This article contains spoilers about the latest set of IMPACT tapings, including appearances by the new IMPACT World Champion Christian Cage.
On the debut episode of AEW Rampage, Christian Cage upset Kenny Omega to claim the IMPACT World Championship.
The victory marked the first time that Cage has held a World Championship of any description since 2011. On that occasion, the Canadian beat Randy Orton to claim WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship.
In defeating Omega, Cage also claimed the TNA Heavyweight Championship. The title was initially brought back by Moose in February 2020 who declared himself champion. This led to a unification bout a year later, with Rich Swann winning both titles. Swann was later defeated by Kenny Omega who held the titles until August 13th.
Appearing at the latest tapings, Cage handed over the title to ring announcer Dave Penzer who took the belt to the back meaning it has now been retired.
At the taping, Christian Cage successfully defended the IMPACT World Title against Brian Myers. The match will appear on IMPACT Emergence.
Following a successful spell in WWE, Christian Cage signed with TNA back in 2005. Over the course of the next three years, Cage won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship on two occasions. At the time the championship represented TNA’s top prize. As a result, despite being a World Champion with the company, Cage has never previously held the TNA or IMPACT World Titles. The belt Christian won is currently held by Nick Aldis in NWA.
Despite his recent victory, the rivalry between Cage and Omega is far from over. The pair will meet one more time at AEW All Out on September 5th as Christian tries to add Omega’s AEW crown to his new IMPACT championship.
Since debuting in AEW, Cage has risen to the top of the singles rankings, remaining undefeated in the process.