Hulk Hogan, the most iconic figure in all of professional wrestling, made his return to the ring against long-time foe Sting in one of the main event matches. Sting and Hogan have been battling in TNA ever since Hogan showed up in 2010. Their bitter rivalry came to a final destination, one match to determine control of the company. There was a lot of speculation on the type of performance Hogan could pull off due to his back surgeries and long absence from in-ring competition.Hogan proved to the world that when needed he can pull off a great performance.
With Nature Boy Ric Flair in his corner, Hogan used nearly ever cheap trick to defeat Sting along with his powers to Hulk up whenever he needs to. Surprisingly the rowdy crowd in Philly was completely into the match from start to finish. The crowd went absolutely insane when Sting wanted and got the old Hulk Hogan to finally come back.
Rob Van Dam VS. Jerry Lynn is a feud to many extreme fans is the greatest they have seen in the modern era of pro wrestling. Both men have battled in the original Extreme Championship Wrestling days and once in World Wrestling Entertainment, now they bring their legendary battle to the TNA ring in a Full Metal Mayhem match. The concept of the match allows for ladders, chairs and tables all to be legal, nearly recreating the type of match RVD and Lynn are use to wrestling against each other in. With Lynn no longer appearing with TNA after BFG 2011, this may have been his last big match. RVD-Lynn fans got their money’s worth in this one with many dangerous moments and brutal usage of the chairs and ladders. Powerbomb to the outside of the ring with a ladder was unbelievably brutal.
In other action, Bully Ray took on Mr. Anderson in a Philly Falls Count Anywhere match, originally labelled a Philly Street Fight, but still just as violent, and surprisingly in Mr. Anderson’s case was a back and forth extreme affair. It’s not the greatest street fight ever, but considering the lopsided experience factor Ray had over Anderson, it is shocking how Anderson was able to bring the fight back to Ray. Although the most disturbing match went to AJ Styles against Christopher Daniels in an I Quit Match. This match was what TNA was built off of in the early days of the fed, but it has taken a twist now that Daniels believes he is better than AJ. Daniels attempts to murder AJ and tells his wife to put the kids to bed so they do not have to see it. This emotional conflict only helped add to what was a stack card from top to bottom.
If you buy only one event from TNA all year make it this one. BFG has proven almost every year to be a must see attraction and this past year was no different. For fans that want more than just the whole pay-per-view experience again, TNA delivers in their bonus disc giving fans the chance to relive the entire pre-show that includes a TNA Tag Team Championship bout, footage from their fan interaction event, the entire Before 4 the Bell show for the PPV, and post match interviews from RVD, Dixie Carter, Mr. Anderson and a devastated Bobby Roode after coming up short against Kurt Angle.
TNA: Bound For Glory 2011
Run time of about six hours
Released on Jan. 17, 2012