Jeff Hardy was interviewed on Spain's Four Network to promote the WWE shows over there in September. He confirmed that he hasn't signed a contract extension and when asked if he would, he said: "I don't know... I am 31-years-old now, and I don't like making plans for the future. I can wrestle until I am 40, but I don't want to make plans, I don't like thinking about what could happen between now and the next five years."
On his health after a recent string of brutal matches, he said: "My shoulder is fine, but his finger still hurts. I am a lucky guy, I have good bones, it helps that the injuries are not serious."
He said his best friends in the locker room were Rey Mysterio and Chris Jericho, and said if he could wrestle anyone he wants at Wrestlemania it would be Shawn Michaels. "He [Michaels] has inspired me a lot throughout the years and has proven to be one of the best wrestlers there is; for his technique, style, things he does. I take my hat off to him. He is the one who inspires me."
Duke Rotundo and Vic Adams defeated Jon Cutler and Lance Hoyt Fletcher Chase vs Abraham Washington Special referee Sheamus O' Shaunessy (no contest) Ezekiel Jackson defeated Lupe Santiago Sweet Papi Sanchez defeated Trent Baretta and Caylen Croft Drew Mcintire (still champion) defeat Ricky Ortiz
Ric Flair made appearances at both Ring of Honor events last Friday and Saturday in Detroit and Chicago. There were no issues with Flair this time around as he took part in interview sessions and cut promos at each show.
Finlay def. Ricky Ortiz Dolph Ziggler def. R-Truth Kane def. Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio (Non-title) Cryme Tyme def. David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd Melina & Maria def. Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla Unified Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho def. Jeff Hardy & World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk (Non-title)
FRESNO, Calif. – With Night of Champions just three weeks away and the sudden transformation of the Friday night roster, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long revealed two explosive main events, one for SmackDown and the other for the upcoming pay-per-view. However, it was Jeff Hardy that showed definitively that there is, in fact, an “eye” in team.
Unified Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho def. World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk & Jeff Hardy (Non-title) (VIDEO | PHOTOS) CM Punk denied any foul play in his championship match with Jeff Hardy at The Bash, claiming his “eye injury” caused him to “accidentally” kick the referee. He demanded an apology from The Charismatic Enigma for his post-match attack. Teddy Long emerged, swiftly creating a World Heavyweight Title rematch between Punk and Hardy at Night of Champions. Hardy then came to the squared-circle, making it clear that he does not believe Punk’s explanation. He did, however, offer an “apology” in advance for taking The Straightedge Superstar down at Night of Champions. (VIDEO | PHOTOS)(Match preview)
Later in the evening, the two reluctant Superstars joined forces to take on the new Unified Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho. Twice in the course of the match, Hardy tried to tag Punk in. But, both times the champion appeared to be in pain, clutching his eye rather than accepting Hardy’s invitation into the squared-circle. Perhaps as a result of this, when Punk was stretching out to tag Hardy into the match later on, his Night of Champions Charismatic No. 1 Contender suddenly and deliberately clutched his eye in “pain,” falling from the ring apron, leaving his partner to face the music alone. Punk came back to hit the GTS on Jericho, not realizing that Edge had tagged into the match to blast him with the spear. Hardy soon revealed his Extreme, wide eyes to the WWE Universe, showing that he had in fact dished out some eye-popping retribution onto the World Champion’s plate.
Kane def. Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio (Non-title) (VIDEO | PHOTOS) Despite a tremendous effort by the new Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio, The Big Red Machine endured the 619 to reign supreme over the masked Superstar with the devastating chokeslam. After the match, with Kane poised to inflict additional punishment on his prey, The Great Khali – who Kane attacked and cost a match against Dolph Ziggler at The Bash – stormed to the ring with a steel chair and rage in his eyes. Kane uncharacteristically retreated into the crowd.
Melina & Maria def. WWE Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla (PHOTOS) After losing her Women’s Championship to Michelle McCool at The Bash, Melina grabbed a small measure of payback. Michelle quickly tagged out to avoid battling the irate former champion, leaving Layla to endure full force of her authoritative wrath.
Dolph Ziggler def. R-Truth (PHOTOS) Fresh off his Bash win over The Punjabi Playboy, a smiling Ziggler proved victorious over R-Truth with a vicious neckbreaker.
Cryme Tyme def. David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd (PHOTOS) (WATCH "WORD UP!") Cryme Tyme stole some thunder from The Hart Dynasty’s SmackDown debut. As the referee was trying to maintain order on the other side of the ring, outside man JTG used the ropes to throw David Hart Smith off balance, setting Shad up to drive the Hart Dungeon-trained Superstar into the canvas for the win.
Finlay def. Ricky Ortiz (PHOTOS) Not responding favorably to Ortiz’s encouraging suggestion to smile and “Rally up!” before their match, The Belfast Bawler brought the definitive beat down to his towel-wielding adversary with the brutal Celtic Cross.
PWMania.com reader Paul sent the following last night:
It appears Edge may have injured his leg during his match with Jeff Hardy at tonight’s house show. After four or five minutes of drawing audience participation, including Edge pretending to slip off the ropes the two performers finally engaged in a collar and elbow tie up. Shortly after Edge charged Hardy into a corner of ring where Edge went down. It’s unclear why he went down or what part of his leg was injured, but the match immediately stopped without any further interaction from the two wrestlers. Referee Charles Robinson threw up the “X” arm signal and the bell rang, awarding Jeff the victory due to Edge not being able to continue. There was a thought that this was a horribly booked work, but Edge even grabbed the mic and apologized to the crowd saying, “Sorry.” Apologizing, of course is not typical of a major heel. The match ended with almost no action what so ever and Edge needed assistance back to the locker room.
An interesting bit of info: This is the 3rd consecutive San Diego event where a superstar was injured.
-Edge, of course tonight -Evan Bourne injured his ankle at the 10/28 Smackdown taping, that was the Halloween edition of SD -Randy Orton broke his collar bone at the June 2008 Extreme Rules PPV in San Diego against HHH in a Last Man Standing match.
It appears that WWE has repackaged Jesse with a new gimmick. He appeared on last night’s SmackDown in a segment with Cryme Tyme. Jesse played the hip-hop role and was dressed for the part with a fitted cap, chain and everything.
When Jesse, real name Ray Gordy, was first signed to a WWE developmental deal back in 2005, he used a very similar gimmick where he was called Ray Geezy. The gimmick was considered by some to be a success. Apparently Jesse did the gimmick on an episode of Cryme Tyme’s Word Up online show last week also.
-Video of Samoa Joe joining the Mafia aired, as well as past incidents that supposedly led up to Joe’s turn. Also included: Sting getting beaten down at the end of last week’s show. “Double J Takes Control” is the title. Good luck with that.
-The Main Event Mafia led off the show. During their entrance, Tenay talked about Team 3D vs. Booker and Steiner tonight, where the winner will face the tag champs at Victory Road. Kurt addressed Sting, who was apparently not in the Impact Zone. Angle called what happened last week “strictly business.” He turned his attention to Mick Foley, who he asked to come out to “face the boss, like a man.” Foley did make his way out, with Rocco and Sally Boy. Foley tried to say it was a misunderstanding, but Angle told him to “save it.” Angle said he crossed the boss last week when Foley went back on his word. Angle assured Foley there would be consequences and called the Mafia the most dominant form in the history of the business. He said Foley’s answer isn’t important, but what is important is their reputation. Angle told Foley “if you want a dance, you have to pay the band.” Mick told Angle and the guys to leave him alone as the Mafia started to surround Foley. Mick said he’ll face Angle at Victory Road. Mick told his security to protect him, but Angle told Steiner to take them out, so he did, with a lead pipe. Foley called them the worst security team around. He asked Angle if he was going to “stomp a mud puddle in me and walk it dry.” Mick wanted to make a deal, but Angle said he wasn’t Monty Hall. Angle said behind door number one- he kicks Foley’s ass. Door number two- Booker kicks his ass. Door number three- Nash kicks his ass. And behind the curtain, Angle unleashes Samoa Joe on his ass. I’d take Nash. Foley picked door number one and punched Angle. Then on cue, the Mafia attacked Mick. So is Foley back to being a face now? Jeff Jarrett came out to apparently make the save, as the entire Mafia ran off because of one guy (and his guitar). Wow, some super-group they are. When Foley got to his feet, Jarrett crushed him with the guitar. Somehow, Jarrett was bleeding from the forehead on the way back to the locker room.
-Tenay and West narrated a video of what just went down, as well as Foley backstage telling a medic that he didn’t want help. The announcers talked on-camera about Jarrett and Foley’s issues.
-Foley had to be held back by security as he barged into Jarrett’s locker room.
-A sit-down interview from earlier in the day between Tenay and Kevin Nash aired. Tenay talked about Nash and Hall going to WCW in 1996, and Nash talked about going to WCW for more money and less work. He talked about how he’s here to make money, though he doesn’t mind wrestling. Nash said he’s in the best shape he’s been in in ten years, and he’s looking forward to beating someone of AJ Styles’ caliber for the Legends Title. He also said having the belt will make him more money on the autograph circuit.
-Abyss was backstage, throwing stuff around in a fit, looking for Dr. Stevie while Lauren tried to calm him down. Abyss said he’s never cared about someone in his life more than he’s cared about Lauren. But he said he was sick and he’ll always be sick. He said he never asked her to stop being a woman; so she shouldn’t ask him to stop being a monster. Is this “Beauty and the Beast”? He said he’d be back to get her when it’s all over.
1- CODY DEANER vs. AMAZING RED
Deaner was a bit too aggressive early on, and he paid for it. He wore jeans with kneepads, but no shirt. He tried to work the arm, but Red came back with a few arm-drags. Head-scissor take-over that sent Deaner to the outside to consult with his woman, ODB. Red did a twisting dive over the top onto Deaner. Back in the ring for a side-roll that got two. A few more kicks from Red, but he was turned inside-out by a clothesline. A cover got two for Deaner and ODB bounced around at ringside. Right hands from Deaner in the corner on Red. I think he’s got duct tape rather than athletic tape on his wrists. Whip into the buckle by Red, then a spin kick that got a near-fall. Red went to the top, but Deaner knocked him off as he was pointing to ODB. Deaner decided to go to the top, much to the chagrin of ODB. He put on his ball cap, but missed a diving headbutt. Red came back with the “Red Eye,” a sort of inverted DDT, for the win.
WINNER: Red, at 4:18.
-Abyss was throwing things around next to a green screen when security with baseball bats showed up. Security head Mike Davis yelled at Abyss and said this wasn’t going to happen in his house. The two went face-to-face as the show went to break.
-Jeremy Borash was standing by with Jeff Jarrett. Jarrett was getting his gear out of the locker when the Mafia walked in clapping. Angle said he just wanted to talk. He asked Samoa Joe to hold his title. He’s quite the lacky now. Kurt said they’ve had their differences, but it doesn’t have to be like that anymore. Angle made a peace offering and said as a group, they could rule the business for the next ten years. Jarrett said “screw your offer!” Jarrett hadn’t forgot the history between them and wasn’t about to set it aside for a peace offering. He told Angle it’s his company, and they’re playing by HIS rules tonight. Jarrett said Angle would be wrestling in a tag match, with Samoa Joe, against he and Styles. Oh, and the TNA Title is going to be on the line. If either of the face side wins the fall, that person gets the title. Booker ranted while Jarrett told them to leave. I really hate when singles titles can change hands in tag matches.
-West hyped up the match that was just made, as well as the TNA Live schedule.
-Lauren was backstage with Jenna Morasca. She asked about the challenge Sharmell made last week. Jenna said she’d accept the offer and said she didn’t consider Sharmell much of a wrestler anyway. She said it’d be on at Victory Road. Sojourner Bolt walked up and call Jenna a pale, pancacke-ass white girl. Yikes. SoJo said she’d personally make sure Sharmell was ready for the match at Victory Road.
-JB was backstage with the Mafia. Before he could ask a question, an angry Angle took the mic and said Jarrett just signed his death certificate by making that tag match. He talked up the potential of an Angle & Joe tandem and said Styles and Jarrett better look out tonight. After Angle left, Booker told Sharmell to go find Matt Morgan, as they’ve got business to take care of. Sharmell put up a fuss about having to run the errand, but eventually did so.
2- ERIC YOUNG vs. RHINO
Jesse Neal came to the ring with Rhino. Young attacked Rhino as soon as the Michigan native ran into the ring. Rhino soon was on the offense, but an Irish whip was reversed hard by Young, who then caught Rhino with a clothesline. Right hand and some choking by Young in the corner. EY settled into a rest-hold about 1:30 in. Tenay said Foley would be back next week to confront Jarrett. Wasn’t that supposed to be resolved, according to Jarrett, a few weeks ago? During the match, Young attacked Jesse on the outside, throwing him head-first into the guardrail. He was very deliberate in getting back in the ring. Rhino fought back and hit Young with a flying clothesline. Shoulder into the gut of Young in the corner, then a spinebuster. Neal got on the apron as Rhino was in a pin. Rhino confronted him, but Young shoved him into Neal, and rolled him up for the win.
WINNER: Young, at 3:37.
-Sharmell was complaining backstage about Booker sending him to do things for him. Morgan was on the phone, but hung up when she announced that Kurt wanted to see him. He made her repeat it because he was so happy. He assumed he was getting a spot in the Mafia and whisked Sharmell away.
-JB was back in the Mafia offices when Sharmell brought Morgan in. Morgan wanted to know how much money he’d be getting. Angle only said they’d be taking him under “serious consideration,” but there’s more that he’ll need to do. Angle wanted to cover all his bases for his tag match tonight and told Morgan that Christopher Daniels, Styles’ good friend, better not get anywhere near the ring during the match. Morgan said OK, but his patience is wearing thin waiting for the Mafia to make a decision.
-Sarita will debut in two weeks, according to a vignette showing her past work.
3- VELVET SKY & ANGELINA LOVE vs. AWESOME KONG & TARA
Madison Rayne had a giant poster of Victory Road with the Beautiful People on it with her as she accompanied her team to the ring. Apparently, Tara is short for “Tarantula,” and she brought one in a box to the ring with her. West talked about texting back-and-forth with Velvet at four or five in the morning about Tara. That was pretty funny. Tara worked over Velvet with a few arm-drags. Tara had Velvet by the arm and Awesome Kong made the tag, not allowing Sky to get away. Finally, after sending her into her corner, Love tagged in. Shots to the throat and head by Kong, then she tossed Love into the corner. Tara came back in and Madison got on the apron to distract the ref while Velvet interfered. That rarely causes a DQ anyway, so was the distraction even necessary? Sky and Love double-teamed Tara in the ring, then Velvet dropped an elbow that got two. Hair toss into the heel corner by Velvet, and Love came back in, but they did a double face-drop. Kong made the tag and Velvet’s offense had no effect. She took out Love too. Awesome Bomb coming up, but Love got involved, as did Tara. Love got sent into the post on the outside while Kong hit the Implant Buster for the win.
WINNERS: Kong & Tara, at 4:38. A good way to continue the Beautiful People vs. Tara feud.
After the match, Tara brought the tarantula out of the box and even Kong seemed creeped out by it. Love and Rayne were already on the ramp and Tara put it on Sky’s stomach as she lay in the ring.
-Lauren was standing by with Angelina Love. She was ranting about the tarantula in the ring. Love didn’t seem to care about Velvet’s condition. Lauren made her freak out by thinking she had a spider on her shoulder. “What goes around comes around,” said Lauren.
-A short Team 3D video package aired.
-Beer Money, Incorporated came out. They joined the commentators. West talked bad about them before they got there, then sucked up to them when they put the headsets on.
4- TEAM 3D vs. SCOTT STEINER & BOOKER T- WINNERS GET A SHOT AT TNA TAG TITLES AT VICTORY ROAD
The four men got into a shoving match before the bell rang. Steiner kicked away at Brother Ray in the corner, but Bubba splashed him in the opposite corner. Beer Money was not having any of West’s ass-kissing on commentary. Steiner suplexed Ray down. Ray came back with a scoop slam, but missed an elbowdrop. Steiner did the same. Ray with a sidewalk slam for two. Booker kicked Devon in the back when Steiner had the ref’s attention. Booker came in and superkicked Devon in the corner. Booker held Devon, allowing Steiner to kick away at his mid-section and upper body. Overhead suplex by Steiner on Devon, which looked pretty impressive. Side-kick by Booker on Devon. Clothesline by Devon coming off the ropes and both men were down. Tagged made to Brother Ray. Hip-toss for Booker, Bubba Bomb for Steiner. Booker came back with the Bookend for two. Sheik Abdul Bashir and Kiyoshi, dressed nicely, came out and started brawling with Beer Money. Back in the ring, Team 3D hit the 3D on Booker. Sharmell got in the ring to distract the ref a Ray went for the pin. Steiner missed a clothesline and Ray slammed him, while Devon went to the top and hit the headbutt to the groin. The crowd chanted “get the tables” and Devon did so. The British Invasion came down and as Rob Terry distracted the ref, Doug Williams took out Devon on the outside and Brutus Magnus hit Brother Ray with the briefcase and he draped Booker’s arm over Ray to get the victory for the Mafia.
WINNERS: Booker & Steiner, at 7:33.
-Jethro Holliday was in the ring, ready to face Jay Lethal, but Lethal didn’t come out. Backstage, they showed Abyss tearing through Lethal and Consequences Creed in his search for Dr. Stevie. Abyss then came to the ring and Holliday met him with a right hand, but ended up getting Black Hole Slammed. Abyss sent Holliday to the outside, then grabbed a mic and called Dr. Stevie out. He looked into the camera and said he doesn’t need the doctor anymore. He said that from now on, the only person to get shock treatment will be Stevie himself. He said he’d snap Stevie across his shoulders like a twig when he got a hold of him. Stevie was on the Video Tron in some grainy footage, but he had apparently kidnapped Lauren. He said he wasn’t going to do anything to her because he’s not a monster like Abyss. He said he owns Abyss mind, body and soul. Dr. Stevie said Abyss would come into his office for therapy next week or else something would happen to Lauren. Abyss ran backstage, presumably to search for Lauren.
-All four combatants in the main event made their entrances. The match is next.
5- JEFF JARRETT & A.J. STYLES vs. KURT ANGLE & SAMOA JOE- TNA WORLD TITLE MATCH
JB handled ring introductions for this one. Jarrett and Angle went at it to start, and Angle quickly shrugged off a Stroke. The two traded offense and Styles tagged in. Angle raked the face. What incentive is there to tag out here, when you need to be in to win the title, since winning as a team means nothing here? Joe came in and got dropkicked down, then Angle came in and Styles and Jarrett traded off punching him. Angle was sent to ringside as the faces hit a double-clothesline on Joe.
Styles was on the mat out of break and Joe had just made a tag to Angle. They seemed to be focusing on the knee of Styles. Both Angle and Styles were down, but Joe knocked Jarrett off the apron and no one was there when A.J. went for the tag. Joe came in and kinda toyed with Styles. Headbutt, but Styles came back with a moonsault that turned into an inverted DDT, at the same time he hooked Angle and gave him a regular DDT. Jarrett tried to get on the apron, but Styles got locked in a submission by Joe. Styles broke out and Pele kicked Joe, then made the tag. Pedigree (called a “double-arm DDT” by Tenay), then Joe came in to give Angle the advantage again. Angle Slam turned into a DDT by Double J. He fought off Joe and Jarrett looked like he was going to hit the Stroke off the top. Instead, Joe hit the Muscle Buster on Jarrett, but Styles took out Joe and, inadvertently, the referee. Jarrett was able to finally hit the Stroke, but the ref was out. Jeff went for the guitar but by then, the ref was up and he took the guitar away. At that point, Angle locked in the ankle-lock. He tried to make the tag to Styles, but Joe pulled him off the apron. Angle grape-vined the leg of Jarrett. Jarrett didn’t tap, but passed out from the pain. Slick Johnson raised and dropped his arm three times, then called for the bell.
WINNERS: Joe & Angle, at 12:50.
The Mafia celebrated in the ring following the match. Styles took the title and threatened the Mafia with it, causing them again to flee to ringside. He attacked Joe, then the MEM came back in and attacked Styles. In a split-screen, Morgan was beating up Daniels backstage. As Nash was about to hit Styles with the Legends Title, the lights went out. When they came back on, Sting was in the ring with a baseball bat. He cleaned house on the Mafia with the bat. He grabbed the belt, held it above his head, then the lights went out again. Sting and the belt were nowhere to be seen when the lights came back on.
We received a report last night from a fan in attendance at the SmackDown/ECW live event in San Diego saying Edge was injured during his match with Jeff Hardy. The fan says Edge was running towards Jeff when it appeared he twisted or broke his ankle and that his foot was in a very awkward position. The match was stopped, EMT’s came running to Edge and he was helped to the back but not before he told the fans “sorry” on the mic.
Furthermore, Dave Meltzer says the injury may be a torn Achilles tendon and that they had only been actually wrestling for about a minute. This would be a serious injury for one-half of the WWE Unified Tag Team Champions that would likely require surgery and put him out of action for a while.
After a solid run of television appearances due to his partnership with Hornswoggle, Goldust's status remains in question once again following his move to ECW this past week.
In the eyes of officials, he's been on the bubble ever since his return to the company this past November, and only after he started teaming up with Hornswoggle did he start regularly appearing on television again. Prior, he had only made a handful of appearances since his return.
Santino Marella def. The Brian Kendrick John Morrison def. Charlie Haas Zack Ryder def. Tyler Reks Unified Tag Team Champion Edge def. World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk
This week on “WWE Superstars” on WGN America, the WWE Universe was treated to some explosive match-ups, and one disappointing result. With four hard-hitting contests, including World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk taking on Unified Tag Team Champion Edge, and the in-ring debut of Tyler Reks, the show was certainly a smash hit.
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Santino Marella def. The Brian Kendrick (PHOTOS | WATCH) After last week’s Raw, Santino Marella had to unfortunately deal with the firing of his “sister” Santina, but seems to be handling it all fairly well, coming out victorious Thursday night. In a back-and-forth match, it seemed as though The Brian Kendrick had the Italian Superstar right where he wanted him, but that was not the case. With an impressive pin reversal, Marella caught Kendrick off-guard with the 1-2-3 and left the abrasive Superstar lying in the ring stunned at what happened. A win like this will certainly help ease Santino’s loss of his sister from the Raw brand.
John Morrison def. Charlie Haas (PHOTOS | WATCH) There are not many Superstars that are as explosive in the ring as John Morrison, and he displayed his incredible athleticism and innovative offense in defeating Charlie Haas. Whatever Haas did, The Friday Night Delight seemed to have an answer for, being one step ahead for most of the match. In the end, The Shaman of Sexy took the Seton Hall alum for a Moonlight Drive and followed up with the Starship Pain to ensure the pin and the win. The sky seems to be the limit for Morrison and his ever-growing arsenal of impressive moves will continue to lead him to the top.
Zack Ryder def. Tyler Reks (PHOTOS) In what might be the catalyst for a new East Coast-West Coast rivalry, Zack Ryder made sure to represent his native Long Island in a hard-fought match against the debuting Californian Tyler Reks. Throughout the match, Reks displayed his skillset, hitting Ryder with several jaw-jacking moves. However, the man who loves to say “Woo woo woo” was able to capitalize on a miscalculation to lead him to the winner’s circle. As the Californian jumped up to climb the second turnbuckle, Ryder kicked his leg out from under him, leaving Reks prone to a devastating Zack Attack and a Ryder victory. Although Reks was on the losing side of action, his performance was enough to ensure that he will be back to fight another day.
Unified Tag Team Champion Edge def. World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk (PHOTOS | WATCH) Unfortunately for the WWE Universe, the night ended on a sour note, as Edge was awarded the victory after CM Punk forfeited due to seemingly injuring the same eye he did in his title defense against Jeff Hardy at The Bash. Throughout most of the match, things looked to be going The Straightedge Superstar’s way, as he used his well-trained kicks to break down The Rated-R Superstar. When it seemed as if everything was in line, Punk had Edge up on his shoulders for the Go To Sleep, but The Ultimate Opportunist slid out of it, raking the World Heavyweight Champion’s eyes. After a few minutes favoring his eye in the corner, Punk waved his arms signaling that he could not fight on. As Josh Mathews asked Punk after the match while he was being checked on by trainers, the real question is: Would Punk have been willing to just give up if the gold was on the line?
Former WWE Diva Torrie Wilson was interviewed by Kevin Eck of The Baltimore Sun to discuss her second place finish in NBC's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here and she had some interesting things to say regarding World Wrestling Entertainment . Highlights from the interview are as follows:
Whether having a snake on her face was worse than kissing Vince McMahon: "Oh, making out with Vince, for sure [laughs]. I’ll take the snake any day."
Embarrassed over taking part in the Miss WrestleMania Battle Royal: "I’m very mad at myself and embarrassed that I agreed to be a part of something like that. A lot of people in the audience didn't even know that I was in that match because they didn't even announce it. For me, that whole experience at WrestleMania was kind of like closure. I feel like maybe I'm not appreciated like I would have hoped. They just wanted all these girls there. Now I can understand why Trish [Stratus] decided not to do it; she was smart. Going into it I trusted them that they would use me in the right way and I should have known better. All in all, I learned a valuable lesson."
Whether she thinks she's done with professional wrestling: "I do. I just didn't appreciate that experience and I felt very unappreciated after all of the years that I put in for them. You combine that with the fact that I asked them to do a little thing on wwe.com to "vote for Torrie" and they just ignored me. So, my feelings are hurt.
Batista’s in-ring return date is tentatively slated for WWE Survivor Series, which takes place in Washington, DC. There was some optimism that he would try to return later this summer, but given reports that he is becoming aware of age’s impact on his body, it appears he is not going to risk returning too early.
Justin Angel defeats Kris Logan Dawson Alexander defeats Troy Jackman Angela and Johnny Prime defeats Beverly and Alex Riley 10 man battle royal (winner and number one contender for the fcw championship Ricky Ortiz) Trent Baretta and Caylen croft defeats tag team champion Tyler Recks (new tag team champions)
As noted earlier, last night’s episode of ECW saw the debuts of four wrestlers in Yoshi Tatsu (Naofumi Yamamoto), Abraham Washington (Brian Jossie), Sheamus (Stephen Farrelly) and Tyler Reks (Gabriel Tuft). However, both wrestlers and fans alike shouldn’t get too comfortable quite yet as the four newcomers were considered in the eyes of creative as not full-fledged ECW wrestlers, but rather, wrestlers being looked at for possible spots on ECW. At this point, none are considered to be official members of the ECW roster.
Keep your eyes peeled on ECW over the next few weeks as more developmental wrestlers will be tested out for possible spots on the roster. Given the limited amount of roster spots in ECW and extraordinary number of wrestlers in developmental, unfortunately, not everyone will make it. Given WWE’s lack of patience for young stars, it’s definitely a “sink or swim” situation.
Yoshi Tatsu def. Shelton Benjamin Sheamus def. local competitor Vladimir Kozlov & William Regal def. ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer & Christian
FRESNO, Calif. – Thanks to Donald Trump’s blockbuster 15-Superstar trade and ECW’s New Superstar Initiative, the Land of the Extreme is a changed place. The New Era of ECW is full of new faces and plenty of hungry ECW Superstars ready to make an Extreme impact on Tuesday nights.
Vladimir Kozlov & William Regal def. ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer & Christian (PHOTOS | WATCH) Sunday night’s Bash competitors became tag team partners on ECW this week, when ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer joined Christian to face Vladimir Kozlov and William Regal, the later who arrived via Trump’s trade. Dreamer & Christian seemed to put their differences aside for the match, but their bond wasn’t strong enough to withstand the impact of The Moscow Mauler and his English partner. The ECW Original lost the tag team match after the unstoppable Kozlov pinned him for the win. How will Regal’s presence affect ECW? Who will dare to get in the ring the brutal Kozlov? What's next for Captain Charisma? And when will Dreamer defend the ECW Championship next?
Yoshi Tatsu def. Shelton Benjamin (PHOTOS) ECW’s General Manager, Tiffany, said ECW is the place to see the best, most talented, young Superstars in WWE today, and Yoshi Tatsu is proof. Shelton Benjamin made his return to ECW as part of Trump’s trade, but was bested by one of Tuesday night’s newest Superstars, Tatsu, who arrived via the New Superstar Initiative. The Japanese Superstar made an impressive debut in the Land of the Extreme, when he defeated The Gold Standard quickly with one swift kick and a pin after plenty of taunting and teasing from Benjamin. After making such a shocking debut, which Superstar will have the nerve to face brave newcomer Tatsu?
Sheamus def. local competitor (PHOTOS) Irish eyes were smiling widely upon Sheamus during his ECW debut. Sheamus – who also arrived in ECW as part of the New Superstar Initiative – earned his first Extreme victory over a local competitor Tuesday night. Sheamus comes from Ireland and a long line of tough, Irish Superstars – such as Finlay, who moved to SmackDown in Trump’s trade. It’s clear this new ECW Superstar is poised to make an impact in the Land of the Extreme. How will his arrival affect ECW on Sci Fi?
"The Abraham Washington Show" debuts with The Bella Twins (PHOTOS | WATCH) Abraham Washington also made his ECW debut Tuesday night with his self-titled talk show. The special guests for his inaugural show were none other than the newest Extreme Divas – Nikki & Brie Bella. The sisters told Washington and the WWE Universe that being identical twins has its advantages and its disadvantages, in and out of the ring. The Bellas’ discussion turned into a bit of sibling rivalry-tinged argument, of which Washington found himself caught in the middle. How will Washington and The Bellas’ arrival on ECW impact Tuesday nights?
Zack Ryder meets Tyler Reks Enthusiastic newcomer Tyler Reks met his future competition Tuesday night. The Southern California-raised, surf-loving Superstar approached Zack Ryder in the ECW locker room just two days before their match on “WWE Superstars.” Ryder quickly told the “rookie” to get a few things straight – the best beaches are on his native Long Island, N.Y., and he better eat his “avocado rolls” to toughen up before their match Thursday night. Will Reks be as successful as the others in ECW’s New Superstar Initiative when he faces Ryder on “WWE Superstars”? Tune in Thursday night at 8/7 CT on WGN America.
- As seen on tonight’s ECW on Sci-Fi, several new members debuted on the main roster from developmental.
* Yoshitatsu debuted and defeated Shelton Benjamin with one single move after Shelton mocked him for 2 minutes. He is the former Naofumi Yamamoto who has been signed to a WWE deal since September of 2008. He has worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling in the past.
* Abraham Washington, real name Brian Jossie, debuted his new talk show called The Abraham Washington Show. It was a rough segment to watch and his first guests were The Bella Twins. He’s been acting as the general manager down in FCW and his gimmick is a take off of Barack Obama. He has trained at Ohio Valley Wrestling before and has been signed with WWE since September of 2008.
* Sheamus, better knonwn as Sheamus O’Shaunessy also debuted defeating a local independent wrestler. Sheamus was a star in Ireland before being signed by WWE in April of 2007. He’s worked numerous WWE dark matches and live event matches in the past year. Sheamus has held the Heavyweight Title in FCW before.
* Tyler Reks, real name Gabe Tuft, made his debut with a surfer gimmick from California in a backstage segment with Zack Ryder. He will be wrestling Ryder on this week’s Superstars. Reks is the current FCW Heavyweight Champion and has been signed to a WWE deal since February of 2008. He’s also held the FCW tag team titles before.
There was some confusion backstage over the “trade” storyline on RAW last night, and several wrestlers had trouble with the logic of how it played out on TV. PWInsider.com reports that the decision to switch the talent was made in the last week or so. The moves were done by WWE to make RAW and Smackdown stronger.
Matt Hardy gave his thoughts on a wrestling journalist for assuming that he spoiled his move to SmackDown on his Twitter.
“I love how a guy who considers himself a top-notch wrestling journalist claimed I “spilled the beans” by posting I was traded to Smackdown when it had been up on WWE.com for almost an hour. He suggested maybe I “had permission” to post that, while it was already public info and all over the internet already. He’s quite an arrogant goof when it comes to matters like this. He’s constantly wrong in his reviews and regularly incorrect on matters. But my biggest complaint is that often insults talent, matches, or ideas just to seem “cool.” If you want to be looked at as a serious journalist, have your facts straight & remain professional by not insulting who keeps you in business. Not that my opinion is important, but that’s my opinion. I absolutely LOVE the true fans of the business, especially the positive ones who unconditionally respect all the pain, injuries, & sacrifices that ALL pro wrestlers go through to keep this wonderful business alive.” Matt said.
Evan Bourne is looking forward to moving to the Raw brand after he was traded on Monday night's episode of WWE Raw. Bourne posted the following on his Twitter page: "Moves to RAW! Very excited about the multitude of opportunities that just landed on my plate!✌✌"
After his match at this past Sunday’s The Bash PPV with John Cena, The Miz wrote the following on his Twitter page after the decisive loss: "Most would want me to say something about the bash. Well.....I'm still awesome."
TNA president Dixie Carter recently spoke to TNAWrestling.com, here are the highlights:
On WWE & TNA’s ratings: “We want everyone’s ratings to go up. In order to succeed, we don’t think we have to take ratings away from anyone else. As a wrestling industry, we all have to grow the fan-base worldwide. We can’t just say we’re going to beat Raw (in the ratings). Right now, that’s unrealistic. We had to start with the more obtainable goal to beat the ratings of our competitor’s third-rated show, ECW – and we’ve done that. I have heard people say, ‘It’s not a big deal to beat their lowest rated show,’ but I disagree. It’s a huge success for TNA, which five years ago had just 300,000 viewers in a Friday afternoon timeslot on Fox Sports. So now we’re setting our sights on their second-rated show, Smackdown – and that gap has closed significantly over the past six months.”
Impact’s timeslot: “Thursday nights are tough. Besides being the most competitive night on TV for networks, we are always up against the biggest sporting events, including high-profile playoffs games. The recent NBA Playoffs had record ratings success, yet TNA held its own. As Spike officials have said, and I agree, ‘God Bless the TNA fans.’ Nothing is set in stone, but no move is being planned right now. Our goal has always been to be competitive and go head-to-head against one of our competitor’s programs. So we hope that might happen sometime in the future.”
On the current state of the wrestling industry: “The audience of 2009 is significantly different from the audience during the height of the WWF-WCW run. And we have to continue to change accordingly. Today’s fans are smarter, more involved. They don’t want their intelligence insulted, and we have been guilty of that at times in the past. Can we please everyone all the time? No, that’s not realistic. But you have to strive to please them much more than not.”
On TNA’s progress: “Until we are the biggest wrestling company in the world, we won’t be satisfied. […] We have not been infused with hundreds of millions of dollars, nor had a parent company that is a network. We have fought hard for every bit of success we have attained. We’ve done it fan by fan, success by success. And that, to me, is what makes TNA special, because it truly is a company of the fans; they’ve been the ones who have allowed us to grow. […] I think we have accomplished more in the last six- to 12-months than we have in the last several years. I look at our ratings over the last year, and they are up about 20 percent.”
On AJ Styles: “Simply PHENOMENAL. He has taken the in-ring product to another level and is really starting to embrace his own stardom, which is a big part of being a star. I am so proud when I hear the ovation he gets around the world when he enters the arena; it usually is the loudest of the night. He has helped build TNA. AJ is the first and only TNA Gland Slam winner, and his time is just beginning.”
WWE Champion Randy Orton def. Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger (count-out); Mark Henry def. Orton (3-on-1 Gauntlet Match) United States Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show ended in a double count-out Mickie James def. Kelly Kelly, Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes John Cena def. The Miz Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho def. Carlito & Primo Triple H def. MVP
SAN JOSE - One week after purchasing Monday Night Raw back from Donald Trump, Mr. McMahon had two shocking announcements for the WWE Universe. First, The WWE Chairman announced that he would be shaking things up by way of a 15-Superstar trade originally set into motion by former Raw owner Donald Trump, that would see five new ring warriors brought to the Raw roster. Even more shocking, McMahon revealed that the show would henceforth have a series of “special guest hosts,” starting that very night with The Animal, Batista.
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WWE Champion Randy Orton def. Evan Bourne and Jack Swagger (count-out); Mark Henry def. Orton (3-on-1 Gauntlet Match) (PHOTOS | WATCH) WWE Champion Randy Orton took to the ring for Raw’s main event outnumbered and unaware of whom he would face in his 3-on-1 Gauntlet Match. The Viper knew that his opponents would all be new to Raw, but they also turned out to all be from ECW. Orton’s first opponent was the high-flying Evan Bourne. Fighting through injuries sustained at The Bash, The Legend Killer managed to ground “Air” Bourne with a RKO from the top rope and follow it up with a pin.
Orton’s next opponent was Jack Swagger. Though the WWE Universe expected “The All-American American” to give The Viper a run for his money, Swagger exited the ring, allowing The Legend Killer to pick up a win by count-out. Following the match, the former ECW Champion announced that he has always respected The Legend Killer and hoping to make an impression his first night on Raw, shook Orton’s hand.
The Viper’s final challenge was another former ECW Champion: Mark Henry. The World’s Strongest Man also proclaimed that he had always respected Orton, and exited the ring after a short struggle with The Viper. Unlike Swagger though, Henry re-entered the ring before being counted out, and defeated the WWE Champion by taking advantage of Orton’s post Three Stages of Hell Match injuries to pin Orton.
United States Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show ended in a double count-out (PHOTOS) Though Kofi Kingston’s United States Championship wasn’t hanging in the balance during his match with Big Show, if The World’s Largest Athlete were to win, he would earn a future title opportunity. The Jamaican Craze may have bought himself a brief reprieve, however, as there was no clear winner declared due to both ring warriors being counted out.
Mickie James def. Kelly Kelly, Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendes to become No. 1 contender for the Divas Championship (STORY | PHOTOS | WATCH) Divas Champion Maryse looked on from the commentary table as four of WWE’s sexy, smart and powerful Divas competed for the opportunity to challenge for the Divas Title at Night of Champions. To the French Canadian champion’s dismay, fan-favorite Mickie picked up the win by pinning Rosa Mendes, finally earning the chance to face Maryse one-on-one.
Next week’s Raw “special guest host” to be The Million Dollar Man As Cody Rhodes attempted to encourage WWE Champion Randy Orton going into his 3-on-1 Gauntlet Match, Ted DiBiase’s spoke on his cell phone. The third-generation Superstar got off the phone all smiles, as he revealed that the next “special guest host” would be his father, The Million Dollar Man.
John Cena def. The Miz to advance in the Night of Champions Tournament (PHOTOS | WATCH) One day after being handed a crushing defeat at The Bash, The Miz had an opportunity to not only get back at John Cena, but push himself one step closer to the WWE Title. Despite an impressive showing from the self-proclaimed “chick magnet,” Miz must have ended up feeling déjà vu, however, as the 12 Rounds star racked up another victory, earning the right to face Triple H for the WWE Title No. 1 contendership on the next Raw.
Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho def. Carlito & Primo (PHOTOS | WATCH) Carlito & Primo wasted no time in invoking their rematch clause, challenging for the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles just one day after losing them to Edge & Chris Jericho at The Bash. Appearing on Raw to defend the WWE-wide titles, the egotistical SmackDown duo showed why they deserve to hold their prestigious tag team gold by defeating the brothers from San Juan.
Triple H def. MVP to advance in the Night of Champions Tournament (PHOTOS | WATCH) Raw’s first match with Batista as “special guest host” saw The Game, still suffering from his Three Stages of Hell Match against Randy Orton the night before at The Bash, take on the dynamic MVP. In spite of The Ballin’ Superstar’s momentum in recent weeks and The Game’s injuries, Triple H rose to the challenge, defeating MVP to move ahead in the Night of Champions Tournament.
Mr. McMahon announced a 15-Superstar trade for all three WWE brands and revealed the first Raw “special guest host” to be Batista; The Animal put WWE Champion Randy Orton in a 3-on-1 Gauntlet Match and set up a Night of Champions Tournament to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Title (PHOTOS) Only a week after buying Monday Night Raw back from Donald Trump, Mr. McMahon appeared on the show to reveal that several of The Donald’s ideas were actually swiped from The WWE Chairman. In an effort to honor what were originally good ideas, McMahon decided to go along with two of them.
The first is a blockbuster 15-Superstar trade held between all three WWE brands that will see Raw invigorated with substantial new blood. The Chairman’s second new idea will see Raw’s General Manager position eradicated in favor of a series of “special guest hosts.” McMahon then shocked the WWE Universe by introducing the first guest host: Batista.
Before the injured Animal could fully greet the WWE Universe, he was interrupted by WWE Champion Randy Orton and his Legacy, who threatened to attack Batista again and injure his other arm. But Batista wielded the power of a Raw General Manager over the multi-generational Superstars, threatening them with termination if they crossed him, and placing The Viper in a 3-on-1 Gauntlet Match against three of Raw’s five new Superstars. Directly afterward, The Animal announced a Night of Champions Tournament for the right to face Orton at the upcoming pay-per-view. The first round of which would take place on Raw, with Triple H facing MVP and John Cena squaring off against The Miz.
As confirmed by the talent herself Sunday, Lilian Garcia's tenure with World Wrestling Entertainment is nearing its conclusion.
Garcia, who debuted with WWE (then WWF) in 1999, announced that her decision to get married also included a decision to move into the next phase of her life, and that means waving goodbye to her WWE career. No end date has been announced (other than Garcia confirming that it will be at the end of her contract term), but the word from backstage is that Garcia will not be on television much longer.
At press time, no decision had been made on a replacement for Garcia. WWE began searching for a young, attractive female announcer with singing ability earlier this summer, but there are no indications that it has yet hired a replacement. If WWE instead opts to promote internally, the two frontrunners are developmental Diva Angela Fong (who has been announcing at house shows) and ECW's Tiffany (real name Taryn Terrell).
Earlier this month we covered a story here on NoDQ.com about WWE posting a job listing looking for "a young attractive female to sing the national anthem and be our regular ring announcer every week." Lilian confirmed on her offical website this morning that she has in fact given her notice to WWE management. She wrote the following:
I hope all of you are doing well! I am writing to address the situation in which WWE is looking for a Female Ring Announcer/Singer. The truth of the matter is that they are looking for someone new because I have given them my notice that I will be leaving at the end of my contract this year. It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision because WWE has been my family from day one and you, the WWE Universe have always been incredible to me. The fact is that I am getting married later this year and have decided to enter into a new phase of my life but I will truly miss all of you and the WWE tremendously.
Love you all & keep rockin!
Forever Rockin', Lilian
It should be noted that WWE developmental diva Angela Fong has been on the house
Edge & Chris Jericho win Triple Threat Tag Team Match (New Unified Tag Team Champions) Rey Mysterio def. Chris Jericho (New Intercontinental Champion) Tommy Dreamer wins ECW Championship Scramble Match Michelle McCool def. Melina (New Women's Champion) WWE Champion Randy Orton def. Triple H (Three Stages of Hell Match) John Cena def. The Miz Jeff Hardy def. World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk (By Disqualification; Punk retains) Dolph Ziggler def. The Great Khali
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