The Thursday, January 23, edition of TNA Impact! Wrestling, which aired a taped episode of its annual Genesis-themed show from Huntsville, Ala., opened with a video package hyping the Sting and Magnus main event match for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Backstage, Impact! Wrestling began with TNA president Dixie Carter talking with Rockstar Spud, Magnus and a high-powered attorney. The attorney revealed that one unknown individual is planning a hostile takeover of TNA and buying shares of the company. After discussing further about the potential takeover of TNA, the attorney requested that Carter and the rest of her group play fair in the meantime until the situation gets fixed.
Magnus, along with Ethan Carter III and Spud, head towards the ring. The world heavyweight champion accused Sting of playing politics and getting support ringside for their main-event match.
Sting quickly interrupted by heading to the ring alone. "The Icon" denied knowing the mystery investor and said he was simply offered an opportunity to have support at ringside. Magnus reminded Sting that their main event match will be a no disqualification battle and that the wrestling legend cannot beat him under those circumstances. Sting labeled Magnus as a "paper champion" and began to brawl with the world heavyweight champion. After Sting was being attacked by Magnus, Carter III and Spud, Samoa Joe came out to make the save. Sting announced that Joe will be at ringside later on Genesis.
Before the first match started, Carter told Spud that he would be at Magnus' corner in the main-event match.
Match No. 1: Gunner vs. James Storm
Your winner: Gunner.
In order to win this No. 1 contender's match, the wrestler competing must pull in the briefcase to his chest to land the victory. However, the match ended awkwardly after the briefcase was thrown across the ring by a falling Storm, which allowed Gunner to grab it for the win. This was a so-so match at best with nothing spectacular to ignite this feud even further. Also, the crowd seemed extremely quiet, which did not help this match in any way, shape or form.
Match Rating: 2/5.
Match No. 2: Austin Aries vs. Chris Sabin for the X Division Championship.
Your winner via pinfall and new X Division champion: Austin Aries.
It was finally time for TNA to inch closer towards ending Velvet Sky's on-air relationship with Chris Sabin, as the two of them had much potential to be an effective heel couple but never panned out. A better follow-up match after a pretty weak opening.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Match No. 3: Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle.
Your winner: Kurt Angle.
Another very solid match between Roode and Angle. TNA made the ending quite intense with Angle's misfired moonsault off the top of the cage, Roode's failed attempts to exit through the door and the very close ending that saw the Olympic gold medalist land his feet first for the win. This match is definitely worth watching again.
Match Rating: 4/5.
TNA world tag team champions Robbie E and Jessie Godderz were standing in the ring with DJ Zema Ion. Ion praised Robbie E and Godderz as the "world's greatest tag team champions." After Eric Young immediately ran towards the ring to start a brawl, Abyss came out and took care of Robbie E, Godderz and Ion to end this very useless promo.
Match No. 4: Rockstar Spud vs. Samoa Joe.
Your winner via submission: Samoa Joe.
Quick, easy win for Joe. Nothing much to recap on this match.
Match Rating: 2/5.
Match No. 5: Sting vs. Magnus for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Your winner via pinfall to retain the World Heavyweight Championship: Magnus.
Sadly, this may have very well been Sting's final match in TNA. With all the speculation going around that Sting's time may be finished with TNA, courtesy of Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription), the company is clearly going in a different direction as a whole with Carter's new heel regime. Next week's episode will reveal the mystery investor, which was a nice teaser to keep viewers watching the product. Only time will tell where TNA is heading in 2014.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.