Fresh off Moose ‘winning’ the TNA Heavyweight Championship at Night 2 of Rebellion, Impact looked to their past to dig up the 5 most controversial championship wins in the company’s history. It includes Samoa Joe flipping the bird to Sting and Jeff Jarrett being showered with trash.
5. Michael Shane and Frankie Kazarian as double champs - NWA TNA PPV #105 (July 28, 2004)
4. Cody Deaner claims Knockouts Championship - TNA Hard Justice (Aug. 16, 2009)
3. Booker T absconds with the belt - TNA Victory Road (July 13, 2008)
2. Jeff Jarrett’s attempted robbery - TNA Slammiversary (June 18, 2006)
1. Controversial double finish between Sting, Christian, and Kurt Angle - TNA Sacrifice (May 13, 2007)
The five moments include Shane and Kaz becoming X-Division co-champs after both grabbed the title and fell to the mat, Deaner snatching the Knockouts title from ODB after he pinned Velvet Sky, Sharmell making the three count for Booker T on Samoa Joe after Sting walloped Joe with a bat, referee Earl Hebner pushing Sting and Christian off a ladder so Jeff Jarrett could win, and a complicated finish as Sting pinned Christian but Angle had Sting in an ankle lock.
Two parts of that top 5 stuck out to me as memorable. The first was Samoa Joe having the chutzpah to flip the bird to Sting to create a great moment. Sting snapping with his baseball bat was equally great. It made me immediately want to see that feud. The second was the amount of trash being rained down on Jarrett when he finagled his way to another title victory. Make all the jokes you want about Jarrett crowning himself TNA champ, but that particular win showed how much heat he created. One skill Jarrett has mastered is being able to get booed vociferously.
Since we are revisiting Impact’s past, a famous analytical promo celebrated its birthday earlier this week. Steiner Math has turned 12 years old. Times flies at a 141 2⁄3 percent rate.
How do you rate Impact’s 5 most controversial championship wins? Which moments are missing?