After word got around that TNA would be bringing an abrupt halt to this year's Bound for Glory Series with tonight's (Aug. 29, 2013) "MUST WIN THURSDAY" gimmick, the pro wrestling media as we know it was sure to point out that the tournament has been a convoluted mess.
Now, in an attempt to clear things up, TNA has released an article detailing the differences between this version of the Series and last year's.
Each year, the BFG Series pits 12 wrestlers in a series of matches with the top four moving on to the BFG Series Final Four at No Surrender (Sept 12th in St. Louis). Last year, the series was held under Round Robin rules with the eventual winner being Jeff Hardy.
In 2013, the BFG series shifted to bring more of the series to Spike TV and include the Joker's Wild (Random Draw Tag Team Tournament), Hardcore Justice (Fourway Hardcore Matches) and the Fan Choice event (allowing you to pick the BFG card). The 2013 BFG Series has provided each talent the same amount of opportunities to earn the same amount of points. By the end of this week's BFG Series matches (after this coming week's Xplosion show), each wrestler was scheduled to have had seven one-on-one matches with one exception.
That's an interesting little twist but it was never presented this way before now, so this seems like simply covering all the bases before bringing the entire tournament to an abrupt halt thanks to running out of time. The alternative is that this was always planned out this way and if that's the case, things at TNA may be even worse than we thought.
Because very little of this has made much sense.
There have been some last minute changes made. Originally, Hernandez was to face Kazarian tonight on Impact, but now Jeff Hardy will step in for Hernandez, which is being done to make up for the fact that neither of the two ever had a match with Magnus. Or so TNA is saying. The Hernandez vs. Kazarian match will now take place on Xplosion.
Magnus, for his part, won't even be at the show tonight due to "an unforeseen issue" and his point total will stand.
That clears everything right up, no?