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The TNA World Tag Team Championship was a world tag team championship owned by the Impact Wrestling promotion. It is primarily contested within Impacts's tag team division. It was created and debuted on May 14, 2007 at the taping of TNA's primary television program, TNA Impact!. It was officially introduced worldwide on the May 17, 2007 edition of TNA's online podcast TNA Today.

NWA World Tag Team Championship

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling formed in May 2002. Later that same year, TNA were granted control over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and NWA World Tag Team Championship by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) governing body, subsequently becoming an official NWA territory as NWA–TNA. On June 19, 2002, NWA–TNA held its first show: a weekly pay-per-view (PPV) event. TNA crowned the first TNA–era NWA World Tag Team Champions at their third weekly PPV event on July 3, 2002, when the team of A.J. Styles and Jerry Lynn defeated The Rainbow Express (Bruce Lane and Lenny Lane) in a tournament final to win the championship

Creation of the TNA Titles

The NWA World Heavyweight and World Tag Team Championships were contested for in TNA until the morning of May 13, 2007. On that day, NWA's Executive Director Robert Trobich announced that the NWA were ending their five–year agreement with TNA, which had allowed them full control over both titles. Trobich went on to state that effective that morning, then-NWA World Heavyweight Champion Christian Cage and the Team 3D pairing of Brother Devon and Brother Ray, then-NWA World Tag Team Champions, were stripped of their respective championships. The motivation behind these actions was that Cage refused to defend the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against wrestlers from NWA territories. That same day, TNA were scheduled to produce their Sacrifice PPV event, in which both Cage and Team 3D were to defend their respective championships. On the card, Cage was scheduled to defend the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Kurt Angle and Sting in a Three-Way match. Team 3D were set to defend the NWA World Tag Team Championship against the team of Scott Steiner and Tomko and the team made up of Hernandez and Homicide, who were known as The Latin American Xchange (LAX), in another Three Way match.

That night before each contest, the on-screen graphic used to refer to the champions and their respective championships, credited both Cage and Team 3D as still being NWA Champions. However, the ring announcers for the encounters proclaimed the matches as being strictly for the "World Heavyweight Championship" or the "World Tag Team Championship". Team 3D defeated Steiner and Tomko and LAX in the first Three Way championship bout to retain the "World Tag Team Championship". In the second Three Way championship encounter, Kurt Angle defeated Cage and Sting to win the "World Heavyweight Championship".

On May 17, 2007, Jeremy Borash and TNA's primary authority figure at the time, Jim Cornette, unveiled the TNA World Tag Team Championship belt on that day's edition of TNA's online podcast TNA Today and awarded it to Team 3D; in the process making them the first official champions. TNA still recognize NWA Title holders in TNA as TNA Championships making the TNA exclusive part of the NWA lineage defacto TNA Title lineage.

In 2017 when TNA was purchased by Anthem Sports, the TNA name was dropped and the titles were recreated as the Impact Wrestling (Breifly GFW Tag Team Chmpionships.

Championship Lineage

TV Airdates used where appropriate

NWA World Tag Team Championship

Vacated - June 28, 2002 - The Shanes vacate the titles per request of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, who gets full control over the titles.

Vacated - August 14, 2002

Vacated - February 5, 2003

Vacated - March 3, 2004

Vacated - October 5, 2005

TNA World Tag Team Championship

Vacated — April 17, 2008

Vacated — June 17, 2010

Vacated — May 1, 2015

Vacated - May 8 2015

Vacated - March 1 2007 - The Hardys refused to resign with TNA

Championship became the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championship on March 30 2017

See Also

Total Nonstop Action / Impact Wrestling -- NWA World Tag Team Championship