TNA's Bound For Glory takes place tonight from the Impact Zone, but most of the attention is on the controversy surrounding the company, as opposed to the show itself. Fightful.com will take a look at five questions surrounding the show.
Is Gail Kim the greatest ever?
I'm not one to sing the praises of Fabulous Moolah. By all indications, she was a miserable person who did terrible things. Gail Kim is among the best workers the wrestling business has ever seen, and had women's wrestling in the WWE been in the place it is now, I think many more people would be bringing her up in the conversation of greatest female wrestler ever. Kim is often charged with working alongside people who can't keep up, and aren't on her level in the ring. That's certainly the case tonight as she faces Maria for the Knockouts Championship, what she hopes is her sixth reign. Kim will also become the first woman inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. Kim's name should absolutely be recognized among the best and most influential female talents in wrestling history.
Will EC3 continue to break the Cleveland curse?
I guess it could be argued that EC3 has already held the world title in 2016, but the Cleveland native looks to continue a trend for his hometown. Stipe Miocic both won and defended the UFC Heavyweight Championship for Cleveland, and LeBron James brought the city an NBA Championship. The Cleveland Indians have made the playoffs, and WWE's Miz is on one of the best runs of his career as Intercontinental Champion. Ethan Carter III could be the latest 2016 success story out of Cleveland, but he faces a tall task in Bobby Lashley. The Browns are still terrible, though. Nothing will ever change that.
Is the Grand Championship going to work?
The Grand Championship was an interesting idea. With MMA's popularity exploding on the back of Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, TNA figured the format was worth a shot on their programming. You don't hear a buzz about it, and that's probably not a good sign. The Grand Championship replaced a title that already went through it's changes (Global/Legends/TV/KOTM), and this one is facing adversity before it even starts. Tournament finalist Drew Galloway was pulled from BFG due to injury, and replaced by Eddie Edwards to face Aron Rex (formerly Damien Sandow). Edwards' style probably matches up best for this kind of format, but TNA doesn't seem to really have the roster to highlight this kind of title. Maybe they'll prove me wrong.
Who will make an impression?
TNA's financial situation is no secret -- they're in rough shape. As we've stated on the Fightful.com Podcast multiple times, there's a lot of members of the TNA roster who may not work full-time in wrestling if things don't work out with their current employer. It's hard to believe that more than half of the contracted talent would get looks from ROH, NJPW or WWE. Bound For Glory is a nice opportunity for some of the lesser-known talents to state their case for future employment elsewhere -- or even a push in a Billy Corgan-owned TNA Wrestling.
What will Cody Rhodes' Role be?
Cody Rhodes has made it well-known that he wants to work everywhere. He's already checked off a lot of names on his now-famous 'list,' but now he's appearing in the company that both his father and brother called home in the 2000s. There are rumors that Rhodes, who will be referred to as Cody, will be working with Mike Bennett during his TNA run, but Bennett has Moose on the docket tonight. It's unknown what exactly Rhodes has up his tailored sleeves at Bound For Glory.
Fightful.com will have full coverage for TNA Bound For Glory tonight.