Matt Sydal Wins Impact Grand Championship

Thursday night's episode of Impact Wrestling saw a championship change hands that underwent some pretty big changes since it was taped.

Although Don Callis specified this month that Impact's Grand Championship was going away, the title change that took place at last year's Ottawa tapings finally aired on January 25, and saw Matt Sydal defeat the recently released EC3 for the title.

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You can see an excerpt from our Fightful.com live coverage of Impact Wrestling below.

EC3 immediately gets a near fall as we return from commercial before Matt comes back with a spin kick that sends EC3 out of the ring, then Matt hits a wrecking ball dropkick through the ropes before rolling EC3 back into the ring. EC3 DDTs Matt on the apron when Matt tries to get back in the ring before Matt gets in at the count of nine, then Matt counters a powerbomb into a huricanrrana and a series of kicks and a jumping knee. Matt then misses a shooting star press, but lands on his feet before EC3 hip tosses him into the corner, EC3 hitting a TK3, but he mocks Matt rather than pin him before Matt powerbombs EC3 and hits a shooting star press for the pin and the win.

Winner: Matt Sydal defeats EC3 via pinfall with a shooting star press to become the new IMPACT Grand Champion.

There were no judges at ringside, which was previously customary for Grand Championship matches. In the time since Sydal actually won the title on November 10, Impact has filmed an entire new set of episodes, abandoned the six sided ring and supposedly the Grand Championship itself -- depending on if you believe Callis or not. 

 

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