On this day in history in ....
1906 - Clarence Weber defeats Buttan Singh for the Australian Heavyweight Title in Melbourne, Australia.
1951 - Danny McShain defeats Verne Gagne in Memphis, Tennessee to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.
1954 - Polo Torres defeats The Sheik for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Title in Houston, Texas.
1956 - Otto Lenz and Jack O'Reilly defeat Enrique Romero and Black Hawk to win the Western States Tag Team Title in Phoenix, Arizona.
1958 - Billy Wicks defeats Gorgeous George to win the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama, beginning his second reign.
1960 - Johnny Valentine & Buddy Rogers defeat The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) for the United States Tag Team Title (the forerunner to the WWE World Tag Team Title).
1964 - Martino Angelo defeats Danny Ferraza to win the Wolverine Wrestling Midwest Heavyweight Title in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1966 - Mad Dog Vachon defeats Dick the Bruiser for the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning his fifth reign.
1966 - Ray Stevens and Art Nelson defeat George and Sandy Scott to win the International Wrestling Alliance (Australia) Tag Team Title in Melbourne, Australia.
1970 - Dory Funk, Sr. defeats Thunderbolt Patterson for the Southwest Brass Knuckles Title in Amarillo, Texas, beginning his second reign and ending Patterson's fourth.
1970 - Larry Hennig and Bob Windham (Blackjack Mulligan) defeat Thunder Sugiyama and Great Kusatsu for the International Wrestling Alliance (Japan) Tag Team Title in Ashikaga, Japan.
1971 - Kinji Shibuya and Masa Saito win their second NWA Americas Tag Team Title, defeating Pantera Negra and Salvador Lothario.
1974 - Jack Donovan ends the sixth NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title reign of Ken Lucas in Mobile, Alabama.
1975 - Jackie Fargo and Jerry Lawler defeats Phil Hickerson and Dennis Condrey for the Mid-America version of the NWA United States Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.
1976 - Chavo Guerrero, Sr. defeats Ken Mantell to win his fifth NWA Americas Heavyweight Title.
1976 - Thunderbolt Patterson defeats The Sheik for the Toronto version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This ended The Sheik's second reign.
1976 - Bob Kelly defeats The Wrestling Pro for the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title in Dothan, Alabama, ending The Pro's fifth reign.
1977 - Sangre Chicana defeats Jose Luis Mendieta to win the Mexican National Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.
1979 - Steve Regal and Hector Guerrero defeat The Blond Bombers (Larry Latham and Wayne Farris) for the AWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending The Bombers' third reign.
1981 - Tommy Martin defeats Bob Sweetan to win the NWA Central States Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas, ending Sweetan's fourth reign.
1982 - Leo Burke and Bret Hart defeat Duke Myers and The Dynamite Kid for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
1984 - Jacques Rougeau, Jr. wins the vacant NWA Mid-America Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1985 - Lex Luger defeats Wahoo McDaniel to win the Florida version of the NWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida, ending McDaniel's second reign.
1988 - Brian Lee defeats Mike Miller in a tournament final for the Championship Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1988 - Jason the Terrible defeats TNT (Juan Rivera) for the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
1989 - Bill Dundee defeats Tony Anthony for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, the first of four reigns for Dundee.
1990 - Curt Hennig defeats Kerry Von Erich for the WWF Intercontinental title in Rochester, New York, beginning his second run with the title.
1991 - WCW Clash of the Champions XVII was held at the Civic Center in Savannah, Georgia. Here are the results of the show, which was aired live on TBS:
- Big Josh defeated Thomas Rich in a Lumberjack match.
- Bobby Eaton defeated Firebreaker Chip.
- Tom Zenk defeated The Diamond Stud (Scott Hall) in less than two minutes.
- WCW Television Champion Steve Austin defeated PN News.
- Cactus Jack defeated Van Hammer.
- Dustin Rhodes & mystery partner Ricky Steamboat defeated The Enforcers, Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko to win the WCW World Tag Team Title when Steamboat pinned Anderson.
- WCW Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Pillman defeated Johnny B. Badd.
- Rick Rude defeated Sting to win the WCW United States Title.
- WCW World Champion Lex Luger defeated Rick Steiner.
1994 - ECW ran the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here are the results:
- JT Smith & Stevie Richards defeated Hack Meyers & Chad Austin.
- The Pitbulls defeated Ian & Axl Rotten in a Double Dog Collar match.
- Tommy Dreamer defeated The Sandman.
- Sabu & Taz defeated Joe & Dean Malenko.
- ECW World Tag Team Champions Public Enemy vs. Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan ended in a no-contest when Sullivan turned on Cactus.
- Ron Simmons & 2 Cold Scorpio defeated Shane Douglas & Brian Pillman when Sherri Martel "accidentally" hit Shane with her shoe. It was then revealed that she was wearing a Ric Flair shirt under her sweater, prompting Douglas to piledrive her. Pillman was a last minute substitute for Steve Austin, who was injured and unabke to make the date.
1994 - A tournament was held to determine a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The previous champion Shane Douglas had thrown done the belt after his tournament win to become the first ECW World Heavyweight Champion in the angle that turned Eastern Championship Wrestling into Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Here are the results of the tournament:
- Tracey Smothers defeated Devon Storm.
- Eddie Gilbert defeated Johnny Gunn.
- Chris Candido defeated Al Snow.
- Tony Anthony defeated Jerry Lawler.
- Osamu Nishimura vs. Lou Perez ended in a draw.
- Tracey Smothers defeated Eddie Gilbert.
- Chris Candido defeated Tony Anthony.
- Chris Candido defeated Tracey Smothers to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
1995 - WWE Survivor Series was held at the USAir Arena in Landover, Maryland. The show was headlined by Bret Hart defeating Diesel to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and also marked the first time the Spanish announce table was destroyed during a WWF Pay-per-view. Matt Shalk penned the following:
SURVIVOR SERIES 1995
by Matt Shalk
November 19, 1995
Location: Landover, Maryland
Arena: USAir Arena
Attendance: 14, 500
► The Bodydonnas: Skip, Tom Pritchard, Rad Radford, & The 1-2-3 Kid defeated The Underdogs: Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly, Marty Jannetty, Barry Horowitz, & Hakushi in a team elimination match.
Sunny accompanied Skip to ringside. "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase accompanied The 1-2-3 Kid.
Eliminations: Bob Holly pinned Tom Pritchard following a flying body press. Skip entered the match and quickly rolled up Holly for the pin. The 1-2-3 Kid kicked Hakushi in the head, allowing Rad Radford to make the pin. Barry Horowitz pinned Rad Radford. The 1-2-3 Kid eliminated Barry Horowitz following a leg drop. Marty Jannetty pinned Skip following a power bomb off the top rope. Ted DiBiase distracted the referee, and Sid interfered in the match, dropping Jannetty across the top rope. The 1-2-3 Kid pinned Marty Jannetty to win the match for his team.
Survivor: The 1-2-3 Kid
► Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Tomoko Watanabe, & Lioness Aska defeated WWF Women's Champion Alundra Blayze, Kyoko Inoue, Chapparita Asari, & Sakie Hasegawa in a team elimination match.
Harvey Whippleman accompanied Bertha Faye to ringside.
Eliminations: Alundra Blayze pinned Lioness Aska following a German suplex. Aja Kong hit a devastating suplex on Sakie Hasegawa and made the pin. Kong pinned Chapparita Asari following a splash from the second rope, and then pinned Kyoko Inoue by sitting on her when Inoue attempted a sunset flip. Alundra Blayze rebounded, and eliminated Tomoko Watanabe following a piledriver and Bertha Faye following a German suplex. Aja Kong hit Alundra Blayze with a spinning back hand and pinned her to win the match for her team.
Survivor: Aja Kong
This was Alundra Blayze's last WWF television appearance, as she would soon leave the WWF for WCW. Her next television appearance (as Madusa) was on WCW Monday Nitro, where she shocked the wrestling world by throwing the WWF Women's Championship into a trash can.
Following the match, Todd Pettingill interviewed "President Clinton" in the audience, but the interview was cut short when Bam Bam Bigelow's ring pyro startled the "President," causing the "Secret Service" to tackle Pettingill.
► Goldust made his Survivor Series debut, pinning Bam Bam Bigelow following a running bulldog.
Following the match, we returned to Todd Pettingill and "President Clinton" in the audience, now joined by Mr. Bob Backlund. Backlund and the "President" debated politics as the segment died a painful death.
► The Dark Side: Undertaker, Savio Vega, Fatu, & Henry Godwinn defeated The Royals: King Mabel, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Isaac Yankem D.D.S., & Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a team elimination match.
Paul Bearer accompanied Undertaker to ringside. Sir Mo accompanied King Mabel.
Leading to the match, the Undertaker was looking for revenge against King Mabel for crushing his orbital socket six weeks earlier on Monday Night Raw. This was the return of the Undertaker following the injury, and the debut of his grey protective mask.
Eliminations: The Undertaker eliminated Jerry Lawler following a tombstone piledriver. Isaac Yankem was also pinned following a tombstone. The Undertaker next eliminated Hunter Hearst Helmsley, this time following a chokeslam. Mabel hit the Undertaker with a leg drop, the same move that injured the Undertaker's face weeks earlier, but the Undertaker sat up, and a scared King Mabel walked out on the match and was counted out, giving the victory to the Dark Side.
Survivors: The Undertaker, Savio Vega, Fatu, & Henry Godwinn
► Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, Sid, & "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon, Owen Hart, Dean Douglas, & Yokozuna in a team elimination match.
Jim Cornette accompanied "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith to ringside. Mr. Fuji accompanied Yokozuna. "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase accompanied Sid.
This was a "Wild Card Match" ordered by WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, in which heels and faces were forced to team together. Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, and Razor Ramon were all faces at the time; the rest of the participants were heels.
Eliminations: Razor Ramon hit teammate Dean Douglas with a right hand, allowing Shawn Michaels to roll up the stunned Douglas for the pin. Shawn Michaels accidentally hit Sid with Sweet Chin Music, allowing Razor Ramon to make the pin. Ahmed Johnson pinned Owen Hart following the Pearl River Plunge. The 1-2-3 Kid came to ringside and distracted Razor Ramon, allowing the British Bulldog to hit a running powerslam and pin Ramon. Shawn Michaels hit Yokozuna with Sweet Chin Music, and Ahmed Johnson followed up with a big splash and the pin to win the match for his team.
Survivors: Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, & "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith
Following the match, we once again returned to Todd Pettingill and "President Clinton," this time joined by Sunny. Nothing to see here. Except Sunny. Back when she was still hot.
► Bret "Hitman" Hart defeated WWF Champion Diesel with a small package in a no disqualification match to win the WWF Championship.
This match marked the end of Diesel's year-long championship run, and was the first time (but certainly not the last time) the Spanish announce table was destroyed in a pay-per-view main event.
CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Jean Pierre Lafitte was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the Bodydonnas, but was replaced on the team by The 1-2-3 Kid. The 1-2-3 Kid had recently turned heel and joined the "Million Dollar Corporation," and the WWF explained the substitution by stating that "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase had bought The 1-2-3 Kid a spot on the team. In reality, Jean Pierre Lafitte required time off to have a hernia operation....Avatar was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the Underdogs, but was replaced on the team by Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly.
NOTES: Vince McMahon, Jim Ross and Mr. Perfect, making a surprise return to the WWF, did commentary for the event. Carlos Cabrera and Hugo Savinovich did Spanish commentary. Todd Pettingill handled interviews. Bill Dunn was the ring announcer....WWF Tag Team Champions The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart Gunn) defeated The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) in a non-televised match prior to the pay-per-view....Promotional materials for Survivor Series 1995 featured Shawn Michaels & Diesel....This was the first Survivor Series pay-per-view held on a Sunday night. Previous events were either held on Thanksgiving Day or Thanksgiving Eve.
Buck Woodward: Honestly, all I remember from this show was Undertaker's team (all wearing Undertaker shirts) pretty much standing on the apron cheering while Undertaker blew through everyone. ... I also remember thinking that the Wild Card match was pretty dumb, especially when Ramon turned on Douglas. It was like "What's the point?"
Mike Johnson: I was actually at this show, which was the final in a weekend where I attended four shows in three days....This was the historic show where Bret "ECW is like Pornography" Hart flew off the ring apron and crashed through a table. To Hart's credit, he actually got a good match out of Kevin Nash....I liked the whole Wild Card deal and remember that being a fun match....The match with the Japanese women, which was why I attended the show, was a huge letdown....The Public Enemy dark match was hysterical to me personally as the night before, while talking to Ted Petty (who was a great guy), he told me that they weren't going anywhere. 12 hours later, I was watching them walk to the ring for a WWF show. Too funny....I also recall running into Axl Rotten in the building, which I thought was weird because here was an ECW guy going to a WWF show. It just totally seemed out of place.
1995 - Lola Gonzales defeats Bison Kimura in a tournament final to become the first Trans-World Wrestling Federation Women's Champion.
1996 - Oficial, Vigilante and Guardian defeat Los Villanos (III, IV and V) for the AAA Americas Trios Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.
1999 - Joey Venture defeats Mr. Showtime for the vacant NWA Mid-South Junior Heavyweight Title in Dyersburg, Tennessee. The title had been vacated earlier in the night due to champion Pokerface being injured five days prior. Also, Naughty by Nature (Rude and Tully) defeat The Missouri Bad Boys (Mark Southern and Ricky Bryant) for the NWA Mid-South Tag Team Title.
1999 - Lupus defeats Twiggy Ramirez for the NWA 2000 Heavyweight Title in Iselin, New Jersey.
2000 - Adam Flash defeats Jimmy Cicero to win the Maryland Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Odenton, Maryland. Also that night, Qenaan Creed defeats Chad Bowman for the MCW Cruiserweight Title.
2000 - Bombero Infernal defeats Black Dragon to win the Grupo International Wrestling Revolution Group Intercontinental Middleweight Title in Naucalpan, Mexico.
2000 - WWF Survivor Series was held at the Ice Palace in Tampa, Florida. The show was headlined by Steve Austin vs. Triple H in a no-disqualification match that ended when Austin used a crane to lift a car, with Triple H inside, 100 feet off the ground, then let it drop. Seriously. For a full report, go to Page 3!
2001 - WWF's RAW in Charlotte, North Carolina features the founding of the "Vince McMahon Kiss My Ass Club" with first member, former Alliance commissioner William Regal. Also, Ric Flair made his return to the WWF after a nine-year absence, revealed to be the new "50% owner" of the WWF, having "bought" Shane and Stephanie McMahon's company stock, which they sold to a "consortium" in order to have the money to purchase and become the respective owners of WCW and ECW.
2004 - Trevor Rhodes defeats Rick Steiner for the World League Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Columbus, Nebraska.
2004 - El Bronco defeats Eddie Colon for the WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight Title in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, beginning Bronco's second reign and ending Colon's fifth.
2004 - Duke Durrango and Karnage defeat Harry Smith and Kirk Melnick for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
2004 - Paddy Morrow defeats Adam Abz to win the NWA Ireland Heavyweight Title in Dublin, Ireland.
2004 - Shouichi Ichimiya defeats Danshoku Dino in Kanagawa, Japan to win the Dramatic Dream Team Ironman Heavymetalweight Title. This began Ichimiya's 14th reign and ended Dino's 11th.
2004 - The Rough Ryders (Nyxx and Devin Raines) defeat The Elite (Sonny Roselli and Larry Huntley) and Mark Moment and Paulie Gilmore in a three-way match to win the NWA New England Tag Team Title.
2004 - Billy Bax and Rob Eckos defeat Handsome Johnny and Psycho to win the Chaotic Wrestling Tag Team Title in Lowell, Massachusetts.
2004 - Pierre Vachon defeats Shane Williams to become the first NWA Green Mountain Television Champion.
2005 - The NWA Cyberspace Heavyweight Title changes hands twice in the same night in Wayne, New Jersey. Chris Harris defeats Jeff Jarrett for the title, then loses it to Abyss.
2006 - WWE made the call that the final ECW house show that was to be presented by World Wrestling Entertainment on Monday 11/20 in Williamsport, PA was to be canceled so some of the ECW talent can appear on Raw to help push the 2006 Survivor Series PPV. The WWE's attempt to relaunch ECW would never return to a full-time self touring entity.
2006 - TNA broadcast their Genesis PPV, featuring the first-ever Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle Buck Woodward filed the following PPV report:
Jeremy Borash welcomed us to the show, then they went outside the building, where Christy Hemme was asking fans who would win between Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle. LAX showed up, and Hemme started a "USA" chant. LAX got in the face of some fans. Security showed up, and they cut back inside, where Mike Tenay & Don West revealed that LAX is still planning to try and burn an American flag. They then reviewed the matches for the PPV.
Eric Young came out, stood in the crowd, and said that tonight he would get to make his big announcement. He said he was going to let the fans in on a "big secret", but was interrupted by Robert Roode's music. Roode and Ms. Brooks came out for Roode's open challenge, with Roode saying it was open for "anyone in the building tonight". Roode asked Eric if he would accept the challenge. Roode said Young was scared, and if Eric doesn't wrestle him, he may get fired. Roode hit Young with the microphone and dragged him into the ring to start the match.
Robert Roode vs. Eric Young.
Roode pulled off Young's shirt (Young was in streetclothes) and choked him down in a corner. Young floated over a suplex attempt and rolled up Roode for a two count, then grabbed a crucifix for another two count. Roode stopped Young's momentum with a spinebuster. Young leapfrogged Roode and ducked a clothesline, but was caught with a sleeper. Young shoved it off and applied his own sleeper. Roode dropped Young with a back suplex attempt, which looked bad. Young came back with a Thesz press. Roode whipped Young into a corner, and Young awkwardly went to the apron and then to the ropes. Roode went to join him, but Young shoved him to the mat and hit a top rope elbow for a two count. Brooks got on the corner to distract Young, but Young avoided a charging Roode. Young hit a cross bodyblock, but Roode rolled it over and got the pin with his feet on the ropes for leverage at the five minute mark.
The fans told the referee that Roode had his feet on the ropes, so the referee restarted the match. Roode protested, then charged Young. Young caught him with a double boot to the face out of the corner, and rolled up Roode for the pin, also using the ropes for leverage. The announcers played up that the fans weren't clueing in the referee this time, so Young's pin stood.
Winner: Eric Young.
After the match, Roode complained to Ms. Brooks about the loss.
A video package hyping Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle was shown.
Backstage, Christy Hemme was awaiting the arrival of Samoa Joe, but LAX interrupted her. Homicide took the mic and interviewed Konnan, who said they would burn the American flag tonight. He also said that Petey Williams is now on their hitlist for foiling their efforts to burn the flag on Impact. Konnan also noted that the next time James Storm takes his shirt off, he should wear a sports bra.
In the arena, Christian Cage came out and said it was a "load of crap" that he had to wrestle AJ Styles tonight, because he is the number one contender for the NWA World Title. Styles came out and attacked him, but security broke it up.
A video package hyping Sting vs. Abyss was shown. James Mitchell, with Abyss behind him, did a promo, making a lot of references to "Sting's maker forsaking him" when Abyss destroys him. Mitchell said by the end of tonight, Sting would be thanking him for "saving his soul".
Don West did the hard sell for the PPV.
Kurt Angle was shown arriving, and they went into a music video to hype the PPV.
Kazarian, Maverick Matt & Johnny Devine vs. Voodoo Kin Mafia
Kazarian, Matt & Devine came out with kendo sticks, Voodoo came out with chairs. This is a three-on-two handicap match. There was a "DX Sucks" chant at the start. Matt started out with BG James, backing him into his corner for a beat down. BG was soon cleaning house with right hands, but Matt took him down with a superkick. Devine came in and bit BG on the ear. Devine hit BG with a sloppy body block, then bit him again. Kazarian hit BG with a kendo stick from the floor, as the threesome kept BG on their side of the ring. Matt dropkicked BG in the face as he sat on the mat for a two count. BG came back with a forearm to Matt, and had the referee help him do a kip up so he could make the hot tag to Kip James. Kip cleaned house and gave Matt a Pedigree, then mocked the Sweet Chin Music stomp. James then tossed Matt and Kazarian out of the ring and gave Devine a cobra clutch slam for the clean pin at the four minute mark.
Winner: Voodoo Kin Mafia.
Post-match, BG James mentioned Vince McMahon, Michael Hickenbottom and Paul Levesque again, and said the next step in their "war" would be seen this Thursday night on Impact.
Mike Tenay & Don West reviewed the rest of the card, when Kazarian & Matt came out, carrying a hooded Devine. They made Devine kneel in the ring. Out came Raven, wearing a white suit and a leather mouth cover. Devine was unhooded, and Raven beat him across the back with a kendo stick. Devine just kneeled there, taking the shots. They showed the welts forming across his back. Raven posed, then left the ring. The fans chanted "one more time". Devine stood up with Kazarian & Matt as they cut to the back.
Shane Douglas & The Naturals did a promo, bragging about how the Naturals defeated Team 3D in a tables match, and now Team 3D have run off to Japan with their tails between their legs. They had the broken table from the match, and had "Team 3D Was Here" painted on it.
The Naturals vs. Jay Lethal & Sonjay Dutt.
Jerry Lynn walked Lethal & Dutt to the stage, but then returned to the back. The Naturals have new ring gear with Douglas' logo on it. The Naturals attacked Lethal & Dutt before the bell, choking their opponents and screaming about wanting more of Team 3D. Stevens tried to powerbomb Lethal on the floor, but he blocked it. He then helped Dutt to backdrop Douglas onto his partner on the floor. Lethal & Dutt hit stereo dives on the Naturals. Lethal & Dutt hit a slew of double team moves on Stevens, but Douglas broke up the cover. Dutt hit a powerdrive elbow on Stevens for another two count. Lethal tagged in and worked over Stevens, but Stevens kicked him low, right in front of the referee. Douglas tagged in and choked Lethal on the ropes. Douglas kicked Lethal low, then stomped him on the mat. Stevens tagged back in and choked Lethal as well. The Naturals made a wish on Lethal, then Douglas put Lethal in an abdominal stretch, with Stevens reaching in to provide extra leverage. The referee caught it after a few attempts and made them break the hold.
Douglas hit Lethal with a jumping knee for a two count. Stevens tagged in and hit a running kick on Lethal. Lethal tried to mount a comeback, but Stevens caught him with a wheelbarrow suplex. Stevens hit Lethal with a top rope elbow. Douglas then went to the top, but Lethal caught him with a shot to the gut and made the tag to Dutt. Dutt worked over Stevens with right hands, then hit a dropkick and a flying headscissors. Dutt dropkicked Stevens' legs out, and then worked over Douglas before giving Stevens a neckbreaker for a two count. Dutt hit Douglas with a springboard senton. Lethal gave Stevens a faceplant and Dutt followed with a moonsault for a near fall. Dutt went to the top rope, but Shane Douglas went after him. Dutt knocked him away, as Lethal pulled Douglas off the apron. Stevens grabbed Dutt for a powerbomb, and Douglas came off the top rope for a dropkick that missed badly. Stevens still dropped Dutt into the powerbomb for the pin at the eight minute mark, but the crowd was groaning at Douglas' whiffed kick.
Winners: The Naturals.
LAX did a promo, with Konnan pointing out that they are American citizens, and TNA is trying to infringe on their rights by not allowing them to burn the flag. Konnan said Jim Cornette would not stop them tonight.
A video package on Christopher Daniels vs. Chris Sabin was shown.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Christopher Daniels about his X-Division Title win, noting he took the title from his friend, AJ Styles. Daniels said Styles is his best friend, but when it comes to the title, it is about getting the win. Daniels then talked about Sabin, saying nothing was handed to him and Styles when they made the division, and Sabin needed to learn respect.
X-Division Champion Christopher Daniels vs. Chris Sabin
They locked up at the start with Sabin wiping his hands across Daniels' face on the break. Daniels grabbed a side headlock, then applied a wristlock. Sabin flipped out of it and slapped Daniels across the face. Sabin went for an arm twist, Daniels flipped out of it, but Sabin poked Daniels in the eye. Sabin stomped Daniels and nailed him with a right hand. Daniels came back with a series of hiptosses for two count. Sabin went for a monkey flip, but Daniels landed on his feet and hip tossed Sabin again. Sabin went to the floor to regroup. Sabin and Daniels ran the ropes when Sabin returned, and when Sabin dropped down, Daniels stopped himself and stood on Sabin's head, saying "You will respect me". Daniels then hit a slingshot moonsault and rammed Sabin into the turnbuckles. Daniels headbutted Sabin to the mat for a two count. Sabin backdropped Daniels to the apron, then dropkicked him to the floor.
Sabin teased a dive, but stopped, got on the apron, and jumped off with a double axhandle. Sabin dropped Daniels throat first across the guardrail, then rolled him back into the ring for a two count. Sabin hiptossed Daniels, delivered a fist drop, kipped up, and then kicked Daniels in the back of the head for a two count. Sabin applied a nervehold, but Daniels elbowed out of it. Daniels missed a springboard bodypress and Sabin got a two count. Sabin choked Daniels against the middle rope, then he snapmared him and applied a surfboard. Daniels fought out of it, but Sabin tied him to the Tree of Woe and dropkicked Daniels in the corner. Sabin threw a chair into the ring, but AJ Styles came out, grabbed the chair and took it out of the ring. Sabin yelled at Styles, then went for a baseball slide on Daniels. Daniels sat up, and Sabin slid out of the ring. Daniels then hit a flying bodypress from the top rope onto Sabin on the floor.
Back in the ring, Daniels hit a jawbreaker, a forearm and a clothesline. Daniels hit an STO, then put Sabin on the top rope and hit a palm strike. Daniels yanked Sabin to the mat for a two count, then hit a uranage. Sabin hooked Daniels' leg as he headed for the ropes, and caught him with a shot to the face. Sabin hit a springboard DDT for a two count. Sabin missed a clothesline and Daniels hit a enzugiri. Daniels went for a rana, but Sabin turned it into a powerbomb for a two count. Sabin hit a kick to the midsection, then went for a springboard, but Daniels caught him and hit a Fall From Grace. Daniels hit the Best Moonsault Ever for a two count. Daniels went for Angel's Wings, but Sabin grabbed a Dragon Screw legwhip. Sabin hit a running kick in the corner. Sabin went for Cradle Shock, but Daniels turned it into a crucifix for a two count. Sabin went for a powerbomb, but Daniels reversed it into a rolling cradle for the pin at the thirteen minute mark.
Winner: Christopher Daniels.
Sabin went for a chair to hit Daniels, but Jerry Lynn ran out and took the chair away. Lynn screamed in Sabin's face that he should shake Daniels' hand. Lynn even threw his TNA employee badge down. Sabin relented and shook Daniels' hand, then suckered him with a Cradle Shock and ran off before Lynn could grab him.
They showed a bit where Alex Shelley and Austin Starr were arguing, with Kevin Nash playing peacekeeper. Nash told them he could guide them and give them a great career, like the Italian Stallion, George Scott, Reno Riggins, Lazertron and others. Shelley and Starr seemed to be on the same page as the segment ended.
Kevin Nash, his arm in a sling, joined the announcers, saying he was the pioneer of the X-Division.
Austin Starr & Alex Shelley vs. Ron Killings & Lance Hoyt
Killings and Shelley started off, engaging in a test of strength. Shelley hit a right hand and a headbutt, but Killings hit a shoulderblock. Shelley kicked Killings in the gut, but Killings hit a faceplant. Starr tagged in, and Killings scared him by doing the crane kick position. Starr and Killings had a sort-of dance-off, but Starr caught Killings with a kick. Starr then avoided a Killings charge once and danced, but a second time Killings caught him and powerslammed him. Killings and Hoyt ping-ponged Starr back and forth. Hoyt & Killings hit a double hiptoss and a double elbowdrop. Starr kicked away a Hoyt backdrop and tried to make a tag, but Hoyt stopped him and hit a flapjack. Hoyt knocked Shelley off the apron, then went for a moonsault, but Shelley crotched him. Hoyt got hung in the Tree of Woe, and Starr dropkicked him in the knee. Starr & Shelley double teamed Hoyt in the corner.
Hoyt battled back, but Shelley tripped him and Starr tagged in with a slingshot senton onto Hoyt for a two count. Shelley tagged in and did the same move to Hoyt for a two count. Shelley and Starr took turns dropping their weight on Hoyt's leg. Starr hit a twisting slingshot splash on Hoyt for a two count. Starr raked Hoyt's eyes on the middle rope. Shelley gave Hoyt a neckbreaker, then went to the top rope. Hoyt got his boots up as Shelley jumped off. Killings got the hot tag and cleaned house, hitting Shelley with a flying forearm. Shelley accidentally kicked Starr, and Killings hit a suplex into a jawbreaker on Shelley. Starr broke up the pin. Killings dropkicked both opponents. Hoyt came in and held Shelley for Killings' top rope legdrop. Killings missed a sidekick on Shelley and crotched himself on the top rope. Starr and Shelley knocked Killings to the floor. Hoyt lifted Shelley, but Starr kicked his leg out. Starr dove out of the ring onto Killings. Shelley frog splashed Hoyt on his bad leg. Shelley told Starr to get his video camera ready to record the pin. As Starr did so, Hoyt grabbed Shelley in a small package for the pin at the eleven minute mark.
Winners: Ron Killings & Lance Hoyt.
Kevin Nash was ticked off, telling Starr he shouldn't listen to Shelley, and blaming Shelley for the loss.
A video package on AJ Styles vs. Christian Cage was shown.
Christian Cage was interviewed backstage, and asked if he overlooked AJ Styles because of his obsession with the World Title. Christian said he was undefeated in TNA and he never overlooks anyone. Christian then said Styles jumped him during the preshow because he isn't able to handle his issues like a man. Christian then bragged about his wins over Jeff Jarrett, Abyss and Rhino before stating he was the biggest star in TNA. Christian then said whether it is Sting or Abyss, after tonight, he is taking his World Title shot.
Christian Cage vs. AJ Styles.
They locked up and rolled along the ropes before they broke clean. They locked up again, and traded waistlocks. Christian took it to the mat, but Styles made it to the ropes. Christian slapped Styles across the back. Styles slapped Christian across the face. Styles hit some punches, then hit a running elbow. Christian grabbed a side headlock, then hit a shoulderblock. Styles kicked Christian in the legs and grabbed a headlock, but Christian shoved it off and leapfrogged him. Styles ducked a clothesline and hit a pair of shoulderblocks, knocking Christian down. Christian hit Styles with an elbow and a series of right hands, then chopped him against the ropes. Styles flipped over a backdrop attempt, and Christian tried for an Unprettier, but Styles backdropped him and went for a Styles Clash, but Christian slid out of the ring.
Christian went for a chair and as he argued with the referee over it, Styles hit him from behind. They went back into the ring, and Christian hit some punches, elbowed away a suplex attempt, but got caught with a flapjack. Christian went to the floor for another breather. Styles dove over the top rope and hit Christian with a flip senton. Styles rolled Christian back into the ring for a two count. Christian pulled Styles to the apron and tried to yank him to the floor, but Styles avoided it and kicked Christian. Styles was setting for a springboard, but Christian pulled him down to the apron, then rammed him into the guardrail on the floor.
Back in the ring, Christian hit a backbreaker for a two count and applied a rear chinlock, but Styles fought up and elbowed out of it. Christian tripped Styles to the mat, but Styles grabbed a headscissors from the mat and took Styles down. Christian nailed Styles with a clothesline, but Styles battled back with chops. Styles missed a splash in the corner, and Christian hit a back suplex for a two count. Christian went back to a rear chinlock, but Styles fought out and caught Christian with a backbreaker. Styles went to the top rope, but missed a frogsplash. Christian went to the top rope, but Styles met him there and they battled on the ropes. Styles won out, and took Christian to the mat with a rana off the top rope.
Christian and Styles were slow to get up, and exchanged chops. Styles leapfrogged Christian, dropped under him, and then nailed him with a dropkick. Styles hit a clothesline and a kneedrop. Christian begged off, then tripped Styles and gave him a catapult into the corner. Styles jumped onto the middle rope, then moonsaulted off and grabbed Christian in an inverted DDT for a two count. Styles got on the top rope and jumped off, but Christian avoided him and hit a spear. Christian went for an Unprettier, but AJ got out of it and hit a buzzsaw kick for a two count. Styles went for a springboard, but Christian caught him and powerbombed him for a two count, then covered him again for another two.
Christian grabbed a chair, Christopher Daniels came out and grabbed the chair from the ring apron. Daniels and Christian were having a tug of war over the chair. Styles jumped onto Christian with a sunset flip. Christian didn't go over (because he was holding the chair) and dropped down onto Styles, letting go of the chair (sending Daniels to the floor) and hooking Styles' leg for the pin at the sixteen minute mark.
Winner: Christian Cage.
Styles and Daniels argued after the match, with Styles shoving Daniels. Officials, Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal tried to calm them down. Rhino came out, and cleared the ring of everyone but Styles and Daniels. Rhino told them that he's been fighting his former best friend for months, and he wasn't going to let Christian ruin another friendship. He told them to shake hands. Styles took the mic, called Rhino "Dr. Phil" and said if he needed a psychiatrist, he'd call him. Styles stormed off angry, yelling at Daniels on his way out, while Rhino and Daniels stood in the ring and wondered what was wrong with him.
America's Most Wanted and Gail Kim did a promo basically ripping on LAX and putting over that they are proud Americans. A video package on their feud with LAX was then shown.
NWA World Tag Team Champions LAX vs. America's Most Wanted
Konnan got on the mic before the match, saying they were protected by the First Amendment and they would desecrate the flag. AMW attacked LAX before he could finish his promo, and the two teams started brawling on the floor. Harris tossed Hernandez into the guardrails. In the ring, Storm gave Homicide a double underhook slam. AMW gave Homicide a double hiptoss, throwing him over the top rope and into Hernandez. Konnan distracted Harris, so Hernandez was able to hit a shoulderblock. Harris came back with an awkward Thesz press. Harris tried a suplex, but Hernandez forearmed him across the back. Homicide tagged in and hit a slingshot senton on Harris. Hernandez tagged in for a shoulderblock, then applied a chinlock/nervehold combo. Harris battled out, and tried for a tag, but Hernandez slammed him into the opposite corner. Homicide bit Harris on the head, then snapmared him and applied a chinlock.
Harris battled up and hit a spinebuster on Homicide. Hernandez tagged in, but Storm got the hot tag and cleaned house with punches. Storm backdropped Homicide. Hernandez tossed Storm over the top rope, but he skinned the cat and gave Hernandez a headscissors. Storm dropkicked Homicide for a two count. Hernandez grabbed Storm for the Border Toss, but Harris pulled his partner down out of the move. Hernandez and Harris went at it, with Harris hitting a forearm and a vertical suplex for a two count. Homicide caught Harris with a tornado DDT. Storm shoulderblocked Homicide, then set him up for the Death Sentence. Hernandez broke it up and gave Harris a chokeslam toss off the top rope. Hernandez powerbombed Storm, and Homicide followed with a top rope splash. Harris broke up the cover.
Harris went for the Catatonix on Homicide, but Homicide reversed it into an attempt at the Gringo Killer, but Harris got out. AMW sent Homicide into Hernandez, knocking Hernandez to the floor. AMW gave Homicide a lame Hart Attack for a two count. Storm gave Homicide and Hernandez enzugiris. Harris hit a top rope clothesline on Hernandez. AMW gave Hernandez the Death Sentence, but Konnan was distracting the referee. Konnan went after Gail Kim on the floor, leading to Harris leaving the ring. Homicide hit Storm in the back of the head with the blowtorch, and Hernandez got the pin on Storm at the ten minute mark.
Post-match, they teased the Gringo Killer on Gail Kim, but Petey Williams ran out with a steel bar and ran off LAX. Jim Cornette came out and cut an impassioned promo on LAX and their desire to burn the American flag. Cornette said that TNA management had decided that LAX wasn't fit to represent TNA as tag team champions. Cornette said LAX was being stripped of the tag team championship. Fans, who were mostly cheering Cornette, started booing and chanting "Bulls***" over the announcement that LAX would have the belts taken away. Cornette said if LAX didn't hand the belts over on Impact this week, they would be fired from TNA.
James Mitchell did another promo about Sting, saying that Sting shouldn't be afraid of the dark, since his finest days in wrestling were when he was immersed in darkness. Mitchell said Abyss would be the next NWA World Champion.
A video package on Sting vs. Abyss was shown.
NWA World Champion Sting vs. Abyss
Sting attacked Abyss before the introductions could be made, headbutting him and knocking him to the floor. Sting hit a pescado and shoved Abyss into the crowd. They brawled amongst the fans, with Sting ramming Abyss into the wall beneath the bleachers. They went back to ringside, but Sting missed a Stinger splash and hit the guardrail hard. Abyss grabbed a chair and hit Sting across the back with it. Abyss set up two tables below the entrance stage, and then put a barbed wire covered boards on top of them. Abyss teased powerbombing Sting off the stage, but stopped to argue with the referee, and that allowed Sting to mount a comeback. They fought back down the ramp to ringside, where Abyss choked Sting.
They made it back into the ring, and Abyss applied a head vice. Sting elbowed out of it and hit a Stinger Splash in the corner, then hit a second one to the back of Abyss. Sting kicked Abyss in the back of the leg, hit another Stinger Slash to the back, then kicked the leg out again for a two count. Sting went to the top rope, but Abyss stopped him and they fought on the ropes. Sting shoved Abyss to the mat, then hit a top rope splash for a two count. Sting ran into a big boot from Abyss, then Mitchell handed the title belt to Abyss. Before Abyss could use it, Sting kicked Abyss, grabbed his legs and took him down to the mat. Sting applied the Scorpion Deathlock, but Abyss made the ropes. Sting picked up the title belt, and went to use it, but before he could, Abyss grabbed him with the Black Hole Slam for a two count.
Abyss went for a chokeslam, but Sting elbowed it out and stumbled backwards into the referee, knocking him out. Mitchell handed Abyss his bag of thumbtacks, but Sting grabbed his baseball bat. Sting hit Abyss with the bat, then delivered the Scorpion Death Drop. The referee woke up to count, but Mitchell pulled the referee out of the ring to stop the count. Sting took the bag of thumbtacks and spread them out in the ring. Sting went to knock Abyss into the tacks, but Abyss grabbed Sting and chokeslammed him into the tacks. Abyss covered Sting, but Sting kicked out at two and jumped up, his back covered with tacks and blood. Sting gave Abyss a drop toe hold into the tacks, then applied the Scorpion. Abyss tapped, but Mitchell was distracting the referee. Sting grabbed Mitchell and put him in the Scorpion. Mitchell screamed and tapped, and Sting released the hold and Mitchell crawled to the floor. Sting went after Abyss, who was on the floor. Sting hit Abyss with a chair. Sting called for something, and a rope was lowered from the ceiling. Sting tied Abyss' legs to the rope and pulled him up, so Abyss was hanging upside down by his feet. Sting seemed to be having issues securing the rope, but he finally did. Sting then hit Abyss with a steel chair across the back and face as he was suspended upside down.
Sting then had Abyss lowered (a stagehand was helping Sting with the rope at ringside). Sting then dragged Abyss to the top stage. The referee tried to stop Sting, so Sting clotheslined him. The referee called for the bell (I guess thumbtacks, chairshots, managers grabbing officials and wrestlers staying outside the ring for minutes doesn't end a match, but this does). Sting shoved Abyss off the stage and he plummeted through the barbed wire boards and tables. Sting walked back to ring and suddenly realized that the match was over.
Winner via disqualification and new NWA World Champion: Abyss.
The announcers then reminded us that the NWA World Title could change hands on a DQ. Jim Mitchell laughed and draped the title belt over Abyss, who was still lying in the barbed wire. A dejected Sting walked off.
A video package on Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle was shown.
Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle.
Angle had a large bandage on his head. They did the "big fight" style introductions before the match began. They locked up, and Angle backed Joe into the ropes. Fans chanted "This is Awesome". Wow, they really like collar and elbow tieups. Angle broke clean on the ropes and then went for a single leg takedown, but Joe grabbed the ropes. Joe went for a lockup, but hit a kneelift instead. Joe punched and kicked Angle to the mat, then lifted him against the ropes and punched him again. Angle blocked a whip and hit an overhead belly to belly suplex, then clotheslined him to the floor. Joe grabbed Angle from the outside, pulled him from the ring and swung him by the legs so he would go head first into the guard rail. Joe rolled Angle into the ring for a two count.
Angle burst back on offense with three uppercuts, but missed a charge and ran shoulder first into the ringpost. Angle fell to the floor, and Joe hit a Elbow Suicida through the ropes. Joe threw Angle into the ringsteps. Joe got back in the ring and threatened to hit referee Earl Hebner. Hebner started to count Angle out, then stopped to yell at Joe for some reason. Angle slowly got back into the ring, blood flowing from his head (his bandage was gone). Joe kicked Angle in the head, then headbutted him. Joe ripped at Angle's cut with his fingers. Angle came back with punches, but Joe hit him with a powerslam for a two count. Joe hit some crossface shots, but Angle fired back with uppercuts. Angle went for a whip, Joe reversed and Angle ducked a clothesline, but got caught with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count.
Joe put Angle on the top rope, but Angle fought from the ropes, applying a front facelock. Joe pulled him off the ropes, but Angle turned it into a DDT for a two count. They were both slow to get up, then they exchanged punches. Joe got the better of it, but missed a charge in the corner and Angle caught him with a German suplex. Angle hit a second German, then on a third sort of lost the handle and dropped Joe awkwardly. Angle got a two count. Angle went for an Olympic Slam, but Joe armdragged out of it, then it a jumping knee in the corner. Joe hit an enzugiri in the corner, then delivered a Muscle Buster for a two count. Joe went for a choke, but Angle armdragged out. Angle ducked a clothesline, then hit Joe with an Olympic Slam for a two count.
There was a "Make Him Tap" chant. Angle pulled down the straps and went for the ankle lock. He cinched it in, and Joe went for the ropes. Joe tried to roll through it, but Angle wouldn't let go. Joe rolled to his back, kicked the back of Angle's leg with his free leg, and Angle fell backward into Joe's choke. Angle was in the choke, but he kept his grip on Joe's ankle and managed to get back his hold, escaping the choke. Joe was stuck in the ankle lock again, but he rolled through it and sent Angle into the turnbuckle. Joe missed a charge in the corner, and Angle hit the Olympic Slam. Angle pulled the straps back up, then pulled them back down again, and applied the ankle lock. Samoa Joe tapped out, ending his 18-month undefeated streak in TNA, at the sixteen minute mark.
Winner: Kurt Angle.
The fans chanted "You tapped out" at Joe. Joe got on the mic and said "You're goddamn right I tapped out, because I know when I can recognize when one one day, someone is a better man". Mike Tenay immediately apologized for Joe saying "goddamn". Joe asked Angle for a rematch. The crowd chanted "One More Time" as Joe offered his hand to Angle. Angle teased shaking his hand, but then he didn't, said no to the rematch, and instead flicked the sweat off his brow at Joe and walked away. Angle stood on the stage and celebrated, while Joe glared at him from the ring. Angle left, and the fans chanted "Thank you Joe". Joe called for silence, and said "Then Angle, we've got to do it the hard way". Joe then walked off to end the PPV.
2007 - USA Today featured an extensive look at the drug problem in the professional wrestling world with comments from Konnan, WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt, Congressman Henry Waxman, ECW champion CM Punk, and the National Wrestling Alliance's Bob Trobich.
Perhaps the most damning quote came from Waxman, who while discussing the WWE's Wellness Policy, commented, "Since we started our investigation (in September 2007), the WWE has suspended 11 wrestlers. It's a clear sign that the WWE's drug policy failed. Their wrestlers were caught by law-enforcement officials." That was technically correct, but the article did point out that the wrestlers were not suspended for drug test failures, but instead for using online pharmacies, which were prohibited even if the performer has a legitimate prescription from his physician.
Jerry McDevitt, while commenting on the rash of early deaths, said, ""I don't think it's ever been unsafe to be a member of WWE. The majority of deaths (in pro wrestling) were of people who came through the organization and moved on. I don't think any organization has the ability to control the choices that people make when they aren't affiliated for years."
ECW champion Punk admitted that the business can be rough to work in, but said, "There will always be people with the attitude, 'It won't happen to me,'but that happens in all walks of life. Some guys don't realize the consequences."
Gary Wadler, an adviser to the World Anti-Doping Agency took the WWE Wellness Policy to task in the article, although Jerry McDevitt responds by stating Wadler, "knows nothing about our program. He has never talked to anybody who has any knowledge of the program. He's paid by WADA, which competes with Aegis." [Aegis Science handles the WWE Wellness Policy drug testing.]
2007 - Chris Jericho returned to WWE for the "second coming of Y2J" on Monday Night Raw. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We begin tonight's show with a Torch running through Miami. Time for some theme music.
We are live from Sunrise, Florida and your announcers are Jim 'BBQ Gator' Ross and Jerry 'Where is my Gravy Boat Match?' Lawler.
We start off with the man who could not get the job done last night as Shawn Michaels comes to the ring. Shawn has a mic and he tells everyone that he has no excuses because the better man won last night. He says that he is out here because he wants to invite the WWE Champion Randy Orton so he can shake Orton's hand.
Randy Orton appears on the TitanTron and he refuses to come to the ring. He tells Michaels to look at his face, the result of another superkick. Orton does not think that Shawn is going to just shake his hand. Michaels says that he was going to kick Orton again if he came to the ring. Shawn says that if it makes him feel better, it would have been after he challenged Randy for a rematch. Orton tells Michaels to save his energy because he is not going to come to the ring. Orton says that he proved last night that he was the better man when he won last night. He showed that he was the better man when he beat Triple H. He also showed that he was better when he beat John Cena. Orton says that he will not answer Shawn's challenge. Orton says that the man with the torch is running from Miami to Fort Lauderdale to signify the passing of the torch. Shawn Michaels had his chance and now it is over.
Ken Kennedy's music plays and he comes out. Michaels attacks Kennedy when he comes to the ring and then clotheslines him over the top rope. Kennedy pulls Michaels out of the ring and punches him. Kennedy Irish whips Michaels into the ring post.
Kennedy gets in the ring and he tells Shawn Michaels that he had his shot and now it is his turn. Michaels pulls Kennedy out of the ring. Michaels tells Kennedy to face him in the ring. Kennedy tells Michaels that nicknames are given, not chosen so he better not flatter himself. Michaels has accomplished a lot in his career, but he is known for losing epic ladder matches, losing to John Cena at Wrestlemania, and losing his smile. Kennedy calls Michaels a loser.
William Regal comes out and says if they want to do it properly, they will do it in a match. A referee comes out and he wants the bell rung. We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Shawn Michaels versus Ken Kennedy
We join the match in progress and Michaels punches and chops Kennedy on the ramp. They exchange punches and we are told that the match has not officially started. Michaels with a press on Kennedy and then he rolls Kennedy into the ring, but Kennedy rolls out of the ring. Michaels goes after Kennedy but Kennedy with forearms. Kennedy gets Michaels up and then they fight into the crowd. Kennedy clotheslines Michaels back into the ringside area. Michaels slams Kennedy's head into the announce table and then they fight over the announce table. Kennedy runs Michaels' back into the ring apron. Kennedy rolls Michaels into the ring and then Kennedy gets a chair. Michaels with Sweet Chin Music into the chair and Kennedy is knocked off the apron.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage of Jerry Lawler punching Santino Marella last week and their match.
Match Number Two: Santino Marella versus Jerry Lawler
The bell rings and Marella tells the referee to tell Lawler not to use any punches during the match. Lawler with a drop kick and Marella falls back into the corner. They lock up and Lawler backs Marella into the corner and Marella with shoulders in the corner followed by an Irish whip and running shoulder into the corner. Santino takes a bow but that just gives Lawler time to recover and he punches Marella followed by an Irish whip. Lawler charges into the corner and Marella moves. Marella with Divorce Court followed by a diving head butt to the arm. Marella goes outside the ring and takes the crown and he mocks Lawler. Marella tells Jim Ross that he is going to beat his friend like a government dog. Marella mocks Lawler's love for puppies. Lawler punches Marella followed by a hip toss. Marella wrings the arm and Lawler blocks a hip toss and Lawler with a back slide for the three count.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
After the match, Randy Orton comes to the ring from out of nowhere and hits the RKO on Lawler as Marella leaves the ring. Orton gets on the mic and he apologizes to Lawler and says that he cannot help himself. Orton has an update on the status of his torch runner. We see him leaving the American Airlines Arena. Orton says that it seems like only yesterday . . . it was yesterday. It is only a matter of time until the official passing of the torch. We go to commercial.
We are back and the torch runner is still running.
Todd Grisham is with Ken Kennedy and he wants to know what happened with Shawn Michaels earlier tonight. Kennedy says that he went to the ring to show Shawn Michaels some respect but that isn't what happened because Shawn Michaels super kicked a chair into his face. Kennedy wants to know why Shawn did that. Kennedy says that he did it because Michaels sees his career evaporating before his eyes. Michaels wishes that he had the talent that Kennedy has. Kennedy says that Michaels is going to do everything to hold him down. Kennedy says that Father Time catches up with everybody. Next time their paths cross, he won'tt have to worry about Father Time, he will only have to worry about Mr. Kennedy.
Jim Ross talks about the match between Hornswoggle and Great Khali and we see highlights from the match.
Vince is in his office with William Regal and Jonathan Coachman. Vince says that it was one of the greatest Survivor Series. Regal says that he was trying not to laugh at Hornswoggle. Coach talks about the pep talk that Vince gave Hornswoggle and then he says that he made Hornswoggle think he could win. Regal suggests that Vince should be a motivational speaker. Coach talks about Finlay coming to the ring. There is a knock on the door and Carlito enters. Vince wants to know what Carlito is doing in the office. Carlito says that he was raised on tough love because his father used to beat the crap out of him and he respects Vince for that. Vince wants to know how tough Carlito is. Vince wonders what would happen if Carlito faced a McMahon . . . a four foot four inch McMahon. Carlito starts to laugh. Vince suggests a match between Hornswoggle and Carlito. Coach and Regal laugh as Carlito leaves and Vince wants to know if he said something funny.
We are back with the Smack of the Week: Umaga being pinned by Triple H and Jeff Hardy last night at Survivor Series
Match Number Three: Jeff Hardy versus Umaga
Hardy punches Umaga but Umaga pushes Hardy off the ropes. Hardy with kicks to Umaga and then he tries to Irish whip Umaga but he cannot budge Umaga. Umaga tries for a diving head butt and then they battle out of the ring. Hardy with a drop kick and a near fall. Hardy tries for a sunset flip but Umaga holds on to the ropes. Hardy with a flying forearm but Umaga knocks Hardy to the mat. Umaga with a foot to the head. Hardy punches Umaga in the midsection but Umaga with a nerve hold. Hardy tries to get to his feet and he tries to get out of the hold but Umaga pulls Hardy to the mat by his hair. Umaga returns to the nerve hold. Umaga slams Hardy's head into the turnbuckles and Umaga charges into the corner but Hardy moves and Umaga goes into the ring post. Hardy with a DDT and he goes to the apron. Hardy is knocked off the apron and hits the ringside barrier. We go to commercial.
We are back and Umaga is back to the nerve hold and Hardy gets back to his feet. We see footage during the commercial when Umaga hits a wheelbarrow suplex. Hardy tries to slam Umaga but he cannot get him up and Umaga falls on top of Hardy for a two count. Umaga with a snap mare followed by a nerve hold. Hardy tries to get to the ropes but is unable to do so. Umaga with a back body drop to Hardy and then he hits a leg drop for a near fall. Umaga with a series of kicks to the chest followed by a spinning heel kick to the back. Umaga punches Hardy and Hardy goes down again. Hardy drops Umaga across the top rope and then Hardy goes up top but Umaga catches Hardy and hits an uranage but only gets a two count. Umaga works on Hardy's chest and then he returns to the nerve hold. Umaga goes to the second turnbuckle but Hardy moves out of the way when Umaga tries for a diving head butt or splash. Both men are down and Umaga and Hardy return to their feet. Umaga with a punch that sends Hardy back into the corner. Umaga sets for the running butt splash but Hardy moves out of the way and Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind but can only get a two count. Hardy with punches and a kick followed by running forearms. Hard tries for Twist of Fate but Umaga sends Hardy into the turnbuckles. Hardy with a mule kick. Umaga tries for a splash in the corner but Hardy moves. Hardy goes up top for a Swanton but Umaga moves. Umaga with a Samoan drop and then he signals for the Samoan Spike but he misses and Hardy hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy with a baseball slide that sends Umaga into the announce table followed by a pescado. From out of nowhere, Gene Snitsky comes to the ring and attacks Hardy.
Winner: Jeff Hardy by disqualification
Snitsky attacks Hardy and hits a short arm clothesline and then he tries for a power slam but Hardy sends Snitsky into the turnbuckles. Hardy punches Snitsky and Umaga attacks Hardy. Umaga and Snitsky attack Hardy and send him out of the ring.
Triple H's music plays and he comes to the ring and he clotheslines Snitsky and punches Umaga. Umaga misses a splash in the corner and Hunter with a spinebuster and the shirt comes off. Hunter clotheslines Umaga over the top rope to the floor. Hunter punches Snitsky and hits the facebuster and clotheslines Snitsky over the top rope to the floor.
Triple H and Jeff Hardy celebrate in the ring.
We see the Viral video but it is time for a commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Gene Snitsky attacking Jeff Hardy and Umaga helping Snitsky only to see Triple H come to the ring to help his BFF.
Jeff and Hunter are talking in the back and Todd Grisham wants to know why Hunter went to the ring to help Jeff. Hunter says that he is the good Samaritan of the WWE. Hunter says that if you have two guys like Umaga and Snitsky saying that they are badasses, he will be there to show who the real badass is. Hunter says that he might have nothing in common but they have respect. Hunter suggests that Todd Grisham had a few drinks with some questionable ladies.
Match Number Four: Bob Holly versus Cody Rhodes
They lock up and Holly backs Rhodes into the corner but Rhodes reverses. Rhodes with a clean break but he turns his back to Holly and Holly with a series of chops and forearms. Rhodes with an inside cradle followed by a clothesline and he gets a few near falls. Holly gets in Rhodes' face and then he slams Cody twice. Holly with forearms to Rhodes and then he chokes Cody in the ropes. Holly with a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Holly with a punch to Rhodes followed by a chop. Rhodes with a punch followed by a side Russian leg sweep. Holy with a drop kick and then he sets for the Alabama Slam but Rhodes with a sunset flip but Holly escapes the hold. Rhodes gets the three count with a DDT.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the match, Randy Orton comes to the ring and gives Rhodes an RKO. Orton gets on the mic and then he hits an RKO on Orton. Orton says that he is not supposed to be here yet, but it is time for a status report. Rhodes is now entering Fort Lauderdale (even though the building is in Sunrise). Orton says that it is a matter of time before he gets the respect that he deserves. We go to commercial.
We are back with an Earlier Tonight Moment of Orton giving Rhodes an RKO followed by one to Bob Holly. Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talk about what Orton has been doing tonight. We have a Randy Orton tribute video. We see the path of destruction that Orton has taken over the last few months.
Vince is in his office and Finlay is in there. Vince says that he does not forget what happened last night during the Hornswoggle match. Vince says that he doesn't like surprises. Finlay says that being Irish is all about surprises. Finlay says that he was born in Ireland, but Vince says that it isn't really Ireland. Vince dances around the question of where he was born. Finlay says that he has some whisky for himself and he says that he will get Vince some hot milk because of his age. Vince doesn't like what Finlay just said but Finlay says that he is messing with Vince. Vince laughs as Finlay leaves the room.
Mickie James and Maria walk to the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and Ric Flair is coming back next week.
Jim Ross points out that Linda McMahon was named one of the most powerful businesspeople.
Before our next match, Melina takes the mic but Jillian interrupts and she says hello to the people of Miami. She says that tonight they have a very special guest with them. In the front row is Jon Secada. Jillian wants Jon to stand up. Jillian says that Jon is here to support Lillian and she mentions the duet that Lillian did with Jon. Jillian insults Lillian's singing. Jillian wonders why Jon is here in Florida because nobody in Florida understands Mexican talk. Jillian says that she is ready to blow him away. Jillian says that she can sing any type of music.
Match Number Five: Melina and Jillian Hall versus Maria and Mickie James
Maria and Melina start things off but Melina with an arm bar as Maria makes it to the ropes and flips to reverse the hold. Maria with an Irish whip and a running clothesline followed by a bronco buster. Jillian pulls Maria's hair as she comes off the ropes and then Melina trips Maria. Melina throws Maria to the mat but Maria kicks her off. Melina with an elbow to Maria and Jillian is tagged in. Jillian tries for a 450 splash on Maria but Maria moves and Jillian hits Melina. Mickie comes in and connects with an elbow. Mickie with a head scissors take down and then she hits a neckbreaker for a near fall. Mickie with a kick but Jillian with a back elbow. Maria trips Melina when they try for a double team move but Mickie with a rollup for a two count. Jillian tries to smother Mickie with her talents but Mickie responds with a back kick followed by the kiss of death and kick to the head for the three count.
Winners: Mickie James and Maria
We see Carlito walking in the back as we go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Hornswoggle versus Carlito
Carlito has to regain his composure before they lock up and then he pushes Hornswoggle. Carlito grabs Hornswoggle's beard and then wants a test of strength but he realizes he is too tall. Carlito gets on his knees to make things even. Carlito pushes Hornswoggle to the mat but Hornswoggle bites Carlito in the rear end. Hornswoggle leaves the ring and Carlito runs around the ring and he takes Jim Ross' hat. Hornswoggle avoids Carlito and then he goes under the ring. Carlito gets into the ring and he waits for Hornswoggle to come out on the other side of the ring. Hornswoggle comes out and he has a bucket of water and he pours it on Carlito when he emerges when he comes out from under the ring. Hornswoggle goes for a cross body but Carlito catches Hornswoggle and then tosses him into the ring. Carlito gets his apple and brings it into the ring. Carlito takes a bite from the apple and then he gets ready to spit it on Hornswoggle but Finlay comes to the ring. Carlito spits the apple in Finlay's face. Finlay with a short arm clothesline and then he slams Hornswoggle on Carlito for the three count.
After the match, Hornswoggle takes a bite from the apple and spits it in Carlito's face. Hornswoggle and Finlay leave the ring.
We see the runner outside the arena as we go to commercial. (and he ran 33.7 miles in under two hours)
We are back and we are told that next week Jeff Hardy and Triple H (the BFFs) will face Gene Snitsky and Umaga.
Randy Orton comes to the ring. Orton says and then there were none. After beating Shawn Michaels and Triple H; and the total annihilation of John Cena, he has done the impossible. He has beaten all there is to beat. Now it is time for the torch to be passed to him.
The torch runner is about to enter the building and he is clotheslined by Chris Jericho.
It is time for Chris Jericho's new ring entrance viral video that reads Save_US.Y2J. We have a new countdown.
Chris Jericho appears in the arena and he has a mic. Jericho welcomes everyone to Raw is Jericho. He says that this is not a mirage and this is real because it is the second coming of Y2J. He says that the fans remembered. He tells everyone to text their friends, take a video, and take some pictures because the sexy beast is back.
Orton wants to know who Chris Jericho thinks he is because the last time he saw Jericho, he was fired from Raw. Orton says that it was a good thing because he would have gotten his head kicked in. Orton wants to know what Jericho is here to save us from.
Jericho says that he is saving everyone from Ortons boring personality and his boring robotic style. Jericho comments on Orton's haircut. Jericho says that he is here to save us from Orton. The first chance he gets, he is going to take the WWE Title and put it around his waist. Then Monday Night Raw, the WWE, and sports entertainment will never ever be the same again. We go to credits.
2009 - Former WWE World champion The Great Khali has been suspended by the Punjabi Police for an "unauthorized leave". Khali had been on an official absence, which expired this past December. Khali had filed for a five year's leave of absence from the force under "extraordinary" circumstances, due to his professional wrestling and acting endeavors. It was decided that Khali was not entitled to additional leave. He was officially suspended for failing to return to duty as scheduled, Arunpal Singh, Commandant of 7th Batallion of Punjab Armed Police, told TargetIndia.com.
2009 - Mick Foley, wearing a TNA T-shirt, appeared in a vignette during a news piece about a child who was refusing the recite the Pledge of Allegiance on The Daily Show on Comedy Central. After it was noted the child refused to pledge until there was equality for gays and lesbians and the child's intelligent responses during a media interview were shown, host Jon Stewart noted that the child needed to be protected. This brought out Mick Foley, billed as the show's "Head Asskicker", who cut a brief promo while Stewart pranced in the background.
2009 - WWE broadcast Superstars. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We start off tonight’s show with a match from ECW. We see the events that led to tonight’s match from ECW.
Match Number One: Shelton Benjamin versus Zack Ryder Rosa Mendes
Ryder goes to the floor as soon as the bell rings to try to get into Benjamin’s head. Ryder stares at Rosa and that allows Benjamin to bring Ryder into the ring. Benjamin blocks a kick and he punches Ryder and follows that with a short arm clothesline and a suplex. Benjamin gets a near fall. Ryder with a knee and forearms to the back followed by a suplex attempt but Benjamin lands on his feet and he hits a neck breaker. Benjamin with a reverse chin lock. Benjamin with a Samoan drop to Ryder and gets a near fall. Benjamin with an arm bar and chin lock on Ryder. Ryder gets to the ropes and Benjamin is punched when the referee separates them. Ryder with punches to Benjamin followed by a take down for a near fall. Benjamin with a punch to Ryder followed by a knee to the head. Benjamin gets too close to the ropes and Ryder tries to send Benjamin to the floor but Benjamin skins the cat and sends Ryder to the floor with a back body drop. Benjamin goes to the floor but Ryder side steps him and then he sends Benjamin into the ring steps. We go to commercial.
We are back and Ryder with a splash onto Benjamin’s back while Benjamin is over the ropes. Ryder gets a near fall as we see Rosa sitting by the announce table. Ryder with chin lock and he isolates the arm. Ryder turns it into a seated abdominal stretch. Benjamin with elbows but Ryder with a knee to Benjamin for a near fall. Ryder returns to the chin lock. Benjamin with punches but Ryder with a knee and Irish whip but Benjamin lands on the turnbuckles and hits a cross body. Benjamin with a punch to Ryder followed by an Irish whip and Stinger Splash. Each man tries for a cross body and both men go down.
Meanwhile, Rosa has a call and she tries to get Zack’s attention. Benjamin tries for a splash in the corner but Zack moves out of the way and Benjamin avoids Rosa by landing on the turnbuckles. Ryder pulls Benjamin off the turnbuckles and gets the three count.
Winner: Zack Ryder
Time for Ask the Divas.
We see Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase in the locker room as we go to commercial.
We are back with a look at the Battle of the BFFs Smackdown Edition between Rey Mysterio and Batista.
It is now time for the Smackdown contribution to Superstars.
Vickie Guerrero comes out and she throws out some vintage Excuse Mes. Vickie introduces the love of her life and the man she is going to take to the top. Eric Escobar.
Match Number Two: Eric Escobar with Vickie Guerrero versus Jimmy Wang Yang
They lock up and Escobar with forearms to Yang but he misses a short arm clothesline. Yang lands on his feet on a hip toss attempt and then he connects with a series of kicks. Escobar sends Yang into the turnbuckles and he punches Yang while the referee admonishes him. Escobar with a back Russian leg sweep and then he puts Yang in an dragon sleeper. Yang with a knee to Escobar but Escobar drops a few knees on Yang and then hits a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Escobar punches Yang and the referee pulls him out of the corner. Escobar charges into an elbow and then Yang with a cross body and both men are down. Yang punches and kicks Escobar. Yang with an Irish whip and he hits the spinning heel kick into the corner followed by a cross body for a two count. Escobar sends Yang into the corner but Yang with a kick. Yang goes up top for a moonsault but Escobar goes to the floor. Vickie distracts Yang and Escobar sweeps the leg on the apron. Escobar with a Yakuza Kick for the three count.
Winner: Eric Escobar
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Drew McIntyre video package.
It is time for Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole to take a look back at Raw in Madison Square Garden and the history of the WWWF/WWF/WWE and Madison Square Garden.
It is time to run through the card for the Survivor Series.
It is time for the Superstars Main Event and it is from the Raw brand.
We see what happened on Monday between Mark and Cody during Ted DiBiase’s match with Montel Vontavious Porter.
Match Number Three: Cody Rhodes versus Mark Henry
Cody with a punch to Henry and Mark shakes it off. Cody avoids a punch from Henry and backs into the ropes and backpedals from Henry. Cody tries for a kick but Henry blocks it and throws Cody to the mat and Cody backs into the corner. Cody and Mark have some words and Mark wants Cody to hit him and Cody with a forearm but Henry tries to press slam Rhodes but Cody with a rake of the eyes. Henry with a shoulder tackle but Cody with a kick to Henry and then Cody goes up top to press slam Rhodes. Henry with a clothesline and Rhodes goes to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Henry misses a clothesline and back elbow but Henry does not miss with a boot. Cody returns to the floor and Henry goes to the floor after him. Rhodes plays possum and Rhodes with a drop kick into the steps and they hit Henry’s knees. Rhodes pulls Henry to the apron but Henry with a head butt. Rhodes goes for a clip and Henry goes down. Cody with a near fall but Henry with an emphatic kick out. Cody works on the ankle. Henry sends Cody into the turnbuckles. Cody with a drop kick to the knees and Henry goes down again. Rhodes with a knee drop from the turnbuckles and Henry goes to the floor. Cody punches Henry on the floor but Henry pie faces Rhodes. They return to the ring and Cody kicks Henry some more. Rhodes continues to work on the knee but he can only get a two count. Cody with a DDT to the leg and a low cross body for a near fall. Rhodes with a step over toe hold and Henry kicks Rhodes to the floor. Henry with a body block and head butts. Henry with a back body drop followed by an Irish whip. Henry with a shoulder when Cody charges at him. Henry picks up Cody and hits the World’s Strongest Slam for the three count.
Winner: Mark Henry
2009 - TNA broadcast Impact. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We start off with a look back at Turning Point with some photos and footage.
We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘A Point was Turned’ Tenay and Taz.
Mick Foley comes to the ring with Abyss. Mick says that he wanted Abyss to come out with him because it involves Abyss as well. Mick says that he remembers the lights going out last week with a brilliant flash across the sky. At that time, he lost his sight, but everything was illuminated. Mick says that Dixie Carter does not value him by not talking to him about Hulk Hogan. Mick says that he had to show his ID to get into the building tonight. Abyss gets Mick on point about Raven and Stevie. He talks about how Raven came in without a TNA contract to put an end to Mick’s career and his vision. Foley points out that they have been part of some wars but they were always on the same side. Tonight, it will be finished when Mick and Abyss team to face Stevie and Raven. Mick says that when you play with him, you play with fire.
Raven’s music plays and he comes out with Stevie and Daffney. Stevie tells Mick that he looks a little hot under the collar. He says that Mick is burning with anger. Stevie says that Foley put him in a match against Abyss to get rid of him in TNA. Stevie says that when you back a rabid animal into a corner, you get your face chewed off. In this case, Mick got his face burned off. Stevie tells Chris to remember one thing. It was Chris who started the war, but it will be them who end it.
Raven takes the mic and he says that he is a little bit disappointed in Mrs. Foley’s baby boy because he cares more about corporate affairs than revenge. All the fireball did was make Foley worry more about Hulk Hogan and the politics. Raven wants to know if Foley has the authority to make a match.
Foley and Raven go back and forth about whether Foley can make a match. Foley says that when he wants something, he gets it done. Foley says the match takes place tonight.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Mike and Taz talk about Turning Point some more. Mike mentions the exclusive interview with Sting and the interview evolved into an unprecedented turn of events.
Jeremy Borash is with Kurt Angle and A.J. Styles. Jeremy talks about what Desmond Wolfe and Daniels said after the pay per view. A.J. says that he did not go out there to pin Daniels, he went out there to win the match. Now everything has gotten personal. A.J. wants to know if Chris wants to throw a long friendship out the window. A.J. says that he should have known that it would be the end of the friendship when he won the title. A.J. mentions Daniels’ challenge for Final Resolution and he wonders if Daniels will make it out of tonight.
Kurt points out that Matt Morgan cost him the title. He is thinking about where Desmond Wolfe is coming from. Angle wants to know why A.J. is giving a title match to Daniels. A.J. says that he would love to get Angle in the ring one more time to prove that he is the best. Angle tells A.J. to stop talking and do it. Jeremy reminds Kurt and A.J. that they are a tag team tonight. Angle walks away and so does A.J.
We see photos from the Steiner/Lashley match from Turning Point.
Match Number One: Scott Steiner with Big Poppa Pipe versus Amazing Red with Don West in a Non Title Match
Steiner poses in front of Red and Don West says that there is no reason why this match should take place. Meanwhile in the ring, Steiner with a knee and chop in the corner. Steiner with a biel across the ring but Steiner misses a charge into the corner. Steiner sends Red to the apron and he connects with a shoulder and kicks Steiner in the leg. Red with a drop kick that backs Red into the corner. Red with a running drop kick. Red tries for a tilt-a-whirl head scissors but Steiner counters with a side slam. Steiner press slams Red and drops Red behind him. Steiner with a clothesline and the flex elbow drop followed by push ups. Steiner chokes Red and then he connects with forearms to the back. Steiner with a belly-to-belly suplex and he pulls Red up on the cover. Steiner with the Steiner Screwdriver and then Steiner goes to the floor and takes the title belt and the Big Poppa Pipe. Steiner hits Red with the pipe and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Amazing Red by disqualification
After the match, Steiner punches Red until Bobby Lashley comes to the ring and Steiner leaves the ring. Steiner wants to know what Lashley is doing out here while Don checks on Red. We go to commercial.
We are back and Jeremy Borash is with Kevin Nash and Eric Young. Jeremy talks about Nash taking the Legends Belt from Eric Young. Jeremy wants to know where Nash’s answers are. Nash asks about the Former Legends Belt and Nash says that it is Eric Young’s Global Title Belt. At Bound for Glory, Eric did what few people have been able to do. He was able to outthink the smartest man in wrestling. Nash thought that if Eric could do that, he wanted to party with him. There was another person who was about Eric’s size with a little more hair who he teamed with in the past. Nash wants to know if Eric wants to join forces. Eric agrees to do it. Nash asks Eric if it bothers him that Nash is from America and Eric asks Nash if he is worried that he is from Detroit.
Nash tells Mick that he will be on the phone with Hogan and the answers will be here for Foley.
Match Number Two: Motor City Machine Guns and Beer Money versus The British Invasion, Kiyoshi, and Sheik Abdul Bashir with Eric Young and Kevin Nash
Before the match, the referee warns Eric to behave while Eric Young and Nash are at the announce table.
Storm and Kiyoshi start things off and Storm with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Storm with an arm drag and power slam for a near fall. Sabin tags in and he kicks Kiyoshi. Shelley tags in and they hit a double back elbow and double kick to the chest and Shelley gets a near fall. Shelley with forearms and a roaring elbow. Kiyoshi with a punch after Bashir distracts Shelley. Kiyoshi with a kick to Shelley. Bashir tags in and he punches Shelley and gets a near fall. Bashir with kicks in the corner. Shelley blocks a suplex attempt for a minute but Bashir with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Kiyoshi tags back in and he punches Shelley. Kiyoshi puts Shelley in the ropes and he hits a thrust kick and a running knee into the corner. Kiyoshi with a nerve hold. Shelley with chops but Kiyoshi with a thrust kick. Shelley sends Kiyoshi into the turnbuckles and Sabin tags in and he kicks Magnus and hits a leg sweep. Sabin with a running forearm into the corner. Sabin goes to the apron for a springboard clothesline and he gets a near fall. All eight men are in the ring and then it is left to the British Invasion and Machine Guns in the ring. Sabin with a drop kick to Williams that knocks him off the apron. Storm and Roode with a double suplex to Kiyoshi on the ramp after sending Bashir into the ring post. Storm and Roode make their way to the announce table. Magnus holds Sabin for Rob Terry but Rob with a clothesline to Magnus. Sabin with the neck breaker while Shelley hits the cross body for the three count.
Winners: James Storm, Robert Roode, Chris Sabin, and Alex Shelley
After the match, everyone yells at Rob Terry for costing them the match.
We go to commercial.
We are back for a second and Don and Mike talk about how Mick Foley is looking for Kevin Nash. We go back to commercial.
We are back and Mick has found Nash. Foley wants to know something. Foley says that everyone knows that Nash is Hogan’s boy. Nash says that he is not a boy. Foley says that he knows that Nash knows what is going on with Hogan. Nash says that Foley is paranoid. Nash says that Hogan is here for business and business only. Nash asks about the two week suspension without pay. Nash says that he is out of money and if Foley can get him his money back, he will give Foley the answers he wants. Nash says that when Hulk gets back, he is not coming alone.
We go to the Hulk Hogan video package.
We are back and Foley is in his office with Borash. Abyss is with them and he wants Foley to listen to him. Abyss tells Foley to be serious. Abyss says that there are no jobs for blind wrestlers, but Foley says that it would help him as a TNA referee. Jeremy tells Foley that it isn’t funny. Foley talks about some things that are funny. Foley says that it was not funny and that is why he has to do what he has to do tonight. Abyss tells Foley that when you do the kind of things that they do, getting hurt comes with the territory. Abyss has spent time exacting revenge who caused pain and suffering to him. Abyss says that Foley is in no condition to go out there tonight. Abyss tells Foley that they have choices to make tonight. Foley talks about the choice that Dixie Carter made by not telling him that Hogan was coming to TNA. Foley says that everyone makes choices.
Match Number Three: Hamada versus Taylor Wilde
They lock up and Wilde with a side head lock and take down. Hamada with a head scissors and Taylor escapes. Hamada with a side head lock and take down and Wilde with a head scissors and Hamada escapes. Wilde with a snap mare and tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Hamada with a DDT for a near fall. Wilde flips out of a suplex attempt. Wilde with an arm drag using the turnbuckles and then Wilde with a kick for a near fall. Wilde misses a clothesline and Hamada with a super kick and then Hamada goes up top for a moonsault but can only get a two count because of a lazy cover. Hamada tries for a power bomb but Wilde escapes. Hamada tries for another power bomb but Wilde with a sunset flip for a near fall. Wilde with a crucifix for a near fall. Wilde with a rana for a near fall. Hamada with a kick to the head. Wilde with a waist lock but Hamada with a spin kick and the Hamada Driver for the three count.
We go to the area outside Mick Foley’s office and Abyss clears a table and then he blocks Foley’s office door. We go to commercial.
We are back and Raven and Stevie are sent off by Daffney with a very Princess Bride comment.
We go back to commercial.
We are back and we see the footage from the fireball attack by Raven from last week.
Match Number Four: Raven and Stevie Richards versus Abyss and Mick Foley in a Grudge Match
Mick Foley does not come out when his music plays and Abyss attacks Raven and Stevie on the floor. Abyss rolls Raven into the ring while Abyss sends Stevie into the ring steps. Abyss sends Raven into the guardrails. Raven climbs on Abyss and they double team Abyss. Raven with a vintage side Russian leg sweep into the guardrails. Stevie punches Abyss in the head and then Stevie poses for no reason. Raven tags in and he kicks and punches Abyss. Raven with a knee lift before tagging Stevie back in. Raven chokes Abyss while Stevie kicks him. Raven chokes Abyss in the ropes and Stevie stands on Abyss’ back. Stevie and Raven double team Abyss while the referee tries to gain control. Abyss fights back and punches both men. Abyss sends Raven into Stevie in the corner and Abyss with the splash into the corner on both men. Stevie and Raven avoid a double clothesline. Abyss with a cltoehsline to Raven. Stevie with a super kick to Abyss but Abyss recovers and hits Shock Treatment on Stevie. Raven with a punch to Abyss and then he tries to use another fireball but on Abyss. Abyss kicks the lighter out of Raven’s hand the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Abyss and Mick Foley by disqualification
After the match, Raven and Abyss fight on the floor until Stevie attacks Abyss from behind. Daffney comes out and Stevie has a cable in his hand. Raven with an Evenflow DDT on the floor. Stevie gives Raven the cable while Stevie gets Abyss up and Raven chokes Abyss with the cable.
We go to commercial.
We are back with Trash Talk with ODB as it makes it triumphant return. Her guest is Homicide and he brings a liquid gift for the host. ODB asks Homicide about Suicide. Homicide says that Suicide is mad at him because he knows how Suicide looks. Homicide says that he is going to get Suicide. Homicide wants a title shot tonight.
Lauren is with Tomko and she welcomes him back. Tomko says that things are better than ever and he is happy to come back. Tomko says that he is going to step things up.
Velvet, Madison, and Lacey join Lauren. Velvet says that she thinks she can do an interview as tough as Lauren. Velvet says that a blonde whore has been busy asking questions. They mock Lauren and then they leave.
It is time for A.J. Styles to talk about the awesomeness that is Hulk Hogan signing with TNA. A.J. wants to be able to sit down with Hogan to ask him questions.
We go to commercial.
We see footage of Alissa’s match with Traci Brooks when she worked on Traci’s arm.
Match Number Five: Alissa Flash versus Sarita
They lock up and Sarita with a waist lock but she misses a clothesline. Flash with a shoulder tackle. Sarita with a rollup and then she pushes Flash. Sarita with a cross body from the top turnbuckle for a near fall. Sarita with a chop to Flash and then she tries for a springboard cross body but Flash with a kick. The zipper comes down slightly for Flash and she kicks Sarita. The zipper goes back up and then she slams Sarita and hits a snap elbow drop. Flash chokes Sarita in the corner and the zipper goes down and up. Flash with a forearm and a kick to the head. Sarita with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and both women are down. Sarita and Alissa exchange kicks. Flash with a springboard drop kick for a two count. Flash with a belly-to-back suplex for a two count. Sarita misses a clothesline but Sarita with a rollup for a two count. Sarita blocks a kick and Flash blocks a kick but Sarita hits a mule kick for the three count.
After the match, Traci Brooks attacks Flash on the ramp. Security tries to separate the two women.
Meanwhile, in the back, Mick Foley is looking for Dr. Stevie and Raven. Daffney appears and then Stevie and Raven ambush Foley. Raven chokes Foley while Stevie and Raven yell at Foley.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at the six man tag match from Sunday night.
Match Number Six: Team 3D and Rhino versus Matt Morgan, Hernandez, and D’Angelo Dinero in a Street Fight
All six men battle in the ring as Hernandez, Morgan, and Dinero run to the ring. Morgan and Ray are in the ring while Hernandez battles with Devon. Morgan with the splash to Ray on the ropes. Morgan goes after Devon while Dinero sends Rhino into the guardrail while he keeps his sunglasses on. Hernandez tries for the plancha but Ray stops him with a clothesline. Hernandez with a shoulder tackle and then he hits the plancha onto Rhino and Devon. Dinero throws the trash can o’ plunder into the ring. Dinero gets a few trash can lids but Ray with jabs but he takes too long for the Bubbonic Elbow and Dinero hits Ray a few times with the lids. Then Dinero spanks Ray with a lid and then he hits a splash into the ropes. Dinero hits Ray with a cookie sheet but Ray with a punch to Dinero. Morgan with an Irish whip and running clothesline into the corner. Morgan with a punch and then he picks up a trash can and puts it on top of Devon. Morgan with elbows to the trash can.
Morgan with a splash into the corner and he gets a near fall on Devon. Devon and Morgan leave the ring so Hernandez and Rhino can battle in the ring. Rhino with an Irish whip and shoulder into the corner. Hernandez with a kick and he pulls himself up to the top turnbuckle. Rhino tries for a superplex but Hernandez knocks Rhino off. Hernandez with a frog splash onto a cookie sheet for a near fall. Ray with a slam to Hernandez and it is time for the Wassup but Dinero stops Devon and Ray with a kendo stick. Dinero with more shots to Devon. Morgan press slams Devon. Dinero directs traffic and he puts the cane on Devon’s yambag for the Pope’s Elbow. Dinero tells Morgan and Hernandez to get tables. Morgan gets a table and he puts Ray on it while Dinero hits Devon with trash can lids. Morgan sets for a leg drop through the table but Ray moves and Morgan goes through. Team 3D with a 3D to Dinero but Hernandez with a double slingshot clothesline. Hernandez punches a chair held by Devon and then Hernandez with a spear to Rhino but the referee is pulled out. From out of nowhere, Jesse Neal comes in and hits Hernandez with a chair and Rhino gets the three count.
Winners: Team 3D and Rhino
We go to commercial.
We are back and Angle and A.J. are fighting about whether or not Angle is getting a title shot. We go back to commercial.
We are back and Team 3D, Rhino, and Jesse Neal are with Jeremy Borash. Rhino welcomes Jesse Neal to the cause. Rhino says that he cost him matches in the past but he helped them win the match. Rhino tells Jesse that he finally gets it. Rhino hits Jesse and Jesse tells Rhino not to touch him. Ray says that Jesse Neal is the future of TNA. Jesse says that if you want to be hardcore, you have to train with the most hardcore. If you want to be extreme, you need to train with the most extreme. If you want to be the best, you need to hang with the best.
Devon tells Dinero, Morgan, and Hernandez that they know what they have gotten into.
Mike Tenay apologizes about the interview with Sting because Sting no showed. We see the camera crew waiting for Sting at his house.
Lauren is with Desmond Wolfe and Daniels and she asks them if they are on the same page. Wolfe says that he likes to fly solo . . . like a lone wolfe, but he has respect for Daniels. He says that they both have something to prove to the wankers and their opponents. Wolfe mentions the illegal submission maneuver that Angle used. Daniels wants to know why they haven’t mentioned that this is the first time that Wolfe and Daniels have teamed together. He blames it on how they care about Angle and Styles more than them. Daniels says that A.J. did not beat him on Sunday and he will show that he deserves a one-on-one match.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Daniels and Desmond Wolfe versus Kurt Angle and A.J. Styles
Angle and Daniels start off and they lock up. Angle with a side head lock and take down but Daniels with a head scissors. Angel escapes and returns to the side head lock. Daniels with a reversal and take down. Angle with a head scissors and Daniels escapes. They lock up again and Daniels with a knee and forearm. Daniels with a kick and punch in the corner. Angel with a punch and European uppercut but Daniels with a leg lariat. Angle wants Wolfe to enter but Wolfe tells Daniels to continue. Styles tags in and then Daniels tags in Wolfe before locking up with the champ. They lock up and Styles works on the arm and snap mares Styles. Styles with a wrist lock. Wolfe tries for counter but Styles holds on. Styles with a phenomenal drop kick followed by a back breaker. Angle tags in and he punches Wolfe. Angle with a European uppercut but Wolfe with an Irish whip. Wolfe charges into a kick but Daniels kicks Angle from behind. Wolfe with a hammer lock on Angle but Angle makes it to the ropes. Daniels tags in and he works on the arm and puts Angle in an arm bar. Daniels stomps on the arm and then he tags Wolfe back in and Wolfe continues to work on the arm and gets a near fall. Angle with kicks but Wolfe snaps the arm. Daniels tags back in and he kicks Angle and punches him in the shoulder. Angle with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex and both men are down. Wolfe and Styles tag in and Styles with back elbows followed by a neck breaker from a Death Valley Driver position. Wolfe escapes a Styles Clash set up but he cannot avoid the Pele Kick. Styles goes up top but Daniels crotches him. Wolfe hits the Tower of London but he can only get a two count. Wolfe and Angle fight to the back while Daniels hits the BME for the three count.
Winners: Desmond Wolfe and Daniels
2010 - A number of WWE departures and releases as Luke Gallows, Shad Gaspard, Vance Archer, Caylen Croft, Tiffany and Jillian Hall were all let go by the company, while creative team member "Big Dick Johnson" Chris DeJoseph also departed the company.
2010 - WWE broadcast Smackdown. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We begin with comments from Kane and Paul Bearer about his match with Edge at Survivor Series. He tells Kane that nothing can stop him. Then we hear Edge’s comments about his plan to become a Ten Time World Champion. Then Kane’s father went missing, only to be found by Edge who had him tied up in a wheelchair.
We are live on tape from Richmond, Virginia and your announcers are Matt ‘Gorilla Monsoon ’ Striker, Todd ‘Sean Mooney’ Grisham and Michael ‘Tony Schiavone’ Cole.
Tony Chimmel introduces Ricardo Rodriguez, who will introduce his ‘boss’ Alberto Del Rio. This time, Alberto does not have a chauffeur and he makes his way to the ring.
Alberto tells us his name, but we already know that. After 24 years, Survivor Series is going to be great. It is going to be great because the superstar of the show will be Alberto Del Rio. It will be great because he will lead Team Del Rio to victory. They will destroy Rey Mysterio and his little team. He says that Rey is not the only one who likes to be destroyed. Some people like to learn the hard way. Who better than Alberto to teach them a lesson. Just like he did on Raw. We see footage of Alberto Del Rio’s victory over Sergeant Slaughter on Monday night. We see Alberto’s post match attack and Montel Vontavious Porter coming to the aid of Sergeant Slaughter.
Alberto says that he made everyone’s little action figure, Sergeant Slaughter cry. Alberto says that when it comes to heroes, he is their hero.
Montel Vontavious Porter comes out and he says that Alberto doesn’t have a firm grasp of the English language, but the WWE Universe is telling him to punch Alberto Del Rio in the mouth because everyone is tired of Alberto disrespecting the ring and everything it stands for.
Alberto tells MVP that there is no one like him out there. Porter says that Alberto is a dime a dozen and he is too foolish to realize that it is the Sergeant Slaughters, the Chavo Classics, the Tito Santanas, the Iron Sheiks, the Ricky Steamboats, the Roddy Pipers, and the Dusty Rhodes who paved the way for Alberto and his big mouth. Since Alberto is so busy popping off about what he has, it isn’t even a drop in the bucket for all of the things that the legends did.
Alberto says that the only reason why Porter has those legends in the highest regard is because he will never be one of them. Alberto says that he is already a legend. Porter says that since Del Rio is a legend, he won’t mind getting Survivor Series started with a legendary beat down.
Alberto tells MVP that maybe it sounds like a great idea to him and to the WWE Universe. Tonight, there is going to be a fight, but it won’t be between each other because Alberto will be facing the little Chihuahua Rey Mysterio. Alberto says that even if he wasn’t in a match, Porter couldn’t handle him. Alberto says that if Porter wants a fight, he will bring out someone from Team Del Rio. He is going to bring the Chosen One, Drew McIntyre.
Match Number One: Drew McIntyre versus Montel Vontavious Porter in a Team Del Rio/Team Mysterio Survivor Series Preview Match
Porter blocks a punch and he connects with punches of his own. McIntyre with punches of his own but Porter with an overhead belly-to-belly throw and McIntyre goes to the floor. Porter goes after McIntyre and that allows Drew to Irish whip Porter into the ringside barrier. Drew charges at Porter but Porter hot shots Drew on the ringside barrier. They return to the ring and we go to commercial.
We are back and Porter drops Drew across the top rope and they return to the floor. McIntyre goes under the ring and when Porter grabs him, Drew pulls Porter’s arm into the ring apron. Drew slams Porter’s arm into the ring steps and he gets a near fall. Drew uses the rope to work on the arm and then Drew kicks the rope and Drew gets a near fall. Porter with a key lock. Porter with kicks and punches to escape, but Drew runs into the shoulder to regain the advantage. Drew continues to focus on the left arm. Porter with a boot when Drew charges into the corner. Porter punches Drew and then he misses a boot when Drew holds on to the ropes but Porter connects with a second boot and gets a near fall.
Drew comes out of the corner and Porter stops him and hits an Exploder suplex. Porter waits for Drew to get up, but then he sets for the Ballin Elbow and hits it. Drew with a kick to the arm followed by a neck breaker and he gets a near fall. Drew with a kick and punches in the corner but the referee pulls Drew out of the way. Drew misses a charge into the corner and Porter with a Yakuza kick for the three count.
Winner: Montel Vontavious Porter
Edge is in the back and he says that he has heard that Kane is more maniacal than he has been. He says that Kane would be pulling his hair out, if he had any. He asks someone if they are okay because they look sickly and pale. We see that it is Paul Bearer who is still tied up and has his mouth duct taped. Edge removes the tape and Paul screams for Kane. Edge says that it would be helpful if Kane knew where they were. They are in Richmond, but nobody will find them. He says that by the end of the night, maybe they will go see Kane. He says that they have had a good time this week. The Monster Truck Rally and the beach volleyball game have been a blast. He says that they should have a drag race. Edge gets in a wheelchair and wins the race because Paul does not move.
Edge wheels back to the start line and he asks Paul if he didn’t like that game. Edge suggests a game of Trivial Pursuit or Jenga. Edge says that he has a better idea. We go to commercial.
We are back and Chavo Guerrero is with Teddy Long and he tells Teddy that he should the one in the ring. Teddy starts to talk, but there is a ruckus at the door and Kane enters. Chavo exits stage right.
Kane breathes heavily and then sits down with Teddy to find out where his dad is. Teddy says that he doesn’t know. Kane says that he knows that Paul is in Richmond but wants to know where he is. Teddy continues to say that he doesn’t know where Paul is and Kane says that Teddy is lying. Kane throws furniture around but the Bragging Rights Grey Cup is still standing.
Match Number Two: Chris Masters versus Jack Swagger in a Team Del Rio/Team Mysterio Survivor Series Preview Match II: The Wrath of Kane
They lock up and Swagger with a front face lock and take down but Masters escapes. Masters punches Swagger and connects with a running shoulder tackle. Masters with a chop and Irish whip but when Masters tries for a power slam, Swagger escapes and connects with a double sledge to the back of the neck to take Masters down. Swagger with the double jump Swagger Bomb for a near fall. Swagger puts Masters in an abdominal stretch but Masters with a hip toss to escape. Masters with a Samoan drop and then he punches Swagger. Masters with a flying shoulder tackle and then he goes to the turnbuckles and hits a flying shoulder tackle for a near fall. Masters works on Swagger’s leg but Swagger kicks Masters in the knee. Masters locks in the Master Lock but Swagger leaps over the ropes to get to the apron to force Masters to release the hold. Swagger goes to the floor and he pulls Masters down and sends the leg into the ring post twice. Swagger returns to the ring and he clips the knee and he puts Masters in the ankle lock and Masters taps out.
Winner: Jack Swagger
We are back to the further adventures of On the Road with Paul Bearer and Edge. Edge tells Paul that he will need to be at the top of his game to beat Kane. Kane is a huge man. He will have to stick and move and be agile. He says that Paul can help him and show Edge his agility. Edge gets a ball and he says that Paul can show him how to ‘stick and move’ in a game of dodge ball. Edge winds up and misses Paul but he gets the ball back. Edge misses again but he got closer. Edge tells Paul to ‘stick and move’ but Paul is stuck and immobile so Edge is able to hit Paul a few times. Edge says that he is starting to feel it and he nails Paul in the head.
Edge says that Paul was really using his head.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Knucklehead video package.
We take a look at the dodgeball game between Edge and Paul Bearer.
We see Dolph Ziggler’s victory from Monday night against Sexual Chocolate Mark Henry.
Dolph says that after Monday, all of his problems are behind him. He reminds us that he is undefeated since winning the Intercontinental Title and he has the hottest girlfriend in Vickie Guerrero. He says that he dominated all five hundred pounds of Sexual Chocolate. Dolph says that his opponent tonight stands in at just over five feet, so his chances are somewhere around zero. Dolph says that all of Kaval’s internet fanboys think that he is special, but Kaval is not him. He says that Kaval is a nobody.
Match Number Three: Kaval versus Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero in a Non Title Match
Dolph with a kick and forearms to Kaval followed by a kick to the midsection. Dolph with an elbow to the top of the head. Dolph with a choke in the corner and the referee warns him. Kaval sends Dolph shoulder first into the ring post, but Dolph stops Kaval with a kick. Kaval with a series of running elbows. Dolph with punches but Kaval with a handspring cross body for a near fall. Kaval misses a splash into the corner but Dolph does not connect with the Zig Zag because Kaval holds on to the ropes. Kaval with a rollup but Dolph counters for a near fall. They exchange near falls. Dolph with a rollup and he tries to use extra leverage, but Kaval counters with a rollup and bridge for the three count.
After the match, Kaval jumps on the announce table and celebrates while Matt talks about how it is ten years in the making for this victory.
Kaval points out that the ‘no one’ Dolph talked about just beat him. Kaval reminds Dolph that he won NXT and he got a title match out of it. Kaval says that he has made his decision. On Sunday at the Survivor Series, he will beat Dolph again to become the Intercontinental Champion.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did you Know that WWE is one of the ‘hottest brands’ in the US.
Edge continues to train for his match with Kane and now he is going to do some cardio so he pushes Paul around in the wheelchair. Edge says that he needs to make sure that his wind is good and his resting heart rate is up. Edge says that he has built up an appetite so he is going to get some pizza.
Match Number Four: Kofi Kingston versus Cody Rhodes in a Team Del Rio/Team Mysterio Survivor Series Preview Match III: The Search for Dashing
They lock up and Kofi backs Cody into the ropes and Cody with a forearm but Kofi with a kick and slap to Cody’s face. Cody freaks out and goes to the floor as he attacks the announce table and then he checks on his face using the back of his ring jacket.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cody is punching and kicking Kofi in the corner. Cody with an elbow to the back of the head and he puts Kofi in a side head lock. Cody with a shoulder tackle but Kofi with a leaping back elbow for a near fall. Kofi with a side head lock but Cody tries to escape but Kofi holds on. Cody with a forearm to the back. Cody blocks a hip toss and so does Kofi. Kofi follows that with a monkey flip to Cody. Cody goes to the floor as he continues to show his frustration with the way things are going.
Cody gets back to the apron but Kofi with a drop kick that knocks Cody to the floor. Kofi with European uppercuts but Cody with a knee to the midsection. Cody with a gourdbuster or two to Kofi followed by a rolling knee drop for a near fall. Cody with a kick to the midsection and then he works on the ribs using the ring post. Cody gets a near fall. Cody with punches to Kofi and then he puts Cody in an Guillotine choke but Kofi with a back body drop to escape. Kofi with punches and forearms and the referee pulls him away. Kofi with chops and a drop kick to Cody. Kofi misses his leap to the turnbuckles when Cody moves but when Cody charges into the corner, Kofi with a pendulum kick and then Kofi goes up top.
Kofi with a cross body for a near fall. Kofi with a kick to the head and then he hits the Boom drop. Kofi waits for Cody to get up to hit Trouble in Paradise. Cody ducks Trouble in Paradise but Kofi is able to avoid The Beautiful Disaster. Kofi with a sunset flip for a near fall. Cody with a waist lock but Kofi with an elbow to escape. Cody grabs Kofi by the hair and tights and hits CrossRhodes for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the match, Cody rests on the top rope and celebrates his victory.
We go to the back where Kane is talking about his father and we see that he is talking to Rosa Mendes. He says that Paul is the only person who has ever understood him. He has always been there. Now that he is gone, it feels like a part of him has been ripped away. He says that he is his father and Edge has abducted him. Now Edge is playing games with him and torturing him. Kane says that Edge thinks it is funny. Edge has no idea what torture is and what pain is. When he finds Edge, he will teach him what those things are. He will rip Edge’s guts out and shove them down his throat. Kane says that is only the beginning.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Michelle McCool and Layla versus Kelly Kelly and Natalya in a One of These Four is Not Like the Other Match
Layla and Kelly start things off and they lock up Layla pushes Kelly and tries for a kick but Kelly blocks it. Kelly with a forearm and Thesz Press and she slams Layla’s head into the mat. Natalya tags in and Natalya kicks Layla followed by a forearm. Michelle tags in and Natalya with a forearm followed by a wheelbarrow suplex for a near fall. Michelle with a kick but Natalya responds with a kick of her own. Layla with a tag when Natalya goes for a rollup on Michelle. Natalya sees Layla coming at her, but she cannot avoid a double kick from Michelle and Layla and they get the three count.
Winners: Michelle McCool and Layla
After the match, Michelle and Layla celebrate their victory.
We go back to the Edge/Bearer banquet room and Edge is finishing up some breadsticks, but we see a full dinner spread for him and his guest of honor. Edge says that it is rude of him not to give Paul anything because he was probably starving. Edge gives Paul a breadstick, but he plays with it on Paul’s head. Edge then puts some marinara sauce on Paul’s head. Edge says that he wants to skip to dessert and he tries to shove it in Paul’s ear. Edge gives Paul some wings, but they end up on Paul’s shirt. Edge gets the pizza and puts it on Paul’s head. He says that is much better.
Edge says that it is time to go see Kane so it is time for a road trip.
We go to commercial with Big Show walking in the back.
We are back and Kane is in a room snarling and breathing heavily. He stands up and breathes more intensely. He starts to scream and then he starts to cry. Has Edge broken the World Champion?
Match Number Six: Big Show versus Tyler Reks in a Team Del Rio/Team Mysterio Survivor Series Preview Match IV: A New Hope
Reks with a kick to the leg followed by punches but Show grabs Reks by the throat. Reks with punches and kicks to get out of the hold. Reks with a drop kick to the knee followed by a clothesline for a near fall. Reks waits for Show to get up and he tries for a kick but Show blocks it and then he takes Reks down with a punch. Show with a clothesline followed by an Irish whip and running butt splash into the corner. Show with a shoulder tackle and then he signals for the choke slam and hits it and gets the three count.
Winner: Big Show
Josh Mathews is in the interview area and he is with Alberto Del Rio. Josh points out that each team has won two matches, so he asks Alberto if he thinks he can beat Rey. Alberto says that Rey is not a survivor and he lacks the ‘essence of excellence’. So tonight and on Sunday, everyone will witness his greatness. He will give the WWE Universe an authentic hero.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the ‘Will we see John Cena after Sunday night’ video package.
We run through the rest of the card.
Edge and Paul Bearer are finally at the arena and Kane is nowhere to be found. Edge calls for Kane, but he doesn’t do a really enthusiastic job. He lets Paul call for Kane and Paul screams for his son. Edge puts Paul back in the van.
We cut to the hallway where Kane calls out for Paul and he walks through the back.
Kane sees Paul in the van and he wants to know where Edge is. Kane looks around for Edge and Edge waits for Kane on the top of the van and he hits a cross body onto Kane. Edge sends Kane into a cart and then he tells Kane that he will see him on Sunday. He then wonders what Paul looks like in a Speedo and wonders if he can swim or float. Edge drives away without closing the side door of the van, putting Paul Bearer in danger.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know where the people who bought tickets for Wrestlemania live?
Match Number Seven: Alberto Del Rio versus Rey Mysterio in a Team Del Rio/Team Mysterio Survivor Series Preview Match V: The Mysterio Strikes Back
They lock up and Alberto is forced to break the hold and he kicks Rey and then the referee pulls him off. Alberto sends Rey into the turnbuckles and punches him. Del Rio is warned by the referee again. Rey with forearms to Del Rio but Del Rio with an Irish whip. Rey with a float over and Rey kicks Del Rio in the leg. Del Rio with a knee to the midsection. Del Rio with a sunset flip but Rey with a round kick and he gets a near fall. Rey with a drop toe hold and Rey sets for the 619 but Alberto goes to the floor.
The other four members of Team Del Rio come to the ring and they go after Rey and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Rey Mysterio by disqualification
After the match, the members of Team Mysterio come out and we have pandemonium. Out to save the day is Smackdown’s human General Manager Teddy Long. Teddy says that since everyone from both teams are out in the ring and want to mix it up, they are going to do it right. It will be in a ten man Showdown Battle Royal and it will happen next. We go to commercial.
Match Number Eight: Ten Man Battle Royal featuring members of Team Del Rio and Team Mysterio in a Team Del Rio/Team Mysterio Survivor Series Preview Match: The Final Build for Survivor Series
The bell rings and Del Rio goes after Rey while Porter and Masters work on Reks. Show goes after McIntyre while Swagger and Rhodes work on Kingston. Rhodes goes after Show and Show chops Rhodes. Show chops Del Rio to save Rey and bring him back into the match. Show with a shhh chop to Del Rio. Show with a chop to Reks while Rhodes deals with Masters.
Rey tries to eliminate Del Rio but Del Rio regains control. Cody with a forearm to Masters but Masters with a chop. Rey kicks Del Rio while Porter holds him. Cody is sent to the apron but he holds on to the ropes until Masters connects with a forearm to send Rhodes to the floor to eliminate him. Swagger hits Porter from behind. Masters and Kingston send Reks over the top rope but Reks rolls in under the bottom rope. Rey with a triangle choke on Del Rio while hanging over the apron. Porter with a double sledge to Del Rio but Del Rio stays in the match. Masters is the next man eliminated.
Kofi kicks Reks and connects with a forearm. Show chops Del Rio but Del Rio kicks back. Del Rio and McIntyre work on Show but Show with a double noggin knocker. Swagger has Porter down in the corner. Kofi eliminates Reks and Rey sends Drew to the apron but he hangs on. Show and Kofi go after Del Rio. Kofi with a kick to Swagger and Show with a head butt to Del Rio. Porter with a knee drop to Del Rio. Kofi with forearms and kicks to McIntyre. Drew sends Kofi over the top rope to the apron and then he kicks Kofi off the apron to eliminate him.
Del Rio with a knee to Show followed by a punch. Porter with a running boot to the head of Swagger in the corner, but Del Rio takes advantage of Porter’s position to eliminate him. Drew gets Rey up but Show with a chop and Show eliminates Drew as we get down to four men, with two on each team left.
Swagger goes after Show while Rey and Alberto fight. Alberto has Rey on his shoulders but Rey goes forward and grabs the ropes to eliminate Del Rio. Swagger with a boot to Show’s knee. Rey with a seated senton splash off the turnbuckles. Swagger puts Rey in the ankle lock when he counters a wheelbarrow move. Rey rolls through staggers Swagger. Show with a savate kick that sends Swagger into the ropes. Rey hits the 619 and then Show grabs Swagger by the throat and sends him over the top rope to the floor to win the match.
Winners: Team Mysterio
2011 - Matt Hardy was kicked out of his court ordered rehab when he failed a breathalyzer test according to a TMZ report. Hardy had been in rehab as a condition of his court proceedings in North Carolina. After acting strangely he was given the test, which he failed. IHardy claimed that he was not drinking and instead had used mouthwash. Hardy was sent back to Moore County, NC and was arrested and jailed when he got off the plane as being kicked out of rehab violated terms of his release from jail.
2011 - Ring of Honor held Glory by Honor X in Chicago Ridge, IL. Mike Johnson filed the following live report:
Welcome to PWInsider.com's live, ongoing coverage of Ring of Honor's Glory by Honor X from Chicago Ridge, IL.
Mike Sydal vs. Andy "Right Leg" Ridge
This is an added pre-show attraction.
They started going back and forth when Kevin Steen entered the building and took a seat in the first row, showing a ticket, as he's still "banned from ROH". They went back and forth in the ring as Jim Cornette, Cary Silkin and other ROH officials came out. Steen showed off the ticket but Cornette didn't care. They went back and forth arguing. Cornette started yelling at the cameras to stop filming this.
The officials headed to the back unable to throw out Steen since he had a valid ticket. Sydal began nailing some offense and drilled Ridge with a nice bulldog for a two count. Ridge came back with several kicks to the chest while Sydal was trapped in the corner and drilled him with an Ace Crusher variation for the pin.
Your winner, Andy Ridge!
After the match, Steen applauded like a fan. Ridge didn't like it. A fan tossed a streamer in the ring and Ridge threw it at Steen. Steen caught it and gave Ridge the finger and threw it back. Steen was making a spectacle of himself as they left.
With the match over, Cornette and the other officials returned. The fans chanted "We want Steen". Cornette responded that if they want him, he wishes he could take Steen. He insulted Steen and explained that Steen has a crooked lawyer who got Steen a court order that he can be a spectator here. He told Steen he can make an ass of himself all he wants as long as he stays on the right side of the guard rail. He said that if Steen does anything, he will screw up the agreement that he can wrestle as Final Battle. Steen mocked Cornette by started a "ROH" chant.
Mike Bennett vs. Adam Cole vs. Michael Elgin (with Truth Martini) vs. Grizzly Redwood
Elgin came out with the Survival of the Fittest 2011 trophy. Bennett and Cole started off the bout. Bennett backed him into the corner and slapped him, then backed off. Bennett backed him into the corner again and backed off, mocking him,. Bennett shoulderblocked Cole down. He went for a leapfrog but Cole mocked him and hiptossed him over. Cole tagged in Elgin and Bennett backed off, leaving the ring.
Redwood entered the ring and tagged Bennett back in. Bennett escaped and tagged in Cole. They had a nice sequence until Elgin tagged out to Bennett. Redwood hit a rana off the top and began drilling him with forearms. He went for a springboard crossbody but is caught and nailed by a Bennett TKO. Bennett controlled Redwood and scored several two counts. Redwood was slammed down but came back to dropkick Bennett in the knees and bulldog him. Cole came off the top but missed a flying bodypress.
Bennett backdropped him onto the apron. Cole shoulderblocked him and rolled him up but was kicked out of the ring and into Elgin's arms. Redwood hit a dive to the outside on them. He returned to the ring and locked Bennett in a sleeper. Bennett ran backward into the corner to break it. Redwood nailed a sit-down splash off the ropes for a two count. Cole tagged in and hit a wheelbarrow suplex. Elgin hit the ring and cleaned house on everyone, powerbombing Redwood into the corner. He spinebusted Cole for a two count.
Redwood made a comeback with a mule kick to Elgin and went for a cannonball in the corner. Elgin caught him and picked up for a powerbomb, throwing him out of the ring onto Bennett. Elgin and Cole went back and forth. Cole nailed him with a superkick but Elgin came back to hit a spinning sit-down powerbomb for the pin.
Your winner, Michael Elgin!
Fun back and forth, athletic opener. Good stuff from bell to bell.
Jimmy Jacobs with Steve Corino vs. Tomasso Ciampa with The Embassy
Jacobs took the mic and said that he's heard Steen is in the building. He said that he and the building want the same thing, Steen to fight. He said that unfortunately, his lawyers say that Steen can only be hear as a spectator and Jacobs cannot touch him unless provoked. He asked Steen for a favor - "provoke me."
They went back and forth. Ciampa beat down Jacobs with forearms. Jacobs came back with a cannonball in the corner and hit a dive to the outside. Steen did something and Corino attacked him. They started brawling and Jacobs got involved. They brawled into the crowd and were broken up with Steen dragged out of the building as Corino and Jacobs screamed at him to fight.
Prince Nana said this was garbage on the mic and that Ciampa was contractually guaranteed a match. They demanded anyone that wanted to make a name for themselves to come out. The Bravados came out.
Harlem Bravado vs. Tomaso Ciampa
Ciampa attacked him and nailed the powerbomb on the knees. pinfall.
Your winner, Tomaso Ciampa!
Kyle O'Reilly vs. Eddie Edwards
Nice chant for Edwards and streamers tossed from the crowd. They locked up. They went back and forth with some really good mat work and counter wrestling. They blocked strikes from each other and went for dropkicks at the same time, then faced off. O'Reilly went for a cross armbreaker but Edwards fought his way out and they faced off.
They locked up in a test of strength. While in it, they exchanged kicks and headbutts. Eddie monkeyflipped him over and worked him into an STF. Kyle fought his way to the ropes, forcing a break. Edwards nailed him several times with stiff chops, snapmared him and kicked Kyle in the back. Kyle responded in kind. They went nose to nose and began exchanging forearms and chops.
Kyle caught him with a stiff knee to the chest against the ropes and a killer leg kick to the face. He began nailing kicks to the chest. Edwards fired back with chops to the chest. They went back and forth. Edwards was caught in an attempted butterfly suplex but stood up and dropped O'Reily down on his head. O'Reilly rolled out of the ring and was almost counted out.
Edwards went to the outside and brought Kyle back into the ring. He stomped away at Kyle. He locked Kyle in a cravate, trying to force a submission. He whipped Kyle into the buckles, with O'Reily crashing into them chest-first. Edwards fired him into the corner again and charged but was kicked off and nailed with a float over DDT.
The crowd began a back and forth dueling chant for each competitor. O'Reilly caught with a butterfly suplex and locked on a cross arm breaker. Edwards turned it into a Texas Cloverleaf. O'Reilly turned it into a crossface. Edwards was able to make it to the ropes and draped his foot over the bottom rope to break the move. Great stuff.
O'Reilly tried to suplex Edwards in Edwards tried to reverse it but was kneed to the head. Kyle went for a big boot but Eddie evaded it and kicked him hard. Edwards went for a double stomp off the top but missed. Kyle began drilling him with kicks to the chest as Edwards egged him on. Edwards fired back with chops. They went into this insane back and forth series of strikes and kicks that left the place going nuts. Edwards superkicked him but Kyle came back with one of his own.
They went back and forth until O'Reilly caught him with a front guillotine choke. Edwards turned it into a pair of Michinoku Drivers and locked in a submission that was a Dragon Clutch variation, finally forcing the submission.
Your winner, Eddie Edwards!
EXCELLENT back and forth match. Just incredible strikes and action.
The Briscoes vs. The Young Bucks
Monster reaction for the Briscoes. They attacked the Bucks at the bell. All four brawled on the floor. Jay hiptossed Nick Jackson on the entrance's ramp. Back in the ring, the referee was calling for order to be restored. The Briscoes worked over Nick in the corner with chops. Mark hit a leaping dive over the top to the floor on Matt. They tossed Nick back into the guard rail.
The Bucks made a comeback with some double team maneuvers including Matt hitting a crazy feet first dive to the outside on Mark. Nick worked over Mark. Matt tagged in and came off the top with a double stomp. He worked over Mark in the corner with shoulderblocks. Mark fired back and brought Nick into a corner but it was the Bucks' corner so Matt blind tagged in and continued working him over with a pair of superkicks for a two count. Jay broke it up.
Jay finally tagged in and worked over the Bucks. He hit an STO on Nick, dropping him down on Matt's lower extremities. He went for a Fireman's Carry but Nick nailed him. He got the better of the exchange and pressed Nick overhead but Matt kicked him in the face. The Bucks took control again, working over Jay in the corner with forearms. They whipped him into the corner and drilled him with a stiff clothesline from Matt. They hung Jay over the ropes and Matt held him up hanging for a Nick 450 splash across the back. Jay finally came back with an exploder on Nick and tagged Mark.
Mark set up Nick in the corner and drilled him with a big palm strike. Mark ascended to the top but was attacked by Matt. Matt was fought off but by the time Mark leapt off he was nailed with a superkick in mid-air. The Briscoes went for a Doomsday Device. The Bucks fought them off but Nick was caught with the Doomsday Device and pinned.
Your winners, The Briscoes!
Another great back and forth match. A nice mix of brawling, high spots and double team moves. Hell of a match!
ROH TV champion Jay Lethal vs. Roderick Strong - Proving Ground Match
This is a non-title bout with the stipulation being that if Strong wins or takes Lethal to a 15 minute draw, he gets a TV title bout. They locked up and did some nice matwork. They went back and forth and faced off. Strong went for a sunset flip but Lethal rolled through and nailed him with a dropkick. Lethal nailed a legdrop for another two count.
Lethal chopped Strong in the corner and went to the outside to climb to the top. He went for a springboard into the ring but Strong kicked him in the face. Strong began working over Lethal with stomps and kicks. They battled back and forth. They fought to the outside and Strong kicked him with a diving kick to the outside. Strong worked him over and choked him against the ropes.
Strong worked him over with an armbar, trying to force a submission. Lethal fired back with several punches but Strong nailed him a dropkick for a two count. Lethal and Strong battled back with chops. Strong drilled Lethal into the corner. Strong caught him with a leg lariat. They battled in the center.
They continued back and forth as two minute were left. Strong locked Lethal in a Boston Crab. Strong nailed him with a gutbuster. With one minute left, Lethal kept trying to get the pin. Strong tried to run the clock down but Lethal chased him back into the ring and locked in a figure four leglock.
The time limit expired.
Jim Cornette came out and said that Strong made it the 15 minutes and has his guaranteed title shot but the crowd wants five more minutes. He asked Truth Martini if he'd like to give the crowd something they want. Strong balked so Cornette asked him if he wants to the crowd to see him as a p***y or whether he wants to give them five more minutes. Strong agreed.
They began brawling back and forth in the ring, slugging it out. Strong kneed him and nailed several leg lariats and a leaping kick for a two count. Strong went for a butterfly suplex but Lethal backed him into the corner. Jay caught him with the Lethal Combination for a two count. Strong locked in a Boston crab and sunk it in, trapping Lethal in the center of the ring. Lethal was able to force his way out and caught Strong with an inside cradle for a two count. Strong nailed a gutbuster but Lethal came back with a handspring into the ropes into a cutter for the pin.
Your winner, Jay Lethal!
ROH Tag Team champions Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. The All Night Express.
Titus and Haas started off and they went back and forth on the mat with Haas mostly controlling it and working on Titus' leg. Titus broke free but was caught again in a leglock. Haas shoulderblocked Titus down but Titus got right back up and challenged him. Haas slapped him in the face and Titus fired back. Titus fired back and caught Haas with a pair of hiptosses and locked in an armdrag.
Benjamin tagged in and the champions double shoulderblocked Titus down. Benjamin locked in a side chinlock, wearing down Titus. King tagged in and locked up with Benjamin. King was shoulderblocked down several times and run out of the ring. Benjamin's ribs were taped up. King returned to the ring. They locked up again. King grabbed a reverse waistlock and rode Benjamin to the mat. Benjamin reversed and held the waistlock as they returned to their feet. King ran around the ring and sent Benjamin out the ropes to the floor.
Benjamin returned and they locked up again. Benjamin caught him with a hammerlock. King reversed but was caught with several hiptosses and armdrags. The ANX finally gained control. They trapped Benjamin in their corner and Titus drilled him with a running boot. King splashed Benjamin and locked on a sitting abdominal stretch. Benjamin tried to force his way to his feet and finally gutted it out and hiptossed King over. Benjamin stepped out of an attempted splash in the corner and drilled King with his knees in the back.
Haas tagged in and cleaned house on both. He nailed a German suplex on Titus and lifted him again for a second one. Haas nailed the Angleslam and locked in the Haas of Pain on Titus. King jumped into the ring and broke it up. Haas faced off with King but was caught with a punch by Titus. Haas came back to whip him hard into the corner, then brought him over to the champions' corner.
Benjamin tagged in and nailed a snap suplex. He draped Titus across the ropes and nailed him with a running kneelift for a two count. Titus avoided a hold, drilled a knee and tagged King. King unleashed a ton of offense, scoring several near falls. King nailed a leaping kick for a two count. King went for a sunset flip but Benjamin caught him mid-stream and dropped him down.
Haas tagged in and drilled him with an inverted atomic drop as Benjamin nailed a clothesline. Haas drilled Titus with several shots and backdropped him over the ropes. Haas drilled him across his knees. King splashed Haas in the corner and went to the top. King fought off a superplex attempt and sent him flying to the mat. Benjamin leapt up for a superplex but Titus slipped underneath and they did a Tower of Doom spot for a really close near fall that the place exploded for.
They continued back and forth with some really good action. King and Haas made the tag in and brawled in the center of the ring. King caught him with a superkick but Haas nailed a big boot and gave him the finger. King superkicked him again. Haas and Benjamin cut him off with a splash while he was hanging over the ropes and drilled him with a double spinebuster for the pin.
Your winners and still ROH Tag Team champions, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin!
All four showed respect for each other after the match.
Solid match but at a much slower pace than you'd expect going in. There were some really good sequences here and the crowd thought the ANX were going to win the belts after the Tower of Doom spot so they had the crowd, which is what caught important here.
ROH champion Davey Richards vs. El Generico.
They had some great back and forth wrestling to start off. They faced off. Richards was caught with a Lucha armdrag and sent to the floor. Generico went to do a dive but Richards walked off so instead Generico did a flip off the ropes to psych him out. The crowd sang "Ole Ole Ole" for Generico.
Richards caught Generico in the corner with a drilling kick in the corner. Generico fought him with kicks and chops. Richards backdropped him over the top to the floor. Richards ran across the apron and drilled him with a kick and hit a dive through the ropes. Back in the ring, Richards worked him over in the ring but Generico ducked a charge and Richards went through the ropes to the floor. Generico hit a crazy flip dive over the top to the floor.
Generico worked over Richards and drilled him with forearms and a Michinoku Driver for a two count. Richards rolled out of the way of a charge and went into the corner kicking Generico. He began tagging him with kick after kick in the corner. Richards nailed a running knee strike and placed Generico on the top rope. He pulled Generico up and drilled him with a superplex for a near fall.
Richards drilled Generico with a shot but Generico fired back. They battled back and forth. Generico went for a brainbuster but Richards drilled him with a knee. Richards fired back with a suplex into a slam for a two count. The crowd began trying to rally both men, who were spent.
Richards went for a full nelson suplex but Generico slipped out and used the buckles to float over into a forward choke. Richards slipped out and turned it into an ankle lock submission but Generico made it to the ropes to force a break. Richards tagged Generico with several stiff kicks to the chest. Richards rebounded off the ropes with a running knee strike. Generico pulled himself up to his feet and punched him with a big right. Richards unloaded with strikes, angered but was caught with several suplexes for a two count.
Generico went for the brainbuster but Richards reversed it and dropped Generico on the outside. Generico picked up Richards and gave him the brainbuster on the outside apron. The referee began counting both men out of the ring. Richards was out and almost counted out but returned at the last second when Generico brought him in. Generico covered him but Richards kicked out at the last second. The crowd chanted, "This is awesome."
Richards rolled out to the apron. As Generico stepped out, Richards snapped him with a Dragon Screw legwhip. He went to the top but Generico fought him and tried for the brainbuster. Richards pounded him with shots across the back and beat Generico down. He went for a sunset flip powerbomb but Generico held on and nailed several punches in the corner. Richards came back and nailed a Dragon Superplex. What the hell! Richards nailed several moves but Generico kept kicking out. Richards locked in the ankle lock but was kicked off and hit the turnbuckles face first.
Richards shook it off and charged Generico but was caught with an exploder in the corner and a big boot. Generico used a rear naked choke and scissored Richards' body. He was nearly pinned doing the move but kicked out and applied the choke again,. He scored a two count out of a rollup and locked on an anklelock. Richards caught him with an inside cradle for a two count.
Richards drilled Generico with a big clothesline for a two count, then nailed a suplex for a two count. Richards measured Generico and drilled him with a pair of kicks to the head. He rebounded of with a kick to the head and scored the pin.
Your winner and still ROH champion, Davey Richards!
Kevin Steen hit the ring and attacked Richards. They brawled as the entire locker room and all the officials ran out. Jacobs and Corino hit the scene and attacked Steen. He whipped him into all four sides of the rail and brawled with him. Everyone tried to hold them apart. Generico dove off the apron onto everyone trying to get at Steen. Steen was again dragged out of the building. The show ended with Corino, Generico, Jacobs and Richards in the ring.
Richards took the mic and said he's not going to take any time giving that fat piece of sh** any mind but if he wants a fight, he doesn't need to do anything but ask. He said to Generico that their actions speak louder than any words can. Generico hugged him. Richards said don't give the fat piece of crap any time when Generico deserves it and lead the crowd in singing "Ole Ole". He turned to Steve Corino. He said he hasn't been in the ring with him but has seen Corino's trial and tribulations. He said it takes a real man and honor to admit their mistakes before the world and try to become a better man. The crowd chanted for Corino. He said that he doesn't know what Corino's plans are but he's followed honor and has earned Richards' respect. They shook hands. Richards said that what everyone should take from tonight is the fact that people can indeed change.
The main event was an extremely stiff and hard fought match that went back and forth. The dragon superplex was quite a sight to behold. Richards' intensity live in the ring is incredible and something you really have to see live. The closing brawl was a ton of fun.