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, a great wrestling city if a bit far for Cedar Rapids fans to travel.
The second half of Bound For Glory 2006 opened with an “8 Mile Street Fight”. It featured Detroit’s own Rhino against his former friend and now rival Christian Cage. The match didn’t feature much wrestling, but instead showed tons of violence. The story was all about Rhino not wanting to give up, but ultimately the violence put upon him by Christian left Rhino unconscious for a pin.
The tag titles were on the line next as Konnan and his new faction LAX (Hernandez y Homicide) challenged AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels for the tag team titles in a Six Sides of Steel cage match. The match featured forks, strangulation and a dive from Hernandez off the top of the cage. Ultimately, Konnan’s interference allowed LAX to double team Styles and become the new NWA Tag Team champions.
The main event pitted Sting, a man that returned to wrestling from a five year hiatus only earlier in the year, against dominant NWA World Champion Jeff Jarrett. Sting put his career on the line to get the championship match, but after a 2 month hiatus he entered the ring in his best shape in over a decade. Recent TNA signee Kurt Angle would also make his presence known as ring side enforcer.
The match would go throughout the entire arena, and the (arguably) top two TNA stars put it all on the line. Angle would soon hit the Angle Slam on referee Rudy Charles to avoid a double count out finish. Angle severely relaxed the rules. After Sting shrugged off a guitar shot, he locked Jarrett in to a Scorpion Deathlock for the win.
This marked the end of not only Jarrett’s TNA title supremacy, but also his disappearance from the program for much of the next 2 years.
Bound For Glory2006 was the best wrestling show put on by TNA up until that point in its history. The heavy focus on the X Division talent and solid tag team wrestling marked its strength as a wrestling company.
Stay tuned for continued coverage of Impact Wrestling’s Bound For Glory events. The 2011 edition will debut live on pay-per-view on October 16th. Bound For Glory 2006 is now available on DVD.