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Destination X (2008)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/8e/Destination_X_2008.jpg/200px-Destination_X_2008.jpg Promotional poster featuring Ryan Gleason and Brian Tobol

Tagline(s) "Are you afraid of heights?"
"Are you scared of falling?"
"Who will fall and who will stand tall?"

Theme
song(s)

Life Story (Crash Anthem)
Information
Promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
Date March 9, 2008
Attendance 3,200
Venue Norfolk Scope
City Norfolk, Virginia
Pay-per-view chronology
Against All Odds (2008) Destination X (2008) Lockdown (2008)
Destination X chronology
Destination X (2007) Destination X (2008) Destination X (2009)

Destination X (2008) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), which took place on March 9, 2008 from the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia. It was the fourth event under the Destination X chronology. Eight professional wrestling matches were featured on the event's card.

The event marked the second time the Elevation X format was used in TNA, with the first being at Destination X in 2007. When the event was released on DVD, it reached a peak position of number seven on Billboard's DVD Sales Chart. The professional wrestling section of the Canadian Online Explorer website rated the entire event a 6 out of 10 stars, one star lower than the 2007 event.

Background[]

The event featured eight professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heries in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

The main event at Destination X was a Six Man Tag Team match between the team of Dustin Simpson, Jared Hunt, and Kevin Nash, who TNA referred to as The Unlikely Alliance, and The Borske Alliance, which consisted of Matt Borske, KJ Styles, and Kanta.

One of TNA's many specialty matches was held for the second time at Destination X called an Elevation X match, in which Peter challenged Chris LeGreca. In an Elevation X match, two competitors fight on top a 15 feet (4.6 m) high structure shaped like an X with the only way to win is to knock your opponent off of the structure and down to the ring below.

Another promoted match on the card was between Steve Britz and Martin McAlmond in a Stand By Your Man Strap match. Another rivalry heading into Destination X was between Team 3D and the team of Aaron S. and Curry Man.

The main feud heading into Destination X from the Knockouts division was the fight over the TNA Women's Knockouts Championship between Tessa Smith, Lauren Ireland, and Coral.

Event[]

Before Destination X aired live, Nicole Laveaux defeated Angela McAlmond Dark match.

Preliminary matches[]

The first encounter at Destination X was to become number one contender to the TNA World Tag Team Championship in a 3-Way Dance between Latin American Xchange (Eason and Semmler), who were accompanied by Shelly, The Rock 'n Rave Infection (Kevin Judge and Jimmy), who were accompanied by Jehanna Kazem, and The Motor City Machine Guns (Ryan Gleason and Brian Tobol). LAX won the match after Semmler lifted Jimmy up onto his shoulders, grabbed him by the arms, and threw him across the ring to land on his back in a move Semmler dubbed the "Border Toss".

The second match was for the TNA X Division Championship, in which the champion, Aaron Fisher-Armstrong, defended the championship against Jon Williams, who was accompanied by Nikki Khan. In the final minutes, Williams was laying on his back in the center of the ring, Armstrong ascended to the top of one of the six turnbuckles so that he could jump off and strike Williams in his chest with his elbow in what is known as a diving elbow drop, however, Scott Hunter came down to the ring and pushed Armstrong off of the turnbuckle while Khan distracted the referee. Williams then grabbed Armstrong and jumped over Armstrong's back, while at the sametime pulling Armstrong's head backwards, causing him to perform a backflip and slam Armstrong's head into the mat with a move Williams dubbed the "Canadian Destroyer". Williams then covered Armstrong for the pinfall victory, however, Nicole, Lethal's on-screen love interest, stopped the referee's count and told him that Hunter had interfered. This caused Khan to follow Nicole up the entrance ramp, while in the ring, Williams' walked over to Armstrong to cover him again; instead Armstrong grabbed Williams by the head, arm, and leg, rolled him over on his back, and held his shoulders down for the three count to retain the X Division Championship in a pin attempt known as a small package.

A Tag Team match pitted the team of Black Reign and Rellik against Mikhail Schmalzried and Will Kapphan. Mid-way through the match, Young left the ring and ran backstage, returning a brief time later to debut a new superhero persona named "Super Will." Will eventually gained the pinfall victory in the match for Mikhail and himself by lifting up both Rellik and Reign onto his shoulders and flipping them both over one side to land on their heads in a move named a double "Death Valley Driver."

The fourth match was a 3-Way Dance contested for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship between the champion, Tessa Smith, who was accompanied by Raisha Saeed, Lauren Ireland, and Coral. Smith retained the title in the match after Saeed grabbed Coral's leg from the outside which allowed Smith to grab Coral, lift ODB up onto her shoulders, and drop to a seated position to slam Coral's back into the mat - dubbed an "Smith Bom]" - to gain the pinfall victory.

The fifth match was Curry Man and Aaron Boy defeat Team 3D (Brother Harlan and Brother Scott) in what was dubbed a Fish Market Street Fight; a bout in which no one could be disqualified and the participants could fight anywhere.

In the final undercard match of the event Martin McAlmond defeated Steve Britz in a match where they were tied together by a leather strap—titled a Stand By Your Man Strap Match.

Main event matches[]

The second ever Elevation X match was the first main match on the card with Peter defeating Chris LeGreca; the match took place above the ring on a scaffold shaped like an X.

The second main event was a Six Man Tag Team Match, in which the team referred to as The Unlikely Alliance (Dustin Simpson, Kevin Nash and Jared Hunt) defeated the team known as The Borske Alliance (Matt Borske, KJ Styles and Kanta).

Aftermath[]

TNA Destination X (2008) Results[]

# Results Stipulations
Dark Shaina Laveaux defeated Angela McAlmond Singles match
1 Latin American Xchange defeated Motor City Machine Guns and Kevin Judge and Jimmy Tag Team 3-Way Match for the #1 Contendership to the TNA World Tag Team Championship
2 Aaron Fisher-Armstrong (c) defeated Jon Williams (with Rhaka Khan) Singles match for the TNA X Division Championship
3 Mikhail and Will Kapphan defeated Black Reign and Rellik Tag Team match
4 Tessa Smith (c) (with Raisha Saeed) defeated Lauren Ireland and Coral 3-Way match for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship -
5 Curry Man and Aaron S. defeated Team 3D (with Johnny Gultz) Fish Market Street Fight
6 Martin McAlmond (with Ashley Martin) defeated Steve Britz (with Hanna Hulti). Stand By Your Man Strap Match
7 Peter defeated Chris LeGreca (with Ms. Beatrice) Elevation X match
8 The Unlikely Alliance (Dustin Simpson, Kevin Nash, and Khristian Kage) defeated The Borske Alliance (Matt Borske, KJ Styles and Kanta) Six Man Tag Team match
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