By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Drew Galloway Interrupted TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III
As I've stated countless times in the past, I'm typically not a fan of promos kicking off wrestling shows, but this was a strong talking segment with a clear focus on the Bound for Glory main event. I'm still amazed TNA waited as long as they did before they started promoting it, but the final sell was solid. I'd say EC3 is the better mic worker of the two, but only because Galloway tends to be over-the-top at times and repeats the same material. Other than that, I like the fire he shows in his voice, and they set up the main event tag team match (and Sunday's main event) nicely.
Mahabali Shera def. James Storm in a No Disqualification Match
I don't know about anyone else, but I couldn't have cared less about this feud over the past few months. I appreciate the effort to make it mean something, but Shera is just too green and Storm legitimately left the company months ago. This actually would have been better placed at BFG, but since Storm is already gone, that was out of the question. They worked a decent match and it was a fine blow-off to the Revolution angle, but I'm glad it's over. Storm put a new star over on his way out, so kudos to him. As for everyone else, we'll see where they go from here although I don't particularity care about any of them.
Lashley Confronted King of the Mountain Champion Bobby Roode
Honestly, the King of the Mountain Championship is dead to me after how much it's been tarnished since its inception years ago, but at least Roode is giving it his all to make the belt feel somewhat credible. The "open challenge" gimmick was pointless since Lashley came out immediately afterward (as opposed to waiting until Bound for Glory to find out), but I love the idea of them facing off at the pay-per-view. Granted, it's over a title that has zero prestige, but they worked a stellar series of matches both last year and this year and their clash on Sunday should be no different.
Trevor Lee def. DJ Z and Tommaso Ciampa in a Triple Threat Match
Uhm, what the hell was the point of this? It was a fun match, sure, and a fine showcase of the X-Division talent, but with nothing on the line, I thought I missed something. I've never seen Ciampa in TNA before (and it's funny he appeared on NXT the same night), DJ Z is an enhancement guy, and Trevor Lee is a part of GFW, who lost to Team TNA only a few weeks ago! I understand giving him his tag team title rematch with Brian Meyers on Sunday, but where was the logic in having him compete on this show?
The Dollhouse def. The Beautiful People
It's a shame Angelina Love got "hurt" (in reality, I'm almost positive she's pregnant and that's why she can't compete at the moment) as this would have meant more if it were all three members of The Beautiful People against The Dollhouse. Nevertheless, it was still a solid tag team match and the interference from Rebel on the outside protected The Beautiful People in defeat and kept the feud alive.
Mr. Anderson, Chris Melendez and Robbie E Attacked Eric Young
I had to laugh at Robbie E coming out to brawl with Young only to get his ass handed to him within seconds. Melendez and Anderson had better luck, but it rendered irrelevant since Young will be facing Kurt Angle on Sunday, so that was pretty pointless. I guess the other three are in another match at Bound for Glory, but I'm not sure how much viewers will care since it was thrown together at the last minute with no storyline support.
Drew Galloway and Matt Hardy def. TNA World Heavyweight Champion Ethan Carter III and Tyrus; Hardy Earned Entry into the Bound for Glory Main Event
The stipulation of Hardy winning and earning his way into the Bound for Glory championship main event definitely made the match more memorable. It wasn't given the time it deserved, but they worked well together and had a good tag match. It's too bad Tyrus doesn't mean more since he's always the one taking the pin. Jeff Hardy being named the special guest referee makes sense from a storyline standpoint, but I have my fingers crossed TNA won't pull any shenanigans as they're known to do at their biggest show of the year.
I've given TNA their fair share of crap as of late for their sped-up booking and build going into Bound for Glory, but the card has taken shape nicely over the past two weeks and I'm actually excited for it. This was a very successful go-home show in getting me amped for the event and I especially loved the video packages that were produced for the women. I don't know if TNA hitting a home run on Sunday will get the company back on track, but they're long overdue for a memorable pay-per-view, so I have hope for them.