Today in Pro Wrestling History – 11/04
1980 – Dory Funk, Jr. defeats Dusty Rhodes for the Florida State Heavyweight Title in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, ending Rhodes’ tenth, and final, run with the belt.
1982 – Greg Valentine defeats Wahoo McDaniel for the NWA U.S. Heavyweight Title in Norfolk, Virginia, ending Wahoo’s third title reign, and starting the second run with the strap for Valentine.
1988 – They Live, the John Carpenter directed Sci-Fi movie featuring Roddy Piper in his first starring role in a feature film, is released. The movie would gross $4,827,903 during it’s first three days in theaters, finishing number one for the weekend.
1991 – Tom Prichard defeats Eric Embry for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Embry’s second title reign and starting the second for Prichard. On the same show, Doug Masters & Bart Sawyer defeat Jeff Jarrett & Robert Fuller for the USWA Tag Team Title, ending their third, and final, reign.
1994 – At an ECW television taping in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, 2 Cold Scorpio defeats Jason for the ECW World Television Title, only to lose it later that night to Dean Malenko (who was managed by Jason).
2001 – WWF Rebellion, a UK-Only Pay-per-view, was held at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. Here are the results:
– In a dark match, Chuck Palumbo & Billy Gunn defeated Lance Storm & Justin Credible.
– WWF Intercontinental Champion Edge defeated Christian in a steel cage match.
– Scotty 2 Hotty defeated Hurricane Helms.
– The Big Show defeated Diamond Dallas Page.
– WCW World Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz defeated The Acolytes and The Hardy Boyz in an elimination match. Matt pinned Faarooq to eliminate the Acolytes, and the Dudleys pinned Matt to eliminate the Hardys.
– William Regal defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri.
– WCW World Champion Chris Jericho defeated Kurt Angle.
– Torrie Wilson & Lita defeated Stacy Keibler & Mighty Molly (Holly).
– WWF World Heavyweight Champion Steve Austin defeated The Rock.
2002 – Batista made his televised Raw debut at a show from the Fleetcenter in Boston, Massachusetts, defeating Justin Credible with a powerbomb.
2007 – WWE Raw ran San Bernadino, CA. Jared Huntley filed the following live report:
Tony Chimel Is your Ring announcer. There was 10 Bell Salute for Fabulous Moolah, then the national anthem.
*William Regal defeated Atlas DaBone.
*Hardcore Holly defeated Carlito with the Alabama Slam.
*Cade and Murdoch defeated Hass and Benjamin and Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Super Crazy in a three-way tag match for the Tag team Championship
(Vladimir Koslov Defeated Brian Kendrick with a powerslam.
*Cody Rhodes Pinned Ken Kennedy.
*They did a 15 minute intermission and announced there were tickets left Raw at Staples Center.
*WWE Women’s champion Beth Phoenix defeated Mickie James.
*Randy Orton defeated Jeff Hardy with an RKO.
*HHH Defeated Umaga in a no dq match with the Pedigree. After the main event, HHH brought this fan into the ring he must have been sponsored by some charitable organization, I didn’t clearly hear his name but he came all the way from England and there was some TV crew recording him the entire show. HHH did the whole DX routine with him and the guy spit water like HHH does during his entrance. HHH and the fan then posed on the ropes. After all this, HHH circled the outside and made sure to slap hands with all the ringside fans me and my cousin included. Very cool thing for WWE to do. All in all it was a very entertaining evening.
2008 – Primo Colon defeated Low Ki in a dark match at a Smackdown/ECW taping in Orlando, FL. Ki, the reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion at the time also had a pre-show tryout last night prior to the crowd being let in the building before WWE officials. He was signed to a developmental deal and would debut on the roster as Kaval.
2009 – In the midst of their legal issues with Ric Flair, Highspots.com issued the following statement
It has been accurately reported that, Highspots is one of two companies that Ric Flair pledged his NWA belt to for outstanding amounts owed. To ensure that the eventual buyer has no potential issues, Highspots has continued to work with the other holder of the lien on the title belt at issue.
After speaking with our counsel, Combraco, Inc. has informed us that they decided to give Mr. Flair an additional six months in which to repay the more than $300,000 that he owes to them. While we are disappointed by the delay, we respect the legal process and continue to work to resolve the issues with Mr. Flair’s other creditors to protect the interest of our customers.
In the unlikely event Mr. Flair pays these funds owed, we will be the only remaining lien holder on the belt and will place it back for sale. If he does not, we anticipate working with Combraco after the period ends to reach a final agreement to facilitate the sale.
Again, we are sorry for the delay, but Highspots is a long standing and respected company that values its integrity and respect for the legal process. We will continue to hold the belt and will update the situation and contact all individuals who submitted bids again this spring.
2010 – After failing to become Senator, Linda McMahon’s campaign issued the following to her mailing list:
It has been my honor and pleasure to have had the opportunity to run for the United States Senate here in Connecticut.
I couldn’t have done it without you. Your faith and trust in me during the past 13 months has meant so very much.
I have thoroughly enjoyed traveling around our beautiful state from the northwest corner, to the quiet corner down along the shoreline and into Fairfield county with points in between. We racked up 52,000 miles on the campaign vehicle but the journey has been a joy.
I am also very proud of the campaign that we have run. Our ground game was tremendous: hardworking volunteers like you knocked on 100,000 doors, made more than 400,000 phone calls and proudly placed countless yard signs in front of your homes and businesses.
My campaign’s focus was on economic recovery and job creation, and today, that same focus must remain the top priority of our newly elected officials. Let us all make sure they have our support for the good of our state and our country.
The United States is the best place to live in and I truly believe we as American’s have a strength and resolve that will pull us through these next few unpredictable years. We must look ahead and bring ourselves to remember as President Ronald Reagan once said, “If you’re afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again.”
Thank you all for your heartfelt support and encouragement. Sincerely,
2010 – WWE broadcast Superstars. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We start off this week’s show with the Smackdown brand and your announcers are Todd Grisham and Matt Striker.
Match Number One: Kaval versus Jack Swagger with the Swagger Soaring Eagle in a Rematch fromSmackdown Match
They lock up and Swagger works on the arm and wrist. Kaval with kicks to the leg and then he kicks Swagger in the head. Swagger backs Kaval into the turnbuckles and then connects with a shoulder. Swagger with an Irish whip but Kaval floats over and he kicks Swagger. Kaval runs into a kick from Swagger and Swagger sends Kaval to the floor. Kaval returns when Swagger goes to the floor and Kaval with a baseball slide and then he hits a double jump cross body from the ring to the floor. They return to the ring and Kaval gets a near fall. Kaval with a kick and he gets a near fall. Kaval goes to a front face lock to wear down Swagger. Swagger gets to his feet and he connects with elbows to get out of the hold. Swagger sends Kaval off the ropes and connects with a knee. Swagger sends Kaval off the apron and into the ringside barrier. Swagger sends Kaval into the ringside barrier again and then Swagger returns Kaval into the ring and he gets a near fall. Swagger with a double overhook submission on Kaval but Kaval gets to his feet. Kaval with a kick and elbows. Swagger with a kick to the midsection and then Kaval goes to the floor. Swagger does laps around the ring while Kaval tries to get back to his feet.
Swagger sends Kaval back into the ring and Swagger gets a near fall. Swagger with a front face lock but Kaval makes it to his feet. Swagger with a back breaker and Kaval is still showing the effects of the match. Swagger stands over Kaval as he lets Kaval get back to his feet. Swagger tries for a punch but Kaval blocks it. Kaval with a kick to Swagger but Swagger with a knee to the midsection. Swagger with a biel to Kaval and then he goes for the double jump Swagger Bomb for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Swagger has Kaval in an abdominal stretch and he eventually gets out of the hold. Swagger tries for a pump handle slam but Kaval is able to counter with a lateral press and he gets a near fall. Kaval with a Rolling Liger kick that knocks Swagger off the apron and into the announce table. Kaval with a leaping round kick or two. Swagger avoids a kick but Kaval does not miss the second time. Kaval with a running round kick into the corner and Kaval gets a near fall.
Kaval goes to the apron and he sets for a springboard double stomp but Swagger moves. Swagger with a release German suplex but Kaval gets his foot under the rope and he also kicks out. Kaval goes to the apron one more time and Swagger tries to suplex him back into the ring. Kaval with a knee to block it. Swagger misses a shoulder to Kaval and Kaval with a kick to the chest and then he hits a sunset flip back into the ring and then he bridges but he can only get a two count.
Kaval with a double chop to Swagger and then he hits a Liger Kick and Swagger goes down. Kaval goes to the turnbuckles for the Warrior’s Way but Swagger gets to his feet. Kaval with a springboard reverse power bomb but he can only get a two count. Kaval is sent to the apron and he kicks Swagger but the Eagle trips Kaval on the apron and Kaval is put in the ankle lock and Kaval has to tap.
Winner: Jack Swagger
It is time for an NXT Recap and the Wedding of the Century of this Week on the Internet.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Vance Archer versus Luke Gallows in a Remember Me When I was Part of a Group Match
Archer with a kick and forearm but Gallows with a clothesline and punches. Gallows tries for a boot but he misses and catches his leg on the rope. Archer pulls Gallows down and punches him. Archer with a slam to Gallows and then Archer goes to the turnbuckles and hits a leg drop and gets a near fall. Archer with forearms to the back. Archer with a hard Irish whip and then he puts Gallows in a key lock with a chin lock as well. Gallows gets to his feet and they exchange punches. Gallows with punches but Archer with a Side Effect for a near fall.
Vance goes to the turnbuckles again but Gallows pulls Archer off the turnbuckles. Gallows with a kick to the arm and punches to Archer. Gallows with an Irish whip and running splash into the corner followed by a short arm clothesline and a running big boot. The straps come down and Gallows with a splash for a near fall.
Gallows with a forearm followed by an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Gallows with an uppercut and then he hits Gallows’ Pole for the three count.
Winner: Luke Gallows
We go to commercial.
It is now time for the Raw half of the show and your announcers are Scott Stanford and Jerry Lawler.
Match Number Three: Alicia Fox versus Gail Kim in a Battle of Former Champions Match
They lock up and they fight into the ropes and the referee breaks them up. They lock up again and Alicia with a side head lock and take down. Gail with a head scissors but Alicia escapes the hold. Gail with an arm drag into an arm bar. Alicia with kicks to Gail’s arm. Alicia with forearms followed by an Irish whip but Gail with a cross body for a near fall. Gail with kicks but Alicia with a knee. Alicia with a neck breaker and forearm to Gail. Alicia with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Alicia with an Irish whip and back body drop.
Alicia chokes Gail in the ropes and Alicia takes advantage of the five count. Alicia with a forearm to the kidneys after sending Gail into the ropes. Alicia works on the back and Alicia with a vintage tilt-a-whirl backbreaker but Gail kicks out. Alicia with an Irish whip and Alicia misses a charge into the corner and Gail with a power slam for a near fall. Gail with a forearm and kicks to Alicia. Gail with a drop kick to Alicia and then she hits the running cross body into the corner. Gail moves when Alicia tries for a shoulder to Gail on the apron and Gail drops Alicia on the middle rope. Gail sends Alicia back into the ring but Alicia with a kick to the midsection. Gail escapes a DDT and hits Eat Defeat for the three count.
Winner: Gail Kim
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to take a look at the WWE Title Match at Survivor Series.
We see what happened last week on Superstars when Mark had a match with Jey Uso only to have Jimmy interfere.
Match Number Four: The Usos with Tamina versus Mark Henry in a Mark Henry wishes that his Little Buddy was here Match (Jey Right arm)
Jey starts off and Mark wants Jimmy in the ring. Jey hits Mark from behind and he kicks and punches Henry but Henry pushes Jey down. Henry with a head butt to Jey and he pulls Jey into the corner to tag in Jimmy but Jimmy goes to the floor. Jimmy makes the blind tag and when Jey hits a cross body and Mark holds him up, Jimmy with a clip and he gets a near fall. Jimmy with a series of head butts to Henry for a near fall. Jimmy with a leg drop for a near fall. Jey tags in and Jey with a diving head butt to the arm and he gets another near fall.
Jey with a front face lock but Henry with a back body drop. Henry with a punch and clotheslines to Jey followed by a body block. Henry misses the splash when Jey moves out of the way. Tamina with a super kick to Henry when Jimmy distracts the referee. Jey with a jumping savate kick and then he tags in Jimmy who hits a splash from the top turnbuckles for the three count.
Winners: The Usos
2010 – TNA broadcast Impact.
We open the show with a recap of last week’s concussion angle that I wrote a whole column about yesterday and won’t bore you with a rehash here. We go from that to Ric Flair pumping up “Kung Fu Bischoff” for…something tonight. And indeed, here comes Bischoff and Flair to the ring, and Bischoff is shadow boxing on his way down the ramp while Flair smiles and applauds. Something still just feels so wrong about that. So Cal Val holds the ropes for flair and hands Bischoff a microphone, and Bischoff says he has some major business to take care of tonight, but first he wants to address Matt Morgan. Earlier today, he and Flair talked to Hogan and they all agreed that Morgan is no longer part of Fortune or Immortal, and is now persona non grata. He tells Morgan to stay away from the ImpactZone and wishes him well in his future endeavors. Bischoff has a message for Ken Anderson, and Flair goes “Oh yeah, that guy who’s not tough enough to be a wrestler.” Bischoff says he’s going to give Anderson one last opportunity to wrestle Jeff Hardy, and he’s going to give him that chance tonight, because if he can come out and pin Bischoff, he can have his match with Jeff Hardy. But since Bischoff read his doctor’s report and knows he’s sitting at home, that’s probably unlikely, but Bischoff says if he doesn’t get his ass down to the ring, he’s never going to get a shot at Jeff Hardyagain. If Anderson gets here in the next two hours, he’s going to give him a little sample of what he’s in for against Hardy. Bischoff calls the referee over and asks him why he let Morgan out of the handcuffs last week, and the referee explains that Jarrett refused to be released, so he released Morgan. Bischoff doesn’t appreciate him calling him a liar, and Flair says he was talking back, so Bischoff kicks the referee’s ass and throws him out of the ring. Flair says that was awesome and bows down to Bischoff. What a great segment…
We hit the new and improved opening video, and then we run down tonight’s card before going backstage to Fortune, who are laughing about what they did to Matt Morgan…except for Douglas Williams, who seems disgusted by the whole thing.
We go backstage to EV2.0 as Brian Kendrick is getting a massage and reading poetry to the rest of the group. Rob Van Dam comes in and asks Tommy Dreamer if he’s going to give him the same speech as the week before. Stevie Richards says Raven’s not here and Tommy says Raven isn’t Bischoff’s boy, but then Fortune walks in and makes fun of EV2.0 for getting in each other’s face. AJ says to get their fighting in now because one of them’s going home after Turning Point. AJ gets up in Rhino’s face, so Rhino gets up and goes to Gore AJ, but AJ moves and Rhino hits RVD by accident.
We see a video showing us the history of the Jeff HArdy/Ken Anderson feud that was supposed to main event Turning Point, and then we go to Mike Tenay and Taz, who are joined on the phone by Ken Anderson. Anderson says that after Hardy hit him with the chair, he got the worst concussion of his life. We see several slow motion replays of the chairshot, and you can see that he really cracked him. Taz asks what it was like after getting the concussion, and Anderson says the pain went away in a few days, but his short term memory was gone and it was really scary, so he’s going to get checked out this week. Tenay says that Morgan really stepped up to the plate in his absence, and Anderson says he appreciates that, but with everything that’s happened in the last few weeks, it’s hard to say whether Morgan can even be trusted, but he at least appeared to have Anderson’s best interests at heart, and in that case he’ll have Morgan’s back as well because friends are hard to come by in TNA these days. Tenay wishes him the best in his recovery and says that we can’t wait to see him back in the Impact Zone.
Up next, Sarita takes on Velvet Sky, and we go backstage to the Beautiful People’s dressing room. Angelina says she’ll be at ringside if Velvet needs anything, and Velvet says she loves her, but Velvet has something to prove tonight so she’s going to do it on her own. She hopes Angelina’s not offended by that, and Angelina says of course not. Velvet leaves, and guess who’s there when Angelina looks in the mirror again? That’s right, it’s Winter! Winter says she knows she’s disappointed, but not to worry because Winter won’t leave her. Angelina says thanks, but she likes being alone and leaves the dressing room. The camera follows Angelina out of the room, and when it turns back to the mirror…WINTER IS GONE.
Time to go to the ring for our first match…
Sarita vs Velvet Sky
Velvet with a go behind, but Sarita reverses and goes for a suplex, Velvet rolls through, and gets a flying headscissors on Sarita. Velvet follows that up with an armdrag and bars the arm, Sarita shoves her way out and takes Velvet to the corner for some chops, but Velvet reverses and gets some chops of her own. Velvet goes for her DDT but Sarita escapes, so Velvet gets a chinbreaker and a diving dropkick instead. Velvet goes for the DDT again, but she tries right next to the ropes so we know what’s going to happen. Sure enough, Sarita blocks and Velvet starts to lose her composure, so Sarita takes advantage by kicking Velvet in the abdomen, puts the boots to Velvet in the corner, and gets a rolling cradle for 2. Velvet comes back with some chops, but Sarita gets a back elbow to take Velvet down and then goes for the Tiger Driver, but Velvet slips out the back and gets a bulldog. Velvet with a couple of clotheslines and reverses a suplex to a crossbody for 2, then gets a chinbreaker. Velvet goes for the DDT again but Sarita Tullys her to the floor, and Velvet again loses her cool and gets caught with a boot coming back in, and Sarita hits the Tiger Driver and picks up another win.
Velvet is really pissed off that she lost, and Sarita mocks her from the aisle.
Backstage, Jeff Jarrett is holding those punching pads on his hands so Bischoff can do some practice boxing, and Bischoff stops to tell Jarrett that it was nice that he apologized to Angle, but he ought to apologize to Joe too. Jarrett asks if Hogan would apologize and Bischoff stops to think about it for a moment, then goes “nah” and goes back to his practice shots.
We go backstage with Fortune, and Williams and Kazarian are arguing again. Flair says they’re not going to have any internal strife and says they’re going to go do it Horsemen style. Williams sees Christy Hemme getting ready for an interview, so he goes over and tries to steal some interview time, but the microphone’s dead, so they look for another mic…and Anderson’s mic drops from the ceiling.
Back to the ring…
Generation Me & Tara vs Mickie James vs Ink Inc & Mickie James
Jesse Neal & Jeremy Buck start, Jeremy takes Jesse to the corner, but Jesse gets a crossbody out of the corner for 2. Tag to Shannon Moore who comes in with a rolling senton and goes to an armbar. Mickie and Tara start going after each other and distract the ref while Shannon sunset flips Jeremy, and he ends up only getting 2. Jesse tags in and Shannon hiptosses him onto Jeremy, but Jeremy tags to Max so Neal gets a boot to the gut and a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Max backdrops Jesse to the apron and Tara grabs him while Max gets a headscissors on Jesse and Jeremy dropkicks Neal in the face. Awesome spot. Generation Me works Jesse over in the corner, and Max gets a great dropkick and tags out to Jeremy, who gleefully puts the boots to Neal. Jeremy sends Neal to the floor where Tara waylays him with a forearm and then throws him back in where Max covers him for 2. GenMe with some more quick tagging action, but they accidentally collide and Jesse makes the hot tag and Shannon comes in and cleans house. Mickie crotches Max on the top rope and then goes up top and gets a top rope Frankensteiner on Max. Shannon skeeballs Jeremy to the floor and then backdrops Shannon onto Jeremy, then gets a moonsault on Max, but Tara breaks up the pin so Mickie comes in with a Thesz Press and she and Tara start going at it. Max goes after Mickie, but Mickie rolls under him and gets a Mick Kick and Shannon hits the Mooregasm for the win.
Winners: Mickie James & Ink Inc
Great match! Tara and GenMe attack them from behind and Tara claws at Mickie’s face as GenMe puts the boots to Ink Inc. Now it’s their turn to celebrate.
Let’s go backstage to Orlando Jordan and Eric Young, who are having a therapy session with a marriage counselor. They make all kinds of sexual entendres about dominating each other, and then Eric Young tells a long, rambling story about when he was in camp and the Brownies and Cub Scouts both wanted him, and then he says he’s had lots of partners and Orlando’s the best one because he keeps him loose. Oh, the wit just slays me.
Jeff Jarrett is backstage, and he’s…WALKING!
Team 3D are backstage with the Motor City Machine Guns, and Bubba says it’s strange to be excited about a retirement match from what they love doing the most, and are mostly excited aboutwrestling the Guns. The Guns say that they’re excited to be in there with Team 3D, who are the whole reason tag team wrestling in TNA is what it is. Both teams are positive about their chances of walking out of Turning Point with the title, and they share a laugh and say they’ll see each other at Turning Point.
We see a video package showing us Jeff Jarrett’s path of rage, as he’s committed brutal attacks onKurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and Matt Morgan over the last three weeks, and then we head to the ring as Jarrett comes out to address the crowd. Jarrett starts by asking Kurt Angle where he gets off showing up like a thief in the night and smashing out limo windows (crowd starts a you sold out chant), trying to attack Flair and Eric, and he knew Kurt was weak, but even he didn’t realize he was this week. He asks Kurt if Eric Bischoff or Flair tried to put him in a wheelchair, and he says no, it was him, and the issue is with Jeff Jarrett. He says that if Kurt has all this pent up anger, he needs to relax, think about things, and go home where he can be all alone. Jarrett gets a little chuckle from that one. He then has one word for Samoa Joe: he’s sorry. He’s truly sorry, because if he had any idea the stage was as high as it was when he threw him off, he can say one thing: he’d have gone a hell of a lot higher, and being the man he is, he’ll give Joe a chance at Turning Point. He says Joe’s a good guy just like he used to be, and good guys always come back, don’t they? Finally, he’d like to address the fans and everyone at home, because he never wants people to chant “you sold out” at him ever again because the truth is that he bought in. Jarrett drops the mic and walks off, stopping to give dirty looks to all the fans on his way up the ramp. Suddenly, Samoa Joe burts through the ramp and goes after Jeff Jarrett, beating the crap out of him all around ringside. Joe tosses Jarrett into the ring and tosses him in the corner and follows him in with a running high knee. He goes for the Muscle Buster but Overzealous Security runs in and Joe takes both of them out too. He goes back after Jarrett, but Jarrett has recovered and heads for the hills. Joe gives him dirty looks, and now Overzealous Security go after him again, so Joe kicks their asses again, tosses one over the top rope, and gives the other the Muscle Buster and goes back to staring Jarrett down.
RVD is backstage and he doesn’t know who to trust anymore, but he’s not sure if it matters because he can trust himself, and he hopes it doesn’t matter if he’s just out for himself now.
We go to Eric Bischoff’s office as he continues to limber up for his “match” with Ken Anderson, and then we go back to the ring for a title match…kind of.
TV Title Match: AJ Styles vs Rhino vs Rob Van Dam
AJ and RVD go nose to nose, but RVD shoves him off and Rhino tosses him to the floor. RVD and Rhino stare down briefly, then Rhino goes after AJ on the floor and gets whipped into the stairs. RVD gets a baseball slide and goes for a dive, but AJ rolls back in and RVD lands on the apron, but AJ nails him with a dropkick. AJ continues the assault with forearms and chops, but RVD gets a killer monkey flip that sends AJ about 80% of the way across the ring. AJ goes to the eyes and starts unloading on RVD in the corner and gets a slam and goes for the fancy kneedrop, but Rhino grabs the ankle and comes back in, killing AJ with a clothesline and a big belly to belly suplex. Rhino goes for the Gore, but AJ moves and Rhino hits the turnbuckle and rolls out to the apron. AJ turns around and eats a spinkick from RVD, and RVD gets a slam, but goes for a second and AJ slips out and whips RVD to the corner. He charges and gets backdropped to the apron, but RVD with another thrust kick sends AJ to the floor. RVD goes for a dive but Rhino yanks him down and they start arguing. AJ comes in with a springboard forearm to lay out Rhino, then rolls up RVD and pulls the tights to get the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
AJ grabs the belt and runs as RVD stands up with a look of frustration at Rhino. They start arguing in the ring again and start yelling at each other until the rest of EV2.0 comes in to get between them. RVD decks Raven, so Tommy Dreamer grabs a microphone and says that’s enough, and wants to know what’s going on with RVD. RVD asks if he should trust them like he trusted Jeff. RVD says he knows Dreamer is the brains of the outfit and says Tommy seems awfully defensive of RVD’s accusations. Dreamer says that RVD needs his head fixed and says they ought to go old school, and challenges him to a match at Turning Point. RVD says to tell his man Bischoff that they’re on. Tommy says he’ll see him at Turning Point.
Douglas Williams and Frankie Kazarian are backstage, and they’re…STRETCHING!
Abyss is backstage and says that Pope is a false prophet, and if he was truly a Pope, he’d know that Immortal is like Hulk Hogan and they will live forever, then says he’s going to destroy the Congregation one by one.
Back to the ring…
Douglas Williams vs Frankie Kazarian
Ric Flair joins Mike Tenay and Taz on commentary for this one, and he’s sucking on a lollipop. They do a chain wrestling sequence to start and end up in a stalemate. Beer Money come on down to ringside as Kazarian takes Williams down with a shoulderblock. Williams regains his feet and takes Kazarian down with a headlock, but Kazarian reverses to a headlock of his own and Kazarian reverses out of that into a sunset flip, but Williams cradles the legs for 2. Both men back to their feet and they go to a Greco-Roman knuckle lock and Williams powers Kazarian down into a bridge, but Kazarian bridges back up and now forces Williams into a bridge, Williams regains his base but Kazarian sweeps the legs and gets a series of kicks and a spinkick for 2. Kazarian whips Williams into the ropes but they hit head to head and both men go down. Williams gets up first and gets a flying elbow and Kazarian tries a crossbody out of the corner, but Williams reverses for 2. Williams whips Kazarian to the corner and follows in with a high knee and a T-bone suplex for 2. Kazarian reverses a whip and Williams collides with James Storm (who was up on the apron), and Kazarian rolls him up for the win.
Winner: Frankie Kazarian
Beer Money get in the ring and now Fortune are all arguing with each other, so Flair comes in to cool things down and offers Williams a handshake, then tells Kazarian and Williams to shake hands, and they do so…reluctantly.
Pope is backstage and after what’s happened between Abyss and himself, he’s going to get ahold ofAbyss on Impact, and if he has to pimp slap him over and over again, then that’s what Pope’s going to do.
We go to Eric Young and Orlando Jordan, who are still in therapy. Eric’s talking about his relationship with his mother as he lays his head on Orlando’s leg, and Orlando says that it’s his fault because he hasn’t communicated himself well. Orlando says he needs to tell Young something: he’s bi. Eric says “POLAR!” as in Orlando’s bipolar. Haha. And then he calls the psychiatrist a quack and says they’re not going to validate his parking.
Back to the ring…
Abyss vs The Pope
Pope rushes the ring with taped ribs and goes right after Abyss with rights, then gets a drop down uppercut and a second, and Abyss is on the ropes. Pope tries a charge but Abyss pops up and boots Pope in the face. Abyss waits for Pope to regain his feet and gets the Choo Choo in the corner and Pope crumples to the mat. Abyss picks him up and tosses him to the floor, then goes out after him and lays in several hard rights before going over to the guardrail and shoving one fan down, then dragging another over the guardrail and punching him. Referee calls for the bell, and I’ll assume thatAbyss got disqualified for attacking fans, so…
Winner: The Pope by DQ
Abyss keeps going, dragging several more fans out of the crowd and attacking them, and security comes out to try and stop him but he shoves them off, too. Pope gets the mic and tells Abyss that if he wants to go after members of the Congregation, then how about at Turning Point, they have a Lumberjack Match with all of the Congregation as the lumberjacks. Abyss says he’d never speak for Hogan or Bischoff, but he doesn’t think they’ll mind this one time, and he says Pope is on.
We go backstage to the Shore, where Robbie E talks about how good he looks, and how much better he looks after he wins the X Division at Turning Point. Cookie says after he wins the title, they’re going to go partying it up, but they’re sending Jay Lethal home to his mommy because Shore is in the house…bitches.
We see a promo video running down the card for this weekend’s Turning Point PPV, and then we go backstage to Eric Bischoff, and he’s…WALKING! He says that somebody’s going to get their ass kicked tonight, and then he walks off camera where he tells someone to watch it and calls him an asshole.
We go to a freaky video package of Jeff Hardy talking about how he spent years thinking that he should do the right thing, but he didn’t get what he wanted until he stopped caring, and at Turning Point he’s going to do it again no matter the cost. At Turning Point, we’ll celebrate the Antichrist…Jeff Hardy.
It’s 11:00, so it’s time for our main event…
Eric Bischoff vs Ken Anderson
Eric Bischoff’s chyron says “martial arts master.” Bischoff gets a mic and says that this is his last shot, and he’s lowering the bar for him: all he’s got to do is come beat him, sign the contract, and he’s got Jeff Hardy. Bischoff hands a piece of paper to Jeremy Borash and tells him to announce it exactly the way he wrote it, and with enthusiasm. Borash says this match was sanctioned by the Immortal Athletic Commission Vice President, Eric Bischoff, and it’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. He introduces Bischoff as weighing 160 lbs with 4% body fat, an eighth degree black belt in karate, entering the match with a perfect record of 34-0, all by TKO, the undisputed, undefeated TNA World Kickboxing Champion of the world: artist, musician, kickboxer, genius, visionary…Eric Bischoff! And his opponent: from the frozen inbred tundra of Green Bay, Wisconsin, he has never been the TNA World Champion, the Importent Warrior, the Russian with a concussion, the pussy willow of Wisconsin, the President Obama of head trauma…Borash finally stops and tells Bischoff this is ridiculous because he’s not here. Bischoff tells him to keep going, so Borash starts to finish, but Bischoff grabs the mic out of his hands and tells him that he said to read it exactly the way he wrote it. Bischoff says we all know that Anderson’s not here, but everyone tuned in to see him go, so Bischoff suggests that he wrestle Borash instead. Bischoff kicks him in the knee and then kicks him in the head and Borash goes down, so Bischoff crouches over him and starts drilling him with rights. Ken Anderson’s music hits and the lights go out, and when they come back up, Matt Morgan is standing behind Bischoff in the ring. Bischoff slowly turns around and Morgan kills him with the Carbon Footprint and covers him for the win. Okay, so I guess what we just saw was…
Winner: Matt Morgan
Okay, we’re into Reaction now, but Morgan grabs the contract and signs it himself, then tells Bischoff to tell Jeff Hardy that he’s going to see him at Turning Point. Morgan leaves and Ric Flair comes out to check on Bischoff, and grabs a mic and tells Morgan that the biggest mistake he ever made was walking away from Fortune, but now he’s got nowhere to go, and in three days, now he’s got to faceJeff Hardy at Turning Point and he guarantees that Morgan’s going to bleed, sweat and pay the price of a wrestling lifetime. Flair drops the mic and helps Bischoff to his feet and gives Bischoff a big hug.
2011 – A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the federal government by WWE Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, claiming that the lawsuit had been filed in the wrong jurisdiction.
Ventura’s suit claimed that airport scans and pat-downs amounted to unreasonable search and seizure. A United States District Judge in St. Paul, MN dismissed the suit, citing that it should have been filed in a Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Associated Press reported that Ventura was so upset by the ruling that he threatened to file for dual citizenship and move to Mexico, where he maintains a home.
Ventura filed the suit after his hip replacement set off an airport alarm in November 2010, leading to the former Governor being given a pat-down. Ventura has claimed that he hasn’t flown since and that the move is illegal under the United States Constitution.
Ventura stated that he wasn’t sure if he would continue to pursue the lawsuit. To date, he has not.
2011 – WWE Smackdown ran Graz, Austria. Andreas filed the following live report:
The SmackDown! brand invaded Graz, Austria – here are the results of tonight’s show that took place at civic center Graz.
Tag Team Match
Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd def. Jinder Mahal & Johnny Curtis
Hunico def. Yoshi Tatsu
Brodus Clay def. Trent Barreta
Daniel Bryan def. William Regal
Divas Tag Team Match
AJ & Alicia Fox def. Tamina & Natalya
Wade Barrett def. Ted DiBiase
Six Man Tag Team Match
Randy Orton, Sheamus & The Big Show def. Mark Henry, Christian & Cody Rhodes
Estimated attendance: 3,000 to 4,000
2011 – WWE broadcast Smackdown. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are live on tape from Greenville, South Carolina and your announcers are Michael ‘Where is Fort Sumter’ Cole, Booker ‘Next week, I announce with my pinkie up’ T, and Josh ‘Can I get a word in for a change’ Mathews.
Match Number One: Randy Orton versus Cody Rhodes with the Bag Men in a Street Fight
They lock up and try for an advantage but they go to a stalemate. Cody with a punch and side head lock. Orton with a leap frog but Cody with a kick. Orton with a kick and side head lock take down. Orton with a shoulder tackle and a drop kick. Rhodes goes to the floor and Orton rolls to the floor as well.
Orton looks at a bag man and he backs off. Cody uses that to kick Orton and send Orton shoulder first into the ring steps. Cody punches and kicks Orton and then he chokes him on the floor. Rhodes with a punch to the head but Orton with a kick. Rhodes with an Irish whip into the apron and then he punches Orton and kicks him. Rhodes with a snap mare and a knee drop.
They return to the ring and Rhodes gets a near fall. Orton goes back to the apron but Rhodes grabs him only to have Rhodes get dropped across the top rope. Orton pulls Rhodes out and then he sends Rhodes into the ring steps a few times. Orton sends Rhodes into the ringside barrier and then he sends Rhodes over the ringside barrier and into the crowd.
Orton follows and he connects with a European uppercut. Rhodes with punches but Orton with European uppercuts. Orton sends Rhodes into the seats and dasher boards followed by a European uppercut.
They go back into the ringside area and Orton back body drops a bag man and clotheslines Cody. Orton rolls Cody back in and Cody runs to the other side of the ring and he throws a bagger into the ring and he might need a change of clothes after an RKO.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the fight has moved up the ramp and they exchange punches. Rhodes with a knee and elbow to the back of the head and he slams Orton’s head into the stage. Cody picks up an almost motionless body of Orton and he sets to suplex Orton off the stage but Orton blocks it and counters with a suplex of his own.
Orton is the first to move and he crawls down the ramp while Orton falls off the stage and gets to his feet first. Orton puts Rhodes against the barrier and he punches Cody in the head. Orton with a front face lock and punches as they move back to the ring. Orton tries to suplex Orton back into the ring and then he decides to turn it into a superplex and he hits it.
Orton gets a near fall on Rhodes. Rhodes with a drop kick to Orton and Cody gets a near fall. Rhodes sends Orton to the floor and Cody follows. Cody wants to send Orton over the ringside barrier but it is Orton who sends Cody into the ring bell pit. Rhodes hits Orton in the face with the mask and we go to commercial.
We are back and Rhodes sends Orton over the announce table. Rhodes with punches to Orton and then he rolls Orton back into the ring. Cody with a gourdbuster to Orton and then he stomps on Orton’s chest. Rhodes with a key lock but Orton with punches and he gets free. Cody drops down and hits an uppercut and gets a near fall.
Rhodes punches Orton and chokes him in the corner. Orton with an Irish whip but Rhodes with a boot and then he clips Orton and Rhodes starts to focus on the leg. Orton backs up and he kicks Rhodes in the face but Rhodes with kicks and then he locks in the figure four leg lock. Rhodes takes off the mask and he hits Orton in the face and Rhodes releases the hold.
Rhodes wants to use the mask again but Orton avoids Rhodes and he kicks Rhodes. Orton takes the mask and he hits Cody with it. Orton backs into the corner and he clotheslines Rhodes twice and then he hits a power slam. Orton pounds the mat and tries for the RKO but Rhodes escapes the hold and hits Beautiful Disaster but Orton is able to kick out at the last moment.
Rhodes waits for Orton to get up and Rhodes has Orton set for Cross Rhodes but Orton counters with a back body drop. Rhodes goes to the apron and Orton tries for the IEDDT, but Rhodes goes to the floor. Orton and Rhodes exchange punches and kicks with Orton gaining control. Orton puts Rhodes on the ringside barrier and hits the IEDDT off the barrier.
After hitting the move, Orton has a huge smile on his face and then he picks up Cody’s motionless body and brings him into the ring. Orton with an RKO for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, Orton celebrates and then he gets a bag and he puts it over Cody’s head. Orton starts to walk out of the ring and then he looks at Cody over his shoulder and he smiles before celebrating some more in the ring. Orton leaves the ring with the mask and goes to the back.
Cody struggles to get to his feet and then he removes the bag from his head.
In case you forgot what happened a few weeks ago on Raw, we have a video package of Triple Hbeing pummeled by Kevin Nash.
We go to commercial.
We are back with footage from the Kids’ Choice Awards featuring CM Punk.
Matt Striker says that he will get comments from Mark Henry after the next match.
Match Number Two: Ted DiBiase versus Tyson Kidd
They lock up and Kidd with a knee and punches to Ted but Ted with a drop kick. Ted runs into boots from Kidd and Tyson with a kick and snap mare followed by a kick to the back. Kidd with an elbow to the head followed by a drop kick to the head for a near fall. Kidd with a reverse chin lock but Ted with a snap mare. Kidd with a kick and he goes the apron. Tyson with a kick to the head and then he goes for a springboard elbow drop but Ted gets his knees up. Ted with a reverse atomic drop followed by a punch and a flying kick. Ted with the rebound clothesline to Tyson for a near fall.
Ted tries for Dream Street but Kidd rolls through. Tyson tries for the Sharpshooter but Ted fights out of the hold. Ted tries for Dream Street again but Tyson backs Ted into the corner. Tyson with another snap mare attempt but Ted holds on and he hits Dream Street for the three count.
Winner: Ted DiBiase
Matt Striker asks Mark Henry why isn’t he giving another match to Big Show. Mark says that he handled his business at Vengeance. He says that he is sick and tired of answering questions about it. Mark starts to say that he has given the Big Show every opportunity, but he sees Daniel Bryanwith the briefcase.
Mark asks Bryan if he is eyeballing him. He says that he sees Daniel with the briefcase. Bryan reminds Mark that he is going to cash in at Wrestlemania. Mark says that he doesn’t care when Bryan is waiting to cash in, Bryan cannot beat him. Mark asks Daniel if he begs to differ. Mark says that he is going to get a match for tonight, if Daniel has the guts.
Bryan says that he guesses he will see Mark later tonight.
We see what happened during the Divas Battle Royal on Monday night.
Match Number Three: Alicia Fox versus Natalya
Natalya with a side head lock and take down. Alicia with a single leg drop kick to Natalya but Natalya sends Alicia into the mat. Natalya with kicks as she tries to work on the leg. Natalya with a Boston Crab and Alicia is about to tap. Alicia kicks Natalya and then she hits an enzuigiri followed by a handspring leg drop for three count.
Winner: Alicia Fox
Big Show walks in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and Big Show makes his way to the ring. We see the footage of the ring collapsing again. Show says that he would rather come out to fight than talk tonight. This is why you don’t see Frankenstein go on those long winded speeches any more. He isn’t a monster any more. He is a man with a bolt in his neck who likes to blab.
Show tells Mark Henry that they have unfinished business from Vengeance. If Mark doesn’t understand, maybe Mark can ask Alberto Del Rio. Show says that every show that he doesn’t get the match, he is going to knock Mark out until he gets his match.
Christian interrupts Big Show and he makes his way to the ring.
Show asks Christian if he can help him and if Christian is lost.
Christian says that he heard Mark’s clever ‘mama said knock you out’ line so he figured that was it so he came out for his match against Sheamus. Christian asks Show a quick question, but he wants to know why Show deserves ‘One More Match’ for the World Title.
Show asks if that is a trick question.
Christian says that he doesn’t come out to ask for one more match to annoy people. He does it because he deserves it. Show comes out and he is threatening violence on people. Christian wonders if he could knock people out, but he is not a violent person. He says that he isn’t from the South. He is from Canada. People do things a little differently.
Show makes a fist and Christian wants to know if he is going to punch him. He says that Show knocks people out to solve problems.
Show says that he was just scratching his chin and he isn’t going to knock Christian out. Show is going to grab Christian by the throat and choke slam him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Christian is at the announce table and he is still feeling the effects of the choke slam from Big Show.
The referee checks on Christian to see if he can wrestle while Sheamus makes his way to the ring.
Match Number Four: Christian versus Sheamus
Christian tells the referee that he cannot wrestle and then the referee tells Sheamus. Sheamus wants to know what to do.
Wade Barrett makes his way to the ring and he tells the fella to hold his horses. Wade says that it is quite obvious that Christian is in no state to compete tonight. He wants to suggest a suitable replacement and it is him.
Match Number Four (This time we mean it): Sheamus versus Wade Barrett
Barrett with a kick and forearm but Sheamus with a kick and forearm of his own. Sheamus sends Barrett into the turnbuckles followed by a punch and slam and elbow drop for a near fall. Barrett punches Sheamus followed by a head butt. Sheamus with a back elbow and then he puts Barrett in the ropes and hits a series of forearms to the chest. Sheamus goes to the apron and he hits a knee lift.
Sheamus waits for Barrett to turn around for the slingshot shoulder tackle for a near fall. Barrett sends Sheamus into the ropes and Barrett with a flying forearm. Barrett puts Sheamus into the ropes and Barrett with kicks and punches followed by a series of knees to Sheamus. Barrett with a running boot that sends Sheamus to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Barrett works on Sheamus’ back but Sheamus with a mule kick and punch but he misses the Brogue Kick. Barrett with a back heel kick and then he hits a pump handle power slam for a near fall. We see footage during the commercial when Barrett hit a clothesline on Sheamus on the floor. We are back to the action in the ring and Barrett with a surfboard with his knee in Sheamus’ back. Sheamus gets back to his feet and he connects with knees and a forearm.
Barrett with a knee as Sheamus comes off the ropes and Barrett with a running boot to get a near fall. Barrett with kick and forearms while Sheamus tries to fight back but Barrett stands tall overSheamus.
Barrett with a hard Irish whip and Sheamus goes sternum first into the buckles. Barrett goes to the turnbuckles and hits an elbow drop for a near fall. Barrett with a rear chin lock and he takes Sheamusto his knees. Sheamus gets back to his feet and Sheamus with punches and then he tries for a power bomb but he takes too long and Barrett with a back body drop.
Barrett chokes Sheamus in the corner and then he kicks Sheamus in the head. Barrett returns to the rear chin lock. Sheamus with an arm drag and clotheslines. Sheamus with punches and forearms to Barrett and the referee warns him. Shemus with a short arm clothesline followed by a power slam.Sheamus signals for the Celtic Cross but when he gets Barrett up, Christian distracts Sheamus and that allows Barrett to get the three count with a rollup.
Winner: Wade Barrett
After the match, Sheamus grabs Barrett but he turns around and Christian with a spear on Sheamus. Barrett and Christian go up the ramp and to the back.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus is attacking Christian in the back but Wade Barrett comes into the picture and he goes after Sheamus. Sheamus and Barrett go back and forth until security and other wrestlers can separate them.
It is time for the Raw Rebound.
We go to Daniel Bryan’s locker room and he is stretching for his match with Mark Henry. Big Showcomes in and he says that he will take care of the briefcase. Show says that he will take care of the briefcase because he will be in Bryan’s corner tonight and he has his back.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Brodus Clay will be on Raw on Monday night.
Match Number Five: Sin Cara versus Epico
Epico with kicks and forearm followed by a hammer lock. Sin Cara with a snap mare and head scissors take down. Cara with a kick and he tries for the handspring back elbow but Epico with a belly-to-back suplex and he holds on for another belly-to-back suplex followed by a German suplex. Epico kicks Cara and then hits a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Epico with a Gory Special on Cara but Cara with an arm drag to escapes. Cara with a rana and kicks to Epico’s leg. Cara with a kick and then he uses the ropes for a twisting arm drag. Epico sends Cara to the apron but Cara with an enzugiri.
Cara goes up top but Hunico comes to the ring and he pushes Cara off the turnbuckles and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Sin Cara by disqualification
After the match, Hunico and Epico attack Cara. Epico punches Cara and Hunico does the same to Cara. Epico sends Cara into the air and Hunico hits a spinebuster.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Mark Henry versus Daniel Bryan with Big Show
Bryan avoids locking up and he gets on Henry’s back and tries for a sleeper but Henry with a snap mare to get Bryan off his back. Bryan with kicks to the leg. Bryan with a guillotine but Bryan is sent into the turnbuckles. Henry sends Bryan to the floor. Henry kicks Bryan when he gets back into the ring and Henry with a head butt and forearm to the back.
Henry kicks Bryan to the floor and Henry puts Bryan against the ring post but Show comes over to get Henry to release the hold. Show is told to behave by the referee. Henry kicks Bryan and sends him back into the ring.
Henry with a kick to the chest followed by a hard Irish whip and then he kicks Bryan in the head. Henry stands on Bryan’s chest and then he argues with the referee. Henry works on the neck as Show tries to give Bryan encouragement to get out of the hold. Bryan with kicks to Henry but Henry pushes him away and then Bryan with a drop kick to the knee and then Bryan with a series of kicks that ends with a round kick that sends Henry onto his back. Bryan gets a near fall but Henry sends Bryan to the floor with the kick out.
Henry with a head butt and Bryan with a boot to the head. Bryan comes off the turnbuckles and Henry catches him but Bryan with a guillotine choke and Henry falls to his knees. Henry recovers and hits a back body drop to get out of the hold.
Henry picks up Bryan and punches him in the midsection. Henry with a head butt and then Henry with a splash into the corner. Henry sets up Bryan for another splash and he hits it. Bryan is put in the corner one more time for a splash and he hits it. Show comes into the ring and he connects with a right hand to Mark Henry’s head and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Mark Henry by disqualification
After the match, Show stands over Henry and then he checks on Daniel Bryan to get him to recover so he can cash in the briefcase. Show tells Bryan that it is his chance to become World Champion. Bryan comes into the ring with the briefcase and he tries to hit Henry with the briefcase but Henry with a World’s Strongest Slam. Henry hits Big Show with the briefcase and then he hits the World’s Strongest Slam on Big Show.
Teddy Long comes out and he tells all of the playas in the ring that Mark Henry and Big Show are not going to settle this, but they will settle this at Survivor Series. Whether Mark likes it or not, he will be defending the World Title against Big Show.
2013 – DGUSA held their Fight Night 2012 on iPPV.
Welcome to coverage of Dragon Gate USA’s final show of the year, Freedom Fight 2012! You can find information on ordering the iPPV stream of the show by clicking on the poster above.
EITA vs Jon Davis
After taking his time as usual to get in the ring, Davis simply squats in his corner after the bell and waits for EITA to come to him. EITA appears understandably reluctant to do so, and waves Davis to come out to him. Davis finally obliges, and a tie up results in Davis tossing EITA into the corner and choking him with his boot. Gabe Sapolsky himself jumps in on commentary just to thank the fans for coming to this weekend’s shows given the conditions after the hurricane. EITA may wish Davis didn’t make it to the show, because Davis repeatedly slams him with a lot of velocity, but EITA dodges a legdrop and catches Davis with a low crossbody for 2. EITA with La Magistral cradle for 2, and an attempt at a small package is easily blocked by Davis, who powers EITA into a delayed vertical suplex that gets him 2. Davis plants EITA into the mat with a back suplex and clubs him with a series of forearms to the back, but EITA starts hulking up and no-sells Davis, he tries to get Davis into a chopping match, but Davis won’t play ball with him, so EITA dropkicks Davis out to the apron and then baseball slides his legs out from under him. Davis falls down to the floor and EITA connects with a second baseball slide, then moonsaults off the top rope and wipes Davis out by the entryway. EITA sends Davis back in and nails him with a missile dropkick that gets 2, then signals that he’s getting ready to put Davis away. Somehow I doubt his plan is going to work, and indeed Davis proves me right by popping EITA into the air for a powerbomb, folds him in half with a release German suplex, then takes his head off with a short clothesline for the win.
Winner: Jon Davis
So now Davis has not only squashed Johnny Gargano this weekend, but he also made short work of the guy who took Gargano to the limit on Friday. I like the way this story is being told, and Jon Davis comes out of the weekend looking pretty damn unbeatable.
The Scene vs Tony Nese & Papadon
Trina is wearing a somewhat less revealing top tonight, so looks like no chance of a repeat of last night’s wardrobe malfunction. Nese and Papadon are two regulars from the NYWC, whose building DGUSA is running in tonight, but they’re not just on the show as a favor to the NYWC, they’re two of the best wrestlers on the independents today and are both guys a lot of people see very bright futures for. Reed and Nese start, with Nese taking control with a series of armdrags. Nese is the first guy in a while I’ve seen who looks like he can match power with Reed, and indeed he pops him over with a gutwrench suplex that gets 2, then Papadon tags in and fires off several forearms, but Reed manages to get Papadon into his corner so he can tag out to Konley, who comes in and promptly takes a windmill backbreaker before getting caught in the NYWC corner. Nese cartwheels through a hiptoss and ties Konley up in a full nelson using the legs, but Konley gets out and Nese goes to the ropes, but Larry Dallas grabs his ankle from the floor. Nese has words with Dallas and doesn’t see Reed come out of nowhere with a clothesline that sends him plummeting to the floor. Marti Belle comes out to ringside and Dallas hides behind Trina to avoid the beating he knows he’s in for, and in the meantime the Scene brings Nese back inside and lay a beating on him while Papadon watches helplessly from his corner. Konley picks Nese up for a vertical suplex and holds him so Reed can lay in a couple of chops, then drops him and covers for a 2 count. The crowd starts getting behind Nese as Reed goes for a tornado DDT, but Nese shows a tremendous amount of power by not only blocking the move, but lifting Reed back onto the top turnbuckle and giving him a top rope Frankensteiner. Both men make the tag, and Papadon comes in like a house of fire, pummeling Konley with kicks and suplexing Reed across the ring. Papadon comes off the second rope with a diving European uppercut and makes a cover, but Reed breaks it up at 2. Nese dumps Reed to the floor as Papadon gives Konley a Flatliner into the corner, setting him up for a facewash from Nese. Papadon powerbombs Konley into the corner as Nese nails Konley with a leaping enziguiri, but Reed comes in and dumps Nese to the floor and then superkicks Papadon into a German suplex from Konley that gets 2. Nese comes back in and clotheslines Reed over the top and they both go out together, leaving Konley and Papadon alone in the ring. Konley tries to superplex Papadon and Papadon fights him off, Trina gets on the apron to try and distract Papadon with her boobage, but Marti Belle pulls her down to the floor as Reed gets ahold of Papadon and drags him out as well. Konley is still down in the ring, so Nese quickly capitalizes with a 450 splash and scores the win.
Winners: Tony Nese & Papadon
Terrific showing by Nese & Papadon and a good win for them, but the Scene lay them out and then Reed powerbombs Marti Belle so a shirtless and jiggly Larry Dallas can get on the mat and count three. Sami Callihan & Arik Cannon run in to chase the Scene off, and Callihan carries Marti Belle back to the locker room for medical attention while Cannon demands his opponent come out to the ring to start their match.
Arik Cannon & ACH
ACH rushes the ring and starts brawling with Cannon, who tries putting him on the top rope for some dastardly move, but ACH knocks him off and out to the floor and takes him out with a dive. ACH goes for a split legged moonsault to the floor, Cannon moves but ACH lands on his feet, and he handsprings off the ropes to deliver a flying headscissors on the floor. ACH sends Cannon back into the ring and goes up top, but Cannon casually walks out of the way of the flying bodypress in much the same way Samoa Joe used to, and he starts putting the boots to ACH. Cannon snapmares ACH and dropkicks him in the back of the head, and gets 2 off a cover. Cannon goes to the eyes and then plants ACH with a snap suplex for 2. Cannon is methodically stalking ACH, taking his time to pick him up before drilling him in the face with a forearm. ACH decides to trade punches with Cannon, but Cannon comes out on top of that exchange. He then makes the mistake of playing ACH’s game by going to the ropes, and he gets dropkicked for his trouble. ACH hits Paydirt, but takes too long going to the ropes and Cannon tosses him off and kicks him in the breadbasket. ACH tries a flying headscissors, but Cannon catches and powerbombs him, then hits a running clothesline for 2. Cannon’s looking a bit frustrated as he picks ACH up for a suplex, but ACH comes out the back and hits an inverted Frankensteiner that gets 2. ACH tries a 450 splash, but the pool is empty and ACH eats mat. ACH charges Cannon and runs into a big right hand, and Cannon finishes him with the twisting suplex.
Winner: Arik Cannon
Solid match, ACH showed some good stuff here but I like how Cannon got past all his fancy moves with a good, old fashioned right hand to the jaw and used his size and power to put him away.
Jigsaw & Fire Ant vs Super Smash Brothers
I already know this match is going to be hell to do play by play for, but I’ll do my best. Everyone shakes hands before the match, and then we get Fire Ant and a shirtless Player Uno starting us off. Uno takes Fire Ant to the corner and breaks clean, flexing at his diminuitive opponent. Fire Ant tries a different angle and goes behind Uno with a hammerlock, Uno reverses to one of his own and Fire Ant snapmares him. They then go to a wristlock exchange and Fire Ant is unable to take Uno down with a shoulderblock, so he stomps on Uno’s foot and tries a flying headscissors. Uno catches him and does the Ryback march, but is unable to deliver an offensive move. Fire Ant dodges several Hadokens and dropkicks Uno, then Dos and Jigsaw come in and Dos jumps off the top rope for no real reason. Now Jigsaw jumps off the top rope for no reason, and then Dos goes behind Jigsaw and takes him down with a waistlock. Jigsaw reverses and gets Dos in a headlock, Dos rolls Jigsaw to his back for a 1 count, and we’re back at a stalemate as then both start marching around the ring. Dos takes Jigsaw down to the mat, rolls him, and gets a side headlock. Jigsaw escapes and gets Dos in a Gory Special, sinking the hold in deep before Dos escapes and gets a pair of flying headscissors. Jigsaw with a flying back elbow to Dos, followed by a flying headscissors and a slingshot suplex into a gutbuster for 2. That was innovative! Jigsaw with a series of hard chops to the chest of Dos, and Dos tries to fight his way out of Jigsaw’s corner, but Jigsaw tags in Fire Ant, who connects with a double stomp to the back of Dos, followed by a basement dropkick for 2. Dos escapes a double back suplex attempt and takes both opponents out with a Pelle kick, then makes the tag to Uno, who gets the swinging Flatlines on Jigsaw for 2. Uno rams Fire Ant to the corner and DRILLS him with a chop that was so hard he hurt his own hand. Uno with a charging clothesline in the corner and then whips Jigsaw into the boot of Dos, who tags in and comes over the top rope with a slingshot senton that gets him 2. Dos goes for a snap suplex and has to throw a little extra power behind it to get Jigsaw over, but he does and it gets him 2. Double team by the SSB gets 2, and Jigsaw needs to make the tag to Fire Ant, but Uno boxes his ears and gives him a back suplex for 2. Dos tags in and hits a running kneestrike to the face, but only gets 2, so he connects with a chop of his own and then charges Jigsaw against the ropes, but Fire Ant nails him with a leaping enziguiri to the face and then Jigsaw finally makes the tag. Fire Ant sends both members of the SSB to the outside with a flurry, and then he and Jigsaw take them both out with stereo dives. Uno gets suplexed out to the floor and then Dos gets planted with a double brainbuster for 2. Uno comes in and drills Jigsaw with a bicycle kick, Fire Ant kicks Uno, Dos kicks Fire Ant, Jigsaw takes a Code Red into the corner, Dos suplexes Fire Ant onto Jigsaw, then the powerbomb/backbreaker double team gets 2. Uno goes for another powerbomb, but Fire Ant shifts his weight in midair and gives him a Stunner, then Jigsaw and Fire Ant nail Dos with stereo superkicks. Uno and Dos are both slumped in the same corner, so Fire Ant and Jigsaw hit stereo Van Terminators. Jigsaw goes for a cover on Dos, but Uno shoves Fire Ant onto Jigsaw to break the cover. Uno breaks through a double clothesline from Jigsaw and Fire Ant and plants them both with a DDT/Flatliner combo. The SSB go for the finish, Jigsaw and Fire Ant try to block them, but Uno gets Fire Ant in a Gory Special and Dos comes off the top rope to plant Fire Ant with a rolling Ace Crusher for the win.
Winners: Super Smash Brothers
Terrific match, both teams had very strong showings this weekend and the Super Smash Brothers in particular really impressed me with how good they’ve gotten since the first time I saw them. I really enjoyed this one a lot.
No DQ Match: Chuck Taylor vs Rich Swann
This match is happening because Swann pinned Taylor in the six man on Friday, and Swann comes sprinting out of the back to attack Taylor and jump start the match. Taylor chokes Swann in the corner, but Swann tosses Taylor out to the floor and grinds what looks like one of those fancy corkscrews with the arms you use to open wine bottles into Taylor’s groin. Taylor fights that one off quickly and makes Swann regret getting cute by dumping him chest first on the guardrail. Swann reverses a whip and sends Taylor crashing into the guardrail and then he nails him with a charging boot to the face. Now Taylor gets ahold of the corkscrew and gouges it into Swann’s forehead, then hiptosses him onto the hard floor. Taylor picks Swann up again and this time dumps him onto the ring apron, but Swann hits a low blow on Taylor and rams his face into the ring apron, but Taylor reverses a whip and now it’s Swann who goes crashing into the rail. Taylor smashes Swann’s face into the rail, but Swann responds in kind to Taylor before superkicking him for good measure. Swann has the fans hand him a bunch of folding chairs, sliding a couple of them into the ring before using a third to smash Taylor over the back. He tries another chairshot, but Taylor kicks him in the breadbasket and then hits a DDT on the floor, with Swann spiking down vertically on the top of his head right on the concrete. Taylor rolls Swann back inside and picks up a screwdriver, sticking it into Swann’s mouth and grinding it into the inside of Swann’s cheek. Taylor with a nice back suplex, the first wrestlingmove of the match, and covers Swann for 2. Taylor straddles Swann on the second rope, and Swann tries firing back with some weakened right hands, but Taylor plants Swann into the mat with a pair of bodyslams. Taylor slaps Swann in the face and takes a jab in the face in response, but Taylor smacks him in the face again and now Swann flips him the bird. Taylor grabs his finger and bites it, then uses a pair of pliers to try and break Swann’s fingers. Swann holds the ropes to keep from getting whipped across the ring, but Taylor finally succeeds and Swann catches Taylor out of nowhere with a handspring into an Ace Crusher. Swann rolls out to the floor and goes under the ring, bringing out a metal crutch and using it to nail Taylor in the back. Swann does the same with a chair, but Taylor nails Swann, causing him to drop the chair, and tries to piledrive Swann on the chair. Swann blocks and hits an ax kick that drives Taylor’s face down onto the chair, and then Swann sets the chair up in the middle of the ring as the homeless guy from last night gets on the apron to yell at Swann. Swann superkicks the homeless guy to the floor, but turns around and gets Boss Man Slammed onto the chair. Homeless Guy hands Taylor a leather strap that Taylor uses to whip Swann, apparently getting his wish after all, then sets up a chair in the middle of the ring and tries to plant Swann onto it with the Awful Waffle. Swann fights his way out of that one, and Taylor goes to the second rope but Swann gives him a Frankensteiner that drops Taylor right onto the chair. Swann with another chairshot and he hits the triple jump 450 for the win.
Winner: Rich Swann
Now THAT is how you do a no DQ match. This wasn’t some garbage match where two guys just bring out a bunch of stupid weapons to grind each other into bits, this was a fight where each man hated the other so much that hurting their opponent was every bit as important as winning the match, and maybe a little more. Great way to blow off the Ronin angle.
Sami Callihan vs CIMA
Callihan takes CIMA to the corner and kicks him in the chest, CIMA, responds with one of his own, and they exchange several more kicks before going nose to nose in the middle of the ring where Callihan connects with a headbutt that sends CIMA careening into the corner. Callihan repeatedly stomps CIMA, who covers up as best he can, but CIMA pops up as soon as Callihan backs off, nailing him and delivering a lungblower. Now Callihan is down in the corner absorbing kicks from CIMA, who then snapmares Callihan and gets him in a leg nelson. CIMA rolls Callihan to his back in a leg cradle that gets 2, then CIMA snapmares Callihan again and slingshots himself in from the apron with a rolling senton for 2. CIMA goes for a surfboard, and Callihan tries to stop him by reaching back and fishhooking CIMA’s mouth, but CIMA gets free of that and rolls Callihan up in the full surfboard. Callihan escapes by biting CIMA’s hand, and they wind up trading blows in the middle of the ring until Callihan hits a bicycle kick and a Death Valley Driver. Callihan with a slingshot splash that gets 2, and CIMA rolls out to the apron to try and catch a breather. Callihan doesn’t let up, knocking CIMA to the floor with a springboard forearm before taking him out with a dive through the ropes. Callihan whips CIMA into the guardrail, then charges in with a chop to the chest of CIMA, whom he rolls inside to cover for 2. Callihan gets CIMA in a standing Indian Deathlock, then rolls CIMA over for the Trailer Hitch version. CIMA tries to sit up to escape, so Callihan sits himself up and fishhooks CIMA’s mouth again until CIMA get to the ropes. CIMA is hobbling around on the bad leg as Callihan picks him up for the slam against the ropes and covers for 2. CIMA slips out the back on a vertical suplex attempt and drills Callihan with a dropkick to the face before planting him with a Bizarro Driver that gets 2. Callihan charges CIMA in the corner, but CIMA leapfrogs Callihan and nails him, then hangs Callihan between the top and middle rope before charging in with a dropkick to Callihan’s midsection. Callihan dodges a charge and CIMA drives his own knee into the top turnbuckle, and Callihan quickly applies his modified figure four right in the middle of the ring. CIMA reverses the hold, but Callihan reverses back and CIMA is forced to go to the ropes. Callihan gets a running clothesline in the corner, CIMA comes out with a superkick, but Callihan responds with another running clothesline and covers for 2. CIMA drops to a knee to block a powerbomb attempt, but Callihan bicycle kicks him in the face and hits the powerbomb on the second try. CIMA kicks out at 2, but Callihan uses the momentum of the kickout to fold CIMA right into the stretch muffler. CIMA won’t tap, so Callihan scissors the body. CIMA still struggles for the ropes so Callihan gets to his feet to really crank on the hold, but CIMA still has the willpower to keep going and finally makes the ropes. Callihan picks CIMA up by the leg and catches an enziguiri from CIMA, who then folds Callihan over with a bridging cradle suplex for 2. CIMA hangs Callihan in the Tree of Woe, then goes to the top rope and hits a Van Terminator, then picks Callihan up and hits the Schwein. Callihan somehow kicks out at 2, so CIMA goes up top for Meteora and connects for the win.
If you put aside the fact that CIMA beat Callihan with a top rope double kneedrop after Callihan spent the whole match destroying CIMA’s knee, this was a really good match. Ricochet comes out with a microphone and says that after all they’d been through together and after CIMA got involved in his match with AR Fox on Friday, all he wants to say to CIMA is to stay out of his business.
Genki Horiguchi & Ryo Saito vs El Generico & Samuray Del Sol
Generico and Saito start us off, and they shake hands before we get underway. They do a feeling out process in the middle of the ring to start us off, then go to the mat before winding up at a stalemate. They do a fast paced sequence of takedowns and escapes, and again wind up at a stalemate. Del Sol and Horiguchi come in, and they have a similarly fast paced exchange of armdrags, and this time Del Sol gets the advantage and tags out to Generico, who begins working Horiguchi over with some hard shots before yanking on Horiguchi’s dreadlocks. Horiguchi scurries to safety and tags in Saito, who bodyslams Generico hard in the middle of the ring before walking over his face and dropping an elbow for 2. Now Generico’s in the wrong part of town, but he quickly gets out of Dodge, escaping an abdominal stretch by pulling on Horiguchi’s dreads and tagging out to Del Sol, who slingshots over the top rope with a 450 splash for 2. Del Sol with a snapmare and the indy kick to the back before tying Horiguchi up in a side angle version of the figure four. Horiguchi makes the ropes, so Generico tags in and gives Horiguchi a side backbreaker for 2 before tagging Del Sol in to give Horiguchi a taste of his own medicine with an abdominal stretch. Horiguchi powers out with a hiptoss, and Del Sol makes the mistake of slouching over the second rope where Horiguchi and Saito set up for their trick with the elastic band. Generico breaks it up and Horiguchi again takes the band to the face, but a quick cover by Del Sol only gets 2. Horiguchi catches Del Sol charging in with a big back bodydrop, then Saito comes in and drills Del Sol with a back elbow for 2. Saito with a trio of snap fisherman’s suplexes, but only gets 2 on Del Sol. Horiguchi and Saito hit a series of high impact double team on Del Sol, but they only get 2 so Saito knocks Generico off the apron with a charging elbow and then comes off the top rope with a double stomp square in the breadbasket of Del Sol. Lazy cover by Saito allows Del Sol to kick out at 2, but an attempted double team on Del Sol results in Del Sol giving them a double armdrag and then wiping both men out with a Lionsault. Del Sol makes the tag, and Generico comes in like a man possessed, suplexing Horiguchi into the corner as Del Sol dropkicks Saito to the floor before wiping him out with a somersault dive. Horiguchi blocks a suplex, but Generico keeps ahold of him and converts the suplex into a Blue Thunder Driver for 2. Generico charges into the corner for the Yakuza kick, but Horiguchi gets the boot up and plants Generico with a tornado DDT for 2. Saito and Del Sol get back in the ring and Del Sol tries another Lionsault, but Saito sees him coming this time and catches him in midair, and uses Del Sol’s momentum to plant him with a German suplex. That was an awesome spot. Saito dodges a Yakuza kick from Generico, but Del Sol shoves him into a second kick from Generico and then Generico monkey flips Del Sol into a 450 on Saito for 2. Generico and Horiguchi trade chops in the middle of the ring, but Horiguchi takes Generico out of the equation with a flying headscissors before sunset flipping Saito to give more momentum to a German suplex on Generico. Saito follows that up with another suplex for 2, but Del Sol comes in and kicks Saito out to the floor as Horiguchi backslides Generico for 2. Generico powders out to fight Saito on the floor as Del Sol hits the inverted Frankensteiner on Horiguchi for the win.
Winners: El Generico & Samuray Del Sol
Another great match, and Generico and Del Sol showed as much chemsitry as a team as they did as opponents. I was a bit surprised to see them get the win, but it looks like we’ve got a lot of players in the tag division coming out of this weekend since nobody came out of it as the clearly superior duo.
Open The Freedom Gate Title Match, Elimination Rules: Johnny Gargano vs Ricochet vs AR Fox vs Akira Tozawa
Jon Davis comes out to the ring during introductions and pulls Gargano out to ringside and repeatedly rams his back into the ring apron, leaving Gargano in a heap once again and now putting his reign as the Open The Freedom Gate Champion in jeopardy. The referee goes out to ringside to check on Gargano, but makes the decision to ring the bell and it looks like the match is going to go on without Gargano. Tozawa and Ricochet double team Fox and give him a double suplex, then they take turns putting the boots to him as Gargano is still down on the outside. Well, I’m sure he’ll find his way into the ring eventually. Fox slams Ricochet and hits a split legged twisting senton for 2. Another referee is checking on Gargano as Tozawa nails Fox to prevent him from suplexing Ricochet, but Fox fights his way out and hits a running clothesline in the corner, Tozawa dumps Fox on his butt, and Ricochet gets a Zig Zag on Tozawa before laying some kicks into the chest of Fox. Ricochet stomps on the knee Fox injured on Friday night before ramming Tozawa into the corner, then does the same to Fox. Ricochet ping pongs back and forth with charging clotheslines in the corner on Fox and Tozawa before snapamring Tozawa and kicking him in the head. Ricochet takes a break to go to the corner and yell at Gargano to get up, then leaves to sit in with the announcers and tell the fans watching the iPPV that Gargano isn’t really hurt and that the other guys aren’t on his level. Ricochet goes back to the ring and goes to the top rope, but Gargano pops up on the apron and shoves Ricochet off the top rope, spears Tozawa through the ropes, and backdrops Fox to the floor. ricochet kicks Gargano in the back from the apron, Tozawa boots him, and Fox gets a moonsault for 2. Ricochet hits Gargano with a shooting star press, Fox pulls him out to the floor before he can get the three count, and Tozawa covers for 2 of his own before choking Gargano in the corner with his boot. Ricochet and Fox are brawling out on the floor as Tozawa continues working over in the corner, and Ricochet rams Fox into the ringpost as Tozawa pulls Gargano’s t-shirt off and whips him with it. Gargano’s midsection is bandaged up as Tozawa Kobashi chops him in the corner, then does the same to Ricochet and Fox when they charge in. Tozawa then jabs Fox and Ricochet in the jaw, but Gargano connects with a jab of his own to Tozawa, and everyone goes down. Fox goes for a springboard something from the apron, Gargano dropkicks Fox onto Ricochet’s shoulders, then he dives through the ropes with a spear that sends Fox and himself into the crowd, and then Tozawa hits a dive of his own. All four men are in a bad way on the floor, and Fox makes it even worse by wiping everyone out with a kick flip off a nearby pillar. Ricochet springboards back into the ring with a clothesline on Tozawa, then slams him in the corner and goes to the top rope, but Gargano shoves Ricochet to the floor as Fox hits Rolling Thunder on Tozawa. Gargano goes out to the apron and slingshots in with a DDT on Fox, then makes a cover and gets a very close 2. Gargano runs into a big boot from Fox, who follows up with a twisting enziguiri, and then everyone else hits big bombs on one another until all four men are down again. Gargano somehow gets to his feet first, and he sits Tozawa on the top turnbuckle to go for a superplex, but Ricochet shoves Gargano off to go after Tozawa himself. They fight it out on the top rope until Gargano and Fox go up as well for a Tower of Doom spot. Fox covers Gargano but only gets 2, then hits Sliced Bread #2 on Gargano and a springboard Codebreaker on Ricochet gets 2. Fox picks Gargano up in a fireman’s carry, Gargano slips out and goes for the lawn dart, Fox escapes that and springboards out of the corner with an Ace Crusher for 2. Ricochet charges in with an IED in the corner on Gargano, but Gargano kicks him off on a standing moonsault attempt as Fox hits a springboard 450 on Gargano for 2. Fox cannonballs Tozawa in the corner and then goes for the rebound Spanish Fly, but Tozawa catches him with a German suplex, and Ricochet comes off the top with a 450 splash on the bridging Tozawa, but still only gets 2. Ricochet starts attacking the bad knee of Fox and dropkicks him out to the floor, but Tozawa enziguiris Ricochet from the floor, then tries to suplex Gargano on the apron. Ricochet dives over Tozawa and Gargano to take out Fox as Tozawa and Gargano take it back inside, with Tozawa taking Gargano out with a running kneestrike. Ricochet takes Fox over to a ladder he found by the back of the building, hangs Fox from it Tree of Woe style, and hits him in the knee with a chair before dragging him back to the ring. Ricochet rolls Fox into the ring and covers for 2, then starts slapping Fox around before whipping Fox across the ring. Fox’s knee give out halfway across the ring, so Ricochet waits for Fox to get to his feet and charges him, Fox gets his boot up and comes off the second rope, but Ricochet catches him on the way down and gets a Texas Cloverleaf. Fox tries to get to the ropes, but Ricochet drags him back out to the middle of the ring and starts punching Fox in the knee while keeping the hold, and Fox finally is forced to tap out and we have our first elimination.
AR Fox is eliminated.
We’re down to three men, and Gargano tears the bandages off his midsection as they all go face to face. They all take turns punching each other until Tozawa and Ricochet finally have enough and double team Gargano. Ricochet hits a 619 from the outside and Tozawa hits a Saito suplex for 2. Tozawa distracts the referee while Ricochet chokes Gargano with his own bandages, then they take turns with rapid fire kicks to the injured midsection of Gargano, who still somehow kicks out of a pin attempt by Tozawa. Gargano ducks a double clothesline attempt, Ricochet tries to backslide him, but Gargano turns around as Tozawa comes in with a bicycle kick and Ricochet takes the brunt of the move. Gargano lays both challengers out with a DDT/Flatliner combo, then he tries to suplex Tozawa into the corner but Tozawa blocks and drills him with a forearm, and Gargano gets the suplex on a second attempt. Gargano charges across the ring at Ricochet but now he gets suplexed into the corner, hitting even harder than Tozawa, but he dodges a Phoenix splash from Ricochet, who lands on his feet and takes both Gargano and Tozawa out with a double Pelle kick. He lays both opponents right next to each other and hits them both with a Phoenix splash, but they both kick out at 2. Ricochet drags Gargano to the corner for yet another high risk move, but Gargano gets to his feet and blocks Ricochet long enough for Tozawa to pop up and German suplex Ricochet off the top rope. Gargano hits Ricochet with Hertz Donut and then Tozawa plants Ricochet with a bridging German suplex, and Ricochet is out.
Ricochet is eliminated.
Both men are exhausted and have trouble getting to their feet, but they slowly get up and go nose to nose in the middle of the ring. Gargano dodges a bicycle kick, Tozawa dodges a superkick, and Gargano fires a flurry of forearms at Tozawa before lawn darting him into the second turnbuckle. Gargano with a kick to the head and a deep cradle, but Tozawa is out at 2. Gargano tries for Hertz Donut, but Tozawa escapes and tries a German suplex, and they go back and forth with the reversals until Gargano finally gets Hertz Donut. Tozawa rolls through the Gargano escape and hits a pair of German suplexes, Gargano superkicks Tozawa, and Tozawa doesn’t seem to notice as he comes right back in with a bridging German that Gargano still somehow kicks out of at 2. Tozawa goes for the straitjacket suplex, but Gargano blocks by holding the ropes, so Tozawa bicycle kicks him in the back of the head, and Gargano hangs Tozawa off the second rope for a modified Hertz Donut, then hits a conventional version, and Tozawa still kicks out at 2. Gargano gets the Gargano Escape on Tozawa right in the middle of the ring, Tozawa goes for the ropes, Gargano drags Tozawa back out to the middle of the ring and Tozawa gets a small package, Gargano kicks out at 2 and drags Tozawa back out to the middle of the ring and reapplies the Gargano Escape, and Tozawa finally taps out.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
This match was absolutely amazing. It told several great stories with Gargano getting jumped by Jon Davis before the match, Ricochet taking every shortcut possible before losing anyway, Fox hanging with the big boys even though he was the underdog, and Gargano fighting the odds and beating his three toughest opponents to walk away with the title still around his waist. This was a grueling match where everyone left it all in the ring, and I’d say this could have been the best match ever in Dragon Gate USA. Yes, it was that good.
Gargano tries to shake Tozawa’s hand, but Tozawa just rolls out of the ring and leaves. Gargano says this was an amazing show, but he thanks the fans for coming out in spite of all the damage caused by the hurricane, and he speaks for everyone in the locker room when he says how grateful they all are for being able to work in front of the greatest wrestling fans in the world. He says they’re doing an EVOLVE show in December, then Dragon Gate USA will be back in the new year, but this show was special for him because it’s been a year since he became the first American to win the Open The Freedom Gate Title, and he’s defended the title all over the world, and can guarantee that he’ll always give the fans 110% because as long as his heart is still beating, the title is going nowhere.
In case you couldn’t figure out after reading this report, I loved this show. It really did feel like a blowoff show where all the big storylines that had been building all year came to a climax with all the right people going over th send the fans home happy. This was easily the best show of the weekend, and one I highly recommend you buy the replay of.
2012 – WWE ran London, England. Jason Howling filed the following live report:
Here are a couple of pre-show notes.
The arena was advertising the TNA shows outside the building.
They had WWE ’13 booths dotted around to play the game which does seem pretty good. They had limited merch which only included John Cena, R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Zack Ryder & Randy Orton.
The voting match was the divas match which was Eve vs. Layla. We had to vote if we wanted a Triple Threat with AJ in.
The first match was Santino Marella and Brodus Clay vs. Epico & Primo
This was the typical comedy match which warmed the crowed up very well and as expected Santino and Clay won.
Next we had a Dolph Ziggler promo where they lost the video feed.
Tensai vs. Michael McGillicutty.
A very okay match that had McGillicutty fight as the underdog and won by Roll-Up. Man it goes to show how far Tensai has fallen.
New we had the Divas championship match and of course AJ was voted in. An okay match for the first Divas match I’ve seen in a couple of months. They did a false finish similar to the Raw report where AJ won (huge pop) but the match was restarted by Vikki and Eve took the win with a Roll Up.
Next up and semi main event was Dolph vs. Cena.
Solid match where Dolph worked over Cena most of the way. Dolph did a great HBK spot (Tuning up the band) but missed. The ref got knocked out and Vickie ran back in and then she chickened out after AJ ran in! Her and Cena had a moment and then hit Dolph with the briefcase and the ref came to and Cena hit the FU for the win!
Ryder vs. Cesaro.
Best Wrestling match on the card. Some great moments and the crowed was well behind Ryder.Cesaro got the win.
Team Rhodes Scholars vs Team Hell No.
Typical tag team match as expected that was pretty much the same as it was on Raw. Couple of funny moments after.
Main event time!
CM Punk vs. Ryback
Punk came in and ripped on a Football (Soccer) Goalkeeper who played for Nottingham. Was really funny. Again something similar to what has been on the house shows. Punk playing the coward. Team Rhode Scholars did a run in so it ended in DQ. Ryback with a Cena style celebration after and we got sent home happy.
End of show notes.
This was my first WWE show and I was very happy with it. Feel slightly cheated at the end but I was in Awe of Punk but it didn’t matter.
Normally people do biggest heel and face reactions but ill do them mixed in.
Team Hell No
Ryback was over to the same extent as Cena. Yeah really! I really hope they don’t mess that one up because he can be huge!
Cena’s new (old) top is Green.
2013 – WWE broadcast Raw. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are in Greenville, South Carolina and your announcers are John ‘South Cackalacky’ Layfield, Jerry ‘I have my popcorn ready for Total Divas on Sunday night’ Lawler and Michael ‘Eye of the Tiger should be the theme for Survivor Series’ Cole.
We take a look at what happened last week when the Wyatt Family targeted CM Punk.
Match Number One: CM Punk versus Luke Harper (with Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt)
Punk with a boot and punches to Harper but Harper backs Punk into the corner and connects with a punch. Harper with an uppercut to Punk. Harper with a head butt to the chest followed by a chop. Harper with another head butt and then he chokes Punk in the corner. Punk with kicks and forearms.
Harper with a European uppercut and then he chokes Punk against the ropes. Harper with a head butt but Punk with punches. Harper is back body dropped over the top rope to the floor and Punk goes for a suicide dive but Harper with a forearm to the head. Harper with forearms to Punk.
Harper with a slam and then he runs his boot across Punk’s face and he follows with an elbow drop. Harper with a front face lock into a Gator Roll. Punk with a back heel kick and forearm but Harper with an uppercut. Harper with an Irish whip or two. Harper misses a running boot into the corner and he goes to the floor. Punk is able to hit the suicide dive onto Harper and Luke hits the announce table.
Erick Rowan makes his way around the ring and we go to commercial.
We are back and Harper with a rear chin lock. We see exclusive footage from the app during commercial when Rowan distracted Punk long enough for Harper to connect with a big boot. Harper with a body block against the ropes. Harper with a catapult into the bottom rope. Harper with an elbow drop and he gets a near fall.
Harper with another elbow drop and another near fall. Harper with forearms as he continues to work over Punk. Harper returns to the Gator Roll and a reverse chin lock. Punk with a boot and an elbow followed by a tornado DDT and both men are down.
Harper with a punch but Punk with a forearm. Harper with a slap and Punk with a back heel kick followed by forearms and a leg lariat. Punk with a clothesline and a swinging neck breaker. Punk with a running knee into the corner and a short arm clothesline. Punk goes up top for the elbow drop but he turns it into a cross body onto Rowan.
Harper picks up Punk from the floor. Punk with a round kick and then Punk goes for the springboard clothesline but Harper with a boot to the head. Harper misses the lariat when he adds a rotation and Punk with a rollup for the three count.
Winner: CM Punk
After the match, Erick Rowan attacks Punk and Harper joins in to make it a two on one attack. Bray makes his way to the ring for Sister Abigail but Daniel Bryan has a chair and he hits Rowan and Harper. Wyatt grabs Bryan but Punk hits Wyatt with the chair and then he hits Harper.
Michael Cole mentions the Triple H interview series and we go to footage from Main Event when it originally aired and then when it was rebroadcast on Smackdown.
You need to VOTE for Randy Orton’s opponent tonight. Go to the app. We will also have a rematch of the main event from Smackdown.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we go back to what just happened with the Wyatt Family, CM Punk, and Daniel Bryan.
Renee Young is with CM Punk in the interview area. She asks Punk if he was expecting a fair fight. He says that he has been dealing with Paul Heyman and his goons so he knows that he will be outnumbered. They have to realize that they will be outgunned. He did not realize that he isn’t the only person who has an issue with the Wyatts.
We go to the phone where Paul Heyman is awaiting to talk to Michael Cole. Michael asks Paul about his medical condition. Paul says that he is in Europe seeking alternate medical treatments due to the repeated blunt force trauma. He has acute thorasic spine trauma. He has bruised kidneys and facial swelling.
What CM Punk did to a father of two is a travesty. Punk beat him within an inch of his life after the match ended. After everything that they have been through, it is inexcusable. The entire WWE Universe owes him an apology for the beating.
Michael asks Paul if he is crying and Paul hangs up.
We have footage from the WWE App when Ryback decided to let Hornswoggle wear his food. Santino stands up to Ryback and tells him that Great Khali wants to do something about it. Rybackcalls them freaks.
Match Number Two: Ryback versus Great Khali (with Hornswoggle and Santino Marella)
They lock up and Khali pushes Ryback away. They lock up again and Khali pushes Ryback to the mat and he tells Ryback that he is stupid. Ryback with a chop but Khali with a forearm. Khali with back elbows in the corner. Khali with chops to Ryback and then he chokes him in the corner. Khali with another chop.
Ryback with a kick to the leg and then he tries to get Khali up for the Marching Musclebuster but Khali gets away. Ryback runs into an elbow and kick from Khali. Khali with clotheslines but Rybackavoids the chop and Ryback with a lariat for the three count.
After the match, Ryback pulls Santino to the floor. Hornswoggle kicks Ryback from behind and Santino stops Ryback from going after Hornswoggle. Ryback sends Santino into the ringside barrier while Hornswoggle hides under the ring.
In case you missed it, Big Show is banned for life from WWE to counter Big Show’s actions and lawsuit.
Match Number Three: Kofi Kingston versus Alberto Del Rio (with a large Mexican flag)
Del Rio with punches and shoulders to Kofi. Kofi with punches and kicks but Del Rio with a superkick. Del Rio with a kick to the head but Kofi with leap frogs and a leaping back elbow. Kofi clotheslines Del Rio over the top rope to the floor. Kofi with a flip dive onto Del Rio and he gets a near fall when they return to the ring.
Del Rio with an Irish whip but Kofi tries for the pendulum kick but Del Rio sees it coming and he connects with a double stomp. Del Rio punches Kofi from the floor. Del Rio with a forearm from the turnbuckles and then he punches Kofi in the ropes followed by a kick to the chest. Del Rio with a step up enzuigiri for a near fall. Kofi with punches and a kick to Del Rio.
Del Rio with a German suplex and bridge for a near fall. Del Rio mocks the set up for Trouble in Paradise and then Del Rio with a running enzuigiri and suplex for a near fall. Del Rio with a reverse chin lock. Kofi with a sunset flip but Del Rio responds with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall.
Del Rio with a reverse chin lock but Kofi with a knee and elbow. Del Rio with head butts but Del Rio feels it as much as Kofi. Del Rio misses a step up enzuigiri and Kofi with Shadows over Hell for a near fall.
Del Rio runs into boots from Kofi and Kofi with a rana that sends Del Rio into the turnbuckles. Kofi with a double jump cross body for a near fall. Kofi with chops followed by a drop kick. Del Rio avoids the flying clothesline and Del Rio with a superkick. Kofi with a rollup for a near fall. Del Rio applies the float over into the cross arm breaker and Kofi has to tap out after trying to fight out of the hold.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Michael Cole tells us that it is time to hear from Big Show’s side about the lawsuit. We see footage of the proof to support his claims of discrimination, slander, defamation, intimidation, extortion, exploitation, and wrongful termination.
In case you have already downloaded the WWE App, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and John Layfield talk about all of the great features.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see a Tweet from John Cena about David Ortiz and then we see ‘exclusive’ photos of David Ortiz with a WWE Title belt.
It is time to see who the WWE Universe chose to face the WWE Champion. Randy interrupts Jerry because he wants to talk to the people.
Randy asks if the people think they have a choice? Picking his opponent does not empower you. If you look to your left or your right, what do you see? A girlfriend, wife, or mother? That woman is fantasizing about what it would be like to wake up with Randy Orton. If there is a boyfriend, father, or husband next to you, they will never amount to half the man that he is.
As he looks around, all he sees are faces of jealousy, failure, and envy. It is disgusting. He is the face of the WWE and all these people have power over is who will be the Viper’s next victim.
Randy allows Jerry to tell us who the victim will be.
Match Number Four: Randy Orton versus Big E Langston in a WWE App Vote Match
Orton with a kick and punches followed by a European uppercut. Orton with a side head lock but Langston with a shoulder tackle and Orton goes to the floor. They lock up and Orton with a waist lock but Langston with a standing switch and waist lock take down. Langston with a front face lock and he gets a near fall.
Orton with a kick and chop followed by a head butt and European uppercut. Langston with a back elbow and he gets a near fall. Langston with a punch to the midsection and Orton goes down. Langston with another punch to the midsection and Orton goes to the floor as he tries to catch his breath. Orton gets back into the ring and Orton with a drop kick for a near fall. Langston is sent to the apron for the IEDDT but Langston gets back into the ring and he back body drops Orton and Orton lands on the apron. Langston with a running shoulder tackle that knocks Orton off the apron and into the ringside barrier.
We are back and Langston punches Orton from the turnbuckles and then he connects with a short arm clothesline. Orton goes back to the floor to regroup and get away from Langston. Langston follows after Orton and Orton kicks Langston and he tries to send Langston into the ring steps but Langston blocks it and he sends Orton into the ring steps.
Orton sends Langston into the apron. They return to the ring but Orton stays on the apron. Langston goes for a shoulder tackle through the ropes but Orton moves and Langston goes to the floor. Orton with a clothesline on the floor and then he sends Langston back into the ring.
Orton gets a near fall. Orton with the Garvin Stomp to Langston and he applies a reverse chin lock. Langston gets Orton on his back and he sends Orton into the turnbuckles. Langston with a shoulder to the midsection. Langston with a clothesline to Orton and then he hits a second one. Orton misses a clothesline and Langston with a belly-to-belly suplex. Langston with the running Ultimate Warrior Splash but Orton kicks out at two.
Orton with a kick and back breaker for a near fall. Orton sends Langston shoulder first into the ring post. Orton puts Langston on the ropes for the IEDDT. Orton looks around and he twists to the mat to set up the RKO. Langston pushes Orton away and hits a shoulder tackle. The straps come down and Langston sets for the Big Ending but Orton escapes and hits the RKO for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
In case you missed it earlier tonight, we go to the WWE.com ‘Exclusive’ comments from Triple H.
John Layfield wonders why it took Triple H so long to ban Big Show. While John thinks Triple H is right, Jerry Lawler is on Show’s side.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage from the season finale of Total Divas when Tyson Kidd and Natalya got married.
Match Number Five: Fandango and Summer Rae versus Tyson Kidd and Natalya
The men start things off and Fandango with a kick and side head lock. Fandango with a shoulder tackle and he dances. Fandango with a cartwheel but Kidd with a kip up and back heel kick and drop kick. Summer tags in so the ladies enter the match. Summer pokes Natalya and then she slaps her. Natalya with a double leg take down. Fandango distracts Natalya and Sunmer attacks Natalya from behind.
Summer gets a near fall. Summer with a snap mare driver for a near fall. Summer with a body scissors on Natalya but Natalya picks up Summer. Summer counters with a sunset flip for a near fall. Both women go for clotheslines and they are down.
Kidd with a kick to Fandango followed by a springboard drop kick. Kidd with kicks and a drop kick. Kidd with a kick and he goes to the apron. Kidd with a body scissors that takes Fandango to the floor. Kidd with a running kick to the head.
Summer yells at Tyson and that allows Fandango to pull the ring skirt and Kidd falls to the floor.Fandango goes up top for the FandangoBama Jam but Tyson is on his feet and he blocks it. Tyson puts Fandango in the Sharpshooter while Natalya takes care of Summer. Fandango taps out.
Winners: Tyson Kidd and Natalya
Renee Young is in the back and she is with Damien Sandow. Renee points out that Damien is the second person to fail to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase. We see the footage from last week.
Renee asks Damien for his thoughts. Damien says that it does not keep him up at night. He thinks about the end of his reign as World Champion. When you are stripped of everything, you have to look at yourself. He is a man who will do anything it takes to get what he wants.
Zeb Colter says that he likes that and Damien will get a chance when they team together againstJohn Cena, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust.
They will beat the Tag Team Champions for a second time to prove that they are the most dominant team in the WWE.
Damien says ‘Me the Uncrowned World Champion’ and we go to commercial.
We are back and John Cena makes his way to the ring to talk to the people. He says that they have some excitement in here tonight. In a few minutes, his partners will be coming to the ring for a six man tag match. John wants to take a moment to mention a partner of the WWE. He mentions the Susan G Komen Foundation. John mentions that the program will continue past October. John points out some cancer survivors in the crowd.
Alberto Del Rio has joined Zeb at the announce table.
Match Number Six: Goldust, John Cena, and Cody Rhodes versus Antonio Cesaro, Damien Sandow, and Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter)
Sandow and Cena start things off. Cena with an Irish whip and bulldog for a near fall. Cody tags in and they hit a double back elbow and Cody gets a near fall. Sandow with an Irish whip but Cody with a sunset flip for a near fall. Sandow with a knee and forearm. Swagger tags in and he tries to send Cody into the turnbuckles but Cody blocks it.
Goldust tags in and he hits a drop kick for a near fall. Swagger blocks a hip toss but Goldust with a near fall. Cody tags in and they connect with punches to the midsection. Cody with a snap mare and kick for a near fall. Swagger with a shot to the midsection and Cesaro tags in. Cody with punches.
Cena tags in and he wants a piece of Cesaro. They lock up and Cesaro pushes Cena to the corner and he wins the first round. They lock up again and Cena pushes Cesaro away to tie it up at one to one. They have a test of strength and Cesaro gets the early advantage but Cena is able to take control until Cesaro kicks Cena.
Cesaro with European uppercuts. Cena with an Irish whip followed by a kick and suplex for a near fall. Cena with a reverse chin lock. Goldust tags in and they hit a double suplex and Goldust gets a near fall. Goldust works on the arm and he gets a near fall. Goldust with an arm bar and leg drop.
Cody tags in and he hits a gourdbuster for a near fall. Cody with a quarter nelson and chin lock.Cesaro with punches and a knee. Cesaro with a European uppercut and Sandow tags in. Sandow with shoulders in the corner and then he sends Cody into the turnbuckles. Cody with an Irish whip and back body drop. Cody sends Sandow shoulder first into the turnbuckles.
Cena tags in and he gets Sandow on his shoulders but Sandow gets away and he goes to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Cena with a punch but Cesaro with Swiss Death for a near fall. Cesaro with another near fall. Swagger tags in and they hit a double suplex and Swagger gets a near fall. Swagger with the double jump Swagger Bomb and he gets a near fall. Sandow tags in and he kicks Sandow. Sandow with a head butt to Cena. Sandow with a punch to Cena.
Cena avoids a punch and he hits a belly-to-back neck breaker and both men are down. Swagger tags in and he stops Cena from making the tag. Swagger with knees in the corner and the referee warns him. Swagger with a running knee in the corner and Cena goes down. Swagger with a front face lock.
Cena with a back body drop but Swagger with the ankle lock. Cena rolls through and Swagger with a clothesline and Cesaro tags in and gets a near fall. Cesaro with an uppercut and Sandow tells Cena to stay down. Cesaro with another European uppercut for a near fall. Cena avoids a European uppercut and he hits a rana and both men are down.
Sandow tags in and Cesaro holds the leg so Cena could not get to his corner. Sandow slams the injured arm to the mat and then he drops a leg on the arm and Sandow gets a near fall. Sandow with a key lock. Cena gets Sandow on his shoulders but Sandow escapes and he hits Edgecution for a near fall.
Sandow with a clothesline. Cena with a back breaker power bomb and both men are down. Goldust and Cesaro tag in and Goldust with clotheslines. Goldust with the drop down uppercut followed by a reverse atomic drop and a kick to the head. Goldust with punches in the corner but Swagger stops him. Cesaro with an Irish whip but Goldust with an elbow and Goldust with a cross body for a near fall.
Cody with a springboard drop kick to Sandow. Cody with Beautiful Disaster on Swagger and Cena with an Attitude Adjustment. Cesaro with a Giant Swing on Goldust. Goldust falls to the floor andCesaro brings him back in. Cesaro pushes Cena and Cena sidesteps Cesaro and Cesaro takes out Colter.
Goldust with a bulldog to Cesaro but Sandow breaks it up. Cody with a moonsault to Sandow. Cena with a cross body to Cesaro and Goldust with the Final Cut for the three count.
Winners: John Cena, Goldust, and Cody Rhodes
In case you missed it earlier, we get Big Show versus WWE, by the exhibits.
Big Show is in the back and the Prime Time Players, R Truth, and Zack Ryder greet him and they are in shock.
Triple H is in his office and Vickie enters. She tells Hunter that ‘HE’ is here. Hunter wants to know who ‘HE’ and she tells him it is the Big Show.
Hunter tells Stephanie that Vickie let Big Show in the building, but Stephanie says that she let him in because the Board demanded it.
Stephanie says that they don’t want to take any risks with the lawsuit. Stephanie says that this is not about ‘US’, it is about the WWE. They cannot afford to take any risks. Stephanie says that Hunter never had any problem taking McMahon family money. This is bigger than them. Stephanie says that they are demanding that it be settled. No lawyers, just them and Big Show.
Match Number Seven: Dolph Ziggler versus Curtis Axel in a Non Title Match
They lock up and Axel with a hammer lock. Ziggler with a reversal. Axel with an elbow and punch and side head lock followed by a shoulder tackle. Axel with a hurdle leap frog but Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. Ziggler leaps to the turnbuckles but Axel moves and Axel pulls Ziggler to the mat. Axel with forearms to Ziggler.
Axel with a rake of the eyes. Axel with a drop kick for a near fall. Axel with a rear chin lock into a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a jawbreaker to escape the hold. Axel misses a charge into the corner and Ziggler moves. Axel hits the ring post with his shoulder. Ziggler with a Stinger Splash and punches.
Ziggler with a neck breaker and then Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop and he gets a near fall. Axel misses a clothesline but he connects with a lariat to the back of the head and Curtis gets a near fall. Axel sets for a power bomb but Ziggler with punches and he counters with a sunset flip into a Fameasser for a near fall.
Axel pushes Ziggler away on a sleeper attempt. Axel with a kick but Ziggler with a Zig Zag for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
We go back to footage of the Wyatt Family attack on CM Punk . . . until Daniel Bryan made his way to the ring with a chair.
Daniel Bryan walks in the back and Renee asks Daniel about his decision to show up tonight. Daniel says that it is often not best to walk into the mouth of madness, but he saw an opportunity for payback and he took it. It looks like there is someone else who has an issue with the Wyatt Family.
We are back and Hunter and Stephanie talk about settling thing. Vickie enters the office and says that Big Show is willing to meet with them, but not in their office.
Stephanie tells Vickie to tell Big Show to be a man. Vickie says that Big Show wants to meet them in the ring.
Match Number Eight:Jimmy and Jey Uso versus Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre (with Jinder Mahal)
Jimmy and Drew start things off and he punches Drew but Drew with a drop kick for a near fall. Slater tags in and they hit a double slingshot suplex for a near fall. Slater with an Irish whip and he tags Drew back in. Drew chokes Jimmy and he applies an arm bar. Jimmy with a chop but Drew with a Flapjack for a near fall.
Drew kicks and slaps Jimmy. Drew with more slaps and he tags in Slater. Drew misses a boot and Jimmy with a super kick. Slater with a kick and Slater knocks Jey off the apron. Slater goes up top but he is met with a super kick. Jey tags in and hits the superfly splash for the three count.
Winners: Jimmy and Jey Uso
Renee Young is with Los Matadores. She asks them about their impact and we see some of their highlights. El Torito enters and Fernando says that El Torito is horny and Diego says that he may horn her in the knees.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Raw Rebound of Kane pledging his allegiance to Stephanie McMahon.
Match Number Nine: Eva Marie, Brie Bella, and Nikki Bella versus Tamina Snuka, Aksana, and AJ Lee
Nikki and Tamina start things off and Tamina backs Nikki into the turnbuckles. Nikki tries for a crucifix bomb but Tamina holds on and hits a Samoan drop for a near fall. Aksana tags in and she kicks Nikki before tagging in AJ. AJ with a front face lock into a guillotine choke. Nikki escapes and sends AJ to the mat. Tamina tags in and she stops Nikki from making the tag.
Tamina with a leaping head butt. Nikki with a forearm from the apron followed by a shoulder and a sunset flip for a near fall. Nikki sends Tamina into the ropes and Brie tags in and takes care of AJ.Tamina hits Aksana on the apron. Brie with a clothesline and drop kick followed by a missile drop kick for a near fall.
Tamina with an elbow and then she knocks Eva Marie off the apron. Tamina goes up top for the superfly splash but Brie moves. Eva Marie tags in and she gets a rollup for the three count.
Winners: Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, and Eva Marie
Triple H and Stephanie are walking rapidly in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and on Smackdown, Luke Harper will face Daniel Bryan.
Triple H and Stephanie make their way to the ring and Hunter is not excited as he tells Big Show to come to the ring since he is wasting everyone’s time. Stephanie wants him to come out as well.
Big Show makes his way to the ring and he has Suited Up and is not ready to wrestle.
Stephanie tells Big Show that they have agreed to settle. She asks Big Show what he wants.
Show says that he wants a broom for Stephanie to hop on to get back to Connecticut.
Hunter tells Show if he wants to exchange sophomoric barbs, he can trade them with the best of them. He wants to know how many zeros have to be on the check so Big Show can sell his dignity again.
Show says that it is not about money. He says that it is about being the best at something. It is about performing in front of the people. He wants his job back.
Hunter tells Show that he can take his job and . . .
Stephanie cuts off Hunter and then she asks Show if he wants his job back.
Stephanie gives Big Show his job back.
Show says that it feels good to have his job back . . . but there is one other thing he wants. Show says that to make the World’s Largest Lawsuit go away, he deserves the World’s Largest Bonus. Show reminds Hunter it is not about the money. He wants something he never had before. He has been here for 18 years. He wants to be ‘The Face of the WWE’.
Stephanie asks Show if he has looked in the mirror before.
The Shield’s music plays and they make their way to the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and The Shield are at ringside and Triple H is a bit cockier. He says that Show was asking for something.
Show says that what he wants and deserves and what Hunter is going to give him is a WWE Title Match at Survivor Series against Randy Orton.
Hunter tells Show that he got his job back and he is lucky for it. He tells Show to leave before Hunter leaves him in a pool of his own blood.
Show asks Hunter if he is sure and Hunter says that he is damn sure.
Show says that Hunter runs a tough bargain and he knows why Hunter is a good negotiator and in the morning, he will have his attorney contact the board and he will own all of them.
Hunter tells Show to wait. Hunter tells Show he has his match at Survivor Series.
Show says that he couldn’t hear Hunter that well and he makes his way back to the ring and he wants to make sure he heard Hunter clearly. Hunter says that Show has his match.
Show wants Hunter to say it one more time and say it loud and proud.
Hunter tells Show that he has his job back and he has a WWE Championship match at Survivor Series against Randy Orton.
Show tells Hunter that wasn’t too hard and he asks Hunter to shake on it.
Hunter tells Show that since he works for him again that it is only fair that Show compete in this ring tonight. Show will be in a handicap match against some of Hunter’s friends. It isn’t just The Shield, it will also be the man who will beat him at Survivor Series . . . Randy Orton.
Match Number Ten: Big Show versus Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Randy Orton
All four men surround Big Show and Show backs Ambrose into the corner and he fights off all four men. Show with punches to Orton but Reigns with a spear to Show. Rollins and Ambrose remove Show’s shirt and Orton kneels over Show and he tells The Shield to pick Show up. Show fights offThe Shield and he choke slams Reigns. Rollins and Ambrose attack Show from behind. They try for a double suplex but Show with a double suplex of his own.
Kane’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring and the Big Red Monster has gone corporate.
Orton tries for an RKO but Show grabs Orton by the throat. Ambrose gets Show to release the hold and Rollins with a knee from the turnbuckles and Show is down. Orton wants Show to get up and Orton with an RKO and Orton calls for chairs. They hit Show with chairs and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Big Show (by disqualification)
They hit Show with chairs and then they pull Show to the floor and Reigns hits Show in the head with the ring steps. They get Show up for the Cerberus Bomb through the table.
Hunter rolls Show over and Orton stands over Show as we go to credits.