It's been noted several times that TNA Knockout Traci Brooks was bumped from the cover of the November 2009 issue of Playboy in favor of the late Farrah Fawcett. As it turns out, the golden-haired sex symbol of the late 1970s is not gracing the cover either.
In a publishing first, the cover of Playboy was given to a cartoon character — Marge Simpson. The November issue is a tribute to "America's most dysfunctional family" — The Simpsons — who are celebrating their 20th anniversary on television this year.
Rey Mysterio def. Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho WWE Women's Champion Michelle McCool def. Eve WWE Intercontinental Champion John Morrison def. Dolph Ziggler Drew McIntyre & Kane def. R-Truth & Matt Hardy CM Punk def. Batista by Count-out
TRENTON, N.J. - With Hell in a Cell behind the WWE Universe and WWE Bragging Rights rapidly approaching, several of SmackDown’s fierce competitors showcased exactly what they have to brag about. But, it was the announcement of a monumental pay-per-view match that inspired three Superstars, while stacking the odds against The Phenom holding the World Heavyweight Title.
CM Punk def. Batista by Count-out (PHOTOS | WATCH) Bitter about losing the World Heavyweight Championship to The Undertaker, CM Punk was disgusted to not hear SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long announce an automatic title rematch. It appeared, however, The Straightedge Superstar would get his wish when Mr. McMahon arrived. Not exactly.
After expressing some displeasure with Teddy Long that seemed to suggest his opinion that the GM is continuing to provoke the World Heavyweight Champ, the WWE Chairman told Punk he will have the opportunity to reclaim the gold at WWE Bragging Rights. But, “The Second City Saint” won’t be the only one to have a chance. Mr. McMahon introduced a Fatal-4-Way Match for the title that will require The Deadman to defend his championship against Punk, Rey Mysterio and Batista. (PHOTOS)
The night didn’t get any easier for Punk as he had to deal with The Animal in the main event. Despite outsmarting Batista to win by count-out, the former three-time World Heavyweight Champion couldn’t escape a bone-crushing Batista Bomb after the match had ended. Was this a sign of things to come for Punk? Or will he be the one celebrating with the title at WWE Bragging Rights? (PREVIEW)
Rey Mysterio def. Chris Jericho (PHOTOS | WATCH) Ecstatic over the opportunity to capture the World Title at WWE Bragging Rights, Rey Mysterio utilized that motivation to get some payback from what transpired at Hell in a Cell when he and Batista lost to Big Show & Chris Jericho for the Unified Tag Team Championship. The masked wonder escaped the Walls of Jericho and dialed up the 619 for the impressive victory.
Women’s Champion Michelle McCool def. Eve Torres (PHOTOS | WATCH) Last week on the “Decade of SmackDown” special, Women’s Champion Michelle McCool used some assistance from Beth Phoenix to retain the gold against Melina in a Divas Lumberjack Match. The smart, sexy and powerful champion didn’t require support against Eve this week as a wicked kick to the jaw ended her opponent’s night in a flash.
Intercontinental Champion John Morrison def. Dolph Ziggler (PHOTOS | WATCH) Intercontinental Champion John Morrison may want to thank SmackDown Diva Maria for her choice of rest. In a rematch from Hell in a Cell, The Guru of Greatness retained his title after Dolph Ziggler’s plan of attack didn’t go as planned. The beach blonde Superstar placed a steel chair next to the ring, but Maria decided to use it to sit down. The Shaman of Sexy took full advantage of Ziggler and Maria’s disorder as he performed the Flying Chuck kick to seal the deal. Afterwards, Ziggler was so upset with the Diva that he ended their personal relationship. (WATCH)
Drew McIntyre & Kane def. R-Truth & Matt Hardy (PHOTOS | WATCH) Drew McIntyre & Kane looked extremely impressive in their first tag team action together as they stomped on R-Truth and Matt Hardy. McIntyre, who was personally signed to the SmackDown roster by Mr. McMahon, finished the match with a Double Underhook DDT on Hardy.
World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker fears no one (PHOTOS | WATCH) The Undertaker addressed the WWE Universe for the first time since winning his seventh World Championship. The Deadman declared that CM Punk escaped Hell in a Cell in one piece, but that he will claim his soul at WWE Bragging Rights. The Phenom also stated that Batista’s strength and rage will not be enough to save him, and that despite his legendary heart and courage, Mysterio will not be granted any mercy.
- Ring announcer Justin Roberts' profile has been moved from the Smackdown section to the RAW section. Roberts took over the ring announcing duties for Monday Night Raw last week as a result of Lilian Garcia's departure from the company.
- After suffering a knee injury at a live event last month, Kelly Kelly noted on her Twitter account that she returned to the gym this week. She returned to action this past Monday on RAW after a four-week hiatus.
During an interview with the UK Sun this week to promote his new movie Damage, WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin says he’s spoken to former WWE superstar Jeff Hardy about his ongoing issues, but you can only do so much to help another person.
“I called him a while back and talked to him,” he said. “He’s a good looking kid, he’s got a really unique style, people love him, he has his own kind of charisma. I wish he could put it all together and get his personal demons behind him. He got caught with a lot of stuff and we’ll see what happens.”
Austin said he’s reached out to other WWE superstars when he they were having issues with drug addiction.
“I’ve called a few guys when I hear some of them getting into problems,” he said. “I try to give my two cents to the situation. They’ll all swear that everything is cool, it turns out things aren’t cool. [Vince McMahon] has offered to pay for rehab for anybody who wants it. Some people have taken him up on it, some people haven’t. I get made when people point the finger at Vince and say it’s his fault. It’s not his fault. He’s a third generation promoter who runs a wrestling company. I take responsibility for all my actions. I think everybody should. I refuse to think that it’s Vince McMahon’s fault for any of this.”
He said Jeff Hardy has a unique situation for WWE. One hand hand, he’s one of the most charismatic and popular superstars on the roster, but there’s such a risk of him screwing up that they’ve never been able to fully get behind him.
“Man. This last thing I just heard about the other day when I was driving back from Texas to L.A.,” he said. “They never gave that guy a full green light push, but you can’t keep him down. All the calamity and trouble he gets into, but people love him. If they ever fully gave him a green light push, who knows what would happen? But you can’t do that because you don’t know what he’s going to do because all of a sudden you have all of this time and money invested and then he screws up. So who knows what’s going to come out of it, if he’s going to do time or whatever. He has some serious stuff going against him.”
Impact: * Abyss comes out holding barbed wire cuts a promo in the ring. He challenges Foley to face him in a Monster's Ball match. Foley, holding a barbed wire bat starts to cut a promo on Abyss but Abyss cuts him off and points out all the things he accomplished in his TNA career. He rips on Foley playing with socks. Foley agrees to the match but says Dr. Stevie will be the referee and if Abyss uses thumbtacks, he will lose. Out comes Stevie, who rips on Abyss. Lauren gets involved and she and Abyss are laid out by Stevie and Daffney.
* TNA Legends champ Kevin Nash vs. Hernandez ends when Eric Young attacks Hernandez. Young tells Nash that he owes Young a favor now.
* Amazing Red defeats Samoa Joe for the TNA X Division Championship after Bobby Lashley gets involved.
* D'Angelo Dinero & Homicide defeated Suicide & Daniels when the Pope pinned Daniels.
* They hold a contract signing for a Double Tag Team championship Ladder Match at the PPV with Scott Steiner & Booker T vs. The British Invasion vs. Beer Money vs. Team 3D. It ends in a huge brawl.
* Taylor Wilde, Sarita, Christy Hemme & Hamada defeated The Beautiful People & Alyssa Flash & Traci Brooks in an elimination match.
* Sting responds to AJ Styles' comments last week. He says that after what Styles had to say, he gave things a lot of thought but in the end, he knows he can still get the job done. Kurt Angle comes out and started ripping on Sting. Angle told Sting to stop his whining and just retire and get it over with. Sting dared him to try and retire him right now. They got into it and Styles hit the ring. Angle challenges Styles to face him next week and Styles accepted.
* The Motor City Machineguns came out to debut their new entrance music but were jumped by an angry Samoa Joe. Joe called for Lashley to come out so Joe can kill him. Lashley hits the ring and they brawl all over the building. Joe jumped off an alcove and put Lashley through the spanish announcers' table.
* ODB defeated Tara to retain the TNA Knockouts title. Awesome Kong tried to kill Poison the Tarantula with a sledgehammer but Tara stopped her.
* Abyss & Matt Morgan defeated Mick Foley & Kurt Angle, sort of. Foley and Angle were replaced by Stevie and Dafney as the match went on. Richards took a bump into tacks.
Former WWE superstar Ken "Mr. Kennedy" Anderson is the new World Champion for the Nu Wrestling Evolution promotion. He won the title at a live event in Malta on October 2nd, after defeating former WWE superstar Chuck Palumbo & Tiny Iron in a three way match.
Former TNA creative team member Dutch Mantel has posted a blog this week where he talks about working with The Undertaker before he became a star. Mantel wrote on TheWorldAccordingToDutch.blogspot.com:
"When I first became acquainted with Mark, he was the complete opposite of what he is today. His hair was cropped short and he had no tattoos. When I first laid eyes on him, he actually looked too clean cut to be a wrestler. Today, he is a walking tat advert. He turned out to be a great guy and for a man his size, he moved like silk"
He continued, "At first glance, Mark had all the physical tools to succeed in the pro wrestling business. He had the size, the look and the raw talent to be a HUGE star. His next hurdle he would face would be to decide if he possessed the temperament to succeed. Over the next several months, I got to know Mark Calaway's temperament very well and he passed the test."
Ted DiBiase def. Evan Bourne Shelton Benjamin def. Sheamus by Disqualification Cryme Tyme def. The Hart Dynasty
“WWE Superstars” on WGN America saw a surplus of electrifying in-ring action on Thursday. With Superstars such as Evan Bourne, Sheamus and Cryme Tyme in competition, the night offered the WWE Universe a chance to see several of WWE’s rising sensations and fan favorites.
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Cryme Tyme def. The Hart Dynasty (PHOTOS | WATCH) It was a sweet homecoming for The Hart Dynasty when they returned to their Canadian roots and defeated Cryme Tyme last month in tag team action on SmackDown in Ontario. On “WWE Superstars”, however, it was Shad & JTG’s turn to flourish near their hometown.
Not too far from Brooklyn N.Y., where the two superstars originate from, Shad & JTG merited a triumph over David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd, thanks to some help from Eve. The Diva diverted Smith, allowing Shad to apply Thugnificent and followed it up with the pin. Although the win gave Cryme Tyme the upper-hand in this ongoing rivalry, The Hart Dynasty has shown they are extremely resilient and will no doubt seek retribution.
Shelton Benjamin def. Sheamus by Disqualification (PHOTOS | WATCH) It was clear Sheamus’ goal was to inflict as much pain on Shelton Benjamin as possible during their highly-anticipated match on “WWE Superstars.” After interfering in The Gold Standard’s eventual triumph over Paul Burchill on ECW on Syfy last week and injuring Benjamin’s left shoulder, The Celtic Warrior did not decelerate. Despite being disqualified for not following the referee’s several warnings, Sheamus continued to attack Benjamin, and left the WWE Universe wondering how this rivalry will continue Tuesdays on ECW.
Ted DiBiase def. Evan Bourne (PHOTOS | WATCH) Evan Bourne couldn’t have asked for a worse time to square off against Ted DiBiase. Last Sunday at Hell in a Cell, The Legacy suffered a vicious defeat to DX inside the 20-foot-tall steel structure. Cody Rhodes was ultimately carried out of the arena on a stretcher, and on “WWE Superstars,” DiBiase, as a result, took his frustrations out on his opponent. Following a special dedication to his injured tag team partner, DiBiase dismantled “Air” Bourne with a series of punishing moves, including a devastating Dream Street for the victory.
The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Umaga has claimed that he will be returning to WWE. He was scheduled to participate in a shoot interview in the near future, however he has since backed out claiming that he is returning to WWE and therefore cannot do the interview. It should be noted, however, that he may have just used the WWE return excuse as a way of getting out of the interview if he simply changed his mind and didn't want to do it. We will have more on this developing story as it becomes available.
Apparently WWE is planning on introducing a new Heavyweight belt to television soon and perhaps some other belts will be changed as well. Not much else is known on this but it's possible that that one of the top title belts gets a new look.
I just got back from the live Raw in Wilkes Barre, PA and thought I'd send along some notes.
Dark Match: -Jamie Noble beat Heath Slater with a sunset flip.
Superstars: -Ted DiBiasi beat Evan Bourne with Dreamstreet.
DX and the Steelers celebrated at ringside with the fans. Did a lot of hand shaking and posing but that was all. Justin Roberts wished us goodnight.
Not a ton of stuff happened but it was a very fun show. I've been to every WWE show in this arena since they started coming in 2002 and this was among the best shows live. No real dull spots and the crowd was very into it. Can't speak for the rest of the country but our crowds were always filled with backwards nostalgic Attitude era fans (lots of old Austin/nWo/Rock shirts, "what" chants, etc.) but tonight was almost all kids with their parents and fans who seemed really into today's product, which was nice to see.
A kid got hurt going for Cena's cap. I didn't see the injury happen but I was told he tried running down from the 100 level to ringside to get it, tripped, and fell down the stairs. He had to be stretchered out during the Swagger/Primo match.
Biggest pops: --Cena --DX --Jeff Hardy in the video packages
Biggest heat: --Ben Roethlisberger's introduction (didn't get booed again after his first time out) --The Miz --CM Punk on video packages (maybe the crowd didn't like the way he was dressed.) --Orton and JeriShow also got great heat from the fans you'd expect to boo them but they also got a good amount of both "we're cool and cheer heels" cheers and "we know you're a bad guy but you're also a big star so yay that you're in our hick town" reactions.
As we noted, CM PUNK has some heat with management due to an incident on the recent European tour.
According to sources, there was apparently an issue on Punk's dress code during the tour. The story goes that at one point Undertaker pulled him aside and explained that he's the World champion and representing the WWE brand and name overseas, so he should dress better. Punk reportedly said something along the lines of "what about John Cena?" which wasn't taken very well.
Thanks to Agahzi & ProWrestling.net for the following:
Good crowd on hand. I'm happy WWE is finally doing shows in Newark. The arena is gorgeous. The crowd was very into Randy Orton. There was a huge pop when he pinned John Cena. When Cena walked out after the match, he was booed.
Also, huge pop for Jerishow winning. There were a decent amount of boos for Batista's offense.
During the main event, there was a small "get the hammer" chant for Triple H. The crowd wanted to be into it but it was paced so slow with Shawn Michaels taking a beating the whole time. After the match, DX went around ringside and shook hands and signed a fee autographs. Ted DiBiase got up and flipped out as Cody Rhodes was stretchered out. That was pretty much it.
Oh yeah, that was me screaming during Mickie James's match. We won!
- Things don't get easier for Lacey Von Erich in TNA. After being reprimanded for her comments toward Angelina Love, Von Erich suffered an embrassing moment during this week's TNA Impact tapings in Orlando, Florida. During the Knockouts elimination match, Von Erich made a run-in but tripped on her way down, which got a big laugh from fans who are attending the television taping.
There was an incident prior to the main event where Scott Steiner tore up a Swiss flag for cheap heat causing fans to toss beer cans at the ringside area, and one fan even tossed a plastic chair, which Steiner violently launched back into the crowd. Booker T and Sharmell then stormed backstage leading to Bashir replacing Booker in the match.
WWE recently signed a Lithuanian fitness model by the name of Zivile Raudoniene to a developmental contract. Raudoniene spoke out on her WWE experience thus far in a video interview with www.rxmuscle.com. The 27-year old said she is training at WWE's developmental facility in Tampa.
Below are more details on upcoming film called River Of Darkness featuring Kurt Angle, Kevin Nash, Sid Vicious and Ray Lloyd (f/k/a Glacier in WCW):
Ray Lloyd (Glacier-WCW) commands an excellent performance as Clark Higgins the nemesis of Sheriff Will Logan (Kurt Angle).
Kurt Angle - WWE, TNA, Warrior, Dead Of Night Bill Hinzman - Zombie #1-Night Of The Living Dead & Flesh Eater Kevin Nash - The Punisher, Longest Yard, Shreader (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) Psycho Sid Vicious - WWF, WCW, ECW Ray Lloyd - "Glacier" WCW Alan Rowe Kelly - Fangoria Radio Network, Don't Look In The Basement Bill Laing - The Mothman "Mothman Prophecies" Sam Nicotero - My Bloody Valentine, Children Of The Living Dead
Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov def. Tommy Dreamer & Goldust Yoshi Tatsu def. William Regal ECW Champion Christian def. Zack Ryder (Non-Title Match)
TRENTON, N.J. – ECW’s esteemed General Manager, Tiffany, has returned to The Land of the Extreme, attempting to restore order to Tuesday nights. But once again, despite some setbacks, William Regal and his minions were the Superstars standing tall at the end of ECW on Syfy this week.
Tiffany returns to ECW (PHOTOS | WATCH) Seizing the power as interim General Manager of ECW, William Regal quickly declared himself the new No. 1 contender to the ECW Title at the opening of ECW on Syfy. But before he could act upon his plan, he was quickly contested by Zack Ryder and ECW Champion Christian. Captain Charisma pointed out to Regal and Ryder that there are others who have done more to earn a chance at the ECW Title, including Sovereign Bank Arena’s hard-working custodian, Angelo; everyone’s favorite laughing WWE Hall of Famer, Tony Atlas; and the most-deserving, Yoshi Tatsu. The Japanese Superstar has pinned both Regal and Ryder in the last few weeks. But it wasn’t Christian’s choice as to who he’d defend his gold against next, it’s returning General Manager Tiffany’s decision. And while the Diva said she wasn’t ready to declare a new No. 1 contender, she did announce that John Cena could possibly come to ECW, depending on the outcome of his WWE Bragging Rights Iron Man Match against Randy Orton. Tiffany also announced the evening’s matches: Christian vs. Ryder, Tatsu vs. Regal and Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov in tag team action!
Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov def. Tommy Dreamer & Goldust (PHOTOS | WATCH) William Regal’s devious associates, Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov, once again proved why they’re seemingly unstoppable as a tag team. While Tommy Dreamer & Goldust put up a formidable fight, Regal’s dominant duo prevailed when Jackson pinned the ECW Original. Which Superstars will dare step into the ring to challenge Jackson & Kozlov next? Can anyone halt this unstoppable force?
Yoshi Tatsu def. William Regal (PHOTOS | WATCH) After Tiffany returned to de-throne Regal as interim General Manager of ECW, The British Brawler’s night got a bit worse when he was defeated by Yoshi Tatsu, the Superstar who pinned him last week during an ECW Tag Team Match. The Japanese Superstar has been on a winning streak lately, and this week his victory really came at Regal’s expense. The ECW referee didn’t notice that the British Superstar’s foot was under the rope during Tatsu’s pin, costing him the win. While Tatsu celebrated another success, Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov emerged to help Regal argue the call. After two losses to Tatsu, will Regal try to get revenge on him? Who will the exciting, young Tatsu get in the ring with next?
ECW Champion Christian def. Zack Ryder (PHOTOS | WATCH) Zack Ryder got his wish for the main event of ECW on Syfy – a rematch with ECW Champion Christian. But this non-title bout didn’t end favorably for either competitor. A ringside-seated William Regal dispatched his associates, Ezekiel Jackson & Vladimir Kozlov, to attack Captain Charisma during the match, giving the ECW Champion the victory by disqualification.
Then, as the fallen ECW Champion was left in the ring, Ryder, who was angry that Regal’s associates cost him the match, was next to be attacked by them. Despite Regal’s setbacks during the night, he once again stood tall at the end of ECW on Syfy. The WWE Universe is left to wonder, is all of this chaos part of Regal’s plan to dominate The Land of the Extreme? Have Regal, Jackson & Kozlov taken full control of ECW?
Divas Champion Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Eve, Melina, Brie Bella & Nikki Bella def. Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, Jillian, Natalya, Layla & Michelle McCool Jack Swagger def. Primo Colon MVP & Mark Henry def. Chavo Guerrero & Chris Masters The Miz def. United States Champion Kofi Kingston DX def. Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show
WILKES BARRE, Pa. – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t backed down from a challenge since he returned the slap of the doctor who delivered him. It’s that kind of inherent toughness that served the Pro Bowl quarterback well as Raw’s special guest host.
DX def. Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show in a Non-Title Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Earlier in the evening, Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show made the case that they are the greatest tag team ever assembled. A little tandem by the name of DX took issue, as you might imagine. As a man used to dealing with warring factions, Raw special guest host Ben Roethlisberger, his offensive line by his side, devised an idea brilliant in its simplicity: Settle it in the ring, fellas.
The mouthy Jericho & snarling Show, riding a wave of momentum after their victory over Batista & Rey Mysterio at Hell in a Cell the night before, seemed to dominate the match for a time. Triple H & Shawn Michaels, however, were coming off an equally lofty win over The Legacy. When the sand began to shift under their boots, the Unified Tag Team Champions thought they would simply quit and leave the ring. Unfortunately for them, their earlier insults prompted Roethlisberger and the Steelers offensive line to confront the two and corral them back into the squared circle. Once there, a waiting DX licked their chops and devoured the Unified Tag Team Champions for the victory.
Access Hollywood hosts Nancy O’Dell and Maria Menounos to host Raw (FULL STORY) It never hurts to have even more sexy, smart and powerful women to admire on Monday nights. Prepare to welcome Access Hollywood hosts Nancy O’Dell and Maria Menounos next Monday as the two take the reins as the latest Raw special guest hosts.
The Miz def. U.S. Champion Kofi Kingston (PHOTOS | WATCH) The Miz can be downright insufferable at times. He can also be downright formidable as he demonstrated during his U.S. Championship Match against Kofi Kingston. One night after getting pinned by Kingston during their Triple Threat Match at Hell in a Cell, Miz rebounded to defeat the reigning champ and capture the gold.
MVP & Mark Henry def. Chavo Guerrero & Chris Masters (PHOTOS | WATCH) It’s been a puzzling couple of weeks for Chavo Guerrero. The self-proclaimed “Mexican Warrior” teamed with Chris Masters this week to battle MVP & Mark Henry. After Chavo and his partner lost to their opponents, however, a furious Masters prepared to snap Chavo into a Master Lock, but he was ambushed by … Hornswoggle. The little guy distracted Masters long enough to allow Chavo to lay him out. Rather than celebrate their teamwork, though, ‘Swoggle offered Chavo a “DX chop” and left the confused Superstar scratching his head.
Roethlisberger arranged a United States Championship Match After listening to Jack Swagger rightly point out that it wasn’t he who got pinned by U.S. Champion Kofi Kingston during their Triple Threat Match at Hell in a Cell, The Miz had no small amount of complaining to offer. In fact, he whined enough to Raw special guest host Ben Roethlisberger that the Steelers quarterback granted him another title match later in the night.
Jack Swagger def. Primo Colon (PHOTOS | WATCH) After a disappointing finish to his U.S. Title Triple Threat Match at Hell in a Cell, in which Kofi Kingston retained after pinning The Miz, Jack Swagger took out his considerable frustrations on Primo Colon. So confident was he that before notching the victory, “The All-American American” vowed to go undefeated for the remainder of the year.
WWE Champion Randy Orton accepted Anything Goes Iron Man Match against John Cena (PHOTOS | WATCH) Less than 24 hours after capturing the WWE Title from John Cena at Hell in a Cell, new champion Randy Orton wasted no time bragging dismissively to the WWE Universe. For his part, Cena wasn’t about to let The Viper get away with it. After poking at Orton’s ego, the WWE Champion relented and agreed to meet Cena one last time in a 60-minute Anything Goes Iron Man Match at WWE Bragging Rights, a pay-per-view that will also feature a brand tag team match with Superstars from Raw facing off against Superstars from SmackDown. In their Anything Goes Iron Man Match, if Cena wins, he will be WWE Champion. If Orton wins, however, Cena will be booted off Raw for good.
Divas Champion Mickie James led her team to victory in the Diva Bowl (PHOTOS | WATCH) Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger thrilled millions of football fans last season with an amazing Super Bowl-winning performance. It seemed only fitting to return the favor. Big Ben opened Raw by arranging an exhilarating Divas Bowl pitting Divas Champion Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Eve, Melina, Brie Bella & Nikki Bella against Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, Jillian, Natalya, Layla & Michelle McCool with Gail Kim acting as referee. After defending her title at Hell in a Cell against Alicia, Mickie drove her team across the goal line with the three-count on her leggy nemesis.
We get the normal video package opening, highlighting the main feuds heading into tonight's PPV. Hello everyone and welcome to our Live Coverage of WWE's Hell in a Cell.
Michael Cole welcomes us to the Pay-Per-View, and immediately begins hyping up the Hell in a Cell main events set for later tonight. Cole and Lawler run down the Raw matches that will take place tonight, culminating in the two Raw HIAC main events. Grisham and JR take it next, hyping their matches for the night, taking us straight into a video package highlighting the Undertaker/Punk match.
World Heavyweight Championship Hell in a Cell Match CM Punk (c) vs. The Undertaker
The Cell is lowered and C.M. Punk's music hits, it looks like the World Heavyweight Championship match will start things out for the night.
The gong sounds and the crowd goes nuts. Taker makes his way to the ring to a huge ovation from the crowd, and this one looks set to get underway.
Undertaker closes the door behind him as he enters the cell, and CM Punk still looks unshaken, for the most part. Taker makes his way up the stairs, brings up the house lights, and Punk is out on the floor, grabbing on to the cage, looking a bit more nervous.
Punk tries to stay away from the Undertaker at the outset of the match, hitting him with a couple of quick strikes before bailing to the floor. Undertaker follows Punk to the outside and sends him into the cage multiple times, sending him crashing headfirst into the cell wall. Undertaker props Punk up in the corner of the cell and pounds on him for a little bit before sending him head first into the cage yet again.
Taker sends Punk back into the ring, but things spill outside again when Undertaker boots Punk off the apron into the cell wall. On the floor, Taker goes after Punk, but Punk dropkicks the steel stairs into Taker's knees, sending him down. Punk continues to work over Taker's legs, stomping away. The crowd starts a dueling Undertaker/CM Punk chant as Punk tries to wrap Taker's leg around the ring post. Taker fights out though, and Punk and Taker fight on the apron. Punk hits the running knee, but when he tries for the bulldog off the apron, Taker holds on and shoves Punk into the cage.
Taker hits the big leg drop on the apron and both men are on the floor again. Taker rolls Punk back in the ring and attempts to follow, but Punk kicks Taker back into the cage wall and follows after him with a suicide dive and both men are down.
Punk is first to his feet and he quickly sends Undertaker back into the ring. Punk and Taker fight each other while on their knees, neither man gaining a true advantage. When they make their way back to their feet, Taker gets the advantage with a couple of quick punches and he tries for the Tombstone, but Punk fights out. Taker continues to dominate Punk and even scores a near fall, but he can't keep Punk down. Taker tries for the chokeslam, but Punk tagets the knee again and tries for the G2S, Taker counters into tombstone position, but Punk counters out and attacks the legs yet again.
Punk goes under the ring and grabs a chair, back in the ring he swings for the fences and cracks Taker over the head. Punk goes for the pin but he can only get a two count. Undertaker pulls himself up in the corner just in time to get caught with a running knee, but Taker holds on to Punk and hits him with a big Last Ride, but Punk kicks out!
Taker picks Punk off the mat and goes for Old School, but Punk catches Taker with a kick as he comes off the top rope. Punk goes for a quick set of pins, but he can't keep Taker down for more than two. Punk looks to be getting frustrated as he goes for the steel chair. Punk charges Taker in the corner, but Taker gets his boot up and sends the chair back into Punk. Taker hits a big chokeslam and signals for the tombstone. Taker connects with the tombstone, pins Punk, and we have a new World Heavyweight Champion.
Winner and NEW WWE Heavyweight Champion: The Undertaker
After the match, Taker poses in the ring with his new belt and the crowd loves it (and I expect something more later tonight...).
Intercontinental Championship Match John Morrison (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
Morrison is out first to a nice pop from the crowd as JR hypes the 30 year history of the IC title. Ziggler doesn't really get much of a reaction at all as he makes his way to the ring, making belt motions around his waist.
Both guys talk trash to each other before locking up. Morrison takes Ziggler to the mat and the two start some serious ground wrestling, trying to tie each other up with various pins and submissions. Ziggler makes his way to the ropes, causing a break, and both men are back to their feet.
Ziggler catches Morrison with a punch to the face, and he takes him down to the mat, locking in a front face lock. Morrison makes his way back to his feet and sends Ziggler into the ropes, but he quickly falls victim to a shoulder block, it's not long before Morrison comes back with a beautiful dropkick though. Morrison hits his break-dance-y leg drop before locking in a modified sleeper.
Ziggler fights back and locks in a sleeper of his own, taking Morrison down to the mat and applying pressure. Morrison tries to fight out, but Ziggler takes him back down to the mat and switches things up into a front face lock.
Morrison finally fights out before tripping up Ziggler and hitting a big springboard cross body. Morrison goes for the Star Ship Pain, but Ziggler moves out of the way and goes for a quick cover. Morrison kicks out at two, and Ziggler goes for his high impact elbow drop.
Ziggler locks in another modified sleeper, but Morrison fights out and catches Ziggler with a big European uppercut. Morrison tries to follow up, but Ziggler hits him with a power slam and a quick running neckbreaker.
Ziggler chokes Morrison on the bottom rope, using the five count to his advantage. Ziggler sends Morrison into the corner and follows up with a big splash. Ziggler tries for another pin, but he can't keep Morrison down. Ziggler starts to get a bit frustrated and pounds away on Morrison, but he still can't keep JoMo down for the three.
Ziggler hits a couple of impressive fireman's carry takeovers, but while going for a big move, Morrison counters into a DDT and both men are down. They get to their feet at about the same time and square off with punches, with Morrison getting the advantage.
Morrison hits a big standing shooting star press, but again, it's not enough to keep Ziggler down. Ziggler rolls up Morrison and grabs the ropes but the ref sees it and doesn't allow it. Morrison gets a roll up of his own, but can't hold Ziggler down.
Morrison and Ziggler duke it out on the top turnbuckle. Morrison jumps off the top rope, and Ziggler tries for something, but Morrison grabs his legs instead and catapaults him into the corner turnbuckle. Morrison goes for his springboard kick, but he misses and Ziggler hits a big German suplex for a quick near fall.
Ziggler is up first and he hits a big rocker dropper, but again it's only good for a near fall. Ziggler charges Morrison in the corner, but Morrison gets his feet up. Morrison goes for Star Ship Pain, but Ziggler sees it coming and launches Morrison across the ring instead. Ziggler tries for the Zig Zag, but Morrison holds on to the ropes and hits Ziggler with a big kick to the head. Morrison follows up with his finisher, Star Ship Pain, and pins Ziggler for the three.
Winner and STILL IC Champion: John Morrison
Josh Mattews is backstage with Batista and Matthews tries to introduce his partner, but Batista interrupts and introduces Mysterio himself. Mattews asks the two men if they will be able to re-create the magic from a couple of years ago when they won the tag titles. Mysterio says they're not re-creating anything, they're reuniting. Mysterio says a few months ago, Jericho tried to take away his make, but tonight, he and Batista can and will take away the Unified Tag Team Titles. Batista says JeriShow says they're the greatest tag team in history, but they've never beat Batista and Mysterio. Tonight, Batista says we'll see new Tag Team Champs.
- For some reason, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or at least four guys in crappy TMNT costumes, are in attendance tonight to hype some new video game or something. We get a shot of them in the crowd as Lawler and Cole talk about Turtle Power, for some reason or other.
WWE Divas Championship Match Mickie James (c) vs. Alicia Fox
Mickie is out second, to a much better ovation than Alicia Fox, who really got no reaction at all. Both women lock up, and this one is on!
Alicia goes to work on Mickie's arm, but James counters out with a cartwheel and a leg sweep. James in tuen goes to work on Fox's arm, hitting Fox with a monkey flip when she tries to counter out. Mickie hits a snap mare and follows it up with a low dropkick that's only good for a one count.
Mickie hits a neckbreaker and goes up to the top rope, but Fox is right there, sweeping her off the second turnbuckle and down to the mat. Fox pulls Mickie's hair and uses as much of the five count as she can. Mickie tries to fight back, but Fox hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker before locking in a body scissors.
Mickie connect with a couple of big forearms to Fox's head and begins to mount her comeback. Fox charges James in the corner, but Mickie stops her and hits a hurricarana. Mickie goes back to the top and hits a Thesz press. Mickie tries for a DDT, but Fox fights back and counters with a Northern Lights suplex. Fox goes for the scissors kick, but she misses and Mickie connects with her big DDT. James pins Fox, and gets the three count.
Winner and STILL WWE Divas Champion: Mickie James
Unified Tag Team Championship Match Chris Jericho and the Big Show (c) vs. Batista and Rey Mysterio
JeriShow's music hits and the Unified Tag Champs make their way to the ring to a decent reaction from the crowd. Batista gets an even bigger reaction as he makes his way to the ring (without Mysterio). Mysterio is out next to a decent pop from the crowd, and he and Batista make their way to the ring together.
Mysterio and Jericho start things out for their teams, with Jericho getting the advantage right off the bat. When Jericho sends Mysterio into the ropes though, he caught with an arm drag and monkey flip. Mysterio goes for the 619 early, but Jericho moves and Rey connects with a standing lionsault instead. Batista tags in and immediately begins pounding on Jericho.
Batista doesn't stay in the ring long, just long enough to hit a couple of shoulder blocks in the corner, and tag Mysterio back in. Mysterio comes in, hits a quick flurry of offense, and tags right back out to Batista who comes in and hits Jericho with a big suplex. Batista and Mysterio connect with an impressive double team splash, with Mysterio leaping off Batista's shoulders. Jericho finally makes the tag, and it's Mysterio and Show.
Mysterio goes after the Big Show's legs, but Show picks up Mysterio by the next and sends him to the mat. Big Show steps on Mysterio's stomach, and sends him to the floor with a big chop to the chest while Mysterio sits on the top turnbuckle.
Show brings Mysterio back into the ring, from the ring floor, with one hand, and takes Mysterio down to the mat. Jericho tags back into the match and he slingshots Mysterio between the bottom two ropes. Mysterio locks in a modified half nelson, but Mysterio fights out and connects with an enzugiri. Mysterio tries for another 619, but it's a trap by Jericho, who hits Mysterio with a big lariat.
Mysterio and Jericho go up to the top turnbuckle, where Jericho goes for Mysterio's mask, but Mysterio fights out, sends Jericho to the mat, and follows up with a sit down senton. Mysterio tags in Batista, who comes in a cleans house on Jericho before sending Big Show down to the floor. Jericho tries for a crossbody, but Batista catches him. Jericho fights out but immediately falls victim to a spear. Batista teases the bomb, but Big Show makes his way into the ring. Batista sends Jericho into Show and follows up with a spinebuster, but it's only good for two. Show distracts Batista and Jericho hits a code breaker, but again, it's only good for a near fall.
Jericho tags out to Big Show who comes in and starts stomping away at Batista. Big Show tries for a leg drop, but Batista rolls out of the way. Both men make their way to their feet and Batista hits Show with a couple of right hands. Show connects with a choke slam out of nowhere, but Mysterio breaks up the pin attempt with a springboard splash.
Jericho tags back in and tries for a lionsault, but Batista rolls out of the way. Batista makes the hot tag, and Jericho tags in Show. Mysterio uses his speed to try and take Big Show off his feet. Mysterio stands on the top rope and hits a big time DDT, but he can't keep Big Show down for the three. Mysterio sends Show to the outside with a low bridge and sets up Jericho for the 619. Jericho moves and Mysterio connects with Show. Mysterio back drops Jericho on top of show and Batista hits both men with a big spear.
Show makes his way back in the ring where he's caught with a 619, but when Mysterio comes off the top rope, Show connects with a big right hand. Show pins Mysterio, and this one's over.
Winners and STILL WWE Unified Tag Team Champions: Big Show and Jericho
- The Hell in a Cell is lowered once more and apparently we're going to get the WWE Championship match up next. The video recap is shown.
WWE Championship Hell in a Cell Match John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton
Orton makes his way to the rings first, at a glacier's pace. John Cena is out next to somewhat of a split reaction (definitely more positive than negative).
Cena and Orton start things out with punches, and Orton immediately bails to the floor to try and escape the cell. Back in the ring, Orton catches Cena off guard and stomps away at him.
Cena fights back and tries for the AA, but Orton fights out and connects with a scoop slam for a quick near fall. Cena starts to fights back with rights hands, and hits a shoulder block, but he goes to the well once too often and when he tries again, Orton ducks and Cena crashes and burns. Cena pulls himself up on the apron and Orton quickly launches him off into the cell wall.
Orton grinds Cena's face into the cell, burying his knee in Cena's back and pushing his face into the cell wall. Orton tries to send Cena face first into the cage, but Cena fights back and picks Orton up in scoop slam position. Cena slams Orton into the cage twice, shoulders Orton and tries to ram him into the cage, but Orton fights out and pushes Cena into the steel stairs. Orton stomps at Cena's wrist while it's on the stairs before doing the same with Cena's head.
Orton picks up stairs and throws them into the ring (although they almost fall back on his head). Orton climbs in the ring, and positions the stairs. Cena climbs to the apron and Orton grabs him for the rope assisted DDT on to the stiars. Cena counters thought, by putting his hands down, and he sends Orton to the floor with a back body drop over the ropes.
Cena picks up the stairs and throws them over the ropes at Orton, but Orton ducks out of the way and the stairs connects with the cell. Back in the ring, Cena tries to maintain his advantage, but he quickly falls victim to the Orton backbreaker.
Orton charges Cena in the corner, but Cena gets his boot up. Cena connects with a couple of shoulder blocks and a side belly to back suplex before going for the five knuckle shuffle. Cena goes for the AA, but Orton grabs the ropes and reverses. Orton climbs back in the ring and hits the rope assisted DDT and both men are down.
Orton tries for a cover, but Cena kicks out at two. Orton begins his RKO set-up of pounding his fists on the mat. Orton tries for the RKO, but Cena counters straight into the AA. Cena goes for the pin, but Orton kicks out!!!
Cena puts Orton on the top turnbuckle, and he goes for a top rope AA, but Orton counters with an electric chair drop instead. Orton tries for a cover, but again Cena kicks out at two.
Orton punches at Cena, who's standing on the apron, before slamming his head into the turnbuckle. Orton pulls Cena up to the top turnbuckle and tries for the superplex, but Cena fights it off. We get a Greco-Roman knuckle lock on the top rope and Cena gets the advantage. Cena tries for a top rope rocker dropper, but Orton moves out of the way and Cena crashes and burns yet again.
Orton goes under the ring to grab a chair and he slowly makes his way back into the ring. Cena jams the chair down into the back of Cena's neck before rolling him over and hitting the front of Cena's neck. Orton goes for another pin, but he only scores a near fall.
Orton tries for a chair assisted knee drop, but Cena moves and Orton connects with the chair. Cena locks in the STF, and even though Orton makes it to the ropes, Cena isn't forced to break the hold. Orton eventually works his way out of the hold by crawling under the bottom rope. Orton launches Cena into the ref, and Cena locks in another STF. Orton taps, but the official is still out, so he can't make the call.
Cena tries to revive the ref, but he turns around right into an RKO, but Cena kicks out at two!
Orton traps Cena's arms in the ropes, and Orton locks in a sleeper hold. Cena looks to be fading quickly, and he looks to be out when Orton releases the hold. The ref helps Cena out of the ropes, but Cena just falls face first to the mat. Orton punts Cena in the side of the head, and he covers Cena for the three count.
Winner and NEW WWE Champion: Randy Orton
After the match, Orton poses with the belt, while Cena sells the punt from Orton, not moving for a good while after the pin.
Josh Matthews is backstage with R-Truth, he talks about Truth's recent feud with Drew McIntyre. Truth says life and opportunities is what you make of them. Truth says he's been disrespected by McIntyre one time too many. Truth says he's been fighting all his life, and he's about to give Drew McIntyre what he's earned.
Drew McIntyre vs. R-Truth
The two men lock up. McIntyre takes Truth over with a headlock, but he quickly falls victim to a dropkick from Truth. Truth connects with a big hip toss, but it's only good for a near fall.
Truth and McIntyre fight in the corner, but back in the middle of the ring, McIntyre gets the advantage, mounting Truth and wailing away at him. McIntyre locks in a modified face lock and the ref asks Truth if he wants to give it up.
Truth and McIntyre collide in the middle of the ring when both men go for cross body blocks at the same time. McIntyre charges Truth, but truth grabs the leg and takes McIntyre down. Truth hits a big scissors kick, which is good for another near fall. Truth tries for the axe kick, but McIntyre dodges it.
Truth and McIntyre collide in the middle of the ring when both men go for cross body blocks at the same time. McIntyre charges Truth, but truth grabs the leg and takes McIntyre down. Truth hits a big scissors kick, which is good for another near fall. Truth tries for the axe kick, but McIntyre dodges it. McIntyre connects with a double underhook DDT, which is enough to put Truth down for the three.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Randy Orton is shown with his title and Legacy comes up to him. Ted says that that was a classic match. Cody says that tonight they'll all have to go out and celebrate their victories. Orton says that this is Hell in a Cell and whether you win or lose, you don't just walk away. Ted says they know what they're getting into, they're younger and hungrier than DX. Cody says Orton is starting to sound like his old man. Orton says they're cocky, but they have no idea what they're getting into. Orton says that he's not Cody's old man, he's the WWE Champion, and if he has something to say, Legacy should listen. Ted says Orton shouldn't underestimate them.
United States Championship Triple Threat Match Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Jack Swagger vs. The Miz
Miz is out first with a mic. He says tonight he'll become the U.S. Champion, and the only problem is that he has to win it in Newark, NJ. Miz quotes Conan O'Brian, saying that all sewers lead back to NJ. Miz asks the mayor to ban him from NJ to make sure that he never has to come back. He says that after tonight, Newark will be remembered for something good, as the place that Miz won the U.S. Title.
Swagger is out next, with his trademark grin stretched across his face. Kingston is out last to a nice pop from the crowd, and this one is set to begin.
The heels look to gang up on Kingston to start things out, but Kingston fights them both off at the beginning. It's not long though, before Swagger catches Kofi with a lariat to the back of the head and the heels team up, stomping away at Kingston. Miz and Swagger connect with a big double suplex, and Miz goes for the pin, breaking down the team dynamic a little bit.
Miz and Swagger continue to double teamm Kingston, sending him into the corner with a double Irish whip. Miz and Swagger go for another double team move, but it's just a trap by the Miz as he wails away on Swagger. Miz begins his assault on both Swagger and Kofi, looking fairly dominant.
Kingston is the first to fight back against Miz, and the two fight on the top rope. Miz tries for a suplerplex, but Swagger gets him in electric chair position and Kingston hits a cross body. Kingston and Swagger fight in the corner, with Swagger getting the upper hand when he hot shots Kingston on the top turnbuckle. Swagger sends Kingston into the Miz and tries for a pin, but Miz breaks it up.
Swagger ties Miz up in a tree of woe, which Miz gets out of just in time to be caught with a back suplex from the second rope. Swagger hits a Vader bomb on Miz, but it's only good for a near fall. Kingston hits Swagger with a flurry of moves before hitting the boom drop.
Miz connects with his finisher on Kingston, but Swagger gets Kingston's foot on the ropes to break things up. Swagger connects with a lariat on Kofi and a gut wrench powerbomb on Miz. Kingston hits trouble in paradise on Swagger, pins Miz, and gets the three.
Winner and STILL WWE U.S. Champion: Kofi Kingston
The events leading to Legacy vs. DX are shown.
Tag Team Hell in a Cell Match Triple H & Shawn Michaels vs. Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase
DX is out first to a huge pop from the crowd. Suddenly, Legacy attacks DX from behind before DX even gets to the ring and all four men are brawling on the outside of the cage.
HHH clotheslines Ted over the Raw announce table and DX mounts their comeback against Cody Rhodes. Hunter clocks Cody with the moniter and DX hits a double suplex on Rhodes on to the Smackdown announce table (it doesn't break). Ted is back in the match and he attacks Hunter out of nowhere, throwing him into the crowd.
Ted suplexes Hunter back to the ringside area just as HBK throws Cody into the barricade. Cody and HBK brawl out into the crowd, but it's not long before HBK back body drops Rhodes back to the ringside area. Rhodes grabs the chain from the door lock and hits Michaels in the knee before running up the ramp and hitting Hunter with the chain.
Cody and Ted hit Hunter with a double DDT on the entrance ramp. Rhodes connects with cross Rhodes on Hunter on the ramp and Legacy makes their way back down toward HBK. Ted and Cody double team HBK, slamming his leg in the cell door.
Legacy lock themselves in the cage with Michaels while HHH is still prone at the top of the ramp. The bell rings and this one has officially started. HBK finally realizes that he's locked in the cage with Legacy. Legacy continue to work over Michaels, hitting a chop block/shoulder block combo. ut Michaels will not stay down.
HBK grabs a chair from under the ring and throws it at Cody, but Ted is quick to the rescue, slamming HBK's head into the cell. Cody slingshots HBK into the cell, and Triple H has finally made his way down to the cell.
Michaels fights back against Legacy, but only for a second, as the double team advantage is just too much to handle. Hunter tries to find a way in, and HBK sends Ted into Cody, launching Cody into the cell wall.
Legacy takes Michaels down with a well placed chair shot. Hunter grabs a chair and tries to wail away on the door lock, while Cody powerbombs HBK into the cell wall. Ted then gets HBK in powerbomb position and slams him into the other side of the cage.
Hunter looks at HBK and walks up the ramp to the back. Legacy continue to taunt and work over Michaels.
Cody and Ted work over HBK's back, sending him crashing into the cell wall multiple times. Legacy sends Michaels back into the ring where they stalk HBK. Michaels starts to fight back yet again, catching both Cody and Ted with right hands before Ted takes him down with a lariat.
Rhodes stands up HBK with a chair in front of his face and Dibiase hits a big dropkick.
Rhodes and Dibiase lock in the same ring post assisted figure four/million dollar dream submission that won them breaking point, and Triple H finally makes his way back to the ring with bolt cutters.
Hunter is in the cage just as Ted hits the dream street. Hunter comes in and immediately begins to clean house on Legacy, connecting with a facebreaker on Ted before throwing Cody into his partner. Hunter hits a spinebuster on Cody and tries for the pedigree, but Dibiase is quick to break it up. HBK is back in it, back body dropping Ted out to the floor.
Hunter grabs the chain from the ref and wraps it around his fist. Michaels holds up Ted and Hunter lays into him with a big right hand. Hunter connects with a pedigree to Dibiase on the floor and HBK drags Ted out of the cell.
Hunter and HBK make their way back into the cell with the bolt cutters and lock the door behind them. Hunter hits a big spinebuster on Cody. Hunter traps Cody's neck in a folding chair and Michaels connects with a top rope elbow drop.
Hunter goes under the ring and grabs the sledge hammer, and HBK tunes up the band. HBK connects with sweet chin music just as Hunter hits Cody with the sledge hammer. HBK pins Cody and DX gets the win.
After the match... HBK hits sweet chin music for good measure and that's it. They air replays and the show ends.
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