Bound For Glory is coming this Sunday, and in case you haven't gotten with the program yet, it's TNA's biggest show of the year. It's even too big for pay-per-view, which is why Spike is bringing you "Countdown to Bound For Glory", LIVE on both coasts, Sunday at 7e/4p.
Our friends at TNA want to make sure you're as excited as they (and we) are for "Bound For Glory", and if you can't be there, they'll bring the action right into your living room.
You're going to get highlights of the Bound for Glory Series, so you can see how AJ Styles earned his shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Bully Ray.
You'll see Kurt Angle's induction into the TNA Hall of Fame and scenes from the Fan Interaction event in San Diego.
We'll have backstage interviews where you can tweet your questions to TNA stars, with a chance for them to answer you live on the air.
And there's a tag team gauntlet match, with the winner getting a shot at the World Tag Team Championship, currently held by James Storm and Gunner. Here's my breakdown of that battle, which was in no way influenced by Robbie E's position as a spike.com blogger, nor any threats he may have issued to me via email, phone or many, many text messages.
Bad Influence vs Joseph Park and Eric Young vs The BroMans vs Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez have been laying low lately, and it remains to be seen if they worked out the disagreement that caused a minor rift before the Bound for Glory series kicked off. If they're not on the same page, and are suffering from ring rust, their chances are going to be slim.
Joseph Park and Eric Young have no such issues of distrust or jealousy. Anyone's who has followed their antics on their road trip from Tulsa to San Diego can attest to the fact that their "team-building" exercise has only strengthened their bond. EY and Park definitely have each other's' backs, which is crucial in tag team wrestling. Opponents frequently take the free-spirited Young and daffy Park lightly and do so at their own peril. Unfortunately for these two, Park's inexperience could be his undoing when facing off against three high-level teams, and unless something triggers an overwhelming rage in The Legal Man in the Ring, it could be a short night for these two.
What praise can I heap upon Bad Influence that they won't say about themselves first? They have a friendship that has stood the test of time. They are well-seasoned, top-level wrestlers. They are snappy dressers. But they're not going to get the title shots, and it's because of their friendship – with Bobby Roode. When Kurt Angle interrupted Roode's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, he drew the ire of all of the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization. Bad Influence would be tested by three other tag teams, and that's before potentially getting a crack at the champions afterwards. That's a tough enough dance card without having to help Roode handle his business against an Olympic Gold Medalist and a newly minted TNA Hall of Famer. There are just too many moving parts for Daniels and Kazarian to become the #WTTCOTW again.
That leaves one team, and that's my pick to win the tag team gauntlet. Jessie Godderz and Robbie E maybe aren't like the obvious pick, but they are the smart one. They work together well, they can certainly take punishment as well as dish it out, and they share a singular goal. With Robbie's birthday celebration in the rear view, we know they'll be training mean and eating clean. And as we saw on Thursday, they picked up the advantage by winning the singles' four-way match.My pick for the winner of the Tag Team Gauntlet is Jessie and Robbie, the BroMans. And it's not because Robbie E told me he wouldn't party with me anymore if I didn't pick him. Don't let anyone poison your mind with that ugly rumor.