The year 2019 was a good one for Impact Wrestling, after the meteoric resurgence of popularity for the promotion in 2018, the company continued it's hot streak the following year with consistency, out of the ordinary storylines and nonstop in ring action.
BFG 2019 helped to show off the amount of talent and star power the company could bring in long before the Forbidden Door was cracked open and helped to demonstrate the success the promotion was having under the D'Amore/Callis regime.
With big moves like their debut to AXS TV and a brand new year on the horizon, Impact were looking to hit a home run with this event and it's safe to say they did a good job.
That said, here are 10 Interesting Facts About Bound For Glory 2019.
10. Some Of The Wrestlers Were Given Pay Raises a Few Days Following The Event
Six days following this event, reports had surfaced that Impact management had gone out and given some their wrestlers 'pay raises' as a way to reward them for the work they've all put into making the company flourish on a weekly basis.
Of those names that were mentioned in these reports were Ace Austin, The Rascalz (Trey, Dez and Wentz), Jessicka Havok, The North (Ethan Page and Josh Alexander) and reportedly one unidentified talent who burst into tears after hearing the news that they would be getting bonuses, which is heartwarming to hear.
These reports also mention that some of the wrestlers on the roster were told about this before the event; To be honest, the fact that Impact Wrestling a company who were criticized a one point for allegedly not paying their wrestlers being able to pay their stars with pay bonuses is just really good news.
9. Dr. Wagner Jr.'s Match Was Spoiled By The Spanish Tabloids
Nobody likes to have things spoiled for them, especially when it comes to pro wrestling because it usually means that big things like returns, debuts or shocking heel/face turns could get spoiled for fans.
However this was the case for Impact when it came time to announce a six man tag team match between the Rascalz vs. Dr. Wagner Jr. and his partners, Aero Star and Black Taurus.
Weeks before this match was announced by Impact themselves, a number of Hispanic news sources revealed Dr. Wagner's involvement in a match that would take place during Impact's trip to Mexico as well as a match for Bound For Glory.
You can probably imagine that this made the higher ups in Impact Wrestling not to pleased when this news was made known before they themselves could break it...however unless you attended the show in person or you watched the two hour special called "This Is Impact" on AXS TV days after BFG then you most likely never got to see this match.
8. Shotzi Blackheart Signed With The WWE Weeks Before
The Ballsy Badass, Shotzi Blackheart has been quite the highlight for the NXT brand thanks to her work with Ember Moon and Tegan Nox as a tag team, hosting a Halloween themed episode of NXT in 2020 and that time time she ran over Robert Stone/ Robbie E's leg with her miniature tank.
Before she did that, she wrestled a match with former Knockouts champion Madison Rayne in a decent one-on-one match on the preshow, however there was a lot of talk regarding miss Blackheart leading to the event.
You see, weeks before her match for the Zelo Women's Championship at All Glory, an Impact event that happened during Bound For Glory weekend, multiple news sources reported that Shotzi had signed with the WWE and it left many fans wondering she'll be able to appear at the event never mind wrestle as Vince McMahon has been notorious for messing with other promotions going all the way back to early 1980's.
This led to the inclusion of an independent star that I'll being talking about soon, being added to the match, just in case the advertised Shotzi vs. Laynie Luck match didn't happen due to the former being pulled out of the event at the behest of Vince McMahon and the WWE.
Thankfully for Impact, she was able to not only take part in the match at All Glory but also managed to wrestle on Impact's biggest stage albeit on the preshow.
7. Joey Ryan Repeats History At Bound For Glory
Bound For Glory Weekend in 2019 was a busy time for fans, wrestlers and the company as a whole as not only were expectations running wild for the namesake event itself but Impact partnered with various other promotions like Warrior and Zelo Pro Wrestling to host Prelude and All Glory, two events that saw wrestlers both on and off the Impact roster compete in a series matches.
As it turns out, some of the names who took part in that event would get signed to the Impact Roster during or after the show.
Acey Romero was given a 2-3 year contract by Impact Executive VP, Scott D'Amore himself at the All Glory event, Adam Thornstone and Luster the Legend of Reno Scum were signed to the Impact roster before the show ended. But the biggest signing out of all of them would have to be Joey Ryan.
Although it might be hard for a lot of people to believe but the now disgraced pro wrestler and self proclaimed "King of Dong Style" was being offered contracts from various promotions including AEW and the WWE.
Due to All Elite Wrestling's desire to keep all of their contracted wrestlers exclusive to their brand with no working dates for the indies, not to mention the fact that Joey Ryan's sleazy gimmick and D### plex maneuver would in no way come close to appearing on WWE programming, it made all the sense in the world that Joey Ryan would sign with Impact.
What makes Joey Ryan's signing with Impact at BFG so interesting is the fact that this wasn't the first time he did something like this at Bound For Glory.
Seven years earlier at Bound For Glory 2012, Ryan was in a match against Al Snow where he won a contract and became a member of the Impact Wrestling roster and then seven years later he would wrestle at Bound For Glory and by the end of the show he would be signed to Impact Wrestling...coincidence...maybe?
6. Kylie Rae's First Major Wrestling Appearance Since Double Or Nothing
At All Elite Wrestling’s Double Or Nothing, Chicago born wrestler Kylie Rae competed in a four way match against Nyla Rose, Britt Baker and Awesome Kong but in the end she was unsuccessful.
Although she didn’t win, many were interested to see what would happen next in her career; However to the shock of many AEW fans she would ask for her release from the company one month later at AEW's Fyter Fest event leaving many astonished.
As if that wasn’t shocking enough, the internet community lost their sh#t when the woman known as Smiley Kylie would reappear 4 months later for Impact Wrestling by taking part in the 'Call Your Shot Gauntlet' match at Bound For Glory Following her participation in the Zelo Women's Title match at All Glory, in case Shotzi Blackheart was to be pulled from the event (as previously mentioned).
While many wondered if her appearance at Bound For Glory would be a one and done deal, the speculation ended during the March 2020 tapings in Atlanta as the company and Kylie herself announced that she's signed a long term deal with Impact Wrestling but of course as we all know now that long term deal didn't last.
5. A Former TNA Referee Returned At This Event
The Tenille Dashwood vs. Taya Valkyrie match for the Knockouts Championship was a good bout, sure it wasn't exactly match of the night but it was still a good showing for the knockouts division especially for Taya who not only successfully retained her title but also continued her lengthy run to become the longest reigning KO champion in company history.
While the majority of fans were watching the match, many eagle eyed observers might of notice somebody from the company's past making a surprise return and that somebody is former pro wrestling referee, Brian Stiffler.
For those of you who don't know, Stiffler worked as a referee and employee for TNA and Impact Wrestling for 13 years until his exit from the company back in 2017 along side former Impact and WWE referees, Earl and Brian Hebner.
This was do to the fact that the company was in serious financial problems and as a result many employees were let out including wrestlers, referees and backstage staffers alike.
Fortunately, the former Impact referee was able to appear on this show and officiate one more match for the company.
4. It Was The First Time The X Division Title Changed Hands In Years
The five person ladder match for the X Division Championship was an impeccable contest from all the high flying antics to the numerous uses of the ladder in a few memorable spots and the unexpected result of "The One True Ace" Ace Austin picking up the victory to become the new X Division.
Ace's victory along with his matches with Trey Miguel, Eddie Edwards and his 173 day title reign helped to establish the young wrestler from Atlantic City New Jersey as one of the company's best home grown stars.
An interesting fact regarding Austin's victory is that it marked the first time the X Division title changed hands at Bound For Glory in six years.
Between 2014-2018 the X division champions walking into BFG either successfully retained their title or took part in a tag team match at the event like Brian Cage did in 2018.
The last time the belt would change hands occurred all the way back at Bound For Glory 2013 when Chris Sabin (who was a dastardly heel at the time) defeated four other wrestlers in an Ultimate X match to become the new X Division Champion which also marked the seventh time Sabin would hold the belt.
3. Rohit Raju Was Initially Suppose To Be In The Ladder Match
In the lead up to their debut on AXS TV, Impact personalities Josh Matthews and Scott D'Amore presented Impact's previous pay per views: Homecoming, Rebellion and Slammiversary all the way up to Bound For Glory. However for those who saw Impact Wrestling's Slammiversary on AXS might of notice something...kinda spoilery.
At one point in the show, a graphic for the up and coming ladder match shows an image that includes Ace Austin, Daga, Jake Crist, Tessa Blanchard and...Rohit Raju?
This is strange as the final match to determine who would take that last spot in the ladder match hadn't aired on television yet thus spoiling who would of advanced.
However, things got weirder when the match between Rohit and Sabu to see who would advance ended in a double count out which led many (the company included) to announce that both men had advance to the ladder match.
However, at the eleventh hour both Rohit and Sabu are seen taking part in the 'Call Your Show Gauntlet' match and the final entry in the ladder match was the recently signed Acey Romero.
Those on commentary explained the reasoning for Acey being in this match was due to him signing with the company, although it's weird that the 'Mocha Skin Manimal' look advertised to be the match and it didn't happen, but hey at least it wasn't Rohit taking the ladder spot by Tessa Blanchard.
Also If you haven't seen that aforementioned ladder spot, here's a video showing the moment in question:
2. BFG Sold Out For The Second Year In A Row
If you read my previous article on the 10 Interesting Facts About Bound For Glory 2018 then you know I mentioned that BFG 2018 was not only a sold out event but the first time the company ever sold out a Bound For Glory pay per view.
Well as it turns out lighting struck twice as Impact announced during a media day event just days before the PPV that the promotion had managed to sell out the Odeum Center in Villa Park, Illinois.
This of course marked the first time in the company's history that they had a yearly pay per view which sold out in two consecutive years; It probably would have been a trifecta for the promotion when it came to BFG 2020 but as we all know a certain global pandemic prevented fans from attending any wrestling events.
1. It Was the Second Highest Paid Event In Recent History
In all, Bound For Glory 2019 showed just how much business was starting to pick back up for the company not only did they sell out the Odeum Center but according Impact Wrestling's own George the Iceman, the company sold over 3,000 tickets selling out the place with extra rows being added due to the increase of people in attendance.
This means that Bound For 2019 was arguably the second biggest paying crowd (from a domestic standpoint) in nearly five years, the first would arguably be Slammiversary 2018 which sold out the Rebel Entertainment Complex which can fill up a capacity of 3,700 people.
To give you a little backstory, the Bound For Glory events from the pre Hogan/ Bischoff era (2005-09) garnered between 900-5,000 people with Bound For Glory 2008 (which took place in Illinois fittingly enough) had between 5,000-5,500 people making it the highest attended BFG show in the companies near two decade existence.
The BFG shows from 2010-18 only attracted 1,100-3,000 people with Bound For Glory 2013 gardening only 3,000 people. BFG 2019 much like the previous year was able to sell out the arena and got more fans in attendance than BFG 2018 even Slammiversary 2019, the PPV before this one was only able to get a mere 1,200 people in attendance which is really a nice increase in sales and overall, not a bad night for company.
According To George "Iceman" IMPACT Sold Over 3,000 tickets for Bound For Glory This Weekend in Chicago. If True, This Would Make It Their Highest-Paid (Domestic) Attendance for a PPV In Nearly 5 Years : SquaredCircle (reddit.com)
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