Hey everyone – what did you think about tonight’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view?
For my part, I was extremely pleased with the show. One of my buddies and I bought tickets to watch the show live at the local theater and it was very entertaining. And, to the surprise of both of us, there were about 40 people who bought tickets to watch the show live in the theater. Tickets cost us $15 each so if you multiply $15 x 40 people in attendance you get $600 in additional income that iMPACT Wrestling can claim for this show. Plus, when you consider that most of the people that were in the theater probably wouldn’t have spent more than 3 times the amount of the theater ticket to purchase the show on pay-per-view – that’s a good deal for iMPACT Wrestling. Oh – and we all get free Bound for Glory t-shirts. 🙂
As for the show itself, as a guy who never spends any money to watch a pay-per-view I was very entertained. The Hulk Hogan vs. Sting fight was as good as it was going to be. By no means was it a wrestling (or “fighting”) classic, but it was the very best that a man with the physical limitations that Hogan has could give the crowd and the live crowd absolutely ate it up. While I wasn’t in attendance, it appeared to me that Hogan got the biggest pop of the night (next to Ric Flair’s presence at ringside and Sting doing his shout calls). The Knockouts title match was very well done, but the crowd didn’t seem that into it, which is a shame. Rob Van Dam and Jerry Lynn were botching spots all over the place (which, by the way, our own Scott correctly predicted in this month’s staff predictions). Even with the botched spots, though, those two men put on a hell of a good show and the fans in the arena were into the match as were the fans in the theater.
Same goes for the Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson street fight – everyone was into the match including a loud “Oooo!” and “You fucked up!” chant in the theater when Mr. Anderson blew the ending the match. However, you gotta respect the way that Bully Ray immediately took control of the situation (especially when it seemed like Mr. Anderson was laughing or smirking or something) and quietly instructed Mr. Anderson to give him his finishing move through the table to end the match. That’s what you get when you’re working with an old pro like Bully Ray and I say this as a guy who really didn’t care for him when he was a member of the Team 3D tag team.
The ending of the Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode match didn’t really come off that well in the theater and, in fact, it was the only part of the show where the fans in the theater openly booed. And both my buddy and I agreed that we expected something more from both of those guys in the main event – the match wasn’t a showstopping type of match nor was it a match of the year candidate. Don’t get me wrong – it was a good match, but it was missing something. When you build up Roode the way that iMPACT Wrestling has built this guy up, you either need to give the fans the payoff by having him win the championship or have a better, more compelling story told in the ring leading up to the “ref didn’t see” ending.
I’m particularly interested in the opinions of anyone who actually saw the show either live in a theater, on TNAonDEMAND.com, on pay-per-view in your home or at a friend’s house, or live in person. How did you watch the show? What made you want to watch this month’s pay-per-view? What should the people who didn’t see the show know more than anything else? What was the feel of the crowd? How did the show come off to you as a fan?
Use the comments section below and remember to put your best foot forward and be respectful. The team at TNAStars.com and I can’t wait to hear from you about tonight’s show. Enjoy!