When Don Callis took over as EVP of Impact Wrestling in December, he promised big changes. Just one month into his tenure, Callis has not disappointed as Impact has already seen three title changes in 2018.
The first occurred on Jan. 10 (to air on Feb. 1) when Austin Aries made his return to the promotion and won the Impact Global Championship in the same night. Two days later there were two more title changes at an Impact! taping that will air on March 1.
First, we were pretty much guaranteed to see a new champion, pending a clean finish, when Impact Grand Champion, Matt Sydal, took on X Division Champion, Taiji Ishimori. Sydal, who was known as Evan Bourne in WWE, became the double champion with the victory and now holds twice as many titles as he won in his seven years with WWE.
Update 24: Sydal wins the X division Title. Another really good match. pic.twitter.com/FAy3m9w6rZ
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Next up the Knockouts held a title match between Allie and champion Laurel Van Ness. Just last month Van Ness had reportedly requested her release after winning the Knockouts title, so you can likely imagine how this match finished.
Allie defeated Laurel Van Ness to become a 2 Time Knockouts Champion
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Allie became a two-time Knockouts champion with her victory over Van Ness who may have very well wrestled her last match with the company. She is currently dating Zack Ryder so a return to WWE, where she once appeared on Tough Enough, could be in the cards for her.
Callis is wasting no time at making him imprint within the company and it’s not just confined to Impact’s champions. Earlier this week Impact announced that it is going back to the four-sided ring which it used from 2002-2004 and again from 2010-2014. It used a six-sided ring from 2004-2010 and 2014-2017.
There could be yet another big move for the company in the near future as they are pursuing Rey Mysterio Jr. Callis certainly isn’t being timid with the direction he sees for the company, but it remains to be seen if the moves actually pay off in terms of viewership.
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