TNA sent a production crew to Japan this week to finalize the floor plan for October’s Bound for Glory PPV. Tickets are now officially on-sale, and early numbers are said to be looking decent.
Bound for Glory will be airing in the normal PPV time slot at 8PM ET on Sunday, October 13th, but the show will not be airing live here in the U.S. Because of the major time difference, there will be between 13 and 14 hours of delay, and there really was no way of getting around that. The current plan is to host three exclusive TNA matches, four matches between TNA and Wrestle-1 talent, and another two matches with just Wrestle-1 talent. The main event in Japan is expected to be James Storm and Sanada teaming up against Yoshihiro Tajiri and the Great Muta, but that will likely be swapped for the American PPV audience.
Dave Meltzer has noted that there has been discussion of ending the ongoing tag team series between The Wolves, Team 3D and the Hardys in a Full Metal Mayhem match. His report indicated the first two teams, as there has been speculation on whether or not Jeff Hardy could appear in Japan, but as we reported, the former world champion is completely able to make the trip, and will more than likely be in action at the PPV.
In regards to what TNA is doing with current TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley, they are waiting for the results of his Bellator MMA fight this weekend. If he wins, the idea is that he’ll be much higher on the priority list, and a bigger asset to Spike TV, and would then take the title to Japan for Bound for Glory. If he loses the fight, TNA could have him drop the belt, setting up another match for the PPV. This is why he’s currently not being advertised for the show.
Mike Tenay and Tazz will mostly likely be doing voice-over work for the PPV from Nashville, as a means of cutting costs, rather than have them fly to Japan for commentary. The current list of names being advertised are MVP, Samoa Joe, James Storm, Ethan Carter III, Abyss, Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, Manik and Braum from the TNA side, plus Sanada, Great Muta and Tajiri from the Wrestle-1 side. Team 3D will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame.