For their first time out of Orlando for a pay-per-view, TNA showed surprising experience in putting on a live show, eclipsing even the big budget WWE. Bound for Glory produced some superb action in the ring, and the extras for the fans in attendance ensured the crowd stayed hot for the entire show. It's the type of night that any pro wrestling fan should be allowed to experience.
Fans nearly filled the cozy Compuware arena in Plymouth, Michigan, amassing an attendance of around 4,200. The lively crowd was brought to their feet even before the show started as TNA allowed some of their talent to casually walk the floor, signing autographs and taking pictures. Norman Smiley and Christy Hemme gained most of the attention.
Before a solid warm up match between Bobby Roode and Lance Hoyt, TNA employees chucked countless freebies to the crowd. A record number of t-shirts were fought over, as were copies of the latest Mortal Kombat video game. Roode and Hoyt then put on a nice performance with enough high spots to get the crowd involved early in plenty of time for the opening bell when the show went live.
Kevin Nash started the night off with an X Division invitational, an over-the-top rope battle royal. As is the norm for TNA, their high flyers were given numerous opportunities to show off some simply insane stunts, even getting a woman and a midget involved in the proceedings. Newcomer Aaron Starr came away with the win.
A crowded tag match involved four separate squads, including AMW, Team 3D, The Naturals, and the James Gang. While the fans repeated chants for tables went unanswered, each team was given ample time to perform the fans favorite spots. Still, Team 3D had enough in them to pull out a victory.
Eric Young pulled away a victory against Larry Zbyszko in a "Loser Gets Fired" match. More of an opportunity to see Young in the ring than anything resembling a decent match, this short rumble did little else but keep the crowd quiet about the missing tables from the previous tag match.
A Monsters Ball no-holds barred brawl ended up in a melee. Brother Runt, Abyss, Raven, and Samoa Joe battled all over the floor, through the crowd and up the decorative scaffolding. Spots were brutal, including Samoa Joe face-planting Abyss into a pile of tacks, easily taking home the award for the most painful move of the night.
Runt was not only tossed from the scaffolding onto a pile of boxes the ring crew set up before the match, but then received a long-fall elbow drop when Abyss fell off. Samoa Joe would come away with the eventual pin, made by guest referee Jake "The Snake" Roberts. After the match, the TV audience watched an interview, while Brother Runt was helped off by medical staff with an apparent leg injury.