TNA Bound For Glory PPV Results: 11-5-17
Results courtesy of PWTorch.com (direct link to McMahon's complete report)
. Condensed here to in-ring results only.
(1) TREVOR LEE [c] vs. MATT SYDAL vs. DEZMOND XAVIER vs. GARZA JR. vs. SONJAY DUTT vs. PETEY WILLIAMS — Six-Way Match for the Impact X-Division Championship
The match will be held under Lucha Libre rules. Two men are legal at any time, but no tags are required if someone leaves the ring.
Sonjay and Sydal begin the match. The crowd was really into Petey Williams, with a loud “We Want Petey!” chant coming just 2:00 into the bout. Four people hit Lee with sliding kicks in the corner. Lee hit Sonjay with a huge pop-up powerbomb for a two count. Garza Jr. had his right shoulder taped up and he’s holding it as if he was wearing a sling, even as he’s in the ring. Lee began working on Garza Jr.’s arm with an armbar. Williams hit a codebreaker on Lee and a backslide into a near fall. Sydal nailed Williams with a kick to the face. Williams hit a dive on Lee to the outside. Xavier took out everyone with a big dive over the top. Xavier threw Lee into the ring and hit the Final Flash on Lee for a believable near fall but Sonjay broke it up. Garza Jr. hit Sydal with a headbutt. Williams kicked Sydal and put him in a sharpshooter but Sonjay broke it up with a kick. Williams hit Xavier with a Canadian Destroyer but before he could go for the pin, Trevor Lee tossed Williams out of the ring and covered Xavier himself.
WINNER: Trevor Lee retains the X-Division title in 13:00. (**1/2)
I actually expected this match to be a little more up-tempo. It seemed like there were some sloppy spots — uncharacteristically, a few with Xavier — but the crowd made up for some of that with their enthusiasm for Williams. The live crowd has made a huge difference from the typical Impact Zone crowd thus far. It’s a noticeable difference.
(2) TYSON DUX vs. TAIJI ISHIMORI (w/ Masayuki Uchida)
Borash called Dux the top free agent in Canada. Borash said the winner of this match could get a title shot against Lee. Ishimori hit a dropkick and Dux rolled to the outside. Mathews mentioned that Dux wrestled in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic against Zack Sabre Jr. Dux hit a suplex for a two count. Laurel Van Ness was shown walking through the crowd. She was dressed in a mink coat and was typically crazy. LVN was shown in the crowd again. Mathews pointed out that she was Canadian. LVN was shown sitting on a fan’s lap. Ishimori hit a stomp for a two count. Ishimori tried to grab a guillotine choke but Dux countered into a suplex attempt but Ishimori countered into a crossbody for a two count. Ishimori went to the top rope and hit a 450 splash for the win.
WINNER: Taiji Ishimori in 5:00 (**1/2)
Good match, but the cutaways to LVN took the viewer out of it a little bit, especially considering it led to nowhere. It was good to see Dux in Impact. If he is one of the new talents they are going to utilize, that’s a good sign. I’m also glad they brought Ishimori back from NOAH. I thought he was missed at the last set of TV tapings.
(3) ABYSS vs. GRADO — Monster’s Ball Match (if Grado loses he’s deported)
Abyss took a microphone and said he smells fear. Abyss asked Grado to dance and the crowd clapped along, so Grado danced before giving Abyss a cheap low blow to start things off. Grado went to the outside and threw in the weapons. Abyss tried to staple Grado’s forehead. Grado hit a sunset flip and Abyss stapled Grado’s head. Abyss threw a barbed wire board into the ring. Abyss positioned the board on the ring apron and on the railing. Borash said he has reports in his ear on El Patron. Abyss threw Grado into the railing. Abyss grabbed a bag of tacks and dumped them in the ring after setting up barbed wire boards in the corner. Grado had a cheese grater and hit Abyss with a low blow. Grado nailed Abyss with a trash can in the midsection and head. Grado climbed to the top rope and Abyss threw a trash can at him, knocking off off the top and to the outside, through the barbed wire board. Abyss went under the ring again and brought out Janice. Abyss missed a Janice shot and Grado hit jabs. Grado nailed Abyss with a cane. LVN was shown again sitting with fans. Grado kicked Abyss and he fell back onto the barbed wire board in the ring. Grado sandwiched the other barbed wire board on top of Abyss. Grado went to the top rope and splashed the boards on Abyss. Grado covered Abyss for a near fall. Grado and Abyss were both bleeding from their arms. LVN crawled into the ring and hit Grado with a low blow as he was about to use Janice. LVN dropped Grado with a DDT and then started punching him on the ground. LVN grabbed Janice and the lights went out. When they came back on, Rosemary was in the ring and spit mist in LVN’s face. Rosemary stared at Abyss, her former Decay teammate. Abyss grabbed Rosemary by the neck and was going to chokeslam her. Rosemary talked him down and began petting his face. Rosemary spit mist in Abyss’ face. Abyss grabbed Rosemary and chokeslammed her on the tacks. Grado rolled up Abyss for a two count … the bell rang, though. The referee said it was only a two count. Abyss hit a sloppy Blackhole Slam on Grado, on top of the barbed wire board, for the win.
WINNER: Abyss in 11:00 (*1/2)
Considering her match with Taya Valkyrie was canceled, this was really good use of Rosemary even though it didn’t result in Grado getting the win. The Blackhole Slam looked sloppy and the timekeeper screwup was unfortunate. Other than that, it was the typical gimmick match. Tacks, barbed wire boards and Janice. I’m not sure what else they can do with a hardcore match, but this felt like Part II of the match at Slammiversary that Steiner was involved in with Mathews and Borash. It’s a lot of the same stuff. On top of all that, the execution was bad. It was slow. Not good.)
(4) ECIII, JAMES STORM & EDDIE EDWARDS vs. EL HIJO DEL FANTASMA, PAGANO & TEXANO JR.
Team AAA was more cohesive at the start, working on Eddie Edwards in the corner as ECIII and Storm argued with the referee. ECIII turned his back to his partners, refusing to tag, but remained on the apron. Storm hit Fantasma with a kick to the back of the head. Pagano knocked Storm off the top rope. Pagano hit a springboard bulldog on Storm for a two count. Pagano threw Storm to the outside and Texano whipped him with the bull rope. ECIII was shown on the apron glaring into the ring. Storm hit Pagano with an Alabama Slam. ECIII tags in (at last) and fires off punches and elbows. ECIII splashed Fantasma and Texano in separate corners. Fantasma kicked ECIII. Edwards clotheslined Fantasma over the top rope. Edwards dove and took out Fantasma and ECIII. Texano hit a diving swanton over the top to take out everyone. Storm and Pagano were left in the ring. Pagano hit an elbow. Storm went to the top rope and hit a swanton to the outside, taking out everyone on the ramp. ECIII and Edwards went for a superplex but Pagano and Fantasma made the save, powerbombing them off the top. Storm hit Texano with an elbow off the top. Storm hit Texano with a backcracker. Edwards kicked Pagano. On the apron, Fantasma hit a tombstone piledriver. Pagano hit a legdrop off the top rope. ECIII hit a double low blow on Pagano and Texano and then hit double One Percenters. ECIII tagged in Storm and told him to “kick their head off!” Storm hit Pagano with the Last Call for the win.
WINNER: Team Impact in 16:00. (**)
After the match, ECIII and Storm talked briefly. ECIII was talking to a production person at ringside. ECIII went back into the ring with a beer for Storm and himself. Edwards was on the outside recovering. ECIII and Storm toasted.
The dive spots were different, and unexpected from Storm. There were portions of this match that felt like it was in slow motion. Pagano, in particular, looked like he was going through the motions. This just didn’t feel like the culmination that it was supposed to be.
(5) OVE [c] vs. LAX (w/ Konnan) — 5150 Street Fight for the Impact Tag Team Championships
LAX dove on OVE to start the match and there was brawling all over the arena. Santana dove on Dave Crist from the top of some scaffolding near the ring entrance. Ortiz pomerbombed Jake Crist off the stage through a table. In the ring, Ortiz was superplexed by Jake Crist through chairs that were set up in the ring. Jake made a cover but Santana dove in the ring to break it up. There were weapons all over the ring, including tables, chains and ladders. LAX hit their finisher out of the corner on Jake Crist on a pile of chairs but Dave Crist broke it up. Sami Callahan hit the ring and threw power in Konnan’s face. Callahan flipped Santana off the top rope and onto a setup ladder. Callahan piledrove Ortiz off the apron through a table. Callahan rolled Ortiz into the ring and OVE got the win.
WINNERS: OVE retains the Impact Tag Team Titles in 11:00 (**)
After the match, Santana covered up Ortiz as OVE continued the assault. Callahan grabbed a mic and said that they are Ohio vs. Everything. And that was it. Konnan tried to roll LAX out of the ring.
McMahon: The crowd barely reacted to Callahan’s debut, which was a surprise. Also, was there a double turn here that I missed? OVE attacked LAX after the match, with Santana, sympathetically, covering up Ortiz. Strange finish and it was also a really flat finish because the crowd didn’t respond, at all, to Callahan’s debut. It could have been because of how poorly the secret was kept. Regardless the crowd was red hot earlier in the show, and it feels like the energy has dwindled considerably. The beginning of this match was filled with spots, and the crowd started a “This is Awesome!” chant, but the latter half was flat.
(6) SIENNA [c] vs. GAIL KIM vs. ALLIE — Triple Threat Match for the Impact Knockouts Title
Sienna tied up Gail and Allie in a submission. Sienna splashed both Allie and Gail in the corner. Allie dropped Sienna on the floor and Gail came around and kicked Allie. Gail Kim was clotheslined by Allie. Allie hit a running dropkick on Gail. Allie hit two elbows and went for a third but Sienna cut her off with a tackle. Sienna tried an AK47 but Gail countered. Allie hit a codebreaker on Sienna. Gail hit Eat Defeat on Allie for a two count. Sienna dumped Allie over the top rope. Gail hit defeat on Sienna for the win off the middle rope.
WINNER: Gail Kim wins the Knockouts Title in 10:00 (**1/2)
Gail Kim celebrated after the match before they cut to American Top Team getting ready in the back.
Congratulations to Gail Kim, who has been great for the company, obviously. But another match that felt flat. The finish came out of nowhere, but it was slow to set up. Then after what was supposed to be this big moment, they cut away seconds later to an American Top Team pre-tape.