In 2005, TNA established “Bound for Glory,” a premiere event for fans to anticipate each year, and 2006’s effort continued the legacy of greatness that “Bound for Glory” has since enjoyed. Venturing outside the IMPACT Zone to the suburbs of Detroit, TNA brought more than enough heat to defrost Michigan in October. For the first time in company history, all three championship titles changed hands in front of a sold out “Bound for Glory” audience. Remember these classic matches?Watch Bound for Glory 2006 at TNAOnDemand
Video: Bound for Glory - 2006
Prior to Beer Money, Inc., Robert “Bobby” Roode was just establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with. In the half hour preshow, Roode pinned Lance Hoyt for his second “Bound for Glory” win in as many years.
TNA newcomer Austin Aries beat sixteen other superstars to win a massive gauntlet match nearly twice the size of the previous year’s gauntlet match. Trivia time! How many of these men still wrestle for TNA? Can you name them? Let us know at @IMPACTWRESTLING, but no cheating!
Team 3D won another oversized match against BG & Kip James, Andy Douglas & Chase Stevens, and Chris Harris & James Storm when Brother Ray pinned Douglas just seven minutes into the match. Video: Bound for Glory 2006 Tag Team Match
TNA’s newest Grand Slam Champion [Read More] Samoa Joe continued his unprecedented winning streak by taking down Raven, Abyss, and Brother Runt in a “Monster’s Ball” match with Jake “The Snake” Roberts serving as special referee.
Way before his facial hair was scaring young children, Eric Young pinned Larry Zbyszko in a “loser gets fired” match. Immediately following was the evening’s first title match, in which Chris Sabin pinned Senshi to take the X Division Title. [find out about Eric Young's fishing show on Animal Planet]
With the action taking place in Detroit, having an anything goes, falls count anywhere “8 Mile Street Fight” was a foregone conclusion. After nearly 15 brutal minutes of fighting inside the ring and out, Christian Cage pinned Detroit native Rhino for the victory. Video: Bound for Glory 2006: 8 Mile Street Fight
Any TNA fan knows that AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels don’t play nice together. But back in 2006, they were defending the Tag Team Championship against Hernandez and Homicide in a steel cage match. Hernandez, also a part of this year’s upcoming “Triple Threat Match,” pinned AJ Styles to take the title in the cage.
In the night’s main event, the “Icon” Sting triumphed over the World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Jarrett with Kurt Angle acting as special referee. Sting’s win would be the first of his three straight World Heavyweight Championships won at “Bound for Glory.” Video: Sting Facing Jeff Jarrett at Bound for Glory 2006
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