TNA has high hopes for Matt Morgan, who is currently just starting an angle with The Main Event Mafia. They feel he has all of the tools to be a main event star, and want him to be classified as a �homegrown� star as after his mostly forgettable WWE run they totally repackaged him from the ground up.
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WRESTLING LEGEND MISAWA DIES IN THE RING
Mitsuharu Misawa died on Saturday night in Hiroshima, Japan after being dropped on his head during a GHC tag team title match (Misawa & Go Shiozaki vs. Bison Smith & Akitoshi Saito) at Green Arena. He took a high-angled back suplex at around 8:45pm. The ref asked Misawa whether he could move, and he responded by saying no, then a few seconds later he lost consciousness.
The match was stopped at 27:03 and all the NOAH wrestlers and officials came into the ring. A doctor was brought in from the crowd who tried heart massage as by then Misawa has stopped breathing. The heart massage brought back his pulse, and he was rushed to a nearby hospital. He was officially pronounced dead at 10:10pm.
Misawa, 45, was widely regarded as one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all-time. He was a successful amateur wrestler, placing fifth as a junior at the 1980 freestyle World Championships. He was trained professionally by Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer, Shohei Baba, and Dory Funk, Jr. He made his professional debut on August 21, 1981 for All Japan Pro Wrestling. From 1984 until 1990, Misawa performed as the second generation Tiger Mask, as All Japan had purchased the rights of the Tiger Mask gimmick from New Japan Pro Wrestling.
On May 14, 1990, during a tag match against Yoshiaki Yatsu and Hiromichi Fuyuki, he told his partner (and future rival) Toshiaki Kawada to unmask him, thus abandoning the Tiger Mask gimmick. A few weeks later, Misawa defeated Jumbo Tsuruta in his first main event at Nippon Budokan. The match at the time was seen as a turning point in the history of All Japan, with Misawa being established as a major star. For the rest of the decade he was one of the biggest draws in Japanese wrestling.
Following the death of All Japan booker Giant Baba, Misawa inherited the position of president. After disagreements with widow Motoko Baba and being removed by a board of executives in 2000, Misawa left All Japan Pro Wrestling; followed by natives Toshiaki Kawada and Masanobu Fuchi, and and two non-natives Stan Hansen and Maunakea Mossman to form Pro Wrestling Noah. Noah debuted on August 5, 2000, with shows that featured over 20 wrestlers that had resigned from All Japan.
On July 18, 2004, Misawa returned to All Japan to defeat Satoshi Kojima; he would also return once more on October 31, 2004 for the Keiji Mutoh 20th Anniversary: Love and Bump PPV, where he, along with Keiji Mutoh, defeated Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki in what billed as a special dream match.
Up until his death, Misawa continued to wrestle a full-time schedule, competing mostly in tag matches. At the Nippon Budokan on December 10, 2006, he defeated Naomichi Marufuji to win his 3rd GHC Heavyweight Championship. On August 25, 2007 it was announced that Misawa would be on the November Ring of Honor Glory by Honor cards in Philadelphia and New York City. The first night, he teamed with KENTA to face Takeshi Morishima and Naomichi Marufuji, wrestling to a thirty minute time-limit draw. The following night, he successfully defended the GHC Championship against KENTA.
On March 2, 2008 Misawa was defeated by Takeshi Morishima for the GHC Heavyweight Championship, ending his 16-month championship reign.
Dolph Ziggler def. The Great Khali (Count-out) Michelle McCool & Layla def. Women’s Champion Melina & Eve R-Truth & John Morrison def. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk def. Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho (Non-title) Edge def. Jeff Hardy (Disqualification)
BILOXI, Miss. – With their battered bodies still feeling the effects of a brutal Extreme Rules, the SmackDown Superstars went to war again with their sights set on Monday’s WWE 3-For-All on Raw, where the World Heavyweight, WWE and ECW titles will all be contested. (VIDEO preview)
Edge def. Jeff Hardy (Disqualification) (PHOTOS | VIDEO) With new World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk watching from the announce table, former champions Edge and Jeff Hardy battled it out in the night’s main event. At stake was a chance to face CM Punk for his title this Monday on Raw. The match was made at the start of the night by SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long (PHOTOS | VIDEO)
In a back-and-forth struggle, Hardy and Edge pushed themselves to the limits of endurance. As the action spilled to the arena floor, Edge tossed Hardy onto CM Punk, who was seated at the announce table. Mayhem then ensued, when Punk pursued Edge back in to the ring and assaulted him with a series of punches.
Realizing he lost the match due to Punk’s interference, an angry Jeff Hardy reigned down blows on Punk, then took out his frustration on Edge with a Twist of Fate. But it was the champion who had the final word when he destroyed Hardy with a Go to Sleep.
As Punk stood over the fallen former champions, GM Theodore Long made the blockbuster announcement from his office that it will be Edge vs. Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk in a Triple Threat Match on Raw for the World Heavyweight Championship. (Raw coverage)
World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk def. Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho (Non-title) (VIDEO | PHOTOS) Jericho has been angry for weeks over not being considered for an opportunity at the World Title. After expressing his displeasure to Teddy Long, the GM announced Jericho could face new champion CM Punk. So, just before joining the announce team for the main event, Punk took on Jericho one-on-one. Despite Jericho’s bold prediction, his guarantee for victory did not come true, as Punk dropped him with a Go to Sleep. The win was Punk’s first as new champion.
Dolph Ziggler def. The Great Khali (Count-out) (PHOTOS) Up against a formidable foe in The Great Khali, Dolph Ziggler employed an interesting strategy to get the win. By grabbing hold of Khali’s interpreter, Ranjin Singh, and roughing him up, Ziggler knew he’d draw the attention of the 7-footer. With Singh in his grasp and Khali in pursuit, Ziggler waited until the last moment to jump back in the ring and avoid the referee’s 10-count.
Michelle McCool & Layla def. Women’s Champion Melina & Eve (PHOTOS | VIDEO) Last week, Women’s Champion Melina was upset in a Six-Diva Tag Match. On this night, it was Layla’s partner, Michelle McCool, who delivered another loss to the champion by stunning her with a Faithbreaker.
R-Truth & John Morrison def. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas (PHOTOS) Four young and hungry Superstars put on a fantastic display of athleticism, but it was John Morrison who reigned supreme. The Friday Night Delight put away Charlie Haas with a Moonlight Drive followed up by the Starship Pain for the win.
-- Mike Aldren of The Sun is reporting that former TNA performer Nicole Raczynski (a/k/a Roxxi, a/k/a Roxxi Laveaux, a/k/a Nikki Roxx) recently sent her résumé to World Wrestling Entertainment and the AAA promotion out of Mexico.
The show opened with a video that focussed on Sting vs. Kurt Angle.
The title is "Foley Fires Up Founder".
The opening video aired.
Mike Tenay and Don West introduced the show and hyped "pay-per-view quality matches." They hyped Samoa Joe vs. Scott Steiner and Booker T in a first blood match, and Angle vs. Sting.
Mick Foley walked to the ring with the TNA Title draped over his shoulder. Tenay said Foley's fingerprints are all over the show. The artists formerly known as the Main Event Mafia security accompanied Foley to the ring. They were still wearing their MEM shirts. Foley was wearing a Jeff Jarrett t-shirt.
Foley said he knew there would come a day when the TNA Title would be taken away from him. However, he said Jarrett has taken away something from him he thought he'd have forever - his smile. Foley called out Jarrett "for a hard decision." Jarrett's music played and he headed out to the ring.
Foley said he wears Jarrett's t-shirt as a sign of respect for him as a man and what he's done with TNA for the wrestling business. He said that makes his decision even tougher. Foley said he tried to give Jarrett a second chance, but then he assaulted a referee "and a senior citizen" in referee Earl Hebner.
Mick announced that Jarrett was fined and suspended without pay from TNA. West said Jarrett was getting off easy. Jarrett said he wouldn't just stand there and let Foley make a mockery of him and the entire company. "Mick, your comedy act is over right now," Jarrett said. Jarrett started to leave the ring, but Foley called him back.
Foley impersonated the Three Stooges and then got intense. He reamed out Jeff for punching Hebner. Foley said it was time for Jarrett to pay the band. Jarrett said Foley has gone way too far. Mick said it was Jeff who went too far. Foley said they could do it the easy way or the hard way, but either way he was removing Jarrett from TNA.
"Well, Mick, it looks like we're gonna have to do this the hard way," Jarrett said. He wound up to punch Jarrett, but the security guards attacked him. The security crew roughed up Jeff with repeated punches while Foley backed up the ramp and encouraged them over the mic. Jarrett finally came back with a double clothesline and then hit them both with chairshots. West said Jarrett was out of control and crazy.
Foley stood on the ramp and shook his head. "You've left me no choice, Jeff," Foley said. "Once I regain my composure, I will singlehandedly throw you out of the Impact Zone." Jarrett said down on the chair and motioned for Foley to come get some. Foley made the same gesture back to Jarrett.
Backstage, Lauren interviewed Team 3D. They spoke about The British Invasion. Devon said that if you draw first blood with Team 3D, you'll drown in your own blood. Lauren looked off camera. Brother Ray acknowledged that Raven was sitting on the floor. He said Lauren should be worried about Raven because he's crazy, but he wouldn't do anything then. Team 3D hyped their title match with Beer Money. After they walked away, Lauren ran away in fear of Raven, who was still sitting there.
Backstage, Borash interviewed Jarrett, who said he's apologized to Hebner repeatedly for losing his temper and striking him last week. Jarrett said he's human and made a mistake. Jarrett said that he was going to leave on his own accord until Foley vowed to remove him from the building. "I'm here, I'm waiting, let's see you do it, big boy," Jarrett said.
1. Alex Shelley and Jay Lethal (w/Chris Sabin, Consequences Creed) beat Team 3D in a non-title match in 7:40. Lethal came out in the old school Macho Man trunks with the sparkly robe. West heeled it up by defending the British Invasion by saying they're not doing anything Team 3D hasn't done in the past. West turned his attention to Suicide by saying he doesn't care who it is as long as it doesn't turn out to be Glenn Gilbertti. Late in the match, Sabin and Creed ran in just to get bumped by Brother Ray. Later, the British Invasion ran out, but Team 3D roughed them up. Doug Williams got loose and hit Devon from behind with the briefcase, which enabled Shelley and Lethal to get the win. Tenay questioned where Beer Money was at when they should have been helping Team 3D.
Backstage, Foley rallied his security forces. He had the Mafia Security guys and a slew of TNA security. He told them all that Jarrett could be armed and dangerous.
Backstage, Foley and his posse tracked down Jarrett, who pointed out that Foley claimed he was going to do it singlehandedly. Foley clowned around and told jokes. Mick asked Jarrett to walk away before he got hurt. Jarrett said he'd leave before he did something he'd regret. Jarrett said Foley should reevaluate his position in TNA before he finds out what his real role is. After Jarrett walked away, Foley said he knows his role and it's the World Hvt. Champion.
Tenay and West hyped Tara vs. Madison Rayne, Shane Douglas vs. A.J. Styles, the first blood match, and the Sting vs. Angle main event.
Backstage, Borash interviewed Booker T and Scott Steiner. Booker was over the top, Steiner said he'd break Joe's legs and then make him bleed.
2. Samoa Joe defeated Scott Steiner and Booker T in a Nation of Violence first blood match in 11:50. West pointed out that Joe had to make Booker and Steiner bleed. Steiner worked against Joe to start the match. The referee walked around with a white towel and dabbed the heads of the wrestlers to see if they were bleeding. West said he's interviewing Joe next week and vowed to find out who his advisor is.
Steiner grabbed a pipe from underneath the ring, but Joe cut him off. Joe put a trash can over Steiner head and then hit it repeatedly with the pipe. Steiner was bleeding when the ref took the can off his head at 4:30. He was noticeably bleeding, but the referee still dabbed his head with the towel.
With Steiner eliminated, Booker's music played and he came out with Sharmell. She kissed Booker on the stage and stayed there. The show cut to commercial while Booker made his entrance.
Back from the break, Booker and Joe were already fighting at ringside. Joe eventually picked up the pipe and nailed Booker in the gut. The announcers said the blow could cost internal bleeding. The referee dabbed the towel on Booker's mouth and he was bleeding, so that ended the match.
The announcers recapped the Joe match.
Backstage, Lauren stood by as Sting, Kurt Angle, and trainers tended to Booker and Steiner. There was a bunch of commotion and she promised updates. The camera pulled back and showed Raven sitting on the floor in the background.
3. A.J. Styles defeated Shane Douglas in a non-title match in 5:10. Shane worked the match wearing long trunks and a black t-shirt with the sleeves cut off. They ended up fighting at ringside when Styles dove onto Douglas. A.J. came up limping. He rammed Douglas into the ring post. The announcers spoke about how an ankle injury could limit Styles more than anyone in TNA because of his in-ring style.
Styles hit the Pele Kick at 4:30 and went for the cover, but Douglas got a foot on the ropes. A short time later, Styles rolled Douglas into an armbar. Douglas tapped out immediately. West said Shane hasn't been in the ring in three years so you wouldn't expect to see him beat Styles.
After the match, Douglas attacked Styles from behind. Daniels ran out and hit Shane with a series of punches and kicks. Shane picked up his towel and hit Daniels. He revealed a pair of handcuffs were wrapped in the towel. He handcuffed Daniels to the ropes and took a few shots. Samoa Joe ran out and Shane fled.
A Slammiversary pay-per-view video aired.
Backstage, Lauren was on a cell phone running in fear while the camera followed her. She ran inside the women's bathroom. Raven showed up and took a seat outside the door. Screams could be heard coming from inside the room. Still, Raven sat expressionless and even looked at his hand. Daffney left the room and Lauren could be seen laid out on the floor.
Tenay set up a shot of Taylor Wilde searching for Daffney backstage. She ran after her with a lead pipe while Raven and Stevie Richards sat on the floor. Daffney got the better of the exchange and was screaming while she roughed up Taylor. Stevie stood up and stopped her. "I'm sorry, Taylor, but that's all the time we have for this week," Stevie said in a calm voice. Stevie and Daffney walked away together while Raven sat on the floor admiring his cuticles.
Backstage, Angelina Love complained to Borash that the Beautiful People set was missing. Taylor Wilde did a funny bit about Borash using "the noun lovely" to describe Tara. Madison Rayne snuck in a comment at the end to hype her match with Tara.
The latest training video with ODB and Cody Deaner aired.
Backstage, Borash interviewed Angle, who put over Joe for doing what he said by taking out Nash, Steiner, and Booker. He said it was down to him and Joe, and he told Joe to bring it. Angle headed into his locker room and slammed the door. Borash asked about Angle's match with Sting through the door.
Ring introductions for the Tara vs. Madison Rayne match took place.
4. Tara beat Madison Rayne (w/Angelina Love, Velvet Sky) in 4:15. Rayne bailed to ringside where Love and Sky comforted her. Tara (a/k/a Victoria) grabbed the ropes and kicked her into her partners. Rayne scored a near fall with a neckbreaker and got in a minute of offense. Later, Tara jiggled and played to the crowd before hitting a standing moonsault for a near fall. She came back with the Widow's Peak and scored the clean pin.
Backstage, Eric Young complained to Jeremy Borash that everyone is taking advantage of him. Borash said Young needs to stop feeling sorry for himself. Young slapped him across the face and Borash fell to the ground to sell it.
Backstage, SoCal Val debuted as an interviewer. Daniels cut her off and intensely stated that he'd give Shane Douglas his roster spot if he can beat him at the pay-per-view. Daniels said Douglas had to get his "ratty ass out of my company" if he lost the match.
5. Kurt Angle pinned Sting in a King of Mountain qualifier in 16:55. After a couple minutes of back and forth action, the show cut to commercial.
Angle took control of the match and maintained it when they went to yet another commercial.
After the break, Sting came back with a couple of Stinger Splashes and a suplex for a near fall.
Later, Matt Morgan ran out and bickered with the referee while Sting was pinning Angle. Sting turned his attention to Morgan, who dropped off the apron. He popped back onto the apron a few seconds later and clotheslined Sting from behind while the ref was focused on Angle. Kurt hit the Angle Slam and scored the pin.
After the match, Morgan clapped for Angle and entered the ring. Angle figured out what happened and shoved Morgan, who shoved him back and knocked him down in the process. Several referees entered the ring to separate the two as the show closed...
The owner of a Vickie Guerrero fansite, www.Vickie-Guerrero.com, has direct contact with Vickie herself. According to a post on the website, the site owner personally asked Vickie if she sees herself returning to WWE in some capacity one day. Given her response, it would appear that she has left the door open for a return down the line. Here is what Vickie said:
Vickie also hopes Mary Anne, the owner of the website, leaves the site open so she can keep in contact with her on a personal level.
Vickie handed in her notice to the company a few weeks ago in order to spend more time with her daughters.
According to Dave Meltzer, Chris Masters had a meeting with Vince McMahon in Los Angeles at the tapings and was recommended by Randy Orton to be brought back.
Masters was fired in late 2007 on his second strike instead of his third strike, when at first he was being suspended for 60 days based on first, the Signature Pharmacy case, and shortly after his return, failing a drug test. Several months earlier he had a stint in rehab for an issue with prescription painkillers, but that does not count as a strike in the Wellness program because there was no test failure associated with him being sent to rehab.
The Sun out of the United Kingdom has published an article on WWE confirming that Umaga was released from WWE due to his second Wellness Policy violation and his unwillingness to attend a rehabilitation facility. The article states that the company waited on announcing the drug test failure due to the unusual nature of the termination. WWE officials had to review the policy since he didn’t fall foul of the 'three strikes and you're out' rule.
As noted before, the WWE creative team didn’t have much for Kane which is why he hasn’t been on TV lately. Word going around is that Kane also wanted to take some time off to let various injuries heal up. He’s had problems with his knees and wanted some time to heal rather than keep working until surgery would be necessary. There’s no date right now on when Kane will return. Kane is considered one of the company’s real life success stories as he’s made good money, hasn’t lived a high lifestyle, is still in good shape and has saved money. Kane is said to be one of the few guys who will make his own decision when his career ends and not have finances control the end of his career or have WWE want to get rid of him for being a problem.
It would appear that WWE is looking to replace Lilian Garcia as the ring announcer of Monday Night Raw. The following was issued to talent agencies today:
WWE Announcer/Singer / Female / All Ethnicities / 20 - 30
Description: WWE is looking for a young, attractive female to sing the national anthem and be our regular ring announcer every week, for one of our most popular TV shows (WWE is estimated to be seen in 500,000,000 households in 150 countries/30 languages)...
This is a breakout job for any young singer. Please specify on submissions if anyone has appeared on American Idol, making the Band or any show of this comparison.
WWE.com posted the following this morning regarding the release of Umaga earlier this week:
As reported on WWE.com on Monday, June 8, 2009, WWE Superstar Umaga (Edward Fatu) has been released from his World Wrestling Entertainment contract.
However, consistent with the practice of announcing wellness policy violations, it should be noted that Umaga's termination was due to his second violation of the WWE Wellness Program and his subsequent refusal to attend a rehabilitation facility.
Former WWE Diva Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria) posted a new blog on her MySpace page where she talks about her reasons for leaving WWE. Here’s what she wrote:
“A few people have asked me why I chose to go to TNA. Not nearly as many as have suggested that I go to TNA over the past couple years, but it has been been asked. Before I can answer that, I have to address why I left WWE. I left because I didn’t enjoy my role, and I didn’t see it changing. That, in addition to the brutal travel schedule, made it an easy choice for me to walk away and leave the opportunity available to one of the scores of female wrestlers who were anxiously awaiting their chance.
TNA approached me with the offer to come to their organization, work a less rigorous schedule, and more importantly, wrestle to the best of my ability with no limitations.
Several people have debated whether this will effect my chance at one day being elected into the WWE Hall of Fame. I am flattered at my name even being mentioned with such an honor. And whether or not you believe that I am worthy, I really don’t think that WWE will hold it against me for doing other things after I left. I truly believe that I gave 100% every day with WWE, and that I went above and beyond what was expected of me. I think that if I am happy with my choices, then they are happy for me. Of course they took me off their website. They can’t promote talent with another organization. But again, I’d like to think that on a personal level, they are happy for me.
The only serious considerations I had were 1) Would I still be able to train for MMA? 2) Do I miss wrestling and want to do it on a regular basis? 3) Can I entertain TNA fans in a way that they deserve to be entertained?
I believe so to all three. I still have time to dedicate to MMA. I definitely miss wrestling. And my goal is not only to be the best in a very tough Knockout division, but to elevate the performance of the entire division.
Thursday night on TNA Impact on SpikeTV I have my first match in about five months, and my first in a six sided ring. For those who haven’t seen TNA recently, I think you should tune in. Because for those of you who do, you’ll see a female wrestler in the best shape of her life, at the top of her game, beginning a new journey.
Beth Phoenix & Rosa Mendes def. Nikki & Brie Bella Evan Bourne def. Zack Ryder Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho def. John Morrison
This week on “WWE Superstars” on WGN America, four of the hottest Divas and four of the toughest Superstars found themselves doing battle. With the new, nine-time Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho taking on The Shaman of Sexy John Morrison, Evan “Air” Bourne facing off against Zack Ryder and Brie & Nikki Bella in Diva tag team action against Beth Phoenix & Rosa Mendes, it was certainly a night of hard-hitting action.
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Beth Phoenix & Rosa Mendes def. Brie & Nikki Bella (PHOTOS | WATCH) Sexy, smart and powerful defines WWE’s Divas, and these four women are no exception. The Bella Twins put on an impressive display of tag team work as the ladies controlled Rosa Mendes in the ring. However, as soon as the dominant Beth Phoenix got the tag, things suddenly took a turn for the worse. The Glamazon used her awesome power to hold the twins at bay, but it was the guts of Nikki that put the beautiful twins back on track. Nikki hit the former Women’s Champion with a facebuster, seemingly having Phoenix under wraps. As the Divas know, one can never count Beth Phoenix out. A skirmish outside the ring between Brie and Phoenix’s assistant-turned-protégé Rosa gave The Glamazon just the opening she needed, catching Nikki off-guard with a devastating Glam Slam and getting the three-count.
Evan Bourne def. Zack Ryder (PHOTOS | WATCH) In a match between two of ECW’s youngest and brightest Superstars, there was no telling what might happen Thursday night. Quickly after the match got underway, Zack Ryder smartly attempted to ground Evan Bourne and focus on the ribs that were injured at the hands of Mark Henry on ECW this week. Though, as many of his friends and foes alike could tell you, “Air” Bourne isn’t going to stay down for long and brought out all the stops to floor Ryder. After regaining control and giving a few “woo woo woo’s” to our fans, the obnoxious Long Islander seemed to have Bourne right where he wanted him, planning a high-impact maneuver off the top rope, but that decision proved to be his downfall. Feeling at home on top of the turnbuckle, Bourne sent Ryder falling hard on his back and followed up with a death-defying Shooting Star Press and the pin. Victorious just days after a vicious beating at the hands of Mark Henry, “Air” Bourne certainly sent a message to The World’s Strongest Man that he won’t go down without a fight.
Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho def. John Morrison (PHOTOS | WATCH) Just days after unmasking Rey Mysterio and beginning an unfathomable ninth Intercontinental Championship reign at Extreme Rules, Chris Jericho returned to Thursday nights to once again prove why “WWE Superstars” is “his show.” Thankfully, The Friday Night Delight John Morrison came one night early to save the WWE Universe from having to sit through another one of Jericho’s long-winded tirades. It seemed as though The Shaman of Sexy had the abrasive Superstar’s number as well, with Morrison countering all the Codebreakers, Lionsaults & Walls of Jericho the Intercontinental Champion could throw at him. In the end, however, it was a simple miscalculation and a handful of tights that gave the first-ever Undisputed Champion the victory, sneaking away with a win against Morrison. Although he lost this time, The Shaman of Sexy proved once again why he is one of the fastest-rising Superstars on SmackDown and throughout the entire WWE.
On Wednesday, a report in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter said that a topic of discussion backstage at RAW this week was the rumor that Rey Mysterio had given his notice to quit WWE. The rumor, though never reported as anything but such, relied on the fact that Mysterio did not work this week's television as evidence of its possible validity.
PWInsider.com, however, reports that Mysterio had already planned to miss this week's tapings to rest his knee which has been bothering him as of late. WWE appears to have no intention of abandoning his program with Chris Jericho, with sources believing that Mysterio is indeed staying with the company.
While the Mysterio rumor was a big part of locker room discussion Monday, it appears his fans can breathe easily for the time being.
Dave Meltzer is reporting that Rey Mysterio was not at the WWE's TV tapings this week. According to Meltzer, the word going around backstage is that he gave notice and is leaving the company. However, this story has not been confirmed yet and therefore it remains only a rumor. Mysterio is currently still on the lineups for this weekend's house shows.
UPDATED: Batista has undergone surgery for injuries sustained during The Legacy's attack on Raw. The Animal's torn left biceps has been successfully reattached and he is expected to return to active competition in four months.
To follow up on the surprising story from yesterday that Umaga had been released from his WWE contract, PWInsider.com reports that WWE sources say it was “a situation where he just had to be let go.” What that quote means is anyone’s guess because the sources didn‘t specify, but there have apparently been behavior-related issues with Umaga in the past.
Umaga is telling people he left under his own free will, and while that could be true, it seems unlikely as he just made his return and worked hard to come back.
According to Bryan Alvarez, Tommy Dreamer has signed a new contract with WWE following the Extreme Rules PPV. It is rumored that he signed a three to five year deal. As it turns out, him telling people over the weekend that he was leaving was a swerve. With his other options, the feeling is that he made the right decision to stay with the company and could eventually be offered some kind of agent deal by WWE when he is retired from wrestling.
Evan Bourne def. WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas Vladmir Kozlov def. two local competitors (2-on-1 Handicap Match) The Hart Dynasty def. Christian & Jack Swagger
New ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer’s contract signing was marred by scandal on Tuesday night. But the ECW Original returned to make a bold statement just days before he’ll defend the Extreme Title on Raw’s 3-For-All Monday.
The Hart Dynasty def. Christian & Jack Swagger (PHOTOS | WATCH) Two former Extreme Champions, Jack Swagger and Christian, interrupted ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer’s moment in the spotlight Tuesday night, as Swagger demanded the ECW Original be stripped of his title and Christian insisted on a rematch. Before Dreamer could ink his ECW deal, he and Captain Charisma quieted “The All-American American” by tossing him out of the ring. But after Dreamer signed his way back into ECW, Christian threw him into the table in the ring, and their main event tag team match against The Hart Dynasty was nixed. Instead, ECW’s interim General Manager, Tiffany, told Christian he’d have to team with Swagger instead. (WATCH: CONTRACT SIGNING | WATCH: DREAMER WINS AT EXTREME RULES)
Christian & Swagger were unable to put their differences aside when they faced The Hart Dynasty on Tuesday night. While Natalya distracted the referee, “The All-American American” stopped his tag team partner from hitting the Killswitch on Tyson Kidd, pulling him into the top rope, allowing The Hart Dynasty to hit The Hart Attack. Then, David Hart Smith pinned Captain Charisma for the victory. As The Hart Dynasty and Swagger brutally attacked Christian after the match, ECW Champion Dreamer ran into the ring. The ECW Original stopped the attack on Christian, by assaulting Swagger with a Singapore Cane, while Kidd, Hart Smith & Natalya retreated up the ring before Dreamer could get to them, too.
Dreamer will defend the ECW Championship against Christian on Monday’s three-hour Raw 3-For-All. Will Christian reclaim the title, causing Dreamer’s time as Extreme Champion to be short- lived? Or will the ECW Original continue to hold ECW gold? Watch Raw Monday at its special start time of 8/7 CT on USA Network.
Evan Bourne def. WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas (PHOTOS | WATCH) Evan “Air” Bourne beat the odds by defeating Mark Henry two weeks in a row on ECW, but WWE Hall of Famer Tony Atlas was determined to prove to The World’s Strongest Man that he could crush the high-flying Superstar. This week, Bourne pinned Atlas after another amazing Shooting Star Press, angering Henry even more. Bourne’s victory celebration was cut short when Henry attacked Bourne, laying him out with a World’s Strongest Slam. Has Henry gotten the last laugh on Bourne? Or will Bourne return to continue to defeat The World’s Strongest Man and his associate?
Vladmir Kozlov def. two local competitors (2-on-1 Handicap Match) (PHOTOS) The Moscow Mauler returned to action on ECW Tuesday night, once again defeating two local competitors in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. Kozlov has been unstoppable since arriving in the Land of the Extreme. Who will dare to face this dominant force next?
Rob Van Dam was a guest on The LAW Sunday night with Dan "The Mouth" Lovranski and Jason Agnew on Sirius 98 Hardcore Sports Radio. During the interview, Van Dam talked about a number of topics, including RVD TV, Chris Masters returning to WWE, Tommy Dreamer winning the ECW title and more.
While he did talk about enjoying his time away from the wrestling business, it's interesting to note that during the interview, he revealed that TNA Wrestling has been in "constant contact" with him as recently as this past week.
On Tuesday afternoon, World Wrestling Entertainment announced that Batista will be having surgery on his arm this week and will miss upto four months of action. With Batista out of action until October, he'll be unable to defend the WWE Championship and a new champion must be crowned.
During tonight's ECW on Sci-Fi broadcast, WWE announced how they will be handling the situation. On Monday night, a new WWE champion will be crowned in North Carolina during the 3-hour Three-For-All Raw special. It will be John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Big Show vs. Triple H for the WWE title.
Also announced on ECW for Raw, ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer will make his first title defense against Christian.
WWE Champion Batista vs. Randy Orton ended in a no contest Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase def. Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo MVP def. Matt Hardy John Cena vs. The Miz ended in a no contest Santino Marella, Goldust & Festus def. Chavo Guerrero, The Brian Kendrick & Jamie Noble Divas Champion Maryse def. Kelly Kelly United States Champion Kofi Kingston def. William Regal
LAFAYETTE, La. – Though Batista defeated him for the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules, Randy Orton was positive he’d once against hold the title after he and his Legacy brutally assaulted The Animal at the top of the show. However, as The Viper waited for their rematch to be ruled a forfeit, he was confronted by a whole different type of animal: A furious, returning Triple H.
Triple H returned, attacking The Legacy and causing WWE Champion Batista vs. Randy Orton to end in a no contest (PHOTOS | WATCH) Flanked by his Legacy, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase, Randy Orton took to the ring to invoke his rematch clause against WWE Champion Batista. Earlier in the night, the multi-generational Superstars attacked The Animal, injuring him so severely that he was taken from the arena in an ambulance, making his participation in a match unlikely. As The Viper waited for the count of 10 (at which point he would have won the WWE Title by forfeit), an ambulance approached the Cajun Dome. But the Superstar who emerged from the emergency vehicle may have been the last person Orton expected: Triple H.
The Game rushed to the ring with his signature sledgehammer, taking out Rhodes & DiBiase before turning his focus to his long-time nemesis. Triple H then brutally assaulted Orton with chairs, monitors and a thunderous Pedigree onto a waiting steel chair.
Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase def. Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo in a non-title match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Perhaps taking a lesson from their mentor, Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase have become intent on winning some gold of their own, specifically the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship. On Raw, they faced off against the present titleholders Carlito & Primo. Though the gold wasn’t on the line in this match, at stake was a future title opportunity if Rhodes & DiBiase could defeat their opponents. The Legacy showed their dominance as DiBiase pinned Primo, ensuring that the two tag teams would meet again in the near future.
Raw General Manager Vickie Guerrero quit and Edge reiterated the he would be divorcing her (PHOTOS | WATCH) Referencing Randy Orton’s upcoming rematch, Vickie Guerrero stated that making the WWE fans happy was the last thing on her mind. The Raw General Manager went on to berate the WWE Universe for not showing her sympathy after her loss to Santina Marella in a Hog Pen Match at Extreme Rules. Refusing to be humiliated anymore, Guerrero then quit her job as GM.
After her shocking announcement, she was joined in the ring by her estranged husband, Edge. The Rated-R Superstar reiterated his feelings from the night before, announcing that he plans to divorce Guerrero and adding that the only reason he married her was to use her power. After The Master Manipulator left his soon-to-be ex-wife, Vickie Guerrero broke down screaming in the middle of the ring.
MVP def. Matt Hardy (PHOTOS) MVP came to the ring declaring that he wants to be considered for the impending WWE Championship match on next week’s first-ever WWE 3-For-All, a special three-hour Raw featuring all three WWE brands with a World Championship Match from each. The Franchise Playa went on to prove he deserves a title match by defeating the nefarious Matt Hardy by pinfall.
John Cena vs. The Miz ended in a no contest (PHOTOS | WATCH) Ever since coming to Raw in the 2009 WWE Draft, The Miz has been a perpetual annoyance to John Cena (as well as the WWE Universe). The self-proclaimed “chick magnet” has subjected his would-be rival to an endless stream of taunts, threats and insults, while spuriously claiming victories over the former World Heavyweight Champion. But when Cena finally had an opportunity to shut The Miz up, they were interrupted by Big Show, before the match could even begin.
The World’s Largest Athlete, bitter over his loss to Cena at Extreme Rules, attacked, chokeslamming Cena and placing him in the dreaded Cobra Clutch Backbreaker. As the former World Heavyweight Champion struggled to break out of the hold, The Miz struck, clobbering Big Show with a steel chair before doling out the same treatment to Cena.
Santino Marella, Goldust & Festus def. Chavo Guerrero, The Brian Kendrick & Jamie Noble (PHOTOS) In a tag team match featuring some of WWE’s most colorful Superstars, the team of Santino Marella, Goldust & Festus took on Chavo Guerrero, The Brian Kendrick & Jamie Noble. The combined talent and wrestling know-how of Guerrero, Kendrick & Noble just wasn’t enough to propel them to victory, however, as Marella pinned Noble for the win.
Divas Champion Maryse def. Kelly Kelly (PHOTOS | WATCH) Two weeks ago on Raw, Kelly Kelly defeated Maryse in a battle for the Divas Championship, but as the win came by disqualification, she was unable to obtain the title. The sexy, smart and powerful Kelly got another chance though as she took on Maryse once again, with Mickie James sitting at ringside to provide additional commentary. As the fan-favorite Mickie gave her opinion on both competitors, the Divas Champion defeated her opponent, ensuring that the coveted title will continue to belong to her. Following the match, Maryse added insult to injury by slapping Kelly, but was quick to retreat when Mickie entered the ring.
United States Champion Kofi Kingston def. William Regal; Randy Orton invoked his rematch clause after WWE Champion Batista was taken away in an ambulance (PHOTOS) As William Regal made his way to the ring to take on United States Champion Kofi Kingston in this non-title match, he explained why he should be the one to represent the United States, in a typically offensive and degrading fashion. In spite of his arguments, however, The Jamaican Superstar showed why the title really belongs around his waist by promptly dispatching the arrogant British Brawler.
Prior to Kingston’s match against the devious Regal, the WWE Universe learned that WWE Champion Batista had been taken away from the Cajun Dome in an ambulance due to injuries sustained in The Legacy’s attack on The Animal. This made Orton’s words in the locker room area that much more distressing, as he announced that he was going to be invoking his rematch clause later in the night, and if Batista failed to show, The Viper would win the WWE title by forfeit.
Randy Orton and The Legacy brutally assaulted WWE Champion Batista and took his title (PHOTOS | WATCH) Addressing a joyous WWE Universe for the first time since winning the WWE Title, Batista opened Raw by addressing his mentor, Hall of Famer Ric Flair. As The Animal explained that he won his first-ever WWE Championship for ‘Naitch, himself and all the WWE fans who were sick of Randy Orton, he was interrupted by The Viper himself. Without saying a word, Orton and his minions, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, assaulted the WWE Champion, overcoming him with their superior numbers and focusing on The Animal's left arm - even going so far as to lock it into a steel chair. The attack was brutal, necessitating that medical personnel rush to Batista’s side as The Legend Killer made off with his rival’s WWE Title.
Umaga telling people he quit; big shake-up coming?
According to Dave Meltzer. Umaga is telling people that he quit WWE. However, there is a lot of speculation that his release had something to do with the Wellness Policy.
In what might be related news, the WWE's creative team was told not to write in several names for next week's three-hour RAW. It's quite possible that there will be more suspensions so stay tuned as this could end up being a very interesting week in WWE.
- On this morning's Wrestling Observer radio show, host Bryan Alvarez commented on Batista's latest injury, stating that there may be more to the situation than what has been reported. He speculated that, "Someting occured, it just may not have been a muscle tear issue." We'll see if there's anything to this in the coming days.
- Ken Anderson, formerly Mr. Kennedy in WWE, posted a message on his Twitter page addressing reports that Batista has torn his biceps muscle and will require surgery. Kennedy wrote, "I know everyone's saying stuff about Batista, but I gotta say that he's one of the best guys in the locker room. No ego, always trying to help."
Bill Behrens reports that ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer didn't signed a full multi-year contract renewals with WWE but both did sign short extensions a while ago when his contract were near the end date.
According to Behrens, Dreamer signed his extension several months ago. It’s unknown if either of them will end up signing full multi-year renewals.
There are some people within TNA management that are pushing for Tommy Dreamer to come in. Dreamer has several friends in TNA and one top TNA star told Behrens that he thinks Dreamer should be brought in to freshen up the creative team. However, there are also a few people in TNA with “stroke” who are resistant to Dreamer coming in at all.
Candice Michelle recently wrote on her Twitter account that she expects to return to the ring this month. With that being said, there is a ton of heat on her right now similar to what just caused Vince McMahon to release Mr. Kennedy; the perception that she is often injured and a lousy worker.
One company source told The Sun: "She doesn't exactly help her cause when she's running around in LA hanging out at bars and going to Dodger games... What happened to rehab and getting back in shape? There are guys on our roster with far worse injuries sucking it up and still coming to work."
On the positive side, one of her biggest supporters in the company is said to be Stephanie McMahon.
As seen tonight on Raw, Vickie Guerrero announced she was resigning as the General Manager of Raw.
She is indeed being written off of television as she recently handed in her notice to the company in order to spend more time with her daughters.
It is not 100% certain that tonight was her swan song with the company as there is still a possibility she may appear at tomorrow night's SmackDown taping. Whatever the case may be, she's through with WWE
On Sunday night, Umaga was involved in a leather strap match against CM Punk at the Extreme Rules pay per view.
Generally, WWE only gives a coveted pay per view spot to wrestlers that they deem are vital to the immediate success of their company.
That's why you rarely see guys like Jesse, Festus, Dolph Ziggler, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, etc. doing matches at pay per view.
Despite being defeated by CM Punk at the pay per view, Umaga was still viewed as being important to get a spot at Extreme Rules.
That was his position with the company on Sunday night.
On Monday, Umaga was without a job. WWE had released the Samoan star from his contract.
Reason For Departure
When developmental wrestlers and lower card wrestlers get released, there aren't a lot of questions that are asked. Most wrestling fans generally assume that the release was simply because the company felt that the wrestlers aren't good enough.
Umaga is not a developmental wrestler. Nor is he a lower card wrestler. Umaga is classified as an upper midcard wrestler that can be elevated into the main event scene for a period of time.
So, now that he is released, he leaves behind a trail of questions as to why WWE decided to get rid of a guy that could have been used in the main event scene.
Umaga has violated the WWE drug policy before, so that can't be ruled out as a possible reason for his dismissal. He was one of the many wrestlers that received illegal drugs from an online pharmacy.
Like a lot of other WWE stars, injuries have become a factor for Umaga. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion has suffered from a variety of injuries (including a torn PCL) over the last few years.
There's also rumblings that Umaga has been dissatisfied with the way that the company has been using him. Word has it that he feels that he's stuck entirely in the midcard division.
In a couple of months, Umaga will be free to work for another wrestling company if he chooses to go that route. The 14 year veteran does have outside business ventures, but there's no word on if the money that he makes from that is enough to sustain his livelihood.
Umaga is a good in-ring performer that also has name value because he's worked in some high profile programs (including a main event program with John Cena) in WWE.
That means that TNA is an option for him. Dixie Carter and Jeff Jarrett are constantly on the lookout for wrestlers that can help their company continue to grow.
Umaga can be immediately thrown into the mix with the likes of Samoa Joe, Scott Steiner, Kurt Angle, Sting, AJ Styles, Abyss, and Matt Morgan. Those would all be interesting matchups to see.
Kelly Kelly & Mickie James beat Beth Phoenix & Rosa Mendes in a dark tag team match prior to tonight’s pay-per-view from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana after Mickie hit a DDT.
- The 2009 WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view kicks off with a video package for the Randy Orton vs. Batista steel cage match later tonight. We’re live from the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. The official Extreme Rules theme music plays and the pyros go off. Michael Cole gives us the formal welcome to tonight’s pay-per-view.
Fatal Fourway for the WWE United States Title: MVP vs. William Regal vs. Matt Hardy vs. Kofi Kingston
Tonight’s opener is for Kofi Kingston’s WWE United States Championship. Kofi comes out first followed by Regal and then Matt Hardy followed by MVP. All four men are now in the ring. The referee holds the United States Championship up since it’s on the line. The referee calls for the bell and we’re underway. There’s a brief stare down by all four as MVP and Kofi go after the heels. They takes Hardy out first then work over Regal. Hardy works with MVP on the outside, Kofi leaps over the top rope and onto both on the outside. Regal is alone in the ring, he greats Kofi but Kofi backs him off from the apron. Cross-body off of the top rope by Kofi onto Regal for a two count. MVP gets in and works with Kofi. He hits a shoulder block, it looks like they may have banged heads. Kofi hits a heel kick on MVP but Regal gets in and starts to take control of the match. He takes out Kofi then lands blows on MVP. He beats Kofi down in the corner. Regal sets Kofi up on the top turnbuckle and attempts a butterfly suplex. MVP comes up and throws both off. Hardy runs in and covers MVP for a two count. He gets a two count on Regal. Then Kofi! Two counts on all three. Side Effect from Hardy onto Regal for a two count. Scoop and a slam from Hardy onto MVP. Hardy goes off the middle rope and drops a leg across the throat of MVP. Two count. MVP and Hardy are working but Kofi comes out of nowhere and gets MVP out of the ring. Standing dropkick on Hardy then he slams Regal on top of him. Boom, boom, boom leg drop on them both as he gets a two count on Hardy. Regal is thrown to the outside, Kofi and Hardy work in the ring. Kofi ends up kicking MVP who is on the outside. Regal hits a fallaway slam on Kofi onto Matt Hardy. Kofi got a cover on Hardy. MVP gets in and takes out Regal then goes onto Kofi. He lands offense and gets a two count. Hardy makes the save. Hardy and MVP go at it in the ring. Blows from MVP as he finally takes Hardy down to the mat. MVP goes off the ropes, ballin’ elbow drop for a cover on MVP. Regal makes the save and hits a release suplex. Regal unloads on MVP in the corner. Kofi gets back involved. Regal kicks MVP to the outside. Scoop and a slam from Regal on Hardy. Regal tries to throw Kofi out but he eats Trouble in Paradise. Kofi pins Regal to win the match.
Winner & still WWE United States Champion - Kofi Kingston
They go to footage from ‘Earlier Today’ with Josh Mathews catching up with Big Show in the parking lot in one of the buses. He asks him his strategy for his Submission Match tonight against John Cena. He asks Mathews shouldn’t he be asking Cena about his strategy because he can’t put the STF on him. He tells Mathews to get away from his bus.
No Holds Barred Match for the WWE Intercontinental Title: Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho
They roll footage from SmackDown where Jericho impersonated a Mysterio fan and took him out. The following match is for the Intercontinental Championship. Jericho’s music plays but he’s no where to be seen. Jericho comes on the mic and cuts off his music. He’s at the merchandise stand outside on the concourse. Jericho cuts a heel promo on his deception for selling the masks to children. Jericho makes his way through the crowd to ringside on the mic. He tells the fans not to touch him and he will knock them out. Jericho says he’s going to make the masks even more worthless when he tears his mask off. Jericho is in the ring tonight and promises to win the Intercontinental Championship tonight for the 9th time. Jericho tells the fans there is nothing they can do about that. Rey Mysterio’s music plays as he comes out with the Intercontinental Championship. The pyros explode as Mysterio greets his younger fans at ringside. The referee holds up the belt, explains the rules to the workers and calls for the bell. We’re underway as Mysterio takes Jericho to the mat and kicks him to the outside. Stiff boot from Mysterio to Jericho’s face. He bounces Jericho’s head off the announce table. Mysterio takes the top of the Raw announce table and throws it at Jericho. Dropkick to the side of the temple of Jericho on the outside. Jericho throws Mysterio off the crowd control gate. He whips Mysterio over the ring steps but Rey counters and works the knee of Jericho. Mysterio follows-up his attack then throws Jericho into the ring steps on the outside. Mysterio lands a running hurricanrana off the ring apron on Jericho on the outside. He puts Jericho in the ring and hits a leg drop over the top rope for a two count. Suplex by Jericho in a counter as he drops Rey on the ropes. Jericho backs off the regroup. Jericho stomps Mysterio in the face then tries to catapult him but his neck hits the bottom rope. Jericho chokes Mysterio with his foot and gets a cover for a two count. Jericho works Mysterio over in the corner, using his foot to choke out the Intercontinental Champion. Mysterio gets out on the apron and jumps on the top turnbuckle in moonsault position. Jericho pushes him off to the apron. Jericho kicks Mysterio in the face and works him over with stomps on the apron. Jericho looks for a springboard dropkick off the middle ropes as Rey counters with a kick from the apron, sending Jericho to the outside. Mysterio dives off the top to the outside onto Jericho. Prior to the dive off the top to the outside, Mysteiro hit the 619 on Jericho. He gets a two count on Jericho in the ring. Mysterio sets him up for his finisher in the ring but Jericho counters. Now both men are down in the ring. Jericho stirs first. Both men are to their feet. They alternate control and both ending up winning in roll-ups. Mysterio whips off the ropes into a Jericho boot. Jericho tries to roll him up again but goes for the Walls of Jericho. Inside cradle in a counter from Mysterio. Two count as Mysterio kicks Jericho in the face and gets another two count. Mysterio walks into a clothesline from Jericho off the ropes. Jericho gets a two count on the Champion. Jericho lands a right hand to the face of Mysterio who is on the mat. Jericho hits another and picks Rey up by the head. Jericho throws Rey out of the ring under the ropes into the crowd control gate. Jericho raises his hand and gets heat. Jericho goes to the outside after Mysterio. He hits Mysterio in the face by the SmackDown announce table. Face-first suplex from Jericho on Mysterio. The match must end inside the ring but it’s No Holds Barred. Jericho puts Mysterio in the ring and gets a two count. Jericho applies a sleeper on Mysterio and finally pulls the mask almost off Rey. The camera got a clear shot of his face. Mysterio dodges a shoulder block from Jericho, sending him into the ring post and out of the ring. Mysterio flies out of the ring onto the Challenger with a suicide dive. Count outs are irrelevant. Jericho is rolled back into the ring. Mysterio lands more offense then head scissors. Hurricanrana on Jericho followed by a two count. Jericho counters but Mysterio hits a drop toe hold and sets him up for 619. Jericho counters and hits an overhead backbreaker followed by a long two count. Lion Sault from Jericho, he misses. Mysterio hits 619 to the back of Jericho’s head. Mysterio goes off the top rope from the apron but is hit with a Code Breaker off a counter. Two count for Jericho, he’s astonished. He goes for a chair on the outside. Jericho gets in the ring with the chair. Mysterio hits a standing dropkick right into the chair, hitting Jericho in the face. Two count for Rey off a reverse lateral press. Mysterio grabs the chair and uses it with a leg drop on the Challenger. Two count for Rey. Mysterio sits in the chair and ends up hitting a drop toe hold on Jericho into the chair in a counter. Rey goes for more offense but Jericho locks in the Walls of Jericho. Mysterio grabs the chair but he can’t get a handle on it. Finally Mysterio gets to his back and hits the chair shot. Mysterio sets Jericho up for the 619. Mysterio goes for it and misses, Jericho rips the mask off Rey and wins the match and the Intercontinental Championship!
Winner & new WWE Intercontinental Champion - Chris Jericho
After the match, Jericho celebrates in the ring with Mysterio’s mask and the belt. Rey covers his face as he walks to the back.
They show shots of Bourbon Street before going to a backstage segment. Josh Mathews is with Batista. Mathews asks Batista about what happened between Ric Flair and Randy Orton. They roll footage from Raw. They go back to Batista backstage. Batista tells Randy it’s one thing to kick him in the head and knock him out for months but when he takes a cheap shot on a man he loves like Ric Flair - it’s a whole different ball game. Batista tells Orton he is going to make him pay and he needs to get ready for a long road of pain and suffering. He says tonight is only the beginning and tonight he takes away the WWE Championship. Then he is going to take his pride, dignity, his health, and everything. Batista says he’s not going to stop until he wipes out his entire legacy.
Samoan Strap Match: Umaga vs. CM Punk
Out first is Umaga followed by CM Punk. Charles Robinson hooks Umaga in the Samoan Strap first then Punk. They’re both in as the referee calls for the bell. We’re underway as Umaga takes Punk to the mat first off an elbow. Punk counters on Umaga with his kicks. Punk touches two turnbuckles but ends up eating a Samoan Drop in a counter. To win the participant has to touch all four corners of the ring. Umaga straps Punk in the back. Headbutt from Umaga onto Punk. Diving headbutt off the ropes from Umaga onto Punk. Umaga goes to the outside and drags Punk as well. Umaga pulls Punk across the ring post then bounces his hand off the steel ring steps. Face first suplex from Umaga onto Punk, butting the MITB winner on the ropes. Umaga kicks Punk with a crescent kick to the outside. Umaga touches one of the turnbuckles, then the second one. He has a hard time getting to the third one with Punk on the outside. Punk makes it to the apron. Umaga walks over and eats offense from Punk. All turnbuckle touches are cleared. Punk’s in the ring and goes for GTS. Umaga counters with a heel kick. Umaga charges as Punk but Punk moves out of the corner. Punk uses the strap to connect on a low blow on Umaga. The Samoan Bulldozer goes to the outside. Punk pulls Umaga into the ring post. Umaga gets back in the ring. Crowd chants for Punk. Running knee and a bulldog from Punk on Umaga. Punk touches one of the turnbuckles, then the second. He gets the third, goes for the fourth but Umaga’s up. Umaga hits a big slam on Punk, clearing the touches. Umaga touches three turnbuckles but Punk grabs the middle rope and pulls Umaga back. Umaga charges at Punk and his own momentum gets him tossed to the outside. The touches are cleared as Umaga is on the outside, Punk goes for the first two corners. He touches third. Umaga pulls him back from the outside. Umaga gets on the apron and takes Punk down. He goes to the top rope but Punk gets up. Punk throws Umaga off the top rope and onto the mat. Both men are down. Punk gets up first and touches three turnbuckles. Umaga pulls him back as he goes for the fourth. Umaga goes for Samoan Spike but Punk gives him GTS and he touches the fourth!
Winner - CM Punk
We go to the ECW announcers at ringside as we cut to Gregory Helms backstage with Christian. Helms asks Christian what his mindset is for tonight’s match. Christian says either he loses the ECW Championship or one of his friends leaves the business he has loved for the past 20 years. Christian says he’s going to miss Tommy Dreamer. Christian promises he will be the ECW Champion by the end of the night. Tommy Dreamer cuts in and says after this match he will not be the ECW Champion. Jack Swagger cuts in and says neither one is going to be ECW Champion after tonight. They both walk off on him.
Hardcore Rules Match for the ECW Championship: Tommy Dreamer vs. Jack Swagger vs. Christian
Marty Elias holds up the ECW Championship belt and calls for the bell. Christian and Dreamer gang up on Swagger. Dreamer chases him around the outside then gets in to eat kicks. Christian stands out of the way then goes to work on Swagger. Swagger counters and suplexes Christian to the mat. Swagger throws Christian out of the ring and hits a suplex on Dreamer. Tommy Dreamer gets a trash can and a kendo stick from under the ring as Striker called it the Singapore stick. Christian gets a trash can lid. Dreamer goes to work on Swagger with the Singapore Kane. Christian uses the trash can lid. Christian kicks Dreamer and beats him with the trash can lid. Abdominal stretch on Christian from Dreamer. Christian goes to the outside, Swagger attacks Dreamer in the corner. Swagger picks up the trash can lid and charges at Dreamer. He gets thrown over the top. Dreamer goes off the apron with the trash can onto Swagger and Christian. Swagger is rolled back into the ring. Dreamer gets another trash can from under the ring and gets in with a kendo stick. Dreamer sets Swagger up on the ropes, he’s in tree of woe position. Dreamer grabs another trash can from under the ring. Dreamer hits Swagger with it who is still in tree of woe position in the corner. Dreamer tries to charge at Swagger but Christian takes him out. Christian hits a dropkick into the trash can on Swagger then goes back to work on Dreamer. Two count for the ECW Champion. Swagger uses the kendo stick on Christian in the ring, Dreamer’s on the outside. Swagger gets a two count then lands a big suplex on the Champion. Another two count followed by a rope whip. Abdominal stretch maneuver followed by an overhead press slam on Christian. Two count. Swagger removes the turnbuckle cover. Dreamer hits Swagger with a kendo stick from the outside. Christian gets a pin on Swagger for a two count. Dreamer gets in the ring and slams Christian on a trash can lid. Dreamer goes off the middle rope with a leg drop, he misses. Dreamer rolls to the outside. The crowd wants tables. Christian springboards off the middle rope to the outside but runs into a trash can shot from Swagger. Swagger and Dreamer both throw weapons in the ring. Both in the ring, Swagger takes out Dreamer. He sets Dreamer up on the top rope and sets up a row of trash cans. Christian hits a powerbomb on Dreamer and Swagger from the top rope. Good spot as Christian goes for the pin on Dreamer. Two count. Swagger removes the turnbuckle cover. Dreamer hits Swagger with a kendo stick from the outside. Christian gets a pin on Swagger for a two count. Dreamer gets in the ring and slams Christian on a trash can lid. Dreamer goes off the middle rope with a leg drop, he misses. Dreamer rolls to the outside. The crowd wants tables. Christian springboards off the middle rope to the outside but runs into a trash can shot from Swagger. Swagger and Dreamer both throw weapons in the ring. Both in the ring, Swagger takes out Dreamer. He sets Dreamer up on the top rope and sets up a row of trash cans. Christian hits a powerbomb on Dreamer and Swagger from the top rope. Good spot as Christian goes for the pin on Dreamer. Two count. Christian grabs a crutch from the outside. Christian goes off the top with the crutch but runs into offense from Swagger. Swagger takes a swing with the crutch but Christian tries the Kill Switch. Swagger counters and drop Christian on the exposed turnbuckle. Dreamer hits Christian with the crutch, hits a DDT on Swagger and pins him for the three count. New ECW Champion!
Winner & new ECW Champion - Tommy Dreamer
After the match, Dreamer goes to the crowd on his way to backstage. He celebrates with the fans.
Backstage: We’re backstage with Vickie Guerrero punching Chavo who is acting like a pig, even wearing a pig nose. Vickie ends up punching Chavo and he tells her not so hard.
Hog Pen Match for the Miss WrestleMania Crown: Vickie and Chavo Guerrero vs. Santina Marella
Jerry Lawler is in the Hog Pen over by the ramp, explaining the rules of the bout. Lawler explains you take some hogs, some mud and some slop and the two participants compete in it. The individual who pins their opponent in the Hog Pen wins the match and the crown of Miss WrestleMania. Santina Marella comes out first followed by Vickie and Chavo. Vickie says this is now a Handicap match and Chavo will be joining her. She tells him to get in the pen. The bell rings and we’re underway. Vickie is on the outside, it’s Chavo and Santina. Santina throws some slop on Chavo but he lands offense. Chavo smears the slop in Santina’s face. Santina flips Chavo with a back drop and follows up with clubbing blows. Chavo grabs some slop from the bucket and throws it at Santina. Chavo tries to throw Santina into the pigs but he counters and throws him in. Chavo gets out and gets caught in a two count by Santina. Chavo buries Santina’s face in the mud. Chavo tags Vickie in. Santina grabs a bucket of slop as Chavo comes in. Chavo ends up throwing a bucket of slop on Vickie as Santina gets out of the way. Santina puts a bucket of slop on Chavo’s head and ends up pinning Vickie for the win.
Winner & new Miss WrestleMania - Santina Marella
Chavo and Vickie fight it out after the match. Santina stands at the top of the ramp. Vickie and Chavo are covered in mud. Santina’s music hits.
- They showed a SummerSlam commercial, debuting a new SummerSlam logo. They cut to the event leading to the cage match, which is next.
We’re shown a shot of Chavo and Vickie Guerrero walking backstage. Vickie tells Chavo it’s all his fault. She says she’s humiliated and wants her crown back. They run into Goldust and Hornswoggle. Goldust asks her to sign a paper, he launches into a torrettes spasm. Good stuff. Chavo apologizes as they walk into her office as Edge is sitting there.
Edge says two months away from him and look what’s become of her. Vickie, furious, tells Edge to get out and tonight he will face Jeff Hardy all alone. Edge tells Vickie she’s nothing without him. Vickie tells Edge he doesn’t care about her and never has. Vickie says tonight she’s not going to ask any of the Raw Superstars to help him tonight. Edge asks Vickie if she isn’t going to help him. Edge suggests Vickie get a good divorce attorney and tonight it all ends. First Jeff Hardy then this sham of a marriage.
Steel Cage Match for the WWE Title: Randy Orton vs. Batista
The WWE Champion Randy Orton makes his way to the ring first. Out next is the challenger, Batista. Lilian Garcia handles the formal introductions from his broadcast position. The bell rings and we’re underway. Orton immediately climbs to the top. Batista goes up and gets him. Orton finally gets to the other side. They’re working from the top rope. Batista pulls Orton back inside the cage. They exchange blows as Batista bangs Orton off the cage and down to the mat. Batista works over Orton in the corner. Orton regroups quickly from Batista’s offense and tries to get out again. Batista pulls him back in and hits a clothesline. Suplex from Batista on Orton. Two count. Batista drives a boot to the face of Randy Orton, grabbing the ropes for leverage, smashing Orton’s face into the cage. Orton goes off the ropes and kicks Batista in the face. Orton nearly escapes through the door. Batista grabs him and pulls him back in. Batista splashes into him in the corner then goes coast-to-coast. Orton counters, throwing Batista into the steel then hitting a backbreaker. Orton gets his hands on the floor but Batista pulls him back in. Batista smashes Orton off the steel in numerous places. Batista powerslams Orton down for a two count. Orton beats Batista down with right hands in the corner. He follows with stiff boots. Spine buster from Batista in a counter. He goes for the Batista Bomb, Orton counters out. Standing dropkick from Orton on Batista who was on the apron. Batista bounced off the steel. Orton’s going to try and escape again. Orton gets to the top rope and jumps off. He lines up for the punt. He misses. Orton goes back to the top rope. Batista puts him on his shoulders. Batista Bomb attempt but Orton hangs onto the cage, finally Orton breaks it with rights. Batista finally gets Orton up and hits the Batista Bomb. Believe it or not, that is all…
Winner & new WWE Champion - Batista
Submission Match: Big Show vs. John Cena
Lilian Garcia does the introductions as Big Show makes his way to the ring. Out next is John Cena to a big pop. Referee Scott Armstrong calls for the bell and we’re underway. Cena kicks Big Show in the back of the leg. Big Show lands a clothesline on Cena, taking him to the mat. Big Show goes for the Camel Clutch Backbreaker early but Cena counters and goes for STF. It’s not going to work, Cena can’t hook it on Show. Both men are back to their feet, Big Show starts to box at him. Cena tries to wear Big Show down but Show sends him to the mat and hits him in the face with a right. Show picks Cena up off his knees and lands another blow. Big Show hits a headbutt and sets Cena up in the corner. Splash from Big Show. Big Show swats Cena across the right with one hand and out of the ring off of a bulldog attempt. Cena is down on the outside. He gets up slowly. Big Show waits from the ring. Loud Cena chants. Cena gets on the apron, eats a right hand from Big Show. Show puts him back in the ring and ties his left arm up in the ropes. Cena fights him off with stiff blows. Shoulder block from Cena but Big Show hits him flush without even budging. Big Show lands blows to the midsection of Cena. Show taunts him, telling Cena he is going to break him. Big Show applies a full nelson submission hold on Cena. Cena blocks it before Show can get his fingers locked behind Cena’s head. Big Show ends up knocking Cena down to his knees. Show whips Cena into the corner. Cena jumps on Big Show’s back and applies a sleeper hold. Big Show walks around with Cena on his back, he grabs the ropes. Cena wrenches back on it hard as Big Show goes down to one knee. Big Show counters out and picks Cena up for a powerbomb. Cena counters, sending Big Show to the mat. Cena went down face-first so he’s down too. Big Show gets up first. Big Show drops down on Cena by the front of the ring. Show tells the fans to quiet down and chops Cena’s chest. Cena fights back with right hands but Show swats him down to the mat. Show picks Cena up by his head. He lands a big right hand to the ribs of Cena. Suplex from Big Show on Cena. Show smiles as he looks at Cena curled up by the bottom rope. Big Show works on Cena in the middle of the ropes. Cena is choked by the middle rope. He counters out and goes to the corner. Big Show hits a big headbutt. Show walks over Cena. Show goes off the ropes for a splash on Cena, Cena moves. Cena picks Show up, he falls on him. Show works with a submission maneuver on Cena on the mat. Cena has nowhere to go as Big Show has his arms locked around his body. Show goes for a chokeslam but Cena blocks it. Show throws Cena over the top rope. Big Show goes to the outside. Show picks Cena up on the outside and walks him into the steel ring post. Show puts Cena back in the ring. Abdominal stretch from Big Show on Cena in the middle of the ring. Show wrenches back on the submission hold. Cena breaks the hold but Show goes for more offense. Cena counters with a DDT. Cena goes for the STF, Big Show rolls to his side and kicks Cena out of the ring. Cena gets on the apron and lands offense. He goes to the top rope, he jumps off but into a bear hug from Big Show. Cena begins to weaken. Cena gives elbows to the face of Show. Cena fight out and grabs the head of Big Show. Cena goes off the ropes and drops Big Show down to the mat. Cena teases the Five Knuckle Shuffle, he connects. Big Show goes for a chokeslam. Cena gets Show up for the Attitude Adjustment, he connects! Cena goes for the STF, Show battles out with an elbow. Big Show hits the knockout blow on Cena, sending him to the outside. Show goes to the outside and picks Cena up. Cena counters, sending Show into the steel ring post. Show goes back to the ring. Cena does as well with a leg drop off the top rope. Cena is on the apron, working the leg of Big Show. He gets Show’s leg in the ropes and locks in the STF. Big Show tries to power out, Cena wrenches back. Show taps. Cena tried using the rope for leverage but they botched it bad.
Winner - John Cena
- We cut to a video package for the Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Title between Edge and Jeff Hardy.
Ladder Match for the World Heavyweight Title: Edge vs. Jeff Hardy
Jim Ross plugs the match as we go to ringside. There’s about 20 or more ladders between the ramp and the ring and all around it. Out first is the Champion Edge. The World Heavyweight Title is hanging above the ring. Out next is Jeff Hardy to a big pop. The bell rings and we’re underway. The referees are outside the ring. They lock up as this is the show’s main event. Hardy lands a clothesline on Edge in the corner. He bounces Edge’s head off two turnbuckles. Hardy stomps away at Edge. Leg drop from Hardy. Hardy is whipped into the corner, Edge takes him out. Edge goes for a suplex, Hardy counters and lands a face-first suplex, sending Edge to the mat. Hardy goes to the outside and grabs a ladder. Edge hits a baseball slide into a ladder onto Jeff on the outside. Jeff counters and rolls Edge into the ring. Jeff ends up throwing Edge over the top rope and onto a ladder. Jeff sets a ladder up in the ring. Edge pulls him off and throws him into the ladder. Edge has Jeff by the hair as he hits a right hand. Hardy just got tangled in the ladder off offense from Edge, taking him down to the mat. Edge uses this to his advantage. Edge gets another ladder in the ring as the one Jeff got tangled in got thrown out. Jeff is whipped into the ladder in the corner. Edge puts it in another corner and bounces Jeff’s head off of it. Edge goes for a Spear on Hardy onto the ladder, Hardy jumps out of the way, sending Edge face-first into the ladder. Hardy sets the ladder on Edge in the corner and lands a dropkick. Jeff throws Edge into the ladder. Jeff runs at him, Edge gets out of the way. The ladder falls on the head of Jeff. Edge tries to set the ladder up but ends up closing Hardy in it. Edge applies the sharpshooter on Jeff in the ladder. Jeff is tapping but submissions don’t count. Edge throws Jeff to the outside. He sets up the ladder in the ring. Jeff gets back in, going off the top rope and dropkicking the ladder. Both go crashing down. Jeff messes with the ladder and puts it upside down. Jeff picks Edge up and sends him crashing down in between the ladder. Jeff goes to the outside and puts another ladder in the ring. This ladder is functionable, the other was disabled. This ladder is bigger, 15-feet perhaps. Jeff hits Twist of Fate on Edge. He starts to climb the ladder. Jeff gets to the top, jumps off and grabs the belt. He doesn’t unhook it as Edge pulls him off. Hardy took a nasty landing and is in pain. Hardy is able to counter Edge into the ladder. Hardy climbs three quarters up the ladder and executes Whisper in the Wind on the World Heavyweight Champion. Hardy grabs another ladder and puts it in the ring. It’s shorter than the other ladder in the ring. Hardy clotheslines Edge to the outside. They’re both outside the ring. Edge delivers a boot to the face of Hardy. Edge sets a ladder up on the apron and the crowd control barrier. Edge grabs Hardy and goes for a suplex, Hardy battles out in a counter. He bounces Edge’s head off the barrier. Jeff throws a ladder at Edge. Edge counters and throws Hardy into the steel ring steps. Edge throws Hardy into the barrier. He grabs one of the ring steps. Hardy kicks the steps, Edge drops them. Hardy bounces his head off the steps and sets them up. He runs at Edge but Edge flips him over the security wall. Hardy bounces up off the concrete after the neckbreaker. Hardy takes his shirt off and throws it into the crowd. He sets Edge up on the ladder on the apron and security wall. Hardy climbs a ladder on the outside. Edge climbs up the other side. They fight it out up top. The ladder topples and Edge just went through one of the ladders. Hardy took a nasty spill as well. Somehow they’re both back in the ring. Jeff punches Edge into one of the referees in the ring. Jeff climbs the ladder under the belt. Edge is on another ladder. Jeff has a finger tips on the title. Edge jumps from the other ladder with a Spear attempt but Hardy hits Twist of Fate. The crowd erupts as Jeff starts to climb up the ladder. He kicks Edge in the face. Hardy grabs the belt but Edge comes up the other side. Edge knocks Hardy off. Hardy grabs Edge by the foot. Hardy can’t hand on but now Edge is hung up in between rungs. Hardy grabs the belt and wins the World Heavyweight Championship!
Winner & new World Heavyweight Champion - Jeff Hardy
Jim Ross is in the ring as CM Punk’s music plays and he runs out. Punk is cashing in his title shot opportunity. The referee tells him this match is for the title. Punk picks Hardy up and hits GTS. Hardy kicks out at two! Hardy kicks out at two off a roll-up. Punk kicks Hardy in the face and lands Go to Sleep again. Cover and a three count.
Winner & new World Heavyweight Champion - CM Punk
Extreme Rules goes off the air with CM Punk celebrating his World Heavyweight Title win.
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