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Bound For Glory Features Real-Life Newlyweds Looking To Make Pro Wrestling History

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NEW YORK Newlyweds Johnny Impact and Taya Valkyrie are looking for record-setting real-life bliss inside a wrestling ring when both compete at Bound For Glory on Sunday, Oct. 14 in New York City. The live pay-per-view extravaganza from IMPACT Wrestling, presented by COMDA.com, will be held at the sold-out  Melrose Ballroom.

Both will be competing for world titles of a major wrestling promotion on the same night, which is a first. If they both win their respective matches, that will be history-making, too. 

Johnny Impact challenges reigning World Champion Austin Aries, who has held the title for most of 2018 and is a three-time champion. Valkyrie, meanwhile, faces Knockouts Champion Tessa Blanchard, a third-generation wrestlerin her first-ever title run.

Impact and Valkyrie tied the knot this past June, with many personalities from their wrestling lives attending, including WWE Superstars The Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder. Ironically, Impact wasn’t around for much of hiswedding planning, as he was instead in Fiji, filming Season 37 of the hit CBS TV show Survivor, which kicked off on Sept. 26.

Impact is hosting a live Survivor Viewing Party on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at McHale’s Bar & Grill (251 West 51st Street) in New York City, starting at 8 p.m. ET. Valkyrie also will attend, along with other Survivor contestants, past and present.

IMPACT Wrestling has many other noteworthy New York events surrounding Bound For Glory. On Saturday, Oct. 13, “The Monster” Abyss will be inducted into the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame, a prestigious club that also includes Kurt Angle, Sting, Jeff Jarrett, Gail Kim and others. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held at McHale’s Bar & Grill in New York City, starting at 8 p.m.

On Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 15-16, IMPACT Wrestling will present television tapings for its flagship weekly show IMPACT!, which airs every Thursday night (8 p.m. ET) on Pop TV across the U.S. Both shows will take place at Melrose Ballroom, beginning at 7 p.m.

Johnny Impact, who was born and raised in Southern California, has been wrestling professionally since 2002 and has been a shining star in the U.S. and Mexico, where he also has competed for Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide.  He is a crossover star, appearing on various TV shows and adding numerous film credits to his resume, including Boone: The Bounty Hunter, which he created, co-wrote and served as executive producer.

Impact’s latest film project is Strange Nature, which premiered in select theaters on Sept. 22. The horror-thriller film also stars Stephen Tobolowsky, Lisa Sheridan and Carlos Alazraqui, and marks the directorial debut of JamesOjala.

Kicking off Sunday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. ET, IMPACT Wrestling’s Bound For Glory will be available globally on cable, satellite and digital pay-per-view, including DISH, DirecTV, iN Demand, Vubiquity, Rogers, Bell, Shaw, Sasktel and the FITE.tv live streaming app for a suggested retail price of $39.95.

For More Information Contact: Ariel Shnerer

Sr. Director, Programming & Communications

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.


About IMPACT Wrestling

IMPACT Wrestling is one of the world’s largest wrestling entertainment properties, creating more than 200 hours of original content annually across television and other digital platforms. IMPACT Wrestling specializes in events, products, merchandise and music, as well as the management and promotion of professional wrestlers. The roster features such greats as Austin Aries, Johnny Impact, Eli Drake, Moose, Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, Brian Cage, Pentagon Jr., Fenix, Matt Sydal, Rich Swann, the high-flying X-Division, plus the lovely and lethal Knockouts, including Tessa Blanchard, Su Yung, Allie, Rosemary and Taya Valkyrie. Its highly successful flagship, IMPACT!, broadcasts in more than 120 countries around the world, including Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Pop (a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Lionsgate) in the United States, Fight Network and GameTV in Canada, Sony ESPN in India, 5Spike and Fight Network in the United Kingdom, SuperSport in Africa and ranFIGHTING in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. IMPACT Wrestling also streams a 24-hour channel on Twitch.tv and is a top 10 sports video producer on YouTube with over 1.5 million subscribers, 36 million monthly views and 1.2 billion all-time views. IMPACT Wrestling launched the Global Wrestling Network (GWN) app in October 2017, showcasing over 3,000 hours of library programming and content from leading independent professional wrestling organizations around the world.