Times Title Defended at Genesis: six
Times Successfully Defended: four
At TNA Bound for Glory in October, Jeff Hardy put an end to Austin Aries’ reign as TNA World Heavyweight champion. The “Greatest Man That Ever Lived” failed to regain his title in a Ladder match at Turing Point the following month and Hardy moved onto his new challenger, Bobby Roode.
At Final Resolution, Roode would buy some insurance in the form of the Aces and 8s, but Aries proved to not be done in his quest to get back the title. He paid the group more money to not help Roode and that put the two heels at each other’s throats. At the same time, Aries and Roode seemed to have formed a strange friendship over their hatred for Hardy.
Last week it was revealed that Hardy would defend the TNA World Heavyweight Championship against both of them in a Triple Threat Elimination match, and that brings us to tonight.
I strongly believe that both Roode and Aries will be champion again this year, but could one of them win the title here? It’s hard to say. Both Aries and Roode are better overall performers than Hardy, but the Charismatic Enigma is no doubt the most popular wrestler on the TNA roster.
I think this title match is a hard one to predict. Since I already have two titles changing hands tonight, though, I’m going to go with a Jeff Hardy victory here. Plus, a Hardy win is probably the safest bet at the end of the day.
As for the order of the eliminations, I can see Bobby Roode being eliminated first to leave Hardy going one-on-one with Austin Aries for the ending of the match.
Winner and Still Champion: Jeff Hardy