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Countdown to TNA Genesis
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff



With a name like Genesis, you'd expect tonight's pay-per-view to be a time when things start anew for TNA; instead, we're getting much of the same bad trends that we got last year.

True, we're getting one holdover that is doing wonders for the company -- the Main Event Mafia vs. The Frontline story, but we're also getting predictable matches and screwy gimmicks that are designed, seemingly, just to irritate us and a card that wasn't fully announced until the Thursday beforehand. Not the way to sell a PPV folks.

Let's see what's going to happen tonight


GRUDGE MATCH (6-MAN TAG)

Mick Foley/AJ Styles/Brother Devon vs. Booker T/Kevin Nash/Scott Steiner

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Good news - AJ and Booker are wrestling. Okay news - Nash, Steiner and Devon are re-energized and are giving bigger efforts than they have with this new feud. Bad news - Mick Foley looks like he's put on a ton of weight since the One Night Stand match, and his mobility looks bad. This is not going to end well folks, both from a gimmicky schmozz booking side and injury side. Someone interferes, someone turns and I die a little inside.

Bob Kapur

AJ Styles will do his best to carry this one (though to be fair, all involved have stepped it up since the MEM/FL feud began), but ultimately, he’ll collapse under the weight of overbooking that you know is going to happen. Look for involvement by Sharmell and Brother Ray and maybe Al Snow, or somebody turns on the FL and joins MEM – maybe Foley or possibly even the referee. Something that will lead to a MEM screwjob win. It’ll be fun up to that point, though.

Andy McNamara

Wow this looks to be a terrible main event! Lets hope it's AJ and Booker in the ring for the majority, and that ol' Mick Foley is kept to a minimum. I think the MEM take this one and single feuds stem from it.


 
TNA WORLD TITLE MATCH

Rhino vs. Sting
 

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Why is Rhino in this position? Does anyone really think he can beat Sting? No. This should've been done in reverse order, with Rhino and a couple other names losing, leading to the epic Sting vs. AJ bout where the young buck reclaims the gold for TNA. Instead, Sting steamrolls past the Detroiter and comes out holding the title in the end.

Bob Kapur

I’m a huge Rhino fan, so it’s frustrating that, thanks to such poor booking of him in the past, and despite his great showing at last month’s PPV, people still don’t think of him as a serious contender for the belt. He’ll have another great match, but will end up on the short end of the stick.

Andy McNamara

The Stinger retains the gold. I'm predicting some blood and outside interference, but bottom line is that Rhino is not the man to lead the company right now.


GRUDGE MATCH

Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett

SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I like the idea of the match, but we all know where it's going. Kurt gets the win to even up their feud, then next month we get the two again in a gimmick match with the ownership of TNA on the line.

Bob Kapur

I really like how they’ve built up this match, and in particular Jeff’s promo from Thursday night. This should be a brutal violent fight given the emotional undertone to this one. Jeff’s blind fury will lead to him making a mistake, which Angle will capitalize on to steal a win, but not end the feud.

Andy McNamara

Jeff Jarrett gets the feel good win, and shuts up the offensive gold medalist. This should be technically sound for the most part and will be match of the night.


  TNA KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (LUMBERJACK)

Awesome Kong vs. ???
 


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Had Hemme been wrestling, there would've been a switch. Now, TNA has two options, either to bring in someone new who equals Kong in size and strength and becomes new champ, or one of the current roster members gets sacrificed. The cool thing would be for Tracy Brooks herself to come in and take the spot because there's a good moment followed by a quick heel turn when the other Knockouts realize they've been screwed by their general manager (or whatever her title is). Of course, this is TNA, so you're just as likely to get "Sarah Palin" wrestling the match.

Andy McNamara

With Hemme out injured my guess is Taylor Wilde as the replacement. With that said, Kong will win, and keep the gold until Hemme returns.


 

X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Alex Shelley vs. Chris Sabin


SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

This is going to be a great bout, possibly a TNA Match of the Year candidate; however, regardless of who wins, Homicide's going to cash in his Feast or Fired briefcase and come out at the end of the night with the gold.

Bob Kapur

Ummm… tails. Shelley wins.


 

GRUDGE MATCH

Shane Sewell vs. Shiek Abdul Bashir



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

I don't like the idea of this match, partly because of Sewell's neck. Nothing good can come of this - if Sewell wins, Bashir looks horrible for losing to a guy who hasn't wrestled in years. If Bashir wins, especially if he puts Sewell on the injured list, then Cornette looks like a jerk. I'm scared to think where this one's going.

Bob Kapur

Didn’t they say a couple of weeks ago that Sewell had retired from wrestling because of a severe neck injury? So then Jim Cornette makes him wrestle on a PPV? Does that make sense? I mean, if you want to help him out financially, why not give him a job as assistant or something – they never filled the position after Matt Morgan resigned, right? Why put him at risk of physical damage? I call shenanigans. Not a big fan of Sewell’s gimmick – the whole ‘Hulking up’ thing is just lame, in my view - but he’s going to win.

Andy McNamara

This is an odd one with Sewell's apparent neck injury. I'm going to go with Bashir attacking the neck and Sewell being unable to continue. Sheik wins by referee stoppage.


 

TNA TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Beer Money Inc. vs. Matt Morgan/Abyss vs. Consequences Creed/Jay Lethal



SLAM! Predictions

Jon Waldman

Who are the faces here? Beer Money sure seems to be the good guys, losing their belts after heroically trying to defend the titles despite a major injury; Morgan looks like a heel for his treatment of Abyss; Abyss is...well...Abyss; and Creed and Lethal look like sneeky, slithering heels for taking advantage of an injury, a la Edge. Ultimately, this is a horrid storyline and I hope it ends soon. I don't care who wins.

Bob Kapur

Never mind that Beer Money losing to a random pairing like Creed and Lethal (Creethal?) made no sense. But hopefully they don’t make it worse by having the new champs drop the belts two days later.

Andy McNamara

It's too soon for Lethal and Creed to drop the belts. Despite the underhanded tactics of Beer Money, the champs will find a way to squeak out a win and retain.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman