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Re: Official TNA DVD Help/Discussion/Review Thread
Now its time for my BFG 2006 review.
- Things were much different this year. TNA had been on SpikeTV for over a year at this point, and the product was pretty much established in their direction. Big name stars had jumped ship or debuted with TNA like Sting & Christian Cage, but none were bigger than Kurt Angle. Also, this PPV was the very first held outside of Orlando as Detroit, Michigan got to experience TNA first hand. I can't tell you what a huge breath of fresh air it was to see a different crowd and venue besides the Impact Zone elk. This added a new level of excitement and intrigue to the show, and difinately made it standout over all the others that had come out before that point.
- Unlike the 2005 DVD, the Preshow is not included, which really isn't that big of a loss since nothing really noteworthy happened on the preshow except for the return of Robert Roode w/Traci Brooks as his manager.
- We kick things off with the "Kevin Nash Open Invitational X Division Gauntlet Battle Royal for Bound for Glory" Try saying that 3 times fast. I always felt disappointed that there was no big payoff to the awesome Kevin Nash vs. The X Division feud. Once Nash got hurt (whether or not he actually was hurt, I'll leave up to you) the angle got scrapped and they opted to go in a different direction where instead of trying to destroy the X Division, Nash would mold it in his image. This resulted in things like the Paparazzi Productions (I miss this), PCS (funny as hell!), Black Machismo, The Guru, & even The Motor City Machine Guns.
But all that would come later. This Gauntlet to open up the show was alot of fun. It gave us great X Division action from guys like the (re)debuting Austin Starr, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams, Alex Shelley and various others that could get it done when it comes to X Division action. But because Kevin Nash invented this thing, there had to be a few joke entires like A-1, Sirelda, Short Sleeve Sampson, & D-Ray 3000 (who briefly reunited with Shark Boy! I'll admit I marked for that) This was just a fun opener. Lots of action and some good laughs along the way. Very enjoyable.
- Filler match up next as the Tag Team Division was showcased. America's Most Wanted vs. James Gang vs. Team 3D vs. The Newly Franchised Naturals. There wasn't a whole lot of build in this match besides past histories that the teams had with each other as AMW was just killing time until their feud with LAX (which began the show before BFG where Hernandez gave AMW Manager Gail Kim the Border Toss) For a filler match, this was fun. Basically we got to see all the tag teams brawl all over the place, and they even worked in a Tower of Doom spot which was cool. Fun little match.
- Monster's Ball III came next. This year's entrants were Samoa Joe, Raven, Abyss, & Brother Runt with Jake "The Snake" Roberts (who was sober this night) as the guest referee. Funny how the show starts with an X Multi Man, a Tag Multi Man, & a Heavyweight Multi Man. Anyways, this match also alot of fun, and the best match so far. All Four Guys gave us some really cool spots. It's probably the least hardcore of all the Monster's Balls to date, but watching some of the interactions like Joe/Abyss, Abyss/Runt, & Raven/Jake, it all came together to make for a really entertaining match up.
- Loser Gets Fired Match was the next match as Eric Young (who was probably the most over guy in TNA at this time) vs. Larry Zbyszko. This was just a quick comedy match. The crowd was in full support of EY and he did some funny stuff to keep them into it. Some people hated this, but I thought it was a funny match that made the crowd happy.
- We take a break from the in ring action as Cornette comes out to talk to the fans and states that Samoa Joe will be fired if he tries to get revenge on Kurt Angle during the main event. This brings out Kurt who says that won't be necessary and Samoa Joe charges Angle, leading to a nice brawl that really got the crowd going. This was a really cool segment.
- Back to the action as Senshi defended the X Division title against Chris Sabin. WOW! This is easily one of the greatest X Title Matches in TNA history. It was an amazing match that damn near stole the show. Some of the counters and near falls in this match were incredible, and the match was exciting from bell to bell. I'll go as far to say that this is probably the best X Title match to not include either AJ, Joe, or Daniels (either this or Sabin/Petey from TP04) Outstanding match up.
- Rhino vs. Christian in the 8 Mile Streetfight is up next. They had a few matches in late 2006. I don't think this one was as good as their No Surrender match or the Barbedwire Steel Cage, but still a damn good hardcore brawl. This was just a really brutal and fun match up with a ton of heat on it because Rhino was the hometown boy and because the feud was handled so well.
- Next up was MOTN for me: AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels vs. LAX for the Tag Titles in Six Sides of Steel. This was one of the best tag team feuds in TNA history, which oddly enough came right after another excellent tag team feud in AJ/Daniels vs. AMW (yeah the tag division was at its best in 2006) and this feud definately warranted a Cage match finale. Once again, this was an excellent match up that showcased all four guys at their best and put together one hell of a tag title match.
- And Bound for Glory cloes with the main event: Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting - Title vs. Career with Kurt Angle as the Guest Enforcer. This was a really good way to close. The match itself had the feel of an old school Starrcade or Wrestlemania match, and having Angle there is Enforcer added some excitement as well. Yet again, this was just a really fun match which sent the fans home with a smiles on their faces.
Bound for Glory 2006 is easily one of the greatest PPVs in TNA History. The show was just exciting and fun throughout, and holding it outside of Orlando was such a great help at the time. It really made the show feel bigger than the normal PPV. The PPV also gave us two awesome matches in Six Sides of Steel & The X Title match while also delivering on fun and excitement during the entire show.
1) AJ/Daniels vs. LAX
2) Sabin vs. Senshi
3) Jarrett vs. Sting
4) Monster's Ball III
5) Cage vs. Rhino
6) X Gauntlet
7( AMW vs. 3D vs. Nats vs. JG
8( EY vs. Zybysko
Oh and I forgot to do Match Rankings for 2005:
1) AJ vs. Daniels
2) Monster's Ball II
3) Gauntlet for the Gold/Main Event
4) Ultimate X Rematch(Bonus Match)
5) Joe vs. Liger
6) Sonjay vs. Shelley vs. Aries vs. Strong (Pre Show)
7) Monty vs. Hoyt
8) Apolo/Siaki/Sharky vs. Diamonds
9) 3LK vs. Canada
10) Ultimate X (just for the horrible finish)