By Graham "GSM" Matthews
Extremely entertaining match with Samoa Joe defeating Magnus to successfully retain his Television Championship. Although the feud has fluctuated in recent months, these two are incapable of providing bad matches. They fully utilized the No Disqualification aspect of the bout as well, which made for some hard-hitting action. This was a great opener to the show and both guys looked strong as well after kicking out of each other's finishers multiple times.
Fine mixed tag team match with Knockouts Tag Team Champions ODB and Eric Young defeating Knockouts Champion Tara and Jesse. Wait, the Knockouts Tag Team titles still exist? Anyway, the action was mostly comedy, but it was better than what we've seen in recent weeks merely due to Young. Here's hoping the story-line ends here and the Knockouts title can go back to being defended on a regular basis and taken seriously.
Nice match with Rob Van Dam defeating Joey Ryan to successfully defend his X-Division Championship. It wasn't the most exciting match, but it was what you'd expect. Nothing too great, but nothing bad either. RVD going over was logical, but having Matt Morgan hit a Carbon Footprint on him on the stage was a nice touch.
Fun match with DOC defeating Joseph Park. I've been enjoying the Park character since the start and it's very entertaining to see him act green in the ring. This was a credible win for DOC and helped establish him more as a character in the process.
Good match with Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez successfully defending their World Tag Team Championships against Daniels and Kazarian. The action was decent, but the closing moments were what really caught the crowd's (and my) attention. Chavo and Hernandez do nothing for me as champs, but as long as they're providing good action consistently, that's all that matters.
Solid Triple Threat match with James Storm defeating both AJ Styles and Bobby to become the new number one contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Since Styles was the one who was pinned, he will not be able to contend for the World title till next year's Bound For Glory. I was highly anticipating this match going in and it surely delivered. Everyone got their signature spots in and the finish was very well done. I'm anxious to see if this will lead to an eventual heel turn for Styles, but only time will tell.
Decent match with Kurt Angle defeating Devon. The match was nothing to write home about, but the finish was what really confused me. Why have the leader of Aces and 8s lose so decisively via submission and then the rest of the members do nothing about it? That seemed strange to me, but hopefully they bounce back soon in order to regain momentum.
Fantastic Ladder Match with Jeff Hardy successfully defending his TNA World Heavyweight Championship against Austin Aries. This match exceeded my expectations and was undoubtedly the match of the night. Both guys put it all on the line and pulled off some insanely crazy spots. Aries raising the belts with the help of the handheld machine was brilliant, and Hardy's numerous Twist of Fates off the ladders was a sight to see. I'm glad they didn't have both men grab one belt each, as that would've been a weak way out. Not only was this the match of the night, but it could very well be up for one of the best matches in TNA this year.
Overall, a great show that featured a night of entertaining action and enjoyable outcomes. Most of the results were predictable, but also logical at the same time, so that's could to see. This year's Turning Point installment keeps TNA's streak of strong pay-per-view efforts alive.