Location: Orlando, Florida (Universal Studios)
Date: November 5, 2009 (Taped: November 2-3)
TAPED SEGMENT (EARLIER TODAY): TNA President Dixie Carter addressed all of the TNA employees, who sat there in the empty arena basically out of character listening to their boss talk about the changes in TNA. Most of the key backstage players – writers, agents, etc. – were sitting on the edge of the ring behind Dixie. The TNA roster was assured that there were more changes on the way. Dixie said she knows there were employees with differing opinions, but she expects everyone to support her 100%. Dixie said when someone questions things that happen in the company, they are questioning her – and she cannot allow that to happen. Dixie said business was about choices, and she chose to put her finances, her reputation, her passion, and her love behind the wrestlers and TNA. Dixie said they could choose to support the direction TNA is going or they can find some other place to work. Dixie said it was time to swing for the fenses, and no great success comes without risk – she is great with that, and hopes they are too. Dixie said she was proud of her employees, but this is a test and it’s time to step it up. Dixie said if they don’t believe it they are hurting the person sitting next to them, hurting her, and hurting the fans. Dixie said let’s show everybody what we’re all about. Editor’s Note: Well I’m not a TNA employee so I’ll say what’s on my mind when listening to that speech. I “supported” a lame TNA for a long time, so I feel like they have to earn back my confidence. My problem is that the TNA wrestlers have been the ONLY ones stepping it up for the last three years. The TNA roster has been amazing, busting their asses and keeping the company alive. Dixie, sweetheart, you need to turn around and talk to the “crew” sitting behind you. You know the ones responsible for the behind the scenes chaos. The writers, the morons writing the lame scripts, and refusing to learn how to put a decent show together. Yes, this change is going to be a big deal for TNA, but just bringing in Hulk Hogan isn’t going to make you famous – important philosophical changes from the inside are what’s needed.. How many times have we heard this “new beginning” hype, yet they never seem to make any progress. I certainly hope that TNA finally learns from the mistakes it has been making for four years and proves to the wrestling world that they are not as dumb as everybody thinks they are.
IN THE RING
TNA World Heavyweight champion A.J. Styles + Christopher Daniels + Samoa Joe: A.J. Styles said there have been a lot of changes at TNA, but wanted to be clear that he is the World Heavyweight champion! Styles said ever since he won the TNA title there have been changes in his life, and changes in TNA, and those have all been POSITIVE (looks in the camera) changes! Styles asked who would have thought “Hawk” Hogan would be part of the TNA family. Styles said it was a whole new playing field, and they were at a whole other level. Styles said he’s been dreaming about being at this level for the past seven years. Styles said where there was positives, there is negatives. Styles said when he won the title, he made it clear that he was a fighting champion. Styles said the only problem was someone has been hiding in the darkness and jumping him every time he had his back turned. Styles asked whoever it was to man up and come out to the ring right now! Styles said he didn’t care if he was a foe (Joe) or friend (Daniels). Christopher Daniels came to the ring and asked why Styles used the phrase “foe or friend” and asked him to explain. Styles said he didn’t have to explain anything to Daniels. Daniels asked how after all these years, Styles could believe it was him who was attacking him. Daniels said Styles was so arrogant with the belt over his shoulder. Daniels said for seven years Styles has been given opportunity after opportunity as the face of TNA, but along the way he has been pampered and was a little bit spoiled. Daniels said Styles always got special treatment. Daniels said they came to TNA at the same time and he (Daniels) never got anything – even though he was every bit as good as A.J. Styles. Daniels said the only difference between them was every time A.J. was down, the company helped him up, but eevry time he (Daniels) was up, the company pushed him down. Daniels said Dixie Carter says that change is on the way, and maybe today will be his lucky day. Daniels said if there was one person who doesn’t like him, it will be another seven years in hell for him. Styles said Daniels has never said anything to him like that. Samoa Joe came out to the stage, happy with planting the seed of doubt between Styles and Daniels. Joe said Daniels was working Styles, and called Daniels a bald-faced liar. Joe said Daniels has always been jealous of Styles. Joe said the only reason he and Styles aren’t friends is because he has something that he wants (the TNA belt). Joe said the only way to be the best in the world is to be the TNA champion. Joe said he didn’t need to attack Styles backstage like some shameful cowardly punk. Daniels got aggressive and said if he wanted someone he would face him man-to-man face-to-face and there’s no doubt about it. Styles told Daniels that if he wanted a piece of him, all he had to do was ask. Styles challenged Daniels to a match TONIGHT! Daniels sealed the deal with a handshake, and Samoa Joe smiled on the stage – obviously happy that his two Turning Point opponents were going to tear each other apart.
TAG TEAM MATCH
Beer Money Inc. (Robert Roode & James Storm) defeated World ELITE (Eric Young & Big Rob Terry): The finish saw Eric Young bring the Global belt in as a weapon, but he missed and accidentally knocked out Big Rob, who was then pinned by Beer Money. Young went for revenge after the match, but he ended up double-teamed until British Invasion members Brutus Magnus & Doug Williams hit the ring! The British Invasion beat up on Beer Money while Eric Young bullied Big Rob. Some TNA officials ran down to break it up. Magnus & Williams starting pushing Big Rob around, too – blaming him for dropping the ball. Suddenly the Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) attacked the British Invasion from behind!!
The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne & Lacey Von Erich): There was supposed to be an interview with A.J. Styles, but the Beautiful People said there was no time for Styles because they were more important. Lacey Von Erich said they were shooting their movie, Meanest Girls Part 2, tonight and told the camera man to get out of the way or he would make them late!
The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne & Lacey Von Erich) + ODB: The Beautiful People entered the Knockouts dressing room looking for Sarita & Taylor Wilde, but they found TNA Knockout champion ODB instead. They bullied ODB, saying it looks like they were making a monster movie. ODB called them the STD sisters, and they didn’t like that. ODB said she was making a movie, and she was looking for some slut-doubles. The Beautiful People actually believed her and expressed interest in the role. ODB said the leading man plays for the Yankees. Lacey asked, “who? Alex Jeter?” and ODB responded with “no, yank dees nuts!” and kicked Lacey in the crotch! The Beautiful people pounced on ODB, gave her a make-over, and put her in some kind of wardrobe bag.
Lauren Brooke & “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal: The Black Machismo was especially excited about his MegaPowers partner, Hulk Hogan, coming to TNA. Machismo said he wanted to be the first to welcome the Hulkster to his new home right here in TNA. Machismo said he had an announcement of his own – because next week he would start the Black Machismo invitational to anybody with legendary status. Machismo mentioned the Birdman (Koko B. Ware), the Snakeman (Jake Roberts), Ivan Koloff, (King Kong) Bundy, Ultimate Warrior, and Ric Flair!
Jeremy Borash & Mick Foley: Mick Foley said you’d think as the Executive Shareholder, he would have been informed of all of the big changes going on in TNA. Jeremy Borash said he was reved up about Hulk Hogan coming to TNA. Foley asked Borash if he was a Hulkamaniac. Borash grinned and said Mick was his favorite wrestler. Foley said Borash’s mouth is saying Foley but his eyes are saying Hulkster. Foley remembered how Borash was shocked to learn that he had set up cameras in his office, and asked if there was something Borash wanted to tell him – something he didn’t want the world to know about? Borash said no, but he wanted to ask Foley about Abyss. Foley said he had a little surprise for Abyss tonight.
Desmond Wolfe (aka Nigel McGuinness) defeated Cody Deaner: The crowd immediately chanted “You Suck” upon Desmond Wolfe’s introduction. Nobody has ever gotten that reaction since a young Kurt Angle joined the WWF. They got Kurt Angle on the phone, but the match was over before he could say anything. Angle said Wolfe has a lethal clothesline, and said that he has a damaged larynx and pinched a nerve down his left arm. Angle said Wolfe got his attention, but he has yet to earn his respect. Angle said he caught him off guard, in taking on the top guy in the company, and he wasn’t ready for something like that. While Angle was talking, Wolfe was finishing up in the ring, and making his exit. Wolfe got on the mic and said Cody Deaner was just a nother victim in the fangs of the wolf. Wolfe said people want to get in the ring with him, but pointed out that it was easy to get in the ring, but not as easy to get out. Wolfe addressed Kurt Angle, saying he doesn’t know why he wants to experience more pain and agony. Wolfe said if that’s what Angle wants he is more than happy to give it to him. Wolfe said “I can smell the blood already, and let’s just say, I’m hungry like a WOLF!”
Lauren Brooke & SUICIDE: Lauren talked about SUICIDE getting attacked by Homicide, who ripped off his mask and found out who SUICIDE was. Lauren said that Homicide claims to have known all along. SUICIDE said there was a reason he hides his identity with a mask. SUICIDE told Homicide that the dark savior will strike down upon you!
Lauren Brooke & Team 3-D (Brothers Ray & Devon) + Rhino: Team 3-D were holding the IWGP Tag Team titles. Brother Ray said he never thought he would see Hulk Hogan in TNA, and added that Dixie Carter has the biggest set of grapefruits in pro-wrestling! Ray started to address Rhino, when Rhino himself showed up. Rhino said he knows he is right, and claimed all three of them were on the chopping block. Rhino asked if the bad referee decision last week was a mistake or a coincidence. Rhino said Team 3-D are wrestling Matt Morgan & Hernandez tonight, the same two guys that have tried to take him out the last two weeks. Rhino asked if that was a coincidence? Brother Devon said Morgan & Hernandez were the future of TNA and have their respect. Ray said they have to beat the best to be the best, and they were the best!
NON (TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT) TITLE MATCH
TNA World champion A.J. Styles vs. Christopher Daniels did not get started: Samoa Joe came out with a referee shirt and rubber gloves – a subtle prediction that there would be blood in this match. Christopher Daniels came out to the ring first, and waited for A.J. Styles to arrive. Backstage, Lauren Brooke interviewed A.J. Styles about the match, but he was suddenly attacked by the mystery assailant! Daniels saw what was going on via the big screen, and was about to run back and help Styles, but Joe grabbed him and planted him with a Muscle-buster!!!
TNA KNOCKOUTS MATCH
Tara defeated Ayako HAMADA: After the match, Amazing Kong came down to ringside, but was held back by TNA security. Tara jumped off the top rope with a cross body-block to Kong on the floor! Tara vs. Kong in six sides of steel at Turning Point!
Lauren Brooke & Tara w/Poison: Tara said she was surprised that she was the first person to stand up to Amazing Kong. Tara said she didn’t come to TNA to get disrespected like that. Tara hyped the six sides of steel match at Turning Point..
IN THE RING
Mick Foley + Abyss: Mick Foley said he has brought somebody very special to the iMPACT Zone – he is “the Monster” Abyss! Abyss came out and was concerned about the “gift” Foley had for him. Foley said they went through a lot a few weeks ago at Bound For Glory. Foley said the only time in his career that he felt a little bit guilty about the things he said was when he called Abyss a cheap ripoff. Foley admitted that deep down he never felt that way. Foley said for the last six years everybody asked him what he thought about Abyss. Foley said he thought Abyss was tough, and that he was damn good, but there was only one way to find out. Foley said Abyss was as tough as he thought, but he wasn’t as good as he thought – because he is BETTER! Foley said 23 years ago, he decided he wanted to be a cross between Bruiser Brody and the Dynamite Kid. Foley said he nibbled off of other wrestlers plates, like Harley Race & Terry Funk. Foley said Abyss has only scratched the surface, and he will take it as an honor that Abyss patterns himself after him. Foley gave Abyss his gift, a portrait of he and Abyss. Abyss was very happy with the gift, and applauded Foley’s gesture. Foley left the ring, but then turned around and booked Abyss in a match next week. Foley said it would be Abyss vs. Dr. Stevie, and if Abyss wins then Dr. Stevie will be gone from TNA forever! Abyss REALLY LIKED THAT!
Jeremy Borash & Scott Steiner: Scott Steiner said everybody knows the history between he and Hulk Hogan, mentioning the nWo was 4-LiFe! Steiner said the way he knows Hogan, he was going to come in and put the young punks in their place. Steiner said maybe he will let Hogan join in him in the Main Event Mafia. Steiner said he can see that Kristal was not getting satisfaction from Bobby Lashley. Steiner implied that Kristal wanted to get with him, and proclaimed that you can’t stop the lust of a woman.
HULK HOGAN PRAISE: Matt Morgan talked about idolizing Hulk Hogan..
Bobby Lashley defeated Homicide: Before the match, referee Earl Hebner banned Kristal from ringside and sent her backstage. Yeah, cause she is SUCH A THREAT! After the match, Homicide attacked Lashley, but Lashley fought back until something on the big screen got his attention.
Scott Steiner & Kristal Lashley + Bobby Lashley: Scott Steiner was harassing Kristal, and picked her up to carry her away. Bobby Lashley jumped out of the ring and ran backstage to his wife’s rescue! Lashley pulled Kristal to safety and attacked Steiner! Lashley bashed Steiner with a trash can and had to be pulled off by the Motor City Machine Guns..
IN THE RING
Homicide & Earl Hebner + Amazing Red: After the commercial, Homicide was yelling at referee Earl Hebner and knocked him out with one punch! Amazing Red ran down and went after Homicide, who got punked before escaping the ring.
TNA KNOCKOUTS MATCH
Taylor Wilde defeated Madison Rayne of the Beautiful People: After the match, Velvet Sky & Lacey Von Erich ran down and choked Taylor Wilde with a pink baton. Velvet & Madison kicked Taylor until Sarita ran down to help out her partner. The Beautiful People took down Sarita as well and started beating on her, too, until TNA Knockout champion ODB ran down to make the save!
Lauren Brooke & Matt Morgan & Hernandez: Hernandez addressed Rhino’s conspiracy theory, but said they are going to wrestle whoever TNA wants them to wrestle. Matt Morgan said they have respect for Team 3-D, but tonight they will knock them off their pirch.
NON (TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT) TITLE MATCH
TNA World champion A.J. Styles defeated Christopher Daniels: Samoa Joe was back out there as the referee with his rubber gloves – in case of bloodshed. Styles was hurting from the mysterio assault, and Daniels was hurting from the Muscle-buster by Joe. Joe enjoyed watching his Turning Point opponents tear each other up. Styles won the match, and Joe handed him the belt and raised his arm without incident. Joe left the ring as Styles checked on Daniels. Joe returned to the ring and put Styles in the Kokina-clutch until he passed out!
HULK HOGAN PRAISE: Hernandez talked about the exposure Hulk Hogan brings to TNA..
Lauren Brooke & Dr. Stevie & Daffney: Lauren pointed out that Mick Foley had been playing them for the last few months. Dr. Stevie said it has come down to him having to take out Abyss himself! Dr. Stevie told Abyss to back out now, because he doesn’t want to know what he has in store for him next week! Daffney is classic.
NON (IWGP TAG TEAM) TITLE MATCH
Matt Morgan & Hernandez defeated IWGP Tag Team champions Team 3-D (Brothers Ray & Devon) by DQ: Brother Devon was wrestling with a bummed knee, so it became a big target for Hernandez & Matt Morgan. Midway through the match, Rhino came down and told Ray that they were trying to take Devon out. Rhino tried to give Brother Ray a chair, but Ray shoved him down and told him to GO AWAY! Eventually, Brother Ray couldn’t take it any more and jumped in the ring with the chair. Ray bashed Morgan and then Hernandez with the chair and caused the disqualification! Rhino jumped in the ring and hugged a conflicted Brother Ray. Rhino checked on Devon’s knee. Ray pulled Devon away from Rhino, who turned and speared Hernandez! Rhino told Team 3-D “that’s how it’s done!” and then speared Matt Morgan! Rhino raised the arms of Team 3-D (who didn’t look like they were fully on the same page as Rhino – yet)..