Often times we’ll see sports figures coming to the end of their careers and we know that it’s just about time for them to hang it up and retire. Soon after they may begin to realize it but try to ignore it because they aren’t quite prepared to give up the profession they have loved for so long. The world of professional wrestling falls into the same kind of problem when wrestlers seem to be over the hill or just not able to cut it in the ring anymore so we realize it’s their time to hang up the tights and boots. A problem that persists in the wrestling world though is that so many wrestlers retire and then come back. They lose a “retirement match,” but then find a loophole to return to the ring. It seems as if this is the only sports’ profession in the world that sees people retire and then come back and then retire and then come back.
Well, unless you’re Brett Favre, but does anyone really care about him anymore anyway?
On October 18, 2009, live from the Bren Events Center in Irvine, California, the performers of TNA all gathered in one place to reach the pinnacle and find the glory they’ve been pining after for so long. Maybe it was a championship they longed for or simply redemption against a particular foe that wronged them. Maybe it was to prove who exactly was the most hardcore of the hardcore. Perhaps they wanted showcase their talents for making their opponents give up or tap out or submit. No matter what the situation may have been; all of the wrestlers performing on that night were looking to be the best at what they do because they all are…Bound For Glory.
It was a night of big time matches and championships galore as a card filled with ten matches was put on for the fans. The biggest story of the night is if this would be the final “curtain call” for the icon known as Sting. Rumors of his retirement had been swirling for months and now he would be facing “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles with talk that if he lost then he would be done for good. Nothing was really answered honestly as Sting lost a match that was quite underwhelming and never seemed to really get going with good chemistry. His words after the loss didn’t amount to much either so no-one really knew if the painted face legend was done or not.
Other big matches lined the card, but there were a handful of stinkers thrown in as well. Both TNA Knockouts’ matches were complete disappointments as they were sloppy and just boring as can be. Kind of odd too considering all the women involved usually deliver big time. I found the Samoa Joe and Bobby Lashley submission match to be very dull as well as it didn’t deliver by a long shot. Let’s not forget the horrible finish which made the unhappy fans even more upset. I’m not sure what they were trying to accomplish there, but it didn’t work whatever it was.
Some of the other matches really made this event worthwhile though. My two favorites were the Ultimate X spectacular and the huge Tag Team Championship match. Everyone involved in both of these matches gave every single thing they had and were able to just perform as if they were fighting for the last time in their careers. Spot after big spot. “Oh My God” moment after “Holy Sh*t” moment. I would like to applaud all of the men that participated here because they alone made this PPV worth ordering or make the DVD worth purchasing. Throw on top of that a couple other great contests with Kurt Angle/Matt Morgan and a huge brawl with Mick Foley and Abyss and TNA finally got themselves a good enough PPV to pick up your own copy of.
~ Motor City Machine Guns Vs. Lethal Consequences
~ Ultimate X Match for TNA X Division Championship: Amazing Red (c) Vs. Christopher Daniels Vs. Homicide Vs. Suicide Vs. Chris Sabin Vs. Alex Shelley
~ TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match: Taylor Wilde & Sarita (c) Vs. The Beautiful People
~ TNA Legend’s Championship Match: Kevin Nash (c) Vs. Eric Young Vs. Hernandez
~ Full Metal Mayhem for IWGP & TNA World Tag Team Championships: The British Invasion Vs. Beer Money Vs. Booker T & Scott Steiner Vs. Team 3D
~ TNA Knockouts Championship Match: ODB (c) Vs. Awesome Kong Vs. Tara
~ MMA Vs. TNA Submission Match: Bobby Lashley Vs. Samoa Joe
~ Monster’s Ball Hardcore Extreme with special guest referee Dr. Stevie: Abyss Vs. Mick Foley
~ Kurt Angle Vs. Matt Morgan
~ TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) Vs. Sting
The event is shown in 1.33:1 Full Screen format and it all looks fine. There are no problems with pixilation or any other moments throughout the event.
The event is heard in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and it also sounds good with no issues. Such a relief not to have Don West screaming for three hours anymore though.
Pre Match & Post Match Press Conference Interviews
Fan Interaction Highlights
“Before The Glory” – A 30-minute special previewing every match on the card.
For the first time since I started reviewing TNA DVDs a couple years ago, I can honestly recommend to pick one up that isn’t a “best of” or special release. They went all out for the end of the year and Bound For Glory shows what they can really do when simply performing as they know they can. Well, except for a few people here and there but that’s forgivable. Others picked up the slack. The special features are more plentiful then usual even though not all of them are really worth too much. Nonetheless, this is a TNA release that can be enjoyed on a few occasions because there are more than your fair share of good to great matches. I highly recommend any wrestling fan to grab this DVD for their very own because it’s not something that happens often.
TNA Home Video presents Bound For Glory 2009. Featuring: Sting, Samoa Joe, Chris Sabin, Kurt Angle, Matt Morgan, AJ Styles, Mick Foley, and many more. Running time: 180 minutes on 2 discs. Rating: Not Rated. Released on DVD: December 8, 2009. Available at Amazon.com