Since returning to the active roster in TNA, Sabin captured the X Division championship at Slammiversary, besting the defending champion Kenny King and then-f.k.a.-Suicide. Yet being a five-time X Division champion wasn’t enough.
Opportunity came knocking when Dixie Carter announced the return of Destination X, the showcase of the X Division, for the first time as a live broadcast on SpikeTV.
As champion, Chris Sabin would be given the option of relinquishing his title for a shot at the World Heavyweight championship. An option he almost had stolen from him from the innovator of Option C, Austin Aries.
But as destiny would have it, Chris Sabin elevated his game to the A-Double level by reclaiming the title and handing it over to the TNA general manager Hulk Hogan. The Immortal One’s advice to Sabin: make sure they remember you, and bring home the World title.
The President of Aces and Eights Bully Ray had held the TNA World Heavyweight championship hostage since backstabbing Jeff Hardy–as well as his wife Brooke Hogan, his father-in-law Hulk Hogan, and Sting–at Lockdown. From title defense to title defense, Bully Ray utilized every under-handed tactic bestowed to him by his brotherhood in the Aces and Eights.
As Bully Ray stomped, clawed, yanked, and exposed Sabin’s knees, the decision to challenge Bully Ray must have appeared suicidal. The broadcasters kept pulling for Sabin stating that he had a lot of heart. That’s all well and good, but World championships aren’t won by heart alone.
When Mr. Anderson, new VP of the club, passed Bully the hammer as the referee was knocked out, Sabin’s boyhood dream was rapidly fading. But replicating the miracles from the past two Destination X, when Brian Kendrick toppled “The Monster” Abyss to win the X Division title, and when Austin Aries delivered the brainbuster to the six-foot Bobby Roode to make good on Option C, Sabin seized the moment and realize his dreams by becoming the World champion.
Not going to lie, but for this blogger it came as a total surprise. Because Bully Ray had momentarily detained The Main Event Mafia, the family that promised a fair World championship match. Bully was seen talking on the phone backstage telling one of his cronies to make Kurt Angle, who was driven off in the back of a pick up truck, an offer he couldn’t refuse. Throughout the whole match, some focus was geared towards Kurt, would he screw Sabin and turn against MEM? But nothing came out of that offer, whatever it was, it didn’t take. MEM did as promised, they kept Aces and Eights from interfering with the match, and Sabin did what he had to do for himself and for TNA.
Answer the Question: The IMPACT Zone has a new World champion, will Chris Sabin be ready for the backlash that awaits him?
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