To start off this edition of Shawn’s Thoughts, I have to say I haven’t been impressed with TNA PPV’s for a long time, but tonight’s actually did impress me. There were some great matches, with very few matches that made me want to get another beverage. That’s a big change from previous PPV’s. So let’s go down the rundown.
We started off the show with a Six Man Tag Team Elimination Match. Now normally opening bouts really don’t last long, but this one surprisingly lasted well over 10 minutes and was decently entertaining. Out of 10 stars I give this a five.
Next we had Chris Sabin vs. Alex Shelley; this was absolutely an awesome match with some crazy spots. I loved how they plotted it with friend vs. friend. Now the question remains of how it will end up. I have a feeling there will be a feud between the two after the ending of the match. But you never know. I give this match 7/10 stars.
Next we had Referee Shane Sewell vs. Sheik Abdul Bashir, ok this was one of the matches that I ended up getting a beverage. Although the ending was nice, especially with the rest of the referees coming out and celebrating. I give this match a 4/10.
Next we had Beer Money, Inc vs. Matt Morgan & Abyss vs. Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed. This was a decently entertaining match, lots of close calls. The ending even previewed a possible feud between Abyss & Matt Morgan after Morgan realized that Abyss hit him with the chair. This match 6/10.
Next we had the Six Knockout Tag Team Match with the winner getting a shot at Awesome Kong. This was a decent match just because it had to be put together at the last minute. There is nothing worse than when you have one more day until a pay per view, and one of the competitiors is seriously injured. The confrontation between Kong & ODB at the end was pretty cool. My rating 8/10
The next match, which in my opinion was the best match of the night by far was Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle, all I have to say is wow. When you put two seasoned wrestlers in the ring together, there is no telling what will happen. Lots of close calls, and what Joey Styles likes to refer as “OMG Moments”. It will be interesting to see how this storyline progresses over the next month. My rating 10/10
Next we had World Champion Sting defending his title against a beat up Rhino. This match should of been a “headlining” match, but for whatever reason, TNA decided not to. It was nice to see the Charlotte crowd cheering for Sting. My rating 5/10
Lastly was the main event, with the Front Line against Booker T, Scott Steiner, & Kevin Nash’s Replacement partner Cute Kip. Now this is another one of those matches that had to be reworked at the last moment. It is a very serious situation with Kevin Nash right now, which I’ll elaborate on more in a special Shawn’s Thoughts coming out tomorrow. Now onto the actual match. The first “finish” in which everyone was counted out at first had me saying “OMG they are going to finish it like this?”. Then Jim Cornette comes out saying to restart the match, with Booker T saying he couldn’t as he didn’t have the authority. That just opened Mick Foley up to restart the match under hard core rules and all hell broke loose literally. Lots of foreign objects and the spot where AJ Styles jumped off the top rope into the table where Booker T was lying on was insane. It was fitting for Mick Foley to actually score the pin as well. I give this match a 7/10.
So the overall rating for Genesis is a 7/10 stars.
Until tomorrow’s special edition of Shawn’s Thoughts, I’m Out Peace!