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July 19, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
This week, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd will take on Paul Orndorff & Hulk Hogan in the main event.
Eric Cooper vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage w/ Elizabeth
Savage starts by taunting the crowd then cheapshots Cooper against the ropes after refusing to break cleanly. He then puts Cooper in the tree-of-woe position and brutalizes him for a minute as we see an insert promo from Capt. Lou Albano on the behalf of George “The Animal” Steele and how he has detected a weakness and will make him pay because he is abusive towards Elizabeth. Savage then slams Cooper before putting him away with the flying elbow drop (2:35).
Thoughts: It looks like Savage is back to feuding with Steele based on Albano’s promo. The feud also made a star out of Elizabeth so it worked out.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. Once again, this week’s focus is on the Machines. We are shown a clip of the Machines wrestling in Japan as Okerlund says that the Machines are here to stay.
Al Navarro & Gino Carabello vs. The American Express
Yes, this is what they called the team of Dan Spivey and Mike Rotundo tonight. Spivey and Carabello start with an Irish whip sequence that ends with Spivey hitting a backdrop. Rotundo tags and uses a flying headscissors on Carabello then works a side headlock on the mat. Carabello tries to get something going but Rotundo takes him down with an enziguiri. Navarro tags and the American Express use quick tags to isolate him until Rotundo gets the win with an airplane spin (2:47).
Thoughts: With the matching tights and going on and slapping the fans hands, looks like Spivey and Rotundo are getting a push. The Mid-Hudson Civic Center crowd digs them (Rotundo did go to school in Syracuse) but the rest of the country wasn’t so hot for the team.
Ken Resnick is running down the August 9th show at the Boston Garden. He brings out Adrian Adonis & Randy Savage, who will be facing Hulk Hogan and his hand-picked partner, George “The Animal” Steele. Interesting that they would announce Hogan picking Steele instead of his friend Orndorff before their match against Studd & Bundy.
Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. Jimmy Jackson & Don Driggers
The heels take turns beating on Driggers then we see an insert promo by Corporal Kirchner, who looks as crazy as ever. Jackson tags but Nikolai beats him up for a minute. He hits a backbreaker then tags the Sheik who suplexes to set up the Camel Clutch and the win (3:02).
Thoughts: Odd not seeing Blassie out there this week but he was nearing the end of his managerial career and would be gone within the year.
Resnick is with Jimmy Hart and Freddie Blassie. They will have their teams face off in a number one contender’s match as the Hart Foundation will face off against Sheik & Volkoff at the next Boston Garden show. They go back and forth about who has the better team with Blassie tripping all over his lines. This would be the beginning of the Hart Foundation push.
Lane Anderson & Gary Semones vs. Sivi Afi & King Tonga
Tonga starts off the match and ends up clearing both men from the ring. Afi tags and catches Anderson with a drop toehold and a slam. He tags after hitting a dropkick and Tonga takes control. They take turns beating on Anderson then Tonga pushes him towards his partner and ends up hitting Semones with a thrust kick before getting the win with a splash (2:50).
Thoughts: Poor Tonga. He went from having a potential feud with Studd to stuck tagging with Sivi Afi in the span of less than a month. Afi was never seen as anything more than a cheap Jimmy Snuka knock off which was unfortunate as he was not that bad in the ring.
The Flower Shop with guest Hercules Hernandez. Adonis asks him if he is in fact the real Hercules and if Blassie found him in Mount Olympus. Adonis takes this further by asking if he parties with Zeus and brings up some other mythical stuff as Hercules plays along as if he actually is the character. Odd stuff that ends with Hercules telling Hulk Hogan to watch out.
As Bobby Heenan, Studd, and Bundy are waiting in the ring, the camera cuts backstage to Orndorff and Hogan. Orndorff paces back and forth, still angry over Hulk not picking up the phone at the gym, as Hulk said that he was at the squat rack and after the fourth ring, he went over to get the phone and no one was there. Hulk then tells Orndorff to forget about the phone call and take care of business in the ring.
Big John Studd & King Kong Bundy w/ Bobby Heenan vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff & Hulk Hogan
The crowd is amped for this match. Orndorff and Studd start of the match. Studd goes to slam Orndorff, who floats over then takes down Studd with a sunset flip after pulling him down by the tights and that gets two. Orndorff takes down Studd with a hiptoss then Bundy tags into the match. Bundy takes down Orndorff with an elbow smash but misses the splash then a charge in the corner and Orndorff hammers away. Studd tags as Orndorff signals that he is going to slam him but fails. Orndorff takes down Studd then Bundy with a dropkicks, who then regroup outside with Heenan. Hogan reaches out for a tag and Orndorff finally tags him. Studd and Hogan trade punches then Hogan catches Studd with a slam that has the crowd going nuts. Orndorff is shown looking upset on the apron as we go to a commercial. Back from break, Hogan hits Studd with an atomic drop then chops him in the corner. Hogan whips Studd into the corner but ends up getting clotheslined. Bundy tags as he and Studd double team Hogan. Bundy slams Hogan then Studd comes in but Hogan headbutts him then get pushed backwards and ends up inadvertently knocking Orndorff to the floor and sells that he got hit in the ear. Hogan gets double-teamed as the announcers state how the match has been ruled a DQ, despite us not hearing a bell, then Orndorff finally comes in and clears Studd & Bundy from the ring (6:04). Orndorff helps Hogan get up and raises his hand then takes him down with a clothesline!!! The crowd is completely stunned as Orndorff then hits him with a piledriver and even mocks Hogan’s hand to his ear pose. He then waves in Studd and Bundy but Spivey, Rotundo, Sivi Afi, and King Tonga come out for the save as Orndorff leaves with the heels.
Thoughts: This was of the most memorable moments ever in WWF history. It started the Orndorff/Hogan feud which lasted through the Summer, leading up to a huge show in Toronto, “The Big Event.” One of the biggest moments in WWF history.
The camera follows Orndorff to the locker room as he is congratulated by Adrian Adonis. Heenan comes in the locker room and yells “Wonderful” as the camera shows Hogan being carried out as the crowd loudly chants his name.
Ken Resnick comments on what we just saw then bring out Tito Santana, who also is shocked by what Orndorff did and mentions how he became close friends with Orndorff who has not been returning his calls lately. He will be facing Bob Orton at the August Boston Garden show. He leaves then Ricky Steamboat enters and says that he likes watching the Boston Celtics play as much as he likes beating on Jake Roberts. He then says that he will play mind games with Jake in Boston.
Bruno and Vince comment on the main event then show a replay of the finish, providing commentary.
Final Thoughts: The main event made this a must-see show. Just wonderfully done and it gave Hogan a feud, which he had been lacking. With Studd, Bundy, and now Orndorff joining Heenan, the WWF has an impressive heel stable to work with. The rest of the show wasn’t much, other than a segment in which we learned that the winner of the Hart Foundation vs. Sheik & Volkoff match in Boston will become the #1 contender for the Tag Team Championship. If you have not seen the main event, do so immediately.
And just a quick programming note, I have now made a schedule for when and what I will be posting my reviews. Here is the schedule and give or take about 30 minutes for the times.
Tuesday: 80’s WWF 8:00pm
Thursday: Shoot Interview Recap 12:30pm (If a two-disc shoot, the second disc will be posted on Friday at the same time)
Friday: 80’s WWF 3:00pm
Saturday: RoH Shows 8:00pm (starting from the company’s debut in 2002 going in order.)
Sunday: 80’s WWF 8:00pm (unless their is a WWE PPV)
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July 18, 2014
Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
the final show before Battleground and we’re coming off a pretty
decent Raw. The main stories tonight will be about the build towards
Sunday and will likely focus on Ambrose vs. Rollins which was added
with about twenty minutes to go before the end of Monday’s show.
Granted the match is pretty much already set up. Let’s get to it.
Dean Ambrose to get things going. For the last two years, he’s heard
about how smart Seth Rollins is. On Monday, Rollins knew he couldn’t
beat Ambrose by himself so he had his buddies do his work for him.
That attack on Monday isn’t going to keep him away, so is that all
Rollins and the Authority have?
wants Rollins right now but he only gets Seth on screen. Rollins
talks about how insane Ambrose must be for wanting another beating.
He’d love to come out there and curb stomp Ambrose again, but his
knee isn’t medically cleared. Ambrose says the daddy line again but
Rollins has already talked to HHH. The boss has made Ambrose vs.
Kane for later tonight.
Miz vs. Sheamus/Dolph Ziggler
is fallout from Miz and Sheamus trading wins on Raw and Main Event
and Fandango’s women leaving him for Fandango. We start with the
Battle of Cleveland and Dolph runs Miz over with a shoulder. Miz
counters a dropkick and tries the Figure Four but Ziggler kicks him
away. The threat of a right hand to the face sends Miz over to
Fandango for a tag and it’s off to Sheamus as well. Sheamus pounds
away before cranking on an armbar. Fandango gets sent to the floor
and Miz follows him rather than getting punched or superkicked.
take a break and come back with Fandango snapping Sheamus’ neck over
the top rope but stopping to dance on the apron. Miz breaks up the
forearms to the chest before coming in and stomping away in the
corner. A boot to Sheamus’ face gets two and we hit the chinlock.
Miz’s short DDT gets two and a dropkick from Fandango gets the same.
stops to dance though and gets caught with White Noise. The hot tag
brings in Ziggler who cleans house and gets two on Miz with what
looked like a Rough Ryder. Dolph gets the same off a running DDT and
there’s a Brogue Kick to Fandango. The Zig Zag gets the pin on Miz
C. This was fine. A little by
the numbers and not straying from the tag team formula whatsoever but
still fine. I love that they’re actually building up to the battle
royal on Sunday and forming some side feuds as a result. It’s almost
like they’re paying attention to the midcard or something. That
can’t be right though, can it?
Fox vs. Eva Marie
Bella is referee. After about a minute of Nikki breaking up
everything the girls do, Eva gets in an argument with her, only to
have both girls beat Nikki up for the no contest at about 1:30. Eva
and Alicia pat each other on the back. I guess Fox isn’t crazy
talks about living in a parallel universe but needing a key to the
cosmic door. Goldust says knock knock and says he’s right here.
They’re heading into a dimension of sound, sight and bizarre (takeoff
of the intro to Twilight Zone). Stardust blows dust at him and
Goldust yells STOP IT.
Jericho vs. Luke Harper
the match, Bray talks about Jericho lying about saving us all.
Jericho should worry about saving himself from what’s coming on
Sunday. Cole calls this a riddle because Cole doesn’t understand
basic English. Harper shoves Jericho into the ropes to start but
gets nailed by a running elbow. Luke comes back with pure power and
knocks Jericho down in the corner. Jericho pops back up and knocks
Harper off the apron as we take a break.
with Harper holding a chinlock but Jericho quickly escapes and
hammers away in the corner. Harper’s shirt has been ripped open as
he goes after Jericho’s arm to take over again. A small package gets
two for the Canadian but Harper lays him out with a right hand for
two of his own. They head outside and Bray is seen whispering
something to Rowan. Back in and we get the Gator Roll before Harper
puts on a chinlock. Jericho quickly fights back and runs to the top
for an ax handle.
Walls are countered but an enziguri drops Luke for two. Back up and
a Michinoku Driver gets Luke another two. Jericho runs back to the
top for a high cross body, only to get caught in an awesome sitout
powerbomb for two. Harper misses a charge in the corner and the
Lionsault gets two. The Walls go on and Jericho knocks Rowan to the
floor, setting up a rollup for the pin on Harper at 9:43 shown of
B-. This was better than I was
expecting, even though Harper matches are becoming a treat. The idea
of him being really athletic but needing Bray to focus him works very
well and he was shining in there with a talented guy like Jericho.
This again shows the benefits of lackeys: Jericho gets a win and Bray
gets frustrated but Bray doesn’t take a loss.
attacks post match but the Usos run in for the save.
are Swagger and Colter with something to say. Swagger
has a new shirt which is shows a hand going over the chest. Colter
talks about how tired they are of hearing about how amazing Mother
Russia is. While he’s a big critic of the US government, he’s an
American with the right to free speech. He leads WE THE PEOPLE but
gets interrupted by Rusev and a certain leggy blonde. Rusev starts a
Russia chant and it turns into a battle of waving flags.
Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
get inset interviews from both guys where they talk about wanting the
Intercontinental Title. They’re nothing special but I like those
things as they can help us connect to the wrestlers a little bit.
Del Rio hits a quick enziguri to knock Kofi to the floor before
putting on a chinlock. Some forearms to the head put Kofi down but
he quickly sends Del Rio to the floor for a suicide dive.
in and Kofi speeds things up with dropkicks and a clothesline. A
quick chase on the floor allows Del Rio to kick him in the face but
the armbreaker is countered into the SOS for two. Del Rio knocks
Kofi off the top rope, tying Kofi’s legs in the rope as a result. A
top double stomp to the chest is enough for the pin at 4:45.
was the typically decent match between these two even though it was
pretty short. Kofi will get to do his fun spot on Sunday and then
get eliminated after giving some fans false hope of a win. They’re
doing a good job of making the title look important with Sunday’s
match. I don’t expect it to last but the match should be fun. Del
Rio has no chance to win of course.
offers to take both Layla and Summer once he wins the title on
Sunday. Summer shows why she scripted
promos are bad as she says
“little did we know you were two timing both of us.” I’ve
heard her on some of the documentaries and she sounds like far more
intelligent than that line gives her credit for. They
call him a flamenco dancer and flip their hair at him as they leave.
Bo Dallas comes up for a pep
talk and praises Fandango’s
Lee/Paige vs. Summer Rae/Layla
dances at AJ to start but stops to do the splits, allowing AJ to kick
her in the back of the head. It’s off to the two British girls with
Layla kicking Paige in the face for two. A choke on the ropes from
Layla sets up a running flip splash from Summer for two. Paige kicks
both girls down but AJ tags herself in and the Black Widow makes
Summer tap at 2:20.
and Paige hug it out post match.
recap the Usos saving Jerico before going to the Usos drinking frozen
drinks from Sonic. Hornswoggle comes in and drinks both of them at
once, getting a brain freeze. Another commercial.
on the fourway on Sunday.
is in the back when Kane comes in. Seth tries to get the monster and
Orton on the same page after the RKO to Kane on Monday, but tonight
is about getting rid of Dean Ambrose. Kane hopes Orton is watching
tonight because Ambrose is going to be a preview of what Kane does to
Orton. The monster also warns Rollins not to try cashing in on
Ambrose vs. Kane
jumps Kane as the fire comes from the post and we get the opening
bell. Kane shoves him away and knocks Dean out of the air with an
uppercut. A much louder uppercut has Ambrose in trouble and Kane
goes after the bad shoulder. Off
to a kind of short arm scissors but Dean punches him in the head to
runs into two boots to the jaw and a tornado DDT from Dean puts both
guys down. A pair of
dropkicks drop Kane again and Ambrose sends him to the floor for a
suicide dive. Ambrose’s
injured shoulder flares up again though and Kane sends him into the
steps to make it even worse. Kane can’t hit the tombstone on the
floor but Rollins comes out for the DQ at 5:15.
C-. This was angle advancement
disguised as a match. Rollins’ knee appears to be fine which is good
news coming out of Monday. Watching Dean go nuts on Sunday is going
to be very fun and I’m sure they’re going to get another match out of
it. Kane is there to give Cena someone to pin on Sunday and that’s
chokeslams Dean and throws in the steps. Rollins hits a curb stomp
to send Dean head first into the steps to end the show.
Rating: C+. This was one of the
better Smackdowns in a few weeks as everything that got some time was
either decent or good and the short matches weren’t long enough to be
that bad. We got a nice refresher on Ambrose vs. Rollins and
Battleground is looking better. Tonight focused on the stuff besides
the main event and that’s what we were needing. Good show this week.
Ziggler b. The Miz/Fandango – Zig Zag to Miz
Fox vs. Eva Marie went to a no contest when both girls attacked Nikki
Jericho b. Luke Harper – Rollup
Del Rio b. Kofi Kingston – Top rope double stomp
Lee/Paige b. Summer Rae/Layla – Black Widow to Summer Rae
Ambrose b. Kane via DQ when Seth Rollins interfered
July 17, 2014
Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Mike Tenay, Taz
finally to the New York tapings which are a prety big deal for the
company. The company will be here for five weeks plus however many
they tape at an upcoming set of tapings. The main story at this show
will be Bobby Lashley defending the World Title against Jeff Hardy,
who won a battle royal last week to earn the shot. Let’s get to it.
open with a video on Hardy vs. Lashley, focusing on how Lashley is a
destroyer and Hardy can be insane when need be.
Angle is in the crowd and welcomes us to the show. He shows us the
six sided ring which makes its return tonight.
is also in the balcony and compares TNA to ECW because their locker
rooms have the same look in their eyes. He throws in his ECW
are Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer to get things going. They talk about
how they helped get ECW on the map back in 1997 and this place feels
like ECW did when it took the world by storm. Ethan Carter III and
Rhino break things up with Ethan saying that Bully will not be
putting his aunt through a table here, just like he couldn’t in Texas
or Pennsylvania. The fans tell Rhino that he sold out and Rhino
agrees. They follow up by chanting YOU CAN’T WRESTLE, but Carter
responds with “YES I CAN” and “I’M VERY GOOD!” Dreamer says
Carter doesn’t know where he is and the brawl is on.
Carter III vs. Bully Ray/Tommy Dreamer
in progress after a break. Ray drops Carter with a neckbreaker for
two. The camera seems to be lower than usual this week. It’s
quickly off to Rhino to stomp away but Dreamer elbows him in the jaw.
Carter comes in again and is easily dispatched by a double elbow to
the jaw. Ray brings Rhino in as everything breaks down.
comes out in a bright orange jacket for a distraction and Carter
takes over on Dreamer in the corner. Rhino plants Tommy with a
spinebuster for two but Carter gets sent face first into the middle
buckle, allowing for the hot tag to Bully. Ray beats up both
villains on his own and everything breaks down again with Rhino
taking over. Dreamer grabs Spud in but gets rolled up by Carter for
the pin at 6:40.
C-. The match was fine but I’m
over these attempts to bring ECW back from the grave every few years.
Yeah the live crowds like it, but it makes the company look like
it’s desperate to get whatever blood they can out of ECW’s corpse.
The match was ok, but does pinning Tommy Dreamer really help Ethan?
Angle puts Austin Aries in a gauntlet match with the X-Division Title
on the line and Aries gets to start.
Storm slaps Sanada and dares him to fight, but says Sanada just does
what Great Muta tells him. He calls Sanada a choke artist and
Title: Gauntlet Match
is over the top elimination until there are two left and it becomes a
singles match. There are eight men in this with 90 second intervals
and it’s champion Austin Aries vs. Eddie Edwards to start. Feeling
out process to start until Aries takes him down by the leg and goes
into the corner. That goes nowhere as Manik is in at #3. Aries is
knocked to the floor through the ropes meaning he’s still in as Manik
speeds things up. He goes to the middle rope but Gets caught by
Eddie, only to have Aries run in and dropkick Manik in the face.
misses an elbow drop and it’s Davey Richards in at #4. The
Wolves of course team up with Davey taking Aries down with a
backbreaker and Eddie adds a top rope knee to the chest. Aries and
Manik are in trouble as DJZ is in at #5. Edwards nails DJZ, Aries
elbows Edwards, Richards drops Aries and Manik dropkicks Edwards. A
top rope hurricanrana from Manik takes DJZ out but Manik is
eliminated as well as we take a break.
with Tigre Uno and Crazzy Steve added to the match and no one else
having been eliminated. Sanada is in at #8 to complete the field and
he cleans house to take over. Crazzy Steve starts spraying silly
string and the blinded Tigre Uno is eliminated. Edwards dumps Steve
but Sanada puts out both Wolves to give us a rematch from last week
with Aries vs. Sanada in a regular singles match for the title.
sends Sanada to the floor and hits a huge suicide dive to take him
out. A slingshot hilo back inside sets up the Last Chancery but
Sanada makes it to the ropes. Aries can’t suplex him over the ropes
and back inside and Sanada shoulders him in the ribs and hits a
springboard chop to the head. Sanada’s tiger suplex gets two but
he misses the moonsault. Two discus forearms and the corner dropkick
set up the brainbuster to retain Aries’ title at 16:45.
C+. The match was fine but
Aries cleaning out the division before he’s likely dropping the title
for a title shot doesn’t do anything for the belt. All it does is
set up another tournament between people who didn’t beat the champion
to get the belt. That’s the same thing that happens to the title
every year and is a major problem with Option C.
helps Sanada back to his feet.
Young and Bobby Roode have formed an alliance and want to get their
hands on MVP.
Storm calls Sanada a loser and beats the tar out of him. Sanada is
left laying and Storm calls Muta a fraud.
King vs. Eric Young/Bobby Roode
can’t walk and says he has half a leg but is going to wrestle under
protest. Eric starts and takes King into the corner for some right
hands to the jaw. It’s quickly off to Roode who doesn’t have such
great luck as King takes over. King tags in MVP who immediately
bails to the floor when Roode gets to his feet.
gets in and tags out to King so the match can continue. Young is
taken down and MVP comes in for some actual contact with an elbow
drop and something resembling a flapjack. Back to King for a legdrop
but Young avoids an elbow drop. A quick cross body allows for the
tag off to Roode, who dares MVP to come in. Everything breaks down
and MVP hits Roode with a crutch for the DQ at 6:25.
D+. This was more about filling
in time before we get to the big showdown between Roode and MVP,
likely at Bound For Glory. The match was nothing special, though I’m
not crazy on the idea of two former world champions getting beaten
down by a one legged man and Kenny King.
and King destroy both guys with the crutches.
vs. Madison Rayne
DQ and no countouts. They slug it out to start until Madison goes to
the corner, only to get caught in an armbreaker over the ropes.
Thankfully the referee doesn’t count or ask her to break it up. The
fight goes outside with Brittany backdropping Madison on the ramp and
kicking her in the ribs.
in and Brittany rams Madison’s head into the mat before getting two
off a Russian legsweep. Madison is thrown back to the floor as the
fans chant for Christy Hemme. Brittany tries a reverse DDT on the
floor but gets suplexed instead. Back in and Madison hits a package
DDT (think a fisherman’s DDT but with Madison not going backwards at
all) for the pin at 6:40.
C. This was more aggressive
than usual but I’m really not caring about these two. Brittany was
something different when she had a crush on Madison but now she’s
just another heel who doesn’t win a lot of matches. At the end of
the day, it’s impossible to crack through into the top level of
Knockouts and it’s stopping Brittany, just like it has everyone else.
Carter says Bully is all bark but she’s all bite.
Aries tells Angle that he created Option C for the respect he has for
the X-Division Title. Next week he gets to turn in the title for a
World Title: Bobby Lashley vs. Jeff Hardy
is defending. Hardy tries to hammer away to start but realizes he
has to speed things up. He sends Lashley out to the floor and hits a
big dive, only to have Lashley trip him up on the steps and send Jeff
face first into the steel as we take a break. Back with Lashley in
control and choking Jeff on the middle rope. He puts Hardy in a
torture rack but some right hands get Jeff free.
running forearm drops Lashley and a dropkick does the same as the
fans chant for CM Punk. Hardy’s headscissors out of the corner is
caught in the powerslam but Jeff comes back with a Twisting Stunner
and Twist of Fate. The Swanton get two and Jeff takes it back to the
floor and rams Lashley’s head into the steps. Hardy goes up for a
Swanton to the floor but lands on the steps. Jeff is done and the
spear retains Lashley’s title at 12:45.
C+. This was a win that Lashley
needed to get as Jeff Hardy is the guy that is always hanging around
the main event and could take the title at any time. They’re
actually building Lashley up as a major force and he’s coming off
like a monster instead of a guy just keeping the title warm for MVP.
That Swanton the steps was insane too.
Angle says Lashley is the man but stops Dixie from going to the ring.
She says let go of her so she can go talk to her people.
comes in and yells at MVP before putting him in a falls count
anywhere match with Roode next week.
are Dixie, Spud, Ethan and Rhino so Dixie can make fun of the New
York fans. She goes on and on about how she humiliated Tommy Dreamer
and how embarrassed she is for the people that cheer Bully Ray.
She’s going to keep putting
Ray through table after table until he understands that this is her
company. Cue Bully and Dreamer with a table and Dixie’s cronies are
quickly cleared out of the ring. The fans chant YES but Ethan hits
Bully low for the save. Rhino and Spud get Dixie into the crowd but
D-Von returns to help beat down Ethan. What’s Up sets up a 3D
through the table to end the show.
Rating: C+. The show was
entertaining for the most part though there were some flaws. The ECW
stuff is something they need to cut out as fast as they can. It’s
pure nostalgia, but do you really want to have your company looking
like it’s all about dragging ECW out of its grave? As long as it’s
limited to guys like the Dudleys, Rhino and Dreamer it won’t be
horrible, but it doesn’t need to happen.
than that the show was actually good stuff with the main event scene
starting to take shape as Lashley has main event players lined up for
him to run over. It’s probably setting up a showdown at Bound For
Glory with…..well you would think Roode but MVP might be getting
that spot. Either way the show did its job and that’s a good thing.
Carter III/Rhino b. Bully Ray/Tommy Dreamer – Rollup to Dreamer
Aries won a gauntlet match – Brainbuster to Sanada
Young/Bobby Roode b. MVP/Kenny King via DQ when MVP used a crutch
Rayne b. Brittany – Package DDT
Lashley b. Jeff Hardy – Spear
July 17, 2014
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
William Regal, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips
have a new big bad coming out of last week as Tyson Kidd allowed his
wife to be shoved off the apron in order to finally get a big win in
NXT. Kidd thriving is another problem for NXT Champion Adrian
Neville to deal with as he now has Kidd and Gabriel coming after him
as well as #1 contender Tyler Breeze looming. Let’s get to it.
vs. Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady
cranks on Amore’s arm to start while shouting a little song. Enzo
drags him over to the corner for the tag to Big Cass, who gets to
pound on Gotch’s back. This brings out the Legionnaires, and since
it’s a WWE product, Colin can’t handle seeing people in the same
arena gets gets rolled up for the pin at 2:25.
Ascension wants more competition.
recap the breakup of the BFF’s and Summer earning a shot at
Charlotte. The match is next week.
Parker vs. Xavier Woods
cranks on the arm to start as the announcers talk about Parker’s
attempts to better the world. A headscissors puts Parker down but CJ
whips him face first into the ropes for a unique reversal. Byron
Saxton compares Parker to Oprah and Ronald Reagan, earning disdain
from his fellow announcers. Parker puts on a chinlock but Woods
quickly fights out with chops. Woods comes back with a DDT off the
ropes for two but he misses a charge in the corner and gets rolled up
with Parker grabbing the ropes for the pin at 2:00.
Zayn says we’re seeing the real Tyson Kidd who is really insecure
over his wife’s success. This jealousy is just making Kidd look bad.
Bliss vs. Sasha Banks
takes over with some forearms to start but gets taken down into a
cravate. It doesn’t last long though as Bliss fights up, only to
miss a flip out of the corner. Banks takes her down with a
backstabber and flips Alexa over for a crossface without the arm trap
for the submission at 2:52.
Breeze is asked when he’ll be facing that uggo Adrian Neville. He
talks about everyone rushing nowadays and how he won’t be rushing to
face Adrian after his hand modeling injury. The contract is being
drawn up, but until then, here’s his music video again.
recap Tyson Kidd being evil last week.
says there’s nothing to his actions and he isn’t jealous of his wife.
Rose vs. Jason Jordan
says his partner Tye Dillinger is injured but was last seen partying
with the Rosebuds. Rose dances around and takes him down with a
headlock. Jordan fights up and nails a clothesline to take over
before slapping on a chinlock. Rose will have none of that and hits
the CHOO CHOO Bronco Buster followed by the Party Foul for the pin at
D+. The match was nothing more
than a treat for the live crowd. Rose is great in a small atmosphere
like this but he’s going to need a lot more to make it on the main
roster. That’s the problem with a character like him: he’s really
good at promos and vignettes, but the in ring stuff just isn’t there.
says he and El Local parted ways but the Vaudevillains interrupt.
They mock the masked man but he promises to find a new partner to
face them next week. The Vaudevillains contemplate this with a
hearty chin rub.
Kidd vs. Sami Zayn
hides in the corner to start before heading to the floor for more
stalling. Back in and Tyson
slides right back to the floor after minimal contact. Kidd gets in
again and is sent to the corner for the Helluva Kick but he bails to
the floor again. Kidd sends him to the floor and hits a nice dive
off the apron to put both guys down on the ramp as we take a break.
Back with Kidd putting on a
chinlock before putting Sami in the Tree of Woe for a running
dropkick to the face.
fights back with elbows to the face and a dropkick to send Kidd
outside. The slingshot moonsault puts Tyson down again and Zayn is
all fired up. Back inside and the top rope cross body gets two on
Kidd but the Blue Thunder Bomb is countered into a German suplex for
two. Kidd’s top rope elbow hits knee though and the Blue Thunder
Bomb connects for two. The
Blockbuster gets two on Sami and he gets caught in the Sharpshooter.
Kidd gets it full on in the middle but Zayn is still able to crawl
over to the ropes. Tyson goes up but dives into the Koji Clutch for
the submission at 10:50 shown of 14:20.
B-. Did you expect anything but
a good match from these two? It’s so strange to see Sami getting
back to back wins and have him on a winning streak but it’s nice to
see. Kidd’s heel turn is good but he needs to get a big win out of
it at some point. Thankfully it wasn’t at Sami’s expense again.
Rating: C+. The main event was
good but the rest of the show was almost all too short to rate. NXT
is on another roll at this point and getting better every week. The
main event scene is solid and it seems like Breeze’s title shot is
coming down the road. They’re making that a huge deal and it’s
likely main eventing the next big show.
b. Enzo Amore/Colin Cassady – Rollup to Cassady
Parker b. Xavier Woods – Rollup while holding the ropes
Banks b. Alexa Bliss – Crossface
Rose b. Jason Jordan – Party Foul
Zayn b. Tyson Kidd – Koji Clutch
July 5, 1986
Your hosts are Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon
This week, Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff will be guests in the “Flower Shop” and Gene Okerlund will have a special report from Japan.
Gino Carabello & Steve Lombardi vs. Junkyard Dog & George “The Animal” Steele w/ Capt. Lou Albano
Steele clears the ring before the match. Lombardi bounces off of JYD then gets backdropped. He slams Lombardi then uses the crawling headbutts. Carabello comes in and JYD knocks him to the floor. Steele tags and tosses Carabello outside a few times as the crowd is loving this. Steele smushes the turnbuckle stuffing in Carabello’s face then tags JYD who catches him with a powerslam for the win (3:33). After the match, JYD grabs some kids to dance with him as Vince yells for them to “GIT DOWN.” Steele then tells one of the kids to bite the turnbuckle open.
Thoughts: The crowd was red-hot for Steele & JYD here. This could have been because it was the first match of the taping but these two were over and JYD had been gone for several weeks and the pop might have been for that. But both guys were not doing a whole lot here as Steele’s program with Savage has been put on the backburner and JYD was rapidly deteriorating.
WWF Update with Gene Okerlund. This week’s topic is Randy Savage as they show him cut a promo on Hulk Hogan.
Mario Mancini & S.D. Jones & Don Driggers vs. “Cowboy” Bob Orton & Hoss Funk & Jimmy Jack Funk w/ Jimmy Hart
Match starts with S.D. getting the better of Hoss. Jimmy Jack gets slammed as he runs in then Orton comes in only to back off as the heels regroup. Mancini tags and Hoss takes him down with a back suplex and the heels take turns tossing Mancini around. Hoss tosses Mancini to the floor, where Jimmy Jack sends him into the guardrail. The crowd chants for JYD as Driggers tags into the match. Jimmy Jack tags and pins Driggers with a powerslam (2:30). After the match, the Funk’s hogtie Driggers then drag him around the ring as the fans continue to chant for JYD.
Thoughts: The team of Hoss & Jimmy Jack actually got some heat, which is a sign that this is indeed a rabid crowd. Poor Orton was stuck in limbo when Piper left for Hollywood as teaming with these two is considered a step down.
Ken Resnick plugs the “King of the Ring” tournament in Foxboro, MA is with Bruno Sammartino, who talks about Boston area sports radio personality, Eddie Andelman. This was a “feud” to promote the local show as Andelman promised to have a wrestler to take care of Bruno.
Rusty Brooks vs. Billy Jack Haynes
Haynes sends Brooks outside with a kneelift but falls for a cheapshot when he re-enters the ring. We get an insert promo from Muraco in which he wonders who is Billy Jack Haynes. Muraco was pretty funny here. Back to the match as Billy Jack regains control as Vince makes fun of Brooks for being fat. Billy Jack uses another kneelift then hits an inverted atomic drop, setting him up for the full nelson and the win (3:12).
Thoughts: Crowd cooled off during this match except when they taunted Brooks. I never realized how bad Billy Jack was in the ring until I started watching the beginning of his WWF run. He was pretty bad.
Resnick is with Don Muraco as the King of the Ring trophy stands in the background. He asks Muraco about his match against Roddy Piper at the tournament. Muraco said it is a conspiracy that they have to face each other but says that he is the King of the Ring and in the ring, all of the past will be behind them. Piper has yet to be re-introduced on television and has been away for the past two months. Muraco did a good job here.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts vs. Eric Cooper
Cooper was a job guy in the Texas territories throughout the 80’s. Jake was getting some cheers here but mostly boos from the crowd. He takes down Cooper with a pair of armdrags but ends up walking into a slam after not paying attention. The crowd chants for Steamboat as Jake beats on Cooper in the corner. He hits a gutbuster as Lanny Poffo is shown in an insert promo reciting a promo about Jake. After a few slams, Jake slaps around Cooper but ducks his head and gets kicked. Cooper fights back but runs into a clothesline then gets hit with a DDT as Jake scores the win (3:06). After the match, Jake dumps the snake on top of Cooper
Thoughts: The snake spot is getting over big right now, with fans either gasping or cheering when it happened. Jake was really awesome in 1986.
The Flower Shop with guests Hulk Hogan and Paul Orndorff. They appear to respond to Bobby Heenan’s challenge to face King Kong Bundy and John Studd. Adonis grills Hogan about not picking up Orndorff’s phone call as Hogan tells him not to stir up any trouble. Hogan accepts the challenge but Orndorff cuts him off and said that they will face Studd & Bundy in two weeks but next week, they will face the Moondogs to show everyone how they can work together as a team. Hogan says he likes that idea as Orndorff says he will show everyone what Mr. Wonderful is all about. Great stuff and the whole angle was a masterpiece.
Vince is Bobby Heenan, who gloats about having Andre the Giant suspended from wrestling then makes fun of Albano for saying that he will take it up with the courts. Vince then introduces us to a video of Okerlund in Japan as he is with the Super Machine and the Giant Machine. its very obvious that the Giant Machine is Andre the Giant. Super Machine is the Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) who talks about how it is an honor that they will be coming to America. Super Machine says that their advisor in Japan has spoken with Capt. Lou Albano and he will take care of them. Gene points out that Giant Machine’s voice sounds familiar. This was an unbelievably corny segment. When they come back from the video, Heenan is enraged and yells that is Andre the Giant and how he is not an idiot and will not be made to look like a fool. That was an attempt to salvage the segment but the whole presentation of the Machines, like Eadie pretending to speak English like he was a foreigner, came off terribly and it was obvious to everyone that was Andre the Giant.
Jack Kruger & Roger Kirby vs. Killer Bees
The Bees have new music but do not come out wearing the masks. Brunzell starts out with Kruger and counters a monkey flip attempt with a bridge then works the arm. Vince says that next week the Moondogs will face Orndorff & Hogan and notes how Hogan seemed surprised by Orndorff’s actions. Blair monkey flips Kirby out from the corner and the Bees take turns working on Kirby as the announcers talk about how Andre the Giant seemed like he was the Giant Machine. Kruger tags and takes down Blair with a dropkick. Kriby tags back into the match and ends up sending Blair to the floor. Kruger boots Blair from the apron then the Bees duck underneath the ring and put on masks as their opponents are confused. All four men are in the ring and the Bees put Kirby away with a dropkick after an atomic drop (5:14).
Thoughts: Long but solid match but more of a backdrop for the announcers to put over the Machines and Hogan/Orndorff angles. The “masked confusion” gimmick by the Bees got over a bit and the fact that they had similar builds helped. As far as jobbers are concerned, Kruger was a solid worker. In fact, both Kruger and Kirby used to team as “The Sheiks” in the Central States territory and even held the belts on a few occasions. Kruger would go on to become a referee in the WWF and I believe after that he drove the truck’s for the company until leaving.
Resnick is with the Dream Team who cut a promo behind a steel fence to hype their steel cage match against the British Bulldogs at the “King of the Ring” show. Beefcake demonstrates what he will do to the Bulldogs by grinding a cabbage head against the fence.
Next week, Hogan & Orndorff will face the Moondogs. Also, Okerlund will have another special report from Japan as the announcers speculate that the Giant Machine could be Giant Baba (yeah, right).
Final Thoughts: This was one of the most eventful editions in the history of Champion Wrestling. The Flower Shop segment was classic and even though the Machines angle ended up flopping, it was still big news at the time. We got to see Jake Roberts and the return of JYD too, which depending on your taste, is either a good or a bad thing. The fans who got to sit through this taping, which was this show and the next two, got to witness one of the better heel turns in wrestling history.
The WWF wanted to form a lightheavyweight division, and Japanese legend The Great Sasuke was the target to head that division. TAKA Michinoku was brought along by Sasuke to help showcase the style to a North American audience. They had this match at In Your House: Canadian Stampede and a second match the following night on RAW. NOTE: I could not find a Daily motion version. I have included the Youtube version of the RAW match as a comparison.
A tournament was held to fill the vacated World Tag Team Championship, with the final round coming down to The Midnight Express and The Fabulous Freebirds. During the tournament, The Road Warriors and The Samoan SWAT Team were interfering in each other’s matches. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams was brought into the mix by Jim Cornette to give The Midnight Express an ally against the three-man Freebirds team. So with all this fussin’ and a-feudin’ goin’ on, what is a logical blowoff? WARGAMES!
The finals of the 1997 King of the Ring tournament featured Mankind vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, with Helmsley winning the crown. After the match, Helmsley and Chyna proceeded to beat down Mankind. This prompted Mankind to request a rematch, which took place at this show, the infamous Canadian Stamepede.
July 11, 2014
Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield
blue show is in Canada tonight as we’re getting closer to
Battleground. The announced main event for tonight is Roman Reigns
vs. Rusev which is going to be a war. It’s a war destined to end due
to interference but it’s still going to be good while it lasts.
Other than that there’s Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho which should be
good stuff. Let’s get to it.
look at Rollins and Cena from Monday in a long video package.
are Lana and Rusev to open things up. Lana rips on the leaders of
America and Canada, saying they’re just like Roman Reigns: all style
and no substance. Reigns cuts her off and stares down the evil
foreigners. This is his ring and Rusev actually thinks he can crush
Reigns. Reigns says try it and threatens to put his fist across
says be careful what you wish for but Reigns wants a referee out here
right now. The look on Rusev’s face is hilarious as he looks
surprised with his mouth wide open. A referee comes out and is ready
for the match but Lana says not on Reigns’ terms. Roman didn’t sound
good on the mic here. He’s still finding his style.
and Cole schill the Network.
Lee vs. Cameron
and Paige vs. AJ for the belt is set for Battleground. The bell
rings but Cameron wants to put on lip gloss. Cameron takes her down
and tries to put makeup on AJ, which JBL thinks is a foreign object.
A double chicken wing has AJ in trouble and Cameron shouts a lot.
Back up and AJ sends her into the corner for a running clothesline
followed by a shot to the face for two. Cameron tries to leave
because AJ messed up her face, only to have Naomi run down and throw
her back in. The Shining Wizard gets AJ the pin at 3:12.
D+. I get that Cameron is
supposed to be annoying, but man alive I can’t stand watching her.
She isn’t the kind of character where I want to see what’s coming to
her. She’s the kind of character that makes me think of how much I
can’t stand modern celebrity culture and makes me want to go read a
says Chris Jericho has won everything there is to won and that makes
him a legend. That leaves Orton with one thing to do: introduce
Jericho to the Legend Killer.
vs. Adam Rose
comes out with Fandango but Summer Rae is one of the Rosebuds. Rose
jumps over Fandango to start and gives him a little spank. Summer
Rae and Layla go at it about thirty seconds into the match and
Fandango gets nailed trying to break it up. Rose wins by countout at
hits the Party Foul on Fandango post match.
look at Bray and Jericho’s discussion from Raw.
says his match with Bray has a chance to be a classic because they’re
from opposite sides of the spectrum. Bray says save us Y2J but Wyatt
is too far gone to save. Jericho is going to follow Wyatt’s advice
and let actions do the talking tonight against Randy Orton. Maybe
it’s time to crush the head of the serpent. As for Wyatt, Jericho is
coming. He blows very gently in a nice touch.
tonight it’s Layla vs. Summer Rae with Fandango as guest referee in a
Money in the Bank rematch.
vs. Heath Slater/Titus O’Neil
Jimmy pounds on Titus to start but it’s quickly off to Slater who
gets kicked in the face for two. Heath takes him down into a
chinlock but gets caught in a bad looking Samoan drop for two more.
Everything breaks down and Slater jumps into a superkick, setting up
the Superfly Splash for the pin at 1:59. Nothing match but I like
them throwing random low level guys together as jobbers. It’s better
than having Ryback/Axel job here.
match the Usos say they love the rivalry with the Wyatts. Jey
imitates a stereotypical commentator while Jimmy acts out a lot of
the moves he describes. Odd but kind of entertaining actually.
Jericho vs. Randy Orton
the match Bray pops up on screen and sings his song before telling
Chris to save himself. Cole actually gives us some backstory here,
talking about Orton arrived in WWE in 2002 and called Jericho to pick
him up at the airport because Jericho was the only person he knew in
WWE. Now Orton only cares about himself and isn’t like his old self.
Jericho quickly sends Randy to the apron and dropkicks him out to
the floor as we take a break.
with Jericho hitting a running knee to the back for two as Cole
brings up Orton punting Jericho out of WWE back in 2010. I’m digging
this storytelling from Cole. Chris misses a charge and falls out to
the floor where Orton sends him into the steps. It’s good for two
back inside and the fans loudly chant for Y2J. We hit the chinlock
for a bit before Orton slams Jericho’s head down onto the mat.
to the chinlock as the fans chant for the Canadian again. He fights
up with a belly to back suplex and a dropkick but Orton kicks away
from the Walls. A powerslam gets two for Orton but Jericho comes
back with a running clothesline in the corner. Orton crotches him on
the top, only to have Jericho come back with a top rope cross body
for a close two.
backbreaker puts Chris down again and Randy loads up the Elevated DDT
but Jericho counters into the Walls. Orton makes the rope and now
the Elevated DDT connects. Jericho blocks the RKO and hits the
Lionsault but the Wyatts seem to be coming. The lights come up and
they’re nowhere in sight, allowing to hit the RKO for the pin at
11:50 shown of 14:20.
B-. Solid match here as you
would expect from two top level guys when they’re given the time.
They didn’t go outside their comfort zone here but even the basics
from these guys is still good stuff. Unlike
Ambrose, Jericho losing isn’t going to affect his status due to how
established he is. It’s why he’s been brought in and that’s the
vs. Summer Rae
is refereeing again and gets
kissed by both girls to start. The bell rings and Fandango stops
both girls from charging at the other. Apparently he wants to dance
but the girls aren’t impressed. Instead they both beat him up and
knock him to the floor before dancing together as
Fandango is stunned. This
wasn’t a match.
vs. Curtis Axel
out process to start with Goldust breathing at Curtis. Stardust gets
on the barricade and seems to be conducting the crowd as Axel takes
over on Goldust. A dropkick sends Goldust outside and Stardust is
now laying on the announcers’ table. He puts on JBL’s hat as the
match heads back inside where Goldust kicks Axel in the head. A
powerslam gets two for Goldust and the Final Cut gets the pin at
goes after Goldust but Stardust blows gold dust into his eyes and
sends Ryback to the floor.
Dallas vs. El Torito/Diego
promises to be handi-capable against Diego and his Bo-vine friend.
The big guys start but Diego stops him to shout OLE. Dallas hammers
away in the corner but gets sent into the buckle, setting up the
Bodog for the pin at 1:17.
gets pulled into the ring post match but Bo helps him to his feet,
only to give him a Bodog.
vs. Roman Reigns
lock up to start until Rusev kicks at the legs to take over. Reigns
cleans house with right hands and knocks Rusev to the floor as we
take a break. Back with Rusev controlling with a nerve hold before
he drops Reigns with a spinwheel kick. We hit the nerve hold again
before Reigns’ comeback is squashed by a kick to the chest. The fans
think Russia sucks and help Roman fight out of the third nerve hold.
A running clothesline drops the Russian and a Samoan drop does it
again. The apron kick has Lana freaking out and there’s the Superman
Punch, drawing in Orton for the DQ at 6:55 shown of 9:25.
C. This was decent while it
lasted but there was no way either guy was getting a clean win here.
Also, a nine and a half
minute match on Smackdown doens’t have nearly the same atmosphere
that these two had in the battle royal. Build these two up a bit
more and make it mean something and the match will be much better.
lays Roman out but Lana orders Rusev out of the ring instead of
CRUSH. Orton heads inside and hits
an RKO to end the show.
Rating: C-. Reigns finally
having to deal with some adversity is a nice thing to see, but the
rest of the show wasn’t much. Orton vs. Jericho was good but doesn’t
mean much, and the rest of the show was just there. Unfortunately
Smackdown is slipping back into its old pattern of meaning nothing at
all and that makes it hard to sit through.
Lee b. Cameron – Shining Wizard
Rose b. Fandango via countout
b. Heath Slater/Titus O’Neil – Superfly Splash to Slater
Orton b. Chris Jericho – RKO
b. Curtis Axel – Final Cut
Dallas b. Diego/El Torito – Bodog to Diego
Reigns b. Rusev via DQ when Randy Orton interfered
On the 6/10/89 edition of World Championship Wrestling, Lex Luger complained of being held back, and thought he was worthy of a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship over the likes of Ricky Steamboat or Terry Funk. At Clash VII, Luger made the save for Steamboat when Funk attacked the Steamer with a microphone, but then promptly turned on The Dragon, once again becoming a heel. On World Championship Wrestling, Luger cut a promo saying that he turned on Steamboat because he was tired of making the fans happy, and wanted to prove that he was better. So this match for the United States Championship was signed for Bash ’89.
NOTE: The Network does not have a milestone marker for anything from Bash ’89, and I already posted the link to that show a few days ago, so here’s the Dailymotion version.
July 10, 2014
Bethlehem Events Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Mike Tenay, Taz
the last night in Bethlehem, meaning we’re heading for New York next
week. Tonight Kurt Angle has scheduled a series of title matches
with only the World Title not being on the line. However, there will
be a twenty man battle royal with the winner getting a World Title
shot at some point in the future. Let’s get to it.
open with a video about how so many titles are on the line this week.
Most of them were last week as well but it’s nice to see matches
that matter twice in a row.
Kurt Angle to declare this the Championship Showcase, meaning every
match has championship ramifications. He runs down the card before
asking Willow to come out here. Kurt says Jeff Hardy became Willow
because of the dark place that Dixie Carter had put him in. Now it’s
just Kurt Angle, and Kurt needs the most competitive wrestler in the
world, and that’s Jeff Hardy. Kurt isn’t asking Willow to go away
forever, but just for tonight.
Aries says he’ll win the X-Division Title tonight.
Team Titles: Wolves vs. Bram/Magnus
Wolves are defending and it’s Davey vs. Magnus to get things going.
A rolling enziguri puts Magnus down and the champions double team him
in the corner. Bram comes in as well and gets kicked down just as
quickly. It’s off to Bram legally but Davey rams him head first into
Eddie ala the British Bulldogs. Magnus gets in a cheap shot from the
apron to take over before getting Eddie off the apron so there’s no
one for Davey to tag. The challengers take over and Magnus avoids a
kick to the head connects and Bram can’t make a fast enough save.
Edwards comes in with fast chops to cleans house before a top rope
hurricanrana gets two on Bram. The Wolves sends the Brits to the
floor for a double suicide dive. Back in and Davey misses the top
rope double stomp but escapes a powerbomb into a backslide. The
legal Eddie runs in and grabs Bram’s legs in a rollup for the pin at
C. Nice match here but again,
the Wolves need challengers to be built up to challenge them, not for
them to beat week in and week out. They don’t need to prove how
awesome they are and the division is already weak enough. It was
entertaining stuff though and I’m fine with the Wolves like this.
Just keep them away from fighting each other for awhile.
Roode is fired up.
of Roode, here he is in the arena. He talks about wanting something
so much that you need it. For months, Dixie Carter made him sit at
home and then MVP did the same. MVP sees him as a threat, but now
this threat is in the middle of the ring. He wants to get his hands
on MVP and doesn’t care about a doctor’s note. If MVP isn’t here by
a count of ten, Roode is coming to the back and ripping MVP apart.
music hits at about five and he comes out in a wheelchair and says
Roode has made his knee injury even worse. It’s swollen so big that
he can’t even get an MRI. He’s so upset that he won’t stand for
this. Roode comes up the ramp anyway but has to dispatch Kenny King.
MVP is sent down to the ring but King nails Roode with a chair.
Eric Young comes out for the save but Lashley runs out to spear him
Storm sits down with Sanada in the back and says Sanada will disgrace
Japan and the Great Muta if he loses the title. Storm says Muta
controls Sanada through the title, but Storm likes what he sees in
Sanada. Interesting indeed.
see the Angle and Willow segment again.
says he thinks he got to Hardy, and that was his goal.
Title: Sanada vs. Austin Aries
is defending and quickly spins out of a wristlock into a headlock on
the mat but Aries pops right out of it. A dropkick nails Aries but
he’s right on his feet again for a standoff. They head to the mat
for the Last Chancery from Aries but Sanada is quickly in the ropes.
Sanada puts on a rolling cradle for two and Aries is dizzy. A
running clothesline puts him on the floor and but he slides in before
Sanada can dive. Back in and Aries shoves him off the top to break
up a springboard attempt, allowing him to hit a top rope ax handle to
in and Aries goes up, only to get dropkicked out of the air. Sanada
sends him to the floor for a running dive off the apron but Aries
counters the tiger suplex. The running dropkick in the corner sets
up the brainbuster but Sanada flips out and gets the tiger suplex for
two. The moonsault connects for two but an Aries avoids a second.
The brainbuster gets two and the 450 gives Aries the pin at 8:26.
B. The match was awesome, but
this basically makes Sanada’s entire reign totally pointless. It’s
going to hurt the title even more when the belt is vacated and we
have to have yet another tournament for the title and no big name
enters it because there’s no reason to care about the X-Division
Title until next July. Option C might be the worst thing ever for
doesn’t want to talk about Rhino and we go to a break very abruptly.
We get the full version of the interview after we get back, with Ray
shouting at the interviewer about how he’s going to talk to Rhino
face to face.
Carter III says Rhino is going to reveal the real Bully.
comes out to the ring and says when he was starting out, Bam Bam
Bigelow gave him some advice: by the time he was established, he
could count the number of true friends he had on one hand. That
brings Ray to Rhino, who he wants out here right now, face to face.
He gets Rhino but also gets
Spud and Ethan Carter III. Bully demands answers from Rhino but
Rhino says this is about the two of them. When Rhino was watching
Team 3D being announced for the Hall of Fame, Rhino realized that
Bully was a con man.
has conned Paul Heyman and Dixie Carter. Bully says that’s a cop out
and says Rhino has been brainwashed. This is just jealousy and Ray
is in the Hall of Fame because the people say he should be. Rhino is
responsible for his own career and is the only reason he got fired
from WWE and TNA. He was hardcore at one point but now he’s just a
coward. Ethan says he paid off Rhino because Rhino needs the money.
Ray says he’s going to rip Carter apart but gets Gored. The beatdown
ensues but Tommy Dreamer makes the save with a kendo stick. You know
what the chant is.
Beautiful People complain about how their flirting didn’t get them
anywhere. Angelina says she’s going to win the title back tonight.
says the Menagerie should win tonight because they’re tailor made for
a battle royal.
Title: Angelina Love vs. Gail Kim vs. Brittany vs. Madison Rayne
is defending. Brittany
jumps Madison on the way to the ring but Gail comes out for the save.
Things settle down with Gail faceplanting Madison but Angelina pulls
the champion out to the floor. Angelina and Brittany double team
Madison with Love playing on Brittany’s inexperience to get a quick
near fall. Madison hits a kind of suplex jawbreaker to put Brittany
down but walks into the Botox Injection from Angelina. Eat Defeat to
Love is enough to retain Gail’s title at 5:35.
D+. I can’t count how many
times I’ve seen a match that was almost identical to this one between
the Knockouts. They’ve been doing the exact same kind of multi girl
matches for years now and, just like the people in them, they’re only
slightly different than the last one. These get old and pretty easy
to predict very fast.
Aries says he always seems to have the X-Division Title around this
time of the year. The title is the key for a title shot and everyone
thinks he’s going to cash the title in for a title shot in New York
City but he likes to mix things up. He says the division is
on Destination X, three weeks from tonight.
Roode doesn’t care about MVP and the trio, but he’ll be back for them
talks about how Lashley is a franchise player. We see Lashley
working out wearing the title belt.
Crazy Steve, The Freak, Bobby Roode, Eric Young, Ethan Carter III,
Rockstar Spud, Manik, DJZ,
Bram, Sanada, Magnus, Jesse Godderz, Bully Ray, Jeff Hardy, Mr.
Anderson, Kenny King, Gunner, James Storm, Tigre Uno
winner gets a title shot next week. Roode is now in long tights.
Hardy comes out as Jeff Hardy for the first time in a few months. I
think I’ve got everyone in the match but it’s always hard to tell.
Jesse quickly dropkicks Crazy Steve out for the first elimination but
the Freak puts him out a few seconds later. DJZ goes after the two
remaining members of the Menagerie and is quickly eliminated. Bram
and Magnus put the Freak out and Knux misses a big boot, allowing
them to dump him as well. Storm knocks Hardy to the apron and bites
Hardy’s fingers but can’t get an elimination.
forearms Tigre Uno out as the ring is clearing a bit. Sanada is
tossed as well before Roode clotheslines Magnus to the floor. Storm
does the same to Anderson and tosses Gunner as well. Hardy gets rid
of Bram, bringing out Abyss to hammer Bram to the back. Kenny King
misses a charge at Manik and is able to eliminate him from the apron.
Roode and Storm have the required showdown as we go to a break.
with Roode dumping Storm, getting us down to a final group of Spud,
Carter, Ray, Young, King, Hardy and Roode. Spud tries to chop Ray
and gets grabbed low for his efforts.
knocks out Spud and Ethan but eliminates himself in the process.
Down to four now. Young is down in the corner as Roode spinebusts
King, only to have MVP get in a cheap shot to Bobby with his crutch
for an elimination.
dumps King and we’re down to Hardy vs. Eric. They shake hands and
we’re ready to go. A quick belly to belly attempt sends Hardy to the
apron but he comes back in with a jawbreaker. Young is sent over the
corner for a Flair Flip so of course he struts along the apron.
Hardy is nice enough to not nail him but a dropkick knocks Young out
for the at 16:00.
C+. This was a decent enough
battle royal as they kept things moving fast enough that it didn’t
get boring. Hardy winning the title shot was pretty obvious the
second his music hit but he’s one of the best choices. I have no
idea where Samoa Joe was, but I’m assuming this is setting up Joe vs.
Angle down the line.
says he won, bad hair and all. He’s the next World Champion and is
doing it for the creatures. Lashley comes out and holds up the belt
to end the show.
Rating: C+. I actually liked
tonight’s show for the most part, but the X-Division stuff gets on my
nerves. It’s such a waste of potential for the division and comes
off too much like Money in the Bank. Other than that though we had
two good matches and a decent enough battle royal to set up a big
main event next week. The show did its job and wasn’t terrible so it
works well enough for me.
b. Bram/Magnus – Rollup to Bram
Aries b. Sanada – 450 Splash
Kim b. Madison Rayne, Angelina Love and Brittany – Eat Defeat to
Hardy won a battle royal last eliminating Eric Young
July 10, 2014
Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Renee Young, Jason Albert, Rich Brennan
is another show that has been built up for a few weeks and there’s a
good chance we get the payoff tonight. Coming off last week, we
should be coming up on Sami Zayn/Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd/Justin
Gabriel. The match isn’t going to be a masterpiece or anything, but
it’s going to be a well done match with a lot of high flying
entertainment. Let’s get to it.
vs. Summer Rae
winner gets a shot against Charlotte at some point in the future.
Summer sends her into the corner to start but Bayley takes her down
with a drop toehold and puts on an armbar. Bayley spins around on
Summer’s back and Rae bails to the floor. Back in quickly and Summer
nails a kick to Bayley’s ribs for one. Summer pulls on the arms with
her feet on Bayley’s shoulders as Charlotte is watching from the
referee breaks up a hair pull and Bayley flips Summer over, only to
have her head rammed into the mat. Bayley comes back with a suplex,
drawing a BAYLEY’S GONNA HUG YOU chant from the crowd. A spear and
suplex get two on Rae but she kicks Bayley in the face for two of her
own. Bayley comes back with a top rope elbow to the jaw but Summer
counters the Belly to Bayley into the Summer Crush (standing legdrop)
for the pin at 5:23.
C-. Nothing special here but
Summer vs. Charlotte is going to be a solid match that belongs on a
big stage. Summer isn’t great in the rings but she looks good and
has the attitude that a Diva needs. Bayley needs to stay in NXT as
long as she can so WWE can’t ruin her on the main roster.
Zayn and Adrian Neville are banged up but they’re coming for Gabriel
Gabriel is with Tyson Kidd and says he’s not going to be a loser
anymore. He started in NXT and now somehow he’s back. There’s
talent here, but it’s not on his level. Tyson was right and it took
one more loss to prove him right. Sometimes in life, you have to
break some rules.
Breeze has entered the building.
Cara vs. Wesley Blake
quick rollups get two on Blake and a clothesline sends him to the
floor, setting up a suicide dive. Back in and Blake takes him down
by the arm for two before hooking an armbar. Cara comes up with a
jawbreaker followed by a springboard headbutt. A springboard cross
body gets two and a kick to the head sets up the Swanton Bomb for the
pin at 3:32.
C-. Just a squash here but Sin
Cara looked fine. He could use a few nice wins down in NXT, even
though it isn’t going to mean much for him in WWE. The original Sin
Cara’s run was just so bad that even the new performer can’t do much
with the character anymore. Still though, not bad.
Kidd and Natalya get in an argument over his recent actions. He
tells Natalya to not come to the ring with him tonight.
thinks she and Sasha should stay friends but Banks doesn’t seem
Parker calls out Xavier Woods to talk about what happened last week.
Parker apologizes but Woods doesn’t seem to accept. CJ offers peace
before laying Woods out from behind.
Vaudevillains talk about becoming the next Tag Team Champions and
share an awesome laugh.
on the Ascension for the fans that are watching on the free preview.
Dempsey vs. Angelo Dawkins
quick armbar takes Dawkins down and he makes the mistake of trying a
sunset flip. The much bigger Dempsey sits on his chest and hammers
away with headbutts and elbow drops. Dempsey chokes a lot and shrugs
off a quick comeback attempt, setting up the Bulldozer powerslam for
the pin at 2:55.
says he isn’t quitting until he’s NXT Champion.
and Neville are ready.
Zayn/Adrian Neville vs. Tyson Kidd/Justin Gabriel
is here with Kidd despite the argument earlier. Kidd and Neville get
things going as the announcers plug the Network. Off to Sami who
cranks on the arm before it’s back to the champion for more of the
same. Zayn drops to the mat and Neville gets on his back for a
corkscrew splash. Albert: “Rich can I try that off your back?”
Renee: “I’ll give you a dollar if you do!” Neville hits a middle
rope cross body for two before it’s off to Zayn for some chops.
Justin offers a distraction and Tyson sends Zayn to the floor as we
take a break.
almost immediately with Gabriel putting on a double chicken wing.
That goes nowhere so Sami gets tied in the Tree of Woe, only to have
Justin nail him from the apron. A double kick to the head gets two
on Zayn and Tyson puts on a front facelock. Sami is in trouble but
finally throws Kidd off and dives over for the hot tag. A standing
moonsault gets two on Gabriel and a sitout powerbomb gets the same.
levels Kidd for two and the fans want Nattie. Justin’s distraction
prevents the Red Arrow and Kidd knocks Adrian off the ropes for the
springboard elbow and two. Sami sends Justin outside but makes a
blind tag, setting up a big high cross body for two as Adrian dives
onto Gabriel. I thought that was it. Tyson grabs Sami’s face but
gets backdropped to the floor. Sami is left alone for the BIG flip
dive to take out all three other guys. Kidd claims a knee injury but
it’s a fake. Sami punches him in the jaw but it knocks Natalya to
the floor as well. Tyson fakes going to check on her and grabs a
quick rollup for the pin at 10:35.
B. Take four guys and let them
fly around the ring for eleven minutes and freak the crowd out. It’s
an idea that has worked since professional wrestling began and it’s
always going to work. The match was the usual solid stuff and Kidd
looks like the most evil guy in all of NXT. Well done.
leaves with Gabriel.
Rating: B. If the idea tonight
was to get people to want to buy the Network to see NXT, they did a
great job. You got some WWE names, some good matches, angle
advancement, and a sense of “why am I not watching this?”.
That’s the point of a show like this and it worked like a charm.
Good stuff and a good regular episode too.
b. Bayley – Summer Crush
Cara b. Wesley Blake – Swanton Bomb
Dempsey b. Angelo Dawkins – Bulldozer
Kidd/Justin Gabriel b. Sami Zayn/Adrian Neville – Rollup to Zayn