Welcome to The LAW’s coverage of TNA “Turning Point” from Orlando.
They do an opening video where the Main Event Mafia cut promos on the young talent. The highlight was Kurt Angle saying if he saw any of these guys in an airport he wouldn’t recognize them (that was hilarious because Kevin Nash did an interview a while back saying that people would ask him in airports if he’s still wrestling). Sting said TNA wanted to sign him to get on Spike TV (he signed in December 2005 and they started on Spike in October 2005, but it sounds good).
The Main Event Mafia get out of a hummer limo with Scott Steiner cutting the same promo about the young guys on the internet and grabbing their joy sticks.
The X Division Ranking Match is up first (Consequences Creed, Sonjay Dutt, Petey Williams, Jimmy Rave, Volador, Eric Young, Doug Williams, Hiroshi Tanhashi, Homicide and Jay Lethal)
Rankings are based on eliminations with pinfalls and submissions legal.
Dutt leaves the ring to kiss Val and Lethal hits a suicide dive to the floor on him.
Doug Williams is making his debut here tonight (he was part of Team International during the World X Cup and signed just prior to that).
Volador and Lethal do a great fish out of water spot. No eliminations yet.
Dutt is eliminated first after a top rope huracanrana by Volador.
Rave eliminates Volador after hitting the Rock the World.
Doug Williams hits the German suplex on Rave for the elimination.
Tanahashi stops Petey Williams from hitting the Canadian Destroyer on Doug Williams.
Homicide attempts a tope con hilo onto Eric Young but he over shot and bounced off the rail and into the audience where he hit his head on the wall and they ruled him eliminated from the match.
Eric Young hits a swanton off the top rope on Doug Williams and Creed goes for the cover but Williams kicks out.
Williams goes for a sunset flip on Creed but hits the Canadian Destroyer instead and eliminates Creed.
Tanahashi hits a twisting frog splash on Petey to eliminate him.
Down to Lethal, Doug Williams, Eric Young and Hiroshi Tanahashi
Tanahashi is eliminated by Lethal after a small package.
Young hits Doug Williams with a wheel barrel suplex into a neck breaker and it’s down to Young and Lethal.
Young hits a bridging suplex onto Lethal coming off the ropes and gets the win, so Young is the # 1 contender for Sheik Abdul Bashir.
Young cuts a promo after the match on the Main Event Mafia and stating that tonight they are going to face some of the greatest professional wrestlers in the world. He says they aren’t entertainers, side show freaks or millionaires. He says they started at the Asylum in Nashville 6-years ago and that their legacy will not be forgotten. He says it all starts tonight and that tonight these kids become men.
Tenay and West say “Welcome to Turning Point” and run through all the matches – why do they always do this after the first match? What was the first half hour of this show then?
West explains that falls can take place anywhere in this building for the falls count anywhere match.
Lauren is backstage with Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett tells Foley to go talk to “the kids” – these two came across like a married couple rather than two authority figures. Jarrett needs to invest in a wardrobe because he comes across like the owner of the local indy fed with his look.
Awesome Kong & Raisha Saeed Vs Taylor Wilde & Roxxi is next.
Lots of frequent tags between Wilde and Roxxi as they work on the arm of Saeed. Nice double team where Wilde jumps into Roxxi and she propels Wilde onto Kong with a senton.
Someone has a sign that says “Kong Ate My Sign” – which makes no sense at all.
Roxxi goes to tag Wilde but Rhaka Khan was trying to grab Wilde’s leg from the floor and she somehow screwed that up.
Saeed delivers the curb stomp to Roxxi.
Kong and Saeed attempt the old Quebecers maneuver where Saeed grabs Kong’s hands from the top rope and somersaults onto Roxxi but she over shoots it and misses.
Wilde gets the hot tag and attacks Saeed, Kong and Khan.
Roxxi hits a crossbody onto Kong on the outside while Wilde using a bridging german to pin Saeed.
Jeremy Borash is with the Main Event Mafia when Jeff Jarrett comes into their locker room. Jarrett asks them to be professionals tonight. Angle says Jarrett isn’t one of their peers until he wrestles. They are doing a great job for when they finally pull the trigger on a rematch. Kevin Nash tells Jarrett that he needs to go “talk to the children” in the other locker room. Booker jokes that Jarrett needs to go buy a new suit – I guess he agrees.
Sheik Abdul Bashir Vs Rhino
They are pack to using referee Shane Sewell.
Scott Hall is in the front row with the Insane Clown Posse but the announcers are not saying it’s him just saying there are “familiar faces at ringside”.
Rhino goes for the gore but is hit with a knee by Bashir. Bashir then gets in the face of Sewell and spits in the face of Sewell, Rhino gores Bashir and gets the win.
Mick Foley is backstage talking to “the children” by Shelley and Sabin are talking to each other and then asks Foley who he is and that he doesn’t care what Foley is talking about. He says he won’t accept that because than it means what the Main Event Mafia are saying is true. The guys kick Shelley and Sabin out of the locker room.
Beer Money Inc. Vs Motor City Machine Guns for the Tag Titles
Don West is certainly enjoying the term “young lions” tonight.
Scott Hall, ICP and company are still in the front row on the hard camera side.
I would have done the angle in the locker room with Foley after the match as you now have two heel teams here but the MCMG’s are still working the match as faces.
They get the heat on Shelley who finally tags Sabin but the referee misses the tag. Shelley hits a dual flatliner / DDT on Roode and Storm and then Sabin gets the hot tag.
Sabin springboards into a tornado DDT on Roode.
Machine Guns hit a huracanrana / frog splash combo Storm for a two count.
They hit an awkward tower of doom spot with Sabin able to get an arm over Roode for a two count.
Jacqueline runs in to attack Sabin, who scoop slams her. Storm runs in and spits beer in the face of Sabin and they get the pinfall on Sabin. Very strong match.
Borash is backstage with Booker T. and Sharmell. Sharmell says the talking is over and that Cage will join the Main Event Mafia.
Booker T. Vs Christian Cage for the Legend’s Title
Good match back and forth with the crowd a bit subdued into this one. Scott Hall and ICP have disappeared from the front row. Booker gets the win when he school boys Cage and grabs the tights. After the match Booker welcomes Cage to the Main Event Mafia and says the group has a meeting at 8am tomorrow morning and Cage has to be there.
Lauren is backstage with Abyss and Matt Morgan. Abyss says he is fine from his burns at “Bound for Glory” – he says Lauren looks beautiful tonight. Abyss says that Matt told him if he’s not 100% than Angle will beat him. He said he requested a fall count anywhere match. He is upset that Angle opened up his puss scarred wounds and is going to replace his puss with Angle’s blood, which is quite the visual.
There is a funny line in the video package where Angle says that guys of a certain stature need to form a union and they can control the industry meaning the Main Event Mafia but was still funny to hear on a pro wrestling broadcast.
Kurt Angle Vs Abyss in a Falls Count Anywhere Match.
Abyss hits the shock treatment on Angle but Angle kicks out at two. They then head to the audience and brawl throughout the crowd.
Tenay notes that all the fans are behind Abyss and slapping him on the back – THE MAN JUST EXPLAINED ALL THE BURNS HE HAS ALL OVER HIS BODY!
Angle hits Abyss with a chair in the mid section and then into the back of Abyss. Don West explains that he has burns all over his back (which the fans all just hit).
Angle ran off the stage and hit a huge somesault in mid air onto Abyss standing – this was executed perfectly and should be replayed forwever…and Abyss kicked out at two. Easily the spot of the night.
Angle body checks Abyss through a wall by the stage. West calls Angle a “raging bull”. Both men have disappeared under the stage somewhere and the crowd is booing. They come out the other side – maybe they stole the Brie Bella angle and it’s Eric Angle.
They are back in the ring and Angle is working on the left knee. Angle avoids the shock treatment and hits the Angle slam but Abyss kicks out.
Angle runs towards Abyss with a chair but Abyss punches the chair into Angle. Abyss puts the chair in the corner between the turnbuckles. Abyss delivers a low blow to Angle and throws him into the chair and Abyss gets a very close near fall with the ref hitting the apron three times.
Angle hits a nasty chair shot to the head of Abyss. Angle then puts the chair on the chest of Abyss and hits a moonsault onto him but looks like he connects with his knees on Abyss.
Abyss attempts a tombstone and Angle reverses into an ankle lock but Abyss reverses and hits the black hole slam for a two count. Crowd is really into this one at this point and it’s been a very good match.
They fight onto a scaffold and Abyss teases a press slam but Angle gets down and shoves Abyss through a table and climbs down for the pin – this match was excellent.
Angle looks dead after the match. This was probably the most physically taxing match Angle has had in quite some time – and that’s saying a lot considering his standards.
Backstage Lauren is with Samoa Joe who calls Kevin Nash a former friend and mentor but is a “petty bitch”. Joe says Nash has been a bodyguard and mentor for a lot of people that are better men than Nash without saying Shawn Michaels.
Kevin Nash Vs Samoa Joe is next.
Joe comes out and just annihilates Nash. The best finish is a quick squash for Joe as it puts a ton of heat on Joe and you’re not sacrificing anyone whose stock with the company is in the ring.
Nash got a tool box (uh oh isn’t that what he lifted to mess up his neck during the Chris Sabin program?). He got cutters for the turnbuckle.
Portion of the crowd is booing Joe.
They have Nash working on the back of Joe throughout the match.
Joe mounts Nash and Tenay states this is where we will see the MMA training of Joe but the “MMA training” is thwarted by a poke to the eye by Nash.
Nash hits a big boot and then hits the jack knife power bomb. Nash goes for the pin:
Don West: “He’s done, he’s done…HE’S NOT”.
Joe is bleeding from the forehead as West states that Nash is trying to “KILL HIM”.
Nash goes for another jack knife but delivers it on Joe’s shoulder but Joe kicks out.
Joe attempts an arm bar on the ground but the referee gets knocked out and Nash escapes from punches to the face of Joe.
Nash hits a low blow with the referee out.
Nash pins Joe with the feet on the ropes and Nash gets the win – surprised they did that.
Jeremy Borash is backstage with Sting and asks if he regrets bringing up the fact A.J’s father kicked him out of the house at 15. Sting does not regret this. Sting says tonight he’s going to kick him out of his house.
Sting Vs A.J Styles for the TNA Title is up last.
So it’s the 11-year anniversary of Montreal, Earl Hebner is the referee for the main event title match featuring a performer who uses the sharpshooter as his finish…please don’t TNA – this has been a really good show!
Sting press slams Styles over the top rope and to the floor.
This is the most heated I have ever seen a crowd for an abdominal stretch spot.
“It’s hard to watch A.J scream” – Don West
Sting only gets a two count after a Scorpion Death Drop.
Stings hits three straight Scorpion Splashes onto Styles in the corner. Styles is able to hit a sunset flip from the top power bombing Sting to the mat. Styles hits the Spiral Tap but says he’s going to do it one more time. The Main Event Mafia runs out but Styles fights them off and goes for a Pele on Sting but misses and Sting rolls him up with a la magistral cradle for the win.
This was a solid show and if TNA keeps this direction going I will be very happy. Thumbs Up show.