TNA: Genesis PPV Review
Monday, January 18th, 2010
It's been awhile. . .so busy with MWF work that the (long) live to tape column I wrote on the January 4th Monday Night Wars hasn't even been posted yet. After another long Sunday night at MWF Studios working on February productions, I found myself home before 11PM and decided to check out the first pro wrestling PPV of the new year and the new decade. Outside of a few random TNA events I ordered to see friends, I usually order WrestleMania, an occasional Royal Rumble and, of course, WWE 24/7 monthly. I'm not big on paying for something I don't have a huge interest in watching that will be similar to what's on free tv later in the week. . .
For all the talk of Hogan, Hogan, Hogan and some of the other stars that have signed on with TNA, I'm really surprised that so little has been made of Eric Bischoff. He took the wrestling world by the balls in 1995 with Nitro, and while WCW did die a horrible death (where he'd play a part in to a point), he also reinvented himself as a tremendous on-air character in WWE and has had many successful entertainment ventures outside of pro wrestling in recent years. We did an hour and 20 minute interview with Eric in late 1996 when his book came out, and I believe he realizes where both his successes and failures came from. I've said it before, he could be the biggest player of all in the new TNA regime. Time will tell. My PPV notes/thoughts. . .
Genesis opens with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff's passionate promo that really gets one excited about the possibilities for the future. . .loved the digs at WWE, but is TNA at the point to wake a sleeping giant that has the power to crush them if motivated?? The six sided ring is gone, I may have been one of the few old school fans that actually liked it. .. it was different and stood out. . . .but in the grand scheme of things I don't think it made a difference either way. The Impact Zone looked nice as they continue to renovate it. . .
Amazing Red defends the X Division Championship against mystery opponent Brian Kendrick. Kendrick is another quality addition to the roster. Is "The" copyrighted?? Solid, fast paced match with Red going over to give him and the title credibility. . .
Hogan and Bischoff meet with ex-NWO in the locker room. Nash, Hall and Waltman all get one shot. One shot??
Sean Morley vs Daniels. . .the former Val Venis has film projects in TNA, too, I guess. Brooke Hogan got Morley's towel. He cut a Venis like promo ala porn talk. Daniels cut a heel promo on him saying he was going to be his worst critic. Venis blocked a hurancanrana off the top and hit the Money Shot for the win. . .
Liked the build up and history to the Tara vs ODB title match. . .2/3 falls, Tara goes over in two straight falls. Really jobbed out ODB in this one, don't see the needs for two straight falls. . .far better than the WWE girls matches but nothing overwhelming. . .
Christy Hemme interviews the Pope. . .I will for the 400th time say what was WWE thinking when they released Elijah Burke??
British Invasion vs Hernandez & Matt Morgan for the TNA Tag Team Titles. Don't see the need to team these two up, at all. Hernandez was a lot more over as part of LAX (as was Homicide). I'm in favor of singles pushes for both at the same time. I've yet to see the Doug Williams I remember from the New England indy's a few years back as of yet in TNA, which was one hell of a pro wrestler. New champs, nothing special. . .
Bobby Lashley wandered around the back, he stormed into Abyss' meeting with Eric Bischoff. Abyss went nuts and knocked out Lashley with a computer monitor. Bischoff said he KO'd his opponent in the semi main event. Hogan walked in and said he was overwhelmed, but said he'd have a match. Please, not ex-NWO. . .Abyss reminded me of Evad Sullivan in this segment. Don't remember him? Good. . .
Desmond Wolfe vs the Pope. . .Wolfe had some woman with him. . .why all of these nameless women? Ugh. Like the dark lighting and music for Wolfe. . .Wolfe over clean in a tremendous, pay-per-view quality match. Nice to see these two get time to put together such a well worked match. . .best thing on the show so far. . .
Eric Bischoff told Jeremy Borash to take a walk. Christy Hemme came out to interview Ric Flair, who was whoooing, guess they're not banned in TNA.
Kevin Nash & Syxx Pac vs Beer Money. . .would like to see Waltman step it up and be the worker of the past, as he's one of the most underrated workers of this generation. Better to get Hall out of the match. Pleasant surprise, well worked match, even Nash looked good. Hall came out at the end and attacked a fan at ringside. Nash was going for a powerbomb, Roode superkicked him and Storm rolled him up for the pin. . .good match...
Abyss battles surprise opponent Misssssssterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. . . Anderson?? Decent match with Anderson going over with a pair of brass knuckles. . .right finish. . .will be interesting to see if the former Mr. Kennedy can reach the potential many felt he had in WWE. . .I'm guessing that Anderson was the over-promise Hogan made on Impact along the lines of we'll have a surprise that will change the wrestling world. . .he's good, but he's a long way from that point. . .nice roster addition nonetheless. . .
Onto AJ Styles vs Kurt Angle for the TNA World Championship. . .top notch PPV main event. . .Flair made his way to ringside mid-match. Angle had Styles ready to tap and pulled ref Earl Hebner out of the ring. Flair threw Styles the belt. . .he hesitated, unsure what to do, then KO'd Angle with it for the win. Flair is the perfect guy to help elevate AJ and the championship. . . .great match. . .
Overall, this was a solid show, but nowhere near the excitement the January 4th live Impact had. There was little in the way of stupid comedy or vignettes that build to nothing. The girls were used in small doses, which is the most effective way to do it. There were no Nasty Boys. There was no "Legends" or Global Title match, or whatever the hell that pointless belt is called. X-Pac looked strong. Main event was what a PPV main event should be, but will the fans boo Flair and AJ??
Negatives. . .where the hell was half the roster?? I'm big on freshness, as in every talent doesn't need to be on every tv show or PPV so they don't get stale. At the same time, some of those MIA could have pumped some life into this show when it slowed down. And where has Jeff Hardy been after giving away that painting to a 12 year old??