Bound for Glory 2017: El Patron Returns; Gail Kim Goes Out with Gold

Bound for Glory 2017 Recap as Alberto El Patron Returns and Plunders the Main Event, and Gail Kim Goes Out with Gold winning the Knockouts Championship.

Bound for Glory 2017

We run down the show including the debuts of Sami Callahan and Jimmy Jacobs, a pretty cool 5150 Street Fight with oVe and LAX and the horrific MMA inclusion into the Moose vs. Lashley feud.

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WWE NXT Post Brand Split Infiltrated by Impact Zone

WWE NXT, following the WWE Brand Split, has been infiltrated by the Impact Zone. But, I have to expose the WWE Universe and their TNA Double Standard. 

WWE NXT Post Brand Split

I guess for the loyal Orlando wrestling fans they probably don’t mind traveling 30 minutes south down I-4 to see some familiar faces in a new territory.  Guess the same applies to WWE NXT when they chose to bring aboard a trio of former TNA world champions.

I do not dispute or disagree with the move whatsoever. What I do have an issue with is how WWE fans and the WWE in general and their constant and incessant trashing of TNA.

WWE has brought in Samoa Joe and made him their current champion. Austin Aries followed by Bobby Roode made their debuts this year in NXT following the recent TNA talent exodus.

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Now, it is one thing to have these TNA all stars come aboard to re-establish and help enhance the WWE’s prized developmental talent, but the talent they could have worked with was quickly called up thanks to the brand split.

So incredible that WWE does not recognize TNA, yet they basically use Joe, Aries and Roode as the self same characters they played in TNA…down to their monikers.  The IWC and the NXT Universe would normally look down on these wrestlers for the company where they honed their craft and made their name, but they completely forget about that stigma just because they are now signed with WWE.

Tell me if I’m wrong, but I just find that hypocritical. Nevertheless, Joe, Aries and Roode deserve to be in NXT and they are totally worthy of a spot on the main roster. But, the fact that there have no significant stories or additional layers to their individual characters, they would called up only to be made inferior if they did. Just watch AJ Styles after his feud with John Cena and see if WWE will eventually bury him. -KOP

Impact Wrestling: Going with What Worked Before

Impact Wrestling

Impact Wrestling and its ratings on POP TV have increased the first three weeks since their January 5th premiere.

* January 5th: 255,000
* January 12th: 288,000
* January 19th: 321,000

Part of the rise should deal with the TNA hardcore fans finding the show once again (and more than likely) those are the only fans that are so far finding them again.

Impact Wrestling, now with their North American TV issues in their rear-view mirror (for now), they look to move on with a depleted  yet strong nucleus of talent headlined by Kurt Angle, EC3, Lashley, Drew Galloway and Jeff and Matt Hardy.

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They have brought in some mid-card talent last year that they have started to piece together with some of their mid-card mainstays to form a new tag team division headed by the Tag Champs in the Wolves. But, what makes this division become important is the reuniting of Beer Money. Bobby Roode and James Storm have done everything possible as singles’ competitors so giving the fans this reunion is a positive.

TNA Knockouts

In the Knockouts division, re-fueling the Gail Kim/Awesome Kong is a feud that has given us many memorable matches that became the pinnacle of what the division has stood for. Along with the Dollhouse and the Beautiful People, the division continues to be something that TNA still has going for them.

Ethan Carter III

Finally, after roughly a two-year heel run, Ethan Carter III has been crowned the top babyface of the company. Arguably, he is the one true success story in TNA’s recent history. His new turn signifies the one new thing that TNA decided to do since the move to Pop TV.

Impact Wrestling overall is the road to recovery, but again maintaining the status quo cannot continue. Mike Bennett, Tyrus, Bram, Eli Drake, Aiden O’ Shea and Jessie Godders look to be wrestlers the company is looking to get behind.  Looking outside of the box could not be a more suitable suggestion to ensure TNA can bring back their hardcore following, but possibly get back to where they once were…by doing more than what has worked before. -KOP