Friday , 24 October 2014
Wrestling's Greatest Rivalries
Home » Editorials » TNA Impact Wrestling » TNA No Surrender: Why Bully Ray Is Bound For Glory

TNA No Surrender: Why Bully Ray Is Bound For Glory

Bully Ray has certainly had an illustrious career when it comes to championship gold. He was one half of the greatest tag team champions of all time with his on-screen half-brother Devon. The duo have won almost every well-known tag team title there is to offer in the industry compiling 23 championship reigns.

But that book has closed. Devon has left TNA and the two are finally separated from each other. Over the last year, Bully Ray has set out to not only prove Devon was the weak-link of their team but also that he can survive and thrive as a singles competitor. A new book has opened, as Ray would say, one that is entitled ‘Bully Ray: World Champion’. He has had some shots at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship during his new, fresh singles run. However, he has come up short until possibly now. At No Surrender, he will shine in a light like his career has never had before. He will be the spotlight and he will prove victorious. He will defeat James Storm and he will defeat the winner of Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy. He will go onto face Austin Aries at this year’s Bound For Glory in the mainevent of one of the biggest shows the company has ever had.

Why will accomplish all those goals? Positioning.

After months of speculation whether or not Ray would resign with TNA, he officially has and look where its gotten him. Before all the madness began, Ray was down in the dumps in the Bound For Glory Series. He was jobbing out and living up to his nickname ‘The JobZilla’. However, something seemed to change. Over the last month or so, Ray has been an almost unbeatable force. He has defeated the likes of James Storm, Rob Van Dam, Samoa Joe, and Jeff Hardy clean. That’s right, he has beaten them cleanly. If that doesn’t show that management is behind him and was buttering him up to resign, then I don’t know what will.

In TNA video packages, he along with his opponents put him over as the legit toughest man on the roster. He is being built like an intimidating force which his look absolutely fits. He also has a great story going into No Surrender and Bound For Glory. The world heavyweight championship, no matter what company he has wrestled for, has always alluded Bully Ray. He blames Devon for tying him down and forcing Ray to carry the team. Now that the dead weight has been shed (Devon and more than a few pounds off of Ray), he is free to do as he pleases and to accomplish what he desires. There’s nothing more that he wants then the World Heavyweight Championship.

Bruce Prichard ‘predicted’ Bully Ray to win the BFG Series in the Before The Bell  video for No Surrender because and I quote:

“I’d have to pick Bully Ray. Because he’s the toughest. He’s the most focused. And Bully Ray probably wants it more, with the exception of James Storm, than anybody else in the Bound For Glory Series.”

 Austin Aries vs. The Aces & Eights

This might be just a theory but I feel as though Bully Ray is the leader behind the Aces & Eights. It’s all about positioning and Ray is in the perfect spot for the role. Lets get some bullet points on why I believe he is the mastermind behind this group:

  • Aces & Eights have not singled out and attacked Bully Ray.
  • Aces & Eights actually helped Bully Ray win the tables match at Hardcore Justice via distracting James Storm and Jeff Hardy.
  • Bully Ray’s look and gimmick fits well with the Aces & Eights style and mentality.
  • On two occasions, one being when he saved Brooke Hogan and the other being after Aries was attacked, Bully Ray charged the ring and Aces & Eights fled immediately.
  • He has spent months accusing James Storm of being the leader behind the group. He also questioned if Joseph Parks knew anything about the group this past episode of Impact.

I firmly believe that Ray will defeat James Storm in their match at No Surrender. Whether he does it clean or possibly by a long-awaited attack by Robert Roode, he will walk out victorious and move into the final match. Then it gets very interesting. Whether he is facing Samoa Joe or Jeff Hardy, I think Ray will get help from the Aces & Eights in order to win. Then when it comes time for the World Champion Austin Aries to face the ‘Arm Breaker’ of Aces & Eights, Ray will come down to ‘save’ Aries. He will turn on Aries and be revealed as the leader. He used the group to get ahead in the Bound For Glory Series and to weaken Austin Aries.

The build going into Bound For Glory would be amazing if this were to happen. Ray would look so dominant with his group of thugs backing him up while the younger, better Austin Aries is beaten down and broken going into Bound For Glory. Could make out to be a fantastic storytelling mainevent with Aries having to overcome insurmountable odds to retain his title. In the end, the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived will not be able to over come Ray and the Aces & Eights. He will put up a wonderful effort but Ray will finally accomplish the one thing that alluded him his whole career.

Bully Ray: TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

Now, it is time for me to win the world championship and piss the entire wrestling world off. I can’t wait to sit back and see the look of horror on people’s faces when I come out wearing that TNA World Heavyweight Championship belt. That’s when they realize, right then and there, ‘Holy Crap, we could not stop him.’

Let me know what you guys think about Ray’s chances at No Surrender and what will happen if he indeed is Bound For Glory.


About Jacob Stachowiak

I'd explain it to you better but I left my crayons in my other jacket.
  • Eric

    Completely agree with this, Ray is the perfect choice. To me his gimmick of a street tough biker like thug is what really solidifies his allegiance to it. And if he is the leader then it really shows how his character has grown. He went from a loner tough guy to a tactical leader. That’s pretty impressive to me.

    Now Nathan brought up a point to me that makes sense as well. Ray being the leader is obvious…a bit TOO obvious. TNA may just be setting us up for a swerve in the end.

    • JacobStachowiak


      • Eric

        And you forgot one thing too: The captured A&E guy? He’s from NY, guess where Bully Ray is from?

  • Judas Thundersteel

    It’s a good thing that I didn’t spend too much time thinking of Ray’s post TNA future, because it would be pointless. I figured at Hardcore Justice, that he re-signed right then and there, since he came off very strong and got the 20 points. However, the reports continued, but now a week after Devon’s departure, and Ray still staying, and the new report of him signing a 2 year deal, it seems the argument of positioning, is very strong. I figured the reason Ray never got the world title was because of him not wanting it, getting paid well and still being very over with the crowd. The reason he and Devon’s contracts were expiring was because of roster expenses being cut, I think. So Ray must’ve thought that being pushed to the top will give him more money. He definitely deserves to be a world champion, and the story is set up nicely that it will be very believable. The only thing that could hurt this would be Ray assuming control, but then they pull a swerve and say Ray served under Eric Bischoff. Other than that, Ray’s on fire.

    As for what will happen at No Surrender, it would definitely make the build to BFG better if they revealed Ray as the leader there. The scenario posed here makes perfect sense and would be very welcoming, knocking out Roode’s return and the reveal all in one night. If anything, that would prove to be a huge kickoff to the road to BFG, and would make No Surrender, a show that’s already plagued with last minute advertised matches, more important. While the clues provided here make a lot of sense, I think what made it the clearest way possible was this past week when Ray asked Joey Park on what he knows about Aces and 8s. Can’t say an immediate movie example, but that surely has to ring to mind a story element where the criminal asks for information from the interrogation, and the investigator doesn’t know that the criminal is the perpetrator. Looks familiar.

    Anyways, this BFG series is about to disentegrate via interferences, possibly. For Ray and Storm, Bobby Rooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo returning. For Hardy and Joe, Magnus interfering (after his match with Bob Van Dam). For the finals, Hardy vs. Ray, my prediction, Aces and 8s beat down on beloved babyface Jeff Hardy. Maybe they can hide Ray somewhere where they don’t burst the bubble there, and then wait until Aries and Armbreaker, if that match goes over the finals. Or just have Ray win cleanly, there’s a lot of potential and good scenarios to take this. Automatically that’s the main interest in No Surrender, and hopefully it’s maximized to the point that the whole show is elevated. All that being said, this was a very well written and organized piece that explains Ray’s future as world champion. Him and Aries should be another storytelling friendly match, and has a lot of legs and strength to where the earlier predicted Storm vs. Roode world title match, is not really ahead of Aries vs. Ray.

    • JacobStachowiak

      Thanks, Judas. It would really blow, like you said, if Ray turns out to be working for Bischoff the whole time. It would just ruin it.

      I’ve though of Ray being the guy for the last two months but last week’s segment with Parks sealed the deal for me too.

      Roode MUST comeback, he NEEDS to face Storm at BFG. We deserve to see that match happen.

      It would be a fantastic storyline and a great pay-off for the whole Aces & Eights storyline. Hopefully, they follow this plan (now they probably won’t haha) and don’t mess this up because its gold if they get it right.

  • Kevin Berge

    I could very well see Bully Ray being the leader. I definitely see either him or Hardy winning the Series based on how TNA plans to build BFG. If he is the leader, Ray will win in order to win the title with Aces and Eights at BFG or he will lose to feud with Sting and Hogan going into the event. The other person I can see being the leader is still Jeff Jarrett who would come out after Sting’s HoF induction and get involved there, begin to retake the company but Ray is probably the most likely choice.

    The wildcard would be Roode who would have Aces and Eights cause Storm to lose than have the two fight with them in his corner, but we’ll see. The options are narrowing, but there are a few options open. That said, Ray is the most likely to win with an outside chance for Hardy.

    • JacobStachowiak

      yeah, those two are the closest right now, with Storm vs. Roode (hopefully) a lock and Joe vs. Magnus definitely being one. Ray is that guy who can fill the role and it would make perfect sense.

  • SiD

    Bully Ray vs Austin Aries at BFG? I was thinking management would go with Samoa Joe, and then, Bully is in a team to face Aces and 8s at BFG. Anyway, while Bully Ray would be a good leader, for me, Eric Bischoff/Jeff Jarrett will be better leaders. For one, A&8s are outsiders, and so is Eric Bischoff (he was fired). Anyway, solid work, excited for No Surrender.

    • JacobStachowiak


      • SiD

        Controversy creates cash, mister.

        • JacobStachowiak

          I will end you, Sid.

          • SiD

            I don’t want any trouble with you here, now. But I do have to point out, you came out here last week. Where is it? The big surprise. I’ve heard a lot of talk, but where’s the walk?

  • Marc Yeager

    I think either Bully or Joe will pull off the win in the BFG Series. Hardy, althiough being a big merch seller, is probably being thought of a a champ contender yet due to his history and like you said Roode and Storm have unfinished business. I also am certain that its either Ray or Jarrett running Aces and 8’s. Oh and since I know you love it so much…What?

    • JacobStachowiak

      You were doing just fine till that what at the end, you whore.

      • Marc Yeager

        I say the what at the end just sealed the deal.

        • JacobStachowiak

          I will find you, Yeager, and I will kill you.

  • Nathan Giese

    Solid piece, but it would have been better had you come to your senses and realize that Sting is the leader of Aces & Eights, not Bully Ray. Ha, anyway you state your case very well. While I still disagree on who the leader is, it’s hard to argue with your point. That doesn’t mean I won’t argue you thought ;)

    • JacobStachowiak

      Haha, I’m cool with that, Nathan. It ain’t Sting though, man, get that through your thick skull!

      Thanks for reading, man.

  • Brett Chandler

    Well, this is pretty similar to the BFG Series/Aries section in my No Surrender preview, haha. Good artice here. I’d like to see Bully Ray become World Champion, but I don’t know if he needs to be revealed as the leader of Aces & 8s.

    • JacobStachowiak

      The Aces & Eights thing is just icing on the cake. But yes, Ray should win and he should be world champion. And I’m sorry for stealing your thunder from your preview. Just wrote this up in 30 minutes cause I was inspired.

      • Brett Chandler

        Maybe after Bully Ray wins, another TNA/wrestling veteran such as Christopher Daniels can become the World Heavyweight Champion of the World…

        • JacobStachowiak

          oh my god that would be fucking amazing! Reminds me of all the possible marking out I did on Marc’s (the good one) debut article on here.

  • Charlie G

    *Ron Simmons voice* DAMN. It is really, really hard to rule Bully Ray out of the running in the BFG Series & when it comes to whoever it is behind Aces & Eights.

    Bully Ray is in the perfect position right now & plenty of people would like to see him as World Heavyweight Champion at least once in his career. And he definitely earned it. He is, without a doubt, the favorite to win the BFGS tomorrow night. Nice article, Jacob.

    • JacobStachowiak

      You get out of here, Farooq! Yeah, Ray is definitely a well-deserved favorite and really, really deserves a world championship reign. If anyone else wins tomorrow, I’m gonna be sooooo pissed off. I hope i didn’t spoil TNA’s plans with this haha.

      Thanks for reading, Charlie.

      • Charlie G

        I can’t really imagine anyone else besides Bully winning. Samoa Joe looks like he’s going to feud with Magnus going into October, I’m hellbent on Storm vs. Roode & I won’t allow anything else for either guy during BFG haha, and Hardy is just…… Hardy. He’s there just because.

        Haha, sounds like you did spoil TNA’s plans! I could (And would love to) see this happen.

        • JacobStachowiak

          Yeah, thank christ for the mini-push Magnus has gotten so that will keep Joe busy. Which everyone knows, I love ex-tag teams going against each other. Speaking of that, STORM VS. ROODE HAS TO FUCKING HAPPEN SOME GOD DAMN WAY! haha, Hardy and Anderson and Van Dumbass can have another #1 contendership match at BFG, those are always good.

          • Charlie G

            Roode vs. Storm has been discussed since….. since… JANUARY! Both were in a 4-way @ Against All Odds, finally met 1-on-1 at Lockdown, and they STILL planned a rematch for BFG! Hopefully they follow through with the rematch. IT MUST HAPPEN.

            Hahaha…. Another triple threat between TNA’s, “We don’t know who else to book you against” guys.

          • JacobStachowiak

            hahaha! That’s a great name for those guys, of course, have the best one (Anderson) win again.