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TNA 'Slammiversary' Preview: X-Division Championship

Champion Kenny King will have to climb to survive with his title intact. And his opponents, the veteran Chris Sabin and the masked man Suicide, can win without without pinning the champ by doing the same. Who will emerge from Ultimate X as the division's standard bearer?


Ultimate X for the X-Division Title:

Kenny King (c) vs. Chris Sabin vs. Suicide

Three men known for their speed and acrobatics. Two taut cables, attached to metal scaffolding rising from each behind each ringpost, crisscross above the ring. Dangling from their intersection - the X Division championship belt.

The Road to Slammiversary

It took current champion of the X-Division Kenny King months to dethrone Rob Van Dam from the top of mountain, and his right to compete in the division had to be at stake before he finally captured the belt. The start of his reign as the King of X also saw the announcement that all championship matches would be decided under triple threat rules, and no one over 230 pounds would be able to compete for the title.

Last June, former champ Chris Sabin suffered a torn ACL in an Ultimate X match against Austin Aries and Xema Ion. Following months of grueling rehab, the Motor City Machine Gun returned last month and was victorious in his return to the ring and the X Division. King has been extremely vocal that Sabin's time is over and that he is the future of TNA. The veteran certainly doesn't agree, but having already failed to unseat the champ on Impact and returning to the match that almost ended his career, Chris has to be thinking hard about this match-up.

A video game character come to life, the Suicide character has been portrayed by several men, including multiple time X Division champions Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels (the latter even held the belt while wearing the blue and red costume). The masked high flier is now TJ Perkins, a veteran of several indy feds, who just debuted under the hood a couple of weeks ago. The latest Suicide looked good, defeating Joey Ryan and Petey Williams to quickly earn this title opportunity.

What's at stake?

More than just the championship of TNA's signature division. As of last year, the X-Division champ earned a shot at the World title at Destination X. That PPV is no more, but there have been intimations from Hulk Hogan and other management figures that that opportunity will still be available come this summer.

But first, you have to rightfully possess the belt.

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