TNA Wrestling’s biggest Pay-Per-View Event of the year, Bound For Glory storms the Phoenix desert. With all five TNA Championships on the line, TNA’s most formidable competitors battle it out. Who will walk away with the most coveted prize,and who will be left in the dust? Action-packed bonus features include the Inaugural TNA Hall Of Fame Celebration honouring “The Icon” Sting as the first inductee, backstage interviews, superstars’ favourite Bound For Glory moments and more!
It has been a long time since I sat down and watched a show from TNA. There was a time when I watched religiously, however I fell out of love with the product and as such fell out of regular viewing, so to put on this DVD for review purposes was a challenge as I wasn’t familiar with storylines or affiliations or who was Champions. Thankfully the quality of the show meant that my trepidation was unfounded as it was pretty easy to catch up to speed.
I was surprised to see former IWC Indy favourite Zema Ion as X-Division Champion, but I was very happy to see him and also to see that he was even better than I remembered him. He takes on the legendary Rob Van Dam in the fast paced opener which immediately got me into the show. I was also surprised to see that one of my favourite Tag Teams Beer Money Inc had gotten into a blood feud, but it looked extremely exciting and I was interested to see what that held in store.
Moreover than the storyline and talent surprises was the production quality of this release. TNA obviously spare no expense when filming their product as the picture and sound quality is absolutely gorgeous. It’s very clearly filmed in High Definition as you can see every single face of everyone in the crowd. You can see welts and abrasions on the performers bodies and the crowd sounds vibrant and loud. This is what I expect from Blu-Ray and was pleasantly surprised to see it on a DVD release.
Now before I get onto the show, let me also compliment the extras disc and the price. £10.99 for a two disc set of this quality is amazing, it gives more than enough incentive to purchase the show even though they air free on Challenge TV when they cram it full of bonus material as varied and interesting as the extras on this release, as well as the aforementioned picture upgrade.
You get the entire inaugural TNA Hall of Fame ceremony from 2012 which saw the living legend Sting inducted as the first entrant. This however is not the only footage included on the second disc (entire contents listed below) and it is all top notch.
Now the show, as mentioned above the first match is a cracker and definitely gets you into the Pay Per View as does the second match between the UK’s own Magnus and the “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe. Magnus does us proud and shows hope for the future of the company that they have young prospects like him in the company already, the crowd in Phoenix Arizona chant “This is Awesome!” and it’s hard to disagree with the sentiment.
The Streetfight between former Best Mates and Best Tag Team in TNA is officiated by MMA fighter and Bellator Fighting Championships star “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal. It’s an absolutely brutal and grisly encounter and is only accentuated by King Mo’s look of revulsion with every big bump. You are free to use that picture of Bobby Roode’s thumbtack acupuncture the next time some wiseguy informs you that “Wrestling is fake”! James Storm’s literal blood mask is frightful too and though the contest ends in victory for one of the men, it’s difficult for you to call either of these poor creatures a ‘winner’ after this.
One of my favourite Indy wrestlers Joey Ryan is up next against veteran Al Snow. They helpfully include a video package which discloses the reason for the match to me and the already great show continues. A thrilling Triple Threat Tag match carries on the great action and I can honestly say I have enjoyed every moment of this DVD. It’s unimportant to continue to list each match as every one is entertaining and contains great wrestling, this is before I even get to one of my favourite wrestlers of all time, in the peerless and incomparable Austin Aries. This release is stacked with minimum dramatic storylines and straight up action in a variety of match types. I am thrilled by this release and look forward to further review copies in the future. Just a great introduction to TNA from Clearvision and at an unbelievable price. I recommend this as highly as I can, it’s hard to pick fault, all Wrestling Pay Per View DVDs should use this as a template.
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Austin Aries vs. “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy
Sting & Bully Ray vs. Aces & Eights
TNA Knockouts Championship
Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara
TNA World Tag Team Championship
Kazarian & Christopher Daniels vs. Chavo Guerrero, Jr. & Hernandez vs. Kurt Angle & “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles
Joey Ryan vs. Al Snow
“Cowboy” James Storm vs. Bobby Roode
TNA World Television Championship
“The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. Magnus
TNA X Divsision Championship
Zema Ion vs. Rob Van Dam
Exclusive Post-Match Interviews
Bound for Glory Moments
TNA Wrestling Hall of Fame Ceremony
Bound for Glory Music Videos
Bound for Glory Fan InterAction