs Roode angle down in the first place. I know for a fact it’s why Jeff Hardy won the BFG series, so logic would indicate that the Storm-Roode feud had to follow suit by default. It’s sad to say, but that same Jeff Hardy contract will probably determine the winner here as well, seeing as how it is up in February, and for some unknown reason (the 13-15 year old female demographic again?) TNA doesn’t want him going back to WWE… even though Jeff Hardy seems to have zero interest in doing so.
All I know is that TNA really wanted to blow everyone’s mind by giving Hardy the belt and having him turn heel and create “Immortal” at BFG two years ago, so having him win this year as a babyface is maybe their way of getting back on track. Furthermore, I’m sorry, as great as he is, Austin Aries is just not main event material (not that Hardy really is either) and it’s time to take the strap off of him… if for no other reason than creating a path for putting it back on to Bobby Roode. Lastly, it’s been confirmed that Hardy is debuting new entrance music at the pay-per-view (which sucks, because his entrance is about the only thing I love about Jeff Hardy) and that typically signifies a major change.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
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