Date: October 24, 2013
Location: Maverik Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Commentators: Mike Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
Bound For Glory has come and gone, boring the hundreds and hundreds of people who bought it and the dozens who actually attended. The main development is AJ Styles defeated Bully Ray to win the world title. Actually every title changed hands at the show, with the Bro Mans, Gail Kim and Chris Sabin all taking home gold. This is kind of the beginning of a new year for TNA so hopefully they can come up with something better than what we've been seeing lately. Let's get to it.
The opening video recaps the events of Bound For Glory, including all the title changes and Kurt Angle declining the induction into the Hall of Fame.
AJ vs. Ray II for the title tonight.
Here's a very happy Dixie Carter to open things up. There's a big set in the ring with AJ shirts and merchandise and a big WELCOME BACK AJ STYLES banner. Dixie gets Vickie Guerrero style heat as she says that she made a mistake recently and this is her apology. She always looks to the future and sucks up to Styles for a few minutes, talking about how he's a legend and her world champion. Dixie introduces AJ and here's the new champion.
Dixie keeps sucking up to AJ and talks about the slump he's been in for several months now. She's ready to pay though so it's all good. Tonight AJ gets a fancy private dressing room which is almost as nice as Dixie's. It comes complete with fillet mignon, caviar and champagne. Dixie shows off a watch for AJ which is apparently off of Craigslist. There's one thing left though: a black sports car which AJ can drive with his new long hair flowing in the wind.
AJ talks about all the stuff Dixie has but still won't join Team Dixie. First of all he's a truck guy so the car doesn't do much for him. He won't separate himself from the boys that built this company. This mess could have been settled months ago when Dixie bet against him and lost. Dixie offers to cancel the rematch tonight with she and AJ going on a trip on her private jet instead. This brings out Bully and Brooke to protest after a break.
Bully doesn't like the idea of the title match being canceled but AJ cuts him off. He definitely isn't taking that trip to Dixieland and doesn't think the whole rematch idea applies to wrestlers with no contract. However, he's here in Salt Lake City to defend the title so it's on. Bully calls AJ's title win lucky because there was no way AJ can beat him clean.
Ray says that he kicked out of the Spiral Tap but Earl Hebner didn't call it for some reason. Apparently God is a bully too and if he's a bully, he's Bully Ray. AJ says Aces and 8's, all three of them, won't be able to beat him tonight and he'll be celebrating in the crowd with his fans tonight. He says they'll know what his name is, so Ray drops him with one punch and beats on AJ with part of the set. Ray loads up a powerbomb through the table but here's the returning Anderson for the save. Anderson beats on Bully in the corner and sends him running away.
After another break Anderson is still in the ring and says he really missed all the fans. They didn't seem to miss him but he wants to know if Ray missed him as well. The fans don't quite think so but Anderson spins his head around to show how good his neck feels. Anderson talks about being gone for so long and how tired he's getting of everything, much like the agents in the back and the fans here tonight. It's really gotten that bad in the five weeks he's been gone?
The fans chant YES and here's Dixie with a bunch of security to arrest Anderson. Anderson: “You're into handcuffs?” He talks about getting arrested several times but thinks we should have some fun with it this time. Anderson punches two security guards (who are nice enough to sell for him) until voluntarily being taken away in the cuffs.
Video on the Knockouts Title match from BFG which saw Lei'D Tapa reveal an alliance with Gail Kim to win her the title.
Brooke/Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky/ODB
ODB pulls Brooke in to start and hits a quick Bronco Buster, sending Brooke out to the floor. She pulls ODB to the floor and stomps away a bit before sending ODB back in for more of the same from Gail. The champ quickly leaves and it's back to Brooke for more forearms and stomping. ODB shoves Brooke off the middle rope and it's hot tag to Velvet. She cleans a few rooms of the house with a flying headscissors and a running neckbreaker as everything breaks down. Everyone heads to the floor and it's Tapa sneaking in to kick Velvet in the face to give Gail the pin at 3:35.
Rating: D-. And most of that is because of how good Brooke looks in her new outfit. Tapa can't even do a big boot properly as she hit more of the shoulder instead of Velvet's head. Gail as Knockouts Champion is nothing new, which is the continued problem with the entire division: it needs some fresh faces. Tapa simply isn't going to work in that regard based on what we've seen so far.
The Bro Mans celebrate their tag title win by spraying their hair.
Ethan Carter III vs. Dewey Barnes
Dewey is another jobber, this time from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, home of Cody Deaner if I remember correctly. Carter takes him to the mat with ease and pounds away in the corner. Dewey comes back with a few shots to the face and a missile dropkick, only to be caught in the bulldog driver for the pin at 2:38. Same match he had at Bound For Glory.
Post match Ethan says he's a Carter so the world needs him.
We recap Magnus beating Sting on Sunday.
Magnus is with Sting in the back and says he didn't show Sting the right amount of respect. Sting is wondering if he passed the torch or lit a new fire under Magnus. They shake hands and everything seems cool.
We get a video from the Hall of Fame induction dinner, Angle declining the Hall of Fame induction and Angle vs. Roode.
Here's Angle with something to say. He talks about how great it was to hear people praise him at the dinner, but he couldn't accept the induction at BFG. One day though, he'll have proven himself worthy of the spot which he'll then accept. As for the match, it took a toll on his body and yes he knocked himself out on the last move, but here's Roode to interrupt before Kurt can go any further.
Roode talks about evening the score from two years ago when Angle beat him in the main event of Bound For Glory 2011. He's lived with that feeling of failure for two years but now it's Kurt's turn to feel the exact same thing. On Sunday, the It Factor beat the Olympic gold medalist. Angle says Roode is a bad man but he's not better than Kurt. Angle wants a rematch RIGHT NOW but Roode hands him a paper instead. Apparently Kurt has torn knee cartilage and isn't cleared to wrestle, but Kurt says he's cleared to fight. The brawl only lasts for a few seconds before security breaks it up.
Bully tells Bischoff and Knux to make sure Anderson doesn't make bail.
Dixie is on the phone in her office and says she needed something done yesterday.
It's time for the Bro Mans' celebration of being the new tag champions. They have punch, shrimp, confetti and a DJ. Robbie thinks this is a great party and declares Sunday the biggest night in Bro Man history. The fans think the new champions can't wrestle but here are Storm and Gunner before the party goes on too long. Storm says this is a party and starts drinking the champagne while gunner eats the protein bars.
The fight is about to start but here's Bad Influence to object. Kaz says they need to become three time tag team champions but Daniels wants to talk about the kind of beverages at this party. Beer is the drink of the lower class, champagne is for posers and the drink of a man is an appletini. Storm steals the drink and Gunner throws it in Daniels' face, triggering the brawl. Cue Part and Young to join the brawl, but Daniels makes the mistake of shattering a bottle over Park's head, drawing blood. Park chases off the bad guys and the good guys get to stand tall.
Angle vs. Roode next week. How TNA can be sure Angle can be cleared that fast isn't really clear but at least they've got the right idea.
TNA World Title: Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles
They have a ton of time here with nearly half an hour left in the show. AJ has heavily taped up ribs. Bully interrupts the big match intros so AJ punches him in the face to get things going. The champion scores with his drop down into the dropkick sequence and gets two off a kick to the head. Bully starts thinking and lifts Styles into the air to drop him ribs first down onto the mat as we take a break.
Back with Ray mocking Hogan and easily stopping an AJ comeback by going to the ribs. A big backdrop puts AJ down again but he comes back with some shots to the head. Ray sends him to the apron but Styles scores with the springboard forearm for two. AJ foolishly tries a fireman's carry and gets caught in a Samoan drop for two. Ray misses the middle rope backsplash but AJ misses the springboard 450 to hurt the ribs even worse.
AJ is loaded up onto the ropes but he shoves Ray back, right into the referee. Styles grabs the Calf Killer for the tap out but there's no referee. Ray hits a chain shot to the throat and the Bully Cutter is good for two. Ray gets the chain again but the referee is starting to get back into it. Cue Anderson to snap Ray's throat across the ropes, allowing AJ to get a crucifix for the pin at 13:28.
Rating: C+. I liked this better than Bound For Glory because it wasn't so insane and told a better story, but did anyone not know Anderson was coming back? It's good to give Ray a new feud and as long as it gets him away from the Aces and 8's schtick he'll be in much better shape. Not a great match here but it worked well enough.
Post match Anderson and Ray get pulled apart. Dixie pops up on screen with a contract for Styles, telling him not to go anywhere. After the break here's Carter with the contract and a speech ready of course. She offers AJ the contract and reminds AJ how sweet she is. The car is a signing bonus for Styles for date nights with his wife.
AJ says it's a great contract from a horrible human being who uses wrestlers like him to pad their bank account and buy themselves fancy cars. Styles rips up the contract and says it wasn't about the money but rather about the respect. Dixie is going to pay by having AJ take the title and leaving with it. He's taking the title with him to the people who deserve a champion. Oh and he's taking the car too. Styles walks to the back and heads to the car which is already running despite him having the key. He drives off to end the show.
Overall Rating: D+. TNA needed to hit a home run tonight to make up for Bound For Glory but instead we got a decent single. This more or less did nothing new as everything seems focused on Bound For Glory rematches in the coming weeks. That's a major problem when almost everything you had for BFG wasn't well received. This show was a lot of nothing with WAY too many recaps and nowhere near enough action. Where was the X-Division? You know, that thing that sucked up most of the midcard talent for the PPV? TNA needs something fresh and they need it in a hurry. This wasn't a horrible show, but it didn't help things.
Brooke/Gail Kim b. Velvet Sky/ODB – Kim pinned Sky after a big boot from Lei'D Tapa
Ethan Carter III b. Dewey Barnes – Bulldog driver
AJ Styles b. Bully Ray – Crucifix
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