Impact Wrestling has officially announced that its annual Rebellion pay-per-view will now take place as a two-part special on Impact television – beginning next week!
Rebellion was originally set to air on live pay-per-view on Sunday, April 19th but was among the dozens of events cancelled this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is one final episode of Impact Wrestling left in the can from the promotion’s March taping event in Atlanta, GA which airs this Tuesday night on AXS. The two-part Rebellion special will then follow on April 21st and 28th.
Impact either is taping, or wrapped up taping upwards of two months of television content on a closed set in Nashville, which means those episodes should begin rolling out on May 5th.
While there are several big matches already announced for Rebellion, it’s unknown what the match card will look like in actuality. Sami Callihan, who was supposed to fight Ken Shamrock on the pay-per-view, had previously said that he would not be wrestling until the pandemic is over.
Several of the talents live in Canada, which could pose a problem with international travel being heavily restricted, and according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, world champion Tessa Blanchard lives in California and had no plans to leave the state.
Official statement from Impact:
In light of the restrictions placed upon live events as a result of the coronavirus, IMPACT Wrestling will hold its next major spectacular—IMPACT: Rebellion—on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance, as per the guidelines put in place by the CDC.
Originally planned as a pay-per-view special, Rebellion will now expand into a two-part television event airing April 21 and April 28 as part of the weekly flagship series IMPACT!
Rebellion will air for free on AXS TV and Twitch in the U.S. and Fight Network in Canada, along with international IMPACT! broadcast partners.
The safety of IMPACT’s wrestlers, personnel, and fans is of the utmost importance, and while it is with some disappointment that we must scale back our original plans for the event, we are proud to have the opportunity to provide our loyal and passionate audience with some much-needed entertainment during this time. We look forward to producing a proper pay-per-view event once this crisis has passed.
For more information about Rebellion, visit impactwrestling.com