Genesis (2021)
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PromotionImpact Wrestling
DateJanuary 9, 2021
CityNashville, Tennessee
VenueSkyway Studios
Attendance0 (behind closed doors)[Note 1]
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The 2021 Genesis was a professional wrestling event produced by Impact Wrestling and the 12th edition in the Genesis chronology. It took place on January 9, 2021, at Skyway Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, and aired exclusively on Impact Plus.

Nine matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Willie Mack defeated Moose in an "I Quit" Match. In other prominent matches, Jordynne Grace defeated Jazz and Ace Austin defeated Blake Christian to win the 2021 Super X Cup Tournament.

Production

Background

In 2013, Impact Wrestling (then known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) discontinued monthly pay-per-view events in favor of the pre-recorded One Night Only events. Genesis was produced as a PPV from 2005 to 2013, but in 2014, Genesis was televised as an Impact Wrestling television special until 2018. On December 12, 2020, it was revived as a monthly special for Impact Plus, with that year's event taking place on December 12 at Skyway Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2]

Storylines

The event featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.[3]

A main feature of the show was the 2021 Super X Cup tournament,[4] which has been sporadically held in Impact Wrestling since the company's formation in 2002. The winner will receive the Super X Cup trophy, and winning the Super X Cup has historically been portrayed as a stepping stone to becoming a top contender for the Impact Wrestling X Division Championship. On the December 21 episode of Impact, the brackets were revealed.[5] Competitors included Impact stars (Ace Austin, Cousin Jake, Crazzy Steve, Daivari, and Suicide) and independent wrestlers (Blake Christian, KC Navarro, and Tre Lamar).

At Turning Point, Willie Mack defeated self-proclaimed TNA World Heavyweight Champion Moose by disqualification after Moose repeatedly landed forearm shots on an unconscious Mack after the match.[6] The two have been in a feud that included Mack's best friend, Impact World Champion Rich Swann, who Moose called a "secondary champion". Moose would repeatedly perform the same action of the Turning Point conclusion on Mack, including a No Disqualification match the Impact after Turning Point;[7] and a tag team match on the go-home show before Final Resolution, where Mack and Swann battled Moose and Chris Bey.[8] On the December 15 episode of Impact, Moose, who again called out Swann, instead got Mack. Furious about a referee deciding when he was done, Mack challenged Moose to an "I quit" match so that he decides when he's done. The same night, IMPACT announced via their website that the match will happen at Genesis.[9]

After weeks of trying to find a compatible tag team partner, Jordynne Grace revealed on the November 24 Impact her partner for the Impact Knockouts Tag Team Championship Tournament, former WWE Women's Champion and NWA World Women's Champion Jazz.[10] This would become the start of Jazz's retirement tour going through 2021.[11] The duo would debut as a team on December 1, defeating Killer Kelly and Renee Michelle in the first round,[12] but fell to Havok and Nevaeh on January 4.[13] Backstage, Jazz and Grace would have a talk, with Grace apologizing for having Jazz postpone retirement to fall up short, but Jazz assured her she regrets nothing. Seeing as how Jazz had more to prove, Grace challenged Jazz to a match at Genesis, and Jazz accepted.[14]

Results

No.Results[15]StipulationsTimes
1Ace Austin (with Madman Fulton) defeated Suicide2021 Super X Cup Tournament first round match10:05
2Blake Christian defeated KC Navarro2021 Super X Cup Tournament first round match9:03
3Cousin Jake defeated Daivari2021 Super X Cup Tournament first round match10:37
4Crazzy Steve defeated Tre Lamar2021 Super X Cup Tournament first round match9:17
5Ace Austin (with Madman Fulton) defeated Cousin Jake2021 Super X Cup Tournament semifinal10:34
6Blake Christian defeated Crazzy Steve2021 Super X Cup Tournament semifinal12:13
7Jordynne Grace defeated JazzSingles match12:07
8Ace Austin defeated Blake Christian2021 Super X Cup Tournament finals19:52
9Willie Mack defeated Moose"I Quit" Match26:35

2021 Super X Cup bracket

Quarter-final Semi-final Final
         
Ace Austin Pin
Suicide 10:05
Ace Austin Pin
Cousin Jake 10:34
Daivari 10:37
Cousin Jake Pin
Ace Austin Pin
Blake Christian 19:52
Crazzy Steve Pin
Tre Lamar 9:17
Crazzy Steve 12:13
Blake Christian Pin
Blake Christian Pin
KC Navarro 9:03

Notes

  1. ^ The event was held without a paying audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

References

  1. ^ "Genesis Returns on IMPACT Plus – IMPACT Wrestling". December 12, 2020. Archived from the original on December 16, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  2. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (December 12, 2020). "IMPACT Genesis Announced For January 2021". Fightful. Archived from the original on December 13, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Archived from the original on November 29, 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "Super X-Cup Returns at Genesis". Impact Wrestling. December 17, 2020. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  5. ^ "Super X-Cup Tournament Bracket Revealed". Impact Wrestling. December 22, 2020. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  6. ^ Coder, Brie (November 14, 2020). "Impact's "Turning Point" Results: Sami Callihan Challenges Rich Swann, Two New Champions Crowned". Wrestling Inc. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  7. ^ "IMPACT! on AXS TV Results – November 17, 2020". Impact Wrestling. November 17, 2020. Archived from the original on November 28, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  8. ^ "IMPACT! on AXS TV Results – December 8, 2020". Impact Wrestling. December 8, 2020. Archived from the original on December 9, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  9. ^ "Who Will Say "I Quit" at Genesis?". Impact Wrestling. December 15, 2020. Archived from the original on December 17, 2020. Retrieved December 25, 2020.
  10. ^ Vassalo, Colin (November 25, 2020). "Jazz returns, makes Impact Wrestling debut". Wrestling Online. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  11. ^ Middleton, Marc (December 28, 2020). "Jazz Now Preparing For 2021 Retirement Tour". Wrestling Inc. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  12. ^ "IMPACT! on AXS TV Results – December 1, 2020". Impact Wrestling. December 1, 2020. Archived from the original on December 2, 2020. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "IMPACT! on AXS TV Results – January 5, 2021". Impact Wrestling. January 5, 2021. Archived from the original on January 11, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  14. ^ "Jordynne Grace Battles Pro Wrestling Legend Jazz at Genesis". Impact Wrestling. January 5, 2021. Archived from the original on January 8, 2021. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  15. ^ Cook, Ryan (January 9, 2021). "IMPACT Wrestling Genesis 2021 Results & Live Coverage Super X Cup Tournament, I Quit Match". Fightful. Archived from the original on January 13, 2021. Retrieved January 9, 2021.