The Latin American Xchange or "Latin American X-Change" (frequently abbreviated to LAX) is an all Latino professional wrestling stable in Impact Wrestling consisting of Konnan, Ortiz, Santana and Diamanté. The original gimmick of LAX was protesting the perceived repression of ethnic minorities by the NWA Championship Committee and TNA Management in the guise of militant street thugs. Since 2007 their gimmicks have been that of the "Heroes of the Latino Nation."
LAX emerged from the breakup of 3Live Kru, which was the result of Konnan being tired of the shenannigans between B.G. James and Kip James. When Kip was permitted into the stable, it was the last straw. At Turning Point 2005, Konnan attacked Kip and B.G. with a chair, signalling that stable's end.
Throughout December, "Bullet" Bob Armstrong, B.G. James' father, tried to get 4Live Kru back together. On the December 31, 2005 episode of TNA iMPACT!, when Bullet Bob encountered Konnan, Konnan sounded like he'd had a change of heart, and was willing to talk. Later in the show, however, two other Hispanic wrestlers—the returning Apolo and the debuting Homicide—ambushed Bullet Bob backstage at Konnan's command. As a result, a feud began between LAX and the James Gang, who sought revenge for the attack.
The feud between LAX and the James Gang continued through January 2006. At Against All Odds 2006 on February 12, 2006, Apolo and Homicide were scheduled to wrestle the James Gang. However, Apolo had been released from TNA earlier that month for no-showing an event. His departure was explained on-screen by Konnan, who simply stated that the LAX was expanding, then introduced Apolo's replacement, the debuting Machete. Homicide and Machete went on to lose to the James Gang.
On the March 18, 2006 episode of iMPACT!, Homicide and Machete lost to Shark Boy and Norman Smiley after Konnan inadvertently hit Machete with his slapjack. After the match, Konnan tore off Machete's Puerto Rican T-shirt and threw him out of the stable. On the March 31, 2006 episode of TNA Xplosion, Konnan justified his firing of Machete, pointing to Machete's loss to Shark Boy. Later that evening, Konnan debuted the newest member of the LAX, the returning Hernandez. Hernandez and Homicide teamed together in a loss to Chris Sabin and Jay Lethal.
LAX were next involved in a storyline where they refused to wrestle, claiming that Latinos were "discriminated" against in TNA. The storyline borrowed heavily from the current controversy surrounding illegal immigration. Konnan even established a "border" around the Spanish announcer area (where he provided commentary alongside Moody Jack Melendez) and denied entry to non-Latino individuals (they usually use the term Gringo when referring to American wrestlers). LAX would often jump any wrestler(s) who wander too close to the area.
On the June 29 episode of iMPACT!, Jim Cornette ordered that LAX's work stoppage will mean a "cheque stoppage." Homicide would wrestle on the July 6 episode, with the stipulation that LAX have a special Spanish ring entrance, announced by Melendez.
Konnan would later make an offer to Ron "The Truth" Killings to join LAX. After Killings denied the offer, LAX would give him a beating. LAX would also attempt to give Sonjay Dutt a similar beating after one of Dutt's matches, but Killings would come out and make the save, leading to a tag team match at TNA Victory Road 2006 between Homicide and Hernandez vs. Killings and Dutt. Hernandez would pick up the victory for LAX after hitting the Border Toss on Dutt.
On the July 20 episode of TNA iMPACT!, the NWA Tag Team Champions A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels offered any team on the TNA roster a contract to face them for the titles, including LAX, who would proceed to attack the champions and sign the contract.
On the August 24 episode of iMPACT, LAX would defeat Styles and Daniels in a Border Brawl to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. However, LAX lost the titles back to Styles and Daniels at No Surrender 2006 in the first ever tag team Ultimate X match. LAX would regain the titles in a six sides of steel match at Bound for Glory 2006 after Homicide hit AJ Styles with Da Gringo Killa.
After stealing a victory over America's Most Wanted at Genesis 2006 Konnan told Homicide to use the Gringo Killer on Gail Kim. Petey Williams made the save, and TNA Management Director Jim Cornette stripped them of the Titles for "conduct extremely disrespectful to TNA and its fans." Despite the fans' recent increased recognition of face and heel (as hinted by more boos directed at heel wrestlers, esp. during entrances) and the recent extremism of the "anti-American" actions of the LAX, this actually infuriated the fans in the arena and stirred up some unsavory chants directed at Jim Cornette.
LAX refused to return the belts, hired a lawyer, and threatened to sue TNA for violating their First Amendment rights. At that point, Cornette backed down and reinstated LAX as NWA World Tag Team Champions. On the next episode of iMPACT! they were placed in a match against Kurt Angle and Petey Williams with Cornette stating that he couldn't strip them of the titles but he could make them defend it. Throughout the broadcast LAX took out James Storm and Chris Harris, America's Most Wanted, as well as Petey Williams right before the title match. LAX seemed to have the advantage on Angle when Samoa Joe came out to tag with Angle. Angle and Joe then both locked in their respected submissions and made both Homicide and Hernandez tap, winning the NWA World Tag Team Championships. But soon after the bell sounded Cornette and LAX's lawyer appeared with the lawyer stating Joe was not signed to the contract and the match must be declared a disqualification on Angle to end the show. At Turning Point 2006, LAX defeated America's Most Wanted in a flag match after they managed to hang the Mexican Flag. They had another victory over America's Most Wanted on December 14 after James Storm deliberately hit Chris Harris with a beer bottle. The loss forced AMW to disband.
On the January 4 edition of TNA iMPACT!, Homicide and Brother Runt competed in a "Lucha Callejera", or Mexican Street Fight. The match ended with Hernandez interfering and did a Border Toss on Runt into a ladder.
Since then LAX has entered in a feud aganist Team 3D.
At TNA Final Resolution 2007, LAX retained their tag championships by Disqualification against Team 3D, when Brother Runt came out and jumped off the top rope. Konnan was not with LAX; he was injured recovering from hip replacement surgery. The TV storyline cover for the surgery's necessity was a Team 3D "sniper attack". He would later be scheduled to have kidney replacement surgery as well.
LAX and 3D met again in iMPACT! the same week, LAX retained the titles when Hernandez used the slapjack to score a pinfall over Brother Ray.
- The group also had an association with Spanish language broadcaster "Moody Jack" Melendez, with whom Konnan would commentate with when not managing Homicide and Hernandez.
- Finishing and signature moves
- Da Gringo Killa (Back to back double underhook piledriver) - Homicide
- Border Toss (Throwing crucifix powerbomb) - Hernandez
- CrackerJack (Release overhead choke suplex) - Hernandez
- Avalanche Ace Crusher (Top rope Cutter) - Homicide
- Elevated diving bulldog - Hernandez or Machete and Homicide
- Signature foreign object: slapjack
Championships and accomplishments
- NWA World Tag Team Champions (2 times) (Homicide & Hernandez)
- Impact World Tag Team Champions (3 times, Current) - (Homicide & Hernandez) (1), and (Ortiz & Santana) (2)
- GFW World Tag Team Championship (2 times) - (Ortiz & Santana)
- Match of the Year (2006) vs. A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels at No Surrender
- Tag Team of the Year (2006)
- Best Gimmick (2006)
Abyss / Joseph Park Esq. • Austin Aries • Brian Cage • Caleb Konley / Suicide • Dave Crist • Dezmond Xavier • DJZ • Eddie Edwards • Eli Drake • Fallah Bahh • Grado • Gursinder Singh • Hernandez • Homicide • Jake Crist • Jimmy Jacobs • Johnny Impact • Josh Matthews • KM • Killer Kross • King • Konnan • Kongo Kong • Matt Sydal • Moose • Ortiz • Pentagón Jr. • Petey Williams • Rich Swann • Rohit Raju • Santana • Sami Callihan • Sonjay Dutt • Taiji Ishimori • Trevor Lee
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