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Hail Sabin: Why TNA’s Chris Sabin Could Be Approaching The Biggest Push Of His Career

hail sabinLast week on Impact Wrestling, TNA original Chris Sabin returned triumphantly after another year long absence due to injury. Sabin defeated Zema Ion and Sonjay Dutt to earn a spot in a three way match between champion Kenny King and the also returning Petey Williams. Having overcame two career threatening knee injuries, it was unlikely that he would ever be the same again but after that match it’s clear that he can still perform at the required pace and is ready to make another run at X-division gold.

While it is not entirely obvious that he could go on to win that match, one could assume that Sabin will “Dethrone The King” soon enough to obtain the championship. Arguably one of the greatest X-division champions of all time (on four occasions), Sabin is no stranger at being the face of the division and could easily take that spot once again. If that is a position he is used to being in, why would that classify as the “biggest push of his career”?

That’s simple, “Option C” could do wonders for Sabin’s momentum. Seeing how the Destination X ppv, one that was in unison with the option, is no longer around most fans have completely trashed the concept. However, according to an interview Austin Aries conducted with the Busted Open Radio Show, “Option C” is still alive and could become a storytelling device soon enough regardless of Destination X’s removal.

Now with the clustered mainevent scene already battling it out for Bully Ray‘s TNA World Heavyweight Title, it would be very unlikely for the X-division champion to successfully cash-in their shot and win the title. However, that very same X-division star will have a strong showing in defeat against Bully Ray. Furthermore, due to Austin Aries being successful at cashing in “Option C”, it is necessary for a wrestler to fail at it to maintain the prestige of the concept as opposed to WWE’s Money In The Bank concept which is a surefire way to make an ill-prestigious champion.

Chris Sabin would be the perfect candidate to pull this off, as he is the most well over X-division competitor on the roster. Also, in interviews hyping his return, Sabin announced that his biggest goal to achieve was to become the TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

With video packages, hyping from Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan, and pages on; Sabin’s return was hyped up very well in the short time after it was announced. After years of contributing to both the X-division and tag team scene, Chris Sabin may actually be getting groomed to join the upper midcard. Surely, and especially after the possible X-division title run and  “Option C” cash-in, Chris Sabin could take one of the twelve spots available this year in the annual Bound For Glory Series. Obviously, he is not going to win the series but a good showing in the competition could help continue his momentum and help establish himself as a upper-midcard star.

Sabin may never become a world champion, but TNA seems poised to put him in the same league as those currently competing for it. There are a lot of options he can travel; X-division champion for a long reign, rejoining the tag team division, possibly a run at the TV title, or the above proposed Bound For Glory series run.

On a depressing note, the one thing that is an uncontrollable factor in all of this is his heath. If his knees can hold up and he can avoid any other kind of injury, it is up to his and TNA’s determination to give him the biggest push of his career.

Whether any of this comes to fruition or not, it is good to see Sabin return to action as he is another original wrestler from the olden days of TNA Wrestling. From here on out, let’s hope the phrase “HAIL SABIN!” rings out across the Impact Wrestling stage often in 2013.


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  • Marc Yeager

    Totally agree. If Option C ever had a reason to exist it was for this exact situation. Maybe soon we’ll have to hail our new world champ.

    Also, that sure is a nice picture you have at the beginning of the article. The guy that made that must be pretty cool.

  • Ryan Frye

    Chris Sabin has been loyal to TNA for years, has fought back from 2 ACL tears and not visibly lost a step, and he’s pretty damn popular.

    I’d say he’s the perfect option for option C (see what I did there? Ha.. ha.. ha?) He wouldn’t win, like you said, but he could be made into a big star and a great underdog babyface. It may even put him in position to win the 2014 BFG Series, who knows.

    Like Charlie said, the timing of Option C and BFG Series is a bit murky, but I think the BFG Series will have already started. but he could still put on great matches on IMPACT to fill time before a feud with Roode.

    • Jacob Stachowiak

      Your first sentence, excellent description of why he deserves the Option C choice and how he’s the true best option for it. That option option joke though was awful, Ryan.

  • Kevin Berge

    Sabin is always a fun wrestler to watch when he’s healthy. While I miss Shelley, it may be Sabin’s greatest asset that his former tag partner is gone. It forces TNA to market him best as an individual. I would love to see him help the X-Division, but, with its new format, it really doesn’t need a steady division. Sabin could work much better as the face underdog in the upper midcard if he can stay healthy. Having him use Option C to have a great match with Bully Ray would be a great star making moment. I also enjoy Charlie’s idea for using Option C as a springboard to a feud with Bobby Roode.

    If they are going to have Sabin move forward, it could be a lot of fun to see. At one time, I didn’t think we’d ever even see Sabin again in TNA.

    • Jacob Stachowiak

      I never thought of it that way but yeah, Shelly being gone does really help him out. Charlie’s idea was pretty sweet too. Thanks for reading, Kevin

  • Charlie Groenewegen

    Looked like Sabin hasn’t lost a step since his injuries. And he maintained that X-Division style & only really tweaked his finisher (Still a Cradle Shock kinda thing, but with a suplex set-up instead). If he stays strong, he could be one of the best wrestlers available.

    And I also really hope they [TNA] follow-up on those interviews with Sabin. He pretty much returned at the perfect time with Option C occurring in July. Gives TNA May & June to really play around & build him (they don’t really need to. Eerybody already says, “Hail Sabin!” as is) towards winning the X Title then going with Option C.

    Of course, Sabin would fall short in Option C with Bully Ray & Aces n 8s but it’d be a damn good match considering Bully & Sabin’s past chemistry in their tag matches (MCMG retired Team 3D!!! ….but they kinda reformed & brought a whole biker gang with em).

    Following Option C, I’m curious about 2 real things: 1) X-Division Champ after Option C? and 2) Sabin after Option C, because we’ll be about 1 month into the BFG Series by then since that usually kicks up on the IMPACT after Slammiversary. I REALLY wanna see a feud between Chris Sabin & Bobby Roode going into BFG. It’d be a refreshing change of pace from Aces n 8s always dominating TV time on IMPACT.

    Roode & Sabin already have their history together (Beer Money vs. MCMG; the whole ‘Roode attacking injured Chris Sabin prior to Des. X last year’ story) & have been working live event matches against each other lately.

    Have Roode do great in the BFG Series all while poking fun at Sabin for being the first guy to cash-in & lose Option C. Roode could say that Sabin put errything on the line, and came away with nothing…. WHATTA LOSER, LULZ!

    Finally, have Bobby Roode make the Final 4 of the BFG Series (It’d make sense, him being one of TNA’s top heels & 1st ever BFGS winner). Put him in a semi-final match vs. Matt Morgan, James Storm, whomever; Then have Sabin just walk to the ring — Roode is distracted, (Insert Opponent’s Name Here) is then able to beat a distracted Roode and advance, Roode is pissed off, SABIN VS. ROODE: BOUND FOR GLORY 2013! 8===D~~

    …… But yeah, that’s all fantasy booking :l
    Regardless though, I do think Chris Sabin could be in line for a big push (beyond the X-Division anyway) this year.

    • Jacob Stachowiak

      That was some disturbing yet plausible yet entirely gay yet good fantasy booking there, Charlie.

      I forgot that the BFG series takes off right the fuck after Slammiversary, now it kinda makes this whole Option C then BFG Series thing a little clunky.

      Either way, I expect big things from Sabin this year….he’ll blow out his knees in the three way match.

  • Mizzy del Junco

    I feel like if they didn’t already ruin the Destination X gimmick where an X-Division Champion would cash-in for a World Heavyweight Title match, Chris Sabin would be the next guy to benefit from it. Whether or not he actually wins the title is one thing, but getting that push would be good for his career I think.

    • Jacob Stachowiak

      Whoa whoa, hold up. How did they already ruin the concept?


    It appears that Sabin put on the bulk muscle during his rehab, and looks more like an upper midcard wrestler than he did during his high-flying X Division days. He looks more powerful and, during his last match, seemed to put more emphasis on landing punches on an opponent too. In any form, his is a welcome return–along with that of Suicide.

    • Jacob Stachowiak

      He definitely did put on muscle and he changed his style to help prevent future injury. In the match, he really didn’t do much high flying stuff which is good considering both his injuries happened off of fairly routine dives. I’m glad he’s back and I’m also looking forward to Suicide.