If we can’t make you the World champion, we’ll make you the Television champion. And if that doesn’t work out, we’ll make you the X-Division champion. As long as you stick with Immortal, you’ll be a champion. Perhaps that’s what Eric Bischoff told Abyss after Hulk Hogan’s plans of making him greater than Hulkamania didn’t exactly pan out.
Known throughout his career as a hardcore behemoth, “The Monster” Abyss, sent as an agent of destruction, defeated Kazarian to capture the TNA X-Division title back on the May 19, 2011 episode of Impact Wrestling. Abyss’s goal was not to uphold the values of the X-Division, but to destroy it. Armed with the philosophy of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Abyss came to the realization that he no longer needed weapons to deliver destruction, he simply needed to identify his opponent’s strategy and attack it. However, Abyss had not counted on Brian Kendrick’s belief that the X-Division is about No-Limits.
The possibility of Kendrick walking away from Destination X as the new TNA X-Division champion was certainly a long shot, especially when Earl Hebner was knocked out, inviting Eric Bischoff and the members of Immortal to storm the ring. But when Brian Kendrick drew blood from Abyss’s head, and knocked out Bischoff, the spirit of No-Limits came alive inside the hearts of all the X-Division members as they rushed to the ring to fend off Immortal. With enough time to recover, Abyss attempted to put away Kendrick with the Black Hole Slam, but Brian countered with a roll through in time for Hebner to count the three to award Kendrick the X-Division title.
God knows the repercussions Kendrick will face this Thursday on Impact Wrestling when he comes face to face with Bischoff. But it doesn’t matter because this match was critical to the survival of the X-Division, and Brian Kendrick was its white knight.