The Thursday, January 16 edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling aired a special live Genesis themed show from Huntsville, AL. The show opened with TNA announcers Mike Tenay and Tazz remembering the late Mae Young, who recently passed away at the age of 90. A video package aired recapping last week's program and hyping the Genesis themed show.
Inside the ring, Rockstar Spud attempted to speak, but was interrupted by a loud chorus of boos from the crowd. Spud welcomed TNA President Dixie Carter to the ring to kick things off on Genesis. Carter began to brag about the recent demise of Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles, and her recent accomplishments in pushing TNA into a new era. She then introduced Magnus to the ring.
Magnus welcomed the live crowd and viewers watching on television to a new era of TNA Wrestling under his wing. The TNA World Heavyweight champion thanked Carter for all her accomplishments and gave her Styles' old belt as a gift. Carter took control of the microphone and invited all the heels who helped Magnus win last week against Styles to the ring for a celebration.
After hyping her nephew's match later on Genesis against Sting, Ethan Carter III made his way to the ring. However, before he could speak, Sting's music hit as "The Icon" was shown in the stands, pointing his black bat at Carter III before a commercial break.
Sting expressed his disappointment in Carter's direction and brought out a group of wrestlers to the entrance way. "The Icon" focused his attention on Magnus, accusing him of being a fake World Heavyweight title holder. After Sting brought out a group of wrestlers to the entrance way that included Samoa Joe, Eric Young, James Storm and more, a brawl immediately broke out before another commercial break.
Match No. 1: Christopher Daniels, Kazarian, Zema Ion, Robbie E, Jesse, and Lei'd Tapa vs. Samoa Joe, Joseph Park, James Storm, Gunner, Eric Young and ODB.
Your winners via submission: Samoa Joe, Joseph Park, James Storm, Gunner, Eric Young and ODB.
After a very long opening segment, this match was a nice break from all the talking and the crazy brawl that kicked things off on Genesis. Fortunately, the crowd remained hot for the match after the opening portion of the show. However, this was a pretty basic tag match filled with just 12 wrestlers, both male and female, brawling both inside and outside the ring.
Match Rating: 3/5.
X-Division champion Chris Sabin stood in the ring and demanded answers for Velvet Sky's actions over the course of the week. Austin Aries quickly interrupted Sabin and made his way to the ring. Sabin claimed Sky loves him and wouldn't leave his side. Aries proposed an X-Division rematch for next week on Impact! Wrestling. Sky took control of the microphone and accepted Aries' request to have her stay ringside in a cage. The former Knockouts champion told Sabin that, if he does not defeat Aries one-on-one, she may find another person to spend time with.
Match No. 2: Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson.
Your winner via pin fall: Bully Ray.
This was a pretty entertaining, no disqualification match, as Ray and Anderson are beginning to intensify their feud. Ray continues to play superbly as a heel, as his character has gotten darker than ever, while keeping his bully attitude. Although there was nothing spectacular, this was a good match.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
Kurt Angle came out to the ring and demanded Carter join him. Carter told Angle that things are changing once again in TNA. Angle fired back, telling Carter to stay out of his decisions and demanded that she fire him if she wanted to. After Carter postponed Angle's match against Roode till next week, she asked security to escort the Olympic gold medalist outside the ring.
However, Roode appeared out of nowhere, entered the ring, and took out Angle.
Match No. 3: Madison Rayne vs. Gail Kim for the TNA Knockouts Championship.
Your winner via pin fall and new TNA Knockouts champion: Madison Rayne.
Completely sudden finish, as the announcers didn't even know what kind of finish Rayne produced to knock out Kim cold inside the ring. The ringside ejection of Kim—which helped Rayne land the victory— makes me wonder if TNA may be stirring something up with Kim and Tapa.
Match Rating: 2/5.
Backstage, Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards were revealed as the new TNA talents Carter had hyped about earlier this week on Twitter. After Carter welcomed them to a try-out match, Richards and Edwards handed them a TNA contract they had signed with a new company investor. Carter, who grew nervous, took out her cell phone and began making phone calls.
Match No. 4: Ethan Carter III vs. Sting.
Your winner via pin fall: Ethan Carter III.
This was a double whammy match for Sting, as Spud and Magnus were the special guest referees. Magnus, who replaced Spud, helped Carter III land the pin fall with a fast count. This match was meant to be frustrating, as the new regime led by Magnus is taking over TNA and causing problems with unfair endings.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Sting, who was clearly frustrated inside the ring, requested a World Heavyweight title shot. Magnus accepted to grant "The Icon" a match next week, but only on the grounds that if Sting loses, he must leave TNA. Sting accepted Magnus' request before Impact! Wrestling faded to black.
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