Bound for Glory Series

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The Bound for Glory Series is an annual professional wrestling tournament held by Impact Wrestling in which 12 wrestlers compete in a series of matches over the course of several months (throughout the summer specifically) to determine who receives a match for the Impact Global Championship at Bound for Glory, which is Impact Wrestling's premier yearly PPV event. In 2016 TNA announced the Bound for Glory Playoffs which took place in a tournament format instead of the original round robin format.

Points are earned in a variety of ways and can be won in a variety of match types. 10 points for submission victory, 7 points for a pinfall victory, 5 points for a countout victory, 3 points for a DQ victory, 2 points for a draw, and minus 10 points for a DQ loss. Special matches can also be made where the winner of the match can be awarded up to 25 points.

Results[edit]

2011[edit]

On the June 16, 2011, edition of Impact Wrestling, TNA announced a twelve-man tournament to determine the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at October's Bound for Glory. The twelve men faced each other in matches on pay-per-view, television and at untelevised house show events and were given points based on their performance, with a submission victory giving a wrestler 10 points, a pinfall victory 7, a countout victory 5, a disqualification victory 3 and a draw 2 points, while a disqualification loss will cost a wrestler 10 points. A special ladder match on the July 21 edition of Impact Wrestling also gave out 10 points for the winner. The top four wrestlers faced each other in the tournament finals at September's No Surrender,[1][2] where Bully Ray defeated James Storm via disqualification, while Bobby Roode defeated Gunner via submission, giving both 52 points and setting up a tiebreaker match between the two. In the tiebreaker match, Roode defeated Ray via pinfall to win the tournament.[3]

Final Standings[edit]

     These wrestlers qualified for the final matches.
     These wrestlers withdrew from the tournament.
     Winner of the tournament.
Rank Wrestler Points [4] Matches
1 Bobby Roode 59 16
2 Bully Ray 52 16
3 Gunner 42 20
4 James Storm 40 13
5 Rob Van Dam 35 13
6 A.J. Styles 24 11
7 Scott Steiner 21 10
8 Samoa Joe -10 10
DNF Crimson 50 102
Devon 30 152
Matt Morgan 24 51
D'Angelo Dinero 17 172

1 Morgan was forced to pull out of the tournament on the July 28 edition of Impact Wrestling, after tearing his pectoral muscle.[5]
2 Devon, Dinero and Crimson pulled out of the tournament after suffering storyline injuries at the hands of Samoa Joe on the August 18 and 25 editions of Impact Wrestling.[6][7]

2012[edit]

On the June 14, 2012, episode of Impact Wrestling, TNA started the second Bound for Glory Series to determine the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at October's Bound for Glory. Just like the previous year, the tournament included twelve men, who would be facing each other in matches on pay-per-view, television and at untelevised house show events and would be given points based on their performance, with a submission victory giving a wrestler 10 points, a pinfall victory 7, a countout victory 5, a disqualification victory 3 and a draw 2 points, while a disqualification loss will cost a wrestler 10 points. An opening gauntlet match on the June 14 episode of Impact Wrestling gave out 20 points to the winner.[8] Similarly, two four-way matches and a three-way match contested between the participants at Hardcore Justice gave 20 points to the three winners, as well as a one off match for regular scoring between Robbie E,Rob Van Dam and AJ Styles as they were unable to wrestle Dinero due to his injury [9] Originally, all matches in the tournament had a ten-minute time limit,[10] but on June 28 the limit was raised to fifteen minutes.[11] However, on the August 16 episode of Impact Wrestling, the time limit was ignored without explanation for a match between A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels, which lasted 16 minutes and 50 seconds.[12] Unlike the previous year, in the 2012 tournament wrestlers faced each other only once in singles matches (not counting special multi-wrestler matches). As Mr. Anderson challenged for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship instead of taking part in the opening gauntlet match, he finished the tournament with one match fewer than the other competitors.[8] The round-robin portion of the tournament concluded on September 6, while the finals took place on September 9 at No Surrender.[13]

Final Standings[edit]

     These wrestlers qualified for the final matches.
     These wrestlers withdrew from the tournament.
     Winner of the tournament.
Rank Wrestler Points [13] Matches
1 James Storm 73 13
2 Samoa Joe 68 13
3 Bully Ray 62 13
4 Jeff Hardy 59 13
5 Rob Van Dam 55 13
6 A.J. Styles 50 13
7 Kurt Angle 48 13
8 Mr. Anderson 47 12
9 Christopher Daniels 33 13
10 Magnus 28 13
11 Robbie E 12 13
DNF D'Angelo Dinero 7 91

1 Dinero was forced to pull out of the tournament on August 12, after suffering a shoulder injury.[14][15]

Semifinals Final
      
1 James Storm Pin
3 Bully Ray 13:54[16]
3 Bully Ray Pin
4 Jeff Hardy 12:23[16]
2 Samoa Joe Pin
4 Jeff Hardy 12:34[16]

2013[edit]

On the June 6, 2013, edition of Impact Wrestling, TNA announced a twelve-man round-robin tournament to determine the number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at October's Bound for Glory. The twelve men faced each other in matches on pay-per-view, television and at untelevised house show events and were given points based on their performance, with a submission victory giving a wrestler 10 points, a pinfall victory 7, a countout victory 5, a disqualification victory 3 and a draw 2 points, while a disqualification loss will cost a wrestler 10 points. The time limit increased to 15 minutes. The top four in the standings advanced to a one night mini-tournament at Impact Wrestling: No Surrender on September 12 in St. Louis, Missouri that determined the ultimate winner.

Qualifying matches[edit]

On the July 11 episode of Impact Wrestling (taped June 30), the 12 BFG Series competitors were entered in a series of "Joker's Wild" tag team matches where the wrestlers were paired up at random. The winners of the tag team matches then advanced to a six-man Gauntlet for the Gold match where the winner received 25 points. That match was won by Magnus. Both the tag team matches and gauntlet (for those who advanced) are included in the number of matches each competitor had.

On August 15 as part of Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice there were three special four-way matches - a ladder match, a table match, and a street fight - each worth 20 points (won by Kazarian, Bobby Roode, and Joseph Park respectively). The street fight was aired on the August 22 broadcast.

On the August 29 episode of Impact Wrestling TNA GM Hulk Hogan announced that all 12 BFG Series participants would compete in a final Gauntlet for the Gold match (which aired on September 5) for 20 points. The top point scorer then had his choice of opponent from the rest of the top four for the tournament semi-finals at Impact Wrestling: No Surrender. The match was won by A.J. Styles. Styles then chose Austin Aries as his semifinal opponent, leaving Bobby Roode vs Magnus as the other semifinal match.

On September 12, 2013 as part of Impact Wrestling: No Surrender, A.J. Styles defeated Austin Aries in the first semi-final match, while Magnus defeated Bobby Roode in the other semi-final. In the main event of the broadcast, Styles defeated Magnus by pinfall after hitting him with the Spiral Tap to win the 2013 BFG Series.

Final Standings[edit]

     These wrestlers qualified for the final matches.
     Winner of the tournament
Rank Wrestler Points Matches
1 A.J. Styles 63 9
2 Magnus 46 7
3 Austin Aries 35 8
4 Bobby Roode 34 9
5 Jeff Hardy 31 8
6 Christopher Daniels 30 8
7 Kazarian 29 9
8 Samoa Joe 26 9
9 Mr. Anderson 24 9
10 Joseph Park 17 8
11 Hernandez 7 8
Jay Bradley 7 8
Semifinals Final
      
1 A.J. Styles Pin
3 Austin Aries 14:37
1 A.J. Styles Pin
2 Magnus 15:08
2 Magnus Pin
4 Bobby Roode 6:55

2016[edit]

On July 8, TNA's announced that Impact Wrestling will begin airing at 8pm EST on Thursday nights on July 21, it was also revealed that July 21 episode will feature the start of the "Bound for Glory Playoff" to determine a new #1 contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound for Glory.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
         
James Storm 09:29
Matt Hardy Pin
Matt Hardy 07:28
Ethan Carter III Pin
Ethan Carter III Pin
Eli Drake 07:55
Ethan Carter III Pin
Mike Bennett 17:23
Drew Galloway Pin
Bram 06:58
Drew Galloway 07:48
Mike Bennett Pin
Jeff Hardy 02:10
Mike Bennett Pin

Bound for Glory Series/Playoff winner's championship matches[edit]

Winner Bound for Glory Year Result
1 Bobby Roode Bound for Glory (2011) 2011 Kurt Angle defeated Roode to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
2 Jeff Hardy Bound for Glory (2012) 2012 Hardy defeated Austin Aries to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
3 A.J. Styles Bound for Glory (2013) 2013 Styles defeated Bully Ray to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
4 Ethan Carter III Bound for Glory (2016) 2016 Lashley defeated Carter to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

Bound For Glory records[edit]

Most Series/Playoff Victories[edit]

Wrestler Wins Year
Bobby Roode 1 2011
Jeff Hardy 1 2012
A.J. Styles 1 2013
Ethan Carter III 1 2016

Participant List[edit]

Wrestler Victories Appearances
AJ Styles 1 3
Bobby Roode 1 2
Jeff Hardy 1 2
Samoa Joe 0 3
Bully Ray 0 2
Christopher Daniels 0 2
D'Angelo Dinero 0 2
James Storm 0 2
Magnus 0 2
Mr. Anderson 0 2
Rob Van Dam 0 2
Austin Aries 0 1
Crimson 0 1
Devon 0 1
Gunner 0 1
Hernandez 0 1
Jay Bradley 0 1
Joseph Park 0 1
Kazarian 0 1
Kurt Angle 0 1
Matt Morgan 0 1
Robbie E 0 1
Scott Steiner 0 1

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