Right here, right now. Happy Day 105 of 2021. Rebellion, “Do it with purpose, be fearless, don’t be afraid to risk everything to accomplish your dreams. Regret nothing.” Step four on The Road To Rebellion, you played the Hardcore Justice game. Now, the game has changed, it’s time to Pick Your Poison. Right here, right now, painting a target in the back of your opponents in one thing, starting to aim for him or her is now your new challenge. Get ready to shoot well…
On the menu this week, from Nashville, Tennessee, TJP will face off Josh Alexander. Matt Cardona and Brian Myers will pick the poison of the other and choose the other’s fate. We’ll celebrate Jazz’s career as she is retiring. We’ll also attend Rebellion‘s press conference with Rich Swann and Kenny Omega. So no more words, let’s get ready for some action, but your French Enygma Steph way, of course…

The Nygma’s Chart of the Week

D’Lo Brown and Matt Striker were on commentary. On ‘Before The Impact’, Havok defeated Nevaeh. 

  • Josh Alexander defeated TJP.
  • Let’s Get Wilde vignette with Taylor Wilde herself.

  • Karl Anderson w/ Doc Gallows defeated Crazzy Steve w/ Rosemary and Taurus.
  • At Swinger’s Palace, Ace Austin and Madman Fulton came to play. TJP too. Josh Alexander too. Josh Alexander, TJP, and Ace wanted to know their odds at Rebellion. Little Petey Pump did some Steiner’s maths (see in “Enigma for a Nygma” section).
  • Willie Mack and Eddie Edwards are out demanding a fight with Violent by Design after they took out Tommy Dreamer at Hardcore Justice. VBD appeared, with EY claiming that they were not responsible for the attack. They were ready to fight regardless, as James Storm and Chris Sabin ran down the ramp to even things up. VBD headed out and Storm grabbed the mic, inviting them to dance the tango or chacha with them at Rebellion.

  • Backstage, Deonna Purrazzo and Susan were asked by Scott D’Amore not to be anywhere near Jazz’s retirement ceremony.

  • “All About Me,” Tenille Dashwood’s own talk show. Our guest Tenille Dashwood. Our host, Gia Miller recognized the set from Locker Room Talk. Kaleb with a K served as a co-guest as Gia asked Tenille questions. Tenille took credit for starting the women’s revolution and becoming Knockouts champion as she wrapped things up.

  • Jazz came to the ring with Jordynne Grace. Jazz spoke about feeling the passion in IMPACT, she had when she first started. Jazz acknowledged Deonna Purrazzo as the future of this business and thanked Jordynne for choosing her as her partner for the Knockouts Tag Team Title tournament. Jazz said she went out with a bang in IMPACT, as Fire ‘N Flava came out. Kiera and Tasha sent Jazz off with some words. Jordynne got fired up and invited them to the ring. A ref came out and confirmed a match as Fire “N Flava reluctantly came down.
    Jazz and Jordynne defeated Kiera and Tasha. While Jazz was thanking the fans one last time and confirmed her retirement, the wrestlers came out of the locker room and applauded. She hugged Tommy Dreamer, her godfather in wrestling as they chanted “Thank you Jazz”.


  • Backstage, D’Amore caught up with Fire ‘N Flava, booking them against Jazz and Jordynne against Rebellion. Jazz approached, sticking to her word and pulling herself out of the match. Jazz had a partner to fill in for her and team up with Jordynne.
  • Pick Your Poison Match: Brian Myers defeated Jake Something, very unprofessionally because he didn’t cheat. Matt Cardona was watching from the ramp. Myers chose Sami Callihan as Cardona’s poison.
  • Pick Your Poison Match: Sami Callihan defeated Matt Cardona. After the match, Callihan invited Trey Miguel to the ring. Trey reminded Sami that he doesn’t need his passion validated. Callihan asked him once more to join him, and Trey declined. Callihan revealed that he took out Dreamer just for Trey, expecting him to be grateful for opening the opportunity. Trey snapped but paid for with a huge clothesline. Callihan grabbed a chair and hit him with it. He tossed it inside, hitting Trey, and slamming him on a placed chair.
  • From Japan, a promo from the IMPACT World Tag Team Champions, FinJuice.

  • The Press Conference. Rich Swann and Scott D’Amore on one side; Jerry Lynn, Tony Khan, Don Callis and Kenny Omega on the other (only 10 minutes of the video below was aired). Khan ensured that Kenny or Rich will appear on both shows that they are champion for. They went on to confirm that there will be a guaranteed winner for this match. Omega and Callis were late. Callis took credit for putting the match together and giving Swann the chance. Callis ranted and raved for Omega in his introduction as he reached the podium. Omega cut a cold promo reminding everyone that this is his bread and butter. Omega said Swann doesn’t belong in this history-making moment. Omega dropped the mic, extended a hand but slapped Swann. They got separated.


The Nygma’s Nutcracker(s) of the Week

– TJP vs Josh Alexander

Both men began the match with a tight collar and elbow tie-up. Josh Alexander backed TJP up towards the corner and broke the hold. Some competitive chain wrestling followed, with both restarting in the middle. They traded some physical holds on the ground and did the same once they reached their feet, as Josh had a relentless hold on TJP, finishing with a German suplex. Josh hit an Electric Chair drop and locked in an ankle lock, TJP reached the rope. They began trading nasty chops, with Josh dropping TJP. Josh caught him with a Gory Special. Josh attempted a battering ram below the ropes but TJP locked in a triangle. Josh slammed him as both fell outside.

Josh hit a Fireman’s carry on TJP up to the top rope but it was countered into a superplex chained into Josh’s ankle lock. Some back and forth action followed. Josh was caught with a roundhouse kick and a face wash. He went for a Detonation Kick but it was countered. TJP jumped into an armbar which was countered by an ankle lock. TJP found his armbar back, transitioning into an STF until Josh reached the ropes. TJP snatched the wrist as Josh clubbed him with his free arm. TJP captured the leg and dropped Josh. Josh countered a Mamba Splash by catching his leg in an ankle lock. They broke free as Josh bombed him on his knee and delivered a Divine Intervention for the win.

– Sami Callihan vs Matt Cardona

Callihan brutalized Cardona on the outside as the match began and Cardona hit a Rough Ryder to score a near fall. Cardona looked to continue but Callihan dipped out. He followed him outside where he delivered a neckbreaker on the floor. Cardona went off with a side leg sweep into the barricade. Cardona flew towards Callihan in the ring but sailed over the top rope. A chair was tossed aside as Cardona broke the count, but paid for it with an elbow strike. Callihan caught Cardona with a T-Bone.

Back from the break, they were trading strikes with Callihan taking Cardona out with a clothesline. Cardona caught Callihan with some knees and a dropkick from the second. Cardona hit the Radio Silence boot in the corner, Sami was looking dazed. Cardona measured Callihan but got floored with a counter. Callihan jumped up and delivered a back suplex. Cardona met Callihan up top and shot him down with a hurricanrana. Callihan shoved the referee, strangled the eyes, and hit the 23 Enigma to win. Callihan picked his fingernail off after the match.

The Weekly “Enigma For a Nygma”

Some things don’t need an explanation. Every week, the Twitch community I’ve been a part of is saying, again, Steiner’s maths” (during AXS commercial breaks, on Twitch, we can watch old segments from TNA times). This week, the Steiner’s maths by Little Petey Pump was incredible (Williams confessed on Twitter it required only one take, like the original…).

The Nygma’s Noticeable Facts/Awards of the Week

– Nevaeh

She was there for Impact Wrestling during one of the worst years we have had to live. She wrestled despite the pandemic. She was fantastic even when she was losing. Nevaeh’s path has always been like her, unique. I can’t wait to see her back in the Impact Zone, very, very soon…

– Jazz

In my iPPV review, I was telling you there was a kind of feeling of the passing of the torch. Jazz tonight gave it to Jordynne Grace and Deonna Purrazzo. They may be the present and the future like she said, but because of them and many other women wrestlers, Jazz will be forever in our hearts. Thank you Jazz, for everything…


In news sure to stun and excite hardcore wrestling fans around the world, IMPACT Wrestling is proud to announce legendary play-by-play commentator Mauro Ranallo will be part of its broadcast team for the REBELLION Pay-Per-View next Sunday (April 25). Possessing an immediately recognizable voice, a sui generis style and an encyclopedic knowledge of combat sports, Ranallo is widely considered one of the best play-by-play announcers of all time.

REBELLION will be available on Pay-Per-View in North America on SUNDAY, April 25 at 8 pm ET (1 AM BST) on InDemand, DISH, DirecTV, Vubiquity, Rogers, Bell, Shaw, Sasktel. It will be available around the world digitally via FITE TV (pre-order NOW).

The self-identified “Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller” has lent his voice and enthusiasm to the biggest events in combat sports history, including Showtime Sports Mayweather vs McGregor PPV, PRIDE Fighting Championships and New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Ranallo is the first person to call boxing, MMA, pro-wrestling and kickboxing on American network television.

On Sunday, April 25, Ranallo returns to his first love to call the epic collision between IMPACT champion Rich Swann and AEW champion Kenny Omega. “Swann vs Omega, champion vs champion, title vs title – this match represents everything I love about professional wrestling,” said Ranallo. “I have been fortunate to call these two superstars’ matches in the past and I’m very excited to be part of this historic encounter.”

IMPACT Wrestling executive Scott D’Amore said: “This once in a generation title vs title showdown deserves to be called by the once in a generation play-by-play announcer. I’ve known Mauro for over two decades. There are very few people in the world who are as passionate about or know their wrestling history as well as Mauro. This is a historic main event, the world champions of two major organizations putting everything on the line. I’m thrilled that on April 25, at Rebellion, fans will have Mauro’s legendary voice proving the soundtrack to history!”

Mauro Ranallo at the announcer’s table and Aubrey Edwards as the referee… This is a Tyson match? In fact, yes (the one who understands the joke, you know how to reach me…). If you want to listen to Mauro’s unique voice, the company put on YouTube two interesting videos on the 5 Ways to Win for Kenny Omega and Rich Swann. Two words, Mamma Mia…

The more I was thinking, the more I saw this card coming. Don’t ask me why but I knew that would be these matches… But some question marks remain, where is Moose? Will Eric Young wrestle with a torn ACL? And please, shut that stupid forbidden door…

Don’t forget Wrestle Week on AXS TV. Some great shows and movies to watch, some will be available on the Impact Wrestling YouTube channel, so don’t miss a bit… And of course, CELL-Ebration, the best fan experience ever…

To be eNYGMAtic…

Oh, I loved this episode, until the last 10 minutes… Action-wise, it was Xmas in April because the combos of wrestlers in the ring were matching perfectly. Also, finally, the build-up for Rebellion was there. Promo-wise, just enough. And Petey Williams excelled in Steiner’s maths. And, once again, thank you, Jazz, for everything you’d done in and out of the ring to inspire young ladies to be strong.
I said till the last 10 minutes because the press conference was unnecessary. It was all about giving credit and power to the ones who don’t have it and don’t deserve it. We are Impact Wrestling. We don’t choose the referee, we don’t have an ego like a watermelon, but we bring back Mauro Ranallo to an announce table. This is us and, because of that, you will understand why I choose this title this week…
On this “Nygma is a Rebel At Heart” note, until next week (if I want), until Rebellion, take care, stay safe, go get vaccinated, watch wrestling, and never EVER forget to stay #eNYGMAtic…

Rebellion card (as of today):

  • Title vs Title Match: AEW Champion Kenny Omega vs IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann
  • IMPACT World Tag Team Championship Match: FinJuice (c) vs The Good Brothers
  • IMPACT Knockouts Championship Match: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs Tenille Dashwood
  • Three-Way Match for the IMPACT X-Division Championship: Ace Austin (c) vs TJP vs Josh Alexander
  • Matt Cardona vs Brian Myers
  • IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Championship Match: Fire ‘N Flava (c) vs Jordynne Grace & ??
  • Violent By Design vs Willie Mack, Eddie Edwards, Cowboy James Storm & Chris Sabin
  • Last Man Standing Match: Sami Callihan vs Trey Miguel

All pics, videos, and screenshots courtesy of Impact Wrestling and AXS TV. Photocollage custom made by @frenchnygma exclusively for @steelchairmag.

By Steph Franchomme

News, Reviews, Social Media Editor, Impact Wrestling Reviewer, Interviewer Well, call me The Boss... And French...

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