TNA Wrestling will return to pay per view with Turning Point 2011 on Sunday November 12. Pulling a page out of the WWE handbook, the company has released the match lineup with only a week and a half to go…sans the main-event.
I really don’t understand this new trend of the big two pro wrestling companies announcing pay per view cards less than two weeks before the show. I can understand an independent pro wrestling company with a part time staff experiencing this problem, but what do the full time booking members do all day? Especially in TNA Wrestling where television is taped is weeks in advance?
Regardless of my complaining, the companies will continue to do what they do and TNA has at least put out the meat of the lineup for Turning Point. Six matches have been announced, although one is a partial. But don’t worry. It is only the main event.
The main-event will feature brand new TNA Wrestling champion Bobby Roode defending his newly won title. Roode will enter the pay per view as arguably the hottest heel in the company. Not announcing his opponent until next Thursday isn’t going to do him much favors. Although savvy Internet readers are already aware of the matchup and it is a good one.
AJ Styles vs. Bobby Roode will headline the show. On paper this is a great match and I love the idea that TNA will start putting some real quality into their championship matches. Unfortunately the company has done very little to keep Styles strong which will likely temper any excitement of such a competitive match. This could have had big potential here if they held it off for at least a month and booked the idea of the former champion trying to teach the new champion a lesson. But hey, it is hard to imagine this not being the best pro wrestling match to headline a pay per view in November.
Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy will co-headline the show. I can’t imagine anyone being real excited about this match. I do like Jarrett, a lot more than most do who blog on pro wrestling. I just think it’s the kind of match we have seen dozens of times before in TNA. Why charge anyone to see it when Impact Wrestling offers better matchups for free?
Christopher Daniels vs. Rob Van Dam is one that is likely to get the hardcore wrestling fans talking. On paper, this one should be really good. However, keep in mind that these guys did wrestle each other on the independents a couple of years ago and it was extremely disappointing. Maybe they turn it up a few notches knowing it is for pay per view? It is a no disqualification match so I think we will see a lot more action than we saw back in California a few years back.
The current Turning Point 2011 lineup…
AJ Styles vs. Bobby Roode…TNA World Heavyweight Title Match
Ink Inc. vs. Mexican America…Six Person match for the TNA Tag Team Titles
Gail Kim vs. Velvet Sky…TNA Knockouts Title Match
Jeff Jarrett vs. Jeff Hardy
Crimson vs. Matt Morgan
Daniels vs. Rob Van Dam…No DQ