IMPACT Wrestling hasn't had a TNA World Heavyweight Champion since March 2017, when the promotion rebranded. At the time, current champion Lashley held onto the title but it was renamed the IMPACT World Championship.
After three years away, the title belt returned last night during night two of the Rebellion pay-per-view. The original main event was scheduled to be a Triple Threat match for the IMPACT World Championship between Tessa Blancard, Eddie Edwards, and Michael Elgin. However, both Blanchard and Edwards were unable to make the show because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving Elgin alone in the ring.
With no opponents, Big Mike declared himself the winner and told the ring announcer to proclaim him as the new IMPACT World Champion. Before the ring announcer could complete his proclamation, Moose's music started playing and the former IMPACT Grand Champion made his way to the ring with the TNA World Heavyweight Championship wrapped around his waist. TNA original Hernandez then entered the IMPACT Zone and an impromptu Triple Threat match began.
Ultimately, after an evenly fought contest, Moose picked up the victory by hitting Hernandez with the No Jackhammer Needed Spear. He was then announced as the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion.