Bound for Glory XVI was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Impact Wrestling. It took place on October 24, 2020 at Skyway Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

Production

Background

At Slammiversary, it was announced that Bound for Glory would take place on October 24, 2020, with no venue confirmed for the show.

Storylines

The event featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

At Slammiversary, Eric Young and Rich Swann both made their returns to Impact Wrestling in the Five-way elimination match for the vacant Impact World Championship. During the match, Swann eliminated Young, who attacked Swann and re-injured his knee with a steel chair. The match and the title was eventually won by Eddie Edwards. On the August 4 episode of Impact!, Swann announced his kayfabe retirement from wrestling as a result of the injuries sustained from the attack. However, as he was exiting the ring, Young attacked Swann's leg again using one of Swann's crutches. On the September 1 episode of Impact!, Young defeated Edwards to win the Impact World Championship for a second time. Two weeks later, Swann pleaded with Impact's Executive vice president, Scott D'Amore, in the ring for a match against Young at Bound For Glory. Young then came to the ring and pushed D'Amore to the floor, only to then be attacked by Swann. D'Amore then announced that Young would defend his title against Swann at Bound For Glory. However, during the September 22 episode of Impact!, it was announced that Edwards had invoked his rematch clause and will challenge Young for the title at Victory Road, meaning the winner of that match would defend the title against Swann at Bound For Glory. At Victory Road, Young defeated Edwards to retain the title, thus meaning he will face Swann at Bound For Glory. After the match, Young tried to severely injure Edwards, only for Swann to come to the ring and attack Young.

At Slammiversary, Deonna Purrazzo defeated Jordynne Grace to win the Impact Knockouts Championship for the first time. On the same night, Kylie Rae won a 12-woman Gauntlet for the Gold match to become the #1 contender for the title. On the September 1, 2020 episode of Impact!, Rae and the rest of the members of "Wrestle House" (a segment of the show that Rae was participating in) interrupted a Black Tie Affair that Purrazzo and Kimber Lee were hosting to celebrate Purrazzo's successful title defense against Grace in a 30-minute Ironman match during night two of Emergence. During the Black Tie Affair, Rae attacked Lee causing her and Purrazzo to flee the ring screaming in anger. On the September 22 episode of Impact!, Rae and Susie defeated Purrazzo and Lee in a Tag team match and after the match, Purrazzo attacked Susie with an armbar submission hold. Rae then interrupted, causing Purrazzo to flee the ring, and challenged Purrazzo to a title match at Bound for Glory. However, on the following week's edition of Impact!, it was announced during an interview with Purrazzo that she would defend the title against Susie at Victory Road, meaning the winner of the match would defend the title against Rae at Bound for Glory. At Victory Road, Purrazzo defeated Susie to retain the title, meaning she will face Rae at Bound for Glory.

On August 18, during night one of Emergence, Rohit Raju defeated Chris Bey and TJP in a three-way match to win the Impact X Division Championship for the first time. On the September 15 episode of Impact!, he had Bey, TJP and Trey compete in a three-way match next week to determine who will face him for the X Division Championship immediately afterwards, which Trey won but Raju quickly defeated him to retain his title. At Victory Road, he issued the Defeat Rohit Challenge with the X Division Championship on the line, which was answered by Willie Mack but he took the count-out loss to retain his title. On the October 6 episode of Impact!, Raju lost to Jordynne Grace who answered his challenge, but changed the rules so that his title wasn't up for grabs. Afterwards, D'Amore told Raju that he would be defending the title at Bound for Glory in a six-way scramble that involves TJP, Bey, Trey, Mack and Grace.

Results

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Other on-screen talent

Pre-Show Panel
Commentators
Ring announcer
Interviewers
Referees

External links

2020 Impact Wrestling pay-per-views

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