WWE puts on WrestleMania every April and the show has become a worldwide phenomenon, with cities putting together entire business plans with detailed pitches hoping the company will choose to host the event in their neck of the woods. It's a big deal.
TNA, meanwhile, decided its flagship pay-per-view show would take place in October every year, entitled Bound for Glory. It's been recognized as the biggest show on the promotional calendar and is often treated as such, popping the biggest buyrates with the most meaningful storylines culminating that night.
This year, however, the line up looks as weak as it ever has.
- Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles (TNA heavyweight championship)
Styles won the Bound for Glory Series, itself a convoluted mess that had to be rebooked late to account for new plans, namely depushing Magnus in favor of bumping Styles up the card. Ray is still doing great work but Aces and 8's has been a massive failure.
- Sting vs. Magnus
In place of winning the BFG Series, Magnus has been saddled with a lack of belief in himself despite such strong support from all those around him, namely the Main Event Mafia. That includes Sting, who has essentially promised to give Magnus a match like Ric Flair did for him back in the 80s. Basically, we're supposed to believe Sting can put Magnus over so big that he'll become a big star.
- Manik vs. Chris Sabin vs. Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy (Ultimate X Division championship match)
Should be entertaining enough considering who is involved but it really showcases the inconsistency in the booking. Aries only recently came back to the X Division with little to no explanation after a long tag team with Bobby Roode. Hardy doesn't belong here, as he is one of the only true stars the company has left. Manik isn't getting over and Chris Sabin's heel act is laughable.
- James Storm & Gunner vs. TBA (Tag team championships)
They will face the winners of ...
- Bad Influence vs. Joseph Park & Eric Young vs. BroMans vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez (Pre-show gauntlet)
This was thrown together for the pre-show (so TNA is not unlike WWE in that regard) with the winners earning a crack at the tag team titles on the PPV card. Even thrown together, there's nothing to argue against that strategy, even if the only relevant team in this is Bad Influence.
It's also been announced that Kurt Angle will make his return, though not for a match and only for his Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Does that look like enough to entice you Cagesiders to spend your hard earned dollars on the show?