On this day in history in ....
1936 - Dick Shikat defeated Danny O'Mahony for the NWA Heavyweight Wrestling Title.
1939 - Marv Westenberg defeated Steve Casey for the AWA World Heavyweight Title.
1993 - Paul Orndorff defeated Erik Watts in a tournament final for the WCW World Television Title. Previous champion Scott Steiner had been stripped of the title when he left for the WWF, so a tournament was formed with 16 wrestlers divided into two brackets, called the "Anderson Conference" and the "Mr. Wrestling II Conference" in honor of two of the better known Television champions. Orndorff defeated 2 Cold Scorpio, Cactus Jack and Johnny B. Badd to reach the finals, while Watts defeated Johnny Gunn, Maxx Payne and Vinnie Vegas (Kevin Nash) to reach the finals. Interesting to note that Chris Benoit and Robbie V (Rob Van Dam) were in this tournament, long before they would ever get a push in the U.S.
1993 - Steve Austin & Brian Pillman defeated Shane Douglas & Ricky Steamboat for the WCW World Tag Team Championship in Macon, Georgia, beginning the only tag title reign ever for the Hollywood Blondes.
2002 - The 6th Annual Super 8 Tournament was held in, St. Matthew's Parish Hall in Wilmington, Delaware. Here are the results of the tournament:
- Donovan Morgan defeated Pepper Parks.
- Jamie Noble defeated Matt Stryker.
- Red defeated Bobby Rude.
- AJ Styles defeated Xavier.
- Donovan Morgan defeated Jamie Noble.
- AJ Styles defeated Red.
- Donovan Morgan defeated AJ Styles to win the Super 8 Tournament.
2004 - WWE taped Smackdown in Savannah, Georgia. In the most hilarious moment of the night, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas did a parody of the APA (who they were feuding with), then sang a rendition of the West Texas Rednecks (a WCW stable) song "I Hate Rap" with new lyrics making fun of the APA, leading to a brawl between the teams. Also on the show, WWF World Champion Eddie Guerrero was to wrestle Paul Heyman with his hands handcuffed behind his back. However, it was a set-up, as Heyman left the ring and Kurt Angle came out and beat up the handcuffed Eddie. Guerrero responded by spitting in Angle's face, so Angle knocked out Guerrero with the title belt.
2008 - Takeshi Morishima captured the Pro Wrestling NOAH Global Honored Crown today, defeating Mitsuharu Misawa at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
2008 - WWE ran a combined Raw and ECW house show in Muncie, Indiana. Michael Weaver Jr. filed the following live report:
WWE SMACKDOWN & ECW LIVE EVENT
MARCH 2, 2008
JOHN E. WORTHEN ARENA AT BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
The show began with WWE SmackDown! General Manager Assistant, Teddy Long coming out to the ring along with the 2007 Diva Search winner, Eve Torres. Long said the crowd was in for a good night and a lot of fun because Vickie Guerrero was not in the building. He then introduced Eve, who was standing next to him, to the crowd. Long announced two big matches: ECW World Champion, Chavo Guerrero will defend his championship against CM Punk and WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Edge teams up with The Big Show to take on The Undertaker and Finlay. Eve then announced that there would be a Divas Tag Team Match featuring Michelle McCool and Kelly Kelly versus Victoria and Layla El. Long said it was time to get the party started and our first match was to begin. He asked for ECW referee, Scott Armstrong to enter the ring. Long said that Armstrong didn't win Referee of the Year but he's the Referee of the Night. Eve went and sat next to ring announcer Justin Roberts while Teddy Long shook everyone's hand at ringside and down the isle. He even talked with a few of the fans.
1. Kofi Kingston pinned Shelton Benjamin.
2. Big Daddy V (with Matt Striker) pinned Kevin Thorn. Thorn was billed as hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana.
3. Jamie Noble pinned Domino. Before the match, Noble asked Eve to give him a kiss on the cheek and she did.
4. WWE Tag Team Champions, The Miz & John Morrison defeated Jesse & Festus to retain the titles when Miz pinned Festus. Eve was the ring announcer for this match. When the champions made it to the ring, Morrison shushed the crowd but that only made them yell louder. Miz then grabbed the microphone and stated that the fans need to do what the champions tell them to do. He then asked Eve if she was staring at the Chick Magnet and Shaman of Sexy. Miz told Eve he was going to let her dreams come true by taking the shirt off of Morrison. Eve actually did take the shirt off and then playfully slapped Morrison with the shirt. The champions won the match when Miz kicked Festus in the genitals region. After the match, Jesse asked Eve to come into the ring. Eve kissed Festus on the cheek and then Eve and Jesse proceeded to slap the head of Festus to fire him up.
5. WWE United States Champion, "MVP" Montel Vontavious Porter came out for a special VIP Lounge. He said it was hard to find a good leather couch in Muncie and that alcohol isn't sold on Sundays so he couldn't find any Crystal. He said his guest had been on the show before but things got out of hand and he wanted to apologize to the guest and try to make things good with him. I think the fans thought it was going to be Ric Flair as several "Woooooooooos!" could be heard throughout the building. However, MVP introduced the Freebird, Michael PS Hayes. MVP welcomed Hayes to the VIP Lounge and told him about the set issues. He said the last time Hayes was on the show, it was to promote his DVD about World Class Championship Wrestling and he wanted to know how it was doing. Hayes said the DVD did good and he wanted to thank everyone who bought it. He said for those that haven't, for them to go get a copy because it's truly about the message that is in the DVD. He said the message was that people played hard back then but in the end they ended up getting played. MVP then said for all the kids in the audience to heed Hayes advice and not to do drugs or abuse alcohol. MVP reminded the world that Hayes was a mentor to The Hardy Boyz. Hayes told MVP that he didn't come out to have MVP talk like that (negatively against The Hardy Boyz) and if he wanted to do that he could do it by himself. MVP said not to leave that he was sorry. He said Hayes never held a major singles title except for the US belt for a whole thirty days. MVP said he's the longest reigning US Champion in WWE history. Hayes wanted to know how MVP felt about Batista beating him for the belt this coming Friday on SmackDown. MVP said he didn't need to go there but since he did, MVP was going to talk about how it must've made Hayes upset when he realizes that he "raised" the Hardy Boyz in the WWE and neither of them have held a major singles championship like the WWE Championship (WEAVER'S NOTE: Neither has MVP so what's his point? LOL) and it must've upset Hayes when he took Matt Hardy out of action awhile back. Hayes said he was going to whip his but and proceeded to take his jacket off. He then said he wasn't going to do it. Instead he introduced a returning Matt Hardy who ran to the ring and performed the Twist of Fate on MVP. MVP made his way back to the locker room while Hardy and Hayes celebrated in the ring.
6. Michelle McCool and Kelly Kelly defeated Victoria and Layla El when McCool pinned Layla.
7. ECW World Champion, Chavo Guerrero pinned CM Punk to retain the championship. It appeared that Punk may have injured his right knee. Either that or it was a set-up for an angle they will use on television. If their match this Tuesday is half as good as this match was, it could be a Match of the Year candidate. The only issue I had with this match wasn't with either athlete. It was with the fans. I find it highly upsetting that when Chavo goes to pay respect to his late uncle, Eddie Guerrero by using the Three Amigos and the Frog Splash, the fans boo him. I really don't think Chavo is doing anything "in character." He's trying to really pay respect to Latino Heat and it almost sickens me to hear fans boo him when he pays respect, just because he's a "bad guy."
8. In the main event, The Undertaker and Finlay defeated WWE World Champion, Edge and The Big Show when Undertaker pinned Edge. I would dare say that Edge's heel status as hot as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's was back in the 1980s. I have never heard a building get so loud just to boo somebody. Edge slowly walked to the ring and would tear up three posters he saw at ringside. He even argued with a couple of fans. When Edge made it to the ring he stated that the fans need to realize that history was standing before them in the form of two men who will change the face of WrestleMania. Edge said The Big Show is going to destroy Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Edge is going to end the streak of The Undertaker. He reminded fans that he too is undefeated. The Undertaker and Finlay became victorious when The Undertaker tombstoned Edge and pinned him.
2009 - WWE broadcast Raw. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
In less than five weeks, Wrestlemania 25 will take place. Tonight, we will move a few steps closer to the show with a few things being resolved tonight. First, we will have another person entered into the Money in the Bank match that already has CM Punk in it. Randy Orton will decide which title he will challenge for at the pay per view. Will it be his former tag team partner whose wife he did not give an RKO to, or will it be his former tag team partner whose wife he did give an RKO to? John Bradshaw Layfield will also make an announcement tonight. We will also find out who will be the seventeenth to fall short of defeating the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Will it be Mr. Wrestlemania Shawn Michaels or will it be Mr. I Must Break You Vladimir Kozlov? Will a McMahon feel the wrath of the Legacy? How many sledgehammers will be used this week? Will John Cena confront Edge this week? Will he insult Vickie Guerrero? Will Vickie Guerrero continue to leave her mark on the Raw brand?
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor a freaking blizzard can keep you from a Randy Orton/Triple H video package recap, including Randy Orton making the mistake of thinking that Triple H doesn’t bring reinforcement GameHammers. The Benny Hill chase through the back of the arena is the next thing shown and the GameHammer attack of the mirror.
We are live from Boston, Massachusetts and your announcers are Michael ‘Did anyone find Hornswoggle, I lost him in a snow bank’ Cole and Jerry ‘Is CM Punk going to do snow angels tonight’ Lawler.
Jerry Lawler is in the ring and he says that Vickie Guerrero wanted him to make the following announcement. Tonight on Raw, there will be a World Title match. Edge will defend the title against John Cena.
It is time for Piper’s Pit, but Chris Jericho is your host. Chris says that he was not planning on doing this, but he welcomes everyone to Piper’s Pit. Chris talks about how he has been ridiculed by the fans for what he has done to the legends. Chris says that he got the original set and is going to host it. Chris says that it was a groundbreaking show and featured many great moments. We see footage of Piper hitting Jimmy Snuka with a coconut almost 25 years ago.
Chris brings out his guest, Jimmy Snuka.
Chris asks Jimmy to sit down and he does. Chris talks about the matches between Snuka and Piper after that episode of Piper’s Pit. We go to footage from those matches. Chris tells Jimmy to wait his turn to talk. Chris says that Jimmy is a grim reminder of what can happen to legends. He calls Snuka the poster boy for Mickey Rourke. He says that Jimmy is in his mid-60s and he embarrasses himself by working independent shows. Chris reminds Jimmy about his time in the Royal Rumble with Piper and he says that Piper and Snuka were selfish for taking those spots away. Chris says that Jimmy needed to hear the crowd one more time. Chris says that the problem with the Hall of Famers is that they are sick in the head and too occupied with their egos to pack it in. Chris says that he brought Snuka out to show them what could happen if you are not careful. Jericho calls him a pathetic disgrace.
Jimmy gets up and Chris asks him if that makes Jimmy angry. Chris says that he will tell Jimmy slowly so he can understand. He tells Jimmy that he is finished and nobody cares about him any more. He tells Jimmy to go home and pack it in.
Jimmy says that he does not understand so Chris says that he isn’t getting through to anyone. Chris says that they can go old school and he brings out some fruit for Jimmy. Chris has a coconut and he asks Jimmy if he wants to relive the past. Jimmy catches the coconut and he throws the table aside. Chris begs for mercy and he runs away. While Snuka poses, Jericho knocks the set onto Snuka. Jericho kicks him and asks Jimmy if he wants to relive the past. Jericho whips Snuka with his belt.
We go to commercial.
We are back and did you know that David Caruso’s glasses couldn’t even get more viewers than the second hour of Raw.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Chris Jericho trying to relive the past with Jimmy Snuka.
Jerry Lawler says that Jericho’s actions are inexcusable.
We see footage of CM Punk getting into Money in the Bank after pinning John Morrison last week.
Match Number One: Kane versus Rey Mysterio versus Mike Knox in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
Rey is outside the ring and Knox chases after him. Kane punches Rey when Rey returns to the ring. Rey with knees to Kane but Kane catches Rey on a seated splash attempt. Rey gets out of the power bomb attempt but Knox throws Rey out of the ring. Knox and Kane both hit big boots and they go down. We go to commercial.
We are back and Knox has Rey on his knee as he stretches him. Rey with a knee to try to get out of the hold. Rey avoids a big boot but Kane pulls Rey out of the ring and flings him into the ringside barrier. Time for the big men to battle as Knox punches Kane and follows that with a knee to the midsection. Knox with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Knox with a reverse chin lock. Kane with a belly-to-back suplex to Knox. Knox takes Kane down and then he tries to bring Rey back into the ring. Rey with a rana to Knox and then he hits a bulldog on Knox for a two count. Rey with a drop kick to Kane’s head. Knox with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to Rey for a near fall. Knox gets Rey up for a running power slam, but Rey counters with a DDT but Kane breaks up the cover. Kane with an Irish whip and he catches Rey on his shoulder. Kane goes into the turnbuckles with a drop toe hold. Knox sends Rey into Kane and Kane goes down. Rey sends Knox into the ropes in 619 position. Kane grabs Rey by the throat but Kane with a boot to Knox. Rey hits the 619 on Kane and then hits the springboard seated senton. Knox breaks up the cover. Knox hits the corkscrew DDT but Kane choke slams Knox for the three count.
After the match, Kane gives Rey a choke slam.
We see Vladimir Kozlov doing dips in the back. We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to take a look back at one of Buck Woodward’s favorite matches . . . the Hart/Michaels Iron Man Match.
Todd Grisham is with Shawn Michaels in the locker room. Todd asks Shawn about his match against Vladimir Kozlov and how will he be able to win. Shawn says that he does not need to be reminded about what happened last week. Shawn says that last year has been one of the most traumatic years of his life. Shawn says that he has gone to Wrestlemania every year and he has stolen the show each time. Shawn tells Kozlov that he will end his streak and go to Wrestlemania where he will end Taker’s streak.
Maryse and Melina are with Cole and Lawler.
Match Number Two: Mickie James and Kelly Kelly versus Beth Phoenix and Jillian Hall
Beth sends Kelly into the turnbuckles but Kelly with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Beth gets flipped onto her feet and Beth powerbombs Kelly into the turnbuckles and chokes her in the corner. Jillian also works over Kelly while Beth is with the ref. Jillian tags in and she tosses Kelly by the hair. Kelly kicks Jillian and tags in Mickie. Mickie with a snap mare and drop kick to Jillian followed by one to Beth. Jillian kicks Mickie but Mickie with an elbow. Jillian with a forearm in the corner and then it is time for the screeching handspring elbow but she jumps into boots from Mickie. Mickie with a Thesz Press from the top but Beth breaks it up. Kelly tags in with a sunset flip and the three count.
Winners: Kelly Kelly and Mickie James
After the match, Rosa attacks Kelly and Melina tries to get involved in the melee but Maryse pulls her off the apron and hits a DDT on Melina.
Cole and Lawler talk about the issues with Randy Orton and Triple H. Did you miss the video package at the start of the show because it is on again.
Randy Orton comes to the ring with Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, lawyers, accountants, security, and maybe even Billy Krotchsen. We go to commercial before we find out the name of his opponent at Wrestlemania.
We are back and Randy is about to speak. Randy points out that as the winner of the Royal Rumble, he is entitled to a championship match at Wrestlemania. Randy says that he is challenging the winner of the John Cena and Edge match tonight. Randy says that some expected him to challenge Triple H, but that is not going to happen. Triple H is not going to Wrestlemania, he is going to jail. Randy says that he is pressing charges against Triple H for his assault with a deadly weapon last week. Randy says that he dropped his hammer before Hunter got to the ring. Randy says that he wanted to settle things like men, but Hunter had a concealed sledgehammer and used it on DiBiase and Rhodes. Randy says that his life could have ended that night. Randy tells Hunter that it is time to face the music. If Hunter has anything to say, he should come out because very soon, he will be going away for a long time.
Hunter’s music plays and he comes out and he has his GameHammer. He says that Randy’s doctors and lawyers say that he has a disease and he is not in control of his actions. Hunter says that he is in complete of his actions. Hunter walks to the ring and drops his GameHammer. Orton tells them to move out of the way and Hunter gets on the apron.
Hunter tells Orton that they tell you what you want to hear, but he tells Randy what he needs to hear. Hunter says that it is about Randy. It is about how Orton wants this to end. Hunter says that Randy needs this story to end. Randy has taken out the entire McMahon family so now he needs to go to Wrestlemania to beat him for the WWE Title. He says that Orton needs to avenge the moment that defines his life. Hunter reminds Randy of the night he got Ortoned after becoming the youngest WWE Champion. Hunter reminds Orton that he beat the hell out of him. Hunter asks Orton how long he had the title. Was it a month? Hunter says that he does not run from his past. He says that he is not a good person and never has been a good person. He wasn’t happy for Randy’s success. He says that he made a conscious decision and he took what was his. Now Randy has that opportunity to avenge that night. He can go to the biggest stage and beat Hunter for the WWE Title and put all of it behind him. However, Randy makes a conscious choice to run. Hunter says that it is because Randy is afraid. Hunter tells Orton that he has been afraid his whole life. Hunter tells Orton that he does not have what it takes. Hunter says that Orton can hide behind his lawyers and security and talk tough, but Hunter knows the truth. Randy is that same little kid who was carrying his bags around in Evolution. Hunter says that he is the same little boy with all of the talent in the world, but is gutless.
The vein in Orton’s head starts to throb and one of Randy’s attorneys says that Randy has nothing to say unless Hunter turns himself in. The security are about to take Hunter out of the ring, but Orton tells them to stop and let him go. Randy says that he thinks he has changed his mind. Randy says that he won’t be facing Edge or John Cena at Wrestlemania, he will be facing Hunter under one condition. They settle it at Wrestlemania. Randy says that Hunter does not lay his hands on him until Wrestlemania unless provoked or the match is off the table and he presses charges. Hunter says that they have a deal.
Hunter leaves the ring and Orton says that if Hunter wants to get all personal, it felt great, regardless of whether he was in control of things, when he kicked the old man in the skull. It felt better when he did it to Shane. When he hit the RKO on his wife, he replays it over and over in his head. He says that he can still smell her scent and her skin was so soft. Randy asks Hunter if she knows what was the last thing she felt before the RKO.
Hunter returns to the ring and gets in Orton’s face and he says the last time they fought in the ring, he broke Orton’s collarbone. That was business, but this is personal. Next time, it will be Orton’s neck. Hunter leaves the ring and we go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Shawn Michaels defeating Bradshaw in the who will face Vladimir Kozlov to wrestle Taker at Wrestlemania Qualifying Match and the post match festivities with Vladimir Kozlov.
In case you missed it, we see highlights from Vladimir Kozlov defeating Undertaker on Smackdown last week.
Match Number Three: Shawn Michaels versus Vladimir Kozlov in a Who Gets to Lose to Undertaker and be Number 17 Match
Michaels avoids Kozlov as Kozlov tries to corner Michaels. Kozlov with forearms but Michaels gets out of the corner. Michaels with a side head lock but Kozlov with shoulders in the corner. Michaels tries for a sunset flip but Kozlov pulls him up and puts Shawn in a bear hug. Shawn boxes Kozlov’s ears and then he clips Kozlov and hits a drop kick. Shawn with a figure four leg lock but Kozlov reverses. Shawn goes to the floor and Kozlov raises his arms because he can. We go to commercial.
We are back and Kozlov with shoulders in the corner. Michaels with a chop to Kozlov but Kozlov with an Irish whip and Michaels with the Michaels flip. Kozlov puts Michaels on the top turnbuckle and then he head butts Michaels in the ribs. Kozlov with a running power slam for a near fall. Kozlov with a back breaker to Michaels and then he hits a second one. Kozlov with a torture rack on Michaels but Michaels punches his way out of the hold. Kozlov with a vicious back elbow for a near fall. Kozlov with forearms to the head and then he applies a bear hug. Michaels with punches to Kozlov followed by a chop. Michaels tries for the ‘vintage’ flying forearm but Kozlov with a head butt to counter it and Kozlov gets a near fall. Kozlov sends Michaels into the corner and he chokes Michaels with his boot. Kozlov with forearms to Michaels and then he puts Michaels on the top turnbuckles for an overhead belly-to-belly but Michaels stops him and he sends Kozlov off the turnbuckles and Michaels sets for the elbow drop and he hits it. Michaels sets for Sweet Chin Music and he hits it for the three count.
Winner: Shawn Michaels
After the match, the lights go blue and Taker’s music plays and he comes into the arena. Taker signals what he is going to do to Michaels while flames rise next to him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and did you know that Raw still gets good ratings.
We see a lot of snow on the ground in Boston.
Cole and Lawler talk about 12 Rounds and we get to take a look at Cena’s character in the movie.
It is time to see the next man into the WWE Hall of Fame and it is Bill Watts who will be inducted by Jim Ross.
Edge is in the back with Todd Grisham and Todd asks him about the title match. Edge says that he does not like Todd’s tone. Cena has been demanding a title match and he is giving him his match. Edge says that it is not because Cena was knocked out last week on Smackdown. Edge says that it is because they are less than an hour from Cena’s home town. We go to commercial.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: Show knocking out John Cena on Smackdown.
Match Number Five: John Cena versus Edge for the World Title
They lock up and Cena with a side head lock and take down. Edge backs Cena into the corner and Edge with a side head lock and take down. Edge with a kick and punch to Cena followed by a forearm. Edge charges at Cena but Cena ducks down and Edge goes over the top rope to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Edge with a reverse chin lock and we are told that Edge has focused on Cena’s neck. Edge with a boot to the head and Cena goes down again. Edge with an elbow to the head followed by a forearm and punch. Edge punches Cena and Irish whips Cena followed by a clothesline for a near fall. Edge with an Irish whip but Cena avoids a clothesline and Cena with two shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb. Time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Edge moves and gets a near fall. Cena tries for the Attitude Adjustment but Edge counters with a breakdown for a near fall. Cena goes to the apron and Cena with a shoulder and a sunset flip attempt but Edge with an elbow drop. Edge tries for the Impaler DDT but Cena counters with a rollup for a near fall. Edge hits the Impaler DDT for a two count. Edge goes to the apron and up top but Cena stops him and Cena tries for an Attitude Adjustment from the turnbuckles but Edge escapes the hold and Edge knocks Cena off the turnbuckles and Cena hits the apron and ring post. Cena makes it in at nine and Edge is not happy. Cena with a leap frog neck breaker and then Cena goes up top for the Rocker Dropper. Now it is time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and he hits it. Cena sets for the Attitude Adjustment but Edge gets out of the hold. Edge with a Sharpshooter and Cena eventually makes it to the ropes. Edge sets for the spear and Cena with a drop toe hold into the STF. Edge reaches for the ropes and he gets it. Edge with a spear and both men are down until Edge gets a near fall.
Edge goes outside the ring and he brings in the title belt. The referee takes the belt away but Edge grabs it back and hits Cena in the head with the belt. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: John Cena by disqualification
AAfter the match, Big Show stands next to Edge on the ramp. Show looks at Edge and Edge wants Show to help him get up but Show does nothing. Vickie Guerrero comes out and she has a mic. Vickie introduces the number one contender for the World Title and Edge’s opponent at Wrestlemania . . . The Big Show.
2010/strong>- WWE broadcast NXT. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are live on tape from Wichita, Kansas and your announcers are Josh ‘Are you Tough Enough’ Mathews and Michael ‘Compared to my co-host on Mondays I am Lance Russell’ Cole with backstage interviewer Matt ‘Casual Tuesdays’ Striker.
We start off with highlights from last week’s show including Daniel Bryan’s match against Chris Jericho.
Matt Striker is in the back and he welcomes everyone to the show. He says that he is excited about the concept of NXT and how the rookies are here to impress the fans as well as the mentors because the mentors are the ones who vote on the rookies. They cannot vote for or against their rookie.
Match Number One: David Otunga with R Truth versus Darren Young with CM Punk, Luke Gallows, and Serena
Young with a kick and he sends Otunga into the turnbuckles. Otunga with a hip toss and arm drag followed by a slam and he gets a near fall. Otunga with an Irish whip and running clothesline into the corner. Young with an Irish whip and a neck breaker. Young with a kick to the back followed by a snap mare and knee drop. Young with a rear chin lock and his knee in Otunga’s back. Young turns it into a reverse chin lock but Otunga with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Otunga with a shoulder from the apron but he tries again and Young with a knee and then Young drops Otunga on the top rope and Otunga goes to the floor. Otunga gets back on the apron but Young with a drop kick that sends Otunga to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Young with a cravate on Otunga and then he drops a knee on Otunga’s head. Young with a suplex to Otunga and he gets another near fall. Young with another cravate on Otunga. Otunga with a punch but Young with a running back elbow and a kick to the head. Young with a knee to the head and then he returns to the cravate. Otunga with a punch but Young with a forearm to the back and then he sends Otunga into the turnbuckles. Young with an Irish whip but he misses a charge and Otunga with a near fall on a rollup. Young with a clothesline for a near fall. Young with a rear chin lock and a forearm to the back and then he sends Otunga into the turnbuckles. Otunga with a kick and elbow to Young followed by clotheslines. Young tries for a neck breaker but Otunga with a shoulder tackle that sends Young to the floor. Otunga rolls Young back in and then Gallows and Truth have some words on the floor. Punk trips Otunga and then Young hits a full nelson into a Flatline for the three count.
Winner: Darren Young
After the match, Otunga pushes Truth away as he leaves the ring.
We take a look at Daniel Bryan. Bryan mentions that he is from Washington. He points out that he has been wrestling for ten years and thinks that he is better than anyone in the ring. He says that he is a submission wrestler who utilizes the entire body. He mentions that he was trained by Shawn Michaels in 1999 and says that he started with Michaels when he graduated from high school. Bryan says that he is very laid back outside the ring. He says that he has been looking at this for the last ten years and his goal is to headline Wrestlemania. This is the first step. He says that nothing will stop him from his dream.
Cole defends his comments from last week and says that Bryan hasn’t established himself in the ring yet.
Josh mentions Bryan’s match with Jericho last week and we see the highlight of Bryan going into the announce table on a suicide dive.
We see Miz berating Bryan after last week’s match.
The medical staff checks on Bryan’s rib and the Miz enters. He says that Bryan learned a valuable lesson that he is dirt, scum, and nothing in the WWE. He tells Bryan that he will respect him. Miz tells Bryan that even when he has a boo boo he has to wrestle. Miz tells Bryan that he has a match with Wade Barrett and that match is next. Miz slaps Bryan in the rib as Bryan gets taped up and we go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that NXT got better ratings than other channels.
We see footage from the commercial break when Matt Striker asked Otunga what happened. Otunga says that he was jumped when he had the match won and then Truth comes into the interview area in back and he pushes Otunga and they fight on the ground before they are separated by referees.
Chris Jericho comes out with his rookie, Wade Barrett. Chris says that it is time for the failures in the crowd to meet the newest success story, his protégé Wade Barrett. We have a video package. He mentions that he is six foot seven and he says that he will be able to dominate anyone. He mentions that he fought all over Europe and was a Bare Knuckles Champion. He talks about how he needed to make more money and that is why he came to the WWE. He is not here to wow the fans, he is here for the contract and to be the next WWE Superstar.
Cole asks Jericho about his relationship with Barrett. Jericho says that Barrett is listening to him. Jericho mentions Bryan’s injuries at his hands last week. Jericho says that Bryan is a seasoned veteran but he is a rookie in the WWE. He has wowed and amazed fans around the world, but not in the WWE.
Match Number Two: Wade Barrett with Chris Jericho versus Daniel Bryan
Barrett with a kick to the ribs and then he connects with a forearm to the ribs followed by a shoulder to the injured ribs and Bryan goes to the apron. Barrett with an Irish whip and a back breaker for a near fall.
We see Carlito and the Miz watching in the back and then Barrett with a belly-to-back suplex to Bryan. Bryan side steps Barrett and Barrett goes to the floor. Bryan with a running knee off the apron. Bryan misses a springboard move and Barrett gets a near fall. Barrett with a slam from the shoulders and gets the three count.
Winner: Wade Barrett
After the match, Chris Jericho kicks Bryan in the ribs and then he puts Bryan in the Walls of Jericho.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
Cole wants to know why Sheamus attacked Triple H at the end of Raw. Josh brings Michael back to this show and we see highlights from the tag match from last week and the teamwork between Christian and Heath Slater.
We see Heath Slater talking about how everyone loves him and he mentions his Twitter account. Christian says that there is a difference between being confident and overconfidence. He talks about David Otunga and Daniel Bryan. Christian says that the fans were reacting to him, not Heath. Christian motivates Heath in the gym.
Matt Striker is with Justin Gabriel and Matt Hardy in the interview area. Justin says that he couldn’t ask for a better mentor and he calls Matt his sensei. Matt says that Justin will use a lot of high flying maneuvers and reminds him of a young Matt Hardy.
We have a video package for Skip Sheffield. He calls himself a crazy cornfed meathead. He says that he isn’t the smartest man or the best trained wrestler. He is an entertainer and then he rhymes a lot. He calls himself a brawler and says that he has wanted to be a WWE superstar since he was twelve. He is going to make the most of it and go full blast. Skip says that he is going to win it and he gives us his catchphrase.
Match Number Three: William Regal and Skip Sheffield versus Matt Hardy and Justin Gabriel
Sheffield and Gabriel start things off and they lock up and Sheffield backs Gabriel into the corner and he gives a clean break. Gabriel with a shoulder in the corner followed by an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner followed by a snap mare and kick to the back. Gabriel with a drop kick and drop toe hold into an arm bar. Hardy tags in and he punches Sheffield. Hardy and Sheffield with double back elbows followed by more double team moves. Hardy works on the arm and then Gabriel tags in and Hardy with a clothesline into the corner followed by a splash on Poetry in Motion as we go to commercial.
We are back and Regal with a back elbow to Gabriel followed by a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Regal with an arm bar and cross face. Gabriel with a forearm but Regal with one that sends Gabriel to the mat. Regal with forearms and knees in the corner followed by an Exploder. Regal tells Sheffield that is what he needs to do but Hardy makes the tag while Regal was talking to Sheffield. Regal with knees to Hardy and then he chokes him. Hardy goes to the floor and then Sheffield and Regal have some words. Regal with a kick and then he stands on Hardy’s chest. Sheffield comes in and he punches Hardy and then he slams Matt and then he does a shuffle before hitting a splash and gets a near fall. Sheffield with punches and kicks to Hardy. Regal tags back in and he connects with an uppercut on Hardy. Hardy tries for a backslide but Regal counters with a forearm to the neck. Regal backs Hardy into the corner and Sheffield tags in and he punches Hardy. Sheffield gets a near fall on Hardy and then he goes to the reverse chin lock. Sheffield tries for a power slam but Hardy counters with a neck breaker and both men are down. Regal tags in and he kicks Hardy in the head. Regal lectures Sheffield and tells him not to do stupid things. Regal with a forearm to Hardy but Hardy with a Twist of Fate out of nowhere and then Gabriel is tagged in and he hits the 450 Splash for the three count.
Winners: Matt Hardy and Justin Gabriel
WWe go Matt Striker with the other rookies. Matt says that one of the rookies will become a breakout star and then Carlito comes out and he takes a bite of his apple and spits it in Heath Slater’s face. Carlito says that is cool. Slater wants to know if that is all Carlito is going to do and walk away.
2011 - ROH champion Roderick Strong and El Generico signed deals with Ring of Honor.
2011 - WWE filed a trademark on the term Sherriff Austin.
2011 - Derrick Bateman underwent knee surgery.
2012 - WWE broadcast Smackdown. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
The show begins with a look at what Daniel Bryan did to Randy Orton to keep Orton out of the Elimination Chamber. What will happen when the Venom is out for a victim and he has a Vegan in his sights.
We are live on tape from Seattle, Washington and your announcers are Josh ‘Where did Bob Lancaster go’ Mathews, Booker ‘Remember when I wrestled HHH at Wrestlemania in this town’ T, and Michael ‘Why do people want me to go to the top of the Space Needle’ Cole.
The man who will face Daniel Bryan for the World Championship at Wrestlemania makes his way to the ring.
Sheamus says that since winning the Royal Rumble, all he can think about is Wrestlemania. Stepping into the ring in front of 80,000 people in the building and millions around the world, he is going to be in the main event of the greatest show on Earth. He cannot wait to face the World Champion Daniel Bryan. Since Bryan became World Champion, he has become conceited and obsessed. He says that Bryan reminds him after he won his first WWE Championship, him.
He thought he was the greatest thing ever and he deserved it. Sheamus says that he got wrapped up in his own ego. Sheamus says that he should have realized how lucky he was because the WWE Championship was the greatest trophy he could have earned. Instead he became the one thing he despised his entire life. He became a bully. He needed someone to remind him where he came from and to knock his block off. Daniel Bryan needs the same thing. On April 1st, he will show Bryan and kick his arse and become the new World Champion.
Vickie Guerrero comes out with Dolph Ziggler and throws out a few excuse mes. She says that she is impressed with Sheamus’ story. Vickie says that her favorite part of his story was when he stopped talking.
Dolph says that they don’t want to spoil this heartfelt moment but he wonders if anyone cares about his story. Sheamus wants to give the people what they want and they deserve to see the biggest show off in the main event of Wrestlemania. Dolph tells Sheamus that his hair is on fire.
Sheamus throws out a really before calling Dolph fella. He says that the joke is almost as old as Dolph’s grandmother Vickie.
Vickie says that she is not old, she is experienced. There is all of this talk about John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long running both shows, and she says that they prefer John over the bald nincompoop. Vickie says that she is the last person without the last name of McMahon to ever be a general manager of Raw and Smackdown.
Vickie is interrupted by the man who dances for no reason, Teddy Long. Teddy says that the only thing that Vickie is going to run is Dolph Ziggler’s career into the ground. He calls Vickie ‘baby girl’ and then introduces Dolph to his opponent tonight, Sheamus.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Sheamus versus Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero
The match is joined in progress and Dolph avoids Sheamus and he celebrates. Sheamus with a hip lock take down into a side head lock. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle but Dolph with a drop kick and Dolph celebrates. They lock up and Ziggler with a side head lock. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle and Dolph misses a drop kick. Sheamus with a clothesline and then he sends Ziggler into the turnbuckles.
Ziggler tries to escape but Sheamus puts Ziggler in the ropes and he connects with the series of forearms across the chest. Sheamus suplexes Ziggler back into the ring and gets a near fall. Ziggler rolls to the floor and Sheamus goes after Ziggler and brings him back into the ring. Ziggler with a kick as Sheamus returns to the ring and Ziggler with a neck breaker that sends Sheamus’ neck into the ropes and Ziggler gets a near fall.
Ziggler with punches and kicks in the corner and he hits another neck breaker and gets a near fall. Ziggler with a series of elbows and punches followed by elbow drops and he gets a near fall. Ziggler with a reverse chin lock but Sheamus gets to his feet and he punches Ziggler but Ziggler with a kick and Sheamus avoids a kick to the head and Sheamus with clotheslines followed by a power slam for a near fall.
Sheamus tries for a short arm clothesline but Ziggler avoids it and he applies the sleeper. Sheamus falls to his knees but Sheamus gets a second wind and he backs into the turnbuckles to escape the hold. Ziggler reapplies the hold but Sheamus sends Ziggler to the floor.
Ziggler goes up top and he is caught by Sheamus who hits the uranage back breaker and Vickie puts Dolph’s foot on the rope to stop the referee’s count. Sheamus signals that it is over and he sets for the Celtic Cross but Ziggler escapes and gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Sheamus with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall.
Vickie signals to the back and Jack Swagger comes to the ring but Sheamus with a Brogue Kick to send Swagger to the floor. Ziggler hits the Fameasser but Sheamus kicks out at two. Ziggler sets for the sleeper but Sheamus holds on to the ropes and then he hits the Air Raid Crash for the three count.
We are told about the Freaky Friday moment where Teddy Long will be in charge of Raw next week while John Laurinaitis (with his coffee clatch) will be in charge of Smackdown.
We see footage from last week’s Smackdown when there was a lot of shenanigans leading into a good finish. Then we see what happened on Raw when Sheamus got involved again in a Daniel Bryan match.
Teddy Long is walking in the back and he is talking about the text message he received. He says that he cannot wait until Monday. He tells Aksana that he has to call her back. Teddy looks like he has just seen a Dude and it is John Laurinaitis and David Otunga (with his travel mug). Teddy reminds John that this is his office.
John says that he is here as the better man and he is here for an apology. John says that he injured his back last week and David chimes in and says that John is a tough man because he normally should not have been standing. David says that he is thinking of filing a civil action against Teddy for his brutality. John says that he will accept an apology instead.
Teddy says that he thinks everyone liked what he did to John last week.
John says that Teddy won’t get a laugh next week when he shows everyone how to run Smackdown.
Teddy announces that Otunga will be facing Great Khali on Raw.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Santino and his cobra training for action and confronting Heath Slater.
Match Number Two: Santino Marella versus Heath Slater
Slater tries to attack Santino while he throws his shirt but Santino with a split and punches. Santino with a back elbow and hip toss. Santino tries for the diving head butt and Slater gets his knees up. Slater kicks Santino and chokes him. Santino blocks a punch from Slater and connects with a punch. Slater with punches and kicks to Marella and he continues the attack.
Santino with chops to Slater but Slater with a leg lariat for a near fall. Slater with punches to Santino and the referee warns him. Slater goes up top and Santino recovers and hits the ropes and it crotches Slater. Santino goes into his gear and pulls out his puppet and he hits the Cobra on Slater and gets the three count.
Winner: Santino Marella
We go to commercial.
We are back with a video package from last year’s Wrestlemania and the match between Triple H and Undertaker.
Eve Torres is in the locker room getting ready and Natalya enters. Natalya wants to talk about how they never saw eye to eye but she thinks that what Eve did to Zack is inexcusable. Eve thanks Natalya for breaking the news to her. She says that she is honest enough to admit that she used Zack. She says that Zack might have been honest and genuine but he really stinks.
Natalya leaves a message for Eve and it is not with her mouth. Natalya tells Eve that stinks and leaves. We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Eve Torres versus Natalya
They lock up and Eve works on the wrist but Natalya rolls through and applies a side head lock. Eve escapes and Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. Natalya with a waist lock but Eve with a hammer lock but Natalya with a wrist lock and Eve with a leg sweep. Each woman with kip ups.
Eve slaps Natalya but Natalya with a double leg take down and punches. Eve with a kick to the knee and Eve with a Japanese choke into a modified camel clutch. Natalya escapes and she tries for a rollup but Eve rolls through and gets the three count.
Winner: Eve Torres
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring.
We see footage from two weeks ago on Raw when Cody Rhodes helped eliminate Big Show to allow Chris Jericho to win the battle royal.
Cody says last week he chronicled Big Show’s pock marked rear end and his loss to Akebono at Wrestlemania 21. On Monday night, we saw Floyd Mayweather knocking out Big Show at Wrestlemania 24 for the Embarrassing Moment du Jour.
Cody says that Show has him on the top of his you know what list because he cost Show his chance to wrestle at Wrestlemania. Cody says that he hopes it is a thank you list so he would not fail on the grandest stage of them all. He knows that Show is the World’s Largest Athlete and a former champion, but at ‘The Big Show’ he is a choke artist. Cody says that if we need proof, there is a lot of footage of Big Show’s Most Embarrassing Moments at Wrestlemania.
Big Show interrupts Cody and he makes his way to the ring.
Cody leaves the ring and goes into the crowd.
Show tells Cody to hold on and he wants to know where he is going. Show says that he wants to see the next video because he can laugh at himself. Show wants Cody to come back down and they can watch the video together like friends.
Show says that if Cody is not going to come down to the ring, then he will have to go get him.
Teddy Long comes out and he tells Show to wait a minute. He tells Show that this isn’t Pamplona, Spain and he cannot burst into the crowd and knock people over like the running of the bulls. Teddy tells Show that it is a done deal.
If Cody wants to talk about a Wrestlemania moment, Cody gets one when he puts his Intercontinental Title on the line at Wrestlemania against the Big Show.
Match Number Four: Mark Henry versus Big Show
Henry with a kick and punches to Show but Show punches back. Henry with a clothesline and punch to Show. Henry clotheslines Show over the top rope to the floor. Henry goes to the floor and he head butts Show and Irish whips Show over the ringside barrier into the ring announcer pit.
Henry returns to the ring and Show struggles to get to his feet but Show makes it back into the ring in time. Henry sends Show into the turnbuckle and we go to commercial.
We are back and Cody Rhodes has joined the announce team.
Henry with knees to Show followed by a double sledge to the back. Show goes to the floor and Henry follows after him. Henry runs Show into the ring post and then he picks up the ring steps and he wants to hit Show with them but Show moves when Henry throws them at Show.
Show and Henry return to the ring and Henry punches Show and then Henry with a splash into the corner and Show goes down. Henry goes up for a Vader Bomb and he hits it but Show kicks out. Henry runs into a boot from Show and Show with a spear but Show is still in pain from what happened earlier in the match.
Show signals for the choke slam and he grabs Henry but Henry blocks it and he hits the World’s Strongest Slam but Show is able to kick out even with injured ribs. Henry runs into a right hand from Henry and Henry is out. Show takes his time and he covers Henry and gets the three count.
Winner: Big Show
After the match, Cody gets up from his seat at the announce table and he looks at Show.
Teddy Long sees Drew McIntyre in the back and Teddy reminds Drew that if he continued losing, he would let him go. Tonight, he really means it because if Drew loses, he is fired.
We go to footage from Big Show’s match versus Randy Orton when Bryan attacked both men with the title belt.
Matt Striker is in the locker room with Randy Orton. Matt asks Randy how he feels. Randy says that he feels fine and he is back to normal. He means that he is angry, cold blooded, and hellbent on revenge against Daniel Bryan. Daniel Bryan cost him the opportunity to walk into Wrestlemania as the World Champion. Bryan does not know the price that he will have to pay and tonight Randy will collect.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Justin Gabriel versus Drew McIntyre in a If Drew loses tonight, he is really really really really really really really fired . . . and this time we might actually mean it Match
Gabriel with forearms but Drew with a clothesline after blocking a kick and he gets a near fall. Drew with a punch. Gabriel floats over the back but he misses a round kick but Drew with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Drew kicks Gabriel in the corner and the referee warns Drew and Drew begs not to disqualify him.
Drew with clotheslines in the corner and he wants to make sure that he does not get disqualified. Gabriel avoids a clothesline and then he hits a tornado DDT. Gabriel goes up top and hits the 450 splash for the three count.
Winner: Justin Gabriel
After the match, Teddy appears on the HollaTron and he tells Drew that he gave him a lot of chances but he has to let him go.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the Raw Rebound.
Daniel Bryan is in the interview area with AJ and Matt Striker. Matt asks Daniel about his match with Randy Orton. Daniel says that he is way beyond having butterflies in his stomach. Bryan wants to talk about Sheamus and how he has the audacity to say that Daniel has changed. Daniel says that he is the same person who was raised in Aberdeen, Washington . . . but he moved to Las Vegas as soon as he could. Bryan says that he is still a vegan and he still does not own a television. He says that he is still the love of AJ’s life. He says that he is still a role model. He beat two giants inside a steel cage at the Royal Rumble. He defied the odds by beating five five five five men inside the Elimination Chamber. He will be the person who defeats Randy Orton later tonight. Daniel says that he will be the one who will defy everyone’s expectations and walk in and out of Wrestlemania as the World Champion.
Match Number Six: Daniel Bryan versus Randy Orton in a Non Title Match
Orton with a kick and forearms but Bryan with a few punches. Orotn with an Irish whip and then he sends Bryan back into the turnbuckles. Orton sends Bryan to the floor and then into the ringside barriers. Orton with a clothesline and then he sends Bryan into the ring steps. Orton stomps on Bryan’s head on the top step.
They return to the ring and Orton punches Bryan in the corner and the referee has to pull Orton out of the corner. Orton puts Bryan on top and he appears to set up for a superplex but Bryan holds on to the top turnbuckle and he head butts Orton off the turnbuckles to the mat. Bryan waits for Orton to get up and he hits the running drop kick into the corner and Orton is down.
Bryan with a drop kick to the left arm as he tries to set for the LeBell Lock. Bryan with a single arm DDT and he gets a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan uses the ropes to continue to work on the left arm. Bryan with kicks to the chest. Bryan continues to work on the shoulder. We see Bryan stomping on the elbow during the commercial break.
Orton with a kick and punches but Bryan with a kick. Orton sends Bryan to the apron and Bryan drops Orton across the top rope. Bryan goes up top but Orton with a drop kick and both men are down. Orton with a clothesline or two but Bryan misses one and Orton with a power slam. Orton gets a near fall.
Bryan with kicks but Orton with a kick of his own and then he sends Bryan to the apron for the IEDDT. Orton looks at AJ and then he twists into the RKO position but Bryan is able to counter and he tries for the LeBell Lock. Orton avoids it and he tries for another RKO. Bryan goes to the floor and Orton follows after him.
Orton punches Bryan and sends him into the ring barrier. Orton tries for the IEDDT off the apron and then it is time for Hellfire and Brimstone.
Bryan gets into the ring and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Daniel Bryan by count out
After the match, Orton goes up the ramp and he attacks Kane. Kane with a kick to the shoulder and then he sends Orton into the ring. Bryan leaves the ring and AJ is frozen in the ring. Orton attack Kane and AJ is able to leave. Orton clotheslines Kane over the top rope and they continue to fight around the ring. Kane slams Orton’s head into the announce table and he punches Orton. Orton punches back and Orton slams Kane’s head into the announce table a few times.
They return to the ring and Kane sends Orton shoulder first into the ring post. Kane with a choke slam to Orton and then she kneels over Orton. He welcomes Randy back.
John Laurinaitis and David Otunga are in the back watching what Kane just did and John says that the destruction we just saw was nothing compared to what he is going to do next week. He suggests that Kane will be wrestling next week against Aksana. Otunga takes a celebratory sip of his coffee as we go to credits.