TNA Wrestling returned to pay per view Sunday night with Turning Point 2012. The show will be remembered for a headliner that some will argue was one of the greatest main-events in Impact Wrestling history featuring Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries.
Jeff Hardy retained the TNA world heavyweight championship in the main-event against Austin Aries in a ladder match. The brutality in this ladder match is something I would have never expected in a WWE or TNA main-event. Undercard yes, but headlining match no. The match was about as action-packed as you’ll ever see in a TNA main-event.
The match was full of big bumps and crazy spots so if that is your thing, go out of your way to watch this one. The upside here for Hardy is that if he is leaving for the WWE in 2013 he probably won’t be expected to pull off anything like this. For Aries it was a pivotal moment in his career which unfortunately may have been shortened thanks to this match. Hardy climbed the ladder to retrieve his belt at 21:10 after Aries tumbled to ringside courtesy of a Twist of Fate onto a ladder.
It would appear that Hardy’s next challenger will be James Storm. Storm won a 3-Way Match to determine a number one contender over Bobby Roode and A.J. Styles. The story of this match was that A.J. seemed off and missed a lot of signature spots. I liked this match a lot and I think the story has huge potential, especially since he won’t be able to challenge for the world title until Bound for Glory 2013. I have to say that the biggest disappointment here is that Roode is once again left out of the world title picture. I became a big fan during his run as champion and would love to see him get another shot in that role. I wonder if somehow this whole thing ends up with Roode being right about Storm’s involvement in Aces & 8s and Storm wins the title from Hardy.
The Aces & 8s vs. TNA Wrestling feud continued with split results. DOC pinned Joseph Park earlier in the night while Kurt Angle tapped out Devon in the semi-main event. This feud is pretty much dead and TNA needs a big angle or twist in the next couple of weeks to bring their fans back. Devon losing either represents the angle winding down or results with Devon getting beaten down and kicked out on Thursday. DOC threatened Angle after his match so maybe they’re going there. I never liked this angle to begin with but I think this one is starting to cross over the line of parody and is hitting the point of no return shortly if things don’t heat up.
Samoa Joe defeated Magnus in a No Disqualification match for the TNA Television Championship
ODB and Eric Young defeated Tara and Jesse in a Mixed tag team match
Rob Van Dam defeated Joey Ryan to retain the TNA X Division Championship
DOC defeated Joseph Park
Chavo Guerrero& Hernandez defeated The World Tag Team Champions of the World (Christopher Daniels & Kazarian) to retain the Tag team match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
James Storm defeated Bobby Roode and A.J. Styles in a 3-Way match to determine the #1 contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. As a result of Styles being pinned, he will not be eligible for a TNA World Heavyweight Championship title shot until Bound for Glory 2013
Kurt Angle defeated Devon
Jeff Hardy defeated Austin Aries in a Ladder match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship