Impact Rebellion 2022 is finally upon us, and it looks to be a very exciting card, topped off by a much-anticipated encounter between Impact World Heavyweight Champion Moose and the man who perhaps has a rightful claim to the gold, Josh Alexander. That match is worth the price of admission alone, but Deonna Purrazzo vs. Taya Valkyrie is set to be a classic battle, and there’s intrigue too: will Jonathan Gresham really be able to defend his title?
As always, Sports Obsessive has analysed the card and picked out the winners and losers for each match. This time, it’s Chris Flackett bringing you the Sports Obsessive predictions for Rebellion 2022!
Countdown To Rebellion Pre-show: Impact Knockouts World Tag Team Champions Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood vs. Jessie McKay and Cassie Lee
It was a big moment when the debuting McKay and Lee won the Impact Knockouts Tag Team titles. So the fact that they were relatively quickly defeated for them was a surprise, even to as solid a team as Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood. Still, I think the former IIconics will gain some sort of redemption here, picking up the title for a second, more substantial title run.
Winners: Jessie McKay and Cassie Lee
Countdown To Rebellion Pre-show: X Division Champion Trey Miguel vs. Ace Austin vs. Mike Bailey
Impact has been teasing a big encounter between Miguel and Bailey, and this Rebellion pre-show match is set to be the stage on which it will first take place. I expect a lot of the action to centre on Miguel and Bailey, with Austin playing more of a sneaky role, picking his moments to attack the other two. I think Trey will retain here, pinning Ace Austin, but setting up a situation where Bailey says he didn’t get beaten and demands a rematch down the line.
Winner: Trey Miguel
Jay White vs. Chris Sabin vs. Steve Maclin
This could be the real sleeper hit of the show. Opinions on Jay White seem to vary as ever, and there are certainly people who think Impact could do more with him, but when ‘The Switchblade’s’ on, he’s a dynamite performer. Sabin’s always reliable and impressive too, but I think the match belongs to Maclin here. A win over a highly respected veteran and a big international team is going to do him wonders in elevating him up the card.
Winner: Steve Maclin
ROH World Champion Jonathan Gresham vs. Eddie Edwards
It’s a strange one, this. On paper, it has the makings of an excellent encounter. There’s just one problem: Jonathan Gresham is injured. As this is public knowledge, it feels strange that Impact hasn’t announced a replacement for ‘The Octopus.’ This leads me to think that we’re going to see a surprise debut from somebody who’s going to come and take Edwards to the limit. I’ve seen Cesaro’s name being mentioned, but I could see Cesaro going the AEW/ROH route, especially as that seems to offer some sort of route into New Japan at the moment as well.
Still, whoever it is, I think they will pick up the win here to launch them with a bang.
Winner: Jonathan Gresham’s Substitute
Editor’s Note: Since this article was published, Impact have announced that Chris Bey will take Jonathan Gresham’s place. The author’s prediction remains the same: Chris Bey to win.
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Jonah
BEEF! This is going to be a battle of the beef slappers and I am 100% here for this. Ishii is such a bruising, hard-hitting bulldog and I think he is definitely a great choice for an opponent for Jonah here. Impact seems to be very high on Jonah at the moment, and a win over such a well-renowned warrior as Ishii will go a long way to establishing him as a viable star as he looks to establish himself in his post-WWE career.
AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Deonna Purrazzo vs. Taya Valkyrie
From a fan’s perspective, Taya’s return to Impact has been great to see, whether it’s a long term deal or a short-term thing. Taya was definitely a massive part of the Knockouts scene before she left, and while I was concerned at the time that WWE would misuse her, it didn’t give me any satisfaction at all to be proved right.
So what we have here are two of the best women’s wrestlers in the world going at it in what should be an absolute firecracker of a match. I don’t think it’s Deonna’s time to drop the title yet, but we could see Deonna win here and Taya reclaim the title in a rematch at an AAA card instead.
Winner: Deonna Purrazzo
Eight-Team Elimination Challenge: Impact World Tag Team Champions Violent By Design vs. The Good Brothers vs. Willie Mack and Rich Swann vs. Rhino and Heath vs. Honor No More vs. 3 teams TBA
The three unannounced teams are going to be the wild card factor here, in that they’re going to catch their opponents—and us—by surprise and that could have a big impact (pun intended) on the result of the match. Saying that, I think an Honor No More victory could work here, what with them becoming pretty much the major heel stable in the promotion. Bennett and Taven are a great team and have been magic since reuniting. I think a title win here for the OGK boys would make a lot of sense and further the feud between Honor No More and Bullet Club.
Winners: Honor No More
Impact Knockouts World Champion Tasha Steelz vs. Rosemary
As much as I like Rosemary, I can’t see Tasha Steelz dropping the Knockouts belt just yet. Tasha is going to win a hard-fought match here, but perhaps not cleanly, leaving Rosemary vulnerable and ripe for the picking.
Tasha for the win here.
Winner: Tasha Steelz
Impact World Heavyweight Champion Moose vs. Josh Alexander
I can’t stress how much I’m looking forward to this match. Moose has proven himself as a main eventer, and both Impact and Josh have worked exceptionally hard to raise Alexander, who we all knew was a brilliant talent, into a legit main event performer. Moose’s surprise cash-in on Alexander to claim the Heavyweight title was excellent drama and was the touch light for what has been a heated and completely compelling feud.
While I would perhaps have liked to have seen Moose have a longer reign, he has completely proven himself as a champion and will have no shame in dropping the belt to Alexander. Josh, meanwhile, is ready for a run at the top, and the only real logical result of this encounter, as a conclusion to their feud, is for Alexander to go over. This will be a cracker.
Winner: Josh Alexander
What do you think of our predictions for Impact Rebellion 2022? Do you think we’re on the right track? Or have we got it completely wrong? Let us know in the comments!