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Petey Williams On What’s Wrong With The IMPACT Wrestling X-Division

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In this day and age in the wrestling world it seems that just about every wrestler is wrestling this high flying style which made the X-Division literally. When TNA first opened it’s doors in 2002, it was built around the X-Division.

So what is the X-Division exactly? The X-Division is a division that is not defined by a weight limit which mean anyone was eligible to be apart of the division. Many wrestlers apart the division works a flashy and and high flying style which made the divison a success and the misted watched match of the night during TNA’s heyday. Fast forward to 2018 and it seems like an any match you watch wrestlers are doing this high risk, high flying, and flashy moves to gain the attention of the crowd and the wrestling.

Impact Wrestling star Petey Williams was recently interviewed by Interactive Wrestling Radio. Petey stated wrestling is changing so everyone can work the X style now:

“He (Austin Aries) did present the problem. But what’s the solution? Right? If you look at every single company now, heavyweight, light heavyweight. That’s the style now! What’s the next evolution? Do we go out there and just perform a stunt show gymnastics type thing? That’s not professional wrestling! So, yeah, he (Aries) presented the problem. But, what can it (the X Division) do to redefine itself? I don’t have the answer for that. If u did, I’d be pitching it and trying to make it happen!”

Petey also talks about other topics such as the recent changes in Impact Wrestling and Scott Steiner’s odds of him winning the title again. To listen to the whole interview below:

In my opinion I agree 100% with Petey you can turn on a wrestling show or go to a wrestling event without seeing a wrestler doing high risk or high flying maneuvers. This is what made the X-Division so special and now that everyone is working the “X Style” there is nothing to make the division stand out and make them special.

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Mitchell’s AEW Continental Classic Update! (11/27/23)

What a start to the tournament!

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Did your picks win points?

The AEW Continental Classic is underway, with almost everyone competing. Check in here if you haven’t seen the winners and losers of week 1!

Here are your Gold League standings!

  • Jon Moxley: 1-0, 3 points
  • Swerve Strickland: 1-0, 3 points
  • Jay White: 1-0, 3 points
  • Rush: 0-1, 0 points
  • Mark Briscoe: 0-1, 0 points.
  • Jay Lethal: 0-1, 0 points

 

Here are your Blue League standings!

  • Brody King: 1-0, 3 points
  • Claudio Castagnoli: 1-0, 3 points
  • Daniel Garcia: 0-1, 0 points
  • Eddie Kingston: 0-1, 0 points
  • Bryan Danielson: Yet to Compete
  • Andrade El Idolo: Yet to Compete

 

My Thoughts:

Nothing too crazy, nothing too wild, this tournament only just got started. The only disappointing point is that they could not get Bryan “cleared to compete” Saturday night. Not sure how much of that is shoot given the bad eye, but this was kinda the problem of wanting him in the tournament over tons of other choices. Bryan wants to face Okada for WrestleKingdom 18, how is Bryan supposed to do that at his best if he’s also gonna be in a round robin, doing five top level matches in about as many weeks? And it takes away from Andrade being able to do something. Also a little surprised we didn’t even hear from Andrade on Saturday.

Now as we heard on Saturday, round two’s matches are set. Gold League will see Mark Briscoe VS Rush, White VS Swerve, and of course, Moxley VS Lethal. Nice variety there, a couple 0-1 guys facing off, as well as two 1-0 guys, and then 1-0 VS 0-1. No offense to Lethal, but he feels like an 0-2 going up against Moxley. Hard to call the other ones but that’s the fun of it. Meanwhile, Blue League sees Brody VS Claudio in a showdown to be 2-0, then Bryan and Andrade finally jump in, Bryan against Eddie and Andrade against Garcia. Sadly, feels like Eddie and Garcia are going 0-2, no way Tony Khan is booking Bryan and Andrade to lose their first shots.

In fact, that could be half the reason they did wait on those two, that’s almost too good for just a first round opener. But I still would’ve done it, same as NJPW does stuff like that for round robins, which this is all modeled after anyway.


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AEW announces Continental Classic entrants

The C2 is set!

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Tony Khan Reveals the Blue and Gold “Leagues!”

Originally livestreamed, Tony Khan and Tony Schiavone officially announced the twelve total entrants and divided them into the two round robin blocks known as the “Blue League” and “Gold League.” If you don’t feel like sifting through the almost 30 minute video, the groups are:

Blue League

  • Bryan Danielson
  • Andrade El Idolo
  • Brody King
  • Claudio Castagnoli
  • Daniel Garcia
  • Eddie Kingston

Gold League

  • Jon Moxley
  • Swerve Strickland
  • Rush
  • Mark Briscoe
  • Jay Lethal
  • Jay White

 

Tony Khan also explains the rules for the Continental Classic:

  • Every match has a 20 minute time limit
  • The winner of each match earns 3 points, losers earn 0, 1 point for a draw
  • EVERYONE ELSE is banned from ringside for true 1v1 action

 

Eddie Kingston also joined the selection special as his “life’s work” is on the line in this tournament, both the ROH World Championship and NJPW Strong Openweight Championship on the line as part of the modern day North American Triple Crown Eddie, Tony Khan, AEW, ROH and NJPW are looking to create together. Gold League competes tonight on Dynamite while Blue League will have their start this Saturday on Collision. Look for more articles like this one to keep up with the Continental Classic standings over the next six weeks of tournament action!


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