Impact World Tag Team Champions Violent By Design def. Decay (Crazzy Steve and Black Taurus) (Non-Title)
While not exactly an exciting opener, this was a nice preview of what to expect in the multi-team match for the Impact World Tag Team Championship at Rebellion. Violent By Design proved they can win on their own, but whether they can overcome the odds with the titles on the line is the question. This was a pretty good match with solid work from both teams. Violent By Design are just starting to get going again as champs, so I hope they retain on Saturday.
Guido Maritato and Tony Mamaluke Confronted The Major Players; Impact Digital Media Champion Matt Cardona def. Guido Maritato
I'm all for this new heel faction of Cardona, Brian Myers and Chelsea Green, and I love how it makes sense with what we're seeing in the NWA right now, too. They explained their actions before randomly being interrupted from the former FBI of ECW and WWE fame, which got a good reaction in the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Guido was very well-spoken and the match he had with Cardona was fun. W. Morrissey went after The Major Players afterward and although I started to fear nZo might make the save for him, thankfully it was Jordynne Grace instead. That made sense after the issues she's had with Cardona over the Digital Media title.
Shera def. Gabriel Rodriguez
I honestly have zero interest in any sort of push for Shera, but I realize he's being built up for a future match with Bhupinder Gujjar, who was interviewed afterward backstage. With that said, this served its purpose of establishing Shera as somewhat of a threat so it means something when Gujjar eventually beats him. I also appreciated that this was kept short and sweet and didn't last longer than it needed to.
Bullet Club (Jay White, Chris Bey and The Good Brothers) def. Honor No More (Matt Taven, Mike Bennett, Vincent and Kenny King)
This felt like a pay-per-view-worthy encounter, especially with Rebellion happening in two days, but I understand Good Brothers along with Taven and Bennet will be taking part in that tag team title match. This was a blast with so many different variations and all eight guys getting their time to shine. I didn't think we'd get a decisive finish, so that was a pleasant surprise. This was a rare exception of a match pitting two heel factions against each other delivering and the crowd being into it.
Impact X-Division Champion Trey Miguel and Laredo Kid def. Ace Austin and "Speedball" Mike Bailey
Miguel will be defending his X-Division title against Austin and Bailey in a three-way at Rebellion and Austin has been trying to form an alliance with Bailey as well, hence why they teamed together here. Bailey hasn't been buying into Austin's B.S. and laid him out afterward, which was nicely done. The match itself had the enjoyable action you'd expect from the four involved and gave viewers a small taste of what to expect in that X-Division three-way.
Josh Alexander Attacked Impact World Champion Moose
The video packages that have been airing in recent weeks promoting the Impact World Championship main event between these two at Rebellion has been fantastically produced. All they needed was one strong segment to close out the go-home show with and this was it. Moose's "apology" for his actions a few weeks ago was perfect and Alexander's intensity was excellent, combined with the fact he stood tall to send the message that Moose's title reign is in jeopardy. It's a shame the crowd wasn't hotter for this, but I assume that's because this was filmed at the end of a long set of tapings.
Kudos to IMPACT for producing a hell of an event with Multiverse of Matches earlier this month and then turning around to put together a terrific card for Rebellion this weekend. IMPACT's recent string of shows has been stellar and this was more of the same. The storyline advancement and pay-per-view hype were well done and we got some entertaining action to boot. You can't ask for much more than that. Now we wait to see if Rebellion can deliver as well.