Death of Wrestling: Bound for Glory



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Greetings to all… It’s David Davis with my weekly blog: Death of Wrestling. For all of those who read this regularly, you will know that this is not a blog about bashing wrestling; it’s a blog of a frustrated fan, who loves the business and wishes that each week it could be a little better.

Most of you reading this will be gearing up for HIAC, and you’ve probably read or seen Thursday’s Impact so this blog will feel like old news, but as I write about things as they appear on UK TV, I only actually watched Bound for Glory Thursday after work!

And boy was I disappointed… admittedly not with the whole card; I enjoyed the Ultimate X match, the Knockouts match (don’t shoot me) and I also enjoyed the main event… but apart from that, what the hell was I watching…

This is supposed to be the premier event for TNA – their Wrestlemania (why isn’t it Slammiversary???), but more than half the matches on the card I didn’t give a damn about. Now I’m not suggesting that I have to like every match on the card, but I do think I should have an opinion on them…

The WWE starts the ‘Road to Wrestlemania’ from January with the Royal Rumble that will determine the number one contender for the WWE belt (sometimes, but less and less often, the World title too). And all those other 29 competitors who aren’t successful still have two months to build a proper feud and have a match that I care about, even if I don’t care for it…

If we contrast that with the Bound for Glory Series, which in my view is supposed to do the same job as the Rumble – get us excited about the BFG main event – but what it actually does is kill Bound for Glory…

‘Why?’ I hear you ask… Well it’s simple. The rumble lasts for one PPV month and there’s still time to build individual stories and feuds with the Rumble format; Maven eliminating the Undertaker, Goldust returning to face Cody Rhodes etc… Basically the eliminations can build feuds that can also culminate at Wrestlemania…But the problem with the BFG Series lasting so long is that all anyone is focused on is getting that title shot… And it lasts so long that if you are not the one… You have little more than a couple of weeks to get rebooked in a match for BFG…

Everyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I watch wrestling for the feuds, but more specifically for the storylines. I want the bad blood to be so bad that the only way to settle this once and for all is in the middle of that squared circle on PPV… But it is nigh on impossible to create a meaningful feud in two weeks… And that was the problem with BFG.

Angle and Roode (that was a stellar match) only had two weeks of prep. Stinger and Magnus had a pointless match, set up on short notice in what seemed like an attempt to turn Magnus heel. They are Main Event Mafia. If they were going to do a match and break up ‘the family’ it deserved a bigger build than the futile two weeks it got…

I could go on and on, but I won’t as I try to keep these things to a side of A4. But I will round up by saying I’m not surprised BFG didn’t sell out, and I won’t be surprised if the buy rates are low… and regardless of what people think, I personally don’t think it was due to an inferior product… I simply think it was because the fans didn’t know what they were paying for. No matches had been set up, no feuds had been building and so no one cares and that my friends will be the DoW…

That’s all folks… As always, post your comments, thoughts and opinions below! Or message me on twitter and let me know what you think the ‘Death of Wrestling’ is and I might just blog about it!!! Peace and I’m out…


  • Austin Shaw

    Wow. Finally someone is actually being straight up about how story lines are turning to shit. I’m 16, I have wrestled folk style wrestling since I was five and watched WWE from 2006 to 2008. I’ve been at payperviews and all that. Back when it was the Edge Batista Taker fued (one of my favorites, liked all three of them) but you can look at the WHC fueds and WWE title fueds back from 06-08 and look at the stories now. I really look into the story, the actual “acting”. As you were saying before about “The Road to Wrestlemania” wrestlers have time to build stories right after the rumble. A perfect example – CM Punk losing the WWE title after his record reign to The Rock. Right before Cena won the rumble match. Not only did this set up the Rock vs Cena rematch but it also gave The Undertaker a great opponent in CM Punk. Two great matches at wrestlemania, and the others…. Who really gave a shit? The whole point of this comment is, every thing you are saying David, is right. This explains my thoughts and a lot of other peoples exactly.
    So David, I thank you.

    -Austin Shaw

  • Albert T

    This is what happens when you base your booking on the inefficient style of the WWE. All it took was one match not reaching its full potential and the entire atmosphere surrounding the PPV turned toxic. When you combine that the majority of the matches on the card didn’t go beyond ten minutes, it makes the biggest TNA PPV of the year feel as inconsequential as possible.

    • pikus

      I watch both but it amazes me how fanboys seem to have an amazing skill at blaming the other promotion. Like somehow this was WWE’s fault. The problem was lack of buildup, and as such lack of interest!Sorry but this one is all TNA.


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