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Brace For IMPACT: Will Rebellion be the biggest IMPACT PPV of all time?

AEW vs IMPACT

Rich Swann vs Kenny Omega

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Rebellion is set to be one of the most important events in IMPACT history. Wrestling the last decade has been void of that big fight feel we get from MMA or boxing. It’s difficult to do with wrestling being predetermined, or when companies treat their titles as mere props. But IMPACT Wrestling, the company that seemingly has more lives than a house full of demonic cats, have created one of the more anticipated main events in recent memory.

IMPACT still suffers from its past TNA-stink. Many fans, especially hardcore WWE and AEW consumers, snub the company whenever they signs of progress. Fans lament any signings or compliments going their way. But with Rebellion, it’s different. People seem to have a different tone about this show. Fans who may not even watched IMPACT in over a decade now admit that they can’t believe they’re buying “a TNA pay-per-view”.

For the first time in over 30 years, two champions from different promotions will compete to unify their titles. It has happened many times throughout history, but most of the results were double count-out or disqualification finishes. It’s not surprising that some fans might be hesitant to watch given the nature of these type of matches have been in the past, but this isn’t one of those times: AEW CEO Tony Khan and IMPACT EVP Scott D’Amore have reiterated that there will be a clear winner at the end of this.

Rebellion could turn out to be IMPACT’s most commercially successful pay-per-view in the last decade. Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle at Lockdown 2008 holds the record at 55,000 buys. I don’t see Rebellion getting close to that, but the advertising IMPACT has done, from the promos, documentaries, and episodes leading up to Sunday, could not have been any better.


Updated Rebellion card

AEW World Heavyweight Title vs. IMPACT Unified Title Match: Kenny Omega vs. Rich Swann

X-Division Championship Match: Ace Austin vs. Josh Alexander vs. TJP

Knockouts Championship Match: Deonna Purrazzo vs. Tenille Dashwood

Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match: Fire ’N’ Flayva vs. Jordynne Grace and Rachel Ellering

Last Man Standing Match: Sami Callihan vs. Trey Miguel

Violent by Design vs. James Storm, Chris Sabin, Willie Mack, & Eddie Edwards

Matt Cardona vs. Brian Myers


Last night, JD Oliva and I recorded a fun preview for Rebellion on the Fight Game Media YouTube channel. We will also be live after Rebellion finishes.  Please subscribe, like, and comment on the show and tell us what you think.


IMPACT! on AXS TV review

The April 22 episode was a the final building block to hype Rebellion and they succeeded. While the show had two pretty solid matches, it featured mainly final angles and promos.

(Watch the full episode here.)

HITS

Moose returns: Moose took a much needed month off of TV to regroup, refocus, and heal his body. If you follow Moose on social media, he is in tremendous shape, which has lead to rumors about his free agency period this June. “Mr. IMPACT Wrestling” interrupted Rish Swann’s promo to let him know that if Swann loses to Omega at Rebellion, he has to deal with Moose next. This was a great way to bring Moose back. It looks like we will get a rematch from their awesome main event at Sacrifice.

The Good Brothers vs. Decay: This was aeal solid match with the Good Brothers winning strong. Decay has been pushed the last few months, so GB getting a win here to heat them up for Rebellion makes sense. Unfortunately, they just eliminated a potential contender, should the Bros. win their titles back from FinJuice this Sunday.

Trey Miguel montage: What a fantastic training montage this was. It got me hyped for his Last Man Standing match with Sami Callihan. Wrestling needs more of this. It’s a total Rocky ripoff, but it always works.

Eddie Edwards vs. Eric Young: Considering Young wrestled this match with a torn ACL, this turned out to be an awesome match. If you didn’t already know would not have known he had an injury. Young showed unbelievable toughness here. The match was really good and in particular, Eddie was on his game for this.

Swann vs. Omega hype videos: These aired throughout the night featuring all the members of the roster giving their thoughts on the match and providing predictions. Some were in character, some weren’t, but they were all tremendous and helped make the match feel special.

Rachel Ellering debut: Ellering made the save for Jordynne Grace as she was getting beat down by Fire ‘N’ Flava. She will be Grace’s partner at Rebellion. Ellering looked great here and is jacked. I like the look of the Grace–Ellering duo, hope they get to team awhile.

MISSES

Jake Something vs. Shera: The match wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. Shera won with a sky-high after a distraction from Raju. The burying of Something continues.

Tenile vs. Susan: This is only match at Rebellion that comes off as cold as the Purazzo–Dashwwod match, plus this segment did them no favors. The whole feud is being booked as a pre-show WWE comedy match.


Ratings analysis

This weeks go-home episode averaged 145,000 viewers and scored a 0.05 in the 18–49 demo. That is up from last weeks 132,000, or a 0.04.


NEWS

  • Dave Meltzer in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter confirmed what I reported on last week’s podcast on the Fight Game Media Network on Patreon that you will no longer be able to subscribe to IMPACT + through the FITE app. IMPACT wants to keep the content in their ecosystem. Monthly IMPACT + specials will still to air on FITE as $9.99 PPVs. Meltzer stated that that IMPACT + will have a new look, new shows and new benefits in the coming months.
  • Scott D’Amore told the Wrestling Perspective Podcast that the TNA brand may be coming back. Last year there was a planned TNA reunion show for Wrestlecon that was nixed due to the pandemic. I’m sure that is what he was referring to.
  • BQ of the IMPACT lounge is reporting that Eddie and Alisha Edwards have signed one-year deals to remain with the company. No wrestler has been more loyal than Eddie.
  • Kimber Lee and Chris Bey were injured prior to the last set of tapings, which is why we haven’t seen them in awhile. They are expected back for the next round this Sunday.

 

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