TNA Turning Point Review
Sam Pierce / November 12, 2012 - 12:21pm
Let's be honest, I've actually found myself really enjoying TNA's product over the past few months and this year's installment of their TNA Turning Point pay per view event was no different. It wasn't anything extraordinary but a solid show from top to bottom that kept me entertained.
In previous years, Turning Point has been a disappointing show, mainly due to the fact that it's the next pay per view right after Bound for Glory and TNA doesn't want to overshadow their biggest pay per view. But, this year, it was done right.
Headlined by a rematch from the Bound for Glory main event, newly crowned TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Jeff Hardy, put his title on the line against former champ, Austin Aries, This time, however, it was in a ladder match. Hardy put himself through a handful of high risk spots here and it came off great. He defines the ladder match and can put on as exciting a show as anyone on the TNA roster. Was their second meeting as good as their first, last month? I don't think so but it was an entertaining match, nonetheless. I expect him to have a lengthy reign here as he reestablishes himself as the top face in TNA.
James Storm is the new number one contender for Jeff Hardy's World Heavyweight title after winning the triple threat match against Bobby Roode and AJ Styles. After Storm pinned Styles, AJ is no longer eligable for a world title shot until Bound for Glory 2013 which is almost a year away. What does this mean for AJ Styles? I find that his character has gotten unbelieveably stale over the past year. He's proven that he can be versatile as both a face and a heel so maybe a heel turn will freshen things up for him. It looks like we'll be seeing Hardy defend the strap against James Storm next month at Final Resolution.
I was surprised to see Devon lose to Kurt Angle at Turning Point. The promotional aspect of the pay per view was focused around Aces and Eights so I expected them to have a dominant outing. Doc won his match against Joseph Parks where we saw signs of his alter ego, Abyss, reemerging from within. If they had to lose one, I would've suggested that Doc lose his match and have Devon win his, considering that Devon is a top member in the faction. Even so, both matches were fun to watch.
Other entertaining bouts saw RVD retain his X Division title against Joey Ryan. I expect that this feud will continue and RVD will seek revenge on Matt Morgan for hitting him with the carbon footprint after the match. Samoa Joe retained the Television title against former tag team partner, Magnus in what was a solid opener to the event. And unfortunately, Chavo and Hernandez succesfully defended their Tag Team Championships against Daniels and Kaz. I'm a Daniels fan so I'm biased. The only match I could've done without was the mixed tag team bout when EY and ODB took on Jesse and Tara. I do, however, understand that it was comic relief and EY and ODB picked up the victory in that one. FYI, I cleaned up from dinner during this match.
Nice job TNA. Thanks for reading.