It’s that time of the year again.
TNA’s Bound For Glory Series is ending and a new number one contender to Austin Aries‘ TNA World Heavyweight Championship will be decided tonight. Not only that, but a battle for supremacy in TNA will be fought tonight with Austin Aries taking on the man who nearly broke his arm two weeks ago on Impact Wrestling.
Along with that, three other titles will be defended with Miss Tessmacher taking on her best friend Tara, Zema Ion taking on Sonjay Dutt and the tag team of Daniels and Kazarian taking on two of the best wrestlers in the world in Kurt Angle and AJ Styles.
This match goes back to exactly two months ago at Destination X. It was Sonjay Dutt, Zema Ion, Mason Andrews and Kenny King in an Ultimate X match to crown a new X-Division Champion.
During the match, Sonjay separated his shoulder after a breathtaking standing shooting star press and had to be taken to the backstage area for medical attention. However, Sonjay, determined to become the X Division Champion, popped his own shoulder back into place and returned to the match. “The Original Playa from the Himalaya” and Ion would scale the Ultimate X structure, where the crafty Ion would whip out his signature bottle of hairspray and blind Dutt. Ion would go on to become the X Division Champion.
Now, Dutt looks to win his first ever X Division Championship while Ion attempts to prove that “jackasses don’t run with racehorses.”
Former TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions, these two best friends will now face off for Miss Tessmacher’s TNA Knockouts Champion. After defeating Miss Tessmacher at Open Fight Night, the executive in charge of the Knockouts division Brooke Hogan granted Tara a title match at No Surrender.
Two days ago, Tessmacher took to Twitter, commenting on her match against her mentor:
Will Tessmacher be able to beat Tara, or will Tara repeat her success from two weeks ago?
Ever since entering the Bound For Glory series, many have considered Magnus one of the breakout stars of 2012. On the other hand, Van Dam has so far been one of the breakout stars of the 21st century, winning various championships and being one of the most popular wrestlers in the 2000s.
However, Magnus doesn’t feel that way, indicating that Van Dam might not have what it takes anymore and that he can’t reach the bar that he set years ago after he was exempt from the top four in the Bound For Glory series. Having heard enough of “The Modern Day Gladiator,” Van Dam decked Magnus with a punch, initiating a backstage brawl.
Tomorrow night, we will see if RVD can still reach the bar that he set or if Magnus will begin a reign of dominance over Impact Wrestling.
In a rematch from their classic at Slammiversary three months ago, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian will defend their TNA World Tag Team Championships (of the World) against the tandem of Kurt Angle and AJ Styles.
At Slammiversary, Kurt Angle and AJ Styles were able to pull out the victory, but didn’t have a long reign as they were defeated by Kazarian and Daniels eighteen days later after Kazarian feigned turning on his long time friend, Daniels.
During the time between their last match and this match, Daniels and Kazarian have dedicated their time to making AJ Styles’ life a living hell, claiming that AJ Styles was the father of Claire Lynch’s baby. Although with help from Claire’s attorney, Styles would prove this to be false, he still wanted revenge and is about to get it when he teams up with Kurt Angle to try to recapture the TNA Tag Team Championships.
Since it was instituted on the June 16, 2011 edition of Impact Wrestling, the Bound For Glory Series has been one of the most popular concepts that TNA has produced in a long time. Basically, twelve wrestlers compete in the BFG Series. These twelve wrestlers will face each other in matches, gaining 10 points if you won by submission, 7 points if you won by pinfall, 5 by countout, 3 by disqualification and 2 if the match is a draw. However, if you lost a match by disqualification, 10 points would be discounted from you.
This year, the twelve men in the Bound For Glory Series have each competed in thirteen bouts (sans Mr. Anderson and D’Angelo Dinero), with the top four being James Storm with 73 points, Samoa Joe with 68 points, Bully Ray with 62 points and Jeff Hardy with 59 points.
This Thursday on Impact Wrestling, it was revealed that James Storm, having the most points in the series, would get to pick his opponent for No Surrender with the two men that he didn’t choose competing in a separate match up. Storm would choose Bully Ray, the man that he lost to at last year’s No Surrender, as his opponent, leaving Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy to compete against each other.
One can argue that Ray has the advantage heading into his match with James Storm, having defeated James Storm on Impact Wrestling and eliminating him from last year’s BFG Series. However, Storm is in the best physical condition of his life and looks ready for the bully.
On the other hand, Jeff Hardy recently made Samoa Joe submit. Although Joe has the upper hand when it comes to submissions, even being dubbed “The Samoan Submission Machine” by many people, his bad arm at the hands of Magnus might come into play during this match.
Whatever happens, the victors of the two matches contested earlier in the night will go on to face each other with the winner getting to face the TNA Heavyweight Champion of the World in Phoenix, Arizona at Bound For Glory.
From the day that arrived to TNA, the motorcycle gang known as Aces & 8s have been running rampant, attacking everyone in their sights. However, their identities have not been revealed yet. What we do know so far, though, is that there are prospects and a vice president in the gang. The higher power behind the gang’s attack is still a mystery.
Although they first set their sights on future TNA Hall of Famer Sting and Hulk Hogan, the pack that holds the dead man’s hand is now targeting TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries, going so far as to putting the champion’s hand on top of a barricade and harshly smashing it with a steel chair, causing Aries to wear a protective cast on his right arm.
The following week on Impact Wrestling, Aries and the TNA roster would look for retribution, but Aries would get jumped from behind with a flapjack by an unknown member of the Aces & 8s. Still looking for revenge, TNA security would track down a member of Aces & 8s inside the Impact Zone and take him to Aries.
Just as Aries was about to force the answers out of him, Hulk Hogan would get a call from the vice president of Aces & 8s, stating that they wanted the man identified as Mike from New York back. However, Aries and Hogan refused to give him back unless the man who attempted to break Aries’ arm would face him at No Surrender.
Later that night, the “Armbreaker” would not appear at first, forcing Aries to begin slapping Mike around. Just as Mike vowed to give Aries and TNA the information they needed, the Armbreaker would appear, pulling Mike out of the ring and then smashing him over the head with a ball-peen hammer. This brief distraction allowed Aries to perform a suicide dive on the Armbreaker and begin brawling with him as the show went off the air.
Now, with the Armbreaker agreeing to fight Aries in an unsanctioned match this Sunday, will the entity behind Aces & 8s finally be revealed or will Aces & 8s be able to change the whole atmosphere in TNA?
TNA No Surrender 2012 will emanate from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL at 8:00 p.m. ET. You can buy the pay-per-view at TNAondemand.com or from your local cable or satellite provider. You can follow Brett Chandler on Twitter @AmericanDolphin and W.E. @WrestleEnigma. You have now left The Chandler Zone.