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An Ultimate X Match is a type of professional wrestling match popularized by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. It has also been used by e-fed Christian Championship Wrestling, TWOStars, Ex-Rev and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

About Ultimate X

Ultimate X is an X Division triple threat or a fatal four way match in which an X is formed above the ring with wires from metal poles outside the ring in each corner. Similar to the ladder match, a championship belt (the CCW X-Division Champion) or some other reward is then placed in the center of the X. The winner is the first person to take possession of the object.

In CCW storylines, the idea for the Ultimate X Match came from CCW Official Jerry Seltzer after a ladder match between Viper and Diamond ended in a no contest. The tagline was "No Limits" and "No Ladders".

The first Ultimate X Match occurred on the July 23, 2006, CCW One Night Stand. Viper, the X Division Champion, put the title on the line against Diamond and Rage. In this first match, the X above the ring was formed by bare steel wires. The wires were not secured in the center, allowing them to bounce separately and tear off the belt twice, requiring the belt to be reattached both times. In all future matches, standard ring rope material is used, and the ropes are secured at their crossing. Ladders are the only weapons not allowed in the match.

Rule Nuances

According to the rules, if two combatants are holding the object when it is detached, then the first to take sole possession of the object is the winner. If both combatants land on the mat holding the object, then they are declared co-winners. Ultimate X matches are considered no-disqualification, but interference and use of weapons are rare. The Ultimate X match was created for, and is a centerpiece of, the X Division of Christian Championship Wrestling. So far, the only items held from the ropes has been the X Division Championship and a big red X.

TNA official Don Callis received on-screen credit for the idea for the Ultimate X match. The tag line "No Limits and No Ladders" was added to the first match to emphasize the change. In this first match, bare steel wires, which were not secured in the center, were used above the ring, allowing them to bounce separately and causing the belt to tear off twice, requiring it to be reattached. In all future matches, standard ring cables were used, and the ropes were secured at their crossing.[1] Matches are typically referred to by number ("Ultimate X1", "Ultimate X2", etc.). However, TNA has not noted the numerical order by name. This has only been practiced by fans since X4.

Variations

After Ultimate X4, in which Michael Shane and Kazarian pulled the championship belt down at the same time, it was ruled that if both combatants land on the mat while still holding the object, they are declared "co-winners".[2]

During Ultimate X6, Chris Sabin and Petey Williams detached the belt at the same time when A.J. Styles jumped from the top rope to snatch the belt from them while they were still hanging from the ropes, taking sole possession and landing on the mat, winning the title.[3]

Ultimate X7 used a variation of the rules, called the Ultimate X Challenge. The match began under standard tag team rules, yet once a decision occurred, the wrestler who lost the decision was eliminated from the match. The remaining three competitors then wrestling under triple threat rules to eliminate another competitor. The remaining two competitors then wrestled the Ultimate X match to determine the ultimate winner.

During Ultimate X8, the object (the red "X") was partially detached, but both Chris Sabin and Michael Shane fell, and the X dropped, untouched, to the ground. Referee Mark "Slick" Johnson stopped anyone from taking it and had officials rehang it. When it fell later, it fell into the waiting arms of Petey Williams and he was declared the winner. The decision was held up, as this was not the planned finish, and a rematch was held (Ultimate X9) soon after.

Ultimate X11 was a tag team Ultimate X match. It was contested by two teams (for the NWA World Tag Team Championship) in a way similar to a Texas tornado match with all four competitors attempting to obtain the object (one of the two title belts). The team of the wrestler that retrieves the belt won the match and the title.

Ultimate X12 was the Ultimate X Gauntlet match. It began as a ten-man Gauntlet fir the Gold, with entries at timed intervals and eliminations allowed. Elimination occurred when a competitor went over the top rope and hit the floor. After all 10 participants have entered, the wrestlers still eligible in the match attempted to obtain the object (the red "X") and win the match. This time, the normal Ultimate X structure was replaced with the Elevation X structure.

Ultimate X14 was the first six-man tag team Ultimate X match. It was held at TNA Final Resolution 2008, pitting Team 3D and Johnny Devine against X Division Champion Jay Lethal and the Motor City Machine Guns. Team 3D broke an "unwritten rule" by using the ladder to retrieve the X Division Championship.

Although Ultimate X matches are considered no-disqualification, interference and the use of weapons are rare. Wrestlers are not allowed to use a ladder as a way to grab the object, although technically they may use one as a weapon. However, in Ultimate X14, Team 3D got away with using a ladder because the referee was kayfabe knocked out.

Ultimate X Matches

TWOStars Ultimate X Matches

No. Match Event, Date and Location
X1 Joseph Helms defeated Drake Rush(c) - TV Title Match Hell to Pay 2008
X2


Christian Championship Wrestling Ultimate X Matches

No. Match Event, Date and Location
X1 Turbo defeated Houston, Malibu, Sabre, and Tank Night of the Champions II
May 28, 2006
Memphis, TN
X2 Diamond defeated Viper (c) and Rage One Night Stand
July 23, 2006
Atlanta, GA


Ex-Rev Ultimate X Matches

No. Match Event, Date and Location
X1 Barry Gower defeated MBR(c), to win the Ex-Rev Intercontinental Championship E.R.E. Wrestlemania V
April 3rd, 2005
Los Angeles, California


Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Ultimate X Matches

No. Match Event, Date and Location
X1 Michael Shane defeated Chris Sabin (c), and Frankie Kazarian to win the TNA X Division Championship Weekly PPV 58
August 20, 2003
Nashville, Tennessee
X2 Chris Sabin defeated Michael Shane (c), Christopher Daniels and Low-Ki to win the TNA X Division Championship Weekly PPV 76
January 7, 2004
Nashville, Tennessee
X3 Chris Sabin (Team USA) defeated Petey Williams (Team Canada), and Hector Garza (Team Mexico) to win the TNA 2004 World X Cup Tournament Weekly PPV 96
May 26, 2004
Nashville, Tennessee
X4 Michael Shane and Frankie Kazarian defeated A.J. Styles to become TNA X Division co-champions Weekly PPV 105
July 28, 2004
Nashville, Tennessee
X5 Chris Sabin defeated Elix Skipper and Sonjay Dutt to become #1 contender to the TNA X Division Championship The Best Damn Sports Show Period
November 10, 2004
Orlando, Florida
X6 A.J. Styles defeated Petey Williams (c), and Chris Sabin to win the TNA X Division Championship TNA Final Resolution
January 16, 2005
Orlando, Florida
X7 Christopher Daniels defeated A.J. Styles (c), Elix Skipper, and Ron Killings to win the TNA X Division Championship TNA Destination X
March 13, 2005
Orlando, Florida
X8 Petey Williams defeated Matt Bentley, and Chris Sabin to become #1 contender to the TNA X Division Championship TNA Bound For Glory
October 23, 2005
Orlando, Florida
X9 Petey Williams defeated Matt Bentley, and Chris Sabin to become #1 contender to the TNA X Division Championship TNA Impact!
November 3, 2005
Orlando, Florida
X10 Christopher Daniels defeated Samoa Joe (c), and A.J. Styles to win the TNA X Division Championship TNA Destination X
March 12, 2006
Orlando, Florida
X11 A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels defeated the Latin American Exchange (Homicide and Hernandez) to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship TNA No Surrender
September 24, 2006
Orlando, Florida
X12 Christopher Daniels defeated Jay Lethal, Kaz, Homicide, Sonjay Dutt, Shark Boy, Elix Skipper, Puma, Senshi, and Petey Williams to become #1 contender to the TNA X Division Championship TNA Victory Road
July 15, 2007
Orlando, Florida
X13 Latin American Exchange (Homicide and Hernandez) defeated Triple X (Senshi and Elix Skipper) to become #1 contenders to the TNA Tag Team Championships TNA Bound for Glory
October 14, 2007
Atlanta, Georgia
X14 Team 3D and Johnny Devine defeated Jay Lethal and the Motor City Machine Guns TNA Final Resolution
January 6, 2008
Orlando, Florida

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