From one hand to another. Titles are one of the most important parts of any wrestling promotion and Impact Wrestling is no exception. The company has come a very long way and its titles have a heck of history of their own. As a result a title change makes a big difference in the promotion. That was the case this Sunday, when multiple title changes took place.
Five title matches took place during Sunday’s Impact Wrestling Rebellion pay per view event. Of the title matches, three title changes took place with two champions retaining. First up, Josh Alexander defeated champion Ace Austin and TJP in a three way match to become the new X-Division Champion. This is Alexander’s first reign with the title and his first singles title in the company.
Second, Rachael Ellering and Jordynne Grace defeated Fire N Flava to win the Knockouts Tag Team Titles, becoming the second champions in the titles’ revived history. Ellering was a replacement after Jazz, Grace’s usual partner, was forced to retire following a recent loss. This was Ellering’s first match as a full time member of the Impact Wrestling roster. She had previously wrestled two matches for Impact Wrestling in 2017.
Finally, in the show’s main event, AEW World Champion Kenny Omega defeated Impact Wrestling World Champion Rich Swann to become a double champion. The match featured representatives from both promotions at ringside, including AEW owner Tony Khan. Omega’s win marks the first time that anyone has held both of the promotion’s world titles at the same time.
There were two additional title matches which saw the champions retain. First, FinJuice successfully defended the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Titles against the Good Brothers in a rematch from Sacrifice where FinJuice won the titles in the first place. Later, Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo defeated Tenille Dashwood to retain the Knockouts Title to continue her second reign.
Opinion: That is what you call an eventful night. Having that many championships defended in one night is all but a guarantee for some title changes and that is not a bad thing. Sometimes you need some fresh blood to hold some titles and having Omega holding both the Impact Wrestling and AEW titles is quite the moment. I’m not sure where it is going, but it is an interesting start.
Which of the next champions will lose their title first? Who will be the next first time champion? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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