Saturday, January 12, 2013

Survival Tactix: The Hours Before Genesis.....

TNA has announced 8 matches for this year's Genesis PPV. The most interesting part of this card is that 4 matches deal with two subjects......Aces and Eights AND the X Division. On the part of the X Division matches, one man will be doing double duty. As for whether the man is Kenny King or Christian York? That largely depends upon which TNA has more confidence in to carry the title. That's right, folks. I believe THIS is where RVD drops the title.

I'll get more into this as we go along, but for now, let's have a look at the final card for the evening.....

Christian York vs. Kenny King
RVD vs. ??? for the X Title
Devon vs. Joseph Park
D.O.C vs. Sting
Chavo/Hernandez vs. Joey Ryan/Matt Morgan for the Tag Titles
Velvet Sky vs. ODB vs. Tessmacher vs. Mickie James vs. Gail Kim for #1 Contendership
Daniels vs. James Storm
Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Title

This is where the rubber meets the road for TNA. Aces and Eights have a vested interest in the outcome of this PPV, being that TWO of their own are in matches involving players who are high up on the totem of the story's intrigue. With Joseph Park having this "alter ego" of late that involves the seeing of his own blood and having that create the "channeling" of the Abyss character, it makes me wonder exactly what we could see out of that match. And what of DOC? Does the faction leave him to face an enraged Sting ALONE? I see something beneath what we can see from atop the card.

Unfortunately, circumstances have really made this card TOUGH to call. Without the promise of Against All Odds to help aid in the storyline process, I can only feel justified in predicting what seems REASONABLE for the moment.....

BOTH Christian York and Kenny King have been primed for this moment and I daresay both deserve a shot, however, I see a greater chance of King walking out this time. Why? Despite a heightened push from the top for York to get some camera time, Kenny King is striking a lot of fans the right way. He plays to the crowd well and works well with RVD. Combine that with his semi-feud of late and you have the formula for a good match and if you end THAT with RVD LOSING his title? It could be the best time to introduce some muscle to guard said champion. Enter King Mo.

Moving into the Tag Team Division, it seems clear to me that the Chavo/Hernandez pairing needs some spice put into the mix and relieving them of the title would do just that. Morgan and Ryan are in a GREAT place and the best way to reward the hard work and dedication to this point is to give them both a taste of gold.....a preview of something better to come. I believe both men are on the rise in the ranks of the pecking order. What remains is the eventual split that is destined to happen sooner or later, depending upon how things play out with the upper echelon storylines going at the time. For now, though, both are playing their parts perfectly and so, with that, I call for a title change.

Christopher Daniels vs. James Storm is an interesting pairing, to be sure. In my mind, I'm not sure what's at stake. Are either in a position to challenge for the World Title? Perhaps Storm, but Daniels? I don't think so as of yet. In spite of some hard fought battles and even his most recent, which saw AJ Styles going into voluntary exile, I still don't think Daniels is moving. With a victory over Storm, though......NOW you're coming close to deserving of a shot at the big belt. Maybe I'm going out on a limb, but I don't think Daniels will be swallowing his teeth this time.

I believe Jeff Hardy has re-signed with the company for the foreseeable future. That said, I simply don't see him retaining. As for WHO takes the reins from there, I get the sneaking suspicion Roode will walk out, head held high, claiming to be the best by virtue of being the only one still standing after the smoke has cleared. I DO see A Double getting his licks in and even coming back to reign once more, just not tonight.

So hard it is to call a gauntlet match and even moreso when it comes to the Knockouts Division and the lineup on the card. I may be going against the grain, but I give the win to Tess and here's why: I don't believe TNA wants to have Velvet take the belt from a veteran this time. Having another sparsely used talent coming back into the fray is just another thing that helps keep things fresh in terms of the product as a whole. If Madison Rayne were on the card, I may have given my vote for her as the dark horse victor.

Regardless of who wins the battles, you can bet on one thing....history is being made with every one of the PPVs TNA puts out this year. Why? Because this is the first year a promotion has done such a drastic cut in terms of PPV products as a whole as it relates to the weekly promoted broadcast. Since that is the case, TNA will be more determined than ever to make sure their PPV product is even better than normal.....and you can take that to the bank.

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