The X Division has long been one of IMPACT’s greatest treasures. The talent that has made the X Division so distinguished has always been known to be revolutionary, high-flying and high-energy. The matches between X Division stars are fan-favorites and highlights of IMPACT on Pop, so the X Title is an honor that the stars of IMPACT hold to a high regard. This week, 4 men will battle in a 4-way match that is sure to be a hard-hitting battle that will test strength, endurance and determination. Ahead of the X Division match that will take place on Thursday, let’s take a look at Caleb Konley, Marshe Rockett, DJZ and Braxton Sutter as they vie for the win and another victory towards one day holding X Division gold.
As a relatively new talent to IMPACT, he is somewhat of an underdog in this 4-way match against other X Division alums, especially DJZ. He made his debut last April in an Xplosion match facing Eddie Edwards and DJZ. Although he lost, he put up an impressive run. We saw him in January when he unsuccessfully competed for the X Division Championship in a 5-way match, and then again in February in Joker’s Wild 2017 where he teamed with Eddie Edwards for a match and defeated Andrew Everett and Marshe Rockett. Although he doesn’t have any Titles under his winning column, he is an up-and-coming force in the X Division.
Also a newer talent to the IMPACT roster, Rockett is a gifted addition to the X Division. He made his debut in August at X-Travaganza 2016 in 7-man match where he successfully became number on contender for the X-Title. He lost to Braxton Sutter, but left an impression on the fans, so when he made his IMPACT debut, it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility for him to become the next X Division Champion, stealing the belt from DJZ. Unfortunately for Rockett, DJZ retained the title, but that just left him hungrier to gain the Title one day.
He is the man to beat in this battle that will take place on Thursday. He is former a two-time X Division Champion, who wants to build on his career to make an even bigger name for himself. He has a history of competing against huge names in the professional wrestling arena, which include Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Eddie Edwards and most recently current X Division Champion Trevor Lee, just to name a few. Just to get in the ring with competitors of that caliber is a testament to his skill and talent, and his over 6 years of experience in the X Division will undeniably give him edge on his competition.
Sutter, who is relatively new to IMPACT, having just debuted in June 2016, is actually a veteran of the wrestling business, beginning his in-ring career in 2000. He lost a match to James Storm at Slammiversary, but got his feet wet wrestling during a high-pressure IMPACT match. Not long after Slammiversary he won a battle-royal to become the number one contender for the X Division Championship, but was defeated by then Champ Mike Bennett, in a “match” many people call unfair. His powerful abilities inside the six-sided ring did not go unnoticed, as he later teamed up with DJZ and Mandrews for Team X Gold, where team “Go for Broke” was a force to be reckoned with. Although he has yet to hold the X Division Championship, he is highly-skilled star whose number as the Champion is surely on the horizon.
A broadcast journalism graduate from The University of Mississippi, McKenzie utilizes her professional skills through writing and on air hosting. She is currently the female backstage interviewer for IMPACT Wrestling.