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Csonka’s Impact One Night Only Turning Point 2017 Review

May 12, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s Impact One Night Only Turning Point Review

– Veterans of War (Mayweather & Wilcox) defeated Mario Bokara and Fallah Bahh @ 10:20 via pin [**]
– Laurel Van Mess defeated Ava Storie @ 5:17 via pin [½*]
– Mahabali Shera defeated Marshe Rockett @ 4:40 via pin [*]
– Matt Morgan defeated KM @ 7:34 via pin [**]
– Davey Richards defeated Suicide @ 14:00 via pin [***]
From Turning Point 2009: Champion AJ Styles defeated Christopher Daniels & Samoa Joe @ 21:50 via pin [****¾]
– Rosemary defeated Sienna @ 6:00 via pin [**½]
– Eddie Edwards defeated Eli Drake @ 12:25 via pin [***]
Impact World Title Match: Champion Lashley defeated Moose @ 20:11 via pin [**]

– Mathews & The Pope are on commentary.

Veterans of War (Mayweather & Wilcox) vs. Mario Bokara and Fallah Bahh: Bokara and Mayweather start things off, with Mayweather easily tossing him around. One minute into the match, Mathews is already at his worst, bitching about Borash and arguing with Pope. Bokara tries to pick up the pace, but Mayweather keeps control and lays in mounted rights in the corner. The VOW work double teams, Bahh tags in and goes face to face with Wilcox. They do some back and forth hoss spots, with Wilcox sending Bahh to the floor. Back in, Wilcox catches Bokara off the ropes and hits an overhead toss. The VOW are making sure that Bokara gets his frequent flier miles, as he’s in the air more than he’s on the mat. Bahh then clips the knee of Mayweather, allowing he and Bokara to take the heat. Bokara takes the lead for his team, working a bland heat on Mayweather. Mayweather eventually hits a spinebuster, but Bahh cuts him off and continues to attack the leg. He then misses a leg drop, hot tag to Wilcox who runs wild with clotheslines and another overhead toss. The Samoan drop follows, but Bahh makes the save. Bokara and Bahh look to take control, trip up Wilcox and Bahh hits a leg drop for 2. Mayweather in and they double team Bahh, and ten hit their modifies 3D on Bokara for the win. Veterans of War (Mayweather & Wilcox) defeated Mario Bokara and Fallah Bahh @ 10:20 via pin [**] It was technically clean with no glaring errors, but was extremely bland and the work gave you no reason to care about it.

– Van Mess is here, and this is a rematch from last night’s Impact. Laurel does a wacky dance and is searching for Kong. My God woman, take a shower.

– The VOW cut a horrible promo, comparing their “match” to a battle similar to what they faced in Afghanistan.

Laurel Van Mess w/Kongo Kong vs. Ava Storie: This is a rematch from last night’s impact. Storie plays keep away, frustrating LVM as she goes for several near falls. LVM bails to the floor, and yells about killing Storie; LVM returns to the ring and takes control of things, grounding Storie and then tossing her across the ring. LVM then yells a lot, and goes back to beating on Storie. LVM misses the running corner boot; Storie tries to fire up and lays in forearm strikes. Clotheslines follow, and then a bicycle kick. Storie then dropkicks LVM to the floor; Kong distracts Storie, allowing LVM to attack. LVM then hits the curb stomp for the win. Laurel Van Mess defeated Ava Storie @ 5:17 via pin [½*] This was not good in anyway, it was so focused on Laurel’s wacky character that the match was just disjointed and sloppy; it’s not even like the gimmick stuff was great, it was just more of the same.

– Post match, LVM beats down Storie, but Allie makes the save. She hits a code breaker and half of LVM’s extensions fly out.

– Allie comforts Storie, and tells her she did well and was really close to winning. They are forming an adorkable relationship.

– Kong & Van Mess grunt and growl in their post match promo, and it was still better than the bullshit they try with KM on Impact.

Mahabali Shera vs. Marshe Rockett: Rockett attacks before the bell, taking Shera to the floor and that led to a countout tease. Shera works back into the ring, and misses a high cross off the ropes; Rockett hits the dropkick and maintains control. Shera slowly fires back with rights, but Rockett slams him to the buckles and then follows with a powerslam for 2. Rockett hits a bicycle kick, misses the second and Shera hits sky high. Shera follows with rights and clotheslines; he hits another sky high and wins. Mahabali Shera defeated Marshe Rockett @ 4:40 via pin [*] There was nothing to this, Rockett controlled, took the heat and Shera then just hits his finish and then fills some time, hits it again and wins. I keep waiting for Marshe Rockett to wow me, but he’s just another guy. Shera was fine here. Moving on.

– KM cuts a promo, which means he YELLS REALLY LOUD FOR 60-SECONDS.

– Rockett cuts a promo, claiming he shouldn’t have lost and claiming there was discrimination involved.

Matt Morgan vs. KM w/Sienna: They trade shoulder blocks, with Morgan taking control. Mathews will not shut the fuck up about the Borash bullshit, CALL THE FUCKING MATCH! They brawled to the floor, with Morgan sending KM to the steps. As they work back into the ring, KM kicks the middle rope into the balls of Morgan, allowing him to take control. I’d call it the heat, but there was none. KM works a bear hug, yells a lot and then Morgan escapes. Morgan fires up with rights, clotheslines follow and then the corner splash. KM heads up top, Morgan cuts him off with rights and follows with the superplex. Morgan then hits the carbon footprint and wins. Matt Morgan defeated KM @ 7:34 via pin [**] Much like the opener, this was ok, but lacked a sense of urgency and drama. It existed.

– Love and Richards made out during their promo time; Love then said Richards was a killer and was running through the roster. Love demanded that Richards bring her the head of Suicide.

Davey Richards vs. Suicide: They worked a fast paced beginning, Suicide looked to take control but Richards fought back and then went back and forth. Suicide then looked to work the arm, but Richards cut him off with a back elbow strike and then made out with Love. Suicide then hit a head scissors and dropkick. Suicide then crawled over to Love, and she grabbed him and kissed him, oh that wacky Suicide. This pissed off Richards, who took him to the floor and beat down Suicide for tricking his wife. Back in and Richards hits a clothesline, and then works a modified sharp shooter. Richards maintains control, hitting the running knee strike and then grounding Suicide with the body scissors. Good control by Richards, but Suicide fights out and hits a hip toss. They trade strikes, and then Richards takes him down and hits the jumping double stomp for 2. Suicide fights back with head butts and then sends Richards to the floor. Love then trips up Suicide, allowing Richards to take control back. Richards then takes time to talk shit to the crowd, allowing Suicide to hit a missile dropkick. The baseball slide dropkick and big dive followed. Back in and Suicide hits the high cross for 2. Richards then delivers elbow strikes, but Suicide hits the Finlay roll and lionsault for 2. They battle to the apron, and Richards hits a belly to back suplex. Richards then heads up top, but the double stomp misses, and Suicide locks in the octopus hold and rolls into a cradle for 2. He then works the arm bar, but Richards escapes into the Boston crab but Suicide escapes. Head kick and German by Richards and creeping death finishes it. Davey Richards defeated Suicide @ 14:00 via pin [***] Good back and forth match, easily the best thing on the show so far.

We then get to see Daniels vs. Styles vs. Joe from Turning Point 2009. It’s an awesome match, ****¾, and a worthy sequel to their first triple threat; these three worked magic together, and everything felt like it was completely effortless for them. The classics always hold up, and while a slight notch below the original, this match ages extremely well and still kicks all of the asses. This show (Turning Point 2009) also had the awesome Kurt Angle vs. Desmond Wolfe (****½) match.

Rosemary vs. Sienna w/KM: Oh joy, KM is with Sienna. He talks shit to Rosemary, and then gets scared and runs away. Rosemary tries to bite off Sienna’s pinky and then attacks with forearm strikes. The clothesline and mounted strikes follows. KM distracts Rosemary, allowing Sienna to attack. She works over Rosemary in the corner, and then chokes her out in the ropes. Rosemary battles back, working a tarantula in the ropes and then KM gets involved, allowing sienna to take control back and lay in more strikes. Sienna then hits the running boot, but Rosemary sits up and hits a head kick, KM trips her up and she follows him to the floor, chasing him away. Back in and Rosemary hits the corner clothesline and XPLODER for 2. Rosemary avoids the silencer, hits red wedding and picks up the win. Rosemary defeated Sienna @ 6:00 via pin [**½] They worked an average match, with too much KM bullshit; they also weren’t given a layout that would allow them to really show what they can do; both have had much better efforts in the company, so this felt disappointing.

Eddie Edwards w/Alisha vs. Eli Drake: They grappled early, with Edwards controlling with ease. Drake finally cuts off Edwards with a cheap shot, but as he looks to take control, Edwards hits a series of arm drags to take Drake back down. Drake again looks to fight back, but gets cut off with a dropkick and chops. Drake then hits the stun gun, sending Edwards to the floor. Drake follows, beats down Edwards and they work back into the ring. Drake hits the powerslam and elbow drop, covering for 2. Edwards then misses a corner charge, allowing Drake to hit the neck breaker and cover for 2. Drake works knee strikes, but Edwards fights back with a suplex. Edwards then sends Drake to the floor, fires up and hits the suicide dive. Back in the ring they go, and Edwards hits some charging elbows and a blue thunder bomb for the near fall. Edwards looks for the tiger bomb, but Drake counters out, Edwards up to but Drake pop up top and hits the overhead toss off the top for the near fall. Edwards hits an enziguri, the backpack stunner is countered and Drake hits the big slam for 2. Drake sets Edwards up top, follows him up but Edwards fights him off. Edwards then MISSES the moonsault. Drake misses with a springboard, and Edwards rolls up Drake for the win. Eddie Edwards defeated Eli Drake @ 12:25 via pin [***] Good back and forth outing, Drake was working hard and kept up with Edwards well but the finish fell really flat.

Champion Lashley vs. Moose: They go face to face at the bell, and then lock up and battle for position. We get shoulder blocks, as they work to a stalemate; Lashley takes him down, but Moose kips up and hits a dropkick. Lashley quickly takes control back, working over Moose in the corner. Lashley then avoids the game changer and destroys Moose with a German. Lashley up top and flies to the floor with a forearm smash. After a short brawl on the floor, Lashley rolled Moose back in the ring and laid the boots to him and then choked him out in the ropes. Lashley looks to keep Moose grounded, cutting him off, slamming him and then shooting him to the floor; Lashley celebrates and then beats own Moose on the floor. Moose battles back with rights, but Lashley again cuts him off with a kick to the gut. Lashley maintains control on the floor, and then drags Moose back into the ring, only to knock him back to the floor. They tease the countout, with Moose beating the count. Lashley then beats him down with clubbing elbow strikes, heads up top but Moose cuts him off and press slams him to the mat. Moose runs wild with corner splashes and then hits a run up the ropes high cross, which was cool. Moose then dropkicks Lashley to the floor. They again brawl on the floor, with Lashley backdropping Moose on the ramp. Moose again beats the count, Lashley suplexes him back into the ring and then the spear hits in the corner. Mounted rights by Lashley, but Moose catches him with a powerbomb, senton and then almost kills himself on the moonsault (almost landing on his head). Moose up top, but Lashley cuts him off and follows him up and hits the superplex. Lashley then misses the spear and posts himself, and Moose hits a spear for the near fall. Moose misses a charge; Lashley hits a clothesline and strikes. Lashley then grabs the world title belt, the ref takes it away and we then get a ref bump. Belt shot by Lashley, but Moose kicks out. Lashley then runs into the bog boot, chokeslam by Moose follows and Lashley kicks out. Lashley avoids the game changer, hits the spear and wins. Champion Lashley defeated Moose @ 20:11 via pin [**] I have to say it felt silly to burn a champion vs. Champion match on this PPV with absolutely no build. But that was likely for the best, because this was completely disappointing. The best Lashley matches are when he’s in destroying, ass kicker mode. Here, he felt as if he had no sense of urgency at all to his work. Moose excels when he can use his power and freak athleticism, but there was very little of that here. Add in the aimless brawling and the unneeded ref bump, and this was not a good main event.

– End scene.

– Thanks for reading.

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The final score: review Poor
The 411
Thanks to Daniels vs. Styles vs. Joe from Turning Point 2009, this show wasn’t a complete waste. But the issue with airing a classic match like this is that it exposes how mediocre the rest of the show and much of the current roster is. Richards vs. Suicide, as well as Drake vs. Edwards are good, but the rest was mostly poor or passable. The only thing worth your time is an awesome match from 2009, which doesn’t say much about the current product, and certainly isn’t worth $15.