After one of the most convoluted ends to an episode of Impact Wrestling in the history of the company, TNA will follow it up with a live and free edition of Genesis on Spike TV this Thursday, Jan. 16, at 9 p.m. ET.
This former pay-per-view event has been transformed into a special edition of Impact Wrestling and will take place over two consecutive weeks. While Magnus will likely not defend the title at these shows, the next two weeks will see the culmination of several key secondary storylines in the company.
With Kurt Angle going to war against Bobby Roode in a steel cage and Sting squaring off with Ethan Carter III in a bitter grudge match, Thursday’s broadcast should be PPV quality despite being on free TV.
Here is all the vital viewing information for Genesis and a full preview.
Where: Von Braun Center Arena, Huntsville, Ala.
When: Thursday, Jan. 16, 9 p.m. ET
Watch: Spike TV
Something Brewing Between Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode
For weeks, Kurt Angle and Bobby Roode have been entangled in a bitter feud that has seen Roode beat the former Olympic gold medalist time after time. With the steel cage match ensuring that there will be a decisive victory—there are no disqualifications in this type of bout—this could be the end of this rivalry.
Or it could be the beginning of a much larger storyline.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: Which Superstar Will Win the Match?
After losing to Roode over and over again for weeks, the natural progression should call for Angle to pull out the victory at Genesis after hitting rock bottom, but there is likely something much more devious boiling below the surface.
Angle cut an excellent promo backstage after his loss to Roode in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match about how he was being outsmarted and scared that Roode really did have his number. Whether Angle wins or loses on Thursday, this has all the earmarks of the beginning of a heel turn.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Potential Character Changes
There is no doubt that Angle is still one of the top stars in the wrestling business today and is one of the reasons TNA has survived and thrived the way it has since he joined the roster, but he has been playing the standard face for a few years now and it may be time for a heel turn.
Don’t put Angle in a stable; just let him be a heel on his own.
Angle will not be able to turn into a bad guy against another heel like Roode. But if he is forced to win by grabbing the ropes or his challenger’s tights, this could be the start of a long-term storyline that will build slowly to his eventual turn.
Roode will likely win the match, and the loss will force Angle to begin cheating his way to victory. If this storyline does indeed come to fruition, it will breathe a new life into Angle and the product.
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Sting Teaches ECIII a Lesson and the Beginning of Genesis
This Thursday’s episode of Genesis will be the first of two shows under the free-per-view banner (both will be taped on Jan. 16 and the second show will air next week), and one of the biggest matches scheduled for this week’s Impact Wrestling is Sting vs. Ethan Carter III.
Sting has been a one-man wrecking ball standing up to Dixie Carter and her goons, and the long-time veteran will finally get his hands on the boss’ nephew in what should be the perfect way to utilize each of these superstars.
Question on Everybody’s Mind: How Will ECIII Steal the Win?
Sting doesn’t need to win ever again in his career with the legacy he has built and would still look like one of the top stars in the business even if he took the loss to an unproven star like ECIII at Genesis.
With that in mind, Carter is a rising star who TNA wants to build around going forward, and there is no better way to cement his status as a top heel than by having him cheat to beat a legend like Sting.
ECIII would have major heat if he stole a victory at Genesis.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Ultra-Critical Episodes
After the madness that was the end of last week’s episode of Impact, the importance of this week’s Genesis and the continuation of the show on Jan. 23 can’t be underestimated.
The storylines put forth this week must be well-executed and entertaining.
Casual fans who watched last week to see the culmination of the AJ Styles storyline must be drawn into the rest of the product with clever storytelling and great in-ring action at Genesis. If TNA can get those wrestling fans hooked this week and follow it up with another entertaining episode next Thursday, the company will continue to build its fanbase in an effective manner.
This is a critical time for TNA, and Genesis could be the beginning of big things for Impact Wrestling.
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