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By Mike Johnson on 2013-03-19 08:00:00

March 19th

On this day in history in ....

1943 - El Santo defeats Murcielago Velazquez to win the Mexican National Middleweight Title.

1953 - Lou Klein defeats Ed Francis in Columbus, Ohio for the Midwest Wrestling Association World Junior Heavyweight Title, beginning his second reign.

1955 - Roy McClarty and Pat O'Connor defeat Reggie Lisowski and Art Neilson to win the Chicago NWA World Tag Team Title in Moline, Illinois.

1956 - Don Evans defeats Bull Curry for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title in Fort Worth, Texas, ending Curry's third reign.

1965 - Buddy Fuller and Jesse James defeat The Mysterious Medics to win the Georgia NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Atlanta, Georgia, ending the Medics' second reign.

1968 - Tojo Yamamoto defeats Len Rossi for the NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Chattanooga, Tennessee, ending Rossi's fifth reign.

1973 - Jackie Fargo and Jerry Jarrett defeat Jerry Lawler and Jim White to win the Mid-America NWA Southern Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, to begin their fourth reign.

1974 - The Texan (Blackjack Mulligan) defeats Fritz Von Erich for the NWA American Heavyweight Title, ending Von Erich's 11th reign.

1975 - Mach Fumiake defeats Jumbo Miyamoto for the WWWA World Singles Title in Tokyo, Japan, ending Miyamoto's third reign.

1976 - Wahoo McDaniel wins the Crockett Cadillac Cup Tournament in Richmond, Virginia. The results are unknown, but the othre participants were Tiger Conway, Mike DuBois, Jack Evans, Doug Gilbert, Jacques Goulet, Two Ton Harris, Paul Jones, Klondike Bill, Danny Miller, Angelo Mosca, Blackjack Mulligan, Rufus R. Jones, Johnny Weaver, Bill White, and Tim Woods.

1977 - The WWWF held an event at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, with 10,580 fans attending. The results:
- Special Delivery Jones defeated Pete Doherty.
- Johnny Rivera and Manuel Soto fought to a draw.
- Jose Gonzalez defeated Johnny Rodz.
- Ken Patera defeated WWWF World Tag Team Champion Billy White Wolf.
- WWWF World Tag Team Champion Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Tor Kamata.
- Carlos Rocha defeated Frankie Williams.
- Tony Garea and Larry Zbyzsko defeated The Executioners (Killer Kowalski and Big John Studd).
- WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Stan Stasiak.

1978 - Tim Woods defeats Blackjack Mulligan for the NWA United States Heavyweight Title in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1979 - Rick Martel defeats Mad Dog Martin in Auckland, New Zealand for the New Zealand NWA British Empire Heavyweight Title, beginnig his second reign. Leo Burke had vacated the title earlier in the year.

1979 - Robert Fuller defeats Toru Tanaka by forfeit to win the the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, but the title was returned to Tanaka.

1980 - Gypsy Joe and Tojo Yamamoto defeat Rocky Brewer and Pat Rose for the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Title in Nashville, Tennessee.

1983 - The WWF held an event at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results were:
- Special Delivery Jones defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna.
- Jose Estrada defeated Pete Sanchez.
- Pancho Boy and Sonny Boy defeated Butch Cassidy and Tiger Jackson.
- Ray Stevens and Jules Strongbow fought to a double disqualification.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Don Muraco defeated Rocky Johnson by disqualification after Johnson hit the referee.
- Salvatore Bellomo defeated Superstar Billy Graham by countout.
- WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund, André the Giant and Jimmy Snuka defeated Afa, Lou Albano and Big John Studd, 3-0, in a best-of-five falls match.

1984 - Bobby Fulton defeats Adrian Street to win the Southwest Championship Wrestling Southwest Junior Heavyweight Title in San Antonio, Texas.

1986 - Invader III defeats Chicky Starr in Caguas, Puerto Rico for the WWC Junior Heavyweight Title, to begin his fourth reign.

1988 - Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) defeat The Midnight Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Las Vegas, Nevada, ending the Rockers' second reign.

1989 - Erica Shishido (Aja Kong) defeats Manami Toyota to win the vacant AJW Singles Title in Tokyo, Japan.

1990 - The WWF held an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The results:
- Jim Powers pinned Iron Mike Sharpe after a powerslam.
- Hercules defeated Black Bart by submission with a backbreaker. This match aired on the April 9 Prime Time Wrestling.
- The Orient Express (Sato and Tanaka (with Mr. Fuji)) defeated Demolition (Ax and Smash) by countout after Sato threw salt in Ax's eyes when Ax was going to hit Fuji with Fuji's cane.
- Koko B. Ware pinned Frenchy Martin after the Ghostbuster. This match aired on the April 9 Prime Time Wrestling.
- Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart) pinned Jim Duggan after an elbow drop.
- Bret Hart (subbing for Roddy Pipre) fought Rick Martel to a time-limit draw.
- Dino Bravo (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Brutus Beefcake by countout, after Earthquake pulled Beefcake to the floor and attacked him.
- Tugboat Thomas pinned Pez Whatley after a splash. This match aired on the April 9 Prime Time Wrestling.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior pinned Mr. Perfect after a gorilla press slam and splash.

1992 - Pierroth, Jr. defeats Jerry Estrada for the CMLL World Light Heavyweight Title in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

1993 - El Hijo del Santo wins his second WWA World Welterweight Title in Tijuana, Mexico, defeating Espanto, Jr.

1994 - Brian Christopher defeats Eddie Gilbert by countout to win the USWA Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Gilbert's second reign and beginning Christopher's 12th.

1995 - WCW held the first-annual Uncensored pay-per-view event at the Tupelo Coliseum in Tupelo, Mississippi. The event got a 0.96 buyrate, and its results were:
WCW Main Event matches:
- Alex Wright pinned Mark Starr.
- Steve Austin pinned Tim Horner.
- Stars 'n' Stripes (Marcus Alexander Bagwell and The Patriot) defeated Bunkhouse Buck and Dick Slater, when Bagwell pinned Slater.
Pay-per-view matches:
- The Blacktop Bully defeated Dustin Rhodes in a King of the Road match. This match took place on the back of an in-motion 18-wheeler, where the winner is the first one to ring a bell. The match was taped days earlier outside of Atlanta, Georgia and was heavily edited.
- Meng pinned Jim Duggan in a martial arts match.
- Johnny B. Badd defeated WCW World Television Champion Arn Anderson by knockout in a Boxer vs. Wrestler match, at 0:22 of round three.
- Randy Savage defeated Avalanche by disqualification after a "female fan" (Ric Flair) attacked Savage on the floor, with Hulk Hogan making the save.
- Big Bubba Rogers pinned Sting.
- The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray (with Sister Sherri)) in a Falls Count Anywhere match, when Knobbs pinned Booker after a slam onto a collapsed funnel cake stand near the entrance.
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defeated WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Vader in a Strap match when Hogan dragged Ric flair, who had interfered, to four corners of the ring.  The reason for the unusual finish is that neither Vader or Hogan would do a clean job for the other, so they came up with a scenario where Flair would interfere and end up tied to the strap.

1995 - Cactus Jack defeats T. Rantula for the Steel City Wrestling Heavyweight Title.

1996 - John Rambo defeats Jimmy Snuka in a tournament final to win the ECCW Heavyweight Title in Port Alberni, British Columbia. Bodyguard had been stripped of the title in February.

1997 - Shoichi Funaki defeats Pantera to win the vacant UWA World Middleweight Title in Yonezawa, Japan.

1998 - WCW held the 11th episode of Thunder live from the Hulman Civic in Terre Haute, Indiana. The show got a 3.8 rating on TBS. The results were:
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Super Calo to retain the title.
- Kendall Windham defeated El Dandy.
- Saturn defeated La Parka.
- Ray Traylor defeated Barry Darsow.
- Prince Iaukea defeated Yuji Nagata (with Sonny Onoo).
- Brian Adams defeated Marty Jannetty.
- Eddie Guerrero defeated Psychosis.
- Raven (with Hammer, Kidman and Reese) defeated Brad Armstrong.
- Scott Norton (with Vincent) defeated Chris Benoit.
- Goldberg defeated Wayne Bloom.
- Rick Steiner (with Ted DiBiase) defeated Curt Hennig (with Rick Rude) by disqualification.

1999 - CMLL held the Salvador Lutteroth Tournament at Arena Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. The results:
First round:
- Último Guerrero and Violencia defeated Kahoz and Scorpio.
- CMLL World Middleweight Champion Ringo Mendoza and Super Astro defeated Felino and Máscara Magica.
- Negro Navarro and Signo defeated Ólimpico and Tony Rivera.
- Mr. Niebla and Shocker defeated Fishman and Villano III.
- Ringo Mendoza and Super Astro defeated Último Guerrero and Violencia.
- Mr. Niebla and Shocker defeated Negro Navarro and Signo.
- Ringo Mendoza and Super Astro defeated Mr. Niebla and Shocker.

1999 - Steve Bradley defeats Lance Jade and Erin O'Grady (Crash Holly) in a three-way match to win the Power Pro Wrestling Young Guns Title in Memphis, Tennessee. The title was vacated after Kid Wikkid won the PPW Tag Team Title with Derrick King on March 7.

1999 - Yuko Kosugi defeats Emi Motokawa in Tokyo, Japan for the American Wrestling Federation World Women's Title.

2000 - WCW held the sixth-annual, and final, Uncensored pay-per-view event at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Uncensored was replaced by Greed the following year. Uncensored 2000 earned a 0.13 buyrat, and the results were:
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukea (with Paisley) pinned Psychosis (with Juventud Guerrera) after a Tornado DDT to retain the title.
- Norman Smiley and The KISS Demon defeated Idol and Rave when Smiley made Lane submit with the Norman Conquest.
- Bam Bam Bigelow defeated The Wall by disqualification after The Wall chokeslammed Bigelow through a table.
- Brian Knobbs defeated WCW Hardcore co-Champions 3 Count (Shane Helms, Evan Karagias and Shannon Moore) in a Handicap Elimination match to win the title. Knobbs pinned Helms after hitting him with a chair, Karagias after a Running powerbomb through a table, and Moore after hitting him with a garbage can. This began Knobbs' third reign.
- Billy Kidman (with Torrie Wilson) and Booker defeated Harlem Heat 2000 (Big T and Stevie Ray) (with Cash and J. Biggs)), when Kidman pinned Big T with a Sunset Flip.
- Vampiro pinned Fit Finlay in a Falls Count Anywhere match after a Nail in the Coffin on the floor.
- The Harris Brothers (Ron and Don) defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions The Mamalukes (Big Vito and Johnny the Bull (with Disco Inferno)), when Ron pinned Stamboli after a H-Bomb, to win the title. This began the Harris' third reign and ended the Mamalukes' second reign.
- Dustin Rhodes pinned Terry Funk in a Bullrope match after a DDT onto the rope's cowbell.
- Sting pinned The Total Package (with Miss Elizabeth) in a Lumberjacks with Casts match, after a Scorpion Deathdrop. The lumberjacks were Big T, Curt Hennig, Doug Dillinger, Fit Finlay, Don Harris, Ron Harris, Brian Knobbs, Hugh Morrus, Stevie Ray and Vampiro.
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sid Vicious pinned Jeff Jarrett, after a leg drop from Hulk Hogan, to retain the title.
- Hulk Hogan defeated Ric Flair in a Strap match.

2000 - Rex King defeats Glamour Boy Shane for the WWC Television Title in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, ending Shane's third reign.

2001 - The Monday Night War entered its last week before the WWF buyout of WCW. WWF RAW is WAR defeated WCW Monday Nitro, 4.6 to 2.1 in the ratings.

The 285th edition of WCW Monday Nitro was held live on the campus of the University of Florida, at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida. The results:
- Jason Jett defeated Disqo (with Mike Sanders).
- WCW Cruiserweight Champion Shane Helms defeated Billy Kidman to retain the title.
- Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Shawn Stasiak.
- Kanyon defeated M.I. Smooth.
- Rick Steiner defeated Konnan by disqualification.
- Team Canada (Mike Awesome and Lance Storm) defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions The Natural Born Thrillers (Sean O'Haire and Chuck Palumbo).

The WWF held the 408th episode of RAW live at Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York. Beforehand, the 82nd episode of Jakked was taped. The results were:
- Billy Gunn defeated Gary Stenstrom.
- A.P.A. (Bradshaw and Faarooq) defeated Dave Danger and J.P. Black.
- Haku defeated Johnny Starr.
- Essa Rios defeated Low Ki.
- Raven defeated WWF Hardcore Champion Big Show to win the title, after Kane interfered and hit Show with a flying clothesline. This began Raven's 11th reign.
- Edge and Christian (subbing for The Dudley Boyz) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt (with Lita)), when Edge pinned Jeff after the debuting Rhyno interfered and Gored Jeff, to win the title. This ended the Hardys' fourth reign and began Edge and Christian's sixth, breaking The New Age Outlaws' record of five reigns.
- Tazz defeated Steven Richards (with Val Venis) by disqualification when Venis interfered.
- WWF European Champion Test and Triple H (with Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley) fought to a no-contest, after Kane chased Stephanie into the crowd, and The Undertaker took out Big Show and Test.
- X-Factor (Justin Credible and X-Pac (with Albert)) defeated Grandmaster Sexay and Steve Blackman, when Credible pinned Sexay after Albert interfered and Baldo Bombed Sexay from the top.
- The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) defeated WWF Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian to win the title, after the debuting Spike Dudley dropkicked a chair in Christian's face, and the Dudleys 3D'd Edge. This began the Dudleys' third reign.
- Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit and William Regal defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho and WWF Champion The Rock in a handicap match, when Regal pinned Jericho after hitting him with the Intercontinental Title belt.

2002 - The WWF taped the 136th edition of SmackDown! and the 188th edition of Sunday Night Heat at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. The results:
Dark matches:
- Albert and Scotty 2 Hotty defeats Justin Credible and Billy Kidman.
- Tommy Dreamer defeated Randy Orton.
- Val Venis defeated Lance Storm.
- Big Show and Kane defeated The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von).
- Rikishi defeated Goldust.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam defeated Mr. Perfect.
- Booker T pinned Edge after the scissors kick after Kurt Angle interfered and hit the Angle Slam on Edge.
- Lita and Trish Stratus defeated Ivory and WWF Women's Champion Jazz, when Trish pinned Jazz after a bulldog.
- William Regal defeated WWF European Champion Diamond Dallas Page by knockout/submission to win the title. Regal put Page in the Regal Stretch after hitting him with brass knuckles. This began Regal's third reign.
- Test pinned WWF Cruiserweight Champion Tajiri (with Torrie Wilson) after a big boot.
- The Hurricane and Molly Holly fought to a no-contest when Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came through the crowd to the ring and Lesnar F5'd Hurricane and clotheslined Molly.
- WWF Tag Team Champions Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo (with Rico) defeated The Hardy Boyz (Jeff and Matt), when Gunn pinned Matt with the Fameasser after Rico knocked Matt off the top rope.
- The Rock defeated Kevin Nash (with Scott Hall) by disqualification when Hall prevented a pinfall after the People's Elbow. Hulk Hogan made the save and legdropped Hall and Nash, but then X-Pac ran to the ring in nWo attire and nailed Hogan with a chair, with Hall and Nash also hitting Hogan with the chair. X-Pac then spraypainted "nWo" on Hogan's back.

2004 - Rey Bucanero and Último Guerrero win their third CMLL World Tag Team Title in Mexico City, Mexico, defeating L.A. Park and Shocker.

2005 - IWA Mid-South held "Blood is Thicker Than Water" at the Lincoln Center in Highland, Indiana. The results were:
- Chandler McClure defeated Steve Stone.
- Brad Bradley defeated Brad Martin.
- NWA Midwest X Division Champion Matt Sydal defeated Jimmy Jacobs to retain the title.
- IWA Mid-South Tag Team Champions Ryan Boz and Trik Davis defeated Eric Priest and Silas Young to retain the title.
- The Bad Breed (Axl and Ian Rotten) defeated J.C. Bailey and Tracy Smothers.
- Eric Priest defeated Shark Boy.
- The Iron Saints (Sal and Vito Thomaselli) defeated B-Boy and Brandon Thomaselli.
- IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion Danny Daniels defeated B.J. Whitmer in a Dog Collar match to retain the title.

2005 - 3PW held "March Madness" at Viking Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results:
- C.J. O'Doyle pinned Tommy Suede.
- Rockin' Rebel defeated Dirk Ciglar.
- The Blue Meanie pinned Ron Zombie.
- Homicide vs. Ruckus ended in a no-contest due to a double pin.
- C.J. O'Doyle defeated Cesar Smalls.
- 3PW Tag Team Champion Simon Diamond pinned Monsta Mack.
- Damian Adams pinned Sterling James Keenan.
- 3PW Heavyweight Champion Slyck Wagner Brown pinned Roadkill to retain the title.

2005 - RAVE (Kristian Frost and Zack Statik) defeat Sabotage (D.C. Dillinger and Eddie Edwards) for the New England Championship Wrestling Tag Team Title in Framingham, Massachussetts, ending Sabotage's third reign.

2005 - The Southside Playaz II (J-Money and Will B. Smooth) defeat Twisted Aggression (Ivan Koloff and Sean Powers) to win the AWA/Carolina Wrestling Federation Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title in Pfafftown, North Carolina.

2005 - Geni del Male (Il Drago and Tsunami) defeats Forza Bruta (Darkness and Raiss) for the Italian Championship Wrestling Italian Tag Team Championship in Magenta, Italy.

2005 - Rico Suave defeats Mad Cow to win the Freestyle Championship Wrestling European Title in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2006 - Hiromichi "Kodo" Fuyuki dies at age 42 from cancer in Yokohama, Japan. He had been battling intestinal cancer, which spread to his liver. Fuyuki was a mainstay of FMW in Japan during the 1990s, winning nearly every title in the promotion. He also worked for International Pro Wrestling, All Japan and WAR.

2006 - At an OVW house show in Louisville, Kentucky, The Untouchables (Deuce and Domino) win the OVW Southern Tag Team Title, after Deuce defeats The Miz in a singles match. Miz had held the title with Chris Cage since February 8, but Cage was released from the company days before.

2006 - Masato Yoshino defeats champion Dragon Kid and Naoki Tanizaki in a three-way match in Saitama, Japan to win the Dragon Gate Open the Brave Gate Title.

2006 - Kagetora defeats Makoto Oishi for the Michinoku Pro Wrestling Tohuku Junior Heavyweight Title in Yahaba, Japan. Taka Michinoku had vacated the title on March 7 due to a finger injury.

2007 - Sports Illustrated reports that several WWE wrestlers are linked to Scottsdale, Arizona doctor David Wilbirt, who was under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency for being a part of an Internet drug ring, writing nearly 4,000 illegal prescriptions. Names included in the report included Kurt Angle, Edge, Eddie Guerrero, Gregory Helms, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton and at least five others.

2007 - WWE held the 721st edition of RAW and the 452nd edition of Heat at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. RAW aired live on USA Network and got a 3.7 rating. The results were:
- In a dark match, The Majors Brothers (Brett and Brian) defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch.
- Charlie Haas (with Shelton Benjamin) defeated Robbie McAllister (with Rory McAllister).
- Cryme Tyme (JTG and Shad Gaspard) defeated Mike Tolar and Bryan Wenzel.
- Jim Duggan defeated Jason Bates.
- Mickie James defeated Victoria.
- World Tag Team Champion Shawn Michaels vs. John "Bradshaw" Layfield didn't take place due to JBL coming to the ring in a suit and tie. He said Michaels had had several chances to use the Sweet Chin Music his tag team partner John Cena prior to their upcoming WrestleMania match but didn't, because inside he knew he couldn't beat Cena. HBK replied by saying he would win and use the Sweet Chin Music when he felt like it and when it was least expected, before nailing JBL with the Sweet Chin Music.
- ECW World Champion Bobby Lashley defeated Chris Masters in a Masterlock Challenge, marking the first (official) time that the Masterlock was broken. The move had been broken by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant José Avila on the Christmas in Iraq special in December 2006, but was disallowed due to interference from JBL.
- Edge defeated Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, Kenny Dykstra, Ric Flair, Charlie Haas, Johnny Nitro, Super Crazy, Val Venis and Viscera in a 10-man "Last Chance" Money in the Bank qualifying battle royal, by last eliminating Flair, to earn the eighth and final spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder match at WrestleMania 23. Flair appeared to have won the match, by eliminating Carlito, before Edge, who had been on the outside being attended to after a "knee injury" suffered early in the match, got back in the ring and dumped Flair out.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion Umaga (with Armando Estrada and Vince McMahon) pinned Eugene after the Samoan Spike. After the match, Vince got on the mic and told Estrada and Jonathan Coachman to put Eugene in the barber chair which was at ringside, and Umaga to choke Eugene out. McMahon then shaved Eugene's head while pretending that Eugene was Donald Trump. Umaga dumped Eugene out of the chair and carried him backstage so Vince could finish the job. Later on, a totally bald Eugene was shown looking in a mirror backstage and crying and asking "why me?".
- WWE Women's Champion Melina defeated Candice Michelle in a Bra and Panties match.
- Jeff Hardy defeated Randy Orton by disqualification after Edge slid a ladder in the ring, and Orton hit Hardy with it.
- WWE and World Tag Team Champion John Cena defeated WWE United States Champion Chris Benoit by submission with the STFU. After the match, Shawn Michaels, who was on commentary, got in the ring and faked the Sweet Chin Music. Cena then lifted Michaels up for the FU but put him down. JBL then came out and said Cena and Michaels would take on SmackDown!'s World Heavyweight Champion Batista and The Undertaker the next week on RAW.
- In a dark match after the show, WWE and World Tag Team Champion John Cena defeated WWE Intercontinental Champion Umaga by disqualifiction.

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

We start off tonight’s show with Todd and Matt talking about what happened last week between Rey Mysterio and CM Punk. We then go to a video package of the heinous acts by CM Punk.

We are live on tape and your announcers are Todd ‘Road to Summerfest starts tonight’ Grisham and Todd ‘Starburns’ Striker.

Rey Mysterio comes to the ring and he has a very serious look on his face. He says that he hasn’t had a moment of peace for the last week. Every time he closes his eyes, he can see his daughter crying. He sees his wife and son looking at him putting the weight of the world on his shoulders. This is all because of CM Punk. Rey says that he has climbed a lot of mountains during his career. He has taken beatings, he has won titles. He has been embarrassed and afraid, but Punk crossed a line that shouldn’t be crossed. This is beyond the brainwashing his Straight Edge Society and Sea of Lies. Rey reminds us about the challenge at Wrestlemania. Rey says that he accepts the challenge but it is not any match. Rey says that he does not want to compete against Punk. He wants to face Punk in a Street Fight. Rey says that Punk needs to learn a lesson that you don’t mess with another man’s family. Rey says that is a lesson that he is going to teach Punk.

CM Punk’s music plays and he goes to the stage with Luke Gallows and Serena. Punk asks Rey if he is being a bit emotional, so he is going to keep his distance from Rey. Punk understands what Rey is feeling because last week Rey showed everyone that he is a coward. Rey tells Punk to keep his family out of this. Punk says that he knows that Rey is filled with anger and rage and that is no way to deal with his problems.

Rey tells Punk that he has no idea what he is feeling because you need to be human to know what he is feeling. Rey tells Punk that he is not human and that he is a monster. Rey says that he should go up the ramp and give Punk the beating he deserves for last week.

Punk tells Rey that he is better off staying in the ring because if Rey lays a hand on him before Wrestlemania, there is no match at Mania. Punk says that he sees the potential in Rey to be a part of the Straight Edge Society. Punk says that he has been on the same rollercoaster with his family, but he doesn’t have to close his eyes to remember the birthday party last week. Punk says that he has pictures of the party and we see a photo from last week and Punk talks about how much Aaliyah trusts her father in that photo and that he will make everything okay. Then we see the photo of Aaliyah cowering behind her father hoping that her daddy will make the monster go away. Punk reminds Rey that the monster did not go away and then we see Aaliyah hiding from Punk. Punk says that it is not the moment that she knew that he could not protect her or the moment that his family realized that Rey is a coward. It is not the moment when Dominic knew that he was more of a man than his father. Punk says that was the moment that he knew that Rey could be saved. Punk tells Rey that if he joins him, he can be the father that Rey should be.

Rey says that he is not like Punk and Punk says that is true because he is straight edge and he is better than Rey. Punk tells Rey that he can live up to the superhero myth if he accepts Punk as his savior.

Rey tells Punk that he is out of his mind. Rey says that will never happen because if Punk doesn’t accept the challenge, Punk will have to live with the fact that he will have to fight Rey every day. Rey tells Punk that it is his choice and he can say yes or no.

Punk says that he doesn’t like either option so he has a counter offer. Punk says that if Rey can beat the right hand of the Straight Edge Society. If Rey wins, he gets his street fight. Punk says that if Rey loses tonight and then at Wrestlemania, Rey will have to join the Straight Edge Society. He points out that Rey will have to accept Punk as his savior on the grandest stage. That way Rey can forget that last week ever happened.

Rey thinks about it and he says that it is an image that he will always remember. Rey tells Punk that he will take that image until the day he dies. Rey says that he will beat Luke Gallows tonight like he beat him before. Rey says that he will make sure that Punk will never forget the beating that he is going to give him at Wrestlemania.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see the Money in the Bank Briefcase over the ring so it means that we will be seeing some combination of the participants in the next match.

Match Number One: Matt Hardy and Montel Vontavious Porter versus Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger

Ziggler and Hardy start off and they lock up and Ziggler works on the arm with a wrist lock but Hardy with a reversal. Ziggler with a punch but Hardy with a back elbow and elbow drop followed by a fist drop and leg drop for a near fall. Hardy with a front face lock but Ziggler takes Hardy into the corner and Swagger tags in. Hardy punches out of the corner but Swagger with an Irish whip and then he sends Hardy into the ropes and hits a forearm to the back. We go to commercial.

We are back and Swagger with a waist lock on Hardy and Hardy gets back to his feet and connects with elbows. Swagger with a slam and then he goes for the double jump Vader splash and gets a near fall. Swagger with a forearm to the back but Hardy with punches to Swagger. Swagger tries for the Doctor Bomb but Hardy counters with a side Russian leg sweep and both men are down. Ziggler and Porter are tagged in and Porter with an overhead belly-to-belly throw followed by a clothesline and back elbow. Porter with a face buster and then he hits the ballin’ elbow and waits for the Playmaker but Swagger comes in and then Hardy takes care of Swagger. Ziggler comes from behind and hits the Zig Zag on Porter for the three count.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger

After the match, Ziggler and Swagger start to walk to the back but Ziggler stops and he goes under the ring to get a ladder and brings it into the ring to grab the briefcase. We see Ziggler on the top of the ladder with the Wrestlemania sign behind him.

We see a video package of last week’s Highlight Reel.

This week we will have the Cutting Edge with Chris Jericho as the guest.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Teddy Long is in his office and he is on the phone but Drew McIntyre interrupts him. Teddy tells Drew that he is impressed that Drew is still technically undefeated. Teddy talks about how Drew lost his first qualifying match to Kane, but the loss was expunged. Teddy reminds Drew about the loss to Matt Hardy, that was also erased from the record book. Teddy says that Drew finally qualified, but it was against Mr.McMahon’s hand picked opponent. Teddy says that it was an opponent that nobody ever heard of and will never hear of again. Teddy points out that Drew is undefeated since he debuted in August. Teddy says the undefeated streak ends tonight. Teddy brings up undefeated streaks, like the one that Undertaker has at Wrestlemania. Drew tells Teddy that Vince doesn’t want him to have a match so close to Wrestlemania. Teddy says that he was trying to get in touch with Vince, but he only got his voicemail. Teddy tells Drew that he will be facing the Undertaker.

It is time to take a look at the Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

Michelle and Layla are walking arm in arm in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back with the Smack of the Night: Tiffany versus Michelle McCool from last week and Beth Phoenix helping Tiffany.

Michelle and Layla are wearing ‘Glam-a-Man?’ shirts in an attempt to make Beth even angrier.

Match Number Two: Michelle McCool and Layla versus Tiffany and Beth Phoenix

Layla and Beth start things off and Layla with a kick but Beth with an airplane spin and Layla goes into the wrong corner and Beth with a clothesline. Tiffany tags in and hits a cross body from the top for a near fall. Tiffany with a series of back elbows followed by a suplex for a near fall. Tiffany with forearms to Layla followed by an Irish whip but Layla sends Tiffany to the apron and Layla kicks Tiffany in the head. Tiffany drops Layla on the top rope as she goes to the floor. Michelle hits Tiffany from behind and then Layla goes to the floor to send Tiffany into the apron. Layla rolls Tiffany back into the ring and gets a near fall. Michelle is tagged in and she hits a clothesline as Layla Irish whips Tiffany. Michelle with a series of knees to the head and then she sends Tiffany to the mat. Michelle misses a leg drop and Beth is able to tag in despite Michelle’s attempts to stop her. Beth with a back body drop and double sledge followed by a back elbow. Beth with a delayed slingshot suplex but Layla breaks up the cover. Beth presses Layla over her head but Michelle with a kick to the midsection. Michelle sets for the McCool Clash but Beth counters and Beth sends Michelle into the top rope an then hits the Glam Slam for the three count.
Winners: Beth Phoenix and Tiffany

After the match, Vickie Guerrero comes out and she tells Tiffany that she should leave the ring because she still has business to finish with Beth. She says that Beth owes her an apology.

Beth says that she apologized to Vickie about what happened last week. Vickie says that it wasn’t good enough because she wants the apology in front of everyone. Beth says that it was wrong to put her hands on a WWE Authority Figure and she apologizes for that. Vickie says that apology is not good enough and then she Excuse Mes a few times. She tells Beth that she will regret what she did because she is the Executive Consultant and Beth’s boss. Vickie says that Beth will be in a match next week against . . . Vickie Guerrero.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time for the Cutting Edge but before Edge comes to the ring, we see the person who performs one of the many theme songs for Wrestlemania in the front row.

We see highlights from last week’s Highlight Reel one more time.

Edge starts off talking about last week when Chris Jericho had him on the Highlight Reel, so he is going to return the favor and have Jericho on the Cutting Edge. Edge brings out his guest, Chris Jericho.

Jericho comes to the ring, but he is not alone. He has his rookie Wade Barrett with him.

Edge says hello to Chris and he points out that Chris brought his own guest and then suggests that they are ready to go to the prom. Edge likes Jericho’s strategy and then he compares their match to a game of chess. He mentions that they are master manipulators. Edge points out that Jericho hit him with the title belt last Friday, but Jericho got his revenge on Monday. Edge says that he will be a few moves ahead of Jericho and he will hit that final move at Wrestlemania.

Jericho says that Edge is wrong because the Ultimate Opportunist made the ultimate mistake. Jericho says that Edge is making this about one word and one move, the spear. Jericho says that there is so much more. Jericho points out that he is the best in the world since he is the champion. He asks Edge if he will be able to live up to the hype that he has received from the parasites. Jericho says that Edge probably isn’t 100 percent and that Edge is thinking about skirting by to get the win. Jericho says the sound of 70,000 hypocrites yelling ‘spear’ will not help him if he is not 100% physically. Jericho tells Edge that he saw him tear his Achilles by taking one step. Jericho points out that it was a freak injury, but what if he does it deliberately. Jericho points out that David Beckham has the same injury and his career is over. Jericho says that if it happens to Edge again, his career will be over.

Edge says that Jericho thinks he might not be 100% percent and that he is still injured. Edge says that might be the case, but there is only one way to find out. He tells Jericho to make the move and go for his checkmate. Edge says that he is sick of talking about it and he tells Jericho to make his move. Since Jericho didn’t do anything, Edge decides to make his move and he punches Jericho with the microphone. Barrett tries to clothesline Edge, but Edge moves. Edge punches Barrett but Jericho clips Edge’s leg. Edge punches Jericho and Barrett and then Edge with a kick to Barrett. Edge throws Jericho out of the ring and then he spears Barrett. Jericho returns to the ring and hits the Codebreaker. Jericho stands over Edge and then he stomps on Edge’s leg. Jericho stands over Edge and tells Edge ‘spear’ before standing over him with the World Title belt.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see footage from Universal Studios Hollywood.

We then go to a Moments Ago Moment of the situation between Edge and Chris Jericho during the Cutting Edge.

Match Number Three: David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd with Natalya versus John Morrison and R Truth

Smith and Truth start things off and Smith with a kick and forearm but Truth with a punch and he tags in Morrison. They hit a double drop kick on Smith and Morrison gets a near fall. Smith with a punch and overhead belly-to-belly suplex and then he runs Morrison into the corner. Kidd tags in and he kicks Morrison in the corner. Kidd chokes Morrison with his boot. Kidd with a snap mare and drop kick to the back of the head for a near fall. Kidd with an elbow to the top of the head. Kidd tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Morrison lands on his feet and then Truth makes the blind tag. Morrison with a kick to Kidd and then Truth hits the corkscrew flying forearm for the three count while Morrison holds Smith on the apron.
Winners: John Morrison and R Truth

It is time for Word Up with Cryme Tyme. JTG and Shad yo yo and welcome us. This week’s word is Show Down. They talk about the different definitions and JTG says that it refers to game shows so the word has been changed to Slim Jim Show down. They talk about the points that you can earn for photos with Slim Jims. JTG talks about how to enter and win prizes.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Wrestlemania Rewind and it is of Pete Rose at Wrestlemania in 1998.

Match Number Four: Rey Mysterio versus Luke Gallows with Serena and CM Punk

Rey with kicks and punches to Gallows but Luke with a punch to Rey followed by an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner. Rey with forearms and a kick followed by a baseball slide to the groin. Luke with a forearm to Rey and then he picks Rey up and hits an uppercut and gets a near fall. Rey with a head scissors that sends Luke into the ropes. Luke gets up before Rey can hit the 619 and hits a backbreaker. Luke with an Irish whip and then he throws Rey under the bottom rope to the floor. Luke picks Rey up in a wheelbarrow hold and drops Rey’s throat on the ringside barrier. The referee starts his count but Rey fights to get back into the ring before the ten count and Punk is furious that he could get up.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Luke with a bear hug and Rey with punches to try to get out of the hold. Luke runs Rey into the turnbuckles and then puts him on the top turnbuckle and tries for a superplex but Rey holds on to the ropes. Rey knocks Luke off and then Rey hits a seated splash and a springboard cross body for a near fall. Luke with a knee and then he tosses Rey into the air and he lands on the mat. Luke with a Kamala splash and then he turns Rey over and gets a near fall. Punk argues with the referee while Luke sends Rey into the corner. Luke charges into boots two times and then he hits a bulldog out of a wheelbarrow. Rey with a springboard leg drop but he can only get a two count. Rey with a drop kick to the back and Luke falls into the ropes. Rey hits the 619 and then he tries for the springboard splash but Punk gets in the ring and distracts the referee while Serena pushes Rey off the ropes. Luke gets the three count.
Winner: Luke Gallows

After the match, Rey hits a flying cross body on Gallows and both men go over the top rope to the floor. Rey punches Luke as they fight onto the announce table. Punk sits on the apron as Rey almost makes contact. Rey goes after Luke again and they fight on the other side of the announce table. Rey with more punches while Punk and Serena sit and watch. Rey is held back by Matt Striker and then he goes after Luke again while Punk stands over Rey and Luke. Punk checks on Luke and Rey stares at Punk before walking away.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the Raw Rebound.

It is time to run through the card for Wrestlemania 26 (the Real 25th Anniversary)

Match Number Five: Undertaker versus Drew McIntyre

McIntyre goes to the floor and Taker follows after him. Drew returns to the ring and misses an elbow drop. Taker pulls Drew out and sends him into the apron. Taker with a running splash into the turnbuckles. Drew runs into a boot from Taker. Drew with a power slam and gets a near fall. Drew punches Taker in the head and then Drew argues with the referee and Taker sits up. Taker with punches aplenty to Drew and then he throws Drew over the top rope to the floor. Taker with the vintage leg drop on the apron. Taker returns to the ring and he hits the choke slam followed by the Tombstone for the three count.
Winner: Undertaker

After the match, Taker looks at the Wrestlemania sign and then he goes up the ramp. Taker stops to do his pose and then he looks to the ring but when he turns around Shawn Michaels comes out. Taker grabs Shawn by the throat and tries for a tombstone but Shawn escapes the hold and hits Sweet Chin Music and yells at Taker, mocking his pose and does a crotch chop.

2011 - WWE returned to Madison Square Garden on with a Raw house show.  Mike Johnson filed the following live report:

The crowd was way up from the last several house shows in the venue, but was not a sellout.

The show opened with WWE champion The Miz coming out and cutting a promo demanding his match against Randy Orton start right now because he's the Miz and he's awesome. Orton came out for a hot opening. Miz controlled early but Orton made a comeback. Orton set up Miz for the RKO but CM Punk hit the ring and laid out Orton, putting the boots to him and mocking him. Punk went for the GTS but Orton slipped out. Punk scampered from the ring. Miz tried to attack Orton but was thrown out of the ring. DQ city.

The Raw General Manager emailed and said that due to Punk's actions, he was letting the fans decide the main event tonight: Miz vs. Orton or Orton & Cena vs. Punk & Miz. The fans picked the latter.

Evan Bourne, Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella defeated Zack Ryder, Primo and Tyson Kidd when Santino nailed the Cobra followed by a Bourne shooting star press. OK match with Kidd getting a lot of heat on Bourne.

Alex Riley cut a promo saying he may be fired but he's here. He said he's asked the GM for a match on Raw and if he wins he's back working for The Miz. The GM emails and says Riley can prove himself tonight in the world's most famous arena. Out comes Great Khali.

Great Khali pinned Alex Riley in 30 seconds with a chokeslam. Khali was all taped up selling the injuries from Raw.  Thanks for coming Alex!

Kelly Kelly and Eve defeated The Bellas. Sunny was a surprise as the special referee and called it down the middle. The Bellas tried twin magic but Sunny caught it. Eve nailed a sunset flip into the ring for the pin. The Bellas attacked Kelly and Eve. Sunny got involved and worked over one of the Bellas. Sunny got a nice reaction.  I wouldn't say it was a huge Superstar response but it was a really nice, respectful one.

Vickie Guerrero came to the ring and cut a promo saying she beat Trish Stratus fair and square so now she's on Raw every week.  Usual great promo.  She then introduced Dolph Ziggler.

John Morrison pinned Dolph Ziggler. They did a false finish where Morrison missed Starship Pain and Ziggler pinned him with his feet on the ropes. The referees came out and restarted the match. Vickie tried to trip Morrison and ended up thrown out. Morrison finally nailed Starship Pain for the pin. Very good match.

R Truth came through the crowd rapping his theme song. He ran a contest for 4 tickets to the Survivor Series. The Raw GM emailed in and made a dance contest. Two of the contestants were from New Jersey and were booed unmercifully from the crowd. The winner was an older man from the Bronx that the crowd loved.  The dancing was terrible.

Daniel Bryan defeated Ted DiBiase in a solid match with the Lebell Lock.  They did all the Bryan spots like the bow and arrow, kicks, etc.  Gail Kim and Maryse were at ringside.

Sheamus attacked Bryan and laid him out.  He cut a promo saying he ended a four month undefeated streak (oops!) by winning the United States championship.  He says Triple H put him through a table but tonight he will end Triple H's career in a New York City Streetfight.

Triple H pinned Sheamus in a NYC Street Fight.  Triple H used a belt on Sheamus. They brawled into the crowd and up into an aisle. Sheamus was backdropped over the rail into the ringside area. Sheamus nailed him with a Singapore Cane. He tossed HHH into the ring and beat him with the Cane. Sheamus nailed an over the knee backbreaker for a two count. He beat HHH with a series of clobbering blows to the chest. He cinched in a rear chinlock but HHH made a comeback. Sheamus took him out with a clothesline.  Sheamus brought a set of the ring steps into the ring but HHH hit a droptoehold and Sheamus ate the stairs. HHH grabbed a chair under the ring and nailed Sheamus in the gut and over the back for a two count. They battled back and forth with punches. HHH finally got the better of it and went for the Pedigree. Sheamus backdropped him and nailed the Pump Kick but HHH kicked out. Sheamus called for the High Cross. He picked up HHH but HHH slipped out. Sheamus crotched himself missing a kick and ended up tied up in the ropes. HHH grabbed the cane and beat Sheamus who was hanging upside down. HHH nailed the Pedigree and scored the pin. Triple H looked heavier than he did during his last run. The match was OK but nothing really memorable.

John Cena and Randy Orton defeated CM Punk and WWE champion The Miz.  Usual mixed response for Cena.  Huge response for Orton, who absolutely received the biggest reaction of the night.  Punk and Cena started the tag bout. Cena bulldogged Punk and tagged Orton. Punk ran for the corner and tagged Miz. Miz got the better of Orton early and tagged in Punk. Now that Orton was down, Punk was willing to get in the ring with him. He locked in a rear chinlock. Fans were chanting for Fruity Pebbles. Punk drilled Orton with a series of kicks. Orton came back with a back suplex. He tagged Cena who nailed a slam and mocked Miz before nailing the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Punk and Cena clunked heads. Miz tagged in and stomped away on Cena. Cena rolled out onto the apron. Punk yanked him off and Cena bumped to the floor. Miz covered Cena for a two count. Miz locked in a rear chinlock as Cena struggled to the ropes. Cena finally breaks it and gets to his feet but Miz nails a neckbreaker. Punk and Miz take turns working on Cena. Punk kept beating on Cena and nailed a hangman's neckbreaker. Punk used body scissors to wear Cena down. Cena fought back on Punk and Miz but was overtaken again.  Punk and Miz continued the beating. Cena finally made a comeback with a back suplex but Miz tagged in and prevented the hot tag. Cena fired back but was caught with a sitdown slam. Miz mocked the Rock and did the People's Elbow. Punk tagged in and stomped away at Cena. Punk missed a charge in the corner. Cena and Punk clotheslined each other in the center of the ring. Hot tag to Orton. He nailed Miz with the hanging DDT and teased the RKO but Miz slipped out and nailed the Skull Crushing Finale for a two count. Miz went to the top but Orton cut him off and nailed a superplex. Punk tagged in and mocked Orton then went for the GTS. Orton slipped out and sent Punk into the referee. Orton nailed the RKO but no ref. Orton went for the Punt but Miz clotheslined him. Cena went after Miz but Punk caught him with a clothesline. The heels grabbed chairs but missed. Cena and Orton nailed their finishers and scored the pins. Fun main event!

Notes: They were selling signed copies of the John Cena Experience DVD...Although they mentioned the Survivor Series would be the next card here, they never plugged the date, instead pushing tomorrow's house show at the Prudential Center and the June Raw taping....Betty Skaaland, the widow of Arnold Skaaland, was sitting in the front row.  Both Triple H and John Cena embraced her when they saw her....Names advertised that did not appear were The Usos....Orton vs. Miz was advertised for months as a Best of Three Falls match.  Obviously, that did not happen....Overall, a solid house show.

2011 - Eddie Edwards won the ROH title at the Manhattan Mayhem iPPV.  Mike Johnson filed the following live report:

Pre-Show Notes:

ROH will return to the Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday 6/26 at 4 PM....Evan Bourne, who is in town for WWE at Madison Square Garden, was backstage visiting before the show.

Truth Martini came out with the House of Truth and cut a promo about Roderick Strong's ROH title bout against Roderick Strong's title defense against Eddie Edwards tonight. He introduced Mike Mondo, saying he was newest member of the House of Truth, unofficially. He said that Mondo's last test is tonight in New York City.

Michael Elgin & Mike Mondo vs. Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reily

Mondo worked over O'Reilly early. Kyle tried to nail several shoulderblocks but couldn't move Mondo. Cole tagged in but both he and O'Reilly were shoulderblocked down. They came back with a double dropkick. Elgin tagged in but was caught with an armbar. O'Reilly drilled Elgin with a kneedrop and scored several near falls.

Cole and O'Reilly tied up Elgin in the tree of woe and nailed a double dropkick. They worked over the House of Truth. O'Reilly was caught by a Mondo clothesline. He came back with a sunset flip but Mondo dropkicked him in the face. Mondo covered O'Reily as the fans started chanted "Spirit Squad" at him. The House of Truth worked over O'Reily but he came back with a tornado DDT.

O'Reily made the hot tag to Cole, who came back with a big boot and a clotheslines off the ropes. Mondo missed a charge in the corner and nailed his shoulder on the post. Cole nailed a flying bodypress for a two count. He drilled Mondo with an enziguri but was caugbt by a slingshot elbow into the ring by Elgin.

Elgin missed a top rope moonsault. O'Reilly tagged in and he and Cole hit a series of synchronized strikes and kicks. Elgin caught Cole on h$e shoulders then caught O'Reilly trying to come off the top rope. He nailed a fall away slam and Samoan drop at the same time.

Cole and O'Reilly nailed a series of moves on the Mondo, finally getting the pin with a belly to back suplex.

Your winners, Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly!

After the match, Elgin laid out Mondo.

The Embassy came to the ring. Nana introduced all the members.

Tomasso Ciampa vs. Grizzly Redwood

They did some early spots early where Redwood tried to overpower Ciampa but it wasn't working. They had some good back and forth wrestling on the mat. They went to the outside but I couldn't see what they were doing.

Back in the ring, Ciampa nailed Redwood with a flapjack. Ciampa began working on Redwood's arm. He tossed Redwood into the turnbuckles but was kicked off. Redwood used a Crucifix for a two count. Ciampa cut him off and began stomping away at him in the corner. He drilled Redwood in the corner with a big kick and covered him for a two count.

Ciampa went for his finisher but Redwood slipped out and grabbed him with a sleeper. Redwood came off the ropes with a Thesz Press and then nailed a rana for a two count. Ciampa drilled him with a stiff clothesline and covered him for a two count.

Redwood came back with a series of kicks. Ciampa came back with a powerbomb across the knees for the pin.

Your winner, Tomasso Ciampa!

The Embassy all put the boots to Redwood but Steve Corino hit the ring. Fans chanted "We want Steen" and he responded that he does too. Corino told Redwood that he would be there for him but now he wanted to know if Redwood would be there for him as well.

Mike Bennett's music hit and he came to the ring with Bob Evans. Bennett took the mic and handed it to Evans. Evans said that he's had enough of washed up athletes. Bennett took the mic and said it's only old man Corino and he could handle this. He said that tonight was the night was Corino was going to fall off the wagon. Corino said that he was going to say this to him in the back but instead he'll say it in front of everyone. He said that there's not one place in the world that hates him more than NYC but at least he's not from Boston. He said that was his go-home line and that if facing Bennett means that his road to pro wrestling recovery, he'll let Bennet pin him.

Bennet said that Corino will fight him if he has to drag Corino into it. Bennett demanded that Corino face him and Corino apologized, saying that he can't do this. He said it took him a long time to admit what an a**hole he was and he didn't want to do this, because he's been doing the right thing and he's sorry. Bennett kept goading Corino, who finally said he was going to regret it, but ring the bell.

Steve Corino vs. Mike Bennett

Corino and Bennet battled back and forth. Corino caught him with a leg lariat. They went to the outside, where Corino whipped him into the guard rails. Bennett took control and tssed Corino back into the ring. Corino made a comeback and nailed a superplex. They battled back and forth with strikes.

Corino nailed Bennett with a powerslam for a two count. Corino drilled Bennett and locked him in an abdominal stretch. Corino stuck his thumb in his rear to add to the pain. Bob Evans into the corner then nailed a Uranage and scored the pin.

Your winner, Mike Bennett!

Jim Cornette came out to cut a promo. He joked that here in ROH, their main events last more than a minute and a half. Fans chanted "F*** TNA." He said that if fans still want to actually spend money on PPV, ROH will have two Internet PPVs in April in Atlanta. He said that he had one more announcement to make and that's that the last event for ROH in the Manhattan Center, because they have to move downstairs to the Hammerstein Ballroom. He pushed the 6/26 date in the Hammerstein Ballroom and said the company is planning the "biggest event in Ring of Honor history." He said Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin as well as everyone on the ROH roster are scheduled for the show. He said that the theme of the event will be everyone trying to prove they are the "Best in the World."

The All Night Express vs. The Briscoe Brothers

Jay and Rhett Titus. Titus slapped Briscoe, who forced him back into the corner. They went back and forth. Titus and King double teamed Briscoe. Mark tagged in and worked over King. Titus tagged in with a flying clothesline and drilled Mark with a Yakuza kick. Jay broke up a pinfall but was sent to the floor. Titus hit a nice dive over the top to the floor on Jay.

Titus whipped Jay into the railing on the floor. King and Mark soon followed and all four brawled on the outside. When they returned, The Briscoes worked over Titus. Titus, who was busted open from the battle outside, fired back but was cut off. Jay Briscoe dropkicked him in the back of the head.

The Briscoes continued the beating, chopping away at Titus. Jay clobbered him with a clothesline for a two count. The beating on Titus continued. The Briscoes went for a double superplex but Titus fought off Mark and dropped down, powerbombing Jay into the turnbuckle. He made the tag to King and the crowd exploded.

King drilled Jay with a spinebuster for a two count. He went for a German suplex on Jay but Mark drilled him with an enziguiri. Titus broke up the count. Mark went for an Ace Cutter off the top but King broke it up. Jay went for the Jay Driller on Titus but King jumped him. He fought off King. Jay went for it on Titus but Titus kneed him in the mid-section and went for a Razor's Edge. Mark pulled Jay down. King charged but the Briscoes pulled the ropes down and he went over the top.

Titus surprised Jay with a small package and scored the pin.

Your winners, The All Night Express!

The Briscoes attacked The Express afterward and left them laying. A number of wrestlers from the back hit the ring but The Briscoes laid them out as well. Kenny King hit a 450 splash off the top onto the pile The brawl continued for some time. Best thing on the show thus far. It was designed to be a double turn and it seemed to work based on the crowd reactions.

El Generico vs. TJ Perkins

Perkins and Generico went back and forth with some nice counter wrestling, then faced off. The crowd liked it. Generico scored with a series of armdrags. He worked Perkins into the corner and chopped at him, then drilled him with a series of punches.

Generico went for a sunset flip but Perkins rolled through and drilled him with a pair of knees to the chest. Perkins scored with several near falls but Generico kept getting huis shoulder up. Generico hit a series of rapid fire kicks but Perkins came back with a stiff kick to the back.

Perkins rolled Generico face-first onto the mat and then beat him into it using his knees. They battled back and forth until Generico caught him with a package Michinoku Driver for a two count. Generico went for a running kick in the corner but was blocked. Perkins caught him with a sitdown powerbomb for a two count.

Generico was locked in a Sharpshooter. Perkins went for a dive but Generico caught him coming and nailed a brainbuster on the apron, then rolled him in for the pin.

Your winner, El Generico!

Very good match. They shook hands after. The crowd chanted, "Please come back."

ROH Tag Team champions The Kings of Wrestling vs. LAX

The fans did dual chants for the teams as the bell rang. Hero and Homicide locked up to kick off the match. Homicide went for a hiptoss but Hero avoided it. They locked u and Homicide blocked him into the corner. Hero nailed him and tagged in Claudio Castagnoli.

Hernandez tagged in. He shoved Claudio into the corner. Claudio came off the ropes and they drilled each other with shoulderblocks. Hernande got the better of the exchange. Claudio nailed a clothesline but Hernandez leapdfrogged him and killed him with a clothesline. Hernandez held a long standing suplex and held him for a crowd count of about 75.

LAX doubled on Claudio on the corner and Homicide clotheslined him for a two count. Homicide wrenched him with an armwringer but Claudio kneed him in the gut. He tagged Hero and suplexed Claudio across Hero's knees. Hero nailed a catapult under the rppes on Homicide.

Hero chopped away at Homicide in the corner but Homicide started psyching himself up. He grabbed Homicide and choked him in the corner. Claudi tagged in then pressed and dropped him over the rop rope.

Claudio locked in a rear chinlock but Homicide began fighting out of it. He nailed Claudio with a back suplex and the crowd began rallying him to make the hot tag. Hero drilled Hernandez to prevent it. The Kings worked over Homicide but Hernanez used the ropes for a slingshot double clotheslne. He hit a running splash in the corner on bothm then Bealed him into the corner.

It broke down to Claudio and Hernandez. Claudio hit a spinning torture rack that was awesome. Hero drilled Hernandez with his discus forearm for a two count. Hernandez caught him with a tilowhirl backbreaker. Hernandez tagged in Homicide, who cleaned houses with a series of rights and the Three Amigos.

Hernandez joined in. Hero pulled Homicide to the outside and sent him into the railing. Hernandez went for the Border Toss on Claudio but Hero hit the ring and nailed his forearm smash. Hernandez hit the Border Toss on his own partner to the outside, taking out the Kings. Hernandez then hit a dive over the top onto them.

Fans began chanting, "This is awesome" and they were right. Hernandez hit a sit down powerbomb. Homicide came off with a flying headbutt for a two count. He called for a lariat but Sara Del Rey grabbed his leg. Hero went for the loaded forearm but Homicide ducked it, fought him off and ripped it off. He went for the Cop Killa but Hero escaped. Hero and Claudio nailed a double kick to the face. Claudio nailed Homicide with a big uppercut and scored the pin.

Your winners, The Kings of Wrestling!

Really good match. The crowd absolutely loved this. There's no denying that The Kings of Wrestling are the franchise here.

After the match, Hernandez and Homicide recovered and raised the other's hands. Fans chanted "F*** TNA." Homicide took the mic and told the fans they were the best in the world and thanked them. LAX got a big pop on the way out.

Pure Wrestling Rules: ROH TV champion Christopher Daniels vs. Davey Richards

Under Pure Rules, you can use the ropes to break moves three times but then can't use them at all. They had some nice wrestling early. Daniels nailed Richards with a suplex. Daniels charged Richards in the corner but was sent up and over to the floor. Richards hit a moonsault out of the ring to the floor.

Richards hit a missile dropkick off the top but was kicked as he charged into the corner. Daniels peppered him with forearms but was caught with a leg lariat for a two count. Richards locked in a Sharpshooter. Daniels used a rope break.

They beat the crap out of each other with stiff strikes. Daniels nailed him with a kick. He went for a leg lock but Richards kicked him off. Richards escaped an Arabian Press off the ropes. They battled on the outside. Richards came off the top with a crazy dive.

Back in the ring, Richards drilled him with a running forearm, then a superplex. He held on and pulled Daniels up into another suplex across the knees. He locked on an armbar but Daniels grabbed the ropes.

They went to the outside on the apron where Daniels was drilled with kicks to the chest. Davey picked him up for a Fireman's Carry but Daniels used the ropes to lock in an abdominal stretch type move.

Richards kicked off Davey. Davey caught him in the ropes and locked on an anklelock. Daniels pulled himself outside and Richards fell to the floor. Daniels pulled Richards to the top and locked in a guillotine choke while on the top rope. Richards battled back with a series of headbutts. He locked on a Sharpshooter from the top rope.

Richards came off the top with a headbutt. He went to the top for a shooting star press but misjudged the jump and instead came down on the ropes ribs first in a scary looking bump. Daniels went after him but Richards rolled him up and scored the pin.

Your winner, Davey Richards!

Beyond the scary moment at the end, a hell of a match. Great stuff.

ROH champion Roderick Strong vs. Eddie Edwards

Strong sent Truth Martini to the back, saying he's got this handled. They have some really good back and forth wrestling. Strong drilled him with a kick to the face. He went to the top but Edwards slipped out of the ring and nailed him.

Edwards tied Strong to the tree of woe and chopped away at him. Edwards went to the top and came in but Strong nailed him with a kick to the head. He dumped Edwards to the outside. Strong followed and they battled back and forth on the outside.

Once they returned, Strong snapped him over with a suplex for a two count. Strong locked on a Boston crab but couldn't force a submission. Strong went for a powerbomb outside but it was turned into a rana. Edwards hit a dive to the outside.

Back in the ring, Edwards drilled Strong in the corner. Edwards nailed several suplexes but Strong kept kicking up. Edwards went for a back suplex but Strong escaped and nailed a superkick. He picked up Edwards and snapped him over the turnbuckles for a two count.

They exchanged chops in the ring. It was a hellacious exchange. Think Flair vs. Garvin. Strong nailed him with a high knee. He rebounded off the ropes but was caught with a lariat by Edwards for a two count.

Strong rolled to the apron, where Edwards nailed him with a superkick. He brought Strong to the top rope. They battled back and forth on the top. Edwards knocked him off to the apron and came off with a double stomp to his chest. He then nailed a double stomp off the top across Strong's back.

Edwards locked in a single leg crab but Martini ran out to break it up. Strong nailed him with a backbreaker but Edwards kicked up and the crowd came alive. Strong spit in his face which only fired Eddie up. Strong naiiled a lariat for a two count then locked in a Boston Crab, Edwards made it to the ropes.

They went back and forth with a series of moves until Edwards rolled him up and scored the pin.

Your winner and new ROH champion, Eddie Edwards!

AWESOME main event.

2012 - WWE broadcast Raw.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are live from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Michael ‘Cream Cheese’ Cole and Jerry ‘Tastykake’ Lawler.

We start things off with CM Punk and we see footage from what happened last week when CM Punk’s family history was revealed by Chris Jericho.

Punk is not in a good mood and he says that Chris Jericho is not here tonight. Punk says that it goes to show the type of person that Chris Jericho is. Him not being here is a gift because Jericho pissed him off. Last week, Chris Jericho mentioned that his father is an alcoholic.

Punk says that he is not sure if it was supposed to be a secret. It is not Chris Jericho’s story to tell or his business. It isn’t that Chris said or how he said it. It was that he said it to the entire world. Punk says that he is here in front of millions of people and he is on Front Street under a microscope. He is naked for the world to see.

Punk says that he sees kids, parents, brothers, and sisters. All are people who have been affected in some way by alcoholism. Punk says that he doesn’t want a child to think that they cannot be destined for greatness. It was all done to get an advantage at Wrestlemania.

Chris wants to play head games and say that Punk is pre-disposed to drink. It shows that Chris Jericho doesn’t know him at all. Punk says that if there is a devil in his DNA, it is Jericho’s problem. If there is a monster inside, he is going to let it out. Punk says that he refuses to let his past dictate his future. No one should let their past cloud their dreams.

Punk says that the finish of the story is that his father has worked hard to overcome his addictions and he has beaten his demons. Punk says that Jericho doesn’t want everyone to know the facts. Punk says that he is proud of his father and he is proud that he is straight edge.

Punk says that he is proud of all of the obstacles that his father had to overcome. You can jump over an obstacle, or you can crawl under one like Jericho. Punk says that he is going to go through Jericho as his obstacle to prove that he is the best in the world at Wrestlemania.

Chris Jericho appears from a studio and he says that he did not think it would be right to confront him in person. He wants Punk to hear him. He says that all of Punk’s points were right. He was out of line and he is sorry. He says that he is ‘Chris’ talking to Punk. There is no fancy jacket or bravado.

He never should have brought it up and he is sorry for doing it last week. Jericho says that he will never say anything about Punk’s father again.

However, his sister is whole other ball game. Jericho says that he heard about Punk’s sister’s substance abuse problems. Drug addicts will do whatever it takes to score a fix. Jericho says that Punk probably still loves his sister. He brings up that there is a pattern. His father is an alcoholic and his sister is a drug addict. He says that Punk is going to drink.

The good news is that substance abuse and alcohol can be overcome. The bad news is that when Punk loses the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania, it is something that he will never overcome.

Punk says something that was not okay with the WWE censors and he tells Jericho that he will beat the s*** out of him at Wrestlemania.

We go to commercial with Big Show and Kane walking in the back.


Match Number One: Kane versus Big Show


Before the match starts, Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring. We see a Big Show video package with all of his ‘classic’ Wrestlemania moments.

They lock up and Show with punches followed by an Irish whip. Show runs into a boot and Kane grabs Show by the throat but Show does the same. Show tries for a choke slam but Kane escapes it and he connects with an uppercut. Show with a spear and then he goes to the turnbuckles but Cody gets on the apron and Show stops him.

Kane with a choke slam from the turnbuckles and he gets the three count.


Winner: Kane


After the match, Cody hits Beautiful Disaster and then he kicks Show. Cody gets handcuffs that were sitting behind the announce table that nobody behind the announce table noticed.

Cody cuffs Show to the ropes. Cody hits Show with the boxing gloves and referees make their way to the ring to try to stop Cody. Cody throws the gloves at Show and leaves. Someone gets bolt cutters to free Show from the ropes.

Show gets to his feet but he has trouble staying on his feet and the doctor checks on him.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Cody acting like he should be main eventing at the Arena in South Philadelphia.


Match Number Two: David Otunga with Barrett Barrage Wear and John Laurinaitis versus Santino Marella with Teddy Long


Santino shows off his abs and poses. Otunga with a pose of his own. Santino does some more posing and Otunga does the same as this match turns into a WBF tribute.

Santino pulls a hamstring and Otunga attacks him. Otunga sends Santino into the turnbuckles. Santino with punches and then he does the split and hip toss followed by the diving head butt to the shoulder. Santino pulls out his green puppet and sets for the Cobra. Johnny and Teddy argue at ringside and Santino does the Garvin Stomp to Johnny’s phone. Otunga with the World’s Most Dangerous Spinebuster for the three count.


Winner: David Otunga


After the match, Johnny does the Santino celebration and then he gets too sassy with Teddy and Teddy slaps Johnny. Teddy and Santino head up the ramp while Johnny is held back by Otunga. Teddy does the Teddy Shuffle.

We go to commercial.

We are back and someone Japanese is coming to WWE. It is Lord Tensai.

Michael Cole introduces Dwayne and he is in front of the Rocky statue. Dwayne looks to the heavens so he know where he has finally returned. He talks about the City of Brotherly Love and the city that loves you back. He says that it is always sunny in Philadelphia. It is the city of ass kickers. The statue he is standing in front of is the symbol of the fightning spirit.

When he was twelve years old, he stood in front of the statue and he was inspired. Rock says that the most important thing about that photo was that he was dreaming of becoming the greatest of all time.

One year later, he watched Hulk Hogan at the first Wrestlemania. Then he watched the Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania 6 and he became an icon. Years later, he headlined his first Wrestlemania in Philadelphia against Steve Austin. He might have lost but he made two vows. He vowed never to wrestle a guy in jean shorts. He also vowed to become the greatest of all time. He went on to beat Steve Austin and Hulk Hogan. There is one name left to become the greatest of all time, John Cena.

When he wants some, he will get some. In thirteen days he will face John Cena. Tonight, he is going to drive down Broad Street and come into the arena and he will give Cena a message. If Cena does not get that message, he will get in his car and drive to Pat’s to get the biggest cheese steak he can find and he is going to stick it up his candy ass.

The greats will thank the Rock in their own way. They will say Bang Bang, woooo, and Oh yeah . . . dig it. It is just the beginning. In the spirit of Rocky Balboa, he is going to beat John Cena to be the best of all time. He will yell out ‘Yo Adrian . . . I did it’. It is time to smell.


Match Number Three: Daniel Bryan with AJ Lee versus Zack Ryder


Daniel asks AJ to come onto the apron before the match and he kisses her.

Bryan with a hammer lock and Ryder with a side head lock. Ryder with a shoulder tackle but Bryan with a knee and kick to the back. Bryan with a knee drop and he chokes Ryder. Bryan with kicks to Ryder and then he chokes Ryder in the ropes. Bryan catapults Ryder into the bottom rope and he gets a near fall.

Ryder with elbows and a punch followed by an Irish whip but Bryan with an elbow. Ryder with a kick and then he sets for the running boot and he hits it. Ryder waits for the Rough Ryder but Bryan tosses Ryder in the air and applies the LeBell Lock when Ryder hits the mat and Ryder taps out.


Winner: Daniel Bryan


After the match, Bryan has AJ kiss him on the cheek.

We see the footage about John Cena’s auto accident from earlier today.

We go to commercial.


Match Number Four: John Cena versus Mark Henry


They lock up and Henry sends Cena to the mat. Cena with a side head lock but Henry sends Cena to the floor. Cena returns to the ring and Cena tries for a few shoulder tackles but Cena is the one to hit the mat. Henry punches Cena and then connects with knees in the corner. Henry punches Cena and connects with a knee to the head.

Henry throws Cena to the floor and he follows after him. Henry with a forearm to the head followed by a kick to the shoulder. Henry pulls Cena back to the floor when John tries to get back into the ring. Henry tosses Cena into the ringside barrier.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Cena is getting his second wind and he punches Henry but Henry with a shoulder tackle and Cena is down. Henry hits the big splash and he gets a near fall. The referee checks on Cena and then Henry punches Cena in the ribs. Henry with an Irish whip followed by a splash into the corner.

Henry sets for another splash into the corner but Cena gets out of the way and Cena with a belly-to-back suplex to Henry and it is time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle and he hits it. Cena tries to get Henry up for the Attitude Adjustment but he cannot do it. Cena tries for a cross body and Henry catches him. Cena avoids the World’s Strongest Slam and then he hits the Attitude Adjustment for the three count.


Winner: John Cena


After the match, Dwayne comes out and he runs to the ring. Dwayne gives Mark Henry a Rock Bottom and leaves.

It is time to remember when we found out that Shawn Michaels would be the guest referee for the Hell in a Cell Match at Wrestlemania.

We go to commercial.

We are back and it is time to talk about the issues between Beth Phoenix and Maria Menounos. And the match is official.

Miz is in the ring and he says in 1987 King Kong Bundy was in the main event of Wrestlemania 2. Then he had a match with Hillbilly Jim and two little people at Wrestlemania 3. This was the biggest main event drop off in Wrestlemania history. That is until now. At least Bundy had a match. Miz says that he will not go from main eventing Wrestlemania 27 to doing nothing at Wrestlemania 28. Miz says that he has made an open challenge to show John Laurinaitis that he should be on Team Johnny.


Match Number Five: Sheamus versus Miz


Miz with forearms to the back of the head but Sheamus with punches. Miz with a kick and Sheamus with a double sledge to Miz. Miz with an elbow and kick to the knee. Sheamus blocks the DDT and gets Miz up for the fireman’s carry slam.

We see John and David watching in the back and David has a new coffee mug.

Miz with the Reality Check for a near fall. Miz chokes Sheamus in the ropes. Miz with a running boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Miz with a reverse chin lock. Sheamus gets to his feet and he sends Miz into the corner. Sheamus with forearms and kicks to Miz. Sheamus with a power slam for a near fall.

Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick but he hits it a second time and gets the three count.


Winner: Sheamus


We go to Chris Jericho’s comments from earlier tonight when he talked about . . . a sister.

We are back with the Slam of the Week: Shawn Michaels confronting Undertaker last week.

Josh Mathews is on the old school interview stage and he introduces Randy Orton.

Josh reminds Orton that he will face Kane at Wrestlemania and he asks how will he beat the monster. Orton repeats the question and he asks Josh how does the monster plan on beating him. Orton says that we are talking about a Wrestlemania between these two men only because he beat the monster so badly that it turned him human. Now he looks in Kane’s eyes and there are no signs of humanity.

Orton says that he couldn’t care less about Kane’s identity crisis because he knows who he is. He is not the Big Red Monster, the Big Red Machine, or the Devil’s Favorite Demon. His name is Randy Orton.

Orton poses for the crowd.

It is time to look at the Wrestlemania sign as we go to footage from a Be a Star event.

Vickie Guerrero comes out and she says that she is proud to introduce the two newest member of Team Johnny. She brings out Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger as we go to commercial.


Match Number Six: Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger with Vickie Guerrero versus R Truth and Kofi Kingston with Aksana


We are back and Aksana and Vickie have to be separated.

Kofi and Swagger start things off and Kofi with kicks. Swagger with an Irish whip but Kofi with a pendulum kick and a kick to Swagger followed by a cross body for a near fall. Swagger sends Kofi into the corner but Kofi with an elbow. Ziggler with a clothesline to Kofi followed by a double jump Swagger bomb for a near fall.

Swagger punches Kofi and the referee pulls him out of the corner and Ziggler chokes Kofi. Swagger stands on Kofi’s chest. Kofi tries to punch his way out of the corner but Ziggler tags in and he kicks Kofi in the head. Ziggler tries for a neck breaker but Kofi with a back slide for a near fall.

Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. Swagger tags back in and he kicks Kofi. Swagger tags back in and he does push ups on Kofi’s back. Swagger traps the arms but Kofi gets to his feet and he punches Swagger. Swagger keeps Kofi from making the tag but Kofi is able to hit a DDT and both men are down.

Ziggler and Truth tag in and Truth with a running clothesline or two followed by a punch. Truth with the Truth Detector and then he kicks Ziggler and hits the sit out gourdbuster for a near fall. Truth clotheslines Swagger over the top rope ot the floor and Kofi with a running clothesline on the floor to take care of Swagger.

Truth misses the Scissors Kick and Ziggler with the Fameasser and Vickie pushes Truth’s foot off the ropes and the referee does not see it and makes the three count.


Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger

After the match, Aksana pushes Vickie down and then she tries to explain what happened to the referee. Aksana with a spear on Vickie and the men have to break up the catfight.

We see footage from last night’s Madison Square Garden show when Triple H gave Dolph Ziggler a tombstone piledriver to mock the Undertaker.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Shawn Michaels is the first participant in the Hell in a Cell match to come out.

Shawn says that the Hell in a Cell Match at Wrestlemania will be the end of an era. The thing that people are talking about is the guest referee. He says that is no big surprise because he did make a Hall of Fame career out of stealing the show and being the showstopper. This year will be no different.

Shawn says that it is pretty darn cool that he holds the end of an era in the palm of his hand. Shawn says that you will have to wait until Wrestlemania for his prediction. He will give his opinion about what he thinks will happen.

Shawn says that people wonder if he can be impartial because of his friendship with Triple H. Shawn tells Undertaker that End of an Era is code for the end of the streak. Two years ago, he saw the end and it was inevitable. Now that is where there Undertaker stands . . .

Who ordered a gong because Undertaker’s music plays.

Taker says that Shawn did enough talking last week. Now it would be in his best interest to shut up and listen. He already told Shawn that this match has to remain pure. Before Shawn and his buddy start making plans . . .

Triple H’s music plays and he comes to the ring. It is serious because the GameFountain makes its return.

Hunter tells Taker to stop worrying about Shawn because even though Shawn’s ego wants this to be about him, it is not. It is about the two of them. Like Taker said, it is our destiny. Two parallel legendary careers running side by side. Connected by one thing. The most demonic structure. There have been 24 Hell in a Cell Matches. They have been in 19 of them. It is not a coincidence. It is not a coincidence that the match that started as the Devil’s Playground became his Proving Ground. It is where he learned how to push the limits of human endurance. It is where he learned to end another man’s career. It is where he thrives and excels.

All of those matches have been for one moment. Hunter points to the sign and says April 1st, Wrestlemania, Hell in a Cell. The whole world is going to see the end of an era . . . yours.

Hunter tells Taker that he knows exactly what it will take inside that hell to finish the job.

Taker asks Hunter if he is sure. Your mind, your body, and your soul. Your career. Your wife. Your kids. All of this. Even his life. Is Hunter willing to put it all on the line?

Hunter thinks about it and he says if it means giving Taker the end that he so richly deserves, then he is.

Hunter says that he will.

Taker is about to leave the ring but he turns around and he asks Hunter if he remembers when he said that Shawn was better than him? Taker says that he is.

Taker leaves the ring and Hunter stares into Shawn’s eyes and the smile on Shawn’s face is gone.

We go to credits.



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