TNA Turning Point 2012: Predicting 4 Title Matches, a No. 1 Contender and More
TNA Wrestling presents Turning Point, live on pay-per-view tonight!
TNA’s annual November PPV made its debut on Dec. 5, 2004 with the phenomenal Six Sides of Steel Cage Match between America’s Most Wanted and Triple X as the main event. The event remained as TNA’s final PPV of the year until 2008 when it was moved to November.
Coming off the heels of a great Bound for Glory PPV, TNA looks to keep the ball rolling and deliver another great event.
Scheduled for the show will be eight matches, which will see the World Heavyweight, Television, Tag Team and X-Division Championships put on the line. Also featured will be two matches pitting TNA against the Aces and 8s, a triple threat match with huge implications and a mixed tag team match.
Thanks to the build TNA has given this event, Turning Point is looking like a great show.
So here are the eight matches and who I think will be coming out on top!
Tara and Jesse vs. ODB and Eric Young
Tara’s PPV Record: 1-0-1
Jesse’s PPV Record: First event
ODB’s PPV Record: 1-1
Young’s PPV Record: 6-1
A couple of weeks ago, ODB pinned TNA Knockouts champion Tara in a one-on-one match. That led to the former champion calling out Tara’s boyfriend, Jesse, on Open Fight Night last week. The former reality star would get beat up by a woman, but he would manage to pick up the victory.
This past Thursday on Impact Wrestling, ODB challenged both of them to a handicap match and it saw ODB once again pin Tara for another victory. They would attack her afterwards, though, which would lead to the making of this match.
It’s been quite a while since TNA fans have seen Eric Young. It looks like he’ll be making his return tonight on the PPV to finally back up his wife, ODB.
This has been an odd feud, mainly because of the involvement of Jesse. Without Young around, he’s kind of a third wheel. Without him, I feel this match would be one-on-one between Tara and ODB for the Knockouts Championship.
This match will be surprisingly good, I think. While it will have comedy from the two couples, mostly from Eric Young, the action between ODB and Tara should be good.
I see ODB and Young picking up the victory here. Another win for ODB will finally get the title match setup for next month’s Final Resolution.
A part of me thinks that Tara and Jesse could win this match, thus planting the seeds to an ODB/Young breakup, but I’m sticking with the face team coming out victorious.
Winners: ODB and Eric Young
DOC vs. Joseph Park
Park’s PPV Record: 4-3 (as Abyss)
DOC’s PPV Record: First event
Last month saw Joseph Park investigate the Aces and 8s for Hulk Hogan and Sting. He got a little too close and ended up getting kidnapped by the group of masked men. After breaking free at Bound for Glory, Park has been on a quest to have a match with someone in the Aces and 8s.
He wanted to stand up for himself and prove to everyone that he was a man. Initially, Hogan would tell Park that he couldn’t have the match since he wasn’t a wrestler.
Last week, Park would unmask the former Luke Gallows as a member of the Aces and 8s, and this past Thursday, Bully Ray of all people stood up for the lawyer, and it resulted in Hogan giving him the match against Gallows, now known as the Director of Chaos, or DOC for short.
I expect the beginning of this match to be like all of Park’s matches. He’ll get beat up by DOC until the last minute when he snaps and goes on the attack. Park won’t lose it completely, though, as I feel an Aces and 8s victory coming here. Post-match is a different story.
Seeing that he has lost, Park will lose it and the Monster will emerge to attack DOC. The Aces and 8s may end up winning this battle, but the war with Joseph Park, and soon Abyss, is far from over.
Devon vs. Kurt Angle
Angle’s PPV Record: 2-2
Devon’s PPV Record: 3-1
At Bound for Glory, Devon was revealed as the Sgt. at Arms of the Aces and 8s. Now as the mouthpiece and leader in front of the camera, Devon has brought more Aces and 8s carnage than ever before.
He is still taking orders from the top guys in the group, but when it comes to doing the dirty work, Devon gives the orders to the troops.
Shortly after the event, the Aces and 8s targeted Kurt Angle. The Olympic gold medalist didn’t stand a chance after having just finished a title match against Jeff Hardy. Angle has been on the warpath and wants Devon’s head on a stick. Hulk Hogan wants him to have it as well, so this match was made.
I think this match is going to end one of two ways. The first is a no-contest with the Aces and 8s ambushing Angle moments before he defeats Devon. The second is Devon defeats him, but not cleanly. Either way, the finish of this match is going to be a dirty one.
If they are given the chance to wrestle before it all hits the fan, this match should be a good one. Angle is still one of the best in wrestling today and Devon hasn’t been this good in years.
At the end of the day, I’m going with Devon pinning Kurt Angle after a distraction from Wes Brisco. Brisco will cost Angle this match, thus revealing himself as a member of the Aces and 8s. Angle will then turn his attention from Devon to Brisco, while Devon will have to deal with Bully Ray.
Rob Van Dam vs. Joey Ryan: TNA X-Division Championship
RVD’s PPV Record: 2-0
Ryan’s PPV Record: 1-0
Times Title Defended: 6
Times Defended Successfully: 4
Two weeks ago, Rob Van Dam was attacked by Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan. The following week on Open Fight Night, Ryan called Van Dam out for a match and it saw the X-Division champion dominate Ryan the whole time.
Ryan would pick up the victory, but only after some interference by Morgan. His victory led to him receiving a shot at the X-Division Championship, so here we are. While this match doesn’t have the best of builds, it’s still better than the Zema Ion/RVD title match at Bound for Glory.
This past Thursday, Hulk Hogan would ban Morgan from ringside, so at least the match will be a fair one.
While Van Dam isn’t what he used to be, he can still put on a good match. Ryan hasn’t had much of an opportunity outside of his Gut Check tryout match against Austin Aries to showcase his skill. This match will give him that chance.
If booked right, this contest could be very good. While I doubt it could be a match of the night candidate, it should still be able to deliver.
With this feud just starting, and RVD just winning the title a month ago, I don’t see Ryan winning the title here. I think he will eventually become the X-Division champion, but it won’t be at the Turning Point PPV.
Winner and Still Champion: Rob Van Dam
Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez vs. Daniels and Kazarian: TNA Tag Team Championship
Chavo’s PPV Record: First event
Hernandez’s PPV Record: 2-2
Daniels’ PPV Record: 1-4
Kaz’s PPV Record: 2-2
Times Title Defended: 5
Times Defended Successfully: 4
At the Bound for Glory PPV, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian had to defend their TNA World Tag Team Championship in a triple threat match against AJ Styles and Kurt Angle as well as the team of Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez.
Guerrero and Hernandez would be standing tall that night and took the titles away from the self-proclaimed World Tag Team Champions of the World. Daniels and Kazarian would immediately invoke their rematch for Turning Point, though.
Last week on Open Fight Night, Daniels and Kazarian screwed with the champions by calling out Spanish color commentators Willie Urbina and Chavo’s uncle, Hector Guerrero. They would beat them down until the champions came out for the save. This past Thursday, the challengers gained some momentum when they and Magnus defeat Guerrero, Hernandez and Samoa Joe in a six-man tag team match.
I don’t think that momentum is going to get them anywhere, though. This match is going to very good, but it won’t end well for the former champions. While Daniels and Kazarian are a great team and very entertaining, Guerrero and Hernandez just won the belts.
I just don’t see them losing the titles so quickly. If they do win, I hope to see them move onto Kid Kash and Gunner, who took them to the limit in a match after Bound for Glory.
As for Daniels and Kazarian, I just hope TNA doesn’t break them up!
Winners and Still Champions: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
Samoa Joe vs. Magnus: No DQ Match for the Television Championship
Joe’s PPV Record: 3-3
Magnus’ PPV Record: 1-0
Times Title Defended: 2
Times Defended Successfully: 1
Last year, Samoa Joe and Magnus were placed in a tournament to crown the No. 1 contenders for the TNA World Tag Team Championship. They would win that tournament, and while they would lose the title match, they would take the titles in February in a rematch.
They would lose the titles in May and they just went their separate ways. While they crossed paths in the Bound for Glory Series, the team of Samoa Joe and Magnus was no more.
After Hardcore Justice, Samoa Joe would defeat Magnus in a Bound for Glory Series match that knocked Magnus out of the series. In response, he attacked Joe with a chair. The feud would be put to the side come No Surrender, though.
After Joe won the Television Championship, the feud was picked back up and they went one-on-one over the title at Bound for Glory. Joe would defeat his former partner to retain his title that night.
Last week on Open Fight Night, Magnus challenged Joe for the title and got himself disqualified when he attacked Joe with a wrench. He kept that momentum rolling this past Thursday when he pinned the champion in a six-man tag team match.
With the No Disqualification stipulation attached to the match, this is going to be hard-hitting and overall very physical. Their match at Bound for Glory was a good one and I expect this one to be as well, if not better due to the hardcore nature of the match.
These guys are going to beat the hell out of each other and when it’s all said and done, I feel Magnus will be the TNA television champion.
The way I see it, if he loses this match then he has nothing to do. He’s not in the main event to challenge for the world title, he doesn’t have a partner for tag team gold and he’s too big for the X-Division. Giving him the title keeps him fresh and in charge of the midcard.
Whether he keeps it in the rematch is another story, but I want to see Samoa Joe back in the main event. I hope Magnus does win so that Joe can get back into the hunt for the world title.
Winner and New Champion: Magnus
AJ Styles vs. James Storm vs. Bobby Roode: No. 1 Contender’s Match
Styles’ PPV Record: 4-4
Storm’s PPV Record: 3-4
Roode’s PPV Record: 5-2
This match is a sure candidate for the match of the night. It’s also the most interesting match on the card. With the winner becoming the No. 1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Final Resolution and the one that takes the fall being taken out of the title picture for almost a full year, this contest has some major implications attached to it.
James Storm and Bobby Roode just finished up their year-long feud at Bound for Glory in a bloody match while AJ Styles is finally done with Christopher Daniels and Kazarian. All three wrestlers are deserving of the No. 1 contender spot and neither deserves to be taken out of the title picture until Bound for Glory 2013.
This match is a tough call. The match itself should be great, though. All three wrestlers are among the best in TNA, and despite the main event having a ladder stipulation attached to it, I expect this match to steal the show.
Roode was just the world champion a few months ago, and Roode vs. Hardy or Aries has already been seen enough times over the past year. I don’t think Roode will be winning this, but he won’t necessarily be the one to take the fall.
Styles has been out of the title picture since January when he lost to then-champion Roode, while Storm has been out since Lockdown in April. Even though they were both in the Bound for Glory Series, their last title shots were a long time ago.
I believe this match will come down to AJ Styles and James Storm with one winning and the other taking the fall. At the end of the day, I see Storm pinning Styles.
Winner and No. 1 Contender: James Storm
Wrestler to Take the Fall: AJ Styles
Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries: Ladder Match for the TNA World Championship
Hardy’s PPV Record: 5-0
Aries’ PPV Record: 2-1
Times Title Defended: 6
Times Defended Successfully: 6
At Destination X, Austin Aries ended Bobby Roode’s record setting 256-day reign as TNA world heavyweight champion.
After retaining the title at Hardcore Justice and fighting a member of the Aces and 8s at No Surrender, Aries discovered his Bound for Glory opponent. Jeff Hardy had defied the odds after being attacked by the Aces and 8s and won the Bound for Glory Series.
Aries’ jealously over Hardy’s popularity would soon rear its ugly head and it seemed to be affecting the mental state of the champion.
He was affected enough to take his eye off the ball at Bound for Glory. Hardy ended Aries’ 98-day reign as champion and it drove him crazy. Aries guaranteed that he could defeat Hardy and invoked his rematch for Turning Point right away.
Since then, Aries would steal the world title and force Hardy to take it back. This past Thursday, the two fought until Aries ran off. Hardy was left celebrating with both belts on top of the ladder, but the celebration didn’t last long.
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived would push the Charismatic Enigma off the ladder and mock Hardy by doing his pose on top of the ladder.
Their match at Bound for Glory was a good one, but I feel this one will be even better. With the ladder stipulation, Hardy will be at his absolute best here while Aries has the ability to adapt to any match type. These two are going to have one hell of a match.
As for the winner, I just don’t see Hardy losing the title so soon. He’ll go onto Final Resolution to face, and most likely retain against James Storm, while Aries will move onto something else.
If my prediction is correct and AJ Styles is the one to take the fall in the triple threat match, I would absolutely love for he and Aries to start up a feud somehow!
Winner and Still Champion: Jeff Hardy
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