TNA PPVs CALDWELL'S TNA TURNING POINT PPV RESULTS 11/13: Complete "virtual time" coverage of live PPV - Roode-Styles, five title matches
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TNA Turning Point PPV Results
November 13, 2011
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
The PPV started with a political-oriented video package documenting Robert Roode's heel turn to capture the TNA World Title. The focus was on Roode-James Storm, but the scheduled main event tonight is Roode vs. A.J. Styles for the TNA World Title.
Impact Zone: Mike Tenay set the stage for the PPV, noting Styles challenges for the TNA World Title and four other titles will be on the line. Tenay and Taz were shown on-camera to add more analysis to Roode's heel turn.
1 -- TV champion ERIC YOUNG vs. ROBBIE E. (w/Rob Terry) -- TV Title match
The crowd was into Young's comedy routine as he came out for the opening match. Young bailed from the ring and ran into Terry, then engaged the front row crowd in some shenanigans. Young returned to the ring, then bailed to the floor again and pretended to lock up with So Cal Val for another comedy moment. Taz decided it was appropriate to suggest Val is loose by saying Val often locks up with guys. EY re-returned to the ring and Robbie began wearing him down as Terry stood ringside with arms folded.
Young made it to his feet, then started to Hulk Up before dropping his pants. Young apparently gained strength from his near-nakedness and delivered a top-rope elbow, but Terry yanked Robbie to the outside to avoid a three count. Young removed his second layer of clothing, then flew off the top rope with a splash onto both men. On the way back into the ring, EY took a clothesline from Terry, who then rolled Young back into the ring. Robbie capitalized with a pin and it was good for the win. Robbie takes the TV Title and ends a 12-match losing streak on TV & PPV.
WINNER: Robbie at 7:50 to capture the TV Title. Basic opener to warm up the crowd and switch a devalued title from a comedy act to someone who had won two televised matches all year prior to this match. (*1/4)
Earlier Today: A.J. Styles arriving at the building. Styles had a stern look on his face selling he was not in a good mood. Robert Roode was then shown arriving at the building with a sense of cocky confidence written on his face.
Up next: Tag Title match. After a video package recapped the Ink, Inc. vs. Mexican America feud, the challengers came out waving the U.S. flag in honor of Veteran's Day earlier this week. Mexican America was out next with Rosita and Sarita. Tenay noted this will be a six-person tag with Sarita joining the tag champs.
2 -- TNA tag champions MEXICAN AMERICA (HERNANDEZ & ANARQUIA) & SARITA (w/Rosita) vs. INK, INC. (SHANNON MOORE & JESSE NEAL) & TOXXIN -- TNA Tag Title match
After a feeling-out process to begin the match, Hernandez and Neal had an intense exchange to evaluate the other's strength. The heels then cheated to take control on Neal, who fought back against Hernandez. The Knockouts then took simultaneous tags and Toxxin had a pin on Sarita, but Hernandez interfered. Ink, Inc. came to Toxxin's defense by dumping Hernandez to the floor. Moore followed with a springboard moonsault on Hernandez. Back in the ring, Neal dropped Anarquia on the mat before dropping Toxxin onto Anarquia. Neal and Toxxin then ripped off Anarquia's pants, exposing his rear end. In the confusion, Sarita smashed Toxxin with a belt shot. She made a cover and ref Earl Hebner returned to the ring to make a count.
WINNERS: Mexican America at 8:28 to retain the TNA Tag Titles. Another match, another mid-match removal of clothing. Otherwise, a basic TV-level match with a disorganized ending. TNA's tag division has completely dropped off the map compared to where it was last year with the Machineguns vs. Beer Money feud. (*1/4)
Backstage: JB brought in X Division champion Austin Aries and Kid Kash to discuss the three-way match against Jesse Sorensen. Kash dodged a question on whether it's going to be a handicap match against Sorensen or a true three-way. Aries was more forthcoming that it will be a handicap match. Aries told Sorensen that it's not high school anymore. Kash added that he's going to make Sorensen into a man tonight. Aries told Kash to hurry on to the ring. Aries then stayed behind to get more face time as JB sent it to the ring.
3 -- X Division champion AUSTIN ARIES vs. KID KASH vs. JESSE SORENSEN -- three-way X Division Title match
Sorensen tried to avoid the early double-team before knocking both men to the outside. Sorensen then nailed a flip dive onto Aries and Kash ringside. Back in the ring, Kash shoved Sorensen off the top turnbuckle and Aries followed with a neckbreaker. The heels then began to take turns wearing down Sorensen, but Kash kept trying to score pins, which Aries reminded him was not part of the plan. The discussion allowed Sorensen to dropkick Kash to the floor and work on Aries. Sorensen followed with a top-rope splash, but Kash broke up a pin attempt. The heels then went back to double-teaming Sorensen. But, Sorensen kept fighting back.
On the floor, though, Kash knocked down Sorensen and Aries delivered a suicide dive through the ropes. Back in the ring, Aries made a cover, but Kash broke it up. "It's not part of the plan!" Aries shouted toward Kash, who was trying to keep his temper in check. Aries and Kash had another discussion, allowing Sorensen to land some offense before the heels cut him off again. Kash and Aries then went up top in opposite corners and Aries did the Eddie Guerrero shake. He tried a frog splash, but Sorensen blocked. Sorensen then avoided a moonsault from Kash.
Sorensen made another comeback and delivered an atomic drop to Aries followed by a swinging neckbreaker. Kash broke up a pin, though. At 10:00, Aries cornered Sorensen and went for a running splash, but Sorensen got a boot up in time. Kash then ripped off two chops before they collided mid-ring. Aries was on the floor as Kash and Sorensen recovered on the mat. Sorensen tried to recover and execute a top-rope move, but Kash crotched him and delivered a textbook superplex. Kash then did a throat-slash gesture and vowed to end Sorensen with the Moneymaker double underhook. Kash had the pin, but Aries put Sorensen's foot on the bottom rope. "You freakin' kidding me?!" Kash shouted. Kash didn't know what to do next, so Aries suddenly rolled up Kash from behind for the pin and the win.
Post-match: Aries ran right out of the ring shouting "Sorry, sorry!" He then thanked Kash, who seethed in the ring. Kash looked back toward Sorensen and they cut to the back.
WINNER: Aries at 12:54 to retain the X Division Title. Very good execution of a basic story. Aries was a master storyteller, Kash played his veteran role well, and the heels controlled the pace of the match to set up Sorensen's multiple comebacks and not give him too much to handle in a rookie role. Plus, no one was pantsed. Well done. (**1/2)
Backstage: JB brought in A.J. Styles to talk about Styles's reaction to Robert Roode's heel turn and the way he won the World Title. Styles said he's been in TNA for nine years, been champ four times, and he did it with honor and respect. He said Roode trashed everything they did as a team in Fortune. Styles told Roode that he intends on doing more than spitting in Roode's face tonight, but knocking it off. He said Roode's reign as champ isn't going to last much longer.
4 -- CHRISTOPHER DANIELS vs. ROB VAN DAM -- No DQ match
Before the match started, Daniels took the mic and told "Bob" that he doesn't understand how they got to this point of a No DQ match because he's not a savage like the fans or a hardcore wrestler like RVD because he's a real wrestler. Daniels entered the ring and asked for a straight-up wrestling match before cheap-shotting RVD to start the match. RVD quickly absorbed the pre-match attack before delivering signature offense. Daniels tried to buy time by side-stepping RVD and tossing him to the floor, but RVD quickly re-entered the ring, crotched Daniels on the ropes, and delivered a thrust kick that sent Daniels to the floor. Daniels decided to take a walk, but Rob grabbed him, absorbed a blow, and delivered a hip toss onto the entrance ramp. RVD then hung Daniels across the guardrail and executed a running dropkick.
Back in the ring, Daniels blatantly threw ref Earl Hebner into RVD before delivering the STO. Daniels then retrieved a chair and jabbed it into Rob's gut. He followed with a slam onto the chair, but Rob kicked out in time. The announcers reminded viewers the match is contractually No DQ despite Daniels's claimed gentleman's agreement for a straight-up match. Daniels then grabbed his trust screwdriver and tried to jab RVD, but RVD held up a chair to block. RVD followed with the Van Daminator into Daniels's face before going up top for the Five Star Frogsplash. It was good for the win.
WINNER: RVD at 11:17. Solid singles match. More good storytelling with Daniels getting his comeuppance for his heelish tactics. RVD seemed to give an inspired effort, which was better than his past PPV "effort" going through the motions. (**)
Backstage: JB brought in new TV champion Ronnie E. and Rob Terry. Ronnie said he now has the bling to represent them as the biggest TV stars in TNA. He vowed to be TV champ for a long, long, long time.
5 -- MATT MORGAN vs. CRIMSON
Before the bell sounded, the two big men talked trash across the ring to sell the competition. Methodical feeling-out process to begin the match before Morgan no-sold a shoulder block and told him not tonight. Crimson brushed it off. Test of Strength led to another stalemate. They circled the ring again before Crimson landed a knee to the gut followed by knee lifts. Morgan broke free, shook his head "no," and nailed a discus clothesline. Crimson came back with offense before Morgan took Crimson to the corner and landed shoulder thrusts. Morgan then clotheslined Crimson over the top rope to the floor.
The match moved to the floor , where the two men traded offense using the guardrails for assistance. Crimson then tried to run Morgan into the ring steps, but Morgan leaped over the steps, then back-kicked the steps into Crimson. Back in the ring, Morgan landed a corner clothesline followed by a sidewalk slam for a two count. Morgan followed with trademark back elbow smashes in the corner, but Crimson came walking out of the corner no-selling. Morgan sold shock, then missed with a clothesline and Crimson landed successive clotheslines. Crimson missed with a corner attack moments later and Morgan scored with a chokeslam for a close two count. "Morgan, Morgan" chant as Morgan re-assessed his plan of attack. Crimson avoided the Carbon Footprint, then speared Morgan for a two count.
They reset with Crimson landing forearm blows, but Morgan surprised Crimson off the ropes with the CFP. Crimson rolled to the floor to avoid a pin, though. Morgan rolled him back into the ring for the pin, but Crimson kicked out. Morgan became frustrated. He then missed with a corner attack and ran into the Red Sky bomb. Crimson made a cover, but Morgan kicked out. The two men sold exhaustion before recovering on opposite sides of the ring. They returned to where it all began with a face-to-face mid-ring. Crimson landed a right hand, Morgan laughed it off, then landed a right hand. Crimson smiled, too, and landed a right. Morgan followed with a haymaker and Crimson spit over the top rope to the floor. Morgan waved him on. Another blow. Another smile. Morgan fired himself up and delivered a right.
They started trading rapid-fire blows from a standing position and the poor ref got shoved down in the process. The ref then called for the bell and the two men stared him down. Morgan and Crimson stood with hands on hips as the crowd chanted, "Let them fight." Hemme announced the ref has DQ'ed both wrestlers. Morgan and Crimson then resumed their mid-ring fight as the ref called for the bell over and over. The strikes weren't impressive here, as there wasn't a lot of umph behind them, but could be explained in storyline context as the two men wore each other out during the match. Security hit the ring to separate the two men. Crimson then tackled Morgan and the fight was on again. They eventually rolled to the outside and traded more blows. Morgan just towered over these security folks. Crimson, separated, said he took everything Morgan has. Tenay said nothing was settled here and Crimson's "streak" is still intact.
WINNER: Double DQ at 12:06. This was refreshing seeing two big heavyweights just have a stand-up fight and sell being evenly matched. Too many big men get knocked off their feet too easily in this era and end up wrestling on the mat, which doesn't play to a big man's strengths. Morgan seemed to come out of this stronger than Crimson, who instantly lost some credibility being shorter than Morgan when Crimson is marketed as a tall, intimidating figure. Overall, this seemed to be the set up for a Last Man Standing or No DQ re-match between the two. It's worth a re-match if TNA is looking to enhance Morgan, but wouldn't necessarily benefit Crimson. (**1/4)
Backstage: JB brought in Scott Steiner, who was admiring his biceps muscle, and Bully Ray, who did the talking. Steiner wanted some mic time, but Ray told him just to keep flexing. Ray cut a promo on Mr. Anderson before Steiner told Ray to relax. He said he knows all of Abyss's weaknesses because he went to Parts Unknown to find Abyss's girlfriend. He said she's a cross between the rednecks in the crowd and a billy goat. Ray couldn't keep this under control and eventually just told Steiner to hit the ring and flex. That was amazingly random.
6 -- SCOTT STEINER & BULLY RAY vs. MR. ANDERSON & ABYSS
The crowd started chanting for Steiner, the heel, a few minutes into the match. Steiner responded by telling the crowd to shut up. It's an indictment of TNA's booking of Anderson, who's turned heel and face too many times this year, and Abyss, whose face turn was mishandled, and another example of the crowd cheering a veteran over trying to figure out whatever the back-story is for this match. Ray eventually lost control of Anderson, who tagged in Abyss, but Steiner distracted the ref so the tag could be disallowed.
Steiner re-entered the ring to "Steiner, Steiner" chants. He then flipped off the crowd to the tune of their chant. Ray tried to get Steiner back on track, then decided to tag himself back in. Anderson dropped Ray with a DDT, then the crowd chanted for Steiner again. Ray made the tag to Steiner at the same time Abyss tagged in. Abyss landed offense on Steiner, then hit a splash from the turnbuckle for a two count. Abyss called for a chokeslam and connected center-ring. Ray broke up a pin attempt, though, and the crowd chanted for Steiner again.
The action broke down at 10:00 and bodies started going everywhere. In the ring, Anderson splashed Steiner, who kicked out of a pin attempt. Steiner came back with an STO for a reaction, but Anderson kicked out of a pin. Steiner then took Anderson up top and hit the Frankensteiner. He made a cover on Anderson, but the ref disallowed it for some reason. He claimed there was a tag, but just counted a nearfall for Steiner on Anderson. What? In the confusion, Abyss snuck up behind Steiner and dropped him with the Black Hole Slam for the pin and the win.
Post-match: Steiner and Ray brought a table into the ring, then drove Abyss through the table with a double-team move. Abyss popped up and no-sold, though. Steiner then bailed out of the ring, Ray sold he was looking at a ghost, and left the ring selling shock. Abyss stood his ground as Tenay said Gunner's words about Abyss returning to monster form seems true.
WINNERS: Anderson & Abyss at 11:47. This was the obligatory TNA PPV match that goes completely off the rails. Referee incompetence, over-booking, the crowd more interested in entertaining themselves, and undefined/watered-down characters the crowd wasn't invested in (Anderson and Abyss). This wasn't good use of Ray, who had been performing at a high level prior to this. (*)
Backstage: JB brought in Karen Jarrett, Gail Kim, and Madison Rayne to discuss Gail's KO Title challenge against Velvet Sky. Karen Jarrett went through the playbook of vile words to describe Velvet, which TNA had gotten away from as of late. Karen talked up Gail before wishing her luck, but reminded Gail she won't need it.
7 -- Knockouts champion VELVET SKY vs. Knockouts tag champion GAIL KIM -- Knockouts Title match
Velvet was the aggressor early on, then Gail took control. Karen Jarrett emerged and started walking toward the ring applauding Gail. As Sky made a comeback, Karen got involved, then Madison Rayne got involved. A second attempt at behind-the-back interference led to Gail's Eat Defeat on Velvet for the pin and the win.
WINNER: Gail at 5:52 to capture the KO Title. Well, that was a short title reign.
Backstage: A camera snuck up on Eric Bischoff, who was apparently yelling at his wife on the phone saying she should have taken her BC pills 27 years ago and he wouldn't be dealing with Garrett right now. He vowed to handle it Thursday on Impact, then hung up as Bully Ray came ranting and raving toward Bischoff. Ray said they just put Abyss through a table and he popped up like nothing happened. He said they need to re-think this strategy and do something. Bischoff told Ray to get control and show leadership.
Impact Zone: Jeff & Karen Jarrett came out first for the semi-main event. Jeff Hardy then stammered out on-stage wearing a wild facemask of sorts for his PPV in-ring return. Hardy slapped hands with ringside fans before removing the mask to reveal a green, black, and white combination facepaint color scheme. It looked like an Oregon Ducks color scheme that didn't make the cut.
8 -- JEFF HARDY vs. JEFF JARRETT (w/Karen Jarrett)
Hardy stormed the ring and the bell sounded. Hardy immediately hit Twist of Fate and made a cover for a quick, surprise win. Jeff and Karen immediately complained about a fast count, then Jarrett asked for one more match. Hardy surveyed the crowd, then agreed, so the bell sounded again.
WINNER: Hardy at 0:06.
9 -- JEFF HARDY vs. JEFF JARRETT (w/Karen Jarrett)
Once the bell sounded for the re-start, Jarrett quickly attacked Hardy and put the boots to him. Hardy made a comeback, but Jarrett cut the legs out from under him on the top turnbuckle and began a methodical attack on Hardy. The two men then began trading standing blows before Jarrett dropped Hardy on his back. Jarrett wanted the figure four leglock, but Hardy countered with a small package for a quick three count and the win.
Post-match, Jarrett sat on the mat selling shock as Hardy limped around the ringside area. Jarrett held up two fingers as Karen ranted & raved on ref Earl. Hardy continued to limp around the ringside area as the announcers suggested Hardy has Jarrett's number. Jarrett then left the ring and grabbed a chair. He chased down Hardy on the entrance ramp and delivered a direct chair shot to the head. Jarrett screamed down at Hardy that it will be over when he says it's over. Jarrett rolled Hardy back into the ring and delivered The Stroke. Jarrett demanded Hebner count to three, but Hardy kicked out and crucifix pinned Jarrett for another three count. Jarrett freaked out like a madman as Hardy rolled out of the ring to avoid Jarrett again.
WINNER: Hardy at 5:42. Basic heel comeuppance for Jarrett to give the crowd a "feel good moment" before the main event, where Roode is expected to retain.
Announcers: Tenay and Taz said something was going on backstage. Hardy emerged through the curtain and was greeted by babyfaces Crimson, Sorensen, Eric Young, and A.J. Styles for the big moment. Styles extended his hand, Hardy shook, and Styles walked off for his main event title challenge. Back to the announcers, who said Styles gave Hardy the big deal of an endorsement.
Backstage: JB brought in TNA World champ Robert Roode. Roode did the "Bully Ray after turning on Brother Devon" promo that he was Beer Money and he was Fortune. He didn't need Styles, Kazarian, or James Storm. Roode said they were just cramping his style. He said he sure is selfish and he will win at cost. He called himself the leader of the selfish generation and the "I factor" of pro wrestling. Roode then held up the Fortune hand signal and turned it into a middle finger salute to Styles. "Fortune Four...no more," he said.
Impact Zone: A.J. Styles was out first for the main event. New champ Robert Roode came out next as Tenay and Taz continued to play up the label of Roode as the leader of the "selfish generation." In the ring, JB handled formal ring introductions as they reached the bottom of the third hour.
10 -- TNA World Hvt. champion ROBERT ROODE vs. A.J. STYLES -- TNA World Title match
Once the bell sounded, Roode ducked under the ropes to avoid Styles, who wasn't showing effects from his injured ankle early on. No mention of it from the announcers, either. Styles then landed a clean blow to the face and Roode ducked to the outside for a breather. Styles continued to frustrate Roode and the match moved to the floor, where Styles inflicted more punishment. Roode then caught Styles coming back into the ring to regain control of the match. The battle moved up top and Styles won the battle with a top-rope superplex. The two men were slow to their feet, then started trading blows mid-ring. Styles landed a running cross-body splash, but Roode rolled through and tried to secure a pin with a foot on the ropes, but Styles kicked out. Roode followed with a Double R spinebuster for a two count.
At 12:30, Styles came back with a back body drop. Roode avoided a springboard flip splash, though, but Styles came back with a Clash attempt, only to have Roode counter into a Crossface. After some tense moments for Styles, he escaped, then delivered a desperation half-powerbomb. They reset with Roode flipping Styles over the top rope to the ring apron, where Styles launched himself for a springboard forearm smash that resulted in a two count. The ref then became involved in a corner spot and took a kick to the groin in the middle of it.
After Styles came back with offense, Roode went down to two knees and tried apologizing to Styles to beg for forgiveness. Styles was having none of it and delivered successive offense. He then dumped Roode to the floor and measured Roode for a suicide dive, but Roode side-stepped and Styles ate the floor. Roode was the first man back in the ring as Styles struggled to re-enter. Roode quickly capitalized with a Fisherman Suplex with bridge pin, but Styles kicked out. Roode tried again, but Styles hit the Pele Kick. Styles tried to hit the Clash, but Roode blocked, rolled up Styles, hooked the tights, and scored a three count for the win. Taz, who defended Roode earlier, said it was a cheap win, but effective. They went to a replay of the finish before going to back and forth shots of Roode and Styles selling reactions to the finish. Tenay wrapped up the PPV before they concluded at 10:52 p.m. EST.
WINNER: Roode at 19:33 to retain the TNA World Title. They picked up the pace near the end to reach three-star level, but the crowd wasn't all the way invested (could be because of the quick changes to TNA's top storyline, the burn-out factor, or the tourists not familiar with one or both main-eventers), and the outcome never seemed to be in doubt. After going through all of the trouble of turning Roode heel, he is their champion right now and Styles was presented as a fill-in PPV main event opponent before TNA gets to another round of Roode-Storm. (***)
TNA's next PPV: Final Resolution on December 11.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Could go either way on a slight thumbs up or slight thumbs down based on the standalone in-ring action. No real stand-out, must-see match, though, and the event is not replay worthy. There wasn't enough here to justify TNA even having a PPV, which is an issue with six-to-eight of their monthly events in-between the PPVs they actually care about. With all of the changes at the top-line of TNA's storylines after Bound for Glory, this PPV just got in the way four weeks after BFG.
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