Observations Of A TNA Fan Part 2: Where Has The X-Division Gone?

mike fentonContributor IJuly 14, 2009

The X-Division, once hailed as the future of TNA and the business, now looks as depleted as ECW. How did this come to be? There was no draft to help save a dying and unamusing show. There was no shortage of WWE rejects looking for a second chance. In my own opinion, it looks like TNA just stopped caring.

Not too long ago, the X-Division was full of bright, up-and-comers. It once had a roster that included AJ Styles, Samoa Joe (pre-Nation of Gayness), Christopher Daniels, Jerry Lynn (the pioneer of the X-Division), Petey Williams, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Kaz/Frankie Kazarian, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Consequences Creed, Johnny Devine, Elix Skipper, Shark Boy, Matt Bentley, Austin Starr (the current ROH champion known better as Austin Aries), among others.

While AJ, Joe, and Daniels have moved on from the X-Division to the main event, some of the performers have left or been released. Jerry Lynn and Austin Starr/Aries are feuding for the ROH World Championship; Petey Williams, Sonjay Dutt, and Johnny Devine were released by TNA; Elix Skipper has since retired; and Shark Boy, despite being on the roster, has not made an appearance since the disbanding of the stable he was in with Curry Man/Daniels and Super Eric.

The extreme division now has only two people that are not currently in a stable or tag team, the Amazing Red and the current X-Division champion, Suicide/Kaz. "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed make Lethal Consequences, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley are the Motor City Machine Guns, Bashir and Kiyoshi are together, Doug Williams is part of the British Invasion, and Homicide is half of L.A.X. (Spoiler alert: Homicide is going to cash in and become X-Division champion on the next Impact). All of them are all technically part of the X-Division but half really haven't been against any other X-Division athletes, let alone wrestled at all lately.

"The future of TNA" more resembles something now-a-days as something in the way of the creative team. With the recent unmasking campaign (wow, original) to the feast or fired case that will soon come into play, TNA has pretty much just let the X-Division fall from grace.

I used to tune in every week mainly for the X-Division and its consistent ability to entertain with its high-flying acrobatics and fast-paced action. Now, we're lucky to see them even have a spot or backstage interview, let alone a match.

I miss the days when the X-Division didn't need a plot. It was just kick-ass matches with young guys going out there and putting on a wrestling show doing what they love. I beg you TNA, bring back the good ole days of the X-Division.