Recently on Impact Wrestling on Spike TV, Mick Foley, as the "network representative", has been talking about the importance of the X-Division in establishing Total Nonstop Action Wresting (TNA).
There have been many rumors about returns of old stars, and it has been established that the Ultimate X match will be returning to TNA at the Destination X Pay Per View.
The X-Division was the primary reason that I began following TNA's product, and got addicted to wrestlers like A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and Kaz.
In honor of the rumors and plans for the upcoming PPV, which I pray (like rumors and other articles have mentioned) brings back the six-sided ring, I figured I'd make a list of 10 former X-Division stars who should make a return, and present videos as to why they should. I hope you enjoy it.
Sonjay Dutt, the "Playa from the Himalayas," should be one of the top names on the minds of TNA management.
Dutt, often referred to by Mike Tenay as the best X-Division wrestler to never hold the title, is simply amazing in the ring, and one of the best high-flyers I've ever seen.
He can bring down the house with signature moves like the Hindu Press and spinning head scissors, as well as other moves that are "in the moment" innovations. He is one of my personal favorites, and I hope he makes a return!
Matt Bentley / Michael Shane is a former X-division champion, and former tag team partner / stable member of current TNA wrestler Kaz. He is often forgotten, but in a PPV specializing in the Ultimate X match, why not bring the first person to win a title in that match?
Always solid, having received training from Shawn Michaels (his real-life cousin), he should be a solid pick for a return. Plus, since he's not a full-time wrestler at all (he may be pretty much retired), there wouldn't be much pressure for a long-term agreement.
I couldn't find a compilation about him, but I did find this match between him and Dutt, so it should demonstrate some of his abilities.
The two-time X-Division champion, "The Canadian Destroyer", Petey Williams, is an obvious choice to return at Destination X.
One of the most iconic X-division wrestlers, Petey was dominant in TNA for years as a member of the stable Team Canada with Bobby Roode and Eric Young, and then later as "Maple Leaf Muscle" with Scott Steiner.
He was a part of multiple Ultimate X matches, World X Cup matches (including one against cruiserweight legend Jushin "Thunder" Liger), and would be a definite gain for the current X-Division roster!
Make sure to watch the end of the vid: his finisher, "The Canadian Destroyer," a sit-out flip piledriver, really is one of the most impressive moves in all of wrestling!
Anyone who is a true fan of professional wrestling knows who Jushin "Thunder" Liger is; he is a high-flying legend from Japan, who had made appearances across the world, including in TNA, World Championship Wresting (WCW) and Ring of Honor.
He has made appearances on and off for TNA in the past, helping to put over Samoa Joe in his winning streak at the first Bound For Glory PPV, as well as working in the World X Cup.
He would be a great one-time draw for TNA, and bring some great name recognition! Check out Wikipedia.com to see the giant list of accolades and accomplishments he's achieved in his brilliant career!
Senshi / Low-Ki / Kaval is an X-Division legend, and phenomenal cruiserweight wrestler. Most recently known for winning the second season of NXT, wrestling under the name Kaval, in the WWE, Senshi wrestled in the X-Division from 2002-2004, 2006-2008 and regulary performed awesome matches in TNA.
He held the X-Division championship twice, and wrestled in at least two Ultimate X-Matches (including the spectacular Ultimate X Gauntlet Match). He would be a great general signing for TNA, and an obvious choice for Destination X!
In an X-Division reunion, how do you not include Jerry Lynn, a wrestler who was a part of the first-ever X Division Match, first ever X-Division title match, held the title twice, helped to win the 2004 World X Cup, and performed admirably over many years in TNA?
Answer: You don't! If he's healthy enough to compete (or at least manage a wrestler) he should absolutely be included at the PPV!
While he wasn't a big part of TNA, the fourth member of the first-ever X-Division title match (along with previously mentioned Low-Ki and Jerry Lynn, and current roster member A.J. Styles) definitely needs to be included.
Psicosis primarily made his mark in Mexico, but has also worked for WCW (shortest reigning cruiserweight champion) and WWE. He is quite the talented wrestler, and it would make for a great tribute!
Elix Skipper was heavily involved in TNA over many years. However, he was not profiled heavily in the X-Division, never holding the X-Division title, but was a multiple time tag team champion during his tenure with the organization.
However, he was a cruiserweight champion back in WCW, has competed in at least one Ultimate X match, and this one move featured in this video alone earns him a spot, one of the craziest moves I've ever seen performed; I never tire of watching it!
Arguably the longest lasting member of the X-division, and possibly the whole TNA roster, has to be Shark Boy.
The world's greatest jobber, Shark Boy is actually and extremely talented wrestler who was always over with the fans, but never given a chance in the spotlight, due to his gimmick.
However, he's been phenomenal at putting over new talent, and making sure he put everything he could into every match. His longevity and determination, as well as his selflessness, make him an obvious choice to return.
Before I name the 10th, and most obvious wrestler who should return, I'd like to add some honorable mentions who didn't make the list. All are great wrestlers, but I had limited the list to 10, and they just missed the cut. For a video, I put up a highlight video of X-Division moments!
Homicide - one-time X-Division Champion
Kid Kash - one-time X-Division Champion
Johnny Devine - one-time X-Division Champion
Sheik Abdul Bashir (Shawn Daivari) - one-time X-Division Champion
Sonny Siaki - one-time X-Division Champion
The most obvious choice of the bunch, and one of TNA's most stupid releases ever, the SIX-TIME X-Division champion - Jay Lethal!
TNA made a major blunder a little more than a month ago by releasing Jay Lethal, one of the best workers, and possibly the best talker, in the business today.
He can mat wrestle and high fly, making him one of the most innovative X-Division wrestlers ever! I pray they bring him back for the event and right the wrong they committed.
I've chosen to end this slideshow with one of the most amazing Ultimate X spots ever - Kaz is sick!
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