Kane def. Jeff Hardy Dolph Ziggler def. John Morrison Melina & Eve def. Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla (Diva Tag Team Match) World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk vs. The Great Khali (No contest) The Hart Dynasty def. Cryme Tyme Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio def. Chris Jericho
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Just more than two weeks before Night of Champions (full coverage), match disruption ran rampant as calculated mayhem ruled Friday night.
Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio def. Chris Jericho (VIDEO | PHOTOS) Following Mysterio’s successful title defense over Jericho with his earth-shattering 619 & splash combination, Edge tried to launch a post-match assault. When the masked Superstar opted to let it be, exiting the ring rather than engaging The Rated-R Superstar, he was suddenly attacked out of nowhere by a reemerging Dolph Ziggler. The smiling Superstar then threw the fallen Intercontinental Champion to the dogs, allowing the Unified Tag Team Champions to hit both a spear & the Codebreaker. Ziggler then finished him off with a devastating neckbreaker of his own.
Kane def. Jeff Hardy (VIDEO | PHOTOS) After last week’s eye-popping chain of events while teaming with World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk (last week’s results), Jeff Hardy emerged wearing an eye patch. He soon ripped it off, declaring that his eye injury is just as serious as The Straightedge Superstar’s.
Punk emerged just when Hardy was gaining a strong advantage in his hard-fought battle with Kane. The distraction gave The Big Red Machine enough time to recover and chokeslam The Charismatic No. 1 Contender off the top rope for the huge victory.
World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk vs. The Great Khali (No contest) (VIDEO | PHOTOS) Jeff Hardy later joined Hall of Famer Jim Ross & Todd Grisham at the broadcast table as Punk prepared to face The Punjabi Playboy. Punk produced an eye drop prescription and mocked Hardy’s past troubles. The growing animosity between Punk and Hardy threatens to reach a fever-pitch as they prepare to face off at Night of Champions in a World Championship Match in two weeks (Match preview).
In the culmination of an explosive match, Khali hit Punk with the devastating Punjabi Plunge. But before he could get the three-count however, Kane emerged with a steel chair. A “clash of the titans” ensued when Ranjin Singh evened the odds, supplying Khali with a chair of his own. Kane struck first, but the fury of Khali kept him on his feet. He then nailed Kane with the chair, causing The Big Red Machine to uncharacteristically retreat for the second week in a row.
Dolph Ziggler def. John Morrison (PHOTOS) Despite a growing backstage “association” with the lovely Maria, Ziggler kept his focus. In the culmination of an intense match with John Morrison, Ziggler prevailed, grabbing The Friday Night Delight’s tights after a quick counter.
Melina & Eve def. Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla (Diva Tag Team Match) (PHOTOS) After Layla accidentally smacked into Michelle, Melina rolled the English Diva up for the pin. After the bell, the Women’s Champion attacked her wild predecessor, instantly inciting a fierce brawl between the two explosive Divas.
The Hart Dynasty def. Cryme Tyme (PHOTOS) Natalya jumped up on the ring apron, distracting both JTG & the referee as The Hart Dynasty executed a powerful double-team assault for the win. (WATCH "WORD UP")
CM Punk fans started picking fights with Jeff Hardy fans at today's ECW/SmackDown house show in Manila, Philippines. An organizer for the event that works with management of the arena was also said to have been offended by some off air comments Chris Jericho made towards the crowd.
On Thursday night, TNA Wrestling returns to SpikeTV at 9/8c for two hours of Total Nonstop Action as the countdown to the July 19 "Victory Road" Pay-Per-View event continues!
The below is a preview of what is scheduled to take place on the broadcast - card is subject to change:
- It will be a huge main event on Thursday's broadcast as "The Icon" Sting will battle his nemesis Kurt Angle inside the confines of the unforgiving Six Sides of Steel cage match! Can Sting get his final revenge on Angle and The Main Event Mafia? No doubt, it will certainly be another epic when two of the sport's best collide inside the cage!
- Thursday's broadcast will also feature the TNA in-ring debut of Knockouts newcomer Sarita!
- Speaking of the Knockouts, NEW champion Tara will be in attendance
- X Champion Suicide will take on Chris Sabin of The Motor City Machineguns in a non-title match
- Plus, in an Elimination Tag Team Match, it will be TNA World Tag Team Champions Beer Money, Inc teaming with Legends Champion AJ Styles to take on The Main Event Mafia!
All this and much more on Thursday's huge broadcast on SpikeTV starting at 9/8c, including more news on the July 19 "Victory Road" epic event!
TNA iMPACT Results - July 09, 2009 Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/10/2009 at 02:11 AM
TNA iMPACT Results - July 09, 2009 Report by PWInsider
Mick Foley comes to the ring to start things off. Mick says that life can be kind of funny. Maybe you get staples over his eye and you look cool, but you get stitches in your nostril and you look foolish. Mick says that he has been thinking about it and he does not think that TNA is set up to have two separate deciders in the front office. Mick suggests that tonight be the night when one of them step down.
Jeff Jarrett comes to the ring. Jeff asks Mick if he ever thinks about what he says and Mick says that he does not have one of those filtering mechanisms. Jeff acknowledges that they are both competitors and he knows that Mick wants to be back in the middle of things. Jeff reminds Mick that he became the TNA Champion. Jeff asks if the story should have stopped there and he says that it should have but it did not. Jeff says that Mick has put TNA in danger with his desire to get his title back. Jeff says that Mick will always be a true legend in the business regardless of what happens at Victory Road. Jeff asks Mick to do one thing and that is to think about why he came to TNA, the young athletes who need the two of them to co-exist for the good of the company. Jeff asks Mick to think of the future and they could build the company to heights they could never had dreamed of. Jeff tells Mick that it was their dream, but if the Main Event Mafia wins all of the titles, it could be a battle they cannot win.
Mick tells Jeff that he appreciates what he is saying. Mick says that maybe he was stupid to say that he would defend the title once a year. Mick says that they are even, but Jeff is wrong when he says that Mick has nothing to prove. Mick says that he needs to prove something to himself. He needs to prove that the title win was no fluke and he needs to do it against the best wrestler in the world. Mick says that he is going to do it for the right reasons this time. Mick suggests that they have a main event tonight for Kurt Angle to have a tune up match against Jeff Jarrett in a non-title match. Jarrett says that he likes that idea. Jeff wants to up the ante and he wants to tweak things a little. Jeff wants to make it a three way dance with Angle and Jarrett having Mick Foley added to the mix. Mick wants to give Kurt Angle a chance to name the guest referee for the match. Jarrett says that Angle can name the guest referee, but it cannot be a member of the Main Event Mafia or Matt Morgan.
We go to Lauren in the back with The British Invasion. She mentions that the X Division title match shot will be up for grabs in a ladder match. Doug Williams says that he is going to give someone an opportunity at the briefcase. If you beat him fair and square, you get the title match. Brutus says that they are here to make the big money. He does not want to be looked down upon by the fans. They are here to take their place atop the tag team division. We go to commercial.
We are back and Doug Williams has a mic as he comes to the ring. He reminds everyone about the open challenge to get the X Division Title Match case. Doug says that he wants a real wrestler tonight, not a redneck.
Match Number One: Doug Williams with Brutus Magnus and Rob Terry versus Homicide
Williams and Homicide with punches and Homicide gets the advantage followed by a back elbow. Homicide with a kick followed by a clothesline. Homicide with a monkey flip and Williams is in the corner. Homicide brings the ladder into the ring and he runs it into Williams. The ladder is set up and Homicide starts to climb it but Williams clips Homicide as he comes off the turnbuckles. Williams puts the ladder in the corner and Williams sends Homicide into it and the ladder falls on Homicide. Williams sets up the ladder and he has the case in his hand but Homicide pushes Williams down and Williams takes Terry and Magnus out as well. Homicide climbs the ladder but Team 3D stop Williams to allow Homicide to get the case. Winner: Homicide
After the match, Team 3D fight with the British and then Bashir and Kiyoshi attack Team 3D. Magnus holds Devon to allow Williams to hit a European uppercut from the turnbuckles. Now Ray gets punched and Terry with a spinebuster to Ray.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to talk about the situation surrounding Kurt Angle choosing the referee for his match tonight.
We go to an interview that Mike Tenay did with Suicide. Mike talks about how we know about Suicide from his entrance music lyrics. He says that he was in darkness and felt the pain. He says the torment is not his alone and it is shared. He says that he was left with two choices, life or death. Suicide says that he chooses to see the light and come alive. He says that he is the dark savior. He says that he does not represent the end. He represents the beginning.
We go to commercial.
We are back with a look at Sting’s role in the Main Event Mafia.
Speaking of Sting, it is time for him to come to the ring to address the fans and he has his stolen booty from Kurt Angle. Sting tells Kurt that he knows that Kurt is watching in the back and he has Kurt’s belt. He tells Kurt that if Kurt wants it, Kurt can get it. Sting wants to talk to Joe and he wants Joe to come out.
Joe obliges Sting and comes out. Joe does not have his trademark and vintage black towel. Sting tells Joe that he is every reason why wrestling is as bad as it is and as bad as this company is. It was people like Joe who forced the Main Event Mafia to form. He tells Joe that he does not want to work to get things. Sting says that he does not need four guys behind him and he can fight for himself. He tells Joe that things are wrong because Joe pissed him off. Sting tells Joe to do something about it and he wants to know why Joe isn’t doing anything. Sting asks Joe who is stopping him.
Joe says that he has been told to keep his temper. He tells Sting that his time will come.
Sting asks Joe who is telling Joe what Joe should do. Sting tells Joe that he knows that Joe is not doing this on his own. Sting wants to know who Joe’s ‘Oz’ is behind the curtain.
Joe says that Sting will find out at Victory Road.
Sting says that he will find the person and pull him from the darkness and pull him apart piece by piece and feed him to the fans.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time to go to Lauren with Jenna. Lauren asks Jenna about her match at Victory Road and wants to know how she is training. Jenna says that he will use her money. She bought a trainer of her own and Saeed says that she will destroy.
Booker T and Scott Steiner come out and they join Don and Mike at the announce table.
Match Number Two: Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin versus James Storm and Robert Roode
Sabin and Storm start things off and they lock up with Storm working on the arm. Storm pulls Sabin down by the hair and Sabin with a chop. Sabin gets out of a belly-to-back suplex attempt and Storm avoids an arm drag. Sabin slaps Storm and Storm punches Sabin and Sabin goes to the floor. Storm follows after him and Shelley with a running knee off the apron that sends Storm into the guardrails. Shelley tags in and they hit a series of kicks on Storm. Shelley with a near fall. Shelley holds Storm by the hair and Sabin with a double sledge from the turnbuckles. Sabin and Shelley with clotheslines from each side and Sabin gets a near fall. Sabin and Shelley choke Storm with their boots. Shelley goes up top and he hits a double sledge on Storm. Roode makes the save for Storm and Shelley collides into Sabin. Roode hip tosses Storm to make the tag. Roode punches Storm and Sabin and hits a back elbow on Shelley. Roode with a drop kick to Sabin and a David Young spinebuster to Shelley. All four men are in the ring and Shelley and Sabin with stereo clotheslines. Sabin with the springboard drop kick while Shelley hits the Flatline and Shelley can only get a two count. Storm with a kick to Shelley and a superkick to Sabin. Storm with a lungblower and then they hit DWI for the three count. Winners: James Storm and Robert Roode
After the match, Steiner has the tag title belt.
We see Angelina walking in the back with Madison and Velvet but they stop while Angelina keeps talking. Velvet says that Angelina needs to stop talking about herself because the spider was on her. Velvet says that she is not Angelina’s puppet, pawn, or guinea pig. Velvet tells Angelina if she doesn’t have her back, they are done for good.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sarita is coming next week.
We see footage of Tara and her spider from last week.
Match Number Three: Velvet Sky with Angelina Love and Madison Rayne versus Tara
Tara slaps Velvet and then connects with shoulders in the corner. Tara with an Irish whip but Velvet with boots and a flying clothesline as she punches Tara and chokes her. Velvet pulls Tara up by the hair before sending her back to the mat. Velvet with a hair biel to Tara for a near fall. Velvet with a snap mare and a near fall. Velvet puts Tara in the ropes and talks to the referee. The referee is able to stop Angelina from interfering. Tara punches Velvet. Tara with a clothesline and slam. Tara with a kick and it is time for the Widow’s Peak for the three count. Winner: Tara
After the match, Tara gets her friend from his case and Angelina tells her to stop from a safe distance. Angelina tells Tara if she wants some they can do it right now.
Tara accepts the challenge as long as the title is on the line. Madison tells Angelina to accept the challenge and Angelina accepts.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Tara versus Angelina Love with Madison Rayne and what is left of Velvet Sky for the TNA Women’s Title
Tara has put her friend back in its home and Angelina battles with the referee over the title belt. Tara with a rollup and backslide for a near fall. Tara with an inside cradle for a near fall and Angelina goes to the floor to regroup. Tara tries to pull Angelina back into the ring but Madison pulls Tara out to the floor and the referee sends Madison to the back. Angelina punches Tara and she sends Tara into the guardrail. Angelina with a chop to Tara and they return to the ring. Angelina with a boot to Tara for a near fall. Angelina with a series of near falls and she throws a tantrum. Tara punches Angelina but Angelina with an Irish whip. Angelina misses a charge into the corner and then Tara punches Angelina and hits a clothesline. Tara hits the uranage side slam for a near fall. Tara gets Angelina up for the Widow’s Peak and she gets the three count. Winner: Tara
While Tara celebrates in the ring, Angelina realizes that she lost her title.
We go to commercial.
We go to the back where Lauren is with the new Women’s Champion. Tara says that she cannot believe it. She says that anything can happen in TNA. She says that she never thought she would be happy again, but she is proud to be a part of TNA. She thanks Angelina for giving her the chance.
It is time to run through the card for Victory Road.
It is time to see what happened during Abyss’s appointment with Dr. Stevie. Abyss attacked Stevie while Stevie tries to explain why he did what he did to Lauren. Stevie has drugged Abyss to paralyze him. Then Stevie slaps Abyss.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Matt Morgan and Kevin Nash versus Daniels and A.J. Styles
Nash lets his younger partner start things off and he faces Daniels. Daniels with chops to Morgan but Morgan with a big shoulder tackle. Daniels with kicks to the leg but Morgan with a knee and a slam. Morgan misses an elbow drop and Daniels with a side head lock. Daniels with a kick and Styles is tagged in. Daniels and Styles with forearms that barely stagger Morgan so Styles and Daniels go high and low on Morgan to take him down. Styles with a phenomenal knee drop. Morgan sends Styles into the turnbuckles and then he hits a splash in the corner. Nash tags in and he gestures to Daniels and then connects with elbows to Styles. Styles with a kick and punches to Nash. Nash with an elbow and Morgan and Daniels are back in. Daniels with a flying forearm. Nash stops Daniels as he comes off the ropes. Daniels punches Nash but Morgan with a bicycle kick to Daniels and Daniels is out on the mat. Morgan can only get a two count. Nash tags in and he punches Daniels and then connects with knees in the corner. Nash adds a few elbows in the corner. Morgan tags in and he kicks Daniels in the ribs. Morgan stops Daniels from making the tag and then he hits his vintage elbows in the corner. Morgan with a splash into the corner and then he sends Daniels into the turnbuckles and gets a near fall. Daniels is held by Nash but Morgan accidentally hits Nash when Daniels moves. Styles with a drop kick and then goes to the apron and hits the phenomenal forearm for a near fall. Styles knocks Nash off the apron. Styles with a drop kick to the knee and then he hits a baseball slide into Nash off Morgan’s back. Morgan tries for a choke slam but Styles avoids the hold and hits a Pele kick. Daniels hits the BME and then Styles with a frog splash three-quarters of the way across the ring for the three count. Winners: A.J. Styles and Daniels
After the match, Nash attacks Styles and Daniels. Morgan with a choke slam to Daniels while Nash sends Styles into the ring steps. Morgan has Daniels leg in a steel chair and then Morgan with a leg drop on the chair. Styles sends Nash into the ring steps and Styles is able to intimidate the larger Morgan as he leaves the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Lauren is with Samoa Joe. Lauren says that she was looking for Sting. Sting is wearing the vintage black towel as the car of Joe’s advisor arrives. Joe is able to protect his advisor’s identity and he chokes out Sting with a night stick.
Match Number Six: Mick Foley versus Kurt Angle versus Jeff Jarrett with Guest Referee Eric Young
Foley and Jarrett try to corner Angle but Angle tries to cross the stream and he fails. They punch Angle and then Jarrett lets Foley get in a few shots. Jarrett with a suplex to Angle and then Foley rakes Angle’s eyes across the top rope. Jarrett punches Angle in the corner and Eric Young pulls Jarrett off. Foley with punches to Angle while Jarrett and Young continue to argue. Angle moves out of the way and Foley accidentally punches Jarrett. Foley sends Angle to the floor and then he sends Angle into the guardrail. Foley rakes the face and then he Irish whips Angle into the guardrail. Jarrett punches Foley and then hits the Stroke on the ring steps. We go to commercial.
We are back and Angle is kicking Jarrett followed by a snap suplex for a near fall. Angle with a reverse chin lock on Jarrett and Foley is down on the floor. Angle with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
Scott Steiner comes out and he hits Foley with the Big Poppa Pipe. Angle with a near fall and a waist lock on Jarrett. Jarrett with elbows and clotheslines. Angle charges into a boot from Jarrett and Jarrett hits a tornado DDT for a two count. Angle with a kick and Jarrett counter the Olympic Slam with an arm drag. Jarrett with the Stroke and Young with a very slow count that allows Foley to break up the cover. Foley with a sleeper but Jarrett with a jawbreaker. Jarrett grabs the guitar and Eric has left the ring. Foley has his sock and he applies the mandible claw. Young takes the guitar and Angle hits the Olympic slam on Foley for a two count. Jarrett has Angle in the figure four leg lock and Foley with an elbow for a near fall on Jarrett. Angle puts Foley in the ankle lock and Young calls for the bell. Winner: Kurt Angle
After the match, Jarrett attacks the referee and hits a back body drop and an Irish whip. Young does the Young flip and then Young is sent to the guardrail. Jarrett chases Young to the back with a chair.
Foley with a clothesline to Angle and then he hits the mandible claw. Joe comes to the ring and he hits Foley with the title belt. Steiner makes his way to the ring with the Big Poppa Pipe. Nash hurries to the ring and he has barbed wire. Booker has the barbed wire baseball bat and more barbed wire. They have Foley wrapped in barbed wire.
Foley’s security comes to the ring and they cannot stop the Main Event Mafia.
- As noted earlier, Jeff Hardy's WWE contract is set to expire around July 31st. Company officials have been trying to get Hardy to stay at least through SummerSlam, or when Undertaker is healthy enough to return.
Cover Art For ‘Rise & Fall Of WCW’ DVD Revealed Posted by Andy Steven on 07/09/2009 at 12:02 PM
The cover art for WWE’s upcoming Rise & Fall Of WCW DVD has been leaked to WWE’s UK distributor SilverVision.co.uk.
The cover features small pictures of Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair in the upper left corner while on the bottom large pictures of Goldberg, Sting, Eric Bischoff and the three founding members of the n.W.o. are featured. You can check it out at this link.
R-Truth def. Ricky Ortiz Zack Ryder def. Tyler Reks Hornswoggle def. Chavo Guerrero (on his knees)
The advertisements for “WWE Superstars” promise the WWE Universe to expect everything, but the sight of Chavo Guerrero facing Hornswoggle while on his knees still came as a hilarious shock to everyone who tuned into this Thursday’s show. With this bizarre matchup in the main event slot and contests between Ricky Ortiz and R-Truth and a rematch between Zack Ryder and ECW newcomer Tyler Reks, “WWE Superstars” is proving to be one of the most electrifying shows on TV.
Don’t know where to catch “WWE Superstars”? Find WGN America in your area. Can't see “WWE Superstars” on WGN America in your area? Stay with WWE.com for full results, photos and video clips of all the action.
R-Truth def. Ricky Ortiz (PHOTOS | WATCH) While Ricky Ortiz has spent his time offering up motivational speeches in the backstage area to anyone who will listen, R-Truth has been chalking up impressive victories in the SmackDown ring. This hot streak gave Truth the confidence and savvy he needed to pull out a victory over Mr. O despite a size disadvantage. Perhaps this loss will teach Ricky O. to focus more on his ring game instead of his wordplay.
Zack Ryder def. Tyler Reks (PHOTOS | WATCH) After being defeated by Zack Ryder on last Thursday’s “WWE Superstars,” ECW newcomer Tyler Reks was looking for retribution. Unfortunately, the Southern California surfer was unable to overcome Ryder in their rematch. The Long Island native has been on a white hot streak and has quickly become a Superstar to watch. Reks and the other young competitors of ECW’s New Talent Initiative are quickly learning that victory in WWE doesn’t come easy.
Hornswoggle def. Chavo Guerrero (PHOTOS | WATCH) If anyone knows how to make things interesting, it’s Mr. McMahon. So when the WWE Chairman decided that Chavo Guerrero would have to be on his knees when he faced Hornswoggle, the WWE Universe knew things were about to get wild. With the self-proclaimed “Mexican Warrior” on equal footing, the little Irishman was able control much of the action and put Guerrero away with a Tadpole Splash. Looks like Mr. McMahon taught Chavo a thing or two about picking on someone your own size.
-- WWE apparently went back to the Cyber Sunday PPV name because some in management didn't like the Annihilation name. Cyber Sunday was switched to Annihilation on the WWE website recently, but then quickly changed back. The Cyber Sunday name still may end up being dropped though as WWE wants to get away from the cyber PPV concept.
Brie Bella (with Nikki) def. Katie Lea Burchill Shelton Benjamin def. Yoshi Tatsu Ezekiel Jackson def. local competitor Christian def. Vladimir Kozlov
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Tommy Dreamer proudly grasped his ECW Championship – a title he spent years fighting and hungering for – as he watched two Superstars battle for the spot as No. 1 contender. The ECW Original sat stone-faced as he learned he’ll face his friend and former ECW Champion, Christian, later this month in a city rich in ECW history – Philadelphia.
Christian def. Vladimir Kozlov (PHOTOS | WATCH) Christian earned No. 1 Contendership to the ECW Championship Thursday night with a colossal victory over Vladimir Kozlov. ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer joined the ECW announce team during the match, and said he’d face either Superstar and defend his title with honor at Night of Champions on July 26.
While the dominant, angry Moscow Mauler brutalized Captain Charisma throughout the match, former ECW Champion Christian was fueled by the desire to once again earn a chance at the Extreme Title. Christian landed a devastating Killswitch on the Sambo master for the key victory.
ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer must defend his prized Title at Night of Champions on July 26 against one of the Superstars closest to him – No. 1 contender Christian. Additionally, the match will take place in Philadelphia – the birthplace of ECW. What will happen when Dreamer and Christian – two Superstars motivated by heart, soul and fortitude – clash in the City of Brotherly Love?
"The Abraham Washington Show" with ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer (PHOTOS) One of ECW’s newest Superstars – Abraham Washington – returned to the Land of the Extreme this week with a special guest in tow – ECW Champion Tommy Dreamer. When Washington wasn’t bragging about his show’s high ratings, he was picking on the ECW Original.
“You are the biggest Superstar in ECW history,” Washington mocked Dreamer. “Unfortunately I mean that literally, man. I mean you are huge!”
Dreamer refused to give in to Washington’s taunts. Instead, he told the WWE Universe he wanted to face Christian – not Kozlov – at Night of Champions, because pound-for-pound, he’s a great competitor and friend, which prompted the Moscow Mauler to invade the ring and stare down the ECW Champion.
Ezekiel Jackson def. local competitor (PHOTOS) Ezekiel Jackson – who arrived in ECW in the WWE Draft earlier this year – made a quick and forceful impact on the Land of the Extreme Thursday night. After telling the WWE Universe there’s only one name that’s important in the history of ECW – and that’s Ezekiel – the massive, 6-foot-4-inch Superstar sent a powerful message by decimating a local competitor with a Modified Yurinagi. How does Jackson plan to dominate the Land of the Extreme?
Shelton Benjamin def. Yoshi Tatsu (PHOTOS) Seeking revenge for last week’s quick loss to Yoshi Tatsu, Shelton Benjamin was on a mission to punish his Japanese competitor who arrived in ECW via the New Superstar Initiative. This week, Tatsu proved he’s a worthy opponent to The Gold Standard, pummeling him with kick after kick, and impressing the WWE Universe with a giant Springboard Spinning Heel Kick off the ropes. Despite holding the momentum for most of the match, Tatsu fell to Benjamin’s Pay Dirt. The Gold Standard and the Japanese Superstar are 1 and 1 – who will regain the lead in this Extreme rivalry?
Brie Bella (with Nikki) def. Katie Lea Burchill (PHOTOS | WATCH) ECW’s newest Divas – twin sisters Brie and Nikki Bella – showed off their strong and sly in-ring skills to the WWE Universe this week. With Brie cheering her on at ringside, Nikki began the match against Katie Lea Burchill, but when her opponent’s and the referee’s backs were turned, the twins pulled off a winning switch. Brie entered the ring to relieve her sister and pinned Katie Lea for the victory. How will the sinister Katie Lea get revenge on the twins? How long will the twins be able to keep up their tricky ways?
A masked man appears again A mysterious masked man aided a stagehand in peril again this week on ECW on Syfy. For the second week in a row, this unexplained appearance lasted mere moments, as onlookers, including ECW General Manager Tiffany, were stunned by the appearance. Who was this masked man and how will he impact ECW?
Candice Michelle update: Her asking price & future
The PWTorch Newsletter reports that Candice Michelle is asking $5,000 per-appearance now that she’s been released from WWE. Friends say she is doing well financially from the GoDaddy.com commercials and other non-wrestling appearances, plus her husband also makes good money as a chiropractor.
She has told friends that she never needed to wrestle, but enjoyed it. She’s not ruling out a return to the wrestling business, but is giving friends the impression that she wants to spend more time at home now that she’s no longer with WWE.
There’s no word yet on whether TNA is interested or not.
Recently released TNA referee Rudy Charles has posted a new blog on his MySpace account. Here are some highlights:
I was recently informed by TNA Wrestling that I was being let go. While I could easily cast blame and be angry at the circumstances, that is not how I want to handle the situation. As a company, TNA is free to run their business as they see fit.
I had been a part of the TNA family since the company began in 2002. On camera, I served as a referee since the first show and was promoted to senior referee a few months later. Behind the scenes, I was as a receptionist/assistant/merchandise guy/you name it for the first year and a half and have served as the Creative Assistant for the last 3½ years. During that time, it has been a privilege to serve my co-workers and you, the fans, every time I stepped into the TNA offices, the creative meetings or the six-sided ring. However, that chapter of my life has come to an end and I would like to wish TNA the best in their future endeavors.
While I am still considering all the possibilities that my future holds and exploring options outside of the wrestling business, I am by no means stepping away from the ring. I have talked to several promoters about refereeing for their organizations and am excited about some of the possibilities and challenges that working with an up-and-coming promotion can provide.
He also thanks his family, fans, colleagues and friends for their support.
In an interview with The Southtown Star, Hulk Hogan talked about various topics including the WWE vs. TNA war:
"I watch both products. (TNA's) like the little engine that could. Everybody thought they wouldn't be around for long, and they've been chugging along for seven years. They gain momentum every week. They seem to be real fresh. When a lot of guys go over to that side of the fence, they seem to get a spring in their step," Hogan said. He added that he also watched the WWE product saying, " Vince is the constant. He's the standard of excellence. I just love watching his show because you never know what he is going to do. Plus, the production -- you can't even touch his production. It's so dialed-in. It's amazing just to see how they put the pieces together."
"If you look at history, everyone says, 'History repeats itself.' With all of the choices in the universe of entertainment, I look at the big package and look at the big picture from 40,000 feet. I see history repeating itself. I see TNA getting strong. I see Vince McMahon being impeccable except for a few little holes in the boat."
"TNA is lacking that one momentum-shifting move, that one big name that would even the playing field, the brand (that is) just as powerful as the WWE brand. (TNA's) lacking the big piece of the puzzle. It wouldn't matter who did what in the past. It will be a totally even playing field. You never know."
The question now is Hogan really interested in TNA or is this his way of trying to get leverage with Vince McMahon for another WWE run?
Matt Hardy has posted a new blog on WWE Universe including a graphic photo of his abdomen following surgery on July 2. You can view the photo at this link.
Hardy said he knew he was injured half was through last week’s WWE Superstars triple threat match against MVP and Kofi in Green Bay. ” The triple threat match against MVP and Kofi in Green Bay was the straw that broke the camel's back. In a few days, I'm gonna post a tell-all blog on my WWE Universe page and fill everyone in on everything.”
He added, “when Kofi gave me a cross body from the top rope, my intestines basically exploded out of my abdominal wall. And not just in one spot, but in two spots. It was so excruciatingly painful it's almost hard to describe. It felt like someone took a hot knife and sliced it deeply into my lower abdomen. I did my best to try and get through the remainder of the match, but I knew I was hurt badly. I had to have it fixed, or face major health problems. Problems that could have possibly killed me. So I had do what was good for me, my career, my friends, and my loved ones. And that was get it corrected and fixed.”
Hardy also thanked the WWE, Dr. Pappas, Duke Medical Center, Shannon Moore for their support through the injury.
Former WWE Superstar Elijah Burke is currently dealing with a medical issue. He revealed on his Twitter that he was on the way to hospital but not to assume anything. “Well, Pope's en route to the emergency room. However, don't ASSUME anything! Pope will let you know his status shortly, if need be.”
Burke later then followed it up with, “Minor Surgery. I'm kinda out of it right now. Not sure, but Elijah Burke may be finished for right now. I will update later @ TEE.com.”
Previous to both tweets Burke said he fell down a flight of stairs, which may be the cause of his surgery. “Good Grief, Pope just fell down a flight of stairs. Of injuries, not sure; Pretty banged up, I Am.”
Triple H vs. John Cena ended in a double disqualification Evan Bourne def. U.S. Champion Kofi Kingston (non-title) Randy Orton def. Ted DiBiase Mark Henry def. Cody Rhodes (count-out) Mickie James & Gail Kim def. Divas Champion Maryse & Alicia Fox Unified Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho def. Carlito & Primo
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Million Dollar Man certainly knows how to get his money’s worth. Having bought his way onto Raw as special guest host, he put the entire roster on notice, including his own son. The moneyed mover-and-shaker also arranged two matches for Night of Champions: Unified WWE Tag Team Champion Edge & Chris Jericho will defend against The Legacy’s Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes; WWE Champion Randy Orton will defend his title in a Triple Threat Match against Triple H and John Cena.
Triple H vs. John Cena ended in a double disqualification after Rhodes & DiBiase interfered; Million Dollar Man calls a WWE Triple Threat Title Match for Night of Champions with Orton vs. Triple H vs. John Cena (PHOTOS | WATCH | FULL PREVIEW) Saying something does not make it so. If only that were true, WWE Champion Randy Orton would have been one happy man after the Night of Champions Tournament final. The match pitted Triple H against John Cena – in only their third-ever bout against each other – to determine which Superstar would face Orton for the title in three weeks. The momentum between these two warriors ebbed and flowed throughout the match until, battle-weary, they were attacked by Orton’s Legacy henchmen, Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase. With both The Game and Cena each having won a match in their two previous encounters, their third-ever match would end in a double disqualification.
That’s when The Viper smugly attempted to tell the WWE Universe that, since there was no winner, he would have to face neither man at Night of Champions. His self-satisfaction was cut off at the knees, however, when The Million Dollar Man, interrupted him with a different interpretation of events. Raw’s special guest host informed Orton that, the way he saw things, neither man lost. Therefore, each would be allowed to compete for the WWE Championship at Night of Champions in a Triple Threat Match.
Evan Bourne def. United States Champion Kofi Kingston; Big Show attacked both (PHOTOS | WATCH) United States Champion Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne put on quite an air show when the two took to the ring. Bourne, a new Raw recruit, appeared determined to avenge his premiere match as a Raw Superstar in which he lost to WWE Champion Randy Orton. Despite the Jamaican Superstar’s always exciting effort, Bourne proved too difficult to ground as he prevailed in the match. As the Raw rookie offered Kingston a hand up, however, Big Show stormed the ring. The World’s Largest Athlete attacked the United States Champion without provocation, which attracted the ire of Bourne, who tried to help his fellow high-flyer. While Bourne and Kingston worked well against the behemoth, Show eventually left the two to nurse some painful scrapes and bruises.
Jack Swagger confronts MVP in the VIP Lounge (PHOTOS | WATCH) Montel Vontavious Porter doesn’t take insults very well – or at all, for that matter. After extending an invitation to his VIP Lounge to Jack Swagger, The Franchise Playa asked why one of Raw’s newest recruits would intentionally lose a match to Randy Orton just as “The All American-American” did last week. Swagger went on to bring up his host’s incarceration as a young man. MVP used the occasion to insist that he wasn’t ashamed of his troubled past and, in fact, has since tried to use his experience to keep other young men out of prison. The fact that Swagger tried to insult MVP, however, was cause enough for The Franchise Playa to challenge him. For his part, Swagger cravenly exited the ring, saying that he doesn’t fight people beneath him. Oh, no he didn’t!
Randy Orton def. Ted DiBiase (PHOTOS | WATCH) When his father arranged for him to face the leader of The Legacy, WWE Champion Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase was shocked and outraged. How could his own flesh and blood do such a thing? But then, after Orton suggested that DiBiase could never beat him, a fire was suddenly lit under Orton’s henchman. That blaze fueled DiBiase as he tackled the challenge of Orton head-on. DiBiase’s resilience seemed to surprise the WWE Champion, who failed to pin the young upstart in several attempts. Despite a valiant effort, however, DiBiase fell to The Viper, who hit a devastating RKO to ensure the victory.
Mark Henry def. Cody Rhodes by count-out (PHOTOS) It was clear from the moment the Million Dollar Man arranged the match that Cody Rhodes wanted nothing to do with Mark Henry. Rhodes even tried to bribe Million Dollar Man – to no avail – into calling off the bout. Once the match got underway, however, it was easy to see why. The World’s Strongest Man, and new Raw acquisition, dominated the second generation Superstar, pummeling him to the point where Rhodes, after a particularly hard hit, left the ring and refused to return, resulting in a loss by intentional count-out.
Mickie James & Gail Kim def. Divas Champion Maryse & Alicia Fox (PHOTOS) Mickie James keeps circling Divas Champion Maryse and eyeing her title like a kid eyes an ice cream cone – she can practically taste it. Before she has an opportunity to net the WWE Butterfly at Night of Champions, though, she’s using the next few weeks to get a better bead on her arrogant opponent’s ring style. This week, she was joined by new Raw recruit Gail Kim, while Maryse shared a corner with Alicia Fox. When the glitter finally settled on these smart, sexy, powerful ladies, however, it was actually Kim who had pinned the Divas Champion, leaving Maryse’s feathers more than a little ruffled.
Unified Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho def. Carlito & Primo; Carlito attacked brother Primo after the match (PHOTOS | WATCH) The frustration was unmistakable. For the third time in a row, Carlito, along with his younger brother, Primo, failed to defeat Unified Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho. After the match, with Primo on his knees recovering from an Edge spear, the elder Colon could not longer contain his aggravation. He grabbed Primo and threw him against the ring post, then slammed him atop the announcer’s table before storming off.
Special guest host Million Dollar Man arranged match between Unified Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho and Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes at Night of Champions; he also arranged two other matches: Rhodes vs. Mark Henry and his son Ted vs. WWE Champion Randy Orton (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The Million Dollar Man stood in the center of the ring flanked by his son, Ted DiBiase, and Cody Rhodes. The WWE Legend announced to the crowd packed into the HP Pavilion that The Legacy would battle the Unified Tag Team Champions Edge & Chris Jericho for their titles at Night of Champions.
Then he dropped a couple of bombshells. He not only arranged for Cody to face off against Mark Henry later in the night, he also pitted his own son in a match against the leader of The Legacy, WWE Champion Randy Orton. Despite protests from the young Superstars, the ring veteran refused to budge.
WWE Unified Tag Team Champion, Edge suffered a tear to his Achilles heel tendon last Friday, July 3, during a WWE live event in San Diego. Edge's opponent was the man with whom he has traded the WWE Championship, Jeff Hardy.
Almost immediately after the bout started, Edge was in his corner when Hardy charged toward him. After attempting to leapfrog Hardy, Edge crumbled to the canvas. Hardy was backed off by the referee, who checked repeatedly with Edge before summoning WWE doctors and athletic trainers and instructing ring announcer Justin Roberts that because Edge could not continue, Jeff Hardy was the winner of the match via forfeit. WWE referees, athletic trainers and doctors then helped Edge to the back as Edge could bear no weight on his left ankle.
Edge arrived this morning at Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center at St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., this morning to surgically repair the torn Achilles tendon in his left ankle. Dr. James Andrews currently has Edge's operation scheduled for 10 a.m. ET. Dr. Andrews has previously performed surgeries on WWE Superstars Batista, Triple H, John Cena, Rey Mysterio and many others. Andrews also consulted on NFL quarterback Tom Brady after his third knee surgery and most recently worked with Brett Favre for his possible return to the NFL.
WWE.com will attempt to have comments from both Dr. Andrews and Edge later today, including a timeline for Edge's return to the ring.
WWE.com will also investigate how this injury will affect the status of the Unified Tag Team Titles, as well as Edge & Chris Jericho's scheduled match with Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase at Night of Champions.
Smackdown Superstar Matt Hardy has posted a new blog on his MySpace page where he addresses the injury reports and sheds some light on what’s been going on with him. Thanks to Jen Carson for passing this along:
Well guys and gals, since the news has been leaked all over the ‘net, I figured I should go ahead and address it truthfully. Yes, the rumors are true, I had some major surgery a couple of day ago. The triple threat match against MVP and Kofi in Green Bay was the straw that broke the camel’s back. In a few days, I’m gonna blog on my WWE Universe page and fill everyone in on everything. But here’s a little taste of how tough and annoying the last 2 years of my life has been. For two years, I’ve been working with a slight abdominal tear, a genetic defect that I was actually born with. Even though we torture ourselves every night in that ring for each of your guy’s entertainment.. But don’t get me wrong, we love it and chose to do it. The tear hasn’t been anything that has really over-affected me performance-wise.. Until.. My appendectomy. From when I returned in April 2008, my abdominal tear became gradually worse. I was having a U.S. Title run I was very proud of.. So I sucked it up! I became the ECW Champion, and was having one of the best runs of my career, and the abdominal injury really started bothering me.. So I sucked it up! I wanted to get it fixed before it got really bad.. BUT.. I had an issue with Jeff on TV which would ultimately lead us to wrestling one another at THE show of all shows, Wrestlemania. So I sucked it up and got through it! Basically, in a nutshell, my intestines were slowly tearing through my abdomen.. Which affected my training greatly, my in-ring work, and my physical appearance. My intestines were slowly swelling because they were all outta wack and protruding through my abdominal wall. But I sucked it up and gave everything I had. I haven’t been able to do a sit-up in two years. And as I totally expected, The lil “wanna be cool guys” that feel like bad-asses behind a keyboard LOVED to make comments about my weight gain because I was being lazy. Little did they know, or yet probably even care, that I’ve stayed constantly frustrated that I was dealing with these serious complications. Honestly, I only care about the personal friends and family that I have, that know my true deal.. It’s only their opinions I take serious and to heart. Anybody who writes about me, whether good or bad, but especially bad.. I couldn’t care less. I just say thanks for keeping me in the news. The night in Green Bay, when Kofi gave me a cross body from the top rope, my intestines exploded out through my abdominal wall.. And not just in one spot, but in two spots. I had to have it fixed, or face major health problems.. Problems that could have killed me. So as always, I do what’s good for me, my career, friends, and loved ones. Hateful, ignorant comments made on the world wide web certainly doesn’t bothered me-but sometimes give me a good laugh.. And my world is a world those people will never experience. I can actually get into the shape I wanna be in now.. Very excited about that. It’s sushi time peeps, I’ll be back soon to blog for guys again. Be well, and until then..Quote of the day – “Everyone’s gathered to idolize me”
Matt Hardy underwent his abdominal surgery on July 2nd, according to the UK Sun. He’s expected be out of action for eight-to-ten weeks.
Although Hardy hasn’t specifically commented on the surgery, he updated his MySpace blog the day before the surgery, saying
Although Hardy has yet to comment specifically on the surgery, he did update his Myspace page the day before surgery: “The Hurdle awaits. And I’m ready to cross it, jump it, or plow over it. Either way, I’m excited to enter into a new, better, chapter of my life and career. [..] Get ready, cause when I re-debut on Smackdown, nothing’s gonna stop me in the ring or in life.”
This injury is a tough break for Hardy, as he had just made a full recovery from his broken hand.
THQ has released the box artwork for their upcoming video game, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010. The box artwork features John Cena on the center of the cover with Edge, Undertaker, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio either side of him. You can view the box artwork for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 at this link.
Here is a press release THQ issued regarding the video game:
WWE® SMACKDOWN® VS. RAW® 2010 PREPARES TO ENTER THE VIRTUAL RING
John Cena®, Undertaker®, Randy Orton®, Edge® and Rey Mysterio® To Be Featured On Front Cover of Best-Selling Fighting Videogame Franchise
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. - June 2, 2009 - THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) and JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) today announced that WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2010 is in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Wii™ and Nintendo DS™. Joining the prominent World Wrestling Entertainment® roster of WWE SmackDown/SmackDown vs. Raw licensed videogames, which have shipped more than 47 million units worldwide since 1999, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 is scheduled for release in Fall 2009.
In addition, five World Wrestling Entertainment® Superstars will be featured on the cover of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010. John Cena®, Undertaker®, Randy Orton®, Edge® and Rey Mysterio® will headline the new game, which promises to deliver player freedom never before experienced in the SmackDown vs. Raw franchise. More information about WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 will be unveiled surrounding SummerSlam®, live on pay-per-view August 23, 2009 from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
“John Cena, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Edge and Rey Mysterio are incredible WWE Superstars who represent the athleticism, creativity, individuality and strength of today’s live WWE programming,” said Brian Coleman, vice president, global brand management, THQ. “These powerful traits symbolize our vision to give players extensive creative freedom and make WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 the most authentic, entertaining and compelling simulation of live WWE programming to date.”
“The WWE SmackDown vs. Raw titles keep getting better and better, and we are honored to have such incredible classic Superstars as John Cena, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Edge and Rey Mysterio on the front cover of WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 for all platforms,” said Nelo Lucich, senior vice president of interactive, JAKKS Pacific. “Their intensity and commitment to wrestling excellence epitomize the spirit of this year’s videogame.”
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 will be supported through a look at SmackDown vs. Raw franchise history at E3 2009 in the THQ booth – number 5300 in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston™ and current WWE Divas Champion Maryse™ are scheduled to sign autographs on Tuesday, June 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., while WWE Superstar John Morrison™ is scheduled to sign autographs on Wednesday, June 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
-- SuperLucha.net is reporting former WWE and ECW star Super Crazy will be wrestling for at a TNA Wrestling show in Laredo, Texas next month. According to TNA's website, the event takes place on Saturday, August 22 from the Laredo Entertainment Center. Tickets go on sale July 17th.
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