The SK RAW Rant for March 26, 2001 surreal adj 1: characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions; “a great concourse of phantasmagoric shadows”- J.C.Powys; “the incongruous imagery in surreal art and literature”; ” [syn: phantasmagoric, phantasmagorical, surrealistic] 2: resembling a dream; “night invested the lake with a dreamlike quality”; “as irrational and surreal as a dream” [syn: dreamlike] 3: vince mcmahon on wcw nitro – Live from the Twilight Zone, Ohio. – Your hosts are Jim “Rod Serling” Ross and Paul Heyman (Niceshot) (Well that’s a tad dated now. ) – Am I stoked for tonight? Does a pope shit in the woods? All that stuff about the WWF’s overall staleness? Forget it, THE SHIT IS ON. (Yeah, for now. Wait until they fuck it up and then I have to do a million blog threads about it.) – We open with Vince gloating about (what else) buying WCW. And there’s a split screen, Nitro and RAW. HOLY SHIT, 2 minutes in and I’m marking out already. He begins by sealing Jeff Jarrett’s fate, declaring him “G-double-O-double-N-double-E” Well, I’m not sure what goonnee is, but it sure SOUNDS bad. (13 years in and he’s STILL holding that grudge.) – Opening interview: Kurt Angle spills the Big News: He doesn’t have an opponent for Wrestlemania! That truly IS the biggest story of the year. Even worse, the Gobbledygooker has an opponent. Benoit (drawing a noticeable pop) comes out to remedy that, because he’s annoyed with Angle and just generally thinks he’s the better man with the better submission hold. (Man, you REALLY don’t want to get Benoit mad.) See, now THAT’S good old fashioned match-making. I’m the better man, no I am, oh yeah, yeah, PROVE IT. Anyway, Angle says he’ll NEVER tap to the Crossface, so of course they hook it up and that’s exactly what happens. Edge & Christian charge the ring for the save and punk out Benoit, thus completing the babyface turn for Benoit. Great opening segment. – Meanwhile, Vince watches Totally Buffed on TV, while establishing that HHH isn’t here, or in wrestling speak, “He’s here”. (And then Buff Bagwell ended up changing the course of history a few weeks later.) – Tazz v. Val Venis. This is a lumberjack match with the APA and RTC serving as lumberjacks. Val gets a spinebuster and RTC pounds Tazz, but he gets the Tazzmission on Venis. Steviekick sets up the Money Shot, which misses. Northern Lights suplex finishes for Tazz. Lasted maybe 30 seconds. DUD Just WM hype. – Meanwhile, Vince and William Regal mock Animal. (And then gave him a job and the tag titles four years later.) – Doink the Clown cavorts in the audience to hype the Gimmick Battle Royale. And dear god, is that Mike Kirscher in the upper corner of that graphic? Did his welfare benefits run out already? (Let’s not mock the dead. Oh, wait, it turned out he was alive, right? Fuck him then. YOU SUCK, KIRSCHNER!) – William Regal, with an announcement relating to W.C….Fields, wants a warmup match, So he calls out the Holly family, and gets Crash and Molly. Crash assumes he’s the one, but Regal goes after Molly… – William Regal v. Molly Holly. Goes about 2 seconds before Doink the Clown reappears to make the save, and is revealed as Chris Jericho. Moving right along… – Meanwhile, Vince notices Dustin Rhodes on Nitro and relates the story about his aborted try at breast implants to Trish, then realizes who he’s talking to and sheepishly moves on. I can’t even believe I’m typing some of this stuff. This one segment just violated about four layers of kayfabe in one shot. (And then Goldust got another job a year later and then again today.) – Meanwhile, Team E/C/K (Edge / Christian / Kurt) welcomes Rhyno to the fold. So it’s Team R/E/C/K now, I guess? (Yup.) – Wrestlemania promo, thus once again wedging “My Way” in my head. Then we head back to Smackdown for the Most Boring Interview Ever with Rock & Austin. – And now, History. With a capital “H”. Vince, simulcast on TNT, comes out to gloat about the purchase of WCW. Paul Heyman, ever the good employee, compares Vince to Alexander the Great. Ye gods. Vince brags about how Time-Warner was literally begging him to take the troubled promotion off their hands, and in fact he’s more than happy to do so…provided Ted Turner comes to Wrestlemania to personally hand him the contract to sign. No bitterness there. He also takes full credit for winning the war, of course, although he admits that the wrestlers may have had a small part in it. He segues to Shane and hyping the big match, then goes back to WCW, specifically his options for the company. He can bury them and put it on the backburner, or he could rebuild it. So then this segment goes completely beyond the pale as Vince starts gauging fan reaction to some of the top WCW “stars”. Hulk Hogan gets a tepid reaction. (Back within a year and World champion again.) Lex Luger is soundly rejected. (Never brought back again.) Buff Bagwell gets a pop so shockingly big from the teeny-bopper set that it may have saved his job. (Which it did.) Booker T gets a good face pop. (Hall of Famer!) Scott Steiner gets MAD pops, and again that may save his job. (Sure, until he botched it himself a year later.) Then, in the most amazing moment I’ve seen in months, the crowd, with no prompting or cue, starts LOUDLY chanting for Goldberg. (Ryback must have been there.) So Vince adds Sting to the list (BIG pop), and Goldberg, whose name alone nearly brings the house down. Okay, they’ve GOTTA get him now. (Sure, two years later after he didn’t really mean anything.) In the end, Vince decides that WCW isn’t worth it, and he’ll just line them all up and hit ‘em with a good old “You’re FIIRRRRRREEED” for fun. Oh, and WCW is dead and buried, thank you and good night. BUT WAIT. Shane joins us…from NITRO?!? Oh my lord. Shane reveals that HE is in fact the new owner of WCW, having signed that contract himself earlier in the day, and Vince can essentially go to hell because he’ll bring WCW back up himself. Oh my lord. If they don’t fuck this up, and I don’t see why they would, this is gonna be the BIGGEST money-drawing angle in history, I swear to god. (Oh, 2001 Scott, so naive to the ways of the world…) – Meanwhile, Vince yells at his lawyer. Smart man. – Is there even any point in finishing the show after that segment? – The Hardy Boyz & Chris Benoit v. Team E/C/K. Big brawl to start, Matt & Edge go in the ring. Hardyz work Edge over and a double-suplex gets two. Jeff heads to the floor the hard way and gets punked out. Angle stomps a mudhole and gets a backdrop suplex. Benoit gets the hot tag (at 1:00?) and cleans house, but Angle cheapshots him. Angle takes Poetry in Motion, however, and Benoit hits the Crossface. Edge & Christian save, but Christian takes the move and taps. Rhyno comes in and destroys both Matt and Lita. As long as he doesn’t wrestle, he might get over. Match was too short to be anything. ½* (Rhyno did OK for himself, all things considered.) – Test v. X-Pac. Welcome to the long dark tea-time of the soul. Special ref: Eddy Guerrero. We actually just saw this exact thing last month, except with Jericho reffing between X-Pac and Eddy, but it’s the hard sell for Wrestlemania, so what can ya do? Test gets a tilt-a-whirl slam, but Eddy won’t count. Test crotches himself, and gets kicked in the head. Lightning legdrop gets one. Test’s press-slam attempt is stopped by Eddy, and X-Pac falls on him for two. X-Pac’s leg lariat gets two. He hits the kick combo in the corner, but Test catches him going for the broncobuster and slams him. Eddy won’t count. X-Pac grabs the belt and goes up, but gets nailed and Melted-down on the way down. A second ref comes in, but Eddy gives him what-for. Albert sneaks in, Baldobombs Test, and X-Pac gets the win. These guys were just sleepwalking through, and the severe overbooking didn’t help. ¼* – MICK’S BACK! He shills a new book (“Foley is Good”), hits the cheap pop, and invites himself to Wrestlemania. Vince comes out, understandly vexed about that, but then the continuity-o-meter goes through the roof as we hit a tape from Dec. 2000, with Mick (one day before getting fired as commish) signs a gigantic stack of papers with Linda, in one of the coolest deus ex machina devices I’ve seen in a long time. He reveals the first document signed: A contract giving him the right to referee any match he wants at Wrestlemania. So of course he picks the Family Feud match, and basically notes that Vince’s life is gonna get a whole lot more difficult now. As if his night wasn’t bad enough already… – Chris Jericho v. Big Show. This is Jericho’s punishment for the Doink thing. Jericho dives onto him but gets posted. Into the ring, Show walks on him and misses a pump splash. Bulldog is deflected by Show, but Jericho escapes the Final Cut. Both guys hit the floor, but Show presses him back in. Kane comes out to brawl, as do Raven and Regal. Regal hits the neckbreaker on Jericho to break up a pin attempt after the Lionsault on Show, and Show gets AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH THE CHOKESLAM!, for the pin. Would it have KILLED them to job Big Show here? DUD Needless overbooked. – The Rock & Steve Austin v. Undertaker & Kane. Kane hammers Rock, but gets forearmed. Kane kills him with a lariat. Big foot and Kane chokes him out. Taker pounds him in the corner, as the crowd seems pretty subdued. Rock fights back, but UT gets the flying clothesline for two. Kane comes in again, but walks into a spinebuster and Rock gets the hot tag to Austin. He cleans house but gets dropped by Taker. Kane & Rock fight outside as Austin hits the Thesz Press on Taker. He gets nailed again, but fights out of the tombstone. UT shoves him into Rock, however, and chokeslams him. HHH runs in, chairshots UT, and Austin gets the pin. That ending’s really stupid on a lot of levels, like “Why do Austin & Rock need HHH’s help to beat UT & Kane” and “Who really cares who wins this match anyway, so why is UT so pissed off” and so on. Match was real bad with no heat, too, thus ending our streak of super hot main events. ½* Austin drinks some (de-alcoholized) beer, but Rock sneaks up and goes KICK WHAM STUNNER on Austin! (Oh yeah, I forgot about the “no booze allowed” era for Austin after the unpleasantness with Debra.) Wow, pretty soon this guy will have stolen EVERY finisher in the WWF. Seems pretty heelish to me. The Bottom Line: It’s really too bad this was a Wrestlemania hype show, because had it occurred AFTER the big show and we had been treated to, say, a single decent match, it could easily be the most awesome RAW ever thanks to the Vince segment. However, it didn’t, so it’s not, and more’s the shame. At any rate, Wrestlemania is now set, with 11 matches looking like this: – Rock v. Austin for the WWF title – TLC II: Dudleyz v. Hardyz v. Edge & Christian. – Jericho v. Regal for the I-C title – Test v. Guerrero for the Euro title. – HHH v. Undertaker – Benoit v. Angle – Big Show v. Raven v. Kane for the Hardcore title – Ivory v. Chyna for the Women’s title – APA & Tazz v. RTC – Vince v. Shane in a street fight – The Gimmick Battle Royale. If the four big workrate matches (Rock/Austin, TLC, Jericho/Regal and Benoit/Angle) are given 15 minutes or more each, they should all easily hit ****+ and elevate this show to Best PPV Ever without breaking a sweat. However, if they DON’T and they try to do a three-hour PPV with a one-hour post-game…it could get ugly. That’s why I declared last week that this show could go either way. Still, hope springs eternal. (Wrestlemania ended up OK, I’d say.) As always, tune in the day after Wrestlemania for the PPV rant, and until next week, BUY THE BOOK.
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Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
Smackdown before they head to the Crescent City. The main stories
are all set at this point so this show is just going to be about
firming up the plans for Wrestlemania. The only match announced for
tonight is Big Show vs. Bray Wyatt which should be a good win for the
monster. That would be the monster with hair in case that’s not
clear. Let’s get to it.
things going. Batista wants to know why the fans are booing a six
time World Champion, the winner of the 2014 Royal Rumble and the
headliner of Wrestlemania XXX. They boo him, but they cheer for
Daniel Bryan? This brings him to a clip from Raw with Batista
implying Stephanie is shall we say, friendly, and getting slapped as
a result. Batista thinks Stephanie hits harder than any of his
opponents, which brings out HHH.
leaving Stephanie out of this but Batista asks why we should do that.
She’s responsible for the suit and for HHH being COO. HHH wouldn’t
have anything without marrying the boss’ daughter. Triple H says
this is the Reality Era and it doesn’t matter why he has what he has
and all that matters is what he has. He asks why Batista wants to
make this personal. Batista says it’s because HHH has accused him of
living off his past glories, which includes never losing to HHH. Now
HHH is trying to take Batista’s title and that’s not cool with Big
never beaten Batista but that was a long time ago. Batista has
gotten lazy after getting all that success and he’s been in Hollywood
letting his stuntman doing all his work. Now he’s back in WWE and
HHH has yet to see the Animal. HHH has shown what he can do a few
weeks ago against Daniel Bryan. You know, the little guy that
Batista couldn’t finish off. However, HHH is willing to help Batista
again tonight. Maybe he can find that Animal in his match against
fourway from last week, leading to Shield being beaten down by Kane
and the Outlaws.
Mahal/McIntyre and Seth starts against Jinder. JBL brings up a good
point: the Shield has dominated the last year but three guys from the
Attitude Era took them down. Rollins hits Two Amigos before bringing
in Ambrose for the third. Back to Rollins who gets taken into the
corner and pounded by McIntyre. Drew thrusts his hips at Reigns for
some reason but it allows Seth to roll over for the tag to Ambrose.
The running dropkick against the ropes has Drew in trouble and Seth
hits the big dive to take out Mahal. The bulldog driver, now named
Dirty Deeds, is enough to pin McIntyre at 3:04.
You can only be so entertaining in a three minute match. At least
Shield didn’t sell too much for 3MB as they’re already going to have
to sell for a team that couldn’t remember if they were good or bad a
month ago. It’s nice to see Ambrose getting a clean pin as well.
match Kane and the Outlaws come out and say they’ll end Shield at
Wrestlemania. That’s unlike what Shield is going to do to their next
vs. Ryback/Curtis Axel
is joined in progress after a break with Ambrose taking Curtis down
with a drop toehold. Ryback offers a quick distraction though and
Axel knocks Dean to the floor. Dean gets caught in the corner as the
announcers do their usual bickering. Ryback loads up a suplex but
gets countered into a nice DDT. The hot tag brings in Rollins to
clean house with a Blockbuster to Axel. A
series of kicks takes Axel down and Ambrose jumps off the steps to
pound on Ryback. Rollins unleashes the dive to Ryback before
countering a PerfectPlex into the Peace of Mind for the pin on Axel
More entertaining match here with Rollins stealing the show again.
I’m still not sure why we need extra proof that the Shield can
dominate when they’re coming into a match against the Outlaws. But
hey, Gunn and Dogg were awesome in the Attitude Era and that means
the match will rock now right?
match Shield points at the Authority members on stage and lays out
Ryback with the Superman Punch and Triple Bomb.
him into the corner to start and drives a knee into his ribs for two.
We’re in a chinlock thirty seconds into the match but Sin Cara rolls
him up out of the corner for the pin at 1:04.
Wyatts did to Cena on Raw was very disturbing. However, some of the
stuff Bray has been saying makes sense. That’s how they suck you in,
but tonight they have a giant problem on their hands.
Summer is looking great tonight in an outfit similar to Jasmine from
Aladdin. Fandango takes him down to start and puts on a very early
chinlock. Goldust fights up with a belly to back suplex followed by
an atomic drops and right hands in the corner. The powerslam gets
two for Goldust and they head outside where Summer distracts Goldust
long enough for Fandango to kick him in the head and grab a handful
of tights for the pin at 3:16.
Summer was the only interesting thing to see in this match. She
looked great and was so goofy when she was distracting Goldust that
she was kind of adorable. The match was barely long enough to rate
and the first minute or so was spent on a chinlock and laying around
after the suplex.
is watching from the back. Batista hides in the corner to start
until Sheamus nails him with a shoulder block to send the Animal to
the floor. A chase goes badly for the Irishman and Batista drives
shoulders into the corner. Batista scores with a big clothesline
before dropping Sheamus with a knee to the ribs.
the spinebuster but Batista walks around instead of following up.
The delay lets Sheamus nail Batista with a clothesline and come back
with his usual high powered offense. Batista fights out of the ten
forearms but Sheamus makes the second attempt work. A powerslam
looks to set up the Brogue Kick but Batista bails tot he floor.
Sheamus follows but walks into a chair to the right for the DQ at
This was a nice power brawl and more importantly, Sheamus looked like
an equal to Batista. Batista was in trouble at the end and that’s
how you make Sheamus look awesome. This is the kind of stuff that
Batista should be doing a lot of the time and it worked well here.
sends Sheamus into the post and hits the Batista Bomb. He asks if
HHH is happy now and promises to leave Wrestlemania as champion.
Raw ReBound looks at the Wyatts attacking Cena on Monday.
Wyatt is holding a mask and says if you give it to a man, he’ll
reveal his true face. Every man wears a mask at some point John,
whether it’s to to hide his intentions or not. Cena has hidden
behind a mask for so long that it’s become him, but when he removes
it he removes his own skin. Bray’s sword has left a scar on Cena’s
soul that can never heal. Can’t Cena hear the song? Bray will never
forget what the woman singing first told him. A man’s secret comes
to life underneath the shade of the cypress tree. He sings part of
He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands and we’re done.
Twins vs. AJ Lee/Tamina
Guerrero is on commentary to explain the 14 Divas match at
Wrestlemania. Her explanation: it’s going to be awesome. Brie
quickly takes AJ down to start but it’s quickly off to Nikki for a
middle rope kick to the face. Tamina comes in and nails Nikki in the
face before it’s back to the champion for a two count.
hit the guillotine choke from AJ which transitions into a sleeper
until AJ lets go and brings Tamina in again. Snuka misses a middle
rope splash and it’s back to Brie for some dropkicks. A middle rope
dropkick sends Tamina to the apron where she nails AJ in the face and
tags her in, setting up the Bella Buster for the pin at 3:27.
The Bellas looked good in their outfits, most of the focus was on
Vickie, AJ loses again. Next.
and Emma are on a sound stage that is supposed to look like a
restaurant for a date. She calls him the ultimate friend with
benefits but means benefits like going out together instead of the
usual meaning. We get a staring contest for a bit before Emma says
she feels the same way he does: they’ll always be best friends.
Santino freaks out and says he can’t eat. He chokes on something and
makes it worse by trying to drink wine. The wine is spat out on Emma
and thankfully the segment ends.
Swagger vs. Jimmy Uso
takes him into the corner to start but Jimmy knocks him outside and
hits the big dive over the top. Back in and a high cross body gets
two followed by something resembling a Whisper in the Wind for the
same. Not that it matters as Swagger takes out the knee and the
Patriot Lock is good for the win at 1:58.
look at Undertaker and Lesnar brawling on Raw.
Henry vs. The Miz
takes too long pointing at the sign and Miz nails some kicks to the
ribs to start. A dropkick to the knee puts Henry down and Miz goes
to work on the leg. He cranks on the ankle a bit but lets Henry up
and charges into a boot to the face. Mark misses a Vader Bomb and
bangs up his knee again. The Figure Four is easily broken up but Miz
throws him over the top and out to the floor. Miz gets sent hard
into the steps for his efforts and a whip into the barricade has him
in trouble as well. Back in and the World’s Strongest Slam gets the
pin at 3:30.
Much better than I was expecting here, even though that doesn’t mean
all that much. Miz working on the leg made sense and the throw over
the top was a surprising visual. I can also forgive the leg work
here as it only lasted a few moments and Henry’s legs are thick
enough that some basic stuff from Miz wouldn’t have very long term
Ramon Hall of Fame video.
into the corner to start but Bray smiles at him. Wyatt is sent out
to the floor so he sits in front of the announce table and says that
was nice. Back in and Bray tells Show to show him all his might.
Big Show hammers away in the corner and knocks Bray around with a
headbutt. Wyatt charges into a boot to the face but avoids an elbow
now and kicking away at the giant but being launched off a cover.
The Spider Walk looks good but only gets Bray clotheslined down. He
comes back with a splash in the corner but has to stop before running
into a boot to the face. Something like a Stunner to the leg puts
Big Show down and Harper gets in a shot of his own. Sister Abigail
gets the pin at 4:10.
This is the kind of win that Bray needed going into the pay per view.
You don’t often get to see him wrestle but he always puts on a good
show when he does. Big Show is still someone who can give a rub and
that’s what we got here. Nice main event and thankfully it didn’t
last too long.
Tonight was a night of wrestling and did a nice job of firming up
things for the show in nine days. Other than Sandow vs. Sin Cara and
Fandango vs. Goldust, most of the matches had some storyline
development, but even those four guys are all in the battle royal.
It’s a good show to set up Wrestlemania and that’s the kind of thing
WWE needs right now.
Deeds to McIntyre
Axel – Peace of Mind to Axel
Sandow – Rollup
Kick to the head
DQ when Batista used a chair
Lee/Tamina – Bella Buster to Lee
Uso – Patriot Lock
World’s Strongest Slam
– Sister Abigail
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into the MVP Regime and things are already looking down on the new
boss. The big story coming out of last week is Magnus retaining the
World Title with the help of Abyss, much like he did at Lockdown.
Other than that we have Roode vs. Ray coming up and Angelina Love
attacking Madison Rayne last week when Madison turned down her offer
to reform the Beautiful People. Let’s get to it.
Storm attacking Gunner’s father last week.
things going. He wants Abyss out here right now because Magnus is
champion because of his associates, not his own talent. The cream
should always rise to the top but here are Abyss and Magnus to
interrupt. Magnus insists that Abyss has a personal services
contract with Magnus, meaning Abyss doesn’t answer to MVP at all.
The only time MVP has control over Abyss is when he’s in the ring
with Magnus, which gives MVP an idea.
be more than the world’s ugliest valet, so how about a shot at the
World Title? We’ll do that next week, but Samoa Joe is thrown into
the mix because he still hasn’t gotten a fair shake. This brings out
Joe who says he doesn’t want to be in a handicap match and doesn’t
like the idea of MVP controlling him. MVP says that’s not what’s
going on but the brawl is quickly on with all four guys. Eric Young
runs out to join in and we go to a break.
Eric still in the ring and the latter holding a mic. He says he
brought the monster out of Abyss so he has to be the one to stop him.
Eric wants to be in a match with Abyss next week while Joe gets to
take on Magnus one on one. Young uses the MVP Principle of motivate,
validate and participate by talking about how he’s been around here
his gimmicks and titles before saying he’s participated in everything
TNA has thrown at him. Joe says not yet because he hasn’t gotten his
one on one title shot. MVP says not so fast and makes it a fourway
with Eric added to the title match. That’s not cool with Joe and the
brawl is on again. The Samoan gets the better of it until referees
break it up. Joe wants Eric tonight and MVP grants his wish.
Twitter Machine again tonight and says Roode is getting the tables
ask MVP to give them Magnus/Abyss tonight. The boss reluctantly
(covered in grass for a disguise) are in the woods searching for
Willow. Back from a break and the search continues. Ethan lists off
the people he’s defeated and says it’s eye for an eye. They’ve found
a house and are sure that Willow is inside. More later.
World Champion but neither guy is able to get an advantage. Richards
backflips out of a suplex attempt and brings in Eddie for some double
teaming. A legdrop gets two on Magnus before it’s quickly back to
Richards. Magnus makes a blind tag though and Abyss takes them both
down with a double clothesline to the back of the head as we take a
running over Eddie for two and putting on a chinlock. Magnus takes
him into the corner but charges into a boot, allowing Eddie to take
him down with a middle rope hurricanrana. Off to Richards as Abyss
comes in to try and save is boss. Instead he splashes him in the
corner and the Wolves take over.
Richards into a German by Edwards gets two on Magnus. Abyss gets
double chopped but the Wolves have to backflip out of a double
chokeslam. The Monster is sent outside where Richards hits a suicide
dive before Edwards locks on a half crab. Magnus taps out
immediately to avoid injury at 8:36.
So the way to make the champion look smart is to have him submit all
the time? I get the idea but it’s really not the way I’d go about
doing things. Have him get counted out disqualified or something but
come up with something better than constantly having him lose.
That’s one of the big things I’d like to change about modern
wrestling: make champions losing feel like BIG deals. This doesn’t
do anything for the Wolves and it makes Magnus look weak as well.
complain about Velvet not answering her calls. Sky comes to the ring
and says she has a big problem with Madison. Attacking old friends
isn’t what Sky signed up for. Angelina wants to know what Sky signed
up for, because without her, Velvet is nothing. Sky doesn’t say
anything and Love says it’s because Velvet knows she’s right. Love
says Velvet has changed because she’s lacking her swagger now.
Angelina faces Madison tonight and Velvet has to pick a side by the
time the match ends.
Gunner as tag team partners.
continues. Back from a break and Carter goes into the house. He
screams loudly but is just faking to mess with Spud. Willow sneaks
up on Spud and kidnaps him, freaking Carter out. Willow’s laugh
makes it even worse.
Fired briefcase coming between Gunner and Storm.
BIG face reaction. He has a bunch of fans bring down tables until
there are about seven of them in and around the ring. Ray talks
about making sure Dixie Carter was gone and then he put Roode through
a table. He asks the fans if they want to see Roode go through a lot
of tables but here’s Bobby to interrupt.
of accomplishments before saying he got Ray to come to Nashville last
week before laying him out. He’s the guy that calls the shots around
here and will pick when, where and how this happens. Ray says let
the people decide but Roode walks away. Bully goes after him in the
aisle and the fight is on. Roode is in trouble but he avoids going
through a table.
on a table and Roode takes over but has to avoid a Cutter on the
floor. They fight on the apron before heading inside. Roode misses
a Blockbuster but avoids a big boot through the table. Ray is banged
up but still escapes a Roode Bomb through the table. Bobby gets pot
of a powerbomb through the table and sidesteps a charging Bully to
send him through a table in the corner.
Magnus’ locker room and wants to know what he was doing out there.
Magnus told Abyss he would do that to save himself for title matches.
That’s not cool with Abyss because he doesn’t like to lose, but
Magnus says get used to it, because Abyss is losing last week.
friend are at their shut down arcade. The girl yells at him for
abandoning them and says they need to go talk to his dad.
attacks Love at the bell and here’s Velvet. Love knocks the champ to
the floor but Velvet doesn’t do anything. They head back inside with
Madison in control until Angelina kicks her in the ribs to take over.
Madison is sent to the floor again and Angelina yells at Velvet for
not attacking her. Back in and Love yells a lot but gets her face
slammed into the mat. Angelina glares at Velvet again but Madison
shoves her to the floor. Sky uses the distraction to DDT Madison on
the floor, giving Angelina the easy pin at 5:10.
This was all story instead of the wrestling and there’s nothing wrong
with that. I’m not a big fan of the Beautiful People reuniting but
it’s far better than doing the same stuff the division has been doing
over and over again for years. Having
some heels in the division is a good thing though and it’s about as
much as you can ask.
King introduces himself to MVP and not much is said.
start but takes a hard knee to the ribs to stop his momentum. A
running forearm drops Joe for two but he comes back with the heavy
shots to the head. The fans are behind Eric but Joe runs him over
with an elbow to the face. Joe nails the running enziguri in the
corner to take over and a big running knee drop gets two. Eric comes
back with a running clothesline and actually slams the Samoa down.
elbow but Joe gets to his feet. Young charges into the Rock Bottom
out of the corner for two but drops Joe with an elbow. The Samoan
avoids a moonsault but can’t quite get the Clutch. Eric tries to
kick out of the corner but falls on his back, putting the choke on
full until Young passes out at 5:50.
This was a better match than I was expecting, even though there
wasn’t much to it. Young was better than usual out there and is SO
much easier to sit through when he’s playing it serious than being
insane. It’s not a bad match and it made perfect sense for things to
go as they did.
Hebner comes out to tell his son Brian that Joe’s shoulders were down
while he had the choke on and it should have been a pin. Thankfully
nothing changes and Earl pats his son on the back.
cabin to rescue Spud.
after last week’s show of Samuel Shaw going into the Knockouts locker
room and finding Christy all alone. She tells him to get out but he
gets right up in front of her and cuts off a piece of her hair.
That’s all he needs and he leaves. Shaw has been suspended for one
week, but he’ll be in a straitjacket match next week.
the fourway for the title plus Willow/Ray vs. Roode/Carter in a
history of Gunner vs. Storm.
match, which is another name for a street fight. The fight is on in
the aisle again and Gunner quickly sets up a table. Storm gets in a
right hand before the table is completely set so he finishes Gunner’s
job. Gunner is whipped knees first into the steps as Tenay tells us
we’ll see Ethan and Willow’s confrontation before the show ends. A
running knee to Gunner’s head knocks him from the apron to the floor.
They haven’t been in the ring yet.
onto the ramp but gets sent into the steps for his efforts. Gunner
nails him in the ribs with a chair and they finally get inside. The
Cowboy comes back with a middle rope DDT of all things for no cover
as we take a break. Back with Storm loading up a chair in the corner
but getting reversed by Gunner. They slug it out with trashcan lids
before Storm gets speared down for two.
flip into a catapult, sending Gunner face first into the chair. A
Backstabber sets up a VERY long top rope elbow to give Storm a near
fall. Storm pulls out a beer bottle but the distraction lets Gunner
spear him through the ropes and through the table on the floor ala
Edge and Mick Foley. That only gets two so Gunner sets up two chairs
(one of which is broken) in the middle of the ring.
chairs (Storm barely hit them) is enough for two in a nice throwback
to the ending at Lockdown. Storm comes back with a Closing Time and
a pair of Last Calls for two. James gets the beer bottle but Gunner
finds his own to lay out Storm. An F5 is enough to pin the Cowboy at
This was one heck of a fight with both guys beating the tar out of
each other. There’s something awesome about two men just hammering
each other until one of them can’t get up. I don’t like the story
here though as the match was tacked on to the feud after the previous
match should have ended things. Still though, awesome stuff.
finds Spud tied to a bed next to a skeleton. Willow screams a lot
and attacks Carter from behind with the umbrella. He leaves and
Carter says if Willow wants to play games, then game on.
This show had its moments but it didn’t work all that well. That
being said, it did build up some stuff for next week that I kind of
want to see, so it’s not without merit. They’re thinking outside the
box a bit more and changing some things up since Lockdown and that’s
the best thing they can do. I still don’t need a boss character (MVP
has been ok) but he’s been used sparingly enough that it’s not
– Half crab to Magnus
Madison Rayne – Pin after a DDT from Velvet Sky
– Koquina Clutch
University, Winter Park, Florida
Albert, Tom Phillips, Alex Riley
those big shows for NXT called Vengeance. The idea here is a bunch
of long standing feuds or rematches, such as Neville vs. Dallas II in
the main event. Other than that we have Parker vs. Rawley, Natayla
vs. Charlotte and Breeze vs. Woods. NXT knows how to put on the big
shows like this so hopefully they continue the trend here. Let’s get
Arrival where Neville won the NXT Title in a ladder match and Bo
Dallas challenging for a rematch.
Rawley for polluting the planet, even though there’s no evidence of
him doing so. A kick to the head puts Mojo down and Parker hammers
away in the corner before shouting a lot. Rawley comes back with
right hands but misses a splash, giving CJ a two count. More left
hands in the corner have Rawley in trouble but Parker stops to show a
peace sign. Mojo chases him across the ring and nails a splash in
the other corner and Hyperdrive is good for the pin at 3:22.
Not much to this one but at least Rawley made a quick comeback and
destroyed Parker in relatively short order. Parker isn’t the kind of
guy who can be a physical threat to Rawley and thankfully he was
treated like nothing in the match here. The heel character is a good
idea but Parker just isn’t that good.
freaks out post match.
look back at Corey Graves attacking Sami Zayn last week and see Sami
getting a concussion test.
coming to the ring. Feeling out process to start until Woods grabs a
headlock and takes Breeze down with a headscissors. A catapult sends
Breeze into the corner for two but he nails Woods with a forearm for
two of his own. Woods gets all fired up but Tyler avoids the Honor
Roll. He tries snake eyes on Tyler but Breeze escapes and hits the
Beauty Shot for the pin at 3:53.
This didn’t work for me either as Breeze isn’t much to see in the
ring. Woods isn’t much better though as he just doesn’t work all
that well in the ring. Yeah he’s a smart guy but that doesn’t make
him anything special in the ring. I don’t see much of a future on
the main roster for either of these guys but Breeze is entertaining.
Dallas says he’ll get the title back tonight because it’s a wrestling
match instead of climbing monkey bars.
Tatsu vs. Corey Graves
is a rematch from a few weeks ago when Graves attacked Tatsu before
the bell and got an easy pin. Yoshi hammers away in the corner to
start and nails a LOUD chop. A quick cross body gets two on Corey
but he goes after Tatsu’s knee to take over. He cranks on a hold
before kicking the knee out one more time. Lucky 13 makes Yoshi tap
This was barely long enough to rate as it was nothing more than a
squash. I’m not sure what happened to Tatsu as he wasn’t great but
he’s better than being a barely seen jobber on NXT. Graves still
doesn’t blow my skirt up. I know he’s very popular but I just don’t
get the huge appeal.
tells Sami to stay down.
has Sasha Banks with her but Natalya one ups her with Bret Hart.
They hit the mat to start
but neither girl can gain control. Natalya grabs an armbar but gets
countered into a headscissors. Rene Young isn’t sure how to describe
her meeting Bret Hart but Natalya destroys Charlotte with a dropkick
to bail her out.
is flipped into the corner but clotheslines Natalya down to take
over. She goes after Natalya’s knee by kicking it in the corner and
crushing it against the mat. Natayla escapes a leg lock and goes for
the Sharpshooter but Charlotte is in the ropes. Another attempt
works but Sasha comes in for the DQ at 5:04.
Charlotte is getting better in the ring but this didn’t have the time
to go anywhere. That’s been a running trend tonight and I’m not
really caring for it. Charlotte isn’t her dad out there but she’s
very athletic and can do her gymnastics stuff well enough. That
makes me wonder why she’s going for the mat work instead. Hopefully
they’re not just going to try and make her like her dad.
says it’s not a ladder match tonight but he has the momentum and the
title, so nothing changes tonight.
Title: Bo Dallas vs. Adrian Neville
is defending. Bo tries some fast pins but Neville gets out, sending
Dallas running to the corner. Dallas whips Neville across the ring
but the champion flips forward and hits a middle rope dropkick. Bo
heads outside but Neville takes him down with a BIG dive. Neville
loads up another dive but gets shoved to the floor to give Bo an
opening. A hard clothesline drops Neville again and Bo takes him
inside for some knee drops.
take a break and come back with Dallas nailing another clothesline
for two. Frustration sets in off the kickouts but he’s able to sit
down to block a sunset flip. The referee catches Bo holding the
ropes though and Neville pulls him down for two. Neville escapes an
Impaler DDT and hits a HUGE springboard forearm for two. They trade
hard shots to the face and the referee is nearly bumped.
gets two off a rollup but an enziguri from the apron sets up the Red
Arrow. The splash hits knees though and both guys are down. Dallas
is up first and tries his DDT but has to avoid a hard charge into the
corner. The champ gets a kick to Dallas’ head though and a reverse
450 (as in his back was to the ring and he threw his feet into the
air before flipping over and landing on Dallas) retains at 12:50.
Good but not great match here with both guys looking more above
average than good. Dallas
just doesn’t have the spark anymore after losing the title, but that
was bound to happen when his magic was broken. It’s a good match and
by far the best of the night but that didn’t save the rest of the
The show wasn’t terrible overall but it really didn’t do much for me.
This felt like a show without much effort put into the creative
process and they even admitted that it was comprised of mostly
rematches. Neville vs. Dallas didn’t feel exciting at all here and
while it was ok, it really didn’t make me care to see much more of
Adrian. This was one of their worst shows in awhile, but hopefully
things pick up next week. Unlike other promotions though, I fully
believe NXT can do it.
Parker – Hyperdrive
Woods – Beauty Shot
Tatsu – Lucky 13
via DQ when Sasha Banks interfered
Dallas – Reverse 450
The SmarKdown Rant – June 27, 2002
– Taped from Chicago, IL
– Your hosts are MC & Tazz.
– Vince McMahon introduces Kurt Angle and shares in the jubilation of making Hogan tap like a bitch. And then he leaves. Geez, talk about a pointless cameo. Angle finally ditches the wig and takes it like a man, because he’s just so darn happy. So he throws out the dreaded open challenge. He even promises to take it easy. John Cena answers, and Angle isn’t impressed. Cena attacks and we’re off.
– John Cena v. Kurt Angle. Cena attacks and dumps Angle, and back in he fires away with a pair of clotheslines. Stinger splash gets two. He overpowers Angle again, but falls prey to the Anklelock. He powers out of it, but gets suplexed for his troubles. Angle’s got it under control, but Cena reverses a suplex for two. Angle pounds on him in the corner and gets a vertical suplex for two. To the facelock, but Cena powers out of it. Forearm and he’s on the comeback trail. Spinebuster gets two. Well, he’s a future main eventer already. Angle Slam is reversed to a DDT, which gets two. Angle charges and posts himself, and Cena gets two. Small package gets two. Powerslam gets two. Angle catches a double-chickenwing and rolls him over for the pin at 5:36, however. Well, Cena gave it the old college try. **1/2 (Hopefully they start putting Cena over soon! Wouldn’t want him to look weak.) Cena even offers a handshake, but Angle is too cool for that. Cena reminds me of a very young Sting, both facially and in build. Cena wants more, however, but Angle blows him off after thinking it over a couple of times.
– Elsewhere, Cena meets the boys, including Undertaker. This time he gets his handshake. Okay then. (See, there’s your buildup for Wrestlemania 31!)
– Tag title match: Billy & Chuck v. Hardcore Holly & Val Venis. (What an incredibly random tag team. And then we later got Billy Gunn and Holly stuck together in a tag team as well. And why weren’t they known as HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY?!?) Well, I guess sticking them in a tag team is one way to find a use for them. There’s even a sort of motif – they’re a Wunza team. In this case, wunza lover, wunza fighter. Holly overpowers Billy to start and gets the DROPKICK OF DOOM. Billy retreats and Chuck comes in, but Val works him over with chops. They exchange high kicks, and Chuck clotheslines Val to take over. Val gets an elbow and the kneedrop for two, however. Holly comes back in and they even do a little double-teaming, but the old cheapshot-from-the-illegal-man trick turns the tide. Why does a move hurt more if the guy isn’t legal? Someone should look into that. I’d be happy to accept any government grants offered. Billy chokes away, but Holly fights back against Chuck and gets a backdrop suplex for the double KO. Hot tag Val, and he’s a a Porn Star Afire! The match is dangerouly close to BONZO GONZO as Val cleans house, but he can’t get the Seaman’s Suplex on Billy thanks to Rico. Holly takes of that problem, but Billy gives Val a Fameasser at 4:20 in the confusion to retain. I have no beef with this and would actually enjoy seeing Holly & Venis continue as a team. They even have the matching purple tights already. **
– Torrie shows off her lingerie to hype the show on Saturday.
– Earlier today, Jamie Noble pimps Nidia to Tajiri. Literally. Poor guy.
– Lance Storm v. Mark Henry. An earlier pre-taped segment reveals that Lance is going to beat Henry not just for himself, but for the whole world. If someone like Lance was representing the interests of world peace at the G8 summit, there would be no protests – we could all unite under the banner of kicking the crap out of Mark Henry! (I have of course since come around on ol’ Mark.) Henry overpowers Storm to start with the dreaded KNUCKLELOCK OF DEATH and chokes him out. Storm goes flying out after a shot, and Henry tosses him back in. Storm comes back with chops, but has to bump around for Mark some more. Storm hits the post, but Henry misses a pump splash and Storm gets a missile dropkick. Stormkick gets the pin at 2:33. Whoa, CLEAN WIN. Kudos. Christian offers more of those kudos on the way by. ½*
– Undertaker comes out for some gabbin’. We establish through some basic logical arguments that he is the champion (he has the belt, he who has the belt is the champion, therefore he is the champion, QED. You kids out there who go into comp sci in university can use that when you start building logic circuits). (Gah, machine language still gives me a headache.) He takes credit for injuring HHH’s arm and badmouths the Rock. I have to draw the line there. So anyway, Rock returns July 11, and Undertaker is gonna make him pay. What, he’s gonna force to him to watch the last three Undertaker matches on PPV? Because that Austin match was really a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Kurt Angle interrupts all the Rock-hating and accuses Taker of talking too much. See, that’s irony. Angle wants a title shot next week on Smackdown (building ahead, what a concept), but Undertaker wants some right now. Angle politely declines the beating, but Undertaker accepts that title match regardless. Angle wants to touch the belt. And he even asks nicely. Showing that a little manners goes a long way, Taker lets him, but it’s a SWERVE, and Angle attacks and quickly gets the anklelock before running away. I have a theory on this: They’re hyping a title match for Smackdown against Angle, but first they’re hyping one with Jeff Hardy on RAW. They want to get the title on Angle (supposedly) but a heel-heel switch wouldn’t work without turning Taker face. So perhaps they’re gonna book that fluke title win for Jeff, have him take UT’s place against Angle on Smackdown, and then Angle can manhandle him and win the title. However, this messes up the July 11 Rock return because then Undertaker is stick on RAW and can’t carry through with his threat against Rock. But I wouldn’t be 100% shocked to see a title change on Monday and then again on Thursday. (What the fuck was I going on about there? Of course they put the title on Rock at Vengeance and then onto Brock Lesnar from there.)
– Test v. Rikishi. Test pounds away to start and gets a belly to belly. They slug it out, won by Rikishi, but Test clotheslines him and elbows away in the corner. Test shoves the ref, because he’s a biased American, and slams Rikishi for good measure. That’s CANUCK POWER! Rikishi comes back with a superkick for two, however. A Banzai drop is blocked with a nutshot for two. You should know that Canadian wrestling rules stipulate that low blows are legal. Ref bumped, but because he’s prejudiced against Canadians, he DQs Test for no reason, thus robbing our great country of a glorious victory against America. Storm & Christian hit the ring to defend the honor of Canada and explain the legalities to the ref, but much like Earl Hebner, he’s taken off for the dressing room after screwing Canada and can’t answer to his heinous refereeing job. I DEMAND AN INQUIRY! ¼*
– Elsewhere, Vince was personally upset at seeing Hogan submit at the PPV. He’s all heart. Hogan tries using the FINGERPOKE OF DOOM on Vince, but he’s not the World champion (any more) or Kevin Nash, so it doesn’t work.
– Elsewhere, Test agrees that America sucks. How could I have been so wrong about Test all this time? Maybe he is okay after all.
– Jamie Noble & Tajiri v. Kidman & Hurricane. An astute fan at ringside has a sign saying “Trailer Trash”, presumably referring to Noble & Nidia. Man, where do people think of those witty signs? It must have taken hours to come up with that one. Tajiri attacks Hurricane from behind, and Noble comes in and immediately gets beaten on. Clothesline and Shining Wizard Magazine get two. Noble clotheslines him and the heels try a double-team, but Hurricane bulldogs both and Kidman lends a hand with a double-team on Tajiri. Kidman armdrags him, but walks into a handspring. Noble comes in, but gets powerbombed and Kidman is on the attack, but a cheapshot from outside puts Kidman in a situation tighter than his disturbing tiny pants. Tarantula and kneedrop , but Kidman reverses a tornado DDT into a facejam, hot tag Hurricane. Hurricane slugs away on Noble and sends him facefirst to the floor outside. Tajiri catches him with a superkick for two, however. Blind tag to Kidman and Helms chokeslams Tajiri, and Kidman finishes with the Shooting Star Press at 4:29. They should just forget the cruiserweight designation and let Hurricane & Kidman challenge for the tag titles. It’s Kidman and Hurricane, the dynamic duo! **1/4 (And they both went on to win the tag titles! Albeit with different partners.)
– D-Von & Bautista v. Faarooq & Randy Orton. I think they need a better bad-ass name than “Bautista” if they’re gonna dump the Bull Buchanan look for him. (How about…BATISTA!) Orton controls D-Von and gets a sideslam for two. D-Von dropkicks him and gets the spinning elbow. They head up top, where Orton blocks a superplex and follows him down with a bulldog. Hot tag Faarooq, and that epic brother v. brother feud continues. Powerslam gets two. D-Von DDTs him, however, and heads up for the missed headbutt. Orton comes back in with a bodypress that gets two. Dropkick gets two. Bautista tags himself in and gets a vicious lariat on Orton, and a spinebuster that finishes at 3:18. He needs a better finisher, but all he needs to do is master the sleeper and he’s set for the main event, too. That would be sarcasm, by the way. Match was okay. *1/4 (Well at least he got a better finish.)
– Hulk Hogan v. Chris Jericho. Hogan’s website is apparently “redandyellow.com” Does that refer to his wardrobe or the colors needed to make up his skin pigment? Jericho attacks from behind (also perfectly legal in Canada, FYI) and hammers away in the corner. Hogan clotheslines him and gets a backdrop, but the elbow misses. Jericho chops away, but gets slugged in the corner. Jericho goes low (legal according to Canadian rules, remember) to take over and gets a backdrop suplex. ARROGANT COVER gets two. He chokes away and gets a DDT for two. Michael Cole notes that Hogan isn’t gonna make any excuses because he “never has before in his career”. Oh man, I could spend HOURS disputing THAT little claim. Do the words “How much was the plastic surgery?” ring any bells? Jericho gets the abdominal stretch (using the ropes to steady himself in case he falls over), but Hogan escapes and slugs back. Jericho posts himself and Hogan makes the big comeback, but Jericho ducks the big boot (I’m amazed no one has thought of that before) and goes for the Walls. Hogan powers out, but falls prey to the bulldog and Lionsault, which get two. Hulkup time and he fights back, and Jericho bails off the big boot and grabs a chair. Chairshot draws a DQ at 6:32, but more importantly puts Hogan out. That’s a fair trade. Hogan seemed strangely motivated here, but then they were basically doing Hogan-Savage from 1986 so he didn’t need much prompting in order to work the match. According to Jericho’s wacky star ratings system, this would be a ***1/2 show-stealing spectacular! (This would be during the period when Jericho was bitching about a match that I apparently under-rated. So of course I took the high road in response.) I’d call it *1/2, which is very respectable for Hogan these days. Jericho goes for the Edge Special on Hogan’s arm, but the Y2J countdown hits, and Edge makes his triumphant return and saves his buddy Hogan. Some asskicking results. Hogan doesn’t even hog the spotlight! (And this set up Edge & Hogan winning the tag belts in a match that I really love, in fact.)
The Bottom Line:
See, now THIS is the kind of show I can get into – letting some new guys show their stuff, everyone working hard more or less, Canadians everywhere, using midcard guys in tag teams to shore up the ranks…just tremendous all around.
And Cena’s debut not only made him look like a MAJOR player right away (and mark my words – he’s the next Sting) by working him into the mix with the big boys rather than the losers, but also showcased his stuff in a really good match and made me want to see more of him.
Good show all around.
Date: March 21, 2014
Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
HHH is back to being full evil as we only have five shows left before
Wrestlemania. Other than that we’re looking at another story
building show tonight with Kane talking about replacing Shield, the
battle royal needing more names and Bray Wyatt being creepy and
getting in Cena’s head. Speaking of Cena, he’s facing Luke Harper
tonight. Let’s get to it.
There’s a fourway tag team match tonight for a shot at the Usos,
presumably at Wrestlemania.
Here’s Kane to open things up. He introduces us to a video from the
end of Raw with HHH ending the YES Movement. Back live and Kane says
the blame is on all of the fans who cheer for Bryan and convince him
that he’s bigger than WWE and the Authority. Everyone learned a
lesson on Monday when they saw that no one is greater than the
What people need to understand is that some people are just better
than others. HHH is better than Daniel Bryan and the Authority is
better than all of you. Kane is shouting this at the fans but calms
down and pulls a letter out of his pocket. It’s from HHH who has
asked Kane to read it to us. The letter is delayed by a YOU SOLD OUT
chant before Kane reads the standard corporate apology as the fans
boo it out of the building.
Yes, one of the Matadores is getting a singles match. This is joined
in progress after a break with Fandango chopping the masked man down.
We hit the chinlock on Fernando but he avoids a middle rope knee
drop. A standing hurricanrana and a springboard back elbow gets two
on Fandango but a Summer distraction lets Fandango get in a cheap
shot. Torito freaks out because Summer is in a red dress and the
chase is on, allowing Fernando roll up the dancer for the pin at
Sandow jumps him to start and drives in knees to the chest. A
Russian legsweep and knee drop have Ziggler in even more trouble as
the announcers talk about the battle royal. Ziggler escapes a
backdrop and shakes his hips a bit before dropkicking Damien
outside. Dolph gets back on the top but Damien kicks him down,
sending Ziggler’s head onto the steps with a sick thud. That made me
Back in and Damien hammers away at the head while screaming at
Ziggler to stay down. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Sandow
drops some more knees. Dolph is sent outside and into the barricade
to give Damien a two count. Back to the chinlock for a bit but Dolph
fights up with his jumping DDT. Ziggler hammers away in the corner
and gets two off a neckbreaker. Sandow gets in a few right hands but
Ziggler comes back with the Fameasser for the pin at 5:53.
the fans were into Ziggler but it wasn’t the best match in the world.
It’s nice to see Sandow not losing in a minute or so and it’s good
to see Ziggler get some momentum heading into the battle royal. It’s
also a good change of pace to see someone with with something other
than their trademark finisher.
Luke says he is John’s reaper tonight. Bray pops up and says John
being afraid of Bray makes sense. Wyatt was born of the world’s
hatred and feeds on hate. The buzzards are circling overhead and
Bray is Cena’s torment waiting down below. Cena’s fear is Bray’s
power and the power is his control. Run.
Ambrose/Rollins and McIntyre/Mahal here. The announcers talk about
everyone being a heel here as Ambrose works on Axel to start. An
elbow drop gets two but it’s off to Mahal who has about the same
success as Axel. Rollins
comes in to work on Jinder’s arm but Ryback tags Mahal and runs Seth
over. Rollins knees his way out of a vertical suplex and Shield
clotheslines Ryback outside. Axel is sent out as well and Shield
hits stereo suicide dives as we take a break.
Back with 3MB double teaming Ambrose to give Mahal a two count.
During the break, Cesaro swung Ambrose into the barricade in a
painful looking crash. Ryback comes back in to stay on Dean with a
splash getting two. The Meat Hook drops Ambrose but Swagger tags
Ryback to get a quick two. The Vader Bomb into the double stomp from
Cesaro gets two and Cesaro locks a chinlock on Dean.
clothesline on Cesaro followed by a DDT on Swagger. Rollins
and Mahal come in off double tags and Seth cleans house. A
Blockbuster drops Mahal and Seth follows up with a flip dive to take
out Ryback. Heath Slater breaks up the Black Out but gets speared by
Reigns. The Black Out connects on Mahal but McIntyre makes the save
at the last second. Everything breaks down and Kane runs in for the
no contest at 8:17 shown of 11:47.
terrible but I was hoping for an actual #1 contender instead of what
looks like a multi team match at Wrestlemania. Shield worked well as
faces here though and there’s potential there if they keep on this
path. It’s a good enough match but dropping 3 MB would have helped
Reigns and Kane fight up the ramp until the New Age Outlaws show up
to help Kane. Ryback, Axel and the Real Americans lay out Rollins
and Ambrose as Reigns is triple teamed. Kane chokeslams the other
members of Shield as well as the beatdown goes on for awhile. It
looks like Shield vs. Kane/Outlaws at Wrestlemania which doesn’t do
much for me. I can’t buy the Outlaws as a real threat to Shield no
matter how they spin it.
the focus on the battle royal. Miz officially throws
his name in the hat and guarantees victory. The guest tonight is Big
Show who Miz describes as the odds on favorite. Big Show talks about
the comparisons to Andre the Giant over his career and says winning
the battle royal will cement his legacy. Miz brings up Big Show’s
nine losses at Wrestlemania so Big Show threatens to pop Miz’s head
some of the other entrants in the battle royal, including Titus
O’Neil, Kofi Kingston, Alberto Del Rio, Big E. Langston (Miz throws
in the Langston), Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, Goldust and Sheamus. The
Irishman thinks we should have a battle royal of our own right now.
Miz thinks everyone should get Big Show but they fight each other
instead with Miz bailing to the floor.
everyone on their own in about a minute and a half until they’re the
only ones left. They fight for a bit until Big Show blocks a Brogue
Kick and puts him on the apron. Miz comes back in as Show dumps
Sheamus. A chokeslam gets rid of Miz and Big Show stands tall. This
wasn’t a match but it did its job well.
E. vs. Alberto Del Rio
the corner and hammers away but gets spun around in the corner,
setting up the double stomp to the chest. We hit the chinlock for a
bit but Big E. fights up. He charges into a pair of boots in the
corner and gets two off a Backstabber. Del Rio avoids a charge to
send Big E.’s shoulder into the post and the low superkick gets the
pin at 2:48. What is it with Del Rio beating Big E. so easily when
Santino is upset that he and Emma have been having issues trying to
go on a date. He complains to the makeup lady and talks about how
much he cares for Emma as she’s behind him. Emma surprises him and
they bump heads as Santino falls out of a chair.
Mr. T. Hall of Fame video.
AJ is on commentary and seems to be ok with Tamina now. Nikki takes
over on Natalya to start but Summer tags herself in. Summer sends
her to the apron as AJ talks about how the match is a trainwreck.
Brie comes in as the heels get in an argument, setting up the Bella
Buster to Summer for the pin at 2:20. Nothing here at all.
We go back to Main Event for the Undertaker’s response to Paul
Heyman. Undertaker choked Heyman down and told Heyman that he’ll
slay the Beast in New Orleans. Lesnar and Undertaker will both be on
Video on the Streak.
Kane thanks those that helped him take out Shield. Ryback and Axel
are granted a Tag Team Title match but Zeb wants to know what they’re
getting. The Real Americans are granted a shot as well (no date was
given for either shot), leaving only 3MB. Kane puts them in the
battle royal. The Band leaves and the Outlaws come in. Kane is
pleased with both of them and that’s about it.
Lane/Rusev do their thing.
Daniel Bryan’s shoulder is damaged and needs rest but he’s not
missing any live events and will be on Raw.
Before the match we get the Eminem music video on Cena vs. Wyatt from
Raw. Harper drives Cena into the corner to start but John comes out
with right hands. Harper avoids a charge in the corner though and
gets two off a neckbreaker. The LET’S GO CENA chants dominate their
counterparts as Luke puts on a chinlock. Back up and Cena counters
the shoulders with an atomic drop followed by a big boot for two.
The ProtoBomb and Shuffle connect as Rowan is at ringside.
Harper escapes the AA and kicks Cena’s head off for two. John slaps
on the STF but Luke bites his way out of it. Harper’s powerbomb is
countered into a hurricanrana but Luke one ups him with a running
hurricanrana of his own. A Michinoku Driver gets two on Cena but a
third big boot is countered into the AA for the pin at 5:29.
Harper got to show off like Rowan did in his match against Cena.
Having Harper and Rowan around is a built in perk for Bray as it
allows his feuds to continue without having Bray get in the ring.
The match was about what you would expect with Harper continuing to
look good on his own.
Cena bails as the other Wyatts hit the ring.
was giving focus to the Shield vs. Kane feud and the battle royal
plus a few other things on the side. It’s always nice to see the
lesser matches get some build, though I continue to wonder how good a
big battle royal can possibly be. I hope Big Show is a red herring
as he may make sense but he’s not the most interesting winner in the
Fernando b. Fandango – Rollup
Dolph Ziggler b. Damien Sandow – Fameasser
Ryback/Curtis Axel vs. Shield vs. 3MB vs. Real Americans went to a no
Alberto Del Rio b. Big E. – Superkick
Bella Twins b. Summer Rae/Natalya – Bella Buster to Summer
John Cena b. Luke Harper – Attitude Adjustment
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out of last week is the seemingly face Bully Ray destroying all of
the former Team Roode (minus A Double). It also seems that Willow is
the dark side of Jeff Hardy and will allow Hardy to get revenge on
people that have hurt him in very un-Jeff like ways. As for tonight,
the main story is Joe vs. Magnus II with Eric Young and Abyss chained
together at ringside. Let’s get to it.
trying to fight Abyss in the back. It goes badly for the small man
until ODB tries to make a save with a pipe. That also goes as well
as you would expect but Eric comes back with a trashcan to the back.
The brawl continues as they head further into the back and Eric is
sent through some chairs. Young finds a chain and whips Abyss into
the arena until they get to ringside with Abyss taking over.
ring and hits a suicide dive but he can’t follow up. Abyss hammers
on him again and takes Young inside where he sets up a chair. Young
gets slammed face first onto the chair in a sick looking crash.
Abyss goes for the chain but Young bites him in the head and hammers
away but charges into a Black Hole Slam. Just hurting Young isn’t
enough so Abyss wraps the chain around Young’s throat and chokes him
out on the ropes.
Ethan Carter III
progress after a break. Ethan has some flashier gear now with red
and blue trunks and white boots. Lashley runs him over with a hard
shoulder block and drops Carter with a suplex. Ethan gets pummeled
in the corner but avoids a charge to put Lashley in some trouble.
It’s short lived though as Lashley slams Ethan off the top.
some right hands in the corner but gets run over by raw power again.
Lashley loads up the spear but Carter bails to the floor. Another
clothesline drops him out there but he’s able to get in the referee’s
face long enough to kick Lashley low. Carter tries to walk out on
the match but Willow jumps him for the DQ at 5:47.
The chemistry here didn’t work but it wasn’t horrible. Lashley is a
guy that could be a huge deal for TNA if he’s used right. However,
being used as a guy to keep Ethan Carter III busy until Willow can
attack him isn’t the right use of him. The match just kept going
until we got to the ending segment, which wasn’t the most
entertaining way to kill six minutes.
loads up the Pillmanizer on the ankle via the ladder but Ethan gets
away. Lashley doesn’t seem to mind Willow costing him a match.
Ray is outside Dixie Carter’s office in Nashville as she called him
there for a meeting.
comes in to see MVP and vent some frustrations. He blames MVP for
the title loss at Lockdown and thinks MVP has cost him the match
tonight by letting Young get taken out. MVP promises to find someone
to take Eric’s place tonight.
Love thinks Velvet has had enough time to make a decision so it’s
time to find out where she stands.
for not having his back and terminates the Carters’ business
relationship with the champ. Magnus doesn’t care because he got
everything he needed out of Dixie. All he needs is Abyss and Joe
will find that out tonight.
says he’s proud of what he did at Lockdown. He went to war with one
of the toughest men in this company and came out on top. He’s also
proud of serving this country and for all of the men and women that
served with him. The Marines taught him to never give up and his dad
taught him the same thing. Gunner’s dad is in the front row and
Gunner thanks him for everything he’s done. They hug and here’s
James Storm for an interruption.
get an introduction to Gunner’s dad but Papa Gunner doesn’t seem too
enthusiastic. James goes off on Gunner for crying on the video about
Gunner a few weeks back. Gunner’s grandfather must be glad that he’s
dead to see his son and grandson become huge disappointments. Gunner
snaps but takes the Last Call. Storm handcuffs Gunner’s arms to the
ropes and goes after his dad with a beer bottle to the head.
Gail Kim saying if Tapa doesn’t win tonight, she’s gone for good.
talk about going to a club last night before going in to see Sanada
and Tigre Uno. There’s a language barrier but Zema has wrestled in
Mexico and Japan so he speaks lucha libre and strong style.
Apparently Sanada and Tigre think the Bro Mans are awesome and agree
to lay down in two minutes. That’s Zema’s translation at least.
gone because Gail says so. Tapa sends Gail across the ring to start
before catching her in a spinebuster. Gail counters a powerbomb into
a modified dragon sleeper but Tapa powers out. Kim gets slammed face
first onto the mat but gets up at two. Some kicks to the leg have
Tapa in trouble and Eat Defeat is enough for the pin at 4:04.
Thank goodness she’s gone. Tapa just wasn’t that good and didn’t
need to be around at all. I’m not a huge Gail fan but this is the
better decision to be sure. The newer Knockouts like Tapa haven’t
worked for the most part but Brittany seems to be a step in the right
direction. Bad match, but that’s about the norm for Tapa.
loudly says he has no issues in playing games with MVP over the title
match, so he won’t chain himself to Abyss. Why try to change when
you can embrace the confusion?
Velvet for an answer. Velvet thanks Angelina for being a mentor but
doesn’t like the idea of being a follower to Angelina’s leadership.
Angelina says it was just because she was the veteran and praises Sky
for the success she had while Angelina was gone. Love says one is a
lonely number but Sky isn’t sure about trusting someone after the
drama with Sabin. Then she says the team is back together and they
because we need the third piece. She invites Madison Rayne to the
ring but Rayne doesn’t seem too thrilled. Angelina introduces all
three names and Madison sees the problem: she doesn’t want to be the
third girl that the others brought in as a favor. Love tries to get
her to change her mind but Madison says she’s out.
about the title match tonight because he has Abyss. He may be a
monster but even monsters react to money. Joe comes up and says
he’ll make Magnus tap tonight. Al Snow comes in and breaks it up
before things go too far.
Mans vs. Wolves vs. Sanada/Tigre Uno
Before the Wolves arrive, the champions try to get Tigre Uno and
Sanada to lay down but Tigre says no and the champs are knocked to
the floor. The Wolves show up and jump the Bro Mans but the other
challengers hit baseball slides to the Bro Mans out as we take a
break. Back with everything breaking down until it’s Davey grabbing
a rollup on Sanada for two. Off to Eddie as the Wolves rapid fire
kicks and chops to put Sanada against the ropes.
double charge and Sanada is almost immediately back up with no
apparent damage. Robbie tags himself in but Eddie rams him head
first into Davey as the Wolves stay in control. Tigre comes in to
face Robbie and walks into a clothesline as the champions take over.
Jesse comes in and gorilla presses Tigre as Zema plays sound effects.
Robbie gets two off a knee drop but Tigre comes back with a Rey
Mysterio sitout bulldog.
Sanada to work over Jesse but Zema grabs the X-Division Title for a
qiuck photo op. Sanada dives on Zema, leaving Tigre to climb the
ropes and armdrag Davey down. A powerbomb/Backstabber combo from the
Wolves gets two on Tigre but the Bro Mans make the save and hit the
Bro Down on Tigre for the pin at 9:58.
The match was your usual insane three way but it did its job well.
It’s nice to see the Bro Mans get the win after their finishing move
instead of just stealing a pin. I can’t imagine the Wolves don’t get
the belts for real over the summer and it looks like we might be
leading towards Zema vs. Sanada.
is worried about Madison being angry. Velvet says go talk to her.
King of the Night promo.
goes to talk to Madison and talks down to her again. Madison says no
again but Angelina grabs her by the hair and destroys Madison before
saying she and Velvet are the real Beautiful People.
will be chained to Abyss tonight.
get a video on Knux of all people, who says he’s heard from a woman
he’s been involved with before and thinks it must be serious if
she’s calling him. Knux tells us about his family running a carnival
and how his dad isn’t cool with Knux’s career path. To be continued.
Dixie’s office and we get a quickly edited video of him lecturing an
off camera Dixie. She has her chair turned against the wall as Ray
talks about how everyone hates her. Ray goes on about Dixie coming
to New York and offering him money to screw over Team MVP but Ray
didn’t respect her enough for that. He whips the chair around and of
course there’s no one there. Bobby Roode jumps Ray from behind and
rams Ray into a wall. Bully is stunned so Roode hits him with a
poster to really knock him out.
planned for Joe and MVP tonight. He shows Magnus the tacks in his
Magnus vs. Samoa Joe
chained together at ringside and Magnus is defending. Joe sends
Magnus to the floor before throwing the champion back inside for
rapid fire punches and an enziguri in the corner. Back from a break
with Magnus in control and putting Joe on the mat for a chinlock.
Joe fights up but gets caught with a knee to the ribs.
down but Joe can’t follow up. He grabs the Clutch but Magnus breaks
free with a jawbreaker, knocking the referee down in the process.
Abyss goes for the tacks but MVP sends Abyss into the post and throws
the bag of tacks up the ramp. Abyss comes back with a chair and
stops a charging Joe with a chair shot. Magnus adds a top rope elbow
to retain the title at 11:43.
The match was just there to get to the angle at the end. I like
Abyss and Magnus as a beauty and the beast pairing and Magnus’
reliance on Abyss to save him is going to set up a blowoff match down
the line. That’s the good side. The bad side however is that
blowoff match will be between Magnus and Abyss. This probably shifts
Joe away from the Magnus feud….or it would in a regular wrestling
company. Odds are we get at least three more matches between them.
This show felt way too Russoified to me. I know that’s the rumor at
the moment but it really does seem like Russo has a hand in creative.
We had two instances of handcuffs, a random guy getting a story, and
a big brutal fight leading into another segment with no room to
a big issue with TNA over the years: there’s no time to catch your
breath. Look at the opening segment. It’s a ten minute brawl and
Eric Young is hanged. They immediately cut to the next segment and
act like the previous one wasn’t a big deal at all. The same was
true with Gunner’s dad getting laid out. They were IMMEDIATELY on
Gail Kim’s promo and there was no time to digest what we just saw.
ok to let a show build on itself instead of packing 25 stories in
there. Now to be fair, they only have two hours a week and they’ve
cut way down on the wastes of time, but it’s still going too fast.
The fans don’t need to be going through a show at a hundred miles an
hour and then try to figure out what they just saw. In other words,
Bobby Lashley via DQ when Willow interfered
– Eat Defeat
Tigre Uno/Sanada – Bro Down to Tigre
Top rope elbow
University, Winter Park, Florida
Regal, Todd Phillips, Byron Saxton
up in Florida over the last few weeks after a few down weeks leading
up to Arrival. The big story at the moment is Bo Dallas wanting his
title back from Adrian Neville and the title match takes place next
week. Other than that we’ve got the Divas arguing as usual, likely
leading up to a good match or two. Let’s get to it.
available early so it looks like it’s going to be a week by week
Rawley vs. Bull Dempsey
New England Patriots is here and in a Mojo shirt. Dempsey hammers
away in the corner and slams Mojo down. A knee drop gets two and we
hit the chinlock complete with forearms to the chest. Rawley throws
him into the air for a big crash and drives Bull into the corner with
a three point stance. Some splashes in the corner set up Hyperdrive
to pin Bull at 2:24. Dempsey got in too much offense but at least it
wasn’t as long this time.
Mojo Rawley because he’s hyped up on fast food and probably throws
his trash out of the window. They meet next week.
Breeze vs. Sami Zayn
Graves jumps Sami while Zayn is high fiving a little girl. Sami gets
sent head first into the post and the trainer comes out to check for
magical to be back in NXT but Aiden English interrupts in song. He
says he’s using NXT as a stepping stone to the brighter lights of
Broadway. Sheamus says it’s funny that Aiden said stones because
it’s clear Aiden’s stones haven’t dropped yet. That can be fixed
tonight because Sheamus will talk to JBL and get a match made between
the two of them.
Rose vs. Camacho
commentary and asks why she isn’t in the party. She dances a bit in
one of the few things you’ll see her do outside of hold a microphone
and smile a lot. Regal offers to take her to one of Rose’s parties
but she says she might ask for Rose’s autograph and be too
fangirlish. Rose, for lack of a better term, prances around the ring
before Camacho grabs his arm. The fans think Rose is awesome and he
rolls away from Camacho in appreciation.
ropes and rocks his feet into the air to stop Camacho in his tracks.
Camacho didn’t hit the feet but he’s not sure what to do with Rose.
He takes Rose into the corner and chops away, drawing a PARTY POOPER
chant. Hey Raw crowds: take notes from NXT on how to be amusing.
Rose gets caught in a chinlock and then sent into the corner so
Camacho does the prance. Adam is MAD and jumps on Camacho with right
hands to the head. He nails a spinebuster and gyrates in the corner
(Renee: “That’s a very erotic warmup.”) before the Slice
(complete with a CHOO CHOO!) gets the pin at 5:00.
C+. The match wasn’t much but
man alive is Rose fun to watch. He’s so over the top and into his
character that it’s impossible to not watch him. It’s also
interesting to see that little bit of Jim Morrison in there where
every woman wants him, including Renee. He’s a great example of a
guy just finding the right gimmick and running with it.
vs. Sasha Banks
and Charlotte are the seconds here. Bayley dances around to start as
Byron Saxton goes into some bizarre metaphor about stealing chicken
and rice. Regal: “I have no idea what you just said.” Bayley
runs Sasha down and steals her sunglasses. Phillips: “Hug Life?”
She sits on Sasha’s back and crosses her arms as Banks freaks out.
up and Bayley charges into a boot in the corner as Sasha takes over.
She stomps Bayley down and puts on a chinlock for about five seconds.
Sasha throws her outside but Natalya prevents any shenanigans from
Charlotte. The distraction from Natalya lets Bayley get a rollup pin
D. This was a comedy match at
first and much more about the characters than the action. It was
entertaining at times but after seeing Emma and Paige beat the fire
out of each other I need a little more than Sasha just stomping on
Bayley for two minutes and a rollup finish.
English vs. Sheamus
week’s song is about being in the center ring of NXT before going to
the WWE. Sheamus gets a great reaction before the match but Aiden
says he built this theater. He’s going to use this company to make
his way to Broadway but Sheamus doesn’t think he’ll make it there.
Sheamus sings us an Irish song and the fans are WAY into it until
English jumps him. Sheamus says ring the bell and the chase is on.
Aiden catches him coming in and stomps away but Sheamus sends him
into the corner and hits the forearms to the chest.
Brogue Kick misses with English bailing to the floor as we take a
break. Back with both guys on the floor and Sheamus throwing English
into the barricade. Aiden tries to run but manages to send Sheamus
face first into the steps. A clothesline puts Sheamus down and they
head inside for a chinlock.
alters English’s character a bit by saying Broadway means the top of
the WWE. He finally admits he has a man crush on English as Sheamus
slugs back from his knees. Sheamus pulls himself to the top rope but
Aiden slams him down into a neckbreaker (nice move) for two. Back to
the chinlock and Sheamus is in trouble. Sheamus
powers to his feet and throws English down. A few shoulder blocks
set up the Brogue Kick for the pin at 7:44.
C. Not much to this one here
but letting an up and comer like English get in some offense on a big
star is always a good thing.
On top of that the fans got to see one of the top guys in the
company so everyone wins. Of course you can’t have Sheamus get in
any serious danger here but it was far from a squash.
over the barricade and has him do the Sheamus pose to end the show.
Rating: C+. This was a very
laid back and fun show and there’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing
of note happened but you had Mojo, Rose, Bayley and Sheamus to fire
up the crowd. That’s the great thing about NXT: they can just take a
week off like this but still have an entertaining show. Good stuff
here and it flew by.
Dempsey – Hyperdrive
English – Brogue Kick
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Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
now set for Wrestlemania and all we have left is to fill in the
roster for the battle royal and get the midcard taken care of. Aside
from all of the big stuff from Raw, the other top story we might get
some more on tonight is Shield having some issues with Kane, which
might lead to Kane embracing his hate and dropping the corporate
character. Let’s get to it.
Stephanie to open things up. He’s greated by a YES chant and HHH
says that must feel good. Monday was one of the greatest nights of
their lives and it must have been one of Daniel Bryan’s best nights
ever as well. That was their moment in the sun though and Daniel
Bryan isn’t here tonight. He’ll be dealt with on Raw and everything
will be ended at Wrestlemania, but tonight he has to deal with the
which tells HHH that they would have jumped in the ring and
participated had they been at Raw. However, they traded in all of
their happy tomorrows for the end of the YES Movement. HHH has
protected Daniel Bryan over the last few months by keeping him away
from the deep end of the roster so the people could have hope.
Movement represents: hope for the people and all of their miserable
lives. The fans chant for Bryan, who HHH says is just like each and
every one of the people here: good, but just not good enough to
succeed. At Wrestlemania he’ll crush those hopes and dreams because
there will be no triple threat and more happily ever after. However
let’s get to business tonight, so get out here Damien Sandow. HHH
cuts him off before the apology can get started. Sandow gets a match
against an opponent picked by Vickie Guerrero.
progress after a break with Seth in full control. Sandow gets in a
few shots and Rollins heads outside for a second. Back in and Seth
does his backflip in the corner into the downward spiral into the
middle buckle. A running forearm in the corner sets up a dropkick
but Sandow gets outside to avoid the top rope Black Out. Shield
distracts him so Seth can hit a suicide dive, followed by the Black
Out for the pin at 2:27. The announcers spent the match arguing
about this being a conspiracy.
into the ring again for the first Triple Bomb in months.
announcing the battle royal.
match Fandango enters the battle royal. Fandango takes over to start
but Big E. fights up and hits the belly to belly. The Warrior Splash
connects and Big E. runs Fandango over, takes down the strap and Big
Endings his way to a win at 1:37. Total squash.
Heyman and Undertaker’s segment on Raw.
the Streak will end and children will cry. Therefore, parents won’t
get any sleep and fall asleep at a meeting and get fired.
problems from Monday with Cesaro crushing Jack’s hand. Goldust and
Swagger get things going with Goldust scoring off a shoulder and the
uppercut. Off to Cody to crank on the arm but Jack drives him into
the corner for some shoulders to the ribs. Cody escapes a belly to
back suplex and drops to the mat for an uppercut to the face. A
springboard dropkick knocks Swagger off the apron and a backdrop puts
Cesaro outside but he catches Cody’s plancha in mid air.
onto the floor and we take a break. Back with Cody firing off some
right hands and backdropping Swagger to the floor. Cesaro blocks the
tag with the Swing (JBL: “He’s swinging him so much his daddy’s
polka dots are dizzy!”) but Swagger’s Vader Bomb hits boots.
another tag attempt but the Real Americans argue over a tag. It’s
Cesaro staying in with a vertical suplex right in front of Jack.
Swagger tags himself in as Zeb is losing his mind. Jack realizes
what’s about to happen and knocks Goldust off the apron, only to get
caught in a backslide to give Cody the pin at 7:48.
That loss is all on Swagger and Cesaro shouldn’t get much of the
blame. Seriously, how do you lose to a backslide of all things? The
lack of a hot tag was a change of pace from the usual formula and
it’s kind of nice to see. The pin was a surprise as I’m so used to
waiting on the big hot sequence and it was nice to not know what was
Real Americans destroy Cody post match until the Usos make the save.
from Raw and Wyatt accepting the challenge.
the bell and Kofi gets in a right hand, making Wyatt smile. He sits
in the corner and shouts at Kingston before grabbing him by the leg
and shoving him down. Kofi grabs Bray’s leg and spin kicks Wyatt out
to the floor. Back in and Kofi hammers away but Wyatt shoves him
down with ease. Kofi comes back with a springboard shot to the head
but Bray just throws him over the ropes and out to the floor. A
backsplash gets two on Kingston and Bray just runs him over with a
clothesline. Sister Abigail is good for the pin at 3:54.
The match wasn’t much to see but Bray’s eyes and power stuff looked
good. There’s something so off about him that it’s hard not to watch
him every time he’s out there. Kofi is a good sacrificial lamb for
Bray or anyone for that matter as he’s going to be the same guy no
matter what happens to him.
tells Shield to be at ringside for the main event but they say they
don’t listen to him. They’ll be out there because it’s best for
Bella vs. Tamina Snuka
sits in on commentary as Tamina takes Nikki down by the hair. Nikki
is sent to the floor and holds her knee, prompting some amusing fake
concern from the champ. Back in and Nikki gets slammed down but
still avoids the Superfly Splash. AJ tries to figure out who the #1
contender is as Tamina kicks Nikki’s head off for two. Tamina gets
bored with Nikki and throws Brie into the barricade for fun. It
doesn’t pay off though as Nikki hits the Rack for the pin at 3:13.
Divas, regular match, Nikki’s turn for a push. Next.
Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio
Rio is in the battle royal as well, saying it’s the only thing he has
left to win. Ziggler quickly knocks Alberto outside before tossing
him right back in for the ten elbows. Del Rio avoids a charge in the
corner and double stomps him to the mat and we go to a break. Back
with Ziggler (Dolph Showoff according to Cole) hammering away in the
corner and getting two off a neckbreaker.
catches a charging Ziggler in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker but the low
superkick misses, setting up the jumping DDT from Ziggler. Now the
low superkick connects for a close two but Ziggler countered the
armbreaker. Ziggler ducks the running enziguri in the corner and
hits the Fameasser for an even closer two. Dolph goes up but gets
crotched and caught in the reverse superplex for two. The armbreaker
is countered again but this time into the Zig Zag to give Dolph the
pin at 6:03 shown of 9:33.
This was pretty much just the ending sequence to a main event match
after cutting off all the buildup. I could get used to this idea in
matches that don’t mean anything such as this. Del Rio and Ziggler
are another of those combinations where they’re fought so many times
that I just don’t care to see them ever again. This was entertaining
enters the battle royal and says it will be his Wrestlemania moment.
next inductee into the Hall of Fame is Carlos Colon.
Wyatts time. Luke says everything has been forgotten and the lie has
become the truth. Bray says he never sleeps but is always dreaming,
and lately his dreams have been of John Cena. They’ll be sharing a
war in New Orleans but off in the distance there’s a woman’s voice.
Bray can’t understand it but the closer he gets the clearer it
becomes. The voice is saying she loves him and how proud she is of
Bray. Now he sees Cena for what he’ll become. Eventually he’ll be a
lonely old man full of regret. Cena shouldn’t worry about a thing
because he’ll make it quick. Follow the buzzards.
vs. Big Show
is nowhere in sight. Kane
whips Show across the ring but Show does the same to him as Shield
comes to ringside. A headbutt drops Kane and a chop sends him to the
floor, right in front of the Shield. Back in and Kane avoids a knee
drop and gets two off a low dropkick. We hit a leg lock on the
bigger monster but Big Show counters out with pure leg strength.
up and Kane gets two off a running DDT but Show breaks the chokeslam
attempt. Show runs him over with a spear but rolls to the floor to
glare at Shield. He goes up but gets chokeslammed off the top for
two. Shield gets on the apron and Kane orders them to attack but
Shield bails and Kane walks into a bad looking chokeslam (thankfully
the camera hid it) for the pin at 5:30.
These guys just are not fun to watch. WWE has this theory that you
can put these two against each other and it’s going to be
entertaining because they’re both big and strong. They’ve fought
several dozen times over the years and I don’t remember any of them
being anything better than watchable.
spears Kane to end the show.
There were some decent matches tonight but a lot of them were just
quick ones that didn’t really add anything. It was nice to see some
stuff actually happen here, such as the battle royal growing and the
Hall of Fame announcement, but there still wasn’t much of interest to
this show. You have to expect that once Wrestlemania is made though.
Slater was taped but not aired. That appears to be a thing they’re
doing on Smackdown anymore. The spoilers indicate it’s presented as
part of the taping and not a dark match. Sheamus won via Brogue Kick
in about five minutes.
Sandow – Black Out
Real Americans – Backslide to Swagger
Kingston – Sister Abigail
Snuka – Rack
Alberto Del Rio – Zig Zag
since October we’re coming off a pay per view and MVP is now in full
control. His team won Lethal Lockdown with the help of Bully Ray
swerving Dixie Carter by screwing over Team Roode this past Sunday.
Other than that Abyss has been revealed as Magnus’ bodyguard/enforcer
after saving the title when Samoa Joe had Magnus beaten. Tonight
should be a fresh start for the company as we head towards Sacrifice
at the end of next month. Let’s get to it.
to Donovan Hill, who passed away at less than ten years old. I’m not
sure who that is but he’s called “Our Angel.”
blame Roode for the loss but Roode says blame it on Bully Ray. A
plot is hatched to take care of the Bully.
from Lockdown, focusing on the ends of the double main event.
open the show. He’s pleased to tell us that Dixieland is officially
closed for business. Just a week ago he was the minority owner but
now he’s in charge and moving forward. He doesn’t know why Bully Ray
did what he did but his past sins are now forgiven and he can compete
like everyone else on the roster. MVP will be running this roster
with the MVP Principle: Motivate, Validate, Participate. If someone
has an issue, they can come deal with it, but he’s willing to give
out some physical discipline if necessary.
with a rebuttal. He says this is the most ridiculous thing he’s ever
seen. MVP: “More ridiculous than your title run?” Magnus talks
about how Dixie is gone so now we can look at the important things
like his title reign. He brings out his associate Abyss (in a new
brown mask close to what Kane wore in 2002 and yellow/black trench
coat) and agrees with the fans chanting YOU SOLD OUT. Magnus says he
isn’t like Jim Mitchell or Eric Young because he’s going to pay Abyss
to do whatever he wants.
beaten at Lockdown until Abyss saved him. We should put this
conversation on hold though, because we need Samoa Joe out here right
now. Joe comes out holding his ribs but MVP says we’re not done yet.
Therefore, Joe is still #1 contender and getting a match right now
vs. Samoa Joe
hammers away as we take a quick break. Back with Joe in control and
hammering Abyss from one corner to another. He hits the Facewash in
the corner but gets caught by a right hand to the injured ribs to
change control. Abyss chokes on the ropes and punches in the corner
like a monster should be doing.
crank but Joe fights out of a chokeslam attempt. A running boot puts
Abyss down and there’s the back splash but Joe hurts his ribs again.
He’s able to powerslam the monster down but Abyss fights out of a
MuscleBuster attempt. Joe jumps from the middle rope into a
chokeslam so Abyss goes outside to get Janice. This brings in Eric
Young to dropkick Abyss down for the DQ at 9:30.
C-. The match wasn’t bad but
too much of it was in the commercial. It didn’t help that Joe was
injured for such a long portion. Eric coming in makes sense but it
doesn’t really have me fired up for the upcoming blowoff match. They
had to get rid of Abyss vs. Joe somehow if they’re keeping Joe going
after the title.
is in the back for an interview when Angelina Love returns and asks
if he missed her.
but we cut over to Willow for one of his freaky promos that I can’t
vs. Gail Kim
here despite being Santana Garrett on a One Night Only show. We get
a quick profile on her, saying she’s a second generation wrestler and
admires Madison Rayne. Gail goes off on Brittany but the newcomer
comes back with a forearm. Kim takes her down with a quick
backbreaker and sends her into the corner for some kicks and
shoulders to the ribs. Brittany takes her down with a Russian
legsweep and Tapa comes in. She accidentally splashes Gail though
and Brittany grabs a rollup for the pin at 2:02.
off on Tapa but gets laid out and beaten up with ease.
gets jumped by Ethan, the Bro Mans and Roode. They choke him out and
blast Ray in the head with a big board to leave him laying.
Mans vs. Sanada/Tigre Uno
the full intro to great comedic effect. We get a video of Great Muta
praising Sanada and telling him to make Japan look great. Sanada
gets slammed down by Jesse to start and there’s that horn. Off to
Tigre who works on Robbie’s arm to the appeal of the crowd. Jesse
gorilla presses the masked Tigre and pumps him over and over, only to
have Sanada come in with a springboard chop to the head.
puts Robbie down and Jesse gets suplexed onto his partner. The tag
champs bail to the floor and Sanada backdrops Uno onto them both in a
BIG crash. Back in and double missile dropkicks put the Bro Mans
down again before Sanada hits a moonsault for the pin on Robbie at
that Angelina Love is back.
Mans to get some revenge.
to Christy and wants her out there for his rematch with Anderson. He
gets annoyed when the cameraman sees him. Christy was never seen or
heard in the shot.
tribute to Dixie up next.
at Eric Young for interfering earlier but says don’t do it again.
Eric has gotten Joe a rematch next week against Magnus for the title
and Eric will be chained to Abyss.
tribute to Dixie. The fans are glad that she’s gone but Spud is
overly emotional. The fans switch to a BORING chant, but Ethan says
that just makes Spud want to cry more. Spud talks about how tonight
is about how Dixie made everyone feel, including supple young Ethan.
Dixie picked him up like Mary lifting Jesus out of the manger and
made him the man he is today.
to Dixie with shots of her smiling and yelling at various people.
Then one night it was all taken away in Miami Beach. MVP can take
away her power, but he’ll never take her out of our hearts. Spud
reads what sounds like the song Dixie until MVP breaks this up. He
says Dixie is just in the back shuffling papers now. Over the last
few weeks, Spud has grown on him like a fungus or a rash.
loyal if they put up with Dixie but now it’s time for them to back it
up in the ring. Spud says he can’t wrestle because he’s small and
the Chief of Staff. MVP says that’s cool because we don’t need a
Chief of Staff anymore. He gives Spud a pep talk and Spud wants to
fight, so tonight it’s Spud vs. Willow. The announcers just say it’s
Jeff Hardy’s alter ego.
because next week he gets to face Bobby Lashley. Bobby comes out for
a staredown and MVP says he’s officially on the roster. Spud yells
at Bobby so Lashley bops him with the Dixie portrait. The former
Chief of Staff snuggles up to it before Ethan leaves in a huff.
behind the curtain and Ethan promises to take out Lashley’s knee next
week. Bully Ray jumps him and hits a HARD shot to the head. Ethan
takes a hard shot with a plastic board of his own.
Shaw vs. Mr. Anderson
talking to the upper body of a mannequin with a red wig. Anderson
does his intro but Shaw sneaks up in the darkness to jump him before
the bell. Anderson comes back with some right hands and but gets
whipped into the steps. Samuel drives him back first into the apron
and grabs a suplex on the floor.
him into the ring and they slug it out some more until Anderson gets
the swinging neckbreaker and rolling fireman’s carry. Mr. goes to
the corner and grabs the mannequin’s hair, sending Shaw into a panic.
He gives it a kiss and tosses it to Shaw who takes his time sitting
it down, allowing the Mic Check to hit for the pin at 3:57.
D. Why in the world did this
need to be a street fight? You could have done the exact same match
with a brawl before the bell and thent he exact same finish. Shaw
continues to be freaky and good in the role which is more than he
could have done on his own. It was fine for a quick match but the
gimmick brings it down.
name into the mannequin’s face.
back for someone special.
parties at house shows.
return speech. She never thought she would hear that music again but
it’s great to be back in TNA. She has grown wiser in the time since
she left. Her dad told her that she’ll never miss what she has until
it’s gone and that’s what happened with TNA. Friendships are more
important though so she invites Velvet out here. They hug hello and
Angelina says she never got to say goodbye.
last few years has made Angelina realize that Velvet made her who she
is in this business. For years, Angel Williams (her ring name
outside of TNA) wasn’t getting noticed but as Angelina Love she
teamed with Velvet Sky and got noticed. Now every day she’s asked
when the Beautiful People are getting back together and Angelina
thinks the time is now.
Velvet isn’t sure because she’s found herself since Angelina has been
gone. She even won the Knockouts Title for the first time and now
she thinks she’s ready to move on. There will never be a bond as
strong as the Beautiful People had and she wants to move forward.
Angelina calls her dude and says there’s a ton of unfinished business
for the Beautiful People. Love tries one more time but Velvet says
she needs more time.
vs. Rockstar Spud
mode with Willow hammering away in the corner. A cartwheel splash
has Sput in even more trouble and Willow dances a bit. Spud gets
caught in the Tree of Woe and Willow gets his umbrella to blast Spud
low for the DQ at 2:26.
beats up the referee and pulls out a ladder before Pillmanizing
Spud’s leg as revenge for costing Hardy the title. He stomps on it
twice and hits a splash from the top of the ladder onto Spud’s chest,
hurting the leg again in the process. Bully Ray comes out as we
take a break.
says he can’t believe the fans are cheering for him. They say right
before you die, your life flashes before your eyes. That happened to
him when Anderson Mic Checked him into the coffin. He was going to
give an explanation for what happened, but those four guys made this
physical. If Roode had won on Sunday, he would have become just
another Dixie Carter and that’s the last thing wrestling needs.
wants Roode out here right now so here’s Bobby. He hits the ring and
is immediately taken down so Bully can go get the tables. It takes
too long though and Roode comes back with a spinebuster before
setting up the table. The Roode Bomb is countered and Ray grabs a
Cutter. A powerbomb through the table ends the show.
Another good show here with stories making sense and good wrestling
to back it up. Ray turning face makes sense and he’s still a good
talker so he can back it up. Dixie is hopefully gone and Spud should
be off TV as well. That
being said, they rushed through the Ray story WAY too fast. Ray
getting attacked and getting revenge could be spread out for a month
but they did it in two hours. There’s
hope for TNA, but I don’t believe they can make it last longer than
DQ when Eric Young interfered
Mans – Moonsault to Robbie
Shaw – Mic Check
via DQ when Willow hit Spud with an umbrella
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episode last week with the debut of Adam Rose and the first
appearance of Adrian Neville as the NXT Champion. He and Bo Dallas
aren’t done yet though as Dallas has promised to cash in his rematch
clause in the near future. The only announced match for tonight is
Xavier Woods vs. Alexander Rusev. Let’s get to it.
up Rusev vs. Woods and talks about Dallas vs. Neville II coming soon.
under a less bizarre name.
vs. Sasha Banks
steals Paige’s t-shirt and yells a lot before a brawl breaks out.
Paige throws her down by the hair before beating Sasha with the
shirt. She gets to throw it out to the crowd and sends Sasha into
the corner. Sasha comes back with a hard whip of her own and chokes
away at the champ. We hit a chinlock from Sasha followed by a
snapmare into another chinlock with a knee in the back. Paige fights
up and takes Sasha into a corner for some elbows. Sasha is sent to
the mat and that scorpion cross lock gets the submission at 5:05.
C. The match wasn’t bad but the
majority of the match was spent in that chinlock. That cross lock is
just ridiculous looking (in a good way) and it’s a step above the
Paige Turner. The problem at the moment though is Paige has cleaned
out the division and there’s nothing left for her to do at the
match Charlotte goes after Paige but Natalya makes the save.
look at Corey Graves vs. Sami Zayn from last week.
says he silenced Corey last week and if Corey wants some more, he
isn’t hard to find.
of Mojo Rawley destroying CJ Parker at Arrival.
is of course hyped in the back and says Arrival was just the start.
vs. Travis Tyler/Cal Bishop
again. Konor runs over both guys to start and hits a pair of HARD
shoulders to crush Tyler. Viktor comes in and fires off hard chops
in the corner followed by a backdrop for no cover. Viktor is sent to
the apron and it’s off to Bishop who works on the arm in the corner
but gets his head taken off by a hard uppercut. Back to Konor who
brings Tyler in for fun. The dominance continues and a running
splash nearly ends Tyler. Viktor comes back in and the champions
start making fast tags. A top rope knee from Viktor (the Guillotine)
sets up the Fall of Man for the pin on Tyler at 3:23.
D+. Total and complete
dominance here as you would expect. Much like Paige, Ascension has
cleaned out the division and they need someone else to fight. Either
that or send some WWE guys down there to give them some important
wins. Ascension continues to look awesome but they need something
new to do.
Ryan vs. Wesley Blake
BETTER THAN BATISTA chants begin already. Ryan counters a quick
sleeper attempt and drives a hard knee into Blake’s ribs. Ryan
cranks on the arm but gets caught by a forearm and some right hands
in the corner. Blake isn’t looking bad but Ryan takes over with
kicks to the ribs. Ryan misses a charge into the post and Blake
works on the arm for a few moments, only to run into a spinebuster
for the pin at 5:12.
D+. This was just a squash for
the most part but at least the ending looked good. Mason Ryan has
been around forever but he just isn’t getting any better. I can’t
imagine them putting him in the Shield as was the rumor a few months
back, but stranger things have happened in WWE.
is very excited to be on the WWE Network. She got to meet Bret Hart
recently but the BFFs come in to make fun of her. Bayley steals the
head on a stick and imitates both of them, saying that Sasha smells
like cheese. Violence is implied but Natalya comes in. The BFFs say
Natayla hasn’t been champion in forever and is only known for drunk
dialing her boss on a reality show. Natalya talks about her uncle
beating Charlotte’s dad for the title and Flair leaving the company
as a result (it was more like two and a half months later but that’s
WWE history for you). The BFFs leave.
Rusev vs. Xavier Woods
Breeze comes out before Rusev and asks if he can have the chance to
get revenge tonight. Lane comes out to do Rusev’s entrance and freak
Rusev and Woods out. Breeze lays out Woods from behind and Rusev
stalks to the ring. Woods says we can go and the bell rings,
allowing Rusev to pick him apart with ease. The beating is nice and
slow until Woods gets in a few kicks to the legs. He gets caught in
a backdrop though and a spinebuster sets up the Accolade for the
submission at 2:30.
will be here next week.
Neville is about to talk about his rematch with Bo Dallas in two
weeks when Bo comes in and says the nightmare ends two weeks. The
Bo-Lievers have been the wind bo-neath his wings through this trying
time. The fans are sick of Adrian and his flips and big ears.
Adrian slaps him and they breathe heavily for a bit.
Cassady vs. Bo Dallas
shoves him down to start but Bo grabs a headlock to take over.
Cassady easily shoves him away and dares him to try again. Bo
charges into a slam and Cass drops some elbows, sending Bo running to
the floor. Back in and Dallas tries another headlock, this time
using a pull of the hair. A hard shoulder block sends Bo back
outside and we take a break. Back
with Bo in trouble but snapping Cass’ throat across the top rope to
take over. He hammers away on Colin’s back and throws on a cravate
to slow things down.
fights up and buries some right hands in Dallas’ ribs to take get a
breather. Bo drops him right back down with a running clothesline
for two before hammering away. The
fans chant Bo-Ring and Dallas has the biggest grin on his face. A
running elbow to the head gets two and Dallas is getting frustrated.
Bo misses a charge into the corner and Colin hammers away before
doing the SAWFT Forearm. A BIG boot to the head gets two and Dallas
is knocked silly. Bo gets in a quick shot to the throat though and
an inverted DDT
is enough for the pin at 12:25.
C+. Nice match here as Colin is
getting better and better in the ring every week. He still needs
Enzo out there to really make things work though. Dallas
had some intensity out there that he’s been lacking in the last few
months so maybe losing the title is a good thing for him. I don’t
see this gimmick lasting long for him though.
Rating: B-. Not quite as good
as last week but it was still the normal NXT before the WWE
interfered so my hope is getting stronger every week. The matches
were all good and the stories are still basic but solid. Throw in
some over the top characters next week and it’s the perfect balance.
Scorpion cross lock
Tyler/Cal Bishop – Fall of Man to Tyler
Blake – Spinebuster
Xavier Woods – Accolade
Cassady – Inverted DDT
Center, Miami, Florida
since the last pay per view so this isn’t something TNA is used to
anymore. We have a double main event tonight with Magnus defending
the World Title against Samoa Joe and Team MVP vs. Team Dixie in
Lethal Lockdown for control of the company. The Lethal Lockdown
match also has Jeff Hardy returning for the first time in a few
months. All of the matches tonight are in the cage so let’s get to
about being alone with your greatest enemies inside the cage.
Influence/Chris Sabin vs. Great Muta/Sanada/Yasu
come out in Great Muta garb circa 1989. Sanada took the X Title from
Austin Aries a week ago in Japan. Sabin and Sanada get things going
and fight over hiptosses before Sanada grabs an abdominal stretch.
It’s quickly off to Muta to drop some fast elbows on Sabin followed
by a crossface hold. Daniels makes the save but we get the Green
Mist from Muta.
who gets taken into the wrong corner with Daniels dropping him with a
belly to back suplex, setting up a slingshot legdrop from Kaz for
two. Daniels suplexes Kaz onto Yatzu, setting up a springboard
moonsault for two from Christopher. Back to Kaz who misses a top
rope legdrop, allowing the hot tag off to Sanada.
cleans house until Bad
Influence hits a quick High/Low for two. Daniels takes Sanada down
for a second but a hot tag brings in Muta to really clean house with
dragon screw leg whips all around. The Mist puts Daniels down and
there’s the Shining Wizard, setting up a moonsault from Sanada for
the pin on Daniels at 9:22.
C. Not a bad match and a good
choice for an opener, but it’s also a good example of what’s wrong
with the all cages gimmick. The cage added absolutely nothing here
and there’s no reason for the cage to be there at all. The fans
reacted well to the Japanese guys so it certainly wasn’t a terrible
Spud to introduce Dixie as real royalty. She calls herself a real
queen, unlike that stupid King James. Dixie rants about how MVP and
the people have driven her to do something she’s going to regret.
She built this company into the international success that it is.
Earlier this week she went to New York to get a little insurance
policy to ensure victory tonight. Jeff Hardy walked out on this
company and therefore breached his contract. Therefore, he’s banned
from the building tonight and now we can enjoy the rest of the show.
Sky and Eric Young are answering internet questions. Eric thinks
everything changes after tonight.
recap Shaw vs. Anderson. Shaw is obsessed with Christy Hemme and
Anderson is protecting her from harm. Samuel thinks this means
Anderson is preventing him from being with Christy and has been
attacking him as a result.
Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw
is escape only. Before Anderson comes out, Shaw climbs to the top of
the cage and says if Christy doesn’t come out, he’s going to
professionally end it all. Before he can jump though, Anderson comes
out and points out the obvious: the cage isn’t high enough to do a
lot of damage. All that will do is break his ankle and make Shaw
look even goofier. Anderson offers to beat Shaw up a bit and then
take him somewhere really high to jump.
finally ready to go with Anderson taking over for a few moments but
running into a boot in the corner. Christy
is at ringside now. An
early Mic Check is blocked but Anderson takes him down with a
gutwrench suplex. Shaw
chokes Anderson in the corner but can’t quite get over the cage.
Anderson goes after him but gets rammed face first into the cage a
few times and knocked down to the mat. Shaw still can’t climb fast
enough though and Anderson runs the corner for a belly to back
sends him face first into the cage but Anderson sends him into the
cage door, knocking it open and drilling Earl Hebner in the process.
There’s the Mic Check to Shaw and a second one sends him face first
into the buckle. Anderson calls him a frickin weirdo and climbs the
cage but Shaw reaches through a hole in the cage and pulls Christy
starts crawling on the mat ala Kevin Sullivan at the 1988 Great
American Bash. Anderson makes it to the floor but there’s no
referee. Mr. gets the key from Hebner and opens the door for the
save but Shaw hits Anderson low and chokes him out before leaving for
the win at 10:12.
C. I liked this a lot more than
I was expecting to with Shaw getting creepier and creepier every
week. The longer this story goes the more likely it seems that
Christy joins Shaw at some point, but it doesn’t have quite the
impact since she and Anderson are just friends. Not much of a match
but the story and characters are good. It’s very nice to see someone
like Anderson go from one feud right into another like people did
back in the day instead of just floating around and doing nothing at
Roode isn’t sure what the insurance policy is and argue about who
will own what percentage of the company after they win.
quickly look at Ethan Carter III injuring Kurt Angle, putting Kurt
out of the match tonight.
issued an open challenge for Angle’s spot. Ethan talks about growing
up wanting to be the best and to beat the best. In 1996, Kurt Angle
was the best and Ethan took him out twice now. The fans say he can’t
wrestle but Ethan comes back with chants of “I’m very good” and
“I disagree.” By the way this is our third promo tonight and
it’s getting clear that they’re stalling, despite having eight
matches. He asks anyone to come out here but warns the fans not to
hijack this show.
Ethan insists that Lashley isn’t on the roster but Bobby powerslams
him down and hits a big spear. There was no bell so it wasn’t a
match, meaning Ethan is still undefeated.
the Night promo.
alone tonight but he’s used to that. He has to battle against Joe on
his own tonight and he’s fighting a lone crusade. Something doesn’t
sit well with him tonight because everyone is talking about what Joe
is going to do to him. No one has asked what Magnus is going to do
to Joe. Tonight, Joe bows down to the reign of Magnus.
here. Tigre Uno is Extreme Tiger from AAA. They trade some very
fast wristlocks to start before they both go for dropkicks and crash
to the mat. Back up and they miss each other a few times until Tigre
dropkicks Manik down. Manik comes out of the corner with a
headscissors before throwing him to the top rope, only to have Tigre
catch himself on the cage. A moonsault gets two on Manik but Tigre
misses a charge and goes flying into the steel.
belly to back suplex and drives some knees into Tigre’s back.
There’s a surfboard hold from Manik and he drops Tigre backwards for
two. Manik gets two more off a dropkick and a backbreaker gets the
same. Tigre comes back by jumping up to the top rope and coming down
with a hurricanrana.
running DDT drop Manik again but he can’t get a sunset bomb off the
top. Instead Manik dropkicks him in the back and gets two of his own
off a sitout powerbomb. They trade standing switches and Tigre tries
a capture suplex, only to drop Manik down onto his head. A quick
Sabretooth (moonsault into a 450) Splash is enough to give Tigre the
pin at 7:48.
C+. Take two guys and let them
fly around the ring for eight minutes. It worked every night in WCW
and it’s going to work every single time you use it in wrestling.
Tigre Uno looked good out there and will be a nice addition to the
division, bringing the roster up to what, five people? Good stuff
here but this show needs something that matters soon.
recap Gunner vs. Storm. Gunner took the Feast or Fired briefcase
from him and Storm was livid, eventually turning on Gunner to cost
him the World Title match against Magnus. Tonight it’s last man
Storm vs. Gunner
music and long tights for James tonight. They start fighting on the
ramp and Storm gets in a good shot early. Gunner rams him into the
cage and suplexes him on the floor before going to get some chairs.
He throws three
of them into the cage but Storm sends him into the steps to slow
Gunner down. Storm sends him into the cage and slams the cage door
on Gunner’s head. He demands a count and we get the opening bell
followed by a four count.
wedges a chair into the corner and takes Gunner down with a jumping
DDT for five. Gunner tries to get up but gets choked down by a tag
rope and dropped throat first across the top rope. James ties the
rope around Gunner’s throat and ties it to the rope but Gunner rips
it away, only to be taken down by a low blow. Gunner no sells some
ramming into the buckle and rams his own head into the same buckle
for good measure.
running knees including one to Storm’s head have Storm in trouble and
Gunner pulls the top of the steps into the ring. A hard shot to
James’ head gets eight but he comes back with a quick Closing Time
(Codebreaker) before ramming Gunner into the chair in the corner.
James blasts him in the back with the chair but Gunner is getting
that look in his eyes. He fights up and scores with a spear and an
F5 as the fans think this is awesome. Storm tries to grab the chair
but Gunner stands on it to thwart the Cowboy’s plans.
slams him down again and goes up, only to have Storm throw the chair
at Gunner’s head on the way down for seven. Another hard shot to the
back gets five and Storm sets up some chairs in the ring. He loads
up the Eye of the Storm but Gunner gets to the ropes in the corner.
Both guys climb to the middle rope and ram each other into the cage
until Gunner superplexes him through the chairs for the win at 12:02.
B. Good but not great last man
standing match here as they beat a lot of tar out of each other.
Gunner getting a win over a former world champion on pay per view
isn’t going to hurt anythin gbut I just don’t see a top level guy in
him. The ending spot and chair pelting spot looked good and the
match was a lot of fun, which is what matters here.
look at Dixie’s promo again because that’s what we do in TNA.
MVP is ready for revenge but don’t like the idea of being patient.
Richards wants to get Aries for injuring his shoulder but MVP tells
him to keep his composure. MVP promises to unleash the Wolves and
the hunt will be on.
Madison Rayne. They used to be best friends but titles came between
them. How many times has TNA used that story for this division in
Kim vs. Madison Rayne
Gail quickly takes her down to start and chokes with a boot but
Madison gets a quick rollup for two. Kim fakes her out on a middle
rope cross body and tries to leave, only to have Madison get above
her and use her legs to ram Gail’s head into the cage. Madison gets
pulled off the cage and down to the mat in a crash for two but she’s
still able to make a save as Gail tries to leave.
knee for a backbreaker but Rayne stretches her legs up for a kick to
the head. Madison sends her face first into the cage and drops her
with some forearms and a low dropkick. Both girls climb the cage but
Gail brings her down with a neckbreaker in a big crash. Madison
makes a save to prevent an escape but gets leveraged into the cage
for two. They both climb again and Gail is sent down, setting up a
top rope spear for the pin to retain Madison’s title at 8:55.
C. Madison is getting better in
the ring and is of course very nice to look at so the match wasn’t
all that bad. The cage added something with the collisions here but
it’s still nothing that blew me away. The division is dying for some
fresh stories but that’s been the case for years now.
says he’s dominated the last few months to earn this shot. He once
considered Magnus to be a brother but now Magnus has thrown that away
for the quick and easy path to the title. Joe will make the pain
tangible and bash it into Magnus’ skull over and over again.
recap Joe vs. Magnus which was already covered in Joe’s promo.
Magnus was part of the Main Event Mafia but joined Dixie Carter to
become champion. Tonight it’s knockout or submission only to win.
World Title: Samoa Joe vs. Magnus
is defending. Joe gets in the first offense with a hard kick to the
thigh but the champion takes him down with a headlock. In a unique
move, Joe grabs a wristlock and headbutts Magnus’ hand before putting
on a hammerlock. A hard back elbow to the jaw drops Magnus again and
Joe peppers him with right hands in the corner. Joe chops him down
in the corner and hits the Facewash.
avoids the running backsplash and hammers away before raking Joe’s
eyes. The champion misses a charge and goes into the cage so Joe
rams him face first into the steel over and over. The ramming draws
blood and Joe goes right after it but misses a charge, allowing the
Englishman to send him face first into the steel over and over. Now
Joe is busted open and Magnus locks on the Figure Four.
turns it over but Magnus immediately lets go and puts on a camel
clutch. That’s powered out of as well but Magnus slaps on a sleeper.
Joe picks him up into the air and drops Magnus down onto his back,
putting both guys down. Magnus loses a forearm slugout but gets a
boot up in the corner to stop a charging Samoan. Joe comes right
back with a slam and the backsplash followed by a cross armbreaker.
rolls out and heads up top and shoves Joe down before dropping the
big elbow. Joe gets back to his feet and wins a slugout with his
hard slaps before crotching Magnus down on the top. There’s the
MuscleBuster and the Koquina Clutch but Abyss’ hand comes up through
the ring and pulls Joe through the mat. After a few seconds, a
furious Joe slowly comes up through the ring and chokes Magnus in the
corner. Abyss comes up through the hole and hits Joe in the stomach
with Janice before a Black Hole Slam sets up the Koquina Clutch from
Magnus for the win at 19:28.
B-. Well the Authority has its
Kane now. I don’t think it was a big surprise that there were
shenanigans at the end but the question was what would happen. Abyss
being the corporate monster gives him something to do but it’s not
exactly something new. Then again, this is TNA where we have to have
an evil alliance on top of the company because that’s almost all they
know how to do.
match Eric Young asks Abyss what he’s thinking but Magnus says get
him out of here.
sends Spud to get the insurance policy. Roode comes in and says
he’s nervous but Dixie says there’s insurance. They tell each
other not to screw this up.
recap Lethal Lockdown with both teams fighting for control of the
company. Aries swerved MVP to join Team Roode but MVP brought
back Jeff Hardy to even things out.
MVP vs. Team Roode
Wolves, Jeff Hardy
Roode, Bro Mans, Austin Aries
Lethal Lockdown, meaning WarGames and
the winner gets control of TNA (Roode is fighting for Dixie and
gets 10% ownership if his team wins).
Two men start for five minutes followed by a member of Team Roode
(due to winning a match on Impact) enters for a two minute advantage.
After two minutes a member of Team MVP enters to even things out for
two minutes. This alternates until all eight are in when a roof with
weapons is lowered and then it’s one fall to a finish, including
and the hometown boy MVP
get things going with MVP kicking Aries in the face. Austin comes
back with a bulldog and the Last Chancery before laying on the ropes.
A missile dropkick doesn’t work as MVP catches him in an exploder
suplex and the Ballin Elbow but Aries takes him out before it lands.
Aries hits a running dropkick but MVP slams him down and hammers
away. Austin escapes an arm hold but misses an elbow drop as Robbie
E comes in for the advantage after four minutes.
immediately drops him on his face but Aries gets in a cheap shot and
the heels take over. A top rope ax handle puts MVP down and E drops
a middle rope elbow to the face. They talk trash to MVP until Eddie
Edwards ties things up. Eddie cleans house as you expect a fresh man
to do in a Lethal Lockdown match. DJ Zema Ion tries to interfere but
gets knocked off the cage wall in a big bump. The good guys control
for a bit until the clock runs out with Jesse Godderz giving Team
Roode a 3-2 advantage.
Bro Mans take over without much happening until Davey Richards and
his bad arm ties things up. Davey of course gives his team the
advantage again with the fast paced double team offense as the
WarGames formula is firmly in place here. Stereo half crabs have the
Bro Mans in trouble until Aries clotheslines the Wolves from behind.
Roode and his awesome sleeveless coat makes it 4-3. The captains go
face to face until Roode takes MVP down with a spinebuster.
heels take complete control until the clock comes on and it’s Willow
(Jeff Hardy’s new gimmick, which
looks like a black and white
Ultimo Dragon mask and really high pants)
to tie things up and complete both teams. He
comes in as the lights are out and dives off the top of the cage. If
they don’t want us to know he’s Hardy, they might have wanted to give
him a full body suit to cover the big green tattoo. Thankfully Taz
and Tenay drop hints about who it is as the roof with the weapons
lower…..and here’s Dixie.
introduces the insurance policy as the special referee: Bully Ray.
As in the guy that spent a
year and a half trying to destroy her company. Team MVP waits for
Ray at the door but Team Roode jumps them from behind. The weapons
are brought in with Ray finding a table under the ring. Dixie
sits in a chair on the stage to watch the carnage as it’s all Team
Roode. Bobby puts Davey’s bad arm in the Crossface with Bully asking
if he wants to give up and talking trash at the same time.
Roode all has front facelocks on their opponents but a triple
backdrop breaks them free. Richards is broken out quickly and MVP
makes sure to hit the Ballin Elbow on Roode. The weapons are used
more extensively and Willow loads up a powerbomb on Aries but throws
him face first into the cage instead. Robbie is tied up in the Tree
of Woe as Ray is just standing in the corner watching. The Wolves
set up a trashcan in front of Robbie’s face for an AWESOME double Van
is sat in a chair and kicked over and over until he grabs Richards
for a BRAINBUSTER THROUGH THE CHAIR. Willow breaks up the save but
Aries puts him on a trashcan, only to have Willow move before the 450
only hits the can. A Twist of Fate and Swanton gets a very delayed
two on Aries as Roode makes the save and sends Willow into the cage.
The table is set up in the cage but Ray gets in the way of the Roode
Bomb to MVP. Ray and Roode stare each other down until Ray gives him
a Bully Bomb. MVP hits a quick Drive By on Roode for the pin at
B+. The match started slowly
but those big spots at the end were great. MVP winning is the right
call and fairly obvious (I don’t believe heels have EVER won Lethal
Lockdown) but at least there was some drama in there. I don’t get
the point of having Hardy be Willow if they’re going to just
acknowledge he’s Hardy in a costume. Good main event and a match the
and Spud go to the cage but Spud pulls her away from Ray. Bully puts
Roode through a table to end the show.
Rating: B. The show was
entertaining but the ending didn’t do much for me. The New York
thing was pretty obvious if you thought about it long enough and
Lethal Lockdown was the same as it always was. Overall
it wasn’t bad, but like everything else with TNA it didn’t feel like
it made things better.
company is still in the same place: a promotion with a not bad story
but nothing all that exciting because it’s most of the same guys just
being rotated into different spots with about one new guy being added
to the main event every year. At
least the Authority is broken (for now) and we don’t have some evil
owner. Then again this is TNA so I give them until June to have
Dixie back on TV and in power.
b. Bad Influence/Chris Sabin – Moonsault to Daniels
Anderson – Shaw escaped the cage
Superplex through two chairs
Kim – Top rope spear
b. Samoa Joe – Koquina Clutch
MVP b. Team Roode – Drive By to Roode
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and closer to Wrestlemania with the main story coming out of Monday
being the lack of CM Punk. While there’s still a chance of a
surprise return, it’s not looking likely that he’s going to come back
anytime soon. Other than that we’re still waiting to find out what
Daniel Bryan is going to be doing at the biggest show of the year.
Let’s get to it.
Bryan challenging HHH for a match at Wrestlemania and being beaten
down by Kane, Batista, HHH and Orton to end the show.
things going. He asked where have all the real men gone in WWE and
he got Dolph Ziggler on last week. Batista destroyed Ziggler and
then he got Daniel Bryan on Raw with the same outcome. Bryan isn’t a
superhero but here he is (with a YES hoodie) to disagree. He doesn’t
think Batista is a hero but Batista wants to know who is. This place
has gotten screwed up because it’s listening to the fans.
but a big fan and he should buy a ticket to Wrestlemania and watch
Batista win the title. Bryan thinks the skinny jeans are cutting off
the blood flow to Batista’s brain. It took four people to beat him
on Monday and before they all came out, he had Batista beat. Yeah
Bryan is a fan, just like everyone here. Batista says he’s better
than Bryan and this is now his universe.
live in this universe but Batista is fine with taking that existence
away. Daniel makes fun of Batista tattoos and clothes and the brawl
is on with Batista being sent to the floor. This brings out Kane but
the distraction lets Batista get in a shot from behind. Big Show
makes the save and clears off the monsters. Vickie comes out and
makes a tag match for later.
commentary. Ziggler takes Christian down to start and swivels his
hips a bit. Christian slaps him in the face and the brawl heads to
the mat with Ziggler dropping a string of elbows. They head outside
with Ziggler being sent into the steps as we take a break. Back with
Christian holding a chinlock while laying on Ziggler’s back. Dolph
fights up but is quickly slammed back onto the mat. Del Rio is
pleased with Christian’s new attitude as the Canadian puts on a
sunset flip out of the corner but gets dropkicked out of the air in a
nice counter. Dolph hammers away and gets a delayed two off a
neckbreaker. The Killswitch is countered with Ziggler jumping over
Christian’s back followed by the jumping DDT for two. Dolph can’t
hit the Zig Zag but he does get a middle rope X-Factor. Del Rio gets
on the announce table and shouts at Ziggler, allowing Christian to
hit the Killswitch for the pin at 9:05.
Gah enough with the guy standing on the table and shouting for a DQ.
I guess that’s the evolution of someone coming down to ringside
because heaven forbid we have ANYTHING other than a distraction for a
win. Ziggler looked good out there, which is why he jobbed of
match Christian is about to talk about attacking Sheamus but here’s
the Irishman himself to beat down Christian. A Brogue Kick misses
and Christian runs up the ramp.
look at the Usos winning the titles on Raw.
vs. Ryback/Curtis Axel
Jey starts with Axel and is
immediately dragged to the corner for a tag to Ryback. The
Usos score with a series of chops but Axel low bridges Jimmy out to
the floor. Axel hammers away on the chest and drops an elbow for
good measure. Ryback cranks on the arm a bit as the announcers talk
about malaria. Jimmy comes back with chops to Ryback and a Bubba
Bomb followed by a Samoan drop. Everything breaks down and the
double superkick followed by the Superfly Splash take care of Ryback
This was fine and a good way for the new champions to get to show
off. There’s always a chemistry with real brothers that you just
don’t get with other teams. They should have won the titles years
ago but it was worth the wait as they look good as champions out
look back at Heyman’s promo and Brock destroying Henry on Raw. Only
the portion about Undertaker vs. Lesnar was shown and Punk wasn’t
thinks Bryan’s luck runs out tonight. Bryan has delusions of
grandeur such as challenging HHH to a match at Wrestlemania, so
tonight he’ll shove Bryan’s beard down his throat.
Snuka/AJ Lee vs. Natalya/Eva Marie
armdrags Tamina down to start but AJ gets in a shot from the apron,
allowing Tamina to take over. The
heels take over on Eva in the corner with AJ kicking her in the ribs.
We hit the chinlock from the champion but Eva crawls away and makes
the tag off to Natalya. Nattie cleans house and slams AJ down before
hitting a discus lariat on Tamina. The Sharpshooter gets the
submission from AJ at 3:57.
Of the 758 times we’ve done this same match and story now, this is
the most recent.
stares the winners down post match but nothing comes of it.
Bear Hall of Fame video.
are Reigns and Ambrose for a Shield Summit. Dean says he can take
whatever physical pain that comes with being on this team but what he
can’t take is being lied to. He was lied to for the last 18 months
because he believed that all three of them were in this together.
Then Seth Rollins walked out this past Monday night, so he needs to
get out here right now and settle things.
comes down the ramp and Reigns says this better be good. Seth says
Monday wasn’t the best time to do what he did during a war with the
Wyatts. The war is within themselves and not with the Wyatt Family.
However, he sacrificed himself on Monday to get through the Wyatts as
he always does. Ambrose doesn’t want to hear that and says he does
that every night but doesn’t walk out. Reigns isn’t pleased either
and Seth says that’s the point: for the first time in months the two
of them are seeing things the same way.
says the three of them can walk out right now and go their separate
ways but there’s strength together. They’ve taken apart everyone
they’ve seen over the last year and a half so let’s keep this
together and take this place apart. Dean shoves Rollins down but
Seth shoves him right back.
says he knows what’s going to make him feel better so he slaps Dean
to the mat. He offers to let Dean give him one right back and
Ambrose does it before Rollins is done talking. Reigns is just
watching. Rollins asks if we’re done here or if we’re done. He puts
out his fist and Reigns does the same. Ambrose thinks about it and
puts his fist out as well to a nice pop from the audience. Cool
segment but this is far from over.
coming in. Del Rio goes after the injury but is easily clotheslined
to the floor with the good arm. The rolling fireman’s carry on the
floor has Alberto in even more trouble and Sheamus rams him into the
barricade. They head back inside for a few seconds before
rolling outside again. Del Rio sends the arm into the steps to
take over and we take a break. Back
with Del Rio hitting the running enziguri in the corner for two. An
armbar goes nowhere and Del Rio misses a charge to the ropes and gets
Alberto goes after the arm, only to get caught by the ten forearms to
the chest. Alberto snaps the arm over the ropes and hits the low
superkick for a very close two count. Sheamus breaks up the
armbreaker and hits a running knee lift followed by the Irish Curse
for two. A second attempt at the armbreaker goes on but Sheamus
rolls over and powerbombs his way out of the hold. Alberto grabs the
arm again but Sheamus gets his foot in the ropes. Back up and the
Brogue Kick gets the pin at 7:36 shown of 11:06.
Not a bad match for the most part but as always I didn’t see feel any
drama over the armbreaker at all because Sheamus is one of those guys
that never taps out. The more I see these guys the more I’m thinking
they put Sheamus and Ziggler together against Christian and Del Rio
Wyatts want to know why John Cena
keeps doing this stuff.
Cena feels the need to feel some void in his life. What would John
be without his legacy? Bray’s father was the war, his brother was
the snare that forced him to watch, his mother was the hard road and
the world is his teacher. Once he takes care of John Cena, he just
wants to stand back and warm his hands as it burns. Follow the
expert panel of Booker T., Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Alex Riley recap
the show thus far.
says tonight Bryan has to face the reality that there’s nothing
special about him.
brings out Rusev for his usual Bulgarian promo.
Bryan says HHH isn’t a real man because he keeps hiding behind
anything he can to avoid a match at Wrestlemania. Big Show comes in
and asks if he should get some skinny jeans to get people to be
scared of him. They’re naming themselves Respect the Beard, Fear the
takes Bryan into the corner and drops him with an elbow to the jaw.
Bryan takes him into the corner as well for a tag to Big Show for
heavy right hands and chops. Kane avoids a charge into the corner
and tags in Batista but Big Show counters a suplex into a double DDT
called a double suplex. The villains roll outside and the FLYING
GOAT puts both guys down as we take a break. Back
with Big Show chopping Batista against the ropes before it’s back to
Bryan for kicks to the chest.
gets knocked off the apron and Bryan nails Batista with the YES
Kicks. Big Dave ducks the last kick and spinebusters Bryan down for
two. Back to Kane who loads up a superplex but Bryan knocks him off
and hits the missile dropkick. Batista gets another tag and
drives Bryan hard into the corner.
in and Batista runs him over with a tackle but
Bryan escapes the Batista Bomb and kicks Batista’s head off. The hot
tag brings in Big Show who cleans house on the also legal Kane.
Bryan gets two off a swan dive and everything breaks down. Kane
tries the chokeslam but Bryan counters into a sunset flip with Big
Show knocking Kane out to give Daniel the pin at 10:42.
This was your standard main event tag team match which doesn’t really
change anything. Hopefully Big Show doesn’t come back into the main
event scene because I think we’re all still recovering from his
acting last fall. Bryan getting another pin will help but he needs
the pin on Batista to change the title scene.
We’re firmly back into Smackdown being meaningless this week. Some
matches happened, some angles were reenforced, nothing new really
happens. I mean, it’s not the worst way to spend two hours but
there’s nothing you need to watch at all. That’s a shame too as
Smackdown had been fun lately but this was just there for the most
more note: there was a Big E. vs. Jack Swagger match taped but there
was no mention of it here. Big E. won and the Real Americans had
more issues after the match.
Ziggler – Killswitch
Axel – Superfly Splash to Ryback
Tamina Snuka/AJ Lee – Sharpshooter to Lee
Rio – Brogue Kick
b. Kane/Batista – Rollup to Kane
Arena, London, England
and it’s the go home show for Lockdown. The main story coming into
tonight is a six man elimination tag for the advantage in Lethal
Lockdown on Sunday. TNA has been doing better lately but they need a
really good showing on Sunday to take it to the next level. Given
their track record, I’m hoping for good things tonight. Let’s get to
here are Roode and the Bro Mans with something to say. The Bro Mans
are champions again, having won the titles in Japan. Nice touch of
continuity there. Roode says he and his team are ready for Lockdown
and he wants MVP right now. Instead he gets Aries (wearing the X
Title to take away the nice bit of continuity) who says that 10% of
the pie isn’t much but it’s a piece and Aries wants half.
fast because they want a piece too. Roode says no because he’s the
captain and he isn’t sharing. The top priority is winning the match
and Aries says that isn’t a problem. There isn’t a single person in
this company that can save MVP, so here are the Wolves and MVP to
mistake when he trusted Aries, but he won’t be fooled twice in a row.
He had to do some hustling to come up with another partner and he
has made his decision. Before he can say anything, here’s Dixie
Carter to cut him off. She doesn’t care who MVP’s partner is because
she’s been in New York securing the victory for Team Roode. The
company means everything to her and she’ll do anything to keep it
under her control.
asks if Dixie wants to know the mystery partner. It’s a former world
champion and that’s enough for Dixie to want to know. It’s Jeff
Hardy and Dixie FREAKS. Dixie says over her dead body and MVP offers
to send a wreath to her funeral. Roode jumps MVP and the six man
starts before a break.
vs. Robbie E/Austin Aries/Bobby Roode
winning team gets the advantage at Lockdown. We’re joined in
progress after a break with Robbie driving Edwards into the corner
before it’s off to Roode for some kicks to the ribs. The villains
take turns working over Eddie until he backflips out of a belly to
back suplex and makes the tag off to MVP. The title belts are laying
in the corner of the rung until Davey lays one of them on the floor.
MVP hits a quick Drive By for the pin on Robbie at 2:00.
kick on Roode for two but Aries comes in with a running dropkick in
the corner to Edwards, followed by the brainbuster for the pin at
3:45 total. Richards and Aries come in for a slugout with Richards
kicking Aries agianst the ropes but Austin coming back with a discus
forearm to put both guys down. A double tag brings in MVP and Roode
for a forearm and clothesline exchange that goes nowhere. Roode gets
knocked down but Aries makes the save, allowing Roode to hit a
clothesline to the back of MVP’s head for a pin (with Roode holding
the feet) at 5:10 total.
against Roode and Aries. Austin starts by working over Davey in the
corner and getting two off a bulldog. Davey is sent outside for a
top rope ax handle from Aries but comes back with a dropkick to take
out both heels. A running knee to Roode’s chest looks to set up the
top rope double stomp but Bobby rolls away. The Roode Bomb is
countered but Richards rolls into a half crab, only to have Aries
come in with a chair to the arm for a DQ at 7:55 total. Edwards
comes out to check on his partner and we take a break.
no official winner, but Earl Hebner gives them one hour to get Davey
back in the ring for a match with Roode. The trainer doesn’t think
it’s going to happen.
and Mr. Anderson fighting because Shaw creeped Hemme out. Shaw says
last week was beautiful and he’ll do something else beautiful in the
Shaw vs. Eric Young
cup of tea. Christy isn’t in her usual ringside seat so Anderson
comes out to do the intros instead. Shaw yells at Anderson and
almost gets rolled up for the pin. Young hammers away in the corner
but Shaw just smiles at him. Samuel hammers away in the corner as
the fans call him creepy. Shaw yells at Anderson again and Eric
hammers away and is sent to the apron for some strutting. A forearm
to the head sets up a belly to belly for two. They head outside and
Shaw throws the tea into Young’s eyes for a DQ at 2:23.
Anderson and chokes Mr. out again. He says he’ll be going to claim
what is rightfully his. Christy wisely walks away in the back.
to go to the hospital but MVP has something to do. Davey looks
to go to the hospital but MVP has something to do. Davey looks
MVP is looking for Aries. He goes into the locker room and yells at
Austin over attacking Davey. MVP knows how things are working now.
Angle showdown last week. Ethan comes in to see Dixie and she tells
him to just focus.
Christy in the back. After a break he’s still looking and goes into
the locker room. Instead he finds Velvet getting dressed and asks
where Christy is. Velvet says the makeup room and runs off.
to call out Kurt Angle. If there’s one thing he learned last week,
it’s never meet your heroes because they might sucker punch you in
the face. Carter rants about all of the parts of Angle’s leg that
he’ll injure and lists off all the people he’s beaten. Once he beats
Angle on Sunday, he’ll be the American Icon. Angle finally limps out
and says he’s ready to go now but Carter runs. Kurt goes to leave
but Ethan jumps him to go after the leg. He slaps on a leg lock
until referees make the save.
and Richards says he’ll be standing up tonight.
being King of the Night. Nice idea at least.
Female/Gail Kim/Lei’D Tapa vs. Velvet Sky/Madison Rayne/ODB
start and scores with a quick northern lights suplex. Off to ODB for
a Bronco Buster but Tapa comes in and powerbombs her down for two.
Back up and they slug it out until it’s off to Velvet vs. Alpha
Female. Everything breaks down and Sabin goes after Velvet with a
chain and yells at her a lot. Chris charges at her but gets low
bridged to the floor. Alpha Female tries a full nelson but gets
kicked in the face. In Yo Face is enough to pin Female at 4:17.
D+. This was a messy match and
it didn’t go much of anywhere. I’m not sure why you would have
Female lose this quickly unless she’s just there for the European
tour. Madison and Velvet only had a few seconds here but that’s
better than no build for their title match on Sunday. Yeah they have
a title match on Sunday.
for the makeup room.
Christy but finds Anderson in a red wig instead. They fight behind a
door and Anderson puts lipstick on Shaw’s head.
about the code he lives by. He takes every day at a time and he
remembers a lot of days since he won that briefcase. This Sunday at
Lockdown he’s inside a cage and that brings back a lot of memories
for him. This brings out Storm (minus the catchphrase to start his
music) who says it sounds like Gunner is just complaining about his
bad luck. Gunner needs to pack a lunch on Sunday because it’s going
to be an all day beating. Storm gets in the ring and promises to cut
Gunner down before kicking him low. The Last Call to a kneeling
Gunner knocks him cold. Apparently it’s a last man standing match.
the ring right now.
wants the referee to count to ten so his team can win. Davey comes
out around six and it’s time for our match.
Richards vs. Bobby Roode
right after the arm and wraps it around the post. Back in and Roode
drops a knee on the arm and stands around for a bit. Richards rolls
to the floor and manages to crotch Roode as Bobby goes after him.
Roode heads outside but gets taken down by a suicide dive, only to
injure the arm even worse. Back inside and a missile dropkick gets
two for Davey and he fires off some kicks to the chest. The Roode
Bomb is countered into a half crab but Bobby rolls over and kicks at
the bad arm. Richards goes shoulder first into the post and the
Roode Bomb sets up the Crossface for the tap at 5:31.
C. Basic idea here but it did
its job well enough. This give MVP’s team a slight disadvantage
going into Sunday which is something they need to do given how one
sided the match is on paper. Richards sold the arm well and it’s a
decent enough story coming into the PPV.
stop worrying and just win on Sunday. She implies his match means
nothing to her.
for their showdown to end the show. Magnus says the two of them have
won titles and championships in Japan and here in TNA, including here
in this building. Joe has had far too many chances to win the title
but has blown it time after time due to his rage, and that’s exactly
what’s going to happen on Sunday.
have a rage problem because he wants to make people feel as much pain
as he can. That’s exactly what he can do on Sunday because it’s
Joe’s Rules, meaning he can beat on Magnus as long as he want and
take the title from him. Magnus gets in a cheap shot and gets choked
out to end the show.
Rating: C-. This was a good go
home show but it didn’t do much for me. The heels getting the
advantage in the cage isn’t a surprise at all and the matches were
just ok. Joe vs. Magnus was a good build but I can’t imagine Magnus
loses the title this early. It should be a good show on Sunday but
this was just ok.
Roode/Austin Aries/Robbie E went to a no contest
Shaw via DQ when Shaw threw tea into Young’s eyes
Rayne/ODB b. Alpha Female/Gail Kim/Lei’D Tapa – In Yo Face to
Richards – Crossface
Thursday as well as on the WWE Network. Last week was NXT Arrival
with a classic between Cesaro and Zayn and Adrian Neville FINALLY
ending Bo Dallas’ title reign. It should be interesting to see if
WWE will allow NXT be themselves again as that could be great news
for them. Let’s get to it.
in the ribs instead. The champion puts on an armbar but Camacho
comes back with forearms to the head and chops in the corner. A
powerslam gets two on Adrian but he comes back with kicks to the leg
and head. Neville puts him down with a middle rope dropkick and the
Red Arrow is good for the pin at 2:51.
he can’t wait to go around the world doing what he loves. Last week
was the most amazing moment of his life, but the most important thing
is this title on his shoulder. It’s a message that anything is
possible because he’s not your typical champion. He looks like an
elf man, he’s from a small town that no one has heard of, and the
ACCENT. “Renee, can you even understand me?” However, the most
important thing about last wee is NO MORE BO.
Neville did something no one else could do, but he didn’t get a pin.
Adrian climbed a ladder like a father cleaning out his gutters.
He’ll be cashing in his rematch clause very soon, and when he does
it’ll be Bo Time. The cheesy thumbs up makes this even better.
be a champion someday. Ric Flair comes in and says the next champion
will be his daughter. Charlotte comes in and offers a condescending
shoulder to cry on and Emma leaves. Charlotte was taller than her
win last week and welcomes all challengers for her title. Flair and
Charlotte come up again and accept the challenge. The girls
introduce themselves to each other and Charlotte talks down to Paige
camera. Charlotte misses a clothesline in the corner to start and
Emma takes her down with a wristlock. A dancing rollup gets two on
Charlotte and she stops a charging Charlotte with a boot in the
corner. Emma gets two rollups for two each but Charlotte grabs her
ankle. Emma buys into it and gets caught with the flip over
faceplant for the pin at 3:17.
Charlotte clearly needs ring time and the wrestling here was as basic
as you can get. That faceplant is a good move for Charlotte though
and the ankle injury was something we haven’t seen in awhile. It’s
also better to have Charlotte with Sasha Banks instead of her dad so
she doesn’t get overshadowed.
said to him was personal and he got everything he wanted out of that
Tatsu vs. Corey Graves
Graves goes on a rant about how he’s stuck in NXT facing people who
think they’re WWE superstars. He’s tired about hearing people
talking about Sami Zayn, because Sami never wins any matches.
Apparently all you need is heart to get chance after chance against
people you can never beat. Corey could beat Cesaro in just one match
but instead he’s stuck fighting the irrelevant Yoshi Tatsu. Graves
immediately heads to the floor and says forget this but Yoshi goes
after him at a seven count. Corey clotheslines him down and sends
Tatsu into the steps before sliding back in for a countout at 1:38.
Tatsu in Lucky 13 until Sami makes the save. Sami
says he’s up for a match if Sami wants it and why not do it tonight?
Rose (Leo Kruger’s new rock
star character) party from
last night which looks like an actual party instead of eight people
standing in pre-planned positions. Rose is on a couch with two women
next to him and says his in ring debut will be of Jurassic
proportions. The fans are called the Rosebuds. This was a very
solid segment as it felt like an actual character instead of
something planned out step by step. Also Kruger’s British voice
worked very well and sounded almost nothing like his old voice.
house last week.
piece of Rusev.
and accepts Woods’ challenge for
Rose vs. Wesley Blake
party, all in costumes, are at the entrance and carry Rose to the
ring in a very cool entrance. The fans instantly think that was
awesome and they’re right. Tensai is on commentary now for some
reason. Rose rolls around the ring over and over to frustrate Blake
and scores with a hard chop. He lays on the ropes and starts rocking
back and forth until Blake comes over and gets kicked in the chest.
face so Rose jumps up and down and tackles Wesley down before driving
MMA style elbows to the face. A spinebuster draws Rose chants and
the Slice clothesline gets the pin at 2:24. Rose is a VERY fun
character and the crowd had a blast with him. The party comes back
JBL. Graves hammers away with elbows to the back of the head before
putting on a headlock. Sami comes back by flipping Corey to the
floor but has to bail out on a big flip dive. He flips back into the
ring into the splits to draw an OLE chant. Corey snaps Sami’s throat
across the top rope for two and we take a break.
punched in the corner. Lucky 13 is countered but it’s right back to
the chinlock. Zayn starts fighting up again but gets caught in a
belly to back suplex for two. It’s chinlock #3 but Sami quickly
escapes and backdrops Corey down, only to get caught in a fireman’s
carry into a backbreaker for two.
high cross body. He charges into a boot in the corner but comes back
with the Blue Thunder Bomb for two more. Corey shoulders the knee
but Lucky 13 is countered into a small package for another near fall.
Graves loads up another backbreaker but gets countered into a second
small package for the pin at 9:48 shown of 13:18.
This was probably Corey’s best match ever which doesn’t surprise me
given who he was facing. Sami looked good out there too as he toned
it down a bit from last week but still held up. Good match here and
it also gets Sami back into the win column where he needs to be.
Now this is the NXT I know and love. No HHH, no WWE style
matchmaking, good action and a totally over the top character. Rose
stole the show here and is one of the most entertaining characters
I’ve seen in years. Much like Breeze he buys into the character and
nails it rather than coming off like he’s an actor playing a part.
February 28, 2014
BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
are no major stops left before we get to Wrestlemania and things are
rounding into focus. The only big question at this point is the
World Title situation, as Batista vs. Orton seems to be the end game
but for the life of me I can’t imagine that actually happening.
Batista is scheduled for a big interview tonight which might answer a
few questions. Let’s get to it.
Batista for his big speech. He loves this business but didn’t come
back to please the fans. He’s back to be WWE World Heavyweight
Champion and the people can deal with it. Batista can destroy anyone
put in front of him and he’s the best representative of the WWE,
including Hulk Hogan or the Rock. What happened to this business?
Where’s the attitude anymore?
people are chanting the names of 195lbs wannabes but they’ll never be
him, so deal with it. He takes his shirt off to show how much he
looks like a superstar and promises to destroy all of our heroes on
the way to the main event of Wrestlemania. Total heel promo here,
which should help with the reactions a bit.
music plays but here’s Dolph Ziggler for an interruptions. Dolph
says you don’t tell the people who to get behind because they’ll make
up their own minds. Batista is a dinosaur and eventually they go
extinct. If Batista is looking for the real men, there’s one
standing right in front of him that wants a match tonight. Batista
says it’s on so Dolph dropkicks his hat off and runs.
E./Mark Henry vs. Real Americans
takes Big E. into the corner to start but walks into an overhead
belly to belly. Henry comes in and shoves Jack around before
slamming him down with ease. Back to Big E. as this is one sided so
far. Swagger gets slammed around a bit more before it’s off to
Cesaro who sends Big E. into the buckle to take over. Cesaro
actually does his apron suplex to Big E. in an amazing power display,
but Swagger makes a blind tag in the process so Cesaro can’t cover.
Vader Bomb gets two for Jack but Big E. throws Cesaro away with ease
and tags Mark back in. Henry powerslams Swagger down but Cesaro
breaks up the World’s Strongest Slam with a boot to the face. Big E.
and Cesaro fight to the floor and Jack takes out Henry’s leg, setting
up the Patriot Lock but Cesaro tags himself in. The Neutralizer is
good for the pin at 5:30.
C-. This was more of an angle
than a match which is fine for the most part. Hopefully Cesaro comes
out of this as the face as he’s much easier to cheer than Swagger.
Thankfully Big E. didn’t take the loss here and didn’t look bad at
all. It looks like Cesaro vs. Swagger at Wrestlemania, which is kind
of a waste of the new star too.
Rio comes in to see Vickie about a rubber match with Batista, but
since Batista is busy, Alberto is taking the night off. Oh and he
thinks Vickie’s hair is nice. Thankfully Sheamus is standing off
camera and comes in to say he’ll take a fight with Del Rio, which
vs. Alberto Del Rio
shoves Del Rio around to start and sends him outside. Cole: “I’ve
got to be honest.” JBL: “Why wouldn’t you be?” Sheamus hits a
shoulder off the apron and sends Del Rio into the steps. Back in and
Del Rio counters the ten forearms before kicking him off the apron.
Cue Christian towards the ring as we take a break.
with Del Rio clotheslining Sheamus down and Christian on commentary.
Del Rio goes to the corner but gets taken down in an electric chair
drop. The Brogue Kick misses and a Backstabber gets two for Alberto.
Christian doesn’t believe that Sheamus kicked him by mistake a few
weeks back and he won’t forget it. Alberto misses a shot and gets
caught by the forearms but comes back with a superkick. The low
superkick connects for two but Del Rio misses the enziguri in the
corner. Sheamus hooks up the Cloverleaf but Christian comes in for
the DQ at 9:10.
C. Better match than I was
expecting here but it’s still an uninteresting pairing because
there’s no doubt as to who is going to win EVERY SINGLE MATCH.
Christian vs. Sheamus is the same thing, which makes me wonder why
it’s so hard to book Sheamus. Have him fight guys that can give him
a battle and let him lose once in awhile.
runs off, Del Rio gets kicked in the face and Christian runs back in
for a Killswitch to Sheamus.
look at Bryan challenging HHH on Raw.
look back at Hogan returning on Monday.
Rusev comes out and stands on a pedastal for his promo this week.
look at Shield having problems on Monday with Ambrose cositing Reigns
a match. The two of them get in an argument in the back but Rollins
vs. Dolph Ziggler
sends Batisa to the floor to start and the stalling begins. Back in
and Batista easily powers Ziggler into the corner and throws him
around. Ziggle can sell being overpowered like few others. Batista
takes him into the corner for the shoulders but misses a big one and
hits the post. Dolph jumps over him and hammers away but has to
escape the Batista Bomb. Batista’s knee gets kicked out and a
Fameasser gets two but both guys are down. Ziggler gets caught in a
pair of spinebusters and there’s a third for good measure. Batista
does the thumbs down and it’s the Batista Bomb for the pin at 6:26.
Nearly a squash.
D+. Not a great match but it’s
FAR better for Batista than what he’s been doing lately. Dolph is a
good meal for Batista and the tweak in his character could help Big
Dave a lot. I’m not sure how they’re going to do heel vs. heel
unless Orton makes a very surprising turn, but there’s still a door
for a third man.
look at the Wyatts injuring Cena on Monday.
are the Wyatts with something to say. Bray talks about everything we
do in life being based on lies. Men go to work to buy those sports
cars to impress men. Then women put on a mask every morning because
the world tells them to. Then we see lies on billboards in the form
of a man with a plastic smile. He’s the Superman and tells you
everything you need to hear.
sings part of What A Wonderful World before
promising to spend the remainder of his days slaying the mighty
dragon of John Cena with the sword of his tongue. Follow the
Buzzards, but here’s Shield for a staredown. Before anything
happens, HHH comes out and makes Shield vs. Wyatts II for Monday.
Bray taunts Shield by saying they heard their daddy. Reigns gets in
the ring and the staredown is on but Rollins and Ambrose dive on the
Family. Bray is left alone against all three of them but calmly
on Cameron from Total Divas.
Title: Cameron vs. AJ Lee
champion takes Cameron down with ease to start but Cameron screams a
lot and gets two off a bulldog. Tamina shoves AJ out of the way of a
charge in the corner and gets ejected, allowing Cameron to get two
off a cross body. AJ comes right back with some kicks to the chest
and the Black Widow is good to retain the title at 2:00.
look at Brock and Undertaker on Monday.
expert panel talks about what we just saw.
Age Outlaws vs. Daniel Bryan/Usos
and Gunn get us going with the fans chanting for the Goat Face. It’s
quickly off to Jey vs. Kane with the Uso being taken into the corner
for a corporate beating. Roadie comes in for some shaky punches but
Jey takes him into the good corner for a tag off to his brother. A
double elbow sends Road Dogg to the floor and us to a commercial.
with Gunn hitting a tilt-a-whirl slam on Jimmy and bringing in Kane
for a kick to the chest. The big side slam gets two more and we hit
the chinlock. Kane wisely takes out both of Jimmy’s partners and a
boot to the face drops Jimmy. It’s back to Road Dogg who walks into
a kick to the face to put both guys down. There’s the hot tag to
Bryan who cleans house and hits his signature stuff on Gunn as
everything breaks down. The Usos send Dogg and Kane to the floor for
nice planchas but Billy hits the Fameasser on Daniel for two. Bryan
backflips out of a suplex and it’s the running knee for the pin at
C. This was fine and gets the
point across with Bryan getting the pin over one of Bryan’s buddies.
The interesting question is what Bryan does at Wrestlemania though as
a match vs. HHH makes sense but there’s going to be a near riot if
he’s not in the world title match. There’s time to switch things
around but I’m not sure where they go.
Rating: C+. We’re firmly in
that period where it’s all about hyping up Wrestlemania and there’s
nothing wrong with that. I like the look of the card more and more
every week as the title match looks to be more in flux. Vince waited
sixteen years to let a heel walk out of Wrestlemania with the title
so I can’t imagine he’ll go heel vs. heel for the belt without a big
face being added to things.
being said, who can they add? Bryan vs. HHH looks to be set in wet
cement, so they can either make a last second change to that or throw
in a returning Punk. Bryan makes the most sense but Punk in the
title match would calm some fans down. The fact that it’s hard to
tell at this point makes this an even more exciting time and it’s
going to be a fun month heading to New Orleans.
Americans b. Big E./Mark Henry – Neutralizer to Henry
b. Alberto Del Rio via DQ when Christian interfered
b. Dolph Ziggler – Batista Bomb
Lee b. Cameron – Black Widow
Bryan/Usos b. Kane/New Age Outlaws – Running knee to Gunn
February 27, 2014
Wembley Arena, London, England
Tazz, Mike Tenay
main story coming out of last week’s show are Storm turning on Gunner
to cost him the world title and the official announcement of Lethal
Lockdown for control of the company. Bobby Roode will be captaining
Dixie’s team but we’re not sure who will be joining him against Team
MVP. Other than that we’ll likely get more build towards Joe vs.
Magnus. Let’s get to it.
open with a recap of last week’s events.
Angle is inducted into the Hall of Fame tonight. They couldn’t wait
for a PPV weekend in nine days for that?
is looking for James Storm and promises him a beating.
Carter isn’t here tonight so Roode and Spud have match making
authority. Nice to see that if one boss isn’t around, a bunch of
others can take her place.
MVP to open things up with a long list of nicknames. First up, he
guarantees that Gunner will get his title shot once he wins full
control of TNA. However, that means that it’s Magnus vs. Joe at
Lockdown for the world title. MVP brings out Samoa Joe to a very
enthusiastic pop from the London crowd. Magnus comes out as well to
some solid heat from his home country crowd. We get a clip of his
title defense last week where Storm saves the title for the champ.
rips on London for slipping from a great city into a town ridden with
crime, poverty and debauchery. As for MVP, Magnus is the only person
that handles his career, so MVP needs to get on with whatever he’s
saying. We’re here for a contract signing tonight and MVP tilts the
advantage even further to Joe by making it knockout or tap out only.
immediately signs but Magnus says he’s got a whole decks of cards
left to play. He calls Joe an unrefined animal and his fans use
horrible chants like Joe’s Gonna Kill You. Joe is a dangerous animal
and Magnus is the man that will put that animal down. Magnus signs
as well and tells Joe to do something about Magnus getting in his
face. Joe headbutts him into the corner and ERUPTS on the champion
with rights and lefts. He stomps Magnus down in the corner but
referees pull him off.
get a clip from a house show where the Wolves took the Tag Titles
from the Bro Mans.
Bro Mans and Zema are panicking over losing their titles and decide
the easiest way to get revenge is to get on Team Roode. They go to
see Bobby but he says Bad Influence wants in too. Tonight Roode is
making a triple threat tag tonight with Bad Influence, the Wolves and
the Bro Mans. If either the Bro Mans or Bad Influence win, they’re
on the team. If the Wolves win, the search continues.
Influence vs. Bro Mans vs. Wolves
and no entrances for anyone. Daniels runs Davey over to start but
walks into some armdrags into an O’Connor Roll for two. Davey hooks
a modified surfboard as Eddie and Kaz come in for a regular version
of the same move to Kazarian. Things settle back down and it’s off
to Kaz who walks into an armdrag of his own. The Wolves start
speeding things up and working on the arm but Kaz is able to get
Davey into the corner for a double team as Bad Influence takes over.
teases making a tag to a Bro Man but pulls Davey back in a smart
move. Richards is able to get a hot tag to Eddie who cleans house
and slams Kaz down for two. Robbie makes the save and Zema is
already blowing that stupid horn. Bad Influence hits a quick
powerbomb/neckbreaker combo for two on Edwards but Eddie comes back
with a running Stunner out of the corner to Kaz. Everything breaks
down and Davey hits the top rope double stomp to Kaz but Robbie comes
in to steal the pin at 5:30.
C. So they’re putting a comedy
team in a match for the future of the company. It didn’t work at Old
School and it’s not likely to work here. Bad Influence are also a
comedy team but at least they’re capable of having some awesome
matches when they need to. The Wolves are growing on me and I don’t
have a problem with them winning the titles so soon.
Carter III has selected a British wrestling legend as his opponent
tonight and he’ll become the new face of American wrestling.
Aries for his team.
Williams vs. Ethan Carter III
fans are entirely behind Williams and he jumps Ethan to start.
Williams pounds away for a few moments before Ethan hits a quick low
blow and the One Percenter for the pin at 1:20.
goes after Doug’s knee post match.
Storm arrives and comes to the ring after a break. He says he
doesn’t run and asks Gunner to come out here if he wants an
explanation for what happened last week. Gunner says this better be
good. Storm says he screwed Gunner out of his title shot and had it
planned out ever since Gunner stole the briefcase in Feast or Fired.
The nail in the coffin was Gunner handing him the Tag Title briefcase
like feeding scraps to a dog. Storm says Gunner should owe him a
thank you for picking his career up off the ground.
says the sad thing is James Storm actually believes that. In the
Marine Corps, a thank you was standing next to your friend no matter
what. Gunner went over to war so that James Storm could sit here and
drink those cold beers. Storm says it doesn’t matter if Gunner had
lived or died but Gunner says the people would care. The fight is on
and Storm swings a chair at Gunner’s head, only to hit the post
instead. Storm runs off when Gunner gets the chair.
a break Gunner says Storm won’t be able to run forever and he’ll have
to go through Gunner.
is in the ring and looking disheveled
after Joe’s attack earlier. He’s
found someone to take care of Joe but of course they’re not from
England. He went to Germany and found a natural born killer named
Bad Bones, who I believe won the international Gut Check competition.
vs. Bad Bones
is a bald guy with a lot of tattoos and some muscles. He jumps Joe
during the entrance but Joe pounds him into the corner and hits the
MuscleBuster and Koquina Clutch get the submission from Bones at
1:16. So much for Bones.
asks Aries for his decision on Lethal Lockdown. Aries isn’t sure
because he doesn’t trust either guy because you can’t do that in this
business. He asks to referee their match tonight so he can make his
decision up close and personal. MVP agrees.
time for Angle’s Hall of Fame induction. JB gives him a very nice
induction and we get a video that I believe aired when he was
announced last year. Angle limps to the ring and is given a Rolex
watch. He’s touched by the fans’ reaction and says the Hall of Fame
is about the fans. TNA wouldn’t exist without them and he can’t
thank them enough. He was supposed to accept this honor back in
October but he wasn’t in a good place, either personally or
says he’s in a better place now and thanks God for giving him the
abilities he has. He thanks his wife and kids for their support and
hopes he can make them proud. The talent in the back keeps him
motivated and help him every day. Angle thanks each and every one of
the fans and says it’s a great night to be Kurt Angle. That seems to
be it but here’s EC3 to interrupt.
says he was touched by the ceremony and the video, but he has a
tribute video of his own. We see a video of him attacking Kurt’s
knee last week, complete with thought bubbles that aren’t
particularly funny (“I am the new face of American wrestling”,
because being the face of everything is a thing in wrestling now).
says he has big news and Angle invites him into the ring to share it
with the world. He opens a piece of paper, with writing on the back
saying he beat Angle and Sting. Apparently Angle has a torn ACL and
MCL, meaning he requires surgery due to the attack at Ethan’s hands.
His career might be over, so Ethan thinks Angle should retire. Angle
gets in his face and asks why Ethan would do this when he knows Angle
will tear his throat out.
says he knows Kurt is injured but Angle says you should go straight
to the source. Carter: “Why? The internet is always right. Well
at least 50% of the time.” Angle says the actual source is right
100% of the time. He has no torn ACL or MCL and knocks Ethan out of
the ring. Angle says cut the music because he has an announcement.
MVP has given him a match at Lockdown with any wrestler he wants, so
guess who he’s picked.
Tapa/Alpha Female vs. Madison Rayne/Velvet Sky
Female really doesn’t work as a name. It’s a brawl to start as Tazz
talks about Alpha Female and Bad Bones, completely failing to be
funny as usual. Tapa throws Madison around but it’s quickly off to
Velvet vs. Female. Sabin tries to come in and go after Velvet but
Alpha Female quickly saves him. Tapa misses a middle rope splash but
Sabin offers a distraction, allowing Gail to cheap shot Madison.
Tapa hits her over the shoulder Stunner for the pin on Rayne at 2:31.
monsters beat down Madison and Velvet until ODB makes the save.
Uno is coming at Lockdown. It’s Extreme Tiger from AAA.
Shaw says people don’t understand. He was helping Christy Hemme last
week and the people don’t understand that. He’ll make them
understand right now.
comes to the arena and quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson, saying that to be
great is to be misunderstood. Christy has misunderstood him so he
asks her to get in the ring. He says there are certain men that
aren’t respecting her and those men have been looking at her wrong.
Shaw is here to protect her and wants everything from her. This
brings out Anderson and Shaw says he’s one of those guys. Christy is
lucky Shaw was there last week but Anderson tells him to shut up.
relationship Shaw thinks he has with Christy isn’t real but here’s
what is real. Anderson rolls up his sleeves but Shaw says he’s been
nothing but a gentleman. Even if he were to try something with her
though, she would be receptive because women like her are always
available. Christy slaps him in the face and Shaw hides behind her
as Anderson comes in. Shaw shoves Christy onto Anderson and slaps
the choke on Mr., pulling him down to the mat.
is still creepy and still coming.
and Gunner fight in the back until agents break it up. Gunner shouts
that this ends at Lockdown.
Young hopes Joseph Park comes back instead of Abyss.
Roode vs. MVP
Aries is guest referee and wearing shorts ala Shawn Michaels on the
first weekly Smackdown. Feeling out process to start with MVP taking
it to the mat with a headlock. Roode fights up and they get in a
jawing session until MVP runs him over with a shoulder block. A
clothesline drops Roode again but it’s only good for a one count.
Roode blocks a tornado DDT attempt by slamming MVP down onto the mat.
A knee drop sets up a chinlock from Roode, followed by a hard
clothesline for two.
avoids a charge in the corner and hammers on Roode before taking him
down with a nice high collar suplex. The Ballin Elbow sets up a
fisherman’s suplex for two and we get a far too close shot of Aries.
The Playmaker is countered and Roode charges into a boot in the
corner. MVP charges into a spinebuster for two but fights out of the
Playmaker connects for a VERY close two and MVP takes a second to
question Aries. Roode comes back to trade forearms but MVP gets the
better of it, only to get caught by an enziguri. MVP kicks out the
knee and loads up the Drive By but Aries lays him out with a discus
elbow, setting up the Roode Bomb for the pin at 9:40.
C. Basic match here as we were
just waiting for the Aries decision to end the match. MVP is fine in
this roll and there’s nothing wrong with him wrestling a match here
and there. The match was nothing special and Aries being added to
the team helps, but the Bro Mans are going to sink any hope Team
Dixie has save for a screwjob.
Rating: C+. Perfectly fine show
here with a development to end the show and some decent matches in
between. They’re filling in the card for Lockdown, even though
there’s only ten days before the show. Either way, things are
picking up a bit and it’s amazing how much easier this show is to sit
through without Dixie hogging all the screen time.
Mans b. Bad Influence and The Wolves – Robbie pinned Kazarian after
a double stomp from Richards
Carter III b. Doug Williams – One Percenter
Joe b. Bad Bones – Koquina Clutch
Tapa/Alpha Female b. Velvet Sky/Madison Rayne – Over the shoulder
Stunner to Rayne
Roode b. MVP – Roode Bomb
February 21, 2014
World Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
the go home show for Elimination Chamber and everything is set for
Sunday. Monday ended with a huge brawl between the twelve people in
the two biggest matches on Sunday which is a good way to end a show.
The main event for tonight is Sheamus vs. Christian after Christian
turned heel on Monday. Let’s get to it.
In Memory graphic for Nelson Frazier Jr. Even TNA had one of those.
Maybe on Sunday.
Bryan vs. Jack Swagger
is nursing a bad shoulder after Christian and Kane attacked him on
Raw. Jack goes after the shoulder to start but Bryan takes him to
the mat and grabs a headlock. Two running dropkicks in the corner
send Swagger to the floor but he catches Bryan charging off the apron
and drops him onto the barricade. The bad shoulder goes into the
barricade and post as Jack is being much more aggressive tonight.
stays on the arm by wrapping it around the ropes and driving in knees
before slamming him down on the shoulder. Another slam gets two and
Jack takes him to the top for what looks to be a northern lights
superplex onto the arm. It’s nice to see someone mixing up their
offense on a limb like that. Bryan slips down before Swagger can
through him though and the running knee connects out of nowhere for
the pin at 4:48. It’s as abrupt as it sounds.
C. It was nice while it lasted,
but this is the kind of booking that makes me shake my head. We’re
supposed to buy Swagger, known as losing more often than he wins, as
a challenger for a title on Sunday so why would you have him lose
clean in less than five minutes? Obviously you can’t put him over
Bryan, so WHY PUT THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER IN THE FIRST PLACE???
Have Jack beat up Sin Cara
or Ziggler or Miz or have
Cesaro come in for the DQ before Bryan can cover. Just
don’t have Swagger
get pinned this soon before a title shot.
match Vickie Guerrero comes out and makes Bryan vs. Cesaro because
she’s a heel now after acting like a face with Colter last week.
Bryan vs. Cesaro
goes right after the arm to start by taking Bryan into the corner and
driving knees into the shoulder. Daniel comes back with some kicks
but a single shot to the shoulder puts him right back down. Cesaro
takes him into the middle of the ring and cranks on the arm even more
before slamming it down onto the mat. Again, it’s much better to mix
up the offense than to use the same move over and over again. Keep
fights up and goes to the middle rope but dives into a shoulder
breaker for two. We hit the armbar as Cole thinks Bryan should just
give up now and save himself for Sunday. Daniel
is able to knock Cesaro to the floor and hit the FLYING GOAT but a
Colter distraction lets Cesaro kick the bad shoulder. Jack gets
caught with a chair and gets ejected for his efforts. Colter
gets the same and we take a break.
with Cesaro pummeling Bryan in the corner with Kane at ringside.
Cesaro loads up a superplex,
making sure to bend Bryan’s arm as slowly as possible, but Daniel
headbutts him down and scores with a missile dropkick. The YES Kicks
give Daniel a breather but the big one is countered into the Swing.
Back in and Cesaro throws Bryan into the air for Swiss Death which
might have hit the shoulder. Another
running uppercut in the corner has Bryan reeling but he comes out
with a running knee to knock Cesaro silly, only to draw in Kane for
the DQ at 10:20 shown of 13:20.
C+. This ending works much
better as Bryan was in trouble but Cesaro still could have kicked out
due to Bryan not being able to cover immediately. The
arm work here was good and they still have an out to keep the title
off Bryan on Sunday, or a way to have him overcome the odds and shock
the world. I’m still hoping we get Kane vs. Bryan on a big Raw
before Wrestlemania and HHH vs. Bryan at the PPV if he doesn’t get in
the title match.
announces the result like he did on Monday. Cesaro hits the
Neutralizer on Bryan to blow off some steam.
talks about being more aggressive because he knows his window to be
champion again is closing. The last few weeks haven’t been going the
way he’d hoped and he had to figure it out before the Chamber. These
people at home stuffing their faces aren’t going to help him so he
had to do it himself.
Twins video on how to use the Network.
look at The Shield and Wyatts nearly colliding on Monday before
brawling to end the show. I’d take Bray vs. Reigns at Wrestlemania
Wyatts come out for their match. Bray says there isn’t much left to
say now. The Shield are just three dominoes in a line and then the
rest shall fall. They want people to believe in them but how can
that happen when they’re crawling on their hands and knees, looking
up at the eater of worlds? Follow the buzzards.
Family vs. Cody Rhodes/Goldust/Rey Mysterio
and Rey get things going with the big man tossing Rey around, only to
have Rhodes come in off a blind tag. A running clothesline gets two
on Luke and it’s off to Rowan vs. Goldust with the painted one taking
over. Goldust ducks a right hand in the corner and fires off some
punches of his own, only to get caught in a fallaway slam. Bray
himself comes in for a hard clothesline as we take a break.
with Harper Gator Rolling Goldust before putting on a headlock.
Goldust fights up and hits a quick sunset bomb but Luke rolls through
before a count. The hot tag brings in Cody with a springboard
missile dropkick and the moonsault press for two. The fans aren’t
getting all that fires up by this match. Rey comes in off another
blind tag as Harper is sent to the floor. Back in and Harper
counters the 619 with a big boot to give Bray a two count.
comes back in for a bearhug and a big side slam for two. Luke gets
another tag and hammers on Rey for a few seconds before it’s back to
Bray for the running splash in the corner. Rey counters a second one
with a drop toehold and it’s off to Goldust to speed things up a bit.
spinebuster puts Rowan down and the spinning cross body does the
same. Rey comes in with a 619 to set up a Goldust powerslam for two.
Harper catches Rey diving over the ropes and slams him into the
barricade as Bray makes a blind tag. Goldust loads up Shattered
Dreams to Erick but Wyatt runs him over, setting up Sister Abigail
for the pin at 12:52.
B-. This was the usual six man
tag between the Wyatts and any group of three midcard guys, meaning
it was entertaining but nothing we haven’t seen before. The Family
is getting better in the ring and there’s something awesome about
Bray just throwing his body into people like a battering ram.
recap Sheamus accidentally kicking Christian last week.
says he’s partially responsible for Christian’s new side. Christian
is aggressive now and that’s what Sheamus wants. Tonight’s Brogue
Kick won’t be an accident. Another simple but to the point promo
from Sheamus which is better than his Irish folk tale nonsense.
for a dance off between Summer Rae and Emma. Quick summary of the
next five minutes: Emma wins, the fans still don’t care, Summer calls
Fandango her baby boopsie, Santino and Fandango brawl and no one
Simmons Black History Month video.
Rusev will achieve greatness.
Ziggler vs. Titus O’Neil
Young is on commentary. Dolph scores with an early dropkick but gets
thrown down to the mat with ease. Titus cranks on the arm but gets
caught by a cross body and right hands. Some more punches in the
corner have Titus in trouble but he comes back with a big boot.
Darren gets on the announcers’ table and blows the whistle for a
distraction so Dolph can get a rollup pin at 2:40.
Dogg vs. Jimmy Uso
gets taken into the corner to start but comes back with some kicks to
the rib and one to the side of the head. We hit a quick chinlock on
Jimmy but he comes back with a Samoan drop. A right hand misses and
Dogg fires off his shaky punches but Jimmy escapes the pumphandle and
superkicks Roadie for the pin at 3:03.
D+. Just a quick match here to
set up the Tag Title shot on Sunday. There’s still no reason to keep
the titles on the Outlaws, which is why I’d almost bet they hold onto
them until at least Extreme Rules, probably getting a win at
Wrestlemania in a multi team tag match. Nothing to see here though
the Usos can wrestle singles matches decently enough.
on the Chamber.
shoves him around to start and an elbow sends Christian out to the
apron. Back in and Christian punches Sheamus in the face which
brings a smile to the Irishman’s face. Christian low bridges a
charging Sheamus to the floor but misses a baseball slide and walks
into the rolling fireman’s carry on the floor as we take a break.
with Sheamus holding a chinlock but getting sent into 619 position.
Christian tries his jump over the top rope into a right hand but
Sheamus blocks the punch and shoves him into the barricade. Sheamus
charges at him but gets backdropped to the timekeeper’s area to
change control. A middle rope missile dropkick gets two for
Christian and he goes after the surgically repaired shoulder.
arm is wrapped around the ropes and Sheamus bites the ropes to get
through the pain. More cranking on the arm ensues but Christian
escapes the Killswitch. Some right hands have Sheamus in trouble but
he’s still able to slam Christian off the top. The
running ax handles and a powerslam get two on Christian but he comes
back with a tornado DDT on the arm for two.
tries to snap Sheamus’ neck against the ropes but gets countered into
the ten forearms, only to send Sheamus shoulder first into the post
for two. Sheamus comes back with a pair of Irish Curses but
Christian bails to the floor to avoid the Brogue. Back in and
Christian slams Sheamus off the top to take over. The middle rope
back elbow looks to set up the Killswitch but Sheamus counters into
White Noise for the pin at 12:48 shown of 15:48.
B-. This was Sheamus 101: a
nice match where he beats an upper midcarder to set up a match
against main eventers that he has no chance of winning. He’s the
main event jobber and there’s nothing wrong with that role. The fans
are into his act too, even if there’s nothing deep to him. Nice main
event but it showed the problem with Christian as a heel. He barely
ever won a big match as a face and his finisher isn’t optimal given
how long it takes to set up
poses but Christian shoves him off the top and to the floor to end
Rating: C+. Good way to go into
the Chamber here as Sheamus gets some spotlight of his own instead of
sharing it like he’s done since he returned. The
Chamber card looks pretty good but I’m worried about the end results
and how they’re going to shape up Wrestlemania. I
could have gone for a Shield promo but it’s still a good way to set
Bryan b. Jack Swagger – Running knee
Bryan b. Cesaro via DQ when Kane interfered
Family b. Goldust/Cody Rhodes/Rey Mysterio – Sister Abigail to
Ziggler b. Titus O’Neil – Rollup
Uso b. Road Dogg – Superkick
b. Christian – White Noise
February 20, 2014
Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
Mike Tenay, Tazz
still in Manchester and the big story is the announcement of Lethal
Lockdown between Team MVP and Team Dixie for control of the company
in two and a half weeks. Last week’s show saw a huge emphasis on the
MVP vs. Dixie story with very little else getting extended TV time so
hopefully things are given more room to breathe tonight. The main
event is Gunner cashing in his Feast or Fired case on Magnus for a
World Title shot. Let’s get to it.
open with an In Memory graphic for Nelson Frazier Jr.
opening recap shows us Gunner’s road to the world title shot tonight
which has been his dream since he was a kid. All he’s wanted to be
is a champion and tonight is his chance.
ensures Magnus that something is a done deal and tells him to go to
the ring and break some bad news. Magnus says if Dixie goes down,
he’s not going down with her. The champ also tells Ethan that they
need to get along, personal feelings aside. Ethan shakes the champ’s
hand and they all head to the ring.
calls MVP out to the ring to make an announcement, as long as the
fans sit down and be quiet while he does it. The champ says he isn’t
impressed by people who glorify criminal conduct or people like MVP
who have spent nine years in jail. Magnus warns MVP to never think
about getting in the ring with him, because nine years in jail will
be nothing like nine minutes in the ring with the world champ. MVP
goes on a rant about how Magnus is always calling himself the
champion and a real champion shouldn’t have to do that.
of that though as MVP cuts to the chase: is the Lethal Lockdown match
on or not? Magnus accepts on Dixie’s behalf but he won’t be in the
match at team captain. He has bigger fish to fry than dealing with
some 50 Cena wannabe. If MVP tries to mess with Magnus, he’ll make
MVP his…..MVP: “Don’t say it.” Magnus says it anyway and the
fight is on. Cue Ethan for the double team and we see Spud telling
security to hold the Wolves back. Gunner finally comes out for the
save and the heels run, only to have the Wolves show up behind them.
Magnus shoves Ethan to them and a kick to the ribs drops Carter.
recap Bobby Roode helping Magnus over and over again for a promised
title shot, only to have Dixie back out of the deal. Roode had to
beat Joe last week to get the shot but lost, sending him over the
edge. Bobby responds tonight.
from a break and Ethan shouts at Magnus that he literally just threw
him to the Wolves. Magnus says that it was in the best interest of
the Carters and Ethan is ticked.
Joe is in the ring and says he gets the winner of tonight’s title
match at Lockdown. That leaves him without a match tonight and
that’s not cool. He’s here in Manchester to get into a fight so any
member of Dixieland that wants a fight, come get it. This brings out
Zema and the BroMans who surround the ring. Joe asks which it’ll be
before saying he’ll fight all three.
Ion vs. Samoa Joe
cleans house to start and sidesteps Zema’s middle rope cross body.
The tag champions break up the MuscleBuster and Jesse hits a nice
dropkick. Robbie drops a middle rope elbow and Zema gets two off a
middle rope moonsault. All three of them hit charges in the corner
but Joe pulls the BroMans into the way of a Zema missile dropkick. A
DDT/Russian legsweep combo takes the champions down to the floor and
there’s the suicide elbow. Back inside and Zema charges into the
corner Rock Bottom, setting up the MuscleBuster and Koquina Clutch
for the win at 3:38.
was the right way to use a comedy tag team and their goofy manager.
Thankfully the Bro Mans didn’t lose the fall here, even though they
got beaten up pretty badly. It’s a good way to make Joe look strong
heading into Lockdown and that’s the right idea given the odds he’s
Hemme gets a new battery pack from a production hand. After she
leaves, Samuel Shaw comes up and destroys the guy before taking
Christy’s old pack.
Roode goes in to see James Storm and says James is one of the guys
that he’s been able to trust in wrestling. Roode apologizes for
everything he’s done to Storm over the years and calls the Beer Money
times special. Storm isn’t sure what to think and asks if Roode has
been in his beer. He thinks Roode is retiring and tries to talk him
out of it, saying Roode needs to slap the business back in the face
and move on to the next day. They hug and seem to be on good terms.
Aries comes in to see MVP and is offered a spot on the team at
Lockdown. MVP calls it the anchor spot but Aries says he puts things
over the top instead of dragging them down. Aries asks what’s in it
for him and MVP makes some vague promises. Austin says he’s heard
that before and MVP just says things will be positive. That’s not
enough for Aries but he says he’ll think about it.
on the Maximum Impact tour.
Rayne and I believe Gail Kim get in a fight in the back. The camera
looked to be a regular handheld one instead of a professional one.
Kim vs. Madison Rayne
is a street fight and the title is not on the line. Madison comes
out first and jumps Gail with a cookie sheet. Gail comes back with
some choking with a kendo stick but misses a charge into the corner.
Madison kicks her to the floor but Tapa dares her to come outside.
The champ is happy to oblige and catches Tapa in a guillotine choke,
kicking Gail in the process.
stays on her feet and drives Madison spine first into the apron.
Gail puts on the Figure Four around the post but can’t hold onto it
that long. Madison comes back with a shot to the face and a
clothesline to the ribs which is called a spear. Tapa comes in but
takes a cookie sheet to the ribs. The distraction lets Gail hit
Madison with the belt for the pin at 4:40.
C. This was a nice fight but it
needed a bit more time. Tapa continues to be a waste of a spot as
there’s nothing to her other than she’s big and screams a lot. It
doesn’t help that Gail, while very talented, has done almost
everything she can do in TNA and there’s not much interesting she can
shows Christy pictures of his kids and Shaw isn’t cool with it.
Gunner video on wanting to be a wrestler since he was a kid and
becoming a Marine. We hear from his family who are so proud of him.
Well done video.
Angle will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next week.
says he can’t take anything away from Angle’s career and he’ll let
Kurt announce his news next week. He won’t say what that news is but
retirement seemed to be implied.
Storm tells Gunner that this is his time. Gunner says he’s wanted
this his whole life and gives Storm the Tag Title Feast or Fired
an emotional looking Roode for his announcement. He says he’s been
proud to call Impact Wrestling his home for the last eleven years.
As kids, a lot of us have a dream we want to achieve and he’s gotten
to do that for seventeen years. Roode isn’t proud of a lot of the
things he’s done in the past but he can’t change those things. The
only thing he can change is the future and that’s why he’s here
tonight. Tonight is his
last night as a pro wrestler but the fans say NO.
the last several months he’s looked in the mirror and only seen hate.
He’s had to put up with Dixie’s nonsense for months now and he has
to walk away. He thanks the fans but here’s Dixie to stop him from
leaving. Roode doesn’t get to make that call because he still has a
TNA contract. Dixie brings up Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles and Sting as
people that just caused her problems.
needs him but Roode says he doesn’t want more lies. Dixie apologizes
but Bobby says it’s not his problem and he doesn’t want to be here
anymore. She offers him the captain’s spot on her team at Lockdown,
offering him 10% of TNA if he wins. He can even have his own lawyers
draw up the contract. Bobby reluctantly agrees but threatens Dixie’s
future if she screws him over.
German wrestler named Bad Bones won the international Gut Check
challenge. He says something in German but we see Shaw jumping
Anderson and taking Christy away.
a break Bad Influence offers their services for Lethal Lockdown but
Roode tells them to prove it tonight. Bad Influence isn’t pleased.
vs. Bad Influence
and Kaz get us going and they hit the match for a nice technical
sequence into a standoff. Daniels comes in with a cheap shot to
Eddie but Edwards brings in Richards for a double Japanese armdrag.
Kaz gets kicked in the head but Daniels sends Richards to the floor.
Kaz drives him back first into the apron and sends him back inside
for a two count off a clothesline.
spinwheel kick gets two more on Davey but he sends Bad Influence into
each other and makes the tag off to Edwards. An over the shoulder
Stunner gets two on Daniels before Eddie throws Daniels into the air
for a kick from Davey. A pair of top rope double stomps from the
Wolves is enough for the pin on Daniels at 6:10.
C+. I like the Wolves far
better as a tag team instead of singles guys fighting over Dan
Severn. The match was good for the amount of time it had and I’d
like to see the long form version between these teams. Edwards still
comes off as the better of the two and I’d see him as having a better
future as a singles guy
takes Christy to a room where she wakes up. He tells her everything
is ok and chases off a cameraman.
on Magnus wanting to be a wrestler.
vs. MVP next week.
World Title: Magnus vs. Gunner
is no countout and No DQ. After the Big Match Intros, Magnus bails
to the floor before any contact is made. Back in and Gunner works on
a wristlock but gets reversed into a headlock. The hold stays on for
about two and a half minutes before Gunner comes back with a back
elbow and a clothesline. Magnus comes right back with a knee to the
back to send Gunner outside. The champ calls for help from the back
but gets the Wolves and Storm instead as we take a break.
with Magnus putting on a camel clutch as Tenay tells us this is No DQ
and No countout, which I don’t remember being announced at first.
Gunner fights up so Magnus changes to a sleeper, only to get caught
in a belly to back suplex. It’s Magnus up first and the top rope
elbow gets two. Magnus goes to the floor and gets the title belt but
Gunner lifts him into a fireman’s carry. The champ escapes and both
guys try cross bodies to give us another stalemate.
and the Bro Mans come in but the Wolves and Storm immediately come in
to counter and they fight to the back. Gunner powerbombs Magnus down
and hits a top rope headbutt to the ribs. Spud runs out and puts
Magnus’ foot on the ropes and Gunner is TICKED. He goes after the
Rockstar but gets blasted in the head with the title for a close two.
Storm comes back out as Gunner starts Hulking Up. A Rock Bottom
lays out Magnus and Gunner goes up again, only to have Storm
superkick him out of the air, giving Magnus the pin at 16:38.
C+. This was a good match but
the constant interference needs to calm down for a bit. I do like
Storm turning as it means we don’t have to deal with him being the
guy who used to be world champion a few years ago for two weeks. The
match was going for an epic showdown but that doesn’t really work
when we’ve been told about Gunner’s backstory over the span of two
hours instead of say two months. Still though, good stuff and an
actual match instead of the insanity with Sting and AJ’s shots at
Rating: B-. SO much better than
last week. First and foremost, they kept Dixie to just a few
segments tonight instead of about 87 last week. The Shaw vs.
Anderson stuff helped as well as it sets up stuff for the future and
gave us something intriguing tonight. They also started setting the
stage for Lockdown which is getting closer and closer. The show
wasn’t great but it was such a jump up over last week that it was far
easier to sit through.
Joe b. Bro Mans/Zema Ion – Koquina Clutch to Ion
Kim b. Madison Rayne – Kim hit Rayne with the title belt
b. Bad Influence – Top rope double stomp to Daniels
b. Gunner – Pin after a Last Call from James Storm
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