List of TNA World Heavyweight Champions

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The TNA World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship owned by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion. From June 2002 to May 2007, TNA used the NWA World Heavyweight Championship as their primary championship due to an agreement with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). On May 13, 2007, the NWA abruptly ended the arrangement and retrieved control of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.[1] On the same night, TNA were set to host their annual Sacrifice pay-per-view (PPV) event, in which the NWA World Heavyweight Championship was to be defended by then-champion Christian Cage against Kurt Angle and Sting in a three-way match. Angle won the match and on the following episode of TNA's television program Impact! on May 17, was declared the new "TNA World Heavyweight Champion".[2][3] He was stripped of the championship later in the program, with Management Director Jim Cornette citing a problematic finish to the PPV match.[4] The ownership of the championship was decided on June 17, 2007 at TNA's Slammiversary PPV event in a King of the Mountain match involving Angle, Cage, A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, and Chris Harris, which Angle won.[5]

Being a professional wrestling championship, the title 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; reigns that occurred on Impact Wrestling usually air on tape delay and as such are listed with the day the tapings occurred, rather than the air date. Angle holds the record for most reigns, with six. At 256 days, Bobby Roode's first reign is the longest in the title's history. Angle's first reign holds the record for shortest reign in the title's history at one day. The championship is currently held by Bobby Lashley. Overall, there have been 37 reigns shared among 19 wrestlers, with four vacancies.

Title history[edit]

For a list of World Heavyweight Champions in TNA between 2002 and 2007, see List of NWA World Heavyweight Champions.

As of September 26, 2016.

# Order in reign history
Reign The reign number for the specific set of wrestlers listed
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the titles were won
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
# Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes Ref(s)
1 Kurt Angle 1 May 13, 2007 1 Orlando, Florida Sacrifice Angle defeated Sting and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Christian Cage in a three–way match to become the inaugural champion after NWA Executive Director Robert Trobich stripped Christian Cage of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and ended NWA's business relations with TNA earlier that day.[6] [2][7]
Vacated May 14, 2007 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! Angle was stripped of the championship due to a double–fall result of the three–way match at Sacrifice. This episode aired on tape delay on May 17, 2007. [3][4][6]
2 Kurt Angle 2 June 17, 2007 119 Nashville, Tennessee Slammiversary Angle defeated Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, Christian Cage, and Chris Harris in a King of the Mountain match to win the vacant championship. After the event, Angle's reign and the vacancy were no longer recognized, and thus is viewed to be the start of the title's history. As of 2015, TNA counts Angle's previous reign to his credit without detailing why, thus giving loose recognition towards that reign. [5][8]
3 Sting 1 October 14, 2007 2 Duluth, Georgia Bound for Glory [9][10]
4 Kurt Angle 3 October 16, 2007 180 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! This episode aired on tape delay on October 25, 2007. [11][12]
5 Samoa Joe 1 April 13, 2008 182 Lowell, Massachusetts Lockdown This was a six sides of steel cage match. [13][14]
6 Sting 2 October 12, 2008 189 Hoffman Estates, Illinois Bound for Glory [15][16]
7 Mick Foley 1 April 19, 2009 63 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Lockdown This was a six sides of steel cage match. [17][18]
8 Kurt Angle 4 June 21, 2009 91 Auburn Hills, Michigan Slammiversary This was a King of the Mountain match, also involving Samoa Joe, Jeff Jarrett, and A.J. Styles. [19][20]
9 A.J. Styles 1 September 20, 2009 211 Orlando, Florida No Surrender This was a five–way match also involving Sting, Matt Morgan and Hernandez. [21][22]
10 Rob Van Dam 1 April 19, 2010 113 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! [23][24]
Vacated August 10, 2010 Orlando, Florida TNA Impact! The title was vacated due to Rob Van Dam suffering a storyline injury. This episode aired on tape delay on August 19, 2010. [25][26]
11 Jeff Hardy 1 October 10, 2010 91 Daytona Beach, Florida Bound for Glory Hardy defeated Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson in a three–way tournament final to win the vacant title. Per the pre-match stipulation, Angle (in storyline) was forced to retire. [27][28]
12 Mr. Anderson 1 January 9, 2011 35 Orlando, Florida Genesis [29][30]
13 Jeff Hardy 2 February 13, 2011 11 Orlando, Florida Against All Odds This was a ladder match. [31][32]
14 Sting 3 February 24, 2011 108 Fayetteville, North Carolina TNA Impact! This episode aired on tape delay on March 3, 2011. [33][34]
15 Mr. Anderson 2 June 12, 2011 29 Orlando, Florida Slammiversary [35][36]
16 Sting 4 July 11, 2011 27 Orlando, Florida Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on July 14, 2011. [37][38]
17 Kurt Angle 5 August 7, 2011 72 Orlando, Florida Hardcore Justice [39][40]
18 James Storm 1 October 18, 2011 8 Orlando, Florida Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on October 20, 2011. [41][42]
19 Bobby Roode 1 October 26, 2011 256 Macon, Georgia Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on November 3, 2011. [43][44]
20 Austin Aries 1 July 8, 2012 98 Orlando, Florida Destination X Aries voluntarily vacated the X Division Championship in exchange for a TNA World Heavyweight Championship title shot at the event. [45][46]
21 Jeff Hardy 3 October 14, 2012 147 Phoenix, Arizona Bound for Glory [47][48]
22 Bully Ray 1 March 10, 2013 130 San Antonio, Texas Lockdown This was a steel cage match. [49][50]
23 Chris Sabin 1 July 18, 2013 28 Louisville, Kentucky Impact Wrestling: Destination X Sabin voluntarily vacated the X Division Championship in exchange for a TNA World Heavyweight Championship title shot at the event. [51]
24 Bully Ray 2 August 15, 2013 66 Norfolk, Virginia Impact Wrestling: Hardcore Justice This was a steel cage match. [52]
25 A.J. Styles 2 October 20, 2013 9 San Diego, California Bound for Glory This was a no–disqualifications match. [53]
Vacated October 29, 2013 TNA President Dixie Carter announced via Twitter that Styles had been stripped of the title due to a contract dispute. Styles continued to carry around the championship belt proclaiming himself champion in the storyline. [54]
26 Magnus 1 December 3, 2013 128 Orlando, Florida Impact Wrestling: Final Resolution Defeated Jeff Hardy in a tournament final to win the vacant title. This was a Dixieland match which aired on tape delay on December 19, 2013. On the January 9, 2014 episode of Impact Wrestling (taped December 6, 2013), A.J. Styles returned claiming to be the legitimate TNA World Champion as he was never defeated for the title (though not recognized as such by TNA). Magnus defeated him later that night to become the undisputed champion. [55]
27 Eric Young 1 April 10, 2014 70 Orlando, Florida Impact Wrestling If Magnus had been counted out or disqualified he would have lost the title.
If anyone had interfered in the match they would have been fired.
[56]
28 Lashley 1 June 19, 2014 91 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Impact Wrestling If anyone besides MVP or Kenny King had interfered they would have been fired.
29 Bobby Roode 2 September 18, 2014 111 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on October 29, 2014. Kurt Angle was the special guest referee.
30 Lashley 2 January 7, 2015 24 New York, New York Impact Wrestling
31 Kurt Angle 6 January 31, 2015 145 London, England Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on March 20, 2015.
32 Ethan Carter III 1 June 25, 2015 101 Orlando, Florida Impact Wrestling This episode aired on tape delay on July 1, 2015.
33 Matt Hardy 1 October 4, 2015 2 Concord, North Carolina Bound for Glory This was a three way match also involving Drew Galloway with Jeff Hardy as Special Guest Referee.
Vacated October 6, 2015 Vacated due to a legal injunction filed by Ethan Carter III as part of the storyline. [57]
34 Ethan Carter III 2 January 5, 2016 3 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Impact Wrestling Carter defeated Matt Hardy in the finals of the TNA World Title Series to win the vacant title. [58]
35 Matt Hardy 2 January 8, 2016 67 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Impact Wrestling This was a Last Man Standing match. Had Hardy not won, he would have left TNA. This episode aired on tape delay on January 19, 2016. [59]
36 Drew Galloway 1 March 15, 2016 89 Orlando, Florida Impact Wrestling Galloway invoked his Feast or Fired title opportunity to challenge Hardy for the championship and win the title. [60][61]
37 Lashley 3 June 12, 2016 106+ Orlando, Florida Slammiversary This was a Knockout Or Tapout Only Match. On July 13, 2016, Lashley also won the TNA X Division Championship defeating then-champion Eddie Edwards in a title vs. title steel cage match. On August 11, 2016, Lashley also won the TNA King of the Mountain Championship defeating then-champion James Storm in a title vs. titles match. The following day, Lashley retired the TNA King of the Mountain Championship and vacated the X Division Championship. [62]

Combined reigns[edit]

Record six-time champion Kurt Angle
Two-time champion Bobby Roode, whose first reign lasted 256 days - which is the longest in the title's history.

As of September 26, 2016.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Kurt Angle 6 608
2 Bobby Roode 2 367
3 Sting 4 326
4 Jeff Hardy 3 249
5 Lashley 3 221+
6 A.J. Styles 2 220
7 Bully Ray 2 196
8 Samoa Joe 1 182
9 Magnus 1 128
10 Rob Van Dam 1 113
11 Ethan Carter III 2 104
12 Austin Aries 1 98
13 Drew Galloway 1 89
14 Eric Young 1 70
15 Matt Hardy 2 69
16 Mr. Anderson 2 64
17 Mick Foley 1 63
18 Chris Sabin 1 28
19 James Storm 1 8

See also[edit]

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