The TNA career of the Icon, Sting, is over.
Defending World Champion Magnus defeated the Icon in a ‘contract vs. title no disqualification’ match-up at Genesis II, in which the Brit offered Sting a shot at the World Title in exchange for him putting his future with the company on the line.
The departure of Sting marks the end of an era at TNA, who have now seen three of their most famous and longest serving wrestlers depart in the space of a month, with the Icon following in the footsteps of AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy.
Sting, 54, has been with the company since 2003. He is a four time TNA World Heavyweight Champion and is the institute’s maiden hall of famer.
Also in an action packed second edition of TNA’s 2014 Genesis programme, Kurt Angle finally got the better of Bobby Roode inside a steel cage, Austin Aries reclaimed the X Division Title from Chris Sabin and Gunner retained his World Title shot briefcase in a match with former tag team partner James Storm.
But it was another controversial title defence from Magnus that was the main talking point of the evening, with the heel stable, as in Magnus’ match with Styles, coming to the aid of their champion.
Ethan Carter III was the first to arrive on the scene, but he was blocked from the ring by Samoa Joe, who had been given permission to be ringside by TNA’s new mystery investor.
EC3 returned to the ring moments later, accompanied by Bad Influence, who distracted Joe enough to allow him to slip into the ring and break Sting’s scorpion death lock. However, Joe responded by throwing Carter, Daniels and Kazarian out to the ramp before launching himself towards them.
Zema Ion and the Bro Mans also attacked Joe before they, EC3 and Bad Influence teamed up on Sting, allowing Magnus to catch his breath at ringside. Kurt Angle, fresh from his victory over Roode, arrived to help Sting and Joe, clearing the ring and allowing the Icon to get back on top in the match.
Twice Sting looked set to claim victory, but with two referee’s out of action – one dragged away and one injured – there was no one to count out Magnus when pinned, or confirm the Icon’s victory when the Brit tapped out to a submission hold.
Sting’s scorpion death lock was eventually broken by Roode. Dixie Carter emerged, dragging with her senior official Earl Hebner who, despite his objections, was forced to count out the Icon, who Magnus had pinned following Roode’s intervention.
Following the match Dixie handed Magnus Sting’s contract, which the champion delighted in tearing up over the sprawled body of his former friend, mentor and Main Event Mafia colleague.
Magnus’ next title defence could come against Gunner, who beat Storm to the Feast or Fired briefcase for a second time.
The Cowboy looked to be the favourite for victory when he launched his head scissors attack, which seemed to have left the Modern Day Viking out cold.
But Gunner recovered in time to flip Storm off the ropes, where he had been reaching for the briefcase positioned on top of a pole in a corner of the ring. Both Storm and the case fell to the floor and, after the pair grappled for several moments, Gunner was able to roll on top of the prize and win the match.
Elsewhere, Angle’s match with Roode was undoubtedly the bout of the night. After picking up an ankle injury from an Angle submission attempt, Roode attempted to drag himself to the cage door and claim victory via escape.
Angle dragged Roode back into the middle of the ring and was seemingly on his way to claiming an ‘over the top escape’, as he reached the top of one side of the cage. However, he instead launched a moon-sault attack, which the It Factor only just managed to roll away from in time.
Twice more Roode attempted to crawl out of the cage, and twice more Angle dragged him back inside, despite the heavy blow of failing to land his ambitious attack moments earlier.
Both men had pin attempts – Angle landing the Angle Slam from the top rope only to have his effort broken at two, while Roode countered an ankle lock and rolled up his opponent, only for that too to be broken.
The Olympic gold medallist again reached the top of the cage, this time intend on escape. Roode reached Angle before he could climb over and attempted to pull him back down to the canvas, but Angle kicked him back to the floor and maintained his position.
With Angle climbing down the cage, Roode dragged his tired body towards the cage door. It turned into a race, with the first man to have feet on the floor outside of the cage set to be declared the winner. Roode had hands on the floor and looked set to win, before Angle jumped from the cage and landed moments ahead of his rival.
The result ends nearly four months of Roode dominance over Angle, which started at Bound for Glory in October last year. Angle is now set to take up his TNA Hall of Fame offer, which he turned down at Bound for Glory, with the acceptance ceremony set to take place at Wembley Arena next month.
Velvet Sky intervened again in the latest match-up between Aries and Sabin, despite being locked inside a cage of her own – as per Aries’ match stipulations. But this time, Velvet came to Aries’ aid as she failed to deliver Sabin the weapon he had left her before the match, allowing her partner’s opponent to launch his favoured missile drop kick, brain-buster combo and claim victory.
In the only other match of the evening, Samoa Joe comfortably defeated Rockstar Spud via submission.
Glasgow is the next stop on the TNA agenda, with the company broadcasting its first ever live edition of Impact from Britain. The main event of the evening will be the Bro Mans defending their World Tag Team title against Abyss and Eric Young. TNA’s mystery investor, who attempted to help Sting defeat Magnus, is also set to be revealed.
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