Honorable Mentions: Slammiversary, July 1 Bell to Bell, Bound for Glory
Your Winner is: January 7th IMPACT (debut on Destination America)- 31%
TNA kicked off 2015 on a new network with the January 7th episode of IMPACT. The show opened with one of the most creative intro videos to the theme of "Ready" by Raphael Lake. The creativity seen in that opening would not be replicated by TNA for the remainder of 2015.
Among other things we got a huge roster brawl, Kurt Angle returning to active competition, the unexpected return of Awesome Kong to TNA, Jeremy Borash getting his head shaved, an X Division Championship change, a strong World Championship Match, an Eric Young heel turn, the formation of the Beat Down Clan and a new World Champion in Lashley.
This show had something for every TNA fan without overdoing it. There wasn't an abundance of new faces but a lot of different things happened that got you excited for the upcoming year. TNA can only hope to have as strong a debut on Pop that they did this year.
Honorable Mentions: Bram, Jessie Godderz, Robbie E
Your Winner is: Eli Drake- 47%
One thing TNA did right was elevate a lot of the young talent that the company has. That has been the focus of the company that is losing its established stars. One name that really came into the spotlight was Eli Drake. He debuted along with Micah as a member of the Rising. Since he cut his first promo, TNA fans knew Drake had the gift of gab.
It wasn't until Eli Drake turned on Drew Galloway that he started coming into his own. In the World Title Series, Eli Drake was able to make it to the Round of 16 before being eliminated by Mahabali Shera. We only saw a sample of Drake in TNA but there seems to be a lot more to come from E-LI DRAKE.
Honorable Mentions: Destination America (Write-In), Implosion of the BDC, The GFW Storyline
Your Winner is: Return of Bully Ray- 20%
Our beloved company has had quite a few disappointments in 2015. One could argue that this has been one of the worst years for TNA as a company. On top of that list of disappointments was TNA's relationship to Destination America. What was once a promising partnership quickly turned sour as the network tried bringing in ROH, stopped featuring a lot of programming and used TNA as a hype train for their shit programming.
It was the return of Bully Ray as the Law that topped the list of biggest TNA disappointments. The segment where Bully Ray lectured Dixie Carter after she apologized to the fans and TNA roster was one of the most depressing segments of the year for me. Bully Ray in many ways was talking down to TNA, especially after participating in the Royal Rumble. Thankfully, Bully would soon be taken out in a backstage segment. Bully has since returned to WWE and is trying to recruit current roster members...not surprisingly.
Honorable Mentions: Eli Drake, World Title Series, The Dollhouse
Your Winner is: Drew Galloway- 50%
The "Leonidas of TNA" stormed onto the seen by fending off the BDC during an attack on Grado and Al Snow in Scotland. Galloway would stand up for IMPACT Wrestling in a war with the Beat Down Clan. While the Rising would come out on the losing end, you could say it was mission accomplished for Galloway as the BDC disappeared soon afterwards.
The next step for Galloway was investigating who took out Bully Ray and him. He would get to the bottom of it to reveal Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett. Next, Galloway would help lead TNA to victory in Lethal Lockdown gaining 100% shares for Dixie Carter.
Galloway would main event Bound For Glory but would not pick up the win. He got another shot at the World Title in the World Title Series when he sweeped his group. Unfortunately, Galloway fell to Lashley following a Spear that would take Galloway out of contention. Galloway has had quite the year in TNA and he only will do more coming into the new year.
Honorable Mentions: Jeff Jarrett, Awesome Kong, The Pope
Your Winner is: King of the Mountain Match- 41%
While a number of past talents returned to TNA this year, one thing that made a comeback in a big way was the King of the Mountain Match. This reverse ladder match is a TNA specialty match that was scrapped in 2010 when Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff came to TNA. Even after it left, things didn't look good for this match to make it return.
Just before Slammiversary, TNA announced that the King of the Mountain Match would return at the PPV. It would be for the re-designed King of the Mountain Title. Jeff Jarrett returned on June 24th and announced his participation in the match. The Slammiversary contest was fast-paced and full of action. The King of the Mountain Match deserves a "welcome back" chant from the TNA diehards.
Honorable Mentions: Wolves vs Dirty Heels, Bram vs Magnus, EC3 vs Matt Hardy
Your Winner is: EC3 vs Rockstar Spud- 56%
I will admit that I loved the rivalry between EC3 and Rockstar Spud. The feud developed from the ashes of the segment when Dixie Carter went through a table in 2014. EC3 was blaming everyone he could for that happening and one person he blamed was his former best friend Rockstar Spud.
EC3 and his new bodyguard Tyrus ended up picking on Rockstar Spud at the end of 2014. This was a feud of bullying as EC3 and Tyrus would torment and humiliate Spud week after week as the underdog kept fighting back. Eventually Jeremy Borash and Mandrews would get involved. To mess with Spud, EC3 shaved the head of Jeremy Borash on January 7th.
It all led to a confrontation in the UK which would go down as one of the best matches of the year. That match was a culmination of a storyline about bullying and fighting back against your tormentor.
Honorable Mentions: Dirty Heels, The Dollhouse, The Hardys
Your Winner is: The Wolves- 84%
For the second year in a row, the Wolves dominate voting for Tag Team of the Year. TNA's tag team division has been shallow for the majority of the year however we have gotten a lot of great tag team action from the Wolves with their feuds with The Revolution, Dirty Heels and the team of Trevor Lee/Brian Myers. Even without a lot of competition, The Wolves put on great matches week after week and defined what a great tag team is.
Honorable Mentions: Taryn Terrell, Brooke, Velvet Sky
Your Winner is: Gail Kim- 50%
I honestly believed this award would be a landslide in another direction. Taryn Terrell was Knockouts Champion for the first half of the year. She was involved in one of the biggest moments of the year when the Dollhouse was unveiled. She didn't win however.
The winner was Gail Kim, who has been the cornerstone of the Knockouts Division since it formed in 2007. Gail underwent a transformation this year after being involved in a feud with the Dollhouse. Taryn would capitalize on Gail's insecurities and flirt with Gail's husband. Inside Six Sides of Steel, Taryn and the Dollhouse would break Gail's ring finger and steal her wedding ring.
Gail would return as a stealthier and reformed Knockout by taking out the Dollhouse one by one. She would eventually win back the Knockouts Title from Brooke in a 4-Way Match. She finished out the year by advancing to the Round of 16 in the World Title Series before being eliminated by Tigre Uno. While the case can be made for Taryn being Knockout of the Year, I am not going to argue with the TNAsylum Readers for voting Gail Kim.
Honorable Mentions: Austin Aries, Rockstar Spud, DJ Z
Your Winner is: Tigre Uno- 42%
The X Division hasn't had a great year. Starting in June, there was a focus on the X Division as a new champion was crowned. It was at this point that Tigre Uno really got attention. Since winning the title, he has been defending it including in a 4-Way Ultimate X Match at Bound for Glory. He really is the only one who stood out this year in the division.
Honorable Mentions: James Storm vs Magnus, Lashley vs Kurt Angle, Full Metal Mayhem: Wolves vs Dirty Heels
Your Winner is: Hair vs Hair: EC3 vs Rockstar Spud- 43%
While 2015 wasn't the year of standout matches for TNA, the company delivered a large slate of strong wrestling in a variety of wrestling styles. There were a number of great technical battles, some hardcore brawls, a few exciting high flying contests and tag team wrestling. The match of the year comes from the drama and storytelling department.
Rockstar Spud vs EC3 was great because of the story it told. A bloodied Rockstar Spud kept getting up against the more dominant EC3. EC3 started feeling regret towards the end of the match and looked as if his heart grew three sizes in that match. EC3 put Old Yeller down with the One Percenter.
After the match, EC3 praised Spud for his heart and then shook his hand. As Spud was leaving though, EC3 attacked him and hung him in the tree of woe. He followed up by shaving his former friend's head. It was a great story in drama that stood above the rest this year.
Honorable Mentions: EC3 achieves his destiny, Kurt Angle wins the World Title, Team TNA defeated Team GFW in Lethal Lockdown
Your Winner is: Jeff Jarrett returns to TNA- 56%
Without a doubt, the most surprising moment this year was one nobody expected would happen. Jeff Jarrett left TNA at the end of 2013. It appeared that he would never appear in a TNA ring again. There's just some wounds that won't heal.
On June 24th, the jaws of TNA fans dropped when the founder of the company walked to ringside with his wife. He would go on to announce his participation in King of the Mountain at Slammiversary. He would go on to win the match and the King of the Mountain Championship.
Weeks later, Jeff Jarrett was inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame on IMPACT. When Jeff Jarrett and Dixie Carter stood in the ring and Jarrett accepted his spot in the Hall of Fame, it felt like Jarrett closed that chapter of his career.
We would later learn that Jarrett wanted a hostile takeover of TNA. He led his GFW forces against a TNA army. He captained his team in Lethal Lockdown against TNA. Unfortunately, Jarrett's team lost and he lost his shares of TNA to Dixie Carter. This indicated that his time in TNA was actually done.
A surprising moment that shocked everyone turned into a very emotional Hall of Fame indiction and finally a GFW Takeover angle. Whether the moment was your favorite or not, it was the catalyst of many others to come.
Honorable Mentions: Eric Young, Kurt Angle, Lashley
Your Winner is: EC3- 66%
Is this a shocker? EC3 was one of TNA's brightest stars this year with his excellent feud with Rockstar Spud to his consistently good in-ring promos. He would campaign to become World Champion during the Spring and achieved his goal on July 1st. As World Champion he feuded with Matt Hardy where he was successful. It would take collusion by TNA Management to eventually get the title off of him at Bound For Glory when he wasn't even pinned.
EC3 dominated the World Title Series and advanced to the Semi-Finals where he vows to become champion once again. EC3 is easily one of TNA's most valuable players as he has all the skills and will carry the company well into the future.