TNA’s biggest show of the year, Bound For Glory, was a mix of good and bad. The show’s biggest matches delivered on a show that featured a weak undercard. Still, the biggest TNA news in quite was finally revealed as “they” were revealed in shocking fashion during the show’s main event that saw a new heavyweight champion crowned.
Emanating from Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., Bound For Glory saw the shocking revelation of “they,” the group Abyss has been promising he’d reveal on 10/10/10 for the longest time.
In the main event, it was the long-awaited culmination of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship tournament as Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy met to determine who would win the vacant championship.
The match got rolling quickly as Angle hits a double German suplex and the crowd goes crazy. Hardy sends Angle over the top and crashing to the floor. Angle crawls up and drags Anderson out. They brawl when Hardy comes flying over the top onto both of them. All three men in the ring. Tower of Doom spot. Anderson tries to pin both Angle and Hardy but gets two on both two. Angle gets going with consecutive Germans on Hardy. He pulls the straps down and locks in the ankle lock. Anderson tries to make the save but Angle takes him and locks both men in the ankle lock at the same time. Wow. But Hardy and Anderson work together to flip Angle over to break the hold.
Angle goes to the top but Anderson cuts him off. Anderson grabs Angle and hits the plunge. Anderson goes for the pin but Hardy hits the Swanton Bomb onto both of them. Hardy then covers both men but both kick out at two. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Angle pushes him into Anderson and hits him with the Angle Slam on the rebound for two. Anderson goes to the top but this time it’s Angle who cuts him off. Angle loads him up and hits a side suplex off the top. Hardy tries to steal the pin but Anderson kicks out. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate on Anderson and follows it up with the Swanton but Angle makes the save and puts Hardy in the ankle lock. Hardy rolls Angle right into Anderson and he hits the Mic Check for 2 9/10. That was incredibly close.
Anderson and Hardy exchange rolls up and then hit a double clothesline. Angle hits a moonsault on Hardy for two. Hardy rolls out. Angle and Anderson exchange reversals. Angle comes charging out of the corner for a clothesline but Anderson ducks and Angle drills Brian Hebner. Anderson hits the Mic Check but there’s no ref.
Jeff Jarrett shows off that TNA fans can’t spell.
Eric Bischoff comes down the ramp with a steel chair. He starts wielding it when Hulk Hogan’s music hits. Bischoff can’t believe it. It plays and then Hogan crutches his way down the ramp with Atlas Security. He gets in Bischoff’s face. Bischoff takes one of Hogan’s crutches. Hardy then rolls back into the ring and gets between them. Hogan gives his crutch to Hardy. Angle is stirring. Hardy turns around and absolutely drills Angle in the back with it. Bischoff tells Hardy “that was awesome!” Hogan and Bischoff embrace and Hogan points to Hardy. Hardy then hits Anderson with the other one and gives him the Twist of Fate. Bischoff drags the referee over to count it. That’s it.
Winner via pinfall and NEW TNA World Heavyweight Champion: Jeff Hardy
Match Rating: 8/10
Jeff Jarrett and Abyss come to the ring. Abyss hugs Hogan and Bischoff. Hugs all around. Now here comes Rob Van Dam. He confronts Hardy but gets laid out with the title belt. They go to put Hardy on their shoulders as the show goes off the air.
The next TNA pay-per-view is Turning Point on Nov. 7
Following a video package, Mike Tenay and Taz welcome us to tonight’s show, an eight-match affair from Daytona Beach, Fla.
Match #1 – TNA World Tag Team Championship – (c) Motor City Machine Guns vs. Generation Me
Guns out to a hot start as they isolate Max Buck. Alex Shelley goes off the ropes but he is tripped up by Jeremy Buck. Generation Me’s life doesn’t last long as the Machine Guns hit a double suicide dive. Shelley with a flying crossbody for two. But the Bucks get the referee distracted and put Shelley on the top turnbuckle and hit the draping DDT.
That turns the tide of the match as the Bucks isolate Shelley. They hit a combination neckbreaker/backbreaker. Jeremy loads Shelley up on the top turnbuckle but Shelley punches out and sends Jeremy to the mat. Max tries to hang onto Shelley but he breaks free and hits a double stomp. He finally brings in Chris Sabin. Max in for Generation Me and the Guns go wild. Max goes for a tag but Jeremy isn’t there. Sabin slaps him and the Guns hit a double team move but Jeremy breaks up the pin. Jeremy goes to springboard but Sabin dropkicks him out. Shelley misses a slingshot dive and the Bucks take over. They go for the draping DDT on Sabin but Shelley stops it and drops Jeremy with a German suplex.
Guns try another double team move but it’s broken up. Max hits a blockbuster while Jeremy takes out Shelley. Jeremy comes flying in with a 450 off the ropes on Sabin but Shelley makes the save. A ton of action going on here. Jeremy is hit with a release German off the top rope and this leaves Max all alone and the Guns finish him off with Skull and Bones and that’s it.
Winners via pinfall and STILL TNA World Tag Team Champions: Motor City Machine Guns
Match Rating: 7/10
Match #2 – Four Corners Match for the TNA Knockouts Championship – (c) Angelina Love (Toronto, Ontario) vs. Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne (Columbus, Ohio) vs. Tara (State of California)
All four women end up in the ring. Tara loads Love up on her shoulders and hits a side slam. It’s all breaking loose now. Both Sky and Rayne get facebusted. Love hits Tara with the Botox Injection, but Rayne hits a Facebuster on her. Everything breaks down. Love is dispatched to the outside. Sky hits a floating DDT on Rayne and she rolls to the apron. Sky goes for a rebound roll-up on Tara and pushes Tara into Rayne, knocking her off the apron onto Love. They do a series of reversed roll-ups that end with Tara pinning Sky with an absolutely awful roll-up, all while allegedly holding the tights.
Winner via pinfall and NEW TNA Knockouts Champion: Tara
Match Rating: 2/10
After the match, Rayne gets in Tara’s face. She pushes Mickie James away and James drops her with a right.
Match #3 – Jesse Neal (Orlando, Fla.) & Shannon Moore (Whispering Pines, NC) vs. Orlando Jordan (Miami, Fla.) & Eric Young (Canada)
The match starts out with Young telling the referee that he is the ref and putting the real ref on the apron. Young then counts a cover by Jordan before the referee figures out what’s going on.
Match is all “comedy” in the early-going. Young high-fives everybody, including Jordan for the tag. He then whips Jordan into the ring. Jordan, though, gains control in the ring. He tries to get Young to come in for a double team but he points to his TNA Rule Book and doesn’t. Jordan hooks the ropes on a sunset flip but Young comes in and kicks Jordan’s hand off the rope which allows Moore to reverse it. Jordan hits Neal off the apron. Jordan again calls for a double team but Young comes in, goes to Ink Inc’s corner and fires up the crowd. Moore tags Young and he comes in a house of fire on his own partner. As Young celebrates, Ink Inc. finish off Jordan. Completely a comedy match.
Winners via pinfall: Ink Inc.
Match Rating: NR
Match #4 – TNA X Division Championship – (c) Jay Lethal (Elizabeth, NJ) vs. Douglas Williams (The United Kingdom)
Lethal hits the Lethal Combination but it sends him to the floor. Lethal comes in with a slingshot crossbody. In the ring, Williams gains control. He drills Lethal with an inside-out clothesline and goes back to work with some mat work. Lethal, though, gets going with a flying forearm, a clothesline and two dropkicks. Williams, though, hits a big German suplex. Snap suplex for two. Lethal fights off a gut-wrench but Williams hits an exploder suplex for two. Williams hits the rolling Chaos Theory suplex but only gets two. The crowd chants “that was three!” Williams argues with referee Earl Hebner about the count. He slaps Lethal down into the corner. He sets Lethal on the top turnbuckle and hits a ‘rana but Lethal rolls it through and pins him.
Winner via pinfall and STILL TNA X Division Champion: Jay Lethal
Match Rating: 7/10
Robbie E. from the Shore sends Jay Lethal across the ring.
Lethal goes to celebrate in the crowd and he is ambushed by Robbie E. from the Shore. He demolishes Lethal and takes him back to the ring and hits a cutter and lays him out. He and Cookie get mics and Robbie says Lethal is a disgrace to New Jersey. He says he’s going to take the title.
Match #5 – Monster’s Ball – Abyss (Parts Unknown) vs. Rob Van Dam (Battle Creek, Mich.)
Hot start to the match. RVD hits a Van Daminator on Abyss but Abyss gains control. He goes to body slam RVD into a barb wire board but RVD reverses out and drills Abyss into it with a bulldog. He plays to the crowd and goes to hit Rolling Thunder on the prone Abyss but the Monster moves and RVD goes into the barb wire.
RVD is out on the outside and Abyss bridges a table between the apron and the guardrail on the other side. Abyss goes and hits RVD with a trash can. On this side, he bridges the barb wire board between the apron and the rail. Abyss on the apron and RVD punches him. They each go for suplexes. Abyss lifts RVD up but he lands on the apron. He gets out of the choke slam position and knocks Abyss onto the table. RVD goes inside and hits an over-the-top Rolling Thunder. Back in the ring, Abyss swings and misses with a chair and RVD knocks the chair into Abyss’s face with a spin kick. RVD sets Abyss up for the Van Terminator, but Abyss gets up, throws the chair from halfway across the ring into RVD’s head and RVD goes crashing through the barb wire board.
Abyss mocks the crowd and brings RVD into the ring. He sets the other barb wire board up in the corner and goes to throw RVD into it but RVD slips out and throws Abyss into it. RVD then stomps it in his face and sets the board up and hits the Van Terminator. Van Dam goes for the Five-Star Frog Splash but Abyss moves and rolls out of the ring. He does not look happy. He then grabs Janice from the table. He swings and misses and RVD throws a chair at him. RVD looks like he’s going to the top but he instead picks up Janice. He drills Abyss right in the stomach with it. Abyss starts bleeding from the mouth as RVD goes up and hits the Five-Star for the win.
Winner via pinfall: Rob Van Dam
Match Rating: 6/10
Abyss rolls over to the ropes and says into the camera, “10/10/10. Get ready because here we come.”
Match #6 – Handicap Match – Sting (Venice Beach, Calif.), Kevin Nash (Detroit, Mich.) & The Pope (Harlem, NY) vs. Jeff Jarrett (Hendersonville, Tenn.) & Samoa Joe (Isle of Samoa)
Joe and Pope start things out. Joe gets going with some strikes in the corner but Pope gets going with some of his own. Sting in and he goes after Jarrett on the apron. Sting hits a Stinger Splash on Joe. He goes for another but Joe catches him with a uranage as he comes in. Sting rolls to the floor and Joe pursues and they brawl. Joe whips him into the rail and Nash makes the save. Sting brings him back in the ring and brings in Nash. Nash works Joe over with elbows in the corner. That was a quick 30 seconds for Nash and he brings in Pope. Pope hits the corner elbow and brings in Sting. They go for a double team but Joe clotheslines them. Nash comes in before Joe can get the tag. He works on Joe but Joe hits him with a boot.
Joe crawls over and goes to tag Jarrett but Jarrett jumps off the apron and walks to the back. Joe turns around and is staring all three in the face. He goes after Nash but they beat him down. He stands again and throws a few punches before the numbers game catches up. Sting tags in Nash. He pulls down the straps and drills Joe with the Jackknife and that’s it.
Winners via pinfall: Kevin Nash, Sting & The Pope
Match Rating: 6/10
Team 3D is out with their big announcement. Brother Ray says that because of the support of the fans they have become the 23-time tag team champions. He runs off the list of promotions they’ve won titles in. He says TNA respects tag team wrestling and has the best division in the world. He says there comes a point in everyone’s career where they have to ask what is there left to do? He pauses. He says as of this very minute, Team 3D is officially retired. However, they have one last request. He says if they are going, they want to have one more match. And they want that against the best tag team in the world. And if you’re the TNA tag team champions, you’re the best in the world. He asks the Motor City Machine Guns for one more match. He says if the Guns beat them, they get the rep of retiring the best tag team ever. If they beat the Guns, they retire as the 24-time champions.
Matt Morgan and James Storm watch AJ Styles hurt Tommy Dreamer in the Lethal Lockdown Match.
Match #7 – Lethal Lockdown – Fortune (AJ Styles, Kazarian, Matt Morgan, Robert Roode & James Storm) vs. EV2 (Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, Rhino, Raven & Stevie Richards)
Ric Flair and Mick Foley start going at it as Fortune makes their way to the ring. Everyone is at ringside instead of being in the back. Kazarian and Stevie Richards start off. Of course, Fortune holds the man advantage. Kazarian in control of the match. He hits a springboard leg drop. All members of Fortune wearing blue tonight. Kazarian goes to the top for a guillotine leg drop but Richards moves. Richards chops Kazarian and struts and Flair goes nuts. Snap suplex for Richards. Kazarian trapped in a leg scissors when the time runs out and Fortune sends AJ Styles in.
Styles quickly gets the best of Richards. Styles locks in the Figure Four Leg Lock as Kazarian holds Richards’ arms. Timer runs out and Tommy Dreamer comes in for EV2. Dreamer comes in and gets going. Elbow drop from the middle rope for Dreamer and then he slams Richards onto Styles. A big corner suplex spot takes all four men out and the clock hits zero again and Fortune sends in Robert Roode.
He immediately sends Dreamer into the cage and he’s split open. Styles grates his head on the steel. Things are getting serious as Roode spits at Raven on the outside. Raven spits back, so they put the boots to Dreamer even more. Sabu is next in for EV2.
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Sabu puts Styles in a modified camel clutch. Not much advantage for either team during this segment so things are even when James Storm comes flying in. Fortune just working so well in combination right now. Double team moves everywhere. Suplexes, backcrackers, everything. Out of nowhere, Richards drops Roode with a Stevie Kick but immediately turns around into a Last Call Superkick from Storm. Time for Raven to enter the match. Styles is waiting for him but Raven puts a shoulder into him. He comes in and hits a bulldog on Roode while clotheslining Styles. Now Roode and Sabu are busted open. Matt Morgan enters and represents Fortune’s final member.
Morgan immediately drills Sabu into the cage from the power bomb position. Morgan hits rapid fire elbows on Dreamer and nails Richards with a big boot. Richards bleeding now. Morgan headbutting Sabu. Raven bleeding, too. Rhino in now and everyone is in.
Roode eats a spinebuster. Morgan gets a belly-to-belly and Storm takes a great Gore. The roof starts to come down as Flair and Foley start going at it on the outside. The roof is down. Weapons galore now in the match. Now EV2 is starting to get going. Morgan (kendo stick) and Raven (trash can lid) start going back and forth with shots. Morgan misses a Carbon Footprint and hits the cage door. Then Kazarian is thrown through the cage door. Now people are starting to leave the cage. Kazarian starts to climb the cage. Richards follows.
Kazarian threatens to throw Richards off but he thwarts that. All hell is breaking loose. Storm hits Raven with a beer bottle shot. Sabu dives through the cage door onto Morgan. Kazarian is bleeding. Richards gets hit with a low blow and Kazarian sets him up on the table on top of the cage and starts climbing the ladder on top of the cage when Brian Kendrick comes out from under a curtain on top of the cage and stops Kazarian. Kendrick puts Kazarian through the table with a back-body drop.
In the ring, Dreamer hits Styles in the knee with a chair and crotches him. He grabs him and hits the Dreamer Driver onto the chair and that’s it.
Winners via pinfall: EV2
Match Rating: 7/10
Match #8 – TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Jeff Hardy (Cameron, NC) vs. Mr. Anderson (Green Bay, Wisc.) vs. Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Match Rating: 8/10
Overall Rating: 7/10