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1/14 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: SID VICIOUS BREAKS LEG LIVE ON WCW PPV, RAW CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

By Mike Johnson on 2014-01-14 08:00:00

January 14th

On this day in history in ....


1943 - Lee Wyckoff defeats Ed "Strangler" Lewis for the Kansas City Midwest Wrestling Association World Heavyweight Title in Kansas City, Kansas, beginning his second reign.

1946 - Ernie Piluso defeats Red Berry to win the World Light Heavyweight Title in Hollywood, California, ending Berry's seventh reign.

1953 - Jim Duggan is born in Glens Falls, New York.

1958 - John DePaulo and Bobby Jones defeated Stan Mykietowich and Ted Stefanyk for the Madison Wrestling Club Tag Team Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba, ending Mykietowich and Stefanyk's second reign.

1959 - The Red Hangman (Tom Rice) defeats Ramon Torres to win the San Francisco NWA Pacific Coast Heavyweight Title in Watsonville, California, ending Torres' third reign.

1960 - Yvon Robert defeats Billy Wicks for the NWA Gulf Coast Heavyweight Title in Mobile, Alabama, beginning Robert's second reign and ending Wicks' fourth.

1966 - Lorenzo Parente defeats Danny Hodge in Tulsa, Oklahoma to win the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title, beginning his second reign and ending Hodge's third.

1967 - Dale Lewis defeats Tim Woods for the AWA Nebraska Heavyweight Title in Omaha, Nebraska.

1970 - The Missing Link defeats Ripper Collins to win the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu, Hawaii, beginning the Link's second reign and ending Collins' third.

1974 - The WWWF holds an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The results were:
- Butcher Brannigan defeated Mike Pappas.
- Otto Von Heller defeated Tony Altimore.
- José Gonzalez and Manuel Soto defeated Joe Turco and Pancho Valdez.
- Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Mr. Fuji by disqualification.
- Nikolai Volkoff defeated Gorilla Monsoon.
- WWWF World Tag Team Champions Tony Garea and Dean Ho defeated Larry Hennig and Mike McCord to retain the title.
- Pedro Morales defeated Stan Stasiak.
- WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Don Leo Jonathan to retain the title.

1977 - In Los Angeles, California, Dory Funk, Jr. defeats Chavo Guerrero for the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title, ending Guerrero's seventh reign.

1977 - Mr. Wrestling and Mr. Wrestling II win their second NWA Georgia Tag Team Title, defeating Gene and Ole Anderson, ending their fourth reign.

1982 - Eddie Gilbert and Ricky Romero defeat Jerry Brown and Ron McFarlane in Kansas City, Kansas for the NWA Central States Tag Team Title.

1982 - The All-American and Lumberjack #1 defeat Jody Arnold and Pedro el Grande to win the Western States Wrestling Alliance Western States Tag Team Title in Payson, Arizona.

1983 - Leo Burke defeats Bret Hart in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to win the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title for the eighth time. This ended Bret's fifth and final run with the belt. 

1984 - The WWF held a show at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The results were:
- Tony Atlas defeated Bob Bradley.
- Tiger Chung Lee defeated Tony Garea by countout.
- Sgt. Slaughter defeated Pete Doherty.
- Paul Orndorff defeated Special Delivery Jones.
- Pat Patterson defeated Iron Mike Sharpe.
- Bob Backlund defeated WWF World Champion The Iron Sheik by disqualification.
- Sgt. Slaughter won an 18-man battle royal.

1989 - Ricky Santana defeats Profe for the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico. At the same event, The Ninja Express (Mr. Pogo and Kensuke Sasaki) defeat Huracán Castillo, Jr. and Miguel Pérez, Jr. to win the WWC Caribbean Tag Team Title.

1989 - Abbuda Dein defeats Top Gun (David Sierra) to win the NWA Pacific Northwest Television Title in Portland, Oregon, beginning his second reign.

1991 - Arn Anderson defeats Z-Man (Tom Zenk) for the WCW World Television Title in Marietta, Georgia, beginning his third reign.

1991 - Jeff Jarrett won a tournament to become a two-time USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion in Memphis, Tennessee, defeating Brian Lee in the finals. The title had been vacated the previous month when Eddie Gilbert left the territory. Here are the results of the tournament:
First Round:
- King Cobra defeated Don Bass.
- Tony Anthony defeated Jerry Lynn.
- Terrance Garvin defeated Chris Champion.
- Jeff Jarrett defeated Doug Gilbert.
- Danny Davis defeated Joseph Magliano.
- Brian Lee defeated Cody Michaels.
Quarterfinals:
- Tony Anthony defeated King Cobra.
- Jeff Jarrett defeated Terrance Garvin.
- Brian Lee defeated Danny Davis.
Semifinals:
- Jeff Jarrett defeated Tony Anthony.
- Brian Lee received a bye.
Finals:
- Jeff Jarrett defeated Brian Lee to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title.

1991 - Jerry Lynn defeats The Lightning Kid (Sean Waltman) for the vacant Pro Wrestling America Light Heavyweight Title in Fridley, Minnesota, beginning his second reign.

1991 - E.Z. Ryder defeats The Natural (Don Callis) to win the West Four Wrestling Alliance Canadian Heavyweight Title in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

1992 - At a television taping in Columbus, Georgia, Ron Simmons and Big Josh (Matt Borne) defeat The Young Pistols (Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers) for the WCW United States Tag Team Title. The match aired on the February 16 edition of WCW Main Event.

1994 - Masayoshi Motegi defeats Shinichi Nakano to win the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title in Toda, Japan. This was during the title's tenure in the W*ING promotion.

1995 - John Hawk defeats Kevin Von Erich for the NWA North American Heavyweight Title in Dallas, Texas.

1995 - Tommy Rich and Doug Gilbert win their second USWA Tag Team Title, defeating PG-13 (JC Ice and Wolfie D) in Memphis, Tennessee, ending their fifth reign.

1998 - Gen'ichiro Tenryu defeats Nobutaka Araya in a tournament final to become the first, and only, J-1 Heavyweight Champion. The title was abandoned when the WAR promotion closed in 2000.

1999 - The Suicide Kid defeats Ian Rotten for the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title in Louisville, Kentucky, ending Rotten's fifth reign.

2000 - In North Versailles, Pennsylvania, three titles change hands at an NWA Pro Wrestling eXpress event. Paul Atlas and Lou Marconi win the PWX Tag Team Title from Kingdom James in a handicap match, as James' partner Homicide did not appear. Vince Kaplack defeated Brian Anthony for the PWX Heavyweight Title, ending Anthony's third reign, and Tony Kozina defeated Vince Kaplack for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Title.

2000 - The V-Man defeats Big Nasty Bill for the NWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

2001 - WCW held their first (and last) SIN Pay-per-view event at the Canseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The show saw three title changes and the final WCW match of Bill Goldberg's career, but is probably best remembered for a horrific freak injury to Sid Vicious, as he suffered a compound fracture to his leg as he jumped off the second rope. Here is Tim Whitehead's original report on the show:

WCW started off the new year, and their new era after the sale to Eric Bischoff & Co., with what was overall their best PPV in a long time. WCW Sin (1/14 from Indianapolis) had a really super undercard. It was so good that had the upper card equalled it, this PPV would have gone down as one of the best of all time. That didn't happen, as the top matches ranged from average to quite bad in the case of the main event. It should, of course, be noted that part of the problem in the main event was a legitimate injury to Sid Vicious, but it was already pretty bad before that occurred. But on balance the lower card was so good that this was clearly a thumb's up show. The commentary was also very good from Tony Schiavone & Scott Hudson, as they stayed focused on the matches and what they said mostly made sense. The crowd seemed to be hot on occasion, but WCW apparently "sweetened" the sound quite a bit, as became obvious in the main event. A 17-inch steel rod was placed in his leg.

CHAVO GUERRERO JR. defeated SHANE HELMS in 11:13 to retain the Cruiserweight Title. This is the type of match that can give this division credibility. Helms asked Shannon Moore to stay in the back since he wanted to win on his own. They opened with some really good mat work. Helms hit a headscissors takedown. Guerrero blocked a piledriver and hit a powerbomb. Hudson sold Chavo's strategy of "grounding" Helms very well. They did some good near falls, including one from Helms after a dragon suplex. Helms bumped out and Guerrero hit a high plancha. Helms then hit a crossbody off the top to the floor. Guerrero blocked the vertebreaker. Helms hit the Nightmare on Helms Street but only got a two, which the commentators sold big. After a series of blocks and reversals, Guerrero won with a brainbuster. Real good opener.

Ric Flair arrived and wouldn't tell Mike Tenay who the mystery man would be for the main event.

RENO beat BIG VITO in 8:39. This was essentially just a brawl but it was a darn good one. Vito pounded Reno with fists and hit a superplex. They bumped out and Reno laid in the stomps to Vito. They just kept brawling, doing a good job. Vito hit a mafia kick and scored some near falls. Vito blocked the Roll of the Dice and they continued blocking one another until Reno hit a second Roll of the Dice and got the pin.

Backstage, Mike Sanders paid off Brian Adams to help him win his match against Cat. After Sanders left, Bryan Clark showed up and had even more money that someone had paid him to help Cat. So with money talking, Kronik decided Cat would be the guy they helped.

EVAN KARAGIAS & JAMIE KNOBLE defeated THE JUNG DRAGONS in 9:20. Want more proof that the undercard was better than the upper card? Leia Meow was on the undercard. The on-screen graphics mistakenly listed Karagias & Knoble as "Jamie Karagias & Evan Knoble". Karagias started off against Kaz Hayashi and they had a great sequence of moves. The Dragons did double Asai moonsaults. Knoble legscissored Yung Yang out to the floor. Karagias dropkicked Kaz out of the air. Karagias & Knoble have some really good double team moves. Karagias slipped a little on a quebrada. They did a lot of near falls throughout. Kaz got doubled on but hot tagged Yang in, and he cleaned house. Karagias hit a springboard crossbody to the floor. Yang powerbombed Knoble off the top. Karagias hit a perfect firebird splash. Knoble did a tombstone piledriver on Kaz. Lots of heat at the end. Yang went for the twisting moonsault but Karagias rolled clear and surprised Yang with a simple inside cradle for the pin. Leia was angry over her team losing, so I guess she'll slap them around. Maybe they like that coming from Leia. Anyway, it was an excellent match.

Lex Luger & Buff Bagwell arrived in a vintage car. They were boasting about their plans for their match against Bill Goldberg & Dewayne Bruce, mentioning that Plan B would have someone interfere to cause Goldberg to lose by DQ.

CAT defeated MIKE SANDERS in 5:42. This may have been the greatest Cat match of all time. Sanders attacked Cat while he was playing to the crowd. Cat came back with fists and Sanders retreated. Cat blocked a sunset flip and hit an elbow smash. They went to the floor where Sanders grabbed a chair. Miss Jones kicked Sanders and chased him with the chair. While this distracted the ref, Sean Stasiak & Mark Jindrak attacked Cat. But Kronik made the save, running Stasiak & Jindrak off and then laying Sanders out, stuffing his payoff money in his mouth as a "refund" since they had accepted Cat's bigger payoff instead. The ref returned to action as Cat hit the feliner on Sanders and got the pin. By winning, Cat regained the WCW Commissionership from Sanders.

After hearing about Luger & Bagwell's "Plan B" to get Goldberg DQ'ed, Ric Flair made the match no-DQ, thus foiling that plan. Flair then told Goldberg that an old high school friend of his had come to the show with his 19 year old son and asked if Goldberg would sign an autograph and pose for a photo with the kid. Goldberg did. The kid was wearing a Goldberg T-shirt and acting like a big Goldberg mark.

LANCE STORM & MIKE AWESOME & ELIX SKIPPER beat REY MYSTERIO JR. & KONNAN & BILLY KIDMAN in a Penalty Box match in 13:05. Hacksaw Duggan was special ref and promised to call it down the middle. Amazingly, he did so. The rules were that any wrestler caught in a rules infraction had to spend a minute in a penalty box. Storm and Mysterio started off for their teams. Skipper came in without tagging and was immediately sent to the penalty box. That was the story of the match. It was pretty funny watching guys who are used to breaking the rules actually get penalized for it. The match was pretty good, too, with everyone working hard. There was one really cool spot where Skipper did a spinning headscissors on Konnan, then ducked a Konnan lariat, but as Skipper bridged back up Konnan DDT'd him. Guys kept being sent to the penalty box for things like not tagging in or not breaking on the ropes. Tygress and Major Gunns got put in the box after catfighting on the floor. Awesome got put in the box for trying to cut Kidman's hair. When he got out he Awesome bombed Mysterio but since he wasn't the legal man, Duggan wouldn't count the pin. Finally, Storm ducked an enzuigiri from Kidman and forced Kidman to submit to the cloverleaf.

MENG defeated TERRY FUNK and CROWBAR in 11:39 in a three-way match to capture the Hardcore Title. Funk was the reigning champ but Meng came out with the belt, since he had stolen it earlier. Daffney threw a drink in Funk's face as he came out. Funk dragged her over the rail but Crowbar saved with a series of chairshots. Funk and Crowbar fought to the back, with Meng just watching at first. They ended up in the women's restroom where they brawled with garbage cans, mop buckets, and other stuff as Daffney screamed. Meng then got involved. They could have used a little better lighting during this backstage sequence. Garbage cans were flying all over. Funk literally hurled one full force into Meng's face. Funk and Crowbar breifly joined forces to pound Meng down as he was doing the no-sell gimmick. Crowbar turned a bunch of tables over on him. Funk did some hard chairshots on Crowbar. Crowbar came off an elevated seating section and put Funk through a table. The cameras missed it live but they did air a replay. Meng recovered and sent Crowbar rolling down the ramp. Funk used a snow shovel on Meng. Funk slammed Crowbar on a guard rail, which broke. Finally in the ring, Crowbar used a chair on Funk's knee and hooked the figure four, but Meng went aerial and splashed Crowbar. Funk and Crowbar hit Meng with a ton of chairshots but he withstood them and laid Crowbar out before putting Funk down for the count with the Tongan Death Grip. Another very good match, and at this point the PPV was looking to be fantastic.

Ric Flair congratulated Cat on regaining the commissionership. He gave Cat the rest of the night off and said he had ordered caviar and wine for him, though Cat preferred collared greens and neckbones.

CHUCK PALUMBO & SHAWN O'HAIR defeated KEVIN NASH & DALLAS PAGE in 11:15 to capture the WCW World Tag Titles. Earlier, Sanders had chosen Palumbo & O'Hair as the two guys to represent the Natural Born Thrillerz in this match. However, he came out and announced that he reserved the right to make substitutions during the match, like during a football game. Ric Flair had security take Sanders and the other Thrillerz out. Palumbo and Page slugged it out, with Page getting the upper hand. Nash kicked the hell out of O'Hair. O'Hair did a neat spot, vaulting over Nash and then hitting a superkick. Nash did the old snake eyes move on Palumbo. Page got doubled on until reversing a tombstone piledriver on Palumbo and hot tagging Nash in. Nash jackknifed Palumbo but the ref was distracted because all the Thrillerz returned. Lex Luger arrived, attacking Page, with the two brawling though the crowd. Buff Bagwell then ran in and used a wrench on Nash. O'Hair nailed Nash with the Shawnton and scored the pin as the ref returned to action. Overall a decent match though there was way too much interference.

Ric Flair left in his limo to get the mystery man.

SHANE DOUGLAS beat GEN. RECTION in 11:35 to capture the U.S. Title. There was a chain hanging from the ceiling and whoever got it and juiced his opponent first would win. The ref found a chain in Douglas' tights before the bell. Lots of standard brawling with the idea that they were each trying to bust the other open. They did some rest spots, too. Rection finally got a ladder, hit Douglas with it, and got the chain. However, Douglas surprised Rection with a chain hidden in his boot. He juiced Rection and then pretended he had done so with the "legal" chain to score the win. Average match. Backstage afterward, Rection was despondent over losing and kept saying he now has nothing as Cpl. Cajun & Sgt. Awall tried to console him.

LEX LUGER & BUFF BAGWELL defeated BILL GOLDBERG & DEWAYNE BRUCE in a No-DQ match in 10:59. The rules were that Goldberg would be banned from WCW for life if his team lost. Seriously! Anyway, Goldberg dominated at first doing the superman routine. With Lex & Buff down, Bruce came in and pounded on them but they eventually took command. Goldberg had to keep saving Bruce from being pinned. Hudson actually brought up the metal rod in Luger's arm from many years ago. Lex ended up on the floor and guess who was in the front row? None other than the kid who had marked out for Goldberg earlier. Lex started threatening the kid. Goldberg made the save but the kid turned on him and maced him. Blinded, Goldberg still dragged the kid over the rail. Lex & Buff laid Bruce out and then went after Goldberg, who "valiantly fought back" despite being blinded but eventually was pinned by Lex after a chairshot and Buff Blockbuster off Luger's shoulders. The heel kid left with Lex & Buff. The match wasn't all that great but I guess the angle was entertaining if you like fake retirement angles. As they washed out Goldberg's eyes, Schiavone & Hudson kept going on and on about how Goldberg's popularity had saved WCW and what a shame it was that he'll now have to be banned from ever wrestling in WCW again.

SCOTT STEINER defeated JEFF JARRETT and SID VICIOUS and THE MYSTERY OPPONENT in 7:51 in a four-way match to retain the WCW World Title. Earlier, Jarrett had promised to help Steiner and not try to win the belt, which is in fact what happened. The Mystery Opponent wasn't there at first, so Steiner and Jarrett doubled on Sid. It was pretty bad, and Sid's fists and lariats looked awful. At one point, Scott encouraged Jarrett to try and pin Sid, which made no sense because that would have made Jarrett champ under the rules. Flair then arrived with the Mystery Opponent under a mask. This was kind of funny as Flair's 2001 theme interrupted the crowd noise, proving most of the noise was on tape. Anyway, while the cameras focused on Flair and his mystery guy, Sid got injured somehow and broke his leg in two places. So the planned finish had to be changed and hurried up. So the mystery man walked to the ring, unmasked to reveal Road Warrior Animal (Oh joy!), and gave Sid a weak shot and Scott pinned him. So Flair's man turned heel immediately. A really bad main event, though granted it was partly beyond their control. Sid was stretchered out afterward and was found to have suffered a broken leg in two places as well as a back injury.

2001 - Taiyo Kea and Johnny Smith defeat Masanobu Fuchi and Toshiaki Kawada for the vacant AJPW Unified World Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan. The title had been vacated in June 2000 when Akira Taue, who held the title with Kawada, left the promotion, ending their sixth reign.

2005 - Dukes Durrango defeats T.J. Wilson to win his second British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Title in Calgary, Alberta.

2006 - Ring of Honor holds an event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the National Guard Armory, entitled "Hell Freezes Over". The results were:
In pre-show matches:
- Derek Dempsey defeats Shane Hagadorn, Smash Bradley and Pelle Primeau in a four-way match to win the ROH Top of the Class Trophy.
- Jack Evans defeated Trik Davis.
In main show matches:
- Austin Aries defeated Ricky Reyes.
- ROH Pure Champion Nigel McGuiness defeated Tony Mamaluke to retain the title.
- The Embassy (Jimmy Rave and Alex Shelley) defeated Azriael (subbing for Colt Cabana) and Claudio Castagnoli.
- ROH World Champion Bryan Danielson defeated FIP Heavyweight Champion Homicide and Roderick Strong, by making Homicide submit with an armbar, to win the FIP title.
- Christopher Daniels defeated Jay Lethal.
- Jack Evans defeated Jason Blade, Trik Davis, Kid Mikaze, Adam Pearce and Sal Rinauro in a six-man mayhem match.
- Samoa Joe defeated B.J. Whitmer by countout.
- A.J. Styles defeated Matt Sydal.
- ROH and FIP Champion Bryan Danielson defeated Chris Hero to retain the ROH title.

2007 - TNA holds its third-annual Final Resolution pay-per-view at the Impact Zone in Orlando, Florida. The results:
- In a dark match, The Riggs Brothers (Jason and Johnny Riggs) defeated Serotonin (Kazarian and Johnny Devine (with Matt Bentley)).
- In a pre-show match Lance Hoyt pinned Chase Stevens after a Fireman's Carry Flapjack.
- Rhino defeated A.J. Styles in a last man standing match.
- Chris Sabin defeated TNA X Division Champion Christopher Daniels and Jerry Lynn in a three-way match, by pinning Daniels with a roll-up after Lynn hit the Daniels with the cradle piledriver, to win the title. This began Sabin's fourth reign and ended Daniels' third.
- Alex Shelley and Austin Starr fought to a 10-minute time-limit draw in the final match of the Paparazzi Championship Series. The match went to a judges' decision. Samolian Joe voted Starr, Big Fat Oily Guy voted for Shelley, and Bob Backlund said it was a draw. Kevin Nash then called for five minutes of overtime. Shelley pinned Starr in about a minute. After the match, Starr ended up in Backlund's crossface chickenwing.
- James Storm (with Gail Kim) pinned Petey Williams while grabbing the ropes during a roll-up. After the match, Jacqueline made her return to TNA and delivered a Death Sentence with Storm to Kim.
- NWA World Tag Team Champions The Latin American Exchange (Homicide and Hernandez) defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) by disqualification to retain the title, after Brother Runt, drunk, interfered, jumping off the top rope onto Homicide.
- Kurt Angle defeated Samoa Joe in a 30-minute Iron Man match, three falls to two, to earn an NWA World Heavyweight Title match at February's Against All Odds.
- Christian Cage defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Abyss (with James Mitchell) and Sting in a three-way elimination match to win the title. First, Sting pinned Abyss after the Scorpion Death Drop, then Cage pinned Sting after a Frog Splash. This began Christian Cage's second reign, and Cage would be the last NWA World Champion under the TNA banner. He would hold the title until the end of the NWA/TNA partnership in May.

2007 - Amazing Kong defeats Nanae Takahashi to win the AWA World Women's Title in Tokyo, Japan.

2007 - Hikaru defeats Wesna Busic for the European Wrestling Association Women's World Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending Busic's second reign.

2007 - Mayumi Ozaki defeats Aja Kong to win the GAEA Japan WWWA Singles Title in Tokyo, Japan.

2009 -

World Wrestling Entertainment has released British developmental talent Hade Vansen.  Vansen was seen ever-so-briefly on WWE Smackdown with a single promo before his planned character and direction was canceled.

The initial plan for the character was to put Vansen (doing something of a dark character with cult-esque overtones, similar to Christopher Daniels' Fallen Angel persona) into an angle with The Undertaker.  Once the initial vignette aired, Vince McMahon put a stop to the direction, deciding he didn't want a new talent from developmental put into a major angle before he was tested and could be trusted to carry the ball. 

Vansen's character was a Michael Hayes idea.  Kevin Fertig (aka Kevin Thorn) and developmental talent Black Pain were going to be associated with the Vansen character in some form before the character and direction was dropped.  Fertig was released last week by World Wrestling Entertainment the week before.

Vansen was signed to a WWE developmental deal in May 2007.  He missed most of the past year following a knee injury, so his tenure in development may have played a factor in the decision to release him.  Hansen would not return to the national scene in any way, shape or form, to date.

2009 - WWE released Tough Enough chapion Matt Cappotelli, who never actually wrestled for the main roster after being diagnosed with brain cancer as well as referee Mickie Henson.

2010 -TNA broadcast Epics on SpikeTV.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We start off tonight with a look back at the new faces in TNA.

We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘The Love Professor’ Tenay and ‘The Human Love Machine’ Taz.

Match Number One: Generation Me versus The Motor City Machine Guns

Sabin and Max start things off and Sabin works on the arm but Max with a reversal and Sabin with an arm drag and drop toe hold. Shelley tags in and they hit a double team move. Jeremy gets involved and they kick Jeremy. Sabin with a snap mare to Max. Shelley tags back in and he hits a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Shelley chops Max while we see ‘The Band’ walking in the split screen.

Sabin tags in and they Irish whip Max into the corner. Max with a springboard neck whip from the turnbuckles after sending Shelley to the floor. Jeremy is tagged in and he hits a drop kick that knocks Shelley to the floor. Jeremy with a reverse atomic drop to Sabin followed by a baseball slide to Shelley. Jeremy with a springboard X Factor for a nea fall. Sabin with an enzuigiri to Jeremy but Max with a kick and then they hit a double back breaker followed by a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Sabin with a kick to Jeremy and then he tags in Shelley who hits a missile thrust kick to Max from the turnbuckles. Max with a spear to Shelley and then they hit a double team frog splash and moonsault for a near fall. Jeremy charges into Shelley’s boot and then he hits a Flatline on Max into the turnbuckles. Sabin sends Jeremy to the floor and then he hits a back kick but then the Machine Guns with a dominator neck breaker combination but Jeremy breaks up the cover. Sabin misses a pescado on Jeremy and then Jeremy with a super kick to Shelley. Jeremy with a 450 splash followed by a moonsault from Max for the three count.
Winners: Generation Me

We go to the Team 3D locker room and the Nasty Boys are still messing things up in there. There is a knock at the door and someone wants to enter. We go to commercial.

We are back and we go to comments from Hulk Hogan talking about the match between Kurt Angle and A.J. Styles. Hogan says that this will be Angle’s last shot at the TNA Title this year. Hogan says that one of the biggest impact players in wrestling will be at Genesis and everyone will be surprised.

Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring. Angle addresses A.J. and says that he wants to give credit where credit is due. When A.J. won the title last year, he proved that it was no fluke. When he beat Kurt last week, A.J. proved that Sting handed him nothing. Angle says that he gave A.J. everything last week and A.J. was the better man. Angle says that A.J. was the better man on that one night. When two great athletes get in the ring, you win some and you lose some. Angle says that the man who gets the last big win is the real champion. At Genesis, that man will be him.

A.J.’s music plays and he comes to the ring. A.J. tells Kurt that he can appreciate Angle coming out here and taking his loss like a man. He says that Kurt made no excuses and he can appreciate this. A.J. says that it if this was a series of matches, they each would have won some. After the war was over, A.J. says that he would be the one with the title. A.J. agrees with what Hulk said about how everyone wants to see them do it one more time. A.J. reminds Kurt that this is Angle’s last shot at the title in 2010.

Kurt tells A.J. that it is good news because he will only need one more shot at the title. They shake hands and hug.

Mike and Taz talk about the title match that has been made official for Genesis.

We see a masked man on the ramp and he attacks A.J. and sends A.J. into the guardrails. They are now in the ring and he hits a short arm clothesline. He takes off the mask and it is Tomko. Tomko leaves the ring and walks up the ramp as we go to commercial.

We are back and in case you don’t remember what happened a few minutes ago.

Christy Hemme is in the back with The Band. Bubba the Love Sponge takes the mic from Christy and it is time for a heel interview. Bubba wants to know where Mick Foley is. Nash reminds Bubba that the band is back and they have all new material. Hall says that they are running the show right now. Bubba wants to know where Foley is. Hall says that what happens in the back happens in the back. Bubba realizes that the interview is not working so we return to the Impact Zone for a match.

Before our next match, Velvet and Madison see Angelina Love in the crowd and they hug. Lacey is not really too excited to see Angelina and she waves.

Match Number One: Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky with Lacey Von Erich and their synchronized dance routine versus Hamada and Awesome Kong in a Non Title Match

Velvet and Hamada start off and they lock up and Hamada backs Velvet into the ropes and breaks. Velvet with punches to Hamada and then she chokes Hamada. Velvet with an Irish whip and a splash into the corner followed by a bulldog for a near fall. Madison tags in and she connects with a shoulder in the corner. Velvet tags back in and she chokes Hamada. Madison tags back in and they worry too much about mocking Kong instead of a double side Russian leg sweep. Hamada tags in Kong and then she hits a splash in the corner on both. Kong with an Awesome Bomb for the three count on Madison.
Winners: Hamada and Awesome Kong

After the match, Angelina comes into the ring and she pulls Lacey down by the hair and hits a spear on Velvet. Angelina kicks Lacey and then knocks Velvet out of the ring. Angelina Irish whips Velvet into the guardrail. Angelina goes up the ramp despite not being on the roster.

A.J. Styles storms into Hogan’s office and he wants to see Hogan but Eric Bischoff is in there. He tells A.J. to take a deep breath and says that Hogan is taking care of some business. A.J. points out that Tomko has revealed himself and he wants to take care of Tomko tonight. Eric says that he knows that A.J. is upset and he understands A.J.’s behavior. Eric says that A.J. represents TNA and he wants to know what A.J. wants him to do. A.J. says that he wants Tomko tonight. Eric wants to make sure that A.J. understands what he is considering with a match against Kurt Angle on Monday. Eric asks A.J. if he needs revenge. Eric tells A.J. that he needs a main event and for the main event to mean something, he wants to know if A.J. is willing to put the title on the line. A.J. tells Eric to book it and the match is made. A.J. leaves and Eric says that he loves that kid.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Storm and Roode are looking for Eric Bischoff. We go back to commercial.

We are back and Jeremy Borash knocks on Hogan’s office door and Eric tells him to come in. Eric is on the phone saying that he is looking forward to seeing the person on the phone next week. Jeremy talks about what happened last week with Mick Foley and he says that he understands what happened. Jeremy asks Eric where Foley is. Eric reminds Borash that he was the one who let Foley into the building. He blames Jeremy for what happened to Foley. Bischoff tells Borash to take responsibility for what happened to Foley. He tells Jeremy that he doesn’t know where Foley is and doesn’t care. He also tells Jeremy that if he does anything to affect the integrity of the show, it will be Borash’s last day in the building.

Storm and Roode enter the office and they say that they have a problem with Eric’s boys. Bischoff says that Hall, Nash, and Waltman are not his boys. Storm says that they did not appreciate being attacked by them. He wants to face Hall and Nash at Genesis. Eric takes Storm’s beer and he takes a sip. Eric says that if they want Hall and Nash, he will get back to them.

Lethal and Creed come to the ring for their match, Bobby Lashley attacks Creed and rolls him into the ring. Lashley sends Lethal into the ring steps. Lashley with a spinebuster to Creed and Kristal claps approvingly at Bobby’s work. Lashley with a Dominator.

Kristal comes into the ring and she wants to know if they have Eric’s attention. She says that she hasn’t received the meeting with Hulk Hogan yet and until she gets the meeting, the entire roster will be destroyed one by one. Kristal tells Eric to have an exquisite evening.

Match Number Three: Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed versus Team 3D with an axe

They pick up Creed and hit the 3D for the three count.
Winners: Team 3D

Ray gets on the mic after the match and he points out that they were in front of 50,000 people in the Tokyo Dome. He says that after the match, the first thing out of the media’s mouths were about what happened on Impact. He says that the Japanese press had to tell them about what the Nasty Boys did to their locker room. Ray wants to know where the Nasty Boys have been for the past ten years. So Hogan comes to TNA and the Nasty Boys ride his coat tails into the front door. Ray wonders how Hogan can walk with the Nasty Boys on his coat tails. Ray says that they couldn’t even get into their locker room and they had to get dressed in the locker room like young boys. They are ready to take back the locker room and they are going to take care of the Nasty Boys. Ray and Devon go to the back.

We go to a camera in the back that is following Team 3D and Ray uses the axe to break into their locker room. They see the carnage and wonder what the smell is in their. The Nasty Boys attack Team 3D. Knobbs welcomes Team 3D to Nastyville.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a video package where Tomko says that he was the one who made Styles what he is today. He says that A.J. has forgotten about that.

Sean Morley comes to the ring and he is wearing clothes to prove that he is no longer Val Venis. He still uses the same voice and he says that he is here. He says that Sean Morley and TNA were made for each other. He says that he used to make his living with a different kind of T&A and it required for him to use a stage name for the type of movies he was in. He says that those days are over. He says that he is now an artiste behind the lens. He says that he is a producer, director, and distributor of the most creative films ever made. He says that everything fell together when he walked in last week. He says that TNA was poised to explode. He says that they were missing the one thing to take them into the mainstream. He says that they need a film division. That is where he comes in. TNA Films presents a Sean Morley Production. He says that he will not be creating any movie. They will be works of art. They will not be the kind that go direct to video.

Daniels interrupts Morley and he comes to the ring. Daniels says that he did not want to interrupt Sean but he wanted to be the first to welcome him to the new day in TNA. He says that he has a screenplay idea for Morley. He says that it is a bit edgy but he thinks that Sean is the type who can do it. He talks about an honorable hero who deals with a sleazebag. Then there are a few twists and turns. In the end, the sleazebag ends in the gutter where he belongs. Daniels gives Morley an STO and then he kicks him. Daniels with an uranage and then he hits the BME.

Daniels says that Morley wants to bring art to TNA, it will be done over his dead body. Daniels tells Morley to take his brand of crap and get out of his company. He says that Morley offends him and everything makes him sick. Daniels says that he did not fight his way back up top to deal with his type of art. Daniels says that Morley will pay the price. He punches Morley but Morley punches back and he hits a clothesline and back elbow. Morley clotheslines Daniels over the top rope to the floor.

Since Tara and ODB will meet again at Genesis, we have a video package with their comments.

Jeff Jarrett is walking in the back and he has a man in a suit with sunglasses accompanying him. We go to commercial.

Matt Morgan and Hernandez are stretching in the back as they get ready for their match. We go to back to commercial.

Match Number Four: Matt Morgan and Hernandez versus James Storm and Robert Roode

Storm and Hernandez start things off and they lock up with Hernandez sending Storm to the mat. Storm punches Hernandez and then he sends Storm to the apron. Storm with a kick to the back of the head followed by a clothesline. Roode tags in and they hit a double suplex and it is time for them to dance and give their team name. Morgan tags in and gives them a double clothesline when they turn around. Morgan with a knee to Roode and then it is time for the elbow pads to fly before we get some elbows. Morgan with a splash into the corner and then he hits a side slam on Roode for a near fall. Roode with a knee and elbow to the head before he tags Storm back in. Hernandez makes the blind tag and he hits a flying shoulder tackle to Storm and Roode. Morgan throws Storm out of the ring. Roode with chops and then Hernandez with a pounce to Roode. Hernandez with the plancha to Storm and Roode.

Rob Terry attacks Hernandez from behind and the referee calls for the bell. Morgan punches Terry and they fight to the back.

No Contest

Roode and Storm want to know what happened. Sean Waltman and Kevin Nash make their way to the ring and Scott Hall is bringing up the rear. Waltman is attacked by Roode and Storm. Nash and Hall enter and they use the numbers advantage and work over Storm and Roode. Waltman with kicks and punches to Roode while Hall and Nash work over Storm. Roode tries to take on all three men but they fail. Security finally makes their way into the ring and Hall takes care of security while Nash stands there.

Eric Bischoff’s music plays and we go to commercial.

We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Eric Bischoff telling Storm and Roode to be careful what they wish for because the next round is on them. At least that happened during commercial.

Eric is in the ring with Hall, Nash, and Waltman. He says that he doesn’t know what he is going to do with them. He says that last week it was Foley and this week it is Storm and Roode. Waltman tells Eric that is what they told him to do. Eric says that he is going to make a match. Hall wants to drink their beer. It is official, Hall and Nash versus Storm and Roode.

Sting is in the rafters.

It is time for more Time with Tomko as he talks about how A.J.’s star rose while he was hurt. Tomko says that A.J. never returned his calls so he was going to come back to remind A.J. of his role in TNA.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we go back to the video tape of Sting watching the events below. We get a close up.

D’Angelo Dinero is at the announce table with Mike and Taz.

Match Number Five: Desmond Wolfe versus Samoa Joe

They lock up and Joe sends Wolfe into the turnbuckles and he punches Desmond followed by a kick. Joe with an Irish whip and a running back elbow followed by an enzuigiri. Wolfe with a European uppercut followed by a forearm but Joe with a power slam for a near fall. Joe puts Wolfe in the choke but Wolfe backs Joe into the turnbuckles. Joe with an uranage when Wolfe charges into the corner. Joe with a head butt followed by punches. Wolfe counters the uranage and then he hits a hammer lock DDT. Wolfe with a running European uppercut. Wolfe with an Irish whip and Joe with an elbow and kick. Joe goes to the turnbuckles but Desmond with a head butt to the midsection. Wolfe with a double thrust to Joe on the turnbuckles. Wolfe tries for the Tower of London and Joe has Wolfe in the Choke but Wolfe with the Tower of London for the three count.
Winner: Desmond Wolfe

After the match, So Cal Val makes her return to the Impact Zone to dress Desmond. Desmond says that if he can beat Joe, he tells Dinero to think what he can do to him.

A limo arrives in the back and Ric Flair is only 91 minutes late this week. We go to commercial.

We are back and Tomko talks about his decision to put on the mask to attack A.J. Styles. Tomko talks about how he was on A.J.’s side to drop his defenses.

Jeff Jarrett arrives with his man with sunglasses and Hulk Hogan is with Eric Bischoff. Jarrett says that he wants to talk about the company that he founded and built. Jarrett says that this is between him and Hulk. Jarrett says that the young guys aren’t worth a damn and never will be. Jarrett says that there isn’t enough talent in the company to fill a coffee cup. Jarrett says that he will not stand for this. Jarrett says that he has his attorney with him because he wants him to hear every word that is said. Jarrett says that Hogan was close to crossing the line for defamation.

Bischoff says that he is sick and tired of hearing Jarrett talking about the company that he founded and the rest of the gaga. Bischoff wants to talk about the facts. The fact is that Jeff and his old man would have been out of business in three weeks if Dixie Carter hadn’t come in to invest the money in TNA. He says that Jarrett has conned everyone into thinking that he can turn this company around. Eric says the company can be turned around but it will be due to him and Hogan. He tells Jarrett either he can leave or lace up the boots.

Jarrett tells Eric to shut up and then he wants to know if Hogan is going to sit behind the desk. Hogan gets up and he says that he was hired to run the company. Hogan says that there is nothing that says that he can’t kick Jeff’s hillbilly ass. Jarrett backs out behind his attorney and he says that they haven’t heard the last of him.

Eric says that Jarrett needs an attitude adjustment and Hogan says that he will give it to him.

It is time to run through the card for Genesis.

Ric Flair makes his way into the Impact Zone to join Mike and Taz at the announce table.

Match Number Six: Tomko versus A.J. Styles for the TNA Heavyweight Title

A.J. attacks Tomko during Borash’s ring introduction and he punches and kicks Tomko. Tomko goes to the floor and then he connects with a forearm and slams A.J.’s arm into the ring steps and ring post. They return to the ring and he punches Tomko in the corner. Styles with knees to Tomko. We see Kurt Angle come out to watch the match from the ramp.

Styles with a drop kick to Tomko as Angle makes his way to the ringside area. Tomko throws A.J. out of the ring to the floor. Angle shakes Flair’s hand and hugs him, but remember there is a match going on. Tomko with a running power slam to Styles for a near fall. Tomko punches and chops Styles. Styles with a punch to the abdomen and then to the head. Styles runs into a big boot from Tomko and Tomko gets a two count. We go to commercial.

We are back for a minute as Tomko has A.J. in a reverse chin lock. We have more bills to pay. Who wants some Quiznos?

We are back and Tomko with a power slam for a near fall. Tomko chokes Styles. Styles punches Tomko but Tomko with a knee. Styles with an enzuigiri followed by the Pele Kick for the three count.
Winner: A.J. Styles

After the match, Tomko attacks Styles but Angle comes into the ring and he punches Tomko. Tomko goes to the floor and then Angle picks up the title belt.

Angle hands Styles the title belt and Flair stands up at the announce table. Styles sees Flair while Angle offers his hand. Styles walks past Angle and Flair has a smile on his face. Styles walks to the back as we go to credits.

2010 - TNA Broadcast Impact.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We start off tonight with a look back at the new faces in TNA.

We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Mike ‘The Love Professor’ Tenay and ‘The Human Love Machine’ Taz.

Match Number One: Generation Me versus The Motor City Machine Guns

Sabin and Max start things off and Sabin works on the arm but Max with a reversal and Sabin with an arm drag and drop toe hold. Shelley tags in and they hit a double team move. Jeremy gets involved and they kick Jeremy. Sabin with a snap mare to Max. Shelley tags back in and he hits a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Shelley chops Max while we see ‘The Band’ walking in the split screen.

Sabin tags in and they Irish whip Max into the corner. Max with a springboard neck whip from the turnbuckles after sending Shelley to the floor. Jeremy is tagged in and he hits a drop kick that knocks Shelley to the floor. Jeremy with a reverse atomic drop to Sabin followed by a baseball slide to Shelley. Jeremy with a springboard X Factor for a nea fall. Sabin with an enzuigiri to Jeremy but Max with a kick and then they hit a double back breaker followed by a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Sabin with a kick to Jeremy and then he tags in Shelley who hits a missile thrust kick to Max from the turnbuckles. Max with a spear to Shelley and then they hit a double team frog splash and moonsault for a near fall. Jeremy charges into Shelley’s boot and then he hits a Flatline on Max into the turnbuckles. Sabin sends Jeremy to the floor and then he hits a back kick but then the Machine Guns with a dominator neck breaker combination but Jeremy breaks up the cover. Sabin misses a pescado on Jeremy and then Jeremy with a super kick to Shelley. Jeremy with a 450 splash followed by a moonsault from Max for the three count.
Winners: Generation Me

We go to the Team 3D locker room and the Nasty Boys are still messing things up in there. There is a knock at the door and someone wants to enter. We go to commercial.

We are back and we go to comments from Hulk Hogan talking about the match between Kurt Angle and A.J. Styles. Hogan says that this will be Angle’s last shot at the TNA Title this year. Hogan says that one of the biggest impact players in wrestling will be at Genesis and everyone will be surprised.

Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring. Angle addresses A.J. and says that he wants to give credit where credit is due. When A.J. won the title last year, he proved that it was no fluke. When he beat Kurt last week, A.J. proved that Sting handed him nothing. Angle says that he gave A.J. everything last week and A.J. was the better man. Angle says that A.J. was the better man on that one night. When two great athletes get in the ring, you win some and you lose some. Angle says that the man who gets the last big win is the real champion. At Genesis, that man will be him.

A.J.’s music plays and he comes to the ring. A.J. tells Kurt that he can appreciate Angle coming out here and taking his loss like a man. He says that Kurt made no excuses and he can appreciate this. A.J. says that it if this was a series of matches, they each would have won some. After the war was over, A.J. says that he would be the one with the title. A.J. agrees with what Hulk said about how everyone wants to see them do it one more time. A.J. reminds Kurt that this is Angle’s last shot at the title in 2010.

Kurt tells A.J. that it is good news because he will only need one more shot at the title. They shake hands and hug.

Mike and Taz talk about the title match that has been made official for Genesis.

We see a masked man on the ramp and he attacks A.J. and sends A.J. into the guardrails. They are now in the ring and he hits a short arm clothesline. He takes off the mask and it is Tomko. Tomko leaves the ring and walks up the ramp as we go to commercial.

We are back and in case you don’t remember what happened a few minutes ago.

Christy Hemme is in the back with The Band. Bubba the Love Sponge takes the mic from Christy and it is time for a heel interview. Bubba wants to know where Mick Foley is. Nash reminds Bubba that the band is back and they have all new material. Hall says that they are running the show right now. Bubba wants to know where Foley is. Hall says that what happens in the back happens in the back. Bubba realizes that the interview is not working so we return to the Impact Zone for a match.

Before our next match, Velvet and Madison see Angelina Love in the crowd and they hug. Lacey is not really too excited to see Angelina and she waves.

Match Number One: Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky with Lacey Von Erich and their synchronized dance routine versus Hamada and Awesome Kong in a Non Title Match

Velvet and Hamada start off and they lock up and Hamada backs Velvet into the ropes and breaks. Velvet with punches to Hamada and then she chokes Hamada. Velvet with an Irish whip and a splash into the corner followed by a bulldog for a near fall. Madison tags in and she connects with a shoulder in the corner. Velvet tags back in and she chokes Hamada. Madison tags back in and they worry too much about mocking Kong instead of a double side Russian leg sweep. Hamada tags in Kong and then she hits a splash in the corner on both. Kong with an Awesome Bomb for the three count on Madison.
Winners: Hamada and Awesome Kong

After the match, Angelina comes into the ring and she pulls Lacey down by the hair and hits a spear on Velvet. Angelina kicks Lacey and then knocks Velvet out of the ring. Angelina Irish whips Velvet into the guardrail. Angelina goes up the ramp despite not being on the roster.

A.J. Styles storms into Hogan’s office and he wants to see Hogan but Eric Bischoff is in there. He tells A.J. to take a deep breath and says that Hogan is taking care of some business. A.J. points out that Tomko has revealed himself and he wants to take care of Tomko tonight. Eric says that he knows that A.J. is upset and he understands A.J.’s behavior. Eric says that A.J. represents TNA and he wants to know what A.J. wants him to do. A.J. says that he wants Tomko tonight. Eric wants to make sure that A.J. understands what he is considering with a match against Kurt Angle on Monday. Eric asks A.J. if he needs revenge. Eric tells A.J. that he needs a main event and for the main event to mean something, he wants to know if A.J. is willing to put the title on the line. A.J. tells Eric to book it and the match is made. A.J. leaves and Eric says that he loves that kid.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Storm and Roode are looking for Eric Bischoff. We go back to commercial.

We are back and Jeremy Borash knocks on Hogan’s office door and Eric tells him to come in. Eric is on the phone saying that he is looking forward to seeing the person on the phone next week. Jeremy talks about what happened last week with Mick Foley and he says that he understands what happened. Jeremy asks Eric where Foley is. Eric reminds Borash that he was the one who let Foley into the building. He blames Jeremy for what happened to Foley. Bischoff tells Borash to take responsibility for what happened to Foley. He tells Jeremy that he doesn’t know where Foley is and doesn’t care. He also tells Jeremy that if he does anything to affect the integrity of the show, it will be Borash’s last day in the building.

Storm and Roode enter the office and they say that they have a problem with Eric’s boys. Bischoff says that Hall, Nash, and Waltman are not his boys. Storm says that they did not appreciate being attacked by them. He wants to face Hall and Nash at Genesis. Eric takes Storm’s beer and he takes a sip. Eric says that if they want Hall and Nash, he will get back to them.

Lethal and Creed come to the ring for their match, Bobby Lashley attacks Creed and rolls him into the ring. Lashley sends Lethal into the ring steps. Lashley with a spinebuster to Creed and Kristal claps approvingly at Bobby’s work. Lashley with a Dominator.

Kristal comes into the ring and she wants to know if they have Eric’s attention. She says that she hasn’t received the meeting with Hulk Hogan yet and until she gets the meeting, the entire roster will be destroyed one by one. Kristal tells Eric to have an exquisite evening.

Match Number Three: Jay Lethal and Consequences Creed versus Team 3D with an axe

They pick up Creed and hit the 3D for the three count.
Winners: Team 3D

Ray gets on the mic after the match and he points out that they were in front of 50,000 people in the Tokyo Dome. He says that after the match, the first thing out of the media’s mouths were about what happened on Impact. He says that the Japanese press had to tell them about what the Nasty Boys did to their locker room. Ray wants to know where the Nasty Boys have been for the past ten years. So Hogan comes to TNA and the Nasty Boys ride his coat tails into the front door. Ray wonders how Hogan can walk with the Nasty Boys on his coat tails. Ray says that they couldn’t even get into their locker room and they had to get dressed in the locker room like young boys. They are ready to take back the locker room and they are going to take care of the Nasty Boys. Ray and Devon go to the back.

We go to a camera in the back that is following Team 3D and Ray uses the axe to break into their locker room. They see the carnage and wonder what the smell is in their. The Nasty Boys attack Team 3D. Knobbs welcomes Team 3D to Nastyville.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a video package where Tomko says that he was the one who made Styles what he is today. He says that A.J. has forgotten about that.

Sean Morley comes to the ring and he is wearing clothes to prove that he is no longer Val Venis. He still uses the same voice and he says that he is here. He says that Sean Morley and TNA were made for each other. He says that he used to make his living with a different kind of T&A and it required for him to use a stage name for the type of movies he was in. He says that those days are over. He says that he is now an artiste behind the lens. He says that he is a producer, director, and distributor of the most creative films ever made. He says that everything fell together when he walked in last week. He says that TNA was poised to explode. He says that they were missing the one thing to take them into the mainstream. He says that they need a film division. That is where he comes in. TNA Films presents a Sean Morley Production. He says that he will not be creating any movie. They will be works of art. They will not be the kind that go direct to video.

Daniels interrupts Morley and he comes to the ring. Daniels says that he did not want to interrupt Sean but he wanted to be the first to welcome him to the new day in TNA. He says that he has a screenplay idea for Morley. He says that it is a bit edgy but he thinks that Sean is the type who can do it. He talks about an honorable hero who deals with a sleazebag. Then there are a few twists and turns. In the end, the sleazebag ends in the gutter where he belongs. Daniels gives Morley an STO and then he kicks him. Daniels with an uranage and then he hits the BME.

Daniels says that Morley wants to bring art to TNA, it will be done over his dead body. Daniels tells Morley to take his brand of crap and get out of his company. He says that Morley offends him and everything makes him sick. Daniels says that he did not fight his way back up top to deal with his type of art. Daniels says that Morley will pay the price. He punches Morley but Morley punches back and he hits a clothesline and back elbow. Morley clotheslines Daniels over the top rope to the floor.

Since Tara and ODB will meet again at Genesis, we have a video package with their comments.

Jeff Jarrett is walking in the back and he has a man in a suit with sunglasses accompanying him. We go to commercial.

Matt Morgan and Hernandez are stretching in the back as they get ready for their match. We go to back to commercial.

Match Number Four: Matt Morgan and Hernandez versus James Storm and Robert Roode

Storm and Hernandez start things off and they lock up with Hernandez sending Storm to the mat. Storm punches Hernandez and then he sends Storm to the apron. Storm with a kick to the back of the head followed by a clothesline. Roode tags in and they hit a double suplex and it is time for them to dance and give their team name. Morgan tags in and gives them a double clothesline when they turn around. Morgan with a knee to Roode and then it is time for the elbow pads to fly before we get some elbows. Morgan with a splash into the corner and then he hits a side slam on Roode for a near fall. Roode with a knee and elbow to the head before he tags Storm back in. Hernandez makes the blind tag and he hits a flying shoulder tackle to Storm and Roode. Morgan throws Storm out of the ring. Roode with chops and then Hernandez with a pounce to Roode. Hernandez with the plancha to Storm and Roode.

Rob Terry attacks Hernandez from behind and the referee calls for the bell. Morgan punches Terry and they fight to the back.

No Contest

Roode and Storm want to know what happened. Sean Waltman and Kevin Nash make their way to the ring and Scott Hall is bringing up the rear. Waltman is attacked by Roode and Storm. Nash and Hall enter and they use the numbers advantage and work over Storm and Roode. Waltman with kicks and punches to Roode while Hall and Nash work over Storm. Roode tries to take on all three men but they fail. Security finally makes their way into the ring and Hall takes care of security while Nash stands there.

Eric Bischoff’s music plays and we go to commercial.

We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Eric Bischoff telling Storm and Roode to be careful what they wish for because the next round is on them. At least that happened during commercial.

Eric is in the ring with Hall, Nash, and Waltman. He says that he doesn’t know what he is going to do with them. He says that last week it was Foley and this week it is Storm and Roode. Waltman tells Eric that is what they told him to do. Eric says that he is going to make a match. Hall wants to drink their beer. It is official, Hall and Nash versus Storm and Roode.

Sting is in the rafters.

It is time for more Time with Tomko as he talks about how A.J.’s star rose while he was hurt. Tomko says that A.J. never returned his calls so he was going to come back to remind A.J. of his role in TNA.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we go back to the video tape of Sting watching the events below. We get a close up.

D’Angelo Dinero is at the announce table with Mike and Taz.

Match Number Five: Desmond Wolfe versus Samoa Joe

They lock up and Joe sends Wolfe into the turnbuckles and he punches Desmond followed by a kick. Joe with an Irish whip and a running back elbow followed by an enzuigiri. Wolfe with a European uppercut followed by a forearm but Joe with a power slam for a near fall. Joe puts Wolfe in the choke but Wolfe backs Joe into the turnbuckles. Joe with an uranage when Wolfe charges into the corner. Joe with a head butt followed by punches. Wolfe counters the uranage and then he hits a hammer lock DDT. Wolfe with a running European uppercut. Wolfe with an Irish whip and Joe with an elbow and kick. Joe goes to the turnbuckles but Desmond with a head butt to the midsection. Wolfe with a double thrust to Joe on the turnbuckles. Wolfe tries for the Tower of London and Joe has Wolfe in the Choke but Wolfe with the Tower of London for the three count.
Winner: Desmond Wolfe

After the match, So Cal Val makes her return to the Impact Zone to dress Desmond. Desmond says that if he can beat Joe, he tells Dinero to think what he can do to him.

A limo arrives in the back and Ric Flair is only 91 minutes late this week. We go to commercial.

We are back and Tomko talks about his decision to put on the mask to attack A.J. Styles. Tomko talks about how he was on A.J.’s side to drop his defenses.

Jeff Jarrett arrives with his man with sunglasses and Hulk Hogan is with Eric Bischoff. Jarrett says that he wants to talk about the company that he founded and built. Jarrett says that this is between him and Hulk. Jarrett says that the young guys aren’t worth a damn and never will be. Jarrett says that there isn’t enough talent in the company to fill a coffee cup. Jarrett says that he will not stand for this. Jarrett says that he has his attorney with him because he wants him to hear every word that is said. Jarrett says that Hogan was close to crossing the line for defamation.

Bischoff says that he is sick and tired of hearing Jarrett talking about the company that he founded and the rest of the gaga. Bischoff wants to talk about the facts. The fact is that Jeff and his old man would have been out of business in three weeks if Dixie Carter hadn’t come in to invest the money in TNA. He says that Jarrett has conned everyone into thinking that he can turn this company around. Eric says the company can be turned around but it will be due to him and Hogan. He tells Jarrett either he can leave or lace up the boots.

Jarrett tells Eric to shut up and then he wants to know if Hogan is going to sit behind the desk. Hogan gets up and he says that he was hired to run the company. Hogan says that there is nothing that says that he can’t kick Jeff’s hillbilly ass. Jarrett backs out behind his attorney and he says that they haven’t heard the last of him.

Eric says that Jarrett needs an attitude adjustment and Hogan says that he will give it to him.

It is time to run through the card for Genesis.

Ric Flair makes his way into the Impact Zone to join Mike and Taz at the announce table.

Match Number Six: Tomko versus A.J. Styles for the TNA Heavyweight Title

A.J. attacks Tomko during Borash’s ring introduction and he punches and kicks Tomko. Tomko goes to the floor and then he connects with a forearm and slams A.J.’s arm into the ring steps and ring post. They return to the ring and he punches Tomko in the corner. Styles with knees to Tomko. We see Kurt Angle come out to watch the match from the ramp.

Styles with a drop kick to Tomko as Angle makes his way to the ringside area. Tomko throws A.J. out of the ring to the floor. Angle shakes Flair’s hand and hugs him, but remember there is a match going on. Tomko with a running power slam to Styles for a near fall. Tomko punches and chops Styles. Styles with a punch to the abdomen and then to the head. Styles runs into a big boot from Tomko and Tomko gets a two count. We go to commercial.

We are back for a minute as Tomko has A.J. in a reverse chin lock. We have more bills to pay. Who wants some Quiznos?

We are back and Tomko with a power slam for a near fall. Tomko chokes Styles. Styles punches Tomko but Tomko with a knee. Styles with an enzuigiri followed by the Pele Kick for the three count.
Winner: A.J. Styles

After the match, Tomko attacks Styles but Angle comes into the ring and he punches Tomko. Tomko goes to the floor and then Angle picks up the title belt.

Angle hands Styles the title belt and Flair stands up at the announce table. Styles sees Flair while Angle offers his hand. Styles walks past Angle and Flair has a smile on his face. Styles walks to the back as we go to credits.

2010 - WWE broadcast Superstars.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We start off tonight’s show with some Raw mixed tag action and your announcers are Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.

Match Number One: Primo and Gail Kim versus Chavo Guerrero and Jillian Hall

The men start things off and Chavo has something to say to Primo before they lock up. They finally lock up and Chavo works on the arm and Primo reverses and puts Chavo in a side head lock. Primo with a shoulder tackle and Chavo falls into the ropes. They lock up again and Primo with a side head lock. Primo blocks a hip toss and hits one of his own followed by an arm drag into an arm bar. Chavo with punches to Primo as they battle into the ropes. The referee has to pull Chavo away and Jillian with a soft kick to Primo. Chavo returns and kicks Primo followed by a Latino uppercut. Primo with punches to Chavo but Chavo with a knee. Primo with drop kicks to Chavo and Chavo retreats to the comfort of Jillian to recover. Jillian makes the official tag and the women get involved. Jillian goes after Primo but she misses and then Gail with a forearm and a clothesline. Gail with an Irish whip and a running clothesline into the corner. She misses the cross body into the corner but she avoids a punch from Jillian. Chavo distracts Gail and that allows Jillian to knock Gail off the turnbuckles. Jillian gets a near fall on Gail and argues with the referee. Jillian pulls Gail’s head into her knee and pulls on the hair followed by a forearm to the back of the head for a near fall. Jillian with a biel by the hair as she continues to work over Gail. Jillian kicks Gail in the corner and then she hits a clothesline on Gail. Jillian with the screaming handspring splash but she lands on Gail’s knees. Chavo and Primo tag in and Primo with a chop from the ropes and then he hits a flying back elbow and clothesline. Primo with a springboard cross body for a near fall. Primo goes over Chavo’s back but Chavo with a kick and he sets for the Three Amigos and he only gets two when Primo escapes the third one but Chavo with a clothesline and Gail makes the save. Gail sends Jillian to the floor and then Chavo backs Gail into the corner. Chavo grabs Gail and Gail hits the shoulder breaker and Primo gets the three count with a rollup.
Winners: Gail Kim and Primo

We go to commercial.

We are back and the Raw matches continue.

Match Number Two: Carlito versus Chris Masters with Eve Torres

Carlito spits some apple in Masters’ face before the bell rings and then Masters wipes it off as he waits for the bell to ring to punch Carlito and then he slams the man with the big hair. Carlito goes to the floor. Masters goes after Carlito and Carlito runs Masters into the apron and ring post. They return to the ring and then he kicks Masters and punches him. Carlito works on Masters’s back as he stretches him. Carlito with a slam as he continues to work on the back and then he follows that with an elbow drop for a near fall. Carlito returns to the back. Masters with a few clotheslines to Carlito followed by a back body drop and then he circles Carlito as he tries to get the fans into the match. Masters with a press slam to Carlito. Masters with an Irish whip but Carlito floats over and hits a drop kick into the back and Masters goes into the turnbuckles. Carlito misses a splash into the corner and then Masters calls for the Master Lock and he applies it and Carlito is out.
Winner: Chris Masters

We go to Ask the Divas and then we go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for the match from the Smackdown brand and your announcers are Todd Grisham and Matt Striker.

Match Number Three: Jimmy Wang Yang and Slam Master J versus Mike Knox and Charlie Haas

Haas and J start things off and Haas with a forearm to the back but J lands on his feet on a hip toss and then he hits a drop kick. Haas with a kick and he tags in Knox who hits the running cross body and then he knocks Yang off the apron. Knox gets a near fall on J when he realizes that he might want to win the match. Knox tags Haas back in and Knox sends J into Haas’ boot. Haas with an arm bar and he turns it into a chin lock with the arm isolated. Knox is tagged back in and he hits a knee drop on J and gets a few near falls. Knox with a reverse chin lock and then he connects with a forearm to the back. Haas is tagged back in and he hits a double sledge from the turnbuckles and then he gets a near fall. Haas with a front face lock as J tries to make it to his corner to make the tag to Yang. Haas tries to knock Yang off the apron but Yang moves. J with a back body drop and then tags in Yang who hits a cross body on Haas and then hits Knox with a forearm. Yang with a drop kick and then he kicks Haas in the leg and the back of the head and gets a near fall that is broken up by Knox. Knox goes to the floor after a double drop kick and then J with a pescado onto Knox. Yang with a moonsault on Haas for the three count.
Winners: Jimmy Wang Yang and Slam Master J

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Raw Rebound.

It is now time for the main event and it comes from ECW. Your announcers are Byron Saxton and Josh Mathews.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Christian versus William Regal with Ezekiel Jackson

Before the match starts, the men who will meet at the Royal Rumble have a stare down. They lock up and Christian with a clean break. Regal works on the arm but Christian with a reversal and he sends Regal to the mat. Regal with a side head lock and Christian is able to turn it into a top wrist lock and Regal bridges to escape and he counters with a wrist lock. Christian gets back to his feet and then Regal with an arm drag into a wrist lock. Regal with a European uppercut but Christian with a punch to Regal and then he hits a back body drop. Christian with a drop kick for a near fall. Christian with a hammer lock but Regal with an elbow. Christian with a kick and then he tries for a back slide and gets a near fall with it. Jackson gets on the apron and Christian with a drop kick to Jackson. Christian with a near fall on Regal. Jackson returns to the apron and the referee has had enough and he sends Jackson to the back. Regal is flummoxed as Jackson goes to the back and we go to commercial.

We are back and Christian with a shoulder tackle followed by a snap mare and kick to the back. Regal with an Irish whip and running shoulder. Christian goes on the turnbuckles and Regal blocks the tornado DDT attempt and Regal with a push that sends Christian off the turnbuckles and he hits the apron on his way to the floor. Christian returns to the ring and Regal kicks him. Regal with a Japanese choke hold and Christian is able to escape. Regal with a head butt and then he chokes Christian in the ropes. Regal with European uppercuts in the corner as he continues to wear down the champion. Regal puts Christian on the turnbuckles and he connects with forearms. Christian knocks Regal off the turnbuckles and hits a cross body onto Regal for a near fall. Christian and Regal exchange punches. Christian goes to the apron and he sends Regal into the turnbuckles. Christian with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Christian with a shoulder tackle and then he goes up top for a frog splash but Regal moves. Regal with a forearm but Christian tries for the Killswitch but Regal counters and hits an Exploder for a near fall. Regal misses the running knee and then Christian tries for a sunset flip but Regal drops down and holds the ropes. The referee sees it and warns Regal. Christian tries for the Killswitch but Regal is able to counter with the Regal Stretch. Christian gets out of the hold but Regal with a forearm. Regal tries for a Tiger Driver but Christian counters with the Killswitch for the three count.
Winner: Christian

We go to credits.

2010 - In a move that infuriated fans, Live Nation sold out the WWE Hall of Fane, then canceled all the orders when it turned out they had accidentally sold sections earmarked for the WWE roster.  They informed all ticketholders that their orders were canceled and held another on sale several hours later.

2011 - UFC President Dana White shot down reports that Brock Lesnar would be returning to WWE to wrestle The Undertaker following an interaction caught by MMA reporter Ariel Helwani on camera.  He noted that Vince McMahon did contact him about the possibility and White turned it down.

2011 - WWE broadcast Smackdown.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are live on tape from Birmingham, Alabama and your announcers are Matt ‘Home State of the National Champion Auburn Tigers’ Striker, Michael ‘Why Can’t the Miz be on this show too’ Cole and Josh ‘Who will be the ‘Josh Mathews’ of the new Tough Enough’ Mathews.

While Alberto Del Rio comes to the ring, Cole, Mathews, and Striker talk about what Alberto did on Raw on Monday night when Alberto confronted Shawn Michaels. Their accounts of what happened differ slightly.

Alberto reminds us his name and Cole steps on his line. Alberto says that the people in the South are a bit slow. However, they know that there is no one like him on Raw or Smackdown. He tells everyone not to get angry because it isn’t his fault. It is his destiny. He will destroy their dreams and their hero’s dreams when he wins the Royal Rumble. He told Shawn Michaels that after he wins, he will be known as the new Mr. Wrestlemania.

Truth says that the Royal Rumble is a few weeks away but Del Rio has lost his mind. Truth tells Pancho that Alberto can’t win Royal Rumble because you have a bunch of fancy cars. You can’t win the Royal Rumble because you have a creepy creepy ring announcer. You can’t win because of destiny. A championship match on the world’s biggest stage isn’t something you can buy or inherit, you have to earn that on your own. You earn that by stepping up to the plate like a man. The man that Alberto can’t be.

Cody Rhodes comes out to the ring after making sure that he is truly ‘dashing’. He tells Alberto and Truth that dashing is in at the Royal Rumble and everyone else is out. If you don’t look like him, you are going over the top rope to your ungroomed and undashing lifestyles. Cody says that he is twenty-five but he has already been in three Rumble matches. He says that he is the face that will main event Wrestlemania.

Rey Mysterio comes out and he wants to get something straight. Winning the Royal Rumble isn’t about looking like a diva as he addresses Cody. He tells Alberto that it isn’t about destiny. Rey says that it is about beating the odds. It is about surviving and that is what Rey has been doing his whole entire life.

Alberto tells Rey that no one wants to hear his inspirational stories and he will beat him like the dog he is. Rey asks Alberto how many Royal Rumbles he has won and Rey points out that he hasn’t won any. Rey mentions that he won a Royal Rumble.

Cody says that Rey winning the Royal Rumble is so 2006. Just like the fashion of 2006, he is out of style. He tells Truth that is ‘what’s up’.

Truth wants to know if we are stealing catch phrases and he punches Cody. All four men fight with Rey and Cody pairing up while Truth and Del Rio fight on the other side of the ring.

Teddy Long comes out and says that if they want to mix it up, they will do it in the ring. Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes will face R Truth and Rey Mysterio in a tag match.

We go to commercial.

Match Number One: Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes versus Rey Mysterio and R Truth

 

Cody and Rey start things off and they lock up with Cody backing Rey into the corner and Cody with a kick instead of a clean break. Cody with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Rey blocks a punch and then Rey with kicks and forearms. Rey follows that with shoulders in the corner and a kick. Rey with a drop kick into the corner. Del Rio tags in and Del Rio kicks Rey and then he sends Rey into the turnbuckles. Del Rio with a snap mare and kick to the back for a near fall. Del Rio with knees to the midsection and Cody’s attempt to interfere backfires but Del Rio sends Rey under the bottom rope to the floor.

Del Rio Irish whips Rey into the ringside barrier and they return to the ring and Del Rio gets a near fall. Cody tags back in and he punches Rey in the ribs and head. Rhodes with a boot to the chest but he misses the Ric Flair knee drop. Rey goes up top but Cody stops him with a forearm. Cody tries for a superplex but Rey holds on to the turnbuckle and Rey with a head butt to knock Cody off and Rey with a cross body. Both men are down but they are able to make the tag.

Truth with clotheslines to Del Rio followed by a punch and hip toss. Truth with a sit out gourdbuster for a near fall. Truth sends Del Rio over the top rope to the floor and then Cody tries to charge at Truth but Truth ducks down and Cody goes to the floor as well. Truth hands things over to Rey who hits an Asai Moonsault onto Del Rio and Rhodes. Truth and Rey celebrate in the ring as we go to commercial.

We are back and Del Rio punches and kicks Truth before he sends Truth into his corner and he tags in Cody. Cody hits a gourdbuster but Truth with a drop toe hold and punches to the head. Truth with a forearm to Rhodes and then to Del Rio on the apron. Cody with a shoulder tackle to Truth while Rodriguez fans Del Rio on the floor.

Rhodes with a series of boots to Truth’s chest. Rhodes with a series of jabs to Truth. Del Rio tags in and hits a drop kick on Truth and gets another near fall. Del Rio with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Del Rio with a rear chin lock. Truth with a few punches but Del Rio sends Truth back to the mat. Cody tags in and he gets between Truth and his corner to prevent the tag. Rhodes with knees to the midsection as he goes off the ropes and then Cody with a side Russian leg sweep for a near fall. Cody with a body scissors and arm bar on Truth.

Truth gets Cody up and hits the electric chair drop and both men are down again. Cody gets to his feet first but Truth is the first to tag and Rey hits a seated splash on Cody and then he knocks Del Rio off the apron. Rey with kicks followed by a springboard cross body for a near fall.

Rhodes with a knee and Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Rey with a sunset flip and this time Rhodes rolls through and tries for a rollup but Rey counters it and gets a near fall of his own that is broken up by a drop kick from Del Rio. All four men are in the ring and Truth with a leg lariat to Del Rio to send him to the floor. Rhodes clotheslines Truth to the floor before returning his attention to the legal man in the match. Cody catches Rey as he comes off the ropes and sets for the Alabama Slam but Rey counters with a head scissors that sends Cody into the ropes. Rey with the 619 followed by the springboard dive and the three count.

Winners: Rey Mysterio and R Truth

After the match, Alberto is on the floor showing his anger over losing to Rey and Truth.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Did You Know what WWE has done with Make A Wish over the years?

It is now time for Str8 Outta Brooklyn with JTG. This week he talks about CM Punk and what he did to Nexus on Monday. His next subject is Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero.

Josh brings up the Fatal Four Way match from last week and then we see the footage of Wade Barrett making his official debut on Smackdown by attacking Big Show.

Wade Barrett is in the interview area with Todd Grisham. Todd asks Wade if he has any second thoughts. Wade says that when he was on Raw, he was like Julius Caesar because he was a conquering hero who became so powerful that people had to conspire against him because that is how truly frightened of him they were. He is here on Smackdown to own it. He says that he showed Big Show that he respected him by attacking him. Just like John Cena on Raw, he only goes after the biggest and the baddest because nobody else is worth his time. He will take down the biggest, foulest, filthiest beast and when he is done everyone will Hail Caesar.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a video package for Ezekiel Jackson and he is coming to Smackdown soon.

We see highlights from the match two weeks ago between Drew McIntyre and Trent Barreta when Drew gave Trent the Future Shock DDT after Trent knocked himself out with a dive to the floor.

Match Number Two: Trent Barreta versus Drew McIntyre

 

Trent knocks Drew off the apron when McIntyre gets to the ring and the referee holds Trent back so he can officially start the match. Drew charges at Trent but Trent moves out of the way and Trent punches Drew. The referee pulls Trent out of the corner and Drew responds with a running boot to the head and punches. Drew pulls Trent to the floor and then he sends him into the announce table. Drew shows Trent no respect by slapping him. Drew brings Trent back into the ring. Drew with short clotheslines in the corner followed by a short arm clothesline. Drew with a drop kick for a near fall.

Drew with an arm bar on Trent followed by knees and a forearm to the back. Drew with a release German suplex but Trent lands on his feet and then he hits a running knee and Trent gets a near fall. Trent goes to the apron and misses a springboard move. Drew responds with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex that sends Trent into the turnbuckles. Drew gives a thumbs down and then prepares to press slam Trent to the floor but Trent is able to counter and gets a sunset flip for the three count.

Winner: Trent Barreta

After the match, Drew cannot believe that he lost the match.

Big Show is walking in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back and Trent Barreta is walking in the back. He is congratulated by some people for his win over Drew. There is someone in the back who was not so happy to see Trent get the win. That man is Drew McIntyre who blindsides Trent and sends him into a cage door. Drew asks Trent if he feels like a winner. Drew looks up and sees Kelly standing there.

Drew tries to explain himself. He tells Kelly that he knows he has some issues with aggression but he was just going to ask Trent for a rematch. Kelly says that isn’t what she saw. Kelly thought that he had some decency when he helped her last week. Drew says that he really cares about her and he says that he is sincere. Kelly says that she doesn’t want to be around people who take pleasure in beating people up and she walks away.

Match Number Three: Big Show versus Wade Barrett

 

Show with a boot and forearm to Barrett followed by a head butt and chop. Show with a punch to the midsection but Barrett responds with a drop kick to the knee and a boot to the head. Barrett punches Show and continues to keep him on the mat with kicks. Barrett with kicks to the leg and he goes for a cover but Show powers out before the ref can count. Barrett returns to the leg and knee. Show escapes and he hits a leg drop. Show blocks a kick and pushes Barrett away. Show with a chop and then he sends Barrett into the turnbuckles and hits a running shoulder tackle. Show grabs Barrett but Wade escapes the choke slam. Show grabs Barrett again but Barrett rakes the eyes to escape the hold a second time. Show tries for a third time but we will never know if he can choke slam Barrett because Heath Slater hits the ring and he goes after Big Show and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: Big Show by disqualification

After the match, Slater is joined by his fellow Ex-Nexus Member Justin Gabriel. Gabriel comes off the turnbuckles but Show grabs him by the throat. Barrett clips Show when he tries to choke slam Gabriel.

Ezekiel Jackson comes to ringside and he looks at Big Show. Do we have an alliance between these two behemoths? Slater kicks Show in the leg and Gabriel climbs Show but Show snap mares him. Barrett and Slater battle with Show and Gabriel gets a chair but Show punches it.

Jackson enters the ring and he clotheslines Big Show. Gabriel, Barrett, Slater, and Jackson attack Big Show. Slater hits a flatliner on Show and then Jackson slams Big Show. Barrett tells Gabriel to go up top for the 450 Splash. Barrett stands on Big Show’s chest while they celebrate in the ring.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Cole, Striker, and Mathews talk about what just happened with Wade Barrett and his former and current fellow Nexus members as well as Ezekiel Jackson. We see the slam of Big Show in slow motion.

We then see footage during the commercial break with every referee helping Show to his feet.

Match Number Four: Michelle McCool with Layla versus Beth Phoenix

 

They lock up and Beth runs Michelle into the corner and then connects with forearms. Beth with a double sledge but she misses a charge into the corner. Beth with an elbow and then she goes to the turnbuckles but Michelle kicks Beth in her injured knee and Michelle focuses on that injury with kicks to the knee. Michelle with an elbow drop to the leg and then she continues to work on the knee. Beth kicks Michelle and connects with more forearms. Michelle returns to the leg and gets a near fall. Michelle with a forearm to the back of the knee. Michelle celebrates too soon and Beth gets a near fall with a rollup. Michelle with a clothesline and she gets another near fall. Michelle kicks Beth in the knee and continues her focus on the knee. Michelle uses the ropes for extra impact on the leg but Michelle tries too many times and Beth propels Michelle over the top rope with her good leg. Beth with forearms followed by a slingshot suplex for a near fall. Beth tries for the Glam Slam but Michelle with a kick to the knee. Beth gets Michelle up for the Glam Slam but Michelle counters with a rollup. However, Beth is able to gain the advantage with her balance and gets the three count with a rollup.

Winner: Beth Phoenix

After the match, Layla goes into the ring to check on her BFF while Beth celebrates her victory on the ramp.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Shawn Michaels Hall of Fame video package.

We go to Teddy Long’s office and he is having a heated discussion with Vickie Guerrero. Vickie mentioned that since Teddy was not at Smackdown last week she was in charge. Teddy reminds Vickie that he is the General Manager and it is his show. Teddy has a phone call and he has to go deal with the Wade Barrett situation.

Dolph tells Vickie that when they are on with Edge, he will do everything to try to stir things up. He says that their relationship is stronger than that. Dolph apologizes for what he said last week. Vickie says that she knows that people can say things that are hurtful. Vickie says that she forgives him and that there is nothing to worry about on the Cutting Edge.

Kofi Kingston is walking in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back and we see highlights from last week’s Intercontinental Title Match between Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler when Kofi beat Dolph twice.

Kofi has something to say before his match. After five long, hard months he has clawed and scratched to finally get his title back. Kofi is proud to say that he is the Intercontinental Champion again. He says that it feels good. While Dolph Ziggler had Vickie Guerrero in his corner, Kofi says that he felt like he had everyone else in his corner. Kofi says that he learned a few things . . .

We won’t find out what he learned because his opponent comes out. Jack Swagger has something to say. He says that he is proud that Kofi learned something. He has a new lesson for Kofi. 2011 is the year of the American, the All-American. He will be raising the bar on Smackdown and invites Kofi to join him up there. He wants to give Kofi an All American American American American public service announcement. The ankle lock is a dangerous position to be in. As you lay helpless on your stomach, panic sets in and so does humiliation as you realize that you are about to tap out before the entire world.

Kofi says that he wants Jack to shut up. Kofi says that he will shut Jack up by beating him up right now.

Match Number Five: Kofi Kingston versus Jack Swagger

 

They lock up and Swagger backs Kofi into the corner and Swagger misses a punch. Kofi with kicks and punches followed by a European uppercut and Irish whip. Kofi tries to leap into the corner but Swagger sees it coming and he gets his boots up. Swagger sends Kofi to the floor as we go to commercial.

We are back and Swagger with boots to the chest and then he pushes Kofi into the ropes. We see footage from the commercial break when Swagger hot shot Kofi onto the announce table. Swagger with a slam and he applies an arm bar on Kofi. Kofi with a forearm but Swagger sends Kofi into the corner and hits a running clothesline. Swagger with the double jump Swagger Bomb for a near fall. Swagger with a key lock on Kofi and he pulls Kofi to the mat. Kofi kicks Swagger in the leg but Swagger with kicks to stop Kofi. Swagger biels Kofi across the ring. Swagger tries for the Double Jump Swagger Bomb again but Kofi rolls out of the way. Kofi with kicks and punches to Swagger in the corner and the referee warns Kofi. Swagger picks Kofi up but Kofi counters with a rollup for a near fall.

Kofi tries for the SOS but Swagger counters and tries for the Doctor Bomb. Kofi escapes and tries for Trouble in Paradise but Swagger sees it coming and he ducks out of the way. Swagger with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Swagger with a forearm to the back and a kick to the chest. Swagger tries for a running power slam but Kofi gets free and Swagger runs into a boot in the corner. Kofi hits the SOS and gets the three count.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

We go to commercial.

We are back with Edge and the Cutting Edge. Edge welcomes everyone to the Cutting Edge. He says that a lot of people didn’t think he would come out of the Last Man Standing Match with Kane in one piece. He almost didn’t but he was the last man standing. He stands here tonight as the World Champion. He goes from facing one monster last week to another monster this week. He is talking about Vickie Guerrero. He brings out Vickie and her boyfriend, the number one contender Dolph Ziggler.

Edge welcomes his guests to his show and he hopes that everyone can be mature and professional about this. Edge says that there was some controversy last week with Dolph’s win. Vickie says that there was no controversy. Dolph became the number one contender and he will beat Edge at the Royal Rumble.

Edge says that it is just like old times. He sees the look in Vickie’s eye and he tells her that ship has sailed. Dolph tells Edge that if he is going to insult his girlfriend the interview is over. Edge says that he didn’t call her a ‘man eating beast’ or say that Vickie snores in her sleep. It isn’t like he said that you could go parasailing with her panties or that she makes a weird noise when you do that thing.

Vickie stops Edge and throws out an excuse me. Vickie says that if they want to let the garbage out it is on. Vickie says that she was once married to Edge, but that was a long time ago when she was young and naïve. Every day she lives with the regret that she lived with Edge.

Edge points out that Vickie is ten years older than him and she wears a necklace that says ‘Cougar’.

Dolph tells Edge not to be jealous that Vickie has gone from ‘no class’ to ‘first class’. Dolph says that Vickie has been a godsend and wonders how Edge couldn’t appreciate everything that Vickie did for Edge. Vickie took Edge in like a little rescue dog and breathed new life into him. Nobody thought that Edge would win the World Title again and that his career was over. Vickie rescusicated his career, but at the Royal Rumble, he will pull the plug and watch Edge’s title reign flatline to a finish.

Vickie says that their love is true. Vickie says that she brought a clip to show how Dolph is a better man. If they ever got married, Dolph would never do ‘this’ to her. We see the footage from 2008 when Edge was caught with Alicia Fox on video kissing Edge during her days as a wedding planner.

Edge says that he senses where the hostility is coming from and Vickie reminds Edge that it was their wedding day. Edge says that maybe Dolph is a better man than him and Edge has a clip for Dolph and Vickie.

We go to a clip from two months ago when Dolph was caught with Kaitlyn while AJ and Primo were looking for a private place. Edge says that you really couldn’t see her face, but it did look like Vickie’s NXT rookie. Dolph attacks Edge but Edge with a boot and Dolph goes to the floor.

Vickie yells at Edge again and slaps him a few times for doing it on their wedding day. Edge doesn’t want to hit a woman and Vickie attacks Edge from behind. Edge turns around and has that look of spear on his face. Vickie says that Edge can’t touch her. Edge starts to leave the ring, but he comes back in and it’s Spearing Time.

Dolph pulls Edge out of the ring and hits a side Russian leg sweep into the ringside barrier. Dolph hits the Zig Zag into the ring steps. Dolph and Vickie kiss over Edge’s lifeless body and we go to credits.

2012 - The fabled ECW Arena on the corner of Swanson and Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia, PA closed as a venue after it was taken over by new management.  A year later, the venue, slated for major remodeling, sits vacant and has not hosted any events, nor has its been reconstructed.  The venue, which became one of the most legendary buildings in wrestling history during the run of Extreme Championship Wrestling, hosted independent shows all through the end of its existence.

On its final night as a wrestling venue (the final event in the facility was a boxing event), CZW and EVOLVE both hosted live events....

Mike Johnson filed the following CZW live coverage:

Welcome to PWInsider.com's dueling coverage of CZW's final event at the ECW Arena in South Philadelphia, PA. I'll be doing live ongoing coverage while Stu Carapola will be posting ongoing thoughts from the show. Later tonight, we'll switch roles for EVOLVE 10.

CZW opened up with Greg Excellent, who earned the right to have power over tonight's show, with promoter Maven Bentley and Roger Argitiani, who is departing as the leaseholder of the ECW Arena.

Bentley said that he wanted to welcome everyone to the best wrestling Arena in the world. The fans chanted "ECW" and "CZW." Bentley said that they've been here for years and they wanted to publicly thank Roger for allowing them back when they were told to hit the bricks and for allowing them to do the style they are famous for.

Roger took the mic and said that there are many people who need to be thanked for all the years of running in the building. He thanked the staff of the concession stands for servicing the fans all these years. The crowd chanted, "Juicy Hotdogs." Roger then asked that all the performers on tonight's show come out to ringside.   The locker room came out.  He said that he wanted to thank everyone who was here, who was ever here and who hopefully one day will get to come back here on day for all the years of performing in the building.

Roger then thanked Michael Pancoast, who headed up the production in the building.  He turned to Bentley and said that it was a pleasure doing business with him.  He asked for Hyde to come out and he didn't come out so Roger said, "OK go f*** yourself."  Roger then asked all the fans to give themselves a round of applause.  He asked that everyone enjoy the show.

Bentley then said that while they were asked to take the banners down by the owners of the building, they want Trent Acid, JC Bailey and Chris Cash that they are all missed and they are watching tonight.  They opened a bottle of champagne and sprayed it in their honor.  Bentley offered the mic to Excellent.

Excellent did some mic work saying that he was in charge and was giving out contracts today to everyone because he just doesn't care.  He said that he wanted to introduce his Genie in a Bottle, DJ Hyde.  Hyde came out dressed like a genie, complete with a turban.  Excellent said that been screwing and messing with people, including former employee Dru Blood, who was fired at Cage of Death by Hyde.  Excellent announced that he signed himself to a new deal where he can't be fired by Hyde and then announced that Blood was re-hired as a referee.  Excellent announced that Hyde vs. Zandig would close the show tonight.  He then announced that someone called and asked for a match tonight and would be facing Hyde in a warm-up match tonight.  Out came Whacks, CZW's old photographer turned hardcore wrestler.

Whacks vs. DJ Hyde

Whacks went right after Hyde and was shoulderblocked down.  It didn't look pretty.  Hyde chopped him against the ropes and hit a sideslam but Dru Blood didn't want to count the fall.  Hyde screamed at him, asking what he was doing.  Whacks nailed several forearms but was hit with a clothesline.  Same result.  Blood didn't want to count the fall.  Hyde argued with Blood and was nailed by Whacks, who then hit a back senton splash off the ropes for a quick pinfall win.

Your winner, Whacks!

Not much of a match, but more of a chance for Whacks to come out and work in front of the fans one last time, plus it allowed Blood and Excellent to "get back" a little at Hyde for all he's pulled.

Derek Frazier vs. Ryan McBride

Frazier told the referee that he should get out of the ring because he brought his own referee.  Out came Rockin' Rebel.  My God, they are ALL coming out of the woodwork tonight.  Rebel took the mic and ripped on the ring announcer, who was absolutely horrible (Larry Legend was away on a vacation in the Bahamas).   Rebel said that he's been here for 19 years and said that he was f***ing all their mothers then and the only reason they are here now is their mothers stopped sucking c***.  He ripped on the fans, doing some lame racial mic work.

Frazier hid in the crowd as McBride came to the ring and attacked him in the aisle.   He worked over McBride with chops at ringside.  McBride fired back with chops of his own.  McBride placed Frazier against the railing and chopped away at him.  They brawled around ringside.   Frazier went for a Russian legsweep on the floor but McBride kicked him off.  They returned to the ring, where McBride controlled the match and worked over Frazier's knee. 

McBride went for a Sharpshooter but Frazier slipped out.  He went for a kick but missed and McBride drilled him.  Frazier was nailed with a German suplex.   McBride nailed him with an enziguiri and came off the ropes with a frog splash for a two count.   He loaded up for a running forearm but Frazier moved.  He drilled McBride with a kick to the head and drove him into the ring with a flatliner off the second rope while McBride was hanging.  Frazier scored a two count.

McBride reversed a suplex attempt but Frazier turned it into like a reverse standing Buff Blockbuster for a two count.   Frazier took his knee brace off and prepared to use it as a weapon.  McBride ducked and Rebel was nailed.  McBride hit a leap into a Death Valley Driver and scored the pin as the originally dispatched referee returned.

Rebel recovered and thanked everyone for all their support of the building all these years.

Uhaa Nation vs. AR Fox

They had some OK back and forth wrestling early.  Fox sent Nation to the floor and hit this awesome leaping dive to the floor.  Nation cut his legs out from him as Fox returned to the apron.  He nailed a German suplex on the apron.  He then hit a standing moonsault off the apron onto Fox, crashing his own legs against the guard rail.  It was sick looking.

Back in the ring, Nation whipped Fox into the ropes and cut him off with a big rear elbow.   Fox came back with a leaping crucifix.  He nailed a flip into the corner and then cannonballed Nation against the turnbuckles for a two count.  Nation came back with a series of German suplexes.  He closed them up with the Chaos Theory.   Nation went to the ropes but Fox cut him off.  He went for a rana off the ropes but Nation held on.  Fox crashed and burned.  Nation hit a diving headbutt on Fox for a two count.

Fox came back with a Kryptonite Krunch.  Fox sent Nation to the floor and flipped off the ringpost for a dive.  Back in the ring, Fox went for a springboard 450 splash but Nation pulled his knees up.  Fox went to the floor and Nation hit this INSANE leaping forward flipping dive to the floor.  Back in the ring, he nailed a sideslam and scored a two count.

Nation went back to the top.  Fox cut him off and nailed a springboard flipping Uranage for the pin.

Your winner, AR Fox!

Nation is unbelievably talented.  That dude has IT.  He's still raw but wow, he's going to be awesome.   He worked his ass off.  Fox looked good in some spots.

Nation got a huge reaction and the fans chanted his name on the way out.

CZW Tag Team champs Azrieal & Bandido Jr. vs. BLKOUT's Alex Colon & Ruckus (with Chrissy Rivera and Robby Mireno)

Colon and Azrieal opened up and they went back and forth.  Coloin went for a facewash against the ringpost but Azrieal moved.  They traded armdrags and hiptosses.   Ruckus tagged in and they went into a series of fast paced sequences including Rivera teasing a dive.  

Bandido cut off Ruckus with a leg lariat but was caught with an inverted atomic drop.   BLK OUT tagged in and out, working over the champs.  They did the Backseat Boyz' Dream Sequence, which had to be a shout out to Trent Acid.   The champs cut off Colon and worked him over.  Colon shoved Azrieal off the ropes and came off with a leaping knee to the back of the neck.  

All four brawled.  Rivera snuck into the ring and tripped up Azrieal.  She went to the top and did a dive to the floor onto everyone else who was brawling on the floor.  It looked like she almost came up short, which would have been scary.  Back in the ring, Ruckus nailed the Razzle Dazzle on Azrieal and did a rolling suplex into the corner.

The Runaways hit the ring and attacked BLK OUT, laying them out.  

They announced it was a no contest.

The champions weren't happy with the interference and started brawling with the Runaways.   They laid them out and their valet Kimber Lee was left in the ring with BLK OUT and the champs.  Rivera attacked her and laid her out, then nailed a Facewash in the corner.   She set up for another but the Runaways pulled her out.

Robby Mireno took the mic and told the Runaways "Any time, any building, anywhere on the face of the planet" they could go at it.  They brawled briefly in the aisles.

 

CZW Junior Heavyweight champ Sami Callihan vs. Rich Swann

Callihan charged at Swann and beat the hell out of him in the corner.  Swann refused to back down, asking if that was the best Sami had.   Callihan lifted and slammed Swann in the corner.   Callihan tied up his knee but Swann escaped.  Callihan went for the Stretch Muffler but Swann kicked him off and nailed a stiff dropkick.  Swann went for a flip dive off the apron but Callihan jumped back on the ring and Swann hit the railing.

Callihan pulled Swann up on the apron and kicked him off, then nailed a low flying dive into the guard rail.  Callihan worked over Swann on the floor, sending him into the railing and chopping and kicking away at him.  Sami charged and chopped Swann so hard he flipped over the railing and landed in the first row.  Swann barely made it back into the ring and when he did, Callihan cut him off and held him on the mat, beating the back of Swann's neck and back.

Swann fought back and chopped away at him.  Callihan drilled him back but Swann came out of a whip and nailed a leaping clothesline that flipped Callihan over then used a spinning head scissors to drill Callihan head first into the mat.  Swann went for a springboard elbow in the corner but was cut off.  Callihan nailed a Facewash in the corner and then followed up with another.  Swann came back to nail an awesome leaping dive to the floor.

The dive rocked Callihan who dragged himself back to his feet.  Swann came off the ropes but was cut off and caught with a powerbomb for a two count, then rolled into a figure four combination.   Callihan drilled him with a clothesline in the corner, then a Death Valley Driver.   Callihan rebounded off the ropes for a splash, getting a two count.  He locked Swann in the Stretch Muffler.  Swann turned it into a rolling pinning combination for a two count then nailed a kick.

Callihan was placed on the top rope and nailed with a flip into a kick to the head.  He went to the ropes but Callihan drove him down to the mat and locked on the Stretch Muffler.  Trapped, Swann tapped.

Your winner and still CZW Junior Heavyweight champion, Sami Callihan!

Excellent match. Best of the show so far.

They showed each other respect and hugged after the match.

Greg Excellent vs. Mia Yim (with Adam Cole)

This is a rematch from their awesome bout at Night of Infamy, which was entertaining as hell.  Excellent, who is in charge, announced that all "douchebags in green tights" must leave ringside, so  Cole had to leave.  He and Yim weren't happy. 

They locked up and Excellent shoved her down.  She immediately attacked him with strikes and kicks.  Excellent fired back.  She slapped him.  He chopped her across the chest. She slapped him and he slapped her back.   She came off the ropes with an elbow and dropkicked him in the face, sending Excellent to the floor.

On the apron, Yim charged him but he ducked it and clotheslined her legs.  She bumped to the floor.  He grabbed her in a wheelbarrow and slammed her into the ringpost.   He worked her over on the floor and had fans hold her by the arms so he could grab her by the nipples.  Seriously.  He then grabbed her face and motorboated her into his chest.  He continued working her over and tossed Yim back into the ring.

Back in the ring, he maneuvered her head in between his legs and humped her, slamming her head into the mat several times.  He worked her into the corner but she nailed him and hung over the ropes with an armbar.  Excellent cut her off and scored several near falls.

Excellent placed Yim on the top rope and went for a superplex but she fought him off and nailed a Code Red off the top into the ring for a two count.  The crowd chanted, "She's hardcore."  Yim argued with the referee.  Excellent began stripping.   Yim nailed him in the groin but he liked it.  He sent her to the floor and went for a dive.  Well, it was a dive in theory.   Back in the ring, he nailed her with a spike piledriver (Jay Driller) and scored the pin,

Your winner, Greg Excellent!

Not as much silliness as the first match between them but equally entertaining.  Yim is a bad ass woman.  Excellent did a great job here too.

Excellent took the mic and said, "You are one tough b****."

When we came back from intermission, they ran a Shane Douglas promo announcing an Extreme Reunion event for 4/28 in Philadelphia.  We have more on that on the main page of PWInsider.com.

Danny Havoc came to the ring and said he came to the show really angry because he has unfinished business with Drew Gulak.  He said that this is Greg Excellent's show and Greg wants to have a good fun show and told him to just go our and toast the Arena and the fans.  He said that is why he's here and he loves everyone, but none of his running buddies are here,but he makes friends everywhere he goes.  He said he ran into a few people in the bar and invited them to join him in the ring.  Out came Homicide, Nick Berk, Adam Flash, Messiah, Nate Webb and The Blue Meanie, who came out rolling a keg of beer.   They all toasted the Arena.

Out came Drew Gulak and his minions.   Gulak asked why he has to sit in the back and waste his time while this debauchery is going on.   The fans chanted for Nick Gage.  Gulak said that he can't be here because he robbed a bank.  Gulak pointed out each guy who came out and mocked each of them, ending with Meanie.  There was a huge "BWO" chant.  Gulak asked Havoc why he had nothing better to do than bring out a bunch of relics.  He warned Havoc not to hit him or he'll be fined again.  He made a crack about Havoc's wife and Havoc attacked him, setting off a big brawl.  In the end, Gulak was left laying in the ring and his minions were wiped out on the floor.

Matt Tremont hit the ring

Matt Tremont vs. Drew Gulak

Tremont attacked Gulak and worked him over.  Gulak was whipped into the ring and nailed with a dropkick.  Tremoint whipped him into the corner and caught him with a sideslam for a two count.   Tremint worked over Gulak on the floor.  Gulak grabbed a female photographer, Christine Coons, for protection.   Tremont pulled him into the ring and worked him over with a series of headbutts.

Tremont fishhooked Gulak's mouth and ripped away at him.   Gulak cut him off and choked him in the corner.   Gulak used a spinning toehold and hooked Tremont's ankle to wear him down.      He continued working over Tremont's ankle, playing off the damage it took in Cage of Death last month, then locked in a sleeper hold.  Tremont fought his way out and nailed a sideslam for a two count.  

Tremont unloaded with a series of rights and a clothesline, followed by a back elbow for a two count.   Tremont began working over Gulak's arm with an armwringer, flipping Gulak to the mat and nailing a leaping elbow.   Gulak made a comeback working over Tremont's bad ankle, including dropkicking it.

Gulak locked him out with a Dragon Sleeper and Tremont gave up.

Your winner, Drew Gulak!

Gulak went to attack him after the match but Tremont got the better of him, so Gulak ran to the back.

Danny Havoc and Rory Mondo came out.  Havoc said that they were having a good time and Gulak ruined it and tapped out to him?  He said that Mondo was out here because he and Tremont were both entered into the 6/23 Tournament of Death and then we'd see who deserves the Death Match Trials title.  He then challenged Tremont to a rematch from Cage of Death when CZW returns to Indianapolis.

Philadelphia Street Fight: Joker vs. Eddie Kingston

They exchanged kicks and strikes as soon as Kingston hit the ring.   Joker knocked him to the floor and hit a dive through the ropes.    He worked over Kingston on the floor but Kingston fired back with a series of fast chops.  He and Joker went back and forth with Kobashi chops on the floor.  They brawled for a long time on the floor.

When they returned to the ring, Joker worked over Kingston, who tried to fire back from his knees.    Kingston finally dazed Joker with a stiff headbutt.   He slapped Joker hard.  Joker came back with a series of strikes and a knee to the face.  He brought a table into the ring and placed it in the corner.  Joker went for an exploder but Kingston fought it off. He tried to whip Kingston into the table but he stopped short.

Joker nailed an exploder like suplex on Kingston.   He set Kingston up on the table and went to the top, but Kingston recovered and nailed a superplex through the table.   Both men recovered to their knee and exchanged forearms.   Joker nailed his exploder style suplex, then drilled him with a shining wizard for a two count.   Kingston came back with the roundhouse backhand for the pin.

Kingston took the mic and ripped on a few fans heckling him.  Kingston said that this will be the last show in this building.   He said Eddie Moore was born in NYC but Eddie Kingston was born because of this building.  He said that a lot of times he doesn't like the fans and they don't care him but without this place, he was nothing.  He said that when he dies, don't take him to the hospital, take him to the Arena, because this is where he was born.  

CZW champion Devon Moore vs. Adam Cole

They went back and forth.  Cole took control and worked over Moore.  He teased a big move while rebounding off the ropes and instead stopped and locked in a side chinlock.    Moore came back with a sunset flip for a two count.  Cole nailed a Fireman's Carry into an over the knee backbreaker.  The crowd started getting on Cole for being boring,  He scissored Moore's head and neck with his legs to try and wear him down.

Moore came back with a senton.   They went back and forth until Cole snapped a superkick.  Both men were down and out as the referee counted them down.   Cole snapped off a forearm and Moore nailed him back.   Moore missed an enziguiri and was picked up and drilled into a slam by Cole.

Moore came off the ropes and nailed a tornado DDT and a running boot to the face for a two count.   He went to suplex Cole into the corner but Cole reversed it and draped him on the top turnbuckle.  Cole was shoved off.  Moore nailed a shooting star press for a two count.

Mia Yim got on the apron and distracted Moore. Cole grabbed him and hit an inverted DDT for a two count.  The crowd thought that was the finish.  Yim handed Cole the belt and he teased hitting the champ with it, but instead snapped it around his waist.   Cole took it off and hit a leaping flip piledriver for another two count.  The crowd booed that it wasn't the finish.

Cole gave Yim the belt and she tried to nail Moore with it.  Instead he ducked and she almost hit Cole.  Moore charged with a boot but Cole moved and Yim ate it.  Moore and Cole went back and forth with the belt trying to use it.  Moore superkicked the belt into Cole's face and that was it.

Your winner and still CZW champion Devon Moore!

 

Past and Present Ultraviolent Icon Rules Death Match: John Zandig vs. DJ Hyde

There are a ton of weapons, including glass panes, a chair wrapped in barbed wire, a wiffle ball bat with thumbtacks taped to it and more.

Hyde took the mic and said that everyone wants to see him die tonight.  He ripped on the fans.  He said that they all love Zandig.  He said that he was a Tournament of Death winner and Zandig wasn't, so how dare they not support him.  He said that the venue belongs to him, not ECW, not CZW, not Zandig but DJ Hyde.

Zandig took the mic and said that if it was his building, it wouldn't be their last show here.  He said that's what happens when he leaves, CZW loses the building and asked him where he was going to go next.  He said don't talk about Japan or Arkansas, but what has he done for these fans here?  Ouch.  Talk about cutting deep.

Zandig was announced as the former owner.  He took the mic and said, "F*** former owner.  I am CZW!"

Hyde got in Zandig's face and was punched down immediately.  They went to the floor where Zandig nailed him with a thumbtack bat.  They brawled into the crowd.  Zandig whipped Hyde into a row of chairs as the fans swarmed around them.  He dragged Hyde to another part of the building and slammed him onto another row of chairs.   He slapped Hyde hard in the face, then took a chair from a fan and nailed him with a chair.

Zandig then whipped Hyde into a wall near the front door.   They continued to brawl through the entire buiding.  Zandig grabbed a trash can and nailed Hyde with it in the crowd.  They returned to the ringside area.   Zandig tore at Hyde's forehead with something on the floor.  

Zandig tried to whip Hyde into a pane of glass in the corner but there were a series of reversals, leading into Hyde spearing Zandig into the pane of glass, which exploded.  Zandig's back was ripped up.  Hyde began carving into Zandig's head with broken pieces of glass.   Hyde slammed the barbed wire chair over Zandig's back, then dug it into his back.  Hyde ran the thumbtack bat over Zandig's forehead, then slammed it hard across his back.  You could see the tacks stuck in Zandig's back.

Hyde began trash talking but Zandig attacked him and beat him over the back with both thumbtack bats in rapid sucession.  He then powerbombed Hyde onto the barbed wire chair.   Zandig whipped Hyde into the corner and worked him over, then placed a pane of glass over Hyde.   Zandig hit a running knee through the pane of glass to Hyde's face.

Zandig tried to whip Hyde into another pane but Hyde reversed it.  Zandig reversed it again and Hyde hit the third pane hard.  Zandig then ran him into a fourth pane of glass.  Hyde ducked a discus clothesline and rolled up Zandig and hooked the tights to score the pinfall.

Your winner, DJ Hyde!

Hyde was celebrating on the top rope when Zandig nailed him from behind with the barbed wire chair, and shoved him forward sending Hyde taking a flip to the floor through a pane of glass that was sitting atop a contraption of chairs.  Zandig then clotheslined the referee for good measure.

Zandig took the mic and put over Nick Gage, Wifebeater, Nick Mondo and everyone else that couldn't be here.  He said that its not about the building but about the young guys who worked their ass off every time for these people.  He apologized to his daughter for not winning and said this will probably be his last match.  He said that he came because it was the last night here and he wanted to be here for the fans and the boys in the back.  He thanked the JC Baileys and Sweeneys and others who aren't here.  He then told DJ that he might be the owner but he'll never be CZW.

Stu Carapola filed the following live EVOLVE 10 coverage....

Welcome to PWInsider.com's live, ongoing coverage of EVOLVE 10, the final event to run in the former ECW Arena.

PRESHOW NOTES

-Joey Styles, Balls Mahoney, and New Jack are all here signing autographs before the show starts.

-There are scheduled to be several surprises throughout the evening.

-EVOLVE will easily shatter their attendance record tonight as there is a line down the block of people trying to get into the show.

Larry Dallas comes out with Ahtu, who has an open contract tonight and will face a mystery opponent, and it is indeed a surprise!

Ahtu vs Low Ki

Ki floors Ahtu right off the bat with a rolling front kick, and Ahtu is out. The fans chant Low Ki's name as Ahtu slowly makes his way back to his feet...then slumps to the mat again. The fans chant "one more time" as Ahtu again starts to pull himself up, just in time to take a Tidal Crush. Ahtu's flat on his back again and Low Ki goes to the top rope and comes off with the double stomp for the win.

Winner: Low Ki

AWESOME way to start the show. Crowd is going nuts for Low Ki, and referes come out to pull Ahtu out of the ring and haul him away as Low Ki, who I now realize didn't even bother to take off his Bluetooth earpiece before the match, takes the microphone to say he's spent the last year plus sitting on the sidelines watching his profession fall by the wayside. People are complacent, actors are trying to imitate professional wrestlers, and he's here in EVOLVE to be a catalyst for change. He is here to put everyone in EVOLVE on notice that Low Ki is here and he's not going anywhere, and let it be known that he will be in Toronto and Miami and he's going to make a few surprise appearances so we'd better pay attention. He wants his profession back and if anyone decides they're man enough to step in the ring with him, he dares them to (as one famous man from Red Hook, Brooklyn said) beat him if they can and survive if he lets them.

Cheech Hernandez vs Cloudy Day

They're now using their full names and Cheech is the "New Wave" character we've seen him use once or twice in DGUSA and EVOLVE. Cheech takes Cloudy down with a waistlock, but Cloudy with a double leg takedown and goes after him with right hands. He charges Cheech, but Cheech just pops him up in the air and plants him face first. Greco Roman knucklelock that Cheech wins easily, but Cloudy rolls through and they exchange lucha stuff until Cloudy sends Cheech to the outside with a flying headscissors. Cheech dodges a dive to the floor, but Cloudy stops himself before going outside, he tries to catch Cheech coming back into the ring but Cheech slides around behind him and hits a Randy Orton backbreaker for 2. Cheech with a Lou Thesz press and then does the Up In Smoke clap before locking Cloudy in a no-hands Sharpshooter. Cloudy makes the ropes and Cheech charges him in the corner, but Cloudy gets the knees up and hits a flying headscissors that sends Cheech to the outside. Cloudy goes for a twisting dive through the ropes, but Cheech moves and Cloudy goes SPLAT on hte concrete floor. Cheech, ever the compassionate soul, picks him up and rams him into the ring apron, but Cloudy nails him and rams him into the guardrail,and then Cheech returns the favor and whips him into the rail. Cloudy goes for a Code Red on the floor, but Cheech blocks and counters to a Gory Bomb onto the ring apron. That looked painful. Cheech rolls Cloudy back inside and covers for 2, Cloudy tries going up top but Cheech kicks the top rope and knocks Cloudy down onto the corner. Cloudy blocks a superplex and goes for a tornado DDT, Cheech tries hitting a pump handle something, but Cloudy counters that as well back to the DDT and both men are down. Cloudy with a rolling cradle for 2, schoolboy rollup for 2, Cheech blocks a backslide but Cloudy ducks a clothesline and hits an Ace Crusher for 2. Cloudy ducks a Yakuza Kick and hits an inverted Frankensteiner for 2. Cheech blocks an other Frankensteiner and counters to a facebuster for 2, then hits the Superman dive in the corner followed by a facewash slide and then a 619 from the floor. That still only gets 2, Cloudy tries a rolling cradle for 2 but Cheech escapes and hits Go To Cheech and covers, but pulls Cloudy up at 2. He goes for a powerbomb but Cloudy counters to Code Red for 2. He tries another flying headscissors but cheech counters to a second Go To Cheech for the win.

Winner: Cheech Hernandez

Excellent match, they went out of their way to make each other look good and even though Cheech went over, Cloudy definitely looked competitive and I think will do fine as a single if he sticks around EVOLVE.

The Scene vs John Silver & Alex Reynolds

Konley and Silver start and Konley takes Silver down with a waistlock and goes to a front facelock. Silver switches out and goes to a hammerlock, Konley counters to a wristlock, and Silver takes Konley down with an armdrag and then stretches Konley out with a modified Rings of Saturn. Konley makes the ropes and tries to leapfrog Silver out of the corner, but Silver uppercuts him coming down and they go back and forth, wipe each other out with a double clothesline, and then go back to a stalemate. Silver ducks a clothesline, smacks Konley in the mouth, and rolls him up for 2. Reynolds tags in for the first time and they do a double drop toehold followed by sandwich dropkicks to the head for 2 on Konley. Konley finally tags out to Reed and he immediately gets hiptossed by Reynolds, but Reed turns him inside out with a clothesline and then gives him the Jesse Ventura boot laces to the eyes. Reynolds with a pair of back elbows and a big dropkick for 1. Reynolds ducks a clothesline and hits a high knee to wip Reed out, Konley tries to jump him from behind but Reynolds dumps him to the apron and then goes back after Reed, who appears to slightly mistime a Hotshot but still catch enough of it to get a respectable 2. HARD vertical suplex gets 2, then Konley tags in for a double elbowdrop that gets 2. Konley holds Reynolds up for a vertical suplex and Reed chops him before Konley drops him and covers for 2. Reynolds fights his way out of the Scene's corner and tries to make the tag, but Reed drags him back so he dumps Konley to the floor and hits a handspring enziguiri, and finally makes the hot tag to Silver, who comes in and destroys Reed with a double kneedrop for 2. Konley and Reynolds go at it before Konley dumps Reynolds to the floor and goes for an Asai moonsault to the outside, but Silver catches him and prevents him from going off the ropes and then Reynolds comes in and they hit a double top rope Stunner on Konley. Reed launches Silver into the corner and then whips Reynolds into him, then Konley catapults Silver into a Reed powerslam for 2. Silver again takes both of them out with stiff kicks, then a sick combo of strikes from Silver and Reynolds ends with Silver hitting a German Suplex on Reed with Konley breaking up the cover at 2. Reed neutralizes Silver and they hit the wheelbarrow DDT into a German suplex combo on Reynolds for the win.

Winners: The Scene

The Scene is now 2-0 in EVOLVE, and this was a terrific match. I really enjoyed watching Silver and Reynolds, they went all out and had a great match, with Silver in particular showing a lot of intensity. He may be my favorite wrestler to break onto the EVOLVE scene in the last few shows and I hope he gets the opportunity to move up the card at some point. Alex Reynolds reminds me a LOT of a younger Tyler Black.

Jigsaw vs AR Fox

They do a very complex wristlock exchange to start, with Fox coming out on top and barring the arm. Jigsaw rolls through and hits a drop toehold, then goes to a surfboard that Fox escapes, so Jigsaw goes to a crucifix instead for 2, then catches Fox in the Gory Special. Fox escapes but again finds himself on the receiving end of a series of armdrags and a dropkick right to the jaw. Fox finally scores with a dropkick for 2and hits a springboard dropkick in the corner, followed by a modified version of the split legged moonsault for 2. Fox goes for a tornado DDT, but Jigsaw just dumps him on his face and then sends him to the outside so Jigsaw can hit a dive through the ropes that sends Foxcrashing into the guardrail. That gets 2 for Jigsaw, so he leans Fox in the corner and hits a nasty chop, followed by a snapmare and dropkick to the back of the neck for 2. Jigsaw with a superkick, but Fox with a Stunner and then a Diamond Cutter out of nowhere, which would have killed someone in 1998 but barely fazes Jigsaw, who is back on his feet and dumping Fox to the apron in seconds. He tries to suplex Fox back into the ring, but Fox hangs him up on the top rope and then hits a springboard dropkick and a running back senton for 2. Fox drop toeholds Jigsaw onto the second rope, then hits a clothesline and comes off top with a swanky Swanton for 2. Jigsaw with a brainbuster for 2 and then Fox goes for a springboard move, but Jigsaw just steps out of the way and kicks him in the face for 2. Fox sits Jigsaw on the top rope and springboard dropkicks him out to the floor. Fox did a springboard 450 to the floor, then laid Jigsaw on the ring apron and repeatedly drilled him with forearms before coming off the top rope with a legdrop to the apron androlls Jigsaw back in for 2. Jigsaw with a small package for 2, then a spinning back elbow, enziguiri, and a German suplex for 2. Fox hiptosses Jigsaw into a seated position on the top rope and goes for his springboard Spanish Fly, but Jigsaw counters to a German suplex off the top rope and then superkicks his teeth down his throat for 3.

Winner: Jigsaw

I'm a bit surprised to see Jigsaw get the win, but very fast paced and athletic match. Jigsaw says it was a great win and we're going to see a lot more of Jigsaw in 2012. Fox is next for the postmatch promo and says last time he was in a DGUSA ring, Sami Callihan broke a beer bottle over his head. The sound of beer bottles clinking starts playing over the speakers, and Callihan comes out clinking bottles together and tells Fox that he dares him to come after him. Referee Mike Kehner tells Fox not to because he'll be fined and suspended, and then tells Callihan to get lost. Fox goes to the top rope to go after Callihan and the referee has to physically restrain him from jumping onto Callihan, who spits at him and continues clinking bottles.

Uhaa Nation vs Pinkie Sanchez

Uhaa is accompanied by Ricochet, and is now apparently a member of Blood Warriors. First I've heard of it, but okay, makes sense the top group in the company would want him. Pinkie ducks and dodges around Uhaa and then takes his shirt off to show off the physique. He ducks another swing and slaps Uhaa on the ass, then bails out to the floor before Uhaa kills him. Uhaa gets distracted playing to the crowd and Pinkie is able to come in behind him with a dropkick, then a springboard DDT sends Uhaa to the floor where Pinkie comes over the ropes with a somersault. Pinkie goes to the apron and wastes time dancing, then tries to springboard bacck into the ring and Uhaa kills him with a Samoan drop. Pinkie with a running knee and then springboards onto Uhaa for a Frankensteiner, but Uhaa catches him and htis a pair of powerbombs, a slingshot powerbomb, a senton, and a standing moonsault for the win.

Winner: Uhaa Nation

Total domaintion by Uhaa here, Pinkie got in a couple slight bits of offense but was mostly ineffective, which is the rightway to book a match between Uhaa and a guy Pinkie's size. Uhaa says that 2012 is his year and we just witnessed the power of Blood Warriors. Lenny Leonard asks Ricochet for his thoughts on his match later tonight against Johnny Gargano, and he says that they train in Japan and now come back here where the disrespectful fans should thank him for coming to their grubby little town. He's walking out with the Open The Freedom Gate Title, and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Rich Swann and Chuck Taylor come out doing the Ronin rap and Swann says that Ricochet is CIMA's bitch and gets all the fans to sing along while calling Ricochet a bitch. Blood Warriors clear out so we can get to the next match.

Rich Swann & Chuck Taylor vs Super Smash Bros

Swann and Player Uno start off trading wristlocks and then chops and then Swann tags out to Taylor while Player Dos tags in as well. They go back and forth and Dos gets a flying headscissors and the SSB hit a drop toehold/kneedrop combo on Taylor for 2. Dos with a slingshot senton for 2, then the SSB with a side suplex/springboard Deathdrop combo for 2 on Taylor. Taylor comes out of nowhere and wipes Uno out with a clothesline, then tags out to Swann, who whips Taylor repeatedly into Uno and then takes him out with a running boot to the face for 2. Taylor knocks Dos off the ring apron and then gets Uno in a headscissors. Swann comes back in and trades chops with Uno, but Uno flattens Swann with a spinning sidewalk slam and makes the hot tagto Dos, who comes in and wipes Taylor out with a crossbody before dropkicking Swann to the floor. Dos with a tornado DDT on Taylor and a twisting dive to the floor on Swann. Dos off the top rope with a flying Rough Rider for 2, but Taylor hits Sole Food and then Uno and Swann come in for some bizarro double team I'm not even going to bother trying to identify. It's enough to get 2 on Taylor, but Taylor responds by powerbombing Dos onto Uno, booting Dos in the face, and laying out Uno so Swann can come in with a splash for 2. All heck breaks loose as they trade spots until all four men are down in the ring. Uno with a Flatliner on Taylor as Dos with a top rope Frogsplash on Swann and everyone's down again. Uno gets dumped to the floor and Taylor gets Dos in a fireman's carry on the apron, then Swann vaults over them to wipe out Uno with a dive. Swann with a Flitliner, Taylor with a top rope double stomp, and Swann with a standing shooting star press for 2. SSB with an Ontario Slam over the knees for 2 on Swann, then a Gory Driver/Blockbuster combo on Swann gets 2 when Taylor breaks up the cover. Uno blocks Sole Food, but misses a charge and tumbles to the floor as Taylor hits the Awful Waffle on Dos for the win.

Winners: Chuck Taylor & Rich Swann

Crowd is on their feet applauding a highly competitive match that made both teams look like a million bucks. Dos looks DEAD in the ring, but slowly rolls outside where Uno helps him to the back and Ronin do the postmatch promo. Taylor tells Ricochet that when he gets done touching his boyfriend CIMA, they want a shot at their title.

INTERMISSION (During which they play a great tribute video to the building which you can watch here.)

Jon Davis vs Kyle Matthews

Matthews goes to a side headlock, but Davis just lifts him up and tosses him across the ring. Matthews with a few shots that do no damage, but Davis flattens him with a chop. Matthews tries a sleeper, Davis backs into the corner to break, Matthews goes back to it andDavis easily reverses to a running powerslam. Davis runs him over with a back elbow and then nearly bodyslams him through the mat, then does it again because it's fun. Matthews tries a small package, Davis doesn't budge so Matthews tries a crossbody out of the corner and Davis catches him, then pumps him into the air for an Ace Crusher. Matthews caught him with a flying headscissors and a dropkick in the corner, but Davis flapjacks him and hits the Pounce, then Thirty Seconds Around The World for the fairly easy win.

Winner: Jon Davis

Not much to this one, but Davis lays out an open challenge to Fit Finlay, who he felt disrespected him at EVOLVE 9.

AR Fox is at ringside for the next match and tells Sami Callihan not to worry because he's just there to second Bobby Fish.

Bobby Fish vs Sami Callihan

They go right after each other with hard hitting offense, Fish killing Callihan with kicks while Callihan lays him out in the corner and hits a running facewash. Fish dumps Callihan to the floor and slingshots over the top rope onto him, then sends Sami back inside and goes up top where Fish beats him into the ring and comes off the top rope with a flying headbutt. Fish with a drop toehold and fires kicks into Callihan's chest until he goes down and covers him for 2. Fish whips Callihan hard face first into the corner and he goes down again. Fish charges and Callihan gets his boot up, but Fish catches it and legdrags him, but Callihan lays him out with a stiff kick of his own that sends Fish out to the apron where he kicks him high over the ropes. Callihan tries for the springboard clothesline out of the corner, but Fish has him scounted and just yanks him off the corner and into the ring. Callihan fires back with chops and kicks that tear Fish down like a tree trunk. Callihan goes for a bicycle kick but Fish dodgesand kicks Callihan's leg out from under him, he goes for a figure four but Callihansmall packages him for 2. Fish goes for the figure four again and Callihan tries to block, but Fish headbutts him and completes the hold. Callihan sits up and spits in Fish's face, so Fish just cranks on the hold and Callihan collapses to his back. Fish gets several two counts off the figure four, but Callihan reverses the hold and Fish is forced to go to the ropes to force the break. Fish unloads on Callihan with more kicks put Callihan rocks him with a right hand square to the jaw. Callihan goes for a charge but Fish catches him and suplexes him into the corner. Fish puts Callihan up top and they duke it out on the top rope, Callihan goes for a sunset bomb but Fish blocks, so Callihan kicks his leg out from under him and completes the powerbomb for 2 and then locks Fish in a figure four. Fish gets out of that and catches Callihan in a heel hook, but Callihan makes the ropes. They both get to their feet and trade kicks to the other's legs, then change it up and go to forearms, then back to the kicks until Fish kicks Callihan's leg so hard he simply crumples to the mat and Fish covers for 2. Callihan suddenly pops up out of nowhere and plants Fish with a backdrop suplex and then kicks straight on the inside of Fish's knee and traps him in the Stretch Muffler. Fish absolutely refuses to submit, so Callihan really cranks it on and Fox starts smacking Fish from the outside to fire him up, and Fish is somehow able to cradle Callihan for 2. Fish goes back to kicks, but Callihan blocks one and clips Fish's knee out from under him. Callihan gets distracted by Fox at ringside and goes for the Stretch Muffler again, but Fox spits at him and Callihan gets distracted again, allowing Fish to hit a backdrop suplex and trap Callihan in the heel hook right in the middle of the ring, forcing him to finally tap out.

Winner: Bobby Fish

I enjoyed the hell out of this match and the battle of attritition as they both tried their damndest to not be the first one to go down, but I was not a fan of Fox's involvement in the end. Fox gets in the ring to call Callihan a bitch and make fun of Callihan, leading to referee Mike Kehner trying to separate them. Fox handcuffs himself behind his back to give Callihan an easy target, and Pinkie Sanchez comes out to hand Callihan a beer bottle. Callihan badly wants to crack Fox with the bottle, and has to repeatedly restrain himself before leaving entirely.

It's main event time!

Open The Freedom Gate Title Match: Johnny Gargano vs Ricochet

This match is not being held under EVOLVE rules and will not affect their records in EVOLVE since a DGUSA title is on the line. Gargano has Taylor and Swann at ringside, while Ricochet has Uhaa Nation in his corner. Ricochet gets a go behind and they trade wristlocksbefore going to a stalemate, Gargano takes Ricochet down and goes to an armbar, but then they go to a fast paced, back and forth sequence that again ends in a stalemate. Another back and forth and this time Ricochet gets an armdrag and a dropkick to finally build a bit of momentum. Ricochet with a European uppercut in the corner and hits the Guile kick in the corner, but Gargano ducks a clothesline and hits a Flatliner into the second turnbuckle and then goes for a neckbreaker, Ricochet backflips through it and goes for a standing shooting star press, but Gargano misses and this time hits the neckbreaker. Gargano comes off the second and Ricochet gets the knees up, then hits the Zig Zag on Gargano but, amazingly, only gets a one count. Ricochet with an over the backstretch and walks over and starts swinging his body to slam Gargano's head into the turnbuckle. What a heel! Ricochet goes for a suplex but Gargano blocks with a kneestrike and then a boot to the head and clotheslines Ricochet to the floor. Ricochet pops back in and Gargano goes for the spear from the apron, but Ricochet moves. Gargano clotheslines him back out and hits a dive through the ropes, Ricochet misses a moonsault but lands on his feet, and Gargano twice tries to pop Ricochet onto his shoulders, but fails so he goes for a powerbomb and takes two tries to get him up and barely powerbomb him into the guardrail without killing him. Gargano rolls him back in and covers for 2, then hits an unassisted Sliced Bread #2 for 2. Gargano goes for Snake Eyes, Ricochet escapes and gets a springboard Ace Crusher out of the corner and gets 2. Ricochet with a cradle suplex into the corner and then a springboard senton for 2. Ricochet just starts slapping Gargano in the head until he gets up and they start going blow for blow and then trade enziguiris until Gargano went for the running Snake Eyes into the turnbuckle, Ricochet no-sells and hits the Pelle Kick, and Gargano superkicks Ricochet and they're both down. Gargano with a running dropkick in the corner, then Ricochet gets one, then goes to a top rope Frankensteiner but Gargano blocks and goes to the Gargano Escape. Ricochet escapes the Gargano Escape and comes off the second rope but Gargano catches him with a Zig Zag and goes back to the Gargano Escape. Ricochet gets out and dumps Ricochet to the apron, but goes after him and Ricochet hits a German suplex on the apron and then a Space Flying Tiger Drop, then rolls Gargano back in and hits a shooting star press for 2. Ricochet goes back up for a shooting star press and Gargano superkicks him on the way down and hits Hertz Donut for 2. They trade blows in the middle of the ring and Ricochet hits a series of superkicks followed by a twisting piledriver and an inverted Frankensteiner. Gargano gets back to his feet but Ricochet hits a knockout kick for a very close 2. Ricochet htis the 630 splash and covers Gargano, who again kicks out at 2. Ricochet goes back up again, but thistime Gargano evades the 630, hits another Hertz Donut, and goes to the Gargano Escape to finally force Ricochet to tap out.

Winner: Johnny Gargano

The crowd kind of turned on this one by the end, but I think part of that is because the match was kind of on the long side and the fans had been sitting here for eight hours already. I think if it weren't such a long day, this would have gotten a much better reaction because they told a good story with the two of them being so even that they were literally going back trading the same move to try and top one another. Ricochet looked great and the one spot where he hit the 630 I honestly thought he was going to get the win. Gargano appeared to get hurt somewhere during the finish and laid on the ring apron for several minutes while getting checked out by the commission doctor before being helped to the back by Taylor and Swann.

And now we come to the final segment of the night, as Lenny Leonard introduces the first ever ring announcer in this building, Bob Artese. He says it's a pleasure to be in this building one last time and they all appreciate their support throughout the years, and then he introduces the Extreme Announcer, Joey Styles. The crowd chants "OH MY GOD" at him during his entrance, and he says "All right, all right...OH MY GOD!" to thunderous applause. Joey thanks Gabe for having him and being here means more than working Madison Square Garden and Wrestlemania because this is where Joey Styles was created and this is where he spent so much of his life and thanks the fans for making it happen. He now wants to introduce some legendary figures from the past, starting with Pitbull 1 Gary Wolfe. Next, the guy who was on the wrong end of the first time Joey Styles ever said OH MY GOD, and the first man to ever dive off the balcony here, JT Smith. Next, the man who found Viking Hall and decided it would be a great place to hold a wrestling event, the man who founded ECW and gave them all their start, Tod Gordon.

Tod starts putting over the building and how everyone told him it was a toilet, but they made it their toilet and they're proud of what they've done over the last 20 years. DJ Hyde comes out with a bunch of CZW guys and says that it's not ECW's building anymore because CZW took it over and went beyond extreme and took it to ultraviolent. They ran more shows here than anyone, including ECW, and if anyone's going to close this building, it'll be them. They surround the ECW guys but Balls Mahoney's music hits and he comes out to clear the ring, but eventually gets outnumbered and beaten down. Natural Born Killaz plays and New Jack comes out with his trash can full of plunder and destroys the CZW guys until Justin Credible comes out with the Singapore cane, but then turns on ECW and lays New Jack out with the Singapore cane. The CZW guys take control until Sabu comes out and we start the final match to ever take place in this legendary building.

Justin Credible vs Sabu

Justin works Sabu over with the cane as fans chant "Justin Asshole" and whips him to the corner, but Sabu gets the boot up and comes off the second rope with a tornado DDT. Sabu out to the apron and comes in with the somersault legdrop for 2, then Sabu locks Justin in the modified Camel Clutch. Sabu gets a chair and goes for the triple jump into the corner, but Justin catches him coming in with a cane shot to the midsection. Justin with a clothesline for 2, then takes the chair and goes to toss it at Sabu, but Sabu ducks, Justin waits for him to turn back and this time tosses him the chair, but Sabu ducks again before Justin can do anything with it, but now Justin waits and superkicks the chair into Sabu's face. Justin goes under the ring and gets a table, balancing it between the ring and the guardrail, but Justin goes after him. Sabu rams Justin into the rail and puts him on the table, but Justin rolls off and yanks Sabu down off the ring apron and continues beating him around ringside before whipping him into the rail. Justin tries again but Sabu reverses and Justin flies over the rail and into the crowd, then Justin comes back over and Sabu bashes a trash can lid over his head. They head back in and Sabu hits a DDT in the middle of the ring, then sets the table up and grabs the chair. Justin low blows Sabu and he rolls onto the table where Justin hits him with the chair and leaves the chair on his chest. Justin goes up top and comes off, but Sabu launches the chair into Justin's face on the way down and breaks the table as he rolls offof it. Sabu springboards off the table and gets the half camel clutch while jabbing a spike into Justin's head over and over. Sabu sets the table back up and goes back to brutalizing Justin with the spike until referee Mike Kehner finally grabs it out of his hand. Crowd tells Kehner what they think of that, but Sabu goes up the ropes with a chair but Justin nails him and hits a weak That's Incredible for 2. They fight over the chair and drop it, but Sabu dropkicks Justin's legs out from under him and he crashes face first onto the chair. Sabu throws the chair at Justin's head and puts him back on the table, bashes him with the chair again, and comes off the top rope with the chair for an Arabian Facebuster through the table. Justin is laying on the mat twitching while Sabu crawls over and covers for the final three count in the Arena.

Winner: Sabu

Terrific final match, and Joey Styles comes in and says he can't think of a better way to close this venue than with...waiut, Sabu asks for the microphone. Joey says Sabu wants to speak (drawing a "holy shit" chant from the crowd), and he hands him the microphone. Sabu mulls over what he's going to say, but Sami Callihan runs out from the back and nailsSabu from behind, then begins assaulting him with the bottle. Sabu is a bloody messas Callihan says this is the alarm closing the book on the Arena. He's sick of the funerals, the Hardcore Homecomings, and wants to know how many reunions we're going to have before this thing finally dies. This ain't the era of extreme anymore because over the last few years, this has become his ring. He looks at Sabu and says "Hey, you" before stomping on his face. He says these are his fans and his building and if anyone's going to end the era of extreme, it's going to be him. He says to look at Sabu - a beaten, bloodied, broken corpse, just like every other extreme legend out there who won't go away. If anyone ends the era of extreme, it's going to be him, and if anyone thinks they can stop Sami Callihan, he dares them to try. AR Fox runs out and attacks Callihan, but Pinkie Sanchez comes out and goes after Fox and gives him a spike DDT. Callihan says one more thing before he goes: to all the DUFs out there, they're cool by him and if they're not, they should jump on the bandwagon and be like him. To all the people who have supported him, bought his merch, and helped him get married this year, he wants to tell them from the bottom of his heart to (explicit act deleted). The extreme era has finally died and been put out of its misery by the Death Machine, and he tells them to hit the lights. The lights do indeed go out and Callihan's music plays, and when they come back up the ring is empty except for a destroyed table and a chair laying in the middle of the ring.

Terrific show overall, great wrestling top to bottom and an absolutely appropriate and fitting way to close this legendary wrestling venue. This puts a ton of attention on Callihan, and if he hadn't made his name before, he sure has now.

2013 - The Tampa Bay Times reportoed that Hulk Hogan filed a lawsuit against the Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute, seeking $50 million in damages.  His claim is that the clinic performed unnecessary surgeries on him and damaged his career.  Hogan filed the suit in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court under his real name, Terry Bollea.

The suit claims that "numerous prominent spine surgeons" recommended traditional spinal surgery for Bollea, but that the Spine Institute told him that would effectively end his career. Bollea claims he was "the victim of multiple unnecessary endoscopic surgical procedures that further destabilized his already existing injured back."

Hogan also claimed that the Institute used him as an endorser without his permission or payment.

2013 - WE Divas champion Eve Torres finished up with WWE.  The word was that Torres was the latest burnt out from being on the road full-time from 2007 on, as she had privately talked of taking time off to get married and work on her home and personal goals, including her own self-defense program.

2013 - WWE broadcast Raw.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

Twenty years ago, professional wrestling changed with the debut of a show from the Manhattan Center in New York City. Who would have known that a young man named Mike Johnson would go from attending that show to being one of the pillars of the internet wrestling community. Who will be the person in Houston to be the next Mike Johnson for the 40th anniversary of Raw?

We begin with a montage of the Raw opens through the years.

We are in Houston, Texas and your announcers are Michael ‘Where is the Harlem part of this town’ Cole, John ‘Welcome to my state’ Layfield, and Jerry ‘Biggio and Bagwell were robbed’ Lawler.

It is starting to feel a lot like 1993 because Vince McMahon is in the ring. Vince welcomes everyone to the twentieth anniversary of Monday Night Raw. We have seen a lot in twenty years. Most of all, we have seen entertainment. Raw has been so entertaining that since its inception, four billion viewers have watched Raw.

Why have over four billion viewers enjoyed Raw? Because Vince is a certifiable iconic genius. He also says that it is because of the fans. They will continue to make history tonight. Dolph Ziggler will face John Cena tonight. It will be in a steel cage. We will have a Rock Concert tonight.

Vince is interrupted by the former World Champion, the Big Show. Show tells Vince that he is sorry but the twentieth anniversary celebration will have to wait. They need to address the travesty that happened to him on Smackdown.

Vince reminds Show that he does not like being told what to do. He does not like being interrupted. He does not like certain people calling him Vince.

Show says ‘sir’ and then he continues. He would like to address what happened on Smackdown.

Vince tells Show that he looks good and he has lost some weight. He says that Show is no longer carrying the World Championship.

Show says that is why he his out here. He wants to address the travesty.

Vince wants to roll the footage and Show says that it isn’t necessary. Since he came out unannounced, they don’t have the footage ready.

Vince says that we need to watch the footage.

Show says that is what he is talking about. He wasn’t prepared for that type of match on Smackdown. Why would Booker put him in that match. Maybe he is trying to make Del Rio a hero to the Latinos. It is not fair. Booker is jealous of him. He has a no cut iron clad contract. Booker and everyone is inferior to him.

Vince asks Show what he would have him do.

Show says that since he is Vince’s most precious commodity, Vince should strip the inferior Alberto Del Rio of his title.

Ricardo Rodriguez comes out and he introduces the current World Champion, Albertooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Del Riooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Alberto tells Big Show for someone who talks about being a giant so much, he comes off so small. He remembers that Show had so much fun picking on Ricardo, but when someone picks on him, Show becomes a crying baby. Instead of complaining to Mr. McMahon, why not do something about that. Why not give the people Alberto Del Rio versus Big Show for the title tonight?

Show says no. This is exactly what he has been talking about. He was not prepared on Friday. He is not prepared tonight. He is wearing a custom made suit.

Del Rio says that Show is bigger and stronger than him. For once in his life, he tells Show to show some cajones.

Show says that he is not going to waste his rematch here tonight and he tells Del Rio that he is delusional to think that. He will fight Del Rio when he wants to fight him, not when Del Rio wants to fight him. A perfect place for that title is not in Houston, it is at the Royal Rumble.

A smart man like himself, chooses the battleground. When it is all said and done, people won’t be talking about CM Punk, the Rock, or who survived the 30 man Royal Rumble . . . they will be talking about him because he is going to knock Del Rio out and take back his World Championship. He tells Del Rio to enjoy his fifteen minutes of fame.

Alberto says something in Spanish and he translates for Show and says that he called him a fat jackass in Spanish.

Show asks if this is Vince’s World Champion to insult him.

Alberto says that Ricardo has a present for Show. Ricardo gets a bucket and Show tells Ricardo if he throws water on him, he will break Ricardo’s spine in half.

Ricardo thinks about it and he throws confetti on Show. Del Rio and Show battle and Del Rio with a rana and a step up enzuigiri.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a flashback to Bob Barker guest hosting Raw.

 

Match Number One: Wade Barrett versus Randy Orton in a Non Title Match

 

They lock up and Orton backs Barrett into the corner and he gives a clean break. They lock up again and Barrett backs Orton into the corner and Barrett with a punch and kick. Orton misses a clothesline but Orton with a Thesz Press. They go to the floor and Orton sends Barrett into the announce table. Orton with a European uppercut and then he connects with a back body drop onto the ringside barrier.

They return to the ring and Orton gets a near fall. Orton with a very deliberate Garvin Stomp. Orton with a kick to the head. Orton clotheslines Barrett over the top rope to the floor and we go to commercial.

We are back and Orton with punches and a head butt. Barrett with a knee to the midsection and we see footage from the commercial break when Barrett avoided the IEDDT and connected with a back kick that send Orton to the floor.

We are back to the action in the ring and Barrett with a reverse chin lock. Orton with a head butt and kick. Barrett with a boot to the head. Barrett gets a near fall. Barrett puts Orton in the ropes and connects with knees and then kicks Orton in the head and gets a near fall. Barrett with a reverse chin lock but Orton with a belly-to-back suplex.

Orton and Barrett exchange punches. Barrett with an Irish whip but Orton with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton with two more clotheslines and he avoids a clothesline from Barrett. Orton with a power slam. Barrett drops Orton on the top rope to avoid the IEDDT. Barrett with a back breaker and then he gets Barrett on the apron for the IEDDT and he hits it.

Orton with the push ups but Barrett escapes the hold and he connects with a forearm to the back of the head and then he sends Orton shoulder first into the ring post. Barrett with the Bull Hammer for the three count.

 

Winner: Wade Barrett

 

We go to commercial.

We are back and Eve Torres is walking in the back and she sees Booker and Teddy Long. Eve will have a special stipulation in Eve’s Divas Title Match. If Eve gets counted out or disqualified, she will be stripped . . . of the Divas Title and Kaitlyn will be the new champion.

Eve tries to sweet talk them and she says that there is something that they can do to work this out. Booker looks like he is going to kiss Eve but he laughs and then says that he did not see her try that. Teddy is laughing too and Eve slaps Teddy before going to the ring.

Michael Cole reminds us that Vickie Guerrero mentioned Kane and Daniel Bryan’s check up with Dr. Shelby.

Daniel Bryan says that he doesn’t know why they had to do a follow up. Neither wants to be there. Kane agrees. Bryan says that they lie and tell Shelby what he wants to hear. The faster they get out of there, the better.

Dr. Shelby is impressed that they were shaking hands. Shelby asks if anyone wants a group hug and Kane and Bryan say they do.

Daniel wants to know if they can go. Dr. Shelby has a follow up question for each man. He asks Daniel what his favorite part about Kane is. Bryan says that he likes that Kane is tall. He likes that Kane can set things on fire by lowering his arms. He says that Kane is quite a good dancer.

Dr. Shelby asks Kane what the best part of Daniel is. Kane says that Bryan is very agile in the ring. He says that Daniel has a great beard. He says that Daniel has no problem admitting to wearing women’s clothing.

Shelby says that they are free to go, but they have Kristin send in some people. Dr. Shelby has a surprise and it is Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. They are here to cause a trigger for their anger and see how it works. Sandow corrects Dr. Shelby on his method of treatment.

Dr. Shelby says that they will purposely antagonize them and when they feel their angry feelings, they need to let them wash away and find their happy place.

Cody wants to know what kind of quack he is to have a happy place. Sandow insults Shelby. Shelby says that they are here to help him and not criticize him. Shelby and Sandow argue. Cody says that he doesn’t know who is a bigger failure, then as a team or Shelby as a therapist.

Sandow wants to know where Shelby got his degree. They would be better off getting advice from Dr. Phil.

Dr. Shelby tells Bryan and Kane to attack Sandow and Cody.

Kane says that is his happy place.

 

Match Number Two: Kane (with Daniel Bryan) versus Damien Sandow (with Cody Rhodes)

 

Sandow goes to the floor and then Kane brings him back in from the apron. Kane with a punch and Irish whip followed by a clothesline into the corner. Kane with another Irish whip and clothesline followed by a side slam for a near fall. Sandow has a punch blocked by Kane on the floor and Kane with a punch. He sends Sandow back into the ring but Sandow with kicks.

Sandow with a head butt and punch followed by a knee and a side Russian leg sweep followed by elbow drops that lack disdain. Sandow with a knee drop and now it is time to add some disdain for the elbow drop and he gets a near fall.

Sandow goes to the turnbuckles and Kane grabs Sandow and hits a choke slam. Kane gets the three count.

 

Winner: Kane

 

We go to commercial.

We are back and we take a look back at the start of the show when Ricardo Rodriguez went Geese Ausbie on Big Show doing his best Washington Generals impression.

We are introduced to the first inductee in the 2013 Hall of Fame Class and it is Mick Foley.

John wonders if Foley will go in as Dude Love, Cactus Jack, or Mankind.

Mick thanks the people of Houston . . . but he is interrupted by The Shield who make their way to the ring.

They surround Foley and he is ready for them. They back Foley into the corner but Ryback’s music plays and Ambrose is pissed.

Ryback runs to the ring and the Shield meet him as he enters the ring. Ryback throws Ambrose and Rollins over the top rope and then he clotheslines Reigns. Ambrose and Rollins return to the ring and they work over Ryback.

Randy Orton comes to the ring and he attacks Ambrose and then he goes after Rollins. The Shield triple team Orton. Sheamus comes to the ring and he fights off the Shield. Orton and Sheamus clear the ring of Rollins and Reigns. Ryback gets Ambrose on his shoulders and he hits the marching muscle buster.

Josh Mathews is in the ring with Ryback and he asks him about his retribution against the Shield. Ryback says that every time he has stepped in the ring with CM Punk, the Shield have allowed CM Punk to escape. The Shield has allowed Punk to walk away with the WWE Championship. He does not care about conspiracy theories. He says that he will not rest until he gives back to the Shield what they have taken from him.

Ryback wants to be fed Shield.

Jerry segues into some of the most outrageous gimmicks in the history of Raw. We see Chainsaw Charlie, Repo Man, Doink, Man Mountain Rock, Tourette’s Goldust, The Goon, Duke Drose, Beaver Cleavage, Bastion Booger, Gillberg, RockaBilly, Mantaur, Boogeyman, Naked Mideon, ‘The Man’s Man’ William Regal, and many more.

We go to commercial.

 

Match Number Three: Eve Torres versus Kaitlyn for the Divas Title

 

They lock up and Eve with a side head lock. Kaitlyn with a top wrist lock and Eve is sent to the floor. Kaitlyn punches Eve but Eve kicks Kaitlyn and then gets a near fall. Eve punches Kaitlyn and gets a near fall. Eve gets another near fall. Eve kicks Kaitlyn in the midsection and she chokes Kaitlyn.

Eve with a figure four head scissors and Eve moves closer to the ropes and Kaitlyn grabs the ropes. Kaitlyn with a rollup for a near fall. Kaitlyn with a forearm and clotheslines. Kaitlyn with an inverted DDT for a near fall. Eve with a kick to the head and she hits the swinging neck breaker for a near fall.

Eve with punches and then Kaitlyn with a gutbuster from the shoulders and Eve goes to the floor. Eve sends Kaitlyn into the ringside barrier. Eve throws Kailtyn into the ring bell area. Kaitlyn makes her way back into the ring and she hits a spear for the three count.

 

Winner: Kaitlyn

 

Josh Mathews is with Brodus Clay and Josh shows Brodus what CM Punk said about him last week. Josh asks for comments. Brodus says that he doesn’t shuck and jive because he has to. He does it because he wants to. He says that Punk’s pipe bomb is going to blow up in his face.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a look back at Donald Trump on Raw to set up the match at Wrestlemania 23 and his attack of Vince McMahon.

 

Match Number Four: Brodus Clay (with Funkettes) versus CM Punk (with the Punkette) in a Non Title Match

 

Punk with a punch and kick but Clay is not joking around. Clay with a shoulder tackle and Punk goes to the floor. Punk and Heyman discuss strategy. Clay hip tosses Punk back into the ring and Clay with a head butt and punches. Clay with a slam and elbow drops.

Punk with a thumb to the eye and a springboard clothesline to Clay. Punk punches Clay and then hits a neck breaker. Punk with another neck breaker. Punk with a cravate. Punk with kicks but Clay blocks a kick and hits a T-Bone Sheeeplex. Clay with shoulder tackles and then he hits a running head butt to the chest. Clay misses a splash into the corner and Punk with a kick to the knee followed by a super kick.

Punk goes up top for the elbow drop and he hits it and applies the Anaconda Vise and Clay taps out.

 

Winner: CM Punk

 

After the match, Punk gets on the mic and he says that he came out here to do what he does every Monday night. A little bit later, the Rock is going to come out here to do whatever it is that he does. Some may think that one or the other is more entertaining and that is your opinion.

What you are not entitled to is your own fact. It is nobody’s opinion that he made a 400 pound monster tap out. It is a fact. The most important title in the world . . . fact. It belongs to him . . . fact. For 421 days, not a soul has beaten him for it . . . fact.

Rock will come out here and sing and dance and entertain, but that is your opinion. At the Royal Rumble, no matter your opinion or the Rock’s opinion, he will not leave the WWE Champion. That is a fact. He is the best in the world. That is not an opinion, that is a fact.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time to take a look at some of the best vehicular moments in Raw history. We see Austin and the beer truck, Kane in the ambulance, Austin and his ATV, Alberto hitting Santa, Austin putting cement in Vince’s Corvette, DX ruining Vince’s limo, Edge acting like Ric Flair attacking people, Sheamus stealing Alberto’s Ferrari, destroying JBL’s limo, Austin riding the Zamboni, Rock with the monster truck running over Rock’s car, Kofi Kingston destroying Orton’s NASCAR, Vince’s limo blowing up.

Mick Foley is on the phone with his kids and he says that he was getting ready to defend himself. He is interrupted by The Rock.

Mick offers his hand and Rock asks Mick if he came across the arena to shake his hand . . . and they hug. Rock congratulates Mick for making it into the Hall of Fame. Mick throws out a lot of Finallys. Rock says that Mick wants him to throw out a FINALLY.

Rock tells Mick not to join him on the catchphrases.

Vickie Guerrero interrupts and she asks them if they can be any louder. She has a show to run and she cannot hear herself think. She tells them to shut up because it is her show, not theirs.

Vickie says that the WWE should be like baseball and not induct anybody. Vickie wants to know if she made herself clear.

Vickie asks Rock if he has anything to say.

Rock says that he has nothing to say to Vickie. Mick wants to know why Rock didn’t lay the verbal smack down on her. Rock says that there is a time and place for everything. He tells Mick to enjoy the Rock Concert.

 

Match Number Five: Sheamus versus 3MB in an Over the Top Rope Challenge

 

The members of 3MB plan their strategy and Sheamus goes after Drew but then the numbers advantage takes over. Sheamus fights his way out of the corner for a moment. 3MB get Sheamus elevated but he fights his way back to the mat. Sheamus sends Slater into the turnbuckles and then Drew and Jinder attack Sheamus. Sheamus with a kick to Drew and Jinder and then he hits a fireman’s carry slam of Drew onto Jinder.

3MB triple team Sheamus and try to push him over the top rope but Sheamus gets back to his feet. Jinder goes to the turnbuckles while Slater and Drew hold him. Mahal is eliminated by Sheamus. Sheamus sends Drew over the top rope and then Sheamus with a power slam to Slater.

Sheamus tries for a Brogue Kick but Slater moves. Sheamus is on the apron and then Sheamus tries to pull Slater over the top rope but Mahal and Drew pull Sheamus to the floor.

 

Winner: Heath Slater

 

After the match, 3MB celebrate and Slater gets on Drew’s shoulders. Sheamus pulls Mahal out of the ring and then he kicks Drew in the leg and gives Slater a Brogue Kick. Sheamus gives a Brogue Kick to Drew.

Josh Mathews apologizes for interrupting John Cena. Josh asks if the steel cage will help him with Big E Langston. Cena says that we should be talking about people who were on Raw over the twenty years of the show and he mentions Braden Walker, but he was never on Raw. Cena says that you need to talk about the future and he says that house is his. He will take care of Ziggler tonight.

Miz comes out and he says that he has a special guest on MizTV. He has a WWE Hall of Famer and he says that it will be AWESOME

Miz asks if they would like a hint. Miz wooooos and we go to commercial.

We are back with a look back at what happened between Ryback, the Shield, Randy Orton, Sheamus, and Mick Foley.

It is time for MizTV and he is in the ring. Miz says in the tradition of the talk shows that have been on Raw like The Cutting Edge, The Highlight Reel, and Piper’s Pit, he welcomes us to the most must see show.

Miz brings out the only two time Hall of Famer, Ric Flair.

Flair asks Houston what’s going on.

Miz says that Flair has done it all. He wrestled Mr. Perfect, he started Evolution, he has been in TLC Matches, played musical chairs, but what was Flair’s favorite moment in the twenty year history of Raw.

Flair says that the night after he lost at Wrestlemania 24. That was the biggest night after the birth of his children. Flair wants to talk about the future. The company gets bigger and better every Monday and he is honored to be here.

Flair says that the day Ryback takes the Shield down, it will be a great day.

Miz throws out a few reallys and Flair fires back and then he starts strutting. Miz tells Flair . . . that was pretty awesome and he wants Flair to do it again. Flair struts and Miz woooos with him.

Miz says that was a magical moment for him.

Miz says that we have had some of the most unforgettable superstars.

We see some people with their own unique voices. We see Damien Sandow, The Spirit Squad, Mick Foley, DX, Michael Cole, CM Punk Val Venis, Miz, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Vickie Guerrero, Steve Austin, Gene Snitsky, Booker T and his suckas, Funaki, Goldust, Ric Flair, Ron Simmons, Hurricane Helms, Lance Storm, Zack Ryder, Edge and Christian, John Cena, Rock, and more.

Miz says the catchphrases were good but there one missing. Miz and Ric play the $100,000 Pyramid but Flair does not play Miz’ game. Flair says that he has four ex-wives to pay for so he needs the job. Flair then goes into his classic limousine riding son of a gun . . .

Until Antonio Cesaro interrupts Flair.

He says that he does not need a catchphrase because he does not rely on crutches when he has to speak. Antonio wanted to see how great America is with Miz and Flair in the ring. They embody America like no one else. A failed reality TV star who is more focused on fame than greatness hosting a talk show with his guest being a sixteen time World Champion who made ten million dollars and spent twenty million. Flair corrects Antonio and says thirty million.

Antonio says that Flair was trying to maintain the illusion of past greatness.

No matter how great Flair was, he has nothing to show for it right now. Except for maybe a bar tab that he can’t pay. The only thing that the four fingers stand for is his four ex-wives.

Miz stands up for Flair and he starts throwing furniture around. Miz says that he will pay Ric’s bar tab tonight, but he will give Cesaro the receipt right now.

Cesaro says that he will take this opportunity to be the bigger man and walk away. Flair grabs Cesaro and chops Cesaro. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale on Cesaro and then Flair sets for the figure four, but he lets Miz apply the hold. Flair with elbow drops to his jacket.

We go to commercial.

We are back with Mike Tyson on Raw in 1998 and his confrontation with ‘Cold Stone’ Steve Austin.

 

Match Number Six: Daniel Bryan (with Kane) versus Cody Rhodes (with Damien Sandow)

 

Cody goes for the injured knee and he puts it in the ropes and he kicks Bryan in the groin. Cody with a gourdbuster and he gets a near fall. Cody kicks Bryan in the injured knee. Bryan takes advantage of Cody losing focus and Bryan applies the No Lock and Rhodes taps out.

 

Winner: Daniel Bryan

 

Michael Cole shows us the video of Eve Torres at WWE Active with Matt Striker. Eve says that she is the victim and she doesn’t need this place. Eve says that she won a reality show and she quits.

We go to commercial.

We are back and there will be a Championship Fiesta in San Antonio on Smackdown Friday night.

AJ Lee is in the interview area with Big E Langston. She says that her favorite element of Raw has been the romance and the passion. What says love and passion more than a WWE wedding. AJ mentions Edge and Lita and they were interrupted by an unholy guest. We go to the video tape.

AJ brings up the unbridled passion when Triple H and Stephanie renewed their wedding vows. We go to the video tape.

AJ is interrupted by Big E but he has one that almost made him shed a tear. We see AJ and Daniel Bryan’s ceremony. Off to the video tape.

AJ says that was the best moment of her life and the best thing that happened to her. She had it taken away. She lost it. She lost everything because of one man . . . John Cena. Dolph Ziggler comes out to comfort his little cupcake. Ziggler says that he will get revenge on what Cena has done. Inside a steel cage, he proves to the world and to John Cena that he is too damn good.

When he wins tonight, it was the greatest show stealing performance in the history of Raw.

Jim Ross makes his way to ringside to call the main event.

We go to commercial.

 

Match Number Seven: Dolph Ziggler (with Big E Langston and AJ Lee) versus John Cena in a Steel Cage Match

 

Ziggler goes for the door but Cena stops him and Cena with a side head lock. Cena blocks the door so Ziggler cannot escape that way. Ziggler climbs the cage and Cena stops him. Cena with a punch and Irish whip. Cena blocks a kick and gets a near fall after a suplex. Cena with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall.

Ziggler with kicks and then he sends Cena into the cage. Ziggler with a splash into the corner followed by a neck breaker. Ziggler with a second neck breaker. He goes for a third one but he takes too long and Cena gets Ziggler on his shoulders. Ziggler with a jawbreaker and he gets a near fall.

Ziggler tries for another drop kick but Cena catches Ziggler and catapults him and Ziggler lands on the cage and he climbs to the top. Cena stops him and sends Ziggler back into the ring. Cena starts to climb but Ziggler grabs Cena’s leg and they fight on the top rope. Ziggler with punches and Cena with a head butt. Ziggler with punches and Cena goes to the mat. Cena hits the ropes and Ziggler is crotched.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Cena tries to climb the cage but Ziggler follows him to the top of the cage. Cena hangs from the top of the cage but he is able to pull Ziggler back inside the cage. Ziggler with a drop kick on the top rope. We see Big E Langston keep Cena from getting to the floor and he allows Ziggler to keep Cena inside the cage.

Ziggler sends Cena into the cage. Cena avoids going into the cage and he punches Ziggler. Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb and he hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena gets Ziggler on his shoulders for the Attitude Adjustment but Ziggler gets to the cage. Cena pulls Ziggler down and tries for the Attitude Adjustment again. Ziggler escapes and he hits a superkick and gets a near fall.

Ziggler crawls for the door but Cena is able to grab the feet. Langston decides to play tug of war with Ziggler. Cena pulls Ziggler into the cage and tries for the STF but Ziggler counters into a sleeper. Cena gets to his feet and he starts to climb the turnbuckles and up the cage. Ziggler is able to bring Cena to the mat. Ziggler climbs the cage while Cena goes out the door. Ziggler sees Cena going for the door and Ziggler stops Cena.

Cena kicks Ziggler away and Cena goes for the door again. Langston pushes the door into Cena’s head and Ziggler covers but only gets a two count. Ziggler goes through the door while Cena climbs the cage. Cena kicks the door and Ziggler falls into the ring.

Langston hits the cage with a chair to keep Cena inside. Ziggler with a Zig Zag for a near fall. Ziggler climbs the cage while Cena is down. Ziggler gets to the top and Cena gets on the ropes. They are on the top rope and Cena pulls Ziggler down to the mat. Ziggler leaps to the turnbuckles and hits a DDT and can only get a near fall.

Meanwhile, outside the ring, AJ freaks out and attacks the announce table. AJ decides to climb the cage. Cena attacks Langston and Ziggler accidentally hits Langston with the briefcase that Langston brought into the ring. Cena with Attitude Adjustment for the three count while AJ sits on the top of the cage.

 

Winner: John Cena

 

After the match, AJ sits on the top of the cage and she has ‘that look’ on her face.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for the Rock Concert.

He says that it has been an amazing night. It is an honor to close this night out. This brought back some amazing memories. He remembers his first time on Raw. He came out looking like the biggest badass the world had ever seen. Straight beast and we see a photo of Rocky Maivia. He sees the photo and wonders what was he thinking. He looked like an escaped mental patient trying out for the Backstreet Boys. He says that looking at that photo, you can overcome anything if you put your mind to it.

Tonight is not about the past, it is about the present. It is the return of the Rock Concert to Houston, Texas. His first song is a song sung to the tune of Heartbreak Hotel.

It is for someone who really really deserves it.

The Rock knows all the divas, but one thinks she’s the best. The one who wears an ugly suit and has big floppy breasts. His name is Paul Heyman. He’s so ugly, make you cry.

When you run down the people, Rock knows your secret fears, your fat covers up your little penis that you haven’t seen in years.

 

It is time for song number two, but mentions a special guest. He introduces Dusty Hill from ZZ Top.

Rock wants to know how the ladies are doing tonight.

Rock says that his favorite curve on a woman is her smile.

He says that there is a special woman he wants to sing to tonight.

Rock says that it isn’t cookie puss. He wants Vickie Guerrero to come out.

 

Late in the evening, she’s wondering what clothes to wear. She puts on her makeup, she brushes that short black hair. And then she’ll ask me, do I look alright. And I say, no biatch, you look horrible tonight.

You abuse all your power. Waste everybody’s time. You dress like a hooker. Not the expensive kind. Get your ass to the airport, take a one way flight because biatch, you look horrible tonight.

 

It is time to talk about kicking ass. He wants to call out somebody right here and right now. He calls out CM Punk.

Punk does not come out at first but eventually he makes his way to the stage with the official WWE Title belt over the head holder. Punk takes over for Paul.

Rock says that he has some facts. For 421 days, no one has been able to stop him. Fact, that man beside Punk has Twinkie Tits. Last week, Punk said that facing him would be like boxing with God. Fact, Punk ain’t God. As God is his witness, in thirteen days, he will beat Punk for the WWE Title.

Punk gives the title belt back to Paul.

Punk runs to the ring and they fight on the floor around the ring. Referees try to separate Punk and Rock. Punk breaks away from the officials and he goes after Rock.