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1966 - WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino & Antonio Pugliese defeated Dr. Jerry Graham & Curtis Iaukea in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match in Asbury Park, NJ.
1967 - Eduoard Carpentier defeated Lou Albano during a WWWF TV Taping in Baltimore, MD.
1967 - WWWF champion Bruno Sammartino fought U.S. champion Ray Stevens to a draw in the main event of a card held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Other results from the event saw:
-Tom Andrews defeated Johnny Karr.
-Paul Diamond defeated Don Duffy.
-Rip Miller defeated Woody Farmer.
-Pat Patterson defeated Jim Osborne.
-Cyclone Negro defeated Dominic DeNucci.
-Tag Team Champions Pedro Morales & Pepper Gomez defeated the Masked Enforcers.
1968 - An event in Takayama, Japan saw the following results:
-Hayashi defeated Adachi.
-Matsuoka defeated Chin.
-Klondike Bill defeated Kotetsu Yamamoto.
-Mitsu Hirai fought Mike Loren to a draw
-Antonio Inoki fought Skull Murphy to a double count-out.
-NWA International World Champion Giant Baba, Kim Ill, & Michiaki Yoshimura defeated WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino, Gino Brito, & Ray Stevens.
1969 - WWWF ran Asbury Park, NJ with the following results:
-George Steele defeated Arnold Skaaland.
-Joe Cox defeated Miguel Feliciano.
-Killer Kowalski defeated Antonio Pugliese via disqualification.
-Donna Christianello & Susan O'Day fought Women’s Champion Fabulous Moolah & Susan Sterling to a no contest.
-Victor Rivera defeated Luke Graham.
1972 - The "Superbowl of Wrestling" was held in Cleveland, Ohio at Municipal Stadium. Three rings were set up, side by side, and often more than one match would be going on at a time. Attendance figures have been estimated as high as 20,000 and as low as 5,000. No reliable sources seem to agree on a number. Here are partial results of the show:
- Tony Marino & Tony Parisi defeated Motoji Okuma & Mashio Koma to win the tag team tournament.
- Sue Green & Lily Thomas defeated Tippy Wells & Peggy Patterson to win the women's tag team tournament.
- Sky Low Low & Little Brutus defeated Haiti Kid & Frenchy Lamont to win the midget tag team tournament.
- NWF World Tag Team Champions The Fargo Brothers defeated Wahoo McDaniel & Chief White Owl.
- World Women's Tag Team Champions Toni Rose & Donna Christanello defeated Sandy Parker & Debbie Johnson.
- World Women's Champion The Fabulous Moolah defeated Vickie Williams.
- United States Champion Bobo Brazil defeated Killer Tim Brooks.
- Ernie Ladd vs. Abdullah the Butcher ended in a double disqualification.
- NWF North American Champion Johnny Powers defeated Johnny Valentine.
1972 - WWWF ran The Boston Garden, featuring the following results:
-Mr. Fuji & Prof. Toru Tanaka fought Chief Jay Strongbow & Sonny King to a draw.
-The Black Demon defeated Thomas Marin.
-Joe Crugnalle defeated Dean Ross.
-Chuck O'Conner defeated Chuck Richards.
-Joe Turco defeated Lee Wong.
-El Olympico defeated Ricky Sexton (substituting for Manuel Soto).
-WWWF World Champion Pedro Morales defeated George Steele.
The Spoiler defeated Gorilla Monsoon.
1974 - WWWF ran Landover, Maryland at the Capital Center, headlined by Otto Von Heller winning an 18 Man Battle Royal to "win $100,000" and WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeating Otto Von Heller.
1977 - The NWA and WWWF titles were both defended in St. Louis, Missouri at the Kiel Auditorium. WWWF champion Superstar Graham defeated Jimmy Valiant while NWA World champion Harley Race fought Dory Funk Jr. to a draw. The two each captured one fall apiece before the time limit expired for the third fall. Other results from the event saw:
-Black Angus & Ron Starr defeated Bob Sweetan & Randy Tyler in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match.
-Dick Slater defeated Missouri State Champion Jack Brisco to win the title.
-Rufus R. Jones & Dick the Bruiser defeated Ivan Koloff & Bobby Jaggers.
1978 - WWWF ran the Philadelphia Spectrum with the following results:-
-Johnny Rodz defeated Tony Russo.
-Victor Rivera won a 10-man battle royal; due to prematch stipulations, he earned a futute WWWF title match against Bob Backlund.
-Luke Graham defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna.
-George Steele defeated Haystacks Calhoun via countout.
-Victor Rivera defeated Sd Jones.
-Eric the Lumberjack defeated Moose Monroe.
-Superstar Billy Graham defeated WWWF World Champion Bob Backlund via countout.
-Dino Bravo defeated Butcher Vachon.
-Tony Garea fought Pierre the Lumberjack to a draw.
-Bobo Brazil defeated Stan Stasiak.
1983 - Ric Flair defeated Dick Slater in Hampton, VA.
1984 - WWF ran Salisbury, MD at the Wicomico Civic Center with the following results:
-Iron Mike Sharpe defeated SD Jones.
-Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Tiger Chung Lee.
-Kamala defeated Salvatore Bellomo.
-WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana defeated Greg Valentine.
-Andre the Giant defeated the Iron Sheik.
1984 - WWF ran San Diego, CA at the Sports Arena, headlined by Dr D. David Schultz defeating WWF Champion Hulk Hogan via disqualification.
1985 - WWF ran Warwick, Rhode Island at the Music Theater with the following results:
-Uncle Elmer defeated Rene Goulet.
-Pedro Morales defeated Mr. X.
-Lanny Poffo fought Iron Mike Sharpe to a draw.
-Randy Savage defeated Jose Luis Rivera.
-The Killer Bees, B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell defeated The Hart Foundation, Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart.
-WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana defeated Greg Valentine.
1986 - Championship Wrestling from Florida ran Tampa, FL with the following results:
-Sean Royal defeated Chris Champion.
-The White Ninja defeated Mark Starr.
-Kendo Nagasaki defeated Tyree Pride.
-Kendall Windham defeated Ron Bass via disqualification.
-The Fabulous Ones, Stan Lane & Steve Keirn defeated Tatsumi Fujinami & Kendo Kimura.
-Southern Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger defeated Ed Ganter via disqualification.
-NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated Barry Windham via disqualification.
1987 - Jim Crockett Promotions ran Los Angeles, CA featuring the following results:
-Chris Adams defeated Terry Taylor.
-Buddy Roberts defeated Tau Lugo.
-Ron Simmons defeated Rodney Anoia.
-NWA World Tag Team Champions Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Big Bubba & Black Bart via disqualification.
-Michael Hayes fought NWA TV Champion Tully Blanchard to a draw.
-Shaska Whatley defeated Tim Patterson.
-Terry Taylor & Eddie Gilbert defeated Harry Hell & Billy Anderson.
-Arn Anderson defeated Brad Armstrong.
-Tim Horner defeated the Terminator.
-Eddie Gilbert & Dick Murdoch defeated UWF Heavyweight Champion Steve Williams & Terry Gordy.
-Nikita Koloff defeated NWA US Champion Lex Luger via disqualification.
1987 - WWF ran three live events on the same night, featuring the following results:
Binghamton, NY at the Broome County Arena before 1,780 fans:
-SD Jones pinned Brad Rheingans.
-Jacques & Raymond Rougeau defeated Don Muraco & Bob Orton Jr. Orton and Muraco brawled after.
-Superstar Billy Graham pinned Ron Bass.
-Brutus Beefcake defeated Danny Davis via submission with the sleeper.
-Scott Casey pinned Iron Mike Sharpe.
-Outback Jack defeated the Red Demon.
-WWF Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation, Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart defeated Davey Boy Smith & Jim Brunzell.
Suffern, NY at the Rockland County Fair before 2,722 fans:
-The Dingo (Ultimate) Warrior pinned Terry Gibbs.
-Jose Estrada pinned Sam Houston.
-Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Lanny Poffo.
-Jake Roberts pinned Nikolai Volkoff.
-Rick Rude fought Tito Santana to a 12-minute draw.
-The One Man Gang pinned Koko B. Ware.
-Rick Martel pinned Tama in a whipping match.
Monaca, PA before 986 fans:
-Paul Roma pinned Steve Lombardi.
-David Sammartino pinned Tiger Chung Lee.
-Bruno Sammartino pinned Hercules.
-The Junkyard Dog defeated Killer Khan via disqualification.
-Hillbilly Jim defeated Dino Bravo via countout.
1988 - NWA U.S. Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express, Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane fought NWA World Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard to a double disqualification in a dark match closing out a Jim Crockett Promotions TV Taping.
1988 - WWF ran Oakland, California, featuring the debut of Owen Hart, wrestling under a mask as The Blue Angel. The name would be changed to the Blue Blazer by the time Hart made his TV debut. Complete results of the card saw:
-The Blue Angel (Owen Hart) pinned Barry Horowitz.
-Ron Bass pinned Dave Peterson.
-Curt Hennig defeated SD Jones
-Jacques & Raymond Rougeau defeated The Hart Foundation, Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart.
-WWF World Champion Randy Savage fought Andre the Giant to a double countout.
-The Powers of Pain defeated The Bolsheviks, Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov.
-Jake Roberts pinned Rick Rude.
1989 - The NWA ran the Norfolk Scope, featuring the following results:
-The Ding Dongs defeated Al Greene & Lee Scott.
-Brian Pillman pinned Norman The Lunatic.
-Sid Vicious pinned Scott Hall.
-Ron Simmons pinned Curtis Thompson.
-Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Jack Victory & Rip Morgan.
-Sting fought the Great Muta to a draw.
-The Road Warriors defeated the Samoan Swat Team.
-NWA U.S. Champion Lex Luger pinned Tommy Rich.
-NWA World Champion Ric Flair pinned Terry Funk.
1989 - WWF ran their first-ever event in Alaska, running The Sullivan Arena in Anchorage with the following results:
-Mark Young pinned Barry Horowitz.
-Bret Hart fought Mr. Perfect to a draw.
-The Ultimate Warrior pinned Andre the Giant at the 10-second mark.
-Dino Bravo defeated Hercules via disqualification.
-Bad News Brown pinned Tim Horner.
-The Rockers, Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty defeated Jacques & Raymond Rougeau.
-Jimmy Snuka pinned the Honkytonk Man.
1990 - The NWA ran Canton, Ohio with the folllowing results:
-Buddy Landell defeated Wendell Cooley.
-Bam Bam Bigelow pinned David Sierra.
-El Gigante pinned Dr. X with a boot to the face.
-NWA U.S. Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane defeated Brad Armstrong & Brad Anderson.
-Robert Gibson & Brian Pillman (substituting for Ricky Morton) defeated Ivan Koloff (substituting for Butch Reed) & NWA World Tag Team Champion Ron Simmons.
-Rick & Scott Steiner defeated the Samoan Swat Team.
-NWA U.S. Champion Lex Luger defeated Mark Callous via disqualification.
1991 - Jerry Lawler defeats Awesome Kong in Memphis, Tennessee to win the USWA Unified Heavyweight Title for the ninth time.
1992 - Johnny Hot Body defeats Larry Winters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to become the first ECW Television Champion. Hotbody initially won via DQ after Winters hit referee John Finnegan but Tod Gordon ordered the match to continue; due to pre-match stipulations, Hot Body won the belt.
The complete results of the show, held at The Chestnut Cabaret, featured:
-The Super Ninja pinned Jeff Royal at 5:19.
-Mr. Sandman fought Tommy Cairo to a double count-out at 8:47.
-Jimmy Jannetty & Gino Caruso defeated Damien Stone & John Rock at 9:35 when Jannetty pinned Rock.
-The Hell Riders defeated Max Thrasher & Glenn Osbourne at 9:24 when Osbourne was pinned.
-JT Smith & Soul Train Phillips defeated Mr. Anthony & Mr. Perez at 13:10.
-ECW Champion Jimmy Snuka defeated Super Destroyer #1 via disqualification at 13:36.
-Tony Stetson fought Salvatore Bellomo to a no contest in a lumberjack match at 11:00.
1992 - Masahiro Chono defeats Rick Rude in the finals of New Japan's G1 Climax tournament at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan. As a result of this win, Chono also won the NWA World Heavyweight Title, which had been vacant since Ric Flair left WCW for the WWF in the summer of 1991. Other results from the event, which saw WCW Vice President Bill Watts in attendance, saw:
-Honaga pinned Koji Kanemoto at 9:38 with a flying clothesline
-Hiro Saito & Goto defeated Cat & Yamamoto at 11:59 when Saito pinned Cat with a flying senton
-The Pegasus Kid pinned Jushin Liger at 14:25 with a powerbomb off the top
-Super Strong Machine pinned Arn Anderson at 8:32 with a German suplex
-Bam Bam Bigelow, Tony Halme, & Scott Norton defeated Barry Windham, Jim Neidhart, & the Barbarian at 9:36 when Norton pinned the Barbarian with a powerslam
-Tatsumi Fujinami & Kido defeated Riki Choshu & Iizuka at 11:13 when Kido pinned Iizuka with a cradle
-IWGP Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated the Great Muta & Kensuke Sasaki at 15:33 when Muta was pinned following a DDT off the top double team
1993 - WCW ran Columbia, SC, featuring:
-Brad Armstrong defeated Bobby Eaton.
-The Nasty Boys defeated Arn Anderson & Paul Roma.
-Ricky Steamboat defeated Lord Steven Regal via disqualification.
-Sting & Dustin Rhodes defeated Rick Rude & the Equalizer.
-Davey Boy Smith defeated Sid Vicious via disqualification.
-NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated WCW TV Champion Paul Orndorff.
1994 - WCW ran Fayetteville, NC, featuring:
-WCW TV Champion Lord Steven Regal defeated Brad Armstrong.
-Brian Pillman defeated Bobby Eaton.
-The Guardian Angel defeated Vader via disqualification.
-The Patriot & Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated WCW World Tag Team Champions Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma in a non-title match.
-WCW US Champion Steve Austin defeated Ricky Steamboat at the 27-minute mark.
-Dustin Rhodes defeated Arn Anderson via disqualification.
-Sting defeated Ric Flair.
1995 - New Japan Pro Wrestling ran Tokyo at Sumo Hall, featuring the following results:
-Black Cat pinned Tatsuhito Takaiwa at 9:32
-Takayuki Iizuka pinned El Samurai
-Tokimitsu Ishizawa & Yuji Nagata defeated Koji Kanemoto & Shinjiro Ohtani at 12:43 when Ishizawa forced Ohtani to submit
-Riki Choshu & Tadao Yasuda defeated Akira Nogami & Junji Hirata at 8:53 when Choshu pinned Nogami
-Kazuo Yamazaki defeated Jushin Liger via submission at 6:22
-Ric Flair defeated Shiro Koshinaka via submission with the figure-4 at 17:15; Flair used his 1991 WCW theme for the match; Koshinaka was trapped in the hold 3 minutes after failing an enzuiguri
-Scott Norton pinned Hiroshi Tenzan at 15:08
-Kensuke Sasaki pinned Shinya Hashimoto at 21:46
-IWGP World Champion the Great Muta pinned Masahiro Chono at 11:36
1996 - WCW ran Colorado Springs at the City Auditorium for a WCW Saturday Night taping, featuring the following:
-John Tenta defeated Big Bubba.
-Mike Enos & Dick Slater defeated Bobby Eaton & Dave Taylor.
-WCW U.S. Champion Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Chris Benoit, & Steve McMichael defeated High Voltage, the Renegade, & Joe Gomez.
-The Nasty Boys defeated Bobby Walker & Mark Starr.
-The Giant defeated Jim Powers.
-WCW World Tag Team Champions Harlem Heat fought Rick & Scott Steiner to a no contest when the Nasty Boys interfered.
-Mike Enos & Dick Slater defeated the Renegade & Mike Winner.
-Lord Steven Regal defeated Bobby Walker.
-WCW World TV Champion Lex Luger defeated David Taylor.
-Bull Nakano defeated Madusa.
-The Ultimo Dragon defeated JL.
-Kevin Sullivan, Big Bubba, Meng & the Barbarian defeated High Voltage, Jim Powers, & Joe Gomez.
-Konnan defeated Mark Starr.
-WCW U.S. Champion Ric Flair defeated Dean Malenko.
1997 - Chris Jericho defeated Alex Wright for the WCW Cruiserweight Title in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This began Jericho's second reign with the belt. The match took place during a WCW Saturday Night taping, which also featured:
-Eddie Guerrero defeated Jim Powers.
-Stevie Richards defeated Lenny Lane.
-Diamond Dallas Page defeated Rick Fuller.
-Konnan & Syxx defeated the Texas Hangmen.
-Jeff Jarrett defeated Mark Starr.
-Super Calo defeated the Renegade.
-WCW U.S. Champion Steve McMichael defeated Hector Guerrero.
-Ric Flair & Curt Hennig defeated Mortis & Wrath
1999 - Extreme Championship Wrestling ran Columbus, OH at the Veterrans Memorial Coliseum before 700 fans with the following results:
-Danny Doring & Roadkill defeated CW Anderson & Vito.
-Super Crazy defeated Little Guido.
-Nova defeated Simon Diamond.
-Lance Storm defeated Rod Price.
-ECW World Tag Team Champions Spike Dudley & Balls Mahoney defeated Buh Buh Ray & D-Von Dudley.
-Sabu defeated Justin Credible.
-ECW World Champion Taz defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri.
2007 - TNA holds their "Hard Justice" PPV, featuring the start of Adam "Pacman" Jones' tenure with the company. The original report is below:
Welcome to our coverage of TNA Hard Justice. We will be updating this page throughout the night with reports on the show, so check back often for updates.
The PPV pre-show was the "Road To Hard Justice" special from SpikeTV focusing on Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe, with commercials pushing the Doomsday Chamber of Blood match and the appearance of Pacman Jones. I have to say, it seems strange to me how the special focuses on the athletic merits of Joe vs. Angle, with both men talking very seriously about the championship at stake. Meanwhile, on Impact, Angle is a blubbering basket case with Karen Angle being the focus of the storyline, something that wasn't even mentioned during this special until the final lineup rundown.
The PPV event opened with a video package focusing on the Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe match, primarily Karen Angle leaving Kurt Angle and saying their marriage is over. Don West and Mike Tenay welcomed us to the show, then we saw footage of Pacman Jones and his "entourage" (looked like two teenagers) arriving in a black Hummer earlier today. The live crowd booed, although when they went back to the crowd they showed a pro-Pacman sign. Tenay and West then ran down the card for tonight. This was followed by a video package on Pacman Jones and the media attention surrounding his appearance in TNA.
The Motor City Machineguns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley vs. Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal vs. Triple X (Christopher Daniels & Senshi, with Elix Skipper at ringside).
Everyone started going at it before the bell, including Skipper. Dutt and Lethal cleared the ring out, then Dutt squared off with Shelley. Shelley blocked a Shining Wizard, but Dutt knocked him out of the ring. Sabin came in, but Dutt took him down with a headscissors. Triple X xame in and worked over Dutt. Referee Earl Hebner managed to get Skipper out of the action. It finally settled into a tag team match. They kept cutting away to show "Police" (guys in T-Shirts that said POLICE on them) there for Pacman Jones' security, and to show empty chairs at ringside that were "reserved" for Karen Angle and a guest. Fast-paced action in the match, but no one really took control. Sabin shoved Lethal to the floor at one point, and Senshi slammed him on the floor. Daniels threw him back in, and Sabin & Shelley continued to work over Lethal, hitting a double suplex and a pair of legdrops for a two count.
Shelly stood on Lethal's hair and pulled up on his arms. Lethal fought back against Shelley, but Shelley decked him with a back elbow. Senshi tagged himself in off of Shelley's back, then hit Lethal with a dropkick for a two count. Daniels tagged in and threw Senshi into a legdrop on Lethal. Lethal fought back, but Daniels took him away from his corner and tagged in Senshi, who hit a powerdrive elbow. Senshi wrenched Lethal's neck, then decked him with a back elbow. Senshi threw Lethal in her corner, and Daniels stood on Lethal as he was slumped over the middle turnbuckle. Daniels put Lethal in a chinlock, and Lethal fought back. Lethal hit a leg lariat off the middle rope and made the hot tag to Dutt. Dutt gave Daniels a rana and shoved Senshi off the apron. Sabin and Shelley came in, but Dutt took them down with a springboard moonsault. Dutt then did a rope walk and gave Daniels a rana for a two count. Dutt went for a rollup, and went into a camel clutch, but Shelley broke it up with a superkick. Dutt and Shelley went at it, with Dutt hitting a Shining Wizard. The match started breaking down, with everyone running in and knocking each other down, culminating with Lethal, Daniels and Sabin all decking each other with clotheslines. There was a TNA chant.
Dutt and Shelley went at it on the floor, and Lethal dove onto them. Daniels then moonsaulted onto Lethal on the floor. Senshi gave Lethal a pescado, while Sabin gave one to Daniels. Dutt then did a top rope moonsault onto everyone on the floor. As they got up, Daniels rammed Dutt into the guard rail and threw Sabin into the ring. Sabin hit a big running kick, then put Daniels in the Tree of Woe. While Hebner tried to untie Daniels from the Tree, Skipper ran in, crotched Sabin on the top rope, then hit the ropewalk rana. Daniels covered for a two count. Shelley hit Daniels with a kick, then Senshi hit Shelley with an elbow. Lethal then took down Senshi, Sabin took down Lethal, then Dutt took down Sabin. Dutt and Lethal managed to get Daniels isolated, but then Sabin & Shelley broke things up as they went for a cover. Sabin and Shelley worked over Lethal, but Dutt broke up that cover. Sabin and Shelley piled up Lethal and Dutt for a double team face plant, but Senshi broke it up. Senshi slammed Shelley and went to the top rope, but Dutt stopped Senshi. While Dutt fought Senshi, Daniels gave Shelley an STO. Daniels put Dutt in a torture rack, then Senshi came off the top rope, onto Dutt's stomach, then into the double stomp on Shelley on the mat. The crowd went nuts for it. Lethal broke up the cover. Triple X cleaned house, and Senshi went to the top rope, but Lethal shoved Daniels into the corner, knocking Senshi to the floor, and Lethal rolled up Daniels for the pin at the fifteen minute mark.
Winners: Sonjay Dutt & Jay Lethal.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash went into Samoa Joe's dressing room, to find Karen Angle drinking champagne with some bald-headed guy. Karen said she was looking forward to being the "former Mrs. Kurt Angle". She gave Jeremy her glass and told him to leave and shut the door, implying she was going to get busy with the guy. Borash left, chugged the champagne, then went off to tell Kurt Angle.
Raven vs. Kaz
Raven was accompanied by Havoc and Martyr. Raven got on the mic and told Kaz he was willing to forgive everything and let him back in Serotonin.Kaz hugged Raven, then caned him with his kendo stick. Raven backdropped Kaz out of the ring, but Kaz landed on Havoc. Martyr tried a dive, but Kaz moved out of the way. The story was that Kaz was staying one step ahead of Raven, until Raven nailed him with two legsweeps into the guard rail. Back in the ring, Raven hit some legkicks and a victory roll for a two count. Raven grabbed a kendo stick and choked Kaz with it. Kaz fought back with punches, but Raven gave him a kneelift that sent him over the top rope and to the floor. Martyr and Havoc worked over Kaz at ringside. They rolled him back into the ring and Raven got a two count. Raven hit a lariat and a boot to the face. Raven hit some crossface shots, then slapped Kaz a few times. Kaz fought back with right hands, then hit a leg lariat. Havoc and Martyr ran in, but Havoc ended up superkicking Martyr when Kaz moved. Raven shoved them for messing up, and Kaz clothesline then from the ring. Kaz then gave Havoc, who was on the apron, a rana from the top rope to the floor. Raven nailed Kaz with a kendo stick and rolled him into the ring. Raven went for a DDT, but Kaz blocked it. Kaz knocked Martyr off the apron, ducked a Raven clothesline and hit a jumping kick for the win at the six minute mark.
Jeremy Borash told Kurt Angle that Karen brought a date with her to the show. Angle said Borash was lying, then asked Borash if the date was younger than him. Angle told Borash to point him in the direction of Joe's locker room, and took off.
A video package on the James Storm-Rhino feud was shown.
James Storm, with Jackie Moore, vs. Rhino - Barroom Brawl
This is basically an Anything Goes match, but a bar is set up at ringside with stools, bottles and a mannequin. There was also a card table set up in the ring with chairs. The announcers said they hadn't seen Rhino all day. Rhino ran out and threw a chair from the ring at Storm in the aisle, but the chair actually went into the crowd. They started brawling and immediately went into the crowd. Storm hit Rhino with a trash can, but Rhino fought back and dragged Storm up into the stands. Rhino dominated most of the fighting in the crowd, but Storm reversed a whip and Rhino made the obligatory "hole in the wall under the stands" that we see pretty much every PPV. They made it back to ringside after four minutes of brawling in the crowd. Rhino hit Storm with the bar stools. Rhino opened a beer and chugged it down, which is shocking since this whole storyline was based on Rhino being a former alcoholic. Rhino sprayed beer on Jackie Moore and pounded Storm some more. Rhino took a mini-keg and sprayed Jackie with it, then drank some more. There was a toilet set up at ringside (seriously) and Rhino tried to put Storm's head in it, but Storm stopped him and fought back, hitting some shots with a crutch. Storm suplexed Rhino on the rampway.
Storm then charged Rhino, and Rhino backdropped Storm onto the bar, which collapsed. Rhino picked up a bottle of vodka and chugged some, then chased it with some beer. The announcers put over how sad it was that Rhino had fallen off the wagon. Rhino rammed Storm's head into the toilet. Rhino then sat on the toilet. Then he decided to go get a ladder instead. Storm reversed a whip, but Rhino backdropped him to the apron, and then shoved him to the floor. Rhino bridged a ladder between the ring and the guardrail, but never got to use it, as Storm got back in the ring. Rhino took out a table and a trash can, then hit Storm with the lid. Jackie ran in and attacked Rhino, but Rhino lifted her for a press slam. Storm stopped him from slamming her and hit him with a trash can lid. Storm threw Rhino over the top rope, and he crashed through the ladder that has been set up at ringside earlier. Storm rolled Rhino into the ring and hit a series of right hands. Rhino hit Storm with a belly to belly suplex, then set up a table in a corner. Rhino gave Storm a spinebuster, then set up for a Gore through the table. Storm moved and Rhino went through the table alone. Storm covered Rhino for a two count. The announcers tried to put over that Rhino was "a step off" because he had taken two drinks during the match. Storm hit Rhino repeatedly with a trash can, then a chair shot to the head. Storm gave Rhino a one-man Conchairto. Storm waited for Rhino to stagger to his feet, then hit a superkick. Storm picked up a beer bottle, then broke it over Rhino's head and got the pin at the 14 minute mark.
Winner: James Storm.
They went backstage to their new interviewer, Crystal. She started talking about Pacman Jones, but was interrupted by Ron Killings. Killings cut a promo about a "football player" coming into the wrestling world, and said if he gets a hold of Pacman Jones, "this publicity stunt is over".
As they were still cleaning the ring, Tenay and West talked about the Kurt Angle-Karen Angle situation for a while.
The Latin American Xchange (Homicide & Hernandez) vs. The Voodoo Kin Mafia (Kip & BG James) with Roxxi Laveaux.
Homicide started out with BG James, hitting a right hand, but BG shoved him into his corner for a double team. Hernandez came in to break up the double team, but was taken out by the referee while Kip whipped Homicide hard into a corner and then hit a side slam. BG tagged in and hit Homicide with some kicks. BG kicked Homicide in the back and applied an armbar. Kip tagged in and have Homicide a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Kip applied a bear hug while on one knee. Homicide broke out, but Kip grabbed the bearhug again. Homicide bit out of it, then Kip gave him an overhead belly to belly suplex. BG tagged in, but Homicide got the hot tag to Hernandez, who hit VKM with a double slingshot clothesline. LAX cleared the ring of Kip, and the referee escorted out Homicide while Hernandez set up BG for the Border Toss. Roxxi got on the apron and threw powder in Hernandez' eyes. Kip gave Hernandez the Fameasser for the pin. However, Hector Guerrero came in and told the referee about the powder. The match was restarted, Hernandez brawled with BG and Homicide rolled up Kip with a Victory Roll for the pin at the six minute mark.
LAX had some words with Guerrero before leaving.
The events leading to Eric Young vs. Rober Roode were shown.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Eric Young, who talked about all the times he has been humiliated in his life. Borash told Young that this isn't high school, and that he's not a kid, and got him fired up for his match. Kurt Angle entered, and told Borash that he didn't find Karen. Young said that he saw Karen making out with her new guy. Borash tried to calm Angle, and Angle said that "Dr. Nash is the only one who understands me". Angle said he was going to go find Samoa Joe.
Humiliation Match - Eric Young vs. Robert Roode with Ms. Brooks
Roode attacked Young before the bell. Young leapfrogged Roode and slid under him, then hit a Thesz Press and some right hands. Young clotheslined Roode to the floor, then went outside and hit some punches. Young threw Roode back into the ring, but was distracted by Brooks (he actually had to go around the ringpost because she was on the wrong side of the ring) who grabbed his leg as he got on the apron. Roode knocked Young to the floor, then rammed him into the guard rail. Roode punched Young and stomped him down, then choked him. Roode backdropped Young, then hit a lariat in the corner for a two count. Roode then applied a chinlock, then a surfboard. Young got out of it with a mulekick. Young tried a leapfrog in the corner, but Roode caught it and hit a spinebuster. Roode slammed Young, then pulled down his kneepad and went to the second rope. Roode nailed the kneedrop and got a two count, then another two count. Roode argued with the referee. Young and Roode traded punches, and they knocked each other down. They both got up, and Young ran into a Roode elbow, but came back with a backdrop. Young grabbed a crucifix for a two count. Young got another two with a belly to belly suplex, but Roode then raked his eyes and went to the top rope. A blinded Young stumbled into the ropes, and Roode slipped and was crotched on the top rope. Brooks ran in, but Young grabbed her and catapulted her head first into Roode's groin. Young lifted Brooks and Roode into a fireman's carry, but Roode slipped off and kicked Young, so he dropped Brooks. Young rolled up Roode for a two count. Roode hit a blockbuster for a two count. Brooks tried to give Roode brass knucks, pretty much right in font of the referee, but dropped them. They did a distraction bit, and Brooks threw the knucks to Roode. Roode decked Young with the knucks and put them in his trunks. Roode covered Young for the pin at the ten minute mark.
Winner: Robert Roode.
Roode got on the mic and said it was time to humiliate Young. Gail Kim came out and tried to stop them, but Roode grabbed her. Kim slapped Roode, and Brooks attacked her. Brooks held Kim for a punch by Roode, but Kim ducked and Roode nailed Brooks. Roode choked Kim, and Young kicked Roode in the gonads. Roode, holding his package, started stumbling up the aisle. Young got on the mic and said he told everyone he wasn't going to get tarred and feathered. Young and Kim then tarred (syruped) and feathered Brooks. Roode saw what was happening, but just waved it off and left while Brooks was sitting on the floor, covered in feathers, screaming.
A video package on Dustin Rhodes and how "Black Reign" is his evil personality was shown.
Crystal interviewed Chris Harris. Harris said he didn't take Dustin's spot, Dustin lost it on his own, while Harris was earning his. Harris said he was tired of "has-beens" getting in the way of his future.
Chris Harris vs. Black Reign.
Reign entered from the opposite entrance than the one he was expected it, and ambushed Harris from behind. Reign has silver and black facepaint, and a vinyl baggy outfit that is black with silver tribal designs. Harris was busted open as Reign rammed him into the guardrail. Reign kept pounding Harris around ringside, then knocked down the referee as he tried to break things up. Reign pulled a cover off the turnbuckle connector, then rammed Harris into it. Reign pulled Harris into the ring and gave him a neckbreaker. A second referee came in, and Reign clotheslined him. Reign hit Harris with some right hands, then moaned in his face. Reign set up Harris for the old Shattered Dreams kick, but then stopped and gave him a bulldog instead. Reign choked Harris with his own handcuffs. Referee number three, Earl Hebner, came out, and was shoved away. Reign bit Harris' head. Hebner called for the DQ at the five minute mark.
Winner via DQ: Chris Harris.
Reign handcuffed the bloody Harris in the corner and pounded him. A few security guards ran in, but Reign knocked them all away. Reign then took a cane that has a hand holding a knife as the top piece and sat on the top rope, over the body of Harris. Reign rammed the cane into Harris' head, but not the knife part. Kaz, Jay Lethal and Sonjay Dutt ran out and stood between Harris and Reign. Reign slowly backed up and left.
The events leading to The Steiners vs. Team 3D were shown.
Crystal interviewed the Steiner Brothers. The Steiners said Team 3D would go out in a blaze of glory, just like ECW. The Steiners were with Kohei Suwama, who Scott noted he would be teaming with in the future.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Team 3D, who mocked Scott Steiner's injury in Puerto Rico. Team 3D said they no longer had any respect for the Steiners.
The Steiner Brothers vs. Team 3D
Suwama didn't come out with the Steiners. DeVon choked Rick at the start and hit some right hands. DeVon missed a clothesline and Rick hit a powerslam. Brother Ray came in, but Rick bit him on the leg. Scott backdropped Ray and Devon. Team 3D went to the floor, and the Steiners did their old pose. Team 3D went to leave, but the Steiners went after him. They brawled at ringside, with the Steiners getting the better of it. Rick threw Brother Ray into the ring, but Ray poked Rick in the eyes. Scott tagged in and locked up with Ray. Ray missed a punch and Scott hit some chops. Scott hit Ray with a clothesline, then dropped an elbow. Scott did his pushups instead of going for a cover. Ray fought back with a chop and a sideslam. Devon tagged in, but Scott hit them with a double clothesline. Devon ran into a Scott boot and Scott hit a belly to belly suplex. Rick tagged in and hit Devon with some crossface shots. Scott tagged in and booted Devon in the face, but Ray grabbed Scott's arm and yanked it across the top rope. Devon then kicked Steiner, right where Steiner's scar is. Devon stood on Scott's side, and Ray yanked at his arm and hit his side from ringside.
Devon put Scott in an abdominal stretch. Ray ran in and took a shot at him when the referee went to stop Rick from running in. Ray tagged in and pounded the scar. Rick ran in and hit Ray with right hands, but Hebner forced him out of the ring. Devon tagged in, but missed an avalanche. Scott gave Ray a clothesline and tagged in Rick. Rick went to work on both men, hitting a Steinerline on D-Von and backdropping both opponents. Rick gave both men overhead belly to belly suplexes. Rick put Devon on the top rope and tagged in Scott. Rick went to work on Brother Ray on the floor and Scott gave Devon a second rope overhead belly to belly suplex for a two count. Scott pounded Devon in a corner, but Ray came in and hit Steiner in the back. Ray put Scott on his shoulders and Devon hit the Doomsday Device for a two count. Rick came in, and Ray slammed him. They went for the What's Up headbutt on Rick, but Scott broke it up. Scott knocked Ray down and went to Devon, who was sitting on the top rope. Scott gave Devon a top rope Frankensteiner, to a huge pop (from a crowd that wasn't really reacting to much to this point). Scott put Devon in a Steiner Recliner, but Ray broke it up. Ray and Devon gave Scott Steiner a neckbreaker/back suplex combo. Team 3D set up for 3D on Rick, but Rick gave Devon a Steinerline and suplexed Ray. Scott picked up Devon on his shoulders and Rick hit a top rope bulldog for the clean pin at the eleven minute mark.
Winners: The Steiner Brothers.
Kurt Angle came into Kevin Nash's office and slumped on a couch. Nash said there are more important things than his family ... like him. Nash said Kurt was the "A&P Champion in Japan", the TNA Champion, and he was going to beat Samoa Joe. Nash told Angle he needed the "Eye Of The Tiger". Angle got psyched up, but as soon as Nash left, he slumped back on the couch and started crying.
In the ring, Mike Tenay introduced Pacman Jones, who had an elaborate video entrance. Some ringside fans made it "rain" fake money as he came out. Jones refused to shake hands with Mike Tenay. Tenay asked Jones why he was coming into wrestling. Jones said because he loved it as a kid. Tenay asked why he came to TNA, and Jones said it was because TNA is a "trendsetter", like him. Tenay asked what his goal in TNA is, and Jones said to show he is a "team player". Ron Killings came out on the rampway and welcomed Jones to the "snakepit". Killings said professional wrestling is not a "team sport", it is all about individuality. Jones took off his T-shirt. Killings said wrestling is about "who is going to screw who first" and said in this business no one has your back. Killings said that Jones' contract prevented him from touching anyone. Killings said "Ain't that a bitch?" and some fans started a "He's a bitch!" chant. Killings said that because of that contract, Jones won't be beating anyone up, but he better watch out, because there was a locker room of wrestlers that want to beat him up, and Killings said he was on the top of the list. Jones said that there was nothing but "space and opportunity" between the two of them. Fans chanted "Shut the f*** up". Killings was tackled by security as he approached the ring and dragged off. Jones said security should let him go, then said Killings "Didn't want any of this". Jones then left. With the exception of those that were chanting, the crowd was apathetic to the whole thing.
Crystal interviewed Christian Cage, AJ Styles and Tyson Tomko. Christian said that he wasn't bleeding tonight, and said he would hold Sting, Abyss and Martin responsible if AJ bleeds one drop. Christian walked off. Styles said to Tomko that he wouldn't be bleeding, and pulled out a box of Band-Aids. Tomko explained that Band-Aids stop bleeding, they don't prevent it.
They cut backstage, and Pacman Jones has apparently been "laid out", holding his shoulder. Don West said he had blood near his eye, but I didn't notice that, and soon security was blocking the shot. Tenay and West noted what Killings has said earlier about the locker room wanting a piece of Jones. So, now we all know how they got around the "no physical contact" problem.
Doomsday Chamber Of Blood (Steel Cage with Barbed Wire roof, you must be bleeding before you can be pinned or forced to submit, winner to receive future World Title match) - Sting, Abyss & ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“The PunisherÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€šÃ‚ÂÂ Andrew Martin vs. Christian Cage, AJ Styles & Tomko.
Christian, Styles and Tomko attacked Abyss as he made his entrance. Martin then ran out and started throwing opponents around. Tomko got in the cage and dared Martin to come in. The lights went out, and when they came back on, Sting was in the ring with a chair. He blasted Tomko with it. Tomko and Sting exited the cage, and Abyss and Styles got in it. Sting and Tomko were fighting on the floor, and Tonko was already bleeding. Styles kicked Abyss out of the ring, then dove out of the cage onto Abyss. Good thing the cage has a really big door. The brawl at ringside continued. Martin and Cage made it into the cage, while at ringside Tomko rammed the cage door into Sting's face. Martin gave Christian and big boot and a pumphandle slam, but since Christian isn't bleeding, the pin didn't count.
They cut backstage, and showed Pacman Jones, in a neckbrace, being stretchered onto an ambulance.
Back to the match, Abyss was throwing Cage into the cage, but Tomko used a chair to take down Abyss and Martin. The heels tried to keep Sting from entering the cage, and Tomko knocked him to the floor with a big boot. Styles and Christian locked the cage door, so Sting was stuck outside. Tomko, Styles and Christian worked over Abyss and Martin. Christian used a shard of broken glass to cut open Abyss in the forehead and arm. Christian covered Abyss for a two count. Tomko hit Martin with a chairshot. I don't see Sting around ringside.
Tomko powerslammed Martin. Styles wedged a chair between two turnbuckles. Abyss was a bloody mess. Martin fought back against three opponents. Sting came out with a pair of wire cutters and climbed the cage. Sting started cutting away the barbed wire. Styles and Tomko tried to stop him, but Sting climbed into the cage. Sting gave Styles a facecrusher off the top rope. Sting threw Christian into Tomko and gave them a Stinger Splash. Sting gave Styles a Stinger Splash. Sting went for the Scorpion on Christian, but Tomko broke it up with a chair shot. Tomko gave Abyss a chokeslam, then Styles and Christian gave Abyss top rope splashes. Christian covered Abyss, but he kicked out. Christian dumped a back of broken glass in the ring. Abyss grabbed Christian for a chokeslam, but Tomko hit him with a chair. Martin kicked the chair into the face of Tomko. Christian climbed out of the cage. Styles tried to do the same, but was caught and thrown into the chair that he had wedged in the buckles earlier. Abyss gave Styles the Black Hole Slam into the broken glass and got the pin at the ten minute mark. They kept cutting to Christian, watching from the aisle, as Styles was pinned.
Winners: Abyss, Sting & Andrew Martin. Abyss receives a World Title match at the next PPV.
The events leading to the main event were shown.
Crystal interviewed Samoa Joe, who said "the worst of things happen to the worst of people". Joe said Kurt Angle had to ask himself "Is it still great to be Kurt Angle?"
TNA World Champion & fake IWGP Champion Kurt Angle vs. X-Division Champion & TNA Tag Team Champions Samoa Joe - Winner Takes All
Angle slowly walked to the ring, dropping one of his title belts at one point, looking defeated. Samoa Joe came out with the Samoan dancers. Karen Angle isn't at ringside yet. They did the "big fight" introductions.
Joe backed Angle into the ropes on the initial lockup, but Angle took Joe down with a headlock. Joe shoved off the headlock and hit a shoulderblock. Angle shoved Joe, but Joe shoved Angle to the mat. Angle rolled out of the ring and looked like he was going to cry. Karen Angle and her boyfriend, champagne in hand, came out and sat at ringside. Angle yelled something at them, then reentered the ring. Angle took Joe down with an overhead wristlock, but Joe powered up, only for Angle to pull down Joe by the hair. Angle left the ring as an angry Joe got up. Angle reentered the ring, and Joe put him in a headlock. Angle put Joe in a wristlock and pulled him down by the hair again. Again, Angle went to the floor to avoid an angry Joe. Karen Angle kissed her boyfriend at ringside. Angle went into an overhead wristlock with Joe, and Joe shoved Angle down this time before Angle could grab the hair. Joe put Angle in a side headlock, using Angle's singlet to prevent Angle from shoving it off. Angle made the ropes to break the hold, then pulled down his straps.
Angle hit a punch to the head, then Joe hit a sunset flip. Joe pulled down Angle's trunks, and Angle's bare ass was exposed to the crowd. Angle left the ring and went to ringside to argue with his wife. She threw the glass of champagne into his face. Joe came out and chopped Angle, then threw him into the ring for a kick, a chop and a kneedrop for a two count. Joe hit a series of right hands, then side stepped an Angle charge and Angle ran shoulder first into the ringpost. Joe hit some punches in the corner, then face washed him with the boot. Joe then nailed the running kick to the head. Joe chopped Angle in the corner, but Angle ducked a shot and hit a German suplex. Angle hit an uppercut and a series of punches. Angle hit a vertical suplex for a two count, then applied a chinlock. Joe fought up, but Angle gave him a pair of German suplexes. Angle went for a third, but Joe reversed and flipped Angle with a German suplex of his own.
Then two men traded punches, then Joe hit a pair of elbows and a pair of clotheslines. Angle came back with an uppercut, but Samoa Joe snapped him with a powerslam for a two count. Angle elbowed a charging Joe and went to the second rope, but Joe jumped up with a kick to the head for a two count. Angle raked Joe's eyes and hit a German suplex. Karen and her boyfriend were shown drinking with linked arms. Angle went for an Olympic Slam, but Joe blocked it and hit some punches. Angle whipped Joe into a corner, but then ran into a uranage for a two count. Joe set up for a Muscle Buster, but Angle turned it into a sunset flip and grabbed an Ankle Lock. Joe turned it and rammed Angle into the corner. Joe applied the Kokina Clutch, but Angle dropped down into the ankle lock. Joe kicked it off and grabbed a small package for a two count. Angle kicked Joe in the gut and hit the Olympic Slam for a two count. Angle hit Joe with a forearm and sat him on the top rope. Angle went for a second rope belly to belly suplex, but Joe headbutted Angle to the mat. Joe went to stand on the top rope, but Angle ran up the ropes and hit a belly to belly suplex off the top for a two count.
Angle yelled something to his wife at ringside. Angle went to the top rope for a moonsault, but Joe rolled out of the way. Joe sat Angle on a top rope, hit a chop, then grabbed the Muscle Buster for a 2.999999 count. Joe grabbed the Kokina Clutch, but Angle bit Joe's hand to break the hold and grabbed the ankle lock. Joe rolled over, pulled Angle down towards him by his trunks, and grabbed the Kokina Clutch again. Angle got his foot on the bottom rope to break the hold. Joe hit a series of punches to Angle in the corner. Fans were chanting "This is Awesome". Angle tried to reverse a whip, but ended up colliding with the referee. Joe applied the Kokina Clutch, and Angle tapped out, but there was no referee to see it. Angle hit Joe with a low blow. Both men down on the mat.
Karen Angle came up to ringside with a chair and gestured for Joe to take it. As Joe reached for it, she pulled it away and smiled. Angle chopblocked Joe in the back of the leg. Angle blasted Joe with the chair in the head, woke up the referee, and got the pin at the eighteen minute mark.
Winner: Kurt Angle.
Kurt Angle, Karen Angle and the boyfriend all celebrated together in the ring. Kurt Angle is now the TNA World Champion, X-Division Champion, TNA Tag Team Champions and fake IWGP Champion. They quickly went off the air, with Mike Tenay noting that Angle will have to defend against Abyss next month at No Surrender.
2008 - WWE released three developmental talents stationed in FCW today - Charles "The Hammer" Evans, Brad Attitude and Matt O'Neal. Evans worked Wrestlemania 24 as part of Floyd Mayweather's crew and was a former OVW Tag champ with Justin LaRouche, who now works as Bam Neely. O'Neal was one of the former football players Ty Bailey had hired. I believe all of those hires have been released now. Brad Attitude made occasional WWE TV appearances over the years, losing squash matches to Bobby Lashley on Velocity in 2006 and Mark Henry on Smackdown.
2008 - Colt Cabana made his WWE main roster debut as Scotty Goldman during a Smackdown taping in Norfolk, VA.
2008 - WWE broadcast ECW on Sci Fi. Mike Odd filed the following TV report:
ECW comes to you tonight from Norfolk, VA.
Match # 1
Tommy Dreamer vs. Colin Delaney
Extreme Rules Match
Tommy Dreamer enters the ring with a grocery cart full of assorted metal. Colin Delaney reluctantly joins him in the ring. Colin tries to run away but trips. Dreamer follows him up the ramp. Delaney attacks the hand after Dreamer misses a punch and hits the steel post. Tommy and Colin go back and forth. Your usual hardcore match. The end comes when Delaney misses a leg drop off the top rope and Dreamer hits him with a DDT on a stop sign.
Winner - Tommy Dreamer
The Miz and Morrison are interviewed backstage and they recap The Dirt Sheet from last week. They say they don't have to worry about Mark Henry and Matt Hardy because they are the greatest tag team in the world. We go to commercial.
We come back with the Smackdown Rebound.
Match # 2
Evan Bourne vs. Bam Neely
Bam Neely's still selling Edge's attacks from Friday; apparently, he has a concussion. Evan Bourne gets in early offense. He's overpowered by Neely but uses his speed to come back. Bam Neely takes control and peppers Bourne with a variety of punches and kicks. Bam Neely gets a 2 count and traps Bourne in a chin lock. Bourne fights out but is once again overpowered by Neely. Bourne hits a Standing Moonsault onto Neely for a two count then hits a huge DDT followed by a beautiful Shooting Star Press for the 3 count.
Winner - Evan Bourne
Estrada comes into Teddy Long's dressing room and makes him sign his ECW contract. Long announces Estrada's first official match in ECW will be against Finlay and that match will be next. We go to commercial.
Match # 3
Finlay vs. Armando Estrada
The match begins with Finlay using his rough neck style to dominate. Mike Knox is seen waiting rather impatiently on the stage. Finlay notices him but does not let up on the beating on Estrada. Finlay hits a modified Vader Bomb on Estrada. Estrada takes advantage of Mike Knox's distraction. Estrada beats on Finlay for a while. Finlay makes the come back with the crowd's support and hits the Celtic Cross for the 3 count.
Winner - Finlay
Finlay invites Mike Knox into the ring. Knox respectfully declines by walking away. We go to commercial.
Teddy Long and Tiffany are shown drinking champagne. They're joined by the undefeated Ricky Ortiz who shows Teddy Long his new T-Shirt design. Next week Ortiz is going to face a new superstar; Ortiz guarantees that next week he will be 4-0.
The WWE Slam of the Week is Cena and Batista fighting last night in the closing moments of Raw. I guess that's a nice way of doing a Raw Rebound when there wasn't much to recap from Raw. They run down the Summerslam card again.
Matt Hardy and Mark Henry are shown backstage. Hardy is expressing his concern over teaming with his opponent at Summerslam. Mark Henry says no matter what he's going to run right through Matt Hardy. We go to commercial.
Match # 4
Mizorrison vs. Matt Hardy and Mark Henry
John Morrison once again defies the laws of space and time on his way to the ring. Mark Henry tells Matt Hardy to stay back as he starts the match with Morrison. Henry completely overpowers Morrison then drags Miz into the ring. Matt Hardy comes in and takes The Miz out. Henry throws out Morrison, Hardy and Henry stare down and we go to commercial.
We're back and the commentators explain that the match was one sided during the break favoring Henry and Hardy. Henry tags Hardy in and Morrison tags in The Miz. Matt Hardy hits the Miz with a Bulldog and gets a 2 count. Miz and Hardy go outside where Miz throws Hardy into the steel steps and gains the advantage. Miz tags in Morrison who goes to work on Matt Hardy. Hardy makes a comeback with a Side Effect off the 2nd rope for a very awkward 3 count that Morrison very obviously kicked out of.
Winner - Matt Hardy and Mark Henry
Mark Henry clears out Mizorrison and tells the referee to raise Mark Henry's hand in victory. He then raises Matt Hardy's arm with him and then delivers the Worlds Strongest Slam onto the ECW title. Mark Henry laughs heartily as we go to credits.
2009 - Ashley Massaro posted on her twitter account that a plate in her leg (placed there when she suffered a spiral break) had dislodged and become abscessed, so she'll be having surgery soon to repair it.
2010 - TNA Broadcast their "Whole Fn' Show" special edition of TNA Impact on SpikeTV. Stu carapola filed the following TV report:
Tonight, three title matches as well as a special surprise from Hulk Hogan!
But without further ado, let's head to the ring for our opening match...
TV Champion AJ Styles vs Kurt Angle
For the record, this is non-title. These guys have had some awesome, awesome matches in the past, I can't wait to see what they do here. Styles jumps Angle before the bell and tosses him to the floor, then goes out after him and continues the assault. AJ rams Angle into the apron as we see his new tattoo, but Angle catches him with an overhead belly to belly suplex out of nowhere and tosses AJ back in. Angle with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker gets 1 but AJ goes to the throat and rams Angle shoulderfirst into the ringpost, and Angle tumbles to the floor. AJ with a slingshot dive over the top onto Angle on the floor, then rolls Angle back in. Angle starts firing back and goes for a German Suplex, but Styles flips through and catches Angle with a sweet dropkick. AJ covers for 2 and then we HIT THE CHINLOCK! Angle escapes and picks the ankle, but AJ kicks him off and goes for a right, but Angle ducks and gets a back suplex and both men are down. The referee counts and Angle gets up first and starts running over AJ with clotheslines and then gets another overhead release suplex for 2. Angle ducks a right and hits the Rolling Germans and covers for 2. Angle goes for the Ankle Lock but AJ kicks him off into the corner. AJ tries a charge and gets backdropped to the apron but comes back in with a springboard forearm for 2. AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Angle backdrops out and goes for the Angle Slam and AJ escapes and hits the Pelle Kick for 2. AJ takes his time going up top and Angle runs underneath him and then hits a moonsault for 2. Wow, we don't see that out of him very often. Angle goes for the Ankle Lock again and gets it but AJ rolls through and Angle crashes into the second turnbuckle. AJ tries another springboard from the apron but Angle shakes the top rope and AJ crashes down. Angle tries to suplex him back in but AJ escapes and hits the moonsault/deathdrop for 2. AJ argues with the ref, allowing Angle to come from behind and hit the Angle Slam for 2. Angle goes for another German Suplex and AJ tries to lowblow him with a mule kick, but Angle dodges and takes AJ down into the Ankle Lock, grapevines the leg, and AJ taps.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Great opener! Up next, Angelina Love challenges Madison Rayne for the Knockouts Title, and we're at commercial. Great opening segment!
Knockouts Title Match: Madison Rayne vs Angelina Love
Angelina goes after Madison but Madison hides behind the ref and cheapshots Angelina. Angelina weathers the storm and fires back, but Madison sends Angelina into the corner, blocks the foot on a charge, and just slams Angelina on the back of her head, then climbs on top of her and starts ramming the back of her head into the mat, then hits a swinging neckbreaker, straddles Angelina's shoulders, and repeatedly humps Angelina's head into the mat and covers for 2. Madison stops to argue with the ref about the count, then turns around into a jawbreaker from Angelina, who follows that with a series of clotheslines and then a flying variety of the clothesline. Angelina with a bicycle kick as Dumpy Ass comes down to ringside on the bike and makes her way to ringside as the crowd starts chanting "Tara" at her. The ref goes over to tell Dumpy Ass to take a hike when Velvet Sky comes running out and cracks her from behind with a chair, then pulls off the motorcycle helmet to reveal...a mask underneath. The Dark Patriot angle! Dumpy Ass hightails it as Madison nails Angelina from behind with the belt and covers for 2, then Angelina comes back with a clothesline and covers Madison for the three count and the Knockouts Title.
Winner and NEW Knockouts Champion: Angelina Love
Velvet Sky stands smirking at ringside as Madison is flat on her back in the middle of the ring and Angelina celebrates her title win.
After another commercial break, we come back for the three way match...
Ken Anderson vs Matt Morgan vs The Pope
Anderson does his usual entrance while Morgan and Pope are already in the ring. Anderson and Pope go right after Morgan and double team him, ramming him into the corner and taking turns beating him up. They wrap Morgan's leg around the rope and attack it, and then Pope hits an STO and covers, Anderson breaks and tries his own cover, and then Pope pulls him off and tries again, and this goes on about five more times unitl Pope and Anderson have an uncomfortable staredown. Morgan breaks up the lovefest with a double goozle followed by a double clothesline that takes both men down. Morgan charges at Pope with a boot, but Pope moves and Morgan crotches himself. Pope accidentally elbows Anderson in the face as he goes to nail Morgan, but then nails Morgan anyway and sends him to the floor as Anderson kneels in the ring clutching his jaw. Pope goes to check on him and Anderson pops up and slugs him in the mouth, and they exchange blows until Anderson hits a Thesz Press and elbowdrop for 2. Anderson goes for a fireman's carry but Pope escapes and uppercuts him, then goes for the lungblower but Anderson escapes and hits a Flatliner and goes for a cover, but Morgan breaks it up and kicks Anderson for the floor, then capitalizes and covers Pope for the three count.
Winner: Matt Morgan
Still to come: Hulk Hogan has a special surprise, and Jeff Hardy has an open challenge, which will be answered next!
Jeff Hardy Open Challenge
And the mystery opponent is...Shannon Moore. Hardy looks shocked, and Moore takes a mic and says that tonight is a perfect opportunity to prove he can stand at the same level as Hardy, and no matter what happens here tonight, they're leaving as brothers. Hardy looks unimpressed, and I can't say I blame him. They shake hands and then tie up and Hardy shoves him off. Moore goes to a wristlock, Hardy reverses to one of his own and Moore cartwheels out and reverses to a side headlock. Hardy sends Moore off into the ropes and Moore takes him down with a shoulderblock and then they exchange armdrags and do the indy standoff. Another tieup and Moore takes Hardy to the corner and rams a series of shoulders into Hardy's midsection and then whips him across the ring, but Hardy leapfrogs over him and hits a reverse enziguiri. Moore goes to the corner and Hardy keeps trying to catch him with wild moves but Moore outruns him and Hardy misses something and sails out to the floor. Moore follows him out with a dive, then tosses Hardy back in the ring and catches him with a moonsault off the top for 2. Moore with a snap suplex for 2 and we HIT THE CHINLOCK! Hardy elbows his way out, then reverses a whip into the corner but gets backdropped to the apron. Moore tries to sunset flip Hardy to the floor, but Hardy hangs on so Moore changes position and yanks Hardy down by the ankles and Hardy crashes facefirst into the apron. Moore charges and Hardy backdrops him into the ropes, but Moore rebounds back and turns it into a tornado DDT, then rolls Hardy into the ring and covers him for 2, then goes back to the chinlock. Hardy again escapes and reverses into a short clothesline, but gets whipped to the corner. Hardy gets the feet up on a charge and hits the Whisper In The Wind for 2. Hardy with the Twist Of Fate, takes his shirt off, and goes up top for the Swanton, but Moore gets the knees up and covers for 2. Moore puts Hardy up top and tries for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Hardy holds on and Moore crashes to the mat. Hardy hits the Swanton and we have three.
Winner: Jeff Hardy
Hardy raises Moore's hand after the match. Still to come: the Motor City Machine Guns vs Beer Money in match five, Rob Van Dam defends the TNA World Title against Abyss, and Hulk Hogan has a special announcement!
Best Of Five Series Match Five - 2 Out Of 3 Falls: Motor City Machine Guns vs Beer Money
Storm and Sabin start and Storm goes right to the eyes and gets a wristlock, Sabin tries to escape but Roode turns it into a headlock, then they do a fast paced sequence off the ropes and then a series of pinfall attempts and then each go for a kick at the same time and catch each other's boot...and slowly put them down and back off. The fans pop huge as Shelley and Roode tag in and the crowd starts chanting for Shelley. Roode takes Shelley to the corner and takes a cheapshot, but Shelley fires back and gets thumbed in the eyes. Shelley off the ropes and Roode tries a drop down, but Shelley elbowdrops him and then hits a flying headscissors, then unloads with a chop. Shelley comes off the ropes and Roode gets a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for 2, then goes for an O'Connor Roll, but Shelley tags as he hits the ropes and Sabin comes in and kicks him in the face, Storm tries to come in but the MCMGs hit a fast series of double team moves that sends Storm to the floor and puts Roode down for 2. Roode recovers and tags out to Storm, who doesn't have much luck either until Roode grabs Sabin's ankle from the floor and allows Storm to hit a running boot to the head. Roode comes in without making a legal tag, and the ref calls him on it, but then Roode tags out to Storm. Whatever. Storm fires away on Sabin in the corner and tags back out to Roode and they hit a slam/elbowdrop/kneedrop combo for 2. Sabin starts to fight back and leapfrogs a whip into the corner then tries to make the tag, Roode grabs his ankle and tries to pull him back, but Sabin hits an enziguiri and makes the hot tag. Shelley gives Roode a Flatliner into the second turnbuckle and then bulldogs Roode as he clotheslines Storm and covers Roode for 2. Shelley with a Flatliner/DDT combo on Beer Money and covers Roode for 2. MCMGs fire Storm to the apron and Shelley comes over the top with a double stomp, then hits a springboard dropkick to send Roode to the floor and they hit stereo dives onto Beer Money. This is way more difficult to recap than you have any idea. Storm recovers and DDTs Sabin on the apron as Shelley goes up top, Roode tries to stop him but gets knocked off into the middle of the ring. Roode dodgs the double stomp and Beer Money hits a gutbuster/lungblower/DWI combo and Beer Money takes the first fall.
The second fall begins immediately and Roode starts putting the boots to Shelley and covers for 1. Tag out to Storm, who comes in and nails Shelley in the jaw with a right. Beer Money with a double suplex on Shelley and then stop to play to the crowd, but while they were wasting time Shelley made the hot tag to Sabin, who comes in with a double dropkick off the top rope. They send Storm to the floor and give Roode the double stomp/neckbreaker combo to even it up at one fall apiece.
And the third fall begins right away. Sabin goes for a punt to Roode's head on the floor, but Roode catches the foot and yanks Sabin to the floor, then pops back in the ring and backdrops his partner onto Sabin. Shelley comes through the ropes with a sick dive, and then Roode follows that with a dive of his own and all four men are down on the floor and...wait, commercial break? Now? WHY????
After a well placed commercial for the MCMG-Beer Money double DVD, we come back to the third fall as Roode takes Sabin's head off with a clothesline. Shelley tries to fight back, but gets popped up into a spinning uranage for 2. Roode puts the boots to Shelley in the corner and tags in Storm, and they whip Shelley across the ring and then follow him in with a pair of running clotheslines. Storm puts Shelley up top and goes for a top rope superplex, but Shelley knocks him down into the Tree Of Woe and hits the top rope double stomp. The referee starts the double count and both men tag out, and Sabin comes in with a series of running forearms to Roode, then hits a Frankensteiner out of the corner and then dropkicks Storm off the apron. Sabin with a springboard tornado DDT for 2, then Roode goes to the eyes and tags out to Storm. Beer money go for a double team but Sabin fights his way out and kicks off of Storm and then Shelley comes in and they hit a snap Carnageplex for a very close 2. MCMGs with a series of superkicks and an enziguiri to Storm, but Roode comes in and wipes out Shelley and they hit a double DDT on Sabin, then counter Shelley's Sliced Bread #2 into a double team chinbreaker. Shelley rolls to the floor and Beer Money goes for the DWI, but Sabin escapes and Storm accidentally superkicks Roode, and the MCMGs hit the double stomp/neckbreaker combo again...and Storm kicks out! They go for it again...and this time it's a neckbreaker/top rope splash combo, and Shelley blocks Roode as Sabin covers Storm and finally that's enough to get the MCMGs the win. What a match!
Winners: Motor City Machine Guns
I'll say it right now, this is TNA Match Of The Year so far. Just unbelievable.
Still to come: Hulk Hogan's big announcement, and up next: Rob Van Dam defends the TNA World Title against Abyss in a Stairway To Janice Match!
Stairway To Janice Match for the TNA World Title: Rob Van Dam vs Abyss
And in case you weren't already aware, Eric Bischoff is the special referee for this match. Janice is hanging above the ring, and Abyss grabs the ladder and slides it into the ring as he makes his entrance and tries to climb up and grab Janice before RVD makes his entrance, so RVD comes running out and springboards off the top rope and kicks the ladder out from under Abyss. He climbs up and does a ten punch count in the corner, then hits a spinkick to wipe Abyss out. He folds up the ladder and rams it into the midsection of Abyss, then does it a second time. RVD with another spinkick and then he bulldogs Abyss onto the ladder and follows that up with Rolling Thunder, but Abyss moves and RVD crashes down onto the ladder. Oh, and wouldn't you know it, we have to take another commercial break as Abyss grabs the ladder from the floor and RVD baseball slides it into his chest.
We're back and Abyss has a ladder balanced between the ring apron and guardrail, and he and RVD are battling on the apron. Abyss goozles RVD, but RVD fights his way out and kicks him in the face, so Abyss clotheslines him over the top back into the ring. Abyss follows him in and grabs a second ladder, which he now rams into RVD's midsection as RVD did to him earlier on, then does it a second time. Abyss balances the ladder in front of RVD in the corner and goes for a charge, but RVD tosses the ladder into Abyss' face as he comes running in, then rams the ladder into Abyss in the corner and sets it up as a ramp, running up it to kick Abyss in the face, and then puts Abyss on top of the ladder and moonsaults onto him. RVD sets up the ladder in the corner and goes for a monkey flip on Abyss, but you knew that wasn't going to work, and Abyss powerbombs him out of the corner. Abyss sets up the ladder in the middle of the ring and tries to climb, but takes too long and RVD climbs up the other side and they go toe to toe on the top of the ladder. Abyss goozles RVD and chokeslams him off the ladder, but loses his balance and he tumbles to the mat as well. Abyss closes the ladder again and goes to the floor, and we get replays while Abyss takes a moment to pull a bag out from under the ring, and tonight it contains...wait for it...thumbtacks! OOOOH, and it has glass in it, too! Abyss puts RVD up top and goes for a superplex, but RVD sunset flips off the top and Abyss goes crashing down ass-first on the goodies. Looks like RVD might have gotten slightly stuck, too. RVD comes off the ropes but runs right into a boot from Abyss, who goes back under the ring, and behind door #2 is...a barbed wire board! he slides that into the ring and sets it up in the corner and tries to whip RVD into it, but RVD puts on the breaks, so Abyss charges him, RVD moves, and Abyss goes running facefirst into the board. Abyss sticks to it, so RVD comes off the top and jumpkicks the board into the face of Abyss, who goes down with the board on top of him. RVD, ever the innovator, comes off the ropes and hits Rolling Thunder onto the board on top of Abyss. Yeargh. RVD sets up the ladder and goes up, but Abyss tips the ladder over, causing RVD to fall down, catch himself on the top rope, and then crash facefirst into the ladder. That looked really, really nasty. Abyss sets up the ladder and goes up...and he gets Janice. We see Dixie Carter and Terry Taylor standing in the crowd looking very concerned. Abyss shoves the ladder out of the way and goes to the floor and tosses RVD back in...right into the glass and thumbtacks. What a sadist. Abyss pounds him down in the corner and grabs Janice, and he does the YOU at RVD and swings at him, but RVD moves and Abyss sticks Janice in the top turnbuckle. While Abyss is busy trying to free her, RVD goes to the floor and grabs a chair, which he uses to massage the back of Abyss, and then tosses it to Abyss and hits the Van Daminator. Abyss is down in the corner, so he puts the barbed wire board on top of him, grabs a chair, and hits a coast to coast Van Terminator with a chair, into the board, into Abyss, and Dixie Carter is standing ringside applauding! She's not supposed to do that! RVD goes up top and hits the Five Star Notebook Splash and covers for the hard fought win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Ye gads, that was really brutal and really awesome all at the same time. Bischoff played no part whatsoever and was completely unnecessary to this match. RVD sets up the ladder in the middle of the ring and climbs up to celebrate and hold up the title to the crowd. Oh wait, Hulk Hogan's music hits and here he comes to deliver his surprise...after this commercial break!
Okay, we're back and Hogan is in the ring with RVD, and he says that everyone knows there's a reason RVD is the leader of TNA, and says he's never seen a champion like RVD, and he's going to take the company all the way to the top. When he saw RVD take on Sabu, who Hogan considers the most dangerous man in the business, it made Hogan realize he has all the bases covered, and that's why TNA is the #1 company in the wrestling business today. He says Hardcore Justice made TNA raise the bar, and he has to thank Dixie Carter for taking him somewhere he's never been before. When he saw RVD in the ring with all the great athletes of EV2.0 and they taught him what hardcore was all about, his level of respect went to the top for RVD and his band of gypsies. Okay. With all that being said, Dixie Carter invited all of EV2.0 here to watch RVD's match, and right now, Hogan would like to invite them all out to the ring. They come out led by a suit-clad Tommy Dreamer, along with Stevie Richards, Team 3D, Sabu and Fonzie, the FBI, Mick Foley, and Rhino. Hogan said that when he came to TNA, he was looking for that higher ground where even Hogan has never been before, and he says that Tommy Dreamer and his band of misfits brought TNA there, and he's going to bow down and give them his ring, and he hands the mic to Dreamer and leaves. Dreamer says that they raised the bar on Sunday, and tonight, the MCMGs, Beer Money, RVD and Abyss showed that the bar was raised even more. Dreamer said that to keep the ball rolling, he'd like to thank Dixie Carter again, and to his friends in EV2.0, it was an honor to do it one last time and thanks them for the show they put on, and for Sunday night at Hardcore Justice, Dreamer wants to thank the fans. RVD kisses him on the cheek for added effect...but wait, the lights go out and when they come back up...Foley's down in the ring and Fortune and Matt Morgan lay out the ECW guys! Raven runs out to try and help, but James Storm cracks him in the head with a beer bottle. The Sandman comes out of the crowd and stops to play to the fans, and AJ Styles attacks him from behind as Storm gouges Raven's head open with a shard from the bottle. Abyss comes back out and drags RVD to the floor and tosses him into the crowd. Ric Flair comes strolling out of the back with a big smile on his face as we go backstage to a shot of Abyss, blood-covered Janice in hand, stands over Rob Van Dam, who is COVERED with blood. Flair goes over to Dixie in the crowd and yells that she brought this on herself and tries to go after he. We see shots of blood covered ECW originals as we go off the air.
That. Was. Awesome. Amazing show, 'nuff said. See you next week.
2010 - WWE broadcast WWE Superstars on WGN. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We start off this week’s show with the Raw brand and your announcers are Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler.
Match Number One: The Usos with Tamina versus Yoshi Tatsu and Goldust
Goldust and Jimmy start things off and Goldust with a side head lock and shoulder tackle for a near fall. Goldust with an arm drag into an arm bar and he tags in Yoshi. Yoshi with a chop from the turnbuckles to the arm followed by more chops. Yoshi gets a near fall. He continues the attack with an arm drag into an arm bar and then he tags Goldust back in. Goldust with punches to Jimmy and Jimmy with a forearm as he tags in Jey. Goldust with an arm drag to Jey. Yoshi tags back in and Goldust with a reverse atomic drop followed by a leaping spin kick by Yoshi for a near fall. Goldust tags back in and hits the drop down uppercut. Goldust with an arm bar. Goldust with knees to the arm as he works over Jey. Jey with punches to Goldust but Goldust with the leaping butt bump and a clothesline that sends Jey over the top rope to the floor. Jimmy tries to interfere but Goldust throws him over the top rope to the floor as we go to commercial.
We are back and Jey has Yoshi in a reverse chin lock. We see footage from the break when Yoshi was sent into the ringside barrier. Yoshi with a chop but Jey stops Yoshi. Jimmy tags back in and they hit a double back elbow followed by a double elbow drop for a near fall. Jimmy with punches to Yoshi and he gets another near fall. Jimmy with a reverse chin lock. Jimmy with a knee and he tries for a sunset flip but Yoshi rolls through and kicks Jimmy. Yoshi falls inches from his corner but he is able to make the tag to Goldust. Goldust with clotheslines to Jey followed by another drop down uppercut and reverse atomic drop and bulldog. Goldust goes to the corner and he punches Jey. Goldust with a power slam for a near fall. Jey breaks up the cover and Yoshi with a drop kick but he misses a pescado. Jey misses a superkick but Goldust sets for the Curtain Call but Tamina gets on the apron and Jey hits the super kick. Jimmy tags in and hits the splash from the top turnbuckle for the three count.
Winners: The Usos
We take a look back at this week’s NXT and the most recent elimination.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Did You Know that WWE Television is watched by more than 15 million people in the US each week.
It is time for the Smackdown half of the show and your announcers are Matt Striker and Todd Grisham.
Match Number Two: Chris Masters versus Chavo Guerrero
They lock up and Masters backs Chavo into the corner and he gives a clean break. Masters then does the Pectacular and Chavo tries to punch Masters but Masters tries to get Chavo into the Master Lock but Chavo gets to the floor. Chavo with a kick to Masters but Masters with a clothesline and kick followed by a suplex and elbow drop for a near fall. Chavo with a kick and drop kick to the knee followed by punches in the corner. Chavo chokes Masters with his boot after the referee warns him. Chavo with a Latino uppercut and punches as the referee warns him one more time. Masters with chops and kicks to Chavo. Chavo tries for a cross body but Masters catches him and hits a fallaway slam. Chavo rolls to the floor.
Masters goes after Chavo and sends him into the ringside barrier. They return to the ring but Chavo with a drop kick that knocks Masters off the apron. Chavo waits for Masters to get up and he hits a senton splash from the apron and we go to commercial.
We are back and Chavo with a reverse chin lock and he stomps on Masters’s shoulder. Chavo with a slingshot senton from the apron and he gets a near fall. Chavo with a forearm to the back followed by forearms. Masters with a punch and then we see Masters take control but Chavo tries for a crucifix but Masters holds on and turns it into a Samoan drop. Chavo sends Masters into the turnbuckles and then he chokes Masters with his boots in the corner. Chavo with an arm bar in the ropes and the referee warns him one more time. Chavo with a Latino uppercut but Masters with a chop. Chavo with a snap mare and body scissors. Masters is able to get a mount on Chavo and he punches Chavo and then catapults him into the turnbuckles. Masters with punches and chops. Chavo with a kick but Masters with a reverse atomic drop. Masters with clotheslines followed by a spinebuster.
Masters waits for Chavo to get up for the Master Lock but Chavo with a kick and he hits one of the Three Amigos. Masters counters with a jackhammer and he gets a near fall. Masters with a chop but Chavo with a kick. Masters with forearms and he puts Chavo on the turnbuckles. Masters with a chop but Chavo with forearms. Masters goes for a superplex but Chavo holds on to the ropes. Chavo drops Masters on the top rope as he goes to the floor. Chavo goes up top and he hits the frog splash for the three count.
Winner: Chavo Guerrero
We go to commercial and it is time to take a look at the situation between John Cena and Nexus.
We run through the card for SummerSlam.
Match Number Three: Michelle McCool with Layla and Kaval versus Kelly Kelly
They lock up and Michelle with a fireman’s carry for a near fall. Michelle with a hammer lock and Kelly tries to reverse and Kelly with a flying mare and drop toe hold and shoulder tackle. Kelly sends Michelle to the mat and slams her head into the mat. Michelle sends Kelly into the turnbuckles and then Michelle works on the arm. Michelle with a hammer lock and then Michelle sends Kelly to the mat. Michelle with kicks to the back as she waits to attack Kelly. Michelle uses the ropes to work on the arm and the referee warns her. Michelle returns to the hammer lock but Kelly with a cross body for a near fall. Michelle uses Kelly’s head to help her do push ups and then she gets a near fall. Michelle continues to work on the wrist. Kelly with knees to try to get out of the hold but it is not enough. Michelle with a kick to the shoulder while the referee checks on Kelly.
Michelle with another kick to the shoulder while Layla shows her approval. Kelly with a kick and Thesz Press and slams Michelle’s head to the mat. Kelly with a clothesline or two followed by a kick. Kelly with a head scissors take down but she misses a charge into the corner. Kelly with a knee and she tries for the victory roll but Michelle drops her on the mat. Michelle with the McCool Clash for the three count.
Winner: Michelle McCool
After the match, Michelle and Layla hold up their multi-piece Women’s title belt over their heads.
2011 - Juggalo Championship Wrestling held their Legends and Icons iPPV. David Tees filed the following report:
We are live to tape from the 2011 Gathering Of The Juggalo’s in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois and this event has a ton of wrestling’s greatest stars on the card…so let’s get to the action!!!
The JCW MC is pumping up the crowd by going over tonight’s card and then he introduces Mick Foley as his color commentary partner tonight. I should mention that the steel cage has been set up, so it appears that Tito Santana and Greg Valentine will kick off the event. Mick Foley talks about the events unique atmosphere and he demands the fans chant “Cactus Sack” for a little while. Mick Foley then talks about all the legendary wrestlers that are backstage and they throw it backstage to Bill Apter.
Bill Apter is backstage and he’s got Tito Santana with him, Tito Santana says that he will neer forget that Greg Valentine was responsible for his surgery and destroying the WWE Intercontinental Title.
Steel Cage Match: Tito Santana vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
The match kicks off with Valentine immediately attacking Santana with forearm smashes, Valentine tries to smash Santana’s head into the cage and fails. They battle back and forth until Santana starts ramming Valentine’s head into the cage wall, Santana then rakes the head of Valentine on the cage. Santana continues punishing Valentine with punches and stomps, Valentine is cut open and he regains the advantage by chopping Santana in the corner. Valentine goes for the figure four leg lock on Santana and he gets shoved away, Santana and Valentine exchange some more punches until Santana gets the edge. Santana then stomps Valentine directly in the testicles, Valentine then counters a Santana figure four attempt into a small package for a two count. Valentine then cradles Santana with his feet on the ropes for a three count.
Winner: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
After the match, Greg Valentine gave Tito Santana the PWI “Most Hated Wrestler” award plaque and Tito Santana smashes it.
Not a bad match at all, but I find it interesting that the steel cage match kicked off the IPPV event.
The JCW ring crew is taking down the cage while shots of the crowd are shown along with Mick Foley talking about the legends appearing tonight. Mick Foley says that it took him thirteen hours to get to the event and he also plugs the “Countdown To Lockdown” book.
Bill Apter is backstage with The Headbangers, who announces that they are in the battle royal and they will both win in tonight.
Order Of Entry: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan,Headbanger Mosh,“Rugged” Ronnie Garvin, Headbanger Thrasher, Carlito, "Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas, Big Daddy V, “The Submissionary” Rob Conway, Zach Gowen, Doink The Clown, U-Gene, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Disco Inferno, Rikishi.
Order Of Elimination: Ronnie Garvin by Jim Duggan, Headbanger Mosh by Jim Duggan, Jim Duggan by Big Daddy V, Headbanger Thrasher by Big Daddy V, Tony Atlas by Big Daddy V, Carlito by Himself, Jimmy Snuka by Zach Gowen, Doink The Clown by Big Daddy V, U-Gene by Zach Gowen, Brutus Beefcake by Big Daddy V, Rikishi by Big Daddy V, Rob Conway by Big Daddy V, Disco Inferno by Big Daddy V, Big Daddy V by Zach Gowen
Winner: Zach Gowen.
After the match, Zach Gowen was given a plaque for his victory.
This match was just awful, the ending sequence with Big Daddy V and Zach Gowen was botched three times until Big Daddy V just tossed himself out of the ring…Gail Kim style!!!! Mick Foley shined here by spontaneously grabbing eliminated wrestlers for interviews as the match was happening.
Bill Apter interviews The Rock N’ Roll Express backstage, they say that their feud with The Midnight Express will never die.
This match begins with all four competitors in an all-out brawl, Gibson and Morton then hit Condrey with a double drop kick and the three count follows.
Winners: The Rock N’ Roll Express
This was a big letdown as the entire match lasted under a minute total.
Bill Apter interviews Terry Funk, who said that he is ready for Roddy Piper tonight and that Roddy Piper is nothing but cat poop. Terry Funk then says Roddy Piper’s mother was a hoar and father was an idiot, thus they bread a friggin’ idiot.
Philly Madness Match: Raven vs. Balls Mahoney vs. Shane Douglas vs. Sabu vs. 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Al Snow with Head vs. Rhino
The match begins with Douglas trying to get a quick roll up on Sabu, Snow and Douglas exchange punches until Sabu returns with a table. Sabu then hits Douglas and Snow with a double springboard elbow, Sabu and Scorpio then double team Rhino. Mahoney gets tagged in and he takes out Scorpio with his signature jabs, Rhino goes for the gore and he is tripped up by Sabu. Scorpio then hits Mahoney with a 450 splash, Douglas then takes out Scorpio with a belly to belly suplex. Raven then hits Douglas with an even flow DDT, Snow then clobbers everybody with head shots with head. Sabu then tries to put Snow through a table and he goes through himself, Rhino then gores Snow to get the three count.
This match wasn’t that bad at all, but there were way too many competitors in the match to make anything worthwhile.
Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera
This match begins with both men shaking each other’s hands, Patera then powers Backlund into the turnbuckles. Backlund then uses his speed the duck under Patera’s lock up attempts, Backlund then teases Patera by rubbing his hair while applying a head lock. The wrestlers have a test of strength that is won by Patera, Backlund eventually rolls free to escape Patera’s strength. Patera then catches Backlund and locks him in the dreaded bear hug, Backlund breaks free by using a head butt and both men are dazed. Patera quickly locks in another bear hug on Backlund, Backlund escapes the second one by lifting Patera off the ground. Patera then locks in the full nelson on Backlund, Backlund escapes and eats an elbow strike from Patera. Backlund then catches Patera with a roll up from out of nowhere for the three count.
Winner: Bob Backlund
Bob Backlund looks amazing for his age and he performed well against Ken Patera, who applied a few decent power holds on Backlund.
Memphis Madness Match: “Dirty” Dutch Mantell vs. “The Birdman” Koko B. Ware vs. Brickhouse Brown vs. “Dangerous” Doug Gilbert vs. “The Universal Heartthrob” Austin Idol
The Madness kicks off with all the competitors attacking a posing Idol, Brown and Mantell then toss Idol out of the ring. Ware then starts working Gilbert over with punches in the corner, Mantell and Ware then start double teaming Idol. Brown and Gilbert are then brawling in the opposite corner, Ware and Mantell then start fighting each other outside of the ring. Idol then knocks Brown out of the ring, Idol then locks Gilbert in the figure four and Mantell breaks it up. Mantell then accidentally hits Gilbert with the cowboy whip, Idol then rolls up Mantell for the three count.
Winner: Austin Idol
This match was short and pretty decent, Mick Foley seemed genuinely shocked that Brickhouse Brown was in attendance.
Tracy Smothers w/Isabella Smothers vs. “Wildfire” Tommy Rich
This battle kicks off with Smothers and Rich exchanging some punches, Rich then catches Smothers with a running knee lift. Isabella Smothers tripped up Rich and Smothers pinned him with his feet on the ropes to earn a victory.
Winner: Tracy Smothers w/Isabella Smother
This was absolutely terrible, that’s all that can really be said about this one.
Special Guest Referee: Vampiro - The New Age Outlaws (The Road Dog & Billy Gunn) vs. The Wolfpack (Kevin Nash & X-Pac) with Scott Hall
This tag team match starts off with Nash immediately hitting Road Dog with a series of knee lifts and elbow strikes, Road Dog recovers to hit Nash and X-Pac with his patented jabs. Gunn and X-Pac tag in to get involved in the action, Gunn and X-Pac quickly get into a shoving contest with each other. Gunn then locks in X-Pac into a head lock, X-Pac recovers to hit Gunn with chops and a spinning heel kick. X-Pac also hits an interfering Road Dog with a spinning heel kick, X-Pac then hits Road Dog with a bronco buster before getting clothes lined by Gunn.
Road Dog then takes the opportunity to choke X-Pac on the middle rope, Road Dog then puts X-Pac in a chin lock. X-Pac eventually breaks free of the hold and Road Dog instead hits him with a knee drop, Vampiro then slow counts Road Dog. X-Pac then hits both of The New Age Outlaws with a double clothes line, Nash gets tagged in and he cleans house on his opponents.
Nash then nails Gunn with a choke slam, Road Dog then breaks up a pin attempt and he eats a spin kick from the referee. Vampiro then puts Nash back on top of Gunn for a quick three count.
Winners: The Wolfpack w/Scott Hall
After the match, Vampiro reveals himself to be aligned with The Wolfpack.
This was easily the best match of the night, but still a subpar match at best.
Terry Funk vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper w/”Cowboy” Bob Orton
The match begins with Funk grabbing a microphone. He bashes Piper's acting ability and his family, Piper responds by telling Funk that he screwed Funk’s mother. Piper and Orton then start double teaming Funk, Piper then starts whipping Funk with his belt on the arena floor. Piper then starts choking Funk with the belt while punching him, they go back into the ring where Funk nails Piper with a few punches.
Funk then locks Piper in the sleeper hold and Orton breaks it up by hitting Funk with the cast, Piper and Orton resume the double teaming on Funk. Mick Foley then leaves the announce position and he helps Funk. Orton and Foley are brawling in the corner. Funk then regains the advantage on Piper in the other corner, Orton then goes to work on Funk and Piper battles Foley. Orton then brings Foley outside the ring and throws him into the ring post, Piper then helps Orton pin Funk for the win.
Winners: Roddy Piper & Bob Orton Jr.
After the match, Mick Foley talks about how great the fans were and that he will be back at next year’s Gathering Of The Juggalo’s.
This match was fun while it lasted and it was cool seeing all four legends in the ring.
Well that is it from the Gathering Of The Juggalos folks!
2012 - TNA held their 2012 Hardcore Justice PPV. Mike Johnson filed the following PPV report:
Welcome to PWInsider.com's live, ongoing coverage of TNA Hardcore Justice 2012! We started out with some pyro and then Mike Tenay and Taz welcomed everyone as they ran down the lineup for the show. Between this and the excellent pre-game show, this had a very realistic sports feel to the Bound for Glory Series.
Gunner and Kid Kash vs. Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez
Kash and Gunner attacked Chavo and Hernandez before the bell and worked them over, tossing Hernandez out and double teaming Chavo. The crowd began chanting for Chavo, who dropkicked Kash out of the ring and nailed Gunner with the Three Amigos.
Guerrero was cut off. Kash and Gunner worked him over with chops in the corner. Gunner covered him for a one count. Kash and Gunner took turns tagging in and out and beating down Guerrero. I like them as a bitter heel tag team. They even pulled out the old Midnight Express fake tag to fool the referee.
The crowd continued to chant for Guerrero but he was nailed with a double slingshot suplex for a near fall. Guerrero fired back with a series of punches and they exchanged shots, Kash sent him into the ropes but Chavo nailed a head scissors. He celebrated but was nailed with a high/low before he could make a tag.
Gunner and Kash sent Chavo into the ropes. Kash went down and Gunner drilled Chavo with a clothesline as he ran over Kash. Gunner cinched in a side chinlock but Guerrero fired back. Gunner cut him off with a high backdrop. Kash raked his fingernails over Chavo's chest and then tied him up, scissoring his arms with his own legs.
Chavo was beaten in the corner with a series of shots by Gunner. He and Kash continued to work him over getting heat on him. Guerrero nailed a series of rights but was nailed and knocked right back into Kash's corner. Guerrero nailed a right but Gunner drilled him with an axehandle from behind. The story is that every time Guerrero fires back, he gets double-teamed.
Kash locked in a Camel Clutch but Guerrero escaped and rose to his feet, dropping back with an Electric Chair. Guerrero crawled for the tag but Kash pulled him back and tagged Gunner, who stomped the hell out of Chavo.
Kash tagged in, measured and kicked Guerrero hard in the mid-section. Guerrero fired back with an uppercut but missed a dropkick. Kash went for a catapult but something didn't really work out and Chavo instead jumped up to the ropes and went for a moonsault. He made the hot tag to Hernandez.
Hernandez cleaned house on Kash, drilling him with a big shoulderblock. Gunner missed a clothesline and ate one as well. Hernandez hit a big Beal on Kash, then nailed a running splash into the corner. He lifted up Kash for an inverted power bomb and drilled him. Gunner broke up the pinfall but was nailed with a big clothesline by Hernandez.
Hernandez nailed a big dive over the top onto Gunner. That never fails to be insanely impressive. Hernandez came back in with a slingshot shoulderblock into the ring on Kash. Guerrero came off the top with a frog splash for the pin.
Your winners, Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez!
Really solid opening match. Guerrero worked the hardest and with the most intensity he's worked in years. Kash and Guerrero were great in the ring together Kash and Gunner were a great team. Saving Hernandez for the hot tag and all the crazy big dives at the end was great. Really well laid out tag to kick off the show.
Bound for Glory Series: Falls Count Anywhere - Rob Van Dam vs. Pope D'Angelo Dinero vs. Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson.
Dinero didn't come out when his music hit. They went backstage and Aces and Eights were beating him backstage. They slammed his shoulder with a fence door backstage and stomped his sunglasses. RVD, the compassionate guy he is, tried to have the referee raise his hand. That was funny.
Anderson took the mic and said it appears it's now a Three-Man match and he didn't care because it meant there was one less bitch he had to worry about.
The crowd was solidly behind RVD when the bell rang. RVD posed to the crowd on the buckles, so Magnus nailed him and RVD fell to the floor. Anderson and Magnus battled back and forth in the ring. Anderson kicked him in the head but Magnus came back with a running clothesline. RVD returned and nailed both with kicks. He nailed a monkey flip on Magnus, who almost landed on Anderson by accident. RVD then nailed a spinning legdrop on Anderson.
They went outside, where RVD dropped Magnus onto the railing. He set up for the corkscrew guillotine legdrop but Anderson nailed him from behind, sending RVD into the railing. Anderson and Magnus battled around ringside. Magnus was run into the apron and then slammed into the ring steps for a two count by Anderson.
Anderson continued beating him around ringside but a whip was reversed and Anderson ate the stairs. Magnus grabbed a steel chair and measured Anderson, who ducked. He kicked Magnus and then drilled him and went for a DDT on the chair but Magnus slammed him backwards onto the chair.
Anderson and Magnus brawled towards the entrance stage. Magnus dropped Anderson on the railing but RVD returned and flung a chair hard to the back of Magnus' head. He then nailed a corkscrew guillotine legdrop on Anderson.
Magnus returned to nail RVD, then mocked his trademark mannerisms. He locked in a Boston Crab on the entrance ramp but Anderson nailed him from behind with a charging shot. Anderson dragged Magnus into the ring. They fired back and forth with strikes. They drilled each other with a double clothesline.
RVD returned and ascended to the top for a Five Star Frog Splash but Anderson nailed him. They teased a Tower of Doom spot with all three but Anderson nailed Magnus and dumped him to the floor. RVD worked over Anderson, who fell into the ring. RVD nailed the Frog Splash but Magnus pulled him out of the ring at two.
Magnus suplexed RVD on the ramp and returned to the ring to pick the bones. Magnus tried to grab a chair from ringside but a fan wouldn't give it up. RVD was bleeding on the apron. Magnus finally got a chair and met RVD on the stage, where he had crawled. Magnus was shoved away. He stopped himself from going off the side. RVD threw the chair at him and nailed the Van Daminator for the pin.
Your winner, with 20 points won, RVD!
A decent Falls Count Anywhere match where everyone worked hard. Taking out Dinero was addition by subtraction. Magnus really looked good here. Using the stipulation as cover for RVD using the chair added a nice dimension. They set up the RVD spots nicely. Solid.
Jeremy Borash said there was an uneasy feeling backstage. Security did an entire sweep of the building but could not find Aces & Eights. Madison Rayne was his guest. She said that she's been Knockouts champion three times and Tag champion twice, so she doesn't need Earl Hebner's help to win. But, then she waved to Earl and smiled to him as a special message.
TNA TV champion Devon vs. Kazarian.
Devon used the ropes to slingshot Kazarian into the ring and worked him over in the corner. He hiptossed Kazarian and nailed a shoulderblock. He whipped Kazarian hard into the corner and Kaz bumped over the top to the floor.
Devon caught up with him on the floor and nailed him with a fan's drink. Kazarian tried to scamper away but was nailed with another drink. He went to whip Kazarian into the steps but Kazarian jumped on it, nearly slipped but recovered and went for a bodypress off of it to the floor. Devon caught him and slammed Kaz on the floor.
Back in the ring, Kazarian backed off but was nailed with a hard clothesline. Kazarian raked his eyes and drilled him over the ropes throat-first. He nailed a series of rights down on the mat. Kazarian draped him over the middle rope and stoood over Devon's back. Kazarian covered Devon for a series of near falls. The crowd rallied Devon.
Devon went for a clothesline but Kazarian ducked and nailed a back elbow after using the ropes for a springboard. He drilled Devon between the shoulder blades with a kick and launched in a chinlock. Devon fought his way out with elbows to the mid-section but was caught with a dropkick for a two count.
Kazarian began slapping and trash talking Devon. He kicked and punched the champion. Kaz worked him over in the corner. Devon fired back with punches to the head and mid-section. Devon speared Kazarian who ended up landing on his head and staying there from the momentum.
Devon fired up and nailed a series of clotheslines. Devon nailed a big shoulderblock and a hangman's neckbreaker. Devon leapt up for a diving headbutt and nailed a running splash in the corner. He clotheslined Kazarian for a two count.
Kazarian missed a charge in the corner. Devon pulled him off the buckles with a great looking neckbreaker for a two count. That was a cool spot. Kazarian grabbed him with a crucifix for a two count. Kazarian went for the Fade to Black but Devon rolled through and nailed a spinebuster for a three count.
Your winner and still TNA TV champion, Devon!
Another solid back and forth competitive bout. Good stuff so far from the undercard.
TNA Knockouts champion Miss Tessmacher vs. Madison Rayne.
Obviously, Earl Hebner is the referee.
They locked up and broke free. They locked up again and broke clean again. Tessmacher scored several quick near falls. Rayne rolled out of the ring to break her momentum after an attempted backslide.
Rayne returned to the apron and shoulderblocked Tessmacher through the ropes. She worked her over and scored a two count. Rayne ran Tessmacher into the top turnbuckle and used her boot to choke her. Rayne flung the champion across the ring by her hair.
Rayne drilled her with a series of forearms to the chest but Tessmacher came back with a quick flurry of offense. Rayne cut her off with a kick and nailed a Northern Lights suplex with a bridge for a two count. Somewhere, Hiro Hase is smiling. Rayne used her legs to scissor stomp Tessmacher's face into the mat.
Rayne covered Tessmacher for a two count but was upset when Hebner only counted two. Tessmacher kicked her in the face and came back with a series of right hands. She gets shoved into the buckles. Rayne charges the corner but was nailed with a Faceplant. Tessmacher came off the top with an elbow but hurt her elbow.
She covered Rayne, who put her foot across the rope. Tessmacher argued with Earl. Rayne rolled her up and used the ropes for the pinfall.
Your winner and new TNA Knockouts champion, Madison Rayne!
Hebner raised Rayne's hand even AFTER they showed the replay on the screens. That was dopey. The match itself was kind of there. Tessmacher really tries hard every time and Rayne has a good grasp on her persona but this wasn't much.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Bully Ray. Ray kept his back against the wall because he didn't want anyone attacking him from behind. He said that he normally wouldn't care about the Pope but Aces and Eights laid him out and they were gunning for Bully. He said that he is a tough guy but when there are four to Lord knows how many guys trying to take you out. He told them that if they wanted him, they could find him in the ring putting people through tables. He promised he was going to win tonight, then go on to Bound for Glory and win the TNA title.
Bound for Glory Series: Tables Match - Bully Ray vs. James Storm vs. Robbie E. vs. Jeff Hardy
There are tables set up around the ring. Ray came out worried for his safety. Robbie E told his opponents that no one cared about them and put himself over, which led to everyone beating him down and tossing him over the top to the floor.
Ray clotheslined Hardy and Storm, then began picking them apart. Ray then apologized to E, saying that they were from NYC and NJ so they needed to work together. He asked Robbie to grab a table as he kept Storm and Hardy at bay. E slid a table into the ring but when he went to return, Ray wiped him out. That was pretty funny.
Ray set up a table and grabbed Storm but Hardy nailed him and they doubled on him and went for a double suplex. E pulled the table out of the way but not enough as Bully took out the corner of it. Ooops! The referees are saying no and that it couldn't count. What else are they going to say?
E. began kicking away at everyone and drilled Storm with a right hand. E whipped Hardy into the ropes and nailed a running back elbow. The referees pulled the table out of the ring. E. pulled another table in and nailed Ray, who was on the apron recovering. Ray was sent to the floor. E nailed Storm, then measured Hardy with a few punches. He placed Hardy on the table.
E. went to the middle rope and began fistpumping. Storm nailed him and chopped away on E, who was now straddling the top turnbuckle. Storm attempted a superplex. Hardy slipped under and they did a Tower of Doom style superplex/powerbomb but Ray pulled the table out of the way.
Ray set up a table in the ring and tried to backdrop Hardy through it but Storm pulled the table out of the way. Storm worked over E. E reversed a whip and tried to send Storm through the table, now set up in the corner but Hardy nailed Storm to stop him and attacked E, sending him to the floor. Hardy set up a table on the floor outside, slammed E into the apron face-first and placed him on the table.
Hardy went to the top but Robbie T. came out. Hardy hit a bodypress off the top onto T. E. nailed Hardy and whipped him into the guard rail. E nailed Hardy with a right hand and place him on the table on the floor. E went off the apron with an elbow but Hardy rolled out of the way. E crashed through the table. The referee ruled that the match wasn't over because no one put him through the table.
Ray nailed Hardy into the ring steps, then returned to the ring and attacked Storm. Storm was backdropped over the ropes but landed on the floor He nailed Ray but was cut off. Ray went for a lariat and drilled Storm. He set up Storm for a charge into the table but Aces and Eights surrounded the ring. Storm superkicked Ray. Aces and Eights gave Storm the thumbs up while he looked on dumbfounded.
Hardy nailed Storm in the corner and drilled him with a leaping kick into the buckles. Aces and Eights walked out. Where was security to throw them out? Or all the other people who they attacked the last month or so?
Storm and Hardy battled back and forth. Hardy came off the buckles with a twisting moonsault. They battled back and forth with punches. Hardy nailed a Twist of Fate. He placed Storm on the table. Aces and Eights came back to ringside to distract Hardy. He told them to hit the ring. Storm nailed him with a superkick.
Storm went for the Whirlybird into the table but Ray kicked him in the face and dumped Storm to the outside. He grabbed Hardy and powerbombed him through the table.
Your winner, gaining 20 points, Bully Ray!
They had a good match and told a good story, building to the table spots. They did a nice job building the mystery of the Storm-Aces connection and there was some good stuff here. Another entertaining solid match. The undercard was set up to be decent but not blowaway but in terms of pacing the show, it was good.
TNA X-Division champion Zema Ion vs. Kenny King
They locked up and Ion backed King into the corner. King shoved him out and they locked up again. They went back and forth. Ion was grabbed in an armbar and used the ropes to free himself. They went back and forth. King leapfrogged Ion and used a drop toehold into a side headlock.
King slipped ouy of a reversal and used a series of moves for near falls. King grabbed a side headlock and controlled Ion on the mat. Ion backed him into the corner and nailed a kick into the mid-section. King sent Ion hard into the ropes and kicked him to the floor. King went for a dive but landed on the apron for a kick. Ion pullled him to the floor and nailed him. It came off a little contrived.
Ion nailed King and hit a flip dive over the top to the floor. He barely grazed King. King was tossed back into the ring and immediately nailed Ion with a right hand. Ion cut him off with a series of punches and stomps. Ion choked him against the ropes. King fired back but was caught with a knee to the mid-section and doubled over. Ion covered him for a two count.
Ion snapmared King over and tied up his arm with an armbar/chinlock combination. Ion drilled him with a DDT for a two count. Ion came off the ropes with a moonsault but King pulled his knees up. Ion cut him off with a kick but was caught with an inverted atomic drop and a series of clothesline and elbows. Ion was bleeding from the lip.
King suplexed Ion into the buckles. He rolled to the floor, where King nailed a twisting dive over the ropes to the floor. King deposited Ion back into the ring and nailed a springboard Blockbuster for a two count.
Ion went for a move but King landed on his feet. Ion missed a charge in the corner and King turned it into a sunset flip to take over Ion, then locked in a single leg Boston Crab in the center of the ring, going for a submission. Ion was able to break free, raking King's face.
King kicked off a charge but was nailed with an atomic drop. Ion nailed a standing moonsault and dropped his knee across King's face. The crowd chanted for King as Ion went to the top. King cut him off and attempted a superplex. He was shoved off but caught Ion with an enziguiri when he returned to the ring for a two count.
Ion grabbed his hairspray can but King nailed a cartwheel kick for a two count. King charges him but was tossed into the buckles. Ion nailed his finisher out of the corner and scored the pin.
Your winner and still X-Division champion, Kenny King!
Athletically, very good but this was more a collection of back and forth moves as opposed to them telling a story. There were some spots that obviously didn't hit right as well.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash talked about the Ladder Match and brought in Samoa Joe. Joe said he was ready because tonight he seals his place in the final four in the Bound for Glory series. He said he's coming closer to achieving his goal of regaining his World championship. He said he wasn't scared like everyone else because Aces and Eights mess with him, he goes to war until they aren't here anymore. He promised to win the ladder match and get his 20 points.
Backstage, Jeremy Borash talked about the Ladder Match and brought in Samoa Joe. Joe said he was ready because tonight he seals his place in the final four in the Bound for Glory series. He said he's coming closer to achieving his goal of regaining his World championship. He said he wasn't scared like everyone else because Aces and Eights mess with him, he goes to war until they aren't here anymore. He promised to win the ladder match and get his 20 points.
Bound for Glory Series - Ladder Match: Christopher Daniels vs. Samoa Joe vs. AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle
Styles went right after Daniels and worked him over in the corner as the others watched. Angle told him to back off, then began stomping the hell out of him. Joe joined in with some stiff kicks and Daniels began pinballing around.
Joe whipped Daniels into the corner. Daniels tried to go for a moonsault but Joe walked off. Joe nailed an atomic drop and nailed a back senton splash. Joe peppered AJ and Angle with punches, then nailed an enziguiri in the corner on Angle. Joe went for the Facewash on Angle but Daniels grabbed his leg and pulled Joe to the outside.
Daniels dove off the top onto Joe, who caught him. Styles then hit a dive over the top onto both and wiped them out. Styles returned to the ring and began working over Angle. He whipped Angle into the corner but was backdropped over the top to the apron. Daniels, who had grabbed a ladder, slammed it into Styles' legs.
Daniels nailed Angle and tossed Joe into the ring. Daniels used the ladder, driving it into Joe's mid-section in the corner. He charged Joe, who grabbed him and nailed a Uranage onto the ladder. Joe set up the ladder but before he could climb it, Styles returned. Joe and AJ battled back and forth. Styles nailed a dropkick low in the legs.
Angle returned to the fray and laid waste to Styles with a series of stomps. Angle used a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker on Styles. Daniels nailed Angle from behind and was tossed through the ropes to the floor.
Daniels set up a ladder and began climbing it to grab the envelope with the points but Joe returned to the ring and slammed Daniels from the ladder into the turnbuckles. Joe nailed AJ and began climbing the ladder. Angle shoved the ladder out from Joe, then nailed an overhead belly to belly suplex on Joe. The crowd chanted "USA" in honor of the Olympics.
Angle set up a ladder but Styles attacked him. Angle got the better of the exchange and choked Styles against the ropes. Angle nailed a series of stomps. AJ whipped Styles into the ropes, with Angle running under the ladder and Styles slammed it into his face as he rebounded. Angle rolled out of the ring.
Joe returned to the ring but Styles nailed a Pele Kick. Daniels, with a second ladder, hit the ring, but Styles cut him off and began beating him with punch after punch in the corner, finally getting some payback. Joe returned to the ring but AJ grabbed him. Joe dumped Styles over the top to the floor. Joe nailed a tope into an forearm smash on the floor.
Joe went after Angle on the floor but was caught and nailed with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Daniels nailed Angle. Joe and AJ returned to the ring but Daniels worked them over. The tide changed and Joe drilled AJ and Daniels with clotheslines, then nailed Angle off the apron. Daniels was smashed into the corner, landing on the back of his head.
Styles went to the top but Joe cut him off and tried for the Muscle Buster. Angle tried to grab Joe for a German suplex and Styles landed roughly on his neck and chest in a scary moment. Daniels nailed Angle from behind with an STO. Daniels went to the top of the ladder but was yanked off by Angle, who put him in an anklelock. The announcers noted Angle couldn't win this way but could hurt Daniels.
Angle climbed up the ladder but Styles hit a springboard forearm, laying out Angle, who bumped into the ring. Styles went to the top of the ladder but Daniels dumped the ladder over with Styles taking a bump over the top to the floor.
Daniels went to the top of the ladder but Angle and Joe returned to the ring. Joe and Angle took turns suplexing Daniels around, trying to outdo each other. Joe and Angle, my favorite TNA rivalry ever, continued trashing Daniels, who took a series of nasty bumps. Nothing but respect for that guy. Angle finally nailed an Olympic Slam.
They set up a ladder and placed Daniels through the rungs on both sides. Trapped, he was easy pickings for kicks. Angle ducked under as Joe charged and Joe went over the top to the floor. Daniels grabbed Angle, trying to hold Angle from climbing. Joe returned with another ladder and climbed to the top. He and Angle exchanged headbutts. Angle went down.
Joe was about to grab the points when Styles hit a springboard leap to the ladder and grabbed them, literally from Joe's grasp as he crashed down to the mat. Great finish!
Your winner, gaining 20 points, AJ Styles!
Joe stood on top of the ladder shocked before walking off. Styles celebrated in the ring.
Really hard fought and hard worked match. I loved the "can you top this" sequence with Joe and Angle. This was four guys who are awesome at what they do just going nuts with some great spots and bumps. Best thing on the show at this point and worth checking out.
Jeremy Borash interviewed Bobby Roode. He asked if Roode was afraid of Austin Aries. Roode said that he isn't afraid of anyone, especially Aries. He said Aries' win was a fluke last month. He said it was time for him to regain his title. For the last year, he's been headlining on PPV and carrying TNA on his back. Tonight, Aries' reign ends. He promised to right the wrong" and walk into Bound for Glory as the World champion.
TNA champion Austin Aries vs. Bobby Roode
Roode slapped Aries at the bell, so he spit a mouthful of water into his face. They went into a hot opening where Aries went for the Last Chancery early but Roode escaped and went to the floor. He returned but was caught and locked in it again. Roode grabbed the ropes and scrambled to the floor, stalking around.
Roode finally returned to the ring, where Aries nailed him with a stiff dropkick in the corner. Roode again went to the floor and tried to walk out towards the ramp. He began walking out as Aries yelled that there are no rematches. That made him change his mind. He hit the ring and rolled back out, breaking the count but was then caught with a dive to the floor. Aries followed up with another dive.
Aries pounded away on Roode. He snapmared Roode and dropkicked him in the back of the neck. Aries lit hs chest up with a stiff chop. Aries went to the top for another dive but Roode ducked out of the way and Aries nailed the railing hard.
Roode drove Aries backwards into the apron and then whipped him into the railing upside down. Roode began stomping the hell out of Aries after he was pulled back into the ring. The crowd tried to rally Aries. Roode picked up Aries for a suplex and dropped him across the top rope. He then nailed a backdrop suplex and a kneedrop for a two count.
Roode locked in a gutwrench styles bearhug trying to wear down Aries and take away his air. Aries fought to his feet and began drilling him with elbows. Aries comes back with a sunset flip counter off the ropes for a two count. Roode cut him off and elevated him into the air for a Gutbuster.
Roode continued working over Aries. Aries tried to bridge back and scored a nearfall but Roode forced him back over. Roode tied Aries to the tree of woe and continued working him over with kicks. Roode went to pull him of but Aries turned it into a sit-down jawbreaker.
Aries fired back and nailed an inverted atomic drop. He nailed a running clothesline, sending Roode to the floor. Roode ran away from an attempted heat seeking missile tope but Roode dove off the buckles onto Roode and then nailed a running dropkick into the guard rails on the floor. The crowd chanted for Aries.
Roode was tossed back into the ring and locked in the Last Chancery. Roode used his fingers to rake the face of Aries and break the submission. Aries was able to still grab a crossface, Roode's own finisher at points.
Roode got out and reversed the hold. Aries battled to the ropes but wasn't able to make it all the way. He kept trying to pull himself over and finally made it. No crowd reaction to the rope break at all. The Aries chants started again.
Roode began drilling Aries with right hands and forearms. Aries fired back with forearms and they went back and forth. Aries was sent over the top to the apron. He shoulderblocked Roode and came off the top with a missile dropkick. Roode nailed a hard dropkick in the corner and went for the brainbuster. Roode caught him with a spinebuster for a two count.
Roode placed Aries on the top turnbuckle for a superplex attempt but Aries held on and drilled Roode with a hard chop, sending Roode to the mat. He went for a 450 splash but Roode pulled his knees up. Roode went for a spear but Aries moved and referee Brian Heber got nailed instead.
Aries worked over Roode but was speared as Aries went for the discus clothesline. Another referee hit the ring but Aries kicked up at the last second. Roode went for the Perfectplex but Aries floated over and went for a move but the second ref was laid out.
Roode tried to roll him up but Aries rolled through and kicked Roode. He nailed a brainbuster and referee Brian Hebner crawled over in pain to make the pin BUUUUUUUUUT Roode kicked up at the last second. The crowd chanted for Aries.
Aries went back to the well once too often as he ascended to the top but Roode drilled him. Roode went for and drilled Aries with a superplex into the ring. They locked up legs in a small package with each referee counting someone's shoulders down.
Brian Hebner ruled Roode won the match but the other referee said Aries was the winner. Roode grabbed the belt and walked off with the title. Earl Hebner came out and grabbed the belt, bringing it back to the ring. The referees all began conversing. Stiffler said Aries got his shoulder up. Brian Hebner said he didn't.
Earl Hebner decided they were going to re-start the match. Roode said it was bullsh** and grabbed the belt. Aries went for a dive and nailed himself right into the title belt. Roode dragged an unconscious Aries into the ring and covered him but Aries kicked out at the last second. Roode was furious and shoved Hebner, who shoved him back. Tommy Young was loving that.
Aries grabbed Roode for a quick rollup and scored the win.
Your winner and still TNA champion, Austin Aries!
Really good back and forth match to close the show. The near falls were really good and while I am not usually a fan of referee bumps in title matches, this was done very well in that it led to a nice false finish sequence and in the end, the hero still came out the victor. Very good main event to close the show.
As a result of the loss. Roode cannot have a rematch against Austin Aries.
The show ended with Aries holding up a sign that read "Total Nonstop Aries."
That's all from Orlando. Thank you for your support everyone!
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