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Heel Turns: Troubling times for TNA

Posted by Achilles Heel On October 1

Achilles HeelTNA’s Bound for Glory takes place Sunday night – or at least it’s supposed to take place Sunday night.

As of Saturday morning, there was still some doubt as to whether the event would take place. Even if Bound for Glory, the company’s major pay-per-view event, takes place, the mere fact that there’s a question about whether it would take place shines a light on TNA’s precarious situation.

Producing a pay-per-view costs money. In addition to paying the wrestlers, there are other employees to be paid and costs associated with the venue. Equipment and production costs, including lighting and wiring, also add to the totals, which wrestlingobserver.com has estimated at $600,000.

The question is who is going to pay for it? Billy Corgan, of Smashing Pumpkins fame, has not been able to finalize a deal to take over TNA. He is a partial owner, as well as the current on-screen authority figure. The ownership group associated with Dixie Carter has put the company up for sale, but hasn’t consummated a deal.

TNA has been hemorrhaging money for a long time. If Bound for Glory, a major pay-per-view, doesn’t take place, it may mark the point of no return for TNA.


IN SEARCH OF GLORY: If Bound for Glory takes place, the main event will feature Bobby Lashley defending the TNA World Championship against Ethan Carter III in a no-rules match. This should be a terrific brawl, although “no rules” in TNA almost guarantees multiple people interfering in the match, with likely candidates being Mike Bennett, Moose, Drew Galloway and possibly even Cody Rhodes, who is supposed to make his TNA debut at Bound for Glory.

Galloway was injured during training, according to TNA, and is not cleared to face Aron Rex (the former Damien Sandow) for the newly created Grand Championship. Eddie Edwards, who lost to DJ Z on Impact on Thursday, replaces Galloway in the title match.

Matt and Jeff Hardy battle Abyss and Crazzy Steve for the TNA Tag Team Championship in a The Great War.” In another title match, Gail Kim defends the Knockouts title against Maria Kanellis. Kim also is scheduled to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.

Other matches include Bennett vs. Moose and a 10-man gauntlet match to determine which wrestler will receive a future shot at the TNA World Championship.


WRESTLING CLINIC: Clash of Champions, RAW’s first “special event” since the brand split during the summer, was an excellent wrestling show. What the Greek God of Wrestling means by that is the in-ring wrestling was terrific.

I don’t usually do this in show reviews, but we’re going to start at the beginning of the show (not include Nia Jax beating Alicia Fox during the preshow). The point is to show how good Clash of Champions was from start to finish.

The opening match, with New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) defeating Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to retain the RAW Tag Team Championship wasn’t anything special, but the relatively short match moved quickly. T.J. Perkins then retained the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Brian Kendrick in a good match that included a bitter post-match headbutt from Kendrick.

The Clash was already good at this point, but Sheamus and Cesaro raised the bar in the final match of their best-of-7 series, which ended in a drew due to neither man being able to continue. This hard-hitting, high-flying, action-packed match was outstanding. How could you follow Cesaro and Sheamus? With a tremendous match between Chris Jericho and Sami Zayn, with Jericho eventually winning with a codebreaker.

Charlotte then retained the RAW Women’s Championship in a very good triple threat match against Bayley and Sasha Banks. Rusev and Roman Reigns followed with a great match. Both men looked good, but Reigns won the United States Championship with a huge spear. The WWE Universal Championship wasn’t as good as Jericho-Zayn or Sheamus-Cesaro, in Achilles Heel’s humble opinion, but it was still pretty darn good, with Kevin Owens retaining against Seth Rollins.

There weren’t any weak spots at Clash of Champions. The wrestling was good – and often far better than simply good – from start to finish.


MERCY RULES: As the Greek God of Wrestling wrote in the most recent edition of Heel Turns, there’s barely time to breathe between WWE special events. There are just two weeks between RAW’s Clash of Champions and Smackdown’s No Mercy, which takes place on Oct. 9. But No Mercy is shaping up to be a good card.

Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt, a match that didn’t take place at Backlash because Orton had not been cleared to compete after being concussed during his SummerSlam match against Brock Lesnar, has been added to No Mercy.

The main event features A.J. Styles defending the WWE World Championship against former champion Dean Ambrose and John Cena, who is trying to tie Ric Flair’s record by winning his 16th world title. The Miz defends the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler, with the stipulation that Ziggler will retire if he doesn’t win. Other title matches include Jimmy and Jey Uso challenging Heath Slater and Rhyno for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship, and Alexa Bliss challenging Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.


CLIMBING THE LADDER: The indisputable highlight from Ring of Honor’s All-Star Extravaganza VIII on Friday night was the ladder match for the Ring of Honor Tag Team Championship. The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) captured the titles from The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frank Kazarian) in an incredible triple-threat match that also included the Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin).

In another title match, Adam Cole successfully defended the Ring of Honor World Championship against Michael Elgin. It was a wise move not to put Cole and Elgin on after the tag team title match. That match would have been difficult to follow.

The next challengers for the tag team titles could be Dalton Castle and Colt Cabana. That duo won a four-way match Friday to earn the championship match.


CLASSIC DUSTY: The second Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will commence Wednesday (8 p.m.) on NXT. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder), the NXT tag team champions, will take part in the tournament. Other teams include: Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Chiampa; Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger; Paul Ellering’s Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar); TM-61 (Shane Thorne and Nick Miller); Cedric Alexander and Andrade “Cien” Almas; the Bollywood Boys (brothers Harv and Gurv Sihra from the Cruiserweight Classic); and – WOW! – Kota Ibush and Hideo Itami. Ibushi and Itami will certainly be a team to watch.

The tournament will conclude at Takeover: Toronto on Nov. 19, one night before Survivor Series in the same city.


NOBLE RECOVERY: Achilles Heel extends best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery to Jamie Noble, who was stabbed twice in the back near his West Virginia home. Noble was a terrific wrestler, carving out a place for himself in WWE at a time when smaller wrestlers didn’t get much of an opportunity. More recently, Noble and Joey Mercury formed “J&J Security,” which “protected” Seth Rollins under The Authority’s orders.


DOUBLE SHOT OF COMBAT: Combat Zone Wrestling will host two shows next Saturday (Oct. 8) at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. There will be a free television taping at 2 p.m. The main event will be Tangled Web 9 (8 p.m.).

Jonathan Gresham, the new CZW World champion, will defend the title against Homicide. The Tangled Web match features Alex Colon, Tim Donst, Danny Havoc and Rickey Shane Page. Joey Janela will defend the CZW Wired Championship against Tony Deppen, tag team champions Da Hit Squad have issued an open challenge, and former CZW world champion Matt Tremont will seek revenge on Reed Bentley.

Two matches have been announced for CZW’s free television taping. Lucky 13 will face Janela, and Dave Crist will battle Trey Miguel.


MASS HYSTERIA: CHIKARA will be in Haverhill, Mass., for a pair of events next Saturday (Oct. 8). At “Cruise Control” (2 p.m.), Silver Ant battles Icarus, Jigsaw squares off with Missile Assault Man, and the Osirian Portal clashes with The Batiri.

At “Judgment Day” later that night, Hallowicked will defend the CHIKARA Grand Championship against Heidi Lovelace, and Fire Ant will battle Mark Angelosetti.


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