The Impact Grand Championship was a professional wrestling championship owned by the Impact Wrestling professional wrestling promotion. It was introduced at the August 13, 2016, taping of Impact Wrestling.
The title was introduced at he August 13, 2016, tapings of Impact Wrestling, after then 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 at Genesis Matt Sydal defeated champion Ethan Carter III in a "No Rounds, No Judges" match. Subsequent title defenses would also be contested under normal match rules, no longer using rounds, points system or judges.
On the January 14 IMPACT! tapings, following the gifting of the title to Josh Mathews by Matt Sydal, it was announced by the company's executive vice president Don Callis via Twitter that the company would be retiring the belt, stating that there were too many championships in the company which were devaluing its top tier titles. Later during the January 14 tapings, Impact World Champion Austin Aries would challenge and defeat Sydal in a title-for-title match, with Sydal placing the Impact Grand Championship on the line.
- 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)
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