29th Apr2021

‘Impact Wrestling: Rebellion 2021’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling’s Rebellion event, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this Rebellion Pay Per View of 2021 has what could be the biggest match of the year in Kenny Omega and Rich Swann fighting to decide who holds both the All Elite Wrestling and Impact World Titles. I’m excited to bring this review to you and…what the… Johnny Kookamunga: Bang baby! Me: Yes (shoots Johnny Kookamunga)…bang baby! It’s time for Rebellion. Maude Gupansky: Oh my God! You killed Johnny…(gets shot) Me: …and then there’s Maude. Rebellion begins now.

Match #1: Josh Alexander def. Ace Austin and TJP – X-Division Match

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Ace takes out both of his opponents with a Fosbury Flop to the floor. Ace is about to give TJP a papercut with his laminated playing card but referee Brian Hebner stops him. TJP sends Alexander into the corner with a Hurricanrana. TJP delivers a big running boot to Ace. Alexander picks both men off the top rope with a thunderous double Superplex. TJP hits the Mamba Splash on TJP but Alexander prevents him from going for the pin. TJP counters the Ankle Lock into a kneebar submission. Ace hits Alexander with The Fold but TJP breaks the pin before the three count. Fulton trips up TJP from ringside. Alexander capitalizes with the Divine Intervention on TJP for a near fall. Alexander hits another Divine Intervention, this time on Ace, to win the match and become the new X-Division Champion!

The Score: 8 out of 10

Match #2: Violent By Design def. Willie Mack, Eddie Edwards, Chris Sabin and James Storm

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W Morrissey makes his shocking debut and joins Violent By Design for this 8-man tag team match. Morrissey is aggressive in the early going as he kicks Storm off the top rope, then knocks his other three opponents off the apron. Doering explodes into Storm with a big running crossbody. VBD is in control until Storm creates separation with a neckbreaker to Rhino. Willie quickens the pace as he hits Deaner with a sit-down powerbomb for two. Eddie dives through the ropes and collides with Doering and Morrissey on the outside. The match erupts into total chaos. Sabin takes out everyone with a Superplex to Deaner, crashing into everyone on the floor. Willie hits the Stunner on Doering but he quickly retreats. Morrissey hits a massive boot on Willie, then puts him away with the East River Crossing for three.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #3: Brian Myers def. Matt Cardona

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Before the bell rings, Cardona offers his former best friend a handshake but Myers flips him off. The fight spills to the outside where Myers drives Cardona back-first into the steel guardrail. Myers begins to work on the neck of his opponent. Cardona delivers a thumb to the eye, followed by a top rope dropkick. Cardona connects with Radio Silence on the exposed ramp. Myers hits a spear on the outside, followed by a top rope elbow drop for two. Cardona almost puts Myers away with an Unprettier. Cardona injures his leg but Myers shows no remorse and takes him out with the Roster Cut clothesline to win.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #4: Jordynne Grace and Rachel Ellering def. Fire N’ Flava – Knockouts Tag Titles Match

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The legendary Jazz, who recently retired from in-ring competition, accompanies Jordynne Grace and Rachael Ellering to ringside. Rachael kicks Kiera into a powerful sidewalk slam from Jordynne. Tasha interferes from the apron before joining Kiera for a double suplex on Jordynne. Kiera gets a running start for her signature dropkick to Jordynne in the corner. Jordynne ducks, causing Kiera to hit her own partner. The separation allows Jordynne to tag in Rachael, who goes on the attack. Rachael hits a springboard legdrop for two. Fire ‘N Flava hit stereo top rope dropkicks for a pair of near falls. Tasha goes over the top and hits Rachael with a modified cutter on the apron. Kiera soars through the air with a top rope crossbody to the floor. Rachael counters Kiera’s spinning neckbreaker into a sit-down powerbomb to win. Jordynne Grace and Rachael Ellering are the new Knockouts Tag Team Champions!

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #5: Trey Miguel def. Sami Callihan – Last Man Standing Match

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The only way to win this match with no disqualifications and no countouts is to incapacitate your opponent to the point where they are unable to answer the referee’s 10 count. Moments after the opening bell, Callihan hurls Trey over the top rope to the floor. Trey builds momentum with Sliced Bread, followed by a Hurricanrana on the outside. Trey crashes and burns on a dive, causing him to collide with the steel guardrail. Callihan jabs a wrench into the mouth of Trey but he gets to his feet at the count of 8. Back in the ring, Callihan bends him over backwards with a sickening bodyslam onto the legs of a table. Trey is perched on the top but Callihan throws a chair at his head. Callihan connects with a top rope piledriver into a table. Callihan goes low before spiking Trey with a piledriver onto the steel steps. Callihan traps Trey underneath the steps but Trey escapes underneath the ring. Trey reemerges and sends Callihan crashing through a table with a cutter. Trey gets to his feet before the count of 10 and Callihan does not – Trey Miguel is the Last Man Standing!

The Score: 8 out of 10

Match #6: Finjuice def. The Good Brothers – Impact World Tag Team Titles Match

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FinJuice are back from their tour in New Japan Pro Wrestling to defend the World Tag Team Titles against the former champions, The Good Brothers. Juice powerslams his own partner onto the chest of Anderson. Gallows delivers a pump -kick to Finlay while Anderson distracts the referee. Gallows hits a pinpoint kick to Finlay’s head. The Good Brothers cut off the ring and wear Finlay down, preventing him from making the tag. Finlay creates separation with a spinning elbow off the second rope. Finlay counters a suplex from Anderson and dives for the tag. Juice quickens the pace as he hits a springboard crossbody to Gallows on the floor. Juice crashes into Anderson with a running cannonball for two. Gallows pushes Finlay off the top to prevent the Doomsday Device. Finlay breaks up a Magic Killer attempt. Juice rolls up Gallows to score the victory and retain the World Tag Team Championships!

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #7: Deonna Purrazzo def. Tenille Dashwood – Knockouts Title Match

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Deonna goes for the Fujiwara Armbar in the early going but Tenille counters with a hanging neckbreaker, followed by multiple quick pin attempts. Deonna wears Tenille down with a straightjacket submission. Tenille fights out of it as both Knockouts exchange running strikes. Tenille hits a big running clothesline and we’re at a stalemate. Tenille locks in the Tarantula, breaking before the referee’s five count. Tenille connects with a top rope crossbody for a very close near fall. Tenille sends Deonna crashing into the corner turnbuckles with a double underhook suplex, followed by her signature running crossbody. Kimber and Susan get up on the apron to break a submission attempt from Tenille. Kaleb With a K gets involved but Kimber drives him into the steel ring post. Tenille has the champ beat after the Spotlight Kick but Kimber and Susan pull her off the pin. Deonna connects with the Queen’s Gambit to retain the Knockouts Title.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #8: Kenny Omega def. Rich Swann – AEW and Impact World Title: Winner Takes All

The following is courtesy of impactwrestling.com:

Legendary play-by-play commentator Mauro Ranallo joins D’Lo Brown and Matt Striker at the announce desk for his historic match. Two referees will officiate the bout, IMPACT’s Brian Hebner and AEW’s Aubrey Edwards. Tony Khan, Tony Schiavone and Jerry Lynn watch on from the other side of the guardrail. Omega plays mind games in the opening moments of the match as he slaps Swann across the face. Swann returns the favor, then dropkicks Omega to the outside. Swann dives from the top rope to the floor with a modified Phoenix Splash. Omega turns the tide when he gets his knees up on a rolling from splash attempt. Omega hits a buckle bomb, then drives Swann head-first into his knee for a series of two counts. Omega targets the lower back with a pendulum backbreaker. Swann explodes, successfully hitting a frog splash for a very close near fall. Swann connects with another frog splash, this time from the top rope. Omega hits a superkick, followed by a spinning sit-out powerbomb for yet another two count. Omega hits the V-Trigger but Swann counters the follow-up One-Winged Angel attempt. Omega can’t connect with a top rope V-Trigger as Swann escapes into a sunset flip powerbomb. Omega turns his attention to the neck of Swann with a pair of snap dragon suplexes. Omega uses referee Brian Hebner as a shield to avoid a handspring cutter from Swann. Aubrey Edwards takes over as she stops Omega from using a steel chair. Swann hits the handspring cutter but Omega counters into a pin attempt of his own. Omega pulls down his kneepad before hitting multiple V-Triggers. Swann misses the Phoenix Splash, allowing Omega to deliver one final V-Trigger, followed by the One-Winged Angel to score the win and become the new IMPACT World Champion.

The Score: 8 out of 10

News of the Night:

  • Former WWE wrestler Big Cass made his Impact debut under the name W Morrissey
  • After retiring from in-ring competition, Jazz was introduced as Jordynne Grace and Rachel Ellering’s new manager
  • Taylor Wilde returned to Impact, defending Tenille from a beatdown after her match against Deonna Purrazzo

Final Verdict: 7/10

Well, the main event was the whole reason to watch this and it delivered. Each match on the card was excellent in its way, but the main event was the draw here and it lived-up to the potential. Now, this was not necessarily the great match, but it was a great spectacle that oozed intensity…like getting plugged by an ant with an elephant’s c—k. Now, the opener and the Last Man Standing Match delivered some fabulous fighting as well, but the finale of this card was the strongest point as well. That all being said, the issue here was that the vast majority of these bout went short, with the run-time usually being about ten minutes. This is PPV. Why are you going short on PPV? People are paying money for this. Next time, just book six matches and skip the vignettes so that way you can have a card of fifteen to twenty minute matches from start to stop. Big Cass debuted as a member of Violent By Design under a moniker of W. Morrissey, while Jazz accompanied Jordynne Grace and Rachel Ellering to see them win the tag straps. Oh…Taylor Wilde is back. Wilde looked the same as she did a decade ago. Holy moly. We might just get the comeback of a life-time here. I thought that this show, warts and all, turned out well, even when it faltered here and there. The main event, while bereft of true psychology, was still a physical spectacle that was worth seeing. Omega holding the Impact strap is a big moment and, while it may well prove to be a tremendous mistake, it is a major moment on this night. I’m looking forward to seeing what this title switch does for Impact, if anything. Okay. This was something. I’m glad I saw it. I’ll see you next time.

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