For this Match of the Week we are going to jump back in time to in my opinion the golden age of the X-Division in TNA as this time was when they had so many extremely talented performers in the division that it was impossible to not be shocked and left in awe when a match was over. Now I always thought that Skipper and Dutt were both extremely talented, but I never really thought they had enough of the complete package to break out of the division like so of their former division mates.
In the legacy of TNA both Skipper and Sonjay have been a part of a number of legendary moments in the history of the company like Skipper being a part of the first cages match in the companies history. Also speaking of Sonjay he had been a part of the once famous World X Cup that was once yearly event in TNA that helped make the company the alternative they once were.
A few weeks ago TNA made their relaunch official by bringing on some new stars and even though that trend has continued over the last few weeks with new faces either returning or debuting with the company, there is one thing hidden. Since his departure from the WWE last year rumors have been abound that the former United States Champion Alberto Del Rio would be heading to TNA, but he wasn't the first name on their list to win the title from Lashley.
The first name from TNA that came to mind to face Lashley was former Grand Champion Drew Galloway before his contract expired and he left the company this meant Galloway was out. Next name on the list was the former resident Bully in TNA Bully Ray, but much like Hardy's he didn't take to kindly to what he felt was an unfair offer from the company and so he turned it down and now is in Ring of Honor.
Finally we get to the name on the list that actually made his debut with the company and that is Alberto El Patron. Frankly, the idea of having El Patron in TNA along with other talent like a Bully Ray would have only helped the company especially if it could've prevent the terrible feud between Josh & JB from taking place. As long as they actually allow Patron some freedom to the character that he wants and portrays elsewhere then this should be a very profitable relationship, but if they try and make him into something similar to what the WWE did it will work out just as badly as it in the WWE. Looking at how successful he has been internationally and in Lucha someone has be missing something as to the reason that El Patron hasn't been able to translate the success into American companies.
Which plans do I like better well if I am being honest it is hard to say which are better because nobody knows what plans would have been if Ray or Galloway were the ones challenging for the title instead of El Patron. The one thing I will say is the plans that they went with was such a boarder line clusterf*** that anything would have been better in my opinion.
Since the changes in power at TNA Wrestling we have seen a tremendous amount of roster turnover with a number of names walking away from the company. Well now the ever expanding list of names has grown a little bit longer with another name being added to the list. Last year, TNA made some really good adds including former WWE talent namely Damien Sandow. The former Mizdow went under the name of Aron Rex and over the last year he actually had a good run for the company including a few title runs, but his success was nowhere near his WWE run.
Unfortunately, I believe that Rex never had planned on staying with TNA for long term, and I don't think it has anything to do with the company. I just think that Damien may want to take sometime away from the wrestling business considering the lack of a gap between his stay with the WWE and debuting in TNA. Now I'm not sure of anything for sure about why Damien left, but from what is known as of this writing it seems Damien is thinking about retirement or at least taking time away.
If this is the end of Damien "Aron Rex" Sandow's in ring career then I will say that it is very unfortunate because he is leaving a lot on the table as far as potential. But I do think he has had a good career and will be remembered, but could be a lot more. Either way nothing is confirmed at this point for Rex other than the fact that he is no longer with the company. I do want to wish Aron the best of luck in what the future may hold for his career in or out of the ring.
Recently, a lot of things have been changing in Impact Wrestling over recent weeks. With all these changes it was bound to happen and that there would be at least some kind of a misunderstanding and this was the case as some talent believed that Jeff Jarrett and his people were taking shots at talent as well as former management. This lead top talent Eli Drake stepping up and having a meeting with Jarrett at the last set of tapings to discuss the issues.
According to the report Eli was one of the many members of the roster that were worried that the segments on the re-launch show directed at the roster for the company just as much as it was directed at the previous regime. At the tapings Eli stepped up and voiced the discontent from him and the a few other names on the roster, as of this writing it was said that the interaction between Jeff & Eli went well without either person involved getting mad or any real altercation taking place.
The reason for the confusion is because there were talents who felt the shots at the previous regime were unfair, because they didn't see them as a shot at management, but as everyone who had been working there. Many of the talents felt there was nothing wrong with their work, but that the message the segments sent ruffled some feathers. I honestly have a new found respect for Drake as he took it upon himself to stand up and voice his dissatisfaction about issues that trouble the talent roster. It is very pleasant to see a "known name" stand up, and I credit TNA/Jeff Jarrett for listening to the talent and allowing them to voice their dissatisfaction this would never happen in the WWE.
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