Ultimate X match
The Ultimate X match is a type of professional wrestling match created by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), mainly used in their X Division. It is considered the "signature match of the X Division," as stated numerous times by Mike Tenay right before an Ultimate X match begins.
Ultimate X is contested by three or more wrestlers of the X Division. Two cables, connected to metal structures rising from the four corners of the ring, cross 15 feet above the middle of the ring. Similar to a ladder match, an object (usually a championship belt or a large red "X") is suspended from where the cables cross. The winner is the first person to take possession of the hung object. After TNA made the transition to a hexagonal ring in June 2004, the cables were suspended from the four turnbuckles that were not perpendicular to the entrance ramp(s).
TNA official Don Callis received on-screen credit for the idea for the Ultimate X match. The tagline "No Limits and No Ladders" was added to the first match to emphasize the change. In this first match, bare steel wires, which were not secured in the center, were used above the ring, allowing them to bounce separately and causing the belt to tear off twice, requiring it to be reattached. In all future matches, standard ring cables were used, and the ropes were secured at their crossing. Matches are typically referred to by number ("Ultimate X1", "Ultimate X2", etc.). TNA has not noted the numeratical order by name, however. This has only been practiced by fans since X4. The Ultimate X match type is a match type in the TNA Impact! game, released in September 2008.
After Ultimate X-04, in which Michael Shane and Kazarian pulled the championship belt down at the same time, it was ruled that if both combatants land on the mat while still holding the object, they are declared "co-winners".
During Ultimate X-06, Chris Sabin and Petey Williams detached the belt at the same time when A.J. Styles jumped from the top rope to snatch the belt from them while they were still hanging from the ropes, taking sole possession and landing on the mat, winning the title.
During Ultimate X-07, the belt was initially pulled down by A.J. Styles; however, Christopher Daniels hit Styles with his Angels Wings finisher and took the belt away from Styles, and was declared the winner because the referee was knocked out, and did not realize that Styles first detached the title.
During Ultimate X-08, the object (the red "X") was partially detached, but both Chris Sabin and Michael Shane fell, and the X dropped, untouched, to the ground. Referee Mark "Slick" Johnson stopped anyone from taking it and had officials rehang it. When it fell later, it fell into the waiting arms of Petey Williams and he was declared the winner. The decision was held up, as this was not the planned finish, and a rematch was held (Ultimate X-09) soon after.
Although Ultimate X matches are considered no-disqualification, interference and the use of weapons are rare. Wrestlers are not allowed to use a ladder as a way to grab the object, although technically they may use one as a weapon. In Ultimate X14, however, Team 3D got away with using a ladder because the referee was knocked out.
Ultimate X-04 was the first match of its kind to take place in a hexagonal ring.
Ultimate X-07 used a variation of the rules, called the Ultimate X Challenge. The match began under standard tag team rules, yet once a decision occurred, the wrestler who lost the decision was eliminated from the match. The remaining three competitors then wrestling under Three way dance rules to eliminate another competitor. The remaining two competitors then wrestled the Ultimate X match to determine the ultimate winner.
Ultimate X-11 was the first tag team Ultimate X match. It was contested by two teams (for the NWA World Tag Team Championship) in a way similar to a Texas Tornado match with all four competitors attempting to obtain the object (one of the two title belts). The team of the wrestler that retrieves the belt won the match and the title.
Ultimate X-12 was the first Ultimate X Gauntlet match. It began as a ten-man Gauntlet for the Gold, with entries at timed intervals and eliminations allowed. Elimination occurred when a competitor went over the top rope and hit the floor. After all 10 participants have entered, the wrestlers still eligible in the match attempted to obtain the object (the red "X") and win the match. This time, the normal Ultimate X structure was replaced with the Elevation X structure. The Elevation X structure has been used in all matches since Ultimate X17.
Ultimate X14 was the first six-man tag team Ultimate X match. It was held at Final Resolution 2008, pitting Team 3D and Johnny Devine against X Division Champion Jay Lethal and the Motor City Machine Guns. Team 3D broke an "unwritten rule" by using the ladder to retrieve the X Division Championship.
Ultimate X20 was the first Ultimate X match since Ultimate X3 to take place in a four sided ring.
Ultimate X21 was the first Ultimate X match to feature only two wrestlers and the first that could also be won via submission.
Elevation X was a match variant of Ultimate X that took place only twice, in 2007 and 2008, both at Destination X. In the shape of giant X, the platforms were raised 15 feet above the ring. The two participants would start at the ground level, climb their way up, and finish the match there. The loser is the wrestler who takes the fall from the scaffold into the ring below. After 2008, the match would no longer be contested due to safety concerns. Rhino has participated in and won both matches as he defeated AJ Styles the first year and James Storm in the second and final year of the match. After the match was scrapped, the scaffolds would be occasionally used for Ultimate X matches, especially when there was a high number of wrestlers in the match.
Ultimate X matches
|No.||Match (if no championship is listed, then that means the big red "X" was the prize for the match)||Event, Date and Location|
|1||Michael Shane defeated Chris Sabin (c) and Frankie Kazarian to win the TNA X Division Championship||Weekly PPV 58
August 20, 2003
|2||Chris Sabin defeated Michael Shane (c), Christopher Daniels and Low Ki to win the TNA X Division Championship||Weekly PPV 76
January 7, 2004
|3||Chris Sabin (Team TNA) defeated Petey Williams (Team Canada) and Hector Garza (Team Mexico) to win the 2004 TNA World X Cup||Weekly PPV 96
May 26, 2004
|4||Michael Shane and Frankie Kazarian defeated A.J. Styles (c) to become TNA X Division co-champions||Weekly PPV 105
July 28, 2004
|5||Chris Sabin defeated Elix Skipper and Sonjay Dutt to become the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship||The Best Damn Sports Show Period
November 10, 2004
|6||A.J. Styles defeated Petey Williams (c) and Chris Sabin to win the TNA X Division Championship||Final Resolution
January 16, 2005
|7||Christopher Daniels defeated A.J. Styles (c), Elix Skipper and Ron Killings to win the TNA X Division Championship||Destination X
March 13, 2005
|8||Petey Williams defeated Matt Bentley (Michael Shane) and Chris Sabin to become the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship||Bound for Glory
October 23, 2005
|9||Petey Williams defeated Matt Bentley and Chris Sabin to become the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship||TNA Impact!
November 3, 2005
|10||Christopher Daniels defeated Samoa Joe (c) and A.J. Styles to win the TNA X Division Championship||Destination X
March 12, 2006
|11||A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels defeated The Latin American Exchange (Homicide and Hernandez) to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship||No Surrender
September 24, 2006
|12||Christopher Daniels defeated Jay Lethal, Kaz (Frankie Kazarian), Homicide, Sonjay Dutt, Shark Boy, Elix Skipper, Puma, Senshi (Low-Ki) and Petey Williams to become the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship||Victory Road
July 15, 2007
|13||The Latin American Exchange (Homicide and Hernandez) defeated Triple X (Senshi and Elix Skipper) to become the number one contenders to the TNA World Tag Team Championship||Bound for Glory
October 14, 2007
|14||Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) and Johnny Devine defeated Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin)||Final Resolution
January 6, 2008
|15||Volador Jr. (Team Mexico) defeated Daivari (Team International), Kaz (Team TNA) and Naruki Doi (Team Japan) to win the 2008 TNA World X Cup Tournament||Victory Road
July 13, 2008
|16||Suicide (Christopher Daniels) defeated Alex Shelley (c), Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed to win the TNA X Division Championship||Destination X
March 15, 2009
|17||Amazing Red (c) defeated Homicide, Daniels, Suicide (Frankie Kazarian), Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin to retain the TNA X Division Championship||Bound for Glory
October 18, 2009
|18||The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) defeated Lethal Consequences (Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed) to become the number one contenders to the TNA World Tag Team Championship||TNA Impact!
October 22, 2009
|19||Doug Williams (c) defeated Daniels, Suicide, Amazing Red and Chris Sabin to retain the TNA X Division Championship||Live event
January 30, 2010
|20||The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) defeated Generation Me (Jeremy Buck and Max Buck) to become the number one contenders to the TNA World Tag Team Championship||Destination X
March 21, 2010
|21||Douglas Williams defeated Brian Kendrick via submission to retain the TNA X Division Championship||Victory Road
July 11, 2010
|22||The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) defeated Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode)||TNA Impact!
August 5, 2010
|23||Kazarian defeated Mr. Anderson||TNA Impact!
October 21, 2010
|24||Kazarian defeated Jeremy Buck, Max Buck and Robbie E to retain the TNA X Division Championship||Victory Road
March 13, 2011
|25||Alex Shelley defeated Amazing Red, Robbie E and Shannon Moore to become the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship||Destination X
July 10, 2011
|26||Brian Kendrick defeated Abyss to retain the TNA X Division Championship||Impact Wrestling
July 28, 2011
|27||Austin Aries defeated Chris Sabin and Zema Ion to retain the TNA X Division Championship||Impact Wrestling
June 14, 2012
|28||Zema Ion defeated Kenny King, Mason Andrews and Sonjay Dutt to win the vacant TNA X Division Championship||Destination X
July 8, 2012
|29||Kenny King defeated Zema Ion, Rubix and Mason Andrews||X-Travaganza
January 12, 2013
|30||Chris Sabin defeated Kenny King and Suicide to win the TNA X Division Championship||Slammiversary XI
June 2, 2013
|31||Manik defeated Greg Marasciulo and Sonjay Dutt to win the vacant TNA X Division Championship||Impact Wrestling
July 18, 2013
|32||Chris Sabin defeated Manik (c) Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe and Austin Aries to win the TNA X Division Championship||Bound for Glory
October 20, 2013
San Diego, California
|33||Low Ki defeated Rashad Cameron, Kenny King, Ace Vedder, Sonjay Dutt and Tigre Uno||X-Travaganza 2
April 12, 2014
|34||The Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) defeated The Revolution (The Great Sanada & Manik) and The BroMans (DJZ and Jessie Godderz) to retain the TNA World Tag Team Championship||Impact Wrestling
January 31, 2015
|35||Rockstar Spud defeated DJ Z, Kenny King, Tigre Uno, Crazzy Steve and Manik||X-Travaganza 3
February 15, 2015
|36||Jeff & Matt Hardy defeated The Beat Down Clan (Kenny King & Low Ki), Ethan Carter III & Bram, and Bobby Roode & Austin Aries to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship||Impact Wrestling
March 16, 2015
|37||Tigre Uno (c) defeated DJZ, Manik, and Andrew Everett to retain the TNA X Division Championship||Bound for Glory
October 4, 2015
Concord, North Carolina
|38||Eddie Edwards defeated Mike Bennett (c), DJZ, Mandrews, Trevor Lee, Braxton Sutter, Rockstar Spud and Andrew Everett to win the TNA X Division Championship||Impact Wrestling
June 15, 2016
|(Christopher) Daniels/1st Suicide||5||8|
|(Frankie) Kazarian/Kaz/2nd & 3rd Suicide||3||8|
|Michael Shane/Matt Bentley||2||5|
|The Great Sanada||0||1|
|Greg Marasciulo/Ace Vedder||0||2|
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