The Jobber Blogger #78 – TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – Turning Point – 21/11/13

Jobber Blogger logo2Well, I guess so long for that Saturday tradition. Tuesday night and here I sit Jobbing Blogging till I stop! That’s as much enthusiasm I can muster for an opening Line. I eagerly await my Playstation 4 on Friday, whilst friends game on the Xbox One, rumours fly around about TNA Wrestling, The Jobber Blogger is contemplating many secret plans and Brian Griffin dies. Well I guess that makes for an interesting week? But the real question is TNA: Wrestling an interesting show this week with Turning Point?

TNA Turning Point

 TNA: IMPACT WRESTLING – Turning Point – 21/11/13

So one thing I am currently plundering is my “Best of 2013” edition of The Jobber Blogger quickly approaching in only a few weeks time. And of course one of those nifty titles belongs to “PPV of the Year” which I suppose, till now, I hadn’t even thought. Because to most Wrestling Fans, I’m sure the title PPV just means a Special Monthly Show where “poop hits the fan” and not actually something you Pay to View. So technically, there is only 4 to pick from this Year, but enough of that. I will still count all of the Impact TV Specials, and Turning Point, could quite possibly be the best.

Impact kicked off with the “Impact 365 – Where Action Never Ends”  video of Bobby Roode attacking James Storm in a pub the night before, another good thing to come from this whole Social Video idea. Personally I would like to see more things done out of the Arena like this, a good old bar room brawl is nothing but fun to watch. Do you think this might scare Storm sober? I suppose the name “Storm” would at best describe an alcohol fuelled mind set and chaotic competitor. So if he were to be Sober, he would probably be called something along the lines of James Meadow.

James Storm sorry about

Turning Point’s opening Video was also a strong starting off point for the night’s proceedings. When they have had great Storylines and awesome matches lined up, their Video Team is on top form to deliver a great video package, let’s be honest, we get it each and every week, shows the Strength of TNA’s Creative, least from a planning perspective, that which is similar to classic Television Story-Telling, and the Character Arks which are perfectly formed within the Comic-Book medium.

Dixie Carter also opened the show, first backstage with Samoa Joe, telling him that she Watches herself over and over on repeat, which is everything but normal.

Dixie Watch

She however, was not happy with Joe’s performance last week, stepping up and claiming he will defend the Championship against AJ Styles, simply put she threatened him with “never take that tone with me again”. Dixie’s an awesome Heel, a move I certainly wouldn’t have really thought about, she’s a natural at it, and it is perfect, Perfect, to fit in with the “old TNA” storyline with AJ and Joe, and great to balance the “hate” from the Internet Community.

Dixie then hit the ring to promote herself in the new Sports Illustrated magazine.

Sports Illustrated article

She then publically addresses AJ Styles (because you do) and then the whole thing turning into James Storm begging for a “Florida Death match” against Bobby Roode rather than the pesky “Bull Rope Match”. This either means one of two things, the Wheel isn’t actually rigged and they wanted to up the stake, or they soon realised a Bull-Rope match sucks. Either way Storm swore down to still use the Bull-Rope, but he won’t get the police involved from his Bar Room beat down, if Dixie lets him have his way. Nothing like a good bit of Black-Mail, to your boss… who’s a Woman.

Storm Warrior

 Magnus vs. Samoa Joe – Falls Count Anywhere – World Title Tournament

Well this thing got started really well, Joe popped up on the Big Screen and challenged Magnus to get backstage to fight him. It seems TNA were going for an old school / hardcore type of Event, and they delivered. Magnus and Joe tore it up backstage, but it was far too short before they just got back to the ring and made it a normal match.

Given that this tournament started with Sabin and Hardy in what I highly consider a Match of the Year, Angle and Aries didn’t match that level of quality, and this was just so far on the opposite scale it’s kind of funny.

That doesn’t mean that this was bad… though I will go so far as to say the Ending actually was terrible. Joe did however hit with a Suicide Dive through the ropes that looked like Magnus was meant to do something else rather than them both collide with such a high impact.

Still, the ending came when Magnus wedged a Chair between the ropes (whilst on the outside of the ring) and then Joe pretty much ran into it, with very little effort. The chair wasn’t even placed in a good position for it to be an accident, and he slapped his hands on it, fell over and then Magnus won. It’s like lightly pushing a kid in school and he jumps across the grass then looks around before purposely banging his head on the metal PE Shed…. what are the odds?

Samoa Joe Chair

Joseph Park vs. Abyss

Bad Influence kicked this off first by bringing their creative humour front and centre whilst addressing Joseph Park:

Joseph Park Cheese

Park then came out to face the “music” saying he will put all of these wild allegations to rest and that this match will be his “Turning Point”.

Bad Influence stuck around to witness the match, but with Abyss not showing up, they got back in the face of Joseph Park, and the insults were quick, funny, then it got a little thin.

“Bag of Mayonnaise with a Law Degree in a Track Suit” / “Great, great, great, Grandfather, Jurassic Park”.

Bad Influence then became just nasty bullies, rather than nasty, and funny, which is odd. I love Bad Influence, but I guess Park is so good at playing this “Fish out of Water” struggling want to be Wrestler, that people sympathise with his character because of how “innocent” he is. So when Bad Influence just gang up on him and poor blood over him and scream in his face, it became a little hard to watch. Park in the end just walked off with Daniels yelling “Get out of our business”. So I assume this will be the last of Joseph Park for a little while, till Abyss no doubt will probably somehow bring the two together… maybe.

Gail Kim (w/Lei’D Tapa) vs. Candice Larea

I believe I spelt her name right, I did Write it down… but alas, I struggle to read my own Writing.

That about covers all I wrote for the match, though Candice was actually quite good. Personally I want them to bring in some fresh talent to the Knockouts, The Blossoms have always impressed me, but there is no need or room for a Tag-Team, so I don’t know how you would balance them as a Women’s Team in a Singles Division. But although Candice showed she was still learning the ropes per se, she was very good, so who knows?

Either way, Gail obviously won her, and her Open Challenge continues.

James Storm vs. Bobby Roode – Florida Death-Match – World Title Tournament

Okay, so what is the point in calling this a Florida Death-Match, other than to get the Pun for being in Florida. It is a Last Man Standing match, I never get why certain places hold different names for matches we already know. If anything it’s a disappointment, because you hope to see something you haven’t seen before.

Speaking of seeing things you haven’t seen before, they actually Ran a Video Package for this match which actually built from their Beer Money days and ended with Roode winning the World Title. So that’s awesome given that the footage used was 2 years old, and completely irrelevant to what was about to take place.

Still, Roode and Storm have an awesome rivalry, and it’s great to see it going.

I think “Brutal” will sum up this Match, not to the level of their Bound for Glory Street Fight, but they certainly pulled out the stops. What is more important is how much better Roode came across, given that Storm held the advantage before, Roode was the one who not only beat him down in the Pub the night before, but also was the stronger of the two, the more sadistic, dominant and hungrier to win. So it kind of looks like Storm really did himself in for asking for a match he could not win.

Roode’s new “Death-Valley Cutter” move is still being used, so that makes me happy, I love it. He used it to drop Storm through 2 Chairs stood front to front. He then picked him up for the same thing on a Barbed Wire Board, but Gunner threw in the Towel for the Cowboy.

Obviously Storm was annoyed, but Gunner was all “Think of your Career” and we’re supposed to think Gunner was doing the right thing, least that’s the impression I got from Mike Tenay constantly repeating “Gunner did the right thing”. Though Gunner is an ex marine, he’s a tough nut, he wouldn’t want anyone throwing in the towel for him, let alone how weak it makes Storm look. I would be rather happy if they both went their separate ways, with either of them Turning Heel, I think Storm is longer over-due for a Heel Turn, might give him a good boost he sorely needs currently.

Also on the show was a new Video Promo for Sam Shaw, the Gut Check winner whom hasn’t yet been fired, but rather than him wearing silly shorts and trying to be a hip Surfer dude even though he’s well past that age, they have made him smarter, referring to himself as Samuel Shaw, and has a weird interview date with Christy Hemme. He even shows her his Art Portfolio, now I don’t know if he actually drew the pictures, but they’re pretty good, there was even a John Cena one they paused on, so there’s that? But Christy seemed intrigued, and Shaw lifted the next few pages where we saw a Bloody Baseball Bat and Barbed Wire and stuff, and he closed it quickly before Christy could see, then asked her on a Date and got her number.

Well I’m all for creativity, but given that they’ve given him the “My 7 Year Old Child drew Scary Pictures” storyline from every Horror Movie with a Child in it, I shall remain intrigued, and also find it stupid.

Though the idea he has this weird flip side to strange hardcore moments certainly fits with TNA’s current angle, so it could be rather good, time will tell.

Ethan Carter the Third vs. Shark Boy

EC3 invited both Dewey and Norv to the Impact Zone to tell them that their feud is over, I can’t help but think that maybe they will actually stick around, but time will tell.

Having Shark Boy back, which I assume will probably just be a One Off as it has been for years, is still no bad thing.

Typical match though, EC3 has upper hand, underdog builds a comeback, EC3 wins.

More importantly Kurt Angle went to see One Direction, and he even did a Promo with either the lamest Smile, or the best false Smile I’ve seen:


Kurt Angle One Direction

Also TNA: Genesis is back, January 16th. But it will be a TV Special, not a PPV.

Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson – No DQ – Club vs. Career

Mr. Anderson has new Ring-Gear, it’s not nearly as snazzy as Magnus’ new attire, but it’s different. I can’t tell if I like it or not. It’s kind of strange seeing him in Tights rather than Trunks, but I don’t dislike it. If anything it’s kind of bland, like HBK’s come back tights from Survivor Series 02.

Bully cuts a Promo on he brining Anderson back, as before The Aces and Eights he was nothing. It’s true, The Aces and Eights breathed new life into Anderson. It’s this that worries me going forward, if they don’t stay on top of it, Anderson will just disappear off TV again, just remaining some Wrestler whose only gimmick is saying his name twice on his entrance.

Anderson didn’t wait for JB’s introduction and speared Bully, also knocking JB down, so it’s win win really.

Either with The Aces and Eights, or just recently without them, Anderson has been on fire, and it showed in this match, he was on the ball, and the crowd were eating it up.

Also Angle, Gunner, Magnus, Samoa Joe and some other dude from the back stood on the Entrance Way to support Andersons battle to finish the Aces and Eights. Where the hell is Sting? Sting started it all, and he built the only defence against them, but he isn’t there to witness their end.

Knux gets involved, as the only active member of the club remaining, so that’s quite good. Though Anderson pile-drivers him on the Floor and pulls off his Cut. I like that TNA aren’t against using the Pile-Driver, but it still worries me watching it, I think for a one-off, it’s fine. But make sure it’s used right, for instance, I trust Bully Ray using it, but Anderson, and with a guy as big as Knux, I mean it looked really fake, but that’s a good thing really.

Bully connected with the Spear through the Table in the corner, just like their No DQ match the first time, Anderson kicked out at two.

Taz then handed a Hammer to Brooke, who threw it in the ring but it went past Bully and Anderson caught it, swinging it in the head of Bully then drops him with the Mic Check and Wins.

Anderson then pulls off his Cut, as Angle, Joe surround Taz and he removes his cut too.

All in all, it was a great show, it’s sad to see the end of The Aces and Eights, but it did run on a bit too long, least with how it was going. If they had made it more interesting, then it didn’t run long enough.18 Months it lasted, and it started super strong and exciting, then increasingly got worse with the odd highlight, then just flat lined and dragged its feet for the majority of its on air presence.

It will always remain an Awesome Idea with huge potential, but the best example of a crap payoff.

Even though I changed my Logo, I think it is only fair that I also turn in my Aces and Eights cut!

TheJobberBlogger Aces and Eights Prospect


Be interesting to see where Bully goes from now though, and also where Anderson goes, and what Sting’s role will be in all of this. Not to mention the World Title Tournament heats up with Hardy vs. Roode and Angle vs. Magnus.

And of course the return of one AJ Styles.

Till Then.

Dan Wilkinson

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