Throughout the month of June, we will be celebrating 20 years of TNA/Impact Wrestling with our #Impact20 series of reviews, columns and podcasts. One particular series will look at a handpicked selection of the best TNA/Impact Wrestling Matches of All-Time. 

30-Minute Ironman Match
AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels

TNA Against All Odds 2005
February 13, 2005
Universal Studios
Orlando, Florida

When I started watching TNA, AJ Styles was my guy. He was one that impressed me enough during the weekly PPV era that I started buying the shows once a month. Christopher Daniels was part of my favorite team in early TNA, Triple X. I was a weekly TNA watcher by the time this match rolled around, so I was excited as hell for what would be the first encounter between the two men in the promotion.

What a match it was.

The match was billed not only as a first-time encounter, but the fight of the Styles Clash vs the Angels Wings, each man’s respective finisher. It was Daniels finally trying to get one title that had eluded him in his time in TNA going against a man that by this stage was a two-time Grand Slam champion (meaning that he had held twice all of the titles in the company).

The match is a quick 30-minute encounter and my only complaint would be how long the clock was up on the screen. We started with quick nonstop action, which led to Daniels dominating and eventually taking down Styles with the Angels Wings. Styles was able to fight back and with a quick pin put up the counter 1-1. Daniels got frustrated, and when they were on the outside, Daniels threw Styles into the turnbuckle to make him bleed.

The ending was exciting as well. Daniels had Styles on a submission, choking the man in the middle of the ring while Styles bled and the crowd ran down the clock from 10 to 1. It ended in a tie. Daniels was incensed, so Dusty Rhodes came out and ordered a sudden death. The match finally ended when Daniels went for a Hurricanrana from the top rope, Styles countered it, threw him to the mat, did a Hurricanrana of his own and went for the Styles Clash.

AJ Styles was still the TNA X Division champion.

It is in my opinion an easy ****1/2 match, one I have few complaints about, and one of my personal favorite TNA matches. Rewatching it took me down memory lane to my early fandom of the promotion. Styles and Daniels were on fire at this time, and it’s not even the only time they had an Iron Man match, since they had a rematch with the same stipulations later in the year, where Styles once again won.

Check out this match for free on Impact Wrestling’s streaming service