As of this week Impact Wrestling has seemingly made the move to Tuesday and we can reflect on Bound For Glory a little bit. It seemed like this show really was one that flew under the radar even though it was probably better then most other PPV from the bigger company's, but at this point not as many people are watching the promotion as they use to. One of the top moments was Brian Cage finally finding some form of satisfaction against the evil Sami Callahan. I was also surprised to see Ace Austin come away with the X-Division title after all the build centering around Tessa Blanchard and her pursuit for gold.
As far as this weeks episode Moose has become more comfortable talking then he was when he first turned heel last year. I want to also note how good the new studio looks for Impact even though it didn't look that bad the first time around it looks a bit more up scale. To not mention the segment with Sami Callahan and Brian Cage. Sami is insane and showed just how insane and desperate he is to get in Cage's head playing lots of head games to keep his name in the head of the World Champion. I didn't expect the heat to rise up from how tense things were heading into Bound for Glory.
The build has been spot on for Bound For Glory and now with Bound for Glory in the rear view mirror we take the go home show into account and than step back to the biggest event of Impact's calendar year. Impact has always been the only promotion I know of to do gauntlet matches instead of battle royals that is before WWE started realizing the benefits of a gauntlet match. It is could be a great way for Impact to set themselves up for some new feuds after Bound for Glory.
I forgot how dominate Michael Elgin could be and he looked like a dangerous monster heading into his match at Bound For Glory which is what was needed. As for Jake Crist the champion looked great heading into the biggest defense of his title reign so far. Over the last few weeks I have dished a lot of praise for Impact as there build felt well paced and on track adding meaning and upping insensity when needed as the show drew closer. I will be looking at Bound for Glory and hope it lived up to the expectations as they get set for the rest of 2019.
We are now only one more show away from the biggest event of the calendar year for Impact Wrestling and with expectations in place the go home show needs to put a final bow on everything set for the event. Callahan stepped up the rivalry between him and World Champion Brian Cage after hitting Melissa Santos with a bottle during her weeding to Cage a few weeks ago. They topped it this week by hand cuffing Cage to the ropes and hitting a pile driver on Melissa Santos raising the intensity of the feud even more then it did before and I'm loving it. It is extremely rare in modern wrestling for a promotion to play off raw emotion like they're doing here and I'm enjoy how different the build for this feud has been.
With Bound For Glory on October 20 the minor feuds are coming together with another spot filled in the multi man X-Division match. After Ace Austin cheated to defeat Eddie Edwards adding another layer to his feud with Eddie and a place to go after Bound For Glory ends and continue their rivalry. Also Tessa's never ending feud with OVE continued as her quest to become X-Division champion reaches it's final leg with next week being the go home show before Bound For Glory.
A week from today is Bound for Glory and the big steps don't end there for Impact Wrestling with a special recap on AXS TV on Tuesday, October 22nd, called "This is Impact" and it will recap Bound for the Glory. The following on October 29 it will be the night when Impact Wrestling moves to AXS TV capping one of the biggest months in modern wrestling on a high note.
With Bound for Glory right around the corner in about two and half weeks on October 20. This weeks episode was another building block episode for Impact not really focusing on one feud more than other ones. It is still odd seeing Ken Shamrock on a wrestling program again after almost two decades away from a major wrestling company. The only criticism is that neither Shamrock or Moose are the best at talking and even though there is tension in the feud I feel like having a fight would've been better off then having them talk.
As far as the other moments I like that they have chosen to let Tessa Blanchard challenge for the X-Division championship. It is possible that they could hold off Tessa's possible win saving the likely title victory for a one on one match but on the biggest PPV of the year is an ideal position. Brian Cage and Sami Callahan continue to raise the intensity of their ever developing rivalry going into their title match at Bound For Glory. At this point I am becoming more of a fan of Impact Wrestling, but they just need to stay focus and build for the biggest show of the year.
The last time I spoke about AXS was breaking down the deal between Anthem Sports and Mark Cuban which netted them controlling interests in HDNET and AXS TV. The one thing I didn't talk about is the upcoming move for Impact Wrestling to AXS TV from Pursuit. I know that it is still something new that I am writing about Impact Wrestling a lot more then I ever really have before which I am very happy about. As of this writing Impact will be moving to AXS TV on October 29 on Tuesday nights in the prime time 8-10 pm time slot. Just as Smackdown moves to Friday nights once more we will be having another wrestling show take their spot on Tuesday at 8 est.
Now everyone knows that October is the biggest month of the year for Impact with Bound For Glory the promotions biggest PPV taking place this month, so this is the perfect month to make the change. However, again Impact will be moving to AXS TV on October 29 not at the beginning of October. Instead you will have the normal Impact Wrestling program on Pursuit and preview specials on AXS building up to the move. This means Impact will have programming on two different channels for the first time ever. I don't think I ever remember seeing Impact in a more stable spot then they are in right now.
The biggest preview special will take place on October 22nd as it will be called "This is Impact" this special will recap Bound For Glory from the previous weekend. Take a look at this quote from Ed Nordholm (Cheif corporate officer of Anthem Sports and Entertainment and president of Impact Wrestling) “We are excited to showcase the incredible athleticism of our diverse talent roster on a larger platform across the country, providing AXS TV with over 100 annual hours of must-see weekly programming.” I'm extremely excited to see what the future holds for Impact Wrestling as wrestling has never been this healthy in my generation. It's a crazy time to be a wrestling fan!!!
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