The second pay-per-view event of the year for Impact Wrestling, Rebellion, took place this past Sunday night at Skyway Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
AEW World Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega beat Rich Swann to win the Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Title in a title vs. title match in the main event. The promotion brought in Mauro Ranallo to call it.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that “the show appeared to have been the most successful PPV show for the promotion in many years.”
Meltzer didn’t have the numbers for total buys but did note the streaming numbers as of the start of the show were ahead of the total numbers of buys for any show since Anthem purchased the company from Dixie Carter years ago.
It was also the largest streaming number in the company’s history. Regarding buys through traditional TV PPV, it was said the numbers based on one major PPV provider it “did almost exactly double of what Hard to Kill did and seven times the total buys and right now nine times the paid buys of Bound for Glory.”
With adding late buys through traditional PPV providers then it should be another 10 percent. Meltzer pointed out that it was way ahead of the PPV buys Impact was doing over the last few years when they were on Spike.
Rebellion wasn’t anywhere near the peak of PPV buys in the history of the promotion that Kurt Angle’s matches with Samoa Joe and Sting did. Meltzer couldn’t estimate the total just yet, but the traditional PPV buys “look to have been 9,300 as of early in the week and streaming numbers were believed to have been a far larger number than that.”