Every superstar starts somewhere and some are lucky enough to develop their skills on a national stage and get noticed. Even though in Samoa Joe's case he had become a star in ROH it wasn't until his stay in TNA that he would become a nationally known star. I remember seeing Joe for the first time and thinking how unique and gifted in the ring he was and still is.
Though at this point Samoa Joe is slowly becoming a bigger star than any of us thought possible with his run thus far in WWE. But for this we focus on his run in TNA and I thought that no match would be a better pick than the one that highlights the height of his run in the company.
At first TNA the PPV schedule was very small with only a nine set for the whole year as this is before they would expand to a full 12 month event list. This card is so early in the history of TNA that they had just held their first PPV event back in October of 2004 with Victory Road taking that title. Now back in June 2002 the company held their first event ever and didn't start to expand for two years and really started to expand in 2005. The special part of this show is that it was the first time that TNA celebrated their third year anniversary. The main event of this show was the second King of the Mountain match in the history of the company.
TNA Slammiversary 2005
Shark Boy def. (pin) Delirious, Elix Skipper, Jerrelle Clark, The Amazing Red, Zach Gowen
Shocker def. (pin) Alex Shelley
Ron Killings def. (pin) The Outlaw
Andy Douglas & Chase Stevens def. (pin) Eric Young & Petey Williams NWA Tag Team Titles
Samoa Joe def. (sub) Sonjay Dutt
Bobby Roode def. (pin) Lance Hoyt
Chris Harris & James Storm def. (pin) B. G. James & Konnan
Christopher Daniels def. (pin) Chris Sabin, Michael Shane NWA X-Division Title
Raven def. A.J. Styles, Abyss, Monty Brown, Sean Waltman "King of the Mountain" (5-way)NWA World Heavyweight Title
At this point the argument over the "Broken Universe" has yet to dislove and come to a close as both parties have not relented and have stuck to their guns thus far. Fact is that this gimmick was an extreme success and one of the few reasons that TNA gave fans to tune in so when they lost Matt it was up to them to cover their tracks and prevent and other company from being able to use said gimmick. Now I will not get into what has been said and either end due to basically my dissatisfaction at this point with this whole situation. So this will be the final time I open the book on this situation.
Truth be told the WWE is taking the best approach to this situation as they are staying out of it and even though they do see money with Matt's Broken gimmick they know that a company stepping in to purchase a gimmick they had nothing to do with would set a bad precedent for companies. Even though it is pretty clear that nobody in Anthem actually has any understanding of the wrestling at all.
In my opinion the best thing for all parties would be for all involved in this situation to move forward from this issue. If I could give a little bit of advice to Impact Wrestling management that would be to focus on those are still with the company and look to build a more stable place for the boys to work rather than focusing on a mistake that they made. This is the last time I will speak on this situation as there is a lot more we could speak about and I do think it's time to move forward for all of us and leave this petty misstep alone and focus on things that we can control.
Matt Sydal in TNA
Back in the early days of TNA, everyone who was anyone was given an opportunity to make an impact in the company (no pun intended.) Over the course of his first tenure under the NWA-TNA banner it lasted for a little over a year. Sydal would return to a televised wrestling show as a member of the short lived Wrestling Society X, of course then his biggest run would happen for the WWE from 2008-2014.
Recently, for the first time in over a decade Sydal would make his return to the company now known for Impact as one of the few fresh faces that have done well in the company since re-launch. At this time it is unclear what his position in the company will be, but all that is known is that he will be a regular for the company going forward.
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