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1959 - Billy Wicks defeats Pancho Villa in a tournament final in Pensacola, Florida to start his fourth reign as NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Champion. The previous champion, Lee Fields, had vacated the title when he decided to purchase the promotion.
1971 - Dominic DeNucci (who went on to train Mick Foley, Shane Douglas, and others) defeats Waldo Von Erich for the National Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Title in Buffalo, New York.
1971 - The Alaskans (Mike York & Frank Monte) defeated The Australians (Larry O'Day & Ron Miller) in Miami, Florida for the NWA Florida Tag Team Title, ending The Australians' second reign as champions.
1990 - Tony Anthony & Doug Gilbert defeat Jeff Jarrett & Cody Michaels in Memphis, Tennessee to win the USWA World Tag Team Title for the second time.
1994 - Harlem Heat, Booker T & Stevie Ray, defeat Stars & Stripes (The Patriot & Marcus Bagwell) to win the WCW World Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia, ending the second reign of Bagwell & Patriot. This was the first of an eventual ten WCW World Tag Team Title reigns for Harlem Heat.
2001 - Psicosis defeats Juventud Guerrera to win the World Wrestling All-Stars International Cruiserweight Title in Glasgow, Scotland.2005 - It is announced that WWE Diva Stacy Keibler would be a contestant on the second season of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars". After appearing on the show and making it to the final episode, Keibler would never appear in WWE again.
2006 - Kurt Angle appeared on the Bubba The Love Sponge radio show, and claimed he would be having a Mixed Martial Arts fight. Angle stated his first "shoot" fight would take place in May or June on a "TNA broadcast." Angle commented that the fight wouldn't be in association with PRIDE or UFC, then dropped Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture (all of whom were associated with UFC at the time) and Daniel Puder as his potential opponents before saying that he couldn't confirm who it would be. Angle commented he has 3 or 4 fights in him and that he was making the rules for his fight, which would see headbutts legal. He stated the "shoot fight" (his terminology) would ignite a new "wrestling war" and commented that if he lost, it would "kill his career". He said that the chances were worth taking the fight because it would do "a million PPV buys." The fight would never happen.
2008 - WWE presented the Slammy Awards as part of their Raw broadcast. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are less than a week away from Armageddon, but forget that, tonight is the Slammys on this special three hour edition of Raw. The six nominees for Superstar of the Year are going to be in action during tonight’s show as well as the two semifinal matches in the number one contender tournament to see who will face William Regal. On this three hour Raw, we will see wrestlers from all three brands and we can only hope that we will see some classic (dare we say 24/7 Classic) moments from Slammys past. Which version of Charlie Haas will win tonight? Will the Miz and John Morrison continue their streak of wrestling on every WWE television show since Wrestlemania? Will any new matches be announced for the pay per view? Will we see anything further between Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon as they battle for control of the Raw brand? Will Mike Knox torment smaller wrestlers tonight? Will Shawn Michaels start to work for Bradshaw tonight? What fun Christmas video package will we see from DX tonight?
In the Slammys ‘Technical and Scientific Awards Ceremony’ before the broadcast, the following winners were announced: Vladimir Kozlov was announced as the winner for “Breakout Star of 2008”; R-Truth was the announced winner of "Best Musical Performance"; John Morrison & The Miz's Dirt Sheet was named the “Best WWE.com Original show”; ECW announcing team Matt Striker and Todd Grisham were named the “Best Announcing Team”; and Charlie Haas won for “Best Impersonation for 2008” for his impersonation of Beth Phoenix.
We begin tonight’s show with a video package highlighting the Slammys that are up tonight.
We are live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Michael ‘Happy Birthday Dave Scherer’ Cole and Jerry ‘Stand Back’ Lawler from Raw; and Jim ‘BCS’ Ross and Tazz from Smackdown.
Maria and Festus are here to present the first Slammy of the night, Tag Team of the Year. Festus is at a loss for words. The nominees are: Carlito and Primo; Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes; The Miz and John Morrison; and Cryme Tyme. The winners are The Miz and John Morrison. They celebrate as if they won the World Series. They fight over the Slammy for a second. Miz wants Maria or Festus to kiss his hand. Miz messes with Festus since he is in his catatonic state. Miz slaps Festus and tells him to leave. Morrison thanks the Academy and Admiral Ackbar. Then they channel the spirit of the President-Elect with their comments. Miz says that not only are they the best tag team of 2008, they are the greatest tag team of the 21st century. While Miz celebrates in the background, Morrison makes his way to the ring for his match.
We see William Regal and Layla watching from the back.
Match Number One: John Morrison versus CM Punk in a Intercontinental Title Contender Tournament
They lock up and Punk works on the arm and he gets a rollup for a near fall. Morrison with a near fall and then Morrison with a hot shot to Punk and then he covers Punk but Punk bridges out of the cover. Punk tries for the Go To Sleep but Morrison gets out of the hold and backs into the corner. Punk misses the knee into the corner, but he connects with a kick. Morrison with a drop kick and then he pulls Punk to the floor. Punk with a knee to Morrison and then he hits a running knee into the apron. Punk with a springboard cross body to Morrison on the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Morrison is working on Punk’s legs. We see footage from during the commercial when Morrison suplexed Punk to the floor. Morrison continues to work on the ankle but Punk with punches and kicks. Punk with a kick but he feels it because it is his injured leg. Morrison with a dragon screw leg whip and then he goes up top. Punk punches Morrison and Punk favors his ankle. They are on top and Punk hits a super rana and both men are down. Punk gets a two count. Punk with the knee into the corner and then he tries for the bulldog but Morrison with a back breaker and side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Punk sends Morrison into the turnbuckles and connects with shoulders. Punk with slaps but he misses the roundhouse kick. Morrison with a kick of his own and a near fall. Morrison misses the springboard round kick and Punk with a power slam for a two count. Punk crawls to the apron and he hits the springboard clothesline for a two count. Punk gets Morrison up for the Go To Sleep but Morrison with a victory roll for a two count. Punk hits a roundhouse kick and then gets Morrison up for the Go To Sleep and he hits it for the three count.
Winner: CM Punk
Cole and Lawler wonder who will face Punk at Armageddon. Lawler reminds us of Chris Jericho and John Cena. We have a video package from last week when Chris Jericho and others attacked John Cena.
Todd Grisham is with John Cena in the interview area. Todd asks John about the footage from last week. John says hustle, loyalty, and respect. Those are three words that Chris Jericho thinks does not exist. Cena says that when he was injured, his dog Lou became a big Chris Jericho fan. Lou would clean himself when Jericho was on. Cena says that he banned his dog from watching Raw. Cena apologizes for any problems that he caused Chris Jericho at his home. Cena suggests that maybe Jericho’s son acted the way he did, it was because his father became smug. Cena says that if Jericho was the one who got beaten up by five people, Jericho would be in the ring demanding that Cena be stripped of the title. Tonight, John Cena will fight Chris Jericho. He will get him and Jericho will not have to worry about it happening tonight. Tonight, Chris Jericho gets a re-education of the word ‘respect’. We go to commercial.
We are back with the next Slammy Award, the Best Finishing Maneuver and presenting are Cryme Tyme and Candice Michelle. Candice and Cryme Tyme go yo-yo-ing. The nominees are: Hell’s Gate (Undertaker); RKO (Randy Orton); Shooting Star Press (Evan Bourne); and Knockout Punch (Big Show). The trophy is missing as Cryme Tyme hides it from Candice. The winner is Evan Bourne for the Shooting Star Press. Candice accepts the award on Candice’s behalf. Candice is interrupted by Mike Knox who stares at Candice and Mike takes the Slammy.
Lawler and Cole remind us of Evan’s injury being made worse at the hands of Mike Knox.
Randy Orton comes out and he has a mic. Randy says that you would think that being the champion for four months and winning the main event at Wrestlemania is impressive, but it is not enough for Superstar of the Year. Randy points out that he has beaten all of the nominees. Tonight is about being shown a lack of respect. It started in Evolution. Hunter was the star, Flair was the legend, and Batista was the muscle. Orton was the crown jewel, but the group imploded. Orton points out that he was the youngest champion and he was attacked. Orton suggests that him, Cody Rhodes, and Manu are challenging Hunter and Batista to a handicap match instead of the one-on-one match between Hunter and Batista. Tonight, The Legacy is born.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Barry O Moment of the Night about ECW’s ratings.
Montel Vontavious Porter is in the ring and he says that the losing streak has been blown out of proportion. It ends tonight. He calls Jimmy Rollins a fluke and then says that it took Philadelphia 25 years to win a title. Porter says that he is better than the entire city of Philadelphia. He says that he will be a dynasty when he wins.
Match Number Two: Montel Vontavious Porter versus M.V.C.
Haas stretches to get under Porter’s skin. Haas with a waist lock but Porter with an elbow and forearm. Porter with a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Porter punches Haas and connects with elbows to the head and he gets a near fall. Porter with a seated abdominal stretch and he works on the neck with elbows. The crowd chants for Haas and Haas fights back but Porter with a double thrust to the throat followed by a face buster and the Balling Elbow drop for a two count. Porter throws Haas out of the ring and then Porter with a hot shot onto the ringside barrier. Porter returns to the ring and Haas with a running boot and drop kick followed by punches. Haas misses the Balling Elbow drop and Porter with punches to the ribs. Porter misses the running boot into the corner and Haas with a rollup for the three count.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for our next Slammy Award. It will be for the Extreme Moment of the Year and it will be presented by Tiffany and Matt Hardy. Matt says that it is good to be in the birthplace of Extreme. The nominees are: John Cena and JBL’s parking lot brawl; Undertaker being sent through tables during the TLC match against Edge; Chris Jericho sending Shawn Michaels through the Jeritron; and Jeff Hardy’s Swanton onto Randy Orton. The winner is Jeff Hardy’s Swanton. Jeff comes out to accept the award from his brother. Jeff says that it all started on a trampoline in North Carolina and now it comes to Sunday. He does not care if he walks out, crawls out, or has to be carried out, he will be the WWE Champion.
Match Number Three: Jeff Hardy versus Chris Jericho
The match is joined in progress and Hardy with a kick and punches. Hardy kicks Jericho in the corner while the referee tries to get him to lay off. Jericho punches Hardy and then he hits a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Jericho slaps Hardy but Hardy with a kick and punches. Hardy with another kick but Jericho drops down and Hardy goes to the apron. Jericho with the springboard drop kick that knocks Hardy off the apron and to the floor. Jericho lets the referee count Hardy out. Hardy returns to the ring and Jericho with a snap mare and chin lock. Jericho applies more pressure as Jericho looks over his shoulder for John Cena. Hardy gets to his feet and he hits a flying clothesline. Hardy punches Jericho but Hardy with a flying forearn. Hardy with a leg drop. Hardy gets a near fall and gourdbuster. Hardy goes up top for the Swanton but Jericho gets to his feet and he crotches Hardy. They fight on the turnbuckles and Hardy pushes Jericho off. Hardy misses a Swanton but Jericho does not miss the Lionsault, but Hardy kicks out. Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho but Hardy escapes the hold momentarily and Hardy with a rollup for a two count. Hardy sends Jericho into the corner and Hardy with the baseball slide into the corner. Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind for a two count after he avoids a clothesline from Jericho. Hardy gets ready for the Twist of Fate but Jericho hits the Codebreaker for the three count.
Winner: Chris Jericho
After the match, Jericho looks out for John Cena.
The Legacy are in the hallway and they give the look of determination. We see that they just left Stephanie McMahon’s office.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the next Slammy Award: Couple of the Year. Presenting the award are Kelly Kelly and Kane. Kane does not look like he wants to be there and he mentions that the last time he was in a relationship, he tombstoned a priest. The nominees are: Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix; Edge and Vickie Guerrero; William Regal and Layla; and Finlay and Hornswoggle. The winners are Edge and Vickie Guerrero. Vickie comes out and she is glowing about her victory. Vickie starts off her acceptance speech with a few ‘excuse mes’ Vickie says that Edge and her have been through so much this past year. This award means that true love prevails.
Santino and Beth come out and Santino goes to the lectern. Santino is not happy that they lost to Vickie and Edge. They are not couple of the years. Santino says that Vickie is the cougar of the year. Unlike Vickie and Edge, Santino never had someone try to have Undertaker send him to hell. They have challenged all of the nominees. Santino says that even though he strained his scrotisimus region, they will still prevail.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix versus Hornswoggle and Fit Finlay
Hornswoggle tries Beth’s entrance and has a unibrow. Finlay puts his hat on Beth’s head and Beth slaps Finlay. Finlay slaps Santino and he leaves the ring. Santino says that he has this one and he tells Beth to go to the apron. Finlay with a waist lock but Santino with an elbow. Finlay with a series of clothesline to Santino followed by a running shoulder in the corner. Santino with a kick to Finlay but Finlay with an atomic drop and Santino is in pain. Santino is now faces to faces with Hornswoggle and Hornswoggle with a kick and DDT. Hornswoggle goes up top and he hits the Frog Splash for the three count.
Winners: Fit Finlay and Hornswoggle
After the match, Finlay and Hornswoggle invite Beth into the ring.
The next Slammy is being presented and it is for Diva of the Year. Presenting are Melina and Teddy Long. The nominees are: Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, and Michelle McCool. The winner is Beth Phoenix. Beth is holding Santino up and then when she hears that she won, she drops Santino faster than the price of gasoline.
Beth accepts on behalf of all dominant divas around the world. Melina attacks Beth and Beth fights back. Santino tries to help but he gets hit in the scrotisimus region. Beth apologizes for hurting Santino’s solar plexus.
Michael Cole tells us that we are going to have the handicap match that Randy Orton wanted. The Legacy will face Batista and Triple H.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: Shawn Michaels becoming an employee of JBL Incorporated.
It is time for the next Slammy: Oh My God Moment: Alicia Fox and Joey Styles. Joey gets to throw out an ‘OH MY GOD’ for the Philadelphia fans. The nominees are: CM Punk cashing in Money in the Bank to win the World Title; Undertaker sends Edge to Hell; Mayweather breaks Big Show’s nose; and John Cena’s return at the Royal Rumble. The winner is CM Punk Cashing in Money in the Bank. Punk says that to say it is his miracle year is an understatement. He talks about his accomplishments and wonders if anyone has accomplished this much in one year. Punk thanks Batista for the assist and for Edge being in the right place at the right time. Punk runs through a list of people and ends it with Scotty Goldman, Mike Schmidt, and Rocky Balboa. Punk says that there will be more moments to get people to say . . . he brings Joey Styles back out to say it again, after refusing to do it until he is reminded that he is in Philadelphia.
As Rey comes to the ring, we see footage from last week when Rey slipped on the ramp and hurt his arm.
Match Number Five: Kofi Kingston versus Rey Mysterio in a Intercontinental Title Contender Tournament Semifinal Match
They lock up and Rey with a side head lock. Rey blocks a hip toss and Rey with a head scissors but Kofi with a cartwheel to avoid the hold. Kofi sends Rey into the mat and we see Regal and Layla watch from the office as Kofi gets a near fall. Kofi works on the injured arm as he stretches the arm. Rey tries to get to the ropes and he pulls Kofi near the ropes but Kofi brings Rey back into the center of the ring. Rey with a side head lock but Kofi with a hammer lock. Rey with a kick to the knee and Rey sends Kofi into the ropes but Kofi with a drop kick and a near fall. Kofi with an Irish whip but he charges into boots from Rey. Rey with a rana but Kofi turns it into a sunset flip, but Rey rolls through and hits a drop kick for a two count. Kofi with a bridge but Rey kicks out. Kofi with a splash in the corner. Kofi jumps to the turnbuckles but he misses a cross body. Rey with a rollup for the three count.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
After the match, Rey offers his hand to Kofi and they shake hands.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Barry O Moment about the work the WWE does with the military.
It is time for the Match of the Year Slammy to be presented by Eve Torres and Ken Kennedy. It is time for the nominees: Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania; Royal Rumble ‘Duck and Boost Match’; Undertaker versus Edge (Hell in a Cell); and Shawn Michaels versus Ric Flair at Wrestlemania. The winner is Shawn Michaels versus Ric Flair. Shawn Michaels comes out to accept the award. Shawn says that he does not know where to begin. He has had the privilege to be some of the most unforgettable moments in the WWE. His match with Ric Flair will hold a very special place in his heart. Ric Flair is not only his friend, but the man who inspired him to get into this profession. Shawn tells Ric that what he said at the end of the match at Wrestlemania, he mentioned it. Shawn says that he loves Ric and the award will be a wonderful reminder . . .
Bradshaw comes out and on behalf of Shawn Michaels, he accepts the award for himself. Beating John Cena at the Great American Bash was the match of the year. He will enjoy having this with the rest of his accolades in his penthouse apartment in New York. Bradshaw leaves and Shawn is standing there as we go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Batista and Triple H versus The Legacy of Randy Orton, Manu, and Cody Rhodes
Hunter and Cody start things off and Hunter with a kick and punch. Hunter works on the arm and he tags in Batista who continues to work on the arm. Batista uses the ropes for extra leverage on the arm as he connects with shoulder in the corner. Batista with a back elbow and kick to the head. Hunter tags back in and they hit a double shoulder tackle. Hunter and Batista punch Manu and Batista adds a clothesline. They throw Cody and Manu over the top rope to the floor. Orton tries to sneak up on Hunter and Batista but they turn around and Orton goes out of the ring. We go to commercial.
We are back and Orton kicks Hunter and does the Garvin Stomp followed by a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Orton with a quicker version of the Garvin Stomp and another knee drop for another near fall. Orton with a reverse chin lock. Hunter punches Orton but Orton with a back breaker. Manu tags in and he hits a diving head butt for a near fall. Manu with a front face lock and he tags in Rhodes who kicks Hunter and punches him. Rhodes kicks Hunter followed by a snap mare and a cravate. Rhodes sends Hunter face first into the turnbuckles and then Orton tags in and hits a snap mare before locking in the reverse chin lock of doom. Hunter tries to get a second wind and he escapes the hold with a belly-to-back suplex. Rhodes tags in and he keeps Hunter from making the tag. Rhodes tries for a bulldog but Hunter tosses him away, but he is still on the opposite side of the ring. Rhodes tags in Manu but Batista is able to tag in and Batista with a clothesline and slam to Manu. Batista knocks Orton and Rhodes off the apron. Batista avoids a Samoan drop but Batista hits a spinebuster and it is time to shake the ropes and then he tries for the Batista Bomb but he senses Rhodes’s presence and Batista sends Manu into Rhodes. Batista with a clothesline to Rhodes and Manu. Orton makes the blind tag and Batista sets for the Batista Bomb on Manu but Orton tries for the RKO. Batista sends Orton into Hunter who hits a clothesline. Batista tries for a Batista Bomb on Orton, but Rhodes hits Batista in the back and Orton hits the RKO for the three count.
Winners: Randy Orton, Manu, and Cody Rhodes
We go to commercial.
We are back and Beyond Enemy Lines: Colombia is coming to DVD in January.
It is time for the DAMN Slammy to be awarded and the presenters are Ron Simmons and Mickie James. The nominees are: Khali Kiss Kam; CM Punk as a member of the Mariachi Band; Jim Ross dressed as a sailor; Santino hurts his Scroticular Area. The winner is the Khali Kiss Kam. Khali comes out to accept his award with Runjin Singh. Khali. Khali’s ‘translation’ deals with environmental issues. Mickie wants a kiss from Khali, but they are interrupted by Jillian’s ‘singing’. Funaki and Howard Finkel come out and so do Jim Duggan and Sergeant Slaughter. Khali kisses Mickie and it is time for a DAMN.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Chris Jericho interrupting John Cena’s match with Kane last week and the post match attack on Cena.
Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole talk about John Cena’s comments from earlier tonight when John said that he would get Jericho tonight. We run through the winners of the earlier awards.
R-Truth comes into the arena with his Slammy as he raps to the ring.
Match Number Seven: R-Truth versus Dolph Ziggler
Dlph introduces himself to R-Truth but he refuses. Ziggler with a kick but Truth with the splits and then he hits a jumping leg lariat. R-Truth with an uppercut and Ziggler with a hot shot that sends R-Truth to the floor. Ziggler with a punch and elbow drops for a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler drives R-Truth to the mat and he returns to the reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a knee but Truth with a hard Irish whip to Ziggler and Ziggler goes down hard. Truth clotheslines Ziggler to the floor and it is time for Truth to fly and he hits a pescado onto Ziggler. Truth punches Ziggler on the floor but Ziggler with a knee and he sends Truth into the apron. Ziggler with an enzuigiri on the apron and then he returns to the ring right before the referee makes the ten count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler by count out
After the match, Dolph introduces himself as ‘The Winner’ Dolph Ziggler.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Barry O Moment Hat Trick about WWE DVD sales.
It is time for the Best Picture Slammy for Superstar of the Year and presenting is Stephanie McMahon. The nominees are: Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, Batista, Edge, Triple H, and John Cena. The winner is: Chris Jericho. Chris comes out to accept award and he looks for John Cena over his shoulder. Chris walks to the ring with his Slammy. Chris says that he is happy that the fans did not have any say in the voting because they are nothing more than mindless sheep steered into whatever direction they are told to follow. He says that they are biased and unable to decide something like this fairly. Chris says that he knew he was going to be the superstar of 2008 because he is the best in the world today. Chris says that he is going to go through is achievements. He became a record setting eight time Intercontinental Champion; the king of the ladder match; and he became the WWE Champion three times with the third time being on Sunday when he beats John Cena to reclaim what is his. Chris says that he lost something as well. During his rivalry with Shawn Michaels, he lost his identity. He lost a façade that he created just for the fans. It was an albatross around his neck for more than a decade and losing it was the best thing in his life. He was a pandering, patronizing, sycophant, just like John Cena. Chris says that he cannot think of a better way to end 2008 than beating and destroying John Cena at Armageddon.
John Cena’s music plays and Cena comes out and he runs to the ring but Jericho escapes into the crowd.
Match Number Eight: John Cena versus Edge
They lock up and Edge with a knee and punches. Cena with a back elbow and clothesline. Cena with a bulldog to Edge and he clotheslines Edge over the top rope to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Edge has Cena in a cravate. We see footage from during the commercial when Edge worked on Cena’s neck. Back to live action and Cena with a kick and punch but Edge with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Edge with a forearm to Cena followed by an elbow to the head. Cena punches back but Edge with a flapjack for a near fall. Cena with a chin lock and then Cena and Edge exchange punches. Cena with a leap frog neck breaker but Edge with a boot to a charging Cena. Edge sets for the spear but Cena with a flying shoulder tackle and a Blue Thunder Bomb. Cena with the five knuckle shuffle and he hits it. Cena sets for the FU and he gets Edge up. Edge tries for the Impaler but Cena gets Edge up for the FU. Edge tries for a breakdown Edge with a rollup for a two count. Cena with a drop toe hold and the STFU. Chris Jericho comes out and Cena goes after him. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: John Cena by Disqualification
After the match, Cena and Jericho fight into the crowd.
Meanwhile, back in the ring. Triple H attacks Edge and then Jeff Hardy gets involved. Hardy with a spear to Edge followed by punches. Hunter throws Jeff out of the ring and Hunter with a spinebuster. Hunter sends Edge over the top rope to the floor. Hardy uses the steps for extra leverage and hits a drop kick on Edge.
2009 - WWE broadcast ECW on Syfy. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are live on tape from Houston, Texas and your announcers are Josh ‘We have a problem’ Mathews and Byron ‘Can you dig it’ Saxton.
Josh Mathews is in the ring in front of a ladder with the ECW Title belt above him. He talks about the match between Shelton Benjamin and Christian at TLC. Josh is a bit shocked to see Vladimir Kozlov come to the ring.
Kozlov gets on the mic and he calls Ezekiel Jackson a coward and he calls Zeke out. Kozlov speaks in Russian and then he waits for Jackson to come out.
Ezekiel Jackson comes out and he is ready for a fight. William Regal is close behind Zeke and he tries to separate Kozlov and Jackson. Regal tries to tell them that they need to work together.
Shelton Benjamin’s music plays and he comes out. He wants to know what William Regal is doing. The people came for action and since Jackson and Kozlov cannot get along, let them get it on. He leads the crowd in a chant of ‘Let them fight’.
Regal says that it has nothing to do with Shelton and he tells Shelton to choose his words very carefully. He points out that it is three on one.
It is quickly three on three because Christian and Yoshi Tatsu come out with Shelton. Christian tells Bill that the sides look even now. He tells his Houston peeps that he is not going to let Shelton let his head get handed to him in a three-on-one situation because he doesn’t want Shelton to make any excuses.
Kozlov yells something else in Russian and Christian gives a rough translation.
Shelton tells Regal, Kozlov, and Jackson that they can continue their therapy session on Dr. Phil or they can man up and face the three of them.
Regal tells the Sunshine Crew that none of them have any authority to tell them what to do because they are the most dominant force on ECW.
Regal is interrupted with Tiffany’s dance party entrance music and she says that she has the authority and there will be action tonight. Tiffany says that it is up to the men in the ring. They have a choice. Either they put their differences aside to wrestle in a six man tag match or they can have a one-on-one match between Ezekiel and Vladimir. Regal says that they will do the six man tag match. Zeke says that he wants to fight Kozlov tonight. Kozlov wants the six man match too after some prompting by Regal.
Match Number One: Vance Archer versus Tommy Dreamer
They lock up and Dreamer with a waist lock but Archer with an elbow and a shoulder tackle. Archer misses an elbow drop but he blocks a hip toss and runs Dreamer into the turnbuckles. Archer with shoulders in the corner but Dreamer with a kick when Archer drops down too quick on a back body drop attempt. Archer with a BubbaBomb for a near fall. Archer with forearms to the back and then he chokes Dreamer in the ropes. Archer with a reverse chin lock. Dreamer tries for a back slide but Archer blocks it and hits a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Archer with a suplex but he misses a leg drop. Archer charges into a boot and then Dreamer with a clothesline from the turnbuckles followed by a swinging neck breaker and a cross body for a near fall. Archer charges at Dreamer but Dreamer moves out of the way and Archer goes to the floor. Dreamer with a baseball slide to Archer and then he hits a cannonball from the apron. Dreamer goes up top but Archer crotches Dreamer. Archer sets for a superplex but Dreamer knocks him off. Dreamer with a splash for a near fall. Dreamer sets for the DDT but Archer with a big boot. Archer with the inverted DDT for the three count.
Winner: Vance Archer
Saxton and Mathews talk about the mysterious masked man who resembles Paul Burchill and hits a Jackhammer.
We see footage of Tiffany with the ‘Masked Ripper’ and ‘Beautiful Nightmare’. The Ripper says that he is never lost to Hurricane. Gregory Helms enters the room and Tiffany points out that the entire Hall of Justice is here. Tiffany tells the Ripper that he is not under an ECW contract. He tells The Ripper that he can get a contract if he can beat the Hurricane. Ripper tells Helms that he will see him next week. Helms says that it will not be him who Paul sees, he will see the Hurricane.
Holy Commercial Break Batman.
We are back and Zack and Rosa are staring into each other’s eyes and they can see their reflections. They try to tell each other who is sweeter. Tommy Dreamer stops by and he wonders what is going on. Zack calls Dreamer a dinosaur. He says that he has seen all of Dreamer’s matches and he says that it is over for Dreamer. Zack says that he wanted to be like Dreamer, but now he wants to end his career. Zack leaves with Rosa.
Match Number Two: Trent Barreta and Caylen Croft versus Mark Franks and Danny Vaughn
Croft and punches and kicks his opponent before tagging in Barreta. Barreta with a running back elbow. Barreta with a running elbow in the corner. Croft tags in and hits a drop kick followed by a slam. Barreta tags back in and he slingshots in and kicks his opponent in the head. Barreta misses a knee drop but he keeps his opponents from making the tag. Barreta feels a jawbreaker but Croft makes the blind tag and they hit the Shining Wizard Hart Attack for the three count.
Winners: Caylen Croft and Trent Barreta
We are back and it is time for the Raw Rebound.
We run through the card for TLC.
Match Number Three: Christian, Shelton Benjamin, and Yoshi Tatsu versus William Regal, Vladimir Kozlov, and Ezekiel Jackson
Christian and Jackson start things off and Christian with a waist lock but Jackson backs Christian into the turnbuckles but misses a punch and Christian avoids Jackson. Christian with a punch but Jackson with a back elbow. Jackson with a slam or two and he tags in Regal. Christian tries for a back slide and gets a near fall. Christian with a punch and he works on the arm before tagging in Yoshi Tatsu who hits a chop from the turnbuckles. Benjamin is tagged in and he hits a double sledge from the turnbuckles. Christian tags in and he takes Regal to the mat. Christian continues to work on the arm but Regal with a forearm to Christian and Kozlov is tagged in. Christian punches Kozlov and tags in Yoshi. Yoshi with kicks to Kozlov. Kozlov misses a kick and then Yoshi with running knees into the corner and a rolling snap mare and kick to the chest for a near fall. Benjamin tags in and he punches Kozlov. Kozlov tries for a power slam but Benjamin escapes and hits a dragon whip. Benjamin is backed into the corner and Benjamin fights out of the corner. Benjamin is sent into the ropes and Regal pulls down the ropes and Benjamin goes to the floor as we go to commercial.
We are back and Regal with a chin lock on Benjamin. Benjamin with punches but Regal with a back elbow and Jackson is tagged in. Jackson kicks Benjamin and Irish whips him. Jackson with a running clothesline into the corner and Benjamin goes down hard and Jackson gets a near fall. Jackson with a series of forearms to the chest. Regal tags back in and he puts Benjamin in a rear chin lock. Kozlov tags in and he punches Benjamin and connects with shoulders in the corner. Kozlov with head butts to Benjamin’s chest followed by a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Kozlov with a waist lock. Benjamin with elbows to Kozlov’s head. Kozlov charges into Benjamin’s boots and then a punch. Kozlov with a knee to Benjamin followed by a near fall. Kozlov returns to the waist lock as Benjamin crawls to make the tag. Kozlov with a chin lock. Benjamin with elbows but Kozlov with an Irish whip. Benjamin with a cross body and both men are down. Kozlov with a front face lock and Regal is tagged in. Regal with a front face lock and Jackson distracts the referee so he misses Christian making the tag. The referee sends Christian back to the apron and Benjamin gets triple teamed. Jackson tags in and he chokes Benjamin. Jackson with a suplex and then he tags Regal in. Regal talks to the crowd instead of trying to finish off Benjamin. Benjamin with a back breaker and he tags in Yoshi. Jackson also tags in and Yoshi with kicks and chops followed by a drop kick to the knee. Yoshi knocks Regal off the apron. Jackson with a vicious clothesline. Kozlov refuses to take the tag from Jackson. Jackson does not appreciate it and he attacks Kozlov on the ramp. Regal tries to get Jackson into the ring but Jackson wants more of Kozlov. The referee makes the ten count.
Winners: Shelton Benjamin, Yoshi Tatsu, and Christian by count out
After the match, Benjamin with a flip plancha onto Regal and Jackson. Christian gets a ladder from under the ring. Christian climbs the ladder but Benjamin with a springboard onto the ladder and then they fight on top of the ladder as they hold the title belt. We go to credits.
2010 - PWInsider.com broke word that The Fight Network's parent company, 619661 Canada Inc filed for bankruptcy. According to bankruptcy documents, the network owed creditors $13,748,318.06.
The network remained still operating per usual and according to sources as the network, there are no plans for that to change in the foreseeable future. The bankruptcy filing appeared to be a way for the network to jettison older debt while building for the future. I know there had been several changes in the corporate ranks in recent weeks prior to the filing.
Launched in 2004 as a niche cable network that would focus on MMA, boxing, pro wrestling and other combat sports, The Fight Network carried a number of different entities as part of their television programming and maintained a regular radio series after purchasing longtime Canadian wrestling radio show "Live Audio Wrestling", which was eventually moved to satellite radio.
On the wrestling side of their broadcasting, The Fight Network carried programming from TNA, Ring of Honor, Dragon Gate USA, CMLL in Mexico, FMW and Pro Wrestling NOAH in Japan as well as several Canadian independent groups. The network also licensed tape libraries from Stone Cutter Media, The Savoldis, and Larry Matysik, among others to air classic footage from Texas, St. Louis and Memphis, as well as other territories.
A number of the aforementioned entities are among those listed as creditors in the filing.
The network also dove into producing its own original fare, including the highly touted and well received "Bret Hart: Survival of the Hitman" documentary, produced by John Pollock, tracing Hart's career and return to WWE as he prepared to face Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania 26. Hart is not listed as a creditor, although MMA star Randy Couture, another documentary subject, is.
At one point, the Network had looked into expansions in both Latin America and the United States, but those did not come to pass. They purchased a similar network in Great Britain, The Wrestling Channel before shutting it down in 2008.The Network remains in operation today and is now available via online means in the United States.
2010 - The Miz, at the time the reigning WWE champion, hosted an episode of TMZ.
2011 - WWE broadcast Superstars. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We start off this week’s show with the Smackdown brand and your announcers are Josh Mathews and Matt Striker.
Match Number One: Justin Gabriel versus Tyson Kidd
Gabriel with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Kidd tries for a hip toss but Gabriel blocks it. Kidd is able to hit a hip toss but Gabriel lands on his feet and hits a leg sweep and hits a drop kick. Gabriel with a cross body to the apron and when he tries for a springboard move, Kidd hits the ropes and Gabriel falls to the mat. Kidd with kicks to Gabriel followed by an elbow to the head.
Kidd with a knee to the midsection as he continues to work on the ribs and gets a near fall. Kidd with a seated abdominal stretch and he puts his elbow into the ribs. Kidd with punches and a back heel kick followed by a snap mare and kick to the back for a near fall.
Kidd returns to the seated abdominal stretches and Gabriel tries to fight through the pain. Gabriel gets to his feet and he punches Kidd. Gabriel with a monkey flip to get free but he still has trouble standing up. Gabriel with kicks to Kidd followed by a jumping spin kick. Gabriel flips over Kidd’s back and he hits a spinning heel kick and clothesline followed by an STO.
Gabriel points to the turnbuckles and he goes up top but Kidd recovers and he charges into the corner. Gabriel avoids him and then he sends Kidd to the floor with a clothesline. Kidd avoids a baseball slide to the floor and Kidd with a back heel kick followed by a kick from the apron that sends Gabriel down to the floor.
Kidd with a springboard elbow drop for a near fall and Kidd is shocked that he could not finish off Gabriel. Kidd charges into a boot from Gabriel and Gabriel goes to the turnbuckles but Kidd with a running drop kick to stop Gabriel. Kidd with double jump super rana but Gabriel rolls through and gets a near fall.
Gabriel with a Blue Thunder Driver and then he goes up top for the 450 splash and he hits it and gets the three count.
Winner: Justin Gabriel
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Jack Swagger with Vickie Guerrero versus Trent Barreta
They lock up and Swagger with a waist lock and forearms to the back. Trent with a chop and forearm followed by another chop. Barreta with a drop kick to the knees but Swagger with a back body drop. Swagger with forearms to the back until the referee warns him. Swagger with forearms to the chest. Swagger with a delayed belly-to-belly suplex and then he traps Trent’s arms but Trent gets to his feet.
Swagger with knees to Trent’s head and then he sends Trent over the top rope but Trent holds on. Swagger misses a charge at Trent and Trent with a kick and then he hits an enzuigiri and Swagger goes to one knee. Trent with a flying knee for a near fall.
Trent goes up top but Swagger charges at him. Trent avoids Swagger but Swagger catches him and then he hits the Doctor Bomb and puts Trent in the ankle lock and Trent taps out.
Winner: Jack Swagger
We go to commercial.
We continue with the Raw portion of the show and your announcers are Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews.
Match Number Three: Drew McIntyre versus Mason Ryan
Drew with a side head lock followed by a shoulder tackle from Ryan that forces Drew into the corner. Drew with a kick on a knuckle lock and Drew works on the arm followed by a short arm clothesline by Ryan. Ryan sends Drew into the turnbuckles. Drew with a kick to Mason but Mason with a knee to the midsection and then he runs Drew into the turnbuckles and hits a series of shoulders.
Drew with a kick to the leg and then he sends Mason into the corner and hits a clothesline to the back of the neck and gets a near fall. Drew with kicks to Mason in the corner and then he chokes Ryan while arguing with the referee. Drew chokes Ryan again with his boot. Ryan with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Drew with a clothesline out of the corner for a near fall.
Drew with a quarter nelson and chin lock but Mason with punches. Drew with a kick to the knee and then he hits a drop kick and gets a near fall. Drew with boots to Ryan and then he applies a key lock as he works on the arm.
Drew with a knee and forearms to the back as he tries to wear Mason down. Drew pie faces Mason but Mason with a clothesline. Mason sends Drew into the corner and then he hits a knee into the corner and a big boot for a near fall.
Ryan gets Drew up for a power slam but Drew escapes and he drop kicks Ryan’s knees. Drew goes up top but Ryan catches Drew and applies the full nelson and follows it with a full nelson slam.
Winner: Mason Ryan
We are back and it is time to take a look at the contract signing for the WWE Championship match at TLC from this week’s Raw.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Evan Bourne versus Epico with Rosa Mendes and Primo
They lock up and Bourne with a side head lock but Epico rolls out of the hold. Bourne with a waist lock but Epico tries to roll through but Bourne with a side head lock. Epico tries to escape the hold but Bourne with a side head lock take down. Bourne with another side head lock take down. Bourne with a flying boot to the chest followed by kicks.
Bourne with a drop kick to Epico for a near fall. Bourne with forearms but Epico with elbows and a slam. Epico with a camel clutch but Bourne escapes and he applies a camel clutch of his own. Bourne gets a near fall with a rollup.
Bourne with a kick to Epico and then he sends him into the turnbuckles. Epico sends Bourne into the turnbuckle. Bourne with a kick and a bulldog for a near fall. Bourne with a front face lock but Epico with a hammer lock. Bourne with a flying mare and arm drag into an arm bar.
Bourne sends Epico to the apron and Epico misses a punch but Bourne with a kick to the knees and Epico hits the apron and goes to the floor. Epico and Primo spread out when they see Bourne try for a move to the floor. Bourne with a cross body onto Epico on the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Bourne with a leaping knee to the head and he gets a near fall. Bourne charges at Epico in the corner but Epico crotches Bourne on the top rope and Epico with a near fall. Epico with forearms to the kidneys and then he hits two rolling belly-to-back suplexes and then holds on and hits a German suplex for a near fall.
Epico kicks Bourne and then he hits a back breaker and stretches Bourne across his knee. Bourne with a knee to escape the hold. Bourne with a kick to the leg but Epico with an Irish whip and a butterfly suplex for a near fall.
Epico signals that it is over and he applies the Gory Special but Bourne struggles through the pain and Bourne is able to escape and he arm drags Epico. Epico misses a splash into the corner and Bourne with kicks to the leg. Bourne with a head scissors take down and then he connects with a knee to the upper chest followed by a kick and round kick for a near fall.
Bourne misses a boot to the head but he does not miss with the knee to the head. Bourne can only get a near fall. Bourne runs into an elbow from Epico but Bourne recovers first and hits a rana from the turnbuckles but he can only get a two count. Bourne goes up top for the shooting star press but Primo distracts Bourne. Epico avoids Bourne and hits the lungblower for the three count.
We go to credits.
2011 - TNA broadcast Impact. Stu Carapola filed the following TV report:
Welcome to the Impact Wrestling Report here on PWInsider.com!
We start off tonight's episode with a video package looking back at last week as Sting laid down the law on Bobby Roode, as well as a video package hyping tonight's confrontation between Kurt Angle and James Storm. We then go to the arena where Sting and his gloves kick off the show by coming out to the ring and demanding that Bobby Roode come out and talk to him. The World Champion comes on out and Sting says they still have consequences to deal with, and he now calls Dixie Carter out to the ring as we're reminded to follow Dixie on Twitter. Sting says not to worry about Bobby Roode, but Roode put his hands on Dixie Carter, which is the same as putting his hands on Sting, and he needs to apologize to Dixie. Roode says he apologizes, then asks Sting for space so he can apologize to Dixie right. The crowd chants "on your knees" as Roode says he sincerely is sorry for not being completely honest with her, but as she can plainly see, things are a little different now and he's not scared to say anything because he's the champ and she needs him. Business is better than ever since he beat James Storm for the title, and everyone wants to jump on the Bobby Roode Express, including her, but he wouldn't sell her a ticket because she couldn't handle the ride. She's a rich girl who had everything handed to her on a silver platter and she couldn't run a lemonade stand. Roode asks who she thinks she is, and he says he's Bobby Roode and he's the World Heavyweight Champion, the It Factor of professional wrestling and the leader of the Me Generation, as well as the face of this wrestling company. He's just spit in the face of authority, and then he spits right in Dixie's face before heading for the hills as Sting chases him up the ramp.
We're back, and Mike Tenay is sickened that we have to show what we just saw with Bobby Roode spitting in Dixie Carter's face...then we show it again. We go backstage where AJ grabs Roode and says Roode doesn't know who he is because Dixie gave him everything and hewants to take Roode apart right now, but tonight, he's going to leave him just a little so he can take him apart at Final Resolution. Sting comes roaring into the back to kick Roode's ass, but AJ and Jeff Hardy hold him back because they're going to take care of Roode.
Let's head to the ring for our opening match...
Samoa Joe vs Abyss
Joe fires off some shots, but Abyss floors him with a shoulderblock. Joe dodges a chargeand hits a leaping enziguiri and then Abyss boots him in the face as we go to commercial.
We're back, and Joe is gouging the eyes of Abyss before delivering an inverted atomic drop, running boot, and running senton drop for 2. Joe with more right hands and headbutts and then he goes to the second rope and comes off right into a goozle. Joe elbows his way out but runs into a series of clotheslines and another goozle, but Joe breaks out and hits a leaping enziguiri and a running high knee into the corner. Joe puts Abyss up top to go for the Muscle Buster, but Scott Steiner comes out to distract the referee while Bully Ray comes out of nowhere and knocks Joe silly with a chain so Abyss can hit a chokeslam for the win.
Bubba and Steiner come into the ring to give Abyss a pat on the back for his win and raise his arms in victory,but Abyss gives Steiner a Black Hole Slam and then stares down Bubba until he bails out of the ring to fight another day.
Karen Jarrett is backstage telling Madison Rayne and Gail Kim that ODB screwed up last week and that Madison needs to get into the ring with Mickie James and tear her apart so she won't show up to Final Resolution to face Gail. In the meantime, she told Gail she had the night off, but she's putting her in the ring with Traci Brooks. Gail is livid because Traci's going to take all her anger out on her, but Karen has a plan...and she closes the door on the Mystery Cameraman before she explains it.
Sting is backstage telling Gunner it's over with, and Gunner says it's over when he says it's over. Sting goes to walk away, but Gunner grabs him and says Garett has asked for a match with him twice and Sting has granted it. All Gunner wants is a rematch, one on one, with no Bischoff and no Flair, and that's all. Gunner extends his hand and Sting shakes it, then shoves Gunner and reiterates that there willbe no Flair and no Bischoff, and Gunner says he has his word.
Time for our next match, but firsty, Devon and the Pope call Crimson and Matt Morgan out to the ring and Devon says they were beating the hell out of each other, but put that aside to become the team they should have been. They took the title from Mexican America and Devon thanks them very much for that, but since he was half of one of the greatest teams of all time, and he's won 23 titles with his brother and faced some of the greatest teams of all time, he knows Morgan and Crimson have what it takes to be the best team in the world and stay there for a long time, but the thing they have to understand is that Devon and Pope are now a tag team who will be facing them at Final Resolution. He's expecting their best and their A-game, and he doesn't want any excuses at the end of the night because when all is said and done, Christy Hemme will be announcing new champions. Devon tells everyone to testify and says may the best team win.
Crimson and Morgan shake hands with their challengers and the music starts, but then Pope says to cut toe music and says that he doesn't agree with everything Devon says, they do agree that Morgan and Crimson are two ofthe dumbest honkies they've seen in a long time (his words) and 23 titles don't matter as much as the almighty dollar, and with the gold on their shoulders comes the money. As long as they have it, Pope is gunning for it and he doesn't care how low he has to go, he's going to take those titles away from them and testify to that because Pope has spoken.
Morgan lays Pope out nad starts pounding on him to start a big brawl between the two teams and Crimson and Devon brawl up the ramp as Pope uppercuts Morgan in the Blueprint. Suddenly, Devon's kids Terrence and Terrell jump the guardrailand help Pope beat Morgan down, but Morgan pops up and Pope and the Devon Family head for the hills.
Karen Jarrett, Gail Kim, and Madison Rayne are backstage, and they're...WALKING! And so is Mickie James!!
James Storm arrives at the building, and then we go to the ring for some HARDCORE COUNTRY!
Mickie James vs Madison Rayne
Madison backjumps Mickie and chokes her out in the corner with her boot, then rams her hard from corner to corner. Mickie with the Jannetty Bulldog for 2 and then rams Mickie's face into the mat before gouging at her face. Madison goes to a rear chinlock and Mickie fights her way clear, but Madison hits a messy bulldog thing for 2 and then chokes Mickie on the ropes. Madison with a vertical suplex and rolls through into a rolling neckbreaker for 2. Madison goes for her neckbreaker on the knee but Mickie reverses to the jumping DDT for the win.
Winner: Mickie James
Gail Kim comes out to the top of the ramp to stare down Mickie, who looks determined.
Garett Bischoff is backstage, and he's...WALKING!
Bully Ray and Scott Steiner are backstage saying that they got Abyss girls, they helped him win, and hestill isn't coming back to Immortal. Bully Ray says he's already talked to Bischoff, so now Steiner needs to go talk to him. Steiner says he's going to walk off, then he...walks off while telling Bubba he's going to go talk to Bischoff. And Bubba says go talk to Bischoff. It was much funnier than it sounded.
We go to a video package detailing the history between Eric and Garett Bischoff, then we're off to the ring...
Gunner vs Garett Bischoff
Gunner sends Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair to the back, then begins unloading on Garett in the corner and rams him to the corner for repeated shoulderblocks and forearms. Garett gets a pair of bulldogs and a flying clothesline but Gunner no-sells and catches Garett with a back elbow and boots him out to the floor. Gunner goes out after Garett and slaps him around at ringside before ramming him into the ringpost. They head back to the inside where Gunner continues the assault, ramming Garett into the corner and yelling in his face until Garett gets a fluke rollup out of nowhere and pins Gunnera third time.
Winner: Garett Bischoff
Gunner is really pissed off now and dumps Garett to the floor andrams him into the stairs while the crowd informs Gunner that he sucks. Gunner goes to piledrive Garett on the floor until Eric comes to ringside and tells Gunner to stop. Eric then pulls back the mats at ringside and tells Gunner to go ahead, and Gunner obliges, piledriving Garett on the concrete floor. What a couple of heels!
Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair applaud Garett as he's being wheeled out to an ambulance on a stretcher and Eric says he'll go home to tell Garett's mother that he's doing just fine.
Mike Tenay and Taz debate Eric Bischoff's coldhearted nature, and then we head back to the ring for a big face to face confrontation we've waited weeks for. James Storm comes out and says that Angle called him out so, since he's never backed down from a challenge, he's here and tells Angle that if he's got something to say to him, to say it to his face. Angle comes out and says Storm's either stupid, or one of the bravest men he's ever met. He hit Storm from behind so hard he almost gave himself a concussion, but at Final Resolution, he's not going to screw up again because when he gets in the ring with Kurt Angle, he's in his world and it's not going to happen again like when Sting forced him to defend the title against Storm. He's thought about Storm day and night, but Storm said it creeps him out to know Angle thinks about him when he goes to bed. Storm says Angle wins most matches before they start because everyone's worried about what happens when they get in the ring with an Olympic gold medalist and a 13 time World Champion. Storm rattles offa bunch of family members who died under tragic circumstances, and he's stared death in the face and there's nothing on this earth that scares him. Angle can say what he's going to do all he wants, but the last time they were in the ring, Storm knocked him out and won the World Title. The next time, Storm's going to crush Angle's head with his boot like a beer can and, to show how intimidated he is of Angle, he's going to turn around and if Angle feels froggy, he can go ahead and jump. Storm does indeed turn around, and Angle does nothing. Storm says that's what he thought,and he'll see him this Sunday. Oh, and it's real...it's damn real.
Karen Jarrett is backstage explaining tonight's Gail-Traci match by saying she's a fair person, so Gail has to wrestle Traci because she's not fair. Karen tells Traci to lay down, which she knows Traci has no problem doing, and if there's any funny business, she'll have to face the wrath of Karen Jarrett.
Devon is backstage shoving his kids around and threating to knock them out. He says he's the one who calls the shots and tells them never to get in the ring again. Pope comes in and Devon LAUNCHES Pope into the wall and says he blames him. One of the kids grabs Devon's arm and tells him not to do it, and Devon asks if he's out of his mind and says he's going to leave before he does something he regrets. Pope comes in and asks the kids if they're okay and says not to worry about the kids because he'll be okay, and that they just need to stick with Pope and they'll be in the main event before they know it.
Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles are backstage and they're positive about whatever it is they're doing tonight, which hasn't been announced yet so I have no idea what they're talking about.
Traci Brooks vs Gail Kim
It's the Battle of the Canadian Knockouts! Traci lays down and Gail makes a cover, but Traci kicks out at 2, then shoots a double leg and runs Gail over with elbowsmashes and a runningshoulder in the corner. Traci with repeated shoulderblocks to the ribs and another back elbow and covers for 2. Traci slams Gail's face into the mat and kicks her in the face, then runs her over with a clothesline. Traci with a spear and Karen comes trotting down to ringside to yell at Traci. Traci grabs Karen, but Madison Rayne comes in from the crowd and nails Traci with her tag title belt behind the referee's back and Gail rolls Traci up for 3.
Winner: Gail Kim
Karen gives Traci a little kick in the ribs before leaving with her crew. Speaking of Jarretts, Jeff is backstage saying he's going to take Jeff Hardy out tonight before he ever gets to Final Resolution, and Roode says if you think the odds are against him with AJ Styles, think again. Okay, I guess they're facing AJ and Hardy in the main event. That makes sense.
Christopher Daniels is backstage saying he's beaten Bob Van Dam enough times, and at Final Resolution, they can settle things by wrestling like they were trained to do. We then go to Mike Tenay and Taz as they run down the card for this weekend's Final Resolution PPV, and then it's main event time!
Jeff Hardy & AJ Styles vs Jeff Jarrett & Bobby Roode
They start brawling during introductions and the fight spills out to the floor where Hardy pairs off with Jarrett and AJ with Roode. Jarrett sends Hardy into the ringpost and then goes after AJ and we finally head into the ring. AJ with a big dropkick to Jarrett and then goes out to the apron and springboards into the ring and hurts his knee. Jarrett goes to pounce but AJ tags out to Hardy and Jarrett zooms over to his corner and tags out to Roode as we go to commercial.
We're back, and Hardy headscissors Roode before hitting a double legdrop to the crotch and covers for 2. AJ tags in and goes after Roode with right hands and chops, but Roode kicks him in the bad leg and AJ goes down in a heap. Jarrett tags in and gets hiptossed by the hobbled AJ, who then clotheslines Roode off the apron but gets dragged down to the apron by the champion, who slams AJ's leg on the ring apron. Jarrett puts the boots to AJ's bad leg and tags out to Roode, who rakes AJ's back and stomps the knee. Jarrett tags in and cheap shots Hardy off the apron, but AJ rolls Jarrett up for 2. Roode tags in now and stomps on AJ's groin behind the referee's back, but he picks AJ up and Styles hits a Pelle kick and tries to make the hot tag to Hardy, but Jarrett knocks Hardy off the apron and Hardy goes after Jarrett, leading to a brawl all around ringsode and to the back. Karen rakes Hardy's back, but Hardy keeps going after Jeff into the catacombs under the bleachers. Meanwhile back in the ring, Roode gets AJ in a half crab but AJ makes the ropes. Roode argues with the referee and then eats boot on a charge into the corner. AJ with a series of clotheslines and a labored backdrop. AJ goes for a fireman's carry but his knee buckles, so Roode hits a spinebuster and goes for the Perfectplex and AJ small packages him for the win.
Winners: AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy
Roode goes after AJ again after the match but AJ knocks him silly with a flying forearm and drives Roode out to the floor. AJ slingshots himself over the top rope onto Roode and Roode heads for the hills while AJ hobbles after him. AJ thinks he's safe and his music hits while he plays to the crowd, but Roode comes back out and clips AJ's knee from behind and rams his leg repeatedly into the scaffold on the side of the stage, then crouches over AJ and says he'll never be the champion because he can't beat Roode.