The Crow's Nest - Turning Point Wishes and Predictions
Nov 9, 2012 - 3:47:16 AM
1) TNA Turning Point Wishes and Predictions (9/11/12)
TNA's next PPV, Turning Point, is coming up shortly, so it's time for yours truly to make his predictions once again. Sadly I won't be able to watch the show live as I'll be drunk on a beach in the Dominican, but you can bet I'll see it when I get back.
Heading into last night's Impact, there were 5 matches announced. Now we have a more full card with 3 more matches having been announced last night, and as much as I hate last minute additions to PPV cards, overall the show looks pretty solid. At first glance, I'm thinking that my wishes and predictions aren't going to be that far off from each other. I could be wrong on that, but let's see about that shall we?
As much as I like Daniels and Kaz as a team, my favourite thing about this whole feud is that Hernandez FINALLY appears to have stepped up his in-ring game. I now fear less for the lives of his opponents when he's in a match. I don't know if his training just finally kicked in, or if it has something to do with the calibre of his current associates and opponents, but he's actually capable of pulling off a decent match now. He'll never be confused with a technical wizard in the ring, but he's harnessed his strength and is now pulling off that monster role much more effectively.
As for the match itself, that's a tricky pick to make. Daniels and Kaz have had the upper hand lately, with a win last night in the 6-man tag match and the beatdown of the Spanish announce team the week before, so it would be easy to pick the current champions to retain. On the other hand though, Daniels and Kaz are one of the best things going in TNA right now, and it might make sense to have them regain them, despite Chavo and Hernandez only winning the belts less than a month ago. Considering there isn't a whole lot else going on in the tag division right now though, I think I'm going to go with my gut on this one.
What I Think Will Happen: Chavo & Hernandez retain
What I Wish Would Happen: Chavo & Hernandez retain
This is one of the easier matches for me to predict, but at the same time my prediction is based on one assumption: TNA will want Aces & 8s to look as strong as possible after the PPV. The group is finally picking up some steam after a period of getting quite stagnant, so to me it makes sense that they'll want any matches involving group members to accomplish that "making them look good" task. Devon has stepped it up since being revealed as a member of A&8, and Angle is still one of the best wrestlers in the industry today, so I'm looking for this match to be quite good. Like I said though, this and my other A&8 match prediction are dependent on that one assumption. I figure TNA will either have them lose both or win both, no split. DOC (which I'm not big on as a name for the former Luke Gallows) is making his official PPV debut as an unmasked wrestler, so he needs the win to look good. Unless Devon loses by DQ or some other shenanigans, I don't see him walking away without the win.
What I Think Will Happen: Devon wins
What I Wish Would Happen: Devon wins
I think I may have mentioned before how big a fan of Magnus I am, at least a few times anyways. This dude has really made people stand up and take notice over the past few months, and I think he's finally at the point where he deserves a run with a singles title. Joe has done a solid job as the Television Champion over the past month and a bit, and despite having a fairly short run so far, he's actually put the belt back on the path to being worth something again. So really I find myself at a bit of a crossroads here. On one hand, it's time for Magnus to win some gold. He's at an all-time high in terms of the reaction he gets from the crowd, and he could use a big win to keep that momentum going. On the other hand, does it really make sense to cut Joe's reign so short? He's done a solid job with the belt so far, as I mentioned earlier, and I absolutely HATE titles being traded around with seemingly no regard for the belt's prestige or credibility. Magnus may have gotten the win over Joe last night on Impact, but Joe got the win at Bound For Glory last month when these two fought over the belt.
Regardless of the outcome on Sunday though, I really hope this feud continues even further. Magnus and Joe have proven that they can work in the ring together, so there's no real worries about match quality slipping. I'm not 100% confident in this pick, because I could really make an argument for both sides. I've got to go with my gut again though, and hope that it's Magnus' time to shine as a singles champion.
What I Think Will Happen: Magnus wins
What I Wish Would Happen: Magnus wins
So the winner of this match gets a shot at the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at the next PPV, Final Resolution. That's pretty standard fare as far as #1 Contender's matches go. The thing that makes this particular contender's match different, however, is that the wrestler who gets pinned won't get another shot at the belt until at least Bound For Glory next year.
I could make an argument for any of these guys to win the match. Bobby Roode was a phenomenal World Champion during his reign, and he cemented his spot in the main event. He may not be in top-of-the-card matches every week, but he made enough of an impact to make future title reigns a believable possibility. AJ Styles has long been TNA's "golden boy" that they can look to for good matches against just about anybody, and he remains one of the more over guys on the roster. James Storm got screwed out of a proper first run with the biggest prize TNA has to offer, and since then he's become one of the most popular wrestlers in the company. Plus he's got one of the best theme songs in wrestling today, so that alone makes me want to see him as champion again.
Considering Styles hasn't been a regular in the title scene for some time now, I don't see him winning. In fact, I see him being the guy who gets pinned. Styles is at a point in his TNA career where it would be nice to see him with a belt again, but it's hardly necessary. That leaves us with Storm and Roode. What I would like to see happen is a nice long match filled with the usual triple threat spots. One guy gets knocked out for a bit, the other two fight, so on and so forth. My ideal finish, however, would see Roode get knocked out of the ring, Storm hitting his finisher on Styles and covering him, only for Roode to come back out of nowhere to break it up and take the win for himself. It seems like a reasonable enough wish, and it would give us a heel/face dynamic in the next World Title feud. I'm going to go in a different direction for my actual prediction though, as you'll see in a moment. I'm not sure which way TNA is going to go with this match, and with the second stipulation being added, it makes things even harder. Who will TNA keep out of the title picture for almost a year? We'll find out on Sunday.
What I Think Will Happen: AJ Styles wins, James Storm gets pinned
What I Wish Would Happen: Bobby Roode wins, AJ Styles gets pinned
Matt Morgan may be banned from ringside for this match, but I don't doubt we'll see him at some point during the PPV. Maybe not during the match, but at some point.
Ryan is finally an official member of the TNA roster, and Morgan has made a much anticipated return to the company. The way I figure it, I don't see any way that RVD leaves as champion on Sunday. Not only would it work wonders for Ryan, winning a belt from a ring veteran like RVD in his first title match, but it certainly wouldn't hurt Morgan to be associated with a champion. I'm optimistic that TNA will do right by him this time around, so this association with Ryan is only temporary until a spot in the World title scene opens up. Have Ryan win the belt and both he and Morgan can parade around the locker room in your typical cocky heel fashion. People may be pissed that Morgan isn't in a bigger storyline, but this is a great way to push him even more as a monster heel.
What I Think Will Happen: Joey Ryan wins
What I Wish Would Happen: Joey Ryan wins
Easy pick here. One of these couples is new and seems to be getting pushed quite nicely, the other has a storyline built around their relationship troubles. Young might not be with the company too much longer if recent reports are to be believed, and this could be how they write him off TV. Maybe he doesn't show up to the PPV and ODB is forced to wrestle this match alone, breaking it off with EY afterwards. Maybe EY does actually show but they still lose, maybe due to a mistake on Young's part, and ODB breaks it off. Either way, Jesse and Tara are getting the win here. They're the new "power couple" in TNA, so it just makes more sense for them to take the victory.
What I Think Will Happen: Tara & Jesse win
What I Wish Would Happen: Tara & Jesse win
I already gave this pick away earlier in the column, so I won't take too much time here to re-hash the same debate. Assuming my previous assumption was correct, DOC (is taking the win. It's his first official PPV match as an unmasked wrestler, no way he loses. Hell, maybe Park will end up purposely losing, only to reveal that he was with A&8 all along. Who knows. Either way though, Park is losing.
What I Think Will Happen: DOC wins
What I Wish Would Happen: DOC wins
Another fairly easy pick for me to make, purely based on how recently the current champion won the belt. This feud is starting to get heated, so despite the fact that the next #1 Contender will be chosen earlier in this PPV, Aries and Hardy will continue feuding into the new year. I wouldn't be surprised if the title match at Final Resolution ended up becoming a triple threat between these two and whoever becomes the contender on Sunday.
I may not be 100% happy with Jeff Hardy as the champ, but I also wouldn't be opposed to him retaining at the PPV, so long as he continues to feud with Aries. If my previous predictions/hypotheticals become reality, we could end up seeing Hardy, Aries and Styles all compete in the same match. I can't be the only one that thinks that would be awesome.
What I Think Will Happen: Jeff Hardy retains
What I Wish Would Happen: Jeff Hardy retains
So as it turns out, my predictions and wishes weren't so different after all. In fact, there was only 1 of the 8 matches on the card where they didn't match up. Looks like it's going to be a good show, and I'm actually somewhat upset that I'm not going to be able to watch it live. I'll be sure to catch it when I get back from my vacation though. So until then, thanks for stopping by.
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