TNA’s Turning Point pay-per-view is Sunday, and the excitement for the company’s first major event since Bound For Glory is through the roof; there is a genuine excitement around this show.
While the build was subpar leading into the event, the go-home edition of Impact Wrestling thoroughly managed to get even the most casual TNA fans excited about the upcoming PPV.
With four titles on the line and major implications and stipulations throughout the card, this show has the potential to be as interesting, or even possibly exceed, Bound For Glory in terms of excitement and proper build.
Where: Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.
When: Sunday, November 11, 8:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: TNA On Demand
Jeff Hardy (c) vs. Austin Aries: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Ladder match.
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez (c) vs. Christopher Daniels and Kazarian: TNA World Tag Team Championship.
A.J. Styles vs. James Storm vs. Bobby Roode: No. 1 contender match.
Samoa Joe (c) vs. Magnus: TNA Television Championship (No DQ).
Devon vs. Kurt Angle
Rob Van Dam (c) vs. Joey Ryan: TNA X Division Championship.
Tara and Jesse vs. ODB and Eric Young.
D.O.C. vs. Joseph Park
TNA Chatter: According to TNA president Dixie Carter’s Twitter account, after wrestling legend Sting was brutalized Thursday night on Impact, he spent the night in a local hospital. Carter went to say that the timetable for a return is unclear, which makes an appearance at Turning point unlikely:
Update on @sting. He was kept overnight in the hospital for evaluation. Doctors are cautious on setting timetable for his return to ring.— Dixie Carter (@TNADixie) November 9, 2012
Real Talk: With Sting falling into the same category as Hulk Hogan when it comes to the stealing the spotlight at times, what better way to further endear himself to the crowd than by defying the doctor’s orders and appearing on the PPV. Sting will likely make an appearance Sunday despite his injuries.
TNA Chatter: According to F4Wonline.com (via TWNPNews.com), two big pieces of TNA news are breaking: Ring veteran Eric Young may be nearing the end of his contract with the company—effectively making this the last event he could appear on—and injured star Jesse Sorenson is beginning his return to action.
Real Talk: While Young’s disappearance from TNA will be sad for the few fans that truly appreciated how great of a talent he was, the fact that the star has been missing from TV for as long as he has will ease the blow. As far as Sorenson is concerned, this may be the beginning of a possible return and feud with former X Division champ Zema Ion.
Undercard Match to Watch
Magnus vs. Samoa Joe: No DQ TV Title Match
While not all of Turning Point was built up the way it should have been, the storyline between Samoa Joe and Magnus has been excellent. Now is the time to give the belt to Magnus, though.
If TNA is dead set on making Magnus into a legitimate star, allowing him to win the TV title and begin an extended program with Joe is the perfect way to get him over as the smug heel champion.
A title picture is always better with the face chasing the title and the heel avoiding the battle at all costs, and that premise would work to perfection between these two men. After Magnus wins Sunday, the next month will be spent focusing Joe on the title before getting his rematch at the next PPV.
TNA has a golden opportunity; let’s see if it capitalizes on it.
Main Event Prediction
When TNA World Heavyweight champion Jeff Hardy takes on challenger Austin Aries in a main-event ladder match at Turning Point, the result of the battle will show more than just who is the best wrestler on that night; it will show the true direction of TNA as a company.
There is no doubt that Hardy is one of the biggest stars in TNA, but Aries caught lightning in a bottle this summer and has become one of the biggest stars in the business.
Hardy retaining the title may be the smartest move financially for the company, but investing in Aries is the best long-term booking decision.
As much as Aries should walk away with the title, the fact that Hardy’s contract is up soon will force the company’s hand, and the former WWE star will continue his reign.
While TNA has the talent to be a viable contender with WWE, it will never be in the upper echelon of wrestling companies if it continues to allow its talent’s contract details to depict the storyline.
Final Word: Jeff Hardy retains the title.
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