Impact Grand Championship - Could The Format Be Used Better Elsewhere?
The Impact Grand Championship was introduced late last year in TNA, now GFW, and it's this somewhat heartfelt attempt at blurring the lines a bit between professional wrestling and fighting. The outline of matches for the title are as follows:
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.
For some reason, the whole Impact Grand Championship thing just popped into my head and I almost never consciously thing anything about TNA/GFW and haven't for a long time. It's an interesting concept but one thing that takes me out of it are the 3 minute rounds as it just seems much too short for the match to really get out of 1st gear. With a few tweaks, this is something that you'd think would fit right in with wrestling companies that promote themselves more along the lines of being sports rather than entertainment like New Japan, Ring of Honor or, to a lesser extent, even NXT.
I'd extend the rounds to 10 minutes each with a 60 or 90 second rest period. As for the judges, I'd do something like picking seemingly three random wrestlers from the back; every so often, animosity between a judge and one of the wrestlers who doesn't agree with said judge's decision following a match can be used to form a feud between them. Various challengers would also have to compete in "Fighting Spirit matches" as a means of helping determine who goes after the champion, none of this "if you defeat the champion, hen you get a championship match" stuff as that always seemed ass backwards to me since you're supposed to "move your way up the ranks" to earn a title shot by beating other competitors.
But yeah, as I said, I could see something like this being a strong mid-card title in New Japan, Ring of Honor, possibly NXT with a few modifications as they're more inclined towards the sports aspect of sports entertainment.
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