10/14 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: THE GREAT CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO PASSES AWAY
By Mike Johnson
on 2012-10-14 08:01:09
On this day in history in ....
1935 - WWE Hall of Famer Blackjack Lanza is born.
1947 - WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff is born.
1966 - Lou Thesz defeats Buddy Austin in Los Angeles, California to win the WWA World Heavyweight Title.
1966 - El Santo defeats Espanto I for the Mexican Light Heavyweight Title in Mexicali, Mexico, ending Espanto's second title reign.
1978 - The Assassin defeats Jose Lothario in Shreveport, Louisiana to win the Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Title, ending the Lothario's second reign as champion.
1979 - Former WWE and WCW star turned actress Stacy Keibler was born.
1985 - Butch Reed defeats Dick Murdoch to win the Mid-South North American Heavyweight Title in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a result of this win, Reed had to vacate the Mid-South Television Title, which he had won from Dutch Mantell on July 22, 1985.
1989 - Saturday Night's Main Event airs on NBC, drawing a 9.5 broadcast rating. The show featured matches that were taped on September 21, 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Here are the results that aired on the show:
- Randy Savage defeated Jimmy Snuka after hitting him with Sherri Martel's purse. After the match, Snuka moved out of the way of Savage's top rope elbow, and set up for the Superfly Splash, but Sherri interfered to stop him.
- WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Ted DiBiase with a small package after DiBiase had collided with Zeus, who was on the ring apron trying to help DiBiase. After the match, the heels beat on Hogan until Jake Roberts ran them off with his snake.
- Rowdy Roddy Piper defeated Haku with a belly-to-belly suplex.
- Tito Santana vs. Rick Martel ended in a double DQ when their Survivor Series teammates, at ringside, started brawling.
- The Bushwackers defeated Jacques & Raymond Rougeau when Jacques was pinned after a double gutbuster.
1989 - WWF holds their King Of The Ring tournament in Providence, Rhode Island at the Providence Civic Center. Here are the results:
- Akeem defeated Brutus Beefcake.
- Hercules Hernandez vs. Jim Neidhart ended in a double DQ.
- The Warlord defeated Butch Miller.
- Tito Santana defeated Bad News Brown.
- Rick Martel defeated Bill Woods.
- Luke Williams defeated Nikolai Volkoff.
- Jimmy Snuka defeated The Barbarian.
- Haku defeated Terry Taylor.
- Tito Santana defeated The Warlord.
- Rick Martel defeated Luke Williams.
- Jimmy Snuka defeated Haku.
- Akeem received a bye.
- Tito Santana defeated Akeem.
- Rick Martel defeated Jimmy Snuka.
- Tito Santana defeated Rick Martel to win the King Of The Ring tournament.
1989 - Bruce Hart defeats Gama Singh for the Stampede Wrestling British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Title in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. This marked the start of Bruce's sixth run with the belt, and the end of Singh's fifth reign. Hart would end up retiring the belt, as Stampede Wrestling closed down two months later.
1996 - The Monday Night Wars continued, with Nitro scoring a strong win over Raw, 3.3 to 1.8. Raw featured Vader defeated Phinneas Godwin, Jake Roberts defeating Jerry Lawler, Freddie Joe Floyd (Tracey Smothers) defeated Triple H via countout, Faarooq defeating Alex Porteau, and Shawn Michaels defeating Steve Austin via disqualification. Nitro saw Dean Malenko defeat Brad Armstrong, Hacksaw Duggan defeat V.K. Wallstreet (Mike Rotundo), Hugh Morrus defeat Jim Powers, Lex Luger defeat Greg Valentine, Eddie Guerrero defeat The Cheetah Kid, Jeff Jarrett defeat Bubba Rogers, and World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat vs. The Faces Of Fear end in a no-contest when Scott Hall & Kevin Nash interfered.
1997 - Atshushi Onita, Tetsuhiro Kuroda & Hido defeat Hayabusa, Masato Tanaka & Koji Nakagawa for the FMW World Streetfight 6-Man Tag Team Title in Sapporo, Japan.
2000 - JJ The Ring Crew Guy defeats Inferno Kid in Laurel, Delaware to win the ECWA Heavyweight Title for the second time in his career.
2002 - Chris Jericho & Christian defeat The Hurricane & Kane for the World Tag Team Championship in Montreal, Quebec. This is the first title change for the tag straps since becoming an "exclusive" to the Raw brand.
2006 - WWE's ECW brand ran Tucson, Arizona. Tawnie Knight filed the following live report:
ECW finally made it west to Tucson, AZ tonight. I just got back and I'm ashamed to be a wrestling fan in Tucson. I was lucky enough to get to attend an autograph signing with Tommy Dreamer and Sandman earlier in the day. They were both extremely nice. There was not much of a turnout and unfortunately very few people had a clue who these legends of wrestling were. One group even had the audacity to ask where Cena was and if Big show were signing. I had to explain no on both counts and that they were very fortunate to get the autographs of two legends. I should have seen this was a sign of things to come.
As for tonight's show, we get there and we see lots of DX shirts and I again had to explain to someone with a Triple H foam hand that no he was not going to be there. The show itself was held in a very small facility used for Bingo and exhibitions of 4H during the county fair. It was small but they still did not sell out the 1000 seats they had set up. There were maybe 800 people there. I thought this was going to be great as I never got to Philly for ECW. (I had to rely on Dave's wonderful reports and whatever bootlegs or feed I could get my hands on back then.)
At this point 7:30 pm rolls around and the first match we get is Dreamer vs. Rene Dupree. It was a good technical match but you could have heard a pin drop. We attempted to start the chants but the crowd wasn't buying it. Tommy Dreamer and Renee Dupree sold it the best they could but they could not get this crowd into it.
Winner Tommy Dreamer
Second match: Stevie was Richards vs. Eric Cortez. I had never heard of Cortez and I may still have the name wrong but he is developmental talent. Long of the short of it he looked like Konan. He also did the viva la raza ganster schtick like Konan. Richards sold the match and made it look like he was going to get beaten but of course that was not the case. Winner Stevie Richards. By the way the crowd was still quiet at this point.
Third Match: FBI vs. Heyman's Enforcers. Enforcers come out and the crowd has no clue what to think. FBI comes out and we start a "Where's my pizza" chant. Crowd does not get it. They look at us but do not get it. FBI sold the match well, very technical no usual FBI tricks or tag team tricks, period. It was just a standard, run of the mill technical match. The
FBI wins and then the enforcers attempt to beat them up and the crowd does not really react.
Fourth Match: Shannon Moore vs. Balls Mahoney. Balls comes out and we finally get the crowd involved with a "Balls" chant. He does everything possible to get this crowd going and is doing a great job. They actually booed Shannon Moore and it was a very good straight technical match. No chairs or anything out of the ordinary.
Fifth match: CM Punk vs. Mike Knox. CM was very over with the crowd thanks to Balls waking them up earlier. Another good technical match, just straight wrestling.
Winner: CM Punk
Now we have a 30 min intermission to sell merchandise.
We dame back to Matt Striker cutting down the University of Arizona before bringing the Divas in. I could have done without the Divas. I don't need porn at a wrestling event. One of the ladies in this contest proceeded to cover themselves in nothing but caution tape. Crowd was happy but I enjoy the wrestling. Matt Striker proceeded to banter after the contest and Sandman went behind him and hit him with the cane a couple times. He then handed the winning Diva a beer which she promptly poured on herself. Sandman then goes into the crowd spraying various sections with beer but he did not wrestle tonight.
Sixth Match: Rob Van Dam vs. Kevin Thorn, with Ariel. They kill all the light and Kevin Thorn comes out with Ariel. Crowd is again clueless. RVD comes out and they go wild (he has been here with the WWE before). RVD kept having to check clearance before doing any splashes. It even made me nervous as they were close on clearance. Few Frog Splashes, Rolling Thunder and some of Ariel interfering and it was done.
Main Event: Sabu vs. Test. We finally get some chairs and a table in this one. Test seemed to have a hard time selling it but he did his best. Sabu was hardcore as always with the finish being Test through a table. Match was all of 5 minutes.
Overall the ECW guys did their best and they were awesome. It was the crowd that sucked. They just could not get into the show. I love ECW and have been a fan since it first started but this was just not a good experience. I did every chant we could to try and get the crowd going but they had no clue. What was even worse was that we could be heard. This was supposed to be ECF'nW not a night at the opera.
2006 - CZW ran Philadelphia, PA at the ECW Arena. Ed Sherriffs filed the following live report:
Combat Zone Wrestling's 'Last Team Standing' event was held on October 14, 2006 in the New Alhambra Arena. The purpose of the event was to crown new tag team champions through an 8 team tournament. Last month, the BLK OUT was stripped of the titles when one of the co-holders, Joker, jumped to rival promotion Pro Wrestling Unplugged. CZW is also looking to rebound from a string of disappointing shows. The CZW World Heavyweight Championship, Iron Man Title, and Junior Heavyweight Championship were also on the line.
Quarterfinal Tag Match #1: Team Masturbation (Beef Wellington & Excalibur) vs. The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli)
Double C and Excalibur start the match. Castagnoli bails after Excalibur gets an armdrag. Hero and Beef then tagged in. Beef no sold an arm wrench by Hero, who bailed himself after a huracanrana. Castagnoli dumps Beef by dropping the top rope, so Excalibur comes in. He goes for a suicide dive, but Hero catches him. Hero and Claudio team up for a cross trainer into the corner. Double C gets the delayed suplex on Excalibur for two. Hero tags in, but falls to an enziguri. Beef tags in and cleans house. DDT on Castagnoli and Beef goes to the top for the ass punch. Hero pushes his partner out of the way, but gets low blowed. Excalibur then comes off the opposite rope and connects with an ass punch. Castagnoli breaks up a liontamer. Beef hits Claudio with a moneymaker, but Hero makes the save. Hero gets the Cravate-plex for two. Castagnoli gets the pin when he rolls up Excalibur following a Hero kick to the head. The Kings advance to the semifinals.
Your winners, the Kings of Wrestling!
Post match, Team Masturbation breaks up when Excalibur berates Beef for not breaking up the pin. "From now on, we'll just have to masturbate by ourselves." Excalibur took a pratfall off the ramp and said he didn't need Beef's help to make it to the back.
Quarterfinal Match #2: Up in Smoke (Cheech & Cloudy) vs. Team AnDrew (Andy Sumner & Drew Gulak)
Drew and Cloudy start, with Gulak taking him down with a headlock. Cloudy countered by tying up Gulak's legs. Cheech and Sumner then came in and traded stiff slaps, then clotheslines. AnDrew double team Cheech and flip him over. Cloudy runs in and hits a flying forearm for two. Jawbreaker and and rolling snapmare get two as well. Sumner comes in with a powerslam for a two count of his own. Cloudy kicks him out of the ring and dives through the ropes. Gulak runs in and locks an anklelock on Cheech, who is able to roll out of it and throw Gulak in the corner. Cheech gives Gulak a Northern Nights Suplex and puts him in a submission hold. At the same time, Andy Sumner is putting Cloudy in a submission of his own. Cloudy taps out first, so Team AnDrew picks up the win and advances.
Your winners, Team AnDrew!
Post match, Up in Smoke argue about Cheech's failure to cover his partner and Cloudy being the one that tapped. Cheech gives Cloudy The Deluxe (crucifix into knee to the head) and walks off.
Quarterfinal Match #3: The New Jersey All-Stars (Lucky & JC Ryder) vs. BLK OUT (Ruckus & Human Tornado w/ Robbie Mireno)
This is Human Tornado's first match in CZW. Ruckus and Lucky start, with Ruckus getting the better of him with a front facelock. Both men then trade arm drags. Ruckus is knocked outside and Lucky comes over the top with a senton. Tornado dropkicks Ryder out of the ring. Ruckus comes off the apron to the floor with a Shooting Star Press on Lucky. BLK OUT then double team him. Lucky tries to make the save, but he is thrown on to his partner. Tornado does his front split low blow on both off his opponents. The NJ All-Stars then start to dominate Ruckus and get some near falls. Tornado got the hot tag after several minutes and gives Ryder a pimp slap as he came off the top rope. BLK OUT gets the win when Ruckus drops Ryder on the top turnbuckle and Lucky is hit with the Tornado-Plex.
Your winners, the BLK OUT!
Quarterfinal match #4: Kingston's Hitmen, The Dead Presidents vs. The H8 Club (Justice Pain & Nick Gage)
Pain comes out first and pleads with the crowd not to screw with Gage, saying it isn't a work. Gage could snap at any minute and wasn't ready for his match cause he was out buying food. This would be a recurring theme throughout the night, and they have also been playing it up on Gage's commentary. The Dead Presidents, brought in by Kingston to take out the H8 Club, came out and double teamed Pain. Gage runs out, and sure enough, he has a soda and bag of food from Burger King. He cleans house initially, but leaves to go to the apron and eat his Whopper. Pain sends the burger flying into the crowd when he slaps it out of his hands. The Dead Presidents continued their double team on Pain. While they were doing this, Gage was on the floor yelling at the crowd. He finally came in and took the action outside the ring, brawling on the floor. As soon as the action comes back to the ring, Gage gets the Chokebreaker for the win.
Your winners, the H8 Club!
Zandig then came out and said he couldn't decide who should get the Chris Cash Memorial Scholarship. This brought out George W. Baus, who is gaining a small cult following, to say he deserves it. WHACKS, a cameraman for the company, came into the ring and said he deserved it. They would face each other at Fear. The crowd overwhelmingly favored WHACKS.
Lufisto came out next and wanted to know who answered her open challenge. Maven Bentley came to the ring and ran her down, wondering what she was doing with the title. He brought out DJ Hyde.
Iron Man Championship Match: Lufisto (c) vs. DJ Hyde
If Hyde isn't 300 pounds, he is close and Lufisto isn't even close to half his size. Obviously, much of the match was him abusing her. He hit some power moves, but refused to pin her, and she was thrown into rails and chopped on the chest repeatedly. She started to mount some offense, but Bentley hit her with a chair. This brought out Mana, who hit Hyde with a barbed wire bat. Lufisto then got the pin to retain.
Your winner, Lufisto!
After the match, Beef Wellington and SeXXXy Eddy came out and pleaded with Lufisto to stop her suicide mission. Lufisto made fun of them both. It was announced later that a match was made between the three at Fear for the title. Nick Gage came out and spit on Lufisto, then tackled her and pounded away. Lobo came out to stop him and Zandig also had to come out to prevent them from fighting. Gage called them over the hill after Zandig wanted to know what was wrong with him. Zandig told Gage to get it together before he gets his ass kicked.
Semifinal Match #1: The Kings of Wrestling vs. BLK OUT for the Ring of Honor Tag Team Titles.
Before the match, Ruckus challenged the Kings to put their ROH and CHIKARA titles on the line. Hero said that CHIKARA tag titles can only be defended in 2 out of 3 fall matches, so those couldn't be put up, but he agreed to defend the ROH titles. Ruckus and Hero showed off to start the match with various flips. Tornado and Double C then came in and had a dance off. Tornado did a backflip into a split, and CC made like he was going to duplicate it, but put Tornado in a headlock instead. This allowed the Kings to double team him. Ruckus got the hot tag and cleaned house. Hero kicked Tornado in the groin, which was no sold as usual, but Hero ducked the ensuing pimp slap. This enabled him to get Tornado on his back and use him to knock Ruckus off the top turnbuckle. Castagnoli then put Tornado on his back and Hero kicked him in the head, allowing the Kings to advance to the finals.
Your winners, The Kings of Wrestling!
Post match, Ruckus berated Human Tornado for losing. Tornado came back and said Ruckus was jealous of him. Tornado pimp slapped him and hit the pounce. The started to brawl on the mat when Sabian (!) made his return to help the BLK OUT. Blazini then snuck into the ring to make the save for Tornado. This brought out Eddie Kingston and they took the advantage. From here, things broke down. Onyx, who had been working in Deep South, came out with Rain Man. They cleared the ring and claimed that they were the real BLK OUT and Kingston's crew is merely renting the name. Kingston suggested they come to the floor and do it CZW style. A big brawl ensued, as the men fought out the front doors of the arena.
Semifinal Match #2: The H8 Club vs. Team AnDrew
The H8 Club toyed with Gulak to start. Sumner came in and got worked over as well. Some brawling on the outside ensued, with Team AnDrew getting some decent offense in. In the ring, Sumner and Gage briefly traded punches before Gage started to wail on him. The H8 Club advance to the finals when the get a spike piledriver on Gulak.
Your winners, the H8 Club!
Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Jigsaw (c) vs. Luke vs. SeXXXy Eddy
This was a fast paced match with no slow spots. All three men combined to hit a lot of offense on each other, and they all got their own spots. Jigsaw hit a plancha on both men. In the ring, Luke got a delayed suplex on Jigsaw. Eddy came off the top with a flying crossbody, but couldn't cover, so all three men were down. Jigsaw picked up the victory and retained when he came off the top rope and connected with an arm drag into a rollup on Luke. The finish was kind of botched as Luke's elbow was clearly up the whole time. All three men hug afterwards.
Your winner, Jigsaw!
CZW Heavyweight Championship Match: Eddie Kingston (c) vs. Necro Butcher
Necro does this match barefoot as he takes his boots off before running into the ring. The match immediately goes to the crowd, with Necro throwing Kingston into rows of chairs. He proceeded to throw chairs at Kingston as he laid on the ground. Necro then dumped a guardrail on him, followed by a suplex onto the guardrail. He followed that with a side slam on to the tops of some chairs. They finally come back to the ring and Kingston is able to take over. Mireno helps out by choking Necro on the ropes. Kingston dumped him to the floor and distracted the ref while Mireno stomped away. Back in the ring, Butcher hit some stiff punches in the corner, then put Kingston on the top turnbuckle. He climbed up with him and got a huracanrana! Kingston came back with a back suplex off the apron through a table on the floor. The ring steps were then thrown in the ring. Butcher comes back with a stiff headbutt and sits down with Kingston to trade punches. Kingston has nothing, though, and slumps to the mat. Butcher gives Kingston a nasty crucifix powerbomb onto the steps, but the ref is pulled from the ring. Kingston takes advantage and hits a sick back suplex on the ring steps, as Necro takes a hard bump to his neck. He follows that up with the Burning Lariat to retain his title.
Your winner, Eddie Kingston!
The Dead Presidents come out to beat down Necro Butcher. Danny Havoc tries to make the save, but he is immediately neutralized.
Tag Team Tournament Finals: The H8 Club vs. The Kings of Wrestling
Justice Pain came out and said Gage has left the building, but he had a suitable replacement...Human Tornado! Pain attacks before the bell and he and Tornado worked over Chris Hero. A flapjack gets two. Castagnoli gets the blind tag and gives Pain a European Uppercut to the back of the head. He stomps Pain in the corner than combines with Hero for a Rudo Kick that gets two. Tornado came in with a kick to Hero for two. A leaping huracanrana off the top only got a two count. He dragon whips Castagnoli, knocking both men down. Tornado went to tag Pain in, but he walked away, leaving Human Tornado on his own. He gets some offense and a very near fall, but can't overcome the numbers. The Kings of Wrestling hit a HUGE KRS-ONE on Tornado to win the CZW Tag Team Titles.
Your winners, and new CZW Tag Team Champions, The Kings of Wrestling.
The Kings of Wrestling are now Tag Champs in Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, and Combat Zone Wrestling.
Before they can get their hands on their new titles, Kingston and the BLK OUT come to the ring and beat the Kings down. Kingston chokes Hero as he screams at him for trying to overshadow his big night. Necro makes the save and Hero says it isn't over to bring the night to a close.
Notes/Thoughts: I would recommend this show on DVD. It is obviously meant to be a companion piece with Fear, held the day after in Delaware, but also is good on its own. If you enjoy tag team wrestling, I'd say you ought to own this. It also ended a streak of mediocre to disappointing to downright bad shows....Attendance was up from last month's events....Kingston and The Kings of Wrestling will meet again in two weeks at CHIKARA's Cibernetico Forever. In this match, however, the Kings are part of the Rudo (heel) squad, and Kingston will be leading the Tecnico (face) team.....The show started about 45 minutes late and ended just after 12 AM.....The Dead President's got welcomed with a 'Don't Come Back' chant after they botched some moves during a brawl. Danny Havoc nearly got killed....Hero putting the ROH Titles on the line completely gave away the finish of the match. I knew, and so did everyone else, that Gabe Sapolsky would never let his titles change hands tonight....It was a lot of fun to see Castagnoli and Tornado, two of the most charismatic performers on the independent scene, working together. The dance off was hilarious....I'm not sure if this was a one shot appearance for Sabian while Joker is on border patrol duty, or if PWU and CZW will have a more open relationship....By the second semifinal match, it was obvious they were pressed for time and rushing through a bit....Human Tornado was KTFO by KRS-ONE and sold it by being carried to the back. The Kings are a strong contender for Tag Team of the Year, and their finisher has to be move of the year....It looks like CZW is going to be using Kingston and Hero's feud as a focal point for Cage of Death....Match of the Night honors probably go to the Kingston-Necro match, though there was nothing on the card that was bad or out of place. It was a great night for tag team wrestling....Questions about tonight's event? Email me at email@example.com.
2007 - TNA held their Bound for Glory PPV in Atlanta, Georgia. Richard Trionfo filed the following PPV report:
We start off with Jeremy Borash inside the Gwinnett Center to talk about Bound for Glory. He says that this is the biggest night in TNA history. He mentions the Ultimate X, Monster's Ball, Knockouts Title Match, and the TNA Heavyweight Title Match featuring Sting and Kurt Angle. Jeremy mentions Kurt Angle's Olympic victory in Atlanta and Sting's success in Atlanta.
We have a video package for the participants in the Monster's Ball Match. It asks who will be standing at the end of Monster's Ball. We go to a video package for the Women's Gauntlet Match with quotes from some of the participants included in with the videos of the women in action in the ring.
We go to a video package about Pacman Jones with comments from A.J. Styles saying that we will see what he has to offer. The next video package is for the X Division Title Match and is starts off showing footage of Christopher Daniels and his discussions with the "higher power". We then see footage of Jay Lethal.
We then see a video package for the Ultimate X Match and it talks about the evolution of the match over the last five years. We are reminded that the winner of the Ultimate X Match will be the new number one contenders for the Tag Team Titles. We go back to Jeremy in the arena and he talks about how the building will be full with fans from all over the world. Jeremy runs through more of the matches on the show and he focuses on the Tables Match between Team 3D and the Steiners.
We go to a video package for the Tables Match. Jeremy has moved in the arena and he points out that this is the biggest pay per view event of the year one more time. He talks about the match between Samoa Joe and Christian Cage and how Matt Morgan will be the guest enforcer for the match.
We go to a video package for the Samoa Joe/Christian Cage match. Jeremy is back in the arena to talk about the pay per view. Jeremy talks about the history of Atlanta and the men in the main event. He reminds us of Kurt's Olympic Gold Medal victory and Sting's career in Atlanta. We have a video package for the Sting/Kurt Angle match.
Jeremy tells us that it is time to go to the building and we see the video package for Bound for Glory that aired at the end of this week's episode of Impact.
I think this portion of the pay per view pre-show did a great job for the cable companies and satellite providers that allow for Countdown shows to be viewed for free to see what they can expect from the pay per view.
The pay per view starts off with a video package that talks about how everyone has dreams and how they inspire us to achieve. It is a package that talks about being the next Hulk Hogan or immortal icon in the industry. They are bound by hope and bound by conquest. They come tonight for the dream. It is not for the collective whole, it is about the individual. Kurt Angle will try to prove that he is the greatest living wrestler on the planet. The icon known as Sting will try to prove to his peers that he can get to the lofty place on the mountain top. A.J. Styles wants to establish himself as the fastest rising star of the millennium. Abyss will try to reclaim his standing as the best big man in the business. Christian Cage wants to show that his two years in TNA have increased his legend. Samoa Joe wants to prove that there is no one better and no one more dominant than him. Some will rise, but many will falter. Bound by desire, Bound for Glory any one of them can.
We are live from the Gwinnett Center outside of Atlanta, Georgia and your announcers are Mike Tenay and Don West.
The Ultimate X cables are up in the ring as Mike Tenay talks about the four title matches on tonight's pay per view. We have some pyro as Mike talks about some of the matches. Ultimate X Match: Triple X (Elix Skipper and Senshi) versus Latin American Xchange
There is an X hanging from the cables for this match. Senshi and Skipper try to climb the towers but Senshi is pushed to the floor and Elix Skipper comes off the tower. Homicide with a flying back elbow while he punches Skipper. Hernandez and Senshi battle on the floor. Hernandez hits a flying shoulder tackle on Skipper. Homicide catapults Skipper into Hernandez who catches Skipper and Hernandez hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Homicide with a running clothesline to Skipper followed by a splash by Hernandez. Senshi with a springboard forearm to Hernandez.
Skipper pulls Homicide off the tower and Senshi with a face driver to Homicide. Skipper with a kick and DDT to Homicide. Senshi with kicks to Hernandez but Hernandez throws Senshi across the ring. Skipper tries to climb to the cables but Hernandez pulls him down. Hernandez gets Skipper on his shoulder and hits a backbreaker. Homicide climbs the tower while Hernandez deals with Skipper and Senshi is down. Homicide approaches the X but Senshi gets up and kicks Homicide off. Hernandez pulls Senshi down and then kicks him out of the ring. Hernandez hits Senshi on the apron while Homicide and Skipper exchange punches and forearms. Skipper with forearms to Homicide while Senshi hits a boot to Hernandez's head. Senshi with a Dragon Sleeper on Hernandez in the corner. Skipper with an overhead belly-to-belly throw on Homicide. Hernandez with a chop to Skipper.
Senshi attacks Hernandez and connects with a series of slaps. Hernandez with a running shoulder tackle that knocks Senshi through the ropes. Homicide with the tope con hilo onto Senshi. Skipper climbs the turnbuckles and onto the cables but Hernandez pulls Skipper down. Hernandez with a biel to Skipper into the turnbuckles. Hernandez climbs the turnbuckles and goes across the cables. Hernandez is by the X and Skipper tries to stop him. Skipper with a drop kick to Hernandez's back and Hernandez goes down. Senshi climbs the tower and grabs the cable. Hernandez pulls Senshi off and hits a sit out power bomb. Skipper and Homicide fight on the top of the tower with Homicide while Homicide holds on. Skipper with a cross body onto Hernandez from the top of the tower and the crowd continues to chant "TNA".
Homicide climbs the tower but Skipper tries to stop him. Homicide avoids Skipper but Skipper follows after Homicide as they go across the cable and Homicide hits a neckbreaker as they both are down on the mat. Hernandez checks on Homicide and then he helps Homicide get up. Skipper and Senshi are still down on the mat. Homicide climbs the turnbuckles and up the tower. Senshi gets up and he punches Homicide and then Homicide sends Senshi into the tower. Homicide sets for the Gringo Killer from the top turnbuckle but Senshi fights out of it. Homicide is stuck in the tree of woe and Senshi with a double stomp to Homicide. Hernandez with a cracker jack to Senshi and then he sets for a plancha but Skipper with a kick. Hernandez with a running body block after he counters the Play of the Day. Hernandez with a border toss of Skipper onto Senshi and Homicide on the floor.
Hernandez is the only man in the ring and he climbs the turnbuckles and goes across the cables. Hernandez is in the center of the cables and he unhooks the X and hands it to Homicide for the win in about twelve minutes.
Great opening match that showcased all four men. A lot of good action and the crowd was very hot for this match.
We see Kurt Angle, Karen Angle, and Kevin Nash all arrive separately.
Don and Mike talk about the matches on the card.
Don and Mike send things to Crystal and she is with Christian Cage, A.J. Styles, and Tomko. Crystal asks Styles and Tomko about their match and Christian interrupts. He tells Tomko not to be rude. Christian talks about the Fight for the Right Match with a bunch of guys who wish they were Christian Cage and knew how to win like him. Christian wants to know why he is not the Number One Contender. He asks A.J. and A.J. says that it is because of Samoa Joe. Christian says that he is sick and tired of Samoa Joe ruining things for him. Christian says that he will continue to stay never pinned and never submitted. Christian tells Matt Morgan that he is not in the mood tonight. Christian says that after his victory, he is going to find a way to get into the tournament.
Crystal reminds A.J. that he can win the title in his home town. A.J. says that he is jacked and he is happy to be in his backyard. A.J. thanks his parents for the body. Tomko takes the mic and he tells Team Pacman that the fairy tale and charade ends because it is Tomko's world. He says that he is going to put Pacman Jones' face through the match. Tomko reminds A.J. that A.J. does not want to let him down tonight.
Fight for the Right Match
Dave Penzer discusses the rules of the match. Sixteen men will start outside the ring. The first eight men into the ring will qualify for stage two which is a battle royale. When there are two men left, they will wrestle until there is a winner.
The participants are Jimmy Rave, Lance Hoyt, Havok, Shark Boy, Petey Williams, Frankie Kazarian, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt, Kip James, BG James, James Storm, Eric Young, Robert Roode, Chris Harris, and Junior Fatu.
The match starts off and everyone tries to get into the ring. The first man in the ring is Junior Fatu. Kazarian and Roode fight on the top turnbuckle and Kazarian hits the Flux Capacitor to bring him and Roode into the match. Alex Shelley is the fourth man in. Eric Young with a rake of the eyes to Hoyt and then he climbs up the turnbuckles and Hoyt tries to press him to the floor but Hoyt's eyes are raked and Young enters the ring fifth. Sabin is the sixth man into the ring. Hoyt tosses Havok to the floor and then he enters the ring seventh. Kip James is on the top rope and Harris punches Kip and Kip is sent to the floor. James Storm sneaks into the ring to become the eighth man. Chris Harris gets in the ring but he is too late as the referees send him out of the ring.
Stage Two begins Storm is eliminated by Eric Young to be seeded eighth. Sabin punches Roode and then Fatu punches Roode, Shelley, and Sabin. Fatu with a clothesline to Kazarian. Young bumps into Fatu and Young offers Fatu James Storm's beer. Fatu slaps his rear end and Young does the same. Young tries to get Fatu up. Fatu with a Samoan drop to Kazarian and then he gives Roode a choke slam as he also deals with the Motor City Machine Guns. Four men are in the corner and Fatu with a running butt splash. Hoyt and Young fall into the corner and Fatu sets up for the Stinkface on Hoyt while Young uses Hoyt as a human shield. Hoyt with a big boot to Fatu and then Kazarian with a drop kick to Fatu that staggers him. Roode tries for a Northern Lariat but Fatu stays in the ring. Everyone tries to eliminate Fatu and a drop kick from Sabin is enough to get Fatu eliminated as the seventh seed. Kazarian is sent to the apron and Hoyt hits a choke slam after a springboard move. Shelley and Sabin try to double team Hoyt as they hit a series of kicks and elbows. Sabin with a drop kick to Roode. Shelley with an abdominal stretch on Young while he is tied up in Roode as Sabin works on Roode. Sabin with a rocket launcher leg drop onto Roode. Hoyt grabs Shelley but Shelley avoids the choke slam. Kazarian eliminates Sabin as the sixth seed. Kazarian hits a slingshot DDT on Shelley. Kazarian and Roode exchange punches and Hoyt and Young sends Kazarian and Roode to the apron but they hold on. Roode with an uranage to Kazarian to eliminate him as the fifth seed. Hoyt with a big boot to Young and then he sets up Young for a moonsault. Roode pushes Hoyt off the top turnbuckle to be the fourth seed.
We are down to the final three as Roode is pinballed back and forth between Shelley and Young. Shelley is sent to the apron by Roode and then Shelley is sent to the top turnbuckle. Roode sends Young into Shelley and Shelley is eliminated as the three seed.
We are down to the final two as Eric Young faces Robert Roode. Roode pushes Young and Young punches Roode. Roode and Young exchange punches but Roode gets his boot up for the charge. Young with a cross body on a belly-to-back attempt. Roode puts Young on the top turnbuckle and connects with a forearm to the back. Young with an elbow and Roode is knocked off the turnbuckles. Young misses a moonsault. Roode with a kick and the Payoff attempt but Young with an inside cradle for the victory in about twelve minutes and Roode is the number two seed.
Winner: Eric Young (#1 Seed)
This was a good match but if they are trying to push the future of the company with guys like Shelley and Sabin, why do they have to do Young and Roode again?
We see the video package that aired earlier tonight.
Crystal is with Team Pacman and she asks them if they are ready. Killings says that they were born ready. They are here to defend their tag titles. He says that Styles and Tomko are great wrestlers, but they are better, badder, and they have home field advantage. Killings says that he has an announcement. Team Pacman is about readjustments. There is a fill in for tonight. That man will make his debut tonight. His name is Consequences Creed.
Jones wonders where A.J. Styles is from. He says that when you talk about the streets and how to be a champion, you are talking about Pacman Jones. Tonight, they better buckle up because they are going to take them on a ride.
Kurt and Karen Angle are arguing in the hall and Kurt wants to know what the big deal is about slapping a kid. Karen says that Kurt is unreasonable. He is the one who made it personal and put their family in jeopardy by making it personal. Kurt says that he has Sting exactly where he wants her. Kurt tells Karen to get out of her face.
TNA Tag Title Match: Team Pacman (Ron Killings and Consequences Creed with Pacman Jones) versus A.J. Styles and Tomko
Creed and Styles start things off and Creed with an arm bar. Styles reverses and Creed does the same thing and puts Styles in a side head lock. Styles with a hammer lock and forearm. Styles with a drop kick into the corner but Creed with an arm drag and leg trip. Styles with a head scissors take down. Creed sends Styles into the corner and he hits a forearm and knee followed by a clothesline for a two count. Creed bumps into Tomko and Tomko wants the tag. Creed with a punch to Tomko and Tomko tries to get Creed up for a slam but Creed escapes the hold and Killings is tagged in. Tomko punches and kicks Killings in the corner. Killings with a missile drop kick and Killings follows with punches. Killings with a flying forearm. Tomko tosses Killings into the corner and punches Killings. Killings avoids Tomko and then hits a jumping leg lariat. Creed is tagged in and they Irish whip Tomko into the corner. Killings with a clothesline in the corner but Creed runs into a big boot. Styles is tagged in and Styles and Tomko double team Creed. Creed with punches but Styles with the phenomenal drop kick.
Styles with a side head lock to Creed. Killings with a knee to Styles' back and Creed with a series of punches to Styles and then he hits an elbow drop off Styles' back. Killings is tagged in and he hits a gourdbuster driver on Styles. Styles avoids a clothesline and hits the Pele Kick. Tomko is tagged in and he clotheslines Creed and punches Killings. All four men are in the ring as Styles battles with Killings and hits a pump handle gutbuster. Creed with a waist lock but Creed with a Northern Lights suplex that sends Styles into the turnbuckles. Tomko with a fallaway slam to Creed. Killings with a punch to Tomko but Tomko punches Killings. Jones pulls the ropes down and Tomko goes to the floor. Tomko catches Creed as he comes off the apron and then Killings hits a somersault plancha onto Creed and Tomko. Styles gets up and then he hits a springboard shooting star press onto everyone on the floor. Styles rolls Killings back into the ring and Jones gets on the apron and he has some money. Styles takes the money and Killings with a rollup. Earl Hebner takes the money instead of making the count and Styles is able to kick out at two. Tomko with a big boot to Killings and then Styles with a springboard forearm to Killings. They hits a double team move on Killings for the three count in about nine minutes.
Winners: A.J. Styles and Tomko
This was a good match. I wish Earl Hebner would not have been the reason why Styles and Tomko won the match. That had no place in the match. Why didn't the match get restarted because of the referee missing the three count? Consequences Creed is a Georgia wrestler who I saw wrestle as Austin Creed for an FIP show this past April.
Jeremy Borash is in the back with Karen Angle and Jeremy asks Karen if she knows what happens if Kurt loses. Karen says that she is aware and Kurt will not lose. Kevin Nash is in the locker room with Angel Williams and Karen tells Angel to leave. Karen wants Nash to talk to Kurt. Kevin says that Angle is more stubborn than Scott Hall. Karen cannot believe that Kevin will not talk to him. Karen says that they are both going to lose their meal ticket if Kurt loses. Karen wonders if Kevin is going to be wrestling again. Kevin says that he will talk to Kurt one more time. Kevin comments on Karen being a buzzkill between him and Angel.
Jay Lethal gets on the mic and he says that looking into the crowd it makes him want to say one thing. Lethal lets out an "Ooooooh Yeah"
X Division Title Match: Jay Lethal versus Christopher Daniels
Daniels looks for advice from above before they lock up. Lethal with a side head lock but Daniels with a shoulder tackle and flying forearm that does not knock Lethal down. Lethal tells Daniels to do it again, but Daniels punches Lethal instead. Lethal with more punches but he misses a clothesline. Lethal with jabs to Daniels and Lethal with slingshot rana from the apron and that sends Daniels out of the ring. Lethal with a suicide dive onto Daniels. Lethal with a chop but Daniels with a thumb to the eyes. Lethal with a hip toss on the floor but Daniels rolls back into the ring. Lethal with a double sledge from the top for a two count. Lethal with a chop to Daniels followed by an Irish whip and a clothesline that sends Daniels over the top to the floor and then Lethal with a pescado onto Daniels. Daniels with an uranage into the guardrails. Daniels grabs a chair and then he slams Lethal onto the guardrails and he appears to have satisfied the entity that he talks to. Daniels rolls into the ring to stop the count.
Lethal is rolled back into the ring and then Daniels follows. Daniels with a forearm to the back followed by a high back body drop. Daniels signals one for him before he returns to Lethal. Daniels with a suplex to Lethal and then he stands on Lethal's back before hitting an Arabian press and puts Lethal in a crossface. Daniels with a hard Irish whip. Lethal with two near falls on rollups. Lethal with jabs to Daniels but Daniels with a drop kick. Daniels chokes Lethal on the mat while the referee admonishes him. Daniels with the Blue Thunder Driver for a two count. Daniels continues to work on Lethal's back with more forearms. Lethal lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt and Lethal with an elbow and head scissors. Lethal with punches and a knee lift before he goes over the top rope to drop Daniels' throat on the top rope. Lethal with a neck breaker and a butterfly suplex and bridge for a two count. Lethal with an enzuigiri but Daniels stays on his feet. Lethal misses a super kick. Lethal counters the Angel's Wing and gets a two count with a rollup. Lethal with a face driver from a wheelbarrow position for a two count. Lethal with a chop to Daniels and then he is sent to the apron. Lethal tries for a springboard move but Daniels catches him and hits a Death Valley Driver. Daniels hits the BME but he can only get a two count. Daniels punches Lethal and the referee admonishes him again.
Daniels looks above and he sets for Last Rites but Lethal gets out of the hold. Daniels misses an enzuigiri and then Lethal hits a Dragon suplex. Lethal misses a charge and Daniels puts Lethal on the top turnbuckle and hits a palm thrust. Daniels goes for a rana from the top but Lethal stays on the top turnbuckles. Lethal sets for the elbow drop but Daniels moves out of the way. Daniels gets a two count on a cover. Daniels puts Lethal on the top turnbuckle again and gives Lethal another palm thrust. They fight on the top turnbuckle and Lethal with chops to Daniels' back. Lethal hits the Lethal Combination from the top for the three count in eleven minutes.
Winner: Jay Lethal
This was a very good match. I liked that Lethal appears to be getting out of the Randy Savage gimmick with some of the moves that he hit. I did not expect to see Lethal hit the Dragon Suplex on Daniels. This match gave Lethal back any momentum that he lost over the last month. I would not mind seeing another match between these two men.
Crystal is with the Steiners and Scott tells Team 3D that they are out of their minds to come to Atlanta and to have a tables match. He tells them that they are going to be taking splinters out of their fat a**es and Scott focuses on that phrase. Rick says that this is the dog pound.
We have a video package for the Tables Match.
Tables Match: Team 3D versus Steiner Brothers
Scott runs after Team 3D and the match starts at the entrance. Scott fights with Ray and he is sent into the guardrail. Scott is handed a beer and he takes a drink before showering Ray with it. Ray is slammed into the guardrail by Scott. Rick and Devon are in the ring while Scott and Ray finally make it into the ring. Rick with a clothesline to Devon and Scott with a Saito suplex to Ray. Time for the Steiners to pose as Team 3D leaves the ring. Team 3D head to the back but the Steiners stop them and they continue to work over Team 3D. Rick battles with Ray while Scott battles with Devon. Scott spits some beer in Devon's face. Rick and Ray battle into the crowd and Rick hits Ray with a trash can. Devon and Scott join them and Scott punches Ray. Scott slams Ray into the wall. Scott hits Ray with a chair after he throws a trash can at him. Scott puts the trash can on top of Ray and Scott punches the trash can. Scott throws the trash can on Ray. Rick and Scott send Ray and Devon into each other as Ray calls for a time out. Rick and Devon battle into the seats and then Devon is sent into the wall.
We return to ringside and Scott puts a table in the ring. Rick sends Devon into the ringside area. Scott sends Devon into the guardrail. Devon is Irish whipped into the guardrail. Ray rolls into the ring and a table is set up by Scott. Devon and Rick also roll into the ring. Scott puts Ray on the top turnbuckle and Devon hits Scott in the back and Scott is sent out of the ring. Team 3D send Rick through the table with a 3D in about six minutes to get the one-to-nothing advantage.
Ray rolls Scott into the ring and Devon chokes Scott while Ray brings another table into the ring. They set up the table for Scott. Ray goes up top and Devon tries to get Scott up. Scott with an elbow to Devon and then he punches Ray in the groin. Scott with a Frankensteiner that sends Ray through the table to tie it at one table apiece at about eight minutes.
Devon punches Scott from behind on the floor and then Scott is rolled back into the ring. Devon follows and he kicks Scott. Devon kicks Rick from the apron and then he goes up top. Devon misses a diving head butt on Scott when Scott moves out of the way. Scott with a series of clotheslines and then Ray with a low blow to Scott when Devon holds on to the ropes. Ray takes off his belt and then he whips Scott. Team 3D goes outside the ring. Devon gets a table while Ray gets a few chairs from ringside. Devon chokes Scott. Devon puts Scott on the table, but the table collapses under Scott;s weight. Ray throws the table to the floor while Devon grabs another table. Scott is placed on the new table and then Ray pushes the referee away. Ray has the chair for Scott's throat but the Motor City Machine Guns come to ringside to distract Team 3D. Devon tries to hit Scott with the chair but Scott moves and Devon hits Ray with the chair. Scott gets Devon up and Rick hits a bulldog through the table to win the match in about thirteen minutes.
Winners: Steiner Brothers (2 Tables to 1)
This was a good match but I would have liked it better if they did not spend so much time outside the ring. It is a pattern that there is a table that collapses when Team 3D uses them. I was a bit surprised that the Steiners won the match because it would be logical for there to be a rubber match. I guess the next feud for Team 3D is the Motor City Machine Guns.
Jeremy Borash is with some of the women in the Gauntlet Match. Jeremy is with the four new women who did not wrestle on Impact. ODB takes the mic from Jeremy and she says that she is going to be the first Knockouts Champ. ODB says that Shelly Martinez is advertising. ODB says that Talia Madison knows what she is. ODB says that she has no idea who the other one is. Angel Williams yells at ODB and the other three women yell at ODB as she leaves. The other women leave and Jeremy says that the interview is not over. Jeremy turns around and sees Amazing Kong. He says that the interview is over.
The Women's Gauntlet is next.
Gauntlet Match to determine First TNA Women's Champion
The first entrant in the Gauntlet Match is Traci Brooks. The second entrant is Jackie Moore. Traci has a few things to say to Jackie as the bell rings and Jackie punches Traci. Traci and Jackie exchange chops. Traci with a running boot to the head but Jackie with a back kick. Jackie with jabs followed by an elbow. Jackie with forearms to the back followed by a German suplex. Jackie kicks Traci in the back.
The third entrant is Shelly Martinez. Martinez hits Jackie but Jackie grabs Shelly by the throat. Shelly with a kick to Traci followed by a form of a DDT and a running forearm. Traci goes up top while Jackie punches Shelly. Traci with a senton from the top onto Martinez.
The fourth entrant is Awesome Kong. As Kong comes to the ring, the other three women wait for her entrance. Jackie does not appear to be afraid of Kong. Kong finally enters the ring and all three go after Kong. Kong fights them all off. Martinez kicks Kong.
The fifth entrant is ODB. Jackie Moore eliminates Traci Brooks and Kong eliminates Martinez. Kong with a butterfly piledriver to Jackie Moore and then she eliminates Jackie. ODB with forearms but they have no effect on Kong.
Angel Williams is the sixth entrant as Kong throws ODB to the mat. Williams climbs on Kong's back and ODB punches Kong but Kong punches ODB. Kong snap mares Williams off her back. Williams with an enzuigiri and Kong does not move.
The seventh entrant is Christy Hemme while Kong with a double suplex on Williams and ODB. Christy hesitates as she gets to the apron. Kong pulls Christy into the ring and then she gets Christy up on a Torture Rack and has Christy kick herself in the head.
The eighth entrant is Gail Kim as Kong power bombs Hemme. Gail with a missile drop kick as she enters the ring. Kong pushes Gail off. Williams and ODB go after Kong and then she connects with a double clothesline. Hemme is down on the floor. Gail tries for a rana but Kong stays up. Gail chokes Kong and ODB and Williams help eliminate Kong.
Talia Madison is ninth and she hits a drop kick on Gail Kim. Williams does the Flair flip but she hits a stunner on Madison on the top rope. ODB and Gail Kim knock Williams out. ODB and Gail chop each other and ODB with a clothesline.
The final entrant is Roxxi Laveaux. ODB with a fallaway slam on Madison. ODB with a forearm to Madison's back and then she slams Gail's head into the turnbuckle. Roxxi goes after Gail but ODB pulls Roxxi off Gail. Roxxi punches ODB and runs her into the turnbuckles. Gail with forearms to Madison. Gail blocks a boot from Madison and Madison is eliminated. ODB is eliminated.
We are down to the final two between Roxxi Laveaux and Gail Kim. Gail and Roxxi exchange forearms but Roxxi with a fallaway slam for a two count. Roxxi with an Irish whip but Roxxi misses a charge. Gail with the octopus on Roxxi but Roxxi makes it to the ropes and Gail releases the hold. Gail goes up top but misses the missile drop kick. Roxxi is only able to get a two count. Roxxi gets Gail up for the Dominator but Gail with a rollup counter for a two count. Roxxi with a powerbomb and bridge for a two count. Roxxi spasms in the ring and misses a clothesline. Gail hits a version of the Kryptonite Krunch for the three count in twelve minutes.
Winner: Gail Kim
This was a very good match. I don't know if Christy was really hurt but she looked like Kong made her into a pretzel. I was a little surprised that Gail won but she made up for the losses to Kong and Roxxi. I thought they did a good job to build ODB, Angel Williams, and Talia Madison. They did not do too much with Shelly Martinez and it looks like they are going to lessen their emphasis on Jackie and Traci with their performances.
Jeremy Borash is in Kurt Angle's locker room with Kevin Nash. Nash says that he knows that Angle's mind is set on what he is going to do. Nash says that he can schmooze with Sting and says that Kurt lost his mind and apologize for what he did to Sting's son. Kurt wonders if Nash is a p***y. He says that Nash lost his edge. Kurt says that Sting needs to apologize for slapping Karen. Nash says that he is not going to have Kurt's back tonight. He says that he is not going to mess with Sting. Angle laughs at the suggestion that Nash is going to have his back and wonders if Nash can get in a ring. He tells Nash to get a ticket and watch like the rest of the fans. Nash yells at Angle and says that if he loses, he loses everything. Angle says that he is going to take a big, nasty, Nash.
We see the Samoa Joe/Christian Cage video package, and that match is next.
Samoa Joe versus Christian Cage with Special Enforcer Matt Morgan
Christian starts the match outside the ring and he takes his time getting in the ring. Joe leaves the ring and gets in Morgan's face. Christian takes this time to enter the ring. Joe waits for the crowd to chant that "Joe's gonna kill you" to enter the ring. Christian has a few things to say to Joe. Joe tries for a kick but Christian moves out of the way. They lock up and Joe slams Christian's face into the mat. Christian with a waist lock but Joe with a side head lock. Christian tries for an Irish whip but Joe holds on to the side head lock. Joe with a shoulder tackle to Christian as there is a dueling chant in the building. Christian backs Joe into the corner and he teases a clean break and slaps Joe. Joe responds with a slap of his own. Joe with a running knee into the corner followed by the face wash and running boot to the face but Christian moves out of the way. Christian with chops and kicks to the leg. Christian charges into an elbow and then Joe hits a leg lariat from the turnbuckles. Joe with a chop followed by a kick. Christian tries for a leap frog but Joe with a flap jack followed by a knee drop. Christian goes to the apron and then he goes up top. Joe puts Christian in the top turnbuckle and chops Christian followed by a running drop kick to Christian in the tree of woe. They go to the apron and Joe tries to suplex Christian but Christian blocks it. Christian uses the ropes for momentum to kick Joe. Christian goes up top but misses a cross body and hits the guardrail. Joe with a flying forearm on a suicide dive. Joe takes a chair and he sets up for the Ole Kick. Christian Irish whips Joe into the apron and then he charges at Joe but Joe tries to send Christian into the ring but Christian bounces off the ropes and hits a DDT. Christian rolls Joe into the ring and he kicks Joe in the head. Christian chokes Joe in the ropes and then plays off the crowd. Joe with elbows and forearms followed by punches. Christian with a back elbow for a near fall. Christian with a triangle choke but Joe gets to his feet. Christian with an inverted DDT for a two count. Christian goes to the apron and up top but he misses a Frog Splash. Joe and Christian exchange punches but Joe with a number of slaps and he sends Christian to the apron. Christian tries for a springboard move back into the ring but Joe with a jumping spin kick.
Christian backs into Matt Morgan and then Joe hits a corkscrew plancha onto Christian. They return to the ring and Joe with a number of clotheslines. Joe charges into an elbow and Christian tries for a move from the turnbuckles but Joe moves out of the way. Joe with a lariat but he can only get a two count. Joe puts Christian on the top turnbuckle but Christian fights out of the muscle buster. Christian jumps over Joe and Joe sets for the choke but Christian tries for the Unprettier. Joe gets out of the hold and then he hits a power bomb into the turnbuckle followed by a reverse atomic drop, Yakuza Kick, and running senton splash for a two count. Joe punches Christian in the neck and then he punches Joe in the corner. Christian with a power bomb and uses the ropes for leverage but Joe kicks out at two. Christian tries fro a rollup but Joe counters with the choke. Christian escapes the choke. Joe with a kick to Christian's head followed by a scoop power slam for a two count. Christian goes to the apron and then they both go up top. Joe with head butts to Christian and Joe goes to the mat while Christian falls to the floor.
Tomko comes to the ring but Matt Morgan gets in the way. Morgan and Tomko exchange punches at ringside. A.J. Styles comes out while Morgan puts Tomko into the table. Morgan pulls Styles off the apron and then Styles is thrown into Tomko.
The action returns to the ring and Christian with a low blow followed by the Unprettier but Joe kicks out at two. Christian with a choke on Joe but Joe gets up and runs Christian into the turnbuckles and hits an enzuigiri and then the muscle buster. Joe puts Christian in the choke and Christian taps in just under sixteen minutes.
Winner: Samoa Joe
This was a great match except for the interference by Tomko and Styles. Why would they focus on Morgan and Tomko fighting at ringside instead of the actual wrestling match. I really liked that Joe got the win. The Ole Kick looked great. Both men were able to steal the show like Christian said on last week's Impact.
We go to the back where Jeremy Borash is with Kevin Nash and Jeremy asks Nash if he wants to do it. Nash stops to talk to Sting. He says that this is just a wrestling match at the end of the day. What Kurt did was wrong. Sting says that it went to far when he laid his hands on his son. Sting says that this is about respect and that is something that Angle does not know. Sting wants to know why Nash is protecting Angle. Nash says that Angle is all that he has. Sting is in the main event and this is the closest that he is going to get to the game. Sting says that he is sorry but Game Over.
We have the video package for the Monster's Ball Match, and that is the next match.
Monster's Ball Match: Raven versus Abyss versus Rhino versus Black Reign
Rhino starts the match before Abyss comes to the ring and he goes after Black Reign and Raven. Abyss comes to the ring as Raven and Black Reign stop for Abyss to enter the ring. Abyss with a boot to Raven and then he tries for a clothesline on Black Reign but Black Reign moves. Raven hits Abyss with the kendo stick and then Rhino hits Raven with the shopping cart. Rhino hits Raven and Black Reign with a trash can lid. Rhino with a drop toe hold to Raven on the shopping cart. Rhino runs the shopping cart into Black Reign's groin. He hits Raven with the trash can and put the can in front of Black Reign. Rhino tees off on the trash can. Rhino hits Black Reign in the head with the trash can. Raven charges at Rhino but he misses and goes into the shopping cart. Abyss punches Rhino but Rhino clotheslines Abyss over the top rope to the floor. Rhino sends Raven out of the ring. Rhino hits Raven in the head with a trash can lid. Abyss and Black Reign fight towards the entrance. Black Reign punches Abyss and sends him into the guardrails. Raven is sent into the guardrails by Rhino. Abyss climbs on the stage but Rhino takes Abyss down. Rhino sets for a Gore off the stage but Abyss moves and Rhino goes through the wall and to the floor. Raven and Black Reign attack Abyss while Rhino is down. Black Reign goes into the crowd while Raven puts Abyss on a table. Black Reign signals for Raven to come up but Raven tells Black Reign to get Abyss. Black Reign has second thoughts and pushes Black Reign out of the way. Raven hits an elbow drop from the bleachers through the table. Raven is bleeding from the head while he holds his wrist. Black Reign carries Abyss to the ring and he rolls him into the ring. Black Reign is pulled out by Raven and Raven covers Abyss. Raven puts the snot rag in Black Reign's face. Black Reign and Raven battle and Raven is put in the corner as Black Reign kicks Raven in the groin. Abyss is up and he has one of his bags. Black Reign with a Pedigree on Abyss.
Rhino staggers into the ring while Raven grabs the kendo stick. Rhino sets for the GORE on Black Reign but Black Reign has his weapon. That does not stop Rhino from hitting the GORE. Raven hits Rhino and Abyss with the kendo stick. Abyss pours the tacks on the mat but James Mitchell brings another bag to the ring. Raven kicks Abyss in the head as Raven mixes glass with the thumbtacks. Raven sets for a DDT but Abyss hits the Black Hole Slam on the glass and tacks for the three count in about ten minutes.
This was an okay match. All four men gave everything but I thought this was a falls count anywhere match. Raven was probably the MVP of the match.
We see a video package for the Heavyweight Title Match since the main event is next.
Don and Mike talk about the main event and how two of the greatest are going to lock up in the ring. We go to the tale of the tape for the main event.
TNA Heavyweight Title Match: Kurt Angle versus Sting
They lock up and Sting backs Angle into the ropes. Sting with a clean break. They lock up again and Angle with a waist lock but Sting with a standing switch. Angle makes it to the ropes and Sting with another clean break. Angle with an arm bar and single leg trip. Angle continues with the arm bar but Sting reverses and wrings the arm. Angle makes it to the ropes and Sting with another clean break. Sting with a side head lock and take down. Angle with a head scissors but Sting escapes the hold and both men are at a stalemate. Angle with a side head lock to Sting and shoulder tackle. Sting with a hip toss and Angle goes to the floor. Angle returns to the ring and he kicks Sting followed by a European uppercut and chop. Angle with another chop but Sting turns the tables with a punch and kick. Sting with the punches of ten to Angle and Sting screams for the fans.
Angle with a kick and European uppercut. Sting misses a drop kick but Angle goes for the legs. Sting pushes Angle off and hits a drop kick followed by a clothesline that sends Angle over the top rope to the floor. Sting sends Angle into the guardrails as he takes Angle around the ring and then he slams Angle's head onto the announce table. Sting rolls in to break up the count. Sting rolls Angle back into the ring. Angle with a kick to Sting followed by an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner and runs his shoulder into the post. Sting tries for the Scorpion Death Drop but Angle counters and hits a German suplex. Angle with a backbreaker to Sting for a two count. Angle with another two count.
Angle with a European uppercut in the corner followed by punches and kicks. Angle chokes Sting with his boot. Angle hits a vertical suplex for a two count. Angle with a body scissors on Sting and he turns it into a side head lock. Sting with elbows to Angle but Angle with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Angle with a snap mare and then he has Sting in a rear chin lock with his knee in Sting;s back. Sting gets to his feet and gets out of the hold. Sting and Angle each hit clotheslines and both men go down in the center of the ring.
Sting and Angle get to their feet and they exchange punches with Sting getting the advantage. Sting with clotheslines to Angle but Angle with a kick. Sting with a spinebuster to Angle for a two count. Sting sets for the Stinger Splash and he hits it. Sting with one to Angle's back. Sting with a bulldog and then Sting goes up top. Angle is up and he hits an overhead belly-to-belly superplex for a two count. Angle tries for the Olympic Slam but Sting with a counter into a sunset flip for a two count.
Angle hits the Three Rivers German suplex combination but he can only get a two count. Angle's straps are down and he puts Sting in the ankle lock and he pulls Sting into the center of the ring. Sting counters and he puts Angle in the Scorpion Death Lock. Angle is about to tap but Karen Angle comes to the ring. Sting releases the hold and he tells Karen to leave. The referee sends Karen out of the ring. Kevin Nash comes into the ring and he clotheslines Sting. Angle with the Olympic Slam but the referee is dealing with Karen Angle. Angle can only get a two count. Angle puts Sting on the top turnbuckle for a superplex, but Sting knocks Angle off. Sting tries for a frog splash but Angle gets his knees up and Angle is only able to hit a two count.
Angle with a standing power slam to Sting and then he goes up top. Angle hits a 450 splash on Sting with his knees but Sting kicks out at two. Angle puts Sting in the ankle lock and Nash taunts Sting. Sting rolls through and sends Angle into Nash. Angle knocks the referee out and Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop. Sting covers Angle but there is no referee. A second referee comes into the ring but Nash pulls that referee out of the ring and Nash punches the referee.
Nash enters the ring and he punches Sting and connects with elbows in the corner followed by knees. Angle and Nash Irish whip Sting but Sting with a double clothesline. Sting punches Nash but Angle with a low blow to Sting. Angle gets the baseball bat but Sting blocks it. Sting hits Angle with the bat and then he hits Nash with the bat while he tries to get back into the ring. Sting is bleeding and he hits the Scorpion Death Drop for the three count to become the New TNA Heavyweight Champion in eighteen and a half minutes.
After a slow start that was a bit sloppy, this turned into a very good match until Karen Angle came to the ring. Why did Sting release the hold? Is it impossible for TNA security in any venue to stop anyone from coming to the ring. The Jarrett formula took away from my enjoyment of this match. The other two and a half hours of this pay per view were good enough that it did not affect what I thought was a very strong pay per view. If you did not watch the final seven or eight minutes of the match, this might have been TNA's best pay per view in a long time.
We end the pay per view with a teaser video for Genesis next month.
2008 - WWE announced the release of Lance Cade.
2008 - Adam "Pacman" Jones, who was brought into TNA in 2007 as a celebrity crossover and the TNA Tag Team belts with Ron Killings (complete with Jones pinning Sting) has been suspended indefinitely once again by The National Football League. Jones, at the time a member of the Dallas Cowboys, was involved in an incident with a member of the security team assigned to oversee him at a hotel. Since alcohol was involved in the incident, a violation of the terms of his NFL reinstatement, he's once again been put on suspension for a minimum four games, potentially more.
2008 - WWE broadcast ECW on SyFy. Buck Woodward filed the following TV report:
ECW for October 14th opened with Mark Henry and Tony Atlas heading to the ring as they reviewed Mark Henry laying out Jamie Noble and Matt Hardy on last week's show. Atlas talked about how Henry sent a "painful" message to Matt Hardy last week. Atlas said Henry deserved to be ECW Champion, and the longer he had to wait to be champion, the more painful the message would get for Matt Hardy. ECW General Manager Theodore R. Long came out and questioned Mark Henry thinking he deserved a title match because he and Atlas double teamed Hardy last week. Long argued with Atlas, then said he would give Henry an opportunity, but he wouldn't make the final decision. Long announced that at Cyber Sunday, the fans would vote (via text) to determine the challenger for Matt Hardy's ECW Title at the PPV. The choices would be Henry, and the winners of two qualifying matches tonight. Henry was irate over the decision. Long said the first match would start right now.
Evan Bourne entered, but Mark Henry hadn't left the ring. Bourne offered Henry a handshake, but when Henry went to take his hand, Bourne pulled it away, then quickly backed away from Henry, smiling. Henry was agitated, but Atlas got him to exit the ring as they went to break.
Cyber Sunday Qualifying Match: Evan Bourne vs. Chavo Guerrero.
They locked up, with Chavo grabbing a side mare and applying a headlock. Bourne threw it off and Chavo hit a shoulderblock, but Bourne kipped up and hit an armdrag. Chavo slid to the floor to regroup. Chavo tripped Bourne and floated over him into a headlock. Chavo switched to an armbar, and Bourne used some knees to the body and an armdrag, but Chavo wouldn't release his hold. Bourne finally escaped with a springboard armdrag, then hit another armdrag off the second rope and applied a keylock. Chavo hit a knee to the gut, a kick, and a forearm, then stomped Bourne in the corner. Chavo rammed Bourne into the top turnbuckle, then hit some punches. Chavo went for a hiptoss, but Bourne turned it into a bodyscissors, then switched it into an armdrag. Chavo slid to the floor, and Bourne leaped over the top rope turning halfway in mid-air into a plancha, hitting Chavo as they went to break.
Back from commercial, Bourne went for a standing moonsault on Chavo in the ring, but Chavo got his knees up. Chavo applied a leglock, and we saw that during the break Bourne hit a top rope double knee shot, but found out Chavo used a single leg crab in retaliation. Chavo applied a Mutalock, but Bourne broke out. Bourne went to the apron and tried a slingshot over Chavo's back, running to the opposite ropes, but Chavo blasted him with a rolling Liger kick. Chavo stomped Bourne, but Bourne fought back with a series of kicks to the leg and body. Bourne rolled up Chavo for a two count. Bourne hit a jumping knee, then some shoulderblocks in the corner. Bourne put Chavo on the top rope and hit a palm strike, then went for a top rope rana. Chavo moved though, and Bourne crotched himself on the top rope and crashed to the mat. Chavo scored a two count, then applied a single leg crab.
Bourne struggled in the hold, and went for the ropes, but Chavo pulled him back to center ring. Chavo pulled too quickly though, and Bourne rolled under Chavo and hit some upkicks to knock Chavo down. Bourne missed a kick and Chavo went for the Three Amigos. Chavo hit two suplexes, but Bourne busted out with a knee on the third. Bourne hit a spin kick, but Chavo returned fire. Chavo went to the second rope, but Bourne leaped up from the mat and caught Chavo with a rana. Bourne then hit Chavo with the Shooting Star Press for the pin at the thirteen minute mark.
Winner: Evan Bourne.
Mark Henry ran out and planted Bourne with the World's Strongest Slam. Henry grabbed Bourne's motionless hand and shook it, then walked off, leaving Bourne laying in the ring. After the replays, they showed Bourne getting up in the ring, while Henry watched from the stage.
They announced the other qualifying match for tonight would be Finlay vs. John Morrison.
A video package for the Boogeyman was shown, announcing he would be returning to ECW.
They plugged Jeff Hardy vs. Vladimir Kozlov for this Friday's Smackdown.
Backstage, Theodore R. Long was on the phone when Tiffany walked in dressed as a Vegas Showgirl for Sci Fi's "31 Days Of Halloween". Tiffany said she had the perfect costume for Long since they are in Vegas, and pulled out an Elvis jumpsuit. Jack Swagger entered and complained about not being included in the qualifying matches tonight. Long said Swagger needed to prove himself first. Tommy Dreamer entered and asked Long for consideration for the first title match after Cyber Sunday. Long said he would think about it. Swagger told Dreamer that it wasn't 1996 anymore, and that ECW was now about people like himself who are building legacies, not people like Dreamer who are bastardizing there legacy. Dreamer glared at Swagger as he walked away.
Morrison and Miz were shown heading to the ring.
Cyber Sunday Qualifying Match: John Morrison, with The Miz, vs. Finlay, with Hornswoggle.
They locked up and jockeyed for position. Finlay grabbed a side headlock, then hit a shoulderblock for a two count. Finlay slammed Morrison and went for an arm wringer, but Morrison ducked behind him and grabbed a cradle, but Finlay swept his leg out and applied a leglock. Morrison countered into an attempted jujigatame, but Finlay blocked it and turned into a leglock. Morrison grabbed a chinlock to escape, but Finlay kept holding onto his foot, even as they got to his feet, and Finlay tripped Morrison to the mat and applied a leglace. Finlay drove his knee into Morrison's leg, but Morrison kicked him with his free leg. Finlay took the kick, and turned Morrison into a single leg crab. Finlay switched to a front facelock, and backed Morrison to a corner. Morrison kicked Finlay in the gut and hit some crossface blows. Morrison hit a running knee to the head for a two count, then applied an armbar. There was a "Johnny Nitro" chant. Wow, Vegas fans remember! Morrison kept the armbar, and the fans chanted "Let's Go Finlay". Morrison went for a back drop, but Finlay kicked it away. Miz tried to trip Finlay, but missed and when Morrison charged, Finlay threw him out of the ring onto Miz. Finlay then distracted the referee while Hornswoggle got in the ring, then dove out into a tope on both men. Hornswoggle got under the ring, then dragged Miz under it as well. Finlay threw Morrison back into the ring as they went to break.
Back from commercial, Morrison was back to working over Finlay's arm. Miz and Hornswoggle were apparently still under the ring. We saw that Finlay used the apron trap on Morrison during the break, but Morrison came back with a jumping kick from the floor as Finlay was trying to pull him into the ring. Finlay broke out of the armbar, but missed a charge and ran shoulder first into the ringpost. Morrison continued to work on the arm with kicks and flipped him to the mat by the limb before reapplying an armbar. Finlay busted out by ramming Morrison into a corner, but Morrison nailed Finlay with a clothesline. Morrison went for a cover, but Finlay reversed it for a two count. A frustrated Morrison hit a series of punched, then went back to the armbar. Crowd is starting to tire of the armbar. Finlay kicked up from the mat and got out of the hold. Morrison whipped Finlay into a corner, but Finlay put on the brakes and as he turned collided head to head with a charging Morrison. Both men got to their feet and Finlay grabbed a backslide for a two count. Finlay hit some clotheslines, then a shoulderblock in the corner. Finlay hit the forward rolling Samoan Drop for a two count. Morrison kicked an advancing Finlay, but Finlay scooped up Morrison for a Celtic Cross. Morrison wiggled out and hit a backbreaker and neckbreaker.
Hornswoggle got into the ring to distract the referee, and Finlay went for the Shillelagh. Mike Knox came out and grabbed the Shillelagh away. Morrison hit Finlay with a springboard kick, but only got a two count. Mike Knox was grabbed at ringside and dragged under the ring. Morrison went to a corner and ripped off a turnbuckle pad. As the referee went to fix it, Cryme Tyme emerged from under the ring (explaining how "Hornswoggle" was able to drag Miz and Knox under it) and gave Finlay the Shillelagh. Finlay blasted Morrison with it, and the referee turned and counted the pinfall at the sixteen minute mark.
Cryme Tyme got in the ring to celebrate, and Finlay blasted both of them with the Shillelagh, while Hornswoggle laughed. Finlay and Hornswoggle exited, but Mark Henry ambushed Finlay on the stage and gave him a World's Strongest Slam to end the show.
So, the Cyber Sunday match is ECW Champion Matt Hardy vs. the fan's choice of Mark Henry, Evan Bourne or Finlay.
2009 - Captain Lou Albano, long considered to be one of the best managers of all time passed away at the age of 76. Albano, who had dropped a tremendous amount of weight in recent years, had been under hospice care at his home for an undisclosed illness.
Although he wrestled early in his career as one half of the Sicilians with Tony Altimore, he wasn't a standout performer in the ring. He and Altimore held the United States Tag Team and the Midwestern Tag Team championships. Urban legend at the time, most recently told in Gary Hart's autobiography, tells a story that legitimate mobsters approached the pair and told them to tone down their Italian wiseguy act.
Albano moved into managing at the suggestion of Bruno Sammartino, who told him he was a “good bullsh**er” and would be a natural. Albano went to Vince McMahon Sr. with the idea, setting off his real claim to fame, his legendary speaking ability to go off on ranting interviews. For years in the old WWF territory under Vince McMahon Sr., Albano worked as the dastardly manager and mouthpiece for countless tag teams, leading heel teams to WWF Tag Team championships including The Wild Samoans, The Moondogs, The Valiant Brothers, Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito and others.
Although he was best known for his Tag Team championships (listed as leading 15 teams to championships), Albano also worked with Ivan Koloff leading him to a WWWF championship win over Bruno Sammartino and WWF Intercontinental championships for Don Muraco, Greg Valentine, and Pat Patterson.
In the early 1980s, Albano became one of the catalysts for the "Rock N' Wrestling" craze when he appeared in Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" music video in the role of her father. This led to Albano claiming on WWF television taking credit for Lauper's success as she was a top flight act in those days. This led to Lauper coming into the company. The two eventually reconciled with Albano "teaching" Lauper how to manage for her role as Wendi Richter's mouthpiece. A famous angle at the time featured Roddy Piper attacking Albano and Lauper in Madison Square Garden during an in-ring ceremony, which brought out Hulk Hogan and Mr. T (sitting in the crowd), helping to set up the main event for the first Wrestlemania event in 1985.
Now firmly a babyface, Albano moved on to managing babyfaces including Andre the Giant, George Steele, and The British Bulldogs before retiring in 1989. He was well known for doing a lot of charitable work, especially for those suffering from multiple sclerosis. Albano made semi-regular appearances for WWF over the years, sitting ringside at PPV events and returning to manage the Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu, now best known as Rikishi) to the WWF Tag Team championships in the mid-1990s. Albano was inducted into the then-WWF Hall of Fame in November 1996 in New York City.
Outside of the ring, the Lauper music video led to a series of acting roles, most notably as Frankie the Fixer in the 1986 feature film "Wiseguys" starring Danny Devito and Joe Piscopo. Albano often mentioned possibly starring in a sequel as Frankie's twin brother but it never came to be. He also had a starring role as Mario in the afternoon children's series "Super Mario Bros." based off the popular video game. He also had a host of smaller film and television roles, including “Miami Vice”, “227”, and Nickelodeon's “Hey Dude.” Albano often played off his well known persona, doing wrestling related roles in "Stay Tuned" and "Bodyslam - The Wrestling Movie."
In later years, Albano was credited as a writer for the "Idiot's Guide to Professional Wrestling" book alongside boxing pundit Burt Sugar and made semi-regular convention and independent wrestling appearances. An autobiography "Often Imitated, Never Duplicated", written by Albano was released independently in 2008.
Still a great talker, Albano was making appearances semi-regularly and would often pull the spotlight to him the second he saw a camera on him or a chance to zing a one liner during a Q & A Session, grabbing the attention as only he could, in his own unique way.
2010 - TNA signed the former Katie Lea Burchill to a deal, rechristening her Winter.
2010 - Crowbar Press officially released the autobiography of WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas, "Too Much...Too Soon."
2010 - The cause of death for former WWE star Lance Cade was released. The cause was ruled mixed drug intoxication, complicating a cardiomyopathy.” The death was ruled accidental. Cade, real name Lance McNaught passed away on August 13, 2010 at the age of 29 years old.
2010 - TNA broadcast Impact on SpikeTV. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We start off this week’s show with a look back at what happened at Bound for Glory with Abyss and then the revelation that Eric Bischoff, and Hulk Hogan were ‘They’ and they recruited Jeff Hardy, the new TNA World Champion. And we saw Jeff Jarrett join the crew while Rob Van Dam tried to find out why.
Eric Bischoff is outside and he is with Dixie’s attorney, Guy Blake. He says that was a different contract that he sent for Dixie to sign. He accuses Eric of changing the contracts and Eric says that is a serious accusation. The attorney says that Dixie signed the contracts under false pretenses and those weren’t the contracts she was supposed to sign. Eric says that Dixie signed the contracts in front of millions of people on television. He also says that if they want to take it to court, he will see him in five or six years when it gets in front of a jury. Eric says that this is his building and his show. Eric says that the attorney is trespassing. The attorney says that he hasn’t seen the last of him and it isn’t over.
We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘Smush Smush’ Tenay and Taz.
Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff come to the ring and Hogan is still on his crutches. Tenay tells us that Hogan and Bischoff are now in control of TNA.
Eric has a mic and he wants to have the honor and privilege of introducing his mentor and his brother, the man who made this industry famous . . . Hulk Hogan.
Hogan wants to know where that no good Dixie Carter is. He says that he would like to welcome all of the TNA Maniacs to his company. He says that they decided enough of the ga-ga and it was time to take what was theirs. Hogan says that there is a motive to this madness. They tried to do it the easy way but Dixie didn’t want to do it the easy way. Dixie conned her to come to TNA and she promised him the keys to the car. She promised to take all of his ideas to take TNA to the next level, but Dixie didn’t want to do it the easy way so she took and grabbed everything that was promised to him and made it ours. It is now a company of Hollywood Hogan’s Immortals.
With them at the helm this company is going to live forever.
Eric says that has a great ring to it. Eric says that what they did would be considered a hostile takeover, but this was a work of art. He says that Rembrandt and Monet couldn’t conceive a piece of art as beautiful as they created. Most people didn’t see it coming and didn’t have a clue. He says that most of the people in the company were like deer in headlights.
It started with Abyss. People wondered why after Abyss was taken under Hogan’s wing and was given the Hall of Fame ring, why would Abyss turn on Hogan after having the torch passed to him? Only they knew why it happened. It made all of the sense in the world for them. Bischoff brings out the first domino to fall and the biggest one.
Abyss comes to the ring and he has Janice with him. Hogan welcomes his son and Abyss says ‘THEY’RE HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!!!’ For months he prophesized that on 10/10/10 they would come to take total control of TNA. All of the ignorant sheep in the Impact Zone, at home, and in the back didn’t believe him. He says that they are in control of TNA. He says that he is their soldier and he follows their orders. He says that he will destroy anything or anyone who stands in their way.
Hogan tells his son that it is his destiny now that he will live forever because he is immortal.
Bischoff says that the next person was someone they did not see eye to eye with but they are the same. It is a person who knew where all of the bodies were buried. Eric brings out the founder of TNA, Jeff Jarrett.
Jeff comes to the ring and he hugs Hogan and Bischoff. Jarrett says that it was genius. Jarrett says that when Dixie Carter took a company that he started and founded right out from under his nose. She used daddy’s money to run him out of his own office. It has been a pleasure to work with Eric Bischoff and a joy to work with the Immortal One. They gave the entire Carter family exactly what they deserved. Now everybody in TNA . . . and he means everybody has to play by the new rules. Those rules are dictated by the new regime.
Ric Flair’s music plays and Fortune comes out to the ring. Ric has SoCal Val earn her money by holding the ropes open for them.
They stare each other down and Flair says that in Hogan’s absence he hasn’t been watching the show. Flair says that this company is run by Fortune. They are the heart and soul, the blood and guts. He says that Hogan’s guys don’t run the company. Flair says that for twenty-five years they have hated each other’s guts. By the end of tonight, someone is going to walk away.
Hogan suggests that they go at it tonight and Flair takes off the jacket and he is ready for a fight. There is no need for a fight because Hogan and Flair hug.
Bischoff says that Hogan and Flair are on the same time because Dixie brought in a bunch of used garbage that she compared to Flair and Hogan. Bischoff says that it was a nail in her coffin.
Hogan says that the greatest wrestler of all time, Ric Flair, had to be involved to make this plan work.
Flair says that he loved this more than his ex-wifes.
Eric says that this new regime wouldn’t be together if not for this next person. Eric introduces the current TNA World Champion, Jeff Hardy.
Jeff hugs Hogan and shakes some of the people’s hands in the ring. The fans chant that Jeff ‘sold out’ before he talks.
Jeff says that he didn’t sell out, he sold in. Popularity doesn’t mean a damn thing to him. Jeff says that he blames everyone and the cheers for his pain. He blames their greed for his anger. Jeff says that these people care about him more than the fans. They care about his well being. He says that Van Dam is another politician. Hardy says that he never played that game and he never will.
Hardy says that the Whole F’n Show is wondering what the Whole F’n Deal is. Hardy says that he is responsible for Abyss attacking Van Dam and it was needed to get Van Dam out of the picture. Hardy says that they are immortal and they will live forever.
We see Sting and Kevin Nash watching in the back.
Eric says that the party is here in the ring and he tells them to come to the ring and stop acting like a couple of wallflowers.
Hogan says to let bygones be bygones and forgive and forget. Hogan says that they have two empty seats at the table for them.
Sting and Nash start walking as we go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage of Dixie walking into the building telling security not to leave her side tonight.
Kevin Nash and Sting are almost in the ring.
Eric says that they are gloating and a little over the top. Eric says that this is a company and it is about money. Eric says that it is a new day and they want Sting and Nash on the team and they are welcome to join them.
Nash says that it is almost a perfect fit for him. He says that his entire career has been about money. He hasn’t cared about anybody else. He didn’t care if they starved or lost the roof over their head. On the way to getting here, as he got older, he got wiser. The bible says that gray hair is a sign of wisdom. With wisdom came compassion. Those guys in the back that he would have taken every dollar from in the past are his friends now. They are his family so he is going to pass on the money this time. He says that he wants nothing to do with these guys and if they are going to run the company into the ground, they can do it without him.
Sting says that this was not what he came to this company for five years ago. He says that he loved TNA and he wouldn’t have sacrificed his body so much if he didn’t love TNA. Sting says that this is a no win situation. He says that he is not going to repeat history
Sting and Nash leave the ring and Bischoff asks them if they are nuts because it is always about money and power. Eric says that they are handing it to them on a silver platter.
While Team Hogan talk in the ring, Taz and Tenay talk about the decision made by Sting and Nash.
We go to the back and we see D’Angelo Dinero confronting Sting and Nash about walking out when they finally set the sides. Dinero says that he is still making money and he is going to take on Sting and Nash’s cause even if he has to do it himself.
Dixie wants to know what Nash and Sting are doing. She says that they can’t leave her. Sting says that they tried to tell her before but she did not listen. Dixie says that they were talking in tongues and in cryptic messages.
Hogan and Bischoff walk up to Dixie and Dixie wants to know what they are doing. Dixie slaps Bischoff before he can talk. She wants Hogan to look her in the eye to tell her that he is screwing her out of the company. Hogan tells Dixie that if they are going to talk about this, it will happen in his office.
We go to commercial.
We are in Hogan’s office and Dixie wants to know if Hogan intentionally tried to screw her. Hogan says that he screwed her out of her company. Dixie wants to know why. Hogan says that Dixie said that he would be the happiest ever. Hogan says that when people want to talk with him, they talk.
Hogan says that in thirty years in the business. Dixie says that she gave him the opportunity. She tells Hogan that he isn’t getting this company. Dixie blames Bischoff for this. Dixie says that she never trusted him.
Dixie says that it will be their company over her dead body. She calls Eric a smug **** and she wants them out of here.
Dixie and Hogan argue over who controls the security and they force Dixie out of the office.
Serge comes up from behind and he gets punched while trying to protect his wife.
We go to commercial.
We are back and J-Woww has arrived at the Impact Zone.
Taz and Tenay talk about how Dixie must feel after being kicked out of the building.
Madison Rayne comes out with a referee. We see footage from Bound for Glory when Tara won the Knockouts Title.
Madison has a mic and she says that last Sunday night was the biggest night in professional wrestling. It was the biggest pay per view of the year and she had a plan. That plan involved her becoming the three time TNA Knockouts Champion. That didn’t happen because her title is around the waist of Tara. The same Tara who has her to thank for getting her job back in TNA. She demands that Tara come back to the ring and give her what she deserves . . . a Knockouts Title Match right now.
Tara’s music plays and she comes out to the ring.
Madison reminds Tara that she is the reason why she is back in TNA. Madison signed the contract to let her wrestle again. Madison is the reason why Tara was in the match and she owes her. Madison says that they had a deal and she tells Tara to do the right thing.
Tara gives the referee the title belt and then she
”Match Number One”: Tara versus Madison Rayne for the Knockouts Title
Tara lays down and Madison gets the three count.
Winner: Madison Rayne
After the match, Madison celebrates with Tara acting as if she did something monumental. Madison says that she did it. She tells Tara that she has to give her credit because she knows that was the toughest match . . .
Mickie James interrupts and she says that she calls herself a champion. She finds that disgraceful, not just for her but for anyone who held a title. Mickie tells Madison to shut up. She says that is making a mockery of a championship. Mickie says that she sees no better time to take the Knockouts Title than right now.
Mickie comes to the ring and Mickie punches Tara but Tara with a knee. Mickie with a back kick and Madison leaves the ring. Mickie holds up the title belt.
We go to the back where Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, and Lacey Von Erich are getting made up and J Woww enters. They hug and they are all buddy buddy. J Woww says that she is looking for Cookie. She says that this should be her last night here. We go to commercial.
We are back and the Beautiful People and J Woww are looking for Cookie. Eric Young sees them and he cannot believe that she is there. He wants her to sign his jugs with her Herbie Hancock. Orlando Jordan says that she looks fabulous and would like to put his lollipop in her mouth. She refuses and they walk away.
Kurt Angle comes to the ring and he is going to address the Impact Zone and people watching at home.
Angle says that he came to the Impact Zone a little late tonight and he was uninvited. He says that before he makes his statement of retirement. He would like to get a few things off his chest. He appreciates the chants of ‘Please don’t go’ but he is a man of his word. He says that he busted his ass for six months. At Bound for Glory he busted his ribs and reinjured his neck. He got stitches in his eye. Angle wants to know why Bischoff and Hogan screwed him at Bound for Glory. Angle says that he doesn’t expect them to come out, but if he is going to retire, he wants some answers.
Angle says that he didn’t win the title at Bound for Glory, but he didn’t get pinned. Angle tells Hogan and Bischoff that he is in a dilemma.
Jeff Jarrett comes out and asks Kurt what dilemma there is. Angle said that if he did not win the TNA title, he won’t wrestle any more. Since Angle didn’t win the title, he shouldn’t wrestle any more. He didn’t hear Angle say if he didn’t get pinned or got screwed. He didn’t expect Angle to come out and make excuses. He says that Angle was a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, father, and husband . . . make that ex-husband. Jarrett reminds Angle that he will never forget the living hell that he made of his life when he brought Angle into TNA. Now he is looking forward to returning the favor.
Angle tells Jarrett that he can have his ex-wife. Angle wants to know how he made Jarrett’s life a living hell. By putting TNA on the map? By talking up TNA every time he could? By teaching the rookies everything he knows? Was it because it wasn’t all about Jarrett after Angle got here? Angle asks Jeff how many titles he won before he got here? Angle says that Jarrett held everyone down, but Jeff couldn’t hold Angle down.
Jeff says that had nothing to do with it. Jeff says that it is all about getting back what was his. Joining forces with Hogan and Bischoff was the golden ticket. Destroying Angle’s career was more important than taking Angle’s life from him.
Angle goes up the ramp to go after Jarrett, but Gunner and Murphy attack Angle and they cuff him while Jarrett kicks him. Jarrett punches Angle and then he sends Angle into the stage. Jarrett punches Angle and Taz leaves the announce table and he tells Jeff that is enough.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of the inhumane attack by Jeff Jarrett on Kurt Angle.
We go to an interview that Samoa Joe did at Daytona Beach on Monday where he says that he made the mistake of trusting Jeff Jarrett at Bound for Glory. Joe says that Jeff chose him for a reason and a purpose. That was to destroy everyone put in front of him. Joe says that man is now looking for him.
Match Number One: Abyss versus Samoa Joe
Joe punches Abyss and Abyss cowers in the corner until the referee pulls Joe away. Abyss sends Joe into the corner but Abyss misses a charge and Joe with an enzuigiri. Joe with boots to the head and then he hits a leaping kick followed by a back senton. Joe with punches to Abyss but Abyss grabs Joe by the throat and he hits a choke slam. Abyss goes to the floor and he takes SoCal Val’s chair as she runs away. Joe with a suicide dive and Joe clips the chair but he hits Abyss as well. Abyss gets the ring bell and hits Joe with it.
The referee calls for the bell and after Abyss gives the bell back it is rung.
Winner: Samoa Joe by disqualification
After the match Abyss brings Joe back into the ring and he punches Joe in the head.
Rob Van Dam’s music plays and Abyss leaves the ring.
Rob Van Dam gets on the mic (because there hasn’t been a lot of talking so far). Rob wants Jeff Hardy to come out to get this resolved. Rob says that Jeff owes the fans an explanation. Rob tells Jeff that he had his respect, trust, and support. Now he has his focus.
Jeff appears on the BrotherTronBrother and he says that you devour your friends when you bring them close. He chewed on Rob and spit him out. His words are biblical. Some refer to him as the new anti-Christ of wrestling.
Eric Bischoff’s music plays and he comes out to the ring. Eric says that there are dilemmas. He has a solution for Rob. Eric tells Rob that if he wants a shot at Jeff Hardy at Turning Point. Only if Rob can beat Ken Anderson in the main event tonight with the winner getting the title match at Turning Point.
Rob wants Anderson to come out so he can get his hands on Hardy.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Eric is impressed with Miss Tessmacher’s pearl necklace and he wants to talk about things after the show. Eric says that it is that easy with her. Eric’s soft and dulcet tones are now more harsh because he says that Pope and Nash know how easy she is. She shared information that she shouldn’t have shared. Eric says that she isn’t thinking with her head. Eric says that they are done. She has one option and that is to get in the ring with the Knockouts. She isn’t running things for the Knockouts any more. Eric tells her to get her 38DDs out of his sight.
Ken Anderson comes up behind Eric Bischoff. Ken shakes Eric’s hand and says that he says that he never thought he would meet a bigger a**hole than him. He calls Eric a d-bag and then he shakes Eric’s hand really hard and Ken says that Eric won’t win the war.
Match Number Two: D’Angelo Dinero versus Douglas Williams, Beer Money, Kazarian, and A.J. Styles in a Pope’s Getting Excommunicated Match’
Williams is the first to face Dinero and they lock up and Williams backs Dinero into the corner. Dinero with punches but Williams with a knee and shoulder tackle. Dinero with a flying forearm followed by elbows and a punch to the head and he gets a near fall. Kazarian tags in and he gets back body dropped. Dinero with a reverse atomic drop and flying shoulder tackle. Styles tags in and he gets punched and then Dinero hits a splash and goes to the floor. Dinero punches Flair but he turns around and gets the Carbon Footprint from Morgan. Styles picks up Dinero on the two count. Roode tags in and he punches Dinero and chops him. Roode with a knee and elbow and then he tags in Storm and they hit a double suplex. Instead of trying to win the match, they do their who they are deal. Kazarian tags in and hits a drop kick and gets a near fall. Kazarian with an Irish whip and Dinero knocks everyone off the apron. Styles hits Frankie with a Pele kick and then Dinero with a rollup on Kazarian. Beer Money with the DWI and then Kazarian gets the three count.
Winners: Beer Money, A.J. Styles, Douglas Williams, and Frankie Kazarian
Robbie E and Cookie are walking in the back.
We see J Woww walking with Lacey, Velvet, and Angelina as we go to commercial.
We are back and Cookie and Robbie E come to the ring. They have mics and Robbie says that he has something crazy to tell her. He says that they are on at the same time as the Jersey Shore and he says sorry because after Robbie E and Cookie debuted last week, nobody wants to watch those fake punks. They want to watch them. He says that Jersey Shore is done. Cookie says that the Jersey Shore poseurs are done. Cookie calls J Woww ‘J Cow’.
J Woww comes to the ring with Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, and Lacey Von Erich.
J Woww gets in Cookie’s face and Cookie calls her a poseur and J Cow. Cookie talks slowly and she tells her to take her fake weave and funbags and crawl back into the hole she came from.
Cookie slaps J Woww and J Woww takes her down and she slams Cookie’s head into the mat as she punches her. Robbie is taken care of by Angelina, Velvet, and Lacey.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of the battle between J Woww and Cookie.
It is now time to take a look back at what happened in the first half hour of the show.
Ken Anderson is walking in the back and now he is stretching as he gets ready for his match with Rob Van Dam.
Ken Anderson comes out and he isn’t going to use his mic to talk to the crowd because he is all about business.
Match Number Four: Rob Van Dam versus Ken Anderson in a Number One Contender Match
Anderson and Van Dam stand in the center of the ring and then Anderson punches Van Dam but Van Dam punches back. They exchange more punches. Anderson with a chop but Van Dam with a kick and a spin kick. Van Dam with a shoulder in the corner. Anderson punches Van Dam but Van Dam with an Irish whip and monkey flip. Van Dam with a running heel kick and he gets a near fall.
Anderson goes to the floor and Van Dam with a moonsault from the apron.
We move to Reaction and the match continues with Van Dam rolling Anderson back in but Anderson hits the ropes and it crotches Van Dam. Van Dam knocks Anderson to the mat but Anderson crotches Van Dam again. Anderson with a superplex and he gets a near fall. Anderson kicks Van Dam in the head and he connects with a back elbow for a near fall. Anderson with cross faces to the head and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Anderson with a knee and he gets a near fall. Anderson slams Van Dam’s head into the turnbuckles and then he kicks Van Dam. Anderson pulls Van Dam out of the corner to work on the back some more. Van Dam with punches and a clothesline. Van Dam with a savate kick. Anderson gets Van Dam on his shoulders but Van Dam with a slam and a split legged moonsault for a near fall. Anderson hits the rolling fireman’s carry slam but he can only get a two count.
Anderson goes up top for the Kenton Bomb but he misses when Rob moves out of the way. Van Dam goes up top for the Five Star Frog Splash but he hits Anderson’s knees.
Both men are down and that means that it is time for Eric Bischoff to come to the ring. He has something to say to the referee. He whispers something in Brian Hebner’s ear and Hebner leaves with Eric. Eric tells him to do his job as they go to the back.
Jeff Hardy comes to the ring with a chair and he hits Van Dam and Anderson in the back with the chair. Hardy puts the chair on Anderson’s arm and he hits a Twist of Fate onto the chair.
We go to credits.
2010 - WWE broadcast Superstars. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We start off with the Smackdown brand and your announcers are Matt Striker and Todd Grisham.
Match Number One: Kelly Kelly with Natalya versus Layla with Michelle McCool
Layla takes her time getting ready and she does some calisthenics and then she teases getting involved. Kelly has had enough and she slaps Layla. They lock up and the referee separates them. Kelly blocks a kick and hits an atomic drop followed by a leg sweep and gets a near fall. Layla tries to get to the floor and Kelly kicks her and keeps her in the ring. Layla with an Irish whip but Kelly with a kick. Kelly misses a cross body from the turnbuckles and both women are down. Layla gets up first and gets a near fall. Layla with a snap mare and knee to the ribs. Layla with a body scissors as she continues to work on the ribs which appeared to be injured earlier in the match. Kelly pulls the hair but Layla holds on to the body scissors. Layla with a rollup for a near fall. Layla with another near fall on a rollup but Kelly gets a near fall of her own with a rollup. Layla with a drop kick but Kelly with a kick to the head. Kelly kicks Layla and then she slams Layla’s head into the mat. Kelly with a clothesline and then she tries for a hip toss but Layla counters with a rollup. Kelly with an X Factor but Layla kicks out at the last possible moment. Layla with a kick and then she sends Kelly to the mat. Layla tries to mock Natalya and she tries for a Sharpshooter but Layla takes too long and Kelly gets a rollup and hits a clothesline. Layla goes to the floor but she returns to the apron. Kelly is dropped on the top rope and while the referee is dealing with Kelly, Natalya trips Layla and that allows Kelly to get the three count with a rollup.
Winner: Kelly Kelly
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at Knuckleheads.
We see footage from last week when Curt Hawkins attacked his tag team partner after Vance Archer’s loss to Chris Masters.
Match Number Two: Curt Hawkins versus Trent Barreta
They lock up and Hawkins says something to Barreta but Barreta pushes Hawkins and then he takes Curt down with a side head lock. Hawkins with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Trent with a running back elbow and he gets a near fall. Hawkins goes to the apron and Trent sends Hawkins into the turnbuckle but Hawkins trips Barreta on the turnbuckles and Trent lands awkwardly in the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and Trent punches Curt and connects with forearms. Curt trips Trent as he comes off the ropes. Curt with a kick to Trent and then he hits a suplex and gets a near fall. Hawkins with a knee to the back and a rear chin lock. Trent punches Curt and Hawkins tries to trip Trent again but Trent jumps over Curt and hits a baseball slide and then hits a plancha onto Hawkins and both men are down on the floor. Trent rolls Curt back in and hits a forearm on Curt. Trent with a running knee into the corner and then he hits a springboard missile drop kick to the back and he gets a near fall.
Trent misses a running knee and Hawkins with an emphatic slam for a near fall. Hawkins pulls Trent into the corner and he goes up top but Trent stops him and he connects with forearms to Hawkins. Trent leaps to the top turnbuckle but Hawkins pushes him off and Hawkins hits the Heat Seeking Elbow for the three count.
Winner: Curt Hawkins
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the Raw half of the show and your announcers are Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole.
Match Number Three: Primo with AJ versus Darren Young
Primo with a kick and punches to Young followed by kicks until the referee pulls him out of the corner. Primo with a back elbow. Young with a back elbow and slam to Primo followed by a leg drop for a near fall. Young with a forearm across the chest and then he sends Primo into the turnbuckles. Young with forearms and punches. Young with a short arm clothesline and he gets a near fall. Young sends Primo into the turnbuckles but Primo with an Irish whip. Primo pulls Young off the turnbuckles and he gets a near fall. Primo chokes Young in the ropes. Primo with a chop in the corner. Primo gets a near fall and then he puts Young in a reverse chin lock. Primo with a forearm to the back but Young gets out of a slam attempt and gets a near fall with a rollup. Primo with a clothesline and leg drop for a near fall. Primo with a kick to the back of the head. Young blocks a punch and Young connects with punches of his own. Young with a flying shoulder tackle followed by a kick to the chest and a series of European uppercuts.
Young sends Primo into the turnbuckles but he runs into a boot from Primo. Primo waits for the Lungblower but Young with a full nelson into a DDT and he gets the three count.
Winner: Darren Young
We have the WWE video package about their work with the US Military.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
Match Number Four: Melina versus Alicia Fox with Maxine
Alicia with a forearm to Melina and then she works on the wrist. Melina rolls through and does a split to get out of the hold and she connects with an arm bar and then she gets a near fall. Alicia with a knee and forearm and then she stretches Melina in the ropes. Melina with a choke in the ropes and the referee warns her. Melina with a forearm. Alicia with an Irish whip but Melina moves. Maxine grabs Melina’s leg and that distraction allows Alicia to hit a shoulder tackle that sends Melina to the floor. Alicia gets a near fall on Melina. Alicia with a knee to the midsection followed by a kick. Alicia stands on Melina’s hair while the referee (who is probably jealous) admonishes her. Alicia misses a knee drop and Melina with a screaming flapjack. Melina with a few clotheslines and then she pulls Alicia down by the hair. Melina with knees to the back and Alicia with an Irish whip. Melina tries for the screaming Code Red but Alicia holds on and hits a modified Gory Special. Alicia misses the axe kick and Melina with a back slide for the three count.