The Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship (aka TNA World Heavyweight Championship) is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship owned by Impact Wrestling (TNA). It is currently the highest ranked championship in Impact Wrestling. It was unveiled on May 14, 2007 at the taping of TNA's primary television program, TNA Impact!; this episode of Impact! did not air until May 17, 2007. The inaugural champion was Kurt Angle.

Before the TNA / Impact World Heavyweight Championship was created, TNA held control over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship due to an agreement between TNA and the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), the organization which owned the NWA Championship. In 2007, the agreement between TNA and the NWA ended, leading to the creation of the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. TNA recognize NWA Title holders as TNA Champions.

On July 1 2015, Pro Wrestling Illustrated stopped recognizing the championship as a World Championship.

Championship LineageEdit

Title Change Dates are TV Airing Dates

NWA World Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

The NWA Title was vacated on May 28, 2002 when Dan Severn was stripped of the title after failing to make a defense in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. The Title was made exclusive to TNA.

Vacated — May 13, 2007 Cage was stripped of the championship when the NWA regained control of the title.

TNA World Heavyweight ChampionshipEdit

Vacated — May 17, 2007

Vacated — August 19, 2010

Vacated — October 29, 2013 - Storyline Vacation

Vacated - October 8 2015 - Vacated due to a legal injunction filed by Ethan Carter III

Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship - March 2 2017Edit

VACATED - August 14, 2017 - Vacated due to Alberto El Patrón's suspension.

Global Force Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship Aug 17 17Edit

Impact Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship - Nov 5 17Edit

See AlsoEdit

Total Nonstop Action / Impact Wrestling, TNA Championships