Bound for Failure?

So last night, Bound for Glory took place, the supposed jewel in TNA’s PPV calendar and very much their answer to Wrestlemania.  Yet, this year, it didn’t feel special.  In fact it barely registered on the Richter scale.  Unlike my usual look at wrestling events, I am not planning on going through this one match by match, but instead by having a look at exactly where I think TNA went wrong with BFG, this year round.

Now the problem most people will point to, is that this year BFG was held in Japan, Tokyo to be exact, the Kurakuen Hall to be even more exact.  The idea of holding a PPV abroad, has long been bandied about as something both TNA and WWE could do, it’s something that in the right place, with the right build, could easily be pulled off.  It wasn’t that this PPV was held outside of America that caused the problem, but where it was held and who it was held in conjunction with.

You see BFG was held in conjunction with Wrestle-1, a Japanese based promotion headed by The Great Muta, a man even people unfamiliar with Japanese wrestling are aware of.  Muta’s company has been on the go for around a year and built some connection with TNA, which has seen Muta himself appear in a storyline with James Storm and Sanada, which has also brought Tajiri into the mix.  This program headlined the PPV in a tag match between the four men.  Yet on TNA TV, it has been a mid-card story at best.  There was no mention of Bobby Lashley and Robert Roode, while the tag titles were similarly missing from the show.

Instead, we had an undercard full of matches seemingly put together on the spot.  EC3 fought the Japanese Rikishi, there was your standard X-Division 3 way and Team 3D fought Tommy Dreamer and Abyss in a hardcore match, in order to commemorate their entrance into the Hall of Fame.  Throw in a tag team made up entirely of Japanese wrestlers and a few filler matches and it is hardly surprising this show hasn’t done great.  There was little reason for anyone to care.

Now here is where I suggest where I think TNA should have looked for their first overseas PPV and I have to admit I’m biased.  However, over here in the UK, TNA has had better viewing figures than the WWE.  Now, that is because it is on free TV, but it is still a fact.  Throw in TNA’s history of good British wrestlers, be that Magnus or the legendary Nigel McGuinness/Desmond Wolfe and it seems a match made in heaven.  Much like Japan it would have to be taped and shown later in America, but TNA is currently in a position where those in America who are going to watch, will watch anyway, at least they will if given a reason to care, where this would make a difference, is right here in the UK.

If TNA were to hold their biggest event in the UK, it would give them access to a whole new world of publicity.  They could work with the papers, TV, radio and anything else they could think of, in order to push their event.  Make the British public aware there is not just WWE and if they pull it off, maybe give themselves a stronghold in the UK, somewhere where they can actually challenge WWE, even if it is on a small scale.

Such an event would be huge, I don’t watch TNA every week, but if I’m willing to go down and see Raw in London, I’m pretty sure I’d make the journey for BFG.  TNA’s plan to move PPV’s abroad wasn’t the issue, the execution was and if they played their cards right in the right market (India is another obvious example, with the success of Ra Ka King) then it could be the kick up the ass this company needs.

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