TNA Genesis: The Future Looks Bleak

Jack DonaldContributor IJanuary 18, 2010

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Hulk Hogan gestures to the audience during his Hulkamania Tour at the Burswood Dome on November 24, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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I have been a wrestling fan for over twenty years and i have have rarely been so disappointed by a PPV. Maybe it was the build up or that the TNA's last two offerings were classics but last night showed that rather than the cure Hogan could well be the cancer.

The opening item was Bishoff and Hogan coming in and telling us that nobody likes change and unveiling the new four-sided ring, which was greeted with the chant "We Want Six Sides." A sentiment I agree with as it made TNA stand out and seemed to suit the companies style.

Things went further down hill when WWE reject Brian Kendrick turned up as Amazing Reds mystery opponent it was a decent enough match (mainly due to the talents of the amazing one) but Kendrick seemed to bring Red down. Kendrick can wrestle to a decent standard but TNA left better guys in the back, who could of put a much better match.

Next up was Val Venis (now known as Sean Morley) doing his bit from 10 years ago and brought Daniels down to his average level in a stale match. Which concluded with The Fallen Angel losing to the guy with the porn gimmick, the crowd didn't like it and nor did common sense considering the last two PPVs where he main evented to rave reviews.

TNA has no need for these guys and with the likes of Joe, The Machine Guns, and Homcide all getting the night off it makes you wonder about the new vision. As it seems desperate to get to the middle of the road where the WWE tends to float at the moment. 

The Knockouts and Tag title belts both changed hands in forgettable affairs.

Then TNA showed what they can do as The Pope battled Wolfe is a very strong match, Wolfe was his usual impressive self and claimed victory.

However the next two matches were poor and just as stale as the first two with Beer Money beating up Nash and Pac (after Hall caused a distraction by attacking a fan). Abyss then lost to the big star debutant Mr Anderson (otherwise known as Kennedy). It was an average match and Anderson is another average acquisition.

Of course the highlight of the night was AJ vs Angle and a heel turned as teased on Impact for AJ assisted but the dirtiest player in the game Ric Flair.

For me TNA had owned the WWE wrestling wise in 2009 with the WWE having its usual lead in ratings and earnings. But after last night it seems TNA is moving away from what made it better than the other guy, which is bad news for the fans.

In my view the only thing TNA needed to add was more edge and target the market that the competition is ignoring/ alienating by going PG. TNA needs to use its own young talent rather than the has beens and never weres, otherwise they will lose fan after fan by chasing the wrong market and sticking two fingers up at the current following.