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Jeff Hardy defends his TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a triple-threat match against Bobby Roode and Austin Aries
At Final Resolution, Jeff Hardy was able to retain his title against Bobby Roode after Aces and Eights (whose help Roode was counting on) turned on Roode at the behest of Austin Aries.
Because, if "Roode money talks, then Aries money sings". In response to this, Hardy challenged Aries for the following week's "Championship Thursday".
During "Championship Thursday", Aries was on the precipice of victory when Bobby Roode came to the ring and took out Aries while the ref was knocked out. Due to Roode's interference, Hardy was able to retain the title.
On the following week's edition of Impact, Aries calls out Roode for costing him a title and then proceeded to have a great match in the main event. Referee Earl Hebner chastised the two for constantly cheating and trying to get a chair involved in the match. Sick of Hebner's complaining, Aries and Roode teamed up to beat up the ref. Hardy would make the save however, and leave Aries and Roode laying out in the ring.
One week later, Roode and Aries would both try to prematurely take the crown of TNA's Wrestler of the Year. Unfortunately for them, Jeff Hardy was announced as the winner of the award. While Roode and Aries are arguing over the result of the fans' vote, Hardy booked all three of them in a title match at Genesis. The heels teamed up in an attempt to take out Hardy, but he was able to fend them off.
In the go home show for Genesis, Aries and Roode were forced to team up against Hardy and James Storm. Jeff and James got the win after Aries saved Roode from the Twist of Fate, by hitting Hardy with the championship belt. To celebrate their win, Aries and Roode stood over Hardy while jointly hoisting the championship over their heads.
The top prize of them all: the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. All three men have held the title within the past few months, so this match up will determine who the top dog in TNA actually is.
The Stinger continues his war on Aces and Eights by taking on their Director of Chaos (D.O.C.).
After being put out of commission by DOC in November, Sting made his return to the Impact Zone on last week's edition of Impact Wrestling to rescue Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle from Aces and Eights.
His war with the motorcycle gang continued on this week's Impact as he defeated Mike Knox and proceeded to beat him down with a hammer as revenge for injuring Kurt Angle.
Control and revenge. Aces and Eights is looking to take control of Impact and Sting is the white knight looking to save TNA. Also at stake for "The Icon" is a chance to get revenge on DOC for injuring him back in Nov. 2012.
"The Cowboy" James Storm seeks to stay on his path to the TNA World Championship, but first he must deal with the distractions being caused by the mischievous Christopher Daniels and his partner, Kazarian.
Storm is finally beginning to gain traction in his quest to regain the TNA gold he held briefly in late 2011. After losing his #1 contendership to former partner and arch-rival Bobby Roode, he has managed to rack up wins in tag action with partner Jeff Hardy, and consecutive victories over Kazarian at the Final Resolution Pay-Per-View (PPV) , as well as the January 3rd episode of Impact Wrestling.
Daniels' motives have been unclear for quite some time now. He and Kaz spent time as World Tag Team Champions (of the World), but before, during and after that reign, he has seemed just as interested in playing mind games with fellow TNA originals AJ Styles and now Storm, as in wins and losses in the squared circle.
In recent weeks, Daniels and Kazarian have impersonated and mocked Storm and his frenemy, Santa Claus. There was no development in their feud on the latest episode of Impact, but Daniels surely still has a bad taste in his mouth from when Storm spit in his appletini the previous week.
Momentum and bragging rights. The Bad Influence team need to come out on top to break their recent losing streak, and would love to have a PPV win to lord over Storm. The Cowboy undoubtedly wants to put the pair in his rear view mirror with a victory, so he can move closer to a WorldChampionship shot.
Can the hard-drinkin' everyman handle the combination of hijinks and skill Daniels presents? The answer will be right here on Cageside Seats!
Mr. Joseph Park, Esq. has been kidnapped and beaten at the hands of Aces & Eights. At Genesis he gets a shot at the highest ranking unmasked member of the motorcycle club, Devon.
Joseph Park came to TNA last year searching for his brother, the monster Abyss. Although, that search has yet to conclusively bear fruit, Park got involved in backstage business on Impact Wrestling, working with Hulk Hogan to investigate the Aces & Eights motorcycle gang that was terrorizing the promotion. That work culminated in Park having a match with DOC, a match he lost.
That loss sent him off to train at Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where Impact viewers have watched his progress over the past month. Park continues to become enraged at the sight of blood, and this may be a clue to the nature of his relationship, or even the whereabouts of his brother.
Devon has been very busy since returning to TNA last fall, re-earning his TV Title, handling club business in contracts taken out on Jeff Hardy by Bobby Roode and Austin Aries, and holding up the losing end of tag matches with the likes of Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and Sting.
Park is gunning for a measure of revenge, and to show Hulk Hogan and TNA management what he can do as a wrestler. Devon has not put his title on the line, but is seeking to defend the honor of his gang. A loss to the lawyer would be a blow to their credibility, and Aces & Eights are likely to go to any length to ensure that doesn't happen.
Who will come out on top in this grudge match between biker and barrister? Find out Sunday!
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez must defend their tag team championship from the team of Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan.
After Ryan and Morgan failed to beat the champions at Final Resolution, the rivalry between the two teams seemed to be over until last week's Impact. Hernandez challenged Morgan to a singles match, but Morgan had apparently injured himself in the weight room so Joey Ryan took his place in the match. During the match, Morgan revealed his injury was a ruse and interfered in the match to deliver a beat down to Hernandez. The champions returned the favor on this week's edition of Impact before deciding to "save it for Sunday".
Not much of a build up for this one, but that is TNA for you.
Guerrero has made it clear that he wants to get rid of Joey Ryan. Ryan and Morgan must win to stay relevant on TNA and the TNA World Tag Team Championship would certainly help with that.
X Division #1 Contender Tournament Final: Kenny King vs. Christian York
Two TNA newcomers put it all on the line for a chance to battle Rob Van Dam for the X Division Championship.
The Road to Genesis
Kenny King has had a long and winding path to get to this point. He was working with TNA in 2005-06, but failed to win a single match in that timeframe. He would move to Ring of Honor (ROH) to gain some experience. King would win the ROH World Tag Team Championship before trying his hands at greener pastures.
King won his first match in TNA on July 5, qualifying him for the X Division Championship tournament at Destination X. He would eventually lose in an Ultimate X match for the title against Zema Ion. King faced Rob Van Dam at Final Resolution 2012 (Dec. 9), but once again failed to achieve the ultimate goal.
Now, he looks to get one more chance at the strap, having defeated Ion in the first round of the X Division #1 Contender Tournament on the Jan. 10 episode of Impact Wrestling. But he still has to go through Christian York in order to get to RVD.
Christian York appeared on the Nov. 1, 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling as a Gut Check contestant. The judges were so impressed by his work, that he was granted a TNA contract the following week (Nov. 7). Although he has only been in TNA for a short time, York has already faced off against TNA World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy and X Division Champion Rob Van Dam in non-title matches. He would lose them both, but he certainly impressed someone in the back.
York defeated Kid Klash on the Jan. 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, his first win in TNA, to move to the finales of the #1 Contender Tournament.
What's at Stake?
For both men, this is a chance to stand out among the TNA roster. A win would send the victor to face Rob Van Dam later in the evening with the X Division Championship on the line. Failure would send the loser back to the bottom of the division. These opportunities don't come around often, and they need to be taken advantage of when they present themselves.
Who will win the chance to go one on one with the "Whole F'n Show?" The only way to find out is to order TNA Genesis and stick around here at Cageside Seats TONIGHT!
X Division Championship: Rob Van Dam (c) vs. To Be Determined
Rob Van Dam will defend his X Division Championship against the winner of the #1 Contender Tournament Final.
The Road to Genesis
Rob Van Dam defeated Zema Ion at Bound For Glory (Oct. 14) to win his first X Division Championship, and hasn't looked back since. He has proven to be a fighting champion, and has successfully defended the title against Ion, Joey Ryan, Kid Klash, Austin Aries, and Kenny King over the past three months. His wins have been impressive so far, and he looks to continue his reign tonight.
Either Kenny King or Christian York will face RVD for the championship, depending on who wins the #1 Contender Tournament Final. Both men have proven to be quite the fighters since joining TNA, but only one can emerge to challenge for the strap.
What's at Stake?
This is Rob Van Dam's first run as X Division Champion, and he is making it count. He is 90 days in and he has five successful title defenses under his belt. Another win tonight and he will make his reign all the more impressive. However, RVD is getting older and older. It is uncertain if he can keep up with the young talent that is breaking into TNA. Losing the belt may be one of the first signs of his eventual decline.
Both Kenny King and Christian York want to separate themselves from the rest of the TNA roster. Defeating a pro wrestling legend would be an impressive notch in anyone's belt. Add that to the fact that the X Division Champion is TNA's premier title, and a win would really send either King or York's career skyward.
In the battle of acronyms, will it be RVD or TBD emerging as the X Division Champion? Please stick around Cageside Seats while we cover TNA's Genesis to find out!
Five lovely Knockouts will run a gauntlet to determine who will be the next challenger to Knockouts Champion Tara.
All of the combatants scheduled for this gauntlet are former Knockouts Champions. The gauntlet match, which in TNA is similar to a Royal Rumble match with two competitors starting the match, and additional participants entering every three minutes (regardless of whether a pinfall or submission has occurred), has a long history in TNA's women's division. Gail Kim was the first person to win the belt, and she did so in a gauntlet among nine other challengers, including ODB.
Mickie James has been the champ twice in the promotion's history, and had the most recent title shot when she was defeated by Tara on the Dec. 20, 2012 edition of Impact Wrestling, due to repeated interference by her cohort, Jessie Godderz.
Velvet Sky just recently returned to TNA after a six month absence, and has stated her goal is to recapture the championship. Sky was at the top of the division once, in 2011.
Miss Tessmacher was the most recent titleholder prior to the current champ, having lost the strap to Tara last summer.
A chance at the standard holder and another run with the Knockouts Championship. Tara has managed to stay on top for more than four months in this, her fifth time as champ. The executive in charge of the Knockouts, Brooke Hogan, has indicated she might enter the fray as an in-ring competitor soon, as well.
Who will survive the gauntlet and earn a chance to repeat? Punch up TNA Genesis 2013 and stick with Cageside Seats to find out!
Breaking down the entire TNA "Genesis 2013" match card with complete previews for every advertised match on the card; featuring 'Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode' in a Triple-Threat Elimination Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Sting vs. D.O.C., and more!