15th Mar2021

The Road to Rebellion:’Impact Wrestling: Sacrifice’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this very special review of Impact Wrestling’s Sacrifice Pay Per View that I’m calling “The Road To Rebellion”. I’m Nathan Favel and, right here on Nerdly, we’re going to take a look back at several PPVs I failed to review at the time of their occurrence, namely Genesis, No Surrender and Hard To Kill, as well as Sacrifice and the immediate outlook of the major Rebellion event that will be coming soon enough. This article will take a look at the decisions that have been made and why they have or have not worked, as well as what I think has gone right and wrong overall. Also, we have The Hulk. The Hulk: WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLGGGGGGG! HULK SMASH! HULK HATE LOTION! MAKE HULK HANDS SLIPPY! Me: Mr. Hulk…are you ready to help me review the recent history of Impact Wrestling and its road to the Rebellion PPV? The Hulk: HULK HATE BALDY MAN! HULK SMASH TIT-HEAD! HULK SMASH! Me: Wha… AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! The Hulk: HERE COME THE CHOO-CHOO TRAIN! SMASHY SMASHY SMASHY SMASHY BAM BAM BAM BAM! TAKE IT FROM HERE BAM BAM? Bam Bam: Bam Bam! Bam Bam! Wanna take it from here Emeril? Emeril: Bam! Me: M..face…it owwie! Sacrifice and The Road To Rebellion begins…OWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!

GENESIS:

We start with Genesis, which saw matches such as:

  • Super X Cup Tournament:
    Ace Austin def. Suicide – 6 out of 10
    Blake Christian def. KC Navarro – 5 out of 10
    Cousin Jake def. Daivari – 5 out of 10
    Crazzy Steve def. Tre Lamar – 4 out of 10
    Ace Austin def. Cousin Jake – 5 out of 10
    Blake Christian def. Crazzy Steve – 5 out of 10
    Ace Austin def. Blake Christian (Super X Cup Finals) – 8 out of 10
  • Jordynne Grace def. Jazz – 7 out of 10
  • Willie Mack def. Moose (I Quit Match) – 8 out of 10

The overall event score: 7/10

Now, most of this event was meant to push Ace Austin as the star of the X-Division, or at least the eventual focal point of it. The vast majority of these bouts were decent fun and seeing someone like Blake Christian get an entire PPV as a showcase for his skills despite losing was a real treat. Jazz having an excellent match against Grace was a great showing for the women, one that was worth having on the card. Mack and Moose was the main event and it kick started the match that main events Sacrifice: Rich Swann versus Moose for the Unified Impact World Title. Mack was bludgeoned nearly to death in a display that forced Rich Swann to give Moose a World Title Match in order to save Mack’s life. It was a bit aw-shucks, but at least it was good character development. This PPV did about as well as it could have with a one-night tournament. The finish to the main event worked as a booking device, but it felt cheap for PPV and for a vicious grudge match that was meant to end the show. At least the Super X Cup delivered a great finale.

HARD TO KILL:

From there, we moved on to Hard To Kill and its massive main event that was the first major cross-promotional bout between Impact and All Elite Wrestling. The matches were:

  • Brian Myers def. Josh Alexander – 7 out of 10
  • Decay def. Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb With A K – 5 out of 10
  • Violent By Design def. Cousin Jake, Rhino and Tommy Dreamer (Old School Rules Match) – 6 out of 10
  • Fire N’ Flava def. Havok and Nevaeh (Knockouts Tag Team Title Match) – 7 out of 10
  • Matt Cardona def. Ace Austin – 7 out of 10
  • Manik def. Chris Bey and Rohit Raju (Triple Threat Match For The X-Division Title) – 7 out of 10
  • Deonna Purrazzo def. Taya Valkyrie (Knockouts Title Match) – 7 out of 10
  • The Karate Man def. Ethan Page – 0 out 10
  • Eddie Edwards def. Sami Callihan (Barbed Wire Massacre) – 7 out of 10
  • Kenny Omega and The Good Brothers def. Rich Swann, Chris Sabin and Moose – 8 out of 10

The overall event score: 7/10

This was easily a 7 out of 10, even with that awful Ethan Page match. Why did Ethan Page have to get killed by himself? It was one of the worst produced wrestling matches ever. Fortunately, most of the card held together very nicely. Eddie and Sami had a good Barbed Wire Massacre Match that was violent enough to make me think that these guys need to get a job. The main event was the real attraction here though, with Omega and Swann teasing their possible future Title versus Title bout with some magnificent wrestling. Moose really stood out here in a group filed with great talent. It was also satisfying to see the Knockouts Tag Titles return. Those belts should have never been deactivated in the first place, so seeing them back is just fine by me. I thought this turned out really well, especially with the tease towards both Rich Swann and Moose’s eventual match, as well as Swann and Omega’s possible bout.

NO SURRENDER:

The next card to cover is No Surrender, which had such matches as:

  • Decay def. XXXL and Tenille Dashwood – 5 out of 10
  • Brian Myers and Hernandez def. Eddie Edwards and Matt Cardona – 4 out of 10
  • Jake Something def. Deaner – 4 out of 10
  • Josh Alexander def. Ace Austin, Blake Christian, Chris Bey, Daivari, Suicide, Willie Mack and Trey Miguel (Triple Threat Revolver Match For An X-Division Title Shot) – 7 out of 10
  • Fire N’ Flava def. Havok and Nevaeh (No Disqualification Texas Tornado Match For The Knockouts Tag Team Titles) – 7 out of 10
  • TJP def. Rohit Raju (X-Division Title Match) – 7 out of 10
  • Jordynne Grace, Jazz and ODB def. Deonna Purrazzo, Kimber Lee and Susan – 6 out of 10
  • The Good Brothers def. Beer Guns and Private Party (Triple Threat Match For The Impact Tag Team Titles) – 7 out of 10
  • Rich Swann def. Tommy Dreamer (Impact World Title Match) – 8 out of 10

The overall event score: 7/10

Well, the big bout here was the main event prize fight between Rich and Tommy. Tommy had his 50th birthday here and his best showing in quite some time. While this was not a one match show, with several matches delivering some quality action up and down the card, it really was Rich and Tommy’s night. The main event was a fight that was worked smart and careful. This really felt like a proper wrestling match and an equally proper defense of the strap for Rich. You got further build for the Moose match that Rich would be getting at Sacrifice, which was necessary to sell the major match. All in all this ended at its peak.

SACRIFICE:

Finally, on this road to Rebellion, we get to Sacrifice. Here are the matches for this most recent card:

  • Decay def. Reno Scum – 5 out of 10
  • Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb With A K def. Havok and Nevaeh – 5 out of 10
  • Violent By Design def. Beer Guns – 6 out of 10
  • Eddie Edwards def. Brian Myers (Hold Harmless Match) – 7 out of 10
  • Fire N’ Flava def. Jordynne Grace and Jazz (Knockouts Tag Team Title Match) – 7 out of 10
  • Ace Austin def. TJP (X-Division Title Match) – 8 out of 10
  • Deonna Purrazzo def. ODB (Knockouts Title Match) – 6 out of 10
  • FinJuice def. The Good Brothers (Impact World Tag Team Titles Match) – 8 out of 10
  • Rich Swann def. Moose (Unification Of The Impact And Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling World Titles) – 9 out of 10

The overall event score: 8/10

Well, the card itself turned out pretty well, with the X-Division and World Tag Titles bouts really delivering the goods. That being said, this show is all about the massive main event and it can be said without hyperbole that it was the best match of the show. Moose had a career best here and Rich had his latest hit. From bell to bell, the two World Champions lived-up to their potential and really made the match something special. With the main event brought into consideration, we have an 8 out of 10, as this show really picked up after the first third and never really slowed down. From here, Rich Swann will fight Kenny Omega at Rebellion in what seems to be destined to be a Winner Takes All Match between Impact Wrestling and All Elite Wrestling.
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Impact had a pretty good run with these shows, with only one disaster among the numerous matches. Impact’s booking isn’t the most original or thrilling, but it gets the job done and manages to make a major accomplishment every so often. Rebellion seems poised to be a big event with what could be the biggest match of the year, barring any special turn of events in wrestling. It has been a pleasure to take this special look at Impact and to cover Sacrifice and its tremendous prize fight main event. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you next time.

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