Bound to generate some debate.
At the No. 1 spot—The TNA X-Division Championship.
In 2002, it helped define a company. In fact, TNA was built on the X-Division product. The belt, and the division, was a reflection of a changing of the guard in professional wrestling.
Just over a year earlier, ECW had closed its doors—a company notorious for hardcore and garage wrestling. By 2002, the hardcore style of wrestling was as relevant to wrestling as Justin Beiber's influence on music.
The year 2002 also saw the debut of ROH—Ring of Honor. Like the X-Division, it showcased the best and brightest talent under 200 lbs. doing what they do best. They flipped and flopped and wowed audiences with high risk displays of athletic ability.
Many ROH alumni became stars in TNA and cemented the X-Division as the most exciting division in wrestling—AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Amazing Red, Low Ki, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, to name a few.
Professional wrestling's new kid on the block was an explosive mix of American strong-style, lucha Libre, and good, old cruiser weight action.
In 2007, Kurt Angle won the belt.
Then a funny thing happened—Johnny Devine, Kazarian, Jay Lethal, Suicide, Sheik Abdul Bashir, and Eric Young—all questionable champions and contenders, won the X-Division Championship.
The few stand-outs from 2007 onwards included Samoa Joe and Alex Shelley. But sadly, the damage had already be done.
In the year that followed, Amazing Red won the belt. Sadly for Red, it was 2009. Not 2002. A lot had changed in seven years, and being a one-trick pony only hurt his return and the championship more.
Kazarian would also capture the belt. Like Amazing Red, the fans had almost forgotten the veteran and former champion.
Douglas Williams won it twice, and has carried it for the most of 2010. Re-establishing the X-Division for pure catch-as-catch-can wrestlers, such as himself, successfully defending it against the likes of Amazing Red, Kazarian, and Shannon Moore.
Once a sought-after championship and staple of TNA Wrestling, the X-Division's credibility sunk and sunk. Poor booking and mediocre champions and contenders meant the title's significance in a world run by Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff would become a blip on the TNA radar.
So much so, even Global Champion Rob Terry receives more and more television time each week.