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Just got down watching Turning Point 2005, and what a great show that was!
- The DVD includes the preshow which included the six man tag of Lance Hoyt & The Naturals vs. 3 Jobbers. This was less of a squash than it should have been, but Hoyt and the Nats picked up the win. Jeff Hardy was supposed to be in this match but he no showed (AGAIN) and that was it for him in TNA. They also showed some various promos and interviews hyping the matches, and they also showed them setting up for The Barbedwire Massacre.
- Throughout the PPV itself, there were various segments involving Jeff Jarrett trying to find out about TNA's announcement that "The Face of TNA would change in 2006" and this involved skits with him trying to get on the heels good side and one very funny segment with Monty Brown. All of those segments really paid off at the end of the show.
- THe PPV opens up with an awesome video package hyping The Barbedwire Masacre and that was our first match. Sabu vs. Abyss made wrestling history with one of the most violent matches in TNA history. This match was just sick, but entertaining. Both guys took some sick punishment. The ending saw Abyss get sandwiched between two boards wrapped in barbedwire and Sabu getting the pin. Sabu & Abyss had been feuding for months with two No DQ matches & a Monster's Ball under their belts, and they set out to top it with this one, and they did. It was crazy.
- After this match there was a long period of no wrestling because they had to set the ring back up and take the barbedwire down. THere was a $LK promo and then Mike & Don just babbled on forever to try and stretch which was actually kind of funny to see. They did something similar at BFG 2006 while they were setting up the cage for the tag title match.
- The next match was Roderick Strong & Alex Shelley vs. Austin Aries & Matt Bentley. This match was ok with some nice spots (Strong has great backbreakers) but the finish was extremely weak. Matt Bentley's Superkick sucks, that's all I'll say. The thing I like about this match is that this was the time where Shelley started to show some personality and that really helped him standout. Aries & Bentley got the win.
- Next up was a continuation of the on going saga between Raven & Zbysko. I really loved this feud. After Austin vs. McMahon, it's hard to find an Evil Boss vs. Employee angle that is interesting, but this one was as Zbysko begged for Raven to sign his release and threatened to throw opponent after opponent after him until he did. Raven's opponent on this show was Kanyon (going by Chris K., damn you WWE!) This actually a good solid match. Kanyou looked good in there and he took some good bumps for Raven. But Raven got the win with the DDT and then fought with Zbysko after the match.
- The 4LK with Kip James as their newest member took on Team Canada in an 8 Man Tag. This match was basically your typical 3LK match that I'd seen on Impact a 1000 times, however, the ending is what made it. Konnan turned on his team and knocked out Kip James with a chair, allowing Roode to score the pin. After some arguing, he also hit BG James, which brought on chants of "New Age Outlaws" and surprisingly, Konnan left Killings alone and encouraged him to follow. Say what you will about the 3LK/VKM guys (and Lord knows I say alot) but this angle was awesome, and Konnan's turn was very well done.
- One of the most heavily hyped matches on this card actually involved The Diamonds in the Rough. Can you believe that? AJ Pierzinski was a special guest of TNA, and Simon Diamond interupted which led to this six man tag of The Diamonds led by Simon Diamond, going up against Sabin, Dutt, & Dale Torborg who works for the White Sox now, but used to be The Demon in WCW. Adding AJ to the mix really got TNA some mainstream attention which is always good while Bobby Heenan provided commentary. He was obviously having trouble speaking, but that Heenan wit still came through. The match itself was pretty damn good with great X Division action and a great finish that involved AJ hitting Diamond with Homeplate, which allowed his team to get the win. This whole thing was very entertaining, and like I said it got TNA attention from the press, which is always good.
- Christian Cage made his TNA PPV debut against "The Alpha Male" Monty Brown in what was a really good heavyweights match. They played the big man vs. little man deal very well with Monty just dominating Christian with his strength. Eventually Christian fought back and was able to score the win after ramming Monty into an exposed turnbuckle and nailing The Unprettier for the pin. This was a very exciting match and a great showcase for both guys, especially Christian who pretty much proved that he was putting his best foot forward in TNA.
- Next up was AMW vs. Team 3D in a Tables Match. AMW were the tag champs, but the match was nontitle. I enjoyed the matches these two teams had together, and this one was good as well. This is definately one of the better tables matches I've ever seen. The only better ones I can think of are the Hardy/Dudleyz matches from 2000 & the more recent Steiner/Team 3D match from BFG. They had some great "nearfalls" with the tables. Storm unfortunately took a hard hit when Team 3D put him through a table using the Death Sentence. He got injured which forced Harris to finish the match himself, which had Team 3D go 2-0 on AMW for the win. The finish was probably rushed because of what happened to Storm, but the match was still pretty good, and thankfully Storm ended up being ok.
- The next match was easily one of my favorite matches in TNA history and probably my favorite X Title match ever as AJ Styles defended the gold against the undefeated Samoa Joe. They had already wrestled once at Sacrifice, which was an exciting match, but this bout blew the first one out of the water. The build up was great AJ getting pissed at Joe for dishonoring the X Division by savagely attacking Christopher Daniels. The match was amazing as Joe beat down AJ worse than any opponent he had ever encountered. AJ was the sympathetic babyface and soon fought back with his high flying offense. There were some great counters and great high impact moves, but it was over when Joe caught AJ in the Coquina Clutch and caused him to pass out.
After the match, Joe tried to do the same thing to AJ that he did to Daniels, but this brougbt out the returning Fallen Angel to try and get revenge on Joe. This great segment continued this three way feud in a great way as we would see in 2006.
- And finally there was the main event of Jeff Jarrett defending the World Title against Rhino. After winning the gold at BFG, Rhino soon lost the title to Jarrett in a rematch, which set up this rubber match. I can imagine alot of people not liking this match because it was mostly fought outside the ring, but I actually loved it. It was very exciting and the fans ate it up. They worked in the spot where Rhino Gored Jarrett through a table on the entrance tunnel which was awesome. And once it got back into the ring, it was pure insanity until the finish. I thought the match was exciting, and in the end, Jeff Jarrett scored another victory with tons of help from Team Canada.
However, before the show closed, the lights went out and pictures of a scorpion appeared on the screen. When the lights came back on, Sting's gear was left set up on a chair in the middle of the ring. That was an awesome way to end the PPV and a great set up for Sting's return.
So overall Turning Point 2005 was amazing. It offered some great matches like Rhino/Jarrett, Christian/Monty, Barbedwire Massacre, AMW/Team 3D, and of course the amazing AJ/Joe X title match. It also provided some great moments that really helped the show stand out like Konnan's heel turn, Heenan's return, and the first hint of Sting's return. It was just an all around great show that delivered in just about every way.
1) AJ vs. Joe
2) Abyss vs. Sabu
3) Rhino vs. Jarrett
4) Christian vs. Monty
5) AMW vs. Team 3D
6) Sabin/Dutt/Torborg vs. Diamonds
7) Raven vs. Chris K.
8) 4LK vs. Team Canada
9) Aries/Bentley vs. Shelley/Strong
10) Preshow Tag Match