Tuesday, November 17, 2009

TNA: TURNING POINT 11/15/09

So I don't like TNA. There's all kinds of reasons that I don't like it, and most o f them are the same reasons that plenty of people use to explain their dislike of the TNA product. Then Hulk Hogan signed with TNA, so I decided to watch a couple of theri shows so I could spot a difference between before and after Hogan's influence. Turning Point, while probably influenced by the future that is Hogan, is still being booked and produced by the same old guard. So that, combined with the word that some of the matches are pretty tight, made me decide to check it out. I probably won't watch much more than this until Hogan is officially in the fold, as I really don't think I can keep hurting myself like this.

Montage opens with sound bytes from your two main feuds : AJ Styles/Samoa Joe/Christopher Daniels and Desmond Wolfe/Kurt Angle. Interspersed is Dixie talking about change and making history. With some clips of Hulkster running his game on everyone. Myself included

The show kicked off with AMAZING RED vs. HOMICIDE for the X-DIVISION TITLE. Don West was at ring side cheering on his boy and he sounded like he was practically in the commentary booth. The match had some interesting stuff but I couldn't tell you much about it. Red took a really nice beating. His bump for a lariat got a "Holy Shit" chant. Homicide doesn't seem to give a crap. What's funny is that even at that level he seems more entertaining than half the roster. Red wins after reversing a top rope huricanrana into a Code Red. It was a Rey Mysterio formula, but without Rey Mysterio which ain't all that great. So far so bland.

Up next was BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE vs. SARITA and TAYLOR WILDE and ODB. Apparently the rules are that if you pin a champion you get their belt.ODB being the singles champion and the other two broads being the Knock Out tag champs, which I didn't even know exhisted. The match wasn't all that bad. I actually liked it better than the match before it. Velvet Skye was a higlight as a straight up bitch, whipping out an octopus hold and biting and biting her opponents fingers while she had it on. CLASSY. Lacey Von Erich stays out of it, which at this point is probably a good thing. She could probably stand to watch some Beth Pheonix matches to learn how to hold herself like a dominant figure. I mean, she's tall folks. ODB over comes some sparse odds for the win. At least it's getting better.

After a pretty weak promo by Desmond Wolfe, the TAG TITLES are on the line in a three-way between the MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS vs. BEER MONEY, INC vs. WORLD ELITE. World Elite are bump machines in this, letting the other two teams do pretty much whatever the hell they want. I really liked this match UNTIL Eric Young came out and interfered. It wasn't that he interefered, its' that Kevin Nash came out and took his belt back only to smash James Storm in the face with it. SWERVEY! Worlde Elite pull out the win on Robert Roode, while MCMG are apparently lost in limbo.

Kevin Nash gave an interview with Borash about why he did what he did. Apparently it's all apart of HULK's plan. Sounds stupid, but we'll see.

AWESOME KONG vs. TARA in a STEEL CAGE, was pretty fun. Tara got her ass whomped pretty good by the beast. Kong is so good at delivering a beat down, and Tara certainly isn't afraid of getting wrecked. No one was easy on anyone. Tara eventually climbs the cage only to nail a flying Thesz Press for the pin. Just a good all around match, with a perfectly fine ending. Kong doesn't lose too much credibility as Tara is legit tough and it took a top of the cage Thesz Press to pin her. After the match Tara calls out ODB for a title shot. That should be pretty good.

OLD vs. NEW continue their feud this time it manifests itself with a six man tag between TEAM 3-D AND RHINO VS. HERNANDES, D'ANGELO DINERO, and MATT MORGAN. Another solid match here. It's nothing amazing but the I can say the younger guys certainly stand out. So much so that between them, a solid women's division and the three guys in the main event tonight, TNA could just get rid of all the old guys and have a pretty good roster, that could get people talking. Dinero is especially hot shit. I mean a ball of fun. It's like there's no holding this guy back now. The Old Guard from ECW were all good guys (I'm a Rhino fan so there may be some bias), and they cetainly made the young guys look really good. They even had to cheat to win, which is a plus. Still, I'm frankly sick of this old vs. young feud. It's been done, dead and done again x3.

The match I was looking forward to the most, SCOTT STEINER vs. BOBBY LASHLEY in a FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE STREET FIGHT, was next. The build up to this has actually been better than any other match, if you ask me. It's so simple that you can't believe that it came from the same company. And because of that simplicity, it stands out. The in-ring work was just two meat heads chucking the hell out of each other. Lovely. I had the impression that Steiner was in pretty rough shape, but that guy was taking some really nice suplexes here. He even dished out a few, hell, he even through out a top rope Frankensteiner. LOVE IT. Steiner juiced a little, and took some pretty weak shots from Lashley and 2x4. Lashley shouldn't swing weapons ever. Scott shocked the world when he dropped Lashley with a lead pipe shot for the three. Really surprising finish, as both guys were on equal footing since the rules were what they were. Maybe Lashley is going somewhere.

DESMOND WOLFE vs. KURT ANGLE was pretty good. It honestly wasn't anything memorable. Just a good match, that was better than anything before it. One thing that easily kils matches for me is crowd reactions, and this crowd did that. I just really, really hate the crowds at TNA shows. They're so eager to be bigger than the stars, and authoriative. "THIS IS WRESTLING." They say. No shit, thanks for the update guys. I really wish this was infront of a different less smarky crowd. Kurt winning with a flash triangle choke, was pretty tight, as it didn't diminish Desmond, who looked like a total killer, and still made it known that Kurt Angle is the top man, despite who holds the belt.

The build up for the SAMOA JOE vs. CHRISTOPHER DANIELS vs. AJ STYLES match has been oft putting. On paper is kind of okay. The concept of Joe splitting up two friends that are in the same match, is a great approach, and Joe executed his role amazingly well. Daniels and Styles, however, were pretty awful. Just the words that came out of their mouths and how they said them, were so cheesy, it was laughable. But that's all water under the bridge, when it comes to these guys in the ring. And this match came through. All three guys have great minds for matches that move from spot to spot. In singles matches, this can be pretty annoying and unappealing. In 3-ways, it's okay, because you don't really have time to work on one guy's limbs or where them down. 3-ways are built around winning before another guy catches you. Joe was looking pretty spry, and Styles was flawless in this. Amazingly so. The real story was that Daniels looked better than he has in years. So much so, that the fans were clamoring for him to nail the BME. They wanted that win, because he was a work horse son of a bitch in this match. The fact that he hit it and AJ followed with a spring board 450 on him and Joe for the win on Joe, makes the eventual singles rematch very appealing. Yet another reason that the only reason you need the old time wrestlers is to teach and book backstage. Not taking away from some of the very hot, very athletic talent.

OVERALL THOUGHTS: This was a very solid wrestling show. The storyline stuff was mostly stupid, but it was kept to a minimum. If only they could get a new audience in these arenas that don't suck ass, TNA could be going places. Even with the Hulkster I doubt this will happen.

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