13. On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (July 8, 2012) – Austin Aries Wins TNA World Heavyweight Championship
On this day in pro wrestling history on July 8, 2012, Austin Aries defeated Bobby Roode in the main event of TNA Destination X 2012 PPV to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. This ended up being Aries’ first & only World Title run in TNA.
Also at this PPV, Kurt Angle faced Samoa Joe in a “Bound For Glory” series match, AJ Styles faced Christopher Daniels in a “Last Man Standing” match and Zema Ion became the new TNA X-Division Champion (after Aries gave up the Title to get a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship). You can watch Aries’ World Title win below:
Below are the results from this PPV:
– Fatal 4 Way match to determine the final qualifier for the TNA X Division Championship Tournament: Mason Andrews def. Rubix, Dakota Darsow and Lars Only
– X Division Championship Tournament Semi-Final match: Mason Andrews def. Kid Kash
– X Division Championship Tournament Semi-Final match: Kenny King def. Douglas Williams
– X Division Championship Tournament Semi-Final match: Sonjay Dutt def. Rashad Cameron
– X Division Championship Tournament Semi-Final match: Zema Ion def. Flip Cassanova
– Bound for Glory Series match: Samoa Joe def. Kurt Angle
– Last Man Standing match: AJ Styles def. Christopher Daniels
– Ultimate X Tournament Final match for the vacant TNA X Division Championship: Zema Ion def. Mason Andrews, Kenny King and Sonjay Dutt to win the Title.
– TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Austin Aries def. Bobby Roode (c) to win the Title.