Ring of Honor Glory By Honor II September 20th, 2003

September 20, 2003

From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA

Your hosts are Chris Levy and CM Punk

Colt Cabana is shown hyping up the 4-man match tonight that includes AJ Styles, Chris Sabin, and Matt Stryker. He states that a win would put him in the “Top 5 Rankings.” They are now having Cabana take things seriously, well more than before.

Dan Maff is shown at home sitting in a chair wearing a neck brace. He talks about facing the Carnage Crew at the first Glory By Honor show and how they both hated each other and at Glory By Honor II, he is still full of hate because of Low Ki injuring him as he has to sit home with a pinched nerve and effects from post-concussion syndrome. He then tells Christopher Daniels that he will beat Samoa Joe for the RoH World Title as he is everything you look for in a leader as he wants Daniels to bring the title back home to the Prophecy. He then pulls out a flip phone as he tells us that Alison Danger will keep him updated all night and he will also give ups updates throughout the show. Maff did okay here but some of the overacting was painful.

We get the first of many memories from the Murphy Rec Center. This is the last show that ever took place here. I am not going to list them all here as they happen because this DVD is almost five hours long due to stuff like this.

Field of Honor
Block B
Jimmy Rave vs. BJ Whitmer

The match starts back and forth as Punk tells us the Field of Honor is not important because he is not in it while telling us Whitmer and Rave are both underwhelming. Whitmer busts out a Saito suplex for two as Levy tells us the winner of this tournament will see their career skyrocket. That was not the case. The crowd chants for Whitmer as he clotheslines Rave for two as Punk continues to rag on both guys, particularly Whitmer. Brainbuster gets two. Whitmer misses a charge as Rave now briefly takes control of the match until Whitmer comes back with a Dragon Suplex. They have a slugfest that Rave wins with a running forearm smash. Rave then hits a DDT on Whitmer on the apron then hits a shining wizard off of the apron. Back inside, Rave hits a hurricarana off of the top rope then works a cross armbreaker. Whitmer breaks free and kicks Rave in the back. Whitmer then hits some soft forearm smashes but Rave comes back with a Cobra Clutch suplex. Rave works the arm then sets Whitmer up top and tries something but Whitmer fights back and hits him with a top rope powerbomb for the win (9:24) **. That finisher was really dangerous. The crowd cheers for both guys.

Thoughts: It got a bit better at the end but the match was dull and it had zero heat. Punk on commentary was the only real highlight. In fact, Punk’s commentary as a whole was one of the few highlights here.

Whitmer is shown out back as he tells us Rave is a tough kid that will make it in “this business” and how the Field of Honor is the start of his rise to the top of RoH. They were trying to push Whitmer here but besides a decent look, he didnt have much else.

AJ Styles questions Rave as to why he had to get fancy at put Whitmer on the top rope instead of working the arm. They are still going with AJ acting as Rave’s mentor.

Samoa Joe talks about destiny and names the others who failed to take the RoH World Title away from him as he questions Daniels if he has what it takes of will he be another victim. After the promo ends, Steve Corino comes in and talks about CM Punk putting him in a match with Raven tonight. Joe said that Punk is “anti-social” and rough around the edges as Corino tells Joe the original plan was for him to be champ and Joe the enforcer as Corino wishes him luck.

Xavier is shown working out wearing nothing but a pair of shorts as Lollipop is checking him out. Looked like the opening scene of a porno film. For those who are unaware, Lollipop was one of the cage dancers that TNA featured during their weekly PPV era.

Field of Honor
Block A
John Walters vs. Xavier

Lollipop is now checking out Xavier at ringside then Alison Danger comes out as well but Xavier tells her to go back to the locker room. The match starts with both guys trading stuff and it came off quite choreographed. The crowd starts a dueling chant as Punk questions if half of Philadelphia is gay because they are not cheering for Lollipop. Xavier sends Walters to the floor with a belly-to-belly suplex then follows him with a 450 as the crowd applauds. Punk makes fun of Levy for liking “New Kids on the Block” then goes back to ragging on Whitmer as Xavier tries some acrobatic stuff that didn’t work as planned. Walters blocks the Cobra Clutch then cuts off Xavier up top and hits him with a lungblower as both men are down. Walters hits a rolling spear that looked odd then they engage in a pinfall reversal sequence. Walters hits the Hurricane DDT for a nearfall. Xavier comes back with a reverse neckbreaker but Walters hits him with a backbreaker shortly after that. Walters picks him up but Xavier kicks him low then rolls him up for the win (10:44) **. Xavier immediately leaves without shaking hands then Walters calls him out and promises he will find out what respects means next time they face off.

Thoughts: They did some nice moves but there was nothing resembling an actual match here, which seems counterproductive for a tournament designed to celebrate traditional wrestling.

The camera follows Xavier backstage as he cannot believe that Walters had the audacity to call him out and that he can fight him anytime, any place.

Christopher Daniels is with Alison Danger as he talks about bringing Joe into Ring of Honor and how a lot of twists and turns have happened since, like him laying out Joe after his first title defense. He then promises to win the title as the promo ends with Corino cutting in and tells Daniels that he is #1 and to go win the world title. Long-winded promo from Daniels and the stuff with Corino comes off confusing more than intriguing.

TJ Wilson vs. Teddy Hart

TJ Wilson is currently Tyson Kidd in the WWE. Hart, who was a couple of weeks removed from a tremendous performance at TNA’s 2003 Super X Cup, got a decent reaction from the crowd. Match starts with both guys squaring off before getting into a slap fight. Neither guy can get the advantage as the keep on ending their sequences with a standoff. Wilson sends Hart into the corner then follows with a big boot that wasn’t even close before choking him out. Hart then takes Wilson down with a drop toehold then works the leg as the crowd applauds. Punk talks about facing Terry Funk tonight as this match is not impressing. Wilson drops Hart on his head with a full nelson suplex as that gets two. Hart comes back and works the leg but Wilson reaches the ropes. Punk continues to talk about Funk as Wilson hits a springboard dropkick then places Hart up top and hits the Lambeau Leap move that Mr. Kennedy used for a nearfall. Hart comes back with an inverted floating DDT then heads up top and hits a swinging DDT to set up for the shooting star press that gets the win (7:42) 3/4*. The fans chat for Teddy after the match. As he heads backstage, Hart blows off Special K’s offer to party after they tell him he is not a high flyer.

Thoughts: Terrible match. I have no clue what they were trying to do for the first six minutes of the match. Hart, fresh off of an incredible performance at the TNA Super X Cup just a few weeks prior, did nothing here except for a shooting star press.

Raven is backstage and talks about selecting Terry Funk as CM Punk’s opponent tonight so he can teach discipline, respect, and intestinal fortitude. Raven then said he is unsure why Punk picked Raven as he has beaten him everytime they face and makes the match “Raven’s Rules.”

Raven’s Rules
Steve Corino w/ Veronica Stevens & Guillotine LeGrande vs. Raven

Stevens is the former Simply Luscious for those wondering. Corino’s ring announcer lists off all the people Corino has beaten over the years in one of the more grandiose ring introductions you will ever see. Although having him stop for a drink of water halfway through was pretty funny. Match starts off with a lot of stalling. Corino hits a few shoulderblocks but Raven fights back and hits a suplex. Corino gets his foot up on a charge then catches Raven with a back elbow smash. Corino chokes out Raven in the corner then they trade chops until Corino gets a thumb in the eye. Suplex gets two. Corino wedges a chair in the corner then whips Raven into it as he spills out to the floor. Corino gets in some weak shots on Raven outside then connects with a flying forearm. Raven ducks a lariat and comes back with a super kick as both men are down. Raven is up first and hits a few clotheslines and a kneelift. Raven gets two with a bulldog as Punk is screaming about how the referee is not doing their job. Raven sets up a chair as he sends Corino into it with a drop toehold but Stevens breaks up the pin. Raven corners Stevens then spanks Stevens as he drapes her over his knee so Punk leaves the booth. Corino puts Raven in the Cobra Clutch in the middle of the ring. Raven is able to get up and ram Corino into the corner then hits the Raven Effect but Punk pulls the referee out of the ring. Raven chases him around but runs into a super kick from Corino, who covers and gets the pin (13:08) **. After the match, Corino & Punk beat on Raven until Corino tells him he doesn’t need his help and slaps Punk across the face. They get into each other’s faces as Punk eventually leaves.

Thoughts: The “Raven’s Rules” stipulation was not needed for the match and the only purpose it served was for the screw job finish, which could have done in a number of other ways. This was wrestled like a mid 80’s WWF house show match, which I guess is why the call Corino “The King of Old School.”

Chris Sabin vs. Colt Cabana vs. Matt Stryker vs. AJ Styles

Punk is back in the booth and asks if he missed anything. The crowd is really into Cabana. Match starts off slow with lots of stalling and feeling each other out. Cabana and Sabin go back and forth until Cabana knocks him off the apron. Cabana then teases a dive but stops before the ropes and ends up hitting a double axe handle from the apron. Back inside, Sabin nearly kills AJ by landing on his head after a spinning heel kick then Cabana missed a top rope splash as everyone rolled out of the way. AJ tags himself in and keeps trying to hit Sabin with a Styles Clash but fails then hits him in the face with a basement dropkick. AJ comes back with a dropkick of his own after a fast Irish whip sequence as Levy notes that Punk will face AJ at the next show. Sabin gets beat on for a while by everyone then Cabana spits at AJ, who responds by throwing his gum at him. Sabin gets placed up top but is able to take Cabana off with a neckbreaker as both men are down. Stryker and AJ tag but AJ goes after Cabana. Sabin hits AJ with an enziguiri then hits some sort of swinging slam as the match finally settles down between the two legal men. Stryker and AJ go back-and-forth then Cabana tags in and stretches out AJ while Punk cant get over the fact that AJ threw his gum like a sissy. AJ is now the one who is in trouble as we learn that Cabana and Sabin will face each other in a Field of Honor match next show. AJ then comes back with a double Phenomenon on Stryker and Sabin as the match breaks down again. Everyone trades moves at a decent pace, including an awesome reverse hurricarana on Cabana courtesy of Sabin. Stryker suplexes AJ but gets grabbed by Cabana. Sabin charges at them but Cabana backdrops him then hits the Colt 45 on Stryker for the win (18:55) **1/2.

Thoughts: The match was formulaic and disappointing considering the competitors. Cabana winning was a bit of a surprise I suppose but that’s all I took away from this match.

Maff is talking to Alison Danger about the show. He tells her to talk to Rob Feinstein about something that he is upset about.

Gary Michael Capetta is with Colt Cabana, who says he has something special planned. However, CM Punk interrupts to talk about Steve Corino briefly then switches topics to Raven and Terry Funk and asks Cabana how it feels to get cut off, as Cabana says it feels weird.

RoH Tag Team Title Gauntlet Match

Carnage Crew & Justin Credible vs. Angel Dust & Deranged & Hydro

For some reason, this match starts off with a six-man “grudge” match due to the strap attack by Special K on these guys from Beating the Odds. However, the winning team will have to reduce to two members. The Special Guys jump the Carnage Crew to start. The Carnage Crew then take control as they beat the shit out Angel Dust. Becky Bayless distracts Credible and after kissing her and Levy making a bunch of whore comments at Becky, Angel Dust takes him off of the apron. Hydro tags as Special K regains control while Levy goes through his usual schtick about Special K spending their parents money on drugs. Deranged puts Credible in a chinlock in what feels like an eternity. Credible finally breaks free as he tags Loc while the crowd is silent. Loc cleans house as the Carnage Crew try to get the crowd going but they seemed burned out. They set up Angel Dust for the spike piledriver but the Special K flunkies run in to break it up. The Carnage Crew then use straps as Deranged gets whacked in the face as the ref rings the bell for the DQ as we learn that the Carnage Crew have been disqualified, despite Special K using blatant outside interference (9:06). This sucked.

Deranged & Hydro vs. Briscoe Brothers 

The Briscoes take control early. Deranged hits a few hurricaranas on Jay but Mark tags and pancakes him. Hydro is in and clotheslines Mark after a fast-paced sequence. Mark then places Hydro up top and hits a springboard Ace Crusher. Deranged runs in and hits a Code Red as this is essentially under scramble rules. Jay tags and hits Hydro with the Jay Driller for the pin as Mark attempted to make it a spike but overshot his springboard dive (11:52). Brief but decent action at least.

Briscoe Brothers vs. Dunn & Marcos

Marcos hits the Sliced Bread #2 as he celebrates but Mark hits him with a springboard dropkick and shortly after that the Briscoes put Dunn away with a springboard Doomsday Device (13:34). Total squash.

Briscoe Brothers vs. Izzy & Dixie

The Briscoes immediately beat on Izzy and Dixie. They focus on Dixie as Levy tells us the winner of this fall will go up against the Backseat Boyz for the title. Dixie rakes the eyes of Mark then tags Izzy as Punk leaves the booth after Levy brought up Lucy and after that Ray Murrow finally enters. Mark comes back with a crossbody as both men are down. Izzy tags but Mark rolls away and makes the tag. Jay runs wild then Mark hits Izzy with a moonsault but Dixie breaks up the pin and the Special K guys pull Jay out of the ring then distract the ref as that allows Izzy to hit Mark with a Blockbuster for the pin (18:50). The ending was a mess but most of it actually resembled a wrestling match at the very least.

Izzy & Dixie vs. Backseat Boyz

The Backseat Boyz pounce on Izzy & Dixie as they hit all sorts of double-team moves. Kashmere takes out Special K with a dive on the outside. Acid tries to dive out but Dixie stops him and flings him off the top in a really pathetic looking spot. Kashmere comes back in and they hit the Dream Sequence but Izzy manages to hit Kashmere with a springboard senton at the end. Acid and Izzy work a fast but sloppy sequence that ends with Izzy hitting an inverted hurricarana for a nearfall. Kashmere gets hit with a double team move then Izzy takes Acid off of the top with a rana. They then signal for the T Gimmick as they try to hit it on Acid but Kashmere spears them both then the Backseat Boyz hit Izzy with the T Gimmick for the win and the Tag Team Titles (22:42) 1/2*. After the match, Dixie breaks up the celebration then takes out the Backseat Boyz with a weak-looking dive to the floor as Special K are beating on the Backseat Boyz but the Briscoes come out for the save then Teddy Hart comes out and hits an insane springboard corkscrew quebrada onto Special K then heads inside to raise the hands of the Backseat Boyz.

Thoughts: I personally couldnt think of a better way to match the Tag Team Titles seem less important than RoH did with this monstrosity of a match. The whole thing was filled with awful action and the end was filled with zero doubt or drama as to who would win. Joke teams like the Special K guys and Ring Crew Express showed the lack of depth and how those teams were essentially unable to even work an actual tag match. I dont know who Dixie was blowing to get his spot on the roster because he was by far the worst in the match. And he was treated as one of the top guys in the Special K stable. The Backseat Boyz did not even look impressive in winning the belts and who do they feud with now? Special K? The Briscoes are the best team but they would seemingly want revenge on Special K, who fucked them over. Not only was the match shit but they dont even have a good tag feud to run with now.

Homicide, who is in Japan, cuts a promo on Low Ki, telling him that he forgot where he came from and that he even trained him so he could be the superstar that he is today. He then tells Ki to come find him in the “projects” as he is pissed for Ki telling him not to bring in “thugs” into Ring of Honor. He then tells Samoa Joe to be ready and will beat his punk-ass, just like he will do to Ki. Now, both Maff and Homicide are looking to go after Ki.

Alexis Laree comes out to cheers as streamers come down from the ceiling. Gary Michael Cappetta wishes her luck as she just signed a Developmental Deal with the WWE. The fans chant “please don’t go” as she looks emotional but Special K’s music interrupts then Joey Matthews, who was in rehab the announcers tell us, comes out and hugs her then clotheslines her down as its revealed he is back with Special K. The Special K guys hold up Alexis as Joey grabs a chair. Slugger comes down and Joey gives him the chair as Hydro tells him to hit Alexis but he gets slapped down as the Special K guys are scared shitless as they leave the ring, dropping Laree to the mat. Julius Smokes runs in and lays out Hijinx as he now have a match between Laree and Hijinx.

Alexis Laree vs. Hijinx

Hijinx wants no part of Alexis, who takes him down with a flying headscissors and a rana as Smokes, who is now the ref apparently, counts to two. Hijinx knocks her down then hits a backbreaker but misses a senton off of the middle rope then after a reversal sequence, Alexis gets the win with a DDT (1:15) 1/4*. After the match, Slugger raises Alexis on her shoulder as the fans applaud.

Thoughts: No idea what the stuff with Smokes and the Rottweilers were about but it was a nice sendoff for Laree.

We get a promo from Jim Cornette, who tells us he is back in Ring of Honor after the Prophecy attacked him at Wrath of the Racket. He tells them that he is back in town. Okay then.

Punk comes out for his match against Terry Funk as he tells us Funk retired for the first time in 1983 and that he could shit on his career and family all night long if he wants but its all been done before. He says that Funk keeps on coming back because he is a “drunk, pilled-up, schizophrenic, multi-personality dickhead.” Punk then says that RoH put him in with a guy who has to take pills to get up in the morning and that he will finally dismantle Punk forever, which is repeats several times. Punk’s mic work has been the only highlight of the show at this point.

CM Punk vs. Terry Funk

The crowd goes nuts for Funk. Match starts with Punk slapping Funk after they shook hands. Funk backs Punk into then corner and breaks cleanly. After an armdrag by Funk, they roll around on the mat and end up outside as Punk retreats. Back in the ring, Punk takes down Funk and grabs a chinlock. Funk reverses it and works a hammerlock on the mat. Funk hits a neckbreaker then follows Punk outside but gets beaten on then Punk grabs the mic and declares this a hardcore match. Funk then roughs him up as they go back inside, where Funk punches him down. They then trade chops outside of the ring but that stops when Punk gets whipped into the guardrail. Funk hits Punk with a chair across the back. Punk then smashes Funks head off of the table then whacks him with the chair as Funk challenges Punk to hit him harder. Punk fires away at Fun, who is caught between the ropes, but Funk fights back and ends up suplexing Punk from the apron and through a table. Funk repeatedly slams Punk’s head on the table then heads back inside and goes for a moonsault but Punk rolls away as both men are down. Funk sells the knee like a champ then Punk goes right on the attack as he targets the knee as Funk calls him a “prick” and a “bastard.” Funk comes back with a stunner but is still in too much pain to follow up with anything as Punk brings him into the middle of the ring and works the leg before putting on the figure four as Punk taunts him. Levy tells us that the referee was warned before the match to not let anything dangerous happen to Funk, who now reverses the hold. Funk rolls outside and has trouble standing as Punk follows him up and rolls Funk back into the ring. Punk then grabs a chair and whacks the injured knee repeatedly then puts on the figure four again as Funk reaches the ropes but Punk pulls him back into the center of the ring to try it again. Funk fights back and eventually puts Punk in the spinning toe hold but Punk takes him down as Punk puts the figure four back on as Levy wants the ref to call the match in order to protect Funk, who reaches the ropes. Punk tries to yank Funk away from the ropes then puts the hold back on and refuses to break the hold as the ref calls for the bell as Funk wins by DQ (15:48) **1/2. Punk still refuses to break the hold as Colt Cabana comes down to tell Punk to break the hold, only to put it on himself and doesnt stop until Raven runs them off. However, Tommy Dreamer stops Cabana in the aisle as they bring him back in the ring as Funk hits him with a stunner. Funk, Dreamer, and Raven all shake hands together as the crowd applauds.

Thoughts: This match was about as good as it could have been but the Dreamer stuff felt all like deja vu and the Raven/Punk feud in general has lost a lot of steam.

RoH World Title
Christopher Daniels w/ Alison Danger vs. Samoa Joe (Champion)

Joe starts the match by drilling Daniels with a kick that almost got the win. Joe continues to rough up Daniels, who eventually comes back with a leg lariat. Daniels gets two with an Arabian Press but Joe knocks him down with a spinning backhand. Joe then destroys Daniels in the corner as the announcers list off all the title defenses Joe has had as he puts Daniels in a Boston Crab. Danger comes in as Joe goes for a face wash but Daniels knocks him to the floor and follows with another Arabian Press. He grabs a chair and sits down Joe as he tries an Ole kick but Joe cuts him off then hits one on Daniels. Joe hits the move again then they head inside where Joe hits the rolling cradle. Daniels comes back with a German suplex as both men are down. Daniels charges but Joe catches him with a powerslam for a nearfall. Daniels then blocks a kick and hits a pair of enziguiris. Daniels fires away then hits a Samoan drop. The crowd is into Daniels here. Daniels then hits a STO then follows with the Best Moonsault Ever but Joe is able to kick out at two. Joe comes back with an STO of his own then knees Daniels in the head. Joe gets a few nearfalls then catches a breather but Daniels comes back with the Koji Clutch but Joe is able to reach the ropes. Daniels gets two with a Blue Thunder Driver. He then places Joe up top and tries a superplex but Joe blocks the move. Daniels is able to take him off with a hurricarana then hits the Angels Wings and covers but Joe kicks out. However, the timekeeper rang the bell as Daniels is in disbelief. Daniels tries for the Last Rites but Joe reverses and takes him down with the Coquina Clutch. Daniels finally makes the ropes but Joe connects with an enziguiri then gets the win with the Island Driver (15:02) ***3/4. The announcers then talk about who will ever be able to beat Joe. Daniels gets a standing ovation once he makes it back up to his feet.

Thoughts: Really good match but not a classic like the announcers made this out to be or anything like that. After the win, Joe now needs someone to feud with.

Maff is shown again as he tells Daniels that he had the match won and everyone knew it too before telling us that he will win the Field of Honor. His final comment is for Low Ki as he tells him that he is a “self-righteous, egotistical son of a bitch” and that he will be back and it will having nothing to do with winning a match as he promises to hurt him as he rips off his neck brace. Good, intense promo from Maff this time but he isnt someone who is worth all this promo time to begin with f you ask me.

Backstage, the Carnage Crew are talking about how they are disrespected every day in their lives before they warn Special K that they will kick their ass.

The Backseat Boyz gloat over the fact that they have won the RoH Tag Team Titles then tell is that they are the best tag team in the world. They then tell us they are going down to Atlantic City to get some hookers, room service, and shrimp.

Colt Cabana is now hosting his own talk show in the Murphy Rec Center hallway as his first guest is Julius Smokes, who is flanked by the Rottweilers. Cabana tries a “the man” joke then asks Smokes introduces us to . Smokes then tells us the Rottweiler Express is coming. A sad attempt at comedy by Colt Cabana.

Final Thoughts: A really disappointing show. It was more dull than horrible I suppose but that is the best I can say about the show as a whole. Besides the main event and Punk, everything else was either forgettable or awful. They are lacking in compelling feuds and the tag team division is complete shit at the moment. They might as well have just put the Briscoes vs. Backseat Boyz for the titles and built off of that because the other teams should be nowhere near a title belt. Also, the Field of Honor stuff has been a major disappointment so far. No one is looking like a breakout star from being a part of this tournament. One of the weaker shows RoH offered in 2003.

October Classics: LAX vs. Styles & Daniels – TNA Bound for Glory 2006

Bound for Glory was such an interesting card. You had the Kevin Nash X Division Gauntlet Battle Royal, a Monster’s Ball Match with Jake Roberts as referee, Larry Zbyszko vs Eric Young where the loser gets fired, and Sting vs Jeff Jarrett as the main event, which even in 2006 was probably ill advised. Anyway, the match shown here would probably be the best match on that card.

Bound For Glory 2014

For Glory 2014
October 12, 2014
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Mike Tenay, Taz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
subtitle: TNA sends its B team to Japan for a tape delayed Wrestle-1
show with matches first mentioned on TV four days ago that has
nothing to do with current storylines that they have the nerve to ask
you to pay $50 for while shouting about how this is all about giving
the fans the best. FEEL THE ELECTRICITY! Let’s get to it.

opening video talks about how this is a night unlike any other and
how the biggest stars of both promotions are going at it. We also
get a video on the Muta vs. Sanada feud.
arena isn’t very big and only holds about 2,000 people.
welcomes us to the show and we’re ready to go.
vs. Minoru Tanaka
back in a four sided ring. Feeling out process to start until Tanaka
scores with a nice dropkick. Manik comes right back by sending him
out to the floor but misses a plancha. He goes under the ring though
and sneaks up on Tanaka for a neckbreaker. A dropkick gets two for
Manik and he cranks on the arm while holding a chinlock.
gets suplexed down for two as Tenay talks about Manik being the
youngest non-Japanese wrestler to ever perform in New Japan. There’s
something close to a story here as Tanaka used to mentor Manik at the
start of his career. Not that there’s any hostility or anything but
they did know each other before this. A missile dropkick and knee
drop get two for Tanaka but Manik dropkicks him back to the floor.
Tanaka blocks another dive with a kick to the face and hits a middle
rope moonsault to send Manik into the barricade.
in and Manik avoids a charge and hits another missile dropkick before
throwing him into the air for a kick to the face. Tanaka gets his
knees up to block a frog splash before yet another running dropkick
sends Manik into the corner. A superplex into a hiptoss gets two on
Manik as the fans are finally getting into this. They trade some
nice rollups until Manik plants him with a brainbuster for another
near fall. Manik gets the same off a gutbuster but walks into a kick
to the head followed by a cross armbreaker for the submission at
B-. This was actually a solid
back and forth match but it sums up the problem with this entire
show: I have no reason to care about these guys and the entire show
is going to be based on the action. Something tells me the rest of
the card isn’t going to be this solid, and this match wasn’t even all
that great. Still though, good opener.
be looking at great moments in Team 3D’s history, starting with
Slammiversary 2006 against Rick Steiner and Animal. They couldn’t
even get one of the 3D vs. Steiners matches? We see the last three
minutes or so.
Carter III talks about stabbing Spud in the heart with his words on
Wednesday. Spud knew he was on borrowed time when he allowed Dixie
to be sent through a table. Ethan has a replacement for Spud though
and he’ll debut on Wednesday. He’s ready to start EC3 Year 2 with a
win over a former sumo wrestler tonight.
recap Ethan’s rookie year in TNA where he still hasn’t submitted or
been pinned.
Carter III vs. Ryota Hama
the match Ethan is pleased with the respect the fans show him here.
He speaks “Japanese”, meaning very slow English, talking about
how he’s rich, undefeated and good. Carter talks about beating every
TNA Hall of Famer at their own game so he’s going to slam Hama
tonight. He says slam ham over and over again and declares himself
huge in Japan.
is disturbingly fat and dresses exactly like Rikishi. He powers
Carter into the corner with ease of course so Carter bails to the
floor. Tenay tries to give us a brief history of Japanese wrestling
as Carter gets dropped with a shoulder block. Back in and Hama runs
him over out of a sumo position but misses a big fat splash. Carter
of course can’t slam him and a big elbow drop gets two. A running
Umaga attack in the corner gets the same but Hama misses a seated
senton. Carter still can’t slam him and Hama falls on top for two.
We get the required Stink Face but Carter comes back with a 1%er for
the pin at 6:00.
D. Remember when I said it
wasn’t going to stay as good as the opener? I was correct earlier
than I thought with this standard comedy match. Go back and watch
any given Rikishi match and you’ve seen the same match you got here.
Nothing to see here but at least Carter won.
3D vs. Beer Money from Lockdown 2009.
talks about how awesome the Japanese wrestlers are and how they put
fear in the hearts of sports entertainers. He doesn’t know much
about Sakamoto but the little bit he’s seen hasn’t impressed him.
Tonight though, Sakamoto will be impressed.
vs. Kazma Sakamoto
Tensai’s worshipper? Well he returns here as a, ahem, star. MVP is
the huge face here due to his time in New Japan. He takes Sakamoto
down as Tenay recaps Sakamoto’s time in WWE. Sakamoto runs from MVP
as we really haven’t had a ton of contact yet. MVP gets in a shot to
knock Sakamoto out to the floor as Tenay’s history lessons continue.

in and MVP drops some knees on the face for two but Sakamoto comes
back with uppercuts. A few kicks to the legs have MVP in trouble and
we hit the chinlock. Back up and Sakamoto misses the Ballin Elbow
and gets clotheslined in the corner. MVP nips up and hits the real
Ballin Elbow followed by a fisherman’s suplex for two. Sakamoto
misses a running knee and gets his leg kicked out, setting up a
Shining Wizard for the pin at 8:02.
C-. Nothing special here as it
was just a step above a squash for MVP. Sakamoto never posed a
threat here and MVP was over like free beer in a frat house. This
was another short match that didn’t mean anything and was there for
the live crowd instead of the PPV crowd, but that’s the case for the
entire card.
Joe talks about how awesome the X-Division is and how tough a night
his opponents are in.
Title: Samoa Joe vs. Kaz Hayashi vs. Low Ki
is defending. Hayashi is
probably best known in America as a low level cruiserweight guy about
fourteen years ago. Ki
takes over to start but Joe crushes both guys in the corner and kicks
Kaz in the head. There’s
the chop to Hayashi’s back but he fires off right hands to the
champ’s face and knocks Joe to the floor. The
fans are behind Low Ki as he kicks both guys down and gets two on
Joe. Both challengers head
to the floor and get taken out by a big dive as we see the crowd
sitting still yet chanting at the same time.
in and Low Ki chops at Joe but the champ busts out his powerbomb into
the crab into the STF until Hayashi remembers he’s in this match and
puts Joe in a Crossface without breaking the hold on Ki. Hayashi
hits a kind of Zig Zag for two on Joe with Ki making the save. A
quick Warrior’s Way gets two on Kaz and they head outside so Joe can
nail a double dive. Back in
and Kaz charges into a Rock Bottom out of the corner but Low Ki
breaks up the MuscleBuster. That earns him a Koquina Clutch and Ki
passes out to retain Joe’s title at 10:30.
C+. Not bad for the most part
here but it didn’t mean anything for the most part. This was the
same three way style match TNA has done a dozen times with Hayashi
just being a warm body to fill out the match. The fact that the
winner was already spoiled with the TV tapings didn’t help either.
thanks the fans in Japanese and says they’re here to bring the world
together for the fans. He is Samoa Joe and he is professional
great Team 3D moment: putting Dixie through a table.
says he’s going to do the hardcore thing one more time with Team 3D.
He looks like he’s about to cry because that’s all Tommy Dreamer does
Kuroshio/Yusuke Kodama vs. Andy Wu/El Hijo del Pantera
match and I have no idea who any of these guys are. Wu, a guy that
moves a lot, starts with Kuroshio and Andy ducks a kick to the face.
Kuroshio wrestles in a jacket for some reason. Off to Kodama and
Pantera for a gymnastics demonstration capped off by a hurricanrana
from Pantera. An armdrag puts Kodama on the floor for a big flip
dive from Pantera. Back in and Kuroshio slams Pantera down and
adjusts his hair during the cover.
gets two more off a standing corkscrew moonsault but stops to check
his hair. Back to Kodama for a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two on
Pantera as this just keeps going. Pantera finally crawls over for
the hot tag and Wu speeds things up a bit with flips. Kodama gets
double teamed into a 619 for two from Pantera. Wu dives over the top
onto Kuroshio and Kodama kicks Patnera in the face for two. Kuroshio
hits a big flip dive to take out Wu and Kodama nails a corkscrew
moonsault for the pin on Pantera at 9:20.
C+. Well that happened. I
still have almost no idea who any of these people are and I have
almost no reason to care about any of them but, Kuroshio does indeed
wrestle in a jacket. It was your regular cruiserweight style tag
match and odds are I won’t remember it in about fifteen minutes.
on Team 3D’s career and how much they deserve to be in the Hall of
see Tommy Dreamer’s induction speech and, say it with me, he cries.
Team 3D doesn’t have a ton to say here other than how hard they’ve
worked to get here and how glad they are to be here. You
would think they could at least throw on a suit though.
3D vs. Tommy Dreamer/Abyss
stipulations here for a change. I’m sure the rules will be enforced
too. Dreamer has a headband on to pay homage to Terry Funk. Long
intros fill even more time and the fans want tables. Ray speaks some
Japanese and we get handshakes from everyone but Abyss. Dreamer and
D-Von do some basic stuff to start before it’s off to Abyss and Ray.
Tenay gets on my nerves even more by talking about the Full Metal
Mayhem match from Impact. They slug it out very slowly until Ray
nails a Rock Bottom.
pops up with a chokeslam but Ray pops up. Ray avoids a splash and
D-Von comes in to clothesline Abyss out to the floor. The reverse 3D
plants Dreamer as they’re still in about second gear. Dreamer takes
What’s Up and it’s table time. The tables are much smaller here and
we get the required ECW chant. The fight heads outside and Abyss
rings the bell on Ray’s head. They fight around the arena and now
it’s time for all of the weapons.
get duels with chairs and kendo sticks but Dreamer DDTs Ray as Abyss
chokeslams D-Von. Dreamer is thrown into a trashcan in the corner
and the Black Hole Slam gets two on Ray. Abyss nails him in the ribs
with a few chair shots but D-Von hits his spinebuster for two on
Abyss. D-Von goes up to drive Abyss through a table, only to have
Ray powerbomb Dreamer through it instead. Abyss busts out the tacks
and walks into 3D onto said tacks for no cover. Dreamer brings in
the cane and takes a 3D of his own for the pin at about 13:00.
D+. This show is getting old in
a hurry. This was the same hardcore brawl we’ve seen a dozen times
before with nothing new and no doubt as to who was going to win.
Tenay mentioning the great Full Metal Mayhem match makes me want to
just go find a copy of that match instead, which is a really bad sign
for your biggest show of the year.
match Team 3D says they love Japan
says this is her first time in Japan (it isn’t even her first time
this year) and says she isn’t afraid of Havok.
recap Havok winning the Knockouts Title.
Title: Havok vs. Velvet Sky
is challenging and is suddenly a face over here. Havok is from
Defiance, Ohio. Velvet fires off kicks to start and hits a few
middle rope ax handles. The champ comes back with shoulders in the
corner and a backbreaker. Off to a bearhug followed by a slam but
Velvet fights back with almost no effect. A headscissors puts Havok
down and a middle rope cross body gets two. Not that it matters as
Havok grabs another bearhug for the submission at 6:00.
C-. This actually wasn’t half
bad with Velvet fighting instead of getting squashed. It still
wasn’t any good but Havok is a good choice for a monster champion.
Whoever eventually beats her is going to look like a big deal and
that’s the whole point of building up a monster as champion.
Storm is sitting in what looks like a temple, talking about cutting
down Great Muta for the sake of the Revolution.
recap Muta/Tajiri vs. Sanada/Storm. Muta mentored Sanada but Storm
turned Sanada to the dark side. Tonight it’s about revenge. This is
the only match that has gotten any sort of a build.
Sanada/James Storm vs. Tajiri/Great Muta
gives a great speech about turning one of Japan’s own against them.
That little bit of storyline actually felt really refreshing. Muta
sprays mist to start and gets things going with Sanada. They
fight over a leglock on the mat until Muta comes up and works on the
arm. It’s back down to the
mat and Sanada sprays Mist at Muta but only hits air. Off
to Tajiri vs. Storm with James taking a bunch of kicks. Tajiri
grabs the beard but it’s quickly back to Sanada, only to have him get
low bridged out to the floor.
kicks Tajiri to the floor and
then under the ring as
things slow WAY down. Tajiri
has taken mist off camera and is blinded back inside. Storm
and Sanada start slowly double teaming as we’re waiting on the hot
tag to Muta. A dropkick
gets two for Sanada and we hit the nerve hold.
up and Sanada pulls out a white stick of some kind of nail Tajiri
again. Tajiri comes right back with a kick and tags in Muta to clean
house. Muta hammers on
Sanada and drops an elbow for two, only to get caught in Closing
Time. Storm drops a top
rope elbow and Sanada’s moonsault gets two. Everything
breaks down and Storm is backdropped to the floor. Tajiri superkicks
Sanada down and it’s a double mist and the Shining Wizard to give
Muta the pin at 10:50.
D+. I just sat through this
whole show for an eleven minute main event. Storm not taking the pin
is a good thing, but it’s not like this match means anything at the
end of the day. However, there’s one thing that stands out above all
this: at the end of the day, the two oldest guys on the show stood
tall to end the show. Some things never change.
chokes Muta with the bullrope so Team 3D makes the save to end the
show. That would be four guys at least 41 years old ending the show.
D+. Here’s the thing:
the show itself was just ok. Some of the matches weren’t bad but for
the most part it was just the same kind of matches we’ve seen in
other forms dozens of times. It wasn’t a bad show or anything but
it’s totally forgettable with nothing standing out as a great or even
very good match. The opener is the best match and the X-Division
Title match is good depending on your taste but I’ve seen it done too
many times.
brings us to the big problem: this is Bound For Glory, not some One
Night Only show. The Global Impact Japan show was better than this
with more title matches, two title changes and cost $15 compared to
$50 for this one. The stalling was just pathetic and made me feel
like I was watching a low rent show from a low rent promotion.
rolled the dice here and I can get the idea behind it, but not for
Bound For Glory or when TNA is in the spot they’re in. They don’t
have another live event for three months and the only thing you hear
about TV is “it’s coming”. This show might have helped set up
stuff in Asia, but if there’s no product in America, there’s nothing
to ship out to Asia. The
problem is this show was all for the Japanese fans, and the last
thing TNA should be doing right now is flipping off their loyal fans,
which are the only things keeping them going. This was a bad idea
but the intentions were good at least.
Tanaka b. Manik – Cross armbreaker
Carter III b. Ryoto Hama – 1%er
b. Kazma Sakamoto – Shining Wizard
Joe b. Low Ki and Kaz Hayashi – Koquina Clutch to Ki
Kuroshio/Yusuke Kodama b. El Hijo del Pantera/Andy Wu – Corkscrew
moonsault to Pantera
3D b. Abyss/Tommy Dreamer – 3D to Dreamer
b. Velvet Sky – Bearhug
Muta/Tajiri b. Great Sanada/James Storm
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Bound For Glory 2014 Live Thread

Figured I should get this up for all of you heading to the Korakuen Hall to watch the biggest TNA event of the year live (bell time is 5:30am EST).

The card as it stands now:

  • The Great Muta and Tajiri vs James Storm and The Great Sanada
  • Samoa Joe vs Low Ki vs Kaz Hayashi
  • Team 3D vs Abyss and Tommy Dreamer
  • Havok vs Velvet Sky
  • MVP (how does this convicted felon get into Japan!?) vs Kazmo Sakamoto
  • Ethan Carter III vs Ryota Hama
  • Manik vs Minoru Tanaka
  • Andy Wu and El Hijo del Pantera vs Jiro Kuroshio and Yusuku Kodama

Clearly a show set to blow Wrestlemania XXX out of the water in every way.

If you’re still undecided, walk-up tickets are still available for around $23.

Ring of Honor: Glory By Honor October 5th, 2002

October 5, 2002
From the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA
Your hosts are Jeff Gorman and Chris Levy

Scramble Match
Divine Storm w/ Trinity vs. Special K vs. Homicide vs. Spanish Announce Team
This is a tag match, despite the fact that Homicide is by himself as he play off the angle from last week were Boogalou was taken out by the Carnage Crew backstage and as a result, his career has ended. In reality, he left the company to sign with XPW in a move that did not pay off at all. Special K refuses to shake hands and gets their asses beat as a result. Trinity, called as such this week, takes Elax on her shoulders and walks backstage. Scramble rules mean anyone can tag in at a given time. Joel and Izzy start off and work at a fast pace with some matwork mixed in that looks decent. Jose tags then Quiet Storm steps in as Izzy stepped out and they work a sloppy and over choreographed sequence. Homicide and Divine are in and they go back and forth for a bit. Homicide goes for a pin after a shoulderbreaker but Dixie breaks that up and it leads to a wacky spot in which everyone is involved in a submission hold which pumps up the crowd. Everyone now empties the ring and brawls outside. Izzy and Joel fight on top and that ends with Joel flipping Izzy inside out with a lariat. Joel then hits a backdrop driver but Dixie makes the save. He hits a tornado DDT on Joel but Divine breaks that up and hits a few suplexes before putting him in a leg lock. Jose hits Divine with a tornado DDT but Homicide comes in and hits him with the shining wizard after Jose flipped out of a Cop Killa attempt. Storm hits Homicide with a back suplex then Izzy comes flying in with a rana from the top rope. Izzy tries to dive outside but Homicide flattens him with a big boot then flies outside with a somersault plancha. Jose then flies out with a crossbody and that leads to a trainwreck spot highlighted by a springboard corckscrew plancha by Izzy. Everyone then meets up top and that leads to a tower of doom spot that luckily did not cause a major injury. Divine hits Dixie with a super Dragon Plex that just looked weird. Storm hits Jose with a Muscle Buster Driver that gets broken up by Joel. Storm sets up for the Storm Cradle Driver but Joel hits him with a Blue Thunder Driver for a nearfall. Izzy hits Homicide with a moonsault dropkick but misses the moonsault off of the top rope. Homicide then hits Izzy with an Alabama Slam then the Cop Killa. Dixie runs in and Homicide locks him in the STF and gets the win (14:57) **1/2.
Thoughts: At least this was all action with minimal blown spots. Izzy stood out the most with his high-flying moves. Divine and the SAT’s were useless as usual and everyone else was fine. There was not much of a purpose for the match.
Immediately after the match, the Backseat Boys (Trent Acid & Johnny Kashmere) run out as the announcers let us know about the agreement between RoH and CZW for that involves a ticket deal for shows on the same day. Backseat Boys let the crowd know that they are the best tag team and challenge the Natural Born Sinners, which are no more, as Homicide welcomes his partner, Steve Corino, who apparently quit as a color commentator as he wanted to be a wrestler again.
Backseat Boys vs. Homicide & Steve Corino
The Backseat Boys follow the Code of Honor but Corino cheapshots Acid after the handshake. Homicide hits Acid with a top rope Ace Crusher that looked impressive. Kashmere takes Corino down with a flying headscissors. Outside of the ring, Acid gets sent into a chair with a drop toehold courtesy of Homicide, who then flies out with a senton onto a seated Acid. Kashmere sets up for a diving attack but Corino catches him with a super kick then gets a nearfall with a Northern Lights Bomb. Corino is in the ring standing tall as everyone else is down but gets speared by Kashmere, who then spears Homicide. Corino puts Kashmere in a Cobra Clutch that Acid breaks up with a Yakuza kick. The Boys hit Corino with the Hart Attack then with a lightning-fast array of other double-team moves. Corino then fights back and hits a super Fisherman’s Suplex on Acid. Homicide follows with a splash but Corino breaks up the pin. Homicide accidentally elbows Corino, who kicks him in the nuts when he has Kashmere up for the Cop Killa then walks out of the ring and the Boys hit Homicide with the T-Gimmick (Double Crucifix Powerbomb) for the win (6:44) *1/2.
Thoughts: The match was essentially under tornado rules and unmemorable to say the least. I have no idea where they are going with Corino as he left the booth to turn to Homicide for some reason. This was also the debut of the CZW invasion.
Christopher St. Connection & Allison Danger w/ Japanese Pool Boy vs. Christian York & Joey Matthews & Alexis Laree
The guys start by brawling all over the place. Laree yells at the Japanese Pool Boy, who gets accidentally clotheslined by Mace. York comes in and hits Mace with a gutbuster and a senton for a nearfall. York & Matthews hit Mace with some double-team moves. Japanese Pool Boy trips up Matthews, who responds by hitting Buff E. on the apron but ends up walking into a clothesline. Buff E. hits a spinebuster and follows with a headbutt to the groin. Matthews tries to fight out of the corner but the CSC cut off the ring. The CSC use some homoerotic antics on Matthews, who comes back with an inverted DDT. Levy make note of Matthews hanging out with Special K before the show as the hot-tag was made to Laree. She slaps around the CSC as this match has gotten really bad. Japanese Pool Boy shoves Matthews off of the top rope then the CSC hit Laree with the Gay Basher and Danger covers for the win (4:47) DUD. After the match, York and Matthews hit Japanese Pool Boy with a double-team move.
Thoughts: Terrible match. The antics of the CSC are getting really old and York & Matthews never really impressed anyone. Laree looked pretty bad when she was in the ring.
James Maritato addresses those who ask him why he is against the FBI gimmick. This promo looks like it was filmed in a classroom. He runs down everyone who was part of the stable. Maritato mentions how it got better when he run the belts with Mamaluke but then ECW closed down and ever since, he has worked a lot of independent shows as his career as reached a plateau and now it is time to drop the comedy act and to get serious and if Mamaluke wants to keep the comedy act going, they will not gel and is career will not climb so in order to take care of this problem, they will face off and if he is pinned, he will give Mamaluke the FBI gimmick. However, if Mamaluke loses, the gimmick will be gone forever.
Tony Mamaluke vs. James Maritato
Mamaluke attacks Maritato from behind to start the match. They take it to the mat after that and go back and forth in an entertaining sequence. Maritato takes down Mamaluke after he offered a handshake and puts him in a cross armbreaker. Maritato then targets the leg and even rolls through a slam attempt to put Mamaluke in an ankle lock. Mamaluke now targets the leg then puts Maritato in a butterfly lock. Maritato shoves Mamaluke off of the top rope and hits him with a dropkick that gets two. They botch Maritato’s Kiss of Death spot as Mamaluke fell before the move was performed and that gets two. Maritato tries a move off of the top rope but Mamaluke climbs up and hits a superplex then rolls through that and puts Maritato in a butterfly lock then uses a body scissors as Mamaluke taps (8:29) **3/4.
Thoughts: Solid match. Mamaluke wins and gets the FBI gimmick. At the time, Maritato was signing with the WWE so it made sense for him to pass it on to someone else who could use it, even if it was to Mamaluke, who while he was a capable wrestler, never had any star potential.  
Ikuto Hidaka vs. Amazing Red
The crowd is pumped for this match. They end up trading moves in a nice fast-paced sequence. Hidaka tosses Red outside and they trade chops before they head back inside and continue their exchange. They then trade armdrags before ending in a standoff. Red counters a tilt-a-whirl into a DDT. Red tries to dive outside but slides underneath Hidaka instead and drags him off of the apron. Red tries a pescado but gets hit with a dropkick in midair by Hidaka. In the ring, Hidaka works the knee for a bit. Hidaka lands on the top rope after missing a handspring then Red hits a spinkick. Hidaka fights back and ends up hitting a DDT after Red blocked the initial attempt in an odd looking spot. Red kicks Hidaka off of the apron as he attempted a springboard and flies outside with a flip dive but overshot Hidaka and bounces off of the guardrail. Ouch. Hidaka sells his already injured shoulder with that move. Red rolls Hidaka back inside and targets the shoulder. He then catches him with a spin kick after a reversal sequence but gets dropkicked in midair after a float over attempt in the corner. Red rolls back inside and Hidaka catches him with a kneebreaker then hits him in the knee with a springboard missile dropkick. He then hits Red with a German suplex then floats over and puts him in a leg lock. They then have a pinfall reversal sequence that ends with a double clothesline. Hidaka puts Red in the Gory Special then from that he hits a cutter and that gets two. Red comes back with the 718 (Mysterio’s 619) then gets a nearfall with a sunset bomb. Red climbs up top but Hidaka cuts him off with a dropkick. He tries to powerbomb Red but that gets countered into a leg drop then Red climbs up top and hits the Infrared, which legitimately broke Hidaka’s orbital bone, then gets the pin with the Red Star Press (13:43) ***3/4. They zoom in on Hidaka’s face and that looks fucking painful.
Thoughts: Really good match. These two had fantastic chemistry until the end, where Red crushed Hidaka’s face.
ETW TV Championship Match
Don Juan vs. Fast Eddie (Champion)
Rudy Boy watches the match from ringside. Eddie has “Better Than You” written on the back of his trunks and legally blind. Juan dropkicks Eddie off of the middle rope and that gets two. Eddie comes back with a German suplex but Juan takes him down with headscissors. Eddie dumps Juan then hits a quebrada with his legs crashing down on the guardrail. Juan takes Eddie back in the ring with a cutter for a nearfall but heads up top and gets cutoff with a knee smash before getting the win with a flip slam (3:22) *. After the match, Biohazard and Michael Shane attack both guys. Rudy Boy corners them in the ring until Corino interrupts and tells him that he has stolen his students but Rudy calls him a “Dusty Rhodes wannabe” and that leads to their Texas Death Match.
Thoughts: Just a segment to set up the Texas Death Match. Eddie looked okay out there and Juan has never stood out in his few appearances for the company.
Texas Death Match
Rudy Boy Gonzalez vs. Steve Corino
Rudy attacks Corino and takes him down with a clothesline. Rudy comes back with a super kick then attacks him in the corner as Corino is busted open. The action spills outside as Rudy Boy misses an attack and collapses the guardrail. Corino hammers away on Rudy Boy in the crowd. He takes the action to ringside as he continues his assault on Rudy Boy. In the ring, Corino comes back with a seated dropkick in the corner then uses boot scrapes on Rudy Boy until he spills to the floor. Rudy Boy rolls back in as Corino beats on him some more. He locks Rudy in the Cobra Clutch and gets the win as Rudy could not beat the count (8:04) *. After the match, Corino along with Shane and Biohazard beat on Rudy Boy until Paul London makes the save with a ladder. London then attempts to run up the ladder and dive outside onto Shane but ends up in the crowd instead.
Thoughts: Bad match. This was way too slow and plodding and seemingly little need for the Death Match stipulations either. The end also furthers along another feud, this time between Shane and London.
Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki
This is the RoH debut of Samoa Joe, who was brought in as a “hired assassin” by Christopher Daniels to take out Low Ki. This is also billed as a “fight without honor” as the handshake deal is out the window. Joe takes Ki down and delivers some stiff elbow strikes while on the mat. He then bends Ki in half with a single leg crab. Ki fights out and that leads to a chop battle that Joe wins by kicking down Ki. He charges and misses a big boot in the corner, allowing Ki to fight back. Ki knocks Joe down with a rolling Koppu Kick as the crowd goes nuts. However, Joe kicks out at one then comes back and takes Ki down with a clothesline. Ki kicks out of that at one as Joe kicks the shit out of him then hits a suplex that only gets one. Joe locks on a cross armbreaker but Ki comes back and works the arm himself. Ki hits a Tiger Suplex for a nearfall then they slap the shit out of each other until Ki knocks down Joe with an enziguiri that gets two. Joe comes back and boots Ki in the face in the corner. Joe locks Ki in an STF but Ki counters that with a cross armbreaker. Joe reaches the ropes and they have another exchange of strikes. Ki wins then drops Joe on his head with a back suplex then puts him in the Dragon Clutch but Joe blocks that and picks him up and hits a Death Valley Driver as both men are down. Joe gets two with the Island Driver. Now, both guys no-sell each other’s kicks then remove their tape and slug it out. Joe wins that battle but Ki comes back with repeated kicks to the face. Ki then comes back with a flurry of strikes that knocks Joe down then he covers and gets the win (16:29) ****1/4. After the match, Joe shakes the hand of Ki and together they hold up a Zero One banner.
Thoughts: Excellent debut for Joe, who was a hired gun at this point. On commentary, they pushed hard the fact that Joe has been the only guy to match Ki strike for strike. This is a match to seek out, especially if you are a fan of hard-hitting action.  
Prince Nana vs. Elax
Nana attacks Elax from behind then chops him in the corner. He then hits a running thump and a senton before putting on his crown and headbutting Elax, then getting the win with a double underhook suplex (0:55) NR. After the match, Dunn & Marcos come into the ring and declare that they are in fact the top tag team in RoH until the unnamed big black guy (Slugger) comes in and destroys them.
Thoughts: A giant waste of time, as is everything else involving these wrestlers. Between Elax and Brian XL, it was tough to pick out the company’s worst wrestler in 2002.
Jay Briscoe vs. Xavier w/Simply Luscious
This is a non-title match. Xavier pie-faces Briscoe instead of shaking his hand before the match begins. They start on the mat as they switch off working the arm. After slapping each other, Briscoe comes back with a back elbow smash and a rollup as Levy talks about the next show having a #1 Contender’s Trophy match. Briscoe hammers away until Xavier knocks him down with a forearm smash. Xavier shows very little in terms of heel charisma by the way. Xavier gets two with a facebuster out of the torture rack position then he uses a choke. Xavier misses a charge as Briscoe fires away. He comes back with a Death Valley Driver then knocks Xavier to the floor with a clothesline. Xavier dodges a baseball slide then a flying body press that has Briscoe crash into the guardrail. Back inside, Xavier kicks down Briscoe then places him in the tree-of-woe. He knocks Briscoe down then places him on top and hits an inverted DDT that only gets two as Xavier uses a cocky cover. Xavier puts on a chinlock as Levy explains to use that whoever wins the #1 Contender Trophy will have to defend it until they get a title shot. Briscoe comes back with a German Suplex for a nearfall as both men are down. They get up and Briscoe fights back. He hits a gordbuster then heads up top and hits a leg drop for a nearfall. Xavier blocks a Jaydriller attempt and puts him in a Cobra Clutch. Xavier then turns that into a Cobra Clutch suplex and that only gets two. They have a pinfall reversal sequence that ends with Briscoe hitting the Jaydriller for the win (13:29) **. The crowd pops huge for the win. After the match, the Prophecy runs in and attacks Briscoe until Low Ki and Doug Williams run in for the save.
Thoughts: Another match that was paced way too slowly. Xavier was never any good to begin with and lacks the necessities it takes to carry yourself as a credible champion of a promotion. He did not stand out in any way what so ever. Briscoe looked good but had to really slow things down in the match to work with Xavier, who lost his first match as a champion to a guy billed as a loser.
Falls Count Anywhere
Carnage Crew vs. Da Hit Squad
 Da Hit Squad come in through the crowd and bring in part of the guardrail into the ring with them. They attack the Carnage Crew from behind. As Devito is lying in the corner, Mack puts the guardrail over him as Mafia runs into it all full speed. Devito comes back and sends Mafia into the corner with a suplex. The Carnage Crew beat on Mack with hubcaps outside of the ring until Mafia flies out with a tope and takes out everyone including the guardrail. They brawl in the crowd now as the camera work isn’t the greatest but by the looks of it we are not missing a whole lot. Mack breaks up a DDT attempt by Loc with a clothesline. Mafia attempts to powerbomb Loc off of the stage and through a table but he blocks then Carnage Crew use a spike piledriver to send Mafia through the table in a brutal spot as Mafia is screaming in pain after he was pinned (6:58) *1/2. Ki comes out to check on Mafia, who was billed as his training partner.
Thoughts: Typical garbage brawling that you would have seen at the end of ECW. The finish was sick though. I cannot stand Da Hit Squad personally as they come across as a low-rent combination of Public Enemy and The Gangstas.
Spanky vs. Michael Shane w/ Biohazard vs. Paul London
Spanky jumps Shane from behind after the handshake, continuing the bad blood between those two. London and Spanky work together briefly until Spanky tricks him in a cool spot in which he hits Shane with a short-arm clothesline instead of whipping him near London for a double-team move. Spanky and London then argue about who gets to beat on Shane and they have an exchange of chops. London comes up short on a dropkick then Spanky hits one of his own and that gets two. London gets hit from behind with an enziguiri by Shane, who tosses Spanky to the floor. Shane beats on London for a minute then knocks Spanky off of the apron. London comes back with consecutive Northern Light suplexes then gets two with a fallaway slam into a bridge. Shane comes back with a facebuster and a neckbreaker that gets two. In a cool spot, London launches off of Spanky’s back to hit Shane with a shooting star press and that gets two. London heads up top but Spanky shoves him to the floor. Spanky tries to fly outside but Shane clotheslines him down. Shane hits Spanky with knee strikes then hits London with a baseball slide afterwards. Spanky then takes out Shane with a pescado. Shane then chokes out Spanky as the announcers talk about Shane taking offense to Spanky using the “Showstopper” nickname. London kicks Shane in the face as he attempted to use a chair on Spanky then rolls him back inside. London sets up for the Shooting Star Press but Spanky cuts him off. He tries a superplex but Shane gets underneath him and hits a powerbomb. London comes off the top with the SSP but Shane ducks that and takes a breather in the corner as Spanky hits the Sliced Bread #2 on London then Shane nails Spanky with a super kick and covers London for the pin (9:20). Shane then beats up Spanky on the floor for a bit. He rolls him back inside and quickly tosses him through the ropes. Spanky reverses an Irish whip and sends Shane into the guardrail. They go back into the ring where Shane catches Spanky with a dropkick as he comes off of the top rope. Shane locks on a sleeper then hits him with a lariat to the back of the head. Shane then gets two with a top rope elbow drop that is called the “picture-perfect elbow” that gets two. Spanky then lands on his feet after a German suplex attempt and hits the Sliced Bread #2 but cannot make the pin in time as Shane kicks out. They brawl for a bit then Spanky comes back with a springboard missile dropkick for two. Spanky then comes back with a facecrusher and an enziguiri that gets two. He hits a Northern Lights Bomb then a frog splash from the top but that only gets two. Spanky charges but Shane catches him with a tornado DDT that gets two. Spanky comes back with a backslide but gets caught with a super kick then Shane drops the Picture-Perfect elbow for the win (19:30) **3/4. After the match, Shane cuts a promo that I can barely hear due to the audio quality and at the end says that he is the new showstopper.
Thoughts: They tried to establish Shane as the star here. Spanky was also leaving the company to sign with the WWE at the time so he did not need the win. The match itself never really clicked at any point and was underwhelming given who was involved.
Christopher Daniels w/ Simply Luscious vs. Doug Williams
Originally, this was supposed to be Williams vs. Dick Togo, who got injured and had to withdraw. If Daniels wins, Williams can never shake hands in RoH and if Williams wins, Daniels must follow the Code of Honor. They start on the mat with Williams working the leg. Daniels rolls outside and runs away from Williams, who gets his leg grabbed by Luscious, allowing Daniels to suplex him back into the ring. Williams is able to go back to working the leg then puts him in a painful looking stretch. Daniels escapes and hits a neckbreaker then hits a few elbow drops. Williams blocks a suplex attempt but Daniels instead turns it into a Russian leg sweep for a nearfall. Williams gets a backslide then tries the Chaos Theory but Daniels blocks that with a STO then works the arm. He hits a Manhattan drop then a neckbreaker and that only gets two. Williams fights back but Daniels is able to counter the Chaos Theory yet again. Williams hits a tornado DDT then hits a few flying knee smashes. He hits a knee drop off of the top rope but that only gets two. Fisherman’s Buster gets two. Daniels fights back and hits an STO as both men are down. Daniels us up first and gets the Best Moonsault Ever but that still cannot put Williams away. Williams catches Daniels with an overhead suplex as both men are down again. Williams finally hits the Chaos Theory but Daniels is able to reach the ropes to break the count. Williams comes over to Daniels in the corner but Daniels takes him down then puts his feet on the ropes as he cradles him for the win (12:29) **1/2. The Prophecy mocks Williams after the match but Togo hits him from behind with a crutch then Jay Briscoe nails him with the Jaydriller.
Thoughts: The middle of this match was really dull and the ending came out of nowhere, making it another disappointing match. With Briscoe beating Jay and hitting Daniels at the end, it seems like they are making him a face who will be feuding with the Prophecy.
In the back, Mamaluke and Maritato say goodbye. Mamaluke thanks him for everything as Maritato tries to convince him to reconsider continuing the FBI gimmick and to be serious and fill his shoes to become a shooter. Mamaluke tells him that he is right and it is time to be a man as they hug and say goodbye. This was done as Maritato signed with the WWE and would debut in a few months as Jamie Noble’s crazy cousin Nunzio.
The Prophecy is backstage as Daniels introduces Samoa Joe as part of the stable. Xavier cuts a promo on Jay Briscoe as Luscious cuts him off to remind Xavier that he lost to him tonight. Corino interrupts as Daniels questions him why he has been hanging out with Michael Shane and tells him not to diss the Prophecy. Shane then appears as Xavier asks if he is man enough to take the belt from him as Shane tells him that he will have to look him in the eyes and shake his hands when he beats him for the title as he is the better man. Shane is part of the #1 Contender’s Trophy match next month. Daniels then gets upset as Corino wants to leave with Luscious and Joe wants to head with him to ”Norma Jean’s” as he wants to conduct business. Joe tells Daniels he is paid to handle business in the ring and if he wants him to be his “boyfriend backstage” that will cost extra then he heads off with Shane and Corino. Again, I have no idea where they are going with Corino other than the fact he pisses people off.
Final Thoughts: Not the best RoH show by any means. Sure, there was a few good matches but a lot of segments just did not click and the crowd was the quietest it has been for an RoH show to date. I cant blame them as this show really dragged at points. Xavier still seems like a terrible choice as the champion and they need more faces as besides Low Ki, there next two seem to be London and Jay Briscoe, who while they are good in the ring, are not ready to be put in those spots. In closing, seek out Joe/Ki and Hidaka/Red and skip the rest.

Here is my schedule for the next several days:

Sunday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/14/86
Tuesday: WWF Superstars of Wrestling 9/20/86
Thursday: RF Shoot Interview with Christopher Daniels (2014)
Friday: WWF Wrestling Challenge 9/21/86
Saturday: RoH All Star Extravaganza 11/9/02

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Bound For Glory 2013

For Glory 2013
October 20, 2013
Viejas Arena, San Diego, California
Mike Tenay, Tazz
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
finally reached the biggest show of the year and while it hasn’t been
the greatest build in the world, the night should have some solid
wrestling to make up for it. The main event tonight is the winner of
the Bound For Glory Series AJ Styles challenging Bully Ray for the
world title. Other than that we have a five way Ultimate X match and
potentially the return of Hulk Hogan, who may or may not have signed
a new contract. Let’s get to it.

Team Gauntlet
a four team gauntlet match with the winning team getting the tag
title shot on the PPV. We start with Bad Influence vs.
Hernandez/Chavo Guerrero. The Bro Mans will be fourth due to Robbie
E. winning a four way on Impact. Eric Young and Joseph Park will be
third due to winning a drawing earlier tonight. Hernandez cleans
house to start and Bad Influence bails to the floor. We finally get
down to Daniels running into a big boot from Hernandez in the corner
and take a quick break.
with Hernandez hitting an over the shoulder face plant to stop
Kazarian’s momentum, allowing for a double tag to Chavo vs. Daniels.
Chavo gets two off a headscissors and everything breaks down.
Hernandez runs over Bad Influence and hits the big shoulder to run
over Kazarian. Daniels low bridges SuperMex to the floor but walks
into Three Amigos from Chavo. Not that it matters though as Kaz
comes back in to distract Chavo, giving Daniels a rollup with a
handful of trunks for the pin at 7:30.
and Park are in next but get jumped on the way in. Park runs over
Kazarian and slams him down, only to have Daniels chop block him down
to give Kazarian control. Bad Influence double teams the big man as
the fans chant for Young. Kazarian can’t quite get a sunset flip but
avoids a seated senton from the big guy.
take another break and come back with Eric getting the hot tag and
pounding away on Daniels in the corner. Young flips over the corner
and does Daniels’ strut down the apron before coming back for a belly
to belly and a near fall. Kazarian makes the save and gets sent to
the floor, allowing Daniels to hit a release Rock Bottom but miss the
BME. Park hits a Samoan Drop on Daniels to give Young the pin at
Influence jumps Park and Young post match and sends Park into the
Ultimate X structure. The referee calls for help as Park is injured
and Young is out cold in the ring. Here come the Bro Mans with
special guest Mr. Olympia Phil Heath. It’s basically a handicap
match here with Young getting double teamed for a big, only to make a
comeback with right hands and forearms. A slam puts Robbie down and
Eric drops a top rope elbow for two. The numbers finally catch up
with Eric though and a double flapjack sets up a Hart Attack for the
pin and the title shot at 22:00.
C-. Nothing special here but I
liked the length of the match. Far too often in these things the
falls last about 2 minutes each and are completely unrealistic when
you compare them to normal wrestling matches. Having the shortest be
seven and a half minutes made this far better. Also anything that
keeps Chavo and Hernandez off my screen is a good thing.
opening video for the PPV is the usual thing you would expect:
talking about how this is the culmination of the entire year and
everything leads to this night.
Title: Samoa Joe vs. Manik vs. Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries vs. Jeff
is Ultimate X, meaning there are four towers around the ring with
ropes connecting them in an X shape. You have to climb up and crawl
across the ropes and pull down the belt to win. Manik is defending
coming in but Sabin has been in 16 of these matches. Chris bails to
the floor to start, only to have Aries follow him out and send Sabin
into the structure. Hardy and Manik head outside as well until Sabin
goes in, only to be pounded down by the Samoan. Aries comes back in
and sends Joe to the floor to take over.
starts to climb the structure but hops down to the apron, only to
pull Aries down a few seconds later. Manik takes Hardy down and
slaps a Sharpshooter kind of move on Sabin, only to have Aries make
the save. Austin goes up again but Jeff pulls him down and hits a
falling powerbomb facebuster (think a powerbomb but falling backwards
instead of forward) before pulling out a ladder. Joe dives through
the ropes to knock the ladder into Joe, only to be taken down by
drops Sabin but here’s Aries with a huge dive of his own to take
everyone out. Aries goes for the belt but the champion comes back in
for a save. Manik sends Aries to the floor but here’s Sabin almost
immediately. Joe sends Aries back in and pounds away on him in the
corner but Austin comes right back with a kick to the head. Hardy
and Joe take dropkicks in the corner from Aries but Joe escapes the
brainbuster. Aries gets caught in a quick spinning joke but Manik is
going for the title, only to be pulled down into a low blow from the
dropkicks Joe into the ropes but Jeff comes in with the Whisper in
the Wind to put Chris down. Now the ladder is set up in the middle
of the ring but Joe slams Jeff’s head into the top to knock him down.
Aries dropkicks Joe down but Manik springboards up to the ropes and
then the ladder, only to have Sabin shove the ladder and both of them
over. Hardy hits the Twist of Fate to take Sabin down but can’t
follow up. Sabin sends his girlfriend Velvet Sky in to make the save
but it’s just a distraction for Sabin to go up and win the belt at
C+. The match was fun but
that’s a pretty lame ending. I know it’s a heel move from Sabin, but
it was Hardy that brought the ladder in to start. The ending was
really lackluster and the match lacked a lot of the drama that these
matches had. I don’t think there was even one near finish which made
it feel like it came out of nowhere.
going to be seeing great AJ Styles moments tonight with the fist
being Styles winning the first X-Division Title in 2002.
Bad Influence to fill in some time because there are only six matches
tonight. Kazarian says that it’s a shame they’re not on the card
tonight. Daniels says they’re the stepchildren of this company
despite the fact that they ARE TNA. They beat Chavo and Hernandez
earlier, Young and Park are a fisherman and a lawyer so they
shouldn’t count, and since this company is obsessed with multiple
people in matches, let’s make the tag title match a threeway.
brings out Eric Young who says he isn’t looking for a fight because
he already beat them tonight. He says he’s a scientist and the two
of them did something earlier tonight which created a monster. They
should run but instead Young gets double teamed. Cue the returning
Abyss to clean house. Bad Influence is taken out and Abyss helps
Eric up. Remember when Park and Young beat Bad Influence on the
preshow? Well they just did it again here, just not in an actual
Storm and Gunner say they’re ready to defend the titles against the
jokes that are the Bro Mans.
Titles: Bro Mans vs. James Storm/Gunner
E. and Jesse Godderz still have Mr. Olympia Phil Heath with them.
The champions run the goofs over to start and send them out to the
floor so Gunner can backdrop Storm over the top onto the Bro Mans.
We officially start with Storm throwing Jesse around with a hiptoss
before it’s off to Gunner. An elbow to the face and a slingshot
suplex get two each on Jesse before Robbie gets in a shot from the
apron to take over. Robbie comes in and pounds away on Gunner before
getting two off a dropkick.
comes back with a jumping knee to the face but Jesse runs in to
knock James off the apron. Robbie drags Gunner back into the
challengers’ corner before bringing Jesse back in. Gunner comes
right back with a quick fallaway slam and the hot tag brings in
Storm. James cleans house and gets two on Robbie off a running
neckbreaker. The Bro Mans get their act together and load up a
double superplex on James, only to have Gunner pull James off into an
electric chair.
is taken down by a front suplex, allowing James to drop a top rope
elbow for two. Storm has a nasty cut on the side of his leg and
Robbie scores with a quick Edgecution for two. Gunner loads up
Robbie in the Gun Rack but Robbie makes the save, only to get caught
in a powerbomb. Storm adds a Backstabber but Jesse makes the save at
the last second. James hits the Last Call on Jesse but Robbie throws
in a title belt for a distraction, allowing the Bro Mans to hit the
Hart Attack for the pin and the titles at 11:48.
C. This was better than I was
expecting but it’s not like it means anything long term. The tag
division means nothing at all and if time has proven one thing, it’s
that one team can hardly ever breathe life back into belts that a
company isn’t interested in pushing. The near fall off the superkick
was really good but other than that it was your basic tag match.
from the Hall of Fame induction last night including Sting with a
bare face in a rare sight.
Sting to induct Angle into the Hall of Fame. Sting talks about how
so many people respect Kurt because of what he does in and out of the
ring. Kurt comes out and thanks everyone before pausing for a THANK
YOU ANGLE chant. Sting says it’s time to induct him, but Angle says
that he has to decline. He’s setting a new standard for the industry
because what’s he’s accomplished before will be nothing compared to
what he has in the future. He’ll join Sting one day though. The
fans are stunned and Sting doesn’t look pleased.
Styles won the world title at No Surrender 2009.
gets a phone call and says she wants all of AJ’s merchandise on sale.
Ethan Carter, Dixie’s nephew, comes up behind her for his debut.
Apparently Dixie has a match for him tonight and they have a family
motto: “The world needs us. We’re the Carters.”
Title: ODB vs. Brooke vs. Gail Kim
is defending. Brooke looks GREAT in a leather version of her usual
attire. Gail is knocked to the floor to start with Brooke taking
over on ODB in the corner. Brooke gives her a Stink Face but ODB
pops up and sends her into the corner for a Bronco Buster. Gail
comes back in, only to be knocked back to the floor a few seconds
later. Brooke works on ODB’s back and gets two off a quick
pops back up and grabs the figure four around the post, only to have
ODB make the save with her chest. ODB chops Brooke but gets rolled
up for a quick two. Off to a half crab on Brooke but Gail makes
another save. The challengers both go up but have to shove off a
double superplex attempt, followed by Gail hitting a missile dropkick
on ODB. Brooke adds a top rope elbow (WAY too popular of a move
tonight) for no cover.
up and ODB gets two on Gail via a delayed vertical suplex. The
referee gets taken out as ODB somehow gets both girls up in a
fireman’s carry at the same time. Brooke falls off but ODB slams
Gail onto her….and here’s Tapa. She runs over ODB and takes her
out, only to powerbomb Gail on top of ODB for the pin and the title
at 10:33.
D+. This could have been on any
given Impact and that’s the problem with this show: nothing feels
special at all so far. Gail is champion again. So? She’s been
champion before, just like everyone else in the division. Nothing to
see here other than Brooke looking great.
hugs Tapa to reveal a ruse.
Bro Mans celebrate.
is shocked at Angle turning the induction down and is going to prove
why he’s the better man tonight.
recap Angle vs. Roode, which is all over Roode being inducted into
the EGO Hall of Fame, ticking off now non-Hall of Famer Kurt. This
is Angle’s first match back from rehab.
Angle vs. Bobby Roode
has a bad shoulder coming in. Feeling out process to start with
Angle taking it to the mat but having to bail to the floor to avoid
the Crossface. Back in and Angle tries the ankle lock but Bobby
rolls through to send Angle back to the floor. Bobby takes over on
the floor but Angle takes him down with a suplex. Back in and Roode
scores with a quick hotshot to put Kurt back on the floor before
going after the neck even more.
takes him back inside and works the neck with clotheslines and shots
to the back of the head. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Kurt
fights his way up and rolls the Germans for the first time in several
months. A belly to belly gets two but Roode armdrags out of the
Angle Slam. Roode scores with the spinebuster for two but Angle
slips out of a fireman’s carry and grabs the ankle lock.
slips out of the hold again and sends Kurt shoulder first into the
post before loading up the Crossface. Kurt fights up and gets a
quick ankle lock, only to have Roode roll over into the Crossface
again. Angle almost tape but turns it over into traded rollups for
two each. Back up again and Angle tries a clothesline, only to get
caught in the Crossface for the third time.
fights up again and gets an Angle Slam for a VERY close two. Both
guys are down now with Angle holding his arm. They slap it out from
their knees with Angle getting the better of it before grabbing more
Rolling Germans. Roode shoves the referee away so he can kick Kurt
low to take over again.
busts out an Attitude Adjustment of all things (I’m shocked no one
has stolen that move yet) for two but Kurt is able to slap on the
ankle lock yet again. Roode tries to kick Kurt away like he did
earlier but Angle holds on and hooks the grapevine. Bobby is no
Brock Lesnar and can’t make the rope so he passes out, but as the
referee lifts the arm it falls onto the rope for the break. Kurt is
ticked off so he loads up Roode into a SUPER ANGLE SLAM but he can’t
follow up. Roode gets to his feet at nine and falls into a cover for
the surprise pin at 21:00.
B+. This is the kind of match
the show needed. Roode winning is the right call and the stuff at
the end was really solid. The opening part of the match was dull but
at least the right guy won to avenge the loss he had two years ago.
Angle didn’t need the win at all so Roode winning is definitely the
right call.
match Angle still isn’t moving so medics come out to check on him.
Angle won’t let them put a neck brace on and gets off a stretcher to
walk out on his own.
beat Sting at Bound For Glory 2009.
says tonight is about the Aces and 8’s being reborn. There are a
bunch of guys whose faces we can’t see with Ray implying it’s all the
old members coming back tonight.
Carter III vs. Norv Fernum
is former WWE talent Derrick Bateman. Fervum is apparently a local
guy and looks to weigh about 150lbs. Carter runs him over to start
and forearms his way out of a wristlock. A t-bone suplex takes
Fervum down and it’s off to a one arm camel clutch. Norv fights up
and hits some shoulder blocks and a pair of dropkicks followed by a
top rope cross body for two. Ethan hits a quick Bulldog Driver to
end Fervum at 3:28.
D-. Carter has a good look but
this wasn’t needed on a PPV at all. That’s the problem with this
whole show as I mentioned earlier: this doesn’t feel like anything
special. We’ve had a promo with a return earlier and now an added
squash match just to pad in the time. That’s not a good sign at all.
says this is the new biggest night of his life and he’s not going to
leave without until he knocks the door down. He has everything to
lose tonight and it makes him feel more dangerous.
recap Sting vs. Magnus. Magnus blew the BFG Series finals and thinks
he can’t do it, so Sting is going to give him a chance tonight.
vs. Magnus
out process to start with Sting sending Magnus out to the floor in
frustration. Back in and Magnus sends him into the corner for some
shoulder blocks. We hit a body scissors as Magnus is being rather
aggressive here. Back up and Magnus drives in shoulders to the ribs
but gets caught in a backdrop so Sting can pound away. There’s a
quick Stinger Splash and we’re already in the Scorpion Deathlock less
than five minutes in.
kicks away and a double clothesline puts both guys down. The Brit
hits a quick Stinger Splash of his own and gets two off the falcon’s
arrow. Sting kicks away from the Cloverleaf and hits another Stinger
Splash before putting on the Deathlock again. As usual Sting doesn’t
sit down on it at all so Magnus is able to crawl over to the ropes.
Stinger Splash number three lands on an uppercut and Magnus hits a
Scorpion Death Drop on his own to set up the top rope elbow.
kicks out at two and is able to avoid the second top rope elbow,
putting both guys down again. Magnus fires off some hard forearms
but Sting says bring it. Sting gets taken down into the Cloverleaf
with Magnus actually cranking on the hold….for the submission at
11:02. I NEVER remember Sting tapping before.
C. Not a great match but the
ending couldn’t have been better for Magnus. Sting gave up in the
center of the ring without a bit of cheating at all. Good match here
and the ending was the perfectly right call, but the match didn’t
feel like it had a middle part which hurt it a bit.
leaves without shaking Sting’s hand.
won the BFG Series this year.
quotes Guns N Roses by saying welcome to his jungle. He doesn’t want
AJ to die though. Instead he wants AJ to have to go back to Georgia
and tell his family why he lost tonight. More greatness from the
champion here.
recap AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray, which is almost all about AJ vs.
Dixie. AJ won the title shot in the BFG Series but the main story is
about Dixie Carter not wanting a hick like AJ as the world champion.
She’s promised tonight is his last night in the company.
World Title: AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray
is No DQ and No Countout. AJ’s music is the full dark theme this
time and doesn’t break into Get Ready To Fly. After the big match
intros we’re ready to go. Ray talks a lot of trash to start and
slams AJ down with ease. AJ is thrown around again and his wristlock
is broken up by a HARD clothesline. Ray shouts about smelling fear
on AJ for years now, which motivates AJ into a dropkick.
hooks the Calf Killer out of nowhere, drawing out Garrett Bischoff
for a distraction for the break. It’s going to be one of those
matches isn’t it. Garrett slides Ray the hammer but AJ kicks it away
and grabs the hammer for himself. Ray blocks it with a chop and hits
an even harder one for good measure. AJ says hit me again and Ray is
stunned, allowing Styles to fire off some right hands. Ray chops him
again but AJ says bring it. AJ goes after the leg but as he goes up,
here’s Knux for another distraction. Styles dives at him but gets
caught in a chokeslam to give Ray two.
yells at Earl Hebner for the near fall so Earl yells back, only to
have Ray miss a shot and take out Knux by mistake. Ray punches AJ
down and then kicks him to the floor with the hammer going out too.
The champion gets the hammer but AJ kicks him in the head, knocking
Ray to the table. AJ grabs the hammer but throws it down and rams
Ray into the table instead. Styles loads up a springboard 450 but
Ray moves, sending AJ crashing through the table in a SCARY landing.
Earl seeing if AJ can remember what planet he’s on, Taz hands Ray a
box cutter so he can cut up the ring like he did at Slammiversary.
The wood under the mat is revealed as AJ is trying to crawl back into
the ring. Ray calls for someone to come out to the ring and here
comes Dixie. She looks scared but Ray tells her to get a chair.
Dixie demands one from security but AJ springboards in with the
forearm to drive the chair into Bully’s head.
the springboard 450 but Dixie tells Earl to count slowly. After
about 20 seconds Earl gets to two and Ray kicks out. Ray backdrops
out of the Styles Clash to send AJ back first into the wood but
doesn’t cover. Ray’s middle rope backsplash actually connects but AJ
is up at two. The fans aren’t really caring that much about these
near falls. Bully blasts him twice in the back with the chair but AJ
rolls out of a powerbomb and Peles Ray down. AJ blasts Ray in the
head with the chair and there’s the Spiral Tap for the pin and the
title at 20:34.
C. This wasn’t so much about
would AJ win but how would he win. I do however have one question:
can we PLEASE have a main event not be overbooked? These two have
shown they can have a good match together without all the nonsense,
but apparently that’s not allowed anymore. It doesn’t work when we
saw this at Slammiversary and the luster was kind of gone here.
Also, where were the extra Aces that Ray had? Where did Garrett go?
At this point though, I’d take anything decent as a main event and
that’s what this was: decent but not great.
long highlight package of the main event and AJ celebrating in the
crowd ends the show.
D+. That’s being really
generous too. The main events were decent to good, but this show can
be summed up in four words: not bad, seen better. That’s the problem
with everything tonight: everything on this show has been done better
before. TNA is just such a mess at this point and nothing on here
made me want to see what’s happening going forward. AJ vs. Dixie
does nothing for me and the reaction to Dixie as the top heel has
been bad to say the least.
build coming into this show was pretty dreadful with almost none of
the matches feeling like they meant anything. The X Title and
Knockouts Title matches were thrown together, the Tag Title match was
literally made tonight and the World Title was secondary to AJ vs.
Dixie. The wrestling was passable for the most part but the biggest
show of the year should blow the doors off instead of just being
passable. This show just didn’t work tonight and I really don’t like
where TNA looks to be going in the near or far future.
Sabin b. Manik, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy and Austin Aries – Sabin
pulled down the title
Mans b. James Storm/Gunner – Hart Attack to Storm
Kim b. Brooke and ODB – Kim pinned Brooke after a powerbomb from
Lei’D Tapa
Roode b. Kurt Angle – Roode pinned Angle after Angle hit a top rope
Angle Slam
Carter III b. Norv Fernum – Bulldog driver
b. Sting – Cloverleaf
Styles b. Bully Ray – Spiral Tap
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TNA Bound for Glory Thread

Its TNA’s biggest show of the year.

Pre-show match includes a Tag Team Gauntlet with the winners facing Gunner & James Storm for the titles. Participants include Bro-Mans vs. Joseph Park & Eric Young vs. Chavo & Hernandez & Bad Influence

Here is the PPV Card

Gunner & James Storm defend the Tag Team Titles against winners of the Gauntlet
ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke for the Knockouts Title
Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe vs. Chris Sabin vs. Manik in an Ultimate X match for the X Division Title
Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode
Magnus vs. Sting
AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray for the TNA Heavyweight Championship

Your Bound For Glory Series Predictions!


What are your predictions for this years BFG series? 
Champion they will face at Bound For Glory?:
Will they win the belt?:
It'll be cool to look back at in 4 months when it's all over. I'm going with the obvious AJ win and then defeating Bully.
Yeah I'll also go with the safe choice of AJ beating Anderson in the finals and then winning the title from Bully.  There's a lot of chaff to separate from the wheat in this tournament.  

Blog Topic: No Guts, No Glory – Royal Rumble 2013

Hey Scott,

Love the blog and its Simpson-savvy commentariat. Just thought I'd shoot you a topic for the blog, given that the Rumble is this Sunday. 

It's what I call a "No Guts, No Glory" predictions thread, which is, specifically, for bold/daring/ballsy predictions.

The "No Guts, No Glory" thread is where you can make the predictions that you just have a certain hunch about, but aren't willing to predict at any official capacity, whether it's because people will think you're out of your mind, or because you feel the prediction is just wishful thinking on your part (or whatever reason, really). 

The catch is, you only get three predictions. 

They can be in any order, no need to rank based by likelihood of the prediction actually happening.

Of course, there's no real point to this beyond bragging rights, but at least bragging rights here on more rewarding than they were on the PPV of the same name (trophy notwithstanding).

My guesses:
1)  John Morrison returns, fails to win the Rumble, but comes up with a spot where Kofi Kingston walks on his hands to avoid elimination and then Morrison actually balances on Kofi's feet after getting thrown out of the ring.
2)  The New Age Outlaws both enter the Rumble, somehow win the tag titles halfway through the match and then we all get bored with them by the 40 minute mark, at which point they break up again and WWE tries another singles push for Billy Gunn that lasts until the 45 minute mark of the match, when Gunn fails three simultaneous drug tests and gets fired.
3)  Zack Ryder becomes the first person to draw a negative number in the Rumble.

ROH Glory By Honor XI (2012)

Seems that I was mistaken, it’s Road Rage again this week,
then new stuff next week. But instead of talking about a TV show showing PPV
highlights, how about the PPV itself?
“Live” from Mississauga, Ontario. Hosted by Kevin Kelly and
Nigel McGuiness.

In case you’re wondering, this week’s TV show has
Mondo/Bennett and Edwards/Cole from this PPV, and another Matt Hardy interview
that’s not even worthy of a recap. We start off here with Kelly and McGuiness
doing a brief rundown of the card, and jump right into our opener.
The Bravado Brothers
vs. Caprice Coleman and Cedric Alexander: 
The Bravados sneak attack to start and double-team Alexander.
Coleman in now and the faces hit a standing Doomsday Device for 2 as the
commentators discuss how to pronounce “Mississauga”. The ring is outrageously
loud tonight, to the point that it makes it hard to hear anything else. Coleman
goes to the top, but Lancelot distracts him and the heels take over. Harlem
hits a really nice backdrop suplex, and then Lancelot pulls down the top rope
as Coleman is trying to run them and he falls to the floor. Lancelot tosses him
back in for 2, then tags in and grabs a surfboard. Harlem misses an avalanche
and Coleman gets the hot tag. Tornado DDT attempt on Alexander is reversed into
a rolling Northern lights suplex, with both Bravados taking the third one. They
bail, Alexander gets nailed trying a dive to the floor, and Coleman launches
himself right over him with a somersault dive. Harlem then proceeds to hit a
moonsault from the 2nd rope to the floor, and Alexander follows that
with a plancha and all 4 guys are down on the outside. Funny stuff as Harlem
gets tossed back in and asks McGuiness (sitting with Kelly right up against the
ring) for help. He gets an Unprettier on Alexander as we begin heat segment #2.
This one doesn’t last long as Alexander hits a springboard knee and tags in
Coleman. Both teams get some close 2 counts, then Harlem takes a fucked-up looking
Total Elimination (learn how to do it right or find another move guys), and the top rope rana/frog splash combo finish Lancelot at
12:18. ***1/2, excellent opener.
Clip of Mike Mondo’s near sexual assault on Maria Kanellis
from ROH TV a few weeks ago.
Mike Bennett (w/
Maria Kanellis) vs. Mike Mondo:
Bennett’s trunks look more like panties
than wrestling gear. McGuiness starts with the horndog comments about Maria
before the match even begins. Mondo cheap-shots during the Code of Honor,
pounds away in the corner, then does some of the worst looking worked punches
I’ve ever seen from the mount. Maria hops up on the apron, Mondo grabs her,
Bennett tries to nail him and misses and Mondo hides under the ring. He pops
out on the other side and just launches Bennett in to the barricade, and then
chases Maria around. He tries a dive from the apron, but Bennett catches him
and powerslams him on the concrete. Mondo to the barricade now and I’m thinking
this is where he breaks his leg, but he keeps going. Back in the ring they slug
it out. Mondo gets knocked off the top to the floor and they brawl outside some
more. Back in we get the double-KO spot off simultaneous cross-body attempts.
Both guys bail and now they brawl by the entrance, and Mondo backdrops out of a
powerbomb attempt and starts pinballing Bennett between the barricades. He
tries to crotch him on the rail, but the leg can’t handle the weight and he fucks
up the spot. Mondo then gets the bright idea to climb up to the top of the
entrance on a busted leg and dive off it, and fucks that up too. Back in the
ring Maria nails Mondo and Bennett hits the TKO for the pin at 9:51. ½*, the
injury to Mondo totally shot what wasn’t looking to be a very good match to
begin with, as brawling isn’t these guys strong suit. Though I do give Mondo
credit for finishing the match.
Clips of the WGTT/Titus & Whitmer match from ROH TV.
Rhett Titus & BJ
Whitmer vs. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas:
WGTT jumps Titus &
Whitmer from behind as they make their entrance, and double team Whitmer in the
ring for a bit until Titus breaks it up. Haas gets tossed over the top and
Whitmer hits a suicide dive to the floor as the match starts proper. Titus gets
a bulldog on Benjamin for 2 as Haas kicks the shit out of Whitmer on the floor.
Now the heat segment begins on Titus (who’s tied up in a streamer), with mostly
punchy-kicky stuff from WGTT. Double KO from simultaneous clotheslines, both
guys tag out and Whitmer gets a Northern lights on Haas for 2. Exploder suplex,
Benjamin makes the save but gets tossed over the top for a nice bump. Haas and
Whitmer flip each other off while pounding on each other in a funny sequence,
then trade German suplexes, then Haas gets an Olympic Slam for 2. The faces
double team Haas as it appears that we’re not bothering with tags anymore.
Benjamin finally gets to his feet and back in the ring, Titus gets crotched on
the top rope and a double powerbomb finishes Whitmer at 10:11, plus a couple
minutes of brawling outside before the match officially started. **1/2, not a
bad match or anything but kind of disappointing.
Clips from the Steen/Lethal incident in Rahway NJ, as
covered last week.
Jay Lethal vs. Davey
Also covered last week, only notable thing from the few minutes
not shown on TV is the commentators calling Richards Eddie Edwards a couple
times. When even the COMMENTATORS have trouble telling them apart, that’s a
problem. Original *** rating still stands.
Intermission. Various clips hyping tonight’s main event are
shown, then the whole video package is repeated. Twice. No, that doesn’t scream
LOW BUDGET! at all…
TaDarius Thomas vs.
Rhino (w/Truth Martini):
Of course, this was supposed to be Thomas vs.
Roderick Strong, but Strong comes out and quits the House of Truth (telling Thomas
that he’ll “kick him right in the balls” was just hilarious) and we get Rhino
instead. Crowd is solidly behind Rhino despite the fact that he’s the heel,
though that’s probably because Thomas completely sucks. Rhino stalls and Thomas
dances around for the first minute or so, then Rhino sends Willie Wanker back
to the locker room for the rest of his gear. Thomas starts with his shitty
loose kicks that don’t make contact, Martini returns with a duffel bag as Rhino
hits some sort of F5-like move for 2. Martini hands him some tape, and he tapes
up his wrists and chokes Thomas with it real quick as well. Hey, why not? Rhino
tosses Thomas to the outside and Martini stomps on him in full view of the ref,
nearly getting Rhino DQ’d. Back in, Rhino grabs a bearhug, then stomps away and
drops the leg for 2. Another bearhug, Thomas gets free, Rhino punches him in
the head but apparently Thomas is related to the Headshrinkers, as Rhino sells
the hand. So like a moron he does it twice again with the same result. Thomas
comes off the ropes with… fuck, I dunno, but it doesn’t make contact. More
horrible kicking from Thomas, Rhino gets a belly-to-belly and sets up for the
Gore and for some reason Martini trips up Thomas. Gore misses, another kick
from Thomas totally misses and he gets La Magistral for the win at 5:56. When I
said last week that this wasn’t going to be very good I was being really
optimistic. -**. Holy shit, this was fucking AWFUL, as NOT ONE of Thomas’ kicks
made contact, and even if they had they were thrown with such little force that
they couldn’t have possibly caused any damage. This wins my vote for worst
match of the year by a mile, and the fact that Thomas wasn’t shitcanned as soon
as this was over (he wrestled at last week’s TV taping) is just mind-boggling.
Rhino takes out his frustrations on Martini, press slamming him from the ring
to the barricade and leaving a horrible looking bruise on his leg for the
second guardrail-related injury of the night.
ROH TV Title: Eddie
Edwards vs. Adam Cole (c):
Praise Jeebus, here’s Cole to hopefully wash the
taste of that last match out of my mouth. Extended 30 minute time limit for this
battle between two tag partners.  Long
(about 6 minutes) chain wrestling sequence to start as the fans get into the
dueling chants. Eddie starts chopping, Cole throws forearms and he ends up on
the floor and Eddie tries a dive through the ropes, but he gets kicked in the
head. Cole eats a boot to the face as he tries to get back in the ring and this
time the dive lands. Back in Eddie works the neck, Cole works the knee. Edwards
ends up on the apron and Cole hits a jumping enziguri, and then slings himself
over the top rope and DDTs Edwards on the apron. Nice. Cole hits a splash from
the top in the ring for 2. They do some more technical stuff, then Eddie hits
the double stomp from the top onto Cole’s back for 2, and rolls it right into a
half crab. They fight over that for a while (kicking each other in the head as
they do it) until Cole finally gets loose. Cole gets the figure-4, Edwards
makes the ropes. They fight over a superplex and both guys end up tumbling to
the outside. Eddie rolls Cole back in and scores 2 superkicks, but Cole comes
back with a shoulderbreaker and a boot to the back of the head for 2. Florida
Key finishes it at 19:11. ***, good technical contest. If WWE isn’t looking at
Cole they should be.
Clips of the Briscoes beating S.C.U.M. at Boiling Point.
ROH Tag Team Title:
The Briscoes vs. Steve Corino & Jimmy Jacobs(C):
Corino is wearing what
looks like a women’s one-piece swimsuit. Big brawl all over the outside to
start, with Corino paring off with Jay and Jacobs with Mark. In the ring
finally, as Corino gets his ass kicked. Jacobs in now as the heels take over
for a moment, but the Briscoes regain control pretty quickly. Corino nails Mark
with a roll of coins behind the ref’s back and sends him to the floor, and
S.C.U.M. goes to work on Jay. He hits Corino with a Flatliner on the second
rope turnbuckle as we see Mark finally getting back to his feet. Jay flips out
of a superbomb attempt and gets the hot tag, and Mark pounds on Jacobs in the
corner. Iconoclasm gets 2 for Mark, Corino gets dumped to the floor and the Briscoes hit
the Sidewinder for 2. More brawling leads to the quadruple KO. Jay gets dumped,
Sliced Bread on Mark gets 2. Jay hits Corino with the Death Valley Driver on a
piece of guardrail as a Jacobs senton finds Mark’s knees in the ring. DVD on
Jacobs now and Mark hits a top rope elbow for 2. The Briscoes set up for the
Doomsday Device but Corino throws the ref into the ropes to crotch Jay on the
top, boots Mark in the junk, and Jacobs pins him with a rollup at 13:59. **,
decent, but not great ECWish brawl with basically no actual wrestling to speak
More Steen/Elgin clips.
ROH World Title: Kevin
Steen (c) vs. Michael Elgin.
Steen comes out first and cuts a promo,
talking shit about Jay Lethal and telling the fans that the package piledriver
is no longer banned. Elgin comes out solo and Roderick Strong, who said earlier
that he was going to sit at ringside with some little kid and drink beer, is
shown doing just that. Both guys throw forearms and shoulderblocks to start,
then Elgin scores with a Black Hole Slam and Steen bails. Elgin follows him
right out and it’s another forearm battle, and Steen gets sent to the
barricade. He comes back with an eye rake and now Elgin hits the steel, and
Steen chokes him out with a fan’s Canadian flag. Elgin does likewise and rolls
Steen back in. A powerslam and a delayed vertical suplex each get 2 for Elgin. He
pounds away in the corner, and a flying shoulderblock gets only a one count.
Elgin to the apron, and Steen hits that nasty DDT through the ropes and both
guys are back on the outside. Steen Powerbombs Eglin onto the apron, then hits
a frog splash from the apron. That seems like it would do more damage to Steen,
and sure enough he does the majority of the selling off it. In a bit of
foreshadowing the fans start doing the “Ole!” chant. Back in with Steen doing a
foot choke and he stomps away. Elgin misses a Yazuka kick and eats a backdrop
suplex for 2. Steen uses the knee and hits a standing senton for 2. He gets
distracted talking shit to Roderick and misses a blind charge, and gets dropped
with a jumping enziguri. Yet another stiff forearm battle, then Steen goes for
the Fat Sharpshooter but can’t lock it in. Elgin goes for the powerbomb, Steen
reverses it into a package piledriver attempt but gets dropped on his head. He
comes back with a corner cannonball for 2. He goes for what looked like a
German from the top, Elgin knocks him off but a corkscrew attempt hits the
knees. Blind charge from Steen ends with him on the floor, and Elgin hits a
running somersault to the outside. Now Roderick wants to get involved but Elgin
yanks him over the barricade and just destroys him, tossing him through the
curtain to the back.
Steen tries to attack from behind but gets caught and
powerbombed into the ringpost. Corkscrew (barely) hits this time for 2, he goes
for the powerbomb but can’t get him up and now Steen gets the Sharpshooter.
Elgin reverses it into a crossface but Steen makes the ropes. They fight it out
on the apron, Steen grabs a sleeper and Elgin falls back first and both guys go through the
table that Davey Richards bounced off of earlier. This time it breaks, and both
guys just barely beat the count back in. Elgin tries a rana but takes a sitout
powerbomb for 2. F5 is reversed into another crossface, Steen rolls it into a
pin for 2. Elgin with a huge German suplex for 2 and he starts throwing knees,
a clothesline (with the Jannetty sell from Steen) gets 2. Steen no-sells the
turnbuckle powerbomb and comes back with a clothesline of his own and both guys
are out. F5 hits for 2, piledriver attempt results in yet another crossface,
Steen makes the ropes again. He gets the package piledriver and a handful of
fans toss streamers thinking it’s over. It’s not, and the crowd is going nuts
as Steen gets into a shoving match with the ref over the count and Elgin scores
a rollup off that for 2. Steen hits the cannonball again but Elgin holds on and
powerbombs him. Another turnbuckle powerbomb and Elgin hits the spinning sitout
powerbomb. Steen kicks out, Kelly is going insane as Elgin tries a top rope
powerbomb, but it gets reversed into a (nearly blown) top rope package
piledriver to finish Elgin off at 31:29. ****1/2, this was one hell of a good
match and easily a MOTYC (my vote still goes to Styles/Daniels from Destination
X though), but not quite the all-time classic that some people make it out to
be. Roderick Strong runs out and blasts Elgin with the Sick Kick to get some
And now the angle that will close out 2012, as ref delivers
a box to McGuiness. Steen: “I’m the champion, where’s my music, you fuckin
idiot? This IS pay per view, something had to go wrong!” HA! Fans start with
the “Ole!” chant again as McGuiness tells us that in the event that Steen won
he was to personally deliver the box to Steen. He does so, and Steen looks like
he’s about to shit his pants in fear, as inside is El Generico’s mask. End of
Final thoughts: Interesting show, as we get both a match that
some people are calling the MOTY, and a match that is by far and away the worst I’ve seen in 2012. For the price though this was an absolute steal, and
more importantly it went off without any technical issues. Well worth checking
out if you can find it. Next week we finally get into new stuff from last
week’s TV taping.