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Countdown to TNA Turning Point
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling




Given the recent attendance numbers at TNA house shows, it's hard to qualify tonight's pay-per-view as a Turning Point.

Sub-1,000 attendees is not exactly giving a heck of a lot of confidence to an organization is considered the number-two wrestling promotion in North America.

While the debate over why this is the case could go on for hours (or simply for a couple minutes), it's hard to argue that TNA really needs to turn things around, and not in the overhyped manner that Dixie and Co. have been doing - rather it needs to quietly happen. When you force, you get resistance, and in this case, you get reluctant fans not buying tickets, and just as bad, your pay-per-view.

In summary: At this point, TNA doesn't need a Turning Point, it needs a Turn-Around.

Let's take a look at what's lined up for tonight.


TNA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan

Okay I get that TNA needed a quick fix for Anderson's absence, but turning Morgan, who's spent more time in the last 10 months flipping between face and heel, was the wrong move. No one else in the company could've filled in the spot? Really? Hardy's going over here, at the expense, once again, of the Blueprint.
TNA WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH

Team 3D vs. Motor City Machine Guns

Oh for crying out loud. 3D ain't retiring folks. Even if they split the band up for a bit, as has been rumoured, they'll be back together in 2011. 3D turns heel (again) in a fake retirement angle that starts tonight. DQ victory for the Guns to start this feud.
X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH

Robbie E vs. Jay Lethal

Who has money on J-Woww making an unadvertised appearance tonight? I do! Robbie's not bad in the ring, but the character is overshadowing the worker, and we know how well that worked out for Lethal, don't we. I wouldn't be shocked to see the title swap tonight.
  LOSE THE MATCH, LOSE A MEMBER MATCH

EV2 vs. Fortune
 

Can we get EV2 off our TVs already? I'm sorry to all the ECW fanatics who are getting warm fuzzies from this, but this has gone on far too long. Time to put EV2 out to pasture. If you're starting with one that's fine; but make these elimination matches a weekly occurence, please!
  GRUDGE MATCH

Mickie James vs. Tara
 

Horrible booking here folks. You're basing a feud on something that (did not) happen in WWE and naming the company in the process? What's next - bringing in Sunny and Sable? Seriously, this feud is not entertaining, and the fact that a re-run WWE match is on this card when TNA's biggest strength, arguably, is it's home-grown women's division, says a lot about the confidence that bookers have in their girls. The obvious booking is that Mickie goes over to meet and beat Madison. Feh.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe
 

Joe should be getting the push, but it seems inevitable that there will be a run-in to save Jarrett and give him the scuzzy win. Odds of a guitar shot to end the match are 1.25:1.
  GRUDGE MATCH

Tommy Dreamer vs. Rob Van Dam
 

Again - EV2 shoudl be dead and buried. Sigh.
  LUMBERJACK MATCH

The Pope vs. Abyss
 

Inevitably someone among the lumberjacks is a debuting or returning TNA superstar, likely someone to help The Pope. Dinero wins.

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