Triple H, October 2011:
“When I grew up, I hated Hogan. I thought he was terrible and didn’t like to watch him. I was like Punk in a way. I liked the Steamboats and Flairs and the ones that could go. Would I be right in saying that Hogan was the wrong guy to go with, and they should’ve changed directions and gone with Steamboat because he was the better wrestler? Ludicrous.” - Triple H. October, 2011.
TNA Bound for Glory 2013
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Slammiversary is here.
TNA World Title: Jeff Hardy d. AJ Styles
X Title: Samoa Joe d. TJ Perkins
Tags: Bad Influence d. TexMex
Bobby Roode (w/Sting) d. Chavo Guerrero
Austin Aries d. Chris Sabin
Kurt Angle/Bubba Ray Dudley d. EC3/Magnus
Gail Kim d. ODB
EC3/Magnus d. Eric Young/Joe Park
So, how are we here? Final Resolution was a TV show this year, but TNA taped two end of the year PPVs; they aired one a couple of weeks ago (Hardcore Justice) but the one I'll use (Old School) airs in a couple of weeks. I wanted to get this event in now so February could belong to the Road to WM29.
The build here is about Sting's continuing to be the force who has built the coalition to oppose Future Endeavors; he drove Hulk Hogan out of TNA in the previous build, and now both Joe and Daniels/Kazarian hold title belts, increasing the belief in Sting's veteran leadership. The babyfaces - on board; the Horsemen - on board. Austin Aries is never on board, and they all are pissed at AJ Styles for costing Chris Sabin the title win.
Styles reasoning was lack of trust for the Horsemen - he doesn't think Future Endeavors are the real threat, he thinks its always the Horsemen and isn't throwing in his lot with them. He can't believe that Sting thinks he could actually work with them.
With those as the factions at play, we have (1) Roode asking Sting to be in his corner in the Chavo rematch (2) the Horsemen saying they'll increase their ranks at BFG.
From the bottom up, Magnus and EC3 are an entitled heel tag act, they beat the babyface veterans, winners to face Future Endeavors later in the night. We get a women's match. Angle/Bubba, representing Future Endeavors, then go over the young heels, using veteran chicanery.
Sabin wanted the title rematch; Aries said he never got his title rematch - Sting suggested the two of them meet to determine the number one contender. They do, Aries beats him.
Roode gets his rematch with Chavo, and with the veteran help of Sting, is able to overcome Future Endeavors trying to interfere on the outside to get the fall - postmatch, Roode and Joe brawl with Angle and Bubba on the outside while Sting puts Chavo in the Scorpion deathlock, Chavo taps and taps and taps.
There's a stip in the tag title match - if Tex Mex loses, they break up. They lose, postmatch they shake hands and then Joe and Roode enter. They stand in between the two men - then Storm joins them in beating up Hernandez. The Horsemen made clear during the build that people shouldn't misunderstand - they wear the black hats, and just because the are aligning with Bad Influence now, doesn't mean that they won't do terrible things. Maybe, they say, AJ is right not to to trust them.
Joe beats Perkins - Bubba and Angle come down to the ring to continue the fight with the Horsemen, Roode and Storm run in to continue the brawl, Sting enters, will he be upset at what the Horsemen did to Tex Mex (and, unsaid, will the Horsemen turn on Sting) neither of those things happen; Sting aids the Horsemen, they send Future Endeavors heading back up the ramp, Joe, Roode, Storm all hold up four fingers, they then look to Sting....who does the same. Sting has joined the Four Horsemen.
AJ told everyone to stay away from his title match, he's going one on one with Jeff Hardy and he'd rather take on Future Endeavors by himself than have to watch his back for the Horsemen pretending to be his allies.
So, they do stay away - and Jeff beats AJ clean. Bubba and Angle enter postmatch, Future Endeavors beat the hell out of AJ - and they stand tall in the ring postmatch.
Real world Lockdown is in March, so Counterfactual Old School, with Jeff defending against Aries as the main event, will happen then. One assumes that both Slammiversary and BFG will be on PPV in 2014, so absent the company folding, let's decide that we'll get at least that far.