Turning Point Preview & Predictions
Turning Point comes to us live this Sunday from the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL. The main event will feature Jeff Hardy defending the TNA World Championship for the first time against Matt Morgan. Aside from that match, seven more have been scheduled which include a Team 3D retirement match and a fan lumberjack match.
– Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan (TNA World Championship)
– Motorcity Machine Guns vs. Team 3D (TNA Tag Team Championship/Retirement Match)
– Jay Lethal vs. Robbie E. (X Division Championship)
– EV2 vs. Fortune (Winning Team Fires Member of Losing Team)
– Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe
– Tommy Dreamer vs. Rob Van Dam
– Mickie James vs. Tara
– Abyss vs. D’Angelo Dinero (Lumberjack Match)
Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Morgan (TNA World Championship)
This match was changed at the last minute as Mr. Anderson suffered a concussion after Jeff Hardy hit him in the back of the head with a steel chair. Since then, Eric Bischoff has tried time and time again to get Mr. Anderson to compete only to anger Matt Morgan who is on a crusade to educate people on the seriousness and severity of concussions. At the end of last Thursday’s Impact, Morgan took out Bischoff with a Carbon Footprint and signed his name on the contract to face Hardy for the championship.
Morgan’s face turn was rushed as it quickly occurred over the course of a couple weeks, but it is understandable due to the fact that Anderson’s head injury put them in a tight spot. Concussions are a hot button issue right now in all sports and TNA has seemed to turn a bad situation into a positive by educating the talent and fans alike about the dangers of concussions and banning chair shots to the head altogether. Sure, head injuries are bound to happen in pro wrestling, but in most instances they can be prevented by taking out any unnecessary risks.
As for this particular match, I expect to see a lot of interference from Immortal and while Hardy may lose due to disqualification, he will retain the TNA World Championship.
Starman’s Prediction: Jeff Hardy to retain the TNA World Championship.
Motorcity Machine Guns vs. Team 3D (TNA Tag Team Championship/Retirement Match)
At Bound for Glory, Team 3D announced that they would be retiring from tag team competition, however, they wanted to go out with one last match against the tag team champions. The Motorcity Machine Guns agreed to the match and are putting up the gold against the 23-time tag team champions. Either Team 3D will go out on top or lose their last match together as a team.
I am going back and forth on this match. On one side, Team 3D could have a great match against the Machine Guns and put them over or they could win the titles for a 24th time so they can go out on top only to vacate the titles the following week on Impact. TNA certainly has enough teams for a tag team title tournament, but I see no reason for the Machine Guns to lose at this point. With both Brother Ray and Brother Devon signing new contracts with, they will be sticking around for a while so I figure the first logical step is for the two to feud with each other, which will stem from this loss.
Starman’s Prediction: The Motorcity Machine Guns to retain the Tag Team Championship.
Jay Lethal vs. Robbie E. (X Division Championship)
The Shore made their debut just before Bound for Glory and made some headlines after having a scuffle with Jwoww from MTV’s Jersey Shore reality TV show. Shortly after, Robbie E. attacked Jay Lethal at Bound for Glory and defeated him, with some outside help from Cookie, in a Jersey Shore Street Fight to win a shot at the X Division Championship.
As much as I hate it, TNA should strike while the iron is hot with Robbie E. I feel that he isn’t getting the type of heat that he should be, but TNA is getting some added exposure because of him and Cookie. Because of this, I have a feeling that Robbie E. will be winning the X Division Championship at Turning Point. The whole gimmick is pretty worthless in my opinion, but they might as well get as much out of it as they can before it loses its appeal.
Starman’s Prediction: Robbie E. to win the X Division Championship.
EV2 vs. Fortune (Winning Team Fires Member of Losing Team)
Fortune and EV2 went at it at Bound for Glory in a Lethal Lockdown match. EV2 won that battle, but the war is still going on as these two sides are going at it again with the winning team getting to fire one of the members of the losing team. The participants of the match hasn’t been announced, but one can assume it will be AJ Styles, Kazarian and Beer Money against Rhino, Sabu and Raven and Stevie Richards.
Fortune still more often than not comes up on the losing end of their matches, but I feel that they luck is about to change in this match. This is mainly due to the fact that Sabu was recently told that his services would no longer be needed and Rhino’s contract is coming to an end. This gives TNA an easy solution as to who can be let go with this match, plus Fortune needs to come up with a big win here to give them some momentum. Sabu or Rhino will be fired after this match. I’d be surprised if anyone else, aside from possibly Raven, would be fired from the company.
Starman’s Prediction: Fortune to win the match and fire Sabu or Rhino.
Jeff Jarrett vs. Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe aligned himself with Jeff Jarrett to take on Kevin Nash, Sting and D’Angelo Dinero at Bound for Glory before it was revealed who “they” actually were. During said match, Jarrett left Joe in the ring by himself and was eventually revealed to have been in cahoots with Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and the rest of Immortal. Jarrett then took it a step further by brutally beating Joe down on a recent episode of Impact and sending him crashing through the stage.
I can really see this match going either way. Jarrett could take the victory to give the Immortal faction a huge win. On the other hand, Joe could use the win to give Immortal a much needed adversary, especially since Kevin Nash, Sting, Kurt Angle and Mr. Anderson are all out of the picture. Since I can’t decide, I am going to split it down the middle and say that Joe will win via disqualification after other members of Immortal become involved in the match.
Starman’s Prediction: Samoa Joe to win via disqualification.
Tommy Dreamer vs. Rob Van Dam
Eric Bischoff has planted an idea in RVD’s head that someone from EV2 has been talking to them and trying to join Immortal. The paranoia has gotten the best of RVD as he is taking it out on his EV2 buddies trying to find out who the possible turncoat is. Tommy Dreamer has tried to calm him down but it hasn’t helped matters at all. Dreamer then suggested they settle things the old fashioned way, with a good ol’ brawl.
For some reason the thought in the back of my mind is that Bischoff and RVD are working together and he is the one that will be joining Immortal. Of course, it could all just be something that Bischoff is using to mess with RVD’s head, as I would much rather see RVD gunning for Immortal than to actually see him in Immortal. TNA has already ruined their most over face in Jeff Hardy, I wouldn’t put it passed them to do the same to the next most over face in RVD. In the end, RVD will win this match.
Starman’s Prediction: RVD to win the match.
Mickie James vs. Tara
Mickie James and Tara have some unfinished business to take care of from their days in WWE. Tara is under the assumption that Mickie was in some way responsible for her release, while Mickie says they have never been friends and that Tara has taken it to another level by attacking her from behind. With this match, Mickie will be taking a detour on her quest to become the TNA Knockouts Champion.
I’m sure this won’t be the last time we see these two square off in the ring, and this match should be a welcome change for the Knockouts division, almost reminiscent to what it once was. Since Mickie’s eventual title match is probably coming sooner than later, a loss this early in her newest run in TNA would be a mistake. With that said, I have to pick Mickie James to win the first battle between the two of them before moving on and setting her sights on Madison Rayne.
Starman’s Prediction: Mickie James to win the match.
Abyss vs. D’Angelo Dinero (Lumberjack Match)
D’Angelo Dinero has called out Abyss and has vowed to pimp slap the monster over and over again. It didn’t quite happen that way, though, as Abyss destroyed a casket with Janice with the Pope locked inside and has focused his attention on some of the members of the Pope’s congregation (a/k/a the TNA fans). This lumberjack match was then booked and the lumberjacks that will surround the ring with be the TNA fans.
This concept has been done before in TNA and was called the Fans Revenge Lumberjack Match that put Samoa Joe against Jeff Jarrett and took place at No Surrender in 2006. Those fans, though, we given leather straps to use on the wrestlers, more specifically on Jarrett. It hasn’t been said if the fans will be given anything this time around, but I expect this to be more of the same with the fan favorite Pope defeating Abyss.
Starman’s Prediction: D’Angelo Dinero to win the lumberjack match.
There is the Turning Point pay-per-view preview and predictions. In my own opinion, this card doesn’t look too good on paper or with how it was built up. It wasn’t all entirely TNA’s fault either (such as Mr. Anderson’s injury), but it seems like there has been a great Immortal hangover that they haven’t quite fully recuperated from.
Is this event worth your hard earned money to watch live? Probably not. I can usually pick out a few potential high spots on any card, but this one seems to even be lacking that. Oddly enough, last year’s Turning Point PPV was one of the best events TNA had put on in quite some time. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening once again this time around. Might want to use that hard earned money to purchase last year’s Turning Point DVD, I can almost guarantee that it will be a better investment.
As always, live coverage of Turning Point will take place on Gerweck.net starting at 8PM EST.