Genesis was...well, a pretty boring PPV. There were parts of it where About as uneventful as a PPV can get.
Tag Match: Standard-issue stuff here. Hernandez looked like he injured Ryan with that sloppy powerbomb. Don't know why Chavo and Hernandez won.....eh, whatever. C
Joe/Anderson: Anderson is back in the nebulous tweener zone. He won't outright say that he's with Aces & Eights (good idea, since they're losing constantly), but he's clearly not a face. This was a alright match, with Anderson picking up the W due to interference from the man the TNA commentators can't call Mike Knox. You'd think that they'd have a name ready to go for him if they're going to put him on TV unmasked, but I digress. C+
Kenny King cut a serviceable promo, I'll give him credit for that.
X Division Matches back-to-back: This was basically the Christian York showcase. He beats Kenny King, then puts up a valiant effort against RVD before losing. It was all about protecting him and putting him over in defeat. Since that was obviously the purpose, it did the job. Nothing spectacular about either match, but it did help out Kenny King's arrogant heel character. X-division still isn't my thing, but TNA did attempt to tell a story here. C+
Devon/Park: Another serviceable match. Joseph Park made this match interesting; he's a solid character. Aces & Eights picks up a much needed win. B-/C+. Perfectly Acceptable Wrestling.
KO Gauntlet: My eyes rolled a bit when Tessmacher and Gail started; like I haven't seen this before. Gail beats everyone until Velvet comes out and beats her. I knew Velvet was going to win; it was the "Gail had her foot under the ropes while being pinned so we'll likely get a threeway. Storm/Daniels: Solid match, and I figured the winner of this would indicate who would win the main event since the winner gets the next title shot. Storm gets outsmarted by the heels once again, and Daniels wins the match. B.
Sting/Doc: Sting chalks up another loss for Aces & Eights, pinning Doc squeaky clean in the middle of the ring. I couldn't help but laugh at the haplessness of this glorified job squad. Bully Ray makes the save, and of course he runs off 2 guys by himself. TNA is making it glaringly obvious that the smiling babyface Bully Ray thing is ending on Thursday; the only thing I haven't figured out is if Brooke Hogan is turning with him. She should. Why else would Hulk Hogan be the only one still not trusting Bully? A heel turn is coming. C+.
Triple Threat Match: Fantastic match as all three men busted their asses. Really, this was a one-match show, but this match alone couldn't quite save things. Since Daniels won earlier, it telegraphed the winner of this (as if it wasn't obvious already) but it was still solid. Hardy wins to retain the belt, but all three guys contributed basically until the end. A.
Genesis may be one of TNA's 4 majors, but this year, it was still a B-PPV; a pretty boring PPV at that. No turns, no swerves, no titles changed hands.....no nothing. A 3 hour air ball. Last year's Genesis was better than this. The wrestling itself was alright, but it felt kind of bland to me. Lockdown is in 2 months, which gives TNA time to put together a better card. The card coming into this PPV wasn't that great, so maybe expecting a C+ or B- show was stretching it. I'll give Genesis a borderline C/C+. Very average PPV, save for maybe the main event and Storm/Daniels. Time to get ready for that wedding on Thursday.
I didn't not even remember they had a PPV and I'm a TNA guy.
Looks like the only things I woulda cared about is the Storm match and Park.
Again, if you view TNA through the lens of Dixie Carter justifying the paychecks of the WWE castoffs, everything makes sense. RVD is X-Champ because you can't pay a guy what they are paying him to just sit around. Anderson gets an impromtu match and win over Joe for the same reason. Aces is still around because they shelled out the cash to bring them in.
And Sting is the highest paid guy other than Hogan so of course he gets a win over Aces.
I am split on the main event match. I thought it looked great and had some excellent spots... but it also felt like Jeff Hardy was no-selling the whole thing. Absolutely nothing Ares and Roode did to him slowed him down much. It was like watching a John Cena match, but with better wrestling. I did not like that very much.
I enjoyed the Park/Devon match more that I should have. He's just so into the 'Joseph Park' character now that I really can't wait for them to come up with an explanation as to him also being Abyss. Knowing TNA, it won't be a 'good' explanation. It won't make any sense at all, probably.
Daniels/Storm was also a good match. I'm predicting Daniels will win the World Title at some point this year and AJ Styles will win it from him. This is the correct way to do it. Then again, knowing TNA, this probably won't happen.
I thought it was a solid show that needed The Robbies to make it great.
The main even was easily the top match on the card.
All in all, TNA Genesis was a perfectly skippable show. Most of the matches on the show were pretty solid but none of them really felt important in my opinion. Sting vs. DOC was really the only truly lousy match on the show in my eyes. The rest of the matches were generally solid but nothing special. The tag title match felt like filler. Joe vs. Anderson was okay but, again, just felt like filler. The X Division #1 contender match was pretty decent, though I don't see the storyline purpose having York face RVD immediately after facing King in a 10 minute outing. Storm vs. Daniels was pretty fun, though I don't know why TNA didn't announce the #1 contender stipulation in advance to potentially help jack up interest. The KO match felt like another match to set up the next challenger of the month. Even the main event didn't have a big match feel. It was easily the best match of the night but throughout this threeway feud, especially since Roode & Aries began the comedic bickering bit, the title never seemed like it was in any danger of being taken from Hardy.
If TNA was still doing 12 ppvs a year, last night's show would've been fine. A throwaway show, but still fine all the same. Now that they're only doing a Big Four format, they can't dick around anymore. Hopefully, they'll use last night as a learning experience heading towards Lockdown.
Let's be fair here. The ruination of the US Title was when the One Man Gang won it in a DARK MATCH at Starrcade '95. Nothing says burying your #2 belt more than giving it to a lower mid carder in a match deemed unworthy of PPV.