Austin Aries Earns Impact Wrestling Grand Slam With Grand Championship Win

Austin Aries added another belt to his collection on Impact Wrestling last night.

On the latest episode of Impact Wrestling, Austin Aries defended his Impact World Championship and defeated Matt Sydal to become Impact Grand Champion as well. Aries has proclaimed himself a "belt collector" in 2018 as he has won championships from multiple promotions. He recently showed up at the Ring of Honor 16th Anniversary to challenge for a championship while physically holding many more titles.

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The following is an excerpt from the Fightful Wrestling live coverage of Aries' Grand Championship win.

Provided by Ryan Cook.

We come back from commercial to Austin in control, having Matt in a unique submission before turning it into a pinning predicament for a near fall. Austin hits a snapmare into an elbow drop to the back of his neck before Matt starts focusing on the injured left leg of Austin. Austin catches Matt going for a springboard move before they get out of the ring and Austin beats on him at ringside. They get back in the ring and counter each other until Matt drops Austin with a series of kicks. Matt hits a bridging German suplex for a near fall before Josh distracts Austin and drops him with a discus lariat for a near fall.

Austin gets distracted by Josh once again, then hits a discus forearm into a dropkick in the corner before hitting a brainbuster for the pin and the win.

Winner: Austin Aries becomes the new IMPACT Grand Championship and defends his IMPACT Championship by defeating Matt Sydal via pinfall with a brainbuster.

On Twitter, Impact Wrestling congratulated Aries on winning the championship and completing the company's version of the Grand Slam. Only four other wrestlers have completed this task Abyss, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Eric Young.

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