Moose has revealed the original plans for bringing back the TNA World Championship involved a match familiar to TNA fans – the King Of The Mountain Match.
Moose declared himself TNA World Champion in IMPACT Wrestling in April 2020. On the second night of the Rebellion event, Moose would defeat Michael Elgin and Hernandez. After the match, Moose brought out the old TNA Title belt that hadn’t been used since TNA rebranded to IMPACT Wrestling.
However, Moose has discussed the original plan for bringing back the title included the special match. IMPACT had announced TNA: There’s No Place Like Home, an event bringing back some of the company’s former stars. That was due to take place in April 2020 but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A King Of The Mountain match had been announced for the event but none of the competitors had been. Speaking on Da Call Up podcast, Moose explained that the match would have crowned a TNA World Champion.
“We were supposed to have a show in Tampa [TNA: No Place Like Home] and there was a King of the Mountain match with five or six of us, with me being one of them, and it was going to be for the TNA Heavyweight Title. They were going to bring it back. That show got cancelled due to COVID and we had to find a way to still have the belt on the show. Management thought of the idea, ‘Moose, you’re a badass, just grab the title and claim you’re the champion’. That’s what I did. That run changed my whole career, especially the stuff I did with EC3. That changed me from a Floyd Mayweather-type to a Mike Tyson-type to where I just want to hurt people and beat people up.”
Moose’s run as TNA World Champion came to an end at Sacrifice in March 2021. IMPACT Wrestling World Champion Rich Swann would defeat Moose to unify the titles. Swann is now due to face AEW World Champion Kenny Omega in a ‘Title vs. Title’ match at this year’s Rebellion event.