"Last night, TNA executives were contacted about the open challenge and have accepted a match for the X-Division championship. At this time the only thing known about the challenger is that the person is not on the current TNA talent roster but is a “major player” in professional wrestling."
Any takers here? My first impression is Steve Corino, which really wouldn't be a big deal since his TNA appearances the first time around were a flop. Low Ki is already on the TNA roster, I believe.
Kanyon or X-Pac, those are my guesses.
I can't think of many other former WWE guys who haven't appeared on TNA already. We know it'll likely be a wrestler's wrestler, since they're trying to once again push the X-division as a solid wrestling division with high quality matches.
The only guy I can think of who would make the biggest waves if he appeared is Macho Man, only because we've seen enough of Nash and Hall the past few years. Not that I'm condoning a Macho Man match...
I don't know what or if Spanky has any official obligations to ROH, but he's been working the indy scene again for months now, including a few shows here in SoCal. He was supposed to be on a PWG card last weekend, but that got changed at the last minute since he had a booking in Japan (Corino was his replacement, for those wondering).
He's a definite possibility, and being the Spanky mark I am, I would probably flip out.
Corino cant hang in the X-division, plus he hates Russo and the way things are ran in TNA. Pac is possible since he has been talking about gettin back in the swing of things. Spanky wouldn't surprise me since he can hang with Styles, but like yall said he's doing ROH so I'm not sure. Kanyon is possible and would be a great match. And I hate to be the bearer of blown spots...I mean bad news, but what about Jeff Hardy?
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What about LEX LUGER, whom Styles beat in a tag match? Major player in the industry! The X division isn't about weight limits, it's about no limits! LEX LUGER!!! Shock the world, baby.
And if y'all are going to say anything like, "No, they're pushing the X division as action-filled, fast-paced matches, they wouldn't have Luger come in", then please think about the company we're discussing.
As far as wishful thinking goes, they could reintroduce CM Punk this way (I don't think he wants to take ROH out of his schedule, though, plus they said the person is not on the TNA roster, which Punk still is) or bring Juventud Guerrera in for a one-shot, which could be a hell of a match, but last I heard they wanted nothing to do with him.
Hmmm...let's pretend that some of us have no idea why TNA doesn't want anything to do with Juvy despite all the great matches he's had there...???
Any one of Waltman, Spanky, or Hardy (if only for morbid curiosity) would be decent surprises in terms of the match, but they really shouldn't have set themselves up for a disappointment by promising a "major player". Not one of those guys fits that bill, no matter how talented they might be. The biggest reason to use the surprise card is if you're going to blow people away with who you bring out; not one of those guys has that kind of value.
If it is Spanky then they're retarded for making it a surprise because I would actually pay UNDER TEN DOLLARS to see that match but I will not pay UNDER TEN DOLLARS to possibly see X-Pac or whatever 'major player' they've found.
EDIT: The mystery opponent is:
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Jeff Hardy (pwinsider.com)
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Why not watch it before deciding it stinks? Some of you need to tune in a wrestling program with an open mind and attitude to be entertained, not to judge the number of stars a match deserves, the backstage real-life stuff and so on, and you might actually like what you see. Remember how hated the "Eugene" angle was before it even began? Suck, terrible, gag, I think those were some of the words. I have enjoyed what I've seen from TNA, for the most part, same for the WWE except for the Diva search. I like watching wrestling and have been around rings since the 1970s. Do you like wrestling, or do you enjoy being miserable?
Originally posted by hasbeenWhy not watch it before deciding it stinks? Some of you need to tune in a wrestling program with an open mind and attitude to be entertained, not to judge the number of stars a match deserves, the backstage real-life stuff and so on, and you might actually like what you see. Remember how hated the "Eugene" angle was before it even began? Suck, terrible, gag, I think those were some of the words. I have enjoyed what I've seen from TNA, for the most part, same for the WWE except for the Diva search. I like watching wrestling and have been around rings since the 1970s. Do you like wrestling, or do you enjoy being miserable?
You know, you have a great point. Hell, I'm guilty of panning things before I watch them. Let's just see how the "mystery opponent" fairs tomorrow. I think this is just a test to see how long before WWE snatches him up (again). I'm just happy I'll be there live at ringside to see it. :)
Without spoiling it, I will be happy to see him in either league. At the top of his game, he has helped put on some of the most exciting matches i've ever seen. True, he was in for some awful matches too, made so probably by his own mistakes. But if he's in either league then hopefully it shows that he has straightened things up.
Originally posted by hasbeenWhy not watch it before deciding it stinks? Some of you need to tune in a wrestling program with an open mind and attitude to be entertained, not to judge the number of stars a match deserves, the backstage real-life stuff and so on, and you might actually like what you see.
Because we have to pay in order to see it.
This is bad booking.
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He was in the same shape he left the WWE in. Only difference was he let his hair grow out and it was mostly brown with some blonde streaks in it.
He wrestled as well as you can expect him to. He didn't really screw anything up which is an accomplishment for him.
I'm suspect about that pop he got. It sounded a little to rehersed.
I don't doubt all that fat chicks were popping for him since they and they alone kept him in the WWE for so long.
But it still sounded forced especially how it would go Hardy then AJ then Hardy.
"If you want sumpin' a little stronger, homes, you gotta sip on some Mexican water. It's a little cloudy, and has an odd smell that makes you think it's not really for human consumption. But HOOOOOOOOOOOO-EEEEEEY! What a kick! Arriba~!"-LOP Board Member Uncle Eddy
Yeah, the crowd was into him. The dueling chants were fun, and sounded legit to me (I'm aware that Borash incites chants, though). There was a big squealy pop when he took his shirt off.
He looked alright. Not on fire or anything, but not horrible. Match was pretty short, a little disjointed, Hardy seemed unsure about the 6-sided ring a couple of times, and it ended in a no contest when Kash & Dallas ran in.
Whole show was pretty disappointing for an anniversary show, with a long Women's stretcher match, another long match between Jerry Lynn and Scott D'Amore -- a manager -- and another long match with Mexican midgets. That's three not-really-serious-wrestling matches in a row. The tag match (AMW vs. Team Japan) was alright. The main event was adequate until the Dusty Cliffhanger ending. The show needed more Garza, but at least I got to see D-Ray 3000 again, which always makes me happy.
So the Rumble is under a week away, and the last Raw before it has just finished... So who are the confirmed entrants for the Royal Rumble, as far as we know? In theory, all of Raw's announced entrants should be known, and a good chunk of Smackdown's.