This Saturday October 23, live from Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas, IMPACT Wrestling present Bound For Glory. The event that the Impact calendar is built around, the build up to this event has been surrounded by rumours of potential debuts of big names. In this article we will discuss how much of an IMPACT this show could make on the world of professional wrestling.
Since it’s inception in 2005, Bound For Glory has always been billed as Impact’s biggest event of the year. Their WrestleMania if you will, it has been THE event to look forward too on the IMPACT calendar, and from the beginning Impact Wrestling have had an established open door policy. As in the very first match of the first Bound for Glory Jushin Thunder Liger competed against Samoa Joe, signalling a strong relationship with New Japan Pro Wrestling that unfortunately would sour over time. That was until 2017 when Anthem sports and entertainment would take over Impact Wrestling, leading to EVP Scott D’Amore personally going to Japan to make peace between the two promotions. Fortunately the bridges would slowly be built back just in time for the Forbidden door to be opened by IMPACT Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling when Kenny Omega came to the IMPACT Zone as the AEW World Champion.
All of which was a prelude to Kenny Omega eventually winning the Impact world championship at Rebellion from Rich Swann, then later losing to current world champion Christian Cage in the opening contest of the very first episode of AEW Rampage, all of those moments have led to what is about to take place this Saturday night at Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas, Bound For Glory is set to be a history making event. First with Josh Alexander challenging Christian Cage for the Impact World championship in the main event of the show. However, we are set to see the Impact debuts as Jessie McKay and Cassie Lee (The IINSPIRATION) will face DECAY (Havok and Rosemary) for the Knockouts tag team championships. As well as Mickie James earning a one on one opportunity for the Knockouts Championship against The Virtuosa Deonna Purrazzo, NJPW’S El Phantasmo will be involved in a triple threat match for the vacant X Division championship against Trey Miguel and Steve Maclin.
But of course the Call Your Shot gauntlet can not be forgotten, as this is an opportunity for twenty competitors to earn a trophy which in turn gives them an opportunity to cash that in for a championship match of their choosing. It has also been the match on the card which usually throws out some surprises, From Kylie Rae and Swoggle to Daivari and James Storm. This match has scouted as the time we could see some debutants make themselves in Impact Wrestling, but who could these surprises be? Well although nobody has been confirmed there has been speculation of multiple WWE releases including Adam Scherr (FKA Braun Strowman), Buddy Matthews (FKA Murphy) there has also been rumours circulating that Impact are interested in bringing Jonah (FKA Bronson Reed) in to the promotion.
This event has quite a lot of momentum behind it, but also a certain amount of pressure especially after the success of the last two Slammiversary events, the surprise returns/ debuts from the past Slammiversary shows have exceeded most expectations, but can Bound For Glory liveup to expectations it has had pushed upon it? When this Pay-Per-View was first introduced to the world it was very much looked upon as TNA/IMPACT’s signature event of the year, but more recently from the perspective of the Impact faithful it has lost that crown to Slammiversary. But perhaps this is the year Bound For Glory takes back it’s top spot as THE Impact event on the calendar, with matches inc; Heath and a mystery partner taking on Violent By Design, Deonna Purrazzo vs Mickie James, El Phantasmo vs Trey vs Maclin and of course the Main Event of Christian Cage vs Josh Alexander, this could be the year Bound for Glory rises back to the top as the most must see Impact wrestling event.
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