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2/8 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: PEDRO MORALES WINS WWF TITLE, RING OF HONOR FIRST ANNIVERSARY RIOT AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2012-02-08 08:04:33

February 8th

On this day in history in ....

1917 - World Heavyweight Champion Earl Caddock defeats title claimant Wladek Zbyszko in Des Moines, Iowa.

1940 - Gil Knutsen defeats Billy Weidner for the Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title in Dayton, Ohio.

1954 - Fred Blassie defeats Don McIntyre in Birmingham, Alabama to win the Florida NWA Southern Heavyweight Title, ending McIntyre's second reign.

1955 - Mario Galento and Red Roberts defeat Lee Fields and Herb Welch by forfeit for the Gulf Coast NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama, due to Lee Fields being injured.

1957 - Don and Mark Lewin defeat Chief Big Heart and Red McIntyre for the Georgia NWA International Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia.

1958 - Sherri Martel is born in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1963 - Eddie Graham defeats Fred Blassie in Atlanta, Georgia to win Georgia's version of the World Heavyweight Title, ending Blassie's second reign.

1965 - Alex Perez defeats Rocky Smith in Memphis, Tennessee for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, to begin his second reign.

1966 - The Destroyer (Dick Beyer) and The Golden Terror defeat Kanji (Antonio) Inoki and Duke Keomuka to win the Texas NWA World Tag Team Title in Dallas, Texas.

1967 - Dennis Hall and Roger Kirby defeat Frank and Jack Dalton for the Gulf Coast NWA United States Tag Team Title in Mobile, Alabama, ending the Daltons' second reign.

1971 - The WWWF held an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The results were:
- Vincenti Pometti defeated Lee Wong.
- Jack Evans defeated Jean DuBois.
- Little Brutus and Sky Low Low defeated Little Joey and Frenchy Landau.
- Blackjack Mulligan defeated Tony Marino.
- Gorilla Monsoon vs. WWWF International Tag Team Champion Bepo Mongol ended in a double-countout.
- The Canadian Wolfman and Manuel Soto fought to a 20-minute time-limit draw.
- Bruno Sammartino (with Arnold Skaaland) defeated WWWF International Tag Team Champion Geto Mongol by submission with a backbreaker.
- WWWF United States Heavyweight Champion Pedro Morales pinned WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Ivan Koloff to win the title. Koloff had Morales in a waistlock, with Morales kicking off the top turnbuckle and falling on top of Koloff with both of their shoulders down. The referee began counting, with Morales lifting a shoulder after the two-count. Bruno Sammartino, whom Koloff had defeated three weeks earlier for the title, came out and congratulated Morales after the match. As a result of his winning the World title, Morales' United States title was vacated.

1973 - Bob Kelly defeats The Mysterious Medic for the NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Title in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This ended the Medic's second reign and began Kelly's 11th.

1974 - Ron Miller and Larry O'Day defeat Hiro and Hito Tojo (The Great Kabuki) to win the NWA Austra-Asian Tag Team Title in Sydney, Australia, beginning their second reign.

1975 - Ric Flair defeats Paul Jones for the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Title in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, ending Jones' second reign. This was Flair's second-ever pro wrestling title.

1975 - Abdullah the Butcher defeats Bobo Brazil for the Detroit NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Detroit, Michigan, ending Brazil's seventh reign.

1978 - Mal Sanders defeats Mick McManus in Huddersfield, England to win the European Middleweight Title, ending McManus' second reign.

1980 - Stan Hansen defeats Antonio Inoki for the National Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending Inoki's second reign.

1981 - Bob Yuma defeats Lumberjack #1 to win the Western States Wrestling Alliance Western States Heavyweight Title in Guadalupe, Arizona, beginning and ending both men's second reigns.

1982 - Dean Ho and Sonny Myers defeat Tiny Anderson (subbing for Ricky Torres) and Ramon Torres for the Vancouver NWA International Tag Team Title.

1983 - Victor Jovica defeats Ric Flair in Couva, Trinidad to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title. This title change is not recognized by the NWA.

1984 - Marty Jones wins his third British Light Heavyweight Title in Leamington, England, ending Dave Finlay's second reign.

1985 - Chris Adams wins the World Class American Heavyweight Title from Kerry Von Erich in Dallas, Texas, ending Kerry's fifth reign and beginning Adams' fourth.

1986 - The WWF held an event at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results were:
- George Skaaland pinned Ron Shaw with a sunset flip.
- Pedro Morales pinned René Goulet with a reverse roll-up.
- Hercules pinned Scott McGhee after a backbreaker.
- Corporal Kirchner pinned The Iron Sheik after reversing an attempted suplex into an inside cradle.
- Adrian Adonis (with Jimmy Hart) pinned George Wells after a DDT.
- The Junkyard Dog pinned Terry Funk (with Jimmy Hart) with a small package.
- WWF Tag Team Champions Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine (with Johnny V) defeated The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and The Dynamite Kid), when Beefcake pinned Dynamite.
- Dan Spivey pinned Iron Mike Sharpe after a bulldog.
- WWF Champion Hulk Hogan defeated King Kong Bundy (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification after Heenan interfered.

1986 - The WWF held an event at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The results:
- Lanny Poffo pinned Paul Christy with a moonsault.
- Sivi Afi pinned Barry O with a flying bodypress.
- George Steele pinned Tiger Chung Lee after ramming him into the exposed middle turnbuckle.
- Hillbilly Jim defeated Big John Studd by countout after Studd hit the ringpost.
- Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth) pinned WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana to win the title, after Savage hit Santana in the head with a foreign object while Santana had him up for a suplex. Santana continued to defend the title until it aired on television on February 24's Prime Time Wrestling.

1987 - Dan Kroffat and Armand Rougeau defeat Richard Charland and Sheik Ali to win the International Wrestling International Tag Team Title in Montreal, Quebec.

1988 - Max Pain (Daryl Peterson) defeats Jerry Lawler for the Continental Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.

1988 - Blue Panther defeats Solar I in Puebla, Mexico to win the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Title.

1992 - Kerry Von Erich was arrested in Richardson, Texas for attempting to falsify two drug prescriptions. He was released on $6,000 bond.

1992 - Jushin Liger wins his fifth IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title by defeating Norio Honaga in Sapporo, Japan, ending Honaga's second reign.

1992 - Tom Prichard defeats Eric Embry in Memphis, Tennessee for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee. This ended Embry's fourth reign and began Prichard's fourth.

1993 - The SMW Television Title changes hands twice during a television taping in Jellico, Tennessee. Tracy Smothers lost the title to The Nightstalker (Bryan Clark), who then lost to Tim Horner.

1997 - Tully Blanchard defeats Lady Killer in a tournament final in Norfolk, Virginia for the vacant NWA United States Heavyweight Title, beginning his second reign. The title had been vacant since September 1993, when WCW, who had control of the title, left the NWA.

1997 - Tommy Starr defeats Johnny Paradise for the Championship Wrestling Federation Television Title in Warren, Michigan.

1998 - The Carolina Kid defeats Preston Quinn to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title in Norfolk, Virginia.

1998 - Matthew T. Storm defeats Magic for the NWA New York Heavyweight Title in Staten Island, New York.

1999 - The WWF taped RAW is WAR at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, which aired on February 13 as RAW Saturday Night, due to USA Network's coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, however the show aired live as usual in Canada on TSN. The Saturday 13 edition of Shotgun Saturday Night was taped as well. RAW got a 4.3 rating on USA. 41,432 fans attended the event, the company's largest Raw attendance in history. The results were:
In dark matches:
- John D'Silva defeated Joe E. Legend.
- The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq) defeated Larry Brun and Scott D'Amore.
RAW Saturday Night:
- D'Lo Brown pinned WWF Tag Team Champion Jeff Jarrett.
- WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Gillberg pinned Goldust, after The Blue Meanie distracted him.
- The Godfather defeated Viscera by disqualification.
- X-Pac defeated Kane
- The Rock pinned Steve Blackman.
- The Corporation (The Big Bossman, Chyna, Kane, Vince McMahon, WWF Intercontinental Champion Ken Shamrock and Test) defeated Steve Austin in a gauntlet match. Austin defeated Shamrock, Test, Kane, Chyna and Bossman all by disqualification before being pinned by McMahon.
Shotgun Saturday Night:
- Edge and Gangrel defeated The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy).
- Mideon defeated Tiger Ali Singh.
- Triple H defeated Droz.
- WWF Tag Team Champion Owen Hart pinned Billy Gunn.

1999 - The Monday Night War took a break, as WCW Monday Nitro aired unopposed due to the USA Network coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The show got a 5.7 rating on TNT, which was its highest rating since August 1998, and up a full point from the previous week. Nitro was live from Pepsi Arena in Buffalo, New York. The results were:
- Rey Mysterio, Jr. (with Konnan) pinned Blitzkrieg.
- Booker T pinned Fit Finlay.
- Curt Hennig and Barry Windham defeated Brian Adams and Horace Hogan.
- Diamond Dallas Page pinned Kenny Kaos.
- Vincent pinned Ernest Miller.
- Roddy Piper pinned WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart to win the title, beginning his third reign and ending Hart's third.
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash defeated Chris Benoit, Ric Flair and Steve McMichael.

2000 - The WWF taped the February 10 edition of SmackDown! and February 13 Sunday Night Heat at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The results:
Sunday Night Heat:
- D'Lo Brown (with The Godfather) defeated Mosh (with Thrasher) by pinning Thrasher with the Sky High after catching him coming off the top rope, after The Headbangers had switched places illegally.
- Viscera pinned Funaki with a splash.
- The Big Bossman pinned Mark Henry (with Mae Young), after Mae threw Bossman's nightstick into the ring and Bossman picked it up and hit Henry in the head with it.
- Essa Rios (with Lita, in her debut) pinned WWF Light Heavyweight Champion Gillberg with a moonsault to win the title. Before the match, Gillberg said that he had been champion for 15 months (since November 17, 1998) and wanted to prove that he wasn't a "closet champion" and challenged any light heavyweight to face him for the title. After the match, Lita hit a moonsault on Gillberg as well, with Rios counting three for Lita.
- Tazz defeated Joey Abs (with Pete Gas and Rodney) by submission with the Tazzmission.
SmackDown!:
- Kurt Angle pinned WWF European Champion Val Venis after the Olympic Slam to win the title.
- Perry Saturn defeated Grandmaster Sexay by submission with the Rings of Saturn, although Sexay had his foot under the ropes.
- Edge and Christian defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von), when Christian pinned D-Von with a sunset flip after a missile dropkick from Edge.
- Dean Malenko defeated Scotty 2 Hotty by submission with the Texas Cloverleaf.
- Cactus Jack and The Rock defeated WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg).
- Gangrel and Luna defeated Albert and WWF Women's Champion Jacqueline, when Luna pinned Jacqueline after a DDT.
- Rikishi defeated Chris Benoit by disqualification after the rest of The Radicalz interfered, with Too Cool making the save.
- Steve Blackman and Al Snow defeated The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) after a double-team legdrop on Jeff after Bubba Ray Dudley had hit Jeff with a chair.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho defeated The Hollys (Crash and Hardcore) in a no-disqualification handicap match after The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq) interfered.
- Kane defeated WWF Champion Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon) and X-Pac (with Tori) by disqualification in a handicap match, after Triple H hit Kane with a chair. After the match, Kane got revenge on Tori for dumping him, giving her a Tombstone piledriver.

2002 - Wrongful Death (Dagon Briggs and Naphtali) defeat champions Quickiemart (Agent Steele and Yaz) and Joey Matthews & Christian York in a three-way match to win the NWA Florida Tag Team Title in St. Petersburg, Florida.

2002 - Ace Steel defeats Kurt Krueger for the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Title in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2002 - J.P. Black and Mike Thunder win their second NWA Texas Tag Team Title, defeating The Black Attack (Mike Anthony and Al Jackson) in North Richland Hills, Texas, ending their third reign.

2003 - Ring of Honor held its One-Year Anniversary Show at the Elk's Lodge in Queens, New York. The results were:
- E.Z. Money defeated Colt Cabana and Chad Collyer and Michael Shane in a Four Corners Survival match.
- The Texas Wrestling Academy (Don Juan, Fast Eddie and Hotstuff Hernandez) defeated The Carnage Crew (DeVito, Loc and Masada)
- Jay Briscoe defeated Mark Briscoe.
- Steve Corino defeated Homicide.
- CM Punk defeated C.W. Anderson.
- Steve Corino defeated Homicide.
- Paul London defeated Low Ki and ROH Tag Team Champion A.J. Styles in a three-way match to become #1 contender to the ROH Heavyweight Title.
- ROH Heavyweight Champion Xavier defeated Paul London to retain the title.
- Da Hit Squad (Mafia and Monsta Mack), Divine Storm (Chris Divine and Quiet Storm), The S.A.T. (Joél and José Maximo) and Mikey Whipwreck defeated Special K (Angel Dust, Brian XL, Deranged, Dixie, Jody Fleisch, Hydro, Izzy, Slim J, Slugger and Yeyo) in a Handicap Tag Team Scramble match.

2003 - Nick Mondo defeats The Messiah for the CZW Ironman Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2003 - Haku defeats Superstar Steve in El Dorado Springs, Missouri to win the World League Wrestling Heavyweight Title for a third time.

2003 - The Heartbreakers (John Caesar and Larry Valentine) Chris Gatlin & Steve Lane and Dante & Tim Renesto in a three-way match for the vacant NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Columbia, Tennessee.

2003 - The Shane Twins (Mike and Todd) win their third NWA Florida Tag Team Title in St. Petersburg, Florida, from Scoot Andrews and Mikey Tenderfoot (subbing for Mike Sullivan).

2004 - Low Ki defeats Justin Credible to win the Premier Wrestling Federation Universal Heavyweight Title in Fall River, Massachusetts, ending Credible's second reign.

2004 - The Backseat Boyz (Trent Acid and Johnny Kashmere) defeat Derek Frazier and Greg Matthews for the CZW World Tag Team Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, beginning their second reign.

2004 - SUWA defeats Magnum TOKYO for the Toryumon Ultimo Dragon Gym Title in Fukuoka, Japan.

2004 - The Central Wrestling Federation saw both its titles go to new champions in Lafayette, Indiana. Quicksilver won the CWF Heavyweight Title for the second time by defeating Guy Lombardo, and Simply Marvelous defeated Shawn Cook and Billy Roc to become the first-ever CWF Tag Team Champions. In 2006, the CWF became an member of the National Wrestling Alliance and became NWA Indiana.

2006 - OVW held their weekly television taping at Davis Arena in Louisville, Kentucky. The results were:
- OVW Southern Tag Team Champion Chet the Jett (with OVW Southern Tag Team Champion Seth Skyfire) and The Miz (with Chris Cage) fought to a double disqualification.
- Chris Cage and The Miz defeated OVW Southern Tag Team Champions Chet the Jett and Seth Skyfire to win the title.
- Elijah Burke defeated James Dick (with Chad Dick).
- The Spirit Squad (Johnny, Kenny, Mikey, Mitch and Nicky) defeated Mikey Batts, Danny Inferno, The Riggs Brothers (Jason and Johnny) and Russell Simpson.
- The show closed with WWE Tough Enough III winner and OVW Heavyweight Champion Matt Cappotelli coming to the ring and announcing that he had a malignant brain tumor and would need surgery to remove it, thus surrendering the title to OVW owner Danny Davis, and thanked the fans and his peers for their support. Cappotelli underwent surgery on May 1, 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts, which was successful, with the tumor being fully removed.

2009 - TNA presented their Against All Odds Pay-per-view.  Here is the original report from the show:

The PPV began with footage from earlier today of the Main Event Mafia arriving at the building, but without Sting.  They also showed Team 3D's arrival, as they drove in together.  Then they showed Sting arriving alone.  The announcers speculated on the unity of the Main Event Mafia.

TNA X-Division champion Alex Shelley vs. Eric Young.

Alex Shelley came out alone, no Chris Sabin.  Shelley charged Young at the bell, but Young side stepped him, delivered a drop toe hold and hit some elbow drops.  Young hit a second rope elbow, then clotheslined Shelley over the top rope and to the floor.  Shelley regrouped, then as he slid in the ring, Young slid out, frustrating him. They did it again, then as Shelley went to get in, Young dropkicked him to the floor.  Young hit a pescado, but then got on the apron and stood there too long, allowing Shelley to sweep his leg out.  Young crashed on the apron.  Young and Shelley punched it out on the apron, then Shelley shoved Young into the ringpost.  Young fell to the floor, and Shelley jumped off and hit a knee to the chest.  Shelley got on the apron, but Young pulled him face first to the apron.  Young then went for a top rope dive to the floor, but Shelley moved and Young crashed into the rail.  

On the floor, Shelley kicked Young in the chest, then rolled Eric back in the ring.  Shelley slapped Young across the head and rammed him into the turnbuckle.  Young leapfrogged Shelley, but when he went for a reverse bodypress out of the corner, Shelley dropkicked him.  Shelley put Young in a bow and arrow, then stomped his back.  Shelley has been playing heel, but it appears he has more crowd support.  Shelley snapmared Young and hit a kick to the back, then delivered a kneedrop.  Dueling chants for both men now.  Shelley chopped Young.  Young flipped to the apron on a whip attempt, but missed a shoulderblock and Shelley kneed him.  With Young hung over the second rope, Shelley hit a top rope kneedrop to the back.  They two fought on the apron, and Shelley went for a catapult on the apron, but Young blocked it.  Young charged Shelley (again, on the apron) and Shelley moved and Young went gut first into the ringpost.  

Shelley tossed Young back in the ring, put him in a corner and hit a pair of elbows and then a dropkick to a slumping Young for a two count.  Shelley hit a kick to the back, then elbowed his arm.  Shelley put Young in a Cobra Clutch and bent him over his knee.  Young fought out of it, kicked away a backdrop attempt, took an elbow to the chin, but hit a flapjack.  Young hit some punches, then a back elbow.  Young hit a reverse atomic drop and a forearm to the back of the head.  Young hit a discus clothesline, flipping Shelley for a two count.  Young went to the top rope, but Shelley met him there and hit a second rope jawbreaker.  Shelley hit a clothesline in the corner, but had a second one blocked.  Young hit an enzugiri, then went for a Death Valley Driver, but Shelley escaped and hit a kick to the gut.  Shelley went to run the ropes, Young tripped him, then hit a springboard legdrop to the back of the head for two.  Young went for a moonsault, but missed.  Shelley rolled him up for two, then hit a thrust kick to the head and a spinning faceplant for two. 

Shelley went for Sliced Bread #2, but Young blocked it and went for a Wheelbarrow suplex.  Shelley grabbed the ropes to block it, then flipped over Young into Sliced Bread #2 for a two count.  Shelley took Young onto the ropes, and Young grabbed Shelley, but Shelley turned it into a top rope bulldog.  Shelley then hit a frog splash for a two count.  Shelley set up Young on the ropes again, and Young almost grabbed a Death Valley Driver, but Shelley blocked it.  Young jumped off the ropes and gave Shelley a Hot Shot into the top turnbuckle instead.  Shelley appeared out near the ropes.  Young went after him, but the referee held him back, since he was in the ropes.  Shelley, was playing possum, and cradled Young from behind as he was talking with the referee and got the three count at the 14-minute mark. 

Winner: Alex Shelley.

Jeremy Borash interviewed Kurt Angle and asked about Sting not arriving with him.  Angle talked about about being a competitor and how neither he nor Sting wants to lose, saying true champions "push each other".  Angle said he would push Sting tonight.  Angle said regardless who wins, the Main Event Mafia will be strong. 

Petey Williams vs. Scott Steiner.

Both men flexed and trash talked at the bell.  The size difference is very noticeable here.  They locked up and Steiner shoved Williams to the mat.  They locked up again and Steiner raked his eyes and hit a chop.  Steiner hiptossed Williams and flexed.  They locked up again and Steiner hit a knee to the gut, then slammed Williams.  Steiner yanked Williams' arm, and Williams kicked Steiner's leg and grabbed a wristlock.  Steiner shrugged it off, but Williams dropkicked his knee and hit a stunner.  Williams went to the top rope and hit a dropkick for a one count.  Steiner rolled to the floor to regroup.  Williams gave Steiner a baseball slide dropkick, then hit a jawbreaker in the ring.  Williams hit a spinkick, then punched Steiner.  Williams went to the top rope, but Steiner punched him, crotching him on the top.  Steiner got on the second rope and hit an overhead belly to belly suplex.  

Steiner chopped Williams, then hit a clothesline.  Steiner dropped an elbow, then did some pushups.  Steiner chopped Williams, who fought back with a kick to the chest.  Williams went for a Tornado DDT, but Steiner just threw him off.  Steiner hit a belly to belly suplex, but refused to pin him.  Steiner put Williams across the top rope, then drove him into the mat with a faceplant.  Steiner again refused to pin him.  Steiner chopped Williams, then whipped him across the ring.  Steiner ran into a boot, and Williams hit some punches, but Steiner raked his eyes.  Scott put Petey on the top rope and went for a superplex, but Petey headbutted him and pushed Steiner to the mat.  Williams hit a flying bodypress off the top, then a pair of running forearms.  Williams hit a swinging DDT, then went to the top rope. Williams hit a top rope headbutt, but Steiner kicked out at two.  

Williams went for the Canadian Destroyer, which Steiner stood up in, and hit Williams with an Alabama Slam.  Steiner went to pick up Williams, but Williams floated over and hit a kick.  Williams went to the apron, shoulderblocked Steiner, then hit a slingshot Codebreaker.  Williams charged Steiner, who moved out of the way.  Williams stopped short of the turnbuckles, but then pretended that he hit the ringpost to trick Steiner.  Steiner thought Williams was out, but Williams rolled him up for a two count.  Williams hit some punches, and clotheslined Steiner out of the ring.  Williams went for a slingshot rana onto the floor, but Steiner caught it and just rudely powerbombed Williams on the floor.  Steiner rolled Williams into the ring and put him in the Steiner Recliner.  Williams made the ropes for a break. Steiner went for a vertical suplex, held him, then twisted him into a tombstone piledriver (a slower version of the Steiner Screwdriver) for the pin at the eleven minute mark. 

Winner: Scott Steiner. 

Scott Steiner got on the mic and said that he didn't need the cheers from the "white trash".  Steiner said he is Mafia, Williams is Frontline, and this is how he would "finish the job".  Steiner then gave Williams a second rope Samoan Drop.  Steiner went for the Recliner again, but Samoa Joe's music hit.  Joe appeared on the screen, saying Steiner was one of the five responsible for the "sins I am about to commit".  Joe said Steiner would be the first to be introduced to his "nation of violence".  Steiner looked a little concerned, then went back to trash talking fans. 

Mike Tenay and Don West said Mick Foley would be joining them for the main event, and that Foley would present the World Title belt to the winner. 

Jeremy Borash was backstage with Mick Foley and Sting.  Foley said he doesn't want to have to give the belt to Kurt Angle, because he can't stand him.  Sting said he couldn't stand there while he insulted the Mafia.  Foley said his issue with Angle was personal.  Foley said he has respect for Sting, and wishes him luck tonight.  Sting took Foley's handshake and said he appreciated it.  Foley walked off.  Sting was asked about Angle's desire to win the belt.  Sting said he understands that only one of them can be champion, but regardless, tomorrow morning the Mafia will still be together and fighting for respect. 

Brutus Magnus vs. ???.

Magnus got on the mic and said he was not the American stereotype of a British person.  He said he was hungry for victory, and that he understood someone had accepted his challenge.  Chris Sabin's music hit.   

Brutus Magnus vs. Chris Sabin.

Magnus shoved off Sabin as they locked up.  Sabin called for a test of strength, and Sabin instead grabbed an arm wringer.  Magnus reversed and Sabin rolled out, but Magnus yanked him to the mat by the hair.  Sabin hit some chops, then a shoulderblock that didn't do much.  Sabin went for another, with no effect.  Sabin then rolled under a clothesline and hit a kick to the gut, but Magnus grabbed him for a press slam.  Sabin floated out of it and kicked at Magnus' legs.  Sabin went for a reverse bodypress off the middle rope, but Magnus caught it and gave Sabin Snake-Eyes, then hit a running knee for a two count.  Magnus hit an elbow and kicked Sabin in the head.  Magnus stood on Sabin's throat. Magnus gave Sabin a vertical suplex.  Magnus slammed Sabin, then hit a slingshot elbowdrop.  Magnus hit a kick to Sabin's back, then put him in a chinlock. Fans are not enjoying this match.  Sabin floated out of a slam attempt by Magnus and hit a reverse atomic drop, then a pair of clotheslines.  Sabin hit a springboard clothesline for a two count.  Sabin went for a sunset flip, but Magnus rolled through it, lifted Sabin off the mat, and powerbombed him for two.  Sabin lid out of the ring, Magnus followed, and Sabin slid back in and then hit a pescado on Magnus.  Sabin rolled Magnus back in the ring and went to the top rope.  Magnus held the referee in front of him, then did an awkward spot where the referee "pushed" Magnus into the ropes, causing Sabin to be crotched on the top rope.  Magnus then gave Sabin a spinning Samoan Drop for the pin at the seven minute mark. 

Winner: Brutus Magnus.

Lauren interviewed Team 3D.  Devon said that every wrestler wants to be World Champion, and only one of them can be.  Brother Ray said Sting and Kurt Angle are the enemy tonight.  They both mentioned their 21 tag title reigns, and Brother Ray said tonight will be the first step to see if one of them can do it on their own.  Brother Ray ended by saying "Dudley Blood is thicker than water".  He then said they were going to go talk to Sting.

TNA Knockouts champion Awesome Kong vs. ODB

Kong was accompanied by the Kongtourage, despite Jim Cornette's orders that they can not be part of this match.  Cornette came out and reminded them of his order. Cornette said he would give the Knockouts Title to ODB immediately if they didn't go to the back. As they went to the back, Kong grabbed Cornette, but ODB attacked Kong from behind, starting the match.  ODB brawled with Kong around ringside.  They made it into the ring, and ODB stomped Kong.  ODB went for a slam, but it didn't work.  Kong went for a slam, but ODB floated over it, kicked Kong's leg and hit a bulldog for a two count.  ODB kicked Kong and hit some forearms.  ODB jumped off the second rope, but Kong nailed her with a clothesline.  Kong yanked ODB by the hair and hit an avalanche.  Kong stomped ODB, and hit a forearm to the back.  ODB tried to fight back, but Kong put her in a bear hug. 

Kong shoved ODB in a corner, then reapplied the hold.  ODB clapped out of it, then went for a slam again, this time with Kong falling on top of her.  Kong pulled ODB up at the two count.  Kong went to the middle rope and went for a splash, but ODB moved.  ODB hit some punches and forearms, then landed a clothesline.  ODB rammed Kong into the turnbuckles, then finally hit the bodyslam. ODB scored a two count.  ODB picked Kong up off the mat.  Kong went for a spinning backfist, but ODB ducked.  ODB went for a clothesline, but Kong caught it and grabbed ODB in the Implant Buster, hitting it for the win at the six minute mark. 

Winner: Awesome Kong.

Backstage, Team 3D were with Sting.  Sting said "Good luck tonight, but not too much".  Brother Ray said he had something that was running through his head ever since the Main Event Mafia sent him to the hospital.  Brother Ray said Sting didn't stop the beatdown, but he didn't take part in it either.  Brother Ray said that the Main Event Mafia stands for ego, while Sting stands for respect.  Brother Ray said he hopes Sting does "the right thing", and that if the "old Sting" does the right thing, Team 3D would have his back. Team 3D left, and Lauren said Kurt Angle wanted to see Sting.  Sting seemed to be distracted, and appeared to blow off the request. 

TNA  Legends champion Booker T vs. Shane Sewell

Sewell is wrestling in jeans, sneakers and a sleeveless referee's shirt, and is wearing a chain around his neck.  Booker was accompanied by Sharmell.  Booker stalled at the start of the match.  They locked up, and Sewell backed Booker into a corner.  Sewell broke clean, and Booker smiled.  They locked up, and Sewell grabbed an armwringer.  Booker grabbed the ropes to force a break.  Booker backed Sewell in a corner and hit a knee to the gut, then a forearm to the back.  Booker hit some chops, and stomped Sewell on the mat.  Booker trash talked, saying "you want your job back?" as he ripped at his face.  Booker hit a back kick, then danced around the ring.  Booker hit some punches on the mat, then a Bookend.  Booker took his time going for a cover, and Sewell kicked out.  Sewell hulked up, ducked a clothesline, and hit a series of punches in a corner.  Sewell hit pair of clotheslines and a bodyslam, then pulled his shirt off.  Sewell hit a bulldog, then got tripped by Sharmell as he ran the ropes.  Booker hit an ax kick for the win at the six minute mark. 

Winner: Booker T. 

Booker got on the mic and stood over Sewell, and was about to administer more punishment, but AJ Styles ran out.  AJ hit a series of right hands and an enzugiri.  Styles pounded Booker, who fought back with a kick.  Styles ducked a clothesline by Booker, then clotheslined him out of the ring.  Booker and Sharmell retreated to the back.  Styles grabbed the Legends title belt and said he didn't group with "with a sliver spoon in my mouth".  Styles said he grew up "dirt poor" and what got him here was a dream to be the best professional wrestler in the world.  Styles said he dreamed of being a "legend".  Styles cut a promo about how he gives all he has every time he is in the ring, and that he does it for the fans. Styles said it is time for AJ Styles to step up to the Main Event Mafia and be "the legend". 

Backstage, Lauren tried to convince Matt Morgan that she could talk to Abyss and avoid all this.  Morgan yelled at her to be quiet, and said Abyss is a "dope, half-retarded, and most importantly, the weak link of the team".  Morgan told Lauren if she comes out to the ring, he would lay her out too. 

Abyss vs. Matt Morgan

They traded shoulderblocks at the start, then Morgan hit some punches in the corner.  Morgan rammed Abyss into the turnbuckles, but it had no effect.  Abyss hit an elbow to the gut, then rammed Morgan in the corner.  Abyss hit a series of punches, and chased the referee out of the ring as he tried to break them up.  Morgan missed a running kick and got crotched on the top rope.  Abyss went under the ring and pulled out a kendo stick.  The referee took it away.  Abyss went for a backdrop, but Morgan kicked it away.  Morgan charged and Abyss sidestepped him and flung him over the top rope.  They brawled on the floor, and then into the crowd.  They went back and forth, with Abyss getting thrown into a wall at one point.  They fought up into the stands, all the way to the top.  Then they brawled back down.  Just a lot of punching, until they got to the floor again, where Morgan hit a side kick.  Abyss threw Morgan into the guard rail.  

They got back to ringside, and Abyss threw Morgan into the ringpost.  Abyss then tossed Morgan into the ring and went back for the kendo stick, which he tossed in.  Abyss then tossed in some trash can lids, a baseball bat, a cookie sheet and a trash can.  Abyss then got a chair and got back into the ring.  The referee took the chair away.  Abyss argued with the referee, and Morgan hit the "Carbon Footprint" (jumping kick).  The referee cleared some of the plunder out of the ring.  Morgan hit a series of back elbows in the corner, then an avalanche.  Morgan kneed Abyss in the gut, then hit a Russian legsweep.  There were some chants for Morgan.  Morgan straddled Abyss on the top rope, then legdropped the back of his head as he was hung over the bottom rope.  Morgan hit a top rope bodypress for a two count. 

Morgan hit a standing dropkick for another two count. Morgan hit some shots in a corner, but Abyss mounted a comeback with punches.  Morgan jumped over the top rope on a whip attempt, and yanked Abyss throat first across the top rope.  Morgan went to the top rope, but Abyss grabbed him by the throat as he came off.  Morgan elbowed out of the chokeslam attempt.  Abyss and Morgan then clotheslined each other.  They got up and Abyss hit some punches and a clothesline.  Abyss hit an avalanche, then a side slam for a two count.  Abyss pointed to a bag in the corner.  He picked up the bag, but Morgan clotheslined him.  The referee threw the bag from the ring.  Abyss reversed a whip, and Morgan almost hit the referee, but stopped short.  Abyss charged, Morgan moved, and Abyss squashed the referee in the corner.  Morgan grabbed a chair and blasted Abyss with it.  Morgan covered, the referee woke up, and Abyss kicked out at two. 

Abyss blocked another chairshot attempt and hit a chokeslam for a two count.  Abyss then went for a sit down splash, but Morgan grabbed the chair and crotched Abyss with it.  Morgan chokeslammed Abyss on the chair and got a two count.  Morgan grabbed the chair, but Abyss kneed him and grabbed it.  Abyss swung the chair, but Morgan moved and the referee got hit by it.  Abyss gave Morgan the Black Hole Slam, but by the time a second referee came out, Morgan kicked out.  Morgan hit Abyss with a low blow, set up for a Carbon Footprint, but ran into a second Black Hold Slam for the pin at the sixteen minute mark. 

Winner: Abyss. 

Abyss grabbed his bag and dumped thumbtacks in the ring.  He ripped off Morgan's shirt, revealing bandages due to the infection surgery he had.  Abyss went for a Black Hole Slam in the tacks, but Morgan stopped himself and slid out of the ring.

In the Main Event Mafia locker room, Booker T was upset no one had helped him against AJ Styles.  Kevin Nash calmed him down.  Kurt Angle talked to Sting, saying Brother Ray doesn't give a "s***" about him.  Angle said Brother Ray has a bigger ego than anyone.  Angle said the Frontline was in full force, and the Main Event Mafia needed him for the war.  Angle said they would go at it for the World Title, but tomorrow, they had to agree the MEM would be as strong as ever.  Angle and Sting shook hands and hugged.  Sting left, and Angle told Kevin Nash to keep an eye on him. 

TNA Tag Team Champions Beer Money Inc. vs. Jay Lethal & Consequences Creed

Storm had his "Boozer Cruiser" motorized cooler, with a keg on a dolly attached to the back that Roode rode on. Jackie just walked to the ring.  Creed's shoulder and arm are taped up, selling the attack from Impact.  Lethal and Roode started out, with Roode hitting a shoulderblock.  Lethal came back with an elbow, and Roode regrouped in his corner.  Roode hit some punches, which Lethal absorbed.  Lethal threw punches, but Roode poked him in the eyes.  Lethal backdropped Roode, then Storm when he came in.  Creed came in and they double dropkicked Roode, then Storm.  Beer Money bailed out to the floor to regroup.  Creed and Storm then went at it in the ring, with Storm hitting some knees to the gut.  Creed bounced back with a hiptoss and a slam, then he flipped over a backdrop attempt and hit a tilt-a-whirl headscissors.  Creed kicked out Storm's legs and elbowdropped his back.  Roode ran in and he tripped him.  Roode got tied to the Tree Of Woe, then Creed and Lethal "made a wish" on Storm into Roode's face.  Roode and Storm fell into a  mouth-to-genitals position.  Beer Money went to the floor to wash their mouths out with beer, and Roode accidentally spat beer in Storm's face. 

Back in the ring, Roode finally got in control, setting up Lethal for a Storm bulldog.  Roode took Lethal to the floor and rammed him into the rails, then tossed him back in the ring.  Beer Money hit a nice elbowdrop combination on Lethal for a two count.  Roode and Storm hit a spinebuster/Backstabber combo on Lethal, but Creed broke up the cover.  Roode ripped at Lethal's face, then held him open for a shot by Storm.  Storm applied a chinlock, but Lethal elbowed out.  Storm hit a jumping knee and tagged in Roode.  Lethal mounted another comeback, but got crotched on the top rope.  Beer Money hit a double superplex on Lethal and did the Beer Money cheer.  

Lethal kicked away a double backdrop attempt, and we had a domino collision with Lethal bumping into Roode, who bumped into Storm.  Lethal made the hot tag to Creed, who threw right hands, then dropkicked Storm.  Creed hit a double clothesline on Roode and Storm, then went to the top rope.  Creed hit Storm with a top rope bodypress, but Roode broke up the cover.  The match broke down, with all four men in the ring.  Lethal punched Roode, while Jackie distracted Creed as he was climbing the ropes.  Storm shoved Creed off the ropes and into the railing at ringside.  Back in the ring, Roode stomped Creed's injured arm and applied an armbar.  Storm tagged in and hit a double axhandle on the arm.  Storm hit a armbreaker, then punched at his shoulder.  Roode tagged in and hit some short arm shoulderblocks.  

Storm kneedropped Creed, and Beer Money pounded him in their corner.  Storm hit a double underhook into a slam on Creed, then tagged in Roode.  They worked over Creed, and Lethal finally ran in and knocked down both opponents, then left the ring so he could be tagged in.  Lethal cleaned house, including a flip into a dropkick on Roode.  Lethal went to the top rope and gave Roode an elbowsmash, but Storm broke up the pin.  The match broke down, and Jackie ran in, but Lethal backdropped her. Lethal hit the Lethal Combination on Roode for a two count.  Storm was thrown out of the ring.  Lethal and Creed gave Roode a flapjack for a two count.  Jackie handed Storm a chain at ringside.  The referee was getting Creed out of the ring.  Lethal went for a monkey flip on Roode, and Storm jumped on the apron and nailed Lethal with the chain.  Roode then scored the pin on Lethal at the 16 minute mark. 

Winners: Beer Money Inc. 

TNA World Champion Sting vs. Kurt Angle vs. Brother Ray vs. Brother Devon

Mick Foley came out and joined the announcers at ringside.  Foley quoted Randy The Ram and said "I'm good to go".  Each wrestler had their own video package before they came to the ring.  Team 3D entered together, while Sting and Angle had their own entrances.  They did the "big match" introductions for this bout.  

All four men stared down each other at the bell.  Team 3D then stood side by side.  Sting stepped up, and gestured for Angle to stand with him.  Angle slowly did, but then backed up when Team 3D stepped closer to them.  Brother Ray attacked Angle and Devon attacked Sting to start the action.  Brother Ray then went to the floor with Sting, while in the ring, Devon hit Angle with a shoulderblock.  Devon hit a Thesz Press and punched Angle.  Brother Ray came in and they hit a double shoulderblock on Angle.  Sting got slingshotted into the ring, and they gave him a double clothesline.  Brother Ray covered Sting for a two count.  Sting and Angle rolled out of the ring.  Devon and Ray stared at each other, and Angle ran in and rammed Ray into Devon.  Angle worked over Ray in a corner, and Sting chopped Devon.  Ray and Devon were whipped together, but they spun around and hit Angle and Sting.  Team 3D slammed them, and they rolled to the floor. 

Ray and Devon high fived and Ray dropped to his back, letting Devon pin him.  Angle ran in to break it up.  Team 3D tossed out Angle, then they gave Sting a flapjack.  Sting and Angle were knocked out of the ring again.  Team 3D smiled at each other.  They locked up, and traded reversals on a waistlock.  There was an "ECW" chant.  Devon and Ray then talked, and went punch for punch with each other.  Devon got the better of it at first, then Ray got the better of it.  They traded body slams, then clotheslined each other to the mat.  Angle and Sting ran in, and Sting took Ray to the floor on one side of the ring, while Angle took Devon out on the other.  

They brawled on the floor, and Sting rammed Ray into the announce table, then tossed him into the crowd.  Ray ended up in the lap of Dixie Carter, who was not identified by the announcers.  Devon choked Angle with a camera chord.  While all this brawling was going on, Mike Tenay and Mick Foley were making jokes about not having anyone yelling in their headsets.  They got into the ring, where Angle put Ray in an ankle lock and Sting put Devon in a Scorpion.  Ray kicked off Angle into Sting, and Angle and Sting had words.  Team 3D ambushed them before they could come to blows.  Angle was busted open.  Brother Ray put Sting in a figure four and Devon put Angle in a Boston Crab.  Angle, while crawling out of the Crab, put his arms over Sting to try and score a pinfall.  Sting kept pulling is shoulder up.  

Angle rolled out of the Crab and kicked Devon out of the ring.  Angle tried to pin Sting again, Sting kicked out, then Angle dropped an elbow on Ray.  Angle gave Ray an enzugiri and Ray fell out of the ring.  Sting and Angle were alone in the ring, and stared each other down.  Angle kicked Sting's legs, sending him to the mat.  Sting battled back with clotheslines, then hit a Stinger Splash on Angle.  Sting went for the Scorpion Death Drop, but Angle reversed it into an ankle lock.  Devon broke it up.  There was a 3D chant.  Team 3D went for a double backdrop on Angle, who put on the breaks, and Sting was really late in clotheslining Team 3D from behind.  Angle gave Sting an Olympic Slam for a two count.  Devon gave Angle a reverse suplex for two.  Ray gave Devon a uranage for two.  Sting gave Ray a DDT for two.  

Angle threw Sting out of the ring, and went after Devon.  Team 3D gave Angle the Doomsday Device, but Sting broke up the cover.  Angle was sent out of the ring, and Sting gave Ray a back suplex after kicking Devon during a 3D attempt.  Sting missed a Stinger Splash on Devon, and Ray slammed him.  Devon went to the top rope, but Angle met him on the ropes and gave him a belly to belly suplex off the top.  Ray clotheslined Angle out of the ring.  Sting grabbed Ray and hit a Scorpion Death Drop for the pin at the 15 minute mark. 

Winner: Sting.

Kurt Angle looked upset on the floor, as Sting held the belt in the ring.  Mick Foley went to get in the ring and present the belt to Sting.  Mick got in the ring, shook Sting's hand, took the belt from Sting, then "presented it" to him.  They kept showing Angle, upset in the aisle.  Sting yelled "You would have done the same thing, Kurt.  We're family, man." and Kurt just stared at him as the show ended.  

2010 - WWE announces the first member of their 2010 Hall Of Fame class will be "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.  DiBiase would be the headliner for the event.  Word would later leak out that WWE had attempted to work out a deal with The Ultimate Warrior to headline the class, but an agreement could not be finalized.

 

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