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Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) announced the first ever World Title Series to determine a new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. The rules are as followed:

Background[]

On October 7, 2015, it was announced that a tournament would take place, after TNA World Heavyweight Champion Matt Hardy vacated the title a day prior due to a legal injunction filed by former champion Ethan Carter III. The World Title Series places 32 wrestlers into 8 groups of 4, with the first round being under a round-robin format which was called Group Play. Also, for the first time ever, the Knockouts will have a chance to compete for the World Heavyweight Title.

Each winner in the round-robin matches is awarded 3 points, and a draw is worth 1 point for each, with each match having a 15-minute time limit. The two members of each group with the most points will advance to the final 16, where at that point the tournament switches to a single elimination format. So far, there have been two draws in the Aries/Carter (time limit) and Micah/Drake (count out) matches.

The winner of the tournament will become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

Group Play[]

These wrestlers qualified for the Round of 16 to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
These wrestlers were mathematically eliminated from the tournament during Group Play.


  • Group Champions
Place Wrestler Points Matches
1


Ethan Carter III 7


3


2


Lashley 6


3


3


Austin Aries 4


3


4


Mr. Anderson 0


3


  • Group UK
Place Wrestler Points Matches
1


Drew Galloway 9


3


2


Bram 6


3


3


Rockstar Spud 3


3


4


Grado 0


3


  • Group Knockouts
Place Wrestler Points Matches
1


Awesome Kong 6


3


Gail Kim 6


3


3


Brooke 3


3


Madison Rayne 3


3


  • Group Wildcard
Place Wrestler Points Matches
1


Mahabali Shera 9


3


2


Kenny King 6


3


3


Aiden O'Shea 3


3


4


Crazzy Steve 0


3



  • Group TNA Originals
Place Wrestler Points Matches
1


Bobby Roode 6


3


Eric Young 6


3


3


Abyss 3


3


James Storm 3


3


  • Group Tag Team Specialists
Place Wrestler Points Matches
1


Matt Hardy 9


3


2


Davey Richards 4


3


3


Robbie E 3


3


4


Eddie Edwards 1


3


  • Group X Division
Place Wrestler Points Matches
1


DJ Z 6


3


Tigre Uno 6


3


3


Manik 6


3


4


Mandrews 0


3


  • Group Future 4
Place Wrestler Points Matches
1


Eli Drake 7


3


2


Jessie Godderz 6


3


3


Micah 4


3


4


Crimson 0


3



TNA World Heavyweight Championship tournament[]

  Round of 16
(Impact Wrestling 12/2/15)
Round of 8
(Impact Wrestling 12/9/15)
Semifinals
(Impact Wrestling 1/5/16)
Finals
(Impact Wrestling 1/5/16)
                             
 Ethan Carter III Pin  
 DJ Z 6:13  
   Ethan Carter III Pin  
 
   Davey Richards  
 Bram 6:56
 Davey Richards Pin  
   Ethan Carter III  
   Lashley  
 Lashley Pin  
 Drew Galloway 10:39  
   Lashley Pin
 
   Mahabali Shera  
 Mahabali Shera Pin
 Eli Drake 3:20  
   Ethan Carter III
   Matt Hardy
 Tigre Uno Pin  
 Gail Kim 5:33  
   Tigre Uno
 
   Eric Young Pin  
 Eric Young Pin
 Kenny King 6:19  
   Eric Young
   Matt Hardy  
 Jessie Godderz Pin  
 Awesome Kong 3:12  
   Jessie Godderz
 
   Matt Hardy Pin  
 Bobby Roode 6:31
 Matt Hardy Pin  
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