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In the world of pro wrestling, as in life, any time patriotism is called into question there is a response. This past week we remembered all of the patriotism that occurred after the events of September 11, 2001. One more who sacrificed for his country became a pro wrestler in TNA.
TNA's Impact broadcast had a similar feeling throughout except when Sgt. Chris Melendez made his debut after having graduated from the 3D Academy of Bully Ray and Devon. The man who wrestles with a prosthetic left leg because of an I.E.D. was able to defeat DJ Z (Zema Ion) and raise the spirits of the crowd and fans alike. To continue that patriotic spirit TNA will present 'No Surrender' next Wednesday for it's Impact event. Two matches announced include the next match in the tag-team series between Team 3D, the Hardy Boyz and the TNA World Tag-Team Champions The Wolves. The Hardys won the second match this past week and have made the next contest, fittingly, a ladders match. So far the champions have not won any matches and the first to two wins becomes the new champions. Also TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley is set to defend that title against number one contender Bobby Roode as part of 'No Surrender.' Lastly we just want to mention the creepy "revolution" that James Storm is continuing that appears to making over several in the X-Division. This past week they showed Manik tied up with Storm about to unmask him before the cameraman was told to leave.
This week we move out Top 10 countdown along to just beyond the halfway mark with numbers seven, six and five being revealed, of the best mid-card champions. Now in case you missed part one you may go back and read it here. We will caution readers that one wrestler mentioned as we know met his end via sensitive subjects to the wider audience but we focus in on his in-ring championships only.
The man most commonly known as "Mr. Perfect" throughout his time in the WWF after leaving the AWA was as close to perfect as possible as almost any wrestler could ever become. When he first broke into wrestling he was part of the NWA in there territory Pacific Northwest Wrestling and won there Heavyweight title once. He then went on to join the AWA and before he left them he won there World Tag-Team Championship once with partner Scott Hall (very pre-Razor Ramon days) and held the AWA World Championship one time as well. While in the WWF he won the Intercontinental Championship twice. Hennig also had a decent broadcast career while recovering from injuries in the WWF but eventually left to join WCW and became part of the Four Horsemen almost immediately. While in WCW he won there mid-card title the United States Championship on two occasions plus teamed up with Barry Windham, a former horseman himself, to win the WCW World Tag-Team titles once. Hennig passed in 2003 at 44 years of age and was posthumously inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007
On Thursday night WWE present there second NXT 'Takeover' two-hour special event on the WWE Network. All three championship for there developmental territory are on the line plus some great matches and the debut of international superstar Kenta!
NXT Championship (Fatal 4-Way)
Adrian Neville (C) versus Tyson Kidd versus Sami Zayn versus Tyler Breeze
This match seems tailor made for a title change to occur, and it seems unlikely for that new champion to be Tyler Breeze despite his recently being the number one contender. We could see either Tyson Kidd finally capturing the gold or the coronation of Sami Zayn as the top man. Go with Kidd to be the new NXT Champion!
NXT Tag-Team Championship
Konnor and Viktor (The Ascension) versus Sin Cara and Kalisto
Despite Sin Cara and Kalisto beating three solid teams along the way in the number one contender's tournament we expect The Ascension to retain the titles here. It will be a contrast in styles between these two teams that will make this an exceptional match though.
Now that we have moved more fully into the month of September with slightly warmer than usual weather of late, we see things are also similarly coming to a low boil in the world of pro wrestling. If you haven't been watching the pre-recorded matches from TNA they have been exceptional for weeks, while meanwhile in WWE they are rolling along as usual.
TNA wrestling from this past Wednesday's Impact broadcast showcased a fairly rare champion versus champion match as World Champion Bobby Lashley took on X-Division Champion Samoa Joe. Lashley emerged victorious and will face the new number one contender Bobby Roode, as Roode was able to defeat Eric Young for that title opportunity. Speaking of that, Taryn Terrell had one against Women's Knockout Champion Gail Kim, that Kim won after a roll through, in the end, but then Havoc was unleashed. The teasers for weeks now said this person would debut Wednesday night and she did, taking out both competitors after the match with what appeared to be Sheamus' "white noise" finisher. There was also a six way match to determine the new number one contender for the X-Division title. Homicide emerged with the win to challenge Samoa Joe in the future, but post-match the "Great" Sanada with "Cowboy" James Storm came out to further the budding feud between Sanada and his former mentor the Great Muta.
So as we enter the month of September we move our Top 10 countdown series to champions of the mid-card level in pro wrestling. Since we will later in the year do a similar countdown of World Champions this edition is for those who predominately won more titles that are NOT World level championships, such as the Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, Cruiserweight/Light-Heavyweight title, Television title and even Tag-Team titles, etc.
As many fans know the "Hot Scot" never obtained the big one, the WWE Championship, or any such World title, during his days in professional wrestling but that doesn't mean he never won anything. Before coming to the WWF he worked for several regional promotions in the NWA including Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. While there he won the Mid-Atlantic title on three occasions and he also held the Pacific Northwest title twice. While he was only won the Intercontinental Championship once, he held the NWA/WCW version of the United States Championship on three separate occasions. He is also a two time former NWA Television Champion among many other tag-team titles won over the course of his career. Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007.