Now we’ve reached the first empty arena show for Impact Wrestling; and it happens to be Night 1, of their Rebellion AXS TV special.
“Smiley” Kylie Rae faces off against “The Hottest Flame” Kiera Hogan; as the night is capped off with a now Unsanctioned Match, between Sami Callihan and Ken Shamrock.
A part of me is almost disappointed since Impact really steps things up for Pay-Per-Views; conversely, we may finally get a good TV special. So it sucks that they lose the PPV revenue stream, but selfishly…this should be fun.
Let’s hear how the Impact Tag Team champions are spending their quarantine in Canada.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 22, 2020
- oVe (Jake & Dave Crist & Madman Fulton) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Crazzy Steve: Rhino wins via Gore – ** 1/2
- Dez & Wentz vs XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) vs TJP & Fallah Bahh: Dez wins via Spiral Tap – *** 1/4
- X Division Championship: Ace Austin (c) vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via 6 Star Frog Splash – *** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!
- Kylie Rae vs Kiera Hogan: Kylie wins via Smile to the Finish – *** 1/2
- Unsanctioned Match: Ken Shamrock vs Sami Callihan: Shamrock wins via Ankle Lock – ***
oVe (Jake & Dave Crist & Madman Fulton) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Crazzy Steve
Crazzy Steve ends up being a nice surprise since it’s been a couple of years. Jake and Tommy start off, and we get some early comedy. Jake does a kip up, which inspires Tommy to try it himself. After failing twice, he calls for Steve and Rhino to assist him, and he achieves the team assisted kip up.
With the little bit of comedy over, we get a few rotations with each man feeling the other out. Steve bails when Fulton hits the ring, proving he’s “not THAT crazy”; letting Rhino do the heavy lifting. We get a few nice back and forth spots, oVe has nice moments cutting off Dreamer and Steve at different points. Fulton clears the ring, tosses Steve into the rest of people on the outside, Rhino Lariats Fulton out of the ring, hits the Gore on Dave Crist; picking up the win for his team.
After the match we find out that Eddie Edwards and Tessa Blanchard are both not present for the show. Josh FaceTime interviews with Eddie, Eddie is distraught but had to make the decision for his family. So we’re left with questions about what will happen with the World title.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 22, 2020
Dez & Wentz vs XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D) vs TJP & Fallah Bahh
The beginning of this match starts much like you would anticipate from TJP and Dez. The Rascalz duo keeps TJP isolated a bit, some fun Cruiserweight style spots. Fallah tags in right before the commercial, but Acey breaks up the pin as the commercial hits. So XXXL ain’t doing a whole hell of a lot beyond watching so far. But I doubt they have great cardio, so I suppose it’s the logical way to get them to 12-15 minutes.
Just as I say that, we come back from commercial and Larry D is in the match against Fallah. So we got big boy on big boy violence. Acey gets in right before the second break; as XXXL is still in control. Commercial ends and it’s still Acey with Fallah; Fallah does manage the tag to TJP, so the match finally picks up.
Lots of quick action, sliding in and out, not a ton of tags, but everyone gets a signature spot moment. Acey hits the Pounce on Dez, but Dez manages to kick out. A few nice kicks and speed spots from Wentz, capped off with a Springboard Twisting Cutter and then Spiral Tap from Dez; The Rascalz bring home the win. An okay match that was improved by the big move spam for the finishing sequence.
X Division Championship: Ace Austin (c) vs Willie Mack
This was a solid back and forth, however, there were a few miscues. Willie didn’t quite catch Ace for the Samoan Drop, Ace leaned into the Coast to Coast and the Stunner on the top rope looked awkward. There were a ton of huge moves and interesting spots; Ace even played up the heel aspect with the early slow roll and constant powdering.
Willie kicking out of The Fold was great, Madison’s commentary helped any of the slower or awkward spots. Just a really solid match, but it could’ve been a lot better if some moves were hit a little better. Maybe it’s amplified from the empty arena aspect, but it should’ve been better on paper. I’m happy that Willie finally got a belt; but the match disappointed a little.
Kylie Rae vs Kiera Hogan
Kylie starts off with her adorable antics, folding her shirt, trying to be get Kiera to smile, and failing a bit. Kylie pulled off some great mat wrestling and sharp arm drags to give her an early shot at her STF finisher (Smile to the Finish). Kiera went for the Greco Roman Knuckle Lock, and Kylie looks off and says “should I trust her”; so Kiera pops off with “WHO are you talking to”, without missing a beat Kylie says “The cameraman…”. I popped too hard at that; but it starts off with enough personality and solid wrestling to stay invested as we go to the commercial.
This match gets fantastically hard hitting and aggressive. There was a Japanese style fighting spirit forearms spot, traded Superkicks; and a few big corner spots. As the match went on, the smile started to disappear and Kylie was getting more and more angry. Kiera got a little cocky, Kylie picked her ankle and slapped on the STF; didn’t do much smiling to the finish, but Kiera tapped out. Great match, crisp spots and would’ve probably stolen the night if it had a few more minutes.
Unsanctioned Match: Ken Shamrock vs Sami Callihan
So in what started off in the ring; Callihan jumped out immediately to start with out of the ring brawl. There was some trading of blows, before they went to the back; and then we got a cinematic match. Callihan and Dexter Lumis go to the same barber, then he decides to use some of Mr. Fuji’s racist dust; topped off with some nice chain wrestling. By that, I mean he grabbed a chain from a garbage can and tried to take out Shamrock with it.
Shamrock with a little bit of a comeback, but oVe shows up to help out Sami. They call for Sami, Sami shows up – Thumbs Up – Thumbs Down – then he takes out oVe with a baseball bat. So he puts the nail in the oVe coffin, then faces off with Shamrock and they want to finish this. Shamrock says outside, some old Western music starts to play; and it’s framed like a final showdown gun fight.