TNA X Division Championship

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TNA X Division Championship
New TNA X Division Championship.jpg
The TNA X Division Championship belt
(July 19, 2013 – Present)
Details
Current champion(s) Seiya Sanada
Promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Date established June 19, 2002[1][2]
Other name(s)
  • NWA X Championship[3]
  • NWA–TNA X Championship[3]
  • NWA–TNA X Division Championship[4]
Past design(s)

TNA X Divison Championship.JPG

A black leather strap decorated with gold and silver plaques. The center plate has an enlarged red letter "X" with the word "Title" written directly below it.

The TNA X Division Championship is a professional wrestling championship owned by the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) promotion. It is primarily defended in TNA and (as per a talent exchange agreement) also in Wrestle-1 as well.[7] It debuted on June 19, 2002 at the taping of TNA's second weekly pay-per-view (PPV) event.[1]

Like most professional wrestling championships, the title is won as a result of a scripted match. There have been 65 reigns among 30 wrestlers.[4] The title has previously been known as the NWA X Championship, the NWA–TNA X Championship, and the NWA–TNA X Division Championship.[4][3]

History[edit]

X Division[edit]

Inaugural and six-time champion AJ Styles.

The TNA X Division was established on June 19, 2002 at Total Nonstop Action's first weekly PPV event with a Six Man Tag Team match resulting in Jimmy Yang, Jorge Estrada, and Sonny Siaki—collectively known as The Flying Elvises—defeating A.J. Styles, Jerry Lynn, and Low Ki.[1][8] Later that day at the taping of the next weekly PPV event, TNA introduced the X Division Championship—then known as the X Championship—to showcase the division more prominently.[1][8] The division is described as wrestling reinvented, as it takes traditional wrestling and mixes it with the fast paced, high–risk style of wrestling incorporated in cruiserweight divisions and lucha libre.[8] The division was until 2011 promoted under the motto "It is not about weight limits, it is about no limits" by commentator Mike Tenay.[8][9][10][11] On the August 11, 2011, edition of TNA's primary television program, Impact Wrestling, TNA authority figure Eric Bischoff announced that from that point onwards the X Division would have a weight limit of 225 lb (102 kg).[12] Following Hulk Hogan becoming the new on-screen general manager in March 2012, the weight limit was quietly repealed, as evidenced on June 10, 2012, at Slammiversary when the 280 lb (130 kg) Samoa Joe was allowed to challenge for the belt.[13][14] and on October 2012, when 237 lb (108 kg) Rob Van Dam challenged for, and eventually won, the title at Bound for Glory.[15][16]

Speciality matches[edit]

Two men, one in yellow trunks while the other in red trunks, battling, while hanging by red steel ropes, to retrieve a championship belt, which is suspended on the ropes
A.J. Styles [yellow trunks] and Christopher Daniels [red trunks] during an Ultimate X match in 2006

The Total Nonstop Action X Division has multiple styles of match types used to showcase the talent within the division and to defend the TNA X Division Championship in more marketable matches. Three of the matches used in TNA are the Ultimate X match, The Steel Asylum, and the Xscape match.

  • The Ultimate X match was introduced in 2003.[17] It involves multiple competitors racing to retrieve the X Division Championship or a giant red letter "X", which is suspended above the ring by two cables.[11][17] The cables are attached to posts that stand behind the turnbuckles of the ring.[11][17] These cables intertwine to form an "X" over the center of the ring.[11][17] This match has become successful in TNA; it was featured in the 2008 DVD "TNA: Ultimate Matches", released by TNA Home Video.[18]
  • The Steel Asylum made its debut in May 2008 at TNA's Sacrifice PPV event, under the name "The TerrorDome".[19] It was used once again in October 2008 at their Bound for Glory IV PPV event, under the new and current moniker "The Steel Asylum".[20][21] As of April 2014, this match has only been used to determine the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship.[19][21] The layout of the match involves the ring being surrounded by a giant red steel barred cage with a domed ceiling.[20] The only way to achieve victory is to escape the cage through a hole in the center of the ceiling.[22]
  • The Xscape match is the third specialty match primarily used in TNA. It is held annually at TNA's Lockdown PPV event in April—an all–steel cage format PPV event.[23][24][25][26][27] The first two Xscape matches were held to determine the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship, while, since 2007, it has been contested for the X Division Championship.[23][24][25][26][27] The contest involves four to six participants. To win this match, two or more participants—depending on how many are involved in the encounter—must be eliminated by pinfall or submission leaving only two participants.[24] These two men then race to see who escapes the cage first to claim victory.[28]

Creation[edit]

The championship was created and debuted before the main event at the taping of TNA's second weekly PPV event on June 19, 2002; the event aired on June 26, 2002.[1] Later, A.J. Styles defeated Low Ki, Jerry Lynn, and Psicosis in a Four Way Double Elimination match to be crowned the inaugural champion;[29] this match was announced as being for the NWA X Championship on the onscreen graphic while the ring announcer stated it was for the "NWA–TNA X Championship".[1][3] Afterwards, the title was renamed the NWA–TNA X Division Championship and then shortened to just the TNA X Division Championship.[4] This is the oldest title in TNA.

Option C[edit]

Four-time champion Austin Aries, whose 301-day long first reign is the longest reign in TNA history. He was not defeated for the title, as his reign ended voluntarily when he chose to invoke "Option C" at Destination X for a World Heavyweight Championship match.

Option C is a concept in which the current X Division Champion may voluntarily vacate the championship in exchange for a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match at that year's Destination X event. It began in June 2012 when then-champion Austin Aries said that he was not satisfied with being just the X Division Champion, which led to then-General Manager Hulk Hogan offering him a match for the World Heavyweight Championship, but only if he first vacated the X Division Championship (as Hogan didn't want the same wrestler holding both titles).

Aries agreed to Hogan's terms, on the condition that the X Division Champion be given the same opportunity in future years. Aries would then relinquish the X Division Championship. The following year, Hogan asked then-champion Chris Sabin if he wanted to vacate the championship and challenge for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, which Sabin accepted. Below are a table of the results of those matches:

Champion World Champion Destination X Date Result
1 Austin Aries Bobby Roode 2012 July 8, 2012 Aries defeated Roode to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion
2 Chris Sabin Bully Ray 2013 July 18, 2013 Sabin defeated Ray to become the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion

Unifications and outside defenses[edit]

In July 2002, the X Division Champion AJ Styles defended the title against Adam Jacobs and David Young at Ring of Honor's Crowning a Champion, the first defence outside TNA.[30] In May 2003, before the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling All-Stars' (WWA) foreclosure, then NWA–TNA X Division champion Chris Sabin defeated WWA International Cruiserweight Champion Jerry Lynn, Frankie Kazarian, and Johnny Swinger in a Four Corners championship unification match to unify the X Division Championship with the WWA International Cruiserweight Championship.[4][31] On Winter 2004, Petey Williams defended the title in various IWA-Mid South events.


During Christopher Daniels' first reign in mid-2005, he defended the X Division Championship at several Pro Wrestling Guerrilla shows. The first defense happened at All Star Weekend - Night One on April 1 against Alex Shelley, while the second occurred at All Star Weekend – Night Two on April 2 against Chris Hero; Daniels won both encounters retaining the championship.[32][33] At Jason Takes PWG on May 13, Daniels fought A.J. Styles for the X Division Championship and Styles' PWG Championship to a one-hour time-limit draw.[34] Daniels successfully defended the X Division Title two more times in PWG; once at Guitarmageddon on June 11 against El Generico, while once at The 2nd Annual PWG Bicentennial Birthday Extravaganza - Night One on July 9 against fellow TNA wrestler Chris Sabin.[35][36] In September 2005 at TNA's Unbreakable PPV event, the TNA X Division Championship was defended in the main event for the first time at a monthly PPV event; then-champion Christopher Daniels defended the championship against A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe.[37] The title was once again defended in the main event of a monthly event at TNA's August 2007 Hard Justice PPV event, where Kurt Angle defeated Samoa Joe to win the TNA X Division and the TNA World Tag Team Championship and retain the TNA World Heavyweight and IGF's version of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.[38] This win made Angle the only person in the history of TNA to hold every active championship at the same time; TNA World, X Division, and World Tag Team.[39]

On March 4, 2014, The title was defended in Japan as part of Kaisen: Outbreak - a supershow event promoted by Wrestle-1 in partnership with TNA - where the title was won by Wrestle-1 star Seiya Sanada.[40] On March 22, Sanada defended and successfully retained the title on a Wrestle-1 show.[41]

Belt designs[edit]

In May 2007, the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) ended their five-year partnership with TNA, which allowed the NWA to regain control over the NWA World Heavyweight and World Tag Team Championships that TNA had controlled since June 2002.[42] TNA then introduced a new TNA X Division Championship belt on the May 16, 2007 edition of TNA's online podcast TNA Today.[43][44][45] Jeremy Borash and Management Director Jim Cornette, TNA's on-screen authority figure at the time, unveiled the new belt and awarded it to then-champion Chris Sabin.[43]

On July 19, 2013, TNA President Dixie Carter unveiled a new design for the championship via her Twitter account.[46]

Reigns[edit]

Record eight time champion Chris Sabin.

The inaugural champion was A.J. Styles, who won the championship by defeating Low Ki, Jerry Lynn, and Psicosis in a Four Way Double Elimination match on June 19, 2002 at TNA's second weekly PPV event.[1][4] At 301 days, Austin Aries' first reign holds the record for longest in the title's history.[4] At less than one day, Eric Young's only reign, and Chris Sabin's sixth reign are the shortest in the title's history.[6] Chris Sabin holds the record for most reigns with eight.

Seiya Sanada is the current champion in his first reign. He defeated Austin Aries on March 2, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan at Kaisen: Outbreak.[40]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Martin, Adam (2002-06-26). "Full NWA-TNA Pay Per View Results - 6/26". WrestleView.com. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  2. ^ a b "TNA X Division Championship History". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Archive.org. Archived from the original on 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d TNA Wrestling (2009-07-01). "June 2002: The First TNA X Title Match". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (YouTube). Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Roelfsema, Eric; Sam Falcitelli; Earl Oliver. "TNA X Division Championship history". Jump City Promotions. Solie.org. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  5. ^ "History Of The TNA World Championships (as of August 2008)". TNA Wrestling.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  6. ^ a b Sokol, Chris; Sokol, Bryan (2008-12-11). "Final Resolution: The Mafia makes strides". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
  7. ^ "X Division Title defense at Wrestle-1 event". Wrestle-1. Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
  8. ^ a b c d Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. TNA Wrestling: Year One. Total Nonstop Action Home Video. "Stated during the Don West interview." 
  9. ^ Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. TNA Wrestling: The Best of the X Division Vol. 1. TNA Home Video. Event occurs at Throughout entire DVD. 
  10. ^ Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling: The Best of the X Division Vol. 2. TNA Home Video. Event occurs at Throughout entire DVD. 
  11. ^ a b c d Schomburg, Eric (2005-10-23). "TNA's Best of the X Division Volume 1: DVD Review". American Chronicle.com. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  12. ^ TNA Wrestling (2011-08-11). "Eric Bishoff Imposes New Rules on the X Division". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (YouTube). Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  13. ^ "Samoa Joe". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  14. ^ "Slammiversary Results: New Champions, 1st TNA Hall Of Famer, Christian and more!". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. 2012-06-10. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  15. ^ "Rob Van Dam". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  16. ^ Caldwell, James (2012-10-11). "Caldwell's TNA Impact results 10/11/12: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of live Impact - final PPV hype, triple main event". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  17. ^ a b c d Martin, Adam (2003-08-21). "Full NWA TNA PPV results - 8/20/03 (NEW X Division Champion and more)". WrestleView.com. Retrieved 2009-07-24. "Michael Shane defeated Chris Sabin & Frankie Kazarian in a first ever Ultimate X Match to become the NEW X Division Champion. The rules of this match is that there is poles on all four corners of the TNA ring and 4 cables connected to each pole to form a giant X above the ring. The X Divison [sic] Championship will be hanging in the middle of that X. No ladders are allowed in the match to the competitors must climb the cables to get belt hanging above the ring." 
  18. ^ Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. TNA Wrestling: Ultimate Matches. TNA Home Video. 
  19. ^ a b Sokol, Chris (2008-05-13). "TNA Sacrifice: Joe retains; LAX regains". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  20. ^ a b Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2008-09-18). "TNA: The Steel Asylum Returns At Bound For Glory". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (YouTube). Event occurs at 0:00 –0:52. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  21. ^ a b Sokol, Chris; Sokol, Bryan (2008-10-15). "Sting takes title at Bound for Glory". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  22. ^ Martin, Adam (2008-05-11). "Sacrifice PPV results - 5/11 - Orlando, FL (New main event and more)". WrestleView.com. Retrieved 2009-07-24. "The way to win this match is to be the first to exit the top of the TerrorDome." 
  23. ^ a b Keller, Wade (2005-04-24). "Keller's TNA Lockdown PPV report 4/24: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of live event". PWTorch.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  24. ^ a b c Martin, Adam (2006-04-23). "Lockdown PPV Results - 4/23/06 - Orlando, Florida (Lethal Lockdown)". WrestleView.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. "Pinfall and submission rules will apply until only two men remain. The winner must then climb out of the cage to win the match." 
  25. ^ a b Sokol, Chris (2007-04-16). "Lockdown pulled down by gimmick matches". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  26. ^ a b Caldwell, James (2008-04-13). "Caldwell's TNA Lockdown PPV report 4/13: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Joe vs. Angle PPV". PWTorch.com. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  27. ^ a b Sokol, Chris; Sokol, Bryan (2009-04-20). "TNA's lackluster Lockdown". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  28. ^ TNA Wrestling (2008-09-18). "Lockdown 2007: The Xscape Match". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (YouTube). Event occurs at 0:00 –0:52. Retrieved 2009-04-15. "eliminations occur through pinfall or submission, until two men are left, with the winner, the first man to escape the cage." 
  29. ^ Milner, John (2005-02-18). "A.J. Styles bio". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-07-24. "Styles then began wrestling for the newly formed NWA-TNA organization. After teaming with Low-Ki and Jerry Lynn to lose to the Flying Elvises, Styles defeated both of his former partners and Psicosis to win the X Division Championship." 
  30. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=1&nr=1212
  31. ^ Sokol (2006-05-01). "Chris Sabin (bio)". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-06-29. "On May 14th, Sabin defeated Red and Lynn to win the X Division Championship, a title he later unified with the WWA Cruiserweight Championship, when he defeated Lynn (WWA Cruiserweight Champ), Kazarian and Johnny Swinger in a fatal fourway match on World Wrestling All Star's pay-per-view on May 25, 2003." 
  32. ^ "All Star Weekend - Night One". Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.com. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  33. ^ "All Star Weekend - Night two". Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.com. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  34. ^ "Jason Takes PWG". Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.com. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  35. ^ "Guitarmageddon". Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.com. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  36. ^ "The 2nd Annual PWG Bicentennial Birthday Extravaganza - Night One". Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.com. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  37. ^ Lacroix, Corey David (2008-01-15). "Unbreakable an astounding PPV". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  38. ^ Sokol, Chris (2007-08-13). "Bad booking mars Hard Justice". SLAM! Sports: Wrestling. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  39. ^ TNA Wrestling (2009-04-29). "TNA: A Look At Kurt Angle". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (YouTube). Event occurs at 2:07 – 2:23. Retrieved 2009-07-01. "at one time, he not only became the second Triple Crown Champion in TNA history, but the first to hold all three titles at the same time." 
  40. ^ a b "Sanada bio". TNA Wrestling. Retrieved 2014-03-23. 
  41. ^ "Sanada's W-1 X Title Defense". Wrestle-1. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  42. ^ "NWA/Trobich strips TNA/Cage/Team 3D of NWA branded Championships". National Wrestling Alliance. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  43. ^ a b Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007-05-16). "The 5/16 "TNA Today" - New X Title Revealed!". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (YouTube). Event occurs at 0:25 –1:40. Retrieved 2009-06-12. "Borash: All week long we are debuting the brand new TNA titles for the very first time.... Cornette: X Division Champion Chris Sabin for the official presentation of the brand new X Division Championship belt" 
  44. ^ Martin, Adam (2007-05-14). "Antonio Inoki backstage at tapings in Orlando + TNA to unveil new titles". WrestleView.com. Retrieved 2009-06-10. "Borash will also unveil the new TNA Tag Team Titles and TNA X Division Title on Wednesday and Thursday as well." 
  45. ^ Martin, Adam (2007-05-16). "TNA reveals new X Division Title belt, weekend ratings + Sacrifice photos". WrestleView.com. Retrieved 2009-06-10. "The latest edition of "TNA Today" for Wednesday features a presentation of the new TNA X Division Title belt to champion Chris Sabin." 
  46. ^ Carter, Dixie (2013-07-19). "Nex X-Division Championship belt unveiled". impactwrestling.com. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 

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