Due to the success of Destination X, effective immediately, the X-Division will receive more exposure on Impact Wrestling. More or less this was the statement that Eric Bischoff read from The Network to the outraged members of Immortal. So if the X-Division is supposed to get more exposure, how come so many X-Division wrestlers have parted ways from the company since?
The start of the X revolution came at the time when Jay Lethal was quietly released from the company. Lethal was a very talented X-Division wrestler who, just last year, was on the verge of becoming a top star in TNA, having a high-profile feud with Ric Flair, and defeated AJ Styles at Slammiversary. Yet, with his release came the uncertainty over the futures of the remaining X-Division wrestlers who have not graced us with their high-flying, death-defying style in the Impact zone for quite some time.
Then there was the “firing” of Mic Foley, who acted as the representative for The Network dedicated to revive the X-Division. Foley set the plan in motion for the Destination X pay-per-view, and rounded up top wrestlers around the Independent circuits for an opportunity to join Impact Wrestling. Yet, without Mic, Eric Bischoff set his plans to destroy the division by having Abyss pick off each “pint-sized” wrestler until there was nothing left.
When the X division wrestlers stood up to Bischoff, and fought off the rest of Immortal in an assist to Brian Kendrick to capture the X-Division title from Abyss, Destination X seemed to be a turning point for their careers.
However, on that same night, Generation Me jobbed to the comedic duo of Eric Young and Shark Boy. With TNA having little consideration over the direction of GenMe’s characters — once a promising tag team, then turned heel, then split up, then brought back together, and the status of heel or fan favorite yet undetermined — Max and Jeremy Buck simply requested their release from the company the following day.
Following Generation Me’s release, Max posted on Twitter: Want you to hear it from us first: Yesterday, we asked for our release. Special thanks to TNA & the fans for a wonderful experience.
Jeremy later posted: Had an awesome time with TNA thanks to everyone for the support. We just felt like it was time to move on. The Young Bucks are back!
On the bright side, with Ring of Honor Wrestling returning to television under Sinclair Broadcasting Group in September, it may not be long before we see Matt and Nick Jackson (The Young Bucks) back on TV.
When TNA signed Austin Aries after winning the 4-way match at Destination X, rumors circulated that TNA would soon expand the division by signing more wrestlers, including Kid Kash. So the parting of ways with Generation Me seemed like sour grapes; but this past Thursday, Amazing Red announced via his Twitter that he had also parted ways with TNA.
Red wrote: Heys Guyz, I just wanted to let Ya kno 1st…TNA & I parted ways due to the “creative has nothing for you” line, so we r gonna future endeavor each other right now.
There are only so many wrestlers that can be packed into a two-hour show, but a rise in the X-Division should be just that: a rise in the importance and utilization of talents. Amazing Red was a former 3-time X-Division champion whose name value was used to set off the career of Crimson as his storyline brother. He could have been used more on television, even if it was to stand-by ringside and support Crimson.
Matt Jackson reacted to Red’s announcement with the following: Within a year, [TNA] now lost (Jay Lethal), (Jeremy Buck), (Max Buck), & (Amazing Red). C’mon now.
So while The Network are demanding more exposure of the X-Division, Generation Me and Amazing Red know that so long Eric Bischoff is in charge, X-Division will not prosper because Bischoff has never understood what X-Division embodied: “wrestling reinvented.”