If you are a regular visitor to TNANews.com, you probably have read my TNA One Night Only PPV reviews. Well, I'm back with another one! TNA released One Night Only: Turning Point on January 9, 2015. In my typical Five-Count fashion, I will break down Turning Point with the star of the show, match of the show, what I liked, what I didn't like, and my final grade for the PPV.
Star of the Show: Bobby Roode
Bobby Roode's career turning point came when he beat James Storm to win his first TNA World Heavyweight Championship. The win was just after Roode and Storm had their successful run as Beer Money and Storm won the World Title. Roode managed to beat his former friend and went on to be the longest reigning TNA World Champ in the company's history. Roode went one-on-one with former friend and foe James Storm in one of the best matches on the show. Roode once again beat Storm. I felt this match told the best story from the show. We saw backstage interviews from them and a video package to hype it up. The commentators did a good job of selling it and of course the workers did their part in the ring.
Match of the Show: Bram vs. Abyss - Monster's Ball Match
Though it wasn't a very long or big program, one of my favorite feuds in 2014 was between The Monster Abyss and Bram. I agree with the fact that this feud was considered Bram's turning point and was glad to see the two facing off once again. Abyss challenged Bram to another Monster's Ball Match in a pre-match promo and Bram obviously accepted. The match was very similar to the ones they had on Impact, but it was still brutal and entertaining. Bram beat Abyss after Abyss got Janice stuck in the turnbuckle. While this may not have been the absolute best match on the card, it certainly was one of my favorites going up against other top matches such as Eric Young vs. Magnus, Roode vs. Storm, and Jeff Hardy vs. MVP.
The Highlight: The Stories Are There!
This One Night Only PPV was the first taped using the six-sided ring in September. It was very refreshing to see the current roster and (somewhat) updated look during this show. The huge thing I noticed almost immediately was the presence of stories. The last several One Night Only PPVs have lacked stories. We basically see random matches that result in a big multi-man main event match. This time, almost all the matches featured a back story and they didn't result in a gauntlet match. Some stories were more recent than others, but still it was refreshing to see TNA properly use this show to the best of their ability.
The Lowlight: Gunner & Mr. Anderson
There was hardly anything on this show for me to complain about honestly. I needed something to fill this spot in the article, so I'm getting a little nit-picky here. Gunner and Mr. Anderson teamed up once again to take on EC3 and Rockstar Spud. It was a fine match which saw Gunner and Mr. Anderson get the win. The story/meaning for why they were teaming together wasn't really known at all. It really isn't that big of a deal at all, but just pointing it out.
This was a very entertaining show! I haven't mentioned it yet, but Gail Kim beat Angelina Love and Madison Rayne in a great three-way Knockout's match. I absolutely give this PPV an A for six out of eight of the matches being considered for match of the show and for the entertaining stories told in and out of the ring. Below are full results of the show:
- Samoa Joe def. Kenny King
- Gail Kim def. Angelina Love & Madison Rayne
- Sanada def. Austin Aries
- Gunner & Mr. Anderson def. Rockstar Spud & EC3
- Eric Young def. Magnus
- Monster's Ball Match: Bram def. Abyss
- Bobby Roode def. James Storm
- Jeff Hardy def. MVP
Feel free to drop a comment below with your thoughts on the show if you watched and let me know what you thought of my choices. You can follow me on Twitter @cj_blaze24.