Preview: Tonight’s go home edition consists of an 8-Man tag as Bullet Club takes on Honor No More. In addition, the IMPACT World Tag Champs Violent By Design take on Deacy before they, the champs, and 6 other teams face off at Rebellion in the elimination tag match. Plus, “Friends,” as I like to call it ACE Austin and Bailey will team up to battle Kid Laredo and X Division champ Trey Miguel in a tag team match, and much more. Will either team in their respected matches come off with some momentum before the championship match? What will Bailey do? Let’s find out as the review……..begins.
The show opens up with a video package from last week recapping the confrontation between Bullet Club and Honor No More, as well as the main event between PCO and JONAH.
AVERAGE: The show opens up with the tag champs Violent by Design (Erik Young and Deaner) as they take on Decay (Black Taurus and Crazzy Steve). The match begins as Taurus and Deaner lock horns. Taurus applies many chops, only for Deaner to counter, but gets countered by Taurus. Young applies a sneak attack on Taurus, allowing Young to enter and double team on Taurus. Young now has full control as he tags Deaner back in, once again double teaming on Taurus. Deaner tags back in and double team on Taurus once more Young tries to pin Taurus but Taurus kicks out. Young goes for a flying nothing as Taurus dodges the move, allowing Young and Taurus to tag in their respected teammates. Steve gets……crazy as he is all over Deaner. Steve goes for various moves, including twisting his neck, and even biting his head. Steve soon follows up with a cannonball. Young stops Steve from pinning Deaner, but Taurus tries to help, but gets thrown out, but Joe Doery beats up Taurus. The referee is so distracted by all this chaos that Young uses a flag pole and breaks it on Steve, allowing Deaner to Deaner DDT on Steve to get the win.
Result: Deaner pins Crazzy Steve to get the win for his team.
Joezeh Ramirez’ WR Star Rating- 2.5 Stars
We get a video package regarding Josh Alexander vs Moose
During commercial break, Rosemary and Havok check on Taurus and Steve, only to get attacked by Tasha Steelz and Savannah Evans.
We get a rundown of what’s on the card at Rebellion.
GOOD: Outcomes Matt Cardona, Chelsea Green, and Brian Myers (Or now known as the Major Players), to speak to the crowd. Matt explains that the Major players have arrived. Matt calls himself the Death Match King. Matt explains he may be digital champion, but now wants to go after the tag titles, and what better way to go after them than teaming up with Myers. Myer explains that any issues between the two men have been put behind. Myers and Matt explain they’re the best versions of themselves. Green explains that Impact should open their eyes as divided they were successful, but together will be the strongest unit in wrestling. Green proclaims to be the strongest woman after beating up Mickie James. Matt explains that both he and Myers are also the strongest after putting Morrissey through a table. Myers explains that Matt and Myers are a team. Before they can say more things, they’re interrupted by Guido Maritato and his manager Tony Mamaluke. Guido explains the trio should show some respect as those that wrestled in the ring they’re standing on carved their career right now. Guido explains the ring belongs to the fans. Guido says the Major Players…….are Major Sissies, and a Major Idiot. Matt takes issue with being called a sissy. Matt insults Guido as he’s been irrelevant since ECW went out of business. Guido beats up Matt….and challenges Matt for his digital media championship.
Joezeh Ramirez’ WR Star Rating- 3.25 Stars
AVERAGE: Up next, Matt Cardona defends his Digital Media Championship against Guido Maritato. The match begins as Guido starts beating up Matt as he slams Matt on the ring. Guido soon follows with lots of slaps in the bask. Matt tries several punches and moves, but Guido counters them. Matt tries to beat up Tony, and Matt almost hits his own wife Green as Matt was going after Tony. Guido soon takes advantage of this. Matt gains the advantage as he hits Guido on the head after the referee is distracted by Myers. Matt throws Guido back in the ring as Matt puts Guido’s head on the rope to injure him. Matt does it again on Guido by putting his head on the top rope. Matt uses the reboot on Guido to pin him but kicks out. Guido soon returns with lots of chops and an Italian leg sweep. Guido goes for sicilian slice on Matt and while it works, Matt kicks out at two. Myers soon distracts the referee and Matt low blows Guido, allowing Matt to radio silence on Guido to retain his championship. After the match, Myers beats up Tony. The Major Players soon get out a table as they want to put Guido through the table. But, W. Morrissey comes out to beat up Matt and Myers, but Green low blows Morrissey, and Myers attempts to use Morrissey’s own finishing move. But, out comes Jordan Grace to make the save and beats up Myers and Matt. Soon, Morrissey puts Matt through the table. It ends with Morrissey, Grace, Guido,and Tony standing tall.
Result: Matt Cardona uses radio silence on Guido Maritato to get the win.
Joezeh Ramirez’ WR Star Rating- 2.75 Stars
Cut to backstage where Honor No More state they will win their matches at Rebellion. They also explain they will beat Bullet Club as they’re just rats from another company.
We get a promo backstage by JONAH explaining he beat up PCO so badly, there was absolutely no way he would get back up from the beating. He also warns Tomohiro Ishii that he will beat him at Rebellion, and whatever happens will not be held accountable..
SQUASH: Up next, Shera, now managed by Raj Singh, goes one on one with Gabriel Rodriguez. Shera beats Gabriel with several tosses, followed by the Lions attack to get the win.
Result: Shera uses the Lion’s attack on Gabriel Rodriguez to get the win.
Cut to backstage where Guijar is asked if he regrets not joining Singh. He simply says no and has no regrets about it whatsoever.
Continuing on, Moose is ordered by the manager to make a public apology for putting his hands on Josh Alexander’s wife at a live event several weeks ago. Moose wants insurance to ensure nothing goes wrong. The manager explains he will have security….and will be out there himself to personally see the apology go through.
GREAT: Up next, Bullet Club (Jay White, Chris Bey, Karl Anderson, and Dok Gallows), going up against Honor No More (Vincent, Kenny King, Mike Bennett, and Matt Taven) in a 8-Man tag. The match begins as Karl and Vincent lock up. Karl tackles Vincent, and Gallows tags in and double team on Vincent. Vincent puts his finger on Gallow’s eye, allowing Vincent to tag in Mike. Mike tries to attack Mike, but Gallows puts Mike in the corner and unleashes some strikes on him. Mike soon tags in Taven as Gallow also tags in Jay. The two soon start beating up each other. Jay and Taven tags in Bey and Kenny. The two soon lock up, but Kenny and Bey dodge one another to strike, but are at a stalemate. Kenny soon follows with a chin checker, and tags in Mike. Mike uses a brainbuster on Bey, and tags in Vincent. Taven unleashes some kicks on Bey. Vincent tags in Taven and applies several chops on Bey. Taven goes for a pin but Bey kicks out. Bey tries to fight back and dodges Vincent’s attack to tag in Karl. Karl tackles Taven several times, only to follow up with a chop. Mike tries to take out Karl outside but fails. Soon Karl gets hit with a running dive by Taven. Taven and Mike try to double team on Karl but dodges it, followed by Karl applying the spinebuster on Mike. Both Mike and Karl soon tag in Jay and Vincent. The two collide, followed by Jay applying a DDT on Vincent. Jay goes for a spinning suplex and tries to pin Vincent, but kicks out at two. Jay goes for several chops, only for Vincent to go for a leg sweep on Jay. The two soon tag in both Gallows and Mike. Gallows tackles Mike several times, followed by a kick to the head. Gallows tags in Karl and double team on Mike, but Taven makes the save. Jay goes for a suplex on Vincent, followed by Kenny applying a tiger driver, followed by Bey using the art of finesse and goes for a flying dive on Honor No More outside the ring. In the end, the Good Brother uses the magic killer on Mike to allow Gallows to pin Mike to get the win for his team.
Result: Good Brothers uses the magic killer on Mike Bennet to allow Gallows to get the win for Bullet Club.
Joezeh Ramirez’ WR Star Rating- 3.75 Stars
Cut to backstage where Steve Maclin insulted Jay White and Chris Sabin on how they always win thanks to their teammates helping them, however, at Rebellion, they won’t survive as Maclin will get the win.
The IInspiration are signing autographs at a convention and explain that now that Kaleb is gone, they have their sights set on being Knockouts tag team champs once more, and once again be the most IIconic, and most IInspirational tag team in Impact.
Cut to backstage again where Taya Valkyrie explains how she’s gonna beat Deonna Purrazzo and be the AAA Reina De Reinas champion once more, a title she never officially lost, and be a 4 time AAA Reina De Reinas champion.
GREAT: Up next, Ace Austin and Mike Bailey go up against Laredo Kid and X-Division champ Trey Miguel. The match begins as Ace and Trey lock up. Trey tries to twist Ace’s arm but Ace returns the favor by also twisting Trey’s arm. Ace tags in Bailey, as well as Trey tagging in Kid. Soon Kid and Bailey try to put one another in the corner, only for them to out maneuver each other. Kid gets Bailey out of the ring, only for Kid to go for a running dive on Bailey outside the ring. Bailey soon regains control as Bailey and Kid are back in the ring. Bailey tags in Ace, allowing Ace to beat up Kid. Bailey is tagged back in as Bailey follows up kicks to Kid, and Ace gets tagged in and tries to double team on Kid but fails. Kid soon beats up Ace and Bailey. Ace tries to attack some more, but Kid dodges and tags Trey back in. Trey goes for several maneuvers on Ace to put him down and it works. Trey tries to go for a flying move in the corner, but gets stopped by Ace. Ace and Bailey go for a flying move over the top rope to hit Kid and Trey. Trey returns to the ring and goes for a maneuver on Bailey and throws Bailey out to the ring, followed by Trey to bring Ace back in the ring. Trey tries to pin Ace, but gets stopped by Bailey. Bailey goes for kicks and moonsaults on Trey, but gets stopped by Kid, but Kid gets stopped by Ace. In the end, Trey uses the most devastating move in all of professional wrestling, the surprise roll up on Ace to get the win. After the match, Ace beats up Trey as he isn’t pleased with his loss. Ace asks Bailey to join in……but kicks Ace instead?! Bailey has revealed his true colors and is no longer helping Ace as his decision has been made……every man for themselves.
Result: Trey Miguel surprise roll ups Ace Austin to get the win for his team.
Joezeh Ramirez’ WR Star Rating- 3.5 Stars
It is confirmed that the X-Division championship and Knockouts championship matches will be on the Countdown to Rebellion pre-show.
Cut to backstage where Honor No More tries to motivate one another regarding what happened against Bullet Club. However, Vincent leaves……..to revive PCO. (Uh, JONAH, you may wanna make sure PCO doesn’t mess with you again.)
GREAT: And now it’s time for the last segment of the show as Moose (alongside his attorney)comes to the ring (surrounded by security) to give out his public apology. Moose explains to his attorney to read out Moose’s public apology. The attorney reads out the following, “To who it may concern….mainly Josh Alexander’s family, after much consideration and much consideration with Impact’s management and with a certified sensitivity firm. Moose, the current champion, understands his actions hav-,” but gets stopped by Moose. Moose explains it’s not sincere enough and explains he would rather do it right. Moose explains that his actions over the past few weeks were indeed low, and no family should go through what he put Josh’s families through. Moose explains that Josh does indeed deserve a sincere apology. Moose says, “I’m sorry…….for showing all these people how much of a loser you are. I’m sorry for exposing you for not being a good protector to your wife. I’m sorry for exposing you on not being a role model to your kids.” Moose isn’t sorry for kicking his a** at Honor No More and being the face of the company. Moose explains how Josh can be a champion if he can’t even protect his family? One thing Moose isn’t sorry for is what Moose will do to Josh at Rebellion. Moose explains that after Rebellion, Josh will bow down to him and reveal that Moose is a bigger man than Josh ever was. However, before Moose can say anything else, Josh Alexander appears and beats up the security guard, and confronts the manager…….and the manager allows Josh to pass. Soon, Josh and Moose stand face to face and begin brawling. Moose gains the advantage after sacrificing his attorney. Moose soon gets out a table and attempts to put Josh through the table, but gets stopped by Josh and Josh C4 spikes Moose through the table. The show ends with Josh holding the Impact World Championship to remind Moose that the title is all his at Rebellion.
Joezeh Ramirez’ WR Star Rating- 3.75 Stars
Overall, Impact did a great job building up the matches at Rebellion. The match of the night was Bullet Club vs Honor No More as they delivered. The promos in the show were great as to continue feuds. The last segment of the show showed how a Moose can turn an apology into insulting Josh Alexander rather than feeling sympathy for his actions against Josh’s family. However, the one thing that felt unnecessary on the show was the squash match. While it is to grow the eventual feud between Guijar and Shera, surely Impact could’ve gave Shera more time or even wrestle someone higher in the division. In addition, the segment between Vincent reviving PCO was……interesting (and I’m leaving it at that), as there was overly dramatic music playing while Vincent tried to revive PCO. Aside from that, Impact did a good job for tonight’s go home episode. Tune in next time for……Rebellion
Matches: 0.5/1 Stars
Show Structure: 0.5/1 Stars
Atmosphere: 0.75/1 Stars
Storytelling: 0.75/1 Stars
Production/Theme: 0.5/1 Stars
Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars
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