On this day in history in ....
1943 - Jules Larance wins the Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title for the seventh time, defeating Billy Thom in Columbus, Ohio, ending his second reign.
1949 - Gorgeous George defeats Walter Palmer to win the Illinois version of the World Heavyweight Title in Chicago, Illinois, ending Palmer's third reign.
1954 - Emil and Ernie Dusek defeat Al and Tiny Mills for the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title in Toronto, Ontario, ending the Mills' third reign.
1957 - Danny McShain defeats Luis Martinez to win the NWA Texas Junior Heavyweight Title in Fort Worth, Texas.
1958 - Frenchy Champagne and George Eakin defeat John DePaulo and Bobby Jones for the Madison Wrestling Club Tag Team Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1962 - Don Leo Jonathan defeats Killer Kowalski in a tournament final to become the first American Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion in Denver, Colorado.
1964 - Don Steadman defeats Ray Hunter to win the British Empire Heavyweight Title in London, England.
1970 - Bing Ki Lee and Pedro Morales defeat Johnny Barend and Ripper Collins for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii, ending Barend and Collins' third reign.
1971 - Bill Miller defeats Thunder Sugiyama to win the International Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title in Kokura, Japan.
1974 - The WWWF held an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The results:
- Donna Christianello a The Fabulous Moolah defeated Dardi Dahl and Peggy Patterson.
- Mr. Fuji defeated Johnny Rodz.
- Prof. Tanaka defeated Jose Gonzalez.
- Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Lou Albano by disqualification.
- WWWF World Tag Team Champions Tony Garea and Dean Ho defeated Larry Hennig and Stan Stasiak.
- Pedro Morales defeated Otto Von Heller.
- After 53 minutes in the ring, WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino and Nikolai Volkoff fought to MSG's 11pm curfew draw. Sammartino retained the title.
1975 - Ken Lucas wins the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title for the seventh time, defeating Duke Myers in Mobile, Alabama.
1977 - Daniel and Michel Martel defeat The Medics to win the WWC North American Tag Team Title in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
1977 - The Islanders (Afa and Sika) defeat Bobby and Ricky Fields for the NWA Gulf Coast Tag Team Title in Dothan, Alabama.
1978 - Dominic DeNucci and Wilbur Snyder defeat The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy and Johnny) for the World Wrestling Association World Tag Team Title in Indianapolis, Indiana, ending the Valiants' third reign.
1984 - The WWF held an event at Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. The results were:
- René Goulet defeated Eddie Gilbert.
- B. Brian Blair defeated Steve Lombardi (subbing for Tiger Chung Lee)
- André the Giant and WWF Tag Team Champions Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson defeated Sgt. Slaughter and The Wild Samoans (Afa and Sika) in a two-out-of-three falls match.
- Salvatore Bellomo defeated Tiger Chung Lee (subbing for Mr. Fuji).
- Roddy Piper and David Schultz defeated Tony Garea and Ivan Putski.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana and Paul Orndorff fought to a no-contest.
- WWF Champion Hulk Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik by disqualification.
1984 - Wahoo McDaniel and Mark Youngblood defeat Don Kernodle and Bob Orton, Jr. to win the NWA World Tag Team Title in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1984 - The Sheepherders (Butch Miller and Luke Williams) defeat The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn and Stan Lane) for the Southwest Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Title in San Antonio, Texas. They were the last champions, as the title was retired in September.
1985 - Austin Idol defeats Lord Humongous (Jeff Van Kemp) for the NWA Alabama Heavyweight Title, ending Humongous' second reign.
1986 - Tully Blanchard defeats Dusty Rhodes to win the NWA National Heavyweight Title in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
1986 - Gran Hamada wins his second UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title in Querétaro, Mexico, defeating El Cobarde II.
1987 - The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) defeat Brian Adias and Al Madril to win the WCWA World Tag Team Title in in Lubbock, Texas.
1988 - Perro Aguayo defeats Canek for the UWA World Heavyweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico, ending Canek's eighth reign.
1989 - The Batten Twins (Bart and Brad) defeat Dan Kroffat and Tama for the WWC World Tag Team Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, beginning their third reign. At the same event, TNT (Savio Vega) wins his third WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title from Jason the Terrible, and Chris and Mark Youngblood win their third WWC Caribbean Tag Team Title from The Ninja Express (Kensuke Sasaki and Mr. Pogo).
1989 - Gary Young wins the World Class Texas Heavyweight Title by forfeit from Brickhouse Brown in San Antonio, Texas.
1989 - The Crush Gals (Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo) defeat The Calgary Typhoons (Mika Komatsu and Yumi Ogura) to win the WWWA World Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan, beginning their fourth reign. At the same show, Reibun Amada and Miori Kamiya defeat The Honey Wings (Kaoru Maeda and Mika Takahashi) for the AJW Tag Team Title.
1990 - Invader I defeats Harley Race for the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, to begin his fourth reign.
1991 - Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Big Van Vader to win the IWGP World Heavyweight Title in Hiroshima, Japan. This began Fujinami's fourth reign and ended Vader's third.
1991 - E.Z. Ryder defeats Pampero El Felipo (Scotty Lightfoot) for the West Four Wrestling Alliance Canadian Heavyweight Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba, beginning his second reign.
1992 - Akira Taue and Jumbo Tsuruta defeat Terry Gordy and Steve Williams for the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending Gordy and Williams' fourth reign.
1995 - Stan Hansen wins his fourth AJPW Triple Crown Title from Toshiaki Kawada in Tokyo, Japan.
1996 - Jerry Lawler defeats Mabel in a tournament final for the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. The title was vacated on March 2 due to champion Jeff Jarrett being injured. This began Lawler's 22nd reign.
1998 - Shadow W*INGer and Shadow WX defeat Yoshihiro Tajiri and Ryuji Yamakawa to win the BJW Tag Team Title in Shimizu, Japan.
2000 - ECW held an event at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event featured Rob Van Dam's forfeiture of the ECW World Television Title, after holding the title for 23 months, due to a broken ankle. RVD's reign was the longest for any title in ECW history. A tournament would be held to fill the vacancy, and began that night. The results were:
- The Impact Players (Justin Credible and Lance Storm) defeated Gedo and Jado.
- Little Guido defeated Kid Kash by submission.
- Danny Doring and Roadkill defeated The Pitbulls (#1 and #2).
- Rhino defeated Spike Dudley in an ECW World Television Title Tournament first round match. This match aired on the March 10 edition of ECW on TNN.
- Super Crazy defeated C.W. Anderson.
- Balls Mahoney, Chris Chetti and Nova defeated Da Baldies (Angel, DeVito and Vic Grimes).
- Raven and ECW World Heavyweight Champion Mike Awesome defeated ECW World Tag Team Champions Tommy Dreamer and Masato Tanaka to win the title. This match aired on the March 10 edition of ECW on TNN.
- The Sandman defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri.
2000 - Triple xXx (Drake Dawson and Curtis Thompson) defeat Team Extreme (Kit Carson and Khris Germany) for the NWA World Tag Team Title in Cornelia, Georgia, ending Team Extreme's second reign.
2000 - IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion 2 Tuff Tony defeats Mad Man Pondo and IWA Mid-South Hardcore Champion Delilah Starr in a three-way match in Charlestown, Indiana, to unify both titles. At the same show, Hy-Zya defeats Mike Sensation to win the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title, and then lost the title to The American Kickboxer, beginning his 10th reign.
2004 - Kid Thrilla and Kory Williams win their second NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Springfield, Tennessee, defeating Dante and Mephisto II.
2005 - Wataru Inoue and Koji Kanemoto defeat Gedo and Jado for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending their third reign.
2005 - Karachi Vice (Tiger Raj Singh and Gama Singh, Jr.) defeat Duke Durrango and Karnage for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta.
2006 - The Ultimate Fighting Championship held UFC 58: USA vs. Canada at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Every fight on the card featured American fighters against Canadian fighters. The results:
- Tom Murphy (USA) defeated Icho Larenas (Canada) by TKO at 1:59 of round three in a Heavyweight bout.
- Jason Lambert (USA) defeats Rob MacDonald (Canada) by submission (kimura) at 1:54 of round one in a Light Heavyweight bout.
- Sam Stout (Canada) defeated Spencer Fisher (USA) by split decision in a Lightweight bout.
- Mark Hominick (Canada) defeated Yves Edwards (USA) by submission (triangle armbar) at 1:52 of round two in a Lightweight bout.
- Nate Marquardt (USA) defeated Joe Doerksen (Canada) by unanimous decision in a Middleweight bout.
- Georges St. Pierre (Canada) defeated B.J. Penn (USA) by split decision to become #1 contender to Matt Hughes' UFC Welterweight Title.
- Mike Swick (USA) defeated Steve Vigneault by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:09 of round one in a Middleweight bout.
- UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin (USA) defeated David Loiseau by unanimous decision (50-42, 50-42, 50-43) to retain the title.
- The final "score" for the night was USA 5, Canada 3.
2006 - One Pro Wrestling held its first event, All Or Nothing: Night One, at the Doncaster Dome in Doncaster, England, featuring a tournament to crown the first 1PW World Heavyweight Champion. The results were:
- Abyss defeated Darren Burridge in a 1PW World Heavyweight Title Tournament first round match.
- Christopher Daniels defeated Jerry Lynn in a 1PW World Heavyweight Title Tournament first round match.
- Southern Comfort (Chris Hamrick & Tracy Smothers) defeated Colt Cabana & Spud, Jody Fleisch & Jonny Storm and The Rottweilers (Homicide & Rocky Romero) in a four-way match.
- Samoa Joe defeated Austin Aries in a 1PW World Heavyweight Title Tournament first round match.
- A.J. Styles defeated Sterling James Keenan in a 1PW World Heavyweight Title Tournament first round match.
- Abyss defeated Christopher Daniels in a 1PW World Heavyweight Title Tournament semifinal match.
- A.J. Styles defeated Samoa Joe in a 1PW World Heavyweight Title Tournament semifinal match.
- Christian Cage defeated Rhino.
- Abyss defeated A.J. Styles in the tournament final to become the first 1PW World Heavyweight Champion.
2006 - Toryumon Mexico held the 2006 Yamaha Cup, a four-team tournament, in Mexico City, Mexico. The results were:
- Chuck Palumbo and Johnny Stamboli defeated Hiromi Horiguchi and Kazuchika Okada.
- Dos Caras, Jr. and Lizmark, Jr. defeated Arkangel and Okumura.
- Chuck Palumbo and Johnny Stamboli defeated Dos Caras, Jr. and Lizmark, Jr. to win the tournament.
2006 - Chris Stevens defeats Damien Steele to win the Great Championship Wrestling Television Title in Columbus, Georgia. This began Stevens' second reign and ended Steele's second.
2006 - Joe Kane defeats Steve Anthony to win the NWA New South Cruiserweight Title in Greenville, Mississippi. At the same event, The Infamous K.I.D. defeats Bunchy Brown for the NWA New South X Division Title, after Erik Rowland gave up the belt due to injury.
2007 - Hirooki Goto defeats Shocker in a tournament final in Mexico City, Mexico for the NWA International Junior Heavyweight Title, which was newly revived by CMLL.
2007 - Justin Bred and Danny Butler defeat Adam Abz and Phil Boyd to win the NWA Ireland Tag Team Title in Dublin, Ireland, ending their second reign.
2007 - Hawaiian Blood (Kaimana and Kaniela) defeat The Suicide Kings (Matt Farmer and Chris del Sol) to win the vacant Hawai'i Championship Wrestling Kekaulike Heritage Tag Team Title in North Hollywood, California.
2010 - During an appearance on The Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning show, Hulk Hogan was talking about Impact's move to Monday nights and revealed that the company had signed Rob Van Dam.
2011 - Impact Championship Wrestling ran Queens, NY at the Elks Lodge. Mike Johnson filed the following live report:
ICW SuperShow 2011 from Queens, NY!
Devon Moore vs. Bandido Jr. vs. Sabian vs. Josh Daniels vs. Pinkie Sanchez vs. Joey Janella
When the bell rang, Sanchez tried to get Daniels to team up with him against everyone else but Daniels looked incredulous about the idea. Sanchez finally slapped him so Daniels chopped the hell out of him. Pinkie ducked a clothesline and kicked Daniels low but got caught with a snapmare and a kick to the chest.
Janella tagged in and hit a rana on Daniels. Devon Moore drilled Janella with a clothesline and he took a flip bump off of it. Sabian nailed a headscissors on Moore. All six began battling around the ring. Sanchez hit a flip dive over the top onto all of them.
Back in the ring, Sabian stomped and kicked Bandido Jr. He nailed a back suplex and hit a rolling senton into the ring for a near fall. Sabian kicked him off during a charge in the corner but was still caught with a Back stabber. Moore and Daniels began doubling on Bandido with chops in the corner.
It came down to Sanchez and Moore. Moore began murdering him with forearms but was caught with a a float-over DDT for a two count. Daniels broke up the pin attempt. He began chopping and kicking away at Sanchez. Sanchez came back with a guillotine choke but Daniels broke it and nailed a snap suplex. Sabian grabbed Daniels and they exchanged chops back and forth, which the crowd loved.
Sabian drilled Daniels with a pair of running knees in the corner then hit a top rope missile dropkick for a two count. Sabian kicked Janella low and then set him up for a superplex. Janella fought him off and knocked him into the ring then hit a top rope moonsault. Janella celebrated but Moore caught him unaware with a superkick and scored the pin.
Your winner, Devon Moore!
Danny DeManto hit the ring and murdered Moore with a chairshot to the head. He powerbombed Moore, but Dan Maff hit the ring for the save. Maff and Danny yelled back and forth about seeing the other in the ring later. Demanto returned to the ring to face Maff but in the end, backed off.
Fun opener with so much going on that I couldn't follow it all.
Robbie E vs. Maximus Sex Powers
E took the mic after coming to the ring and said that he knew everyone came to see Robbie E fistbump. The place popped. E said that he was issuing an open challenge for the ICW World champion, only to find out they don't have one. He asked how they can't have a World champion and then challenged the Northeast champion....only they don't have that belt either. He finally says that he's going to fistbump and call out any champion.
This led to Powers coming out. He's a comedy guy who's chubby but thinks he's Rick Rude in terms of looks. He carries a towel to the ring and treats it as if it's his championship. I can only imagine what you are thinking reading this, but he got a big pop when he came out, so the goofy act is over. People were chanting "Towel champ" as I shook my head and called shenanigans.
E asked what was going on here and said they were going to have the Towel vs. the fistbumping championship. Powers said that he didn't have anything to distinguish that he was a champion, while he has a towel. Am I really writing this?
This of course, led to fistbumping, which was over. I weep for the future. Powers then did the entire Rick Rude shtick as he removed his robe. Of course, he's a chubby wubby and E attacked him frkm behind. Powers made a comeback quickly and E retreated to the floor.
Back in ther ring, E quickly took over and whipped Powers into the corner, then nailed a snapmare. E came off the ropes with a leaping forearm and scored a two count. He cinched in a side chinlock but Powers elbowed his way out of it. E came off the middle rope but Powers got his foot up.
They battled back and forth until Powers hit a Stinger Splash in the corner then slammed E for a two count. E came back with a neckbreaker for a two count. E went for another neckbreaker but fistbumped in celebration, allowing Powers to slip out and catch him in a backslide for the pin.
Your winner, Maximus Sex Powers!
Um, wow. I think. It was over in that Boogie Woogie Brown-ECWA way as a cult attraction but if you were coming into this cold, you'd be wondering what the hell was going on.
ICW Tag Team champions The Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz vs. The Southside Players Club
The Players Club did their entrance with the hot girls taking the stripper champagne bath and then did mic work to get themselves over as babyfaces. What a world pro wrestling is. The DRS declared this was a non-title match before they started the bout. The crowd was on them about that. The crowd was all over DRS early with DRS reacting in their usual hilarious fashon.
The Players Club worked over KC Blade early on. The DRS tried to whip the Club into each other but they reversed it and sent KC Blade and EC Negro into each other. They worked over The DRS until Blade cut off Joe Hardway. Hardway finally made a comeback.
The Players double teamed Negro and drilled him with stereo kicks to the head but he kicked up. Finally, EC Negro nailed one of the Players with a gold chain (which he then stuck in his own mouth) and scored the pin.
Your winners, the Dirty Rotten Scoundrelz!
After the bout, the DRS hit Mia Yum with their double piledriver finisher. Just because!
Dan Maff vs. Danny Demanto
Demanto has been one of the top heels here in recent months. Maff played up to the crowd for being in NYC. Demanto took the mic and said that he lived in Queens for 20 years but now he lives in Orlando where the girls are hotter and the people don't smell. He went off on Maff, saying that Maff used to slap him around in locker rooms but now they are equals. Demanto put over everything he's done since ICW returned and said Maff was going to be his "Boriqua B****."
He slammed Maff in the face but Maff attacked him and worked him over. Demanto ended up oin the floor, where Maff hit a dive over the ropes to the floor. Maff worked him over around ringside, chopping Demanto hard and whipping him into the railings.
When they returned to the ring, Demanto cowered in the corner. Maff whipped him into the opposite corner but was caught with an elbow. He slammed Demanto over, then hit a rolling snapmare. Maff drilled him with a boot to the face but missed a back senton splash.
Demanto snapmared Maff over and kicked him in the back. He antagonized the Latin fans in attendance, then cinched in a Camel Clutch. Maff escaped, drilled him with a boot to the head, then nailed a back senton splash for a two count.
Demanto called for a piledriver but was backdropped over. Maff went for an exploder suplex but Demanto fought free. Maff speared Demanto. Maff charged Demanto in the corner but missed and hit his shoulder on the ringpost. DeManto continued to beat down Maff. He went to the top for a moonsault but missed.'
Maff came back and hit a cannonball in the corner for a two count. They battled to their knees and slapped and punched each other back and forth. Demanto caught Maff with an over the shoulder piledriver for a two count.
Demanto went to the top but Maff nailed him and tied him to the tree of woe. Maff charged and cannonballed Demanto in the corner. He grabbed Demanto and drilled him with the Burning Hammer and pinned him.
Your winner, Dan Maff!
Very entertaining back and forth battle.
Papapon & Xavier (with Prince Nana & Slugger) vs. Joel Maximo & Ricky Reyes (with Julius Smokes) v. Grim Reefer & Azreial (with Annie Social)
There was a lot of back and forth mic work from Nana and Smokes, but I couldn't make out what they were saying.
Azrieal and Reyes started off, going back and forth with some nice counter wrestling. Reyes shoulderblocked Azrieal down. Joel Maximo tagged in and went back and forth with Reefer who nailed a side Russian Legsweep off the ropes. All six men battled back and forth in various combinations.
Reyes and Papdon went back and forth. Don nailed several kicks to the back. Xavier tagged in and hit a running dropkick in the corner. He nailed several knee strikes. Papadon tagged in and continued beating on Reyes.
Papdon cinched in a rear chonlock but Reyes fought his way out. Reyes nailed a back suplex. Maximo and Xavier tagged in. Xavier took a huge backdrop. Azrieal and Reefer hit dives to the outside on everyone.
As everyone else brawled on the floor, Xavier and Maximo went back and forth trading near falls. Maximo caught him with a superkick and covered him but Azrieal dove in the ring to break it.
There was a chaotic series of back and forth sequences until Azrieal and Reefer picked up the win.
After the victors left, the other two sides all began brawling, culmininating with Smokes dropkicking Nana. This brought Slugger out and he helped Nana's side lay everyone out.
Eddie Kingston vs. Jon Moxley
Moxley and Kingston went back and forth, slugging it out. Kingston caught him with a over the knees backbreaker. He went for a clothesloine but Moxley throught him out of the ring to the apron, then shoved him off to the guard rail.
Back in the ring, Moxley began strangling Kingston and ripped at his face. He shoved Kingston onto the ropes and stood on him. Kingston fired back with hard chops and punches. Moxley grabbed a chinlock but KIngston fought his way out. Moxley kicked him down and went to the ropes but was nailed as he jumped off the second turnbuckle.
Kingston began nailing suplexes and suplexes, then called for a lariat. He nailed it but Moxley got his foot on the ropes. Moxley began stomping away at Kingston. He grabbed him for a piledriver but Kingston backdropped him over.
Kingston nailed a back drop driver but Moxley kicked out. That looked brutal. He caught Moxley with a kick to the face in the corner but missed a second, catching himself on the ropes. Moxley locked in a crossface chickenwing. Kingston backed him up hard into the corner to break it.
Kingston nailed Moxley with a palm thrust but Moxley came back with a big running forearm. Kingston went for another backdrop driver but Moxley slipped out and rolled him up, hooking the tights for the pin.
Your winner, Jon Moxley!
The FBI vs. Homicide & a mystery partner
The FBI mocked Homicide for not really having a partner, but Homicide said he was home in NYC and could pick any fan here to fight with him. He was told that it had to be someone from ICW and everyone chanted for the ring announcer. Homicide went to the back and dragged out Maximus Sex Powers,who was his partner.
The FBI went after Homicide, but he tricked Guido into dropkicking Mamaluke and cleaned house. They went to the floor. Homicide tagged Powers in and he tried to do a dive in a comedy spot, barely making it over the ropes. Homicide cracked up.
Back in the ring, Mamaluke controlled Powers. Guido tagged in and nailed a dropkick off the middle rope. Powers tried to mount a comeback but was chopped by the FBI. There was a lot of comedy, including Guido being tricked into sunset flipping and nearly pinning his own partner.
Homicide tagged in and went for a suplex but Guido escaped and tried to lock him in an armbar. Homicide slipped out and nailed a backbreaker. He went for the Cop Killer on Mamaluke but Maximus pulled Tony down and rolled him up. Homicide broke up his own partner's pinfall and threw him out of the ring.
Homicide hit Ace Crushers on Mamaluke and then Guido. Powers returned to the ring and got behind his partner but Homicide thought it was someone advancing to attack and nailed the Ace Crusher on him. The unconscious Powers landed on top of Mamaluke and the referee counted three.
Your winners, Homicide and Maximus Sex Powers!
Powers took the mic and put himself and Homicide over as the next best thing in wrestling and said they were going to win the Tag belts and go to Six Flags. Homicide looked on in shock at all this, finally had enough and laid out Powers, storming off.
Low Ki vs. The Amazing Red
There was a big pop and "welcome home" chant for Low Ki. Ki and Red faced as fans chanting "F*** TNA" and "NXT". They did some nice back and forth mat work. Ki struck first blood with a kick to the legs.
Ki monkeyflipped Red out of the corner. A fan berated them for being boring and both Red and Ki offered to let him in the ring. Red took the mic and told him if he wanted to wrestle, come on and "be my guest." The fan didn't accept so fans chanted "P****y" at him.
They went back and forth with some nice wrestling until Ki took Red out with a stiff shoulderblock. They went into an awesome back and forth sequence where they barely escaped kicks, pinfalls and strikes. The crowd loved it.
KI maneuevered Red into the top turnbuckle, where Red drilled him with several stiff kicks to the head. Red controlled Ki until he cwas caught with a Dragon Screw legwhip.
Red came back and worked Ki down with a cravate. Ki fought back with chops and kicks. They continued to fight back and forth in a ground and pound style. Ki charged Red but was kicked away.
Red beat on Ki who came back with a hard kick to the chest. He cinched in a front facelock. They battled back and forth. Ki got the better of it as they went to the outside, where just wrecked Red with chops and kicks.
Red cut off Ki as they returned to the ring and nailed a series of kicks to the back. Red covered him for several near falls then locked in a chinlock. KI used an awesome Mule Kick to send Red flying across the ropes into the buckles. He measured Red and chopped him in the corner then whipped himibto theopposite buckle. He elevated Red into the corner for a Snake Eyes but Red caught himself and came off with a dropkick.
Red avoided a Ki strike and nailed a series of forearms and a big tornado DDT. He tied up Ki on the mat. KI came back and went for a double stomp but Red slipped out of the way and caught him with a Code Red for a two count.
Red went to the top rope but Ki nailed him and took his feet out from under him. He followed Red to the top and locked on a hanging choke as they were both upside down. Ki began measuring and kicking Red, covering him for a two count.
KI went for a Ki Krusher but Red rolled him up for a two count. Ki hit a rolling kick to cut off Red's momentum. Ki nailed Red with a series of stiff kicks to the chest. Red rolled out of the way of a third but then kicked him with the tip of his boot. Red went to the floor, where the referee began counting him out.
Ki tried to pick up Red to drop him across the rail but Red turned it into a DDT on the floor. He tossed Ki into the ring and nailed a standing shooting star press for a two count. Red went to the top rope for a moonsault but Ki rolled out of the way. Ki nailed a rolling kick to Red, sending him crumpling into a corner.
KI ascended to the rop but missed a move off the ropes. Red nailed him with a twisting spinning kick for a two count. Red went for the Code Red but Ki turned it into a double stomp in a great spot that got the crowd back into it.
Ki cinched in a side choke and choked out Red.
The winner of the match, Low Ki!
A very methodical "human chess" type of match. The crowd was very tired from the long night, which took away from some of the drama but technically, it was far and away the best thing on the show.
After the match, Ki did some mic work putting over Red and other talents who started with ICW that went on to success in other places including Matt Striker, Xavier, Prince Nana and others. He said that he loves pro wrestling, "not the crap you see on TV." He said that no matter where he competes, he will show the fans his art and passion in between the ropes. He thanked the fans who paid their hard earned money to see pro wrestling at it's best. Ki left the ring. Red took the mic and thanked everyone for their support.
2011 - WWE broadcasr Smackdown. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We begin this week’s show with a look back at last week’s announcement by Teddy Long that as a result of her involvement with the attack on him, Vickie’s WWE career was on the line in a mixed tag match. Vickie lost the match, but you already knew that, and as a result, she was fired from WWE. Vickie’s attempts to beg for her job were futile because Teddy still fired her and Edge would not help her because he was more interested in getting an audition tape for the next season of American Idol.
We are live on tape from Cleveland, Ohio and your announcers are Michael ‘Yo bartender. . . Jobu needs a refill’ Cole, Josh ‘You may run like Hayes, but you hit like ****’ Mathews, and Booker ‘Hats for Bats’ T.
Edge comes to the ring and he says that he will be out later tonight for an official contract signing for his World Title match against Alberto Del Rio at Wrestlemania 27. He says that he is looking forward to getting face to face with Alberto so he can look deep into his eyes and see what it takes to be a champion. He wants Alberto to see what it takes to main event Wrestlemania. Edge says that he has a bone to pick with Alberto. Edge says that he was rudely interrupted. He was in the middle of a going away party for the women that we all love . . . to hate, Vickie Guerrero. Edge says that the awesome part was that he got rid of Edge. She is gone now. Edge wants to start off where we left off last week when Alberto rudely interrupted them.
Edge doesn’t get the chance to sing because Drew McIntyre comes to the ring but Edge sees him coming and then after a few punches, Drew charges at Edge but Edge pulls down the ropes and Drew goes to the floor.
Teddy Long comes out and he says that he wants to thank Drew and on behalf of the entire WWE Universe because they owe him a debt of gratitude. The deal was that if Vickie’s team loses, she would be fired. Thanks to Drew, Vickie has been fired. Teddy tells Drew that if he doesn’t get into the ring and have a straight up match with the World Champion, he will be fired.
Edge says that Teddy brought up a good point. Thanks to Drew, Vickie is gone. Edge says that the fans should give him a hand, and then he starts a chant of ‘Thank You Drew’ and we go to commercial.
Match Number One: Edge versus Drew McIntyre
Drew charges at Edge, but Edge with a drop toe hold. Edge punches McIntyre in the corner and then he kicks him. Edge with another punch followed by an Irish whip but Edge misses a charge into the corner and Edge’s arm hits the ring post. McIntyre with an arm wringer and he gets a near fall. Drew wraps Edge’s arm in the rope and then he kicks the arm. Drew slams the arm into the apron and then he puts Edge in an arm bar.
Edge punches Drew once he gets to his feet. Drew with a boot to the head and Edge goes to the floor as he tries to figure out where he is. Drew slams Edge’s arm into the announce table. Drew sends Edge back into the ring and then Drew says that he is going to end Edge’s career and that he isn’t going to Wrestlemania. Drew gets a near fall and then he takes off the pad on Edge’s arm. Drew with knees to the injured arm and then he returns to the arm bar.
Edge with punches to Drew but Drew with a back elbow and Edge goes back to the floor. Drew goes to the floor and he charges at Edge but Edge with a back body drop. Edge sends Drew back into the ring and then Edge goes up top and hits a cross body for a near fall. Drew with a shot to Edge’s arm but Edge blocks a kick and hits a spear but Edge pulls Drew’s shoulders up. Edge puts Drew in the Edgecator and Drew taps out.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match, Edge celebrates and then he looks at the Wrestlemania 27 sign.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael Cole mentions that he will have his first singles match at Wrestlemania against Jerry Lawler. Cole says that he will talk about it later in the show.
Rey Mysterio’s music plays but he got taller and a bit more Caucasian. Instead of Rey Mysterio it is Cody Rhodes wearing Rey’s mask. After he takes off the mask, the proper music plays. Cody stomps on the mask as he makes his way to the ring.
We see footage from last week when the Bull of the Woods got Funky Like a Monkey and helped his thun Cody get a first bit of revenge on Rey Mysterio.
Cody tells people not to look at him. He says that the feeling you have that is festering in the pit of your stomach because you heard Rey’s music and thought you would see him. That feeling is disappointment. Cody says that he knows disappointment. Lately, he is the King of Disappointment when he wakes up every day and sees what once was dashing has been reduced to THIS!
The fans chant for Rey.
Cody says that his father came to him, and Cody says that he convinced him to help him set up Rey Mysterio so he could inflict what he could only imagine is a fraction of the damage done to Rey’s face that he did to his. When he was up there and rubbing Rey’s face in the steel grate and when he removed the mask from Rey’s head, it felt good. Nothing has felt good lately. Cody says that he knew then that it was the right thing to do.
Cody says that it is time for the other ‘right thing to do’. Cody says that he does not want to disappoint his dad, who is watching. He doesn’t want a carnival side show freak like Rey Mysterio to keep him from becoming the World Champion. Cody tells Rey that if he chooses to accept his challenge for Wrestlemania 27, he promises Rey, a guarantee and unbreakable vow, he promises that he will remove Rey’s mask and expose what is left of his face on the grandest stage of all.
Cody goes to the back while trying to avoid the camera.
Kane paces in the back and the members of Corre stop by. Kane wants to know what they want. Wade reminds Kane that his greatest victory came thanks to the help of some of them.
Kane says that he did not need or ask for their help and he definitely does not want it now.
Justin says that they want Kane to beat Big Show tonight. Ezekiel tells Kane to think about it.
Slater reminds Gabriel that they have a title defense so they better go.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did you Know that Smackdown was the Number One show on cable last Friday?
Match Number Two: Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov versus Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel with Ezekiel Jackson and Wade Barrett for the WWE Tag Titles
Gabriel and Marella start things off. Santino and Justin kick air and then Santino teases the cobra and Gabriel retreats to the ropes. They lock up and Santino with a slam . They lock up again and Santino with an arm wringer and a front face lock. Kozlov tags in and he punches Gabriel and follows it with a knee. Kozlov traps the arms and then he head butts Gabriel in the chest and then connects with an arm wringer and he sends Gabriel to the floor.
Slater tries to interfere but Kozlov and Santino force Slater back to the apron. Slater checks on Gabriel as we go to commercial.
We are back and Kozlov with a side head lock on Slater. Slater with forearms to the ribs but Kozlov with a shoulder tackle. Slater with a drop kick to the knee and then he punches Kozlov in the back. Barrett punches Kozlov while Slater distracts the referee. Gabriel tags in and he punches and kicks Kozlov. Gabriel chokes Kozlov and then Slater gets in a kick while Gabriel is with the referee. Gabriel with a snap mare and he gets a near fall.
Gabriel with a cravate on Kozlov and he turned it into a side head lock. Kozlov with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold and both men are down. Slater tags in and so does Santino despite Slater’s attempts to keep Kozlov away from his corner. Santino with jabs and a forearm. Santino does a split followed by the hip toss and a diving head butt to complete his ‘moves of doom’. Santino gets a near fall after Gabriel breaks things up. Kozlov goes after Gabriel but Barrett and Jackson pull Gabriel to safety on the floor.
Slater attacks Kozlov from behind and Kozlov goes to the floor. Santino blocks a kick and hits an STO. Santino thinks about it and it is time for the snake charmer to bring out the cobra. Santino sees Jackson get on the apron and he tries to go after Ezekiel but Jackson gets to the floor in time. Barrett gets on the apron and he is not so lucky and he falls victim to the cobra.
That distraction is enough for Slater to hit Santino from behind and he hits the inverted DDT for the three count.
Winners: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel
We are told that Christian will be back on Smackdown next week.
We see footage from September (back in the days before SyFy) when Christian was injured by Alberto Del Rio thanks to the cross arm breaker and being sent into the ring post with a chair wrapped around the arm.
Josh mentions the return of Christian at the Elimination Chamber to go after Alberto Del Rio and ‘help’ Edge?
Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez are in the back and Rodriguez is working on his pitch while Del Rio comments on a painting that is being done of him. Alberto appears to approve as we go to commercial.
We are back and it is almost time for the Dead Man to return to Smackdown and Booker mentions that he is getting a chill waiting for him to return.
Before we get to the Undertaker, we see the comments of his Wrestlemania opponent, Triple H. We go to the video tape from Raw.
We return to Smackdown and the music of Johnny Cash plays and as we pan to the entrance, we see a sign that says ‘19-0’. The Undertaker makes his way to the ring.
Taker says that he finds it mystifying that the strongest of the strong and the greatest of the great don’t know well enough to leave it alone. You have to realize that there are mountains that you cannot climb, seas that cannot be sailed, and streaks that cannot be broken. He says that he heard Triple H’s comments on Raw and to be perfectly honest, there isn’t much that was said that he couldn’t agree with. He says that they are the last of an era and a dying breed. Hunter is everything that he says he is, if not more. Taker says that he is probably the greatest WWE Champion over the last decade and a half.
What Triple H said that he found most interesting is that he found out how to destroy the Undertaker and make him disappear forever. Taker says that all you have to do is beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Taker says that is easier said than done.
Triple H has figured out how he is going to do this so he is going to take everything that he has accomplished. He is going to take his legacy and legend and put it all on the table and go for broke. If he wins, he will be hailed as ‘The Game’ . . . ‘The King of Kings’. But if he loses . . . and he will lose, he will become nothing more than a statistic. A name on a long list of people who came before him who tried to defeat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
He tells Triple H that he plays no game and he bows down to no man . . . especially the ‘King of Kings’. At Wrestlemania, he will find out what eighteen other men that come before you have found out . . . that he is indeed the Last Outlaw.
He says that Hunter will also find out what it means to rest in peace.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to recap the footage of the Sin Cara press conference.
We see footage from last week when Michelle cost Layla her match against Rosa Mendes due to a disqualification.
Match Number Three: Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes versus Michelle McCool and Layla
Michelle and Beth start things off and they lock up. Beth with a waist lock take down and she works on Michelle’s injured foot. Rosa tags in and Rosa slams the foot into the mat. Michelle pushes Rosa away and she tags in Layla. Rosa tosses Layla by the hair. Michelle hits Rosa from the apron and that distracts Rosa long enough to allow Layla to recover and Layla hits a back heel kick to the midsection.
Layla with a punch and knee before tagging Michelle back in. Layla gets pushed into Michelle by Rosa and Michelle pushes Layla. Michelle keeps Rosa from making the tag and Michelle with punches and knees to Rosa. Michelle misses a kick and hits the rope instead and Michelle appears to have reinjured her foot.
Beth and Layla tag in and Beth with clotheslines and elbows followed by a double sledge. Beth with a kick and Irish whip but Layla tries to float over. Beth with a power slam but Michelle breaks up the cover. The referee keeps Rosa from getting involved and that allows Michelle to kick Beth and Layla gets the three count.
Winners: Michelle McCool and Layla
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see Big Show’s count out victory over Wade Barrett and his use of a steel chair after the match to try to get the odds in his favor against the Corre.
Match Number Four: Big Show versus Kane
They lock up and Show backs Kane into the corner. Show with a clean break but Kane with an uppercut. Kane with another punch but Show with a head butt and Irish whip. Show misses a running butt splash into the corner when Kane moves. Show grabs Kane by the throat but Kane kicks Show in the leg. Show and Kane each hit clotheslines and they are down.
The Corre come to the ring and Wade Barrett has a chair. He gives the chair to Kane and Kane picks it up and he hits Show with it. The referee sees it and he calls for the bell. /p>
Winner: Big Show by disqualification
After the match, The Corre come into the ring and they all go after Big Show. Justin Gabriel bumps into Kane and then Kane thinks about it and he hits Gabriel with the chair. Show then clears the ring of the other members of The Corre. Wade and Heath wonder why would Kane do that.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that more people attended WWE shows than other big events combined?
It is time to talk about the Undertaker/Triple H a little more. We go to Shawn Michaels’ comments from Monday night about Wrestlemania and the match between Triple H and Undertaker.
Jack Swagger comes out and Michael Cole says that he is going to be in the main event of Wrestlemania against Jerry Lawler. Cole stands up and reminds us that Jack Swagger is his trainer. We see the footage from Monday night.
Michael Cole leaves the announce table and he enters the ring with Jack Swagger. He wants everyone to show some respect for the man who will train him and be in his corner when he embarrasses and humiliates Jerry Lawler by beating him at Wrestlemania. Cole invites everyone to watch Raw on Monday because he will introduce his guest referee.
Cole says that his referee is flamboyant and simply awesome. Cole says that he is one of the all time greats in WWE. Cole says that the one thing that this man, Jack Swagger, him, and Lebron James have in common is that the four of them think that Cleveland stinks.
WWe go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Jack Swagger versus JTG
Swagger with a waist lock take down and then he turns it into a front face lock. Swagger with another take down and then he hits the double jump Swagger Bomb. Swagger hits another double jump Swagger Bomb. Swagger puts JTG in the ankle lock and JTG tries to get to the ropes but he taps out.
Winner: Jack Swagger/b>
After the match, Michael Cole goes into the ring and he celebrates with his trainer in the ring. Then Cole and Swagger run laps around the ring . . . Swagger Style.
While things happen in the ring, Josh talks about the war of words between The Rock and John Cena. We go to Rock’s response to John Cena with some extra footage.
Edge is walking in the back and he sees Alberto’s artist with the painting. Edge takes the painting and he makes some adjustments to the portrait. The portrait now makes Alberto look like the love child of Santino Marella, Big Bully Busick, and Tomko. To add insult to injury, Edge kicks the artist down as we go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for the main event contract signing.
Teddy Long is in the ring and it has an international flair with a giant Mexican flag behind him and a few smaller ones on the ‘Official Contract Signing . . . but so many more uses Table’. There are more flags around the ring.
Teddy says that it is time for the Wrestlemania World Championship Official Contract Signing.
Ricardo Rodriguez introduces Alberto Del Rio who drives into the building for this ceremony.
Alberto introduces himself, but we already knew that. He wants to welcome everyone to his Wrestlemania 27 Contract Signing Ceremony. The only way to begin this ceremony is with the singing of the Mexican National Anthem. Alberto hands the mic over to Ricardo and he sings the Mexican National Anthem (or was it the Soviet National Anthem in Spanish?).
Edge interrupts the anthem and he makes his way to the ring.
Edge takes his spot at the table and he puts his belt on the table.
Teddy says that for the first time in the history of Smackdown, he asks that this be a contract signing that does not end in chaos. Teddy asks them to sit down.
They sit down and as Edge starts his comments, a ‘USA’ chant rings through the arena. Edge tells Alberto that once this contract is signed, there is no turning back, the party is over. Edge says that Alberto does not know what it is like to fight on the biggest stage in the world. Edge says that he is an eleven time World Champion.
Alberto says that he already knows that but it is part of the past. No one remembers that. The contract is not just a piece of paper. It represents the next chapter in the WWE. It is not for Edge, it is for him. It is his destiny.
Edge says that Alberto talks about destiny, but it can change in the blink of an eye. Alberto’s destiny can be that he is the fastest rising star in the history of the WWE or his destiny can be that Edge is going to beat him at Wrestlemania and he is just another flash in the pan that he made famous for just one moment.
Alberto tells the perro to listen to him. He says that Edge got one thing right. Once he signs the contract, it is the beginning of the end . . . for you.
Alberto laughs and gives the contract to Edge. Edge signs the contract and stares at Alberto.
Edge hands the contract to Teddy and then he brings up Teddy’s wish that this contract signing wouldn’t end in chaos. Edge apologizes to Teddy for continuing the streak. Edge stares at Alberto and Teddy leaves the ring. Alberto punches first but Edge leaps over the table and he punches Alberto. Edge throws the table out of the way so he can give Alberto an Impaler DDT. Edge sets up for a spear but Ricardo Rodriguez grabs Edge’s leg and Alberto takes advantage and attacks Edge. Del Rio punches Edge and then he thinks about the cross arm breaker and he puts Edge in it.
Del Rio releases the hold and then he throws Edge to the floor. Del Rio puts Edge in a hammer lock and sends him into the ringside barrier. Alberto tells Ricardo to get a chair for him. Alberto puts the arm in the chair in the same manner that he did to Christian.
SSpeaking of Christian, he comes to the ring and he goes after Alberto. Christian sends Alberto into the announce table and then he punches Alberto. They go into the ring and Christian punches Del Rio. Alberto goes to the floor and goes up the ramp but Christian tackles Alberto. Referees come out to try to stop Christian.
Ricardo helps Alberto up while Christian helps Edge up as we go to credits.
2011 - WWE Raw ran Baton Rouge, LA. Ryan Landriueux filed the following results:
It was a good house show. It wasn't sold out but the crowd was vocal. The results saw:
R Truth beat Zack Ryder.
Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov beat The Usos.
The Great Khali beat William Regal.
Daniel Bryan, with Gail Kim, beat Ted DiBiase, with Maryse.
John Morrison beat Alex Riley. Riley hung with him pretty well.
Eve beat The Bella Twins.
The Miz beat John Cena and CM Punk to retain the WWE Title.
Randy Orton was advertised for the show but wasn't there.
2012 - Ring of Honor celebrated their tenth anniversary with an iPPV from New York City. Mike Johnson filed the following PPV report:
We are live at the ROH Tenth Anniversary show in New York! You can order the iPPV by clicking the link above.
Coverage will commence at 5 PM. I will be handling live play by play while Stu Carapola will be posting his live, ongoing thoughts from the show as well.
Pre-Show Notes: Visiting at the show are Quiet Storm and Brian XL...ROH management was very happy with last night's Sinclair TV taping....There will be some CHIKARA involvement as Grand champion Eddie Kingston is here....They are playing old theme songs from the early days of ROH as fans enter the venue....Several wrestlers from Womens Superstars Unleashed are also in the house, including Marti Belle.
ROH Tenth Anniversary Internet PPV Coverage.
Your commentary team is Kevin Kelly and Nigel McGuinness. They got a huge ovation. The crowd chanted for Nigel and then for Kevin Kelly.
The crowd then chanted for Cary Silkin.
They went live on the air. Nigel and Kelly welcomed everyone. Nigel said that ten years ago, ROH was formed to show that pro wrestling wasn't dead. He said that ten years later, ROH is alive and kicking and so is pro wrestling. He said that is thanks to everyone who is in ROH, everyone who helped build the company and all the fans of ROH.
They sent it to a pre-taped promo from the All Night Express.
Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin vs. The All Night Express.
All Night Express have new outfits. They went face to face and argued with the former champs before the bell.
Benjamin and Rhett Titus opened up. Titus worked him over with hard chops in the corner and drilled him with a running clothesline in the corner. He followed up with a running bulldog and brought him into the Express' corner. Kenny King worked over Benjamin and worked him over on the mat. Benjamin fought to his feet and they went back and forth. Benjamin cut him off with a kick to the gut. He and Haas began working over King in the corner. Haas mocked the crowd, which was all over him.
Haas whipped King into the ropes but King ducked a big boot and nailed a dropkick. The Express went for a double team but Haas avoided it. He tossed King to the floor but was caught by Titus with a neckbreaker. Benjamin hit the scene but the Express tossed them to the floor and hit a double flip dive out of the ring to the floor.
Back in the ring, Haas covered up as Titus worked him over. The referee held Titus back. Haas shoved King, and the referee stopped King from getting in the ring. That allowed Benjamin to attack Titus' bad knee from behind. Haas and Benjamin began taking turns working over Titus' knee. Haas brought him into the corner and tied his leg in the ropes, then charged and drilled it with a knee. Benjamin brought him over to the ringpost and locked in a figure four on the rail. King tried to help but was cut off by Haas and thrown out hard to the floor.
Back in the ring, Titus tried to make the tag but was cut off by Benjamin and was caught in a leg submission. He tried to roll over and pin Benjamin while trapped in it to no avail. Titus fought him off but was cut off. Haas tagged in and continued working him over. Haas finally missed a punch and King made the hot tag. King wet nuts with offense, allowing Titus to nail an enziguri to Benjamin.
King locked in a one legged crab on Haas but Benjamin attacked. King was sent into the corner but came off with a moonsault for a two. The Express double teamed him with dropkicks. Titus covered Benjamin for a two count. Haas hit the scene but was nailed a kick. He came back with a big boot and a big German suplex.
King tagged in but was caught with a Haas inverted atomic drop and a big boot by Benjamin for a two count. The crowd tried to rally the Express as Rhett fired up with a series of punches and worked over Haas. He nailed a clothesline that sent them both over the top to the floor. Benjamin and King went into a series of near fall reversals until King finally caught Benjamin and scored the pin.
Your winners, The All Night Express!
Really, really strong opener. They had some great back and forth action and Benjamin doing what I believe may have been his first pinfall loss in ROH was a real shock to the audience. Haas and Benjamin were absolutely great as heels. Great kickoff.
Mike Bennett (with Bob Evans & Maria Kanellis) vs. Homicide
The crowd was all over Bennett when he came out, chanting CM Punk at Kanellis. Bennett said they are talking about the Best in the World and said he was going to do to Homicide what he should do the entire city, take a big old crap on it. Homicide hit the ring and attacked Bennett. Homicie was wearing his outfit from the first-ever ROH show when he was one half of the Natural Born Sinners. No rubber chicken though!
They rang the bell and Homicide worked Bennett over, beating the hell out of him all over the outside, running him into the rail. Bennett started making a comeback but Homicide tossed him to the floor. He went for the tope con hilo to the outside but Evans pulled Bennett out of the way and nailed Homicide. Bennett worked over Homicide and tossed him back into the ring. He worked over Homicide with a series of rights and suplexed him over for a two count.
He whipped Homicide into the corner and clotheslined him then dropkicked him for a near fall. He whipped Homicide into the ropes but put his head down and Homicide kicked him. Homicide rebounded off the ropes but was caught with a spinebuster. He ripped a Yankees shirt off of Homicide and wiped his rear with it. That fired up Homicide who nailed an Ace Crusher. They fought to their feet and battled back and forth. Homicide nailed him with a powerbomb, then locked on an STF. Shout out to Samoa Joe! Homicide led the move go and went after Bob Evans.
Bennett tried to charge him but was nailed with a back elbow. He went to the top but was cut off by Bennett. Bennett went for a superplex but Homicide cut him off and teased a Pepsi Plunge off the top. Bennett backdropped him into the ring. Homicide cut off Bennett and nailed a neckbreaker. He called for the GTS but Maria got on the ropes. Bennett slipped out and charged. Homicide moved and Maria was almost nailed. Homicide grabbed Bennett and nailed the GTS. He started screaming at Maria and made the CM Punk straightedge symbol.
Bennett grabbed Homicide from behind and rolled him up, hooking the tights for the pin.
Your winner, Mike Bennett!
Homicide immediately laid out Bennett and then Bob Evans. He went after Maria, who was in the ring but they pulled her out of the ring.
Homicide took the mic and put over the fans and the promotion afterward, ripping on Boston in he process.
A solid match. I loved the old school Homicide look.
CHIKARA Grand champion Eddie Kingston was introduced. Kevin Kelly said that ROH will be cross-promoting events across the country. He said the first would be 4/28 in Chicago with CHIKARA. Kingston said that he was happy to be here and happy to be in NYC. He said that he was most excited to see ROH champion Davey Richards. He said that he had an idea. Richards' music played but then changed and out came Kevin Steen, carrying a tennis racquet and eating a banana.
Steen came that it was really good to see Kingson, but he was wondering what exactly happened. He asked Kingston when he became such a bitch. He said that he heard Kingston was talking about how great it was to be here. He says that Kingston said it was great to be back, but he used to be here until Jim Cornette came and took over and you disappeared. He said that he thinks that's not what Kingston thinks inside. He said that he knows people would like to see them fight but he also thinks a lot of people would want to see them tear down the business together. He said they could destroy CHIKARA and ROH and rebuild it. Kingston said that CHIKARA was his home and where he was born and where he was die. He said that teaming with Steen would be cool but he's not about destroying anything. Steen said ROH was cool until Cornette took over but Steen is taking care of that. He said that if he loves CHIKARA that's fine but it's a bullsh** Mickey Mouse promotion. Kingston told Kelly to get out of the ring. He said that he lost his wife and his kids for CHIKARA and he'll live and die for CHIKARA and he would "f***ing kill Steen" for running his mouth. It was an awesome promo. Steen backed off and said he didn't come to fight but plans change. They brawled. A ton of ROH officials and ring crew pulled them apart. Kingston was pulled from the ring and the CHIKARA belt was left in the ring with Steen. Steen teased pulling his penis out and pissing on the belt, which brought CHIKARA stars the Colony out. They worked over Steen and threw him out of the ring. Red Ant then hit a big dive onto everyone on the floor. A super hot angle and segment.
The House of Truth (Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin with Truth Martini) vs. The Amazing Red & TJ Perkins
Big pop for the return of Red. The crowd chanted "House of Glory" (Red's school) and "F*** TNA." Perkins and Elgin started off. They went back and forth. Red tagged in and was sent into the corner. Red went for a waistlock but was unable to move the big man. Red was able to use a dropkick to take Elgin to his knees and work him over. Strong hit the scene but was hit with some offense, sending him to the floor with a flying head scissors. Red and Perkins hit a double springboard bodypress.
It settled down to Elgin and Perkins. Perkins tried to come off the ropes with a tornado DDT but was caught and turned into an over the shoulder powerslam for a two count. Strong tagged in and nailed a backbreaker, then locked in a rear chinlock. Red nailed a ton of spinkicks and a dropkick off the ropes on Strong but was attacked by Elgin. Red hit a twisting move that turned into a DDT for the pin.
Red hit a pescado to the floor. Perkins and Red then did stereo twisting splashes on Martini and Strong on the other side. Red and Perkins worked over Elgin. Red nailed the Code Red on Elgin. They went back and forth with an insane series of moves and near falls until Strong shot Red into the air for a backbreaker and Elgin caught him with a stiff lariat for the pin.
Your winners, The House of Truth!
Really HOT match. Perkins and Red made a hell of a team. Imagine them against the Bucks or Express or Briscoes? I really thought this was the best House of Truth ever looked overall. Just an impressive match.
In between each match, the crowd is doing the Daniel Bryan "YES!" as a chant. Pretty cool way to show respect for someone who put the place on the map.
ROH TV champ Jay Lethal vs. Tommaso Ciampa (with The Embassy)
They locked up and went back and forth. Ciampa went to the outside and Jay hit a springboard dropkick off the corner, sending him to the floor. He went for a dive and took out RE Evans on the floor but Ciampa clotheslined him on the outside. Ciampa worked over Jay on the floor, sending him into the railing and beating him.
Ciampa worked over Lethal. Lethal tried to come back with a handspring elbow but was dropkicked in the face while upside down. Ciampa began picking him apart on the mat, then whipped him into the ropes and drilled him with a back elbow. Ciampa continued working Lethal over but Lethal began firing back with chops. They went back and forth with chops until Lethal drilled him with a series back into the corner. He whipped Ciampa into the opposite corner but it was reversed and Ciampa dropkicked him into the corner.
Ciampa worked over Lethal in the corner with a series of running knees but when he went for another, Lethal snapped him with a superkick. Lethal worked him over with chops and clotheslines. Lethal nailed the handspring elbow for a two count. They battled back and forth on the top and Lethal nailed Ciampa off the ropes and back into the ring. Lethal hit the flying elbow and scored a two count.
Ciampa and Lethal battled back and forth on the apron, chopping each other. Ciampa ducked one and nailed the Air Raid Crash on the apron outside with two minutes remaining. The referee began counting them out and it looked like it would end up a double countout but they returned at the 19 count with a minute remaining.
Lethal fired up on Ciampa but The Embassy got on the apron. They were all nailed by Lethal, except for Mia Yim, who's dress was grabbed and ripped by Lethal. Lethal beat the hell out of Ciampa, who started firing back as the time limit expired.
15 Minute Draw.
Lethal tried to call for five more minutes, which the crowd wanted but Ciampa attacked him and nailed the powerbomb over the knees, leaving Lethal laying. Ciampa took the TV title belt and walked out with it. When Lethal recovered and realized they stole the belt, he ran to the back.
The next event here is Sunday 6/24. We are now at intermission!
They began playing "Final Countdown", which was Bryan Danielson's theme here and the place went NUTS!
They followed that by playing Punk's old theme song, and they even ran the old lighting effects. That was pretty damn awesome. We are a long way from the Murphy Rec Center.
ROH Tag Team champions The Briscoes vs. The Young Bucks.
The Bucks attacked the Briscoes during the ring introductions but the Briscoes nailed a double clothesline. They sent Nick Jackson to the floor then hit a double Beel over the top on Matt, sending him onto his brother on the floor. The Briscoes went to the floor and worked over the challengers, sending them into the railing. All four battled around ringside with the Briscoes trashing the Bucks.
Back in the ring, Jay worked over Matt Jackson, nailing a leaping clothesline in the corner. Mark joined in the beating, slamming him into the apron. The champs began working over Matt in the corner. They drilled him with a pair of dropkicks. They slammed him and drilled him with a double shoulderblock for a two count. Nick went after Jay, who chased him around ringside. When they hit the ring, Matt grabbed Jay in a standing headscissors and Nick dropkicked him, turning the tide.
The Bucks began working over Jay but Mark hit the scene. It turned into a brawl. Matt ducked, sending Mark ove r the top. The Bucks worked him over but Mark began nailing a series of chops on Matt. Matt backdropped him. Mark landed on his feet but was superkicked by Nick, who then hit a pescado to the floor on Jay.
The Briscoes worked over Mark in their corner. Mark fought his way out and drilled Matt with a series of headbutts. He made the hot tag to Jay, who clotheslined him. Mark killed him with a stiff dropkick. Jay stomped the hell out of Matt. Nick tried to springboard in but was caught and slammed onto his brother. The Briscoes hit an awesome powerbomb neckbreaker combination on Matt for a two count. Nick pulled Mark to the floor and superkicked him. He then springboarded in and drilled Jay with an X-Factor. Matt rolled him up for a two count.
They hung Jay on the ropes and Nick came off the ropes with a 450 splash for a two count. The Bucks battled with Jay Briscoe. They nailed him with a pair of stereo superkicks for a two count. They set up Jay for More Bang for Your Buck but Mark sent Matt off the top to the rail. The Briscoes nailed the Doomsday Device on Nick Jackson, scoring the pin.
Your winners and still ROH Tag Team champions, The Briscoes!
Good back and forth tag match.
Kevin Steen vs. Jimmy Jacobs (with Steve Corino) - No DQ
Corino took the mic and said he was going to explain what's going to happen here. He told Steen that it's gone too far. He said Steen beat his ass all over the ring at Final Battle and he hasn't wrestled since. He asked if he believes Corino is going to let this continue, he's crazy. He said that it's time to move on. He said that he and Jacobs talked about it and this will be an unpopular decision but there's not going to be a No DQ match tonight. Steen took the mic. He told Corino that the man he knew would have punched him in the face for taking the mic, but Corino just stands there sulking.
Jacobs attacked Steen while Corino was confused. He removed his jacket to reveal the jacket he wore the night he stood under a gushing Jay Briscoe at the Chicago PPV. Corino was telling him not to do it but joined the announcers. Jacobs tossed chairs into the ring. Jacobs sat Steen in a chair in the aisle and did a running dive off the top onto Steen.
Jacobs tried to nail Steen with a chair but Steen ducked. They battled over it and Steen pulled Jacobs towards it. Steen hit a cannonball in the corner. Steen plowed Jacobs into the barricade. They brawled all over the aisle. Steen climbed atop the rail but was grabbed and slammed hard by Jacobs. Steen came back to ram Jacobs into a ringpost, then followed up with a steel chair. He pulled a piece of the barricade out and slammed Jacobs on it. Steen nailed him with another chair. They continued waging war on each other by the stage.
They brawled back to the ring, where Jacobs covered Steen for a two count. Jacobs began beating Steen's head into the chairs on the mat. He set up a table on the floor. He attempted to suplex Jacobs out of the ring onto the table but Steen blocked it and dragged him into the ring. He tried to powerbomb Jacobs outside but Jacobs escapes. He dropped down when Jacobs charged, sending him over the top to the floor. He then powerbombed Jacobs on the apron and did it again on a second side of the ring.
Steen gets in Corino's face and returns to Jacobs. He tries to powerbomb him off the apron onto the table but Jacobs landed on his feet. They battled on the apron. Jacobs speared Steen through the ropes through the table. Back in the ring, Jacobs went for a Contra Code off the ropes onto some chairs but Steen caught him and sent him into the chairs for a two count. Steen ascended to the top rope. Steen nailed a swanton but Jacobs gets his knee up.
Jacobs pulled out the spike he used duiring the Age of the Fall He charged and missed stabbing the turnbuckle. Steen nailed the F5 but was too tired to make the cover. He finally went for it, but changed his mind and set up a chair in the middle of the ring. He then set up another as Corino stood up, shaking his head. He sets the chairs back to back and goes for an F5 onto the chairs. Jacobs fought out, grabbed the spike and stabbed Steen, who was busted open. Jacobs began staring at the spike, then dropped it, shocked at what he did.
Steen grabbed the spike and spiked him in the crotch, then nailed the F5 onto the chairs. He covered Jacobs for the pin.
Your winner, Kevin Steen!
ROH champ Davey Richards & Kyle O'Reilly vs. Eddie Edwards & Adam Cole
Cole and Kyle started off but before they could lock up, Richards tagged himself in. Richards backed him into the corner and there was a clean break. Richards brought hm down to the mat, working over his arm. They went back and forth with some nice reversals, until Cole dropkicked Richards. Richards shoulderblocked him down, but was caught in a sunset flip. They went into a series of reversals leading to Cole going for a kick but Richards evaded. They faced off.
They tagged out to their partners. They went into a knucklelock test of strength and began headbutting each other. Edwards took him down to the mat for a near fall. They went back and forth until Kyle caught him with an armbar. Edwards turned that into a leg submission and they finally faced off. Cole tagged in as did Richards.
Richards began tagging Cole with a series of kicks to the chest. They went back and forth until Richards nailed a dropkick as Cole was rebounding off the ropes. Kyle tagged in and he drilled Cole, who came back with a series of shoulderblocks. Kyle cut him off with a back suplex and tagged Richards. He cinched in an Indian Death Lock. Edwards and Richards tagged in and they went back and forth. Richards drilled Edwards with a running forearm, then hit a dive to the outside on Cole. Edwards nailed a back suplex off the ropes but Eddie fought out of it. He and Kyle went back and forth, killing each other with disgustingly stiff chops.
Kyle began throwing some stuff kicks. Edwards chopped him in the neck and went for another but Kyle blocked and hit a sick back suplex for a two count. Cole tagged in and tried to roll up Kyle, who shoved him off. Cole nailed a leg lariat fora two count. Cole caught Kyle on the ropes and slammed him for a two count. They battled back and forth with forearms. Cole was caught with a leaping knee and Richards leapt into the ring and drilled him with a kick for a two count.
Richards locked in the Texas Cloverleaf. Edwards was trying to interfere so Kyle warded him off and assisted in the submission. Kyle began doing a series of rolling butterfly suplexes for a two count. Cole fired back against Richards and Kyle. Richards went for an enziguiri but Cole ducked and Kyle was nailed. Cole maneuvered Kyle into DDTing Davey. Edwards tagged in and nailed a leaping missile dropkick on both. He worked over Davey with a brainbuster for a two count.
They battled back and forth. Edwards backdropped his own partner over the top on Davey and Kyle on the floor. Edwards and Richards returned to the ring. Richards went to the top but was kicked by Edwards and superplexed off. Cole hit a top rope splash and Edwards covered him for a two count. Richards fired back with several elbows to the neck but was flipped over with a suplex into a sitdown slam for another two count. Cole and Edwards went for the American Wolves finisher but Richards fought them off and rolled through with an anklelock on Cole. Edwards went to break it but Kyle attacked him and locked on a submission. It tuirned into several reversals, leading into the former Wolves locked on submissions while face to face and slapping the hell out of each other.
Cole and Kyle grabbed their opponents and nailed back suplexes, then traded vicious strikes and punches. Cole then hit a nasty looking Cactus clothesline to the outside. Richards and Edwards began exchanging strikes and kicks, laying each other out. They made the tag to Cole and Kyle, who faced off. They charged each other with kicks, mirroring each other. They went for suplexes on Edwards and Richards but it was reversed with all four tumbling out of the ring to the floor.
All four battered men returned to the ring. Cole and Richards battling in one corner, Edwards and Kyle in the other. Richards and Eddie kept trying to one up each other with chops and kicks. They then faced off in the center of the ring, chopping and kicking each other stiffly. Richards nailed a sick clothesline that folded Edwards upside down in half. This left Kyle and Cole to battle it out with sick slaps, kicks and chops, with Cole finally getting the best of it and a near fall. Cole kicked Richards off the apron. He and Edwards used a lungblower into a backstabber for another two count on Kyle.
Kyle fought back with kicks on both his opponents but was nailed off the top with a sitdown F5 off the top. Cole covered Kyle but Richards dove in to break up the pinfall. Edwards whipped Cole into Kyle who kicked him off, then sent Edwards to the floor. Kyle nailed the leaping knee off the apron on Eddie. Richards nailed a double stomp on Cole, who kicked out. Cole was drilled with several kicks until a punt to the face and a back suplex but kicked out again.
Richards slapped him but Cole kicked him. Kyle nailed a brainbuster on him as Richards kicked him. Edwards broke it up and nailed a top rope stomp on Richards. Cole superkicked Richards in mid-air. They nailed the Wolves old finish on Richards for another two count. Edwards and Richards battled on the top rope. Richards fought him off but Edwards nailed a running knee and hit a top rope rana into the ring. Edwards powerbombed Richards onto Cole's knees but it went wrong. The crowd knew it too. Kyle hit the scene for the save and slapped them but both Cole and Eddie hit a double big boot to the face. Edwards went for a powerbomb, but saw Cole hit a tornado DDT onto Kyle off the apron to the floor.
Richards small packaged him for a two count. They went into a series of reversals. Edwards went for the codebreaker off the second rope but Richards turned it into a anklelock. Cole tagged in and nailed a bodypress off the ropes and pinned Richards, shocking the crowd.
Your winners, Adam Cole & Eddie Edwards!
Really great match with a shocking finish that brought Cole up to the next level.
Richards took the mic and started to speak but stopped. He then congratulated Cole on getting the win. They shook hands and faced off. Kyle refused and said he doesn't shake hands with anyone he doesn't respect. Richards got mad. Kevin Steen showed up in the balcony and said he doesn't respect any of them and he wasn't going to let the Anniversary show end with a "Davey Richards b**chfest." He said he wishes he had a Colt 45 to shoot Richards and said "Young Wolves Rising" was the worst name he ever heard. He said the show should have been titled Kevin Steen steals the show. He said that the future is ugly and it's him. He said it should have been Richards vs. Kevin Steen for the title. He said that some people think it's not happening because Davey is scared. He said that the truth is Cornette is afraid. He said Davey is the one person that can change Cornette's mind. He said that until Davey gets Cornette to change his mind, Steen is going to haunt him until he makes it happen. He said that Davey is a jiu-jitsu jackoff and "that's trending worldwide."That's it from NYC everyone. Thanks for logging in with us tonight on PWInsider.com