IMPACT Wrestling World Champion Rich Swann On “Rebellion,” Alice In Chains, Future Plans & More – The Hype Magazine


Published on April 19th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz

IMPACT Wrestling has started off 2021 strong, and that hype continues with April 25th’s Rebellion pay-per-view. IMPACT’s next pay-per-view is set to make history as All Elite Wrestling’s World Champion Kenny Omega will be taking on IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann in a “Title Vs. Title” match, as featuring commentary from Mauro Ranallo. Meanwhile, IMPACT itself — which airs on Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST, as preceded by the Before The Impact program and followed by the IMPACT In 60 program — is regularly the highest-rated show on the AXS TV network.

Rich Swann made his professional wrestling debut as a teenager in 2008. After a WWE run which included a run with the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, he signed a multi-year deal with IMPACT Wrestling, becoming IMPACT’s World Champion in October 2020. Last month Swann defeated IMPACT star Moose, becoming the holder of the Impact Unified World Championship. As of this coming Friday, he will have been one of IMPACT Wrestling’s 10 longest-tenured World Champions.

On April 16, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Rich Swann via Zoom, the audio of which embedded below. Beyond Rebellion and his reign as IMPACT Wrestling’s World Champion, Swann and I also discussed his musical influences, his guitar-playing, career goals and plenty more. Additional information on Swann and Rebellion can be found here, here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren’s writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being “Editor At Large” for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018’s “Pocket Change: Your Happy Money” (Book Web Publishing) and 2019’s “Good Advice From Professional Wrestling” (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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