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Abyss: Tailor Made For The X-Division by The Modern Native

Before I get started, I just want to point out that this isn’t a part of my “Evolution of TNA” columns. This just seemed pretty major and I just wanted to get my opinion out on how I feel about it. I’ll try to have installment two of my column series out next week, so in the meantime you can just read this and let me know what you think.

During Thursday night’s Impact Wrestling episode, Abyss defeated Kazarian to become the new X Division Champion. I know a lot of people are going to hate this booking, because it takes away from the Brian Kendricks, Amazing Reds, and the Generation Me’s of that division, but before you’re too harsh on the decision though, read ahead. You never know, I might just make a valid point.

Chris Parks, better known as Abyss, has been with TNA since its inception in 2001. Except for a brief one year hiatus in 2002, he’s been a mainstay with the company. Aside from his freakish ability to take punishment, he has consistently been one of TNA’s best performers and has helped put on some of the best matches in company history. I make it no secret that I feel like Abyss is one of the best big men performers in wrestling history. A lot of people typecast him as a Kane and/or Mankind generic clone, but while some of that booking philosophy may be true, he’s created an identity all his own. You’ll never see Kane do anything close to what Abyss has put his body through, and to be classified with Mick Foley in pure hardcore wrestling ability alone is an honor.

Often shunned for his less than stellar mic work, Abyss enjoyed the most widespread fear and admiration with Father James Mitchell at his side. Mitchell really brought out the best in Abyss, allowing him to focus more on his in-ring devastation than his character. Regardless, the big man has proven time and time again exactly how far he’s willing to go to satisfy a crowd. Nothing short of his moniker, “The Monster” describes exactly what he’s capable of. If you need proof of his willingness to punish himself for our pleasure, take a look at his arms. The scars trailing up and down his arms, shattering his tattoos like broken mirrors prove that he is capable of withstanding punishment that we’ll never understand.

So, what does that have to do with him winning the X Division Championship? Everything. For those of you who remember TNA circa 2005, TNA’s big claim to fame was its X Division. We would get amazing matches every single week with people like Petey Williams, Sonjay Dutt, Chris Sabin, Alex Shelly, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Samoa Joe and more. Every week, we heard about how the X Division was better than any Cruiserweight Division could ever hope to be. You know what? It was. See, the X Division wasn’t about weight limits, it was about no limits. When you have Samoa Joe doing double corkscrew planchas, Austin Aries doing bottom rung suicide dives, and Elix Skipper walking alongside the top of a sixteen foot cage it proves that the X Division was more than just little guys who could move fast.

The X Division truly personified what TNA was all about. Pulling out all the stops at non-stop neck breaking speeds. Impacts that had never been attempted, much less seen before. A human being absorbing an absolutely ridiculous amount of punishment. Showcasing talent that had never been seen anywhere else. The X Division didn’t just personify a Championship, it personified the company. In a day where WWE was showcasing John Cena vs Kurt Angle, TNA was headlining pay per views with AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels vs Samoa Joe. The X Division carried TNA for a good number of years.

Enter Abyss. You want to talk about someone with no limits? Someone who has helped carry TNA over the years? Someone who will do absolutely anything for the company? That’s who Abyss is. His style characterizes “No limits”. The man knows no barrier of pain. He is capable of handling himself in ring with anyone, from Sting to AJ Styles to Kurt Angle. If the X Division isn’t about weight limits, and its truly about no limits, Abyss is the perfect man for the job. For a specific view of Abyss’ abilities and devastation power, make sure you do yourself a favor and check out:

Raven vs Abyss Dog Collar Match -No Surrender 2005

Sabu vs Abyss Barbed Wire Massacre -Turning Point 2005

Monster’s Ball (Abyss, Brother Runt, Samoa Joe, Raven) -Bound for Glory 2006

Abyss vs Kurt Angle -No Surrender 2007

Abyss vs Judas Mesias -Against All Odds 2008

These are just a few of the amazing matches he’s had over the span of his TNA career. Needless to say, I think he personifies what the X Division was once held in high regard for. No limits. If any man can help rejuvenate the division, it should be a man who never stopped living the lifestyle. Imagine, if you would, a full-fledged feud between Abyss and Samoa Joe. That feud alone could put the X Division back on the map. You’ve read my opinion, and before I read yours, here’s a highlight video I found showing exactly what devastation and punishment Abyss can bring to the table.

Until next time, this has been The Modern Native, signing off…



  1. May 20, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Like I have said, I am only a casual TNA fan at the moment but one of my favorite “Non-WWE” TNA stars is Abyss. He reminds me a lot of Mick Foley and Foley is my #2 favorite superstar of all-time. That said, making Abyss the X-Division Champion doesn’t really make sense to me. I kinda do see the X-Division Championship as TNA’s version of the Cruiser-weight Title. It’s a title that should go to the guys who aren’t big enough to be the TNA World Champion. If TNA values Abyss as much as they should, they should have him be TNA World Champion. I don’t think mid-card championships should go to superstars who should be in the World Championship picture.

    • The Modern Native
      May 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

      See, WWE would have you to believe that an X Division/Cruiserweight Championship would be a secondary title, but back in the day in TNA, the X Division was held in the same regard. Sometimes even moreso, as on many ppvs, the X Division Championship was valued as greater. That’s why there was no shame in AJ jumping back and forth. We’ve all been brainwashed to believe that the smaller guys are automatically less important, but if you pick up either of the Best of X Division DVDs, you’ll find that, like I said, the X Division in why TNA is on the map. If it weren’t for Jerry Lyyn, Kid Kash, AJ Styles, Amazing Red, Low Ki, and others, TNA wouldn’t have the mainstream attention it has now. If TNA does an all X Division ppv in July like they’re planning, you’ll see why.

    • May 21, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      There is no weight limit in the X division,the smaller guys run the division and the title has become something to keep midcard talent happy, but the X division used to be held in the same regard as the world title because it represented some of the best wrestling around. The title hasn’t been taken serious though for the last two years, but there was a time when it was one of the hottest commodities in wrestling, not just TNA.

  2. May 20, 2011 at 2:44 am

    I heard that they’re gonna do a X-Division vs. Immortal feud so Abyss winning the X-Division Championship makes perfect sense to me.

    Good read and I agree 100% with you.

    • May 21, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      The promotional picture for Destination X features a 6 sided ring. Is TNA really returning to the essence? I sure fucking hope so.

  3. Lee
    May 20, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I never even heard of Abyss but based on those links and the pic of him through a burning table I am now a fan. If I end up liking TNA I will blame The Modern Native and JCITY for helping expose TNA in a positive spotlight. These kinda posts are banned in the WWE universe and thats all I really know about wrestling is WWE.

    • The Modern Native
      May 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I’d be proud to take the blame. The WWE Universe and other wrestling websites paint anything that TNA does as terrible. Its really not that bad. WWE has a lot of really stupid stuff on their shows, and both companies only average around 34 minutes of wrestling on each show. Yet, people tear TNA up because they ‘talk too much’, but on a regular basis, Impact actually has more minutes devoted to wrestling. Both shows have too much talking, but that’s just wrestling in the 2010’s. When you watch TNA, forget that the WWE monster exists. Enjoy it for what it is, and you’ll find that its a really satisfying show with a lot of potential.

      • May 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        I used to review Impact on my other site and WWE fans didn’t understand what the fuck I was talking about, lol. I love all types of wrestling. If ROH was still on TV I might have some thoughts on it too. I’m not brand specific, I just love the whole spectacle of it all.

  4. Capt. Smooth
    May 20, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Abyss vs. Umaga would’ve been a dream match for me.

    • May 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Rip Umaga, I could see him as a monster heel World Champion that the fans respect enough to turn him face eventually. I guess we will never know though.

      • Capt. Smooth
        May 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm

        I remember him talking the first time. The fans were like “WTF?”.

  5. May 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Abyss is one of my favorite TNA workers. I always liked darker characters and I always thought he was very good for a tall man.

  6. May 20, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I have been watching TNA for years, I enjoy watching the x division and knockout matches. All the promos take a way from the action and we all know that. I must say that Thurs. Impact was rather entertaining. Jay Lethal and Abyss are two of my favorite wrestlers in TNA.

    • May 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Tna needs to rehire Jay Lethal or WWE needs to pick him up. I would love to hear some more Macho Man impressions.

  7. May 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    hey check out this WWE Survey:


    Some interesting questions and hopefully they are planning to do something based on the survey responses.

  8. Max
    May 21, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Abyss was a pansy last year acting like a scared little bitch. Then something about a magic ring? What was that about?

  9. The Modern Native
    May 21, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Max :Abyss was a pansy last year acting like a scared little bitch. Then something about a magic ring? What was that about?

    Booking. Not his fault. Look at how they treated Samoa Joe for the better part of the last two years. It’s no different than WWE having Khali go from a bloodthirsty monster to The Kiss Cam, or Kane go from throwing fireballs to getting married and falling in love. They can’t all help how they’re booked.

    • May 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Abyss was so scared of the pain and punishment he inflicted on himself and others that he tried not to hurt anyone anymore. He was defenseless without his vicious streak and felt vulnerable. At least thats my interpretation.

      • Max
        May 23, 2011 at 10:09 am

        Kinda makes sense but it was still stupid.

  10. May 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

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  11. MEek3rz
    May 24, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Abyss is a creep that scares me

    • May 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      I’m going to dress as him tonight and chase you around the house with a butcher knife 🙂

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