On this day in history in ....
1980 - Dory Funk, Jr. defeats Dusty Rhodes for the Florida State Heavyweight Title in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, ending Rhodes' tenth, and final, run with the belt.
1982 - Greg Valentine defeats Wahoo McDaniel for the NWA U.S. Heavyweight Title in Norfolk, Virginia, ending Wahoo's third title reign, and starting the second run with the strap for Valentine.
1988 - They Live, the John Carpenter directed Sci-Fi movie featuring Roddy Piper in his first starring role in a feature film, is released. The movie would gross $4,827,903 during it's first three days in theaters, finishing number one for the weekend.
1991 - Tom Prichard defeats Eric Embry for the USWA Southern Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee, ending Embry's second title reign and starting the second for Prichard. On the same show, Doug Masters & Bart Sawyer defeat Jeff Jarrett & Robert Fuller for the USWA Tag Team Title, ending their third, and final, reign.
1994 - At an ECW television taping in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, 2 Cold Scorpio defeats Jason for the ECW World Television Title, only to lose it later that night to Dean Malenko (who was managed by Jason).
2001 - WWF Rebellion, a UK-Only Pay-per-view, was held at the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England. Here are the results:
- In a dark match, Chuck Palumbo & Billy Gunn defeated Lance Storm & Justin Credible.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Edge defeated Christian in a steel cage match.
- Scotty 2 Hotty defeated Hurricane Helms.
- The Big Show defeated Diamond Dallas Page.
- WCW World Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz defeated The Acolytes and The Hardy Boyz in an elimination match. Matt pinned Faarooq to eliminate the Acolytes, and the Dudleys pinned Matt to eliminate the Hardys.
- William Regal defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri.
- WCW World Champion Chris Jericho defeated Kurt Angle.
- Torrie Wilson & Lita defeated Stacy Keibler & Mighty Molly (Holly).
- WWF World Heavyweight Champion Steve Austin defeated The Rock.
2002 - Batista made his televised Raw debut at a show from the Fleetcenter in Boston, Massachusetts, defeating Justin Credible with a powerbomb.
2007 - WWE Raw ran San Bernadino, CA. Jared Huntley filed the following live report:
*They did a 15 minute intermission and announced there were tickets left Raw at Staples Center.
*WWE Women's champion Beth Phoenix defeated Mickie James.
2008 - Primo Colon defeated Low Ki in a dark match at a Smackdown/ECW taping in Orlando, FL. Ki, the reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion at the time also had a pre-show tryout last night prior to the crowd being let in the building before WWE officials. He was signed to a developmental deal and would debut on the roster as Kaval.
2009 - In the midst of their legal issues with Ric Flair, Highspots.com issued the following statement to PWInsider.com:
It has been accurately reported that, Highspots is one of two companies that Ric Flair pledged his NWA belt to for outstanding amounts owed. To ensure that the eventual buyer has no potential issues, Highspots has continued to work with the other holder of the lien on the title belt at issue.
After speaking with our counsel, Combraco, Inc. has informed us that they decided to give Mr. Flair an additional six months in which to repay the more than $300,000 that he owes to them. While we are disappointed by the delay, we respect the legal process and continue to work to resolve the issues with Mr. Flair’s other creditors to protect the interest of our customers.
In the unlikely event Mr. Flair pays these funds owed, we will be the only remaining lien holder on the belt and will place it back for sale. If he does not, we anticipate working with Combraco after the period ends to reach a final agreement to facilitate the sale.
Again, we are sorry for the delay, but Highspots is a long standing and respected company that values its integrity and respect for the legal process. We will continue to hold the belt and will update the situation and contact all individuals who submitted bids again this spring.
2010 - After failing to become Senator, Linda McMahon's campaign issued the following to her mailing list:
It has been my honor and pleasure to have had the opportunity to run for the United States Senate here in Connecticut.
I couldn't have done it without you. Your faith and trust in me during the past 13 months has meant so very much.
I have thoroughly enjoyed traveling around our beautiful state from the northwest corner, to the quiet corner down along the shoreline and into Fairfield county with points in between. We racked up 52,000 miles on the campaign vehicle but the journey has been a joy.
I am also very proud of the campaign that we have run. Our ground game was tremendous: hardworking volunteers like you knocked on 100,000 doors, made more than 400,000 phone calls and proudly placed countless yard signs in front of your homes and businesses.
My campaign's focus was on economic recovery and job creation, and today, that same focus must remain the top priority of our newly elected officials. Let us all make sure they have our support for the good of our state and our country.
The United States is the best place to live in and I truly believe we as American's have a strength and resolve that will pull us through these next few unpredictable years. We must look ahead and bring ourselves to remember as President Ronald Reagan once said, "If you're afraid of the future, then get out of the way, stand aside. The people of this country are ready to move again."
Thank you all for your heartfelt support and encouragement. Sincerely,
2010 - WWE broadcast Superstars. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We start off this week’s show with the Smackdown brand and your announcers are Todd Grisham and Matt Striker.
Match Number One: Kaval versus Jack Swagger with the Swagger Soaring Eagle in a Rematch from Smackdown Match
They lock up and Swagger works on the arm and wrist. Kaval with kicks to the leg and then he kicks Swagger in the head. Swagger backs Kaval into the turnbuckles and then connects with a shoulder. Swagger with an Irish whip but Kaval floats over and he kicks Swagger. Kaval runs into a kick from Swagger and Swagger sends Kaval to the floor. Kaval returns when Swagger goes to the floor and Kaval with a baseball slide and then he hits a double jump cross body from the ring to the floor. They return to the ring and Kaval gets a near fall. Kaval with a kick and he gets a near fall. Kaval goes to a front face lock to wear down Swagger. Swagger gets to his feet and he connects with elbows to get out of the hold. Swagger sends Kaval off the ropes and connects with a knee. Swagger sends Kaval off the apron and into the ringside barrier. Swagger sends Kaval into the ringside barrier again and then Swagger returns Kaval into the ring and he gets a near fall. Swagger with a double overhook submission on Kaval but Kaval gets to his feet. Kaval with a kick and elbows. Swagger with a kick to the midsection and then Kaval goes to the floor. Swagger does laps around the ring while Kaval tries to get back to his feet.
Swagger sends Kaval back into the ring and Swagger gets a near fall. Swagger with a front face lock but Kaval makes it to his feet. Swagger with a back breaker and Kaval is still showing the effects of the match. Swagger stands over Kaval as he lets Kaval get back to his feet. Swagger tries for a punch but Kaval blocks it. Kaval with a kick to Swagger but Swagger with a knee to the midsection. Swagger with a biel to Kaval and then he goes for the double jump Swagger Bomb for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Swagger has Kaval in an abdominal stretch and he eventually gets out of the hold. Swagger tries for a pump handle slam but Kaval is able to counter with a lateral press and he gets a near fall. Kaval with a Rolling Liger kick that knocks Swagger off the apron and into the announce table. Kaval with a leaping round kick or two. Swagger avoids a kick but Kaval does not miss the second time. Kaval with a running round kick into the corner and Kaval gets a near fall.
Kaval goes to the apron and he sets for a springboard double stomp but Swagger moves. Swagger with a release German suplex but Kaval gets his foot under the rope and he also kicks out. Kaval goes to the apron one more time and Swagger tries to suplex him back into the ring. Kaval with a knee to block it. Swagger misses a shoulder to Kaval and Kaval with a kick to the chest and then he hits a sunset flip back into the ring and then he bridges but he can only get a two count.
Kaval with a double chop to Swagger and then he hits a Liger Kick and Swagger goes down. Kaval goes to the turnbuckles for the Warrior’s Way but Swagger gets to his feet. Kaval with a springboard reverse power bomb but he can only get a two count. Kaval is sent to the apron and he kicks Swagger but the Eagle trips Kaval on the apron and Kaval is put in the ankle lock and Kaval has to tap.
Winner: Jack Swagger
It is time for an NXT Recap and the Wedding of the Century of this Week on the Internet.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Vance Archer versus Luke Gallows in a Remember Me When I was Part of a Group Match
Archer with a kick and forearm but Gallows with a clothesline and punches. Gallows tries for a boot but he misses and catches his leg on the rope. Archer pulls Gallows down and punches him. Archer with a slam to Gallows and then Archer goes to the turnbuckles and hits a leg drop and gets a near fall. Archer with forearms to the back. Archer with a hard Irish whip and then he puts Gallows in a key lock with a chin lock as well. Gallows gets to his feet and they exchange punches. Gallows with punches but Archer with a Side Effect for a near fall.
Vance goes to the turnbuckles again but Gallows pulls Archer off the turnbuckles. Gallows with a kick to the arm and punches to Archer. Gallows with an Irish whip and running splash into the corner followed by a short arm clothesline and a running big boot. The straps come down and Gallows with a splash for a near fall.
Gallows with a forearm followed by an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Gallows with an uppercut and then he hits Gallows’ Pole for the three count.
Winner: Luke Gallows
We go to commercial.
It is now time for the Raw half of the show and your announcers are Scott Stanford and Jerry Lawler.
Match Number Three: Alicia Fox versus Gail Kim in a Battle of Former Champions Match
They lock up and they fight into the ropes and the referee breaks them up. They lock up again and Alicia with a side head lock and take down. Gail with a head scissors but Alicia escapes the hold. Gail with an arm drag into an arm bar. Alicia with kicks to Gail’s arm. Alicia with forearms followed by an Irish whip but Gail with a cross body for a near fall. Gail with kicks but Alicia with a knee. Alicia with a neck breaker and forearm to Gail. Alicia with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Alicia with an Irish whip and back body drop.
Alicia chokes Gail in the ropes and Alicia takes advantage of the five count. Alicia with a forearm to the kidneys after sending Gail into the ropes. Alicia works on the back and Alicia with a vintage tilt-a-whirl backbreaker but Gail kicks out. Alicia with an Irish whip and Alicia misses a charge into the corner and Gail with a power slam for a near fall. Gail with a forearm and kicks to Alicia. Gail with a drop kick to Alicia and then she hits the running cross body into the corner. Gail moves when Alicia tries for a shoulder to Gail on the apron and Gail drops Alicia on the middle rope. Gail sends Alicia back into the ring but Alicia with a kick to the midsection. Gail escapes a DDT and hits Eat Defeat for the three count.
Winner: Gail Kim
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to take a look at the WWE Title Match at Survivor Series.
We see what happened last week on Superstars when Mark had a match with Jey Uso only to have Jimmy interfere.
Match Number Four: The Usos with Tamina versus Mark Henry in a Mark Henry wishes that his Little Buddy was here Match (Jey Right arm)
Jey starts off and Mark wants Jimmy in the ring. Jey hits Mark from behind and he kicks and punches Henry but Henry pushes Jey down. Henry with a head butt to Jey and he pulls Jey into the corner to tag in Jimmy but Jimmy goes to the floor. Jimmy makes the blind tag and when Jey hits a cross body and Mark holds him up, Jimmy with a clip and he gets a near fall. Jimmy with a series of head butts to Henry for a near fall. Jimmy with a leg drop for a near fall. Jey tags in and Jey with a diving head butt to the arm and he gets another near fall.
Jey with a front face lock but Henry with a back body drop. Henry with a punch and clotheslines to Jey followed by a body block. Henry misses the splash when Jey moves out of the way. Tamina with a super kick to Henry when Jimmy distracts the referee. Jey with a jumping savate kick and then he tags in Jimmy who hits a splash from the top turnbuckles for the three count.
Winners: The Usos
2010 - TNA broadcast Impact. Stu Carapola filed the following TV report:
Welcome to the TNA Impact Report here on PWInsider.com!
We open the show with a recap of last week's concussion angle that I wrote a whole column about yesterday and won't bore you with a rehash here. We go from that to Ric Flair pumping up "Kung Fu Bischoff" for...something tonight. And indeed, here comes Bischoff and Flair to the ring, and Bischoff is shadow boxing on his way down the ramp while Flair smiles and applauds. Something still just feels so wrong about that. So Cal Val holds the ropes for flair and hands Bischoff a microphone, and Bischoff says he has some major business to take care of tonight, but first he wants to address Matt Morgan. Earlier today, he and Flair talked to Hogan and they all agreed that Morgan is no longer part of Fortune or Immortal, and is now persona non grata. He tells Morgan to stay away from the Impact Zone and wishes him well in his future endeavors. Bischoff has a message for Ken Anderson, and Flair goes "Oh yeah, that guy who's not tough enough to be a wrestler." Bischoff says he's going to give Anderson one last opportunity to wrestle Jeff Hardy, and he's going to give him that chance tonight, because if he can come out and pin Bischoff, he can have his match with Jeff Hardy. But since Bischoff read his doctor's report and knows he's sitting at home, that's probably unlikely, but Bischoff says if he doesn't get his ass down to the ring, he's never going to get a shot at Jeff Hardy again. If Anderson gets here in the next two hours, he's going to give him a little sample of what he's in for against Hardy. Bischoff calls the referee over and asks him why he let Morgan out of the handcuffs last week, and the referee explains that Jarrett refused to be released, so he released Morgan. Bischoff doesn't appreciate him calling him a liar, and Flair says he was talking back, so Bischoff kicks the referee's ass and throws him out of the ring. Flair says that was awesome and bows down to Bischoff. What a great segment...
We hit the new and improved opening video, and then we run down tonight's card before going backstage to Fortune, who are laughing about what they did to Matt Morgan...except for Douglas Williams, who seems disgusted by the whole thing.
We go backstage to EV2.0 as Brian Kendrick is getting a massage and reading poetry to the rest of the group. Rob Van Dam comes in and asks Tommy Dreamer if he's going to give him the same speech as the week before. Stevie Richards says Raven's not here and Tommy says Raven isn't Bischoff's boy, but then Fortune walks in and makes fun of EV2.0 for getting in each other's face. AJ says to get their fighting in now because one of them's going home after Turning Point. AJ gets up in Rhino's face, so Rhino gets up and goes to Gore AJ, but AJ moves and Rhino hits RVD by accident.
We see a video showing us the history of the Jeff HArdy/Ken Anderson feud that was supposed to main event Turning Point, and then we go to Mike Tenay and Taz, who are joined on the phone by Ken Anderson. Anderson says that after Hardy hit him with the chair, he got the worst concussion of his life. We see several slow motion replays of the chairshot, and you can see that he really cracked him. Taz asks what it was like after getting the concussion, and Anderson says the pain went away in a few days, but his short term memory was gone and it was really scary, so he's going to get checked out this week. Tenay says that Morgan really stepped up to the plate in his absence, and Anderson says he appreciates that, but with everything that's happened in the last few weeks, it's hard to say whether Morgan can even be trusted, but he at least appeared to have Anderson's best interests at heart, and in that case he'll have Morgan's back as well because friends are hard to come by in TNA these days. Tenay wishes him the best in his recovery and says that we can't wait to see him back in the Impact Zone.
Up next, Sarita takes on Velvet Sky, and we go backstage to the Beautiful People's dressing room. Angelina says she'll be at ringside if Velvet needs anything, and Velvet says she loves her, but Velvet has something to prove tonight so she's going to do it on her own. She hopes Angelina's not offended by that, and Angelina says of course not. Velvet leaves, and guess who's there when Angelina looks in the mirror again? That's right, it's Winter! Winter says she knows she's disappointed, but not to worry because Winter won't leave her. Angelina says thanks, but she likes being alone and leaves the dressing room. The camera follows Angelina out of the room, and when it turns back to the mirror...WINTER IS GONE.
Time to go to the ring for our first match...
Sarita vs Velvet Sky
Velvet with a go behind, but Sarita reverses and goes for a suplex, Velvet rolls through, and gets a flying headscissors on Sarita. Velvet follows that up with an armdrag and bars the arm, Sarita shoves her way out and takes Velvet to the corner for some chops, but Velvet reverses and gets some chops of her own. Velvet goes for her DDT but Sarita escapes, so Velvet gets a chinbreaker and a diving dropkick instead. Velvet goes for the DDT again, but she tries right next to the ropes so we know what's going to happen. Sure enough, Sarita blocks and Velvet starts to lose her composure, so Sarita takes advantage by kicking Velvet in the abdomen, puts the boots to Velvet in the corner, and gets a rolling cradle for 2. Velvet comes back with some chops, but Sarita gets a back elbow to take Velvet down and then goes for the Tiger Driver, but Velvet slips out the back and gets a bulldog. Velvet with a couple of clotheslines and reverses a suplex to a crossbody for 2, then gets a chinbreaker. Velvet goes for the DDT again but Sarita Tullys her to the floor, and Velvet again loses her cool and gets caught with a boot coming back in, and Sarita hits the Tiger Driver and picks up another win.
Velvet is really pissed off that she lost, and Sarita mocks her from the aisle.
Backstage, Jeff Jarrett is holding those punching pads on his hands so Bischoff can do some practice boxing, and Bischoff stops to tell Jarrett that it was nice that he apologized to Angle, but he ought to apologize to Joe too. Jarrett asks if Hogan would apologize and Bischoff stops to think about it for a moment, then goes "nah" and goes back to his practice shots.
We go backstage with Fortune, and Williams and Kazarian are arguing again. Flair says they're not going to have any internal strife and says they're going to go do it Horsemen style. Williams sees Christy Hemme getting ready for an interview, so he goes over and tries to steal some interview time, but the microphone's dead, so they look for another mic...and Anderson's mic drops from the ceiling.
Back to the ring...
Generation Me & Tara vs Mickie James vs Ink Inc & Mickie James
Jesse Neal & Jeremy Buck start, Jeremy takes Jesse to the corner, but Jesse gets a crossbody out of the corner for 2. Tag to Shannon Moore who comes in with a rolling senton and goes to an armbar. Mickie and Tara start going after each other and distract the ref while Shannon sunset flips Jeremy, and he ends up only getting 2. Jesse tags in and Shannon hiptosses him onto Jeremy, but Jeremy tags to Max so Neal gets a boot to the gut and a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Max backdrops Jesse to the apron and Tara grabs him while Max gets a headscissors on Jesse and Jeremy dropkicks Neal in the face. Awesome spot. Generation Me works Jesse over in the corner, and Max gets a great dropkick and tags out to Jeremy, who gleefully puts the boots to Neal. Jeremy sends Neal to the floor where Tara waylays him with a forearm and then throws him back in where Max covers him for 2. GenMe with some more quick tagging action, but they accidentally collide and Jesse makes the hot tag and Shannon comes in and cleans house. Mickie crotches Max on the top rope and then goes up top and gets a top rope Frankensteiner on Max. Shannon skeeballs Jeremy to the floor and then backdrops Shannon onto Jeremy, then gets a moonsault on Max, but Tara breaks up the pin so Mickie comes in with a Thesz Press and she and Tara start going at it. Max goes after Mickie, but Mickie rolls under him and gets a Mick Kick and Shannon hits the Mooregasm for the win.
Winners: Mickie James & Ink Inc
Great match! Tara and GenMe attack them from behind and Tara claws at Mickie's face as GenMe puts the boots to Ink Inc. Now it's their turn to celebrate.
Let's go backstage to Orlando Jordan and Eric Young, who are having a therapy session with a marriage counselor. They make all kinds of sexual entendres about dominating each other, and then Eric Young tells a long, rambling story about when he was in camp and the Brownies and Cub Scouts both wanted him, and then he says he's had lots of partners and Orlando's the best one because he keeps him loose. Oh, the wit just slays me.
Jeff Jarrett is backstage, and he's...WALKING!
Team 3D are backstage with the Motor City Machine Guns, and Bubba says it's strange to be excited about a retirement match from what they love doing the most, and are mostly excited about wrestling the Guns. The Guns say that they're excited to be in there with Team 3D, who are the whole reason tag team wrestling in TNA is what it is. Both teams are positive about their chances of walking out of Turning Point with the title, and they share a laugh and say they'll see each other at Turning Point.
We see a video package showing us Jeff Jarrett's path of rage, as he's committed brutal attacks on Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and Matt Morgan over the last three weeks, and then we head to the ring as Jarrett comes out to address the crowd. Jarrett starts by asking Kurt Angle where he gets off showing up like a thief in the night and smashing out limo windows (crowd starts a you sold out chant), trying to attack Flair and Eric, and he knew Kurt was weak, but even he didn't realize he was this week. He asks Kurt if Eric Bischoff or Flair tried to put him in a wheelchair, and he says no, it was him, and the issue is with Jeff Jarrett. He says that if Kurt has all this pent up anger, he needs to relax, think about things, and go home where he can be all alone. Jarrett gets a little chuckle from that one. He then has one word for Samoa Joe: he's sorry. He's truly sorry, because if he had any idea the stage was as high as it was when he threw him off, he can say one thing: he'd have gone a hell of a lot higher, and being the man he is, he'll give Joe a chance at Turning Point. He says Joe's a good guy just like he used to be, and good guys always come back, don't they? Finally, he'd like to address the fans and everyone at home, because he never wants people to chant "you sold out" at him ever again because the truth is that he bought in. Jarrett drops the mic and walks off, stopping to give dirty looks to all the fans on his way up the ramp. Suddenly, Samoa Joe burts through the ramp and goes after Jeff Jarrett, beating the crap out of him all around ringside. Joe tosses Jarrett into the ring and tosses him in the corner and follows him in with a running high knee. He goes for the Muscle Buster but Overzealous Security runs in and Joe takes both of them out too. He goes back after Jarrett, but Jarrett has recovered and heads for the hills. Joe gives him dirty looks, and now Overzealous Security go after him again, so Joe kicks their asses again, tosses one over the top rope, and gives the other the Muscle Buster and goes back to staring Jarrett down.
RVD is backstage and he doesn't know who to trust anymore, but he's not sure if it matters because he can trust himself, and he hopes it doesn't matter if he's just out for himself now.
We go to Eric Bischoff's office as he continues to limber up for his "match" with Ken Anderson, and then we go back to the ring for a title match...kind of.
TV Title Match: AJ Styles vs Rhino vs Rob Van Dam
AJ and RVD go nose to nose, but RVD shoves him off and Rhino tosses him to the floor. RVD and Rhino stare down briefly, then Rhino goes after AJ on the floor and gets whipped into the stairs. RVD gets a baseball slide and goes for a dive, but AJ rolls back in and RVD lands on the apron, but AJ nails him with a dropkick. AJ continues the assault with forearms and chops, but RVD gets a killer monkey flip that sends AJ about 80% of the way across the ring. AJ goes to the eyes and starts unloading on RVD in the corner and gets a slam and goes for the fancy kneedrop, but Rhino grabs the ankle and comes back in, killing AJ with a clothesline and a big belly to belly suplex. Rhino goes for the Gore, but AJ moves and Rhino hits the turnbuckle and rolls out to the apron. AJ turns around and eats a spinkick from RVD, and RVD gets a slam, but goes for a second and AJ slips out and whips RVD to the corner. He charges and gets backdropped to the apron, but RVD with another thrust kick sends AJ to the floor. RVD goes for a dive but Rhino yanks him down and they start arguing. AJ comes in with a springboard forearm to lay out Rhino, then rolls up RVD and pulls the tights to get the win.
Winner: AJ Styles
AJ grabs the belt and runs as RVD stands up with a look of frustration at Rhino. They start arguing in the ring again and start yelling at each other until the rest of EV2.0 comes in to get between them. RVD decks Raven, so Tommy Dreamer grabs a microphone and says that's enough, and wants to know what's going on with RVD. RVD asks if he should trust them like he trusted Jeff. RVD says he knows Dreamer is the brains of the outfit and says Tommy seems awfully defensive of RVD's accusations. Dreamer says that RVD needs his head fixed and says they ought to go old school, and challenges him to a match at Turning Point. RVD says to tell his man Bischoff that they're on. Tommy says he'll see him at Turning Point.
Douglas Williams and Frankie Kazarian are backstage, and they're...STRETCHING!
Abyss is backstage and says that Pope is a false prophet, and if he was truly a Pope, he'd know that Immortal is like Hulk Hogan and they will live forever, then says he's going to destroy the Congregation one by one.
Back to the ring...
Douglas Williams vs Frankie Kazarian
Ric Flair joins Mike Tenay and Taz on commentary for this one, and he's sucking on a lollipop. They do a chain wrestling sequence to start and end up in a stalemate. Beer Money come on down to ringside as Kazarian takes Williams down with a shoulderblock. Williams regains his feet and takes Kazarian down with a headlock, but Kazarian reverses to a headlock of his own and Kazarian reverses out of that into a sunset flip, but Williams cradles the legs for 2. Both men back to their feet and they go to a Greco-Roman knuckle lock and Williams powers Kazarian down into a bridge, but Kazarian bridges back up and now forces Williams into a bridge, Williams regains his base but Kazarian sweeps the legs and gets a series of kicks and a spinkick for 2. Kazarian whips Williams into the ropes but they hit head to head and both men go down. Williams gets up first and gets a flying elbow and Kazarian tries a crossbody out of the corner, but Williams reverses for 2. Williams whips Kazarian to the corner and follows in with a high knee and a T-bone suplex for 2. Kazarian reverses a whip and Williams collides with James Storm (who was up on the apron), and Kazarian rolls him up for the win.
Winner: Frankie Kazarian
Beer Money get in the ring and now Fortune are all arguing with each other, so Flair comes in to cool things down and offers Williams a handshake, then tells Kazarian and Williams to shake hands, and they do so...reluctantly.
Pope is backstage and after what's happened between Abyss and himself, he's going to get ahold of Abyss on Impact, and if he has to pimp slap him over and over again, then that's what Pope's going to do.
We go to Eric Young and Orlando Jordan, who are still in therapy. Eric's talking about his relationship with his mother as he lays his head on Orlando's leg, and Orlando says that it's his fault because he hasn't communicated himself well. Orlando says he needs to tell Young something: he's bi. Eric says "POLAR!" as in Orlando's bipolar. Haha. And then he calls the psychiatrist a quack and says they're not going to validate his parking.
Back to the ring...
Abyss vs The Pope
Pope rushes the ring with taped ribs and goes right after Abyss with rights, then gets a drop down uppercut and a second, and Abyss is on the ropes. Pope tries a charge but Abyss pops up and boots Pope in the face. Abyss waits for Pope to regain his feet and gets the Choo Choo in the corner and Pope crumples to the mat. Abyss picks him up and tosses him to the floor, then goes out after him and lays in several hard rights before going over to the guardrail and shoving one fan down, then dragging another over the guardrail and punching him. Referee calls for the bell, and I'll assume that Abyss got disqualified for attacking fans, so...
Winner: The Pope by DQ
Abyss keeps going, dragging several more fans out of the crowd and attacking them, and security comes out to try and stop him but he shoves them off, too. Pope gets the mic and tells Abyss that if he wants to go after members of the Congregation, then how about at Turning Point, they have a Lumberjack Match with all of the Congregation as the lumberjacks. Abyss says he'd never speak for Hogan or Bischoff, but he doesn't think they'll mind this one time, and he says Pope is on.
We go backstage to the Shore, where Robbie E talks about how good he looks, and how much better he looks after he wins the X Division at Turning Point. Cookie says after he wins the title, they're going to go partying it up, but they're sending Jay Lethal home to his mommy because Shore is in the house...bitches.
We see a promo video running down the card for this weekend's Turning Point PPV, and then we go backstage to Eric Bischoff, and he's...WALKING! He says that somebody's going to get their ass kicked tonight, and then he walks off camera where he tells someone to watch it and calls him an asshole.
We go to a freaky video package of Jeff Hardy talking about how he spent years thinking that he should do the right thing, but he didn't get what he wanted until he stopped caring, and at Turning Point he's going to do it again no matter the cost. At Turning Point, we'll celebrate the Antichrist...Jeff Hardy.
It's 11:00, so it's time for our main event...
Eric Bischoff vs Ken Anderson
Eric Bischoff's chyron says "martial arts master." Bischoff gets a mic and says that this is his last shot, and he's lowering the bar for him: all he's got to do is come beat him, sign the contract, and he's got Jeff Hardy. Bischoff hands a piece of paper to Jeremy Borash and tells him to announce it exactly the way he wrote it, and with enthusiasm. Borash says this match was sanctioned by the Immortal Athletic Commission Vice President, Eric Bischoff, and it's the moment we've all been waiting for. He introduces Bischoff as weighing 160 lbs with 4% body fat, an eighth degree black belt in karate, entering the match with a perfect record of 34-0, all by TKO, the undisputed, undefeated TNA World Kickboxing Champion of the world: artist, musician, kickboxer, genius, visionary...Eric Bischoff! And his opponent: from the frozen inbred tundra of Green Bay, Wisconsin, he has never been the TNA World Champion, the Importent Warrior, the Russian with a concussion, the pussy willow of Wisconsin, the President Obama of head trauma...Borash finally stops and tells Bischoff this is ridiculous because he's not here. Bischoff tells him to keep going, so Borash starts to finish, but Bischoff grabs the mic out of his hands and tells him that he said to read it exactly the way he wrote it. Bischoff says we all know that Anderson's not here, but everyone tuned in to see him go, so Bischoff suggests that he wrestle Borash instead. Bischoff kicks him in the knee and then kicks him in the head and Borash goes down, so Bischoff crouches over him and starts drilling him with rights. Ken Anderson's music hits and the lights go out, and when they come back up, Matt Morgan is standing behind Bischoff in the ring. Bischoff slowly turns around and Morgan kills him with the Carbon Footprint and covers him for the win. Okay, so I guess what we just saw was...
Winner: Matt Morgan
Okay, we're into Reaction now, but Morgan grabs the contract and signs it himself, then tells Bischoff to tell Jeff Hardy that he's going to see him at Turning Point. Morgan leaves and Ric Flair comes out to check on Bischoff, and grabs a mic and tells Morgan that the biggest mistake he ever made was walking away from Fortune, but now he's got nowhere to go, and in three days, now he's got to face Jeff Hardy at Turning Point and he guarantees that Morgan's going to bleed, sweat and pay the price of a wrestling lifetime. Flair drops the mic and helps Bischoff to his feet and gives Bischoff a big hug.
2011 - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought against the federal government by WWE Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, claiming that the lawsuit had been filed in the wrong jurisdiction.
Ventura's suit claimed that airport scans and pat-downs amounted to unreasonable search and seizure. A United States District Judge in St. Paul, MN dismissed the suit, citing that it should have been filed in a Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Associated Press reported that Ventura was so upset by the ruling that he threatened to file for dual citizenship and move to Mexico, where he maintains a home.
Ventura filed the suit after his hip replacement set off an airport alarm in November 2010, leading to the former Governor being given a pat-down. Ventura has claimed that he hasn't flown since and that the move is illegal under the United States Constitution.Ventura stated that he wasn't sure if he would continue to pursue the lawsuit. To date, he has not.
Match Number One: Randy Orton versus Cody Rhodes with the Bag Men in a Street Fight
They lock up and try for an advantage but they go to a stalemate. Cody with a punch and side head lock. Orton with a leap frog but Cody with a kick. Orton with a kick and side head lock take down. Orton with a shoulder tackle and a drop kick. Rhodes goes to the floor and Orton rolls to the floor as well.
Orton looks at a bag man and he backs off. Cody uses that to kick Orton and send Orton shoulder first into the ring steps. Cody punches and kicks Orton and then he chokes him on the floor. Rhodes with a punch to the head but Orton with a kick. Rhodes with an Irish whip into the apron and then he punches Orton and kicks him. Rhodes with a snap mare and a knee drop.
They return to the ring and Rhodes gets a near fall. Orton goes back to the apron but Rhodes grabs him only to have Rhodes get dropped across the top rope. Orton pulls Rhodes out and then he sends Rhodes into the ring steps a few times. Orton sends Rhodes into the ringside barrier and then he sends Rhodes over the ringside barrier and into the crowd.
Orton follows and he connects with a European uppercut. Rhodes with punches but Orton with European uppercuts. Orton sends Rhodes into the seats and dasher boards followed by a European uppercut.
They go back into the ringside area and Orton back body drops a bag man and clotheslines Cody. Orton rolls Cody back in and Cody runs to the other side of the ring and he throws a bagger into the ring and he might need a change of clothes after an RKO.
We go to commercial.
We are back and the fight has moved up the ramp and they exchange punches. Rhodes with a knee and elbow to the back of the head and he slams Orton’s head into the stage. Cody picks up an almost motionless body of Orton and he sets to suplex Orton off the stage but Orton blocks it and counters with a suplex of his own.
Orton is the first to move and he crawls down the ramp while Orton falls off the stage and gets to his feet first. Orton puts Rhodes against the barrier and he punches Cody in the head. Orton with a front face lock and punches as they move back to the ring. Orton tries to suplex Orton back into the ring and then he decides to turn it into a superplex and he hits it.
Orton gets a near fall on Rhodes. Rhodes with a drop kick to Orton and Cody gets a near fall. Rhodes sends Orton to the floor and Cody follows. Cody wants to send Orton over the ringside barrier but it is Orton who sends Cody into the ring bell pit. Rhodes hits Orton in the face with the mask and we go to commercial.
We are back and Rhodes sends Orton over the announce table. Rhodes with punches to Orton and then he rolls Orton back into the ring. Cody with a gourdbuster to Orton and then he stomps on Orton’s chest. Rhodes with a key lock but Orton with punches and he gets free. Cody drops down and hits an uppercut and gets a near fall.
Rhodes punches Orton and chokes him in the corner. Orton with an Irish whip but Rhodes with a boot and then he clips Orton and Rhodes starts to focus on the leg. Orton backs up and he kicks Rhodes in the face but Rhodes with kicks and then he locks in the figure four leg lock. Rhodes takes off the mask and he hits Orton in the face and Rhodes releases the hold.
Rhodes wants to use the mask again but Orton avoids Rhodes and he kicks Rhodes. Orton takes the mask and he hits Cody with it. Orton backs into the corner and he clotheslines Rhodes twice and then he hits a power slam. Orton pounds the mat and tries for the RKO but Rhodes escapes the hold and hits Beautiful Disaster but Orton is able to kick out at the last moment.
Rhodes waits for Orton to get up and Rhodes has Orton set for Cross Rhodes but Orton counters with a back body drop. Rhodes goes to the apron and Orton tries for the IEDDT, but Rhodes goes to the floor. Orton and Rhodes exchange punches and kicks with Orton gaining control. Orton puts Rhodes on the ringside barrier and hits the IEDDT off the barrier.
After hitting the move, Orton has a huge smile on his face and then he picks up Cody’s motionless body and brings him into the ring. Orton with an RKO for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
After the match, Orton celebrates and then he gets a bag and he puts it over Cody’s head. Orton starts to walk out of the ring and then he looks at Cody over his shoulder and he smiles before celebrating some more in the ring. Orton leaves the ring with the mask and goes to the back.
Cody struggles to get to his feet and then he removes the bag from his head.
In case you forgot what happened a few weeks ago on Raw, we have a video package of Triple H being pummeled by Kevin Nash.
We go to commercial.
We are back with footage from the Kids’ Choice Awards featuring CM Punk.
Matt Striker says that he will get comments from Mark Henry after the next match.
Match Number Two: Ted DiBiase versus Tyson Kidd
They lock up and Kidd with a knee and punches to Ted but Ted with a drop kick. Ted runs into boots from Kidd and Tyson with a kick and snap mare followed by a kick to the back. Kidd with an elbow to the head followed by a drop kick to the head for a near fall. Kidd with a reverse chin lock but Ted with a snap mare. Kidd with a kick and he goes the apron. Tyson with a kick to the head and then he goes for a springboard elbow drop but Ted gets his knees up. Ted with a reverse atomic drop followed by a punch and a flying kick. Ted with the rebound clothesline to Tyson for a near fall.
Ted tries for Dream Street but Kidd rolls through. Tyson tries for the Sharpshooter but Ted fights out of the hold. Ted tries for Dream Street again but Tyson backs Ted into the corner. Tyson with another snap mare attempt but Ted holds on and he hits Dream Street for the three count.
Winner: Ted DiBiase
Matt Striker asks Mark Henry why isn’t he giving another match to Big Show. Mark says that he handled his business at Vengeance. He says that he is sick and tired of answering questions about it. Mark starts to say that he has given the Big Show every opportunity, but he sees Daniel Bryan with the briefcase.
Mark asks Bryan if he is eyeballing him. He says that he sees Daniel with the briefcase. Bryan reminds Mark that he is going to cash in at Wrestlemania. Mark says that he doesn’t care when Bryan is waiting to cash in, Bryan cannot beat him. Mark asks Daniel if he begs to differ. Mark says that he is going to get a match for tonight, if Daniel has the guts.
Bryan says that he guesses he will see Mark later tonight.
We see what happened during the Divas Battle Royal on Monday night.
Match Number Three: Alicia Fox versus Natalya
Natalya with a side head lock and take down. Alicia with a single leg drop kick to Natalya but Natalya sends Alicia into the mat. Natalya with kicks as she tries to work on the leg. Natalya with a Boston Crab and Alicia is about to tap. Alicia kicks Natalya and then she hits an enzuigiri followed by a handspring leg drop for three count.
Winner: Alicia Fox
Big Show walks in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and Big Show makes his way to the ring. We see the footage of the ring collapsing again. Show says that he would rather come out to fight than talk tonight. This is why you don’t see Frankenstein go on those long winded speeches any more. He isn’t a monster any more. He is a man with a bolt in his neck who likes to blab.
Show tells Mark Henry that they have unfinished business from Vengeance. If Mark doesn’t understand, maybe Mark can ask Alberto Del Rio. Show says that every show that he doesn’t get the match, he is going to knock Mark out until he gets his match.
Christian interrupts Big Show and he makes his way to the ring.
Show asks Christian if he can help him and if Christian is lost.
Christian says that he heard Mark’s clever ‘mama said knock you out’ line so he figured that was it so he came out for his match against Sheamus. Christian asks Show a quick question, but he wants to know why Show deserves ‘One More Match’ for the World Title.
Show asks if that is a trick question.
Christian says that he doesn’t come out to ask for one more match to annoy people. He does it because he deserves it. Show comes out and he is threatening violence on people. Christian wonders if he could knock people out, but he is not a violent person. He says that he isn’t from the South. He is from Canada. People do things a little differently.
Show makes a fist and Christian wants to know if he is going to punch him. He says that Show knocks people out to solve problems.
Show says that he was just scratching his chin and he isn’t going to knock Christian out. Show is going to grab Christian by the throat and choke slam him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Christian is at the announce table and he is still feeling the effects of the choke slam from Big Show.
The referee checks on Christian to see if he can wrestle while Sheamus makes his way to the ring.
Match Number Four: Christian versus Sheamus
Christian tells the referee that he cannot wrestle and then the referee tells Sheamus. Sheamus wants to know what to do.
Wade Barrett makes his way to the ring and he tells the fella to hold his horses. Wade says that it is quite obvious that Christian is in no state to compete tonight. He wants to suggest a suitable replacement and it is him.
Match Number Four (This time we mean it): Sheamus versus Wade Barrett
Barrett with a kick and forearm but Sheamus with a kick and forearm of his own. Sheamus sends Barrett into the turnbuckles followed by a punch and slam and elbow drop for a near fall. Barrett punches Sheamus followed by a head butt. Sheamus with a back elbow and then he puts Barrett in the ropes and hits a series of forearms to the chest. Sheamus goes to the apron and he hits a knee lift.
Sheamus waits for Barrett to turn around for the slingshot shoulder tackle for a near fall. Barrett sends Sheamus into the ropes and Barrett with a flying forearm. Barrett puts Sheamus into the ropes and Barrett with kicks and punches followed by a series of knees to Sheamus. Barrett with a running boot that sends Sheamus to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Barrett works on Sheamus’ back but Sheamus with a mule kick and punch but he misses the Brogue Kick. Barrett with a back heel kick and then he hits a pump handle power slam for a near fall. We see footage during the commercial when Barrett hit a clothesline on Sheamus on the floor. We are back to the action in the ring and Barrett with a surfboard with his knee in Sheamus’ back. Sheamus gets back to his feet and he connects with knees and a forearm.
Barrett with a knee as Sheamus comes off the ropes and Barrett with a running boot to get a near fall. Barrett with kick and forearms while Sheamus tries to fight back but Barrett stands tall over Sheamus.
Barrett with a hard Irish whip and Sheamus goes sternum first into the buckles. Barrett goes to the turnbuckles and hits an elbow drop for a near fall. Barrett with a rear chin lock and he takes Sheamus to his knees. Sheamus gets back to his feet and Sheamus with punches and then he tries for a power bomb but he takes too long and Barrett with a back body drop.
Barrett chokes Sheamus in the corner and then he kicks Sheamus in the head. Barrett returns to the rear chin lock. Sheamus with an arm drag and clotheslines. Sheamus with punches and forearms to Barrett and the referee warns him. Shemus with a short arm clothesline followed by a power slam. Sheamus signals for the Celtic Cross but when he gets Barrett up, Christian distracts Sheamus and that allows Barrett to get the three count with a rollup.
Winner: Wade Barrett
After the match, Sheamus grabs Barrett but he turns around and Christian with a spear on Sheamus. Barrett and Christian go up the ramp and to the back.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sheamus is attacking Christian in the back but Wade Barrett comes into the picture and he goes after Sheamus. Sheamus and Barrett go back and forth until security and other wrestlers can separate them.
It is time for the Raw Rebound.
We go to Daniel Bryan’s locker room and he is stretching for his match with Mark Henry. Big Show comes in and he says that he will take care of the briefcase. Show says that he will take care of the briefcase because he will be in Bryan’s corner tonight and he has his back.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Brodus Clay will be on Raw on Monday night.
Match Number Five: Sin Cara versus Epico
Epico with kicks and forearm followed by a hammer lock. Sin Cara with a snap mare and head scissors take down. Cara with a kick and he tries for the handspring back elbow but Epico with a belly-to-back suplex and he holds on for another belly-to-back suplex followed by a German suplex. Epico kicks Cara and then hits a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Epico with a Gory Special on Cara but Cara with an arm drag to escapes. Cara with a rana and kicks to Epico’s leg. Cara with a kick and then he uses the ropes for a twisting arm drag. Epico sends Cara to the apron but Cara with an enzugiri.
Cara goes up top but Hunico comes to the ring and he pushes Cara off the turnbuckles and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Sin Cara by disqualification
After the match, Hunico and Epico attack Cara. Epico punches Cara and Hunico does the same to Cara. Epico sends Cara into the air and Hunico hits a spinebuster.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Mark Henry versus Daniel Bryan with Big Show
Bryan avoids locking up and he gets on Henry’s back and tries for a sleeper but Henry with a snap mare to get Bryan off his back. Bryan with kicks to the leg. Bryan with a guillotine but Bryan is sent into the turnbuckles. Henry sends Bryan to the floor. Henry kicks Bryan when he gets back into the ring and Henry with a head butt and forearm to the back.
Henry kicks Bryan to the floor and Henry puts Bryan against the ring post but Show comes over to get Henry to release the hold. Show is told to behave by the referee. Henry kicks Bryan and sends him back into the ring.
Henry with a kick to the chest followed by a hard Irish whip and then he kicks Bryan in the head. Henry stands on Bryan’s chest and then he argues with the referee. Henry works on the neck as Show tries to give Bryan encouragement to get out of the hold. Bryan with kicks to Henry but Henry pushes him away and then Bryan with a drop kick to the knee and then Bryan with a series of kicks that ends with a round kick that sends Henry onto his back. Bryan gets a near fall but Henry sends Bryan to the floor with the kick out.
Henry with a head butt and Bryan with a boot to the head. Bryan comes off the turnbuckles and Henry catches him but Bryan with a guillotine choke and Henry falls to his knees. Henry recovers and hits a back body drop to get out of the hold.
Henry picks up Bryan and punches him in the midsection. Henry with a head butt and then Henry with a splash into the corner. Henry sets up Bryan for another splash and he hits it. Bryan is put in the corner one more time for a splash and he hits it. Show comes into the ring and he connects with a right hand to Mark Henry’s head and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Mark Henry by disqualification
After the match, Show stands over Henry and then he checks on Daniel Bryan to get him to recover so he can cash in the briefcase. Show tells Bryan that it is his chance to become World Champion. Bryan comes into the ring with the briefcase and he tries to hit Henry with the briefcase but Henry with a World’s Strongest Slam. Henry hits Big Show with the briefcase and then he hits the World’s Strongest Slam on Big Show.
Teddy Long comes out and he tells all of the playas in the ring that Mark Henry and Big Show are not going to settle this, but they will settle this at Survivor Series. Whether Mark likes it or not, he will be defending the World Title against Big Show.