|Bound for Glory VIII|
|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling|
|Date||October 14, 2012|
|Venue||Grand Canyon University Arena|
|Last Event||No Surrender|
|Next Event||Turning Point|
Bound for Glory 2012 was the eighth annual Bound for Glory professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), that took place on October 14, 2012 at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The event will be the first TNA event in the state of Arizona and the first Bound for Glory PPV to be held in Southwestern United States. Bound for Glory is considered to be the premiere event of the year for TNA.
Eight professional wrestling matches took place at the event broadcasted on pay per view around the world. The predominant matches on the card included the main event which saw Jeff Hardy defeating the champion Austin Aries to capture the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, the Aces & Eights beating Sting and Bully Ray to earn a spot on TNA's roster, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and Hernandez defeating both the champions The World Tag Team Champions of the World (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and A.J. Styles and Kurt Angle to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship, and James Storm prevailing over Bobby Roode in a Street Fight with King Mo as special guest enforcer.
The eighth event in the Bound for Glory chronology was first announced on June 10, 2012 at the Slammiversary PPV to be the destination where Sting would be formally inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. Late June, TNA President Dixie Carter stated via Twitter that Bound for Glory would take place in a city not yet visited by the company and be revealed during the telecast of the July 5 edition of Impact Wrestling. During the show, an official video announcement confirmed the event would transpire at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, Arizona on October 14, 2012. Before the tickets went on sale on July 27, 2012, Rob Van Dam promoted the event and signed autographs during a pre-sale session at the GCU Arena Box Office the day prior.
TNA began hyping up their flagship PPV further by producing a series of Road To Bound for Glory preview videos featuring several wrestlers speaking highly of the event.
To celebrate the event, TNA arranged travel packages and organized festivities to take place the weekend prior to the show. On October 13, 2012, the Bound for Glory VIP Weekend will host events such as the Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Celebration for Sting that will be held at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, and on that same day, the annual Bound for Glory Fan InterAction will give fans a chance to get close with their favorite stars for conversations, autographs, and photographs.
Bound for Glory will feature professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers will be portrayed as either villains or heroes or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.
In June 2012, it was announced that the 3-month-long points tournament known as the Bound for Glory Series would be returning and featuring 12 wrestlers to determine the number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound for Glory. At No Surrender, Jeff Hardy defeated Samoa Joe in the semifinals, and Bully Ray in the finals to win the BFG Series and go on to face TNA World Champion Austin Aries for the title in the main event. On the September 13 edition of Impact Wrestling, Ray claimed that Hardy lucked out because he allowed himself to get distracted with being sentimental towards Hardy, who fought through rough times to earn his opportunity for the title. In a rematch between Hardy and Ray for the BFG Series title shot, Hardy defeated Ray to retain his spot. With the main event still in place, Aries began exhibiting envy and lust over Hardy's success, treatment, and connection with fans, looking to prove he is every bit as good as him. Their rivalry heated up after Aries lost a non-title match to Ray a week later and was aided by Hardy before a post-match attack could be executed with the belt by Ray, where thereafter, Hardy got hold of the championship which Aries grabbed away furiously. The two adversaries continued to argue amongst each other for the next few weeks until the final Impact Wrestling episode before Bound for Glory. There, Aries, reacting off the crowd booing him to take Hardy's side a week prior, turned villainous and attacked Hardy, eventually landing his Brainbuster finishing move.
A major angle carried out for 4 months that entered the event involved the Aces & Eights which led to a No disqualification tag team match with Sting and Bully Ray. On the June 14 Impact Wrestling episode in the midst of addressing his TNA Hall of Fame induction announcement at Slammiversary, Sting was mysteriously assaulted by three masked men taking him off television for some time. On the July 5 Impact Wrestling episode, an unknown man delivered an envelope to General Manager Hulk Hogan containing a photo of a masked group playing cards (referencing the card game "dead man's hand") and a note setting up a meeting. The next week, Hogan and Sting were attacked by the group that grew in larger numbers, leaving Hogan with a storyline pelvic fracture, effectively sidelining him for awhile from his duties as GM (which Sting temporarily filled in for). The Aces & Eights, posing as an outlaw biker gang, proceeded to attack various members of the TNA roster both faces and heels and one of which was essentially Bully Ray. As this went on, speculation grew as to whether a member of the TNA roster was potentially a force behind the group due to suspicious coincidences. In August, as the band set their sight on injuring TNA World Heavyweight Champion Austin Aries, Aces & Eights encountered a series of brawls with the roster and on one of those occasions featured the return of Hogan in nWo Hollywood style to help fend for the roster. In September, Aces & Eights stepped it up a notch and abducted Joseph Park (and later Hogan and Sting) to force Hogan to allow them to wrestle for TNA roster spots at Bound for Glory. Ultimately, Hogan gave in and scheduled two members of Aces & Eights to take on Sting and a partner of his choosing at the event. On the October 4 Impact Wrestling episode, Sting, seeking out a partner, found Mr. Anderson as the best candidate, but Anderson was attacked by the group before he could take the position. Thus, Bully Ray quickly pledged that he was the right guy to join Sting, and after some hesitation due to Ray's reputation, Sting and Hogan accepted his offer.
A long standing feud going into Bound for Glory was between Bobby Roode and James Storm, scheduled to compete in a Street Fight with King Mo as special guest enforcer. At April's Lockdown, James Storm faced then-TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode in a Cage match for the title. Leading up to the end of the match, Storm went for his Last Call superkick and accidentally booted Roode out of the cage door and onto the floor, giving Roode the unintended victory in an emotional loss in his home state. Internally wrecked by his faulty actions, Storm took a leave of absence and returned at June's Slammiversary with a momentous victory over Crimson which ended Crimson's long running winning streak. On the following week's Impact Wresting, Storm entered the BFG Series to earn back a shot at Roode for the title. However, the next month, Roode lost the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Austin Aries at Destination X. An effort to regain the title a month later went to no avail in the resulting penalty that locked out Roode from competing for the title as long as Aries was the holder. Storm advanced to the semifinals of the BFG Series, and at No Surrender, faced Bully Ray but lost the match after Roode interfered and struck him with a beer bottle. On the following Impact Wrestling episode, Roode explained that he changed Storm's destiny from coming close to getting a World Title shot to being eliminated from the running because he felt he (Roode) should have been the one close to a title shot instead of Storm, who he claims rode his coattails for 4 years in Beer Money, Inc. A brawl ensued involving Storm and Roode as well as the next week during what was supposed to be a match (which the referee could not control) when Storm called out Roode on the following Open Fight Night Impact Wrestling episode. On the September 27 Impact Wrestling episode, due to the TNA referees giving up on trying to contain Roode and Storm since their feud erupted, TNA GM Hulk Hogan announced a Street Fight for Bound for Glory with the special guest enforcer for backup being King Mo.
A tag team rivalry featured was The World Tag Team Champions of the World (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian), A.J. Styles and Kurt Angle, and Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and Hernandez competing for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. The tag team feud waged on between WTTCOTW and Styles and Angle since June. At No Surrender after both were eliminated from the BFG Series, Styles and Angle fought Daniels and Kazarian to a losing effort when Daniels and Kazarian used underhanded tactics to secure a retention of their titles. On the following Impact Wrestling episode, TNA GM Hulk Hogan announced matches for Daniels and Kazarian with the implications that if they lost, the winner's team would get a Tag Team Title shot at Bound for Glory. Styles defeated Kazarian to earn himself and Angle a shot and Guerrero beat Daniels to earn himself and Hernandez a shot at the titles as well, creating a Three-way tag team match for the event.
An angle that took shape for over 4 months entailed Joey Ryan rebutting against TNA management. On the May 24 Open Fight Night edition of Impact Wrestling, Joey Ryan competed in a Gut Check Challenge for a chance at impressing the judges enough to earn a spot on the TNA roster, and lost to his opponent Austin Aries. The next week, judges Taz, Al Snow, and Bruce Prichard elected not to sign Ryan to a contract based on his performance despite that an Impact Wrestling online poll showed 87% of fans voted for Ryan. Ryan would return on the June 28 edition of Impact Wrestling, interrupting the Gut Check evaluation of Taeler Hendrix, which led to his escort from the building. Unrelenting, Ryan returned by showing up in the crowd on the July 26 edition of Impact Wrestling during a Gut Check match, where Ryan punched Al Snow in the face after Snow came out to get Ryan out the arena, leading to a high pursuit chase. Ryan resurfaced a few more times to confront Snow tossing a drink in his face on one occasion, and on the other, was slapped by Snow. On the October 4 edition of Impact Wrestling, Ryan met with Snow in the ring and received an apology for the slap from Snow who believed it was an act of misconduct caused from his emotions. Refusing to accept the apology calling Snow "pathetic" and conceding to manipulating the "87%" that voted for him online, Ryan then signed what he believed was a TNA contract; however, he instead signed on to a match with Snow at Bound for Glory with the stipulation existing that if Ryan won, he would get a spot on the TNA roster.
A feud between Samoa Joe and Magnus for the TNA Television Championship was featured. At the end of 2011, Samoa Joe and Magnus started teaming, and into the next year, won the TNA World Tag Team Championship at February's Against All Odds defeating Crimson and Matt Morgan. Their reign as champions lasted 3 months till May's Sacrifice, where they were defeated by Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. Rather than pursue regaining the tag titles, both Joe and Magnus entered the BFG Series on the June 14 Impact Wrestling episode, and during the BFG Series Battle Royal - the first match of the tournament, Joe eliminated Magnus. On the August 16 Impact Wrestling episode, Magnus was eliminated from the BFG Series itself when Joe defeated him in a match leaving him outside the semifinals. Magnus not taking the loss lightly attacked his tag team partner Joe with a chair, igniting a feud between them. At No Surrender, Joe lost to Jeff Hardy in his BFG Series semifinals match. On the September 27 Impact Wrestling episode, however, Joe defeated Mr. Anderson to win the vacant TNA Television Championship. His TV Title defense against Magnus was later announced for Bound for Glory.
A Knockouts match set for the event was between Tara and defending champion Miss Tessmacher for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship. On the September 27 Impact Wrestling episode, Tara defeated ODB in a contender's match to gain a shot at the Knockout Title. The week after, Tara set up a date over the phone for Bound for Glory, confident that she would win the title. That night Tara and Gail Kim beat ODB and Miss Tessmacher in a Knockout Tag match. A week after, Tessmacher defeated Gail Kim in a non-title match. Encountering Tara after the bout, Tessmacher fought her off and laid her out with the Tess-Shocker.
An X Division match scheduled for the PPV was Rob Van Dam versus defending champion Zema Ion for the TNA X Division Championship. On the October 11 edition of Impact Wrestling, Van Dam was given the opportunity to chose an opponent to face at Bound for Glory, and challenged Ion for the X Division Title.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- James Storm defeated Bobby Roode in a Falls Count Anywhere Match (With King Mo as special enforcer (17:26)
- Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez defeated AJ Styles & Kurt Angle and Christopher Daniels & Kazarian (c) in a Three Way Match to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship (15:33)
Other on-screen talentEdit
|2012 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-views|
|Genesis • Against All Odds • Victory Road • Lockdown • Sacrifice • Slammiversary • Destination X • Hardcore Justice • No Surrender • Bound for Glory • Turning Point • Final Resolution|
|Bound for Glory|
|I (2005) • II (2006) • III (2007) • IV (2008) • V (2009) • VI (2010) • VII (2011) • VIII (2012)|