IMPACT! is on the air as Tom Hannifan and Matthew Rehwoldt look back at the earth-shattering event that was Bound For Glory 2023, this past Saturday from Cicero Stadium in Chicago.
Will Ospreay made his long-awaited return to IMPACT Wrestling as he rekindled his epic rivalry with “Speedball” Mike Bailey. The two engaged in yet another breathtaking showdown that had wrestling fans on the edge of their seats. But when the dust settled, it was “The Aerial Assassin” who reigned supreme.
In the annual Call Your Shot Gauntlet, 20 competitors vied for a coveted championship opportunity of their choosing, anyplace, anytime, over the next year. Featuring surprise entrants such as Sonny Kiss, Matt Cardona and Juventud Guerrera, it was “The Juggernaut” Jordynne Grace who last eliminated Bully Ray to be victorious. After the match, Grace revealed that she would be “calling her shot” for a Knockouts World Title opportunity at Hard To Kill LIVE January 13th on pay-per-view.
Gail Kim inducted “The Original Knockout” Traci Brooks into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame. It was on this night that we honored her vital role as part of the most influential women’s division of all time.
Mike Tenay and the late great Don West were inducted into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame by Scott D’Amore. Tenay and West’s contributions as the voices of IMPACT were forever etched in history on this special night.
There was no more running for The Rascalz as they finally put their IMPACT World Tag Team Titles on the line against former champions, ABC. After months of bending the rules in order to remain on top, Trey Miguel and Zachary Wentz were toppled by Ace Austin and Chris Bey, who valiantly reclaimed the IMPACT World Tag Team Championships.
Bound For Glory kicked off with a massive X-Division Championship match as the record-setting 10-time champion Chris Sabin put his title on the line against New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s KENTA. In a back-and-forth contest, Sabin proved why he’s considered one of the greatest X-Division athletes of all time with a statement-making victory.
It was a first time ever dream match as Mickie James challenged Trinity for the Knockouts World Championship. Heading into the biggest event of the year, both Knockouts were adamant that this match was built on respect – and that’s exactly how it played out. Despite James’ best efforts, it was Trinity who remained at the top of the mountain by submitting “Hardcore Country” with Starstruck.
Josh Alexander was determined to reclaim the title he never lost, the IMPACT World Championship, when he faced off against Alex Shelley in the main event of Bound For Glory. Following weeks of escalating tensions between champion and challenger, it was time to prove who the face of IMPACT Wrestling truly was. In the end, Shelley defeated Alexander in an unforgettable clash for the ages and the two capped it all off with a tremendous show of respect.
In the closing moments of Bound For Glory, a groundbreaking announcement was made: LIVE January 13th at Hard To Kill from The Palms in Las Vegas, TNA Wrestling is back! We see exclusive footage after Bound For Glory went off the air as Scott D’Amore addressed the live crowd and the locker room reacted backstage. Tickets for Hard To Kill go on-sale November 4th at 10am PT.