This is it, the Road to Bound For Glory has reached its final destination as Impact returns from the Sam’s Town Hall and Casino for the BFG go-home show. Furthermore, this is also Impact’s final episode in the Pursuit channel, as of next week, Impact comes to us from AXS TV.
Opening video was a recap of the war that has broken out between Callihan and Cage coming out of the wedding of Cage and Melissa Santos.
Michael Elgin defeated Fallah Bahh (w/TJP)
They played the power vs power clash to start the match, shoulder tackles until Bahh caught Elgin with a scoop slam, blocked some kicks and took Elgin down with another shoulder tackle. Bahh followed with a running splash to the corner, but Elgin dodged a second one and suplexed Bahh for a two count.
Elgin tried to slam Bahh’s head to the turnbuckle, but Bahh started making a comeback, so Elgin just went for forearms and chops instead, dropping him with a scoop slam at the end. Elgin went for a Brainbuster, but Bahh blocked, so Elgin hit a superkick to get hm groggy and try it again, and once again, Bahh blocked it, flipped Elgin over his head and dropped a Banzai Drop.
Elgin came back with strikes, Bahh with palm strikes. Bahh dodged an enzuigiri, Elgin dodged the jumping crossbody, but failed to block a second attempt for a two count. Bahh went for the Belly-to-belly, but Elgin escaped with some kicks and hit a German, setting Bahh up for a couple of huge lariats. Elgin hit two extra kicks and one more lariat for another two count.
Bahh hit a desperation Samoan Drop for a near fall, followed with an attempt to the Banzai Drop, but Elgin blocked him on the second rope, hit an Elgin Bomb from the corner, and pinned Bahh for the win. Ok opener, Bahh got a lot in and was made to look really strong.
After the match, Elgin called out Marufuji to the camera, telling him to pay attention as he DDTd TJP on the exposed floor. Elgin put a chair around TJP’s head and rammed him to the ringpost. One final Buckle Bomb and Elgin Bomb combo for good measure and Elgin was finally done.
We got a commercial of Impact’s Throwback Throwdown special show, a retro wrestling show.
X-Division Champion Jake Crist defeated Chris Bey in a non-title match
Crist caught Bey early with a kick, but the momentum didn’t last when he focused more on the crowd than Bey, who came back with a kick combo, a top rope dropkick, and a tope con giro.
Back from commercial, Jake Crist has taken over Bey and is working him in the ring. Bey is trying to make a comeback with a top rope move, but Crist catches him with a superkick on his way down. Jake goes for headlocks while Bey keeps finding ways to make it out of them, just to fall into another again. Russian leg sweep followed by a submission attempt by Crist, which Bey escaped via kicks.
Bey finally manages to hit a Jawbreaker and follow up with a kick combo and a running forearm and a Fame-asser to finally turn the momentum around and pin Crist for a two count. Crist comes back with four kicks in a row for a two count. Bey hit a rana and a Springboard DDT for a two count. Crist with a top rope cutter and finally picks up the win.
Good match, Chris Bey got a lot of offense, but Crist still won dominantly. Chris Bey has been making a name for himself this last month.
Impact Plus Flashback Moment of the Week was King Cuerno, Drago, and Aerostar representing Lucha Underground vs DJZ, Andrew Everett, and Dezmond Xavier in last year’s Impact vs Lucha Underground WrestleCon event.
Backstage, Ace Austin is talking with Alisha Edwards telling her he’s days from becoming the X-Division Champion, which Alisha tells him that he’s over his head, there are 4 other people in the match. Ace tells him it doesn’t matter and invites her to party once he wins the title. Alisha says that if Ace manages to win, she may go to the celebration.
We got an awesome Shamrock vs Moose video package. Shamrock started by talking about his youth and life motto. Moose talked about all the MMA guys that he’s been putting down in Impact, from Lashley to King Mo and now to Shamrock.
There was a recap of Moose storming Shamrock’s gym with Shamrock giving his reactions to his antics. Both Shamrock and Moose cut fantastic promos. We got a lot of media cameos talking about this match too. This is a must see.
Taya is backstage cutting a promo, making it seem like she’s talking to Tenille, but when the camera pans out, she’s been talking to herself in a mirror. She talked about the path she took from indies to being part of Los Perros del Mal to becoming the champion of the Knockout’s Division. Good promo.
Rich Swann (w/Willie Mack) defeated Josh Alexander (w/Ethan Page) and Rhino (w/Rob Van Dam)
Alexander started by jumping Swann. Alexander took out Rhino too, but Swann was back there to bring Alexander down with a kick combo for a two count. Alexander hit a hute backdrop on Swann and once again sent him packing to the floor.
Rhino and Alexander fought in the ring, mostly strikes and shoulder tackles, with some chops sprinkled on top. Alexander dominated Rhino during this exchange until Swann recovered and came back with some kicks. Alexander went to superplex Swann, ending with a tower of doom spot with Rhino powerslamming Alexander.
Rhino now in control, tossed around Alexander, who came back with a discus elbow. Swann went for the 450 on Alexander, but Page distracted him, provoking RVD and Mack to trade some words with Page outside. Alexander tossed Swann outside on top of everyone, giving Rhino the opening to Gore Alexander, but as he was going for the pin, Page pulled the ref.
The chaos only backfired as Rhino got distracted and Swann sneaked in for the win on Alexander with a 450.
Even with the loss, The North celebrated that the teams of Rhino and RVD were getting in the face of Swann and Mack.
Sami Callihan cut a video promo from his lair. He said that he has finally come to the point his career has been building to -- his first world title shot. Callihan talked about going to WWE and quitting because they wanted to change him. He said that all he did to Eddie, Pentagon, or Swann wasn’t done with maliciousness, but just things getting taken too far.
All he ever wanted was to be accepted and now he is the Callihan he fans and wrestlers created. On Sunday, he will finally be the world champion. Awesome promo, terrible camera angle.
Rohit Raju (w/Gama Singh) vs Sabu (w/Super Genie) ended in a double countout in a Bound For Glory X-Division Ladder Qualifier Match
Raju started the match mocking Sabu, using his speed advantage to dodge Sabu and go after him with strikes, but Sabu got a chair in less than a minute, tossed it at Raju, hit a Poetry in Motion, Super Genie did so too, and kid ref just stood there.
Raju came back with a Russian Leg Sweep for a two count. Sabu hit a Tornado DDT for a two count, but followed with half a camel clutch. Sabu and Super Genie brought out a table, which they set up outside. Sabu kept using chairs while Super Genie did as well with Gama. Sabu delivered a Leg Drop onto Raju on the table and we got a double countout.
This was abysmal, Sabu looked like an old man running through the motions at an indie show, and his weapon use just made the referee look like an idiot.
Backstage, Gabbi Loren interviewed Tessa Blanchard about Sunday’s match. Tessa talked about not being afraid of Ladder matches nor going against four men at the same time. He said that all the sacrifices led to this point and that her mission to be at the top of the company is on track as she is about to become the first ever woman X-Division Champion.
Josh Matthews ran down the Bound For Glory card. It’s a packed show.
Mahabali Shera defeated Cody Deaner, Cousin Jake, Havok, Jordynne Grace, Rosemary, Kiera Hogan, Johnny Swinger, Raj Singh, Eddie Edwards, Adam Thornstowe, and Luster the Legend in an Over the Top Rope Battle Royale
There was no prior advertising, but this is an inter-gender battle royale. Rules of the match are over the top rope eliminations only, winner enters number 20 at the Call Your Shot Gauntlet match, but the runner up must enter number 1.
First eliminated was Johnny Swinger who tried to hit on all the women in the ring. Kiera Hogan eliminated Jordynne Grace with a little help of Raj Singh.
Mahabali Shera ran over everyone in the match, eliminating Cousin Jake during the commercial break. Havok tried eliminating Hogan, but Jake caught her outside the ring. Hogan tried to bully Jake to put her back in the ring, but Jake just dropped her and eliminated her. Cody Deaner and Raj Singh battled on the apron only to be eliminated by Havok.
Shera and Havok had a face off, but Rosemary and Shera stopped them. Rosemary eliminated Havok, only to get pulled out by Havok herself. They brawled all the way backstage.
Reno Scum and Shera went after Eddie Edwards. Eddie tricked Lester into eliminating Thornstowe and used the distraction to eliminate Luster the Legend. Shera and Eddie traded elimination teases, but at the end, Reno Scum came back, distracted Eddie Edwards, allowing Shera to attack him and eliminate him.
Mahabali Shera enters number 20, while Eddie Edwards must enter first. It’s a battle royale, so not really a good match by all means.
Show closed with the Bound For Glory video package. Big show feel going into the pay per view this Sunday.
Final Thoughts --
Good go-home show by Impact. Not exactly strong inside the ring, but it was full of fantastic promos top to bottom.