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11/8 THIS DAY IN HISTORY: EDDIE GUERRERO WRESTLES HIS FINAL MATCH, BOCKWINKLE WINS AWA WORLD TITLE, CNN DEATH GRIP SPECIAL, CHYNA LEGALLY CHANGES NAME AND MUCH MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2018-11-08 08:00:00

November 8th

On this day in history in ....


1975 - Nick Bockwinkel defeats Verne Gagne for the AWA World Heavyweight Title, ending Gagne's ninth reign, in St. Paul, Minnesota. This was Bockwinkel's first reign, and lasted well over four years.

1980 - Tony Garea & Rick Martel defeat The Samoans for the WWF World Tag Team Title in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ending the second reign for Afa & Sika.

1993 - Brian Christopher & Jeff Jarrett defeat Rex Hargrove & Koko B. Ware for the USWA Tag Team Title in Memphis, Tennessee, starting their second reign. They had lost the belts to Hargrove & Ware only seven days earlier.

1997 - ECW ran at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the following results:
- Chris Candido & Lance Storm defeated Tommy Rogers & Jerry Lynn. 
- Mikey Whipwreck defeated Spike Dudley.
- Al Snow defeated Paul Diamond.
- Axl Rotten defeated D-Von Dudley, John Kronus and Tracy Smothers in a Four Way Dance. 
- Justin Credible defeated Chris Chetti.
- Blue Meanie defeated Jason Knight.
- ECW World Champion Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Shane Douglas.
- Taz & Tommy Dreamer defeated Sabu & Rob Van Dam. 

1997 - Bull Pain defeats Buddy Landell in Bardstown, Kentucky to win back the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Title, which Landel had won the night before.

1999 - The New Age Outlaws defeat Mankind & Al Snow for the WWF World Tag Team Title in State College, Pennsylvania. This would be the fifth tag title reign for Billy Gunn & Road Dogg.

1999 - Scott Hall defeats Bret Hart, Sid Vicious & Goldberg for the vacant WCW U.S. Heavyweight Title in a Ladder match in Indianapolis, Indiana, starting his second title reign.

2003 - In a battle of WWE announcers, Jerry Lawler defeats Al Snow in Secaucus, New Jersey to win the Jersey All Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title. 

2003 - Kid Kruel defeats Christopher Daniels in Wilmington, Delaware to win the ECWA Heavyweight Title. 

2005 - At a Smackdown taping in Indianapolis, Indiana, Eddie Guerrero defeated Ken Kennedy (now Mr. Anderson in TNA) via disqualification when Guerrero tricked referee Charles Robinson into thinking that Kennedy had used a chair. As a result of the win, Guerrero had earned a spot on the Smackdown team for the Raw vs. Smackdown match at Survivor Series. Sadly, this would be Eddie Guerrero's last match, and would be broadcast just two days before his death.

2006 - WWE ran Nuremberg, Germany with the following results:

Here are the results of today's SmackDown! house show event from the Arena Nuremberger Versicherungen at Nuremberg, Germany

~ 90% of the arena was sold out!

1. Non-Title match: Matt Hardy def. Cruiserweight champion Gregory Helms after his Twist of Fate.

2. CM Punk def. Mike Knox (w/ Kelly Kelly) by submission with the Anaconda Vise.

3. Kane def. MVP after he was able to hit the Chokeslam.

4. WWE Tag Team Championship: Brian Kendrick & Paul London (c) def. KC James & Idol Stevens (w/ Michelle McCool) with a crucifix. Theodore Long restarted the match after James and Stevens were able to win the match and the titles because of a screw job.

5. Lashley def. Tatanka after hitting a spear.

6. Diva best body contest - Referee: Matt Striker: Layla vs. Kristal ended in a no contest after the Sandman appeared and beat the crap out of Striker with his Singapore Cane. 

7. The Undertaker def. Mr. Ken Kennedy with his Tombstone Piledriver.

8. Extreme Rules handicap match: Rob Van Dam def. Paul Heyman's Security (Bashams) with a 5 Star Frog Splash through a table.

9. William Regal def. Funaki after hitting a high knee.

10. United States Championship: Chris Benoit (c) def. Chavo Guerrero via crippler crossface submission. 

11. World Heavyweight Championship: Triple Threat Match - Batista def. "King" Booker (c) (w/ Queen Sharmell) and Finlay via DQ.  After the match also the Undertaker, William Regal and Lashley appeared and a war between the faces and the heels ended this house show.

Pictures of the fanfest with Bobby Lashley and Layla are already available at WWE.com (Worldwide).

WWE will return (as mentioned on PWInsider earlier today) to Germany in April with 4 RAW house show events in Munich, Mannheim, Oberhausen and Bremen starting April 19, 2007. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 18, 2006 and are available at eventim.de. The SmackDown! brand will tour in Viena, Austria for the first time in over 10 years on Saturday, April 21, 2007.

2007 - WWE announced that they have released Chris Masters. Masters was in the midst of serving a 60 day suspension for his second Wellness Test failure. .

2007 - Joanie Laurer legally changed her name to Chyna.

2007 - World Wrestling Entertainment released WWE developmental talent Ryan Wilson, who worked in OVW as masked character Jacob Duncan.  Wilson, who at one point was OVW champion, appeared briefly in TNA as Trytan and signed with WWE in November 2005.

2007 - CNN ran a special on professional wrestling "Death Grip."  Bedford Crenshaw filed the following report:

Review of Death Grip: Inside Professional Wrestling

Show starts after its intro by showing a highlight reel of Chris Benoit, with his Wrestlemania XX WWE World title win and Chris Jericho ladder match.

They go to Michael Benoit (Chris father) looking at paranoid letters Chris wrote to Eddie, talking about dreams where his parents had perished, and Nancy's parents were next, done by high-ranking people. Nineteen months later, Benoit killed his wife and child.  Michael says he wishes he did not encourage Chris dream, with the dream being a wrestling superstar.

Dr. Keith Pinkers studied wrestlers' deaths from 1983-2003, finding 64 wrestlers dead before the  age of 40. CNN found 18 wrestlers who died before age 50 in past five years.

Chris Kanyon discusses overdosed on sleeping pills and could have killed himself.

We come to the first segment with Vince and Linda McMahon, who said they had no idea Chris would become such a monster.

After a commercial break, they talk about the Chris Benoit tribute show, with Phil "CM Punk" Brooks saying how he was disappointed that he did not get to wrestle  Chris, who Punk saw as a hero. Vince's apology for the tribute show the next night on ECW  is briefly shown. Del "The Patriot" Wilkes says that Vince changed the wrestling, making it a place for big wrestlers, because that was what Vince liked; it was mentioned that Wilkes went to jail for a brief time. 

We have our first view of an anonymous wrestler. We see a small-built anonymous wrestler with hooded jacket and masked voice, billed as a former longtime WWE employee, saying how Vince changed not just the wrestlers (who used to look like unemployed uncles), but changed the fans by making them think wrestlers should look a certain way.

The 1990s Steroid trial is mentioned, with Hulk Hogan shown, noting he admitted to using steroids, that 80% of WWF wrestlers used them, and that Vince knew of the use. CNN called this damning evidence. WCW is then mentioned, with a brief bit with Eric Bischoff and disclosure that Ted Turner had owned WCW as he had once owned CNN.

Going back to Vince, who evades the question that he prefers big guys, Irv Muschnik (author of Wrestling Babylon) states how the lack of spaces for top wrestlers encourages steroid use. Chris Jericho defends WWE, saying how you don't have to be big to make it. We go to commercial.

We come back seeing pictures of teenage Chris lifting weights. Michael says he regrets buying weights for Chris, saying it was the biggest mistake of his life. They talk about how Chris convinced Michael to let him drive 3 hours away to Calgary on weekends, eventually idolizing The Dynamite Kid.

We go to the ex-wife of Tom "Dynamite Kid" Billington, Michelle, who blames Billington's acts on steroids. She says that Billington would drag her by the hair, and she actually contemplated killing her kids and herself, only stopping for fear that someone might survivel. She never told Billington that. She paid for Billington's one-way ticket back to England, so he would no longer be in her and their children's lives.

CNN finds Billington, who is first seen rolling his wheelchair in his public-housing apartment outside Manchester. He has a pin sticking out of toe next to his big left toe. He admits that wrestling caused this to happen to him, as he smokes a cigarette. Billington says  he had went back to wrestling for the money after a doctor's warning about his health. A drug overdose revealed an enlarged heart, which stopped Billington from ever using steroids again.  Billington has never seen his daughter, and feels that Michelle has unfairly poisoned their children's minds against him. The documentary reinforces the fact that Billington was who Chris idolized, using similar looking photos of the two juxtaposed against the other.

After commercial, we go back to Michael. He said they were planning on cremating Chris, when Chris Nowinski called Michael, asking for a piece of Chris brain for study to see if brain damage was the cause of Chris episode. They show the Sports Legacy Institute's findings, claiming Chris' brain was like a senile 85-year-old brain with dementia. Michael said it turned his grief to anger; that Chris' wrestling style caused this. They return to clips of Chris in action, with his trademark diving headbutt. 

The McMahons mutually comment they are not trusting the results, saying that they are laying off chairshots to the head, but are hesitant to blame concussions.  Vince says Vince could not have performed at his job or even gone to the airport if he was like an 85-year-old with dementia.

We come back from commercial, discussing Eddie Guerrero. They then concentrate on the WWE Steroid policy. Dr. Gary Waddler is then questioned. He was an witness against McMahon in the 1990s steroid trial. McMahon said the 90s tests were successful, but ended up losing too much money to continue them as they weren't a public company at that point, WCW wasn't testing and the company was losing millions.  Waddler refers to a gold standard, which is the testing system of the US Olympic team, where the first offense is a 2-year suspension, and a second meaning possible life-banning. 

Travis Tygert of the US Anti-Doping group dismisses the WWE policy, which allows for 4 offenses and has a medical loophole. We go to Dr. David Black of Aegis Science, who was hired by Vince to strengthen the WWE policy. Black hopes the WWE is sincere, lest he is viewed as a fool. Black admits that the current policy, and how many of the physiques are not natural. We return to the anonymous wrestler, who said how the business suffered after the first steroid scandal due to smaller wrestlers. We go to commercial.

We come back to Phil "CM Punk" Brooks, who is said to be in more demand than ever since attaining the ECW belt. We see Punk in action, and how he's straight-edge. They question Punk, who they said wrestled for 10 years but is only now in the forefront. Punk accredits his rise more to circumstance than because the WWE wants a clean wrestler.

They go to John Cena, who CNN says doesn't like being asked about steroids. Cena says that I can't tell you I haven't, but you'll never be able to prove I have (used them). We go back to Vince, who says the Media didn't force him to institute the Wellness Policy. When asked if the WWE is now free, Vince said that that no group could say that they are totally steroid-free.  They mentioned that 10 wrestlers were outed in newspapers and by a new Yokr State prosecutor and that they were suspended by the WWE afterwards.  Vince denies any culpability for wrestlers dying young.

We conclude with Michael Benoit, who says it is too late for his son and daughter-in-law, but its not for the current wrestlers.

2008 - Tickets for Wrestlemania 25 in Houston, Texas officially went on sale with sales of $4.8 million.

2008 - Ring of Honor ran Markham, Ontario.   Darrin filed the following live report:

last night's show was pretty good. Not as good as their Toronto debut (but in fairness, they had a lot to live up to, in my opinion), but very good, nonetheless. Definitely worth the road trip.
 
 The preliminary match was local favorites Stupified and Player Uno(aka the Super Smash Brothers) vs. Ernie Osiris & The Yellow Ninja. SSB were very over with the crowd. They've wrestled many times in Ottawa, so we were very familiar with them and were pleasantly surprised to see them, since I don't remember hearing about them advertised for this show. SSB did get the win, but I don't remember who pinned who.
 
 I believe the official opening match was Jerry Lynn vs. Davey Richards. Obviously a huge pop for Lynn and no doubt about it, he's still got it. Davey won the match via pinfall.
 
 The next match was Kenny King & Rhett Titus vs. Delirious & Brodie Lee. King and Titus were answering the open challenge from Delirious and Brodie. King and Titus won by count out when the Titus, Delirious and Brodie brawled to the back. The crowd seemed to hate the whole 20 count change the rules. At least the fans in my immediate area, crapping all over Adam Pearce. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with it.
 
 Next up was Roderick Strong & Erick Stevens vs. Go Shiozaki & Eddie Edwards. By this time, it was obvious that Larry Sweeny was not in attendance, and the crowd didn't like it. At one point, Shane Hagadorn who I guess is Larry's second in command was insulting the crowd, and someone yelled "We paid to see Larry Sweeny tell us we suck", which I thought was pretty funny. Strong & Stevens won via tap out. It looked like they might have been teasing a breakup between the two as there were a few points in the match with "missed spots" where one guy hit the other, but they shook hands after the match, so no breakup yet, I guess.
 
 Dog Collar match was next with Jimmy Jacobs vs. Austin Aries. The idiot rednecks in the crowd made their presence felt as they directed a very loud "Emo F****t" chant at Jimmy. Some things never change. For the majority of the match, Jimmy didn't have his end attached as he kept stopping the ref from putting it on. The funny part was when some of the crowd crapped on the ref for not starting the new 20 count when the guys spilled outside, not realizing of course than in a Dog Collar match, there are no count outs which was pointed out to them by some of the other fans. Jimmy bled a gusher in this match but in the end, Austin prevailed. But the crowd still gave Jimmy a nice ovation as he was leaving the arena. 0
 
After the intermission we had Grizzly Redwood vs. Alex "Sugerfoot" Payne. Grizzly wasn't as over as you would think he would be in a Canadian crowd, but I liked him. I liked how, because of his height, instead of aiming his chops at Payne's chest, he was aiming at his legs, and focusing his attack there, which I though was a unique offense. Grizzly won the match.
 
3 way match was next with Bryan Danielson vs. Kenny Omega vs. Tyler Black. This was the second best match of the night, in my opinion. One of the coolest spots was when Bryan got both Kenny and Tyler with the cattle mutilation. Bryan was over with the crowd, except for one person who kept trying to start an "overrated" chant, which as you can imagine got him a lot of heat from the crowd. In the end Bryan won with a cattle mutilation, but Kenny still got a pretty good ovation after the match and Bryan even put him over as he was exiting the ring. Kenny definitely has a bright future in this business. And he's super hot as well, which doesn't hurt in this business.
 
 Our World title match was next with Nigel McGuiness vs. Necro Butcher. Nigel had a shiner on his left eye, which he said was from last night when he beat up "15 or 16 guys" or something to that effect. And Necro had his left calf wrapped up and seemed to be visibly limping, so I guess it was legit (wouldn't surprise me, knowing Necro). Nigel made a deal with Necro that if he didn't punch him in the face, he wouldn't go after his injured calf. Obviously that didn't last long as every time the ref's back was turned, he went after the injured calf. Which didn't make much sense to me, since technically it wasn't against the rules, but whatever. Crowd seemed into Necro when he first came out, but as the match progressed, it seemed to switch more to 50/50 with the dueling "Necro - Nigel" chants. I'm not sure if that's due to the quality of Necro's work (which wasn't very good, in my opinion), or the Canadian ties to Britain. Either way, a lot of the crowd seemed to turn on Necro. The match ended in a DQ when the Age of the Fall interfered (I think it was Delirious and Brodie Lee). Crowd did not like that result. At that point, Steen and Generico ran off the AOTF, and helped Necro out of the ring, saying how much they respected Necro, but didn't respect AOTF.
 
Then we get the Briscoes out for the tag team title match. Crowd seemed pretty spilt on this one as well, with Steen and Generico having the edge. To me, this was match of the night. Lots of crazy spots, but luckily it didn't look like anyone seriously hurt themselves. Nothing to the degree of their ladder match last year, thank God. Steen got a huge pop with his Sharpshooter on one of the Briscoes. Steen and Generico won here although again I forget who pinned who.
 
The crowd was definitely not a big as the show in July. It was a smaller venue (but not by much) and it was not sold out. The floor seats were full, but the bleacher section was about half full. I suck and crowd estimates, but I would say probably 500-700 people were in attendance. Merchandise table was busy before and after the show, as well as during intermission, so I think they still probably did well in sales. Lots of DVDs were sold, as they had a "Buy 3 get 1 free" deal. I myself bought 4 DVD's and decided to get the "old school Macho Man" style Sweet & Sour t-shirt.

2009  - New York Giants great Lawrence Taylor, who headlined Wrestlemania 11 in 1995, defeating the late Bam Bam Bigelow in Hartford, CT, was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a traffic accident.

2009 - WWE developmental Florida Championship Wrestling aired TV on the Brighthouse Network in Florida.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We start off with a look back at Justin Angel defeating Heath Slater to win the FCW Title in the thirty minute time limit two out of three fall match a few weeks ago.

We are live on tape from Tampa, Florida and your announcers are Byron ‘Mr. Tuesday Night’ Saxton and Dusty ‘Going to the Pay Window’ Rhodes.

Steve Keirn comes to the ring to address the fans in the FCW Arena. Steve says that as President of Florida Championship Wrestling, there have been a lot of great champions. He says that the title is the stepping stone to being a superstar. Steve brings out the current FCW Champion, Justin Angel. Steve says that Justin will be facing his toughest opponent yet, Sheamus. Steve wishes him the best of luck. He also has a surprise for Justin Angel and it is a photo of him on the wall with the WWE banners.

Justin has a few words after Keirn leaves. He says that is amazing and he doesn’t know what to say. He thanks everyone in FCW for the honor. He talks about his match against the former FCW Champion, Sheamus. He says that if he is not focused, then he can lose everything and will have to start at the beginning again.

Justin is interrupted by Abraham Washington, who is accompanied by Liviana and Rosa Mendes. Abe says that he wants to be the first to congratulate him on the banner and he apologizes for not being there for the unveiling, but he had a few ‘business issues’ to deal with in the back. Abe says that now that the banner is up, it was his idea. Abe wants Justin to know that he owns him right now. Everything that Justin does, he owes it to Abe.

While Abe talks to Justin, Sheamus sneaks into the ring undetected and he attacks Justin from behind with a bicycle kick and a uranage back breaker. Sheamus holds the belt over Justin and then he drops it on Angel as the referees come into the ring to check on the champion.

We go to commercial.

We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Sheamus’ attack of Justin Angel.

Match Number One: Curt Hawkins versus Brett DiBiase

They lock up and they roll to the floor and break. They rush back in and Hawkins with a slap. DiBiase pushes Hawkins back. Hawkins sends DiBiase into the turnbuckles and then he hits a suplex for a near fall. Hawkins with a knee to the back and then he stretches DiBiase and works on the back. DiBiase reverses but Hawkins with a forearm to the back. Hawkins with a snap mare and a kick to the back. Hawkins returns to the back but DiBiase runs Hawkins into the turnbuckles. DiBiase with punches followed by a back elbow and a standing drop kick. DiBiase with a forearm into the corner followed by a cross body and he gets a near fall. DiBiase with a slam and a fist drop for a near fall. DiBiase goes to the top turnbuckle but Trent Baretta and Caylen Croft distract the referee and DiBiase long enough to allow Hawkins to get a rollup for the three count.
Winner: Curt Hawkins

We go to commercial.

Match Number Two: Caylen Croft with Trent Baretta versus Bo Rotundo with Duke Rotundo

They lock up and Bo with a side head lock but Croft sends Bo into the corner. Bo with a side head lock take down. Bo with a shoulder tackle and then he blocks a leap frog and he catapults Croft into the turnbuckles. Bo returns to the side head lock. Croft with a belly-to-back suplex followed by a forearm to the back. Croft chokes Bo in the ropes and then he works on the back with a knee. Croft with a snap mare and a near fall. Croft with a sleeper on Rotundo. Croft turns it into a front face lock and Bo escapes but Croft with a drop kick for a near fall. Croft with a double sledge to the back and he gets a near fall. Croft with a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Croft with a knee to the head but he misses a second knee drop when Bo moves out of the way. Bo with punches but Croft with a knee. Bo with a power slam and both men are down. They get back to their feet and Bo with a clothesline and a back elbow. Bo with an Irish whip and a running clothesline into the corner followed by a bulldog for a near fall.

Beretta tries to interfere but Duke comes over to pull Beretta off the apron. Bo with a spear for the three count.
Winner: Bo Rotundo

After the match, Beretta attacks Bo Rotundo while Curt Hawkins comes out and goes after Duke. Brett DiBiase comes out to even the sides.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Three: Tyler Reks and Gabriel versus Alex Riley and Eli Cottonwood

Riley and Gabriel start things off but Riley goes to the floor and he hides behind Cottonwood. Gabriel returns to the ring to wait for Riley. Gabriel allows Reks into the match and they lock up but Riley with a knee and he works on the arm. Reks punches Riley. Reks with a flying clothesline and a running back elbow and then he slams Riley to the mat. Cottonwood distracts Reks but Riley misses a punch. Riley with a rollup. Riley with a neck breaker and he gets a near fall. Cottonwood tags in and he kicks Reks and chokes him with his boot. Cottonwood with a biel and a short arm clothesline. Cottonwood with a chin lock on Reks but Reks with a jawbreaker and Riley tags in and stops Reks from making the tag. Reks avoids a slam and he tags in Gabriel. Gabriel with a double leg take down and he punches Riley. Gabriel with more punches to Riley. Gabriel with a series of Irish whips and a back body drop. Gabriel tries to knock Cottonwood off the apron. Gabriel with a neck breaker but Cottonwood breaks up the cover. Reks with a drop kick that sends Cottonwood to the floor. Reks tries for a pescado but Cottonwood moves out of the way. Reks lands on his feet but he is not up there too long because of a punch. Gabriel tries for the Vindicator but Cottonwood grabs Gabriel by the throat. Reks pulls Cottonwood off the apron, but Riley is able to get the three count with a leaping sit out uranage.
Winners: Alex Riley and Eli Cottonwood

Match Number Four: Justin Angel versus Sheamus for the FCW Title

Angel with forearms at the start of the match and then he kicks Sheamus in the legs and hits a drop kick that sends Sheamus to the floor. We have to go to commercial.

We are back and Angel has Sheamus in an arm bar. Sheamus with a forearm and Irish whip but Angel moves when Sheamus charges into the corner. Sheamus sends Angel onto the turnbuckles and then he knocks Angel off the turnbuckles and to the floor. Sheamus goes to the floor and he sends Angel into the apron. They return to the ring and Sheamus with a near fall. Sheamus with knees to the back and then he chokes Angel. Sheamus with a back elbow. Sheamus catches Angel when he charges into the corner and he hits a fallaway slam and gets a near fall on Angel. Sheamus with forearms across the chest and then he works on the back. Sheamus with more forearms and he gets another near fall. Sheamus with a chin lock. Sheamus with more forearms across the upper chest. Sheamus with European uppercuts and then he hits a back body drop. Sheamus with a punch and then he connects with another knee before returning to the chin lock. Angel with knees and punches to Sheamus. Sheamus with an Irish whip and then he connects with another forearm across the chest and gets a near fall. Sheamus chokes Angel and kicks him. Sheamus with a series of knees to the chest followed by a knee lift and Angel goes to the mat. Sheamus gets a near fall. Sheamus with a rear chin lock as he works on Angel’s back. Angel with punches and forearms and Sheamus goes to the mat. Angel with a back kick and a few more kicks followed by a DDT for a near fall. Angel with a kick to the chest and then Angel with a springboard moonsault for a near fall. Angel with a European uppercut but Sheamus with a kick and then he tries to throw Angel over the top rope but Angel skins the cat and takes Sheamus to the floor with a head scissors. Angel with a corkscrew pescado onto Sheamus and both men are down. Angel goes up top but Sheamus crotches Angel. Sheamus with punches and then he hits the Fiery Red Hand but Angel kicks out at two. Angel with an inside cradle for a near fall but Sheamus with a kick to the chest. Angel blocks a suplex but he cannot avoid a back body drop. Sheamus sets for the bicycle kick but Angle rolls out of the way and Angel with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors and Sheamus is down. Angel hits the 450 splash for the three count.
Winner: Justin Angel

2010 - WWE's Smackdown brand ran Newcastle, Great Britain.  Ian Willis filed the following live report:

Smackdown results from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England:

1) Finlay beat Tyler Reks. Decent match... finish came from Reks got the shillelagh... ref stopped him using it...Hornswoggle then passed a second shillelagh to Finlay who blasted Reks while the ref got rid of the first one.

2) Mason Ryan beat Chavo Guerrero. Ryan is a powerhouse... impressed me quite a bit... his "move-set" kind of Goldberg/Batista style.

3) Drew McIntyre beat Chris Masters. Very good match... before the match Drew got on the mic and said that he used to wrestle in Newcastle (which was true, he did a lot a work for a now defunct local promotion - Mick Foley appeared on one of their very last shows as well) and go out partying in Newcastle, but that the place was a Dump ! Great way to draw heat ! Good reversal before Masters could lock in the Masterlock into Drew's finisher

4) Dolph Ziggler beat Kaval and MVP in a Triple Threat Intercontinental title match. Ziggler spent most of the time selling outside of the ring.  When he was in the ring there were a lot of roll-ups and 2 counts. The finish came when Kaval hit Ziggler with some excellent kicks.  Ziggler again went to the outside and MVP hit his finisher on Kaval... then Ziggler jumped back in, threw out MVP and scored the pinfall.

5) Edge & Rey Mysterio beat Alberto Del Rio & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes in an excellent tag match. Before the match Cody jumped the barrier and started throwing a chair about in a fit of rage (having just made a speech about how him and Del Rio are future Hall of Famers, which was virtually inaudible due to booing), the two WWE security guards came over to check on us as the chair came quite close. What was surprising here was Mysterio wrestled 80% of the match himself ! You would have thought Edge had the injury rather than the other way round. Finish came with 619 on Cody, who then turned a round, straight into a spear. After the match Edge got on the mic and said him and Rey were true Hall of Famers... everyone agreed. How quickly can Edge go from Heel to Face ?

INTERMISSION

6) Kelly Kelly beat Layla in a non-title match. Layla came out with a large Gym ball and started doing some kind of poor fitness routine, which was abruptly ended when Kelly threw the gym ball right in her face. Usual diva's match, nothing special. Layla blindsided Kelly after the match leading Hornswoggle to come out and help Kelly. They celebrated in the ring and even got Tony Chimmel involved (Tony has, and always will be insanely over in Newcastle).

7) Kofi Kingston beat Jack Swagger (with the annoying Eagle) with trouble in paradise. Lots of interference and stalling, but good solid contest. Swagger and the Eagle started double teaming Kofi after the match leading to the arrival of the Big Show, who issued the knockout punch on the Eagle and a chokeslam on Swagger, then the big red pyro went off leading to...

8) MAIN EVENT - Kane vs. Big Show - No Contest. I was expecting a slow slugfest, but the match exceeded my expectations greatly (apart from the finish). A good third of the match was outside the ring and got the crowd really involved. The finish came via ref bump. Show hits chokeslam, no-one to count to 3, then all the heels hit the ring. All the faces promptly followed clearing the ring. The heels then regrouped on the ramp and looked like they were going to storm the ring but they all stopped at the last second apart from Chavo, who took 5 finishers in a row. Edge then got on the mic and thanked the crowd.

This was my tenth WWE live event at Newcastle (One PPV, 6 Raws, 3 SD! ) and I'd say this event was in the top 5 easy. I was apprehensive reading the reports of the earlier shows of this tour but the fact they shuffled everything around and Edge made it gives it an 8 out of 10. Tickets for next April's Wrestlemania Revenge tour go on sale this Wednesday at 9 a.m. BST.

 2010 - TNA taped Impact in Orlando, Florida.  Alex Hernandez filed the following results:

Dark Match:

*Eduardo Rios defeated Ben Dejo, These guys are the former tag team know as Los Ben Dejos who had a tryout in May.

Impact:

*Immortal comes out then introduces Jeff Hardy, who cuts a promo. Hulk Hogan comes out and thanks Ric Flair for watching over everything while he was not there. Hogan says he has a surprise for Hardy and lowers a new TNA title belt. They throw the old belt in the garbage. Hogan says if anyone is against them, they are going down. Pope is in the crowd and says he is going to put Eric Bischoff in a coffin. Samoa Joe comes out from another end of the Impact Zone and cuts a promo on Jeff Jarrett. Rob Van Dam appears by the announcers and calls out Hardy. Matt Morgan comes out and asks for a match with Hardy again. Hogan tells them they will get a fight.

*TNA X-Division champion Robbie E and Cookie defeated Jay lethal and Taylor Wilde.

*Kaz defeated Rob Van Dam after Rhino turned on RVD, then laid out Tommy Dreamer in the back with a chair as well.

*Backstage Eric Bischoff was yelling at the referee from the TNA Turning Point bout, but Matt Morgan later told him it was OK because mistakes happen.

*Team 3D came out for their farewell and gave a speech, only to see Bubba turn on Devon after they hugged.

* AJ Styles defeated Stevie Richards. It appeared Richards may have taken the Styles Clash wrong and had to be helped to the back with a neck brace on.

*Samoa Joe defeated Gunner and Murphy in a handicap match. Jeff Jarrett attacks Joe but Kurt Angle makes the save.

*They showed backstage vignettes where Pope Dinero captured Bischoff humiliated him and put him in a casket. When he brought Bischoff him the ring, Abyss attacked. They put Pope in the casket and rammed it into a wall.

*Matt Morgan defeated Doug Williams and Beer Money after Money left Williams to tend to Ric Flair, who Morgan had nailed. Hardy appeared on the Tron and as Morgan was watching him, Hardy came from behind, lowblowed him and nailed the twist of fate to close the show.

*After Impact they re-taped the Robbie & Cookie vs. Lethal & Wilde match, so something must have gone wrong the first time.

2010 - Raw was taped and broadcast from Manchester, England.  Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:

We are live on tape from Manchester, United Kingdom and your announcers are Michael ‘The New King of WWE’ Cole and Josh ‘The Prince of NXT’ Mathews.

John Cena is in the ring and he is behind a Nexus podium in his alternate Nexus gear. He has a proclamation to read and the Town Crier begins. It is his distinct honor to introduce everyone the man who promised the winds of change and has delivered. He is the leader of the most dominant and revolution force to set foot in a WWE ring, Nexus. In two weeks, he will be your WWE Champion. Welcome your hero who is making his triumphant return to Manchester, England . . . Wade Barrett.

Wade comes to the ring and the rest of Nexus follows behind at a distance.

Wade thanks John for the outstanding introduction. He says that he couldn’t have said it better himself, but he did write it for John. Wade says that the prodigal son has returned. What better way to celebrate his upcoming championship reign than to have a preview of the championship celebration tonight. He says that there is going to be a big party and everyone is invited. Before Nexus hoist him victoriously on his shoulders and get ahead of ourselves, Wade says that there is some business to get finished.

Wade says that there are a couple of issues that happened last week that need to be dealt with. We go to the footage from Smackdown when David Otunga brought much shame to Nexus by getting pinned in the ten man tag match. Wade tells David to step forward. He tells David that the next time he undermines his authority as leader of Nexus and take them to Smackdown without his permission, make sure that you are successful. Wade tells David to get back in line and he will deal with him later. Wade says that he wants to deal with John Cena. Last week, John had the opportunity to showcase on Raw what he is going to do at Survivor Series in the match between Wade Barrett and Randy Orton. We go to footage of Cena not allowing a tag from last week’s tag match leading to the loss by Nexus.

Wade wants John to explain himself. John says it started as a joke when he rapped on a Thanksgiving episode of Smackdown and then he started wearing his hat backwards and saying that he was invisible. Wade wants John to explain what happened last week. John says that they lost. Wade says that he isn’t going to let anyone ruin his homecoming. In two weeks, John Cena is either free of the Nexus or he is fired. Either he raises Wade’s hand and gives him the WWE Title, or he flushes Cena’s career down the toilet.

Cena says that he is glad that Barrett is home. Cena reminds Wade that freed or fired, he will give Wade and anyone else who wants to get involved the beating of a lifetime.

Wade tells Cena that he holds Cena’s destiny in his hands so he will do exactly what he tells Cena at Survivor Series. Wade says that he wants to rehearse what he will say after Survivor Series. He wants Cena to tell the world that Wade is the WWE Champion. Cena points out that Wade hasn’t won anything.

Before Cena can play pretend, Randy Orton slithers out onto the stage.

Randy says that the last time he checked, he was still WWE Champion. He tells Wade that he has John Cena under his thumb, but Cena isn’t fighting him for the title. Randy says that he can beat Wade regardless of who the referee is. Randy says that he doesn’t care about what happens to Cena in two weeks, all he cares is that Wade Barrett never gets the title.

Wade tells Orton that he had an army of men behind him at his beck and call, but Orton doesn’t have anyone.

The General Buzzkill has made the trip over the pond and Michael Cole climbs Mount Why Am I Here. He quotes, Wade Barrett’s championship celebration preview has officially been cancelled. To ensure that there is a decisive victor, the match must be won by pinfall or submission only. The remaining members of Nexus will be banned from ringside. That is at Survivor Series, but tonight since Wade Barrett has an army behind him, Randy Orton will have one tonight as well. Team Barrett will face Team Orton in a ten man tag match. The General Buzzkill will be choosing the team later tonight and the referee will be John Cena.

Cena knocks over the Whole N’ing Podium and then he pushes David Otunga down . . . ONCE.

We go to commercial.

Match Number One: The Bellas and Eve Torres versus Tamina, Alicia Fox, and Maryse in a Divas Cup Match

Tamina and Eve start things off and Tamina backs Eve into the corner and breaks. Tamina with a kick and the referee warns her. Eve with kicks to Tamina followed by a forearm. Tamina with a Samoan drop for a near fall. Maryse tags in and she kicks Eve and then gets a near fall. Maryse slams Eve’s head into the mat and then she pushes Eve around and then Maryse flips her hair for no reason. Maryse with a reverse chin lock. Eve with an elbow and enzuigiri.

Alicia and Brie tag in and Brie with drop kicks and clotheslines and then she counters a tilt-a-whirl back breaker with a lateral press. Tamina breaks up the cover and there is pandemonium in the ring and then Maryse with a DDT to Brie but then Nikki rolls Brie out of the way and Nikki with a rollup for the three count.

Winners: Eve Torres and The Bellas

Nexus is in the locker room and David says that Cena tried to punk them and nobody punks them. Wade enters and David shuts up. David says that he is telling everyone to step it up tonight. Wade says that David will be stepping it up not as a member of Team Nexus but he will be facing John Cena. Wade reminds David that he said that he was the most talented member of Nexus and we will find out tonight. Wade tells David to give everything in the ring but he reminds David that he will be saying the same thing to Cena.

Barrett leaves and the rest of Nexus leave Otunga like rats from a sinking ship.

We go to commercial.

We are back wit the WWE Rewind: Natalya defeating Michelle McCool last week to allow Natalya to get another title match at Survivor Series.

Match Number Two: David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd with Natalya versus The Usos in a Remember when these two teams feuded match

Jimmy and Smith start things off and Smith with knees and a European uppercut. Smith with a slam and then he knocks Jey off the apron. Smith with a shoulder tackle to Jimmy that knocks him to the floor. Kidd tags in and he goes for a somersault dive and he hits a rana on Jey on the floor. Kidd misses a springboard elbow drop and Jimmy sends Kidd into the corner and he punches and kicks Kidd. Jey tags in and he slams Kidd. Jimmy tags back in and he hits an elbow off the turnbuckles but he can only get a near fall. Jimmy with a reverse chin lock and back elbow.

Jey misses a diving head butt and Smith tries to leave but Natalya forces him back on the apron. Jimmy and Smith tag in and Smith with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Smith hits the running power slam for a near fall as Jimmy makes the save. Kidd misses a baseball slide to the floor and Jimmy hits a superkick. Smith knocks Jimmy off the apron and Jey goes up top and hits the superfly splash for the three count.

Winners: The Usos

We go to commercial.

We are back and Matt Striker is with Randy Orton and Matt asks Randy who he thinks his partners will be tonight. Orton says that he does care who his partners are because he needs to worry about five members of Nexus and John Cena. He says that his team better be the best of the best.

The Miz enters and he says that he heard from the General Manager and one member of Orton’s team is him. Miz says that Orton’s team is awesome right now.

Back to the Nexus locker room and the members of Team Barrett are talking and David Otunga enters and they give him the silent treatment. Otunga says that he was talking about Cena and not Barrett last week. Otunga says that he is going to beat Cena and he wants them at ringside with him. Justin Gabriel asks if Wade knows about this and then Otunga says that they are started off together and either you’re Neuxs . . . or against us. Otunga says that he will see them at ringside as we go to commercial.

We are back with the WWE Slam of the Week: The Wedding of the Century of Last Week on the Internet.

Match Number Three: Ted DiBiase with Maryse versus Goldust in a Wedding Crashers Match

They lock up and Goldust backs Ted into the corner and then he inhales in front of Ted but Ted with a slap and punches. Goldust with a hip toss and arm drag followed by a clothesline that sends Ted over the top rope to the floor. They return to the ring and Goldust with a reverse atomic drop but Ted with the short clothesline and then he punches Goldust. Ted with a running back elbow for a near fall. Ted with an elbow to the top of the head and then he chokes Goldust in the ropes. Goldust with punches but Ted with a kick and he goes to a rear chin lock. Ted with a neck breaker for a near fall.

Ted tells Maryse to get the belt and Maryse grab the belts and walk away. Goldust punches Ted and then hits the drop down uppercut followed by a bulldog for a near fall. Ted with an Irish whip but Goldust with a power slam for a near fall.

AksanaDust comes out and she take belt from Maryse and slap her in the face. Goldust with a rollup for the three count.

Winner: Goldust

After the match, Goldust goes after his wife . . . and his Million Dollar Belt.

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four: John Cena versus David Otunga in a Who in Nexus is Number Two Match

Nexus accompanied Otunga to the ring who is sporting the new Nexus jacket, but Barrett sends them to the back and Otunga is not happy.

Otunga leaves the ring and goes to the back but Cena hits Otunga from behind. Cena sends Otunga into the vintage car on the stage. They return to the ring and Cena punches Otunga. Cena with a gutwrench suplex and the Cena punches Otunga twice. Cena with a standing drop kick to Otunga. Cena with an Irish whip but he misses a charge into the corner and hits the ring post. Otunga with forearms to the back and then he kicks Cena on the apron.

Otunga with a forearm across the chest. Otunga sends Cena into the ringside barrier and then they return to the ring and Otunga gets a near fall. Otunga punches Cena and then he chokes Cena but he misses an elbow drop. Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Driver and it is time to finish the Legendary Sequence with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena waits for Otunga to get up and he hits the Attitude Adjustment. Cena stands over Otunga and it is time for the STF and Otunga taps like a drummer.

Winner: John Cena

We go to commercial.

We are back and David Otunga has ice on his neck and Wade stops by to clarify things. David got pinned last week on Raw in the tag match. Then he went to Smackdown with the rest of Nexus and got pinned. Then David embarrassed Wade in his home town tonight. Wade wants David to take Nexus back to Smackdown. He tells David that he will wrestle Edge on Smackdown and if he can’t beat Edge, he is done with Nexus.

It is now time for Tea Time with Santino and he is joined by Vladimir Kozlov and they are in suits with umbrellas and matching hats. We see what happened last week with Santino and Sheamus only to see John Morrison get involved in this international battle.

Santino says that him and his friend like to blend in everywhere they go. They were very excited to come to the United Kingdom so they studied British culture and they watched James Bond, Austin Powers, Mr. Bean, and Benny Hill. Santino says that the cars come from a different direction. He asks everyone to drive on the other side tomorrow for him. Santino says that he wants to make a-peace and bury the hatchet with his friend from Irishland. He says that he wants to sit down in an old fashioned tea party and everything will be okay.

Sheamus comes out and he is not dressed for tea.

Santino welcomes Sheamus to his tea party. Santino says that they got off on the wrong foot but he wants to be on the right foot. Santino says that they have green tea and ginger tea and he is afraid that Sheamus will kill him. Santino says that he has a picture of Mr. T.

Sheamus says that Santino is misunderstood. Santino is like a friend of his in Ireland. They each only had one friend and his best friend was a donkey.

Santino asks Sheamus if he likes his tea dark or milky and Santino looks nervous.

Santino says that Sheamus has some rage and anger in him. Santino says that there are two reason. First, it is because he has been overexposed to gamma rays. Second, it was because he was excluded from other activities with children because he is a ginger.

Santino says that he is not going to exclude Sheamus from the fun. He won’t treat Sheamus like a ghost.

Sheamus says that he forgot why he hates Santino in the first place.

Santino says that he can’t remember why Sheamus hates him either.

Vladimir says that it is because Santino beat Sheamus in biggest upset in Double Double E history.

Santino is nervous as he pours some tea for Sheamus and he spills it on Sheamus.

Sheamus attacks the table and the General Buzzkill stands up for other furniture. Michael Cole says that it is time for action and Santino will face Sheamus.

We are back and Did You Know that the WWE received an award for their Chinese debut?

Match Number Five: Sheamus versus Santino Marella

Sheamus waits for Santino to get into his wrestling gear and then he goes to the floor to avoid Sheamus. Santino runs into the crowd and he wants a time out.

The General Buzzkill interrupts the match and Michael Cole goes up a hill and comes down a mountain. He tells Santino to get back into the ring and compete or he will be immediately suspended.

The cobra is unfurled but Sheamus runs him over as he does his St. Patrick tribute and kills a snake. Santino continues to beg for mercy and Santino with a low blow to get disqualified.

Winner: Sheamus by disqualification

After the match, Santino celebrates in the ring, but then he turns around and is met with a pump kick. Sheamus with knees to Santino. Sheamus picks up Santino for the Irish Curse but John Morrison sticks his nose in things one more time.

Morrison punches Sheamus and then Morrison with the springboard round kick. Morrison pulls Santino across the ring to safety.

John Cena is in the locker room and he is watching the Wrestlemania Tickets are going on Sale shortly video package.

We go back to the locker room and Cena is joined by Wade Barrett. Barrett goes through all of the clichés for Wrestlemania and he talks about how John Cena might never experience it again. In two weeks, all he will have to do is raise Barrett’s hand and award him the WWE Title. Then Nexus will be a distant memory. He gives Cena his referee shirt and he tells him to do his job and do it right or his WWE job will be a distant memory.

We go to commercial.

We are back and November 2nd may have passed, but we can still Stand Up for WWE.

As the final member of Team Orton comes to the ring, Michael Cole officially jumped the shark and hugged Alex Riley.

Match Number Six: Randy Orton, Miz, R Truth, Daniel Bryan, and Mark Henry versus Wade Barrett, Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater with guest referee John Cena in a Will this be a preview of the Survivor Series Match

Bryan and Gabriel start things off and Gabriel with a side head lock and Bryan with a drop kick. Gabriel with a kick and he tags in Michael but Bryan with an arm drag into an arm bar. Miz tags in and Miz hits Michael from behind with a clothesline. Miz sends Michael into the turnbuckles and he kicks him. Cena warns Miz and then Miz hits the Awesome Clothesline for a near fall. Miz offers his hand to Orton and Orton tags in. Orton with a snap mare followed by a leaping knee drop. Orton says that he wants Barrett but Slater tags in. Orton punches Slater and then stomps on his head. Truth tags in and he punches Slater and kicks him as he wants to know what’s up. Truth with a float over after an Irish whip and Truth with a split and leg lariat for a near fall. All ten men are in the ring and then Team Orton stands tall while Nexus is on the floor.

David Otunga makes his way to the ringside area as we go to commercial.

We are back and Gabriel and Truth lock up and Otunga has a nasty look on his face at ringside. Gabriel with forearms to Truth but Truth with kicks and punches. Gabriel with a spin kick to Truth for a near fall. Harris tags in and he punches Truth. Truth with punches and kicks.

Mark Henry tags in and the behemoths are in the ring and Henry with punches and a slam. Henry misses a splash and Harris hits a splash into the corner. Michael tags in and Harris sends Michael into the corner but Henry with a clothesline and then Henry with a head butt. Bryan tags in and he connects with a European uppercut and kicks in the corner. Bryan avoids Michael and hits a German suplex followed by a drop kick into the corner but he can only get a two count. Bryan with more kicks to Michael but Michael with a kick. Harris makes a blind tag and Harris breaks up a LeBell Lock attempt on Michael. Harris with a short arm clothesline for a near fall. Harris sends Bryan into the corner and Barrett tags in. Barrett kicks Bryan in the corner.

Bryan gets a near fall. Barrett with an Irish whip and back breaker for a near fall. Barrett with a surfboard on Bryan. Bryan with kicks but Barrett with a Blackpool Slam. Gabriel tags in and he kicks Bryan before tagging in Harris. Harris with kicks and then Slater is tagged in and he kicks and punches Bryan. Slater with an Irish whip but he misses a forearm into the corner and both men are down. Slater knocks Miz off the apron but Bryan with a kick to Slater. Bryan struggles to make it to his corner and Barrett and Orton tag in.

Orton with clotheslines followed by a power slam. Orton kicks Barrett and hits the IEDDT. Orton stares at the ceiling and then twists into the RKO push ups but Barrett with kicks and he gets Orton up for Wasteland. Orton with a back breaker but he only gets a near fall.

Truth with a sit out gourdbuster to Slater. Henry with the World’s Strongest Slam to Gabriel. Slater and Harris send Henry over the top rope to the floor. Bryan with a missile drop kick to Harris and Slater. Orton with another back breaker and it is time for the RKO push ups again. Otunga distracts the referee while Riley hits Orton with the briefcase while Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale and Barrett gets the three count.

Winners: Husky Harris, Michael McGillicutty, Heath Slater, Wade Barrett, and Justin Gabriel

We go to credits with Nexus celebrating on the stage.

2011 - An attorney for Kurt Angle, on behalf of his client, entered a plea of No Contest to a charge Reckless Driving in a Warren County, VA court. This was in response to a charge filed against Angle on 9/3/11 when he was cited for driving erratically on Interstate 66 after appearing at the Shenandoah County Fair earlier that day. After being pulled over, a State Trooper charged Angle with DUI after a field test recorded a 0.091 blood alcohol level on a breathalyzer. On a later test Angle blew of 0.06 so the state dropped the charge to Reckless Driving. Angle was fined $1,500.

2011 - WWE ran Newscastle, England with a Raw brand event.  Ian Willis filed the following results:

Santino def D. Otunga.

Mason Ryan def. Kurt Hawkins.

D. Ziggler def Drew McIntyre and John Morrison (Triple Threat US Title Match).

Local boy won Bella Dance off contest to go Backstage.

INTERMISSION

Beth Phoenix def. Eve Torres (Divas Title).

Ryder, Kofi & Cena def Nash & Awesome Truth (Mick Foley Guest Ref).

CM Punk def Alberto Del Rio via DQ. After heel interference, Ziggler ended up taking all the faces finishers and then Mr. Socko appeared to send crowd home happy.

Brief summary - Major surprise that Nash was here tonight. Foley was excellent on the mic. Prior to intermission, first few matches were terrible. After intermission, the matches were excellent. WWE back in Newcastle on April 20th next year, tickets on sale Friday 19th November.

2012 - TNA broadcast Impact Wrestling.  Stu Carapola filed the following TV report:

Previously on NXT, some people thought that they had what it takes to challenge NXT Champion Seth Rollins. Dusty Rhodes decided that since there were four men who think that they have a chance, they should meet in the ring and the one man who is left standing at the end of the night will be the man who gets their shot at the title. It is time for NXT, eef ya wheel.

We are live on tape from Winter Park, Florida and your announcers are William ‘We need more shows in the UK so I can wrestle some more’ Regal, Tony ‘Double Secret Probation’ Luftman, and Byron ‘I’m Back’ Saxton

We see footage from two weeks ago when Trent Barreta got a victory over Kassius Ohno with some help from Richie Steamboat.

 

Match Number One: Kassius Ohno versus Trent Barreta

 

Trent avoids Ohno in the corner. Ohno misses a kick and Trent with a chop followed by a drop toe hold. Trent with an Irish whip and a chop in the corner. Ohno goes to the apron to get under Trent’s skin. Trent with a kick when Ohno tries for a shoulder from the apron. Trent tries for a sunset flip power bomb to the floor but Ohno holds on and he puts the ring skirt over Trent’s head and he stomps on Trent’s head.

Ohno sends Trent back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Ohno with a knee to the head and Trent struggles to get back to his feet. Ohno with a chop to Trent and he applies a Dragon sleeper. Trent gets to his feet but he cannot get out of the hold. Ohno with a front face chancery and he takes Trent back to the mat.

Trent with punches and he gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Trent with a clothesline and both men are down. Trent with a chop and forearm. Trent follows with a back elbow but Ohno blocks the enzuigiri and Ohno gets a near fall. Trent tries for a tornado DDT but Ohno is able to land on his feet. Trent with an elevated DDT and he gets a near fall.

Ohno retreats to the corner and Trent with the double jump back elbow but Ohno with a running forearm to Trent as Barreta comes off the ropes. Trent with an inside cradle for a near fall. Ohno blocks a kick and he connects with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Ohno puts Barreta on the turnbuckles and Ohno with a chop.

Ohno sets for a cravate superplex but Trent pushes Ohno off and Trent with a missile drop kick and both men are down. Trent goes for the running knee but Ohno goes to the floor. Trent follows after Ohno. Ohno returns to the ring first and when Trent returns to the ring, Ohno hits the OBE for the three count.

 

Winner: Kassius Ohno

 

After the match, Ohno tries for the OBE to the back of the head but Trent avoids it and he kicks Ohno off the apron.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see a video package for Cory Graves. He says that every tattoo tells a story. He has a lot of stories he can tell. He can tell of broken hearts, broken dreams, and broken bones. He can tell stories of the places he has been and the people he has known. He can tell you or he can just get in your face and show you.

 

Match Number Two: Big E Langston versus Memo Montenegro

 

Langston starts to yell five and they lock up. Langston drives Montenegro to the mat and then he punches Memo. Langston with a running body block and pieces of Montenegro are left on the mat. Langston gets Memo up for the Big Ending and it is time for the five count (but the referee stops at three).

 

Winner: Big E Langston

 

Since Langston only got a three count from the referee, he does not feel that he is done. Langston with another Big Ending and he makes his own five count.

The fans want one more but Vickie Guerrero appears on the DustyTron. Vickie tells Langston that he will not be laughing for long. She says that it is open season on Langston. She has offered Five Thousand Dollars to whoever can put him on the shelf. Vickie says that she who laughs last, laughs loudest.

Someone makes his way to the ring to challenge Langston when Big E’s back is turned to the entrance. Langston with a punch to the midsection and Langston with a body block and Chad Baxter is regretting his decision. Langston picks up Baxter for a Big Ending and a five count.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Bray Wyatt makes his way onto the stage. Bray asks if you can fell that feeling down your spine. He says that he got his wings back. He tells everyone to wake up and start looking at this lie you are living in. He wants you to give your life to him so he can be your breath. They will climb the mountain and stare down at the fools and we will watch them as they turn to ash. They will fly away. He wants to know if everyone is ready for him to change this world.

Jason Jordan says that he was supposed to have a match and Bray comes out to interrupt. He is not here to talk, he is here to fight. He wants Wyatt to come to the ring.

Wyatt says that Jordan has no idea what he is messing with. Jason has it all wrong. He did not want to hurt him, he wanted to help him. He says that he is a monster and he is never alone.

 

Match Number Three: Jason Jordan versus Luke Harper (with Bray Wyatt)

 

Harper with an elbow and he backs Jordan into the corner. Jordan avoids a punch. Jordan tries for a drop toe hold but Harper stays on his feet and he chops Jordan. Harper with a forearm to the back and he connects with a European uppercut. Harper chokes Jordan in the ropes. Harper with a forearm to the back.

Harper with shoulders in the corner and he punches Jordan. Harper with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. He hits a running back splash followed by a clothesline for a near fall. Harper misses a running boot into the corner but Jordan runs into an elbow. Jordan with kicks and he goes for the leg.

Jordan with a single leg take down but Harper with a Bossman Slam for the three count.

 

Winner: Luke Harper

 

After the match, Bray Wyatt introduces everyone to the first son of the Wyatt Family . . . Luke Harper.

We see footage from Roman Reign’s debut last week.

Roman is on the stage and he is with Byron Saxton at the interview position.

Roman appreciates the introduction and he says that we don’t need Byron any more. Roman says that everyone is doing good now that Byron is gone. He says that people are doing a lot better because he is in the building. He says that he is doing pretty good. You cannot feel any better than he is.

There is nothing that he has not seen and nothing that he cannot do. He is the man, whether you are with him or against him. It is irrelevant. Nothing changes because everybody wants to be Roman Reigns.

We go to commercial.

We are back and for the main event, Jim Ross and William Regal are your announcers.

 

Match Number Four: Justin Gabriel versus Drew McIntyre versus Jinder Mahal versus Bo Dallas in a Number One Contender Elimination Match

 

All four men start off in the ring and Drew squares off with Justin while Jinder and Bo battle. Drew with kicks and a European uppercut to Justin. Mahal with a knee to Bo. Bo sends Jinder over the top rope to the floor. Justin and Bo with a double drop kick to McIntyre and Drew goes to the floor.

Justin and Bo have a brief discussion about what to do. Bo with a baseball slide to Drew but Mahal with a knee. Gabriel with a flip dive onto everyone on the floor and we go to commercial.

We are back and Mahal with a suplex on Dallas and he gets a near fall. Mahal and McIntyre stare at each other and it is as if they are part of a unit as they attack Dallas in the ring. Jinder with a side Russian leg sweep and Drew with a boot. Mahal with a knee drop to Dallas. Mahal with a short arm clothesline to McIntyre when Dallas holds on to the ropes.

Mahal with a kick to Drew but Drew with a boot to the head. Gabriel with a springboard cross body followed by a series of kicks to Drew. Gabriel with an STO and then he tries for a quebrada and he lands on his feet. Gabriel clotheslines Dallas over the top rope to the floor.

Gabriel with a DDT to McIntyre followed by a kick to Mahal and a Blue Thunder Bomb. Gabriel sets for the 450 and he hits it but Gabriel cannot make the cover. Drew sends Gabriel to the floor and Dallas with a spear to Dallas to eliminate Drew.

Drew McIntyre Eliminated

Gabriel goes for a springboard move but Dallas with a spear to pin Gabriel.

Justin Gabriel eliminated

We are down to Mahal and Dallas to see who faces Seth Rollins. Speaking of Seth, he is on the stage watching the match.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Dallas runs Mahal’s head into the turnbuckles. Dallas with a running forearm to the head and Mahal rolls to the floor. Dallas goes after Mahal on the floor and he punches Jinder. Jinder with an elbow and then he sends Bo’s lower back into the ring steps. Jinder rolls Bo back into the ring and he gets a near fall.

Mahal chokes Bo in the ropes and then he connects with a series of knee drops to the upper chest and Mahal gets a near fall. Bo with punches to Mahal but Mahal with a high knee and Mahal with a near fall.

Mahal with a full nelson slam for a near fall. Mahal sets for a uranage but Bo with elbows. Bo avoids a charge into the corner. Dallas with a punch to the midsection followed by an elbow to the top of the head. Bo with a power slam and then he sets for the spear. Mahal moves out of the way and Bo catches himself in the ropes and Mahal applies the camel clutch. Bo tries to fight to escapes but the pain is too much and Bo has to tap out.

 

Winner: Jinder Mahal

 

After the match, Mahal and Rollins stare each other down and then Mahal puts Bo back into the camel clutch. Rollins comes to the ring and Mahal attacks Seth and kicks him. Mahal grabs the title belt but Rollins attacks Jinder and Mahal leaves the ring and goes up the ramp.

We go to credits.

2012 - Hulk Hogan filed a request for a jury trial as well as an updated complaint against Gawker Media and other defendants during court hearing over his leaked sex tape with Heather Clem. As if the entire sex tape story wasn't strange enough, someone claiming to be Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman filed a motion to intervene in the case. What he was attempting to intervene is remains unknown because the court sealed the motion and noted that it was unlikely it was the real Chapman. That of course, leaves the question to be asked: who actually filed the motion and why?

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

Previously on NXT, some people thought that they had what it takes to challenge NXT Champion Seth Rollins. Dusty Rhodes decided that since there were four men who think that they have a chance, they should meet in the ring and the one man who is left standing at the end of the night will be the man who gets their shot at the title. It is time for NXT, eef ya wheel.

We are live on tape from Winter Park, Florida and your announcers are William ‘We need more shows in the UK so I can wrestle some more’ Regal, Tony ‘Double Secret Probation’ Luftman, and Byron ‘I’m Back’ Saxton

We see footage from two weeks ago when Trent Barreta got a victory over Kassius Ohno with some help from Richie Steamboat.

 

Match Number One: Kassius Ohno versus Trent Barreta

 

Trent avoids Ohno in the corner. Ohno misses a kick and Trent with a chop followed by a drop toe hold. Trent with an Irish whip and a chop in the corner. Ohno goes to the apron to get under Trent’s skin. Trent with a kick when Ohno tries for a shoulder from the apron. Trent tries for a sunset flip power bomb to the floor but Ohno holds on and he puts the ring skirt over Trent’s head and he stomps on Trent’s head.

Ohno sends Trent back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Ohno with a knee to the head and Trent struggles to get back to his feet. Ohno with a chop to Trent and he applies a Dragon sleeper. Trent gets to his feet but he cannot get out of the hold. Ohno with a front face chancery and he takes Trent back to the mat.

Trent with punches and he gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Trent with a clothesline and both men are down. Trent with a chop and forearm. Trent follows with a back elbow but Ohno blocks the enzuigiri and Ohno gets a near fall. Trent tries for a tornado DDT but Ohno is able to land on his feet. Trent with an elevated DDT and he gets a near fall.

Ohno retreats to the corner and Trent with the double jump back elbow but Ohno with a running forearm to Trent as Barreta comes off the ropes. Trent with an inside cradle for a near fall. Ohno blocks a kick and he connects with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Ohno puts Barreta on the turnbuckles and Ohno with a chop.

Ohno sets for a cravate superplex but Trent pushes Ohno off and Trent with a missile drop kick and both men are down. Trent goes for the running knee but Ohno goes to the floor. Trent follows after Ohno. Ohno returns to the ring first and when Trent returns to the ring, Ohno hits the OBE for the three count.

 

Winner: Kassius Ohno

 

After the match, Ohno tries for the OBE to the back of the head but Trent avoids it and he kicks Ohno off the apron.

We go to commercial.

We are back and we see a video package for Cory Graves. He says that every tattoo tells a story. He has a lot of stories he can tell. He can tell of broken hearts, broken dreams, and broken bones. He can tell stories of the places he has been and the people he has known. He can tell you or he can just get in your face and show you.

 

Match Number Two: Big E Langston versus Memo Montenegro

 

Langston starts to yell five and they lock up. Langston drives Montenegro to the mat and then he punches Memo. Langston with a running body block and pieces of Montenegro are left on the mat. Langston gets Memo up for the Big Ending and it is time for the five count (but the referee stops at three).

 

Winner: Big E Langston

 

Since Langston only got a three count from the referee, he does not feel that he is done. Langston with another Big Ending and he makes his own five count.

The fans want one more but Vickie Guerrero appears on the DustyTron. Vickie tells Langston that he will not be laughing for long. She says that it is open season on Langston. She has offered Five Thousand Dollars to whoever can put him on the shelf. Vickie says that she who laughs last, laughs loudest.

Someone makes his way to the ring to challenge Langston when Big E’s back is turned to the entrance. Langston with a punch to the midsection and Langston with a body block and Chad Baxter is regretting his decision. Langston picks up Baxter for a Big Ending and a five count.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Bray Wyatt makes his way onto the stage. Bray asks if you can fell that feeling down your spine. He says that he got his wings back. He tells everyone to wake up and start looking at this lie you are living in. He wants you to give your life to him so he can be your breath. They will climb the mountain and stare down at the fools and we will watch them as they turn to ash. They will fly away. He wants to know if everyone is ready for him to change this world.

Jason Jordan says that he was supposed to have a match and Bray comes out to interrupt. He is not here to talk, he is here to fight. He wants Wyatt to come to the ring.

Wyatt says that Jordan has no idea what he is messing with. Jason has it all wrong. He did not want to hurt him, he wanted to help him. He says that he is a monster and he is never alone.

 

Match Number Three: Jason Jordan versus Luke Harper (with Bray Wyatt)

 

Harper with an elbow and he backs Jordan into the corner. Jordan avoids a punch. Jordan tries for a drop toe hold but Harper stays on his feet and he chops Jordan. Harper with a forearm to the back and he connects with a European uppercut. Harper chokes Jordan in the ropes. Harper with a forearm to the back.

Harper with shoulders in the corner and he punches Jordan. Harper with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. He hits a running back splash followed by a clothesline for a near fall. Harper misses a running boot into the corner but Jordan runs into an elbow. Jordan with kicks and he goes for the leg.

Jordan with a single leg take down but Harper with a Bossman Slam for the three count.

 

Winner: Luke Harper

 

After the match, Bray Wyatt introduces everyone to the first son of the Wyatt Family . . . Luke Harper.

We see footage from Roman Reign’s debut last week.

Roman is on the stage and he is with Byron Saxton at the interview position.

Roman appreciates the introduction and he says that we don’t need Byron any more. Roman says that everyone is doing good now that Byron is gone. He says that people are doing a lot better because he is in the building. He says that he is doing pretty good. You cannot feel any better than he is.

There is nothing that he has not seen and nothing that he cannot do. He is the man, whether you are with him or against him. It is irrelevant. Nothing changes because everybody wants to be Roman Reigns.

We go to commercial.

We are back and for the main event, Jim Ross and William Regal are your announcers.

 

Match Number Four: Justin Gabriel versus Drew McIntyre versus Jinder Mahal versus Bo Dallas in a Number One Contender Elimination Match

 

All four men start off in the ring and Drew squares off with Justin while Jinder and Bo battle. Drew with kicks and a European uppercut to Justin. Mahal with a knee to Bo. Bo sends Jinder over the top rope to the floor. Justin and Bo with a double drop kick to McIntyre and Drew goes to the floor.

Justin and Bo have a brief discussion about what to do. Bo with a baseball slide to Drew but Mahal with a knee. Gabriel with a flip dive onto everyone on the floor and we go to commercial.

We are back and Mahal with a suplex on Dallas and he gets a near fall. Mahal and McIntyre stare at each other and it is as if they are part of a unit as they attack Dallas in the ring. Jinder with a side Russian leg sweep and Drew with a boot. Mahal with a knee drop to Dallas. Mahal with a short arm clothesline to McIntyre when Dallas holds on to the ropes.

Mahal with a kick to Drew but Drew with a boot to the head. Gabriel with a springboard cross body followed by a series of kicks to Drew. Gabriel with an STO and then he tries for a quebrada and he lands on his feet. Gabriel clotheslines Dallas over the top rope to the floor.

Gabriel with a DDT to McIntyre followed by a kick to Mahal and a Blue Thunder Bomb. Gabriel sets for the 450 and he hits it but Gabriel cannot make the cover. Drew sends Gabriel to the floor and Dallas with a spear to Dallas to eliminate Drew.

Drew McIntyre Eliminated

Gabriel goes for a springboard move but Dallas with a spear to pin Gabriel.

Justin Gabriel eliminated

We are down to Mahal and Dallas to see who faces Seth Rollins. Speaking of Seth, he is on the stage watching the match.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Dallas runs Mahal’s head into the turnbuckles. Dallas with a running forearm to the head and Mahal rolls to the floor. Dallas goes after Mahal on the floor and he punches Jinder. Jinder with an elbow and then he sends Bo’s lower back into the ring steps. Jinder rolls Bo back into the ring and he gets a near fall.

Mahal chokes Bo in the ropes and then he connects with a series of knee drops to the upper chest and Mahal gets a near fall. Bo with punches to Mahal but Mahal with a high knee and Mahal with a near fall.

Mahal with a full nelson slam for a near fall. Mahal sets for a uranage but Bo with elbows. Bo avoids a charge into the corner. Dallas with a punch to the midsection followed by an elbow to the top of the head. Bo with a power slam and then he sets for the spear. Mahal moves out of the way and Bo catches himself in the ropes and Mahal applies the camel clutch. Bo tries to fight to escapes but the pain is too much and Bo has to tap out.

 

Winner: Jinder Mahal

 

After the match, Mahal and Rollins stare each other down and then Mahal puts Bo back into the camel clutch. Rollins comes to the ring and Mahal attacks Seth and kicks him. Mahal grabs the title belt but Rollins attacks Jinder and Mahal leaves the ring and goes up the ramp.

2012 - TNA ran Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.  Jason Harper filed the following live report:

I attended the TNA House Show last night.  Knowing that most of the crew would be in Orlando, I wasn't sure of the quality of show we would get in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, but  I must say that the show was very enjoyable with everybody working hard to make sure that we had a good time.  TNA did a good job pairing veterans with newer wrestlers to ensure smoother matches.

I'm not sure of the guy that replaced Don West, maybe Jimmy Jay or something like that, but he did a good job...maybe even better than West.

So Cal Val was the ring announcer and did a fine job.

Doug Williams defeated Crimson with a Roll Up.  It took a while for the crowd to figure out that Williams was working as a face.  Decent match, nothing noteworthy, but enjoyable.

Brooke Tessmacher defeated Gail Kim with a Roll up.  Gail took the mic before the match and accused the ref of checking out Tessmacher and that Brooke Hogan told her that the ref had to be somebody associated with the Knockouts Division....so Eric Young came out as the guest ref.  Lots of comedy, but overall a very good match.  A little bit of a shame that Young's swan song is working a couple of 'B' house shows.

Garett Bischoff defeated Kid Kash with a botched Stunner.  Kash is gold as a heel.  Great stuff from him.  Bischoff tries hard, but he still has a lot of work to do, a lot.  Bischoff botched the finsih and Kash landed hard on the top of his head.

Rob Van Dam defeated Zema Ion to retain the X-Division Title with a Frog Splash.  Zema came out first and there was a long delay.  It turns out that RVD could not find the X divison belt.  Zema has a ton of potentional, but needs to work on heeling the crowd more.  He must have sprayed his hair about 30 times and it got old and boring.  During the delay, he could have ripped on the crowd or on RVD or about how much better he was..nothing, just more hair spraying.  The match itself was ok.  The loose ropes gave RVD a little trouble.  After the match, So Cal Val gave RVD the belt from her skirt and RVD celebrated with her belt.  It was funny and the kind of stuff that makes house shows enjoyable.

Gunner defeated A Member of Aces and Eights by DQ after another Aces and Eiths member ran in.  This was very short and led to Mr. Anderson saving Gunner from the beatdown which led to....

Mr. Anderson and Gunner defeated Aces and Eights after Anderson hit the Mic Check on one of the guys.  Not exactly main event material, but it was an ok match.

Overall, it was a decent house show with everybody working to give the fans a good show.

2012 - WWE ran Dublin, Ireland.  Matthew Macklin filed the following TV report:

From what I could see the O2 in Dublin was 95% full.  There were two sections that seemed to be empty.  They had a new production set up this year with a ramp and three giant video screens which showed people tweeting about the show before hand.  

The show kicked off with the WWE signature and Raw intro on the new tron,  which made things feel more special and high tech than previous years.  Justin Roberts was the ring announcer for the evening.  
Brodus Clay w/Cameron def.  Primo w/Rosa.
This wasn't great.  Brodus won with the big splash in a match that was too long.  However Rosa's dancing is a sight to behold.  

Zack Ryder vs.  Epico w/Rosa
This didn't really get going as Primo interfered.  Brodus made the save to set up a tag match.

Brodus & Ryder def. Primo & Epico.
This was OK.  Ryder got the pin after hitting the Rough Ryder.  Brodus looked completely blown up towards the end of the match.  He struggled to make his way to the back and looked like he was on the verge of collapsing.

Divas Championship
Eve def. AJ & Layla.
This match again suffered from being to long.  Just like every other show on the tour AJ thought she won until Vickie reversed the decision.  I can't remember the reason,  but it was stupid.  

John Cena def.  Dolph Ziggler
This match was incredible.  It went at least 25 minutes and had several fantastic near falls towards the end.  Cena was having fun with fans at ringside as they counted down how many moves he has left every time he did something,  so to everyones suprise he pulled out a picture perfect Huricanrana!  The atmosphere here was great,  I'd say suprisingly considering the amount of kids in attendance the crowd was 60-40 in the favour of Ziggler who was firing on all cylinders.  As always he stole the show.  He's quickly becoming the one of the best workers anywhere.  

Intermission

Michael McGillicutty def. Tensai
This match was great.  McGillicutty played the underdog.  Tensai is so underrated.  Plenty of good back and forth action with the crowd eventually getting behing McGillicuty with some Mr. Perfect chants.  He won with a quick roll up.  

Tag Team Championship
Team Hell No def.  Team Rhodes Scholars
The one thing I learned here is that Damien Sandow is gold.  His facial expressions and carry on are great to watch live.  Kane and Bryan got a huge reaction coming out.  This match was very similar to their Hell in a Cell match.  Bryan made Cody tap to the No Lock.  After a few mishaps during the match Kane and Bryan made up by hugging it out until Bryan stole the belts and ran off with them.

WWE Championship
Ryback def.  CM Punk w/Paul Heyman via DQ.
Huge reaction for both men.  Punk got on the mic and demanded respect before the bell,  Heyman was a riot at ringside.  This was also very similar to Hell in a Cell.  All hell broke loose after Ryback hit the meat hook clothesline.  Primo, Epico and Tensai interrupted.  Kane and some other faces made the save until Ryback hit Shellshocked on Punk to send the crowd home happy.  Ryback paraded around the ring with and Irish flag and greeted fans to end the show.  

I was suprised that there was no Santino or Cesaro as they were on every other Raw show on the tour.  3 matches involving the Colons was 2 matches too many.  It was great to see a new face ending the show.  It's east to see what a great job WWE have done in making Ryback a star as he was one of the most over guys of the night.  Overall a very good show considering the lack of talent in the company at the minute.  Ziggler vs Cena was superb and made the night for me.

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

Tonight, we begin with a look at what the Wyatt Family has done to members of the WWE roster, including the most recent victims, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.

We are in Charlotte, North Carolina and your announcers are Michael ‘Bobcat’ Cole and John ‘How Will Zeb do next week in Europe’ Layfield.

CM Punk makes his way to the ring and he has something to say.

Punk says that Best in the World means a lot to different people. To the Wyatt Family, ‘best in the world’ means the target of a three on one beat down. The Wyatts have a problem and that is the best in the world. He does not know why they attacked him or jumped him.

Nobody is brave enough to get close enough to ask them. Punk does not care because he is here to fight. He has been outnumbered, but he is not outgunned. He squashed the biggest rat in the WWE, Paul Heyman. If the Wyatts want a fight, why not here, why not now . . . on Smackdown? Punk says that he is here and he is here all night long.

He is not going anywhere until he can kick them in their face.

Curtis Axel’s music plays and he makes his way to the stage to address CM Punk.

Curtis tells Punk that he needs to shut his mouth. He doesn’t care about the Wyatts. They can wait in line. They have some unfinished business. Because of Punk, Paul Heyman, his mentor and father figure is laid up in a hospital bed in Europe. Curtis says that he will make Paul proud.

He talked to Vickie Guerrero and Curtis has a match against CM Punk and that match is right now.

 

Match Number One: CM Punk versus Curtis Axel in a Non Title Match

 

Axel with a kick to the midsection followed by a punch and he sends Punk into the turnbuckles. Axel with kicks to Punk and then he chokes him in the corner. Axel with a chop and punch. Axel with an Irish whip but Punk comes out of the corner with an elbow. Punk sends Axel into the turnbuckles and Punk goes up top for a double sledge.

Punk with a punch and chop. Punk with a snap mare and a drop kick to the back of the head. Punk with a forearm and a kick to the back of the leg and Axel flips perfectly. Punk with another kick to the back of the leg and Axel flips again. Axel sends Punk into the turnbuckles.

Punk is sent to the floor by Axel and Punk kicks the leg and Axel falls to the apron and then to the floor. Punk drops Axel’s abdomen on the ringside barrier and we go to commercial.

We are back and Axel with a quarter nelson and chin lock. Punk tries for the Go To Sleep but Axel gets to the floor. Punk with a baseball slide. Punk slides Axel into the ring but Axel gets back to the floor and Axel runs Punk into the ringside barrier. Axel rolls Punk back in and he gets a near fall. Axel with forearms to Punk’s throat and he gets a near fall. Axel with a back breaker and then Axel goes to the turnbuckles and connects with a forearm to Punk and he gets a near fall.

Axel taunts Punk and he connects with forearms. Punk with chops to Axel but Axel with an Irish whip. Punk with a boot and Punk goes up top but he misses a cross body when Axel moves. Axel with a clothesline for a near fall. Axel with a rear chin lock and he tries to work on Punk’s back as well.

Punk with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Axel misses a forearm and Punk with a leg lariat and he hits a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Punk with the running knee into the corner and a short arm clothesline. Punk goes up top and before he can hit the elbow drop, the Wyatt Family’s graphic plays and the lights go down.

The lights come back up and Punk looks for the Wyatts. Axel with a clothesline to the back fo the neck followed by a Son Of PerfectPlex and Punk kicks out. Axel with forearms to the back of the head. Axel goes for the neck breaker driver but Punk counters with an attempted backslide. Axel blocks that but Punk with a Go To Sleep for the three count.

 

Winner: CM Punk

 

After the match, Bray Wyatt is heard laughing and we get their intro to the graphic. Bray appears on the TitanTron and he blows out the lantern. We go to commercial.

 

Match Number Two: Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre versus Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, and R Truth

 

Slater and Jey start things off and Jey with a rollup for a near fall. Jey with a savate kick and a shoulder in the corner. Jimmy tags in and he connects with a forearm. Jimmy with a chop but Slater with a side head lock. Mahal makes the blind tag but Jimmy figures something is up when Slater holds on to the ropes and Jimmy with an elbow to Drew and an uppercut to Slater. Mahal with a knee for a near fall.

Mahal with punches followed by a swinging neck breaker and knee drop for a near fall. Slater tags back in and they hit a double slingshot suplex and Drew tags in with a boot to the head. Drew with punches. Mahal tags in and they hit a triple team belly-to-back into a neck breaker. Jey breaks up the cover and Slater with a reverse chin lock.

Jimmy with an elbow but Slater with a punch. Jimmy escapes a slam and then Slater blocks a kick. Jimmy with a dragon whip and Mahal knocks Jey off the apron. Jimmy with a Bubba Bomb and Truth tags in. Truth with clotheslines and punches. Truth with a leg lariat and kicks. Truth with a suplex into a stunner for a near fall. Slater is sent to the floor by the Usoa and McIntyre is sent to the floor as well. The Usos with stereo planchas. Truth hits What’s Up for the three count.

 

Winners: R Truth, Jimmy Uso, and Jey Uso

 

We go to commercial.

We are back and before our next match, AJ Lee goes into the Goldman Box to talk about the new season of Total Divas. AJ talks about Sunday being the return of Total Divas. Pool parties, red carpets, and boys . . . Oh My! She wants to focus on who really matters. The Divas Champion.

 

Match Number Three: Cameron and Naomi versus AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka

 

Cameron and Tamina start things off and they lock up. Tamina sends Cameron into the turnbuckles and she kicks Tamina. Cameron with forearms and a side head lock take down using the turnbuckles. Naomi tags in and they hit a double drop kick on Tamina. Cameron and Naomi celebrate like they won a world title and Tamina charges at them. They do splits and pull down the ropes as Tamina goes to the floor.

Naomi teases going to the floor but Tamina blocks a baseball slide attempt and she pulls Naomi to the floor. Tamina sends Naomi back into the ring and she gets a near fall. Tamina with a knee to the head and AJ is tagged in. AJ with kicks followed by a front face lock into a Guillotine choke.

Naomi with punches but AJ with a take down and she grabs the leg. Naomi with an enzuigiri and Cameron tags in and connects with a clothesline and drop kicks. Cameron with a cross body for a near fall. Cameron misses a charge into the corner and Tamina tags in. Cameron with a bulldog out of a wheelbarrow for a near fall.

Tamina with an Irish whip but Cameron with an elbow. Cameron tries for a rana but Tamina holds on and hits a power bomb for a near fall. Naomi punches AJ but Tamina with a kick to Naomi. Tamina with a kick and head butts. AJ wants to be tagged in and she applies the Black Widow and Cameron taps out.

 

Winners: Tamina Snuka and AJ Lee

 

Alberto Del Rio walks in the back as we go to commercial.

We are back and Alberto is on his way to the ring with his giant Mexican flag.

Alberto says that he is more than a world class athlete. He is a Mexican world class athlete. That makes him better to the rest of the world. That makes him better than any of you gringos. He says that he should still be the World Heavyweight Champion, but the title was stolen from him by John Cena.

Alberto says that the people cheer for John because they don’t know what is good for them. He says that they have no brains. People should see John for what he is. He is a thief. John is walking around with something he does not deserve.

The Gringos don’t know this, but at Hell in a Cell, he was sick. He had a fever, his knee, elbow, and neck were hurt. He begged the doctors to let him compete that night. Any of you lazy Americans would have called in sick that day. Not Alberto Del Rio. He is Mexican and he has pride.

After his rematch against John Cena, he will tell every Gringo . . . The Champ is Here!!!

John Cena’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring to provide a rebuttal.

John says normally he is excited to come here because he knows that he is ready to fight. Tonight is different because we heard that Alberto Del Rio was sick. We have done nothing for him. John tells Michael to get a gift for Alberto. A fruit basket and a card that plays music. The card will say ‘Dear friend Alberto, sorry you weren’t feeling so well, sorry I whipped your butt at Hell in a Cell, sorry you aren’t World Champion, get well soon. Your friend John Cena. P.S. watch the JBL and Cole show’.

Alberto tells John that this is not a joke and John is acting like a stupid little kid. He tells John to leave his show right now.

John tells Alberto to make him. The World Champion is two feet away from him and he is not calling in sick or backing down. Why not give Alberto his rematch tonight?

Alberto says that is exactly why he is here. He wants a referee to come out right now and he wants a doctor too because he will be sending John to the hospital. He will take back his title and he is going to break Cena’s arm.

Vickie Guerrero comes out and Excuse Mes her way onto the stage. She says that she is in charge and the World Title Match will not take place tonight. However, Alberto Del Rio will face John Cena for the World Title at Survivor Series. That is what is best for business.

John mentions that Vickie is out here and she is sick too because she has a chronic case of diarrhea of the mouth. Vickie has done two things that are best for business. The first was when she was fired and the other is when she shuts the hell up.

Alberto says that he thought he would never say this, but Little Juanito is right.

Vickie excuse mes and she says that she has picked out their opponents for tonight. Later, John Cena will be facing the Monster . . . Ryback. She excuse mes and tells Alberto that since he is just as disrespectful and offensive as John Cena, Alberto will face this monster . . . right now.

The music for the Great Khali plays and he makes his way to the ring.

 

Match Number Four: Alberto Del Rio versus Great Khali

 

They lock up and Khali pushes Del Rio away. Del Rio with a kick and punches followed by more kicks. Khali with a clothesline to the top of the head and then he connects with elbows in the corner. Khali with a chop. Khali puts Del Rio on the turnbuckles and he chops Del Rio and Alberto falls to the floor.

Khali goes to the floor and he gives Del Rio a head butt. Khali Irish whips Del Rio into the ringside barrier. Khali sends Del Rio back into the ring but Del Rio drops the arm on the top rope. Del Rio with a super kick and he kicks Khali in the left arm. Del Rio wraps the arm in the ropes and Del Rio releases the hold just in time.

Del Rio with a kick to the shoulder and he slams the arm into the mat. Del Rio with a key lock but Khali with knees to the head. Del Rio with a kick to Khali and then he goes to the turnbuckles. Del Rio is met with a boot from Khali and both men are down. Khali with an elbow to a charging Del Rio. Khali with a kick to the head and a punch.

Del Rio falls to the floor. Khali goes to the floor and he sends Del Rio back in. Khali with a chop and then he puts Del Rio on the turnbuckles again but Del Rio with a cross arm breaker in the ropes but Khali drops Del Rio on the apron.

Khali pushes Del Rio away but Del Rio with a step up enzuigiri to the arm and Del Rio floats over and he applies the cross arm breaker and Khali taps out.

 

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

 

Daniel Bryan walks in the back as we go to commercial.

 

Match Number Five: Daniel Bryan versus Luke Harper (with Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan)

 

Bryan with a forearm as the bell rings but Harper puts Bryan in the corner and connects with a punch. Harper chokes Bryan in the corner. Harper with a European uppercut or two. Harper with a front face lock into a Gator Roll. Bryan tries to grab the leg to try to escape but Harper holds on to the front face lock.

Byran with punches and knees but Harper with a body block. Harper slingshots Bryan’s throat into the middle rope. Bryan holds on to the ropes and Bryan sends Harper to the floor with a back body drop. Bryan with a suicide dive and then he kicks Harper on the floor. Harper sends Bryan into the ringside barrier.

Bryan holds his shoulder as we go to commercial.

We are back and Harper punches Bryan in the corner. Harper with shots to the arm. Harper with shots to the upper chest followed by a biel after we see footage of the work that Harper did to Bryan’s shoulder during the commercial break.

Harper with a running boot to the head and he gets a near fall. Harper with a rear chin lock to Bryan. Harper with a forearm to the back but Bryan with a boot to Harper. Bryan with shots to the ribs followed by kicks to the leg. Bryan with a dragon screw leg whip and he hits another. Bryan with a step over leg drop and he applies a standing trailer hitch and he connects with forearms to Harper.

Harper with a punch to Bryan followed by an Irish whip but Bryan flips over Harper and he hits the flying clothesline and both men are down. Bryan with kicks to the chest but when he goes for the round kick, Harper picks up Bryan and hits a sit out power bomb for a near fall.

Bryan tries for the Yes Lock and he applies it but Rowan comes into the ring and he goes after Bryan and the referee calls for the bell.

 

Winner: Daniel Bryan (by disqualification)

 

After the match, Rowan and Harper attack Bryan while Wyatt makes his way into the ring but CM Punk gets in there before Wyatt. Punk takes care of Harper while Bryan hits a drop kick on Rowan.

We have a stare down between Punk, Bryan, and Wyatt but Wyatt leaves the apron and starts to head up the ramp.

We have a Raw Rebound as well as a look at what happened at the end of Raw.

We go to commercial.

We are back with the latest Triple H interview series segment where Triple H talks about Kane and his role with The Authority. Triple H says that Kane is a complex individual that he has known for 17 years. Kane is not the one dimensional monster everyone thinks he is. Michael brings up what Kane said a few weeks ago on Raw.

We go to commercial.

 

Match Number Six: John Cena versus Ryback in a Non Title Match

 

They lock up and Ryback with a side head lock and take down. Cena gets back to his feet and Ryback with a shoulder tackle and he returns to the side head lock. Cena with a reversal into a side head lock. Cena with a shoulder tackle but Ryback stays on his feet. Cena with punches and an Irish whip but Ryback avoids the bulldog and he sends Cena into the corner.

Ryback with kicks while the referee checks on Cena. Ryback with a punch and Cena goes down again. Ryback with another punch and then he presses Cena over his head and drops Cena behind him. Ryback with shoulders in the corner followed by an Irish whip but Ryback misses a charge into the corner and he hits the ring post with his shoulder.

We go to commercial and Cena is going for the STF but Ryback kicks him away. Ryback with a shoulder tackle and he puts Cena in the corner. Ryback with a hard Irish whip. Ryback kicks Cena in the ribs and he chokes him in the ropes. Ryback with a punch and another hard Irish whip. Ryback gets a near fall. Ryback with a front face lock and then he applies a bear hug.

Cena with elbows to get free and he follows with head butts. Ryback with an Irish whip but Cena with an elbow and then he tries for a flying shoulder tackle but Ryback does not move. Cena with another shoulder tackle and Ryback goes down. Cena with the Blue Thunder Bomb and it is time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Ryback gets up and hits a spinebuster.

Ryback gets Cena up for the marching musclebuster but Cena gets to his feet and he hits a DDT and both men are down. Cena gets Ryback up on his shoulders but Ryback with elbows. Ryback with a Jackhammer for a near fall.

Ryback sets for the lariat but Cena with a drop toe hold into the STF. Ryback gets to the ropes and Cena has to release the hold. Ryback with a spear to Cena for a near fall. Ryback gets to his feet first and he calls for a power bomb. Cena esacpes and he hits half nelson neck breaker for a near fall.

Cena goes up top and hits a cross body. Cena gets Ryback on his shoulders but Ryback has the rope. Ryback with a running power slam and he gets a near fall. Cena with a boot to Ryback. Both men exchange punches but Ryback with a lariat and the straps are down. Ryback gets Cena up for the marching musclebuster but Cena escapes and hits the Attitude Adjustment for the three count.

 

Winner: John Cena

 

After the match, Alberto Del Rio attacks Cena and he works on the injured arm. Del Rio pulls Cena to the ring post and he wrings the injured arm into the ring post and then Del Rio with a super kick to the injured arm.

Cena with punches and kicks to Del Rio when Alberto tries to get back into the ring.

We go to credits.

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