Earlier tonight, TNA Wrestling held their fifth annual Genesis pay-per-view event from the iMPACT! Zone at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Below is a recap of the action as reported from a variety of online sources.
– After a great opening video pushing the TNA title bout and a lot of pyro, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff made their way to the ring. The fans chanted for Hogan. He welcomed everyone to Genesis. The fans popped. Hogan welcomed them to the Impact Zone. The fans booed and chanted, “We want six sides.” Hogan said, “You had it and it only got you so far. We’re going all the way now.” The fans booed him. Hogan said they wouldn’t have any six sides, eight sides or playpen rings. He said this is where men wrestle. The fans didn’t like that.
Hogan said their competitor talks all about sports-entertainment but Hogan is proud to be part of a wrestling company and to be partners with Dixie Carter and Eric Bischoff. Bischoff said that no one likes change and that’s human nature, but it only started with the ring. He said there’s a lot more change coming. Hogan looked at the mic and said, “What are you going to do Vince McMahon, now that TNA is coming for you?”
– Mike Tenay and Taz welcomed everyone to the PPV and discussed the change to the ring. They previewed the main events and sent it to the ring.
TNA X-Division Championship
The Amazing Red vs. Brian Kendrick
– Amazing Red defeated Brian Kendrick to retain the TNA X-Division Championship: Red takes Kendrick down briefly to start the match, but Kendrick managed to get back to his feet fairly quickly. Kendrick works on the left arm of Red dropping a knee to the elbow of Red. Kendrick with several cross face shots while locking in a camel clutch. Red with a dropkick that sends Kendrick to the floor. Kendrick clips Red in midair and dropkicks Red to the floor. Brooke Hogan is in the front row cheering Red on. Kendrick works on the left knee of Red on the floor. They battle back into the ring where Kendrick delivers a kick to the knee and slows the match dropping a elbow to the knee of Red. Kendrick with several running kicks to the knee. Kendrick with a leg lock but Red reaches the ropes. Kendrick goes up top but Red hit’s a leaping kick that sends Kendrick off the top to the floor. Red with a somersault dive to the floor! Red sends Kendrick back into the ring and connects with a top rope missile dropkick for a near fall. Kendrick comes back to knock Red down and locks in a half Boston crab in the middle of the ring on the injured knee of Red. Kendrick with a modified STF and delivers a few head butts. Red manages to turn over and reach the ropes. Red with a kick to the back of Kendrick’s head and delivers a running dropkick in the corner. Red with a tilt a whirl head scissors takedown. Kendrick comes back with a single leg dropkick and gets a near fall. Kendrick sends Red to the floor but Red lands on the apron. Red flips over and rolls Kendrick up to retain the title!
– Backstage, Eric Bischoff thanked The Band for having back against Mick Foley a few weeks back. Eric Bischoff noted that Scott Hall and Sean Waltman were not under contract so this is their shot. Hogan said they are all for life, but this was for real, so they had to prove themselves tonight. Hogan and Bischoff left. Hall said to Nash that he needs the contract tonight and he needs to make money. Waltman tried to talk Hall into giving him the match instead. Hall said he and Nash were advertised and it wasn’t his shot tonight. Waltman convinced Hall to do rock, paper, scissors for the right to tag with Nash tonight. Waltman won.
Sean Morley vs. Daniels
– We go to the ring where Sean Morley makes his way out. He stops by and gives Brooke Hogan something. A “we want wrestling” chant breaks out. Morley cuts a promo on Daniels and says tonight he presents his first feature film. Daniels comes out and takes the mic. The crowd starts getting behind him and he tells them to shut up. Daniels threatens to slap several fans. They finally start going at it and the bell rings.
Daniels bails to the outside immediately, forcing Morley to follow him. Morley tries to suplex Daniels into the ring, but Daniels counters and responds with a couple of quick strikes, Morley comes back with a couple of running knees to the midsection before hitting a Russian leg sweep. Morley hits Daniels in the ribs several times, focusing his attack. Morley hits a pumphandle gut buster that sends Daniels to the apron. Morley bends Daniels against the ropes before hitting Daniels in the ribs, but on the second attempt, Daniels hangs Morley up on the top rope.
Daniels locks in a modified triangle choke, but Morley gets to the ropes to force a break of the hold. Daniels hits a huge chop, and a palm thrust to the throat. Daniels hits a bulldog, hanging Morley up on the top rope, before he locks in a modified octopus and hitting a fall away kick to Morley’s head. Daniels hits a springboard moonsault, but it’s only good for two. Daniels chokes Morley on the middle rope, continually going back to it, no matter what the ref says. Daniels hits a kick to Morley’s chest. Morley begins to fight back with a couple of right hands and Morley begins to build momentum.
Morley suplexes Daniels onto the top rope before hitting a modified sit out powerbomb that’s only good for two. Morley hits a double underhook butterfly suplex, but when he goes for a clothesline, Daniels ducks, hits an STO, and locks in the koji clutch.
Morley turns the submission into a pin, forcing Daniels to break the hold. Daniels hits an enzugiri, and another STO, but it’s only good for a near fall. Daniels hits a rock bottom, but when he goes for the BME, Morley rolls out of the way. Morley connects with a half nelson suplex before he goes to the top himself. Daniels stops Morley, crotching him on the top rope. Daniels tries for a top rope hurricarana, but Morley swats him away. Morley hits the Money Shot, and gets the three count.
Winner: Sean Morley
TNA Knockouts Championship
2 out of 3 Falls Match
ODB vs. Tara
– Tara defeated ODB in a best two out three falls match to win the TNA Knockouts Championship: Tug of war to start the match with the referee in the way. Tara takes ODB down and hit’s a standing moonsault for a near fall in the opening moments off the match. ODB with right hands while Tara comes back with several chops. Tara with a standing kick to the side of ODB’s head and connects with a slingshot somersault leg drop from the apron for a near fall. ODB manages to control Tara with several clubbing blows to the back. ODB with a fall away slam as she caught Tara coming off the ropes. Tara manages to sneak a roll up to earn the first fall.
First Fall: Tara pinned ODB with a roll up. To take a 1-0 lead.
ODB rams Tara back first into the corner and chokes Tara with her boot. ODB chokes Tara on the middle rope. Tara with a back elbow in the corner and locks in the tarantula in the ropes. ODB breaks free and dropkicks Tara to the floor. ODB drops Tara face first onto the apron. Brooke Hogan is trying to help Tara but ODB scares her. ODB gets a near fall in the ring and locks in a body scissors. ODB rolls around the ring a couple of times and gets a near fall. Tara is trying to reach the ropes but Tara pulls her back using the hair. The referee forces ODB to break the hold. ODB returns to locking in the body scissors. ODB has a choke hold on Tara in the middle of the ring. Tara manages to break out of the hold. ODB plants Tara with a running power slam but only gets a two count. Tara is sent into the ropes but comes off and hits the Widows Peak to win the fall and title!
Second Fall: Tara defeated ODB following the Windows Peak to win the Knockouts Championship
– Christy Hemme interviewed D’Angelo Dinero. He said he was told there was a party tonight and it must be because he’s here and “Pope is pimping.” Hemme asked him about his match with Desmond Wolfe. Dinero went into a great promo and said he was going to beat Wolfe like he did on 1/4. Really entertaining.
– Nick Hogan and Joey Fatone are at ringside.
TNA World Tag Team Championship
The British Invasion vs. Matt Morgan & Hernandez
– Morgan and Hernandez are out first to a nice pop from the crowd. The Champions are out next to a bit of heat from the Impact Zone.
Morgan and Magnus start things out for their respective teams. Morgan uses his power early, shoving Magnus to the mat. Magnus locks in a headlock, but Morgan fights out and sends him back down to the mat with a shoulder block. Magnus bails to the outside for a bit. When he gets back in, Morgan tries for a chokeslam, but Magnus pokes his eye and tags out of Williams. BI looks to double team Morgan, but Hernandez is in to make the save and send both men to the floor. Hernandez tags in, and he and Williams go at it, with Williams hitting a couple of European uppercuts and a high knee, but when he tries for a suplex, Hernandez gets him up instead. Williams reverses out, but he falls victim to a back body drop, and a big splash in the corner.
Hernandez tries for a powerbomb, but Magnus comes in a clips his knee to prevent it. Williams picks up Hernandez and slams his head into the corner before kicking away at Hernandez’s legs. Hernandez flips himself up to the top turnbuckle, but Williams is there, trying for a superplex. Magnus attacks Morgan, causing the distraction, and BI hit a double superplex on Hernandez. BI double team Hernandez after Magnus tags in.
Magnus locks in a sleeper, but Hernandez fights out of it. Williams catches Hernandez with a knee as he comes off the ropes, and Magnus goes right into an abdominal stratch (assisted of course, by Williams). The ref catches the assist and forces a break. Hernandez comes right back, hitting a crazy gut wrench suplex. Both men make the tag to their partners, and Morgan comes in to clean house. Morgan hits rapid fire elbows on Williams, before he picks him up by the back of the neck and slams him into the top turnbuckle.
All four men are in the ring and things are breaking down quickly. Morgan hits a big clothesline on Magnus and all four men are down. Morgan and Williams are left in the ring, where Williams hits a couple of forearms, but quickly falls victim to a chokeslam. Morgan goes for the cover but it’s only good for two. BI double team Morgan again, this time with a big boot into a German suplex, but again it’s only good for a near fall. Morgan fights off another double team, splashing Magnus in the corner, and slamming Williams into the ring from the top turnbuckle. Hernandez hits a big slam on Magnus and Morgan follows up with the Carbon footprint. Morgan goes for the pin, and that’s it.
Winners and NEW TNA Tag Team Champions: Matt Morgan and Hernandez
– We go backstage where Bobby Lashley is in Eric Bischoff’s office. Abyss lays out Lashley. Bischoff freaks out and says Abyss just ruined tonight’s semi-main event. Hulk Hogan walks in, sends Bischoff out and has a talk with Abyss. Hogan says he feels crazy tonight. Hogan promises Abyss will have a match tonight. Hogan won’t tell him who his opponent is but tells Abyss to bring his best game tonight and earn his shot.
D’Angelo Dinero vs. Desmond Wolfe
– We go to the ring where Desmond Wolfe makes his way out first. He’s got a new female valet with him. Out next is The Pope and it starts raining money in the iMPACT Zone as he comes out. Desmond’s new girl removes his new outer gear before the match starts. The bell rings and here we go.
Both men lock up right off the bat, chain wrestling for a minute, before Pope hits a flying shoulder block. Pope sends Wolfe into the corner, but he eats an elbow. Wolfe hits a headstand mule kick. Pope tries for his big elbow drop in the corner, but Wolfe shoves him off to the outside. Pope locks up Desmond into a crazy rope assisted Boston crab, which he follows up with a middle rope fist drop. Pope tries for the pin but he only gets two.
Pope and Wolfe fight to the floor where Wolfe lands a blow to Pope’s knee. Back in the ring, Wolfe hits a throat chop before hitting a snap mare into the ropes. Wolfe hits another snap mare into the ropes before locking in a single leg Boston crab. Pope struggles and is able to make it to the ropes to force a break. Wolve utilizes a crazy submission move, using one of Pope’s legs to put pressure on the other. Wolfe hits a drop toe hold which works right into a bridging leg lock.
Wolfe continues to work over the knee, wrenching away at it. Pope kicks away at Wolfe, but Wolfe just locks up his other leg and goes to work with a modified STF. Pope is able to make it to the ropes and break the hold.
Wolfe hits another throat chop in the corner, before choking Pope and dropkicking him in the leg. Wolfe hits a European uppercut, but Pope fights back with a couple of big slaps. It doesn’t last long though as Wolfe comes back with a big forearm to Pope’s face. Wolfe places Pope on the top turnbuckle, and he tries for the Tower of London, but Pope fights out and is able to surprise Wolfe with an STO. Pope hits a crazy suplex DDT, but it’s only good for a two count.
Wolfe sends Pope into the corner, bends him back and hits a big clothesline across the chest. Wolfe wraps Pope’s leg in the rope and he bends him back against the ring post, but it doesn’t last long as the ref forces him to break the hold. Wolfe threatens the ref, then turns right around into a spinebuster from Pope.
Pope hits a big slap to Wolfe’s face, but Wolfe twists his arm and slams him down to the mat. Wolfe tries for another single leg crab, but Pope turns it into a small package, that’s only good for two. Pope tries for a backslide, but when he can’t get it, he backflips over Wolfe and tries for another small package, but he can’t hold Wolfe down. Wolfe hits a spinning back elbow, and he backs Pope up into the corner. Wolfe tries for a back splash, but Pope avoids it and hits a rope assisted neck breaker that’s good for two. Wolfe tries for another headstand mule kick, but Pope catches him and hits a sit-out Alabama slammer, good for another near fall. Pope pulls his kneepads down, but when he tries for the double knees. Wolfe hits a huge lariat. Wolfe pins Pope, and this one is over.
– Tenay and Taz run down tonight’s events so far. We go backstage with Jeremy Borash. Eric Bischoff walks up and cuts him off. Bischoff asks him what he’s doing and he says his job. Eric says this is no longer JB’s job. Bischoff says until further notice, he’s taking Borash off TV. Bischoff teased he might be used in catering or to drive the ring truck. Christy Hemme walks up and Bischoff hands her the mic. Ric Flair walks up and stares down Bischoff. He walks off. Hemme asks Flair what his role in TNA is going to be. Flair says when he’s ready to say, he will. Flair puts himself over, yells a Whooo and walks off.
Kevin Nash & Sean Waltman vs. Beer Money
– Kind of lame they advertised Scott Hall and then he doesn’t wrestle, but probably better for the actual match. Robert Roode and Kevin Nash opened. Roode nailed several clotheslines but Nash wouldn’t budge. Beer Money worked over Nash. James Storm nailed Waltman off the apron but was caught with a Nash clothesline.
Waltman tagged in and nailed a spinkick to Storm’s face. Nash tagged back in and worked over Storm in the corner. Waltman whipped Storm into the corner and Nash hit a big boot. Waltman hit the bronco buster and the crowd crapped all over it. It’s obvious the core TNA fans aren’t accepting some of the new faces.
Nash hit a sideslam and covered Storm but Roode broke up the pin. Nash nailed Roode and he got knocked onto the ramp. Storm nailed a lungblower to Nash’s chest. Waltman tagged in but Storm made the hot tag. Roode nailed several clotheslines on Waltman and backdropped him. Nash hit the ring but Roode met him with chops. Roode nailed Nash with a knee. Waltman charged but was caught by a Roode spinebuster. Nash broke up the pin.
Nash got nailed in the corner. Beer Money set up for DWI on Waltman. Scott Hall came down the ramp, distracting Beer Money. Nash clotheslined them. Nash chokeslammed Roode but Roode kicked up at two. Hall pulled a fan over the rail and attacked him. Waltman tried to stop him.
Nash went for a powerbomb on Roode. Storm superkicked Nash and Roode rolled through and scored Nash clean. Nash was pissed at the others for getting pinned.
Your winners, Beer Money!
– Backstage, Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff were watching what happened. Hogan said he can’t believe these guys are still pulling their crap. Bischoff said he had hopes for those guys but he’s giving up. Hogan said on Impact he was calling them out. Hogan then referenced JFK, saying it was time not to show what TNA could do for Hulk Hogan, but what Hulk Hogan could do for TNA.
Ken Anderson vs. Abyss
– We go to the ring where Abyss makes his way out. Ken Anderson comes out to a nice entrance. His microphone drops from the ceiling. He says he’s just crossed the line. He talks about reading everyone’s Twitters and Facebooks and here he is. Kennedy begins his big introduction on the mic and stops in the middle of Mr…. He continues with Mr…. Ke… Mr…. Anderson… ANDERSON! Kennedy heads to the ring for his match with Abyss.
Anderson tries for a handshake at the beginning of the match, and when Abyss goes for it, Anderson slaps him. Abyss slaps him right back, sending him to the mat. Abyss is able to send Anderson to the mat again with a shoulderblock and Anderson looks amused. Anderson kicks at Abyss’ leg, and he goes to work with a couple of strikes, but he walks right into a chop from Abyss. Abyss charges Anderson in the corner, but he eats a boot. Anderson tries to go up top, but Abyss blocks it. Anderson grabs Abyss’ arm and yanks it down across the top rope.
Anderson continues to work over Abyss’ arm before hitting a chop block to his knee. Anderson hits a running kick to Abyss’ face, sending him to the outside. Anderson follows, slamming Abyss’ arm into the ring apron, and then the ring steps next to the entrance ramp. Anderson wraps Abyss’ arm around the steel ring post and wrenches away. Anderson grabs a chair from the front row, but Abyss kicks it away and goes to work with a couple of big right hands. Back in the ring, Anderson surprises Abyss with a kick and sends him head first into the turnbuckle.
Anderson locks in a hammerlock, sending Abyss shoulder first into the turnbuckle. Anderson tries for a quick roll up, but he can only get two. Anderson continues to work over Abyss’ arm with an arm bar, but Abyss fights his way out, sending Anderson to the mat with a shoulder block. Abyss hurts himself though, and Anderson comes back with a single arm DDT that’s good for a near fall. Anderson locks in a modified top wrist lock, but Abyss is able to fight out again, this time backing Anderson into the corner and taking him over with a judo hip toss. Abyss charges Anderson, but he ends up running into a boot. Anderson comes back, but walks into a big boot himself.
Abyss connects with a big splash in the corner, and a side slam, but Anderson is able to kick out at two. Abyss signals for the chokeslam, but Anderson is able to fight him off with a kick. Abyss goes for the shock treatment, but Anderson fights out and hits a hangman’s neckbreaker.
Anderson tries to comes off the top rope on Abyss, but he ends up caught in a chokeslam that’s good for a two count. Both men are back up on their feet. Anderson ducks a punch from Abyss and hits him with one of his own. Abyss tries for the shock treatment, and he’s able to connect this time, but he still can’t keep Anderson down for a three count. Abyss goes to the outside, where he grabs a chair. Anderson grabs brass knuckles out of his trunks, and while the ref pulls the chair away from Abyss and disposes of it, Anderson hits Abyss with the knucks. Anderson makes the pin, and this one is over. After the announcer declares Anderson the winner, he takes the mic and announces himself again as the winner.
Winner: Ken Anderson
TNA World Heavyweight Championship
A.J. Styles vs. Kurt Angle
– We see Kurt Angle backstage heading to the arena. His music hits and out he comes to a nice pop from the crowd. Out next is the TNA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles to a nice reaction from the crowd. Thankfully we get no formal ring introductions from Jeremy Borash tonight. The bell rings and here we go.
They went right into some counter-wrestling. The crowd was going nuts with the back and forth chants for both. They did some awesome stuff early including a fast exchange of near falls and counters before they faced off as AJ beckoned him to continue.
They did a test of strength with Angle getting the advantage early. AJ rolled through and grabbed control of it. AJ controlled the match, locking in a chinlock. Styles nailed Angle with several chops and nailed a backbreaker in the center of the ring. He cinched in another chinlock. Angle began nailing elbows to the midsection, but Styles nauled a running back elbow.
Angle went to the floor. Styles teased a plancha but Angle moved and Styles landed outside on the apron. Angle took Styles’ legs out from him. He tossed Styles into the ring and covered him for a two count. Angle nailed a snap suplex on Styles for another near fall. He drilled Styles with a tiltowhirl backbreaker and covered him for another two count. Angle charged Styles so hard his own mouthpiece went flying.
Angle slammed Styles for a near fall. He locked on a chinlock and Styles used an elbow to break free. Styles came back with a series of punches and clotheslines. AJ kicked him with a boot and rebounded off the ropes but was caught with a release German suplex. Angle stomped Styles in the corner. Angle dropped Styles into a backbreaker and covered him for a two count. Angle planted his knee across Styles’ back as he torqued Styles with a crossface. Styles made his way back to his feet. Angle ducked a Styles clothesline and they both went for high cross bodyblocks at the same time, crashing to the mat.
Ric Flair made his way towards the ring as Styles and Angle battled back and forth in the center of the ring. Angle charged Styles in the corner and was tossed over onto the apron. Styles nailed him to the floor, then hit a flip dive on the floor. Back in the ring, Angle charged Styles who caught him with a Fireman’s Carry and dropped Angle across his knee. Styles hit a springboard forearm for a two count.
Styles called for the Styles Clash but Angle backfropped him and nailed a German suplex. Angle nailed a series of suplexes. Styles came back with the Pele Kick for a near fall. Angle escaped a charge in the corner and drilled Styles with a clothesline for a near fall.
Angle cinched in the ankle lock but Styles rolled out of it. Styles drilled Angle with a clothesline of his own. Styles worked over Angle in the corner with a series of punches. Angle dropped out and suplexed Styles into the corner. He went for a moonsault but Styles avoided it.
Styles grabbed Angle and went for the Styles Clash but it was reversed into an anklelock. Styles went for the ropes but was pulled to the back. Styles kicked him off and hit a crossbody for a two count. Styles draped Angle in a corner over where Ric Flair was. He attempted to pull Angle into a Styles Clash. They rolled off the ropes and Angle caught AJ with a Styles Clash of his own for a near fall.
Angle went for the Olympic Slam but Styles turned it into a DDT. Angle charges him in the corner but Styles sidesteps it and Angle nails it shoulder-first. Styles hit the Olympic Slam on Angle for a two count. Styles went to the top rope but Angle jumped up and nailed an Angleslam off the top rope. He covered Styles, who kicked up at the last moment.
Angle pulled down the straps and locked in the anklelock in the center. AJ almost got to the ropes but was pulled back to the center. Styles teased tapping but just as he was about to, Ric Flair pulled the referee out of the ring. Styles tapped but there was no one to see it. Angle was pissed and let it go. Angle chased Flair into the ring but is clotheslined by Styles. Flair throws Styles the TNA title belt and tells Styles to hit him. After wondering what to do, Styles finally nails him with the belt.
Flair tosses Hebner into the ring and Hebner counts Angle out.
Your winner and still TNA champion AJ Styles!
Flair and Styles celebrated with the belt. “It’s all about the title,” Styles said to the camera as the PPV drew to a close. “And I have it.”
They went off the air with highlights of the main event, followed by Flair and Styles strutting up the ramp.