10 Thoughts on TNA iMPACT! – 6.11.09

1) It has come to my attention that some people think I’m too negative, too harsh on TNA. Well I’m going to combat that. With Slammiversary just around the corner, over the next few weeks I’ll be talking about all the good things in TNA over the years, up to and including today. Let’s see how it goes.
2) I think my favorite moment ever in TNA is the main event of the one-and-only Unbreakable pay-per-view. It was the first time the X-Division got to main event one of the monthly pay-per-views, and Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, and Christopher Daniels delivered the TNA Match of the Year. That remains the high point in the storied history of the X-Division.
3) The first Ultimate X match between Chris Sabin, Michael Shane, and Frankie Kazarian was a ton of fun. The gimmick has certainly stuck.
4) I will always maintain that Monty Brown represented a big missed opportunity for TNA to create a star for their brand. I really liked Monty Brown.
5) AJ Styles and Abyss could probably wrestle each other a thousand times and it would always be fun.
6) The same can be said for Samoa Joe and AJ Styles. For some reason their matches in TNA were always way better than their matches in ROH.
7) Raven’s return in January of 2003 was awesome. His title match with Jeff Jarrett was TNA’s biggest match to that date.
8) America’s Most Wanted. James Storm and Chris Harris may be on divergent paths right now, but they totally took a nothing idea and made their tag team work for a number of years, as both babyfaces and heels. Good for them.
9) When LAX first came out as militant thug heels, with Konnan as the mouthpiece, and with Hernandez instead of Machete or Apolo, they were the hottest heels TNA may have ever had. I miss that LAX.
10) Alex Shelley is someone I first saw wrestle in his first few months in the business, and I’ve always been a fan. It’s been really great to see him achieve the success he has.

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