Sting will put his TNA contract on the line next week when he challenges Magnus for the World Heavyweight Title, in a winner take’s all match-up.
An agreement was reached between the pair following Sting’s controversial defeat to Ethan Carter III, where Magnus intervened to ensure the nephew of company owner Dixie kept his undefeated record intact.
The Icon – who is due to sign a new contract in the coming weeks – last faced and lost to Magnus at Bound for Glory in October 2013, but following his loss to EC3 he appealed to his former protégée for ‘one more match’.
After initially declining the Brit reconsidered, declaring: “If you win, you become the Heavyweight Champion of the World… If I win, I tear that contract to shreds – and you’re done.”
Sting was barred from challenging for the World Title when he lost to Bully Ray at Slammiversary last year, but his former friend and Main Event Mafia colleague has decided to offer him one final shot in the knowledge that victory would see the Icon forced to leave TNA for good.
Magnus vs Sting will be TNA’s third World Title match in less than a month, following Magnus’ match with Jeff Hardy at the conclusion of the World Title Tournament, and his unification match against returning former champion AJ Styles.
It will also complete an intriguing line-up for part two of TNA’s Genesis event held in Huntsville, Alabama, the venue of the company’s first ever show in June 2002. Also that evening, Kurt Angle faces Bobby Roode in a steel cage, James Storm takes on Gunner for the Feast or Fired briefcase, and Austin Aries and Chris Sabin do battle yet again for the X Division title.
The first part of Genesis bred yet more division in the ranks of the TNA roster, as the face and heel stables came head to head in an impromptu six on six tag team match.
After Sting interrupted the celebrations of the Carter’s, Magnus and AJ Styles’ fellow assailants, baseball bat in hand, he explained that there were still plenty of wrestlers unhappy with how the company was being run.
Storm, Gunner, Samoa Joe, Joseph Park, Eric Young and ODB teamed up, taking on the Bro Mans, Bad Influence, Zema Ion and Lei’d Tapa.
An all action brawl both inside and outside of the ring eventually came to an end with Joe forcing Christopher Daniels to tap out. Other highlights of the bout included Kazarian drawing blood from Park, who proceeded to attack every wrestler in sight, including two of his own teammates, while Storm and Gunner, briefly reunited, again turned on each other in an angry confrontation.
This was not the first of the night’s hostile conflicts. Sabin, who defeated Aries to reclaim the X Division title earlier this month, dragged out girlfriend Velvet Sky and criticised her for her attitude. Aries, who had been talking to Velvet backstage, emerged to challenge Sabin to a rematch. His one stipulation was that Sky, who had been forced into the ring by Sabin to act as a distraction during each of his last two title victories, must remain in a cage at ringside during the match – something that she agreed to on a furious Sabin’s behalf.
Bully Ray defeated Mr. Anderson in a no disqualification match. His victory came when Anderson passed up the chance of pinning Bully in attempt to inflict further pain on his opponent, using the same lighter fluid Ray used against Joseph Park one week earlier.
Kurt Angle clashed with Dixie Carter, criticising her for her treatment of him and the methods she used to ensure he would not be able to come to the assistance of AJ Styles against Magnus – calling him with a ‘family emergency’ that proved to be a hoax. Carter responded by postponing Angle’s match with Roode until the second part of Genesis and calling for security to remove him from the building.
Madison Rayne became a five-time Knockout’s Champion as she stunned title holder Gail Kim. Her victory via pin-fall came despite an attack by Kim and Tapa on her backstage ahead of the match. Kim dominated the vast majority of the match, but Rayne was able to dodge an attempted attack in the corner and roll her opponent into a pin.
But it was Sting’s battle with first EC3, and then Magnus, that was the highlight of the evening. Dixie Carter, always keen to protect her nephew’s interests, decided that there would be a guest referee for the match… Rockstar Spud.
Throughout the match, Spud interrupted and prevented Sting’s attacks, including the iconic Scorpion Death Lock. When the four-time World Champion followed this up with a Scorpion Death Drop against the rookie, Spud refused to make the count.
Still holding Carter down with one hand, Sting grabbed Spud and attempted to force him into the count, only for Magnus to arrive and push him aside. Carter took advantage of the commotion to roll Sting up for the pin and beat him for the second time with Magnus, after revealing a referee’s shirt, making the quick count.
Following the match, Sting told Magnus in no uncertain times that he considered it a mistake to have inducted him into the Mafia. That it was something he, Angle and Joe all regretted. That he was not worthy. That he had betrayed them after all they’d done for him to help his fulfil his potential as ‘the future’.
He informed Magnus that he had disgraced Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, the World Title belt, the TNA fans, and the wrestling business, that he was a cancer. Magnus responded by telling Sting that he owed him nothing, accepting his offer of a match with the threat: “If I win, I tear that contract to shreds – and you’re done.”
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