Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Free Agents.....Part 4: The X Division

This, folks, is where TNA has always excelled and where WWE fell from grace as the era of the Cruiserweight Title wore on. The appeal of TNA's "...not about weight limits...." moniker made the division the most popular thing in the wrestling in the present era and boasted a title history that reads more like a "top 50 greatest cruiserweight performers in the past 20 years" list than anything else, boasting AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Jerry Lynn, Petey Williams, Chris Sabin, and Alex Shelley in the ranks.

Since the goal is, obviously, to bring this division back to prominence, names are going to be the issue here. This is the division that needs the most help right now, so I'm looking at about 10-12 names to make this column happen. What follows is what I'm going to call the TNA X Factors outside of any division, composing more of the dramatic and more gritty storylines without titles being on the line. The remaining spots on the roster would be able to float between divisions as personnel requires AND serve as transitional positions for those moving up the card.


1. Joey Ryan
2. John Morrison
3. Adrian Neville
4. Ricochet
5. Facade
6. Matt Bentley


1. Tyson Kidd
2. Jack Evans
3. Trent Barreta
4. Shark Boy
5. Sonjay Dutt

This makes 8 performers per roster and that is PLENTY to get each brand rolling. PLUS, with a grand total of 16 performers in the X Division, it makes events like the World X Cup, Ultimate X, and all kinds of other possibilities to enable competition for a FLOATING X Title. That's right, folks. I don't like the idea of forcing the brands to cast a new belt. Rather than do that, I would insist that TNA would force the X Division Champion to defend the belt against members of BOTH rosters in joint PPVs. This does two things....on the one hand, it enables the X Division Champion build into the potential of a main event spot. On the other hand, it also gives a direction for the opposite brand to build their challengers up to compete for the title.

NOW, keeping in mind that Jeff Jarrett's new wrestling project MAY NOT be a secondary brand of TNA, OR even the purchase of the current TNA product, but this COULD give a two sided TNA brand a chance to get itself started.

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