‘IMPACT WRESTLING BOUND FOR GLORY 2021’ Recap + Review – Christian vs. Josh Alexander, An IInspirational Debut, THE DEMON?!?

DATE: October 23, 2021
VENUE: Sam’s Town (Sunrise Manor, NV)
COMMENTATORS: Matt Striker & D’Lo Brown
VIEWING METHOD: Impact Ultimate Insiders (On Demand)

Bound For Glory 2021 features a tremendous main event on paper as Josh Alexander cashes in Option C to challenge Christian Cage for the World Championship. Also on the show a new X-Division Champ is crowned, The IInspiration make their debut, and much more. ALSO THE F*CKING DEMON IS HERE?

CHAMPIONS

  • IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION: Christian Cage
  • IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION: “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo
  • IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPION: Vacant
  • IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson)
  • IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Decay (Havok & Rosemary)

LINEUP

  • Decay [c] vs. The IInspiration for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Trey Miguel vs. Steve Maclin vs. El Phantasmo for the vacant IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Heath & (MAYBE) Rhino vs. Violent By Design (*1/2)
  • The 2021 Call Your Shot Gauntlet (**)
  • The Good Brothers [c] vs. FinJuice vs. Bullet Club for the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
  • Deonna Purrazzo [c] vs. Mickie James for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Christian Cage [c] vs. Josh Alexander for the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (****)

*****

-Striker & Brown welcome the home audience as the camera pans the live crowd. So happy to see this show outside of Nashville for the first time in awhile.

The IInspiration (Jessica McKay & Cassie Lee) are played out by singer Harley Cameron performing their entrance theme. They were released by WWE so obviously the music video for the song is prison-themed. WE F*CKING GET IT, Y’ALL. Jeez. The IInspiration introduce one another and say they’re here to i(i)nspire everyone and do their old IIconics pose.

Decay (Havok & Rosemary) [c] vs. The IInspiration (Jessica McKay & Cassie Lee) for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

McKay backs Rosemary into the corner and makes the tag to Lee but Rosemary escapes the corner before they can connect with a double team. IInspiration strike a pose, Rosemary grabs Lee by the hair and whips her into an awkward sidewalk slam. Havok tags in and stalks Lee to the corner, forcing a tag to a semi-reluctant McKay. McKay connects with a pair of kicks that do nothing, Havok blocks a whip attempt and tags out to Rosemary who BITES McKay and briefly brings her to the Upside Down. McKay knocks Rosemary off the apron and Lee makes the tag, quickly bringing her back in for a snap suplex into a float-over cover for a two-count. McKay tags in, IInspiration hit a double kick and McKay covers for the 1…2…Rosemary kicks out, McKay grabs a headlock of sorts that Rosemary breaks with a jawbreaker, both ladies take one another down with a double hairmare. Lee tags in but so does Havok, who bends Lee in half with an STO backbreaker. McKay tries a crossbody but splats against Havok like a concrete wall, Havok splashes both in the corner and follows up with a double knee strike, covering Lee for the 1…2…shoulder up. Rosemary tags in, Lee sends Havok to the floor and collides with a double clothesline to Rosemary. McKay tags in and connects with a rolling forearm followed by a flying corner forearm and backdrop suplex. McKay gets sent to the corner, Lee blind tags in and hits a bicycle kick to Rosemary followed by sending her into McKay’s knee for the 1…2…Rosemary kicks out! Rosemary connects with an inverted DDT and tags Havok in who gets Lee in position for a SPEAR from Rosemary for the 1…2…McKay breaks it up and Havok stares right into her soul before dropping her with a forearm. Lee trips up Havok who misses a legdrop-ish, McKay takes out Rosemary, Havok takes out McKay, Havok absorbs a roundhouse kick and drops Lee with a forearm. Lee clotheslines Rosemary out of the ring and dazes Havok with a pair of kicks, McKay tags in and they throw Havok into the post to take her out of the match. Lee blind tags as Rosemary rolls McKay up; McKay kicks out and sends Rosemary into Lee’s knee then the IInspiration connect with a neckbreaker/sit-out powerbomb combo for the 1…2…3!

The IInspiration defeated Decay [c] via pinfall to win the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (8:59)

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: Didn’t realize how long it had actually been since I’ve seen The IInspiration actually wrestle until this match. They’re pretty damn good, definite wasted opportunity by WWE who decided to SPLIT THEM UP for like a year before getting rid of both entirely. Their loss is Impact’s gain though as the Knockouts tag team division is real light. Good match overall, they kept it light on comedy with The IInspiration outsmarting them wrestling-wise instead of something goofy to show that they can actually wrestle when it counts. Giving them the titles in their first match in the company is a VERY Impact Wrestling move but I mean…what else were they gonna do? (**1/2)

-Striker & Brown run down tonight’s remaining card. 

Gia Miller is standing by with Deonna Purrazzo and Matthew Rehwoldt. Miller mentions that Rehwoldt has been banned from ringside for tonight’s match, Purrazzo calls it ridiculous as Mickie James has been attacking HER the whole time yet she’s the one getting punished. However Purrazzo says her relationship with Rehwoldt is built on respect and liking each other’s company, she doesn’t need him to win and vows to break both of Mickie’s arms tonight MANIACAL LAUGH.

-VIDEO: Josh Alexander vacates the X-Division Championship via Option C to get a World Title shot at Bound For Glory. Various qualifying matches are held for tonight’s triple threat match to decide a new X-Division Champion.

Trey Miguel debuts a fun new entrance where he fake spray paints his name on the big screen. As you can expect me typing it is NOT doing it justice.

Trey Miguel vs. Steve Maclin vs. El Phantasmo for the vacant IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP

Miguel grabs a waistlock on Maclin, both men backdrop Phantasmo to the floor. Miguel tries to outrun Maclin, Maclin snatches him out of the air and slams him to the canvas. Phantasmo runs in and connects with a dropkick on Maclin, Miguel speeds it up and sends Phantasmo to the floor as well. Maclin catches a 619-ish attempt, Miguel escapes his grasp but gets tripped up by Phantasmo, leaving him open to an attack by Maclin. He and ELP try to one up each other by clobbering Miguel in the corner. Phantasmo tries a TITTY TWISTER on Maclin who no sells it and takes him out. Miguel ties Phantasmo’s legs up, hitting Maclin with a kickback before falling back into a MUTA LOCK but Maclin pulls him to his feet; Miguel makes the most of it, Phantasmo’s legs still wrapped up, with a Northern Lights suplex for a two-count. Goddamn. Miguel gets sent to the floor, Phantasmo ducks a clothesline and catches Maclin with a crossbody followed immediately by a Lionsault for the 1…2…not yet. Phantasmo locks knuckles with Maclin and does a little tightrope dance, Miguel charges but Phantasmo HOPS OVER HIM then connects with a rana on Maclin followed by a ROLLING…backrake. Phantasmo flips to the floor, does a cartwheel, and connects with ANOTHER BACKRAKE. Hell yeah. Miguel fights off a double team, connecting with a back handspring DOUBLE STOMP to Phantasmo and Maclin. Maclin drills Miguel with a Busaiku Knee and uses his strength to drive both Miguel and Phantasmo to the canvas, covering Miguel for the 1…2…Miguel kicks out and Maclin covers Phantasmo for the 1…2…kickout. 

Maclin gets both Miguel and Phantasmo in trees of woe; Maclin flattens Phantasmo but Miguel escapes and goes for a back handspring but MACLIN COUNTERS WITH A SPEAR THROUGH THE ROPES AND TO THE FLOOR. Maclin quickly slides in and flattens Phantasmo with a tope suicida on the other side, then drops Miguel once again with a tope con hiro of sorts. HE UNDERSTANDS THE ASSIGNMENT. Maclin climbs the buckles, Phantasmo drops him to the floor with an enzuigiri and connects with a springboard moonsault, Miguel connects with a move of his own (I was looking down) and all men are down as the crowd chants “THIS IS AWESOME”. 

Back in the ring Miguel catches Maclin with a Code Red for the 1…2…Maclin kicks out, Miguel goes for a leglock and Maclin counters into a cradle for the 1…2…Miguel kicks out, Maclin connects with a fireman’s carry slam for the 1…2…Phantasmo breaks it up! Miguel and Maclin battle on the buckles, Phantasmo joins in and brings Maclin down with a powerbomb, then brings Miguel off the buckles and ONTO Maclin with a super rana, then follows up with a splash for the 1…2…Maclin kicks out! Maclin connects with a sit-out powerbomb on Phantasmo for the 1…2…NOPE. Maclin declares El-P to be “F*CKING DEAD” but in comes Miguel to ruin it. Miguel and Phantasmo take Maclin out of the match, Miguel rolls Phantasmo up for the 1…2…KICKOUT. Phantasmo tries a low-blow but hurts his arm; Miguel reveals a cup then hits a Buzzsaw Kick followed by a BRAAAAINBUSSSSTAH and METEORA for the 1…2…3!

Trey Miguel defeated Steve Maclin & El Phantasmo via pinfall to win the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (13:21)

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: That rocked. Maclin seemed like he was going to be the odd man out but as I said in the recap the man understood the assignment and made sure to not only try to win with his power advantage but also try and take to the air too to prove he could win on their level as well. Great showing by him, as well as El Phantasmo who’s got some UNREAL hops, but let’s be real this was Miguel’s match right from the start. Dude is just on another level, lightning quick yet precise, it’s a joy to watch him wrestle but hell to try and recap. Excellent win for Miguel who now gets a deserved stint as X-Division Champion. (***1/2)

-Gia Miller interviews Mickie James ahead of tonight’s Knockouts Championship match. James calls Deonna Purrazzo her toughest challenge to date, putting her over as one of the most dominant champions in Impact history. James says she’s been through a lot in the eight years since she was last Knockouts Champion, including self-doubt about whether she still has it. Tonight is about proving to herself that she is worthy of holding a championship again and this match is EVERYTHING to her.

-VIDEO: Rhino wins the Call Your Shot gauntlet at BFG 2020, which included a contract for his best friend Heath. But after Heath got taken out by Violent By Design, Rhino fell under the spell of Eric Young and his cult. Almost a year later Heath finally makes his return and signs his Impact contract, attacking VBD; but instead of siding with Heath or his team, Rhino walked away through the crowd. Heath asks Scott D’Amore for a match against VBD at BFG 2021, wanting Rhino to be his partner…but if Rhino decides not to show up he will still show up for the match regardless.

Heath makes his entrance to the next match but there’s no Man Beast to be found yet so it looks like it’s a handicap match FOR NOW.

Heath & ??? vs. Violent By Design (Joe Doering & Deaner) [w/ Eric Young]

Heath turns to the entrance ramp hoping for his friend but gets jumped by Doering and Deaner instead as Young waves the VBD flag proudly. Heath recovers enough for the match to start and gets some offense in but that quickly get squashed thanks to the DAMNED NUMBERS GAME. Doering gets a two-count off a powerslam into ricochet elbowdrop and settles into a chinlock. Heath fights his way out only to be flattened with a running crossbody by the big man. Deaner tags in but misses a flying headbutt, Heath crawls to his corner but there’s no one there so he lays into Deaner with jabs, clotheslines, and a leg lariat. Heath dumps Doering out to the floor then runs into a clothesline from Deaner and both men go down. Suddenly Rhino’s music hit and out he comes to finally join the match. Heath holds his hand out and RHINO ACCEPTS. THE MAN BEAST IS BACK, BABY. Back elbows and mini-Gore to Deaner followed by a short-arm clothesline. Doering runs in, Rhino clears him out with a belly-to-belly suplex. Rhino calls his shot and connects with a GORE on Deaner for the 1…2…3!

Heath & Rhino defeated Violent By Design via pinfall (5:00)

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: Good to see Heath back in the ring, I legitimately felt bad he was taken out of action during his big Bound For Glory moment last year. The reunion with Rhino was cool but a big of miscue on the big tag moment and the stickler in me was kind of annoyed by it. Just slap his hand Rhino, don’t make him tag YOU. Nitpick. Match wasn’t A LOT but it had the big return of the Heath & Rhino team and that’s cool. They were a good part of SmackDown while they lasted. (*1/2)

Heath & Rhino embrace then stare down Violent By Design as they lick their wounds on the ramp.

-VIDEO: Gail Kim inducts Awesome Kong into the Impact Hall of Fame. Man does she ever f*cking deserve it.

-EARLIER: Jordynne Grace defeated Madison Rayne, Crazzy Steve, Fallah Bahh, & John Skyler to become the first-ever Impact Digital Media Champion. Oh boooy Impact is at it again with a gimmicky secondary championship. I hope it works out better than the TV Title. Or the Legends Title. Or the Grand Championship.

-Gia Miller interviews Jordynne Grace about her win, Grace says she couldn’t do it without her best friend Rachael Ellering. They get interrupted by Moose and W. Morrissey who find it funny that Ellering thinks she’ll be winning the Call Your Shot gauntlet when they’re also in it. 

-VIDEO: A disembodied voice explains the rules of the Call Your Shot gauntlet match.

2021 Call Your Shot Gauntlet Match

Chris Sabin and Rocky Romero are the first two participants, Sabin ending up #1 due to a loss to W. Morrissey on an episode of Impact Wrestling. Romero is a surprise entrant, the first of many to come. Sabin and Romero trade holds and armdrags, stalemating after a pair of double dropkicks. WRESTLING. Both men shake hands, Sabin calls for a test of strength. Romero locks the knuckles but catches him with a kick proving to be the King of Sneaky Style as his nickname says. Sabin calls for Romero’s best shot, Romero winds and winds and…pokes him in the eyes. YES. Sabin misses a corner clothesline, Romero lays into him with a couple of his own followed by a glancing blow.

#3 is Madman Fulton and he’s in a jovial mood. Just kidding HE MAD. Fulton goozles Romero, Romero jumps on his back with a sleeper as Sabin lays into him with rights and a back kick. Sabin and Romero try to eliminate Fulton as the countdown begins. #4 is “The Desi Hitman” Rohit Raju who takes his time to the ring as Fulton gets dumped onto the apron. Raju connects with corner forearms on both Romero and Sabin, followed by a front suplex to Sabin onto Romero and a double stomp. Raju looks at Fulton and asks for a high five…which Fulton fist bumps and now we’ve got an alliance. Tasha Steelz makes her way out as #5, joining Raju and Fulton in their alliance to end Hulkamania as ROCKY ROMERO GETS ELIMINATED. Fulton, Raju, and Steelz work on eliminating Sabin as #6 is revealed to be Rachael Ellering [w/ Jordynne Grace]. Ellering goes right at Steelz, connecting with a TKO of sorts. Fulton pick Ellering up, Ellering escapes and sends Fulton into Raju on the apron. Raju holds on BY FULTON’S DREADS then Fulton gets shoved out while Raju stays in! MADMAN FULTON HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. #7 is Savannah Evans who immediately joins her partner Steelz in her attack on Ellering. Steelz almost hits Evans, Ellering rolls Steelz away and brings Evans to the apron. SAVANNAH EVANS AND RACHAEL ELLERING ARE ELIMINATED as #8 Johnny Swinger [w/ Hernandez] makes his way out. Swinger, erm, swings his hips at Steelz, Steelz responds by raining down right hands to the noggin. We barely get any action before Melina makes her way out at the number 9 spot. Swinger catches a kick, Melina drops to the splits and Swinger bounces her head off the canvas. SWING-MAN FOR IMPACT CHAMP. #10 is…THE DEMON?!? WAIT F*CK YOU THE DEMON?!? Swinger is excited to see “Gene Simmons” coming to the ring and asks him for an autograph. Demon obliges, shows Swinger he’s THE DEMON, and tosses him out of the ring. JOHNNY SWINGER HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. Aw man.

Things get professional as Brian Myers makes his way out at Number 11, joined by VSK and Zicky Dice. Myers and Demon trade barbs and jabs, Myers drives Demon into the corner and attempts elimination but Demon fights out. #12 is “Alwayz Ready” Matt Cardona who goes right after his former best friend (and current podcast co-host) Myers, drilling VSK and Dice with a double clothesline on his way in. Demon clubs Myers to save Cardona from elimination (he’s a big wrestling figure guy) and helps him try to wear Myers down. #13 brings Laredo Kid from AAA. Kid lights Raju up and connects with a back handspring DDT while Melina splits Steelz right out of here…and Myers dumps Melina right after. TASHA STEELZ AND MELINA HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED. #14 is former Brian Myers student Sam Beale. Myers yells instructions to beat Cardona up, Beale does so and they team up to try and eliminate him to no avail. #15 brings in Rich Swann [w/ Willie Mack], who won the World Title at last year’s Bound For Glory. Swann wrecks Myers with tremendous spin kicks, Beale attacks Swann from behind…then THROWS MYERS OUT. BRIAN MYERS HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. Beale waves goodbye as Myers screams that he’s a dead man. Awesome. #16 is revealed to be “Inevitable” Ace Austin. Demon tries to muscle him around but Austin uses his speed to daze and get rid of him. THE DEMON HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. Swann and Austin trade spinkicks, Swann connects with a neckbreaker. #17 brings out Moose who immediately runs Swann over. Beale attacks Moose from behind, Moose immediately throws him onto a pair of security guys on the floor with a powerbomb! SAM BEALE HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. Nice. #18 is Eddie Edwards, who immediately targets Moose. Moose throws Kid at him and Edwards immediately tosses him out. LAREDO KID HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. Moose and Edwards fight to the floor, Moose bouncing him off the apron with a powerbomb. Ooof. Poor guy. Cardona, Swann, Raju, and Sabin battle on the inside, with #19 Alisha Edwards making her way out with “Kenny” and “Kendra” (kendo sticks). Moose intercepts her on the ramp but Edwards and Alisha grab the sticks and break them over Moose with repeated shots. W. Morrissey is #20 and now all entrants are in the match.

Alisha breaks her kendo stick over Morrissey, Morrissey picks her up and presses her onto Beale and two security folk. ALISHA EDWARDS HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. Edwards attacks Morrissey with what’s left of his stick. Moose steals it and accidentally hits Morrissey with his stick, Edwards gets brought to the apron and Morrissey sends him flying with a big boot. EDDIE EDWARDS HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. Raju tries to join the Moose/Morrissey alliance, Moose & Morrissey throw him right the f*ck out. ROHIT RAJU HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. The last six pair off, Sabin  shoves Austin off the ropes mid-springboard and ACE AUSTIN IS ELIMINATED. Madman Fulton runs back in and drills Sabin with a slam, Moose & Morrissey pick him up and dump him to the floor with ease. CHRIS SABIN HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. Down to four: Moose, Morrissey, Swann, and Cardona. Cardona hits Moose with Radio Silence, Morrissey drops Cardona with a big boot, Swann kicks Morrissey down to one knee followed by a spin kick to the skull. Swann tries to eliminate Morrissey, Morrissey snatches him in mid-air and goes to eliminate him but MOOSE DUMPS THEM BOTH. RICH SWANN AND W. MORRISSEY HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED.

Cardona and Moose remain, with the final fall to be contested with normal match rules (pinfall/submission). Cardona dodges a corner splash and connects with some stiff clotheslines but Moose stays on his feet and connects with a bit boot, Cardona responds with another clothesline that turns Moose inside out! Moose ducks Radio Silence and Moose hits a SPEAR for the 1…2…3! MATT CARDONA HAS BEEN ELIMINATED.

Moose won the 2021 Call Your Shot Gauntlet, last eliminating Matt Cardona via pinfall (29:36)

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: It’s a battle royal so YMMV. I liked moments, mostly anything involving the Swing-Man, but it was way too long. Moose getting the win is interesting. A potential match with W. Morrissey is even more interesting. BIG TALL DUDES THROWING BOMBS LET’S GO. (**)

-Gia Miller is standing by with the reunited Heath & Rhino. Heath says people were worried he was going to be alone but he knew his best friend would show; maybe not ON time but at the RIGHT time. Rhino praises Heath for never giving up on him and to tell his kids that UNCLE RHINO IS BACK.

-VIDEO: FinJuice and Bullet Club battled for the right to challenge The Good Brothers at Bound For Glory but it ended up being a split decision so Scott D’Amore gave them BOTH a shot, making it a triple threat. 

The Good Brothers (“Big LG” Doc Gallows & “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson) [c] vs. FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) vs. Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) for the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Good Brothers decide to let the challengers battle it out first, with Finlay & Bey in for their respective teams. Finlay and Bey trade waistlocks and wristlocks, Finlay grabs a side headlock and tackles Bey to the canvas. Bey catches Finlay with a headscissors, dueling armdrags and headscissors and both men reset. That was a lot in under 90 seconds, respect. Finlay ducks a clothesline and connects with a dropkick but only gets a one-count. Robinson tags in and rolls Bey up with an Oklahoma side roll for a two-count. Quick tags from FinJuice as they continue to wear Bey down, Robinson showing off a “HIGH IMPACT MOVE” in the form of a squatting senton. Bey stuns Robinson with a jawbreaker, Gallows tags in but does Hikuleo and the BIG BOIS trade bombs. Gallows stuns Hikuleo with an uppercut, Hikuleo brings him to a knee with a forearm. Bey tags in but Finlay quickly blind tags himself in. He quickly learns to regret it though as the Good Brothers work him over in the corner. Finlay sends Anderson into the corner with a European uppercut, Hikuelo tagging himself in to go after Finlay. Hikuleo knocks Robinson off the apron and drills Finlay with a stalling, walking, vertical suplex for the 1…2…Robinson breaks it up and calls Hikuleo a big idiot. Bullet Club rotate in and out as they continue wearing Finlay down, Hikuleo damn near putting him through the mat with a sidewalk slam for the 1…2…Finlay kicks out, Hikuleo slaps on a rear chinlock. Hikuleo misses a big boot, Bey tags himself in but Robinson also gets the tag and he’s the one on offense, throwing Bey around the ring and sending him into the lights with a high backdrop. Anderson runs in, Robinson lays into him with a series of jabs followed by a left hook, then Robinson sends Bey BOUNCING off his knees with a suplex into double knees for the 1…2…Bey kicks out. Guy after guy knock the other out, leading into a double clothesline from Gallows and Hikuleo. Finlay connects with a top rope superplex on Bey and Robinson follows with a frog splash but Anderson sneak tags himself in, dumps Robinson out, and covers Bey for the 1…2…3!

The Good Brothers [c] defeated Bullet Club & FinJuice via pinfall to retain the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (9:56)

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: Impact’s tag team division is…rough to say the least. Match was pretty good when The Good Brothers weren’t in it, but then they won the whole thing anyway so whatever. Chris Bey rules though, so there’s that. (*1/2)

-VIDEO: Minoru Suzuki is coming to Impact Wrestling. Hell yeah.

-Gia Miller interviews World Champ Christian Cage. Cage is not ready to pass the torch and says Josh Alexander has not proven he has what it takes. Cage is glad Alexander has that amateur wrestling headgear because he won’t have to hear the disappointment of not only his fans…but his own wife and child when Cage beats him. RUDE.

-VIDEO: Deonna Purrazzo attacks Mickie James at NWA 73 and even showed up to her house to beat her up as well, to let her know she wasn’t safe. THAT MADE IT PERSONAL.

“The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo [c] vs. Mickie James for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP

James doesn’t wait for the bell, dropkicking Purrazzo out of the ring and trying to choke the life out of her. Striker is VERY ADAMANT about this match having started but the ref isn’t even counting. Was real condescending about it too. James and Purrazzo slug it out on the ramp, Brown says the match hasn’t OFFICIALLY started and Striker rolls with it like he didn’t just argue the point two seconds ago.

Purrazzo rolls James into the ring after dragging her back by the hair and NOW the match begins for real real. Ref didn’t want to check on James to make sure she was good to go? No? Fair enough. James tries to fight back with forearms but Purrazzo overpowers her and connects with a snap suplex for the 1…2…not yet. James and Purrazzo trade forearms, James catches her charging with a back elbow, Purrazzo blocks a rana and counters into a powerbomb, stacking her up for the 1…2…James kicks out. James stuns Purrazzo with a forearm, both ladies run into each other with a double crossbody and go down like a stack of bricks. James and Purrazzo throw bombs as they reach a vertical base, James blocks a whip and connects with a straitjacket-like slam followed by a kick for the 1…2…Purrazzo gets her shoulder up. James snaps off a Mickierana followed by a flapjack into a nip up. James heads to the top and connects with a flying Thesz Press for the 1…2…Purrazzo kicks out! 

Purrazzo blocks a DDT attempt and lays James out with a pump kick for the 1…2…James kicks out! James counters the Queen’s Gambit with a backdrop and turns a headscissors into a Mickie-DT for the 1…2…PURRAZZO KICKS OUT. That’s on James for taking too long to cover, tbh. James escapes the Queen’s Gambit once again and catches Purrazzo with a back kick, Purrazzo snatches an arm into a Fujiwara! James struggles to the ropes and locks in the double armbar but James gets her feet under the ropes for the quick break. James stuns Purrazzo with a kick, Purrazzo brings James in with a hanging Queen’s Gambit for the 1…2…JAMES GETS THE SHOULDER UP AND THE VIRTUOSA CANNOT BELIEVE IT. An annoyed Purrazzo introduces a chair, the ref immediately snatches it so, uh, guess that was pointless. Purrazzo goes for a superplex, James fights her off and goes for another flying Thesz but ACCIDENTALLY HITS THE REF INSTEAD. Purrazzo tries to use the chair, James superkicks it into her face and covers, the ref waking up in time to count the 1…the 2…the-PURRAZZO KICKS OUT. James heads back up, Purrazzo stuns her with a palm strike and applies a brief Fujiwara. Purrazzo grabs her wrist and FLINGS James across the ring, jerking the arm almost out of its socket. Purrazzo mocks James, James connects with a kick followed by a Tornado DDT for the 1…2…3!

Mickie James defeated Deonna Purrazzo [c] via pinfall to win the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP (13:18)

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: Good match, not so hot on the booking and James winning the title. I get it to an extent, James is a big star and there was no one in the Knockouts division as it was to believably unseat Purrazzo, but I don’t know. Didn’t feel like that was the play. But hey I’m happy to be proven wrong, ain’t no thing. (***)

-HYPE: Impact returns to Dallas on January 8th for Hard to Kill.

-Last minute video hype for Christian Cage vs. Josh Alexander, including Cage’s win at AEW Rampage to win the Impact World Title and Alexander cashing in his X-Division Title to get a shot tonight.

Christian Cage [c] vs. “Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander for the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Cage and Alexander lock up and jockey for position until Cage goes after the headgear to take him off his game. Cage breaks the hold and Alexander shoves him off. The two reset and Cage grabs a waistlock, picking the ankle to transition into a side headlock. Alexander struggles to escape and finally rolls Cage off, forcing both men to reset once again. Cage brings Alexander to one knee with a front chancery, Alexander counters into a wristlock into a drop toehold but Cage scurries to avoid the Ankle Lock. Cage dodges Alexander in the corner and hits a pendulum kick, Alexander counters a tornado DDT with a wristlock followed by a simple shove that dumps Cage out to the floor unceremoniously. TREMENDOUS. Alexander rolls Cage into the ring and covers but the champ quickly kicks out. Alexander continues the offense, hitting a stiff backbreaker. Cage fights back with rights, Alexander stops him with a mini-spear into a Northern Lights suplex for the 1…2…not yet. Cage counters a C4 attempt with a backdrop out to the floor; he tries to follow with a baseball slide, Alexander grabs an Ankle Lock, Cage rolls through and sends his challenger crashing into the barricade. Back in the ring Cage connects with a neckbreaker and covers; Alexander kicks out at 2 and Cage grabs a chinlock, digging his knee into the Walking Weapon’s spine. Alexander escapes, Cage sends him crashing sternum-first into the corner and covers again for the 1…2…not yet. This YouTube VOD is either getting choppy or this match was actually done in stop motion animation. Alexander and Cage trade shots, Alexander sends Cage crashing into the buckles with a release German suplex and both men are out of it.

Alexander finds his second wind, running Cage over with a big boot. Cage fights out of a powerbomb attempt, turning into corner mount right hands…but Alexander POWERS THROUGH and finally drills him with the powerbomb for the 1…2…Cage kicks out! Cage counters a fireman’s carry with a layout inverted DDT for the 1…2…Alexander kicks out! Alexander tries to pick the ankle, Cage escapes and kicks out his legs into a rear-naked choke but Alexander escapes. Cage hops off the buckles and into Alexander’s arms for a rolling fireman’s carry slam followed by a flying knee to the back of the head for the 1…2…CAGE KICKS OUT AGAIN. Cage goes on offense, connecting with a tornado DDT for the 1…2…Alexander kicks out. Cage measures Alexander, Alexander dodges a spear attempt and connects with CHAOS THEORY for the 1…2…Cage gets the shoulder up. Alexander kocks in a Sharpshooter, THE MOVE OF THEIR PEOPLE, but Cage makes it to the ropes to force a break. 

Alexander goes for a superplex, Cage fights it off but ends up getting sent to the canvas with a backdrop, Alexander tries to follow up with a moonsault but MISSES and Cage follows up with a SPEAR for the 1…2…WALKING WEAPON IS STILL IN IT! Alexander escapes a KIllswitch, Cage drops the back of his neck across the top rope and heads to the top, Alexander meets him but Cage shoves him off and hits a splash for the 1…2…ALEXANDER KICKS OUT AGAIN. Alexander sends Cage into the post and goes for an Ankle Lock, Cage escapes and goes for the Killswitch but hurts his wrist somehow and Alexander grabs an ANKLE LOCK! Cage tries to kick Alexander off but Alexander holds on; Cage tries to grab Alexander’s foot but Alexander steps on his hand and CAGE TAPS WITH HIS OTHER HAND!

Josh Alexander defeated Christian Cage [c] via submission to win the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (18:52)

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: I love me a good Bound For Glory main event and this was definitely one of those. An excellent contest that had me on the edge of my seat as I really could not tell who was going to pull it off. Props to Christian Cage for not half-assing his time as Impact World Champ, being much more present than Kenny Omega had been, and props to him for putting Alexander over in such a big way by TAPPING OUT. Great stuff all around, Alexander looked amazing here and truly deserving of the World Championship. Killer. I’M SO GLAD THIS SHOW IS ENDING RIGHT NOW AND NOTHING ELSE IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. (****)

Cage puts Alexander over once more and leaves him to celebrate his World Title win with his new belt, his wife, and his young son. What a beautiful moment…to be ruined by MOOSE and his Call Your Shot PARTICIPATION TROPHY!

“Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander [c] vs. Moose for the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Moose calls his shot, Alexander quickly ushers his family out…then eats a spear and Moose covers for the 1…2…3!

Moose defeated Josh Alexander [c] via pinfall to win the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (0:06)

  • JON’S THOUGHTS: For three years I have been saying that Impact needed to sh*t or get off the pot with Moose, so my snap reaction is relief that they’re finally going this route. HOWEVER they just did all this work building up Josh Alexander to beat Christian and bring the belt home to Impact Wrestling only to have him get punked out James Storm-style? That’s…not great, and a questionable booking decision that honestly taints Moose finally getting to the World Title. So yeah I’m torn to say the least as I am about…all the title changes tonight, really. (NR)

Moose celebrates with the Impact World Championship, standing over Alexander and his family. Okay nevermind I’m back in.

*****

FINAL THOUGHTS

Bound For Glory 2021 is a solid show wrestling-wise, with the World, X-Division, and Knockouts Title matches all kicking varying levels of ass but man the booking on this show was something else. The IInspiration and Mickie James winning Knockouts gold felt a little weird, the former feeling like it was way too quick and the latter feeling like Impact backing themselves into a corner, and Impact finally giving Moose a proper run at the World TItle coming at the expense of ruining a legitimately good moment after a great match was…something. Yeah yeah “heel heat” or whatever but for me it just kind of annoyed me and came off like Impact getting in its own way. But again I have been asking for Moose to get the World Title run they’ve been dangling in front of him for three years so I guess I’m getting what I asked for in a monkey’s paw kind of way. Not sure how I feel about Impact Wrestling on a weekly level but 2021 was quite a good year for them PPV-wise.

  • FAVORITE MATCH: Christian Cage vs. Josh Alexander
  • FAVORITE MOMENT: Johnny Swinger gets The Demon’s autograph, then gets eliminated. ALSO THE DEMON IS IN IMPACT WRESTLING NOW?
  • AVERAGE MATCH RATING: **1/2 (2.58/5)