Bad Show: TNA Turning Point 2010

Once upon a time, I convinced my friends that a TNA PPV actually seemed interesting enough to pay for.  So we sat down and watched what we thought would be an entertaining show.  Being that we fans had to pay for it, it was safe to assume that TNA’s best stuff would be on display.  Right?

Since that fateful night, none of us at the 1/8th Nelson have ever again been tricked into paying for a TNA show.  So for PPV coverages I either stream the show or read recaps.  Being that the crossed out option is illegal, that certainly never happens, so for Turning Point, I turned to various websites for reviews.  And none of them were good.  As it turns out, along with bad writing and booking which is the one consistent part of TNA, Turning Point was also plagued with bad wrestling.  And all of the reviews have agreed – Turning Point was certainly a low for TNA.  Which is something for a company that is pretty much defined on its lows.

You may recall that last month, the whole THEY plan came together when THEY were revealed to be Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff (to the surprise of absolutely no one) whose overly elaborate plot was to get the title on newly turned heel champion Jeff Hardy.  You might also recall that nothing has really happened since that point since the people fighting against the bad guys either quit or were injured, so we had a quickly turned bad guy be the good guy for this show.  That was Matt Morgan, who had absolutely zero interaction with the champion leading into the PPV.  In fact, the official match wasn’t even signed until after the end of the final episode of Impact.

Well, he lost the match.

Rest of the show after the jump.

  • Robbie E defeated Jay Lethal for the X-Division title after Cookie distracted the referee about a billion times.
  • Mickie James and Tara fought to a no-decision.  After the referee followed the two into the crowd rather than counting them out, he called for the bell after they pushed him.  Apparently, security had to pull the two apart several times.
  • The Motor City Machine Guns retained their titles in a victory over the “retiring” Team 3D.
  • Rob Van Dam defeated Tommy Dreamer in a hardcore match that was said to have gone about ten minutes longer than it needed to.  Both men hugged it out after the match, so apparently everything’s cool now.
  • Fortune finally picked up a win over EV2 when AJ Styles pinned Sabu, causing Flair to fire Sabu.  Brian Kendrick went out early because of his knee.  After the match, Flair sang goodbye to Sabu and RVD and Dreamer came out to bid him farewell.
  • Abyss defeated D’Angelo Dinero in a lumberjack match after Eric Bischoff apparently paid off the Pope’s “congregation” and they all beat him up.
  • Jeff Jarrett defeated Samoa Joe by KO after he choked him out with a night stick while the ref was out.  Gunner and Murphy were involved.
  • During the main event, Matt Morgan hit the Carbon Footprint and went for the pin, which came off as awkward when Jeff Hardy failed to kick out of it.  The match still continued.

Looking Back
You’d think they’re trying to fail, wouldn’t you?  TNA has talent.  TNA has limitless potential.  Yet TNA continues to put on lackluster programs and subpar events time and time again.  Where does the big picture move on from here?  The bad guys have won each battle yet again.  Nothing has changed.  Nothing has developed.  Nothing that would have convinced fans to buy future shows transpired.  What was the point of this show, beyond having to have a PPV every month?

  • So Shore has the X-Division title.  What now?
  • Are we really supposed to believe that Mickie James and Tara hate each other so much that they can’t even control themselves to have an actual match?  Are either even worried about the Knockouts title?  Does someone have to die to end this?
  • So long, Team 3D.  See you next week.
  • So Rob Van Dam is cool with Tommy Dreamer now?  Having a hardcore match convinces him that his opponent is not trying to betray him?  What?
  • So the guy who came in with the ECW reunion PPV and stuck around for a couple months got booted.  Oh, wow, didn’t see that one coming.
  • Paying off the lumberjacks?  Wasn’t Abyss trying to kill them a week ago?
  • Man, this has not been a good year for Samoa Joe.  It has been a good year for Gunner and Murphy, though.
  • Is it just me, or does hell Jeff Jarrett never seem to lose?
  • Hulk Hogan did not appear on this show.

TNA needs to find some purpose and they need to find it quick.

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