Matt Hardy Joins TNA Wrestling At Genesis, Faces RVD

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 09, 2011

Below is Etidbits.com‘s ongoing coverage of TNA Wrestling’s pay-per-view, Genesis. As seen below, former WWE star, and brother of current TNA Champion Jeff Hardy, made his debut at the PPV as a “mystery opponent.” For more TNA Wrestling — which stars names like Kurt Angle, Sting, Hulk Hogan, Jeff Hardy, Eric Bischoff, AJ Styles, Ric Flair and more — watch its weekly television series, TNA iMPACT!, every Thursday night in the United States at 8PM EST on Spike TV.

We go right backstage where Rob Van Dam is arguing with Eric Bischoff. RVD wants a match with Jeff Hardy. Bischoff says you want Hardy, you got him right now. We go to the ring where RVD makes his entrance. Out next comes Matt Hardy, making his TNA debut with a new look and music. They enter the ring and here we go. Matt tries to extend his hand to RVD but RVD isn’t having it. Hardy strikes first with a cheap shot to the face.

Rob Van Dam vs. Matt Hardy

Both men trade blows, and Hardy catches Van Dam with a boot to the face before slamming him down to the mat. Hardy taunts RVD, but winds up with a foot in his face. RVD buries his shoulder in Hardy’s midsection before hitting a big springboard back kick. RVD hits a series of quick kicks to the back of Hardy’s head before laying in with a series of forearms. Hardy charges RVD in the corner, but RVD comes up with a backdrop to the apron, and a kick that sends Hardy flying out on top of the guard rail.

Hardy tries to roll back into the ring but Van Dam kicks him right back out. RVD comes up with a springboard moonsault to the outside on top of Hardy. RVD sends Hardy back into the ring and goes to the top, coming off with a big cross body straight into a pin for a two count. Hardy goes for the twist of fate, but RVD fights it off. Hardy suplexes RVD head first into the bottom turnbuckle in a nasty move. RVD struggles to get back to his feet where he immediately eats a clothesline from Hardy. Hardy hits a running bulldog, then pins RVD for two. Hardy locks in a seated full nelson on RVD.

Van Dam fights up to his feet, but Hardy sweeps his legs out and drives him down to the mat face first which is good for another near fall. Hardy mocks RVD before hitting him with a couple of elbows to the back of the head and a neckbreaker. Hardy goes up to the middle rope and wait s for RVD to get to his feet, but when he leaps off, he’s met with a superkick to the face. Hardy and Van Dam trade blows in the middle of the ring, and Hardy is able to hit a swinging neckbreaker that’s good for another two count. Elbow drop from Hardy, and we get another near fall. Hardy picks RVD up and takes him to the ropes where he chokes him against the middle rope. Hardy hits the opposite ropes and comes in charging with a big leg drop to RVD who is still hung up in the ropes. Hardy locks in a rear chin lock.

RVD is able to fight back up to his feet and out of the hold but he’s cut off again. RVD comes up with a big kick to the face and an inventive body scissor roll up that’s good for two. Again, Hardy and Van Dam trade blows in the middle of the ring, and RVD comes out on top with two clotheslines and a superkick. Van Dam catches Hardy’s leg on a kick and comes up with a back heel kick to Hardy’s face. Hardy is able to lock up RVD in a small package, but he only gets a two count. RVD hits Hardy with an inverted atomic drop and a single leg dropkick from the top rope. RVD connects with rolling thunder and goes up to the top rope. RVD tries for, and connects with the five star frog splash, but when he pins Hardy, Hardy’s arm is under the ropes.

RVD stomps away at Hardy and argues with the ref, but he turns right around into the twist of fate. Hardy pins RVD, and RVD gets his leg under the rope, much in the same way as Hardy, but it’s not noticed and Hardy picks up the three count.

Winner: Matt Hardy


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