Eastern Iowan fans know TNA Impact Wrestling’s Bound For Glory as their biggest show of the year. Earlier this year the Cedar Rapids Pro Wrestling Examiner looked back at WWE’s Wrestlemania events over the years. Now it’s time to take a look back at TNA’s signature event.
Bound For Glory 2006 took the show out of the Impact Zone to Detroit, Michigan, home to several of the talents that competed that night.
The 2006 edition opened with an X Division Gauntlet match set up by Kevin Nash. The match was surprisingly spot free for an X-Division battle, but still offered solid wrestling action. Austin Aries (then called Austin Starr) picked up the victory after a killer Brainbuster.
A four way tag match came next. While the lower midcard Naturals seemed like a good fit, it seemed like a wasted use of Team 3D, AMW and the James Gang. Team 3D picked up the win over the Naturals, who would soon be gone from TNA.
This year’s Monster’s Ball came next with Jake Roberts as special referee. Brother Runt (Spike Dudley), Samoa Joe, Raven and Abyss worked hard to up the mayhem from the previous year’s event. Samoa Joe continued his undefeated streak and his massive dominance with a big win over Raven.
The fourth match pitted the recently fired Eric Young against Larry Zbyszko. The story behind this was all about Zbyszko’s evil boss role being replaced by Jim Cornette. Young battled to get his job back and if Zbyszko lost, he would be fired in Young’s place. The match was as quick as it needed to be with Young winning and Zbyszko getting the cut.
An in ring segment featuring TNA manager Jim Cornette set up Kurt Angle hitting the ring, as he made only his second TNA live appearance. He was set to be the special referee in the main event that night, but this segment would continue to start the slow burn on the Kurt Angle-Samoa Joe feud that would dominate TNA in the next several months.
The first half of the show brings the first title shot of the night as Senshi (a.k.a. Low Ki or WWE’s Kaval) defended the X Division title against hometown hero Chris Sabin. Senshi’s strikes came against Sabin’s high flying style. Both men blew out just about every move in their arsenal in search of a win, but Sabin ultimately picked up the win to begin his third X-Division title reign.
Tomorrow, part 2 brings Christian, Rhino, Jeff Jarrett and Sting in to play.
Bound For Glory 2006 is now available on DVD. Eastern Iowa fans can watch Bound For Glory 2011 live on pay-per-view on October 16th.