Wrestling Gold: The History of the TNA X-Division Championship

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IAugust 8, 2012

Wrestling Gold: The History of the TNA X-Division Championship

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    Throughout the history of professional wrestling, the business has awarded championship belts in many divisions. While some have been forgotten over the years, some titles have stood the test of time.

    The WWE has seen almost 30 titles defended, but today only six remain.

    TNA Wrestling began with three titles—the NWA World, Tag Team Championships, and its own X-Division title. Today, TNA owns its own belts and fans see six titles defended between its ropes.

    Ring of Honor Wrestling began with just two, but has since added another title to its ranks.

    While Shimmer has only been around for a few years, the most well-known all-women’s wrestling promotion currently holds two titles.

    Wrestling Gold will concentrate on the active titles of the companies listed, as well as the NWA World and Tag Team Championships and any other active title the readers would like to see!

    That’s right.

    If there’s a championship you’d like to see included, it will be added to the series.

    TNA X-Division Championship

    The TNA X-Division Championship was established on June 19, 2002 during TNA Wrestling's second show. At first it was just known as the NWA X Championship but later became known as the NWA-TNA X-Division Championship due to TNA's affiliation with the National Wrestling Alliance.

    As the main title of the X-Division, its motto was, "It's not about weight limits, it's about no limits."

    Mixing traditional wrestling with high-flying maneuvers and Lucha Libre-style wrestling, X-Division matches were some of the most exciting matches to watch. It was the X-Division that helped get TNA noticed by fans due to its similarity with WCW's old cruiserweight division.

    The weight limit part of the motto was never really tested until Samoa Joe made his debut with TNA and won the title a total of four times. Though, the heaviest wrestler to hold the belt was Abyss at 350 pounds.

    The title became known as simply the TNA X-Division Championship when a new title was introduced after TNA left the NWA in 2004. After Destination X 2011, a weight limit was introduced into the division for the first time. At 225 pounds, wrestlers beyond that weight were no longer allowed to compete for the title and the motto was gone.

    Samoa Joe would have fought for the title at this past June's Slammiversary, however his appearance was later chalked up as a one-time exhibition for TNA's 10th anniversary show.

    The division has seen a number of specialty matches including the Ultimate X match, an annual event. Others include the Steel Asylum and the Xscape Match, but both of those matches are rarely used anymore.

    The X match title is the oldest in TNA Wrestling. It's appeared since the company's second show and has accumulated 54 champions over its 10-year history. So let's get started!

A.J. Styles

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    Defeated: Psicosis, Low Ki and Jerry Lynn

    Where: Huntsville, Ala.

    When: June 19, 2002

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 2

    Title Reign: 49 days

    A.J. Styles won a fatal four-way double elimination match to become the first NWA-TNA X-Division champion.

    Styles made his professional wrestling debut in 1998 in National Championship Wrestling as Mr. Olympia. He would go on to win the Television Championship in August 1999, and when NWC merged with NWA Georgia to form NWA Wildside in December, Styles would win the title again that following January.

    Styles held the title for four months and won again in January 2001, before giving it up in February to go to WCW.

Low Ki

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    Defeated: A.J. Styles and Jerry Lynn

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: August 7, 2002

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 8

    Title Reign: 14 days

    This was a triple threat match.

    Low Ki made his professional wrestling debut in 1998 in Jersey All Pro Wrestling. During his time with the company, he would capture the Heavyweight Championship three times and the Light Heavyweight Championship once.

    In 2000, he made an appearance for the WWF on Jakked, wrestling guys like Raven and Christian. In 2002, he made his debut with Ring of Honor on their first show.

    That July, he would become the first-ever ROH world heavyweight champion by defeating Christopher Daniels, Spanky and Doug Williams. After holding the title for about two months, he lost it to Xavier.

    Low Ki continued to appear for ROH until 2006. He also wrestled for TNA Wrestling, debuting on their first show in June 2002. He stayed with TNA until 2004, winning the title once and the Tag Team Championship three times as a member of Triple X with Daniels and Elix Skipper.

    While wrestling for ROH and TNA, Low Ki appeared in Japan, wrestling for Pro Wrestling Zero-One, Pro Wrestling Noah and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

    He last appearance was 2009 in Japan.

Jerry Lynn

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    Defeated: Low Ki and A.J. Styles

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: August 21, 2002

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 11

    Title Reign: 49 days

    This was a triple threat ladder match.

    The title was declared vacant on Oct. 9 due to Lynn sustaining a knee injury.

    Jerry Lynn made his professional wrestling debut in 1988 on the independent circuits in Minnesota and Michigan. He wrestled throughout various promotions before making his way to WCW in 1995 as Mr. J.L.

    He also wrestled in the cruiserweight division, but he was released in 1997 in order to nurse a broken arm.

    Upon his return, Lynn made his way to ECW. He stayed with them until they shut down, winning the ECW World Championship once and having a legendary feud with Rob Van Dam.

    He fought for WWE for just under a year, winning the Light Heavyweight Championship once. He also appeared for WWA briefly before making his way to TNA.

Syxx-Pac

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    Defeated: A.J. Styles, Tony Mamaluke, Joel Maximo, Jose Maximo, Ace Steele, Kid Kash, Rick Michaels and Chris Michaels

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: October 9, 2002

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 15

    Title Reign: 14 days

    This was a nine-way ladder match to determine the new champion.

    Syxx-Pac made his professional wrestling debut in 1992 as the Lightning Kid on the independent circuit. He would appear for the PWA and the Global Wrestling Federation before making his way to the WWF in 1993.

    He would appear as the Lightning Kid, Kamikaze Kid, Cannonball Kid and the Kid before WWE settled on the name 1-2-3 Kid. He was a jobber at first, but after he defeated Razor Ramon, he became a fan favorite due to his underdog status.

    He spent three years with the company, picking up the Tag Team Championship twice with Marty Jannetty and Bob Holly before leaving for WCW in 1996.

    He debuted as Syxx in WCW and was a member of the New World Order. He mainly competed in the cruiserweight division, wining the Cruiserweight Championship in February 1997. He would suffer a neck injury in October and was released as a result.

    He returned to the WWF in March 1998 as X-Pac and became a member of D-Generation X. He would win the WWF European Championship twice, trading the title with D’lo Brown before losing it to Shane McMahon.

    When DX disbanded, he formed a team with Kane and won the tag titles two more times. DX would reform in 1999, and he turned on Kane—but a neck injury in 2000 would put him back on the shelf.

    He returned in 2001 and formed X-Factor with Justin Credible and Albert. He would capture the Light Heavyweight Championship twice, and be the final champion to hold it and the WCW Cruiserweight Championship one more time while with the stable.

    When the nWo made their WWF debut in 2002—kicking out Hulk Hogan after WrestleMania—X-Pac joined up with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. The reunion was cut short, though, when he was released in August.

    A month later, X-Pac debuted with TNA Wrestling as Syxx-Pac and won this title rather quickly. After losing the title, he left TNA in November.

    X-Pac would jump around XPW, TNA, Wrestling Society X, the NWA, AAA in Mexico and the independent circuit for years before he made his return to WWE in 2011.

    He was last seen on the 1,000th episode of Raw during a full D-Generation X reunion.

A.J. Styles

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    Defeated: Syxx-Pac

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: October 23, 2002

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 17

    Title Reign: 14 days

    Styles made his WCW debut in February 2001 as Air Styles. Along with Air Paris, he was a member of the Air Raid tag team. They competed in the tournament to crown the first Cruiserweight tag team champions, but they were eliminated in the first round.

    The WWF would buy WCW a month later and Styles went back to NWA Wildside as a result. He would appear on an episode of WWF Jakked and was offered a contract in April 2002. He declined.

    He appeared for World Wrestling All-Stars in May to win the International Cruiserweight Championship, but he would vacate the title in June to go to TNA.

Jerry Lynn

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    Defeated: A.J. Styles

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: November 6, 2002

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 19

    Title Reign: 35 days

    Jerry Lynn debuted on TNA’s first show in June 2002 and stayed with them until 2004 after he suffered a shoulder injury. He would win this title twice, the Tag Team Championship with A.J. Styles, and the Amazing Red before becoming a road agent due to the injury.

    He returned to the ring in 2005 during an ECW reunion show and returned to TNA in July as a referee in a match between Styles and Sean Waltman.

    He continued his work as a road agent before returning to the ring full time in 2007. He feuded with Daniels over this title, but left TNA in August after failing to win it back. He would return to TNA in 2010 to announce a match against Rob Van Dam, but the contest had to be cancelled due Lynn’s back.

    The match was later reinstated for the following year and a feud between the two began. It culminated at Bound for Glory when Van Dam defeated Lynn in a Full Metal Mayhem match. Lynn has since appeared for Ring of Honor and other independent promotions.

    In March 2012, Lynn announced that he would retire at the end of the year.

Sonny Siaki

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    Defeated: Jerry Lynn

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: December 11, 2002

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 24

    Title Reign: 63 days

    Sonny Siaki made his professional wrestling debut in 1998 in WCW, but he left the company before they were shut down in March 2001.

    He jumped around the independent circuit before debuting with TNA on their first show in June 2002. He was at first a member of the Flying Elvises with Jimmy Yang and Jorge Estrada. After they disbanded in August, Siaki joined Vince Russo's Sports Entertainment Xtreme, or S.E.X., stable.

    He would win this title in December and held onto it for two months. After losing the title, Siaki was lost in the fold and ended up in random feuds and matches until his release in December 2005.

    Later that month he would sign with WWE and was sent to Deep South Wrestling. He would win the Tag Team Championship once with Eric Perez before DSW was closed in 2007. He was sent to Florida Championship Wrestling afterwards, but he left in September.

    Sonny Siaki would retire in September 2008 after donating a kidney to his brother. He now runs a UPS store.

Kid Kash

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    Defeated: Sonny Siaki

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: February 12, 2003

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 31

    Title Reign: 77 days

    Kid Kash made his professional wrestling debut in 1996 on the independent circuit as David Jericho. He found himself in ECW in November, but he returned to the independents shortly afterwards.

    He would appear at a number of WWE house shows in tryout matches, but he broke both his ankles in a match. He returned to ECW in late 1999 as Kid Kask, but would break his jaw within a few months.

    Despite the injury, Kash would keep wrestling even though his jaw was wired shut. He was a contender for the ECW World Championship and while he would never win it, he would beomce the Television Champion in August 2000.

    He lost the title two weeks later and stayed with ECW until they were shut down shortly before WCW.

    Since WCW was still operating, he made his way there in March as Kash. The company would be shut down a week later, though, so he returned to the independents.

    He debuted with TNA in August 2002 and had the X-Division Championship within six months. After holding the title for two months, he would feud with the likes of James Storm, Dusty Rhodes, AJ Styles and Roddy Piper before he formed a team with Dallas in March 2004.

    They would capture the NWA Tag Team Championship twice before Kash was released in April 2005.

    He would make his WWE debut at the One Night Stand PPV and was signed to the company. He went onto win the Cruiserweight Championship once before forming the Pit Bulls with Jamie Noble. The team was short lived as Kash was released in September 2006.

    After appearing on the independent circuit, Kash would make his return to TNA Wrestling in 2010 for some appearances before resigning in 2011.

    Kid Kash is still with TNA and will be competing this Sunday at Hardcore Justice in a tag team match with Gunner against Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez.

The Amazing Red

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    Defeated: Kid Kash

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: April 30, 2003

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 42

    Title Reign: 14 days

    In 1998, the Amazing Red made his professional wrestling debut in Puerto Rico. He spent four years on the independent circuit before appearing on TNA's first show in June 2002.

    He wowed audiences with his ability and move set. He quickly moved up the ranks and captured the title once as well as the Tag Team Championship once with Jerry Lynn.

    While wrestling for TNA, he would also compete for Ring of Honor where he won their tag team titles with AJ Styles. In late 2003, he made his way to Japan and wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling.

    While in Japan, he would suffer a near career-ending knee injury. Luckily, he would return to TNA in 2004.

    He competed in the X-Division until 2005 when he left TNA once again. He would have a dark match with WWE in May against CM Punk, but he wouldn't be hired by the wrestling giant.

Chris Sabin

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    Defeated: The Amazing Red and Jerry Lynn

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: May 14, 2003

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 44

    Title Reign: 98 days

    This was a triple threat match.

    Chris Sabin made his professional wrestling debut in 2000 on the independent circuit. He made his TNA debut in April 2003 and would win this title a month later.

    He became a heel during this time and joined the S.E.X. stable. After losing the title in August, he turned face and won the Super X Cup. He became the No. 1 contender as a result and went onto win the title again in January 2004.

    An injury in March would cut his second reign short, though. He would return in May to join Team TNA in the World X Cup and helped in gaining his team victory. He would remain a contender for this title throughout 2004 and 2005, but he would never regain the title.

    He entered into the tag team division in 2006 when he began to team with Sonjay Dutt. The team would disband when they failed to win the titles in February and Sabin once again competed in the World X Cup on Team USA during the spring.

    After a feud with Kevin Nash, he became the No. 1 contender for this title and finally won it in October. He would lose it the following month and turn heel as a result.

    He captured the title one more time before forming the Motor City Machine Guns with Alex Shelley in 2007.

Michael Shane

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    Defeated: Chris Sabin and Frankie Kazarian

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: August 20, 2003

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 58

    Title Reign: 140 days

    This was the first ever Ultimate X Match. This match was specially made for the X-Division.

    There is a steel beam attached to each of the four ring posts and two steel cables running across the ring forming an “X.” The TNA X-Division Championship was hanging in the middle of the X and to win, the superstars have to shimmy the cables and grab the title.

    Michael Shane made his professional wrestling debut in 1999 on the independent circuit. He would sign with ECW in 2000 and remained with them until they were shut down in 2001.

    He would make appearances for WWE on Velocity and Sunday Night Heat as well as Ring of Honor before making his way to TNA in 2003.

    Shane would quickly win the title in the first-ever Ultimate X match and soon formed a stable called the New Franchise with Shane Douglas and Traci Brooks. He would lose the title in January 2004 and the stable would break up in April.

    Traci would stay with Shane, though, and they were soon joined by Frankie Kazarian after he lost the X-Division Championship to AJ Styles. They would become co-champions after an Ultimate X match and lost the title in a 22-man Gauntlet Match.

    The team would break up when Kazarian left for WWE in 2005.

    Shane would have to change his name to Matt Bentley in July after WWE threatened to sue him after the signing of Mike Shane of the Shane Twins. He was sparingly used after that, but would join Raven's new Flock, Serotonin, in October 2006 as Martyr.

    He stayed as a member until his contract expired in August 2007. He would appear for the WWE in a squash match against Vladimir Kozlov in 2008 and has appeared on the independent circuit ever since.

    He would make a one night return to TNA in June 2011 in a match against Low Ki and Jimmy Yang, but after losing to Low Ki he returned to the independent circuit where you can still see him today.

Chris Sabin

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    Defeated: Michael Shane, Christopher Daniels and Low Ki

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: January 7, 2004

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 75

    Title Reign: 84 days

    This was Ultimate X2.

    Chris Sabin was stripped of the title on March 31 after sustaining a knee injury. The title was declared vacant as a result.

    While with TNA, Sabin also wrestled for Ring of Honor, debuting in 2003. He would leave in 2004 after TNA pulled talent from their show, but he would still make appearances.

    He received a shot at the ROH World Championship in 2005 against Bryan Danielson, but he wasn't able to win the title. He appeared again in 2007 with Alex Shelley as the Motor City Machine Guns in matches against the Briscoe Brothers, the Age of the Fall, Austin Aries and Bryan Danielson, and the team of Kevin Steen and El Generico.

    Sabin last appeared for ROH in 2010.

Frankie Kazarian

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    Defeated: The Amazing Red

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: March 31, 2004

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 87

    Title Reign: 70 days

    Kazarian and the Amazing Red met to decide the new champion—Kazarian would win the title for the first time.

    Frankie Kazarian made his professional wrestling debut in 1998 on the independent circuit of California. He would appear for UPW and MPW during this time and also became the first MPW heavyweight champion by defeating Christopher Daniels and Adam Pearce.

    Kazarian would also wrestle overseas in the United Kingdom, Australia and the World Wrestling All-Stars promotion. While wrestling for WWA, he met Scott D'Amore who offered him a contract with TNA Wrestling.

A.J. Styles

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    Defeated: Frankie Kazarian

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: June 9, 2004

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 97

    Title Reign: 49 days

    While wrestling for the WWA, Styles was still appearing for NWA Wildside.

    He would win the Heavyweight Championship in December 2001 and lose it in March to David Young. He would make the occasional appearance for NWA Wildside due to his commitments to TNA and would continue to make appearances until March 2005.

Michael Shane and Frankie Kazarian

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    Defeated: A.J. Styles

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: July 28, 2004

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 104

    Title Reign: 14 days

    This was Ultimate X4. Michael Shane and Kazarian grabbed the title at the same time and were announced as co-champions.

    When main event star AJ Styles returned to the X-Division, he defeated Frankie Kazarian to win this title. Kazarian was frustrated over the loss, as was Michael Shane, who thought that Styles would return to the division to steal the spotlight.

    Kazarian and Shane joined forces against Styles in an attempt to take the title from him and get him out of the X-Division. They took the title from him in an Ultimate X match when they both grabbed the title and fell to the mat.

    As a result, TNA declared that they were both champions. Kazarian and Shane defended the title under a modified Freebird Rule that stated that either wrestler could defend the title, but if one of them lost a title match they would both lose the belt.

    They would lose the title two weeks later in a 22-man International X-Division Gauntlet Match, but they remained together as a team.

    They would disband in 2005 when Kazarian left to go to the WWE, though they would reform when he returned a year later and soon join Raven's group Serotonin together. They would disband in 2007 when Kazarian left Serotonin, though.

    Kazarian is still with TNA as one-half of the tag team champions while Michael Shane can be seen in the independents.

Petey Williams

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    Defeated: Michael Shane, Frankie Kazarian, A.J. Styles, Jerry Lynn, Kid Kash, Chris Sabin, the Amazing Red, Sonjay Dutt, Psicosis, Sharkboy, Chad Collyer, LA Park, Miyamoto, Joey Matthews, Nosowa, Chris Vaughn, D-Ray 3000, Mikey Batts, Jason Cross, Jerrell Clark and Nigel McGuinness

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: August 11, 2004

    Event: Weekly PPV No. 106

    Title Reign: 158 days

    This was a 22-man International X-Division Gauntlet Match.

    Petey Williams made his professional wrestling debut in 2002 on the independent circuit in Canada. He wrestled throughout the independents before making his way to TNA in 2004 as the captain of Team Canada in the World X Cup.

    Even though they lost the tournament, Team Canada stuck around as a faction and Williams would capture this title towards the end of the summer.

    With his impressive finishing move the Canadian Destroyer, Williams challenged anyone to try and reverse. Chris Sabin would soon reverse it, but Williams would be able to hang onto the title.

    His reign would end in January—the longest reign at the time. He would remain in contention for the title and leader of the faction until they disbanded in July 2006.

    After the breakup of Team Canada, he would remain as a title contender but wouldn’t recapture it until 2008.

A.J. Styles

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    Defeated: Petey Williams and Chris Sabin

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: January 16, 2005

    Event: Final Resolution

    Title Reign: 56 days

    This was Ultimate X6.

    Before Styles signed with TNA, he began appearing for Ring of Honor on their third show.

    He would fail at taking the world title from champion Low Ki, but he did manage to win the No. 1 Contenders Trophy which was considered a second title at the time.

    He would soon win the Tag Team Championship with the Amazing Red from Christopher Daniels and Xavier, but they would be forced to vacate the titles. Styles would return to singles action after that but he would never win the world title, though he did manage to win the ROH Pure Wrestling Championship. He would have to vacate the title after TNA withdrew talent from ROH shows, unfortunately.

    Styles would make a few appearances for ROH after that, though, with his final showing in 2006.

Christopher Daniels

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    Defeated: A.J. Styles, Elix Skipper and Ron Killings

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: March 13, 2005

    Event: Destination X

    Title Reign: 182 days

    This was the first Ultimate X Challenge. This match started out as a tag team match with the superstar who was pinned or made to submit first being eliminated.

    Then it became a triple threat match with the superstar that was pinned or made to submit also being eliminated.

    Finally, the last two superstars left in the match competed in the Ultimate X7.

    Christopher Daniels made his professional wrestling debut in 1993 on the independent circuit. He made appearances for the WWE in 2000 as one of the Los Conquistadors and challenged Taka Michinoku for the Light Heavyweight Championship under his Fallen Angel gimmick.

    He would never be offered a contract and went back to the independents, wrestling for XPW as well as ECW. In January 2001, he had a tryout with WCW and was offered a contract. Unfortunately, the company would be purchased by WWE in March and then shut down.

    He would return to the independents before making his way to Ring of Honor in 2002.

A.J. Styles

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    Defeated: Christopher Daniels and Samoa Joe

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: September 11, 2005

    Event: Unbreakable

    Title Reign: 91 days

    This was a triple threat match.

    Styles would sign with TNA in May 2002 and appeared on their first show a month later in a six-man tag match teaming with Jerry Lynn and Low Ki against the Flying Elvises.

    On the second show, Styles would become the first-ever X-Division champion, which was the first of his six turns with the title.

    On TNA’s third show, Styles would win the NWA Tag Team Championship with Jerry Lynn thus becoming a double champion. In 2003, he began to chase the NWA World Championship which he won in a June match against Jeff Jarrett and Raven.

    He became TNA’s first of four wrestlers to be a Triple Crown Champion. He went on to win the title a total of three times and would return to the X-Division in 2004.

    In 2005, he began to team with Christopher Daniels. They won the Tag Team Championship twice together.

    Styles’ success would continue when TNA broke away from the NWA in 2007.

Samoa Joe

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    Defeated: A.J. Styles

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: December 11, 2005

    Event: Turning Point

    Title Reign: 91 days

    Samoa Joe made it into professional wrestling in 1999 on the independent circuit. WWE would be impressed by him right away and signed him to a developmental contract in 2000.

    He was sent in Ultimate Pro Wrestling, their developmental territory at the time, and was an early rival for John Cena. He would make one appearance on WWF Jakked and win the UPW Heavyweight Championship.

    He became the longest reigning champion in the title's history before leaving in 2001.

    He traveled to Japan after that and wrestled for Pro Wrestling Zero-One. He would hone his skills in Japan and become the first-ever NWA International Tag Team Champion with Keiji Sakoda in the process.

    He remained with the Japanese promotion before leaving in 2002 for Ring of Honor.

Christopher Daniels

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    Defeated: Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: March 12, 2006

    Event: Destination X

    Title Reign: 29 days

    This was Ultimate X10.

    Daniels would wrestle in the main event of Ring of Honor’s first show in February 2002. It was a losing effort in a match that also featured Low-Ki and Bryan Danielson.

    A few months later, Daniels would join TNA Wrestling and begin wrestling for both companies. Daniels would become a contender for the ROH World Championship, which was held by Low Ki, but he would never be able to win it.

    He instead formed the Prophecy and one of the members, Xavier, would defeat Low Ki while Daniels and another member won the Tag Team Championship.

    After losing the titles, Daniels would leave ROH due to TNA pulling talent from shows. He would return in 2005 and have one more reign as the Tag Team Champion with Matt Sydal before leaving again in 2007.

    He would make another return to the company in 2010 where he became the second ROH Television Champion. After holding the title for almost 200 days, Daniels would lose the title to El Generico and once again leave ROH.

Samoa Joe

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    Defeated: Christopher Daniels

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: April 10, 2006

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 70 days

    Samoa Joe debuted with Ring of Honor at their first Glory by Honor event as an assassin for Christopher Daniels. It was originally a one-time appearance, but fans loved the style of Samoa Joe so ROH decided to keep bringing him in.

    The Samoan Submission Machine quickly rose to the top and won the ROH World Heavyweight Championship in March 2003, becoming the third person to win the title.

    He would hold the title for 645 days, a record that still stands. As champion he would have many great matches, including a compelling series against CM Punk. The second match in the three-match series became the first match in seven years in the United States to receive five stars from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Dave Meltzer.

    He would lose the title to Austin Aries, but Samoa Joe would continue to impress critics. He received another five-star match from Meltzer when he faced Japanese superstar Kenta Kobashi in October 2005. The match was also named the "Match of the Year."

    In June, Samoa Joe would debut with TNA Wrestling.

    Joe continued to appear for ROH until 2007 when he left the promotion to stay with TNA.

Senshi

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    Defeated: Samoa Joe and Sonjay Dutt

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: June 19, 2006

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 125 days

    This was a triple threat match.

    Low Ki returned to TNA in 2006 as Senshi. After becoming the No. 1 contender in June, he would win his second X-Division Championship a week later.

    Senshi would go undefeated for six months before suffering his first lose to Chris Sabin in a title match. After a feud with Austin Starr, Triple X was reformed with all members in July 2007.

    The reunion was short lived, though, as Senshi would leave TNA in December. He went to Pro Wrestling Guerrilla after leaving TNA and would win their Heavyweight Championship once before signing with WWE in 2008.

    He was sent to Florida Championship Wrestling, where he won the tag titles with Michael McGillicutty, before joining the second season of NXT.

    With WWE pros Michelle McCool and Layla, he would win the competition as Kaval in August 2010. His time with WWE would be short lived, though, as he would leave WWE in December.

    He returned to the independents as Low Ki and Senshi where you can still see him today.

Chris Sabin

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    Defeated: Senshi

    Where: Plymouth Township, Mich.

    When: October 22, 2006

    Event: Bound for Glory

    Title Reign: Two days

    In the summer of 2007, the Motor City Machine Guns were born. Their first big feud came against Team 3D, and they also competed in the 2007 World X Cup.

    The turned heel by the end of the year and failed at winning the Tag Team Championship on multiple occasions. Despite being heels, the Motor City Machine Guns were very popular with the fans due to their skill and great teamwork.

    The team soon became faces as a result and finally won the titles from Beer Money in July 2010. After a phenomenal best of five series of matches with Beer Money, the Motor City Machine Guns cemented themselves as one of the best teams in the business.

    They would defend the titles against Generation Me and Team 3D before losing them back to Beer Money in January 2011. They were used sparingly after that and, after Shelley went down with an injury, Sabin returned to the X-Division.

    Sabin was barely used and things took a turn for the worse when he tore an ACL the same night Shelley returned in April.

    After being out for a year, Sabin returned with Shelley and received a title shot at Lockdown. They would lose to champions Samoa Joe and Magnus and disappear afterwards.

    In May, Shelley left TNA which killed the team's return before it got off the ground.

A.J. Styles

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    Defeated: Chris Sabin

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: October 24, 2006

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 13 days

    Since TNA withdrew from the NWA, Styles would continue to be a star in the company.

    He went on to win the Tag Team Championship two more times with Tomko and Kurt Angle, the Television Championship twice, once as the legends title, and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.

    Styles held the distinction of the longest reigning world champion in company history at 211 days before it was recently surpassed by Bobby Roode’s 256 day reign.

    Styles remains with TNA, providing great matches with everyone who steps into his ring.

Christopher Daniels

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    Defeated: A.J. Styles and Chris Sabin

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: November 6, 2006

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 69 days

    This was a triple threat match.

    Daniels made his TNA Wrestling debut around the time the company was founded in June 2002. He formed Triple X with Low Ki and Elix Skipper and the stable would compete for the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

    He would hold the titles three times with Triple X as well as one time with James Storm during a Triple X/America’s Most Wanted storyline.

    In 2005, Daniels began his long standing feud with AJ Styles over this title. The feud would evolve into a triple threat involving Samoa Joe. The three of them would face off at Unbreakable.

    The match would receive a rare five stars from Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter and is currently the only TNA match to get the distinction.

    Daniels would continue to feud and team with Styles for years after this, and they would have two reigns as NWA tag team champions together. He would remain in contention for this title until 2008 when his Feast or Fired briefcase contained a pink slip.

    He would return, though, as Curry Man until the character was dropped when Daniels once again was fired via briefcase.

    He returned under another mask, this time Suicide, when Kazarian was unable to compete, but he returned as himself in April 2009. He would soon get his first shot at the world title when he sparked his feud back up with Styles. He was not able to win.

    Daniels would leave in 2010, though he ended up returning as a member of Fortune to defend the injured Styles in 2011.

    Daniels would soon turn heel and begin to feud with Styles again at Destination X 2011. The feud has been going on ever since with Daniels winning the TNA Tag Team Championship twice with Kazarian.

Chris Sabin

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    Defeated: Christopher Daniels and Jerry Lynn

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: January 14, 2007

    Event: Final Resolution

    Title Reign: 154 days

    This was a triple threat match.

    After Shelley's departure, Sabin returned to the X-Division. He lost a title match to Austin Aries on May 31 and during an Ultimate X match in June, Sabin would land wrong and tear the ACL in his other knee.

    Chris Sabin is currently recuperating from surgery and will be out for another year.

Jay Lethal

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    Defeated: Chris Sabin

    Where: Nashville, Tenn.

    When: June 17, 2007

    Event: Slammiversary III

    Title Reign: Two days

    Jay Lethal made his professional wrestling debut in 2001 in Jersey All Pro Wrestling. Within a year, Lethal would capture the JAPW Television Championship. He held the title for almost a year and had the longest reign as champion before the title was abandoned in 2004.

    Lethal would also win the Light Heavyweight Championship before he began to target the JAPW Heavyweight Championship. Between 2006 and 2007, Lethal would hold the heavyweight title on one occasion and also capture the Tag Team Championship once before leaving in 2007.

    He would make a return in 2009 in an attempt to regain the heavyweight title—which he won for a second time—but he left JAPW after he lost it.

Samoa Joe

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    Defeated: Jay Lethal and Chris Sabin

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: June 19, 2007

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 54 days

    This was a triple threat match.

    Samoa Joe made his TNA Wrestling debut at the first Slammiversary event against Sonjay Dutt. Mike Tenay would dub him the Samoan Submission Machine and the name stuck.

    Joe would begin a year-long undefeated streak and, due to the "no limits" nature of the X-Division, Samoa Joe competed in the division. He had his first title shot at Unbreakable against AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels.

    It received five stars from Meltzer, which is the only TNA match to ever hold the honor. Samoa Joe won the title twice during his undefeated streak. He would lose the titles in multi-man matches and since he wasn't pinned, the streak stayed intact.

    After losing his second title, Joe began to target the NWA World Championship. Before he could challenge for the title, Kurt Angle made his TNA debut in October 2006.

    One of the best wrestlers in the world targeted the best wrestler in TNA and Angle head-butted Joe and delivered the Angle Slam. His actions sparked a massive feud between the two which saw Angle end Joe's undefeated streak.

    They had three great matches ending with an Iron Man Match at Final Resolution 2007. The feud wouldn't end there, though, as they fought over all of the titles in TNA. It resulted in Kurt Angle becoming the only TNA wrestler to hold all titles simultaneously.

    At Lockdown, Joe would finally win the world title by defeating Angle in the Six Sides of Steel. He would hold the title for 182 days before losing it to Sting at Bound for Glory IV.

    In December, Joe would be attacked by the Main Event Mafia and be sidelined with an injury.

Kurt Angle

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    Defeated: Samoa Joe

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: August 12, 2007

    Event: Hard Justice

    Title Reign: 28 days

    Kurt Angle made his professional wrestling debut in 1998 with the WWF. The winner of a 1996 Olympic gold medal has since become one of the biggest names in wrestling and one of the best wrestlers in the business.

    While with the WW, he would capture 11 titles, including seven World Championships, and win the 2000 King of the Ring tournament. After many great matches with the likes of Chris Benoit, the Rock, the Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and many more, he would shock the wrestling world when he left WWE in 2006 and signed with TNA Wrestling where he remains to this day.

    During his time in TNA, he would capture the TNA World Heavyweight Championship five times, thus becoming a 12-time world champion, the X-Division Championship once, and the Tag Team Championship twice with Sting and AJ Styles.

    Angle remains with TNA Wrestling where he continues to have great matches with the likes of Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe and many, many more.

Jay Lethal

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    Defeated: Kurt Angle

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: September 9, 2007

    Event: No Surrender

    Title Reign: 134 days

    After Team 3D lost to the Motor City Machine Guns on Nov. 11, they attacked Sonjay Dutt and TNA X-Division champion Jay Lethal. After laying them out, they stole the title saying that they were taking it hostage.

    On Jan. 8, 2008, Team 3D and Johnny Devine defeated Jay Lethal and the Motor City Machine Guns in Ultimate X14 to gain possession of the title.

    Lethal made his Ring of Honor debut in 2003 as Hydro. He was a member of the stable Special K—a group of rich kids—and he stayed with them until 2004 when he became the protégé of Samoa Joe.

    His alliance with the world champion would lead Lethal to winning the now defunct ROH Pure Wrestling Championship. He would hold it for two months before losing it to Samoa Joe himself.

    Lethal would stay in contention for the Pure Championship, which included a heel turn, before he left ROH to stay with TNA Wrestling.

Johnny Devine

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    Defeated: Jay Lethal

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: January 21, 2008

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 20 days

    Even though Johnny Devine and Team 3D had the X-Division Championship, Jay Lethal was still the champion. So when Devine defeated Lethal, he became the new champion.

    Johnny Devine made his professional wrestling debut in 1997 after training in the famed Hart Dungeon. He was first known as Vinny Vegas on the Canadian independent circuit before joining Stampede Wrestling in 1999.

    He competed in dark matches for ECW and WWE before making his way to TNA in 2004. He was a member of Team Canada in the 2004 World X Cup, but he and his team would lose to Team USA.

    He stuck around as a member of Team Canada until September when he was stabbed at a bar in Nashville. Surgery took him out for about two months, but he made his way to Memphis Wrestling in 2005. Another injury forced him out of competition in March, though.

    In July, he got a tryout with WWE as J.P. Parsons. With his partner Ruffy Silverstein, they competed in a squash match against Road Warrior Animal and Heidenreich.

    After some time in the independents, Devine returned to TNA in May 2006. He was once again a member of Team Canada for the World X Cup. They received second place.

    A month later, Team Canada would disband and after sometime with Kevin Nash’s Paparazzi Productions, Devine became Havoc and joined Raven’s newest flock, Serotonin.

    By the end of 2007, he was back as Johnny Devine and joined Team 3D in their fight to end the X-Division. He would capture his only TNA title here during the storyline, and he would stick with Team 3D until his release in October 2008.

    You can see Johnny Devine on the independent circuit.

Jay Lethal

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    Defeated: Johnny Devine and Team 3D

    Where: Greenville, S.C.

    When: February 10, 2008

    Event: Against All Odds

    Title Reign: 65 days

    This was a six-man tag team match featuring Jay Lethal and the Motor City Machine Guns vs. Johnny Devine and Team 3D. The first man to get the pin would become champion.

    Lethal made his TNA Wrestling debut in December 2005 against his former mentor Samoa Joe. He would earn a spot on Team USA in the 2006 World X Cup.

    Lethal would then receive a shot at Jeff Jarrett and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship after winning an eight-man All or Nothing tag team match where the winner got to choose any title to challenge.

    He was unsuccessful in his attempt and reentered the X-Division afterwards. After losing a triple threat match for this title to Senshi, Lethal became involved in the promotion of Jackass Number Two. It saw X-Division wrestlers doing stupid stunts during their matches much like the stars of the movie.

    In 2007, Lethal would adopt a new gimmick that shot him to stardom in the division.

Petey Williams

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    Defeated: Jay Lethal

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: April 15, 2008

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 152 days

    In 2007, Williams began referring to himself as Maple Leaf Muscle and went onto win a Feast or Fired briefcase. Scott Steiner would convince him to trade cases and it gave Williams a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship anytime he wanted while Steiner got the X-Division Championship.

    A feud between the two ensued that saw Steiner win both briefcases and take Williams under his wing. With the nickname “Little Petey Pump,” Steiner would give him back the X-Division title case. He would cash it in to win the title.

    After Williams lost the title, he and Steiner broke up as a team when Steiner joined the Main Event Mafia and Williams joined the TNA Frontline.

    He fought with Steiner until his final match in February 2009 when he teamed with Eric Young to reform Team Canada in a losing effort to Beer Money.

    Petey Williams can currently be seen on the independent circuit.

Sheik Abdul Bashir

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    Defeated: Petey Williams and Consequences Creed

    Where: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

    When: September 14, 2008

    Event: No Surrender

    Title Reign: 84 days

    This was a triple threat match.

    On November 13, Eric Young would win the title after referee Shawn Sewell attacked Bashir. Bashir would be awarded back the title, though, by TNA management director Jim Cornette due to referee bias.

    Sheik Abdul Bashir made his professional wrestling debut in 2000 in All-Star Championship Wrestling. He would compete in the independents until he received a TNA tryout in February 2003 with Ken Anderson in a tag team match against Mike Sanders and Glenn Gilberti.

    Six months later, he appeared as Sheik Shawn Daivari in a match against Tommy Dreamer on Sunday Night Heat. Nothing came of either tryout and he began to appear for Ring of Honor in April 2004.

    He would finally sign with WWE in August and debuted in October as Khosrow Daivari alongside Muhammad Hassan.

    His most memorable storylines during this time would be against Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels as well as the infamous terrorist storyline on SmackDown with the Undertaker.

    Due to the London terrorist attacks, UPN wanted Hassan off of their channel. WWE killed off the character when the Undertaker delivered a Last Ride through the stage.

    Daivari was sent to Deep South Wrestling afterwards and in November 2005, he re-debuted as the manager of the Great Khali. He was dropped as his manager in 2007 and competed in the cruiserweight division until he was lost in the fold and released in October.

    He would compete in the independents until debuting in TNA as the captain of Team International in the 2008 World X Cup. As Sheik Abdul Bashir, he went onto win this title in September. After a feud with Eric Young, he would lose the title and join the World Elite when Young turned heel in July 2009.

    Bashir would be released in December after getting a pink slip in the Feast or Fired match and can now be seen on the independent circuit and in Ring of Honor.

Eric Young

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    Defeated: Sheik Abdul Bashir

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: December 7, 2008

    Event: Final Resolution

    Title Reign: A few minutes

    After the match, Bashir attacked Young and stole the title. He then proceeded to attack referee Shane Sewell and bloodied him.

    As Bashir made his way up the ramp, TNA management director Jim Cornette took the title from him. Later in the night, it was announced that the title was vacant and that it would be on the line in a tournament.

    Eric Young made his professional wrestling debut on the independent circuit in the United States and Canada. He appeared for the WWE a few times on Velocity and Sunday Night Hear before heading to TNA in 2004 as a member of Team Canada in the World X Cup.

    He would win the Tag Team Championship twice with Bobby Roode and soon developed a paranoid gimmick. The gimmick got stronger and turned him face after the disbanding of Team Canada in July 2006 and his "Don't Fire Eric" campaign.

    He would go through various feuds and many comedy gimmicks, including a very short reign as tag team champion as Super Eric, before turning heel after winning the Legends Championship.

    Forming the World Elite and renaming the title to the Global Championship, Young declared that he would never defend the title on American soil and never against an American wrestler. He would lose the title to fellow World Elite member Rob Terry and the stable began to dissolve.

    Young would gain one more reign as tag team champion with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall before hitting his head and reverting back to a comedy gimmick.

    Under his new, and current, gimmick, Young captured the Television Championship and formed a team with ODB. This would result in becoming one-half of the Knockouts tag team champions and getting married in storyline.

    Eric Young remains with TNA and is still the champion of a women's title.

Alex Shelley

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    Defeated: Chris Sabin

    Where: Charlotte, N.C.

    When: January 11, 2009

    Event: Genesis

    Title Reign: 63 days

    Alex Shelley defeated Chris Sabin in a tournament final to become the new champion.

    Alex Shelley made his professional wrestling debut in 2002 in Canada. He made his way to Ring of Honor in 2003, but was sparingly used.

    He was the leader of Generation Next with Austin Aries, Jack Evans and Roderick Strong in 2004, but he would make his way to TNA that same year. He would wrestle for both companies until he left ROH in 2006 to stay with TNA.

    He made appearances in 2007, 2008 and 2010 with Chris Sabin, but he primarily stayed in TNA.

    With TNA, he entered into the X-Division, but was randomly used until he began to bring a camera to the ring to film his matches.

    The gimmick would evolve into Paparazzi Productions and an alliance with Kevin Nash. It would also see him teaming with Johnny Devine in the tag division, but it ended when the Motor City Machine Guns were formed in 2007.

    He and Chris Sabin would feud with the likes of Mick Foley, Team 3D and Beer Money while Shelley would pick up a reign as X-Division champion. They would finally win the Tag Team Championship in 2010, and after a great series of matches with Beer Money, they feuded with Generation Me until losing the belts to Beer Money.

    Shelley would go down with an injury in January 2011 and upon his return in April, Sabin would tear an ACL which kept the Motor City Machine Guns down longer.

    Shelley would reenter the X-Division afterwards, but after losing to Austin Aries in a quest to regain the title, he disappeared until this past April when the Motor City Machine Guns returned.

    The reunion was short lived as Shelley would left TNA in May. You can currently see Alex Shelley on the independent circuit.

Suicide

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    Defeated: Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: March 15, 2009

    Event: Destination X

    Title Reign: 102 days

    This was Ultimate X 16.

    During a May 24 title defense, the Motor City Machine Guns attacked Suicide which lead to Daniels winning the title. After seeing a replay, Daniels said he didn’t want to win the title that way and asked for five more minutes.

    Suicide agreed, so he was awarded back the title and the match was restarted.

    Suicide debuted as a video game character in September 2008 in the TNA Impact! game for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

    He would debut as a television character that December as a way to promote the game. Both Kazarian and Christopher Daniels would portray the character throughout the character’s run.

    Suicide would win the title in March, and, after losing it in July, the character was lost in the fold. Suicide last appeared in April 2011.

Homicide

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    Defeated: Suicide

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: June 25, 2009

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 52 days

    Homicide made his professional wrestling debut in 1993 as the Latin Terror. He would become Homicide in 1995 and found himself in Jersey All Pro Wrestling in 1997, a company which he still continues to appear for to this day.

    He would capture the Heavyweight Championship once and the Tag Team Championship seven times during his multiple stints with the company. He debuted with Ring of Honor in 2002 on their first show and would have feuds with Steve Corino, Jay Lethal, Colt Cabana and was also the leader of the Rottweiler’s stable.

    He would win the ROH World Championship in December 2006, and after losing the title, he would leave ROH in May 2007 when TNA pulled talent from shows.

    He made his TNA debut in 2005 as a member of the Latin American Xchange with Konnan and Apolo. Apolo would soon be replaced by Machete, who was later replaced by Hernandez.

    As a member of LAX, he would capture the NWA Tag Team Championship twice and the TNA Tag Team Championship once. He would also win the X-Division Championship while as a member of the team.

    In September 2009, LAX would disband after Homicide turned on Hernandez and joined the World Elite. Homicide was a loose cannon, though, so the stable distanced themselves from him for the most part.

    He would remain in the X-Division until he was released in August 2010.

    Homicide can currently be seen on the independent circuit and in Ring of Honor.

Samoa Joe

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    Defeated: Homicide

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: August 16, 2009

    Event: Hard Justice

    Title Reign: 50 days

    Samoa Joe returned with his "Nation of Violence" and targeted the Main Event Mafia. At Slammiversary, he would turn on his allies and join up with the heel group. He would soon gain Taz as an adviser, but it didn't last long.

    When the Mafia disbanded, Joe was left in random storylines and feuds. He accumulated an infamous losing streak last year that finally ended when he and Magnus entered into the Deuces Wild Tag Team Tournament.

    They would capture the Tag Team Championship from Matt Morgan and Crimson in February 2012 and held onto them until May. Joe was sparingly used after that, but entered into the Bound for Glory Series after Slammiversary.

    As of this writing, Joe currently stands in second place.

The Amazing Red

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    Defeated: Samoa Joe

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: October 5, 2009

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 106 days

    Amazing Red would retire in 2006 after suffering another knee injury. He would undergo a number of surgeries and decided to return to wrestling in December 2008.

    He wrestled for Jersey All Pro Wrestling and various independent promotions before he made his return to TNA in 2009.

Douglas Williams

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    Defeated: The Amazing Red

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: January 19, 2010

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 89 days

    On April 18, Douglas Williams was unable to fly to the United States from England for a title defense due to a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

    TNA decided to strip Williams of the title and put it on the line later that night.

    Douglas Williams made his professional wrestling debut in 1993 in his native England. He wrestled throughout Europe, with a tryout match with WWE in 2006, as well as Japan until he made his Ring of Honor debut in 2002 defeating Bryan Danielson.

    His first victory with the company would earn him a shot at the world title in a fatal four-way Iron Man match featuring champion Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels and Spanky.

    In 2004, Williams entered into a tournament to crown a new champion for the vacant ROH Pure Wrestling Championship. He would face Alex Shelley in the finals in July and win the title. He then had successful title defenses against Shelley and Austin Aries before losing the title to John Waters in August.

    He continued to wrestle for ROH in contention for the world title until his final appearance in April 2007.

Kazarian

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    Defeated: Shannon Moore and Homicide

    Where: St. Louis, Mo.

    When: April 18, 2010

    Event: Lockdown

    Title Reign: 28 days

    After Homicide qualified to get into the match, Kazarian defeated him and Shannon Moore in a triple threat cage match to become the new champion.

    When Kazarian won the title, Douglas Williams was still in possession of it in England. When Williams was able to travel to the United States on April 29, he brought the title with him, but refused to give it to Kazarian because Kazarian never actually beat him.

    In the summer of 2003, Kazarian made his debut with TNA and began to immediately target this title. He would participate in the first Ultimate X match in a losing effort and then disappear in October.

    He would return in March 2004 to wrestle for the vacant X-Division Championship and win his first of five titles there. He would lose the title in a little over two months and formed an alliance with Michael Shane as a result.

    He would reclaim the title when he was declared a co-champion with Shane after they both grabbed the title in an Ultimate X match. After losing the title in a Gauntlet Match, they entered into the tag team division.

    They would feud with the 3Live Kru and after losing to them, Kazarian left TNA for the WWE.

    Kazarian made his WWE debut under his TNA name in 2005. He would wrestle on Velocity and remained undefeated until August. During that month, Kazarian would leave the WWE when it became obvious to him that the company wasn't serious about their cruiserweight division.

    He returned to the independent circuit after that, most notably Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, until his TNA return in 2006.

Douglas Williams

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    Defeated: Kazarian

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: May 16, 2010

    Event: Sacrifice

    Title Reign: 113 days

    Despite Douglas Williams having the title, Kazarian was the champion. So when Williams defeated Kazarian, he became the new champion.

    Williams made his TNA Wrestling debut in 2003 but was used mostly on TNA's UK show Xplosion. It wasn't until 2008 when he signed a contract with the company and appeared on Team International in the World X Cup.

    When the tournament was finished, he was sparingly used until the debut of the British Invasion in April 2009. With Brutus Magnus as his partner and Rob Terry as the muscle, they made it to the finals of the Team 3D Invitational Tournament before being defeated by Beer Money.

    They would interfere in the Tag Team Championship match between Beer Money and Team 3D and a feud with 3D began which would lead to them taking New Japan Pro Wrestling's IWGP Tag Team Championship away from the former Dudley Boyz.

    TNA would land in a bit of hot water due to the result since they didn't get NJPW's permission to crown new champions, but the Japanese promotion soon recognized the title change.

    At Bound for Glory in October Team 3D would regain the IWGP belts, but Williams and Magnus would win the TNA Tag Team Championship in a Full Metal Mayhem Match that also featured Booker T and Scott Steiner and Beer Money.

    They held the titles for three months before losing them to Matt Morgan and Hernandez. After the PPV, Rob Terry would win an X-Division Championship match from the Feast or Fired match but he would be forced by Williams and Magnus to give it to Williams.

    He won the title as a result and would win it one more time as well after being stripped of the title. The British Invasion would disband during this and in August, Williams would become a member of Fortune, but tensions between him and former rival Kazarian, as well as other members, would cause him to get kicked out.

    He would gain revenge, though, when he took the Television Championship away from AJ Styles in December. By this time, Fortune had joined Immortal, so when Styles was unable to compete at Genesis in January, he was replaced by Immortal member Abyss, who won the title.

    The British Invasion would reunite in 2011, but they wouldn't find the same success they once had. They would disband when Magnus began to team with Samoa Joe.

    Douglas Williams is still with TNA, but doesn't get used as often as he should.

Jay Lethal

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    Defeated: Douglas Williams

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: September 6, 2010

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 18 days

    In 2006, Lethal competed in Kevin Nash’s Paparazzi Championship Series. After a perfect impersonation of Randy Savage, Nash presented Lethal with the Black Machismo gimmick, which stuck with him until 2010.

    The gimmick would bring Lethal to three of his six reigns as X-Division champion, and while the gimmick was a bit ridiculous, he proved to be one of the best in the X-Division as he delivered each and every time he stepped foot in the ring.

    Lethal was also aligned with Sonjay Dutt until 2008 when they disbanded after a love triangle storyline with ring girl SoCal Val.

The Amazing Red

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    Defeated: Jay Lethal

    Where: New York, N.Y.

    When: September 23, 2010

    Event: House Show

    Title Reign: Two days

    Amazing Red made his TNA return in April 2009 as a partner for Suicide in the Team 3D Tag Team Invitational Tournament. After they were eliminated, Red would challenge Suicide for the X-Division Championship but he would come up short.

    He continued to compete in the X-Division until he became the No. 1 contender in October. He won the title the following week before losing it to Douglas Williams. During his reign,  Red briefly became a tag team champion with Matt Morgan after Morgan chose him as a partner.

    After a title defense, though, Morgan attacked him and severed their short partnership.

    Red would regain this title one final time at a house show in his home town but he would lose it two days later at another house show. He would disappear after that but he did begin appearing as "Mexican sensation" Sangriento.

    The storyline was short lived and Red left TNA in August 2011.

    Amazing Red has been competing on the independent circuit since then and was recently seen at Ring of Honor's 10th anniversary show in March.

Jay Lethal

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    Defeated: The Amazing Red

    Where: Rahway, N.J.

    When: September 25, 2010

    Event: House Show

    Title Reign: 43 days

    After the storyline with Sonjay Dutt and SoCal Val ended, Lethal got back into the title hunt and received a shot in October 2008, when he lost to the champion Sheik Abdul Bashir.

    He would join the TNA Frontline after that and win a Feast or Fired briefcase in December. His briefcase held a shot at the Tag Team Championship and he cashed it on the January 8 edition of Impact with fellow Frontline member Consequences Creed to defeat Beer Money and win the titles.

    Lethal Consequences didn't hold them for long, though, as they lost the titles back to Beer Money at Genesis on January 11.

    Their team would disband in March 2010 when Creed left TNA.

    When Hulk Hogan came to TNA, Lethal came to him in character and Hogan played along. The gimmick was soon dropped, though.

Robbie E

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    Defeated: Jay Lethal

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: November 7, 2010

    Event: Turning Point

    Title Reign: 30 days

    Robbie E made his professional wrestling debut in 2000 in the Independent Wrestling Federation. He wrestled for the promotion as well as other various independent companies until he signed with TNA Wrestling in 2010.

    In 2006, Robbie would make an appearance on WWE Raw in a skit with Edge. In the skit, the Rated R Superstar was impersonating Ric Flair and attacked Robbie.

    He would make his TNA debut in October 2010 under the Robbie E character with his valet Cookie. Known as the Shore, they were parodies of the Jersey Shore reality show on MTV.

    He quickly made his intentions known when he attacked X-Division champion Jay Lethal at Bound for Glory. After a confrontation with Jersey Shore’s JWoww, Robbie would win the X-Division Championship at Turning Point in November.

    He would hold the title for a month before losing it back to Lethal on an episode of TNA Impact. He would remain in contention for the title, while also forming a short alliance with the Jersey Shore's Angelina Pivarnick, until breaking up with Cookie in August and forming a team with Rob Terry.

    Now with Robbie T, Robbie began to target the TNA Television Championship and champion Eric Young. The storyline led to another Jersey Shore cast member coming into TNA.

    Young and Ronnie would defeat the Robbies in a tag team match in November, but a few weeks later Robbie would take the title away from Young. He disappeared from television after winning the title, making only the occasional appearance before his return in the following February..

    Then he began to issue open challenges for his title on a regular basis. At Victory Road in March, he would be defeated by Devon and the feud would continue until it was ended at Slammiversary.

    Robbie remains with TNA Wrestling and is currently in the Bound for Glory Series.

Jay Lethal

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    Defeated: Robbie E

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: December 7, 2010

    Event: Impact

    Title Reign: 33 days

    In May 2010, Lethal began imitating Ric Flair and was confronted by the Nature Boy. For the first time in years, fans saw Lethal get serious when called out by the wrestling legend.

    Lethal dropped his imitation gimmick and feuded with Flair and his TNA version of the Four Horsemen—Fortune. Lethal would capture the X-Division Championship three more times before departing TNA in 2011.

    In May, Lethal made his return to Ring of Honor and officially signed with them in August. He has since won the Television Championship and remains in contention for the title after the loss as well as the world title.

Kazarian

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    Defeated: Jay Lethal

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: January 9, 2011

    Event: Genesis

    Title Reign: 127 days

    Kazarian returned to TNA in July 2006 as just Kazarian and reformed his team with Michael Shane, who was now Matt Bentley. They would disappear after a few weeks, but then resurfaced as members of Raven's Serotonin.

    Now just Kaz, he rebelled against Raven and then turned on him in June 2007. He went solo once again, and earned a shot at Kurt Angle's World Heavyweight Championship. He almost won the title.

    He would soon begin to team with Eric Young, who was appearing as Super Eric due to a storyline with Black Reign and Rellik. They would briefly win the Tag Team Championship before being stripped of the titles due to Super Eric appearing instead of Eric Young.

    He continued on in the main event until he became the captain of Team USA in the 2008 World X Cup. They would lose the tournament and he would quit TNA as a result. He would return a few weeks later, though, as the masked Suicide. 

    He remained as the character until 2010 while also winning this title once. After coming back as himself, he went onto win the X-Division Championship two more times and become a member of Fortune with AJ Styles, Beer Money and later Christopher Daniels.

    Fortune disbanded after Bound for Glory 2011, but Kazarian would remain aligned with Styles. He would turn on Styles, though, in December and align himself with Daniels.

    Kazarian has been feuding with Styles ever since and is currently one-half of the tag team champions with Daniels, while also holding the belts one other time before the current reign.

Abyss

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    Defeated: Kazarian

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: May 16, 2011

    Event: Impact Wrestling

    Title Reign: 55 days

    Abyss made his professional wrestling debut in 1995 on the independent circuit, but he got his first big exposure wrestling in TNA's first show on June 19, 2002 as Justice.

    Abyss would first appear in Puerto Rico a month later before bringing the character to TNA in June 2003. Despite not winning a lot of championships, the Monster Abyss would go onto become one of TNA's most decorated stars.

    His first title win came eight months after his debut with the Abyss character. He would capture the NWA Tag Team Championship with AJ Styles in February 2004, but the reign didn't last long. Styles was a face while Abyss was a heel and the two of them were enemies.

    Since they were rivals, it resulted in them not defending the title in 30 days, so they were stripped of the belts.

    Two years later, Abyss would enter into a feud with Sting over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and he'd win the title in November 2006. He would only hold it for a month, and it would be five years until the Monster would win his next title.

    In January 2011, Abyss would capture the Television Championship. A storyline injury would result in him getting stripped of the title, though.

    Four months later, Abyss would become a Triple Crown and Grand Slam Champion by winning the X-Division Championship. He would be TNA's fourth Triple Crown Champion and only second Grand Slam Champion.

    Abyss has been involved in some memorable storylines, such as his quest to destroy the X-Division, and memorable matches like his Barbed Wire Massacre match against Sabu in 2005. His Monster's Ball match against Bully Ray at Genesis this past January was also notable.

    Abyss is still with TNA as Joseph Park, Abyss' brother, in a storyline that sees Joseph look for Abyss and channel him at times as well.

Brian Kendrick

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    Defeated: Abyss

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: July 10, 2011

    Event: Destination X

    Title Reign: 63 days

    Brian Kendrick made his professional wrestling debut in 1999 on the independent circuit as Spanky. He signed with WWE in 2000 and was sent to Memphis Championship Wrestling. When the promotion was shot down by the end of the year, WWE released him from his contract.

    He wrestled on the independent circuit as well as Ring of Honor and in Japan before resigning with WWE late in 2002.

    After wrestling under various masks on Velocity, he began to do stunts in an attempt to impress SmackDown general manager Stephanie McMahon—one such attempt was streaking backstage.

    After a short feud with John Cena, he began to team with Paul London. The team was short lived as Kendrick left WWE in January 2004.

    He returned to the independent circuit afterwards and made appearances for Ring of Honor and TNA Wrestling as well. In August 2005, Kendrick made his return to the WWE and reformed his team with London.

    Their ability and chemistry in the ring caught the eyes of the fans and they became popular with audiences. They were elevated to a feud with tag team champions MNM and began a winning streak over the champions.

    At Judgment Day in May 2006, Kendrick and London would defeat MNM to win the titles. They would successfully defend the titles against all comers before finally losing them in April 2007.

    At 331 days, their reign is the longest as champions and thus the current record.

    They would remain in contention for the titles, while having a brief reign as world tag team champions, before disbanding in 2008 due to the draft.

    Kendrick became The Brian Kendrick and the gimmick would see the debut of Ezekiel Jackson as his bodyguard and a shot at the WWE Championship in September at Unforgiven.

    Featuring champion Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Shelton Benjamin and Montel Vontavious Porter, the match would see Kendrick become an interim WWE champion after he pinned Hardy, but he lost the distinction after Triple H pinned him.

    After being drafted to Raw and a few unsuccessful attempts at winning the tag titles back with different partners, he was released in July 2009.

    He competed on the independent circuit until signing with TNA in 2010. He entered into the X-Division and competed for the title, finally winning it from Abyss at Destination X and saving the division from the Monster and Immortal.

    After losing the title to Austin Aries, Kendrick began to disappear from television and was finally released this past February.

    Brian Kendrick now competes in Japan for New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Austin Aries

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    Defeated: Brian Kendrick

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: September 11, 2011

    Event: No Surrender

    Title Reign: 298 days

    The title was declared vacant on July 8, 2012 when Aries gave it up for a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Even though the match was made weeks beforehand, Aries remained the champion until this date.

    Austin Aries made his professional wrestling debut in 2000 on the independent circuit. He continued on the independents until he joined Ring of Honor in 2004. By the end of the year, Aries would win the ROH World Heavyweight Championship by defeating Samoa Joe.

    Aries would hold onto the title for six months before losing it to CM Punk in June 2005. He didn't let the loss drag him down, though, as he teamed with Roderick Strong to capture the ROH Tag Team Championship in December.

    They kept the titles for almost a year, losing them in September 2006 to the King of Wrestling. He would continue to appear for ROH until 2007 when TNA pulled talent from their shows.

    Aries had been wrestling for TNA since 2005 when he won an internet poll over Roderick Strong and Matt Sydal to see who fans wanted Christopher Daniels to defend his X-Division Championship against at Sacrifice.

    Aries lost the match but remained in the X-Division for his two year stint. In 2006, he became Austin Starr and he continued to wrestle in the division until he was suspended in April 2007 and he asked for release as a result.

    He returned to ROH in May and went back to Austin Aries. He would feud with his former partner Strong as well as members of the Age of the Fall stable before regaining the ROH world title in June 2009.

    Aries would become the first and only wrestler to date to hold the title twice as a result.

    After a memorable draw in a 60-minute Iron Man match against Tyler Black in December, Aries would lose the title to Black in February 2010. Before leaving ROH by the end of 2010, Aries began to refer to himself as the "Greatest Man That Ever Lived."

    He debuted for Dragon's Gate USA in October and wrestled for them before his return to TNA in June 2011. During his time with DGUSA he would try out for the cast of WWE Tough Enough, but would fail to make the cast.

    Aries would return to TNA by defeating Jimmy Rave and Kid Kash in a Destination X qualifying match. He then went onto the PPV to defeat Low Ki, Zema Ion and Jack Evans to earn a contract with TNA.

    Aries immediately began to target this title and would win it in September. Aries would successfully defend his title against all comers, but he soon grew bored with defeating everyone in the X-Division saying that he was the greatest man that ever lived and that no one in the division could beat him.

    Before Destination X last month, Hulk Hogan offered to vacate the X-Division Championship in exchange for giving him a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Aries agreed and gave up the title.

    He then went on to defeat Bobby Roode to win the world title. Aries remains the world champion, but will be defending it this Sunday at Hardcore Justice against Roode.

Zema Ion

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    Defeated: Sonjay Dutt, Kenny King and Mason Andrews

    Where: Orlando, Fla.

    When: July 8, 2012

    Event: Destination X

    Title Reign: 30 days and counting

    After all four men qualified to enter, Zema Ion defeated the other three in Ultimate X28 to become the new champion.

    Zema Ion made his professional wrestling debut in 2004 as Shiima Ion on the independent circuit.

    At the time, he found himself in the International Wrestling Cartel where he captured the IWC Super Indy Championship twice, the IWC Tag Team Championship twice with Jason Gordy, and the World Heavyweight Championship twice as well.

    He stayed with them until 2008 when he debuted with Desastre Total Ultraviolento in Mexico for a year. In 2009, he stayed in Mexico but began wrestling for AAA. He wrestled for them until 2010 and returned to the independents until his TNA debut in June 2011 as Zema Ion.

    He defeated Dakota Darsow and Federico Palacios to qualify for a contract match at Destination X. He would lose the fatal four-way to Austin Aries, but he would get signed anyway.

    He was used sparingly until this past February when he faced Jesse Sorenson in a No. 1 contender’s match. In the match, Ion would perform a moonsault to the outside that saw his knee connect hard with Sorenson's head, breaking his neck.

    He would become a definite heel due to what happened and received two title shots against Aries. He would lose both, but stayed in the title hunt.

    It wasn't until Aries vacated the title that Ion really had a chance at winning it. At Destination X, Ion would defeat Flip Cassanova in the first round of a tournament to crown the new champion and then defeated Sonjay Dutt, Kenny King and Mason Andrews in an Ultimate X match to become the new champion.

    Zema Ion obviously remains as champion and will be defending it this Sunday at Hardcore Justice against Kenny King.

Statistics and Final Thoughts

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    Most Reigns: AJ Styles and Jay Lethal (6 each)

    Longest Reign: Austin Aries (298 days)

    Longest Combined Reign: Chris Sabin (4 reigns totaling 338 days) or Kazarian (five reigns at 341 days if you count his reign under the mask of Suicide)

    Shortest Reign: Eric Young (a few minutes)

    TNA was first brought to my attention in November 2003 when I read that Sting was going to appear for a company called NWA-TNA in a tag team match with someone named AJ Styles against Jeff Jarrett and Lex Luger. It was back when TNA was having weekly pay-per-views and since Sting has always been one of my favorite wrestlers, I decided to order the show.

    As I watched the event, I saw my first glimpses of the Monster Abyss, James Storm, CM Punk, Sonjay Dutt as well two ECW legends in Raven and the Sandman. While I ordered the event in order to watch Sting, I stuck around, ordering more and more due to the performance of AJ Styles and a great X-Division match between Christopher Daniels and Low Ki.

    It was the X-Division that kept me coming back for more as I was introduced to great talent like Michael Shane, Chris Sabin, Amazing Red, Kazarian, Petey Williams and so many more.

    X-Division matches were some of the most exciting matches I have ever seen and while names like Sting and Jarrett were around and guys like Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page would come in, my favorite part of each show was always the X-Division.

    The division is not what it used to be, though. It went from being huge to featuring only a few wrestlers at a time. The spotlight is not on the division like it once was, but the men in it are still putting on exciting matches.

    While I would like to see the X-Division go back to what it once was, I don't think it ever will. As long as TNA doesn't scrap the division and the title, though, I'll be happy.

    Thanks for reading! Next up will be the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The title will have to be split into two, though, due to it seeing 136 champions over the years.

    Part one of the WWE Intercontinental Championship will be up as soon as its finished.

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    Sources

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TNA_X_Division_Championship

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