It’s been a long road for TNA Impact Wrestling.
Beginning in 2004, TNA Wrestling (now known as Impact Wrestling) has had its fair share of ups and downs. Formerly known for its high flyers in the X-Division, like “The Canadian Destroyer” Petey Williams and “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles, and its unique six sided ring, TNA had something that set it apart from the WWE. Then Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff came on to the scene, and everything changed.
The ring became a classic four sided ring, high flyers were de-pushed in favor of former WWE talents who jumped on board, and TNA lost its magic. Slammiversary this year showed some hope: the X-Division Title Match between champion Austin Aeries and the “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe stole the show for many. The high flying, the OMG moments, it was all back, and it was thanks to the X-Division. That wasn’t all: undefeated wrestler Crimson lost for the first time to “Cowboy” James Storm, a wrestler who has belonged in the spotlight for awhile now. The PPV was hailed as one of the best of the year, not just for TNA, but for TNA and WWE.
Last night’s Impact Wrestling followed suite, with a killer triple threat match Ultimate X for the X-Division Strap between Austin Aeries, Xema Ion and Chris Sabin. The match was full of excitement, shocking feats and another spot on match by Aeries, who is now poised for a Heavyweight Title shot at Destination X. The Bound for Glory “gauntlet” match, which was a mini Royal Rumble, came down to two of the best fighters TNA has: Samoa Joe and James Storm. The whole show felt full of quality, entertainment, and most important: wrestling. So is this TNA’s road back to the promise land?
Lets hope so. Unfortunately, yesterday also marked a torn ACL for Chris Sabin, who just came back from injuring his other knee’s ACL, which spells more time away for the former X-Division Champion. Yet, Impact Wrestling has a roster chalk full of talent: Robert Roode, AJ Styles, James Storm, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe, Austin Aeries, Hernandez, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Sting, and many more, they just have to use them wisely as they have done in the past week. Only time will tell, and I will be watching for sure. Check out some highlights from Slammiversary below: