Desperation Equals Adoration: TNA's X-Division Attempts to Prevent Annihilation

The CauseContributor IIIJuly 11, 2011

Desperation is defined in many ways. The most specific is "reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency."

Does the X-Division in TNA have some sort of urgency? I mean, when it comes down to it, they don't survive if TNA goes the direction WWE is going.

They are dangerous individuals, putting their bodies on the line and giving us fantastic wrestling just because they can. They are reckless and dangerous, yet they keep climbing the TNA ladder just to have the higher-ups kick them back down.

They built a company, yet are seen as nothing in comparison to the former WWE names in the company presently.

You build a company with X-Division guys and they get you to where you are today, putting their bodies on the line for TNA for years, desperately trying every day to progress TNA—yet they are no longer a main focus?

WWE had a great cruiserweight division, then killed off the title for it, killing any of the small guys getting top opportunities in the company. Enter TNA's X-Division and people finally started to see great action from smaller athletes. TNA claims it doesn't depend on weight or size to be in the division, but looking at who has competed in it, the smaller seem to outweigh the bigger, if you will. A bit apropos, eh?

Either way, people were happy to see smaller athletes finally getting big opportunities, of which they obviously deserved.

AJ Styles, for instance, became the cornerstone of TNA. But without the X-Division highlighting the Phenomenal One, would Styles have been seen in that way with TNA?

Jeff Jarrett started the company and mainly wanted to highlight what WWE was not doing, which is what got TNA going. Then with financial backing from the Carter family and a new network in Spike TV to get moving, TNA had the ability to compete with WWE in some aspects.

Many thought that 2009 was the year of TNA. Critical adoration came to TNA from the IWC and wrestling journalists alike. But the main reason for that was that TNA was highlighting the young guys for once and relying on them to move the company. The funny thing about this was that the guys who built TNA were X-Division guys.

Then enter Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff.

In a time in which TNA was moving and had potential, you knew there was a chance vultures would come in to bank on a rising company. So people such as Ric Flair, RVD, Hogan, Bischoff, Jeff Hardy, Ken Anderson and many others came in, and it seemed to be the beginning of the end of the X-Division.

This time of year during the Destination X Event, TNA always highlighted the X-Division because of the PPV needing to sell.

But it used to be they relied on the division all year and gave them TV time to just wrestle and build great story lines.

In 2010, the X-Division slowly started to disappear.

People thought there was no X-Division at one point. In 2011, the division was barely highlighted, and it seemed TNA realized it too. They slowly built them up for the PPV, Destination X.

This PPV was one of the best of the year so far and had classics such as Styles/Christopher Daniels, RVD/Jerry Lynn, Austin Aries/Zema Ion/Low Ki/Jack Evans and others.

The PPV was full of great matches and it was like the TNA of old.

It got people wondering, why hasn't TNA been showing off things like this instead?

So, now that the build up for the PPV is over, as is the PPV itself, does that mean the X-Division is pretty much dead, too?

So, now that you made your money TNA, you're just gonna kill off TV time for the X-Division again?

Or my favorite, are you going to just give them small time on TV just to tease older fans who loved TNA back then?

It seems ever since Bischoff and Hogan came in, the best part of TNA disappeared and became WWE 2. And an even worse product, too.

In 2009, TNA was seen as the best promotion. The reason being they highlighted the best part about them and were being youthful.

Nowadays, they rely heavy on past names. The times they do allow the other guys to get into the hunt for top stardom, they aren't given much time in the spotlight to shine.

It's all about Sting and Hogan right now. And hey, throw in Immortal, who now has Anderson...who is controlled by Bischoff and Hogan.

Who thinks things are fishy here?

Seems that now "Impact Wrestling" is getting a Hogan makeover to become what WWE was in the 80s, which is dead and gone. The reason WWE seems to always keep an audience or grow in some ways is because they always progress.

Their biggest problem is that they have too much talent to work with, and they have so many young guys they can use and build to be top stars in the company.

TNA's problem is they rely on former WWE and WCW names to keep an audience instead of pushing their own homegrown talent.

In 2009, they pushed those young guys and gave them the ball. They ran and scored a ton of touchdowns. So why kill a good thing?

The X-Division guys are pushing to get more TV time, but with only one show, the higher-ups feel they need to talk Immortal, which has maybe two or three homegrown TNA talents, all night.

If TNA is ever to progress, they need to make the X-Division the main focus. After that terrific PPV last night, can anyone really argue that is a bad thing?

If TNA doesn't push the X-Division, then what's the point of TNA? It's just like watching a worse version of WWE every Thursday.


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