The gauntlet has been thrown down once more.....and since I've never been one to shy away from a challenge, THIS is one challenge I'm actually looking forward to writing about.
"Talk about the new rules for the X Division Championship matches."
Okay, so the new rules go something like this......
-All CHAMPIONSHIP matches are under Triple Threat rules.
-The weight limit is 230 lbs.
-The contender pinned is disqualified from the next championship bout.
-The contender NOT involved in the decision WILL move into the next championship bout.
-Contenders are ALSO chosen via Triple Threat rules.
SO.....if Kenny King, Zema Ion, and Jesse Sorenson were to face off in a championship bout and Kenny King gets PINNED, he is automatically disqualified from competing in the next championship match, while the other TWO move on, with a new contender chosen in the weeks to follow.
How do I feel about all this? Truthfully, I think it's a decent enough idea, provided they stick to their guns and ride this concept out. TNA has had this nasty little habit of not following through their concepts until the end. Anyone remember the ranking system? I didn't think so. It lasted all of one Championship title match and then was dissolved. The point is that TNA will HAVE to have fostered a working relationship with more talents in that weight bracket than they have thusfar. Sonjay Dutt is a nice throwback, but anyone who has watched for more than 4 years would remember Shark Boy, Homicide, Matt Bentley, Elix Skipper, Jack Evans, Petey Williams, among the ranks of the masses who would qualify for those rules.
While I agree with the old staple for TNA "....it's not about weight limits, it's about NO limits", there have only been FOUR X Division title holders who have broken the mold; Sonny Siaki, Samoa Joe, RVD, and Abyss. Do I wish to see ANY of them as return holders of the belt? Well, Sonny Siaki has retired, Abyss is MIA, and RVD no longer works for TNA (assuming the two parties haven't come to agreements). This leaves Samoa Joe. Truthfully, I don't really want to see Joe fighting for the X Division again. Why? Because he's bigger than that, and I don't mean physically. His persona no longer fits within the confines of the X Division. Neither does AJ Styles, Daniels, Kazarian, or Austin Aries, for that matter.
Does this disqualify Christian York? Nope...according to Impact Wrestling's website, he weighs in 10 pounds UNDER the weight limit. So who qualifies in MY book?
....and the list goes on from there. Some on the list may surprise you, but even though guys like Jessie may not appear a high flying tactician, he COULD be trained in the ways of mat tactics from someone of Doug Williams' persuasion.
In the volume of words, my final reaction is completely positive. The "no limits" objection by TNA purists is really less of a concern as the division was never really tapped into by the performers larger in stature and while it MAY have been a good time to enter into some of those contests when "Option C" was brought into effect, it was never truly utilized and so I don't see the exit of those talents from competition as any great loss to the product as a whole.