Monday, November 12, 2012

TNA Turning Point Results & Afterthoughts

w/ Alex Archer & Violet Buttle
Jeff Hardy defeated Austin Aries to retain the World Heavyweight Championship in a Ladder Match

Alex: Something seemed a little off during this match.  It seemed like a lot of standing/laying/stumbling around without knowing what was coming next.  I'm not sure if there was miscommunication during the match, someone forgot some spots, or if things just didn't turn out great, but this match wasn't what I was hoping for.  This sets up Storm/Hardy, which I can't say I'm very excited for, but we'll see what they can do with it.  Not sure where Aries goes now, but hopefully he continues to float around with main event caliber guys and doesn’t disappear back to the midcard or the X-Division.

Violet: Due to Hardy's history with ladder matches, he was a shoe-in for this victory. The match had plenty of cool spots and lots of good work from both of the participants. But, now I'm left excited for what's next. Where does Aries go from here? How will the Hardy/Storm match play out?

James Storm defeated AJ Styles & Bobby Roode in a #1 Contender's Match

Alex: This match played out exactly as I predicted it would.  All three guys worked really hard at making this a memorable match.  Coming out of this match, I'm most interested in what happens with AJ Styles.  Perhaps we'll get heel AJ?

Violet: This match ended in a way that made a lot of sense. Since he was not involved with the pin, Roode loses nothing here. Storm has been trying to get a title shot for ages, so his win will provide him with the vindication that's been searching for. And it makes the most sense for AJ Styles to be the guy to take the big loss here. It's been awhile since he's been anywhere near the title scene, and he's been involved in some awful story lines. Hopefully Styles finds a purpose and some direction in this loss. Otherwise, waiting a year for a title shot would have been a more compelling storyline for either of the two luckier men involved.

Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez defeated Christopher Danies & Kazarian to retain the TNA Tag Team Championship

Alex: Much like after Bound for Glory, I'm left shaking my head and wondering what TNA officials see in Guerrero and Hernandez.  There has to be something I'm missing, because all I see is two mediocre guys with stereotypical gimmicks, and TNA sees tag team champions. 

Violet: Daniels and Kazarian are easily the more interesting team and entertaining team. I don't understand why TNA would want to keep the titles on Guerrero and Hernandez.

Samoa Joe defeated Magnus to retain the TNA Television Championship in a No Disqualification Match

Alex: Where the hell does this leave Magnus?  Joe kicks out of his finisher TWICE and then chokes him out, AGAIN.  Magnus hasn't looked this weak in a long time, and it's a shame because he has the look, the in-ring ability, and the skills on the mic to be a major player.  At the same time, this victory didn’t do much for Joe, as he's beaten Magnus every chance he's got without any real competition.

Violet: Of course Joe won. After the match, Taz commented that Magnus should not be ashamed of this loss. I disagree. He's been unable to beat Joe in singles' match, and, last night, Joe kicked out of his finisher twice. After this match, Magnus looks weaker than he needs to.

Kurt Angle defeated Devon

Alex: Why did Aces & Eights wait until Devon tapped to get in the ring?  Things like that are what are making Aces & Eights (and this angle as a whole) seem weak and stupid.  Pointless match with a pointless finish.

Violet: I'm not sure why creative would make Devon look weak by having him tap out when they could have just had Aces & Eights follow their standard procedure of interfering before one of their members loses. I mean, they were ringside anyway. This is not to say, however, that Aces & Eights constant interference is fun to watch. It isn't. It just would have made more sense than the outcome we were given.

RVD defeated Joey Ryan to retain the X Division Championship

Alex: And RVD beats another young guy that would do the X-Division a ton of good as champion.  Great.  What a waste of the X-Division.  So much potential, and we get RVD instead.

Violet: Ryan looked good here, and he certainly comes across as more of an X-Division type wrestler than RVD does. Take the title off of him already!

Doc defeated Joseph Park

Alex: I'm growing incredibly bored with the Joseph Park act.  Park gets beat up, Park bleeds, Park goes Abyss, Park snaps out of it, Park gets pinned.  Rinse and repeat for his next match?  Dumb.

Violet: Doc beats Sting with a hammer and the first guy to get his hands on him is Joseph Park? Okay... Poor opponent choice aside, this match went the same way that all of Park's matches do. He dodges moves, he gets some accidental offense in, he gets some intentional offense in, and he eventually loses. Boring. Are we ever going to get a Park/Abyss payoff?

ODB & Eric Young defeated Tara & Jesse

Alex: After ODB was able to dispose of Tara and Jesse on her own, it wouldn't have made any sense to have them get the better of ODB and EY together.  As usual with TNA, I'm a little confused at where this leads for EY and Jesse, but I would assume that ODB will be challenging for the Knockouts Title in the near future.

Violet: It was nice to EY back and surprising to see him win. With all of the rumors circulating about his departure from TNA, his win is a little puzzling. Hopefully, it's a sign that he's staying.

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