Once again, we are hearing the promises of a prominent X-Division. But we are so disillusioned by past ingratiation TNA has given us and suddenly let fall apart yet again. We as fans are hear to state to TNA our hopes for a revived X-Division. One that is featured not just on the whim of when it is suitable to throw a tiny bone to the fans in a half-hearted attempt to win them back but with regularity and importance. It means every week there is something to chew on in the X-Division. It means matches are allowed to bring back that once great style that made people fans of the division and TNA in the first place, not flashes in the pan. It means promotion, attention, and a competitive atmosphere that feels important, on par with where this division once stood. These are our statements to TNA about our desire for the X-Division:
Let's face facts, even though TNA was built on the X Division in its early years, that division hasn't been a central focus for many year. In the Pioneer Years of TNA, the company had to rely on the high-flying antics of the X Division to get the company attention. Eventually though, the Heavyweight Division became credible as the company signed many big names.
Right now, IMPACT Wrestling is once again in the same position. They have lost a lot of star talent and need some sizzle to their product. WWE and Lucha Underground seem to understand that there is a place for the high flyers of professional wrestling. TNA has an okay foundation to build off of but there is still more work to do.
They need to consistently give the division television time. A few weeks at a time isn't enough. Taking two weeks off and one week on doesn't work. They need to be treated more like the Knockouts with TV time every week. They also need to expand the ranks of the division to include more names. These names need to be show-stealers. If you let these talented guys go out there and try and steal the show with what they are given, they may be able to give TNA the attention it needs.
I was a disaffected wrestling fan from 2001 to mid-2011. The X-Division was a major aspect of what drew me back to being a professional wrestling fan, and more specifically a TNA fan. It brought back the excitement and magic the cruiserweights of WCW held over me. That excitement has been missing in the TNA product for a long time now, with only failed attempts or half-hearted nods to the past happening in the last few years. I cannot truly be happy as a wrestling fan until the X-Division is back to what it can be, a regular and persistent source of fast-paced, intense wrestling that it is meant to be.
It may sound super cheesy, corny, and downright cliche, but the X-Division really is what pulled me into TNA Wrestling. At the time, pro wrestling was as bad as it ever was (heck, probably ever been) with one option for fans. Then this new company provided a fresh style of wrestling that was fast paced, innovative, and exciting. For me, it was what WCW's Crusierweight division was, except it had this certain hunger and desire behind it.
The other reason for my pro wrestling love of the X-Division is indirect - it offers variety to the overall product. I miss when The X-Division was this video game style action, which set it apart, yet, gave a portion of of the overall audience what they wanted. The variety of styles, matches, and pace was really what made the overall product so dynamic and so must-see.
For me, I truly believe in the X-Division and still think it's a pillar of the company that makes it different. The belt represented a workhorse/entertaining/daredevil style that lent to the die hard fan. The division wasn't defined. It wasn't the typical, status quo, and in my opinion cookie-cutter, mid-card title. The X-Divison title was unique in that it was ambiguous, and that carried a mystique intriguing enough that it defined it's prestige.
In my opinion, just my two cents, the greatest detriment to the X-Divison over the years were various (and multiple) creative regimes attempting to define it, or put it in some type of think-box.
As always, I'm for making the X-Divison great again. A division with investment, purpose, substance, hunger, diversity, and of course, that continues a legacy that has been soiled for far too long.
To me, the X in X-Division stands for excitement. The X-Division adds pure excitement to the show offering a break from the intense drama and storylines that accompany the main event scene. Without that break, the whole show just becomes cumbersome to watch.
One of the most exciting things to have ever come from TNA were the high flying and fast paced action known as the X-Division. A division that featured many talented stars throughout TNA's history and that fans are hungry to see once again. There was a reason why special events such as Destination X, Ultimate X and Xtravaganza were specially designed for the X-Division, so that these talented athletes could continue to entertain and showcase their skills through different platforms. It's disheartening for TNA fans to see the amount of step backs the once glorious division had and it's gotten to the point where if the company don't seem to care for the division, then why should fans? Prove us wrong TNA, give the X-Division new life again through new talents, compelling storytelling and a commitment to feature them on a weekly basis!
As someone who has watched TNA from the very first Wednesday night PPV, the X Division holds a special place in the heart of this wrestling fan. In those sordid days of yore, the seed of TNA scratched and scrabbled to break through and find the sunlight amid the ashes that remained of the last of the sentinels that stood against Vince McMahon's vision for world domination. Or at least, the world of sports entertainment. TNA struggled not only against the odds, but against the demons of the past who sought to possess them, usurping their undefined identity.
Dusty NWA tradition butted heads with reckless Russonomics. Jackie Fargo strutted as scantily clad cage girls showed off what moves they had - and watching over all was a midget beating off in a trash can. However, I held on to hope - somewhere in that Pandora's Box of bad ideas emerged TNA's Giving Tree of Greatness. A taste of the time honored artistry of professional wrestling, amped up with a shot of adrenaline that wowed every crowd who witnessed it. WCW's fabled cruiserweights evolved, with the daredevil spirit of the X-Games. Wrestling with no limits. For me, this was a reason to shell out 10 dollars every Wednesday and cringe my way through most of the show.
Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Low Ki, Amazing Red, Kid Kash and others, giving us something nobody else could quite match. A grizzled veteran of aerial warfare leading hungry young heroes, all out to prove wrestling's future belonged to them. At its best, the X Division IS the best. As I sat in the crowd at Bound For Glory 2009, my friend's wife - who is so far from a wrestling fan, she wouldn't have known to pop for a surprise Stone Cold appearance at the show, or much of anything else that happened - stood up and applauded the Ultimate X match. The X Division is meant to be a breathtaking spectacle - elite in-ring performers going out there and making you forget that perhaps they aren't the biggest guys around, or the smoothest on the microphone, because you're too busy wondering what in the Hell happened to gravity.
WWE can snap up just about any talent they want, but they will never match the action of the X Division at its best, because they will never try to. Young wrestlers going out there and stealing the show with death defying acrobatics and lightning-paced action goes against everything they stand for, even when they have talent who are perfectly capable of doing so. TNA, USE that. Stand out, as you once did. Make the X Division great again!
The beloved X-Division was something WWE never had. The X Division was amazing, it always stood out and provided a “holy shit” moment at least once per show. I knew that no matter how bad the storylines and main event scenes may be in TNA at times that the X-Division would always make every show stick out and be worth watching. It was the backbone of TNA, and truthfully TNA no longer has that same center. The X-Division was the second-coming of the beloved WCW Cruiserweight division, and the truth is, it was better than the CW division for most of TNA’s existence. The division faded in quality and has only been allowed to get worse, and it has broken my heart, pissed me off, and done the same to other fans, and the biggest difference is that unlike them I still tune in.
What the X-Division means to me is the smaller guys going out there with no limits to restrict them and putting out the best wrestling on the planet, and offers something the WWE never has been able to and hopefully never will. Some call it spot fests, others call them vanilla midgets…we all say bullshit! People refer to Turning Point 2004 and Elix Skipper scaling the cage but I say Petey vs Sabin was just as rememberable; the match at Unbreakable which may have been the best match ever anywhere; Senshi v Sabin stealing BFG in 2006; LockDown 2009; the four way match for the contract at Destination X 2011 and a year later the winner of that match created option-C and won the belt. These are moments that stick out for life for me and it’s soleley due to the X-Division. The X Division is AJ, Daniels, Samoa Joe, Aries, Machine Guns, Kazarian, Low-Ki, Jay Lethal, Jerry Lynn and many more of the best wrestlers of this generation. The X Division is what made TNA great. Today the X Division could and should have been Rubix, Shynron, Trent Baretta, Eddie Edwards, TJ Perkins, Zema Ion, Trevor Lee, Andrew Everett, Killshot, Mark Andrews, Rockstar Spud, Kenny King and more. The X Division is what defines TNA.
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There’s one moment in TNA history that has stayed with me. That moment is when Elix Skipper walked across the top of the steel cage and performed a hurricanrana on Chris Harris. Whenever I think back to this moment, the goosebumps start and that feeling washes over me. As a TNA fan, you knew that when you got home and turned on TNA, that you were going to see something exciting, something different than the dominate US promotion. The action was fast-paced and intense. The rivalries were enthralling. The Impact Zone that we know today, was alive with the sound of “Holy Shit! Holy Shit!” What TNA offered was different, and it was desirable. Moments like these you were like a badge of honor. When you told someone you were a wrestling fan, they may give you a snide remark. But, when you told them about what TNA was doing nightly, they, too, became interested.
Fast forward and we see a different landscape. Granted, TNA has some good matches. From time to time they even have great matches. But, this is a far cry from what we used to receive on a regular basis. As TNA slowly strangled the life out of the X-Division, my heart began to match the beat of the lifeless division. For too long, TNA dangled the few talents that remain, like carrots in front of a mule. Giving just enough to make us believe that things could be, would be different. Now, the competing companies are starting to offer things that TNA used to give us regularly. That carrot has gotten much less appealing. As someone who’s invested so much of himself into TNA, I want it to be them, not the newcomers, or the old empire attempting to find their next vein of gold, to catch fire and revitalize what they used to do so well. Look at where we are at. TNA has tried many things. They’ve stepped away from what made them successful. Like the prodigal son, they’ve strayed in search of fame and fortune, not knowing that what they already had was what made them rich. There’s over a million of us out there, fan’s who’ve tuned out. It’s not too late to give them what it is that they used to have. It’s not too late to right the ship. TNA, it’s up to you. It’s up to you to restore the hallowed institution of the X-Division to its former glory. There’s still a flame there. As much as you’ve tried to quench it, it’s still alive. Let it breathe, fan it. Fan it to flame, TNA! Make the X-Division great, again.
This is only the beginning for us. We urge you to join in. Please share this on Twitter and throughout the wrestling world. Join us in the movement of letting TNA know just how much we desire a true X-Division revival. Tweet using #RevivetheXDivision and share others' tweets in this effort. It will probably take a whole lot for TNA to listen and follow through. So here are things you can do to help the effort:
1.) This is the first round of fan statements on the X-Division movement. Please send in yours to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will include you on the next salvo.
2.) Tweet, share, and encourage others to do the same throughout social media. Use #RevivetheXDivision and link our media, like this article and this YouTube link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI5x1ISSMzE), including Twitter handles of TNA higher-ups and wrestlers.
3.) Write to Dixie Carter, John Gaburick, Billy Corgan, Bob Ryder, Dave Lagana and others that you know of in TNA to let them know your love for the X-Division's true style and desire to see it return. We ask you to be nothing but cordial. We don't condone any threats or harassment of TNA officials or wrestlers.
4.) Shout from the mountain tops. Let TNA know what the fans want!
Together, let's Make the X-Division Great again!