IMPACT WRESTLING AIMS HIGH WITH THE 15TH ANNUAL BOUND FOR GLORY EVENT, SET TO TAKE PLACE IN FRONT OF A SOLD OUT CROWD IN CHICAGO.
It’s crazy to think this is the 15th annual Bound for Glory event. I remember very vividly the Iron Man match between AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels as one of the reasons I got into the company formerly known as TNA. I also remember Kevin Nash reportedly having a mini heart attack before his NWA World Title match against Jeff Jarrett. Bound for Glory is the Wrestlemania of IMPACT, and while the company has had its prolific ups and downs, it seems as if the new resurgence of IMPACT Wrestling is going along the right tracks. As you’ll hear from my interviews with Brian Cage and Sami Callihan, it is clear that the IMPACT Wrestling roster is ready to make it very clear to the wrestling world that they are back on the same form as the company was 14 years ago. Now let’s get to it with the predictions on tomorrow’s card.
20 Person Call Your Shot Gauntlet Match
The Call Your Shot Gauntlet Match starts with 2 athletes and every minute another wrestler joins the match. You are eliminated when you are thrown over the top rope and both feet touch the floor. When we are down to the final 2 it becomes a traditional wrestling match and you can win by pinfall or submission. Eddie Edwards is set to enter at number 1, Mahabali Shera has got the lucrative 20 spot, and Rosemary, Johnny Swinger, Jessicka Havok, Jordynne Grace, Kiera Hogan, Cousin Jake, Dody Deener, Raj Singh, Adam Thornstowe, Luster the Legend and 8 other mystery opponents are set to duke it out for a title shot of their choosing. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict someone who died on TV recently (no this is a thing) in a returning Su Yung. I’m going to assume that there will be some shenanigans involving Eddie Edwards- after all, it is clear that he has not been himself lately. If it gets down to Jessicka Havok and someone else with Su surprising us with her return, I do not think anyone else stands a chance.
Winner: Su Yung
Naomichi Marufuji vs. Michael Elgin
Marufuji vs. Elgin is a dream match for sure at Bound For Glory this Sunday on Pay Per View in Chicago. Marufuji comes back to IMPACT Wrestling from Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan and doesn’t want to fly home thinking of the defeat he suffered on Pay Per View.
This is how IMPACT has presented this match. I know that Michael Elgin has a history out in Japan and he is a monster of an athlete. However, Marufuji is more technically proficient and focused in his matches. This is a match that could potentially steal the show if Elgin and Marufuji are left to their own devices and they could easily use Elgin’s power for some great spots. I’m thinking Marufuji wins on this occasion though. I also think Elgin is too focused on the likes of TJP to be able to focus on this match, so I’m expecting some former interference from TJP.
Winner: Naomichi Marufuji
IMPACT World Tag Team Championships – The North (Ethan Page and Josh Alexander) (C) vs Willie Mack and Rich Swann vs Rhino and RVD
Ethan Page and Josh Alexander have had a solid reign as World Tag Team Champions after winning the titles from Santana and Ortiz at Bash at the Brewery (side note- what a title of a PPV!). They go up against two sets of lifelong friends- the first being Willie Mack and Rich Swann, and the second being returning ECW Legends, Rhino and RVD. Rich Swann was able to get the momentum for his team after defeating Alexander and Rhino in a triple threat on the go-home show for IMPACT before BFG, but it’s teased that both the friendship teams have some teething issues. With that being said, The North will take supreme and leave Chicago with their titles.
Winners: The North
The Rascalz vs Dr Wagner Jr., Taurus and Aerostar
There doesn’t seem to be much hype around Rascalz vs AAA, but this could be another potential show stealer. From seeing Aerostar and The Rascalz live, we can easily expect some high flying, mind boggling wrestling so I am more than happy to sit back and relax while watching this. I feel as though Miguel, Xavier and Wentz are more of a cohesive team, so that’s where my prediction is heading.
Ken Shamrock vs Moose
You’ll hear me tomorrow talk to Sami Callihan and Brian Cage about having the right mix of legendary talent and current stars working together to create a product, so to hear that Ken Shamrock is facing Moose was…interesting to say the least. Shamrock is a stalwart of the history of IMPACT Wrestling and Moose is the loud, brash current star looking to make a name for himself on the back of the legend of the UFC Hall of Famer. For nostalgia reasons, I would absolutely love to see Ken Shamrock beat the holy hell out of Moose, but I do think Moose could steal win. However…
Winner: Ken Shamrock
IMPACT Women’s Championship – Tenille Dashwood vs Taya Valkyrie (c)
Bound for Glory will always be remembered as the pay-per-view that brought us the women’s division in IMPACT Wrestling, with Gail Kim winning an epic gauntlet match to become the inaugural champion. Since then, BFG seems to be the place where new champions are crowned and this could easily be the case here with Tenille Dashwood. I’ve always felt like Tenille has had a chip on her shoulder from her days in WWE popping bubbles and dancing and I would really love to see her capture the title against Taya in Chicago (thus making it her first major women’s championship win). However, Taya Valkyrie is not someone to be overlooked- she is one of the most adaptable women’s wrestlers from this decade and is a hybrid of all styles. It also should be noted that Taya has a newfound “friendship” with Kiera Hogan and Madison Rayne, which could come into play here. I’m going to stick to my guns and pick Tenille for the win- I think she thoroughly deserves a chance to be the face of a women’s division.
Winner: Tenille Dashwood.
X Division Championship Ladder Match – Jake Crist (c) vs ??? vs Tessa Blanchard vs Daga vs Ace Austin
This is a VERY interesting match here with so many elements coming into play. We will start with Sabu and Rohit Raju, who basically killed each other on last night’s IMPACT in a double count out (I am not expecting this to be the end of the feud – in fact, I think Desi Hit Squad vs the ECW Legends sounds like a good route) so we have a mystery fifth person in the mix. Ace Austin is the wildcard in this match, but he seems more focused on winning the heart of Alisha Edwards than winning the X Division Title, and I’m thinking Eddie Edwards may have some involvement (maybe he will be drunk again?! Who knows?!).
Then we get to the big X marked elephant in the room- Tessa, Crist and Daga. One of the big things that drew me back to IMPACT Wrestling was the oVe vs Tessa Blanchard feud. This is the time for Tessa to make history and become the X Division Champion, and I (would like to) believe that Daga will help her with this. But this is professional wrestling- Jake Crist has his oVe buddies ready in case Tessa does thwart him, but there is the potential that Daga looks out for his OWN best interests and wins the title. However, Tessa has had a LOT of success with ladder matches this year and I believe there is a bigger picture with this match, so I am confident in saying the Diamond of IMPACT is going to come out with the X Division Championship.
Winner: Tessa Blanchard
There is a reason for this choice. Option C is a strong potential for Tessa which would have strong implications for…
IMPACT World Championship – Brian Cage (c) vs Sami Callihan
Ever since Sami Callihan won against Tessa Blanchard at Slammiversary for a shot against Brian Cage, this feud has been intense and has created a main event that I am very much looking forward to seeing. Cage has got all the reason to beat the absolute crap out of Sami Callihan after hitting Cage’s wife, Melissa Santos, with a champagne bottle on their wedding day and then the following week, assaulting Santos with Cage helplessly tied onto the ropes. Callihan has done a fantastic job of getting into the mind of Brian Cage, but this could mean that the pent-up rage will result in Brian Cage successfully defending his title. However, Callihan is cerebral when it comes to wrestling and he too has a chip on his shoulder. He is focused and confident in becoming the World Champion, and I honestly believe that Sami will win the title once and for all.
Winner: Sami Callihan
Rather than signing off, I’m going to throw a major spanner into the works, because I do not think Sami will get the happily ever after he is hoping for in Chicago. I would like for you to remember TWM News is the place where you read someone predict that Tessa Blanchard invokes Option C right after Sami’s win and becomes IMPACT World Champion. Women’s wrestling and the importance of women’s wrestlers has developed so much over the past decade, and I would LOVE to see Tessa Blanchard defeat Sami Callihan once and for all at Bound for Glory (with the help of literally everyone oVe has pissed off). How beautiful would that be? It would be the perfect end to a well-developed story and I could see Chicago (and the wrestling world) going nuts for it. There is a strong potential for history to be made with Tessa becoming the first woman to hold both the X and World Titles, the first woman to hold a World Title in a major televised American wrestling company and I think this would round off her year to perfection.
Bound for Glory is shaping up to be a historic event, which you can catch on FITE TV (as it is officially sold out in Chicago!) and the roster seem set to provide wrestling fans with a pay-per-view to remember.
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