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12/31 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: LESNAR RETIRES FROM MMA, NEW JAPAN RUNS RUSSIA AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2012-12-31 08:00:00

December 31st

On this day in history in ....

1891 - William Muldoon, the first American Greco-Roman Heavyweight Champion, retires as champion. Muldoon had been champion since defeating Thiebaud Bauer on January 19, 1880 in New York City, New York.

1956 - MS-1 is born in Salvatierra, Mexico.

1959 - Ilio DiPaolo and Whipper Billy Watson defeat Don Leo Jonathan and Gene Kiniski to win the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title in Toronto, Ontario, beginning their second reign.

1963 - The WWWF held a television taping at the Bridgeport Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The results:
- Gorilla Monsoon defeated Klondike Bill by countout.
- Gorilla Monsoon defeated Bob Boyer.
- Klondike Bill defeated Pete Sanchez in a Best-of-Three Falls match, 2-0.
- Al Costello defeated Tim Woods.
- Jerry Graham defeated Carlos Milano.
- Tony Nero defeated Manuel Soto.
- Frank Martinez defeated Umberto Mercado.
- Chris Jelevarou defeated Pedro Rodriguez.

1974 - Ryan Sakoda is born in Tokyo, Japan.

1974 - The Mighty Yankees defeat Danny Little Bear and Rocky Johnson for the NWA Macon Tag Team Title in Macon, Georgia.

1975 - Vance Nevada is born in Brandon, Manitoba.

1975 - Frank Goodish (Bruiser Brody) defeats Rocky Johnson for the NWA Florida Heavyweight Title in Tampa, Florida.

1978 - Ronnie Zukko is born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1978 - Killer Tim Brooks and Roddy Piper defeat Jonathan Boyd and Dutch Savage to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title.

1980 - Matt Cross is born in Cleveland, Ohio.

1983 - Rick Patterson and Randy Rich defeat Star Rider and Snake Williams in Cloverdale, British Columbia to win the vacant Vancouver NWA Canadian Tag Team Title.

1984 - Kevin, Kerry and Mike Von Erich win their third World Class Six-Man Tag Team Title, by defeating Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez and Jake Roberts in Fort Worth, Texas.

1989 - New Japan held an event at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Soviet Union. The results were:
- Kuniaki Kobayashi defeated Takayuki Iizuka.
- Jushin Liger defeated Black Tiger.
- Masahiro Chono defeated Chimur Zarasov by submission.
- Wahka Eveloev and IWGP Tag Team Champion Shinya Hashimoto fought to a draw.
- Riki Choshu defeated Victor Zangiev.
- Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Vladimir Berkovich.
- Habieli Victachev defeated Hiroshi Hase by submission.
- Salman Hashimikov defeated Manny Fernandez.

1994 - Brian Christopher wins his 16th USWA Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Tommy Rich's third reign.

2001 - The 449th edition of "RAW is WAR", a Best of 2001 special edition, aired on USA. The show got a 2.4 rating, the lowest of the year. Although this rating is typical of a highlight show, it was the lowest for "RAW" since October 27, 1997. The matches featured were:
- Royal Rumble, January 21: Chris Jericho defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit in a Ladder match to win the title.
- WrestleMania X-Seven, April 1: The Undertaker pinned Triple H after the Last Ride.
- King of the Ring, June 24: Kurt Angle pinned Shane McMahon in a Street Fight after an Angle Slam from a sheet of plywood laid across the top turnbuckle.
- RAW is WAR, May 21: Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho defeated WWF Tag Team Champions - WWF Champion Steve Austin and Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon) to win the title, when Jericho pinned Austin after Triple H accidentally hit Austin in the stomach with a sledgehammer. Late in the match, Triple H tore his right quadriceps muscle while breaking Jericho's Walls of Jerichot hat he had on Austin.
- No Mercy, October 21: Torrie Wilson pinned Stacy Keibler in a Lingerie match after a handspring elbow.
- Survivor Series, November 18: Team WWF (WCW Champion The Rock, The Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kane and The Undertaker) defeated Team Alliance (WWF Champion Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Shane McMahon and WWF Hardcore Champion Rob Van Dam) in a Winner Take All Elimination match. As a result the Alliance had to disband.
- Invasion, July 21: Rob Van Dam pinned WWF Hardcore Champion Jeff Hardy after the Five-Star Frog Splash to win the title.
- WrestleMania X-Seven, April 1: Steve Austin pinned WWF Champion The Rock in a No Disqualification match to win the title, after hitting Rock 17 times with a chair that Austin got from Vince McMahon. After the match, in a sight fans never thought they would see, Austin and McMahon shook hands and drank beer.
- WrestleMania X-Seven, April 1: Edge and Christian defeated WWF Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) and The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt) in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to win the title.
- No Way Out, February 25: Triple H defeated Steve Austin in a Three Stages of Hell match. Austin pinned Triple H after a Stone Cold Stunner and Triple H pinned Austin in a Street after a headshot with a sledgehammer and the Pedigree. In the final fall, a Steel Cage match. Both men knocked eachother out with weapons, Austin to Triple H with a barbed-wire 2x4 and Triple H to Austin with a sledgehammer, at the same time, and Triple H fell on top of Austin.

2006 - Natsuki Taiyo defeats Fuuka at NEO's "4th Junior All-Star: The Dream and Future" in Tokyo, Japan to win the Jd' Princess of Pro-Wrestling Title.

2007 - The WWE's 762nd edition of "RAW", taped two nights earlier at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, airs on USA, earning a 2.6 rating. The results were:
- In a dark match, Brian Kendrick defeated Nick Nemeth.
Heat:
- Snitsky defeated Super Crazy.
- DH Smith defeated David Owens.
- Drew McIntyre defeated Charlie Haas.
RAW:
- Ken Kennedy pinned Shawn Michaels after the Mic Check after avoiding Michaels' Sweet Chin Music.
- Umaga pinned Jim Duggan after the Samoan Spike to qualify for the 2008 Royal Rumble match.
- WWE Women's Champion Beth Phoenix defeated Mickie James and Melina in a Triple Threat match to retain the title, by pinning Melina after a cradle suplex.
- Hornswoggle and William Regal (with Vince McMahon) fought to a no-contest after Regal refused to hit Hornswoggle with brass knuckles despite several demands to do so by McMahon.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy fought Santino Marella (with Maria and Carlito) to a no-contest after Randy Orton appeared on the Titantron attacking Matt Hardy, with Jeff running to the back to check on his brother.
- Ric Flair defeated Triple H by disqualification when William Regal interfered and hit Flair with brass knuckles as Triple H had Flair covered after the Pedigree. Flair's career and Triple H's participation in the 2008 Royal Rumble match were on the line.
- In a dark match after the show, WWE Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy and Chris Jericho defeated JBL and WWE Champion Randy Orton, when Hardy pinned Orton after the Swanton.

2007 - "Pro-Wrestling Summit in Korakuen: Countdown Pro-Wrestling", a Kaientai Dojo and Dramatic Dream Team joint event, was held at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The results were:
- Spark Aoki, Rui Hiugaji and Yuki Sato defeated Takuma Obe Atsushi Ohashi and Keita Yano.
- General KY and Great Kojika won a seven-team battle royal.
- Minoru Suzuki defeated Daisuke Harada.
- Gran Hamada, Strongest-K Tag Team Champion TAKA Michinoku, The Great Sasuke and Ultimo Dragon defeated Asian Cougar, Mineo Fujira Great Takeru and Yujiro.
- Manabu Hara defeated Munenori Sawa.
- Boso Boy Raito and Yoshihiro Takayama defeated Shuji Ishikawa and Shinjitsu Nohashi.
- Jun Kasai, Jaki Numazawa and Naoki Tanisaki defeated Saburo Inematsu, Yuko Miyamoto and Takashi Sasaki.
- BxB Hulk, Independent World Junior Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi and Madoka defeated Don Fujii, Abdullah Kobayashi and DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion Sanshiro Takagi, when Ibushi pinned Takagi, to win Takagi's title. This ended his seventh reign.
- Shuji Kondo, Yoshihito Sasaki and Daisuke Sekimoto defeated DDT KO-D Openweight Champion HARASHIMA, Tetsuhiro Kuroda and Strongest-K Champion Kengo Mashimo.

2009 - WWE aired Superstars.  Richard Trionfo filed the following report:

It is the final WWE show of the year and we get to see wrestlers from all three brands show how they will close out 2009.

We begin with the Raw brand and Jerry Lawler gets to celebrate the ball drop with a Divas Match with your announcers Jerry Lawler and Michael Cole.

Match Number One: Melina versus Alicia Fox in a Non Title Match

They lock up and they go into the turnbuckles and Melina with a clean break but Alicia pushes Melina and then Alicia misses a clothesline when Melina shows her flexibility. Melina with a back kick and forearm but Alicia with a Northern Lights suplex and bridge but Melina rolls through and gets a near fall. Alicia goes to the floor to frustrate Melina. Alicia heads to the back and Melina brings Alicia back to the ring. Alicia sends Melina to the floor from the apron. Alicia gets a near fall and then she slams Melina’s head into the turnbuckles and pulls the hair while putting her foot in Melina’s back. Alicia tosses Melina by the hair. Alicia with a full nelson and camel clutch combination and Melina screams. Alicia slams Melina’s head into the mat. Alicia with a forearm to the back and then she hits a back breaker and stretches Melina on her knee. Melina with knees to Alicia to get out of the hold and then Melina kicks and trips Alicia and gets a near fall. Melina with a drop toe hold that sends Alicia into the ropes and Melina with knees to the back. Melina sends Alicia into the turnbuckles and then she puts Alicia on the turnbuckles and then hits a double knee and then she screams like a banshee before taking Alicia down by the hair. Melina with a forearm but Alicia with an Irish whip. Alicia with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker but she misses a charge into the ropes and Melina screams very loudly and Alicia lets go of the ropes for some reason to allow Melina to hit Code Red for the three count.
Winner: Melina

We go to Ask the Divas and we get their New Year’s Resolutions.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for a match from ECW with your announcers Byron Saxton and Josh Mathews.

Match Number Two: Shelton Benjamin versus Vance Archer

Archer with a kick and punches followed by a slap but Benjamin with a running tackle and he punches Archer. Benjamin follows that with a Samoan drop. Benjamin punches Archer and kicks him but Archer with a back elbow and a full nelson drop for a near fall. Archer punches Benjamin and the referee warns him. Archer chokes Benjamin in the ropes and then he hits a splash to the back while Benjamin remains in the ropes. Archer with a kick to the back and he gets a near fall. Archer with a reverse chin lock as he tries to wear down his opponent. Archer turns it into a rear chin lock and Benjamin gets to his feet and he hits a jawbreaker to stop Archer. Benjamin with punches to Archer followed by a kick. Benjamin with a forearm from the turnbuckles and then he punches Archer. Benjamin with a German suplex for a near fall. Archer with shoulders to Benjamin in the corner and then he gets Benjamin up for a slam but Benjamin escapes and then hits a Stinger Splash to the back. Benjamin tries for another one but Archer moves and Benjamin lands on the turnbuckles but Archer trips him and Benjamin is in the Tree of Woe. Archer chokes Benjamin and then releases the hold at the last second. Benjamin slaps Archer while hanging in the corner. Archer kicks Benjamin in anger and he does not stop before the referee gets to five and he disqualifies Archer.
Winner: Shelton Benjamin by disqualification

After the match, Archer hits the inverted DDT on Benjamin.

Cryme Tyme are walking in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back with some Smackdown action as Todd Grisham and Matt Striker take over the commentating position for our next match.

Match Number Three: Cryme Tyme versus Mike Knox and Charlie Haas

Knox and Shad start things off and they lock up and Shad with a side head lock. Knox with a forearm but Shad tries for a shoulder tackle but Knox stays on his feet. Shad tries for a flying shoulder tackle but Knox stays on his feet. Shad gets Knox up for a slam and hits it but he might have hurt his back trying to lift the big man up but now he appears okay as he hits a shoulder tackle from the turnbuckles. Shad goes to the opposite side but he comes down when Haas gets too close. This allows Knox to hit Shad in the knee to take him down. Haas tags in and he kicks Shad in the leg as he works on the injured appendage. Haas with a leg drop and then he puts Shad in a single leg crab but turns around into a modified step over toe hold. Shad reaches for the ropes and he finally gets there and Haas reluctantly releases the hold. Shad with punches to Haas but Haas with a single leg trip to regain control. Knox tags in and he hits a running knee into the leg while Haas holds it. Knox tries to torque the knee and then he tags Haas back in and Haas kicks Shad in the leg. Haas runs into an elbow and then Shad hits a clothesline and both men are down. JTG tries to will his partner to make the tag while Knox returns to the match and keeps Shad in the ring. Shad with a kick and then he kicks Knox away. JTG and Haas tag in and JTG with the flip shoulder tackle followed by a clothesline. JTG with a drop kick and then he leaps into the corner and hits an X Factor for a near fall but Knox breaks up the cover. Shad kicks Knox and then clotheslines him over the top rope. Haas with a super kick to the injured leg but JTG with the wraparound clothesline for the three count.
Winners: Cryme Tyme

We go to commercial.

We are back with a video package about Batista and his quest for the World Title.

We also have a Raw Rebound.

It is time for our main event from the Raw brand and features the King of Superstars in tag team action.

Match Number Four: Montel Vontavious Porter and Chris ‘The Pectacular’ Masters with Eve Torres versus Carlito and Jack Swagger

Porter and Carlito start things off and they lock up with Carlito backing Porter into the corner. Carlito with a punch and kick in the corner followed by more punches and kicks. Carlito with an Irish whip but Porter floats over and hits a flying clothesline for a near fall. Carlito with a knee and Swagger tags in and he connects with a forearm to the back. Swagger with a slam and leg drop for a near fall. Swagger with a key lock on Porter but Porter with a flying forearm followed by a clothesline and back elbow. Porter with a double thrust to the throat followed by a facebuster and it is time to go Ballin and he hits the elbow drop but Swagger rolls to the floor. Porter hits a pescado onto Swagger as we go to commercial.

We are back and Swagger is in control as he has Porter in an arm bar. We see footage from the commercial break when Carlito distracts Porter on the apron and Swagger knocked Porter off the apron. We are back to the in ring action and Carlito tags in and he chokes Porter in the ropes and works on the arm. Carlito gets a near fall and puts Porter in a key lock. Porter gets to his feet and he punches Carlito but Carlito with a drop kick and he gets a near fall. Swagger tags back in and he hits a double sledge to the back and then he distracts Masters before pulling Porter into the center of the ring. Swagger locks the arms but Porter with punches and he tries to make the tag but Swagger catches him. Swagger charges at Porter but Porter with a belly-to-belly throw. Porter reaches out for the tag and he finally makes it as Carlito enters the match as well. Masters with a clothesline to Carlito and then he knocks Swagger off the apron. Carlito with an elbow to Porter but Masters with a press slam to Carlito and it is time for the pectacular before the Master Lock is applied. Swagger comes in and he gets a Master Lock of his own. Porter clotheslines Swagger over the top rope to the floor but Masters forgets about Carlito and he hits a lungblower on Masters for the three count.
Winners: Carlito and Jack Swagger

We go to credits and Happy New Year.

2009 - TNA broadcast a special New Year's Eve themed edition of Impact.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘Is that Clarence Beeks’ Tenay and Taz.

Mike and Taz talk about the tournament to determine Tara’s next challenger for the Knockouts Title. We see the brackets for the tournament. We will also see the top three pay per view matches from the year. In case you forgot, there is something happening on Monday night involving some guy named Hogan.

Match Number One: Madison Rayne versus Hamada in a First Round Tournament Match

They lock up and Hamada with a side head lock and Madison with an escape. They lock up again and Hamada with a waist lock and she works on the arm and wrist. Hamada with an elbow to the arm followed by a hammer lock. Hamada with a hip toss but Madison lands on her feet and hits an arm drag on Hamada. Madison points at Hamada and Hamada with a kick to the head and then Hamada charges but is sent to the apron. Hamada with a head butt and then she tries for a tightrope arm drag but Madison is able to break free. Madison with an Irish whip but she charges into a boot. Madison puts Hamada in the ropes and then she slams Hamada’s head to the mat and gets a near fall. Madison slaps Hamada in the head and puts Hamada in a front face lock and hits a swinging neck breaker and gets a series of near falls. Madison slams Hamada’s head into the mat and then kicks Hamada. Madison charges into a boot and then Hamada hits a running boot to Madison and both ladies are down. Hamada with a super kick followed by chops and head butts to Madison. Hamada with a slam and she gets a near fall. Hamada pulls Madison into the corner and then goes up top for a moonsault but Madison moves. Hamada lands on her feet and then Hamada with a spin kick to Madison followed by a Hamada Driver for the three count.
Winner: Hamada

Christy Hemme is in the interview area with Tara. Tara says that she likes hearing it when she is called the champion. She talks about how she will bring honor to the division. She says that she will be walking out of the ring on Monday night as the champion when she faces the winner. Tara says that she has a surprise because she will be introducing the top three matches of the year from pay per view. Christy wants a hint and Tara mentions that the matches will be shown in their entirety.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see photos of the match between Tara and ODB from Final Resolution when Tara won the title.

Match Number Two: Traci Brooks versus ODB in a First Round Tournament Match

ODB takes a sip before the match and spits it in Traci’s face when the referee was not looking. ODB hits Traci from behind and then ODB slaps her talents. ODB with a kick to the injured arm but Traci kicks back and punches ODB. Traci with punches in the corner but ODB kicks back. ODB with a bulldog and lands on the arm as well. ODB stomps on the elbow and shoulder as she continues the attack. ODB gets a near fall. ODB with a forearm to the back and then she hits a shoulder breaker. Traci takes ODB down and punches ODB. ODB with a divorce court and gets a near fall. ODB gets Traci on her shoulders but Traci with knees to escape and then she hits a spear on ODB. ODB tries to go after the arm but Traci fires back and connects with chops. Traci with a reverse atomic drop and then she sends ODB to the mat. Traci foreshadows Hogan’s return by ripping her shirt and then she hits a double knee to the back and gets a near fall. ODB sends Traci into the turnbuckles and chops Traci. Traci with an elbow but ODB with an arm stunner from the turnbuckles followed by a TKO for the three count.
Winner: ODB

We go to the back where Christy Hemme is with Velvet, Madison, and Lacey. Christy asks Velvet about her match and Madison does not appreciate Christy’s tone because she referenced Madison’s loss. Madison says that she can beat Hamada any day of the week but Christy mentions that she didn’t. Velvet talks about how the fans will not get what they want by seeing Madison and Velvet wrestle in the semi finals. Lacey comments that Christy is doing this only because Lauren got fired for assaulting her. Christy says that they knew what they were doing and reached Lauren’s breaking point. Madison threatens to do the same to Christy before they leave.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a look back at Roxxi’s successful return to TNA with a victory over then champion ODB.

Match Number Three: Roxxi versus Velvet Sky in a First Round Tournament Match

Velvet with a kick to Roxxi and then she sends Roxxi into the turnbuckles and hits a series of shoulders followed by a choke. Velvet with an Irish whip and a splash into the corner followed by a bulldog for a near fall. Velvet with punches and a choke as she continues to yelp throughout the match. Velvet with an Octopus and then bites Roxxi. Roxxi with a boot to Velvet. Roxxi with punches and forearms to Velvet followed by a discus forearm. Roxxi with a running elbow into the corner followed by a running boot to the chest for a near fall. Roxxi tries for a slam but Velvet escapes. Velvet tries for a DDT but she waits too long and that allows Roxxi to get the three count with a Voodoo Drop.
Winner: Roxxi

This means that Roxxi will face Hamada in the semi finals.

After the match, Jeremy Borash interviews Roxxi to talk about her victory. Roxxi says that it feels great to be a part of the tournament and she is happy that she was able to get rid of some of the trash. Roxxi says that Tara is a great champion and she cannot wait to show what she has. Lacey attacks Roxxi from behind and she chokes Roxxi with her large pink night stick.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see Daffney stretching to get ready for her match with Awesome Kong in the tournament.

We are back and Mike and Taz talk about what we have seen so far and we look at the brackets. ODB awaits Daffney and Awesome Kong’s winner for the semifinal.

It is time for a Jeff Jarrett video package.

We go to Tara and she mentions Monday’s Impact but we are almost ready to see the number three pay per view match of the year as voted by the TNA fans. We go to commercial.

We are back and Tara talks about the Turning Point pay per view which saw the pay per view debut of Desmond Wolfe in TNA and his match against Kurt Angle. This match is the number three match of the year.

[play by play from Mike Johnson’s live coverage of the pay per view from the site with his comments after the match].

KURT ANGLE vs. DESMOND WOLFE

This will be Wolfe's first-ever live PPV appearance, as his ROH bouts were on taped PPVs.

They had some awesome technical mat wrestling early.  Angle caught him with a pair of hiptosses and locked in a top wristlock.  Wolfe made his way to his feet and locked in a keylock while cranking Angle's neckbreak.    Wolfe maneuvered Angle into a corner, then kicked his arm.  Wolfe continued to work on Angle's wrist and arm.  Taz did a good job explaining that would hinder Angle's grip during moves including suplexes.

Angle caught Wolfe with a slam and then drilled an over the knee backbreaker.  Angle drilled him with a European forearm and shoulderblock in the corner.  Wolfe began nailing Angle with a series of suplexes, using the arm as a focal point to continue the strategy.

Angle went for a sunset flip but Wolfe attacked the arm to escape it.  Wolfe began using European style matwork and submissions.  This is awesome.  Taz said it was like watching Billy Robinson.  Taz is awesome.  Wolfe charged Angle into the corner and drilled him with a European uppercut upon impact.

Wolfe went to charge out of the corner but Angle caught him with a belly to belly suplex.  Angle lariated Wolfe with a series of clotheslines.  Angle nailed a flying forearm off the ropes.  Wolfe continued with several headbutts but Angle ducked a clothesline and began hitting a series of six German suplexes.  The audience chanted, "TNA."

Angle went for the Angleslam but Wolfe countered with the jawbreaker lariat for a two count.  Wolfe set up Angle for the  Tower of London but Angle escaped and rolled him up for a two count.  Wolfe yanked Angle's bad arm then locked on a keylock while on Angle's back.  Angle escaped and locked in the anklelock.  Wolfe thought about tapping but reversed it, cinching Angle in a figure four hammerlock.  Angle escaped and it was back to the anklelock in the center.  He pulls himself to the center as Wolfe gets to the ropes.  Wolfe finally gets back to the ropes.

The fans are chanting "This is awesome" and it sure as hell is.

Wolfe drills Angle down.  Wolfe drills the Tower of London for a two count.  Wolfe is shocked Angle kicked out.  Wolfe went for the jawbreaker lariat but Angle clotheslined him first.  Angle went for a standing moonsault off the top rope but Wolfe escaped and went back to the London Dungeon.

They battled their way to to top and exchanged headbutts.  Angle got the better and hit a frog splash off the top onto Wolfe for a two count.    Angle went for a tombstone.  Wolfe reversed but before he could snap it, Angle grabbed the anklelock.  Wolfe kicked him off but Angle grabbed it.  Angle went into a side triangle choke and Wolfe finally tapped.

Absolutely f***ing awesome.  There is no other way to describe that match.  It was so good, I wish I had been there.  The announcers did a beautiful job building Wolfe in the commentary as someone who had all the answers to everything Angle had to show, since he had studied him so hard.  Easily the best match on the card so far and well worth the price of the PPV.

As he left, Wolfe warned Angle he hasn't seen the last of Desmond.  I certainly hope not.  TNA made a star tonight.

He is coming on Monday and it is time to see a video package of Dixie Carter’s meeting with Hulk Hogan to make the big announcement in the lobby of Madison Square Garden in October.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Daffney versus Awesome Kong in a First Round Tournament Match

Daffney wants a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock and Kong complies but Daffney with a kick and clip to the back of the knee. Daffney with another knuckle lock but Kong pushes Daffney down. Kong with a chop to Daffney and then she winds up for a second one. Kong tosses Daffney across the ring by the hair. Kong pulls Daffney into the center of the ring and then she drops an elbow on the leg and she works on the leg. Daffney punches Kong in order to survive in the match. Kong kicks Daffney in the hamstring. Kong with a chop and then she gets Daffney on her shoulders and it is time for the human accordion as she has Daffney kicking herself in the head. Daffney rolls to the floor and begs for mercy. Kong goes after her and sends Daffney into the ring steps. Daffney with a kick to Kong as she re-enters the ring. Daffney chokes Kong and stomps on her collarbone. Daffney tries to pull Kong into the center of the ring but Kong kicks her off. Kong with the Implant Buster for the three count.
Winner: Awesome Kong

This sets the semi finals for the tournament and while Roxxi faces Hamada in one semi final, former champions ODB and Awesome Kong will meet.

Christy is in the back with Taylor Wilde and Sarita. Taylor says that they will bring in the new year by showing why they are the champion. Taylor and Christy mention that Sarita won the CMLL body building championship. Taylor mentions that they will face Hamada and Kong on Monday night so they are looking forward to their non-title match tonight.

We are back and Don and Mike talk about Final Resolution and it is time to take a look back at Final Resolution.

The TNA Tag Team Champions come out and unlike Monty Python, they are not in dresses. Will they make a challenge for the Women’s Tag Titles? Brutus and Doug join Taz and Tenay at the announce table.

Match Number Five: April Hunter and Lorelei Lee versus Taylor Wilde and Sarita in a Non Title Match

Sarita and Lorelei start things off and Lorelei with a waist lock take down. Sarita with a rollup and elbow to the back and then Taylor is tagged in. Sarita with a drop toe hold followed by a drop kick by Taylor. Lorelei hits April when Taylor moves. Taylor with a drop kick to Lorelei. April with a uranage to Taylor and then Lorelei is tagged in. April with a Japanese choke and Lorelei with a bulldog for a near fall. April tags back in and Taylor tries to make the tag. April pie faces Taylor but Taylor with forearms and a lungblower. Sarita and Lorelei with the tags and Sarita with an elbow and arm wringer followed by a hip toss and arm drag take down. Sarita avoids April and April goes to the floor. Taylor tags in and they hit a kick to Lorelei followed by a flip onto Lorelei for the three count.
Winner: Sarita and Taylor Wilde

Tara is in the back with Poison and it is almost time for match number two.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Taz and Tenay talk about the semi final matches but we go back to commercial.

We are back and it is time for the Number Two Match and it was the Match Four Years in the Making as Samoa Joe, A.J. Styles, and Daniels battled for the TNA Title.

[We go back to Mike’s live coverage of Turning Point 2009]

TNA champ AJ STYLES vs. SAMOA JOE vs. DANIELS

Daniels punched Styles right in the face at the bell.  Joe and Daniels went at it.  Styles clubbed both with right hands, then shoulderblocked Joe in the corner.    Styles hit a flying forearm smash in the corner on Joe.  Joe came back with a charge and enziguiri.    Joe unleashed a series of kicks and chops to Styles but Daniels nailed a leg lariat.  Styles covered Joe for a two count.  Daniels ducked under a leapfrog from Styles and evaded a dropkick but was caught with one.  Styles then drilled Joe with one.

Joe punted Styles, then hit a running high knee on Daniels.  Joe cinched in a legbar on Daniels.  Styles came off the ropes with a big knee drop for a two count.  Styles worked over Joe and Daniels.  He cinched the Mutalock on Joe, but Daniels dropped a double axehandle over Styles' exposed stomach.  Daniels caught Styles with a drop toehold, then dropped a knee across the back of the head.  Daniels cranked Styles' neck.

Daniels tripped Joe and then slammed Styles atop of him.  He locked on a Boston Crab on Styles at the same time he cinched a camel clutch on Joe.  Joe bit his fingers to break it.   Daniels punched Styles in the corner.  He charged Joe but was caught with an uranage.    Joe began killing Styles with boots to the face before unleashing the facewash.  Joe drilled Daniels with a chop/kick combination.  Styles charged but Joe tossed him aside to the floor and senton splashed Daniels.

Joe went for a running dive through the ropes but Styles kicked him in the face.  Joe went to the floor.  Styles whipped Daniels, but who pulled short and forearmed him.  Daniels was caught with a suplex.  AJ went to the outside after Joe but Joe kicked his legs out from under him and Styles smashed into the apron in nasty fashion.  Daniels hit a dive to the floor.

Daniels went for the Arabian Press but Styles grabbed his legs.  Joe was able to cinch in the choke on the floor and Styles hit a great twisting dive to the floor on both.  Back in the ring, Styles got a two count on Daniels and nailed a great headscissors.    Some fans began chanting, "Screw Hulk Hogan!"

Styles hit a springboard into a hurancanrana on Daniels for a two count.  Styles peppered both with punches.  Daniels maneuvered Joe and Styles into the same corner and chopped them both.  Daniels hit a monkeyflip on Styles, who went right into Joe's arms.  Joe powerbombed Styles atop of Daniels.  He covered Styles for a two count, but AJ kicked out.  Joe locked in a Boston Crab, then turned it into an STF.  Styles finally makes it to the ropes.

Joe nailed a snap powerslam for a two count.  Joe clobbered Daniels as he rebounded off the ropes.  Daniels grabbed Joe and hit an inverted DDT at the same time he nailed Styles with a uranage onto Joe.  This is awesome.  Daniels caught Styles with a running high knee in the corner, then a death valley driver.  AJ and Daniels fought for position with a suplex, ending with Styles catching Daniels with something of a neckbreaker.

Joe returned to the ring.  Styles and Joe began punching and slapping each other.  Joe got the better of the exchange.  Daniels and Joe went back and forth.  Daniels caught him with a palm thrust.  Styles catches Daniels with a boot and the Pele Kick.  The fans chanted TNA.    AJ went outside.  Joe charged and was caught with a shoulderblock.  Styles jumped in and hit a discus clothesline on Daniels.

Styles backdropped Daniels to the floor, then hit a springboard leaping forearm smash on Joe.  Styles covered him for a two count.  Styles hits the flip into an inverted DDT for a two count.  He went for another, this time on Daniels, but it's caught and turned into Last Rites.  Joe went for a Samoan Drop but Daniels used elbows to break free and hit a German suplex on Joe.  He leaped at Joe but Joe crotched him and hit the muscle buster,.  Styles broke up the pin at two.

Daniels and Styles went back and forth with some incredible moves and pinfall combination.  In the end, Daniels went for the Styles Clash but Joe hit a superkick on him.  Styles rolled up Daniels but Joe broke it up.  Daniels and Styles used the old Midnight Express double goozle to take down Joe.  They showed respect to each other and Daniels immediately went to hit AJ who was smart to him.  Styles and Daniels battled on the rope, trying to suplex each other to the floor.  Joe came in and chopped Styles off the top to the floor.

Joe went for a muscle buster but Daniels avoided it and hit a STO.  Daniels went for the Best Moonsault Ever but Styles hit a springboard 450 splash and covered Joe for the pin.

Your winner and still TNA champion AJ Styles!

Another absolutely awesome match.  In fact, these may have been the best TNA PPV ever in terms of the top two matches delivering.  I friggin' loved this main event.  They totally lived up to the hype of their last PPV main event in 2005 and at the same time, had a completely different, original match.  Between the athleticism and the creativity, this was TNA at its best.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Mike and Taz talk about the four semi finalists in tonight’s tournament.

It is time to look at the way that Mick Foley’s life has been changed since the Hogan announcement was made in October.

ODB is with Christy Hemme and she has a fifth in her hand. She talks about how she was the champion two weeks ago and she should still be the champion instead of Tara who was whining a lot. ODB says that she will win the tournament and she will get her title back. ODB does her best John Blutarski imitation as we go to commercial.

Match Number Six: Roxxi with taped ribs versus Hamada in a Semi Final Tournament Match

They lock up and Hamada with a waist lock and take down as Hamada goes for the arm. Roxxi with a reversal but Hamada with a drop toe hold as she starts to work on the leg. Hamada goes to the arm again and she puts Roxxi in a hammer lock. Roxxi with a front face lock and arm drag. They lock up with a knuckle lock and each try to take the other down and Roxxi with a bridge for a moment but Hamada takes Roxxi to the mat. Hamada works on the ankle and then Hamada with an elbow to the leg. Roxxi with a cross arm breaker but Hamada gets to the ropes. Hamada with a leg sweep and then she puts Roxxi in a side head lock. Roxxi with a shoulder tackle but Hamada with an arm drag but Roxxi responds with one of her own and then Hamada and Roxxi both try for a drop kick. They lock up again and Hamada with a kick to the ribs and then she works on the arm and then puts Roxxi in an abdominal stretch while locking the arm and then she turns it into an octopus. Hamada goes to the turnbuckles and hits a double stomp on the back. Hamada with a single leg crab and Roxxi fights the urge not to tap but Hamada releases the hold. Hamada with a head butt and chops but Roxxi with a suplex and a running back elbow into the corner and a running boot to the head for a near fall. Roxxi goes to the turnbuckles but Hamada with a roll into a palm thrust. Roxxi pushes Hamada off the turnbuckles but Hamada with a thrust kick and then hits a Hamada rana for a near fall. Hamada goes up top and hits a missile drop kick to the ribs. Hamada gets Roxxi on her shoulders but Roxxi with a near fall after a rollup. Hamada with a kick to the head and then Hamada with the Hamada Driver but Roxxi counters with a rollup and a near fall. Roxxi hits the Voodoo Drop and Hamada kicks out. Roxxi with a modified torture rack into a slam for a two count. Roxxi tries for another Voodoo Drop but Hamada with a series of head butts and Hamada gets the three count with a rollup.
Winner: Hamada

Awesome Kong is walking in the back as we go to commercial.

ODB is in the back getting ready and we return to commercial.

Match Number Seven: ODB versus Awesome Kong in a Semi Final Tournament Match

ODB meets Kong on the ramp and they exchange punches but Kong with chops on the floor. They enter the ring and ODB rolls to the floor so Kong goes back after ODB. Kong sends ODB into the ring steps. ODB with a double sledge to Kong and then ODB rolls in to break up the count before she returns to the attack on Kong and she sends Kong into the ring steps. ODB yells at some of the people in the crowd and Kong attacks ODB. Kong with a short arm clothesline to ODB and the referee tells them to return to the ring. Kong with a slam to ODB but she misses a splash and ODB rolls to the corner. ODB gets a near fall and we go to commercial.

We are back and ODB climbs on Kong’s back and tries to choke her out. Kong runs ODB into the turnbuckles. ODB drives Kong into the solar plexus area and then hits a running shoulder but Kong stays on her feet. ODB with a running splash into the corner but Kong stays up. ODB kicks Kong in the corner and then hits the Bronco Buster. ODB pulls Kong into the center of the ring for a near fall. Kong kicks ODB away. ODB tries for a slam but falls under the weight of Kong and Kong gets a near fall. Kong grabs ODB for a choke slam but ODB fights it off. Kong with a clothesline or two and then ODB sets for a running butt splash and hits it. Kong tries for a power bomb but ODB lands on her feet. ODB pulls the referee into the way when Kong tries for a splash. Kong sets for a power bomb but ODB hits Kong with the empty bottle and the referee makes the three count.
Winner: ODB

The finals are set and it will be ODB versus Hamada.

Tara tells us that it is almost time for the top match of 2009.

We go to commercial.

We see Hamada getting ready for the finals as we return to commercial.

We are back and Tara introduces the number one match of the year, A.J. Styles versus Sting at Bound for Glory.

[We go to my report from Bound for Glory]

TNA World Heavyweight Title Match: A.J. Styles versus Sting

They shake hands before locking up and Styles with a side head lock and Sting with a side head lock of his own. Styles with a hip toss and a side head lock. Sting with a hip toss of his own. Sting with a side head lock. Sting tries to hip toss A.J. over the top rope but A.J. lands on the apron and he returns to the ring. Sting with a side head lock. Sting with a shoulder tackle and he tries for the Scorpion Death Lock but Styles powers out of it. Sting misses an elbow drop. Styles with a snap mare and kick to the back. Styles with a slam and a phenomenal knee drop for a near fall. Styles with an elbow to the back of the head. Sting with an Irish whip and Styles hits the turnbuckles awkwardly. Sting with a hard Irish whip as he tries to wear down A.J.’s back. Sting clotheslines Styles over the top rope to the floor.

Sting holds the ropes open for Styles to return to the ring. They lock up and Styles with an enzuigiri. Styles with a suplex for a near fall. Styles with a hard Irish whip and a kick to the back. Sting with a kick and face plant to Styles. Sting with a back body drop. Styles with punches to Sting but Sting with a punch. Styles with the phenomenal drop kick and Sting goes to the floor. Styles goes to the apron and Sting moves out of the way. Styles tries for a splash onto Sting but Sting moves and Styles goes into the guardrails. Sting tries for a Stinger splash into the guardrail and Styles moves out of the way.

The referee starts his count and Styles tells him to stop the count. Sting returns to the ring and Styles with a waist lock but Sting with an elbow. Sting with punches but Styles with punches of his own. Styles tries for the forearm into the corner but Sting moves. Sting and Styles bump heads. Styles charges into a boot from Sting. Styles sets for a tombstone but Sting reverses and hits a tombstone of his own for a two count. Styles goes to the apron and he punches Sting. Styles with a phenomenal forearm for a two count. Styles with a back breaker for a near fall. Styles with an elbow to the back of the head. Styles with an elbow and then he tries for the moonsault into the inverted DDT but Sting and Styles each counter and Sting with the Scorpion Death Drop followed by a Stinger Splash and another Scorpion Death Drop for a near fall. Sting sets for the Scorpion Death Lock and he has it locked it. Styles powers out of the hold. Styles with punches and chops to Sting. Styles and Sting with punches and Sting hulks up. Sting with a clothesline and a two count. Sting puts Styles on the turnbuckles and Styles with a head butt but Styles falls to the apron. Styles with a Pele on the apron and Styles with a springboard splash for the three count.

Winner: A.J. Styles

After the match, Sting was going to leave the ring but he returns and shakes A.J.’s hand before leaving the ring for A.J. to celebrate. A.J. asks for a mic and he tells Sting to come back into the ring. He reminds Sting that he has entertained these fans for 23 years and this is his home state. He tells Sting that the ring is his spotlight. A.J. tells Sting that this is his time now.

Sting returns to the ring and A.J. goes to the back. Sting thanks the fans and he says that he did not expect to be in the ring because this moment is not about him, it is about the world champion. Sting says that if he is going to lose, he is glad that he lost to A.J. Styles. If he can lose, he is glad to lose at home. Sting says that since he has this platform, he should cover what people have been asking him for the last few months. Sting says that he will not pull a Brett Favre and he did not plan to make an announcement. Sting says that he does not know if he will come back, but what he heard yesterday and the way the fans reacted tonight, he wants to stay forever.

We go to commercial.

We have a Sting video package.

Mike and Taz talk about Monday’s show and they wonder if Sting will be back. Taz mentions that some guy in red and yellow will be there.

ODB and Hamada are walking in the back for our main event. We go to commercial.

Match Number Eight: Hamada versus ODB in the Tournament Finals

They circle each other as the match starts and then ODB bows before Hamada and then she pie faces Hamada. Hamada with a kick and head butts followed by a chop. Hamada with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors followed by a tornado DDT for a near fall. ODB goes to the floor and takes a break. She takes her pulse on the floor before returning to the ring. ODB finally re-enters the ring and Hamada avoids a charging ODB. ODB with a float over and then she taps her breasts one too many times and Hamada with a super kick for a two count. Hamada with a La Magistral for a two count. Hamada with another rollup for a near fall and ODB tries to sober herself up. Hamada with a slam and then she goes to the turnbuckles but ODB trips Hamada and she is in the Tree of Woe as we go to commercial.

We are back and ODB gets a near fall. Wait, we go back to commercial.

We are back and ODB with a bear hug and Hamada with elbows. ODB with a knee and then she drives Hamada’s head into the mat for a near fall. ODB with a kick to the back followed by a fallaway slam and ODB with a kip up. ODB gets a near fall and then she shows some frustration as she continues to check her pulse. ODB returns to the bear hug and then runs Hamada into the turnbuckles. ODB misses a knee in the corner and Hamada with an enzuigiri and both women are down. ODB with a forearm and Hamada responds. We get a series of forearms between the women and then Hamada with a series of head butts and both women are woozy. Hamada goes to chops. Hamada with a moonsault out of the corner for a near fall. Hamada with a spin kick and gets a near fall. ODB with a jawbreaker.

We see Awesome Kong come to the ring with a table. The referee has something to say to Kong because she is not involved in the match. ODB yells at Kong. Finally other referees come out to allow the regular referee to watch what goes on in the ring.

Hamada with an uppercut and super kick. ODB staggers to the floor and Hamada goes to the apron and hits a cannonball. Hamada signals that she is going to put ODB on the table. Hamada with a head butt and ODB is on the table. Hamada moves it into position for the moonsault and she goes up top. ODB gets off the table in time and Hamada goes through the table. ODB rolls Hamada into the ring and hits the TKO for the three count.
Winner: ODB

We go to commercial.

We are back and Jeremy Borash is in the ring with ODB. Jeremy lets ODB know that she will be facing Tara on Monday night on the biggest night of the year known as January 4th. ODB says that Tara might be the champion when the match starts, but ODB says that she will be leaving the Impact Zone with the title. She proved that she can outwrestle everyone in the company. Jeremy brings up the finish of ODB’s match with Kong and ODB tells white bread to zip it. ODB says that Tara needs to go back where she came from where they prance around the ring and dance. ODB says that they wrestle in TNA. They don’t show their skin off and she suggests that Tara came to TNA because nobody wants to see her skin.

Tara’s music plays and she comes out to the ring with her title belt but no tarantula. Tara asks ODB if she was dancing when she kicked ODB’s ass at Final Resolution. Tara comments on ODB’s tattoos and then points out that she is the champion and that is what she came to TNA for and that is all that ODB has to worry about.

ODB calls Tara a joke of a champion and a joke of a woman. ODB calls Tara a cry baby and Tara punches ODB. ODB with a take down and they roll around the ring as we go to credits.

2010 - CZW star Nick Gage turned himself in to face charges stemming from his bank robbery of a New Jersey bank.  Gage would eventually plead guilty and is currently serving a prison sentence.

2010 - TNA broadcast Impact.  Richard Trionfo filed the following live report:

We are live on tape from Rochester, New York and your announcers are Matt ‘Happy’ Striker, Michael ‘New’ Cole, and Josh ‘Year’ Mathews.

Dolph Ziggler starts off tonight’s show and he is accompanied by his girlfriend and Smackdown consultant Vickie Guerrero. Vickie is not her usual bubbly self, but she throws out a few excuse mes and she appears to be fine. She says that as the official consultant of Smackdown, she is filing an official complaint against John Cena. She mentions the tag match and says that Cena put her on his shoulders for an Attitude Adjustment and says that it was unprovoked. Vickie says that she does not have an attitude and it does not have to be adjusted. Vickie wants to relive the experience by the magic of video tape.

Vickie summons the strength to say that she is now suffering from a case of vertigo. She says that she is not allowed to be more than two and a half feet off the ground according to her doctor.

Dolph informs the people of Rochester as well as the WWE Universe that vertigo is a sensation of dizziness or spinning. It is a confused and disoriented state that severely affects balance.

Vickie says that she suffers from nausea and the room spins uncontrollably. She tells everyone that she has done research and tells everyone that more than one thousand people suffer from this every year. Vickie says that there are a few people who don’t like her, but she wants everyone to stand up and show some human compassion.

Kofi Kingston comes out to interrupt the medical lesson from Dolph and Vickie. He asks Vickie to show some compassion and be quiet. Everyone is getting real nauseous listening to Vickie’s nonsense.

Vickie says that she has a serious condition, but Kofi points out that it didn’t seem so serious at TLC. Kofi asks Vickie if she remembers or is she suffering from a case of amnesia. Dolph says that temporary amnesia is a symptom, but Kofi wants to show Vickie something to remind her of what she did at TLC and we see footage of Vickie climbing a ladder at the pay per view.

Dolph says the footage was doctored while Kofi says that Vickie’s medical maladies are not the only problem. Kofi says that the way the match ended was another problem.

Vickie tells Kofi to stop being jealous because Dolph won the match.

Jack Swagger comes to the ring and he wants to talk about the match at TLC. Jack says that for the first time in his life, Kofi Kingston is right about something. Jack says that the ladder match was nothing but an All American American American American injustice. Jack wants everyone to see the injustice. We see the end of the match when the belt fell from the hook and Ziggler grabbed the belt to win the match.

Dolph says that it was fair and square that he won the match.

Jack says that both of them know that he won that match. Everyone knows that he should have won the match. Jack mentions that he is a former World Champion, a former Money in the Bank winner, and an All American American.

Dolph says that Swagger is just jealous of him because he is the Intercontinental Champion and Swagger is not. Dolph says that he could have beaten them both in succession as well. He says that the only thing that matters is that he is the Intercontinental Champion.

Kofi tells Dolph that he doesn’t deserve to be champion. Kofi says that he deserves a rematch.

Swagger says that he deserves a rematch.

Dolph says that he would love to give them a rematch, but they are the special guests of honor at Teddy Long’s New Year’s Eve Party. Dolph says that everyone follows them on Twitter and he says that it is important to everyone.

Dolph also says . . . he decides to let his fists do the talking and he tries to punch Kofi but Kofi blocks it and Kingston punches Ziggler. Swagger attacks Ziggler from behind but Kofi with a drop kick and Swagger goes to the floor. Kofi also back body drops Ziggler over the top rope to the floor when Dolph charges at Kofi.

Teddy Long comes out onto the stage and tells everyone that it is enough. Jack and Kofi aren’t the only ones who are upset with the way the ladder match at TLC ended. Teddy invites them to his Holla Holla Holla-day Party. Teddy tells Dolph that he is going to be busy tonight because he will be defending the Intercontinental Title in a triple threat match against Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see footage of Cody Rhodes being the Grinch for Big Show’s Christmas celebration.

Match Number One: Big Show versus Dashing Cody Rhodes

Show punches Cody in the midsection and then he chops Cody and biels him across the ring. Show with a shhh chop that echoes through the building. Show decides to rest against the turnbuckles and he smothers Cody while the referee counts. Cody goes to the floor and he checks on his face in the mirror on his jacket. Cody is pulled back into the ring by the head by Big Show. Cody with a kick to Show but Show responds with a clothesline to Cody. Show with a back body drop and then Show misses a running butt splash into the corner. Cody with the Beautiful Disaster and then he punches and kicks Show against the ropes and the referee warns him. Cody comes off the ropes but Show with a shoulder tackle. Show winds up for the knockout punch and Cody leaves the ring and walks to the back. The referee makes the count because Cody is not coming back.

Winner: Big Show by count out

We go to the back where the party is in full swing and we see Teddy talking to Kelly Kelly in the background while Beth does not believe that Diddy gave JTG his chain. Rosa feeds Hornswoggle and she says that it has been a great year for her and it is time to celebrate. Conor O’Brian stops by and says that he is admiring Rosa’s cheese. Alberto enters the party and wants to know what Conor is doing. Alberto apologizes to Rosa for his NXT rookie because he looks like a rat. Alberto tells Hornswoggle to stop bothering the lady before he leaves.

Teddy welcomes everyone to his Holla Holla Holla-Day Party. He wants some people to come up and make their New Year’s Resolutions. Drew is the first to take Teddy up on the offer and he says that he guarantees that in 2011 he will become champion. Second, he plans to be a better person while he looks at Kelly. Chavo is a bit inebriated and he admits that it might be the alcohol talking but he has some resolutions. He tells all of the ‘so called’ Superstars that they are ignorant, self centered jerks. Teddy tells Chavo that he is drinking non-alcoholic champagne. Chavo meekly wishes everyone a Happy New Year as we go to commercial.

Match Number Two: Drew McIntyre versus Trent Barreta

They lock up and Trent sends Drew into the turnbuckles. They lock up again and Drew tries for a side head lock but Trent gets out of the hold. Drew with a kick and side head lock take down. Trent escapes the side head lock and applies a side head lock of his own. Drew with a kick and punch instead of a clean break. Drew with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot and then takes Drew to the mat again. Trent tries for a rana but Drew counters with a buckle bomb. Drew slaps Trent and then he connects with a series of forearms across the chest. Drew with a stomp to the head and then he hits a series of short clotheslines in the corner followed by a short arm clothesline.

Drew gets a near fall and then he applies an arm bar on Barreta. Trent with forearms to Drew but Drew with an elbow that sends Trent to the apron. Trent escapes a belly-to-back suplex attempt from the apron into the ring and Trent hits an enzuigiri on McIntyre and Trent gets a near fall. Trent goes to the apron and hits a springboard drop kick to the back and Drew goes to the floor. Trent tries for a plancha but Drew moves out of the way. The referee calls for the bell as a result of Trent’s crash and burn on the plancha.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Other officials come out to check on Trent who is not moving on the floor. Drew goes over to Trent and applauds Trent’s performance. Drew gives Trent a Future Shock DDT and then wishes Trent a Happy New Year.

We go to commercial.

We are back at the party and Chavo says that nobody respects him or likes him. Chavo says that the person he is talking to is the only one who understands him. They pan out and we see that Chavo is talking to the Swagger Soaring Eagle and Chavo says that the eagle is a great listener and they hug. Teddy walks by and he does a quick double take.

Teddy is about to give his New Year’s Resolution but he is interrupted by Layla and Michelle McCool. Layla and Michelle say that they don’t need resolutions because they are flawless. Michelle and Layla tell Teddy that he was wrong to say that they lost the tables match at TLC. Michelle and Layla say that they were too skinny to go through the table and that Natalya was the one who went through the table. They mention that on that night pigs flew. Michelle wonders what would have happened if both pigs flew and Beth joined in. Michelle suggests that they would have been sucked into a giant hole trying to climb out.

Beth and Natalya stop by and they want Michelle and Layla to say it to their face. They yell back and forth and Teddy is the peacemaker and matchmaker because Michelle and Layla will face Natalya and Beth tonight.

Teddy tells the eagle that was a close one.

Match Number Three: Edge and Rey Mysterio versus Kane and Alberto Del Rio

Del Rio and Mysterio start things off and Alberto with kicks followed by an Irish whip but Del Rio runs into a boot from Rey. Rey with a head scissors that sends Alberto into the ropes and Edge is tagged in. Edge punches Alberto and kicks him in the corner. Edge with a kick as he comes off the ropes and he clotheslines Alberto over the top rope to the floor. Kane comes in and Edge punches him and then Edge and Rey with a double drop kick that sends Kane to the floor next to Del Rio. Edge propels Rey over the top rope to the floor in a modified wheelbarrow power bomb. We go to commercial.

We are back and Kane and Del Rio are in control of the match and Kane with an uppercut to Edge followed by punches. Edge punches Kane and then sends him into the turnbuckles. Edge climbs onto the ropes and Edge punches Kane but the referee deals with Rey on the apron and Del Rio drops Edge on the top rope.

Del Rio tags back in and he kicks Edge followed by a snap mare and drop kick to the back for a near fall. Del Rio with a kick to the head and he gets a near fall. Del rio chokes Edge in the ropes and Kane with a boot to the head while Del Rio talks to the referee. Del Rio gets a near fall. Kane tags back in and he kicks Edge in the ribs. Kane with more kicks to the ribs and then he chokes Edge with the rope. Kane gets a near fall on Edge. Kane with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Edge with an Edge-o-Matic and he tags Rey into the match. Rey with a seated splash from the top turnbuckle followed by a drop kick to the knee and a kick to the head. Rey knocks Del Rio off the apron but that gives Kane enough time to recover and he punches Rey when Rey returns his focus to the legal man in the match.

Rey with a kick to Kane and then he tries for a springboard cross body but Kane with an uppercut to Rey. Kane throws Rey to the floor and Del Rio kicks Rey while Kane distracts the referee. Kane Irish whips Rey into the ringside barrier and then he punches Rey before returning to the ring. Kane gets a near fall. Del Rio tags back in and he gets a running start before kicking Rey in the head and he gets a near fall. Del Rio with a gut buster from the shoulders for a near fall.

Del Rio with a figure four body scissors but Rey gets out of the hold. Rey with a kick to the head and a back kick. Del Rio stops Rey’s momentum with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Kane tags back in and he kicks Rey and Irish whips Rey and hits a back breaker and then he stretches Rey on his knee. Rey with punches and then he kicks Kane when he charges into the ring. Rey hits a tilt-a-whirl DDT as a counter and both men are down.

Del Rio and Edge tag in and Edge with a running forearm and clothesline followed by a flapjack. Del Rio has Edge on his shoulders but Edge escapes and counters with an Impaler DDT. Edge has that look in his eyes and he pulls at the hair to signify that the spear is coming. Del Rio gets back to his feet but Kane stops the spear attempt and grabs Edge by the throat. Edge escapes the choke slam and he sends Kane across the ring and Rey pulls down the ropes and Kane goes to the floor.

Edge with a baseball slide to Kane and Rey with a head scissors that sends Del Rio into the ropes for the 619 and then Edge finishes off Del Rio with a spear and he gets the three count.

Winners: Edge and Rey Mysterio

Edge and Rey celebrate in the ring and then we go back to the party.

Chavo is talking to Kaitlyn and Chavo comments on how lame the party is but he knows how to liven it up. Chavo thinks that he is going to inhale helium from the balloons, but his voice does not change and Kaitlyn tells Chavo that there is no helium in the balloons. Chavo can’t believe that and walks away. We see the return of the Chris Masters Pectacular and he is watching Hornswoggle try out but he does not have the same technique as Masters, but Hornswoggle leaves with Kaitlyn.

Big Show is telling Kelly that she is a big girl and she can make her own decisions, but since they are BFFs, he warns Kelly about Drew. He tells her to be careful. Kelly thanks Show for the advice.

Cody Rhodes steps up to the Resolution mic and he says that he has an announcement. Cody wants to know how, as the face of Smackdown, that he can go on with Big Show trying to break his nose. Good thing Big Show is standing right next to Cody so he can respond. Show tells Cody that is his first mistake because if he wanted to break his nose, it would be broken.

Teddy interjects and says that the party every year seems to end up having a fight. Show says that it wouldn’t be much of a fight but Teddy does his job preventing a fight . . . so far. Teddy says that after what he saw in the ring, he wants to announce two matches for the first Smackdown of 2011. Alberto Del Rio will face Rey Mysterio in a two-out-of-three falls match. Kane will face Edge for the World Title in a Last Man Standing Match.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Layla and Michelle McCool versus Beth Phoenix and Natalya

Beth and Michelle start things off and Beth works on the wrist and lifts Michelle by the wrist. Natalya tags back in and they hit a double shoulder tackle and Natalya gets a near fall. Michelle gets to the ropes to stop Natalya’s offense. Michelle tries for the McCool Clash but Natalya grabs the ropes. Michelle sends Natalya to the ropes and Michelle with a kick to the head. We go to commercial.

We are back and Layla has Natalya in a body scissors. Natalya with a forearm to the chest and then gets Layla up for a bear hug but Layla turns it into a lateral press for a near fall. Layla with a drop kick to Natalya and then misses a charge into the corner. Beth tags in and hits a double sledge on Layla. Beth tries to go off the ropes but Michelle pulls the ropes and Beth goes to the floor.

Michelle tags in and she sends Beth into the apron and then kicks her. Michelle with knees to the back and then Layla kicks Beth while the referee was not looking. Michelle with kicks in the corner and chokes Beth. They double team Beth briefly while the referee deals with Natalya on the apron. Layla tags in and kicks Beth and slams her head into the mat. Beth with a rear chin lock but Beth escapes with a snap mare. Beth tries to make the tag but Layla stops her for a moment before Beth kicks her away.

Natalya tags in and hits a few clotheslines and then slams Layla and hits a drop kick to the back and gets a near fall. Layla with a punch and she tries for a kick but Natalya blocks it. Natalya tries for the Sharpshooter but Layla blocks it and sends Natalya into the ropes. Natalya with the Sharpshooter but Michelle with a kick to Layla. Michelle pulls Layla into the corner to make the tag.

Natalya with a back body drop and then she tags Beth in. Michelle tries for a rollup using the ropes but Beth sends Michelle into the ropes and then Beth hits the Glam Slam for the three count.

Winners: Natalya and Beth Phoenix

We return to the party where Teddy Long is at the Microphone of Resolutions and he congratulates everyone on a great year. He says that everyone has matured has human beings. Teddy is proud to announce that this is the first party in WWE history that did not have a fight.

Teddy might have to eat his words because Chavo has something to say. Chavo says that this is the lamest party he has ever been to. Show offers to get Chavo a drink and he pours the punch bowl onto Chavo. Chavo sees Hornswoggle laughing by the cake so he sends Hornswoggle face first into the cake. Things break down and food goes flying everywhere. Chavo says that is what he calls a party and then Hornswoggle throws some cake in his face to end the festivities.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Raw Rebound.

Match Number Five: Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero versus Jack Swagger versus Kofi Kingston in an Intercontinental Title Match

Kofi with a kick to Ziggler and then Swagger punches Kofi. Dolph and Swagger focus on Kofi to weaken him. Kofi with an elbow to Swagger but Swagger with a forearm to the back and an elbow drop to Kofi. Ziggler kicks Kofi as the alliance between Ziggler and Swagger continues. Kofi fights back with punches and kicks. Ziggler with a kick to Kofi and then the double team continues. Swagger sends the knee into the mat as he tries to limit Kofi’s aerial moves. Swagger with a boot to the chest.

Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop to Kofi and then Swagger hits a leaping leg drop on Kofi. Kofi tries to fight from the corner but Ziggler with a flurry of punches to the head. Swagger and Ziggler with a double suplex on Kofi. Ziggler starts to focus on Kofi’s back but Kofi with a kick to Swagger and a forearm to Ziggler. Kofi with a monkey flip to Swagger and then he leaps into the corner and punches Ziggler. Kofi with a European uppercut that sends Ziggler to the floor. Swagger charges at Kofi and Kofi drops down and Swagger goes to the floor. Kofi with a suicide dive and hits both men as we go to commercial.

We are back and Kofi has Swagger in a key lock while Ziggler is still on the floor. We see footage from the commercial break when Kofi punched Swagger repeatedly. Back to the live action and Kofi with a leaping clothesline on Swagger and he gets ready for the Boom Drop but Ziggler trips him from the floor and pulls Kofi to the floor. Ziggler with a clothesline to Kofi.

The alliance appears to be over when Swagger tries to pull Ziggler into the ring by his hair. Dolph pulls Swagger onto the top rope and then hits a running Fameasser and gets a near fall after pulls Swagger from the apron. Swagger goes to the floor and Ziggler turns his attention to Kofi who returns to the ring. Ziggler with a neck breaker and he gets a near fall. Ziggler punches Kofi in the head and then he this a leaping elbow drop and gets a near fall. Ziggler locks in the reverse chin lock but Kofi gets to his feet with elbows. Ziggler slams Kofi’s head to the mat and gets a near fall.

Swagger tries to get back into the ring but Ziggler knocks Swagger off the apron. Ziggler returns to the head lock as he works on Kofi’s neck. Kofi stomps on the foot to get out of the hold and then he connects with a forearm and punch. Ziggler stops Kofi with a kick to the midsection and then he Irish whips Kofi but misses a splash into the corner.

Kofi with chops to Dolph followed by a drop kick and a Superman punch. Kofi hits the Boom Drop and then he sets for Trouble in Paradise. Swagger returns to the ring and he stops Kofi and has him in a waist lock before hitting a German suplex and in the process, Kofi hits Ziggler as he is suplexed. Swagger gets a near fall on Ziggler and then he covers Kofi but only gets a near fall. Ziggler rolls to the apron and Swagger deals with Kofi. Swagger puts Kofi on the turnbuckles and punches Kofi before going for a superplex. Kofi pushes Swagger off the turnbuckles. Ziggler takes his place and tries for a superplex but Kofi blocks it and Swagger gets involved.

Kofi is able to get out of the superplex so Swagger gives Ziggler a running power bomb. Kofi goes up top and hits a cross body on Swagger but he can only get a two count. Kofi tries for the SOS but Swagger avoids it and he dives at Kofi’s knee. Swagger applies the ankle lock but Kofi rolls through. Kofi tries for Trouble in Paradise and misses, landing on the injured knee.

Swagger smells blood in the water and he returns to the ankle lock. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag on Swagger and Ziggler covers Swagger but Kofi breaks up the cover. All three men are down in the ring as they try to get to their feet first to gain an advantage. Ziggler rolls to the apron while Kofi gets to his feet first but he is still feeling the effects of the ankle lock. Kingston with punches and he kicks Swagger. Kofi comes off the turnbuckles and hits a DDT but Vickie puts Swagger’s foot on the rope to stop the count. Swagger with a knee and he tries for the Doctor Bomb but Kofi lands on his feet and hits Trouble in Paradise. Ziggler comes from out of nowhere to get the three count on Kofi with a rollup.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

2011 - Former WWE and UFC champion Brock Lesnar announced he was retiring from MMA after losing via TKO to Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 141 just minutes into the first round.

Lesnar noted that he promised his wife, former WWE star Sable, that if he lost the fight, he would retire from MMA and was keeping his word. He noted that had he won, he would have retired after fighting for the UFC title one last time.

Lesnar looked as if he was there in name only during the fight and never showed any serious sign of offense.