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To be perfectly honest, I only bought one TNA PPV in my life and that was the 10/10/10 Bound for Glory. The thing that sold me was the whole “They’re Here” scenario. I felt like I got my moneys worth with it. That was 3 years ago. I honestly didn’t have to think too hard about this year’s event. While I will explain my thoughts on the build of the PPV during my predictions on WrestlingNewsWorld.com this weekend, I honestly feel like it is going to be worth it. The wrestling matches are selling it for me. We can talk about a recent string of bad pay-per-views in the WWE and the lack of build for TNA’s pay-per-views, but I look at TNA’s PPVs for the wrestling. I have no doubt that we are going to see some entertaining and classic matches at Bound for Glory. The Ultimate X Match may steal the show but we also have Sting vs. Magnus, Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode (two who never disappoint), and AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray. If you want to be entertained and see some cool and, hopefully, fantastic matches, then you should order Bound for Glory. I will be covering the pre-show on WrestlingNewsWorld.com and giving my full thoughts of the PPV throughout the night on my Facebook page, so join in on the discussion and share your thoughts!
Do you see Jeff Jarrett returning at Bound for Glory in an on-air role?
I have heard a couple talk about the possibility of Jeff Jarrett returning in an on-air role at Bound for Glory… most likely during the AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray main event. Let me say that these people are merely speculating as they aren’t anyone inside the company. I have reported during the summer that Jeff Jarrett refused to come back to TNA Wrestling. However, as months passed, he became more lenient and started to have some backstage influence. However, do I see him returning on television? Honestly, it’s hard to say. Jeff Jarrett, obviously, is not happy with the direction TNA Wrestling is taking, but that doesn’t mean he won’t show up. I do see it depending on whether Hulk Hogan re-signs with the company. If he doesn’t, I can see Jeff being involved in the Dixie Carter story. Let’s not forget that AJ Styles really praised Jarrett in the recent Q&A that I and Richard were part of. I would be surprised, but very thrilled, to see Jeff Jarrett return at Bound for Glory. I will never forget the huge story that led to Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle at Bound for Glory 2008. The feeling for that match was strictly amazing. Anyway, I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up though. Maybe it’s another reason to watch the PPV.
If John Cena went to TNA would the ratings go through the roof?
I remember an interview Eric Bischoff did back in, I think, 2010. He was asked what superstar he would want to get from the WWE. He answered with the name John Cena. It’s pretty self explanatory why. John Cena is the number one guy in the WWE. He sells the most merchandise and he draws. He helps the ratings and viewership numbers. We can clearly see that right now as he has been out for about two months. However, would he do the same in TNA? Let me make one thing clear, a superstar is only as big as what the company makes them. WWE spent ten years on John Cena and, not only making him the top star, but keeping him the top star. TNA Wrestling hasn’t created a John Cena. They get John Cena type stars, but they only are as big as what TNA makes them. If TNA doesn’t advertise John Cena or market John Cena, then he’s not going to make the ratings “go through the roof” as you say. I can’t really predict this kind of scenario, but I would expect a little increase in viewership and rating, but would it stay or grow? That’s what TNA would to do. For TNA’s sake, they can’t rely on a star or stars. A person can only do so much while a company and a network has much more resources. John Cena is the number one guy in WWE because they made him like that. TNA will have to make him like that otherwise he would just be another star.
What role do you think the Ethan Carter III, EC3, will play when he makes his debut on Impact Wrestling?
Just by looking at the name you can speculate that he will be involved in the Dixie Carter story. Will he be her nephew or son or what? Could he be someone she adopted? Could it just be a coincidence? Either way, it’s interesting. Him being involved in the Dixie story though is the most logical. When he was first announced that the character was played by Derrick Bateman, a former WWE star, everyone attacked the company because they were “bringing in another ex-WWE star.” Everyone wants to find a way to attack TNA Wrestling. I see this as an opportunity though. Derrick never made it to the WWE Raw or Smackdown roster. In the eyes of the casual fans, they don’t even know him. He’s someone who has extreme talent. TNA could very well elevated him to the top where WWE never was able to do so. Let’s give it a chance and see where he goes.