At Bound for Glory, Impact Wrestling announced Hard To Kill would take place in January 2020, however no specific date or location was announced. It was later announced to take place on January 12, 2020, in Dallas, Texas.
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. Rich Swann was originally going to compete against the North with his partner Willie Mack, but he suffered a ankle injury two nights before at Bash at the Brewery 2. Doctors decided to not allow him to compete. Brian Cage also suffered a torn bicep in the weeks leading up to the show and was also unable to compete in an official match. Daga took his place to wrestler Rob Van Dam.i