Last night, TNA Wrestling presented the culminating event of their wrestling year, Bound For Glory, live from the Veijas Arena at San Diego State University. Heading into the event, the nearly unanimous opinion in the wrestling world was that TNA had done a poor job making “their Wrestlemania” feel special in spite of four full months of TV time build angles.
For those of you unfamiliar with the “Bang For Your Buck” format (created by JMS’ own @TheN1CKSTER), the criteria for these is simply: “Did I get my money’s worth?” in terms of the individual matches and the PPV as a whole, using the tried and true “what was this trying to do, and how well did it succeed” rubric.
Each match is rated plus or minus on a sliding scale between 1 and -1, with matches worth multiple rewatches worth 1, a just-quite-PPV quality match being 0, and things that make me reevaluate being a fan earning up to a -1 score. The higher the number, the better Bang For Your Buck on the PPV. We’ll (eventually) keep a running tally for each PPV, and a handy list of PPVs we review to give you (and us) a better idea of what we thought was worth the time to check out in terms of matches and PPVs. As for the scale, it’s not particularly complicated but here are the basic levels (on a per-match average):
We’ll be using the predictions/hopes/fears from my What’s the Worst That Could Happen preview to see how close I came to understanding the thoughts that permeated through one of this planet’s scariest locations: the TNA writers’ room.
Pre-show Gauntlet Match
What Dave Wants to Happen: As I wrote in my Impact preview this week, Bad Influence are the only one of these teams deserving of a spot on the BFG card. They have been on the MVP shortlist for TNA over the course of the last year and deserve to be featured on the company’s biggest show.
This match effectively got the crowd warmed up, which is the fundamental goal of a pre-show match. In mind-bending TNA fashion, there was a cheat spot that made referee Brian Hebner look like a moron before the show had even officially started with Daniels scoring the first pinfall of the night after blatantly grabbing the ref’s leg. The bad booking continued when glorified jobbers Eric Young and Joseph Park defeated TNA’s one over tag team, Bad Influence.
One over-booked match in the can. On to the real show.
Match Rating: -0.2