Turning Point Coverage: Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray, Two Title Tournament Matches, Joseph Park's Challenge
Check out coverage from Thursday's special "Turning Point" event on SpikeTV, featuring Bully Ray vs. Mr. Anderson with Anderson's career and the future of the Aces and Eights on the line, two World Heavyweight Championship Tournament matches with Bobby Roode vs. James Storm and Magnus vs. Samoa Joe, Joseph Park's challenge to Abyss, Ethan Carter III vs. Shark Boy, and much more! Watch IMPACT WRESTLING every Thursday at 9/8c on SpikeTV!
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It may have been Turning Point, but for some former friends turned foes, it was a breaking point. With Mr. Anderson's career against Bully Ray's Aces and Eights Charter, a main event meltdown between Magnus and Samoa Joe, Beer Money's brutal Florida Death Match, and more, this was a night that made its point and did so with Impact!
by James Guttman
- World Heavyweight Championship Tournament: Magnus defeated Samoa Joe in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
- TNA Knockouts Champion Gail Kim defeated Candice Larea
- World Heavyweight Championship Tournament: Bobby Roode defeated James Storm in a Florida Death Match when Gunner threw in a white towel
- EC3 defeated Shark Boy
- Mr. Anderson defeated Bully Ray. Aces and Eights must disband
FULL RESULTS ON THE NEXT PAGES >>
Turning Point may be in Orlando, but it opens up live from Dixieland. TNA President Dixie Carter graces the little people with her presence and blesses our hearts. No heart blessings for AJ Styles, though. Dixie has disdain for that trashy little phony. He's not the real World Heavyweight Champion. No. He's just a phenomenal pretender infringing on her intellectual property all around the world. Well no more. First came negotiations. Then came threats. Now come the lawyers. The Styles World Tour is going to be shut down for good. Sorry…
…about your damn luck! Cowboy James Storm arrives to put a premature end to Carter's monologue. Bullrope in hand, Storm has issues with all this rhetoric from the President. You want justice for your World Championship? What about Bobby Roode attacking James at a local bar the other night? No discipline for him, huh? Fine. Tonight, Storm's match with Bobby in the World Heavyweight Championship tournament needs to be his justice. But the only way to do that is take things up a few notches. Let's change the bout from a bullrope battle to an old fashioned Florida Death Match.
Rightfully so, Dixie claims that the attack happened off the TNA clock and balks at his new match proposal. The Cowboy sees her point and responds with a threat of his own. If she doesn't change the match, he's going to call the police to press charges from Bobby's bar attack. One call. Ring, ring. Roode goes to jail. Match gets called off. Tournament implodes. Boom. Your call, boss. Florida Death Match of death of the World Championship Tournament. As James explains it:
"Ma'am. Darlin'. Will you please give me this match? Give these people this match. It will benefit you and myself. And I will make the cops go away."
Carter thinks it over again and - you know what - on second thought, fine. You can have your Florida Death Match, James. Because, you asked so nicely.
In our first World Heavyweight Championship tournament clash, Samoa Joe and Magnus locked horns in a Falls Count Anywhere match. The ex-Main Event Mafia members held nothing back and fans who had become familiar with Magnus's killer instinct weren't surprised. Eager to move on from being "the Future" to "the Present", Mag gave the Samoan Submission Machine all he had and knew how to keep alert when he was in trouble. When he found himself locked in a choke, he backed Joe head-first into the ringpost outside. The former World Heavyweight Champion fell to the floor and three seconds later, Mr. Future Star was one step closer to being Mr. Right Now.
The most bizarre encounter of the night was up next. Joseph Park versus his brother Abyss was such a strange match-up that even Bad Influence had to sit at ringside to believe it. When the awkward Park hit the ring and gave himself a pep talk, everyone was laughing along. After years of "common knowledge" leading us to believe that these two men were one in the same, surely the Monster wouldn't be able to show up while Joseph is in the ring. Right?
Right. Abyss no-shows and this sends Bad Influence into attack mode. Kazarian and Christopher Daniels tear into Joseph. They accuse him of everything from disappointing his family to breathing air that can be used for other, more deserving, human beings. Then, in a moment that left even Park's biggest critics saddened, they dumped a bucket of blood over his head in an effort to "bring the monster out". It didn't. All it brought out was a somewhat depressing scene as Joseph slinked back to the locker room to wash away his bloody shame.
There's a fine line between arrogance and confidence. The TNA Knockouts Champion lives on that line. With Lei'd Tapa by her side, Gail Kim continued her open challenge to all women of the wrestling world. This week's challenger was Candice Larea. But, as she learned, Gail's confidence is well founded. Thanks to her patented "Eat Defeat" finish, Kim showed Candice that she's truly the top TNA knock out by, well, knocking her out. Another successful defense from our champion.
When it was time for our Florida Death Match, James Storm wasn't waiting for Bobby Roode to get into the ring. He met his former partner as soon as he emerged from the curtain. Things didn't slow down from there. In a fairly short amount of time, the ring filled with trash cans, chairs, pipes, and various other weapons. Showing the intense rivalry between these former partners, nothing was off limits when inflicting pain. Neither man would stay down, though. It was shocking at times. When Roode slammed a beer bottle into Storm's bloody head, much as he did when he defeated him for the World Championship, everyone thought it was over. It wasn't. When Bobby literally shattered two chairs under the Cowboy, it looked done. Again - no. This only infuriated the IT Factor more. He retrieved a board wrapped in barbed wire from beneath the ring and prepared to slam his former partner into it. Everyone held their breath. That's when Gunner came sprinting from the back and tossed a white towel into the ring, surrendering the bout to save his friend. The Modern Day Viking may have ended Storm's World Championship hopes, but he almost definitely saved his career.
Unfortunately, not everyone sees it that way. James Storm, for example, doesn't. After the bell, a stressed out Storm shouted at his well-meaning partner. Life lesson, Viking. No good deed goes unpunished.
After countless weeks of crushing Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes, Ethan Carter III was ready to up his competition at Turning Point. He promised he would face a returning TNA Legend and that's what he did. Sharkboy was the fish of the day and seemed ready to topple the pampered prince. Would he overcome? Give me a Shell No. After some close calls, Dixie Carter's nephew shut Sharky down swiftly and suddenly. EC3's undefeated streak rolls on.
If there was any doubt as to how important our main event was, the line of TNA stars who arrived to watch it firsthand alleviated them. Ken Anderson, with his career on the line, had the volume turned all the way up as he went after Bully Ray in hopes of destroying his club. The tensions between the former outlaw brothers runs deep and the open season on weapons only served as a reminder of their hatred. Tables, chains, and even Knux came close to becoming the deciding factor, but none could finish the job. When the dreaded hammer was handed off to Brooke by Taz at the announce table, though, that was a different story.
In a case of over-pitching, Brooke's hammer toss to Bully in the ring went right over his head and into Anderson's hands. He swung, hit a Mic Check, and scored the pin. After over a year, it all comes crashing down in three seconds. November 21st, 2013 - Aces and Eights is officially over.
The crowd goes nuts. Taz removes his vest at the behest of TNA's stars, who watched the match unfold. It's a new day in TNA as Turning Point comes to a close.