Sunday, November 24, 2013

TNA Bound For Glory 2009 Review

Is this the last curtain call for The Icon?

TNA Bound For Glory 2009
Irvine, California 10/18/09

1.) TNA X-Division Title – Ultimate X Match – Amazing Red (with Don West) vs. Alex Shelley vs. Chris Sabin vs. Suicide vs. Homicide vs. Daniels: ****1/4

This match was originally scheduled to include "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero, but due to a last minute family emergency, he had to pull out. The Motor City Machine Guns won a Pre-Show Tag Match again Lethal Consequences to earn a spot in this match. I actually really enjoyed this match. Probably one of my favorite Ultimate X matches. Lots of great action here, which is not surprising given who was involved. Of course most people will remember this for the scary spot involved Daniels & Suicide, but thankfully both were ok. Amazing Red would retain in this insane opener.

2.) TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles – Taylor Wilde & Sarita vs. The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne with Lacey Von Erich): *1/2

I believe Wilde & Sarita had won a tournament to become the first ever champions the month before at No Surrender. This was just kind of there. The pre-match stuff was kind of silly and the match wasn't really much. Essentially an iMPACT! Match.

3.) TNA Legends Title – Triple Threat Match – Kevin Nash vs. Henandez vs. Eric Young: **

Now I will stay they had a very good story going into it. Eric Young turning heel, forming the World Elite and feuding with Hernandez as well as the Main Event Mafia (after a brief alliance). Kurt Angle had put a hit on Young, but Young approached Kevin Nash and offered to double his bounty if Nash would help him take out Hernandez in this three-way. The match itself was ok, but it was more about the story than the match, which I was fine with. Of course, in the end, Young ended up turning on Nash and stealing the Legends Title (which he would later rename the Global Title). I have to admit, I really liked heel Eric Young, and the World Elite stable in general.

4.) TNA World Tag Team Titles/IWGP Tag Team Titles – Full Metal Mayhem – The Main Event Mafia (Booker T & Scott Steiner) vs. The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams) vs. Beer Money vs. Team 3D: ***

So the catch here is that two titles are on the line. This was good....but that's about it. I normally love these Ladder/TLC type matches, but this one, although I enjoyed it to a degree, felt relatively slow. Booker T got carted out on a stretcher early for some reason. In the end, Team 3D would win the IWGP Tag Team Titles, but the British Invasion took the TNA World Tag Team Titles. A fun weapons match, but nothing really spectacular.

5.) TNA Knockouts Title – Triple Threat Match – ODB vs. Awesome Kong vs. Tara: **1/4

A pretty decent three way for the Knockouts Title. Tara got into an altercation with (I believe) Kim Couture, wife of MMA Fighter Randy Couture (and an MMA Fighter herself)....for some reason? Raisha Saeed tries to slide a chair in for Kong, but she doesn't want it. This would lead to ODB getting the win.

6.) Submission Match – Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Lashley: ***1/4

I actually kind of wish TNA did more with Lashley, but that's just me. Kind of natural that this match would happen, given both have MMA-style backgrounds. It was actually a pretty good match. Short, but on the whole pretty enjoyable.

7.) Monster’s Ball – Special Referee: Dr. Stevie – Abyss vs. Mick Foley: **1/4

Another match on this card that was bound to happen at some point. Sadly, this one was just kind of there. Part of this fun, but others just really didn't do it for me (gimmicked taser, Daffney getting injured on an unnecessary bump). Abyss would end up "winning", but it wasn't that impressive.

8.) Matt Morgan vs. Kurt Angle: ***3/4

This has to be one of the best matches in Matt Morgan's career, and it comes against Kurt Angle?...That should be no surprise. Very good match here...not much else to say. It speaks for itself. 

After the match, Angle shakes Morgan's hand and says he's earned his respect.

9.) TNA World Title – AJ Styles vs. Sting: ***1/2

AJ Styles won the TNA World Title back at No Surrender. Then their is Sting, who came into this 3-0 in Bound For Glory World Title Matches, but this possibly was his last match. Not as good as Angle/Morgan, but still pretty solid. Nice to see AJ get a big win over The Icon.

Afterwords, AJ demands that Sting give a speech. He puts over AJ as World Champion and says that if the crowd continues to support him the way they have, he might just stay forever.

Overall: 8.0/10

On the whole, I'd say this was a good show. Their were a number of really good matches, but almost an equal number of matches that were either not good or disappointing...or both. Despite those things, in the end, I'd still say that this was an enjoyable show to watch.

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