January 13, 2013
Countdown to TNA Genesis
With TNA’s redesigned PPV schedule for 2013, Genesis (and the other four "major" TNA PPVs) suddenly becomes more relevant and promises to deliver more, ahem, impactful results. Whether this new direction fulfills the promise is, at this point, secondary in importance to the idea that PPVs might again become something to await with long-standing anticipation, rather than just another in the line of relentless and sometimes redundant shows.
There is some Triple Threat goodness in the main event, and although it should be a handicap match of sorts with challengers Bobby Roode and Austin Aries siding with one another against champion Jeff Hardy, I suspect that Hardy will be able to lay low and take advantage of the implosion between his two opponents, retaining the title.
Even though Tag Champs Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez lay a beating on challengers Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan on this week’s Impact, the time feels right for the belts to change hands (thanks largely to Morgan, naturally).
Sting and D.O.C. seemingly both get what they want with a chance to square off against one another. I’d say that the future momentum of the Aces & Eights angle rests on the outcome here, but seeing as the storyline already seems to be stuck in neutral, neither wrestler’s win is going to mean all that much. A no-finish due to interference, on the other hand, might put things in reverse.
Christopher Daniels, having last month disposed of his eternal rival AJ Styles, tries to further elevate his position in the singles scene against James Storm. He’s got more going for him at this point than Storm, so he gets the win with an assist from Kazarian.
In a "Thanks for Nothing" reward, the winner between Kenny King and Christian York gets to take on Rob Van Dam in the same evening for the X Division Title. Now, that could be a built-in excuse for the winner of the tournament to not have enough left to defeat Van Dam, but I think we’ll see King tread further down the path to the dark side, defeat York in an unscrupulous manner, take the title from Van Dam, and have York on his tail from here on out.
Another Aces & Eights match has Devon up against Joseph Park, but this match has more intrigue, if not consequence. I think we’re all waiting for Park to "Hulk Up", so to speak, so why not deliver it tonight after his humourous training vignettes? Park can win no problem here since the title isn’t on the line.
How come the winner of Gail Kim vs. ODB vs. Miss Tessmacher vs. Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky doesn’t get a shot at Tara like King or York will? Ah well, the sentimental choice is still Miss Tessmacher, but, the momentum is with Velvet Sky.
Enjoy TNA’s Genesis, and look for the report on SLAM! Wrestling after the show.