The reasons behind IMPACT Rebellion moving from Saturday 24th April to the following evening have reportedly been revealed.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there are two main drivers behind the switch. The first being that IMPACT saw how much success AEW had in hosting Revolution on a Sunday and secondly to avoid a clash with a major UFC show.
“The Rebellion PPV show headlined by the Kenny Omega vs. Rich Swann AEW vs. Impact/TNA double title match and Juice Robinson & David Finlay defending the tag title against Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson has been moved from 4/24 to 4/25. The move was probably a combination of the success AEW had, doing its best number ever on a Sunday after previously going on Saturday, but more so because on 4/24 they would go head-to-head with two other major PPV shows. UFC on 4/24 has the Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal, Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade and Zhang Weili vs. Rose Namajunas triple title match show that is a deeper card and a rematch of a show that did 875,000 buys in the U.S. alone, plus there’s was the Andy Ruiz Jr. vs. Chris Arreola boxing match that night on PPV as well, but that was also moved to 5/1 to stay away from the UFC show.”
It should be noted that the AEW Revolution PPV on Sunday, March 7 grossed approx. $5 million, a record for AEW achieved by reaching over 125,000 PPV buys globally.
In a recent interview with Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, Swann revealed that he had been “lobbying hard” for a one on one match with Omega, after being defeated by the AEW Champion in a Six-Man Tag Team Match at Hard To Kill.
Rich Swann went on to defeat Moose at Sacrifice, becoming the unified IMPACT World Champion thus setting up the much anticipated match with Omega at IMPACT Rebellion.
AEW World Champion was most recently in action against Matt Sydal, defeating the high-flyer on the March 24th edition of AEW Dynamite. Had Sydal been victorious he would have earned a future shot at the AEW World Championship.