Sheldon Goldberg, promoter of NECW in MA and a friend of Thesz' penned the following upon learning of Thesz' passing:
I just received word that we lost our greatest champion and one of our
dearest friends, Lou Thesz at 7:35 this morning. He had been in the hospital for
the last couple of weeks for heart surgery. His wife Charlie had kept us
informed of his progress by e-mail and sent word of his passing this afternoon.
Her words were upbeat and full of love.
In part of her message she said, "With a full heart and clear head, I can tell all of you Lou died content and with no regrets!"
She continued by saying, "Lou will be cremated here in Florida, I will take his ashes to St.Louis, we will have a simple memorial service (yet to be determined), and I will let his ashes go into the Merrimac River where his happy memories of life started. Later we will have a wake type party here in Winter Garden. Don't mourn - just love what he gave you. He loved and appreciated what you all gave him.
Any contributions, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to the IWIM/Thesz Memorial Fund at P.O. Box 794 Newton, IA 50208 or you can send a check for IWIM to me at P.O. Box 783783 - Winter Garden, FL - 34778.
In the meantime, have a glass of wine, or a beer for Lou...and pray you have a life as full or as happy!"
2002 - WWE broadcast Sunday Night Heat. John Keane filed the following TV report:
Heat Report for 4/28/2002.
Matches taped on 4/22 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Your Announcers are Jonathan Coachman and Raven.
Show opens with still photos from last Sundays Backlash PPV. In the nights main event, Hulk Hogan defeated HHH to become our new Undisputed Champion. Hulk had some unasked-for help from The Undertaker.
The pyros explode, Coach and Raven welcome us in, and we get straight to work…
1st Match: Crash Holly vs. The Bossman.
Decent pop for Crash, INCREDIBLE hatred for Bossman. Circle, lockup, Bossman shoves Crash across the ring into corner. Crash right back, sets for scoop-slam, nope, Bossman lands uppercut, Crash down. Bossman lays in boots, brings Crash up, test of strength won by Bossman, Crash into corner. Crash climbs to top rope, screaming in terror all the way, Bossman chucks him across ring. Crash to ropes, Bossman slides out of ring, nails Crash with uppercut to face. Crash down, Bossman back in, sets Crash in corner, whips him to opposite, Bossman charges, Avalanche sends Crash down for 2, then 2 more. Bossman argues with ref, Crash recovers, Bossman turns into punches to gut. Crash again tries for scoop-slam, Bossman counters with headbutt, Crash down yet again. Bossman meets with success on his scoop-slam attempt, Crash down, Bossman goes off ropes, drops the elbow, Crash evades, Bossman to canvas. Up, Crash scores forearms to face, goes off ropes straight into a Big Boot, Crash to usual place. Bossman pauses to taunt crowd, brings Crash up, hiptosses him right back down. Bossman tears at Crash’s face, ref calls for break, Crash gets slammed to mat at Bossman complies. Bossman drops the knee, brings Crash up, whips him to corner, Crash face-first to mat. Bossman applies a chinlock, letting off with a punch to back of Crash’s neck. Crash crawls to corner, Bossman takes break to bask in crowds adulation (excuse me while I pause to wipe the dripping sarcasm from the monitor), turns, Crash scores a series of kicks to gut. Bossman responds by grinding in the boot, again warned off by ref. Bossman hauls Crash up, lands punch to lower back, Crash again down, Bossman scores boot. Bossman brings Crash up, forearms him to ropes, Crash strikes back with forearm shots, Bossman to corner. Crash whips Bossman to opposite corner, charges, Bossman gets both boots up, Crash takes them in face. Bossman approaches, Crash again tries for scoop-slam, AND IT WORKS! Crash pauses in shock, Bossman gets to feet, Crash scores punches to face, goes off ropes, scores with an elbow, Bossman still standing. Crash again goes off ropes, dropkick bounces Bossman off ropes, still up. Crash off ropes again, ducks a clothesline, off again straight into Bossman Slam, 1-2-3.
Winner: The Bossman.
Raven did a valiant job trying to put over the Bossman. More after we break.
Back, we get some hype for Rocky’s ‘Scorpion King’ movie, then get back to the ring..
2nd Match: Justin Credible vs. Tommy Dreamer.
Crowd hates Justin, Tommy gets decent pop by default. Tommy straight in with a side headlock, Justin elbows out, Tommy off ropes, scores with a shoulder, Justin down. Up, leapfrog sequence, Tommy blocks a hiptoss, scores own, Justin again to canvas. Up quick straight into a scoop-slam. Justin again right back up at ropes, Tommy shoots him to opposite, Justin holds ropes, exits ring. Tommy follows, forearms Justin to mats outside. Tommy rolls Justin in, follows, Justin begs off in corner. Tommy responds with boots to gut, whips Justin to opposite corner, he gets hung up on top turnbuckle. Tommy scores boot to gut, Justin crotched on top rope, Tommy shakes ropes, sending Justin for classic ride of discomfort. Justin dismounts, staggers toward corner, Tommy approaches, scores snap suplex, Justin down for 2. Tommy brings Justin up on shoulder, he floats over, scores boot to gut, tosses Tommy left shoulder first into ring post. Tommy down in corner, Justin lays in boots, goes for boot choke, warned off by ref. Justin scores his trademark sitdown powerbomb, good for 2. Tommy crawls toward corner, left shoulder appears hurt (ah, that psychology thing!), Justin exits ring, wraps Tommy’s bad arm around ring post, slams it into stairs and post. Justin back in, Tommy up, blocks a punch, scores with an elbow, Justin to ropes, Tommy goes for whip, Justin puts on brakes, scores armdrag takedown, continuing to focus on Tommy’s bad arm. Tommy up slowly, Justin yanks arm, Tommy back down. Justin applies arm-wrench, drops a quick knee, Tommy gets to feet, scores forearms, breaks hold, sends Justin off ropes, sets for backdrop, Justin scouts it, scores spinning DDT, Tommy down for 2. Tommy crawls to corner, Justin lays in boot, Tommy to feet, Justin scores series of straight punches. Tommy at ropes, Justin goes for clothesline, Tommy ducks, scores own clothesline, Justin goes over top and out of ring. Justin to apron, Tommy meets him, gets slammed face first into top rope. Tommy staggered, Justin enters, misses a clothesline, goes off ropes, Tommy scores 1-handed spinebuster, both men down. Both up at 4 count, Justin misses with a forearm, Tommy scores pair of knockdown punches, neckbreaker, Tommy whips Justin off ropes, scores powerslam, good for 2. Tommy attempts another whip, reversed, Tommy off ropes, Justin sets for backdrop, Tommy knows that trick also, counters with DDT, Justin again down for 2. Tommy to 2nd turnbuckle, flies, Justin scores midair superkick, Tommy down, Justin covers-only 2! Justin in shock, Tommy slowly to feet, Justin brings him up, Tommy floats over, Justin ducks a forearm, goes for another superkick, Tommy catches boot, spins him around, scores Death Valley Driver, gets the 1-2-3.
Winner: Tommy Dreamer.
Raven had some interesting comments about Justin, feels he’s great when focused, but when he’s not-pretty much palookaville. Nothing but praise for Tommy, though.
We go backstage, where the lovely and talented Lillian Garcia interviews D’Lo Brown, who’ll be taking on Intercontinental Champ Eddy Guerrero later on in a non-title match. D’Lo is in TOTAL babyface mode, wants to make a big impact in his return to the WWF.
A WWF Flashback, Hulk Hogan defeating the Iron Sheik for his first WWF Title back in ‘84, sends us to break.
(Commentary: That was 18 years ago. That just hit me.)
Snap of the Night: Hulk wins at Backlash.
Time for the recap segment. Last week on Raw, The Undertaker officially announced that he’ll be taking on the Hulkster at the Upcoming Judgment Day PPV for the Undisputed Championship. We cut to HHH storming through the backstage area. ‘Taker is enraged, as currently Hunter should only be appearing on Smackdown. Hunter came down to the ring and beat ‘Taker like a government mule. The announcers table got trashed, ‘Taker was busted open, they brawled to the backstage area, Hunter produced a sledgehammer, then slammed it into ‘Takers gut. Security and armed police appeared, and The Game was led off in handcuffs.
On to Smackdown. Last Thursday, the Hulkster and HHH expressed their mutual respect in the ring and attempted to set up a re-match for later on the show. Smackdown boss Vince McMahon put the kibosh on that, announcing that instead, Hunter would face former Undisputed Champ Chris Jericho later on, with the winner getting a title shot with Hogan on next weeks show.
The Game and Y2J proceeded to have a great match, featuring innovative counters for finishers and lots of dramatic 2-counts. End saw Hunter setting Y2J for the Pedigree, ‘Taker appearing at ringside, making an unsanctioned appearance on the show. He distracted HHH, allowing Chris to score a quick roll-up (with the requisite tug of the tights) to get the 1-2-3. Jericho will face Hulk Hogan next week on Smackdown for the Undisputed Championship. Post-match, he and ’Taker beat down Hunter, save made by the Hulkster.
Coach lets us know Hogan will be in the house for Raw tomorrow night. Break.
Back, Steven Richards (aka ‘Wacko Stevie) storms the ring. He’s enraged that Raven gave him the ‘Wacko’ moniker 2 weeks ago, and challenges him to get in the ring right now. Accepted!
3rd Match: Steven Richards vs. Raven.
Crowd went nuts as Raven removed his headset and made to enter the ring. Steven a house on fire as Raven comes in, booting our color announcer into the corner and peppering him with forearms. Steven goes for whip, reversed, Steven into corner, Raven scores with a forearm, LIGHTNING quick bulldog for a quick 2-count. Up, Steven tries another whip, again reversed, Steven off ropes, Raven sets for backdrop, Steven scouts it, scores boot to face. Raven staggers, Steven charges, Raven clotheslines him out of his boots, covers for 2. Steven to corner, Raven lays in chops, ref calls for break. Raven argues with ref, approaches Steven, takes kick to face, Raven down. Up, Steven goes off ropes, cross-body block sends Raven over top, momentum sends Steven over also, both go down outside. Steven rolls Raven in, gets a quick cover for 2. Steven brings Raven up, scores snap suplex, Raven again down. Steven doesn’t capitalize, is close to tears due to crowds hostility. Finally he brings Raven up, sends him off ropes, scores sidewalk slam for a 2-count. Steven sets Raven on ropes, lays in chop, whips Raven off ropes, catches him with a forearm to gut as he bounces back in. Raven doubled over, Steven off ropes, sunset flip is good for another 2. Raven to corner, Steven approaches, cagey ol’ Raven playing possum, tosses Steven into corner, lays in forearms. Raven shoots Steven off ropes, scores back-body drop, Steven down and up quickly. Forearm sends Steven down, Steven to corner, Raven whips him to opposite, Raven goes off ropes, big clothesline sends Steven down. Up, Raven scores with a knee, Steven down for 2. Raven brings Steven up, tries for whip, Steven puts on brakes, Raven tries for quick DDT, Steven blocks it, rams Raven into corner. Steven whips Raven to opposite corner, sets for Steven Kick, Raven sidesteps, scores boot to gut, Raven Effect, Goodnight Big Stevie Cool, 1-2-3.
(Commentary: Both guys seemed to be having a blast.)
Straight to break.
We return to the obligatory Tough Enough 2 recap. Tough Enough 1 winners Maven and Nidia paid a visit, which seemed to prop up the current contestants sagging spirits. No cuts this week. Break.
Overdrive of the Night: Headliner of last weeks Raw was Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Big Show vs. Scott Hall and X-Pac of the n.W.o. End of match saw Show turn on Austin and join the boys in black and white.
Coach and Raven return for our main event….
4th Match: Intercontinental Champion Eddy Guerrero vs. D’Lo Brown. Non-title match.
Loads of heat for Eddy, surprisingly big pop for D’Lo. Eddie immediately works a headlock into a takedown, D’Lo to feet, forces Eddy to ropes, breaks out of hold, sends Eddy off ropes. Eddy back in with a shoulder, D’Lo down. Up, Eddy scores a quick snapmare into a sleeper, D’Lo to feet, elbows his way out. D’Lo sends Eddy off ropes, leapfrog sequence, D’Lo takes Eddy down with an armdrag. Up, Eddy responds with an armdrag of his own, followed by another by D’Lo. Eddy to feet, D’Lo works an armbar, Eddy elbows out, slams D’Lo face first into turnbuckles. Eddy scores pair of punches gets warned by ref. Eddy goes for whip, D’Lo to corner, Eddy charges, D’Lo scores with a back elbow to Eddy’s face. Eddy staggered, D’Lo to 2nd turnbuckle, Eddy turns, D’Lo scores flying clothesline for a 2-count. Up, D’Lo blocks a punch, brings Eddy up, spinning sidewalk slam is only good for 2. Wow. D’Lo brings Eddy up, scores punch, kick to gut, Eddy to ropes, takes another punch to face. D’Lo tries for whip, reversed, Eddy drops to canvas, D’Lo off ropes and over, Eddy up, D’Lo off again, Eddy scores with an elbow, D’Lo down. Up slowly, Eddy scores with an elbow, D’Lo to corner, Eddy continues in with elbows, brings D’Lo out, scores belly-to-back suplex, D’Lo down. Eddy exits to apron, scores senton bomb, covers for 2. Eddy lays in boots, brings D’Lo up, locks in abdominal stretch. D’Lo gets leverage, hiptosses Eddy to break hold. D’Lo misses with a forearm, Eddy scores boot to gut, snapmare, D’Lo down, Eddy does spinning boot-grind to D’Lo’s face. Eddy brings D’Lo up, scores with an elbow, D’Lo to ropes, Eddy tries whip, reversed, Eddy off ropes, D’Lo hits gorgeous powerslam, just good for 2! Both up, D’Lo scores with an elbow, Eddy responds with poke to eyes. D’Lo to ropes, Eddy chops away, whips D’Lo off ropes, clotheslines him down. Eddy scores low dropkick to back of D’Lo’s head, covers for 2. Eddy slaps on a rear chinlock, D’Lo to feet, Eddy lets up, gets in a quick elbow, D’Lo to ropes. Eddy whps D’Lo off ropes, misses with a clothesline, D’Lo puts on brakes, scores leaping calf-kick, Eddy down. D’Lo brings him up, whips Eddy off ropes, scores back-body drop, Eddy down. D’Lo brings him up, slams him right back down, drops the leg, JUST good for 2! D’Lo brings Eddy up, scores forearm, sets him on top turnbuckle, joins him for superplex attempt. Eddy counters with headbutts, tosses D’Lo to mat, Eddy sets for Frog Splash, sees D’Lo rising, instead flies over, somersaults to opposite corner. D’Lo misses with a clothesline, Eddy scores boot to gut, Tornado DDT, D’Lo down. Eddy to top turnbuckle, pauses to bask in crowds hatred, hits that Frog Splash, 1-2-3. F’ing fantastic match, I wish my report could do it justice.
Winner: Intercontinental Champion Eddy Guerrero.
Coach and Raven plug tomorrow nights Raw to end the show.
Pretty damn good show! Matches were all solid, even the opener served a purpose (allowing the crowd to vent at the Bossman). Main event was off the chart, up there with the RVD/Jerry Lynn match back in the Alliance days. I can’t say enough good things about Raven. Whether it’s putting across angles or doing detailed commentary on the matches, the guys fantastic. I just hope D’Lo can get himself into a decent angle or feud-his generic promo left me a bit cold. Delivered very nicely in the ring though. See you next week.
2003 - Former WWE champion and the most popular draw in the history of modern
professional wrestling, Steve Austin announced he is done as an in-ring
performer while discussing his new WWE role as Raw General Manager in a WWE.com
"In this business, I've learned never say never....But I would say probably 99.9 percent out of 100 that you'll never see Rock and Stone Cold in the ring again.....I'm not wrestling anymore. That was my last match, " said Austin,
Austin cited his long-time neck problems as the reason for the retirement. He noted he had several MRIs prior to Wrestlemania 19, but didn't discuss them because "I'm Stone Cold Steve Austin."
Austin also claimed those problems were actually the primary reason he walked
out of WWE in 2002, when the company wanted him to lose to Brock Lesnar on Raw
with no build.
"I've got some serious problems in my neck. It's too long and too complicated to discuss. But a lot of the reasons I walked out of this company seven or eight months ago were things I didn't want to talk about at the time because we had WrestleMania coming up. The biggest reason I walked away was because my health is going downhill so badly, and I can't compete at an acceptable level to me, and at a risk factor that's high enough to me. Everything I do in that ring is very dangerous and makes me go even further downhill. It's potentially something where I could end up being a quadriplegic. That was the biggest reason I walked out. The creative and the political issues were just icing on the cake -- the straw that broke the camel's back."
Austin said that while he will not rule out the possibility of a match down the line, as of right now, the condition of his neck isn't going to allow that and he doesn't want to work below the level of what is expected of him.
"I refuse to go out there anymore, perform at a substandard level and have people judge me on what I'm putting out right now. I had a hell of a run. I'm completely satisfied with it." Austin told the WWE website.
To date, Austin has not returned to the ring for an official match but has
made cameo appearances. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009
and has talked of returning to the ring in recent years, claiming that he feels
great and that his health is fine, but he doesn't need to wrestle if he doesn't
2003 - WWE broadcasts Raw, featuring the first ever editon of The Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho interviewing Bill Goldberg. Tim Whitehead filed the following TV report:
The 4/28 episode of RAW IS REHABBING GOLDBERG aired live from Boston. It was
a good show that actually did a fine job of rebuilding Goldberg as a babyface
using some common sense tactics, based largely around some semi-shoot angles.
There was also a big pop at the end for the return of Steve Austin, albeit in a
Jerry Lawler & Jonathan Coachman opened the show by putting over Backlash. Lawler accused Coach of having been anti-Goldberg during the Goldberg vs. Rock main event, which was funny because it was actually Lawler who ragged on Goldberg during that match.
Chris Jericho came down to the ring, where there were two chairs waiting for him. He said he turned on the TV recently and saw a huge stomach walking around wearing a kilt, and realized it was Roddy Piper. Jericho said if Piper, at age 175, can revive Piper's Pit on Smackdown, then he can host a younger, cooler show on RAW called "The Hi-Lite Reel". His first guest, whom he described as an old friend from their WCW days, was Goldberg. A "Goldberg" chant started up. Goldberg came down to the ring and took a seat. Jericho said Goldberg destroyed Rock at Backlash, though he added that he himself has destroyed Rock on several occasions. He kept referring to Goldberg as an "old buddy" and "old pal", but then noted that he challenged Goldberg to a match back in WCW, but Goldberg refused to fight. This was a shoot comment based on the fact that Goldberg did nix a planned Goldberg vs. Jericho feud back in WCW. Goldberg sort of smiled and said he was ready to fight anytime Jericho wanted. Jericho backed down and said that at the moment he was an interviewer and not out there to wrestle, and that he had a lot of other questions to ask. He then demanded to know why Goldberg waltzed into WWE unannounced, and speared Rock for no reason, acting like he owned the place. He asked why Goldberg didn't stay in Japan, or stay home with his 57 pet animals. Goldberg started to say something but was immediately cut off by Christian, who had come out on the ramp top. Christian claimed to be Rock's favorite wrestler, and said that makes him the new people's champion while Rock's away. He asked Goldberg how it felt at Backlash to be booed out of the arena by the fans, noting that the booing occurred even though Massachusetts fans are dying for something to cheer for since their baseball team hasn't won anything since 1918. Goldberg said the fans pay their hard earned money to see the show and can boo or cheer whomever they wish. He said he's there to earn his stripes and will beat anyone they put in the ring with him. That was a good answer. Goldberg noted that he got cheered two weeks in a row when he speared Christian. Jericho told Goldberg that no one paid to see him spear anyone, and that rumor on the street and in the locker room is that no one wants him there in WWE. That was another shoot based on legit locker room resentment at Goldberg. Christian said Jericho was right, and to prove it he brought out Rosey, Jamal, Rico, Victoria, and Steven Richards, claiming that all of them want Goldberg out of WWE. Richards got on the mic and confirmed that, saying it was wrong for Goldberg to be put in a PPV main event so soon after signing while guys such as himself didn't even get on the show. Guess they've been reading 1wrestling. The crowd chanted for Goldberg again. Christian shouted that he's a nine time tag champ, a former IC, European, and Hardcore champ, and he also didn't get to be on the PPV. All six started down to the ring, vowing to kick Goldberg's ass. However, when they got there, five of them halted, intimidated by Goldberg. Richards, not knowing the other five halted, went in the ring. He challenged Goldberg, not realizing the others weren't backing him up. Goldberg speared the hell out of him. Jericho looked worried. Everyone else retreated. This was a long opening segment but a very good one which did what it set out to do.
After a break they replayed Goldberg's spear on Richards, and showed Richards being helped to the back by referees.
Hurricane beat Chief Morley in 5:39. Morley mocked Hurricane's superhero pose. Hurricane responded by wrapping his cape around his waist like a towel and mocking Val Venis' crotch thrusts. Morley attacked Hurricane and pounded him. Hurricane came back after a beating with a lariat and a neckbreaker. He missed a shining wizard when Morley ducked. Morley hit a powerbomb. Morley went for the money shot but Hurricane moved. Morley crashed to the mat and Hurricane nailed him with his flying neckbreaker for the pin.
Ric Flair was reading the new RAW magazine when Triple H came in. Flair pointed to HHH's picture on the cover and began praising HHH as the greatest champ of all time. HHH said it was an honor to be praised by Flair since he's been world champ 16 times. HHH said he'd like to see Flair with gold around his waist again, so he reported that he asked Eric Bischoff for a tag title shot against Rob Van Dam & Kane, and that Bischoff agreed to the match. Both looked forward to capturing the tag belts. Whooooo!
Rodney Mack defeated another Unidentified White Jobber in 1:57. Theodore Long ran down Larry Bird, saying if he'd been black he would never have been given a chance in basketball. LOL! Long said that unlike whitey, he believes in giving everyone a fair shot, so the Unidentified White Jobber would have an opportunity to compete against Mack. Long did color commentary for the almost two minutes of the match. After Mack won with his running powerslam, Long got in the ring and praised Jazz, his other wrestler, for winning the women's title at "Blacklash". She came out and joined Long & Mack for an in-ring celebration, including balloons dropping on the ring.
Bischoff, as usual, was on the phone with someone. Trish Stratus came in and asked for a rematch against Jazz for the title. Bischoff said her contract didn't include a rematch clause. Trish said Jazz cheated to win, and that she'd do whatever it takes to get the rematch. Bischoff got that evil grin on his face at this point. He challenged Trish to a match with the stips that if she wins, she gets a shot at Jazz next week for the title, but if he wins, she has to come to his hotel room after the show and put out for him. He said Long may have screwed her at Backlash, but that he'd screw her in a different way. Believe it or not, Trish accepted the challenge. Hey, she put out for Vince McMahon, didn't she?
Test and Stacy Keibler argued again. Test agreed that Stacy doesn't have a thing for Scott Steiner, claiming it was impossible for any female to prefer Steiner to him. He again denied being infatuated with Torrie Wilson. He demanded to know why Stacy had signed for him to team with Steiner again. Stacy said she thought Steiner could help him in his career and that they could be tag champs. Test said Steiner can do nothing for him, but agreed to team with him if it would make Stacy trust him again. Stacy said she'd like to trust Test, but in a voice that indicated she doesn't.
Hour two began with RVD & Kane defeating HHH & Flair to retain the RAW Tag Titles in 15:47. Flair got a big pop for his strut. Flair chopped Kane, who came back with a bodyslam. RVD came in and kicked HHH, who bumped out. RVD hit a plancha on HHH & Flair. HHH laid RVD out with a lariat. At this point, they cut to the back where Shawn Michaels was on the phone with someone, telling them HHH was in the ring and thus was a sitting duck. They then went to a commercial break, and when they came out Kane & RVD were working HHH over, scoring some twos on him. Flair tagged in and put a beating on RVD. HHH hit RVD with a high knee lift. Flair wrapped RVD's knee around the post. HHH hooked a version of the death lock but RVD made the ropes. RVD finally escaped and made the hot tag. Kane came in, throwing lariats like crazy. He was about to chokeslam HHH but Flair made the save. He then tried to chokeslam Flair, with HHH making the save. Flair put Kane in the figure four. RVD missile kicked HHH and rescued Kane. HHH gave RVD a DDT and then pedigreed Kane. Victory seemed assured for HHH & Flair, but suddenly Kevin Nash ran in with a sldegehammer (making it obvious who Michaels had been talking to, if it wasn't already). HHH fled with Nash in hot pursuit. Well, make that lukewarm pursuit because even with a bad leg and a lot of bulk, HHH is Jesse Owens compared to Nash. Flair was left alone, and ended up chokeslammed by Kane and frog splashed by RVD for the pin. Very good TV match!
HHH continued running from Nash backstage. He had to stop every so often for Nash to catch up, but otherwise it was a fun chase. HHH made it to his limo, but Nash managed to break two windows out with the sledgehammer before it drove off. Lawler said Nash had gone off the deep end.
Steiner & Test defeated Christopher Nowinski & Rico in 3:55. Steiner juiced early for no apparent reason. He dominated Nowinski until Rico distracted him. The heels doubled on Steiner as Test ignored the action, arguing with Stacy instead. Steiner suplexed both foes and tagged Test. Test went in and was almost wild in his aggression, as he was trying to show Stacy he was the dominant male. He pretty much beat down both opponents, but Steiner tagged himself back in and scored the pin on Nowinski with a neckbreaker. Test was frustrated that Steiner scored the pin. Stacy hugged Steiner, so Test got jealous again. She claimed she was just happy they won. Test & Stacy walked out, arguing the whole way back to the locker room.
Steiner stayed in the ring and started cutting his standard promo about all his freaks. He was interrupted by Sylvan Grenier & Rene Dupree. They identified themselves as "La Resistance". They reminded Steiner of his debate with Nowinski a couple of weeks ago, and had a clip shown on the TitanTron where Steiner defended the war and ridiculed France. A "USA" chant started. La Resistance said the French are both lovers and fighters, and went to the ring saying they wished to discuss their differences with Steiner in a peaceful manner. Once there, they tried to attack him. Steiner briefly held both of them off but eventually they beat him down and left him laying to start their first WWE feud. They were both pretty good here.
Morley told Bischoff the Dudleys have been suspended without pay again for their actions at Backlash. Bischoff was pleased. Bischoff boasted about his upcoming match with Trish, saying the "do not disturb" sign is already hanging on his hotel room door. Morley indicated he had taken some actions to help assure a Bischoff win.
Trish was shown doing warm-up exercises. They sure warmed up Lawler.
Goldberg encountered Booker T backstage. Booker praised Goldberg as a guy who was always straight with him back in WCW. He said he was the new WCW kid on the block in WWE a couple of years ago, and it was hard at first to get established, but now he has a strong following and is comfortable there. He told Goldberg to just stay on track and he'll make it there. They hugged.
Booker beat Christian by DQ in 5:35. Booker hit Christian with a lariat, kicks, and chops to score a near fall. Christian sent Booker to the floor and rammed him into the stairs. Christian scored some twos with brawling tactics. Booker sidestepped Christian, who came off the top, and took him down for a near pin. Booker blocked an unprettier and hit a scissor kick. He did a spinaroonie, but at this point Rosey & Jamal & Rico attacked Booker for the DQ. It interrupted a solid match, but it made sense as part of the rehab of Goldberg. The crowd began chanting "Goldberg" as Booker got pounded four-on-one. Goldberg ran in and cleaned house. He speared Rico, jackhammered Jamal, and sent Rosey bumping to the floor. He then speared Rosey on the floor and it sent Rosey crashing through the security barrier, leaving a gaping hole. This was great! Christian fled in terror. Goldberg left through the crowd to a huge babyface reaction, so they did a masterful job restoring his babyface aura.
After a break, they repayed Godberg spearing Rosey through the barrier, and showed security taping up the broken section.
Bischoff beat Trish in 3:17. Before the match began, Bischoff announced that it would be fought under no-DQ rules. He did the "Karate Kid" movie martial arts poses. Trish kicked him in the head. But before she could go after Bischoff any further, Victoria ran in and attacked her. Trish disposed of her, only to be attacked by Jazz, who was cheered on by Theodore Long. I guess it's okay to help a powerful white man if it keeps Trish from getting a rematch. Jazz destroyed Trish until Bischoff told her it was enough. He joked that he needed to keep her conscious, for obvious reasons. Bischoff pinned Trish, boasting that she bit off more than she could chew. That was a bad choice of words, considering what he had planned. Suddenly, a limo pulled into the parking area and Linda McMahon emerged. Bischoff stopped boasting and smirking, and instead pretended to be concerned about Trish, ordering some refs to help the poor injured girl to the back.
So Linda came out to the ring. She said she represents the board of directors, so it's her responsibility to monitor upper management, including Bischoff. Bischoff praised her as being beautiful, elegant, radiant, etc. He said he wasn't really going to have sex with Trish, claiming that stip was just a TV gimmick to make the show more compelling. In fact, he claimed to prefer "mature women". Linda told him he was making her job a lot easier by his behavior. Bischoff looked scared. She said his actions as General Manager have been unprofessional, abusive, harassing, and ego-maniacle. Guess she's been watching the show. She said half of the board wants him fired as GM, but in the end they settled on a compromise where Bischoff will share control of RAW 50-50 with someone more in tune with the fans and who knows right from wrong. I thought Sam Muchnick and Giant Baba were deceased, but it turned out she was talking about "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Austin came out to a big pop as Bischoff looked totally deflated. Austin asked Bischoff a ton of rhetorical questions to the requisite "whats". He offered to shake Bischoff's hand. Bischoff was afraid to do it, so Austin asked the crowd if Bischoff should shake his hand and agree to start working together as of tomorrow morning. The crowd shouted "hell yeah!". Bischoff cautiously shook hands, saying he hoped they could work together as a team. Austin then noted that he said they could start working together tomorrow, and gave him a stunner. It was a good angle, though we've obviously been through this 50-50 partner stuff before. Since Austin can't wrestle, I guess this gives him a role, so we'll see how it works out. Anyway, it was a good show this week.
Don't all of those charges Linda made against Bischoff also apply to Vince?
Who is Bischoff talking to on the phone every week?
Did you notice that none of the balloons dropped during Long's celebration were white?
Isn't Jericho a good choice to host an interview segment?
Didn't they use their heads for a change when they thought up how to rebuild Goldberg?
Will Nash be entering the Boston marathon any time soon?
2005 - Former NWA champion Chris Candido, who worked for every major U.S. promotion (WWF, WCW, ECW, SMW, TNA) during his career, passed away at the age of 33 due to a blood clot causing heart failure. The clot was the result of surgery he had undergone several weeks earlier. Candido had broken his leg during a TNA match and underwent surgery to repair it. He continued to appear on TNA television in a managerial role, leading The Naturals to the NWA World Tag Team Championship on April 26th, a match that would air on television the day after his passing.
2006 - MTV picked up Wrestling Society X as a series following a pilot taping several months earlier. The series would last one season.
2006 - VH-1 announced they had picked up the Hogan Knows Best reality series for a third season. It would be the series' final season, although daughter Brooke was spun off into her own series, which featured appearances from other members of the Hogan clan.
2007 - Ring of Honor returned to Chicago Ridge, IL featuring the farewell for Colt Cabana, who had signed a WWE developmental deal, as well as Chris Daniels who "quit" as he was returning to TNA for a new role. Keith Lipinski filed the following live report:
Afterward, Cabana put over Pearce and them coming up together in the business and Cabana wanting to be like him and Pearce spit in his face and went off in a huff. Then the ROH faces came down along with Mr. & Mrs. Cabana and Cabana gave a great speech about how he became a star in ROH and how much ROH means to him and how its the greatest company in the world and his only regret was not holding the world title and maybe someday down the road he can have Gabe Sapolsky use his pencil to give him a shot. Or something to that point. Very good speech and an emotional moment.
2008 - WWE released Balls Mahoney, David Taylor and developmental talent Michael Thompson.
2008 - WWE broadcast Raw, ending without a finish as part of an angle with William Regal. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:Last night at Backlash, we saw two new champions crowned as well as the debut of a new announcer. The important development out of last night's pay per view is that The Game is back on top on Raw. Triple H defeated Randy Orton, JBL, and John Cena to become a twelve time World Champion. Speaking of multiple time World Champions, Shawn Michaels defeated Batista last night in the Apology for Doing What Ric Flair Wanted to Do Match featuring special guest referee Chris Jericho who called it right down the middle and did not get any revenge on the two men who beat him up during the build to last night's match. While it is time to look forward to Judgment Day, it is also time to celebrate the reign of the new King of the Ring, William Regal. What is in store for the new King? What will happen when Ken Kennedy returns to the ring? Will Beth Phoenix challenge Mickie James for the Women's Title?
We begin with a look back at last night’s Backlash pay per view and the Fatal Four Way Elimination Match which saw Triple H win the title.
We are live from Exit 16W in East Rutherford, New Jersey and your announcers are Jim "12 Divas in Baltimore and no Crabs" Ross and Jerry 'That is one big alligator on this building' Lawler.
After a brief delay, the sounds of the Game play in the Meadowlands as the new WWE Champion Triple H comes to the ring and he is wearing his spinner belt without spinning capabilities, but the champ does the GameFountain for his adoring fans. The music stops and it is time for the champ to talk. Hunter says that he has an announcement. As of right now, the Age of Orton is officially dead. Eight months ago, he stood behind that curtain (which is hiding a Wrestlemania sign) ready to make his comeback not knowing what was going to happen and if he could be the best again. Eight months later, he returns to the same building and without a shadow of a doubt, the Game is back.
Hunter is interrupted by Randy Orton’s music and Orton comes to the ring with his own mic. Orton says that Hunter does not get a victory speech. Orton asks Hunter if he is proud of what he did last night. Orton talks about the odds stacked up against him. Hunter reminds Orton about how confident he was last night and how he was going to walk out as the WWE Champion. Orton says that he is a victim of his own success. He was so dominant that they couldn’t put him against anyone one-on-one. Hunter wonders if Orton wouldn’t face anyone in a one-on-one match. Hunter points out that Orton gets to sit back and slide in there to get the victory while others do the work. Orton says that he is going to prove that he is the best. In three short weeks, at Judgment Day, he will use his rematch clause to get his title back. Orton says that he was champ for six months. Hunter says that he made his career on running his mouth talking about how great he was, but the difference is that when Hunter did it, he was telling the truth.
Hunter tells Orton that since everyone is sick of hearing Randy run his mouth, he suggests that Orton get out of his ring. Orton refuses to leave the ring. Orton says that it is his ring and Hunter has his title. Nobody is going to tell him . . .
Hunter punches Orton and Orton leaves the ring. Orton says to forget Judgment Day because he cannot wait that long. Hunter was wrong to say that the Age of Orton is dead because it has only just begun. Orton points out that Hunter’s last title reign did not even last twenty-four hours and this one will not either because he is going to get his title back tonight.
Lawler and Ross wonder if we will have the rematch tonight and they will let us know later tonight, maybe when we get back from commercial.
We are back with a Moments Ago Moment of Orton’s demand to use his rematch clause . . . TONIGHT!! The match is officially on for tonight on Raw.
Match Number One: Mickie James, Michelle McCool, Maria, Kelly Kelly,
Ashley Massaro, and Cherry versus Beth Phoenix, Victoria, Natalya, Melina,
Jillian Hall, and Layla El in a We have Nothing New Rematch from Last Night
The match starts with all twelve in the ring and it slowly gets to Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly and Beth with a double sledge to the back. Beth with a vertical choke slam and then she mocks Kelly with an intended tag. Beth runs Kelly into the corner and Victoria is tagged in and Victoria tosses Kelly around the ring. Kelly with a punch but Victoria with an elbow to the back. Victoria tries for a side slam but Kelly counters into a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Melina is tagged in and Victoria puts Kelly in the Tree of Woe and Melina with a screaming charge into the corner and she gets a two count. Michelle hits Melina from behind and Kelly gets a two count. Melina with a front face lock and then she takes Kelly down. Jillian tags in and she Irish whips Kelly into the corner and she tries for a handspring back elbow into the corner but Kelly with a kick and Mickie is tagged in. Mickie with a flying clothesline but Jillian with an Irish whip. Mickie with an elbow and then Mickie gets sent to the apron. Victoria tries to attack Mickie on the apron but Mickie knocks her off. Mickie with a head scissors and a Thesz Press. Layla hits Mickie from the apron but Mickie with a rollup and Backlund Bridge for the three count.
Winners: Mickie James and her Merry Band of Eye Candy (and Ashley)
We are reminded that the Coronation of King William Regal I is still coming tonight as we go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for a recap video of Backlash, and in case you didn’t know, there are replays this week.
Match Number Two: Bradshaw with JBLimo sponsored by Mamajuana and Fox
Business Channel versus Robbie McAllister with Rory McAllister
Bradshaw backs Robbie into the corner and he connects with a knee and boots to the head. Bradshaw with a Saito suplex and a kick to the back. Bradshaw with a number of elbow drops to Robbie. Bradshaw with a Clothesline from Wall Street for the three count.
After the match, Bradshaw joins Lawler and Ross at the announce table. Bradshaw says that should have been John Cena because Cena robbed him of what his cares about the most. Hell has been unleashed, and he challenges the winner of the WWE Title Match tonight. He says that he will get revenge on Cena and he will get his title back.
We go to commercial as they pull Robbie off the mat after what Bradshaw did to him.
We are back with the Slam of the Week: Trevor Murdoch losing to JTG two weeks ago on Raw and Cade gives Murdoch a nasty look before leaving.
Match Number Three: Paul London and Brian Kendrick versus Lance Cade and
London and Cade start things off and Cade with punches to London. Cade with a back body drop to London for a near fall. Murdoch tags in and he works on London’s back. Murdoch with an elbow to the top of the head for a near fall. Murdoch pulls London back into the corner and he tags in Cade who connects with a boot. London tries to get out of the corner. London with an elbow to Cade and then he tags in Kendrick. Kendrick with a slingshot kick to Cade followed by a flying forearm and drop kick. Kendrick tries for Sliced Bread #2 but Cade sends Kendrick into the corner and Cade with a clothesline. Kendrick with a rollup and since Murdoch is not the Undertaker, he gets counted out instead of applying That Submission Maneuver.
Winners: Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch
After the match, Cade yells at Murdoch but Murdoch gets the mic from Lillian and he stands on the announce table. Murdoch sings to Cade on Raw Karaoke. Cade does not like the performance and he leaves the ring and walks to the back. Maybe next week we will see Dancing with the Murdochs.
We see footage of Shawn Michaels fighting through the pain to beat Batista last night at Backlash. Chris Jericho’s guest on the Highlight Reel will be Shawn Michaels.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to see the press that last week’s appearance by the top presidential candidates.
Match Number Four: Paul Burchill and Katie Lea versus Super Crazy
Before our next match, Katie Lea says that William Regal made this a handicap match.
Burchill attacks Crazy but Crazy punches Burchill and then Lea with a waist
lock but Crazy with a reversal and waist lock take down. Burchill with knees and
then he puts Crazy in a rear chin lock while Lea kicks Crazy in the head. Crazy
with kicks to Burchill’s legs but Burchill maintains control. Crazy moves when
Katie charges into the corner and he connects with a series of kicks. Crazy goes
up for a moonsault but he misses when Burchill moves. Lea with a missile drop
kick and then Burchill with the curb stomp and then Lea gets the three count.
Winners: Paul Burchill and Katie Lea
Todd Grisham is with Randy Orton in the interview area and Todd reminds Randy that he invoked his rematch clause tonight. Todd wonders if Randy has any second thoughts. After a few seconds, Orton gives a resounding NO!!
The Coronation is coming after this commercial.
We are back and it is time for Royalty in New Jersey as Lillian Garcia announces that the coronation is about to begin.
William Regal is in the ring in his throne as he looks at the peasants in the crowd. William Regal says that he wants to put an end to any speculation. He will not be relinquishing his role as General Manager of Raw. As General Manager and King, he has become the most powerful entity in the WWE. Regal says that he will not mince his words and he says that the fan’s xenophobia will not allow them to like him. Everyone will have to respect him and fear him. From this day forward he is their ruler, their better, and their superior.
Regal is interrupted by Ken Kennedy’s return. Kennedy walks to the ring and he addresses Mr. Regal. He would love to be the first guy to congratulate William Regal, but he just cannot do that. Kennedy asks who the biggest wrestler not to be invited to participate in the King of the Ring Tournament. Who is the guy who would have won the tournament? Who is the guy to challenge Regal to be the King.
Regal tells Kennedy that he is not a common wrestler, he is the general manager and the King. Nobody talks to him unless he gets an appointment. Regal tells Kennedy to apologize. Kennedy refuses to apologize and reminds everyone what his name is. Regal punches Kennedy after the dramatic pause and then he knocks Kennedy out of the ring. Regal and Kennedy exchange punches in the ring and then the Royal Referees break things up.
We go to commercial.
We are back for the WWE Rewind: Santino Marella saying that they will have the tag title belts around their bellies; and then we see Santino and Cody exchange the verbal barbs before they fight.
Santino gets on the mic before his match and he says that he does not like New Jersey or The Sopranos because of the fake stereotypes and fake accents.
Match Number Five: Santino Marella with Carlito versus Cody MAH
THUN Rhodes with Bob Holly
Santino with a kick and punches followed by forearms and a snap mare and kick to the back. Santino with an elbow to the back of the neck and then he runs Rhodes into the corner. Marella with a forearm to the back. Rhodes misses a cross body when Marella moves. Marella with a near fall and then he applies a rear chin lock. Rhodes with a rollup for a near fall, but Marella with a hip lock into a near fall. Marella continues to work on the back and he puts Rhodes in a camel clutch. Rhodes gets to his feet and he hits an electric chair drop. Rhodes and Marella exchange forearms and then Rhodes with a drop kick and clothesline. Rhodes sends Marella into the turnbuckle and Rhodes tries for a bulldog but Marella sends Rhodes into the turnbuckle and gets a near fall on Rhodes. Rhodes with a DDT for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
After the match, Carlito paces around the ring as he thinks of a good song to sing to Santino.
Rhodes gets on the mic and he mocks Santino’s accent. Cody’s promo is interrupted by a lungblower from Carlito.
Chris Jericho is dressed for prom (darn you Jerry Lawler for saying it just as I type it) as he walks us into commercial.
We are back for the Highlight Reel and the King of the Prom Chris Jericho comes to the ring. Jericho welcomes everyone to an awards edition of the Highlight Reel. Jericho has the award for Best Actor in Sports Entertainment. The first nominee is Magnificent Muraco and Mr. Fuji in Fuji General. The next nominee is Michael Cole in Deliverance II with co-star HEIDENREICH. The final nominee is Shawn Michaels in Pretending to Have a Knee Injury to Win at Backlash. Jericho announces the winner and it is Shawn Michaels. Shawn limps to the ring to appear on the Highlight Reel. Jericho tells Michaels that it was a masterful performance last night. Jericho tells Shawn to give an acceptance speech. Shawn tells Chris that he is hurt. Jericho tells Michaels that the charade is over. Jericho reminds Michaels that he told Batista he would do whatever it would take to win. Jericho says that nobody goes from pious preacher to backstabbing bastard as fast as Shawn. Jericho says that he would be super kicked if he was not standing on the other side of the podium. Jericho calls Michaels the Daniel Day Lewis of the WWE. Jericho leaves the ring while Michaels stays in there. Jericho walks to the back.
Triple H is getting ready for his match in the back by a metal door as we go to commercial.
We are back and Santino is walking in the back and he says that there is one thing that makes him happy and it is the WWE Divas and he sees one with junk in the trunk. Santino gets a Diva mixed up with Roddy Piper. Santino says that Piper looks like Chunk from Goonies and he asks him to do the Truffle Shuffle. Piper slaps Marella. Piper wonders if Santino has a death wish or if he is just special.
Match Number Six: Randy Orton versus Triple H for the WWE Title
The bell rings and they stare at each other before locking up and working their way around the ring in a collar and elbow tie up. The referee separates both men and then they get in each other’s face as they go nose-to-nose. They lock up again and Orton with a side head lock. Orton with a shoulder tackle to Hunter. They lock up again and Orton with another side head lock. Hunter tries for an Irish whip but Orton holds on to the side head lock. Hunter tries to escape and he does and he puts Orton in a hammer lock and a side head lock. Hunter with a shoulder tackle and then he gives Orton a crotch chop. Orton tries for a hip toss but Hunter blocks it and responds with a short arm clothesline. Hunter works on Orton’s arm but Orton with a knee and punch. Orton with an Irish whip but Hunter moves when Orton charges into the corner and Orton goes into the ring post. Hunter sends Orton into the ring post again as Hunter works on the shoulder. Hunter wrings Orton’s shoulder into the ring post and ring steps. Hunter with a wrist lock and arm wringer. Hunter uses his collarbone to work on Orton’s arm.
They go outside and Hunter rams Orton’s arm into the ringside barrier. Orton is sent back into the ring and when Hunter gets back in the ring, Orton kicks Hunter in the face. Orton with a Hangman’s DDT as we go to commercial.
We are back and Orton with a forearm to the back of the neck followed by punches as Orton punches Hunter around the ring. Hunter and Orton with punches but Orton with a drop kick and both men are down. Orton gets a near fall and then it is time to the old standby of a side head lock. Hunter gets to his feet but Orton keeps the hold applied. Hunter goes down to his knees. Hunter gets to his feet again and he applies a sleeper on Orton but Orton with a belly-to-back suplex to get out of the hold. Orton starts with the Garvin Stomp followed by a knee drop. Orton with another knee drop and he gets a two count. Orton chokes Hunter in the ropes and then Orton goes to the floor as he punches Hunter off the apron. Orton with more punches on the floor and then he sends Hunter into the ringside barrier. Orton slams Hunter’s head into the ring steps.
They return to the ring and Orton gets a two count. Orton with forearms across the upper chest and then he returns to the reverse chin lock. Hunter returns to his feet and he hits a belly-to-back suplex of his own to get out of the hold. Hunter charges at Orton in the corner, but he is met with a boot to the head. Orton sets for the RKO with the Orton push ups. Hunter sends Orton into the corner on an RKO attempt and Orton’s injured arm hits the turnbuckles. Hunter with a punch to Orton. Hunter with more punches but Hunter with a face buster and a clothesline. Orton with a power slam when Hunter comes off the ropes and Orton gets another two count. Hunter hits a high knee on Orton for a two count. Hunter with punches to Orton and the referee tries to stop Hunter. Orton with a back breaker after the referee admonishes Hunter. Orton gets a two count. Orton goes up top but Hunter crotches Orton on the top turnbuckle. Hunter punches Orton and then he sets for a superplex and hits it. Hunter covers Orton but Orton is able to kick out. Orton with a European uppercut and he tries for an RKO but Hunter gets out of the hold. Hunter tries for a Pedigree but Orton counters and he catapults Hunter into the turnbuckles. Hunter with a drop toe hold into a Crossface.
We see Regal in the production truck and he tells the producer that nobody will disrespect him any more so he tells the producer to take the show off the air.
While Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler do commentary, we have no video feed because of Regal and we have a Tony Schiavone moment as we go to Law and Order. I hope the tape machines are recording things to show the finish on next week’s WCW Saturday Night.
Mike Johnson filed the following: Monday Night Raw went off the air without a definitive winner as the storyline was William Regal forced the show to go off the air. Live in the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, WWE champion Triple H and Randy Orton brawled before Orton powdered out and Triple H's music hit. There was no announced winner, so the live crowd didn't get a conclusive result, either.
2009 - WWE broadcast ECW on Syfy from Madison Square Garden. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:We start off tonight with footage from the match between Jack Swagger and Christian from Backlash when the boyhood dream of winning a major title finally came to Christian (based on the WWE announcers).
We are live on tape from New York and your announcers are Josh ‘A Capital Idea’ Mathews and Matt ‘Bower-Lovey’ Striker.
The new ECW Champion is introduced by Tony Chimmel and Christian comes to the ring. Christian says that since he came back to the WWE, he said that he would be the ECW Champion. He says that it is sinking in right now. Before Jack Swagger comes out to interrupt him, because it will happen, this is the greatest day of his career. He is before all of his peeps in Madison Square Garden as a champion. He tells Swagger that it is time for him to interrupt him.
Christian is interrupted, but it is not by the man he defeated for the title, but the man who was the face of the Original ECW. Dreamer comes to the ring in a suit. Tommy congratulates Christian while the crowd chants ‘ECW’. He says that for the first time in three months, there is finally a champion who is what ECW is all about. Tommy mentions that they have been friends for a long time. He says that he is not only here to congratulate Christian. Tommy says that he vowed to win the ECW title one more time before his contract runs out. Dreamer says that his time is running out. He has less than six weeks until his contract expires. Dreamer says that he is in the building that made him love the business to challenge Christian for the ECW Title. Christian says that he will give Dreamer the title match tonight in Madison Square Garden.
Now the former champion comes out and Jack Swagger is not in a good mood. He says that he was willing to let this farce go on because the moment is fleeting but enough is enough. Swagger says that Christian is the champion only because he cheated and that is not fair. Swagger says that it is a joke that Dreamer is asking for an ECW Title match and he calls Dreamer a joke. The only thing saving both men from being beaten up is that in three weeks, he will win the title back when he gets his rematch. They can talk about title matches all they want, but no one gets a title match until he does.
Tiffany comes out and interrupts Jack. She wants to welcome everyone to ECW and she tells Swagger that he has a title match at Judgment Day. Jack is wrong about being the next person to have a title match. Tiffany says that there will be an ECW Title match tonight.
Tyson Kidd is in the back getting his hair done by Natalya. We go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage of the mixed tag match from Superstars when Finlay cheated with a shillelagh to get the victory over Natalya and Tyson Kidd.
Match Number One: Tyson Kidd with Natalya versus Fit Finlay
They lock up and Finlay backs Kidd into the corner but Finlay with a clean break. Finlay with an wrist lock take down. They lock up and Finlay with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Kidd rolls to the ropes and then he goes to the floor to discuss strategy with Natalya. Kidd returns to the ring and Finlay with a kick when it appears that they are going to have a test of strength. Kidd gets his boots up when Finlay charges and then he comes off the turnbuckles but Finlay blocks it and then he puts Kidd in a single leg crab. Kidd tries to get to the ropes but Finlay pulls Kidd into the center of the ring. Kidd gets to his feet and he misses an enzuigiri and Finlay clotheslines Kidd over the top rope to the floor. We go to commercial.
We are back and Finlay with a seated splash for a near fall. Finlay tries for
a short arm clothesline but Kidd with a drop kick to the knee and then Kidd with
a series of elbows to the knee and then he works on the leg. Finlay tries to get
out of the hold by raking the eyes but Kidd holds on and he applies more
pressure to the knee. Kidd with a step over toe hold and then he falls back to
the mat to add more damage to the knee. Kidd works on the ankle. Finlay finally
escapes the hold but he is showing the effects of the work that Kidd did on the
leg. Finlay with forearms and a side head lock but Kidd with an atomic drop onto
the knee. Finlay responds with a clothesline. Kidd charges into a boot from
Finlay but Finlay misses a knee drop. Finlay blocks an attempt by Kidd to go for
the knees and Finlay gets a near fall with a backslide. Finlay with clotheslines
and a neckbreaker. Kidd with a kick but Finlay with a power slam for a near
fall. Finlay with a shoulder in the corner and then he tries for the rolling
fireman’s carry slam but he cannot get Kidd up because of the damage to the
knee. Kidd with a corkscrew drop kick and Finlay goes to the floor. Kidd tries
for a baseball slide but Finlay pulls up the ring apron and he punches Kidd.
Finlay rolls Kidd back into the ring and then Natalya distracts the referee and
that allows Kidd to use the shillelagh that Finlay left on the apron on Finlay’s
injured leg and Kidd gets the three count.
Winner: Tyson Kidd
We are back and Vladimir Kozlov comes out and he is dressed to patrol the Berlin Wall. He says that he is the product of the Russian army and Russian athletics. There is no one in Double Double E or entire world who can beat him. It will be a matter of time until he achieves Global Domination.
Matt Striker introduces the newest member of the ECW announce team and we go to interviewer Gregory Helms. Helms is in the back and he says that he is excited to be here. Helms interviews Evan Bourne. Gregory asks Evan about the new day that is dawning in ECW. Evan mentions that the draft brought some new faces and there was a new champion crowned at Backlash. If you stop for a second, your moment will pass you by. Evan says that Tommy Dreamer is not the only person with championship aspirations.
Evan is interrupted by Paul Burchill and Katie Lea and Paul says that those championship aspirations are going to have to be put on hold. They have a rematch on Thursday night. Paul tells Evan that he was lucky last week and this week Evan’s luck runs out. Helms with a Watupwitdat.
Match Number Two: Tommy Dreamer versus Christian for the ECW Title
They shake hands as the match begins and then they lock up. Christian with a clean break. They lock up again and Dreamer with a waist lock but Christian with a hammer lock. Dreamer with a shoulder tackle. They lock up again and Dreamer with a side head lock. Dreamer and Christian each block hip toss attempts and Christian with an arm drag into an arm bar but Dreamer reverses and has Christian in an arm bar. Christian with a hammer lock but Dreamer with a side head lock. Christian with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Christian with a side head lock and then Christian hits the Pendulum kick. Dreamer is able to escape an attempted Killswitch and Christian avoids the DDT.
They lock up and Dreamer with a side head lock and shoulder tackle followed by a near fall. Dreamer with a back slide for a two count. Christian with a kick but Dreamer catches Christian on a float over and hits a power slam for a two count. Christian with a punch that staggers Dreamer and sends him to the canvas. We go to commercial.
We are back and Dreamer with an Irish whip but Christian moves when Dreamer charges into the corner and Dreamer hits the ring post. The referee checks on Dreamer while Christian waits for him to emerge. Christian works on Dreamer’s arm and then he applies a key lock. Dreamer with punches to get out of the hold and then Dreamer tries for a DDT but Christian escapes and hits a Divorce Court for a near fall. Christian drops Dreamer’s arm across the top rope and then Christian goes up top for a missile drop kick and a near fall. Christian with an arm bar into a key lock. Christian with forearms and he continues to wring the arm. Christian goes up top but Dreamer stops him. Dreamer with a superplex and both men are down and Dreamer gets a near fall. Christian with a kick and then he returns to the injured arm. Dreamer with a kick and then he hits a Mick Foley clothesline that sends both men over the top rope to the floor.
Christian goes up top but Dreamer punches Christian in the midsection and
Dreamer with a clothesline and then he drops Christian face first on the canvas.
Dreamer with an inverted DDT for a near fall. Christian tries for a sunset flip
but Dreamer stays up and gets a near fall. Christian with a near fall and
Dreamer with another near fall of his own. Christian runs Dreamer into the
turnbuckles but Dreamer with a clothesline that flips Christian. Dreamer puts
Christian in the Tree of Woe but Swagger attacks Dreamer before he can hit a
drop kick. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner: No Contest
Swagger attacks both men and then he hits a belly-to-belly suplex on Dreamer. Swagger sends Dreamer into Christian who is still in the Tree of Woe. Swagger turns his attention to Christian and then he hits a Doctor Bomb on Christian. Swagger stands over both men as we go to credits.
2010 - WWE taped an edition of Smackdown at Madison Square Garden. Here are the results filed by Mike Johnson:
*They dropped the Scramble match and announced a Fatal Four Way as the main
event with Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Jeff Hardy. No
Great Khali or John Morrison.
*Chris Jericho came to the ring in a suit. Jericho said that while things may have changed regarding what show he is on, what remains the same is how clueless and pathetic the fans are by not knowing how great he is. He said he had a mission statement for everyone and that was he was taking over. Smackdown is now his show and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
Jericho said its a travesty he has to compete in a Fatal Four Way because he should already be the number one contender. He said he would go on to Judgment Day to win the World title and nothing would stop him.
World champion Edge came out and mockingly introduced Jericho to the crowd. Edge pointed out that Jericho is a former World champ who lost his belt to John Cena. He said Jericho has never beaten Cena while Edge beat him in a Last Man Standing bout to become nine time World champion.
Edge told Jericho it was his show and he was the main event. He said that no one who was drafted over was going to rock the boat. The fans chanted for John Cena. Edge told Jericho to save his speeches because Smackdown wasn't his to take...because it was Edge's show.
CM Punk came out and introduced himself and reminded everyone he was Mr. Money In The Bank. He said everyone must remember him from such moments as this and they showed the clips of the night he cashed in and beat Edge. Punk said that later tonight....Jericho cut him off and said no one cares about what Punk has to say. Jericho told him he had no right to get involved and to leave right now.
Punk didn't leave so Jericho said he had enough with being disrespected and walked out. Punk tried to speak and this time Edge said no one cares about what Punk said to say. Edge tried to walk off but Punk stopped him. Punk said it was a new era on Smackdown because Vickie Guerrero is no longer Smackdown GM.
Punk said that the new GM Teddy Long told Punk to come out and tell Edge that he would be competing against Punk tonight. Edge blew him off and said it would be non-title. Punk reminded Edge he could cash in for a title match anytime he wants. He said he was going to take out Edge with the GTS and then cash in to become the new World champ tonight.
*John Morrison pinned Shelton Benjamin with the Moonlight Drive.
*Backstage, Chris Jericho complained to Teddy Long that he should be the number one contender after beating three legends at Wrestlemania. Great Khali showed up and Jericho said that he knows Khali respects him. Singh told Jericho that Khali thinks he should stop whining and get over himself. Jericho walked out disgusted.
*Fatal Four Way: Hardy nailed Kane with the swanton but Jericho pulled him out of the ring and covered him. Kane eliminated. Kane destroyed Hardy on the floor. Rey went for a springboard splash but Jericho nailed him with a chair and got DQ'd. Final two are Rey and Hardy. They go back and forth and have some great exchanges. In the end, Rey hits the West Coast Pop but Hardy turns it into a pin combination for the clean pin. Really good.
*Chris Jericho stormed into Teddy Long's office but only found Maria who was
"waiting to show off her clothing line." Jericho complained and stormed
off as Edge showed up. Edge then complained to Maria about having to
wrestle and said he was going to call his wife. Maria looked exasperated.
*Cryme Time came to the ring and cut a promo. They put over being in their hometown on their first official night on Smackdown. They said they were going to have a Brooklyn Breakdown dance contest with the Divas. The competitors were Layla and Eve. Layla was incredible. Eve won the fan vote since she was a face. Layla slapped Eve down and there was a brief catfight.
*Backstage, Sherri from the View had a Ric Flair style robe and told MVP she would show him around the View on Monday.
*United States champ MVP defeated Dolph Ziggler. Sherri was at ringside
and slapped Ziggler at one point when he asked for a kiss.
*Backstage, Chris Jericho was screaming at Teddy Long. John Morrison walked past him and Jericho asked him what he was looking at. Morrison said "a loser" so Jericho slapped him and they had a brief pull apart. CM Punk walked through the middle of it with a smirk on his face.
*CM Punk defeated Edge with the GTS in a non-title match. Punk was about to cash in his briefcase, but before the bell was rung, Umaga came in from the crowd and laid out Punk with the Samoan Spike. Umaga left through the crowd. Edge grabbed the briefcase and was about to hit Punk with it, but Jeff Hardy ran out, nailed Edge and gave him the Swanton. Hardy stood over Edge to end the show, and Punk grabbed the briefcase (which he never cashed in) when he left.
Dark Match: Batista, John Cena & Rey Mysterio defeated Randy Orton, Chris Jericho & Edge.
2010 - TNA Knockout Tara announced she would be leaving the company, writing the following on her Myspace page:
"It appears that I'm winding down at TNA. Unfortunately some organizations
"leak" information to wrestling websites to put their spin on a situation, to
make sure they come out in the best light. Not me. I'm gonna say it. I'm gonna
put my name on it. And I'm going to stand behind it.
I came to TNA last year because I still had a lot of wrestling left in me. I was paid a fraction of what I thought I deserved. But I wanted to show I was still at the top of my game. Now my contract is up in May. I want a modest pay increase. They don't want to pay me what I think is fair. I have no problem going my own way.
But about 12 hours after the conversation where we didn't agree on pay, unnamed sources claim that I am hard to work with and that I don't give my best effort. My only response is that TNA made an aggressive effort to re-sign me, among other things saying that they want to build the women's division around me. And I think wrestling fans see, both on TV and at live events, that I always give 100%. I take pride in that. Smearing me on the way out the door is an act of second rate character.
I take pride in making my best effort to elevate my own wrestling and the entire TNA Women's Division. If people were rubbed the wrong way in the process, I stand behind my work and my positive intentions.
In closing I will say this. In the few weeks that I have left in TNA, I will be the same wrestler that you have seen for the past ten years. After that, I haven't decided if I will stay in wrestling, or finally make the jump to MMA. I do have a lot of irons in the fire. We'll see where life takes me. But wherever that is, there's gonna be competition, and I'm gonna give it my all."
Tara would return to the promotion several months later as a masked woman seconding Madison Rayne before being unmasked.
2011 - TNA broadcast Impact. Stu Carapola filed the following TV report:
Welcome to the TNA Impact Report here on PWInsider.com!/p>
We start off by recapping last week's memorable incident that saw Kurt Angle dump horse doody on Karen Angle and lay Jeff Jarrett out, as well as Hogan's continued frustration with the Network.
We head out to the ring where Karen Angle has called all the TNA Knockouts to the ring. She says that her crazy ex-husband has hired some slut to take her out, so before anything can happen, she called them out here to try and find out who Kurt's secret weapon is. She starts by picking on the catering woman, who Karen has noticed fawning over Kurt for years now. Karen knows that the quickest way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but the lady says she cooks for Kurt and a bunch of other wrestlers here, and she asks if she can go since she has to cook her pot roast. Karen tells her that her tacos suck and lets her go, so she moves on to Jolene the Seamstress, who she's seen running her fingers up and down Kurt's body for the last six years. Jolene says she's doing her job and it's what they pay her to do, so Karen tells her to take her dancing fingers and dance them out of the ring. Karen moves on to Miss Tessmacher, and it's a coincidence that they arrived at the same building at the same time, isn't it? Tessmacher says they both work for TNA and both showed up to earn their paychecks, so Karen points out that they were at the same gym at the same time this morning. Tessmacher points out the other 25 wrestlers working out there and then drops her glasses so she can bend over and pop the crowd. Karen sends Tessmacher on her way, so Karen moves over to Rice & Beans (aka Sarita & Rosita), and she says Kurt likes them hot and spicy. She makes a weak connection between Kurt being an American hero and Sarita & Rosita doing the American thing, but Sarita tells her to get her head out of her ***** and watch Impact because they're MEXICAN Americans and want nothing to do with her husband. They leave, so Karen points out that Madison Rayne & Tara are former TNA World Champions like Kurt and that must make them think they're special like Kurt. Madison says that Tara probably did lay down for Kurt because she's a dirty, filthy slut. Tara spits her gum out at Madison and walks off, then Madison tells Karen to watch out in case Tara tries to screw Jeff too. Karen brings us to Velvet Sky and says she's every man's dream and every woman's nightmare, she's lost her best friend and has gone as far as she's ever going to go in TNA, but if she lands herself on the arm of Kurt Angle, that would catapult her to the top. She's at the end of her velvet rope, so she's decided to swing on someone else's, and she's heard that Velvet is real good at laying down. Velvt goes to slap Karen, but Jeff catches her hand and reads her the riot act. Velvet slaps Jeff instead, so Karen shoves her and Velvet catfights Karen. Jeff tries to separate them, but Angelina comes marching out and thrusts Velvet to the mat with a devastating hair yank while Winter threatens So Cal Val to ring the bell. Okay, I guess we have our opening match...
Angelina Love vs Velvet Sky
Angelina beats Velvet up a bunch, and Velvet tries to fight back, but Angelina no-sells all of Velvet's offense and lays her out again, repeatedly choking her and trying to tear her hair out. Angelina goes after the eyes, but Velvet finally comes back with a jawbreaker and a clothesline. Velvet tries to go after Winter, but Winter gouges her eyes and snaps Velvet on the second rope, allowing Angelina to lock in a rear naked choke. Velvet tries to hang on but finally passes out and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Angelina Love
We barely have time to digest the outcome of that match before we go to the parking lot where Ken Anderson is arriving at the arena. The cameraman compliments his truck, and Anderson says it's old and beat up but has sentimental value. He also says he wants his freakin' title shot.
Matt Morgan is marauding around backstage, yelling for Scott Steiner to show his face. Morgan says he has his eyes on winning the TNA World Title and nobody is going to stand in his way. Steiner's a problem and he's going to eliminate him now.
Time for our next match...but first, Mexican America comes out and drops the giant Mexican flag. Willie Urbina and Hector Guerrero salute the flag as Anarquia tells us that next week is Cinco De Mayo and the fans will salute their flag. This land was their land, but now it belongs to Mexican America.
Anarquia vs Chris Sabin
Anarquia jumps Sabin before the bell and works him over in the corner, then hits a snapmare and scrapes the boot over Sabin's forehead. Sabin ducks a clothesline and hits a series of flying forearms and a leaping elbow in the corner. Sabin dodges attempted interference from Hernandez and hits a springboard clothesline for 2. Sabin appears to have hurt his leg on that move, and we pause for a replay that clearly shows Sabin come down bad on his right foot, and Anarquia quickly rolls him up for the win.
Mexican America beats Sabin down 4-on-1, but Alex Shelley suddenly runs out to make the save.
We go backstage where Scott Steiner is playing golf , and he says he beat up Matt Morgan because he is there and he wanted to jump him. He doesn't need a reason, and talks about how Matt Morgan shot his DNA into space and now aliens are going to find his piece of ****. The Cameraman tells Steiner that Matt Morgan is looking for him, and Steiner says that he's not a hard man to find and if Morgan wants him, he knows where to find him.
Matt Morgan finally finds Scott Steiner, and Steiner tells Morgan to come on after him and ducks behind a curtain. Morgan goes after him, so Steiner hides and nails him from behind, then rams him into a wall and beats him down, smashing a table into his head and saying all kinds of things that get bleeped out. Steiner takes a chair and the table and literally throws them at Morgan before choking him out with a broom and tells Morgan that he'll never be like him, and **** the **** with his ****. Steiner continues just brutally beating Morgan down until Morgan turns it around and throws Steiner into a table and then launches him into a pile of chairs and starts choking him out while saying that nobody's goingg to get in his way, not Steiner or anybody. Morgan chokes Steiner out with a chair as Steiner yells that he's sorry, but Morgan tells him to shut up, and picks him up and rams him into a refrigerator backstage. Morgan stands over Steiner and says that nobody's getting in his way and he will be the World Champion.
We head out to the parking lot where Sting (as if you didn't see this coming a mile away), calmly walks out to Ken Anderson's truck, takes off his robe, and begins beating in the windows and headlights with his baseball bat. He then calmly picks his robe back up, takes a sip from his bottle of water, and starts to walk away before stopping, climbing on the hood, and smashing in the windshield as well. He leaves the bat buried in the hole in the windshield and walks off.
Time for a title match...
TV Title Match: Gunner vs Christopher Daniels
Gunner powers Daniels to the corner and unloads on him with heavy forearms and right hands to the ribs before running Daniels over with a hard back elbow. Daniels responds by kicking Gunner's leg out from under him and hitting a Northern Lariat. Daniels leapfrogs Gunner out of the corner and chops the back of the head, but Gunner quicklr regains control with a knee to the midsection and chokes Daniels on the ropes. Daniels gets a crucifix out of nowhere for 2 and then nails Gunner with a palmstrike, but another big kneestrike to the midsection and a rear bearhug grounds Daniels. Daniels slips out of that so Gunner hits the hardest gourdbuster I think I've ever seen for 2, then stalks Daniels in the corner before nailing him with more right hands. Daniels gets a boot to the face and hits the second rope curb stomp, then goes after Gunner with right hands and an STO. Daniels rams Gunner to the corner and sits him up top, hitting an Iconoclasm for 2. Daniels goes for the Angel's Wings but Gunner rams him ot the corner and repeatedly lays in shoulderblocks to the midsection. Gunner whips Daniels hard to the corner but Daniels ducks a clothesline and hits a uranage and goes for the BME, Gunner moves and Daniels lands on his feet, but Gunner rams Daniels hard into the corner and hits an F5 for the win.
That was a really good match, and I think this is the best Gunner has looked so far in TNA.
Sting is backstage, and he's...WALKING!
Sting comes out to the ring and says he's not sure who the truck in the parking lot belongs to, but they left their windows down. He's trying to get rid of Hogan and Bischoff, but every time he turns around, Anderson's standing in his way. He tells Anderson to come out to the ring now so they can hash this out. Anderson comes out with bat in hand (and microphone in other hand) and goes face to face with Sting. Anderson asks Sting if he smashed out the windows in his truck, and Sting says no so Anderson asks if the video he just saw of Sting smashing out his windows was a figment of his imagination, and Sting says yes. Anderson asks Sting again if he smashed out the windows on his truck, and Sting pauses before saying yeah, it was him. Anderson says that's fine because he'll get it replaced and Sting can do whatever he wants because he's rich, BIATCH! Anderson says Sting can play all the games he wants because Anderson's going to one up him every time, and Sting has the authority to pick his opponents because he's got a friend at the network, but he wants to do it right now and right here on Impact.
Rob Van Dam's music hits and he comes out to the ring to join the party. He says that Sting finally gave him a fair shot at the title at Sacrifice and he appreciates that he's a stand up guy and thanks him. As much as the TNA Title means to him and as much of a dirty player they know this asshole is, he knows that the Network wants him around to help the ratings and they need to show Anderson that he's not needed. Anderson quotes Meatloaf and asks him what's it gonna be boy, yes or no? Sting says let's do it tonight, Sting vs Anderson for the TNA World Title, but Hogan's music hits and he comes out to tell Sting that he loves the way he's using the power the Network gave him and the way he's handing out title shots, and he's the best fighting champion TNA has ever had. But if it's a fight he wants, he'll get a fight because the title match he booked is now a three way because he has the power to make matches too. He says Anderson and Sting aren't walking out with the TNA World Title because the new champion is going to be Bully Ray, brother. Ray comes out to look menacing as Hogan says it's showtime, brother.
The Mystery Cameraman asks Joe what he thinks of Crimson, and Joe says that he's great and has a lot of potential. People might think what he did to Abyss was harsh, but he thought it was a thing of beauty. Joe says that Crimson's streak isn't close to what Joe did, and he's never been in the ring with him before, but he is tonight and when you get in the ring with Samoa Joe, you always lose.
To the ring!
Crimson vs Samoa Joe
Crimson goes right after Joe and they trade blows, but Crimson wipes Joe out with a big boot and then locks him in a three quarter nelson and fires knees into the head. Joe fights his way out and hits a leaping kneestrike off the ropes, then whips Crimson to the corner, follows him in with a clothesline and a leaping enziguiri for 2. Joe comes off the ropes but Crimson catches him and hits a T-Bone suplex, then gets the three quarter nelson with the kneestrikes and turns it into a neckbreaker for 2. Crimson goes for a slam but Joe blocks and hits a kick to the chest, he tries a leaping enziguiri but Crimson ducks and hits a low vertical suplex for 2. Crimson with hard right hands and whips Joe to the corner, but runs right into the STJoe. Crimson rolls to the floor and Joe comes after him, ramming him into the barricade and goes for the Ole Kick, but Crimson catches him with a back elbow. Suddenly, Abyss comes running out from the back and attacks Crimson to call for the DQ.
Winner: Crimson by DQ
Abyss stands staring a challenge at Joe, who says screw it and walks off, leaving Crimson to suffer the wrath of Abyss, who rams him hard into the barricade and then the stairs. Abyss rolls Crimson into the ring and hits the Black Hole Slam.
We go backstage where the Mystery Cameraman tells Ken Anderson to explain what the top spot means to him, and Anderson says he wants to gold medal, but instead of a straight title match he's getting a three way. He won't sit around complaining, he's going to make lemonade out of lemons and he'll make chicken salad out of chicken ****.
We go to Kurt Angle, who says Karen is making an ass out of herself by accusing all the Knockouts because she has no idea who the mistress is. Karen's gone from being covered in **** to stepping in it, and she might just run into the mistress next week. She has no idea who it is, and when she meets Ms Angle, she's going to **** her pants. Okay, then.
Mickie James come out to the ring and says that when she got into the business 12 years ago, the only thing she wanted was to become the greatest women's wrestler of all time. But what she wants most of all right now is to dedicate the Knockouts Title she now holds to all the fans who stood by her and believed in her through everything, and it's because of them that she stands here right now with the title and gets to live her dreams because of them. She thanks the fans and her music hits.
Bully Ray is backstage talking to Abyss, and saying that him as the TNA World Champion would be great because it would piss the entire wrestling world off. He would trade in all 23 World Tag Team Titles for one TNA World Title, mostly because he teamed with that slacker for 15 years. But now he gets to beat up Anderson and Sting and be the guy who represents the company as World Champion.
It's main event time!
TNA World Title Match: Sting vs Ken Anderson vs Bully Ray
The bell rings and we're off, with Sting going right after Anderson and beating him down as Bully Ray sat back and watches. Ray nailed Sting from behind and unloaded with hard forearms, then rammed Sting back and forth from corner to corner. He went back and forth beating both Sting and Anderson down before hitting a side suplex for 2. Anderson nailed Ray and hit a short clothesline on Sting for 2, then starts trading blows with Ray. Sting wipes them both out with a double clothesline and then takes turns nailing each of them with right hands. Sting dumps Anderson to the floor and gets a clothesline on Ray for 2, but Ray boots Sting in the face and then nails Anderson, and we're at commercial.
We're back and Ray hits a vertical suplex on Anderson for 2 and then a diving headbutt for another 2. Anderson fires back with right hands and rocks Bully Ray, but Ray with a hard elbow to the top of the head and a punt to the ribs of Sting. Anderson nails Ray with a series of clotheslines and a neckbreaker for 2, buth Sting lays Anderson out with a series of clotheslines and hits the Stinger Splash. Ray follows that up with a charge on Anderson and Sting tries a Stinger Splash on Ray, but Ray pulls the referee in the way and then lays Sting out with a clothesline. Ray grabs the pipe and stalks Sting with it, and nails a shot to the midsection. He tells the crowd that that one was for Hogan, but AJ Styles suddenly runs in and goes after Ray, hitting a Pelle Kick and then heading to the outside. Sting grabs the pipe and nails Ray with it, and a second referee slides into the ring and makes the three count.
Anderson grabs the pipe from ringside and slowly peers over the ring apron with hatred in his eyes...and we're at commercial!
We go backstage where Bully Ray says that he should be the TNA World Champion and wants to know what business AJ Styles had out there because it was a three way match, not a four way. He thinks that if we thought he took it out on AJ before, AJ cost him the World Title and now he's really going to take it out on him. The Mystery Cameraman says that he tried to end AJ's career, but Ray says he got his comeuppance at Lockdown, but he got involved tonight and next time there won't be a table, it'll be concrete, and he says to tell AJ that it's not in his family's best interests for him not to show up. He's been in the business for a long time and he's been in the ring with bigger, tougher, stronger men than AJ, and Ray is a 300 pound warrior and there's nothing AJ can do to hurt him and he's picking a fight with the wrong grizzly.
We flip over to AJ, who says that Ray tried to end his career and he has to get in here to provide for his family. Scott Steiner tells Matt Morgan that he's a Division III basketball player and Steiner was a Division I wrestler and nobody's scared of basketball players. Next week, Morgan's ass is his and Morgan's a dead man next week. The Jarretts are backstage and Karen says she went through all the TNA hos, and now she's freaking out over the war still going on. Velvet Sky says that Karen called her a slut, but she's hot and doesn't need Angle, and she has enough problems with Angelina Love. We go back to the Jarretts and Karen has no idea who the mistress is, and Jeff says he's going to find out who the mistress is because this is a bunch of crap.
2011 - WWE issued the following:
WWE® Announces Revised Dividend Policy
Adjusts Quarterly Dividend to $0.12 per share
STAMFORD, Conn.-- WWE (NYSE:WWE) today announced a revised dividend policy to enhance the Company's financial flexibility and support the "New WWE" initiative. Beginning in June of 2011, the Company's quarterly dividend will be adjusted to $0.12 per share of common stock held by the Company's Class A public shareholders. Members of the McMahon family will also receive dividends in the revised per share amount and, as a result, all Class A and Class B shares will receive dividends in the amount of $0.12 per share.
"Our Board of Directors has determined that an adjustment to the current dividend is both prudent and appropriate," stated Vince McMahon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe this change strikes the right balance between returning capital to shareholders and investing in our future. We are confident that WWE is ideally positioned to create long term value for our shareholders."
"The Company's revised quarterly dividend was set based on targeted ranges for payout ratios and liquidity levels," stated George Barrios, Chief Financial Officer. "Aligning payouts with our current level of earnings and cash flow will significantly enhance our financial flexibility, support our current growth initiatives, and enable us to take advantage of important strategic opportunities in a quickly changing media landscape, including executing on our 'New WWE' initiative."
WWE's management and Board remain committed to delivering value for the Company's shareholders, and the revised dividend will continue to return significant cash to its investors. The revised quarterly payout of $0.12 per share provides a yield of 4.2% based on the April 28 stock price, representing an approximate 130% premium to the S&P 500. Further, the Board will continue to review the Company's dividend policy on an ongoing basis, including the appropriateness of one-time returns of capital.
The new quarterly dividend rate will become effective with our June 2011 dividend payment. The record date for the dividend will be June 15, 2011, with a payment date of June 27, 2011