An entire year of dedication, pain, and perseverance will culminate on Sunday at “Bound for Glory.” But our biggest event of the year transcends the hype and means more than just a night of competition. “Bound for Glory” represents legacies formed and memories made; and it is about friendships weathering the storm of adversity. More so than ever before, this year’s card highlights the lasting value of friendship, but also recognizes just how fragile they can be. In one match, six men will enter the ring as tag teams rooted in the trust that friendship brings, while in another match, former friends and tag team partners will face off with such visceral animosity that a special enforcer needs to be present to intervene.
Another championship match pits former friends against each other, too. TNA Knockout Champion Miss Tessmacher will face her mentor Tara in a career-defining bout. Miss Tessmacher rose through the TNA ranks quickly from personal assistant to Eric Bischoff to Tara’s tag team partner. The superstars known as TnT collected championships seemingly without difficulty, all the while humbly praising the efforts of the other tag team member. The veteran Tara continued to teach her new protégé how to compete on the biggest stage, resulting in a TNA Knockout Championship win for Miss Tessmacher just a few short years into her career. Still friends despite Tessmacher’s sudden rise, TnT faced each other as opponents for the first time in September at “No Surrender” with mutual respect resonating throughout the match. But the feeling wouldn’t last much longer.
As quickly as Miss Tessmacher’s rise to prominence came, so, too, went her friendship with Tara. Both women look to the future, but the scars of TnT remain. Tessmacher (@BrookeTess) even told her #TESSFLOCKERS on twitter that she “had bad dreams about a wicked witch all night” and called Tara (@TARALiSAMARiE) a “psycho” last week. What will happen when these two competitors face off on TNA’s biggest stage with all of the glory on the line? Watch us make history this Sunday, live from Phoenix, as Knockout Champion Miss Tessmacher takes on her former mentor, partner, and friend Tara, only at “Bound for Glory!”