What most fans want is a balance of offerings from the company, a strong main event and mid-card, a bevy of beautiful and ferocious KO's, a balanced Tag-Team scene, and the real hunger for some high-flying, fast-paced, and intensely impactful X-Division action. TNA obviously has limited time each week to fit in an aggressive story slate. A more efficient use of time is obviously needed. But the division that suffers the most is the X-Division, which also happens to be the one division your core audience tends to enjoy the most, and that core has slowly been whittled away. We see a solution, and it is satiating your fans' passion for a division that has been neglected. The following are some of what has been sent to us, and there are many more waiting to be shared. Please share your own statements on the X-Division in the comments: what it means to you, why you want a revived X-Division, and what a revived X-Division looks like. We have a pipeline of statements read to be shared, so pay attention and send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the first of many to come.
TNA Troll (Pay attentiont to Trolls X-Division Avatars!)
Yesterday: (Beatles parody)
Yesterday, the X-Division was great, but it’s faded away
Now TNA hardly gives it the time of day
It’s time to listen to what the fans have to say
Sadly, they’ve taken the joy of the X-Division away from you and me
But the high-flying and high-risk style is what I want to see
TNA needs to regain its identity
This movement is bigger than you and I, so show your X-Division pride
And let’s make #ReviveTheXDivision trend worldwide
Yesterday, the X-Division was a big part of TNA
Remember the Asylum years with NWA
Oh, I pray the X-Division will return to its glory days
I'm real proud of the Old School Dirty Heels. Keep up the great work!
The X-Division is what brought my interest to TNA initially. It made TNA's product stand out from WWE. TNA lost their identity when they shifted focus on signing former WWE/WCW big named talent in order to get themselves to the next level. All along if they just focused on what made TNA different than being like WWE then TNA might have already been to that next level.
It's time to #revivethexdivsion and with your help we can show TNA management that the fans care strongly for the X-Division. We not only want to see it weekly on TV, but with strong emphasis on establishing the division and its characters.
Adding TJ Perkins and Shynron to the roster full time would be my top priority in building the division back up. Both are company guys and already showed interest on Twitter in being back in Impact Wrestling's six-sided ring.
The X Division to many, including people within the company itself, was a defining aspect of what made TNA Wrestling an entertaining alternative like none other. Now, I'm not falling victim to nostalgia, there were definitely negatives. Thankfully, the positives disgustingly outweigh those negatives, but I can't help but make a list of (some of) the bad:
- Kurt Angle winning the championship (along with the World Heavyweight Championship, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and the Tag Team Championships... yeah, #ThankYouKurt, but I'm not forgetting that one) as a mere prop to show Kurt's dominance in TNA
- The World Elite "controversy" with the championship (Sheik Abdul Bashir basically handing the championship over to Eric Young, then the championship getting vacated by Jim Cornette anyway)
- Suicide (to quote Rihanna: "Yeah, I said it." I did not care for the video game character come to life.)
- RVD being the champion for 137 days (not to mention ruining AJ Styles' World Championship reign)
The X Division was once about innovation. I remember very clearly the three elements which got my dad into TNA: AJ Styles, Petey Williams' Canadian Destroyer, and the Ultimate X. Some people want to try giving AJ the Chris Benoit treatment nowadays, but I won't turn a blind eye to the fact that he was a big part of the X Division, and TNA as a whole. Who doesn't remember AJ Styles springboarding from the outside of the ring to snatch the X Division Championship away from Petey Williams and Chris Sabin? Who, might I add, they themselves were hanging upside-down from the Ultimate X structure. Who doesn't remember AJ Styles' leaping over a (very lively Orlando) crowd to forearm Abyss at LockDown '05? Who doesn't remember how cool the Canadian Destroyer looked, regardless of how ridiculous a flip piledriver was? Who else remembers when Ultimate X was not only an important match which had a build-up to, but didn't have generic, very telegraphed moments, leaving the crowd underwhelmed a good majority of the time? Who can forget the Unbreakable triple-threat?
The thing with the X Division of today is, it lacks surprise, innovation, and importance. Some will say it's hard to innovate or surprise nowadays when it's all been said and done, but I'm against that thinking. Wrestlers are still innovating and finding new ways to do something, it's just a matter of whether or not pro wrestling companies allow them to show it. I think what I love so much about PWG these days is the fact that it's truly shown what "No Limits" can be like. They blend all these styles together, and still manage to be hard hitting and fast-paced. When their shows sell out minutes after tickets go on sale, and celebrities such as Ronda Rousey, multiple members of the True Blood cast (Joe Manganiello, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, and Chris Bauer), Sophia Vergara, Hayley Williams (frontwoman to the band Paramore), Gillian Jacobs, Ron Funches, and a number of *ahem* adult stars all endorse PWG, they must be doing something right... right? And I think that's exactly what TNA needs again.
To me, it's not about reviving the X Division, or making it great again, it's about making it #GreaterThanGreat. The X Division used to be the focal point of innovation in professional wrestling. But right now, it's become a version of the final couple of years of the WWE's now defunct cruiserweight division. No more settling for average luchadores such as Tigre Uno as the face of the division; no more meaningless multi-man Ultimate X matches. TNA have the power to build a strong foundation for a new, revived, and evolved X Division. They just have to finally look at what they have in their hands right now, rather than wait for them to slip through, and regret not keeping them around before (PJ Black, Brian Cage, Anthony Nese, Marty Scurll, Alex Shelley, Low Ki, Kenny King, and Trent? to name a few). They do still have Zema Ion, Trevor Lee, Andrew Everett, Mark Andrews, and Tigre Uno. If TNA can put their focus on this group of men to rebuild the division, much like the focus they put on EC3, someday the X Division can become #GreaterThanGreat.
To me, the X-Division represents TNA's identity. They're what separated them from the pack. But ever since the Hogan/Bischoff era, the division has lost its magic. There seems to be no support from backstage, and it seems to continue now they're only showcased just to silenced fans. When i think of the X-Division, I always go back to AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels vs Samoa Joe at Unbreakable 2005 and how they had their own personalities. And I feel like that is what's lacking now. I feel what they need is someone with the ability to go beyond the division, which is why I'm such a huge advocate of Noam Dar. I would like to see Will Ospreay, but I know he is with New Japan. And also Shynron. And also Mark Haskins. And bring back Sanada, who I'm a fan of. And maybe give DJZ a push as well. The X Division can be great again.
Total Non-Stop Action is the name of the wrestling company that we all love, and my first exposure to said company lived up to its name. As a devoted WCW fan from the time I was nine until the company went out of business, I felt like a fan without a home after WCW was bought by Vince McMahon and the WWF. I had heard rumblings of former WCW World Champ and star Jeff Jarrett starting up a wrestling company. In 2002, I ordered a pay-per-view and what I saw was simply breath-taking. August 21st, 2002: I watched a triple threat ladder match for the X-Division title, this match featured the champion Low-Ki defending against a guy I remembered from watching some ECW, Jerry Lynn, and a wrestler that was vaguely familiar from WCW, AJ Styles. For the next twenty minutes, I was dazzled, amazed, and astonished at what these three men did, I was hooked as a fan of Total Nonstop Action. What better way to describe this match, it was simply TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION. As a wrestling fan without a home, I had found home.
After seeing that match, for the next ten years I never missed a pay-per-view, television show, and attended numerous tapings, as I only lived six hours from Orlando. I would take trips to Orlando on a regular basis for one purpose only, to see TNA Impact live and in person. However, as the focus on the X Division began to wane, so has my interest in Total Nonstop Action and Impact. Gone are names like AJ Styles, Austin Aries, Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Samoa Joe, Chris Sabin, Low-Ki, Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Amazing Red, and other X Division legends. Over the years, these legends have been replaced by names like Orlando Jordan, The Nasty Boys, Grado, Chris Melendez, Black Reign, Rellik, and others who pale in comparison to their X-Division counterparts. No longer was Total Nonstop Action defined by the death-defying X-Division, but by silly cartoon characters.
As I see ratings continue to slip over the years for TNA, people are asking what the solution is. To me the answer is clear and simple, restore the X-Division to its former glory. I believe that putting a strong emphasis on the X-Division once again. With stars like Tigre Uno, Trevor Lee, Andrew Everett, Zema Ion, and Mark Andrew—the foundation is solid. Simply add a couple more independent stars and actually give them time to develop characters and have the phenomenal matches they are capable of, and the X Division can be restored to glory once again. Simply put, I believe in the power of the X-Division.
Nothing would make me happier as a fan than to see Total Nonstop Action climb to prominence once gain. Become the staple of excitement you once were, rather than the butt of the joke that you have become to so many. If a triple ladder match could win over a seventeen year old in 2002, I believe that young and old fans alike can be won over once again by the incredible display of athleticism that can only be found in the X-Division. It's time for the X-Division to be synonymous with TNA once again. It's time for TNA to once again become the home of the best wrestling on the planet through the X-Division. It's time for a revival in wrestling. It's time for a revival in Total Nonstop Action. It's time to revive and restore the X-Division.
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