With the recent title swaps between Austin Aries and Chris Sabin, some wrestling fans were outraged on how TNA is treating the credibility of the X Division championship. At Destination X, Chris Sabin, the X Division champion, will relinquish ownership of the title for a World Heavyweight championship match against Bully Ray. So has Option C diminished the X Division title to the point that it’s a “throwaway”?
When Austin Aries, who has established himself as the longest reigning X Division champion in the company’s history, created Option C last year, it was to build more credibility, not take away from it. Remember, Hulk Hogan gave A-Double two options: either remain the X Division champion; or forfeit the title for a World title match.
Forfeiting the title–because Hulkster would not allow for a dual title holder–would have meant that Aries didn’t care about the X Division title. With the creation of Option C, the championship would be revered and the champion would be looked at as a future World champion.
The X Division, first and foremost, has always been about showcasing the talents of fast and athletic wrestlers.The World champions in the world of professional wrestling has always favored the larger than life characters–Hulk Hogan being the epitome of it all. It wasn’t until the 90s that smaller guys like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels broke the mold, crossed the line, and set a new standard of what a World champion was.
So Option C doesn’t tarnish the X Division title, it creates an opportunity for someone who doesn’t look like Hogan or John Cena to live the life long dream of being World champion.
As for the title swaps, some may not like it but this blogger feels it was necessary. Chris Sabin came back from a 24-month rehabilitation hiatus, and he returned with a killer new finisher–All Hail Sabin. But aside from capturing the X Division championship at Slammiversary–besting Suicide and the former X Division champion Kenny King–what credibility did Sabin have towards Bully Ray and the TNA World Heavyweight championship? The loss to Aries (“Austin Aries’ Suicide Mission“) followed up with an incredible rematch against a former World champion, built Sabin as a credible threat to Bully Ray.
Some have tried to compare Option C to the WWE Money in the Bank concept. Far from it, MITB creates a short cut to either the WWE or World Heavyweight championships since the champion doesn’t have prior notice or time to prepare for the match. Over in TNA, the World champion knows when and where the title defense will take place. So those quick to point the finger, slow your rolls, playas.
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