TNA presented their “biggest Pay Per View” last night, Bound For Glory. Some matches on the show were lacking and some matches delivered. The show’s main event though, with Kurt Angle the predicted winner fighting his “win or retire” self-imposed promise in a triple threat match against Mr.Anderson and Jeff Hardy for the vacant TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The match itself was action packed with several dynamic athleticism by everyone involved.
TNA authority figure Eric Bischoff hit the ring after the referee took a bump out of the ring, it was about to turn from great to horrible in a few minutes. Bischoff teased hitting one of the three wrestlers with a chair, only for a weakened Hulk Hogan to limp to the ring on crutches and scare him off. Bischoff teased hitting Hogan with one of his crutches, Hardy crawls into the ring, stood between Hogan and Bischoff.
Jeff Hardy, TNA’s biggest babyface hero turned heel by cracking the crutch over Angle and smacking a chair on Anderson. Hardy pinned Anderson and captured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Hogan and Bischoff embraced Hardy, followed by Abyss and Jeff Jarret who joined the celebration. This appears to be the “THEY” that Abyss has been teasing on IMPACT for months. And “THEY” put a bad taste in fan’s mouths right away.
This match which was being sold as the “Match of the Year” by Angle , ended with an unnecessary heel turn by Hardy and TNA trying to rehash the NWO. It reminds one of all the unneeded remakes and sequels that Hollywood is doing nowadays. The NWO when it shocked the world with Hogan’s heel turn at WCW’s Bash at the Beach in 1996, was all about the magic of the moment. That moment has long since passed us. TNA which wants to be a strong competitor to WWE, is failing miserably if they are using their best stars to tell stories that wrestling fans have seen before and we do not want to see again.
With Jeff Hardy, this is going to expose his weaknesses. Hardy is not a great talker, he’s passable on the mic simply because fans love the guy. If this former WWE World Champion is going to be front and center as the star of this new faction, he is not going to be able to carry the story with his mediocre verbal skills. Hardy’s brand as a superstar has nosedived in the last year with TNA because the company did not understand how to take his buzz from his big WWE run and build on it. Just when it seemed TNA understood what an outstanding talent they had in in Hardy, they mismanage him again with this heel turn. Hardy was one of the biggest draws on TNA’s growing house show tours, why did this need to happen now? Where was the demand for the Hardy heel turn?
If your looking for full results of the show fellow Examiner, Mark Satrang has the full Bound For Glory results in a link below.
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