ECW Champion Kane & Big Show def. Mark Henry & Montel Vontavious Porter Finlay & Hornswoggle def. Hawkins & Ryder World Heavyweight Champion Edge def. United States Champion Matt Hardy Natalya, Victoria & Maryse def. Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly & Cherry Vladimir Kozlov def. Domino Batista vs. Umaga (No Contest)
HOUSTON – SmackDown hit the stage with a new look – and a new sound – after the 2008 WWE Draft sent the likes of WWE Champion Triple H and Hall of Fame commentator Jim Ross to the blue brand. Still, the night featured a familiar sight: Batista hoisting the World Heavyweight Championship in front of the WWE Universe.
Arguably the Draft pick who made the most waves on Monday’s edition of Raw, Triple H kicked off the evening with a formal introduction. It didn’t take long for World Heavyweight Champion Edge to stir up some trouble, perhaps already playing mind games with The Game. It took even less time for Batista to rush to ringside and spear the title holder after The King of Kings cast him from the squared circle. The Animal grabbed Edge’s gold and raised it alongside SmackDown’s newest Superstar.
That image would be similar after the main event match between Batista and Umaga. The contest wouldn’t reach a conclusion before Edge, Chavo Guerrero, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder all joined in to tame the Animal.
Triple H returned Batista’s favor from earlier that night, climbing into the ring and knocking the Samoan Bulldozer from the top of the turnbuckle for an earth-shattering fall. Between The Game and Batista, the squared circle was cleared out in a matter of seconds, leaving the WWE Champion and the hopeful World Heavyweight Champion to celebrate.
Edge’s night wasn’t completely unsuccessful, however. The Ultimate Opportunist took on new ECW Superstar United States Champion Matt Hardy in a non-title Champion vs. Champion bout. Making good on his nickname, Edge seized the opportunity when Hardy was distracted. The United States Champion was left immobile after a devastating spear, allowing Hardy only to wait for the inevitable pin.
Hawkins & Ryder were also involved earlier in the evening. The duo took on the father-son pair of Finlay & Hornswoggle. The Irishmen proved to be too much for the Rated-R enthusiasts, as Hornswoggle capitalized and pinned Hawkins for the win. WWE Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison came to ringside, but it wasn’t to congratulate the pair on their win. The two tag teams will go to battle at Night of Champions, Finlay & Hornswoggle hoping to find gold at the end of the rainbow and Miz & Morrison hoping to protect theirs.
The WWE Universe got another Night of Champions preview when ECW Champion Kane & Big Show faced Mark Henry & Montel Vontavious Porter in tag team action. The three giants involved are all set to fight for the ECW Title in a Triple Threat Match at the pay-per-view, but it’s not hard to tell they are chomping at the bit. At the conclusion of the contest, MVP tried walking back to the locker room after struggling in the ring. Henry wouldn’t have any of it, though, and he took his partner and tossed him back into the squared circle. The Ballin’ Superstar became the victim of a vicious chokeslam and a pin, courtesy of the Big Red Machine.
Six other competitors wanting a title taste fought it out on Friday night, as well. Maryse, Victoria & Natalya shined against Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly & Cherry. SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero has yet to make a decision about who will take on Natalya in the first ever Diva Championship Match. If Friday served as advantageous for anyone, Maryse offered up a fine performance on her way to pinning Cherry to earn her team the victory.
Rounding out the night, Vladimir Kozlov continued his dominating career, making an example of Domino in one-on-one action.
Make sure to catch Sunday’s action to find out if Batista will soon hold the World Heavyweight Champion. Watch Night of Champions, Sunday at 8/7 CT, only on pay-per-view.
Rey Mysterio was not happy about his move over to RAW, reports prowrestling.NET. According to their sources, Rey really liked the fact that the SmackDown! brand had more of a Latino demographic. The company also didn't inform him of which brand he was headed to ahead of time and like many of the guys who were drafted, he leaves behind many friends.
Although he should be happy about his move to Raw, prowrestling.NET reports that Batista may not have known about his move to Raw either, like many thought he might.
Triple H appears to be the only person who was told in advance about his move.
Rey Mysterio says he expects to return to the ring the first or second week in July. In a video interview with the Mirror in the U.K. published this week, Rey said he's recovered faster than expected from major bicep surgery, but he wants to feel comfortable with his condition before returning to the ring. "It seems like my recovery has been really good," Rey said, "even better than expected; an incredible recovery."
TNA WRESTLING "IMPACT!" RESULTS FOR JUNE 26, 2008 By Charles Rice
“The Phenomenal” AJ Styles and TNA high-flyer Consequences Creed started the night off in exciting fashion. In a match that pitted the two former training buddies against each other, there were tons of high flying moves and counters on one another. In the end it was Styles who picked up the victory after he hit the Styles Clash on Creed.
AJ’s night was far from over though. Just after his match ended, Jeremy Borash came down and informed Styles that Kurt was in the parking lot waiting for Karen’s arrival. With that, Styles took off running for the parking lot. After a commercial break cameras caught up with the “Phenomenal one” in the parking lot as Kurt was being held back by security from AJ and Karen. AJ then demanded that Karen stay in the locker room with him because he didn’t want Kurt to get her.
Back in the iMPACT! Zone it was time for one of the night’s featured contests. Brother Ray was taking on “The Instant Classic” Christian Cage. Before the match even began, Brother Ray said that he and Brother Devon had taken out Rhino and tonight they would do the same to Cage, promising he was going to do something that had never been done in wrestling before.
At the beginning of the match it looked like Cage was out to make Brother Ray eat his words. It was all Cage from the get go. That is until Team 3D’s sidekick Johnny Devine came out welding a kendo stick. Still, Cage was able to knock Devine out of the ring and avoid certain damage. However, this was just the distraction Brother Ray needed. Grabbing the kendo stick, he cracked it over the back of Cage causing him to go down. The match was called a disqualification but that didn’t stop Brother Ray who was just getting started. Signaling to the back, he called out Brother Devon and he came out with a glass table. In one of the more gruesome scenes in wrestling history, Brother Ray with the help of Devon and Devine, power bombed Cage through the glass table. With glass shattered everywhere and Cage laid out, it looked as if Brother Ray had made good on his promise.
In the back, Borash was interviewing Nash on his big match with Booker T for later in the night. The interview didn’t get very far before it was interrupted by TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Samoa Joe. Once again the champ and Nash exchange words. As the tension continued to rise between them Nash promised that he would show Joe that it is a mental game and not a physical one tonight.
It was time for Awesome Kong to continue to her open challenge to the fans. In a quick showing she made this week’s fan, Danielle, look like a rag doll as she tossed her around the ring. However, Kong was not done. Last week’s opponent Taylor had come back and she was looking for more of Kong. Climbing over the rail and into the ring, the two had to be separated by security. After which Taylor begged TNA management, Jim Cornette for a match against Raisha Saeed. Saying, if she beat Saeed she would get another chance at Kong. The ball was squarely placed in Cornette’s corner and it will be interesting to see what he decides to do.
It was time for the next match in the World X Cup tournament. However, before the teams could be introduced, out came mixed martial arts fighter and TNA analyst, Frank Trigg. He went in the ring and called out AJ Styles after having been jumped from behind by him last week. In the back, Karen is telling AJ just to ignore it. AJ a man of pride would do no such thing and made his way out to the ring. Unfortunately for Karen it had all been a set up organized by Kurt. Once AJ had made his way to the ring, Trigg began climbing out of the ropes and smiling. Suddenly, cameras tuned into AJ’s locker room where Kurt and the Beautiful People were attacking Karen. Angelina Love and Velvet Sky shoved Karen down and gave her the brown bag special. All this was going on while Kurt was yelling at Karen for what she has done.
Now it really was time for the World X Cup match between Team Japan and Team Mexico. In a match that had everything from strength, to speed, to high flying moves, it was Team Mexico that picked up the win. They were now tied with Team TNA as all teams would head into singles action next week on iMPACT!
In the back, Lauren was interviewing “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal and So Cal Val. Jay was talking about how hard on him this was because Sonjay Dutt had been his best friend. To make matters worse, Val dropped a huge bomb on him saying after all that had happened she needed more time and wasn’t ready to get married yet. This news came as a huge shock to Lethal.
In the ring “The Guru” Sonjay Dutt and his guruites had come out. Dutt got the crowd to start a set Val free chant. This is because he claimed that Jay was holding Val down and that she really loved him, the Guru. Before he could finish, Val had come out and was yelling at him about ruining her wedding. No sooner had this begun, than Lethal also came running down and began attacking Dutt. Once again Dutt escaped. Sooner or later Jay is going to get his hands on Dutt and when he does, it probablly won’t be pretty.
In the back Booker T was showing off his lavish new locker room to Jeremey Borash. He then goes on to tell JB that it is because of him, Booker T, that TNA is as great as it is. He also promises to show Nash why he is better than him tonight.
In the back Tomko and Kurt are talking when Team 3D strolls up. Brother Ray proceeds to tell Kurt that he is an Olympic gold medalist and that he should be eating filet mignon and drinking champagne. Not chopped beef and 45s. He said by being with Karen he is settling for less. Brother Ray then promised to set Angle up on some blind dates next week that will put Karen to shame.
In the first ever Knockouts Bimbo Brawl, it was ODB taking on Moose. In a back and forth match that saw both ladies take tons of punishment from the many different weapons they had brought to the ring, it was Moose who picked up the win after DDTing ODB onto a steel chair.
It was now time for the big show down between Booker T and Kevin Nash. From the very start Nash was taking Booker to school. Shortly into the match, Joe came out and set up a chair at ringside. Eventually the action spilled out of the ring and Booker used that to his advantage. Having turned the tide on Nash, he went and tried to get the chair Joe was sitting in. When Joe refused to give it up, Booker shoved him to the ground and then hit him with the chair. He then uses the chair on Nash. The referee could do nothing because the match was a no DQ one. When it looked like Booker had things under control after several chair shots to Nash, Joe made his presence felt. Getting in the ring and attacking Booker he knocked him down. As Booker was getting up, Joe was setting up for a super Kick. At the last second Booker moves and Joe kicks Nash in the face accidentally. This allows Booker to get the win. After the match Booker is looking on and smiling as Nash and Joe have to be separated by security.
It is obvious that Booker is using the mental game to his advantage and that Joe is falling victim to it. Tune in next week to see what happens next as both men prepare for their Heavyweight Title match showdown at Victory Road on July 13th. If you missed iMPACT! this week don’t worry. Check out the replay Saturday night on Spike TV. Check local listings for times.
The Boogeyman was backstage at this past Tuesday's SmackDown/ECW taping in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Boogeyman has been off television since early November and out of the ring since September. Just as he was starting to become more active in the ring, he went down with a calf injury. The injury has probably long since healed, but officials still have yet to bring him back.
There is talk going on regarding JBL's in-ring future. His back is still in a lot of pain (the original reason for his hiatus) and he is frustrated that he can't wrestle at the level he'd like. His back problems likely hinder his ability to train as effectively as he'd like, not to mention that he's in his forties and presumably not on anything, which is why his physique sometimes doesn't look up to par in comparison to the other wrestlers.
According to Dave Meltzer, Kurt Angle is injured yet again but this time it is not his neck. He apparently blew out his knee on the Monday tapings and had to wear a huge brace in order to work his scheduled matches for that night and Tuesday. No further information is known at this time.
-- Regarding Melina's injury on Raw this past week, there is still no official word on the matter, but it is believed that she either fractured her heel or tore ligaments in her ankle and will likely need surgery. No word yet on how long she'll be out, but it's definitely going to be at least a few weeks, if not months.
In recent months, Jim Ross had been quite vocal about changing brands in his weekly online blogs. He'd usually say that the fans probably don't care about announcers changing brands and that the moves should be reserved for the wrestlers, pretty much indicating that he wasn't too keen on leaving his position on Raw. As it turned out on Raw tonight, Ross's name came up on the TitanTron and as a result, be will be leaving the show to become the new play-by-play announcer for SmackDown. Ross was taken aback by the sudden announcement because as noted earlier, no one besides possibly the top players on the move were informed of the brand changes beforehand. Judging by J.R.'s reaction upon the announcement, he didn't look too pleased to say the least.
Jeff Jarrett should be making his long-awaited return to the ring by next January. The Sun is reporting that Jarrett is scheduled to wrestled on TNA's next tour England in January. The TNA part-owner Jarrett was backstage for the company’s recent events in England, but did not wrestle on the shows. Jarrett last wrestled at the 2007 TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view event.
-- After missing the last set of Impact tapings, it looked like Mickie "Moose" Knuckles' wasn't long for TNA -- quite like Sirelda two years ago -- and that they only needed her services for a few shows. However, Knuckles signed a contract with TNA earlier in week and will be working as a regular with the company from this point forward. Knuckles will be wrestling on Impact two out of the next three weeks.
United States Champion Matt Hardy & CM Punk def. WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz (non-title) Kofi Kingston def. Shelton Benjamin (Extreme Rules Match) Mike Knox def. Evan Bourne Mark Henry def. ECW Champion Kane (non-title)
HOUSTON – Just five days prior to Night of Champions and one day after being pulled away from the Land of the Extreme in the stunning 2008 WWE Draft, ECW Champion Kane squared off a in a non-title match against Mark Henry. To the surprise of all, the World’s Strongest Man pinned the ECW Champion in the middle of the ring, bringing credibility to his recent claims that he belongs in championship competition with the likes of the Big Red Machine and the World’s Largest Athlete Big Show. (Watch)
Following an explosive build-up filled with epic matches and spontaneous ringside collisions in recent weeks, Kofi Kingston and Shelton Benjamin fought it out in a brutal Extreme Rules Match. After facing early annihilation at the hands of ECW’s Gold Standard, amid an array of metal stairs, trash cans, and chairs, Kofi bounced back to pick up the win, giving Benjamin a face full of garbage can and a fresh mark in the loss column. (Watch)
Newcomer Evan Bourne, hit the ring flying, fighting for retribution after last week’s assault by Mike Knox. However, despite Bourne’s impressive arsenal of high-risk moves, Knox prevailed, defeating Bourne with authority.
After being drafted to ECW on Sci Fi, United States Champion Matt Hardy joined forced with newly-drafted Monday Night Raw Superstar Mr. Money in the Bank CM Punk to compete against the WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz in a non-title match.
The teams were very evenly matched and in the end it seemed liked Morrison might be able to tag in Miz to secure the victory. However, Hornswoggle suddenly made an unexpended appearance, causing a big enough distraction for Hardy to hit the Twist of Fate and pick up the victory.
TNAwrestling.com is reporting that Scott Steiner underwent surgery in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday afternoon to repair a fully-torn ACL in his knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Steiner was injured in the main event match at Sacrifice against Samoa Joe and Kaz. After the event Steiner had an MRI done, but the test was incomplete due to the amount of swelling. Steiner worked through the pain, and was to have a scope done on his knee Tuesday, when the ACL tear was discovered. According to Dr. Andrews, Steiner could be out anywhere from four to six months.
Bryan Alvarez is reporting that Melina was indeed injured on RAW when she took a bad spill to the floor in a tag match where she teamed with Mickie James vs Natalya & Victoria. No further update is known at this time.
Randy Orton is said to very upset regarding a recent Internet report originally reported in Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter. It was reported two weeks ago that the severity of Orton's broken collarbone was worse than originally thought and that his return to the ring had been pushed back until October instead of August. According to Meltzer, October is the time frame the creative team is expecting him back. Well, Orton is saying that he should be back in the ring as early as the middle of August and that the pain in his collarbone is pretty much gone. Orton said he's been using a special machine that helps regenerate bone growth and thus speed up his recovery. The machine has an electromagnet that gives a direct pulse to the break of the bone.
Patrick Brink, a 27 year old independent wrestler who has recently been training out of Team 3D's wrestling school in Florida, has signed a WWE developmental deal.
"Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig's son Joe was recently transferred from Harley Race's wrestling school to Florida Championship Wrestling. Hennig was allowed to train at Race's school because Race and grandfather Larry "The Axe" Hennig have been friends for 45 years and were a tag team in the 60s. Also, Joe's sister Amy, who is also under a developmental contract, is still training to be a wrestler at Race's school.
WWE Champion Triple H def. Mark Henry. Rey Mysterio was drafted to Raw from SmackDown.
Finlay & Hornswoggle def. Santino Marella & Carlito. Jeff Hardy was drafted from Raw to SmackDown.
World Tag Team Champions Hardcore Holly & Cody Rhodes def. Chavo Guerrero & Bam Neely. CM Punk was drafted from ECW to Raw.
WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz def. United States Champion Matt Hardy & Jeff Hardy. Matt Hardy was drafted from SmackDown to ECW.
WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James & Melina and the team of Victoria & Natalya were in a tag team match that ended as a double disqualification. Jim Ross was drafted to SmackDown and Michael Cole was drafted to Raw.
John Cena def. World Heavyweight Champion Edge. Batista was drafted to Raw from SmackDown.
MVP def. Tommy Dreamer with Colin Delaney. Umaga was drafted to SmackDown from Raw.
JBL def. Kofi Kingston. ECW Champion Kane was drafted to Raw from ECW.
Edge won a Tri-Branded 15-Man Battle Royal. WWE Champion Triple H and Mr. Kennedy were drafted to SmackDown from Raw.
SAN ANTONIO - Just days before Night of Champions, seismic shifts took place across the landscape of sports-entertainment, with WWE Champion Triple H being drafted to SmackDown, giving that brand two World Championships, while Raw gained the ECW Champion Kane. Raw, SmackDown and ECW earned the right to receive a random draft pick by competing in inter-brand matches that led to 10 Superstars changing their home brands. Even more shocking was the spontaneous destruction of the Raw stage, which collapsed on top of the Chairman of WWE, Mr. McMahon, in the final moments of the show.
More Raw Talent
With five Superstars drafted to the brand throughout the night, Raw came away from the draft with a lot of new talent in their roster. In the very first match of the night, WWE Champion Triple H (prior to being drafted himself) defeated Mark Henry, earning Raw the first draft pick, which saw the incomparable Rey Mysterio join Monday nights. After the match, The Game welcomed the Master of the 619, but was interrupted by Triple H’s Night of Champions opponent, John Cena.
Cena also tasted victory, as he defeated his long-time rival, World Heavyweight Champion Edge by count-out. After the match was won, Edge was attacked by Batista, who has his own problems with the World Champion, and will face him this Sunday at Night of Champions. With Cena winning the match, Raw earned another draft pick, which brought Batista back to Monday nights, along with his opportunity to win the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday night.
JBL showed San Antonio why he refers to himself as a “wrestling-god” as he defeated ECW’s Kofi Kingston to earn Raw another draft pick. When the random lottery machine ran, it was ECW Champion Kane who joined Raw along with his coveted title, though he will still defend it against Big Show at Night of Champions.
In the second of four tag team matches, World Tag Team Champions Hardcore Holly & Cody Rhodes defeated Chavo Guerrero & Bam Neely, which served as good practice for the champions’ match at Night of Champions against Ted DiBiase and a mystery partner. After winning the match, it was CM Punk’s music that played as Mr. Money in the Bank himself joined Raw.
WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James & Melina and the team of SmackDown’s Victoria and Natalya also had a tag team match. Two of these women will be competing at Night of Champions: Mickie will defend her Women’s Championship against Katie Lea Burchill, and Natalya will compete against an opponent still to be decided in order to become the first-ever Divas Champion. The draft following this contest was open only to ring announcers, commentators and backstage interviewers, but when Melina suffered a severe ankle sprain and the match ended in a double-disqualification, both Raw and SmackDown received draft picks. These picks saw Jim Ross move to SmackDown, and Michael Cole move to the Raw announce table.
Building Up SmackDown
On Friday night, SmackDown will find itself with five new Superstars, two of which were selected after Edge won a Tri-Branded 15-Man Battle Royal. The Ultimate Opportunist threw both Triple H and John Cena over the ropes, winning SmackDown the final two draft lottery picks of the night: Raw’s Mr. Kennedy, and WWE Champion Triple H, who will bring his title with him to Friday nights.
On Sunday, the father-son team of Finlay & Hornswoggle will challenge WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz, but on Monday night they warmed up by defeating the team of Santino Marella & Carlito. The two fighting Irishmen’s win resulted in Jeff Hardy being drafted to Friday nights.
SmackDown also benefited from MVP’s match with Tommy Dreamer, when the Ballin’ Superstar defeated Dreamer in spite of Colin Delaney being in the ECW Original’s corner. With that win, SmackDown said “Hello” to Umaga, who was drafted to the brand, and immediately entered the ring, devastating both Tommy Dreamer and Colin Delaney.
ECW only found itself gaining one new Superstar to the brand, due to WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz defeating United States Champion Matt Hardy and his brother and new SmackDown brand-mate, Jeff Hardy. With the champions’ win, ECW was able to draft Matt Hardy, who brings with him his United States Championship, which he will defend against Chavo Guerrero at Night of Champions.
In addition to the above Draft shake-ups, Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho entered the arena to address the crowd in the wake of his rivalry with San Antonio’s own Shawn Michaels. Y2J spoke to Lance Cade over the TitanTron, and the two criticized HBK for lying and betraying people over the years. Jericho went on to say that he would love to defend his title against Michaels at Night of Champions, but that HBK was unable to compete due to Y2J smashing his head into the Jeri-Tron 6000.
This brought the San Antonio native himself to the ring, resulting in a violent altercation between Michaels and the Intercontinental Champion, in which Jericho did further damage to HBK’s wounded eye.
For the third week in a row, Mr. McMahon gave away $1 million of his own money live on Raw. The WWE Chairman gave $100,000 to five lucky winners and $500,000 to one extremely lucky member of the WWE Universe.
After giving away that huge final prize of the night, explosions rocked the Raw stage, which fell apart, collapsing on top of Mr. McMahon. WWE Superstars and medical personnel alike rushed to the scene, struggling to free the injured Chairman.
Batista discussed his eventual retirement and life after wrestling in an interview with Slam Wrestling. "I hope to always have a job within WWE," he said. "I'm thinking about hanging up my boots in the next couple of years. I'm almost 40; turn 39 this year, so I hope there's going to be a spot for me within the company.
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