The company has been teasing since yesterday a “BIG Slammiversary match announcement,” fans won’t be disappointed as the Ultimate X Match is back for the 44th time in the history of TNA/Impact Wrestling. Josh Alexander will put the title on the line against Chris Bey, Ace Austin, Rohit Raju, Petey Williams and Trey Miguel. Alexander, Bey and Raju will experience the gruelling structure for the first time. Trey Miguel and Ace Austin took part in one of these matches once when Petey Williams not only was in it 5 times but won it 2 times. Only Trey Miguel has never been crowned X-Division Champion as of today.
BREAKING: ULTIMATE X will return at #Slammiversary on July 17th as @Walking_Weapon will defend the X-Division Championship against @TheTreyMiguel, @The_Ace_Austin, @DashingChrisBey, @HakimZane and @iPeteyWilliams!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 17, 2021
Ultimate X is contested by three or more wrestlers of the X Division. Two cables, connected to metal structures rising from the four corners of the ring, cross 15 feet above the middle of the ring. Similar to a ladder match, an object (usually a championship belt or a large red “X”) is suspended from where the cables cross. The winner is the first person to take possession of the hung object. After TNA made the transition to a hexagonal ring in June 2004, the cables were suspended from the four turnbuckles that were not perpendicular to the entrance ramp.
If the title has not always been on the line, the match has always been X-Division related. With 17 appearances and 8 victories, the record eight-time X Division Champion Chris Sabin is an Ultimate X legend. He even took part in the first-ever match on August 20, 2003, at TNA Weekly PPV 58. Impact Wrestling official Don Callis received on-screen credit for the idea for the Ultimate X match.
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