20. Alex Shelley
The mastermind of Paparazzi Productions started his run in Affect Wrestling as a member of the X-Division however is most remembered for his partnership with Chris Sabin within the Motor Metropolis Machine Weapons. Whether or not tearing the home down in a number of the finest, most revolutionary tag matches of the final 20 years, producing comedic genius with Kevin Nash in backstage vignettes or nonetheless popping up at this time to battle the very best within the firm, Shelley’s place in Affect Wrestling is plain.
Raven was the architect of one of many nice, early Affect Wrestling feuds with Jeff Jarrett that culminated in a must-see June 2003 championship bout that ranks as one of the crucial influential matches in these formative days of the corporate. He would finally win the world title in 2005 and assist lay the groundwork for the hardcore historical past of the promotion. A trailblazer whose contributions to the promotion are most likely not acknowledged as they need to be.
18. Eddie Edwards
Edwards could also be a heel with the Honor No Extra faction now, however for years, he was labeled the “coronary heart and soul of Affect Wrestling,” and with good cause. Whether or not he was teaming with Davey Richards, feuding along with his longtime companion, brawling with Sami Callihan or successful world titles, his affect on the fashionable period of the corporate is bountiful. Nonetheless a risk to win the highest prize within the firm any time he challenges for it, Edwards is, arguably, the best and most inspirational of all Affect stars this final decade.
17. Bully Ray
As a member of Workforce 3D, Bully Ray was a type of 2005 signings who helped lend credibility to the corporate and convey with it the star energy that was wanted to make the leap to a top-tier wrestling entity. From there, he delivered tag workforce excellence, however it was his singles run, and world championship victory as the highest heel within the promotion, that landed the WWE Corridor of Famer within the prime 20. His position as chief of the Aces and Eights, and manipulation of Hulk and Brooke Hogan, stay villainous gold.
16. Christopher Daniels
The argument can actually be made that Daniels’ place on this listing is just too low, which is a testomony to the sheer quantity of expertise that has walked by means of the door and been key to the success of Affect through the years. A godfather of the X-Division, and participant in a number of the best matches in firm historical past, he is likely one of the most important wrestlers by way of creating the corporate’s trademark division and establishing work charge. That he additionally donned the Curry Man masks earned him bonus factors!
Rhino arrived in Affect Wrestling in 2005 and wasted little time capturing the corporate’s world title. Since then, he has had quite a few stops with the promotion, in between returning to WWE, and has repeatedly been an asset to the corporate. Whether or not headlining, competing in ECW-influenced hardcore matches, or tagging with the likes of Heath, he has at all times managed to stay related even within the latter years of his profession. His longevity, adaptability and that world title reign assist him earn his spot on this countdown.
14. Jay Deadly
Whether or not he was plain ol’ Jay Deadly or Black Machismo, the previous X-Division and tag workforce champion’s place in Affect Wrestling historical past is apparent. One of many nice wrestlers in firm historical past, he additionally proved his capacity to entertain, breaking out Randy Savage and Ric Aptitude impersonations to nice fanfare. If that isn’t sufficient, his win over the latter along with his personal Determine 4 finisher at Victory Street 2010 ought to be. One other pillar of the X-Division throughout his time with the corporate and a standard-bearer for in-ring efficiency, Deadly completely earned his spot on this listing. The one cause he’s not greater? The wealth of expertise forward of him.
13. Christian Cage
There won’t be a single star extra necessary to the historical past of Affect Wrestling than Christian Cage. That sounds hyperbolic, however contemplate this: up till 2005, the big-name skills that arrived in what was then-TNA Wrestling have been both legends or had been launched from their offers with different extra prolific promotions. Cage arrived on the scene willingly, opting to signal with the corporate due to the alternatives it introduced expertise somewhat than re-signing with WWE and remaining a bit participant. It was a key second that established Affect Wrestling as a real various to Vince McMahon’s firm. That Captain Charisma gained a few world titles, and feuded with prime stars like Kurt Angle, Sting and Kenny Omega, doesn’t harm his placement right here.
12. Jeff Hardy
Jeff Hardy’s historical past with Affect Wrestling is actually…controversial. All it takes is one Google search to seek out that out. To say he doesn’t belong on this countdown, and even this excessive, although, could be doing his legacy with the promotion a disservice. He was a key acquisition in 2004, serving to to convey new eyes to the product. In 2010, his heel flip shocked the wrestling world as he aligned with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff for a run as world champion. Flash foward a pair extra years and his Final Deletion match with brother Matt helped lay the groundwork for the cinematic wrestling that might dominate the game in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. An innovator and one of the crucial recognizable faces in firm historical past, his place on this listing ought to be pretty apparent, even when his run with the corporate was not with out challenge.
11. Eric Younger
Eric Younger just isn’t practically acknowledged or appreciated for the performer he’s and has been all through his run in professional wrestling. A multi-talented wrestler who can excel in comedic skits one minute then ship bodily demanding matches the subsequent, he’s a nice performer who has carved out one of the crucial distinctive runs in any firm ever. Arriving as a part of Workforce Canada, he transitioned right into a paranoid comedy act, then turned the promotions underdog world champion and returned in 2020, after a less-than-stellar run in WWE, because the chief of a cult-like faction hellbent on unleashing violence. Sunday, at Slammiversary, he challenges Josh Alexander for the Affect World Championship, proving his longevity in an organization he as soon as wore a turkey costume for.