Over the years since the end of Extreme Championship Wrestling we have since a number of reunion shows designed to try and give the one time rebel of wrestling a proper send off. Thinking about it one aspect that has never been properly thought of is feuds among talent that never fought in ECW. At this point that ship has sail with only a handful of ECW alumni still active it would be easier to see one more match and extremely difficult for one more feud. Speaking of one more match that's what we got from Tommy Dreamer & Rob Van Dam at 2300 Street Arena.
Years ago I thought wrestling would never be able to call the former ECW Arena home again, but of course wrestling found it's back to the old stomping ground of ECW. Over the years Impact has even held some events at the arena, but this recent edition of Impact was their first time taping their television show at the arena. Even though the arena looks different atmosphere looks the same with Dreamer & RVD getting the chance to walk down the isle they walked down so many times in the past for one last match. In my opinion these two went above and beyond what was expected, tapped into some old favorites and really showed why they are two legends of the ring.
Overall though I think it would be best for me to allow the action to speak for itself and just let you take a look at the final meeting between two legends of wrestling. This edition of Impact Wrestling was for lack of a better word or phrase "One of a Kind."
Starting in 2002 the company then known as NWA-TNA the foundation of the company was set by some familiar faces like Jeff Jarrett, Ken Shamrock, Raven, Sting, and others. However, had a plentiful of future stars like James Storm, Chris Harris, Christopher Daniels, and of course AJ Styles. It is incredible to see the ups and downs that these talents have had over the last decade and a half especially one name in particular and he's "Phenomenal." It didn't take Styles long to capture his first championship becoming the first ever Impact X-Division Champion, the first NWA-TNA World Tag Champions, former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion, TNA Television Champion, TNA Tag Team Champion and TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
It is truly fair to say that AJ Styles had done absolutely everything possible while he was a member of the Impact Wrestling roster. After becoming NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion he became the first triple crown champion in the company after winning TNA Legends Championship (Later known as the Television Championship) he became the first Grand Slam champion in the company. In my opinion, it was the feud with the Main Event Mafia that really put on display how important AJ Styles was to the company & that he was TNA's version of John Cena.
I do think that eventually AJ Styles will enter the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame, because much like the WWE side the Hall of Fame wouldn't be complete without Styles. In my opinion, Styles was sort of the Ric Flair of TNA, because he could have a good match with anyone and kept getting pushed down aside when ex-WWE talent would join the company; the same way Flair did in WCW during the Monday Night War. Overall though very few wrestlers can touch the amount of success that AJ Styles had as a member of the Impact Wrestling roster.
After seeing this as a titled Youtube video on the WWE channel I thought it would be interesting to take it but use it for other company's outside of WWE. Admittedly I have let the other sections of the site suffer in favor of the more common places to place articles, but hopefully this series like with series of the the past it will give some new content to the under used sections. For those who may not be aware I love having the chance to take a trip in the wrestling time machine back in time to highlight the past.
Over the years Impact Wrestling has had some tough years especially within the 2009-2013 period. This coming off the height of their hottest period specifically Lockdown 2008 being the most bought PPV in the history of Impact Wrestling. At one point or another Impact has had an incredibly deep roster with so many future, present, and past stars coming trough the company at some points. With names like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, James Storm, Magnus, Jeff Hardy, Sting, and others entering the Impact Zone this series will have a lot of different names to turn to over time.
Overall I will not just be looking through the annals of Impact history, but I will also be looking to New Japan, Ring of Honor, and NWA to attempt to really get the most out of this series. The reality is this will give me a chance to explore the past of former talent & all of their accomplishments like I use to do with the "Scouting Report" series back in the day.
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