June 10, 2012 - HWL Turning Point - Phoenix, AZ

“Beyond The Stars” blasts through the arena, and pyrotechnics shoot through the air as Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Turning Point, live in Phoenix. They run down the six matches that are scheduled for tonight, before sending things to the ring.

HWL Tag Team Champions Colt Cabana and Edwin Colon come out to the ring. Cabana says that Peter Bradshaw is making them defend the titles tonight, due to some “obligation” in their contracts. Because of that obligation, Cabana says that they are out to issue an open challenge to any team in the back that wants to be embarrassed. Cabana drops the microphone, and in no time, Tyson Kidd and Eddie Edwards appear on-stage, accepting the open challenge.

[HWL Tag Team Title Match]:
Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards defeated Colt Cabana and Edwin Colon when Edwards defeated Colon by countout in 4:19.
Rating: * ¾
(Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon retained the HWL Tag Team Titles.)

Kidd and Edwards were more than ready for a fight after the champions showed up at ringside during their match this past Monday. They were also looking for the chance to even things up with Cabana and Colon after losing a non-title match two weeks ago. However, it was clear the champs did not expect to come face to face with Kidd and Edwards so quickly, and exited the ring shortly after the match began, getting counted out.

In the parking lot, Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton is seen entering the arena.

The British Invasion and Jesse Neal are seen backstage with Alisha Hicks. Brutus Magnus says that, even in a match with lumberjack rules, anything can go wrong. That’s exactly what happened on Monday night, when he was beaten by Rami Sebei. Magnus says that this “new, true” version of John Cena is the blame, for holding his feet, not allowing Magnus to kick out. That’s why, Magnus says, Jesse Neal will be at ringside tonight – to keep an eye on John Cena.

X-Division Champion Matt Morgan is seen backstage with Ted Hanson. Morgan says he knows there are people that don’t think he belongs in the Heavyweight Title picture, and that he should be happy with being X-Division Champion, because he doesn’t have it takes. Morgan reminds everyone that he was the first man to ever hold the HWL Heavyweight Title – and no one will take that away from him. Morgan says pinning Randy Orton on multiple occasions should prove that he’s capable of being the top guy in the HWL again, but Orton doesn’t want to give him the shot. Morgan says we’ll find out who is next in line; but for right now, he has an X-Division Title to defend.

Rami Sebei & Michael Tarver defeated The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Rob Terry) when Tarver pinned Magnus with the Tarver’s Lightning in 9:06.
Rating: ** ¾

Tensions were already running high as the teams were introduced, and throughout the match, Cena was toying with Neal at ringside. However, Neal did what he set out to do, and kept Cena at bay. The match was a slugfest, with The British Invasion wanting to exact revenge, punishment, anything else on Sebei and Tarver; whereas their opponents were looking to stay one step ahead of their furious victims. That strategy helped them as Sebei clotheslined Rob Terry over the ropes, sending them both crashing to the concrete. The ensuing brawl caught the attention of Neal, who was then blindsided by Cena! All four men continued to brawl at ringside, distracting Magnus, who turned directly into Tarver’s Lightning for the 1-2-3.

A preview for the next HWL pay-per-view event, Justice, is show. Justice will take place on July 15th, live from Wichita, Kansas!

Chris Sabin is seen backstage with Ted Hanson. Sabin says that it was hard to walk away from Anarchy after losing the main event; but that he could hold his head up high because he was able to hang with three of the top stars in the HWL. Tonight will be a better night for him, if he’s able to defeat Matt Morgan. If he can, not only will his head be held high, but so will the X-Division Title.

Jesse Neal is seen slowly walking through the hallways backstage, when he is approached by Shane Hagadorn. Hagadorn tells Jesse that he is getting way in over his head by wanting to come to the aide of The British Invasion. Hagadorn tells Jesse that he has a match of his own that, now, he’s not going to be 100-percent for. He tells Jesse he should have rethought his plans tonight, because even with him at ringside, The British Invasion lost their match.

In the parking lot of the arena, Colt Cabana and Edwin Colon are seen exiting the area with their bags and the Tag Team Titles. They are heard laughing as they get into their car and speed off into the distance. Josh and Scott wonder what – if anything – will be done about their actions earlier tonight.

[X-Division Title Match]:
Chris Sabin pinned Matt Morgan with the Ace Crusher in 14:23.
Rating: ** ½
(Chris Sabin won the HWL X-Division Title.)

Chris Sabin was going into this match with what seemed like blind confidence, even after having been on the losing side of things this past Monday. It was clear from the start that Sabin knew he wasn’t going to be able to match Morgan blow for blow; so he would need to rely on his speed if he were to come out on top. Early on his speed was an advantage, as Sabin landed a number of kicks and aerial moves that took Morgan off his game. A dropkick to the knee slowed Morgan down bit as the match went out, but it was going to take more than that that to keep “The Blueprint” down. Morgan used his size and strength advantage to come back, slowly Sabin down with a bearhug during the latter portion of the match. This allowed Morgan to set up a Carbon Footprint – but Sabin barely kicked out before the three-count, getting a riotous ovation from the crowd. Sabin still had life in him, as he reversed a side suplex attempt into a shocking Ace Crusher, catching Morgan by surprise, and pinning him for the 1-2-3.

After the match, Sabin rolled out of the ring, grabbing the title. He stood on the announce table, holding the title in the air, as the camera went backstage.

In the locker room area, Jesse Neal is seen apologizing to Brutus Magnus and Rob Terry. Neal says that he let them down, and that he should’ve been able to do more to keep Cena from getting involved. Magnus kept his head down, still feeling the effects of the post-match brawl, as Terry told Neal that they could deal with things later… as Neal needed to worry about his match.

A second preview for Justice is shown. Justice will be live on July 15th, from Wichita, Kansas.

The crowd boos as they see a smiling John Cena, backstage, with Alisha Hicks. Alisha asks whether or not Cena will admit that the brawl that broke out at ringside allowed his team to pick up the victory earlier tonight. Cena laughs and says that it’s not his – or his team’s – fault that Brutus Magnus can’t focus at the task at hand. Magnus had one job to do while he was inside that ring, and he couldn’t get it done, because he was too worried about what was happening outside the ring. So, no, the only person to blame would be Magnus himself… or Jesse Neal, for sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Cena says that what they proved tonight, is that they will be a force to reckon with in the HWL.

A video from “earlier today” is shown of Brie Bella showing her family where their seats were going to be for the event later tonight. Brie tells her mom and dad that she’s excited that they will be here to see her win back the Women’s Title that she never lost. She calls Nikki a thief. Her dad says she might be getting a little out of line with that comment, and Brie tells him not to defend Nikki for what she did. Brie says she’s the better sister – in every way – and storms away from them, screaming at a security guard to show her parents out.

CM Punk is seen backstage with Ted Hanson. Ted asks Punk how he’s feeling heading into tonight’s Table Match after the events that took place on Monday night. Punk smirks, looking at Hanson, and says he’s an idiot. Punk says that Hanson’s paid to do a job one night a month: come around and ask questions about things he never saw in person. Punk accepts that, and says that Hanson’ doing what he needs to do; but that, just like this interview, he says that Monday was frustrating. Sure, it was frustrating because Kurt Angle put him through the announce table. But, more importantly, it was frustrating because Punk had to wait six days, until tonight, to get his hands on Adam Cole. Punk gets interrupted as KURT ANGLE appears. Angle scoffs at Punk and says if anyone can talk about frustration, it’s him. For the past two weeks, Angle has wanted a fair match, against someone with integrity, and has yet to get it. So, was Punk a victim of his frustration on Monday night? Yes. But, Angle was able to get his frustration out; and seeing Punk laying in the rubble of a broken table made him feel better.

Claudio Castagnoli pinned Jesse Neal with the Ricola Bomb in 10:08.
Rating: ***

It had been a long night for Jesse Neal leading up to his match against Castagnoli. From the start of the match, it was clear that Neal was still struggling with the aftermath of the brawl earlier at ringside, and Castagnoli wasted no time in taking advantage of that weakness. One thing’s for sure: Neal can hold his head up proudly, because he never gave up, even though he wasn’t at 100 percent. But no amount of fight was going to overtake the better condition that Castagnoli was in. Claudio hit the Ricola Bomb for a pretty one-sided victory.

After the match, John Cena, Rami Sebei, and Michael Tarver all came out to the ring. Together, the four of them beat down Neal in the center of the ring. From the back, Brutus Magnus and Rob Terry ran to Neal’s rescue, but were quickly outnumbered. Magnus and Terry were separated to different corners, where the four men left them motionless. Magnus, Terry and Neal were dumped over the top rope, as the four men – along with Shane Hagadorn – posed in the ring with the crowd booing.

A shot of AJ Styles, preparing for his match, is shown. Josh and Scott question what must be going through his mind, and how the HWL fans – and Matt Morgan – are wanting to know the answers to so many questions.

A preview for JUSTICE is shown. Justice will be live on July 15th, from Wichita, Kansas.

Backstage, newly-crowned X-Division Champion Chris Sabin tells Alisha Hicks that tonight is a special night. Sabin says he’s won tag team titles in the past; but tonight means something different, because he was able to achieve this goal by himself. Sabin says that he had been looking for a place since he returned to the HWL… and has now found it, atop the X Division.

Also backstage, Women’s Champion Nikki Bella is asked by Ted Hanson wat pressure she feels facing her sister, in their hometown, in front of their parents, for the Women’s Title tonight. Nikki says she hasn’t thought about it – or has tried not to – until just now, but says that there’s always immense pressure to perform at her best. That’s what it takes to be a champion. She says there are still a lot of unanswered questions she has for her family about the past few weeks, but says that will be sorted out later tonight. Nikki says that she and Brie have always had a sibling rivalry; but now it means more because it’s taking place for the top prize in the women’s division, and all of their friends and family are here to see it. Nikki says that any pressure she’s facing tonight is also being faced by Brie; and it’ll come down to who wants the title more.

The Golden Opportunist, Adam Cole, is seen backstage with Alisha Hicks. Hicks asks Cole for a final comment before his Tables Match against CM Punk later tonight. Cole tells Alisha that he said his piece Monday night. To anyone that thinks he ran away from a confrontation with Kurt Angle, they’re sadly mistaken. Cole says that he didn’t become The Golden Opportunist because he backed away; he did it by being smart. Watching Kurt Angle do the work for him on Monday night was great, but Cole wants the satisfaction of putting Punk through a table. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen tonight.

[HWL Women’s Title Match]:
Nikki Bella pinned Brie Bella with the Bella Bomb in 18:47.
Rating: * ¾
(Nikki Bella retained the HWL Women’s Title.)

For the past number of weeks, Brie Bella has gone from claiming to be a victim to unleashing a series of mind games on her sister, Nikki; even bringing their family into the mix. Ever since losing the Women’s Title, Brie has come out saying that Nikki was jealous of her success, thus stealing the title from her during a battle royal on Anarchy. Brie vowed revenge against her twin, and made good on her promise of making sure their family was a ringside to see the match in person. Their family watched on as Brie and Nikki clawed at one another, taking their life-long sibling rivalry to another level. Brie looked impressive, locking in an armbar submission early in the match. Nikki’s arm became a focal point of attack after that. But, Nikki wasn’t going down without a fight, taking things outside the ring, where they Vixens battled in front of their parents, who could not bear to watch their daughters fighting. Both Bellas used the ringside area to their advantage, but Nikki was able to gain the upper hand after sending Brie into the guardrail. Inside the ring, Nikki attempted the Bella Bomb; but with her injured arm, didn’t connect fully, and only got a two-count. The match continued for a short time, until Nikki connected with a back elbow, and hit a second Bella Bomb for the 1-2-3.

After the match, Nikki is handed her title, as Brie rolls out of the ring. A commotion stirs in the crowd, as LEVA BATES jumps over the barricade and enters the ring, attacking Nikki from behind! Bates smashes Nikki’s head into the canvas, before throwing her through the ropes, sending her crashing onto the concrete. Bates throws the Women’s Title to the floor before leaving the ring and coming to the aid of Brie. The Bella family look on in shock as Brie and Leva make their way up the ramp.

A preview for JUSTICE is shown. Justice will be live on July 15th, from Wichita, Kansas!

Backstage, John Cena is seen celebrating with Michael Tarver, Rami Sebei, Claudio Castagnoli and Shane Hagadorn. Cena congratulates them on fulfilling his plan, and embarrassing Jesse Neal and The British Invasion. Cena says that drinks are on him, as the group leaves the arena.

Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton is backstage with Ted Hanson. Orton says that Monday night wasn’t the way he wanted to come into tonight, getting pinned by Matt Morgan. Orton says that the silver lining to it all was that he RKO’d AJ Styles in the center of the ring. Orton says that’s exactly what’ll happen tonight, as he retains his title.

AJ Styles is stopped by Alisha Hicks on his way to the locker room. Hicks says that everyone wants to know what’s going on in his mind heading into his title match. Styles says that so many people have been wondering what’s going on inside his head: Alisha, Ric Flair, his supporters and Matt Morgan. Styles says he has always been a planner, and he’s gotten away from that lately. Tomorrow night, that will change. Styles says he will reveal the reason behind his actions on Anarchy, when he comes in as the new Heavyweight Champion.

Tables Match
Adam Cole vs. CM Punk

Josh and Scott talk about the possible carnage in this match, as the camera shows a number of tables laid out at ringside. Cole came down to the ring, holding the Golden Opportunity briefcase, as he received a mixed reaction from the crowd. CM Punk wasted little time getting to the ring, and both men began brawling as the referee called for the bell.

Cole and Punk started the match back and forth. Punk lands left and rights on Cole. Punk with a Fujiwara armbar for 16 seconds. Punk hits an enzuigiri and slaps Cole hard across the face. Punk misses with a kneelift. Cole attempts an inverted atomic drop, and ducks a punch from Cole, hitting a Crush Thunder Buster instead. Cole continues to work over Punk, before tossing him over the top rope. Punk hangs on, and rolls into the ring, kicking Cole. Punk tried to kick Cole in the head, but Cole reverses it into a wheelbarrow suplex. Cole runs into the ropes, and gets knocked down with a lariat. Both men are laying on the canvas. Punk goes for a DDT, but Cole reverses into a North Lights suplex. The referee breaks it up, since pinfalls don’t count. Cole gets into the referees face, and Punk takes him down with a single-leg takedown. Punk works over Cole as the fans get behind him. Punk clotheslines Cole out of the ring, and connects with a baseball slide.

Outside the ring, both men use the surroundings, looking for an advantage, but choosing to stay away from the tables. Back inside the ring, both men trade blows; neither one wanting to back down. Punk attempts a lariat, but Cole ducks it, hitting a forearm smash. Cole hits another Crash Thunder Buster, playing to the crowd as the boo him. Punk continues to fight back, after repeatedly getting stopped by Cole. Punk tries a belly-to-back suplex, but Cole turns, landing on Punk. No pinfall. Cole throws Punk out of the ring, playing to the crowd again. Punk hangs onto the ropes, and stuns Cole with a headbutt. Punk connects with the G.T.S as the crowd roars. Punk slowly gets to his feet and takes control of the match. Cole fights back, blocking a backbreaker, dropkicking Punk.

Cole takes advantage and works over Punk. Cole attempts a suplex. Punk slides down, and hits a second G.T.S. Both men are out of their feet at this point, and Punk attempts a clothesline, which Cole ducks. Cole hits the Yakuza Kick. Cole with another Northern Lights suplex. Cole tosses Punk through the ropes, and sets up a table between the ring apron and the guardrail. Cole hits a Northern Lights suplex onto the table, but it doesn’t break! Cole slams Punk into the ring steps. Cole tries another Northern Lights suplex through the table, but Punk blocks it, rolling to safety inside the ring. Punk tries to fight back, but the table did its damage, as Cole takes control. Cole sets Punk onto the turnbuckle, but Punk fights out of the Panama Sunrise. Punk headbutts Cole again, tossing him off the ropes, to the concrete below. Punk hits the floor and sets up another table, putting Cole on top of it. Punk climbs to the top rope, and attempts a moonsault, crashing through the table, as Cole rolls off before impact! Josh and Scott announce that, since Punk put himself through the table, the match continues. A “holy shit!” chants starts in the crowd. Cole throws Punk into the guardrail. Cole sets Punk on the bent table, attempting another Northern Lights suplex. Punk blocks the move, hitting a Russian legsweep, and sending Cole – and himself – crashing through the table!

[Tables Match]:
CM Punk defeated Adam Cole by putting him through a table in 28:40.
Rating: ** ½

After the match, medical staff rush down to the ring, tending to both Punk and Cole. The crowd continues to chant as Scott and Josh say that Punk won the match, but there are still questions as to who’s won the war. HWL officials remove pieces of debris as the camera goes backstage.

Leva Bates and Brie Bella are seen celebrating backstage. Brie asks if Leva saw the looks on everyone’s faces. Leva thanks Brie for the opportunity to shock the HWL. The two are interrupted as Bella’s mother meets them, and says that she has never been as disappointed as she is by what Brie did tonight. Mrs. Bella walks away as Brie stands silent.

A preview for JUSTICE is shown. Justice will take place July 15th, live from Wichita, Kansas – only on pay-per-view!

Heavyweight Title Match
AJ Styles (w/Ric Flair) vs. © Randy Orton

AJ Styles comes out to the ring, with “The Nature Boy”, as Scott and Josh speculate on what his reasons could be. They will find out tomorrow night on Anarchy. Randy Orton comes out with the Heavyweight Title draped over his shoulder. Orton poses in the corner, staring at Styles and Flair. He hands the belt to the referee, who calls for the bell.

Styles sends Orton into the corner. Styles attempts a clothesline, but Orton hits a hiptoss. Orton wastes no time, punting Styles and going for the cover. Styles nearly gets his shoulder up, as Scott and Josh say that could’ve been the shortest title match in HWL history. Orton goes for a vertical suplex, but Styles reverses it into a small package for a two-count. Orton connects with a flying forearm for a two-count. Styles springs to his feet as Orton questions the referee. Styles works over Orton, sending him into the ropes, and both men go down with a double clothesline. Orton gets to his feet first, dropkicking Styles. Orton works over Styles, and hits a flying cross body press for a two-count. Both men trade shots back and forth, when out of nowhere, Styles connects with a superkick. AJ taunts the crowd before climbing the turnbuckles. Orton quickly hits Styles in the midsection, racking him in the corner. Orton wobbles on his feet, and tries to hit a forearm, but Styles blocks it, power-bombing Orton for a one-count. AJ hits an Asai moonsault into an inverted DDT for a two-count. AJ throws Orton out of the ring, and connects with a hurrancara from the apron onto the concrete! A “This is awesome!” chant starts as Styles rolls Orton into the ring. Styles works over Orton, wearing him down. Styles runs into the ropes, and Orton catches him with a quick bodyslam out of desperation. Orton gets to is feet and punts Styles a second time! Orton works over Styles, and attempts a belly-to-back suplex. Styles rolls through and lands on his feet, dropkicking Orton. Styles hits another Asai moonsault into an inverted DDT for a two-count. Styles and Orton, once again, brawl in the center of the ring. Styles stuns Orton with the Styles Clash, but Orton puts his foot on the rope, breaking the count at two.

AJ works over Orton, bodyslamming near the corner. AJ attempts a springboard 450, but Orton gets his knees up. Orton whips Styles into the corner. Styles lifts a leg and follows up with a kneelift. Styles works over Orton, and ducks a clothesline attempt, hitting a second powerbomb for a two-count. Styles locks in a bow-and-arrow. Orton struggles to reach the ropes, but does. Styles stays on the offense, while Orton does whatever he can, defensively to stay in the match. Styles signals for the Styles Clash, and hits it. Orton kicks out just before three, and the crowd cheers. Styles whips Orton into the ropes, but Orton blocks it with a kick, Orton whips Styles into the ropes, hitting a powerslam for a two-count. Orton clotheslines Styles out of the ring, and hits a flying cross body press off the apron. Orton repeatedly throws Styles into the guardrail. Orton attempts to bodyslam Styles onto the concrete, but Styles blocks it. Styles throws Orton into the guardrail. Orton blocks a powerbomb attempt, and rolls back into the ring. Orton catches Styles as he comes in, and works him over. Orton with a cross body press for a two-count. Orton attempts a European uppercut, but Styles counters with a backslide for a two-count. Styles works over Orton, before hitting his THIRD Styles Clash of the night – only getting a two-count. A headlock by Styles.

Orton reaches the ropes, and is kicked out of the ring by Styles. Orton reenters the ring after a five-count. Styles continues to work over Orton, locking in an armbar. Orton grabs the ropes, but Styles clotheslines him over the top rope. Styles attempts an Asai moonsault, but Orton moves, and Styles lands on the concrete. Another “Holy shit!” chant starts, as Orton whips Styles into the ring steps. Orton rolls Styles into the ring. Orton connects with the RKO, but only for a two-count. Orton dropkicks Styles and gets another two-count. Orton grabs the referee and tosses him through the ropes! Orton continues to work over Styles, as another referee runs to the ring. Orton locks in a sleeperhold, but Styles reaches the ropes. Orton with a vicious clothesline for the winning three-count.

[HWL Heavyweight Title Match]:
Randy Orton pinned AJ Styles after a clothesline in 23:03.
Rating: ¼
(Randy Orton retained the HWL Heavyweight Title.)

After the match, Orton is handed the Heavyweight Title. Orton leaves the ring, as a stunned audience watches on. Turning Point goes off the air as the referee is seen, being attended to at ringside.

Card rating: ** ¾

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