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AmericanAirlines Arena – Miami, Florida – Sunday, October 27, 2013

Michael Cole, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and JBL are on commentary.

KICKOFF MATCH: Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow is the aggressor early on, but Kofi fights back with a flurry of strikes. Kofi hits a flying back elbow for a two-count. Sandow takes a powder to catch his breath but Kofi follows him out with a baseball slide through the ropes. Kofi dives off the steps and wipes Sandow out with a somersault dive. Back in the ring Kofi tries a springboard cross body but Sandow avoids it. They take a commercial break for some reason and they come back to Kingston running into a bodyslam. Sandow hits the Cubito Aequet for a near-fall. He keeps Kingston off balance with an abdominal stretch, and then goes for a legdrop but misses. Sandow goes to the second rope and Kingston takes him down with a nice headscissors. Kingston fires up now with a nice flurry, culminating in the Boom Drop. He calls for Trouble in Paradise but Sandow ducks. Kingston hits the springboard cross body block for a near-fall. He continues flying about but Sandow won’t stay down. Sandow kicks Kingston in the knee and pulls his neck into the second rope. That’s enough to hit the You’re Welcome to get the pin at 5:54 (shown). That was brisk but they packed a lot into it, and once again made me wonder why WWE won’t give either of these guys more than the occasional Kickoff match.
Rating: **½

MATCH #1: WWE Tag Team Title Triple Threat Match – Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. The Usos

Cody and Goldust have been the Champions since 10.14.13, and this is their first defense. Rollins and Goldust start the match, but Rollins quickly bails and tags Jey Uso into the match. It took me a minute to figure out why the Usos are wearing pink. The two brother tandems go back and forth in the early going while the Shield watches on from the apron. After a few minutes the Shield involve themselves and are able to take control on Goldust. Rollins and Reigns wear the golden one down but the resilient Goldust is able to hit Reigns with a DDT. Rollins tags in and knocks Cody off the apron, thus Goldust cannot tag his partner. Goldust tries to tag one of the Usos but the Shield pull them off the apron too! Cody gets frustrated and gets in the ring but the referee forces him out, even though there are no disqualifications. Finally Goldust is able to make the hot tag and the crowd is juiced for the younger Rhodes brother. Cody goes nuts on Rollins, almost pinning him with a moonsault press. Rollins sends Cody to the floor and Jimmy makes a blind tag and almost pins Rollins with a high cross body block. The referee has lost control and the crowd is loving it. Jimmy knocks Goldust and Reigns to the floor and then takes them out with a dive. Jey hits Rollins with a huge Samoan Drop for a near-fall. Cody makes his way back in and goes after Rollins. They fight up on the top rope and Cody superplexes Rollins out onto everyone on the floor! The crowd is chanting “this is awesome.” Everyone makes their way back to the ring for the finisher parade. Cody is able to hit Rollins with Cross-Rhodes to score the pin at 14:35! What a great opener, with all six guys working hard to keep the crowd into it, and they succeeded in spades. They worked a bit of the tag team formula and then just exploded down the stretch. I love all of this.
Rating: ****

MATCH #2: Mixed Tag Team Match – The Great Khali & Natalya vs. Fandango & Summer Rae

Khali and Natalya have Hornswoggle in their corner. This is Summer Rae’s in-ring debut. The men start it off and Khali dominates with his size and power. Fandango seems comfort in the arms of his woman, and tags are made. Natalya and Summer go back and forth with some chain wrestling, and then Summer scores with a dropkick and dances about it. Summer dances a little bit too much and Natalya makes her pay for it. Fandango comes in and gets in Natalya’s face and she takes him down and goes for a Sharpshooter! While Fandango is able to avoid the Sharpshooter he’s not able to avoid the clutches of Khali. It’s always wise against a big man to go for the knees, and that’s exactly what Fandango does. It doesn’t really get him anywhere, so he tags Summer back in. Summer tries to peddle her wears in front of Khali, but Natalya just comes in and starts beating her up. Natalya hits the discuss clothesline and goes for the Sharpshooter but Summer reaches the ropes. Summer pulls Natalya into the ropes and then traps her in a schoolgirl rollup to get the pin at 4:49. I could have sworn that match was twice that long. I would love to be in the room when they try to justify putting stuff like this on a show that they are expecting people to pay $55 for.
Rating: *

MATCH #3: WWE United States Title Match – Dean Ambrose vs. Big E Langston

Ambrose has been the Champion since 5.19.13, and this is his ninth defense. The Champ talks trash and slaps his challenger in the face. Big E doesn’t take too kindly to that and starts throwing Ambrose around the ring with ease. Ambrose tries to fight back but Big E dumps him to the floor, and the Champion appears to tweak his knee. That actually proves to be Ambrose’s saving grace, as he’s able to pull Big E into the edge of the ring frame and take control. Ambrose rams Big E into the ring post, sending the powerful challenger to the floor. He wears Big E down for several minutes, but Big E is able to fire back and squash Ambrose with a big splash (after missing his first try) for a two-count. Ambrose tries to bail but Big E drags him back to the ring. Once they get there Ambrose is able to connect on a DDT for a two-count. Ambrose charges into the corner but misses and hits nothing but ring post. Big E spears Ambrose through the ropes and both men crash to the floor! Cool spot. Ambrose decides not to get back in the ring and the referee counts him out at 8:41. I like both of these guys and they meshed well enough together and did what they could in the time they had. But as I’ve said before, imagine how much better matches like this would be if they were built up rather than tossed onto the card during the Kickoff show.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Handicap Hell in a Cell Match – CM Punk vs. Ryback & Paul Heyman

This is Punk’s fifth Hell in a Cell match, and he’s coming in with a 1-3 record; his only win came last year against Ryback of all people, and that was Ryback’s only Hell in a Cell appearance before tonight. Heyman obviously is making his debut in the demonic structure. He comes out on a lift and cuts a promo to agitate Punk, and then has the lift take him all the way to the top of the Cell so he doesn’t have to be in the ring with the man he has tortured for months.

The crowd is not amused with this. Punk and Ryback battle in earnest, with Punk going right after the big guy’s legs. Punk knocks Ryback to the floor and wipes him out with a suicide dive. He tries to use a kendo stick but Ryback thwarts him and starts throwing Punk into the Cell walls. Ryback uses the kendo stick and keeps Punk off this feet. Back in the ring Ryback continues the abuse. Punk fights back and sends Ryback to the floor, and then takes him out with a clothesline from the top rope. He tries to bring out a table but Ryback shoves him into the ring steps. Momentum continues to swing back and forth, as both men are able to pull off some impressive counters and display admirable resilience. Punk gets a hold of the kendo stick and uses that to his advantage. He takes Ryback off his feet and hits Hail to the King for a two-count. Punk is dominating and he looks to add to it by bringing a table in the ring. Ryback recovers and drops Punk crotch first on the edge of the table. Punk responds with a low blow of his own that sends Ryback onto the table. Once again Punk goes up top and hits Hail to the King, busting the table. Punk whacks Ryback in the face with the kendo stick, and then connects with the Go to Sleep to get the pin at 13:50. They did some solid work incorporating the Cell, and these two generally do decent work together. The problem is that no one cared to see Punk versus Ryback, they wanted to see Punk versus Heyman so the heat during the match wasn’t really there. After the match Punk goes to the top of the Cell and destroys Heyman with the kendo stick and then hits Go to Sleep.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Los Matadores vs. The Real Americans

Antonio Cesaro and Diego start the match. Diego uses his speed and agility to take the early advantage, but Cesaro weathers the storm and dumps Diego to the floor. Jack Swagger gets the tag and he goes after Diego with ferocity. The Americans are in firm control and the wear Diego down. Cesaro uses the Cesaro Swing and Fernando has to come break up the cover. Finally. Diego is able to make the lukewarm tag and Fernando is a house afire. The referee loses control a bit, and Swagger traps Fernando in the Patriot Lock. Fernando escapes by rolling through and sending Swagger crashing into Cesaro on the apron. Diego gets the tag and Los Matadores hit a double-team Flatliner to get the pin at 5:53. That was short, and not at all different from what you would see on TV.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #6: World Heavyweight Title Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena

Del Rio has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his fifth defense. Cena is just returning from a superhuman comeback from a torn triceps. Del Rio’s finisher is the Cross Armbreaker, so that gives him a pretty pronounced target. Cena is aggressive early on, but also clearly favoring his left arm. Del Rio bides his time and takes control, viciously attacking the left arm and trying to keep Cena grounded. Every time Cena tries to fight back Del Rio is able to cut him off. “Mr. Money in the Bank” Damien Sandow is shown watching on backstage. Del Rio goes to the top rope and Cena cuts him out of the air with a dropkick. Cena fires up with shoulderblocks and the Protoplex. He hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and tries the Attitude Adjustment but Del Rio counters with a Backstabber for two. Cena hits a tornado DDT for a two-count. He goes up top and Del Rio takes him down with the step-up enziguiri for a near-fall. Del Rio tries another enziguiri but he can’t connect. Instead Del Rio hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for another two-count. Cena avoids a charge in the corner and goes up top to hit a cross body block for a near-fall. Del Rio pops up and hits an armbreaker. He goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Cena is able to roll through and lock on the STF! Del Rio barely makes the bottom rope to break the hold. He’s able to kick Cena in the gut and then take his head off with a Superkick. Cena kicks out at two! Del Rio puts on the Cross Armbreaker and Cena powers out of it with a powerbomb! Back on their feet Cena is able to get Del Rio up for the Attitude Adjustment, and Cena is a three-time World Heavyweight Champion at 15:17! This was far better than I expected it to be, as Cena’s injury gave Del Rio a clear focus that helped give the match structure. The second half of the match was both men doing whatever they could to survive and get the win.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: WWE Divas Title Match – AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella

AJ has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is her fifth defense. She has Tamina Snuka in her corner, while Brie is accompanied by her twin sister Nikki. They lock up aggressively and get right in each other’s faces in the early going. Brie is feisty but AJ is able to survive the initial onslaught and start wearing her challenger down. AJ puts on a guillotine choke and Brie is fading. Brie is able to power up and ram AJ into the turnbuckles. Brie goes to the second rope and lands a dropkick. She hits a couple more to keep AJ reeling, and then lands a clothesline for two. AJ fights back and goes for the Black Widow but Brie fights it off and puts on a half crab. Tamina gets on the apron so Nikki pulls her down and they brawl. Brie goes for the running knee but AJ moves and Brie accidentally hits Nikki! That momentary distraction allows AJ to cinch on the Black Widow and Brie taps out at 5:32. That was certainly brief but they did a good job with the time they had. Brie is definitely the better wrestler of the Bella twins.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #8: Hell in a Cell Match for the vacant WWE Championship

Shawn Michaels is the special guest referee for this all-important main event, but he still refuses to tuck in his shirt. The title has been in abeyance since 9.16.13, and this match will finally crown a new Champion. Bryan is making his first appearance in Hell in a Cell, while this is the fifth time for Orton and he has a 2-2 record with victories over John Cena and Sheamus (and losses to the Undertaker and Mark Henry). Michaels has been in four Cell matches as a wrestler (winning three), and also refereed once before for Triple H versus Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVIII.

They start out slugging and Orton quickly hits the snap scoop powerslam. Bryan fights back with the missile dropkick, so both men aren’t afraid to bring out some of their signature moves in the opening moments. Orton starts working the midsection, and knocks Bryan off the apron and into the cell. He uses the steel steps as a weapon and Bryan is in rough shape already. Bryan reverses a whip and sends Orton into the steps, and then he rams Orton into the Cell wall. Back in the ring Bryan pours on the pressure, wearing Orton down with a variety of strikes. Bryan dropkicks Orton back to the floor and follows him out with a suicide dive. He hits another dive but when he goes for a third Orton moves out of the way and Bryan connects face-first with the Cell. Orton runs Bryan into the post, and that leaves him in perfect position for the Inverted headlock backbreaker. That’s a unique way to hit that move. Back in the ring Orton is in control and he goes for a superplex but Bryan counters to a sunset bomb. They rise and trade European Uppercuts, a battle that Bryan wins. Bryan hits a couple of IEDs and unloads with more kicks. He follows with a super rana and the diving headbutt for a near-fall. Bryan puts on the Yes! Lock but Orton is able to reach the ropes and slither to the floor. There’s no rest for Orton, as Bryan follows him out and continues to beat on him, even using a series of steel chairs. Bryan throws about a dozen chairs in the ring, despite Michaels’ objections. Back in the ring Orton puts a thumb in Bryan’s eyes out of desperation, and then uses the chairs to wear Bryan down. Orton hits a superplex onto the pile of chairs, which I don’t think I’ve seen in WWE before. Even so, that only gets a two-count. An angry Triple H makes his way out and the crowd is none too pleased. Michaels and HHH argue, causing Michaels to miss an Orton cover. Orton is angry, as the COO and the referee talk about “doing his job,” and Michaels says he’s doing it. In the meantime, Orton goes for an RKO but Bryan shoves him off and right into Michaels, knocking him down. It was a pretty weak bump, but Triple H is concerned enough to open the door and get in the ring. Bryan hits the Knee-Plus but there’s no one to count. Triple H shoves Bryan out of the way to check on Michaels, leaving himself in perfect position for Bryan to hit The Game with the Knee-Plus! The crowd loves it. But in the middle of deafening “Yes!” chants, Michaels hits Bryan with Sweet Chin Music! Orton covers and Michaels makes the three-count at 22:07! That match was going along rather well, as Orton v Bryan matches tend to do, but then we got our collective heart ripped out again. They did a good job using the cell and incorporating some big spots, like the superplex onto the chairs. The ending was fairly creative, though it would have been a little more effective had Michaels taken a bit bigger bump to lure Triple H into the Cell.
Rating: ***¾
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Phillips Arena – Atlanta, Georgia – October 28, 2012

Michael Cole, Hall of Famer Jim Ross, and JBL are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/ Ricardo Rodriguez)

Orton starts off hot and beats on Del Rio both in and out of the ring. Del Rio comes back and starts working the shoulder to set up for the Cross Armbreaker. Every time Orton tries to fight up Del Rio is able to swat him back down and work the arm. Finally Del Rio is able to lock on the Cross Armbreaker but it’s too close to the ropes and Orton gets there. Orton hits the Inverted headlock backbreaker for a two-count. He tries to follow up with the Rope-hung DDT but Del Rio escapes it and drops Orton on the top rope. Del Rio goes for an RKO but Orton escapes it and this time hits the Rope-hung DDT. Orton tries to signal for the RKO but his arm is too injured to pound the mat. Del Rio hits a Backstabber for two. Orton counters with the snap scoop powerslam for a two-count. They fight up on the rop rope and Del Rio is able to connect with the Warrior’s Way for a near-fall. Del Rio goes back up top but can’t connect with the flying something, and an awkward little exchange ends with Orton hitting The Dropkick. Orton tries the RKO but more reversals leads to Rodriguez pulling Orton’s shoulder into the ring post behind the referee’s back! Del Rio locks on the Cross Armbreaker and Orton is able to counter his way out of it. When Del Rio goes for the Ste-up enziguiri Orton ducks it and lands the RKO to get the pin at 12:39! They had that one little flub but the finish more than makes up for it. They both had great strategy here, with Del Rio doggedly pursuing the arm and Orton making sure to use his opposite arm to hit the RKO, which JR is helpful enough to point out. Excellent opener here.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Tag Team Championship Match – Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars

Daniel Bryan & Kane have been the Champions since 9.16.12, and this is their second defense. Daniel Bryan and Damien Sandow start the match. The Champions take the early advantage, no matter which member of the challengers are in the ring. Eventually Team Rhodes Scholars are able to isolate Kane, which was the opposite way I thought this match would go. Bryan gets a tag and he is all fired up. He unloads with the Yes Kicks and sends both Rhodes and Sandow to the floor. Bryan follows out with a suicide dive to wipe Sandow out. He throws Sandow back in and gets up on the apron. Rhodes distracts him, allowing Sandow to knock him down. Sandow and Rhodes are back in control. Bryan makes the comeback, Kane gets the hot tag, boom. Rhodes tries to hit Kane with a superplex but that doesn’t go well. Kane shoves Rhodes down and follows with the flying clothesline. He sets up for the Chokeslam but Bryan tags himself in and hits the diving headbutt. Kane breaks up the cover because he felt like it should have been his. Everyone gets dumped to the floor except Bryan, and he goes for the running knee off the apron and accidentally hits Kane! Now Kane is pissed and the Champions argue. Rhodes and Sandow try stereo baseball slides but they blow them so badly. Back in the ring Rhodes hits Bryan with Cross-Rhodes and Kane breaks up the cover. Kane is unleashing on Rhodes and has a beating for Sandow as well. The referee can’t get Kane out of the ring so he calls for the DQ at 13:07. That was good tag team formula stuff with the twist of Bryan and Kane not getting along. It was fun up until the stupid finish that makes the challengers look like huge pussies who don’t deserve a rematch.
Rating: **¾

Just to reenforce that point, Kane beats up Rhodes and Sandow after the match and then argues with his own partner. Kane lights up the ring posts because he’s angry!

MATCH #3: Intercontinental Championship Match – The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston

Kingston has been the Champion since 10.17.12, and this is his first defense. They go back and forth to start and Kingston almost hits Trouble in Paradise but Miz avoids it and takes a powder. Out on the floor Miz takes the advantage. Back in the ring Miz keeps Kingston on the mat, which is wise to do with a high flyer. Miz charges into the corner and Kingston pops out with a clothesline. Kingston hits the Boom Drop and signals for Trouble in Paradise but Miz alips to the floor. Back in the ring Kingston hits a springboard cross body block off the top rope for two. A series of reversals ends with Kingston hitting the SOS for a near-fall. Miz goes back to work on the legs and keeps Kingston from flying. He locks on a half crab and Kingston eventually counters with an inside cradle for two. Miz hits a baby DDT for two. They counter each other back and forth and Kingston is able to connect with the Trouble in Paradise using his good leg to get the pin at 10:20. These two usually do solid work, and this was no different. Miz working the leg was excellent strategy and Kingston was able to overcome it using his wits and his resilience. Kofi Kingston is such a perfect guy to be Intercontinental Champion but they never seem to capitalize on his potential.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #4: United States Championship Match – Antonio Cesaro vs. Justin Gabriel

Cesaro has been the champion since 8.19.12, and this is his fourth defense. Gabriel tries using his high flying ability to control the early part of the match, but Cesaro cuts him off by shoving him from the top rope to the floor. Back in the ring Cesaro wears Gabriel down. Gabriel fights back with a leg lariat and a springboard moonsault for a two-count. Momentum shifts back and forth as both guys try to put the other away. Gabriel hits a DDT for a near-fall. He goes up top and misses the 450 Splash but Cesaro rolls out of the way. Gabriel sort of lands on his feet, and is able to hit the AJ Styles fipping inverted DDT. Cesaro rolls to the floor and Gabriel kicks him back to the guardrail. Gabriel goes for a springboard cross body but Cesaro catches him with a European Uppercut. Cesaro throws Gabriel back in the ring and hits him with The Neutralizer to get the pin at 7:20. That was a perfectly fine TV match, but not really suited to pay-per-view. Cesaro and Gabriel are both very talented and with a feud and a match twice as long they could do something great.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. The Prime Time Players

Darren Young starts with Sin Cara, and the masked man is able to take early control. Sin Cara and Mysterio work well together in the early going until Young cuts Mysterio off with a belly-to-belly suplex. Young and Titus O’Neil take control now and isolate Mysterio in their half of the ring. Mysterio is able to make a tag as momentum continues to shift back and forth. The PTP spend quite a bit of time working over Sin Cara, who is finally able to make a comeback with an Asai DDT but spikes himself on his head and gets injured. The hot tag is made and Mysterio is all over D Young. Mysterio is able to connect with the 619 and follows with the Diving splash to get the pin at 12:27. That was classic tag team formula stuff, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The high flying team faced the power team and all four men jelled well together. I’m a sucker for good tag team wrestling.
Rating: ***

MATCH #6: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Sheamus vs. Big Show

Sheamus has been the Champion since 4.1.12, and this is his eighth defense. This is the first time these two have ever had a one-on-one match with each other. Show uses his incredible power to gain the early advantage. Mr. Money in the Bank Dolph Ziggler is watching on backstage, just in case an opportunity presents itself. Sheamus fights back and knocks Show to the floor. Back in the ring Show returns the favor and knocks Sheamus to the outside. Show absolutley dominates the Champion both in and out of the ring, leaving Sheamus wondering what he can possibly do to subdue the Giant. The mammoth challenger uses a bearhug to continue wearing Sheamus down. Show hits a Vader Bomb but it only gets two. He goes for the Chokeslam but Sheamus cleverly counters with a DDT. Sheamus covers and Show bench presses him to the floor. Back in the ring Show hits the Chokeslam but Sheamus kicks out! A series of reversals finds the match back on the floor, and Sheamus shoulderblocks Show into the ring post. Back in the ring Sheamus goes to the top rope but can’t connect. Sheamus perseveres and takes Show off his feet. He hits an impressive White Noise but he only gets two! Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but Show blocks it and hits the KO Punch, but it only gets a two-count! Show goes for another KO Punch but Sheamus ducks and hits the Brogue Kick for a near-fall! Sheamus goes for another Brogue Kick but Show cuts him off with a KO Punch to win his second World Heavyweight Title at 20:13! That match had no right to that good, but Sheamus and Big Show had shocking chemistry here. The power versus more power dynamic worked really well for them, and Show looks like a million bucks while Sheamus lost nothing in that defeat. This may be the biggest pleasant surprise of 2012.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Triple Threat Match for the Divas Championship – Eve vs. Layla vs. Kaitlyn

Eve has been the Champion since 9.16.12, and this is her third defense. The challengers both attack the Champion from the get-go, since Eve screwed over both Kaitlyn and Layla last month at Night of Champions 2012. It almost seems like they’re working together, but Layla reminds Kaitlyn that it’s every Diva for herself by rolling her up for two. Layla and Kaitlyn do a fish out of water spot and Eve breaks it up. Eve sends Layla to the floor and then focuses on Kaitlyn. She attacks Kaitlyn’s injured ankle and goes to work on it. Layla gets back in the fray and zeroes in on the Champion. She takes her out and then does battle with Kaitlyn. Eve comes back in reasserts herself. Kaitlyn hits Eve with Stratusfaction but Layla doesn’t allow a cover. She hits Layla with a powerslam and covers, but Eve breaks that up with a somersault senton, crushing Layla underneath both Eve and Kaitlyn. Eve is then able to score the pin on Layla to retain the title at 6:27. That was fine for the time they got. Both challengers had reason to be there, making it a triple threat match that makes sense, which is a good place to start. The action never stopped and the finish was solid.
Rating: **½

MATCH #8: WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match – CM Punk (w./ Paul Heyman) vs. Ryback

Punk has been the Champion since 11.20.11, and this is his eighteenth defense. This is the twenty-sixth Hell in a Cell match; Punk is coming in with an 0-3 record, while Ryback is making his debut. Punk immediately stalls and tries to avoid Ryback. When Ryback finally does get his hands on Punk he dominates. The challenger throws he Champion around like a rag doll. Ryback dumps Punk to the floor and uses the cell to wear him down. Punk cralws under the ring and Heyman distracts Ryback long enough for Punk to shoot a fire extinguisher in his face. He tries to use a chair but Ryback thwarts him. Punk comes back and hits the springboard flying clothesline. Momentum continues to shift, as Punk can’t stay on offense for very long before Ryback fights back. Punk is able to land a suicide dive, and he follows that up with a neckbreaker on the floor. A series of reversals ends with Ryback hitting the ring steps with a Spear. Ryback continues to use his brute strength to work over the Champion. Punk hits the running knee in the corner and a short-arm clothesline. He goes up top and hits the flying elbow. Punk goes under the ring and finds a kendo stick and cracks Ryback with it repeatedly. Ryback gets to his feet and shrugs off the assault and resumes throwing Punk all over the ring. He hits the Meat Hook. Ryback goes for the Shell Shock but the referee stands in front of Ryback and then hits Ryback with a low blow! That allows Punk to steal a pin and retain the title at 11:21. That was going along okay as match, but the crowd just was not buying Ryback as a babyface at all. The finish was kind of lame and a bit abrupt. It was probably better to keep this match on the short side, for Ryback’s sake.
Rating: **½

After the match Ryback assaults both the referee (Brad Maddox) and the WWE Champion. Punk tries to escape by going up to the roof of the cell but Ryback joins him up there! Ryback hits Punk with the Shell Shock on top of the cage.
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New Orleans Arena – New Orleans, Louisiana – October 2, 2011

Michael Cole, Hall of Famer Jim Ross, and Booker T are on commentary. Recently fired superstars The Miz and R-Truth show up in the audience with their tickets and look ready to watch the show. Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis comes out and makes security escort them out of the building. I forgot how hot of an angle this was.

MATCH #1: Sheamus vs. Christian

Sheamus is aggressive in the early going so Christian tries to avoid him. They continue with this dynamic for the opening minutes until Christian gets froggy and slaps Sheamus across the face. That just angers the Great White and he clubs Christian repeatedly across the chest. Sheamus goes up top and Christian knocks him down to the floor. Christian goes to work now, trying to wear Sheamus down. He attempts a sleeper hold and Sheamus breaks it pretty quickly by squashing Christian. Back on their feet Christian reclaims control as Sheamus is looking worse for wear. The resilient Sheamus makes the comeback with a variety of power moves. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse for a near-fall. Christian fires up with right hands and goes up top. He kicks Sheamus in the face and hits a tornado DDT for one. Momentum continues to shift but changes most drastically when Sheamus hits a shoulder block from the top rope. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but Christian avoids it. The fight spills to the floor and Christian delivers a Spear! Back in the ring Christian hits another Spear but Sheamus kicks out! Christian goes up top and misses a diving headbutt. A series of counters ends with Sheamus hitting the Brogue Kick and that’s enough to get the pin at 13:41. Christian was just money around this time and Sheamus was doing underrated work. They have good chemistry and made for a highly entertaining opener.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara

The two Sin Caras differentiate themselves by wearing blue (Azul) or black (Negro). They wrestle on the mat to start, with the mood lighting bathing the ring. The lucha styleings start to take effect and both men are flying around the ring, matching each other move for move. Azul sends Negro to the floor and follows him out with a dive. He baseball slides him back to the floor and goes for an Asai Moonsault but Negro moves out of the way. Back in the ring Negro hits a slingshot senton for a two-count. Negro dictates the pace, slowing it down and then sending Azul to the floor and wiping him out with a dive. He continues to wear Azul down and the crowd could not care less. Michael Cole is also bored on commentary so he starts making fun of JR. Azul fights back and sends Negro to the floor, and then wipes him out with a top rope dive. Back in the ring Negro catches Azul with a big powerbomb for two. They fight up on the top rope and Azul armdrags Negro down. A series of reversals ends with Azul hitting the Code Red to get the pin at 9:45. The crowd popped nicely for the finish, so they weren’t totally dead. For the most part though it was a Lucha match, which didn’t impress the corwd much.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Air Boom (Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger

Air Boom have been the Champions since 8.22.11, and this is their third defense. Ziggler is the current United States Champion. Kofi and Swagger start the match and Kofi takes control. The Champions, in their spiffy matching gear, double-team Swagger briefly. Swagger makes the tag and the momentum continues to shift. The challengers isolate Bourne and wear him down in their half of the ring. Kofi gets a hot tag but Swagger holdsl the ropes open and Kofi doesn’t realize it so he runs himself right to the floor. Ziggler and Swagger are right back in control, this time focusing on Kofi. Swagger tries the Ankle Lock but Kofi slips out and hits a big DDT. Tags are made and Bourne is flying all over the ring. Ziggler cuts Bourne off with a big clothesline. He lifts Bourne up for a super powerbomb by Swagger, but Bourne counters with a hurricanrana with a cradle and Kofi holds Ziggler back so Bourne can get the pin at 11:18. Put four talented guys in the ring and let them do tag team formula and you’re going to get a really good match almost every time.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #4: Hell in a Cell Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Mark Henry vs. Randy Orton

This is the twenty-third Hell in a Cell match; Henry is making his first appearance in the Cell and Orton is entering for the fourth time with a record of 2-1. Henry has been the Champion since 9.18.11, and this is his second defense. Orton attacks right away and they quickly spill to the floor. The challenger is able to use the Cell to his advantage and he’s keeping the gargantuan Champion on his back. Henry uses his superior power to catch Orton and slam him into the cage and the ring post. Back in the ring Henry hits a huge powerslam for a two-count. Orton rolls to the floor but Henry follows him out and powerslams him on the floor. Henry rearranges the ring steps and hurls them at Orton, who luckily moves out of the way. The Champ lawn darts Orton into the Cell. Back in the ring Orton tries fighting back but Henry squashes him in the corner. Henry hits a big splash but it only gets two. The Champion has been absolutely dominant here. Henry uses a bearhug to wear Orton down. They go back to the floor and Henry tries a World’s Strongest Slam on the steel steps but Orton is able to use the cage wall to escape and kick his way out of it. Orton then hits a DDT on the steps! Back in the ring Orton hits a Thesz Press and a dropkick. He follows with the elevated DDT. Orton then hits the RKO and the crowd goes wild but Henry kicks out! A desperate Orton sets up for the Punt but Henry catches him coming in with the World’s Strongest Slam to get the pin at 15:58. This was another shockingly good match between these two, who had chemistry from out of nowhere. Henry just kept using his power and Orton kept fighting back with everything he had but Henry was just too much for him. Classic, easy stuff.
Rating: ***½

After the match Henry grabs a chair. Henry goes in the ring and hits another World’s Strongest Slam. He tries to Pillmanize Orton’s ankle but Orton moves out of the way. Orton then uses the chair to exact some revenge all the way up the aisle.

The Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes comes out in a suit and he mocks the crowd. Rhodes decides that the current Intercontinental Title belt should be retired, and he brings out the belt with the old design. The crowd pops big for that. Rhodes promises to be a fighting Champion. John Laurinaitis comes out and tells Rhodes that he does have a title defense tonight, and it’s against John Morrison!

MATCH #5: Intercontinental Championship Match – Cody Rhodes vs. John Morrison

Rhodes has been the Champion since 8.12.11, and this is his fifth defense. The challenger obviously has the upper hand in the opening moments, as Rhodes is actually wrestling in his street clothes. Morrison alternates between flying around and keeping Rhodes grounded with a headlock to keep the Champion guessing. Rhodes takes a breather on the floor and removes his shirt. Morrison dropkicks Rhodes and drags the Champ back to the ring when he tries to bail. Rhodes actually tries to get counted out by hanging on to the ring post. That’s cute. Back in the ring Rhodes is finally able to cut Morrison off and get some offense in. Rhodes goes for the Alabama Slam but Morrison avoids it. Morrison tries to pick it up but Rhodes slices him down with a clothesline. Rhodes uses the Figure-Four Leglock to wear Morrison’s legs down, which should keep him from high-flying. Morrison fights up and lays in a series of strikes. He this a standing Flux Capacitor for a two-count. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Rhodes blocks it. A series of reversals ends with Morrison hitting a swank Pele Kick. Morrison goes for a slingshot spin kick but Rhodes avoids it and rolls Morrison up for the pin at 7:21. I like both of these guys but they just didn’t click here. The impromptu nature of the match also made it feel not so important.
Rating: **

Triple H is in the locker room when John Laurinaitis comes to tell him about an altercation in the locker room. The Miz and R-Truth had busted in and beat up Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne. Cops drag them out while HHH yells at Laurinaitis for sucking at his job.

MATCH #6: Divas Championship Match – Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix

Kelly has been the Champion since 6.20.11, and this is her fourth defense. Beth is accompanied by Natalya, and they both look super hot tonight. Speaking of hot Kelly is accompanued by Eve Torres. Beth tries to intimidate Kelly early on but the plucky challenger won’t have it. Kelly has beaten Beth at the last two pay-per-views, so she has reason to be somewhat confident. Beth’s power allows her to take control and start wearing down the Champion. She focuses on the back, and even throws in a few spanks just to humiliate the Champion. Kelly fights back with a hurricanrana for two, but can’t quite follow up. Moments later she avoids a charge in the ropes and hits a neckbreaker. The momentum continues to shift as both women are trying to put the other away. Kelly hits the handspring back elbow and a super bulldog. Beth kicks out at two! Natalya gets up on the apron and Eve goes over to pull her down and instigate a brawl, which Natalya wins. Kelly goes for the K2 but Beth avoids it. Beth locks on a brutal looking submission hold while Natalya taunts her on the mic. Kelly reaches the ropes and Beth distracts the referee long enough for Natalya to hit Kelly with the microphone. Beth hits the Glam Slam to get the pin at 8:30 to win the Divas Title for the first time. This was shockingly good, as I frequently forget that Kelly Kelly worked hard to become decent in the ring, and Beth was her usual dependable self. I don’t get why Beth needed help to win, but aside from that I really enjoyed this.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #7: Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship – John Cena vs. CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio

This is the twenty-fourth Hell in a Cell match; Cena is making his third appearance with an 1-1 record, Punk is also making his third appearance with an 0-2 record, and Del Rio is making his second appearance with an 0-1 record. Cena has been the Champion since 9.18.11, and this is his first defense. This is the first-ever triple threat Hell in a Cell match. Punk and Cena both go after Del Rio in the early going, which is bad news for the Mexican Aristocrat. They take him out and then aren’t shy about taking it to each other. Punk takes Cena and Del Rio out with a dive into the cage wall. Back in the ring Punk takes control. They go back outside and Del Rio shoves Punk off the stairs and into the wall. Cena and Del Rio fight in the ring now, and Cena starts hitting some of the moves of Doom, including the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He can’t hit the Attitude Adjustment though, and Punk makes his way back to the ring to take out both men. Punk sets up a table at ringside but nothing happens with it yet, but I would remember that it’s there. Momentum continues to shift amongst all three men. Cena hits Del Rio with the Cena Slice, and then he and Punk take it to each other. Del Rio makes his way back in and unloads on both of his opponents with a steel chair. Punk is able to backdrop Del Rio to the floor but then turns around right into an Attitude Adjustment. Del Rio breaks up that cover. It continues with no one being able to sustain an advantage for any length of time. Remember when Punk set up the table earlier? Del Rio pushes Punk off the top rope and Punk crashes through said table. #Irony. Cena locks Del Rio in the STF. Ricardo Rodriguez takes they key from the outside referee and gets into the cell with a lead pipe. Cena stops him and hits an Attitude Adjustment on the floor (ouch) but then turns around and Del Rio hits him with the pipe. Del Rio then locks Cena outsice the cell! That’s pretty cool. Punk and Del Rio go at it now. Del Rio controls a bit but Punk cuts him off. Punk hits the Bulldog as Cena gets up and realizes that he’s locked out. Del Rio slides to the floor and grabs the pipe, and smacks Punk between the eyes with it. He taunts Cena and goes back in the ring to blast Punk with the pipe again to get the pin and win the WWE Title for the second time at 24:07. The action in this was non stop and they found clever ways to make all three guys look good. Punk and Cena obviously had the crowd loving life when they were involved with each other. I think the finish was extremely clever too and builds to logical rematches for Del Rio with both Cena and Punk. Great stuff here.
Rating: ****¼

The cell starts to rise and Cena gets in the ring to attack the new Champion. Then R-Truth and The Miz come out and start assaulting everybody. Triple H, Joan Laurinaitis, and the entire roster come out to try and get in the Cell to stop Miz and R-Truth. Police officers come down and the door is opened. Miz and Truth give themselves up to the po-po because they know they’ll be protected. Big babyface Triple H attacks two men who have their hands cuffed behind their backs.
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American Airlines Arena – Dallas, Texas – October 3, 2010

Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Matt Striker are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Triple Threat Submissions Count Anywhere Match for the United States Championship – Daniel Bryan vs. John Morrison vs. The Miz

Bryan has been the champion since 9.19.10 and this is his first defense. Everyone makes good use of the stipulation in the early going, trying some unique submissions. Bryan even busts out Cattle Mutilation and Striker gets made fun of for knowing what it’s called. All three fight down the aisle and through the crowd. Of course Morrison jumps off of the set to wipe out both opponents. Morrison uses the Texas Cloverleaf and Cole actually namedrops Dean Malenko, but Miz’s apprentice Alex Riley comes out and hurls Morrison down the aisle. That gives Bryan the chance to cinch Miz in the LeBell Lock and Miz taps out at 13:34! That was ridiculously fun and a hot opener; even Cole now admits that Daniel Bryan is the Real Deal.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #2: Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship – Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Orton has been the champion since 9.19.10 and this is his first defense. This is the twentieth ever Hell in a Cell match; the third for Orton (1-1) and the first for Sheamus. Despite never having competed in the Cell before, Sheamus dominates the opening minutes and utilizes the cage to his advantage. He tries to use the steps but Orton avoids them and uses the cage himself, and then is able to connect with the steps. They continue to trade control back and forth, with both men asserting their dominance at various points in time. Sheamus focuses on the ribs, which makes it hard for Orton to complete the RKO. He tries to use the steel steps in the ring, but Orton is able to powerslam him on them instead! Sheamus fights back and hits a Brogue Kick but Orton kicks out. He grabs a chair but misses wildly and Orton hits an RKO. Sheamus wisely rolls to the floor to avoid getting pinned. Orton follows him out but misses the Punt and Sheamus connects with another Brogue Kick. Back in the ring Orton kicks out again. Sheamus tries the High Cross off the steps but Orton counters it and hits the RKO to get the pin at 22:51. That was a really solid brawl that had a few lulls in it but for the most part was well worked.
Rating: ***

Alberto Del Rio comes out to cut a promo, bragging about his recent accomplishments and badmouthing the state of Texas. Edge comes out to interrupt him, because he was battling stupidity at this time. He badmouths Del Rio, and then Jack Swagger comes out to interrupt them. Swagger beats on Edge until the Anonymous Raw General Manager sends an e-mail stating that Edge and Swagger will have a match right now!

MATCH #3: Edge vs. Jack Swagger

The crowd is not interested in this at all. Swagger dominates the opening minutes, since he already had an advantage before the bell even rang. Edge makes the comeback but Swagger survives the offense and traps Edge in an Ankle Lock, which is a smart move due to Edge’s previously torn Achilles tendon. Swagger continues to control the match, but when he goes for the Vader Bomb Edge kicks him in the gut and follows up with the Impaler. Edge sets up for the Spear but Swagger catches him in the Gutwrench Powerbomb and Edge kicks out at two! Swagger locks on the Ankle Lock again but Edge rolls through it and is able to finally hit the Spear and get the win at 11:30. I really like both guys but this was pretty dull and the crowd had absolutely no investment in it, nor did they have reason to.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: If John Cena Wins, The Nexus Must Disband. If Wade Barrett Wins, John Cena Must Join the Nexus – John Cena vs. Wade Barrett

If anyone in the Nexus interferes, Barrett will automatically lose the match. I don’t see how that’s a special stipulation, since outside interference is generally cause for a DQ, but they’re making a big deal about this. Barrett dominates Cena early, keeping him on the mat. The other four Nexus members watch on from ringside, making sure not to interfere. Eventually Cena powers up and hits his signature comeback sequence. The Nexus surrounds the ring and then the Big Show and a host of others from the locker room come out and beat them all down! When the dust settles, Barrett resumes control while the crowd gets behind Cena. Barrett is the first one to hit a finisher, the Wasteland, but Cena just barely kicks out at two. Cena is able to lock in the STF, but a “fan” (Michael McGillicutty) tries to get in the ring, and while the referee is distracted, Husky Harris runs by and drills Cena with a foreign object, giving Barrett the pin at 17:49. The women and children in the crowd are quite upset. The match was quite good, and Barrett looked to be at Cena’s level in the ring, which makes it all the more puzzling as to why he’s persona non grata now.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #5: Unified Divas Championship Match – Michelle McCool vs. Natalya

Lay-Cool have been the champions since 9.19.10 and this is their second defense. These two actually battled in the inaugural Divas Championship match back at the Great American Bash 2008, with McCool coming out on top then. McCool mostly dominates but Layla tries to interfere anyway and it backfires. Natalya locks on the Sharpshooter but McCool counters it to a heel hook but Natalya reverses it right back. Layla gets on the apron and throws her show at Natalya for the DQ at 4:51. They might have had a good thing going but they cut it off before that could happen and the finish bites.
Rating: *½

MATCH #6: Hell in a Cell Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Kane vs. Undertaker

Kane has been the champion since 7.18.10 and this is his third defense. Obviously this is the twenty-first Hell in a Cell match; the eleventh for Undertaker (5-4-1) and the third for Kane (0-0-2). Kane attacks his half-brother before the bell can even ring and takes an unfair advantage. The door has to be locked before the bell can ring, and that takes a minute but here we go. This is a similar brawl to the Night of Champions match two weeks ago, as in it’s really boring. They do the silly corner mounted punches spot so that Undertaker can hit the Last Ride but Kane kicks out at two. Undertaker tries the Tombstone but Kane reverses it to one of his own but it only gets two. A frustrated Kane lays out the referee. Paul Bearer gets into the Cell when they pull the injured referee out, and the distraction allows Undertaker to come back and hit the Chokeslam. Undertaker produces some lightning somehow and goes for the Tombstone, but Bearer opens the urn and there’s a light inside that temporarily blinds the Undertaker. Bearer then gives the urn to Kane while Undertaker looks shocked. Kane cracks the urn across Undertaker’s skull and follows up with a Chokeslam for the pin at 21:40. The match was plodding and having Paul Bearer turn on Undertaker for the eighteenth time didn’t do anything to make it any more interesting.
Rating: *¾
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Hell in a Cell 2009 (D-Generation X, Legacy) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/22/a2z-analysiz-wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2009-d-generation-x-legacy/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/22/a2z-analysiz-wwe-hell-in-a-cell-2009-d-generation-x-legacy/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:00:23 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168922 Hell in a Cell 2009

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Prudential Center – Newark, New Jersey – October 4, 2009

MATCH #1: Hell in a Cell Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – CM Punk vs. Undertaker

This is Undertaker’s tenth Hell in a Cell match, Punk’s first. Punk has been the champion since 8.23.09 and this is his third defense. The champ tries to strike early but Undertaker is having none of that as he pulls Punk to the floor and repeatedly hurls him into the cell. Undertaker uses the best pure strikes in the game to continue controlling the champion. He throws him back in the ring and Punk rolls right to the apron, so Undertaker boots him off the apron and once again into the cell. Punk crawls under the ring to hide from the Dead Man, and he emerges to dropkick the steps into Undertaker’s knees. The champ is getting quite a bit of support in the dueling chants as he works over Undertaker’s left knee. Punk hits his running knee in the corner but on the apron, and when he tries the bulldog Undertaker pushes him off into the cell. Undertaker sets Punk on the ring apron and hits the legdrop. Punk fights back and kicks Undertaker back into the cell, and then follows him out with a suicide dive. Both men are down on the floor trying to recover. Punk is up first and he rolls Undertaker back in the ring. They trade strikes from their knees and one must not try to strike with the best pure striker in WWE history. Punk avoids a Tombstone but can’t avoid the big boot to the face. Undertaker hits a legdrop for a two-count. He goes for another Tombstone but Punk avoids it and goes back to the knee. Punk goes out and grabs a chair, and then waffles Undertaker in the face with it but only gets two! He hits the running knee in the corner and Undertaker catches him and hits the Last Ride! Finally someone who doesn’t get into that move by stupidly doing mounted punches. Anyway Punk kicks out at two. Undertaker goes for Old School but Punk counters with a modified Go to Sleep (a fact that seem lost on Jim Ross and Todd Grisham) but can’t get the pin. Punk tries to charge at Undertaker with a chair but he gets it kicked back into his face. Undertaker then hits a Chokeslam and follows up with the Tombstone Piledriver to get the pin at 10:25. That was curiously short but they told a good story and the energy level was high. I remember people cried a lot about Undertaker “burying” Punk, but really Punk got lots of offense in, kicked out of the Last Ride, and for crying out loud got to work a main event program with the Undertaker that culminated in a Hell in a Cell match for the title; it’s not like everyone in WWE gets to say that so STFU you bunch of crybabies.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Intercontinental Championship Match – John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler

Morrison has been the Intercontinental Champion since 9.4.09 and this is his first defense. They start off with some chain wrestling and take it to the mat. Both men get a couple of near falls and neither shows obvious superiority as they wrestle to a standoff. They take it down to the mat again and wrestle to another standoff. The pace quickens and Morrison lands a quick dropkick to the face for a two-count. Morrison bodyslams Ziggler and hits a fancy legdrop for two. He locks on a chinlock and Ziggler powers his way out of it. Ziggler works a chinlock of his own now. He changes it up to a side headlock. Morrison fights his way out and trips Ziggler, and then hits a springboard cross body block for two. He hits another dropkick that sends Ziggler into the buckles. He goes for Starship Pain but Ziggler moves out of the way. Ziggler gets a two-count and goes back to work on the champion. He hits a dropkick for another two-count. The challenger is focusing on the neck. He hits a powerslam but Morrison once again kicks out. A Stinger Splash gets another two-count for Ziggler. The challenger is completely in control of the champion, and he’s getting more and more confident. IN fact he gets too confident, as Morrison counters a side suplex with a DDT to buy himself some time to recover. Both men rise and exchange strikes, and Morrison gets the better of it. He hits a leg lariat and then the standing shooting star press but Ziggler kicks out. Ziggler comes back with an O’Connor Roll and grabs the ropes but the referee sees him and won’t make the count. Morrison responds with a schoolboy rollup for two. Ziggler ducks a running knee and hits a chin checker for yet another near-fall. He takes Morrison up top but gets knocked down. Morrison goes for a flying something, and Ziggler tries to dropkick him out of the air, but Morrison catches him with a catapult for two! That was a cool spot. Ziggler comes back with a bridging German Suplex for a two-count. He follows up with a Fame-Ass-Er for another two-count. Ziggler is visibly frustrated now. He charges into a boot and Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Ziggler awesomely counters it with a slam for two. Ziggler tries the Zig Zag but Morrison hangs on to the ropes and Ziggler’s head crashes into the mat. Moments later Morrison hits Starship Pain to get the pin and retain the title at 15:42. The crowd was dead for most of this, and since there wasn’t really a good reason for them to feud (Mr. Ziggles is terrible). I mean these guys are both good enough so the match was adequate, but nothing more. I really think they should have swapped the running time of this match and the opener.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: Divas Championship Match – Mickie James vs. Alicia Fox

Mickie has been the champion since 7.26.09 and this is her third defense. They engage in a tense lockup to start and no one cares. Alicia goes after the arm but Mickie reverses and gets a quick takedown for a one-count. Mickie hits a monkey flip and a snap mare followed by a dropkick to the face. She hits a neckbreaker and goes up top, but Alicia pulls her leg out from underneath her and Mickie crashes into the canvas. Alicia covers for a two-count. The challenger gets arrogant and it prevents her from being able to put Mickie away. Eventually Mickie fights back with forearms and clotheslines. She hits a hurricanrana out of the corner and then a Thesz Press off the top rope for two. She goes for the DDT but Alicia rams her into the corner and then hits a nice bridging Northern Lights Suplex for two. Alicia goes for the Scissors Kick but Mickie avoids it and almost murders Alicia with the DDT to get the pin and retain the title at 5:21. That wasn’t very good. What do people see in Mickie James?
Rating: ½*

MATCH #4: Unified Tag Team Championship Match – Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Batista & Rey Mysterio

Jericho & Show have been the champions since 7.26.09 and this is their fourth defense. They are awesome tag team champions I must say. Mysterio and Jericho start the match, and they brought a lot of awesome in 2009. Jericho strikes first but Mysterio fights back with an awesome Asai Moonsault for two and then makes the tag. Batista uses his power to wear Jericho down in the “bad part of town.” Mysterio and Batista make quick tags and keep Jericho grounded. After a few minutes Show tags in and Batista asks Mysterio to tag in the Biggest Little Man wants to face the Biggest Big Man. It goes about how one would expect, with Show absolutely dominating. Show sets Mysterio up on the top rope and chops him down to the floor. He pulls Mysterio into the ring with one hand and drops him with a boot to the face. Jericho tags back in and things are going the champions’ way. Mysterio comes back with an enziguiri and tries the 619 but Jericho was waiting for him and clobbers him with a clothesline. Jericho goes for a super belly-to-back suplex but Mysterio shoves him back to the mat and hits a seated senton off the top rope. Finally he makes the tag. Batista is on fire, knocking Show off the apron and hitting Jericho with a sidewalk slam for two. He catches Jericho in a cross body attempt and when Jericho slips out Batista nails him with a Spear. Batista goes for the Batista Bomb but when Show comes in the ring he switches gears and throws Jericho into Show to send the big man to the floor. Batista then flattens Jericho with a spinebuster but it only gets two. Show grabs Batista’s leg from the floor to distract him and Jericho lands the Codebreaker but Batista kicks out at two! Jericho tags out and Show goes for a legdrop but misses. Batista tries to fight back but Show grabs him with a Chokeslam and Mysterio has to break up the cover! Jericho comes back in and misses a Lionsault. Tags are made and Mysterio and Show are going at it. Mysterio uses his speed and agility to maneuver Show into a DDT for a two-count. Back on their feet Show charges and Mysterio low bridges him to send him to the floor. Jericho also charges and Mysterio positions him for the 619, and Jericho moves but Mysterio is able to connect with Show on the floor! That’s awesome. Mysterio then backdrops Jericho and Show catches him, only for both of them to get taken down with a Batista spear. Back in the ring Mysterio finally hits the 619. He goes for the West Coast Pop but Show swats him out of the air with a knockout punch to get the win and retain the titles at 13:43. JR calls Show’s right hand “carcinogenic.” Bummer for Rey Mysterio getting punched in the face AND cancer from it. As far as the match though, this is kind of an overlooked gem because these four worked awesomely together, highlighted each other’s strengths and did all kinds of cool spots.
Rating: ****

MATCH #5: Hell in a Cell Match for the WWE Championship – John Cena vs. Randy Orton

Cena has been the champion since 9.13.09 and this is his first defense. In a huge shock, Cena is the aggressor early on. Orton tries to escape but the door is padlocked shut. Cena gives chase and back in the ring Orton slugs away. Orton hits a powerslam for two, and appears to be one step ahead of the champion so far. He knocks Cena off the apron and into the cell. He follows Cena out and stomps away at him. Cena fires back with punches. He picks Orton up in a slam position and rams his back into the cell. He tries to ram Orton’s face into it but Orton slides out the back door and hurls Cena into the cell, and then into the ring steps. Orton stomps on Cena’s hand and throws the ring steps into the ring. He goes for the hanging DDT onto the steps but Cena blocks it and backdrops him to the floor. Cena tries to throw the ring steps at Orton but it misses. Back in the ring Orton hits the inverted backbreaker for a two-count. Orton drops a knee. He tries a charge in the corner but runs into a boot. Cena fires up and hits a couple of shoulderblocks and the Protoplex. He hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and tries the Attitude Adjustment but Orton slips out and drops Cena’s neck across the top rope. Now Orton hits the hanging DDT for a two-count. Orton tries the RKO but Cena slips out and hits the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton kicks out at two! Cena sets up for a Super Attitude Adjustment but Orton slips out and hits an electric chair (actually called by Lawler) for a two-count. They take the battle up to the top rope and Cena knocks Orton down but misses the Cena Slice. Orton goes under the ring and grabs a steel chair and slams it into the back of Cena’s neck. He turns Cena over and hits him with the chair again but only gets a two-count. Orton is visibly frustrated now. He tries a knee drop but Cena moves and Orton’s knee falls right onto the chair! Cena locks on the STF and Orton tries to crawl out of the ring. Orton kicks Cena back into the referee to wipe him out. Cena once again locks on the STF and Orton taps! Unfortunately the referee is knocked down and didn’t see it. Cena tries to revive him and that gives Orton the chance to recover and hit the RKO but it only gets two! Orton ties Cena up in the ropes Andre the Giant style and chokes him out. That is an awesome spot. He then finishes Cena with a punt to the skull to win his fifth WWE Championship (sixth World Title overall) at 21:24. The finish was pretty great but the match leading up to it was pretty dull and plodding, and the cell had absolutely no impact on the match whatsoever.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: R-Truth vs. Drew McIntyre

McIntyre has HORRIBLE music here. I don’t remember when he got his current (and awesome) theme music. Even so, he takes Truth right down with a headlock. Truth powers out of it and hits a nice dropkick. He hits a leg lariat and a falling hiptoss for a near-fall. McIntyre cowers in the corner and the referee tries to keep Truth back for reasons I can’t figure out, allowing McIntyre to take a cheap shot and gain control of the match. He hits a couple of Roots clotheslines and then a short-arm clothesline for two. He tries to wear down as a “boring” chant breaks out. Both men go for a flying forearm and knock each other down. Back on their feet Truth unleashes a series of offense including a boot to the face (or a scissors kick if you ask JR) for two. He goes for the Axe Kick but McIntyre avoids it, only to get trapped in a jackknife pin for two. Truth goes up for mounted punches and McIntyre slams him down to the mat. McIntyre follows up with the Future Shock DDT for the pin at 4:39. I don’t see why that match couldn’t have been on TV and the opener could have gotten more time. This was pretty brutal.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #7: Triple Threat Match for the United States Championship – Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz vs. Jack Swagger

Kingston has been the champion since 6.1.09 and this is his eighth defense. The champ fights off both challengers in the early going. Swagger catches him with a Northern Lariat. Now Miz joins in and they double-team Kingston. They hit a double vertical suplex and Miz goes for a cover, much to Swaggers chagrin. Kingston traps Miz in a quick rollup for two but then the challengers are right back on the attack. Moments later Miz finally turns on Swagger and levels him with a clothesline. Miz goes up top and hits a double ax handle on Swagger, and then hits the Reality Check on Kingston for two. He takes Kingston up to the top rope and Swagger sneaks in from behind and puts Miz on his shoulders, and Kingston comes off with a cross body block for two. He tries to pin Swagger but only gets a one-count. Swagger fights back and hits a modified Snake Eyes, and then hurls Kingston into Miz. He hits Kingston with a belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count. He ties Miz up in the Tree of Woe and tries to throw Kingston into him but that backfires. Kingston winds up hitting Miz with a super belly-to-back suplex for a two-count. Swagger gets back in the mix and everyone is trying to pin someone but no one can put anyone away. Kingston hits Swagger with the Boom Drop and Miz breaks up the cover. He nails Swagger with the Trouble in Paradise, and the Miz grabs Kingston for the Skull Crushing Finale. Swagger breaks that cover up, and moments later hits Miz with the Gut Wrench Powerbomb. Kingston then takes Swagger out with the Trouble in Paradise and pins Miz to retain the title at 7:54. That was fun but seemed misplaced on the card and the crowd wasn’t too into it. Kingston had a quietly impressive run with the U.S. Title.
Rating: **½

MATCH #8: Hell in a Cell Match – DX vs. Legacy

Rhodes and DiBiase attack DX during their entrance and the fight begins at ringside before the bell can even ring. The veterans rebound and take Rhodes over to the announce tables and suplex him onto the Smackdown announce table. DiBiase comes over and pairs off with HHH and they fight into the crowd while Michaels and Rhodes fight elsewhere around ringside. Rhodes produces a chain and bashes Michaels’ knee with it. He then finds HHH and hits him in the face with it to save DiBiase. Legacy then destroys HHH with a double-DDT on the entrance stage, and then Rhodes hits the Cross-Rhodes. They turn their attention back to Michaels at ringside and go to work on his knee. Finally they get into the ring and lock the cage door shut with the chain. Michaels is rolled into the ring and Legacy joins him and the bell finally rings. Michaels gets up and realizes that it’s two on one and his partner is nowhere to be found. Legacy is vicious, going after Michaels’ knee with no fear of HHH coming back. They work him over for several minutes, focusing especially on the knee. HHH recovers and is at ringside but still can’t get into the cage. Michaels is able to hit Sweet Chin Music on DiBiase, but Rhodes is waiting to crack him across the back with a steel chair. DiBiase and Rhodes continue to taunt HHH, who is desperately trying to get into the cell. Finally HHH gives up and heads backstage. Michaels continues to get destroyed, as Legacy uses a steel chair just to be jerks. They lock on the ring post figure four leglock / Million Dollar Dream combo that made Michaels tap out at Breaking Point a few weeks ago, but HHH makes his way back with bolt cutters! Finally HHH makes his way into the cell and it’s Game Time. He throws Rhodes and DiBiase around a bit, giving Michaels the chance to recover he’s needed. He uses the chain to knock DiBiase out, and then Pedigrees him on the floor! DX then locks DiBiase out of the cage, leaving Rhodes all by himself. HHH hits a spinebuster, and then wraps a chair around Rhodes’ neck. Michaels comes off the top rope with an elbow drop. HHH gets a sledgehammer out, while Michaels sets up for Sweet Chin Music. Michaels hits the kick and HHH adds a sledgehammer shot to the head. That’s obviously enough for DX to get the win at 18:03. That was a phenomenal story and for anyone who says HHH and Michaels don’t put people over that’s a crock because they made Rhodes and DiBiase look like a million bucks here. They actually used the cell to their advantage, unlike the two title matches.
Rating: ****
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Viejas Arena – San Diego, California – Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

PRESHOW MATCH: Gauntlet – Bad Influence vs. Joseph Park & Eric Young vs. The BroMans vs. Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez

Christopher Daniels and Kazarian drew number one, while Chavo and Hernandez drew number two. Kazarian and Chavo start the match. Things are fast and furious from the get-go, with the referee having very little control of the action. Hernandez is able to pick up both members of Bad Influence for a simultaneous over-the-shoulder backbreaker. He and Chavo hit a dual Air Mexico to wipe out their opponents again. They take a commercial break because this preshow is on Spike TV. When we come back Bad Influence has taken control. An abrupt commercial break cuts into the match again, and when we come back from this one Hernandez is able to make a hot tag. Chavo and Daniels are legal now and Chavo is working Daniels over with a flurry of offense. Daniels is in trouble as Chavo hits the Three Amigos and goes up top. Chavo goes for the Frog Splash but Kazarian shoves him down and Daniels gets a schoolboy rollup to advance at 5:41 (shown).

Young and Park are the next team out. They charge the ring and take it to Daniels and Kazarian. Bad Influence is able to weather the storm and they isolate the inexperienced Park in their half of the ring. They take a commercial break and come back with Bad Influence still in control on Park. This goes on for quite some time, with Daniels and Kazarian seeming to enjoy beating on the most inexperienced person in the match. After another commercial break Park finally makes the hot tag and Young is all kinds of fired up. Daniels cuts him off with a uranage slam but can’t connect with the Best Moonsault Ever. Young whips Daniels into a Samoan Drop by Park and that’s enough to put Daniels away at 8:41 (shown, total match time shown 14:22). Tenay always calls a Samoan drop a fallaway slam for some reason, but Tenay is an idiot. Either move should not be enough to finish, even in a gauntlet.

Ever the sore losers, Daniels and Kazarian attack Park and Young after the bell and lay them out. The BroMans make their way out and appear to have easy pickings. Robbie E and Jessie Godderz go to work on Young, who is by himself since Park was so injured he got taken to the back. Young is able to withstand the punishment and he makes a comeback. He hits E with Hail to the King but Godderz breaks it up. The BroMans cut Young off and hit him with the Hart Attack to get the pin at 2:48 (total match time shown 17:10). They’ve got Bad Influence right there, being all over and stuff, and they give the title shot to the BroMans? What the hell? The match was okay enough though hard to get into because of the commercials and the very nature of gauntlet matches, but the booking is just puzzling.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #1: Ultimate X Match for the X Division Championship – Austin Aries vs. Manik vs. Chris Sabin vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Samoa Joe

Manik has been the Champion since 7.25.13, and this is his second defense. Hardy is making his Ultimate X debut, Aries is coming into the match for the second time (winning his only previous outing), Sabin has been in it 16 times and won seven (and he has Velvet Sky in his corner), Joe has been in it once before, and Manik is making his sixth appearance (just counting all the Suicide and Manik appearances as one character) with two wins. Overall this is the thirty-second Ultimate X match.

Sabin immediately climbs up but thinks better of it, and he takes Aries to the floor for a brawl. Manik, Joe, and Hardy brawl and things get crazy real quick. Joe looks good in the early going but of course it’s not to last with this many talented wrestlers in the match at one time. Everyone gets a chance to show off in the first few minutes, as they’re all trying to stake their claim to the title. Hardy brings out a ladder but Joe cuts him off with an elbow suicida before he can use it. Joe grabs the ladder but Sabin kicks it back into his face. Manik takes Sabin out, and then Aries takes out Manik and Joe. Aries goes for the belt but celebrates prematurely and Manik cuts him off. Action continues coming fast and furious from all five competitors. Joe and Hardy climb the ladder and try to take the belt down, but Joe knocks Hardy down and Aries dropkicks Joe off the ladder. Aries goes up the ladder now while Manik goes the traditional route to meet him. Sabin knocks both of them down. Hardy recovers and hits Sabin with the Twist of Fate. Sabin forces Velvet into the ring against her will, and Hardy the gentleman politely moves her out of the way. That’s distraction enough for Sabin to get to the top of the ladder and grab the belt, and when Hardy tries to grab it Sabin decks him and falls to the mat to win the title at 11:59. That was the usual fun Ultimate X action throughout, and the finish does a lot to make Sabin look like a super douche and I like that.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: World Tag Team Championships – James Storm & Gunner vs. The BroMans

Storm and Gunner have been the Champion since 6.2.13, and this is their first defense. Robbie E and Jessie Godderz are accompanied by Mr. Olympia, a big bodybuilder dude. The Champions attack right away and beat the BroMans down. Storm and Gunner are in total control in the early going, making the challengers look like chumps. E and Godderz are able to make the comeback on Gunner, and they cut the ring off nicely. After a few minutes Gunner is able to take Godderz down with a fallaway slam from the middle rope. “The Modern Day Viking” is one of the dumber nicknames I’ve ever heard. At any rate, hot tags are made and Storm is a house afire. The referee loses control and all four men are fighting in the ring at the same time. Storm goes for the Eye of the Storm but E counters it to an implant DDT for two. The chaos continues and the referee doesn’t even bother trying to restore order. Storm sets up for the Last Call on Godderz, but E throws a tag title belt in the ring to distract him. The referee gets the belt out of the ring and E takes Storm down with a clothesline from the second rope. The BroMans then hit the Hart Attack to get the pin and shockingly win the titles at 11:43. The match was pretty solid formula stuff, but the BroMans, really? I’m just not sure what was behind that decision.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Knockouts Championship – ODB vs. Gail Kim vs. Brooke

ODB has been the Champion since 9.19.13, and this is her first defense. Gail and Brooke decide they would like to work together on the Champion, but ODB thwarts them and sends Gail to the floor. The action carries on at a fairly rapid rate, with Gail spending a lot of time on the floor, even staying out there to put Brooke in the ring post figure-four. When Gail gets back in the ring Brooke kicks her right in the head and then ODB hits her with a Spear to send her back to the floor. The battle continues and they fight to the top rope, where ODB tries to bring both Brooke and Gail down with a superplex. That doesn’t work, and Gail comes down with a missile dropkick on DOB. Brooke follows with Hail to the King and all three women are down. Back on their feet the offense continues to come from everywhere, and the referee gets taken out. ODB puts both Brooke and Gail on her shoulders but Brooke escapes. The Champ takes her down and drops Gail on top of her. ODB covers but Lei’D Tapa’s music hits and she makes her way out. The Champion is not scared and she goes right out after Tapa. That backfires when Tapa flattens ODB with a kick to the face. Brooke tries a cross body from the top rope but Tapa catches her and powerbombs her into the ring. Gail crawls over and covers Brooke to get the pin at 10:21. After the match, Gail and Tapa reveal that they were in cahoots the whole time. That was quite a bit of action from three fairly decent wrestlers, and the finish was a fine heel turn for Gail. Or was she already a heel? Who can remember?
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode

They start with some chain wrestling, naturally. Roode gets the better of it and goes for the Crossface but Angle is able to slip out and take a quick powder. Back in the ring Angle goes for the Ankle Lock but Roode counters out of it. Angle gets fired up and starts throwing suplexes so Roode wisely takes a breather on the floor. There’s no break for Roode though, as Angle follows him out and continues the abuse. Roode is able to withstand the attacks and he goes to work on Angle, focusing on his neck. Angle fights back with more suplexes. Roode cuts him off with a spinebuster for a two-count. Angle re-counters with an Ankle Lock but Roode escapes again. Roode sidesteps a charging Angle, sending Angle shoulder-first into the ring post. The tenacious Roode locks on the Crossface but Angle is able to reach the ropes. They fight up on the top rope and Angle knocks Roode down to the mat. Angle goes for the Moonsault but misses and Roode once again cinches in the Crossface, which Angle counters to the Ankle Lock. Roode perseveres and re-counters to the Crossface. After some cradle reversals for two-counts, Roode puts the Crossface on again. Angle turns this one into an Angle Slam for two. He starts throwing more suplexes so Roode hits a covert low blow. Roode hits an Attitude Adjustment for a near-fall. Angle puts the Ankle Lock on and the referee raises Roode’s hand to see if he’s unconscious (why???), and that allows Roode to reach the ropes. I don’t like that spot at all. Angle brings Roode up top and hits a Super Angle Slam. Both men are down. The referee puts on the 10-count, and Roode actually gets to his feet first and crawls over to make the cover and get the pin at 20:57. What a lame, cop-out finish. It’s the kind of finish that really doesn’t do much for Roode, as Angle essentially beat himself. The match was fine enough, but the usual trade submission holds and finishers for 10-15 minutes stuff that Angle has been doing for years now. Enough already.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Ethan Carter III vs. Norv Fernum

Obviously this is not going to be a competitive match. This reminds me of when MVP made his WWE debut against Marty Garner at No Mercy in 2006. Fernum gets in some token jobber offense but EC3 pretty much dominates him. EC3 hits the headlock driver to get the pin at 3:26. That would have been fine on IMPACT Wrestling, but not so much for a pay-per-view.
Rating: ½*

MATCH #6: Magnus vs. “The Icon” Sting

This match is supposed to “make” Magnus, so expectations are high. They start off slowly and Sting appears to have the early advantage. Magnus gets a little aggressive and is able to take control. Sting fights back with a flurry of offense, including a Stinger Splash. He locks on the awful Scorpion Deathlock and Magnus easily powers out. They run towards each other and hit simultaneous clotheslines. They rise to their feet and Sting tries some punches but Magnus no-sells him (mocking Sting in the process). Magnus hits a Stinger Splash and a Magnus Driver for two. Sting fights back with his own Stinger Splash and then puts on the Scorpion Deathlock again, and it looks terrible just like it always has in TNA. He’s not even sitting down! Make it look good or don’t do it! Magnus reaches the ropes. Sting tries another Stinger Splash but Magnus catches him with a European Uppercut. Magnus hits the Scorpion Death Drop and then the Diving elbow drop for a two-count. He goes up for another elbow but Sting moves out of the way. Sting tries the Scorpion Death Drop but Magnus fights it off. Magnus puts on the King’s Lynn Cloverleaf and Sting taps out at 11:04. Well, that sucked. They did some chain wrestling, traded some finishers, and presented an anticlimactic finish. Sorry, but it just doesn’t mean anything to beat Sting anymore. The crowd was flat throughout the match too. This just didn’t work on any level. Sting goes for a handshake after the match but Magnus blows him off.
Rating: *½

MATCH #7: No Disqualification World Heavyweight Championship Match – AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray

Bully has been the Champion since 8.15.13, and this is his second defense. The Champion uses his size and power to intimidate AJ in the early going. Tenay calls AJ a former five-time World Champion, but that’s not true, he’s at four right now. Bully talks a lot of trash as he beats on AJ, as they try to ramp up the drama. AJ gets angry and unleashes with The Dropkick. He locks on the Calf Killer and Garett Bischoff runs out to break it up and give Bully the hammer. Bully tries to use the hammer but AJ blocks it and takes control of the weapon. AJ goes to use it but Bully stops him as well. No hammer for anybody. Bully continues to abuse AJ, but the fiery challenger gets right back in Bully’s face and tells him to bring it on. AJ goes to the top rope but Knux makes his way out, and he catches AJ coming down and crushes him with a Chokeslam. Bully crawls over to make the cover but only gets two. The crowd is not popping for anything. Bully accidentally takes Knux out with a clothesline and AJ grabs a quick rollup for two. The fight spills to the floor and Bully tries to hit AJ with the hammer but AJ stops him with the Pele. AJ puts Bully on a ringside table and tries a springboard 450 splash but he misses and AJ destroys the table. Taz gives Bully a box cutter and Bully starts tearing apart the ring. Bully exposes the boards underneath the mat and then calls out Dixie Carter for some reason. Dixie hands Bully a steel chair, but AJ has recovered and he hits Bully with the springboard flying forearm, knocking the chair back into his face. AJ then connects with the springboard 450 but Dixie tells referee Earl Hebner not to make the count. This is lame. AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Bully backdrops him onto the exposed wood. Ouch. Bully goes to the second rope and (sort of) hits a senton but it only gets two. The Champion cracks AJ with a steel chair and then goes for a piledriver. AJ escapes and hits the Pele, and then decks Bully with the chair. He goes up top and hits Spiral Tap to get the pin at 20:28. I was worried when Dixie came out that they were going to do too much with her, and thankfully they kept her involvement to a minimum (although none would have been preferable). AJ and Bully have good chemistry together and had they cut out a lot of the forced drama in the opening minutes it would have probably been a better match. They mixed in some good high spots and false finishes, and I love that AJ has a move that he always wins with. This was pretty good but not the epic TNA was presenting it as.
Rating: ***¼
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Grand Canyon University Arena – Phoenix, Arizona – October 14, 2012

MATCH #1: TNA X Division Championship – Rob Van Dam vs. Zema Ion (c)

Ion has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his sixth defense. For a while there was a weight limit on the X Division Title, but then they just kind of stopped that because it’s dumb. RVD controls the early going and sends Ion reeling to the floor. Back in the ring Ion fights back and shows off some of his unique offense. Ion gets too cocky and RVD makes him pay for it, kicking him to the floor. The champ gets back to the apron and leaps in with a swank tornado DDT for a near-fall. Ion continues to dominate, hitting a missile dropkick for two. The crowd wills RVD back into it, and he hits a pop up dropkick. RVD hits Rolling Thunder and then lands the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin and win the title at 8:04. That was solid and all, and Ion’s heat segment really worked. But the finish was just kind of abrupt. Putting the belt on RVD sadly didn’t help make the X Title more prestigious.
Rating: **½

MATCH #2: TNA World Television Championship – Magnus vs. “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe (c)

Joe has been the Champion since 9.27.12, and this is his second defense. This is a feud based on hatred, so they start with some chain wrestling. Joe takes the first control and starts wearing Magnus down. Magnus repositions the referee so he can poke Joe in the eye. He takes control now and almost puts Joe away with a Michinoku Driver. Joe comes back with the Big Joe Combo for two. He follows with the snap powerslam for another two-count. Magnus tries a leap frog but Joe catches him in a powerbomb for two and then Joe turns it into the STF. Joe turns that into the Rings of Saturn and Magnus just makes it to the ropes. They fight up on the ropes and Magnus knocks him down with a knee. Magnus goes up top and hits the Top-Rope Elbow Drop. He covers Joe is able to kick out. Joe gets fired up and unloads with a series of strikes. He locks on the Choke and Magnus turns it into a cradle for two. Joe goes right back to The Choke and Magnus breaks it this time with a jawbreaker. Magnus takes out the knee. He goes for a figure-Four Leglock but Joe counters it and locks on The Choke with a body scissors to get the win at 9:15. These two had surprising chemistry as partners and have shown the same as opponents. This was a bit on the short side but they worked it smart and the finishing stretch was hot.
Rating: ***

MATCH #3: Street Fight – “Cowboy” James Storm vs. Bobby Roode

Senior Official Earl Hebner is handling the action in the ring, while some guy named King Mo is the outside enforcer. Storm is the aggressor early on. They quickly spill to the floor and they battle each other under Mo’s watch. Roode is able to avoid taking the Eye of the Storm and he catapults Storm into the ring post. That of courses busts Storm open. Roode brings some weapons into the ring but Storm is the first one to use the kendo stick. Storm takes Roode over to the entrance walkway and delivers the Orton DDT! That’s sick. A fan hands Storm a crutch, so he makes that fan’s night by using it as a weapon. They then trade shots with a trash can lid, just destroying each other. Storm wins that battle and levels Roode with a trash can. He charges at Roode but gets caught in a huge spinebuster. Ouch. They fight over to the announce table and Roode spears Storm off and through another table. They make it back to the ring and Roode covers but only gets two. Roode gets in Hebner’s face about it and Mo comes to the rescue. A shoving exchange gives Storm the chance to hit Roode with a big Codebreaker. Storm drills Roode with the Last Call but it only gets two! He goes for another one but Roode catches it and throws Storm face-first into a chair for a two-count. Roode even had a handful of tights there. He goes out and grabs a chair to hit Storm with, and then he produces a bag of thumb tacks. Roode goes for a superplex onto the tacks but Storm pushes Roode down into them instead! Storm hits a flying elbow but Roode kicks out! Roode is able to hit a low blow and then he brings a six-pack of beer bottles into the ring, but Storm repays the favor with a low blow of his own! Storm breaks a bottle on Roode’s head and then destroys him with the Last Call. Roode lands on the tacks and Storm gets the pin at 17:32. That was a terrific brawl and a fitting end to the feud. They were doing big spots and kicking out of each other’s finishes because their feud had been built up over a year and they HATED each other, it wasn’t just two guys going out there and doing it to pop the crowd. Matches like this prove that Roode and Storm should be on top of TNA.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #4: Joey Ryan vs. Al Snow

Joey Ryan participated in the Gut Check and 87% of TNA fans polled wanted him to be offered a contract. So TNA did not offer him a contract, so he has to fight Al Snow to get his deal. How does that make Ryan the heel in this situation? Snow dominates the early going by showing off that he’s a wily veteran. Ryan fights back and shows some fire, according to Taz. Snow of course makes a quick comeback and hits the trapped headbutts. He hits the Snow Plow and Ryan kicks out at two. He goes outside the ring and grabs a mannequin head. The referee stops him from using it and Ryan shoves Snow directly into the idiot referee. While the referee is down the enormous Matt Morgan comes out and drills Snow with the Carbon Footprint. Morgan shoves Snow back in the ring and Ryan gets the pin at 8:27. That was an okayish TV-style match, but I don’t know if they ever bothered to explain why Morgan would help Ryan in the first place.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: TNA World Tag Team Championship – Chavo Guerrero, Jr. & Hernandez vs. Kurt Angle & “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian (c)

Daniels and Kazarian have been the Champions since 6.28.12, and this is their fourth defense. This is likely to be action packed. AJ and Chavo start the match. Angle and AJ take the early control, even thwarting the rule-breaking attempts from the Champions. Chavo and Hernandez work on AJ briefly, and then Kazarian tags himself in. Many tags in and out happen as all three teams try to set the pace. Finally the Champions successfully cheat to gain an advantage on AJ, and they isolate him from his partner and their other two opponents. After several minutes Angle gets the tag and he is a house afire. The referee loses control and bodies are flying all over the place. After a series of dives to the floor, the only one unaffected was Chavo, so he tries to take advantage. Angle hits him with the Angle Slam but Hernandez breaks it up. The action continues coming from everywhere and I don’t know how the referee has kept track of the legal men. Hernandez tags himself in at an opportune time and hits Daniels with the Border Toss. Chavo follows with the Frog Splash to get the pin at 15:33. That was good fast-paced action from three solid-good teams. Styles and Angle were clearly slumming it, but they did manage to class up the match just by being there.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: TNA Knockouts Championship – Tara vs. Miss Tessmacher (c)

Tessmacher has been the Champion since 8.16.12, and this is her second defense. Things get heated between the two combatants in this student versus mentor match. Tessmacher scores a little bit of early offense but Tara withstands the punishment to deliver plenty of her own. After a few minutes Tessmacher is able to catch Tara in a tornado DDT. Tessmacher unloads with a flurry of maneuvers and the crowd is sort of getting into it. The champion goes up top and hits a nice hurricanrana. Tessmacher goes back up top and this time misses the big elbow. Tara hits the Widow’s Peak and gets the pin to win the title for the fifth time at 6:21. Tessmacher has gotten passable in the ring but this never got much chance to develop and then it just ended.
Rating: **

Tara gloats about her win and finally introduces her “Hollywood Boyfriend” and it’s Jesse from a show called Big Brother. I have no idea who this guy is. I mean I do now that he’s been in TNA, but before that I have no clue. The crowd chants “Who Are You?”

MATCH #7: No Disqualification – Sting & Bully Ray vs. Aces & Eights

The masked, unidentified members of the Aces & Eights (I think it’s Mike “Knux” Knox and Luke “D.O.C.” Gallows) bring their hostage Joseph Park with them and handcuff him to the ringside barricade just to be jerks. Sting and Bully jump them on the floor and away we go. The brawl continues out on the floor, with Bully and Sting each paired off with a different gang member. Bully and Sting dominate and the crowd wants tables. The rather sizable A&8s are able to absorb the punishment and they focus on Sting in the ring, keeping him away from Bully Ray. After several minutes Sting hits one of them with the Scorpion Death Drop and the hot tag is made. Bully is a house afire. He tries to use a chair but a third masked member of the group comes out (probably Wes Brisco) and hits Bully in the nuts. The third man spits on Joseph Park, and that makes Park so angry that he rips the handcuffs right off!Park gets in the ring and unloads on the third man, chasing him to the back. Meanwhile, back in the ring Bully and Sting hit a Doomsday Device. Bully and Sting then hit Stinger Splashes on the other one. Sting tells Bully to get the tables. Before they can use said table a fourth member of the group comes out and slams Bully through the table, and that’s enough to get the pin at 10:53. That was an okay garbage brawl, but not knowing who Sting and Bully were fighting kind of dulled the impact.
Rating: **¾

More Aces & Eights come out to continue the beating, so of course Hulk Hogan comes to the rescue and starts taking out everyone with a simple punch. They focus on one of the masked guys, and are able to unmask him to reveal Devon. Yep, that’s it. Devon’s contract had supposedly run out a few months back so he left quietly and vacated the TV Title, so this was supposed to be a big surprise. But it’s just Devon.

MATCH #8: TNA World Heavyweight Championship – “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries (c)

Aries has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his second defense. The crowd actually seems to be more behind Aries than the conquering hero challenger. They start out on the mat but it’s pretty clear that there is some tension between these two. The momentum shifts several times in the opening minutes. Whenever Hardy goes on offense the crowd mostly boos, as they are solidly behind the Champion. Aries takes control and acts ultra cocky about it, angering his challenger. Hardy kicks the middle rope as Aries is getting in the ring. He takes control now and sends Aries back to the floor. Hardy appears comfortable heeling it up a little. He works Aries over on the floor, even hitting Poetry in Motion. Back in the ring Hardy misses Whisper in the Wind and Aries hits an elbow drop from the top rope. Aries controls the match now, thwarting Hardy’s comeback attempts for several minutes. He goes for the Brainbuster but Hardy counters with the sitout gourdbuster. Aries quickly squashes Hardy’s advantage, but then Hardy comes back with an Alley-Oop powerbomb. That looked awesome. The pace quickens and Hardy is just a step ahead of Aries, looking like the next TNA World Champion. But Aries isn’t done yet. Hardy hits (sort of) Whisper in the Wind for a two-count. They spill to the floor and Hardy tries a house show dive but misses. Aries follows with the Heat Seeking Missile, and then hits another one. Back in the ring Aries tries the pin but Hardy kicks out. Aries puts on the Last Chancery and Hardy reaches the ropes. They fight up the entrance ramp and Aries goes for a Brainbuster. Hardy avoids it and tries the Twist of Fate, but Aries is able to avoid that and take Hardy down against the ropes. Hardy’s neck snapped awkwardly there, so Aries follows up with an elevated neckbreaker right down on the ramp. That was cool. Back in the ring Aries hits a missile dropkick and then goes for the IED but Hardy gets a boot up. Hardy is able to connect with the Twist of Fate but Aries kicks out! The challenger goes up top and Aries knocks him down on his junk. Aries goes up top and delivers a super hurricanrana! The Champion is locked in now and he drills Hardy with an IED. Aries hits the Brainbuster but Hardy kicks out! He goes for the Warrior’s Way of all things but Hardy avoids it. Hardy hits a Stunner out of the corner and then another Twist of Fate. The Charismatic Enigma heads up top and hits the Swanton Bomb to get the pin and win the title at 23:03! The crowd made this pretty interesting with the mixed reactions, but Hardy did get a pretty sizable pop for the win so I think the crowd did appreciate the match for as good as it was. Both guys wrestled liked they legitimately NEEDED to beat the other guy, and this felt much bigger than I thought it would when I first heard this match announced. They won me over.
Rating: ****¼
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Frontier Fieldhouse – Chicago Ridge, Illinois – Saturday, October 26, 2013

Kevin Kelly does commentary solo for the preshow matches, and Nigel McGuinness joins him for the main show.

PRESHOW MATCH #1: The Romantic Touch vs. Will Ferrara

Touch kisses Ferrara’s hand after the handshake, and then he kicks Ferrara in the gut. Ferrara fights back but Touch cuts him off with a nice dropkick. Touch continues to beat Ferrara down with some basic offense. Ferrara comes back with some babyface fire and he heads up top. He misses a big cross body and Touch struts around the ring. Touch hits a Fisherman’s Buster to get the pin at 3:23. The Romantic Touch doesn’t do much for me as a character, but introducing him on the preshow is fine I guess. As for the match, it was a perfectly acceptable squash.
Rating: *½

PRESHOW MATCH #2: MsChif vs. Kasey Ray w/ The H.O.T.

Ray has Truth Martini and Scarlett Bordeaux in her corner. The smaller Ray actually slams MsChif down at the start. She pays for it though, as MsChif overpowers her and goes to work, stretching Ray out. Bordeaux gets on the apron to distract the referee, so MsChif kicks her down into Martini’s waiting arms. Ray takes advantage with a rollup for two. MsChif goes to run off the ropes but Martini and Bordeaux trip her up. Ray hits a Superkick and a standing moonsault for two. MsChif shrugs it off and hits a vertical suplex for a two-count. She hits the Eye of the Hurricane for another near-fall. MsChif goes to the ropes again and Martini grabs her leg, so MsChif screams at him and then pulls him up to the apron. Ray does a multiple handspring back elbow, and then hits a bulldog. She does more unnecessary flipping and hits a standing frog splash for two. MsChif decides she’s all done selling for that and hits the Desecrator for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with MsChif hitting a Choke Bomb to score the pin at 3:14. I know they only got three minutes, but MsChif looked completely disinterested in having a match with Kasey Ray, and Kasey Ray did some flips and not much else.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #1: Mark Briscoe vs. “Pro Wrestling’s Last Real Man” Silas Young

They brawl to start and quickly spill to the floor. Young hits a back body drop and goes for a suplex, but Mark reverses it and suplexes Young right on the edge of the ring frame. Mark follows up with a dropkick through the ropes and then takes Young out with a moonsault. Back in the ring Mark stays on offense, wearing Young down. Young gets himself back into it by back dropping Mark over the ropes and to the floor. He brings Mark back in the ring and hits a gourdbuster for two. Young is trying to work Mark over but Mark doesn’t seem interested in selling anything for poor Silas. Finally Young is able to come back and hit the backbreaker/clothesline combo for a two-count. Of course it doesn’t last and Mark sends Young back to the floor. Mark follows him out with the Cactus Elbow. Back in the ring Mark continues to beat on Young with his unique offense. Mark goes up top but Young avoids him. He charges into the corner and Young avoids him and gets a rollup with his feet on the ropes to get the pin at 9:02. That was an odd match, as Mark sold almost nothing and was on offense almost the entire match until Young cheated to win. How is that supposed to help Silas Young get more over? Does Mark need to be protected that much? After the bell Mark attacks and Young beats him down. Young takes off referee Todd Sinclair’s belt and whips Mark with it, and a gaggle of officials have to break it up.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Jimmy Jacobs Trial Series Match #4 – “Zombie Princess” Jimmy Jacobs vs. Adam Page

There seems to be some tension here, as Page is likely still upset with Jacobs about the whole S.C.U.M. thing for some reason. Jacobs clotheslines Page to the floor and goes for a dive but Page cuts him out of the air with a kick to the face. Page then wipes Jacobs out with a shooting star press off the apron. Back in the ring Page hits a cross body from the top rope for two. Page works Jacobs over for some time, and then Jacobs is all like “eat it, rookie,” and goes on offense. Jacobs hits the old Colt Cabana tornado vertical suplex for a two-count. Page fights back and hits a powerslam for a near-fall. Jacobs responds with the diving Ace Crusher for two. Page hits a Falcon Arrow for a two-count. He tries a springboard moonsault but Jacobs hits him with a dropkick. Jacobs nails the Contra Code but it only gets two. Momentum continues to shift and Page finds himself on the top rope. Jacobs joins him and after a struggle is able to bring Page down with a Super Contra Code to get the win at 10:59. That was a fine back and forth match but with Jacobs coming in with a 1-2 record in a five-match series essentially facing a job guy, there wasn’t a whole lot of drama to it. Still, they did solid work.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Battle of the Piledrivers – “Mr. Wrestling” Kevin Steen vs. Michael Bennett w/ Maria Kanellis

Punches are thrown right from the get-go and these two are eager to prove who has the more effective piledriver. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver early, but Bennett is able to escape and seek solace in the arms of his girlfriend. Back in the ring Steen keeps control so Bennett rolls to the floor again. Steen throws Bennett around ringside, into the barricades and crotch-first into the ring post. He slams Bennett’s boy parts into the post again, just to be a jerk. The crowd chants “one more time” so Steen goes for it, but Bennett blocks and throws Steen into the barricade. The brawl continues on the floor and the referee has no control over anything. Bennett misses a big punch and Steen follows through on ramming him crotch-first into the ring post. Back in the ring Steen goes up top and tries the Swanton Bomb but Bennett gets his knees up. Bennett hits the Box Office Smash for a two-count. He stays in control, keeping Steen grounded. Steen comes back and tries the Sleeper Suplex but Bennett avoids it. Bennett charges into the corner and Steen moves, sending Bennett shoulder-first into the post. Steen follows with a swank tornado DDT for a two-count. A series of reversals ends with Steen hitting a Codebreaker. More reversals end with Bennett hitting a Superkick for two. Steen tries the Sleeper Suplex again but Bennett hits a chinbreaker. Bennett charges in and Steen grabs him for a pop-up powerbomb. Steen hits a back senton for a two-count. He hits Go To Sleep and Maria throws her shoe in th erring to break up the count. Not sure why the referee wouldn’t just keep counting. Steen chases Maria and runs right into a Bennett TKO. Bennett then hits the Piledriver for two. He goes for a superplex but Steen shoves him down and hits the Swanton Bomb for a near-fall. Steen goes for the Package Piledriver and Maria distracts Steen again. That allows Bennett to hit a second piledriver and get the pin at 12:24. That was well-paced and the internal story of who has the better piledriver gave the match a solid directive. Maria interfered just a little too much down the stretch for my liking, but that’s kind of their deal.
Rating: ***

After the match Bennett goes for a piledriver on the ring apron, but Lisa Maria Varon comes out and attacks Maria! Steen recovers and the fight with Bennett is back on. They brawl and security and officials have to break them up. Steen wipes out Bennett and a bunch of the job squad with a huge dive off the top rope. He then helps Varon hit Maria with the Widow’s Peak. You’d think that would lead to a mixed tag team match at Final Battle, but it didn’t.

Steve Corino replaces Nigel McGuinness on commentary for the second half.

MATCH #4: “Sicilian Psychopath” Tommaso Ciampa vs. Jesse Sorensen

Sorensen comes out without his football, so it’s already a step up from his TNA days. They start with some back and forth and Sorensen looks confident. Momentum shifts a few times and both men land strikes. Ciampa is able to send Sorensen to the floor and he follows him out. He exposes the floor and goes for a suplex, but Sorensen avoids it and takes Ciampa out with a house show dive. Back in the ring Ciampa gets the momentum back on his side and he goes to work. Sorensen won’t give up though and he fights back with a variety of offense. Ciampa catches him and drops him in an inverted-type Attitude Adjustment for a two-count. He gets Sorensen prone in the corner, and hits him with two running knee strikes sans knee pad. Ciampa goes for a Super Air Raid Crash and Sorensen reverses to an ugly Sunset Bomb, dropping Ciampa’s spine on his knees. That gets a two-count. A series of reversals ends with Ciampa locking on the Sicilian Stretch and Sorensen taps out at 9:57. That was the usual Ciampa goodness and a solid showing for Sorensen in his ROH debut.
Rating: **½

MATCH #5: Outlaw Inc. (“Notorious 187” Homicide & Eddie Kingston) vs. Adrenaline RUSH (ACH & TaDarius Thomas)

Kingston and ACH start the match. They chain wrestle and ACH uses his agility and Kingston uses his size advantage. ACH sends Kingston to the floor and goes for a dive, but when Kingston moves ACH is able to flip himself back in the ring. Back in the ring Outlaw Inc. take control and start wearing down ACH, keeping him away from his partner. After just a short time ACH is able to make a tag. Thomas comes in guns blazing but he’s quickly cut off by Kingston. Momentum shifts back and forth and all four men get various chances to shine, albeit briefly. The referee loses control and Outlaw Inc. are able to hit the old Steiner Brothers bulldog to get the win at 11:22. That was not great, as they never established any kind of rhythm and it just went back and forth seemingly at random. Outlaw Inc. is pretty terrible.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: “Intrepid Traveler” Paul London vs. “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong

This is a first-time ever match I do believe. They start off with some mat wrestling to feel each other out in the early going. London strikes first with a dropkick and Strong bails to the floor. When London tries to follow him out with a dive, Strong catches him with a knife edge chop. Strong continues throwing London around ringside, but London is able to hop up on the guardrail and hit a moonsault! They head back to the ring and Strong brings London in with a backbreaker! That was neat. Strong is firmly in control now and he is assaulting London as only he can. London starts to fire up but both men cross body block at the same time and knock the wind out of each other. Back on their feet London fires up and unleashes a flurry of offense. Strong cuts him off and they fight on the apron. London is able to knock Strong to the floor with a dropsault, and then wipes him out with a somersault plancha. Back in the ring London hits a springboard missile dropkick for a two-count. Strong responds with another backbreaker and then a superplex for a near-fall. He puts on the Stronghold and London counters it with a rollup for two. The pace gets fast and they trade reversals, ending when Strong tries the gut buster but London counters it into a double stomp! I’ve never seen that before. They slug it out and London wins that battle with a nasty Superkick. London hits the Waffle Face for a two-count. He goes for the Shooting Star Press but Strong rolls to the apron. London goes for the double stomp just like Richards did to him back at Border Wars, but Strong avoids it and hits a half-nelson backbreaker onto the edge of the ring frame! Sick. Back in the ring Strong hits the gutbuster and the Sick Kick but London kicks out at two! Back on their feet they trade reversals and such, and Strong is able to land a knee strike and the Gibson Driver for two. Strong turns that into the Stronghold and London reaches the bottom rope! London rolls to the apron and is able to headscissor Strong into position for a Tombstone Piledriver on the floor! Back in the ring London hits a double stomp to the back, and then lands the Shooting Star Press for the win at 16:52! What a tremendous match between two of the best to ever come through ROH. Their styles just clicked together and they did some really unique spots and built up to one hell of a finish. They kept up a torrid pace and made sure the crowd stayed with them. I really wish they would have been able to do the rematch in San Antonio, but life happens.
Rating: ****

MATCH #7: ROH Champions vs. All-Stars – ROH World Champion Adam Cole, ROH World Television Champion Matt Taven & ROH World Tag Team Champions reDRagon vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin, Jay Lethal and C&C Wrestle Factory (Caprice Coleman & Cedric Alexander)

In a somewhat surprising move, Elgin and Cole start the match. Before any contact is made Cole runs away and then tags Taven. Lethal tags in as well, and that kicks off the tag parade, as everyone gets a chance in the ring during the opening minutes. The All-Stars team takes the first control, so the Champions regroup on the floor. It doesn’t do them much good though, as Taven gets beat up by Elgin and Lethal for a bit. Taven is able to force Lethal back into the wrong corner, and O’Reilly tags in. The tag teams get a chance to battle, and the All-Stars take control on Fish. All four All-Stars work Fish over in their corner, focusing on his arm. Fish survives the onslaught and is able to stave off elimination. The Champions go to work on Alexander, and we see Outlaw Inc. out in the crowd causing a ruckus. Elgin and Cole get tagged in at the same time and Cole bails in a hurry. Taven comes in instead and Elgin throws him around. Elgin beats up the Tag Team Champions as well, but Cole is the one he wants. The referee loses control and chaos erupts with a brawl outside the ring. The Champions get the better of the fight and the match settles back in the ring. Homicide and Kingston are causing trouble on the floor, getting into a heated argument with Fish. Elgin fights back and destroys all of his opponents, leaving himself alone in the ring with Cole. The ROH World Champion tries to beg off and offers a handshake but Elgin will have none of it. Everyone gets in the ring again for a big brawl and this time it’s the All-Stars in control. When the match settles back down again the Champions resume control, isolating Lethal. Cole and O’Reilly have a cool little Future Shock reunion with some awesome teamwork. We’re approaching the 30-minute mark and there have been no eliminations yet. Eventually Lethal gets the hot tag to Alexander and he is a house afire, taking it to all four of his opponents. Alexander sends Cole to the floor and goes for a dive but Cole cuts him off with a kick to the face. Coleman comes to his partner’s aid, and then reDRagon goes after Coleman. Homicide and Kingston jump the barricade and go after reDRagon. Everyone tries to break that up and Taven takes out the crowd with a dive. Alexander follows with another dive and security is finally able to run Homicide and Kingston off. Back to the ring, Alexander tries a springboard dive but Cole catches him with a Superkick to score the first elimination at 33:11.

Elgin comes in and goes after Cole, but Lethal takes offense to that because he wants to eliminate Cole himself and earn a shot at the ROH World Title. Lethal and Coleman work together on Taven until Scarlett Bordeaux peddles her wares in front of Lethal to distract him. Even so, Lethal is able to hit Taven with the Lethal Combination! Lethal goes up top and Kasey Ray climbs up to stop him. Taven hits Lethal with a Superkick and both Lethal and Kasey crash off the top rope and through the timekeeper’s table! Coleman takes advantage and goes after Taven. The TV Champion comes back and hits Coleman with the Climax, but Cole had made a blind tag. Taven and Cole argue briefly, but it doesn’t escalate to fisticuffs. Cole then hits Coleman with the Florida Key to score the second elimination at 38:10. The Champions have a huge advantage now and they go right after Elgin, beating him down. Lethal has been injured and is down and out at ringside, leaving Elgin at a four-on-one disadvantage. This goes on for several minutes, but Elgin never gives up and he’s able to blast O’Reilly with a spinning back fist and a short-arm lariat to eliminate the first Champion at 46:38. Elgin continues to fight off all three of his remaining opponents while officials try to herd Lethal backstage. Lethal will have nothing to do with that though, and he gets up on the apron! Elgin makes the hot tag and Lethal is fully recovered and ready to go. Lethal goes crazy, taking everyone out including Truth Martini! He locks Taven in a half crab but Taven is able to make the tag. Cole sneaks in and kicks Lethal in the back of the head. He follows with the suplex into a neckbreaker to get the win and officially eliminate Lethal at 51:29. We’re down to three-on-one in favor of the Champions now. Taven goes for the Climax but Elgin counters to the Crossface and Taven taps out at 52:51. The commentators are really pushing the fact that Fish has never been defeated since coming back to ROH about a year ago. Cole and Fish beat Elgin down for several minutes, but the resilient Elgin stays strong and gets rid of Cole. Elgin is able to hit Fish with the Buckle Bomb and the Elgin Bomb to get the pin and take it down to one-on-one at 57:30.

Before leaving, Fish gets in the ring and decks Elgin with a chair. Cole immediately covers but he only gets two! Elgin powers up and takes it to the Champion, throwing him around with suplexes. He sends Cole to the floor and tries to grab on to him, but Cole delivers an enziguiri. Cole hits a Shining Wizard for a two-count. He hits a couple of superkicks but again only gets two. Elgin catches Cole charging in with an STJoe, and then kills him with a lariat for a near-fall. Cole rolls to the floor. Elgin joins him but it backfires when Cole hits him with the Florida Key! He barely makes it back to the ring at the count of 19, and Cole immediately traps him in the Figure Four Leglock. Elgin reaches the ropes. He then traps Cole in the Crossface and this time it’s Cole barely making it to the ropes to break the hold. Elgin hits the Buckle Bomb and goes for the Elgin Bomb but a series of reversals force him to settle for hitting a vicious spinning back fist. They fight up on the ropes and Cole hits a super rana and then follows with the Panama Destroyer but Elgin kicks out! They fight up on the ropes again and Elgin brings Cole all the way down with a super Elgin Bomb to get the pin at 71:34. Cole’s shoulder definitely came up; I think he landed badly on his head and got a concussion. That was certainly long, but it didn’t really feel it. Besides, to register seven falls on Ring of Honor Champions and All-Stars should take a long time, so there’s no issue there. Elgin eliminating all four members of the opposing team may have been a little bit much, but at least they were pushing someone hard and really going for it. The action here was great and everyone got a chance to shine, obviously Elgin in particular. It was a great showcase for the top stars and teams in the company (and Taven), and a worthy main event for one of the biggest shows of the year.
Rating: ****

While both men are down and exhausted, Jay Briscoe makes his way out with a mystery bag. Elgin gets up and gets in Jay’s face. Jay hits Elgin with the bag, and then blasts Cole with it as well. He reveals the contents of the bag – his own customized “World Title” belt.
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Liacouras Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – October 16, 2011

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

PRESHOW MATCH: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Mexican America vs. Ink Inc.

Hernandez and Anarquia have been the Champions since 8.18.11, and this is their second defense. They’re accompanied to the ring by Sarita and Rosita. Ink Inc. is accompanied by their valet Toxxin. Anarquia and Shannon Moore start the match. Moore uses his speed to get an advantage and quickly makes the tag to Jesse Neal. The challengers try to isolate Anarquia in their half of the ring. Sarita and Rosita distract the referee, allowing Hernandez to illegally sneak in the ring and hit Moore with a backbreaker. Now the champions take control. They work Moore over for several minutes before “the Prince of Punk” is able to catch Anarquia with a moonsault off the top rope. Tags are made and the crowd goes mild. Neal is a house afire, hitting Hernandez with a Spear for a two-count. Moore clotheslines Anarquia to the floor and then tries to backdrop Neal onto him but they miss, so Moore hits him with an Asai Moonsault instead. Hernandez then goes for a dive but hits only his partner. Sarita and Rosita tease dives but Toxxin cuts them off. Anarquia gets back in the ring to confront Toxxin and gets his pants pulled down for his troubles. The referee loses control and Hernandez traps Neal in a schoolboy rollup to get the pin at 8:02. That was passable but I have no problems with this match being relegated to the preshow.
Rating: **

MATCH #1: X Division Championship – Brian Kendrick vs. Austin Aries

Aries has been the champion since 9.11.11, and this is his second defense. They start with some fast-paced back and forth, as the Philadelphia crowd supports the heel Champion. Kendrick dropkicks Aries to the floor and then dropkicks him off the apron and hits a house show dive. Back in the ring Kendrick continues on offense but Aries blocks a second monkey flip attempt and then hits a clothesline. I just noticed Kendrick is wrestling barefoot; he has these shin guards that kind of make it look like he has boots on. Either way Aries is fully in control now. Aries goes for the Pendulum Elbow but Kendrick blocks it and gets a quick rollup for two. Kendrick now unleashes a series of flying forearms and a couple of dropkicks. He hits a sledge to the back of the neck for a two-count. Aries comes back with an STO and this time hits the Pendulum Elbow for two. He goes for the IED but Kendrick kicks him out of the air and hits a Tornado DDT for another near-fall. Kendrick tries Sliced Bread #2 but Aries sends him to the floor and wipes him out with the Heat Seeking Missile. Back in the ring Aries hits the IED and goes for the Brainbuster but Kendrick knees his way out of it and gets a cradle for two. Kendrick hits a Superkick and tries Sliced Bread #2 but Aries blocks it, leaving Kendrick prone on the top rope. Aries goes up there with him, but Kendrick is able to reverse the momentum to a Super Sliced Bread #2! Unfortunately Aries rolled next to the ropes so that only gets a two-count. The crowd bought that one. Kendrick tries Sliced Bread #2 on the apron but Aries dumps him to the floor. Back in the ring Aries drills him with a kick to the head. Aries follows up with the IED and the Brainbuster to get the pin at 10:26. That was a good choice for the opener and both men brought the energy. The crowd is really into Aries.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Full Metal Mayhem – Rob Van Dam vs. Jerry Lynn

Was the world really dying to see another feud between these two? I get that they’re in Philadelphia, but give me a break, please. They wrestle to a standoff to start, as if they would start any other way. Can you tell I’m not a fan of these two? The chain wrestling with counters continues in the opening minutes until they manage to bow a cross body block to the floor spot. Good job guys. RVD hits a legdrop on the ring apron and they both tumble to the floor. They fight around ringside and RVD tries a moonsault off the barricade but Lynn avoids it. Lynn brings out a ladder and baseball slides it into RVD’s face. He then brings a chair into the ring but it backfires when RVD hits a turn-around cross body block and Lynn’s back lands right on said chair. RVD throws Lynn into the ladder, which helpfully falls right back onto Lynn and RVD follows with the Rolling Thunder. Amazingly, RVD does a back flip off the ropes for NO REASON and picks up the chair just so Lynn can kick it into his face. This is just silly. They continue using the ladder and the chair in their offensive attack. Lynn hits a German Suplex with a bridge for a two-count. RVD counters with useless somersaults. Good idea bro. Lynn goes outside and brings out another ladder and leans it against the barricade to hit a sunset bomb. RVD didn’t quite land on the ladder and hit against the barricade too. That was a sick bump. Back in the ring Lynn gets a two-count. RVD comes right back with the Van Daminator for two. Sure, don’t sell the death bump on the floor. RVD then sets the ladder against Lynn’s face and hits the Van Terminator, which is enough for the pin at 13:13. That was the usual ECW garbage over 10 years after the fact. RVD and Lynn have no interest in selling or telling a coherent story, just doing stuff. If that works for you, I’m happy for you. It doesn’t work for me. It also doesn’t work for me that they built this feud up as “they don’t respect each other anymore” and then they hug and stuff after the match. Get over yourselves, marks.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: Triple Threat Match – “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. Crimson vs. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan

Morgan and Crimson are both wearing white so they decide to attack Joe together to start. Crimson accidentally hits Morgan, allowing Joe to take control. Joe tries to get Morgan to team up with him but that goes nowhere and the two big guys in white go back to working together. Crimson gets low-bridged to the floor. Morgan hits Joe with a side slam and Crimson sneaks back in and tries to steal the pin. Joe sends Morgan to the floor and then dumps Crimson out right on top of him. He follows them out with an awesome elbow suicida on Crimson. Morgan goes up top and wipes out Crimson with a high cross body block. Back in the ring Joe tries to pin Crimson but can’t hold him down. Crimson comes back with an exploder suplex and Morgan tries to steal the pin. Now Crimson and Morgan argue over who’s going to get the pin and they start slugging at each other while Joe recovers on the floor. Joe pulls Morgan to the floor and slams him into the guardrail, and then hits Crimson with a kick to the head from the floor. Man, Joe is awesome. Joe sets Crimson up for the Muscle Buster but Morgan breaks it up. Morgan hits Joe with a running knee but somehow gets himself tied up in the top rope. That gives Crimson the opening to hit Joe with a Spear to get the pin at 7:14. That was better than I remembered it, as all three guys looked motivated and the crowd was with them.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: Falls Count Anywhere – Mr. Anderson vs. Bully Ray

Anderson charges the ring and they tear into each other right away. This isn’t just a Falls Count Anywhere match – it’s a Philadelphia Falls Count Anywhere match, which is different. Anderson gets the first near-fall off a spinning neckbreaker but Bully quickly cuts him off with a big boot. After taking some hard chops Anderson is able to hit an enziguiri for two. Anderson grabs a sign from the crowd and blasts Bully with it. He reveals that it was a dead end sign wrapped in paper, which is why Bully sold it. Nice gimmick there. They take it to the floor and Anderson throws Bully around and into the guardrails. Bully reverses a whip and sends Anderson into the steps for a two-count. He then pulls out a table but nothing happens with it yet as they fight up to the stage. Bully hits a suplex for two and then asks for Anderson’s microphone to be dropped. He starts introducing himself, which gives Anderson time to recover and get a couple of shots in. Anderson hits Bully with the microphone for a two-count. They take the fight backstage and Bully hits a piledriver for two. Now they wander into the crowd and back toward ringside. Anderson brings a piece of guardrail into the ring but Bully cuts him off with a clothesline. Bully brings a new table in the ring, leaving the first one set up at ringside. Anderson backdrops Bully right onto the guardrail. He then tries a Kenton Bomb but misses. Bully follows up with a Bubba Bomb through the table but it only gets two. He goes up to the second rope for a senton but misses and falls right on the guardrail. Anderson hits the Mic Check onto the guardrail but that only gets two. They go back to the floor where Anderson pulls out a trash can and waffles Bully with it. That sets Bully perfectly on the table (remember that?) and Anderson goes up top for a Kenton Bomb, but he overshoots it and the table doesn’t break. Ha! Anderson improvises with a Mic Check through the table and that’s enough for the pin at 14:32. Blown finish aside this was much better than the hardcore match that already happened on this show (and we’re only four matches in), as the hatred stayed true throughout the match and they didn’t hug afterward. The spots also made more sense as it was two guys that dislike each other trying to hurt each other rather than just pop the crowd.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #5: Knockouts Championship – Winter vs. Mickie James vs. Velvet Sky vs. Madison Rayne

Karen Jarrett has inserted herself into this match as the special guest referee. She heavily favors Madison Rayne. Winter has been the Champion since 9.11.11, and this is her first defense. She’s accompanied by Angelina Love. Mickie, the former Champion starts with Winter, who immediately starts using rest holds. Sigh. Mickie comes back with a headscissors and a neckbreaker. Winter rolls to the floor so Madison comes in and goes to work. Why is she wearing camouflage? Whatever the reason, she knocks Mickie to the floor. Madison then turns around into a couple of knees to the face and a bulldog from Velvet, but the referee is tying her shoes and doesn’t notice the cover. Karen continues to be the focal point of the match as stuff happens that no one cares about. The crowd starts to care now, but in a negative way. Seriously, this is just bad. More meandering brawling happens and Winter accidentally spits the red mist into Karen’s eyes. Mickie hits Winter with a jumping DDT and Traci Brooks bounces her way out to presumably take over the referee duties. Madison pushes Mickie and Winter to the floor, but then Velvet hits a double-arm DDT to get the pin and the title at 8:40. Sorry Knockouts, but that was in no way shape or form a good match.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #6: I Quit Match – “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels

Much like Jerry Lynn and Rob Van Dam, haven’t these two wrestled each other enough? They start right away with a flurry of punches and whatnot. Basic submission holds are not enough to coax an I Quit out of either guy, as one might suspect. Momentum shifts back and forth until AJ knocks Daniels to the floor with The Dropkick and then follows him out with a somersault dive. Daniels goes under the ring and pulls out a toolbox. He throws a wrench at AJ but thankfully misses. Daniels then decides to try a screwdriver attack but AJ fights it off. They take it to the apron and Daniels sort of hits a Blue Thunder Driver on the edge of the ring frame. Back in the ring Daniels tries to get AJ to quite but it’s not happening so he hits the Best Moonsault Ever right on the back. Daniels locks on a single-leg crab and AJ reaches the ropes as the crowd tries to get AJ back into the match. A sizable group is cheering for Daniels too. Daniels goes out and gets a chair and sets in on AJ’s throat and tries to get him to Quit again but AJ still won’t. Daniels is spending too much time on the microphone, and even tells AJ’s wife to take the kids out of the room. This is getting ridiculous. It gives AJ time to recover and he unleashes a flurry of offense. AJ hits the back flip inverted DDT and an enziguiri. He follows with the springboard flying forearm and signals for the Styles Clash but Daniels blocks it with a uranage slam. Daniels tries another BME but misses and AJ hits the Pele and the Styles Clash. AJ grabs a chair but then changes his mind and grabs the screwdriver. Daniels pulls a JBL and quits before AJ can hit him at 13:48. It started off solid but there was way too much talking from Daniels and a ridiculous, ripped-off finish. How can this feud still be going on over five months later? I’ll live if these two never wrestle each other again. But since Daniels attacks AJ up on the ramp, that is obviously not going to be the case.
Rating: **¼

A Tale of Two Jeffs

Jeff Jarrett unexpectedly makes his way to the ring and immediately calls out Jeff Hardy, who has a DVD coming out in two days. He’s annoyed that Hardy keeps getting chance after chance and says the fans don’t want Hardy to be back. Hardy answers the challenge and attacks Jarrett right away. The brawl is on and security comes out to break them up.

MATCH #7: For Control of the Company – “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan fights “The Icon” Sting

Referee Jackson James is actually Eric Bischoff’s son, they revealed to us earlier. I don’t understand why they keep referring to this as a “fight” rather than a “match.” Before any contact is made, Hogan calls out Ric Flair to be in his corner. Dixie Carter, watching from ringside, is very upset with this development. Then, like all good fights, it starts with a headlock. Hogan takes Sting down with a shoulder block and throws his bandana at him. Oh, it’s on now. Hogan continues slowly abusing Sting, even throwing him to the floor, where Flair liberally interferes. Sting gets busted open and that fires him up. Flair distracts Sting for a while and then Sting gets back in the ring and bloodies Hogan’s head. Sting hits a couple of Stinger Splashes and then locks on the Scorpion Deathlock. Hogan taps away control of the company at 9:40. That was the kind of overbooked mess it needed to be, but if you need to book a match in that vein, why book it at all?
Rating: ¼*

The Immortal crew of Eric Bischoff, Gunner, Bully Ray, and Scott Steiner come out and abuse Sting with chairs. Jackson takes a chair away from his dad, and then gets hit with a different chair by his pop. Abyss is watching from backstage, which they don’t explain at all. Hogan fires back and helps Sting clean house on his former stable mates.

MATCH #8: TNA World Heavyweight Championship – Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode

Angle has been the Champion since 8.7.11, and this is his fourth defense. Roode tries an early Crossface so Angle takes a powder. Back in the ring Angle kicks Roode low and goes to work. Angle starts using submission moves and suplexes, which brought him to the dance, so to speak. He goes up for a moonsault and Roode jumps up there and suplexes him down. Angle looks like he took a nasty bump there. They rise to their feet to slug it out and Roode wins that battle. Roode goes to the second rope and hits a Blockbuster for a two-count. Angle comes back with a DDT for two. Roode avoids the Angle Slam and hits a Spinebuster for a two-count. Tenay actually called it a “Spinebuster Style Move.” It’s just a spinebuster dude. Roode goes up top and Angle takes him down with a super belly-to-belly suplex. Not caring to sell it, Roode grabs Angle in the Crossface, which Angle reverses to the Ankle Lock, and Roode reverses right back to the Crossface. Angle gets out of that and hits the Angle Slam for two. He locks on the Ankle Lock but Roode kicks off and hits another Spinebuster. Roode then hits the Payoff for a two-count. Angle grabs the Ankle Lock again and Roode counters to a rollup for two. Roode goes up to the second rope and Angle repositions the referee in order to hit a low blow. Angle hits the Angle Slam and gets another two-count. He goes for rolling German Suplexes but Roode counters it into the Crossface, again, and Angle reaches the ropes. Angle reverses an Irish Whip and hits a Spear for two. He goes up top and jumps right into the Crossface. Angle slips out and they trade reversals until Angle hits the Angle Slam and he grabs onto the ropes for additional leverage to get the pin at 14:14. The referee looked confused about whether or not to make the third count, which makes the finish even more annoying. In the long run I’d say they did okay with Roode, but he REALLY should have won the title here rather than on Impact. He still could have turned heel on Storm and done all the same programs they did with him, but to have your big babyface get built up like Roode and not win the title on your biggest show of the year, that’s a mistake. The match itself was the usual barrage of finishers with almost nothing holding them together. So it was like every other Kurt Angle match.
Rating: **½
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A2Z Analysiz: ROH Champions vs. All-Stars (Roderick Strong, Davey Richards) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/10/a2z-analysiz-roh-champions-vs-all-stars-roderick-strong-davey-richards/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/10/10/a2z-analysiz-roh-champions-vs-all-stars-roderick-strong-davey-richards/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169891 ChampionsVsAllStars

Richmond Raceway Complex – Richmond, Virginia – Friday, January 14, 2011

We open backstage with ROH Television Champion Christopher Daniels cutting a promo about tonight’s big eight-man tag team match.

That segues to an in-ring interview segment, in which ROH World Champion Roderick Strong comes out to brag about retaining his title at Final Battle over Davey Richards. Christopher Daniels comes out to cut him off and they get into an argument that leads to an impromptu Champion versus Champion match.

Kevin Kelly and Dave Prazak are on commentary.

MATCH #1: Non Title Champion vs. Champion – World Champion Roderick Strong vs. World TV Champion Christopher Daniels

Strong takes a cheap shot to start the match and Daniels quickly fights back. Both guys slug away at each other and Daniels takes the first advantage. Daniels knocks Strong to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. Out on the floor Strong is able to take control and he rams Daniels’s back into the ring apron. Back in the ring Strong gets a one-count but continues to press the advantage. Strong works the back but also throws in some heel tactics to make sure the crowd is against him tonight. He goes for the Stronghold but Daniels reverses to a cradle for two. Strong cuts Daniels off with a clothesline before he can get any momentum going. He uses a chinlock but Daniels is able to power out of it and counters a backbreaker with an armdrag. Daniels now is able to unleash a flurry of offense but both men collide in a cross body block attempt and they’re down. They rise and trade shots until the Kings of Wrestling run in to try and convince them to stop fighting. Claudio tries to reason with Strong while Hero talks to Daniels, who throws Hero to the floor and traps Strong in an O’Connor Roll with a bridge to get the win at 8:07. That was a fun little sprint but it seems like ROH would do more with a champion versus champion match than just throw it out there like that.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: The Bravado Brothers vs. Andy “Right Leg” Ridge & Grizzly Redwood

Redwood and Harlem start the match with some basic back and forth. Harlem takes first control and tags his brother Lance for some double-teaming. Redwood is able to respond with a tag of his own and Ridge immediately looks for kicks. Ridge is forced to fight off both Bravado brothers and can’t keep it up, as the Bravados hit a double-team neckbreaker. They continue to work Ridge over, using frequent tags to keep the fresh man in the ring. Ridge fights back with a kick on Harlem and makes the tag. Redwood is a house afire, unleashing a flurry of offense on both brothers. Lance cuts him off with a German Suplex and Harlem covers for two. Harlem and Redwood fight up on the top rope and Redwood knocks him down. Ridge comes in from out of nowhere with a hard knee to the face. Redwood follows with a seated senton off the top rope for two. Ridge tags back in and Harlem hits him with a dropkick. Redwood then hits Harlem with a tornado DDT. Lance hits Redwood with a sitout powerbomb. He rolls Ridge up for two but then runs right into a Superkick and Ridge gets the pin at 8:43. That was a decent little match where everyone got to show off their stuff. The Bravados would go on to get much better.
Rating: **¼

Earlier Tonight – Mike Bennett, wearing a winter hat but no shirt (makes no sense), mentions that Brutal Bob isn’t with him tonight because he’s training back in Boston. He says that tonight is his night, and that 2011 will be his year.

MATCH #3: Adam Cole vs. “The Prodigy” Mike Bennett

This is early in both men’s ROH careers. Bennett acts like a jerk early on and gets confident, so Cole makes him pay for it with a flurry of offense. Cole dropkicks Bennett to the floor and mocks him. Back in the ring Bennett continues trying to cheat but Cole is ready for him and keeps up the quick pace. Bennett backdrops Cole to the apron and then knocks him into the guardrail. Out on the floor, Bennett kneelifts Cole right into the barricade. Back in the ring Bennett continues to work the back. Cole fights back with a big superkick and both men are down. Back on their feet Cole goes on offense, keeping Bennett off his game. Cole this a big DDT for a two-count. He backdrops Bennett to the floor and then follows him out with a dive. The crowd is into it. Cole hits an enziguiri from the floor, and then gets back in the ring with a cross body block off the top rope for two. Bennett tries to fight back but Cole cuts him off with a Sleeper but Bennett breaks it. Cole tries another superkick but Bennett catches it and hits a spinebuster for two. Bennett blocks a hurricanrana by hitting a Buckle Bomb and then follows up with the Box Office Smash to get the win at 11:32. Cole was already showing flashes of awesomeness and Bennett was pretty solid here.
Rating: **½

The Kings of Wrestling Call Out Davey Richards and El Generico

The ROH World Tag Team Champions make their way out flanked by Sara Del Rey and Shane Hagadorn. Chris Hero reasons that since his partners Roderick Strong and Christopher Daniels already wrestled tonight, that Davey Richards and El Generico should wrestle each other. Richards says that his team doesn’t have an ego problem, so they will not be fighting each other. Hero doesn’t like that, so he hits Richards with a forearm to the back of the head and Claudio Castagnoli hits Generico with a release German Suplex. The Briscoes then come out to make the save.

MATCH #4: Homicide vs. Rhett Titus

This has train wreck written all over it. Titus rubs his balls and then shoves his hand in Homicide’s face, angering the Notorious 187. They quickly spill to the floor and that’s where Homicide shines. Titus throws Homicide back in the ring and then foolishly turns his back on him and gets hit with a Tope Con Hilo. Back in the ring they just trade strikes back and forth with little rhyme or reason. I’m sorry but I’m having trouble getting interested in this. Titus takes over and starts working the midsection. Homicide fights back and a series of reversals ends with Titus hitting a sloppy Fame-Ass-Er for two. They take the battle to the top rope and Titus pushes Homicide down and follows him with double knees to the chest. Both men rise to their feet and Homicide hits a headbutt that busts Titus open and it looks pretty nasty. Homicide hits a brainbuster (sort of) to get the pin at 12:14. Titus hadn’t hit his stride as a worker yet and Homicide was just brutal to watch in 2011.
Rating: *½

Backstage – Titus is a bloody mess, but it doesn’t bother him. He says the blood unleashes his killer instinct, and that he’s not done with Homicide.

MATCH #5: Steve Corino vs. Caleb Konley

Corino cuts a promo before the match, admitting that his actions of the past have been wrong; especially what he did to Kevin Steen in 2010. He says his rehab starts tonight and he wants to have a match with a youngster named Caleb Konley tonight. They start with some back and forth, and Konley acts like a jerk, slapping Corino across the face. Corino almost uses a closed fist but stops himself and decides to use armdrags instead. He almost uses the thumb in the bum but decides against that too. Konley gets a bit of offense in, using the dirty tactics that Corino chooses not to. Corino hits Colby Shock for two. He goes for the Eternal Dream but Konley avoids it and hits a sloppy SOS for two. Konley follows with a tornado DDT for another two-count. Corino comes back and hits a lariat and then connects on the Eternal Dream but doesn’t cover right away so Konley kicks out. Konley hits a low blow. It doesn’t seem to affect Corino though, who puts on an abdominal stretch and teases the Thumb in the Bum but instead uses a guillotine cradle to get the pin at 6:34. I get the point of the match but it was just all back and forth with no real internal story. Konley does little for me.
Rating: *

Earlier Tonight – Caprice Coleman was backstage singing about his second opportunity in Ring of Honor. He’s facing Colt Cabana tonight and he’s excited about it.

MATCH #6: Colt Cabana vs. Caprice Coleman

These two actually met way back at Do or Die III in the summer of 2004. I appreciate Dave Prazak pointing that out. This should be a nice athletic contest. That’s exactly what we get in the early going until Cabana goes to the floor to ask some kid for advice. The kid advises that Cabana punch him. Instead of that they engage in some amateur wrestling. Coleman actually dominates that, much to Cabana’s chagrin, so he takes a powder. Back in the ring they exchange more holds and Coleman gets knocked to the floor. Coleman kicks Cabana in the head and comes back in with a slingshot senton and then a legdrop for two. Cabana comes back with a modified version of the Air Raid Crash. Both men get back to their feet and trade strikes. Cabana wins that battle and hits the Stroke for two. He goes for the Flying Apple but Coleman avoids it and hits a flying headscissors for two. Coleman goes for a Frog Splash and hits nothing but knees and Cabana rolls him up for the win at 10:16. That was fun (though the same old from Cabana) and I can see why Coleman would get invited back after that.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Kenny King vs. Kyle O’Reilly

These are two of ROH’s rising stars. They trade moves back and forth and King takes an early powder. Back in the ring O’Reilly immediately goes to work on the arm, locking in a Cross Armbreaker. King gets to the ropes but O’Reilly continues the assault. O’Reilly then runs right into a spinebuster and King gets a two-count. King works him over briefly but O’Reilly comes back with kicks. O’Reilly knocks King to the floor and follows him out with a running dropkick off the ring apron. Back in the ring O’Reilly hits a DDT for two and then goes back to the arm. Once again King reaches the ropes. O’Reilly lands a kick to the head but King comes back with an atomic drop and a spin kick of his own. King hits the shotgun knees to the back for two, but the referee catches him with his feet on the ropes. He hits another kick but O’Reilly spins into a big clothesline and both men are down. They rise to their feet and try to out-strike each other. O’Reilly grabs a t-bone suplex and King responds with one of his own, adding a bridge for a two-count. King puts on a single leg crab but O’Reilly reaches the ropes. He goes for the Coronation but O’Reilly rolls through it and puts on a triangle choke accentuated with elbow strikes. King powers out of that and hits the Royal Flush to get the win at 12:20. These two definitely worked well together and at this point the right guy definitely went over.
Rating: ***

Backstage – Steve Corino gets a word with O’Reilly, giving him props for his match tonight and saying he’s excited for his future. O’Reilly thanks him but doesn’t look particularly impressed.

MATCH #8: ROH Champions vs. ROH All Stars – World Champion Roderick Strong, World TV Champion Christopher Daniels & World Tag Team Champions The Kings of Wrestling vs. Davey Richards, El Generico & The Briscoe Brothers

Richards and Daniels are set to start the match. Strong and the Kings believe that Daniels is the weak link on their team and they treat him as such. They have a sportsmanlike exchange before Daniels tags Claudio into the match. Richards responds by tagging Mark. Moments later Hero and Generico tag in. Next up are Strong and Jay, so everyone has gotten a chance to show off in the early going. Strong does his best to avoid Richards, who he just beat at Final Battle 2009. Claudio asks Richards for a test of strength, and Richards asks referee Paul Turner if he can stand on his back to reach. That’s really stupid. That goes nowhere and Hero and Mark tag back in. Neither team has gotten a real advantage yet. Moments after I type that, the Champions take over on Jay and cut the ring in half. The battle spills to the floor and the All Stars come over to try and help their partner. Back in the ring Daniels tags in and Jay briefly fights back but Daniels cuts him off. The champions continue the abuse, keeping Jay away from his partners. Finally Jay is able to slip through and tag Generico. The crowd goes surprisingly mild as Generico is a house afire. Hero cuts him off and tags the TV Champion. Daniels hits a Blue Thunder Powerbomb for two. Mark makes a blind tag and attacks Daniels with his Redneck Kung Fu. The Briscoes hit a Sidewinder for two. They continue double-teaming Daniels, who fights his sway out of the Doomsday Device but runs into a double superkick. The Kings illegally enter the ring to battle their rivals and offense is coming from every angle of the ring now. Richards finally gets his hands (and feet) on Strong, abusing him thoroughly. Strong fights back with a knee strike and several kicks but Richards won’t stay down. Richards fights back with the Ankle Lock and then turns it into a Texas Cloverleaf. Strong turns it into a LeBell Lock but Richards turns it right back into the Cloverleaf and Hero breaks it up with a rolling elbow. Everyone else gets back in the ring and the action is coming too fast to call. The match spills to the floor and Generico and Jay hit simultaneous dives to wipe out the Kings. A bunch of people then just stand there and wait for Richards to wipe them out with a Shooting Star Press. Mark and Daniels are the first two back in the ring and Daniels hits the Angel’s Wings for two. They fight to the top rope and Mark pushes Daniels down and follows him with the Froggy ‘Bow to get the win at 32:46. That was a good deal of fun, especially down the stretch, but boy did that finish come out of nowhere. Since when does the Froggy ‘Bow finish anybody? And fun as it was, there was ultimately nothing at all memorable here, just a good showing from eight good wrestlers.
Rating: ***½
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Bren Events Center – Irvine, California – October 18, 2009

MATCH #1: Ultimate X Match for TNA X Division Championship – Amazing Red w/ Don West vs. Daniels vs. Homicide vs. Suicide vs. Chris Sabin vs. Alex Shelley

Red has been the champion since 10.8.09 and this is already his second defense. D’Angelo Dinero was originally scheduled for this match, but had a family emergency and had to bail at the last minute. So on the preshow the Motor City Machineguns battled Lethal Consequences, and the Guns got the win, and they’re in the match. This should be pretty fast and pretty furious, action-wise. Everyone is going 100 mph right away, with guys flying all over in and out of the ring. Everyone except Daniels and Red are on the floor, and Red remedies that by delivering a rana on Daniels from the top rope, crashing into everybody. Back in the ring the Guns double-team Red and then turn their attention to Daniels. Sabin has been in 10 Ultimate X matches, which I’m assuming is the most ever. No one’s paying attention to Homicide, so he climbs up and goes for the belt, but Suicide stops him at the last minute. The Guns continue to work together, and one has to wonder what would happen if it came down to the two of them going after the belt. Red thwarts their attacks, but that doesn’t slow down the pace of the match at all. Daniels, Homicide, and Suicide are wearing pink armbands somewhere on their person; not sure what that’s about. Kicks and suplexes are being thrown around by everyone. Daniels, Suicide, and Red climb all the way to the top of the X steel structure. Red rests while Daniels and Suicide slug it out. Daniels is the first one to climb down and try to grab the belt, and Suicide stops him. They continue battling while Sabin and Shelley climb up. Suicide and Daniels take a nasty looking fall, while Red calmly drops down and grabs the belt for the win at 15:16. That was the right choice to open the show, with tons of sick high spots. The big fall at the end made Red’s win anticlimactic, but overall this was fun.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: TNA Knockout Tag Team Championship Match – Taylor Wilde & Sarita vs. The Beautiful People

Wilde and Sarita have been the champions since 9.20.09, and this is their second defense. Lacey tries to whore her way into staying at ringside, but senior referee Earl Hebner will have none of it. Wilde gets a quick rollup on Sky to start the match for a two-count. The champions are in total control early on. Sky comes back with a clothesline on Sarita and makes the tag to Rayne. The challengers take control now and scream a lot. Sarita comes back with some kind of unidentifiable maneuver and both women make tags. Wilde is on fire, hitting a series of clotheslines and a dropkick for two. Sky tries to interfere but Sarita dispatches of her, and then the champions hit the springboard dropkick / German suplex with a bridge combo to get the pin and retain their titles at 2:59. They didn’t really have time to get anything going, which begs the question of why even invent these titles in the first place?
Rating: ½*

MATCH #3: TNA Legends Championship Match – Kevin Nash vs. Hernandez vs. Eric Young

Nash has been the champion since 8.16.09, and this is his fourth defense. He and Young have agreed to work together, as Young promised Nash $60,000 to help him take out Hernandez, and Nash gets to keep his Legends Title as well. This was after Angle put out a $30,000 bounty on Young, so you could say Young struck a pretty good deal. Knowing that he’s in a two-on-one situation, Hernandez goes right on the attack, and knocks Young to the floor with a vicious shoulderblock. He follows him out, but Nash intervenes and goes on offense along with his cohort Young. Hernandez is wearing the pink armbands as well, which Tenay explains as being part of breast cancer awareness. Back in the ring Hernandez once again goes on offense, but it can’t last long since he’s trying to fight off two men. Young and Nash continue to work Hernandez over, and Young mistakenly goes for a cover, irritating the Legends Champion. Hernandez once again fights back, and is able to throw both men around a bit before Nash levels him again. Young and Nash try a double-clothesline, but Hernandez ducks and hits both men with a clothesline of his own. Hernandez hits a sit-out powerbomb on Young, but Nash breaks up the cover. Young tries to take a breather on the floor, but Hernandez follows him out with a swan dive over the top rope. Nash drills Hernandez with a big boot, and Young follows with an elbow drop off the top rope. Young instructs Nash to finish Hernandez with the Jackknife Powerbomb, but then Young throws Hernandez’s head into Nash’s groin and steals the pin at 8:53! That was an effective storyline-driven match; I like how they’re booking Eric Young, I just don’t much like Eric Young. Then to really put over how important this match was, they immediately cut to the back, where guys are yelling at each other.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #4: Full Metal Mayhem for IWGP & TNA World Tag Team Championships – The British Invasion vs. Beer Money, Inc. vs. Booker T & Scott Steiner vs. Team 3D

Brutus Magnus and Doug Williams have been the IWGP Tag Team Champions since 7.30.09. Booker T and Scott Steiner have been the TNA Tag Team Champions since 7.19.09, and this is their fourth defense. Both sets of titles are on the line here, in separate falls. The belts are hanging in the same fashion that the X-Division title was hanging in the Ultimate X match, so it seems like more or less the same thing. Everyone attacks Team 3D in the early going, much like they talked about earlier. The Brits make the first attempt at retrieving the titles, but Beer Money stops them. Meanwhile, Team 3D and the Main Event Mafia battle each other outside the ring. Moments later Booker rejoins the ring and performs the Spin-a-Roony like any good heel would, and winds up eating a superkick and the DWI for his troubles. Steiner comes to his partner’s aid and throws everyone around with suplexes. He follows up with a Super Frankensteiner on Williams. Booker has apparently been “injured,” so his well-endowed wife comes out to see how he’s doing. The British Invasion takes over on Steiner and works him over, stealing Team 3D’s signature moves just to be jerks. Booker is carted out on a stretcher, never to be seen in TNA again. Team 3D gets back in the ring with chairs and they start beating up everyone. Brother Ray even lets Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society (seated at ringside after performing the National Anthem at the beginning of the show) hit Magnus with a chair. The match continues on as a brawl, and Steiner valiantly fights on his own. Unfortunately for Steiner, he winds up getting powerbombed off a ladder and through a table. Devon climbs to the top of the ladder and pulls down the IWGP Tag Title belt at around 13:06, despite getting bashed with a chair by the interfering Rhyno. Williams and Magnus take advantage of the situation, working Team 3D over. Magnus climbs up the ladder and Beer Money tries to double suplex him and it sort of works. Their little “Beer Money” thing is really played and at this point irritating. Magnus quickly recovers and tries climbing the ladder again; this time Storm hits him with a sunset bomb off the ladder. Williams clobbers Storm with a steel chair and climbs up the ladder; Roode joins him up there. Roode knocks Williams down, but Big Rob comes out and pitches Roode over the top rope and through a table on the floor. Williams is then able to grab the TNA title belt and the British Invasion is the NEW TNA World Tag Team Champions at 17:14. That was the usual hardcore mess with a couple of cute spots but mostly just chaos. And to reinforce how important these titles actually are, they immediately cut to the back to show Bobby Lashley and Samoa Joe warming up. Thanks a lot, TNA.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: TNA Knockouts Championship Match – ODB vs. Awesome Kong w/ Raisha Saeed vs. Tara

ODB has been the champion since 9.20.09, and this is her third defense, having previously defended the title in singles matches against both of her opponents tonight. Kong doesn’t want to wait, so she attacks both opponents before the bell and we’re off and running. Tara and ODB try to double-team her but it doesn’t go all that well. Kong is so awesome it’s just sick. ODB and Tara avoid a simultaneous splash attempt and once again try to double-team Kong. Of course when it comes to pin attempts, ODB and Tara disagree, since the first fall wins the title. The match becomes more of a three-way and less of a handicap match, as Kong throws Tara to the floor. Tara gets in a shoving match with a “fan,” who I believe is Kim Couture, in an angle that as of this writing has gone nowhere. We’re left with just ODB and Kong in the ring. ODB hits an impressive Samoan Drop for two. Kong resumes control as Tara makes her way back to the ring. She knocks Tara down once again and hits a splash off the second rope on ODB for two as Tara breaks up the fall. An angry Kong responds with a Chokeslam, and once again kicks Tara to the floor. Kong hits ODB with the Implant Buster for a two-count, which is stupid. Raisha Saeed makes her way to ringside now and introduces a steel chair, but Kong doesn’t want to use it. Kong goes for a powerbomb and Saeed once again slides the chair into the ring, and ODB reverses the powerbomb to a facebuster, and Kong’s face connects with the steel. That’s enough for ODB to get the pin and retain the title at 7:36. To reinforce how important the Knockouts Title is, they immediately cut to the back for a Matt Morgan promo. The match was overbooked and terrible, as I continue to wonder why the Knockouts Division gets so much praise.
Rating: ¾*

MATCH #6: MMA vs. TNA Submission Match – “The Boss” Bobby Lashley vs. Samoa Joe

Only TNA would book a “MMA vs. TNA” match and book themselves as the heels. Lashley comes out with taped ribs, so I would expect Joe to go right after them. They start with some basics, and Tenay gets wood when Lashley performs a leap frog. They trade holds and Joe takes a powder. Back in the ring Joe kicks the referee in the leg, and then knocks Lashley to the floor. Joe follows him out with an elbow suicida. Okay, I know referee Earl Hebner has been around forever, but getting kicked in the leg by Joe should take him out for the rest of the show. Despite begin booked as the heel, the crowd is much more supportive of Joe than they are of Lashley. In fact they’re outright booing Lashley during his comebacks. Joe hits a snap powerslam and goes for an armbar, but Lashley escapes and hits a full nelson slam. Lashley hits a t-bone suplex, and Joe comes back with a uranage. Joe hits another uranage, but on the third attempt Lashley blocks it and locks in a choke, and Joe submits at 8:07. The crowd is not impressed with The Boss, to say the least. So in the battle of MMA vs. TNA, it can be assumed that MMA fighters are tougher, so TNA just booked their own company to look weak. Good job guys. The match was painfully dull and stupid, and the crowd is just not into Lashley at all.
Rating: *

MATCH #7: Monster’s Ball Hardcore Extreme – “The Monster” Abyss vs. “The Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley with Special Referee Dr. Stevie

Foley used his power as Executive Shareholder to name Dr. Stevie as the special referee, and he also apparently banned thumbtacks. He attacks Abyss from behind during his entrance, hitting him with a barbed wire baseball bat. They fight on the entrance ramp and Foley starts climbing for some reason. Abyss follows him and of course gets knocked down through some tables. Foley grabs the bat again and hits a running elbow off the ramp to Abyss’s head. He and Stevie make their way back to the ring; meanwhile Abyss recovers and hits Foley with a clothesline. Abyss sets up a barbed wire board between the apron and the guardrail. In the ring finally Abyss levels Foley with a couple of trash can shots. Abyss brings another barbed wire board into the ring and goes for a Chokeslam, but Foley avoids it and hits a Double-Arm DDT instead. Foley continues to abuse Abyss with the barbed wire bat, and the referee even takes a few shots. He and Stevie trap Abyss between two barbed wire boards, and Foley hits an elbow drop for two. Foley then goes back on his word by introducing thumbtacks, which the commentators clear up by saying Foley can use tacks but Abyss cannot. Abyss grows tired of Stevie’s machinations, so he hits him with the Shock Treatment. Daffney comes out and hands Foley a taser, which he uses on Abyss. Tenay and Taz are so confused by what Foley is doing and what the object is. A new referee comes down and has to remind Abyss to kick out – the fans catch it and they boo. Foley goes for Mr. Socko but Abyss gets a drop toehold into the barbed wire, but when the referee tries to make the count, Stevie pulls him to the floor. Daffney climbs to the top rope, but Abyss catches her and Chokeslams her through one of the barbed wire boards. Abyss hits Stevie with the Black Hole Slam into the tacks, and then Chokeslams Foley onto a barbed wire board. He then drags Stevie over and uses his hand to make the three-count for the win at 11:05. Foley has really lost his knack for hardcore matches that mean something. This was all spots, and had an awful storyline leading in to boot. This was just silly.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #8: Wrestling’s Best VS Wrestling’s Future – Kurt Angle vs. “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan

This is easily the biggest match of Morgan’s career to date. Angle avoids the younger, more aggressive Morgan in the early going. Eventually Morgan gets a hold of Angle and tosses him over the top rope. Back in the ring Morgan traps Angle in the corner and delivers the elbow pad-less elbows to the face. Morgan is dominating in the opening minutes here. Angle makes a brief comeback and knocks Morgan to the floor, but when he tries to jump off the apron, Morgan catches him and drives Angle into the ring post. Back in the ring Morgan lands a high cross body off the top rope for two. That looked pretty. Morgan tries a bicycle kick in the corner but Angle avoids it and immediately goes to work on the leg. Angle locks on the Figure-Four Leglock, while Taz correctly explains how a shorter man applying this move on a taller man is actually easier. It would be really nice if this Taz was always on commentary, instead of the Taz that makes a joke out of everything. Morgan turns the hold over, and Angle reaches the ropes. Angle slugs away but Morgan pops up with a clothesline. Morgan mounts some kind of a destructive plan, according to Taz, which includes hitting a side slam for two. Angle retakes control and tries a body press, but Morgan catches him with a fallaway slam. Morgan goes for a Chokeslam, but Angle reverses to a victory roll for two. On the second attempt Morgan hits the Chokeslam, and gets a two-count. Angle comes back with three rolling German Suplexes. He goes for the Angle Slam, but Morgan avoids it and hits the Carbon Footprint for two. Morgan tries a charge in the corner, but Angle moves out of the way and hits the Angle Slam, but Morgan kicks out at two! Angle takes the straps down and locks on the Ankle Lock. Morgan kicks his way out of it and goes for a powerbomb, which Angle rolls through and once again applies the Ankle Lock. Angle holds on tenaciously but Morgan finally kicks him off. Morgan hits the Hellevator but Angle kicks out at two! He goes for a Tombstone Piledriver but Angle slips out and once again locks on the Ankle Lock. Morgan once again kicks out of it and hits a clothesline for two. The crowd chants “Morgan sucks,” which shows how poorly TNA books their talent. Morgan goes up top and Angle hits a pop-up super belly-to-belly suplex, and then follows up with an Angle Slam and a Frog Splash, but it only gets two! Angle goes back up top but Morgan recovers and puts Angle on his shoulders, but Angle counters with a victory roll for the win at 14:45. What they were going for in this match was quite obvious, and for the most part it worked. It felt a little forced, but Morgan worked hard and looked pretty good out there with Angle.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #9: “Sting’s Final Curtain Call?” TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. “The Icon” Sting

Styles has been the champion since 9.20.09, and this is his first defense. I really hate the entire buildup to this match, wherein Styles looks like an ineffectual chump who can’t even win a match on his own without Sting’s help. I just hate the Sting character’s holier-than-thou attitude. The champion is the aggressor early on, grinding away with a headlock. Sting comes back with a hiptoss. They go back and forth with Styles using his agility to wow the veteran challenger. Sting then locks on a headlock, and then knocks Styles down with a shoulderblock. He misses an elbow drop, and then Sting misses a knee drop, as the crowd chants “TNA.” The challenger takes control and clotheslines the champion over the top rope to the floor. Then Sting holds the ropes open for Styles, which is so lame. Styles makes him pay for it with an enziguiri. Sting comes back with a couple of face plants and a big back body drop. Styles hits the big dropkick, which sends Sting to the floor. He tries jumping off the apron but Sting moves and he crashes into the guardrail. Moments later Sting tries to charge into Styles, and he meets the same fate. Back in the ring both are acting like nothing happened, so they start slugging it out. Styles tries a charge in the corner and misses, and then tries another charge and takes a boot to the face. He tries a tombstone piledriver, but Sting reverses to one of his own for a near-fall. Styles is so hurt that he rolls to the apron, but then decides he’s okay enough to hit a springboard forearm for two. A backbreaker gets another two-count. They trade Scorpion Death Drop attempts, and Sting is able to land one as the morons in the crowd chant “This Is Wrestling.” Sting hits a Stinger Splash and lands another Scorpion Death Drop but Styles once again kicks out. He locks on the Scorpion Deathlock, and Styles simply powers out of it. Back on their feet they trade blows until Sting Hulks Up and hits a clothesline for two. Sting lifts Styles up to the top rope, and Styles knocks Sting down with a headbutt. Styles falls to the apron and hits a Pele. He follows up with a springboard splash to get the pin and retain the title at 13:52. That was a severely anticlimactic finish to a dull, boring main event. Also, they built this up as Sting’s last match, which we know as of this writing is not the case, so what was the point really? Styles gets on the microphone, which doesn’t even work (so bush league TNA), and tells Sting to show some love for the fans. He thus concedes the spotlight to the veteran, showing who TNA thinks the real star is.
Rating: *½
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Sears Center – Chicago, Illinois – October 12, 2008

MATCH #1: Steel Asylum Match – Alex Shelley vs. Jay Lethal vs. Curry Man vs. Chris Sabin vs. Sonjay Dutt vs. Jimmy Rave vs. Johnny Devine vs. Petey Williams vs. Shark Boy vs. Super Eric

Referee Rudy Charles is on top of the cage in the event of a “photo finish.” If anyone thinks two people could sneak out of there at one time, you’re an idiot. The guns work together, as do the Prince Justice Brotherhood trio (Eric, Boy, and Man). Devine gets ganged up on for a bit. The Guns, Devine, and Rave execute a triple suplex on the Brotherhood. There’s little rhyme or reason to most of what’s going on. Shelley and Man fight up on the top rope and Man hits a unique jawbreaker. Sabin fires back with a leaping enziguiri. Boy and Eric look out for Man, but Dutt is able to sneak in and hit a kick to the face. Lethal makes the first real attempt to escape, but Rave stops him, only to receive a hurricanrana for his troubles. Shelley follows with a Frog Splash on Rave, and then Man hits Shelley with a clothesline. Eric hits a simultaneous Death Valley Driver on Devine and Dutt. He goes up to climb but the Guns cut him off. The guns wind up in control of the match, picking almost everyone apart. Williams comes back and knocks Shelley out with the Canadian Destroyer. He tries to climb out but Sabin cuts him off. Boy joins them on the top rope and hits a double Chummer. Rave Rocks Boy’s World, but then Devine hits the Devine Intervention, which looks supremely dangerous. Devine takes Lethal down and hits a moonsault. He climbs and Dutt cuts him off. Man joins them and gets knocked down. Dutt knocks Devine right into a Spice Rack. Man gets close to climbing out but Dutt knocks him down. Lethal joins Dutt up top and they slug it out. Black Machismo wins that battle and climbs out to win the match at 12:04. The concept of the match is inherently stupid but all 10 guys worked hard to get it over and there was almost no down time throughout the entire match.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Knockouts Bimbo Brawl – The Beautiful People & Cute Kip vs. Rhaka Khan, Rhino & ODB

This is a bit of a motley crew. Traci Brooks is the special guest referee. Mike Tenay thinks that if there’s any town that can relate to “One Dirty Bitch” it’s Chicago. What does that even mean? ODB and Angelina Love star the match, and it’s the woman Chicago can most relate to that takes first control. Love rakes the eyes and tags Velvet Sky. ODB goes to work on the arm, and then tags Rhino, who hits an Irish whip and a hip toss. TNA can do man-on-woman violence! That is so cool! At least that’s how I imagine TNA booking meetings going. Rhino motions for the Gore but Kip thankfully saves her. Velvet actually tries to clothesline Rhino? This is stupid. Rhino tags Khan so Velvet tags the person on the team most equipped to handle her. Kip and Khan grab each other in a choke. The man (Kip) wins the choke battle, so Khan grabs his groin. Love comes in to Kip’s defense and Rhaka goes after her arm. Sky distracts Brooks long enough for Kip to hit ODB with the makeup kit. Brooks notices all the makeup on the mat but decides not to ask anyone about it. The Beautiful People continue to double and triple team ODB in their half of the ring. Then ODB tags Rhino, and Kip tags in as well. The match breaks down as Brooks is doing a terrible job as a referee. The men are left alone in the ring. Kip hits a Stinger Splash and goes for the Fame-Ass-Er but Rhino counters with the Gore to get the win at 6:15. Bless that Kip James – with every gimmick he’s given, he always looks like he’s trying as hard as he possibly can to get it over. The match on the other hand was not over with me.
Rating: *

MATCH #3: TNA X-Division Title Match – Sheik Abdul Bashir vs. Consequences Creed

Bashir has been the champion since 9.14.08 and this is his second defense. A decorated Soldier makes the ring introduction for the challenger. Creed starts the match off hot, hitting a clothesline and then dumping Bashir to the floor. Back in the ring Creed hits a high cross body block off the top rope for two. The challenger continues to keep the pressure on the champion. He gets back dropped to the apron, and when he tries a sunset flip through the second rope (like that would work), Bashir knees him in the face and kicks him off the apron. The champ follows Creed outside and slams him chest-first onto the guardrail. Back in the ring he gets a two-count. Bashir trips Creed down to the mat and hits an elbow drop to the back for a two-count. He continues to wear Bashir down and cut off all of his comeback attempts. He uses a sleeper to take Bashir down to the mat. Creed fights back with a superkick of sorts and both men are down. Back on their feet Creed is on a roll but can’t put the champ away. Creed goes up top but he plays to the crowd too much and Bashir goes up to hit a (sort of) super rana. That gets two. Creed comes back and tries a Death Valley Driver, but Bashir reverses it to a rollup and grabs the ring rope for leverage to get the pin at 9:18. Remember when Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, and AJ Styles were having X-Division Title matches in the main event and it was almost as important as the World Title? Nothing against Creed and Bashir, but the X-Title is just pointless filler now, and that’s TNA’s single greatest failure as a company.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: TNA Knockout Championship Match – Taylor Wilde vs. Awesome Kong vs. Roxxi

Wilde has been the champion since 7.10.08 and this is her fourth defense. She and Roxxi wisely work together in the early going to take Kong down. They knock Kong to the floor and then tear into each other. It doesn’t take Kong long to get back in the ring to break up a pin. Kong then throws Roxxi to the floor, where Raisha Saeed takes a few cheap shots on Roxxi. She then focuses on the champion. Wilde gets a victory roll but Roxxi breaks up the cover and throws her to the floor. Unfortunately for her she forgets about Kong and pays for it. Roxxi fires back and hits a swinging neckbreaker and a senton. She goes up top and hits a Thesz Press but Wilde breaks up the fall. Roxxi locks Wilde in a submission move and Kong kicks them both down to the mat. Kong hits Roxxi with a running cross body block for a two-count. She flattens Roxxi with the Implant Buster but Wilde breaks it up. Wilde pays for that with a solid clothesline. With both Roxxi and Wilde down, Kong goes up top. Wilde joins her up there and kicks Kong down to the floor. Roxxi catches Wilde surprised with a kick to the face for two. She goes for the Cajun Drop but Wilde counters it and goes behind for a bridging German Suplex to get the pin at 5:13. Kong is so good it’s sick. The match was pretty good for the time they got.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Monster’s Ball Match for the TNA World Tag Team Titles – Beer Money, Inc. vs. Team 3D vs. The Latin American Xchange vs. Matt Morgan & Abyss

Beer Money has been the champions since 8.10.08, and this is their second defense. This is the fifth Monster’s Ball match in history, and the first one featuring tag teams. Abyss is 1-3, and everyone else is making their debuts. Steve “Mongo” McMichael is the special guest referee, and boy is he looking old.

Everyone attacks Beer Money to start and it’s a big brawl all over the place. Homicide seems to grab most of the spotlight, and he brings out a staple from his old ROH days, the fork, jabbing it into Devon’s head. Ray brings a cheese grater in and works on Abyss with it. Mongo counts extremely slowly for Beer Money. Storm gets tired of Mongo dogging them, so he brings his beer helmet and a football in the ring to challenge him, and Mongo takes both of them out. More brawling ensues, and Johnny Devine shows up to help his Team 3D cohorts. The three of them conspire to slam Abyss off the entrance ramp through a flaming table. Jacqueline interferes and tries to jump on Mongo, and she receives a spanking for her trouble. Hernandez actually hits the Border Toss on Morgan, which is pretty impressive. Team 3D hits the 3D on Hernandez, on a table covered with tacks. However, Beer Money sneaks in the ring and steals the pin to retain the titles at 20:19. That was super fun chaos, but everything involving Mongo hurt what the wrestlers were trying to do.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: Three Way War – AJ Styles vs. Booker T vs. Christian Cage

This is the beginning of the Main Event Mafia versus Frontline angle, with T and Styles on obvious sides and Cage somewhere in the middle. To literally illustrate that, Cage hangs back and lets them do battle. Then Cage gets in the ring and shakes T’s hand, but that alliance lasts about three seconds before Cage hits the inverted DDT. He then turns his attention to Styles and drops his midsection on the top rope. That sends Styles to the floor, and T makes his way back in to knock Cage to the floor. Styles appears to be going for a springboard into the ring, but instead he moonsaults back to the floor onto Cage! T joins them on the floor and is able to hit Styles with a briefcase when referee Shane Sewell’s back is turned. Cage and T get back in the ring and trade strikes. T lands a flapjack for a two-count and then locks Cage in a chinlock. He continues to wear Cage down while Styles recovers on the floor. Cage fights back and ducks a clothesline, and T bumps off that for some reason, and then they clothesline each other. Way to go Booker. Styles makes it back to the ring with the springboard forearm on T, and he has a few shots for Cage as well. Cage recovers and clotheslines T to the floor, but then gets smacked with a Styles dropkick. Styles goes for the Styles Clash but Cage avoids it, but he can’t block the second attempt of the flipping inverted DDT, which gets a two-count. T comes back and kicks Cage to the floor and then turns his attention to Styles. He goes for the Axe Kick but Styles avoids it and locks on a Cross Armbreaker. Cage comes in and breaks it up, then takes a rana from Styles. T comes back and hits the Bookend on Styles for a two-count. He goes for the Spin-a-Roony and Cage blasts him with a European Uppercut off the second rope. Styles hits a Pele to knock T to the floor. Cage grabs Styles with an Implant DDT for two. They fight up top and Styles drops Cage down to the mat, but then misses the Spiral Tap. T then takes them both down with a simultaneous axe kick but can’t pin either man. He goes up top but Cage uses Styles to knock him down. Cage then hits Styles with a Spear, but T literally holds the referee back from making the count. Styles and Cage join T up on the ropes, and Cage hits a Super Unprettier on Styles! Cage then stands there and waits for T to hit a Super Axe Kick to get the win at 13:07. The stuff between Styles and Cage was good, but Booker T just looked lost out there.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #7: Jeff Jarrett vs. Kurt Angle

Mick Foley is the special guest enforcer. This is Jarrett’s first match since May of 2007, when he dropped a fall to Robert Roode. Angle takes Jarrett down right away and looks confident in doing so. Tenay describes the look on Angle’s face as a “bleep-eatin’-grin.” I hate you, Mike Tenay. Angle grounds Jarrett briefly, but Jarrett counters him and locks on a headlock. That doesn’t last too long, as Angle powers up and runs Jarrett into the corner. Don West calls a European Uppercut a German Uppercut for some reason. Jarrett recovers and sends Angle to the floor, and follows him out with a slingshot dive. He tries diving off the apron, but Angle moves and Jarrett crashes into the guardrail. Back in the ring Angle follows up with some kicks to the ribs. Jarrett comes back with an inverted atomic drop and an enziguiri. He spends too much time strutting and Angle hits a hard clothesline. Angle is in control now, wearing Jarrett down. Jarrett gets a quick rollup for two but Angle clotheslines him down again. He gets up again and hits Angle with a DDT and both men are down. They get to their feet and trade punches. Jarrett wins that battle and hits two lariats and a blue thunder driver for two. Angle recovers and hits a belly-to-belly suplex. They rise and Angle tries the Olympic Slam but Jarrett counters to a DDT for two. He puts Angle up on the top rope and hits a superplex and Angle kicks out at two. Jarrett then locks on the Figure-Four Leglock right in the center of the ring. Angle eventually makes it to the ropes and the hold is broken. He comes back and hits a German Suplex with a bridge for two, and then hits a couple of Rolling Germans. He tries the Angle Slam but Jarrett counters to an armdrag. Jarrett tries a piledriver but Angle winds up rolling through to the Ankle Lock. Wow, Jarrett survives in the hold for a ridiculously long time. He rolls Angle through to break the hold. Angle hits the Angle Slam but Jarrett kicks out. He goes up for the Moonsault but Jarrett rolls out of the way. The referee takes a bump and Jarrett hits the Stroke. Foley comes in to count the fall but Angle kicks out at two. Angle hits a low blow and then goes to the floor and grabs a chair. He wallops Foley in the face with it, and then delivers a shot to Jarrett as well. Angle revives the referee, but Foley pulls the referee out, having made a miraculous recovery from that brutal shot to the face. He applies Mr. Socko to Angle, and Jarrett smashes the guitar over Angle’s head. Foley counts the pin at 20:07. The problem with special enforcers is that they always have to get involved, and that takes away from the two wrestlers in the match. It was going along really well until all the Foley involvement, but Jarrett looked really good for such a long layoff. It wasn’t quite a classic but it was fairly entertaining.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: TNA World Championship Match – Samoa Joe vs. Sting

Joe has been the champion since 4.13.08 and this is his eighth defense. Sting attacks right away but Joe dumps him to the floor and follows him out with the elbow suicida. They fight up through the crowd for a while, and Joe hits an amazing flying dropkick, landing right on the steps. Tenay announces that there will be no return match no matter what happens, which makes no sense. After several minutes and a few momentum changes, they make their way back to the ring where Joe is in control. Joe tries the Muscle Buster but Sting blocks it and hits a DDT. Sting goes up top and hits a Frog Splash for two. Joe comes back with a kick to the gut and a powerbomb for two. He rolls that into the STF and then a Crossface. Sting tries to fight back but Joe hits the snap powerslam for two. Joe gets confident and Sting makes him pay with a Stinger Splash and Muscle Buster! Or so we thought, because Joe no-sells it. Joe returns the favor with a Scorpion Death Drop and Sting no-sells that. Sting tries a Stinger Splash but the champ counters with the STJoe. Joe hits a series of knees to the head and hopes for a knockout win but Sting gets up. He continues going for knockout blows to the head. For some reason Kevin Nash makes his way to ringside, and I think every BFG main event has had some form of interference; for the second year in a row it’s from Nash. Joe hits a DDT and continues arguing with the referee for some reason. Sting grabs the baseball bat but Nash takes it away from him. Joe hits Sting with a clothesline for a two-count. The referee gets sort of knocked out of the way and Nash hits Joe with the bat. Sting then hits the Scorpion Death Drop to get the pin at 16:53. What a boring match with a terrible finish that made Joe look like a total rube. Sting is beyond limited at this point and the booking is so mundane.
Rating: **
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Gwinnett Center – Duluth, Georgia – October 14, 2007

MATCH #1: Ultimate X Match – The Latin American Xchange vs. Triple X

LAX is represented by Homicide and Hernandez, while Elix Skipper and Senshi are representing XXX. I don’t think there was any kind of feud to this match, just a match for the sake of it. However, at least the winners get a Tag Team Title shot. This is the thirteenth ever Ultimate X match; LAX is 1-0 as a team; Skipper and Senshi are both 0-2 on their own but have never been in one as a tag team.

It’s all action all the time in the early minutes. Hernandez appears to be having fun throwing Senshi around. Skipper pairs off with Homicide and Senshi is fighting Hernandez. The fight spills to the floor and Homicide hits Senshi with the Tope Con Hilo and Don West loves it. Skipper tries to climb up to the X but Hernandez is all “no way son.” Hernandez then climbs to the X and just sits there not grabbing the X for some reason. Obviously he gets knocked down, and then Senshi takes a turn and gets powerbombed for his troubles. Skipper climbs all the way to the top of one of the steel trusses and hits a cross body block on Hernandez. Homicide tries to get the X and Skipper goes out with him, and Homicide brings them both down by hitting a neckbreaker. He tries going back up but this time Senshi stops him. Homicide sets up for a super Gringo Killer but Senshi blocks it and hits the Warrior’s Way instead. Hernandez is up and hits another Crackerjack on Senshi. He tries to dive on Senshi on the floor, but Skipper cuts him off and tries the Play of the Day. That gets blocked and Hernandez tosses Skipper to the floor with the Border Toss. The big man then climbs up and grabs the X for the win at 11:57. That had some cool spots and was entertaining throughout.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Fight for the Right Match – Jimmy Rave, Lance Hoyt, Havok, Shark Boy, Petey Williams, Kaz, Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, Sonjay Dutt, Kip James, BG James, James Storm, Eric Young, Robert Roode, Chris Harris, and Junior Fatu

“16 Wrestlers Start Outside The Ring. The First 8 To Enter The Ring Advance To An Over The Top Rope Battle Royal. The Final 2 Meet In One Fall Match.” Well this sounds remarkably complicated and stupid. Ha, remember Junior Fatu?

Speaking of the fat man, he’s the first one in the ring. Kaz and Roode fight up on the top rope, and Kaz hits the Flux Capacitor, meaning both men are now in the battle royal. Shelley makes his way into the ring. Hoyt press slams Young into the ring. Shelley helps Sabin get in the ring. Hoyt takes spot seven, and Storm sneaks in to grab the last spot around two and a half minutes in. Now the match turns into a battle royal. Storm is immediately eliminated by Young. Oh, it’s also important to note that these eight m en are now entered into a tournament on iMPACT!, and matches will be determined by order of elimination in the battle royal. Sounds like they’re stealing from FIP to me. The six guys that are not Fatu team up to eliminate him from the match. Sabin is next to go, via Kaz. Roode viciously eliminates Kaz next. We’re down to the final four. Hoyt levels Young with a big boot. He foolishly goes for the Moonsault and Roode pushes him to the floor. That means Kaz will battle Hoyt in first-round tournament action. Shelley and Young work together on Roode. A little miscommunication leads to Roode eliminating Shelley, who will now face Sabin in the tournament. We’re down to the final two at just over 10 minutes in. These two have wrestled each other about a billion times. Roode intimidates Young and controls the match. Young recovers briefly and tries a Moonsault but misses. Roode tries the Payoff but Young counters with a small package for the pin at 11:49. That means Roode will face Junior Fatu, and Young will face James Storm. This was overly complicated and not at all interesting.
Rating: *

MATCH #3: TNA World Tag Team Title Match – Team Pacman vs. AJ Styles & Tomko

Team Pacman has been the champions since 9.9.07 and this is their second defense. Consequences Creed will be substituting for Pacman Jones tonight, I guess since Pacman Jones isn’t a wrestler? Styles and Creed start the match with some fast paced chain wrestling. Creed accidentally bumps into Tomko on the apron, and Tomko is none too happy about it, asking to be tagged in. Tomko tries a powerslam but Creed slips out and tags out. Truth no-sells Tomko’s offense and hits a missile dropkick and a flying forearm. Creed tags back in for some double teaming. As soon a Truth leaves the ring Tomko flattens Creed with a big boot. Styles tags in hits The Dropkick. Creed comes back and tags out. Truth comes in and hits a gourdbuster. Styles comes back with a Pele kick, and then makes the hot tag. Tomko is throwing Team Pacman around and the match turns into a big brawl. The referee isn’t even trying to regain control. Pacman pulls down the rope on Tomko, causing him to fall to the floor. Creed tries to jump off the apron but Tomko catches him. Truth then follows them out with a dive of his own that does knock Tomko down. Styles follows all of them with a springboard shooting star press. I can do that I just don’t want to. Pacman tries to Make It Rain but Styles knocks the money out of his hand. Referee Earl Hebner is too busy picking up bills to notice Truth is covering Styles, thus it only gets a two-count. While Pacman yells at Hebner, Tomko flattens Truth with a boot to the face. Styles follows with the springboard forearm. Tomko and Styles then hit their version of Au Revoir to get the pin and win the titles at 8:47. The match was decent, and kicked off a very entertaining run for Styles and Tomko as champs (which ended in just about the dumbest way possible). Imagine what the match would have been like with Pacman Jones in place of Creed. Yikes.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: TNA X-Division Title Match – Jay Lethal vs. Christopher Daniels

Lethal has been the champion since 9.9.07 and this is his first defense. The action is fast paced from the beginning, as the champion hits a headscissors that sends Daniels to the floor and then follows him out with a suicide dive. Lethal hits a hiptoss on the floor and then throws Daniels back in for a double axe handle off the top rope for two. He whips Daniels chest first into the turnbuckles and clotheslines him to the floor. Once again Lethal hits a dive over the top rope to wipe Daniels out. Lethal has been all over the place so far. He charges at Daniels but gets caught and Daniels drops him back-first on the guardrail, and then bodyslams him for good measure. Back in the ring Daniels hits a back body drop, which apparently gives him one point. Daniels keeps looking up to “talk to the Gods” or whatever. I don’t remember that being part of his gimmick. I guess my memory isn’t what it used to be. Lethal gets a couple of quick rollups for two but then Daniels cuts him off with a leg lariat. Daniels hits the Blue Thunder Bomb for two. Lethal comes back with a headscissors and then a series of clotheslines and a kneelift. He snaps Daniels’s neck off the top rope (gee where did he get that from). He hits a vertical suplex with a bridge (that’s unique) for two. He keeps the pressure on, hitting an enziguiri. He misses a superkick and Daniels goes for Angel’s Wings, but Lethal reverses it to a Victory Roll for two. Lethal then hits a unique face plant move that I’m not sure what to call. He goes for a springboard move but Daniels catches him and hits a Death Valley Driver. Daniels follows up with the Best Moonsault Ever but Lethal kicks out at two! Lethal blocks the Last Rites and ducks an enziguiri, and then hits the Lethal Injection! Both men are down. Back on their feet Daniels sets Lethal on the top rope and tries a rana but Lethal hangs on and pushes Daniels down. That creates the perfect opportunity for the Macho Elbow but Daniels moves and rolls Lethal up for a two-count. Daniels again sets Lethal up on the top rope, but this time Lethal hits a Super Lethal Combination to get the pin at 11:00. I didn’t expect anything going in but that was really good. The action never stopped and the crowd was into it.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #5: Best of Three Tables Match – The Steiner Brothers vs. Team 3D

Scott cuts one of his amazing promos before the match. This is one of those matches that would have been cool to see about five years ago or so. The Steiner Brothers attack right away and control the action both in and out of the ring. Team 3D starts walking toward the back but the Steiners will have none of it as they follow them and continue beating them up. They fight through the crowd, clearing people out along the way. After several minutes they make their way back to the ring and bring a table in. Finally Devon fights back and rescues his brother. Ray and Devon then hit a quick 3D through the table on Rick to go up 1-0. They bring another table in the ring and set up for the Superbomb on Scott, but the muscular Steiner brother blocks it and hits a Super Frankensteiner on Ray through the table to tie it up at 1-1. Devon gets back in the ring and takes Scott down for a diving headbutt but misses. They continue brawling around and 3D maintains the advantage. They look to use some chairs but the Motor City Machineguns come out to distract them. That allows the Steiners to recover and hit the Steiner Bulldog on Devon through a table to get the win at 12:42. That was a pretty plodding brawl that didn’t really feel necessary.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #6: Knockouts Gauntlet Match for the TNA Knockout Championship

Ms. Brooks is entrant #1, and “Pride of Tennessee” Ms. Jackie Moore is #2. Jackie hits the only real move of the minute, a release German Suplex. Shelly Martinez is #3. Who has bigger fake thingies, Traci or Shelly? Brooks hits Shelley with the Pie in the Sky, and Awesome Kong is #4. Shelley and Brooks look worried but the veteran Jackie is not afraid. It takes Kong almost the whole minute to get to the ring. ODB is #5. Kong eliminates Shelly and Jackie eliminates Brooks. Jackie jumps right on Kong’s back, but Kong escapes and hits the Implant Buster. Kong then pitches Jackie to the floor. Tenay says that Kong has eliminated three competitors, but Jackie clearly eliminated Ms. Brooks. Angel Williams is #6, and she already has the Beautiful People music. She and ODB work together on Kong but they get overpowered. Christy Hemme is #7. She actually thinks twice about getting in the ring with Kong, but the mighty Kong gives her no choice. Gail Kim is #8, and she immediately drills Kong with a missile dropkick. Williams and ODB recover and go after Kong, as Hemme looks hurt. Kim, Williams, and ODB together are able to eliminate Kong as Talia Madison comes out at #9. She looks … different. Kim and ODB knock Williams to the floor and then tear into each other. Roxxi Laveaux completes the field at #10. Only four Knockouts are left – ODB, Kim, Madison, and Roxxi. Kim quickly eliminates Madison and Roxxi tosses ODB to the floor and we’re down to the final two competitors around 10 minutes in. It’s a regular one-on-one match now. Kim locks on an armbar submission but Roxxi gets to the ropes. She goes up for a missile dropkick but Roxxi moves and gets a two-count. Kim comes back with the Air Raid Crash out of nowhere to get the pin and become the first Knockout Champion at 12:11. That was a lot of fun while Kong was in there, but after she left it got pretty dull. The finish totally came out of nowhere too.
Rating: **

MATCH #7: Samoa Joe vs. Christian Cage

Matt Morgan is the Enforcer for this “Must Be a Winner” match. Cage tries to avoid the fired up Joe early on. Joe lets the much taller Morgan know that he’s not afraid of him. Cage finally locks up with Joe and gets slammed down to the mat on his face. Joe locks on a headlock and grinds away. He hits the running knee in the corner and tries the Face Wash but Cage moves out of the way. Cage charges but gets caught with a back elbow and then Joe hits a leg lariat off the second rope. Joe hits a big knee drop and Cage rolls to the apron. He ties Cage up in the Tree of Woe and hits a kick to the face. Cage comes back with a rake to the eyes and a kick to the face to send Joe to the floor. He tries a dive off the top rope but Joe moves and Cage crashes into the guardrail. Joe gets back in the ring to hit the Elbow Suicida. He follows up with a huge Ole Kick. Joe tries to whip Cage into the ring post but Cage is able to come back with a DDT off the ropes right on the concrete floor. Back in the ring Cage puts the boots to Joe. He hits the inverted DDT for two, but then misses a Frog Splash. They exchange strikes from their knees and Joe dumps Cage to the apron. Cage tries to slingshot his way back in the ring but Joe kicks him out of the air. He signals that he’s going to leave but Morgan won’t let him, and Joe hits a twisting plancha to wipe Cage out. Back in the ring Cage tries a turnaround cross body off the second rope but you know how Joe feels about that. Joe then clobbers Cage with a lariat but it only gets two. He sets up for the Muscle Buster but Cage avoids it. They trade finisher attempts and it ends with Joe hitting a Buckle Bomb, and then the Big Joe Combo for two. Cage cowers in the corner and when Joe goes for mounted punches Cage catches him with a powerbomb and puts his feet on the ropes for a two-count. Joe tries the Coquina Clutch again but Cage avoids it. Cage then charges into a snap powerslam for two. He rolls to the apron and then they take it up to the middle rope, and Joe shoves Cage down to the floor! Tomko makes his way out, and Matt Morgan stands in his way. They immediately start throwing hands, distracting the referee. AJ Styles comes down and tries to interfere, but Morgan is able to stop him and then he chases Styles and Tomko to the back. In all the confusion Cage hits Joe with a kick to the junk and then the Unprettier but Joe kicks out! Cage then tries the Choke but Joe powers up and backs Cage into the corner and drills him with an enziguiri! Joe then hits the Muscle Buster and locks on the Coquina Clutch and Cage taps out at 15:46! That is actually Cage’s first loss by pin or submission in over TWO YEARS in TNA. They give Joe about a second and a half to celebrate before sending it backstage to Borash and Nash. I really hate how TNA moves so quickly from segment to segment. Some things need to sink in for a minute, and Joe ending a two year long unbeaten streak after an awesome match is one of those things. Everything about this match just worked; these two had great chemistry together and Morgan as the Enforcer was used effectively in the storyline of the match. This was a great blowoff.
Rating: ****¼

MATCH #8: Monster’s Ball Match – Raven vs. Black Reign vs. Rhino vs. Abyss

The other three don’t wait for Abyss to get down to the ring. This is the fourth-ever Monster’s Ball match; Abyss is 0-3, Rhino is 1-0, Raven is 0-2, and this is Reign’s first appearance. Raven and Reign work together and take Rhino out and then turn their attention to Abyss. Moments later Rhino makes his way back in and the brawl is on. They hit each other with stuff and Rhino is standing tall. Abyss and Reign fight up the aisle and Raven and Rhino quickly join them. They get up by the entrance and Rhino tries to Gore Abyss but he misses and crashes down to the floor. Raven is busted open. He and Reign set Abyss up on a table, and then he jumps off a balcony to drive Abyss through the table. Reign is busted open now too. He brings Abyss back to the ring and tries to pin him but Raven stops him. They trade pin attempts and pull each other off at two. Reign takes control of Raven and hits him with the Shattered Dreams. Abyss comes back with a bag of something but before he can open it Reign cuts him off with a Pedigree. Rhino makes his way back to the ring and nails Reign with a Gore. Raven then hits Rhino and Abyss with a kendo stick, and then empties the bag of tacks. James Mitchell comes down to ringside with another bag, this one full of broken glass. Raven goes for the Raven Effect but Abyss reverses it to the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 9:06. That was just garbage for the sake of garbage.
Rating **

MATCH #9: TNA World Championship Match – Kurt Angle vs. Sting

Angle has been the champion since 6.17.07 and this is his fifth defense. These two are so mad at each other that they trade waistlocks right away. Sting goes after the arm and Angle runs for the ropes. They take it down to the mat and wrestle to a standoff. Angle knocks Sting down with a shoulderblock, and Sting comes back with a hip toss that sends Angle scurrying to the floor. Back in the ring Sting maintains control, hitting mounted punches in the corner. Everything Angle tries Sting has a counter for, and Sting clotheslines Angle back to the floor. In the ring out of the ring, wherever they’re at Sting has the advantage. Sting tries the Scorpion Death Drop but Angle counters with a release German Suplex. Angle gets aggressive now, working Sting over and going for a cover at every opportunity. He uses a body scissors to wear Sting down. Sting powers out and both men clothesline each other and they’re both down. They get up and trade right hands, and Sting gains the advantage. Sting hits a spinebuster for two. He follows up with the Stinger Splash, and then another one to the back. He slams Angle’s face into the mat and goes up to the top rope. Angle hits the pop-up super belly-to-belly suplex. Sting rolls through the Olympic Slam with a sunset flip for two. Angle then hits three rolling German Suplexes for a two-count. The straps come down and the Ankle Lock is locked in, but Sting reverses it to the Scorpion Deathlock. Karen Angle makes her way down and distracts Sting. Kevin Nash sneaks in the ring and clotheslines Sting, and then Angle hits him with the Olympic Slam, but the referee is too distracted by Karen and Sting kicks out at two. Angle takes Sting to the top rope, but Sting knocks Angle down. Sting tries a splash but Angle gets his knees up and covers for two. Angle powerslams Sting down and goes to the top rope and tries a 450 Splash (what the hell?), but mostly just kicks Sting in the gut. That looked incredibly painful but Sting kicks out. Angle locks on the Ankle Lock but Sting rolls through it and sends Angle crashing into Nash. Sting ducks a clothesline and Angle levels the referee. Unfortunately for Sting he hits the Scorpion Death Drop but the referee is out. A third referee makes his way out but Nash pulls him to the floor before the three-count can be made. Nash gets back in the ring and attacks Sting, but of course Sting withstands the double team. Angle hits him with a low blow though, and then tries to use the baseball bat, but Sting avoids it and uses the bat himself. Nash gets hit with the bat too. Both men are busted open as Sting hits another Scorpion Death Drop to win the TNA Championship at 18:27. That was going along just fine if a bit pedestrian, but then Nash and Karen dragged it down with their copious interference. That makes Sting two for two in winning the World Title at Bound for Glory.
Rating: **¼
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Compuware Arena – Plymouth, Michigan – October 22, 2006

MATCH #1: Kevin Nash Open Invitational X-Division Gauntlet Battle Royal for Bound for Glory

Tenay, you are not cool when you use terms that wrestlers use like “blown up.” Shut up. We’re not even two minutes into the show and I hate you already. The #1 entrant is Austin Starr. From the looks of Starr’s back he’s been reading Triple H’s book. Sonjay Dutt is #2 and here we go. Nash is joining Tenay and West on commentary.

A new entrant will come out every 60 seconds. Nash talks about being one of the best high-flyers of all time while Starr and Dutt go back and forth. Maverick Matt is #3. I believe this is Matt’s fourth name in TNA (Michael Shane, Michael, and Matt Bentley, with Martyr still to come). Starr and Matt double-team Dutt, who comes back on them with a springboard clothesline. The #4 entrant is Jay Lethal and he comes to Dutt’s aid. A1 comes out at #5, which is fine because the X-Division is about No Limits. Next out at #6 is Zach Gowen, a Detroit native. He hits Dutt with the moonsault but then Starr levels him with a clothesline. Kazarian is #7, and he works with his tag partner Matt to eliminate Dutt. Not much happens until Sirelda makes her way out at #8. Kazarian immediately slaps the taste out of her mouth, so she comes back with a side suplex. Starr also goes right after her, and she makes him pay with an inverted atomic drop. Starr hits her with a low blow (which I’m made to understand would hurt a girl, I mean come on it’s still a sensitive area) and then A1 clotheslines her to the floor. Shark Boy is #9. Nash’s protégé Alex Shelley comes out at #10. This match seems designed for him to get the win. D-Ray 3000 is entrant #11. Boy and 3000 use the battering ram and toss Matt to the floor. Johnny Devine is #12 and he tosses Gowen to the floor. But both feet didn’t touch! Say his name – Primetime Elix Skipper is entrant #13. He flies around with reckless abandon. Kazarian goes for a move off the top rope but Starr pushes him down to the floor to eliminate him. Short Sleeve Sampson comes out at #14. Meanwhile Boy and 3000 have been eliminated. Starr battle Sampson and embarrasses him. Norman Smiley is #15. He and Sampson execute the double big wiggle. Shelley then eliminates Sampson and the final entrant is Petey Williams at #16. For some reason Sampson chases referee Slick Johnson around ringside, and Slick gets in the ring and decides to join the match. It is an open invitational. Slick eliminates Skipper and Smiley, and then Williams dumps him to the floor. Williams hits Lethal with the Canadian Destroyer. Shelley eliminates Williams, and then Starr eliminates Devine. Starr goes after Shelley, but Devine grabs his foot from the floor. Shelley charges but gets backdropped right onto Devine, so we’re down to just Starr and Lethal. Paparazzi Productions is having a disagreement on the floor. Meanwhile Lethal hits Aries with the Lethal Injection for two. Lethal goes up top but Aries knocks him down and drills him with a kick to the head and then the Starrbuster to get the win at 17:11. That was mostly a way to get more people on the car and to get Starr over, but the crowd really wanted the hometown boy Shelley so they seemed really deflated after he was gone. Match was the usual collection of battle royal spots.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Four Way Tag Team Match – The Naturals vs. The James Gang vs. America’s Most Wanted vs. Team 3D

Shane Douglas comes out to introduce the Naturals. AMW is without Gail Kim, who was injured by Hernandez on the last episode of iMPACT!. Chase Stevens and James Storm start the match. Storm hits a dropkick and Ray tags himself in. Ray hits Storm with a Rock Bottom and then hip tosses a charging Harris. BG James tags in and he and Ray work together on AMW for some reason. The match breaks down and bodies and action are all over the place. They work in a Tower of Doom spot. Harris tries the Catatonic on BG, but BG reverses it and hits the Pumphandle Slam. Stevens then grabs BG with a sort of Go 2 Sleep. Storm then hits Stevens with the Eye of the Storm. Devon hits Storm with the Saving Grace. Douglas hits Devon with a tornado DDT. Ray hits Douglas with the Bubba Bomb. Kip hits Ray with the Fame-Ass-Er. The James Gang and America’s Most Wanted fight up the entrance. That leaves Team 3D and the Naturals in the ring. It turns into pretty standard Team 3D fare at this point. The Naturals hit Devon with the Natural Disaster but Devon kicks out at two. Moments later 3D hits the Naturals with the 3D to get the win at 6:55. That was more like an iMPACT! match.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: Monster’s Ball – Abyss w/ James Mitchell vs. Brother Runt vs. Raven vs. Samoa Joe

Jake Roberts it the special guest referee. They waste no time in getting the weapons involved. Raven and Runt briefly work together. Joe is in the midst of a feud with the recently debuted Kurt Angle so he definitely looks like a bigger deal in the match than the other three. Abyss hurls Runt into the crowd, and the morons toss him right back to the floor rather than letting him crowd surf. Raven and Abyss go out to the floor as well, and Joe wipes them out with a spinning suicide dive. Joe and Raven battle up the entrance ramp, and Raven knocks him off the ramp and through a table! Runt and Abyss climb up some scaffolding for no real reason and Abyss throws him down to the platform. The cameramen miss Abyss jumping off the scaffolding onto Runt, but thankfully they have a replay. Back in the ring Abyss covers Runt and Roberts makes the slowest count of all time and Raven breaks up the cover. Abyss hits Raven with the Earthquake splash for another very slow two-count. Joe makes his way back to the ring and dumps Raven to the floor. Abyss tries to hit Joe with a Joe but Joe kicks him in the nuts and then slaps him in the face. Joe hits the snap powerslam on a chair but Raven breaks up the cover. Raven then drop toeholds Joe to the floor. Abyss grabs the bag of thumbtacks but Roberts doesn’t want him to use them so he threatens to bring out the snake. That doesn’t make any sense – why would Roberts care if they use tacks? It’s a Monster’s Ball match! Raven disagrees with Jake and motions to DDT him but Abyss breaks it up and now is able to unload the bag of tacks. Mitchell’s “Click, Doomsday” thing is so stupid. What did anybody ever like about that guy? Abyss throws Raven to the floor and Joe comes back in. Joe hits a senton that squashes Abyss’s face into the tacks! He goes for the Coquina Clutch but Raven breaks it up with a steel chair. Roberts then takes the chair and hits Raven with the DDT. Joe then crushes Raven with the Muscle Buster for the pin at 11:09. Joe’s awesomeness elevated this one but a lot of it made no sense and it was just a collection of spots.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: Loser Gets Fired – Eric Young vs. Larry Zbyszko

This was during Young’s most annoying phase, the “Don’t Fire Eric” thing. They shockingly stall to start. In fact they stall for about two and a half minutes. Finally they lock up and Zbyszko catches Young with a kick to the gut and then locks on the abdominal stretch. Young reverses it to one of his own and Zbyszko pokes the referee in the eyes and breaks the hold. Zbyszko tries to use a weapon (looks like brass knuckles). Young then takes the weapon and hits Zbyszko with them to get the pin at 3:25. That might have been better suited to free TV.
Rating: DUD

MATCH #5: TNA X-Division Championship Match – Senshi vs. Chris Sabin

Senshi has been the champion since 6.22.06 and this is his fourth defense. They aggressively lock up to start and fight to a standoff. Sabin tries to kick but Senshi wins that battle. Senshi goes for a whip but Sabin reverses it and looks to be going to the hesitation dropkick but Senshi avoids it. Sabin gets a La Magistral cradle for two, and then dropkicks the knee. Senshi comes back with Black Magic to take control. He goes to work with kicks and submissions, and cuts off Sabin’s comeback attempts. After several minutes Sabin is able to catch Senshi with the springboard missile dropkick. That gives Sabin the advantage. He sends Senshi to the floor and then follows him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Sabin hits an enziguiri and then lands the hesitation dropkick. Sabin tries a powerbomb but Senshi counters it into the Dragon Sleeper, and Sabin backs him into the corner to break it. Senshi goes for the cartwheel kick but Sabin dropkicks him out of the air. Sabin hits a tornado DDT but it only gets two. He tries a super rana but Senshi rolls through it and hits a double stomp to the chest for two! Sabin comes back with a surprise running Yakuza kick in the corner. He follows up with the Cradle Shock but Senshi kicks out! Sabin takes Senshi up top for a super Cradle Shock but Senshi blocks it and hits kicks to the chest, and then back on the mat Senshi hits the shotgun dropkick. Senshi goes up and hits the Warrior’s Way but Sabin just gets his foot on the bottom rope. The champ locks on the Dragon Sleeper but Sabin rolls it into a cradle to get the surprise pin at 12:49. I generally find it pretty annoying when finishers don’t end a match but an inside cradle does. Other than that this was really good though, and much better than the No Surrender match with all the shenanigans.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #6: Eight Mile Street Fight – Christian Cage vs. Rhino

This feud has such gay overtones to it. They’re saying things like “I share the last 10 years of my life with you” and things like that. They start the fight outside the arena and Rhino is the aggressor. They make it inside and fight on top of a Zamboni. Rhino is still in control, hammering away on his former friend. Cage comes back with an eye rake and then hits Rhino with a fake street lamp. You see, the street lamp is supposed to signify that they’re on Eight Mile, but if they’ve ever been down Eight Mile they would know street lamps are a bit too luxurious for that area. Rhino comes right back and starts filling up the ring with chairs. He hits Cage across the back with one of the street lamps for a two-count. He sets up for a Gore but Cage plasters him with a chair to the face. Rhino sells that for all of about six seconds before going back on offense out on the floor. Back in the ring Rhino sets a table up in the corner. Cage gets a quick schoolboy rollup for two, and then cracks Rhino with an 8 Mile Road sign. He goes out and grabs a ladder, as we learn that Rhino is busted open. Cage hits the Unprettier but Rhino kicks out at two. He cracks Rhino in the face with the ladder and then goes outside the ring and grabs a steel chair and a straightjacket. He traps Rhino in the jacket and goes for a one-man Con-Chair-Toe but Rhino moves. Rhino gets up and is able to kick Cage in the balls. The referee unlocks Rhino and the crowd boos? They fight over to the ring apron and Rhino hits a piledriver off the apron through a table on the floor. Back in the ring Rhino covers but Cage gets his foot on the bottom rope at two. Rhino goes for the Gore but Cage moves and he hits nothing but table. Cage covers for two. He follows up with an Unprettier on top of a table for two. He stacks chairs, tables, a sign, and a ladder on top of Rhino. He then dishes out a series of chair shots to the pile and that’s enough to keep Rhino down at 14:30. That was the usual street fight type of match, and Rhino didn’t care about selling at all. The finish was very creative though.
Rating: **½

MATCH #7: NWA Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match – AJ Styles & Christopher Daniels vs. The Latin American Xchange

Styles and Daniels have been the champions since 9.24.06 and this is their first defense. These teams have great chemistry together. For some reason there’s no opening bell but the champs charge into the ring and the fight is on. Styles and Daniels take early control with some well executed double team moves. The referee gains control and now they’re tagging in and out. Styles drills Homicide with the dropkick and then he and Daniels work him over. The match breaks down a bit with all four men in the ring and LAX takes control. Hernandez hits Daniels with an Electric Chair Drop and Homicide follows with a Macho Elbow for two. Konnan passes Homicide a fork and he uses it on Daniels’s forehead. Hernandez slams Daniels’s back into the cage and then hits a massive powerbomb for two. Homicide gets Tequila and spits it in Daniels’s eyes and then dumps it into the cut on his head. They take the fight up t the top rope and Daniels comes back with a couple headbutts and than a super hip toss! Styles gets the hot tag and he nails Homicide with the flipping inverted DDT, and then hits Hernandez with a springboard flying forearm. Daniels recovers and the match has broken down to a big brawl, but the champions take control. Styles drills Homicide with the Pele. Daniels drives the fork into Homicide’s head, and then Styles grinds it onto his cut. The action is coming at a breakneck pace until everyone takes someone else out with one of their signature moves. Styles is up first and he climbs to the top of the cage. Homicide and Daniels join him up there and then Hernandez comes over to complete the Tower of Doom. Styles is able to stay on top of the cage, and he floes down onto Hernandez with a huge cross body block. Everyone gets up and more signature moves start flying. Hernandez climbs to the top of the cage and misses a big splash much to the horror of some random chick in the crowd. Konnan uses a coat hanger to reach through the cage and choke Daniels out. The referee seems not to notice but I’m pretty sure there are no disqualifications in cage matches. Meanwhile Homicide hits Styles with the Gringo Killer to get the pin and regain the titles at 14:40. These teams delivered once again, with everyone working hard to make each other look good, and an awesome finish to the match and feud.
Rating: ****

MATCH #8: NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match – Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting

Jarrett has been the champion since 6.29.06, and this is his third defense. Sting is putting his career on the line, and Kurt Angle is the special guest enforcer. Tenay wonders if Sting carrying the baseball bat is a tribute to the Detroit Tigers (who were in the World Series around this time, and the show took place in Detroit). Not like Sting has been carrying the bat since like 1997 or anything. I hate you, Mike Tenay.

Jarrett takes the early advantage as Sting seems to be slightly off his game. Sting outwardly shows frustration in the early going, as Jarrett has counters for everything Sting tries. Jarrett hits a dropkick and Sting powders. Sting gets back in the ring and makes the people cheer for him. Jarrett spits on him so Sting hits a powerbomb. He follows up with a modified Snake Eyes and then clotheslines Jarrett to the floor. Angle tries to herd Jarrett back to the ring, and the champion takes exception and they argue. Meanwhile, Sting just hangs out in the ring. He finally comes out and Jarrett just stands there and lets Sting punch him. Sting now throws Jarrett around ringside, into the guardrails and such. Jarrett reverses a whip and now Sting crashes into the guardrail. The champ tries to use a chair but Angle stops him. Sting recovers and they fight up the ramp, where Sting suplexes Jarrett. He tries to use a chair now but Angle stops him as well. Jarrett tries to hit Sting but he moves and Jarrett hits Angle instead. The champion then hits a DDT and drops Sting on the guardrail. They get back in the ring and Jarrett is firmly in control. They blow a simple spot (Sting’s fault) and then both try cross body blocks and they hit each other. The referee almost counts both of them out, but Angle wants to see a winner, so he jumps in the ring and gives referee Charles the Olympic Slam. Both men rise to their feet and Sting is getting the better of a punch exchange. He hits an inverted atomic drop, a couple of clotheslines, and a Stinger Splash to the back. He follows up with the Scorpion Death Drop but Jarrett kicks out at two. Jarrett recovers and hits the Stroke, but Sting kicks out at two. Fans at this point in TNA are already conditioned to not expect one finisher to end a match so they barely pop for them anymore. Sting comes back with a Tombstone Piledriver but that only gets two. He goes up the ropes but Jarrett hits a low blow and goes for the Super Stroke. Sting fights it off and tosses Jarrett to the mat. He tries a big splash (really?) but Jarrett gets the knees up. The champion locks on the Figure-Four Leglock but Sting turns it over. Jarrett is right in the ropes so the hold is broken, and Jarrett locks on an Ankle Lock right in Angle’s face. Sting rolls out of it and sends Jarrett to the floor. He tries to use the baseball bat but Angle takes it from him. Jarrett brings the guitar into the ring and smashes it over Sting’s head. Sting no sells it and locks on the Scorpion Deathlock. Jarrett taps the title away at 15:02. That was a decent match, and the finish was hot, but the body of the match never really felt like it was building up to anything. I like that there was no real interference, and the Angle involvement made sense. Still, Sting is just way past his prime.
Rating: **¼
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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – October 23, 2005

PRESHOW MATCH: Four Way Match – Alex Shelley vs. Roderick Strong vs. Austin Aries vs. Sonjay Dutt

Shelley and Strong start the match and take it right down to the mat. They exchange some quick maneuvers and then Strong tags Dutt. The Original Playa from the Himalaya takes advantage of Shelley with some unorthodox offense. Dutt hits a rana and Shelley begs off. He offers a handshake so Shelley slaps him in the face. Shelley runs and Dutt chases, and when they get back in the ring Shelley dropkicks him in the face and then tags out. Strong is in now but Dutt withstands his attacks and hits the Déjà vu. The Messiah of the Backbreaker comes back with chops and Dutt fires back with a dropkick. Aries comes in the ring without a tag and goes to work on Strong. The action is becoming quite difficult to follow. In all the chaos Strong hits Dutt with a half nelson backbreaker for two. Strong continues to work Dutt over with a variety of strikes. Shelley tags himself in and takes over on Dutt with some wacky submission holds. Moments later Aries tags himself in and takes his turn at beating up Sonjay Dutt. Strong is back to hit Dutt with a whirlybird gutbuster and Shelley breaks up the pin. Moments later they lock each other in a four-way submission hold, with Dutt on the bottom of the pile. No one gives up and the match continues with all four men in the ring trading shots. Strong dumps Aries to the floor and then gets leveled by a Shelley leg lariat. Shelley follows up with a DDT and Dutt pops in with the standing shooting star press. Aries hits Shelley with a Finlay Roll but then Dutt cuts him off with an enziguiri. Shelley pulls Dutt off of Aries, and Dutt hits him with the Asai DDT for two. Strong grabs Dutt and lands a gutbuster for two. Aries breaks it up with a kick to the head, and then hits the brainbuster. He goes up for the 450 Splash but Shelley cuts him off and then Dutt knocks him to the floor. Dutt goes up top and hits Strong with a dragon rana to get the pin at 12:32. That was a good action packed opener to start the show, and a good last minute effort to entice fans to pay for the show.
Rating: ***

MATCH #1: Samoa Joe vs. Jushin Liger

They lock up and Joe shoves Liger down to the canvas. Liger comes back with a headlock but it doesn’t get him anywhere. He tries shoulderblocks but Joe pretty much shrugs that off. H takes Joe down with a drop toehold and then dropkicks him in the face. Joe comes back with a forearm and tries to charge but Liger dumps him to the floor. Lighter dropkicks Joe from the ring and then follows him out with a flying body press. Back in the ring Liger tries another cross body block but Joe catches him with a fallaway slam. Joe hits the running knee in the corner and then lands the Big Joe Combo for two. A snap powerslam gets another near-fall for Joe. Moments later Liger avoids a charge in the corner and hit a Koppo Kick in the corner and then a vertical suplex for two. Liger goes up top and hits a Frog Splash for a two-count. Joe fires back with an enziguiri. He goes for mounted punches but Liger slips out and powerbombs Joe. Liger hits a couple of palm strikes but still only gets two. He goes back up top but Joe sweeps his leg and hits the Muscle Buster. Joe then locks on the Coquina Clutch and Liger is out at 7:15. Why even bring Liger in for that? It was fun but basically a squash.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #2: The Diamonds in the Rough vs. Sonny Siaki, Apolo & Shark Boy

Diamond and Boys start the match for their respective teams. Boy tries using his agility but Diamond overpowers the cult favorite. Now Boy tries the Dead Sea Drop but Diamond slams him off the top rope. Diamond tries a legdrop but Boy moves out of the way and executes the Shark Bite. Skipper tags in, and moments later Apolo joins him in the ring. Apolo hits an Ace Crusher out of nowhere for a two-count. He follows up with a twisting half nelson slam. Diamond distracts the referee and Young illegally interferes to give the Diamonds the advantage. Skipper takes in and clips Apolo out of the air for a two-count. Apolo comes back with an elevated Ace Crusher. Young and Siaki tag in to almost no reaction from the crowd. And it wouldn’t be an Elix Skipper match if Primetime didn’t try a dangerous looking move and almost drop himself on his head. The math breaks down a bit, as Boy, Young, and Apolo all hit dives to the floor. Back in the ring Siaki battles Skipper, allowing Young to sneak in the ring and flatten Siaki with a spinebuster to get the pin at 7:08. That was decent little midcard filler.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Monty Brown vs. Lance Hoyt

Brown is the aggressor and takes control early on. Unfortunately he gloats too much and Hoyt comes back with a series of punches. Hoyt hits a flying shoulderblock, a clothesline, and a combination flapjack / back body drop combo that thankfully doesn’t kill the Alpha Male. The fight spills to the floor and Brown reclaims control. Brown throws Hoyt back in the ring but once again gloats too much and Hoyt wipes him out with a slingshot dive. Back in the ring Brown simply goes back on offense. Hoyt comes back with mounted punches. He goes back up top for a potential moonsault but Brown hurls him to the floor. Brown hits a vertical suplex and then throws Hoyt back in the ring. He hits a fallaway slam, and yes I am entertained. He goes for the Pounce but Hoyt cuts him off with a big boot. Hoyt goes up and hits the moonsault but Brown kicks out at two! He tries a cross body block off the second rope but Brown catches him and hoists him into the Alpha Bomb! That was impressive, but it only gets two. Hoyt comes back with a Rock Bottom for two. Moments later Brown reverses an Irish Whip and destroys Hoyt with the POUNCE PERIOD to get the pin at 6:33. That was a fun power match but there was really no selling or story to speak of. It worked for them though and they got the crowd into it.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: The 3Live Kru vs. Team Canada

Team Canada is represented by Eric Young, Bobby Roode, and A1. They are accompanied by Coach Scott D’Amore. The 3Live Kru is of course BG James, Ron “The Truth” Killings and Konnan. Young and Konnan start the match for their respective teams. The sad thing is that Konnan destroys all three members of Team Canada without any help from his partners. Konnan is terrible. Roode gets hit with the legdrop to the groin, and the Kru continues to work him over as Kip James watches on from the entrance. After a few minutes Roode comes back with a full nelson drop for a two-count. Roode backs Truth into the Team Canada corner and all three men go to work on him. Truth makes the comeback and makes the hot tag. BG dominates all three Canadians and then the match turns into a pier-six brawl. In a shocking turn of events, D’Amore distracts the referee while Roode hits BG in the face with a hockey stick (which the referee sees Roode getting into the ring with, and then it breaks and hits his leg but he still doesn’t notice). Young gets the pin at 6:01. That was exactly like every other 3Live Kru or Team Canada match.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: Ultimate X Match – Chris Sabin vs. Matt Bentley w/ Traci Brooks vs. Petey Williams w/ Scott D’Amore

This is the eighth-ever Ultimate X match. Williams is 0-2, Bentley is 2-1, and Sabin is 3-2 lifetime in Ultimate X matches. Bentley and Sabin work together to exile Williams to the floor before taking each other on. Sabin hits a rana and then Petey makes his way back in. The action is coming from all sides, with everyone on an offensive mindset. Sabin makes the first trek toward the X but Bentley takes him down with an inverted atomic drop. Traci distracts Petey from the ring apron and rubs Petey’s face in between her boobs. That allows Bentley to almost reach the X but Sabin comes back in and pulls him down. Sabin takes control of both guys, hitting a DDT/Enziguiri combo to take both men out. They’re not down long enough for Sabin to get the X though. Petey takes Sabin to the apron and hits a legdrop, and then hits the slingshot rana on Bentley. Back in the ring Bentley hits a dual Ace Crusher/Neckbreaker combo. He tries to climb to the X but Sabin stops him and hits a powerbomb! Sabin and Petey battle on the top rope and Petey is able to trap Sabin in a modified Oh Canada. Bentley comes back in and pushes Petey to the floor. He tries to climb up but now Sabin pushes him to the floor. Sabin then wipes out Bentley and Petey with a moonsault to the floor. He’s the first man back in the ring and he slowly climbs up towards the X. Bentley spears Sabin down and the X falls to the mat. Petey wisely tries to grab the X but the referee says he must climb up to get it. Crew members scramble to re-hang the X while the wrestlers battle on the floor. Once the X is re-hung, all three men get back in the ring. Sabin and Bentley go for the X. They knock each other down and the X falls again and this time Petey catches it to, what, win the match at 13:37? Apparently this time when the X fell it was okay but the last time it wasn’t. The problems with this match were definitely not the fault of the wrestlers. It’s just unfortunate that the X kept falling down. Other than that the match was good.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #6: NWA World Tag Team Title Match – America’s Most Wanted vs. The Naturals

Chris Harris and James Storm have been the champions since 10.22.05 and this is their first defense. The challengers charge the ring and unload on the champions. Chase Stevens battles Storm while Andy Douglas fights with Harris. They’re all over ringside, and Stevens strikes the first major blow by powerbombing Storm into the guardrail. The Naturals then double-team Harris, throwing him into the guardrails repeatedly. After several minutes of abuse, Gail Kim distracts Douglas long enough for Storm to gain control of him. Douglas is busted open. Back in the ring the champs dissect the weakened Douglas. Storm hits the Eye of the Storm for a two-count. Douglas shows inability to build to a hot tag by just tagging Stevens with no buildup. Even so, Stevens is a house afire, throwing AMW around with reckless abandon. Douglas recovers long enough to help Stevens with a double team but they can’t put Harris away. Storm comes back and tries a superkick but Stevens ducks and hits one of his own. Harris grabs a handful of powder but Stevens kicks it back in his face, causing him to hit his own partner with the Catatonic. The Naturals hit Harris with the Death Sentence but he kicks out at two! They go for the Natural Disaster but Gail distracts the referee. Douglas goes chasing after her, and he winds up getting handcuffed to the guardrail! Back in the ring Gail distracts the referee again and Storm blasts Stevens in the face with a beer bottle. AMW then hits the real Death Sentence to score the pin and retain the titles at 10:37. I always thought the Naturals were incredibly boring but somehow they always had good matches with America’s Most Wanted. This was a good hate-filled brawl and I wonder how on Earth Gail Kim could look so much hotter in TNA than she does in WWE. How does that happen?
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Monster’s Ball – Abyss vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Rhino vs. Sabu

The video package says that these guys have been locked up since midnight last night without food or water, but Rhino was on the preshow for fuck’s sake. They waste no time going at it, and Sabu throws a chair right into Abyss’s head. Sabu quickly throws Rhino to the floor and follows him out with a somersault dive. Hardy hits Abyss with Poetry in Motion in the corner, and then to the floor. Rhino and Sabu battle in one part of the arena, while Abyss and Hardy fight elsewhere. Abyss and Hardy make their way back to the ring first. Sabu follows but he doesn’t stay long, hitting a springboard dive on Rhino on the floor. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Abyss counters with Shock Treatment! Rhino comes back in the ring and lays waste to everyone with a steel chair. Sabu doesn’t really sell it. He motions for Jeff to double-team Abyss, but then he double crosses the youngest Hardy brother. A bloody Rhino now takes the kendo stick and unloads on everyone. Abyss comes back with a Chokeslam. Hardy and Abyss battle up by the entrance while Sabu stacks Rhino on a table at ringside. Sabu hits a triple jump legdrop through the table and both men are hurting. Meanwhile Hardy has Abyss on a couple of tables he set up, and then he goes to the top of the set and hits a Swanton Bomb to break the table! Back in the ring Sabu his Rhino in a Camel Clutch but it goes nowhere. Rhino comes back and blasts Sabu with the Kendo Stick. Sabu comes back with the Triple Jump Moonsault but it only gets two. Abyss is crawling back towards the ring as Sabu legdrops a chair onto Rhino’s face. Sabu greets him with a chair to the face, but then gets caught and dumped over the top rope and through a table on the floor! Abyss gets his bag of thumbtacks but before he can use them Rhino hits a Gore through a table set up in the corner! Hardy is back in the ring now, and bummer for him but Rhino catches him with the Rhino Driver to get the big win at 11:46. That was an awesome chaotic brawl that had some fun spots and very little down time.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #8: 30 Minute Iron Man Match for the TNA X-Division Title – AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels

Styles has been the champion since 9.11.05 and this is his first defense. Daniels attacks Styles before the bell and away we go. He works Styles over for a minute or so and then Styles comes back with a backbreaker. Daniels takes a brief powder and then back in the ring gets met with a dropkick that sends him right back to the floor. Styles knocks Daniels into the crowd and then jumps off the ring steps into the crowd to take him out. Back in the ring Styles grinds away with a headlock. After several escapes attempts Daniels is able to slip out and lock on an armbar. That doesn’t last long though as Styles goes back to the headlock and stays one step ahead of the challenger. He kicks Daniels in the rib and drops a knee (or a forearm according to Tenay) for a two-count. The champion remains dominant as we cross 10 minutes without a fall yet. Styles comes off the top rope but Daniels catches him with a t-bone suplex. Now Daniels is in control and he wears the champion down, focusing on the neck. He throws in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two-count. He locks on the Koji Clutch and Styles barely makes it to the ropes to force a break. Daniels slams Styles down and hits an Arabian Press for two. At the halfway point the score is still 0-0. Styles comes back and hits the flipping inverted DDT and both men are down. Back on their feet Styles has gotten a second wind. Styles hits a pumphandle gutbuster for a two-count. He tries a slingshot maneuver but Daniels catches him with a Death Valley Driver for two. Daniels then hits the Iconoclasm but Styles kicks out. Styles comes back with the vertical suplex neckbreaker He tries the flipping inverted DDT again but Daniels catches him with a Blue Thunder Bomb for two. Daniels then hits the Best Moonsault Ever but Styles kicks out! We’ve got 10 minutes to go as Styles hits a Rack Bomb for a two-count. Daniels comes back and kicks Styles to the floor and then flattens him with a suicide dive through the ropes. Back in the ring Styles pulls the Pele out of nowhere to knock Daniels back to the floor, and then he hits Daniels with a flip dive. Both men look exhausted on the floor. They make it up to the apron and Daniels backdrops Styles to the floor. Back in the ring now there’s less than five minutes to go. Daniels catches a quick cradle for two. Styles comes back with his own cradle for a two-count. They continue trading pinning combinations but neither man can get a pin. Daniels hits a release German Suplex, and Styles comes back with a discuss clothesline before selling the German. Styles recovers first and gets a cover for two. He goes up top for a cross body block but Daniels rolls through for a close near-fall right around the Two Minute Warning. They kind of meander around and Styles hits an enziguiri for two. Daniels comes back with a jawbreaker and an enziguiri of his own. He tries the Angel’s Wings but it turns into a series of reversals that ends with Styles hitting the Styles Clash to get the first pin at 29:58. He officially wins the match and retains the X-Division Title at 30:00. I miss the pre-Kurt Angle TNA, where guys could wrestle for 30 minutes and only hit one finishing move between them. The selling was a little spotty but these two always had great chemistry together and there was very little resting once they got going. I’m not sure why AJ Styles had to cry about it, but it was a great match.
Rating: ****

MATCH #9: 10 Man #1 Contender Gauntlet

The winner of this gauntlet will get an immediate NWA World Title shot against Jeff Jarrett. I wish TNA didn’t call these Gauntlet matches, because they really aren’t. Samoa Joe drew #1, and Ron Killings drew #2. They will wrestle for two minutes, and then a new entrant will join them every 60 seconds. Truth mocks Joe’s dancing from earlier, and Joe rightly takes offense. Joe takes Truth down in the corner and this the Face Wash. Truth springs up to the top rope and hits a blockbuster. The #3 entrant is Sabu. He throws a chair at both Joe and Truth, and then hits Truth with the Triple Jump Moonsault. Lance Hoyt is out at #4. He’s fired up and exchanges strikes with Joe. Hoyt levels Joe with a big boot and then turns his attention to Sabu and Truth. We’re halfway there when Abyss comes out at #5. He goes after Joe as well as they trade chops and neither man will back down. Truth breaks up the skirmish. Jeff Hardy is #6, and he’s looking worse for wear. Everyone’s just brawling, not much of note happening. Monty Brown is next at #7. He immediately eliminates both himself and Hardy. Rhino is #8 and he eliminates Hoyt with a clothesline. Kip James is #9, and he’s the only one in the match who didn’t wrestle earlier. That gives him a distinct advantage. The final entrant at #10 is TNA X-Division Champion AJ Styles. That means Raven did not get into the gauntlet, which is a major slap in the face to the former NWA Champion who hasn’t gotten a rematch. Abyss eliminates Kip, and then Styles eliminates Truth even though Kip was trying to push him back in. Joe locks Styles in the Coquina Clutch and Abyss pushes them both out. That leaves just Rhino and Abyss, and Rhino quickly hits a Gore and throws Abyss over the top rope to eliminate him and win the Gauntlet at 14:18. I’m pretty sure they said that it would be a regular singles match when it got down to the last two guys. Either way this was the usual, and I wasn’t really into Rhino then and I’m still not today.
Rating: *½

MATCH #10: NWA World Championship Match – Rhino vs. Jeff Jarrett

Jarrett has been the champion since 9.15.05 and this is his first defense. It was supposed to be against Kevin Nash, but in a shocking turn of events, Nash got injured, which is why they did the gauntlet match that we just saw. Jeremy Borash even gets in the ring for the special ring introductions. Tito Ortiz is the special referee for the match. Jarrett brings a casket with him for some reason. Jarrett immediately attacks Rhino with kicks and Ortiz never asks for an opening bell. Good job dude.

Jarrett hits a dropkick and gloats about it. The champion does not seem to be taking this match seriously. He takes Rhino to the floor and throws him into the guardrails. He beats Rhino up around ringside, hitting him with a garbage can and slamming his head into the casket. Back in the ring Jarrett hits a clothesline off the top rope, and then another one. He goes for a third one but Rhino catches him and kicks him square in the nuts. Gail Kim makes her way out as Rhino misses the Gore. Gail goes up top and jumps right into the waiting arms of Ortiz. He tries to force her back to the locker room, and Jarrett blasts Rhino in the face with the guitar. Ortiz makes his way back to the ring to count but Rhino kicks out at two. America’s Most Wanted come out and hand Jarrett another guitar. Before Jarrett can use this one Rhino hits the Gore (which Jarrett sells with more surprise than pain, jerk) to win the title at 5:41. Well that was a shit sandwich of a main event.
Rating: *

After the match Jarrett, Team Canada, and America’s Most Wanted beat down Rhino and the 3Live Kru, who tried to save the new champion. Then from out of nowhere Team 3D makes their way down and clears the ring.
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Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan – Sunday, September 15, 2013

Michael Cole, Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, and JBL are on commentary.

KICKOFF MATCH: Tag Team Turmoil – The Usos vs. Prime Time Players vs. Tons of Funk vs. Real Americans vs. 3MB

It’s Brodus Clay of Tons of Fun starting the match with Heath Slater, who is joined by his partner for the evening, Drew McIntyre. The 3MB sends Tensai to the floor and McIntyre follows him out with a dive. Back in the ring McIntyre keeps up the pressure but falls victim to a schoolboy rollup and the 3MB team is gone at 1:32. Next up is the Real Americans, and the DVD is clipped to a later point closer to when Swagger puts Clay in the Ankle Lock and gets him to tap out at 2:48 (shown). Jimmy and Jey, The Usos, are the third team out. They charge into battle and send the Real Americans to the floor, and then wipe them out with dives. Back in the ring the Usos continue to keep the momentum on their side, but the Americans are able to cut them off. We clip ahead to one of the Usos jumping off the top rope and getting caught in the Patriot Lock, tapping out at 4:27 (shown). The Prime Time Players come out next and they’re the last team. Titus O’Neil is all fired up, throwing Swagger around the ring. Swagger goes low with a clip and then puts on the Patriot Lock. Darren Young saves his partner and then dumps Cesaro to the floor. O’Neil makes the hot tag and Young charges right into the Patriot Lock! Young escapes and hits the Gut Check to get the pin at 6:18 (shown). The full version is just over 10 minutes I’m not sure why they had to clip down those four minutes for the DVD, but everyone was going all out the entire time and it was certainly fun while it lasted.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Championship Match – Curtis Axel vs. Kofi Kingston

This match wasn’t scheduled ahead of time, but since Axel and Paul Heyman annoyed Triple H by trying to get their match against CM Punk cancelled, HHH said Axel would have to defend the title against the first person he ran into backstage. Way to make that Intercontinental Title seem important. Axel has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his fourth defense. Kingston is a former four-time IC Champion.

They start off slowly, chain wrestling back and forth. Despite the way he has been booked for years, the crowd is vocally behind Kofi Kingston. Axel is struggling to get going in the opening minutes, which makes sense given that he didn’t know this match was going to happen. Kingston keeps Axel reeling, but the IC Champ is able to make a comeback with a dropkick. Axel then clotheslines Kingston to the floor to grain a short breather. He goes outside and tries to whip Kingston into the steps, but Kingston jumps up onto the apron and to the top rope to wipe Axel out with a cross body block. Back in the ring Kingston tries going up top again but Axel knocks him down. Axel is able to ground Kingston and work him over, all while the crowd tries to will the challenger back into control. Kingston gives them their wish by hitting a DDT. Both men are down. Back on their feet Kingston starts BUILDING MOMENTUM, flying all around the ring. Kingston hits the Boom Drop and signals for Trouble in Paradise. Axel ducks it and rams Kingston into the corner. Kingston catches a charging Axel with boots to the face. He goes up top for another cross body block but Axel cuts him out of the air with a dropkick for two. A series of reversals ends with Kingston hitting the SOS for a very close near-fall. Kingston gets on Axel’s shoulders for a victory roll but Axel drops him right on the top rope. Axel then hits the Axehole to get the pin at 13:53. That was perfectly solid and the crowd was into it, so imagine how much they would have cared if WWE had spent any of the ridiculous amount of TV hours they have in building up an actual feud between these two and making the belt seem important. A boy can dream can’t he?
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Fatal Four Way Match for the Divas Championship – AJ Lee vs. Natalya vs. Naomi vs. Brie Bella

AJ has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is her third defense. The Total Divas all chase after the Champion at the start, and they take turns throwing her into the barricade at ringside. Brie is the first one to turn, taking Naomi and Natalya down with clotheslines. She sends Natalya to the floor, and then turns her attention to Naomi. A nice back and forth exchange ends with Naomi and Brie bonking heads and knocking each other down. AJ and Natalya get back in the ring and go at it until Naomi takes both of them down with the Rear View. The action stays fast and furious, with AJ trying to clear the ring long enough to put one of her challengers away. The opposite of that ends up happening, as the three Total Divas are in the ring with AJ recovering on the floor. Natalya gets Brie and Naomi in the double Sharpshooter, and AJ breaks it up with a kick to the head. AJ locks Natalya in the Black Widow and forces her to tap out at 5:35. That actually had plenty more juice in it and could have gone longer. AJ looks like a world-beater, but the other Divas got (brief) moments to shine as well.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam

Del Rio has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his third defense. They start with the usual back and forth, with Del Rio scoring first but RVD scoring more in the early going. RVD sends Del Rio to the floor and takes him out with a moonsault off the apron. He drapes Del Rio across the barricade and hits the spinning leg drop. They battle on the apron and Del Rio is able to snap RVD’s neck off the top rope. Del Rio surprises with a dive of his own. Back in the ring Del Rio starts picking RVD apart, especially focusing on the neck and head area. Del Rio goes for another dive to the floor but this time he misses. That gives RVD the chance to capitalize. RVD hits the slingshot legdrop on the apron and then the top-rope thrust kick. He goes for Rolling Thunder but Del Rio gets up and hits the Backstabber for two. Del Rio brings RVD up to the top rope but it backfires. RVD knocks Del Rio back and follows him down with a somersault senton for a two-count. Del Rio catches RVD with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and then a double stomp to the back for two. He goes for the Cross Armbreaker but RVD slips out and gets a rollup for two. RVD slams Del Rio down and hits the split-legged moonsault for a near-fall. Del Rio pops up and hits an Armbreaker and then a low Superkick for two. He goes up top and jumps right into a spin kick. RVD hits a legdrop and then goes up top. He hits nothing but knees on the Five-Star Frog Splash, and Del Rio locks on the Cross Armbreaker. RVD reaches the ropes but Del Rio won’t break the hold and gets disqualified at 13:23. The match was a fine contest, but that finish on pay-per-view can blow me. RVD gets some of his heat back after the bell when Ricardo rescues him and then helps him hit the Van Terminator.
Rating: ***

MATCH #4: The Miz vs. Fandango

This feud is based on silly shenanigans. They go back and forth and stuff, apparently in a competition to see who can bore the crowd more. I mean no disrespect, as I actually think both guys in this match are talented, but they are booked so poorly that why would anyone care about them? Fandango seizes control and keeps Miz on the ground in a variety of ways. Miz comes back and sends Fandango to the floor. He tries a dive from the apron but Fandango catches him with a kick to the midsection on the way down. Back in the ring Fandango covers for two. The back and forth continues, but Fandango controls more of the match by working Miz’s arm. Fandango goes up for the guillotine legdrop but Miz avoids it. Miz covers for two. Fandango cradles Miz for a two-count. Miz then puts Fandango in the Figure-Four Leglock to get the win at 7:48. That felt like a TV match, and not even a RAW match but like a SmackDown match. Yikes.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: No Disqualification Elimination Handicap Match – CM Punk vs. Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman

Punk and Axel start off swinging their respective kendo sticks, and Punk takes the first advantage. With Axel down for a minute, Punk surprises everyone by hitting a suicide dive on Heyman! Punk brings Heyman into the ring and appears ready to hit him with the kendo stick but Axel rescues his advisor with a blatant low blow. Axel beats on Punk with the stick for a bit, and when Punk comes back and tries a chair, Axel cuts him off with a dropkick for two. Heyman seems to enjoy watching Axel decimate Punk. Axel brings a table into the ring and props it up in the corner. Nothing comes of that yet, but Punk is able to fight back and throw Axel into a chair that had been previously wedged between the top and middle turnbuckles. Axel crawls back in the ring and Punk unleashes a flurry of offense. Punk goes up top and Axel rolls to the floor. When Punk goes for a dive Axel gets a chair up in his face! Back in the ring Axel covers for two. Axel beats on Punk with the kendo stick but still can’t put him away. Punk is able to power up and hit Axel with the kendo stick. He follows with Go to Sleep and then locks on the Anaconda Vise! Axel taps out at 10:30! That means Heyman is alone with Punk! Heyman is terrified and he tries to run away. Punk chases him through the arena and finally gets his hands on him inside the ring. Heyman takes a brutal beating and Punk puts him in handcuffs. Punk destroys Heyman with a kendo stick, and looks ready to give him one final kill shot. Then for some reason Ryback runs out and rams Punk through the table that had been set up by Axel earlier. Ryback puts Heyman on top of Punk and the referee makes the three-count at 15:42. No one bought Axel as a threat, so while the first 10 minutes or so weren’t bad, everyone was just waiting for Punk to get his hands on Heyman, which he did. The match then found a way to keep the feud going, but I really don’t think anyone was dying to see Punk versus Ryback again. Oh well. All in all the match was fine for what it was.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: United States Championship Match – Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ambrose has been the Champion since 5.19.13, and this is his sixth defense. They go back and forth, and Ambrose is a little too cocky for his own good. Ziggler scores with a dropkick and the 10 elbow drops. If this was 1984 Ambrose would be dead. Ziggler clotheslines Ambrose to the floor and tumbles out with him. Back in the ring Ambrose is begging off but Ziggler keeps pouring it on. Ambrose comes back and tries keeping Ziggler on the mat. He hits a nice butterfly superplex but only gets two. Ambrose goes to the other side of the ring and goes up top, and Ziggler is able to bring him down with a super X-Factor for a near-fall. Ziggler keeps up the pressure and locks on the Sleeper Hold! Ambrose creates separation, making Michael Cole giddy. That gets a two-count. Ziggler hits the Fame-Ass-Er for another two-count. Ambrose rolls to the floor so Ziggler retrieves him. As Ziggler is getting back in the ring Ambrose delivers a boot to the face. Ambrose tries Dirty Deeds but Ziggler counters with a rollup for two. Ziggler tries a Stinger Splash but misses. This time Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds to get the win at 9:44. Both men brought a lot of energy to this contest, and I would have liked to see more of a feud and longer matches between these two. They worked well together.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Prime Time Players

Rollins and Reigns have been the Champions since 5.19.13, and this is their fourth defense. Titus O’Neil and Rollins start the match. Rollins gets all cocky right off the bat so O’Neil uses his power to throw “The Architect” around the ring. Darren Young tags in and he keeps up the strategy of keeping Rollins grounded. Young catches Rollins in a nice powerslam for two. Rollins is able to make the tag, and Young sends him to the floor. Reigns had made a blind tag and Rollins comes in and immediately gets caught with a hard forearm to the jaw for a near-fall. The Prime Time Players continue to roll and send both Champions to the floor. Back in the ring Rollins catches Young with a stun gun and the Shield is finally in control. Rollins and Reigns keep young away from O’Neil for a few minutes, but eventually the big man gets the hot tag. O’Neil hits Clash of the Titus on Rollins and Reigns has to break it up. The referee gets distracted with Young, allowing Reigns to hit O’Neil with a Spear and Rollins gets the pin at 7:27. That felt a bit rushed but they stuck to the formula and it was high energy all throughout the match. WWE could have done more with the Prime Time Players and I don’t know why they didn’t even try.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #8: WWE Championship Match – Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan

Orton has been the Champion since 8.18.13, and this is his first defense. Cole points out that Bryan won the United States Title at Night of Champions 2010 and the WWE Tag Team Titles with Kane at Night of Champions 2012. Those are nice little details the commentators don’t often provide anymore. They start with some chain and mat wrestling, with the crowd heavily chanting “Yes!” Bryan of course targets the arm. He traps Orton in the corner and delivers mounted punches, but Orton slips out and hits a creative Inverted headlock backbreaker. Orton is in total control, wearing Bryan down and taking the crowd out of it. Bryan fires up and shifts the momentum. He hits a series of kicks in the corner and sets Orton on the top rope to bring him down with a rana. Bryan sends Orton to the floor and wipes him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring he hits a missile dropkick, and when Orton rolls to the floor to get a break, Bryan says no chance and follows him out with another suicide dive. Bryan goes for a third suicide dive but Orton catches him with a hard forearm shot. Orton then hits and apron-hung DDT to the floor! Back in the ring Orton goes for an RKO but Bryan shoves him off. Bryan hits Orton with a dropkick, and the momentum sends referee Scott Armstrong to the floor. A second ref makes it down to the ring in time for Orton to hit the snap scoop powerslam for a two-count. Orton goes for the Rope-hung DDT but Bryan counters into the “Yes!” Lock! The Viper is able to slither over to the bottom rope to break the hold. Bryan hits a series of kicks but misses an IED and crashes hard to the mat. They battle on the top rope and Bryan is able to tie Orton up in the Tree of Woe. Bryan delivers a series of kicks, and then a superplex while hanging on with his legs. The crowd is geeked as Bryan goes back up and lands the diving headbutt! That gets a two-count. Bryan lands more kicks but Orton catches the last one and hits an exploder suplex. A series of reversals ends with Bryan landing a knockout kick and then The Knee That Beat John Cena to get the pin and win the title for a second time at 17:33. I rate the match only based on what happened in the match, not the silliness they added the following night on RAW. Even with that caveat, this wasn’t one of their stronger efforts together, as something just felt flat throughout the match. Of course with two guys this talented it wasn’t bad, it was just pretty standard.
Rating: ***
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2012 (CM Punk, John Cena) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/20/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2012-cm-punk-john-cena-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/20/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2012-cm-punk-john-cena-2/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:00:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168784 Night of Champions 2012

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TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts – Sunday, September 16, 2012

Michael Cole and the returning JBL are on commentary! This show was just six days after Jerry “The King” Lawler’s heart attack, necessitating this last-minute replacement.

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Title Fatal Four Way Match – The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Sin Cara

Miz has been the Champion since 7.23.12, and this is his third defense. He cuts a promo about how unfair it is that he has to defend his title against three different challengers. Before he can deliver his catchphrase he gets cut off by Mysterio’s music. Rhodes and Mysterio are both former two-time Intercontinental Champions, while Sin Cara has never held gold in WWE.

Cara and Rhodes pair off while Miz and Mysterio do battle. Miz and Rhodes try to work together but that doesn’t go so well for them when Mysterio and Cara decide to work together too. The two luchadores clear the ring, but before they can go at it Miz and Rhodes break them up. The action continues coming fast and furious, with no one able to gain a clear advantage in the early going. Mysterio and Cara end up alone in the ring together, and it’s the first time they’ve gone head to head, ever. They go back and forth and Mysterio land a headscissors for two. Miz and Rhodes come back in and take control of the two masked men. It doesn’t take long for the two arrogant superstars to do take it to each other. Rhodes misses the Beautiful Disaster. Miz goes for the Reality Check and Rhodes avoids it, but Miz is able to backdrop him to the floor. Mysterio and Cara battle back into the match as the pace continues to be quick. Cara and Mysterio wind up alone again and keep the crowd juiced with their aerial tactics. Rhodes sneaks back in and hits Cara with the Beautiful Disaster for a near-fall. He then goes for a superplex on Mysterio but Miz comes in to powerbomb Rhodes in the requisite Tower of Doom spot. Miz covers Rhodes and then Mysterio, getting two each time. The Champ knocks Rhodes and Cara to the floor so he can focus on Mysterio. Miz hits Mysterio with the short DDT for two. Cara comes back in with a springboard missile dropkick that sends Miz to the floor. He follows him out with a dive. Meanwhile Mysterio hits Rhodes with a headscissors that sends him into the barricade. Mysterio then hits a running seated senton off the apron. Back in the ring Cara hits Miz with a slingshot corkscrew splash for a near-fall. Miz comes back with the Awesome Clothesline. Mysterio takes Miz down and hits an Arabian Press for two. Rhodes comes back in and drops Mysterio on his face for a near-fall. Mysterio puts Rhodes and Miz in position to both be hit with the 619. Rhodes avoids it but Miz does not. Mysterio sends Rhodes to the floor and goes up top to hit the splash on Miz but Rhodes pulls him to the floor. Rhodes tries to steal to pin but Cara breaks that up. Action continues to come from all over the place. Rhodes pitches Mysterio to the floor. Cara hits Rhodes with a kick to the side of the head. He then tries to put one of his masks on Rhodes, since Rhodes has been obsessed with taking his off. Miz takes the opportunity to hit Cara with the Reality Check but it only gets two. He goes for a powerbomb but Cara puts the extra mask on Miz! Rhodes goes for the Cross Rhodes on Cara but Miz grabs Rhodes with the Skull Crushing Finale to finally get the pin at 12:06. That was a hot opener and everyone was on point with their offense. I liked the finish a lot too. Every so often the Intercontinental Title looks like a big deal between good workers, and this was one of those nights.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: WWE Tag Team Title Match – Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Daniel Bryan & Kane

Kingston and Truth have been the Champions since 4.30.12, and this is their fifth defense. Kane and Kingston start the match. The champs actually take first control with their fast-paced double-teaming. Kane fights back and tags his reluctant partner. Bryan goes to work on Truth with kicks. Momentum shifts back to the champs and they continue using their agility and tandem maneuvers. Kane gets a tag and he and Bryan actually do their best to work as a unit. That doesn’t last too long before the challengers get into an argument and start shoving each other. Bryan begs off and offers a hug. Kane reluctantly accepts and the challengers are back on the same page. Truth makes a tag and Kingston is a house afire. Kingston hits the Boom Drop and signals for the Trouble in Paradise but Kane rescues his partner. Then Kingston takes Kane out with a baseball slide, and wipes out Bryan with a somersault dive. Back in the ring Bryan puts Kingston in the No Lock and Truth breaks it up. Truth tries a dive on Kane but misses. Bryan hits Kingston with an IED and Kane tags himself. Kane goes up top and Bryan gets angry with him and distracts him. Kingston tries to capitalize with a hurricanrana but Bryan holds onto Kane’s leg and Kingston crashes to the mat. Bryan then shoves Kane off the top rope and he lands on Kingston. That’s enough to get the pin and crown new Champions at 8:30! The match was standard RAW fare, but Kane and Bryan are fun together and the finish was unique.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: WWE United States Title Match – Antonio Cesaro (w/ Aksana) vs. Zack Ryder

Cesaro has been the Champion since 8.19.12, and this is his second defense. He calls this match unfair in five different languages, which I thought was a cool gimmick. Ryder won a 16-man battle royal on the Preshow, last eliminating Tensai to earn this title shot. The Champ takes Ryder down to the mat but Ryder battles right back. They go back and forth some more and Ryder hits a flapjack and a dropkick for two. Cesaro comes back with a Stun Gun. He presses the advantage and keeps Ryder in a prone position. Cesaro hits the Swiss Death but it only gets two. Ryder fights back with a modified X-Factor and a discuss clothesline. He gets a schoolboy rollup for two, followed by a missile dropkick off the second rope for another two-count. Ryder slips out of a superplex and hits a neckbreaker for a near-fall. Cesaro rolls to the apron and drives a shoulder to Ryder’s gut. He rams Ryder into the turnbuckles and goes up top but Ryder knocks him down. Ryder hits a hurricanrana and sets up for the Broski Boot but Aksana pulls Cesaro to the floor. Back in the ring Cesaro catches Ryder with a European Uppercut. Cesaro then lands the Gotch style Neutralizer to get the pin at 6:40. Well for two guys fighting with no other reason than one of them won a battle royal that was fine. Crowd didn’t care, but that’s what happens when you don’t bother using the absurd amount of TV time you have to build a feud and just have one of them win a battle royal.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler (w/ Vickie Guerrero)

This should be a dandy. They go back and forth early on, with both men showing off their personalities as they try to out-wrestle each other. Orton hits a clothesline and then stomps away. Ziggler executes a drop toehold to send Orton into the ropes, and then hits a dropkick for two. Ziggler goes to work, wearing Orton down with a variety of offense. Orton fights back with a slingshot suplex for two. HE hits the backbreaker and the snap powerslam. Ziggler rolls to the apron and Orton goes for the DDT but Ziggler counters with a schoolboy rollup for two. Orton delivers a boot to the gut and Ziggler counters with a low dropkick. Ziggler tries a Fame-Ass-Er but Orton catches him in a powerbomb for a two-count. Orton goes for a superplex but Ziggler knocks him back. Ziggler hits a missile dropkick from the second rope for a near-fall. Both men rise and start to slug it out. Ziggler snaps Orton’s neck off the top rope, Randy Savage style. That gets two. Ziggler continues to wear Orton down. Orton creates separation with a back suplex, but Ziggler cuts him off and goes right back to work. Once again Orton creates separation with a beautiful dropkick. Ziggler catches Orton in a big DDT for two. He goes up top and Orton knocks him down. Orton hits the superplex this time, paying tribute to his father. It only gets a two-count. Once again they slug it out and the crowd is on Ziggler’s side. Ziggler hits the Fame-Ass-Er for a very close near-fall. Orton tries the Orton DDT but they spill to the floor, where he hurls Ziggler into the barricade. He then hits the DDT using the barricade, bouncing Ziggler’s head off the floor! Back in the ring Orton covers but Ziggler gets his foot on the bottom rope. Both men go for finishers and counter each other. Orton hits an awesome pop-up RKO to get the pin at 18:23. This would have been a great time to give Ziggler a big win over Orton, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that this was a hell of a match. It was a great back and forth contest, with both guys showing effective offense and neat counters to each other. Vickie stayed out of it and just let the two wrestlers do their thing and it worked.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #5: WWE Divas Title Match – Layla vs. Eve Torres

Layla has been the Champion since 4.29.12, and this is her fourth defense. Eve snaked her way into this title match when the original challenger Kaitlyn was attacked backstage by a mysterious assailant. They take it to the mat and exchange holds. Layla appears to have the upper hand in the opening moments. She lands a low dropkick to the face. Eve offers up a handshake but kicks Layla in the gut and throws her to the floor. She throws Layla ribs-first into the apron twice. Back in the ring Eve continues to work the ribs. Eve locks on a body scissors and eventually just lets it go. Layla catches a quick DDT from out of nowhere. Back on their feet Layla hits another dropkick and a flurry of offense. Layla misses a springboard cross body block, and Eve capitalizes with a spinning neckbreaker to get the pin and become a three-time Divas Champion at 6:38. The crowd couldn’t be bothered but this was a solid match with good psychology.
Rating: **½

MATCH #6: World Heavyweight Title Match – Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/ David Otunga and Ricardo Rodriguez)

Sheamus has been the Champion since 4.1.12, and this is his seventh defense. Leading up to this match, SmackDown General Manager Booker T made the Brogue Kick illegal and said he would strip Sheamus of the title if he used it. Before the match can begin, Booker makes his way out and says that after his investigation he is reinstating the move. What was the point of ever banning it then? Booker T is awful.

Sheamus goes for an immediate Brogue Kick but Del Rio moves So Sheamus connects with Otunga. They go back and forth a bit and Del Rio takes a powder to regroup, not doubt having been thrown off his game by Booker’s announcement. Back in the ring Sheamus hits a neckbreaker for two. Del Rio fights back and the fight spills to the apron. Sheamus hits a running shoulderblock off the apron to wipe Del Rio out. They fight around the ring steps and top rope, and Del Rio is able to pitch Sheamus off the steps and into the announce table. Back in the ring Del Rio starts going to work on the arm. Del Rio tries an ax handle off the top rope but Sheamus cuts him out of the air with an ax bomber. Sheamus unloads with a flurry of offense, which means he’s building momentum. He blasts Del Rio with the forearm blasts to the chest from the apron. Sheamus goes for White Noise but Del Rio counters to a lungblower for two. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Sheamus counters and this time hits White Noise. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick but Del Rio avoids it and this an enziguiri for a near-fall. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker again and Sheamus counters to a Texas Cloverleaf attempt but Del Rio kicks his way out of that. Sheamus’ arm gets tied up in the ropes and Del Rio attacks it viciously. Finally Del Rio cinches in the Cross Armbreaker and Sheamus picks Del Rio up to powerbomb his way out of it. Sheamus goes for the Brogue Kick but Del Rio ducks and locks on the Cross Armbreaker again! This time Sheamus reaches the ropes. Del Rio charges into the corner for an enziguiri but misses. Sheamus then hits the Brogue Kick from out of nowhere to get the pin and retain the title at 15:09. This one worked well enough, as they kept to the simple story of Del Rio doggedly pursuing the arm and Sheamus gutting it out like a tough guy. Nothing wrong with any of that.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: WWE Heavyweight Title Match – CM Punk (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. John Cena

Punk has been the Champion since 11.20.11, and this is his seventeenth defense. He is wearing New York Yankees pinstripes, which is a great way to incite the Boston crowd. They start with some chain wrestling and take it to the mat. These two have faced each other many times so they know each other well. Cena scores the first big move with a fisherman suplex and Punk avoids even being covered. Punk takes control and keeps Cena down, wearing him out. He even uses a Muta Lock, but of course Cole has no idea what to call it. Cena tries to take a break on the floor but Punk wipes him out with a suicide dive. Punk even gloats right in Cena’s father’s face. I love that. He throws Cena back in the ring but then taunts the crowd too long so Cena takes him out with a baseball slide. Cena throws Punk into the audience and brings him right back out with a fisherman suplex. Back in the ring Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Punk slips out and kicks Cena in the head. Punk takes control and almost toys with Cena, which could come back to haunt him. He goes up top and hits a double ax handle. Punk tries Go 2 Sleep but Cena avoids it and fires up. Cena goes for the Protoplex but Punk shifts his weight and lands on top for a two-count. Punk tries a neckbreaker but Cena shoves him off and hits a clothesline for two. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Punk gets a boot up. Punk hits a neckbreaker for two. He goes to the apron and tries the springboard clothesline but Cena catches him and rolls through to an Attitude Adjustment attempt. Cena drops Punk to the floor and follows him out with a dive. Back in the ring Cena hits the Protoplex and tries the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Punk counters to the Anaconda Vise! Cena counters that to the STF and Punk counters that to the Crippler Crossface. Remember Chris Benoit? Cena powers his way out of the Crossface. Both men rise and slug it out. Punk wins that battle with a leg lariat. He hits the running knee in the corner and then a clothesline. Punk goes up top and hits the Macho Man Elbow but it only gets two. He tries Go 2 Sleep but Cena catches the knee and locks on the STF! The Champion is able to reach the ropes. Punk is able to catch a charging Cena and hit Go 2 Sleep but Cena kicks out! He goes for another one but Cena counters and hits the Protoplex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment and Punk kicks out! The crowd is losing their collective mind. Punk rolls to the floor so Cena goes out to retrieve him. Cena goes up top and misses the Cena Slice. Punk nails a high kick to the head for a two-count. He goes up for a Crooked Moonsault and Cena doesn’t even have to move to not get hit with it. At least Cole calls it awkward. Punk doing shit he can’t do. He picks Cena up and hits another Go 2 Sleep but again it only gets two! Punk waits for Cena to get up and then hits him with a Rock Bottom! Cena kicks out again! He pops up and hits an Attitude Adjustment but Punk kicks out! They fight up on the ropes and Cena takes Punk down with a super German Suplex to apparently get the pin at 26:55!

Cena starts the celebration but the referee takes the belt away and hands it back to Punk! Justin Roberts announces that both men’s shoulders were down so the match is a draw. Cena is upset, and the look on Punk’s face is priceless. Punk then knocks Cena out with the belt just for fun. That was another in the series of tremendous matches between these two storied rivals. The weak finish and a couple of glitches in the match (most notably the worst moonsault ever) keep it from reaching classic status but these two went all out for over 25 minutes and busted out some great offense and clever counters. I could watch these two wrestle forever.
Rating: ****¼
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2011 (Triple H, CM Punk) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/19/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2011-triple-h-cm-punk-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/19/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2011-triple-h-cm-punk-2/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:07 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168780 Night of Champions 2011

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First Niagara Center – Buffalo, New York – Sunday, September 18, 2011

Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Booker T are on commentary.

MATCH #1: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Air Boom vs. Awesome Truth

Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston have been the Champions since 8.22.11, and this is their second defense. Kingston and The Miz start the match. The champs take the advantage and tag in and out several times in the opening minutes to keep Miz isolated. R-Truth tags in and he gets the same treatment. The champs send both challengers to the floor and then wipe them out with simultaneous dives off the top rope. Back in the ring Bourne covers Truth for a one-count, which according to Booker T is “almost” getting him. Bourne charges into the corner and Truth gets an elbow up. Now the challengers take control. Every time Bourne tries to fight back Miz and Truth cut him off and keep him away from his partner. Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but Bourne rolls through and makes the tag. Kingston is a house afire, hitting Miz with the Boom Drop. He signals for Trouble in Paradise but Truth stops him. Kingston decks Truth and hits Miz with the SOS for a two-count. Truth interferes again, snapping Kingston’s neck off the top rope. That allows Miz to hit a snap mare driver (!) for a two-count. Bourne tricks the referee into thinking a tag was made and the idiot referee allows it. Precedent over the years has said that the referee can’t call what he doesn’t see, so that just feeds Miz’s conspiracy theories. Bourne takes everyone down and goes for Air Bourne on Miz but misses. Miz hits Bourne with a solid DDT for two. Truth legit tags in but since the referee didn’t see it he won’t allow it. Conspiracy! Miz hits Bourne with the Skull Crushing Finale but the referee is arguing with Truth so he isn’t counting. A rightfully angry Miz shoves the referee and gets disqualified at 9:49. The match was going along really well and I felt they could have gone longer but still used the same finish. Usually DQ finishes on PPV are irritating, but this one made sense and served the greater purpose of the storyline. Yes that storyline ended up being unsatisfying but at the time of this match I thought it was brilliant. It also lent itself to rematches and I thought this was going to be a big tag team feud to reignite the division. That also didn’t really pan out. Miz and Truth abuse the referee after the bell.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #2: Intercontinental Title Match – Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase

Rhodes has been the Champion since 8.12.11, and this is his second defense. DiBiase starts off hot, outwrestling Rhodes and then kicking him in the face for a one-count. Rhodes makes a brief comeback but DiBiase cuts him off with a dropkick for two. The champ uses a slap to the face to get DiBiase angry, which leaves him prey to a kneelift to the gut. Rhodes hits the Beautiful Disaster for a two-count. He keeps DiBiase grounded for a bit. After a few minutes DiBiase hits a backbreaker but misses a dropkick and Rhodes is right back in control. Rhodes puts on an abdominal stretch. DiBiase hiptosses his way out of it but Rhodes cuts him right off with a dropkick. Rhodes lands a punch to the face but DiBiase responds with a clothesline and an inverted atomic drop. DiBiase hits a flying knee strike for two. He charges into a boot in the corner but then hits a spinebuster for two. DiBiase goes for Dream Street but Rhodes counters it. Rhodes goes for the Beautiful Disaster again but DiBiase dropkicks him out of the air for a two-count. DiBiase sets Rhodes on the top rope and armdrags him down. He goes after the mask and removes it, drawing his biggest pop so far. DiBiase tries to hit Rhodes with it, but the Champ ducks and gets a schoolboy rollup for the pin at 9:43. Despite all the time they spent teaming together these two do not have great chemistry as opponents. It doesn’t help that DiBiase is hella boring.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: U.S. Championship Match – Dolph Ziggler vs. Alex Riley vs. Jack Swagger vs. John Morrison

Ziggler has been the Champion since 6.19.11, and this is his second defense. He’s accompanied by Vickie Guerrero. Morrison pairs off with Swagger while Ziggler and Riley do battle in the early going. Riley dumps Ziggler and Swagger dumps Morrison, leaving just two in the ring. Swagger uses his size advantage, but Riley cuts him off with an STO for two. Riley turns his attention to Ziggler on the apron, decking him with a right hand. He goes for a dive but Ziggler sidesteps him and Riley hits nothing but stairs. Meanwhile Morrison rolls Swagger up for a two-count. Morrison kicks him in the head for another two. He dropkicks Ziggler out of the ring and lands on Swagger for another two-count. Swagger hiptosses Morrison to the floor and turns right around to face the Champion. He drills Ziggler with a big boot and knocks Morrison off the apron. Riley sneaks in and hits Swagger with a TKO but Vickie puts Swagger’s foot on the bottom rope. Ziggler dropkicks Riley out of the ring asks Vickie if she “just cost him his match,” but what she did was save it for you, you idiot. Morrison hits Ziggler with a springboard kick for a two-count. Ziggler comes back with a Fame-Ass-Er on Morrison for two. Morrison fights back and puts Ziggler on the top rope. Ziggler knocks Morrison into the Tree of Woe. Riley jumps up to the top rope and Morrison grabs him and suplexes him down. That was impressive. Swagger then leaps up and hiptosses Ziggler down. Morrison is the first one back to his feet and he’s a house afire. He hits Swagger with a DDT and then the standing Spanish Fly on Riley for two. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Riley gets his knees up. Ziggler puts Morrison in the Sleeper and Swagger puts Riley in the Ankle Lock. Both men break out of their holds and Riley hits Swagger with the Implant DDT for a close near-fall. Swagger grabs Riley in the Ankle Lock and Morrison breaks it up, only to get hit with the Gutwrench Powerbomb. Ziggler dumps Swagger to the floor and steals his pinfall at 8:19! That was non-stop action and could have gone on longer. It’s crazy that a year later Morrison no longer works for the company, while Riley and Swagger are non-factors to say the least. These four could have helped revitalize the midcard, but Ziggler ended up the only one the company cared to really push.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #4: World Heavyweight Title Match – Randy Orton vs. Mark Henry

Orton has been the Champion since 8.14.11, and this is his second defense. Henry immediately tries to use his power advantage but Orton uses his quickness to counter him. Orton takes Henry off his feet and uses strikes to try and wear him down. Henry pops up and charges, but Orton sidesteps him and dumps him to the floor. The challenger is frustrated but he takes his time to regroup at ringside. Back in the ring Henry press slams Orton but the champ slips out. Orton goes for the RKO but Henry pushes off and then flattens Orton with a big boot. Henry throws Orton into the corner and squashes him. He goes for the World’s Strongest Slam but Orton slips out and puts on a Sleeper. Henry backs Orton into the corner and then clubs him to the floor. It’s all Henry now, and he focuses on the back, wearing Orton down. Henry hits a big splash for a two-count. He keeps beating on Orton but misses a second big splash and Orton fires back. Orton hits a dropkick and Henry rolls to the apron. That gives Orton the chance to try for the DDT but Henry blocks it with a headbutt. Henry clotheslines Orton down and reclaims control. He hits the World’s Strongest Slam but Orton kicks out! Henry goes up for a Vader Bomb but Orton gets his boot up. Orton goes to the knee and hits a short DDT. He signals for the RKO so Henry rolls to the apron. This time Orton is able to hit the DDT! Orton covers but they’re too close to the ropes and Henry grabs the bottom one to break the pin. Henry kicks at Orton’s leg from his back to take advantage. Orton goes for the RKO again but Henry pushes him off and hits the World’s Strongest Slam to get the pin and win the title at 13:06! The reaction shots in the crowd are really awesome, as people are shocked and upset. That goes a long way in making this result feel like a big deal. As far as the match, it was shockingly good, with a simple story of a smart guy trying to outdo a powerful guy and the brute force won out. Henry went over clean as a whistle, instantly making him a credible champion.
Rating: ***½

Josh Mathews gets in the ring to interview the new Champion, who cuts a bitterly angry promo about how no one believed in him, and that this is his moment that he’s not sharing with anyone. Henry says he’s going to be the most dominant champion ever and he will never lose the title.

MATCH #5: Divas Title Match – Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix

Kelly has been the Champion since 6.20.11, and this is her third defense. She is accompanied by Eve. Phoenix is accompanied by Natalya, and she gets an enormous face reaction since Buffalo is her hometown. They start off much as you would expect, with Phoenix using her power and Kelly countering with her agility. Kelly goes for a cross body block and Phoenix catches her with ease and delivers a gutbuster. Phoenix dominates now, keeping Kelly on the mat. Kelly comes back with a sort of bulldog and Natalya pulls Phoenix to the floor to regroup. Eve takes offense to this and she attacks Natalya without provocation. Phoenix comes to Natalya’s aid and gives Eve the beating she deserves. Back in the ring Kelly is still on the mat for some reason. Phoenix gets confident and Kelly gets a series of rollup variations for two-counts. The challenger gets feud up and cuts Kelly off with a hard clothesline. Phoenix puts Kelly on the top rope and delivers a superplex. She crawls over and barely gets a cover but still almost gets the pin. Phoenix goes for the Glam Slam but Kelly rolls through to a sunset flip to get the upset pin and retain the title at 6:25. I’m not sure what WWE’s obsession with having people get embarrassed in their hometown is, but that’s all this was. The match was actually going along okay but the finish just makes no sense.
Rating: **

MATCH #6: WWE Championship Match – Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena

Del Rio has been the Champion since 8.14.11, and this is his second defense. Cena has only been the Champion nine times at this point. Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez do their usual post-match bit, so Cena adds his own self-introduction. That man can talk.

Cena takes Del Rio down with a headlock and then knocks him down with a shoulder tackle. He hits another shoulder tackle and Del Rio seeks solace with his ring announcer. Back in the ring Del Rio takes it to Cena and slugs him down. Cena fights back and hits a bulldog. He then gets tripped by Rodriguez, and the referee saw it so he banishes Rodriguez to the back! Del Rio looks distraught but is able to catch Cena with a couple of kicks to the kidneys to send him to the floor. Back in the ring Del Rio hits a flying something off the top rope for a two-count. Cena powers back with a gutwrench suplex for two. He hits another suplex and goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Del Rio slips out and hits an armbreaker for a near-fall. Del Rio works Cena over for a bit again until Cena comes back with a suplex … again. Both men rise and clothesline each other at the same time and are right back down again. Back on their feet Del Rio lands the first blow and he knocks Cena to the apron. Cena snaps Del Rio’s neck off the top rope but then runs right into a clothesline. Del Rio tries to jump on Cena on the ropes, but Cena moves and Rio crashes to the floor. Cena suplexes Del Rio back into the ring and then unleashes his patented offensive flurry. He hits the Proto Plex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena sets up the Attitude Adjustment but Del Rio slips out and hits the Backstabber for two. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker but Cena avoids it and hits a dropkick for two. The commentators trying to sell a dropkick as a near-fall are pretty funny. Cena goes up top and Del Rio knocks him down with the enziguiri for a two-count. Del Rio follows with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. He ties Cena up in the Tree of Woe and charges but Cena moves and Del Rio’s shoulder cracks the ring post, hard. Cena goes up and hits the Cena Slice but only gets two. He goes for the AA again but Del Rio slips out and hits a bridging German Suplex for two. Del Rio goes up top and hits a senton bomb for a two-count. He puts on the Cross Armbreaker but Cena fights it like grim death. Cena pulls Del Rio up and powerbombs him down. Ricardo Rodriguez makes his way back down and Cena throws him into the ring post. Cena then locks on the STF and Del Rio taps out at 17:31. I’m not sure what the purpose was of having Rodriguez come back down but the finish seemed pretty sudden and anticlimactic. The match was solid work but nothing spectacular or memorable.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: No DQ Match – Triple H vs. CM Punk

This is Triple H’s first match since losing to the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVII. Punk knocks HHH off the apron before he can even get in the ring and the fight is on. He throws HHH over the barricade and starts rearranging the announce table. HHH comes back and starts taking it to Punk around ringside. He goes for the Pedigree on the table but Punk slips out and tries Go 2 Sleep but HHH avoids that and we’re back to square one. Both men get back in the ring and they start throwing hands. They battle back and forth and HHH quickly sends Punk back to the outside. HHH goes after Punk’s knee and leg while throwing him around ringside. Punk reverses a whip and sends HHH into the barricade, and then hits a running knee to the face. He goes for the bulldog but HHH shoves him over the barricade and into the crowd. HHH continues to abuse Punk amongst the fans in the audience. Momentum shifts several times as both men are eager to prove their superiority. They make it back to the ring and Punk uses a chair to work the Game over. HHH catches Punk with a spinebuster for two. He throws Punk into a chair wedged in the turnbuckles and Punk tumbles to the floor. HHH goes back to the leg and cracks the left one with a steel chair. He starts taking the announce table apart and grabs a monitor, but Punk cuts him off with a hard kick to the head. Punk goes to the top rope and hits Hail to the King to break the table. They roll back into the ring and R-Truth and The Miz make their way out and beat down both men. Miz hits HHH with the Skull Crushing Finale and Truth hits Punk with the Little Jimmy. They pull Punk on top for the cover but referee Scott Armstrong hesitates so he only gets two. Miz and Truth get right in Armstrong’s face, and while Armstrong gets one shot in, he then succumbs to the two-on-one disadvantage. John Laurinaitis makes his way out with a new referee. Meanwhile, HHH and Punk have recovered and they dump their assailants to the floor. HHH then hits Punk with the Pedigree while Laurinaitis tries to wake up Armstrong. A new referee comes down but Laurinaitis tells him to check on Armstrong rather than get in the ring and count the pin. HHH is annoyed, and the distraction allows Punk to hit Go 2 Sleep. This time the new ref counts but Truth pulls Punk to the floor. Punk hits Truth with the Go 2 Sleep. He tries the springboard clothesline to get back in the ring but HHH kicks him in the gut and hits the Pedigree! Somehow Punk is able to kick out of that! Kevin Nash comes strolling out of the crowd and decks both Punk and HHH! He goes for the Jackknife on HHH but Punk stops him. Nash then hits Punk with the Jackknife instead. He takes out HHH on the floor as well, but HHH responds with a sledgehammer shot! Nash is out. Back in the ring HHH hits the Pedigree for the win at 24:08. That was going along fine as a garbage brawl through the crowd and such, but then overbooking took over and it just got kind of boring. I’m not against overbooking per se, but this didn’t really pay anything off it just continued some stuff that was already going on and then never really went anywhere. I think Punk and Triple H absolutely could have done better on their own.
Rating: **½
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2010 (Randy Orton, Sheamus) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/18/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2010-randy-orton-sheamus-4/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/18/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2010-randy-orton-sheamus-4/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:00:32 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168776 Night of Champions 2010

Allstate Arena – Chicago, Illinois – Sunday, September 19, 2010

MATCH #1: Intercontinental Championship Match – Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston

Ziggler has been the champion since 8.6.10 and this is his third defense. He’s accompanied by Vickie Guerrero and NXT Rookie Divas Kaitlyn. If Ziggler is counted out or disqualified, he will lose the championship. These two have fought each other about a billion times and they generally have pretty good chemistry. This is a pretty standard opener, with Kingston going on offense for the first bit until Ziggler cuts him off and grounds him. Kingston comes back and hits the S.O.S. but Ziggler is too close to the ropes to score the pin. Vickie tries to interfere but Ziggler talks her out of it for fear of being disqualified. Kingston misses the Trouble in Paradise and gets tangled up in the ropes. Ziggler takes advantage by hitting the Zig Zag for the pin at 12:42. That was a sharp opener and Ziggler looked really good in the victory.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Big Show vs. CM Punk

People complained about this match being on the show since it wasn’t for a title, but the gimmick of the PPV is “Every Title is Defended,” not “Only Championship Matches.” I swear people find the dumbest stuff to complain about. It does seem like a bit of a waste to squander Punk’s hometown pop on this meaningless match, but them’s the breaks sometimes. Punk makes the most of it though, cutting an anti-people of Chicago promo to turn the crowd against him. Show dominates the early going both in and outside the ring. Punk comes back with kicks and knee strikes that ground the Knucklehead. He goes to the top rope and jumps right into a Spear! That looked pretty cool. Show follows up with the Knockout Punch to get the pin at 4:45. Well that was short and pointless.
Rating: *½

MATCH #3: United States Championship Match – The Miz vs. Daniel Bryan

Miz has been the champion since 6.14.10 and this is his second defense. Danielson’s music here is truly wretched. Of course Miz is accompanied by his apprentice e Alex Riley. Bryan uses his superior technical skill but Miz is able to keep him grounded by working the arm and shoulder. The challenger is able to knock Miz to the floor and wipes him out with a dive. He comes back in the ring with his missile dropkick for a close near-fall. Miz actually uses a Nigel McGuinness lariat (the one out of the corner with Bryan on the top rope; wonder who came up with that idea?), which is awesome. The crowd is juicing on Bryan big time, and they’re totally buying his near-falls. Riley tries to interfere but it consistently backfires. Miz argues with the referee and Bryan traps him in the LeBell Lock and Miz taps the title away at 12:28! What a terrific showing for Bryan, and Miz looked awesome too. These two are perfect foils for each other and I would love it if they re-program them at a higher level at some point.
Rating: ****

MATCH #4: Unification Lumberjill Match for the Divas and Women’s Championship – Melina vs. Michelle McCool

Melina has been the Divas Champion since 8.15.10 and this is her third defense. Lay-Cool have been the Women’s Champion since 5.14.10 and this is their third defense. Melina is a three-time Women’s Champion and a two-time Divas Champion. McCool is a two-time Women’s Champion and a former Divas Champion as well. This is the fairly typical Divas match, and the lumberjills get involved quite a bit. McCool, who has angered all of them over the last few months, goes right into the lioness’s den and gets her butt kicked. Rosa half heartedly goes for a forearm on Jillian and then decides against it, and Jillian apologizes to her. This all happens on camera, and it’s hilarious. Next time McCool goes to the floor a brawl really does erupt, and Layla tries to interfere but gets tossed out as well. That gives McCool the opportunity to sneak back in the ring and kick Melina in the face to unify the titles at 6:33. Thank goodness there’s only one title for the Divas now.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #5: No Holds Barred Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Kane vs. Undertaker

Kane has been the champion since 7.18.10 and this is his second defense. Undertaker attacks his brother in the aisle right away and they fight around ringside. They continue spending most of the time brawling their way around ringside, spending very little time in the ring. It’s nothing but brawling for a LONG time until Undertaker goes for the Tombstone but Kane reverses it and gets the pin at 18:28. Seriously, almost nothing happened in those eighteen and a half minutes. It wasn’t insulting or anything, but it was just dreadfully dull. It’s not often Undertaker drops a clean fall to anyone.
Rating: **

MATCH #6: Tag Team Turmoil Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship – The Hart Dynasty vs. Mark Henry & Evan Bourne vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes vs. The Usos

Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith have been the champions since 4.26.10 and this is their third defense. They are accompanied by Natalya. The champions are at a distinct disadvantage as they have to start the match, against the Usos, who are accompanied by Tamina. They go back and forth a bit until Kidd puts one of the Usos in the Sharpshooter, but the other Uso kicks him in the head to eliminate the champions at 2:11. Marella and Kozlov are the next team out. Tamina has a crush on Marella at this point, and she distracts him long enough for one of the Usos to hit him with a Samoan Drop and the Usos move on at 3:16. Henry and Bourne are up next. The power of Henry and the aerial tactics are too much for the Usos to overcome, as Henry hits the World’s Strongest Slam and Bourne follows up with Air Bourne to eliminate the Usos at 5:10. Finally Rhodes and McIntyre are the last team out. The winners here will be the new WWE Tag Team Champions. McIntyre and Rhodes isolate Bourne right away, which is wise. Of course Bourne gets the hot tag and Henry starts cleaning house. It turns into a pier-six brawl and Rhodes grabs Bourne with the Crossroads to get the win and the titles at 11:42. I’ve never understood the concept of gauntlets when several of the rounds are only about a minute long. Why not let the Hart Dynasty face Rhodes and McIntyre, or do a three-way with Bourne and Henry or something and just give that all the time rather than this gauntlet stuff. I do like Rhodes and McIntyre as champions, but I can’t figure out why the Hart Dynasty was jobbed out like that.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #7: Six Pack Challenge Match for the WWE Championship – Sheamus vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. Wade Barrett

Sheamus has been the champion since 6.20.10 and this is his fifth defense. He’s a two-time champion. Orton gets an enormous pop on his way out, and is a five-time WWE Champion and a former World Heavyweight Champion. Cena is a seven-time WWE Champion and a two-time World Heavyweight Champion. Jericho is a former WWE Champion and a three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Edge is a four-time WWE Champion and a 5-time World Heavyweight Champion. That’s a total of 30 World Championship reigns, but Cole somehow came up with 32. Anybody help me out here? Everyone is in the ring at the same time, so this should be pretty fast-paced. Jericho and Cena battle and Cena hits him with the bulldog, and then Orton sneaks in from out of nowhere and hits Jericho with the RKO to eliminate him at 1:30! That’s quite the shocker there. Edge looks upset because he and Jericho had some plans to work together in this match. Everyone watches Jericho make the walk of shame, and then that turns into everyone surrounding Nexus leader Barrett. Everyone hates Barrett so they keep him out of the ring. Cena and Orton have the epic stare-down and the crowd is slightly hot for it. Sheamus and Edge work together a bit, but of course all alliances are short-lived. The finisher-reversal parade begins about 14 minutes in and Cena hits Edge with the Attitude Adjustment to eliminate him at 15:00. The Nexus comes running out to distract Cena and Barrett hits him with the Wasteland to eliminate Cena at 18:32. The Nexus tries to distract Orton as well, but Cena takes a few of them out with a chair and Orton takes care of the rest with an RKO! Barrett tries to grab Orton with Wasteland, but Orton reverses to the backbreaker and hits the RKO to eliminate him at 20:32. We’re down to Sheamus and Orton. Sheamus delivers a quick Brogue Kick but Orton kicks out at two! He goes for the High Cross but Orton counters with the RKO to get the pin and become a seven-time World Champion at 21:26. The eliminations came really fast at the end but the match was really fun and never boring throughout. It wasn’t particularly memorable, but I’ll take it.
Rating: ***¼
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Wachovia Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Sunday, July 26, 2009

MATCH #1: Unified Tag Team Championship Match – Chris Jericho & Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase

Jericho has been the champion since 6.28.09, when he won the titles with Edge. Since Edge got injured, Big Show is replacing him, so this is Jeri-Show’s first defense. Legacy does not look happy to be faced with the monstrous former WWE, WCW, and ECW World Champion. Show and Rhodes start the match for their respective teams. That goes the way you would expect, and Rhodes gets a quick shot in and tags DiBiase. Show continues his dominance, and brings DiBiase over to the corner, and then tags Jericho. He works DiBiase over, and then tags Show back in. The champions continue making quick tags and working very well as a team. DiBiase comes back with a quick knee to the gut and then tags Rhodes. Jericho reverses a whip and Show hits Rhodes with an elbow to the back from the apron, and Jericho gets a quick rollup for two. The referee gets distracted by Show, and when Jericho goes to bounce off the ropes DiBiase pulls the top rope down and Jericho crashes to the floor. The challengers take over now and isolate Jericho in their corner. This goes on for a while, and the crowd is interested but slightly unsure what to do in this heel versus heel matchup. They definitely come alive when Rhodes hits a moonsault off the top rope! Jericho finally comes back with an enziguiri but can’t make the tag. He gets a quick small package on DiBiase for two. DiBiase gets a powerslam for two. A kick to the head for another two-count. Jericho comes back for real this time with the Walls of Jericho, and Rhodes effectively uses Show to distract the referee, and then sneaks in to break up the move with a vicious DDT. Jericho kicks out at two and the crowd is pretty much behind him right now. He makes the tag and Show is a house afire. The crowd loves the champions. Jericho hits a Codebreaker behind the referee’s back, and Show locks on the Colossal Clutch for the submission victory at 9:33. It was an interesting choice to have Jericho and Show playing the Babyfaces, but the crowd bought it and this match turned out better than I was anticipating. It’s too bad Rhodes and DiBiase don’t have another great team to feud with on RAW.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: ECW Championship Match – Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian

Dreamer has been the champion since 6.7.09, and this is his third defense. Josh Mathews and Matt Striker are on hand to call the action. Dreamer is the last remaining ECW Original, and Philadelphia is of course the birthplace of Extreme. These two have battled each other and teamed together many times, so they’re very familiar. Christian earned this title opportunity by defeating Vladimir Kozlov on ECW on July 9. Christian backs Dreamer into the corner, and they exchange slaps. Dreamer gets a knockdown and goes for the first cover, only getting a one-count. Christian comes back with a headlock, but Dreamer quickly pushes him off, and Christian comes back with a spinning heel kick for a zero-count. The crowd is into the match, chanting “ECW.” Meanwhile, Christian hits a European Uppercut off the second rope. Dreamer rolls to the apron, and hits a charging Christian with a shoulder to the gut. He tries to Suplex Christian to the floor, but Christian avoids it and drops Dreamer on the floor, and then hits a running kick to the face. Christian goes for a dive but Dreamer avoids it and hits a somersault off the apron to wipe the challenger out. Back in the ring Dreamer hits a powerslam for two. Christian comes back and starts attacking Dreamer’s neck. He tries the Killswitch but Dreamer avoids it. He tries a sleeper instead, but Dreamer falls back, knocking the wind out of him. They get back to their feet and Christian goes right back to the sleeper. This time Dreamer goes toward the ropes and both men crash to the floor. Back in the ring Christian goes up top but Dreamer sees him coming and knocks him out of the air. A flapjack gets two, and then he sets Christian up in the Tree of Woe. Dreamer hits the running dropkick, and then goes for a DDT. Christian blocks it, but Dreamer counters with a Sky-Hi for two. Dreamer goes for a pumphandle and Christian counters to a falling inverted DDT for two. Christian hits a dropkick off the second rope and then tries one from the top rope. Dreamer grabs Christian out of the air and locks on the Texas Cloverleaf. Christian breaks the hold but Dreamer catapults him into the turnbuckle. They do a brief Fish Out Of Water spot, and then Christian is able to land the missile dropkick. A series of reversals ends in Christian hitting the Killswitch to get the pin and become a two-time ECW Champion at 8:32. That was a fine TV match with solid heat.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: Six-Pack Challenge for the United States Championship – Kofi Kingston vs. MVP vs. Primo vs. The Miz vs. Jack Swagger vs. Carlito

Kingston has been the champion since 6.1.09, and this is his third defense. Big Show was originally scheduled for this match, but since he’s otherwise occupied Primo will take his place. Why not Evan Bourne? MVP and Carlito are former champions. I expect this one to have some clustery tendencies, so I probably won’t call a lot of play-by-play. The first story to emerge is Primo going after Carlito, and the older brother running from his little brother. Swagger and Miz work together a little bit. Bodies are flying everywhere, with everybody going for big moves and pinfalls. MVP and Swagger battle on the floor, and Carlito comes flying off the top rope with a planchas to take MVP down. Back in the ring Kingston battles Swagger, hitting him with a missile dropkick and the Boom-Boom. Miz breaks up the pin and goes after both men. Swagger, Primo, Kingston, and Miz work in a Tower of Doom spot. Everyone gets dumped to the floor except Carlito and Kingston. Primo joins them in the ring for a couple of quick pinning combinations. The crowd is into it. Swagger starts wrecking everything in his path until MVP cuts him off with a knee to the face. MVP is Ballin’, but when he goes for the Playmaker, Miz hits him with the Skull Crushing Finale for two. Carlito and Primo are working together again, until Carlito hits his brother with the Backstabber. Second later Kingston nails Carlito with the Trouble in Paradise to get the pin and retain the title at 8:37. That was fun chaos, and Kingston wins another multi-man title defense.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: WWE Women’s Championship Match – Michelle McCool vs. Melina

McCool has been the champion since 6.28.09 and this is her first defense, giving the former champion her rematch. McCool dropkicks Melina off the apron while she is doing the splits. Good for her. Melina is angry and takes the first advantage, as McCool tries to weather the storm and break Melina’s momentum. Melina hits a series of kicks and then charges at McCool in the ropes, but the champion moves and the challenger crashes to the floor. Back in the ring McCool locks on a half Boston Crab. She releases the hold and sends Melina to the floor. McCool tries charging in with a kick, but Melina moves and she lands on the barricade. They stand up and fight on the barricade, and McCool hits a DDT! Sadly they blow it because Melina basically no-sells it. They fight out on the floor with Melina in control. Back in the ring Melina hits the running knees to the back, and then rams McCool into the turnbuckle. Melina hits a spinning heel kick for two. McCool comes back with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Melina comes back with a Thesz Press off the second rope, but McCool reverses the momentum and pushes Melina into a jackknife pin to get the win and retain the title at 6:13. Aside from Melina’s selling this was a pretty solid match and one of the better women’s matches I’ve seen in WWE in a while.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship – Randy Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena

Orton has been the champion since 6.15.09, and this is his third defense. This is a rematch from WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando. The champion immediately tries to bail, but the challengers will have none of that. He tries to escape into the ring, but they follow him in there as well. Sensing he has no other choice, Orton tries to fight off both men but gets outsmarted by his adversaries. Cena and HHH work as a team to decimate the champion in the early going. Orton once again bails to the floor, and Cena gives chase. HHH joins them in the aisle, and Orton continues to get battered. Cena throws Orton back in the ring, and Orton ends up knocking Cena off the apron right into HHH! That’s a good break for Orton, taking out both men at the same time. Back in the ring Orton takes control briefly, before Cena makes the big comeback. Cena hits the Proto-Plex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He goes for the Attitude Adjustment but HHH breaks it up and throws Cena’s shoulder into the ring post. Orton levels HHH with a clothesline and goes to work on him now. HHH makes a brief comeback but Orton cuts him off with a powerslam. Orton tries an RKO, but HHH avoids it and instead hits a DDT. Both men are down, and Cena is back up now and climbing to the top rope. Cena whiffs on the Cena Slice, and many in the crowd boo him for it. Orton hits Cena with a neckbreaker and Cena rolls to the floor. HHH goes for the Pedigree on Orton but he gets backdropped to the floor instead. They try to get back in the ring and Orton goes for a double DDT, but they reverse it and backdrop him to the floor. Now we’re down to Cena versus HHH for the first time in the match. They slug it out as I remember that these two tore it up at this event last year. They tease finishers until HHH ends that with a spinebuster. HHH follows up with a Pedigree, and makes sure to put his legs as close to the apron as he can so that Orton can pull him to the floor to break up the pin. Orton then whips HHH into the ring steps, and then starts dismantling the Smackdown announce table. HHH goes for the Pedigree on Orton, but Cena breaks it up and dumps Orton into the crowd. Cena then joins HHH on the table, and HHH goes for a Pedigree but Cena reverses it to an STF! Orton breaks that up, and then he and Cena take the battle back inside the ring. He goes for the RKO, but Cena tosses him off. Cena puts Orton on the top turnbuckle but HHH breaks that up, only to get caught by Cena in a catapult, which causes Orton to crotch himself. As soon as HHH turns around Cena traps him in the STF! Orton recovers and goes for the Punt on Cena and misses. Cena gets a rollup for two, and then Orton levels him with a clothesline. Both challengers are down, and Orton commences with the Orton Stomp on both of them. Eventually Orton misses a knee drop, and the challengers pounce on it. Cena hits Orton with a Proto-Plex, but when he goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle HHH pulls the ropes down and he crashes to the floor. HHH then traps Orton in the Sharpshooter?! Cena rejoins the ring and locks on a simultaneous cross face, and Orton taps out! But the referee doesn’t know who to call the winner! Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase run out to attack both challengers, but this is a no-disqualification match. I did not know that. Cena grabs Rhodes in the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton strikes with an RKO to get the pin at 22:21.

I really liked the match, but I think the finish would have been just as effective if Cena had HHH in the Attitude Adjustment and Orton hit the RKO out of that. I’m just getting tired for seeing Legacy interfere all the time. But the crowd was hot and the action was quite good. Usually when someone taps out the match is over and they figure out the winner later, usually hold the title up or something like that, but I guess this referee made a judgment call, or something.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #6: Divas Championship Match – Maryse vs. Mickie James

Maryse has been the champion since 12.26.08, and this is her fourth defense. They engage in a rugged lockup to start, with Mickie playing the aggressor while Maryse tries to avoid her. Mickie gets an O’Connor roll for two. A dropkick to the face keeps things in Mickie’s favor, until she tries a springboard something, and Maryse kicks her right in the dome. Mickie crashes to the floor. Back in the ring Maryse takes control as a few mouth-breathers chant “We Want Puppies.” At least they’re making any noise, that’s more than most of the crowd can say. Maryse works Mickie over, tossing her to the floor, and then tossing her back in the ring. While the referee’s back is turned, Maryse grabs a can of whatever she sprayed in Mickie’s eyes on RAW. Mickie avoids it this time and tries to use it herself, and the crowd does not care. Back in the ring Mickie tries a leap off the top rope but Maryse avoids it and gets a cover for two. They get off track a bit and Mickie looks legit frustrated. Moments later Mickie hits the Jumping DDT to get the pin and become the new Divas Champion at 8:37. That match felt twice as long due to the lack of interest from the crowd. Not that Mickie and Maryse gave them much to be interested in; they just didn’t seem to be clicking tonight.
Rating: *½

MATCH #7: Intercontinental Championship Match – Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler

Mysterio has been the champion since 6.28.09, and this is his second defense. Ziggler is accompanied by his girlfriend Maria. Jim Ross gets on my good side by noting that Don Muraco, Kerry Von Erich, and Jeff Hardy all won their first Intercontinental Titles in Philadelphia. I like little factoids like that. JR keeps it going by stating that 13 Hall of Famers are former Intercontinental Champions. Just for fun – Pedro Morales, Pat Patterson, Don Muraco, Greg Valentine, Tito Santana, Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Eddie Guerrero, Curt Hennig, Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ricky Steamboat., and Kerry Von Erich. Ziggler backs Mysterio into the corner at the start, to show his power advantage. They trade quick pinning combinations, as both men approach each other cautiously. Ziggler keeps Mysterio on the ground while his girlfriend cheers him on. She’s not the only one – a group can be heard chanting for Ziggler as well as Mysterio. Ziggler counters a rana with a buckle bomb for two. The challenger is firmly in control. As Grisham talks about Mysterio being a former World Heavyweight Champion, I realize Mysterio is one of few guys to win the Intercontinental Title after winning a World Title. Triple H and Pedro Morales are the only other two I can think of off the top of my head. Meanwhile Mysterio makes a comeback with some high flying maneuvers, as JR calls his offense “Avant Garde.” Ziggler hits a powerslam out of nowhere for two. Mysterio comes back by knocking Ziggler to the floor and hitting a seated senton off the apron. Back in the ring Ziggler knocks Mysterio off the top rope and puts him on his shoulders. Ziggler drops Mysterio and goes for a Tiger Driver, but Mysterio avoids it and goes for the 619. That doesn’t connect, and Ziggler pitches Mysterio to the floor. Back in the ring Ziggler continues to wear Mysterio down, even using the Full Nelson. Mysterio comes back by rolling through a sunset flip and kicking Ziggler in the head for a two-count. He goes for a leap off the top rope and Ziggler nails him in the chest with a dropkick for a close near-fall. Ziggler charges into the corner and Mysterio moves out of the way, causing Ziggler to crash into the buckles and then the canvas. Mysterio sets Ziggler up top, but Ziggler counters and lands a super gutbuster for a near-fall that the crowd bought. The champion escapes a powerslam attempt, and then hits the 619 and a springboard splash to get the pin at 14:21. Mysterio’s hot streak continues and Ziggler is wrestling like a guy with something to prove. The result was an excellent match that lends itself to a rematch. Ziggler made an excellent showing in his biggest match to date.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: World Heavyweight Championship Match – CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy

Punk has been the champion since 6.7.09, and this is his third defense. The promo Punk cut earlier on was amazing, for the record. I love that JR still supports Punk even though he is a heel. Nothing makes an insufferable know-it-all worse than someone agreeing with said know-it-all. Both men are cautious early on, as Punk tries to connect with some kicks. Punk tries grounding Hardy with a headlock, but Hardy escapes and quickens the pace. That doesn’t last too long as Punk is right back on Hardy with a chinlock. Hardy escapes that and charges at Punk, who sidesteps him and the challenger goes crashing to the floor. Punk goes for a suicide dive, but Hardy moves out of the way, causing Punk to crash head-first into the security barricade. Back in the ring Hardy goes for a cover but only gets two. He hits a neckbreaker and goes up top, so Punk rolls to the floor. Hardy goes to jump on him anyway, but Punk moves and this time it’s Hardy crashing into the barricade. He barely makes it back into the ring before the count of 10. Punk looks incredulous and goes for a quick cover but he can’t keep Hardy down. He unloads with kicks to the back and covers again for two. The champion is firmly in control now, and goes for covers as often as possible. He sets Hardy on the top turnbuckle, but Hardy counters with a gourdbuster off the ropes! Both men get to their feet and exchange strikes. Hardy takes the advantage, knocking Punk around and getting a close near-fall with a dropkick to the face. He goes for Whisper in the Wind, but Punk knocks him down. Punk hits the running knee in the corner but Hardy avoids the bulldog and hits the Whisper in the Wind for two! Hardy hits a bodyslam and goes up top, but Punk avoids the Swanton Bomb. Punk hits Welcome to Chicago Mother Fu***r (don’t see that too often in WWE) and then locks on a Dragon Sleeper. He hits a couple of strikes, and Hardy counters with a Twist of Fate out of nowhere. Hardy goes for the Swanton but Punk gets the knees up and goes for a cover, but Hardy kicks out at two! Punk goes for the springboard clothesline but Hardy avoids it and tries the Twist of Fate, which gets reversed to the Go 2 Sleep! Hardy kicks out at two, so Punk cradles the legs and tries another pin for another two! The third time is not the charm, as Hardy kicks out again. Pinning him the third time would have been a great finish. The frustrated champion goes to the floor to grab his title and he starts walking to the back. Hardy will have none of that, as he chases Punk down the aisle and throws him back in the ring. He hits Punk with the Twist of Fate and this time hits the Swanton Bomb to regain the World Heavyweight Title at 14:57. The finish kind of came out of nowhere a bit, but the work all the way through was solid. They definitely didn’t do as much “stuff” as the guys in the WWE Title match did, so I think the crowd wasn’t as hot as they could have been, but they’re still really into both guys so it came off well in the end.
Rating: ***¼
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA No Surrender 2012 (Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Bully Ray, James Storm) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/17/a2z-analysiz-tna-no-surrender-2012-jeff-hardy-samoa-joe-bully-ray-james-storm-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/17/a2z-analysiz-tna-no-surrender-2012-jeff-hardy-samoa-joe-bully-ray-james-storm-2/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:49 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169887 No Surrender 2012

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – September 9, 2012

MATCH #1: Bound For Glory Series Semifinal – “The Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy

Joe finished in second place with 68 points, and Hardy finished in fourth place with 59 points. They start slowly with a feeling out process, since they just wrestled each other the previous Thursday on IMPACT Wrestling. Hardy executes a headscissors that sends Joe to the floor. He tries to follow him out but Joe catches him and slams him into the ring apron. Joe tries the ring steps but Hardy comes back and slams Joe’s face off the steel. Hardy then jumps off the ring apron to wipe Joe out with a clothesline. Back in the ring Joe fights back with the Big Joe Combo. Joe continues the assault and keeps Hardy on the mat. He hits the snap powerslam for two. Hardy tries to fight up but Joe sends him to the floor and wipes him out with the elbow suicida. Back inside Joe covers for two. Finally Hardy makes a comeback and takes Joe down with a clothesline. Hardy is fired up, unleashing a flurry of offense. He hits the Whisper in the Wind for a near-fall. Hardy charges into the corner and Joe grabs him for the STJoe. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster but Hardy fights it off and hits a tornado Twist of Fate! That was pretty cool. Hardy goes up top but Joe knocks him down. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster but Hardy counters with a sunset flip for two. Hardy locks on the same arm submission he used on Joe on Thursday but Joe escapes into a pin cover, which Hardy reverses to a crucifix to get the pin at 12:34! That was terrific stuff from two of the most unique wrestlers in TNA. Joe dominated with his power and Hardy had to persevere and fight back with his agility and his cunning, and it just happened to work out for him. It’s the kind of finish that helped both guys look good rather than coming off like one of them scored a fluke.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #2: Bound For Glory Series Semifinal – “Cowboy” James Storm vs. Bully Ray

Storm finished first with 73 points and earned the right to pick from the other three opponents who he wanted to face. He picked Bully Ray, who finished third with 62 points because Ray defeated him in a semifinal match at last year’s No Surrender. Ray stalls a lot, just like he did last year. Storm looks confident in the opening minutes while Ray stalls. Every time Ray tries something on Storm, the Cowboy fights back and unloads on his rival. They take the fight to the floor and Storm continues to dominate. Back in the ring Storm tries the Last Call but misses, and Ray kicks his leg out of his leg. Then instead of working the leg, Ray locks on a bearhug. Storm breaks free of that but Ray cuts him off with a big boot for two. Ray continues to beat on Storm, keeping him on the mat. You can’t superkick anyone laying on your back ya know. Ray hits some mounted punches in the corner and Storm counters with a powerbomb for a near-fall. Storm gets rolling now, landing an enziguiri and a high cross body block off the top rope for two. Ray counters with a side suplex for a two-count. Storm gets a crucifix for two, and then hits another enziguiri. He then accidentally bumps the referee. Ray hits the Bubba Bomb, and I love that they never changed the name of that move to the Bully Bomb. A new referee comes in but only gets a two-count. Ray goes up to the second rope and misses a back senton. Storm tries to fight back but knocks out the second referee as well. He revives the first referee and then hits Ray with the Codebreaker, which causes Ray to bump the referee. Storm hits the Last Call but there is no one there to count. Bobby Roode comes out and cracks a beer bottle on Storm’s head and pulls Ray over to make the cover. The ref recovers and makes the count, sending Ray to the finals against Jeff Hardy at 13:53. That was an okay back and forth match, and I do like that Ray has Storm’s number in the BFG Series. I seriously think they blew it with Storm, but at least all the shenanigans in this match helped further the feud with Roode heading into Bound for Glory, so at least it served a clear purpose. That leaves us with Bully Ray versus Jeff Hardy in the finals.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: TNA Knockouts Championship – Miss Tessmacher vs. Tara

Tessmacher has been the Champion since 8.16.12, and this is her first defense. Taryn Terrell is the referee for this Championship match. Tessmacher and Tara are former Knockouts Tag Team Champions, so this is a mentor versus student matchup. They start with some chain wrestling, both Knockouts trying to set the pace. Things get a little awkward and Tessmacher ends up on the floor. Tara invites her back in the ring and then surprises her with a rollup for two. Tessmacher looks irritated but she has no one but herself to blame. She responds with armdrags and an armbar. Things get heated and the pace quickens. The champion is looking good here, but Tara cuts her off. Tara hits the spinning side slam for two. She sets Tessmacher up top and hits a superplex for another two-count. Tara goes for the Widow’s Peak but Tessmacher counters to a sunset flip to get the flash pin at 6:35. That was perfectly adequate but not exciting or memorable in any way.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: TNA X Division Championship – Zema Ion vs. Sonjay Dutt

Ion has been the Champion since 7.8.12, and this is his third defense. They start off quickly, taking it to each other. Dutt scores the first big blow with a clothesline that sends Ion to the floor. Ion snaps Dutt’s neck across the top rope, but Dutt immediately recovers. Dutt hits a headscissors that sends Ion to the floor and follows him out with a baseball slide. He hits another headscissors. Back in the ring Ion catches a leaping Dutt with a gutbuster. Ion goes to work now, slowing the pace and keeping Dutt on the mat, focusing on his injured shoulder. Dutt almost makes a comeback but Ion cuts him off. Moments later Dutt actually does make the comeback with yet another headscissors that sends the Champ to the floor. He unloads with a series of strikes and the crowd is firing up. Dutt takes Ion down with a hurricanrana from the top rope and then lands a standing moonsault for two. A back and forth exchange ends with Ion on the floor and Dutt wipes him out with a moonsault from the second rope. Back in the ring Dutt hits a springboard Superfly Splash for a near-fall. Dutt tries a hurricanrana but Ion catches him in a powerbomb. Ion locks on the Rings of Saturn. That’s a great move given Dutt’s injured shoulder. Dutt reaches the ropes. He pops up and hits the Sonjay Cutter. Dutt goes up top for the Moonstomp but misses and that turns into a series of pinning combination reversals but neither man can get a pin. Ion is able to catch Dutt and hit him with the Gory Bomb to score the pin and retain the title at 11:31. That was solid stuff for the 2012 X Division, but it’s such a far cry from the glory days. These two had pretty good chemistry together but could have used some more juice in their feud.
Rating: ***

MATCH #5: Magnus vs. RVD

They start with some mat wrestling and Magnus takes the advantage. RVD wisely plays to his strengths, coming back with a flurry of kicks that send Magnus to the floor. Out at ringside RVD whips Magnus into the barricade, and then sets him up on it to hit the spin kick off the apron but Magnus moves! That should change the momentum of the match. Back in the ring Magnus covers for two. RVD tries to fight back with kicks but that’s hard to do with an injured leg dummy. Of course RVD does all the usual running and flipping he normally does, never mind the leg injury. Magnus uses a Texas Cloverleaf and RVD reaches the ropes. The wear down continues and Magnus hits a flying elbow from the second rope for a near-fall. RVD fights back with kicks and doesn’t even show so much as a limp. He hits Rolling Thunder for a two-count. Magnus fights back and goes up top but RVD slams him down. RVD tries the stupid somersault monkey flip but Magnus drops him with a clothesline for two. Magnus tries the Cloverleaf again but RVD kicks his way out of it. RVD goes up top and hits the Five-Star Frog Splash to get the pin at 10:07. Magnus REALLY could have used a win there, as RVD was on the fast track to nothing at this point. The match was okay when Magnus was on offense, but RVD just refused to sell the leg at all and that shit annoys me.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: TNA World Tag Team Championship – Christopher Daniels & Kazarian vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles & Kurt Angle

Daniels and Kazarian have been the Champions since 6.28.12, and this is their third defense. Daniels and Angle start the match. Angle takes the first control and immediately starts wearing Daniels down. The challengers work together and keep Daniels reeling in the opening minutes. Even when Kazarian tags in Styles and Angle continue to control the flow. Finally Kazarian is able to catch Styles with a monkey flip. That puts the Champions in control and they are delighted to isolate Styles in their half of the ring. After several minutes Styles is able to slip out of a belly-to-back suplex and make the hot tag. Angle is all over the Champions with strikes and suplexes. Kazarian cuts him off and hits the slingshot DDT. The Champions wear Angle down and keep him away from his partner. Kazarian goes up top and Angle takes him down with a Super release German Suplex. Tags are made and the two long-time rivals Styles and Daniels take it to each other. Styles gets the better of it but can’t yet put Daniels away. Angle tags in and hits a Superfly Splash but it only gets two. The straps come down and Kazarian takes the Angle Slam. Daniels gets one too and Angle covers him for two. Angle puts Daniels in the Ankle Lock and Kazarian breaks it up with an enziguiri. Styles gets the tag and he’s all over both Daniels and Kazarian. He hits Kazarian with the Pele for a two-count. Angle keeps Daniels subdued with an Ankle Lock while Styles hits Kazarian with the springboard 450 Splash. Somehow Kazarian kicks out at two! Kazarian and Styles battle on the top rope and Kazarian hits an ugly Flux Capacitor for a near-fall. The referee loses control. Angle clotheslines Daniels to the floor to leave just two in the ring. The referee checks on Angle, so Daniels throws the Appletini in Styles’ face. Kazarian rolls Styles up for the pin at 19:29. That was the good match from these four you would expect, but what a stupid finish. No wonder no one takes Daniels and Kazarian as a serious threat in any kind of environment.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #7: Bound For Glory Series Final – “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray

They’re really putting on a pay-per-view main event of Bubba Ray Dudley versus Jeff Hardy. Since Hardy was assaulted by the Aces & Eights earlier, he doesn’t come out when his music is played. Instead Hulk Hogan makes his way out. Hogan says they can wait until IMPACT Wrestling in four days, or Bully can take a countout win. Hardy makes his way out and we’re going to have the match tonight with Hardy injured. I would have loved it if TNA just screwed the fans out of a main event (such as it is) and just done the match on free TV instead.

Ray looks a little reluctant to take it to the injured Hardy, but he offers a fist bump and away they go. The match starts slowly, and Ray attacks Hardy’s injury, which is just good strategy. Ray doggedly attacks the left shoulder and the crowd tries to will Hardy back into it. Eventually Hardy is able to come back a little bit and hit the Twist of Stunner. Hardy goes up top and lands the Swanton Bomb but Ray kicks out at two! Ray comes back with the Bubba Bomb for a near-fall. He charges into the corner and hits nothing but feet. Hardy hits the Whisper in the Wind for two. He goes up for another one but misses and lands hard. Ray hits the Bubba Cutter but again only gets a two-count! Hardy hits a proper Twist of Fate and goes up top but misses the Swanton Bomb. Ray hits another Bubba Cutter for another two-count. Hardy avoids a charge in the corner and hits a Twist of Stunner and then the Twist of Fate. He goes up and Ray knocks him down on his nuts. Ray goes up but Hardy knocks him down and hits the Swanton Bomb to get the pin and win the Bound for Glory Series at 12:24. That was dreadfully dull, and maybe only six legitimate moves were used repeatedly throughout the match. I get what they were going for with Hardy, but putting him against Ray just made it a foregone conclusion. Knowing where the story eventually went it makes sense but that doesn’t make this main event immediately more compelling. It was bad.
Rating: *¾
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2008 (Triple H, John Cena) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2008-triple-h-john-cena-4/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2008-triple-h-john-cena-4/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:00:02 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168768 Night of Champions 2008

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American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas – Sunday, June 29, 2008

MATCH #1: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – John Morrison & The Miz vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle

Ross and Foley are on commentary because this is a Smackdown title, even though four ECW wrestlers are fighting for it. Morrison & Miz have been champions since 11.16.07 and this is their ninth defense. Finlay and Morrison start the match. Finlay takes the first advantage with his unorthodox offense. Morrison comes back and dumps Finlay to the floor. He tries to slingshot onto him, but Finlay pulls the ring apron out and Morrison crotches himself on it. That was certainly different. The champions take Finlay down and then bully Hornswoggle around. Finlay comes back to his son’s rescue and uses him as a battering ram to take both champions down. Miz distracts Finlay and allows Morrison to land a big kick to the face and champions take over. Finlay finally recovers and Hornswoggle tags himself in and actually hits a few big moves on Miz before Morrison takes a cheap shot. These guys are awesome. They keep beating on Hornswoggle as the crowd gets behind him. Hornswoggle finally makes the hot tag and Finlay is working over both champions. He even hits a missile dropkick for a near fall! Finlay hits Morrison with the Celtic Cross and tags Hornswoggle in for the Tadpole Splash. Miz comes in and knocks Finlay off the apron, allowing Morrison to slam Hornswoggle off the top rope and get the pin at 8:46. That was actually a really fun match, with Morrison and Miz really acting like jerks but also coming off as clever because they really work well together and they wrestle smart. They wrestle like a team, something WWE has very few of.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: United States Championship Match – Matt Hardy vs. Chavo Guerrero

Hardy has been the champion since 4.27.08, and this is his second defense. They start off with the easy chain wrestling, Hardy grabbing a headlock. He knocks Chavo down and he pops right up and now Chavo goes to the headlock. Hardy comes back and delivers a clothesline in the corner, a body slam, and a fist drop for about a one count. Back up Hardy hits a back body drop, another clothesline in the corner and tries a bulldog but Chavo avoids it and hits a chop block and starts working on the knee. Bam Neely makes sure to interfere a little bit from the outside. Hardy comes back with a bulldog and Chavo kicks out right at one. Chavo goes right back to the leg. He goes up for presumably a Frog Splash but Hardy rolls out of the way and Chavo somersaults to his feet but Hardy counters him with a clothesline. They slug it out and Hardy wins that, all while selling the leg. He drops an elbow for two. He hits the Side Effect for two. Hardy goes to the second rope but hits an elbow instead of a legdrop, which is a nice touch. Chavo throws Matt into the corner but eats a forearm coming in. Hardy goes to the second rope again, but Chavo sweeps his legs and locks on a half Boston Crab. Hardy reaches the ropes. Hardy hits a DDT for two. Hardy motions for the Twist of Fate but Chavo counters it and once again puts on the half Boston Crab. He reaches the ropes again, and then hits an enziguiri. Chavo gets up first and hits the Three Amigos, but Hardy hits the Twist of Fate out of nowhere to get the pin at 9:21.That was a perfectly acceptable and competent match, but this is about as good as Chavo Guerrero gets.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #3: Triple Threat Match for the ECW Championship – Kane vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry

Kane has been the champion since 3.30.08 and this is his second defense. This one starts off as a big brawl with the champion controlling the first minute or so. Kane throws Henry to the floor and then Show goes on offense on Kane for bit. Kane fights back with a DDT for about a one count. Show throws Kane over the ropes and now Show and Henry fight it out in the ring. Show bodyslams Henry. Doctors are checking Kane out at ringside while the two challengers slug it out in the ring. They clothesline each other and Kane makes his way to the top rope and nails Henry with a clothesline and slugs Show into the corner. He runs corner to corner with clotheslines on both men. Henry catches him in a bear hug but Kane escapes it and whips him into a big boot from Show. Kane and Show agree to double chokeslam Henry to take him out, but obviously they won’t let each other go for the cover. They argue now and start throwing bombs at each other. Kane tries the flying clothesline but Show catches him and Chokeslams him but Kane kicks out and then sits up. He grabs Show by the throat but Show blocks it and hits some kind of suplex. Not sure what they were going for there, maybe an Olympic Slam, and it gets two. Show goes up to the top rope but Kane stops him and delivers a huge superplex. That leaves Kane open to a big splash from Henry and he gets the pin and wins the ECW Title at 8:17. That was actually much better than I thought it would be, as they kept it short and easy, and the finish was very cool.
Rating: **½

MATCH #4: World Tag Team Championship Match – Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly vs. Ted DiBiase & ?

Rhodes & Holly have been the champions since 12.10.07, and this is their fourth defense. DiBiase’s music is really some kind of terrible. He comes out to the ring alone. He says his partner just texted him and he needs 10 minutes to get there. The referee says he has to wrestle it now or forfeit. He says they can start the match and his partner will be there.

Rhodes starts the match, but DiBiase says he wants Holly. The veteran obliges, but just as he turns his back, Rhodes spins him around and hits a DDT! DiBiase then introduces Rhodes as his tag team partner! Rhodes tags DiBiase in and he hits the Million Dollar Legsweep to get the pin and win the titles in his debut match at 1:27. It obviously wasn’t much of a match but I do think it was a good angle to get Rhodes and DiBiase together and I really hope they give these guys some room to breathe because they could really get over.
Rating: ¼*

MATCH #5: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match – Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston

Jericho has been the champion since 3.10.08, and this is his fourth defense. Jericho’s opponent was not announced ahead of time, so he had no time to prepare. Jericho was in the midst of his eighth Intercontinental Title reign, and he had just recently turned heel on Shawn Michaels. Lance Cade has accompanied Jericho to ringside. Jericho cuts an anti-HBK promo, since he isn’t in attendance tonight. They start with some chain wrestling, and Jericho tries to intimidate the young Kingston. The challenger comes back with some of his unusual and high-flying offense so Jericho takes a powder. Kingston doesn’t give him a break though, hitting a slingshot dive and throwing Jericho back in the ring. He hits a cross body block off the top rope for two. Kingston tries his punches in the corner but Jericho dumps him to the floor. Jericho follows him outside and rams him into the apron twice. Back in the ring Jericho works on Kingston’s back and acts like a jerk. He puts on the abdominal stretch. Kingston gets out but Jericho is able to thwart all of his offensive attacks. Jericho tries a super back suplex but Kingston reverses the momentum and falls on top for a cover and gets a near fall. Kingston tries his legdrop but Jericho blocks it and tries the Walls of Jericho and Kingston gets a small package for two. Now he hits the double legdrop but only gets two. A rana gets two. Jericho comes back with a clothesline and some kicks. He hits the Lionsault and then puts on the Walls of Jericho. The crowd is going crazy, because Shawn Michaels is in the building! He hits Cade with Sweet Chin Music and gets up on the apron. Jericho knocks him down, but that gives Kingston the chance to hit the Trouble in Paradise and win the title at 11:00. They had some really good stuff in here, but it’s obvious that no matter who Jericho lost the belt to it would be forgotten because of Jericho’s feud with Michaels, which took center stage. Trainers try to take Michaels backstage, but Jericho makes sure to take a shot at his eye before he can make it.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: WWE Women’s Championship Match – Mickie James vs. Katie Lea Burchill

Mickie has been the champion since 4.14.08 and this is her third defense. Katie Lea goes for several quick covers and Mickie is able to kick out. Mickie then uses a go-behind and gets an O’Connor roll for two. Mickie hits a couple of maneuvers and heads to the top rope, so Katie Lea takes a powder. Katie Lea’s brother Paul interferes, but Mickie is soon back in control. Katie Lea then comes back and starts working on the arm. Mickie comes back with some right hands. Mickie comes charging into the corner but Katie Lea goes back to the arm. Mickie makes another comeback but her arm is in pretty bad shape. She goes for the tornado DDT but Katie Lea reverses it to a cross-arm-breaker. Moments later Mickie comes back with the tornado DDT to get the pin and retain the title at 7:11. That was pretty okay for a women’s match, even if all the arm work never really paid off.
Rating: **½

MATCH #7: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Edge vs. Batista

The results of the fan poll says that 30% think Cena will win the title tonight, 32% think Batista, 31% think both, and 7% think neither. Edge has been the champion since 6.1.08, and this is his first defense.

Batista overpowers Edge in the early going, so Edge cowers in the corner. He tries to hide outside but Batista follows him and stays on offense. Everything Edge tries gets countered and Batista sends Edge to the floor again and rolls him back in the ring. Edge takes that opportunity to throw Batista shoulder first into the ring post. Now Edge takes over on offense and works the challenger over, even using the announce table to his advantage. Every time Batista tries an offensive maneuver Edge is able to avoid it, reverse it, or counter it. Batista finally unleashes some offense and lands a big Boss Man Slam for two. Batista hits a Spear and Edge barely kicks out. Batista hits a powerslam and goes for the Batista Bomb but Edge counters to the Impaler DDT for a close two count. Edge misses a Spear and Batista goes to the top only to be hit on the way down by an Edge dropkick. Both men are down and Hawkins, Ryder, and Vickie Guerrero make their way near the ring. Edge misses another Spear and gets hit with a Spinebuster which JR calls the “Batista Bomb.” Vickie grabs the referee at two to break up the pin. Edge charges and Batista avoids him, hurling him into the ring post and onto the floor. Edge pulls the referee outside the ring and knocks him out, so Vickie orders another referee, and it’s Chavo Guerrero. Batista grabs Vickie and press slams her onto La Familia. That gives Edge the chance to blast Batista in the face with the belt and Chavo makes the three count to get the win at 16:48. That was a pretty good match up until all the craziness with Vickie started. Batista is going to RAW beltless.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #8: WWE Championship Match – Triple H vs. John Cena

Triple H has been the champion since 4.27.08, and this is his fourth defense. The champion scores the first knockdown and looks calm and cool, while Cena appears to have some butterflies. HHH hits a hip toss and does a crotch chop. Cena gets up and goes for the headlock, but it doesn’t take long for HHH to break that. Cena counters the Game’s attacks and knocks him down, then gives him a big salute as a receipt for the crotch chop. Cena continues to roll, hitting the fisherman’s suplex for two. Cena hits a shoulderblock but HHH avoids the second one and Cena rolls to the floor. HHH goes to work on Cena’s back, presumably so he can’t execute the FU. They take turns countering each other’s moves and Cena comes out on top. He hits the Proto-Plex and looks for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. HHH kicks him down but Cena is right back on the attack. He hits the leg drop off the top rope to the back of the neck and lands another Proto-Plex and once again goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, and HHH blocks it again and hits a spinebuster. HHH tries the Pedigree but Cena blocks it and throws HHH all the way to the floor and he looked to have landed awkwardly. Cena goes out to the floor and attacks the champion’s leg. HHH does a good job avoiding the STFU. Cena finally gets it on but HHH quickly reaches the ropes. Cena goes for the FU but HHH blocks it and hits the Pedigree. Cena kicks out! Both men are down, and when they get up Cena hits an FU and both men are down again. They get up and trade big right hands. HHH gets the better of it, but soon Cena gets a third Proto-Plex, and finally lands the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He then goes for the FU but HHH grabs the top rope and slides out and tries the Pedigree. Cena gets out of that and puts on the STFU. Cena pulls HHH away from the ropes, but that gives HHH the chance to put on a weird looking version of the Crippler Crossface. Cena lifts HHH into an FU position from there, but HHH elbows his way out and hits the Pedigree to get the pin at 19:37. That was an awesome match with great crowd heat, great hope spots, great false finishes, and a great real finish. I’m excited for the eventual rubber match.
Rating: ****¼
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A2Z Analysiz: TNA No Surrender 2011 (Mr. Anderson, Sting, Kurt Angle) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/a2z-analysiz-tna-no-surrender-2011-mr-anderson-sting-kurt-angle-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/16/a2z-analysiz-tna-no-surrender-2011-mr-anderson-sting-kurt-angle-3/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:05 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169883 no surrender 2011

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Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida – September 11, 2011

MATCH #1: Jesse Sorensen vs. Kid Kash

This is announced as a #1 Contender’s match. They start with some back and forth chain wrestling and both get some near-falls. The crowd cheers for the standoff like it’s ROH circa 2002. Tenay and Tazz talk about how much they love the 225-pound weight limit in the X Division, since it prevents someone like Abyss from coming in and dominating. Way to just bury the entire division, goofs. Kash takes the advantage and tries keeping Sorensen on the mat. Sorensen fights back with plucky babyface offense. Kash tries to cut him off but Sorensen perseveres and hits a swinging neckbreaker for two. Sorensen hits a high cross body block off the top rope for another two-count. He tries to follow up but Kash cuts him off and goes back to work. Kash hits a moonsault for two. Sorensen comes back and hits a, well, I don’t know exactly. It was kind of a reverse suplex but he just sort of dropped him. It didn’t look good, but it still gets the win at 7:54. Sorensen is boring and Kash is Kash. It was okay for an iMPACT! match.
Rating: **

MATCH #2: Bound for Glory Series Match – James Storm (40) vs. Bully Ray (49)

Storm must win by submission in order to have a hope of winning the Series. Ray stalls and jaws with the fans in the early going. In fact Ray stalls for almost four minutes before making the first contact with a cheap shot. Ray gets a little bit of offense in before Storm executes a couple of armdrags and the Cross Armbreaker. That’s good strategy. Ray takes a powder to stall some more. Back in the ring Storm continues the arm work. Storm again puts on the Cross Armbreaker and really wrenches it in. Ray once again goes to the floor and this time Storm follows him out to continue the abuse. Storm goes to get back in the ring and Ray clips him, causing Storm to hit the apron face-first. Ray takes a swig of beer and brings a chair in the ring, and when the referee disposes of the chair Ray spits beer in Storm’s eyes. That was a good move. Storm comes back from out of nowhere and locks on the Cross Armbreaker again. Ray reaches the ropes. Storm switches it up and puts on the Sharpshooter and Ray reaches the ropes again. Ray is in rough shape as Storm viciously attacks the arm, locking on a Fujiwara armbar. Storm gets thrown to the apron so he takes a swig of beer. He tries to spray it in the Ray’s eyes but he ducks and the referee gets it instead. Storm locks on the Cross Armbreaker again and Ray taps out. However the referee disqualified Storm for spitting the beer, so Ray is the winner at 11:45. That took forever to get going, but by design, and they definitely had a story going in the match so it worked well enough. The finish was lame but as a piece of the bigger puzzle that we know now I’m good with it.
Rating: **½

That match leaves Bully Ray in first place with 52 points, Bobby Roode and Gunner tied for second with 42, and James Storm all the way down to fifth with 30 points. Rob Van Dam is in fourth with 35, FYI.

MATCH #3: TNA Women’s Knockout Championship match – Mickie James vs. Winter

Winter is accompanied by Angelina Love. James has been the Champion since 9.1.11, and this is her first defense. Winter tries to grab James off the ropes before the bell rings but James kicks her off and then hits a missile dropkick. Wonder Mickie gets knocked to the floor and she beats up Love too. Winter tries to come to Love’s rescue but she fails. Back in the ring Winter takes a cheap shot as the crowd gets behind the Champion. Of course James fights back immediately and beats up Love some more. Mickie James is the kind of wrestler that constantly fights back and it makes her comebacks mean much less. Anyway, Winter hits a suplex for two. Winter continues the abuse and Love interferes when she can. Winter hits a nice swinging backbreaker, as the back has been her focus. James gets a jackknife cradle from out of nowhere for two. She follows with a neckbreaker and both women take some time to recover. They get up and trade strikes. James wins that battle and then hits a sloppy flapjack. Love distracts James but it doesn’t work and James hits the Mick Kick for two. James locks on a single leg crab for some reason. Winter gets the ropes. Love hands Winter the belt and she misses a shot with it. Referee Earl Hebner gets rid of the belt and James rolls Winter up for a two-count. James goes for the Tornado DDT but Love pulls Winter to the floor, so James follows her out with a Thesz Press. Love continues to get involved so James chases her up the ramp to the back. James gets back to the ring and Love interferes basically right in front of Hebner so he helpfully turns around for no reason. Winter accidentally sprays red mist into Love’s eyes. Luckily Winter had some extra red mist and spits it in James’s eyes to get the pin and regain the title at 8:37. That was the usual Mickie James match. You’ve seen one you’ve seen them all.
Rating: **

MATCH #4: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Mexican America vs. D’Angelo Dinero & Devon

Hernandez & Anarquia have been the Champions since 8.18.11, and this is their first defense. Anarquia and Devon start the match. The challengers take the first control and work over Anarquia, because he sucks. Hernandez gets a tag but the challengers go to work on him too. Anarquia gets more of the same treatment, and Dinero even accosts Rosita for no reason. That’s sexual harassment and she doesn’t have to take it. Hernandez distracts the referee and Sarita interferes to give the champions the advantage. The champs work on Devon for a bit until he catches Hernandez with a Spear, aka the move almost everyone does now. Tags are made and Dinero is a house afire. Dinero hits Anarquia with a high cross body block off the top rope for two when Hernandez breaks it up. Hernandez knocks Devon off the apron. Anarquia hits Dinero with a back suplex and Hernandez follows with a Superfly Splash. The referee has no idea who the legal men are. Rosita and Sarita try to interfere but both get spanked. I love how wrestling crowds cheer for that kind of abuse. Dinero hits Anarquia with the Zack Attack and Devon clobbers Hernandez. The girls continue to interfere, and when Dinero tries to suplex Anarquia back in the ring Sarita grabs Devon’s leg and Anarquia gets the pin at 9:46. The match was painfully average in every way, and that finish needs to be retired by this point.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #5: Samoa Joe vs. Matt Morgan

Morgan goes right after Joe and takes first control but Joe is ready to fight back. Even with that being the case, Morgan dominates the opening minutes. They take it to the floor and Joe fights back, subduing Morgan long enough to wipe him out with the elbow suicida. Back in the ring Morgan is able to hit a cross body off the top rope, which is pretty impressive. Morgan looks for the Carbon Footprint so Joe goes to the floor. Joe pokes Morgan in the eyes and drops his arm across the top rope. Back in the ring Joe hits a running knee strike. Joe dominates now, keeping the sizable Morgan on the mat. You’re not seven feet tall when you’re laying down. Well, you are, but you know what I mean. Morgan slugs back and hits a discus clothesline. He goes for a Chokeslam so Joe thumbs him in the eye. Joe hits an impressive belly-to-belly suplex for two. He goes for the Coquina Clutch but Morgan fights his way out of it. Joe perseveres and takes Morgan down to the mat in the Clutch and Morgan gets his long leg to the bottom rope. An angry Joe argues with the referee and turns around into the Carbon Footprint and Morgan gets the pin at 11:35. That was a decent power match but the finish makes Joe look like a goof.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #6: Bound for Glory Series Match – Bobby Roode vs. Gunner

No offense to Gunner personally, but it’s ridiculous that he’s even in this position right now. Much like earlier, either guy has to win by submission just to tie Bully Ray for the series lead. They start with some basic chain wrestling. Roode goes for a submission so Gunner takes a powder. That doesn’t keep him safe though, as Roode goes to the floor and goes to work on the left arm. Back in the ring Roode continues to work the arm until Gunner caches him with a DDT. Gunner takes control now with his generic heel offense. Roode goes back to the arm but Gunner cuts him off with a clothesline. Gunner locks on a Full Nelson but Roode won’t submit. They slug it out and Roode wins the battle. Roode goes for a Fujiwara Armbar but he can’t complete the hold so he hits a spinebuster instead. The tenacious Roode goes back to the Fujiwara Armbar and Gunner reaches the ropes. Gunner lands a running knee strike and tries the Full Nelson again. Roode counters and puts on the Fujiwara Armbar. He turns it into a Crossface and this time Gunner taps out at 11:58. I like that they had a good plan for the match and Roode stuck to it really well, but Gunner never had any shot at this and thus there was no drama.
Rating: **¼

Eric Bischoff comes out to announce that the Bound for Glory Series winner will be decided tonight, so Roode will face Bully Ray later tonight.

MATCH #7: TNA X Division Championship Match – Brian Kendrick vs. Austin Aries

Kendrick has been the Champion since 7.10.11, and this is his fourth defense. The crowd can’t decide who they like more. Kendrick starts going to work on the arm, just like Roode did in the very last match. They go back and forth with some chain wrestling. Kendrick executes a headscissors, which is very foolish when wrestling Austin Aries. The champ perseveres though and they take the battle to the floor. Kendrick whips Aries into the guardrail a couple of times. Aries comes back by slamming Kendrick’s head into the ring post. Back in the ring Aries covers for two. Aries is in control now, decimating the Champion with strikes. He hits a high elbow drop for two. Aries focuses on the head and neck area, which is smart given that he often uses a Brainbuster to finish. He goes for the “Swinging Pendulum Style Elbow” but misses. Why does everything have to have the word STYLE in it Mike Tenay? I hate you. Kendrick hits a jawbreaker but misses an enziguiri. Aries hurls him neck first into the turnbuckles. He goes for the IED but Kendrick blocks it with a kick. Kendrick kicks Aries to the floor and wipes him out with a suicide dive. Back in the ring Kendrick hits a missile dropkick for two. Kendrick hits a swinging DDT for a two-count. He goes for Sliced Bread #2 and Aries dumps him to the floor. Aries goes for the Heat Seeking Missile but Kendrick moves out of the way and Aries crashes into the guardrail! That looked nasty. Back in the ring they slug it out. What’s the point of doing the previous spot if it’s not going to lead to anything? Aries dumps Kendrick to the floor and goes for a slingshot corkscrew body press and misses it entirely but they sell it like he made contact. Back in the ring Aries hits a back elbow and the IED for a two-count. Kendrick grabs an inside cradle from out of nowhere for two, and then gets a backslide and a schoolboy rollup for near-falls. He goes for an O’Connor Roll but Aries blocks it and drills him with a forearm. Aries hits a draping DDT for two. He goes up top but misses the 450. Kendrick hits an armdrag into the turnbuckles and then a Tiger Suplex for a two-count. He goes for Sliced Bread #2 off the referee. Aries is able to hit a low blow and then the Brainbuster to get the pin and win the X Division Title at 13:23. That win would end up catapulting Austin Aries to amazing heights in TNA. It was a fun match but nothing they did really meant anything, and big moves were forgotten within seconds. I like both of these guys but they were trying to mix the high flying X Division Style with a main event style and it didn’t quite work out as well as I think they wanted.
Rating: ***

MATCH #8: Bound for Glory Series Final – Bully Ray (52) vs. Bobby Roode (52)

The crowd is behind Bobby Roode from the get-go. Once again Ray stalls like mad to start the match. Roode is fired up and when Ray throws chops at him Roode shrugs them off and tells Ray what he thinks of him. Ray gets frustrated and goes out to the floor again to regroup. Back in the ring Ray uses his power but Roode weathers the storm and locks on the Crossface! Ray turns it into a pin to escape. He’s able to hit Roode with a hotshot and then a neckbreaker. A big splash gets a two-count and Ray goes right back to cover two more times for two-counts. Ray continues on offense and Roode continues fighting up, not to be intimidated. Roode goes up and hits a blockbuster for two. Ray comes back with a Rock Bottom for a two-count. He follows up with the Bubba Bomb but Roode kicks out! Ray goes up to the second rope and misses a senton. Roode hits a spinebuster and gets the win at 12:30. Once again, Roode winning was a foregone conclusion, and they couldn’t even find a more compelling finish than a spinebuster from out of nowhere? Weak.
Rating: **

MATCH #9: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match – Kurt Angle vs. Sting vs. Mr. Anderson

Angle has been the Champion since 8.7.11, and this is his third defense. Anderson and Sting are somewhat on the same page in taking the title from Immortal, so they team up on Angle in the opening minutes. They knock Angle to the floor and then they square off with each other. Angle pulls Anderson to the floor and clotheslines him. Back in the ring Angle and Sting do battle now. Sting goes to work on the legs, which is good strategy. Angle throws Sting to the floor and then turns around into a clothesline from Anderson. So it’s going to be that kind of triple threat match, got it. Anderson hits a spinning neckbreaker for two when Sting breaks up the cover. Sting and Anderson go at it until Sting grabs both of them in a simultaneous German Suplex. Anderson gets dumped to the floor and Angle locks Sting in a chinlock. Sting fights out with clotheslines. I should’ve been counting how many clotheslines are thrown in this match. Sting hits the Stinger Splash and a DDT. Anderson breaks up the cover and drills Sting with an enziguiri, which Taz concludes is “channeling Chuck Norris.” I would rather watch TNA with no commentary. Angle hits Anderson with three rolling German Suplexes, and then does the same to Sting. He covers both of them but only gets two-counts. Angle hits Anderson with a super belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count. He goes for the Angle Slam on Sting but Sting slips out and throws Angle to the floor. Sting locks Anderson in the Scorpion Deathlock. Angle comes back in to break it up. He hits Sting with the Angle Slam but only gets two. Angle hits the Angle Slam on Anderson but again only gets a two-count. He puts Sting in the Ankle Lock and Sting rolls Angle out right into the Mic Check by Anderson for a near-fall. Angle rolls to the floor and Sting hits Anderson with the Scorpion Death Drop for two. Then Angle grabs Sting from the floor and throws him into the barricade, where Hulk Hogan is waiting to spray something into Sting’s eyes. Back in the ring Sting grabs the referee because he’s blinded you see, and that gives Angle the chance to hit a low blow and the Angle Slam to get the win at 15:28. Add that to the list of finishes I hate – no matter how “blind” you are, a tiny guy in a shirt does not feel like a big wrestler without a shirt. The match was boring and the finish was dumb. You don’t always have great matches with everyone Kurt.
Rating: *½
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A2Z Analysiz – WWE Vengeance: Night of Champions (John Cena, Mick Foley, Bobby Lashley) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/15/a2z-analysiz-wwe-vengeance-night-of-champions-john-cena-mick-foley-bobby-lashley-3/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/09/15/a2z-analysiz-wwe-vengeance-night-of-champions-john-cena-mick-foley-bobby-lashley-3/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168764 Night of Champions 2007

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Toyota Center – Houston, Texas – Sunday, June 24, 2007

Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler are calling the action for Raw, Michael Cole and JBL for Smackdown, and Joey Styles and Tazz for ECW.

MATCH #1: World Tag Team Championship Match – Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch vs. The Hardys

Matt and Cade start the match. The Hardys take the early control with their finely-honed tag team strategy. They hit Murdoch with the Poetry in Motion, and when Cade tries to interfere illegally he gets clotheslined to the floor, where the champions try to regroup. That works, as back in the ring the champions take control on Matt. Cade and Murdoch focus on Hardy’s left knee. After a few minutes of abuse Matt makes the hot tag to his younger brother. You know, the Hardys are a great team because they both play a good Ricky Morton and a good Robert Gibson. Jeff hits Cade with the Whisper in the Wind for a two-count. He goes up top for the Swanton but Murdoch knocks him down and Cade hits the Sitout side slam spinebuster to get the pin at 8:52. That was another good match in the series of them between these two teams. I wish they would have gone longer.
Rating: ***

MATCH #2: Cruiserweight Championship Match – Chavo Guerrero vs. Jimmy Wang Yang

Guerrero has been the champion since 2.18.07. Yang earned this match by winning a four-way over Daivari, Shannon Moore, and Jamie Noble on the June 15 episode of Smackdown. Cole calls the Cruiserweight Title “prestigious.” Yang takes the early advantage so Guerrero positions the referee in such a way that allows him to claim control. Guerrero throws Yang to the floor and baseball slides him into the guardrail. Back in the ring Guerrero goes up top but Yang kicks him down to the floor! Back in the ring Guerrero once again reclaims control and grounds the challenger. Yang comes back and this a missile dropkick from the second rope, a spinning heel kick in the corner, and a high cross body block off the top rope for two. Guerrero responds with the Three Amigos but after two Yang escapes and hits a spinning heel kick, Yang covers for two, and then goes up top but misses the moonsault. Guerrero tries the Gory Special but Yang rolls through to a sunset flip for two! The crowd bought that one hard, and it would have been a good finish. Yang goes up top but Guerrero knocks him down to the mat. Guerrero then hits the Frog Splash to the back to get the pin at 9:16. That was perfectly adequate.
Rating: **½

MATCH #3: ECW Championship Match – CM Punk vs. Johnny Nitro

The ECW title has been vacant since 6.11.07, when Bobby Lashley was drafted to Raw. This was supposed to be Punk versus Chris Benoit; Nitro was pretty literally a last-minute replacement. The crowd chants “We Want Benoit.” Punk controls most of the early portions of the match until Morrison is able to catch him with a springboard spin kick to the face. Nitro keeps Punk on the ground and focuses on the shoulder. Punk ducks a clothesline and lands an enziguiri. He follows up with a series of strikes and a leg lariat for two. Morrison goes a cradle with his feet on the ropes but referee Scott Armstrong sees it and won’t count. Punk then hits the Pepsi Twist for two. He tries Go 2 Sleep but Nitro fights out of it, only to get trapped in a cradle for two. Punk hits the running knee in the corner and the bulldog. He goes for the springboard clothesline but Morrison avoids it. Punk slides to the apron but Morrison kicks him in the face and hits a modified Moonlight Drive to get the pin at 8:02. For last minute opponents I think they did a solid job, and Nitro was far from amazing at this point.
Rating: **¾

MATCH #4: Intercontinental Championship Match – Santino Marella vs. Umaga

Marella has been the champion since 4.16.07 and this is his third defense. It’s weird to see him not trying to be funny. Marella shows some fire early on but Umaga squashes him like Big Show did to Mankind at WrestleMania XV. Umaga controls the action, keeping Marella on the mat. He slugs away in the corner and doesn’t break on the count of five so referee Marty Elias disqualifies him at 2:34. Boy that sure did nothing for Marella did it? I really like Umaga though, and so does Houston, because when he continues to destroy Marella after the bell the crowd cheers for him.
Rating: *¼

MATCH #5: United States Championship Match – MVP vs. Ric Flair

MVP has been the champion since 5.20.06 and this is his first defense. Flair is a former five-time United States Champion, having won the title in 1977 (Bobo Brazil), 1978 (Mr. Wrestling), 1979 (Ricky Steamboat), 1980 (Jimmy Snuka), and 1996 (Konnan). That’s an impressive list. Both men try to psyche each other out in the early going. MVP is still pretty early in his run and had an interesting character at this point. Flair goes after the leg right away; why waste time? MVP comes back and knocks Flair to the floor. Back in the ring MVP takes control, wearing Flair down on the mat. Flair fights back and goes back to the leg. He locks on the Figure-Four but MVP is able to reach the bottom rope. MVP then delivers a thumb to the eye and then hits the Playmaker to get the win at 8:41. That was pretty much the usual match Flair was having around this time.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – Deuce & Domino vs. Jimmy Snuka & Sgt. Slaughter

I love Cherry. The champions talk trash to Rick Martel and Tony Garea before their opponents can make their way out. I believe this match was an open challenge, and it’s accepted by WWE Hall of Famers Sgt. Slaughter and Superfly Jimmy Snuka (who is of course Deuce’s legit father but they’re keeping that kayfabe for now). Domino starts the match with Snuka, and the challengers take first control. I like Slaughter and Snuka as much as the next guy, but this is just silly. Slaughter locks Domino in the Cobra Clutch, and Domino is able to reach the ropes. Moments later Slaughter goes back to the hold but this time gets backed into the wrong corner and Deuce tags in. They work Slaughter over and Deuce goes for the Superfly Splash (cute) but misses and the real Superfly gets the lukewarm tag. Snuka unleashes some slow offense and then goes up for a cross body block but Deuce rolls through to get the pin at 6:31. That was just not good. The champs beat on their opponents after the bell, but Martel and Garea make the save to a sizable pop. I’m a big Rick Martel mark, by the way.
Rating: *

MATCH #7: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Edge vs. Batista

Edge has been the champion since 5.11.07, and this is his third defense. If the champion successfully retains the title tonight, Batista will not get another shot as long as Edge holds the title. Eight-time NWA World Champion Harley Race is at ringside. I actually miss JBL on commentary. Batista overpowers Edge to start. He wears the champion down and goes after the arm. A big side suplex gets a near-fall. Batista charges at Edge, who ducks and sends Batista crashing to the floor. Edge tries jumping off the apron, but Batista catches him and slams his back into the apron. He tries to run Edge into the ring post, but Edge slips out and throws Batista into the post head first. Batista gets back to the ring apron, but Edge grabs him and rams his shoulder into the ring post, and Batista crashes to the floor again. A baseball slide sends Batista crashing into the barricade. Back in the ring and Edge continues working over the arm. Batista briefly fires up but misses a charge in the corner and rams his own shoulder into the post. Edge keeps Batista on the mat, and even withstands a Samoan Drop attempt and keeps working on the arm. Batista forearms his way out of the hold and runs Edge back into the turnbuckle. The Champion hits a charging Batista with a boot to the face. Edge runs at Batista and gets leveled with a clothesline, and both men are down. They get back to their feet and Batista has caught his second wind. He hits a Boss Man Slam for two. Edge comes back with an Impaler DDT for two. The Champ tries to use his belt as a weapon but the referee stops him. The momentary distraction allows Batista to get a quick rollup for two. Edge comes back with a rollup of his own for two. Batista tries a powerslam but Edge counters to the Edge-O-Matic and both men are down. Edge sets up for the Spear but Batista hits one instead. He goes for the Batista Bomb but Edge hits a blatant low blow to get himself disqualified at 12:46.

Smackdown General Manager Theodore Long isn’t happy with that, so he comes out and orders Edge to get back to the ring and waives the DQ rule. The bell re-rings and Edge is taking out his frustration on the challenger. He hits a Spear but Batista kicks out at two! Edge goes outside and grabs a chair, but then remembers that he can’t get himself DQ’d and save the title. Batista gets a small package for two, and then goes for the Batista Bomb. Edge slips out and gets clotheslined to the floor. Batista follows him out but winds up getting thrown into the steel steps. Edge tries a Spear but gets kicked in the face and then Batista hits a Batista Bomb on the floor. Batista knows he has to pin Edge in the ring, so he shoves the champion in first, but can’t beat the 10-count himself and Edge wins at 2:05 (total match time 14:51). I have to admit, that’s a pretty clever finish. I’m not always the biggest fan of re-starts, but this one worked. The match was probably the best these two ever had, it especially got hot when Batista started making his comeback. As a side note, Batista got his next title shot less than a month later at The Great American Bash, and would win the title two months after that. So don’t feel too bad for him here.
Rating: ***½

MATCH #8: Women’s Championship Match – Melina vs. Candice

Melina has been the champion since 4.24.07 and this is her second defense. Candice shows good fire early on but Melina weathers the storm and kicks her to the floor. The champion dominates now as Candice looks nervous and a little lost. Even so, Candice is able to get a little bit of offense in a flurry, but Melina cuts her right back off. Candice then hits a spinning heel kick out of nowhere to get the pin and win the title at 4:21. Well, at least they kept it short. The crowd actually pops nice considering how quiet they were throughout the match.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #9: WWE Championship Match – John Cena vs. King Booker vs. Randy Orton vs. Mick Foley vs. Bobby Lashley

Cena has been the champion since 9.17.06 and this is his eleventh defense. This one is a free-for-all, and there are no countouts or disqualifications so the action is coming fast and furious from all over the place. Everyone except Lashley gets knocked to the floor and Lashley follows them out with a no-hands dive to wipe everyone out. Back in the ring Lashley and Booker square off. The big confrontation they’re building to at this point is quite obviously Cena versus Lashley. They battle on the floor where Orton and Foley rejoin the fray. Lashley preps the announce table for someone to go through, but ironically he ends up going through it himself, via a John Cena F-U. Booker and Cena take the match back to the ring and Orton soon joins them. Orton nails Cena with an RKO from out of nowhere and Foley has to break up the pin. Foley hits the running knee in the corner and a Double-Arm DDT on Orton, and then pulls out Mr. Socko. Booker breaks that up with a superkick. Orton and Booker then clothesline each other and everyone is down. Foley throws Socko into the crowd and grabs a steel chair instead! He blasts Lashley and Booker with the chair (#racist), and then hits Cena. The action continues at a frenetic pace and Cena is able to trap Foley alone in the ring and hits the F-U to get the pin at 10:08. The fast pace made this lots of fun to watch, as did everyone picking on Lashley.
Rating: ***¼
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Universal Studios – Orlando, FL – September 5, 2010

Mike Tenay and Taz are on commentary.

MATCH #1: TNA World Tag Team Championship Match – Motor City Machine Guns vs. Generation Me

The Guns have been champions since 7.11.10 and this is their second defense. They were supposed to be defending against London Brawling (Desmond Wolfe and Magnus), but something weird that I don’t remember prevented them from making this show, so Generation Me gets the nod instead.

Alex Shelley and Jeremy Buck start the match for their respective teams. They engage in some chain wrestling, which Shelley excels at. Jeremy quickly tags out to Max, and Shelley takes him to the mat as well. Sabin tags in and they wrestle to a standoff and then get right in each other’s faces. Tags are made and Shelley and Jeremy go toe to toe again. Gen Me goes to work on the arm and isolate Shelley in their corner. The Guns come right back with some rapid fire double team tactics and submission holds. Jeremy creatively comes back and tags his brother. They work on Sabin briefly and then Shelley makes a blind tag and comes in off the top rope with a thrust kick on Max for two. Shelly then traps himself in Gen Me’s corner, and that ends badly for him. Gen Me works Shelley over, wearing him down in their half of the ring. After a few minutes Sabin gets the hot tag and he’s a house afire. Sabin hits a nasty springboard DDT on Max and Jeremy breaks up the cover. Shelley seems to have fully recovered, as he throws Jeremy to the floor and hits a sweet suicide dive. Sabin and Max are trading hands, and Max counters another DDT attempt by forcing Sabin back into his corner. Jeremy hits a unique Sliced Bread #2 but Shelley breaks up the pin. Gen Me then goes right back to work on the weakened Shelley. They try More Bang for Your Buck but Shelley avoids it. Superkicks start flying everywhere and the Guns win that battle. The Guns then hit the Skull & Bones on Jeremy to get the pin at 12:17. That was a hot opener with some great tag team action. There was no real story to it but it was really fun.
Rating: ***¾

MATCH #2: TNA X Division Championship Match – Douglas Williams vs. Sabu

Williams has been the champion since 5.16.10 and this is his third defense. Sabu actually scores the first takedown, and seems willing to engage Williams in a mat wrestling contest. He takes Williams down again and hits a slingshot somersault legdrop. He locks on a Camel Clutch and Williams inches toward the ropes and takes a powder. That doesn’t go well, as Sabu hits a dive over the ropes and then sets up a table. That gives Williams the chance to recover and avoid the table. Back in the ring Williams hits a European Uppercut off the second rope. Why can’t Tenay just call it a “European Uppercut,” why does he have to say “European Style Uppercut?” Williams hits a running knee to the chest in the corner and then goes up top. Sabu knocks him down and goes for the super springing rana but they blow it. The crowd chants “Sabu” anyway. That’s kind of them. Sabu brings a chair in the ring but capitulates to referee Earl Hebner’s demands not to use it. He then uses the chair to spring off for a moonsault (off the second rope, which looked weird) and it gets two. Williams trips Sabu up, causing his face to hit the chair. Hebner finally gets rid of it. Williams blatantly kicks Sabu in the balls but for some reason doesn’t get disqualified. He hits a clothesline for two. A knee drop gets another near-fall. Sabu fights back with a springboard DDT, which Tenay calls “a variation of a DDT.” I like to pick apart his commentary. Sabu gets two and then follows up with a springboard back elbow for another two. He grabs the steel chair again and hits the solo Poetry in Motion. The idiot referee can’t get rid of the chair and Sabu sets it up again, only this time Williams dropkicks it right back into Sabu’s groin. Williams hits a gutwrench suplex for two. Sabu fights back with a clothesline so Williams takes another powder. He sets up the chair again and Hebner tries (but not too hard) to stop him, and Sabu can’t complete the triple jump, so he settles for a house show dive. Sabu sets Williams up on the table and tries another dive but Williams avoids it and Sabu crashes through the table. Back in the ring Williams tries to use the chair but Hebner stops him, and when Hebner’s back is turned, Williams cracks Sabu in the face with the belt to get the pin at 11:12. That was a clash of styles that didn’t really work, and Sabu blew a handful of spots, which never helps. I do love seeing Williams get a push though.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Knockouts Grudge Match – Madison Rayne vs. Velvet Sky

Rayne is accompanied by Tara, and Sky by Knockouts Champion Angelina Love. Tara distracts Sky right away and Rayne takes the first advantage. Sky fights right back but Rayne shoves her down and slugs away. Rayne locks on a Camel Clutch and Sky escapes by flipping over and kneeing Rayne in the crotch. Sky slaps Rayne across the face, and Tara gets up to distract the referee so he can’t immediately make the count on Sky rollup and she only gets two. Rayne reclaims control and executes the Skull F*cker for a two-count. Sky comes back by dropping Rayne out of the corner right on her face. Both women rise to their feet and Sky hits a series of clotheslines and a back elbow. Sky hits a Spear and slams Rayne’s head into the canvas multiple times. She follows up with a bulldog for two. Rayne kicks Sky to the floor and Tara goes to attack her with the motorcycle helmet. Love luckily prevents that from happening. Rayne goes for the Zack Attack but Sky reverses it to a DDT for the win at 4:43. That was acceptable but not particularly engaging.
Rating: *½

MATCH #4: Falls Count Anywhere – Abyss vs. Rhino

The fight starts in the aisle, and Rhino throws Abyss into the guardrail a couple of times. They take it into the ring and Rhino introduces a bunch of weapons into the fight. Rhino sets up a trash can in between the top and middle rope. Meanwhile Abyss is trying to catch his breath outside the ring and Rhino flattens him with a house show dive. They start fighting through the crowd and a camera man gets knocked down. Now they’re backstage, a TNA staple. They walk around and throw each other into stuff. Abyss takes control and brings Rhino back into the Impact Zone. Back in the ring Rhino blocks a hiptoss with a clothesline. Rhino then tries to whip Abyss into the garbage can but it gets reversed and he crashes into the trash can he set up earlier. They go back to the floor and Abyss whips Rhino into the guardrail for a two-count. Rhino comes back by hurling Abyss through a piece of the stage. They fight under there and the camera man has trouble following them and we lose sight of the wrestlers. After some dead air they come bursting out of the other side of the stage, and Abyss once again covers for two. Back around ringside Abyss grabs a guardrail and sets it up in the corner of the ring. Rhino fights back with a clothesline and then cracks a cookie sheet on Abyss’s head three times. He hits a belly-to-belly suplex and signals for the Gore. Abyss catches him by the throat and hits a chokeslam on a trash can but Rhino kicks out at two. He goes to the floor and grabs Janice. The idiot referee tries to talk him out of using it as if this isn’t a no-disqualification match. That gives Rhino the chance to hit a Gore but Abyss kicks out. Moments later Rhino runs right into a Black Hole Slam but it only gets two. Why does every match in TNA need to have multiple finisher kick outs? Tenay says you don’t see that very often but he lies. Abyss sets up for a powerbomb into the guardrail setup in the corner but Rhino escapes and hits another clothesline. Rhino goes for another Gore but Abyss sidesteps it and Rhino goes crashing into the guardrail. Abyss then hits the Black Hole Slam to get the pin at 12:39. That was okay, but I feel like they’ve had this exact match multiple times over the years.
Rating: *¾

MATCH #5: Kevin Nash & Sting vs. Jeff Jarrett & Samoa Joe

Sting and Joe start the match for their teams. Nash illegally interferes about 10 seconds in, but Joe dispatches him and then drills Sting with a running back elbow in the corner and an enziguiri. Jarrett tags in and hits Sting with a clothesline. Nash takes a cheap shot from the apron and Sting takes Jarrett down with a clothesline. Now Nash is in the ring legally and he starts slowly working on Jarrett, wearing him down. Nash hits a side suplex for two. The t-shirt wearing Sting comes back in and continues the beating on Jarrett. Sting hits a Stinger Splash and then goes for a Vader Bomb but Jarrett gets his knees up. Jarrett is able to make a tag but Nash distracts the referee so it won’t count. Finally Jarrett makes the tag for real and Joe is on fire for the lukewarm crowd. Joe is all over both guys. He knocks Nash off the apron and follows him out with an elbow suicida. That leaves Sting and Jarrett in the ring. Jarrett grabs the baseball bat and uses it to counter the Stinger Splash, and then jams it into Sting’s throat. Joe gets back in the ring and locks Sting in the Choke and Sting is out at 6:13. That was surprisingly short but that worked to the match’s advantage, as I don’t want to see Sting and Nash go much longer than that.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #6: I Quit Match – AJ Styles vs. Tommy Dreamer

Styles is the current TNA TV Champion, but the title is not on the line here. The match starts up in the aisle, and as they make it toward the ring Dreamer is able to snap Styles’ arm off the top rope. Dreamer tries an early Texas Cloverleaf but Styles kicks out of it. Styles charges but Dreamer backdrops him all the way to the floor. They trade shots back and forth for a bit, and then roll back in the ring. Dreamer locks on the Sugar Hold but Styles won’t quit. Styles fights back and uses a fishhook, which wouldn’t be legal in a normal match. Dreamer comes back and throws Styles’ shoulder into the ring post and goes for a submission, but Styles wisely rolls to the floor. He follows Styles out and hits a running clothesline off the apron. They take it over by the entrance ramp and Styles reverses a suplex, causing Dreamer to land back first on the ramp. Styles goes for a Figure-Four Leglock but Dreamer grabs a light off the set and bashes Styles with it. Dreamer then wraps a cable around Styles’ throat and mouth. Styles gets out of that and tries a Styles Clash on the unprotected floor but Dreamer avoids it; Styles then tries to charge but Dreamer moves out of the way and Styles rams his already injured shoulder into the post. Dreamer hits a shoulderbreaker and then throws Styles and a chair into the ring. He wraps the chair around Styles’ arm and then legdrops it. He then locks on a key lock around the chair and Styles pokes him in the eye to get out of the hold. Styles grabs a fork but Dreamer blocks it and hits a flying armbar (according to Taz anyway) and then tries a Crossface but Styles rolls to the floor.

Dreamer tries to use the guardrail to coax a submission but no such luck. Styles then drops Dreamer nuts-first on the guardrail, because Dreamer apparently loves to do that spot. Now Styles is firmly in control, working on Dreamer’s leg. Styles locks on the Ring Post Figure-Four but Dreamer won’t quit. Back in the ring Styles uses the chair to further weaken the knee, and then puts on the Figure-Four Leglock. Dreamer turns it over, and Styles gets out of it and slams Dreamer’s head into the chair. Styles then sets Dreamer’s face on the chair and goes for a dropkick but Dreamer moves out of the way and that traps Styles’ leg in the chair! Dreamer uses the chair to use advantage and then grabs the fork. Luckily for Styles he avoids it and hits the Pele. Dreamer rolls to the floor, and when Styles goes for a dive Dreamer whacks him with a Kendo Stick. Back in the ring Dreamer uses the Stick to further inflict damage, and then takes his t-shirt off to reveal a singlet. Tenay tells me I have to love the new ring attire, but I really don’t. Dreamer then locks on a Kendo Stick-assisted Crossface, and the stick breaks across Styles’ face. Styles pulls out another fork and gets Dreamer in the eye. He hits a dropkick and then attacks the eyeball with the fork. That’s enough and Dreamer says “I Quit” at 16:27. For what I expected this was actually really solid, and the fork to the eyeball is a sick finish.
Rating: ***

MATCH #7: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Hardy

Angle beat Douglas Williams and Hardy beat Rob Terry to get here. Dixie Carter is shown in the crowd looking like the concerned mark that she is. Angle and Hardy start off slowly and take it to the mat, which is Angle’s forte. Hardy fights back and tries to quicken the pace. He gets a couple of moves in before Angle absolutely flattens him with a hard powerbomb. For some reason Angle just sits there not covering Hardy, even though he appears to be out for much longer than three seconds. Instead, Angle locks on a headlock and keeps Hardy on the ground. Moments later Hardy fights back with some fast paced offense and someone somewhere is cursing because they have to bleep out a bunch of stuff. Angle responds with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. He locks on a chinlock and Hardy fights out with a chinbreaker and the Twist of Fate. Hardy just hit one of his finishers and the crowd didn’t pop and the idiot commentators didn’t even call it. He goes up top but Angle pops up and hits the super belly-to-belly for another two. Instead of putting over the move, Taz puts over the production crew for the shot they got of it. I hate you Taz. Hardy fights back and hits the Twist of Fate again and goes for the Swanton, but Angle rolls out of the way. Angle hits the Angle Slam, and even with stacking him up he couldn’t get the three-count. The straps come down but Hardy kicks off the Ankle Lock so Angle hits the three rolling Germans instead. Hardy kicks out at two. Angle goes up for a Moonsault but Hardy avoids that and hits the Whisper in the Wind for two.

They roll to the floor and Hardy hits the Twist of Fate. Hardy then hits the Swanton Bomb from the top rope to the floor! I think that’s what dislocated Angle’s rib. Both men struggle to get back in the ring and trade weak punches as they try to recover. Hardy tries the Twist of Fate but Angle counters with another German suplex. Angle goes up top and hits a Frog Splash but Hardy kicks out at two. Hardy recovers and hits a back body drop and another Twist of Fate for two. He immediately follows up with a legdrop and goes up top for the Swanton but Angle kicks out at two! He goes right back up and hits yet another Swanton but it still isn’t enough. The third time is not the charm, as Angle gets his knees up. Angle hits an Angle Slam and Hardy kicks out at two. He locks in the Ankle Lock but Hardy uses momentum to kick Angle to the floor. Hardy brings Angle right back into the ring and Angle traps him in another Ankle Lock and won’t let go. After some time in the hold Hardy kicks Angle away, but even tenacious, Angle hits a clothesline for two. Angle goes right back to the Ankle Lock and keeps it cinched on for a ridiculously long time. Hardy briefly reaches the ropes but Angle pulls him off and adds a grapevine to the hold. After about three minutes in the hold, the time limit expires at 20:00 and the crowd is pissed. Why was there only a 20 minute time limit?

Eric Bischoff comes out and announces that they are going to add another five minutes on the clock. Why not just make it sudden death? Angle viciously attacks the ankle until Hardy is able to kick him to the floor. Hardy kicks him into the guardrail and then brings Angle back in the ring. He goes up top but it takes him too long because of his ankle and Angle knocks him down. Angle hits a super Angle Slam but it only gets two. He charges at Hardy and gets backdropped to the floor. The clock is once again winding down as Angle barely avoids getting counted out. Back in the ring Angle gets an O’Connor Roll for two. Both men get up and clothesline each other. Angle is able to roll over for a cover but Hardy kicks out, and then the time limit expires again at 5:00. Bischoff announces that once again they are adding five more minutes. Seriously, just do Sudden Death.

Both men are looking exhausted but Hardy is definitely worse for wear. Angle drives a couple shoulders into Hardy’s midsection, and then goes for a charge but Hardy moves and Angle crashes into the ring post. Hardy now attacks the shoulder, ramming Angle into the ring steps and then slamming his face into them. That last move has busted Angle open. Back in the ring Hardy locks on a Boston Crab and Angle appears ready to pass out. Miraculously Angle reverses the Boston Crab and locks on the Ankle Lock. Hardy doesn’t give up so once again time runs out at 5:00.

Bischoff and the referee and that red-headed mark who always interjects herself into the storylines are trying to decide what to do as the trainers clean Angle’s bloody wound. Bischoff announces that the doctors have decided that Angle should not continue, so the match is officially a draw at 30:00. That was a pretty extreme example of the Kurt Angle “just hit a million finishers with no rhyme or reason,” but that style works in front of the iMPACT Zone so at least the crowd was hot and that made it fun. I think these two could have an amazing match if they told a story rather than kicking out of each other’s finishers for half an hour, but that’s what Angle does.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #8: Semi-Finals in the TNA World Title Tournament – Mr. Anderson vs. The Pope

So, this is the main event eh? They lock up intensely and Anderson issues a clean break. The story of this match is mostly that Pope thinks everyone is crazy for trusting Anderson as a babyface. But Pope is still a babyface, so it’s all muddled, as usual. Both men try to one up each other on the mat, which eventually devolves into a slugging contest. Anderson wins that battle and stomps Pope down in the corner. Pope comes back and starts working on the arm. Anderson fights back and hits the spinning enziguiri for two. Taz makes jokes and I’m bored too. Pope misses a flying charge and lands on his shoulder. I can’t believe they chose this for the main event. What does anyone see in either of these two? Anderson continues to control the match but can’t put Pope away. After a few minutes Pope fires up with a flurry of offense, including the Coronation. Pope goes up top but Anderson cuts him off and goes for a superplex. Unfortunately for Anderson, Pope blocks it and Anderson falls nuts-first on the top rope. Pope then hits an ugly dive to the floor. Back in the ring Pope gets a two-count. They trade finisher attempts and Anderson strikes first with the Finlay Roll for two. Pope comes back with the Codebreaker but Anderson kicks out at two. How could Anderson kick out when Pope Stacked Him Up?!? A reversal sequence ends with Anderson hitting the Mic Check but Pope kicks out. Pope fights back with punches in the corner, which somehow equates to Anderson being Stacked Up in the corner. He goes for the DDE but Anderson moves out of the way and hits another Mic Check to get the win at 17:22. That was brutally boring and a horrible choice for a pay-per-view main event. It’s like they’re obsessed with showing that WWE misused guys like this, but in this case I think that worked against them because neither of these guys are very good at all.
Rating: **
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