01 October 2014

TNA Wednesday Randomania - Oct 1, 2014

- This week, I'd like to begin with the latest on this year's Bound for Glory.  TNA announced the line-up earlier this week and suffice it to say, I was underwhelmed.  I was not surprised, however.  According to Bob Ryder, this was the best TNA could do under the circumstances and quite frankly, I'm sympathetic to them. Nobody knows for sure what those circumstances are but I imagine much of it has to do with the fact that the company was forced to tape episodes of Impact well into November. This left them with very few options for BFG that didn't include giving away spoilers. Personally, I'm not too thrilled by the BFG line-up but I'm also sympathetic to TNA's less than ideal situation.  I believe they're doing the best they can with the resources they have and it's something as fans we must accept. TNA is currently under an enormous amount of pressure and until a new television deal is finalized, the behind the scenes issues will continue to have a stranglehold on the company.  For this reason, this year's Bound for Glory is not a top priority. And I'm fine with that...because I fully understand that the light at the end of this tunnel is a new TV deal that will secure a spot on one network's line-up for Impact Wrestling in January. That is the ultimate prize.

- I think it's important to note that the behind the scenes issues aren't always indicative of a wrestling promotion's status. I believe a promotion is best represented by the television product they put out, and since Slammiversary, Impact has been, by far, the best mainstream wrestling show in the United States. I think it's remarkable that TNA can produce such an enjoyable television show while under immense stress and pressure. I can't even fathom how a company that many predicted its demise, this year, has endured so many setbacks and restrictions to give us the Summer of New York City. It's truly awe-inspiring. I suggest you think about this the next time you look at the Bound for Glory line-up. Take a good look at it. Process it. And hopefully you'll understand all the regret and trepidation that came with the announcement of that line-up. TNA's doing the best they can, folks, and if a pretty good wrestling show on October 12th in Tokyo, Japan is the company at its lowest point, then I'd say they've earned a little compassion from us. And a lot of respect.

- Two days ago, I posted the following on Twitter: "I hate to say it, but I will not be spending $50 on this year's Bound for Glory." I regret posting that now.  I've had a couple of days to truly process the BFG line-up and it's actually not that bad from a wrestling standpoint.  This year's Bound for Glory is a unique event and one that's historic.  The question is, do I want to be apart of it? Absolutely. But I also must ask myself, is it a must-see event, one that's worth the cost? Unfortunately, I don't have the answer. But I'm a fan. I love this company. Let's be real, if I can fit it into my budget this month, Bound for Glory from Tokyo will be ordered.

- There's a lot of mystery surrounding Kurt Angle's status and unfortunately, there's been a lot of speculation online as to which company he has signed with. I said recently that I can't see a scenario in which he has signed with another company while still under contract with TNA. I still stand by this simply because I don't see TNA giving Angle the permission to negotiate with another company before his contract expired.  It is now over a week since Kurt Angle's contract expired and since then, he's traveled to India on behalf of TNA in order to introduce the company's latest signing, Mahabali Shera. To me, that's an indication that the two sides have agreed to a deal. But I think the real indicator will be the way the Director of Wrestling Operations will be booked in the upcoming weeks on Impact, unless of course TNA or Angle make an announcement before then.

- And lastly, after a filler week, TNA is back tonight with what appears to be a very interesting night of television. Firstly, Gail Kim and Havok will finally be let loose inside the ring as the two women battle for the Knockouts title. In her short time in TNA, Havok has impressed me, although I will admit that her performance in the recent Knockouts battle royal had a lot to be desired. But I have a feeling that, tonight, we will see the Havok who chokeslammed a male security guard onto the floor. There's only one other match being advertised by TNA and that's Mr. Anderson vs MVP in what appears to be a continuation of the Kenny King vs Chris Melendez feud, both of whom I expect to be in their respective ally's corner. In non-wrestling news, the Wolves will officially announce the stipulation for the final tag match in the series, Austin Aries will announce the title that he'd like to challenge for, Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud appear to be headed for a collision course, and Bobby Roode will speak on his recent match against Lashley. I must say, that's a lot of goodness right there. I have to wonder, with the lack of announced matches, could one of those angles turn into an impromptu match tonight? We shall see. It should be an interesting show and one that officially kicks off the Autumn of Bethlehem, which could ultimately be the last chapter of TNA on SpikeTV.

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