Bound for Glory 2013 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by TNA which took place on October 20, 2013 at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California. It was the 9th event in the Bound for Glory series.
The ninth event in the Bound for Glory chronology was first announced on June 2, 2013 at the Slammiversary PPV to around the weekend where Kurt Angle would be formally inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame.
The 2013 Bound for Glory Series tournament began on TNA's flagship television program, Impact Wrestling, on June 6, 2013. All 12 competitors were tasked with the objective to accumulate the most points by gaining victories on Impact Wrestling, live shows and TV specials in order to challenge for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound for Glory. It culminated with 4 remaining finalists on Impact Wrestling: No Surrender on September 12, 2013, where AJ Styles advanced over Magnus, Austin Aries, and Bobby Roode to earn a shot at the world title in a match with the champion, Bully Ray. Over the next course of weeks, AJ Styles (admitting to not be contracted to the company but obligated to compete for the world title after winning the BFG Series) ranted on and swore revenge against TNA President, Dixie Carter, leading to Dixie turning into a heel authority figure hellbent on taking him down by putting up a $50,000 bounty which went unsuccessful. It was later announced by Carter over social media that Styles' title bout against Ray would be a No Disqualification match.
On September 12, 2013, the TNA X Division Champion, Manik, wrestled against Jeff Hardy. The same night, TNA Triple Crown winner, Chris Sabin, turned heel when he felt Manik didn't show proper respect to him for his accomplishments. He additionally insulted fellow Triple Crown winner, Austin Aries. On September 26, 2013, Manik defeated Sabin in a title match, but after the defense, Sabin attacked Manik until Aries came to save him. On the October 3 edition of Impact Wrestling, Jeff Hardy and Manik defeated Kenny King and Chris Sabin in a tag team match. Afterwards, Sabin attacked Hardy and Manik. Austin Aries, who was on commentary, attacked Sabin and eventually challenged Hardy, Sabin and Manik to an Ultimate X match for the TNA X-Division Championship. On the October 10 episode of Impact Wrestling, Samoa Joe announced his entry into the match, making him the fifth participant.
At No Surrender, Roode was defeated by Magnus in the semi-finals of their Bound for Glory Series match. The same night, Roode and his stable, The Extraordinary Gentleman's Organization (EGO) interfered in the finals, attacking Magnus and AJ Styles. The next week, EGO attacked Magnus. On the October 3, 2013 edition of Impact Wrestling, Magnus faced EGO in a 3-on-1 Gauntlet match, prevailing over Christopher Daniels and Kazarian but lost to Roode, giving EGO the victory. Afterwards, Sting attempted to console Magnus, who was expressing his frustrations of losing the Bound For Glory Series. Magnus accused Sting of not understanding his frustrations due to accomplishing so much in his career. Sting responded by challenging Magnus at Bound For Glory.
On the October 10 edition of Impact Wrestling, Daniels and Kazarian announced Bobby Roode's induction into the "EGO Hall of Fame", which led to a Roode diatribe about how he should have been selected for the actual TNA Hall of Fame instead of Kurt Angle. Angle then returned after an extended hiatus, fought off all three members of EGO and challenged Roode to a match at Bound For Glory. The following week, Angle stated his discontentment with Roode mocking his Hall of Fame induction and told Roode he would make him tap out. Roode responded by attacking Angle with help from his faction, EGO, forcing Angle to submit to the crossface hold in a precursory act prior to their match.
On the October 3 edition of Impact Wrestling, Velvet Sky and Brooke were supposed to have a number one contenders match, however, Lei'D Tapa made her debut and attacked Sky. The following week, on the October 10 edition of Impact Wrestling, Brooke defeated Sky to win a spot in the three-way match for the TNA Knockouts Championship against Gail Kim and champion ODB at Bound For Glory.
TNA announced a four-way tag team gauntlet match between Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez, Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian), Eric Young and Joseph Park and The Bro Mans (Jessie Godderz and Robbie E) taking place on the preshow to Bound for Glory. The winners are set to face TNA World Tag Team Champions, James Storm and Gunner at the PPV. On the October 17th edition of Impact Wrestling, Robbie E defeated Hernandez, Christopher Daniels and Eric Young in a four-way match to get the advantage of the last position (4th). This meant that they entered the match last.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Countdown to Bound for Glory (Pre-Show): The BroMans (Robbie E and Jessie Godderz) defeated Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez and. Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian) and Joseph Park and Eric Young in a Tag Team Gauntlet match for a TNA World Tag Team Championship match later in the evening.
- Chris Sabin (w/ Velvet Sky) defeated Manik (c), Austin Aries, Samoa Joe & Jeff Hardy in a Ultimate X match to win the TNA X Division Championship
- The BroMans (Robbie E and Jessie Godderz) (w/ Phil Heath) defeated James Storm and Gunner (c) to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship (11:50)
- Gail Kim defeated ODB (c) & Brooke in a Three-Way match to win the TNA Women's Knockout Championship
- Bobby Roode defeated Kurt Angle (21:00)
- Ethan Carter III defeated Norv Fernum (3:25)
- Magnus defeated Sting (11:05)
- AJ Styles defeated Bully Ray (c) (w/ Brooke) to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Tag team gauntlet match results
|1||Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels and Kazarian)||2nd||Young and Park|
|2||Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Hernandez||1st||Bad Influence|
|3||Eric Young and Joseph Park||3rd||Bro Mans|
|4||The BroMans (Robbie E and Jessie Godderz)||Winners|
TNA President, Dixie Carter, announced a rematch for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship after the event. On the October 24, 2013 Impact Wrestling episode, Styles defeated Ray to retain the World Title. After the match, Carter, who had opposed Styles, had a change of heart and offered a new, lucrative contract to Styles; however, Styles refused to accept the contract due to his spite for Carter and left the company with the title. Carter vacated the title and began a World Title Tournament the following week, although Styles proceeded without authorization to defend the title belt in various international promotions.
Mike Johnson, from PWInsider, said that the main event was "Really good, hard hitting, well told story here. Easily the best thing on the show and a really good main event." However, he criticized the Magnus-Sting due to " The idea here was to make Magnus by having Sting lose clean in a back and forth contest. On paper, it made sense but the match didn't feel like it had the spark needed for that sort of moment". Also, described Ethan's debut as "pitch-perfect". He described the entire show as "It was just a show - some good, some eh, but Bound for Glory should never be just a show, it's their Wrestlemania, except this year, it wasn't." Pat McNeill, from PWTorch, said Bound for Glory "Wasn't a great event". Bob Kapur, from CANOE Slam, said that he enjoyed the event overall. Also, Matthew Asher, from CANOE too, enjoyed the PPV but said the ultimate success of this Bound for Glory rests on the future storylines this event sets up.
Other on-screen talent
|2013 Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-views|
Genesis • Lockdown • X-Travaganza • Joker's Wild • Slammiversary • Hardcore Justice • 10 Reunion • Knockouts Knockdown • Bound for Glory • Tournament of Champions 2013 • World Cup of Wrestling 2013 • Hardcore Justice III
|Bound for Glory|
|I (2005) • II (2006) • III (2007) • IV (2008) • V (2009) • VI (2010) • VII (2011) • VIII (2012) • IX (2013) • X (2014)|