5/14 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: WORLDS COLLIDE IN ECW, WWE GETS THE F OUT AND MORE
By Mike Johnson
on 2013-05-14 08:00:00
On this day in ....
1963 - The WWWF ran Bridgeport, CT at the Arena for a television taping featuring:
-Skull Murphy & Brute Bernard defeated the Fabulous Kangaroos via disqualification.
-The Fabulous Kangaroos defeated Arnold Skaaland & Jack Miller in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match, 2-0.
-Tim Woods defeated Willie Bath in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match, 2-1.
-The Shadow defeated Tony Martinelli.
-Pedro Morales defeated Gordo Chihuahua.
-Tony Altimore defeated Roger Dupree,
1964 - Gene Kiniski & Cyclone Negro defeat Toyonobori & Michiaki Yoshimura to win the All Asian Tag Team Title in Yokohama, Japan.
1964 - WWWF ran Washington DC at the Capital Arena with the following results:
-Bill Watts defeated Matt Gilmore.
-The Scufflin Hillbillies defeated Frank Hickey & Humberto Mercado.
-Hans & Max Mortier defeated Jerry Miller & Manuel Soto.
-Smasher Sloan defeated Arnold Skaaland.
-Miguel Perez defeated Dave Morgan.
1965 - WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino & Argentina Apollo defeated Waldo Von Erich & Smasher Sloan in Brickstown, NJ at the Ocean Ice Palace.
1966 - Bulldog Brower defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino via disqualification in the main event of a WWWF event in Philadelphia, PA.
1966 - The WWWF taped television in Baltimore, MD, featuring Baron Mikel Scicluna defeating Arnold Skaaland, Vittorio Apollo defeating Angelo Savoldi and Antonio Pugliese defeating Gene Dubuque.
1969 - The WWWF ran Madison Square Garden in New York City with the following results:
-Lou Albano defeated Buster Gordon at 10:41.
-Bulldog Brower defeated Duke Savage at 9:11.
-Baron Mikel Scicluna fought John L. Sullivan to a draw.
-Dominic DeNucci defeated Luke Graham at 11:43.
-Sky Low Low & Little Brutus defeated Pee Wee Russell & Cowboy Bradley in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match.
-Haystacks Calhoun defeated Dr. Bill Miller at 5:16.
-WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino & Victor Rivera defeated Killer Kowalski & Prof. Toru Tanaka in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match; Rivera pinned Tanaka at 6:23 to win the deciding fall.
1970 - The WWWF ran Washington, D.C. at the National Arena, drawing 2000 fans with the following results:
-Sandy Parker defeated Rita Boucher.
-Patsy O'Neill defeated Dottie Moore.
-Al Nelson defeated the Red Demon.
-Mike Conrad defeated Miguel Feliciano.
-Arnold Skaaland defeated Joe Turco.
-Crusher Verdu defeated Chuck Richards.
-Bobo Brazil defeated Prof. Toru Tanaka.
1971 - WWWF champion Pedro Morales defeated Blackjack Mulligan in the main event of a Harrisburg, PA event at the Zembo Mosque. Undercard results from the card featured:
-Manuel Soto fought Bill White to a 30-minute draw.
-Tarzan Tyler pinned Jose Rivera at 13:42 with a rope choke.
-The Fabulous Moolah & Donna Christianello defeated Vicki Williams & Sharon Joy in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match; fall #1 - Moolah & Christianello won at 17:37; fall #2 - Williams & Joy won at 1:38; fall #3 - Moolah & Christianello won at 7:09.
1973 - WWWF drew 10,425 fans to Boston, MA -at The Boston Garden with the following results:
-Tony Garea fought Mike McCord to a 20-minute draw.
-Manuel Soto defeated Frank Hickey.
-Frank Valois defeated Joe Crugnali.
-The Fabulous Moolah & Dottie Downs defeated Tippi Wells & Lily Thomas.
-Gorilla Monsoon, Andre the Giant, & Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Mr. Fuji, Prof. Toru Tanaka, & Moondog Mayne.
-WWWF World Champion Pedro Morales defeated Freddie Blassie when the bout was stopped due to blood.
1974 - Giant Baba wins the 2nd All Japan Champion Carnival tournament, his second straight win, by defeating Mr. Wrestling in the finals of the elimination tournament. Baba defeated Curtis Iaukea and Mark Lewin to reach the finals, while Mr. Wrestling defeated Mattie Suzuki, Thunder Sugiyama, and Jumbo Tsuruta to reach the finals.
1980 - A busy day for the WWF as they ran three live events in different markets. Bruno Sammartino vs. Ken Patera headlined a card in Springfield, MA. Gorilla Monsoon & Ivan Putski challenged WWF Tag Team Champions the Wild Samoans in Asbury Park, NJ. WWF champion Bob Backlund went to a double DQ with Larry Zbyszko in Bangor, Maine.
1982 - Tony Atlas defeated Jesse Ventura in a Steel Cage Match in Pittsburgh, PA at the Civic Arena. The undercard results of the WWF event saw:
-Baron Mikel Scicluna defeated Bill Berger.
-Johnny DeFazio defeated Tony Altimore (substituting for Mr. X - yes, Mr. X no showed!).
-Ivan Putski defeated Adrian Adonis.
-Steve Travis & Rick McGraw defeated Mr. Fuji & Mr. Saito via disqualification.
-WWF World Champion Bob Backlund fought Blackjack Mulligan to a double disqualification.
1983 - Carlos Colon defeats Ox Baker in San Juan, Puerto Rico to win the WWC World Heavyweight Title for the second time.
1983 - Roddy Piper & Billy Jack Haynes teamed to defeat NWA World Champion Ric Flair & Rip Oliver in the main event of a Pacific Northwest Wrestling event in Portland, Oregon.
1984 - NWA World champion Kerry Von Erich defeated Superstar Billy Graham in Ft Myers, FL.
1984 - WWF champion Hulk Hogan teamed with Big John Studd in Miyazaki, Japan on a New Japan Pro Wrestling event, going to a double countout with Antonio Inoki & Seiji Sakaguchi. Also on the card, Andre the Giant defeated John Quinn while Tatsumi Fujinami defeated the Masked Superstar.
1985 - The WWF ran The Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY with the following results:
-Don Muraco defeated Jose Luis Rivera.
-Moondog Spot defeated Rick McGraw.
-King Kong Bundy defeated Tony Garea.
-Brutus Beefcake defeated SD Jones.
-Jimmy Snuka defeated Bob Orton.
-The Junkyard Dog defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Greg Valentine via disqualification.
1986 - Jim Crockett Promotions ran Raleigh, NC at the Dorton Arena with the following results:
-Baron Von Raschke defeated the Italian Stallion.
-Teijo Khan defeated Denny Brown.
-The Barbarian defeated Todd Champion.
-Jimmy Garvin defeated Wahoo McDaniel in a Texas Death Match.
-Jimmy Valiant defeated Shaska Whatley in a lumberjack match.
-NWA World Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey defeated Manny Fernandez & Hector Guerrero.
1986 - WWF ran Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Arena, drawing 3,000 fans with the following results:
-George Wells defeated Moondog Spot.
-Pedro Morales defeated Moondog Rex.
-Scott McGhee defeated Mike Sharpe Jr.
-King Tonga defeated Bob Orton via count-out.
-Paul Orndorff defeated Don Muraco via disqualification.
-WWF Tag Team Champions The British Bulldogs defeated Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake.
1987 - Jim Crockett Promotioins ran Hartwell, GA, headlined by Jimmy Garvin defeating Stan Lane via disqualification and Ron Garvin pinning Bobby Eaton.
1987 - If there was ever proof that WWF was a monster in the 1980s, this was it. The promotion ran three live events today. The promotion ran Fresno, CA at the Convention Center, headlined by WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan defeating Kamala, as well as these events:
Vancouver, British Columbia at The Pacific Coliseum
-Little Karate Kid & Little Tokyo defeated Lord Littlebrook & Little Mexico.
-Dick Slater defeated Steve Lombardi.
-SD Jones defeated Tiger Chung Lee.
-Kimchee defeated Jerry Allen.
-The Can-Am Connection, Rick Martel & Tom Zenk defeated Sika & Kamala.
-WWF Tag Team Champions Hart Foundation defeated The British Bulldogs in a steel cage match
-Randy Savage defeated Tito Santana
Duluth, MN at the Entertainment and Convention Center:
-Tom Magee defeated Terry Gibbs with a backbreaker.
-Brad Rheingans defeated Jimmy Jack Funk.
-WWF Women's Tag Team Champions Judy Martin & Leilani Kai defeated Velvet McIntyre & Candice Perdue.
-Brutus Beefcake defeated Johnny V via submission with the sleeper.
-The Islanders defeated Don Muraco & Bob Orton Jr.
-Koko B. Ware defeated Danny Davis.
-Hercules defeated Billy Jack Haynes in a chain match.
1988 - WWF ran Hartford, CT at the Civic Center, drawing 5,000 fans with the following results:
-Steve Lombardi pinned Brady Boone.
-WWF Women's Champion Sensational Sherri defeated Desiree Peterson.
-Ron Bass pinned the Junkyard Dog.
-The Ultimate Warrior pinned Hercules.
-Scott Casey pinned Iron Mike Sharpe.
-Bad News Brown pinned Bret Hart by grabbing the tights for leverage.
-Andre the Giant defeated Hacksaw Duggan via count-out.
-Tito Santana & Rick Martel defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition via disqualification.
1989 - Roddy Piper continued his return from retirement, pinning Ted DiBiase in Sacramento, CA at the Arco Arena before 10,000 fans. Piper substituted for the injured Jake Roberts, and was a surprise that was not advertised. Also on the show:
-Paul Roma defeated Boris Zhukov.
-Dino Bravo defeated Hercules.
-WWF Women's Champion Rockin Robin defeated Judy Martin.
-The Bushwhackers defeated Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard.
-Bret Hart fought Mr. Perfect to a draw.
-Randy Savage defeated WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan via countout.
1990 - Ole Anderson is named the booker of WCW, replacing Ric Flair, who resigned from the position, citing continued difficulties trying to run the creative end of the company (which had seen an amazing 1989 from an in-ring standpoint) under WCW Vice President Jim Herd.
1990 - WWF ran a marathon Wrestling Challenge taping in Madison, WI, headlined by WWF champion Ultimate Warrior defeating Mr. Perfect and Hulk Hogan defeating Earthquake by DQ.
1992 - WCW ran Savannah, Georgia at the Civic Center, drawing 1,500 fans with the following results:
-Big Josh pinned Richard Morton.
-The Patriots, Firebreaker Chip & Todd Champion defeated Thomas Rich & Tracy Smothers.
-Nikita Koloff pinned Steve Austin with the Russian Sickle.
-Ron Simmons pinned Diamond Dallas Page.
-WCW U.S. Tag Team Champions Greg Valentine & Terry Taylor defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin.
-WCW World Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko (substituting for Bobby Eaton).
-WCW U.S. Champion Rick Rude pinned Ricky Steamboat at around the 30-minute mark after hitting him with the title belt.
1993 - The very first show ever held at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania took place. It was the first of two consecutive days of television tapings and saw the following results:
- Road Warrior Hawk beat The Samoan Warrior & Donn E. Allen in a handicap match when he pinned both.
- Tommy Cairo won a battle royal to become the first ECW Pennsylvania Champion.
- ECW Tag Team Champions Chris Candido & Johnny Hotbody beat Tommy Cairo & Glen Osbourne when Osbourne was pinned.
- ECW Champion Don Muraco beat Mr. Sandman via countout.
- Road Warrior Hawk beat ECW TV Champion Jimmy Snuka via DQ.
- ECW Tag Team Champions Chris Candido & Johnny Hotbody vs. The Super Destroyers ended in a double DQ.
- Eddie Gilbert beat Herve Renesto in a chain match.
- Terry Funk beat The Dark Patriot via DQ.
- ECW Champion Don Muraco pinned Tommy Cairo.
- The Dark Patriot beat JT Smith via countout.
- Mr. Sandman & Larry Winters beat Tony Stetson & Rockin' Rebel when Sandman pinned Rebel.
- Sal Bellomo & The Super Destroyers vs. Richard Michaels, Chris Candido, & Johnny Hotbody ended in a no-contest as a huge brawl broke out.
1993 - WWF ran Los Angeles, CA at the Sports Arena, drawing 5,000 fans with the following results:
-Virgil defeated the Brooklyn Brawler.
-Bob Backlund defeated Damien Demento.
-Tatanka defeated Razor Ramon.
-Yokozuna defeated Jim Duggan.
-Bret Hart defeated Lex Luger via disqualification when Razor Ramon interfered; after the bout, Luger and Ramon fought their way backstage.
-Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Kamala.
-Rick & Scott Steiner defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Ted Dibiase & IRS via disqualification.
1993 - WCW ran Alexandria, LA at Rapides Parish Coliseum, drawing 1,100 fans with the following results:
-Kent & Keith Cole defeated the Wrecking Crew.
-Davey Boy Smith defeated the Barbarian.
-Arn Anderson pinned Erik Watts with the DDT.
-Maxx Payne defeated Steven Dane via submission with the Pain Killer.
-Rick Rude defeated Kensuke Sasaki.
-WCW U.S. Champion Dustin Rhodes defeated WCW World TV Champion Paul Orndorff.
-NWA World Champion Barry Windham defeated Ricky Steamboat.
-Sting defeated WCW World Champion Big Van Vader in a non-title strap match.
1994 - Extreme Championship Wrestling ran the ECW Arena in Philadelphia for "When Worlds Collide" featuring the largest crowd to date for an event held there, 1,558. The show was headlined by Sabu and WCW star Bobby Eaton taking on Terry Funk and WCW star Arn Anderson. The Public Enemy, taking a payday from Paul E. Dangerously, attacked Funk but Anderson ran them off. After being accidentally struck by Funk, Anderson turned on him, beating his knees with a steel chair. That set up Sabu locking on a single legged Boston Crab, which Funk submitted to.
The undercard of the event saw the following results:
-Tommy Dreamer pinned the Rockin Rebel (w/ Jason) with a Thesz Press at 6:20. During the match, Dreamer nailed Rockin' Rebel with a frying pan, the first time in ECW history such a weapon had been used, setting the stage for future fan interaction.
-ECW World TV Champion Mikey Whipwreck defeated 911 (w/ Paul E. Dangerously) via disqualification at 1:50 when 911 hit a double chokeslam on both Whipwreck and referee John Moore. 911 had destroyed Whipwreck and easily could have won the match.
-Jimmy Snuka pinned Kevin Sullivan when Hunter Q. Robbins grabbed Sullivan's leg and held it down, setting up the pin. Sullivan destroyed Robbins afterward.
-In the first-ever Loser Gets Caned match, Tommy Cairo & Peaches defeated The Sandman & Woman at 4:59 when Peaches pinned the Sandman after a DDT from Cairo. Peaches landed three shots to the Sandman until Woman threw powder in her face and the Sandman assaulted Cairo and busted him open. Sandman then held Peaches for Woman to cane.
-The Pitbull (Gary Wolfe) pinned the Tazmaniac at 8:46 after nailing him with a chain.
-JT Smith & The Bruise Brothers defeated ECW champion Shane Douglas, Mr. Hughes, & ECW Tag Team Champions Public Enemy in a handicap elimination match at 24:51; Douglas, Hughes, and Ron & Don Harris were counted-out at 17:51 when all four men brawled into the crowd; Smith pinned Rocco Rock with a roll up off the ropes at 24:13; Smith pinned Johnny Grunge with a roll up after Grunge collided on the ring apron with. Road Warrior Hawk was to have been part of the Smith / Bruise Brothers team but was sidelined with an injury.
1994 - WWF ran Anaheim, CA at Tje Arrowhead Pond, drawing 10,900 fans.
-USA's 'Up All Night' personality Rhonda Shear hosted the card.
-Adam Bomb defeated the 1-2-3 Kid.
-WWF Women's Champion Alundra Blayze defeated Leilani Kai.
-WWF Tag Team Champions the Headshrinkers defeated the Smoking Gunns.
-Lex Luger defeated Crush.
-Jeff Jarrett defeated Doink the Clown.
-IRS defeated Tatanka via disqualification.
-Yokozuna defeated Earthquake.
-WWF World Champion Bret Hart defeated Owen Hart.
1994 - Smoky Mountain Wrestling ran Johnson City, TN with the following results:
Scott & Steve Armstrong defeated Well Dunn via disqualification
Tracy Smothers defeated Jim Cornette & Killer Kyle in a handicap match by pinning Kyle
The Dirty White Boy pinned Kendo the Samurai
SMW Tag Team Champions Brian Lee & Chris Candido defeated The Rock N' Roll Express in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match; fall #1: Lee was pinned; fall #2: Candido pinned Gibson; fall #3: Candido pinned Morton
The Dirty White Boy won a pole battle royal; other participants included: Scott & Steve Armstrong, Well Dunn, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson, Kendo the Samurai, Killer Kyle, SMW Tag Team Champions Chris Candido & Brian Lee
1995 - The first-ever WWF In Your House PPV was held. WWF launched the shows as bi-monthly two hour events with a lower $14.95 PPV pricetag. The initial PPV was held in Syracuse, NY at the On Center. As a promotion for the event, WWF gave away a house in Orlando, Florida, won by Matt Pompacilli of Henderson, NV.
-Bret Hart pinned Hakushi (with Shinja) at 14:41 with a reverse roll up out of a waist lock, ending Hakushi's undefeated streak. Hart had dedicated the match to his mother, since it was Mother's Day.
-Razor Ramon defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Jeff Jarrett & the Roadie in a handicap match at 12:40 by pinning Jarrett with the Razor's Edge. The heels doubled up on Ramon. Several tried to help, including Aldo Montoya but were unsuccessful. Finally, an unidentified man hit the ring for the save. He was later revealed as Savio Vega, who had been working for the company under a mask as Kwang and was best known as TNT in Puerto Rico.
-Mabel (w/ Mo) pinned Adam Bomb at 1:54 with a powerslam in a King of the Ring Qualifying match.
-WWF Tag Team Champions Owen Hart & Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji & Jim Cornette) defeated the Smoking Gunns at 5:46 when Owen pinned Bart after Yoko hit a legdrop on the floor.
-Jerry Lawler pinned Bret Hart with a double leg roll up at 5:03 when Hakushi interfered and hit three diving headbutts as referee Earl Hebner was tied upside down in the ropes after becoming distracted by Shinja; --WWF champion Diesel defeated Psycho Sid (w/ Ted Dibiase) via disqualification at 11:29 when Tatanka interfered and broke up a pinfall attempt. Bam Bam Bigelow made the save.
Other bouts taped that night saw:
-Jean Pierre Lafitte pinned Bob Holly
- Davey Boy Smith fought WWF Tag Team Champion Owen Hart (w/ Jim Cornette) to a 15-minute time limit draw as Owen had Smith down in a backslide. This later aired on Monday Night Raw.
-The Undertaker pinned Kama with a chokeslam and the tombstone at 13:08. The match was included on the home video release of the show.
-Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Tatanka with a sunset flip off the top at 8:50. The match was included on the home video release of the show.
1998 - ECW ran Queens, NY for an event later released on home video as "It Ain't Seinfeld" as it was held opposite the series finale of the NBC Comedy, which was extremely popular. The complete results of the event, which took place at the Elks Lodge saw:
-Jerry Lynn pinned Justin Credible
-The Blue Meanie & Super Nova defeated Tracy Smothers & Little Guido when Nova pinned Guido
-Lance Storm pinned Balls Mahoney
-Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Axl Rotten
-Chris Candido pinned Jamie Dundee
-Sabu defeated Danny Doring via submission
-ECW World TV Champion Rob Van Dam fought Mikey Whipwreck to a no contest
-The Dudley Boyz defeated Tommy Dreamer, The Sandman, & Spike Dudley at 23:24 when all three men pinned Spike after Big Dick dropped him with Total Penetration. The pre-match atmosphere was so heated, a fan jumped out of the Elks Lodge balcony trying to get to the ring and attack the Dudleys.
1998 - WCW taped Thunder in Durham, New Hampshire at the Whittemore Center Arena with the following results:
-Gorgeous George III (the future WCW Maestro) defeated Evan Karagias.
-Reese defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr.
-Diamond Dallas Page defeated Kenny Kaos.
-WCW U.S. Champion Bill Goldberg defeated Sick Boy.
-Perry Saturn defeated Chris Adams.
-Chris Benoit defeated Robbie Rage.
-Dusty Rhodes & WCW World Tag Team Champion Kevin Nash defeated Public Enemy.
-Sting fought Randy Savage to a no contest.
1999 - Yuuhi Sano defeats Minoru Tanaka to win the Independent World Junior Heavyweight Title in Sapporo, Japan.
1999 - WCW ran Des Moines, Iowa at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum with the following results:
-Chris Adams defeated Vampiro.
-La Parka & Silver King defeated El Dandy & Super Calo.
-Hugh Morrus defeated Jerry Flynn.
-Raven defeated Hak in a hardcore match.
-Konnan defeated Disco Inferno.
-WCW Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. & Billy Kidman defeated Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko,
-Sting defeated Ric Flair.
1999 - WWF ran Philadelphia, PA WWF at the First Union Center, drawing 16,316 fans with the following results:
-Edge & Christian defeated Matt & Jeff Hardy and Brian Christopher & Scott Taylor in a three way match.
-Steve Blackman defeated Darren Drozdov.
-Val Venis & Jackie defeated D-Lo Brown & Ivory.
-WWF Hardcore Champion Al Snow defeated Hardcore Holly.
-Road Dogg defeated Billy Gunn via countout.
-WWF Tag Team Champions Kane & X-Pac defeated the Acolytes
.-Goldust defeated Gangrel.
-Mankind & Ken Shamrock defeated Skull & 8-Ball.
-WWF IC Champion the Godfather defeated Owen Hart.
-WWF World Champion Steve Austin, the Rock, & the Big Show defeated Triple H, the Undertaker, & the Big Bossman.
2000 - ECW held their Hardcore Heaven Pay-per-view in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which doubled as Lance Storm's final appearance for the company. The Rave, (which was also hosting a concert at the same time) had a power outage during the PPV at one point, with the action continuing for a few moments with only spotlights and cameras (operating from a separate power supply) working.
In a dark match, Chilly Willy defeated Johnny Swinger.
During the opening angle, a beaten Tommy Dreamer staggered through the crowd, but with the fans looking at the ring, no one noticed, resulting on part of the show being rewritten on the fly, and a segment was added with Kintaro Kanemura choking out Joel Gertner to set up Cyrus doing commentary with Joey Styles.
Here is Tim Whitehead's PPV report:
I really enjoyed the ECW Hardcore Heaven PPV, 5/14 from the Rave in Milwaukee. It was a strong show throughout with a hot crowd and really no weak matches at all. It had its share of technical glitches. After the opening promo, Joey Styles & Joel Gertner were left standing in the middle of the ring with nothing to do, an obvious miscue of some sort. Styles later tried to cover for it by saying he had seen Tommy Dreamer staggering around all bloodied up, the victim of an assault by Justin Credible and it threw him off his game since he couldn't explain it since it was off camera. Later, the lights went out during the Little Guido vs. Mikey Whipwreck vs. Simon Diamond three way match, so they had to use searchlights to illuminate the ring. The main event somewhat couldn't follow the previous match and it was the one bout where the heat died at the end. But overall it was a very good show with everyone working hard and good commentary.
They did an angle early on to replace Gerter on commentary with Cyrus. Cyrus confronted Gertner and called him a fat, vulgar piece of crap and said people don't like his gimmick. Gertner removed his neck brace and acted like he would fight Cyrus but Kintaro Kanemura choked him out from behind. Knowing Kanemura, it's a good thing he didn't slash him up the arm with a spike or powerbomb him on a flaming ring. Oh, I forgot, Kanemura only does that to himself.
MASATO TANAKA defeated BALLS MAHONEY in 9:13. They traded mat spots before Balls took over with fists. Balls bumped out where Tanaka hit a pescado, but Balls caught him and dropped him on the rail. Tanaka hit Balls with a chair and then DDT'd him on the ramp. They ended up fighting in the ring with chairs and Tanaka took three chairshots, two of which were ultra-sick. Balls still only got a two count. He kicked a chair into Tanaka's face for another two. Tanaka scored twos with a Tornado DDT on some chairs and the Diamond Dust. Balls hit the Nutcracker Sweet on the chairs for a two. Balls missed the New Jersey Jam and Tanaka caught him with a roaring elbow for a near fall. Tanaka then pinned Balls with a second roaring elbow after a chairshot. They shook hands afterward. Great opener with tremendous heat.
Lance Storm cut a promo on Justin Credible and went off on him for discarding the ECW Tag Titles they co-held. He said Credible had always had people protecting him and mentioned "Kev & Scott" in the WWF (from when Credible was a prelim guy there a few years ago under a mask as Aldo Montoya).
LITTLE GUIDO beat MIKEY WHIPWRECK and SIMON DIAMOND in a three-way match in 7:07. There were plenty of people at ringside here. Mikey had the Sinister Minister, Guido had Big Sal, and Diamond has his entourage of kooks. They started with a good series of spots where they blocked some moves and hit others. Mikey dropkicked the hell (no pun intended) out of Diamond. They messed up a corner spot but quickly recovered and Diamond suplexed Mikey, but Guido plastered Diamond from behind for a near fall. Mikey hit a guillotine legdrop on Guido. Diamond threw a chair in Mikey's face. Then the lights went out and they had to use a searchlight for the rest of the match. Mikey and Diamond each did dives out onto the whole gang. Mikey pinned Diamond with the Whippersnapper at 5:33. Mikey then did a great move which was sort of a powerbomb attempt dropped into a DDT (if you can picture that) but Guido kicked out at two for a big pop. Sal slugged Mikey and Guido hit a legsweep and got two. Guido dived off Sal's shoulders but Mikey rolled clear. Mikey threw a fireball at Sal, which missed by a mile but Sal sold it anyway. They were smart enough not to show this on replay. Guido then hit a Tomokaze (or whatever it's called when he does it) and got the pin. Pretty good match.
Justin Cedible did a promo with Francine doing some very nice things to a kendo stick in the background.
KID KASH beat C.W. ANDERSON in 5:59. Lou E. Dangerously came out with Elektra and said she has never had plastic surgery (silicon maybe?) and is more than just a pretty face, tits, and ass. He dared anyone in back to fight Elektra. Jazz came out and walloped Lou, Anderson, and Bill Wiles before stripping off Elektra's jacket to reveal a Mike Awesome T-shirt. The idea was to have an Awesome shirt ripped off of a heel but it may not have quite come off that way. Jazz continued to strip Elektra down to her extremely skimpy outfit which had Jim Quigley salivating before the guys all piled of Jazz and she was beat up and had to be carted out. Kash arrived and made the save to officially start the match. Kash hit a plancha across the rail. He had Anderson reeling with chops and hit a spinning headscissors. Anderson came back with a powerbomb and fists. Wiles interfered. Anderson blocked a moonsault and hit a suplex for a near fall. He got another two with a powerslam. Lou tried to hit Kash with the cell phone but missed and busted it over Anderson's head. Kash won with a huracanrana off the top. Good match, and good to see a native of Johnson City, TN go over on PPV!
Rob Van Dam was taping up his injured leg and assured Bill Alfonso that he wasn't overconfident.
Styles tried to explain the dead air time at the beginning of the show by saying he had been distracted by the (imaginary) Credible assault on Dreamer. Cyrus said it proved why TNN should run the PPV's and also brought up that these productions may soon be a CBS/Viacom operation involving the WWF.
NOVA & CHRIS CHETTI beat ANGEL & DEVITO and DANNY DORING & AMISH ROADKILL in 6:34 in a three-way match. It was all action. Doring threw DeVito off the ramp. Nova hit some good flying moves. In fact, Nova and Chetti together did some great double spots. Roadkill did a double lariat on Angel & DeVito, but they came back and slammed Roadkill on two chairs. Grimes ran in with a guitar and somehow in the melee Angel got it and walloped Doring with it to eliminate that team at 4:16 with a pin. Before leaving, Roadkill put Grimes (who nearly broke his back on the stairs bumping off the ramp) through a table. The remaining teams brawled until Nova & Chetti pinned DeVito with the Tidal Wave. Angel & DeVito attacked Nova & Chetti afterward, but as expected New Jack arrived with the cartload of weapons for the save. He juiced DeVito big time with the staple gun as Nova & Chetti subdued Angel. New Jack brawled through the crowd with DeVito, with New Jack doing his regular PPV insane spot by diving off the balcony and putting DeVito through a table. He was okay afterward and returned to the ring to "officially" begin his match with Angel.
NEW JACK beat ANGEL in 0:45. Nova & Chetti held Angel as Jack busted a guitar over his head. He then hit him with a chair off the top for the easy pin to reclaim his title as King of the Streets. Short, but combined with the DeVito brawl it was entertaining.
YOSHIHIRO TAJIRI beat STEVE CORINO in 10:23. Corino hurled racial insults at Tajiri until Tajiri kicked him to start the match. Corino hit an enzuigiri and a powerbomb. Tajiri hooked the tarantula hold. Corino juiced a major gusher after taking a brainbuster on the ramp. Corino was then hung upside down in the tree of woe, allowing the blood to flow down and puddle up on the mat for effect. Jack Victory interfered and Corino came back with a superkick. The commentators put over big that Corino was showing courage by continuing to fight so they obviously have babyface designs on him at some point. Tajiri threw a chair into Corino's face and kicked a table into him. Corino backdropped Tajiri through a table. Corino made a comeback and scored several near falls. Tajiri hooked the octopus hold and sprayed mist at Victory when he tried to break it up. Corino made yet another comeback but Tajiri put him through a table and got the pin. A very good match! Afterward, Kanemura attacked Tajiri but Dusty Rhodes made the save and laid out Kanemura, Corino, and Victory before Rhino ran in and destroyed Dusty.
RHINO beat SANDMAN in 6:23 to retain the TV Title. Sandman did his In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida entrance, meaning that even if that was his entrance song, and it was the album version, the song would still have time to play by the time Sandman got to the ring. Sandman juiced himself with a beer can before the match. Sandman went for a quick cane shot but missed and Rhino pounded him. They brawled on the floor and on the ramp. Rhino charged, Sandman ducked, and Rhino went through a table. Sandman piledrived Rhino on the remains of the table. Lori came out but Corino grabbed her. Sandman beat Corino up. Rhino nailed Sandman from behind and piledrived him on the ramp. In a scary looking spot, Rhino then put Lori through a table with a piledriver off the apron. He was then going to put her through another table in the ring but Sandman caned the hell out of him and went to rescue Lori but Rhino recovered and gored both Sandman and Lori through the table and got the pin. He said "Happy Mother's Day, you f****in' bitch," before leaving. A good brawl with some scary spots.
JERRY LYNN defeated ROB VAN DAM in 19:48. They opened with a great series of spots where they blocked and countered one another. Van Dam hit a spinkick and cartwheel press. Lynn hit a springboard dropkick and a slingshot somersault plancha. Van Dam hit a corkscrew guillotine legdrop but missed a moonsault when Lynn moved and he crashed to the floor. They returned to the ring for a series of near falls, including one after a great DDT from Lynn. Bill Alfonso tossed a chair in the ring. Lynn blocked the Van Daminator, threw the chair into Van Dam's face, and then legsweeped him on the chair for a near fall. Van Dam hit a solid superkick and a rolling senton for a two count. They traded chair spots and scored some more twos. Both ended up going through a table from a spot off the apron. Van Dam came off the apron again but Lynn moved and Van Dam plastered his friend, Scotty Anton. Alfonso held a chair in front on Lynn's face and he took a Van Daminator. Van Dam frog splashed a chair on Lynn, which hurt both men. There was a ref bump in here somewhere. Corino and Victory attacked Van Dam but Lynn, wanting a clean pin, aided Van Dam. This prompted Rhino to spear Lynn. Rhino also powerbombed Van Dam. Van Dam rebounded and sent Rhino out with kicks. During this altercation, Cyrus had left the broadcast table and went in. Van Dam laid him out with the Van Daminator. Lynn laid Alfonso out. Van Dam went to the top but Anton turned on him and shoved him off and he took a scary bump against the ramp. Styles sold it that Lynn didn't see this. Lynn hit a cradle piledriver but Van Dam kicked out, but Lynn got the pin on the second one. The run-ins at the end were excessive but it was a great match.
JUSTIN CREDIBLE defeated LANCE STORM to retain the ECW World Title in 12:27. This one just couldn't follow the lead-in match, but it was still okay. It had less crowd heat, though, then earlier matches and the heat totally died at the finale. This was scheduled as a three-way, also involving Tommy Dreamer, but Credible said he'd throw down the belt and vacate it and spit on it unless Dreamer was removed. Paul Heyman came out and caved in to his demands, which came off looking real bad to give in to such a demand. Heyman explained that Credible had him by the balls but using that logic any wrestler should be able to make similar demands on any PPV and it was totally against the Heyman character to be pushed around. Dreamer had to accept Heyman's decision, but did flip him off. They began brawling to start the match. Storm barely grazed Credible with a dropkick and he bumped off the apron. Storm hit a pescado but got caught with a cane shot and juiced. They traded a ton of chops. There was a "We Want Dreamer" chant. Storm scored a bunch of two counts off of moves such as a huracanrana and a Northern Lights suplex. Credible came back with some twos as well. Credible got put through a table on the ramp. Storm hooked a Boston Crab, but Francine clocked him with a high-heel shoe. Dawn Marie attacked Francine for the catfight spot. Credible hit the Tombstone Piledriver on Dawn. Once the catfight was over the heat died and even though they traded some near falls the crowd was dead. Credible won with a Tombstone ("That's Incredible"). This may be Storm's final ECW PPV as he may be WCW bound. Dreamer ran in afterward and caned Credible. Francine begged for forgiveness and Dreamer pretended to have sympathy but gave her a Spicolli Driver to send the fans home happy.
2000 - WWF ran Columbus, OH with the following results:
-The Godfather defeated D-Lo Brown.
-The Big Bossman & Bull Buchanon defeated Al Snow & Steve Blackman.
-WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Dean Malenko defeated WWF Hardcore Champion Crash Holly.
-WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero defeated Essa Rios.
-WWF World Champion the Rock & the Acolytes defeated Triple H, Road Dogg, & X-Pac.
-Perry Saturn defeated Val Venis via disqualification.
-Matt & Jeff Hardy defeated Test & Albert.
-WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit defeated Hardcore Holly and Chris Jericho.
-Too Cool & Rikishi defeated Kurt Angle, Edge, & Christian.
2001 -WWF taped TV in Cincinnati, OH at the Riverfront Coliseum drawing 12,022,
In dark matches, Leviathan (the future Batista) pinned Nick Dinsmore (the future Eugene) at 4:05 with a back suplex into a modified uranage, Randy Orton pinned Rico Constantino at 5:54 with a wheelbarrow suplex and Scott Vick pinned Steve Bradley at 4:08 with the Kryptonite Krunch.
-X-Pac, Albert, & Justin Credible defeated Chris Harris, Doug Basham, & Rob Williams at 4:27 when X-Pac pinned Williams with the X Marks the Spot.
-WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lynn pinned Essa Rios at 5:13 with a Tornado DDT.
-Billy Gunn pinned Race Steele with the One and Only at 3:55.
-Haku pinned Chris Michaels at 4:15 with the Tongan Death Grip.
-Rikishi defeated Kurt Angle via disqualification
-Matt & Jeff Hardy defeated Perry Saturn & Dean Malenko (w/ Eddie Guerrero & Terri)
-WWF Hardcore Champion Rhyno defeated Crash Holly
-Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit defeated Edge & Christian
-WWF Women's Champion Chyna & Lita defeated Ivory & Molly Holly
-The Big Show, the Goodfather, & Bull Buchanon defeated the Acolytes & Test
-Kane defeated WWF Tag Team Champions - WWF World Champion Steve Austin & WWF IC Champion Triple H (w/ Stephanie McMahon) via disqualification.
2002 - The WWF becomes a thing of the past as newly christened World Wrestling Entertainment announces their new name with the following press release:
World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Drops The "F" To Emphasize the "E" for Entertainment
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2002--
New Name And Logo Reflects International Growth Plans and Increasing Diversity of Entertainment Properties
To further capture a greater share of the global marketplace and to represent the growing diversity of its entertainment properties, World Wrestling Federation Entertainment today announced it is changing its name to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE).
The company's website, one of the most popular in the world, will now be found at WWE.com.
A new logo reflecting the name change was introduced on WWE's top-rated television show RAW(R) on TNN at 9 p.m. (ET) on May 6th.
"As World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, we have entertained millions of fans around the United States and around the globe," said Linda McMahon, CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. "Our new name puts the emphasis on the "E" for entertainment, what our company does best. WWE provides us with a global identity that is distinct and unencumbered, which is critical to our U.S. and international growth plans."
Mrs. McMahon said the company began considering dropping the word "Federation" from its name when World Wildlife Fund (a/k/a World Wide Fund for Nature) prevailed in a recent court action in the United Kingdom. The court ruling prevents the World Wrestling Federation from the use of the logo it adopted in 1998 and the letters WWF in specified circumstances.
The "Fund" has indicated that although the two organizations are very different, there is the likelihood of confusion in the market place by virtue of the fact that both organizations use the letters WWF. The Fund has indicated that it does not want to have any association with the World Wrestling Federation.
"Therefore," said, Mrs. McMahon, "we will utilize this opportunity to position ourselves emphasizing the entertainment aspect of our company, and, at the same time, allay the concerns of the Fund."
Mrs. McMahon said the name change provides a distinct and unencumbered global identity that will further cast World Wrestling Entertainment as an integrated entertainment and media company. "World Wrestling Entertainment and WWE will now be the identity that we use from the television base we have established in 130 countries," she said. "As WWE, we will launch our further expanded U.S. and international touring, our international expansion of branded merchandise and licensed products, and our further integration into the film, publishing and music businesses."
The successful development of the "Tough Enough"(TM) television series on MTV, a new book deal with Simon and Schuster, and the hit motion picture, "The Scorpion King," executive produced by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and WWE, are examples of the types of activities the company plans to undertake as it expand its horizons in the global entertainment industry.
New logo art has been provided to business partners, licensees and vendors. The company expects that, for the most part, the changeover to the new name and logo will be completed within five months.
WWE will continue to trade as WWF on the New York Stock Exchange until a suitable replacement symbol is found. The company will be providing the appropriate documentation and filings with regulators to solicit shareholder approval of the name change.
In conjunction with the name change, WWE announced it has changed the name of its entertainment complex in New York City's Times Square from WWF New York to The World(R), currently the name of its popular night club.
World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE:WWF) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Chicago, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and wwecorpbiz.com. Information on television ratings and community activities can be found at wweparents.com.
Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements which are subject to various risks and uncertainties.
These risks and uncertainties include the conditions of the markets for live events, broadcast television, cable television, pay-per-view, Internet, food and beverage, entertainment, professional sports, and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; and other risks and factors identified in the Company's documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated.
2002 - WWE ran Montreal, Quebec at the Bell Centre with a TV Tapings, featuring:
-Christian defeated Sylvian Grenier.
-Albert defeated Hugh Morrus.
-The Godfather defeated Sho Funaki.
-Billy Kidman defeated Chavo Guerrero.
-Test & Christian defeated Farooq & Mark Henry.
-Val Venis & Randy Orton defeated Lance Storm & Hardcore Holly when Orton pinned Storm at 2:16.
-D-Von Dudley pinned Maven at 1:54.
-Rikishi pinned Rico at 2:04.
-The Hurricane defeated Billy Kidman and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tajiri to win the title at 2:21 by pinning Tajiri.
-Kurt Angle & Chris Jericho defeated Triple H & Edge at 8:48 when Angle pinned Edge with the Olympic Slam after blocking a spear from Edge by using a steel chair to the head; moments prior to the finish, Triple H and Jericho battled into the crowd.2003
- NWA:TNA broadcast their weekly PPV from Nashville, TN. Buck Woodward filed the following PPV report:
NWA: Total Nonstop Action for May 14th opened with a recap of events from last week, when Glen Gilberti won the "Anarchy At The Asylum" match to become the number one contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Title.
Glen Gilberti, clad in a suit and tie, came to the ring with SEX. Fans chanted "Disco sucks". Gilberti talked about how he won Anarchy last week, and that he beat up Jeff Jarrett. Gilberti and Mike Sanders talked about Gilberti's suit. Gilberti said tonight he would top himself by taking over NWA:TNA. He said he had a list of people he planned to take out. Gilberti said Raven was at the top of his list. Gilberti said everyone in TNA had the choice of joining SEX, or being wiped out.
New Jack, Sandman, Saturn and Justin Credible came out on the runway. Jack told Gilberti to shut up, and made fun of his suit and nose. Some fans chanted "ECW". Gilberti said he wanted to talk to Sandman, and Sandman spit beer at him. The "Extreme Revolution" hit the ring and cleared out the SEX members.
Mike Tenay & Don West went over the card for tonight's show.
Goldylocks interviewed Chris Sabin about his X-Division Title match with Amazing Red. Jerry Lynn interrupted, saying that Sabin earned his match by "beating nobodies". Lynn said he had petitioned the office, and that the X-Division match was now a three way dance. Sabin said he didn't think that was a good idea, but Lynn was confident he would win.
Chris Sabin defeated Amazing Red & Jerry Lynn in 10:46 to win the X-Division Championship. All three men were in the ring at the same time for this match. XXX (Christopher Daniels, Low Ki, Elix Skipper) came out to ringside and watched the match. Lot's of nice three way spots in this one. At one point, Red broke up a Lynn cover with a Swanton, and some fans chanted "That was three". Towards the end, Lynn hit the cradle piledriver on Sabin, but Red broke up the pin. Lynn and Red slugged it out, and Red hit a sunset flip style powerbomb for a two count. Red went to the top rope, while Low Ki distracted the referee. Daniels beat up Lynn on the floor, while Skipper shoved Red off the top rope and gave him the Play of the Day. Sabin was put on top of Red, and got the pin. After the match, XXX gave Sabin a SEX shirt, which he put on.
Goldylocks was in the back with Extreme Revolution, where everyone was arguing over how to handle SEX. Sandman was considering Gilberti's offer to go see what he had to say, and New Jack, Credible and Saturn didn't like it.
In the SEX locker room, they were celebrating Sabin's win, and motivating Mike Sanders to beat Mike Awesome. Gilberti also dispatched the Harris Brothers to find Sabu. Kid Kash came in and said he had no problem with SEX, and didn't want to be on Gilberti's list. Kash said he had a "peace offering", and gave them Trinity. Sanders kept asking if Trinity performed a certain sex act. Kash left Trinity in the SEX locker room, and walked off.
Mike Sanders defeated Mike Awesome in a tables match in 5:22. They brawled from the ring and through the crowd for three minutes, then the Harris Brothers attacked Awesome. Brian Lee & Slash came out and fought the Harrises out of the building, where XXX was waiting to ambush Slash and Lee. Back at ringside, Awesome was still fighting Sanders. Awesome brought a table into the ring, but Sanders threw it at Awesome. Sanders put Awesome on the table and went to the top rope. Awesome crotched Sanders on the ropes, and set up a table on the floor. Awesome teased that he was going to Awesomebomb Sanders from the top rope to the floor, but Glen Gilberti ran out, hit Awesome with a chair twice, and sent him backwards into the ring, through the table, giving Sanders the win.
Goldylocks interviewed Chris Harris. Harris was angry over the problems with his tag team with James Storm. He blamed it on finger pointing, and people making accusations. Harris said he was taking on David Young tonight because he got involved in America's Most Wanted business last week in the Asylum match.
In the SEX locker room, Trinity was being ordered to give Skipper a backrub. Gilberti cleared the locker room, except for Trinity. Erik Watts barged in, and said he had a problem with Gilberti over what he did to Jeff Jarrett. Gilberti said he knew Watts hated Jeff Jarrett, and wasn't buying his act. Watts dropped the charade, then told Gilberti that "the Eric from WCW" was coming in to be the director of operations for the NWA, and that this was the Eric that was "DDP's best friend". Watts left. Gilberti apologized for the way SEX was acting before to Trinity. Gilberti offered Trinity a spot in SEX, rather than staying with Kash. Trinity left, then the Harris Brothers, saying they could not find Sabu, brought in Alexis Laree and Julio Dinero.
Kid Kash came to the ring, complaining about Trinity, the masked Luchador, and the fans. Kash called out Ron Killings, Konnan and the masked Luchador. Ron Killings, with Konnan, came out for the match.
Ron Killings defeated Kid Kash in 9:06. Konnan joined the announcers for the match. Konnan said he knew nothing about the masked luchador, and pointed out that it looked like a woman last week. Killings kicked Kash in the face, drawing blood from his mouth. At one point, Kash dove off the steps, and Killings caught him and powerslammed him to the floor. Konnan actually did a great job announcing here, analyzing the match rather than complaining about the lack of Latinos in the company. At the seven minute mark, the Harris brothers ran out and attacked Konnan. Killings hit a second rope fallaway slam, then went to the top rope and dove onto the Harris brothers. The Harrises double teamed Killings on the floor though, and rolled him back into the ring. The masked luchador ran out, and hit a reverse DDT on Kash, while the referee was looking at the Harris brothers. Killings got the pin, then helped Konnan to the back.
Backstage, Sandman went for his meeting with Gilberti, but Sonny Siaki was there instead. Siaki offered Sandman some beer, and he agreed to talk with him. Desire sat on Sandman's lap. David Young ran over the blindside Sandman, but Sandman threw Desire into his attempted cane shot. Sandman then attacked Siaki, chasing him into the arena. Sandman blasted Siaki through the balcony and down the stairs. Bert Prentice and a bunch of security ran out, and tried to get them to take their battle into the ring. Once there, Sandman hit the Russian legsweep with the cane, then blasted Siaki with a caneshot. SEX ran in and attacked the Sandman. The Harris Brothers hit an H-Bomb on Sandman, and New Jack, Justin Credible and Perry Saturn ran in. A huge brawl broke out, with tons of security hitting the ring. Perry Saturn took the mic, and challenged Glen Gilberti to face him one-on-one tonight. Gilberti accepted the challenge.
They aired a pre-taped interview with Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett said he had strained knee ligaments and a hip pointer from the Raven match. He talked about how WWE's numbers have gone south since WCW was bought because there was no "number two" to motivate Vince McMahon to work hard. Jarrett said he was not surprised that Glen Gilberti has become the number one contender. Jarrett compared Gilberti emerging from his Disco persona to Stone Cold coming from Stunning Steve Austin and the Undertaker coming from Mean Mark Callous.
Backstage, Kid Kash was flipping out over his loss. Tracy approached Kash, and told him that she liked it rough (Kash piledrove her last week). Tracy played up to Kash, putting lotion on her hand and (out of view of the camera) apparently rubbing his groin. Tracy then gave Kash a low blow, and stomped him, leaving him laying.
Chris Harris defeated David Young with the Catatonic in 11:45. Sonny Siaki came out at the three minute mark to support Young, and pulled down the top rope so Harris would fall to the floor, allowing Young to take over. Harris rallied, but Siaki ran in when the referee was looking at Young and hit Harris with the Siakolypse. Harris kicked out at two. Siaki came in with a chair, and wedged it in a corner. James Storm ran in and superkicked Siaki from the ring, then fought him through the crowd. SEX came out of their locker room and dragged Storm into it. Back in the ring, Harris continued to fight Young. Young missed a moonsault and Harris hit the Catatonic for the win.
After the match, Harris was looking for Storm, with the announcers and fans telling him that Storm was at the SEX locker room. Harris ran for the locker room, as SEX tossed a bloody Storm out the door. Harris attended to Storm, yelling for help.
Glen Gilberti was shown talking to Alexis Laree and Julio Dinero. Gilberti pointed out that Raven wasn't there for them tonight, and that he wouldn't be around for much longer. Gilberti said they could be a part of SEX, if they watched his back tonight. They agreed to accompany him to the ring for his match.
Glen Gilberti defeated Perry Saturn in 6:30. Some fans were chanting "We Want Raven" audibly during the opening moments of the match. They announced during the bout that Chris Harris had taken James Storm to the hospital. Alexis tried to jump Saturn on the floor, but Saturn caught her and tossed her into the rail. However, Dinero hit a superkick to allow Gilberti to take control. Back in the ring, Gilberti worked over Saturn's knee, but missed a fistdrop. Saturn, hobbling on one leg, hit two German suplexes, and a falcon arrow for a two count. Gilberti went for a stunner, but Saturn shoved him off, into the referee. Alexis and Julio ran in, but Saturn fought them off. This allowed Gilberti to hit a slow stunner, but Saturn still kicked out at two. Gilberti went for another stunner, but Saturn reversed into a backslide for two. Gilberti finally caught the second stunner, and got the pin.
Goldylocks interviewed D'Lo Brown and AJ Styles. Brown pointed out that SEX was taking out everyone tonight, but that he and Styles were not going down. Both men stressed that TNA was their home, and that they would not allow SEX to take over.
Don West & Mike Tenay discussed the upcoming "Genesis" retrospective event coming up on Pay-per-view.
NWA World Tag Team Champions XXX defeated AJ Styles & D'Lo Brown in 8:52. All three members of XXX came out together in their gear, not letting on which two would be wrestling. Daniels & Skipper attacked before the bell, so they would be the two defending champions tonight. Styles & Brown quickly turned things in their favor though. Brown and Styles made frequent tags in the opening minutes, working over Daniels with double team moves. Daniels tried to whip Styles towards Skipper, and Styles dropkicked Skipper. Daniels did get control with a dropkick of his own, and tossed Styles on the floor to be attacked by Skipper and Low Ki. XXX then kept Styles in the ring and worked him over, often tossing him to the floor so Low Ki could blast him. Styles blocked a rana and powerbombed Daniels, and gave the hot tag to D'Lo. Brown cleaned house on Daniels and Skipper. Brown hit a spinning sideslam on Daniels and a suplex into a stunner on Skipper, but the pin attempts were always blocked be another member. Styles and Brown set Daniels up for the Sky High/neckbreaker, but Low Ki pulled Styles from the ring, and Daniels put Brown in the Koji clutch. Styles eventually got in to break the hold. Brown backdropped out of Angel's Wings, and Styles tagged in with a springboard dropkick. Styles kicked Daniels to the floor, and Brown backdropped Styles over the top rope into a senton on Daniels and Low Ki. Brown tossed Skipper to the floor as well. Brown then hit a top rope bodypress from the top rope to the floor on Skipper. In the ring, Styles and Daniels went into a great exchange of reversals, ending with Styles hitting a reverse DDT. Styles set up Daniels for the Styles Clash, but Glen Gilberti ran in. Gilberti hit a weak looking stunner on Styles, allowing Daniels to get the pin.
SEX came into the ring, and Gilberti said that they were taking over the Asylum. SEX attacked Brown and Styles, then moved into the locker room and began attacking wrestlers and staff in the back, most notably Jerry Lynn, Red, Bill Behrens and Mortimer Plumtree. The New Church (Awesome, Slash, Lee) went against SEX, but were outnumbered. Gilberti sat in the back with a cigar, watching SEX beat everyone down, and said "I'm the king of the world" as the show ended.
2005 - Tickets for WWE's Extreme Championship Wrestling revival PPV, "One Night Stand" went on sale and promptly sold out with ticket prices for the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC topping out at $400. The show would go on to be one of the most memorable and emotional wrestling events ever held.
2005 - Ring of Honor ran "Nowhere to Run" in Chicago Ridge, IL. Justin Karling sent the following results and comments:
-James Gibson defeated BJ Whitmer via submission with the Guillitione Choke- Fantastic Opener
-Matt Sydal defeated Matt Stryker, Ace Steel, and the Masked Superstar from Milwaukee(??)- Solid Match, cool finish with Sydal hitting a Shooting Star Press; Ring broke during this match, causing a 15-20 minute delay.
-Chad Collyer defeated Jimmy Jacobs via submission with the Texas Cloverleaf- solid match
-Homicide defeated Doug Williams- good match
-Jack Evans and Roderick Strong defeated Delirious and Alex Shelley in an excellent match.
-Nigel McGuinness defeated Colt Cababa after a low blow and a cradle- Good, fun match; I always enjoy Cabana and McGuinness, and this was a lot of fun.
-ROH World Champion Austin Aries defeated Bryan Danielson after the 450- Great Match; Danielson did not shake hands after the match
-CM Punk beat Jimmy Rave in a Steel Cage Match after an UNBELIEVEABLE SuperPlex off the top of the cage- Awesome Match; Colt Cabana and Ace Steel embraced Punk after the match. If you ask me, this could be Punk's last ROH match in Chicago. It almost looked like a farewell.
2005 - WWE Raw ran Terre Houte, IN at The Hulman Center, drawing 2,500 fans with the following results:
-WWE Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin & Chris Jericho defeated Muhammad Hassan & Daivari when Daivari submitted to Jericho's Walls of Jericho.
-Chris Masters defeated Steven Richards at around the 1-minute mark via submission with the full nelson.
-Val Venis pinned Bobby Lashley with a roll up.
-Christian pinned Viscera after Tyson Tomko tripped Viscera from the floor and held his leg down during the cover; Viscera worked babyface for the bout.
-Christy Hemme pinned Victoria with a roll up after avoiding the Widow's Peak; Victoria worked heel for the bout.
-WWE Raw Tag Team Champions the Hurricane & Rosey defeated the Heart Throbs.
-Chris Benoit defeated Tyson Tomko via submission with the Crippler Crossface, despite interference from Christian; after the bout, Benoit locked Christian in the hold as well.
-Kane defeated Edge via disqualification after Edge used the briefcase as a weapon.
-World Heavyweight Champion Batista defeated Triple H & Ric Flair in a handicap match by pinning Flair with the sit-down powerbomb.
2005 - WWE Smackdown ran San Francisco, CA at the Cow Palace, drawing 7,000 fans with the following:
-WWE Cruiserweight Champion Paul London won a cruiserweight title battle royal by last eliminating Chavo Guerrero Jr. with a dropkick; order of elimination: Akio, Shannon Moore, Nunzio, Scotty 2 Hotty, Billy Kidman.
-John Heidenreich pinned Spike Dudley with a sidewalk slam at 7:06.
-Matt Morgan pinned Sho Funaki with the F5 at 2:52.
-Booker T pinned Kurt Angle at 11:37 with the scissors kick.
-WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions MNM defeated Hardcore Holly & Charlie Haas at 15:35 when Mercury pinned Holly after a superkick from Nitro.
-Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Eddie Guerrero via disqualification at 15:38 when Guerrero landed a low blow as Mysterio attempted a springboard into the ring.
-WWE World Champion John Cena defeated John Bradshaw Layfield & WWE U.S. Champion Orlando Jordan in a handicap match at 16:21 by pinning Jordan with the FU after guest referee Roddy Piper punched JBL after JBL attempted to use a steel chair. Piper was added to the match earlier in the evening during a Carlito's Cabana segment.
Notes: Samoa Joe confronted Aries after the World Title Match,with Aries attacking him afterwards...Samoa Joe signed autographs before the show...Loc of the Carnage Crew was hanging around, even helping the ring crew put the cage up...Jack Evans and Roderick Strong were hanging out by the concession stand during intermission...Major props for Jack Evans being so cool with the young kids wanting autographs and pictures...Austin Aries has one hell of an entrance.
2006 - WWE Smackdown ran a matinee in Odessa, TX at the Ector County Coliseum, drawing 2,020 fans with the following results:
-Sho Funaki & Tatanka defeated Gymini Jake & Simon Dean.
-WWE Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms defeated Super Crazy.
-Paul London, Brian Kendrick, & Jillian Hall defeated Melina, WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Johnny Nitro & Joey Mercury.
-The Great Khali defeated Scotty 2 Hotty.
-Bobby Lashley defeated Booker T in a streetfight.
-Mark Henry defeated Matt Hardy.
-Chavo Guerrero defeated Finlay.
World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated WWE U.S. Champion John Bradshaw Layfield
2006 -WWE Raw ran Funk Country aka Amarillo, TX at The Civic Center, drawing 3,300 fans with the following results:
-Viscera defeated Rob Conway.
-Umaga defeated Eugene.
-Robbie & Rory McAllister defeated Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch.
-Matt Striker defeated Jim Duggan.
-Torrie Wilson & Maria defeated WWE Women's Champion Mickie James & Candice Michelle.
-Carlito Caribbean Cool defeated Shelton Benjamin.
-The Big Show defeated Chris Masters.
-WWE Raw Tag Team Champions the Spirit Squad defeated Goldust & Gene Snitsky.
-WWE World Champion John Cena defeated Edge and Triple H. Terry Funk was the guest referee for the bout.
2007 - WWE touted the release of their first (and to date, only) Energy Drink:
WWE(R) 'Socko Energy' Drink To Hit Wal-Mart Shelves Nationwide
Monday May 14, 1:09 pm ET
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--World Wrestling Entertainment® and Bliss Beverages have joined forces for a major rollout of WWE licensed beverages into nearly all Wal-Mart stores nationwide. The WWE branded drinks will hit Wal-Mart shelves on May 15.
The WWE branded beverages are part of Bliss' "Socko Energy" line - their flagship product. The drinks include "WWE® Slammin' Citrus(TM) Powered by Socko" and "WWE® Raw® Attitude(TM) Powered by Socko."
"WWE is very proud of this new venture with Bliss Beverages, and of the superior product we've put into Wal-Mart stores," said Donna Goldsmith, Executive Vice President of Consumer Products. "Bliss Beverages' youthful and energetic brand is a great match for WWE, and Socko Beverages will fit in perfectly among WWE's expanding consumer products line."
The major rollout is supported by an integrated marketing campaign that will leverage Socko's and WWE's existing licensing and promotional partnership. WWE RAW Attitude marketing initiatives include sponsorship of a WWE pay-per-view, as well as online, print and broadcast advertising throughout WWE channels including wwe.com and WWE Magazine.
Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE - News), can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/
Trademarks: All World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, and logos are the exclusive property of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. ECW is a trademark of WWE Libraries, Inc. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.
2007 - WWE Smackdown and ECW ran a house show in Reading, PA featuring the following results:
-Batista & WWE U.S. Champion Chris Benoit defeated World Heavyweight Champion Edge & MVP when MVP submitted to Benoit's Crippler Crossface after sustaining Batista's spinebuster; after the bout, Edge was flown on Vince McMahon's private jet to Hampton, VA to appear on Raw the same evening.
-Elijah Burke & Matt Striker defeated CM Punk & Tommy Dreamer when Burke pinned Dreamer after the Elijah Experience.
-Sho Funaki pinned Anthony Pulaski.
-Rob Van Dam pinned Marcus Cor Von with the Five Star Frog Splash.
-WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions Deuce & Domino defeated Chavo Guerrero & Gregory Helms and Brian Kendrick & Paul London in an elimination match; Guerrero & Helms were disqualfied for double teaming; Deuce pinned London with a roll up
-Kane pinned Finlay with the chokeslam.
2007 - Shawn Michaels vs. Edge headlined WWE Raw. The episode scored a 3.6 cable rating, with a 5.6 share. The show did hours of 3.5 and 3.7. Ed Sherriffs filed the following TV Report:
The May 14th edition of Monday Night RAW comes to us from Hampton, Virginia. It follows a show that saw The Great Khali steal John Cena's WWE Championship belt while the champ was wrestling Randy Orton, but more importantly, Edge took Money in the Bank from Ken Kennedy after he goaded then assaulted him. Edge used that to win the World Heavyweight Title from Undertaker on last week's Smackdown.
John Cena opens the show by walking out without his WWE Championship belt. Cena says he was announced as the WWE Champion, but he has no title. Cena says Khali left with the belt and he couldn't stop him. Cena says it wasn't the first time he was humiliated, as every week one group tells him he sucks. But he has pride for the business and championship, and it was just taken. He's been face to face with the baddest human beings on the planet, but it's like Khali isn't even human. He can hit him with his best shot to no effect. Cena's voice is breaking a bit like he's on the verge of tears. Khali has never been pinned or submitted. He's erased everyone that's stepped in his way (except Taker) and he can do what he wants, when he wants. Cena's friends are telling him Judgment Day is a bad idea (shoot?). It will be his execution. Cena wants to tell them they are wrong. Cena says if he is in the right frame of mind, he can be a one man wrecking crew. That means Khali has signed up for the fight of his life. And not Judgment Day....Cena wants his belt back right now.
Khali is in the back with the title. He has a new translator. Khali says (through the translator) that no one has brought as much destruction as Khali has in the last few weeks. Replays of his devastation are shown. Was that kid crying because he felt bad for HBK or because Khali was wrestling? Khali says that he will become the new WWE Champion on Sunday. He then does Cena's "You Want Some, Come Get Some" hand motion. He also said it in his own language.
Cena walks to the back. He meets Khali with some punches, but is swatted down. Khali throws a trash can at Cena, then tosses him around. Two handed chokeslam onto one of the carts. He then slams Cena into the door of the loading dock and leaves the champ gasping for air. Commercial.
Jeff Hardy w/ Matt Hardy vs. Trevor Murdoch w/ Lance Cade
Lock up to start. Murdoch powers Hardy into the corner, but does a clean break. Side headlock takedown by Hardy. Murdoch and Hardy trade armdrags. Standoff after some missed clotheslines. Not exactly Malenko-Guerrero, but it's an interesting change. Murdoch with a shoulderblock and elbow drop for two. Hardy dumps Murdoch onto the apron then punches him off. Hardy dives over the top ropes to the floor. Hardy kicks Murdoch into the corner with a mule kick. 4 punches in the corner, but Cade dodges an attempted dropkick. Murdoch covers for two. Another cover gets a near fall. Murdoch with a chinlock. Jawbreaker by Hardy. Hardy with an elbow. Whisper in the Wind connects and gets two. Hardy goes to the top, but Murdoch stops him. Hardy shoves Murdoch off, but Murdoch gets his knees up to block the Swanton for two. Murdoch is in disbelief, and stalls before going for his next move. Hardy takes advantage with a small package and pins Murdoch.
Your winner, Jeff Hardy!
Post match, Cade gets in the ring and looks upset. King says we are about to see the true colors, but Murdoch offers his hand to Jeff, who accepts. Cade and Murdoch walk off without incident.
Snitttttsskkkkkyyyy promo. King wonders if the promo means he is coming to RAW?
A replay of Lashley beating down Coachman last week is shown. Shane is consoling Coach in the back, saying he has Shane, Umaga, and the ECW Champion in his corner tonight. Vince is still acting black. Shane O Mac gives Coach a pep talk to pump him up. Coach runs off excited. Umaga breathes heavily and exits. Vince admires his own head dressing. Shane compliments him, but with a hint of sarcasm. Commercial.
Slam of the Week is actually just a roll up, with Santino pinning Chris Masters in his first Intercontinental Title defense.
Intercontinental Title Match: Santino Marella (c) vs. Chris Masters
Santino is now residing in lovely Patterson, New Jersey. Ross reiterates that he has been training for years. Marella goes for a takedown, but Masters pounds him in the back. Masters whips him into the corner and goes for the Masterlock. Santino throws him off. Hip toss by Santino, then a wrist lock. Masters makes the ropes and hits a backbreaker. Irish whip into the ropes followed by another backbreaker by Masters for two. Masters knees Santino in the back. Marella fires back with kicks to the leg, but Masters hits a lariat. He goes for the Masterlock again, but Marella shoves him off. Marella with some strikes. Spinebuster by Masters for two. Santino slips out of a Masterlock and floats around Masters to roll him up for the win.
Your winner, Santino Marella!
Post match, Masters puts Marella in the Masterlock. Masters says that Marella shouldn't mess with him.
Condemned shill. Who would WWE Superstars put on the island? Cryme Tyme, Umaga, Khali, Melina, and others are among the choices. Who would be the evil producer? Vince, obviously! Maybe if all these people were in the movie it would have done better.
Speaking of Melina, she makes her way to the announcer's table for commentary. She does a split on the desk.
Candice Michelle vs. Victoria
Victoria doesn't even get an entrance. Candice with a snapmare and neck snap. Roll up gets two. Victoria knocks her down and shoves her face into the mat. Victoria stretches Candice on the mat. Candice fights back and does the Go Daddy Elbow Drop for two. Candice with a Satellite Headscissors Takedown. Victoria elbows her and goes for a TKO, but Candice counters and hits a spinning heel kick for the win. That's three wins in a row for those counting at home.
Your winner, Candice!
Post match, Candice motions that she wants the belt. Melina: "What Candice, are you showing us your fat rolls?"
Edge comes out for his farewell to the RAW crowd. The new World Heavyweight Champion has a ton of pyro, too. Edge soaks in the moment for a couple minutes before speaking. Edge says he had the greatest week in history. He could have cashed in MITB on Cena, but been there, done that. He chose to cash it in on the Phenom. Replay of the short match is shown. Awesome angle. Edge thought about leaving the crowd with one last Edge match. But one, the people don't deserve it, and two, Khali has already left the building. Not to mention in six days he defends the belt against Batista. Edge did in three seconds what Bats couldn't do in three months...beat the Undertaker, so he's not worried. Instead of a match, Edge decided to leave as World Heavyweight Champion.
Before he can walk away, Shawn Michaels comes to the stage. He 'plugs' a new HBK hat. Shawn wants Edge to just leave. Edge tells him to shut up and stop the excuses. Shawn wants a match, the people want a match, so Edge suggests they fight tonight.
Lashley is with Todd Grisham in the back. Todd wants his thoughts on his title match at Judgment Day. Before he can answer, Shane comes up to him clapping and reminds Lashley of the no touching stipulation. Shane does the old finger in face/I'm not touching you bit. He wishes Lashley luck in his match against the Coach.
Shane, Vince, and Umaga come to ringside to be in Coach's corner. JR and King mention the honorary doctorate Vince got on Sunday.
Jonathan Coachman vs. Bobby Lashley
Vince taunts Lashley by holding the belt up in the ring. Coach slaps Lashley. Lashley slaps him back then pounds Coach in the ropes. Clothesline by Lashley. Lashley with forearms to the back. He puts Coach in the Torture Rack and does an Argentine Backbreaker Drop. Spear by Lashley and it's over.
Your winner, Bobby Lashley!
Post match, Umaga and Shane attack, so Lashley can fight back. He throws Shane from the ring, but Umaga hits a throat thrust and beats down Lashley in the corner. Lashley dodges the Whipsplash and hits a spear on Umaga. Vince gets on the apron but runs away. Lashley gives chase, but is blindsided by Shane. Bobby gets up and Shane runs through the crowd. Lashley tries to cut him off and they run around in the back, Lashley grabs Shane's sports jacket, but Shane takes it off and hops on top of a waiting limo. Shane crawls in through the moon roof as it drives off. When Lashley turns around, Vince clocks him with the ECW Title belt.
Carlito vs. Val Venis
Lock up to start. Val takes down Carlito, but Carlito comes back with a wristlock. Val slams him to the mat, then hits a running knee to the gut. He hits another and a Side Russian Leg Sweep for two. Clothesline by Carlito and he punches Val on the mat. Carlito dumps Val out of the ring. He drives Val into the apron a couple of times. Carlito covers in the ring for two. Carlito gets several kidney shots as the crowd chants for Flair. Val punches back, but Carlito blocks a charge and hits a middle rope dropkick for two. Carlito works the back. Val kicks Carlito in the face, dodges a charge and goes for a school boy for two. Jawbreaker by Carlito, but Val comes back with some clotheslines and an elbow drop for two. Carlito backflips over Val, but Venis catches him and scores with a Uranage. Val goes up top for a Money Shot, but Carlito rolls out of the way. When Venis gives chase, Carlito throws him into the second turnbuckle. Backcracker and it's over. Surprisingly good match.
Your winner, Carlito!
As soon as the match is over, Flair runs out, but Carlito escapes through the crowd. Flair struts in the ring.
Michaels is stretching in the back when Orton comes up to him. HBK tells Orton to get to the point. Orton says he thinks he can beat him. Michaels implies he isn't doing anything on Sunday. Orton challenges him to a match at Judgment Day. Shawn accepts.
A piece on Timbaland's music video with the Divas is shown. It's in the style of Sin City and premieres next Monday on RAW.
A replay of Khali's beatdown on Cena is shown. JR wonders if the FU or STFU is physically possible.
Shawn Michaels vs. Edge
For storyline purposes, HBK has a concussion. Michaels gets an early headlock. Edge throws him off, but Michaels hits a shoulderblock and side headlock takedown. Edge stands up and breaks the headlock. Edge powers Michaels into the corner and gets a sucker punch in on the break. Another right hand knocks HBK down. Edge punches him in the corner. Michaels counters a back body drop attempt with a swinging neckbreaker. Shawn takes Edge from pillar to post. Edge kicks Michaels on the rebound. Edge punches Michaels some more. He bounces off the ropes, but HBK throws him over the top rope. He leaps off the apron with a Lou Thesz Press on the floor. Commercial.
Back from the break, Edge has the advantage. Michaels is on the mat and Edge stomps on his head. During the commercial, Edge got a reverse hot shot that slingshots HBK to the mat face first. The ref asks Michaels if he wants to continue as Edge keeps up the assault with another boot to the head. Michaels tries to punch back but is knocked down. Edge kicks him in the head again. Michaels punches out of a cravate, but Edge connects with a big boot for two. Edge goes to the floor so he can get some leverage on the elbows to Michaels' head. Edge with some more shots in the corner. Neckbreaker by Edge for two. Chinlock by Edge. Michaels fights out and drives Edge into the corner. He's out of energy, though, and Michaels knocks him down with a right hand. Edge goes to the top rope, but HBK crotches him. Edge recovers and headbutts Michaels to the mat. Edge misses a cross body off the middle rope. Both men get up at the count of five and trade punches and chops. Michaels with the flying forearm, inverted atomic drop, and a right hand. Scoop slam and Michaels goes for the elbow drop. He hits it and tunes up the band. Sweet Chin Music connects and Shawn Michaels gets the clean pin over the World Heavyweight Champion (reading between the lines, RAW is superior to Smackdown for all intents and purposes).
Your winner, Shawn Michaels!
After the match, Orton comes out. He and Michaels brawl on the mat. Orton with a thumb to the eye and low blow. Orton kicks Michaels in the head to knock him out. Orton glares at the fallen Michaels, who is not moving, to end the show.
2008 - Ring of Honor announced they would make their Canadian debut in July 2008 in Toronto at the Ted Reeves Arena. The promotion also officially announced that Jay Briscoe vacated the ROH Tag Team championships after the Hammerstein event because after seeing his brother Mark interfere and help Briscoe and Austin Aries retain the belts, he "realized that it felt wrong to be defending the belts without Mark as his partner", so they were vacating them but would come back to regain them when Mark returned from injury.
2009 - In an interview with Alex Marvez, the retired Ric Flair talked of wanting to return to the ring, only a little more than a year after his retirement at Wrestlemania 24. Flair commented, "I love the business. I was thinking the other day about the reason why God gave me this health. I don't hurt anywhere. I haven't lost any strength. I'm just like I was 10 years ago. I keep thinking, 'Why am I signing autographs when I can still take backdrops?' But I respect Shawn and (WWE) so much that I wouldn't do anything to disrespect them. They would have to give me full approval (to wrestle again). They put me in a special place. I think it's going to be a long time before we see something come across again like what they did for me (with the retirement ceremony). I didn't think it would be that big a deal. We'll see how this turns out." As it turned out, Flair returned to the ring during a tour of Australia under the Hulkamania banner before debuting for TNA towards the end of the year. He is still wrestling.
2009 - TNA broadcast an episode of Impact. Richard Trionfo filed the following report:
We start off tonight with a look back at the sacrifices that people are willing to make to face Mick Foley for the TNA Heavyweight Title. Sting has said what he would sacrifice. So has Kurt Angle. Who is next?
We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘TNA . . . not the NBA’ Tenay and Don ‘To Catch a Nashville Predators’ West.
Mick Foley takes the opening segment as he comes to the ring to give the Main Event Mafia a breather. Mick has a mic and Mike Tenay teases some problems between Mick and Jeff Jarrett that took place in Nashville.
Mick says that everyone knows that people are sacrificing things to face him for the title at Sacrifice. Kurt Angle is putting his godfather position in the Main Event Mafia while Sting has put his career on the line. Mick wants to talk about something else and he mentions the Jeff Jarrett DVD. Mick says that he might have forgotten about Jeff’s contributions to TNA. Mick says that if you think that something is missing tonight, it is the presence of Jeff Jarrett. Tonight is the first time that Jeff Jarrett will not be a part of Impact. Mick says that he feels partially responsible because he pushed Jeff Jarrett and might have said things that he shouldn’t have. Mick talks about rumors of a DVD of a nasty incident in Nashville. Mick says that there is a DVD of this incident. Mick says that as Executive Shareholder there are some difficult decisions to make. There are some portions that are dark and difficult for TNA fans to watch. Mick says that he thought about it and they did not bring him on board to make the easy decisions. He was brought in to make the difficult decisions. Mick says the fans deserve to see what is on the DVD. We will see that footage throughout the night.
Jeremy Borash is in the Main Event Mafia dressing room and Kurt Angle is not here tonight. It turns out that Kurt is in Hollywood. Scott Steiner says that they are the hottest thing and Steiner says that Kurt put him in charge. Steiner talks about his achievements at Michigan. Booker says that he will take care of Holliday. Kevin mentions that Jenna still has issues with Sharmell and Steiner tries to calm them down. Steiner tells them to take care of their business in the ring while he takes care of the domestic issues.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we go to Mick Foley’s office and Jeremy Borash wants to know about the DVD. Mick is taking down a picture of Jeff Jarrett because of a crack in the glass. Mick asks Borash to ‘show him the eyes’ and he will show him some of the DVD. Jeremy mentions that he learned it from watching Don Knotts on Three’s Company. Eric Young stops in and he wonders if it is an opportunity to be in a tag match with a guy he never met before. Mick tells Eric not to insult Holliday. Mick tells Eric that he will be facing Samoa Joe tonight.
We take a look back at the latest people to accuse Daniels of being Suicide.
Match Number One: Chris Sabin with Alex Shelley versus Christopher Daniels
They lock up and Sabin with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Sabin and Daniels block hip tosses and then Sabin monkey flips Daniels but Daniels with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Daniels with an Irish whip and clothesline into the corner. Sabin with an Irish whip and Daniels sends Sabin to the apron. They fight to the turnbuckles and Sabin crotches Daniels and Sabin with a clothesline into a Tree of Woe. Sabin with a hesitation drop kick and a near fall. Sabin chokes Daniels and rakes the face. Shelley rakes the eyes while Sabin is with the referee.
Lethal and Creed watch the match from the stage while Sabin works over Daniels. Sabin with an Irish whip but Daniels gets his knees up when Sabin goes for a back elbow. Daniels with a back breaker and both men are down. Daniels with a running forearm and a kick. Daniels with an elbow and a curb stomp from the turnbuckles. Daniels with an STO for a two count. Daniels tries for the Angel’s Wings, but Shelley grabs Daniels’ leg and Sabin attacks Daniels and hits a knee to the midsection. Sabin hits a springboard clothesline for a near fall.
Sabin with a drop kick to Daniels and then he tries for the tornado DDT but Daniels hits a reverse atomic drop. Daniels with a kick followed by an uranage and the BME for the three count.
Winner: Christopher Daniels
Jeremy Borash is with Mick Foley and the referees and Mick says that Slick Johnson is a stooge because he is friends with Jeff Jarrett. Mick also sends Senior Referee Rudy Charles away. Mick says that he will use Earl Hebner. He tells Earl not to disqualify Samoa Joe under any circumstances.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jeremy Borash is with Scott Steiner and Jenna. Scott tells Jenna to stop causing problems with Sharmell. Jenna blames it on Sharmell but Steiner says that Sharmell is Booker’s wife. Steiner says that Sharmell apologized and Steiner wants to set up a summit between the women.
Angelina Love is with Lauren in the back and Lauren wants to know who Angelina was begging to come tonight. Angelina says that she always gets what she wants. She says that she was talking to the only man that she can trust. We see Kip James and he says that the issue is Kong. Kip says that he will be facing Kong in the stretcher tonight.
We go to commercial.
It is time to take a look at Jeff Jarrett and he is with his kids in Tennessee yesterday and he is in the golf cart and jet ski with her. Time to go to dance class. Jeff talks about how he would rather spend time at home than at some diner like Mick Foley.
Match Number One: Eric Young versus Samoa Joe in a Mick Foley told the referee not to disqualify Joe Match
Joe punches Young and hits a running elbow into the corner followed by an enzuigiri. Young punches Joe and then he sends him into turnbuckles. Young does the Young flip and then he slides back in. Joe with a knee and a kick that sends Eric over the top rope to the floor. Young punches Joe on the floor but Joe slams Young’s head into the apron. Joe gets a chair and Young hits Joe and Young slams his head into the chair. Joe throws the chair at Young and Young goes down while the referee does not disqualify Joe. Joe with a jab to Young. Young with a rollup and Joe chokes Eric and Eric tries to escape with the Curly circle on the mat. Eric Young has passed out and the ref calls for the bell.
Winner: Samoa Joe
After the match, Joe takes Eric Young out of the Impact Zone and we go to commercial.
We are back and let’s see where Joe took Eric Young. Joe puts Eric in the open trunk of a car and the car drives away.
Mike Tenay was with Sting to interview him and he talks about Sting’s announcement of what his sacrifice would be. Sting says that he did not expect to do it but it was something that he had to do. He does not want to be remembered as just another name on the TNA roster. He blames some of the problems on Mick Foley. Sting says that he expected that Mick Foley would have made rules to help him out. Sting says that he was second guessing himself in the ring. Sting says that he went back to the hotel and he thought about things and reality set back in and his mind was clear. Sting says that it was all worth it. It was even worth the sacrifice that he is going to make at Sacrifice. It will be the dawning of a new day or the last day of his career.
We go to footage of Lauren with Taylor Wilde on the blind date. It turns out that the secret admirer is Daffney. Daffney tells Taylor that she is going to be the victim at Monster’s Ball. Daffney screams wondering where Taylor was when she had her hair cut by Angelina, Velvet, and Madison. We go to commercial.
We are back and time to see Jeff Jarrett driving his kids home from school.
Match Number Three: Kip James with Angelina Love versus Awesome Kong with Raisha Saeed in a Stretcher Match
They lock up and Kip backs Kong into the corner and Kong stares at Love. Kip is distracted by Saeed and Kong with a splash in the corner. Kong with a running butt splash followed by punches. Kip grabs Kong by the throat but Saeed with a low blow to Kip while the referee is with Angelina. Kong hits Kip with the chair. Kong hits Kip again with the chair and then she puts the chair on Kip’s head and Kong with a splash onto the chair. Kong with a second splash onto the chair on Kip’s head. Kong rolls Kip on the stretcher and he is counted out.
Winner: Awesome Kong
Time for more Main Event Mafia peace talk negotiations. Steiner is with Sharmell and Steiner tells Sharmell that Jenna is sorry to convince Sharmell to be there. What will happen when the two women are in the same room? Jeremy likes the double swerve.
Lauren was in the back with Team 3D and Ray says that the tournament has been going great. He says that tag team wrestling is alive and well in TNA. Ray says that they are proud to be tag team champions. Ray says that they left the other company because they were wrestling the same teams every night. We see the British team attack Team 3D. We go to commercial.
We are back with more footage of Jeff Jarrett in downtown Nashville. Jeff is walking down the street and he sees Jeremy Borash at a Nude Karaoke bar.
Match Number Four: Suicide and Amazing Red versus Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus with Rob Terry in a Team 3D Tournament SemiFinal Match
Williams and Suicide start things off and Suicide blocks a kick and he gets a rollup for a two count. Williams bridges out of a cover and gets a back slide for a two count. Magnus tags in and he gets a kick in the head. Suicide punches Magnus and hits a hip toss. Suicide with a kick and then Red and Suicide sends Williams into Magnus. Magnus with a kick to the head of Red. Williams tags back in and they hit a double Japanese neck breaker. Williams with a head butt and a knee to Red followed by a slam and a knee to the throat for a near fall. Magnus tags back in and they hit a double back elbow and Magnus walks across Red’s back. Magnus with a leg drop for a near fall. Red with a boot to Magnus followed by a flatline from the turnbuckles.
Williams and Suicide tag in and Suicide sends Williams into Magnus. Suicide with a springboard back elbow followed by a fireman’s carry slam for a near fall. Red with a missile drop kick to Magnus and then Suicide puts Williams on top while Red hits a somersault splash from the top to Magnus. Williams knocks Suicide off the top turnbuckle and the Motor City Machine Guns hit a double super kick while the referee focuses on the wrestlers on the floor. Williams with a knee drop from the top turnbuckle for the three count.
Winners: Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus
After the match, the Machine Guns double team Red and then they turn their attention to Suicide because they want to take off his mask. Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed come to the ring and we go to commercial.
We are back and Jay Lethal is in the ring and it is 1988. He says that they are going to prove that Suicide is Daniels and they surround him and Suicide tries to escape but they stop him. Before they take the mask off, we see Daniels come to the ring. Daniels and Suicide attack The Guns, Lethal, and Creed. Suicide with a drop kick to Lethal and then he runs Shelley into the turnbuckles. Daniels with Angel’s Wings to Creed. Daniels and Suicide are together in the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back with Jeremy Borash and Scott Steiner at the TNA recreation of the SALT Talks. Sharmell and Jenna start yelling and there is pandemonium.
Match Number Four: No Limit versus Kevin Nash in a handicap match
Naito and Yujiro double team Nash and Naito with a missile drop kick to Nash. Naito with a kick but Nash grabs Naito and hits a choke slam. Yujiro punches Nash and Nash with knees aplenty. Nash with an elbow to Yujiro. Nash follows that with a side slam to Naito. Nash with a midlevel big boot to Naito. Nash with the jackknife power bomb to Naito for the three count.
Winner: Kevin Nash
After the match, Nash gets on the mic and he says that this world runs on one thing . . . violence. He says that we need it. They say that there is a nation of violence running around TNA. There will be violence at Sacrifice. It’s name won’t be Samoa Joe, it will be Kevin Nash.
Mick Foley is in his office and he has the DVD ready to play. Mick says the DVD is a bit violent. Mick says that he promised to show the fans so he will be showing it.
We go to commercial.
We are back and A.J. Styles is with Lauren. Lauren asks A.J. about the I Quit match against Booker T at Sacrifice. A.J. says that he has been preparing this match his entire life because he has had the opportunity to say I Quit his whole life. This is a match about heart. Since Booker’s ego is as big as A.J.’s heart, this should be an even match. A.J. says that he will never say I Quit.
Match Number Five: Jethro Holliday versus Booker T with Sharmell in a Special I Quit Match
They lock up and Holliday backs Booker into the corner but Booker with chops and punches. Holliday punches back and Booker goes down. Holliday with a back elbow and an elbow to the top of the head. Holliday clotheslines Booker over the top rope to the floor. Holliday goes out after Booker but Booker with a kick and a hot shot onto the guardrail. Booker sends Holliday into the ring post. Booker with a belly-to-back suplex when they return to the ring. Holliday punches Booker and chops him. Booker hits a spinning heel kick and Holliday will not quit. Booker misses the axe kick and Holliday with the big boot. Holliday punches Booker. Holliday with a clothesline that flips Booker. Booker uses a chair while Sharmell distracts the referee to the point where he cannot hear the sound of metal to the skull. Booker with an axe kick and Holliday quits.
Winner: Booker T
Mick Foley is in the production truck and he gives the cue for them to play ‘The DVD’.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for Mick Foley to give us the most anticipated DVD release in Impact history. Mick says that it has come to that time to see what happened in Nashville. Mick warns the people at home (and those using flash photography). Now it is time to see Jeff at the site of his second ever match in 1986. Jeff talks about returning for TNA. We go to Jeff’s dressing room and then to the old box office where his grandmother sold tickets. From out of nowhere, Mick Foley attacks Jeff and he sends Jeff into the bathroom. Mick continues to batter Jarrett. Mick hits Jarrett with a chair.
We are back and Mick admits to being partially responsible for the disturbing footage. Jeff learned an important message and that sometimes you can’t go home. We go to credits.
2010 - The Calgary Herald reported that the famous Hart Family Mansion in Calgary is up for sale. The home, which has been refurbished, is listed for $4.95 million dollars. The famed "Dungeon" basement, where Stu Hart trained (and stretched) numerous wrestlers, has been preserved the way the Hart family had it.
2010 - WWE Raw ran Barrie, Ontario at the Molson Centre, featuring:
-Santino Marella defeated Zack Ryder.
-Goldust defeated Dos Caras Jr. (the future Alberto Del Rio).
-Justin Gabriel defeated Wade Barrett.
-WWE Unified Tag Team Champions David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd defeated Carlito & Primo Colon.
-Eve, Nikki & Brie Bella defeated Maryse, Alicia Fox, & Jillian Hall.
-John Morrison defeated Vladimir Kozlov.
-WWE World Champion John Cena & Randy Orton defeated Sheamus & Ted DiBiase Jr.
2010 - WWE broadcast an episode of Smackdown, headlined by CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV Report:
We start off tonight’s show with a look back at Matt Hardy’s appearance that was interrupted by a vicious attack by Drew McIntyre. This was followed by Teddy Long’s announcement that Drew McIntyre was suspended, stripped of the title, and fired.
We are live on tape from Buffalo, New York and your announcers are Matt ‘Buffalo 66’ Striker and Todd ‘I can see Canada from the arena’ Grisham.
Teddy Long is in the ring and he has the Intercontinental Title belt on his shoulder. Teddy plays the part of ring announcer and brings out the two men who will battle for the Intercontinental Title.
Match Number One: Kofi Kingston versus Christian for the Intercontinental Title
Kofi with a kick but when he tries for a second kick but Christian blocked it and applies a waist lock on Kofi as he takes him to the mat and turns it into a front face lock. Kofi with a front face lock of his own and Christian turns it into a hammer lock. Christian with a shoulder tackle and he gets a near fall. Christian works on the arm and then Kofi with a leg sweep for a near fall. Kofi with a side head lock and he holds on when Christian tries to send him off the ropes. Christian with a back elbow and then he punches Kofi and he hits a monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi with a monkey flip of his own after some counters on hip toss attempts. Christian goes to the floor and then Kofi tries for a pescado but Christian moves out of the way and gets into the ring and hits a double jump elbow to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and we are back in the ring with Christian working on Kofi’s neck. Kofi with forearms but Christian with a kick. Christian with an Irish whip but he runs into an elbow. Christian with a flapjack and he gets a near fall. Christian with another back elbow and he gets a near fall. Christian with a reverse chin lock and Kofi punches Christian. Christian punches back but Kofi with a take down on Christian. Kofi is kicked off and Christian charges but Kofi with a pendulum kick and then he goes up top and hits a cross body for a near fall. Kofi with chops and a drop kick. Kofi tries for the jump into the corner but Christian moves. Kofi with a leaping clothesline. Kofi tries for the Boom Drop but Christian trips him and gets a near fall on a rollup. Kofi counters with a near fall on a rollup. Christian with a punch and then he hits an electric chair drop when Kofi tries for a leap frog and he gets a near fall. Christian goes to the turnbuckles but Kofi catches Christian as he comes off and gets a jackknife cover but he can only get a near fall. Christian gets a near fall of his own. Kofi with a European uppercut and then Kofi charges into the corner and Christian gets his boots up. Christian goes up top but he misses a cross body when Kofi moves. Kofi goes up top and hits a cross body of his own to get a near fall. Kofi with a kick and then he hits the Boom drop and he sets for Trouble in Paradise but Christian blocks it and he hits an inverted DDT and gets a near fall. Christian chokes Kofi in the ropes as he stands on his back. Christian goes to the floor and he hits an uppercut. Kofi hits the SOS and gets a near fall. Kofi leaps to the corner and he punches Christian and then Christian with a pendulum kick and goes to the turnbuckles for a back elbow. Christian sets for the Killswitch but Kofi pushes Christian off. Christian with an elbow to Kofi and then he goes to the turnbuckles for a sunset flip but Kofi rolls through. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise and gets the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
After the match, Teddy gives the title belt to the new champion. Kofi and Christian shake hands as a sign of respect before Kofi celebrates on his own.
Drew McIntyre comes out and he is wearing a very white suit. Teddy wants to know what Drew McIntyre is doing coming to the ring and he tells Drew that he will have security escort him out of the building. Teddy is about to get security but Drew reaches into his jacket and gives Teddy Long an envelope. Teddy opens the envelope and reads the letter and then Teddy apologizes to Kofi and takes the title belt from one of the shortest reigning Intercontinental Champions in history. Kofi tells Teddy that he won but Teddy says that he is asking Kofi as the general manager of Smackdown. He apologizes again and Kofi finally gives the belt to Teddy.
Teddy gives the belt back to Drew and then Drew leaves the ring with his belt. Drew goes to the back while Kofi seethes in the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and did you know that WWE has a lot of video for its WWE Classics on Demand service?
Matt and Todd talk about what happened with the Intercontinental Title. Matt has the letter in front of him and he happens to have a house mic so he tells everyone what the letter says. Matt reads the letter that was addressed to Teddy Long and it says that Teddy Long’s actions were irresponsible and reprehensible. It says that Teddy’s abuse of power was appalling and his lack of judgment was paramount. It says that Drew McIntyre is a gentleman and an example of the future of the WWE. As the chairman of the board, the decision of last week has been overturned and he is still recognized as the Intercontinental Champion. The letter is signed by Vince McMahon.
It is time to take a look back at Big Show since he came to Smackdown.
We go to the back where a truck is opened and Jack Swagger is supervising the removal of those items. He tells them to be careful moving the items.
Match Number Two: Shad Gaspard versus Jesse Guyver
Shad sends Guyver into the corner but Jesse with forearms but Shad with a boot and then he connects with forearms. Shad with a hip lock take down and then he punches Jesse on the mat. Shad with a forearm to the back and then he chokes Jesse in the ropes. Shad sends Jesse to the mat. Jesse tries for a sunset flip but Shad picks up Jesse and hits the STO for the three count.
Winner: Shad Gaspard
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Montel Vontavious Porter and JTG versus Trent Barreta and Caylen Croft
JTG and Barreta start things off and they lock up. Barreta with a kick and forearm but JTG with an Irish whip and back body drop. JTG with a knee and a leap frog leg drop. Croft tries to interfere but Porter sends him to the mat. Porter and JTG clotheslines Croft and Barreta over the top rope to the floor. JTG punches Trent and then he connects with an elbow. Croft trips JTG and that allows Barreta to hit a running knee and he gets a near fall. Croft tags in and he gets a near fall. Croft with a reverse chin lock and he sends JTG into the turnbuckles and he tags Trent into the match. Trent with kicks and punches followed by a knee. Trent with a knee to the head and then he gets a near fall. Trent with a knee to choke him and then he tags Croft in and he kicks JTG. Croft kicks JTG and he tags Trent back in. They make another series of tags and Croft gets a near fall. Croft with a reverse chin lock and knees. JTG with a short arm clothesline and both men are down. Trent tags in and JTG kicks Trent off and he tags in Porter. Porter with an overhead belly-to-belly throw followed by clotheslines and he hits the facebuster. Porter with the Ballin elbow and then Croft tries to break up the cover and Porter avoids Croft. Porter sends Croft out of the ring and JTG drops Trent on the top rope and Porter hits the 305 for the three count.
Winners: JTG and Montel Vontavious Porter
We go to the locker room where the Straight Edge Society is meeting. Punk says that they hurt his feeling last week because for the first time he saw doubt in their faces. He says that he forgives them because he knows that Rey Mysterio put that doubt in their heads. He says that Rey should have blown smoke in their face or poured pills down their throats as well with his rhetoric. Punk says that they need to get the poison out and keep the doubt from their minds. He tells them that they will not be coming to the ring for his match with Rey. He says that he will show them why he is the leader. At Over the Limit, Rey’s redemption begins because it will be a long road to Rey’s salvation. They come together for a group hug.
Trophies are being brought to the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and there are trophies all over the place.
Jack Swagger comes to the ring to be reunited with all of his awards and accolades. Swagger has a huge smile on his face before he talks. He says that if he does not take this moment to do it, he will never forgive himself. Jack takes off his jacket and he does some push ups for everyone who missed them from his entrance. Swagger says that he has accomplished more in one day than most people have done in their lives. Jack says that he called his daddy and he had him pack up all of his awards and honors to share with the people in the crowd as well as the Big Show. Swagger says that one trophy is enough for most people, but that is not the way he works. We go to commercial while Jack continues to talk.
We are back and so is Jack. Jack says just over 28 years ago, his daddy celebrated his greatest achievement. The birth of a picture perfect fifteen pound, two ounce blonde haired blue eyed, future heavyweight champion. We see a photo of a young Jack in his wrestling gear. Swagger says that he won his first state wrestling title at age five. He says that he was better than everyone’s children at age five. He says that he is still better than everyone’s children. Swagger says that when you are an Eagle Scout, words like honesty, integrity, trustfulness, kind, obedient, confident, and brave mean something. Jack says that he can see that some of the people in the crowd don’t understand those words. Jack says that he still upholds the Scout’s honor with everything that he does, every day of his life. We go to the next photo and it is from when Jack won his third state wrestling title. He says that growing up, greatness was his neighbor and success was his best friend and they hung out a lot. Jack says that he was literally king of his high school. Jack puts on his crown.
At age eighteen he was the homecoming queen. He talks about his date and asks how many eighteen year olds bring a perfect ten to the prom as their date. He asks how many eighteen year olds bring a thirty-two year old brain surgeon as their date. He says that she looked good on the dance floor with him. Jack says that he was a Viennese ballroom dancing master. He says that he had time to lead his football team to its first district title in years. He says that he had offers from schools all over the country but he stayed true to his home state, Oklahoma. We see a photo of Jack with Bob Stoops. He says that he was a Cotton Bowl Champion, Big 12 Champion, Rose Bowl Champion, and Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year. Jack says that there is so much more to the All American American American American Amercian and he wants everyone to see that.
Jack says that he is a certified swim instructor. He says that he had over fourteen live wet saves as a lifeguard. He saved mediocre people so those people could continue to lead their mediocre lives. Jack asks if he sucks, why did the World Famous Perry Deli name their best selling sandwich after him. He says that it tastes delicious and tastes like freedom. Jack thanks everyone and he says that he is almost finished. Jack says that no one compares to him in a battle of wits. He mentions that he is a National Scrabble Champion. Jack says that he is also a master chess player.
Big Show comes out to the ring and he has something to say to Swagger and his many trophies. Show tells Swagger to relax and then he tells Swaggie that it is okay. He says that he came out because he says this is impressive. He says that he doesn’t even know if he can spell ‘scrabble’. Jack tells Show to get his fat Vienna sausage fingers off his stuff. Show says that his fingers aren’t fat. They might be husky or big boned and then he says that he won’t break anything. Show says that he is impressed and that he will put the Scrabble award down. Unfortunately, Show drops it and then while trying to pick it up, he steps on it.
Swagger says that Show did that on purpose. Swagger wants Show to leave so he can talk about his achievements. Show asks about the Viennese Ballroom Dancing trophy and Swagger says that he won it in 2004. Show says that he was asked to be on Dancing with the Stars but he doesn’t think that he is coordinated enough. Show picks up a trophy and starts to dance with it, but when he dips the trophy, it breaks. Show tries to kicks the broken part out of the ring so Swagger doesn’t see it.
Swagger starts to cry and then he kicks and punches Show and puts him in a front face lock. Show pushes Swagger off and then Swagger goes to the floor. Show grabs another trophy and breaks it over his knee. Show breaks another trophy and then he breaks a few more. Show turns his attention to some of the other awards and breaks them as well. Show takes Swagger’s football and he puts it into the crowd. Show takes one of the photos and knocks it into the outfield with the baseball bat. Show is about to do the same to Swagger’s photo with Bob Stoops and Jack tells him not to do it to Bob. Show doesn’t care and then once he is finished, he breaks the bat. Swagger begs for Show to leave something intact, but Show breaks some more stuff.
Show grabs the World Title belt and he holds it over his head.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Rosa Mendes is supposed to wrestle the Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix, but Vickie Guerrero comes out to excuse herself. Vickie tells Rosa that she needs to leave the ring. Vickie says that as the General Manager of Raw and Official Consultant on Smackdown, that Michelle McCool has invoked her rematch clause tonight. Vickie says to make things interesting, it will be done in a two on one handicap match.
Match Number Four: Beth Phoenix versus Layla and Michelle McCool for the Women’s Title
Michelle with a kick and forearm to Beth and then she applies a side head lock. Beth with a shoulder tackle to Michelle followed by a clothesline to Layla. Michelle clips Beth and then she kicks Beth in the injured knee. Beth fights off Michelle and Layla until it turns into a two-on-one situation as they both work on the leg. Michelle uses the ropes for more damage. Michelle with a head scissors but Beth kicks Layla away and then she gets Layla and Michelle up for a double Samoan drop but Beth appears to have further injured her knee. Beth gets a near fall on Layla when Beth breaks up the cover. Beth with an Irish whip and then Michelle and Beth collide and both go down. Michelle rolls to the floor and Layla gets the three count on Beth.
After the match, Layla celebrates with Vickie and Michelle.
We go to commercial.
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Match Number Five: Kane versus Chavo Guerrero
Kane tries for a choke slam but Chavo escapes. Chavo with punches and kicks to Kane. Kane sends Chavo over the top rope when Kane blocks an Irish whip attempt. Chavo drops Kane’s arm on the top rope and then he goes up top but Kane with an uppercut and Chavo goes to the floor. Chavo with a drop kick as Kane tries to re-enter the ring. Chavo with kicks but Kane with an uppercut. Kane catches Chavo off the turnbuckles and hits a choke slam for the three count.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Todd and Matt talk about what happened earlier in the show when we thought that Kofi Kingston won the Intercontinental Title. However, before the celebration could start in Prince Nana’s many mansions, Drew McIntyre came out to rain on Kofi’s parade and he used the power of being the Chosen One Version 2010 to get his title back as well as return to the Smackdown roster.
Drew goes into Teddy Long’s office and Teddy tells Drew that he really is the chosen one since he ran to the boss to get his job and title back. Teddy says that he cannot take anything away from Drew so he is going to give him something. Teddy gives Drew a match for next week because he will be wrestling the Big Show.
It is time to run through the card for Over the Limit.
Match Number Six: CM Punk versus Rey Mysterio
Punk with a back kick and another series of kicks before he goes to forearms and then he sends Rey into the ropes but Rey with kicks to Punk. Punk with a kick to Rey’s head and Rey backs into the corner. Punk with a forearm to Rey’s head but Rey with a kick and then he sends Punk to the floor with a head scissors. Rey misses a splash from the apron and Punk sends Rey into the ringside barrier. We go to commercial.
We are back and Punk has Rey in a surfboard but Rey with kicks to the head to escape. Rey with a kick and forearm to Punk followed by shoulders. Rey with a drop toe hold that sends a charging Punk into the turnbuckles. Rey goes for a move from the turnbuckles but Punk kicks Rey and Rey gets caught in the tree of woe. Punk gets a near fall. Punk with an abdominal stretch on Rey and then he lets go as Rey struggles to get up. Rey with a drop toe hold and Punk falls into the ropes but Punk recovers and then he tries for a tilt-a-whirl move but Rey lands on his feet. Punk throws Rey under the bottom rope and the referee starts his count. Punk goes out after Rey and he kicks Rey in the chest. Punk sends Rey back into the ring and then Punk sets for the springboard clothesline and he hits it and gets a near fall. Punk with a key lock but Rey with kicks to get out of the hold. Punk with a kick to Rey but Rey with a bulldog out of a wheelbarrow position and both men are down. Punk with an Irish whip but Rey gets his feet up when Punk charges. Rey with a seated splash from the turnbuckles but Punk with a leg lariat and he gets a near fall. Punk catapults Rey to the turnbuckles but Rey lands on the turnbuckles and then he sends Punk into the ropes with a head scissors.
Rey starts the 619 but he sees Luke Gallows at ringside and he hits a baseball slide instead. Punk uses that distraction to get a near fall with a rollup. Rey with a roundhouse kick to the head and Punk falls into the ropes. Rey hits the 619 and the diving splash from the ropes but a hooded person enters the ring and Rey goes after that person. Rey is about to hit the person and the hood comes off and it is Serena. Rey is shocked at the development and that allows the usual hooded person to enter the ring and hit Rey from behind, forcing the referee to call for the bell.
Winner: Rey Mysterio by disqualification
After the match, the hooded person hits a swinging neck breaker before Luke picks up Rey and hits the spinebuster power slam. Punk crawls over to Rey and then he holds out his arms for Luke and unnamed Straight Edge Society member to put Rey on his shoulders and Punk hits the Go To Sleep. Punk puts Rey’s hand on his chest and holds Rey’s hand up as Punk salutes the Straight Edge Society.
2011 - New Japan Pro Wrestling made its debut in New York City at Basketball City. Mike Johnson filed the following live report:
*There are fans here from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina and Ohio in attendance.
*Itsuki Yamazaki of the legendary Jumping Bomb Angels is in attendance.
*A number of wrestlers are signing for fans who have golden ringside VIP tickets.
Stephen DeAngelis introduced Broadway star Felicia Finley, who sang the American national anthem.
Kenny Omega vs. Josh Daniels
The crowd was clapping before they even locked up. They locked up with Omega working on Daniels' arm. Daniels reversed and they went back and forth. Omega grabbed a side headlock and cranked it. Daniels tried to shoot him off into the ropes but he held onto it. Daniels finally broke free and chopped him hard.
Daniels continued chopping away. Omega made a comeback, including hitting a dive to the floor. Back in the ring, Omega whipped Daniels into the corner and hit a leaping back elbow. Omega locked in a rear chinlock, wearing down Daniels. Daniels tried to escape but Omega cinched in an armbreaker.
Omega missed a knee strike and was caught with a leaping clothesline by Daniels. Daniels covered him for a two count. Daniels whipped him hard into the buckles. Daniels continued beating Omega, who mounted a comeback with a series of chops. Daniels and Omega battled back and forth with chops. Daniels won that exchange.
Daniels locked in a nervehold. He continued working over Omega, getting several near falls. Daniels continued assaulting him with chops. Omega came back with a leg lariat. The crowd started chanting for Omega, who nailed several strikes. Daniels tried to cut off Omega who ducked and hit a rebound dropkick to the legs.
Daniels cut him off with a hard running clothesline in the corner and a back suplex for a two count. Omega cut him off and nailed a standing enziguiri. Daniels killed him with a clothesline that sent Omega flipping for a two count. Daniels charged him in the corner but Omega kicked him off and hit a leaping rana.
Omega caught Daniels with a leaping sidekick and a side suplex. Omega charged and nailed a double chop. He dropped Daniels backwards in the Electric Chair and rolled through for the pin in 10 minutes.
Your winner, Kenny Omega!
Really good wrestling match with some strong back and forth strikes and great wrestling.
Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Dan Maff vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Jado & Gedo.
Monster pop for Liger. Jado and Liger started out. Liger nailed a big palm thrust in the corner, then hit a sliding kick to the outside. Tiger Mask and Gedo tagged in. Gedo went for a backdrop but Tiger landed on his feet. Mask went for a sunset flip and nearly got the pin, giving us a full moon on Jado in the process.
Jado went to the outside. Tiger teased a dive but Jado ran away. Nakamura tagged in and faced off with Maff. They locked up and Maff took him down with a side headlock takedown. Nakamura escaped and used a single leg takedown. They exchanged strikes and chops. Nakamura kicked at Maff, who then faked him out, sending him to the floor. Maff hit a dive to the outside.
Back in the ring, Liger tagged in. He avoided a big right but was nailed from behind by Jado. Liger was worked over in the corner. Jado stomped Liger down in the corner. The crowd started chanting for Liger as they continued beating him down. Liger started to make a comeback as Gedo peppered him with punches. He was cut off as Nakamura tagged back in.
Nakamura whipped Liger in the corner but was cut off with a kick. Gedo and Jado hit the ring but Liger nailed a double DDT and tagged in Maff. Maff cleaned house with clotheslines and a big slam. He nailed an Avalanche in the corner on Nakamura followed by a cannonball. Nakamura came back, tagging him with a leaping kick. Maff avoided a charge in the corner but was caught and draped across the top rope and nailing with a punt kick in the gut.
Gedo tagged in but Maff pressed and slammed him. Tiger Mask tagged in, cleaning house and nailed a diving headbutt off the top rope. He went for the pin but Gedo and Nakamura interfered. Maff and Liger attacked them and they brawled arouind the ring.
Meanwhile, Tiger nailed a leaping tombstone and a German suplex for the pin on Jado.
Great six man tag.
IWGP Tag Team Giant Bernard & Karl Anderson vs. Satoshi Kojima & Hideo Saito
Saito and Kojima attacked the champions before the introductions could be completed. They made a quick comeback and nailed Kojima with a ton of double team moves for a series of near falls.
Bernard beat Kojima with a series of forearm smashes but missed a dive into the corner. Saito tagged in and worked over Bernard. Anderson tagged in, as did Kojima. They went back and forth with strikes. Kojima ripped at his face and stomped at him.
Saito and Kojima tagged in and out working over Anderson. Saito locked in a side chinlock. Anderson began elbowing his way out but was forced back into the corner, where they continued their beating in the corner.
Kojima nailed his rapid fire series of chops in the corner on Anderson, then nailed a running forearm smash in the corner. Kojima went to the top and nailed an elbow for a two count. Anderson came back with a big sidewalk slam. Anderson tagged into Bernard who drilled them with a series of shoulderblocks. Kojima kicked him but was caught with a sitdown slam. Saito broke up the pin.
Bernard overcame a double team, killing both with splashes in the corner. Kojima cut him off with a cutter for a two count. Saito clotheslined him but Bernard just slapped him in the face. Saito tried again and was slapped again. Saito finally drilled him a third time and nailed it, covering Bernard for a two count.
Kojima tagged in and continued working on Bernard, including a lowblow. He DDT'd Bernard. Saito came off the top with a diving headbutt for a two count. Bernard battled him way out of a doubleteam. He avalanched Saito in the corner. Anderson nailed a sick dropkick.
The champs went to finish him but Kojima hit the ring and attacked them, nailing a series of strikes on Bernard. They battled him off and Bernard nailed a SICK looking leaping tombstone for the pin on Saito.
Your winners, IWGP Tag Team champions Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson!
Really good and stiff back and forth match. The finisher was SICK.
Togi Makabe, Ryusuke Taguchi & Kazuchika Okada vs. Rhino, Davey Richards & Homicide.
Taguchi and Richards started out with some nice back and forth, fast paced wrestling. Taguchi teased a dive but faked out Richards. Okada and Homicide tagged in. Okada shoulderblocked him dowb. Homicide came back with a clothesline. Homicide went for tornado DDT out of the corner but was shoved off.
Homicide and Okada traded hiptoss attempts with Okada getting the better of it. He charged Homicide but was drop toeholded into the corner. Richards tagged in and started kicking away at Okada. Richards went for a back suplex but Okada landed on his feet. Homicide kicked him from behind. Okada nailed him. Richards went for a forward roll, and they went back and forth into a series of pinfall combinations.
Rhino tagged in and stomped the hell out of Okada. He peppered him with right hands in the corner. Rhino's team took turns working over Okada, tagging in and out. Homicide tied him up on the mat, trying to force a submission. Richards tagged in and scored several near falls.
Richards cinched in a side chinlock. Okada began to fight his way out but was cut off. Richards elevated him into the air and kicked him as he came down. Richards went for a powerbomb but Okada escaped. Okada nailed an enziguiri.
He tagged in Makabe, who shoved Homicide down and challenged Rhino to tag in, then worked over Richards with power spots. He nailed several hard clotheslines in the corner and rained down on him with punches in the corner. He nailed a Northern Lights suplex. Richards fought back but was caught with a running clothesline for a two count.
Taguchi tagged in. He worked over Richards with a series of chops. Richards nailed a head and arms Tazplex and tagged in Rhino. Rhino began working over Taguchi but was nailed with a big kick as his charged. Taguchi nailed a back suplex and went to the top rope for a missile dropkick.
Homicide interfered so Makabe threw him rudely out of the ring. Richards kicked him from behind. They all started brawling on the floor. Rhino gored Taguchi and scored the pin.
Your winners, Homicide & Davey Richards & Rhino!
Solid match. Everyone was booked well and all had their moments to shine. This was the best Okada has ever looked in the United States but it's not like TNA books him to actually do anything.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion Prince Devitt vs. Low Ki
The crowd was largely behind Ki. They go right into some great back and forth mat wrestling and reversals. Ki caught Devitt with a kick. Devitt caught Ki with a snapmare and began working him over on the mat.
They went into a crazy, fast as hell sequence, culminating with Ki hitting a dive off the top to the floor in the aisle. Ki drilled Devitt with a kick on the floor and tossed him into the ring for a two count.
The fans started dueling chants back and forth.
Ki caught Devitt with a leaping mule kick in the corner and a running knee lift. He started drilling him with elbowsmashes in the corner. Ki scissored Devitt's head with his legs, working him over. Devitt made his way to his feet and grabbed Ki's leg but was smashed with the other.
Devitt made a comeback but was caught with a Kawada kick to the face. Devitt came back with a dropkick that sent Ki to the floor. Devitt hit a beautiful running flip dive to the floor. Back in the ring, Devitt took Ki down with a hammerlock takedown and worked on Ki's arm on the mat.
Devitt continued working on Ki's shoulder and arm. Ki tried to roll him into a pinfall combination but Devitt rolled him back into the submission. Devitt controlled him in the mat, transitioning to a side chinlock. Devitt chopped at Ki and sent him into the corner but Ki drilled him with a kick. Ki went to the ropes but Devitt kicked him before he could he do anything.
Ki and Devitt battled on the top rope. Ki sent him off to the apron then nailed the Warrior's Way double stomp and it looked NASTY! Ki drilled him with stiff kicks to the chest and several elbowsmashes and kicking combinations. He nailed a leaping kick to the chest for a two count.
Ki locked in a choke using the ropes and then another leaping kick in the corner for a two count. Ki went to the top but Devitt cut him off. Ki responded with a series of elbow strikes to the top of the head and a Dragon sleeper. Devitt kicked him and nailed an inverted fisherman's buster for a two count.
Devitt draped Ki across the top rope and went for a superplex. but Ki fought him off and set up Devitt to hang from the tree of woe. Ki came off with a double stomp for a two count. Ki continued working on Devitt and went for the Ki Krusher. Devitt fought him off and hit a leaping kick, then drilled Ki with a brainbuster variation for the pin.
Your winner and still IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion, Prince Devitt!
IWGP Intercontinental Title Tournament – Semi Final: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Toru Yano
Yano threw a bottle at Takahashi and beat the holy hell out of him. Yano shoulderblocked him down and destroyed him until Takahashi caught him with a belly to belly suplex and then hit a dive to the outside.
Takahashi slammed Yano and covered him for a two count. He whipped Yano into the corner but missed a charge and hit his shoulder on the ringpost. On the outside, Yano continued trashing him.
They battled up the aisle, where Yano drilled him with a chair. Takahashi barely returned in time to make the count. Yano choked him with tape in the corner. Takahashi finally began making a comeback with a series of chops but was nailed and sent back down. Takahashi clotheslined Yano and began nailing kicks and strikes.
He powerslammed Yano for a two count. He nailed a fisherman's buster and scored another two count. Takahashi grabbed Yano and went for a back suplex but Yano grabbed the ropes. He refused to let them go so referee Tiger Hatori slapped him. The shocked Yano was back suplexed for a two count.
Yano lowblowed Takahashi and tried to pin him but Takahashi kicked up. Yano grabbed the referee by the hair and slammed him backwards to the mat. Yano wedged a chair in the corner and when Takahashi came charging at him, sent him into it. Yano slammed him and scored the pin.
Your winner, advancing to the finals tomorrow, Toru Yano!
IWGP Intercontinental Title Tournament – Semi Final: Tetsuya Naito vs. MVP
Naito tried to use a waistlock takedown but MVP reversed it and took him down. He and Naito reversed a series of moves on the mat. Naito grabbed MVP's head with his legs and worked him over. MVP was able to slip out. He tossed Naito to the mat.
MVP locked in a hammerlock. Naito slipped out and each failed to nail a hiptoss. MVP rolled him up coming off the ropes for a two count. MVP backdropped Naito onto the apron and nailed a big boot, sending him to the floor. MVP nailed a pescado to the floor.
Naito was tossed back into the ring but kicked up at two. MVP whipped him into the corner but it was reversed. Naito went up and over but was kicked away by MVP. Naito nailed him and drilled him with a hangman's beckbreaker, then began stomping away at him.
Naito choked him against the ropes. He locked in a rear chinlock. He slapped away at MVP who fired back with a series of right hands. MVP got the better of the exchange and nailed a discus clothesline for a two count.
MVP nailed a series of clotheslines and a flapjack. He drilled Naito with a thrust to the throat, a kneerop and nailed the Ballin' elbow. He nailed a Perfectplex but Naito kicked up at the two count.
Naito avoided a Yakuka kick but was nailed with a second one, just barely kicking up. MVP went for the Playmaker but Naito escaped and used a forward roll for a two count. He nailed a flying forearm, followed by a German suplex for a two count.
Naito slammed MVP and went to the top for a twisting moonsault press, but MVP rolled out of the way. MVP and Naito brawled back and forth with forearm smashes and chops. MVP dared him to bring it, so Naito chopped him hard. MVP stopped him and nailed the Playmaker, then cinched in a submission for the win.
Your winner, advancing to the finals, MVP!
Yano hit the ring and drilled him with the umbrella, laying out MVP and posed, mocking him.
IWGP Heavyweight champion Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Charlie Haas
The crowd was very pro Tanahashi.
Some really good mat work early on. Haas shoulderblocked Tanahashi down but was caught with a series of armdrags. They went into reversals and the two faced off.
They went into a test of strength. Tanahashi forced Haas down but he made his way back to his feet. Haas used a leg trip to take him down and score several two counts while powering him down. Tanahashi bridged up to avoid the three counts then made his way all the way back to his feet. They went back and forth, then faced off.
Haas caught him with a kick and worked over his back. Tanahashi kicked him off during a charge into the corner and nailed a bodypress. Haas went to the floor and Tanahashi nailed a pescado to the floor.
Back in the ring, Tanahashi kicked away at Haas and nailed several uppercuts. Haas held onto the ropes to avoid a dropkick and nailed a back suplex for a two count. Haas grabbed a waistlock to pull the champion off the mat for a suplex attempt, then whipped him hard into the buckles.
Tanahashi rolled to the apron on the outside. He was slingshot into the ring, landing across Haas' back. That was pretty damn cool. Haas continued to beat Tanahashi with kicks and stomps to the back. They went to the floor, where Haas beat the champ and dropped him back-first across the guard rail. Haas continued the beating. Tanahashi returned to the ring at the 19 count.
Haas nailed a butterfly suplex and locked in a rear chinlock, using his knee to force pressure to the back of Tanahashi's spine as he reared him back. Haas choked him out against the ropes and began dropping himself down across Tanahashi's back.
The champion fired back with chops. Haas responded in kind and kneed him in the gut. He went back to a side chinlock. Tanahashi kicked Haas in the face as he rebounded off the ropes. Haas reversed a whip but was nailed with a leaping clothesline.
Tanahashi slammed him and ascended to the top for a flip into legdrop for a two count. He charged Haas but was caught with a belly to belly suplex. Haas kicked the champ but Tanahashi caught him and spun Haas to the mat. Tanahashi slammed Haas and went back to the top. Haas charged him with a big elbowsmash. He drilled Tanahashi with a series of headbutts and went for a superplex. Haas nailed it and covered Tanahashi, who kicked out at the last second.
Haas nailed the Olympic Slam. He locked Tanahashi into the Haas of Pain. Tanahashi fought his way to the ropes to force a break. Haas went for another Olympic Slam but Tanahashi reversed it in mid-stream and nailed a neckbreaker. He nailed a lariat, then went to the top for a frog splash. Haas got his knees up and covered him. Tanahashi reversed it into a crucifix for a two count.
Tanahashi went to the top and nailed a frog splash, scoring the pin.
Your winner and still IWGP Heavyweight champion, Hiroshi Tanahashi!
Very good back and forth match.
That's all from NYC!
2011 - TNA ran Jackson, MS. Joshua Murphy filed the following live report:
I went to the show tonight in Jackson and thought I'd share some notes from my experience.
-I got there about an hour early and was surrounded by the most disgusting group of rednecks I've ever seen. And they were all huge Matt Morgan fans. There was an old drunk guy threatening to put people in ankle locks.
-A little butterball of a kid dressed up like Ink, Inc asked Don West when Jeff Hardy would be back, to which Don answered as soon as possible hopefully, but right now he's sick and they're focused on him getting better.
-In front of me was the most obnoxious guy on the planet, kept trying to throw out random facts to seem smart (even though they were false). Here's something he kept telling everyone - did you know Dusty Rhodes is the current FCW Heavyweight Champion? Me neither.
-They let the $50 ticket holders go in first, and we got to meet Jesse Neal, Abyss, Shannon Moore, Christopher Daniels and Tommy Dreamer.
-Daniels was insanely nice and funny. Someone asked him if he was Suicide and Curry Man, and he responded "Huh? Am I Sin Cara? Yes I am." to which some little kids seriously asked him "YOU'RE SIN CARA?" and he replied "Yes, tell your friends" and walked away.
-Dreamer was quiet but went around and made sure everyone got an autograph or picture.
-Abyss and Shannon seemed like they didn't want to be there and were borderline douchey.
-After this I got in line to get Matt Morgan's autograph. The security guy yanked the program out of my hand and was literally pushing me away before Morgan had handed it back. I had to push forward to make sure I got it.
-Show started with SoCal Val welcoming everyone. Nobody had a clue who she was. She announced that they'd be giving away passes to the loudest fans.
-Abyss came out and said Immortal said there'd be no backstage passes. Big heat for Abyss. Kaz comes out and the fans have no idea how to take to him. He works a good match and by the end of it the fans are in the palm of his hand. He beats Abyss with a tornado DDT and says that Fortune says there WILL be backstage passes. Fun match.
-The next match is Mess Tessmacher vs. Tara. Not NEARLY as bad as I was expecting. They did a spot where Tara gave Tessmacher a back slide and she opened her legs with her crotch in the air and I promise you I have never seen so many flashes go off at once. Due to a scuffle behind me I missed the finish but Tessmacher won via something. Not what I'd call a "good" match but better than it had any right to be.
-Matt Hardy vs. Matt Morgan was next. Not much to it - Hardy was over like rover even though he did his best to act heelish. The kids paid to see a Hardy and nothing could make them boo him. Morgan won with a Carbon Footprint. Decent match, not bad, not great.
-Beer Money vs. Ink, Inc followed. Beer Money were OVER and the match was great. Lots of nearfalls that made the crowd actually think they may see a title change. Ink, Inc were full blown heels with Shannon flipping off the crowd and everything. Beer Money wins with the DUI.
-Intermission. Got to get Tara's autograph. She was very nice and looks DIRECTLY into your eyes when she talks to you.
-Tommy Dreamer vs. Bully Ray vs. Christopher Daniels is the first match after the break. All three come out to a pop but Ray turns the crowd on him pretty quickly once he gets on the mic. He calls Mississippians dumb, ugly, fat, and rednecks(which got a pop). He then goes over to SoCal and tells her she should lose a few pounds and that her hair looks fake. They were playing up the angle from Impact where Dreamer reluctantly does whatever Ray tells him to. They made sure to drive home the fact that Dreamer didn't want to do these things. Ray hit Daniels with his chain for the win. Afterwards Dreamer gave his shirt to a kid with cancer. Class act and a good match.
-Main event was Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett in a damn fine match. They did a series of really good reversals until Angle finally caught Jeff in the ankle lock for the win. Angle was over like rover.
-After they did a meet and greet/have your picture taken with Beer Money/Angle so I decided to do it. All three guys were incredibly nice, Angle is a class act in person. I kept my interactions with all of the wrestlers brief, usually limiting my verbiage to "Thanks, it's nice to meet you", but with Angle I told him I enjoyed his match and he gave what seemed to be a legitimate thank you.
-Going out of the venue you could stop by and get Jarrett's autograph so I did. Another guy who seemed to be a class act.
-Overall good experience. The only things I left out were Don West and his crazy sales tactics. There was a funny moment where he was throwing stuff into the crowd and this guy knocks over this kid and West LAYS into him and makes him give the kid whatever the object was as the guy gets a chorus of boos.
2011 - WWE Raw ran Monterrey, Mexico. Salvador Montaro sent the following results:
It was great time!
Chris Masters beat Jack Swagger.
Percy Watson beat Zack Ryder. R-Truth attacked Percy after the match and R-Truth cut a heel promo.
R-Truth beat Evan Bourne.
Mason Ryan beat Primo.
US Champion Kofi Kingston and Tag Team Champion Big Show beat Alberto Del Rio and CM Punk.
Divas Championship: Brie Bella (c) with Nikki Bella beat Eve Torres. After the match, Kharma came out and destroyed Eve with her finisher.
Sin Cara beat Dolph Ziggler.
John Cena beat The Miz to retain the WWE Title.
2012 - WWE broadcast Raw. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
Triple H is walking in the back and he sees John Laurinaitis. John stops Hunter and he tells Hunter that two weeks ago, he never knew that Brock was going to attack Hunter. John knew that Hunter wanted to stand up to Brock so that is why he left the ring. It hurt him to watch Brock beat Hunter up and break his arm. John says that Hunter has his support and sympathy.
Hunter says nothing and then John asks.
Hunter says that what he will say, he will say in front of the world (not like there is a camera there). He wishes Laurinaitis luck with John Cena on Sunday.
We are live from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Michael ‘Crosby’ Cole and Jerry ‘8:30 on Fridays? Really?’ Lawler.
Triple H makes his way to the ring. We see what happened two weeks ago with Brock and Triple H.
Hunter says everyone wants to know his thoughts on Brock Lesnar. He says that he has been telling everybody the same thing. It isn’t the physical that is bothering him. He is offended by Brock Lesnar and what he said about ‘bringing legitimacy’ back to the WWE. The day before he came back here, he was in a ring in front of 78,000 people in front of the most watched Wrestlemania going toe to toe with the Undertaker. All he was thinking was ‘I hope someone can come along to make this legitimate’. His arrogance offends him Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Randy Savage, and many more.
Hunter says that it offends him as a fan. He started out as a kid and he will always be a part of this WWE Universe. As a member of this universe, Brock offends him.
Hunter says that he is big enough to admit that he was slightly embarrassed. He was embarrassed because he bought into Brock Lesnar’s crap and hype. The same crap and hype he bought into in 2002 when met this incredibly talented, simpleton farmer from Minneapolis. Hunter told Brock that he would be the Next Big Thing. He shot to the top of the WWE where we knew he would be.
When Brock got challenged for the first time to find that little extra and fight, Brock quit. When it wasn’t so easy, Brock quit and went to the UFC. He took his talent and shot to the top of the UFC. When he got there, someone kicked his ass a little bit and when he tried to fight and wasn’t so easy, Brock quit.
Brock decided to come back to the WWE and he looked at John Cena and the ground is fertile to take care of him. Brock stepped in the ring with John Cena and gave every bit of that ass kicker but John never quit. John did what Brock never did and John looked inside and he fought and beat Brock Lesnar. Then Lesnar came out the next night, making ridiculous contractual demands only to be told no.
When he was told no, Brock did what Brock always did. Brock Lesnar quit. The fact is . . .
Brock’s music plays and out comes Paul Heyman and he is accompanied by a man with an envelope.
Paul says that he gets it and understands. It is the big spin and damage control. It is what every promoter has said when they lose their biggest star. Triple H lost his biggest star and now he thinks he is a businessman. Paul says that this is an open and shut case. His contract entered into a binding oral agreement with Hunter’s employee, John Laurinaitis. However, Hunter illegally ripped up that contract. Paul says that it is breach of contract.
Paul says that you bring a fighter into an entertainment company and you hate it when he wants to fight. Paul says that Hunter doesn’t get the importance of the situation, but he does get this.
Paul tells Hunter to consider himself served. Paul says that Brock is suing him for the millions of dollars that WWE owes him. Paul says that Brock is disappointed with what happened on a professional level, but he expected more from Triple H. Paul says that Brock got a corporate sycophant who has not lived up to the expectations. Paul tells Hunter that he will write a check to Brock Lesnar for millions of dollars with his right hand.
Hunter knocks the mic out of Paul’s hand and grabs him by the face.
Hunter backs away and he tells Paul to tell Brock that he is going to get everything that he deserves.
Paul tells Hunter that he screwed up again. Not only is there a breach of contract waiting for him, he is going to be sued for assault and battery. Paul tells Hunter he will see him in court.
Michael and Jerry talk about Paul Heyman’s maneuvering.
We see footage from last week when John Laurinaitis confronted Big Show in the back.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: CM Punk and Santino Marella versus Daniel Bryan and Cody Rhodes
Cody and Punk start things off but Punk wants Bryan. They lock up and Punk backs Cody into the corner but Cody reverses positions. Cody with a kick and arm bar. Punk with forearms and a slam. Punk looks at Bryan and he sends Cody into the corner so Bryan will tag. Bryan refuses to tag and he smiles at Punk.
Punk with a kick and elbow followed by an Irish whip. Cody with a knee. Cody is sent to the floor by Punk and then Bryan gets back body dropped onto Rhodes. Santino tells Punk to go for a suicide dive and he hits it. Santino sets for a dive to the floor but he gets caught in the ropes and Punk checks on him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Santino with punches to Cody. Cody with kicks to Santino. Santino blocks a punch and he punches Cody around the ring followed by an Irish whip but Cody with a punch. Bryan tags in and Rhodes with an Irish whip and Bryan with the running drop kick into the corner. Bryan gets a near fall followed by knee drops to the throat. Bryan gets a near fall.
Rhodes tags in and he hits a gourdbuster for a near fall. Rhodes with a punch to the head and Bryan tags back in. Bryan with a kick to the midsection. Bryan with kicks to Santino’s chest and then Bryan with an arm bar. Santino with a punch and forearm but Bryan with kicks and then he tags Cody back in. Cody with more kicks.
Cody with a slam and he hits a knee drop and rolls through before getting a near fall. Bryan tags back in and he kicks Santino in the ribs and the referee warns him. Bryan draws Punk in and the referee deals with him while Cody and Bryan double team Santino. Bryan tags in and Santino avoids Rhodes but he falls short diving for Punk.
Punk does tag in and he hits a series of clotheslines followed by a leg lariat. Punk with the running knee into the corner and a bulldog. Punk tells Bryan it is time to go to sleep but Cody escapes the hold. Punk with a round kick to the head and Bryan tries to break up the cover. Punk gets Bryan on his shoulders and then he avoids a kick.
Santino scares Cody with the Cobra and Rhodes turns into Punk and gets a Go To Sleep. Punk gets the three count.
Winners: CM Punk and Santino Marella
After the match, Bryan stares down Punk from the ramp.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Alicia Fox versus Beth Phoenix
They lock up and Beth backs Alicia into the corner. Beth misses a punch and Alicia with a leap frog. Beth with an Irish whip and Alicia with a kick. Beth with a lariat. Layla makes her way to the stage while Beth peppers Alicia with kicks. Beth sees Layla and then Beth presses Alicia over her head and drops Alicia to the mat. Beth looks at Layla and then hits the Glam Slam for the three count.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
After the match, Layla applauds Beth’s performance, but was she mocking Beth?
Beth goes after Alicia and Layla goes to the ring and she hits a flying hair take down.
We see a video package for some of John Cena’s Make a Wish work, along with other WWE Superstars.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we are told that there is going to be a pre-show again on Sunday. Zack Ryder will face Kane on the pre-show.
Michael Cole wonders if we are going to see Big Show’s final match in WWE. We take a look back at last week’s Raw to see why Show is in this predicament.
John Laurinaitis and the returning Coffee Mug attached to David Otunga make their way to the ring.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Big Show versus Kane
They lock up and Show with a waist lock take down into a front face lock. Kane with punches to Show and he backs Show into the corner. Kane with shoulders and a punch. Show sends Kane into the corner and he punches Kane. Show with a biel. Show follows that with a head butt and Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Kane with a kick to the knee followed by a cross body for a near fall.
Kane punches Show and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Show with a shoulder tackle and clothesline. Show with a slam and he goes to the turnbuckles for a Banzai drop but Kane moves out of the way. Kane goes up top but Show catches Kane by the throat. Kane with an uppercut but Show sends Kane over the top rope to the floor.
Show goes to the floor and he Irish whips Kane into the guardrails. Show with a spear to Kane on the floor and the referee continues his count. Laurinaitis wants an apology and he gets on the mic. That allows Kane to recover and hit a choke slam for the three count.
After the match, Laurinaitis wants Show to get up and talk to him like a man. John wants Show to look into his eyes. He wants to know if it was smart of Show to do what he did to his leader. John demands an apology right now and it better be good or he will be fired.
Show gets a mic and he thinks about it. Show tells Johnny that he has been thinking long and hard about what he was going to say to him. Show tells John that when he broke into WCW he was 23 years old. For the past 18 years, he has seen it all. He even got his Wrestlemania Moment. There is a part of him who can walk away with his head held high with no regrets. The truth is that he loves what he does. He loves waking up every day to perform for the fans. It is not just about the matches. It is about coming down the aisle and seeing the looks on the kid’s faces. It is the bonds he has made with the people in the back.
Show tells Johnny not to erase 18 years of his life for something petty. He tells John to fine him or bar him from having a title match again, that is okay too. If him imitating John’s voice offended John, Show says that he is sorry. If there is an ounce of decency in him, John will allow Show to continue what he loves.
John tells Show that his comments were passionate, but Show never heard him say he was sorry. Show says he is sorry but John wants everyone to hear it. John tells Show to beg him. He tells Show to get on his knees and beg him.
Show thinks about whether or not he should be getting on his knees. He tells John if he wants him to beg, he will beg. Show pleads for John to not have him get on his knees.
John says that Show disgusts him as well as all of Show’s fans. John says that he is going to do what is right for business. John reconsiders his position and walks up the ramp while Otunga and his coffee follow a few steps behind.
John gets to the stage and he tells Show that even though he is going to be on the unemployment line, John is going to fire him, but Show gets on his knees.
Show apologizes and John wants to know what he is apologizes for. John wishes Show well in his future endeavors and he is fired.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Big Show being fired.
Jerry Lawler says that he is a personal friend of Big Show and after nearly twenty years in the business, Show deserved better.
Match Number Four: Kofi Kingston, R Truth, and Brodus Clay with the Funkettes versus Miz, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger with Vickie Guerrero
Truth and Swagger start things off and Truth with a side head lock. Truth does a pelvic thrust before punching Swagger. Clay tags in and head butts Swagger. He takes care of Ziggler and hits a Sheeeeeplex on Miz. Truth and Kofi clothesline Miz over the top rope to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a reverse chin lock on Truth and Ziggler with a headstand to add extra pressure to the neck.
We see Abraham Washington and his clients in a sky box.
Truth punches Ziggler but Ziggler with a drop kick and a near fall. Miz tags in and he kicks Truth in the ribs. Miz with a kick to the head for a near fall. Miz with a front face lock. Truth gets to his feet and Miz punches Clay on the apron. Truth with a leg lariat and both men are down.
Kofi tags in and he hits a springboard chop followed by an elbow and drop kick. Kofi misses a Superman punch but Kofi hits SOS and gets a near fall. Swagger charges at Truth and Truth moves so Swagger goes to the floor. Clay with a head butt to Ziggler.
Clay tags in and Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise. Clay with a splash for the three count.
Winners: Brodus Clay, R Truth, and Kofi Kingston
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Sheamus versus Chris Jericho from Smackdown.
CM Punk and Alex Riley are walking in the back and AJ stops Punk. She is very nervous in front of Punk and she wishes him luck on Sunday. Punk says that he doesn’t want to get in the middle of her and Daniel Bryan. Punk says that he doesn’t think it is a set up but he does not trust Daniel. Punk mentions that AJ has been pretty unstable since he has known her.
Punk leaves and AJ has that psychotic look on her face.
Sheamus makes his way to the ring to watch the main event.
Match Number Five: Randy Orton versus Chris Jericho
They lock up and Orton with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Jericho tries for a hip toss but Orton with a counter and a near fall. Jericho with a chop but Orton with a kick and drop kick. Orton clotheslines Jericho over the top rope to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jericho with a reverse chin lock. We see footage from the commercial break when Jericho used a thumb to the eye to change momentum in the match. Orton punches Jericho and connects with a head butt. Jericho with a knee to the midsection followed by an elbow drop. Jericho goes to the apron for a slingshot splash onto Orton for a near fall.
Jericho kicks Orton in the corner and then he slaps Orton in the head. Orton with kicks and a European uppercut. Orton with more punches and European uppercut. Orton with an Irish whip and runs into a boot. Jericho with a drop kick from the second turnbuckle for a near fall. Orton with punches but Jericho with a back elbow and a Lionsault but he lands on Orton’s knees. Orton with two clotheslines and then he avoids one from Jericho so that means power slam.
Orton runs into an elbow but Orton with a back breaker and Jericho rolls to the apron. Orton pulls Jericho into position for the IEDDT but Jericho goes into the ring and Jericho with a back body drop that sends Orton towards Sheamus. Jericho has something to say to Sheamus and Sheamus gets up.
Jericho sends Orton into Sheamus and Jericho smiles at what he did.
Orton kicks Jericho as he re-enters the ring and Orton hits the IEDDT. Orton twists into position for the RKO but Sheamus pulls Jericho out of the ring and clotheslines Jericho, causing the referee to call for the bell.
Winner: Chris Jericho by disqualification
After the match, Orton and Sheamus have an argument at ringside. Orton wants Sheamus to get in the ring with him and Sheamus obliges.
Referees come to the ring and who knew that they had so many referees.
We go to commercial.
We are back and in case you missed it live or on the first replay, we see Big Show being fired by John Laurinaitis.
We are told that Randy Orton and Sheamus will wrestle on Smackdown.
John Laurinaitis comes out and says what Big Show couldn’t say. He says that he is sorry that everyone thinks that John Cena is their favorite superstar. That means that they are losers because John is a loser. Cena lost to Rock at Wrestlemania. At Extreme Rules, Cena looked like a loser. Laurinaitis says that he is better than Rock and Brock and he will win on Sunday and prove everyone that they are losers.
Laurinaitis says that if there were not losers like you, there would not be winners like him.
John Cena’s music plays and he comes to the ring.
Cena gets next to Laurinaitis and he smells him and he says that desperation is suck a stinky cologne. He says that Laurinaitis looks like the Manchurian Candidate and Cena makes fun of Laurinaitis’ voice. Cena wants to know if Laurinaitis will fire him like he did to Show. He says that Laurinaitis was a scumbag before he did it and now he became the undisputed king of douchebaggery.
Cena says that Laurinaitis has the gall to call himself a winner. At Wrestlemania, he did nothing and his team won. Cena says that he will give Laurinaitis that one. Laurinaitis wanted Punk removed as WWE Champion and Punk is still WWE Champion. His crowning glory was to bring in Brock Lesnar to beat Cena at Extreme Rules. Brock lost and quit. Cena says that Laurinaitis is one for four and that makes him a loser.
Cena gets very demonstrative with his ability to say the word loser.
Cena says at Over the Limit Laurinaitis is going to be a loser because in his backstabbing rise to power, he has managed to step on everyone. He stepped on every member of the WWE Universe tonight in the name of People Power. Cena tells Laurinaitis to change it to Person Power because the only person who matters to Laurinaitis is himself. Cena wants to know how many people want to punch Laurinaitis so hard that he still thinks he is starring in Gleaming the Cube.
Cena has another question. How many people want to beat him so bad that he squeals like a baby calf.
It shows that Laurinaitis has no concept of reality. Cena says that there is no better place for a wake up call than in Pittsburgh. Cena mentions the Steel Curtain and how it is a legion of men who decimate and hurt their opponents. That is what he will do at Over the Limit.
The second thing is the Penguins. Laurinaitis says that he was going to mention the Penguins later in his promo. Cena interrupts Laurinaitis and Laurinaitis starts to laugh. Cena wants to hear what Laurinaitis was going to say about the Penguins and Laurinaitis calls them losers.
Cena responds and he says that a few Penguins are in the crowd tonight. Cena says that they will enjoy this. Cena takes a puck out of his pocket and he tells Laurinaitis to go puck himself.
Laurinaitis says that those are tough words that he is saying. He tells Cena that he is Big Johnny. He is taller than Cena and better looking.
Eve makes her way to the ring and Laurinaitis says that he can make or change matches and he can add stipulations. Eve tries to tell Laurinaitis something and Eve hands him a piece of paper. Cena takes it and he says that Laurinaitis can’t read. Cena says that it is from the WWE Board of Directors.
The match at Over the Limit will be one-on-one. There will be no special guest referee. There will be no one allowed at ringside. The only way to win is by pinfall or submission. Any superstar who interferes will be immediately terminated.
Cena says that if Laurinaitis loses the match, he will be terminated.
Cena stops his music because he is not done. He wants to hear the gigantic announcement that Michael Cole talked about.
Cena wants to know what the major announcement is. Laurinaitis slaps Cena and walks out of the ring.
We go to credits.
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