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TNA’s Jesse Sorensen: Could’ve, Should’ve, and Will Be X-Division Champion

February 12, 2012

Orlando, Florida

TNA Against All Odds

Exactly one year ago, young and up-coming professional wrestler, Jesse Sorensen, would have his career, and his lifestyle, placed on hold.

In a match to determine a new number one contender for then X-Division Champion Austin Aries, TNA pitted two of their newest, and youngest, stars against each other; Jesse Sorensen vs. Zema Ion.

It was in this match where Jesse Sorensen would suffer a near career, and near life, ending injury. In a high risk move, Zema Ion moonsaulted off of the middle turnbuckle and onto Sorensen who stood outside the ring below.

The knees of Ion would crash into the skull of Sorensen and send the young texan falling helplessly to the floor. A powerless Sorensen would lie physically unable to answer the referee’s count of 10.

Zema Ion had become the number one contender, but the bigger story coming from this match was Jesse Sorensen. It would later be revealed that the Texas native suffered a C-1 vertebrae fracture, which doctors estimated would take a year-long recovery process.

Up until that frightful February night, everything was actually going well in the young career of Jesse Sorensen.

In the summer of 2011, TNA held an X-Division Showcase Tournament in order to find the next great X-Division competitor.

Despite losing in his qualifying match, Sorensen did enough to impress TNA officials and earn himself a contract with the organization. An X-Division renaissance was under way with the signings of competitors such like Austin Aries (the winner of said tournament), Jesse Sorensen, Zema Ion, Kid Kash, and Tony Nese.

Of those five wrestlers listed, Jesse Sorensen would be featured on television almost as frequently as the tournament winner, Austin Aries. Meanwhile, guys like Zema Ion and Tony Nese would only appear on TV once a month if they were lucky.

TNA saw something in Jesse Sorensen and immediately placed him into a rivalry with wrestling veteran, Kid Kash. The two would go back and forth ever since Sorensen’s first official match under his new TNA contract.

Sorensen had many chances at X-Division gold, but all of the opportunities were stolen from him as jealous X-Division competitors would cost Jesse his first taste of gold. Despite the shortcomings, a Texas-tough Jesse Sorensen would stand up, brush himself off, and continue to chase his dream.

It was pretty evident that Jesse Sorensen would have been the guy to dethrone the reigning champ, Austin Aries. After all, sorensenSorensen did hold one clean victory over the champ, while the champ had to rely on outside interference to defeat his challenger.

Then, before the fairytale-like ending could occur and Sorensen could become X-Division Champion, the tragedy known as Against All Odds struck.

Sorensen’s injury would cause the excitement of the X-Division to simmer. As many fans would tweet #GetWellJesse, the X-Division would fall back into the same slump that it was in before the Showcase Tournament took place.

X-Division wrestlers left TNA, and others suffered from injuries. The champ himself (Aries) became bigger than the division and vacated the title, which caused for another tournament in July the next year.

Zema Ion, the man who had injured Sorensen just months prior, would emerge victorious in the X-Division Tournament of 2012 and be crowned new X-Division Champion. To make himself even more despised, Zema Ion would dedicate his victory to Jesse Sorensen.

The inevitable feud between Ion and Sorensen became a time bomb that many fans are eagerly waiting to explode.

It was reported that Jesse Sorensen had been cleared by doctors to return to the ring on November 6, but he has yet to be seen in front of TNA cameras or inside a TNA ring once again.

Doctors predicted one year, Sorensen recovered in about 10 months.

One year ago, the unlimited potential of Jesse Sorensen seemed to be put to a halt. One year later, Sorensen is just waiting for that moment to return, and when the time comes for Jesse’s return, I think he’ll pick up right where he left off; the X-Division Championship hunt.

About Charlie Groenewegen

TNA Writer For Three Years Now. Written here since the beginning. Once witnessed a lobster commit suicide. Undefeated in lucha libre, but only in a dream I had. Above all else, an enigma.
  • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

    When I first saw Sorensen’s latest posts on his Twitter, I was worried that he had been released. I really hope that doesn’t happen because I still feel the guy has the potential to go far in TNA despite still being a raw talent. He should be X Division champion sooner rather than later though I hope it comes at Zema Ion’s expense in some way to fuel that story.

  • SiD

    Sonjay Dutt should win the title before him.

  • http://twitter.com/MYO716 Marc

    I hope he gets the belt when he comes back. Something about him drew me to him once he debuted. He just has this sort of aura about him that makes you say “There’s something special about this guy right here.”

  • http://twitter.com/InnerTube_Sean Magic Sean

    Sorrenson just has that natural charisma that makes people want to follow him. No doubt he’ll be X Division champ at some point in 2013. It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when IMO.

    • Charlie G

      YES. (That’s all I have to say in reply…. just, YES.)

  • http://twitter.com/E__RAGE Eric

    LOL he broke his neck.

    Anyway, he’s got a great story behind him, but only if Ion is the champ again. Ion and him have unfinished business which could make a great storyline. Thing is, I WANT KENNY KING TO WIN THE TITLE. If the plan is Ion vs Sorensen, then King will not even win the title or he’ll hold it then drop back to RVD or something

    • Charlie G

      …..Fack you :(

      But yeah, Zema needs to be X-Division Champion when Sorensen gets back for this feud to be perfect. I think it would’ve been better if Ion beat RVD at BFG, then lost to Kenny King at Turning Point or something and regain the title at Genesis or during the UK tapings. That way, King gets his reign (though it’ll be kinda short :l), Ion stays relevant and is champ when Jesse returns, and (my favorite part), none of my plan involves RVD!!! :D

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jaykub StalksAWitch

    Before he was injured, I had a strong feeling like he was the only legit guy who could take the title off of Aries. Something about him, he had some steam behind him. Maybe, it’s true because Aries certainly didn’t drop the legitimately. I’m hoping Ion gets booked well enough in the meantime for their feud to matter when Sorensen comes back to TNA.

    Destination X was the perfect setup to continue the feud. You had Ion winning the title, Sorensen hoping he would win just to take it from him and you saw some good heat between the two. BUT Bob Van Dam happened and fucked that all up. Plus, there’s no more Destination X or option C (I’m assuming) so that really hits a blow to what Sorensen was supposed to become. The first guy to lose option C but look damn good doing it after he overcame Ion and got his revenge. HOPEFULLY, he will still get that revenge.

    I need this. I need Sorensen to be X-division champ. The guy deserves it alone and was probably going to win it anyways if he didn’t get hurt like you said, Charlie.

    • Charlie G

      Yeah, I had that same feel. Sorensen beat all the guy Aries did, and even beat Aries himself clean. I feel like, had he not been injured, he’d have beaten Zema, became #1 Contender, got cheated out of the title (again) at Victory Road, then get his rematch at LOCKDOWN, and finally win it there. And yeah, Ion NEEDS to be relevant by the time they bring Sorensen back.

      Stupid goddamn RVD…. I honestly thought Ion would steamroll over him at BFG & keep the title til Sorensen’s return. But noooooooooooooooooo, let’s fuck that up by giving RVD a title that he doesn’t even deserve in a division he can’t keep up with!

      Also, I feel like cutting down to 4 may have been too drastic of a change. I would’ve made it 6 PPVs (The expected 4: BFG, Slamm, LD, & Genesis) then have the “less important” PPVs like Destination X (Still between Slamm & BFG) and, uhhhh, Victory Road between LD & Slamm. Then we’d still have the awesome Option C & Sorensen’s return story can run perfectly (The way you had said it, haha).