This is surprising.
TNA Genesis, the Jan. 8 pay-per-view event that took place in Orlando, Florida, reportedly drew a higher buyrate than what the promotion usually does, according to the Wrestling Observer:
Early trending numbers indicate TNA Genesis did slightly better than the recent PPV shows have done, like maybe 10-12,000 buys, which may be attributable to Jeff Hardy challenging for the title in the main event.
Indeed, one of the few storylines TNA has bothered to carefully craft and pay attention to is the Jeff Hardy retribution tour, which culminated, so to speak, in a match against Bobby Roode at Genesis for the world heavyweight championship.
The extra fans that did bother to tune in were treated to a smoz finish that saw Roode retain his title by simply kicking the referee in the nuts for the disqualification. As if that weren't silly enough, TNA proceeded to release footage of the match on YouTube just days later in an attempt to drive interest for that week's episode of Impact. Then on Impact, fans were treated to a non-finish finish in the main event rematch, with Roode once again retaining his title.
It's interesting to see that buys were up despite the way TNA so obviously books its shows to center around Impact on Spike TV instead of pay-per-view events. That really speaks to the draw Jeff Hardy can be, even with all his various drug issues and arrests.
For complete TNA Genesis results and a full report on the show click here.