It may be a bit shocking that my favorite match of all time came from a company that can’t seem to do anything right anymore. Even though TNA can’t seem to do anything right these days this match did everything right.
No matter what dumb decision TNA makes, like bringing in Tommy Dreamer, they can still take credit for being home to three of the most talented individuals to never make it in WWE.
This match was all about what was previously the most prestigious title in TNA that represented the division that got people watching TNA in the beginning, the X Division Championship.
Here was the dynamic. Daniels was the champion, Samoa Joe was undefeated, and AJ Styles was the ultimate babyface that had already climbed the mountain. Samoa Joe couldn’t afford to lose and neither could Daniels, but Styles could only go up.
It almost seemed to be more about them having an epic match than the X Division Championship. I often forget about the title when I’m watching the match. I’m more focused on picking my jaw up off the floor after watching one of them pull off yet another epic move.
The match itself is what I thought TNA was all about, but now it is only what TNA should have been all about. This fact actually makes me appreciate it even more, which is why Taker vs. Angle isn’t my favorite match anymore.
What Styles, Daniels, and Joe did at Unbreakable is a big reason TNA ‘hit it big’ and got people to pay attention.
They gave true wrestling fans hope that real wrestling still existed, but now I can only watch the match thinking about what could have been if the ‘higher ups’ had made better decisions with their talent.
However the match is still a blast to watch. It is filled with innovative fast-paced action, high-flying moves, and unreal double-team maneuvers. By far the best three way dance since Benoit/HHH/HBK from Wrestlemania XX.
If you have never seen this match then you don’t understand why some wrestling fans hate TNA. They missed the chance at becoming something different.
They did this by not making their own stars the focus and decided that bringing in big names from past companies would be better for business when in reality it is just slowly killing then, but at least we can still enjoy TNA’s classic matches from when there was still hope for them.
While the decline of TNA is one of biggest disappointments in recent wrestling history this match is still the company's crowning jewel.