DATE: April 23, 2022
VENUE: MJN Center (Poughkeepsie, NY)
COMMENTATORS: Tom Hannifan & Matthew Rehwoldt
Josh Alexander’s six month journey back to the World Championship comes to a head at Rebellion as he challenges Moose for the top prize in Impact Wrestling. Also on the show Violent By Design defends the Tag Team Championship in an eight-team elimination match, JONAH locks horns with Tomohiro Ishii, and much much more.
- IMPACT WORLD CHAMPION: Moose
- IMPACT KNOCKOUTS WORLD CHAMPION: Tasha Steelz
- IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPION: Trey Miguel
- IMPACT DIGITAL MEDIA “WORLD” CHAMPION: “Alwayz Ready” Matt Cardona
- IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner, & Joe Doering)
- IMPACT KNOCKOUTS WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Influence (Madison Rayne & Tenille Dashwood)
MATCH RESULTS & RATINGS
- Steve Maclin defeated Chris Sabin & “Switchblade” Jay White, pinning Sabin with a surprise crucifix after Sabin hit the Cradle Shock on White (12:03) (***1/4)
- Taya Valkyrie defeated “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo [c] via pinfall with thad Road to Valhalla to win the AAA REINA DE REINAS CHAMPIONSHIP for a record-tying 4th time (9:03) (***)
- “Inevitable” Ace Austin defeated Trey Miguel [c] & “Speedball” Mike Bailey, pinning Miguel after the Fold to win the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP for a third time (10:24) (***1/2)
- “The Stone Pitbull” Tomohiro Ishii defeated JONAH via pinfall after a Brainbuster (14:36) (***1/4)
- Violent By Design (Eric Young & Joe Doering) retained the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP in an 8-Team Gauntlet, last eliminating Heath & Rhino after Young pinned Heath following a Piledriver (33:06 total) (**3/4)
- Tasha Steelz [c] defeated Rosemary via pinfall after a Falcon Arrow of sorts to retain the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (11:45) (***)
- “The Walking Weapon” Josh Alexander defeated Moose [c] via pinfall after a C4 Spike to win the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP for a second time (23:49) (***)
–Countdown to Rebellion results:
- Eddie Edwards defeated Chris Bey via pinfall. Edwards’ original opponent, Jonathan Gresham, was not medically cleared to compete.
- The Influence (Madison Rayne & Tenille Dashwood) retained their IMPACT KNOCKOUTS WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP over The IInfluence (Jessie McKay & Cassie Lee)
-Breakdown of the 8-Team Elimination Match
- The Major Players (Matt Cardona & Brian Myers) started the match against surprise team (and hated enemies) W. Morrissey & Jordynne Grace. Major Players snuck out the win, Morrissey attacked them afterwards and put Chelsea Green through a table with a BQE.
- The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) entered next and took advantage of a distracted Major Players, getting the win after a Magic Killer. They then defeated Johnny Swinger & Zicky Dice (easy) and Rich Swann & Willie Mack (a much more traditional match) to continue the momentum.
- OGK of Honor No More (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett) entered next and defeated The Good Brothers thanks to an assist from Maria Kanellis.
- Heath & Rhino defeated OGK, Rhino goring Taven mid-Proton Pack to get the win.
- Violent By Design entered last due to being champs and beat Heath & Rhino to retain the Tag Team Championship.
–Josh Alexander made his main event entrance alongside his young son, who was dressed just like him down to the mouthguard. It was very adorable.
–Steve Maclin wore skull warpaint for his match, which looked really cool and is also the same facepaint I use when I create a character in a Ghost Recon game so I loved it.
-A “Coming Soon” video, showing various Impact wrestlers on film being burned, binary code, and the initial “EGV”. The binary apparently spelled “Sami” so signs point to it being the return of Sami Callihan.
–Slammiversary was announced for June 19th, not only returning “home” to Nashville but also 20 years to the day of their first ever NWA-TNA show at the Asylum. Lined up beautifully.
Impact Wrestling continues their excellent 2022 with Rebellion, a PPV full of good to great matches and a main event that successfully paid off a story they’ve been slowly telling for the past six months. As someone accustomed to companies giving up on storylines halfway through and then pretending that they were doing it the whole time (see: Daniel Bryan in 2013/2014) I thought Josh Alexander’s journey was never going to be paid off, but Impact stuck the landing beautifully and now the Walking Weapon stands tall as World Champion. His title reign has already lasted longer than Bound For Glory as of this writing, so far so good. Alexander had an otherworldly run as X-Division Champion, having great match after great match and elevating the championship, and there’s no reason to think he has to do otherwise at the top of the Impact hierarchy. Hats off to Moose as well, both for his reign as World Champion which I enjoyed and for putting Alexander over wonderfully, even letting Alexander be the first person to kick out of his Spear finisher. I believe he’s been working hurt so this is a good way for Moose to make a graceful exit and heal up, which he should do because to be honest I can’t imagine him moving on immediately to a feud with, like, Johnny Swinger or somebody even though that’d rip.
I definitely recommend Rebellion and I’m excited to see where Impact goes in the Walking Weapon Era.
- FAVORITE MATCH: Miguel vs. Bailey vs. Austin
- FAVORITE MOMENT: Josh Alexander winning the World Championship and celebrating with his family, this time without anyone stealing the moment from him or trying to Spear his wife. All you can ask for.