On Thursday’s Impact Wrestling, Christian Cage retired the TNA World title.

The new Impact World Champion came out for an in-ring promo in his first appearance for the company in more than a decade. He said that despite the history of the title, it was time to focus on the now instead of then and respectfully retire it. He then handed the belt to ring announcer David Penzer who took the title away as the crowd chanted “TNA.”

Cage won both the Impact and TNA title belts last Friday on AEW Rampage when he beat Kenny Omega. 

The title was originally retired on March 2nd, 2017, after TNA was rebranded to Impact Wrestling. The championship had served as the flagship belt of the promotion when it was introduced in 2007.

It was reintroduced at the Rebellion pay-per-view in 2020 when then-Impact Champion Tessa Blanchard and challenger Eddie Edwards couldn’t appear at the event. Moose, Michael Elgin and Hernandez had a three-way match for the vacant title, which Moose ended up winning.

Although a new Impact champion was crowned a few months later, Moose regularly defended the TNA belt throughout 2020 and into 2021. He lost the belt to then-Impact champion Rich Swann in a title unification match at March 2001’s Sacrifice before Swann lost both belts to Omega a month later. 

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