Welcome to PWInsider.com's live coverage of the TNA Genesis 2009 PPV from Charlotte, NC.
The opening video was focused on the Main Event Mafia and Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle.
While the competitors entered for the first match, Mike Tenay announced it was a day of uncertainty within TNA. He announced Christy Hemme's injury and announced it would be ODB & Roxxi & Taylor Wilde vs. The Kongtourage. They then said that TNA hasn't heard from Rhino all day, hoped he was OK and Jim Cornette was investigating.
Jimmy Rave & Sonjay Dutt & Kiyoshi vs. LAX & Eric Young - Six Man Elimination Tag
Homicide and Dutt opened the bout with Dutt nailing head scissors. Homicide got to his feet and nailed a right. Rave and Young tagged in. Young and Rave exchanged holds. The crowd chanted for Young. Young nailed a flying forearm while rebounding off the ropes. Hernandez tagged in and hit a flying shoulderblock into the ring on Kiyoshi. Hernandez backdropped him but missed a clothesline.
Kiyoshi nailed a series of kicks but Hernandez caught him. LAX worked over Kiyoshi. Dutt tagged in. He and Homicide went back and forth. Homicide nailed a clothesline, then a Tiger Bomb. They showed Jim Cornette knocking on the Main Event Mafia's door but no one answered. Dutt's team worked over Homicide in their corner.
Homicide came back with a T-Bone suplex on Kiyoshi. Young made the hot tag in, then worked over all three heels. Young caught Rave with a belly to belly suplex for a two count. Young sent Kiyoshi to the floor. Young teased a dive but Rave cut him off. Homicide hit a tope con hilo on them. Dutt then hit a dive to the floor. Hernandez hit a big dive over the top to the floor, wiping everyone out.
Young rolled Rave back into the ring for a two count. Young went for the Death Valley Driver but Dutt broke up the pin. Homicide hit a neckbreaker on Dutt. Young clotheslined Kiyoshi. Hernandez nailed Rave. Dutt dropkicked Hernandez off the top. The crowd applauded all the crazy spots.
Backstage, they showed Jim Cornette still being unable to access the Main Event Mafia's locker room.
Young missed a charge in the corner, Dutt kicked him in the face, then used the ropes for leverage to score the pin and eliminate Young. Homicide tried to hit the Gringo Killer but Dutt landed on his feet and tagged in Rave. Rave rolled up Homicide from behind and hooked the tights to score the pin, leaving a three on one disadvantage for Hernandez.
Hernandez began clearing house on all three. Dutt went for a sunset flip but was caught and hit with the Cracker Jack. He nailed the Border Toss on Kiyoshi and scored the pin, so it was now 2 on 1. Dutt came off the top but was caught. Hernandez hit a sit-out powerbomb for the pin. Don West joked Jimmy Rave might want to sneak out of the building.
Rave tried to nail a superplex but was shoved off. Hernandez hit a top rope splash and scored the pin.
Your winners, LAX & Eric Young.
Homicide returned to the ring to celebrate with his partner. They noted Hernandez still has a World title shot he can cash in at any time.
A fun opener with lots of fast spots. You got the feeling they were building up Hernandez so when he cashed in, fans would buy he has a legitimate shot to win the belt. I enjoyed it.
Backstage, Scott Steiner came to the door and told Jim Cornette to stop bothering them because they had matches to prepare for. Cornette said Rhino was never late a day in his life and the day he has a World title match, no one hears from him, so that makes him wonder what the Mafia are up to. Steiner said Rhino was a drunk and had been in and out of rehab more than Jeff Conway. Someone is a VH-1 fan in creative. He told Cornette to start searching gutters and to leave them alone. He slammed the door in Cornette's face.
Alex Shelley vs. Chris Sabin - X-Division championship tournament final
The partners went back and forth with some solid mat wrestling early. The story was that they were mirror images of the other with lots of fast reversals. Good stuff early. They seemed to tease Shelley would turn heel early and sure enough, he nailed Sabin with a punch during an attempted springboard. Sabin went to the floor. Shelley missed a plancha but Sabin didn't.
Sabin tossed Shelley back into the ring but was cut off as he tried to enter. Shelley set him up and nailed a flip legdrop onto his partner, who was draped over the ropes. Shelley and Sabin exchanged chops with Shelley getting the better of the exchange and garnered a two count.
Shelley cinched in an abdominal stretch in the center of the ring. Sabin tried to break it with a series of elbows to the knee but was caught with an elbow as he escaped. Shelley missed a sliced bread attempt, but flipped Sabin into a makeshift backdrop. Sabin played opossum and nailed Shelley with a dropkick. They returned to their feet and exchanged forearms and chops in the center of the ring.
They began exchanging a lot of fast paced spots and near falls. Shelley went to the top for a frog splash but missed.. They did so much, it would be ridiculous to even try to recap. It's an awesome bout.
Sabin hit a big clothesline then nailed the Cradleshock for a two. Sabin attempted one off the ropes but Shelley escaped and nailed a superkick, then hit Sliced Bread #2 for a near fall. Shelley went for another but Sabin shrugged him off. Shelley teased that he hurt his ankle. Sabin went to check on his partner. Shelley grabbed him in a small package and scored the pin.
Your winner and new X-Division champ, Alex Shelley!
A really great match. The two hugged afterwards. Would you hug the guy who just cheated you out of the title?
Backstage, Jim Cornette said that no one has heard from Rhino and now he's learned Kevin Nash is in the hospital with a staph infection and may have blood poisoning. Mick Foley showed up and demanded that Cornette tell the Main Event Mafia that they have until bell time to find a suitable replacement or it'll be a handicap match.
Sheik Abdul Bashir vs. Shane Sewell
Sewel went right after Bashir at the bell with a series of chops. He railed down with ten punches in the corner, then bit Bashir. Bashir retreated to the floor. Sewell followed and slammed him into the guard rail. Sewell continued to clean house on Bashir. The crowd didn't seem to know what the storyline was based on the reactions. I almost wish this match was taking place in Orlando given how over the angle has been there.
Bashir cut off Sewell and shoulderblocked him down. Bashir tried to walk out but was clotheslined from behind on the rampway. Sewell tossed Bashir into the guard rail. Bashir caught Sewell and crotched him on the guard rail. Sewell was almost counted out but made it back to the ring. Bashir locked in a side chinlock.
Bashir began chopping Sewell in the corner and Sewell made the superman comeback. He caught Bashir with a boot as he charged into the corner. Bashir caught him with a spinebuster for a two count. Sewell made a comeback and worked on Bashir's knee. He locked on a figure four which got a big pop since it's Flair Country. Bashir got to the ropes.
Bashir caught Sewell with a hot shot. He began working over Sewell with forearms across the face. Bashir wouldn't listen to Hebner, who shoved him. This led to a cartoon run around in circles between the two. Sewell caught Bashir with a clothesline and a sunset flip and scored the pin.
Your winner, Shane Sewell!
All the referees came out to celebrate with Sewell.
Match was OK but the finish was hokey.