Last night was the biggest pay-per-view of the year for Impact Wrestling: Bound For Glory. The PPV saw new champions crowned, big surprises, and big debuts. It was a solid show with a bunch of solid matches. However, there were also a couple of questionable booking decisions in this show.
Three things Impact Wrestling got wrong at Bound For Glory
1. Moose cashes in at the wrong time
Last night’s show featured the “Call Your Shot” gauntlet match. This match saw everything from odd alliances being formed, to some surprise entrants and was a fun match overall. The ending saw Moose eliminate W. Morrisey and Rich Swann to face-off with Matt Cardona in the final two. Moose then speared Cardona and quickly won the match.
With this victory, Moose gained the ability to call his shot for an Impact World Championship match. He chose to call his shot last night. Josh Alexander beat Christian Cage in what was probably the match of the night. After the match, Alexander’s kid and wife came in to celebrate with him.
This was a very heart-warming moment and one that Josh deserved after carrying the company when the top championship was on someone in another company: Kenny Omega. Moose then came in and attacked Alexander from behind and speared him to become the World Champion.
This was long overdue for Moose. Quite frankly, Moose should have been the guy to dethrone Omega. But the reason Impact got this wrong is because last night should have been Alexander’s moment as he deserved it after everything he’s been through with the company. One positive that came out of this though, is we will finally see a World Championship rivalry between two Impact stars for the first time in a while.
2. Mickie James dethrones Deonna Purrazzo
Let me preface this by saying that I am a big fan of Mickie James. Mickie has done a lot for women’s wrestling everywhere and it is awesome to see her still be able to go in the ring like she was able to 10 years ago.
Last night we saw Mickie James and Deonna Purrazzo have an absolute banger of a match for the Impact Knockouts Championship. Deonna and Mickie beat the hell out of each other and they did a great job at telling the story of how the rivalry has become so personal.
Ultimately, the match ended when Deonna attempted to hit Mickie’s famous DDT on her to mock her. Mickie reversed this and hit one of her own and pinned Deonna for three-count. Mickie not only beat Deonna but she won the Knockouts Title again.
This was a feel-good moment for the Knockout’s legend. However, was it the right call? No. Professional wrestling now should be about making stars, not keeping legends as champions. Deonna was on the run of her life and honestly, last night it felt like she dropped the belt prematurely. She was very close to taking Taya Valkyrie’s record as well as the longest-reigning Knockouts Champion.
3. The IInspiration becomes new Impact Knockouts Tag Team Champions
Last night saw The IInspiration debut on Impact Wrestling and right off the bat get a shot at the Impact Knockout’s Tag Team Championship. It was fun seeing Jessie McKay and Cassie Lee in a ring again and seeing them do what they do best.
The match they had with Decay was solid. It was fun and full of a lot of fun antics by McKay and Lee. To say it was refreshing to see them in a wrestling ring again is an understatement. However, was it the right move to put the Impact Knockouts Tag Team Championships on them already?
That’s a tough question to answer. However, the answer, I believe, is no. Decay was having a great run as the Knockouts Tag Team Champions. Last night’s match should have been won by Decay and then have the IInspiration turn heel and attack Decay, furthering the feud. It also feels a little odd giving them the Knockout’s Tag Team Championships on their first day in Impact. This is coming from a massive IInspiration fan.
Overall, last night’s show was fun. It featured a lot of good matches and a lot of fun moments. However, a couple of booking decisions made by Impact left a lot of watchers scratching their head.