The company known as Impact (fka T.N.A/T.N.A. Impact) held their big annual event entitled Bound For Glory last night from New York City. For Impact Wrestling Bound For Glory is their “Wrestlemania” for those who only watch WWE programming. There are a number of high profile matches on this card. So without further ado let’s get right into it.
Rich Swann & Willie Mack vs. Matt Sydal & Ethan Page
Laracuente Ledger Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2
This was a very good contest to start the event off for Impact Wrestling as the crowd was hot and very hyped about the returning Willie Mack. Willie Mack would show off the high flying ability that makes the 280 pounder so unique. These teams would be equally matched with power and speed. The ringside area was nearly nonexistent yet somehow the uber-talented Willie Mack would hit a somersault plancha off the apron. Matt Sydal would keep Swann grounded and use a plethora of submission maneuvers. Once Mack would get the hot tag the speed would pick back up. The moves would come fast and furious between all four men and again a great way to start the night.
Video Package Chronicling Beef Between Austin Aries and Johnny Impact.
Backstage Footage of Konnan having been attacked and said it was King.
Eli Drake Open Challenge: James Ellsworth would respond
Laracuente Ledger Rating: 🌟🌟
James Ellsworth would come out much to the chagrin of the crowd in attendance. Ellsworth would begin with a cheap with a microphone. Then would be a couple of near falls for Ellsworth However, it would only obviously be a short match that Eli Drake would win.
Abyss would come out and attack Eli Drake and hit him with his signature finisher Black Hole Slam and then get a table. With the table set up, Eli would try to mount a comeback only to get caught and chokeslammed through the table by Abyss.
Impact Knockout’s Championship: Taya Valkyrie vs. Tessa Blanchard
Laracuente Ledger Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Two of the toughest women in the entire wrestling business. This match would start out very hard hitting. Including a beautiful neckbreaker by Tessa to a tied up Taya. The power displayed by both of these women would be incredible. A beautiful exchange of moves and reversals would take place. Taya would hit a big-time moonsault and follow up a kickout with a set of submissions. After pulling up the apron as a distraction, Taya would hit her move “The Road to Valhalla.” Tessa would then hit her signature Buzzsaw DDT, and yet Taya would kick out. Tessa would retain her Impact Knockouts Championship with a diving Code Breaker.
Grudge Match: Moose vs. Eddie Edwards/ Tag Match: Moose & Killer Kross vs. Eddie Edwards & Tommy Dreamer
Laracuente Ledger Rating: 🌟🌟🌟1/2
Billed and built as a grudge match between former friends. But quickly the match would disintegrate as Killer Kross would interfere from the outside. This would lead to Tommy Dreamer coming down and making the save.
It would then turn into a hardcore tag team match of Killer Kross and Moose versus Tommy Dreamer and Eddie Edwards. This match would be hard hitting and a reminder of the good ol’ days of ECW. Moose would display his athletism with a massive dropkick to Edwards who was sitting on the top rope. After some big chest chops and some back and forth Edwards and Dreamer would pick up the victory.
However, after the match, Killer Kross and Moose would attack Eddie. The two men would powerbomb Eddie Edwards on the ring apron.
Sami Callahan & OVE vs. Fenix, Pentagon Jr & Brian Cage
Laracuente Ledger Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2
This match would start out with an incredible open. A superkick party in which the Young Bucks would be proud of witnessing. The high octane and fast-paced nature of this contest cannot be accurately described in words. It is something that just has to be observed. This matchup would have some of the most innovative things I have ever seen before. Even if Impact isn’t something you, normally watch do yourself a favor and watch this match. Despite a botched spot, this match was incredible to see.
Concrete Jungle Deathmatch: OGz vs. LAX
Laracuente Ledger Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The “Concrete Jungle Deathmatch” would be something different in the world of professional wrestling. The ring mat, apron, and turnbuckle pads would all be removed, and weapons would not waste any time in being used. This match would be incredibly dangerous, and this match would represent that. The boards that are underneath the ring mat would be shifting and moving all around. Hernandez would get color right anyway because of the loose boards. This was the most insane thing I’ve ever seen. And just when it seemed like th OGz would have the upper hand, Konnan would emerge. Konnan and LAX the take hold and win the Concrete Jungle Deathmatch.
A Vignette of Allie entering the “Undead Realm” and reaffirming her deal with “The Devil” the Sinister Minister James Mitchell. Allie would battle with the undead Su Yung in order to save her friend, Kiera Hogan. It was a very intriguing vignette.
Impact Heavyweight Championship: Johnny Impact w/ Taya Valkyrie vs. Austin Aries w/ Moose & Killer Kross
Laracuente Ledger Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Johnny Impact and Austin Aries would put on the kind of show that fit the build of this intense grudge match. This match would be extremely aggressive. And it would also seem as if these to men were shooting in this match. Johnny Impact would put his parkour abilities on display with an incredible leap up and moonsault from the steel guardrail. These two men would hit each other with some extremely hard hitting punches and forearms. This would be an incredibly intense matchup. And it would seem with a level of controversy of that of the Montreal Screwjob as announcer Don Callis would make reference to. Immediately following the match, Austin Aries would “No Sell” the victory and would flip off the announce booth where Don Callis was seated. As well as the entire crowd as Aries would walk out. And that would lead to much speculation of whether or not the spot was a work (segmented) or a shoot (real). I guess we will have to tune into Impact Wrestling on Thursday Night.
Bound For Glory Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was a very good event and had a lot of different things to show fans that may not have known much about Impact Wrestling. It would feature many different styles, storyline builds and some real-life controversy which is hard to do. But ultimately a very good showing for Impact Wrestling.