16th Nov2020

‘Impact Wrestling: Turning Point 2020’ PPV Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this review of Impact Wrestling’s Turning Point 2020, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Rich Swann defending the Impact World Title against Sami Callihan, so shut up, sit down and kick back with Impact…yo yo!

Match #1: Eddie Edwards def Daivari

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Daivari made his shocking return in the Call Your Shot Gauntlet at Bound For Glory. Tonight, he goes one-on-one with former World Champion Eddie Edwards! Daivari hits a jawbreaker but Eddie comes right back with a belly-to-belly suplex. Daivari sends Eddie crashing into the steel ring post, allowing him to gain control. Daivari begins to wear Eddie down, halting his attempts to build any sort of momentum. Eddie finally turns the tide with a Backpack Stunner for two. Daivari takes Eddie off the top with a Frankensteiner for a near fall. Both men exchange strong strikes in the middle of the ring, followed by a Tiger Driver from Eddie. Daivari tries to steal the win with his feet on the ropes but gets caught by the referee! Eddie capitalizes with the Boston Knee Party to score the victory!

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was simple and easy, with no coloring outside of the lines for these dudes, bro. Oh God, what did I just say?! Bro…BRO?! What am I, Matt Riddle and Vince Russo’s prom night dumpster baby?! Who’d carry the baby, the one with the long hair and pussy-pucker lips or the one who has a head shaped like an ovary? Any-way, Eddie took the meat and potatoes of Daivari’s move-set and made some Au Gratin in short order. The foundation of the fundamentals were on display and they were sound. Boy, that’s a ringing endorsement, isn’t it? Darla, you were decent, but I was okay. The right guy won a solid bout, but it would have been nice to have some stakes to this (title contention, “I hate your shirt”, Klaatu, Barada, Nikto, “Gimme The F—kin Keys, Nana!”). All in all, this was an opener that didn’t stink-up the joint.

Match #2: Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary def Jordynne Grace & Tenille Dashwood w/ Kaleb With a K

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Tenille Dashwood and Jordynne Grace try to find their chemistry ahead of the tournament to crown new Knockouts Tag Team Champions, beginning this Tuesday on IMPACT! Meanwhile, Taya Valkyrie and Rosemary are two of the suspects in the shooting of John E Bravo! Tenille is more focused on Kaleb taking photos of her from ringside, allowing Rosemary to take control in the early going. Taya whips her own partner into the corner, displaying incredible double team offense. Taya wears Jordynne down with a vicous German suplex, while Tenille doesn’t seem eager to get back into the match. Jordynne hits Taya with a big Spinebuster but Tenille makes the blind tag, potentially costing her team the match! Tenille connects with her signature low crossbody on Taya for two. Taya hits Jordynne with a powerful spear. Jordynne looks to make the tag but Tenille drops from the apron. Rosemary scores the victory with a double underhook to Jordynne.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was another bowl of meat and potatoes, but this one had…SPIIIICESSSSS!!!!!! Both teams had an odd-ball charm to them, which worked well considering that this match was little more than a preview to some-thing big, rather than being a big deal in of itself. The winners worked better together, which seems to be the story out of this sucker. Jordynne and Tenille actually made for a good team, but it would seem that this was not meant to be. This was a decent match that had a good pace and no lack of skill, but perhaps not enough excitement for PPV.

Match #3: Brian Myers def Swoggle

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Former friends turned enemies go to war here tonight after Myers called Swoggle a sideshow attraction, not a professional wrestler. Myers wants him to lay down for the three count but Swoggle declines and goes on the attack! Swoggle dives through the bottom rope with a big dive to the outside. The fight spills to the outside as Swoggle sends Myers head-first into the steel ring steps. Myers picks the ankle on the apron, allowing him to gain control. Myers taunts his opponent before hitting him with a big boot for two. In an incredible feat of strength, Swoggle connects with a massive German suplex! Swoggle bites Myers leg, followed by the Tadpole Splash for a near fall. Myers puts Swoggle away with his signature clothesline for three.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – They did some nice moves, but Swoggles is still very limited in the ring, so this was only capable of going so far. Myers did what he could to be a proper foil for Swoggle, just as Swoggle played a goofy f—ker for Myers to kick around like a soccer ball. It’s “soccer”, damn it! America gets football! You try renaming football into something else! We already renamed your football into soccer, so suck it! Anyway, Aragorn beat the s—t out of Frodo and it got on TV…sweet.

Match #4: Chris Sabin & James Storm def XXXL (Acey Romero & Larry D)

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Two of the most decorated tag team wrestlers in professional wrestling history, Chris Sabin and James Storm team up with each other for the first time tonight. Sabin shoulder tackles Larry in the middle of the ring but can’t get the big man off his feet. Instead, Sabin outsmarts him with a dropkick to the legs. Storm trips up Larry from the outside and sends him into a kick from Sabin. Acey gains control with a ring-rattling dropkick of his own to Sabin. Larry hits Sabin with a sit-out style suplex but Storm breaks the pin attempt. Acey sits on the back of Sabin as XXXL begins to wear him down. Acey distracts the referee, allowing Larry to illegally attack Sabin on the outside. Sabin finally breaks free and makes the tag to Storm who unloads on Larry D. Storm hits a neckbreaker for two. Sabin launches himself off the top, taking out Romero with a crossbody. Sabin and Storm salute the fans at home but Larry is still alive. Acey connects with a senton on Sabin for a very close near fall. XXXL collide with each other, allowing Sabin and Storm to capitalize with tandem offense on Acey to win.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was all about Sabin and Storm teaming-up again (I believe it was about a decade ago that they tagged, despite the work-up above saying differently…unless I’m wrong). XXXL looked pretty good here, but Sabin and Storm winning was pretty obvious. I liked seeing Gun Money (Beer Guns is stupid) together, as they had a charm to them that was as much do to veteran experience as character quality. If you like seeing two old-pros get clobbered by Godzilla and King Kong until they beat the wikidy out of them for the win, then come see Gun Money (Beer Guns is stupid) whoop on The Husky Section.

Match #5: Rohit Raju (c) def Cousin Jake w/ Cody Deaner- Defeat Rohit Challenge for the X-Division Championship

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Cousin Jake answers Rohit Raju’s open challenge for a shot at the X-Division Championship. After what he just discovered, will he able to focus on the task at hand? Jake hits a big splash in the corner, followed by a strong fist. Rohit hangs up Jake on the ropes, followed by a series of kicks to gain the advantage. Rohit hits a double foot stomp to the back of Jake. Rohit remains in control with a swinging neckbreaker. Jake counters a tilt-a-whirl DDT attempt into some innovative offense for a near fall. A new X-Division is almost crowned when Jake hits a thunderous sitdown powerbomb but Rohit kicks out. Jake goes for a Superplex but Rohit targets the throat of Jake to send him crashing to the mat! Rohit hits two flying knees to retain the X-Division Title.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – Um…s—t? This was not very much, but it wasn’t cancer, so there’s that. Raju was not good enough to carry Jake on this occasion, so that’s where we’re at with this, Raju looked fine, but the match didn’t make it past the starting line sadly. You get some bumps and you get some lumps, but we don’t get much of a prize fight, let alone a PPV bout.

Match #6: Willie Mack def Moose by disqualification

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This match came about after Willie Mack came to the aid of his friend Rich Swann when Moose confronted him over his who was the more prestigious champion in IMPACT Wrestling. Willie looks to fly off the apron but Moose takes out his leg and begins his beatdown. Moose calls out Rich Swann as he steps on Willie’s head at ringside. Moose continues his onslaught as he rakes Willie’s face, then connects with a big dropkick. Moose hits a strong Irish whip into the corner, followed by a running back elbow. Wille finally shows some signs of life with a flurry of fast-paced offense but Moose quickly shuts him down with a Spinebuster. Moose continues to talk trash about Rich Swann and Willie has heard enough. Willie hits a leg drop for two. Moose connects with a Superplex of gigantic proportions! Moose counters a Stunner into the Spear, then pummels Willie with repeated strikes to win by referee stoppage. Moose defeated Willie Mack by referee stoppage. After the match, Moose continues his beatdown on Willie, forcing the referee to reverse his decision, awarding the victory to Willie Mack by disqualification!

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was doing well, until they practically jobbed out Mack for the finish and made him look weak to boot. I hope Callis has a plan for Mack losing so badly, because Mack now looks uncharacteristically weak. As far as the match was concerned, we have had a lot of hard-hitting action, but not as much wrestling as you’d hope for. I wanted Moose to show a little personality here, but I get that the EC3 angle was meant to be a re-boot of sorts. I wish Mack would have won, but considering that Moose has been re-booted, I guess Moose needed to win. Well, if you like watching two big dudes hitting each other like it’s the last Turbo Man action figure, then come on down to Al’s Toy Barn, where you can get all the latest releases, like Crack-Head Barbie, Gay-I Joe and My Little Shot-Gun! Also, this was a strong match.

Match #7: The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson) def The North (Ethan Page & Josh Alexander) – Impact Tag Team Championship Match

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Who will leave Turning Point with the Tag Titles around their waists in this highly-anticipated championship clash? Page goads Gallows into getting illegally involved but all that does is provide a distraction so that he and Alexander can deliver a rule-breaking assault of their own! The North wear down Anderson, cutting off the ring and preventing him from making the tag to Gallows. The beatdown continues as The North connect with a double team swinging slam for two. Anderson finally creates separation with an explosive neckbreaker, allowing to make the tag to Gallows. Meanhwhile, Page tags in Alexander and the pace quickens! The match begins to break down as Page pulls Anderson off the apron. The Good Brothers turn the tide with a back suplex neckbreaker combo to Alexander. Page thwarts the follow up Magic Killer attempt. Anderson takes out Alexander with the Gun Stun. The Good Brothers hit Page with the Magic Killer to become the new Tag Team Champions!

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – Gadzooks! The North lost the titles! Who f—kin cares? Wait…I f—kin care! Leapin’ Lizards! I enjoyed the gruffness of…gruffness? What an instupidable word…gruffness…instupidable! When did the global economy get attached to Santa’s ass? I liked the clash in styles, from technical to power to submissions to…what-ever it is that Doc is always doing…it’s good though. Once these two teams got rollin’ they were a rollin’ all the way down the road, Bango! The Good Brothers winning the titles was a big deal and I’m glad they got a chance to have another set of straps this year. I liked this and I wish that it simply had become a bigger affair, because it’s a PPV, but I’ll gladly take an excellent bout like this.

Match #8: Deonna Purrazzo def Su Yung – No Disqualification Match For The Knockouts Championship

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After Su Yung eliminated Kimber Lee last week on IMPACT!, Deonna Purrazzo will have to go it alone in her Knockouts Championship rematch! Deonna charges at Su during her entrance but Su pulls down the top rope, sending her crashing to the outside. Su brings out the bloody glove early, connecting with a strong palm strike. Deonna gains control with a single-arm DDT. Deonna ties up Su on the bottom rope with the Paradise Lock, then kicks her to the floor. Deonna litters the ring with weapons and there’s nothing the referee can do about it! Su swings and misses with the kendo stick, allowing Deonna to connect with a side Russian legsweep. Su finds a rope underneath the ring and begins to choke her. Deonna charges into the corner and collides with a steel chair that she set up earlier! The fight spills up the ramp to the stage, where Su connects with a powerful pedigree! Deonna blocks Su’s red mist with a piece of canvas, then hits her over the head with it! Deonna locks in Venus de Milo with Su’s head trapped in a steel chair. Su passes out due to the pain but as the referee checks on her, she shows signs of life! Su locks in the Mandible Claw then attempts to choke her with the rope once again. Deonna turns the tide and tosses her off the top, then connects with the Cosa Nostra piledriver to win!

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a good brawl that didn’t forget to have some damn wrestling, but was a bit of a let-down, considering that Su lost it already. Deonna was right on target the whole time, fighting like her life depended on it to the point that it looked real. As a match, I don’t know if this was the bee’s knees, but it was spirited action from two of the biggest stars in women’s grappling and that means some-thing. I hope that we get more from these two, because this is a marquee match and will likely be seen as one for quite some time.

Match #9: (Main Event) Rich Swann def Sami Callihan – Impact World Championship Match

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This personal rivalry continues with the World Title on the line tonight at Turning Point! Callihan bends the rules in the early stages of the match, sending Swann into the steel steps and ring post. Swann somersaults off the apron, colliding with Callihan on the floor. Swann tweaks his knee, giving Callihan an opening as he begins to target the previously-injured area. Callihan wears down Swann and takes total control. Swann has a burst of momentum as he exchanges strikes with Callihan, and both men are out! Swann gains the upperhand with a roundhouse kick, followed by Rolling Thunder for two. Callihan fights backs with a buckle bomb, followed by a brainbuster for a very close near fall. Swann hits a modified standing Moonsault for a near fall of his own. Callihan counters Sliced Bread into a Tombstone Piledriver but somehow, Swann kicks out! Callihan delivers a sickening Piledriver on the apron but it seemingly has no effect on Swann as he comes right back with a handspring cutter! Both men make it back into the ring before the count of 10. Ken Shamrock comes down to ringside but Eddie Edwards fights him off! Meanwhile, Swann puts Callihan away with multiple superkicks to retain the World Title!

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This turned out quite well, with Swann and Callihan having another excellent match. Swann and Callihan did their best “I’m gonna eat the whole turkey by myself!” look while channeling that into the head-locks. Kinda makes me think of Alabama by way of Boston…there’s a visual for ya. Swann was a ball of energy here, like Richard Simmons downing a Red Bull cut with Quaaludes dipped in sugar! There was plenty of quick, snappy action here, with Callihan taking it to the champ. This coulda gone either way for me, but I’m glad we got the winner we got, because Swann is just getting started and has the potential to be a great champion, if they commit to him. You get all sorts of wrestling offense here, along with an orange chucked at George C. Scott’s crotch (OW! My Groin!). Overall, this was a proper main event that delivered a pleasurable prize fight, but one that needed a bit more time and more gusto to it. Eh, what the f—k do I know? This was good enough.

News Of The Night:

  1. Johnny Swinger has a gun, so he may have shot John E Bravo.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Kid Rock once said, “F—k you, Mary Shelley!” and I can’t think of more appropriate words to not have any-thing to do with what we’re talking about. This was a good show, but it didn’t feel like a Pay Per View. As a free TV card, this would have been really fun, but as a major Pay Per View event, this was a bit weak.

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