Austin Aries returns to Impact, makes actual impact. Title changes and departures.
Austin Aries shocked the wrestling community on Wednesday by returning to Impact Wrestling and winning the Impact World Championship from Eli Drake. Released by WWE in July, Aries has enjoyed great independent success and will now continue that drive as Impact's top guy. For now. The event was broadcast live on Impact's Facebook page. Additionally this week, Impact saw it's Grand Champion Matt Sydal get the win over X Divison Champion Taiji Ishimori in a Champion vs Champion match. Both belts were on the line making Sydal a few pounds heavier after the match however the Grand Championship belt is rumored to be retired before weeks end. Also the Knockout Championship changed hands with Allie picking up the win over Laurel Van Ness. Ness is expected to be following Chris Adonis (Masters), Bobby Lashley and Ethan Carter III in exiting Impact.