In 2002, TNA debuted and introduced a new style and division to the world of professional wrestling. A division that put their bodies on the line to please the fans and would, at one time, anchor the company. This division was the X-Division.
This elite group of wrestlers from AJ Styles, Low KI, and Jerry Lynn, to Chris Saban, Petey Williams, and Samoa Joe would sky-rocket the little company from Nashville, Tennessee into the number 2 pro wrestling company in the United States. From 2005 through early 2006, the X-Division peaked through an intense rivalry between AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, and a debuting Samoa Joe. TNA was so confident with these three men that they allowed them to main event the Unbreakable pay-per-view in September of 2005. This three-way is considered to be TNA's greatest match in it's history and received a five-star rating from the Wrestling Observer.
So what happened to this once heralded group of stars? I believe the decision to move AJ Styles back to heavyweight in 2006 started the demise, but the loss of Samoa Joe really put the nail in the coffin. You could possibly ask "How could two guys make so much of a difference?" Well, when you spend almost two years headlining X-Division matches with these two and turn Christopher Daniels into a Sting Stalker it leaves a group of mid-card guys with little experience in "the big show".
But this was two years ago. What about now? You take two of your best guys (Saban and Shelly) and form a tag team, turn Jay Lethal into Randy Savage, Shark-Boy into a contender, and Sonjay Dutt into a guru who's more focused on love and you get today's X-Division. The whole love triangle with Lethal, Dutt, and So Cal Val is overshadowing the X-Division championship. No wonder the X-Division has turned into a filler on Impact or a first match on a pay-per-view.
I'm not saying this can't be fixed. My plan for the X-Division is to bring back KAZ and Christopher Daniels to be the main guys in the X-Division. Then, you get rid of the "Black Machismo" gimmick and keep pushing Consequence Creed. This isn't an instant change, but until something interesting becomes of the X-Division, it now a division of mid-card jobbers.
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