November 13, 2011
Countdown to TNA Turning Point
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Turning Point 2011 had a lot of potential, but the shifting around in the Heavyweight Title department has set about a lot of turmoil.
Originally, we seemed destined for a Bobby Roode vs James Storm rematch, but Storm sustained an injury.
So we then switched to a bout between Roode and AJ Styles, but AJ is also injured; and while heís soldiering through the match so far, the quality dropped terribly.
Thatís not something this pay-per-view needs when you consider the other matches on the card.
Case in point: the battle of the Jeffs, Hardy vs. Jarrett. The angle probably appeals to some, but Jarrett being in these angles based on reality is starting to bug me. Hardy probably should have been placed in a spot to work his way up to Jarrett rather than expend his return heat so quickly. Instead, TNA will be dragging this one out.
Next up is Ink Inc. vs. Mexican America. The teams have given it their all, but, well, you need only look at my past previews to get my impressions of either team. I'm really not impressed by either and TNA really needs to get some new blood in their tag team division.
Speaking of titles, Velvet Sky goes up against Gail Kim in another headscratcher of a bout. TNA totally jumped the shark here by going straight to this bout. The expectation, of course, is that Kim goes over and Karen Jarrett puts Velvet on a tough road to get back her title. I canít imagine Gail not winning, but the other possibility is a dirty DQ win. Velvet having the deck firmly stacked against her is a good approach, but I half expect her to have backup, likely in the form of Melina Perez.
Finally (at least in the preview TNA is offering up on their site), we have Crimson vs. Matt Morgan which is a bout that has zero heat. I donít think anyone believes TNA will waste the "big first loss" by Crimson to be to Morgan. Morgan, in my opinion, really needs a change of scenery. Heís been ridiculously stagnant in TNA for quite some time. He needs a new scene, post-haste.
Of course, TNA has lots of room to build other bouts, but top to bottom, this is looking like one of the weaker cards in recent months. Hopefully the action will be better than expected.