While the build to TNA’s Turning Point 2012 wasn’t on par with the previous versions of the pay-per-view, the event itself wasn’t as terrible as many fans thought it would be.
Just as it is with most TNA PPVs, the storylines and build leading into the event weren't enough to get the casual fans interested, but the action on the show itself was enough to keep wrestling enthusiasts entertained.
As much as there were positives from the Turning Point PPV, there were some bad moments and some flat-out ugly portions as well.
This is where TNA succeeded and failed Sunday night.
No. 1 Contender Triple Threat Match
In what will go down as one of TNA’s best matches of 2012, the three-way battle between A.J. Styles, James Storm and Bobby Roode to become the No. 1 contender stole the show at Turning Point and was the highlight of the night by far.
While it will hurt any Indy wrestling fan or long-time TNA supporter to see Styles away from the world title for at least another year, this looks like the groundwork for an eventual heel turn that should come with a substantial push. That push just won’t culminate in a title shot.
As for Storm and Roode, each looked great in the match, and now the duo can move back to the top of the card. Storm may have won the match, but with the "face" Hardy holding the world title, it will be Roode that'll work the extended program with the TNA champion.
Storm will lose to Hardy at the next PPV before the current champ eventually drops the strap to Roode at Genesis.
This match was set up perfectly and moves the storyline along. Good move by TNA.
TNA Hard-Selling Matt Morgan
As much as wrestling is all about pushing superstars and turning them into something special, TNA is barking up the wrong tree with Matt Morgan.
No matter how much the company tries, the fans just don’t care enough about the Blueprint or his Carbon Footprint finisher. At this point, Morgan is just stealing the spotlight from the real talent in that duo, Joey Ryan.
The TNA Universe can’t forget that Morgan is 36 years old and has likely reached his ceiling in terms of character development. While his current promos have been much better, they are still one of the least entertaining parts of the show.
Add in the fact that he stole the spotlight from a great match between Ryan and RVD that validated the Gut Check reject’s spot on the company’s roster, and TNA is not doing Morgan any favors with his booking.
Anything Aces and Eights
While I understand the idea behind the Aces and Eights gang and appreciate the heel stable angle, the way in which the company is carrying out this storyline has been awful.
With gaping holes in the logic of this story, TNA’s Turning Point exposed even more issues with the gang. Add in the talk that this storyline could drag on for six months, and this is only going to get worse before it gets better.
Starting with D.O.C. (Director of Chaos), not only did the anti-climatic reveal of Luke Gallows dampen the hopes around this match, the fact that Joseph Park mounted any kind of substantial offense before seeing his own blood made biker look incredibly weak.
Park has been a bright spot for TNA, but even he couldn’t save this segment. While we’re on the subject of saving segments, Aces and Eights also ruined the co-main event when even Olympic gold-medalist Kurt Angle couldn’t carry Devon through an interesting match.
If you’re counting at home, that is two matches—against two of TNA’s better talents right now—that were ruined because of the Aces and Eights storyline. This is like the Impact Zone nWo (minus all the talent and power).
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