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Re: What Are Some Of The Best Matches In TNA History ?
My Top Ten:
10) Jeff Jarrett (c) Vs. Raven: NWA World Heavyweight Championship (April 2003) = This one deserves a lot of credit for being the first major World Title Match in TNA's history. Before Raven came along, the "Main Event" scene had just about nothing going for it. A past his prime Ken Shamrock, a very green Ron Killings, and lowcarders like Brian Christopher & BG James getting World Title shots. It was pretty laughable. Once Raven came on board through, it gave Jarrett a believable opponent & rival and they were able to build that match up for a few months and generate some interest in their brand. The match itself was very fun as well. Yes, there were about a 100 run ins, but this was before TNA had overplayed that to death and the mix of classical wrestling and hardcore between the two made for a very fun & exciting match.
3) Christian Cage (c) Vs. Samoa Joe: NWA World Heavyweight Championship (Destination X 2007) = An often overlooked match for various reasons. The Angle/Joe series was definitely bigger in terms of build up & promotion, but those matches always left me wanting a little bit more. There was always something missing. With Joe & Christian though, I felt like they had amazing chemistry and worked very well together. In this case, they took a match where I thought Joe would lose for sure and by the end I was thinking "Holy Shit, Joe might win this". It was one of the greatest World Title matches TNA has ever put on for sure and it greatly showcased the abilities of both men.
8) AJ Styles (c) Vs. Christopher Daniels: X Division Championship 30 Minute Iron Man Match (Against All Odds 2005) = Remember a time when this pairing wasn't boring and stale? AJ & Daniels early on in TNA's history were able to have some of the best matches around, and this was their best work together one on one. It was a well put together athletic contest with a great ending. I think the shot of AJ being locked in the Koji Clutch as time expires is one of the great visuals in TNA's history and doesn't get shown in highlights nearly enough. For 30 Minutes and more, we got treated to wrestling excellence. It was great.
7) AJ Styles Vs. Jerry Lynn Vs. Low Ki Vs. Psichosis: Double Elimination Four Man Gauntlet to Crown 1st X Division Champion (TNA's 2nd Weekly Show 2002) = This was the match that really got the ball rolling for TNA. I didn't start watching TNA until 2004, but I'd always heard about the X Division & how great it was. I saw some stuff here and there, but then I saw the 1st ever X Division Title match and it blew my mind. What we had here was a a match between two unknowns & two older veterans on the back end of their careers and they were able to not only jumpstart the X Division, but define it. The athletic showcase by all four men was great, but what really put it over the top was the closing sequence between AJ Styles & Jerry Lynn which really felt like Savage Vs. Steamboat recreated in many ways. AJ becoming the first X Division Champion singled him out as one of TNA's rising stars and it was only the beginning of both The Phenomenal One and the X Division as a whole.
6) Kurt Angle (c) Vs. Sting: TNA World Heavyweight Championship (Bound for Glory 2007) = I guess this is the main event version of AJ & Daniels as the question "remember when this pairing wasn't boring" definitely applies. But the first time TNA did Angle Vs. Sting, it felt like a big deal. I mean it was one of those matches that i personally thought would never happen, so to get it at all was interesting. And the match itself delivered big time. I personally feel like it was Sting's best performance in TNA as he matched up with the always hard working Kurt Angle. It was pretty special to see. It was very cool to see a great performance out of Sting and to have such a great match on one of TNA's biggest events. This was a dream match that actually delivered.
5) The Motor City Machine Guns (c) Vs. Beer Money Inc: TNA Tag Team Championship Best Of Five Series Finals, 2 Out of 3 Falls Match (The Whole F'n Show 2010) = I love tag team wrestling and the Best of Five Series between The Guns & Beer Money was probably TNA's all time greatest display of tag team action. My only knock on it is that in the series they had done a streetfight, a Ladder match, a Cage Match, & an Ultimate X. If you think about it, they probably could have spread that out over 5 PPVs and gotten more bang for the buck. But in any case, it was exciting match after exciting match, and it fittingly ended in an Endurance contest of 2 Out of 3 Falls (I guess making it a Best of 7 Series). On Free TV, TNA fans were treated to one of the greatest tag team matches in the last decade as two of the best teams around tore the house down. I was almost sad when it was over because I knew that there was no way TNA could ever top the Beer Money/Machine Guns series.
4) Christopher Daniels (c) Vs. AJ Styles Vs. Samoa Joe; X Division Championship (Unbreakable 2005) = Often regarded as the greatest X Division Title Match of all time and even the greatest match in TNA history, I can definitely see why this match gets so much love. Its not my personal favorite, but it was an amazing showcase for three of their top talents. The X Division was given the main event spot on PPV and they delivered in spades with all three men putting on a Triple Threat Match the likes of which had rarely been seen before. It might be a tad overrated when the words "Unquestionably the greatest ever" is thrown around, but its an excellent match and certainly one of TNA's finest.
3) Chris Harris Vs. James Storm: Texas Deathmatch (Sacrifice 2007) = After horribly bombing at Lockdown with that ill advised blindfold match, Storm & Harris were allowed to salvage their bitter rivalry with a Texas Deathmatch. America's Most Wanted had been TNA's greatest tag team up to that point and much had been talked about what would happen if Harris & Storm ever went singles. Well in their fued following the split, it certainly seemed like both men were on their way to being singles stars. This match combined all the elements that are great about pro wrestling. It had the story, the believable animosity, and the violence to back it up. I remember making a comment at the time that this match was "Wrestlemania Worthy" in that it felt like a great feud ender. Its sad to see how Harris ended up because at this point he showed a ton of potential and we all know how Storm has done since then.
2) AJ Styles (c) Vs. Samoa Joe: X Division Championship (Turning Point 2005) = A lot of people praise the Unbreakable Match as the all time best X Division Match, but quite honestly, this one is my favorite. Matches like the Unbreakable Match & the 1st X Division Title match were just 3 or 4 great athletes doing great athletic things. That's great, but this one had the great athleticism mixed in with a great build up with a clear cut heel & babyface, and told the David Vs. Goliath type of story very well. It was as violent as it was athletically sound and was just a lot of fun to watch.
1) America's Most Wanted Vs. Triple X: Six Sides of Steel - Losing Team Disbands (Turning Point 2004) = One of the greatest cage matches I've ever seen. It had a little bit of everything, had the great build up going into it, and was just one of those once in a lifetime matches that I'll never forget. And I would be saying that even without the Skipper Cage Walk, but with that amazing highlight, the match is one of a kind. There really isn't much more I can say about this. Its just pure excellence from start to finish.