What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at TNA Turning Point 2012. How does the PPV fair? Let's find out and start the review.
Match #1: Samoa Joe vs Magnus; TV Championship
We open up with a TV title match. This match was pretty much the same match you got at Bound for Glory. The only major difference was the no dq stipulation. Because of this, we had a couple of weapons get involved. It's a good match, but I still think this rematch shouldn't have happened. They closed that rivalry last month, so there really was no reason to milk another match out of this. This is pro wrestling's way of telling you they haven't figured out what to do with these guys, so watch this match and shut the hell up. The finish comes when Joe locks in the chokehold for the victory. Hopefully, we get new storylines for both guys starting on Thursday. I swear that pro wrestling can have more filler than Dragonball Z. Cha-la….
Winner via submission and still TV Champion: Samoa Joe
Match #2: ODB and Eric Young vs Tara and Jesse
I think it took Eric Young a whole five minutes to grow that beard back. Anyway, you think you will get a fallout between Eric and ODB, but for some reason, TNA wants to continue this abomination. Eric wins this match with an elbow drop on Jesse for the victory. What is the point of Eric/ODB? Their gimmick has gone about as far as it's gonna go, so why continue this crap? You could make the argument that they're together for the sake of comedy, but I just don't find this funny. To each his or her own, but I just find it more insulting than funny.
Winner via pinfall: ODB and Eric Young
Match #3: RVD vs Joey Ryan; X Division Championship
I've thought about this for a while, but I think it was clear tonight that Taz puts no thought into his ramblings while on the air. He's literally making no sense and contradicting himself. It's like giving a bottle of crack to a crack addict. Just watch them spazz out during the rush of it all. The finish comes when RVD wins with the Frog Splash for the clean victory. So, you finally get a rivalry going in the X Division and you book this. I'm fine with RVD retaining the championship. In fact, that was the best way to go, but you build rivalries via cheating or interferences. What I thought should've happened is having Morgan cause a DQ. By doing this, you set up a rematch between RVD and Joey. By having RVD beat him cleanly, I just lose interest in the idea of a rematch. And seeing what TNA did Joe and Magnus, I expect a rematch between RVD and Joey EVEN THOUGH they pretty much closed that door tonight. To be fair, Joey is still a rookie. He can lose a match like this and be fine. I just don't like how this went from a storyline perspective since I don't think this booking tells the best story going forward. After the match, Matt Morgan hits RVD with the Carbon Footprint. Yeah, you're a little late there, buddy. I guess Hogan wouldn't let him leave until he made him hard with his anger. Hogan's next sex tape is currently in production.
Winner via pinfall and still X Division Champion: RVD
Match #4: Doc vs Joseph Park
This match works the way you would expect it. Joseph can't do anything since the Abyss character seems to have disappeared through the art of magic, while Doc is limited in what he can do with the timid, lawyer character. And when Joseph sees his own blood, he immediately turns into Mr. Hyde and goes ape s***. Come on, he even did the deal where he didn't even know what he was doing. Robert Louis Stevenson is spinning in his grave at this very second. Even after…..Abyssing up, he still can't put away Doc from the seven dwarfs. The finish comes when Doc hits a Chokeslam for the victory. After the match, Doc continues the attack until Bully Ray runs out there since he needs to get his paycheck for the night. Seriously, why isn't he competing tonight? This leads to the logical approach where a guy with a hammer runs away from a guy with his bare fist. You know you're bad-ass when you make somebody holding a weapon retreat from you. Look out!!! He's got a board with a nail in it!!!
Winner via pinfall: Doc
Match #5: Team Taco vs Team Appletini; TNA Tag Titles
So, I'm pretty convinced that Daniels and Kaz's deal is going Gangnam style out in the middle of nowhere. It still doesn't beat the s*** out of Deadpool doing the dance. This was a pretty solid match, but one of my concerns about this is the same concern I've had for a while with TNA's tag division. It's so transparent that regardless of who wins the match, the problem lies in who will challenge for the titles next. Well, you can always look and see who isn't doing anything in TNA. You surely have somebody who isn't doing a thing to try to help out the tag division. The finish comes when Chavo hits a crossbody in Doomsday Device fashion and picks up the clean victory. This booking doesn't surpass me. Chavo and Hernandez are still fresh as tag champs, so they needed to win. Not really sure what this does to Daniels and Kaz. Hopefully nothing drastic since these guys work as a tag team. I think they need to remain together. Everybody, do the internet meme!!!
Winner via pinfall and still TNA Tag Champs: Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
Match #6: James Storm vs Bobby Roode vs AJ Styles; #1 Contender match
This was personally my favorite match of the night. I thought it was well paced and very entertaining to watch. If you're searching for the wrestling match out of the evening, this was the match for you. The finish comes when Storm hits the Last Call on Styles. Storm will get the title match while Styles will not get another title shot for a whole year. So, I can immediately hear an outcry for Styles picking up the defeat. Personally, I thought this was the best way to go. I'm gonna piss off a lot of people with these words, but I don't think Styles is a good world title holder….
Yeah, the IWC is gonna tear me a new one, but that's personally what I think. Storm and Bobby look and act the part. While Styles is a terrific wrestler, that's all he is. He can't engage you with his words like Storm and Bobby and his charisma is very lacking. Despite what a lot of people in the IWC will tell you, it takes way more than wrestling skills to make a name for yourself in this business. Besides, I think the reason they do this is because Styles will either be the winner of the BFG series in 2013 or will get the X Division title once again and get a title match at Destination X. So, just because things look bad now isn't any reason to go into panic mode. Now that I pissed a lot of people off, let's talk about the victory. One thing I need to get out of the way is the fact that I will NOT post any spoilers on here. I don't know everything about the taping, but I never go out of my way to post spoilers. In fact, spoilers is something I really don't tolerate, but let's move on. I just wanted to get that out there in case I got a couple of comments discussing this. I will address Impact on Impact and nothing more or less. Storm or Roode were decent choices for the next world title match, so you can't go wrong with either choice. Oh, there's gonna be things to talk about come Thursday, but let's save that discussion for the Impact review.
Winner via pinfall and NEW #1 Contender: James Storm
Match #7: Kurt Angle vs Devon
So…This is the evil Aces and Eights? Couldn't beat an Olympic Gold Medalist as a team and barely survived a lawyer? Come on, a retirement home is tougher than these guys. Devon ends up tapping out to the Ankle Lock. Yeah, so this is a really good way to lose more interest in this stable. I get that Kurt is the best of the best, but this doesn't make Aces and Eights look threatening. If that was the goal, than you failed miserable. Card Games likes to have sporadic success and failure on this show. The match was okay, but it wasn't that engaging. This is the problem with having Devon as the 'face' of Aces and Eights. He's okay, but doesn't exactly scream 'intrigue'. Devon's trying, but this falls on the creative staff at the end of the day. If they want more interest for Aces and Eights, they need to have a more eye-popping name than Devon.
Winner via submission: Kurt Angle
Match #8: Jeff Hardy vs Austin Aries; Ladder match for TNA World Title
This was a good match, but I personally thought the triple threat match was the best match out of the night. Then again, to each his or her own. So, both world titles were on the top rope. Megatron found….Soundwave? Yeah, I don't know. One of my favorite moments of this match was Aries controlling the machine that held the belts. I thought for a moment that God was saying, 'No', in regard to Hardy winning the match. After countless close calls, the finish comes when Hardy finally pulls down Megatron. I guess God couldn't do that a second time. This really shouldn't be a surprise. You had to figure that Hardy would retain the championship. I do wonder what Aries does after this. He can always feud with other main event talents since we have a new #1 Contender, but who really knows. Oh, and because Tazz said it, I got this to say. Go f*** yourself, Tazz. Why? Because I can. Muhahahahaha.
Winner and still TNA World Champion: Jeff Hardy
An evening that featured some good wrestling matches, but also an evening that didn't do anything for TNA in the long run. I enjoyed certain parts of this PPV, but I don't get "PPV" with a showing like this. Was there good matches? Yes, but what about the storylines? Most of these matches were rematches from BFG and in terms of surprises, there simply wasn't any. In many ways, this was basically a filler evening that had good wrestling matches. While that may do it for some of you, I'm personally looking for something a little bigger than glorified free television. I think most of you will think I'm expecting too much from this showing, but I think another Aces and Eights reveal could've helped or a surprise of some sorts. The show featured the matches, but I don't think we will be looking back on this show as an evening that changed TNA. This is gonna be considered an evening where TNA didn't take any chances and decided to play it safe. If I have to give this PPV a score on a scale of 1-10 and 5 considered average on this page, I would give TNA Turning Point 2012 a 6 out of 10. This was a slightly above average showing and is at least worth a watch, but isn't something that I would want to add to my DVD collection. It will keep you entertained (And I was entertained by some of it), but it isn't gonna hold your interest for very long. If you disagree with the score, there's nothing wrong with that. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and this is personally where I stand on the show. That's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one. See you next time.
WrestlingNerd's Official Score of TNA Turning Point 2012: 6 out of 10