TNA comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Jan. 23, 2014) from Huntsville, Alabama, with its Genesis event, a two-week showcase that kicked off with a live show last week followed by a taping for tonight.
Yes, that means spoilers are readily available if you'd like to know what happens before it goes to air. You can find them by clicking here.
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TNA GENESIS QUICK RESULTS
Magnus def. Sting
Kurt Angle def. Bobby Roode
Austin Aries def. Chris Sabin
Gunner def. James Storm
Samoa Joe def. Rockstar Spud
TNA GENESIS LIVE MATCH COVERAGE
Broadcast is live.
Dixie Carter is backstage with an attorney and apparently there was an impromptu meeting with the Board of Directors. Someone, somewhere, has perpetrated a ruse to take over the company. Rockstar Spud is freaking out and Carter is disheveled.
Magnus is just confused.
The attorney tells Magnus to "play ball" tonight. "They" have asked specifically for someone to be in Sting's corner and Dixie and company are going to cooperate in the short term while the attorney takes care of business.
Magnus adds on a couple stipulations, namely that it's no disqualification. The attorney says "I can sell that".
This is so ridiculous.
Magnus blames Sting for everything and takes a shot at Dixie for "having a blind spot" for him.
The last part of the segment featured a camera that was clearly out of focus and was zooming in and out to account for it. That was painful.
As usual, we'll start with a promo. Magnus is out with a microphone and he's pissed at Sting for "politicking" and "slithering around like a little snake" with the new mystery investor.
"I thought you were a man, Sting. We had a deal. I thought you were a man."
Cue the Stinger's entrance theme, one that will hopefully be retired soon.
He comes walking out from the back, moving slow and wearing the shirt over his tights like usual.
Magnus goes after Sting's inability to submit him and Sting brings up Magnus being a paper champion because he didn't earn anything.
"You traded honor for greed."
A small "paper champion" chant breaks out and Sting calls attention to it, which gets a nice little pop.
Sting goes on to say Magnus has lost the respect of everybody and that leads to the champion slapping the challenger right in the face, with an open hand. Sting laughs, then attacks. Spud and EC3 are out in the ring, and they jump Sting before Samoa Joe comes running out to make the save.
Sting announces that Joe is the guy who will be in his corner tonight.
James Storm vs. Gunner
This will be our first match of the evening. Remember, a world title shot is on the line in the form of a briefcase that is up on a pole. The winner, naturally, has to go up and grab the case to win the match.
They go back-and-forth for a few minutes, including a crazy hurricanrana from Storm off the top rope, before Storm grabs the briefcase and rips it down. In the process, though, Gunner drops him on his back and Storm fails to hold on to the case. The referee rules that he never had possession and after a scrum, Gunner grabs the case.
So he retains the title shot. A dejected Storm walks away.
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle, who says it's been a rough four months for him and Bobby Roode has gotten the best of him. But if he can't defeat Roode tonight then, well, he doesn't deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
Hell, he doesn't deserve to be in TNA.
Find out what happens later!
I missed a chunk of the show here. Sorry!
I guess I missed Austin Aries defeating Chris Sabin to win the X Division title. Whoops!
Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle
I'm back in and we're in the middle of this match. Roode is being put through the three belly-to-back suplex spot. Angle's straps are still up, so he hasn't gone crazy yet.
There they go. Unsurprisingly, Angle did the moonsault off the cage spot not long after. Roode rolled out of the way, because of course he would. That spot always looks impressive. Always.
They traded finishes and ended the match doing a race to the outside with Angle going over the top of the cage and Roode going out through the door.
Angle got there first. So I guess now he gets to enter the Hall of Fame.
The Bro Mans are out for a bro moment. You only bro once. Yo, bro. Hashtag.
They're not really saying anything. Just being some Jersey bros talking about being Jersey bro champions bro'ing down and bro'ing it up in here.
Tazz's response? "Hashtag bad annoying promo".
Eric Young's music hit and he ran in and just started working over Jesse, Robbie E, and Zema Ion, whose pants are completely off his ass and he's not even attempting to pull them up. Dude is wearing purple underwear.
Oh look, it's Abyss.
How is it that Abyss looks smaller than Joseph Park?
Abyss clears out the Bro Mans before Zema Ion takes the Shock Treatment. I wonder if Abyss is pissed that Nikki Bella is using his move and getting over with it more than he ever could?
Young is still in the ring and face-to-face with "THE MONSTER". Abyss acts like he's going to choke slam Young before the crowd begs him off.
Rockstar Spud vs. Samoa Joe
This is a squash and Joe is treating it as such. He's outright letting Spud try to do what he wants and throwing him around when he does.
Joe choked him out.
After he cut a promo on helping Sting.
Magnus vs. Sting
Main event time.
Sting doesn't wet his hair down anymore, and that makes him look so... old and wild, and not in a good way. The action is slow as hell early, and reports are that Magnus is hurt and that's why they've been booking him the way they have with all the run-ins.
EC3 is the first of the heel crew to show up, but Samoa Joe stares him down and he walks off to the back.
After a commercial break, EC3 comes back with Bad Influence and they go about attacking the babyfaces. Joe and Sting manage to clear them out and the Stinger even hits the Scorpion Death Drop but Ion comes running down to pull the referee out before he can get to three.
Now we get the Bro Mans running down and they send Joe into the steel steps. Jesse almost tripped over the ref while doing so.
The heels storm the ring and take over but here's Kurt Angle to try to even the odds. Once again the ring clears out and Sting and Magnus are going after it. That includes a superplex from Sting. He gets a hard two count on it but Magus kicks out.
A Stinger Splash follows but the ref took the bump. Magnus went up top but came down right into the Scorpion Death Lock. Sting actually sat down in it and made it look great. That's when Bobby Roode ran in to break it up.
Finally, Magnus hit his finish and Dixie Carter came out with Earl Hebner -- and this took forever -- who counted three slaps of the mat.
Magnus tears up Sting's contract while he's laying on the mat selling. The show closes with Magnus, EC3 and Dixie posing.
That's the new TNA. Still working power struggle storylines, though, with the mystery investor set to be revealed next week.