TNA Genesis came to us live on pay-per-view (PPV) last night (Jan. 13, 2013) from the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida, featuring the promotion's first of only four live PPV events this year.
So did they kick it off with a bang?
Click here to check out the live blog with full results from the show. Now let's jump right into reactions:
- Remember when a few of y'all hated me for turning on Brodus Clay after a few months of the Funkasaurus character? Well, get ready to hate me again because I'm officially turning on Joey Ryan. I loved his passionate promos when he was trying to break into the promotion, at least in storyline. He had an edge to him that helped take attention away from his mid-card gimmick. But now that he's actually in the company and working matches on a consistent basis, his flaws are being laid bare for all to see and it's not a pretty sight. Hernandez nearly killed him last night because Ryan couldn't get his timing down and his style just screams indie wrestling. That's fine, but it's not a good look against guys like Chavo Guerrero. Ryan was slow last night, he lacked basic psychology, and his schtick is tired. Just an awful performance. That opener died a slow death.
- I'm also now convinced Matt Morgan is being punished for something. Maybe he was shooting in those tweets about going to WWE and only went back to TNA at the last minute and the way they're getting back at him is to stick him in this nothing tag team with Ryan that is dragging him down and making him look every bit the donk Ryan has become. He's finally teasing breaking it off because even he has to realize the tag team is dumb, but they never should have been together in the first place. It's like creative just wanted to see if Ryan could get over the phrase "The Big Morgan and The Big Organ." Answer: no.
- Still hate Mr. Anderson but at the start of his match with Samoa Joe, after Joe pushed him and shoved his face, Anderson acting all innocent for a second so he could take his shirt off just to throw it in Joe's face and start wailing on him was perfect. That's how heels are supposed to act. I always want to watch a heel and think, "what a dick."
- Hey, here's a good idea. Let's build a potentially great feud with a young guy who could be a future star for the company against a champion from the old guard who can help get him over then totally shit on that by bringing in another old guy who we'll dub a young guy and have him get beat by the old guard in a nothing match that no one comes out looking better in. That sounds great, right?
- Joseph Park is now giving Christopher Daniels a run for his money as the most entertaining guy on the roster. His match made sense, even the loss, but his interview beforehand using insider terms for comedic effect was awesome. What a great way to put over that he's been to pro wrestling school. More of that, please.
- In hindsight, I'm a little pissed that more of you Cagesiders didn't vote for Daniels' appletini as "Prop of the Year." That guy stays rocking that drink. His match with James Storm was good and if there's any justice in the world, they'll give him a run with the world title now that he's earned a shot at it. Hardy might move the needle but it's always better when the babyface is chasing the strap, not holding it down. Let Daniels' be the awesomely smarmy heel playing keep away with his "manager," Kazarian.
- The ladies were just fine -- hello, Mickie James wardrobe malfunction -- but I couldn't get too into the gauntlet because, well, I don't know. It was just missing something.
- All Sting does anymore is make me feel old. He comes out with his facepaint and wrestles like the geriatric dinosaur he is and it just makes me wish it was 1997 and he was hanging out in the rafters and only showing up to Scorpion Death Drop the shit out of anyone and everyone. Then I realize that was fucking 16 years ago and holy shit, that's a human who can legally drive a car. Please retire Sting, if only to help me preserve that memory of you.
- I was pleased with both the workrate in the main event and the final outcome. Jeff Hardy is certifiably insane, we know this much, but Bobby Roode and Austin Aries make for perfect dance partners and it does indeed appear as though they aren't finished dealing with each other just yet. Combine those two with Park and Daniels and Impact will be downright watchable in the weeks, and maybe months, to come.
- I can't wait for Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan's wedding. I really can't.
This wasn't a great show but it wasn't bad at all. Not the worst way to spend a Sunday evening.
That's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below with all your thoughts on last night's event. How did you grade it?