R-Truth & Hurricane Helms def. United States Champion Shelton Benjamin & Montel Vontavious Porter (Tag Team Match) World Tag Team Champion John Morrison def. Festus Edge def. ECW Champion Matt Hardy (Non-title) Ezekiel Jackson def. WWE Tag Team Champion Carlito Maryse def. Maria (Maryse earns Divas Championship Match) WWE Champion Jeff Hardy def. Vladimir Kozlov (DQ) (Non-title)
BALTIMORE – After winning his first World title at Armageddon, WWE Champion Jeff Hardy’s celebration proved to be short-lived, as a furious storm of Superstars made their anger known.
WATCH all of the action now in the SmackDown Quick Cut and check out WWE.com's exclusive ringside PHOTOS.
WWE Champion Jeff Hardy's Kickoff Celebration (WATCH | PHOTOS) ; Hardy def. Vladimir Kozlov (DQ) (Non-Title Match) (PHOTOS) New WWE Champion Jeff Hardy served notice to the WWE Universe that things were about to change in favor of the “rejects and screw-ups.” When Edge interrupted and attempted to belittle the champion - while once again denying his involvement in Hardy’s Survivor Series weekend attack - Hardy answered back with a resounding Twist of Fate.
Later, after hitting the Whisper in the Wind on the unpinned Kozlov, the Ultimate Opportunist interceded again - causing the disqualification as he and the Moscow Mauler attacked Hardy. This drew the ire of Triple H, who provided an effective equalizer, unleashing his wrath on both aggressors. After Hardy hit a post-match Swanton Bomb on Edge, he exchanged a telling stare with The Game, making it clear that The King of Kings will also be gunning for the gold.
Edge def. ECW Champion Matt Hardy (Non-title) (PHOTOS) In the culmination of an exhausting match, Edge hurled the ECW Champion between the turnbuckles and into the unforgiving steel ring post, allowing the Rated-R Superstar to execute the spear and grab the hard fought three-count.
R-Truth & Hurricane Helms def. United States Champion Shelton Benjamin & Montel Vontavious Porter (PHOTOS) In a match that featured a noticeable lack of teamwork between MVP and Benjamin, the Ballin’ Superstar accidentally kicked his partner before R-Truth took out the Franchise Playa’ with the devastating corkscrew elbow. Hurricane Helms then drilled the Gold Standard into the canvas to grab the win. Can Helms reign supreme next week when he challenges United States Champion Shelton Benjamin for his title?
Maryse def. Maria (Maryse earns a Divas Championship Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS) With Divas Champion Michelle McCool lurking at ringside, Maria hurt her ankle coming off the second rope, opening the door for Maryse to utilize the DDT and become the No. 1 contender to Michelle’s title. After the match, Maryse decided to get in Michelle’s face, only to have her hand slapped away when she touched the championship.
World Tag Team Champion John Morrison def. Festus (PHOTOS) In order to stop Morrison - and his “Dirt Sheet” co-star The Miz - from once again using the timekeeper’s bell against Festus, Jesse confiscated it early. But when he tried to swing it at the interfering self-proclaimed “Chick Magnet,” the bell accidentally hit the ring post. The comatose Corn-fed Colossus was then easy prey for Morrison, who quickly hit the Moonlight Drive for the victory. Following the match, Miz and Morrison continued to have a few laughs at Festus’ expense.
Ezekiel Jackson def. WWE Tag Team Champion Carlito (WATCH | PHOTOS) As Carlito was springboarding himself off the rope toward his opponent, Ezekiel caught him with a devastating shot to the back before hurling the WWE Tag Team Champion into the mat with decisive force. Jackson’s impressive triumph adds to the series of singles and tag team victories that he and The Kendrick have accumulated over the WWE Champions in recent weeks.
Kevin Thorn's profile is back up on the ECW Superstar page on WWE.com. Thorn was brought in for this past week's television shows, but wasn't used. He recently returned to action at Florida Championship Wrestling under his trademark vampire gimmick. Thorn was last seen on WWE television just over a year ago.
The title of show tonight is "Main Event Massacre." The opening video aired. In lieu of fireworks, Lance Rock made his way to the ring. Mike Tenay and Don West talked about the beating of Brother Ray from last week.
1. Rhino defeated Lance Rock in 1:46. After some early offense by Rock, Rhino hit the Gore for the quick victory.
Rhino called out the Front Line. Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley lagged way behind the rest of the group. As Rhino cut a promo, Shelley cockily mimicked an orchestra leader with his fingers in the background. Rhino said he was going to leave Sting in a pile of his own blood, piss, and shit. He said he was doing this for the Front Line and "Bubba Ray."
AJ Styles grabbed the mic and told Scott Steiner and Booker T he hoped their heads would be torn off tonight. Samoa Joe cut an old school Joe promo about only understanding violence. He said "Joe is going to kill you."
Tenay and West ran down tonight's card. JB interviewed Kurt Angle backstage. He said there would be bloodshed tonight and it would be the blood of the Front Line. He said he had to get going because he had a special guest tonight. "Bang bang," said Angle.
Lauren interviewed The Motor City Machine Guns. Sabin said Lauren had the opportunity to be the meat of a Motor City sandwich. Sabin reminded us he was a four time X Division champion and Shelley was going to become the next champion. Shelley said he and Sabin would meet in the finals and it didn't matter which one of them took the title back to Detroit.
2. Chris Sabin (with Alex Shelley) defeated Sonjay Dutt (with SoCal Val) in an X Division Championship tournament quarterfinal match in 5:20. Sheik Abdul Bashir watched the match in a chair from the stage. Tenay said Dutt and Bashir have held closed door meetings. Dutt scored a nearfall with a nice hurricarana at around the two minute mark.
Sabin hit a series of kicks and a springboard closeline for a two count. Dutt countered the Cradle Shock by biting Sabin. He hit a tornado DDT and remained on the offensive until Sabin hit the Cradle Shock seemingly out of nowhere.
Backstage, Lauren interviewed The Beautiful People and Sarah Palin. Palin complained about Velvet and Angelina's hair. She said they needed to look like Barbara Bush. Kip said he was the fashion guy, but TBP pretty much fired him while telling him how much they love him. Kip took off disgusted.
ODB's Angle had Christie Hemme as the special guest. They talked about Christy winning the Diva Search and posing in Playboy. ODB asked if Christy ever felt Hugh Hefner's balls. ODB was pissed about "divas posing for Playboy thinking they can wrestle," but praised Christy. Raisha Saeed attacked Christy and Rhaka Khan broke a board over ODB's back.
Tenay and West plugged the rest of the card. There is a lot to come tonight.
JB was in the Mafia's locker room. Mick Foley was being massaged by Kevin Nash. Foley said he was concerned about what happened last week. Foley said the Mafia went too far and called the attack on Brother Ray, "a gang bang."
Foley said Angle should have gone into the street fight against Brother Ray one on one. Angle said Foley knew how it was and the Mafia looked out for each other, like a brotherhood. Foley toasted the Mafia and made them promise not to engage in anymore beatdowns. Sting walked away.
TNA Rough Cut featured Robert Roode. Roode was a hockey player growing up. A lot of footage of Roode as a member of Team Canada was shown.
3. Scott Steiner and Booker T (with Sharmell) defeated Abyss and Matt Morgan in 8:10. Morgan overpowered Steiner early in the bout. They knocked Booker to the floor and continued to work on Steiner as the show went to commercial.
The Mafia was in complete control coming back from the break. They double teamed Abyss, but Abyss got the best of both of them. Morgan received the hot tag. He hit a sweet bicycle kick on Steiner for a two count. In a horrible spot, Sharmell grabbed Abyss on the floor. He swung blindly, but clearly did not hit her. She pretended he did and Abyss was upset. Booker used a pipe and an axe kick to pin Morgan.
After the match, Abyss looked really pissed.
Jeff Jarrett was shown pacing in his office. Kurt Angle's "tribute" to Jarrett is next.
Kurt Angle came out to the ring in a suit and showing off his DVD. Angle said he was not there to talk about himself; he was there to talk about Jeff Jarrett. Angle's commentary was accompanied by a bunch of photos. He talked about Jarrett in "the WWF," and even showed a photo of Jarrett and Owen Hart. An "Owen" chant broke out.
He followed Jarrett's move to WCW and when he had nothing left to prove, he started his own company, one that is now world renown. Angle said the fairy tale would come to an end at Genesis when Jarrett would drown in a pool of his own blood. He said the fans could survive without Jarrett, but could Jarrett's daughters? He put up pictures of Jarrett's daughters.
Angle said Jarrett's beautiful daughters would become orphans after the Genesis pay-per-view. He did say that "Uncle Kurt" would adopt them. Jarrett came out and tried to get at Angle, but BG James, Terry Taylor, and Scott D'Amore tried to stop them. He made it to the ring but was unable to get to Angle.
Jarrett was going crazy in his office while BG tried to calm him down. Foley came in and Jarrett took off. BG said half of this was Foley's fault.
4. Kiyoshi defeated Consequences Creed in an X Division tournament quarterfinal match in 4:35. Kiyoshi hit a nice overhead belly to belly released suplex. He followed that up with a closeline and a nerve hold. He hit what looked like his finisher for a two count. He followed up with a moonsault for the win.
Backstage, TBP had no makeup on. Palin asked them if they wanted to be wrestlers, or if they wanted to be role models. They finally got behind Palin when she said they could be bigger than our president elect.
Footage aired of the beating Brother Ray received last week.
Mike Tenay had a sit down interview with Shane Sewell earlier today. Sewell said he was a wrestler and a neck injury forced him to retire. He applied to be a referee in TNA. He said he would not let anyone push him around and if Sheik Abdul Bashir cost him his job, he would not leave TNA peacefully. Tenay wished him good luck.
5. ODB and Christy Hemme defeated Rhaka Khan and Raisha Saeed in 1:51. They fought to the floor until ODB threw Khan into the ring. ODB gained the advantage and tagged in Hemme. She hit that splits leg drop from the top rope for the win.
Awesome Kong hit the ring and laid out both ODB and Hemme. Suicide did his thing and stood in the ring opposite Kong. Kong thought about it but decided to retreat. The lights went out and Suicide was gone.
Backstage, JB interviewed Sting and Kevin Nash. JB asked Sting if he had any regrets and if he thought he was doing the wrong thing. Sting said he had nothing to say and handed it over to Nash. Nash told Sting they have known each other for twenty years and he had the most integrity of anyone in the business. He said whether he was fighting Sting or fighting with him, he never spit in his face, but AJ did. He grabbed Sting's bat and asked if Sting was with him. Sting said yes and they walked off.
JB asked Mick Foley what his relationship was with the Main Event Mafia. Foley said Angle sometimes says things he does not mean and he was considering his options. He said he was not okay with what happened to Brother Ray last week, but he was disrespected more by Alex Shelley in the past few weeks than he was in his entire 23 year career. He said he was going to make decisions that were good for business.
Kevin Nash, followed by Sting, Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles made their ring entrances.
6. AJ Styles and Samoa Joe defeated Sting and Kevin Nash in a steel cage match in 8:30. Tenay said the TNA cage is unlike any other cage in wrestling. This is a tornado style tag match with everyone in the ring together. Joe worked over Sting as Styles had his way with Nash for the first nearfall. They continued to have the advantage as the show went to commercial.
Back from commercial, Sting was beating on Styles in the corner and Nash had the advantage on Samoa Joe. Joe hit a senton splash on Nash and Sting broke up the pin. The Front Line gained the advantage. Styles, using Nash's back as a boost, climbed out of the cage for the win.
Sting and Nash attacked Joe in the ring. Nash laid out Styles with the cage door. The entire Mafia came down and Joe left them all lying. Joe then picked up Angle for the muscle buster, but Nash hit him in the back with a chair. Steiner locked the cage door. Joe was in there with the entire Mafia except for Sting. The referees could not open the cage door.
Sting stayed on the outside and took out the Front Line as they came out to the ring. They placed Joe's arm in the chair and stomped on it. West sold it as if they broke Joe's arm. The beating continued as the show went off the air.
Finlay Dave Crook (Belfast, (Noord-Ierland), 31 januari 1958) is een Britse professionele worstelaar die werkt voor World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), beter gekend met zijn worstelnaam Finlay. Finlay worstelt momenteel voor ECW.
Hij is een voormalige WWE United States Champion.
Finlay begon zijn carrière in Noord-Ierland, waar hij werd getraind door zijn vader die ook professioneel worstelaar was (en zelfs zijn eigen worstel promotie in Ierland heeft genoemd Ulster Championship Wrestling), voordat hij naar Groot-Brittannië ging in 1978. Hij worstelde daar voor verschillende bedrijven onder de Joint Promotions vlag, met zijn manager en toenmalige vrouw Princess Paula aan zijn zijde. Finlay won zijn eerste titel toen hij Allan Kilby versloeg op 9 juni 1982 en won zo de Joint Promotions British Heavy Middleweight titel. Hij won en verloor de titel steeds opnieuw voor de rest van het jaar, maar in het begin van 1983 verloor hij hem voor de laatste maal. Finlay won een toernooi om de nieuwe Britse Light Heavyweight kampioen te kronen, een beschikbare titel op dat moment waarbij hij British Legend Ringo Rigby versloeg in de finale.
Finlay verloor die titel snel, maar veroverde een andere, waarbij hij Marty Jones versloeg om de "World Mid-Heavyweight titel" te winnen, hoewel de titel nooit Groot-Brittannië heeft verlaten. Later in dat jaar versloeg Finlay opnieuw Marty Jones en won weer de British Light Heavyweight titel. Tijdens '83 en '84 was Fit altijd aan het vechten voor een titel of hij was er een aan het verdedigen.
Hij kreeg bekendheid door een grote Britse titel te winnen; All-Star's British Heavyweight Championship. Finlay kwam ook vaak op het World of Sport programma als David "Fit" Finlay.
Tijdens deze periode begon Finlay ook in Duitsland te worstelen, voor een van de grootste bedrijven in Europa, de Catch Wrestling Association. Terwijl hij de All-Star titel behield vormde hij een team met zijn oude rivaal Marty Jones om de CWA tag titels te winnen van Tony St. Clair (de man waarbij hij de All-Star titel had gewonnen) en zijn partner Miles Zrno. Nadat hij de All-Star titel verloor aan Dave Taylor, begon Fit zich meer te richten op CWA waarbij hij meerdere titels won en kreeg hij internationale bekendheid, waarbij hij naar Japan en Mexico reisde. Op een Japanse reis vormde hij een succesvol team met Chris Benoit die toen bekend stond als "The Pegasus Kid".
World Championship Wrestling
Tot zijn huidige periode in de WWE stond Finlay het best bekend in de Verenigde Staten voor zijn tijd in WCW van 1995-2000, eerst als The Belfast Bruiser en later als "Fit" Finley. Zijn ster was rijzende toen hij verrassend won van Eddie Guerrero op WCW Thunder via count-out. Kort daarna knipte hij zijn donkere, vette mullet af en verruilde deze voor de korte, blonde look die hij momenteel draagt en ging een kampioenschap najagen. Hij vond succes in 1998 en won het WCW World Television Championship en feudde met onder andere Chris Benoit en Booker T. Niet lang daarna was hij een goede midcarder met zijn nieuwe naam in spelling en uitspraak Fit Finlay.
Aan het einde van zijn tijd voor WCW won hij een "Hardcore Junkyard Invitational" tijdens Bash at the Beach, en won een "hardcore trophy". Hij liep kort daarna een slecht doorgescheurde zenuw in zijn been op in een hardvore match tijdens een house show in juli wat hem bijna het gebruik van zijn been koste. Hij worstelde tegen Brian Knobbs, werd tegen een tafel in de hoek van de ring aangegooid en de tafel brak in stukken en sneed in zijn been. Hij kreeg het gebruik van zijn ledemaat terug en kwam later in het jaar terug, maar op dat moment was alle bekendheid die hij had gekregen van de Junkyard Invitational weg, In 2000 vormde Finlay een trio van "Hardcore Soldiers" met Brian Knobbs en Al Green. Na de terugkeer van Eric Bischoff en Vince Russo aan de macht bij WCW, was hij vrijwel vergeten op TV.
World Wrestling Entertainment
Nadat hij de WCW versloeg worstelde Finlay in onafhankelijke promoties voordat hij met pensioen ging om een road agent en trainer voor de WWE Diva's te worden in de WWE.
Finlay begon aan een comeback te werken in 2004 en promo's voor zijn terugkeer naar de ring werden uitgezonden in december 2005. Zijn gimmick was die van een trotse Ier die van vechten houdt. Zijn eerste uitgezonden WWE match was op 20 januari 2006 tijdens SmackDown! tegen Matt Hardy die eindigde in een verlies door diskwalificatie voor Finlat. Na de match, sleurde Finlay Hardy naar de stalen trap voor de ring en schopte hem met zijn laars in het gezicht, waardoor hij zichzelf als heel neerzette. Dit hielp hem aan zijn bijnaam "The Fighting Irish Bastard". Een gedenkbare SmackDown! mengde Finlay zich in een Junior's Division match en vernederde hij de deelnemers.
Finlay maakte snel naam op het SmackDown! rooster. Gedurende februari en maart van 2006 was Finlay betrokken bij een intense feud met Bobby Lashley waarbij het paar op meerdere momenten vocht, waaronder in een Lumberjack Match die Finlay won. Tijdens deze tijd begon Finlay een shillelagh als wapen te gebruiken.
Op 2 april 2006 nam Finlay deel aan zijn eerste WrestleMania, WrestleMania 22, Finlay vocht tegen vijf andere WWE Superstars van zowel WWE RAW als SmackDown! in een Money in the Bank ladder match. Deze match werd uiteindelijk gewonnen door RAW's Rob Van Dam.
Finlay zou vervolgens deelnemen aan het King of the Ring toernooi op Smackdown!, Finlay versloeg zijn eerste ronde tegenstander Chris Benoit voor hij werd verslagen door zijn rivaal Lashley, die verder ging tot de finales tijdens WWE Judgment Day 2006. Finlay zou de andere finalist, Booker T, om Lashley te verslaan in de finale.
Aan het begin van de aflevering van SmackDown! op 26 mei werd Finlay vergezeld door het The Little Bastard karakter die vanonder de ring kwam om Finlay's tegenstanders aan te vallen. The Little Bastard ging door met het aanvallen van Finlay's tegenstanders met of zonder Finlay's toestemming voor verschillende weken. Finlay voegde zich toen samen met William Regal tot de loyale mededingers van een nieuw hernoemde King Booker en zijn Court. Tijdens de periode als deel van het court, won Finlay van de World Champion Rey Mysterio in een non-titelmatch voordat hij de belangrijkste rivaal het van Court Bobby Lashley verloeg voor zijn WWE United States Championship. Finlay versloeg William Regal tijdens The Great American Bash om zijn titel te behouden, met hulp van de Hornswoggle.
Finishing en opvallende moves
Celtic Cross / Emerald Fusion (Kryptonite Krunch)
Tombstone piledriver (in WCW)
Finlay Roll (Rollende brandweerman gooi slam)
Arm breker DDT
Rennende zittende senton
Belangrijk voorwerp: shillelagh
"My name is Finlay and I love to fight!" (Mijn naam is Finlay en ik hou van vechten!)
"Finlay! That's my name!" (Finlay! Dat is mijn naam!)
"The name's Finlay! Remember it!" (De naam is Finlay! Onthoud dat!)
"My name is Finlay, and I give a new meaning to the term, Fighting Irish" (Mijn naam is Finlay, en ik geef een nieuwe betekenis aan de term, Iers Vechten.)
"My name is Finlay, some people call me a Fighting Irish Bastard, but not to my face." (Mijn naam is Finlay, sommige mensen noemen me een Fighting Irish Bastard, maar niet in mijn gezicht.)
"The Little Bastard stole my Guinness. I'll kill him!" (De Little Bastard stal mijn Guinness. Ik vermoord hem!)
Worstelaars gemanaged door Finlay
Kampioenschappen en andere bereikte dingen
British Heavyweight Championship
Gewonnen van Tony St. Clair op 5 februari 1990 in Croydon, Engeland
Verloren aan Dave Taylor op 6 april 1991 in King's Lynn, Engeland
World Mid-Heavyweight Championship
Gewonnen van Marty Jones op 10 mei 1983 in Croydon, Engeland
Verloren aan Marty Jones op 7 juni 1983 in Croydon, Engeland
World Mid-Heavyweight Championship (2)
Gewonnen van Marty Jones op 2 november 1983 in Leeds, Engeland
Verloren aan Marty Jones op 29 mei 1984 in Dartford, Engeland
World Mid-Heavyweight Championship (3)
Gewonnen van Marty Jones op 8 juni 1984 in Carlisle, Engeland
Verloren aan Marty Jones op 26 oktober 1984
World Mid-Heavyweight Championship (4)
Gewonnen van Marty Jones op 5 november 1984
Verloren aan Marty Jones op 13 november 1984 in Carlisle, Engeland
Catch Wrestling Association
CWA World Tag Team Championship (met Marty Jones)
Gewonnen van Miles Zrno en Tony St. Clair op 23 juni 1990 in Graz, Oostenrijk
Verloren aan Miles Zrno en Franz Schumann op 3 augustus 1990 in Wenen, Oostenrijk
CWA World Middleweight Championship
Gewonnen van Steve Wright op 1 september 1990 in Wenen, Oostenrijk
Verloren aan Steve Wright op 28 september 1990 in Hannover, Duitsland
CWA World Middleweight Championship (2)
Gewonnen van Steve Wright op 21 december 1991 in Bremen, Duitsland
Verloren aan Franz Schumann op 11 juli 1992 in Graz, Oostenrijk
CWA World Middleweight Championship (3)
Verloeg Eddie Gilbert] voor de beschikbare titel op 19 december 1992 in Bremen, Duitsland
Titel later beschikbaar gesteld in een match tegen Gilbert in Bremen, Duitsland, die eindigde in een dubbele diskwalificatie.
CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
Gewonnen van Buffalo Patterson op 31 juli 1993 in Graz, Oostenrijk
Titel beschikbaar gesteld in Oktober 1998 als Finlay de promotie verlaat.
CWA British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship
Gewonnen van Tony St. Clair op 14 december 1993 in Bremen, Duitsland
Verloren aan Tony St. Clair
CWA World Middleweight Championship (4)
Gewonnen van Paul Roma op 25 november 1995 in Bremen, Duitsland
Verloren aan Franz Schumann op 6 juli 1996 in Graz, Oostenrijk
1-maal Iers Nationaal Kampioen
British Heavy Middleweight Championship
Gewonnen van Alan Kilby op 9 juni 1982 in Bath, Engeland
Verloren aan Alan Kilby in augustus 1982
British Heavy Middleweight Championship (2)
Gewonnen van Alan Kilby op 14 september 1982 in Croydon, Engeland
Verloren aan Alan Kilby op 10 november 1982 in Londen, Engeland
British Heavy Middleweight Championship (3)
Gewonnen van Alan Kilby op 15 november 1982 in Bradford, Engeland
Verloren aan Alan Kilby in november 1982
British Heavy Middleweight Championship (4)
Gewonnen van Alan Kilby op 21 december 1982 in Wolverhampton, Engeland
Verloren aan Alan Kilby in januari 1983
British Heavy Middleweight Championship (5)
Gewonnen op 29 september 1984
Verloren voor het einde van het jaar
British Light Heavyweight Championship
Versloeg Ringo Rigby in een toernooi finale om de beschikbare titel te winnen op 24 februari 1983 in Oldham, Engeland
Verloor aan Marty Jones op 26 november 1983 in Manchester, England
British Light Heavyweight Championship (2)
Gewonnen van Marty Jones in februari 1984
Verloren aan Marty Jones op 8 februari 1984 in Leamington, England
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
PWI gaf hem de positie van # 278 in de 500 beste singles worstelaars van de "PWI Years" in 2003.
World Championship Wrestling
WCW World Television Championship
Gewonnen van Booker T op 4 mei 1998 in Indianapolis, Indiana, VS
Verloren aan Booker T op 14 juni 1998 in Baltimore, Maryland, VS
WCW Hardcore Junkyard Invitational Trophy winnaar
Verloeg Ciclope, Jerry Flynn, Johnny Grunge, Hardcore Hak, Horace Hogan, Brian Knobbs, Hugh Morrus, La Parka, Steven Regal, Rocco Rock, Silver King, David Taylor en Mikey Whipwreck op 11 juli 1999 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
WWE beschouwt dit als een WCW Hardcore Championship titel, maar Finlay is nooit officieel de kampioen geweest.
World Wrestling Entertainment
WWE United States Championship
Gewonnen van Bobby Lashley op 11 juli 2006 (uitgezonden 14 juli 2006) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, VS
Verloren aan Ken Kennedy op 29 augustus 2006 (uitgezonden 1 september 2006
Recently signed WWE star Tyson Tomko is currently dealing with a torn pectoral muscle. There are some within WWE who believe he actually worked his dark match at RAW with the injury, trying to keep it quiet.
While Tomko got a good reaction from the crowd, and there was even a chant for his name, one person who wasn’t a fan of his work was said to be Vince McMahon. According to several sources, Vince was unhappy with his dark match which is leading a number of people within the company to believe that Tomko’s return may be a short one.
McMahon was unhappy with Tomko’s appearance, noting that he looked heavier, which would make sense considering he couldn’t really work out with a pectoral tear. He was seen wearing his arm in a sling the day after his RAW dark match. There are rumors that Tomko has already been released, but we can’t confirm those yet. However, more releases from the company are expected shortly as a way to cut spending.
WWE has started offering long-term contracts to several big stars with clauses strongly favoring the company. WWE has offered a five-year contract to Rey Mysterio and a ten-year contract to Randy Orton. The WWE contracts barely provide any way out for the wrestler, but are filled with out clauses that would let the company out of the deal.
For example, if there is a three-year contract, WWE could break it at any time with just 90 days notice. Some top stars have enough leverage to broker better deals, but the company is still strict about protecting themselves with out clauses.
WWE would be protected if Mysterio suffered another injury or Orton had a serious meltdown and the company wanted out of the deals. In case of injury, WWE merely pays the downside guarantee, so there is incentive for wrestlers to continue working. WWE put the policy put in place in response to various wrestlers milking WCW's guaranteed contract system. This leaves the wrestlers with very little leverage.
Basically, if the wrestler is locked in for a long-term deal, the company can opt out at any time they please, so it's basically a no-lose situation for World Wrestling Entertainment.
WWE’s website has an interesting note on Sim Snuka, formerly known as Deuce, who debuted his new character on this week’s RAW broadcast. The note teases more additions to Randy Orton’s Legacy group by saying “Possibly even more troublesome, however, is the existence of even more Superstars with squared circle lineage. Who could possibly stand against this already fearsome group if they were to bring WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito and Primo or even the submission technician Natalya into the fold?” The article notes that we will be learning more about the intentions of Randy Orton and Snuka in the coming weeks on RAW.
TNA's mobile text messaging service announced today that the company has re-signed LAX members Homicide and Hernandez to 3 year deals. Hernandez's contract was set to expire sometime next month, but now both members will be working with TNA until 2011.
Elijah Burke heading to TNA? sources: WrestlingFigs.com, Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Recently released WWE star Elijah Burke had a long talk with TNA Director of Talent Relations Terry Taylor right after a wrestling convention on 12/6. Burke collaborates this tidbit in a recent blog, noting he enjoyed a long and enjoyable conversation with Taylor. This took place at the same convention in which Burke was seen locking lips with TNA Knockout SoCal Val.
World Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz and Jack Swagger def. CM Punk, Kofi Kingston & Ricky Ortiz ECW Champion Matt Hardy def. Chavo Guerrero Finlay def. Gavin Spears
BALTIMORE – The fallout from Armageddon carried over into the Land of Extreme, as ECW Champion Matt Hardy found himself not only having to defend the name of his brother and new WWE Champion, Jeff Hardy, but his ECW Championship as well.
WATCH all of the action now in the ECW Quick Cut and check out WWE.com's exclusive ringside PHOTOS.
World Tag Team Champions & Jack Swagger def. CM Punk, Kofi Kingston & Ricky Ortiz (WATCH | PHOTOS) CM Punk and Kofi Kingston came into the night’s match with an opportunity at avenging their loss of the World Tag Team Championship to John Morrison and The Miz. Despite a valiant effort, it was the cocky youngster, "The All-American American" Jack Swagger, who brought victory to his team by destroying Ricky Ortiz with a brutal gutwrench powerbomb.
ECW Champion Matt Hardy def. Chavo Guerrero (PHOTOS) Chavo Guerrero got more than he bargained for when he followed orders from SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero to “take care” of ECW Champion Matt Hardy on ECW.
ECW Champion Matt Hardy kicked off ECW by congratulating his brother and new WWE Champion Jeff Hardy. However, Chavo interrupted claiming Matt helped Jeff steal the WWE Championship from Edge. But before more verbal barbs could be thrown at Hardy, ECW General Manager Theodore Long entered the arena to inform Chavo that the two would square off right then and there in a title match. In the end, Chavo couldn’t back up his words as the champion silenced the self-proclaimed “Mexican Warrior” with a Twist of Fate, successfully defending his title.
Finlay def. Gavin Spears (PHOTOS) Fresh off a victory over Mark Henry in a Belfast Brawl at Armageddon, Finlay continued his winning ways by defeating Gavin Spears with a Celtic Cross. And just like at Armageddon, Finlay’s good luck charm proved to be his son, Hornswoggle, who was at ringside. The pint-sized prankster was up to his old tricks, splashing water on ECW announcer Matt Striker at the start of the match, and stealing Striker’s “Announce Team of the Year” Slammy from the announce table.
Kara "Cherry" Slice, who was released by World Wrestling Entertainment this past August, is leaving the wrestling business at the end of this year to focus on her education. She will not be taking part in any more independent shows for the time being.
Slice was scheduled to appear at the Women Superstars Uncensored indy show on 1/10, but told the promoter she was leaving the wrestling business and pulling out of the show as a result.
WSU's promoter posted a note on the company's message board explained why she's off the show. He wrote: "As reported earlier, Kara "Cherri" Slice is leaving the wrestling business at the end of the year. She is pursuing her education and won't be doing any indy shows for the foreseeable future. Kara apologized to WSU and the fans about this situation."
World Wrestling Insanity interview with Lance Cade Host: James Guttman Interview available at WorldWrestlingInsanity.com. via ClubWWI.
Just a short time ago, Trevor Murdoch came to World Wrestling Insanity for his first post-WWE shoot interview. Now, his partner Lance Cade takes it one step further as he joins ClubWWI.com for a 67 minute shoot which, according to Cade himself, is his first shoot interview…ever!
A part of World Wrestling Entertainment for most of this decade, Lance Cade has had many ups and downs within the company. Title reigns to uphill battles, Cade has literally clawed his way to the top. From Mark Jindrak to Chris Jericho, he's done it all. As a student of Shawn Michaels (in the class of Bryan Danielson and Brian Kendrick), Lance was given a strong foundation and shares stories of the early days learning from Shawn, but it doesn't end there.
In his ClubWWI.com shoot, he discusses it all including: The Full Story Behind His WWE Release, Why He Became "Garrison Cade," Why He Hated It, Asking Vince McMahon To Change Back, The Original Plan For Michaels-Jericho at SummerSlam, How HBK Got Brian Kendrick To Do His First Moonsault, His Friendship With Trevor Murdoch, Why TNA is Like WCW…In a Good Way, Why He Hated Working With Cryme Tyme, Memories of Steve Bradley, His Best Match Ever, The Dudleys, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Triple H, Les Thatcher, and Much More.
One subject that James Guttman brought up with Cade on ClubWWI was his release. At the high point of his singles career, Lance was suddenly gone. While no different than many others before him, the thing that made Cade's WWE departure stand out was Jim Ross and his blog. Surprisingly, J.R. went online and told the world that the former Tag Team Champion was released after having a "seizure" while on a flight.
The posting did little more than fan fires and stir rumors. JG asked Lance about the release itself and how he felt when reading Jim's blog. Cade responded: "Well, as far as the release goes, I'm going to flat out admit there's no one else to blame for what happened but Lance Cade. And there's only one person who has to deal with that right now and that's Lance Cade. Even more important than Lance Cade is his family. So, you know, what happened was my mistake.
"I wasn't so much upset that, they could have just released me and not said anything. You know what I mean? But J.R.'s cryptic blog, it surprised me a little bit. I wasn't happy about it. But, J.R.'s got a job. He's gotta do what he's gotta do. I understand there had to be some business reason behind it, so I saw it the next day, I put it in the back of my head, you know?"
Lance went on to speak about his history with WWE. While he takes responsibility for what happened that lead to his release, he lets fans know that he never once received a Wellness Violation �" even for marijuana - which he finds to be silly reason for a violation anyway. Cade's record was clean until the day he was let go.
Lance Cade then goes on to give the full details on what lead to that day and how it all began last Christmas. He talks about the injury he suffered, the bad choices he made, the advice Randy Orton gave him, and other wrestlers who had been in his position. In an extremely open discussion, Cade puts up no walls and explains his side of the story for the first time…without making any excuses for the major mistake he made. In fact, in the ClubWWI.com shoot, he freely admits:
In recent months there has been speculation on who will play the lead role for the upcoming "Thor" movie, which is scheduled to be released in 2010. Speculation has centered on Daniel Craig, who plays James Bond in the latest "Bond" series of movies, and Triple H. This past week, Craig said he's not interested in taking the role, saying "it doesn't interest me at all." The other potential candidate to take the lead role of Thor is Kevin McKidd, who was in the 2005 "Kingdom of Heaven " movie. Director Kenneth Branagh said today, "There's been lots of talk [about casting] -- I sound like a politician -- but we are too early at this stage. We're getting the story and the visual effects together and all of that is very exciting. Someone sensational is going to play the part but it is early days." It should be interesting to see if Vince McMahon allows Triple H to take time off from the road for several months to work on a non-WWE Studios film.
Infrequently seen RAW Superstar Deuce has a new gimmick to go along with a new ring name. Prior to his match with Rey Mysterio on tonight's edition of RAW, Deuce got on the mic and revealed his father as Jimmy Snuka, and that he wants to be known by his "real name" of Sim Snuka from this day forward (his real name is James William Reiher, Jr. for anyone wondering). Snuka is the adopted son of the WWE Hall of Famer. The match ended in disqualification after Cody Rhodes and Manu, who were sitting ringside, interfered and attacked Mysterio. Officials had been thinking about repackaging Reiher in a gimmick acknowledging his relation to Jimmy Snuka ever since he was drafted to the Raw brand as a part of the 2008 Supplemental Draft. As you can see, they didn't get to it until nearly six months later.
SmackDown Diva Maria Kanellis appeared on XM's The Opie and Anthony Show this morning promoting this Saturday's Tribute to the Troops telecast on NBC. She plugged the show, talked about being a wrestler, and of course, there was the usual potty talk, which she took in stride. During the interview, Maria said she's currently dating a WWE cameraman.
SmackDown Superstar R-Truth returned to World Wrestling Entertainment with a series of vignettes and a lot of hype, but company officials have soured on his performances in the ring, reports ProWrestling.NET. R-Truth was getting a pretty big push as recently as October, but it suddenly stalled for no apparent reason. Officials feel he can hit his flashy trademark spots, but he really needs to work on the basics of wrestling in order for his push to resume.
-- The recently re-signed Tyson Tomko is backstage at today's Raw in Pittsburgh, PA. Tomko signed a contract to return to the company a few weeks ago.
-- WWE Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka is also backstage at the show.
-- Kevin Thorn, who hasn't appeared on WWE programming in over a year, is backstage at today's show. He recently returned to developmental Florida Championship Wrestling in his trademark vampire gimmick.
WWE's latest talent roster cut was announced this past Thursday as Gene Snitsky was let go by the Stamford, CT-based company following a four-year plus stint with the organization. Snitsky's departure from the company was as a result of three reasons.
The biggest reason for Snitsky's departure from the company was the arrival of Mike Knox on the Raw brand as they really didn't need two people for one role. Knox fills the mid-level monster role much better than Snitsky not to mention that he still has a sense of credibility. WWE didn't release Snitsky earlier because the company wanted to see if Knox would fit in on Raw, and thus far, he's done a great job. Knox's performances in recent weeks on Raw was pretty much the nail in the coffin for Snitsky's tenure in WWE.
Secondly, after numerous attempts to get Snitsky over, the company pretty much up gave up on trying to push him as a money player over a year ago due to the audience's general apathy towards him, He's been dead weight ever since, being used off and on through his departure last week, and never in anything major.
Thirdly, this was also a cost-cutting measure as the company is looking to cut costs anywhere they can. Snitsky was the latest firing in a lengthy stream of talent cuts and even more are expected within the next few weeks.
TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION WRESTLING ANNOUNCES NEW ONE-HOUR "TNA EPIX" PROGRAM TO BEGIN BROADCASTING IN 2009
Ongoing series to join "iMPACT!" and "Xplosion" as TNA's leading broadcasts
TNA Wrestling is announcing the creation of a new one-hour television series, set to debut in early 2009.
"TNA Epix" will feature the most awe-inspiring and monumental moments, matches and superstars that shaped the face of TNA from its 2002 inception until today!
From the first TNA event in 2002 and the early Wednesday night Pay-Per-Views, to the Fox Sports Net era and the evolution of TNA on SpikeTV as well as the most recent wars inside the six-sided ring, the new program will include rare matches, archived footage, fresh historical commentary from the TNA superstars and so much more
"We are extremely excited about ‘Epix' joining the TNA broadcasting universe," said Kevin Sullivan, Director of TNA Television. "While ‘iMPACT!' is undoubtedly the crown-jewel of our worldwide presence, ‘Epix' will chronicle the amazing history of TNA and allow our fans to re-live some of their favorite moments."
"Epix" will be produced by Bill Banks at TNA's new state-of-the-art television headquarters in Nashville.
Check back to TNAwrestling.com in the coming weeks for more exclusive news on "TNA Epix".
TNA Television currently produces over 350 hours of programming annually, including "iMPACT!", Xplosion, International broadcasts, DVDs, SpikeTV specials, online videos and much more. In addition to "Epix", TNA is already exploring additional broadcasting opportunities in 2009.
Kelly Kelly & Melina def. Women's Champion Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall Rey Mysterio def. Sim Snuka (disqualification) World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. CM Punk & Kofi Kingston Dolph Ziggler def. Santa Claas World Heavyweight Champion John Cena & Batista def. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Manu (disqualification)
PITTSBURGH – In Pennsylvania’s city of steel, the sturdy metal that gives the metropolis its nickname is forged in the searing flames of a sweltering mill. When Raw rolled into town just one day after Armageddon, the WWE Universe saw that the confines of a ring can prove to be just as much of a crucible – and the mettle forged inside just as unbreakable.
WATCH all of the action now in the Raw Quick Cut and check out WWE.com's exclusive ringside PHOTOS.
World Heavyweight Champion John Cena & Batista def. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Manu by disqualification; Orton punts Batista in head (PHOTOS | WATCH) Randy Orton was determined to make a statement. In a 2-on-3 Handicap Match, in which he teamed with Cody Rhodes & Manu against Batista & World Heavyweight Champion John Cena, he made his statement loud and clear. As Cena tangled with Rhodes and Manu outside the ring, Orton took aim at a dazed Batista as if he were sizing up a Super Bowl-winning field goal. Then, in a matter of seconds, the Legend Killer punted Batista in the head, dropping The Animal into a lifeless puddle.
Stephanie McMahon announces Fatal Four Way Elimination Match to determine who will face John Cena While disciplining Chris Jericho for not facing off against “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Stephanie McMahon told the cocky former World Heavyweight Champion that next week there will be four matches, all involving former champions. The winners of those matches will then go on to a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match the following week to determine who will face current World Heavyweight Champion John Cena for his title.
Later, it was revealed that the following matches would take place on the very next Raw: Shawn Michaels vs. Kane, Rey Mysterio vs. JBL, CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho, and Randy Orton vs. Batista, whose condition is still questionable following the RKO and punt he received.
Dolph Ziggler def. Santa Claas (PHOTOS) Donning a Santa Claus costume, Charlie Haas (Santa Claas) hoped to find a win over Dolph Ziggler under his Christmas tree. Unfortunately for Haas, the match only served up lumps of coal for him when the exciting newcomer laid him out.
JBL presents exclusive footage from Armageddon in which Shawn Michaels confesses working for the Longhorn Loudmouth JBL was all too happy to unspool footage of a tortured confession by Shawn Michaels at Armageddon, in which HBK admits that not only is he financially bust, but, perhaps worse, he is working for JBL to pull himself out of the hole. Having lost his fortune in the spiraling stock market, The Showstopper told the rapt audience that he had turned to the investment guru. Read more about HBK’s confession here.
World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. CM Punk & Kofi Kingston; Kane attacks Miz (PHOTOS) Defending their newly acquired waist wear, World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison defeated former champions CM Punk & Kofi Kingston. The punishment didn’t stop there, though. Just minutes before, a crazed Kane had intimidated Kelly Kelly into confessing the identity of her secret Superstar love. The encounter left the Diva a nervous wreck as she begged the Big Red Monster not to hurt her paramour. After the match, the defiant giant barged into the ring, ominously sizing up Punk and Morrison before quickly turning and Tombstoned Miz. Later in the night, Kelly Kelly hastily packed up her possessions and was comforted by fellow Divas Mickie James and Candice. The flustered Diva seemed repulsed by the suggestion that her secret Superstar lover is The Miz. Did Kane have the right man?
Chris Jericho refuses to compete against “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (PHOTOS) Chris Jericho is just brimming with sorry excuses. This week proved no exception. The Slammy Award-winning Superstar of the Year refused to compete against “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan by saying the bout was beneath him. Jericho then went on to state that he should be the No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship and will not compete again until he’s handed an opportunity to battle John Cena. Later in the night, Duggan met with Shad & JTG, who seem determined to help the veteran. The Cryme Tyme duo told the veteran that "it's time" before the trio walked off together.
Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Manu jump Batista; John Cena runs in to help After suffering a humiliating loss to Batista at Armageddon, Randy Orton challenged The Animal to a rematch. When confronted by Batista, however, Orton instead slapped his rival and scurried off. Unfortunately for Batista, the whole ploy proved to be a trap. As he tracked down his nimble nemesis, Batista was jumped by Rhodes and Manu. As all three men bombarded The Animal, John Cena, who suffered a similar fate two weeks prior, charged into the fray and unleashed fury, freeing Batista and sending the trio scurrying for an exit.
Kane stalks Kelly Kelly The strange drama between Kane and Kelly Kelly continues to unfold. The Big Red Monster appeared to have the young Diva trapped in a squalid room as he sat across from her and confessed that he felt a romantic chemistry between the two last week when they presented the Slammy Award for Couple of the Year. When Kelly Kelly tried to end the uncomfortable encounter, Kane became enraged, preventing the Diva from leaving.
Rey Mysterio def. Sim Snuka by disqualification; Cody Rhodes and Manu interfere; Mike Knox attacks Mysterio after match (PHOTOS) Deuce appears to have gotten in touch with his roots. As the son of WWE Hall of Famer “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, the former '50s throwback told the WWE Universe that moving forward he’d like to be called by his real name, Sim Snuka. With Cody Rhodes and Manu looking on from ringside, the younger Snuka went on to tangle with the Master of the 619. But the two second-generation Superstars just couldn’t help themselves, interfering in the bout, ensuring Mysterio the win by disqualification.
Just as Mysterio escaped his first three tormentors, however, Mike Knox appeared and brutally attacked him, leaving his battered body strewn on the entrance ramp.
Kelly Kelly & Melina def. Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix & Jillian Hall; Kane stalks Kelly Kelly (PHOTOS) Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix may have beaten out fellow nominee Kelly Kelly for Diva of the Year honors during last week’s Slammy Awards, but tonight proved much more of a winner for the quick-learning Diva. Teaming up with Melina, Kelly Kelly avenged herself in a tag team match against The Glamazon & Jillian Hall. The spunky Diva, however, had little time to celebrate. After the match, a maniacal-looking Kane chased off Kelly Kelly’s adversaries and then proceeded to corner the nervous Diva, eventually stalking her out of the ring and up the entrance ramp.
Word has it that Frankie Kazarian suffered a biceps injury at Monday's iMPACT! taping and is expected to miss some more ring time as a result, reports ProWrestling.NET.
Kazarian did a run-in as his Suicide character at the show. No word yet on the severity of the injury and how much time he will miss. Kazarian returned from the sidelines just a few weeks ago. One source said TNA officials have talked about putting another wrestler in the Suicide costume until Kazarian is healthy enough to work again.
Eric Escobar defeats DJ Gabriel w/ Alicia Fox Johnny Prime defeats Lawrence Knight w/ Byron Saxton Drew M'cintire defeats Kaleb O'Neal, Sebastian Slater and Johnny Curtis Joe Henning defeats Sheamus O'Shaunessy DH Smith and TJ Wilson defeats Carson Oakley and Scotty Goldman for the tag team titles
Matthew Joseph Korklan (St. Louis, (Missouri), 19 maart 1983) is een Amerikaanse professionele worstelaar die werkt voor World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), beter gekend met zijn worstelnaam Evan Bourne. Korklan worstelt momenteel voor ECW
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Korklan maakte zijn professionele debuut tijdens de ECW show van WWE op 3 juni 2008. Hij verloor de wedstrijd van Shelton Benjamin waardoor hij later officieel op de WWE ECW rooster werd opgenomen. De wedstrijd van 10 juni 2008 was een Tag Team match waarin hij samen met Kofi Kingston de match gewonnen heeft van het duo Benjamin en Mike Knox. Later won Korklan de wedstrijden van Matt Striker, Nunzio en de vroegere ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero.
Evan Bourne is momenteel geblesseerd voor 4 maand door een enkelblessure.
Jeff Hardy def. Edge & Triple H (New WWE Champion) World Heavyweight Champion John Cena def. Chris Jericho Batista def. Randy Orton Vladimir Kozlov def. ECW Champion Matt Hardy (Non-title) HBK reveals deal with JBL CM Punk def. Rey Mysterio (Intercontinental Title Tournament Finals) Finlay def. Mark Henry (Belfast Brawl) Eight-Diva Santa's Little Helper Match (Team mcCool wins)
Although no injuries have been confirmed by WWE at this time, it appears as if both Rey Mysterio and CM Punk were injured the hard way during their #1 contenders match tonight at Armageddon. Punk was bleeding from the upper part of his nose following the bout, and Mysterio could potentially have a broken nose as he was bleeding profusely as a result of Punk's GTS finisher.
Following Jeff Hardy's first WWE Title win tonight at Armageddon, Matt Hardy came out to ring side after the show went off the air to celebrate with his brother. Triple H finally made his way to his feet, proceeded to shake Jeff's hand, and then exited.
The arena in Buffalo tonight was a legit sellout with few empty seats to be found.
Ik ben Boon Kenneth, en gebruik soms ook wel de schuilnaam Sting.
Ik ben een man en woon in Dworp (Belgie) en mijn beroep is .
Ik ben geboren op 05/06/1989 en ben nu dus 30 jaar jong.
Mijn hobby's zijn: Worstelen en films.
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