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1963 - Killer Kowalski & Gorilla Monsoon defeat Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard to win the United States (WWWF version) tag team championship.
1973 - At a WWWF television taping in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, Tony Garea & Dean Ho defeat Toru Tanaka & Mr. Fuji to win the WWWF World Tag Team Title.
1981 - WWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated Intercontinental Champion Don Muraco in the main event of a show at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (only the World Title was on the line). The match had a 90-minute time limit, due to a one hour draw between the two the previous month. However, this bout only went 20 minutes. The real draw of the card was a stretcher match between Andre The Giant and Killer Khan, with Andre looking for revenge on Khan for "breaking" his leg. Andre hit Khan with splashes before he was carried off on the stretcher.
1986 - WWF World Tag Team Champions The British Bulldogs defeated The Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel & Tom Zenk) via disqualification in what would appear to be a rare (at the time) babyface vs. babyface match. However, the match was held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where hometown hero Rick Martel was hugely popular, so the Bulldogs, who got their first break in the Western part of Canada (Calgary), played heel for the match.
1999 - WWF held the Survivor Series in Detroit, Michigan at the Joe Louis Arena. WWF faced a lot of criticism for running an angle on the PPV where Steve Austin was hit by a car, resulting in him being unable to wrestle in the main event against Triple H and The Rock. WWF knew in advance that the injured Austin would be unable to wrestle, but waited until after the PPV began (and fans had already purchased the event) before running the angle and creating a storyline reason for his absence. Here are the results from the show:
- The Godfather, D'Lo Brown & The Headbangers defeated The Acolytes & The Dudleys in an elimination match. Godfather & Brown were the survivors.
- In his WWF televised debut, Kurt Angle defeated Sean Stasiak.
- Val Venis, Mark Henry, Gangrel & Steve Blackman defeated Davey Boy Smith & The Mean Street Posse in an elimination match. Venis & Henry were the survivors.
- The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Tori & Debra defeated Ivory, Luna Vachon, Jacquelyn & Terri Runnels when Moolah pinned Ivory.
- Kane defeated X-Pac via DQ.
- The Big Show defeated Big Bossman, Prince Albert, Mideon & Viscera in a handicap elimination match. Big Show was supposed to team with Blue Meanie & Kaientai, but he beat them up in the locker room before the match.
- Intercontinental Champion Chyna defeated Chris Jericho.
- Too Cool, Hardcore Holly & Crash Holly defeated Edge, Christian & The Hardys in an elimination match. Hardcore Holly with the survivor.
- WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws defeated Al Snow & Mankind.
- Big Show (subbing for Steve Austin) defeated Triple H and The Rock in a Triple Threat match to win the WWF World Title.
2004 - The Survivor Series was held in Cleveland, Ohio at the Gund Arena. Here is our original report from the show.
SURVIVOR SERIES REPORT
by Buck Woodward
The pay-per-view opened with a video that showed a few classic moments from the last 18 years of Survivor Series events. All three announce teams (Raw, Smackdown and Spanish) were at ringside.
Cruiserweight Champion Spike Dudley vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero vs. Billy Kidman.
Michael Cole said that the other Dudleys were out "indefinitely" due to Big Show beating them up two weeks ago. The match was held with all four men in the ring, one fall. Chavo went after Kidman at the start, while Spike went at it with Rey. Spike gave Rey a double stomp, then went after Chavo. Spike and Kidman double teamed Chavo, until Kidman dropkicked Spike as he was charging for a clothesline. Rey gave Kidman a facebuster and clotheslined him to the floor. Rey and Chavo, left alone in the ring, went at it, trading reversals and counters. Rey used a rana to escape a powerbomb, and went for a Quebrada moonsault, but Chavo caught it, and Rey had to armdrag out. Spike came in and stomped Rey in a corner, but Chavo began hitting Spike with forearms. Chavo and Spike clotheslined each other. Kidman and Rey fought on the ropes, and Rey gave Kidman a top rope rana, taking Kidman off the apron and to the floor. Chavo tossed Rey over the top rope to avoid a bulldog, and Rey landed on Kidman. Chavo gave Kidman and Rey a pescado. Spike was left alone in the ring, and went for a pescado, but missed as Chavo and Rey moved. Kidman was tossed into the ring by Chavo and Rey, then Chavo pulled Rey down from the apron so he could have Kidman to himself.
Chavo backdropped Kidman and planted him with a back suplex, but Spike broke up the cover. Spike slugged it out with Chavo, but Spike hit a reverse atomic drop and a lariat. Rey broke up the cover. Spike whipped Rey hard into a corner for a two count. Spike went for a Quebrada, but Spike ducked it and slid Rey out of the ring. Spike went to the top rope, but Chavo stopped him and went for a superplex. Kidman got behind Chavo for an electric chair, and took Chavo down as Chavo superplexed Spike. Rey got back into the ring and covered Chavo for two, then covered Spike, but Kidman broke it up. Kidman gave Rey a BK Bomb and set up for a Shooting Star, but Chavo knocked him off the top rope and to the floor. Spike charged Chavo with a headbutt to the ribs, and Chavo fell to the floor. Spike hit a headbutt to the gut on Rey, and went for a Dudley Dog, but Rey flipped out of it and tripped Spike into the ropes. Rey hit the 619, but as he went for a springboard, Kidman pulled him down. Chavo gave Spike a Gory Bomb. Kidman gave Chavo a slingshot legdrop on the back of the head as Chavo covered Spike. Rey took Kidman to the floor with a headscissors, while Spike crawled onto Chavo for the pin at the nine minute mark. Winner: Spike Dudley.
Backstage, Paul Heyman was psyching up Heidenreich and left to get his straitjacket. Gene Snitsky approached Heidenreich. Snitsky said he liked Heidenreich's poetry. Heidenreich said he likes what Snitsky does to babies. They said they would see each other later.
Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin vs. Christian, with Tyson Tomko.
Benjamin started off outwrestling Christian on the mat, then kipped up every time Christian tried to take him down with an armbar. Benjamin hit a shoulderblock, then Christian got in Benjamin's face and trash talked him, so Benjamin started pounding Christian on the mat with punches. Christian tried to toss Benjamin out of the ring, but Benjamin skinned the cat and hit a springboard somersault neckbreaker for two count. Benjamin stayed in control, and Christian bailed out to the floor. Benjamin started arguing with Tomko, and Christian tried to sneak up on him, but Benjamin caught him with a right. As they went back to the ring, Tomko tried to hook Benjamin's leg. This distraction allowed Christian to shoved Benjamin off the apron and into the security wall.
Christian took over on the floor, then choked Benjamin when they returned to the ring. Benjamin came back with a cross bodyblock, but Christian kicked out and hit a neckbreaker, then ripped at the face of Benjamin. Christian applied a rear chinlock, and as Benjamin fought up, Christian pulled Benjamin through the ropes and to the floor. Christian continued to brawl for the advantage, and got a two count with an inverted DDT. Christian stood on Benjamin's back as he choked him on the middle rope. Christian started slapping and trash talking Benjamin, firing him up. Benjamin whipped Christian hard into the buckles, and both men were down on the mat. Benjamin hit a clothesline as they got up, then a flying forearm. Benjamin got a two count with a side Russian legsweep, then rolled up Christian after pulling him away from the ropes for two. Christian went for a reverse DDT, but Benjamin hit a reverse slingshot suplex for a two count.
Benjamin rammed Christian into a corner, but missed a Stinger Splash. Christian hit an implant DDT for a two count. Tomko slid the IC Title belt into the ring and distracted the referee. Christian charged with the belt, but Benjamin booted him in the face. Benjamin hit Christian with a top rope clothesline for a two count. As the referee got the belt out of the ring, Tomko ran in and kicked Benjamin in the face. Christian got a two count when the referee turned around. Tomko got on the apron, but Benjamin gave him a spinkick to knock him down. Christian went for an Unprettier, but Benjamin escaped, leapfrogged Christian and hit an Exploder suplex for the pin at the twelve minute mark. Winner: Shelton Benjamin.
Kurt Angle approached Edge in the back, and complained about a story in Edge's book about how Angle almost bled to death once. Angle made fun of Edge for never winning the World Title, and for losing at the Taboo Tuesday fan balloting to an injured Shawn Michaels. Edge said he took out Shawn Michaels, something Angle could never do. Angle said he could make Shawn Michaels tap in seconds. Angle left Edge, and was approached by Eugene. Eugene ran down a list of Angle's accomplishments, then started doing a "You Suck" chant, annoying Angle.
Survivor Series Rules: Kurt Angle, Luther Reigns, Mark Jindrak & Carlito Caribbean Cool, with Jesus, vs. Eddie Guerrero, Big Show, Rob Van Dam & John Cena.
Big Show had his left foot heavily taped up. Cena came out last, and looked very serious. Cena went after Cool and Jesus, fighting Jesus all the way into the back, while at the same time chasing Carlito. Cena starting pounding Jesus in the back, while yelling at a quickly retreating Carlito for "sending his boy after him". They fought into the parking lot, and Jesus and Carlito got in a car, and sped off. Cena headed back to the ring. I guess Carlito is eliminated before the match even begins.
Meanwhile, Kurt Angle was complaining to the referee about only having three men on his team now. A brawl broke out, and Big Show dragged Mark Jindrak into the ring to officially start the match. Show beat on Jindrak for a while, then tagged in RVD, who hit some kicks. Guerrero and RVD hit a hilo/Rolling Thunder combo on Jindrak. Guerrero gave Jindrak a headscissors, and when Reigns ran in, he dropkicked him. Guerrero hit a headscissor/armdrag combo on Reigns and Jindrak. Angle ran in to cut off Guerrero, then tagged in legally to stomp him down in a corner. Reigns tagged in and gave Guerrero a pair of backbreakers and a side slam for a two count. Jindrak tagged in and hit a back elbow on Guerrero, then applied a full nelson. Guerrero rammed Jindrak into the buckles to escape. Kurt Angle tagged in and kept Guerrero from tagging out. Angle hit an overhead belly to belly suplex, and put Guerrero in his corner so his teammates could work him over. Guerrero escaped a Jindrak chinlock with a jawbreaker, then hit Jindrak with a flapjack. Angle tagged in to keep Guerrero from making the tag with a front facelock. Angle put Guerrero in his corner again. Jindrak tagged in and slammed Guerrero for a two count. Jindrak hit a series of elbows, stopping to do a Rick Rude hip swivel. Jindrak applied a reverse waistlock, but Guerrero escaped and hit a rana. RVD got the hot tag, and went at it with Angle, hitting a monkeyflip and a spin kick. Van Dam went to the top rope, and Jindrak tried to pull Angle out of the ring, so RVD gave him a frog splash. RVD kicked Luther off the apron, and Angle cradled RVD from behind and got the pin, using the ropes for leverage at the eight minute mark. Van Dam had his arms in the ropes too, but the referee counted anyway. Eliminated: Rob Van Dam.
Eddie Guerrero immediately cradled Mark Jindrak for a quick pin, using the ropes for leverage. Eliminated: Mark Jindrak.
The Big Show went after Angle, but Luther Reigns clipped his injured ankle. However, Big Show grabbed Luther by the throat and chokeslammed him for the pin at the ten minute mark. Eliminated: Luther Reigns.
The Big Show grabbed Angle by the throat, but Angle rolled into an ankle lock. Show kicked it off, and Angle fell to the floor. Kurt Angle tried to leave the ringside area, but Rob Van Dam headed him off and backed Angle back towards the ring. Big Show grabbed Angle and tossed him back into the ring. John Cena hit Angle with an FU, and Guerrero followed with a frog splash. Big Show then got the pin on Angle at the twelve minute mark. Eliminated: Kurt Angle. Survivors: Big Show, Eddie Guerrero & John Cena.
Jonathan Coachman interviewed Maven, asking if he really deserved to be in the Survivor Series main event tonight. Maven said he was going to show Coach he deserved to be in it, when Gene Snitsky attacked him from behind. Snitsky beat Maven into a bloody mess before walking away.
A video on the history leading to Heidenreich vs. Undertaker was shown.
Heidenreich, with Paul Heyman vs. The Undertaker.
Heidenreich wore his straitjacket to the ring, but had it off before Undertaker made his entrance. They had a long staredown at the bell, then Undertaker blocked a right hand and started working over Heidenreich with punches. Taker ran into a Heidenreich elbow, but hit a boot to the face and a pair of elbowdrops for a two count. Taker applied a keylock and rammed Heidenreich shoulder first into the corner. Undertaker went to work on the arm, and went for Old School, but Heidenreich hit a low blow as Paul Heyman distracted the referee. Heyman distracted the ref again as Heidenreich pulled Taker groin first into the ringpost. Heidenreich worked over the Undertaker on the floor with punches, yelling "Undertaker, I can beat you". Heidenreich tried to ram Taker into the ringsteps, but Taker blocked it and rammed Heidenreich into the steps. Taker put Heidenreich on the ring apron and drove elbows into his head, then legdropped him as he was stretched over the apron.
Back in the ring, Undertaker did the Old School ropewalk and hit the top rope forearm. Undertaker trapped Heidenreich's arm and hit a faceplant for a two count. Undertaker charged for a boot to the face, but Heidenreich ducked and Taker caught himself on the top rope. Heidenreich knocked Taker off the apron and into the security wall. Heidenreich worked over Taker on the floor with punches, then rolled Taker into the ring for a two count. Taker battled back with punches, but Heidenreich booted him back down for a two count. Heidenreich applied a rear naked choke on Undertaker, but Taker battled out and punched him to the mat. Heidenreich hit a clothesline, but Taker kicked him in the gut repeatedly, until Heidenreich hit another clothesline. Heidenreich dropped some elbows, but Taker rolled away from the third one and blocked Heidenreich's suplex attempt. Taker took Heidenreich over with his own vertical suplex.
Taker and Heidenreich exchanged right hands, and Heidenreich tossed Taker to the floor after kicking away a backdrop. Heidenreich grabbed Taker from the apron, but Taker dropped down and pulled Heidenreich throat first across the top rope. Taker hit a top rope clothesline for a two count. Taker clothesline Heidenreich in a corner, then hit Snake Eyes and a big boot to the face. Taker got a two count with a legdrop. Taker went for a chokeslam, but Heidenreich escaped it with a knee to the gut. Taker booted a charging Heidenreich, but Heidenreich caught Taker with a sidewalk slam. Heidenreich argued with the referee over a two count. Heidenreich got on the middle rope to punch Undertaker, but Undertaker grabbed Heidenreich with a Last Ride powerbomb. Heidenreich grabbed the bottom rope at the two count. Heidenreich applied a sleeperhold, and Taker escaped with a back suplex.
Both men were down on the mat, and Undertaker sat up. Heidenreich missed a clothesline, and Undertaker hit a flying clothesline. Taker hit a chokeslam, then called for the tombstone. Undertaker hit the tombstone and got the pin at the sixteen minute mark. Winner: Undertaker.
Undertaker glared at Heidenreich after the pin, acting amazed at how much it took to beat him, before going into his usual pose.
Backstage, Maria interviewed Eric Bischoff, who informed us that Maven may not be able to wrestle tonight. Eric said that Randy Orton's team could not name a replacement, since Triple H would then file a protest, and Bischoff was not going to spend his vacation in Stamford, Connecticut dealing with it.
The history leading to Trish Stratus vs. Lita was shown.
Women's Champion Trish Stratus vs. Lita.
Lita slugged Trish before the bell, and knocked her down with right hands. Lita slapped Trish in a corner, and started working her over with punches. Trish retreated to the floor, and Lita went after her. Trish rammed Lita into the announcers table. Lita tripped Trish into a chair at ringside. Lita picked up a chair, but the referee grabbed it from her. Lita picked up another chair and hit Trish twice in the back of the head with it (although the second shot missed badly, and she obviously hit the ringside table). The referee stopped the match. Result: No contest.
Trish got up, and had blood in her hair, and blood coming out of her nose. Lita attacked Trish again, and rammed her face first into the ringpost. Lita started choking Trish and screaming. Officials pulled Lita off of Trish, who complained of having a broken nose.
Backstage, Theodore R. Long told John Cena that Carlito Caribbean Cool would be forced to defend the United States Title against Cena this week on Smackdown.
The events leading to John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Booker T were recapped, emphasizing that JBL would leave Smackdown if he lost tonight.
WWE Champion John Bradshaw Layfield, with Orlando Jordan, vs. Booker T.
The two went nose to nose before the bell rang, and then circled each other. They locked up, and Booker went to work with punches, chops and forearms. JBL blocked a backdrop with a clubbing forearm and worked over Booker in a corner. JBL hit a shoulderblock, and blocked a Booker hiptoss, but Booker hit a clothesline out of it, then sent JBL to the floor with a back kick. Booker chased JBL back into the ring, where JBL hit a neckbreaker and a forearm to the back for two. Booker came back with a backdrop and clotheslined JBL to the floor. JBL poked Booker in the eyes on the outside, and tossed Booker over the announcers table to ringside. Booker tripped JBL as he came across the table, and chopped him. Booker tossed JBL into the ring, and Jordan slugged Booker on the floor. Jordan tossed Booker back into the ring, and JBL got a two count.
JBL applied a cobra clutch. Booker broke free, but was taken down with a knee to the gut. JBL delivered a boot to the face, then a trio of elbowdrops for a two count. JBL applied a sleeperhold, and Booker broke free, only for JBL to take him down with a back elbow. JBL went to the top rope, but Booker met him there and hit a superplex. Booker covered JBL for a two count, then JBL pulled Booker by this trunks to send him to the floor. Jordan and Booker started brawling, and Booker rammed Jordan into a ringpost. Booker gave JBL a Bookend on the floor, then superkicked Orlando. Booker dropped Jordan across the security wall, then tossed JBL into the ringsteps. Booker gave Jordan an ax kick, then tossed JBL back into the ring. Booker went to the top rope and hit a missile dropkick for a two count, as JBL grabbed the ropes.
Booker delivered a side slam, then went to the ropes. Jordan distracted Booker as he went up, and Booker paused to make sure he wasn't getting on the apron. Booker then went for the old Harlem Hangover, but JBL moved out of the way. JBL got a two count, then kicked Booker in the head. JBL applied a sleeper, but Booker dropped him with a back suplex. Booker hit a pair of clotheslines, then a spin kick. Booker hit a bicycle kick to the face for two, then set up for the ax kick, but Jordan tripped Booker from the outside. JBL hit Booker with a DDT for a two count. Booker reversed a whip and JBL crashed into the referee. Jordan ran in and attacked Booker. Jordan went to bring a chair into the ring, but Josh Mathews ran in and knocked Jordan off the ring apron. JBL gave Mathews a boot to the face and a clothesline. JBL threw Mathews from the ring. Booker gave JBL a side kick, then knocked Jordan off the apron. Booker gave JBL an ax kick, and covered. A second referee ran in, but Jordan pulled the second referee out as he counted two. Jordan came in with the title belt, but Booker gave him a Bookend. JBL picked up the belt and hit Booker with it. The original referee woke up and counted Booker down at the fifteen minute mark. Winner: John Bradshaw Layfield.
A video was shown on last year's WWE visit to U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. Michael Cole then announced that WWE would be returning to the Middle East this Holiday season to visit the troops again.
Triple H asked Batista if he was ready for the match tonight, and if he had spoken with Edge and Snitsky. Batista said they would be team players tonight, but only because they wanted a shot at the title. Triple H said that Evolution would control the next two weeks of Raw if they win, and they would make sure that Edge and Snitsky were in no condition to challenge for the title. As Triple H, Batista and Ric Flair headed for the ring, Batista remarked that he couldn't wait for it to be his turn to run Raw.
A video on the main event was shown.
Jim Ross "confirmed" that Trish Stratus had a broken nose.
Survivor Series Rules, winning team runs Raw for a month: Triple H, Batista, Gene Snitsky & Edge, with Ric Flair, vs. Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho & Maven.
Maven didn't even come out to the ring, so it looks like he is eliminated before the match even begins. Edge started off the match with Benoit, trading shots in a corner. Benoit hit a clothesline and chopped Edge to the mat. Edge rolled to the floor to regroup, but Benoit went right back at him when he returned. Edge tagged out to Snitsky, and Benoit tagged in Orton. They went nose to nose, with Orton talking trash. Snitsky shoved Orton, and Orton unloaded with punches, beating him down to the mat. Jericho tagged in and continued the assault on Snitsky, until Snistky downed him with a clothesline and tagged in Triple H. Jericho hit a back elbow thought, and tagged in Orton. Orton punched Triple H down in a corner, but Triple H caught him with a jumping knee and tagged in Batista. Batista hit some shoulderblocks in a corner, and planted him with a powerslam for two. Edge tagged in and gave Orton a elbowdrop across the back of the neck. Orton battled back with punches, but Edge hit a dropkick.
Orton came back with a clothesline and tagged Benoit, who cleaned house on everyone, including the opponents on the apron. Benoit gave Triple H a snap suplex, Batista a German suplex, and Snitsky a German suplex. Benoit gave Triple H three consecutive German suplexes. Benoit suplexed Edge on top of Triple H, then hit a top rope headbutt on Triple H and Edge. The match broke down, with fighting on the floor by other participants, while Benoit put Triple H in a Sharpshooter in the ring. Snitsky broke up the hold. Benoit put Edge in a Crippler Crossface, but Batista broke that hold up. Triple H grabbed Benoit in a Pedigree, and Edge covered Benoit for the pin at the eight minute mark. Eliminated: Chris Benoit.
Edge gave Chris Jericho a neckbreaker. Edge went for a tag, and both Snitsky and Triple H tagged in. Snitsky and Triple H argued about the tag, and Snitsky shoved Triple H. Snitsky and Batista then started arguing, while Jericho put Triple H in the Walls Of Jericho. Batista realized what was happening and broke up the hold. Orton knocked Batista into Snitsky. Jericho hit a bulldog and went for a Lionsault, but Ric Flair tripped him up. The referee ordered Flair away from ringside. Batista gave Orton and Jericho a double shoulderblock. Batista tossed Orton out, and gave Jericho a spinebuster. Orton tripped Batista from ringside and then hit him with the World Title belt. Jericho then gave Batista an enzugiri and pinned him at the eleven minute mark. Eliminated: Batista.
Jericho dropkicked Edge off the ring apron into Snitsky on the floor. Batista then clotheslined Jericho, even though he was eliminated. Snitsky tagged in off of Triple H, and stomped Jericho. Snitsky backdropped Jericho, then blatantly choked him. Snitsky tagged in Edge, who worked over Jericho in a corner. Edge elbowed Jericho in the back of the neck, hit a series of rights, then kicked away a backdrop. Jericho grabbed Edge by the neck as he charged and drove him into the mat. Snitsky tagged in and dropped an elbow on Jericho, then hit Orton on the apron. Orton ran in, but Snitsky tossed him to the floor. Triple H and Edge then attacked Orton on the floor, while in the ring, Jericho hit Snitsky with a DDT. Jericho went to his corner for a tag, but Triple H and Edge had dragged Orton to the other side of the ring.
A bloody and bandaged Maven came out and got on the apron. Jericho tagged him, and Maven unloaded on Snitsky with punches and kicks. Maven hit a running forearm on Snitsky, then slugged Triple H and Edge as well. Snitsky was busted open from Maven's shots, sporting a nasty gash next to his eye. Maven tossed Snitsky and Edge from the ring, then went after Triple H. Snitksy came in with a chair and hit Maven with it, then hit Jericho with it. Snitsky was disqualified at the twelve minute mark. Eliminated: Gene Snitsky.
Snitsky hit Orton with a chair before leaving. Triple H covered an unconscious Maven to pin him. Eliminated: Maven.
Edge covered Jericho repeatedly, but he kept kicking out. Jericho rallied, but Triple H grabbed him for a Pedigree. Jericho backdropped out of the Pedigree, but Edge hit him with a spear for the pin at the thirteen minute mark. Eliminated: Chris Jericho.
Orton crawled into the ring, as Triple H and Edge stared at him and grinned. Edge and Triple H stomped Orton down until the referee got Triple H back on the apron. Edge gave Orton a back suplex for a two count, then tagged in Triple H. Triple H worked over Orton as Edge held him up. Edge was ushered out, and Triple H decked Orton. Orton tried to rally with punches, but Triple H DDT'd him for a two count. Orton tried to rally again as Edge was tagged in, slugging both opponents. Orton powerslammed Edge. Edge charged Orton, who ducked, and Edge put on the breaks before slamming into Triple H on the apron. Orton dropkicked Edge into Triple H, and cradled him for two. Orton hit some right hands on Edge, and Triple H ran in and gave Orton a spinebuster. Triple H picked up Orton for a spear, but Orton moved and Edge speared Triple H. Orton gave Edge an RKO for the pin at the twenty three minute mark. Eliminated: Edge.
It was down to Randy Orton and Triple H. Orton set up for an RKO, but Triple H hit him with a low blow, as the referee was distracted trying to roll Edge out of the ring. Triple H set up for the Pedigree, but Orton broke out of it and grabbed an RKO for the pin at the twenty five minute mark. Eliminated: Triple H. Sole Survivor: Randy Orton.
Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Maven, and Chris Jericho will each get to control Raw for one week each, starting tomorrow night.
Randy Orton celebrated in the ring as the show came to an end.
2005 - WWE Raw broadcast a tribute show to Eddie Guerrero. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
The entire WWE roster stands on the ramp under the TitanTron and Vince McMahon informs the crowd that Eddie Guerrero passed away at age 38 in the prime of his career and the prime of his life. Tonight, they will celebrate the life of Eddie Guerrero. Eddie Guerrero loved the business and he had a passion like no one else. He loved to perform whether he was booed or cheered. His goal was to steal the show every night. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that Eddie would not want the show to go on. Tonight, they will pay tribute to Eddie Guerrero. Vince asks the crowd to stand for a ten bell salute.
We go to a video package of Eddie Guerrero including footage of Eddie throughout his life with his family and other wrestlers. We see footage from Eddie's last match in ECW as well as Eddie and Chris Benoit celebrating in the ring after Wrestlemania 20. The package ends with "In Memory Eddie Guerrero 1967-2005" The crowd chants "Eddie" and Vince says "Vva la raza". The crowd then chants "Thank you Eddie".
John Cena says that you will hear things from people you like and people that you don't like. However, you will hear from everyone that Eddie Guerrero was a great man. Eddie was one of the most passionate men. Eddie helped John in the ring and as a father figure when he started and did not know anything. Eddie taught John about heart and how to find it and embrace it, good or bad. John gives his condolences to Eddie, his family, and the wrestlers who were close to him like Chavo, Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Rey Mysterio. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Kurt Angle talks about how Eddie loves everyone and he will be missed. We go to footage from Eddie's match against Rob Van Dam at Vengeance to win the Intercontinental title.
We see footage of Eddie Guerrero and Big Show when he sprays sewage on Big Show after Chavo tripped Show.
Your announcers are Joey Styles, Jonathan Coachman, and Jerry Lawler.
It is time for our first match, Big Show and Kane versus MNM (with red carpet and photographers)
Show and Nitro start things off and Nitro goes after Show's leg, but Show pushes him off. Show with a chop in the corner followed by another chop in the corner. Kane tags in and he Irish whips Nitro and hits a running clothesline in the corner. Kane knocks Mercury off the apron. Kane with a side slam to Nitro and then he goes up top, but Mercury pulls Kane off the top turnbuckle when Melina distracts the ref. Show chops Mercury in the ring while Nitro hits Kane with the tag belt. Nitro rolls Kane back in and gets a two count. Nitro with a neck breaker followed by a kip up and he tags in Mercury. Mercury up to the second turnbuckle for an elbow drop. Nitro tags in and then hit a double running kick on Kane and Nitro punches Kane and puts him in a front face lock. Kane tries to power his way into the corner, but Mercury and Nitro knocks Show off the apron. Mercury and Nitro try to hit a double suplex on Kane, but Kane suplexes both men. Show tags in and he Irish whips Nitro into Mercury. Show with a running splash in the corner followed by a double clothesline. Melina gets on the apron and Show kisses Melina. Mercury tries to hit Show with the belt, but the ref stops him. Kane with a clothesline from the top turnbuckle. Show and Kane with a double choke slam on Mercury and Show covers for the three count.
Winners: Big Show and Kane
Lillian Garcia says that she was lucky enough to know Eddie from the beginning and had a bond and spoke Spanish together. His fondest memory was when they went to Iraq and they were in the same group going around Iraq together. She talks about the troops who were so excited to see Eddie, but Eddie was so humble and wondered why they were acting that way about him. He was thanking them for what they were doing. Lillian says something in Spanish and we go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Eric Bischoff talks about the last time that he saw Eddie and that they were at the Phoenix airport. They were talking about each other's families. Eric says that he will miss Eddie greatly and his thoughts and prayers are with Eddie's family.
William Regal says that he hopes everyone realizes that if you ever spent any time with Eddie, you have been blessed. He was a tremendous human being.
We see footage of Eddie and Rey winning the tag team titles.
We are back and we see Eddie Guerrero when he put Kurt Angle;s items on the WWE.com auctions.
It is time for our next match: Kurt Angle versus Shelton Benjamin
Angle with a wrist lock on Benjamin followed by an arm bar. Benjamin with a slingshot off the top rope to escape followed by an arm drag. Angle with a forearm and a punch to Benjamin. Benjamin punches back. Angle with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Angle continues the attack by slamming Benjamin's head into the turnbuckle followed by a European uppercut and kicks. Angle with a suplex and then he gets a two count. Angle with a waist lock on Benjamin and Benjamin with elbows to escape. Angle with a knee when Benjamin comes off the ropes for a two count. Angle with a back breaker for a two count. Angle with a knee on his back and then has Benjamin in a rear chin lock. Angle with a reverse chin lock. Benjamin with an elbow to escape, but Angle with an elbow of his own. Angle tries for a suplex, but Benjamin lands on his feet and tries for a neck breaker. However, Angle tries to get to the ropes and Benjamin with a DDT. Angle punches Benjamin, but Benjamin responds with a punch of his own. Benjamin gets the advantage followed by a flying forearm and clothesline. Benjamin with an Irish whip, but he runs into an Angle boot. Angle charges at Benjamin, but Benjamin with a Samoan drop. Benjamin tries for the Exploder, but Angle counters and tries for the ankle lock. Benjamin escapes and tries to kick Angle, but Angle grabs Benjamin's leg. Benjamin with a dragon whip and then he goes up top. Angle tries to hit a belly to belly as he climbs the turnbuckle, but Benjamin punches Angle and then hits a flying clothesline. Benjamin tries for a running splash in the corner, but Angle moves. Angle with two German suplexes, but Benjamin with a rollup on the third for a two count. Angle with an Angle slam for a two count. The straps come down and Angle goes up top for a moonsault, but Benjamin stops him and Benjamin goes up for a German suplex from the turnbuckle with Angle landing on his chest, but Benjamin can only get a two count. Angle trips Benjamin and puts Benjamin in the ankle lock with the leg grapevined and Benjamin taps.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Shawn Michaels says that his memories of Eddie Guerrero have nothing to with wrestling because they never met in the ring. They talked about religion. Shawn says that they will someday get to wrestle in the biggest stage of them all, in front of one person. He thanks Eddie for being there to share a common faith. He did one thing that nobody ever did in the business. He brought everyone together in prayer. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Bradshaw says that Eddie has been his enemy in the ring, but they have always been friends. His first main event was in the Staples Center against Eddie Guerrero. It was due to Eddie. There were many who thought that Bradshaw could not be a main event wrestler. Eddie went to bat for him. Eddie was a groomsman at his wedding. Eddie was there for Bradshaw during his divorce and tried to help him out. He would give Bradshaw passages from the Bible or other books to get him through it. Bradshaw says that he was a better person because of Eddie. Eddie just moved to Phoenix. Bradshaw thanks Vickie for letting Eddie being a part of his life. Bradshaw says that he would love to be able to see Eddie come out one more time in the low rider.
We see footage of the Los Guerreros vignettes and Chavo talks about how they were all supposed to be a joke. Eddie talks about how the crowd got behind it because they were honest about "lying, cheating, and stealing". We hear comments from his family about how much they enjoyed seeing Eddie do that. We even see footage of Eddie's dog cheating things.
Chavo talks about how Eddie was his uncle, but they were "brothers" since they were three years apart. Being a Guerrero was different. They had a lot of big shoes to fill. They didn't get into wrestling because it was cool on television. It was their life. They had their first match when he was four and Eddie was six or seven. During an intermission at his uncle's show in Juarez, they would wrestle in the ring. The fans would watch Eddie and Chavo in the ring until they had to stop because people would not buy anything during intermission. It was their dream to be tag team champions, and that dream came true when Vince put them together as a tag team. That was a tag team that will never be replaced. They knew what each other was thinking all the time. They did not have to work on being a tag team. Eddie will always be his brother and he loves him with all of his heart. Eddie is a great inspiration to him in all aspects of his life. Eddie has always been there to help him. Eddie will be missed tremendously. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Matt Hardy talks about how Eddie's life had come together after dealing with all of the fights he had in his life. Eddie was really happy and it is unfortunate that Eddie is gone. He was one of a kind as a person and a performer. Matt says that he misses Eddie and he will pray for Eddie's family.
Trish Stratus says that Eddie was alive when he was in the ring. It makes you think about what is important. You have to go out and do what you love to do. It puts things in perspective, and she thanks Eddie for everything he did for her.
We see footage of Eddie Guerrero on Smackdown after he won the WWE championship and when he thanked the fans for being behind him.
It is time for our next match, Shawn Michaels versus Rey Mysterio
Shawn and Rey shake hands before the match. Michaels with an arm bar and then he works on the shoulder. Rey rolls through and reverses the arm bar. Rey with a hammer lock but Michaels reverses. Rey with a side head lock take down. Shawn with a shoulder tackle. Rey with a hip toss and Michaels with a side head lock take down and Rey with a head scissors to a stand off. Michaels with a side head lock into a hammer lock. Rey takes Shawn down, but Michaels with a small package. Michaels with a side head lock take down and then he blocks a couple of head scissors attempts. Michaels with a shoulder tackle. Rey tries for a drop kick, but Michaels holds on to the ropes and then Michaels catapults Rey over the top rope. Rey lands on the apron and then hits a springboard seated senton. Michaels sends Rey to the mat chest first followed by chops to Mysterio. Rey with a kick to Michaels and that sends Shawn into the ropes. Rey sets for the 619, but Michaels moves. Rey with a pescado onto Michaels and both men are down outside the ring as we go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Rey gets up first as the ref counts. Rey rolls Michaels into the ring and he covers Michaels for a two count. Michaels with a kick to Rey and then he chops Rey in the corner. Rey with an Irish whip, but Michaels moves when Rey charges and tries for a splash. Michaels with a swinging neck breaker for a two count.
We return to USA and Michaels with a sleeper on Mysterio. Rey with an elbow and then he tries for a belly-to-back suplex, but Michaels counters with a cross body for a two count. Michaels with a chop followed by a back breaker and knees to Rey's back. Rey rolls to the apron and then to the floor. Michaels pulls Rey back into the ring and punches Rey in the back and then has Rey in a rear chin lock. Rey with an elbow to Michaels, but Shawn with an elbow as Rey comes off the ropes. Rey with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors followed by kick and a springboard cross body and kicks to Michaels' legs. Rey with the Latino shake and then he clotheslines Michaels. Rey with a drop kick to Michaels' leg followed by another drop kick for a two count. Michaels with a flying forearm to Rey and then Michaels with a kip up. Rey with a wheelbarrow into a bulldog that sends Michaels into the ropes. Michaels avoids the 619 again and Michaels with a two count. Michaels with a clothesline that flips Mysterio. Michaels goes up top and hits the elbow drop on Rey. Michaels sets up for Sweet Chin Music, but Rey ducks out of the way and Rey sends Michaels into the ropes. Rey with the 619 and the springboard leg drop for the three count.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
After the match, Rey picks up Shawn and they shake hands and hug
Batista talks about how he got a phone call telling him that Eddie was dead and it didn't seem real. They have become really close and Eddie has helped him. Eddie has given him inspiration to help him out with the tough times that he had been dealing with. He says that Eddie was so funny and so easy to work with. It amazed him because Eddie always seemed to be in pain, but when Eddie walked through the curtain it was gone. Batista says that he misses Eddie. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Christy Hemme says that she has had some touching conversations with Eddie that have meant a lot to her. His love of his WWE "family" as well as his family at home was evident.
Booker T says that their hearts go out to his family. He knows that he will Eddie again. Sharmell says that she will miss Eddie's smile the most.
We see footage from Eddie Guerrero versus Chris Jericho at Fall Brawl when Eddie won the Cruiserweight Championship.
We are back with the video package that they showed after the ten bell salute at the start of the show.
It is time for our next match, a Divas Battle Royal featuring Ashley, Maria, Christy Hemme, Victoria, Melina, Jillian Hall, Mickie James, Candice Michelle, and Trish Stratus
All of the women wear Eddie Guerrero shirts to the ring and throw them into the crowd. Trish charges at Victoria who connects with an elbow. Trish with a handstand, but Victoria pulls her up. Trish is able to hit a rana on Victoria. Trish and Ashley with elbows to Victoria. Christy Hemme with a rana to Melina. Mickie with a head scissors on Jillian, but Jillian sends Mickie over the top to the floor to eliminate her. Maria eliminates Jillian. Candice with a choke of Ashley in the corner. Victoria and Candice slingshot Ashley over the top rope to eliminate her. Trish chops Melina, but Melina kicks Trish. Melina and Victoria try for a double clothesline on Trish, but Trish does the Matrix. Christy clotheslines Victoria and Trish sends Melina to the apron. Melina pulls Trish onto the apron. Victoria sends Christy to the apron and Candice knocks Christy off the apron to the floor. Trish kicks Candice followed by a whirlybird head scissors that eliminates Candice. Victoria with a side slam on Trish, but while Victoria yells at Trish, Maria eliminates Victoria. Melina has some words for Trish, but then they both eliminate Maria. Trish with a forearm to Melina and then Trish tries for Stratusfaction, but Melina sends Trish to the apron. Melina knocks Trish off the apron to eliminate her.
Rey Mysterio says that he knows Eddie is listening to him. He has a lot of good memories of Eddie in his heart for him and his family. For Dominick and his wife. Their families bonded. He will miss Eddie and he misses him now. He wishes it is all a dream and Eddie is still there with everyone. They all miss him and Rey says that he loves Eddie. Rey says that they will miss Eddie and he was an inspiration to everyone. He had a great presence. Rey takes off his mask to wipe away the tears as we go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Gerald Brisco says that he has known Eddie his entire life because he worked with the entire Guerrero family. They were pioneers and fighters. Eddie proved to be one of the top Latino talents in the business. Eddie was not a giant physically, but he was a giant for what he stood for. Eddie opened doors for a lot of Latino wrestlers. You did not have to be a giant to be a success in the WWE. He became a mega-superstar. He sends his condolences to Eddie's family. Eddie brightened the world and the company for being who he was. He will never be forgotten.
We are back and we see footage of Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit in the ring after Chris won the World Title at Wrestlemania 20.
It is time for our next match, Eugene versus Simon Dean
Simon gets a protein bar and offers it to Eugene. Eugene takes a bite and he does not like it. Dean with a rollup for a near fall and then Simon laughs at Simon. Simon does some push-ups and Eugene does some too. Simon tries for an elbow, but Eugene moves. Eugene with a series of head butts and then he bites Simon in the rear. Eugene with a monkey flip and then he goes over to the Dean Machine. Simon hits Eugene from behind and kicks Eugene before rolling Eugene into the ring. Simon punches Eugene and then has him in a neck vice. Simon slams Eugene's head into the turnbuckle, but Eugene "Hulks up" and then does the Finger Point of Doom. Eugene punches Simon and then connects with a roundhouse punch. Eugene with an airplane spin. Simon uses the power band to avoid a German suplex, but Eugene lets go and Simon is sent into the turnbuckles. Eugene with a Rock Bottom for the three count.
After the match, Eugene rides the Dean Machine to the back.
Chris Benoit says that Eddie Guerrero is his best friend. He was a beautiful person and a kind hearted person. Words cannot describe what kind of human being Eddie was. He has known Eddie for 15 years and has laughed together and cried together with Eddie. They have been together all over the world. Eddie led by example. He was the one friend Chris could go to if he was having problems or issues. He could talk to Eddie and Eddie would understand what was going on. Eddie led by example through his life and the obstacles he went through to conquer and be a better person. They never left each other without telling each other that they loved each other. Chris loved Eddie Guerrero and he loves Eddie's family. He sends his condolences to Eddie's family and says that he cannot understand what they are going through at this time. He says that Eddie is in a better place and he is looking down on Chris. Chris says that he misses Eddie. Eddie made such a great impression on his life that he wants to thank him for everything that Eddie gave him. Chris will never forget Eddie. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Ric Flair says that Eddie was very sincere and he talked from the heart. It was real when it came to Eddie Guerrero. He had the respect of everyone who touched him. You want someone to think that you were good at what you did and that you were respected when you pass away. Eddie was that type of person. His family should be proud of the person that he was. Eddie's stature will grow over time.
We see footage of Los Guerreros winning the Tag Titles at Survivor Series.
We are back with footage of Eddie's victory over Brock Lesnar to win the WWE title at No Way Out 2004.
Triple H says that Eddie was an amazing guy. From a professional standpoint, he was one of the best. Technically in the ring he was awesome. He could do anything. He could make you laugh one second and then cry the next. He was a phenomenal talent. Personally, Eddie will always be an inspiration. Eddie had some demons, but he did a lot of searching in his life. He overcame that to become what he was. He has a beautiful family and he succeeded in life where so many others would have failed. Hunter says that he will miss Eddie. He wants Eddie's family to know how important they were to Eddie because that was all he talked about. He thinks that Eddie will be proud that everyone went out and put on a show for him. Eddie was one of the most talented guys that he knows. He would want the show to go on. He is up there, lying to someone, cheating someone, and stealing our hearts. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Teddy Long says that everyone loved Eddie. He took time to talk to the younger guys. He was a beautiful person.
We see footage of Eddie Guerrero trying to get into Playboy to stop the issues with Chyna.
We are back for our next match, Ric Flair versus William Regal Flair woooos and struts before the match begins. Flair with a wrist lock and Regal with a reversal followed by a European uppercut and forearms in the corner. Flair backs Regal into the corner and chops and punches Regal. Regal with a kick and European uppercut for a two count. Flair blocks a hip toss and counters with an abdominal stretch. Regal gets to the ropes and also unlaces Flair's boot. Regal attacks Flair and connects with a knee drop. Regal with European uppercuts and Flair does the Flair flop. Regal with a two count. Regal with a knee to Flair and a European uppercut that sends Flair over the top rope to the floor. Flair trips Regal and pulls him out of the ring. Flair chops Regal, but Regal with an Irish whip that sends Flair into the ringside barrier. Flair with an Irish whip followed by a chop. Flair clips Regal's knee twice. Flair with a figure four leg lock on Regal and Regal taps.
Winner: Ric Flair
Stephanie McMahon says that the first time she met Eddie was at Vince's house to talk about leaving WCW to go to the WWE. She didn't know what to expect from Eddie, but he was humble, sweet, and fun loving. Eddie decided to come to the WWE. She got to work with Eddie behind the camera and he was amazing. He could give you a range of emotion. When he went out to perform, he stole your heart. He could have the audience in the palm of his hand. He loved everybody. She talked to Eddie on Friday and Eddie said that he would be the champion again and wanted Stephanie and Vince to know it. The most important thing is Eddie's family because he loved them more than anything else, especially Vickie and his daughters. They were his whole world. He was a father and a friend. He will always be a champion. We go to commercial.
On Unlimited, Shelton Benjamin says that Eddie was a phenomenal talent, but he tried to better himself every day. He did it for himself and his family. Eddie would tell Shelton that he did things for his family and he ruins it, Shelton would be in trouble. Eddie was a leader and a great man. He is thankful for the time that he was able to spend with him.
We see footage from Eddie's final match last Friday night against Ken Kennedy.
We are back with footage of Eddie Guerrero begging Mick Foley to have him help Chyna and see the Triple Threat match between him, Chyna, and Kurt Angle when Eddie won the Intercontinental Title.
It is time for our next match, John Cena versus Randy Orton (with Cowboy Bob Orton)
Orton with a side head lock and a side head lock take down. Orton with a back elbow to Cena and Orton kicks Cena. Orton tries to punch Cena, but Cena blocks him and punches Orton before Orton with a thumb to the eye. Orton with a neck breaker for a two count. Orton with a reverse chin lock on Cena and the ref checks to see if it is a choke. Cena punches Orton and goes off the ropes, but Orton with a standing drop kick. Orton with an Irish whip, but when Orton charges in the corner both men's head collide and they both go down. Cena ducks a clothesline and hits a flying shoulder tackle followed by two clotheslines, a Blue Thunder Driver, and the Five Knuckle Shuffle with a Latino flair. Cena pumps up his shoes and gets Orton up for the F-U, but Bob Orton comes in and attacks Cena from behind.
Winner: John Cena (by disqualification)
After the match, Bob and Randy punch Cena in the corner. Cena punches Bob and Randy and sends Bob out of the ring. Orton tries for an RKO, but Cena pushes Orton off and hits the F-U. Cena lays that title belt down and then takes off the Eddie Guerrero shirt he was wearing. He lays the shirt on the mat and places the belt on top as we go to credits.
2006 - After a TNA event in CT was canceled, Michael Weaver of www.wrestlingupdateonline.com sent along word that he received statements from Captain Jeffrey L. Blatter in regard to the cancellation of the TNA house show promoted by Hermie Sadler's UWF in Bloomfield, CT. The statement read:
"TNA's attempt to manipulate their fan base into believing the Bloomfield Police Department, or any other Town Official, was responsible for the canceling of their Saturday event is misleading and disingenuous.
TNA failed to notify the Town of their intent to hold an event, nor did they apply for the proper permits. Had TNA made the proper notifications, in a timely manner, the Town would have had the opportunity to address the public safety concerns that were identified, and the wrestling fans would have had the opportunity to enjoy the event in a safe environment. The code violations that were identified were not obscure administrative matters, but real concerns for public safety, and were in fact explained to TNA representatives.
Allowing an event to go forward in violation of known public safety hazards is a breach of our responsibility to the citizens of Bloomfield and those who visit our community. The Rhode Island Night Club tragedy is a sobering example of what can occur if this responsibility is not met."
When Weaver issued a follow up query regarding online rumors of WWE involvement (which World Wrestling Entertainment publicly denied), Blatter responded:
"After I sent my statement to you I had the opportunity to further speak with a Supervisor who was on scene. Your inquiry into Vince McMahon appears to be on target since someone at the incident alleged our actions were predicated on the behest of Vince McMahon, who, according to the individual, "owns Connecticut".
To dispel a completely false notion, Vince McMahon had no involvement in this matter, and my Supervisor had to ask who Vince McMahon was. We became aware of the event only hours before it was to be held, when the East Hartford Police Department brought our attention to the TNA Web Site, which made reference to Bloomfield.
I believe it is also appropriate to note that the Supervisor on scene was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism and cooperation he received from the wrestlers and most of the event staff. He particularly noted the wrestlers desire to stay and greet their fans even after the event had to be cancelled. Had they not done so, we could have been faced with a situation that may have spiraled out of control."
2006 - Jeff Jarrett took part in a media conference call to promote TNA. Here are highlights from the call:
When asked about the stories of holding WWE up for money during his final appearance at No Mercy in 1999, Jarrett noted he was there to talk TNA business primarily. He stated it was a business situation, he wasn't under contract for the show, and they came to an agreement.
Given the anniversary of Eddie Guerrero's passing, Jarrett was asked about the drug policy with TNA. Jarrett noted that they deal directly with individuals who need help and have done so in the past. He noted that one individual openly noted that TNA worked with him on his issues. Jarrett noted that if they see a problem that needs to be policed, they will work with anyone who needs help.
Regarding a potential head to head timeslot against Monday Night Raw, Jarrett said that if it was the best decision for TNA, they would do it. He noted that Thursday is a big television viewership night and strategically, it's a good place for them. He noted it's closer to their PPV night and was a better timeslot, as opposed to an hour where many people are heading to bed.
On the possibility of the Ultimate Warrior or Bill Goldberg appearing for TNA, Jarrett said that both performers are similar in that they rose quickly to the top, made a lot of money, then backed away from the scene. Jarrett chose to simply say, "Never say never" to the idea.
Vince Russo and Jim Cornette were brought up. Jarrett said that good or bad, everyone has an opinion on Russo. He pointed out that Russo was a changed man because of his religious beliefs and while some may not understand that, Jarrett did and noted they were friends for a long time. Jarrett said that he knows Russo's strengths and weaknesses and they were going to play to his strengths. Regarding Cornette, Jarrett noted his long history dating back to his childhood with Cornette. He said that Cornette brings a wisdom to the business that can't be learned. He said that Russo and Cornette both know that business comes before ego, so they could co-exist.
When asked if Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle was the most important TNA bout ever, Jarrett said that at this point in the company's lifespan of 4 1/2 years, every PPV main event is the most important. They don't have the 20 year plus history of WWE or the territorial roots of WCW. He said that TNA is only as good as it's last show and unlike WWE, they don't have many, many years of hits to rely on, so they have to always go full throttle. Jarrett said that it will be a spectacular bout and no one expects otherwise. He said that Joe is a great example of the cream rising to the top and Joe knows the pressure is on and will perform beyond expectations because that's the type of performer he is.
When asked about criticism that the match was rushed, Jarrett pointed out that you could come up with a number of alternative storylines and ideas, but the creative side of wrestling is subjective, so there is never a 100% right or wrong answer to what direction you go in. He said that with the primetime debut, why not go with it and push it.
Regarding what one can do creatively to get out of the match without hurting either one's momentum, Jarrett remarked, "That's why you buy PPVs".
Impact's one hour product moving so fast came up, with Jarrett saying its truly "Total Nonstop Action" and they are on uncharted ground, using 4 hours of TV most months to push a 3 hour PPV. He said there is only so much time to give to talent and storylines, especially with a roster as talented and packed as the TNA wrestlers.
WWE Films was brought up. Jarrett said that they have talent that do outside projects, noting Gail Kim, Kevin Nash, and Christian Cage, among others, but TNA's focus is on professional wrestling and building the company.
Owen Hart's death and WWE's decision to continue with the live PPV was brought up. Jarrett said that no one could have known what Owen Hart would have wanted but by the same token, there was no right or wrong answer. Jarrett said that it still seems surreal years later.
The TNA cancellation in Connecticut this past Saturday were discussed. Jarrett said they are investigating what happened and in all his years in the business, he can never recall a company having two shows in two different towns shut down. Jarrett noted that someone didn't want TNA to run in Hartford and there were two different State Inspectors weekend. He said that he was in Dallas when he found out, and someone was responsible.
The James Gang promos in front of WWE HQ were mentioned. Jarrett noted that they have more to say and teased everyone to "stay tuned" to Impact.
Jarrett was asked about heat with European wrestler Joe E. Legend who has come out against him verbally in the past online. Jarrett noted that if Legend has a problem with him, Joe isn't alone. He said they have a common friend in Scott D'Amore if Joe wants to contact him.
When asked if he was surprised by the talk of WWE wrestlers wanting to jump to TNA, Jarrett joked that the media wouldn't believe the calls. He said they have a deep roster. He said Cage and Angle coming to TNA was just the start and teased more jumps could happen in the future.
Jarrett discussed Impact rating projections for the next show, claiming at the current timeslot "the average is a 1.0." He noted they are a new company and need to be realistic. He said that nothing happens overnight and they don't have the audience that WCW had cultivated over the years on Saturday nights to follow them to primetime, like Nitro did. He said they are in for an uphill fight but said the company was excited. He pointed out its going to be a tougher timeslot with competition like football and Grey's Anatomy but every time the company has made a move with their TV product, they have taken steps forward.
Jarrett was asked if the goal for the company was to be a successful second company behind WWE. Jarrett noted that you can make money and be successful at number two, but anyone who gets into the business should want to be #1 or they shouldn't be inside the business. He said they don't have the resources or roster size that WWE does, noting they are a global company with offices in multiple countries. He said TNA can be successful as a number two company but they will never stop working towards being number one.
The idea of doing combined events with MMA fights and professional wrestling matches was discussed. Jarrett noted that it happens in Japan, but the audience comparisons between the two countries are different. He said professional wrestling needs to be about capturing the emotions of the viewer with great performances and that will be what makes the wrestling business continue to evolve.
Jarrett announced TNA had "severed ties" with Monty Brown and that the company wished him well.
Jarrett teased a Scott Steiner return was in the future noting that Steiner "likes to pick his spots" and a primetime debut would be a great spot for a return.
When asked why TNA refers to WWE on the air, Jarrett said that the fans know it exist, so they can't pretend they are the only company out there.
When asked what makes a great heel and who would be the next top level heel for the company, Jarrett said you have to stay smart to the audience reactions yet true to your in-ring character. With his time away from the ring, Jarrett said that the floor is wide open for someone to earn that spot. He praised LAX for being such a cutting edge act. He said that whether it's Joe or Abyss or Angle, the roster is so deep that is could be anyone.
The idea of Chris Jericho being signed was mentioned. Jarrett praised Jericho as a person and performer. He said Jericho is young and has been smart with his money, so when he returns to wrestling, it will be because Jericho is excited about wrestling and wants back in. He said Jericho wouldn't be the type to return just for more paydays.
The origin of "Slapnuts" was questioned. Jarrett said that his grandmother, who worked in all facets of the business behind the scenes, used to call people "Slappies" and it came from there. He noted the first person he referred to by that term on camera was Mike Tenay.
The early days of the company and it's growth was asked about. Jarrett said that he can remember the night they opened in June like it was yesterday. Like any other start-up company, it wasn't easy. The fact they are going to be on primetime in under five years is impressive and gratifying to him. He praised the work ethic of everyone in the company saying they are working hard without the huge staff that WWE has. He said that they are the only other global company beyond WWE and there are negotiations going on for a unique way of marketing, touring, and expanding internationally that has never been seen in the business before. He said it's been tough but they are lucky,
TNA licensing was discussed. Jarrett plugged their CD coming out, noted they have a great partner with Marvel for action figures and the Midway video game would be out towards the end of 2007. He said they would hopefully take TV on the road within the next 12-36 months, with Thursday being a big step for that direction.
Criticism of Jarrett by Internet fans for his position in the company was mentioned. Jarrett said that you needed to have tough skin in the business and the bottom line is that this Thursday, the company debuts in primetime. He said the fact that fans will go on their computer and be passionate enough to write about him and others is one of the things that makes the business unique and everyone wants to play booker. He says its one of the things that makes wrestling different.
Impact being live. Jarrett said they would undoubtedly benefit from that, as Nitro always did. He said if you put a football game on tape delay, the ratings would suffer. He noted that it would help them but by the same token, their post-production is a positive for Impact so you have to look at it from both sides of the coin and turn your weaknesses into positives.
The worst thing about TNA was the Dupp Cupp, but Jarrett said you sometimes have to try ideas out, no matter how bad they turn out.
When asked about his personal issues at home, Jay Hassman (who the company had a lawsuit against at one point), and his father's status with TNA after appearing on WWE.com, Jarrett declined comment.
The prospect of Lita moving to TNA was mentioned. Jarrett said he didn't know what her status was physically and whether it was an option. He put over the things that woman can add to professional wrestling as a product but noted that the physicality can be hard on them.
There were talks a few months back with Daniel Puder. Jarrett said that he and Kurt Angle have been having a war of the words lately and Bubba (the Love Sponge) was smart to get so much mileage out of it, saying Bubba learned the business from a master (Hulk Hogan).
When asked what it was like working with Dixie, he put her over for succeeding in what is traditionally a man's business. He noted that she was successful at public relations and marketing, and while the transition to wrestling is not easy, she has passion for the company and it's been proven.
When the future of NWA champion Sting was asked about, Jarrett noted the great condition he was in at Bound for Glory, saying he took his game to a new level and is motivated. Jarrett said there were discussions ongoing but wouldn't go into specifics.
When asked about a potential TNA developmental program, Jarrett said that it would be the right thing for them as they grow, but they have to take things a step at a time. They are a small company while their competitor has more people working on its Internet site than TNA has working in their entire office. He said having a developmental program as well as a wrestling school were a must for the future, but right now, they had to concentrate on growing the company.
The aborted Hulk Hogan angle from Japan was mentioned, with Jarrett noting that Hogan's health issues kept that from taking place. He believed Hogan signed a 20 year deal, so he'd be pushing 70 when that was done, although he then noted that because of the name, fans would still be interested in seeing Hogan at that age.
2006 - WWE broadcast ECW on Sci Fi. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
2007 - Anthony Forgione, whose Florida-based Infinity Longevity wellness clinic had been tied with providing steroids to the late former WWE and WCW World champion Chris Benoit, was arrested in a raid on his home as part of an ongoing investigation into a steroid distribution ring by New York State prosecutors. Forgione was extradited to New York State shortly to face federal charges. Forgione was found with a loaded handgun and a doctored NYPD retirement badge when he was arrested. Forgione was a former police officer in Suffolk County prior to moving to Florida, where he was fired as an officer in April 2003 for allegedly using anabolic steroids. Investigators believed, based on wiretapped phone conversations that Infinity had a relationship with online pharmacy Signature to steer clients towards the other. Prosecutors learned a number of WWE performers were receiving shipments from Signature, which led to ten WWE suspensions once prosecutors made World Wrestling Entertainment officials aware of the situation.
2007 - World Wrestling Entertainment published the following quote from CNN's Director of Public Relations, Jennifer Dargan, on the WWE website in regard to John Cena's request for an apology regarding his comments on whether he had taken steroids being taken out of context:
"CNN felt that Mr. Cena's statement in the interview: "My answer to that question 'have you ever used steroids' is -- the only thing I can say -- I can't tell you that I haven't, but you'll never be able to prove that I have" was a more expansive and complete answer -- and that's why we used it in the first run of the program. And we stand by that decision. But, we added the other quote on the Sunday replay where Mr. Cena first denied using steroids. We did this because of his complaint and the attention it received so that viewers could see how he said it both times."
2008 - NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood held their first ever TV Taping at CBS Columbia Square Studios.
*Billy V & Stone D defeated Joey Ryan & Tristan Gallo.
*Brent Albright defeated Jeff McAlister.
*Trevor Murdoch & Lance Cade defeated Los Luchas in a match that was the start of a five team round robin tournament to crown top contenders to the NWA Tag Team championship.
*NWA champion Blue Demon Jr. was officially awarded the black strap NWA championship with the NWA retiring the red strap belt. Brent Albright came out and challenged Demon to a title match, which Demon accepted. Both men played babyface and showed respect for each other.
*Chase Patrick defeated Tito Aquino.
*NWA North American champion "The Legacy" Mike DiBiase defeated JJ Perez.
*Dave Marquez was interrupted by Native Blood, who do a gimmick that they are a team of Native Americans rich off their Indian Casino with the tag line that they are taking back America "one dollar at a time." They entered the round robin tournament.
*The Young Bucks defeated Los Luchas.
*NWA champion Blue Demon Jr. defeated Oliver John.
*There was a six way match involving Chase Patrick, Shane Haste, Ricky Mandell, Derrick Jannetty, Sidareal and Paul Diamond (not the former AWA star) - haven't heard a result.
*TJ Perkins defeated JJ Perez.
*Brent Albright announced his tag team partner "next week" would be Bryan Danielson.
*Bryan Danielson defeated Cassidy O'Brien.
*Native Blood defeated Los Luchas.
Notes: The first night of the taping drew an estimated 150-200 fans for the free event....Commentary was handled by Tom Kenely (the ring announcer on Celebrity Championship Wrestling) and former Southern California indy wrestler Phil Lander....Dave Marquez handled post-match interviews....I was told the set for the show looks really good and if you grew up on the studio wrestling days of WTBS, you'll easily know the inspiration for the look and style of the show, right down to no barricades between the ring and the crowd....Former WWE Creative team member Dave Lagana was at the taping visiting.
2008 - WWE ran Nuremburg, Germany. Kevin Scheuren filed the following results:
Arena Nürnberger Versicherungen (Nürnberg, Deutschland)
WWE Tag Team Championship
Carlito & Primo Colon (c) b. John Morrison & The Miz
WWE Divas Championship - Special Guest Referee: Maria
Michelle McCool (c) b. Natalya (/w Maryse)
The Great Khali b. Ryan Braddock
WWE United States Championship
Shelton Benjamin (c) b. R-Truth
Tag Team Match
Finlay (/w Hornswoggle) & Matt Hardy b. Chavo Guerrero & Mark Henry (/w Tony Atlas)
The Brian Kendrick (/w Ezekiel Jackson) b. Kung-Fu Naki
Jeff Hardy b. Vladimir Kozlov via DQ after a chair shot from Kozlov
Triple H (c) b. The Big Show
1. Jeff Hardy
2. Triple H
3. Matt Hardy, Finlay & Hornswoggle
1. Mark Henry
2. Vladimir Kozlov
Notes: The show seemed to nearly be sold out; extremely hot crowd for a German event and good matches overall.
2009 - WWE Hall of Famer Greg Valentine, using the name Gregory Lee, filed a lawsuit against suing longtime area independent promotion Windy City Pro Wrestling, claiming that he was injured on their 7/10/10 event in Bridgeview, IL at Toyota Park when stairs leading to the ring collapsed, causing him to fall and be injured. Valentine also sued the Village of Bridgeview, claiming that it helped in the construction of the stairs and the "catwalk" leading to them.
2009 - WWE ran Dublin, Ireland. Matthew filed the following live report:
I attended the Smackdown & ECW in The O2 last night. It was a fantastic show with a great atmosphere. I had front row seats and it was amazing to be that close to the action.
Intercontinental Championship: John Morrison vs. Matt Hardy
This was a great match-up with both men pulling out every move in their arsenal. Plenty of counters and near falls, with match kicking out of the moonlight drive. Morrison won when he hit the Starship Pain after Hardy hit the ring post. The crowd was firmly behind Morrison during the match. After the match they shook hands only for Hardy to nail Morrison with a Twist of Fate, which drew huge heat. Great match.
Shelton Benjamin vs. Zack Ryder
Decent match, Ryder got good heat. Ryder hit a nice missile dropkick & his leg lariat. Shelton is super athletic in person. He won after suplex off the top and Paydirt.
Drew McIntyre vs. Finlay
McIntyre came out to big heat and took his time milking it. He then cut a promo talking about how the tour never went to Scotland and he whinced about being in Ireland. There's was one Scottish guy behind me that tried to get a Scotland chant going but it didn't work. When Finlay came out the roof near came off the place. It was amazing. Pretty good match, McIntyre tried to use the shillelagh and ended up winning with his feet on the ropes. Finlay then stayed around ringside and even clunked Chimel in the head with the shillelagh.
Katie Lea & Mickie James vs. Michellle McCool & Beth Phoenix.
These girls are gorgeous in real life. A lot of " Beth" chants, some guys were shouting at Katie, saying your brother's a pirate. Usual divas match, Katie rolled Michelle up for the win. Mickie looked to have hurt her leg during the match.
Ezekiel Jackson vs. Goldust
Goldust got a good response, myself and a few others were shouting Black Reign at him. Zeke is huge in real life, Zeke won after his Rock B like move.
Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler
Excellent match. Ziggler has so much charisma, he was awesome, Rey obviously got a huge response and took his time coming to the ring. Great match with both men hitting all their big moves, including Rey nailing a seated senton off the apron right in front of me. Rey won after a 619 and splash.
Christian vs. William Regal
Regal got huge heat mainly because he is English, Christian got a massive response and he loved it. He played with the crowd and raised the camera mans arm to get a better response than Regal. The match was fairly short but still good, Christian won with the killswitch.
R-Truth vs. Eric Escobar
Not many people knew who Escobar was. Truth sang his way to the ring and was over. He danced for a while and rolled Eric up to win in about 5 seconds, Truth danced with Chimel before he left. By the way between matches their were a lot of Tony chants for Chimel coming from one section . Hilarious. Scott Armstrong got some chants and high- fived fans a round ringside. I was shouting Road Dogg at him to no response.
World Heavyweight Championship Casket Match
Undertaker vs. CM Punk
Punk got a very good reaction coming out. As the lights went out Punk beat the hell out of Chimel thinking it was Taker. Taker's entrance was electric and something everyone should see in person. AWESOME. The match was short but good. Taker nailed a leg drop on the casket and Punk fell on it similarly to when HBK hurt his back in 1998. Punk used a chair. Taker won after a tombstone. The Deadman celebrated with the gold and left. Charles Robinson immediately began taking the ring apart. Fantastic show. There's nothing like sitting front row at WWE live.
2010 - World Wrestling Entertainment released developmental talents Ron Myers, Cable Jones, Fahd Rakman, Rhys Ali, Devin Allen and referee Dan Skyler.
2011 -The National Wrestling Alliance issued the following press release today:
NWA HALL OF FAME 2011 CLASS
The first entrant in the 2011 class of the NWA Hall of Fame is a man who was NWA World Heavyweight champion from 1959 to 1961, held the NWA World Tag Team title, the NWA British Empire title, the NWA Central States title, and too many others to mention. On June 30, 1961, he and Buddy Rogers wrestled in front of 38,622 fans in Comiskey Park, a record in North America that stood for 25 years! The NWA is proud to welcome Pat O'Connor into the Hall of Fame!!
The next entrant in the 2011 class of the NWA Hall of Fame started his career in tag teams with Larry Hennig and Dick Murdoch. But it was in Florida that his career began to skyrocket, and from there he became worldwide! A 3-time NWA World Champion, a 10-time NWA Florida champ, NWA National Champ, NWA Georgia champ, the list goes on and on, we are honored to open the Hall of Fame doors, "if you weel", to the son of a plumber, the bull o' the woods, The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, baby!
The third entrant in the 2011 class of the NWA Hall of Fame started his career in New York, but headlined all over North America before the end of his long career. A three-time NWA World Jr. Heavyweight champion, he engaged in one of the most famous feuds in NWA history with the great Danny Hodge--one that grew so heated that Hodge's own father jumped into the ring and stabbed him!! The NWA is pleased and proud to induct Angelo Savoldi into the Hall of Fame!
Originally from Korea, the next entrant in the NWA Hall of Fame started out in sumo wrestling. However, his switch to professional wrestling had momentous impact, as he is now known in history as the "Father of Puroresu". Perhaps the most important figure in wrestling in the history of Japan, he is a former NWA International Heavyweight champion, whose televised matches against Lou Thesz and The Destroyer rank in the top ten of most-viewed TV shows of all-time in Japan. The NWA Hall of Fame is honored to induct Rikidozan into the Hall of Fame!
The next entrant in the NWA Hall of Fame had her first pro match at the age of 15 and had over 40 pro matches by the time she finished high school! Originally trained by Joe Blanchard, she was later under the tutelage of The Fabulous Moolah. Student overcame teacher in 1975, when she defeated Moolah to become the NWA World Women's Champion! Also a holder of the NWA Women's Tag Team title, she has headlined all over the world in a career that has spanned four decades! It's about time for a woman in the NWA Hall of Fame, and we can think of no more deserving entrant than Sue "Tex" Green!!
Summarizing the career of the next entrant into the NWA Hall of Fame is impossible in a limited space. NWA World Jr. Heavyweight champ, 17-TIME NWA Southern champ, NWA Americas champ, a legend in Japan where his match with fellow HOF inductee, Rikidozan, was said to have caused heart attacks in the Japanese viewing audience, part of perhaps the hottest feud ever in California against John Tolos (Monsell's Powder, anyone?), well, you get the idea. The NWA Hall of Fame throws open the doors for "Classy" Freddie Blassie!
As with all our entrants, it's impossible to list all the titles our next entrant won during his career, but here's a summary: NWA National champion, U.S. champion, Southern champion, Mid-Atlantic champion,Florida champion, Georgia champion, Texas champion, whew, and lots more! He wrestled all over the globe and was one of the most popular wrestlers with the fans everywhere he went! On top of all that, he had an outstanding career in the old AFL--Len Dawson says the hardest hit he ever felt on a football field came from this man. The next entrant in the NWA Hall of Fame is the one and only Chief Wahoo McDaniel!!!
The NWA Hall of Fame has more than its share of tough guys, but our next entrant is near the top of the list! The titles he held range from NWA U.S. champ, Florida champ, Georgia champ, Texas champ (8 times!), Mid-Atlantic champ, Missouri champ. Canadian champ, dozens of tag team titles, and on and on! He was so respected in Japan that his series of matches with Antonio Inoki in the mid-60s are cr...edited with vaulting Inoki into superstar status! At various times in his career he was both the most loved and most hated wrestler in the world! Still going strong in 1975, he unfortunately was crippled in the same plane crash that broke Ric Flair's back and was never able to return to the ring as an active competitor. The NWA Hall of Fame is honored to induct Johnny Valentine into its ranks!!!
The next inductees into the NWA Hall of Fame are actually a family entry. Aileen LeBell Eaton and her sons, Mike and Gene LeBell were a California promotional dynasty! "Lady Aileen" got into boxing and wrestling promotion alongside her second husband, outlaw promoter Cal Eaton. When Cal passed away, Aileen ran the company herself, becoming such a major figure in the boxing world she was featured in an article in Sports Illustrated and was the first woman inducted into the Int'l Boxing Hall of Fame! At the same time, she promoted regular wrestling events at the Olympic Auditorium in L.A. Her sons Mike and Gene took over the wrestling promotion and were responsible for the famous Blassie-Tolos feud talked about in Freddie Blassie's bio and the influx of lucha talent like Mil Mascaras. "Judo" Gene is perhaps the greatest U.S.-born martial artist and judoka and refereed the historic match between Muhammed Ali and Antonio Inoki! The NWA Hall of Fame has a family-sized spot reserved for Aileen LeBell Eaton, Mike LeBell, and Gene LeBell!!
The last entrant in this year's class of the NWA Hall of Fame is the man who is largely responsible for most of our older fans knowing about wrestlers and wrestling worldwide. Before cable television, and then the internet, wrestling fans on the East Coast almost never got to see Mil Mascaras, fans on the West Coast rarely saw Bruno Sammartino, U.S. fans only knew the names Rikidozan and Giant Baba. The only way for fans to know about and keep up with the whole world of wrestling was by reading "The Wrestler" and "Inside Wrestling" and, later, "Pro Wrestling Illustrated". Our next entrant was so integral to those publications that they became known by the slang term "Apter mags"! It is difficult to overstate how important his efforts have been to the entire business of pro wrestling and to the NWA. The NWA Hall Fame is deeply honored to induct Bill Apter!!
2011 - Kamala announced that he had undergone surgery to amputate his leg due to issues related to diabetes, effectively ending his career. He is still battling the disease.
2011 - WWE presented a three hour "Raw Gets Rocked" broadcast. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are live from Boston, Massachusetts and your announcers are Michael ‘A No Win Situation for the fans’ Cole and Jerry ‘Will Rog and Rerun be out there with Dwayne tonight’ Lawler.
Michael Cole makes his way to the ring and there is something in the ring for the Michael Cole Challenge involving him and Jim Ross. Cole gets the reception he deserves and he welcomes everyone to a very special Raw. Michael says that Jim Ross has finally shown some guts and he is here in Boston to take the Michael Cole Challenge.
Michael brings out the closest thing to a cartoon float and that is Jim Ross.
Cole tells Jim that he is glad that he could make it. Cole says that there are three challenges. If he wins all three, then Jim Ross gets his job back and Michael Cole will quit.
The first challenge is arm wrestling. Cole stalls and does some stretching to stall and anger Jim Ross. Jim Ross wins without even having to go ‘over the top’.
Cole says that they started it too quick. Cole says that he gave up because Jim’s barbecue breath smells like spoiled meat and he was ready to pass out.
It is time for the second challenge and it is something that Cole is undefeated in. Cole says that he is so confident that he will let everyone vote on who they think will win this competition. We are going to have a dance competition. Cole goes first and he asks Jim if he wants to forfeit. Now it is time for Jim to dance.
The crowd votes and they are clearly behind Jim Ross and he wins.
It is now time for the third challenge and Cole talks about what will happen if Jim Ross can win this challenge. Cole gets in a Boston Red Sox choking joke and Cole says that the competition is ‘who weighs less’.
Cole goes first and his weight is 200 pounds. Jim Ross gets on the scale and it is 239 pounds.
Cole celebrates his victory but he is interrupted by CM Punk.
Cole yells at Punk for ruining his moment and tells Punk that he has no right being out here.
Cole wants to know how Punk can interrupt his moment.
Punk tells Cole that his time is up. Punk says that this has everything to do with him. When it became painfully obvious that Cole wasn’t going to give Jim Ross a legitimate shot to get his job back, it became a colossal waste of time, except for Jim Ross dancing.
We know that Jim Ross is a better announcer than Michael Cole so the entire Michael Cole show is a colossal waste of his time and the audience’s time. Punk tells Cole that his fifteen minutes of fame are done. He had his Wrestlemania moment and with him, The Funkmaster, and Alberto Del Rio have made this show unbearable. People wish that they could fast forward through Cole. Punk mentions that it is bad enough that people have to listen to him for two hours but tonight it is a three hour show.
Punk says that he wants to make this an entertaining show and he will do whatever it takes to make the show interesting. Punk says that he is taking the spotlight off Cole’s spraytanned, unfunny, and untalented . . .
Speaking of untalented, John Laurinaitis comes out. John says that people wanted to see the competition and not see it broken up (even though it was done).
Punk tells John to screw him and his Twitter followers.
John says that he cares about his Twitter followers and the WWE Universe so he is going to have CM Punk team with Big Show to face Mark Henry and Alberto Del Rio. John wishes Punk luck.
Cole laughs at Laurinaitis’ announcement and he says that it appears that the pipe bomb blew up in Punk’s face. Cole demands that Punk apologizes to him and he wants Punk to say that he is sorry for what Punk says.
Punk thinks about it and he sends Cole to the mat with a head butt and he puts Cole in the Anaconda Vice and Cole is the one apologizing.
Matt Striker is in the back and a limo shows up and he is waiting for the arrival of one of the biggest stars and it is Mick Foley.
Mick says that he spared no expense to make sure that this is a night that neither the Rock or John Cena will ever forget. Foley with the vintage Mick Foley Cheap Pop and he walks away. We go to commercial.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: Cody Rhodes losing to Randy Orton two weeks ago on Smackdown.
We are back and Jim Ross joins Jerry Lawler at the announce table.
Cody Rhodes says that two weeks ago, Randy Orton emasculated him. That is not true. Randy Orton emancipated him. Cody with his Pure Evil laugh.
Match Number One: Sin Cara and Kofi Kingston versus Cody Rhodes and Hunico
Hunico and Sin Cara start things off and Cara mocks Hunico for his mask loss. Cara with kicks and Cara avoids Hunico trying to low cut him. Cara with an arm drag and then he tags in Kingston and Kofi with a double sledge from the turnbuckles. Hunico with an Irish whip but he runs into an elbow and then Kofi with a reverse monkey flip and then he drop kicks Rhodes to the floor. Kofi goes up top and hits a cross body on Cody while Cara hits a cross body from the other turnbuckle on Hunico and we go to commercial.
We are back and Rhodes with a front face lock on Cara and then he hits a gourdbuster and then Hunico with a slingshot senton for a near fall. Hunico with a camel clutch into a rear chin lock. Hunico with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker and then he tags Cody back in. Cody with a boot to the leg followed by a knee to the midsection and a punch.
Hunico tags back in and he punches Cara. Cara counters a tilt-a-whirl back breaker into a rana and rollup for a near fall. Hunico with a reverse chin lock. Cara with elbows but Hunico with a forearm. Cody tags in and he connects with a forearm to the back. Cara with a head scissors take down.
Kofi tags in and hits a somersault into a clothesline followed by a drop kick. Kofi with a double jump cross body for a near fall. Hunico and Cara get involved. Kofi sends Hunico to the floor and then Cara with a corkscrew pescado onto Hunico but meanwhile in the ring, Cody Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes fro the three count.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Hunico
The Rock is walking in the back and we go to commercial.
We are back and Santino is playing WWE ’12 while using Rock. Zack Ryder interrupts and wants Santino to sign his online petition to get a United States Title Match. Santino says that he is playing the ‘Peoples’ Edition of WWE ’12. Santino says that Rock won the vote to be on the cover. Zack says that his broski will beat Rock any night of the week. Santino throws out an ‘It doesn’t matter’. Zack says that they can agree that Rock and Cena will win at Survivor Series.
Vickie Guerrero comes out and she throws out an Excuse Me. She says that she has some bad news. Earlier today, WWE.com reported that Christian has suffered a serious ankle injury in Europe. Christian will not be able to wrestle at Survivor Series. Vickie says that wwe.com will not blame Teddy Long for making Christian compete. Vickie says that she has talked to her friend John Laurinaitis and she is happy to announce . . .
Dolph Ziggler says that he is happy to announce that he is on Team Barrett. Dolph points out that he is the one with the title and the looks. He is officially in action at Survivor Series on Sunday. Tonight it is on to bigger things. He is going to face something that is more cyborg than man. He is going to face Mason Ryan. He says that Mason will get a taste of what Team Orton is in store for on Sunday.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael Cole and John Laurinaitis tell Jim Ross to leave to Michael Cole can make his triumphant return to the announce table. Ross taps Cole on his injured arm and to make things worse, Dolph’s opponent makes his way to the ring. Cole says that he is thinking about suing CM Punk for what happened.
Match Number Two: Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero versus Mason ‘AlmosTista’ Ryan
They lock up and Ryan sends Ziggler into the corner but Ziggler avoids a charge into the corner. Ryan stops Ziggler from getting out of the ring and then Ryan with a shoulder into the corner followed by a boot to the head. Ryan presses Ziggler over his head and Vickie gets on the apron and Ryan tosses Ziggler behind him. Ryan slaps Vickie and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Mason Ryan by disqualification
After the match, John Morrison sends Ziggler into the ring and Ryan with a Not So Masterful Full Nelson followed by a full nelson slam.
Mick Foley is walking in the back and he is shaking hands with people and he sees Zack Ryder. Ryder asks Foley to sign his online petition. Foley gets Ryder to teach him to do the fist pumping.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to see the Return of Hardcore Legend Mick Foley. Foley thanks everyone for the warm response. As a Kansas farm girl once said, ‘there’s no place like home’. While it is great fun to be back in the WWE, he is here to talk about serious business. Sunday at the Survivor Series will be an epic pairing of one of the greatest tag teams ever. They say it is ‘Never Before . . . Never Again’. Mick mentions the Rock and Cena Connection.
Mick says that people should see John Cena more like he sees him, as one of the greatest performers in WWE history. Mick says that he is going to fix things and make them right. Mick Foley introduces his good friend . . . John Cena.
Cena makes his way to the ring and he asks if you can believe this. A sold out TD Garden in Boston and Mick Foley invites him to join him in the ring. Cena says that the Rock and him don’t have to be friends to be a tag team. He asked Rock to be his partner because Rock is fantastic. He is electrifying. He is the most electrifying man in all of entertainment. He didn’t ask the Rock to be his partner because he is his friend.
Mick says that he may have pushed things by saying that they are friends. Their relationship is based on mutual respect. Cena says that he respects Mick Foley for everything that he has done. Foley says that he watched the way that Cena reacted to things back in 2006. Foley says that he wrote Cena a letter saying that he was impressed with the way that Cena handled things in the back. Foley then says that he did something on Twitter after Raw and he says that it was time to show some respect for the legacy of great matches that John Cena has had in WWE. Foley says that it was a firestorm of controversy. Foley says that he thinks that Cena is one of the best to ever step in the ring.
Foley has his mashup shirt for both Cena and Rock. Foley with another Mick Foley Cheap Pop and he says that he wants to be the thread to bring Rock and Cena together. Foley says that he can do it with ‘John Cena . . . This is Your Life’
Cena says that he doesn’t think that this is a good idea.
Foley wants them to show the emotionally powerful video tribute. Mick says that he said it would be powerful. Cena wants to know what song they used. Foley has a voice from Cena’s past and it is John’s Little League coach Will Grey. Mick wants Will to share the story that he told Mick. Will talks about how Cena was at bat with his team down by a run with the bases loaded and Cena struck out. Cena corrects Will and says that he struck out looking. Will says that he told John that he would be a better person because of that and he cried. Cena tells Foley that he is striking out now.
Mick brings out someone else who was instrumental in his early years. Mick brings out his rap partner Bull Buchanan. Cena says that is so wonderful. Foley wants the catching up to begin. Cena says that it is great to see him. Mick wants Buchanan to talk about how instrumental Cena was. Bull says that Cena was his best tag team partner. He says that he doesn’t want to get emotional or mushy but tagging with Cena was the best time of his life. Eventually they broke up, like all great tag teams. Cena is one of the greatest superstars of all time but Bull mentions that he got fired. His old lady left him and he got divorced. He lost all of his money in a Ponzi Scheme. Bull mentions that his dog bit him and gave him rabies so it ended his career. Bull tells Cena that he ruined his life.
Cena says that it was something worse than the Shockmaster.
Mick says that he has one more person in the back who loves him. Foley brings out John Cena Senior. Papa John has something to say to the WWE Universe, especially the testosterone injecting morons who keep chanting ‘Cena Sucks’. He says that Cena doesn’t suck, they suck. He wonders if people know how hard he works. John says that little children love him so the fans boo him. He says that everyone are a bunch of losers. Son cuts off father and he tells him that he loves him . . . but no super kick. John tells his dad that he will catch up with him later and then hit Kowloon.
John says that he never told anyone how to feel about him. John says what Foley showed him was not his life. Being in the ring is his life. Whether they want to boo him or cheer him, this is all he has. Cena says that is what he is going to show them on Sunday. Cena calls this one of wrestling’s greatest catastrophes along the lines of the Gobbledygooker.
Foley says that he has five people in the back for Cena.
The Rock interrupts the fun and he makes his way to the ring and he gives Foley a Rock Bottom and leaves. Cena checks on Foley to make sure that he is okay and get a good laugh at this.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Sheamus versus Jack Swagger with Vickie Guerrero
They lock up and Sheamus with a side head lock and take down. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle. Swagger with a waist lock take down. Sheamus with a kick and clothesline and then he connects with a series of knees to the ribs right in front of Vickie. Sheamus clotheslines Swagger over the top rope and we go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus with forearms to the chest while Swagger is in the ropes. Sheamus with a suplex for a near fall. Swagger with a dive into the knee and then Swagger with a running shoulder tackle. Swagger with a double overhook to Sheamus followed by a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Swagger with an arm bar on Sheamus and then Swagger with a forearm to the kidneys.
Swagger with another forearm into the kidneys. Swagger tries for a third one but you never do a move three times and Sheamus with a clothesline. Sheamus with a running double sledge or two. Sheamus with forearms to the back in the corner and then he hits a running clothesline into the corner followed by a knee lift and a power slam for a near fall.
Sheamus sets for the Celtic Cross but Swagger gets to his feet and Swagger with a Northern Lariat and then he hits the Swagger Bomb. Swagger applies the ankle lock but Sheamus rolls through and kicks Swagger to the floor. Sheamus with the uranage back breaker. Sheamus with the Brogue Kick for the three count.
Zack Ryder is with the Bellas again and they are being asked by Zack to sign the online petition. They better deal Ryder for Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. They say that they didn’t believe anything that Punk said last night or last week. The Bellas want to party with Del Rio after Survivor Series but Ryder tells them that they can party in the LI. Ryder invites Ricardo to join the party. Del Rio and Ricardo leave while the Bellas are fed up with Ryder.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a video package of the Kelly Kelly photo shoot.
Match Number Four: Natalya with Beth Phoenix versus Kelly Kelly with a Boston jersey cheap pop, Alicia Fox, and Eve Torres
They lock up and Natalya with a single leg sweep. Natalya runs Kelly into the corner and kicks her. Natalya wants to know if Kelly wants to cry. Natalya misses a charge into the corner and she gives a Stinkface. Natalya tries to get Kelly over for the Sharpshooter after Beth distracts Kelly. Kelly with an inside cradle on the sharpshooter attempt for the three count.
Winner: Kelly Kelly
We go to commercial.
We are back and John Laurinaitis continues to push back the debut of Brodus Clay. It is going to be next week and not when the Rock is on.
Alberto enters the room and he says that he is on the cover of Hombre Magazine. John tells Alberto that CM Punk has made him a laughing stock. One cheap shot does not mean that he is getting the upper hand on CM Punk. John says that he is impartial and then he says that CM Punk can cause more trouble if he is the champion. Alberto says that he does not think that Punk will even make it Survivor Series. Alberto says that he will be WWE Champion longer than John is general manager.
It is time for Michael Cole to make himself the focus of things and he says that he will not be unbiased and he is going to root for Alberto Del Rio.
We run through the card for Survivor Series.
Matt Striker is with Miz and R Truth. Matt asks if they feel overshadowed for their match at Survivor Series. They don’t answer. He asks if they feel disrespected even after winning in the main event last week. They don’t answer. Matt asks them what will they do to get the attention of Rock and John Cena at Survivor Series. They walk away without answering.
CM Punk is walking in the back but Alberto Del Rio attacks him. Del Rio with punches and kicks but referees try to break things up.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Alberto Del Rio and Mark Henry versus CM Punk and Big Show
Show and Del Rio start things off and he chops Del Rio and slams him. Show with a chop in the corner and then he does it in the opposite corner. Show with a slam and Punk is tagged in. Punk with a series of kicks and the referee pulls him out of the corner. Punk with more kicks and the referee warns him. Punk with a suplex for a near fall.
Show tags back in and he punches Del Rio in the ribs. Henry is tagged in and they lock up and Henry pushes Show into the ropes. They lock up again and Henry pushes Show again. They lock up a third time and Show sends him down to the mat. Show with head butts and then he tries to slam Henry but Show falls under Henry’s weight and Henry gets a near fall.
Henry with head butts to Show and Del Rio tags in and he kicks Show. Del Rio gets a near fall but Show with a powerful kick out. Del Rio with a drop kick and then he tags Henry back in. Show with punches from his knees to Henry followed by head butts that stagger Henry. Show with a shoulder tackle and then he signals for the punch but Henry sees it and he tags in Del Rio.
Del Rio wants to know what Henry is doing. Henry tells Del Rio that he tagged him. They continue to argue as we go to commercial.
We are back and Punk and Del Rio are down. Henry tags in and he kicks Punk in the arm before he can make the tag to Big Show. Henry with head butts to Punk followed by punches. Henry stands on Punk’s chest. Del Rio tags in and he kicks Punk and gets a near fall. Del Rio charges into a boot in the corner but Del Rio with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall.
Henry tags in and Punk with kicks but Henry regains control with a head butt. Del Rio is tagged back in and the problems from before the commercial appear to have disappeared. Del Rio with an arm bar. Punk and Del Rio with kicks and then they exchange punches that lead to boos and yays. Punk with a leg lariat and clothesline followed by a swinging neck breaker and then he kicks Henry in the head and Show with a savate kick to Henry that knocks him down.
Punk goes to the apron and Henry pushes Del Rio out of the way. Henry catches Punk and hits the World’s Strongest Slam. Show with a Pounce to Henry that sends him to the floor. Show runs into the ring post when Henry moves and Del Rio gets the three count.
Winners: Alberto Del Rio and Mark Henry
After the match, Del Rio puts Punk in the cross arm breaker but Punk does not tap. Show comes into the ring and Del Rio and Ricardo run away.
We have an earlier tonight moment of Rock making his in ring return to Rock Bottom Foley.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of the end of the tag match featuring the four men in the two Heavyweight Title Matches on Sunday.
Santino Marella makes his way to the ring. He says that he could not resist coming out. It was this very ring and this very building and very city where he came so close to winning the Royal Rumbles. He says that he would have done it if it wasn’t for that son of a gun Alberto Del Rio. He talks about everything great about Boston and he says that they will be known as the city where Santino Marella turns his career around. He will return to Boston as the World Champion.
Kevin Nash interrupts and he makes his way to the ring.
Santino wants to make sure that Nash isn’t going to beat him to prove a statement.
Nash says that he is one of Santino’s biggest fans. Nash says that Santino talking about the Royal Rumble and it brought back memories. Nash tells Santino to show him how to do the trombone. The band starts playing and Nash with a big boot.
Nash says that he blew the roof off this building at the Royal Rumble. He says that he got the biggest ovation of the night. Did his good buddy Triple H have the business sense to hire him? No. He tells Triple H that he is here and Hunter is not. Nash with a power bomb to Santino.
Randy Orton is doing push ups in the back. The cameraman better watch out or he could get an RKO.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jonah Hill will be the guest host next week.
We see highlights from last Friday’s match between Barrett and Orton.
Barrrett says that he proved on Smackdown that Randy Orton is the past while he is the present and the future. In consecutive weeks, the Barrett Barrage has defeated Sheamus and Randy Orton. In front of his Survivor Series team, he will lead by example to devenomize the Viper.
Match Number Six: Wade Barrett with Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Cody Rhodes, and Hunico versus Randy Orton with Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Sin Cara, and Mason Ryan
Orton with a punch and European uppercut but Barrett with an Irish whip you never do that to Orton. Orton with a clothesline out of the corner followed by a suplex and a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Orton rakes the bootlaces across the eyes. Barrett with the Blackpool Slam for a near fall.
Barrett with an Irish whip and kicks in the corner. Orton with punches but Barrett with a reverse chin lock. Orton gets back to his feet but Barrett forces Orton back to his knees. Orton back to his feet and he hits a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold. Orton with clotheslines followed by a power slam. Orton sends Barrett to the apron for the IEDDT and he hits it. Orton stares at the upper level and then he twists to the mat.
Cody Rhodes attacks Orton from behind and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Randy Orton by disqualification
We have a brawl and Sheamus with a Brogue kick to Ziggler that sends him off the apron. Orton with an RKO to Hunico and then Ryan press slams Hunico onto his teammates on Sunday.
In case you missed it live or the first recap, we take another look at Rock giving Mick Foley a Rock Bottom. Rock is going to talk when we come back.
We are back and it is time to Smell-la-la-la-la-la-la-la because the Rock is coming to the ring.
Rock soaks in the crowd and takes his time before telling us at 3:15 am he woke up and by 3:30 he was eating breakfast and not a Fruity Pebble. By 3:45 he was tweeting. At 4:00 he was in the gym. At 6:00 he was shooting GI Joe 2, but he could not wait. By 3:00 this afternoon he was on a plane and at 6:45 he was at Logan Airport. At 7:00 he was told that he was a wicked pissah by a security guard. By 7:15 he was in the North End smelling the Italian food. He wanted to stop until this moment to say ‘FINALLY’ the Rock has come back to Boston.
In six days it is Survivor Series. The 25th Anniversary. There is just one problem. That it is in six days and not right now. Right now drives the Rock. He says that he loves Mick Foley but there is no way that he could sit back and watch the garbage that was being fed by him.
It is moments like this that drive the Rock. Right now is why he is the most electrifying man in all of entertainment. That is why he is the most electrifying man in Twittertainment. When he talks on Twitter, it trends worldwide. When Rock says Boots to Asses, that is all that is going to trend.
The people of Boston chant ‘Boots to Asses’ and Rock says that they just made Twitter history in Boston. He came here to make sure that Raw gets Rocked. From the People’s Champ to the People, the Rock ain’t waiting six days. Tonight he is going to deliver an awesome ass whippin’ to Awesome Truth and he wants to do it right now.
Speaking of an Awesome Conspiracy, R Truth and Miz make their way to the ring but they are not dressed to sports entertain.
They enter the ring and Miz throws out a really. Miz asks Rock if that is what he really wants. Truth tells Rock that if he thinks that anything to them, he is the most delusional man in entertainment or Twittertainment. He calls Raw gets Rocked a joke. Truth says that the Truth is that when they are on Raw, this show gets AWESOME.
Miz doesn’t care how Rock spends his day or how he makes things trend. He only cares about leaving Rock a quivering mess. Truth says that they can do it right now. Miz holds Truth back and keeps him from taking off his jacket.
Miz says that is not going to happen right now. Miz says that he doesn’t care what Rock wants. He doesn’t care what the people want. It is about what they want and they want to make history at the biggest Survivor Series of all time. Tonight, Raw gets Rocked, but on Sunday Rock gets best. Truth says that is the Truth.
John Cena’s music plays and he comes out to the ring.
We have a standoff in the ring and John Cena wants to know if Miz is wearing makeup. Cena apologizes for his partner who thinks that he is the captain of Team Bring It but all he has brought in the last seven years is crappy messages via satellite. Rock says that you will have to excuse his partner because he is not used to the support of someone who has reached puberty. Rock’s partner is so concerned about rising above the hate, but he should be worried about Rock’s size 15 rising up and kicking him in his lady parts. Rock says that is trending worldwide.
Cena appreciates the Ladyparts chant but Rock’s obsession with Twitter and his mangina but he has to realize that they need to be a team. If Rock doesn’t work together, I Bitchslapped Rocky will be trending worldwide.
Miz says that he is sick of this and then he throws out a few reallys. Miz says that he is sick of the Rock and Cena show. Miz reminds them that the last time that happened, he won the main event at Wrestlemania. Miz suggests that they should make it a national holiday with the way they are talking about it. Miz says that after they are done with Rock and Cena, it will never be forgotten.
Truth says that Little Johnny and Little Rocky want to go back and forth in front of the Little Jimmys, they can go ahead because they will see them on Sunday.
Rock says that they will see them on Sunday. They are all here right now, boots to asses.
Rock and Cena go after Truth and Miz. Rock punches Truth and then he hits a Rock Bottom on Truth while Cena deals with Miz and gets him up for an Attitude Adjustment and Rock pulls Miz off Cena’s shoulders to give Miz a Rock Bottom.
Rock leaves the ring and he stares at his tag team partner.
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