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TNA Bound for Glory 2005
- Date: October 23, 2005
- Location: Orlando, Florida
- Attendance: 900
- Commentators: Mike Tenay & Don West
Starting a new series of reviews kicking off with BFG 2005 and continuing on as well as my DVD collection will allow. I think this review might be a little lengthy so I’m gonna work on that for future reviews.
Opening Match, Four Corners Bout: Alex Shelley vs. Austin Aries vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Roderick Strong
This is actually on the pre-show to the PPV and West puts over just how stacked the card is considering that a match of this calibre is on the pre-show. Strong’s theme song is painfully generic, which is kind of fitting for him. Nice touch as the match kicks off with some rock-paper-scissors to determine the two to start the match off. Nevertheless this is a tremendous match considering its place on the card as they just let all four go balls to the wall for a little under 15 minutes. Everybody gets a chance to look good and the moves executed look crisp, unique and generally awesome. They hit some complicated stuff and I didn’t notice a single botch which is impressive too. The tag rules are eventually thrown out the window after a cool looking four-way submission hold and Dutt finishes Strong off with a great looking Dragonrana. A lot of fun and an excellent way to get the Impact Zone heated up for the show.
Samoa Joe vs. Jushin “Thunder” Liger
Rest of the pre-show featured an AMW interview and an angle where Raven confronted Larry Zbyszko over being screwed out of the World Title by Jeff Jarrett and AMW the previous month, nothing worth seeing really. Joe gets the Samoan dancers for his entrance but Liger wins with streamers and his really cool theme song. The story told in this match is one of Liger having to work quicker and smarter than Joe to try and combat his brute force and strength, and while it works the match never really gets out of second gear and it’s too short to be anything special. Joe picks up a clean win with the Muscle Buster/Coquina clutch combo, where Liger’s arm falls three times to show he can’t continue in a nice touch. That finish doesn’t get used enough.
Diamonds In The Rough vs. Shark Boy, Apollo & Sonny Siaki
The Diamonds are Simon Diamond, Elix Skipper and David Young. Simon provides a pep talk before the match to try and stop the Diamonds losing streak. Apollo and Siaki get booed during their entrance but Sharky’s there to get the crowd back on side. This bout is literally just there, it’s fine wrestling but nothing memorable or exciting. Only surprising part comes when Apollo and Young hit sweet suicide dives to the outside. A Skipper assisted spinebuster by Young finishes off Siaki. Fine for what it was.
Monty Brown vs. Lance Hoyt
Surprisingly good match alert. The match starts a little slow but from the moment Monty makes some fans move out of their seats only to not throw Hoyt into the guardrail (what a heel) is where it picks up, with Hoyt hitting a sweet dive once Monty’s done taunting the fans. Both these guys are really fired up and hit some sweet moves such as when Hoyt jumps off the top rope and gets caught in a fallaway slam position before being thrown up into the air and then hit with a sick Alphabomb by Brown. Hoyt fires back with a Rock Bottom style move that West calls a Chokeslam and a great looking Moonsault but it’s not enough to keep Brown down who hits the Pounce (period!) for the clean pin. Both guys worked hard and put on a fast-paced hard hitting bout. Good stuff!
3 Live Kru vs. Team Canada (w/ Scott D’Amore)
The Kru is Konnan, Ron “The Truth” Killings and BG James. Team Canada is represented by Bobby Roode, Eric Young and A-1. One of those is not like the others. Konnan kicks it off and as always throws his shoe at his opponent, Young in this case who beautifully oversells it by flying out of the ring. Never really got how that’s not a DQ but then Truth leg drops Roode right in the balls and the ref doesn’t seem to give a fuck about that either so I guess it’s all fair play. Crowd chant for the New Age Outlaws (Kip James/Billy Gunn is on the ramp watching). Be careful what you wish for guys. Match is basically Truth kicking ass, Canadians cheat to gain advantage, Truth gets worked over, makes hot tag to BG, D’Amore distracts the ref, Canadians cheat to win via hockey stick shot. Nothing special, nothing to see here. Could of easily been on Impact instead of their biggest PPV of the year.
Ultimate X Match: Petey Williams (w/ Scott D’Amore) vs. Chris Sabin vs. Matt Bentley (w/ Traci)
The plastic red X is hanging, first to capture it is #1 contender for the X Title. Some good spots in the opening minutes as Traci distracts Petey by plunging his head into her ample bosom while Bentley goes for the X, only to have Sabin dropkick Petey and then pull Bentley down, crashing an elbow onto Petey. Sabin also recreates the Final Resolution 2005 spot where he does a running across the ring powerbomb into the corner, except this time Petey hits Bentley instead of the turnbuckles. Dueling chants for Sabin and Petey throughout this one, not much love for Bentley. As I type that Bentley hits a nice neckbreaker/cutter combo on both men earning a “Bentley!” chant. Touché Impact Zone. Sick powerbomb by Sabin to Bentley while they’re both on the UX ropes earns a holy shit chant. Sabin goes for the X but Bentley spears him down and the X falls and has to be re-hung above the ring. Crowd aren’t exactly thrilled, they chant “use the ladder!” but I’m sure Tenay would yell that that’s against the “X division code”. As soon as the X is back in place Sabin and Bentley go for it but kick each other down and in a rather awesome moment Petey waits underneath it hoping for the X to fall, which it does seconds later giving him the victory as Tenay cries that it doesn’t count. Messy ending, which the wrestlers and crowd weren’t happy with (Sabin storms off immediately, Bentley is clearly pissed and Petey doesn’t celebrate at all), but it was still a good bout beforehand.
NWA World Tag Team Titles: America’s Most Wanted (w/ Gail Kim) vs. The Naturals
AMW recently turned heel and aligned themselves with Jeff Jarrett, destroyed Team 3D and then beat and bloodied the Naturals en route to capturing the Tag titles the night before on Impact. The Naturals are all business in the early going and charge down the ramp and lay a beating on the champs. Storm gets taken out of the equation quickly when Chase Stevens catches him trying to skin the cat and powerbombs him into the guardrail. Both Naturals then spend minutes beating on Harris while the referee begs for them to have a normal wrestling match, with tags and everything. Eventually Gail Kim proves to be the difference maker, distracting Andy Douglas so Storm can come back to life and throw him into the UX steel pillar, busting him open. Storm then throws Douglas onto the commentators table and West complains that Douglas’ blood is on his shirt in a classic moment. I miss you, Don. Harris attempts to use some powder but it’s kicked into his face, resulting in him hitting the Catatonic on Storm. The Naturals then hit the Death Sentence on Harris for a great near fall. Douglas gives chases to an interfering Gail Kim and ends up being blindsided and handcuffed to the guardrail by Harris in an inventive move which the referee is shockingly fine with. Storm busts Chase over the head with the beer bottle and then AMW make Douglas watch his buddy get the Death Sentence to finish it. Entertaining, spirited brawl here that was a lot more fun than I expected it to be going in. Bit of a shame this was the end of The Naturals as a properly featured team in TNA outside of the Shane Douglas manager mini-push they got in ’06.
Monster’s Ball Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Rhino vs. Abyss (w/ James Mitchell) vs. Sabu
Mitchell cuts a great pre-match promo, but that’s really par for the course with him. Jeff gets a mixed reaction on his entrance. He won’t by the end as this match rocks. The stipulations to this Monster’s Ball are a little different to later ones as for this the four participants have supposedly been locked in a room without food, water and sunlight for the past 24 hours. It’s not a bad idea in theory but it doesn’t make a difference in terms of how the match goes so it’s easy to see why they dropped it. Sabu gets badly busted open around the eye in the very early going, not sure how though as the camera was focused on Jeff and Abyss instead. I’m not gonna just recap all the crazy spots in this but rest assured this is a crazy, wild, fast-paced brawl with not a moment of down time. No rest holds to be found here that’s for sure. Jeff’s Swanton Bomb off the TNA structure putting Abyss through two tables on the floor level is an insane spot. The action continues after that and a bloodied Rhino picks up the win with a sick Rhino Driver off the middle rope to Jeff. If you like multi-man hardcore matches then this is one you gotta check out.
30-Minute Iron Man Match, X-Division Title: AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels
This is the rematch to their first Iron Man at Against All Odds 2005 which AJ won in sudden death overtime. Spirited start as AJ does a running jump off the ring steps, over the guard rail to clothesline Daniels down. It’s made even better by the camera angle and girls screaming. Match starts slow naturally so the crowd amuse themselves with a “your both awesome” chant. AJ controls nearly the entire first ten minutes with slow, methodical, but still interesting offense. AJ finally goes for a high-risk move with a top-rope clothesline attempt and ends up getting caught and blasted with a suplex. Daniels then takes control and, like AJ in the ten minutes before, decides to work over the head and neck area. AJ manages to get back into it with his springboard reverse DDT, which looks especially smooth tonight. Match goes back and forth for a few minutes before a Daniels flying knee knocks AJ through the ropes and he lands really awkwardly on the steps with his thigh/knee. He’s clearly in pain but that doesn’t stop Daniels hitting a sick suicide dive. Daniels throws AJ back in but drilled with the Pele! Turnabouts fairplay so AJ hits an awesome flip dive over the top to Daniels. The Fallen Angel then back suplexs AJ over the top rope right to the floor, with a nasty thud, for a “holy shit” chant. We’re still 0-0 as we enter 5 minutes remaining. AJ goes for a headstand but bounces right into a German suplex, before then no-selling and taking Daniels’ head off with a discus clothesline. Both men regroup as by now Styles’ leg that hit the steps has already started to swell and bruise up. In a great callback to the Unbreakable triple threat the month before AJ counters an Angel’s Wings attempt into a northern lights suplex with a bridge that this time doesn’t do the job. AJ manages to battle on and connects with the Styles Clash and gets the pinfall to make this 1-0 at 2 seconds remaining, to naturally pick up the victory. This match is not an all-time classic but is certainly still worth checking out, a very well-paced Iron Man match.
10-Man Gauntlet Match, Winner Earns an NWA Title Shot Tonight
NWA champ Jeff Jarrett is supposed to be facing Kevin Nash tonight, but Nash had some sort of chest pains the weekend of the show and called 911 and went to the hospital. We kick it off with Samoa Joe and Ron Killings. Entrants every 2 minutes in this one. Truth mocks the haka from Joe’s entrance and as you can guess, gets a vicious beating in return. A broken looking Sabu is entry #3 and he introduces his steel chair to Truth and Joe. Entrants every minute now, just Joe and Truth had to face each other for an initial 2 minute period. Seems pointless but there we go. Joe throws the chair into Sabu’s knees to take him down as Lance Hoyt is our next entrant. Hoyt is fired up, guess a big PPV loss will do that to you. Hoyt gets the early flurry of offense but it comes back to Joe kicking ass by the time the next entrant, Abyss, comes in. Abyss is favouring his hand and goes straight to battling Joe in a heavyweight clash the fans are super into. Truth manages to take them both out though as Jeff Hardy is here for entry #6. Jeff takes his time to enter, not really by choice, but it’s still a good tactic. Not much happens until Monty Brown comes down for #7 and hits a nice Pounce on Sabu. In a botch-tastic moment Brown throws Hardy over, and then blatantly throws himself over, to eliminate both of them. Don West tries to cover but nobody’s buying it. Rhino is entry #8 and quickly takes out Hoyt. Nothing going on for 50 seconds and Kip James, the only fresh man, comes in at #9 as Sabu gets dumped out. Tenay and West have no idea if Sabu is out or not. West assumes Raven is the natural tenth entrant, but instead it’s AJ Styles! Talk about an iron man. It eventually boils down to Rhino and Abyss and one Gore later, The War Machine has himself a World Title shot. Entertaining enough.
NWA World Heavyweight Title Match, Special Referee: Tito Ortiz: Jeff Jarrett vs. Rhino
Tito’s entrance allows Rhino to recover just a little. Jarrett takes his sweet time on the entrance, and why wouldn’t he considering Rhino’s condition? Jarrett brings a casket down to ringside as Jarrett had vowed to make sure someone left the show in a casket. Seems like a strange thing for Jeff to want to do but whatever. Jarrett owns Rhino for a while, Gail Kim distracts Tito and Rhino gores a guitar for a close two count. AMW come down and slide in a second guitar, Tito knocks out both of the tag champs and this time Rhino catches the Gore to win the title! A nice moment for Rhino, who I’ve always felt is underrated, but in terms of the main event of your first ever Wrestlemania-level PPV (in TNA’s eyes) it’s not really much. Planet Jarrett destroy Rhino and 3LK in the aftermath until Team 3D make the save to finish the show on a high note.
Overall A very strong show, like most of TNA’s PPV offerings in 2005. Highly recommended, especially for the Iron Man and Monster’s Ball matches. The pre-show match and Tag Team Title match are also worth checking out.