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IMPACT Wrestling Report: Rebellion Review

Last night was Rebellion! We got the historic main event featuring AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a Title vs. Title Match against IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann, as well as a slew of additional bouts that resulted in a fast-paced and, ultimately, satisfying show that I rank among some of the greatest wrestling PPVs I’ve ever seen.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Christian Cage

Christian Cage returned to the ring on AEW Dynamite for his first true match in seven years, and he’s the most recent guest on the AEW Unrestricted podcast. He explains why Frankie Kazarian was the perfect opponent, why “Out. Work. Everyone” is more than just a clever catchphrase, and the exchange he had with Tony Khan after that first match.

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Jordynne Grace Discusses Rebellion Mystery Tag Team Partner

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the formidable Jordynne Grace for my books about the history of IMPACT Wrestling, and the first topic we tackled was this Sunday’s major PPV: Rebellion on FITE. Not only is this show stacked with matches featuring numerous bouts for the various championships in IMPACT Wrestling, but it also includes Fire N Flava defending their Knockouts Tag Team Titles against Jordynne Grace and a tag team partner chosen for her by the recently retired Jazz.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Frankie Kazarian

Frankie Kazarian is one-half of the inaugural AEW World Tag Team Champions, SCU, and among the first wrestlers signed to AEW at launch. On the latest episode of AEW’s Unrestricted podcast, he speaks to how he got in at the ground floor, what The Young Bucks and “Being The Elite” did for SCU’s popularity, beating the Lucha Brothers for the tag title, and what it’s like having a beverage and talking shop with your boss. Frankie was Christian Cage’s first AEW opponent, and explains why he thinks Christian has the highest wrestling IQ of anyone he’s been in the ring with. You’ll also hear about Frankie’s friendship with Christopher Daniels, his love of Metallica, how he started playing bass, what prompted him to start American Rebel Cigars with Cody Rhodes, and how he ended up with a cameo in the Netflix series, GLOW. Plus, Frankie shares the story of “Do Ya!,” his Top 5 metal songs, and why calls the “Flux Capacitor” his “Break Glass In Case of Emergency” move.

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John E. Bravo on IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion Main Event

I had the pleasure of speaking with the incomparable John E. Bravo last night and, among other topics, we discussed AEW collaborating with IMPACT Wrestling and the big main event taking place at the Rebellion PPV on April 25: AEW World Champion Kenny Omega vs. IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann.

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IMPACT World Champion vs. AEW World Champion PPV Match Announced

Last night, IMPACT Wrestling dropped its biggest bombshell since collaborating with AEW. This Saturday’s main event, during the IMPACT Plus exclusive special Sacrifice, between IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann and TNA World Champion Moose will unify those titles. IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore shocked the world even more when he announced that the winner of this title unification bout at Sacrifice will go head-to-head with AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a title vs title match on April 24 at the IMPACT Wrestling Rebellion pay-per-view.

Just like the main event at Hard to Kill in January featuring Kenny Omega, this is another groundbreaking first for IMPACT Wrestling; and it’s a historic event in the world of professional wrestling, creating a sense of unpredictability that hasn’t been seen or felt since the height of the Monday Night War in the 1990s between the WWF and WCW. Below is the full press release from IMPACT Wrestling with all of the details. Make sure to tune in to Sacrifice this Saturday, and order Rebellion now because both of these events will forever alter the professional wrestling landscape.

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AEW: Cody Rhodes Revolution Media Briefing

Ahead of Dynamite on March 3 and Revolution on March 7, AEW EVP Cody Rhodes took part in a special media briefing and Q&A session today. Hours away from his highly anticipated match with Shaq, Cody discussed what fans can expect to see for that extraordinary encounter, insight into the upcoming Revolution pay-per-view event, and much more. You can listen to the full press conference below, courtesy of AEW.

Cody Rhodes & Shaq’s Thoughts Heading Into AEW Countdown to Revolution

Tonight is AEW’s Countdown to Revolution, featuring a tag team match pitting Cody Rhodes against Shaq! Below is a promo package to get you ready for tonight’s big show, as well as Q&A videos with both Cody and Shaq. Enjoy!

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IMPACT Wrestling Report: BTI, No Surrender, New Japan Pro-Wrestling

It’s been a while since my last IMPACT Wrestling Report, but that’s because I’ve been very busy doing interviews for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Some of the people I’ve interviewed in recent weeks include Gail Kim, Ken Shamrock, Earl Hebner, and Jeff Hardy, who is the most popular wrestler in IMPACT Wrestling history and, currently, one of the top guys in WWE. Make sure to sign up for email alerts on my site so you don’t miss out on any future book updates because there are many more to come.

This past week was a big one in IMPACT Wrestling. The company announced a new TV show, which premieres tomorrow night, No Surrender aired on Saturday, and a partnership was revealed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). Let’s dive in!

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Matt Sydal

The latest guest on AEW’s Unrestricted podcast, Matt Sydal had some words of wisdom for Snoop Dogg before he did the “Snoop Splash” live on AEW Dynamite. Matt also had some encouraging words for himself after his not-so-perfect AEW debut at the ALL OUT Casino Battle Royale. He tells that story along with the last-minute phone call he received about the surprise booking.  He offers insight to the Third Eye gimmick, what it means to have a “Sydelic Mentality,” risk-taking in the ring, and why he is solely focused on the TNT Championship. Plus, Matt tells stories about working with Cody Rhodes, Chaos Project, learning from AEW coaches like Dean Malenko and Tully Blanchard, his love of Japanese death matches, and tagging with Ricochet at NJPW.

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