My Two Centsss - These Are The Seven Best TNA Matches Of 2012
By Super Chrisss
Dec 27, 2012 - 4:02:11 PM
1. Day 1 - These Are The Seven Most Shocking Returns/Debuts Of 2012
2. Day 2 - These Are The Seven Best TNA Matches Of 2012
Writer's Note: You asked for it, you got it! Today I will be counting down the "other company's" best matches of the year, and like my WWE list, it was no easy task narrowing it down to seven. By the way, today's column will be fairly brief because I am in the middle of a HUGE snowstorm here in Montreal and it's a miracle the power is still on. So let's stop wasting time and get things started!
7. Austin Aries vs. Samoa Joe for the X-Division Championship (Slammiversary)
2012 was a solid year for X-Division title matches, and the division in general. Despite a horrible start with Jesse Sorensen being crippled in a match with Zema Ion, the X-Division - although nowhere as prestigious as it once was - continues to entertain. The opening match at Slammiversary was a perfect example of this, as the defending champion Austin Aries took on another IWC favourite and ROH alumni Samoa Joe in what was nothing short of an awesome match. Both guys gave it their all and did their best to steal the show, with Aries coming out on top in the end. My only complaint? They could have got at least five more minutes to work with.
6. Aj Styles vs. Christopher Daniels (Final Resolution)
One of the reasons these two made my seven greatest feuds of the year list was because of the matches they put together throughout 2012. Coming in at number six is their latest - and supposedly 'final' - encounter at Final Resolution earlier this month. For two guys who have faced off in over 115 matches against each other, they always find a way to keep things fresh, and this match was no different. Aj was a bloody mess and even more surprisingly, it was the dastardly Daniels who won the match and possibly the war, via Styles' finisher, the Styles Clash. Not their BEST match, but still a fantastic outing.
5. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs Aj Styles & Kurt Angle for the TNA Tag Team Championship (Slammiversary)
Hey, what do you know? Another match featuring both Styles and Daniels. This one, however, was possibly the best tag team match of the year (excluding the six-man TLC match). Styles & Angle, despite being nothing more than a make-shift tag team, brought the intensity at Slammiversary and their opponents - Bad Influence - brought their A-game as well. The tag team division did anything but shine in 2012, but you wouldn't know it by watching this match. Definitely the show-stealer at Slammiversary, if you ask me.
4. Austin Aries vs. Jeff Hardy for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (Bound For Glory)
Of the three epic battles they've had this year, I think their first meeting at TNA's Wrestlemania was the best, in my opinion. Their was so much hype going into this world title match and no one knew for sure who would win. Would TNA solidify Aries as the top dog by having him go clean over Jeff Hardy? Or would they play it safe and put the belt on their cash cow, The Charismatic Enigma? Unfortunately for the IWC, they would go with the latter, but to give the devil his due, we have witnessed a superb rivalry thus far between Aries and Hardy. This match had no ladder and no commercial breaks - Hardy/Aries I was simply awesome.
3. Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship (Destination X)
Making his third appearance on the list is none other than the greatest man that ever lived, Austin Aries. However, unlike the previous match, where Aries lost the world title, this is the match where it all began, with Aries cashing in his X-Division Championship to gain a world title match at Destination X - a new, yearly tradition that Aries gave birth to. Bobby Roode had been world champion almost as long as Aries had been the X-Division Champion, nearly a year, and after a night filled with exciting matches, both men had a lot to prove as the show-closer. While the didn't quite have the match of the night, Aries vs. Roode was an amazing, back-and-forth match. I know some people prefer their rematch at Victory Road, but I think Aries capturing the world title for the first time made the ending to this match feel more special than their successor did.
2. James Storm vs. Bobby Roode in a Street Fight (Bound For Glory)
Storm vs. Roode was my runner-up pick when counting down the year's best rivalries, and they also have the second best TNA match of the year. Their 'match' at Bound For Glory was the epitome of a war - a year's worth of feuding, promos, and bad blood all mixed together. They beat the living hell out of each other, kicked out of one finisher after another (but logically, not Davey Richards style), and had one "holy shit" spot after another. These two stole the show at Bound For Glory, and it was the perfect end to their rivalry (even though it didn't quite end that night, but whatever).
1. Christopher Daniels vs. Aj Styles in a Last Man Standing Match (Destination X)
If Wrestlemania, Extreme Rules, and TLC were the best Pay-Per-Views in the WWE calendar year, then Bound For Glory, Slammiversary, and Destination X were undoubtedly TNA's best offerings of 2012. Every one of these shows had fantastic matches from start to finish, and I still think Destination X was one of the best of the group, thanks to matches like Joe vs. Angle, Ultimate X, Roode vs. Aries, and this one - Styles vs. Daniels. These two definitely stole the show at Destination X and after some crazy spots, it was Styles who would pick up the win by nailing a Styles Clash on Daniels - off the stage through a table. Yes, you heard me right. That was one of the sickest endings to a match in recent history, and I invite you to look it up if you have no idea what I'm talking about. Styles vs. Daniels may not have been the feud of the year, but they certainly had one of the best matches of the year.
So what do you think? Agree with today's picks? Disagree? Well, let me know!
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