Monday, January 14, 2013

Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero, Jr. vs. Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan

1. TNA Tag Team Championships: Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero, Jr. (c) vs. Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan - TNA Genesis '13 - 5

Each team has a bigger guy as muscle and a smaller guy that's the backbone of their team -- Chavo the fiery veteran and Ryan the pompous buffoon that can get away with his antics because of the monster behind the machismo.  Some solid double-team work early puts a little swagger in Chavo's step.  Since debuting in TNA Guerrero while winning a championship has yet to make a significant impact or prove wrong his detractors.  A strong showing at TNA's final live PPV in the Impact Zone would go a long way in proving his worth in 2013.  Hernandez and Morgan are former partners themselves so have some built-in history but before they could come to blows a well-timed cheap shot from Joey on the apron allowed Morgan to take the advantage.  We've not seen a dynamic like "Morgan and the Organ" in a long time harkening back to cocky "Heartbreak Kid" and his enforcer Diesel.  Subtle moment that makes clear their hierarchy as while both men were putting the boots to a downed Hernandez behind the ref's back Morgan shoved Joey toward their respective corner exhibiting annoyance like he was shoving a mutt away from his dinner plate.   Chavo gets back into the fray and the crowd gets behind him as he takes more than one page from his uncle Eddie's playbook.  It takes everything in their arsenal to finally get Morgan off of his feet.  One of the ugliest landings in recent memory sees Hernandez visibly struggling with a powerbomb on Ryan that he finally pulls off abruptly and violently as Joey lands awkwardly on his skull and neck.  Chavo soars off the top with a Frog Splash to secure his team the victory and retain their titles.  The unfortunate fumbling of Joey Ryan and his subsequent spinal realignment aside this was a nicely designed opener with some good performances and exceeded at opening the pay-per-view off on the right foot.  Another 6-10 min. of action to help flesh out story and allow things to further develop would have secured this a spot in the upper-echelon of recent mainstream US tag offerings alongside AJ Styles and Kurt Angle vs. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian from TNA Slammiversary '12 but still a wide margin behind stuff like the spectacular Super Smash Brothers vs. The Young Bucks offering from PWG DDT4 2012.

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