Sunshine Pavilion, Orlando, FL
Sunday, Week 1, May 2001
6,098 in attendance
Overall Rating: C-
PPV Rating: 0.14 ($208,125)
[8:00 - 8:15]
[X-DIVISION HIGHLIGHT MATCH] In a decent match to kick off the first ever TNA pay-per-view, Billy Kidman defeated Shane Helms and El Toro (Chavo Guerrero Jr.) in 9:46 when Billy Kidman defeated El Toro by pinfall with a Shooting Star Press. [C+]
- Got the show off to a strong start and got the crowd hotter.
- Kidman: C+, Toro: C+, Helms: C
[ANGLE] A hype video begins playing for Rey Misterio Jr., highlighting his high-flying abilities and hoping to project him as not only a fan favorite but also one of the best wrestlers in the world. The X-Division will supposedly be filled with stars with Rey Misterio... [C]
- Got the crowd hotter.
[8:15 - 8:45]
[TNA X-DIVISION TITLE – ULTIMATE X MATCH] In the first ever Ultimate X match that had decent wrestling but didn't have much heat, Rey Misterio Jr. defeated AJ Styles, Jamie Knoble, Elix Skipper, Shannon Moore and Cash in 20:54 when Rey Misterio Jr. retrieved the TNA X-Division Championship hanging in the middle of the ring. Rey Misterio Jr. wins the TNA X Division title. [C-]
- This match went too long given its aim.
- Skipper was really off his game.
- Misterio: B-, Styles: C, Cash: C-, Noble: C-, Moore: D+, Skipper: D+
- Cash was visibly upset that Skipper botched a move.
[8:45 - 9:00]
[ANGLE] A hype video begins playing showing some of the out-of-ring abilities achiveable by both Monty Brown and Rob Van Dam. For Brown, pictures of his time spent playing football are featured, as well as clips of him performing non-contact drills on an empty field. RVD, on the other hand, is touted for his ECW-days and his agile ability. Certainly a clash of styles and persona. [D+]
[TNA DEBUT SHOWCASE] In a decent match which showcased much of the ECW veteran, Monty Brown defeated Rob Van Dam in 13:39 by pinfall with a Pounce. [C]
- RVD: C, Brown: D+
[9:00 - 9:15]
[ANGLE] A video package is displayed hyping up the concept of the “TNA Team Trios” championship and potential division. The package reinforces the idea that six-man competition is as action-packed as professional wrestling can get and that TNA will feature some of the greatest six-man matches in wrestling history. This video package also features the men to come in the following title match. [D+]
[TNA TEAM TRIOS TITLE] In a decent six-man tag match, Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus and Sean O'Haire defeated Rick Steiner, Shane Douglas and Fit Finlay in 12:56 when Sean O'Haire defeated Rick Steiner by pinfall with The Widow Maker. Bam Bam Bigelow, Hugh Morrus and Sean O'Haire win the TNA Team Trios titles. [C+]
- Douglas: C+, Bigelow: C, Morrus: C, Finlay: C, Steiner: C, O’Haire: C-
[9:15 - 9:45]
[TNA GAUNTLET FOR THE GOLD] The first ever TNA Gauntlet for the Gold started off with two men Buff Bagwell and Dustin Rhodes. They slobber knocked it out until Dustin defeated Bagwell in 2:08 by pinfall with a small package to the surprise of the entire crowd!
Next out the gate was Kanyon, who gave Rhodes a fair showing but was eventually eliminated when Dustin defeated Kanyon after 5:41 by pinfall with a piledriver.
The third man to enter was Jeff Jarrett, who took a long time to actually touch-up with Rhodes, but eventually took the upper-hand after hitting Dustin with a low blow from behind. This led to Jarrett defeating Dustin after 8:21 by pinfall after a low blow.
With Jarrett celebration it was an opportune time for Diamond Dallas Page to steal his thunder. The fans tremendous boos for Jarrett turned into the biggest pop of the night as DDP made his way to the ring. Jarrett sold well for DDP, who threw him in and out and nearly upside down of the ring. A perfect segment for fans who enjoy watching Jeff Jarrett get this ass handed to him. DDP defeated Jarrett after 11:18 by pinfall after a Diamond Cutter.
Out next for DDP was an even larger challenge than Jarrett, “Big Sexy” Kevin Nash. The new entry, however, seemed off his game as he lost his early advantage on DDP and never really regained his momentum. Eventually, DDP defeated Nash after 15:19 by pinfall after a Diamond Cutter through a table in the middle of the ring. (thanks Kanyon)
At this point DDP was on fire, standing over the fallen body of Kevin Nash as he awaited the seventh participant in the Gauntlet for the Gold competition. He couldn’t have drawn a worse prospect as the time in another big man, Mike Awesome. It was DDP and Awesome who may have stolen the show, going at it for a solid ten minutes before DDP slid out of another Mike Awesome powerbomb attempt, catching him with a Diamond Cutter after getting pu:shed off the ropes. Come the sixth bell of the match, DDP defeated Awesome after 18:23 by pinfall after a Diamond Cutter.
Exhausted, DDP’s face showed it all as the eighth entrant of the night made his way out. Scott Steiner. Flexing his muscles the entire way down to the ring, Steiner had no problem taking his time to get to work, as Page seemed pretty exhausted from what he had endured so far. Steiner took the advantage early on, but allowed his show-gloating manner to take away from the objective at hand, with Page eventually taking the victory after 23:42 following a jumping DDT on top of a chair!
Now came the ninth participate, whom the announcers finished speculating on as soon as the image of a Scorpion took to the screen. The fans erupted for their second biggest pop of the night as Sting made his way to the ring with some fire in his step. The announcers both cited their respect for both men, as Page and Sting didn’t hold back from the get-go. After exchanging some blows, Sting took the upper-hand and delivered an atypical Sting display. After a few Stinger Splashes, DDP was on the ropes. However, the referee gets caught in the final Sting Splash attempt, taking him out of action for the time being. Soon after, we see our first images of Ric Flair who is seen hitting the ring in-gear attire and attempting to get a rise out of the referee. Sting approaches Flair with a desperate ire, though slightly confused by Flair’s presence. The man he seemingly called his friend didn’t feign a step, and delivered a big right hand to Sting. The Scorpion’s painted face then turned crimson, as it became very apparent that Flair was wearing brass knuckles! Sting can do nothing as both DDP and the referee regain the energy required for Page to hit a Diamond Cutter on Sting to earn another victory by pinfall after 29:46. [B-]
[9:45 - 10:15]
[TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE] And just like that Flair’s entrance music hit and provided for an uncomfortable scene as Flair, already in the ring, ascended on DDP and delivered a hearty beatdown. Flair basked in the ire of the fans, who were upset to watch “The Nature Boy” treat DDP in such a manner. He even took to the microphone in the middle of the match, giving the fans a taste of what he thought of them, considering their reaction was so welcoming for him. And perhaps it didn’t surprise many, but DDP eventually rallies back, catching Flair off guard and eventually luring him into his classic Flair apologies. That wouldn’t hold DDP back though, as he eventually got himself out of a final Figure Four-Leglock attempt and took to catching Flair in a Diamond Cutter! And just like that, he had done it, Diamond Dallas Page defeated Ric Flair in 14:26 by pinfall with a Diamond Cutter. Diamond Dallas Page wins the TNA World Heavyweight title. [B-]
- DDP and Flair have great chemistry.
- DDP: B-, Flair: C+
[10:15 - 10:30]
[ANGLE] Left standing on top of it all, the fans were on their feet as Diamond Dallas Page was handed the title belt and declared the first ever TNA World Heavyweight champion! He took to each turnbuckle and gave the fans his thanks before getting on the microphone and promising the fans that with him as TNA World Heavyweight champion, the sky is the limit for DDP and TNA wrestling! [A]
Originally Posted by Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Not sure if there is much to say about TNA’s first pay-per-view, TNA Genesis. There really wasn’t too much you could consider action-packed, let alone title it something along the lines of “T-N-A". At this rate, what was the point of dropping the World Championship Wrestling moniker? Seems like someone captured what we knew as WCW and transported it into some alternate reality where the presentation is attempting it to seem more fast-paced, action-packed... Like a poor attempt at a Steve Seagull rip-off at this rate. While there is much about what is being done that can be applauded, like keeping Bischoff off screen and pushing newer concepts, there’s just too much about it that seems like a WCW-lite, but with the exact same guys. And again, that’s not forgetting their push of guys like Rey Misterio Jr. and Rob Van Dam who are both sharing a decent amount of camera time. Either way, TNA Genesis was really nothing to write home about, akin to many of the latest WCW pay-per-views, except with less content. The pay-per-view seemed squeezed into two and a half hours as though they were trying to make a cut, although they could have definitely gone longer. The buy rate wasn’t completely miserable for a product with no-name value, but you can’t imagine many were left satisfied with their wallet’s spend. The show seemed like it revolved around one thirty-minute match crowned the “Gauntlet for the Gold” match. Last man standing after nine guys awaits the tenth and then those two face off for the TNA World Heavyweight championship. That’s right, they did away with the old World Heavyweight title, but that’s a topic for another discussion. Diamond Dallas Page walked away the winner after outlasting four guys, finally reaching his final foe in Ric Flair. DDP outlasted Flair after a final fifteen minutes to walk away the champion.
The new venture in TNA got off to a bad start early on in the show when they received word two hours before the show start that Jushin Thunder Liger wasn't going to make it to the venue. With weather holding up his connecting flight in San Francisco, there was no way Liger was going to make the last-minute booking. The company disclosed the news before his expected entry in the company's title match for their X-Division championship. The match itself featured an interesting concept, with a roped "X" crossing the middle of the ring hanging above held up by two four large supporting corner posts; the title belt hanging in the balance. Object of the match is to unhook the belt from the X and secure the victory. The company really invested a lot into the match and it almost stunk up the joint. Twenty minutes was way too long for a match that nobody really seemed to care much about. Seeing Liger in the affair certainly would have been an intriguing watch, but we were unfortunately robbed of that special moment by Mother Nature.
Much of the booking thus far is causing heat with a lot of guys backstage, mainly those previously involved in big angle programs in WCW who now find themselves either jobbing to smaller, younger guys or not getting any television time at all. For what it's worth, it doesn't seem like Bischoff is budging or plans on budging anytime soon, which should be taken as good news for professional wrestling, with a grain of salt.