Aries goes for a pin on everyone and the crowd chants 'Sign Them All'. Ion lays in to Aries with a series of forearms, and he backdrops Aries to the apron, but Aries comes back with a neckbreaker, snapping Ion's neck against the middle rope. Aries goes to the top, but he's stopped cold by a huge kick from Low Ki. Ki pins Aries but can only get a two count. Ki drags Aries to the corner of the ring and goes to the top but he's caught with a huge hurricarana from Jack Evans, but it's only good for a two count. Evans calls for the 630, but Ion cuts it off. Ion connects with the 450 on Ki but Aries breaks up the pin with a big elbow drop. Evans goes for the 630 but Ki gets his knees up. Aries kicks Evans in the top of the head before hitting a huge impact dropkick in the corner on Ki. Aries hits a big brainbuster on Ki, pins him, and gets the three count.
Winner and NEW Impact Wrestling Roster Member: Austin Aries
THAT MATCH WAS f--kING SICK!!!
So Cal Val is ringside with the contract and a mic. Aries asks if anyone is surprised. He says he's said it once, and he'll say it again, he's the greatest man that ever lived.
Abyss is shown backstage reading 'The Art of War'. He says Kendrick thinks tonight will be a moral victory for the X Division and he might be right, but tonight Abyss will teach him a lesson in pain and humiliation. He says no nation has ever benefitted from prolonged warfare. He says when the end is near and it's time for Kendrick to die, he'll make it quick. But not too quick.
- We get a video package detailing the events that have led up to the X Division Championship, as well as thoughts from Abyss, Kendrick and Eric Bischoff.
X Division Championship Match
Abyss vs. Brian Kendrick
The bell ring and Kendrick lays in to Abyss with a couple of kicks to the legs but Abyss shrugs it off. Kendrick uses his speed to avoid blows from Abyss, but when Kendrick goes for a big cross body Kendrick bounces off of Abyss. Abyss lays in with a huge clubbing blow across Kendrick's back. Abyss goes for a splash but Kendrick avoids it and attempts to mount Abyss in the corner with a series of punches but Abyss fights him off and puts Kendrick down to the mat. Kendrick comes back with more kicks to the leg, but Abyss grabs Kendrick around the throat. Kendrick bites Abyss' fingers so Abyss fights Kendrick off. Abyss throws KEndrick out to the floor.
Abyss lays in with more big blows across Kendrick's back before sending him back into the ring. Abyss puts Kendrick up in the corner and hits a big open hand slap to Kendrick's chest. Abyss goes for another splash, but Kendrick comes back, throwing himself into Abyss. Abyss extends the leg in a big boot a takes Kendrick out. Abyss finally connects with a big splash in the corner and Kendrick crumples.
Abyss drops down to the knee in the corner to read a bit of 'The Art of War'. Kendrick tries to fight Abyss a bit, but Abyss takes it right to Kendrick, pounding him with punches to the back of the head. Kendrick struggles to get back up to his feet, using the ropes to support himself. Abyss picks up the book again and Kendrick comes up with a huge forearm that stuns Abyss and opens him up above the eye. Kendrick uses his speed to avoid more shots from Abyss and connects with a dropkick that sends Abyss to the outside. Kendrick dives through the ropes and connects with Abyss, dropping the monster. Kendrick avoids a charging Abyss and Abyss crashes into the ring steps. Back in the ring Kendrick goes to the top and connects with a cross body for two. Kendrick goes to the apron and back to the top, connecting with a missile dropkick for another two count.
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