HEYDORN’S IMPACT REBELLION RECEIPT 4/23: Alexander title win caps off memorable Impact storyline

BY ZACK HEYDORN, PWTORCH ASSISTANT EDITOR

Rebellion PPV event features multiple title changes
PHOTO CREDIT: Josh Alexander Twitter

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Impact Wrestling’s Rebellion PPV event has wrapped. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the madness.

-A big win for Steve Maclin. A bit of a funky finish, but it worked to give Maclin a moment.

-Jay White is so damn smooth in that ring. He looks the part in Impact Wrestling and helps elevate the star power aura on the show. If Impact has White for more dates, going to White vs. Josh Alexander is a smart match to book and would provide Alexander with a credible opponent to start his championship run hot.

-Taya Valkyrie winning the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship was a bit of a surprise. Purrazzo felt like the hotter act, but maybe there is more here than meets the eye. Purrazzo to Tony Khan soon? AEW and Ring of Honor certainly wouldn’t say no.

-An excellent X-Division Championship match. Trey Miguel, Ace Austin, and Mike Bailey brought the action the X-Division is known for, but found ways to sell what they were doing as well. Not all X-Division championship matches can say that.

-Impact Wrestling needs to do more with Ace Austin. He’s a “homegrown” guy that has a special aura about him. It’s time for a bigger push if you ask me.

-Jonah vs. Tomohiro Ishii was the exact Rebellion PPV match I wanted to see those two have. It was slow at times, but given the participants and the style, the pace didn’t ruin the match momentum. Ishii lifting Jonah for the brain buster was a smart exclamation point on the bout.

-Was the tag team championship gauntlet match really necessary? Man, this was long, drawn out, not particularly compelling, and pointless in the end with Violent By Design retaining the belts. Eddie Edwards vs. Chris Bey was a good match and could’ve fit on the main card if this goes even a little shorter.

-The main event Impact World Championship match between Josh Alexander and Moose was the match of the night. Impact delivered a shiny hype video to kick things off, which set a strong tone. Alexander and Moose battled it out with physicality and one significant near fall that was perfectly executed. Alexander has champion was the only call to make here and his victory put a bow on one of Impact Wrestling’s best stories in quite some time.


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