Welcome to PWInsider's live, ongoing coverage of TNA Bound for Glory 2013!
Jeremy Borash welcomed us to the pre-game show on SpikeTV and spotted Dixie Carter. He told her that AJ Styles claims he's going to win the belt and shove everything Dixie said down her throat. She noted that he could have left but now it's a No DQ match and the only person who's going to play is Styles.
Mike Tenay and Taz welcomed everyone to the show and they voiced over clips of all the big stars entering the Arena.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash was with all four teams competing to face James Storm and Gunner on the PPV. They announced the Bro-Mans would be last in the Gauntlet. They had Joseph Park and Eric Young grab out of a bucket and they pulled #3 so they would be third out. So, it will start with Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Bad Influence.
After a commercial, they aired a video where Ethan Carter III was taking photos and told the camera filming that he was going to make "Aunt D" proud tonight at BFG when he debuts.
Jesse Godderz and Robbie E. palled around with Mr. Olympia backstage.
They aired a video feature on the Ultimate X match, which will open the show.
They debuted a new interviewer, Gil, who interviewed Bad Influece. It was their usual awesome talking. You couldn't get a feel for the new guy.
They aired a video on Kurt Angle's TNA Hall of Fame induction with clips of Samoa Joe, Magnus and Sting discussing Angle. Angle looked to be having the time of his life and was sitting with Jeff Jarrett. They showed him giving brief comments about being inducted.
Backstage, Samoa Joe was with the Main Event Mafia. He said tonight he would bring home the X-Division title and hopefully Magnus and Sting will work out their issues. Angle walked in and they welcomed him home and told him he will get a chance to beat some respect into Bobby Roode.
Gauntlet for TNA Tag Title Shot
Bad Influence started with Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero.
Bad Influence worked over Chavo but Hernandez used his power to overwhelm them. Hernandez did a deal where he nailed double backbreakers on them at once. He charged down the ramp and hit a dive into the ring as Chavo hit a dive off the top.
Bad Influence eliminated Guerrero and Hernandez after shoving Guerrero off the top. Daniels rolled him up and scored the pin. This brought out Joseph Park and Eric Young. So of COURSE, my cable takes this exact moment to die on me and not allow me to order the PPV, so coverage will pause while I resolve this. Stay tuned.
I am told Robbie E and Jesse Godderz won the Gauntlet.
I had to run to a friend's house.
When I finally got to watch to a PPV, Chris Sabin was rolling Velvet Sky into the ring. Samoa Joe was nailed by Jeff Hardy. There was a ladder in the ring, so Sabin tried to scramble up the ladder. Jeff Hardy, who was being distracted by Sky, attempted to stop him but Sabin grabbed the ladder first. The story was that Sky didn't want to help Sabin but was tossed into the ring.
Your winner and new X-Division champion, Chris Sabin!
I have no idea whether the match was any good. I apologize for the lack of detailed coverage but I literally had to track down another place to run and watch the show with no advance warning and then get there. We'll be good to go going further.
They are showing classic TNA moments. They showed AJ Styles' first X-Division championship win.
They showed Styles arriving earlier today.
Bad Influence came out for a promo, complaining that they aren't in the TNA Tag title match. Daniels and Kazarian were just awesome here. Daniels said that based on the amount of swerves TNA throws on their shows, they were demanding Bad Influence be added to the match. This brought Eric Young. Young came to the ring and said he wasn't here to be a troublemaker. He said that he was here because he's a scientist. He said that earlier, they created a monster. He told them that they are the only two who don't realize that they should run. They apparently busted open Joseph Park during the pre-game. They attacked Young.
Out came Abyss, who hit the ring and destroyed them and hit a Black Hole Slam. He turned to Young, who backed away but Abyss offered him his hand. They embraced.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash interviewed TNA Tag Team champions Gunner and James Storm. Gunner said that they were going to take out Jesse Godderz and Robbie E. Storm said, "Sorry about your damn luck."
TNA Tag Team champions James Storm & Gunner vs. Robbie E & Jesse Godderz (with Mr. Olympia)
They started brawling at the bell. The challengers went to the floor and Gunner backdropped Storm over the top onto them. Back in the ring, Gunner clubbed Godderz. He scored several two counts on Godderz but E and Godderz cut him off.
They worked Gunner over in the corner. Godderz nailed him with several elbows. Gunner rebounded off the ropes and ducked a clothesline, then attempted a backslide. Godderz nailed a dropkick on Gunner, allowing E to continue working him. Gunner tried to fight back and make a tag but Storm was nailed by Godderz before he could make the tag.
Godderz drilled Storm into the turnbuckles. Mr. Olympia seemed to be having the time of his life at ringside. Godderz worked over Gunner on the top but was caught and nailed with a Fall Away Slam. Storm made the hot tag and worked over E with a nice neckbreaker for a two count.
Everyone battled in the ring. E drilled Gunner with a knee to the mid-section, sending him up and over. Godderz and E put Storm on the top rope for a double suplex. Gunner pulled E down and slammed him. Storm used an inverted suplex down and dropped him atop of Jesse. Storm came off the ropes but E kicked up.
Storm went for the Whirly Bird but E landed on his feet and nailed a DDT for a two count. Storm was bleeding from the right thigh, which he cut when he was knocked off the apron. Gunner grabbed E and nailed a backbreaker and then put him in the Human Torture Rack. Jesse broke it up but was nailed. Gunner powerbombed E and Storm dropped an elbow. He covered him but Godderz broke it up.
They went back and forth until Gunner was knocked out of the ring. They nailed the Hart Attack on Storm and scored the pin.
Your winners and new TNA Tag Team champions, Jesse Godderz & Robbie E!
Yes, really. This was far more competitive then you would expect. Solid match but obviously, a strange result. It felt like they switched the belt because Mr. Olympia showed up to appear.
They brought out Sting to induct Kurt Angle into the TNA Hall of Fame. The idea here was that the first member is inducting the new member. Sting gave a really nice speech putting over Angle's Olympic and professional wrestling accomplishments as well as Angle being a family man.
Angle was introduced. The crowd chanted his name. Angle thanked the fans and said the Hall of Fame means more to him than anyone will ever know. The fans chanted, "Thank you Angle." He said that the love and support he's gotten from the TNA fans, wrestlers and managers wouldn't do justice. Sting said he would love it if Angle would join him in the TNA Hall of Fame and said they were making it official. He handed Angle a box, which had a watch. Angle didn't look thrilled actually. The crowd chanted, "You deserve it."
Angle said that hearing what Sting just said and the response from the crowd made him realize how important the HOF really is as well as the responsibility that goes with it. He said that the truth is that he's let himself, his family and his peers down by not living up to his real potential and the standard that Sting set for the Hall of Fame, so he's going to decline the induction. Angle said that nothing that he accomplished in the past is nothing compared to what he's going to achieve. He said he's going to set a new standard and when he does, he will be happy to join Sting.
They showed a clip of Styles winning the TNA title at No Surrender 2009.
Backstage, Dixie Carter was told she had a phone call. She told whoever who was on the phone that since tonight was AJ Styles' last night, they need to get rid of his merchandise and she doesn't want to see any of it at the warehouse. Ethan Carter III showed up and she kissed him and said she hand-picked his opponent for tonight. She told him to remember, "We're the Carters. People need us."
Coverage continues on Page 2!