Over the past nine months, Impact Wrestling has used the grand championship as an opportunity to capitalize on the popularity of mixed martial arts. The idea behind this new belt/division was to introduce a new match style to fans where wrestlers would compete under MMA style rules. This contest consists of three separate rounds with a three-minute time limit per round and a ten point must scoring system. While the company has managed to copy the format of an MMA bout successfully, they continue to overlook one aspect that was vital to the success of the sport. The majority of contest in MMA are nontitle fights between two fighters in a particular division. The system allows a fighter to earn a title shot by defeating multiple people in the division over the course of several bouts. Furthermore, it allows fans to follow a fighters trajectory which makes it easier to understand how they earned the number one contender spot. Unfortunately, Impact has ignored that system as they have been giving title shots to wrestlers who haven’t earned it. For example, Impact management gave Marshe Rockett a title shot because he asked their champion “Moose” for one on social media.
Therefore if Impact Wrestling wants to make the grand championship a staple of their organization, they need to figure out a system where wrestlers can go about earning a title shot. As a result, I suggest that the company create a ten man tournament to develop a ranking system where a wrestler’s ranking would be based on when he is eliminated. For instance, if a wrestler won the tournament he would get the next title shot but if he were the first elimination his ranking would be tenth. After the tournament is over, the champion would face the number one contender at a later date, and the rest of the wrestlers would fight each other to climb the rankings. Furthermore, if a new person wants to enter the mix, he must beat all ten wrestlers to get a shot. On the other hand, if the company isn’t committed to the idea it should be scrapped.