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By Mike Johnson on 2023-08-18 08:00:00

August 18th

On this day in history in ....

1944 - Lou Thesz becomes the first two-time Texas Heavyweight Champion, defeating Ernie Dusek in Houston, Texas.

1949 - Dave Levin defeats George Bollas in Toledo, Ohio for the Jack Pfeffer-promoted World Heavyweight Title, to begin his third reign.

1951 - Frenchy Roy defeats Dale Haddock in Oregon to win the Pacific Coast Junior Heavyweight Title.

1959 - Dr. Tom Prichard is born.

1960 - Ilio DiPaolo and Whipper Billy Watson defeat Doc and Mike Gallagher in Toronto, Ontario to win the NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Title for the third time.

1962 - During a title defense against Bobo Brazil in Newark, New Jersey, NWA World Heavyweight Champion Buddy Rogers claimed he had a groin injury. The match was stopped and Brazil was declared the winner, but he refused to accept the victory. It was announced on September 6 that Bobo Brazil was the new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, after a doctor found nothing wrong with Rogers. Rogers won the title back from Brazil on October 30 in Toledo, Ohio, but this title change is not recognized by the NWA.

1970 - Bill Dromo and Alberto Torres defeat Buddy Colt and Karl Von Stroheim in Macon, Georgia for the NWA Macon Tag Team Title.

1971 - Rip Tyler defeats Ken Lucas in the finals of a 17-man tag team match in Mobile, Alabama to win the vacant City of Mobile Heavyweight Title.

1978 - Mil Máscaras defeats The Destroyer in Kagoshima, Japan to win the AJPW PWF United States Heavyweight Title, ending Destroyer's fourth reign.

1978 - The Mongolian Stomper wins his seventh NWA Southeastern Heavyweight Title in Knoxville, Tennessee, by ending Robert Fuller's fourth reign.

1979 - The WWF held an event at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The results were:
- Steve King defeated Joe Mascara.
- Bulldog Brower defeated Pete Sanchez.
- Ted DiBiase defeated Moose Monroe
- Special Delivry Jones defeated The Columbian Jaguar.
- Chief Jay Strongbow and Greg Valentine fought to a double countout in an Indian Strap match.
- Tito Santana defeated Gypsy Rodriguez.
- André the Giant defeated WWF Tag Team Champion Jerry Valiant.
- WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Tag Team Champion Johnny Valiant to retain the title.

1982 - Mike Sharpe defeats Killer Khan for the Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Title in Shreveport, Louisiana, beginning his second reign.

1984 - The WWF held an event at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. The results:
- Susan Starr defeated Peggy Lee.
- Special Delivery Jones defeated René Goulet.
- David Schultz defeated Rick McGraw.
- Big John Studd defeated Terry Daniels.
- Kamala defeated B. Brian Blair.
- Mr. Fuji defeated Tiger Chung Lee.
- Rocky Johnson and Bob Orton, Jr. fought to a draw.
- Jesse Ventura defeated Ivan Putski by disqualification.
- WWF Champion Hulk Hogan defeated Paul Orndorff by countout to retain the title.

1984 - Tom Prichard and Brett Sawyer win their second NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title in Portland, Oregon, by defeating Mr. Ebony (Tom Jones) and Mike Miller.

1984 - Gran Cochise defeats Satánico for the NWA World Middleweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico, to end Satánico's fourth reign.

1984 - Módulo wins a tournament for the vacant Mexican National Lightweight Title in Mexico City, Mexico.

1985 - The WWF held an event at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario. The results were:
- Adrian Adonis pinned Lanny Poffo after a DDT.
- Dino Bravo pinned Richard Charland after a back suplex.
- Randy Savage pinned Bob Marcus after a flying elbowdrop.
- King Kong Bundy pinned José Luis Rivera after the Avalanche.
- Cousin Junior (with Hillbilly Jim) pinned Tito Senza after a mule kick.
- Rick McGraw pinned Ted Grizzly.
- Uncle Elmer (with Cousin Junior and Hillbilly Jim) pinned Tiger Chung Lee after a legdrop.
- André the Giant defeated Big John Studd (with Bobby Heenan) by disqualification when King Kong Bundy interfered when André was about to cut Studd's hair after slamming him. Bundy and Studd beat down André, with Bundy splashing André four times.
- The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell), when Neidhart pinned Blair after Bret hit Blair with a foreign object while Blair had Neidhart in a sleeper. Neidhart fell back on Blair for the pin.
- The Junkyard Dog fought Terry Funk to a double countout.
- Ricky Steamboat defeated Don Muraco by disqualification.

1988 - Leo Burke defeats Rip Rogers for the Grand Prix Wrestling International Heavyweight Title in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to begin his third reign.

1989 - Sumo Hara (Tatsumi Kitahara) and Benkei (Kensuke) Sasaki defeat Bob and Kerry Brown for the Stampede International Tag Team Title in Calgary, Alberta.

1989 - Eric Embry defeats P.Y. Chu-Hi in Dallas, Texas to win his third USWA Texas Heavyweight Title.

1990 - The WWF held an event at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The results:
- The Brooklyn Brawler defeated José Luis Rivera (subbing for Shane Douglas).
- Buddy Rose defeated Pez Whatley.
- Hercules defeated Pete Doherty (subbing for Hillbilly Jim).
- Jimmy Snuka defeated Iron Mike Sharpe (subbing for Rick Martel).
- Nikolai Volkoff defeated Boris Zhukov.
- Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire (with Miss Elizabeth) defeated Randy Savage and Sensational Queen Sherri (with Brother Love) in a Mixed Tag Team match, when Sapphire pinned Sherri after Elizabeth hit Sherri with a purse.
- WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax, Crush and Smash) defeated Jim Duggan and The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), when Ax pinned Bret.

1991 - Cien Caras defeats Konnan for the CMLL World Heavyweight Title in Monterrey, Mexico.

1991 - Kyoko Inoue defeats Aja Kong to win the second-annual AJW Japan Grand Prix Tournament.

1993 - WCW held its 24th "Clash of the Champions" event at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, which got a 3.8 rating live on TBS. The results were:
- Arn Anderson and Paul Roma defeated NWA and WCW World Tag Team Champions Steve Austin and Lord Steven Regal (subbing for the injured Brian Pillman) (with Sir William), when Anderson pinned Austin after he collided with Sir William on the apron, to win the titles.
- 2 Cold Scorpio pinned Bobby Eaton (subbing for Lord Steven Regal) with a 450 splash.
- Johnny B. Badd pinned Maxx Payne after moving out of the way of a splash from the middle turnbuckle.
- Ricky Steamboat pinned NWA and WCW World Television Champion Paul Orndorff by reversing a bodyslam into an inside cradle to win the titles. This began Steamboat's second NWA reign.
- Sting and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair defeated The Colossal Kongs (Awesome and King (with Harley Race)), when Sting pinned Awesome after a splash off the top rope.
- Dustin Rhodes and mystery partner Road Warrior Hawk (with Road Warrior Animal) defeated The Equalizer (Dave Sullivan) and Rick Rude, when Rhodes pinned Equalizer after Hawk hit a shoulderblock off the top on Rude behind the referee's back.
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) pinned Davey Boy Smith, after Race tripped Smith while he had Vader up for a suplex, to retain the title.

1994 - Super Vader defeats Nobuhiko Takada by knockout in the finals of the Best of the World Tournament in Tokyo, Japan to win the UWFI Heavyweight Title.

1996 - The WWF held the ninth-annual "SummerSlam" pay-per-view at Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The show got an 0.58 buyrate. The results were:
- In a match airing on the Free for All, Steve Austin pinned Yokozuna after the top rope broke loose from the turnbuckle as Yokozuna was attempting the Banzai Drop, causing Yokozuna to fall.
- Owen Hart defeated Savio Vega by TKO with the Sharpshooter after hitting Vega with his cast.
- WWF Tag Team Champions The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart (with Sunny)) defeated The Bodydonnas (Skip and Zip), The Godwinns (Henry and Phineas (with Hillbilly Jim)) and The New Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Leif Cassidy) in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match to retain the title. Billy pinned Zip, Henry pinned Jannetty after a Slop Drop and Billy pinned Phineas.
- Sycho Sid pinned The British Bulldog after a powerbomb.
- Goldust (with Marlena) pinned Marc Mero (with Sable) after the Curtain Call.
- Jerry Lawler pinned Jake Roberts with a roll-up after hitting him in the throat with a bottle of Jim Beam. Before the match, Lawler was making several crude remarks towards Roberts, mostly about his past alcoholism. Lawler wore a Baltimore Ravens jersey to anger the Cleveland fans, as their beloved Browns had just relocated to Baltimore. Lawler poured alcohol down Roberts' throat after the match, and recent WWE-signee Mark Henry, who was on guest commentary, made the save.
- Mankind defeated The Undertaker in a Boiler Room Brawl, after Paul Bearer turned on Undertaker and hit him in the head with the urn, and gave it to Mankind. The winner was the first to take possession of the urn.
- WWF Champion Shawn Michaels (with Jose Lothario) defeated Vader (with Jim Cornette) to retain the title. Vader had originally won the match twice, first by countout and then disqualification, but because titles can only change hands by pin or submission, Cornette demanded the match restart both times. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon allowed this with Michaels' agreement.

1996 - Super Delfin defeats El Pantera to win the UWF Super Welterweight Title in AAomori, Japan. This began Delfin's fourth reign and ended Pantera's third.

1997 - Jeep Swenson dies of heart failure in Los Angeles, California at 40 years old.

1997 - WCW won this week of the Monday Night War, as "Monday Nitro"'s 4.03 (hours of 3.72 and 4.34) rating beat out "WWF RAW is WAR"'s 3.18 (hours of 2.93 and 3.42) rating.

"WCW Monday Nitro"'s 101st episode was live from the Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The results were:
- Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) defeated Vicious and Delicious (Buff Bagwell and Scott Norton) by disqualification.
- The Barbarian defeated Mortis.
- Stevie Richards defeated Scotty Riggs.
- Chris Benoit and Steve McMichael defeated Eddie Guerrero and Jeff Jarrett.
- Ric Flair defeated Syxx by disqualification.
- WCW World Television Champion Ultimo Dragon defeated La Parka to retain the title.
- Curt Hennig defeated The Giant by countout
- WCW World Tag Team Champions Lex Luger and Diamond Dallas Page defeated The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash) by disqualification to retain the title.

The 223rd edition of "WWF RAW is WAR" was live from Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The results:
- WWF European Champion The British Bulldog and Owen Hart defeated The Legion Of Doom (Road Warrior Animal and Road Warrior Hawk).
- Flash Funk defeated Brian Christopher.
- "Double J" Jesse James defeated Brian Pillman by disqualification.
- The Patriot defeated Vader.
- Mankind and The Undertaker defeated D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H (with Chyna and Rick Rude)) by disqualification.

1998 - Maryland Championship Wrestling wrestler Shane Shamrock is shot and killed during an altercation with police officers. As a result of his death, the MCW Light Heavyweight Title, which he held at the time, was retired. Each year, MCW holds the Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup tournament in his honor.

1998 - Terry Garvin dies at age 61.

1998 - The Headbangers (Mosh and Thrasher) defeat Jimmy Cicero and Julio Sanchez in a tournament final in Baltimore, Maryland to become the first Maryland Championship Wrestling Tag Team Champions.

2000 - Cibernético defeats Héctor Garza in Querétaro, Mexico for the AAA version of the IWC World Heavyweight Title. This ended Garza's second reign.

2000 - Lady Apache is stripped of the CMLL World Women's Title after jumping to AAA, ending her second reign.

2000 - Dino Bambino defeats Corporal Robinson for the Mid American Wrestling Heavyweight Title in West Allis, Wisconsin, ending Robinson's second reign.

2000 - Wesley Jenkins defeats Brother Love to win the NWA Mississippi Junior Heavyweight Title in Greenville, Mississippi. At the same show, The New Texas Outlaws (Ricky Murdock and Austin Rhodes) defeat Mark Southern and Joey Venture to win their second NWA Mid-South Tag Team Title.

2000 - Pokerface wins his second NWA Southern Junior Heavyweight Title in Dyersburg, Tennessee by defeating Kilo.

2001 - Shane the Glamour Boy wins the IWA World Hardcore Title from the New York-Rican Baldie in Levittown, Puerto Rico, ending the Baldie's fifth reign.

2001 - Super Gladiador defeats El Nene in Cidra, Puerto Rico for the WWC Hardcore Title.

2001 - Race Steele wins his fourth Heartland Wrestling Association Heavyweight Title in Dayton, Ohio, defeating Nick Dinsmore.

2001 - In a two-fall double-title Three Way Dance match at Jersey All Pro Wrestling's "The Hit Squad's Revenge: The Body Count Continues" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Homicide wins the JAPW Heavyweight Title and Xavier wins the JAPW Light Heavyweight Title from Low Ki. This began Homicide's third reign as Heavyweight champion. At the same show, J.T. Jobber and Mikey Whipwreck defeated Da Hit Squad (Mafia and Monsta Mack) for the JAPW Tag Team Title, ending Da Hit Squad's third reign.

2001 - Kid Cupid becomes the first NWA/Pro Wrestling eXpress No Barriers Champion in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He defeated Dash Bennett, Kid Ego, Ed Logan, Daron Smythe and Sean Styles. At the same show, J-Ru and Tommy Brown defeat Boomer Payne in a Handicap match to win the NWA/PWX Tag Team Title.

2002 - The WWF Hardcore Title has its final title changes before its August 26 retirement. In Evansville, Indiana at a house show, Shawn Stasiak ends Tommy Dreamer's 12th reign and begins his 15th. Stasiak then dropped the title to Steven Richards, beginning his 22nd reign. Richards then lost the title back to Dreamer, beginning his 13th reign.  Bruce Newman filed the following live report:

Sean O'Haire beat Spike Dudley.

Tommy Dreamer won back the Hardcore title after losing it to Sean Stasiak, who lost it to Steven Richards who lost it to Dreamer.

Molly Holly, with Victoria, beat Trish to keep the Women's Title.  Shawn Stasiak cost Trish the match, but got pounded by special ref Jerry Lawler.

Jamal, with Rosey, beat D'Lo Brown, who was seconded by Shelton Benjamin.

Big Show beat Bubba Dudley in a Tables Match.

Brock Lesnar beat The Undertaker by DQ.  Taker was DQ'd for hitting Brock with a chair.

Christopher Nowinski beat Bradshaw.

Booker T beat Eddie Guerrero in a good match.

Chris Benoit beat RVD in a cage match to keep the IC Title.  RVD got out of the cage after a ref bump, but Eddie Guerrero ran down, beat him up and threw him back in the cage.  Great match.

It was a very good show.

2002 - Seiji Yamakawa defeats Kintaro Kanemura to win the BJW World Extreme Cup tournament in Kanagawa, Japan. At the same event, Daisuke Sekimoto wins the BJW Deathmatch Heavyweight Title from Daikokubo Benkei.

2002 - Sachie Abe and KAZUKI win their second JDStar TWF Tag Team Title in Tokyo, Japan in a tournament final over Hiroyo Muto and Ranmaru.

2002 - Just one day after winning the title from them, Kamikaze and Tenacious Z (Zach Gowen) lose the Independent Wrestling Revolution Tag Team Title back to Truth Martini and Anthony Rivera in Detroit, Michigan, to begin Martini and Rivera's second reign.

2003 - WWE held the 534th edition of "RAW" live from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which got a 4.0 rating on Spike TV. The results:
- WWE Women's Champion Molly Holly defeated Trish Stratus by disqualification to retain the title.
- Test defeated Scott Steiner (with Stacy Keibler) to earn the managerial services of Keibler.
- Chris Jericho defeated Kevin Nash in a Hair vs. Hair match.
- Rosey (with The Hurricane) defeated Rodney Mack (with Theodore Long).
- WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian fought Rob Van Dam to a no-contest to retain the title.
- Goldberg defeated Randy Orton (with Ric Flair and World Heavyweight Champion Triple H). Steve Austin was the guest referee.

2005 - CZW wrestler Chri$ Ca$h, is killed in a motorcycle accident in Glassboro, New Jersey at just 23 years old.

2006 - "Frontiers Of Hono(u)r II", a event pitting wrestlers from the Frontier Wrestling Alliance, International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom and Ring of Honor, is held at the White Oak Leisure Centre in Swanley, England. The results were:
- Ashley Reed (IPW:UK) defeated Aviv Mayaan (FWA), Jimmy Rave (ROH), Paul Robinson (IPW:UK), Mark Sloan (FWA) and B.J. Whitmer (ROH) in a six-way Scramble match.
- Nigel McGuinness (ROH) defeated J.C. Thunder (IPW:UK) in a World of Sports match, 2-0.
- James Tighe and Doug Williams (FWA) defeated ROH World Tag Team Champions Generation Next (Austin Aries and Roderick Strong) and IPW:UK Tag Team Champions The Untouchables (Dave Moralez and Jack Storm) in a Triple Threat match.
- Matt Sydal (IPW:UK) defeated Davey Richards (ROH).
- Darren Burridge (FWA) defeated Colt Cabana (ROH).
- The Briscoes (Jay and Mark) (ROH) defeated Jody Fleisch and Jonny Storm (FWA).
- ROH World Champion Bryan Danielson defeated FWA British Heavyweight Champion Robbie Brookside and IPW:UK Champion Martin Stone in a Three-Way Dance.

2006 - Eden Black defeats Jetta and Sweet Saraya in a Triple Threat match at "Summer Brawl" in Waterlooville, England to win the vacant Real Quality Wrestling Women's Title.

2007 - Chessman defeats El Zorro in Salamanca, Mexico to end Zorro's fifth UWA World Light Heavyweight Title reign.

2007 - Rico Suave defeats Crazy Rudy in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico for the WWC Television Title.

2007 - Hiram Tua and Carlitos defeat The Starr Revolution Corporation (Diabólico and Diamante) in a Ladder and Penalty Box match to win the IWA World Tag Team Title in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. At the same event, Big Vito defeats El Bacano for the vacant IWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Title.

2007 - Ice defeats Kyle O'Reilly for the NWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight Title in Vancouver, British Columbia.

2007 - Antonio Honda and Prince Togo defeat Tomomitsu Matsunaga and Michael Nakazawa to win the Dramatic Dream Team KO-D Tag Team Title in Osaka, Japan.

2007 - Shatter defeats Ace Rockwell for the NWA Anarchy Heavyweight Title in Cornelia, Georgia.

2007 - Brian Fury defeats DC Dillinger in a Steel Cage match to win the New England Championship Wrestling Triple Crown Title.

2007 - Kevin Knight defeats Travis Blake in West Paterson, New Jersey to win the Independent Wrestling Federation American Title.

2007 - Puck defeats Psycho Mike in Aosta, Italy for the Italian Championship Wrestling Italian Lightweight Title.

2007 - Rico Moon and Manson defeat Pretty Boy Floyd and Diamond Dog (subbing for Bonez the Cutthroat) to win the NWA South Atlantic Tag Team Title in Orlando, Florida.

2008 - WWE broadcast Raw.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

Last night, the WWE presented their SummerSlam pay per view and from the Raw brand; we saw a few titles change while one was successfully defended and another was not even mentioned on the pay per view. The big story from last night was not in a match, it was when Chris Jericho channeled fellow Canadian Robert Roode to punch the Shawn Michaels’s wife who channeled Booker T and Sharmell. Another big story from last night was the first match between John Cena and Batista in a WWE ring which saw Batista defeat the Raw Brand Superman, John Cena. History was made as we got two new champions in one match as Santino Marella and the new love of his life Beth Phoenix turned Mickie James into death meat to win the Intercontinental Title and Women’s Title. Which title will each take on tonight’s show? Who will be the first challengers for the new champions? What fun things will The Adamle come up with to build up to Unforgiven?

We are live from the Chicago Metropolitan area in Illinois, and your announcers are Michael ‘Stand Back . . . there’s a Hurricane coming through’ Cole and Jerry ‘The Abe Froman of Wrestling’ Lawler.

We begin tonight’s show with Chris Jericho coming to the ring. He says that he is not here to apologize for what happened at SummerSlam. If anyone should apologize for what happened to Rebecca, it should be Shawn Michaels. Chris says that he did not put Shawn’s wife in harm’s way, Shawn did. Let’s go to the video tape.

We are back and the crowd is booing. Chris continues to soak in the crowd’s hatred. He says that Shawn knew exactly what was going to happen last night. Instead of sending in a letter of resignation or by video, he wanted to see his name in lights one last time. He wanted to come out and placate his ego one more time. He wanted to see the fans beg and plead for him to not give up and go home. As a result, everyone is responsible for what happened to Rebecca Michaels. He says that the fans should be ashamed of themselves for that. Ultimately, Shawn Michaels is for blame. All Shawn had to do was look him in the eye and say that it was Chris who ended his career. If Shawn would have shown one ounce of humility, this wouldn’t have happened. Shawn’s career is over. He might have bragged about his accomplishments and mentioned all of his nicknames. The last moment of his career in the ring was cradling the head of his injured wife, knowing that he was responsible for it. He says that Shawn has tarnished his legacy and he will have to live with that for the rest of his life.

Chris tells Shawn that he thinks Shawn deserved it. He says that Shawn had it coming. Chris leaves the ring and he walks to the back. We go to commercial.

Match Number One: Batista versus Paul Burchill
They lock up and Burchill with a kick to the knee when Batista gives a clean break. Burchill with a side head lock but Batista with a shoulder tackle. Burchill with a kick to the chest and then he goes for the knee. Batista with an Irish whip and running clothesline into the corner. Batista with another Irish whip and then Burchill gets out of a power slam attempt and he clips Batista. Burchill works on the knee again. Batista with a spear when Burchill turns around after talking to the referee. Batista runs Burchill into the corner and connects with shoulders. Batista with a spinebuster and then it is time for the Batista Bomb and the three count.
Winner: Batista

Mike Adamle is in the interview area and he is with the newest member of the Raw brand. The man is Primo Colon and he is the brother of Carlito. Adamle interrupts Primo’s comments when he sees John Cena. Adamle wants to give Cena a heads up on his match tonight.

Cena walks away and he conveniently walks up to Batista. Cena says that it was a great match last night and the better man won. Cena and Batista shake hands. Cena says that was last night and then he walks away. We go to commercial.

We are back and Jillian and Katie Lea are in the ring. Jillian says that she is so excited to be in Chicago. She says this is one of her favorite cities and one of her favorite groups. Jillian says that she is going to sing one of their songs.

Match Number Two: Jillian Hall and Katie Lea versus Mickie James and Kelly Kelly
Jillian and Mickie start things off and Mickie works on the arm with a wrist lock. Jillian with a knee. Jillian with a monkey flip but Mickie lands on her feet and she hits a drop kick. Katie makes the tag and Mickie with a head scissors and side head lock take down. Mickie takes Katie down and gets a near fall. Kelly tags in and he hits a sunset flip on Katie for a near fall. Katie and Kelly with forearms. Kelly lands on her feet when Katie tries to flip her. Kelly with a rana. Jillian tags in and they hit a double team electric chair drop for a two count. Jillian pulls Kelly by the hair. Katie tags in and Katie with a back breaker for a two count. Katie with a camel clutch on Kelly but Kelly gets to her feet. Jillian tags back in and she kicks Kelly. Jillian tosses Kelly by the hair and then Jillian mocks Mickie by holding out Kelly’s arm and then she goes after Mickie on the apron. Jillian gets a near fall. Jillian misses a handspring splash when she lands on the knees. Mickie and Katie tag in and Mickie with a head scissors and flying forearms. Mickie with an enzuigiri and then she brings Jillian in to the ring. Mickie with clotheslines to Katie and Jillian. Mickie gets rid of Jillian and then he connects with forearms to Katie followed by a neck breaker for a two count. Jillian breaks up the cover and then Kelly and Mickie hit a double drop kick. Katie with a rollup but she only gets a two count. Mickie with the Implant DDT for the three count.
Winners: Mickie James and Kelly

We go to commercial.

We are back with another did you really care story about WWE’s ratings.

We find out that John Cena will be facing Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase tonight.

Match Number Three: John Bradshaw Layfield with JBLimo versus Jamie Noble
Bradshaw backs Noble into the corner and he punches Noble. Noble with kicks and then he punches Bradshaw but Bradshaw pushes him off. Noble avoids a clothesline and he hits a drop kick to the knee. Bradshaw catches Noble and hits a fallaway slam. Bradshaw with forearms to the back and kicks to the head. Bradshaw punches Noble in the head and the referee tries to pull him off. Bradshaw throws Noble down to the mat and then he hits a series of elbow drops. Bradshaw with the Clothesline from Wall Street and then he drags Noble into the center of the ring for a short arm clothesline. Bradshaw hits another short arm clothesline and then the referee stops the match.
Winner: John Bradshaw Layfield by referee stoppage

We are told that there will be a blockbuster announcement from Shane and Stephanie McMahon. That announcement is next. We go to commercial.

We are back and members of the Cubs are in the crowd.

Mike Adamle comes out and he has a clipboard. Mike says that he has a few announcements to make. Tonight, CM Punk will face Chris Jericho. Speaking of the title, that brings him to the next announcement. Shane and Stephanie have forced him to make this announcement. At Unforgiven, five wrestlers will compete in a twenty minute match. The person who had the last pinfall at the end of twenty minutes will be the champion. The participants are CM Punk, Kane, John Bradshaw Layfield, Batista, and John Cena.

Adamle says that this match is the Championship Scramble.

Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes come to the ring for their match. Cryme Tyme comes out and while Shad distracts Ted and Cody, JTG takes the title belts.

Match Number Four: Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes versus John Cena
Rhodes and DiBiase both want to start the match but Rhodes does but we go to commercial before they lock up.

We are back and Cena backs Rhodes into the corner and the referee tries to separate them and Rhodes with a punch to the head. Rhodes goes outside and Cena chases after him. DiBiase tags in and he attacks Cena from behind and then he punches Cena. DiBiase returns to punches and then he gets a near fall. Rhodes tags in and they hit a double suplex for a two count. Rhodes with a kick to the back and then he tags in DiBiase. DiBiase with a drop kick for a near fall. DiBiase and Rhodes with a double back elbow and Rhodes gets a near fall. Rhodes with forearms to the back but Cena with a punch. Rhodes with a side Russian leg sweep followed by a knee drop to the head. Rhodes punches Cena on the apron. Cena punches Rhodes and elbows DiBiase on the apron, but Rhodes with a shoulder tackle that knocks Cena off the apron. Cena is rolled back in and Rhodes gets a two count. DiBiase tags back in and he punches Cena. Cena punches back followed by an Irish whip but he misses a charge. Ted with a belly-to-back suplex and then he hits the fist drop. DiBiase with a clothesline for a near fall. Rhodes tags back in and they hit a double elbow drop and Rhodes gets a two count.

Rhodes with elbows in the corner and then when the referee is with Rhodes, DiBiase attacks Cena. Cena with an elbow to DiBiase and a punch to Rhodes. DiBiase grabs Cena’s arm to allow Rhodes to attack Cena and Rhodes gets a near fall. Rhodes with a forearm and Cena with punches. Cena misses the flying shoulder tackle when Rhodes ducks down and Cena rolls out of the ring. Rhodes goes outside and he Irish whips Cena into the ring steps. Rhodes gets a near fall when he rolls Cena back in. DiBiase tags back in and he suplexes Cena. DiBiase with another suplex. DiBiase with a forearm and he tries for another suplex, but Cena blocks it and hits one of his own. Rhodes tags in and he stands over Cena. Rhodes tries for a punch, but Cena blocks it. Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb. Time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena sets for the FU and he gets Rhodes up but Cena with a clothesline to Rhodes. Cena with a drop toe hold and the STFU and Rhodes taps.
Winner: John ‘Kal-El’ Cena

We go to commercial.

We are back and Harley Race is in the crowd.

Time to take a look back at Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho from last night at SummerSlam along with the punch that made Robert Roode cry.

Lawler says that Shawn’s punch was accidental. Cole talks about the rumors that Rebecca suffered a broken jaw. Cole says that he had a chance to catch up to them last night. Cole asks Shawn for an update on Rebecca’s condition. Shawn looks at Cole and then he walks away without saying anything. Then Shawn turns around and he tells Cole that he is going to go home and he is going to comfort his wife. Then he is going to comfort their kids who just saw their mother get punched in the face by him. Then he is going to . . . walk away.

Todd Grisham is in the interview are with CM Punk. Punk says that Chris Jericho did one of the most lowest things. Then Jericho comes to his home town and he says that he is not going to be responsible. In Chicago, they take care of people who take responsibility. Punk says that Jericho will get his and he will get it Chicago style.

Kofi Kingston comes out to ringside for the next match.

Match Number Five: Santino Marella with Beth Phoenix versus D’Lo Brown for the Intercontinental Title
D’Lo with a forearm to Santino followed by a drop kick. D’Lo with a suplex to Santino and then he goes to the turnbuckles but he misses a drop kick. Santino with a running knee and then he gets a near fall. Brown with a running forearm and a clothesline followed by a slam and the snap leg drop. D’Lo goes up top but Beth gets into the ring and she stands between Santino and D’Lo. D’Lo tells Beth to get to stepping. Beth gets to slapping and the ref calls for the bell.
Winner: D’Lo Brown by disqualification

After the match, Santino says that he has things under control but D’Lo slaps Santino and then he clotheslines Santino over the top rope and Santino goes into the announce table. Kofi slams Santino’s head into the announce table and then Beth carries Santino out of the way.

We see Kane walking in the back with the walls in red behind him. We walk into commercial.

We are back with the WWE 24/7 Classics on Demand Moment: A bikini contest between Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler from 2002 when Tajiri interfered. But Trish Stratus got involved in the contest.

Kane comes to the ring and we take a look back at last week when Adamle demanded that Kane reveal what was in his child scaring sack. We saw a mask of Rey Mysterio.

Kane says that it looked like everyone was shocked when he pulled Rey’s mask out of his burlap bag. He says that the bag made him feel good and even put a smile on his face. They do not realize that Rey has not been seen for six weeks and there is a reason for that. Kane says that he never liked Rey Mysterio. He says that he does not like Rey or people who like him. HE says that Rey is someone who hides behind his mask and he contaminates everything like a fungus. Six weeks ago, he figuratively eviscerated Rey, but he spared Rey’s life. Kane says that Rey is still alive, but his spirit is broken, crushed, and dead.

While Kane laughs a little less maniacally than Vickie Guerrero, Batista’s music plays and he comes to the ring. Batista with a spear and spinebuster to Kane. Batista tries for the Batista Bomb but Kane clips Batista and then Kane hits a choke slam. Kane walks out of the ring and to the back. We go to commercial.

We are back and in case you missed it the first ten times, Raw will be live on SciFi.

Match Number Six: Chris Jericho with Lance Cade versus CM Punk
Jericho seeks some advice from Cade as the bell rings. Punk with kicks to the legs followed by a back elbow and kicks in the corner. Punk with a snap mare and kick to the back. Punk with a back breaker and a kick to the back. Punk with knees to Jericho as he backs Jericho into the corner. Jericho with a forearm to Punk followed by kicks and forearms. Punk with a submission hold in the ropes and then he gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Punk with an arm bar submission. Jericho charges into the corner but Punk moves out of the way and Jericho goes into the ring post. We go to commercial.

We are back and Jericho with a choke and then we see footage during the commercial of Lance Cade distracting the referee to allow Jericho to gain the advantage. Punk with elbows but Jericho with a clothesline for a near fall. Jericho with an elbow drop and then he connects with a back breaker. Punk with knees to the head and Jericho lets go of the hold. Punk with forearms to Jericho and Jericho with the abdominal stretch to Punk. Punk with a knee but Jericho with forearms. Jericho tries for the bulldog but Punk anticipates it and connects with a round house kick. Jericho gets to his feet first and he runs into a series of forearms. Punk with a jumping leg lariat and flying forearm. Punk with a back breaker from a double under hook for a two count. Punk with a knee into the corner but Jericho escapes the bulldog. Jericho hits the Lionsault for a two count. Jericho tries for the Walls of Jericho but Punk escapes the hold. Punk with a rollup for a two count. Punk with forearms in the corner. Punk tries for the Go To Sleep but Jericho holds on to the ropes. Jericho with the Walls of Jericho but Punk crawls to the ropes. Jericho charges and Punk tries for the GTS, but Jericho gets to the apron. Punk with a knee while Jericho is on the turnbuckles and then Punk hits a bulldog from the turnbuckles. Punk is sent into Cade and that allows Jericho to hit the Codebreaker for the three count. Winner: Chris Jericho

2009 - Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" was nominated for Best Original Song for the World Soundtrack Awards 2009.

2009 - TNA and SpikeTV issued the following announcement:


Deal Includes New Weekly Installments Of “TNA: iMPACT!” And The Addition Of New Original Series Of Specials

Spike TV and Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling have agreed to a new, three-year extension of their partnership, it was announced jointly today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV and Dixie Carter, President of TNA Entertainment.

The deal, which begins October 1, 2009, includes three new years of TNA’s weekly “iMPACT!” show as well as the addition of a new original series of one-hour specials.  Each special (title TBD) will feature the biggest personalities and highlight some the greatest and awe-inspiring bouts in the history of TNA, many of them never before seen on basic cable.  TNA Entertainment will produce 10 one-hour installments.

“TNA: iMPACT!” is coming off its highest-rated and most-watched quarter on Spike TV.  During 2Q09, more than 1.8 million viewers on average tuned in to “TNA: iMPACT!” on Spike each week.  Overall, “TNA: iMPACT!” saw an impressive 31% overall growth compared to YAGO, with double digit increases in the key demographics of M18-49 (+33%) and P18-49 (+40).*

“With the tremendous success and record ratings we have achieved over the past three years, we are very happy to continue to have Spike TV as TNA Wrestling’s partner,” said Carter.  “We are excited to continue our relationship with the fantastic team that has supported TNA from the very beginning, and look forward to even greater success with all of our TNA programming on Spike TV.”   

“TNA Wrestling has consistently delivered strong ratings in key male demographics and has continually grown its weekly audience.  In the past year alone, “iMPACT!" has seen a remarkable increase of 30% in overall growth," said Kay. “We are excited to not only continue but also expand our relationship with the world’s fastest growing wrestling organization.”
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2009 - WWE broadcast ECW on Sci Fi.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are live on tape from Kansas City, Missouri and your announcers are Matt ‘Bringing Back Adequatiquatulism’ Striker and Josh ‘If Mike Johnson and Matt Striker were at an announce table together, would there be any silence’ Mathews.

We have words on the screen before Hurricane’s entrance music plays.

We see footage from last week when Paul Burchill was inappropriately attacked by Hurricane Helms after Burchill’s match with Yoshi Tatsu.

Match Number One: Hurricane Helms versus Paul Burchill

Hurricane with an arm drag and screaming Hurripose. Hurricane with an arm drag into an arm bar. Burchill backs Hurricane into the corner and Burchill with punches and shoulders. Burchill with an Irish whip but Hurricane with punches. Hurricane sets for the choke slam but Burchill escapes. Hurricane with a Thesz Press and punches. Hurricane with a reverse chin lock. Hurricane with another Hurripose and Burchill has had enough. Burchill charges at Hurricane but Hurricane moves and Burchill goes to the floor. Hurricane with a cross body from the turnbuckles and we go to commercial.

We are back and Burchill is now in control as the match has moved to the ring. Burchill with a reverse chin lock and we see footage of Burchill working over Hurricane from the commercial break. We are back to the live on tape action and a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Burchill with an elbow to the top of the head and then he has Hurricane in a rear chin lock. Burchill with an Irish whip and then he hits the running knees to the chest and Hurricane is sent into the turnbuckles. Burchill gets a two count. Burchill with cross faces and a modified cravate. Burchill punches Hurricane on the turnbuckles while the referee wants them to come off the turnbuckles. Hurricane blocks a superplex and he head butts Burchill off. Hurricane goes up top and he hits a cross body. Hurricane with punches and Burchill charges into an elbow. Hurricane with an Irish whip and a clothesline for a near fall. Hurricane with a neck breaker for a near fall. Burchill with a pele kick and a near fall. Burchill goes to the turnbuckles and Hurricane punches him. Hurricane with a Hurricanrana for a two count. Hurricane misses the Shining Wizard but he does not miss Eye of the Hurricane for the three count.
Winner: Hurricane Helms

We go to Courtney Taylor who is the mic holding person and her subject is Tommy Dreamer. She asks Tommy about teaming up with Christian. Tommy says that he is still friends with Christian and they did what they did because of their love of the ECW Title. William Regal stops by and he asks Dreamer about his injuries. From out of nowhere, The Russian Polar Bear, Vladimir Kozlov attacks Dreamer and then he holds Dreamer for the running knee. Kozlov tells Dreamer something in Russian and we go to commercial.

We are back and did you know that Jared is not happy about this one because it talks about

Christian and the medical staff check on Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer sits up and he wants to go back down to the ground. Will he be able to wrestle or will we have an Epsenhart Special tonight?

It is time for moment you have been waiting all week for . . . the Abraham Washington Show. The crowd shows their indifference for Abraham until he starts to speak and they show their love for anything else. Washington blames the fans for not cheering for him despite the applause sign. He reminds us that we are less than a week until Summerslam. Washington brings out his guest and it is Goldust? He says that Goldust is one of the strangest individuals he has ever seen. Goldust says that he is a bit different. Washington asks Goldust about his issues with Sheamus. Goldust starts to have a few tics and Washington asks him about that. Washington thinks he is being Punked. Goldust reminds Washington that he was electrocuted a few years ago and he mentions that he is on medication.

Washington has another guest and it is the man that Goldust is feuding with . . . Sheamus. Sheamus doesn’t want to sit down. He tells Goldust that he got lucky last week and lightning doesn’t strike twice. He calls Goldust a ‘gold freak’. Goldust stands inches away from Sheamus and he stares at him and then starts to have a few tics.

Courtney is in the back and she asks Tiffany about Tommy’s condition. Tiffany says that it appears that Tommy has a concussion so he cannot wrestle. Christian has the ability to find a tag team partner so the match can still take place. Tiffany thanks someone and then leaves as we go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Zack Ryder versus Yoshi Tatsu

They lock up and Yoshi with a side head lock and leap frog. Yoshi with an arm drag into an arm bar. Yoshi charges into a boot and Zack goes up top but Yoshi with a punch and a superplex set up but Yoshi gets his arm dropped on the rope. Ryder with a hammer lock slam for a near fall. Ryder continues to work on the arm and uses the ropes for extra impact. Ryder with a Divorce Court and an arm bar. Yoshi with an arm bar of his own. Yoshi with a kick and then he hits a running knee into the corner. Yoshi with a back kick and the rolling snap mare into a kick for a near fall. Ryder with a kick and he tries for the Zack Attack but Yoshi with a back leg sweep and a rolling senton followed by a slingshot elbow drop from the apron but Ryder blocks it and gets the three count.
Winner: Zack Ryder

After the match Ryder hits his catchphrases on the mic.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we are reminded of next week’s guest host and last night’s ‘broadcast’.

Christian says that he will take on both of them, but Tiffany will not let it happen. He asks for more time. There is a knock on the door and the door opens and he says that he has a partner.

Match Number Three: William Regal and Vladimir Kozlov versus Christian and Ezekiel Jackson

We start off with Regal and Christian and they lock up. Christian with a clean break but they lock up again. Regal works on the arm and wrist but Christian with a hammer lock. Regal returns to the arm. Christian with an arm wringer and a back elbow from the turnbuckles. Kozlov is tagged in and he misses a clothesline. Christian with punches but Kozlov with a knee and back breaker. Kozlov charges at Christian but Christian ducks down and Kozlov goes to the floor. Christian with a drop kick that knocks Kozlov off the apron. Kozlov attacks Christian from behind and then Regal does the same thing. Regal tags in and he sends Christian into the apron. Regal with a near fall and then he tags Kozlov back in. Kozlov with shoulders in the corner and then he applies a front face lock. Kozlov turns it into a reverse chin lock. Regal tags back in and he connects with forearms. Christian with a back slide for a near fall and a punch but Regal with an Irish whip. Christian with kicks to Regal and a sunset flip from the turnbuckles. Kozlov kicks Christian on the cover. Jackson comes into the ring but Kozlov goes to the floor. Jackson with the uranage to Christian and he lets Regal make the cover and get the three count.
Winners: William Regal and Vladimir Kozlov

After the match, Kozlov with the spinebuster slam. Jackson with another uranage to Christian.

2010 - TNA signed Becky Bayless, who appears as Cookie for the promotion.

2011 -  TNA broadcast Impact.  Stu Carapola filed the following TV report:

Welcome to the Impact Wrestling Report here on!

We start with a recap of last week's events that saw Kurt Angle reveal Hulk Hogan as the one man telling him the truth as Dixie Carter facilitated Karen's affair with Jeff Jarrett, and how he now plans to destroy all the young talent in the company until it's just him. We then head out to the ring where Crazy Sting re-enacts getting his ass kicked last week to prove he's crazy, and tells us how awesome it was to get his ass kicked by Hulk Hogan, who still has the eye of the tiger. Sting says that he and the fans want to see Hogan back in the ring, and he wants Hogan tonight. Instead, Ric Flair's music hits and he comes out to confront his longtime foe. It's like the last episode of Nitro all over again! Flair tells Sting that he's an icon and he always blows off people who ask him when he's going to wrestle Sting again, and he says he doesn't want to wrestle Sting since he's wrestled him 1500 times. He tells Sting not to just say he wants to do it, he wants Sting to know he's the icon in his eyes because he's full of energy and strong as a bull, and for Flair to get where he wants to be, he has to wrestle Sting. Flair tells Sting that if he beats him, Sting goes home for good, and it's not a phony wrestling retirement, he goes home for good, but if Sting beats Flair, he'll give him Hogan on a silver platter. Sting decides to ask the people what they think, and then he tells Flair he smells like garlic, but he accepts the offer.

Flair comes into Hogan's office and Hogan flips out in the most cartoonish way you can imagine and says Flair has no idea what he just did. Flair said not to worry about it because they're the two greatest wrestlers ever, but Hogan is still worried because he gave him everything he had and he kept going. Flair said it's okay because he has Sting's number, but Hogan says he better take care of Sting because Flair doesn't want a problem with him. Flair tells Hogan he loves him, gives him a hug, and walks out.

We take a look at this past weekend's events in the Bound For Glory Series, and Crimson is still narrowly holding first place, with Bully Ray in second and Robert Roode in third. This leads us right into our first match...

Bound For Glory Series: Devon vs Scott Steiner

Steiner jumps Devon before the bell, but Devon comes back with a flying shoulderblock and a series of clotheslines for 2. Devon with a side suplex for 2 as we see his kids and 12 year old wife at ringside. Steiner cradles Devon and puts his feet on the ropes to get the win out of nowhere.

Winner: Scott Steiner

Devon protests the decision and doesn't see Samoa Joe come out of the crowd and attack him from behind, hitting a double kneebreaker and then hooking him in a modified figure four heel hook. Devon's kids jump in the ring and Joe gets up to confront them, backing them into the corner, but the Pope runs into the ring and Joe backs off.

Samoa Joe is backstage telling the cameraman that he said he'd hurt people, and that's what he did. He's done playing their game, and he does things his way where he's from, and Devon's the first of many because if he can't win this tournament, he'll destroy everyone until the Bound For Glory Series is no more. He warned them not to mess with him, but they did, and he'll continue to do this because nobody has the balls to fire him.

X-Division Gauntlet: Alex Shelley vs Tony Nese vs Kid Kash vs Robbie E vs Zema Ion vs Jesse Sorensen vs Mark Haskins vs Austin Aries

Okay, let's get this over with so Aries can get his title shot we all know he's getting. Shelley and Haskins start, and Haskins zips in with a dropkick right off the bell, but Shelley fires back with some really hard chops and a roaring elbow. Haskins blocks Sliced Bread #2 and gets a springboard armdrag into an Ace Crusher for a series of two counts. Haskins goes for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Shelley reverses to a super inverted atomic drop and tries Sliced Bread #2, Haskins reverses to a backslide, Shelley reverses to a cradle for 2, and Haskins gets what looks like a GTS to pin Shelley and eliminate him. Didn't see that coming. Robbie E comes in next, but argues with Cookie and gets rolled up and eliminated in just a few seconds. Zema Ion is in next and comes off the top with a missile dropkick, an inverted atomic drop, and monkey flips Haskins into the air and boots him in the face on the way down for 2. Haskins gets a weird rollup for 2 and dumps Ion to the apron, but Ion slides through the ropes with a tornado DDT and comes off the top with a 450 splash to eliminate Haskins. Sorensen comes in now with a springboard dropkick for 2, but Ion hot shots him on the top rope for 2, then goes up top for another 450 and Sorensen gets the knees up. Sorensen with a Hero's Welcome to eliminate Ion and then Tony Nese comes in and destroys Sorensen with a clothesline for 2. Nese dodges a corner charge and kills Sorensen with a running facewash in the corner for 2. Nese ducks an enziguiri and deadlifts Sorensen into a German suplex for 2. Nese misses a Lionsault and Sorensen hits another Hero's Welcome to eliminate Nese. Kid Kash comes in next and destroys Sorensen with right hands and chops as we go to commercial.

We're back, and Kash hits a nasty side backbreaker and covers Sorensen for 2. Kash with a hard slam and then goes to the second rope and hits a springboard moonsault for 2. Kash hits the weakest Tiger Driver of all time and Sorensen rolls through into a cradle to eliminate Kash. Now Aries takes his time taking his vest off as Kash hits a Jay Driller on Sorensen, and Aries comes in and pins Sorensen with one boot, but Sorensen kicks out at 2, so Aries cradles and hooks the leg, but still only gets 2. Aries goes for a brainbuster but Sorensen small packages him for 2. Aries comes right up with a kick to the head, the IED in the corner, and the brainbuster for the win.

Winner: Austin Aries

Aries was clearly heavily taxed by that, and is now the #1 contender to the X Division Title. Christy Hemme comes to interview Aries, who proudly proclaims that he just ran the gauntlet and eliminated seven guys by himself. Now he's taking Kendrick's X Division Title and there's nothing he can do about it because Aries is the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived. Kendrick comes down the ramp and extends his hand to Aries, and Aries goes to shake in, then snatches his hand away and walks up the ramp. Kendrick has had enough and goes after Aries, taking him down and beating the crap out of him on the ramp before blatantly choking him as security tries to tear Kendrick off of Aries.

Ric Flair is backstage taping his wrists up, but stops and decides to go looking for Sting.

We look back at last week when Ken Anderson got laid out by Immortal, and he is now suffering from two punctured eardrums and is out indefinitely.

ODB is backstage telling Miss Jackie that this is the first time she'll be in the ring with Mickie James on Impact Wrestling, and she's got to play by the rules so she can get that big money, multi year deal. BAM!

Traci Brooks comes into Eric Bischoff's to introduce herself and has some suggestions on how to help oot with the Knockouts since she used to be in charge of the division. Bischoff stares at her boobs and says he'll think about it.

ODB vs Mickie James

HARDCORE COUNTRY! Bit of chain wrestling to start as they exchange wristlocks, but Mickie fires back with right forearms, a snapmare, and a baseball slide off the ropes for 2. ODB with a kneelift to the ribs and hits the fallaway BAM. ODB opens Mickie up and rears back to club Mickie with a right hand, but stops herself and comes off the ropes iwth a hard boot to Mickie's chest for 2. ODB rams Mickie into the corner and rams shoulderblocks into her midsection, then locks Mickie into my favorite bearhug of all time. If you saw the view we got of Mickie, you'll undertand why. Mickie with a dropkick that drives ODB into the corner, then she catches ODB coming out with a neckbreaker, then they exchange right hands and Mickie wipes ODB out with a series of clotheslines. ODB dumps Mickie out to the apron and knocks her to the floor with a hard right hand, and Miss Jackie desperately wants to attack Mickie, but stops herself and walks around to the other side of the ring. Mickie gets back to the apron and repeatedly rams ODB's head into the top turnbuckle, then comes off the top with a Thesz Press. Mickie goes for the jumping DDT, but ODB blocks and hits a charging splash in the corner, but misses the Bronco Buster. Mickie waits for ODB to come out of the corner and this time hits the jumping DDT for 3.

Winner: Mickie James

Mickie has a tense staredown with Jackie and they share an uncomfortable handshake.

Winter and Angelina Love are backstage talking about how great it is to be Knockouts Champion, and Winter says there's nothing hardcore about that little squirrel Mickie James, and she can't wait for Angelina to be there with her. Mickie's not living in the real world because this is Winter's world, and blood is orgasmic. She takes a sip from her wine glass, and yes, it's blood.

Bound For Glory Series: Rob Van Dam vs AJ Styles

We see Jerry Lynn sitting ringside watching this match as RVD and AJ tie up. RVD sends AJ into the ropes and they havea back and forth sequence and go to the indy stalemate. AJ catches RVD with a dropkick followed by a side backbreaker for 2. AJ off the ropes with a big kneedrop for 2, then he unloads on RVD in the corner with chops. RVD with a BIG monkey flip that sends AJ clear across the ring, then he follows up with Rolling Thunder for 2. Jerry Lynn suddenly hops the rail and starts arguing with the referee, and RVD gets distracted and tells Lynn to get back to his seat. RVD hits AJ with the stepover leg lariat and goes up for the Five Star Frog Splash, but AJ hits the ropes to crotch RVD and goes up for a superplex. RVD fights AJ off and shoves him backward into the ring and goes for the Five Star, but AJ gets the knees up and covers for 2. RVD and AJ trade blows and AJ goes for the Styles Clash, but RVD backdrops his way out so AJ hits the Pelle Kick and goes for the cover, but Lynn grabs the referee and drags him out of the ring to break the count. The referee has finally had enough and calls for the DQ.

Winner: AJ Styles by DQ

RVD is now down another 10 points, and AJ goes and gets in Jerry Lynn's face. RVD then goes out and starts arguing with Lynn as we go to commercial.

We come back and RVD and Jerry Lynn are still arguing with each other backstage and Jerry still says he was trying to help, but RVD says he doesn't need any help and walks off.

Ric Flair is somewhere in the catacombs of the Impact Zone complaining about who knows what, and he's still trying to find Sting. He hears various random noises and can't quite pin down the source, but says he never liked the rafters gimmick and he's getting really pissed off. Sting finally reveals himself, and Gunner comes out of nowhere and attacks him. Sting turns the tables and Flair heads for the hills as Sting beats the crap out of Gunner.

We go back to Eric Young hunting Scott Baio and harassing various people on the streets of Los Angeles. Next week...Eric Young finally faces Scott Baio to blow this ridiculous angle off!

Crimson is backstage, and he's...HOBBLING!

Crimson comes out to the ring and says he used to have a lot of respect for Kurt Angle, but now they seem to have a problem, and he wants Angle to come out to the ring. Angle obliges and walks out with the World Title over his shoulder, and Crimson says that Angle says he was going to take out all the young wrestlers in TNA, and even though he started with Crimson, he failed because he's standing here. Angle says he wishes he could respect Crimson, but he's nobody going nowhere and he's exactly what Angle was talking about: the young talent building around him. Angle's here to make him because without Angle, he's an uncoordinated, green-ass little bitch, and it takes a star like him to make them. He's been making people his entire career, and it's gotten him spit on, kicked in the balls, and disrespected. Crimson says not one of the young guys in the back has ever disrespected him, but he listens to all of Hogan's BS. Crimson says it's his honor to compete with Angle, and Angle says he's damn right it's his honor because guys like Crimson can't even shine his gold medal. Angle looks at him and sees nothing and that he's not going anywhere in this business. Angle goes to walk away, but Crimson puts his hand up and gently guides Angle back in front of him so he can say that he's going to be somebody and he already is. He says if Angle faces him here next week, he'll show him why he's the future of wrestling and also the here and now. Oh, and by the way, he's real...he's damn real. Angle doesn't blink as Crimson hobbles out of the ring and back up the ramp.

Mexican America are backstage, and they don't care if they win or lose because nada es imposible para Mexican America.

The Jarretts join Mike Tenay and Taz at the broadcast booth, and then it's main event time!

World Tag Team Title Match: Beer Money vs Mexican America

Anarquia and Roode start off with a back and forth wrestling sequence, but Roode shoves Anarquia into the ropes and he takes Roode down with a shoulderblock. Roode comes back with a back elbow and stomps Anarquia down in the corner Stone Cold style. Storm tags in and they double team Anarquia relentlessly and Storm covers for 2. Storm with a chestbreaker and a uranage slam for 2, then just destroys Anarquia in the corner with right hands. Hernandez nails Storm from the outside and Anarquia jumps on him like a shark and repeatedly drills him with right hands. Mexican America with the Beverly Drop on Storm for 2, then Hernandez bowls Storm over with a running tackle and covers for another 2. Mexican America with a double shoulderblock and Anarquia covers for 2 then goes to a rear chinlock, Storm fights free but Hernandez comes in and tries the Border Toss, Storm escapes that and tags out to Roode, who comes in and runs through Hernandez with a series of clotheslines and then destroys him in the corner with chops. Roode off the second rope with a Blockbuster for 2, then catapults Anarquia into a DDT from Storm. Beer Money with a double vertical suplex on Hernandez and do BEER...MONEY! Rosita pops into the ring and gets in Beer Money's face, but Karen gets up and runs down to the ring to save her Mexican sister. Beer Money gets completely distracted by Karen as Anarquia sneaks into the ring and dumps Storm out of the ring, but turns around into a spinebuster from Roode. Now Sarita is up on the ring apron and distracting the referee while Hernandez sneaks in and knocks Roode out with the title belt, and Anarquia covers for the win.

Winners and NEW World Tag Team Champions: Mexican America

Hey, remember when title changes meant something? Yeah, me neither. The Jarretts celebrate in the ring with Mexican America as Storm and Roode look really unhappy at ringside.

2012 - Pro Wrestling Xperience held their first iPPV broadcast.  Mike Johnson filed the following coverage:

he show opened with a video feature featuring comments from ROH champion Kevin Steen and challenger Cedric Alexander, who is challenging for the belt in his hometown on his birthday.

The show is titled "There Goes the Neighborhood."

They are in a small theater, The Neighborhood Theater.  There is a big PWE banner on the back of a stage for the entrance.  Fans are sitting on the stage as well.

Adam Page vs. Chiva Kid

Chiva is a masked guy with a clown like Goat mask.  They claimed he was from Guadalajara and was a Lucha talent.  Chiva grabbed a headlock but Page turned it into an armbar but was reversed back into the headlock.

Page was sent into the ropes but shoulderblocked Chiva down and used a headlock takedown.   Chiva used a head scissor to escape and scored several near falls, including a backslide.  Chiva scored several armdrags but Page reversed and nailed one of his own, locking in an armbar.

Page worked over Chiva's arm.  Chiva nailed a dropkick, sending Page into the corner.   Page sent him into the corner but was kicked off of a charge.  Page caught Chiva coming in and nailed an Alabama Slam for a two count.

Page locked on a waistlock but Chiva used a series of elbows to break free.  Page nailed him with an elbow for a near fall.   Page tied up Chiva near the ropes and chopped him, snapmared him over and drilled Chiva with a rebound dropkick.  Page went back to the armbar.

Chiva grabbed Page's hair and used several headbutts and a sunset flip to escape.  Page drilled him with a series of chops.  Chiva fired back and they struck back and forth with chops.  Page caught him with a powerslam for a two count.

Chiva rammed Page backward into the corner.  Chiva went to the outside and nailed a missile dropkick on Page.  Page backdropped Chiva who landed on his feet.  Chiva went for a springboard into a moonsault but missed.

Page picked up Chiva with a bridging German suplex for a two count.   Chiva ducked a clothesline and nailed a Pele Kick on Page for a two count.  

Chiva went to the top rope but was cut off by Page.  They battled back and forth and Chiva went for a superplex to the outside.  Page fought back and nailed a neckbreaker off the top for a near fall.

Page went to the top but Chiva leapt up and kicked him.  Chiva scored with several headbutts.  Page went for a sunset flip powerbomb but was kicked off.  Chiva kicked him and went to the top for a 720 senton for the pin.

Your winner, Chiva Kid!

Decent opener with some solid near falls and a flashy finish.

Steve Corino vs. Alex Averinos

Corino took the mic and said that he's been a professional wrestler for 18 years and a fan for 30 years.  "They say the greatest wrestling fans in the world live in Charlotte, North Carolina...but I can tell you they are all wrong."  The only reason people regard them as good fans, because you are stupid.  He ripped on them for praising Ric Flair, because Flair is a disgusting human being, just like everyone in Charlotte.  He told the fans they put their faith in a man with flaws instead of a true legend like Steve Corino and for that, he hates them.

Corino said that they smell funny and he doesn't like that they don't like gay people.   He then pointed out Paul "Green Lantern Fan" Sosnowski and said that now they have the wrestling fan he hates the most in the world in their midst.  He ripped on a fan wearing a MMA shirt for believing UFC is real and said that the King of Old School is going to teach a young boy a lesson and that's real.

Corino said that when he was bumping, the kid was crapping in his diaper.   He said that if anyone has a problem with what he's saying, they can deal with his manager, Thomas Simpson.  Simpson was carrying a Singapore Cane.  He told the fans to go eat some gay hating Chic-Fil-A.

Averinous is a really, really, really young looking Greek babyface.  He was billed from New Jersey.

They locked up and Corino was backed up into the corner.  Clean break.   Corino spent a lot of time ripping on the fans before they locked up again.   They broke clean.  Averinous began working over Corino's arm but was backed into the corner.  Corino was caught in an armdrag.

They locked up again and they went back and forth exchanging holds.   Alex nailed a dropkick and a hiptoss into an armbar.  Corino made a comeback but Alex cut him off.  Simpson nailed Alex from behind with the Singapore Cane.  Corino began choking Alex against the ropes and used his wrist tape to scrape at his face.

Corino drilled him with a series of right hands.  Alex mounted a comeback, not giving up.   Corino raked his face.  Alex tried to fight his way out of the corner but Corino nailed him with an elbow to the back of the head.   Corino drilled Alex with a series of shots and locked in a side chinlock.  Her got distracted by the crowd's taunts, allowed Alex to mount a comeback with a series of rights.

Corino slammed him down and went to the center turnbuckle.  He came off for a kneedrop but missed.  Alex nailed several running clotheslines and a back elbow, followed by a backdrop for a two count.  Corino was nailed with several elbows in the corner and a kick to the face for another near fall.

Corino cut off Alex with a STO.  He went for a Saito suplex but Alex elbowed his way out.  Corino cut him off with a knee and nailed a leaping DDT for another two count.  Corino was surprised he didn't get the way.  Alex nailed a dropkick and whipped Corino into the ropes but it was reversed and Corino drilled him with a lariat.

Corino drilled him with several shots and a Boomerang clothesline but Alex rebounded and nailed a leaping clothesline for a two count.   Corino blocked a shot and nailed a discus clothesline.  Corino nailed a Saito suplex and drilled him with a lariat but Alex kicked out at the last second.

Corino, shocked, pulled him up and nailed a Saito suplex.

Your winner, Steve Corino!

Very good elder heel veteran vs. brash young babyface bout.  They hit all the points you'd expect that sort of story to tell.

Jimmy Jack Funk Jr & Ric Converse & Drew Meyers vs. Zane Riley & Bob Smith & Ernie Osiris

The heels jumped the babyfaced before the bell and all six battled inside the ring.   It ends with the heels being rolled up for a near fall at the same time.  Meyers got left in the ring and was pinballed by all three babyfaces.

Meyers and Riley started off officially.  Osyris nailed a spinkick and tagged in Roberts, who was making his PWX debut.   He worked over Meyer's arm and tagged back out to Osiris.   Osiris slammed Meyer and went to the top but was nailed by Converse.

Meyer pulled Osiris off the top and nailed him with and overhead belly to belly suplex.  Converse tagged in and worked over Osiris with several shots across the chest.   He nailed a side Russian legsweep for a two count.  

They worked over Osiris for some time.  Osiris finally caught Meyers with a superkick as he came off the ropes.  Riley and Converse hit the ring with Riley making a ton of offensive maneuvers.  Riley cannonballed Funk Jr. in the corner.

The babyfaces worked over their foes.  Osiris nailed a pescado over the top.  Out of nowhere, Funk locked on a choke out of nowhere and forced Roberts to tap.

Your winners, Jimmy Jack Funk Jr & Ric Converse & Drew Meyers!

Standard six man tag.  The finish seemed to come out of nowhere.

PWX champion Caleb Konley vs. Mike Bennett (with Maria Kanellis)

Kanellis and Bennett made out in the ring.

They locked up and Konley had some quick offense early.  Bennett stepped out between the ropes to prevent him from nailing him.   They locked up again and Bennett caught Konley with a side headlock takedown.

Konley came back and caught Bennett with several deep armdrags.   Maria grabbed Konley's leg, allowing Bennett to drill him with a clothesline for a two count.   Bennett choked Konley against the ropes.  Maria grabbed him and pulled Konley deeper to strangle him.

Konley made a comeback and clotheslines Bennett over the top to the floor.  He nailed a moonsault from the top rope to the floor on Bennett, which looked awesome.  Konley tossed him back into the ring for a two count.

They battled back to the floor and around the front row with chops and hard shots.   Konley was sent into the ringpost.  Bennett took a digital camera from a fan at ringside and took a photo of Konley while he was down.  Bennett rolled him back into the ring for a two count.

Bennett worked over Konley in the corner and stomped him.  Bennett nailed a back suplex for a two count.   Bennett locked in a rear chinlock.   Konley fired back with a series of rights and elbows but was caught in a sleeper in the center.  Konley was able to reverse it but Bennett dropped down into a jawbreaker.

Konley nailed a series of rights and whipped Bennett into the corner.  Konley was reversed and hit the buckles but avoided a charge and Bennett nailed the corner hard.  Bennett went for a piledriver but was backdropped out of the ring to the stage outside.

Bennett climbed to the top but was nailed by Konley and then slammed into the ring. Konley nailed a running clothesline, a snapmare and a diving knee for a two count.  Bennett drilled him with a right hand but Konley nailed a roaring elbow and caught him with a tornado DDT out of the corner for a two count.  Nice near fall sequence.

Bennett came back and went for a TKO but Konley landed on his feet and went for a submission.  Bennett made it to the ropes but Konley pulled him off and nailed a superkick.  Konley nailed a Death Valley Driver and locked in his finisher, the O Face.  The referee was bumped.  Maria hit the ring to interfere, bringing out a woman from the crowd they identified as Konley's girlfriend.  They had a catfight.

Konley pulled Maria away but Bennett drilled him with a low blow.  Bennett covered him but Konley kicked out at the last second.   Bennett dared Konley to get up and tried to nail his finisher the Side Effect but Konley turned it into a small package and scored the win.

Your winner and still PWX champion, Caleb Konley!

Solid back and forth match.  They worked a really hard match.

Lodi vs. John Skyler (with Darcy Dixon)

They battled back and forth with Lodi being busted open.  Skyler locked in a Camel Clutch.  Skyler tried to drill him actoss the back but Lodi turned around and caught him with his knees.

Skyler drilled Lodi and went to the top but Lodi nailed the ropes and Skyler was crotched.   Lodi nailed a superplex for a two count.  They recovered and battled back and forth with punches.  Lodi nailed a series of rights and a bionic elbow.

Lodi drilled him with a kick to the gut and nailed a spinning neckbreaker for a two count.   Lodi whipped Skyler into the ropes.  The referee was bumped.  Lodi nailed a powerslam but there was no referee to make the count.

Skyler drilled Lodi with a DDT but the referee took time to make the count.  Lodi kicked out at the two count.   Skyler went for a superkick but was caught.  Lodi nailed a DDT and covered him but Chip Day, another wrestler, pulled the referee out.  Corey Hollis, his partner, tossed an object to Skyler.

Skyler nailed Lodi with the object and scored the pin.

Your winner, John Skyler!

Skyler showed some good presence.  I missed the opening segment of the match but what I saw was solid.

PWX Tag Team champions The Great Outdoors, Grizzly Redwood & Jake Manning vs. Corey Hollis & Chip Day

Hollis took the mic and said Day was injured so Chase Dakota would be replacing him tonight.  Manning controlled him early.  Redwood tagged in but was kicked when he put his head down after whipping Dakota into the ropes.   Redwood came back with head scissors.

Manning tagged in and nailed a high vertical suplex.  Manning slammed his partner across Dakota's back for a two count.   They whipped Dakota into the ring and caught him with a double team maneuver.   Hollis tagged in and caught Manning with a clothesline in the corner, followed by a hard chop.

Hollis and Dakota worked over Manning, butate a double clothesline after Manning ducked theirs.   He clotheslined Dakota over the top to the floor and backdropped Hollis as well.  Redwood hit a tope through the ropes to the floor.

Back in the ring, Hollis cut off Redwood and worked him over, focusing on his arm.  They tagged in and out, working on his arm.   They choked Redwood against the ropes and tagged in and out, working him over.   Hollis nailed a Northern Lights suplex but the referee was out of position.

Redwood finally tossed Hollis off but was caught with a stiff clothesline.  Manning broke up the pinfall.   Redwood was whipped into the corner but Hollis missed a charge.  Redwood made the hot tag to the Manscout.

Manning backdropped Dakota and caught both with a DDT for a two count.   Manning slammed Dakota and went to the outside.  He came off with a kneedrop from the ropes but missed. Everyone missed a sequence of big moves from the ropes. 

All four men were down as the referee counted them out.   The champions manned up and worked over their opponents.  They whiped Hollis and Dakota into each other.  Redwood was tossed into Dakota in the corner.  Manning then nailed a move, drilling Dakota into the mat for a two count but Hollis broke it up.  The champs went for a Doomsday Device but Dakota rolled up Redwood after Hollis interfered.

Chip Day tried to nail Manning with the belt but Redwood jumped in front and took the shot, sacrificing himself.  Manning used a forward roll for the pin.

Your winners and still PWX Tag Team champions The Great Outdoors!

The challengers attacked the champions and called John Skyler to return to the ring.  They all put the boots to Manning.   They began holding up four fingers.  Lodi hit the ring and made the save.

Skyler's manager Darcy slapped him, so Lodi grabbed her for a DDT.  Skyler superkicked Lodi.  Skyler, Hollis and Day continued working over all three.

Skyler took the mic and asked if they had everyone's attention now.   He cut a promo basically setting them up as the top heel group in the company.

They aired a video promo from Jim Cornette who noted the main event was sanctioned by Ring of Honor, therefore the piledriver was banned.

ROH champion Kevin Steen vs. Cedric Alexander

Thomas Simpson was with Steen.  Steen drilled Alexander when he was distracted and drilled him in the corner with a series of elbows.   Steen chopped away at Alexander. 

Cedric ducked a clothesline and nailed one of his own but Steen didn't go down.  He finally nailed a kick to the gut and a dropkick to the knees.  Steen stumbled but didn't go down.  He charged Cedric, who ducked and Steen went over the top to the floor into the first row.   Alexander nailed a dive to the floor.

Alexander drilled Steen with a series of chops.  Steen cut him off and placed Alexander in the first row, then chopped him as he was trapped in the chair.   Steen dragged Alexander around, fishhookings his face.  Alexander fought off Steen and tried to send him into the ringpost but Steen saved himself.  He cut off Alexander and powerbombed him on the outside of the ring apron.

Back in the ring, Steen drilled him with a kick to the head.   Steen whipped Alexander hard into the turnbuckles.  Steen worked over Alexander and sent him to the floor.  Steen drilled Alexander backwards into the ringpost on the floor and ripped up a kid's sign at ringside.

Steen grabbed Alexander's hand and began biting it.  Alexander fought him off but was cut off.  Alexander was tossed back into the ring.  Alexander tried to fire back but was cut off.  Steen drilled him with a cannonball in the corner and covered Alexander for a two count.

Steen began arguing with the fans.   Steen snapmared Alexander and cinched in a side chinlock.   The crowd rallied behind Alexander, who started to come to life.   Steen cut him off and slammed him.  Steen went for a somersault legdrop but Alexander rolled out of the way. 

Alexander pulled himself to his feet and drilled Steen with a series of forearms.  Steen missed a clothesline and nailed one of his own.  Alexander nailed a clothesline but couldn't take Steen down.  He dropkicked Steen in the corner.  He charged and was backdropped to the apron.  Cedric landed on his feet and nailed a springboard clothesline into the ring, the first time Steen went down.  The crowd went nuts.

Alexander nailed a series of offensive maneuvers and nailed a tornado DDT for a two count.  Alexander drilled Steen but was caught in a neckbreaker across Steen's knee.  Alexander kicked out at the last minute.

Steen went for the F5 but Alexander slipped off.  Alexander nailed a kick and nailed a full nelson suplex for a close two count.   Alexander went to the top but was cut off by Steen.  Steen nailed him with a headbutt and attempted a superplex.  Alexander fought him off.  Cedric leapt over Steen into the ring but was caught with an elbow.    Cedric nailed an enziguri but was caught with a sitdown powerbomb for a two count.

Steen went to the top for a swanton but Cedric got his knees up.   Cedric nailed a backbreaker over both of his knees for a CLOSE two count and nailed a senton.  Simpson got on the apron to argue with the referee.  Cedric grabbed the cane and nailed him with it.

Steen caught Cedric with a lowblow and nailed a F5 for a two count.  Alexander kicked out at the last second.  Steen nailed another and scored the pinfall.

Your winner and still ROH champion, Kevin Steen!

A hell of a main event with Steen as the bullying heel champion and Cedric as the local fiery babyface.  This was laid out perfectly in a way to build Steen as a beast and Cedric as a credible challenger.

Steen celebrated.

Matt Hardy appeared on the video screen and said that he heard Hardy was ripping on North Carolina.  He said that Steen likes to say he kills things but Hardy is the man who will not die.  He challenged Steen to face him on 10/5 when Hardy makes his PWX debut. 

Steen took the mic and told Alexander that "I may be an a**hole but I know talent when I see it.  He said that he won the battle, but he loves a good fight."  He said that he can have another shot but not to get his hopes up because he'd lose like he did tonight.  Steen said he's glad Hardy can take time out of eating grapes and Tazing his girlfriend to challenge him....and at that point, the stream turned off. Let's assume he accepted.

Overall, a strong show with a lot of solid wrestling on it.  The stream was very good with only minor buffering and no issues.  It was the type of production you'd expect from a promotion of this size but also the type of overachieving entertainment you would expect from a group of guys busting their ass.  The storylines were easy to follow even if you didn't know the personalities, the commentary was good and very old school.  Thumbs up show, which you can watch at

2013 - WWE held their 2013 Summerslam PPV in Los Angeles, CA.  Richard Trionfo filed the following PPV report:

Welcome to’s live coverage of World Wrestling Entertainment’s SummerSlam Pay Per View.

In addition to the live coverage of the show, make sure to check out Dave Scherer’s ongoing blog of the Pay Per View. There will also be audios on the site in the Elite Section with thoughts and analysis of the pay per view.


Tonight’s show starts with the ‘Doritos Jacked’ SummerSlam Kickoff Show featuring Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Vickie Guerrero, and Josh Mathews.

Josh welcomes everyone.

Josh asks Shawn what he is looking forward to the most and Shawn says that it is the concept of SummerSlam in L.A. He is looking forward to the WWE Title Match.

Booker T says that he is looking forward to Bray Wyatt versus Kane. Booker mentions that Kane made his debut in 1997 at Bad Blood.

Vickie says that she is looking forward to the World Title Match.

Shawn agrees with Booker about how it is an uphill battle to make his debut in a Ring of Fire Match.

We see how Rob Van Dam got his match on the Kickoff Show.

Booker is asked for his thoughts on the United States Title Match. He says that Rob will have to step up in his home town and he thinks that Rob will do it.

Shawn says that people are impressed with the Shield and what they have done. We will see if The Shield is for real tonight.

Vickie says that she brought Rob back so she is looking forward to this match.

Renee Young is in the Social Media Lounge and she wants people to make their predictions on social media. Renee wants people to send videos on Tout.

We take a look at the CM Punk video package that aired on Smackdown this week.

Paul Heyman is in the locker room and Josh says that this match is being compared as David versus Goliath and Paul tells him to stop and he calls the comparison preposterous. David versus Goliath is a story we tell our children that there is hope left in the world. That is not the case.

Historians say that David hit Goliath with a slingshot, but the truth is that David got in one shot but Goliath dominated David and laid him to waste. That is what will happen tonight.

Paul says that he comes up with an idea that even CM Punk will agree to. The match will be No Disqualification. CM Punk will end up a martyr tonight and he will be pushed into martyrdom by the beast incarnate, BROCK LESNAR

Josh asks how this will change the match and Booker says that it will work in Brock’s favor. Punk will not lay down. Shawn says that he was concerned about this match and he says that the no disqualification serves Punk well. He says that he did not think that Punk would have a chance against Lesnar, but this might help. Vickie says that she is afraid for Punk. Shawn says that being the smaller man helps to have a no disqualification stipulation.

We go to Tony Dawson who was outside the Staples Center earlier today. He is with two fans who came to SummerSlam with Northern Ireland.

We see people entering the seating area.

It is time to take a look at Total Divas.

Josh mentions that Total Divas will have a presence on the pay per view with Natalya versus Brie Bella.

Vickie says that she thinks Natalya will win. She wonders how Shawn or Booker know anything about Divas. Vickie says that she is proud of the product. Booker says that Brie better watch out because Natalya is a grappler and she can take down some men. Shawn says that people used to call him a diva and he says that he was a foxy dude.

We take a look at the mixed tag match and how we go to tonight.

We see Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston at Venice Beach working out. Langston talks about how his agility separates himself from others his size. AJ says that she uses the Black Widow because she doesn’t have the strength of others. She says that she has always been the champion, but now she has proof.

Renee Young is in the Social Media Lounge. She runs through some of the predictions that were submitted.

We take a look at how the WWE Title Match was set up and the build to tonight.

Josh asks Shawn if Daniel Bryan can win and Shawn says that he does think so. He likes John Cena, but he is a bit biased towards Daniel Bryan. He has known him since he was 18 and he is very talented.

Vickie says that Daniel Bryan is a fresh face.

Booker says that John Cena has been on the mountaintop a long time. Cena has made a lot of money. Is John Cena still hungry and will he step up to face Daniel Bryan.

Shawn says that John has earned everything he has gotten.

Booker and Shawn talk about getting worn down on top. Shawn and Booker say that the timing might be right for Bryan.

Booker says that if Cena chose Bryan, maybe Cena thinks that he can beat Bryan.

Vickie wonders about the motives of Triple H.

We are back with Tony Dawson outside with fans from Calgary and he asks them about what match they are looking forward to and one says that they are looking forward to the Punk versus Lesnar match.

We go to ringside for Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and John Layfield. They talk about the matches on the show. Jerry says that Triple H is the wild card for the WWE Title match. Jerry does not know who the no disqualification stipulation helps and John says that it will help Brock Lesnar. Michael says that he might have an advantage because he can use whatever he wants.


Match Number One: United States Title Match - Dean Ambrose versus Rob Van Dam


They circle each other and have some words for each other. Ambrose retreats into the ropes before locking up to try to get inside Van Dam’s head. They lock up and Ambrose with a waist lock but Van Dam with a standing switch. Ambrose with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Ambrose mocks Van Dam and they lock up again.

Ambrose with a hammer lock and he takes Rob to the mat. Van Dam gets back to his feet and he applies a side head lock and connects with a shoulder tackle. Van Dam with a jumping back heel kick and Rob shows Dean how to do the thumbs thing.

Ambrose pushes Van Dam and Van Dam with forearms. Van Dam with a clothesline followed by a side head lock take down. Ambrose with a punch and elbow in the corner and then he chops Van Dam. Ambrose runs his forearm across Van Dam’s face. Ambrose with punches in the corner but Van Dam with punches of his own.

Van Dam with an Irish whip but he runs into Ambrose’s boots and Van Dam is down. Ambrose gets a near fall. Ambrose with a neck breaker for a near fall. Ambrose works on the neck. Van Dam with an elbow but Ambrose with a knee. Ambrose with a drop kick with Van Dam against the ropes and Ambrose gets a near fall.

Ambrose with a reverse chin lock but Van Dam with elbow and clotheslines. Van Dam with a thrust kick and then he tries for the monkey flip but Ambrose moves out of the way. Van Dam with a cross body for a near fall. Van Dam with a slam and he goes for the Split Legged Moonsault but Ambrose gets his knees up.

Ambrose with a clothesline for a near fall. Ambrose takes too long and Van Dam with a kick to the head followed by a step over spin kick. Van Dam goes up top and The Shield’s music plays and Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins make their way to the ring.

Mark Henry’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. He is followed by Big Show, accompanied by his music.

We go to a break.

We are back and Ambrose with punches to Van Dam and he gets a near fall. Ambrose with a crossface chicken wing into a sleeper. Ambrose gets Van Dam to his knees. Van Dam with elbows but Ambrose sends Van Dam through the ropes to the floor. Big Show and Henry make sure that Rollins and Reigns don’t do anything.

Van Dam with a suplex to Ambrose on the floor. Van Dam puts Ambrose on the ringside barrier for the corkscrew guillotine leg drop. Van Dam goes up top and hits a senton onto Ambrose for a near fall. Van Dam with a slam and he signals for Rolling Thunder and Reigns grabs the leg. Ambrose tries to attack Van Dam from behind but Van Dam with a body scissors roll up for a near fall.

Ambrose with a spinebuster for a near fall. Ambrose with a slam and then he goes to the apron and then up top. Ambrose misses a back senton splash when Van Dam moves. Van Dam goes up top and Rollins distracts Van Dam. Ambrose with a rollup for a near fall.

Van Dam with punches and Ambrose with a knee. Ambrose with an Irish whip but Van Dam with an elbow and then he hits a springboard side kick and Rolling Thunder. Van Dam goes up top and hits the Five Star Frog Splash but Roman Reigns with a spear and the referee calls for the bell.


Winner: Rob Van Dam (by disqualification)


After the match, Big Show and Mark Henry come into the ring to check on Van Dam.

Dean tells Rob that he couldn’t get it done.

We go to Josh Mathews and the panel of honor. Booker says that Van Dam had it won, but like a pack of hyenas, the Shield did what he thought they would do. Shawn says that the two big guys aren’t as nimble as the other two guys. Booker says that Rob’s stock went up after this match.

We go to the Social Media Lounge and Renee shows us some Touts.

We return to the announce table and we see the construction of the railing for the Ring of Fire.

We go to a Kane versus Bray Wyatt video package.

We see the fire from one side of the ring.

Now that the Kickoff Show is completed, it is time for the pay per view to begin. We are in Los Angeles, California and your announcers are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and John Layfield.

Your host makes his way onto the stage and he welcomes everyone to the 26th SummerSlam. He promises to make this the most must see SummerSlam. Miz mentions the two main events: CM Punk versus Brock Lesnar and John Cena versus Daniel Bryan, with guest referee Triple H.

Fandango and Summer Rae interrupt Miz and Miz with a few reallys.

Before we get to our first match, Jo Jo Offerman sings the National Anthem.

We see the Spanish Announce team before we get to our opening match.


Match Number One: Ring of Fire Match - Kane versus Bray Wyatt


The bell rings and the flames circle the ring and Kane punches Wyatt and sends him into the turnbuckles. Kane with an uppercut to Wyatt and Rowan and Harper try to get close to the ring but the flames rise. Kane with uppercuts and Wyatt retreats towards the corner momentarily. Wyatt with a boot and punches.

Wyatt tries for a suplex but Kane blocks it. Kane with a suplex and the impact on the mat causes the flames to rise. Kane with a punch and snap mare followed by a drop kick but he misses. Wyatt and Kane with kicks. Kane with an Irish whip but he misses a splash in the corner. Wyatt with a splash into the corner. Wyatt with a running cross body and he takes Kane to the mat.

Wyatt with punches and kicks to Kane. Kane grabs Wyatt by the throat but Wyatt escapes and he punches Kane. Kane with a boot to Wyatt. Kane with punches and an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Kane with another Irish whip and clothesline into the corner followed by a side slam. Kane sets for the choke slam but he decides to charge into the corner and Wyatt with an elbow and Wyatt sends Kane to the mat.

Harper grabs a kendo stick but the fire sets the stick on fire. Kane with a clothesline to Wyatt. Rowan tries to put out the flame with a fire extinguisher but the flames are back. Kane grabs Wyatt by the throat and he hits a choke slam. Kane grabs Wyatt for another choke slam and he tells Wyatt that this is his playground. Kane with another choke slam.

Kane signals for the tombstone but Harper and Rowan are able to cover the flame and they go into the ring. Harper with a cross body to Kane and they attack him. Harper and Rowan send Kane into the corner and Harper with a slam and Rowan with a splash to Kane. Harper and Rowan pick up Wyatt and then Kane is held up by Rowan and Harper.

Wyatt with the kiss to the forehead followed by Sister Abigail for the three count.


Winner: Bray Wyatt


After the match, Rowan and Harper drag Kane in front of Wyatt in his rocking chair. He puts Kane on top of one part of the ring steps and then they drop the other part of the steps on Kane’s head. Wyatt lights the lantern, the lights go out and Wyatt leads Harper and Rowan to the back with Kane.

We are back with the Kickoff Panel and Josh introduces everyone.

Josh asks Booker for his thoughts on what we saw in the Ring of Fire match. Booker says that it was disturbing. The Wyatt Family has flipped the script. Shawn calls it an impressive debut, but he is a bit uncomfortable by what he saw. Vickie says that isn’t how she would have done things.

We go down to the announce table and they wonder where the Wyatt Family has taken Kane.

We go to Paul Heyman’s comments about whether he thinks the Lesnar/Punk match is a modern version of David and Goliath.

Damien says that throughout literature, there have been numerous duos. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, Batman and Robin. Each duo had something in common. There was a leader and an inferior sidekick or lackey. Cody Rhodes was his sidekick. Tonight, he sends him back to whence he came. Back to his carnival of clowns. The Rhodes Scholars could have been a prolific pairing. Tonight he is sent back to a pairing with his father . . . dumb and dumber.


Match Number Two: Cody Rhodes versus Damien Sandow


They lock up and Sandow backs Cody into the turnbuckles but Cody with punches to Sandow. Sandow kicks Rhodes and Rhodes punches Sandow. Rhodes sends Sandow into the turnbuckles and then he Irish whips Sandow and hits a back body drop. Rhodes with a gourdbuster to Sandow for a near fall. Sandow sends Rhodes to the apron and then he connects with a drop kick to the legs and Cody falls to the floor.

Sandow runs Rhodes’ back into the apron and they return to the ring. Sandow with forearms to the lower back followed by a suplex. Sandow gets a near fall. Sandow with a knee to the back and then he stretches Rhodes. Rhodes backs Sandow into the corner to get out of the hold. Sandow with a forearm to the back. Sandow escapes Cross Rhodes with a snap mare. Sandow with knees to Rhodes.

Sandow with a side Russian leg sweep and he sets for the Elbow of Disdain and he connects and gets a near fall. Sandow with forearms to the back followed by a knee. Sandow with a modified Cloverleaf but Cody escapes. Sandow with a forearm to the back of the neck and then he rubs Cody’s face in the mat. Sandow with boots to the head and then he goes to the turnbuckles. Cody with a punch to the midsection and Cody with head butts to Sandow on the turnbuckles.

Cody with a musclebuster for a near fall. Sandow with a kick to Rhodes but Cody with a clothesline and back elbow followed by punches. Rhodes with the drop down uppercut but Rhodes is sent over the top rope. Cody lands on the apron and then he hits a springboard drop kick.

Cody grabs Sandow and he goes for the kick to the abdomen. Sandow avoids the Beautiful Disaster and Sandow sends Rhodes into the ropes and then he hits a neck breaker for a near fall. Sandow tries for a sunset flip but Rhodes drops down and gets a near fall. Cody hits Beautiful Disaster but he can only get a two count.

Rhodes charges into the corner and hits the ring post when Sandow moves. Sandow with a rollup for a near fall. Cody escapes a slam attempt and Rhodes tries for an O’Connor Roll but Sandow holds on to the ropes. Rhodes hits Cross Rhodes and gets the three count.


Winner: Cody Rhodes


After the match, Sandow holds on to his briefcase.

With the World Title Match next we take a look at the Christian video package that aired last week.


Match Number Three: World Title Match - Alberto Del Rio versus Christian


They lock up and Del Rio backs Christian into the corner and Del Rio with a clean break. Del Rio with a kick to the leg and punches. Del Rio with a side head lock and Del Rio holds on when Christian tries to send him off the ropes. Del Rio with a shoulder tackle. Christian with punches and then he sends Del Rio over the top rope to the floor. Christian with a baseball slide but Del Rio moves.

Del Rio tries to punch Christian when Christian gets back on the apron but Del Rio misses. Christian drops Del Rio against the top rope. Christian goes up top but Del Rio escapes and crotches Christian. Del Rio with a step up enzuigiri and Christian is in the tree of woe. Del Rio with a running kick to the left shoulder. Del Rio with a hammer lock and he sends Christian shoulder first into the ringside barrier.

Del Rio gets a near fall when they return to the ring. Del Rio with an arm bar. Christian with punches and kicks. Del Rio sends Christian into the air and then Del Rio with a flying Yakuza kick and he wraps the left arm in the ropes. Del Rio goes up top with a double stomp to the arm while Christian was hanging on the middle rope. Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio with a drop kick to the arm. Del Rio wraps the arm in the ropes again.

Del Rio goes for a splash in the ropes and Christian moves. Del Rio hits the floor hard and he is down. Christian with a cross body from the turnbuckles onto Del Rio on the floor. Both men struggle to get back into the ring but they are able to get back inside. Del Rio with an arm wringer to the mat and then he kicks Christian in the head.

Del Rio sees blood from his nose and he slaps Christian. Del Rio tries for a knee off the turnbuckles but he hits Christian’s boot. Christian with a punch and he goes to the turnbuckles for a missile drop kick. Christian with punches in the corner. Christian goes up top and Del Rio tries for a step up enzuigiri and Christian ducks. Christian with a cross body for a near fall.

Del Rio with forearms to the back but Christian lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Del Rio escapes a Killswitch but Del Rio with a lungblower when Christian goes to the turnbuckles and Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio with a kick to the back. Christian with an inside cradle for a near fall. Del Rio with an enzuigiri in the corner for a near fall.

Del Rio goes to the turnbuckles for a back senton but Christian moves. Christian goes to the turnbuckles for the back elbow and he connects. Del Rio runs Christian into the turnbuckles and the referee warns Alberto. Alberto goes for a superplex but Christian tries to counter with a sunset flip power bomb. Del Rio punches Christian but Christian with a drop kick to Del Rio on the turnbuckles. Christian with a super rana and he gets a near fall.

Christian tries for the spear but Del Rio with a drop kick. Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio signals for the Cross Arm Breaker. Christian avoids the float over and then Christian with a drop toe hold that sends Del Rio into the ropes. Christian with an uppercut on the floor. Del Rio with a super kick for a near fall.

Del Rio drops the knee pad and he goes for the super kick but Christian moves. Christian with a rollup for a near fall. Christian with a spear but he cannot cover due to his shoulder. Del Rio locks in the cross arm breaker and Christian taps out.


Winner: Alberto Del Rio

After the match, Renee Young asks Alberto about his victory. Alberto says that he is still everyone’s champion. He is also the one representing the Latinos. The Mexican people need someone to look up to. They need a hero or an idol. They need someone to tell them that everything is alright. That person is Alberto Del Rio.

It is time to take a look at the events in Los Angeles during the last week to celebrate SummerSlam.

We see footage from the match featuring Maria Menounos and Natalya against Brie Bella and Eva Marie.

Miz is in the back and he is with Maria Menounos. Miz brings up how the match came to be and the Bellas were insulted at what she told Natalya.

Fandango and Summer Rae interrupt and Miz with a few reallys. Miz dances with Maria and Fandango and Summer are a bit confused.


Match Number Four: Natalya (with Cameron and Naomi) versus Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella and Eva Marie)


They lock up and Brie backs Natalya into the ropes and she connects with a forearm and side head lock. Natalya tries for a hip toss but Brie blocks it. Brie calls Natalya a loser and she slaps Natalya. They go back and forth with slaps and then Natalya takes Brie to the mat and tries for a sharpshooter. Brie gets to the ropes and Eva Marie and Nikki pull her to the floor. Natalya sends Brie back into the ring and Brie with an elbow and then Nikki and Eva Marie pull Natalya off the apron.

Brie with a baseball slide while the referee deals with Cameron and Naomi. Brie with a boot to the back of the head and she connects with a few leg drops. Brie with a chin lock. Brie with shoulders in the corner followed by a clothesline and a hair take down.

Natalya with a jawbreaker followed by a clothesline and she tries for the Sharpshooter and she locks it in. Brie rolls through and she sends Natalya into the turnbuckles. Brie with kicks in the corner and then Nikki and Eva Marie interfere. Cameron and Naomi break things up.

Brie with a chin lock. Natalya gets Brie on her back but Brie with a rollup for a near fall. Brie with a running knee to the head followed by a kick. Natalya catches Brie on a sunset flip attempt and Natalya with a CalgaryBama Slam and the Sharpshooter and Brie taps out.


Winner: Natalya


We see footage from earlier today when Ryback complains about catering. He complains about the soup being cold, but he is told that it is supposed to be cold because it is gazpacho. Ryback says that he does not like cold soup so he tells him to take it away. Ryback pours the soup down his shirt.

We see the video package for the CM Punk versus Brock Lesnar match.


Match Number Five: CM Punk versus Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman) in a No Disqualification Match


Punk goes after Lesnar but Lesnar runs Punk into the turnbuckles and connects with shoulders. Punk with punches but Lesnar sends him back into the turnbuckles. Lesnar with forearms to the back and then he sends him into the turnbuckles. Lesnar with kicks to Punk in the corner. Punk with punches and a knee.

Punk with a head butt and knee but Lesnar blocks a kick and he biels Punk across the ring. Punk has a knee blocked and Lesnar runs him into the turnbuckles. Lesnar chokes Punk and kicks him in the corner. Lesnar says that this is his house. Punk with a kick to the head and a running knee to the head and Lesnar is down. Punk with a running knee and Lesnar goes to the floor. Punk with a suicide dive.

Punk grabs the ring steps but Lesnar with a shoulder tackle to the steps and Punk is down. Punk is able to get off Lesnar’s shoulders and Lesnar is sent into the ring post instead of Punk. Punk goes up top with a double sledge. Punk goes onto the announce table, waiting for Lesnar to get up and Punk with a clothesline off the table.

Heyman falls down backing away from Punk and Lesnar is able to pounce on Punk from behind. Lesnar kicks Punk. Lesnar tosses Punk over the announce table. Lesnar throws Punk over the announce table and then he puts the hood on top of Punk and he leaps onto it. Lesnar with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.

Lesnar sends Punk into the ring and Punk with kicks to Lesnar’s leg but Lesnar with a clothesline and Punk is down. Lesnar with shoulders in the corner followed by a bear hug. Punk with elbows to try to get out of the hold. Punk is able to escape but Lesnar with a knee to the midsection.

Heyman tells Punk to stay down. Lesnar with a knee to the ribs. Punk refuses to quit and Lesnar returns to the bear hug. Punk with elbows and he escapes. Punk with a forearm and kick to the chest. Punk goes up top for a cross body but Brock catches him and hits a fallaway slam. Lesnar picks up Punk and connects with a back breaker and a power slam for a near fall. Lesnar with another near fall.

Lesnar with a reverse chin lock. Punk with elbows and he bites Lesnar. Punk with kicks to the leg and hip. Punk with forearms to the head and Lesnar is staggered. Punk goes up top and waits for Lesnar to get closer. Punk with a knee to the head and both men are down. Punk gets to his feet first and he hits a running knee into the corner. Punk sets for a second knee and he connects. Punk tries for a third one but Lesnar catches him. Punk gets to his feet and Punk with a round kick. Punk goes up top for the elbow drop and he connects. Brock kicks out at two. Punk signals for the Go To Sleep and he gets Brock on his shoulders but Brock escapes. Brock gets Punk on his shoulders but Punk gets to his feet and he connects with a round kick to the head.

Punk gets Lesnar on his shoulders and he tries for the Go To Sleep but Lesnar counters with a Kimura and he takes Punk to the mat. Punk counters with a cross arm breaker and he kicks Lesnar in the head. Punk with a triangle choke and Lesnar looks like he is going to tap out.

Lesnar picks up Punk and hits a spinebuster but Punk holds onto the triangle choke. Lesnar teases that he will tap out but Lesnar picks up Punk. Punk with elbows to Lesnar but Lesnar with a running power bomb and both men are down. Lesnar gets a near fall.

Lesnar with three rolling suplexes and he gets a near fall. Lesnar goes to the floor and he looks at a steel chair. Brock gives the chair a better look at the ring but he takes too long. Punk goes up top for a cross body. Punk hits the chair but the chair also hits Lesnar. Both men are down. Punk picks up the chair and he hits Lesnar in the back with it.

Punk returns to the ring and Lesnar blocks the chair shot. Punk with a low blow to Lesnar. Paul argues with the referee about the low blow but this is a no disqualification match. Punk takes the chair with him to the turnbuckles. Punk with an elbow drop with the chair and he gets a near fall. Punk hits Lesnar in the back with the chair and he wants one more.

Heyman grabs the chair from Punk and Punk grabs Heyman. Lesnar hits Punk from behind and he gets Punk on his shoulders for the F-5 but Punk grabs Heyman’s tie. Punk with the Go To Sleep but Heyman breaks up the cover. Heyman realizes that he made a mistake and he goes to the floor. Punk chases Heyman around the ring and back in. Lesnar tries for an F-5 but Punk counters with a DDT for a near fall.

Punk applies the Anaconda Vice but Lesnar refuses to tap. Heyman tries to bring a chair into the ring but Punk stands on it. Heyman hits Punk in the leg to try to get him off the chair. Punk punches Heyman and then he puts Heyman in the Anaconda Vice. Lesnar hits Punk with the chair three times. Lesnar picks up Punk and hits the F-5 on the chair for the three count.


Winner: Brock Lesnar

After the match, Punk gets to his feet and the fans give him a standing ovation.

Michael Cole mentions a challenge made at a WWE Live Event. A fan was offered his tickets for a shot at tickets to SummerSlam if he would take a splash from Mark Henry. We see everyone wishing him ‘luck’.


Match Number Six: Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn versus AJ Lee and Big E Langston


Dolph and Langston start things off and Ziggler avoids Langston and he does the hip sway. Ziggler with a drop kick for a near fall. Langston with a belly-to-belly suplex followed by a splash for a near fall. Langston with an abdominal stretch and he punches Ziggler in the ribs to add more pressure. Langston holds Ziggler for AJ to slap him.

Ziggler with a drop kick and AJ tags in.

Kaitlyn grabs a charging AJ and runs her into the corner. Kaitlyn with a splash into the corner followed by a back breaker. AJ sends Kaitlyn into the turnbuckles and she hits a spinning heel kick and gets a near fall. AJ sends Kaitlyn into the turnbuckles followed by a snap mare and reverse chin lock.

AJ with a back elbow to Kaitlyn and she gets a near fall. AJ with a neck breaker and she connects with a second one. AJ skips around the ring. Kaitlyn with punches but AJ with a sleeper. Kaitlyn falls to her knees but she gets back up and she backs Kaitlyn into the turnbuckles. AJ with a kick to the back and she yells at Kaitlyn about having her leftover.

Kaitlyn with a flying shoulder tackle and both women are down. Langston and Ziggler tag in and Dolph with a drop kick and Stinger Splash followed by a neck breaker and rapid fire elbow drops leading into the hesitation leaping elbow drop to finish him off.

Ziggler misses a Fameasser and Langston with a gutwrench back breaker and Kaitlyn breaks up the cover. AJ with a Shining Wizard to Kaitlyn. Langston sends Ziggler into the corner and he connects with a shoulder. He misses a second shoulder and hits the ring post. AJ grabs Ziggler’s leg to stop a Zig Zag. Kaitlyn with a spear on the floor. Langston with a clothesline for a near fall and the strap is down.

Ziggler escapes the Big Ending and hits the Zig Zag for the three count.


Winners: Kaitlyn and Dolph Ziggler


We go to Miz in the back and he is interrupted again by Fandango and Summer Rae. Miz punches Fandango.

We go back to Josh, Booker, Shawn, and Vickie. Josh asks for predictions for the Cena/Bryan match.

Shawn still thinks Daniel Bryan will win. Booker says that Bryan will fight and scratch. Is John Cena hungry enough? Vickie is picking Daniel Bryan. Shawn thanks Brock and Punk.

We go to the Cena/Bryan video package.


Match Number Seven: WWE Title Match - John Cena versus Daniel Bryan (with Guest Referee Triple H)


They lock up and Cena with a side head lock take down. Bryan gets back to his feet. They go for a Greco Roman knuckle lock and Cena takes Bryan to the mat and he gets a few near falls. Bryan with a bridge and Cena puts his weight on Bryan. Bryan with a monkey flip and he goes for the Yes Lock but Cena goes to the floor.

Cena tells the doctor something about his elbow. Cena gets back into the ring and he applies a side head lock and take down. Cena catches Bryan on a leap frog attempt and Cena with a jackknife cover for a series of near falls. Bryan with a bridge and a back slide for a near fall. Bryan with a dragon screw leg whip.

Bryan sets up for the surfboard but Cena escapes. Cena gets Bryan on his shoulders but Bryan goes to the apron. Cena with a shoulder tackle and Bryan goes off the apron and hits the announce table. Bryan with an Irish whip that sends Cena into the ring steps. Cena with a suplex off the ring steps to the floor.

Cena rolls Bryan back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Cena waits for Bryan to get up and he punches Bryan. Cena with a hard Irish whip to Bryan. Cena with a kick to Bryan. Cena with a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Cena with a reverse chin lock. Bryan with elbows and forearms. Bryan with kicks of Yes in the corner.

Cena with a knee to the midsection and Irish whip but Bryan flips over Cena and he hits the flying clothesline. Bryan with kicks to the chest. Bryan misses a round kick and Cena with the two flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb. Bryan kicks Cena before he can do the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Bryan kicks Cena away.

Cena with another Blue Thunder Bomb followed by the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena waits for Bryan to get up and Cena with an Attitude Adjustment but Bryan lands on his feet. Bryan with boots to Cena and he goes to the turnbuckles for a missile drop kick and Bryan gets a near fall.

Bryan with kicks to the shoulder and he wants Cena to get up so he can kick him some more. Bryan continues to work on the elbow. Bryan with more kicks to the shoulder. Cena with a drop toe hold but Bryan counters and he applies an STF. Cena tries to make his way to the ropes but Bryan pulls Cena into the center of the ring and he hits a German suplex for a near fall. Bryan with another German suplex and bridge for another near fall. Bryan tries for a third one but Cena blocks it. Cena tries for an Attitude Adjustment but Bryan gets Cena to the mat with the Yes Lock. Cena tries to get out of the hold and he does. Bryan with a guillotine choke on Bryan.

Cena gets back to his feet and he runs Bryan into the turnbuckles but Bryan holds on to the guillotine. Cena with a suplex that sends Bryan into the turnbuckles to get out of the hold. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment but Bryan kicks out. Cena goes up top and Bryan stops him. Cena sends him back to the mat. Bryan with a forearm and Cena sends Bryan back to the mat. Bryan with a drop kick and it staggers Cena on the turnbuckles.

Cena sets for a superplex and Bryan hangs from the turnbuckles and he powers himself up. Bryan goes up top for a diving head butt and he hits it but Cena kicks out at two. Cena goes to the floor and Bryan sets for a suicide dive but Cena with an elbow to Bryan.

Cena goes up top and hits the Rocker Dropper but Bryan kicks out at two. Cena gets Bryan and he puts him on the top turnbuckle. Cena sets for a super Attitude Adjustment but Bryan with elbows to the head. Bryan tries for a super rana but Cena blocks it and he drops Bryan on the mat and applies the STF.

Cena turns it into a modified sleeper but Bryan will not quit. Bryan with the Yes Lock on Cena. Cena gets to the ropes and Bryan has to release the hold and he does so well before five. Cena says that he is okay. Bryan sets for the running drop kick and he connects the first time. He hits it a second time but Cena with a clothesline to stop the third drop kick attempt.

Cena with punches and Bryan with forearms. They throw in some kicks as well. Each man goes for a cross body but they collide and go down. They struggle to get back to their feet. Cena slaps Bryan and Bryan slaps Cena. They go back and forth with slaps. Bryan with a flurry of kicks but Cena with a kick. Bryan tries to flip over Cena but Cena catches him and tries for an Attitude Adjustment but Bryan counters with a DDT.

Bryan goes up top again for the diving head butt, but Cena catches Bryan and Cena gets Bryan on his shoulders. Bryan counters with a small package. Bryan with a kick to the head. Bryan with a flying knee to the head for the three count.


Winner: Daniel Bryan


After the match, Bryan celebrates his victory. Bryan and Cena say something to each other and they shake hands.

Cena shakes Hunter’s hand and he leaves the ring. Hunter raises Bryan’s hand in victory and shakes his hand. The confetti flies in the Staples Center. Pyro goes off on the stage while Daniel continues his celebration.

Randy Orton’s music plays and he walks to the ring with the briefcase.

Orton thinks about it and holds the case over his head. Bryan wants him to come into the ring to cash in, but Orton turns around and walks up the ramp. Bryan starts a yes chant. Hunter with a pedigree to Bryan and Orton makes his way to the ring.

Orton hands Hunter the briefcase,


Match Number Eight: WWE Title Match - Daniel Bryan versus Randy Orton


Randy Orton covers Daniel Bryan and Hunter makes the three count.


Winner: Randy Orton


We go to credits.

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