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11 September 2013

PREVIEW: AJ Styles vs Austin Aries - BFG Series Semi-Final


Finishing as the points leader in the Bound For Glory Series, AJ Styles had the choice of who his opponent would be in his Semi-Final match. Out of Magnus, Austin Aries & Bobby Roode, Styles chose Austin Aries, stating his reason was because of his loss to Aries several weeks ago, calling Aries the one man he didn't want to lose to. Both men have established themselves in recent times as "Lone Wolves" both turning down offers from power groups in TNA. Styles & Aries are driven to stand alone, but also to stand atop of the TNA mountain. While the other Bound For Glory Series Semi-Final may be filled with faction interference, these two former champions know what their match will be, one on one, between two of the top athletes in the industry today. The only question remains, who will secure their spot in the BFG Series Final?
 
PREDICTIONS
MisterTNA
"This is a tough match to call. Both men could go on to win the Series and even the World Title at Bound For Glory. While I'm not sure who to pick, my gut tells me that AJ Styles will gain the victory and advances to the Final." 

BigDawg
"I am going to go against the grain here and pick Aries as the winner in a thrilling back-and-forth contest.  I think something will happen during the match to send AJ off into a different feud storyline with another wrestler (perhaps one that gets eliminated earlier in the evening) and take him out of the BFG Main Event"

Nick Mann
"This could be match of the year if given enough time as both of these guys are at the top of their game. I see AJ winning clean as a sheet and maybe a rubber match down the line."

Shelbin
"The narrative has changed a bit in recent days.  We discussed the likelihood of AJ Styles not wrestling in the main event at Bound for Glory.  The truth is we simply do not know.  With that said, it's imperative that Styles wins it all.  At the very least, it will be an indication that Styles is closer to signing a contract extension."

FUTURE RAMIFICATIONS
The first ramification for both men would be advancing to the Series Final. With the possibility of winning and becoming the #1 Contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Title at Bound For Glory. For Aries, it could put him in the opposite position he was in last year. Last year Aries was walking into Bound For Glory the World Heavyweight Champion, this year he may walk into BFG as the #1 Contender. Could Aries make his Bound For Glory match outcome the opposite of last year too by walking out the TNA World Champion?

As for AJ Styles, it would be a triumph to be one win away from earning a shot at TNA's biggest prize, a prize he has been barred from going after for almost a year. Beating one of the best in the business could be the last shot of momentum AJ needs to win the BFG Series Final, and set up what would be a storybook ending to a dramatic and emotional 18 months for the Phenomenal One. The match could go either way, but as Austin Aries said last week, one winner is guaranteed, and that's the fans. 

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