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Countdown to TNA Turning Point
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




The title of this week's pay-per-view would imply that our subject, TNA, is headed to a road paved with gold. That is entirely possible, but if that is the case that paved highway will have a different toll-booth owner every month. Yes, welcome to a new era in TNA, where titles change hands as frequently as the wrestlers change their tights.

Maybe this month will see a bit of stability. Two titles are on the line at Turning Point tonight, while other feuds are warming up. Let's get to the action.


 
NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH

Sting vs. Abyss vs. Christian Cage
 

SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

After title changes at both of the last PPVs, it would be nice to see a champion hold the belt for a while. But unfortunately, I think the trend will continue at Turning Point. Sting and Abyss will pummel each other, allowing Cage (with help from Tomko, his outside man) to pull some sort of shenanigans, and win the title.

Matt Mackinder

Somehow, Abyss will retain here. Cage and Sting should have a long-running feud and like someone said in the Genesis preview, Abyss is only keeping the belt warm for Kurt Angle. Then again, with Vince Russo booking these days, who knows what this match will yield? I'll stick to my guns and say Abyss keeps the gold.

Jon Waldman

Let's face it - with Russo holding the book we're lucky not to get a different champion every week. Sting's efforts to humanize Abyss are looking like a turn for the worst. My guess is Sting's guidance costs the big guy the belt this time, giving Christian a heel run. The return match happens on Impact, and Abyss turns on Sting, ripping him to shreds in the process.


GRUDGE MATCH

Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

If logic comes into play, Joe's winning should be a slam dunk pick. That would tie the series 1-1, and they can have a rubber match later on; but the way they've hot-shotted this feud already, who knows what they'll do. I wouldn't be surprised if they keep Angle strong and have him win again. Go with sense prevailing, and Joe gets the duke.

Matt Mackinder

TNA should have made this a "best of" series. Angle won the first one at Genesis, so it only makes sense to give Joe the win here and set up a rubber match at Final Resolution (aptly named). However, whatever Russo wants goes. I still say Joe gets a clean win.

Jon Waldman

The seemingly logical move would be for Joe to get a measure of revenge, but this is the Russo book. My guess is Joe loses again, maybe with some shenanigans involved to firmly establish angle as the heel.


  X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH

Chris Sabin vs. Chris Daniels
 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

Isn't it time Daniels started competing for the world championship? The guy's done it all in the X and Tag division, and he deserves to be elevated. Sabin shouldn't have lost the belt after he won it at Bound for Glory, so I look for him to regain it here.

Matt Mackinder

This title has changed hands more times in the past month than I can remember. Sabin as a heel is decent, but I always thought Daniels played the role better. Special ref Jerry Lynn may figure into the outcome (screwing Sabin somehow?) and would be great back in the ring for a series of matches with Sabin. I go with Daniels retaining here.

Jon Waldman

Haven't I seen this match 10 times already? The basic problem with the X-Division right now is it's pretty much the same four guys (these two, AJ Styles and Senshi/Low Ki) involved in the title match on every PPV. The division is in serious need of new blood. Oh, and it's Russo booking, so Jerry Lynn aligns himself with Sabin.


 

UNDERCARD

 


SLAM! Predictions

Bob Kapur

AMW vs. LAX (Flag Match) - I don't remember ever seeing the heels win a flag match over hometown heroes, but can you imagine how intense their heat would be if they did? I'm picking LAX, because I really want to see this one escalate even further.
Rhino vs. AJ Styles -
I'm still not sure why Rhino cares if AJ and Daniels stop being friends - when did Rhino start caring about people anyway? Styles wins to cement his villainous ways.
Paparazzi Elimination Match -
Austin Starr seems to be Nash's chosen one, so look for him to beat Shelley.
Eric Young vs. Tracy Brooks (Bikini Contest) -
This will be lame comedy. Both deserve better, as does Robert Roode, who gets involved.

Matt Mackinder

AMW vs. LAX (Flag Match) - Another Flag Match so soon after LockDown? LAX wins in the sleeper match on the card.
Rhino vs. AJ Styles -
AJ Styles as a heel? He's not too bad, actually. He cheats to beat Rhino here.
Paparazzi Elimination Match -
Austin Starr wins and begins a feud with Alex Shelley. Should be a good one.
Eric Young vs. Tracy Brooks (Bikini Contest) -
This is on a pay-per-view? How is one to judge? Tracy's assets win any day of the week.

Jon Waldman

AMW vs. LAX (Flag Match) - LAX needs the victory to stay hot, but you have to figure that AMW gets to Konnan who is in desperate need of surgery.
Rhino vs. AJ Styles -
Styles cheats to win!
Paparazzi Elimination Match -
You have to figure Austin Starr wins here.
Eric Young vs. Tracy Brooks (Bikini Contest) -
A male wrestler mixing it up with a female? It's Russo-rific! Who cares.


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-- compiled by Jon Waldman