TNA’s Genesis kicks off the PPV year for US wrestling since TNA’s scheduling puts it at the beginning of the month. A year ago, that mean a hastily-thrown together mess due to the massive changes going on with the arrival of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. If you recall, Genesis was the show that removed the six-sided ring from the show, though the matching ramp has since vanished. Though certainly not as important as WWE’s Royal Rumble, Genesis does tend to have important things happen in it.
The main story through the show is Immortal’s mission. Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff’s plan to swindle Dixie Carter out of ownership of TNA is falling apart around them since, as it turns out, it was illegal. So with Hogan gone from the picture and Bischoff facing the inevitability of Carter’s return, he has decided that Immortal can keep themselves in some semblence of power should they obtain all of the title belts in TNA. Well, more like 2/3rds of the title belts, since they lack any women in the stable and are thus not eligible for the Knockouts or Knockouts tag titles. How this logic works escapes me, but TNA is really selling it, so I’ll go along with it. Let’s take a look at the card.
TNA Championship #1 Contendership Match
Matt Morgan vs. Mr. Anderson
You may recall that a few months ago, Mr. Anderson took a chair shot to the back of the head from Jeff Hardy and suffered a concussion. If you don’t, you haven’t been watching Impact, because they say it about 12 times each hour. In Anderson’s defense, Matt Morgan left his spot in Immortal and has come up short in several title matches against Jeff Hardy. With Anderson back, Eric Bischoff cleverly prevented them from forming a team by putting them against each other for the #1 contender spot.
But that’s not really important here. Neither Morgan nor Anderson seem to really care about Hardy’s title. Instead, Morgan has been trying to get Anderson to take more time off, not believing that he is actually cleared to wrestle, while Anderson has become more and more frustrated each time it’s said to him. By this point, Morgan is no longer concerned for Anderson’s health and Anderson is no longer grateful for Morgan standing up for him. Instead, thanks to some mind games from Jeff Hardy, Morgan is thinking that Anderson’s pulling a con and Anderson suspects that Morgan is still in league with Immortal.
Personally, I’m more inclined to go with the latter. All the not-so-subtle hints have gone towards Anderson being the one to eventually betray Morgan, so much so that I think Morgan’s going to pull the switch. The reasoning? To keep the title belt on Jeff Hardy by “almost” winning at Turning Point and Final Resolution, and then tying up the #1 contender spot again, preventing anyone else from going after the title. So yeah, I’m thinking Morgan pulls this one off, then continues the feud with Anderson while Rob Van Dam slides into the Hardy picture.
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