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10 forgotten tna x-division wrestlers: where are they now?

10 forgotten tna x-division wrestlers: where are they now?

Often the most buzzworthy division of Impact Wrestling (formerly known as TNA), the X Division was ostensibly the promotions cruiserweight division, with a tendency to offer fast-paced, high flying action, and regularly eschewed even weight limits. As a result, there have been a number of legendary talents to come through the X Division including Chris Sabin, Amazing Red, and the holy trinity of AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Samoa Joe.

Then there are the more forgotten wrestlers, whose participation in the Division has flown under the radar either because their time with the promotion was brief, or because they never quite became big stars -- even as X Division Champion.

AJ Styles won the X Division belt on the second-ever Impact weekly pay-per-view in 2002 and promptly got his first challenger the following week in the form of David Young. An Arn Anderson type nicknamed Messiah of the Spinebuster in NWA Wildside, Young became a member of Disco Infernos stable New York Connection, experienced a long losing streak, and eventually left the company in 2007. He continued to wrestle on-and-off on the indies, retired in 2014 only to return in 2016, and wrestled his last match to date in 2019.

One of the more underrated X Division performers in recent years, Andrew Everett was in Impact from 2015 to 2018 and would eventually capture the Tag Team Championship alongside DJZ (see below). Hed also have numerous shots at the X Division Title, challenging the various champions of the era like Trevor Lee, Taiji Ishimori, Low-Ki, and Tigre Uno. Hed depart Impact in 2018 and has since wrestled for a variety of promotions including Ring of Honor and Game Changer Wrestling.

As a member of the goofball trio The Flying Elvises, Sonny Siaki has the distinction of participating in Impacts first-ever televised match. Soon enough, hed become X Division Champion, enjoying a 63-day reign before losing the belt to Kid Kash, and left Impact in 2005.

After a few years in WWE developmental, he donated a kidney to his brother, which led to his retirement for health reasons. As of 2017, Siaki had forged a career working for UPS, where hed been working for over a decade.

A childhood friend of the Hardy Boyz, Shannon Moore made his first big splash in wrestling as a member of the boy band 3-Count in WCW. After a run in WWE, Moore had two runs in Impact: one from 2005-2006 where he feuded with AJ Styles, and one from 2010-2012, where he unsuccessfully chased the X-Division Title. After getting a neck injury, Moore left Impact, and in the years since hes continued to wrestle on the indies, especially in Florida-based Atomic Revolutionary Wrestling, where hes a three-time Heavyweight Champion.

Also known as DJZ in Impact, The BroMans resident DJ Zema Ion was a staple of the X Division between 2011 and 2018, where hed become a two-time champion before leaving the Impact Zone for greener pastures, namely WWE developmental. Debuting on NXT in 2019 under the name Joaquin Wilde in the NXT Breakout Tournament, Wilde found success as a member of the heel stable Legado Del Fantasma, backing up Santos Escobar in matches and regularly taking part in the Tag Team Title scene.

Better known as Johnny Yuma (or simply Yuma) to indie wrestling fans, Lars Only only had a couple of matches for Impact in 2012, attempting to qualify for an X Division Title tournament but ultimately losing matches to Kenny King and Mason Andrews (a.k.a. Scorpio Sky). In the years since, however, Yuma has been a staple of LA-based promotion Championship Wrestling From Hollywood and often wrestles on the indies alongside BHK as The RockNES Monsters.

Before Jordynne Grace challenged for the X Division belt at Bound for Glory in 2020, there was Trinity, whose participation in the early years of Impact predates the Knockouts Division. She wrestled a number of singles bouts and mixed tag team matches but also wrestled a three-way for the X Division Championship against Amazing Red and Kid Kash in 2003.

Over the years, EZ Money had been known under a number of different ring names including Steve Skyfire in ECW and Jason Jett in WCW. In Impact, however, he took part in the promotions early X Division matches, winning a #1 Contenders Match and unsuccessfully challenging in a three-way match with Jerry Lynn and champion Sonny Siaki. He retired from full-time competition in 2003, last wrestled in 2015, and now runs a company called EZ Tights that crafts custom ring gear for wrestlers and MMA fighters.

The masked high-flyer Rubix competed for Impact from 2012 to 2015, intermittently taking part in matches to qualify for X Division title matches and exhibition matches on One Night Only pay-per-views, but he never was able to compete for the belt itself. Indie wrestling fans, of course, know Rubix best as Jigsaw, where hes performed for Chikara, Ring of Honor, and Dragon Gate USA. Jigsaw continues to wrestle on the indies, often in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, though he doesnt take part in as many matches as he used to.

Likely better known for his time in late period WCW leading Natural Born Thrillers, Above Average Mike Sanders was one of the brighter spots of the time thanks to his skills on the microphone. After a couple of years in WWE developmental, Sanders found himself in Impact in 2003, where he joined Vince Russos Sports Entertainment Xtreme stable and once challenged Kid Kash for the X Division Title. Sanders retired in 2005 and now runs a company called The Party Paramedic, which provides DJ and entertainment services to parties and events.

impact wrestling preview (6/3) x-division championship 60 minute ironman match; moose vs. sami callihan; satoshi kojima makes his impact wrestling debut - the overtimer

impact wrestling preview (6/3) x-division championship 60 minute ironman match; moose vs. sami callihan; satoshi kojima makes his impact wrestling debut - the overtimer

A child of the 1980s, CP was born to pretend. He loved to create intricate plots based on his favorite shows and professional wrestling. In time, his interests expanded into horror, sci-fi, action, and comedy. His favorite books were Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and Star Trek.

impact wrestling results: winners, grades, reaction, and highlights from june 3 | bleacher report | latest news, videos and highlights

impact wrestling results: winners, grades, reaction, and highlights from june 3 | bleacher report | latest news, videos and highlights

As Impact Wrestling continued its march to Against All Odds, it made a pitstop Thursday night for an episode headlined by a blockbuster showdown between Sami Callihan and Moose that had incredible implications for Kenny Omega's next Impact world title defense.

That match capped off a card that also featured a tables match between Jake Something and Rohit Raju, the in-ring debut of Japanese legend Satoshi Kojima, and an Iron Man bout for the X-Division Championship.

Two of the best technical wrestlers in the industry squared off Thursday night with the X-Division Championship on the line as Josh Alexander defended against TJP in an Iron Man match that began on Before the Impact and concluded in the opening minutes of this week's main show.

Alexander scored the first fall 20 minutes into the 60-minute time limit, pinning TJP's shoulders to the mat and putting the challenger on the defensive. Desperation fueled TJP for the remaining 40 minutes, leaving him to exhaust his arsenal but to no avail.

With four seconds left on the clock, TJP countered Alexander's ankle lock into a pinning combination to tie the score at one fall apiece. In sudden-death overtime, Alexander summoned enough energy and will power to pin his opponent and retain the title.

From the moment the champion seized control with his pinfall early on, the challenger was on the defensive. He threw everything he could at Alexander before relying on something as basic as a counter of a submission hold into a roll-up to tie things up.

The visual of the Impact roster surrounding the ring to check out the action added to the grueling nature of the bout. That, plus Alexander's own sense of urgency in the overtime period, helped fuel the narrative.

The right man went over as Alexander continued to establish himself as one of the faces of Impact's bright future. Hopefully, this is just the beginning for him because he continues to impress with every passing match and would not look out of place sharing the ring with world champion Kenny Omega.

Raju utilized a pair of steel chairs to negate Somethings fury, not to mention his strength and size advantage. He targeted the arm, then drove his own bodyweight into his rival with a corner cannonball. He resorted to a low blow and then delivered a double stomp onto Something through two chairs.

Tables matches are typically difficult to execute because they usually revolve around repeated attempts to put an opponent through one, with little or nothing in between. Here, Raju utilized chairs to help wear down Something so he could negate the disparity in size and score the win.

Something needed a win like this to build momentum, and while Raju hasn't been on the roll he was a year ago, he is still a former champion and one of the better workers on the roster. Beating him still matters because he has not been allowed to fade into the background.

After Scott D'Amore granted W. Morrissey's request for a match with Rich Swann, the big man attacked the former Impact world champion prior to the bout, brutalizing him until referees and security broke things up.

Backstage, a verbal confrontation between Rosemary and Havok gave way to a stipulation for next week's match between the two: if Havok beats the No. 1 contender, she joins the Against All Odds match between Rosemary and Deonna Purrazzo for the Knockouts Championship.

With frustration setting in after repeated losses and self-doubt, Jordynne Grace partnered with Rachael Ellering to challenge Fire 'N Flava for the Knockouts Tag Team Championship they dropped to the heels at Under Siege.

With Kiera Hogan draped on her back and a sleeper hold locked in, Grace fell backward in hopes that she would break it up. Instead, Hogan held on and Tasha Steelz launched herself off the top rope with a frog splash for the pinfall victory.

Already paranoid that Ellering is looking for opportunities away from her and fueled by the frustration of repeated defeats, it will be interesting to see how Grace reacts to being left to fend for herself in the closing moments of this title match.

While it lacked the spark of FinJuice or El Phantasmo, Kojima's arrival brought a sense of credibility based on his legendary status in Japan. Even though signs point toward Doering winning to continue Violent By Design's recent string of success, Kojima still has plenty to offer from a legitimacy standpoint.

A week ago, Moose leveled Sami Callihan with the Lights Out Spear just moments after a disappointing loss to The Good Brothers. Thursday, the self-proclaimed "Wrestling God" battled The Draw in a star-studded main event.

Moose dominated early in the contest despite nursing an arm injury. He delivered Go To Hell at one point, but his inability to grab hold of his opponent during the pinfall prevented him from scoring the win.

As Callihan mounted a comeback and turned the tide in his favor, The Good Brothers and Kenny Omega hit the ring. Theybeat down the top two threats to The Cleaner's Impact world title and stood tall to close out the show.

With the uncertainty surrounding Moose's contractual status, it makes sense to insert Callihan, who is a genuine main event talent with Impact Wrestling. If nothing else, it creates intrigue for a contest that never felt like it was Moose's to win.

impact wrestling results (6/3) bti (before the impact) x-division championship 60 minute ironman match josh alexander (c) w/petey williams survived against tjp w/fallah bahh for a 2-1 sudden death overtime win to retain the title - the overtimer

impact wrestling results (6/3) bti (before the impact) x-division championship 60 minute ironman match josh alexander (c) w/petey williams survived against tjp w/fallah bahh for a 2-1 sudden death overtime win to retain the title - the overtimer

After numerous reversals, TJP his a hurricanranna to send Alexander to the floor, , but Alexander dodged his winging dropkick off one corner, but not the other while Alexander was distracted by Bahh on the floor.

After a 30 second break that follows each fall, TJP went for Alexanders legs, and then slapped on a neck lock, but Alexander fought out of it and hit a body slam. TJP rolled through it and locked another neck hold.

Returning from commercial, and Alexander has his headgear back on and countered a kick by TJP for a backbreaker and a pin attempt. TJP keeps trying to get things going his way, but Alexander keeps shutting him down.

TJP used the time to hit a slam on Alexander on the ramp to stay alive. TJP then crawled back to the ring to score a count out as Eddie Edwards, Alisha, Jordynn Grace, and Rachael Ellering came out to watch.

A child of the 1980s, CP was born to pretend. He loved to create intricate plots based on his favorite shows and professional wrestling. In time, his interests expanded into horror, sci-fi, action, and comedy. His favorite books were Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and Star Trek.

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