WWE Superstar and former member of the Shield
On the July 10, 2014 edition of TNA IMPACT, Austin Aries challenged TNA X Division champion Sanada for the title. After a good back-and-forth match, Aries hit the 450 Splash for the victory.
Austin Aries is once again the TNA X Division champion!
Here is a recap of the match:
X Division championship: Austin Aries vs. TNA X Division champion Sanada
Aries starts things off with the hook up and an arm bar. Sanada battles out with a take down and a drop kick and an arm bar. Sanada throws him off the rope and locks in an abdominal stretch. Aries tries to get out of it, but Sanada rolls him around the ring finally resulting in a pin attempt. Aries kicks out and knocks Sanada out of the ring, climbs the ropes, and comes crashing down on Sanada to the outside.
Aries gets Sanada back in and gets a few more shots in. After a flying elbow, Aries climbs the ropes again. Sanada, however, counters with a drop kick has Aries comes flying down. He throws Aries in the corner and comes running towards him. Aries counters with a shoulder block, but Sanada comes back by knocking out Aries to the floor. They return to the ring, and Sanada hit the springboard. Sanada goes for the German Suplex, but Aries counters. Sanada then counters Aries’ next move and goes for the pin attempt.
They get into the corner and they exchange chops. Sanada gets Aries down and climbs for a moonsault. Aries runs and knocks him down. However, Sanada battles back with a few moves and hits the moonsault. However, Aries kicks out of the pin attempts. Aries battles back with a couple drop kicks, an elbow smash, and finally hits the brainbuster. Sanada kicks out. Aries climbs the ropes and hits the 450 Splash. One. Two. Three. We have a new X Division Champion.
Winner: Austin Aries, new X Division champion