Video: Rob Van Dam's X Division title reign ends not with a bang but a whimper

Well, this was about as anticlimactic an ending as possible to Rob Van Dam's run with the X Division title. Cue criticism of TNA for how this was handled.

It should come as no surprise, really, that Rob Van Dam lost the X Division championship to Kenny King on an episode of Impact Wrestling on Spike TV. TNA is, after all, in the television business more than the pay-per-view (PPV) business, or at least that's the way the shows have always been booked.

But for RVD's title reign to end like this?

For starters, it doesn't make any sense, no matter what TNA's track record says. Yes, title changes frequently occur on free TV but if the idea behind changing its entire PPV model this year was to boost buys, it does no one any favors to have title changes two weeks before a major event.

What really made this so awful was the apparent botched finish. Van Dam missed a 450 splash and King went for the pinfall but referee Earl Hebner accidentally slaps Van Dam's outstretched arm during the three count, gets confused on how to handle it, then just stands up and says there is no fall.

What a mess.

King got up and hit the Royal Flush to get the pin right after and that was that for Van Dam's title run. "History made," shouts the commentary team, head firmly placed where the sun does not shine.

And that's that.

For complete results and reactions from Impact Wrestling last night click here and here.

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