Every year, Genesis marks a debut of a new star in TNA. First it was Christian Cage to TNA...then it was the PPV in ring debut of Kurt Angle...and now, it's the former 6 time World Champion Booker T....and Sharmell too. But that wasn't the highlight of this PPV as two wrestlers "climbed the ladder" to success & steal the show.
Shop Of Horrors Match: Abyss vs. Black Reign - This was basically a typical Abyss hardcore match with various weapons & traps set up around the ring. The match wasn't really anything that you haven't seen in an Abyss match (minus No Surrender) in the past couple of months so there was nothing special about this match that you haven't seen before past the debut of a new character named Rellik to help Reign attack Abyss.
Motor City Machine Guns vs. Team 3D - This was a very good match that gave the Guns back credibilty that has been lost with weird booking for the past couple of months. The teams worked well together & told a good story here. It's not a classic but it's real good.
TNA Womens Champion Gail Kim vs. O.D.B. vs. Roxxi Laveaux vs. Angel Williams - Another solid matchup as you can tell these women worked hard & well together...if you can get past the one part in the beginning when Roxxi looked like she was trying to put a trance on the referee. The real standout IMO was O.D.B. as she really had was connecting with the crowd.
X Division Champion Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt - If you can't take Sonjay Dutt seriously as an X division wrestler because of either his gimmick or that he was never given a chance for one reason or another, pay attention to this match. Sonjay brought his A game & even got more aggressive than I've seen him before. This match did more for him credibilty wise than anything his "guru" gimmick has or could do. These two put on a good athletic bout with the two's friendship becoming a factor in the match early on. The aftermath with Team 3D didn't take away from what I thought was the match of the night.
TNA Tag Team Champions AJ Styles & Tomko vs. Steiner Brothers - This match was disappointing as Rick Steiner just dragged the match down for me. There really wasn't anything to mention about this match except the Death Valley Driver that Rick Steiner gave Tomko...that looked almost botched or heavily stiff. The Tag Team Title match with L.A.X. (who won the title shot at Bound For Glory) that happened on Impact weeks earlier would have been a better choice to put here instead of this...and concidering how L.A.X. wasn't in Japan unlike Triple X & other TNA talent, you have to wonder why they didn't just go with that after seeing this match?
Samoa Joe vs. Robert Roode - Robert Roode heavily stepped his game up & showed potential here by being able to keep up with Joe here. The crowd was into it & had a good reason too as this was a solid encounter eventhough Ms. Brooks passing out (which was reported as being legit & not part of the show) had some people like the announcers distracted a few times.
Ladder Match: Kaz vs. Christian Cage - You can quote me here...this was the best Ladder Match I've seen in TNA. We know what Christian Cage can do based on his WWE past but what Kaz was pulling off in this match as well made this the match of the night. There were alot of moves done that were unbelievable such as Christian's frog splash onto the ladder from the top rope and the ladder doesn't give...which happened in the first five minutes. Another moment to look out for wasKaz missing a legdrop drop the top of the ladder onto another ladder. I don't want to give away everything that happened in the match but this was the match of the night & the best in Kaz's career since his return (and maybe even before as well) in TNA while Christian Cage gave a showstealing performance..no questions asked.
TNA Champion Kurt Angle & Kevin Nash vs. Sting & Booker T - This was a tag match in which whoever scored the victory for their team also won the TNA Championship. Once you get past the fact that it was Booker T who was the mystery partner for Sting...the match was average as you got the type of performance you would expect from Nash (which isn't much) & Sting while this was probably Angle's "weakest" PPV performance just based on the talent around him & the calibur of his previous PPV matches for the past couple of months. The match wasn't bad at all, it's watchable but a big step down from previous TNA PPV main events from recent months. Again, a match that was as good as you would expect it to be.
Also thoughout the night, they had various backstage skits involing Eric Young & James Storm in a drinking contest for James Storm's beer drinking Championship belt which was a toy John Cena WWE title decorated with a beer bottle over the part where the "WWE" spins on the belt. I found some of the segments funny or silly but nothing that was so painful that it made you click the fast foward/skip button.
In the end, this PPV had a solid undercard with a showstealing Ladder Match with the opening & closing matches being about as good as you expect it to be. This isn't the best offering of 2007 for TNA but it's far from the worst (see Against All Odds) so this is something I would recommend...but not past other DVD's such as Lockdown, Destination X, and Bound For Glory.