Aron Rex (formerly Damien Sandow) debuted on Impact Wrestling 90 days after being released from WWE earlier this year. Many fans saw this as a chance for the man to succeed now that he was away from the confines of Vince McMahon’s company.
Tonight at Bound for Glory (Oct. 2, 2016), Rex found some of that success by winning the first ever TNA Grand Championship in a match against Eddie Edwards.
The new title is fought under a hybrid pro wrestling and MMA style rules, with three rounds of five minutes that the judges score. If someone doesn’t win by pinfall or submission, the judges score the round.
Rex won by split decision after it went to the final round, and gives the former Miz Stunt Double his first singles title on a televised promotion.
It looks like for the time being, Aron Rex is getting that chance people hoped he would get in TNA, and hopefully he becomes a big star on Impact (or elsewhere depending on the company’s future) as he more than likely should have been in WWE.
Later in the show, Rex’s former tag team partner in WWE, Cody Rhodes, made his official TNA debut alongside his wife Brandi as they confronted Maria Kanellis and Michael Bennett.