IMPACT Rebellion 2021 Match Ratings From Sean Ross Sapp

X Division Championship
Josh Alexander defeated Ace Austin (c) (w/ Fulton) and TJP to win the title

This is very much the spirit of X-Division Title matches without relying too much on acrobatics. The two-on-one superplex and the three-way submission were particularly awesome. Ace Austin is a total television star and probably already should have been world champion last year. Madman Fulton big time babyface turn by pulling TJP out. Josh Alexander wins the title after Divine Intervention. That was exactly the kind of match you want to kick a PPV or show off with in general, but especially if you think you have new people watching.

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Violent By Design & W. Morrissey defeated Eddie Edwards, Willie Mack, James Storm & Chris Sabin

Eric Young is shown talking to his replacement backstage, later revealed to be a jacked looking Big Cass, now going by W. Morrissey. Action is fast and furious, and all over the place. A fun match, and you can see Morrissey getting more comfortable as things progress throughout the match. Impact Wrestling has gotta start using tight shots on the people climbing and preparing on the top rope so you don't see a bunch of people waiting to catch them. W. Morrissey (formerly Big Cass) used the East River Crossing sitout swinging slam as his finisher.

Brian Myers defeated Matt Cardona

These two have only had one singles televised match, back in May 2018 on WWE Main Event. GOD AS MY WITNESS, CARDONA'S ASS IS BROKEN IN HALF! That Radio Silence on the floor was cool. Myers has a really pretty flying elbow drop after a great spear. Cardona even does an Unprettier, a shout out to Chelsea Green. Myers injures his leg, and refs come out to check on him. Myers feigns concern and beats the brakes off of Cardona for the win.

Knockouts Tag Team Championships
Rachael Ellering & Jordynne Grace (w/ Jazz) defeated Fire N' Flava (c) to win the titles

Jazz comes out with Rachael and Jordynne. It's really wild to see Jordynne Grace delegate some of the power role. It's refreshing. Tasha Steelz fortunately looks okay after flying over the top rope and smashing her spine on the apron. That looked nasty. Ellering gets the win with a Fisherman's bomb that looks like a million bucks. This was a fun match, and a great debut of Ellering. They need more teams!

Last Man Standing
Trey Miguel defeated Sami Callihan

Dear lord Trey Miguel hit the guard rail at about 345 MPH. This is a really violent match to seemingly blow off a really passionate feud. Trey Miguel woke up and decided he wanted to piss blood all week. He got suplexed onto the bottom of a table, his teeth ripped at with pliers, and piledriven on the apron and stairs. Miguel wins with a flying cutter through a table outside the ring. This was just fun to watch besides the wonky ass table spots.

IMPACT Tag Team Titles
FinJuice (c) defeated Good Brothers to retain the titles

This is more of a traditional, slower paced tag team match that brings things down before ramping it back up. David Finlay's TV presentation has made such leaps since we first saw him. This picks up in the second half for a well built tag team match. Anderson's neckbreaker might be the best in wrestling. It looks like Good Brothers are poised to win, but the Magic Killer is thwarted and Karl Anderson gets pinned with a small package. I didn't see that coming.

IMPACT Knockout's Championship
Deonna Purrazzo (c) (w/ Kimber Lee & Susan) defeated Tenille Dashwood (w/ Kaleb with a K)

I thought we were going to see a much different Tenille after the WWE release. I love the gimmick, but I've wanted to see what she can do in high profile singles action. Early on, it's better than most Tenille matches I've seen since the NXT era. We see the glimpses in this match with the double underhook suplex into the corner and the Emma Sandwiches, and the Muta Lock. Things break down outside, as Deonna and Tenille LAY THAT SHIT IN, BOYS. Purrazzo gets the win with the Queen's Gambit. This was really good, and the best match from Tenille since late 2017. Taylor Wilde comes out to confront Deonna after this.

IMPACT & TNA World Championship
AEW World Championship
Kenny Omega (w/ Don Callis & Good Brothers) defeated Rich Swann (w/ Eddie Edwards & Willie Mack) to win all the titles

Swann starts out strong, and works from underneath after being spiked on the apron. Omega throws one of the nastiest spin kicks I've seen lately when he couldn't land the One Winged Angel. There are a couple of spots that didn't go as planned and both were recovered well. I think the Snapdragons happened exactly as planned, though. Those were nasty.

Swann accidentally hits the cutter on Brian Hebner, and Omega gets the chair. Aubrey Edwards doesn't allow it, and Omega hits a cutter that he waited a while on. Omega keeps going for the OWA, but can't. He even does a Tiger Driver 98 and can't get the pin. Omega destroys Swann with a bunch of V-Triggers. Swann briefly threatens, but misses a Phoenix Splash. V-Trigger, and One Winged Angel. OMEGA WINS.

Rating Guide
10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor

Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5. The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
These are opinions, and incredibly inconsistent ones that may change upon a second viewing, or sitting on the match for a period of time. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!

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