Match Number One: Gail Kim and Maria versus Alicia Fox and Michelle McCool
Alicia tries to kick Gail before the bell rings but Gail blocks it and Gail
with a monkey flip. Gail with a cross body into the corner and then she goes up
top for a cross body for a near fall. Gail with a forearm and kick followed by a
rana. Maria tags in and Gail with a snap mare and Maria with a leap frog
neckbreaker for a near fall. Maria with knees to the midsection followed by a
tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Alicia gets to the ropes and the referee pulls Maria
away. While the referee is distracted by Alicia, Michelle with a kick to the
back and Alicia gets a near fall. Michelle tags in and she kicks Maria in the
corner followed by a European uppercut. Alicia tags back in and she kicks Maria
followed by forearms. Michelle is back in and she kicks Maria and she has Maria
in a cravate with knees for added impact. Michelle with a side Russian leg sweep
and float over into a near fall. Michelle with a sleeper but Maria gets to her
feet and she backs Michelle into the turnbuckles. Michelle with a clothesline
from behind that takes Maria down again. Michelle attacks Gail on the apron and
then Michelle turns into a kick and both women are down. Gail tags in and she
hits a leaping clothesline in the corner and then she hits a blockbuster for a
near fall. Gail goes to the turnbuckles again but Michelle sees it coming and
kicks Gail and gets the three count.
Winners: Michelle McCool and Alicia Fox
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Mark Henry video package.
Match Number Two: Paul Burchill with Katie Lea versus Evan Bourne
They lock up and Burchill uses his size advantage to back Bourne into the ropes and he hits a knee followed by a slam and a forearm. Burchill sends Bourne into the turnbuckles followed by a snap mare and kick to the back. Bourne with a drop toe hold and elbow drop for a near fall. Bourne with kicks to Burchill but Burchill blocks a kick and hits an overhead suplex. Burchill with a brainbuster for a near fall. Bruchill with a reverse chin lock and Burchill tries to escape. Burchill with a knee and European uppercut but Bourne with kicks. Burchill works on the ribs. Bourne with a kick to the back of the head but he runs into the turnbuckles. Bourne with an uppercut to Burchill and Burchill blocks a rana and Bourne lands hard on the knee. We go to commercial.
We are back and Burchill with an atomic drop on the knee followed by a Saito
suplex. Burchill uses the ring post to add to the injury to Bourne’s leg. Katie
does the same when the referee deals with her brother. Burchill with a leg lace
and Bourne tries to get to the ropes but Burchill is able to keep Bourne in the
center of the ring. Bourne with a kick to get out of the hold. Burchill tries
for another suplex but Bourne with punches and a head scissors. Bourne with a
punch and a knee to Burchill that sends Paul to the floor. Bourne with a jumping
spin kick to Burchill. Bourne with a kick and a leaping clothesline for a near
fall. Bourne goes up top but Burchill stops him and Burchill tries for a
superplex but Bourne with a chop, punches, and forearms. Bourne hits a shooting
star press for the three count.
Winner: Evan Bourne
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Did you know moment about WWE’s ability to sell out shows in Europe along with footage of the tour.
It is time for the Raw Rebound.
Josh Mathews is in the interview area with Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes and Cody has custody of the shirt this week. They ask Cody and Ted about Randy’s match with Shane McMahon on Monday night. Cody says that Shane’s actions were those of a desperate man. He knows that their family’s time is over. Ted says that Monday is the final step for the McMahons. Tonight is their first step to join Randy Orton with gold. Ted talks about how the Colons come from a wrestling family. Ted says that the Colons are the tag team champions . . . for now.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Ted DiBiase with Cody Rhodes versus Carlito with Primo
They lock up and Carlito with a clean break but DiBiase attacks Carlito and punches him in the corner. Carlito with punches and kicks to Ted in the corner and the referee pulls Carlito away. Carlito with an Irish whip but Ted with a kick. Ted runs at Carlito and Carlito with a back body drop for a near fall. Carlito with an arm bar but Ted pulls Carlito down by the hair. Ted misses a fist drop. Carlito with an arm drag into an arm bar. Ted with a punch and then he sends Carlito into the turnbuckles. Carlito tries for a monkey flip but Ted puts Carlito on the ropes. Carlito with a rana and both men go to the floor and we go to commercial.
We are back and Carlito hits a drop kick that sends DiBiase to the apron.
Carlito hip tosses DiBiase into the ring but DiBiase with an arm drag and a kick
to the head. DiBiase continues with the kicks to Carlito. DiBiase with a snap
mare and a chin lock and arm bar combination. Carlito punches DiBiase and then
he kicks him. DiBiase with a hot shot to Carlito and DiBiase gets a near fall.
DiBiase with a series of elbow drops to Carlito and then it is time for the
vintage and patented DiBiase fist drop for a near fall. DiBiase with a slam and
then he goes for the second turnbuckle for a double stomp and he gets a near
fall. Carlito with a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down. Carlito with
punches to DiBiase followed by a knee lift. Carlito hits a clothesline to
DiBiase and then he hits a DDT. DiBiase with a slam for a near fall. Carlito
with a jawbreaker and he tries for the springboard back elbow but DiBiase sees
it coming and he hits the Million Dollar Slam for the three count.
Winner: Ted DiBiase
Jeff Jarrett is walking in the back and Jeremy Borash wants to ask Jeff some questions, but he will not answer Jeremy. Jeremy tries to get some answers from Jeremy. Mick says that Jarrett cannot fire him because he is the champion. Mick says that he wants to work with Jeff not against him. Mick says that friends fight with steel chairs. Mick says that him and Jeff are going to be closer than brothers.
We are live on tape from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and your announcers are Don ‘Fang Fingers’ West and Mike ‘Sorry San Jose’ Tenay.
The Main Event Mafia comes to the ring but Sting is not with them. Angle has a mic and he says that for the last six months since the birth of the Main Event Mafia, those closest to him have referred to him as the Godfather. Angle says that it is because he is the man in charge and he knows how to make things happen. He can deliver as long as he is showed respect. He tells Mick Foley that is how he is honored in TNA as long as he gets the proper respect. When Foley hit him last week with the chair, Foley did not know that there would be consequences. There is a price for Foley to pay. Angle tells Jeff Jarrett that he has an offer that Jeff cannot refuse. Angle says that if he is put in the title match at Sacrifice, he will put up what is most important to him. If he is pinned, the individual who pins him will be the Godfather of the Main Event Mafia. He tells Mick Foley that after what happened last week, he is going to go to his office and he is going to employ a hostile takeover. He is going to take over Foley’s office and job. He will take over everything because when you screw with the Godfather, you get the thorn of the rose.
Mick Foley is in the office with Jeremy Borash. Jeremy asks Mick for his thoughts. Mick asks what Angle said as he pulls out his headphones. Jeff Jarrett enters and he tells Mick that it is just the two of them and he can beat him up if he wants. He tells Foley to stay out of his way. Foley wants to know if Jarrett has his back if Angle tries to take over. Jeff tells Foley that he is on his own. We go to commercial.
We are back and Lauren is in the Main Event Dressing Room. Angle says that he is the Godfather and when he says something, he looks that person in the eyes and does it. Lauren asks Kurt about his offer for Sacrifice. Kurt says that he is going to whip Foley’s ass and become the TNA Champion. Steiner says that he wants to get back at Jarrett. Angle tells Steiner that they need Jarrett to get into the match at Sacrifice. Then Steiner can have him.
We see footage from the first round matches in the Team 3D Tag Team Challenge.
Match Number One: The Motor City Machine Guns versus Amazing Red and Suicide in the Team 3D Tag Team Invitational
Shelley and Red start things off and Shelley with a kick and side head lock. Shelley with a shoulder tackle but Red with an arm drag. Shelley with a leg sweep but Red with a matrix to get out of a cover. Red with a kick to Shelley’s head. Shelley ties Red up and then he tags in Sabin and Sabin poses. Red with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors. Suicide tags in and he drops Sabin on the mat and then he hits a leg drop. Suicide presses Sabin over his head and drops him and then Suicide presses Red onto Sabin for a near fall. Red sends Sabin into the turnbuckles and then Red with a drop kick. Sabin sends Red into the turnbuckles and then the Guns with a double kick. Suicide is knocked off the apron and then Red is tossed around by Shelley and Sabin.
Shelley puts Red in the Tree of Woe and then he stands on Red’s groin.
Shelley with a baseball slide and Sabin with a hesitation drop kick. Sabin with
a version of an abdominal stretch. Shelley tags back in and Red with kicks to
Shelley and Sabin. Red with a kick to Shelley and then he hits an inverted DDT
and both men are down. Suicide is tagged in and he hits a double sledge on
Shelley and a clothesline in the corner. Suicide with a drop kick to Sabin.
Suicide with a fireman’s carry slam of Shelley onto Sabin. Shelley hits Suicide
from behind. Sabin with a kick and then Shelley with Sliced Bread #2 for a two
count. Sabin with a drop kick that knocks Red down on the apron. Sabin and
Shelley wait for Suicide to get up and it is time for a series of kicks. Red
with a kick to Shelley followed by a rana to Sabin. Red hits Code Red to
Shelley. Red with a corkscrew plancha onto Sabin. Suicide hits Suicide Solution
on Shelley for the three count.
Winners: Amazing Red and Suicide
Lauren is with Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, and Madison Rayne. Lauren asks Madison about her stretcher match against Kong. Angela talks about other times things appeared to happen ‘on paper’. She says that they can do anything. They welcome a stretcher match and they wonder who will be able to push Kong on a stretcher.
We go to commercial.
We are back with and Abyss and Dr. Stevie video package.
Lauren is with Abyss and she asks him if Dr. Stevie is serious about putting Abyss in a match where his opponent can use weapons while he cannot. Abyss says that getting hit with weapons can make him better.
Cody Deener and ODB stop by and he says that he is going to seek revenge on Abyss. He challenges Abyss tonight. Cody tells Lauren to tell Abyss that he is waiting for him when Abyss grows a set. Cody touches Lauren and Abyss grabs Cody and Cody is afraid.
It is time for a Kurt Angle video package.
Mick Foley is with the Motor City Machine Guns and he reminds them that they beat him in a first blood match. Mick asks Shelley and Sabin for their help to take care of Kurt Angle. Alex tells Mick that he is crazy and they would like to help Mick, but Chris says that they have some issues. Alex says that they have issues with Suicide. He is under a mask and Suicide stopped TNA from showcasing the real tag team talent. Foley says that Suicide is Al Snow and Shelley and Sabin don’t believe him.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: LAX versus Doug Williams and Brutus Magnus with Rob Terry in the Team 3D Invitational Tournament
We go to the back and Hernandez is injured and Brutus Magnus has Hernandez’ briefcase.
Homicide will wrestle this as a handicap match and he hits Rob with the
briefcase. Homicide hits the Tope con hilo on Williams and Magnus. Homicide
sends Williams into the ring. Williams punches Homicide and Homicide hits a
swinging neck breaker. Homicide punches Williams but Homicide charges into a
boot. Homicide with a back elbow to Magnus. Williams attacks Homicide from
behind. Homicide goes up top and he hits a missile drop kick on both men.
Homicide with a chop to Magnus and then Homicide knocks Williams off the apron.
Magnus with a clothesline to Homicide. Magnus kicks Homicide before tagging
Williams back in. Williams with a European uppercut to Homicide and Homicide
tries to fight back. Williams with a knee into the corner followed by a suplex
for a near fall. Magnus tags in and the hit a cross arm clothesline. Magnus with
a power slam and then he goes up top and he tries for a frog splash but he
overshoots Homicide and misses. Williams tags in and Homicide with a kick and
forearm but Williams with a European uppercut. Homicide with an overhead
belly-to-belly throw. Homicide with a tornado DDT to Magnus followed by a cutter
to Williams. Rob grabs Homicide’s leg and Williams hits a European uppercut
while Magnus holds Homicide for the three count.
Winners: The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams)
We go to commercial.
We are back with another video package about Kurt Angle.
Match Number Three: Madison Rayne with Angelina Love and Velvet Sky versus Awesome Kong with Raisha Saeed in a Stretcher Match
The referee sends Saeed to the back. He also sends Love and Sky to the back.
Madison turns around and Kong with punches and then she hits a choke slam.
The stretcher is put in the ring and Kong hits a short arm clothesline. Kong
puts Madison on the stretcher and the referee starts the count but Kong pulls
Madison off and then hits the Implant Buster. Kong pulls Rayne off the stretcher
again and Kong hits the Awesome Bomb. The crowd asks for one more and Kong gives
it to them. Kong is put on the stretcher and the referee makes the ten count.
Winner: Awesome Kong
We go to commercial.
We are back and we see footage from during the commercial when Angelina and Velvet check on Madison.
Don and Mike talk about the attacks on Madison and Hernandez and Don blames what happened to Madison on the referee sending Angelina and Velvet to the back.
We have a rare Main Event Mafia video package.
Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin come out to the ring. Alex has the mic and he says that he wants everyone to shut up because they have someone to call out. They want Christopher Daniels/Suicide to come out to the ring.
Christopher Daniels comes out to the ring. Alex asks Daniels why he didn’t come in on the zip line. Shelley points out that Daniels lost his job 18 months ago. Since then, he has been doing small shows in indy purgatory trying to get his job back. Shelley points out that Daniels has a family to feed. Sabin says that is not all they know. Sabin says that they are as smart as they look. Sabin says that the time has come to ask him a few questions. He wants to know why Daniels and Suicide have the exact same build. Daniels and Suicide move the same way in the ring. Sabin asks why every time Suicide comes in the ring, the people chant Daniels’ name. Sabin says that those questions are rhetorical. Sabin calls Daniels a liar. Sabin says that it does not matter if Jarrett had anything to do with it. Sabin wants Daniels to admit that he is Suicide.
Daniels tells Sabin and Shelley that he does not owe them an explanation. The important thing is that Jeff Jarrett brought him back to TNA. He tells Sabin to get out of his face. Now that he is back, he will do what he does best and that is wrestle. He says that he does not have time for video games, masks, or repelling. If they want to know who Suicide is, ask them himself.
Shelley says that they will ask Suicide. He asks Daniels who Suicide is. Daniels takes the mic back and he says that he is Daniels. He says that he is pissed off. Daniels attacks Sabin and Shelley and he hits an STO on Sabin. Shelley with a rake of the eyes but Daniels with a Blue Thunder Bomb to Shelley. Sabin gets an uranage and Daniels sets for the BME but Sabin and Shelley get out of the ring.
It is time to Follow Foley Find Friends 2009. Now Foley is with Samoa Joe and his black head towel and knife. Foley reminds Joe about how he was there to praise Joe to everyone. Joe takes off his towel and walks away. Foley says that it is time for Plan C and we go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Cody Deener with ODB versus Abyss in an Anyone but Abyss can use weapons in this match match
Cody has a cookie sheet and he hits Abyss with it and Abyss thinks that
something might have hit him. Cody has a trash can lid and he hits Abyss with it
in the head and Abyss shrugs it off. Abyss starts to bleed. Cody with a kendo
stick and Abyss blocks it. Abyss grabs Cody by the hair and he chops Deener. ODB
gives Cody something to drink and a pep talk. Abyss grabs Cody and Cody spits it
in Abyss’s face. Cody hits Abyss in the head with the trash can and Abyss is
staggered. Cody hits him again but Abyss stays on his feet. Cody hits Abyss in
the head with the kendo stick and Abyss stays on his feet. Cody hits Abyss again
but Abyss does not go down. Cody gets a chair and hits Abyss with it. Cody
celebrates when Abyss goes down. The hat is turned around so he is serious and
he gets a wrench. Cody charges at Abyss but Abyss with a Black Hole Slam for the
Lauren is in the back with Daffney to talk about her work with Dr. Stevie. Daffney says that Dr. Stevie is the best psychiatrist she has ever been with. Daffney says that he tells her to let things out. Daffney tells Lauren that they have something in common. She says that Lauren knows who she is talking about. Lauren tells Daffney that she does not think that Abyss is interested in her. Daffney laughs and walks away.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to go to the Main Event Dressing Room and Jeremy Borash is with Kevin Nash, Booker T, and their women. Jeremy asks about the tension between the women-folk. Sharmell says that everything is under control since Kevin put his pit bull on a leash. Security gets involved and Angle tells Booker to control Sharmell. Booker wants to leave and Sharmell goes with him.
Matt Morgan comes out and he has something to say. He says that he is going to drop a bombshell on Impact. Matt tells the Main Event Mafia that he is going to make an offer they cannot refuse. He offers his services. He says that he is the future of this business and the business is now. He will be waiting on their reply but this offer is only for a limited time.
Lauren is in the back with A.J. Styles and she asks him about their match tonight. She also asks about problems with Joe. A.J. says that Joe is on no one’s page and he is a different person. He does not know who Joe has been talking to. He tells Joe that he better have his game face on. He wants the Samoan Submission Machine, not the Nation of Violence.
We go to commercial.
We go to footage of Rhino training Jesse Neal in the ring. Jesse says that it is nothing line basic training. Rhino says that he has the heart.
Match Number Five: Booker T and Kevin Nash with their women versus A.J. Styles and Samoa Joe
Joe does not come out at the start of the match and we have another handicap match.
Booker starts off with A.J. and they lock up. Booker with a break but A.J. pushes Booker. They lock up again and Booker works on the arm. A.J. reverses and he puts Booker in a hammer lock. Booker with a side head lock and a knee to the midsection. A.J. with a back elbow and then Styles with the Phenomenal drop kick for a near fall. Nash tags in and Styles with a waist lock and Styles with shoulders in the corner. Nash with an Irish whip but Styles moves out of the way when Nash charges into the corner. Styles tries for a sunset flip but he cannot get Nash over. Nash puts Styles in the corner and it is time for elbows. Nash puts Styles on the turnbuckles but Styles punches Nash and then he puts Nash in a sleeper. Booker tags in and he connects with a knee and a knee lift. Nash tags back in and Styles with a kick to Nash’s leg and then he punches Booker. Styles goes to the apron and he sends Booker to the floor. Styles with a springboard forearm to Nash and Nash goes to the floor.
Bobby Lashley is slow walking in the split screen while Styles hits a slingshot splash onto Booker and Nash on the floor. Samoa Joe makes his way into the Impact Zone as we go to commercial.
We are back and Booker with a knee to Styles and we see footage during the
commercial of tension between Joe and Styles. We see Nash and Booker attack Joe
and Styles. Back to live on tape action and Joe attacks Nash and then he takes
care of Booker. Joe with a drop kick to Nash followed by a power slam to Booker.
Joe slams Nash’s head into the ring steps while Jenna distracts the referee in
distraction point #1. Booker gets the Legends Title belt and he hits Styles with
it to get the three count.
Winners: Booker T and Kevin Nash
After the match, Joe kneels over his fallen tag team partner. A.J. gets in Joe’s face and he wants to know why Joe is doing this.
Mick Foley is in his office and he is talking to someone controversial. He says that he needs this person’s help against Kurt Angle. Mick tells this person to hide in the closet until he can sucker Kurt Angle into the office.
We go to commercial.
We are back for the main event backstage segment as Kurt Angle finally starts his hostile take over of Mick Foley’s office, but first we have another Kurt Angle video package.
Angle is in Jeff Jarrett’s office and he confronts Mick Foley. Foley wants to set things straight. He is working on a new contract with a huge superstar coming into TNA. Then he will be ready to talk to Foley. Angle tells Foley to get out of his office. Foley says the safe word but that person does not hear it. Angle chokes Foley and Foley wants to know why Angle is so angry. Angle reminds Foley that he hit him with a chair last week. Foley tells Angle that he can hit him with a chair one time to get even. Then Foley can have a shot at his title at Sacrifice. Foley tells Angle to get Jarrett’s guitar and hit him in the head. Foley tells Angle that he has second thoughts about the guitar and he says that he can get a chair and he will have it in 30 seconds. Foley hits Angle in the head with the phone and then he applies the Mandible Claw as the lights go out. The lights go back on and Kurt Angle is down and someone has a chair but that person has a hood on. The hood comes off and it is Sting.2010 - WWE released Hall of Famer Tony Atlas, who had been working as a personality on the ECW brand but was hardly being utilized once that brand was shut down.
We are live on tape from Hershey, Pennsylvania and your announcers are Todd ‘ Good thing MNM didn’t return tonight’ Grisham and Matt ‘That is a lot of chocolate’ Striker.
Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long comes out and he addresses the people of Hershey. He mentions that the draft was held last Monday and he says that it was off the hook. He mentions that people switched brands and he says that Smackdown got the best of the deal. Teddy introduces one of the newest members of the Smackdown roster, Kofi Kingston.
We see the interaction that Kofi and Chris Jericho had when Kofi was drafted to Smackdown with Trouble in Paradise.
Before our first match, Chris Jericho comes out to the ring and he has something to say. Twelve months ago, he said that he would become the face of Smackdown and he has done it. He says that he dazzled everyone with his presence and he took the show to the next level. He says that he gave us some of the greatest matches they have ever seen. He says that his time is done here and it is time to become the face of Raw. Jericho says that he does not want the hypocrites to fret and be sad that Chris is gone and has left an empty hole in their lives on Friday nights. Jericho says that it is time for everyone to move on with their lives and listen to the advice that he has given them. Jericho says that it is time to move on and to grow up.
Kofi wants to know why they need to grow up and he tells Jericho to shut up. He tells Chris that if he doesn’t want to or know how to do it, Kofi says that he will show him.
Match Number One: Kofi Kingston versus Chris Jericho
Jericho with a kick and forearm and then he sends Kofi into the turnbuckles. Jericho with n Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Kofi leaps onto the turnbuckles but Jericho counters it with a power bomb and we go to commercial.
We are back and Jericho kicks Kofi and then hits a baseball slide to send Kofi to the floor. Jericho mocks Kofi before going to the floor after Kofi and brings Kofi back into the ring. Jericho with a reverse chin lock, but Kofi with forearms to Jericho followed by an Irish whip. Kofi misses a splash into the corner when Jericho moves out of the way and Jericho gets a near fall. Jericho with a kick to the back and then he chokes Kofi in the ropes. Jericho with a kick to the midsection and then he taunts Kofi. Kofi with punches but Jericho with a kick to the head. Jericho with a rear chin lock followed by knees to the midsection. Kofi with a cross body for a near fall and then he hits a series of chops to the chest. Kofi with the leaping clothesline but when he tries for the Boom drop, Jericho is able to counter and he tries for the Walls of Jericho but Kofi is able to turn it into an inside cradle for a near fall. Jericho avoids Trouble in Paradise and then he puts Kofi in the Walls of Jericho. Kofi struggles to get to the ropes and he eventually gets to the ropes out of desperation. Jericho argues with the referee instead of finishing off Kofi and Kofi with a drop kick and then he tries for the Boom Drop but Jericho moves out of the way. Jericho with a Codebreaker but Kofi is propelled to the floor after the move. Jericho goes to the floor to get Kofi and bring him back into the ring. Jericho gets a near fall and then he kicks Kofi in the ribs while asking ‘where’s the boom’. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise for the three count.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
After the match, Kofi celebrates on the turnbuckles, but he shows the damage that the Codebreaker can do.
We go to Jack Swagger in the back and we find out that he was on the Oklahoma Football team that won the Rose Bowl and he was invited to the White House by then President George W. Bush.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Chris Jericho is walking in the back and he stops to talk to someone and he wonders why this person was not out there to help him against Kofi. Jericho says that he could have used him on Raw and stayed there. Jericho says that he should have listened to him before. He wants to know if this person is listening to him now. Jericho starts to walk away but he walks into a big right hand from Big Show. Show says that he heard Jericho.
Chavo Guerrero is in the ring to make his return to Smackdown. He says that there is no need to rub your eyes or adjust your television sets because Chavo is back on Smackdown. He says that he is no longer under the thumb of the Raw guest host. He says that it feels good to be back. He talks about how there are now two Guerreros on Smackdown. He says that everyone knows how close he is to his Aunt Vickie. Chavo says that everyone can put their hands together to welcome Chavo back.
Chavo’s return is interrupted by Kane who makes his way to the ring. Kane walks up to Chavo and Chavo tries to be calm about Kane’s presence in the ring. Kane choke slams Chavo and then welcomes Chavo back to Smackdown. Who wants some pyro.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did you Know about what WWE does at military bases all over the world?
Shad Gaspard is in the back and he talks about all of the new faces coming from Raw and how they think that it is their time. Shad says that they are wrong because it is his time. He then says it again.
Match Number Two: John Morrison versus Cody Rhodes
Morrison goes to the leg but Rhodes gets to the ropes and Morrison releases the hold. Rhodes pushes Morrison but Morrison with a forearm. Rhodes with a kick to the leg and then he sends Morrison in the turnbuckles and then he punches and kicks Morrison. Morrison with forearms and punches to Rhodes followed by an Irish whip but Rhodes with a float over. Morrison with a leg lariat and standing shooting star press for a near fall. Rhodes goes to the floor and Morrison follows after him and takes Cody down. Morrison sends Cody into the ringside barrier but Rhodes uses the ring steps for a spin kick as we go to commercial.
We are back and Rhodes with a cross face and arm bar but Morrison backs Cody into the turnbuckles and gets out of the hold with an arm drag. Rhodes responds with a drop kick and gets a near fall. Rhodes with a front suplex to Morrison and then he sets up for and hits the Ric Flair knee drop and gets a near fall. Rhodes returns to the chin lock and arm bar. Morrison with punches but Rhodes pulls Morrison to the mat by using the hair. Rhodes with more kicks to Morrison and then he punches Morrison in the face and stomps on the chest. Morrison punches Rhodes and connects with knees in the corner. Rhodes with an elbow after being sent into the corner and Rhodes goes up top and hits a moonsault and instead of getting the cover, he punches Morrison and then he tries for a cover but can only get a near fall. Rhodes with a slam and then he tries for the Flair knee drop but Morrison moves out of the way. Morrison with a drop kick of his own and both men are down. Morrison with punches and clotheslines to Rhodes followed by a flying shoulder tackle. Morrison with a rollup but Rhodes kicks out. Morrison with the springboard round kick but he can only get a two count. Morrison tries for a suplex but Rhodes floats over and he tries for Cross Rhodes but Morrison counters with a flap jack for a near fall. Morrison tries for the corkscrew split legged moonsault but Rhodes moves out of the way. Morrison lands on his feet and then Rhodes sends Morrison to the apron. Morrison with a kick and then he tries for a head scissors back into the ring but Rhodes counters with the Alabama Slam for a near fall. Morrison with a kick to the head and that staggers Rhodes and sends him to the mat. Morrison with a Shining Wizard but Rhodes gets his hand on the rope to break up the count. Morrison with a Pele kick but Rhodes is able to recover and he hits Cross Rhodes for the three count.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
We go to another Jack Swagger behind the curtain factoid. Jack says that he led Oklahoma to three consecutive national championships as team captain of the wrestling team.
We go to commercial with Edge walking in the back.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: Edge spearing Randy Orton to allow Batista to become the new number one contender for the WWE Title.
Edge comes to the ring for his Smackdown Farewell Address. Edge starts off by mentioning that he was drafted to Raw and he says that he doesn’t want to go. He says that Smackdown always felt like his show and his home. He says that the people felt like his family. Through all of his injuries, trial, and tribulations, the fans stood behind him even when he thought he didn’t deserve it. Edge says that the fans probably brought him back from his Achilles injury faster than he should have. Edge says that he wanted to come to tell everyone that he loved them.
Edge’s former tag team partner, Christian comes out to the ring. Edge says that he knows why Christian is out here, but before he gets to it, he has to say Edge and Christian. He says that everyone must remember what they did. Edge says that before Christian wishes him luck on Raw, he says that Christian is his best friend and because Christian is his best friend, he wants to wish Christian luck on his show.
Christian says that a lot of people remember the history of Edge and Christian, but he wants to let those who might not know how far back they go. Christian says that they have known each other since the sixth grade. They went to high school together, were roommates in college. They broke into the business together. They became seven time tag team champions together. Christian says that it means that he knows Edge better than anybody, probably better than Edge knows himself. Christian says that he knows that every word to come out of Edge’s mouth before he came out was a load of crap.
Edge wants to know where this is coming from.
Christian says that Edge has come back from a number of injuries and the WWE Universe respects him for coming back and Edge might not know how much they respect him. Christian says that Edge did not respect them back. He used the fans to get what he wanted.
Edge says that this is about Christian and not him. Edge points out that he is a nine time World Champion and then he asks Christian how many World Championships he has won.
Christian says that he has never been World Champion . . . yet. He says that he will win it on his own talent and merits and not have to stand on anyone’s neck. Christian says that he knows that Edge is trying to change the subject so he is going to call Edge out in front of everyone. He will tell Edge exactly what he is. He tells Edge that he is a liar.
Edge thinks about what Christian just said and he has a revelation and tells Christian that he was right. Edge says that he can’t wait to get off this show. Edge says that for the last few months he has been the puppeteer getting everyone to chant ‘spear’ any time he wanted them to and they did. He says that he is a master psychologist. He played everyone and he enjoyed every second of it.
Christian says that ever since he came back to the WWE, the peeps and the people in the back have been asking when will we see Edge and Christian together one more time to go for the titles. Christian says that he realized that Edge used him too to get to the top. Christian says that he doesn’t want to see Edge AND Christian any more. He wants to see Edge VERSUS Christian. He wants to see it right here and right now.
Edge takes off his jacket and then he tells Christian, no. Edge walks away and then he hits Christian from behind and then hits a big boot. Edge sets for the spear but Christian with a kick and then he tries for the Killswitch but Edge gets out of the ring.
Christian tells Edge that he has a better chant than ‘Spear’ and he starts serenading Edge’s farewell from Smackdown.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Josh Mathews asks Edge for his thoughts in the back for a possible match between Edge and Christian. Edge says that Christian probably wouldn’t want to see that match because it wouldn’t end well for him.
Edge backs into Show and Show says that it is a shame that we won’t see and Edge and Christian match. He says that it will be a shame that we don’t see this match and then we see Show knock out Edge.
Match Number Three: Michelle McCool and Layla with Vickie Guerrero versus Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly
Kelly and Michelle start things off and Michelle with a waist lock and she pushes Kelly into the turnbuckles. Michelle with a European uppercut followed by kicks and then she pushes Kelly. Michelle with a knee but Kelly with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors and clothesline followed by a rana and she gets a near fall. Michelle with a kick and Irish whip. Michelle sends Kelly to the apron but Kelly with a shoulder to Michelle and then she takes Layla down on the floor. Vickie hits Kelly from behind while the referee was not looking. Michelle runs Kelly into the ringside barrier before they return to the ring. Michelle gets a near fall. Michelle with a kick and she tries for a power bomb but Kelly with a rana to counter. Kelly with an enzuigiri and Layla is tagged in and she keeps Kelly from making the tag. Layla misses a leg drop and Beth is tagged in. Beth knocks Michelle down on the apron and then she sends Layla into the turnbuckles before she hits a double sledge and head butt. Layla with a drop kick to Beth but Beth with a back elbow and clothesline from the corner. Michelle tries to stop the Glam Slam and Beth sends Layla into Michelle followed by a kick to Michelle that sends her to the floor. Beth with a slingshot suplex and then Beth tags in Kelly who hits a leg drop off the back for the three count.
Winners: Kelly Kelly and Beth Phoenix
It is time for another ‘Getting to Know Jack Swagger’ segment. Swagger says that he turned down scholarships from Miami, Texas, Stanford, and USC while in high school.
We are back and Did you Know that a lot of people go to WWE.com.
It is time for another new face on Smackdown as Chris Master talks about viral videos and we see the Dancing Pecs. He says that is a masterpiece.
Dolph Ziggler comes out to address the fans. Dolph says that he did a huge favor for the Smackdown fans on Monday and he calls it the greatest moment of his career. We go to the highlights of what he did to Hornsowggle after losing by count out. Ziggler says that no one will ever see that little troll again on Smackdown. He says that he put him to sleep and now he is in leprechaun heaven.
Matt and Todd turn their attention to the injury problems with Matt Hardy. We go to footage from last week’s tag match when McIntyre stomped on Hardy’s head while it was on the ring steps.
We go to Matt Hardy in the back where Josh Mathews asks him about his health. Matt says that he has suffered a lot of injuries during his career, but nothing like last week. When Drew stomped his head into the stairs, it made its toll physically and psychologically. Matt says that he will come back and Drew McIntyre will realize.
We will not know what Drew will realize because he attacks Hardy and hits the double underhook DDT.
We go to commercial.
We are back and JTG is in the back and he says that he is thinking to himself about what is next for him. He says that it would look good to have some gold around your waist. JTG says that is a good idea.
CM Punk and the Straight Edge Society comes to the ring. Punk has Serena massage his hair before talking. Punk says that everyone in the WWE Universe thought that their hero Rey Mysterio would defeat him and shave his head bald. Punk says that he would beat Rey and he did it single handedly. Punk says that his symbol of purity on the top of his head. Punk says that Luke and Serena were unfairly ejected from ringside on Sunday, but he still beat Rey all by himself. Punk says that it is not a secret. He did it because he is straight edge.
Punk is interrupted by another face returning to Smackdown, Montel Vontavious Porter. Porter says that the cornrow wearing, savoir faring, jaw dropping, bottle popping, modern day mack is back.
Punk says that he was speaking and Porter says that was the problem. Porter says that he wants to apologize for having to listen to this moron and his band of mindless followers talk every week. He tells Punk to shut up. Porter says that Punk calls himself a savior, but Porter says that he is going to be a savior tonight by saving everyone from having to listen to Punk. Porter says that he remembers when Fridays were fun and Smackdown was a party. Punk came in like a wet blanket killing all of the fun. Porter says that he will make one promise. Porter says that Friday nights are going to get hot again.
Porter punches Punk but Gallows stops Porter and it turns into a two on one situation. Rey Mysterio comes out and he goes after Gallows and then he kicks Punk. Punk is pulled from the ring by Luke Gallows and we go to commercial.
Match Number Four: CM Punk and Luke Gallows versus Rey Mysterio and Montel Vontavious Porter
Gallows and Porter start things off and they lock up to a stalemate. Gallows with a kick and forearms but Porter with a flying forearm and he tags in Rey. Rey uses Porter for some extra force with a wheelbarrow slam onto Gallows for a near fall. Rey with a kick and forearm to Gallows but Gallows gets Rey up. Rey tries for a tornado DDT but Gallows blocks it and sends Rey into the ropes and Gallows with a big boot for a near fall. Gallows with punches and he tags in Punk. Punk punches Rey and then he has something to say to Porter on the apron. Punk chokes Rey with his boot in the corner. Punk with a belly-to-back suplex and then he hits a leg drop or three as they get more rapid and he gets a near fall. Punk with a figure four head scissors but Rey kicks his way out of the hold. Punk with a running knee to the head and he tags in Gallows. Punk with a suplex followed by a splash from Gallows for a near fall. Gallows with a knee to the chest and then he chokes Rey with his boot. Gallows with an uppercut to Rey and then Punk is tagged back in. Punk with a forearm to the back and Rey with forearms but Punk keeps Rey from making the tag. Punk with a spinebuster for a near fall. Punk with knees to Rey followed by an Irish whip. Rey counters with a tornado DDT and both men are down. Gallows tags in and so does Porter. Porter with an overhead throw followed by a clothesline and back elbow. Porter with a facebuster and then he sets for the Ballin’ elbow for a near fall that is broken up by Punk. Rey comes in and hits a springboard seated senton on Punk. Porter puts Gallows in the ropes and Rey hits the 619 and Porter hits the 305 for the three count.
Winners: CM Punk and Rey Mysterio
After the match, while Montel Vontavious Porter celebrates on the turnbuckles, the mysterious masked man attacks Rey and hits a swinging neck breaker before going into the crowd.
Jack Swagger is back for more ‘Did You Know’ and he says that he graduated with a 4.0 GPA. He says that he was invited back to give the keynote address at the 2010 Commencement Ceremony at the University of Oklahoma.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Jack Swagger comes to the ring to tell us some more facts. Jack raises the title belt before he talks. Jack says that when he was growing up in Perry, Oklahoma he was two years old when his father sat him down. Before he continues, he tells everyone that he has something important to say and asks to be allowed to finish. He tells everyone to sit down
Swagger continues by saying that when he was two years old, his father sat him down and told him ‘son, one day you’ll be a world champion’. By the time he was five, he completed the first grade and was six inches taller than everyone in his class. When he was twelve, he won the punt, pass, and kick competition. In the same year, he achieved the Boy Scout’s highest honor by becoming an Eagle Scout. Jack continues and says that when he was sixteen he scored a 1510 on his SAT. He says that he was admitted early to the most prestigious university in the land, the University of Oklahoma on a full scholarship. He points out that he did not have to pay for anything. Three years later, he graduated magna cum laude, at the top of the class. Jack says that he was the premiere athlete in the country and became a two time All American. He says that it was a lot of hard work, but he earned it.
Jack says that since he is being honest and pouring his heart out, his favorite achievement and greatest achievement was when he won the World Heavyweight Title. Jack says that thirty days ago when he won the title, he sat down with his daddy and wanted to sit down with him man to man. Jack says that his dad told him ‘Son, I told you so.’ Jack says that he is telling everyone that he is the World Champion and he is going to be the World Champion until he retires.
Teddy Long comes out and interrupts the champion. Teddy tells Jack that we have heard enough from him. Teddy says that everyone wants to hear who the number one contender is for Jack’s title.
Big Show comes out and he comes to the ring. Show wants everyone to give him a round of applause and then he wants to give him a golf clap. Show wants to tell Jack what the doctors said when he was born and it was ‘oh my god, do you see the size of him?’ Show tells Swagger that he is many things and he says that Swagger is not like he is. Show says that he is the world’s largest athlete. Show doesn’t want to take anything from Swagger’s accomplishments while the fans chant ‘punch him out’. Show counts off the accomplishments. One, he went to college; two, he earned a degree; three, he was an Eagle Scout; and four, he is the World Champion. Show says that there is only one little thing to add and that is early retirement. Show with a punch to Swagger and Swagger goes down.2011 - WWE signed Jesse White, the son of Big Van Vader.
2011 - The ECWA held their annual Super 8 tournament, which was broadcast via iPPV for the first time. Stu Carapola filed the following live report:
Welcome to PWInsider.com's live coverage of the 2011 edition of the Super 8 Tournament! If you're not in Voorhees and want information on ordering the iPPV, click on the poster above.
Over The Top Battle Royal
I'm unfamiliar with a lot of the people in the match so I apologize if I miss or misspell some names, but I'll do my best. Standard battle royal to start with everybody going out one after another until we pare down to the last few. Black Panther, Larry Winters, JJ the Crew Guy, the Russian Assassin, King America (who made a nasty and audible thwack when he hit the floor), and Kujo all went out one by one until Mr Ooh La La, who spent most of the match doing the George Steele gimmick by camping out on the floor, got in and faced down with a large muscular guy, who caused Ooh La La to faint by flexing and roaring at him. At that point everyone ganged up on the muscular fellow and eliminated him, and then Tony Stetson and Corey Brave went and Ooh La La slipped back in after recovering from his faining spell and dumped Sean Royale to pick up the win.
Winner: Mr Ooh La La
Really entertaining opener featuring some veteran names from the independent scene. Ooh La La was hilarious, and I liked the old school heel strategy paying off to give Ooh La La the win.
We now officially kick off the show, and before we get started, we are introduced to some of the dignitaries in attendance: TWA founder Joel Goodhart, DJ Hyde (who carried out the Super 8 trophy), and the guest host and wrestling's original Diva, Sunny. All three get a nice reaction, and Sunny asks the crowd how they're doing today to pop the crowd, and then welcomes everyone to the Super 8 and puts over that it's taking place in her home state. She says they're going to give us a show we won't forget and she wants everyone to give it up for the guys who are going to be busting their butts for us tonight.
Sunny then introduces the eight participants: two-time Super 8 runner-up Tommaso Ciampa, Jeff Peterson Cup 2011 and WxW 16 Carat Gold Tournament Champion Sami Callihan, 2010 Wrestling Observer Rookie of the Year and CZW Best of the Best 2011 Champion Adam Cole, SHOCKWAVE the Robot, Rich Swann, "Beautiful" Bobby Shields, Shiima Xion, and 2004 Super 8 Finalist and two-time ROH World Champion Austin Aries.
Super 8 Tournament First Round: Sami Callihan vs Adam Cole
We kick the show off with a rematch of the finals of CZW's Best Of The Best from a few weeks ago, which was won by Cole. Fastg paced sequence to start with both trying to lay in heavy shots, but neither man could connect, so Callihan drives Cole to the corner and drills him with hard chops until the referee physically gets between them. Callihan tries a Thesz Press but Cole reverses to a Northern Lights Suplex for 2, then tries a dive when Callihan goes to the floor. Callihan rolls back in and Cole lands on his feet on the apron, but Callihan hits a leaping clothesline off the second rope and tries a dive, but Cole with a leaping enziguiri nails Callihan as he comes through the ropes and then he hits a nasty dive that sends both men crashing into hte barricade. Callihan recovers and starts laying in more chops on the floor, slips into the ring to break the count, then goes back outside to deal out more punishment to Cole. Cole reverses a whip and drives Callihan into the apron, but tries a flying headscissors off the apron and Callihan catches him and powerbombs him into the apron, them rams him into the apron a second time. Callihan rolls back in and tells the referee to count, but Cole beats the count so Callihan hits a vicious sitout powerbomb for 2. Callihan with a hard slam and then his slingshot splash for 2 before locking Callihan into a modified abdominal stretch. Cole gets out of that but Callihan kills him with a running boot for 2. Callihan drives Cole hard into the corner a few times, then hits a leaping enziguiri and a running facewash. Cole is just destroyed in the corner, but Callihan keeps up the punishment with a second running facewash, but when he tries a third Cole catches him with a superkick and a running boot to break Callihan's momentum. Both men are on their knees exchanging headbutts, then get to their feet and exchange chops. Callihan gets the advantage, but Cole spits in his face, rams Callihan into the corner, and gets a bridging German suplex for 2. Cole goes to the second rope but Callihan hits him with a double sledge and tries a superplex, but Cole blocks and headbutts Callihan until he crashes into the ring, then hits a flying bodypress, Callihan rolls through for 2, and Cole rolls through that for 2. Callihan with a backdrop suplex but Cole no-sells, Callihan takes his head off with a hard clothesline for 2, then locks in a nasty Horse Collar right in the middle of the ring. Cole slips out and runs Callihan into the corner, then tried a leaping Canadian Destroyer off the second rope, Callihan blocked that and tried a Horse Collar, Cole rolled him up for 2, then hit a superkick and the second rope Canadian Destroyer for the win.
Winner: Adam Cole
EXCELLENT opener and every bit as good as I expected from these two. This could have easily main evented.
Super 8 Tournament First Round: Bobby Shields vs Austin Aries
They tie up and do a mat wrestling sequence that ends in a stalemate, then exchange wristlocks with Shields getting an armdrag and then showing off with some jumping jacks. Another wristlock by Shields but Aries cartwheels out and hits a fireman's carry and a legdrop for 2. Another back and forth with Shields getting a dropkick for 2 and then going back to the arm. Aries sends him into the ropes and Shields takes him down with a shoulderblock, but poses again and Aries trips him, hits a clothesline, and armdrags Shields several times. Shields gets a headscissors, but has obviously never watched an Austin Aries match before because Aries kicks out of it and dropkicks him in the face, then hits the Power Drive elbow for 2. Shields tries escaping to the floor, but Aries keeps up the pressure with a top rope double axhandle and then takes Shields around the ring to chop him in front of each section. Aries rolls Shields back in and hits the slingshot rolling senton, then follows it with the Finlay Roll and goes for a top rope elbow, but Shields' second at ringside grabs his ankle and Shields shoves him off the top to the floor. Shields goes to the outside and puts the boots to Aries, then lays in some hard chops and rams Aries into the apron. They head back in where Shields gets a neckbreaker for 2 and a series of double sledges, then whips Aries hard into the corner and shows off by doing some pushups. Aries tries to come back with some right hands but Shields gets a knee to the midsection and covers for 2, then gets an exaggerated Million Dollar Man fistdrop for 2. Shields with kneestrikes to the head and an STO, then he mocks the Power Drive elbow and tries it, but Aries moves and starts going after Shields, hitting an inverted atomic drop before running him back and forth from corner to corner and hitting a Russian legsweep for 2. Aries backdrops Shields to the apron, hits a neckbreaker on the second rope to send Shields to the floor, and hits the heat seeking missile. They head back in and Aries hits the slingshot twisting splash for 2 and goes for the brainbuster, but Shields rams Aries to the corner and then tries a charge, but Aries gets a rollup out of the corner for 2. Shields blocks the brainbuster, totally blows whatever he tried next, and Aries hangs him upside down in the corner and hits a baseball slide to the face for 2. Aries goes for a suplex, Shields slips out the back and hits a German suplex for 2. Aries with a Northern Lights Suplex for 2 and then repeated hard forearms, but comes off the ropes and Shields hits a DVD for 2. Shields motions that he's going to go for the 450, but Aries with a roaring elbow and then follows Shields up, Shields knocks him off and hits a running Yakuza kick in the corner, followed by a Falcon Arrow suplex for a close 2. Aries comes back with the shinbreaker/suplex combo and goes for the IED, but Shields moves, hits another running Yakuza kick in the corner, and goes for what looked like a Scorpion Deathdrop, but Aries reversed to a brainbuster. That only got 2, so Aries goes to the Last Chancery but Shields' second gets on the apron and distracts Aries, allowing Shields to roll him up with tights for 2. Shields tries a backslide but Aries rolls out and hits the boot to the head, IED, and the brainbuster finishes.
Winner: Austin Aries
Solid match, got a little disjointed in the middle but they pulled it together well and had a good finishing sequence. This was the first time I've seen Shields in a match this long and, aside from a couple slips, did a good job.
Super 8 Tournament First Round: Tommaso Ciampa vs Rich Swann
Swann ducks and dodges around Ciampa, but only for a moment because Ciampa kills him with a clothesline, then slowly stalks him before throwing his entire body behind a whip into the corner. Swann slips to the outside, Ciampa misses a baseball slide, Swann misses a moonsault but boots Ciampa in the head, and Ciampa responds by ramming Swann hard into the apron and unloading on him with more chops before delivering a gourdbuster on the ring steps and then hitting a double stomp off the apron. He rolls Swann back in and covers for 2, but Swann ducked another shot and hit a superkick that sent Ciampa tumbling to the floor. Swann went for the moonsault off the apron again and hit it this time, then rolled Ciampa back in and covered for 2. Swann goes for a cartwheel move but Ciampa catches him on his shoulders and drops Swann forward onto his knees for 2. Really devastating looking move. Ciampa goes to the second rope but Swann with a leaping enziguiri and then a leaping top rope Frankensteiner from the mat, followed by the triple jump standing 450 for a close 2. Ciampa goes for an airplane spin but Swann slips out and gets a front guillotine choke. Ciampa goes down, but gets back to his feet and hits a nasty suplex into the corner. Ciampa starts slapping Swann around but Swann fires back with right hands and goes for a running Frankensteiner, but Ciampa catches him in midair and hits the powerbomb with double knees for the win.
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa
Great showing by both men, with Ciampa working the power game and Swann working to outmaneuver him and get in his shots where he can. Ciampa in particular looked awesome here and has some really devastating stuff in his arsenal.Super 8 Tournament First Round: Shiima Xion vs SHOCKWAVE The Robot
Quick lucha segment to start with neither man getting an advantage, then SHOCKWAVE takes Xion down with a side headlock. Xion reverses to a wristlock but SHOCKWAVE rolls through into a wristlock of his own. Xion counters back to the side headlock takedown and transitions into a rear chinlock, but SHOCKWAVE kicks him in the head, then stands on his head and gets another kick. Xion takes him down with a shoulderblock and they do a back and forth sequence, exchange armdrags and headlocks, and do the indy stalemate. Xion suckers SHOCKWAVE in with a boot to the gut, but pops SHOCKWAVE into the air and SHOCKWAVE hits a Frankensteiner that sends Xion careening to the floor and then follows him out with a slingshot dive. SHOCKWAVE sends Xion back in and covers for 2, then goes to the second rope and tries a Thesz Press, but Xion catches him in an inverted atomic drop, then hangs SHOCKWAVE on the second rope and hits a double running knees to the back for 2. Xion with a shucking and jiving back elbow takes SHOCKWAVE down and then he gets a combination Indian Deathlock/surfboard. SHOCKWAVE escapes that so Xion hits a double underhook suplex for 2, but makes the mistake of ramming SHOCKWAVE's metallic head into the corner and SHOCKWAVE no-sells. Xion tries another plan by hanging SHOCKWAVE upside down in the corner and repeatedly kicking him in the chest while yelling at the referee. SHOCKWAVE with a crossbody out of the corner for 2 and tries a big boot, but Xion catches the foot and hits a DDT for 2. Xion gets an inverted bearhug and tries a German suplex, but SHOCKWAVE blocks and hits a spinkick, spinning uppercut, and a tornado DDT for 2. SHOCKWAVE unloads with some jabs and a spinning Russian legsweep, then goes to the second rope, makes some robotic gestures, and htis a second rope elbow for 2. Xion hits a running elbow in the corner but SHOCKWAVE gets a leaping enziguiri, and Xion counters that with an inverted slam into his knee for 2. Xion tries a running second rope Lionsault, but SHOCKWAVE moves and hits a top rope legdrop for 2. SHOCKWAVE puts Xion up top and goes for a superplex, but Xion knocks him off and hits a 450 splash for the win.
Winner: Shiima Xion
Good athletic match to wrap up the first round. SHOCKWAVE is a hell of an entertaining characterand I'd love to see more of him.
The first round is over, so the four men to make it through to the semifinals are Adam Cole, Austin Aries, Tommaso Ciampa, and Shiima Xion.
Josh Daniels and TWA Tag Team Champions Matt Saigon & Damian Dragon vs ECWA Champion Papadon, ECWA Mid-Atlantic Champion Chris Wylde, and Team MackTion
Wylde and Daniels start with a tie up in the middle of the ring, and Daniels repeatedly takes Wylde down and goes for pinning combinations before tagging out to Saigon, who comes in with some martial arts kicks, and then Dragon comes in with a double stomp to the arm. Wylde manages to get back to his corner and tag in Papadon, who goes to work on Dragon's arm before tagging out to Kirby Mack, who then gets caught in the TWA corner where Daniels destroys him with chops. Daniels gets rammed into the corner and Mack hits a headstand into a corner dropkick, then tags in TJ for a Russian legsweep. Mack tags back in and Team MackTion hit a series of double teams in the corner on Daniels and Mack covers for 2. Papadon comes in and unloads with hard forearms, then a snapmare and diving clothesline for 2 as the fans chant "where's my pizza" at him. Wylde is back in and hits a running dropkick in the corner for 2, then whips Daniels into the ropes and catches him coming off with another dropkick for 2. TJ comes in and hits a running double axhandle for 2, then Mack comes in and gets a leg nelson on Daniels, allowing TJ to come in with a diving dropkick off the ropes. Papadon comes in with some hard kicks and gets a rear chinlock on Daniels, but Daniels snapmares his way out of it and then drills Papadon with a clothesline before making the hot tag, and Saigon and Dragon hit a double hiptoss and stereo kicks on Papadon and Dragon covers for 2. Saigon and Dragon with a double suplex on Papadon for 2, but Papadon catches Dragon with a hard forearm and a second rope European uppercut, then tags out to Wylde. Wylde immediately gets in trouble and takes a double team Diamond Cutter from Saigon and Dragon, but then Mack and TJ come in and hit a double team pendulum facebuster on Dragon. Daniels kills TJ with a clothesline and dumps Mack on his head with a suples, but Wylde nails him with a standing Sliced Bread #2. Saigon with a Here It Is Driver to Wylde, then unloads with kicks on Papadon. Papadon ducks a spinning kick and hits a DVD, but Dragon gets him with a tornado DDT and then Wylde wipes him out with a superkick. Daniels with more hard chops on Wylde, but Wylde with a second rope crossbody and Daniels responds to that with an Implant DDT for 2. Papadon and Daniels exchange strikes in the middle of the ring with Daniels coming out on top and dumping Papadon to the floor, but he turns around and Wylde small packages him for the win.
Winners: Papadon, Chris Wylde & Team MackTion
There was so much going on in this match that it was hard to keep up with the play-by-play. Daniels looked great even though I haven't seen him in a while, he's in great shape and still has some of the heaviest chops around. Papadon gets into it with his teammates after the match and they have to be pulled apart, and then Breaker Morant (who arrived late due to travel issues) came out to apologize to his team, and Daniels laid him out and locked in a double armbar submission and Dragon and Saigon walked off on him.
Super 8 Tournament Semifinals: Adam Cole vs Austin Aries
They tie up and Aries takes Cole to the corner but breaks clean, so Aries gets a snapmare and a cover for 1. Greco-Roman knucklelock and Aries gets teh advantage, but Cole bridges back and tries to put Aries down, but Aries twists out, scissors Cole's arm and gets an armbar into a pinning combination for 2. Another series of pinning combinations by Aries and then he takes Cole to the corner and lays into him with a chop, then lays in several hard forearms and boots in the corner. Aries goes for his springboard back elbow out of the corner but Cole catches him and hits a German suplex for 2. Cole with a hard slam for 2 and then put the boots to Aries in the corner, but Aries caught the foot and drilled him with a few forearms, then hit a bulldog and went for the Last Chancery, but Cole slipped out and went to the ropes. Cole with a bulldog out of nowhere for 2 and then went to an armbar, but Cole took Aries to the corner and went for a tornado DDT, but Aries blocked and yanked Cole off the ropes by the foot. Aries with a side backbreaker and held onto the hold, bending Cole backward over his knee and then cradling him for 2. Cole tries firing back and goes for a dropkick, but Aries dodges and gets a figure four stump puller. He rolls backward and gets Cole in a pinning combination for 2, then gets the Power Drive elbow for 2. Aries takes Cole to the corner and rams shoulderblocks into the back, then rams Cole back and forth from corner to corner. Finally Cole comes out of nowhere with a clothesline that wipes Aries out and unloads with right hands that drive Aries down in the corner. Cole with a boot ot the face, an enziguiri, and a second rope leg lariat for 2. Cole with a fireman's carry into a neckbreaker over the knee, then sits Aries on the second rope in the corner, but Aries fights out and Cole ends up on the apron. They fight over a suplex in each direction until Aries snaps Cole down on the top rope to send him to the floor and goes for the heat seeking missile, but Cole hits a leaping enziguiri and tries a top rope move, but Aries moves and Cole crashes hard. Aries with a Finlay Roll and he goes up top for a missile dropkick but Cole moves out of the way and both men are down. They exchange blows in the middle of the ring but Aries pulls off his elbow pad and hits a roaring elbow, but Cole drills him with a leaping boot to the face for 2, then a standing powerslam for 2. Aries quickly catches Cole with the shinbreaker/suplex combo, a brainbuster for 2, and then gets Cole in the Last Chancery. Cole won't tap so Aries pulls him up, hits several kneestrikes to the head, Cole fights back with forearms and goes for a slam, Aries blocks and goes for another brainbuster, Cole blocks and superkicks Aries in the face for 2. Aries with a small pakcage for 2, then the kick to the head and he goes for the IED but Cole superkicks him and hits a Snowplow for the win.
Winner: Adam Cole
Excellent match that believably could have gone either way. Cole looked great surviving through all of Aries' best stuff and is on to the finals. Aries is disappointed, and goes to ringside to grab a sign from a fan that says "Adam Cole is the Best of the Best" and brings it into the ring, holding it in the air and shoving it into Cole's hands before shaking his hand and walking off.
Super 8 Tournament Semifinals: Tommaso Ciampa vs Shiima Xion
Ciampa killed Xion with a dropkick before the bell and stomped him in the corner before hitting a running boot in the corner for 2. Ciampa tried a pop up but Xion hit a dropkick that sent Ciampa to the floor and followed him out with a diving dropkick through the ropes. Xion rolls Ciampa back in and lays in some body blows, but Ciampa takes his head off with a clothesline for 2. Ciampa goes for another clothesline but Xion ducks and gets a rollup for 2, then he tries a Frankensteiner, Ciampa hangs on so Xion punches him in the face and tries again and hits it, Ciampa reverses to a sunset flip for 2 and then locks in an inverted leg nelson (picture a leg nelson from a sunset flip position), then snapmares Xion and hits a running knee to the face for 2. Ciampa puts Xion up top and goes for a superplex, but Xion shoves him off and hits a missile dropkick. Xion hotshots Ciampa on the top rope and hits a hard clothesline and gets a crucifix for 2. Xion with a Crippler Crossface but Ciampa makes the ropes so Xion hits a running elbow in the corner and goes off the ropes, but Ciampa with a big boot to the face and a torture rack into a sitout gourdbuster for 2. Xion with a top rope tornado DDT and a Lionsault out of the corner for 2, he goes up top for a Spiral Tap but Ciampa moves and goes for the Texas Cloverleaf, Xion turns it into a small package for 2 and then superkicks Ciampa in the face, but Ciampa pops Xion up into the powerbomb over the knees, but that only gets 2. Ciampa quickly goes to the Texas Cloverleaf and Xion taps.
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa
Dominant win for Ciampa, and he now goes to the finals of the Super 8 for the third year in a row. He leads the crowd in a round of applause for Xion on his way out, which was a pretty classy move. Xion looked great, and between what I saw here and at EVOLVE a couple of weeks ago looks like he's started to hit a good stride.
The finals of the Super 8 tournament is set, and it will now be Adam Cole vs Tommaso Ciampa.Battle of Former Super 8 Winners: Aden Chambers vs Ace Darling
Darling makes like he doesn't sweat Chambers, they tie up and jockey for control with Chambers backing Darling to the corner. Clean break, and they do a fast paced takedown/reversal sequence with neither man able to get an advantage again. Darling takes Chambers down with a side headlock, Chambers headscissors out of it, and we're back at a stalemate. Chambers with a cheap right hand and sends Darling to the ropes, but Darling with a twisting victory roll for 2, a schoolboy rollup for 2, and a backslide for another 2. Chambers backs off to the ropes to regain his composure, then takes Darling to the corner and tries another punch, Darling dodges and unloads with right hands and yells at chambers that he's still the man. Darling tries a charge in the corner, Chambers gets the boot up, but Darling responds with a dropkick for 2 and gets a chinlock. Chambers makes the ropes and elbows Darling in the ribs and then gouges the eyes. Chambers whips Darling to the ropes and gets a back elbow but barely gets 1 off a cover. Darling backdrops Chambers to the floor and Chambers crashes hard, and Darling tries a baseball slide but Chambers dodges and rams Darling into the timekeeper's table. Chambers rams Darling's back into the ringpost and then rolls him back into the ring where he continues the assault on the back. Chambers whips Darling into the corner so hard that Darling tumbles over the ropes and to the floor. Chambers goes after him and chokes him over the guardrail, then rolls him back in and ties Darling up in a surfboard. Ace starts to elbow his way out of the hold and hits a Frankensteiner. Chambers Tullys Darling into the corner and then rams shoulderblocks to his back, then hits a back suplex for 2. Chambers with a nasty top wristlock but Darling fights his way free and dumps Chambers to the apron. Darling rams Chambers into the top turnbuckle and knocks him to the floor with an enziguiri, then wipes Chambers out with a slingshot dive to the floor. They head back in and trade right hands until Darling hits an inverted atomic drop and a powerslam for 2. Darling with a bulldog for a close 2, then goes up top for a sunset flip, but Chambers rolls through and gets a Sharpshooter. Darling refuses to tap and makes the ropes, so Chambers puts Darling on the corner and goes for a superplex, but Darling shoves hi off and wipes out the referee. Darling comes off the ropes with a DDT and goes for the cover, but there's no referee. Darling goes to check on the ref, but he's totally out of it. He goes back to grab Chambers, but Chambers lowblows him and hits a DVD. Chambers goes over to revive the referee and then makes the cover, but only gets 2. Chambers starts slapping Darling around and yells at him to get up, then goes for a sunset flip and Darling drops down and cradles the legs for the win.
Winner: Ace Darling
Good match, and a nice way to put over the legacy of the tournament by having two former champions come back for this match. Darling helps Chambers to his feet and raises his hand, but Chambers pulls away. Darling goes over and extends his hand to Chambers, and Chambers gives him the hand slap and heads to the back.
Sunny comes out to do the ring introductions for the finalists, and then it's time to crown the 2011 Champion...
Super 8 Tournament Finals: Adam Cole vs Tommaso Ciampa
They shake hands to start and we're off. Tie up in the middle of the ring and nobody moves. Another tie up and Ciampa takes Cole to the corner and drills him with hard forearms. Cole responds with forearms of his own and then they exchange hard chops. It turns into even more of a fight as they go back to the forearms and then exchange big boots. Finally Ciampa beats Cole down with forearms and then hits a drop toehold into an Indian Deathlock and repeatedly rams Cole's knees into the mat before bridging backward into a Muta Lock. Ciampa with hard forearms to Cole's back, Cole tries a leapfrog out of the corner and Ciampa catches him, but Cole slips out the back and gets a sleeper hold. Ciampa struggles to get to the ropes but drops to one knee and eventually collapses completely to the mat. The referee checks the arm but Ciampa stays alive and gets back to his feet, ramming Cole backward into the corner. Both men collapse to the mat, exhausted after everything they've been through today. Cole rolls out to the floor and Ciampa tries a baseball slide, but Cole catches his legs, pulls him out of the ring, and hits a wheelbarrow suplex into the ring apron. Cole gets back in the ring and tries to suplex Ciampa in, but Ciampa pulls him out to the apron. Cole tries to suplex Ciampa off the apron but Ciampa blocks and they end up exchanging forearms on the apron. Cole gets a leaping kneestrike and then German suplexes Ciampa off the apron and through a ringside table. Both men are just dead on the floor as the referee counts, but they make it back in before 10. They get to their knees and exchange forearms in the middle of the ring, then Cole fires up and just repeatedly drills Ciampa with forearms and goes for a superkick, but Ciampa ducks and picks Cole up and hits the powerbomb over the knees, but only gets 2. He crawls over and looks at the trophy at ringside, then pulls himself to his feet and sits Cole up top. He goes up after him and they exchange forearms again, only this time on the top rope. Cole hits a gourdbuster off the top and then comes off the top with the leaping Canadian Destroyer, but that only gets 2 as well. Both men have given each other their best shots and they keep coming, and Cole doesn't seem to know what to do to put Ciampa away. Cole stand Ciampa up and drills him with a superkick, Ciampa won't go down so Cole hits a second superkick, Ciampa goes to his knees so Cole hits a third and Ciampa's down. Cole covers but STILL only gets 2, so Cole gets frustrated and repeatedly slaps him and tells him to come on, so Ciampa pops up and hits a double kneestrike that rams Cole into the corner, and then hit him over and over with running Facewash after Facewash, then picks Cole up and hits an Air Raid Crash off the top rope to finally put Cole away and finally get his Super 8 Tournament win.
Winner and 2011 Super 8 Champion: Tommaso Ciampa
This match was awesome, and told a great story where both men wanted it so bad that they survived stuff that would have put anyone else away, with Ciampa finally winning the tournament after two frustrating losses in the finals. Sunny hands Ciampa the trophy and Cole comes over to give him a hug, and then all the other participants and DJ Hyde get in the ring to congratulate Ciampa, with Callihan and Xion hoisitng him up on their shoulders in victory. Ciampa makes a quick postmatch speech thanking Jim Kettner for paving the way for him to get where he is, and also puts over the other seven guys in the tournament and thanks the fans for coming out.