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2/7 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: LARRY ZBYSZKO WINS AWA WORLD TITLE

By Mike Johnson on 2013-02-07 08:00:00

February 7th

On this day in history in ....

1925 - Hans Schmidt is born in Joliette, Quebec.

1939 - Dick Raines defeats Dean Detton for the Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1948 - Tiger Chung Lee is born in Seoul, South Korea.

1950 - Leroy McGuirk is in a car accident in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bob Clay, at the time being trained by McGuirk, was driving to a restaurant with McGuirk riding along. Trying to keep from hitting another vehicle, Clay slammed on the brakes, causing McGuirk to hit the windshield, shattering his glasses. McGuirk had already lost sight in one eye when he was young, and the glasses breaking caused him to lose the sight in the other. McGuirk's 16-year career was ended. His NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title was vacated as a result, opening the door for another of McGuirk's trainees, Danny Hodge, to take the reins as the leader in junior heavyweight wrestling years later. Hodge would win the title eight times from 1960 to 1976.

1953 - Enrique Torres ends Ray Eckert's fourth reign as San Francisco's NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Champion in Fresno, California. This began his second reign.

1955 - Johnny Barend and Bill Melby defeat The Great Bolo and Tom Rice in Hollywood, California to win the NWA International Television Tag Team Title.

1956 - Pepper Gomez and Luigi Macera defeat Duke Keomuka and Tiny Mills in Dallas, Texas for the NWA Texas Tag Team Title.

1957 - The Great Bolo defeats Dory Funk to win the Amarillo NWA North American Heavyweight Title.

1963 - Maple Leaf Wrestling held an event at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario. The results:
- Jim Hady defeated Buddy Austin.
- John Paul Henning defeated Stan Stasiak.
- Billy Red Lyons and Hans Schmidt fought to a 15-minute time limit draw.
- The Beast defeated Fred Atkins.
- NWA Toronto United States Heavyweight and International Tag Team Champion Johnny Valentine defeated Sam Steamboat.
- Gorilla Monsoon and Bruno Sammartino defeated Bulldog Brower and Taro Sukura.
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz defeated WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Buddy Rogers in a Best-of-Three Falls match, 2-1, to retain his title. This was the rematch of their previous meeting in Toronto two weeks earlier, which saw Thesz defeat Rogers in one fall. Dispute over the result of that match resulted in the creation of the World Wide Wrestling Federation, now known of course, as WWE.

1969 - El Mongol wins his fifth NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia, defeating Dale Lewis.

1969 - Bob Ellis ends Skull Murphy's third IWA (WCW Australia) World Heavyweight Title reign in Sydney, Australia.

1969 - Pepper Gomez and Black Gordman defeat Paul Jones and Nelson Royal for the NWA Americas Tag Team Title in Los Angeles, California.

1970 - Johnny Barend ends Pedro Morales' second NWA Hawaii North American Heavyweight Title reign.

1972 - Bob Brown defeats Mark Lewin for the Vancouver NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in Vancouver, British Columbia. This began Brown's third reign and ended Lewin's second.

1973 - Championship Wrestling from Florida held an event at the Auditorium in Miami Beach, Florida. The results were:
- Edmund Francis defeated Gordon Nelson.
- Jimmy Snuka defeated Benito Castro.
- Bulldog Brower fought Sam Steamboat to a draw.
- Roberto Soto and Kevin Sullivan defeated Ron Ritchie and Wolfman Smith.
- Frankie Hester and L.D. Lewis besiegt Blackjack Slade and Dick Slater.
- NWA Florida Tag Team Champions Big Bad John and Tim Woods defeated NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Champion Buddy Colt and Chris Markoff to retain the title.
- WWWF Heavyweight Champion Pedro Morales defeated Hans Schmidt to retain the title.
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Dory Funk, Jr. defeated Mark Lewin to retain the title.

1973 - Dutch Savage wins his fourth NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title and ends Bull Ramos' second reign in Medford, Oregon.

1974 - The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy and Johnny) defeat Dick the Bruiser and Bruno Sammartino to win their second WWA World Tag Team Title in Indianapolis, Indiana. This was a rematch from January 25.

1975 - Jerry Oates defeats Terry Martin for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in St. Joseph, Missouri.

1976 - Mr. Fuji defeats Pat Patterson to win the San Francisco NWA United States Heavyweight Title in San Francisco, California, ending Patterson's fifth reign.

1977 - The WWWF held an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The results:
- Mil Máscaras defeated Doug Gilbert.
- Larry Zbyszko defeated Executioner #1 (Killer Kowalski).
- WWWF Tag Team Champions Billy White Wolf and Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Tor Kamata and Nikolai Volkoff to retain the title.
- Carlos Rocha defeated Frank Monroe.
- Stan Stasiak defeated Manuel Soto.
- José Gonzales defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna by disqualification.
- Johnny Rodz and Pete Sanchez fought to a draw.
- WWWF Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino fought Ken Patera to a draw in a Texas Death match to retain the title.

1977 - Porkchop Cash and Gorgeous George, Jr. defeat Bill Dundee and Ricky Gibson in Memphis, Tennessee for the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title.

1978 - Américo Rocca defeats Kung Fu in Mexico City, Mexico to win the Mexican National Welterweight Title.

1979 - Ringo Mendoza defeats Tony Salazar for the NWA World Middleweight Title in Acapulco, Mexico, to begin his fourth reign.

1981 - The WWF held an event at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The results were:
- Joe Crugnale defeated Pete Doherty.
- Manuel Soto defeated Mike Striker.
- Angelo Gomez defeated Fred Marzino.
- Stan Hansen and Bruno Sammartino fought to a double-disqualification.
- Dominic DeNucci defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Pedro Morales defeated Larry Zbyszko to retain the title.
- Steve King defeated The Black Demon.
- Rick McGraw defeated José Estrada.

1981 - Mr. Fuji and Tenryu defeat Dewey Robertson and George Wells in Greensboro, North Carolina to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title.

1982 - Dutch Mantel defeats Jerry Lawler for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1983 - The Sheepherders (Jonathan Boyd and Luke Williams) defeat The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) to win the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Louisville, Kentucky. Keirn and Lane had just been awarded the title the previous day in Memphis, Tennessee after Williams had missed some scheduled defenses. This began the Sheepherders' second reign and ended the Fabulous Ones' third.

1984 - The Dynamite Kid defeats The Cobra (George Takano) in the finals of a month-long eight-man round-robin tournament to win the vacant WWF Junior Heavyweight Title.

1984 - Wayne Ferris wins a tournament final in Mobile, Alabama for the vacant NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title.

1986 - Leo Burke and Ron Ritchie defeat Wayne Ferris and Ron Starr in Calgary, Alberta to win the Stampede International Tag Team Title. Ferris and Starr took off with the belts, causing the title to immediately be held up.

1987 - Bill Watts' UWF held an eight-team tournament in Fort Worth, Texas to fill the UWF World Tag Team Title vacancy left by Jim Duggan and Terry Taylor. Duggan lost a Loser Leaves Town match to One Man Gang on January 23, which was actually Duggan's out from the UWF to move on to the WWF. The results were:
Quarterfinals:
- Rick Steiner and Sting defeated Chavo Guerrero and The Missing Link.
- Sam Houston and Terry Taylor defeated The Angel of Death and Terry Gordy.
- Ted DiBiase and Steve Williams defeated Eli the Eliminator and Bill Irwin.
- Chris Adams and Iceman Parsons defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts).
Semifinals:
- Rick Steiner and Sting defeated Sam Houston and Terry Taylor.
- Chris Adams and Iceman Parsons defeated Ted DiBiase and Steve Williams. After the match, Adams and Parsons split up and a coin toss was held to determine who would go to the final match with a new partner. Adams won the toss and chose Terry Taylor as his partner.
Final:
- Chris Adams and Terry Taylor defeated Rick Steiner and Sting to win the vacant UWF World Tag Team Title.

1988 - Sátanico wins his third Mexican National Middleweight Title, defeating Mogur in Mexico City, Mexico.

1989 - The AWA held an event at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The results:
- The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom) defeated The Top Guns (Derrick Dukes and Ricky Rice).
- Ken Patera and Tom Zenk defeated AWA World Tag Team Champions Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka (with Diamond Dallas Page)) by disqualification. Badd Company retained the title.
- Wahoo McDaniel and Tom Zenk defeated Manny Fernandez and Larry Zbyszko.
- Larry Zbyszko won a battle royal to win the vacant AWA World Heavyweight Title. The title was left vacant after the AWA stripped Jerry Lawler of the title after the AWA and Continental Wrestling Association (the name of Memphis Wrestling's promotion at the time) ended their working relationship.

1990 - The Marine Wolves (Akira Hokuto and Suzuka Minami) defeat Grizzly Iwamoto and Aja Kong for their second WWWA World Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan.

1991 - Kim Duk defeats El Bronco to win the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title in Humacao, Puerto Rico, beginning his second reign.

1991 - Charlie Norris defeats Terminator Rigs in Minneapolis, Minnesota to win the Pro Wrestling America Heavyweight Title. This began Norris' second reign.

1991 - El Signo defeats Gran Hamada for the UWA World Light Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico, ending Hamada's second reign.

1992 - Money, Inc. (Ted DiBiase and Irwin R. Schyster) defeat The Legion of Doom (Animal and Hawk) for the WWF Tag Team Title in Denver, Colorado. The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) proved that it was not smart to make them angry, as they cost LOD the title. Typhoon hit Hawk with a chair as Hawk was set up to deliver the Doomsday Device on DiBiase, knocking him from the top rope, and I.R.S. knocked Animal from the ring as well. All this happened while Sensational Sherri distracted the referee, allowing DiBiase to get the pin on the downed Hawk. The Disasters beat The Big Boss Man and Tito Santana earlier on in the show, and were originally scheduled to face LOD for the title, but the matches were switched by WWF President Jack Tunney. Tunney claimed The Natural Disasters had had enough unsuccessful attempts at winning the title.

1992 - Steve Doll defeats Ron Harris to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title in Eugene, Oregon, beginning his third reign.

1994 - The 51st edition of the WWF's "Monday Night Raw", taped the previous Monday at the Fernwood Resort in Bushkill, Pennsylvania, airs on USA. Commentary was handled by the odd pairing of Vince McMahon and Bastion Booger. The results were:
- The Smoking Gunns (Bart and Billy) defeated Barry Horowitz and Reno Riggins, when Riggins was pinned.
- Owen Hart defeated John Paul by submission with the Sharpshooter.
- Irwin R. Schyster pinned Marty Jannetty after Johnny Polo tripped Jannetty while the referee was distracted.
- Sparky Plugg pinned Duane Gill after a kneedrop from the top rope.
- Crush pinned Todd Mata after a legdrop.

1994 - Two USWA titles change hands at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee, both involving the Gilbert brothers. Doug Gilbert defeats Brian Christopher in a Title vs. Hair match to keep his hair and end Christopher's ninth USWA Heavyweight Title reign, and Jerry Lawler takes the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title from Doug's older brother, Eddie Gilbert. This ended Gilbert's third reign and began Lawler's 18th.

1994 - The SMW Television Title changes hands twice at a television taping in Jellico, Tennessee. The Hornet defeats Robbie Eagle and Killer Kyle defeats The Hornet.

1996 - Karloff Lagarde, Jr. defeats El Pantera for the UWF Super Welterweight Title, ending Pantera's second reign.

1997 - The Ultimate Fighting Championship held "UFC 12: Judgement Day" before 3,100 fans at the Civic Center in Dothan, Alabama. UFC 12 featured four-man lightweight and heavyweight tournaments. The results:
Alternate bouts:
- Lightweight: Nick Sanzo defeated Jackie Lee by TKO (strikes) at 0:48.
- Heavyweight: Justin Martin defeated Eric Martin by submission (heel hook) at 0:14.
Lightweight semifinals:
- Jerry Bohlander defeated Rainy Martinez by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:18.
- Yoshiki Takahashi defeated Wallid Ismail by unanimous decision after 15:00. Takahashi was unable to continue in the tournament due to a broken hand.
Heavyweight semifinals:
- Scott Ferrozzo defeated Jim Mullen by TKO (strikes) at 8:02.
- Vitor Belfort defeated Tra Telligman by TKO (cut) at 1:17.
Lightweight final:
- Jerry Bohlander defeated Nick Sanzo by submission (choke) at 0:39. Sanzo replaced Yoshiki Takahashi, who broke his hand in his earlier fight with Wallid Ismail.
Heavyweight final:
- Vitor Belfort defeated Scott Ferrozzo by TKO (strikes) at 0:43.
Non-tournament:
- Mark Coleman defeated Dan Severn by submission (choke) at 2:57 to become the first UFC Heavyweight Champion.

1998 - Jushin Liger defeats Shinjiro Otani in Sapporo, Japan to win his ninth IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title.

1998 - C.W. and Pat Anderson defeat Big Slam and Slash Walker in Fayetteville, North Carolina for the NWA 2000 Tag Team Title.

1998 - The Misfits (Derek Domino and Harley Lewis) defeat Twiggy Ramirez and Devon Storm for the vacant NWA United States Tag Team Title in Somerdale, New Jersey, beginning the Misfits' second reign.

1998 - Bull Pain ends Chip Fairway's second IWA Mid-South Television Title reign in New Albany, Indiana.

1998 - Mr. Main Event defeats champion Brian Ireland and Jimi V in a three-way match in Lima, Ohio for the Global Wrestling Alliance Light Heavyweight Title.

1999 - Toryumon Japan held a tournament for the NWA World Middleweight Title, left vacant by Ultimo Dragon due to an arm injury, and subsequent botched surgery for said injury. Dragon had held the tournament since winning it in November 1994 from Corazón de León (Chris Jericho). The results:
First round:
- Magnum TOKYO defeated Judo SUWA.
- Gran Naniwa defeated The Great Sasuke.
- Shiima Nobunga defeated Sasuke the Great. Nobunaga was injured in this match and was unable to continue.
Final:
- Magnum TOKYO defeated Gran Naniwa to win the NWA World Middleweight Title.

1999 - The Ghetto Mafia (2-Dope and Sydeswype) defeat champions Earl the Pearl & Stevie Richards and Joey Matthews & Quinn Nash in a three-way match in Dundalk, Maryland to win the Maryland Championship Wrestling Tag Team Title.

2000 - "RAW is WAR" nearly triples "Monday Nitro"'s in this week of the Monday Night War, 6.5 to 2.7 in the ratings.

WCW was live from Tulsa, Oklahoma at the Convention Center. The results:
- Norman Smiley defeated Evan Karagias (with Shane Helms and Shannon Moore).
- The Wall defeated Booker T (with Midnight).
- Tank Abbott defeated The Barbarian in a Shootfight Rules match.
- David Flair (with Crowbar and Daffney) defeated Terry Funk in an I Quit match.
- Stevie Ray (with Big T and J. Biggs) defeated Disco Inferno (with Big Vito and Johnny The Bull).
- Bam Bam Bigelow defeated WCW Hardcore Champion Brian Knobbs to win the title.
- Billy Kidman (with Torrie Wilson) defeated The Demon.
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sid Vicious defeated Scott Hall to retain the title.

The WWF was live just one state and 258 miles south at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. The results were:
- WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) defeated Edge and Christian to retain the title, when Road Dogg pinned Christian after the Dudley Boyz interfered. Angle gave Mae an Olympic Slam after the match.
- Kurt Angle defeated Mark Henry by disqualification when Mae Young interfered.
- Crash and Hardcore Holly defeated The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq) in a Hardcore match after Viscera interfered.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho defeated Viscera by disqualification to retain the title after Crash and Hardcore Holly interfered. The Acolytes made the save.
- WWF Women's Champion Jacqueline pinned Luna (with Gangrel) with a German suplex to retain the title. Gangrel gave Jacqueline an Impaler DDT after the match.
- The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) defeated D-Lo Brown and The Godfather when D-Von pinned D-Lo after the 3D.
- The Radicalz (Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn (with Eddie Guerrero)), WWF Champion Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) and X-Pac (with Tori) defeated Cactus Jack, Rikishi, The Rock and Too Cool (Grandmaster Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty), when Benoit pinned Grandmaster Sexay after a diving headbutt following a Pedigree from Triple H. The New Age Outlaws came to the ring and joined the victors in attacking their opponents. The save was made by the returning Kane, who hadn't been seen since finding out Tori had left him for X-Pac two weeks earlier on "SmackDown!".

2001 - WCW's 149th episode of "Thunder" gets a 1.95 rating on TBS. The show was taped two days earlier at the Civic Auditorium in Tupelo, Mississippi. The results were:
- Kaz Hayashi defeated Shane Helms.
- Sean O'Haire defeated Norman Smiley.
- Ernest Miller (with Ms. Jones) defeated Elix Skipper.
- Brian Adams defeated Lex Luger.
- Rey Misterio, Jr. defeated The Wall (with Chavo Guerrero, Jr.).
- Kwee Wee defeated Johnny Dotson.
- Konnan defeated Mike Sanders.
- The Insiders (Kevin Nash and Diamond Dallas Page) defeated Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner.

2001 - Blaze wins his second IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title, defeating Cash Flo in Charlestown, Indiana.

2003 - IWA Mid-South held "When Hero Met Punk" at the IWA Arena in Clarksville, Indiana. The results:
- Simon Sezz defeated Shark Boy to earn an IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title shot later in the show.
- Mitch Page defeated Jimmy Jacobs.
- Steve Stone defeated Alex Shelley.
- JC Bailey defeated Adam Gooch.
- Danny Daniels defeated Drake Younger.
- Michael Todd Stratton defeated Mark Wolf.
- Michael Todd Stratton defeated KO.
- IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Champion Nate Webb defeated Simon Sezz to retain the title.
- 2 Tuff Tony and Bull Pain defeated Corporal Robinson and Ian Rotten.
- Chris Hero defeated IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion CM Punk in a Two out of Three Falls match, 2-1, to win the title. The first fall was a double pin at the 89-minute mark, before the 90-minute time limit expired. Hero got the deciding fall on Punk in overtime, making the total time 92 minutes and 15 seconds. This began Hero's third reign and ended Punk's fourth.

2004 - CZW held its "5th Anniversary Show" at Viking Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results were:
- Scotty Matthews defeated Jon Dahmer, The Bounty Hunter and DJ Hyde in a four-way match.
- The Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz (EC Negro and KC Blade) defeated All Money is Legal (K-Murda and K-Pusha) and CKNY (Cory Kastle and Niles Young) in a three-way elimination match.
- Mercedes Martinez defeated Sumie Sakai.
- CZW World Tag Team Champions Rebel's Army (Greg Matthews and Rockin' Rebel) fought Nick Berk and Z-Barr to a no-contest.
- CZW Iron Man Champion Jimmy Rave defeated Jimmy Jacobs and Joey Ryan in a three-way match to retain the title.
- CZW World Junior Heavyweight Champion Sonjay Dutt defeated Grim Reefer to retain the title.
- Ruckus and Sabian defeated Chris Cash and Joker.
- B-Boy defeated Excalibur in an Xtreme Strong Style Tournament first-round match.
- The H8 Club (Nick Gage and Nate Hatred) defeated Dan Maff and Homicide.
- New Jack defeated Necro Butcher and Mad Man Pondo in a three-way Fans Bring the Weapons match.

2004 - Masato Tanaka defeats Jerry Lynn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to become the first WORLD-1 Heavyweight Champion.

2004 - José Rivera, Jr. defeats Vengador Boricua in Caguas, Puerto Rico for the vacant WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title, beginning his seventh reign.

2004 - Jimmy Olsen defeats Chip Stetson to win the vacant NWA Upstate Kayfabe Dojo Title in Rochester, New York.

2007 - IWA East Coast held its second-annual "A Need to Bleed" at the Community Center in South Charleston, West Virginia. The results were:
- Zac Vincent defeated Scotty Vortekz.
- Danshoku Dino defeated Aaron Draven.
- The Hane Brothers (Koke and Sam) defeated Six Feet Under (Freak Show and Insane Lane) in a Hardcore match.
- KUDO defeated Chris Hero.
- The Midnight Rider (Ian Rotten) defeated The Juggulator in a Bullrope match.
- IWA East Coast Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lynn defeated Mike Quackenbush to retain the title.
- Drake Younger defeated Fighting Ultimate Crazy Kings Champion Mad Man Pondo in a Lighttube match to win the title.
- The Hane Brothers, The Juggulator and Warpig defeated Baka Gaijin (2 Tuff Tony and Mad Man Pondo), Gypsy Joe and Mickie Knuckles in a Barbed Wire Steel Cage Handcuffs match.

2007 - Mike Kruel defeats Boris Alexiev (Santino Marella) for the OVW Television Title in Louisville, Kentucky.

2008 - Kengo Mashimo and Madoka defeated Omega (KAZMA and Yuji Hino) in Tokyo, Japan to win the Kaientai Dojo Tag League.

2008 - World Wrestling Entertainment issued an advisory announcing that Friday Night Smackdown would not sign a new contract with the CW Network as the two sides had decided to end their working relationship, thus the series would be leave the CW Network at the end of the 2008 broadcast season.

Smackdown initially premiered as a special in 1999 on the fledgling UPN Network before being launched as the first weekly professional wrestling series in decades on broadcast network TV.  The series aired on Thursdays until 2005, when it was moved to Fridays and rechristened Friday Night Smackdown. There was a belief several years ago that the series was going to be dropped by UPN, specifically after public statements by Les Moonves indicating such, but the series was instead moved to Fridays (considered a graveyard night for TV ratings), where it continued to do well.

When UPN and the WB Network merged, Smackdown became one of the series that made the jump to the new network and continued to do good ratings, particulatly among the Hispanic demographic, where it was routinely one of the top weekly series thanks to the star power of Rey Mysterio and the late Eddie Guerrero.

With the agreement from both sides that contractual negotiations have ended, WWE will begin the process of pursuing a new network, whether that be broadcast or cable, for the series.

WWE SmackDown Leaves CW

STAMFORD, Conn., February 7, 2008 - The following statement was issued today by World Wrestling Entertainment

After a successful decade of "SmackDown" on both UPN and The CW, World Wrestling Entertainment and The CW have agreed to conclude our partnership. Since The CW's exclusive negotiation period ran out as of last Thursday, January 31, we have been contacted and have been in negotiations with other networks. "WWE SmackDown" will continue to air on The CW until the conclusion of the 2007-08 broadcast season. We are grateful to Les Moonves, Dawn Ostroff, and their entire organization for bringing "WWE SmackDown" to millions of viewers for so many years.

2009 - Chris Jericho was involved in an incident with fans while attempting to leave a WWE event in British Columbia.

A Youtube video that popped up online featured the following description: "After Jericho drove out of the parking lot, a fan ran up to his SUV, starting knocking on the window and fingering him while yelling. Jericho opened the door and had the fan kick it shut. This is when I started recording.  The first little bit shows pretty much nothing, but it's there. According to other bystanders, this fan had been verbally harassing Jericho prior to the show. It's a shame that one fan had to ruin it for everyone, I hope he is found and charged. "

Matt sent this account of the incident as well:

This afternoon after the WWE house show in Victoria, my girlfriend and I went to see the wrestlers leave the arena (this was my girlfriend's first WWE event and she wanted to see them leave).  The following is exactly what happened right in front of me and about another 50 wrestling fans who happened to be there are well:

Chris Jericho exited the building, and walked over to his white rental vehicle.  The crowd watching him leave was heckling him, but he was ignoring it.  He gets in his vehicle and drives out of the arena parking lot, right past the crowd of us.  As Jericho stops at a stop sign, a fan runs into the street and starts banging on his rental vehicle.  At this point about 50 people rush into the middle of the intersection, blocking traffic in several directions, with no police and very inadequate and incompetent security (no WWE security guards period).  My girlfriend and I were literally in the very front of the crowd, and this all went down literally five feet away from us.

Chris Jericho opens the door to his vehicle in the middle of the road, and the fan shuts the door back on him.  Jericho then gets out of the vehicle completely, and punches the fan in the face!  This prompts another fan to jump in (he was friends with the first) and attack Jericho, and Jericho scuffles with the second guy.  At this point, a woman who knows the second guy who attacked Jericho starts to jump in and get in Jericho's face (because he was fighting her friend).

This is where the Save on Foods Rent-A-Security Guards stopped standing around watching this happen (I swear they thought they were watching a wrestling angle or something), and stepped in to separate Jericho and the woman, who was shoving him.  Looking at Jericho's face he was obviously ready to explode and was restraining himself...but then the sh**storm happened...

He spit in the girl's face, and curses at her.  The woman then spit in Jericho's face.  Jericho then started cursing out the woman some more, and was getting ready to go back into his vehicle (as all of this is still happening in the middle of the road).  While he was turning to go into his vehicle, one of the guys he was fighting shoved Jericho against his car.  Another guy then shoved Jericho, and that time he bumped his head on the top of his vehicle.  This was where Jericho seriously snapped.

After bumping his head, Jericho went into a sh**storm, throwing and swinging at everybody around him.  He knocked one guy to the ground, told another fan that he was going to "f**king kill you".  The woman who got spit on was still yelling at Jericho, so he pie faced her away from him (because the arena security couldn't keep them separated).  As soon as he put his hands on the woman, ANOTHER fan jumps in and starts swinging at Jericho.  Jericho grabs the guy and starts throwing him to the ground, and at this point I have to yank my girlfriend out of the way and into some other people because Jericho had literally thrown himself and the other guy into our direction and we would of been knocked down by the scuffle.

The arena security try again at this point to regain order, and two of them grab Jericho and start yelling at him to calm down, to which Jericho responds by taking a swing at one of the security guards and yelling at them to "do your f***ing job and get the f***ing police here".  Then he shoves the second guard to the ground and tells him to "stay the f** off me".

Well, as that happens, the chick lunges at Jericho AGAIN, and this time Jericho actually punches the woman in the face, and shoves her to the ground.  This stunned everyone, and the girl's friends ended up jumping in trying to fight Jericho, to which he fought all of them off, then storms into his vehicle swearing and speeds off, running through a stop sign in the process.

This whole thing happened over the span of about 5 minutes (of the street being blocked by this ordeal), and the woman ended up calling the cops on Jericho.  They arrived 5 minutes after Jericho left, complete with a Paddy Wagon.  The WWE's head of security did not see the incident, so he was there trying to figure out what happened along with the cops at the same time while yapping on his cell phone, and the woman is pressing charges against Jericho.  As crazy and unbelievable this sounds, it can all be backed up with whatever police report was filed on the scene this afternoon.

I hope this made sense, as a lot of stuff happened.  If you have any questions or need clarification, just ask.  This was taped by several people with cell phone cameras, but there were only 50 people down there so I hope the video makes it way to the internet.  Regardless, this went down as one of the craziest things I have ever seen in my life.

WWE issued the following statement regarding the event:

"After leaving a live event in Victoria, British Columbia on Saturday evening, Chris Jericho's car was attacked by a mob when he was stopped at a stop sign. Unable to proceed, Chris Jericho exited his car to ask the crowd to clear a path so he could continue through the intersection. A man and a woman physically and verbally assaulted Mr. Jericho. Arena and WWE security arrived to establish enough order to allow Mr. Jericho to re-enter his vehicle and depart. The local police arrived minutes later. Mr. Jericho was unharmed in the incident. The WWE is working with local authorities who are investigating the incident to identify the man and woman who fled the scene."

2009 - Oh yeah, there was a show, too!  Matt sent the following live report from the aforementioned event in British Columbia:

WWE Raw/ECW in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Save on Foods Memorial Centre
Saturday, February 7th, 2009

I attended the WWE house show in Victoria, British Columbia this afternoon with my girlfriend.  It was the worst live event I have been to of all time.  I paid $120 Canadian for two tickets in the lower bowl, and the show was not even 2 hours long, with no intermission and 10 minutes of kids dancing in the ring with Finlay and Hornswoggle.  I seriously feel ripped off by this event and will never go to another WWE house show again; and I will advise my friends the same thing as well.  Here are the results of the show, even though what happened after the show is much more important and I will get to that in a separate e-mail:

1. Intercontinental Title Match: CM Punk (c) defeated William Regal.  This match literally consisted of stalling, a few armbars, restholds, and the GTS by Punk for the win.  I was disappointed considering how I know how good of wrestlers these two are.  This really bugged me because this match represented a running theme throughout the afternoon, where it appeared that a lot of the wrestlers weren't really giving it their all in their matches because it's a matinee show.  I think that is unfortunate, because ticket prices are no cheaper on matinees than they are on normal live events, and yes they have the cheap $20 seats, but any of the good seats are costing you $40-$50 per seat, so that's still a hefty chunk of change.  I wish CM Punk and William Regal (among others) had of kept that in mind during their half-assed matches, and I'm sorry to pick on Punk and Regal but their match had to be disappointment of the night.

2. World Tag Team Titles Match: John Morisson and The Miz (c) defeated Goldust and Haas Hogan.  This match was good for some laughs.  The crowd was really dead for most of the night, but this match got some laughs out of the Hogan spots.  Some good heat for Morisson and The Miz at some times though.

3. Mark Henry defeated Tommy Dreamer.  Dreamer actually got a pop out of the crowd, but not a very memorable match.

4. Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston defeated Kane and Mike Knox.  Best match of the night, all four of them are pros and looked like they were trying to give the crowd a good show, as opposed to other wrestlers who appeared to just want to make their matinee appearances and get the hell out of the town (see CM Punk and William Regal).

At this point, I assumed there would be an intermission, and headed to the concession stand.  I was wrong, as Finlay with Hornswoggle came to the ring for the ECW Title Match with Jack Swagger.  Well I never saw it myself because I wanted French fries (shows how much I care about ECW these days); but I don't think there was even a match...Finlay's music played again and they started dancing with kids.  This literally went on for 10 minutes.

5. Beth Phoenix (w/Santino Marella) defeated Kelly Kelly.  My girlfriend and I are Glamorella fans, so this was one we were looking forward to.  Santino cut a promo before the match talking about how he loves Tim Hortons, and that he loves the double doubles.  The crowd were into Marella.  Beth eventually kicked her ass and won.

6. World Heavyweight Title Match: John Cena (c) defeated Randy Orton and Chris Jericho.  This was an entertaining match.  Jericho cut a heel promo about not really being Canadian before the match to get boos.  When Cena entered the ring, he threw his shirt to this kid with an afro in the wrong row.  Orton started to mouth off the guy and then throughout the entire match, Orton would mouth off the guy...it was pretty funny.  Cena even rolled Orton up into a schoolboy while Orton was mouthing him off.  It was a good match.

Notes:  The entire show was 1 hour and 45 minutes, including 10 minutes of Finlay dancing with kids; and a match that included armbars and restholds.  I felt ripped off by the effort given by some of the wrestlers on the show, but I haven't even got to the most messed up part of my WWE experience.  After the show, Kelly Kelly signed autographs with the fans before leaving, and she was the only one who did that so kudos to her.  John Morrison and The Miz were in character as they were leaving, mouthing off bystanders as they left.


2010 - Ron Simmons competed in his retirement match.  Larry Goodman filed the following live report:

Purks International Championship Wrestling continued their phenomenally successful run in Cedartown Saturday night with a show featuring Ron Simmons’ official retirement match, as well as appearances by Awesome Kong and Christy Hemme.

Attendance at the Purks Building was 900-1000. It was the fourth consecutive month Purks has drawn crowds in that range, numbers unheard of during the 12 years I’ve been covering indie wrestling in Georgia. Not coincidentally, the current run started with the decision to bring in major stars for each show - Scott Steiner, Steiner Brothers and Diamond Dallas Page consecutively. They may have had more in the building in December for Steiner Brothers, but there were few tickets given away for last night, so it was their best paid crowd thus far.

Similar to my Purks experience in December, it was a very entertaining show with a super responsive crowd. One that doesn't care all that much about the quality of the wrestling. The Cedartown fans turn out to see stars and to see them up close and personal. They want a good story. Purks wrestling delivers the goods.

Booking a monthly show presents its own unique challenges. Purks only books five or six matches. For various reasons, they ended up doing only four this time, leaving little room for fluff or deadening material. No worries. The stories kept things plenty interesting enough. The silver lining in the way the show was structured, was the way it minimized the chances of overexposing things in the ring.

Christy Hemme opened the show with the announcement that A. J. Styles was coming Purks Wrestling on March 6. There must be a hefty percentage of TNA viewers in Cedartown, because they popped huge for it. Hemme then led the crowd in a “TNA” chant.

Hemme was joined by the Purks Heavyweight Champion Bobby Hayes and his evil cronies, Terry Lawler and Alexander the Great. They all got the rub, so to speak, of being in the ring with Hemme. Television does not do her justice, and she comes across as someone with a true passion for pro wrestling. Hemme accused Hayes of having something to do with his scheduled opponent Jimmy Rave not being there. Hayes didn’t deny it and added that he wanted something to do with Hemme. She slapped him. The scene was turning dark and ugly. Air Paris (scheduled to open against Lawler in a singles) came to her rescue, one against three. He got some shots in before the heels beat him down. David Young sprinted (yes, sprinted) to the ring for the save and got a great pop. The heels bailed to ringside. Young said the more things change, the more they stay the same – the same pieces of trash still causing trouble. Young pointed out that he and Paris had both beaten Hayes, and now Hemme was whipping his tail. “I’ve never been so glad to see your ugly, fat head,” Paris said. He knew the odds were against him, but he wasn’t going to allow Hayes and Co. take advantage of a woman. Paris suggested they get a partner and make it a six man for the main event, and they would have Hemme in their corner. Very well done all the way around and a great way to use Hemme.

(1) Shaun Banks defeated Simon Sermon in a falls count anywhere - no DQ – no time limit match (10:40). This was the blow off of a feud that has been building for several months. Match wasn’t announced as falls count anywhere, but that stip became apparent soon enough. Banks skinned the cat and dropkicked Sermon, who dipped to the outside. Banks posted him and covered on the floor. Banks took a wicked looking shot into the post and Sermon got a near fall on the floor. Banks deposited Sermon head first into a giant trash barrel. Made a great visual and the crowd loved it. They brawled through the seating area a bit. Sermon hung Banks over the top rope by his do rag. They took turns bashing each other with a plastic Coke bottle. Sermon resorted to a low blow. Sermon used a chair to do a number on Banks, including an atomic drop on the edge of the chair. Sermon busted out an honest to God wrestling move, a Saito suplex. Payback proved to be hell, though, as Banks used a testicular claw to start his comeback. Banks hit two spinkicks and finished Sermon with a beauty of a top rope corkscrew elbow drop. Great stuff. Not what you would normally want in an opening match, but this wasn’t a normal show.

Postmatch, the flamboyant Sermon engaged in some catch as catch can with referee Spanky Emerson.

(2) Awesome Kong pinned Nigel Sherrod in 8:39. Too Tall Shortts was the special referee due to past humiliations suffered at the hands of Sherrod. Sherrod was doing his loud-mouth-sexiest- man-to-hit-Cedartown routine. It’s ridiculous and totally obnoxious and gets incredible heat. Sherrod warned Shortts not to stick his nose in, or risk being sent out on the short bus, cut down even shorter than he already was. Sherrod guaranteed a powerbomb on Kong. The pop for Kong’s entrance was huge. Sherrod gyrated as he stripped off his vest and licked his biceps. And I thought Rhett Titus was disgusting. Kong chopping the bejeezus out of him. Sherrod took a spin bump off Kong's clothesline. Kong squashed Sherrod with a corner freight train splash. Sherrod's shoulder tackles couldn't make a dent. The heat started when Kong charged and Sherrod pulled the ropes down to spill her out. The deal was Shortts doing super slow counts for Sherrod’s pin attempts. It didn’t make sense for Kong to need help against the likes of Nigel. Better Shortts calls it down the middle and acts amused at Sherrod’s predicament. Sherrod tried for a powerbomb. That got nowhere and Kong flattened him with a butt drop. Kong leveled Sherrod with the spinning back fist. Sherrod headed for the dressing room. Shortts bit Sherrod’s butt to send him back to the ring. Sherrod tried to fight off the Awesome Bomb, but it was no use. Kong carried Shortts back the dressing room on her shoulders. Very entertaining.

Long intermission for inring photos with Simmons, Kong and Hemme. It really helps when you can bring in stars as gracious as these people were.

Ring announcer Josh Hayes disclosed that he had received a phone call threatening him with a beatdown if he showed up, but he wasn’t backing down. I have no clue what’s up with that.

John Arden entered the ring with manager Jackie Rosedale. John said brother Adam couldn’t be there to defend the tag team titles because he had a 102 degree fever. Arden said he and his 400 pounds would defend the tag team titles alone. Rosedale insisted on a partner and brought out Sermon. Arden objected. Sermon compared Arden to a dinosaur – big size, small brain. Sermon instructed Arden to do as he was told. Arden continued to resist until he was attacked by Thomas Britain, Sermon’s partner in Exotic Ones. Arden bled, just enough to make the point. Sermon demanded the title belts. Thunder & Lightning came out. Was this a title match? Only time would tell.

(3) Thunder & Lightning (Chris Ganzer & Chris Lightning) beat Exotic Ones (Simon Sermon & Thomas Britain) to win the Purks Tag Team Titles in 11:16. T & L got off to a fast start, using quick tags to keep a fresh man in at all times. Ganzer hit a flying bodypress on Sermon but Britain jumped in to break up the pin. Great cut off spot by Sermon – a jawcracker out of crucifix powerbomb position. Ganzer was the babyface-in-peril. Sermon carried the load, mostly working on Ganzer’s shoulder. Lots of crowd love for T & L here. Off the hot tag, Lightning cleaned house and took Britain over the top with a huracanrana. Emerson got bumped. Arden returned to smoke Simon with a spear. T & L hit a missile dropkick variation of the Hart Attack. Lightning pinned Britain.

Arden presented the belts to Thunder & Lightning. He said they could hold them for now, but he and one of his brothers would get them back.

(4) Bobby Hayes & Terry Lawler & Alexander the Great beat Air Paris & David Young & Ron Simmons (with Christy Hemme) in 19:07. Paris introduced Simmons (wearing a DAMN t-shirt) as the third man for yet another great babyface pop. This Cedartown crowd is amazing. They were psyched. Simmons manhandled Lawler in a test of strength, and none of the heels wanted to mess with him. Comedy ensued with the bad guys accidentally hitting each other when Simmon ducked. A couple of good offensive spots as well – a tandem Russian legsweep by Young and Paris and Paris with a huracanrana to the floor. The heels triple teamed Simmons in their corner, but he fought his way out. Paris moved and Lawler took a flying crotch bump onto the middle turnbuckle. The crowd popped like it was a spot they had never seen before. At 10 minutes in, the heels finally got heat on Young. Crowd got behind him right away. Emerson missed a tag due to distraction, and the crowd went nuts. Young to his knees up on Alexander’s quebrada. Very hot tag to Paris. Match broke down with Simmons going after Hayes on the outside. Inside the ring, Paris DDTed Alexander. Young turned on Paris with a lariat. Young hugged Alexander, but Paris was down and didn’t see it. Young pretended to be sorry before giving Paris the spinebuster. A complete a-hole. Alexander pinned Paris. Simmons had to keep his back turned a very long time for the finish, but it still worked just fine.

Afterwards, Young said he had no problem with Simmons. His problem was with that white trash Paris. Said they weren’t friends, never were friends and never would be friends. Paris apologized to Simmons and the people for letting them down. Simmons said Young was the one that let the people down, and Paris was still a winner in his eyes and in the eyes of the people. “There’s not one word I can give you,” Simmons added.

Paris said there was one word. Everyone knew what was coming, and Simmons did a long, dramatic pause to let it build before giving them the “DAMN!” It got a long and loud pop to close the show. Simmons thanks the fans and said this was officially it for his wrestling career.

NOTES: Simmons did a Q & A immediately after the show. He said he would continue to make wrestling appearances that included physical involvement, like throwing a punch, but there would be no more singles matches...Adam Arden canceled...Jimmy Rave is out of action with a broken nose...Purks is working on in bringing in a huge superstar for either April or May.

2011 - WWE broadcast Raw.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and your announcers are Michael ‘Squiggy’ Cole and Jerry ‘Shirley’ Lawler

We being things with Vince McMahon making his way to the stage. Vince says that now that the Super Bowl is over, there is one thing left. Vince congratulates the people of Milwaukee for the Packers’ win. He is talking about an event that has more grandeur and excitement than the Super Bowl. Vince says that he is talking about Wrestlemania. Vince says that there is always something that separates every Wrestlemania from the others. Vince says that he is going to introduce the man who is the personification of what you have never seen before. He says that nobody has ever hosted a show in front of that many people. There is only one person who can pull that off. We will meet the guest host of Wrestlemania next week.

Randy Orton makes his way to the ring as only Randy Orton can. We see what Randy Orton did to Husky Harris last week before Nexus could make their half-hearted way to the ring to stop Orton and help Harris.

Orton mentions CM Punk. He says that if Punk thinks that they are even after what happened last week, Punk is more delusional than he thought. Orton says that he is only getting started. Randy says that it is going to cost a lot more than Husky Harris. Orton says . . .

Not much more because CM Punk’s music plays and he comes out to the stage.

Punk says that he needs to sit down because he is stymied that he agrees with the Viper on something. He tells Randall that this isn’t over by a long shot. Punk says that Randy is probably wondering why he cost him the title at the Royal Rumble. We go to footage from Unforgiven 2008 when Randy Orton and Legacy cost CM Punk the World Title.

Punk starts to seethe and then he tells Randy that is why he did what he did. He calls Orton cold hearted and callous. He says that Orton does not worry about the repercussions of what he does. Punk reminds Orton that he had to forfeit the title and he has not forgotten that moment. Punk says that it feels like it happened yesterday. He says that he is a patient man and he can wait. Punk says that his actions are defensible and that he is right while Orton is wrong. As long as they are on the same show and Punk is still breathing, Randy Orton will never be the WWE Champion.

Punk says that he is not going to wait until the Elimination Chamber, he is going to eliminate Randy Orton right now.

CM Punk puts down his mic and the rest of Nexus comes out and they walk to the ring.

Orton fights off Otunga but Mason Ryan takes Orton down and then it is a three on one attack while Punk slowly enters the ring.

Orton interrupts Punk’s comments and he takes Punk down but then Nexus regains control. Otunga, McGillicutty, and Ryan tie up Orton in the ropes.

Orton head butts and kicks Punk away so that means it is time for round three of the attack.

Punk wants them to pick up Orton and put him on his shoulders for the Go to Sleep and Orton goes down.

Punk mocks Orton’s push ups into the mat while he kneels over Orton.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the trailer for The Chaperone starring Kevin Corrigan and Triple H.

We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of the brawl between Randy Orton and Nexus.

We are told that the General Messenger set up this match. We get to hear what it said. The members of Nexus will face people in the Elimination Chamber match, including John Cena versus CM Punk.

R Truth comes to the ring and wants to know ‘What’s Up Green Bay’ (but they are in Milwaukee)

Match Number One: Mason Ryan versus R Truth

Truth punches Ryan and Ryan sends Truth to the mat. Truth tries to float over but he can’t get up. Truth with a split and leg lariat to Ryan. Ryan blocks the Lie Detector and Truth appears to have hurt his knee. Ryan slams Truth and sends his leg into the ropes. Ryan with another slam that sends Truth’s leg into the rope. Ryan kicks Truth while Truth struggles to get to his feet. Ryan with another slam into the ropes and the referee checks on Truth.

The match continues and Ryan runs into a boot. Ryan with a clothesline into the corner and then he chokes Truth. Truth pulls himself onto the turnbuckles and he fights Ryan off. Ryan pulls Truth off the turnbuckles and he puts Truth in the Stretch Muffler and Truth taps out.

Winner: Mason Ryan

Ryan refuses to release the hold so the referee reverses the decision.

Ryan wants to bring a chair into the ring but the referee stops him. Ryan decides to injure Truth’s knee without any furniture. Ryan picks Truth up and reapplies the Stretch Muffler.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Did You Know that WWE had a lot of people going to their events.

We see CM Punk in the locker room and he wants to know what Mason Ryan did. He yells at Ryan for not doing the match, but then he tells Mason he did a good job. Punk doesn’t care about wins tonight, he wants them to hurt people. He wants the people injured, but not enough to be replaced in the match.

Punk says that Truth and Orton are weakened now.

Ryan says ‘two down . . . three to go’.

Otunga wonders if they want him to take care of Sheamus. Punk tells Otunga not to worry because he has a plan. He tells Otunga to have ‘faith’.

Since Miz isn’t involved on the show yet, Cole says good things about Punk.

Natalya is at the announce table with Cole and Lawler. Cole mentions that Natalya gets her title match next week against Eve.

Match Number Two: Eve Torres, Gail Kim, and Tamina versus Melina, Nikki Bella, and Brie Bella

Gail goes after both Bellas but they double team her until Nikki slams Gail’s head into the mat. Brie tags in and they hit a double chop and send her to the mat. Brie kicks Gail and chokes her in the ropes. Melina tags in and she connects with a forearm to the back. Melina with a snap mare and surfboard to Gail. Melina with a kick to the head but Gail with a clothesline.

Eve tags in and she hits a clothesline and drop kick. Eve with a forearm followed by a kick to the face and clothesline. Eve with a moonsault and the Bellas break up the cover. Tamina with a head butt to a Bella while Gail takes care of the other. Eve with a swinging neck breaker for the three count.

Winners: Eve Torres, Tamina, and Gail Kim

What will you be doing on 2/21/11? Will you be walking into a building in the rain wearing a black trench coat? This week we have some musical accompaniment.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see the photo of Aaron Rodgers with the World Title belt at the Super Bowl last night.

Lawler says that he is in his gear because Miz wants to address him tonight.

It is time for a Road to Wrestlemania video package for the Elimination Chamber Match.

Match Number Three: John Morrison versus Michael McGillicutty in a Nexus versus Elimination Chamber People Match

Morrison avoids Michael and then he kicks and punches Michael while McGillicutty backs into the ropes. Michael hits Morrison in the back of the head and then he kicks Morrison. Michael with a hard Irish whip and Morrison holds his ribs. Michael punches Morrison in the head and kicks him some more. Michael with a forearm across the chest and an elbow to the back of the head. Michael pulls Morrison’s left arm into the ring post and he punches Morrison in the head. Michael puts Morrison’s arm in the ring steps and Morrison is able to pull his arm out of the way when Michael dropkicks the steps.

Morrison with punches and a clothesline followed by a leg lariat. Morrison sends Michael into the turnbuckles and then he hits the springboard round kick followed by the split legged corkscrew moonsault for the three count.

Winner: John Morrison

After the match, John Morrison celebrates on the ramp and CM Punk comes out and sprays something in Morrison’s face and then he kicks Morrison in the head.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the WWE Rewind: Jerry Lawler becoming the number one contender last week on Raw.

It is time for Cole to become more unbearable because The Miz is coming to the ring with his personal lapdog Alex Riley.

Before Miz makes it to the ring, we take a look back at what CM Punk did to John Morrison.

Miz says that as he saw the Raw Rumble unfold last week, he only had one thought on his mind. Jerry . . . Jerry . . . Jerry. He says that he was pulling for Lawler. Miz says that he would like Jerry Lawler to come into the ring so he can give him the praise that Jerry deserves. Miz tells Alex to leave the ring so Lawler is not intimidated.

Miz asks Jerry if he knows why Miz was rooting for him. Lawler says that Miz probably thought he would be the easiest win. Miz says that everyone is an easy victory. He says that he could have beaten everyone in that match. He says that they are mirror images of each other. When Jerry was young, he had a mouth that was legendary. Whether it was Andy Kaufman or insulting Bret Hart’s mom, people were listening. Miz says that he has patterned his career after Jerry.

Miz says that he became a modern day Jerry Lawler. He is the center of attention, he is on talk shows, and he is the WWE Champion. He is something that Lawler will never be.

Lawler says that he would hate to look in the mirror and see a haircut like Miz’s. He says that he has had a big mouth his entire career, but Jerry tells Miz that he can back up what he says. Lawler says that if Miz is a ‘Modern Day Jerry Lawler’ he does not know Jerry that well. Jerry says that he didn’t pattern his career after anyone because he is an original.

Miz agrees and says that Jerry is an original cheap shot artist and he has footage to support it. We see what Jerry did to Ted DiBiase last week on Raw.

Miz says that is equivalent to a sucker punch.

Lawler says that was like a sucker punch because he thinks that Miz is a sucker. Lawler says that everyone thinks that Miz sucks too. Lawler tells Miz that he is right. Not everything that comes out of his mouth is like poop, manure, or compost. He has never been the WWE Champion and he has never competed at Wrestlemania. He tells Miz and everyone else that they have no idea what it would be like for him to be WWE Champion and compete at Wrestlemania. Jerry says that he has been in Sports Entertainment for 40 years and he is not going to let it pass him by. He says that after he wins the title at the Elimination Chamber pay per view, he is going to say that he is going to Wrestlemania.

Miz says that is where Jerry is wrong. After the match in two weeks, the only thing that the WWE Universe will hear is ‘I’m the Miz . . . and I’m ‘ . . .

Interrupted by Jerry Lawler saying ‘awful’. The crowd joins in. Miz tries to punch Lawler but Jerry avoids him and punches Miz. Riley tries to attack Lawler but Jerry throws him over the top rope to the floor. Lawler punches Miz but Ted DiBiase comes out to help Miz. Daniel Bryan comes out and goes after Ted and Miz to help Lawler.

All of this is interrupted by ‘that noise’ and Michael Cole climbs Mount Irrelevant to tell Lawler and Bryan that they will be facing Miz and Ted DiBiase right now.

Alex Riley joins Cole at the announce table.

Match Number Four: Daniel Bryan and Jerry Lawler versus Ted DiBiase and Miz

Bryan and DiBiase start things off and Ted with a kick and forearm to the back. Bryan with a knee to the midsection and then he kicks Ted repeatedly in the back. Bryan with a near fall. Bryan with an Irish whip followed by a drop kick into the corner. Bryan gets another near fall. Lawler tags in and they hit a double back elbow and then Lawler with a fist drop to Ted. Ted with a knee and he tags in Miz.

Lawler with a hip toss to Miz followed by a slam or two. Miz begs for mercy and then he throws Lawler out of the ring. The referee is distracted by Miz and Ted kicks Lawler in the head.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Miz has Lawler in a rear chin lock but Lawler with a snap mare to escape.

Maryse has come to ringside to ignore what is going on like last week.

Bryan tags in and he flips off the turnbuckles and hits a clothesline on Miz. Bryan avoids a charge into the corner. Miz distracts the referee and DiBiase crotches Bryan. Miz kicks Bryan in the midsection. Miz hits the Awesome Clothesline on Bryan and gets a near fall. Miz with a front face lock and Ted tags back in and kicks Bryan in the midsection.

Bryan with punches to Ted but Ted with a neck breaker and a drop kick for a near fall. Ted with kicks to the chest and then he tags Miz back in. Miz with a kick to the chest followed by a punch and kicks. Bryan with a flying Yakuza kick and Lawler is tagged in along with Ted. Lawler with punches to DiBiase followed by a back body drop. Lawler with a drop kick and then he hits a DDT for a near fall.

Miz breaks up the cover and Lawler with a kick to Miz while Bryan hits a missile drop kick on Miz and then he hits a suicide dive on Miz. DiBiase misses a charge into the corner and then he hits the ring post with his shoulder. The strap is down and Lawler hits the fist drop from the turnbuckles for the three count.

Winners: Jerry Lawler and Daniel Bryan

We go to commercial.

We are back and Jerry Lawler is back to join Michael Cole while he complains about Lawler getting the win.

Cole and Lawler mention that we will find out who the guest host at Wrestlemania will be next week.

Sheamus comes to the ring and he is interrupted by Josh Mathews for comments made by Mark Henry earlier tonight. Sheamus doesn’t know what he is talking about. He says that Mark says that Sheamus shouldn’t be in the Elimination Chamber match and should be replaced by Mark Henry.

Sheamus tells the fella that Mark Henry is a joke and that he has been in the company for ‘tirteen’ years and never did anything. He wonders if Mark can even fit into the chamber. He tells Mark to shut his mouth or Sheamus says he will shut it himself.

Match Number Five: David Otunga versus Sheamus in a Nexus versus Elimination Chamber participants Match’

Mark Henry comes to the ring before Otunga gets to the ring. Mark looks like he is going to split someone’s wig.

Sheamus punches Henry on the apron but Henry with a head butt and then he punches Sheamus. Henry with more punches but Sheamus with a kick and forearmes. Henry with a forearm to the back followed by an Irish whip. Henry charges into a boot and then Sheamus with a running forearm.

Otunga goes to the turnbuckles but Sheamus with an Irish hammer and Otunga goes to the floor. Sheamus misses the pump kick to Henry and Henry with the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry with another World’s Strongest Slam (that looks stronger than the first Strongest Slam).

Otunga comes into the ring and he stands over Sheamus and does the Punk Power salute.

Ricardo Rodriguez announces the entrance of Alberto Del Rio as he drives into the building.

Alberto makes his way to the ring with his shower of golden pyro behind him. We go to commercial.

We are back and Alberto Del Rio tells us who he is . . . but we already know that. Alberto says that they might not know that Santino Marella thinks that he almost got him at the Royal Rumble. Alberto says that it was his destiny to win the Royal Rumble. Just like it is his destiny to become the next World Champion in Wrestlemania.

Match Number Five (Redux): Alberto Del Rio versus Santino Marella

Santino punches Alberto from behind and then Alberto is sent over the top rope by Santino and he says that he won the Rumble this time.

Santino blocks a punch and connects with one of his own. Del Rio with a knee and then he charges at Santino but Santino drops down and Del Rio goes to the floor. They returns to the ring and Del Rio kicks Santino in the leg. Santino is sent shoulder first into the turnbuckles and then Del Rio with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Del Rio with knees to the arm while Santino screams in pain. Del Rio with a near fall and then he puts Santino in an arm bar.

Santino gets to his feet and punches Del Rio but Del Rio with a forearm and then he sends Santino into the corner. Del Rio misses the enzuigiri in the corner and Santino with a split and hip toss. Santino unveils the Cobra but Del Rio avoids it and hits a double knee arm breaker. Del Rio floats over into the cross arm breaker and Santino taps out.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

Cole reminds us about CM Punk’s path of destruction tonight on the people in the Elimination Chamber match.

John Cena is walking into commercial.

We are back and Did You Know that Smackdown still has the best ratings on Syfy (but still watch Mega Python versus Gatoroid)?

Cole talks about the Ziggler/Edge match this Friday.

Vickie Guerrero comes out with Dolph Ziggler and she has something to say while she Excuse Mes her way to the ring.

Vickie says that in two weeks, her boyfriend will not enter the Elimination Chamber as a challenger, he will be the World Champion. Vickie says that on Friday, he will beat Edge on Smackdown.

John Cena’s music plays and he comes to the ring.

Ziggler wants to know why Cena is out here.

Cena says that he is out here to put a stop to this. He says that this is more offensive than Christina Aguilera butchering the National Anthem. Cena says that he has an important announcement and an apology from R Truth. After the Packers won last night, he might have ‘celebrated’ too long and he thinks that he is still in Green Bay. Cena reminds everyone that we are in Milwaukee, the home of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Bob Uecker, and Laverne and Shirley.

Cena reminds Vickie and Dolph about their last time together in the ring. Cena says that they had a sweet, sexy, passionate make out session. He asks Dolph if he remembers it.

Vickie tells Cena that is enough. She says that this is not the way to treat the current Smackdown General Manager and the future World Champion. Vickie says that if they don’t show them the respect they deserve, they will leave.

Cena tells everyone to get loud.

Cena says that they have a great way to say goodbye to people. Cena gets the people to chant ‘Go Pack Go’ to Vickie and Dolph.

Vickie and Dolph leave the ring and walk to the back.

Cena says that now that they are gone, he wants to get down to business. Cena says that Nexus has taken care of everyone in the Elimination Chamber Match. Cena says that he knows why they are doing this. If Punk wins the Chamber match, he will go to Wrestlemania. Cena says that they have a flaw in their plan. He is still here and he is healthy. Cena says that he knows that the Goon Squad will get involved in the match but he will take care of Punk.

Cena vows that he will take care of Punk and Nexus and then he will go on to Wrestlemania.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for the 2/21/11 video package from earlier in the show one more time.

Match Number Six: John Cena versus CM Punk in a Nexus versus Elimination Chamber People Match

Cena looks over his shoulder before they lock up. They lock up and Cena backs Punk into the corner and Punk with a punch and kicks to Cena. Punk with an elbow to the back of the head and then he stomps on Cena’s arm. Punk with an Irish whip but Cena comes out with a clothesline. Punk with a kick to the midsection followed by a snap mare and knee drop.

Punk with a back breaker to Cena as he wears down Cena. Punk with punches in the corner followed by a belly-to-back suplex. Punk with chops to the neck and then he elbows Cena in the head in the corner. Punk lines Cena up but he misses the knee into the corner when Cena moves out of the way.

Cena with punches and then he sends Punk into the turnbuckles. Cena with an Irish whip and bulldog. Punk with kicks after Cena looks up the ramp and gets distracted. Punk throws Cena out of the ring and then Punk goes to the apron. Punk hits a clothesline off the apron.

Punk pushes Cena back into the ring and he slithers back in as well. Punk with the running knee to the chest and then he hits the bulldog out of the corner. Punk mocks Cena and then he gets Cena on his shoulders for the Go To Sleep but Cena escapes.

Cena sends Punk into the corner and he connects with a series of punches. Cena with more punches and the referee warns Cena and vows to disqualify him. The light goes off over Cena’s head and he connects with a low blow.

Winner: CM Punk by disqualification

After the match, Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga go into the ring while Mason Ryan checks on Punk. Jerry Lawler gives Cena a chair and he takes care of Otunga and McGillicutty.

We see Ryan holding Punk up as he stares at John Cena. We go to credits.