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Jeff Jarrett with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

The TNA World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship contested for in the iMPACT brand of WWE dfor Extreme (WWEFE, or just WWE). After the formation of TNA in June 2002, the company executives signed a contractual agreement with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) that allowed them control of the NWA World Heavyweight and World Tag Team Championships. TNA subsequently changed their name to NWA–TNA, making them an official subsidiary of the NWA in the process.

The NWA World Heavyweight and World Tag Team Championships were contested for in TNA until the morning of November 27, 2006. On that day, WWE for Extreme purchased TNA and all of its properties, effectively severing any connection to the NWA. In a press release, it was revealed that effective that morning, then-NWA World Heavyweight Champion Abyss and the 3Live Kru trio of B.G. James, Ron Killings and Konnan, then-NWA World Tag Team Champions, were stripped of their respective championships. That Thursday, iMPACT! aired under WWE's banner, and the TNA Championship and TNA Tag Team Championship belts were debuted, alongside the Canadian Championship.

Title reigns are determined either by professional wrestling matches between different wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines, or by scripted circumstances. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches for the championship. The inaugural champion was Jeff Jarrett, who became the champion after defeating Chris Hunter on November 30, 2006 on iMPACT! Jeff Jarrett has the most reigns, with three. At 42 days, Chris Hunter's second reign is the longest in the title's history. David Styles has the shortest reign in the titles history with his second reign lasting less than a day. The title is currently retired after WWE closed its iMPACT! brand.

Title historyEdit

# Order of reigns in 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 in order to not count it as an official reign
# Wrestler Reigns Date Days held Location Event Notes
1
Jarrett, JefJef Jarrett
1
02006-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr November 30, 2006
3
Orlando, Florida
Jarrett defeated Chris Hunter to become the inaugural champion.
2
Hunter, ChrisChris Hunter
1
02006-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr December 3, 2006
14
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3
Matt, RefugeeRefugee Matt
1
02006-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr December 17, 2006
4
Augusta, Georgia
This was a Three Way Dance also involving Jeff Jarrett.
4
Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett
2
02006-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr December 21, 2006
38
Orlando, Florida
5
Styles, DavidDavid Styles
1
02007-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr January 28, 2007
11
San Antonio, Texas
This was a No Holds Barred match.
Vacated
02007-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr August 2, 2007
Orlando, Florida
Styles was forced to vacate the title while he had reconstructive surgery performed on his torso.
6
Hunter, ChrisChris Hunter
2
02007-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr February 18, 2007
42
Los Angeles, California
Hunter defeated Refugee Matt in a Six Sides of Steel Dog Collar match for the vacant title.
7
Styles, DavidDavid Styles
2
02007-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr April 1, 2007
0
Detroit, Michigan
Vacated
02007-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr April 1, 2007
Detroit, Michigan
Styles retired that night, vacating the championship within minutes of winning it.
8
Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett
3
02007-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr April 12, 2007
0
Orlando, Florida
Jarrett defeated Refugee Tim and Chris Starr in a Three Way Dance to win the vacant championship.
Retired
02007-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr April 12, 2007
Orlando, Florida
On April 12, 2007, WWE officially closed its iMPACT! brand. The title was retired, although Jarrett would continue to wear the belt for months as part of his gimmick, his reign officially ended an hour after he won the title.

List of combined reignsEdit

Rank Wrestler # of reigns Combined days
1 Morgan, ChrisChris Morgan 2 56
2 Jarrett, JeffJeff Jarrett 3 41
3 Styles, DavidDavid Styles 2 11
4 Matt, RefugeeRefugee Matt 1 4

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