IMPACT Wrestling will hold Bound for Glory on October 20th from the Odeum in Chicago, Illinois. The event is coming together far faster than any Twitch/IMPACTPlus event, which isn’t usually announced until the week of (and not even a full week in advanced). As of September 14th we still don’t know what’ll happen with Tessa Blanchard, IMPACT World Tag Team Champions The North, legends Rhino, Rob Van Dam, or Tommy Dreamer, X-Division Jake Crist and the rest of oVe or even Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie. Though it serves to reason that Valkyrie will face off with the newly acquired Tenille Dashwood.
Below are all the confirmed matches for Bound for Glory and below that is the unconfirmed. Stay tune to this post for further updates.
IMPACT World Championship
Sami Callihan vs. Brian Cage
In the main event, Brian Cage returns for his first match in a real ring since Slammiversary, as Cage takes on Sami Callihan. Callihan defeated Tessa Blanchard for the No. 1 Contendership back in August at Unbreakable, a rematch of their Slammiversary XVII main event. Cage’s back was legitimately injured at Rebellion, when Johnny Impact hit Cage with a flip onto the ringside floor. Cage has only wrestled once since then, at Slammiversary when he defeated Michael Elgin in the semi-main event. Callihan is poised to take the belt at some point, being one of the best all around workers and draws in the company, and being able to have a Feud of the Year with Pentagon, Eddie Edwards and now Tessa Blanchard.
Ken Shamrock vs. Moose
Ken Shamrock is returning to IMPACT for the first time since 2004, when he betrayed Ron Killings and sided with Jeff Jarrett. He’d wrestle twice for the 2nd Anniversary of IMPACT, but wouldn’t wrestle again for IMPACT for 15 years, and would only compete in wrestling a handful of times over the next 15 years. Moose is on an upswing, competing against a legend in a major high profile match for Bound for Glory. This will be the 2nd time he faces off with an MMA legend at a Bound for Glory, as he did so back in 2017 against Bobby Lashley and Muhammad Lawal, tagging with Stephan Bonnar against them. Moose is going to be expected to help carry Shamrock to a great match, but even if it’s just a gritty brawl, that may be enough.
The Rascalz vs. Dr. Wagner Jr., ???, ???
The Rascalz have been having a great 2019, and Bound for Glory serves as a major opportunity for them. One of two inter-promotional matches booked for the event, The Rascalz are going to have to face off with Lucha Libre legend, and one of the biggest stars to ever come out of Mexico, Dr Wagner Jr. The former masked wrestler just made his debut in IMPACT by taking on Texano, and after the match it was announced he’d be wrestling at Bound for Glory in Chicago. The only questions left to answer is who are his partners for the event? As IMPACT updates the card, we’ll update this.
Michael Elgin vs. Naomichi Marufuji
While not official yet, at least according to IMPACT Wrestling, Elgin issued an open challenge to Marufuji in Mexico for Bound for Glory. The Pro Wrestling NOAH legend is set to wrestle at the event and it seems Elgin is getting ahead of the line in order to have a marque match at the event. Marufuji will make his 2nd IMPACT ppv appearance following his 2017 ppv debut at Slammiversary XV, tagging with then NOAH/now NJPW star Taiji Ishimori.
One of the big rumors now circling BFG is the tag title scenes. Based off the Las Vegas show tapings, I’ve gleamed that Tessa Blanchard and her real-life boyfriend Daga would be challenging The North for the tag team titles, but based off the poster for Prelude to Glory, it now seems The North will defend against Rhino and Rob Van Dam. The duo are big parts of IMPACT in 2019 and them getting a tag team title match makes sense, if only to get bigger names on the card. What this means for Daga, Blanchard and fellow ECW alumni Tommy Dreamer is anyone’s guess. I’ve long thought it’d be those three against oVe in a hardcore match but…That brings me to another potential rumor.
What if Tessa Blanchard is still added to the main event?
If the post to the right is any hint, it appears as though Blanchard is being positioned to get a spot in the main event. I’m so over multi-person title matches for singles belts, and I’m not a fan of inter-gender wrestling, so these things really grind my gears. I’m not sure what else Blanchard could be doing for BFG at this point, so I’m just bracing for the worse now.