Good news for fans of Impact Wrestling.
The previously canceled Rebellion PPV for April 19 is being turned into a two-week TV special. That show had been a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. However, with WWE and AEW finding ways to produce fresh episodes, Impact recently joined the empty arena club to film two months worth of TV content. That has allowed Impact to shift gears and air the Rebellion event as episodes of Impact Wrestling on April 21 and April 28.
Impact officially announced the news this morning.
In light of the restrictions placed upon live events as a result of the coronavirus, IMPACT Wrestling will hold its next major spectacular—IMPACT: Rebellion—on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance, as per the guidelines put in place by the CDC.
Originally planned as a pay-per-view special, Rebellion will now expand into a two-part television event airing April 21 and April 28 as part of the weekly flagship series IMPACT!
Rebellion will air for free on AXS TV and Twitch in the U.S. and Fight Network in Canada, along with international IMPACT! broadcast partners.
The safety of IMPACT’s wrestlers, personnel, and fans is of the utmost importance, and while it is with some disappointment that we must scale back our original plans for the event, we are proud to have the opportunity to provide our loyal and passionate audience with some much-needed entertainment during this time. We look forward to producing a proper pay-per-view event once this crisis has passed.
For more information about Rebellion, visit impactwrestling.com.
Impact has not yet revealed the lineup for the newly configured Rebellion. There were five previously announced contests, but it would not be surprising if travel precautions caused a shake-up.
The original bouts previously announced were:
- Impact World Championship: Tessa Blanchard (c) vs Eddie Edwards vs Michael Elgin
- Full Metal Mayhem Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) v Taya Valkyrie
- X-Division Championship: Ace Austin (c) vs Willie Mack
- Ken Shamrock vs Sami Callihan
- Kylie Rae vs Kiera Hogan
If those matches remain on the new card, then I’m excited most for the Knockouts bout. Taya can get crazy and Grace is a hoss. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is blood, unless the risk for red has been deemed unsafe for these coronavirus times.
The most interesting story falls to the World Championship three-way. Cherished breaker of glass ceilings Tessa Blanchard has got a bee in her bonnet as of late about overcoming challenges, even if 2-on-1. Her attitude has caused her to rudely decline help from Edwards and even cost them a chance at winning the tag titles. For me, it is getting harder to root for her. That drama adds an element of uncertainty on if she will retain at Rebellion.
For regular Impact viewers, does this news excite you? For Impact drifters, will you tune in for Rebellion? Which matches do you hope go through a planned? Which ones can be skipped for a later date?