We all remember the glory days of the X-Division. We remember how it was the thing that everybody talked about in TNA. It started with its first championship where you had Psychosis, Low Ki, Jerry Lynn and AJ Styles. Ricky Steamboat was the referee and AJ Styles rose up to become the first X-Division Champion. Now, years later, TNA run by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan, has gone and buried the whole damn thing.
They buried it when they took out the six sided ring just as they have with taking out Ultimate X. To those that say that the four sided ring is better for TNA than the six sided ring, two words for you: Fuck You. What made the Six Sides unique was that it was a style that you only found in TNA. It left room for more creativity and more room to grow for a lot of guys. Besides, the four sided ring looks a lot smaller, just like WCW. In case any of you have forgotten, that ring was so small that the guys in it were walking to the ropes and not running to them. Nobody ever heard of walking to the ropes or jogging to the ropes. And as for Ultimate X, it took what the Ladder Matches and the TLC Matches did and took it to the next level. Some of the biggest high risk bumps and moves that anyone ever saw came out of the Ultimate X. Don’t believe me, check out Final Resolution where you saw Chris Sabin vs Petey Williams vs AJ Styles.
Then you look at the guys that have held the X-Division title. Guys like AJ Styles, Low Ki, Jerry Lynn, Syxx-Pac, Sonny Siaki, Kid Kash, Amazing Red, Chris Sabin, Petey Williams, Frankie Kazarian, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Jay Lethal and others. All of these guys held the title and you knew that it meant something because nobody ever questioned who held that belt. Until a few weeks ago, when they let Kazarian lose the belt to Abyss. Abyss, a guy with a mask that looks like a ripoff of Mankind’s mask, missing teeth, 6 ft 8 in and 300+ pounds of hardcore fighting fatass…is now the X-Division champion. Nevermind the that you have guys like Kazarian or Amazing Red or Brian Kendrick or the Young Bucks/Generation Me. No give it to the guy that if he were in an Ultimate X match, he’d bring the whole goddamn thing crashing down. No you give the X-Title to the mask wearing fatass that TNA, Hogan, and Bischoff just seems to love shoving down our fucking throats!!!!
Nevermind that we also have a guy who was undefeated for over a year and beat everybody in the X-Division in Samoa Joe. The same guy who held the ROH world title for over a year and who had a match with CM Punk that is still considered to be a 5 star match. The same guy who was known as the Samoan Submission Machine and who not only beat everybody in the X-Division but took the guys outside of it to the limit, including Jeff Jarrett and Kurt Angle and even held the world heavyweight title but sadly has not seen it since losing it. And to add is circling around, drifting aimlessly in mediocrity along with Crimson and Rob Van Dam.
There was a time where TNA looked at the X-Division as it’s prized possession. It was something built up into greatness and was viewed as the crown jewel of TNA. It was what made TNA talked about in conversations about wrestling. Now, it’s been buried and had it’s nail driven into its coffin. It’s gone from being a crown jewel to being the prize you find in a cracker jack box.