TNA Television Championship
|TNA Television Championship|
Second-time and current champion Abyss
|Date won||June 2, 2013 (currently on hiatus)|
|Promotion||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)|
|Date established||October 23, 2008|
The TNA Television Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion. It was introduced on the October 23, 2008 episode of TNA's television program TNA Impact! as the "TNA Legends Championship". It since has been known as the "TNA Global Championship" and its current name the "TNA Television Championship".
As a professional wrestling championship, it is won via a scripted ending to a match or awarded to a wrestler because of a storyline. All title changes have occurred at TNA-promoted events thus far. There have been a total of sixteen reigns among twelve wrestlers. The first champion was Booker T. The current champion is Abyss, who is in his second reign. The championship has not been seen within the past few months on television or at live events as it has since been on a hiatus after Abyss captured it from Devon on June 2, 2013 at TNA's Slammiversary XI and will be resumed at a later time.
The title was introduced during a storyline that pitted young talent within the company (The TNA Front Line) against veterans of professional wrestling (The Main Event Mafia). In the weeks leading up to the unveiling of the physical belt, Booker T carried around a steel briefcase. On the October 23, 2008 episode of TNA Impact!, Booker T introduced the belt by removing it from the steel briefcase, announcing its name as the "TNA Legends Championship", and declaring himself the first champion. He went on to state that the championship was his and that he would defend it when he saw fit; this meant that the championship was unsanctioned by TNA in the storyline. On March 15, 2009 at TNA's Destination X pay-per-view (PPV) event, A.J. Styles defeated Booker T to win the championship. Afterwards on the March 19, 2009 episode of TNA Impact!, Styles was credited as becoming the first-ever TNA Grand Slam Champion, by winning the World Heavyweight (NWA or TNA), the World Tag Team (NWA or TNA), and the TNA X Division Championship along with the Legends Championship. Management Director Jim Cornette then announced that the TNA Legends Championship had become an official TNA sanctioned championship thanks to Styles defeating Booker T for it legally via the contract the two had signed to make the match official (in storyline terms).
On the October 29, 2009 episode of Impact!, then-champion Eric Young renamed the title the "TNA Global Championship". He went on to declare that he was not going to defend it against any American wrestlers nor on American soil. However, Young's first defense was on the December 10, 2009 episode of TNA Impact! on American soil in Orlando, Florida against Japanese female wrestler Hamada. Young's second, third and fourth defense lived up to his earlier decree, when he defended against Suicide in Glasgow, Hamada in Bournemouth, and - unsuccessfully - against Welsh wrestler Rob Terry in Cardiff, Wales at a live event on January 27, 2010. On the July 22 episode of Impact!, Terry lost the Global Championship to A.J. Styles, who renamed the title the "TNA Television Championship" on the episode of July 29.
On the April 19, 2012, episode of Impact Wrestling, TNA General Manager Hulk Hogan ordered that the TNA Television Championship must be defended every week on Impact Wrestling. The weekly title defenses lasted until the June 21, 2012, episode of Impact Wrestling.
The inaugural champion was Booker T, who awarded the championship to himself on the October 23, 2008 episode of TNA Impact!. At 192 days, Devon's first reign is the longest in the title's history. Kevin Nash's first reign holds the record for shortest reign in the title's history at three days. A.J. Styles, Nash, Eric Young, Devon, and Abyss are all tied for record of most reigns, with two each. Styles and Young are the only champions to have held the title under all three of its names, each having been responsible in storyline for one of the name changes.
The current champion is Abyss, who is in his record tying second reign. He defeated Devon on June 2, 2013 at Slammiversary XI in Boston, MA. Overall, there have been seventeen reigns among twelve wrestlers.
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