Impact Press Conference Notes: Slammiversary main event, titles merged, NJPW star returning


Impact Press Conference Notes from their Slammiversary Press Conference that took place on Monday in Toronto.

* Impact Champion Austin Aries vs. MOOSE for the IMPACT Championship was announced as the main event for the Slammiversary PPV on July 22 in Toronto.

* It was announced that the Impact Championship and the Impact Grand Championship, both currently held by Austin Aries, will be merged into one undisputed Impact Championship. This ends the lineage of the Impact Grand Championship that was created in 2016 and was initially part of a 3-round, judging system for all title matches under the short-lived Billy Corgan regime.

* Former Impact X-Division Champion and current NJPW star “Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori will be returning to Impact at Slammiversary.

Interesting to note that Ishimori’s recent time in New Japan as part of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, where Ishimori lost in the Finals on Monday to Hiromu Takahashi, was referenced by Impact, along with his new “Bone Soldier” moniker that Ishimori has taken since joining Bullet Club upon his New Japan return in May.

This looks to be another move by Impact in an attempt to reforge a working relationship with New Japan, as Impact executive Don Callis also does English color commentary for major New Japan events.

The full press conference aired live on Facebook and can be viewed by clicking here.