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PPV Evaluation - TNA Turning Point 11/11
By Nathan Kyght, PWTorch PPV specialist
BEST MATCH – JEFF HARDY VS. AUSTIN ARIES
A generally strong Turning Point pay-per-view was capped off by an absolutely insane ladder match, as Aries and particularly Hardy were fearless in their main event spot. Seeing matches like these are always a bit cringe-worthy, as the punishment both men took was extreme, but the end result was a truly memorable main event. I like that Hardy retained here, as it is much too soon to switch the title again and would somewhat negate the importance of the Bound for Glory match. I’m interested to see where they go from here, and that’s always a plus.
WORST MATCH – JOSEPH PARK VS. DOC
Does anybody care about Aces & Eights? The angle got a little better when TNA finally unmasked a few members, but picked up little steam. And, this match just dragged. Are they ever pulling the trigger on the "Park is Abyss" angle? And, by then, will it have any impact? Let’s not forget that this match is predicated on the idea that Park was kidnapped and tortured, evidence of which was broadcast on television. Cops shut the Impact Zone down for a run-in once! None of this makes sense, and I can’t be bothered to think it all through.
BIGGEST SURPRISE – JESSIE GODDERZ
Jessie and Tara should be the most annoying act in the company, and yet they’re not. In fact, it’s kind of great.
BIGGEST LETDOWN – ACES & EIGHTS
Granted, Devon was apparently injured in his match with Kurt Angle, so in no way am I criticizing that match for the way it turned out, but Aces & Eights are being booked in essentially the main event program of the entire company, and the two matches they were involved in on the show seemed to be the ones with the least amount of crowd interest. It may be time to move on. Side note: The Turning Point poster was of them. Well, it was actually of a scary cartoon biker dude, but the intent was there.
BEST QUOTE – ERIC YOUNG
Why didn’t Eric Young call ODB back? Because a "shark ate his cell phone," of course.
BEST MOVE – JEFF HARDY
The Twist of Fate onto Aries where both men fell onto a ladder was risky as it comes, but still a great spot in a match that was full of them.
BEST MATCH FINISH – THREE-WAY MATCH
It appears that they have an idea with what to do with A.J. Styles, and may be building towards his "Year of Redemption" as he fights his way back to a title shot. Either way, the closing part of this match was terrific, and James Storm getting a needed big show win was the way to go.
- Samoa Joe and Magnus had a good match to open the show, and I like that they have seemingly gone back to basics with Joe and are booking him as an unstoppable champion again. Magnus also seems to be on the cusp of a major push, and everything worked in this match. A good opener.
- RVD and Joey Ryan had a decent match, although nothing special. Not sure where they’re going with the Matt Morgan and Hulk Hogan angle, but hopefully it’s something cohesive that elevates Ryan, who has a great grasp on his character.
- Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez had another good match with Kazarian and Daniels, although it was a few notches below their fantastic TV match from a few weeks back. I believe Guerrero and Hernandez have a real connection with the fans, and I think that Kazarian and Daniels are the best act in the company. Solid stuff.
WHAT IT’LL BE REMEMBERED FOR
The ladder match. The undercard of the show featured some good to great wrestling, but was somewhat of a holding pattern type show until Hardy and Aries tore it up in the main event. You can’t do a match like that very often, but this one was a home run. A spectacular end to an enjoyable, if not particularly memorable night of TNA.
UPDATED 2012 PPV EVALUATION RANKINGS
1 - WWE EXTREME RULES (2012-04-29)
2 - WWE WRESTLEMANIA XXVIII (2012-04-01)
3 - WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER (2012-02-19)
4 - TNA SLAMMIVERSARY (2012-06-10)
5 - TNA DESTINATION X (2012-07-08)
6 - TNA SACRIFICE (2012-05-13)
7 – WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS (2012-09-16)
8 - WWE MONEY IN THE BANK (2012-07-15)
9 – TNA HARDCORE JUSTICE (2012-08-12)
10 – WWE SUMMERSLAM (2012-08-19)
11 - WWE OVER THE LIMIT (2012-05-20)
12 – TNA BOUND FOR GLORY (2012-10-14)
13 - WWE ROYAL RUMBLE (2012-1-29)
14 – TNA TURNING POINT (2012-11-11)
15 - TNA VICTORY ROAD (2012-03-18)
16 - TNA LOCKDOWN (2012-04-15)
17 – WWE HELL IN A CELL (2012-10-28)
18 - WWE NO WAY OUT (2012-06-17)
19 – TNA NO SURRENDER (2012-09-09)
20 - TNA GENESIS (2012-01-08)
21 – TNA AGAINST ALL ODDS (2012-02-12)
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