Once TNA announced the inaugural Bound For Glory Series last year, the unpredictability of the concept is what made each match suspenseful and entertaining. With competitors such as AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Roode participating in the series, there were endless possibilities as to how would emerge victorious.
Another important factor that played into the unpredictability of the series was the fact that Kurt Angle was the reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion at the time, meaning that it was almost guaranteed he’d be holding the strap till Bound for Glory, but it was anyone’s game as to who he’d be defend his title against.
However, this year’s Bound For Glory Series is a bit different this time around. With Bobby Roode as the current reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion, as well as being the longest reigning title-holder in the company’s history, it’s almost obvious that Roode will be holding the strap come their biggest show of the year in October.
As I’ve stated in past articles, Roode is one the hottest heels in wrestling today, as seen by his amazing work performed this past Thursday night on Impact Wrestling during his segments with Chris Sabin and Austin Aries. The Canadian native should, of course, be the champion heading into this year’s Bound For Glory, but with that in mind, isn’t it almost a given who he’s going to be facing at the event?
If you can recall, James Storm was the one who Bobby Roode defeated to win the TNA title in the first place in November. Since then, Storm has been determined to recapture the title he believes he should have never lost and seeking revenge against Roode in the process.
Keeping Roode as champ going into Bound For Glory is certainly a smart move, as is the fact building Storm up as a credible face challenger over the next few months. Since Storm is competing in the BFG tournament, most viewers are speculating that the Cowboy will be the inevitable winner of the series and go on to challenge his former Beer Money mate for the prestigious title in the main event of Bound of Glory.
That being said, does the inevitable outcome take the suspense and “fun” out of the Bound For Glory Series? Absolutely not.
Sure, Storm’s initial battle royal victory a few weeks back on Impact foreshadowed the eventual outcome of the series, but that doesn’t at all take away from the tremendous matches we’ve witnessed thus far. Since the start of the series, we’ve been treated to amazing contests featuring the likes of James Storm, Jeff Hardy, Rob Van Dam, Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, and many others.
TNA’s signature slogan “Wrestling Matters” has never meant more to the organization than it has over the last few weeks. With another two months left in the series, I, for one, am extremely excited to see what else these athletes can produce going forward.
If last night’s Hardy/Storm match-up was any indication, Storm won’t be winning every contest he competes in, which helps him look somewhat vulnerabile going into his TNA title match as well.
Although it might be a bit predictable that we’ll be seeing Storm as the last man standing come the conclusion of the series, it’s leading to some of the best booking TNA has produced in years. The money in the final Roode/Storm confrontation is undeniable, and having the Cowboy earn a shot at the World Championship by going through eleven other men as part of a tournament will certainly solidify his credibility as a main event star.
Does the predictability of the tournament hurt its enjoyment for you as a viewer? Or is it making the entire series even more entertaining?
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