On this day in history in ....
1972 - Chris Candido was born.
1972 - Billy Red Cloud defeats Art Thomas to win the WWA World Heavyweight Title.
1976 - El Audaz defeats Rey Mendoza for the UWA World Light Heavyweight Title in Veracruz, Mexico.
1981 - Tommy Gilbert defeats Medico II to win the WWC Caribbean Heavyweight Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
1986 - Ron Ritchie defeats Kerry Brown to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1990 - Lizmark defeats Fabuloso Blondie for the NWA World Light Heavyweight Title in Acapulco, Mexico, ending Blondie's second reign and beginning Lizmark's third.
1991 - Mascara Sagrada defeats Pierroth, Jr. to win the Mexican National Light Heavyweight Title in Cuernavaca, Mexico, ending Pierroth's second reign.
1991 - The first and last "Starrcade in Japan" event is held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan featuring WCW and New Japan stars on the same event. The show would be broadcast via PPV in April 1991. The complete results of the event saw:
Kengo Kimura, Animal Hamaguchi, Osamu Kido, & Kantaro Hoshino defeated Super Strong Machine, Hiro Saito, Tatsutoshi Goto, & Norio Honaga when Kimura pinned Goto.
Shiro Koshinaka, Kuniaki Kobayashi, & Takayuki Iizuka defeated Brian Pillman, Tom Zenk, & Tim Horner when Iizuka pinned Horner with a German suplex into a bridge.
Scott Norton pinned the Equalizer.
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Jushin Liger pinned Akira Nogami with a DDT off the top.
WCW TV Champion Arn Anderson & Barry Windham defeated Mr. Saito & Masahiro Chono when Anderson pinned Saito following a lariat from Windham.
WCW World Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated IWGP Tag Team Champions Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki to win the titles at 9:50 when Scott pinned Sasaki with the Frankensteiner.
El Gigante pinned the Big Cat with the claw hold
Big Van Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Doom at 13:17 when Vader pinned Butch Reed with a splash after avoiding a tackle off the top rope; prior to the bout, Ron Simmons took the mic and said he signed up for the match many months ago, came to fight, and hoped Reed came to do the same; after the match, Simmons and Reed fought each other, with Simmons eventually clearing Reed from the ring.
The Great Muta pinned Sting with a reverse crossbody off the top after spraying green mist into Sting's face.
Riki Choshu defeated Tiger Jeet Singh via KO.
IWGP Champion Tatsumi Fujinami pinned WCW World Champion Ric Flair with an abdominal stretch into a roll up after suplexing Flair into the ring, moments after referee Bill Alphonso was knocked down and Fujinami backdropped Flair over the top to the floor - which would have been a disqualification under WCW rules; NJWP official Tiger Hattori counted the pinfall; after the match, several of the Japanese wrestlers hoisted Fujinami on their shoulders before he was presented with a trophy and Flair's title belt; following the show, in footage included on the pay-per-view broadcast, Jim Ross covered a press conference segment backstage in which a livid Flair, his head bandaged from a gash caused during the match, interrupted and confronted Fujinami until he was held back by Arn Anderson and Barry Windham; during the segment, Flair took the WCW title back with him and said if Fujinami wanted it he'd have to come to America and take it. Fujinami would be recognized as the NWA champion by the history books as the NWA/WCW title belt lineage was the same leading into the match.
1993 - Xóchitl Hamada defeats Bull Nakano in Mexico City, Mexico to win the CMLL World Women's Title.br />
1994 - The WWF held a triple-taping of Monday Night RAW at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. The first show aired live, with the others airing over the next two weeks, on USA Network. The results were:
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon defeated Diesel (subbing for the injured Ludvig Borga) by disqualification after Shawn Michaels interfered.
- Earthquake and Yokozuna (with Mr. Fuji) fought to a double-countout.
- Lex Luger defeated Bam Bam Bigelow.
- WWF Tag Team Champions The Quebecers (Jacques and Pierre (with Johnny Polo)) defeated The Bushwhackers (Butch and Luke), when Pierre pinned Butch after a knee to the back. After the match, Captain Lou Albano came out and issued a challenge to the Quebecers to defend their title against a team of his choice. Albano would return on the episode that aired the following week with his team, The Headshrinkers.
- Tatanka defeated Chris Hamrick after a Samoan Drop.
- Diesel pinned Ken Lucia.
- Jeff Jarrett defeated Koko B. Ware after a DDT.
- Lex Luger defeated Rick Martel by submission with the Torture Rack.
- Owen Hart defeated Mike Freeman by submission with the Sharpshooter.
- Doink the Clown (Steve Lombardi) (with Dink) pinned Eric Cody after the Whoopie Cushion.
- The 1-2-3 Kid pinned The Black Phantom (Gangrel).
- Crush pinned Ray Hudson.
- Earthquake pinned Adam Bomb (with Harvey Whippleman).
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon pinned Austin Steele to retain the title.
- The Headshrinkers (Fatu and Samu (with Afa and Lou Albano)), Jeff Jarrett, Rick Martel and Irwin R. Schyster defeated The 1-2-3 Kid, The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart), Sparky Plugg and Tatanka, when I.R.S. pinned the 1-2-3 Kid after the Kid ran into the corner. This match was originally scheduled to take place at WrestleMania X, but was scrapped due to time constraints.
- Yokozuna (with Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji) pinned Scott Powers after the Banzai Drop.
- This episode of RAW also included the debut of Shawn Michaels' Heartbreak Hotel.
1997 - The Slammy Awards were held at the Weston Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, two nights before WrestleMania 13. The winners were:
- New Sensation of the Squared Circle (presented by Ahmed Johnson): Rocky Maivia. The other nominees were Steve Austin, Flash Funk, Mankind and Marc Mero.
- Best Dressed (presented by The Honky Tonk Man and Cindy Margolis): Sable. The other nominees were Flash Funk, Marlena, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker.
- Best Tattoo (presented by Adam and George): The Undertaker. The other nominees were Drew Barrymore, Crush, Tommy Lee and Shawn Michaels.
- 1996 Match of the Year (presented by Jim Ross): Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII. Other nominees were Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart at Survivor Series, Steve Austin vs. Savio Vega from In Your House: Beware of Dog II, Mankind vs. The Undertaker at SummerSlam, and Mankind vs. Shawn Michaels from In Your House: Mind Games.
- Best Hair (presented by The Legion of Doom): Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The other nominees were: Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Mankind and Shawn Michaels.
- Loose Screw (presented by Lou Albano and Sunny): Mankind. The other nominees were Steve Austin, Bob Backlund, Kosmo Kramer and Sycho Sid.
- Best Bow Tie (presented by Owen Hart): Owen Hart stole the award. The nominees were Bob Backlund, Clarence Mason and Steve Urkel.
- Best Entrance Music (presented by Dok Hendrix and John McNaley): The Undertaker. The other nominees were Faarooq, Flash Funk, "Double J" Jesse James and Sunny.
- Best Finisher (presented by Brian Pillman): Shawn Michaels' Sweet Chin Music. The other nominees were Steve Austin's Stone Cold Stunner, Bret Hart's Sharpshooter, Marc Mero's Wild Thing, and Sycho Sid's powerbomb.
- Best Couple (presented by Jerry Lawler and Vince McMahon): Goldust and Marlena. The other nominees were Bill and Hillary Clinton, Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Chyna, Marc Mero and Sable, and Siegfried and Roy.
- Freedom of Speech (presented by Bob Backlund and Mancow): Steve Austin. The other nominees were Paul E. Dangerously, Faarooq, Jerry Lawler and Howard Stern.
- Star of the Highest Magnitude (presented by Walter Payton): The Undertaker. The other nominees were Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and Sycho Sid.
- Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by Gorilla Monsoon and Sycho Sid): Arnold Skaaland.
- Miss Slammy (presented by Todd Pettengill): Sable. The other nominees were Chyna, The Funkettes, Marlena and Sunny.
1998 - Shinobu Kandori defeats Yumiko Hotta for the WWWA World Singles Title in Tokyo, Japan.
1999 - ECW held the second-annual Living Dangerously pay-per-view at the Convention Center in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The results:
- In a dark match, Chris Chetti and Nova defeated Danny Doring and Roadkill.
- Super Crazy pinned Yoshihiro Tajiri.
- Balls Mahoney pinned Steve Corino after hitting him with a chair.
- Little Guido (with Sal E. Graziano) pinned Antifaz del Norte.
- ECW World Television Champion Rob Van Dam (with Bill Alfonso) pinned Jerry Lynn after a Five-Star Frog Splash to retain the title. Lynn originally won by referee's decision after a time-limit draw, but Lynn requested that the match continue for five more minutes.
- New Jack pinned Mustafa.
- Spike Dudley and Nova defeated The Dudley Boyz (Buh-Buh Ray and D-Von), when Spike pinned Buh-Buh Ray after an Acid Drop. During the match, Nova was injured and replaced by Sid Vicious.
- Tommy Dreamer and Shane Douglas (with Francine) defeated The Impact Players (Justin Credible and Lance Storm (with Dawn Marie and Jason Knight)), when Douglas pinned Credible after a Pittsburgh Plunge.
- ECW World Heavyweight Champion Taz defeated FTW World Heavyweight Champion Sabu (with Bill Alfonso), after Sabu passed out while locked in the Tazmission, to unify both titles.
2000 - American Dragon (Bryan Danielson) and Spanky (Brian Kendrick) defeat The Board of Education (Ruben Cruz and Jeromy Sage) for the Texas Wrestling Alliance Tag Team Title in San Antonio, Texas.
2001 - The 155th and final edition of WCW Thunder airs on TBS, earning a 1.85 rating. The company was bought out by the WWF two days later. The results of the show, taped the previous night in Gainesville, Florida, were:
- The Jung Dragons (Kaz Hayashi and Jimmy Yang) defeated Air Raid (Air Paris and Air Styles).
- Jason Jett defeated Cash (Kid Kash).
- M.I. Smooth and Ernest Miller (with Ms. Jones) defeated Kanyon and Road Warrior Animal.
- Hugh Morrus defeated Rick Steiner.
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Shane Helms and The Filthy Animals (Billy Kidman and Rey Misterio, Jr.) defeated Chavo Guerrero, Jr. and WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions Kid Romeo and Elix Skipper.
- Chuck Palumbo defeated Mike Awesome.
- Jeff Jarrett and Scott Steiner (with Midajah) defeated Dustin Rhodes in a handicap match.
2001 - Dan Factor and David Flair defeat Bad Attitude (Rick Michaels and David Young) to win the NWA World Tag Team Title in Athens, Georgia, ending Bad Attitude's third reign.
2002 - Jun Kasai and The W*INGer defeat Daisuke Sekimoto and Men's Teioh for the WEW Hardcore Tag Team Title in Nagoya, Japan.
2002 - Ebessan defeats wins Shu's Osaka Pro Wrestling Battle Royal Title in Osaka, Japan, by last eliminating Takashi Tachibana in a 10-man battle royal. This began Ebessan's second reign.
2004 - Gabe Saint defeats Jimmy Olsen for the NWA Upstate Kayfabe Dojo Title in Rochester, New York.
2004 - Chikayo Nagashima and Sugar Sato win their fourth AAAW Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan, by defeating Toshie Uematsu and Ran YuYu.
2004 - Ray Rowe defeats Chad Collyer for the Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling Unified Heavyweight Title in Cleveland, Ohio.
2004 - Pretty Boy Delgado defeats Gage Octane to win the Steel Domain Wrestling Television Title in Maple Grove, Minnesota.
2005 - WWE held the 617th edition of RAW live and taped the 342th Sunday Night Heat at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. RAW got a 3.9 rating, and Heat a 0.7, on Spike TV. The results:
- Gene Snitsky pinned Val Venis after an inverted DDT.
- Chris Masters defeated Russell Simpson by submission with the Masterlock.
- The Hurricane pinned Biohazard (Jaykus Plisken) with a crossbody.
- Muhammad Hassan (with Daivari) defeated Rhyno by submission with the Camel Clutch.
- Shawn Michaels pinned Robért Conway (with Sylvain Grenier) after the Sweet Chin Music.
- Christy Hemme (with Lita) and World Tag Team Champions William Regal and Tajiri defeated Simon Dean, Maven and Molly Holly, when Hemme pinned Holly after a reverse Twist of Fate.
- Edge and Christian (with Tyson Tomko) defeated Chris Jericho and WWE Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin, when Edge pinned Benjamin after a spear, after Christian hit Benjamin with the Intercontinental title belt.
- Chris Benoit defeated Tyson Tomko by submission with the Crippler Crossface.
- Batista pinned Kane in a Lumberjack match with the Batista Bomb.
2007 - Yuji Nagata wins the third-annual New Japan Cup tournament, defeating Togi Makabe in the final match in Tokyo, Japan.
2007 - OVW held its weekly television taping at Davis Arena in Louisville, Kentucky. The results were:
- Victoria Crawford defeated Maryse.
- Tommaso defeated Ramón of Los Locos.
- T.J. Dalton and Jamin Olivencia defeated Alexander and Tank Toland.
- Kassidy James defeated Mike Tolar.
- Terminal Velocity (Chet the Jett and Steve Lewington) defeated Scott Cardinal and Mason Raige.
- The Frat Pack (Mike Mondo and Nick Nemeth) and Johnny Jeter defeated Deuce, Domino and Jacob Duncan.
- K.C. James defeated Jake Hager.
- 2 Cold Scorpio defeated Mike Kruel (with Roucka).
- OVW Southern Tag Team Champions Cody Runnels and OVW Television Champion Shawn Spears defeated Charles Evans and Justin LaRouche by disqualification to retain the title.
- Pat Buck (with Roni Jonah and Johnny Punch) defeated Chris Rombola in a Rock 'n' Roll Weapons match.
- OVW Heavyweight Champion Idol Stevens defeated Paul Birchill to retain the title.
2010 - TNA held their Destination X Pay-per-view in Orlando, Florida. Here is Mike Johnson's original report on the show:
Destination X opened with a great video feature on the show.
Brian Kendrick vs. Kaz vs. Amazing Red vs. Daniels - Four Way Ladder Match for #1 contender status for X-Division championship.
Everyone started brawling as the match began. Kaz nailed Daniels with a dropkick. Red nailed a baseball sliding kick on Kendrick. Kaz hit a running clothesline on Daniels and both went up and over to the floor. Red nailed a twisting dive over the top to the floor on them. This allowed Kendrick to set up the ladder but he was cut off by Kaz. Fans chanted, "X Division." Red and Daniels battled around the ladder. Red was whipped into it but dropped underneath it and then dropkicked the ladder into Daniels. Red scrambled up the ladder but was pulled off by Kendrick. Kazarian was hit with a catapult into the ladder and grabbed at his leg.
Daniels did a ladder airplane spin but Red ducked and hit him with a drop toehold. All four battled on the floor. Kendrick bridged a ladder on the outside across the rail but was grabbed and tossed into a ringpost. Kaz nailed a gutbuster onto the ladder. Daniels took out Kaz, who landed on the ladder, then hit an Arabian Press onto the ladder. The crowd chanted TNA. Daniels celebrated while standing on the bridged ladder but Red nailed a springboard into a rana off the ladder to the floor. That's cool.
Kaz and Red raced up the ladder. Kendrick tried to stop them buty was shoved off. Red and Kaz battled. Kaz attempted to hit the Flux Capacitor off the ladder but Kendrick shoved the ladder over. Both men took a nasty spill into the ropes. Daniels ran Kaz into the ladder facefirst. He attempted to use the ladder as a battering ram but Kaz avoided it and used a legdrop to slam Daniels facefirst into the ladder.
Kendrick tried to grab a ladder but Kaz stomped it, hurting his fingers. Kaz grabbed the ladder and attempted to nail Red who bent backwards out of the way then hit a spinning kick to Kaz. Daniels took Red out. He placed the ladder atop the middle turnbuckle and slammed him into it. Kaz and Daniels battled over a suplex but Kazarian was nailed by Kendrick with a ladder. Kendrick whipped Kaz into Daniels, who backdropped him into a ladder. Kendrick tried to pull himself up the ladder but was shoved off by Daniels. Daniels began ascending but Kaz grabbed him and powerbombed him into the ladder bridged over the turnbuckles.
Kaz and Kendrick raced up the ladder. Kendrick bulldogged him off the ladder. Kendrick returned to the ladder but Red cut him off. Red charged Kendrick but was backdropped to the floor. Kaz and Kendrick go back and forth until Kendrick nailed a STO. Kaz slingshot into the ring and nailed him with a Ace Crusher as he came in. Kendrick nailed Sliced Bread #2 on Daniels. Daniels began to ascend the ladder while Red set up a second ladder. They began battling as they climbed their respective ladders. Daniels nailed an Uranage off the ladder.
Daniels and Kendrick made their way towards the top of the ladder. Kaz springboarded onto the ladder. He took out Kendrick and battled with Daniels, finally hitting a scary as hell suplex. Kaz dispatched Kendrick again and grabbed the clipboard to earn his title shot.
Your winner, Kaz!
Taz and Mike Tenay discussed tonight's TNA title bout between AJ Styles and Abyss.
Ric Flair's music began to play and Flair was wheeled out in a wheelchair by Desmond Wolfe's valet Chelsea. Flair said he wasn't a happy camper and told the fans not to Woo for him. He said he was the greatest World champion of all time and now look at him. He said he has taken beating after beating but was never immobilized in a chair. He said it came to TNA for action but right now he's not getting a lot of action. Flair said he blamed Hulk Hogan and Abyss and tonight, he's going to make sure they get what they deserve.
Backstage, Hulk Hogan told Abyss to stop asking if he was doing a good enough job and if he was ready. Hogan said he has never seen someone take to wrestling like a duck to water like Abyss. Hogan said that the gold ring around his finger will lead to gold around his waist. Hogan told him not to be scared of the power of the Abyss-ites. Eric Bischoff showed up. Hogan and Abyss laughed at his new haircut. Hogan told him he pushed Mick Foley too far and needed to leave all the personal issues with Foley and Jeff Jarrett aside because he's supposed to be leading TNA with Hogan. Bischoff told him he was right and by the end of the week, he'd have those situations all tied up. He left and Hogan quipped that Bischoff now has a Hulk Hogan haircut.
TNA Knockouts champion Tara vs. Daffney
Tara attacked Daffney as soon as she made her way to the ring. Tara ducked a clothesline and nailed one of her own. She slammed Daffney and nailed a standing moonsault press for a two count. Tara was caught and stomped in the corner by Daffney, who scored a two count. Daffney stepped on Tara's face and worked her over in the corner. Tara came back with a Tarantula in the ropes. Daffney flipped Tara back into the ring, then snapped her over by the hair. She covered Tara for a two count, then cinched in a rear chinlock before locking in a stump puller variation. Tara finally escaped and nailed elbows and kicks.
Daffney missed a forearm in the corner but cut off Tara and tossed her to the floor. She slammed Tara into the guard rail then tossed her back in. She grabbed the Knockouts title belt and tried to nail Tara with it but Tara ducked and hit the Widow's Peak for the pin.
Your winner and still TNA Knockout champ Tara!
Tara celebrated with the fans, only to realize that Daffney had stolen her tarantula.
Christy Hemme said Brutus Magnus vs. Rob Terry would be next. Magnus said he'll be known only as Magnus going forward. He said Terry was brought in to watch him back but he got too big for himself and wanted a title. Magnus said that he was going to have to destroy the monster he created.
TNA Global champ Rob Terry vs. Magnus.
Terry came out looking intense and went right after Magnus, clotheslining him out of the ring. Magnus returned to the ring and caught him with a thumb to the eye. Magnus went for a high cross bodyblock but was caught and slammed down. Terry whipped Magnus into the ropes but put his head down. Terry came back with a spinkick and spinebuster for the pin,
Your winner, Rob Terry!
Christy Hemme interviewed the Motor City Machineguns. Chris Sabin asked what was wrong with Generation Me for trying to compete with them in the UX on an man's level when they are children. Shelley said that some people have said they have a bit of an attitude lately, but wouldn't you have one if you worked hard to be the best tag team in the world because of events out of their control. He said they have been in UX since way before Generation Me bought their "Hardy Boy starter kits."
Ultimate X: The Motor City Machineguns vs. Generation Me for top contendership of the TNA Tag Team championships
The Guns went right for the structure at the bell. Gen Me cut them off. They nailed double kicks to Shelley. They nailed double sandwich dropkicks on Sabin. They set up Sabin for a Dream Sequence but Shelley tripped max allowing Sabin to escape and nail a big kick to the chest. Shelley locked up both members of Gen Me with submissions in an attempt to let Sabin get up the structure. He was cut off. Sabin hit a springboard off the corner into a crossbody on the floor onto Max, who was on Shelley's shoulders. Jeremy tried to make his way across the cables but Sabin pulled him down.
Jeremy used a Lucha basing maneuver out of the corner to jump on the cables. Max held Shelley back but Sabin kicked him away. Shelley and Sabin pulled Jeremy down and drilled him with stereo kicks. Max came off with a missile dropkick on both Guns. Jeremy hit a twisting dive over the top rope onto both Guns on the floor. Max made his way across the cables. He pulled himself up to avoid Sabin diving at him but was pulled down by Shelley. Jeremy caught Sabin with an insane Facebuster, then hit a standing moonsault to the floor on Shelley/
Jeremy began shimmying across the cables while Max watched. Sabin used Max as a base, leaping off and speaking Jeremy off the cables. Max went to the top rope. Sabin went after him but was brushed off. The Guns pulled Max down but Gen Me went into some awesome highspots to take the Guns out. The crowd changted this is awesome and they were right. All four made their way to the center of the cables and battled with kicks, being knocked off one by one. Gen Me killed The Guns with powerbombs and kick. They set up Shelley for a double team maneuver but Sabin broke it up and jeremy ended up suplexed into Max, who was locked in the tree of woe.
The Guns nailed a double team powerbomb/sliced bread #2 on Max. Jeremy and Sabin made their way across the cables. Sabin killed Jeremy, who took a back bump into the ring. Sabin grabbed the X and the Guns are victorious.
Your winners, the Motor City Machineguns!
Jeremy Borash interviewed Scott Hall and Sean Waltman, Hall said he broke out the old gear because he's going to "wrassle" tonight. Hall said Nash thinks he's better than him - prove it. Hall promised that tomorrow on Spike, everyone will see the highest paid stars in TNA tomorrow. He asked whether Nash trusted Young with his life.
Scott Hall & Sean Waltman vs. Kevin Nash & Eric Young - Contracts for the Band vs. The Band must leave TNA
Hall did a survey before the match, asking who wanted to see he and Waltman with "big fat money contracts." Most of the crowd booed so Hall said, "One more for the bad guys." Young and Waltman started out, going back and forth. Young nailed a Thesz Press. He began slamming Waltman's head into the mat. Hall nailed Young, who turned around and drilled Young. Waltman cut off Young and tagged in Hall.
Hall worked over Young. Youn g went for a high cross bodyblock but was hit with a Fall Away Slam for a two count. Waltman tagged in and worked over Young with chops. Young nailed a scary backdrop on Waltman. Young ended up tossed to the floor, where Waltman hit a tope con hilo. Waltman tried to bulldog Young on the floor but Young reversed it and ran Waltman crotch first into a ring post. Hall laid out Young. Back in the ring, Hall locked on a sleeper. Young escaped and made the tag but the referee was arguing with Waltman and didn't see it. Waltman began looking for something under the ring. It turned out to be spraypaint. Waltman sprayed it in his eyes. Amazingly, no DQ.
Nash tagged in but just powerbombed his own partner. He put Young in the corner and tagged him back in. Hall nailed the Outsider Edge and scored the pin.
I don't think anyone was shocked by this one.
Your winners, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman!
Waltman went looking for the spraypaint under the ring and complained, "Why the f*** do you gotta hide it?" They spraypainted a body outline of Young.
So, the Wolfpac are back.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Kurt Angle. Angle told Borash he had a problem with people holding mics in their hands and asked to do it solod. He held up a photo of Ken Anderson and lit it on fire. He looked at the camera and said, "Oh. it's real. It's damn real." in a serious tone.
TNA X-Division champion Doug Williams vs. Shannon Moore.
Doug Williams rode Moore to the mat but Moore escaped. Moore came back with a series of armdrags and a legdrop. He covered Williams for a one count. Williams sent Moore up and over in the corner but Moore hit a top rope leaping rana for a two count. Moore's legs were cut off on the top rope. Williams locked him in a cravate. Williams hit a high knee for a two count. Williams nailed Moore with a Gut Wrench suplex. He went for the Chaos Theory but Moore held onto the ropes. Williams drilled him with a running high knee and beat Moore in the corner.
Williams continued to bully and work over Moore, who fought back. Moore was whipped into the ropes but came back with a bulldog. He followed up with a leg lariat and several dropkicks. Moore nailed a twisting moonsault. Williams went the floor, where he was hit with a baseball sliding kick. Moore hit a moonsault off the top to the floor. Willliams grabbed something from under the ring - possibly a brick - and nailed Moore with it, pinning him.
Your winner and still X-Division champion Doug Williams!
Moore was busted open. Williams said Moore didn't even deserve a title shot and he was an example of what Williams hates about the X-Division - trumped up acrobats pretending to be wrestlers. Williams said what he is, is what the division should be - hold for hold wrestling moves and catch as catch can style. He said acrobats should be in the circus with the clowns and said he was going to help Moore with his clown makeup. He "grabbed" a purse from a fan at ringside, then used her lipstick to draw on Moore's face. Some fans were chanting for RVD.
TNA Tag Team champions Matt Morgan & Hernandez vs. Beer Money.
Hernandez and Roode went back and forth. Hernandez shoulderblocked him down. Roode rebounded off the ropes with a forearm. Morgan began complaining to Hernandez and tagged himself in. Morgan caught Roode with a sideslam but just dropped him instead of hitting it. He began telling Hernandez that's how it should be done and tagged Hernandez back in, telling him to get the job done. Hernandez did a long standing suplex on Storm.
Hernandez went to tag Morgan, who told him he would tag in when he wanted to. He finally did. Morgan slammed Storm into the turnbuckles. Morgan began bragging but got a thumb in the eye. Beer Money tried to work him over but Morgan hit a high cross bodyblock on both. He continued browbeating Hernandez. Hernandez tagged in and shoulderblocked Roode out of the ring. Hernandez went for a dive but Morgan got in his way. Storm attacked Hernandez from behind. Roode returned to the ring and nailed him with a neckbreaker.
The crowd began chanting, "Morgan sucks."
Storm cinched in a rear chinlock. Beer Money worked over Hernandez. Hernandez went to the top but was crotched by Storm. Beer Money nailed a double superplex into the ring. Morgan continued to scream at Hernandez as Beer Money worked him over. Hernandez caught Storm with a shoulderblock to the gut, then slingshot himself in the ring with another. Hernandez crawled in for the tag and Morgan laid out Beer Money.
Morgan went for a chokeslam but was kneed in the gut by Roode. Morgan responded with a clothesline. Morgan tagged the obviously hurting Hernandez back in. Hernandez hit his dive to the floor. Morgan was pissed, saying Hernandez isn't going to win on the outside. James Storm went to spit beer in Hernandez' face. Hernandez ducked and Morgan was blinded. Hernandez nailed a big powerbomb and scored the pin.
Your winners and still TNA Tag Team champions, Hernandez and Morgan!
Morgan killed his own partner with the Carbon Footprint after the bout and walked out with both Tag titles.
Kurt Angle vs. Ken Anderson
Anderson came out wearing a shirt that read, "Pro Wrestling is Real...People are fake." I'm going to market a shirt that reads, "Suspension of Disbelief."
Anderson and Angle faced off and locked up. Angle kept Anderson on the mat a lot early. Angle invited Anderson to try and put a headlock on him. Anderson accepts the challenge and Angle shrugs him off. He invites Anderson to do so again but Anderson kicked him in the gut. Anderson went after Angle, who came back with a back suplex. Angle put the boots to Anderson. Angle whipped Anderson into the corner and backdropped him for a two count. Angle nailed several suplexes. Anderson went to the top/ Angle leaped up to suplex Anderson off but Anderson snapped it on the top rope. He followed up with a flying armbar. Angle began selling the armbar.
Anderson worked over Angle on the mat, using a keylock to roll him into a pinning situation. Angle finally made his way to his feet. He clotheslined Anderson down but grabbed at his hurt arm. Angle caught Anderson with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Anderson catches Angle with a kick to the head but can't seal the deal with the pin attempt. Angle fails to hit an Angle slam. Anderson uses the Fireman's carry into the roll through for a near fall. Anderson went for the Mic Check but Angle fought him off and hit a series of German suplexes.
Angle pulled down the straps and nailed an Angleslam for a two count. He locked in an anklelock but Anderson rolled out and kicked Angle towards the referee. Angle stopped short of hitting the ref but Anderson nailed a lowblow. He hit the Mic Check for a two count. Anderson and Angle battled on top of the ropes. Angle punched him off and nailed a top rope frog splash for a two count. Angle charged Anderson with a clothesline but Anderson ducked and the referee ate it. Anderson nailed the Angleslam on Kurt but there was no referee.
Anderson went to the floor and grabbed a chair from the second row. He teased using the chair, then tossed it out. He grabbed the medal Angle has been wearing of late. Anderson wound up the punch with it but Angle ducked and hit a back suplex. Anderson looked at the medal and the crowd, then began digging it into Anderson's head to bust him open. Anderson was locked in the anklelock in the center of the ring and finally tapped.
Your winner, Kurt Angle!
After the match, Anderson called for the mic to be lowered. He said, "As I said, people are fake. You're not an American hero Kurt. You're probably not a real gold medalist. You are certainly not a real American. I tried to have a straight up match with you tonight and you had to resort to cheap tactics to get the victory. Now, while these people right here think you are going to go home tonight and rest your head on your pillow all easy, but I know and you know that the only thing you are going to be doing tonight is laying in bed, staring at the ceiling with one word in your head - Anderson....Anderson,,,," He kept repearing it as Angle stared at him.
Christy Hemme interviewed TNA champ AJ Styles. She asked him how his strategy has been changed with Ric Flair's injuries. Styles said that the strategy will be the same as it has been since Flair walked into his locker room. Win at all costs. Styles said he was going to get revenge for Ric Flair. Styles promised he would be the one standing tall at the end of the night with his World title stylin' and profilin'.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Abyss. Abyss said Styles should be confident since he's the World champ but when he is done with Styles, there's not going to be anything left of Styles. Abyss was more confident and through in the Hogan catch phrase at the end.
TNA champ AJ Styles vs. Abyss
Ric Flair was wheeled out to the rance ramp. Abyss attacked Styles during the introductions. They went back and forth. Abyss knocked Styles onto the entrance ramp and beat him in front of Flair. Abyss teased chokeslamming Styles through the ramp but Styles lowblowed him. Styles high-fived Flair, then strutted back to the ring, where Abyss caught him with a belly to belly suplex. Styles took out Abyss' leg and began stomping on it. Abyss went to the floor, where Styles hit a running forward dive to the floor.
Styles grabbed a chair at ringside and wedged it between the turnbuckles. The referee tried to remove it, allowing Styles to choke Abyss against the ropes. Styles kept working over Abyss, who began to fight back. Styles continued to work on Abyss' leg in the corner. Styles went for the springboard forearm but Abyss grabbed him by the throat. Styles broke free but was hit with a back elbow and a backdrop. Abyss nailed a sideslam on Styles for a two count.
Styles nails the Pele Kick on Abyss. He charged Abyss in the corner but was sent up and over. Styles came off the ropes with a springboard forearm. Abyss kicked out. Flair came towards the ring and sprayed something in the referee's eyes. Styles grabbed the title belt and nailed Abyss with it. The referee was dragged out. Hulk Hogan came out with Earl Hebner. He sent Chelsea to the back and then wheeled Flair to the back.
Styles hit a 450 springboard splash but Abyss kicked up and began Hulking up. Styles kept working on Abyss who felt no pain. Abyss chokeslammed Styles right through the ring. The referee called for the bell. Hogan gave Abyss the title belt, but Earl Hebner took it away. Flair returned complaining but Abyss pulled him into the ring. Chelsea went to use the spray Flair used on the ref but Hogan got it and sprayed Flair. Flair flopped around. Desmond Wolfe hit the ring but was sprayed as well. Wolfe took a bump into the hole in the ring. Flair was deposited down it as well.
Hogan and Abyss celebrated.
I'm guessing it's no contest.
2011 - WWE officially announced that Abdullah the Butcher would be inducted into their Hall of Fame.
2011 - WWE broadcast Raw. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:We are live from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Michael ‘Is Matt Cooke available to be my bodyguard tonight’ Cole, Jerry ‘Next time close up the air holes on Cole’s Skinner Box’ Lawler, and Josh ‘I never had my Wrestlemania match, so do I have to challenge Todd Grisham’ Mathews.
They announce ‘Good Ole JR’ but it is Michael Cole in a fat suit with a neck brace on his ankle while he limps to the ring with a bottle of JR’s Barbecue Sauce. Josh cannot believe that Cole is doing this while Lawler is silent. Security keeps Lawler away from Cole until he enters the Cone of Silence, that is still on the blink from its days at Control.
The fans chant for Lawler while Cole sticks his tongue out at Lawler.
Now it is time for the people who wrestle for a living to come to the ring and Triple H walks to the ring to unleash the GameFountain before he addresses Undertaker.
Hunter says that he has been in the business almost twenty years and it is a long time to stand in the ring and walk out to look at the fans. He wonders if this is the last time that he will work in this building. In two weeks, it will be the defining moment of his career. It is the defining moment of the Undertaker’s career. He says that he hears everybody talking and he sees the signs. The whole world is talking about this match. Two icons clashing like never before. Undertaker/Triple H, no holds barred.
Hunter says that he has no idea what this match will take out of him or out of the Undertaker. Neither man will ever be the same and he can assure us of that. It is the biggest match that he has ever been in during his life. The streak of eighteen years is bigger than any championship or even all of the championships that he has held combined. Ending that streak will be a career defining moment.
Before they go to the ring and tear each other apart and put each other through hell. He tells the Dead Man to come to Raw next week and stand in the ring. He wants to look the Undertaker in the eye and stand face to face, man to man so he can tell Taker what is going to happen at Wrestlemania. He wants to tell Undertaker to his face that he is going to lose. Hunter says that he will end the streak.
When the streak dies, so does the Undertaker. Hunter says that if cannot do it, he will die trying. Hunter says that he wants that one last opportunity to stand face to face. Just like Taker’s music says: Ain’t no grave that can hold this body down. When he ends the streak, that’s it. It’s done.
He tells Undertaker that at Wrestlemania, he goes 18-1. At Wrestlemania, he will rest in peace.
Ted DiBiase comes out and he has something to say to Hunter. One year ago, he was one of the rising superstars of WWE. He competed in his first Wrestlemania match against Randy Orton. Now he is just an afterthought. Ted says that he won’t be an afterthought any more. Ted suggests that if he takes out the Cerebral Assassin two weeks before Wrestlemania, the people will have no choice but to take notice of Ted DiBiase.
Hunter hits Ted as he enters the ring and then Hunter goes to the floor and he punches Ted. Ted gets in a series of punches but Hunter with a knee and then he sends Ted into the ring steps. Hunter Irish whips Ted into the ring steps and then he slams Ted’s head into the ring steps. Hunter sends Ted into the ringside barrier. Hunter picks up a chair and he hits Ted in the midsection and back with it. Hunter continues to hit Ted with the chair. Hunter rearranges the announce table. Hunter picks Ted up and goes onto the table for a Pedigree through the table. Hunter looks at the Wrestlemania sign.
We will hear from John Cena via satellite later tonight.
Miz will be re-writing Miz-tory tonight.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Sheamus versus Evan Bourne
They lock up and Sheamus sends Bourne to the mat. Bourne with kicks but Sheamus sends Bourne into the turnbuckles and hits a short arm clothesline. Sheamus with a kick and knees to the head as Bourne goes to the apron. Sheamus with forearms across the chest while he has Bourne in the ropes. Sheamus with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Bourne with a spinning heel kick and then he goes to the apron.
Bourne goes up top but Sheamus moves out of the way on the shooting star press. Sheamus with a boot to the head for the three count.
After the match, Sheamus gets on the mic and tells us that he is the new champion of the United States of America.
Daniel Bryan comes out to the ring. Bryan says that one of the great things about this country is that everyone gets an opportunity. As a former United States Champion, Bryan wants to invoke his rematch clause and get that match at Wrestlemania.
Sheamus tosses the belt to Bryan and breaking rule #420, he catches the belt. Bryan falls victim to a pump kick.
We will have a Wrestlemania Rewind Match tonight and the match tonight is from Wrestlemania 22 with Randy Orton facing Rey Mysterio (Kurt Angle will not be there).
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Randy Orton finishing off Nexus last week.
Randy Orton leaves his bus and Scott Stanford intercepts him. He wants to know what it is like to tour the country in his bus. Orton says that it gives him privacy and a place to think. He says that it is a home away from home. Orton says that he witnessed the birth of the New Nexus and he enjoys watching the footage when he systematically ended it, one punt at a time. Orton says that Punk says that he is sick and twisted, but Punk has no idea what sick and twisted really is.
Match Number Two: Maryse versus Eve Torres in a Non Title Match
The bell rings and Maryse throws the hand and does her pose because that is what wrestling is all about. Eve applauds the way she waves her hair. Maryse and Eve argue and Eve with a punch. Maryse has the referee check her eye but it is a trap and Maryse goes after Eve and slams her head into the mat. Maryse with an Irish whip and a slap to Eve. Maryse slams Eve’s head into the turnbuckle and then she chokes Eve in the ropes. Maryse misses a knee to the back.
Michael Cole interrupts the match while Eve gets a near fall. Eve slams Maryse’s head into the turnbuckles. Eve with an arm wringer followed by kicks and clothesline. Eve yells at Cole in his fortress of suckitude. Eve tries for standing moonsault but Maryse gets her knees up.
Maryse tries for a neck breaker but Eve blocks it and gets the three count with a neck breaker.
Winner: Eve Torres
Cole says that he is glad that the match is over. Eve goes to the Cole PopeMobile and Cole has to use his security. Eve slaps Cole and then as security escorts her out, Cole grows a set.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that John Cena does a lot for Make A Wish.
The Corre have made their way to Raw because the Tag Champs are in action. We go to footage from Smackdown when Big Show and Kane faced Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater.
Match Number Three: Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater with Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson versus Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov with Tamina
Santino and Gabriel start things off and Gabriel with a kick but Santino with a split and hip toss. Santino unfurls the cobra and goes after Slater. Gabriel with a kick and he gets a near fall. Slater tags in and he kicks Santino and then puts Santino in a rear chin lock. Santino with a snap mare but Slater grabs the leg to prevent Santino from making the tag.
Kozlov tags in and he gives Slater a head butt and then he sends Slater into the turnbuckles and then he kicks him in the chest. Barrett distracts Kozlov and that allows Slater to hit the inverted DDT and Gabriel hits the 450 Splash for the three count.
Winners: Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel
After the match, The Corre attack Marella and Kozlov.
Big Show’s music plays and it is combined with Kane’s as they come to the ring.
Corre stops beating up Santino and Vladimir. Kane sends Gabriel into the ringside barrier and then Kane works over Barrett while Show punches Slater. Show kicks Jackson while Kane deals with Barrett. Santino checks on Kozlov while Kane and Show give Jackson a double choke slam.
We have an alliance of four people.
We see John Cena getting ready at home ‘via satellite’. We go to commercial.
We are back and if you can wait a week, The Rock will be on Raw.
We go to footage from last week when the MizRock appeared after John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio by disqualification and his systematic destruction of his challenger at Wrestlemania.
John Cena is home and Josh asks John what he is going to do next week. It will be epic. It won’t be time to tell jokes or eat cereal. He will be face to face with the Rock. If there is a problem, the problem gets settled. Jerry asks John if the attention that he has paid to the Rock has allowed him to underestimate the Miz. Cena says that is why Miz has been able to do what he has to do. Cena says that if anyone needs proof, they only have to see him at home. It is proof that Miz deserves to be champion and he might be able to change the face of WWE.
Cena says that last week was a good trick and he expects this week’s to be the same. He hopes that Miz rewrites history tonight because at Wrestlemania, he will make history.
Michael Cole says that Cena and Rock have a lot in common. They are via satellite, but Michael Cole says that he is live. Cole tells Lawler that he has another world exclusive when we come back.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael Cole and Jack Swagger are doing laps in the ring. Swagger goes to the apron and then he stands in front of Lawler.
Michael wants to introduce the man who will train him in the main event against Jerry Lawler. He is talking about Jack Swagger. Last week, we had a world wide exclusive when he brought out Jerry’s biological child to talk about what kind of a gutless fraud Jerry Lawler is. Cole says that he was so touched by the emotional and heartwarming reunion after all of those years. We go to the video tape.
Cole gets a good laugh out of what we just saw. Cole says that Brian Christopher was so appreciative to get a chance to come out to talk last week that he sent Cole a gift. Cole shows us the Lawler family photo album. In order to see what a person is all about, you need to see how they were raised.
It is time to take a look Jerry’s father. Cole adds his own captions for the photos.
Cole says that he went to Memphis to talk to some people. Cole says that Lawler and his dad were gutless cowards and bullies. The self aggrandizing braggart until someone steps up to them and puts them in their place. Cole says that he is going to do that to Lawler.
Cole says that Jerry, his mother, his father, and his son have one thing in common. The family is nothing but a bunch of losers.
Lawler has had enough but when he gets up from the announce table. Swagger punches Lawler. Lawler punches back and then he drops Swagger on the announce table. Lawler chases Cole out of the ring and then Swagger hits Lawler with a clothesline. Swagger puts Lawler’s face against the glass while Cole insults Lawler. Swagger puts Lawler in the ankle lock. Cole leaves the peep show booth and Cole applies the ankle lock while Swagger has his knee on Lawler’s head.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Michael Cole apologizes for letting his emotions get the best of him. Cole says that Lawler has been pushing his buttons and he says that he snapped. Cole sincerely apologizes for what happened.
It is time to look at the publicity that Snooki got for WWE and let’s go to the video tape.
Match Number Four: Dolph Ziggler with Michelle McCool, Vickie Guerrero, and Layla versus John Morrison with Trish Stratus in a Taste of what you are going to get at Wrestlemania Match
They lock up and Morrison works on the arm but Ziggler with a knee and forearms and punches to Morrison until the referee pulls Ziggler off Morrison. Morrison runs Ziggler into the turnbuckles and he punches Ziggler until the referee stops him. Ziggler with a kick to Morrison followed by a neck breaker for a near fall. Ziggler with a forearm across the chest followed by an elbow drop for a near fall.
Ziggler with a reverse chin lock on Morrison. Morrison with punches but Ziggler with a kick. Morrison with a drop kick and clothesline that sends Ziggler over the top rope. Michelle gets in the way of Morrison but Trish goes after Layla and Michelle. Trish gets into the ring and . . .
We have an e-mail. Cole goes to his laptop and he quotes. This is now going to be a handicap intergender tag match. Morrison and Trish will face Dolph, LayCool, and Vickie Guerrero.
Trish grabs Vickie by the hair and LayCool pull Vickie out of Trish’s clutches.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Trish Stratus and John Morrison versus Dolph Ziggler, Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, and Layla
The match is joined in progress with Ziggler having Morrison in a side head lock. Morrison gets to his feet but Ziggler pulls Morrison by the hair but Morrison with a kick. Ziggler avoids the Shining Wizard and Layla tags in.
Trish with forearms to Layla followed by a kick. Trish with an Irish whip but she runs into a boot. Trish with a handstandcanrana on Layla followed by a chop or two. Trish goes for a third with a little extra added while Layla screams. Michelle kicks Trish in the back when the referee was unable to see what was going on. Trish is sent into the mat and Michelle tags in.
Michelle with a running knee to the head and then she punches Trish. Michelle with knees to the midsection and then Michelle gets a near fall. Michelle tries to send Trish’s knee into the mat but Trish with a head scissors to escape. Layla is tagged back in and she kicks Trish and gets a near fall.
Layla kicks Trish and then sends the back of the head into the mat. Vickie tags in but she misses a leg drop. Morrison tags in and that means that Ziggler has to come in. Morrison with clotheslines and a leg lariat. Morrison sends Ziggler into the mat and then he hits the springboard round kick. Layla pulls Trish off the apron while Morrison sets for the corkscrew split legged moonsault and he misses. Ziggler sends Morrison into the turnbuckles and then he hits the Zig Zag. Ziggler tags in Vickie and he gets the three count.
Winners: Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Layla, and Dolph Ziggler
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that WWE’s Facebook is growing.
We have another Sin Cara video package.
Cole talks about what happened at the start of the show. Then we leave the glass curtain of Cole’s booth for Josh Mathews.
John Cena says that when Taker came back, it was like there will be a Wrestlemania. Show says that when Hunter interrupted Taker, he said this is getting good. There is confidence and there is cocky. There is also insanity. Arn Anderson says that all of those barriers were crossed when Hunter came out. Orton says that there were no words. Show and Steamboat also talk about how nothing was said during their first stare down.
Jerry Lawler says that he never saw anything like that in his forty years in wrestling. Hunter had to make a statement and that is what happened. John Morrison says that Triple H is trying to solidify himself as the icon and the legend. Jim Ross says that Hunter has done everything in WWE except one thing. Steve Austin points out that Triple H is putting everything on the line for this match and he has to win this match. Lawler says that Hunter has to accomplish this. Booker says that Hunter is challenging Taker because of one word . . . the streak. Booker points out that for eighteen years, it has been his burial ground. Lawler says that this is what Taker is. Arn says that it is like winning eighteen Super Bowls in a row. Harley Race says that luck played a role in the beginning, but luck runs out after eighteen years.
Big Show says that there is no one better than the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Jim Ross says that he doesn’t know if Taker’s career revolves around anything more than that one day. Arn Anderson says that Taker owns Wrestlemania. Shawn Michaels says that nothing lasts forever. The last two years, he was close to ending it. The Undertaker is hanging on by a thread. In a match where anything goes, Cena thinks that Hunter has a good chance to end the streak. Jim Ross says that Hunter’s mindset is what sets him apart from the other people who have challenged Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Cena says that he is calculating and focused. Ross also points out Hunter’s record in No Holds Barred matches. Arn Anderson says that he does not think that there is a person walking upright who will end the Undertaker’s streak.
Orton says that he knows what it is like to face Taker at Mania. Show says that he has never been pushed to the limit as much as when he faced the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Chris Jericho says that they are going to leave something in the ring that they will never get back. John Morrison says that they are two legends. Steve Austin says that both guys are going to put everything into this match. Steamboat says that everything they have done in the past is minimal compared to what is going to happen at Wrestlemania. Shawn says that to say that it will have impact is an understatement. Dusty Rhodes says that he believes that this will be the final chapter for one of them. Jim Ross says that only one person is going to be the guy who can say that they were the guy to beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
Randy Orton says that he will be watching this match. This is the Super Bowl. This is Wrestlemania.
Randy Orton walks to the ring and we see the MASH unit of Nexus that Orton took care of.
We go to commercial.
We are back with Randy Orton’s comments outside the arena earlier tonight.
Match Number Six: Randy Orton versus Rey Mysterio in a 2/3 of the Wrestlemania 22 Match Wrestlemania Rewind Match
They lock up and Mysterio with a waist lock but Orton with an elbow. Rey with a kick and Orton with a forearm. Orton with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Rey with kicks to Orton and a drop kick to the knee. Rey misses a round kick and Orton with an uppercut. Orton throws Rey under the bottom rope to the floor. Orton goes to the floor after Rey and they return to the ring. Orton gets a near fall.
Orton with a leaping knee drop and he gets another near fall. Orton with a reverse chin lock on Mysterio and Rey gets back to his feet. Mysterio with a punch to Orton but Orton with a forearm and an Irish whip. Orton puts Mysterio on the top turnbuckle but Rey knocks Orton off. Rey with a seated splash but Orton with a power slam. Orton sets for the IEDDT but Rey counters and sends Orton into the ropes. Rey with a kick to the back and then Orton blocks the 619. Orton hits the IEDDT and then he gets ready for the RKO, but . . .
CM Punk appears on the TitanTron. He says that he doesn’t know what sick and twisted is, but that is a really nice bus and he can’t wait to meet Randy’s wife.
Orton runs through the back and into the parking lot. He tries to open the door to his bus but Punk hits Orton from behind with a wrench. Orton’s wife screams in fear and Punk tells her to shut up.
Punk says that the voices in his head should be telling him not to have kicked McGillicutty, Harris, Otunga, or Ryan. Now Orton won’t be kicking anyone at Wrestlemania. Punk kicks Orton and then he blows a kiss to Randy’s wife.
Punk leaves and Orton’s wife checks on her husband.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Triple H and Undertaker will meet face to face on Raw next week. The Rock will also be on Raw.
There is a red carpet in the ring and Alex Riley is back on Miz’s payroll. He says that he was fired three weeks ago as the Miz’s apprentice. Riley says that he was rehired as the vice president of corporate communication. Riley introduces The Miz.
Miz says that in the 1970s, people would travel great distances to gather so they could say that they saw Muhammad Ali box in person. In the 1980s, people would pay big money to see an in his prime Michael Jordan play basketball. Now these people are blessed with the honor of seeing him.
Miz says that when he first started, people didn’t take him seriously. People said that he was annoying. Now look at how far we have come. Now John Cena, like the Rock and everyone else hang on every single word that he says.
Last week, he imitated the Rock and he says that it was good and he got everyone. It is ironic because there have been a lot of wannabe Rock clones, the one who imitated him correctly and amazingly is someone who is one of a kind. An original. Miz says that he has rewritten history. Miz says that he has more charisma than Shawn Michaels. More physically imposing that Andre The Giant. More intelligent than The Rock and John Cena combined. Miz says that he is the greatest WWE Champion in history.
In the process, he has become greater than the WWE Universe and everyone in it. Miz says that he has flipped the WWE since day one. Miz says that he is going to reveal what symbolizes and celebrates the iconic WWE logo. Miz says that he has flipped it in the form of an ‘M’. Miz says that ‘M’ stands for Miz.
The time has now come. Miz says that it is time to rewrite Miz-tory. We have a drum roll as the curtain is lifted and we see the new WWE title belt with the ‘W’ flipped.
Miz holds the belt over his head and then he puts the belt around his waist with help from his gofer. Miz says that this is what the belt will look like from now on. It will not spin like a toy. It will be the most coveted title in the world. Miz says that he will not be a multi-time champion because he does not plan on losing this title because he’s the Miz . . . and he’s . . .
John Cena appears ‘via satellite’ and he says that was moving and epic. He hasn’t seen anything that dramatic since the season finale of Flip that House. Cena gets the reason why Miz flipped the logo over. Cena says that the WWE Universe knows that he is not invincible. The WWE Universe will learn that you don’t make him angry. Cena says that in thirteen days, he will make history.
People move the furniture behind him and it turns out that John is outside the Penguins locker room in the arena. Cena says WWE has been his home for nine years and they are in the middle of his living room and he is going to take out the trash.
Miz and Riley get ready for Cena to attack them by taking off their ties.
Cena’s music plays and he comes out. Miz throws the table at Cena but he moves. Cena fights off Miz and Riley and then Riley tries to choke Cena but Cena gets free. Cena throws Riley to the floor and then Cena goes after Miz but Miz is on the floor. Riley returns to the ring and that is mistake number one. Cena puts Riley in the STF and Riley is tapping. A referee comes to the ring to tell Riley that it doesn’t matter if he taps and he also tries to get Cena to release the hold.
Miz returns into the arena and Cena lets go of the hold. Cena and Miz stare each other down from a distance and then Cena puts Riley back in the STF. Miz cannot believe what is going on with Riley, but he is smart enough not to get to the ring. More referees come to the ring to try to get Cena off Riley and eventually Cena lets go.
We go to credits.
2012 - Kurt Angle went on a tear last night on Twitter, although many of the comments were later deleted.
Among some of the highlights:
*Angle telling Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin it took them 15 years to get over while he did it in one and while he loved them, he could take them in a shoot.
*Angle telling Jim Ross and others that he wanted to retire in TNA but how would they feel about him main eventing Wrestlemania one more time.
*Angle responding to a fan asking if he Twitter account was hacked again (something Angle has claimed in the past when similar instances went down), writing, "yes it was hacked once but not now! FU!"
When a fan questioned Angle's state, he responded, "I have not touched a pill 8 yrs. up urs." Angle provided a similar response to another fan, adding that he gets tested for the Olympics. He also stated that he wasn't drunk.
*Angle stating that he would love to wrestle Jack Swagger, CM Punk and "B Daniels".
*Additional instances of insulting fans.2012 - WWE broadcast NXT. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
Matt is in the ring and he welcomes everyone to NXT. Matt says that William Regal has set up four matches tonight and they will culminate in the main event between Tyson Kidd and Michael McGillicutty.
Match Number One: Curt Hawkins versus Justin Gabriel
They lock up and Hawkins backs Gabriel into the corner and he appears to give a clean break but he tries for a punch but Gabriel blocks it. Gabriel with kicks followed by an Irish whip and a cross body into the corner. Gabriel misses a cross body from the top and Hawkins with a running knee followed by an emphatic slam for a near fall.
Hawkins punches Gabriel and he applies a reverse chin lock. Gabriel with elbows and a punch but Hawkins trips Gabriel as he comes off the ropes and he tells Regal that he runs the show. Hawkins with an elbow drop followed by punches. Hawkins with an Irish whip but he misses forearm into the corner. Gabriel with a jumping back heel kick from the turnbuckles and then he goes up top and hits the 450 Splash for the three count.
Winner: Justin Gabriel
Derrick Bateman and Kaitlyn are walking in the back and Tamina Snuka stops them and she talks about how much she enjoys seeing people in love. She says that she is looking for someone to spend her life with.
Titus O’Neil and Darren Young stops by and Titus wonders why the Usos try to get in the way of her relationships. Titus tells Tamina that Darren would like to spend time with Tamina.
The Usos stop by and they tell Tamina that they are not going to go down that road again.
Darren tells them to let Tamina make her own decisions.
Jimmy comments on how Tamina has moved on from JTG to this and he will learn in the ring.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Darren Young versus Jimmy Uso with Jey Uso
They lock up and Darren backs Jimmy into the corner and he connects with a forearm but Jimmy with forearms and chops as they go across the ring. Jimmy with kicks and Darren goes to the floor out of frustration. Young goes up the ramp but Jimmy sends Darren back into the ring.
Darren with a kick and punches but Jimmy with forearms and a chop. Darren sends Jimmy over the top rope to the floor and then Darren follows him to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Young punches Jimmy. Darren kicks Jimmy and slaps him in the head. Jimmy with uppercuts followed by an Irish whip but Jimmy runs into a boot from Young. Young with a snap mare into a reverse chin lock. Young with an elbow to the head followed by a leg drop and elbow drop.
Young returns to the reverse chin lock. Young sends Jimmy to the mat by the hair and he follows it with a forearm and kick. Young climbs the turnbuckles but Jimmy moves out of the way and he drops Young on the top turnbuckle. Jimmy and Darren are down and Jey tries to get Jimmy motivated through the crowd.
Jimmy with clothesline followed by a Samoan drop. Jimmy with a few dance moves followed by a running butt splash into the corner. Jimmy gets a near fall. Young with an Irish whip and then Jimmy drops Darren on the top rope.
Jimmy goes up top but Young stops Jimmy and crotches him. They fight on the turnbuckles and Jimmy sends Darren to the mat. Jimmy misses a move from the turnbuckles and Young sends Jimmy shoulder first into the turnbuckles followed by the fireman’s carry gutbuster for the three count.
Winner: Darren Young
After the match, we go to Titus and Tamina in the back and Titus wants to know if Tamina wants to go out with Darren. Meanwhile, Josh Mathews gets a message about his car and he leaves the announce table.
Maxine is with Johnny Curtis and she tells Johnny that she is going to go to the announce table because Josh is checking on his car. Johnny Curtis attacks someone walking past, thinking that it was Josh Mathews. Johnny wants Maxine to tell him ‘You’re Welcome’ and Maxine did not appreciate Johnny using chloroform, after wondering why he has chloroform. Maxine tells Johnny not to leave Matt.
Johnny sees Alicia Fox walk by and he hits on her. She walks away and then Johnny follows him.
Maxine comes to the ring and she has a gift for William. Maxine tells William how much she appreciates William as her boss and she has gifts for him to avoid being stressed.
Match Number Three: Percy Watson versus Tyler Reks
They lock up and Watson with a waist lock but Reks backs Watson into the corner. Reks with a boot to the shin and a side head lock while Maxine gives Regal a foot massage. Watson with a butterfly slam.
Watson with an Irish whip and side slam. Reks goes to the floor and Reks blames Regal for everything that is happening to him. Watson with a pescado onto Reks.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Reks with a slam. Watson with an uppercut followed by forearms and Reks goes into the ropes to stop him. Reks with a hot shot followed by a clothesline for a near fall. Reks sends Watson’s arm into the ring post and then he kicks Watson in the shoulder. Reks with a shoulder tackle followed by a leg drop to the arm.
Reks with a key lock. He continues to work on the arm and then he kicks Watson in the chst. Reks with a side suplex and then he kicks Watson. Reks looks at Regal and he applies a Dragon Sleeper but Watson sends Reks into the corner while Maxine has started a scalp massage.
Reks misses a charge into the corner and Watson follows with punches and a drop kick. Watson with a flying clothesline followed by a butterfly slam and then he sets for the Showtime Splash and he hits it and gets a near fall.
Watson goes up top and hits a cross body but the momentum sends Reks on top and then Reks gets Watson up but Watson escapes and Percy hits Percycution for the three count.
Winner: Percy Watson
We go to commercial.
We are back and Josh Mathews has returned to the announce table and his car is fine. We go to what happened on Raw to set up the Hell in a Cell Match.
We go to Johnny in the back and Maxine tells Johnny that the plans were ruined and he wants to get Matt out of the case. Johnny asks to make out and Maxine thinks that Johnny killed Matt. Johnny opens the case to show that Matt is no longer in there.
There is a note telling Maxine and Johnny that they have Striker and know about it.
Kaitlyn and Derrick stop by and they have an awkward moment until Maxine accuses Kaitlyn and Derrick of doing something about this. Kaitlyn and Derrick have no idea what Maxine is talking about.
Derrick and Kaitlyn leave and Maxine yells at Johnny and she slaps him.
We go to a video package to set up the Michael McGillicutty and Tyson Kidd match that we are about to see.
Match Number Four: Michael McGillicutty versus Tyson Kidd
Kidd with drop kicks at the start oof the match and then he kicks and punches Michael. Tyson runs into a boot from Michael and he kicks Tyson. Tyson with a head scissors that sends Michael to the floor. Tyson goes to the apron and he uses the ring post for momentum on a head scissors take down and Michael goes into the ringside barrier. Kidd gets on the ringside barrier to celebrate as we go to commercial.
We are back and Michael is in control and he connects with a knee to the midsection. Kidd with a kick and he tries for a cross body but Michael moves out of the way and Kidd hits the ropes and goes to the floor.
Michael kicks Tyson on the floor and then he hot shots Tyson onto the announce table. Michael gets a near fall. Michael tries to rearrange Tyson’s face and then he kicks Tyson. Michael chokes Tyson in the ropes and he connects with crossfaces to the head. Michael gets another near fall.
Michael with a reverse chin lock. Kidd with kicks to the leg and then he gets a near fall with a rollup but Michael with a clothesline to stop Kidd’s momentum. Michael rubs Kidd’s face on the mat and then he connects with a knee to the back of the head.
Michael with a kick to the back and then he punches Kidd from the floor. Michael gets a near fall. Michael with more crossfaces to the top of the head. Michael returns to the reverse chin lock. Kidd with kicks but Michael with forearms to the back.
Michael with an Irish whip but Kidd moves when Michael charges into the corner and Kidd sends Michael into the turnbuckles. Kidd with a kick to the hamstring and Michael goes down. Kidd with a back elbow followed by a back heel kick and a drop kick to the head for a near fall. Kidd with a kick and he goes to the apron. Kidd with a kick to the knee and Michael hangs over the bottom rope and Kidd with a leg drop to the back of the head.
Kidd tries for the springboard elbow drop but Michael gets his knees up. Michael hits a Saito suplex and he gets a near fall. Michael shows some frustration. Michael tries for another Saito suplex but Kidd blocks it. Michael goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Kidd lands on his feet. Tyson with a roll up but Michael rolls through. Kidd gets another near fall. Kidd charges at Michael but Michael with a hot shot into the turnbuckles. Michael tries for the running snap neck breaker but Kidd sidesteps him. Kidd tries for the Sharpshooter but Michael kicks him into the ropes. Kidd with a slingshot rollup for the three count.
Winner: Tyson Kidd
After the match, Kidd points out that they are now tied at one win each.
Michael gets on the mic and he tells Tyson that this isn’t over. He is going to regret ever crossing him. Michael says that he is going to hurt Tyson where it hurts the most. . . in his heart.
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