November 11, 2005
Countdown to Genesis
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff

The big talk in advance of TNA Genesis is not who has been announced to show, but who has not.

For the last week, TNA has built their November PPV around the appearance of a freshly-signed individual. The cat seems to have already peeped out of its bag already, but we won't spoil the surprise just yet.

The PPV should end up being a really strong event, regardless of who the mystery personality is. There are some wicked bouts to be seen, and some intriguing storylines going into the event. Before this baby goes to sleep, we could end up having a major contender for PPV of the year.

As always, the SLAM! Wrestling crew has assembled to offer their opinions on the card. Why? Because that's how we roll.


SIX MAN TAG MATCH


Jeff Jarrett/America's Most Wanted vs. Team 3-D/Rhino


SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    As the NWA Heavyweight belt isn't even being defended at this PPV, would it have really made a difference if Rhino had held it longer than four days? Being that there's no gold on the line, I can see them letting Team 3-D and Rhino get some revenge for the beatings they've received for the last few weeks. They win, but it doesn't mean anything.

  • Chris Sokol
    Doesn't TNA realize that a Heavyweight championship should be defended on PPVs? I mean this is at least the second time this year that the Heavyweight title will not be defended on PPV. Granted this should be a decent match, but I think a Heavyweight title encounter would be more special. Christian will make his debut and align himself with Jarrett and AMW.

  • Ed Ludwig
    Redemption for Rhino and Team 3D. A loss to Jeff Jarrett and AMW this early upon the arrival of the newcomers would kill any early momentum. Rhino and Team 3D will prevail.

  • Greg Oliver
    Well, if the heels have all the belts, then this is a no-brainer. The good guys go over to establish further credibility for their chase of the titles. It should be a pretty decent match too, if they can resist the urge just to let 'em brawl.


    X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH


    Petey Williams vs. AJ Styles


    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    Not to take away from all of the great wrestlers there, but AJ should be in the top tier, contending for the World belt instead of the X-Division. I can see Christian making his debut here, and help Petey win the gold. It would set up a great feud between he and Styles, and instantly move guys like Sonjay Dutt and Austin Aries into the X title hunt where, unfortunately, they can't be with someone like Styles in the top spot.

  • Chris Sokol
    Good combination of talent, but this match has been used repeatedly in TNA. With all the new talent that has entered, please set up some different matches. Styles wins this one and propels himself into a feud with Samoa Joe.

  • Ed Ludwig
    AJ Styles vs. Petey Williams has the potential to be a great feud and expect this to be first of hopefully many great matches between these two athletically gifted athletes. Williams will capture the title and continue his rise to the top.

  • Greg Oliver
    Styles retains, but it'll be a barnburner of a match. It wouldn't surprise me to see someone interfere on Styles' behalf (like Chris Sabin) to counteract Team Canada's presence.


     
    ELIMINATION X MATCH

    Christopher Daniels/Samoa Joe/Alex Shelley/Roderick Strong
    vs.

    Chris Sabin/Matt Bentley/Sonjay Dutt/Austin Aries
     



    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    This one could go either way: it could be one of the most kinetic, exciting matches you've ever seen; or it could be a complete spot-filled train wreck. I'm leaning towards the former, and I think the interplay between Joe and Daniels will be the foundation for that. I really like what Dutt has been doing lately, so wouldn't mind if he won. But Joe's a juggernaut, and I think he'll take it.

  • Chris Sokol
    This will be the usual spotfest of the night. Should be entertaining and a great way to showcase some of the talent that has built TNA up over the past three and half years. Samoa Joe will outlast the competition, setting up an X-Division title match between him and Styles.

  • Ed Ludwig
    Samoa Joe has been on a roll and there is no reason why the build up should stop here. Let's hope we get to see more in-ring action then we saw in his match with Jushin Liger at the Bound For Glory PPV.

  • Greg Oliver
    Talk about overkill. With just about every one of these guys, I'd love to see them go one-on-one (again). Yet here they all get mushed into one meaningless match just to get PPV exposure and a PPV payday. Samoa Joe or Christopher Daniels will continue their slow build to a feud, which will likely mean both helping to eliminate the other. I'll pick Sonjay Dutt to come out on top.


     
    OTHER MATCHES
     



    SLAM! Predictions

  • Bob Kapur
    Abyss vs. Sabu - This won't be for the faint at heart. Both met get hurt, but Abyss comes out on top.
    Jeff Hardy vs. Monty Brown
    - Monty is TNA's "People's Champion", and they should be pushing him right to the top very soon. His first step is beating Hardy at Genesis.
    3 Live Kru vs. Team Canada
    - Enough is enough already. Either have Kip James screw the Kru already, or stop dragging it out. Regardless, 3LK beats Team Canada.

  • Chris Sokol
    Abyss vs. Sabu - Brutal. Abyss wins.
    Jeff Hardy vs. Monty Brown
    - Hardy will fall victim to the Pounce! Period.
    3 Live Kru vs. Team Canada -
    Again? Kru wins I suppose.

  • Ed Ludwig
    Abyss vs. Sabu - Abyss over Sabu in a squash. Sabu will have his moments early but father time has caught up to him.
    Jeff Hardy vs. Monty Brown
    - Jeff Hardy over Monty Brown. The Alpha Male's climb to number one contender status will have to wait a little longer as the Charismatic Enigma will come out on top.
    3 Live Kru vs. Team Canada
    - Dissention in the ranks for 3 Live Kru will hit the boiling point and enable Team Canada to score the victory.

  • Greg Oliver
    Abyss vs. Sabu - Hard to picture either laying down. I'll pick Abyss.
    Jeff Hardy vs. Monty Brown -
    It's all about the Brown.
    3 Live Kru vs. Team Canada
    - A storyline match, depending on Kip James. He ain't gonna help Team Canada, so the Kru wins.

    -- compiled by Jon Waldman


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