Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: TNA’s World X Cup Tournaments


Brian Damage

Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeeded but flourished. Others were DOA from the get-go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative, but for various reasons faded away. Those are the focus of this latest series of posts titled ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’ and today we take a look at TNA concept: the World X Cup.

Long before there was the WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic, a small, up and coming promotion known as TNA had a similar idea. In the very early years of Total Non-stop Action, TNA owner Jeff Jarrett and company came up with a very unique concept to separate themselves from their rivals the WWE. It was known at first as the Super X Cup and later renamed America’s X Cup and later the World X Cup. It featured wrestlers from various international wrestling promotions and from TNA as well.


Jeff Jarrett made working agreements with companies such as New Japan Pro Wrestling (Japan), Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (Mexico), and Border City Wrestling (Canada) and various other international promotions. The concepts were pretty simple…teams representing their countries would compete in various X division style matches. The team with the most points were crowned X cup champions. The World X Cup was modeled after the very popular, but sporadic, Super J Cup tournaments held in New Japan Pro Wrestling which was conceived by the legendary Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger.


Some of the amazing talent that competed in these World X Cups were wrestlers like Chris Sabin, Teddy Hart, Juventud Guerrera, Hector Garza, Jerry Lynn, Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams, Elix Skipper and many more. The X Cup tournaments were held in TNA’s backyard of Orlando, Florida and were special pay per view events. The original tournament was called the Super X Cup, featuring just single matches, and was eventually won by Chris Sabin.


The concept received so much positive feedback from fans and critics alike that more X cup tournaments were created. This time it would feature teams from Mexico, Canada, USA, Japan and Great Britain. It happened in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and finally in 2008.

As TNA continued to grow and become a legitimate alternative to the WWE, the X Cup tournaments were eventually scrapped. While the TNA World X Cup has become a thing of the past and an afterthought in pro wrestling…it still was a great idea that simply didn’t last the test of time.

You can read all previous ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’ pieces here.


2 thoughts on “Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: TNA’s World X Cup Tournaments

  1. I loved these tournaments back in the day! You could easily do a more detailed writeup of the tournaments, participants and winners. Good stuff!


  2. Pingback: This Week in Wrestling 2017 week 4 | Ring the Damn Bell

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