VILLA PARK, Ill. — Impact Wrestling wanted to get off to begin this week because the promotion return to nationwide tv Tuesday on AXS TV.
The week started on Sunday with the 15th annual Bound for Glory on Sunday kind the sold-out Odeum Expo Center. The expertise confirmed the wrestling world that whereas AEW and WWE are what everyone seems to be speaking about, Impact is not going anyplace because the present was stable from top-to-bottom, highlighted by Brian Cage retaining the heavyweight title over Sami Callihan in the principle occasion.
The match of the night time was Ace Austin changing into the X-Division champion in defeating Tessa Blanchard, Jake Crist, Ace Romero and Daga. Other motion included Moose beating Ken Shamrock and The North (Ethan Page and Josh Alexander) remaining the tag crew champions over Rob Van Dam and Rhino and Willie Mack and Rich Swann.
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Here is what occurred at Bound for Glory.
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Brian Cage defeats Sami Callihan to retain the Impact heavyweight title
10:56 p.m.: Callihan appeared to be on his solution to the world title when he powerbombed Cage into the guard rail for the 2 rely. He introduced in a bag stuffed with thumb tacks and dumped all of them over the ring. He hits a piledriver however Cage powerfully kicks out at one. Cage will get up and a shocked Callihan runs at Cage and will get a powerbomb of his personal. Cage then hits a Drill Claw on the thumb tacks for the one, two, three to retain the belt.
A sizzling predominant occasion that wished Callihan to win the championship within the worst method. Callihan pulled out each trick within the ebook however Cage was in a position to come from beneath to win because the babyface ought to. But like ladder match, Callihan ought to’ve gained the title right here. What do you with Cage? He is not that over whereas Callihan is. He can be a fantastic consultant of the corporate who would consistently placed on good matches and have the reference to the followers.
10:34 p.m.: Less than 5 minutes in and Callihan is already bleeding.
10:31 p.m.: It is now time for the principle occasion of Bound for Glory as Brian Cage defends the Impact heavyweight title in opposition to Sami Callihan. Expect a ton of violence and blood to be shed.
Moose beats Ken Shamrock in a lackluster affair
10:25 p.m.: Shamrock with the ankle lock when Moose pulls the referee into Shamrock to interrupt the maintain. Running belly-to-back suplex by Shamrock to ship Moose into the turnbuckle. Another ankle lock by Shamrock however Moose will get to the rope for a second however Shamrock regains the maintain. Moose kicks Shamrock after which misses a moonsault from the highest rope. Shamrock goes for but once more one other ankle lock. But Moose rolls it over and Shamrock misses the uncovered prime turnbuckle and hits the second buckle. Moose connects on a spear for the pinfall.
The match wasn’t unhealthy till the ultimate moments. Shamrock appeared in nice form and did a few good strikes over the highest rope. But the ending was atrocious. That can not occur in any way. An audible ought to have been referred to as and the spot ought to have been redone.
10:11 p.m.: It’s time for the co-main occasion of Bound for Glory as Ken Shamrock battles Moose. The solely factor I count on is that it is going to be hard-hitting motion.
Ace Austin captures the X-Division championship in a show-stealer
10:05 p.m.: Things had been pointing to Blanchard profitable a males’s title when she pushed Romero off the ladder by way of a desk to an incredible pop from the group. She set the ladder up when she noticed Dave Frist and took care of him with a dive. Blanchard began climbing the ladder when Madman Fulton hit her off the ladder. He grabbed a desk however Blanchard hit a hurricarana to ship Fulton into the ladder.
Blanchard climbed the ladder and Jake Crist joined her. Blanchard although knocked him and put him by way of a desk. With the group on their toes and wanting Blanchard to win, Austin went up the ladder and hit her with a baton to knock her off the ladder and grabbed the belt, a lot to the dismay of the group.
A unhealthy resolution by Impact. Blanchard is head and shoulders the largest star within the firm. When she walks to the ring and performs, she has the group within the palm of their hand. Wrestling organizations die for folks like her. The crowd wished her to win the belt within the worst method and but Impact went with Austin.
9:54 p.m.: Who stated professional wrestling is faux?
9:45 p.m.: Blanchard is the star of this match and the present. She bought by far the largest response of anybody up to now.
9:42 p.m.: Up subsequent at Bound for Glory, Jake Crist defends the X-Division title in opposition to Tessa Blanchard, Daga, Ace Austin and Ace Romero in an intergender ladder match. This is both going to be trainwreck or the most effective match of the night time.
Michael Elgin bests Naomichi Marufuji in dream match
9:39 p.m.: Elgin and Marufuji held nothing again. From the time they stepped within the ring, they threw and executed the whole lot as onerous as they might on account of their respective Japanese kinds. Elgin hit a buckle bomb after which a sit out powerbomb for a two-count. Moments later, Elgin hit the Brutal Hammer for the win.
This was Elgin I’ve been ready to see. He hasn’t appeared this good and motivated since his Ring of Honor days. He feels he has a degree to show popping out of his tenure at New Japan and he got here by way of in spades.
9:28 p.m.: If you want hard-hitting then that is for you. Elgin and Marufuji are placing all of it on the road. You can really feel the whole lot they’re dispensing.
9:20 p.m: Right now at Bound for Glory, Michael Elgin faces Naomichi Marufuji. This has the makings to be tons of enjoyable as each guys are higher staff than given credit score for.
The North maintain onto the tag crew titles with an sudden heel flip by Rob Van Dam
9:15 p.m.: Things had been going the best way of Rhino and Van Dam. Rhino was about hit the Gore and RVD turned on his former ECW compadre with a superkick. Van Dam went on to assault Mack and Swann within the course of and left the ring. The North took benefit and hit Swann with their finisher for the win. Van Dam left the ring to a refrain of boos.
The match was good however at instances felt chaotic. The crowd was actually into Van Dam and shocked by the heel flip. At this level, the transfer is smart because it permits Van Dam to feud with the youthful babyfaces and assist set up them.
9:11 p.m.: An spectacular transfer by Page in energy press slamming Swann from the highest rope.
9:06 p.m.: Swann hasn’t missed a beat since his WWE exit. Has the whole lot it takes to be a prime man.
9:05 p.m.: Loud chant for Van Dam when he entered the ring.
9:00 p.m.: Now at Bound for Glory is the for tag crew titles as The North (Ethan Page and Josh Alexander) face Rob Van Dam and Rhino and Willie Mack and Rich Swann. This must be a mixture of aerial, hard-hitting and chain wrestling.
Tara Valkyrie retains Knockouts title over Tenille Dashwood
8:59 p.m.: The crowd was into Valkyrie and Dashwood from the time the bell rang. Dashwood appeared to win the belt when she linked on the Spotlight however Valkyrie’s supervisor, John E. Bravo, put his cost’s leg on the underside rope. Tired of Bravo’s antics, the referee sends him to the again. But earlier than he left, Bravo snuck a sequence to Valkyrie. She wrapped round her fist and tried to hit Dashwood however missed and bought rolled for a two-count. Dashwood throws the chain out of the ring and tries for one other Spotlight however Valkyrie hits the Road to Valhalla for the three rely to stay the champion.
Valkyrie had her working sneakers whereas Dashwood was making an attempt to catch up. The former WWE star did that within the final 5 minutes and it turned out to be a greater than anticipated match. Be fascinating to see what Impact does with Valkyrie at this level. She’s working by way of all people.
8:42 p.m.: Up subsequent at Bound for Glory is Tara Valkyrie placing her Impact Knockouts title on the road in opposition to Tenille Dashwood. Valkyrie is nice within the ring whereas Dashwood is hit and miss relying on the day. She will want her working boots on to compete with Valkyrie.
Eddie Edwards wins the “Call Your Shot Gauntlet match”
8:34 p.m.: The bout got here right down to Edwards and Shera. It appeared Shera would have the benefit after Madman Fulton was eradicated by Edwards and proceeded to present Edwards a tough chokeslam on the sting of the ring apron. Somehow, Edwards recovered rapidly and linked on the Boston Knee Party to get the win and now choose to wrestle for any Impact championship.
The match might have been simply nearly as good with much less folks and never as lengthy. It ought to have been minimize in half on each ends. Ryan and Kylie Rae had been good surprises however nobody wanted to see Sabu or Swoggle.
Edwards is a superb expertise who will present a fantastic match for whichever one he chooses to partake in.
8:28 p.m.: Sabu, sure, you learn that appropriately comes out. He undoubtedly appeared previous and sluggish in all of his signature spots regardless that the group liked each second of it.
8:25 p.m.: Kylie Rae makes a shock return to the nationwide stage. Wasn’t anticipating her to return to Impact. I thought she would discover a solution to reconnect with AEW. A good get for Impact so as to add to an already deep girls’s division if this is not a one-off look.
8:22 p.m.: Swoggle makes a shock look as he got here in below the ring to chunk Johnny Swinger and Kiera Hogan within the butt.
8:15 p.m.: Dave Crist comes and instantly clears the ring of Rosemary and Havok, a lot to the chagrin of the group. Ryan proceeds to tug the nostril ring from Crist to a collective groan, because it appeared to harm actually badly.
8:14 p.m.: Rosemary comes out to a giant response.
8:10 p.m.: Joey Ryan comes out to a monster pop and we’re already handled to grabbing of the testicles of the 5 wrestlers at the moment within the ring. Pretty disgusting and low lease as that sort of wrestling should not exist in 2019.
8:03 p.m.: Bound for Glory begins with the “Call Your Shot Gauntlet match”. The winner of the match can select any championship match of their selecting. The first two individuals go for two minutes after which the remainder of the fellows come out in one-minute intervals.
8:00 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ stay protection of Impact Wrestling’s greatest occasion of the yr, Bound for Glory. Grab the refreshments and keep locked in, accurately an thrilling night time of motion.
Impact Wrestling Bound for Glory card
- Brian Cage vs. Sami Callihan for the Impact heavyweight championship
- Ken Shamrock vs. Moose
- Michael Elgin vs. Naomichi Marifuji
- The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel and Zachary Wentz) vs. Dr. Wagner Jr., Aero Star and Taurus
- Taya Valkyrie vs. Tenille Dashwood for the Impact Knockouts title
- Jake Crist vs. Tessa Blanchard, Daga, Ace Austin and Ace Romero in an intergender ladder match for the X-Division title
- Call your shot Gauntlet match
- The North (Ethan Page and Josh Alexander) vs. Rich Swann and Willie Mack vs. Rhino and Rob Van Dam