On this day in history in ....
1936 - Chick Dude defeats Albion Britt for the World Junior Heavyweight Title in Hollywood, California.
1950 - Eddie Gossett (Eddie Graham) and Roy Welch defeat The Masked Bat (Danny Dusek) and Finis Hall in Chattanooga, Tennessee to win their second NWA (Mid-America) Southern Tag Team Title.
1961 - Del Wilkes, better known as The Patriot in the WWF and WCW, is born in Columbia, South Carolina.
1962 - Whipper Billy Watson defeats Mike Sharpe in Calgary, Alberta for the NWA (Vancouver) British Empire Heavyweight Title, beginning his third reign.
1965 - Stan Mykietowich and Al Tomko defeat Frenchy Champagne and George Eakin in a tournament final for the Madison Wrestling Club Tag Team Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1968 - Bob Kelly defeats Rocket Monroe to win the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Laurel, Mississippi, beginning his second reign.
1970 - Big Bad John and Pepe Lopez defeat Oni Wiki Wiki and Young Atlas for the NWA (Mid-America) United States Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
1973 - Ron Fuller defeats Bill Watts for the NWA Georgia Heavyweight Title in Atlanta, Georgia, ending Watts' second reign. At the same event, Gorgeous George, Jr. and Bobby Shane defeats Bob Armstrong and Robert Fuller for the NWA Georgia Tag Team Title.
1973 - Rey Mendoza defeats Kim Sung Ho in Los Angeles, California to win the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title for the sixth time.
1973 - Raul Mata and Victor Rivera defeat Dr. Death and Mr. Wrestling to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Title.
1975 - The WWWF ran a matinee show at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The results:
- Joe Crugnale pinned Pete Doherty.
- Joe Nova pinned Ruben Ayala.
- Dean Ho pinned Bill White.
- Tony Garea pinned Joe Nova.
- WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Lou Albano in a steel cage match.
- Pedro Morales fought Killer Kowalski to a 20-minute draw.
- Bobby Duncum, Jimmy Valiant and Johnny Valiant fought Gorilla Monsoon, Chief Jay Strongbow and Larry Zbyszko to a draw in a two-out-of-three falls match. Monsoon made Johnny Valiant submit to a bearhug in the first fall, Jimmy Valiant pinned Monsoon after Johnny hit Monsoon with a top rope double axehandle while Jimmy was in a bearhug, and the third fall was a double disqualification after the referee lost control of the combatants.
1975 - Bearcat Brown and Tommy Gilbert defeat The Interns (Tom Andrews and Jim Starr) to win the NWA (Mid-America) Southern Tag Team Title, ending the Interns' fourth reign.
1976 - Eric The Red defeats Jose Rivera in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to win the WWC Puerto Rican Heavyweight Title.
1977 - Gama Singh and Igor Volkoff defeat The Black Avenger and Mike Sharpe for the NWA (Vancouver) Canadian Tag Team Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1979 - The Dynamite Kid and Sekigawa defeat Leo Burke and Hubert Gallant in a tournament final for the vacant Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta.
1979 - Dusty Rhodes defeats Mark Lewin in Houston, Texas for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title, beginning his second reign.
1980 - Chabela Romero defeats Vickie Williams in Mexico City, Mexico to win the Universal Wrestling Association Women's World Title, ending Williams' third reign.
1985 - Jerry Lawler wins his 36th of 43 AWA Southern Heavyweight Titles, ending the eighth reign of Bill Dundee in Memphis, Tennessee.
1985 - Kerry Brown defeats Davey Boy Smith for the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Edmonton, Alberta.
1989 - Mal Sanders defeats Steve Grey in Bristol, England to win the vacant British Welterweight Title. The title had been vacant since July 4 when champion Danny Collins won the British Heavy Middleweight Title.
1992 - Jeff Jarrett defeats Brian Christopher for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. This began Jarrett's fourth reign and ended Christopher's fifth.
1995 - Hisakatsu Oya & Horace Boulder defeat Yoshiaki Fujiwara & Daisuke Ikeda to win the FMW World Brass Knuckles Tag Team Title.
1996 - Rambo defeats Ludvig Borga to win the Catch Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title in Bremen, Germany, beginning his third reign.
1996 - El Bronco defeats Jake Roberts in Caguas, Puerto Rico to win the World Wrestling Association Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title. Roberts and Bronco would be the first two to hold the title, only one more champion (Savio Vega) would be crowned before the promotion closed the following June.
1996 - The War Machine defeats Beau James for the Southern States Wrestling Appalachian Heavyweight Title in Beckley, West Virginia.
1997 - Villano III defeats Ricky Santana to win the WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight Title in San Germain, Puerto Rico, ending Santana's fourth reign and beginning Villano III's second.
1998 - The Monday Night Wars continued, with Raw beating out Nitro, 4.7 to 4.0 in the ratings.
Here are the results from Raw: Al Snow defeated Gangrel. ... Billy Gunn defeated Intercontinental Champion Ken Shamrock in a non-title match. ... Steve Blackman defeated Blue Blazer via disqualification. ... Jesse James defeated Big Boss Man to win the WWF Hardcore Title. ... Mankind defeated Shane McMahon via disqualification. ... The Headbangers defeated D'Lo Brown & Mark Henry. ... Rocky Maivia & Test defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley & X-Pac via disqualification.
Here are the results from Nitro: Fit Finlay defeated Scott Putski. ... Chavo Guerrero Jr. defeated Kaz Hayashi. ... Wrath defeated Lizmark Jr. ... Eddie Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio Jr. ... Norman Smiley defeated Prince Iaukea. ... Barry Windham defeated Van Hammer. ... Booker T defeated Jerry Flynn. ... Lex Luger defeated Kenny Kaos. ... World Television Champion Konnan defeated Alex Wright. ... The Giant defeated Disco Inferno. ... WCW World Champion Goldberg defeated Scott Hall via countout.
1999 - The Doc defeats OGB in Hagerstown, Maryland for the House of Pain Wrestling Federation Cruiserweight Title.
2000 - Danny B. Good defeats The Fabulous Rocker for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Dyersburg, Tennessee. At the same event, Naughty by Nature (Rude and Tully) defeat Ricky Murdock and Dustin Starr to win the NWA Mid-South Tag Team Title, beginning their sixth reign.
2001 - Mr. Gannosuke and Tetsuhiro Kuroda defeat Kintaro Kanemura and Mammoth Sasaki in Tokyo, Japan to win the vacant WEW Tag Team Title.
2001 - Bob Evans wins the New England Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Title for the second time, defeating Maverick Wild in Somerville, Massachusetts.
2002 - XPW ran at the former ECW Arena, Viking Hall, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. XPW would hold only six more shows in 2003 before the promotion closed. The results of the show were:
- Chris Hamrick defeated Shark Boy.
- Danny Doring defeated XPW Television Champion Kaos by disqualification.
- In a four-way contender's match, Jerry Lynn and Jonny Storm defeated Joey Matthews and Zebra Kid when Lynn and Storm both pinned Matthews.
- Supreme defeated Altar Boy Luke in a House of Horrors match to win the XPW King of the Deathmatch Title, beginning his fourth reign. Supreme would be the last champion.
- Tracy Smothers defeated Angel.
- Youthanazia (M-Dogg20 and Josh Prohibition) defeated Mexico's Most Wanted (Damian 666 and Halloween) to win the XPW World Tag Team Title.
- Psicosis defeated Chris Chetti.
- Pogo the Clown defeated The Sandman.
- Shane Douglas defeated Vic Grimes to retain the XPW World Heavyweight Title.
2002 - John Saxon defeats Sirus Levay for the NWA Southern Television Title in Magee, Mississippi.
2005 - Abdullah Kobayashi defeatrs Ryuji Ito to win the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Title in Kanagawa, Japan.
2008 - TNA broadcast Impact. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike Tenay and Don West.
Match Number One: Lance Rock versus Rhino
Rhino with a kick and punch and then he slams Rock’s head into the turnbuckle. Rhino hits a belly-to-belly suplex and then he sets for the GORE, but Rock with a boot to Rhino. Rock with punches to Rhino and then he continues the assault by sending Rhino into the turnbuckles and he chokes Rhino. Rock with another punch and a near fall. Rock with a reverse chin lock followed by an Irish whip but Rhino with a clothesline and back elbow followed by a running shoulder into the corner and a belly-to-belly suplex. Rhino sets for the GORE and he hits it for the three count.
After the match, Rhino gets on the mic and he wants the Frontline to come to the ring. Rhino tells the Main Event Mafia that when they decided to fight for what they believed in, it would be bloody and bones would be broken. They crossed the line with what they did to Brother Ray and they will not stand for it. They have a fight now. Genesis is three weeks away and Rhino points out that he beat Sting recently. He is not just going to beat Sting at Genesis. He is going to maul Sting and leave him laying in the ring. Rhino says the Main Event Mafia raised the bar, but they will raise it even higher.
A.J. Styles gets on the mic and he tells Scott Steiner and Booker T that because of what they did last week, they will be facing Matt Morgan and Abyss. A.J. says that he hopes they get their heads ripped off by Matt and Abyss. A.J. tells Kevin Nash and Sting that they get to face him and Joe in a six sides of steel match tonight so if they want to be like animals, why not do it in the cage.
Joe gets on the mic and he says that what they did to Brother Ray last week will not compare to what he does tonight. He has sat back and tried to fight the good fight, but he is not good at that. Joe says that he knows violence and retribution. Joe says that they will realize tonight that Joe is going to kill them.
We go to the Main Event Mafia locker room where Jeremy Borash is with Kurt Angle. Jeremy asks Kurt about the Frontline’s comments. Angle says that there will be bloodshed but it will be their blood. Kurt wonders if the Frontline saw what they did last week to Brother Ray. They are going to do what they have to. He is going to pay tribute to Jeff Jarrett tonight because it is the right thing to do because after Genesis, Jeff Jarrett is going to be extinct. Kurt says that he has to get ready and he has a special guest for tonight. Jeremy wants to know but Kurt won’t tell him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Lauren is with Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin. Lauren goes through a lot of things before letting Alex or Chris talk. Chris says that he is a four time X Division champion and while Alex has not won the X Division title yet, the word yet is the operative word. Lauren asks Alex what happens if they meet in the finals and Alex corrects her and says that it will be ‘when’ they meet in the finals. Alex says that Mick would love to see them destroy each other because Mick is jealous of them. Alex says that it is a win-win situation because someone has to win that title. Alex says that people in Detroit are talking about them, not the Auto Industry bailout.
Match Number Two: Sonjay Dutt with So Cal Val versus Chris Sabin with Alex Shelley in a X Division Title Tournament Match
They lock up and Dutt with a knee and then he works on the arm. Sabin with a reversal and arm drag. Dutt misses a punch in the corner and Sabin with a back kick. Dutt pulls Sabin off the ropes when Sabin tries for a springboard move and then he stomps on Sabin.
Sheik Abdul Bashir comes out and he watches from the top of the ramp.
Dutt chokes Sabin in the ropes and Val chokes him when the referee is not looking, but the referee does see a bit of it, but does not send Val to the back. Dutt with a snap mare and he rakes the eyes. Dutt with a slam and then he slams Sabin’s throat into the mat. Dutt slingshots back in and then he kicks invisible dirt onto Sabin followed by the Dutt Shuffle. Sabin with punches to Dutt but Dutt with a jawbreaker and a rana for a near fall. Dutt with shoulders in the corner and then he kicks Sabin in the head. Dutt with a snap mare and then he does the Garvin stomp. Sabin with a reverse atomic drop and then he hits a short arm clothesline and a series of kicks. Sabin with a running back elbow into the corner followed by a springboard clothesline for a near fall.
Sabin tries for the Cradle Shock but Dutt gets out of the hold. Dutt tries for the Asai DDT but Sabin counters and sets for a tombstone piledriver but he tosses Dutt to the mat and Sonjay lands on his feet. Dutt hits a DDT followed by a shooting star press for a near fall. Sabin charges into the corner and Dutt moves. Dutt with a kick to Sabin followed by a slingshot leg drop. Sabin tries for the cradle shock when Dutt tries to slingshot into the ring. Dutt escapes the hold and then he hits an enzuigiri on Sabin. Dutt tries for a rana but Sabin counters and hits the cradle shock for the three count.
Winner: Chris Sabin
TO THE BACK where ‘Sarah Palin’ is with Angelina, Velvet, and Kip. Sarah tells them that they are going to have to look more gubernatorial if they are going to go to the White House. She brings up the hair and makeup and Angelina and Velvet say that they are perfect. ‘Sarah’ says that they need to look like a first lady and she brought some professionals to make them over. Kip interrupts and says that he is their fashion consultant so they don’t need ‘Sarah’s’ help. Kip leaves in disgust as the makeover continues.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for ODB’s Angle and her guest is Christy Hemme. ODB brings up that Christy started on The Man Show and ODB wants Christy to show off her trampoline skills. ODB brings up Christy’s win in the Diva Search and her Playboy Shoot. ODB starts talking about divas who do Playboy who are trying to take her job. Christy says that she has trained hard and she is trying to learn things. From out of nowhere, Raisha Saeed and Rhaka Khan interrupt and they attack Christy and ODB.
Jeremy Borash is with the Main Event Mafia and Mick Foley is in there with them. Mick says that he is a bit concerned about what happened last week. Mick says that they might have crossed the line last week. Ray challenged Angle to a match last week. Angle says that Mick seems a bit harsh. Ray challenged him to a match, but it turned into a street fight. Mick says that he would have accepted the challenge one-on-one. Angle wants to know how that can be done because the business was built on brotherhood so if you challenge one, you challenge them all. Mick says that he wants Angle’s word that there will not be any more beat downs. We go to commercial.
We are back with Rough Cut looking at Robert Roode. He talks about his upbringing and how he has been playing hockey since age 4. He says that he was always athletic. He started getting into wrestling in high school and started training in April 1998 and started in the ring that June. He talks about the sacrifices that you have to make to be successful. He says that he wouldn’t change anything.
Match Number Three: Scott Steiner and Booker T with Sharmell versus Matt Morgan and Abyss
Booker and Abyss start things off and Abyss with a clean break but then he goes after Booker but Booker moves. Abyss with a shoulder tackle. Booker with a kick and chop but Abyss with a running clothesline into the corner and Steiner is tagged in. Morgan wants to tag in and he does so. Steiner with a rake of the eyes followed by chops. Morgan refuses to be Irish whipped and he connects with knees to Steiner followed by a back elbow and side slam. Morgan hits a leg drop but Booker breaks up the cover and all four men are in the ring. Booker goes outside and then Morgan hits a splash in the corner on Steiner as we go to commercial.
We are back and Steiner and Booker continue to double team Abyss. Booker with a knee to the head followed by a super kick for a near fall. Steiner tags in and we go to footage from during the break when Abyss hits a splash in the corner but then Abyss got hit from behind and that changed the momentum. Back to live on tape action and Abyss with a double clothesline and he tags in Morgan who punches Booker and Steiner. Morgan with a slam to Booker but Steiner hits Morgan from behind. Morgan with a bicycle kick but Booker breaks up the cover. All four men battle in the ring and Abyss clotheslines Booker over the top rope. Abyss and Booker fight outside and Morgan with elbows in the corner. Sharmell tries to stop Abyss from his assault of Steiner and Abyss swings near Sharmell and it knocks her down as she screams. Abyss says that he did not hit her. The referee is out of position and when Morgan gets Steiner up on his shoulders, Booker hits him with the Big Poppa Pipe. Booker hits the axe kick for the three count.
Winner: Booker T and Scott Steiner
After the match, Sharmell jumps in celebration and Abyss realizes that Sharmell was faking the injury. Abyss comes into the ring and Steiner, Booker, and Sharmell leave.
Jeff Jarrett is pacing in his office as we go to commercial.
We are back with a video package for Brutus Magnus and he is coming soon.
Kurt Angle enters the Impact Zone through the Anglevator and it is time for the Jeff Jarrett tribute. Kurt shows everyone the newest DVD release from TNA that features Kurt Angle. Kurt says that he is not here to talk about himself. He is here to talk about the man who is twice the man that he is. Angle wants to talk about Jeff Jarrett. He says that Jeff made his professional debut at age 16. Jeff was able to be the Rookie of the Year in 1988. In a few years, Jarrett made his way to the WWF. Angle points out that Jarrett was a seven time Intercontinental Champion and the tag titles with Owen Hart. Then Jeff went to The WCW where he defeated the likes of Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, Ric Flair, and Diamond Dallas Page to become a four time WCW Champion. Then Jeff decided to start his own wrestling company. Kurt says that Jeff Jarrett built an empire. Just when he did not think that Jeff could do anything else, Jeff came out of retirement to screw him out of a victory at Bound for Glory. At Genesis, the story book comes to a tragic end. Jeff Jarrett spent 25 years busting his ass to do everything that he could to survive in the business. Angle says that Jarrett will drown in a pool of his own blood at Genesis. The wrestling community can live without Jeff Jarrett, but will Jeff’s children be able to live without him because after Genesis, those girls will become orphans. Kurt says that Uncle Kurt might adopt them and make them his daughters.
Jeff Jarrett comes out and he calls Angle worthless and BG James and other people from the back try to stop him from going to the ring. They pull Jeff away from the ring while Angle smiles. Angle goes towards Jarrett and security comes out to stop Angle. We go to commercial.
We are back and we return to Jeff Jarrett’s office and BG James tries to calm things down. He tells Jeff that he is his friend. Mick enters the office. Jarrett leaves and BG says that it is Mick’s fault.
Match Number Four: Kiyoshi versus Consequences Creed in an X Division Tournament Match
Kiyoshi with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Creed with a drop kick to the knees followed by an elbow drop off Kiyoshi’s back. Creed sends Kiyoshi to the apron but Kiyoshi gets back in and hits a suplex on Creed for a near fall. Kiyoshi with chops and a thrust to the throat as he chokes Creed in the ropes. Kiyoshi with a clothesline for a near fall and then he works on the neck with a nerve hold. Kiyoshi with a head butt and kicks. Kiyoshi follows that with a drop kick for a near fall. Kiyoshi with a slam and then he goes up top for a diving head butt but Creed moves out of the way. Creed with punches to Kiyoshi followed by a double sledge and clotheslines. Creed with an enzuigiri and then he hits the somersault clothesline for a near fall. Creed with a boot to the head and then he hits a slam for a near fall. Creed with a jawbreaker but Kiyoshi hits a drop kick as Creed tries for a springboard move. Kiyoshi hits a moonsault for the three count.
We return to the make up room and Kip is arguing with ‘Sarah’ and then Kip leaves. Velvet and Angelina are in shock at their looks and they throw a fit. ‘Sarah’ asks if they want to be wrestlers or role models. We go to commercial.
We are back with a recap of the attack on Brother Ray after the match between Kurt Angle and Brother Ray. We are told that Brother Ray is out indefinitely.
Mike Tenay interviewed Shane Sewell earlier and we go to it. Mike mentions the altercations between Sewell and Bashir, but he asks Shane about his transition from wrestler to referee. Shane says that he suffered a neck injury and he was told that he could become paralyzed if he injured his neck again. Shane talks about how he got the job to work as a referee in TNA. Mike asks Shane about the incident at the last pay per view and the injury that he suffered. Shane says that he cannot remember anything after being slapped by Bashir. Mike mentions that Shane has been threatened with being fired. Shane says that he does not like being physically provoked. Shane has asked not to referee Bashir’s matches. He says that he will not back down from anybody. Shane says that if Bashir costs him his job, he will not leave the company peacefully. We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Raisha Saeed and Rhaka Khan versus Christy Hemme and ODB
Christy and ODB follow Saeed and Khan out of the ring and they corner them. Christy and Saeed battle while Khan and ODB square off. ODB with a chop to Khan and then they return to the ring while Hemme and Saeed fight into the crowd. Hemme hot shots Saeed into the guardrail.
Back in the ring, ODB misses an elbow drop and Khan gets on top of ODB and chokes her. Khan chokes ODB in the corner and then Hemme with a spear and she punches Khan. ODB chops Khan but Khan with a kick to Hemme and a forearm to ODB. Hemme and Khan with a double shoulder tackle. Hemme goes up top and Hemme kicks Saeed off the apron. ODB with a slam and Hemme with the leg drop for the three count.
Winners: ODB and Christy Hemme
After the match, Kong gets in the ring and she hits a double clothesline on Hemme and ODB. Kong with the implant buster to Hemme followed by one on ODB.
The lights go out and Suicide slides into the ring and he forces Kong out of the ring. The lights go out and when they go back on, Suicide has gone.
Jeremy Borash is in the Main Event Mafia locker room with Sting and Kevin Nash. Jeremy asks Sting if things have gotten out of hand. Sting says that he cannot talk about this. Nash tells Sting that there is nobody he knows who has more integrity than Sting. Nash says that he never showed Sting any disrespect. He tells Sting that he was the gold standard for years. Nash says that all he wanted was the money. He never spit in Sting’s face while A.J. spit in his face. Devon and Bubba did the same thing when they turned down their offer. Nash says that he needs help tonight and he needs Sting. They leave the locker room.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jeremy Borash is with Mick Foley in the hallway. Jeremy asks Mick about what is going on because after being threatened by Kurt Angle at the pay per view, he is all buddy-buddy with Kurt last week on Impact. Mick says that he will give Kurt a pass for what he said at the pay per view. Jeremy wonders what side he is on and he says that he is not on any side. Mick says that he is considering his options. Jeremy asks Mick if he was okay with what happened last week to Brother Ray. Mick says that he thought he made his position clear and he will take the Mafia at their word. Mick says that he is going to make the decisions that are right for business.
Match Number Six: Kevin Nash and Sting versus Samoa Joe and A.J. Styles in a Six Sides of Steel Match
The bell rings and Joe and Nash battle while Sting and Styles square off. Nash tries to climb out of the cage but Joe brings him back down to the mat. Styles punches Sting while Joe chokes Nash. Styles sends Sting into the cage and then Joe does the same to Nash. Joe and Styles send Sting into the cage and they switch with Joe connecting with an elbow to Sting while Styles covers Nash. Joe chokes Sting in the ropes while Styles punches Nash. Joe with a punch to Sting and he goes down. Joe and Styles with a double back elbow and Styles gets a near fall as we go to commercial.
We are back and the match continues with Sting punching Styles in the corner while Joe head butts Nash. Sting chokes Styles while Nash hits the big boot on Joe. Sting stomps on A.J.’s hand before sending Styles into the cage. Joe hits the Yakuza kick followed by the senton and a knee drop on Nash for a near fall. Sting falls victim to the Phenomenal drop kick and Styles gets a two count. Joe punches Nash in the corner and then he hits a spinning heel kick. Joe climbs the cage but Nash climbs too and he slams Joe’s head into the cage and Joe goes to the mat. Joe alley oops Styles onto Nash and A.J. uses Nash to get over the cage to the floor.
Winners: A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe
After the match, the cage door is opened and Sting attacks Joe while Nash keeps A.J. out of the cage and then he uses the cage door to knock Styles down. Joe fights off Sting and Nash and sends Nash into the cage. Sting gets knocked off the apron. Joe has Nash in the choke. Kurt Angle comes to the cage and so does Booker and Scott Steiner. Angle misses with the chair and Joe hits a super kick into the chair. Joe sends Booker into the ropes and then Joe kicks the ropes as Steiner enters. Joe grabs the chair and puts it in the center of the ring. Joe sets for a muscle buster on Angle while three of the members of the Main Event Mafia are still in the ring. Nash hits Joe in the back with the chair and then Steiner locks the cage so nobody can help Joe. Booker, Nash, Steiner, and Angle attack Joe. Angle hits Joe with the chair. Styles tries to climb into the cage. Angle puts Joe’s arm in the chair and Steiner hits the chair with the Big Poppa Pipe. The Frontline comes to the ring and they try to get into the cage. Angle puts Joe in the ankle lock as we go to credits.
2009 - PWInsider.com broke word that Tommy Dreamer had requested his release and would be leaving WWE, just months after signing a new two year deal. Dreamer would finish up by the end of the month.
2009 - WWE broadcast Raw. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are live from Tampa, Florida and your announcers are Jerry ‘Last week never happened, it was all a bad dream’ Lawler and Michael ‘Vintage Rusty the Bailiff’ Cole.
What you have been waiting for will happen tonight as the case of Hornswoggle v. Michaels et al will happen.
The guest host comes out and it is Johnny Damon and despite Tampa being the spring home of the Yankees, he is not as warmly welcomed as you would expect because of the nature of Tampa fans.
Johnny wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. He accepts the boos as well as the applause. Damon reminds them that he is a World Series champion. He says that he doesn’t know where he will be in 2010, but it doesn’t matter because he is hosting Raw. He says that he is in charge tonight. Johnny mentions the Secret Santas to wish the Raw superstars a wish.
A tiger runs through the ringside area and he is being chased by a blond with a golf club. Johnny brings out the Divas for the first match.
Match Number One: Melina, Kelly Kelly, and Gail Kim versus Maryse, Jillian Hall, and Alicia Fox in a Santa’s Little Helpers Match
Gail and Jillian start things off and Jillian with a knee and forearm followed by an Irish whip but she misses a charge and Gail with a cross body into the turnbuckles. Gail with a knee and then she goes up top and hits a cross body for a near fall. Gail with a forearm but Jillian with an Irish whip. Jillian tries for the handspring back elbow but Gail blocks it. Jillian hits an electric chair drop for a near fall. Maryse tags in and Gail is sent into the turnbuckle on a hard Irish whip. Maryse with a back breaker for a near fall. Kelly tags in and hits clotheslines followed by a one legged drop kick and a rana. Kelly with the leg drop off the back but she only gets a near fall because the cover is broken up. All six are in the ring until Melina hits a drop kick into Kelly’s back and Kelly gets the three count on Maryse.
Winners: Gail Kim, Melina, and Kelly Kelly
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the trial of the century.
Hunter and Shawn are in the arena earlier today and Hunter makes fun of Shawn’s eyesight. Hunter and Shawn go to the ring and they stand there. Shawn says that they have to go under the ring and Hunter is hesitant to go down into Hornswoggle’s wee world. Hunter begrudgingly goes and they are transported to a magical land of echoes and darkness. Shawn has a glow stick so they can see. They are now in the basement of the arena and they found the door to the courtroom and it is a regular sized door.
We enter the courtroom and we see the petit jury. Shawn and Hunter comment on the size of the jury and then they call the Judge ‘Little Judge Judy’. Shawn and Hunter don’t want to sit down but Rusty the mini-bailiff hits Shawn in the back of the leg so he sits down. Hunter comments on the similarity between Shawn and the bailiff’s hair. Hunter is forced to his chair.
The plaintiff enters dressed for court. Hornswoggle speaks and Shawn tries to translate for Hornswoggle. We go to Exhibit A and it is a montage of Shawn and Hunter tormenting Hornswoggle. Shawn and Hunter are speechless and then they say that it looks bad. We will have more later as the trial goes to recess.
Match Number Two: Legacy (and this time it is all of Legacy) versus Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, and Evan Bourne
Henry and Orton start things off but Orton tags Cody in before they lock up. Henry brings Rhodes into the ring and then he stops DiBiase from interfering. Henry presses Rhodes over his head and drops him to the mat. Kofi tags in and he kicks Rhodes in the leg and chest. Kofi misses a leap into the corner and Kofi goes into the turnbuckles. Orotn with a viperous snakelike tag as he takes advantage of the situation and we slither to commercial.
We are back and Cody with a camel clutch to Kofi and Kofi gets to his feet and he connects with a few elbows. Rhodes with a knee but Kofi with a back body drop. Bourne tags in and he hits a rana and drop kick to Rhodes and then he knocks DiBiase and Orton off the apron with a double drop kick. Bourne hits a Shooting Star Press but DiBiase breaks up the cover. Kofi takes care of DiBiase but Orton hits a clothesline on the floor and then he returns Bourne into the ring but Rhodes can only get a two count. Orton tags in and punches and kicks Bourne. Orton catapults Bourne into the bottom rope. Orton gets a near fall and then he tags in DiBiase who hits a delayed vertical suplex and then he gets a near fall on Bourne. DiBiase with a reverse chin lock and he applies extra pressure on Bourne. DiBiase with a clothesline for a near fall. Rhodes tags in and punches Bourne before tagging Ted back in and they double team Bourne. Bourne sends DiBiase into the turnbuckles and hits a jumping spin kick and both men are down.
Orton and Kofi tag in and Kofi with chops to Orton followed by a drop kick. Orton with an Irish whip but Kofi lands on the turnbuckles and he hits a drop kick. Kofi with the Boom Leg Drop for a near fall and Rhodes breaks up the cover. Henry with a running shoulder tackle to Rhodes. DiBiase tags in and Kofi sends Orton to the floor and Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise on DiBiase for the three count.
Winners: Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, and Evan Bourne
Johnny is in the office with Santa, Eve, and Guest Host Arm Candy. Eve gets some egg nog and Carlito stops by to say hi and he says that they are standing under the mistletoe. Carlito wants a kiss and Carlito gets his hands on the pecs. They push each other and Santa tells them that they will have a match and Santa calls them maggots. Santa is Sergeant Slaughter. Damon likes the idea and he makes the match. Slaughter and Damon are under the mistletoe now but Damon leaves the scene.
We go to commercial.
We are back and did you know that men and women watch Raw?
Time for the continuance of the trial. We get a recap before we return to the courtroom.
Hunter calls it a ‘little’ misunderstanding and then Hunter is unsure what to call people of their size. Shawn then uses terms for small amounts of time. Time for Exhibit B and it is the night that Hornswoggle got the Eugene treatment as a ‘member’ of DX.
They are found guilty and Shawn says that they will not let Hornswoggle into DX. He says that Hornswoggle will have to tug on Superman’s cape or climb a beanstalk. Hornswoggle and the jurors throw stuff at Shawn and Hunter. They leave the courtroom and return to the arena. Hunter wonders why they were running from a bunch of little people. Shawn gets pulled back into the underworld and Hunter tries to keep him in the land of the tall. They run to the back.
John Cena is walking in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: John Cena’s promo from last week because he has not given up on the fans and he will never lose until he becomes the champion again. Did you remember that Cena was the Superstar of the Year?
Match Number Three: John Cena versus Jack Swagger in a I Will Not Lose Again Promise Challenge Match
They lock up Swagger with a take down and a rolling waist lock. Swagger with a forearm to the back and a punch to the head. Swagger with a shoulder in the corner and then he punches Cena. Swagger talks trash to Cena but Cena with an Irish whip and bulldog. Cena back body drops Swagger to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Swagger with Cena’s arms isolated. We see footage from the commercial break when Swagger sent Cena into the ringside barrier. Cena gets Swagger on his back and then he runs Swagger into the turnbuckles. Swagger with a bear hug and then he turns it into a slam. Swagger wastes time by doing a few push ups. Swagger with a boot to the ribs. Swagger with a forearm to the back and then he punches and kicks Cena in the corner. Swagger with an Irish whip but he misses a charge and Cena with punches. Swagger with a side slam for a near fall. Swagger works on the back and isolates the arms. Swagger with an arm drag and he returns to the double underhook. Cena gets to his feet and he harnesses the power of the yellow sun and then Cena with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Cena with an Irish whip but Cena runs into a boot from Swagger. Swagger with a kick to the back followed by a leg drop for a near fall. Swagger with the double jump Vader splash for a near fall. Swagger waits for Cena to get to his feet and Swagger tries for the Doctor Bomb but Cena blocks it and hits a back body drop. Cena with a flying shoulder tackle or two and it is time for the Blue Thunder Bomb and now it is time to see if he can hit the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena waits for the Attitude Adjustment but Swagger counters and he hits the Oklahoma Stampede and Cena kicks out at two. Swagger with a punch in the corner and then he puts Cena on the turnbuckles and tries for a superplex but Cena counters and he punches Swagger off the turnbuckles. Swagger moves and avoids the leg drop from the turnbuckles. Swagger tries for another double jump Vader Splash but he misses. Cena puts Swagger in the STF and Swagger taps.
Winner: John Cena
We return to the office and Johnny Damon speaks in the third person and Santa has turned into a man from Texas with a belly welly. Montel Vontavious Porter enters and he says that he wants to make 2010 the Year of MVP. He wants to prove that he can be a World Champion. He wants an opportunity to become a World Champion. MVP wants to face Sheamus tonight. Santa with Polka Dot is revealed to be Dusty Rhodes. Dusty says that he can make it happen because he knows the man who can make it happen. Johnny says that it is a home run idea and the match is on.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Matt Hardy giving an acceptance speech for Jeff Hardy’s Slammy only to be attacked by Carlito but Chris Masters and his Dancing Pecs make the save.
Match Number Four: Carlito versus Chris Masters with Eve Torres
Masters blocks a punch and he puts Carlito into the Master Lock but Carlito gets to the ropes. Carlito drops Masters on the ropes and then he puts Masters in a sleeper. Master walks around the ring on his knees and then he gets Carlito onto his back and he runs Carlito into the corner. Masters with a slam and then he calls for the Master Lock so that means he does not apply it. Carlito with a jawbreaker. Carlito tries for the springboard back elbow but Masters applies the Master Lock and Carlito is out.
Winner: Chris Masters
After the match, Eve comes into the ring and holds some mistletoe to kiss Masters.
We take a look back at the Tribute to the Troops show from Saturday night.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cole reminds us that DX was found guilty.
The Bellas are cheating on Johnny Damon with the guy in a tiger suit. The Miz is with IRSanta Claus. Miz complains about a gift he didn’t get when he was nine years old. Miz says that he wants to be the WWE Champion as well and he wants the Miztakes to realize how great he is. Miz talks about what he wants and Santa says that Miz might be awesome but he is going to be audited. Tiger has been found by his ‘wife’ and then Miz makes a joke about Tiger. IRS reminds us that April 15th is around the corner. Johnny Damon stops by and says that he paid his taxes. Mae Young wants to give Johnny a special World Series winning present and she kisses him and Johnny is unable to escape. Mae wishes everyone a Happy Holiday.
We are back and Timbaland is your guest host next week.
We see footage of Sheamus’ victory over John Cena to win the WWE Title at TLC.
Match Number Five: Sheamus versus Montel Vontavious Porter in a Non-Title Match
Sheamus with a forearm to the head and then he kicks Porter and connects with shoulders in the corner. Sheamus with a forearm to the back followed by a knee to Porter’s back. Sheamus with an uranage back breaker to Porter. Sheamus misses a charge into the corner and Porter with punches and forearms but Sheamus with a knee. Porter with a kick to the arm followed by a facebuster. Porter signals for it and it is time for the Ballin Elbow but Sheamus pops up and hits a bicycle kick. Sheamus with the Celtic Cross for the three count.
After the match, John Cena comes to the ring and he has a mic. Cena reminds everyone that he is owed a rematch and he is here to collect it right now. Cena is ready for a fight and Sheamus is ready to leave the ring because he doesn’t want to give Cena what he wants because Cena is not the champion so he doesn’t get to dictate things.
Sheamus teases a return to the ring but we go to commercial instead.
We are back and can Jack Swagger win on Tuesday nights since he is screwed on Mondays? Check out ECW tomorrow night.
We are also told that men like ECW more than the NBA.
Vince McMahon stops by to talk to Johnny and Vince gives some tips for getting rid of the Eau de Mae Young. Vince asks Johnny if he is going to do anything about Cena’s challenge and Damon suggests next week they meet for the title. For the first time, fans in the building boo an announced match for next week. Damon asks about Bret Hart and Vince has somewhere else to go.
Before our next match, Santino gets on the mic and he sings some Christmas carols.
Match Number Six: The Miz versus Santino Claus
Miz with a forearm to Santino and he punches Santino and kicks him. Miz chokes Santino in the ropes and hits a splash in the ropes. Miz with a neck breaker and then he runs Santino into the turnbuckles and kicks Santino and chokes him. Miz misses the clothesline into the corner when Santino moves out of the way. Santino with a split and hop toss. Santino goes to the turnbuckles and he misses a diving head butt. Miz with the Skull Crushing Finale for the three count.
Winner: The Miz
After the match, the Miz grabs Santino’s sack and stomps on it.
In case you missed it earlier . . . and you should suffer for having to miss it. It is time to see the Little People’s Court segments. Thanks everyone for missing it the first time so we have to see it a second time. Remember, Raw started at 9:00 PM Eastern so mark it down for next time they do a segment like this.
Josh Mathews wants to know what Big Show has to say about tonight’s show. Show says that he wants the real Santa to come out and he wants Santa to come to the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we are reminded that John Cena gets his rematch against Sheamus.
Did you like The Marine? It is time to see a trailer for The Marine 2: More Mariner.
Big Show comes to the ring and he says that one Raw superstar would get their wish granted by a Secret Santa. Show says that it will be him. He wants the real Santa to come out to give him what he wants now. Santa comes out with the Arm Candy Twins. Santa is a bit worried about Show’s size and Show has Santa sit on his lap. Santa asks Show if he has been a good boy and Show says that he has been a good boy. Show says that he wants his best friend and tag team partner to come back to Raw. Santa says that Jericho talks a lot but Show says that Jericho is a smart guy. Show says that it is what he wants more than anything in the world. Jericho says that if the little boy wants it, Chris Jericho will be back on Raw next week. Show hugs Santa and Hornswoggle’s music plays and he goes up to Santa and he rips off Santa’s beard and it is Chris Jericho and Hornswoggle crotch chops Santicho and Show.
The HornswoggleX Army emerges and they surround Jericho. We have a rugby scrum and Jericho and Show throw the little people around. One of them has Jericho’s leg and Show picks him up and hits a side slam. Jericho and Show high five the attack and then Show lowers the side slam victim for the referees to take to the back.
Jericho gets Hornswoggle and Show and Jericho have Hornswoggle cornered. Hornswoggle sets for sweet ankle music and he kicks Jericho in the knee. Show has Hornswoggle for a choke slam but DX’s music plays and Show does not do anything to Hornswoggle as DX runs to the ring. They take care of Jericho and then they hit a double suplex on Show.
Hornswoggle returns to the ring and Hunter wants to squash Hornswoggle but Shawn tries to remind Hunter what the Christmas spirit is all about. Shawn says that the little guy is growing on him. Hunter says that he doesn’t hate Hornswoggle as much. Shawn wants to know if they can keep him. Hunter mentions the height requirement in DX. Shawn whispers something to Hunter and Hunter tells Hornswoggle to drop the court thing and he can be the DX mascot.
We go to credits after Hornswoggle gives us the two words.
2010 - WWE broadcast a live Smackdown on SyFy. Richard Trionfo filed the following report:
We are live from San Antonio, Texas and your announcers are Matt ‘Can I be Mark Harmon tonight’ Striker, Michael ‘Tuesday Not Titans’ Cole, and Josh ‘I need a diet soda’ Mathews.
We see footage from last night when Jerry Lawler pinned Miz, with some help from Randy Orton in the Raw main event.
Match Number One: Randy Orton versus Miz with Alex Riley in a You Didn’t Think We Would Start Off Smackdown with Smackdown Wrestlers Did You Match
They lock up and Orton backs Miz into the corner but Miz and Orton go around the ring until Orton breaks thanks to help from the referee. Miz with a punch to Orton and Orton with that glare and Miz goes to the floor. Miz and Orton go around the ring and Orton with a Thesz Press and punches. Orton kicks Miz and Miz goes to the floor. Orton sends Miz into the barrier and then hits a clothesline. Orton sees Riley approaching and Riley backs off because he doesn’t want to get involved yet. Orton with a European uppercut and they return to the ring.
Orton has Miz in the ropes and connects with a forearm. Orton stomps on the chest as Miz is on the apron. Orton slingshots Miz’s throat into the rope and gets a near fall. Orton with a few European uppercuts on Miz and Miz goes to the apron again. Miz drops Orton on the top rope as Miz goes to the floor.
Miz with a running boot to the head and he gets a near fall on Orton. Miz with knees to Orton’s back. Orton punches Miz but Miz with a knee to the midsection and the referee checks on Orton. Miz with elbows to the neck and then he connects with a forearm across the chest. Miz with a suplex and gets a near fall. Orton with punches to Miz but Miz with kicks. Orton with the vintage Viper back breaker. Orton with clotheslines to Miz followed by a power slam.
Miz rolls to the apron again and Orton with a kick to the chest and then he sets for the IEDDT but Miz gets into the ring and Miz sends Orton to the apron. Orton punches Miz and while the referee is with Miz, Riley trips Orton and Orton hits the ring steps. Miz Irish whips Orton into the ring steps and we go to commercial.
We are back and Miz has Orton in a reverse chin lock but Orton with a sleeper. Miz with a sleeper of his own but Orton with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. We see footage during the commercial when Miz connected with a knee lift on the floor. Back to live action and Miz punches and kicks Orton while the referee warns him. We also see a boot by Miz. Miz goes up top but Orton with a glancing uppercut and Miz gets crotched. Orton with uppercuts and then he goes for a superplex and hits it but he can only get a near fall. Orton punches Miz but Miz punches back. Orton with kicks and punches but Miz is standing toe to toe with Miz. Orton takes over and kicks Miz in the corner. The referee warns Orton and when Miz gets up, Orton with an Olympic Slam for a near fall.
Miz with a kick to Orton and he hits a neck breaker and swinging neck breaker combination for a near fall. Miz misses a running boot and Orton with a drop kick for a near fall. Orton sets for a power bomb and Riley gets on the apron to distract Orton and Miz with a back body drop. Miz sets for and hits the Awesome Clothesline. Miz with a kick to Orton and hits a DDT for a near fall. Miz tries for the Skull Crushing Finale but Orton escapes. Miz avoids the RKO with a backslide and gets a near fall. Orton with an uppercut and then he hits the IEDDT.
Orton with push ups and that means that it is almost time for the RKO. Orton hits Riley on the apron and then he hits the RKO on Miz. Riley interferes and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Randy Orton by disqualification
After the match, Riley gets sent over the top rope to the floor. Orton sees Miz on his hands and knees and he thinks about a field goal, but he approaches Miz and then lines up the kick. Cole begs for Miz to move and Riley enters the ring and gets an RKO. Miz crawls to the back while Cole stops hyperventilating.
We take a look back at the footage from TLC when John Cena made it rain chairs on top of a cart that was on top of Wade Barrett.
Showta Claus and his elf Rosa hand out gifts to people in the back. They find their other elf Hornswoggle in the back and they are walking into commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that WWE gives all of its programming to the military on American Forces Network?
Santa Show, Rosa Claus, and Elfswoggle come to the ring and they are bearing gifts. There is a table with milk and cookies so while Rosa and Hornswoggle hand out gifts, Show goes to the ring. Show sits down and he breaks the chair. Show sits down while Cole yells at him. Show reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, WWE Style. Show doesn’t like the line about his weight and he wonders if Hornswoggle wrote that line.
While Show and Rosa hand out gifts, Cody Rhodes comes from out of nowhere and attacks Hornswoggle. He also kicks Big Show before destroying the gifts in the ring and leaving.
We go to commercial.
We are back and remember that you can watch Tribute to the Troops tomorrow night on USA Network featuring a six man tag match with Miz, Alberto Del Rio, and Wade Barrett against John Cena, Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton.
We take a look back at last night’s Raw because you haven’t seen it in 24 hours.
Todd Grisham is with Beth Phoenix in the interview area and he asks Beth about how she is feeling. Beth says that she is thankful that she isn’t hurt any more. Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov stop by and Santino says that he wanted to see if she is okay. Beth says that she is okay. Santino says that he is very happy for her and suggests that they do one of their famous lip locks. Vladimir has some mistletoe and Beth asks Santino if he is seeing Tamina. Santino says that what happens on Smackdown stays on Smackdown. Beth decides to kiss Vladimir instead. Santino says that he wants to know where she went. Vladimir says that she vanished. Santino notices the lipstick and suggests in his broken English that they kissed. Santino storms off as we go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Santino Marella with Vladimir Kozlov versus Chavo Guerrero in a This Time I Have Nobody Else to Blame for the Loss to Santino Match
Santino with a hip lock take down to Chavo but Chavo with a kick and Latino uppercut. Santino holds on to the ropes and then he back drops Chavo to the floor. Santino sends him back into the ring but Chavo with a kick as Santino returns to the ring. Chavo with a Latino uppercut followed by a Saito suplex for a near fall. Chavo punches Santino in the head and he kicks Santino in the leg. Chavo sends Santino into the turnbuckles. Santino sends Chavo into the turnbuckles and then he does the split followed by a hip toss. Chavo avoids the diving head butt. Chavo sets for the Three Amigos suplex combination but Santino blocks the third one. Santino with a jawbreaker and then he hits the Cobra and gets the three count.
Winner: Santino Marella
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the NEW World Heavyweight Champion, Edge to come to the ring.
For the past four weeks, he has been asked if all of the insanity with Kane and Paul Bearer would pay off. The wheelchairs, dummies, and wild goose chases. Was it worth it? Edge says yes it was worth it because he is the new World Heavyweight Champion. Edge says that Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match shortened his career and the careers of everyone in the match. Edge says that it hurts him to walk to the ring. However, it was absolutely worth it. Nineteen years ago, he got into this industry and he told himself that he would get to the WWE. He told himself that he would win the Tag Titles with his best friend Christian. He said that he would win the Intercontinental Championship, and he said that he would win the World Title. Edge says that it wasn’t being cocky, it was confidence in what he could do.
Edge is interrupted by Kane who wants it to stop. He is sick of hearing Edge’s sentimental story. Kane says that Edge’s story is finished. Edge doesn’t get to write the ending to his story. Kane says that he does. The story will not have a happy ending. The story will end with his body broken and the World Title back in his possession. For all of Edge’s tormenting.
Edge says that he might be sore, but nothing is more painful than listening to Kane’s psychotic ramblings. Edge suggests that they cut to the chase. Why not do it right here and now. Kane versus Edge for the World Title.
Kane comes to the ring, but he stops before he gets there. Kane tells Edge that he cannot manipulate him that easily. Kane says that for six weeks, they have been playing this game according to his rules. Kane says that he will get the World Title back, but he will do it on his terms and when he is ready.
In case you missed it earlier, we have the footage of what John Cena did to Wade Barrett at the end of TLC.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ezekiel Jackson will be on Smackdown soon.
Match Number Three: Drew McIntyre versus Kaval
Drew attacks Kaval as he enters the ring and before the referee starts the match. The referee checks on Kaval to see if he can wrestle.
Kaval avoids a charge from Drew but he does not miss a running boot and then Drew hits the Future Shock DDT for the three count.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
In case you didn’t know from the many commercials and plugs in the first hour, we have a video package for the Tribute to the Troops Special that will air tomorrow night on USA Network.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see a photo of Alberto Del Rio being knocked off a ladder through two tables on Sunday night in the TLC Match.
Match Number Four: Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger versus Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston
Del Rio and Mysterio start things off but Swagger and Kofi get face to face and Swagger pushes Kofi to the floor and that allows Del Rio to sneak up on Rey and hits him. Del Rio with a snap mare and he goes for the mask and kicks Rey in the back before getting a near fall. Swagger tags in and he punches Rey. Del Rio tags back in and he kicks Rey again. Alberto with an Irish whip but Rey floats over and Rey with a head scissors. Kofi tags in and he hits a running forearm into the corner. Kofi with a near fall. Rey tags back in and hits a springboard seated splash for a near fall. Kofi tags back in and he hits a missile drop kick for a near fall and Swagger gets involved. The referee warns Swagger while Del Rio kicks Kofi. Del Rio tries for a splash in the ropes but Kofi moves and Alberto goes to the floor. Swagger tries to attack Kofi but Kofi moves and Rey pulls the ropes down and Swagger goes to the floor as well. Kofi and Rey go up top and hit cross bodies on Alberto and Jack as we go to commercial.
We are back and things are calmed down a lot with Alberto having Rey grounded in a reverse chin lock. We see footage from the commercial break when Swagger crotched Rey. Del Rio kicks Rey in the ribs and gets a near fall. Swagger tags in and he punches Rey in the ribs and then drops a knee on Rey. Swagger with a slam and then he sets for the double jump Swagger bomb and hits it but he can only get a near fall. Swagger with a bear hug to Rey and he swings Rey around like a doll.
Rey with punches to escape followed by a kick. Rey tries to make the tag by jumping over Swagger but Swagger throws Rey into the corner. Swagger charges at Rey but he is sent head first into the turnbuckles with a drop toe hold. Kofi tags in and he hits a cross body followed by chops and a drop kick. Swagger gets his feet up when Kofi charges at him. Swagger gets a near fall on Kofi. Del Rio tags back in and he kicks Kofi in the ribs.
Del Rio with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Del Rio mocks Kofi’s set up for Trouble in Paradise and Kofi with punches to Alberto but Alberto kicks Kofi. Alberto talks to the referee to allow Swagger to punch Kofi. Swagger tags back in and he puts Kofi in a front face lock. Kofi tries to get to his corner but Swagger fights off the attempt. Swagger sends Kofi into the turnbuckles and then Irish whips Kofi but Kofi with a cross body and both men are down. Kofi tries to make the tag to Rey but Swagger grabs the ankle. Del Rio is tagged in and Rey tags in too. Rey with a seated senton splash followed by a DDT for a near fall. Rey with a kick to Del Rio’s head and he gets a near fall.
Del Rio charges into a boot from Rey but Alberto with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Alberto with a kick to the head and he tries for a slam but Rey gets out of the hold. Rey with a drop kick to the back and he falls into the ropes. Swagger makes the tag and he hits Rey with a body block and gets a near fall. Swagger tries for the Doctor Bomb but Rey gets out of the hold. Rey arm drags Swagger into the ropes. Del Rio goes into the ropes and Rey hits a 619 on both men. Kofi with Trouble in Paradise to Swagger and Rey hits a springboard dive onto Swagger for the three count.
Winners: Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston
In case you missed it the first few times, we see the waterfall of chairs and Cole wonders what is next for Nexus.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that a lot of people from a lot of places are going to Wrestlemania. We see the Alamo, and Pee Wee Herman is still looking for the basement.
Kelly Kelly is in the back and Drew McIntyre wants to apologize for what happened last week. Drew says that they are a lot alike. Drew says that he would never hurt Kelly. Drew walks away and Kelly continues to text.
Vickie is stretching for her match and Dolph enters the office. He asks Vickie if she still wants to go through with the match. Vickie says that Cena insulted her last night and if Ziggler loves her, he will defend her honor. Vickie wants Dolph to help her stretch.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Rey Mysterio will team with Edge to face Alberto Del Rio and Kane.
Match Number Five: Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero versus John Cena
Vickie wants to start but Dolph holds her back and tells her to get on the apron. Dolph goes after Cena but Cena with a side head lock take down. Dolph with a rollup for a near fall. Dolph with a side head lock but Cena with a shoulder tackle and he puts Ziggler in a reverse chin lock. Cena backs Ziggler into the corner and Vickie yells at Cena and that allows Ziggler to punch Cena. Ziggler kicks Cena and punches him. Ziggler with punches to Cena. Ziggler with punches in the corner and Vickie tags in.
Vickie chokes Cena and stands on his head. Cena lifts Vickie up but Ziggler makes the tag and he punches Cena and gets a near fall. Ziggler with a fireman’s carry followed by a series of elbow drops and then he finishes it off with a hesitation leaping elbow drop. Ziggler continues to punch Cena. Cena with an Irish whip and bulldog and gets a near fall. Cena gets Ziggler up for the Attitude Adjustment but Ziggler counters with a DDT and gets a near fall. Ziggler with forearms in the ropes while he chokes him too. Vickie kicks Cena off the ropes while Dolph is with the referee.
Ziggler with a neckbreaker and gets a near fall. Cena goes to the apron and Ziggler punches him off the apron to the floor. The referee starts his count while Cena tries to get up. Ziggler goes after Cena and he sends Cena’s head into the announce table. Cena prevents Ziggler from sending him into the ring steps and Cena is the one to send his opponent into the ring steps.
They return to the ring and Ziggler with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Ziggler tries for a suplex and Cena blocks it and hits a suplex of his own. Both men are still down. Cena is the first to his knees. Ziggler and Cena exchange punches but Cena gets the advantage. Cena misses the flying shoulder tackle but Ziggler ducks and Cena goes to the floor. Vickie taunts Cena on the floor.
Cena with a gutwrench suplex and both men are down. Vickie distracts Cena and Ziggler moves out of the way of a charge into the corner. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock on Cena, but Cena gets his hands up to get Ziggler to release the chin lock. Cena with punches but Ziggler with a bareback for a near fall. Ziggler stands over Cena and Vickie tags herself into the match. She tells Cena that he can’t see her and she misses an elbow drop. Cena struggles to get to his feet and Dolph wants Vickie to tag him back in.
Ziggler misses a clothesline and Cena with two shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb. Time to finish the Legendary Sequence with a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena gets Ziggler up for the Attitude Adjustment but Ziggler counters with a Fameasser but he can only get a two count. Ziggler gets ready for either the sleeper or Zig Zag but Cena pushes him out of he way and puts Ziggler in the STF. Vickie pulls Cena off Ziggler and she yells at Cena. Cena kisses Vickie and that gives him enough power to give Ziggler the Attitude Adjustment for the three count.
Winner: John Cena
After the match, Vickie tries to slap Cena and Cena blocks it and gets Vickie up for an Attitude Adjustment. CM Punk comes into the ring with a chair and he hits Cena in the ribs and back with the chair.
Punk leaves the ring and walks to the back as we go to credits.
2010 - WWE broadcasts NXT. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We start off this week’s show with a look back at the Obstacle Course challenge that was won by Johnny Curtis.
We are live on tape on the internet on WWE.com and your announcers are Josh ‘The 180 Minute Man’ Mathews and Todd ‘Remember Me’ Grisham. Your host is Matt ‘Can I get a Cosby sweater for Christmas’ Striker.
Matt is on the stage with the pros and he brings out the NXT rookies and they line up on the stage. Matt welcomes them to the show and he lets them know that one of them will be the next breakout star. Matt tells them that there will be physical challenges to help them get immunity. Jacob Novak and Byron Saxton has one immunity point while Johnny Curtis has two points. The challenge tonight is the wheelbarrow race. They will have to go around the ring and cross the finish line with the winner getting two points. Matt says that it is time to put something into the wheelbarrow to add some weight. The Swagger Soaring Eagle is the weight for this season’s wheelbarrow race.
Johnny Curtis gets to go first and he has a false start. His time is 13 Seconds.
The next rookie is Jacob Novak and he keeps his jacket on. Novak’s time is 12.8 Seconds and he takes the lead.
The next rookie to go is Brodus Clay. His time is 13.8 Seconds and the Eagle takes a nasty spill but he is okay.
Conor O’Brian is next and his time is 12.7 Seconds and he takes the lead.
Byron Saxton is the next rookie and he puts on gloves so he doesn’t get his hands dirty. Saxton’s time is 12.5 Seconds and he takes the lead.
The only man who can beat Saxton is the final rookie, Derrick Bateman. His time is 12.5 Seconds.
We have a tie even though Striker awarded the win to Bateman.
Byron Saxton is first in the tiebreaker and his time is 13.1 Seconds. There is a dispute as to whether he crossed the line and it counts.
Derrick Bateman has his race-off and his time is 12.0 Seconds and he wins for two Immunity Points. Bateman celebrates with an American flag.
Ziggler yells at Bateman for being a flip flopper.
Todd talks about the matches later tonight. Jacob Novak will face Johnny Curtis. There will also be a six person tag match with Byron Saxton, Chris Masters, and someone else versus Ted DiBiase, Maryse, and Brodus Clay.
We go to commercial.
We are back and JTG is playing the part of Johnny Curtis’ pro tonight.
Match Number One: Jacob Novak versus Johnny Curtis
They lock up and Curtis works on the arm but Novak backs Curtis into the corner and he punches Curtis. Curtis with European uppercuts followed by a knee to the midsection for a near fall. Curtis with a suplex for a near fall. Curtis with European uppercuts followed by a neck breaker for a near fall. We see Vickie Guerrero watching from the back.
Curtis goes to the turnbuckles but Novak knocks Curtis to the floor. Novak with a kick and then he Irish whips Curtis into the apron. The return to the ring and Novak kicks Curtis in the back and gets a near fall. Novak with a hard Irish whip while Ziggler gives some advice to Curtis to stay down. Novak with a few leg drops for a near fall. Novak with a side slam and he gets a near fall. Novak with a reverse chin lock on Curtis. Curtis gets to his feet but Novak pulls Curtis back to the mat.
Curtis with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold. Curtis with European uppercuts followed by an elbow for a near fall. Curtis with a suplex for another near fall. Curtis sends Novak shoulder first into the ring post and then he puts Novak in a Fujiwara arm bar. Ziggler tries to interfere and the referee stops him. JTG gets in the ring too and the referee deals with him and Ziggler punches Curtis and Novak with a big boot for the three count.
Winner: Jacob Novak
It is time for a Derrick Bateman video package. He says that he is from Cleveland, Ohio. He says that he is wild and young. He says that if he had to describe himself he would have to make up his own word. That would be Mantastic. He looks for adventure. His family was supportive of Derrick’s dreams to be a wrestler. He says that he doesn’t have any specialized training, but he did train on the mean streets of the suburbs. He introduces his two friends, ‘freedom’ and ‘justice’. He says that he has the most ‘it’ and the most charisma. He says that he is the best athlete of the rookies.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to look at Conor O’Brian. He says that he is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He says that he has fought, scratched, and clawed to get to this spot. He says that he was an outcast as a child and was called a rat. He says that being picked on as a kid, you seclude yourself. He says that the more it grew on him, the more he became this person. He says that it is who he is. He says that he has dealt with pain his entire life. No matter what you look like, you can’t judge a book by its cover. He suggests that we have a Rattitude Era.
We have another challenge later and we go to Daniel Bryan teaching Derrick Bateman how to work on his neck. Derrick is reading the History of the WWE Championship book and he recites some facts. Derrick says that he will win the hot seat trivia challenge for Daniel Bryan and some random guy sitting in the locker room drinking coffee wearing an elf hat.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did you Know that WWE does a lot with Make-A-Wish?
It is time for the Hot Seat Trivia Challenge. Before we go to the challenge, Derrick Bateman and Johnny Curtis are tied with two points. This challenge is for one point.
The rookie will have to give an answer without repeating.
The first category is Undertaker Wrestlemania Opponents: Curtis gives Jimmy Snuka; Novak goes with A Train and Big Show; Brodus gives Jake Roberts; O’Brian goes with Shawn Michaels; Saxton gives Big Bossman; Bateman gives Mark Henry
The next category is King of the Ring Winners: Curtis goes with Mabel; Novak goes with Steve Austin; Brodus goes with Owen Hart; O’Brian goes with Triple H; Saxton goes with Harley Race; Bateman goes with Billy Gunn
It is time for more King of the Ring: Curtis with William Regal; Novak goes with Sheamus; Clay goes with Diesel, but that would be wrong. Clay has been eliminated from consideration.
Next is cities that have hosted Wrestlemania: O’Brian goes with Pee Wee Herman and he is sent to the back.
The question continues and Saxton goes with Anaheim; Bateman goes for the cheap pop with Houston; Curtis goes with Boston; Novak goes with Seattle; Saxton goes with Orlando; Bateman with New York. Curtis with draws a blank and he is eliminated.
The next category is 2010 Pay Per Views: Novak with TLC; Saxton with SummerSlam; Bateman with Survivor Series; Novak with Bragging Rights; Saxton with Hell in the Cell; Bateman with Wrestlemania; Novak with The Royal Rumble; Saxton with Survivor Series but it was already given so Saxton is eliminated.
Saxton does not look too happy to be eliminated.
The final category is WWE Champions: Novak with Hulk Hogan; Bateman with Steve Austin; Novak goes for the bigger cheap pop with Shawn Michaels; Bateman with The Rock; Novak with The Miz; Bateman with Sid; Novak takes too much time and he is eliminated.
Derrick Bateman is the winner of this challenge and he takes the lead with three immunity points.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Alberto Del Rio is in his office and Conor O’Brian enters. Alberto asks Conor if he remembers Alberto’s match against Derrick Bateman and if he learned anything. Conor says that Derrick isn’t Mantastic and he has the best pro. Conor says that he will be the greatest of all time. Alberto tells Conor that he might win NXT, but he won’t be the greatest of all time. Conor asks if he can have a piece of cheese. Alberto tells Conor to win NXT and he will give Conor all the cheese he wants.
Match Number Two: Brodus Clay, Ted DiBiase, and Maryse versus Byron Saxton, Chris Masters, and a Mystery Diva
The mystery Diva for this six person tag match will be the Divas Champion Natalya.
The women start things off and Maryse doesn’t look like she cares. She puts her hand up and then pie faces her fellow Canadian. Maryse goes to the ropes and Natalya goes to the floor and then she pulls Maryse by the hair because Maryse would rather do her pose than look at what Natalya is doing. Natalya with a waist lock and then she tries for a Sharpshooter but Maryse gets to the ropes. Maryse appears to have broken a nail and Clay is tagged in. Saxton tags in too.
They lock up and Clay pushes Saxton to the mat. They lock up again and Clay with a chop. Clay with a forearm to the back and then he connects with a clothesline in the corner. Clay with an Irish whip and an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Saxton is on the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and DiBiase with a series of knees to the head and then he puts Saxton in a reverse chin lock. Saxton punches DiBiase and runs him into the corner. Masters tags in and he chops Ted in the corner. Masters with a back elbow and he gets a near fall. Masters chops Ted but Ted sends Masters into the turnbuckles and tags in Clay. Clay with a running butt bump into the corner and Masters is down. Clay with forearms to Masters. Masters with chops and he tags Saxton in and he kicks Clay in the midsection.
Saxton punches Clay but Clay with a back fist to Saxton. Clay with a head and arm suplex and then he continues to work over Saxton and gets a near fall. Saxton with a kick to Clay followed by a knee and facebuster. Saxton says that he has things under control but DiBiase with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. DiBiase with a reverse chin lock. Saxton tags in Masters and he chops ted. Masters with a flying shoulder tackle and a discus Polish Hammer. Masters with a power slam for a near fall. Masters with a chop to Ted but Ted tries for Dream Street but Masters escapes with an arm drag. Masters with a spinebuster and Clay distracts Masters. DiBiase with a drop kick and then he chokes Masters in the ropes.
DiBiase catapults Masters’ chest into the bottom rope. Clay with shots to Masters in the corner and Maryse gets a shot in too. DiBiase with a neck breaker and he gets a near fall. DiBiase with a reverse chin lock on Masters and Masters with punches. DiBiase goes for the short clothesline but Masters tries for one as well and both men are down.
Saxton and Maryse tag in. Maryse slaps Saxton and Natalya takes Maryse down and they roll to the floor. While Ted and Masters break things up. Clay with a body block to Saxton and then he hits a power slam and drags Saxton into the corner. Clay goes to the turnbuckles for a Vader Bomb but Saxton rolls out of the way. Saxton gets the three count.
Winners: Byron Saxton, Chris Masters, and Natalya
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