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Impact has been fighting for their spot at the table for their entire time in business, and they've never given up. The wrestling world was turned upside down when it became clear that Impact Wrestling had formed a working agreement with All Elite Wrestling and Kenny Omega was appearing on Impact. A World Champion from a top wrestling company is appearing on Impact Wrestling while still being under contract to another company. Don Callis has finally started using his friendships with wrestlers that he has formed over the last three decades in wrestling to help Impact. Callis and D'Amore have done so much good for Impact Wrestling it is impossible to state how much good these two have done for Impact.
Rich has been World Champion leading the charge for Impact since last October, and most fans may not look at Swann as someone who isn't on Omega's level which is true. Swann doesn't have the same credibility as a draw like Omega who has helped draw sell out crowds in the Tokyo Dome. Omega worked to become a box office draw and Swann is one of Impact's biggest draws and stable presence in the company. Impact Wrestling has struggled, but finally found their identity and AEW is still attempting to find their identity. Omega is a proven commodity in Japan not in America or not yet in America, but winning or losing this will raise his stock within wrestling.
I've been watching Impact Wrestling since 2004, even though I've given up on the company from time to time I always seem to come back and give them another chance. I've never seen Impact Wrestling invest so much into the promotion of one match. This company is investing so much into this match and making this card mean more than any card or event that they promoted. Rebellion will definitely not be a one match show and has the makings to be the biggest event in Impact history. I have a question for long time Impact Wrestling fans when was the last time you saw Impact put together a press conference to promote a match. I've watched Impact for 15 years at this point and have never seen them do a press conference to hype an event.
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On April 25, Impact Wrestling Rebellion will be held and the biggest match outside WWE will happen when Rich Swann takes on Kenny Omega championship vs championship. This is the biggest contest ever booked, because of the first time two top North American wrestling companies will have their World Champions compete and one World Champion will come out of the match. In the past it was just billed as champion vs champion never actually being designed to crown one World Champion. Rich Swann has done wonders for Impact since being crowned as World Champion last October. For once Impact has a champion they made into a box office draw much like Kenny has become in AEW.
One change has made Kenny Omega into a superstar like everyone thought he would be when he made the move from Japan back to the United States. One feud made Rich Swann into a star, and it was his rivalry with Eric Young last year which started at Slammiversary last year off one injury. Swann was on the cusps of retirement last year and became Impact World Champion.
Impact Wrestling has pulled former WWE announcer Mauro Ranallo into the hype for the match to everything seem all the more important. Impact has never drawn much mainstream attention unless they were getting laughed at by the media or fans, but now they have changed the perception. Mauro elevates any card or match that he is a part of based on his imagine and notoriety from WWE and his time on Showtime. The best wrestling announcers brings believability to the program, because if he invests emotionally then it's easier for you to do it. Mauro brings that exactly to the every match he's a part of and will do that again for this match on April 25. It doesn't matter if it's a one shot deal or something more consistent either way April 25 is Impact's moment in the sun.
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With NXT officially moving to Tuesday nights following Wrestlemania this brought up a question if Impact who had been on Tuesdays for around a year or so would have a new running mate. Our question was answered quickly when we found out that Impact was moving back to Thursday nights with there first edition of Impact back on Thursday being last week head lined by a huge six man tag match. Kenny Omega was back to team with the Good Brothers against Rich Swann, Eddie Edwards, and Willie Mack. For the first time since he debuted back in January on Impact, Kenny Omega suffered a loss and even he didn't get pinned his team did lose with Karl Anderson getting pinned by the Impact Undisputed Champion.
The train is now going full speed down the tracks to April 24 and the next big event for Impact Wrestling that being Rebellion. In my opinion, this event is the most anticipated wrestling card since Impact moved to Canada a few years ago after Anthem purchased the promotion. The AEW partnership with Impact has unquestionably allowed for more eyes to pay attention to Impact wrestling, but it is still not only one sided, but very early on in the partnership.
On April 24 we will get our answer if the "Belt Collector" will add another world title to his collection or if Rich Swann can shock the world. If Omega does win though it would be then when Impact stars should begin to invade Dynamite and do what AEW has been doing to them since January. Names like Matt Hardy, Kenny Omega, Private Party and even Tony Khan himself have appeared on Impact, but the same can't be said for Impact stars appearing on Dynamite. Come April 24, if Omega does win the Impact World title that needs to change and we would need to start seeing Impact stars making their presence known on AEW's programming to return the favor and trying to get their World Title back.