Professional wrestling (often shortened pro wrestling, or simply wrestling) is a mode of spectacle which combines athletics and theatrical performance. It takes the form of events, held by touring companies, which mimic a title match combat sport. The unique form of sport portrayed is fundamentally based on classical and "catch" wrestling, with modern additions of striking attacks, strength-based holds and throws, and acrobatic maneuvers; much of these derive from the influence of various international martial arts. An additional aspect of combat with improvised weaponry is sometimes included to varying degrees.
The matches have predetermined outcomes in order to heighten entertainment value, and all combative maneuvers are executed with the full cooperation of those involved and carefully performed in specific manners intended to lessen the chance of actual injury. These facts were once kept highly secretive but are now a widely accepted open secret. By and large, the true nature of the performance is not discussed by the performing company in order to sustain and promote the willing suspension of disbelief for the audience by maintaining an aura of verisimilitude.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (commonly referred to as TNA) is an American privately held organization dealing primarily in professional wrestling, with major revenue sources also coming from live events, product licensing, and direct product sales. Founded by its former President, Jeff Jarrett, and former CEO, Jerry Jarrett in 2002, it is currently the largest privately held organization dealing primarily in professional wrestling promotion in America, reaching over 1 million viewers in the U.S. and broadcasting its shows to more than 550 countries and counting.
Robert W. Carter was the majority owner of the company after having purchased a controlling interest (71%) through his family's company, Panda Energy International (where he was the head executive), in 2002 from Jerry. However, according to recent reports, Janice Carter, Robert's wife & the mother of Dixie Carter, Robert's daughter & TNA's President, has taken over control of Panda Energy, as Robert has moved onto Panda Energy's new parent company, Panda Power Funds, possibly meaning that Janice has replaced Robert as the company's majority shareholder. Jeff, the company's current Vice President, reportedly remains as minority owner (29%) of the organization. Carter's daughter, Dixie, is President of the company. The company's headquarters are located in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bound for Glory is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced every October by the American Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion. The event was created in 2005 to be their premier event of the year, similar to the company's main rival World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and its WrestleMania event. As of December 2013, eight events have occurred under the chronology.
Since its inception in 2005, all events have been held in the United States. It has been held in five different U.S. states, where every event has been held in an indoor arena. Each event featured wrestlers from TNA competing in various professional wrestling match types. Since the inaugural event, seven championship matches have taken place in the main event. Sting has competed in the four main event match matches, in which he has wrestled for either one of two World Heavyweight Championship(NWA and TNA), winning 3 out of 4 times(the one lost against aj styles.) TNA has controlled—the NWA World Heavyweight, owned by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) governing body, and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Allen Neal Jones (born June 2, 1977), better known by his ring name AJ Styles is an American professional wrestler currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He, James Storm and Jeff Jarrett are the only wrestlers to have worked continuously for the promotion since its first broadcast on June 19, 2002. Since he joined TNA, Styles has been a five-time World Heavyweight Champion, having held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three times and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship twice. He was also the inaugural TNA X Division Champion, a title he has held six times. Styles has also won the Television Championship twice, during which he also held it during its phases as the Legends Championship and the Global Championship. In addition to singles competition, Styles has also found success in tag team competition, having become a six-time World Tag Team Champion by winning the NWA World Tag Team Championship four times and the TNA World Tag Team Championship twice.
By winning the TNA X Division, NWA World Tag Team, and NWA World Heavyweight Championships, Styles was the first to complete the TNA Triple Crown Championship. Styles would later complete the Triple Crown five more times, making him the only man to complete it more than once. His victory over Booker T for the TNA Legends (now Television) Championship made him the first man to have ever won the TNA Grand Slam Championship, which he has done twice. He is also the only wrestler in TNA to have held every male championship owned and sanctioned by TNA at any point during the company's history. All totaled, he has won 19 championships in TNA. In 2010, he became the first TNA contracted wrestler to rank in at #1 on Pro Wrestling Illustrated's annual PWI 500 list.
Nuufolau Joel "Joe" Seanoa (born March 17, 1979) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Samoa Joe. He is currently under contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Before debuting in TNA in June 2005, Seanoa competed in Ring of Honor (ROH), where he held the ROH World Championship for a record 21 months. Upon joining TNA, Seanoa embarked upon an 18 month-long undefeated streak, in which he never lost a match by pinfall or submission. That streak came to an end at the Genesis event in 2006, when he tapped out to Kurt Angle's ankle lock submission hold.