By Nicholas Jason Lopez
So at the end of it all, Turning Point had no Title changes, but the Main Event picture for the next month became well-defined.
A.J. Styles took the ultimate fall and won’t get a chance to compete for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship until Bound For Glory 2013, while James Storm took the #1 Contender spot.
That said, an above-average card delivered an above-average show. Simple as that.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Bound For Glory was quite the newsworthy show.
Rob Van Dam, Tara, Chavo Guerrero Jr./Hernandez and Jeff Hardy all became Champions.
Bully Ray didn’t turn on Sting. Devon turned out to be a part of Aces and Eights.
James Storm and Bobby Roode took part in an absolute all-out brawl that arguably stole the show.
There’s plenty of ways TNA can go after this show and with four Championships changing hands, a new direction seems definite.
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By Nicholas Jason Lopez
However, what happens when you don’t provide enough seasoning?
The TNA roster is dwindling down to its main players and a lot of notable names are going away – Magnus, James Storm, Gunner, Awesome Kong, Taryn Terrell and Austin Aries so far.
TNA has never given that “sinking ship” vibe, but this felt like a throwaway show in every aspect. People were expected to shell out $40 for a show that didn’t even feature the World Heavyweight Championship or its holder (guy on the poster for pete’s sake), instead resorting to a new, recycled King Of The Mountain Championship – which its “powers” weren’t even explained in detail.
This show was saved by a couple of matches – Austin Aries and Davey Richards and the non-sanctioned match between Magnus and James Storm. It only makes sense that three of the four men in these matches are no longer with the company past Slammiversary, despite the fact that some will appear on the next two taped episodes of Impact. Not to mention the awkwardness of having to be in a live crowd that is watching a show “prior to” something that already technically happened.
For a company struggling financially, this was a half-hearted attempt to gain buys and the majority of this show could’ve been saved for a throwaway Impact. Anyways, let’s run through the card.
It’s rather ironic that TNA is celebrating their 13th year in existence, in a time where their future seems more and more in doubt on a professional, ethical and financial level.
Things looked to be full of potential as early as January 7 on their first live Impact at the Manhattan Center, when we got a couple big returns and a heel turn that led to the birth of what looked like a dominant faction.
However, over time, things have dwindled down to false hope and desperation on TNA’s part. They’re losing momentum in every way fathomable – Destination America has lost faith in them – dropped a good amount of programming. Several talents have made it clear they’re done with the company – Gunner, Low-Ki, Magnus, Austin Aries (presumably) and now James Storm.
Of all the bright spots on the company, it rests in a few things – the never-say-die demeanor of the tag team division, the introduction of the weirdly entertaining Dollhouse faction in the Knockouts, World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle’s dominant title reign, sparks of underdog brilliance by Rockstar Spud and what has been the main gleaming beam of hope – Ethan Carter III. From his look to mic skills and well-built streak, it’s almost TNA’s mission to make sure he is the top star of the company for the foreseeable future.
It also only makes more sense that TNA pushes their free “Bell To Bell” program on TV rather than their Pay-Per-View, but it’s none of our business. We’ll run it all down though.
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– Only TNA would push harder for a free television show next week than it’s Pay-Per-View (first in the year) four days from the air date, right? For all the stories of financial shortcomings and backlash, this is actually a chance for good money to be made and when the company finds itself in these situations, you have to wonder why they didn’t push Slammiversary harder. Yeah, sure – you had the nostalgia factor with all these past names coming back with surprise appearances, but it was still not enough to salvage the lackluster build of things thus far. One of TNA’s bright spots has been Ethan Carter III and starting the live show off with him and Tyrus was the right way to go. EC3 did have all the power, walking with a “Miz”-like swagger and he did a good job of teasing TNA World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle’s opponent as someone who had “legacy” in the business.