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Rob Van Dam wins the TNA World Heavyweight title last night on Impact

New TNA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Vam Dam (Wikimedia Commons)
New TNA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Vam Dam (Wikimedia Commons)

TNA capitalized on WWE's creative chaos caused by the Raw roster being stranded in the UK by putting on an unusually focused, wrestling heavy show built around Rob Van Dam beating both Jeff Hardy and A.J. Styles in singles matches on the same night to become the new TNA World Heavyweight champion.  The title change was put over big by giving it all the trimmings (i.e. a confetti celebration with all the top babyface stars including Dixie Carter, Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, Jeff Hardy, Jeff Jarrett and many more).  Hopefully TNA learns the right lesson from this well received, memorable show that less is often more and not the wrong lesson that World title changes are an easy way to create a buzz and hotshot ratings, because the law of diminishing marginal returns will soon kick in if they start changing the title willy nilly on free TV all the time.  The reason why this title change was so impactful was because TNA had the restraint to keep the title on A.J. Styles for just over seven months.

In a more detailed look at the show, James Caldwell of the Pro Wrestling Torch called this episode of Impact "a ray of sunlight emerging from a dark cloud that was hovering over the TNA product".

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