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Impact roundup: Bound For Glory results & fallout, Scott D’Amore’s mic drop speech about TNA

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Impact crushed it with an excellent Bound For Glory PPV. The show earned two thumbs up with every match delivering excitement.

Let’s run down the results and peak at a handful of fallout promos.

The biggest news coming out of Bound For Glory is Impact announcing that they are changing the name back to TNA in the new year. Impact dropped an artistic video to reveal the news. After the show, Scott D’Amore delivered a passionate speech about TNA. His heart was crushed when learning of the original shift from TNA to Impact. That move abandoned the stars of the past, but the fans never let it go. If there is true love, you don’t let go. TNA is never going away, because the chants will never stop. “TNA Wrestling, we’re fucking back!” Mic drop. D’Amore’s intensity is off the charts in this promo.

Alex Shelley retained the Impact World Championship against Josh Alexander. Shelley finished with a superkick and a Shellshock to prove he is the face of Impact. (Full details.) Shelley still had a chip on his shoulder after the win, but he did praise Alexander as the toughest SOB he’s every wrestled.

Trinity remains Knockouts champion after submitting Mickie James with the Starstuck hold. (Full details.) James had relinquished the title due to injury, so Trinity never felt like her reign was truly earned. Now, Trinity can sleep better with a dream match victory over James.

Jordynne Grace reigned supreme in the Call Your Shot Gauntlet with a badass finish using the Grace Driver to pin Bully Ray. (Full details.) Grace immediately called her shot for the Knockouts Championship at the Hard to Kill PPV on January 13. The gauntlet also had cool surprises with Sonny Kiss, Matt Cardona, and Juventud Guerrera. Juvi will be in action for TV teaming with Black Taurus & Laredo Kid against The Rascalz trio of Trey Miguel, Zachary Wentz, & Myron Reed. The Impact futures of Kiss and Cardona remain a mystery at this moment in time.

Will Ospreay and Mike Bailey put on a Match of the Year contender. Ospreay defeated Speedball via a 1-2 punch of the Hidden Blade and the Storm Breaker. (Full details.) Ospreay encouraged Bailey to come back for a rematch. He also had an eye toward the future TV match against Josh Alexander. Ospreay was hoping it would become a world title match, but we now know that Alexander did not succeed in his mission to regain the gold.

ABC are two-time Impact tag team champions after taking out the Rascalz. Zachary Wentz accidentally sprayed paint in the face of Trey Miguel, and the rest was too sweet with the Art of Finesse and The Fold combo. (Full details.) Ace Austin and Chris Bey cleaned off the green paint from the title belts while gloating about their success. Bey dropped a smooth line about studying and learning. The L becomes silent to earn it.

PCO proved he can’t be killed by surviving Monster’s Ball to win over Steve Maclin, Moose, and Rhino. The finish came down to Bully Ray shoving Maclin onto a barbed wire table, Moose blocking Rhino’s Gore with a steel chair, then the French-Canadian Frankenstein landing a cannonball to pin Moose. (Full details.)

Chris Sabin retained the X-Division Championship over Kenta in the opener. The ten-time champ rallied with a Cradle Shock to beat the NJPW star. (Full details.) Sabin soaked in the moment of glory with a tale about his youth discovering tapes of Kenta versus Marufuji. He was blown away by their skill, and now he believes he finally reached their level.

Curious by omission on the PPV was the previously advertised Knockouts tag title match between MK Ultra and Deonna Purrazzo & Tasha Steelz. Impact has not released an official statement regarding why that match was not aired.

Bound For Glory also welcomed Mike Tenay, Don West, and Traci Brooks into the Impact Hall of Fame. (Full details.)

Moving forward, Tommy Dreamer is going to serve violence to Crazzy Steve. They have a TV match for the Impact Digital Media Championship. Dreamer was born on Friday the 13th and has sucked human blood. He is going to hurt Steve.

The Impact Bound For Glory PPV replay is available for viewing through Fite TV.

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