The Baltimore Sun has a Q&A with AJ Styles. He said holding the TNA title feels more prestigious to him now than holding the NWA-TNA title a few years ago: "I’ve been with TNA for seven years and I take a little bit more pride in our product than someone who may have been from somewhere else. So, yeah, it’s kind of a big deal for me to be the world champion."
He put over Sting for giving him a rub and buried Booker T in the process: "[Sting's] not like a Booker T, who will let everybody know that he has arrived. Sting’s the total opposite. He just walks in just as casual as he can be – just a really nice guy. It’s just one of those things where we kind of hit it off. I remember walking into a Christian bookstore and seeing his face on a magazine and thinking, 'That’s so cool. Sting’s a Christian.' So to be his friend and to be his peer, it’s really neat to be able to sit and have a conversation about what we both believe in and just enjoy each other’s company."
TNA Fanfest was a great experience if you like the young stars of TNA. If you are a fan of the old guard, this event is probably not for you.
Many of the younger performers, like A.J. Styles, Amazing Red, and Alissa Flash, were very nice. Christopher Daniels was not only outgoing and friendly, but also seemed to be genuinely interested in talking to the fans. Lethal Consequences was very popular and they went out of their way to have funny, interactive pictures with the fans. Hernandez was friendly and very humble about praise.
Don West traveled the room, selling things to people in line. You could wave at Don, and he would bring you whatever you wanted to buy, to wherever you were in line. The fans really were excited to see him and interact with him, and more than a few expressed that they wanted him back on the announcing team.
TNA president Dixie Carter was there. She was very nice to a large group of fans, some of quesitonable hygiene.
However, some of the bigger stars were not so great. Many people commented that Rhino was not very outgoing. Not necessarily mean, but not outwardly social. Sting had a huge line, and as it dwindled, I went to get my picture. He was standing right there with a few minutes left and security told me he was done, which disappointed myself and a few other fans. Then TNA said "we are happy to announce that all fans who wanted a picture with Sting got one!"
As I reported before, Scott Steiner and Booker T didn't even show up. Mick Foley was pretty distant. In fact, I personally told Foley the high regard I held him in, and he said "oh, thanks," in a sarcastic manner, almost rolling his eyes, and then ignored me once the picture was done while I was talking to him. It was a pretty sad interaction with my favorite wrestler and a complete disagreement with the lovable, personable Foley idea he pushes.
So, if you watch TNA for the younger talent, TNA Fanfest is probably a good idea; the young guys are incredibly friendly and jazzed to meet the fans. If you watch TNA for the Legends/Ex-WWE guys, you should probably stay away, because they come across as if they are too big for this kind of event.
Here are the following highlights from the Los Angeles Times interview with Sting just prior to TNA’s Bound For Glory PPV:
Big event coming up Sunday, featuring another title shot for you. What does winning the title mean to you at this stage of your career?
Winning the TNA World Championship is the highest honor in the business today. I’ve been lucky enough to win the title at the last three “Bound For Glory” events, but a fourth win against someone as talent as AJ Styles would certainly be rewarding at my age.
How much longer do you think you can wrestle?
Right now I honestly don’t know how to answer that question. There are so many things to consider that I haven’t thought about it. Sunday night will factor in.
Who do you see as the face of TNA five years from now?
Certainly my opponent on Sunday (Styles). There is so much talent in the company right now that it could be one of many young guys we have today. I’ve wrestled against guys like Samoa Joe and Matt Morgan who have shown they have what it takes to be at the top.
If Dixie Carter came to you and said “What would you change to put us at the same level as WWE,” what would you say?
Wow. That’s a hard question to answer. I think with time TNA can be at the level of the competition by continuing to highlight a great product, and that’s great talent and great wrestling.
Dolph Ziggler def. Finlay and Mike Knox (Triple Threat WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match) Cryme Tyme def. The Hart Dynasty (Tag Team WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match) Eric Escobar def. Matt Hardy (WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match) Drew McIntyre def. R-Truth by Count-out (WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match) Rey Mysterio def. Batista
LEXINGTON, KY – With WWE Bragging Rights just nine days away, Friday night’s Superstars were looking to earn spots on Team SmackDown in four hotly contested qualifying matches. And it wasn’t just the Superstars who wanted to brag. Former SmackDown announcer Michael Cole – filling in for a missing Jim Ross – called Raw the outright superior brand! Find out where J.R. was in his latest blog.
Rey Mysterio def. Batista (PHOTOS | WATCH) In Friday night’s main event, longtime friends and WWE Bragging Rights Fatal-4-Way contestants Rey Mysterio and Batista were forced to go one-on-one. After a competitive battle, Mysterio pulled off the win, pinning The Animal. Although there was some question regarding whether or not one of Batista’s shoulders had been fully on the canvas, the ref’s call stood. After Batista conceded the win to his friend and exited the ring, CM Punk rushed out of the crowd and into the ring, dropping Mysterio with the Go to Sleep. The Animal came charging back to drive Punk off. All three will meet again when they face The Deadman at WWE Bragging Rights. (Fatal-4-Way preview)
The return of “The Dirt Sheet” (PHOTOS | WATCH) United States Champion The Miz and Intercontinental Champion John Morrison reunited for a special live edition of “The Dirt Sheet.” After trading verbal insults and touting their respective brands, it looked like things were going to get physical between the former tag team champions. However, The Miz opted to back down from The Friday Night Delight and leave the ring. Who will prevail when the two champions square off at WWE Bragging Rights? (Preview)
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WWE Bragging Rights Co-Captains confident (PHOTOS | WATCH) At the start of the night, Kane declared himself Team SmackDown Co-Captain with Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho. In discussing the WWE Bragging Rights Tag Team Match, Jericho boldly predicted that with The Big Red Monster’s strength and his genius, Team Raw doesn’t stand a chance. (Preview)
Dolph Ziggler def. Finlay and Mike Knox in a Triple Threat WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) In a match with major implications, the young Dolph Ziggler saw an opportunity and took it. Finlay smashed Mike Knox with his shillelagh and appeared to have the big man right where he wanted – until Ziggler pulled Finlay off the fallen Knox to cover him and claim the pinfall for himself.
Cryme Tyme def. The Hart Dynasty in a Tag Team WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) With JTG’s pinfall over Tyson Kidd, Cryme Tyme stamped its ticket as part of the seven-Superstar blue team competing at WWE Bragging Rights. Team Raw no doubt took notice of the formidable duo they will now have to face.
Team SmackDown Co-Captain Chris Jericho wants a win from McCool (WATCH) Eager for a good showing at WWE Bragging Rights, Chris Jericho wanted assurance from Women’s Champion Michelle McCool that she would represent the blue brand well. Jericho got what he wanted, but new SmackDown Divas Mickie James and Beth Phoenix had something to say about the matter. (More on the Tri-branded Divas trade)
CM Punk to face World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker for his title on SmackDown! (WATCH) Although CM Punk couldn’t get Mr. McMahon to call off the WWE Bragging Rights Fatal-4-Way Match, The Straightedge Superstar did receive a title match with World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker next Friday on SmackDown! Plus, the encounter will be contested in exactly the way Punk wants – a Submission Match. And just like at WWE Breaking Point, Scott Armstrong will be the referee, with SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long at ringside. (PREVIEW) Will the WWE Universe again bear witness to a sordid conspiracy against The Phenom? (WWE Breaking Point photos)
Eric Escobar def. Matt Hardy in a WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) In his SmackDown debut, Vickie Guerrero’s boyfriend, Eric Escobar, stunned both Matt Hardy and the WWE Universe by picking up the “W.” Distracted by a screaming Vickie at ringside, Matt was driven into the steel ring post by Escobar. Reeling from the collision, Hardy was easy prey for Escobar to cover for the pinfall.
Drew McIntyre def. R-Truth by Count-out in a WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) With a damaging offensive attack, Drew McIntyre targeted R-Truth’s back by driving him into the steel ring post and stairs, then to the outside floor. R-Truth dug deep and fought a competitive battle, but the onslaught was too much to handle. After having his feet swept out from under him and falling hard on his already-injured back, Truth could not recover in time to re-enter the ring before the ref’s 10-count.
The Undertaker’s message (WATCH) As next Friday’s Submission Match on SmackDown and the WWE Bragging Rights Fatal-4-Way World Heavyweight Championship approach, The Undertaker offered some foreboding words for not only CM Punk, but also Scott Armstrong and Theodore Long. "Once you enter Hell's Gate, there's no turning back," he warned. Pay-Per-View Schedules
Here are some of the highlights of Traci's exclusive interview, provided by The Mayhem's official correspondent, Paterson From New Jersey:
The Main Event Mafia's Traci Brooks joined The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network as part of the countdown to TNA's Bound For Glory PPV this Sunday night from The Bren Events Center in Irvine, CA. As many have had the chance to see, TNA's original Knockout, has had the opportunity to cross over into the world of Playboy, and has received rave reviews for her work with the magazine. There has been many rumors swirling online how Traci was originally scheduled to be on the cover of Playboy, but was bumped for others, including Marge Simpson. Traci used The Mayhem's airwaves as a platform to address the controversy. "The funny thing is, you know how I feel about anything on the Internet. First of all, I was never promised the cover. That was someone posing to be me answering the question. I did the photo shoot in May, someone found out about it, & gave the information out...the wrong information of course. No one ever promised the cover. Hef (Hugh Hefner) had the final decision on the cover. Unfortunately Farrah Fawcett passed away, and if you go inside the magazine, she is the celebrity pictorial, which I was supposed to be, but he wanted to honor her, since she was in the magazine before. I got bumped for Farrah Fewcett, which I'm not going to complain about because she was a sex icon."
Some reports have recently surfaced that one of Traci's Main Event Mafia colleagues, Booker T, will be leaving TNA at the end of his current contract, and possibly return back to the WWE. Traci was asked how this could change The Mafia's dynamic, as well as if this could affect the long-term viability of the group going into its one-year anniversary as a faction. "Everything is going great. People need to focus more on what's going on TV than all the rumors backstage. We put on a helluva product, and right now, The Main Event Mafia is doing great. We're defending all the titles this week except for Kurt Angle wrestling Matt Morgan, and of course, Kurt is going to come out on top."
The original stomping grounds for TNA was not Universal Studios' iMPACT Zone, but The Nashville Fairgrounds, affectionately referrer to as "The Asylum." It has been reported that the fairgrounds may be either remodeled or torn down completely by the end of next summer. Traci's career with TNA Wrestling goes back to the original Wednesday night Pay-Per-View days of the company, when it was in its infancy stages. The Big Mosh asked Traci for her memories of performing there & her emotions on the news of the building closing next year. "It goes back before TNA, there was some great wrestling there. It was the home of TNA, and I have some great memories there. My debut, I went for the (NWA) Tag Team Titles with David Young. I always say my wrestling career started then. It will be sad to see the doors close on The Asylum."
Looking back on the rise of the Knockout division in TNA throughout the past several years, Traci Brooks was indeed there from the beginning of the women's division, and very much is proud to see the growth of one of the company's most important parts. The Mayhem Crew asked about the recent additions to the Knockouts division, plus what she wants to accomplish during the remainder of her TNA in-ring career. "I'm wrestling more, hopefully going for the gold with Sharmell. I can't be happier about Taylor (Wilde) & Sarita, good Canadian girls that are there, & holding the (Knockouts) Tag Team Titles. They represent TNA very well. They're beautiful, classy, & absolutely talented. I can't believe I went from being the only Knockout to there being 23 girls there now."
Regarding Ken Anderson (Mr. Kennedy), TNA is still expected to sign the former WWE Superstar, who is contractually free to join the company at anytime.
There are rumblings that he might not start until next year, but others believe the company is is trying to keep his debut a surprise and that he will appear at this Sunday’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view. Jason Powell of the Pro Wrestling Torch strongly feels he will be making his TNA debut this Sunday
- Kurt Angle & Mick Foley vs. Matt Morgan & Abyss They taped this match on Monday and from what I was told it was garbage so I guess they were intending to re-tape it tonight. Ended in 4:14 after Morgan hit a footprint on Foley.
- (Taped for Xplosion/web match) Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin defeated Sheik Abdul Bashir & Kiyoshi in 4 minutes.Kiyoshi & Bashir beat down the machine guns afterwards.
- (Taped for Xplosion/web match) Taylor Wilde w/Sarita defeated Traci in 2:41 via German Suplex.
- Impact starts with an MEM promo. All of the MEM is out. There were so many boos that you could not make out what Kurt was saying. I heard that they were celebrating the MEM being around for a year and was essentially a pep talk showing how everyone needs to win their matches at BFG.
AJ/Beer Money/Matt Morgan/Hernandez/Team 3D come out on the ramp. Ray says that everyone is tired of the MEM. He hands the mic to the champ and calls BFG a make or break show in terms of the Mafia's tenure in TNA. Says they are 3 days away from the MEM ceasing to exist. Matt Morgan says he is not waiting 3 days. He runs down to the ring along with the rest on the ramp and a brawl starts. Security broke it up.
- The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky/Lacey Von Erich/Madison Rayne) vs. ODB/Amazing Kong with Raisha Saeed/Tara This match did not last long. Kong and Tara got in a disagreement and Kong left. Then ODB and Victoria got in a disagreement and she left ODB by herself to get pinned by Velvet. Lacey was hardly in the match to my recollection. Lasted about 3 minutes.
- X-Division Title Match: Amazing Red (C) with DON WEST vs. Suicide Needless to say I marked for this decision because back in the weekly PPV days, Don ALWAYS marked for Red including standing on the announce table and chanted "GO RED GO" in a couple matches. The match itself was good at about 3:40 in time. The Pope interfered and the match was ruled a no contest. Pope went to attack Suicide as Red looked on but Red hit Pope with a dropkick to send Pope to the back.
- Hernandez in a gauntlet match against The British Invasion. Eric Young is on commentary for this. Hernandez enters (in his old LAX gear AKA white wifebeater/khaki shorts). He gets in Eric Young's face and says something on the mic but I could not hear it. Doug Williams comes out and is eliminated in about a minute. Brutus Magnus is eliminated in about 2. Rob Terry is last and is taken out with a brutal Liger Bomb by Hernandez in about a 4 minute gauntlet. EY jumps Hernandez and he and the British Invasion beat him down.
- Christopher Daniels beat The Pope in about a 5 minute match via The Angel's Wings. Pretty good for what it was. Suicide runs out after the match and looks like he is going to go after the Pope but goes after Daniels instead and hits a Gringo Killer on Daniels and unmasks as Homicide. I am assuming Homicide somehow acquired Suicide's gear but I was a little confused by that.
- There is a lounge chair in the ring. Mick Foley comes out with a bowl of popcorn and sits in it. He essentially called Abyss "good for a Foley knockoff." He then airs some clips of Abyss. He shows Abyss with Mitchell calling having an evil manager "original." He shows Abyss pouring tacks in Monster's Ball III at BFG 06 mentioning how he did that in 1995. He then shows Abyss going through the flaming table at BFG IV saying how he did that with Edge in what was considered the Match of the Year. Abyss comes out with a Barbed Wire Bat. He pushes Foley out of the chair and holds the bat against him. A video is shown on the screen of (whom I assume to be Lauren) with her back to the camera and Stevie holding her. Foley tells Abyss to go find her. He runs to the back. They did not show the end to this segment. I would assume that it was Daffney disguised as Lauren and she and Stevie jumped Abyss.
- Alissa Flash vs. Ayako Hamada in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Pretty fun little brawl. Some spots included a curb stomp off the floor, Ayako doing a flipping senton onto Melissa from the ramp to the side of the stage. Ayako won via moonsault through a table on the outside in about 5 minutes. It was good and will probably come off better on TV.
- Bobby Lashley vs. Rhino in a Stretcher match. Rules for this were you had to put your opponent on a stretcher and take him to the back. Not much better than their PPV match in September. Rhino went for a Gore through the stage setup (ala Abyss/Angle at Turning Point last year) but Lashley got out of the way. Lashley won the match in 5:24. He had some problems putting Rhino in the ambulance so he essentially had Rhino on the stretcher and just kind of dumped him into the ambulance for the win.
- AJ Styles vs. Kurt Angle (Non title) Not to overhype this, but to me, this was one of the best matches in Impact history. Up there with the likes of Joe/Daniels in 06, AJ & Dutt & Aries/Joe & Daniels & Shelley in 05, and Storm/Harris in 07. It ended in a very competitive 20 minute draw. As far as star ratings go, I would put it in the ***3/4 to ****1/4 margin. They literally busted out everything and then some (no spiral tap spotting though). Unlike how the Orlando crowd can be, they were really into the match and did not bust out a "This is awesome" chant until about 15 to 16 minutes into the match. The last 30 seconds had Angle hold AJ in the Ankle Lock but AJ did not tap as the time limit expired. Sting comes down after the match and AJ ignored him. He got on the mic and said that the fans will never see AJ Styles go to a draw again. As long as he wins, that does not bother me.
- As a crowd pleaser (meaning won't make air) Kip James beat a jobber in a surprisingly OK match considering it is Kip James. The match was announced before AJ/Angle as a "Special attraction" because a lot of the fans in the Impact Zone love Kip.
CM Punk def. Intercontinental Champion John Morrison by disqualification Vladimir Kozlov def. Tommy Dreamer Mark Henry def. Chris Masters to qualify for Team Raw
In the main event of “WWE Superstars” on Thursday night, the WWE Universe watched a hard-fought battle between two of SmackDown’s most dominant ring warriors. Ultimately though, it was a third supercilious Superstar who stole the entire spotlight.
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CM Punk def. Intercontinental Champion John Morrison by Disqualification (PHOTOS | WATCH) While sitting ringside with Todd Grisham during the main event of “WWE Superstars,” United States Champion The Miz took the time to scout his former tag team partner and opponent at WWE Bragging Rights, Intercontinental Champion John Morrison. It wouldn’t be long, however, before the arrogant Superstar would interfere. With Morrison seemingly about to deliver some Starship Pain on CM Punk, The Miz stormed into the ring and intentionally attacked The Straightedge Superstar to disqualify The Guru of Greatness.
The United States Champion may have gained some momentum in his rivalry with Morrison, but what will happen when these former allies, turned foes, square off at WWE Bragging Rights one week from Sunday at Pittsburgh’s Mellon Arena?
Vladimir Kozlov def. Tommy Dreamer (PHOTOS | WATCH) After coming to the ring accompanied by his associate in the “ruthless roundtable,” Ezekiel Jackson, Vladimir Kozlov made it clear to Tommy Dreamer that he had only one thing on his mind: Victory. Honing in on The ECW Original’s already injured arm, The Moscow Mauler brutally attacked Dreamer’s left elbow, pinning his opponent for the win. To add insult to injury, Jackson then took to the ring, dispatching Kozlov’s already defeated opponent with a thunderous slam. Following the match, Dreamer’s swollen elbow had to be drained by a medical professional. (PHOTOS)
Mark Henry def. Chris Masters to qualify for Team Raw (PHOTOS | WATCH) It was apparent that Mark Henry desperately wanted to join Team Raw at WWE Bragging Rights in the first-ever 14-Superstar tag team match. The World’s Strongest Man overcame an injured left knee against Chris Masters to qualify and unite with co-captains DX, Big Show, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger and Kofi Kingston. Henry utilized his size and strength to bulldoze over his opponent, finishing The Masterpiece off with a bone-crushing body slam, and earning himself a ticket to WWE Bragging Rights in the process. (MATCH PREVIEW)
One main event WWE star has boasted to friends about failing for marijuana 14 times. This particular wrestler hasn't faced the same scrutiny from management as some of the mid-carders whose pushes were stopped due to repeated test failures. However, the fine for failing for pot was recently levied from $1,000 to $2,500 and it has him thinking twice.
Like many wrestlers in the company, he is now using a product sold at head shops (retail outlet specializing in drug paraphernalia related to consumption of cannabis and other recreational drugs) which gives off a similar effect as marijuana, but is legally sold and does not show up in drug tests.
Among some locker room circles, both Triple H and Shawn Michaels are two of the least popular wrestlers these days. Even those who appear on Smackdown and have minimal exposure to them feel as though they are abusing their power and standing in the way of WWE elevating new stars.
The overwhelming sentiment among those in the company is that RAW's "no man's land" in the sense there are no full-fledged pushes to be had as a result of the strong influence of Hunter and Michaels, as well as Randy Orton and John Cena. Many feel if even one of these main event performers dislikes you enough to badmouth you to management, you won't be getting a push.
ProWrestling.net is reporting that Kevin Nash has indeed opted to roll his current contract over for another year with TNA. Nash will be remaining with TNA as opposed to leaving the company or returning to WWE when his contract expires.
There were some rumors that Nash would be leaving along with Booker T and Scott Steiner. However, TNA feels that Nash still has some name value when it comes to promoting live events.
Scott Steiner is heavily rumored to be on his way out of TNA following this Sunday’s Bound for Glory pay-per-view. He is said to be on the bubble as a result of his friendship with Jeff Jarrett and because company president Dixie Carter has never been a big fan of his. There were rumors a few weeks ago indicating he had given notice, but it appears management made the call in this case.
Booker T also looks to be finishing up with TNA once his contract expires. He’s not been happy in recent weeks and refused to put over Matt Morgan several weeks ago. The Bound for Glory PPV on Sunday could be his final date with the company as well.
Bryan Alvarez reports if WWE decide to re-introduce the "War Games" concept for pay-per-view, it will not be a duplicate of the same match WCW had with the dual cages, but that could change.
The idea of bringing back War Games to WWE has been brought up several times over the years but was always shot down. The WWE creative team was recently told to watch old War Games matches to come up with ideas they can use or tweak.
Tonight, it's THREE HOURS of Total Nonstop Action as TNA Wrestling returns to Spike starting at 9/8c with the huge "Super iMPACT!" broadcast just days before TNA's biggest Pay-Per-View ever, "Bound For Glory" from California!
Don't miss this historic event - check out the official preview below (card subject to change)
- The event will feature the biggest "iMPACT!" main event of the year as it will be TNA World Heavyweight Champion "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles taking on his longtime nemesis and Main Event Mafia leader Kurt Angle!
- "The Boss" Bobby Lashley will battle "The War Machine" Rhino in a Stretcher Match
- Knockouts Champion ODB teams with Tara and Awesome Kong to take on all three members of The Beautiful People - Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne and newcomer Lacey Von Erich
- For the X Division Championship, The Amazing Red defends against Suicide
- Also in action on the huge broadcast will be Hernandez, Daniels, "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero and many more of your favorite TNA Superstars!
Don't miss the big three-hour "Super "iMPACT!" on Thursday starting at 9/8c exclusively on Spike!
We’re sad to report that WWE Hall of Famer Captain Lou Albano (Louis Vincent Albano) has died. He was 76 years old. His cause of death is still unknown at this time. Earlier this week, his family sent out a statement that he was under hospice care. They said he did not have cancer and asked for supporters to respect his privacy.
Captain Lou was a one of a kind personality who had a 40+ year career in the wrestling business as a wrestler and manager. The “manager of champions” guided 15 different tag teams and 4 singles competitors to championship gold. Along with Cyndi Lauper, Albano helped pioneer the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling movement during the 1980s that helped the WWF become a part of mainstream pop culture.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the late Captain Lou.
Former WWE Superstar Rob Van Dam commented on rumors of him appearing at the TNA "Bound For Glory" PPV this weekend during an interview on the Between The Ropes radio show last night.
"Well, I certainly don't have any plans of bringing my wrestling boots," the former WWE champion stated. "But Sonya (RVD's wife) has been talking to Sharmell and I plan on seeing Booker T while he is here."
You can listen to the full interview at BetweenTheRopes.com.
Ezekiel Jackson def. Goldust Paul Burchill def. The Hurricane ECW Champion Christian & Yoshi Tatsu def. William Regal & Zack Ryder
LEXINGTON, KY - While William Regal and his minions stood supreme in the center of the ring last Tuesday, The British Brawler found out the hard way what happens when partners betray one another in team competition on tonight’s ECW on Syfy.
ECW Champion Christian & Yoshi Tatsu def. William Regal & Zack Ryder (PHOTOS | WATCH) Earlier in the evening, William Regal and Zack Ryder had a heated confrontation backstage, leading the WWE Universe to wonder if these two Superstars would be on the same page going into tonight’s main event. (WATCH)
Despite The British Brawler demand that Ryder follow his instructions during their tag team match against ECW Champion Christian & Yoshi Tatsu, his cocky partner was not about to yield to the former ECW interim General Manager. After the two began to quarrel in the corner, Ryder refused the tag from Regal and attacked his partner, allowing Captain Charisma to dial up the Killswitch and pin the self-centered Blackpool, England-native for the victory.
Paul Burchill def. The Hurricane (PHOTOS | WATCH) It’s becoming evident why Katie Lea has described her brother as the “most brutal, vicious” man in WWE. Paul Burchill wasn’t about to let The Hurricane gain any momentum in their enduring rivalry as The Ripper merited some retribution against his opponent with an impressive win on ECW on Syfy.
Sheamus isn’t finished with Shelton Benjamin (PHOTOS | WATCH) After being disqualified for not following the official’s warnings while punishing Shelton Benjamin’s injured left shoulder on last Thursday’s “WWE Superstars,” Sheamus told the WWE Universe he will stop at nothing to annihilate The Gold Standard. The Celtic Warrior claims he is not at all intimidated by Benjamin’s awesome athletic talent and believes his supremacy in this rivalry will help him ascend to ECW superstardom.
Ezekiel Jackson def. Goldust (PHOTOS | WATCH) When not assisting William Regal in his quest to become ECW Champion, Ezekiel Jackson has been wreaking havoc on the rest of the competition. “The Guyanese Goliath’s” pure size and strength have proven simply too insistent for his opponents. Big Zeke racked up another victory tonight when his partner, Vladimir Kozlov, distracted the official to allow Jackson to finish off Goldust with a resounding modified uranage slam.
F4WOnline.com is reporting that Lacey Von Erich's problems in TNA are an ongoing issue as this past Thursday's Impact broadcast had to be heavily edited when Von Erich reportedly fell flat on her face while trying to do a run-in during the Knockout's elimination bout.
In further Von Erich news, ProWrestling.net is reporting that she suffered some sort of a hamstring injury while she was training awhile back at the Impact Zone. When she instructed a trainer to get her an icepack for her injury, she went back to the Knockout's locker room as opposed to the training room. When the trainer entered the locker room, Awesome Kong was reportedly only half dressed and the former Knockouts champion was not happy to say the least. This lead to Kong berating Von Erich later on in front of Kurt Angle, and there was said to be some minor heat on Von Erich thereafter with TNA management.
Beth Phoenix was moved to Smackdown because it was felt that she lost momentum on RAW. It's been rumored that she could be paired up with Dolph Ziggler.
The Bella Twins were moved to RAW because Vince McMahon was said to have "fallen in love with them" following their guest host skits on RAW several weeks back. They are expected to be featured in guest host segments on a regular basis now.
WWE is said to be high on both Jilian Hall (McMahon likes her act) and Melina (which is why she was moved to RAW).
WWE officials were reportedly very pleased with guest host Maria Menounos' performance on Monday's RAW. While the idea of the television personality performing for WWE as a regular is not on the table, the feeling is that WWE would definitely be interested in booking Menounos for another appearance if it made sense creatively.
In an interview with The Herald-Dispatch, Dolph Ziggler finally breaks his silence on his 30-day suspension last year for his first violation of WWE's drug testing policy.
"That was a worse case scenario," Ziggler admitted. "Be careful what you get into and who you are associated with. It can easily be taken away. I had month to think it over. I said I won't make that mistake again."
Ziggler says getting a championship belt around his waist is one of many goals he has.
"I get a tryout, a contract, a callup, a win," he said. "The Intercontinental Championship is the goal now. I want to become the best IC champion ever and move on."
Considering he's only 29 years old, he feels he has a bright future ahead of him.
"A lot of guys are in their mid-30s," he said. "I need to get more solid. In the future I look to be one of the leaders in the locker room."
Unified Tag Team Champion Big Show def. Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho by Count-out Jillian Hall def. Divas Champion Mickie James Melina def. Divas Champion Jillian Hall Cody Rhodes def. Ted DiBiase and John Cena in a Triple Threat Match Jack Swagger def. MVP Kofi Kingston def. Evan Bourne Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim & Maria Menounos def. Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes def. WWE Champion Randy Orton & John Cena
INDIANAPOLIS – Sure, Access Hollywood host Nancy O’Dell comes off as a doe-eyed sweetheart with a disarming smile, but wow, that beautiful lady sure knows how to throw one heck of a party. Just ask the WWE Universe members who packed Indy’s Conseco Fieldhouse.
Ted DiBiase & Cody Rhodes def. WWE Champion Randy Orton & John Cena (PHOTOS | WATCH) In an unbelievable turn of events, Ted DiBiase seized a perfect opportunity to teach his mentor, WWE Champion Randy Orton, a lesson. DiBiase teamed with his Legacy partner Cody Rhodes against Orton and Orton’s WWE Bragging Rights opponent, John Cena. The younger alliance held their own in a surprisingly physical match in which Orton had refused to tag out his partner, essentially allowing the bout to become a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. While the two “partners” attempted to outmaneuver one another, Cena finally managed to lift DiBiase for an Attitude Adjustment.
That’s when Orton kicked, hinting at a 3-on-1 pummeling. DiBiase, however, had other ideas. The young Superstar, who has maintained a contentious relationship with his mentor, instead seized the opportunity to pin Orton for the three-count. As Rhodes & DiBiase quickly headed up the exit ramp, The Viper seethed. His troubles, though, were not finished. Cena grabbed his WWE Bragging Rights opponent and administered a particularly brutal Attitude Adjustment to punctuate Orton’s nightmare.
United States Champion The Miz announced his match against Intercontinental Champion John Morrison at WWE Bragging Rights (PHOTOS) He’s The Miz, and he’s … fighting SmackDown’s John Morrison at WWE Bragging Rights. The United States Champion gleefully announced the match, noting that his opponent is not only the Intercontinental Champion, but also Miz’s former tag team partner and “Dirt Sheet” co-host.
Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim & Maria Menounos def. Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes (PHOTOS | WATCH) If you happen to see Beth Phoenix, a word of advice: Do your level best not to anger her, she is likely to snap at any moment. First, she learned that she has been traded from Raw to SmackDown in the huge tri-branded Divas trade. Secondly, The Glamazon, along with her tag team partners Alicia Fox & Rosa Mendes suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim & Raw special correspondent and Access Hollywood host Maria Menounos.
Snoop Dogg to host Raw next week Snoop Dogg will be honored next Monday night when he joins the growing list of celebrities who have been honored with hosting duties on Monday Night Raw.
Kofi Kingston def. Evan Bourne to qualify for Team Raw (PHOTOS | WATCH) He may have let the United States Championship slip from his grasp last week, but Kofi Kingston has proved nothing if not resilient. The dreadlocked Superstar demonstrated just how tough he can be by defeating Evan Bourne to secure his spot on Team Raw at WWE Bragging Rights.
Jack Swagger def. MVP to qualify for Team Raw (PHOTOS | WATCH) After months of bad blood flowing between Jack Swagger and MVP, the cultures clashed in a WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match. This time, “The All-American American” emerged victorious and qualified for Team Raw.
Cody Rhodes def. Ted DiBiase and John Cena in a Triple Threat WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match; Rhodes & DiBiase vs. Cena & Orton later in the evening (PHOTOS | WATCH) Despite having to face off against his trusted partner, Cody Rhodes nonetheless put aside his loyalties in order to seize a spot on Team Raw for WWE Bragging Rights. The young Rhodes even pinned his Legacy partner Ted DiBiase, as the third man in the Triple Threat Match, John Cena, found himself distracted by his WWE Bragging Rights opponent, WWE Champion Randy Orton.
After the contentious bout, DiBiase appeared so irate that he nearly exchanged blows with his partner. That was hardly the only surprise. Special guest host Nancy O’Dell shocked the foursome when she announced a Tag Team Match for later in the evening: Rhodes & DiBiase would face Cena and his partner, Randy Orton!
Melina def. Divas Champion Jillian Hall (WATCH) Moments after securing the Divas Championship from Mickie James, Jillian Hall was forced to defend the title against Melina thanks to Raw’s special guest host Nancy O’Dell initiating a huge tri-brand Divas trade. The former SmackDown Diva made quick work of Jillian on her way to netting the golden butterfly.
Jillian def. Divas Champion Mickie James; tri-branded Divas trade announced (PHOTOS | WATCH | FULL STORY) The good news for Jillian: In a jaw-plunging upset, the tone-deaf Diva managed to unseat Mickie James to capture the Divas Championship.
The bad news: Her celebration was cut short by Raw’s special guest host Nancy O’Dell, who informed Jillian that she had called the General Managers of SmackDown and ECW, Theodore Long and Tiffany respectively and struck a deal for a huge Divas trade. Therefore, Jillian would be forced to defend her newly acquired title against Raw’s latest acquisition, Melina.
Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase vs. John Cena in a Triple Threat WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match announced Triple H sure knows how to rub it in. Eight days after punishing his Hell in a Cell opponents, The Legacy, the DX destroyer pitted Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase against one another in a Triple Threat WWE Bragging Rights Qualifying Match to determine who will join Team Raw. Oh, and the third Superstar in the ring? None other than John Cena.
Big Show def. Chris Jericho to qualify for Team Raw (PHOTOS | WATCH) Big Show proved that he is indeed his own man when he broke from his Unified Tag Team Champion partner, Chris Jericho. The two had quarreled earlier about who was more important to the team when Triple H arranged a match between the two. The outcome would determine whether or not The World’s Largest Athlete would qualify to become a member of Team Raw at WWE Bragging Rights. Show proved he has what it takes by notching the victory over his petulant partner.
Triple H arranged Big Show vs. Chris Jericho (PHOTOS | WATCH) Chris Jericho has never been shy about exercising his right to free speech. Unfortunately for the WWE Universe, there’s such a thing as too much exercise. As the self-important Superstar, and captain of the SmackDown team for the upcoming WWE Bragging Rights pay-per-view, geared up to convince the audience of the superiority of his brand, Raw’s special guest host Nancy O’Dell of Access Hollywood pulled the plug, instead giving the floor over to Raw’s team captains for WWE Bragging Rights, D-Generation X. Only one problem: a Shawn Michaels stand-in approached the ring with Triple H since the real Michaels was busy at home nursing a sick daughter.
HBK’s partner Triple H phoned him and wished his daughter a speedy recovery before Jericho barged in, this time with help from his Unified Tag Team Champion partner, Big Show. The confrontation took an unexpected turn when Jericho & Show began bickering about who had been carrying their team. Before the dust settled, Show told Jericho that instead of fighting for the SmackDown team, he would battle for Raw at WWE Bragging Rights. The Game, however, had other ideas. Triple H notified Show that he would have to earn his way on the Raw team by fighting an opponent of The Game’s choosing: Chris Jericho!
As noted during Raw, Access Hollywood host Nancy O'Dell met with SmackDown and ECW General Managers Theodore Long and Tiffany over the weekend, and they agreed for Divas from all three brands to be traded.
Two trades were announced during Monday night's broadcast: Melina has been traded from SmackDown to Raw, while Beth Phoenix will move from Raw to SmackDown.
In addition to the two announced trades, the following Diva brand exchanges were revealed tonight on WWE.com:
* Mickie James traded from Raw to SmackDown * Rosa Mendes traded from Raw to ECW * Brie & Nikki Bella traded from ECW to Raw * Eve traded from SmackDown to Raw
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