Jun 11, 2023
The Best Spot From Impact Wrestling's 10 Best Matches Ever
In this list, we'll look back at the best 10 TNA matches ever, and the best spot
In this list, we'll look back at the best 10 TNA matches ever, and the best spot in them.
The reality is that no matter whether you're a fan or not, Impact Wrestling is here to stay. The controversial promotion was run by Dixie Carter for years, to varying success. These days, the company is run by Scott D'Amore, who's helped return Impact to the limelight.
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Over the years, the company has had its ups and downs. However, a lot of those highs were ridiculous, with some incredible wrestlers such as Sting, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, and more, putting on bangers on a regular basis. With that in mind, let's look back at the best ten TNA matches ever, and the best spot in them.
Yes, one of the best matches in TNA history came on one of their first-ever shows. See, before Impact Wrestling was on Spike, Destination America, or even had a television deal, they first had to be on pay-per-view.
The headliner for their second show was a four-way banger between AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn, Low Ki, and Psicosis. The unique hook of the match was that it was elimination style, with each man having to be pinned twice to exit. While it was early in the match, Styles catching a running Psicosis, and then converting it to a Styles clash for the opening pinfall was a wild spot.
The early 2010s was a weird time for Impact Wrestling, as they were bleeding top talent, forcing them to create their own. To their credit in 2014-2015, they struck gold with the feud between EC3 and Rockstar Spud.
The feud culminated in an emotionally-filled Hair vs. Hair match, where EC3 won. To his credit, Spud put in the performance of a lifetime, playing the role of the underdog. The spot of the match came as a result of a close two-count thanks to a stunner and low blow from Spud.
It's hard to make a triple-threat match an all-time classic, mainly just because it's hard to have three people wrestle at once. Somehow, AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Christopher Daniels managed to break the trend and put on all-time classics.
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One of their classics came in the main event of Turning Point 2009, with the world heavyweight title on the line. This is a match that is a must-see, but the best spot is arguably the unexpected ending. With Daniels seemingly having the win locked up, Styles hit an absurd 450 out of nowhere to pin Daniels.
One year after the worst professional moment of Jeff Hardy's career, he faced Kurt Angle at Victory Road. Despite the fact that there was no title on the line, and it was a standard singles match, this was an emotional rollercoaster that hooked fans.
Fans badly wanted to see Hardy did, which they nearly did. However, Angle wound up getting the win with the rollup finish. The best spot of the night likely came near the end of the bout, when Angle landed an angle slam after putting his knees up for a Swanton bomb. Although Hardy seemed finished, he somehow kicked out, giving fans hope.
To be clear, there are enough good spots in this match to make your head spin. The three-way full metal mayhem match between The Wolves, The Hardys, and Team 3D was arguably the match of the year in 2014, and for good reason.
The best spot likely came near the end of the match. With Jeff Hardy climbing an oddly tall ladder, he was shoved off by The Wolves, sending him crashing through a table with Bully Ray on it. In the process, taking out both men.
Strangely, it feels like Mr. Anderson is commonly forgotten when it comes to discussing TNA's top stars in the early 2010s. While this might not seem the case now, he was regularly putting on incredible matches with the likes of Sting, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and more.
The best match of Anderson's TNA career came at Lockdown 2010 when he faced Kurt Angle. This was a hectic steel cage match, with the Olympian picking up the win. By far the best spot of the match featured a bloodied Angle doing a moonsault off the top of the cage.
In case it's not clear by now, Kurt Angle is an all-time great. While he ended up finishing his career in WWE, there was actually a point in time when he had spent more time in Impact, than in Vince McMahon's company.
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Nonetheless, arguably the best match of Angle's TNA run came in the main event of Lockdown 2008. He lost to Samoa Joe in a classic, losing his heavyweight title in the process. Despite Angle's loss, he did have the spot of the match. Joe had a cross-face locked in, but Angle somehow fought through and picked him up for an Angle Slam.
Some of the early days of TNA featured some of the wildest wrestling matches you will ever see. One of those hardcore matches took place at Bound For Glory 2005 and was a Monster's Ball fatal four-way between Rhino, Abyss, Jeff Hardy, and Sabu.
Simply put, these four tried to kill each other, with Rhino somehow picking up the win. The best spot here is Jeff Hardy's insane swanton bomb off the stage through Abyss, which is a highlight that's been seen a million times.
America's Most Wanted and Triple X faced off in the main event of Turning Point 2004. Any reservations about having a tag-team steel-cage match headline the card didn't last long.
These two teams put on a classic match, that is still watched today. Ultimately, America's Most Wanted picked up the win, but it was Elix Skipper and Triple X that had the spot of the night, with his classic cage walk.
The first triple-threat match between AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, and Christopher Daniels is the best match in TNA history, and one of the best ever. Much like their 2009 offering, this was a fast-paced banger that featured all three men in their prime.
However, the best spot of the match goes to AJ Styles, who somehow converted a hurricanrana into a Styles clash for a near fall. He wound up picking up the win as well, beginning a reign as X division champion.
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