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Top 20 Of 2015

Top 20 Of 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

*Graphic by Angel Ancantara*

 

2015 certainly had unmemorable moments – a Global Force Wrestling invasion, a “Divas Revolution,” a ridiculous love rectangle, tater tot promos, among others.

However, we also saw fantastic ones – a Money In The Bank Briefcase Cash-In during the WrestleMania main event, a revamped Undertaker-Brock Lesnar feud, “four horsewomen,” John Cena’s United States Open Challenge, TNA World Title Series and that’s scratching the surface.

Below’s our list of the top 20 moments of 2015.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 12/16/15: Final Destination

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 12/16/15)

Final Destination

– With this likely being the last episode of the “Destination America Era,” TNA took the next two hours to put focus on the final four competitors of the TNA World Title Series – Matt Hardy, Ethan Carter III, Eric Young and Bobby Lashley. It’s fitting given that these four were arguably the biggest stars of the year for the company where others left or fell short. Also in this filler-ific edition were two matches – an Eight-Man Tag between Group Future Four (Jessie Godderz, Eli Drake, Micah, Crimson) and Group X-Division (Manik, X-Division Champion Tigre Uno, Mandrews, DJZ) as well as a Four-Way Elimination match involving Bobby Roode, Rockstar Spud, Mr. Anderson and Eddie Edwards.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 12/9/15: Round Of Eight

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 12/9/15)

Round Of Eight

– The opening video hyped up the Round Of Eight matches in the TNA World Title Series: Eric Young-X-Division Champion Tigre Uno, Mahabali Shera-Bobby Lashley, Matt Hardy-Jessie Godderz and Davey Richards-Ethan Carter III. Even though the results seem mildly predictable, the quality should be higher. We seen that the amount of material to air for TNA was dwindling down, so we were also interested to see what they’d do to “stretch things out.”

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 12/2/15: Round Of 16

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 12/2/15)

Round Of 16

– The opening video hyped the “win or go home” Round of 16 in the TNA World Series, with Ethan Carter III-DJZ, Matt Hardy-Bobby Roode, Awesome Kong-Jessie Godderz, Gail Kim-X-Division Champion Tigre Uno and Bobby Lashley-Drew Galloway hyped. It was a night for some easy marquee bouts with a share of unique intergender contests.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 11/25/15: Away With Group Play

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 11/25/15)

Away With Group Play

– The opening video showcased last week’s newsworthy happenings – Eric Young, Awesome Kong and Bobby Roode securing spots in the TNA World Title Series Round of 16. This was touted as the final night of Group Play as only nine spots remained. Matches announced were a three-way dance for Group X-Division where X-Division Champion Tigre Uno, Manik and DJZ would compete for two falls, Rockstar Spud vs. Drew Galloway (Group United Kingdom) and a main event of Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Aries for the final spot of Group Champions.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 11/11/15: To The Victor Go No Spoils

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/11/15)

To The Victor Go No Spoils 

– The opening video highlighted last week’s TNA World Title Series happenings – Madison Rayne showing some actual personality en route to defeating Brooke to get on the board of Group Knockouts to make it a four-way tie at three points, both members of The Wolves went to a sizzling draw and Eric Young Piledrove his way to make Group Champions a four-way tie. Hyped for later on was Gail Kim-Rayne (Group Knockouts), Matt Hardy-Eddie Edwards (Group Tag Team Specialists) and Ethan Carter III-Mr. Anderson (Group Champions) as the Round of 16 was beginning to take shape, Hardy already in.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 11/4/15: Piledriven

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 11/4/15)

Piledriven 

– As per the format in the TNA World Title Series, the opening video looked at last week’s happenings, like Matt Hardy defeating Robbie E to be atop the Group Tag Team Specialists leaderboard and Gail Kim defeating Awesome Kong in the main event in Group Knockouts action. Hyped for this show was Eddie Edwards Vs. Davey Richards (Group Tag Team Specialists), Eric Young Vs. TNA King Of The Mountain Champion Bobby Roode (Group TNA Originals) and a two-part interview with Jeff Hardy, who’d speak out for the first time since Bound For Glory. How ironic that now both of the top North American pro wrestling companies’ shows revolve around tournaments to decide a new World Heavyweight Champion?

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 10/28/15: Kim And Kong Battle Once More

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez 

 

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(Aired 10/28/15)

Kim And Kong Battle Once More

– The opening video highlighted last week’s happenings – Mr. Anderson being eliminated mathematically by losing to Austin Aries and Ethan Carter III pulling out all the cheap stops to beat Lashley to stand atop the Group Champions leaderboard. Hyped for action was Matt Hardy – eager to get back his old gold, as well as matches from Group X-Division and Group Knockouts, particularly a Gail Kim-Awesome Kong battle, which is always a good thing. We do have to applaud TNA for making the most out of old, recycled material. Maybe they should adopt this tournament style more often, as it gives the matches and shows purpose.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 10/14/15: Beer Money Meets Again

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 10/14/15)

Beer Money Meets Again

– The opening video highlighted how Matt Hardy won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound For Glory by pinning Drew Galloway, only to relinquish it to throw out an injunction filed against him by former Champ Ethan Carter III. Doing so created the idea for the World Title Series, with eight different groups of four competing round-robin style. It hyped the tournament’s continuation. Given the situation where TNA needed to make matches taped in July feel relevant by October, it has been handled quite well, mixing these matches with more recent footage of promo segments.

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Notes In Observance – TNA Impact Wrestling 10/7/15: A New Kind Of Fall Classic

TNA Impact WrestlingBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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(Aired 10/7/15)

A New Kind Of Fall Classic

– Given TNA’s circumstances of an awkward taping schedule that leaves things outdated and a conclusion of a live Pay-Per-View that had a “happy ending” with Matt Hardy becoming the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion by pinning Drew Galloway in a three-way that also involved Ethan Carter III, they had to find some way to connect a makeshift tournament to randomly taped matches to “find a new Champion.” How is this possible, you ask? EC3 filed an injunction against Matt since he was taken out of the match by the Special Guest Referee Jeff Hardy – Matt’s brother. Said injunction prevents Matt from appearing on Impact with the Title. Matt, the company savior, relinquishes the Title to avoid further legal trouble that would leave the company without a Champion for months. Keep in mind this all went down in a matter of about three days after the PPV. The online wrestling world found it surprising and laughable – not in the cool way either.

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