TNA Genesis 2011 Review: Did TNA Deliever The Hype?

Daniel Peragine@DPMajesticCoSenior Analyst IIJanuary 10, 2011

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Live from Orlando, Florida, it's TNA Wrestling's Genesis pay per view. 

Personally, I was not planning on watching the show, but decided to give TNA a chance since it was the new year. 

At the end of the night, I was satisfied with where the company was headed and how it is preparing itself with a new face of the company.

Kazarian v. Jay Lethal-X Division Championship

I felt this match was a good opening to Genesis.

Kazarian and Lethal has lots of movement, in ring action and the crowd was clearly behind Lethal. Also, the X Division finally felt a little more important. 

Match rating: 8.5 out of 10. 

Winner: New champion, Kazarian

Mickie James v. Madison Rayne-Knockouts Championship

There was decent action in the ring and it had its spots. I did enjoy getting Tara in the mix and sparking up the James and Tara storyline. 

Good choice to keep the belt on Rayne, James shouldn't be champion just yet.

Match rating: 7 out of 10. 

Winner: Madison Rayne

Beer Money v. Motor City Machine Guns-Tag Team Championship

This was once again another great match up. 

It is quite clear both these teams are the two best tag teams in the wrestling business today. Tons of action and the crowd was very electric. 

Hopefully, TNA pulls the triger and begins a feud with Beer Money and Motor City.

Match rating: 10 out of 10. 

Winners: New champions, Beer Money

Brother "Bully" Ray v. Brother Devon

Decent quality match. 

I wasn't much into it but did like the decision to extend the feud with the DQ result. This will give TNA another month to build on it. 

Match rating: 6 out of 10

Abyss v. Douglas Williams-TV Title

I was not very pleased at the end result of this match. 

AJ Styles was replaced by Abyss when he told Eric Bischoff he couldn't wrestle due to injury. Immediatly, I felt the energy taken away because both Williams and Styles can put together a good match. 

Also, having AJ turn face would have been a good choice, especially the frusteration buildup backstage between Styles and Bischoff.

Match rating: 6 out of 10. 

Winner: New champion, Abyss.

Rob Van Dam v. Matt Hardy

Matt Hardy made his TNA debut as the "mystery" opponent against RVD. I felt it wasn't a bad debut by Hardy and the in-ring action was just fine for me. 

The storyline buildup for RVD and Hardy could gain interest. From what I saw tonight, I think TNA could execute Hardy well with Immortal. 

Match rating: 7 out of 10. 

Winner: Matt Hardy 

Kurt Angle v. Jeff Jarrett

I missed most of this match. 

From what I saw these past few weeks, I think Jarrett's MMA challenge has been entertaining in its moments. 

Angle performed pretty well and the feud between the two should really take off during Impact! this week. 

Matt Morgan v. Mr. Anderson-No. 1 Contenders Match

This was a pretty good match. 

I think Morgan will be a very good champion one day in TNA. There was good movement in the match and it was back and forth. 

Both wrestlers displayed pretty good action and was satisfied with the outcome.

Match rating: 8 out of 10. 

Winner: Mr. Anderson

Eric Bischoff then to congratulate Mr. Anderson, who is physically torn from his match with Morgan. Bischoff announces that he will face Jeff Hardy tonight.

Mr. Anderon v. Jeff Hardy-TNA World Heavyweight Championship

This was a very entertaining ending to the show. 

Hardy clearly seemed to have the win, but Anderson made a comeback. The crowd also got very into it. 

Morgan and Rob Van Dam both helped Anderon capture the title. I was not expecting Hardy to wrestle at Genesis, but with his legal issues and reports that he will plead guilty in court, TNA made the smart decision to go with Anderson as the face of the company to lead in 2011.

Match rating: 8 1/2 out of 10. 

Winner: New champion, Mr. Anderson


Overall, TNA did a pretty good job with Genesis. I felt it was a good pay per view to watch.

Several feuds were set up that, I think, TNA could really execute well with, such as Beer Money and Motor City, Matt Hardy and Rob Van Dam, along with Mickie James and Tara. 

The choice to have Mr. Anderson as champion was a very smart one. I think TNA took the right road because having Jeff Hardy as champion would be a risky one, especially with the legal issues going on.

Should be a pretty interesting Impact! episode this Thursday.

GENESIS PPV FINAL RATING: 7 1/2 out of 10 


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