21st Oct2019

‘Impact Wrestling: Bound For Glory 2019′ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling: Bound For Glory 2019, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have some big matches tonight, so this might just be good. Okay, I already know, but I have to pretend. Freddy Krueger could’ve used some sun-screen. Okay, we’ve got the biggest night of Impact Wrestling’s year and it’s ready for…what word am I looking for? Oh well…glory! Bound For Glory! Yes! I rule/suck. Damn it! Why can’t I lie? At least BFG is great. Ah! Spoiler Alert!

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Match #1: Call Your Shot Gauntlet Match: Winner – Eddie Edwards

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – Eddie won the match. This went long, but didn’t have much to offer. Eddie won! Holy $#!@!

Match #2: Taya Valkyrie defeated Tenille Dashwood – Knockouts Title Match

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was not as good as I was hoping for, but it got the job done and had enough time to do that in. This was just missing that extra bit of life to it. Maybe being a stipulation match would have given this a bit more to work with. Who knows? I love garlic bread.

Match #3: The North defeated Rich Swann & Willie Mack and Rob Van Dam & Rhino – Impact Tag Team Title Match

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was an excellent prize fight that felt like it belonged on Pay Per View. The match was laid-out quite well and never looked convoluted, un-like Richard Nixon’s plan to kill all humans. Do the Bender! This was match that had one exciting move after another, from dive to suplex to every-thing in between. The North deserved to win, despite both of the losing teams being capable of great title runs. Also, RVD turned heel. No $#!@. Overall, this made the tag division feel important and worth watching out for in 2020.

Match #4: Michael Elgin defeated Naomichi Marufuji

My Opinion: 4.2 out of 5 – This was a fantastic match that gave both these guys another notch on their belts. This was fast and furious, un-like those Vin Diesel switch-hitter flicks that make baby oil look virginal in comparison. They tried to break each other into a thousand pieces, but I guess they’ll just have to settle for having wrestled a great match instead.

Match #5: Ace Austin defeated Jake Crist, Tessa Blanchard, Daga and Ace Romero – X-Division Title Ladder Match

My Opinion: 4.1 out of 5 – This was a very suspenseful, thrilling and exhilarating spectacle that made perfect use of each fighter and their unique skills. There was plenty of character work here, along with the usual feats of athletic wonder. I wish Tess would have won here, but it appears that a Ace Austin/Eddie Edwards feud for the X-Division Title is coming our way instead. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I love the goat people! They’re not baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad! There was an awful lot going on here, like one of the best Money In The Bank matches or even one of the more logical King Of The Mountain matches. If you like watching people smack each other with ladders like they are stuck in a violent picket line at Ace Hardware, then this is your lucky day.

Match #6: Moose (With Frank Trigg) defeated Ken Shamrock

My Opinion: 2.7 out of 5 – Shamrock was the whole reason to watch this. Why not just have Eddie Edwards and Ken Shamrock fight each other on this card instead? That might’ve just stolen the show, whereas this simply served as a reminder of how good Shamrock still is.

Match #7: (Main Event) Brian Cage defeated Sami Callihan – No Disqualification Match For The Impact World Title

My Opinion: 4.2 out of 5 – This was a mean, nasty grudge match for the big strap that delivered two different matches at the same time. Sami should have won, but I get wanting to give Cage a chance to look strong after all of his injury issues. If I had never seen a Hardcore Match before, then this bout would have served as a fine introduction to all of that kind of thing. This match was like American Psycho for people who wanted the short version of that movie/book/I call the big one “Bitey”. If you want a visceral, vicious fight to the violent finish, then you got your match.

News Of The Night:

  1. Joey Ryan, Tommy Dreamer, Swoggle, Jordynne Grace and Sabu appeared in the Call Your Shot Match, among many others.
  2. Rob Van Dam turned heel on Rhino.
  3. Joey Ryan has signed with Impact Wrestling.
  4. Ace Romero has signed with Impact Wrestling.

Final Verdict: 3.8/5

The early stuff didn’t quite catch fire, but the tag title match led us through to the end with strength after strength holding this sucker together. This show is some-thing to aspire to for Impact Wrestling and I hope that 2020 focuses on this night as a blueprint for how to do business going forward.

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