Impact Grand Championship
|Impact Grand Championship|
|Date established||October 2, 2016|
|Date retired||June 4, 2018 |
(unified with the Impact World Championship)
The title was introduced at the August 13, 2016, tapings of TNA's television program Impact Wrestling, after then-TNA President Billy Corgan announced that the TNA King of the Mountain Championship would be deactivated and retired in favor for the new championship. Corgan also announced an eight-man single elimination tournament that would feature new rules that would apply to the title. The new rules would be similar to how bouts were contested in professional wrestling in Europe in which each match would consist of three timed rounds, with a team of judges to determine the outcome based on points, if there is no winner via pin or submission within the time limit. The final match of the tournament took place at Bound for Glory on October 2, with Aron Rex becoming the inaugural champion by defeating Eddie Edwards (replacement for the legitimately injured Drew Galloway).
On the January 25, 2018 Genesis episode of Impact!, Matt Sydal defeated champion Ethan Carter III in a "No Rounds, No Judges" match. Subsequent title defenses would also be contested under standard rules, no longer using rounds, points systems or judges.
- Three 3 minute rounds, with special event matches going 5 minutes.
- 10 point must system.
- Judging categories: Physicality, aggressiveness, controlling the action.
- Wins can happen anytime via pin or submission.
- If there is no winner after three rounds, a winner is decided by judge's decision.
Inaugural championship tournament (2016)Edit
|Eddie Edwards †||15:00|
- † Edwards replaced Drew Galloway, who was legitimately injured before the finals.
As of August 21, 2019, there have been eight reigns between seven different wrestlers. Aron Rex became the inaugural champion by defeating Eddie Edwards in the tournament final at 2016's Bound for Glory on October 2. Moose holds the most reigns with two, with his second reign being the longest at 174 days, while Josh Mathews' reign is the shortest at one day.
|No.||Overall reign number|
|Reign||Reign number for the specific champion|
|Days||Number of days held|
|No.||Champion||Championship change||Reign statistics||Notes||Ref.|
|1||Aron Rex||October 2, 2016||Bound for Glory||Orlando, Florida||1||7||Defeated Eddie Edwards in a tournament final by split decision to become the inaugural champion. Edwards was a substitute for Drew Galloway, who was legitimately injured.|||
|2||Moose||October 9, 2016||Impact Wrestling||Orlando, Florida||1||90||Aired on tape delay December 1, 2016.|||
|3||Drew Galloway||January 7, 2017||Impact Wrestling||Orlando, Florida||1||5||Aired on tape delay January 19, 2017.|||
|4||Moose||January 12, 2017||Impact Wrestling||Orlando, Florida||2||174||Won by split decision.
Aired on tape delay March 2, 2017.
|5||Ethan Carter III||July 5, 2017||Impact!||Orlando, Florida||1||128||Won by split decision.
Aired on tape delay August 3, 2017.
|6||Matt Sydal||November 10, 2017||Impact!||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada||1||64||Aired on tape delay January 25, 2018.|
|7||Josh Mathews||January 13, 2018||Impact!||Orlando, Florida||1||1||Mathews was gifted the title by Sydal after he was revealed as Sydal's "spirit guide".
Aired on tape delay March 15, 2018.
|8||Austin Aries||January 14, 2018||Impact!||Orlando, Florida||1||141||Defeated Matt Sydal (defending on Mathews' behalf) in a Winner Take All match, with Aries' Impact World Heavyweight Championship also at stake.
Aired on tape delay March 29, 2018.
|—||Unified||June 4, 2018||Slammiversary XVI Press Conference||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||—||—||Aries unified the title with the Impact World Championship|||
|3||Ethan Carter III||1||128|
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