Austin Aries returned to Impact Wrestling earlier this year and on his first night back he defeated Eli Drake in less than a minute to win the Impact Global Championship.
During his reign Aries would change the name other championship from Impact Global Championship to the Impact World Championship. He would also go on to feud with Matt Sydal and defeat him in a winner takes all match with both titles on the line and become a double champion. With this win Aries also became a Grandslam Champion.
It was at the Redemption PPV where Aries would then lose the world title in a triple threat match between him, Pentagon Jr. and Fenix. This would be a rematch from the Impact vs Lucha Underground Event from WrestleCon. Pentagon Jr. ended up winning the match and the title after he dislocated Aries’ elbow.
Austin Aries would then win the world title back at Under Pressure from Pentagon Jr. after the match was restarted TWICE.
Today at the Slammiversary press conference Impact announced who he would be defending his world title against at the PPV. Aries also had some breaking news of his own to announce at the press conference.
Ever since Aries won the Impact Grand Championship from Matt Sydal he hasn’t put any focus on the title. He also has never once defended the title and the title essentially became an afterthought.
Today while speaking at the Slammiversary press conference Austin Aries announced that he will be merging both the Impact World and Grand Championships into one undisputed world championship.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 4, 2018
Ja’ Von’s Take: This is the best thing that could’ve happened. The Impact Grand Championship was introduced on October 2nd, 2016 and was defended under UFC rules with 3 two minute rounds. If there was no pinfall pr submission by the end of the third round then it would be up to the judges to decide the winner. The judges also scored and determined the winner of each round. The championship never really got off the ground running. While some guys like Drew McIntyre, Damien Sandow, EC3, and Matt Sydal really tried to make the Impact Grand Championship feel important and on the same level of the world title but it just never got there. This is why I’m glad that Impact went with the descion to merge the championships.
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