More on Batista; not a fan of the PG era? Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 06/19/2010 at 12:26 PM
As noted before, Batista was at this week's Strikeforce MMA show and made it clear that he left WWE because he was unhappy with the direction of the company. Batista specifically mentioned the PG aspect and how he got interested in wrestling by watching guys like Steve Austin and The Rock during the Attitude Era. Dave Meltzer asked Batista if he would do something like Chris Jericho and return in a year or two. Batista said he didn't want to be compared to Jericho and said he had no plans on returning but did not rule out a return one day.
Batista joked that he was in Los Angeles looking for work and said he's open for offers, be it MMA or acting. Batista has had discussions about doing a reality TV show.
Apparently Batista has been approached with an offer by a non-major MMA group. Word is that it's a big money offer and is for two fights, likely pay-per-view events and the first opponent would be a well-known former headliner. This is the same offer that Batista hinted around about when he was leaving WWE. Batista has been training regularly at the Affliction gym and has dropped considerable weight since leaving WWE. Most believe that a MMA career for Batista is highly unlikely, given his age and experience, among other things.
Batista's contract with WWE has expired and he is a free agent. TNA did make an offer to Batista but with the large amount of money they have spent on bringing in other big names recently, they couldn't come close to matching what he had been earning in WWE.
Real Reason Batista Quit WWE Posted by Steve Carrier on 06/18/2010 at 01:22 PM
- As noted before, former WWE Superstar Batista was at last night's Strikeforce MMA show in Los Angeles.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer asked Batista why he left WWE. Batista said he was sick and tired of WWE's direction and had to get out. He said that it wasn't the kind of wrestling he grew up watching and wasn't the product that he had always enjoyed.
Batista didn't rule out a return to WWE but did not seem in a hurry to work with the company again. Batista, who has lost some weight since leaving WWE, said he was out in Los Angeles looking for work. He was seen talking with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker but The Animal entering the MMA world to fight seems highly unlikely.
A video highlighting the Slammiversary VIII pay-per-view aired and we cut to a close up of Eric Bischoff backstage in his office. He says that everyone in TNA can agree that being in TNA is an honor. The camera zooms out to show the TNA World Tag Team Championships on his desk. He says the Band is stripped of the Tag Titles; He wishes Hall the best in the future and hopes to see him back. He says the winner of the tournament will face the Motor City Machine Guns at Victory Road for the vacant belts ((Jarrett’s Jab – I’m glad they aren’t ignoring the fact the Guns won a #1 Contenders match at Sacrifice. They’ve ignored #1 contender’s matches before))
We cut to the ring and it’s the first match of the tournament
The Band (Eric Young and Kevin Nash) vs. Ink Inc. (Semi-Final Match in the Tag Team Title Series)
Kevin Nash and Eric Young start by attacking Shannon Moore and Jesse Neal during their ring entrance. EY and Neal start them off with EY choking Neal with his boot. Flying forearms by EY to Neal before Neal gets thrown into Nash’s boot. Nash gets tagged in and hits Neal with knees in the stomach then right hands and elbows to the face. Nash big boots Neal in the corner before the referee argues with Nash and EY clotheslines Neal. EY gets tagged back in and clotheslines Neal for a two count. Neal fights back with elbows in the gut before EY hits a clothesline and gets a two count. EY gets Neal in a corner and hits him with right hands showing the Wolfpac sign between the two right hands before EY stars to choke Neal with his boot. Neal tries to fight back to no avail. Flying Elbow by EY on Neal gets EY just a two count. Irish whip by Neal before Shannon Moore gets tagged in. Moore goes on an offensive fury hitting EY with a clothesline, dropkick, spin kick, atomic drop, and another spin kick for a two count. Nash gets dropped by a right hand and EY gets a Frankensteiner by Shannon Moore. Nash breaks up Shannon’s pin at two. Nash gets speared by Neal and then the two hit EY with a double team Samoan Drop for the win. Winner by Pinfall and advancing into the finals of the Tag Team Title Series: Ink Inc.
The brackets are shown and Ink Inc. will face the winner of Team 3D vs. Beer Money tonight ((Jarrett’s Jab – Didn’t the Guns beat 3D and Beer Money to get the #1 Contenders shot? They did)) We go to Taz and Mike, who again recap the events of Slammiversary, and then talk how the Championship Committee couldn’t agree on the placement of the top three contenders in the Top Ten Rankings, so tonight we’re going to have a three way match between Mr. Anderson, Jeff Hardy, and Abyss to decide the #1 Contender.
Ric Flair’s music hits, and we go to the entranceway where Flair is joined by his entire team. He’s about to make an announcement that will change the course of history in professional wrestling ((Jarrett’s Jab – If I had a dollar for everytime I heard that….)), and that announcement…is next!
The Hervey-cam is backstage with Abyss and Chelsea. Chelsea says she’s tired of being abused by Desmond and she wants to be with Abyss ((Jarrett’s Jab – You’ve got to be kidding me! I was hoping they wouldn’t do this)) Abyss says to go back to Desmond and she’s going to want to be around him after tonight. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I hope the god this means there finally turning him heel))
Ric Flair says he is going to reform the Four Horsemen, only it’s going to be called Fortune. And Fortune will change the destiny of TNA forever. He says the Horsemen were the best stable of all time because they were the best at whatever they did whether it was wrestling or making love to the ladies. He tells AJ that Arn Anderson would grab that skinny kid from the audience and stomp on his neck. He tells Kaz that Barry Windham would snap him in half. He tells Beer Money that he loves them and there the future of wrestling but Tully Blanchard and Barry Windman would eat them for breakfast. He says that Desmond Wolfe is the Lex Luger of the group; He thinks he’s a big shot, but he’s nothing. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Wow. What a way to build the next big heel stable in TNA BY TALKING DOWN ALL OF THE MEMEBERS!!)) Flair says it’s time for a change and then starts to get on AJ for losing to Jay Lethal at Slammiversary. He says AJ committed Suicide by losing to piss ant from New Jersey and rags on him until Lethal comes out to his music in a suit. He WHOOOO’s and asks Did I hear that punk right there in the ring talk about the Four Horsemen? He says that the Four Horsemen are the greatest faction to ever grace God’s Green Earth. He also says that the Horsemen took a dump in the ring and that’s what they left. Lethal says he’s run the road with the Horsemen, and the guys in the ring are no Horsemen. Flair gets so mad he takes his coat off and throws it into the audience and throws his shoe at Lethal. Lethal tells Ric to watch this and he throws his coat on the ramp and struts before dropping an elbow on it. Ric Flair and Jay Lethal “WHOOOOO!” at each other before Flair yelled “You can’t be me.” Flair and Lethal exchanged “Woooos.” Flair said he could kiss any woman, “even that fat one,” and make her cry. Desmond Wolfe told Lethal to shut his mouth. Lethal took a jab at Desmond by telling him that Chelsea said he was the 60 minute man. Flair got pissed a Lethal for stealing one of his lines and then a “That’s my line” verbal exchange broke out. Flair told Wolfe to take care of Lethal. He said if he did, he’d make him the first member of Fortune. If not, he’s done forever… ((Jarrett’s Jab – I think more of Flairs nicknames were used in that segment that I’ve ever heard. The Space Mountain nickname was also mentioned, but I forgot where in the segment it was))
A backstage shot aired of a topless Lacey Von Erich getting a massage. She was lying on her stomach with the knockouts tag team title laying on her.
The Harvey-Cam is back with Mr. Anderson as he walks into the building. He is asked if he is ready for his match tonight and Anderson says yes. He’s asked if we’re going to see the real Mr. Andrson tonight and Anderson answers “depends on who you think the real Mr. Anderson is”
Hernandez vs Samoa Joe
Hernandez takes Joe to the corner but breaks clean. Joe takes Hernandez to the corner and nails him on the break, then pounds him down in the corner. Joe hits a running forearm and enziguiri in the corner, Hernandez fights back but Joe with a back elbow and then takes Hernandez back to the corner as the crowd starts a “Joe is going to kill you” chant. Joe sends Hernandez to the corner, but Hernandez hits flying shoulderblock over the ropes and a big clothesline, Joe gets a few shots in but Hernandez hits another running shoulderblock sends Joe to the floor. While the ref is checking on him, Matt Morgan comes running in and low blows Hernandez from behind then bails to the floor. Joe comes back in and hits a T-bone suplex for the win. Winner by Pinfall: Samoa Joe
Joe sees the replay on the screen as he heads to the back and realizes what happens, and goes back to the ring to go after Morgan. Morgan is surrounded so he bails out of the ring and hightails it to the back.
Backstage, Desmond Wolfe says that he’s going to do what AJ couldn’t and beat Jay Lethal tonight. AJ says he needs to get his life together because he treated Chelsea bad and she doesn’t want to be with him anymore, and he better beat Lethal because Flair said if he doesn’t, he’s out.
Backstage, Jeff Hardy says he doesn’t know whether he can trust Mr. Anderson or not. Anderson pops his head in to say hello and Hardy calls him an asshole under his breath when he leaves. Anderson yells “Yes I am” from the hallway ((Jarrett’s Jab – I laughed so hard at Anderson’s comment))
We go back to the ring with Douglas Williams, who is still the X-Division Champion, who says that Slammiversary was a time for celebration, but a time for mourning as well, as the X-Division as we knew it is dead because he killed it with one spectacular flying maneuver. From now on, the X-Division will become famous for the ground and pound style Williams is known for. He’s going to give everyone a lesson in that style right here tonight, and that leads us right into out next match…
X Division Champion Douglas Williams vs. Max Buck (non-title match)
Williams chain wrestles Buck to start, but Buck sends Williams to the floor with a flying headscissors. Williams back in and gets a Samoan Drop, then he hit the chinlock. Buck tries to fight his way out but instead finds himself in an abdominal stretch. Williams whips him into the corner, hits a running knee, then a snap suplex, gutwrench suplex, and belly to belly suplex for 2. Williams comes off the second rope, but Max dodges and hits a somersault Diamond Cutter for 2. Williams with a headbutt to the midsection and a tornado DDT for the win. Winner by Pinfall: Douglas Williams
Williams tortures Buck after the match with a cravate, but Brian Kendrick comes running out to make the save and chokes Williams out with a rear naked choke and Williams taps out like crazy.
We now go to a video package detailing the history of the Sting-Jeff Jarrett feud, and later tonight, Jarrett’s going to call Sting out!
A video airs highlighting the unvailing of TNA’s new line of action figure. Sting said “When I grow up, I want my action figure to look just like this” AJ said that his figure is a collectible because he doesn’t sport the beard anymore ((Jarrett’s Jab – It should also be a collectable because out of the whole series of figures, it looks the least like the superstar))
We got back to the ring with Angelina Love, who says she’s been sitting out with an injury for the last six weeks, and since injuries can end it at any time, she’s not going to waste any more time. Tonight it’s Lacey Von Erich, next week it’s Velvet Sky, and then at Victory Road, she’s going to take the Knockouts Title back from Madison Rayne.
Angelina Love vs. Lacey of Von Erich
((Jarrett’s Jab – I think Love and Von Erich should switch boots so there outfits actually match)) Angelina nails Lacey coming into the ring and rams her back and forth to the turnbuckles, rams a series of knees to the ribs, then sweeps her legs. Angelina with a series of kicks in the corner, but Lacey with a moonsault out of the corner and she blows a drop toehold, but Angelina goes down anyway. Angelina’s pissed that she went down on her face and goes after Lacey, but Lacey with a hair yank and Angelina goes down. Lacey goes up for the ten punches in the corner, but Angelina powerbombs her out of the corner and then goes to the floor, grabs So Cal Val out of her chair and throws her chair into the ring, and DDT’s Lacey on it to draw the DQ. Winner by Disqualification: Lacey Von Erich
Backstage, Lethal is with Hulk Hogan saying how happy he is to be surrounded by so many famous names in TNA, and Hogan tells him that they weren’t attracted to Lethal for the impressions, they liked his energy and raw talent, and they gave him a shot and he’s come through. Lethal says he never dreamed of being in the same dressing room with guys like Hogan and Flair, but Hogan says that now that he’s up there, he’s got a target on his back so he’d better keep it up.
that he’s up there, he’s got a target on his back so he’d better keep it up.
Elsewhere backstage, Christy Hemme is interviewing Jeff Hardy. Jeff said he’d love to mix it up with the whole f’n show. Christy asks if he can trust Mr. Anderson. He walks on set and makes mention of the people trying to stir the pot. He asks how many times he got in fights with his brother as kids and then worked it all in the end, and Hardy said he did. Tonight they’re going to have to do what they have to do as men, but no hard feelings. They fist pound and Hardy says it’s all good.
Team 3D vs. Beer Money (Semi-Final Match in the Tag Team Title Series)
Devon and Roode start off the match. Devon gets a hiptoss, but misses a legdrop and Roode hits a snapmare. Devon comes back with a flying clothesline for 2, then tags in Brother Ray and they hit a double team legdrop/side suplex for 2. Ray hits a slam but misses an elbowdrop and Storm tags in. Beer Money hits a double backdrop on Ray and then Storm gouges the face. Ink Inc. joins Taz and Tenay on commentary as 3D comes back and hits a double diving headbutt on Storm. Now Beer Money hits a double team Russian Legsweep/kneedrop on Devon for 2. Beer Money tries a double suplex, but Ray comes in and lays them both out. 3D nails a Doomsday Device for 2 then they go for a 3D, but Ray leaves the ring in the middle of the move to go after Ink Inc, leaving Devon alone in the ring where Storm spits beer in Devon’s eyes so Roode can roll him up for the win. Winners by Pinfall: Beer Money
Backstage, Desmond Wolfe tells Chelsea he’s a ticking time bomb, but tonight she’s got a chance to redeem herself.
Desmond Wolfe vs. Jay Lethal
Chelsea grabs Wolfe’s coat from him before the match starts. As Lethal got on the top rope, Wolfe threw him off and his head hit the ring apron on the way down. Tommy Dreamer comes through the crowd and takes a seat to watch the match. Taz calls him Tommy Dreamer ((Jarrett’s Jab – So I guess TNA is ignoring WWE copyrighted the name then….moving on)) Wolfe hits an arm snap and then stops to yell at Chelsea some more, allowing Lethal the opportunity to get some shots in. Wolfe then lays him out again and yells at Chelsea some more and she goes to leave, but she trips and falls down on the ramp. Wolfe goes out to stand over her and run her down some more. This opens up another opportunity Lethal to nail him and toss him back in the ring. Lethal hits a leg lariat and a handspring elbow, then a pop up neckbreaker gets Lethal the win. Winner by Pinfall: Jay Lethal
Lethal goes in the crowd to celebrate as Dreamer applauds. Wolfe attacks Lethal, and throws him into the ring. He hits the armwringer and out comes Flair. Desmond holds Lethal while Flair hits some chops and right hands to him. Flair hits Lethal with a low blow before Hogan’s music blares. Hogan shakes his finger at Flair and raises Lethal’s hand. Hogan takes the mic and says that TNA is on fire right now because of guys like Jay Lethal. “Who would have ever dreamed that a little Hulkamaniac would grow up in Elizabeth, New Jersey and then grow up to become a big time wrestler himself.” Hogan has an announcement and calls Ric Flair back out, he tells him that he’s been a thorn in Lethal’s side for a long time now, and the little boy grew up to be a great big man, and now he’s going to make a man’s dream come true, because at Victory Road, it’s going to be Ric Flair vs Jay Lethal. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I’m not happy about Dreamer’s presence because he was essentially forgotton about when Hogan came out. I’m glad Hogan’s pushing for Lethal though, it gives him more credibility in my opinion))
A shot of Sting (minus facepaint and wearing shades) takes us to commercial
TheTop 10 Rankings are shown and are as followed: #10: Kurt Angle, #9: Desmond Wolfe, #8 The Pope, #7: Jay Lethal, #6: Samoa Joe, #5: Sting, #4: AJ Styles. The top three will be determined by the Three-Way-Dance later tonight ((Jarrett’s Jab: Why have The Pope in the rankings at all. He’s injured!))
Jeff Jarrett calls out Sting
Jeff Jarrett is in the ring and calls out Sting. Jarrett tells Sting once he gets in the ring that he wants him to take off the sunglasses because he wants to look in his eyes and knows that Sting feels what he’s saying. Sting takes off his sunglasses. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I think this is the first time I remember Sting wearing no facepaint and no sunglasses before on TNA programming, but I could be wrong.)) Jeff says that he wants to remind Steve that he called him first when he started. ((Jarrett’s Jab – I just got a flashback to Sting talking to Abyss and calling him “Chris” back in 07)) Jeff said he wanted Steve to work in TNA because off his professionalism and true iconic status. Even though they’ve not always been on the same side of the fense, they showed each other professionalism, until Sacrifice. Jarrett said all that ended at TNA Sacrifice. “That wasn’t a wrestling match,” Jarrett said. “No, you were hell bent on ending my career.” Jarrett said the demons inside Sting were hell bent on destroying his livelihood, everything he’s about, and how he provides for his family. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Third one in one segment, sorry, but didn’t Sting call Jarrett the “cancer” in TNA before Bound for Glory 06 and try to put him out of TNA. Guess the first time didn’t count, huh?)) Jeff says “But Steve Borden, I’m going to tell you one thing and make it plain and simple, you made one mistake, you left me standing.” Sting laughed. Jarrett asked if he thinks it’s funny. He said it won’t be a laughing matter when they have their rematch next week. Jarrett said he knows what it’s all about. “You’re dead wrong,” Jarrett said. “You’re 100 percent wrong about both of them.” Jarrett said that every minute of every hour, “those two guys have been here.” Jarrett said Hulk has even given his body, and added that that’s probably too much to ask of him at this stage of his career. Jarrett said he won’t be fighting for his family. He said he’s going to be fighting for Eric Bischoff, Hulk Hogan, and the most important ingredient of all, the TNA fans. Jarrett walked away and left Sting standing in the ring… ((Jarrett’s Jab – A very great promo. But Jarrett Jeff Jarrett is fighting for the guy that made him clean bathrooms and flip burgers. I, Jarrett Cox, wouldn’t do that if that all happened to me. Jeff Jarrett must be a different story.))
Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Abyss (Three-way-dance. Winner becomes No. 1 contender to the TNA Title)
Dreamer was still seated in the crowd for the match. Taz said he hasn’t been able to talk to him because Dreamer isn’t returning his calls or texts. Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy go right after Abyss. Abyss gets whipped into the courner and Anderson drops down to all fours so Jeff can hit the Hardy Boyz springboard leg lariat in the corner. Hardy then hits a double back elbow. Abyss tries to chokeslam them both but they fight out and get a double suplex on Abyss and Hardy covers for 2 but Anderson breaks. Anderson tries a cover but Hardy breaks it up and they go face to face. Abyss uses the opportunity to spear both men as we see another shot of Tommy Dreamer in the crowd. Abyss charges Anderson in one corner then tries on Hardy but Hardy gets an elbow up and then hits the Whisper In The Wind and Abyss rolls to the floor. Anderson stands behind Hardy like he’s going to jump him, but instead baseball slides Abyss and then holds him for a Hardy dive. Anderson pounds on Abyss on the floor and the bell rings…and all three men have been counted out. Countout on Jeff Hardy, Mr. Anderson, and Abyss ((Jarrett’s Jab – I hate the ending, absolutely hate it. A triple countout? Really?))
Anderson is arguing with the referee and Abyss knocks him off. He nails Hardy and starts attacking both of them. Abyss tosses both of them into the ring, then throws Hardy out and hits the Shock Treatment on Anderson. Abyss gets under the ring and gets a kendo stick and hits Hardy in the ribs then in the shoulder with it, then pulls out a bag and pours broken glass in the ring. He nails Anderson with the kendo stick in the back and in the ribs twice, and then gives Anderson the Black Hole Slam in the glass. Abyss goes to leave, looks at Hardy on the ramp, and goes back after Hardy, ramming him with knees, tearing his shirt off, and then chokeslamming Hardy off the stage. Finally Hulk Hogan comes out and asks what this is all about, and Abyss points at him and goes “YOU!” as we go off the air.
Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer def. Christian & MVP JTG def. Chavo Guerrero Drew McIntyre def. Theodore Long Kelly Kelly def. Women’s Champion Layla in a Non-Title Match Dolph Ziggler def. Chris Masters Rey Mysterio & Big Show def. World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger & CM Punk
RALEIGH, North Carolina – Just two days before WWE Fatal 4-Way (full coverage), the combatants of the World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match delivered some payback to Kane, a direct response to his brutal attacks in recent weeks. But, before the night’s end, The Big Red Monster would rekindle his rampage and issue a horrifying proclamation about Sunday’s pay-per-view.
Rey Mysterio & Big Show def. World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger & CM Punk (PHOTOS | WATCH) In a tag team main event between the Fatal 4-Way participants, the athleticism of Rey Mysterio proved to be the difference. As Swagger was attempting to hit the Gutwrench Powerbomb on The Ultimate Underdog, Mysterio suddenly countered, crashing down upon “The All-American American” for the quick pin.
Although the victory gave Mysterio and Big Show momentum heading into Fatal 4-Way, the action did not end with the bell. Moments later, Kane reemerged, still determined to weed out the identity of The Undertaker’s unknown attackers. After he chokeslammed Swagger and Punk to the canvas, Kane knocked Big Show from the ring apron and blasted Mysterio with a tombstone. Finally, Kane proclaimed that this Sunday, “it will be a fatal night for the guilty party.” (Match preview)
Dolph Ziggler def. Chris Masters (PHOTOS | WATCH) In a “WWE Superstars” rematch (full results), Dolph Ziggler locked horns with Chris Masters – ultimately pitting the Master Lock against the sleeper hold. Though Masters broke out of Ziggler’s infamous sleeper to cinch-in his own dangerous maneuver, his bleach blond opponent had enough presence of mind to reach the ropes. Moments later, Ziggler executed the Zig Zag for the win, reminding Masters that he had more than one dangerous weapon in his arsenal.
Kelly Kelly def. Women’s Champion Layla in a Non-Title Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Soon after Tiffany neutralized the self-professed “co-Women’s Champion” Michelle McCool outside the ring, Kelly Kelly reversed Layla’s neckbreaker, and executed the devastating K-2 Legdrop to score a huge non-title triumph over the first English-born Women’s Champion.
Drew McIntyre def. Theodore Long; Teddy saved his job (PHOTOS | WATCH) Given the ultimatum of facing Drew McIntyre or being fired – per Mr. McMahon’s directive – SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long was forced by the Scottish Superstar to get down on his knees, proclaim McIntyre the “Chosen One,” crawl to the middle of the squared circle and lay on his back to take the three-count.
As McIntyre prepared to attack Teddy after the match, Kofi Kingston charged to his rescue. But, with a special security team holding back the Intercontinental Champion, McIntyre was free to carry out a vicious assault on the defenseless Superstar. Matt Hardy then emerged from the crowd, only to suffer the same brutal fate. In a fatal act of aggression, McIntyre delivered the double-under-hook DDT to both Kofi and Hardy.
Will the ruthless McIntyre reclaim his destiny by winning back the Intercontinental Title from Kofi Kingston at Fatal 4-Way? (Match preview)
JTG def. Chavo Guerrero (PHOTOS | WATCH) A highly-charged JTG used the neckbreaker to capture an impressive victory on third-generation Superstar Chavo Guerrero. After the match, JTG invited three young members of the WWE Universe to “kick-it” with him inside the ring.
Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer def. Christian & MVP (PHOTOS | WATCH) With the ink still fresh on their new, full-time SmackDown contracts, Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer faced Christian and MVP – the two Superstars they recently attacked to help make a name for themselves. After Hawkins overcame Captain Charisma with a devastating elbow drop off the top rope to capture the important victory, he and Archer carried-out a post-match attack on an injured Franchise Playa.
World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger, The S.E.S., Big Show and Rey Mysterio attacked Kane (PHOTOS | WATCH) After Luke Gallows emerged from the darkness dressed as The Undertaker to help CM Punk play a joke on the WWE Universe, an enraged Kane arrived to seek retribution. Before he could reach the ring, however, he was ambushed by The Straight Edge Society and World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger. Big Show and Rey Mysterio soon chased The Big Red Monster’s assailants out of the ring, only to hit Kane with an earth-shattering 619-chokeslam combination.
Dixie Carter President of TNA Wrestling Magnus returns to action this week on the new TNA Xplosion show & looks to be in the best shape of his life. Check tnawrestling.com for countries & air dates and times.
Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston def. Trent Barreta Primo def. Yoshi Tatsu Jimmy & Jey Uso def. Mark Henry & Goldust
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Jimmy & Jey Uso def. Mark Henry & Goldust (PHOTOS | WATCH) For weeks, Jimmy & Jey Uso, along with their associate Tamina, have been attacking The Hart Dynasty at every turn. Tonight, the impressive team got their first taste of official WWE action when they stepped into the squared circle with the unique pairing of Mark Henry & Goldust. Clearly, going against two of WWE’s most seasoned veterans would be a tough task for any duo, especially two that were just making their debut, but The Usos were up to the task. After a grueling back and forth battle, the dangerous Tamina distracted Goldust, allowing Jimmy Uso to knock The Bizarre One down and nail a huge top-rope splash for the 1-2-3, capping off a stellar debut.
Primo def. Yoshi Tatsu (PHOTOS | WATCH) On last Thursday’s “WWE Superstars,” Primo teamed with the cocky Zack Ryder to defeat Yoshi Tatsu & Goldust. With that loss still weighing on his mind, the Japanese Superstar entered the ring intent on getting even with Primo. And thanks to The Cardiac Kid’s devastating kicks and aggressive strikes, it looked as though he would get the win. That was until the Puerto Rican Superstar rolled Tatsu up and grabbed a handful of tights to steal the victory. While Primo unabashedly celebrated his win, his party was soon rained on as The Great Khali came down to the ring and flattened the former Unified Tag Team Champion with a devastating Punjabi Plunge.
Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston def. Trent Barreta (PHOTOS | WATCH) After pulling off an impressive victory over Luke Gallows on last Thursday’s “WWE Superstars,” Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston showed his NXT Rookie Michael McGillicutty how it’s done for the second week in a row with a thrilling win over Trent Barreta. While The Dude Buster is best known for his tag battles on SmackDown, he was vicious with the Ghana native in this non-title bout. Still, Kingston’s explosiveness was too much for Barreta to contain and, in the end, a perfectly timed Trouble in Paradise busted this dude. Pay-Per-View Schedules
WWE Champion John Cena has said kind things about Bryan Danielson on his Twitter account, but not all WWE wrestlers are following suit.
Dolph Ziggler, for instance, had some not-so-nice things to say.
"Why would i sign a petition to bring back someone who never even made it to the WWE roster??? Idiots...," said Ziggler regarding an online petition Cena--and many fans--signed to reinstate Danielson.
He added, "I guess if WWE had a 130 pound weight class, i would cut down and BEAT daniel bryanson, but oh wait, i cant he doesnt work here! Hey, maybe all you internet 'smart guys' can pay bryanson's salary in internet bucks, oh wait, they dont exist, just like bryanson...."
Alex Riley def. Kaval Kofi Kingston & Michael McGillicutty def. Mark Henry & Lucky Cannon
RALEIGH, N.C. – The WWE Pros offered the NXT Rookies a chance to rekindle their relationships after last week’s surprising initiation. Several NXT Rookies finally saw in-ring action, leaving lasting impressions on the WWE Pros and the WWE Universe as the next set of polls are just two weeks away.
Kofi Kingston & Michael McGillicutty def. Mark Henry & Lucky Cannon (PHOTOS | WATCH) Third-generation competitor NXT Rookie Michael McGillicutty has a lot of lineage to live up to. As the grandson of WWE Legend Larry “The Axe” Hennig and son of former Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect, McGillicutty must quickly make an impact on the WWE Pros and the WWE Universe – an accomplishment he achieved during week two of competition. He kicked off his first match by boldly tagging himself in to face the daunting Mark Henry. Then, with the help of his WWE Pro, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston, McGillicutty earned victory when he pinned the competitive Lucky Cannon.
McGillicutty left a strong first impression, as his WWE Pro, Kingston, called him a “man on a mission” who “took a step in the right direction.” Despite their loss, Henry said his NXT Rookie, Cannon, “has a lot of potential.” But not all of the WWE Pros agreed. Cody Rhodes berated Cannon, calling him a loser. “You’re all style and no substance,” Rhodes said. Then, Henry challenged Rhodes to face Cannon one-on-one. A cocky Rhodes accepted the match for next week, then shockingly took a cheap shot at NXT announcer Matt Striker, knocking him off the stage!
Alex Riley def. Kaval (PHOTOS | WATCH) The brash and confident Alex Riley saw his first in-ring action against fellow NXT Rookie, the fearless and skilled Kaval. (WATCH: Meet NXT Rookie Kaval) Despite a strong effort by Kaval, whose WWE Pros – “co-Women’s Champions” Lay-Cool – offered their amusing commentary during the match, the self-proclaimed “rare breed” Riley pinned his competitor. Riley admirably pulled off the win without the presence of his WWE Pro, The Miz, who was in Los Angeles celebrating his United States Championship victory.
Several WWE Pros offered their first impressions of Riley and Kaval. Lay-Cool applauded Kaval’s first match and promised it won’t be long before he’ll be “flawless” under their guidance. John Morrison said both NXT Rookies did a very good job of making an impression. And instead of offering his opinions on the NXT Rookies in the match, Zack Ryder must have been busy checking out WWE NXT’s new ring announcer, Jamie Keyes: “That new ring announcer chick, she’s pretty hot. Call me,” The Long Island Loudmouth said.
MVP discusses the NXT Rookies’ initiation (PHOTOS | WATCH) Tensions were high during the second week of season two of WWE NXT after last week’s surprising initiation in which the season two WWE Pros sent a loud and clear message to their NXT Rookies by tossing them out of the ring to quell any possible rebellion. This week, WWE Pro MVP explained to the NXT Rookies that they’re paying for the transgressions of their season one predecessors, who have been wreaking havoc on Raw for the last two weeks. (MORE) The Ballin’ Superstar said the season two NXT Rookies must work hard, pay their dues and respect and cherish the opportunity given to them on WWE NXT and the WWE Pros will rightfully teach them. In a sign of solidarity, the WWE Pros and the NXT Rookies shook hands before week two’s matches began. (WATCH: Meet NXT Rookie Husky Harris)
The NXT Rookies must make a strong impression on the WWE Pros and the WWE Universe. The first Pros’ Poll and WWE Universe Poll on WWE.com are just two weeks away, and the first elimination is only five weeks away. The WWE Pros and the WWE Universe will split the vote 50/50 to determine who will be the first NXT Rookie eliminated and who will be WWE’s next breakout star! (WATCH: Meet NXT Rookie Eli Cottonwood)
Booker T comments on why he didn't return to WWE Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 06/16/2010 at 02:48 PM
In an interview with SlamWrestling.com, former WCW, WWE and TNA superstar Booker T talked up his recent appearance at a TNA house show, how close he was to signing with WWE, working Independent wrestling events, Sharmell due to give birth and so much more. Highlights of the interview are below:
Working indy events and becoming PWA Champion: “There is always drama with Booker T. No one expects a title change at a independent event, especially the champion fighting a guy coming in. My fans have supported me from day one here and abroad. Canada has always been one of my favorite places to work. Canadian wrestlers actually have been some of my greatest opponents. It was good just to be there, “I wouldn’t say I don’t do independents I just don’t do a lot of them. Lance Storm, who is a good friend of mine, called me and asked me to come over to help out with a couple of things as far as wrestling and entertainment. It was good to see Lance too. To pick up the PWA championship was just another bonus. Titles is just something that comes along with Booker T, everywhere I go I always seem to capture a title by hook or by crook. That has always been my MO. I am having a good time relaxing and doing it when I want to and where I want to.”
His recent TNA appearance: “It was really cool to get out there and mix it up with Rob Van Dam. We are really good friends but it was all about the title. A.J. Styles had flight problems and couldn’t make it in and they didn’t want to dissapoint the fans. It was 2 hours from where I live. I still got good relations with TNA. The TNA family actually treated me very well, I was just going through a lot of personal things when I left. I am still close to Dixie Carter who is a nice lady doing a lot of great things for the wrestling business and the wrestlers. Terry Taylor, one of my favorite people, called me and asked me if I would fill in. I am a team player and I said ‘heck yeah man.’ It was a great night not just for the fans but for myself to go out there and see if I still got it, the itch to be out there and doing it. The fans were going crazy which was totally unexpected. Rob and I went out and I gave him a black eye, he almost broke my jaw when he kicked me in the side of the head. All is fair in love and war when you are out there in the ring trying to deliver for the fans. That is what it was about. Man it was a great night”
Speculation on a comeback and Sharmell’s pregnancy: “I don’t want to do a whole lot right now. My wife is about one and a half months from delivering our twins and we are really excited about that more then anything. We are going into a different phase of life with the King and Queen raising the Prince and Princess. It is going to be a totally different chapter. Right now that is what I am focusing on, August 20th is her delivery date. It is an exciting time. Wrestling has been great to me and I love it but I have to focus on first things first. We have been working on this for quite some time and the man upstairs finally blessed us. Not with just one but two, a boy and a girl, which is wild.”
On his WWE contract offer, whether it was speculation and how close he was to joining: “There is a lot of truth to those rumors. I was really close to going back to WWE. Things did not work out due to a lot of things. I can’t work 6 months out of the year, 160 days. That would be really hard on me. We got pregnant at the same time that negotiations were being talked about. It was a lot of different things which lead to the breakdown. I’ve still got really good relationships with WWE as well. I have never burned any bridges with anybody I worked with I don’t think. It may be a possibility for me to go back there someday maybe in a different position. I always wanted to be an agent, a writer, work with guys from a backstage perspective. Wrestling is not something I foresee myself being able to do for the rest of my life.”
- Zack Ryder suffered a concussion last night in the four way match on RAW for the United States Title. Ryder's injury came when John Morrison powerbombed The Miz off the apron and onto Ryder on the floor. Ryder wrestled another five or six minutes with the concussion.
Bryan's release: What close friends believe, more Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 06/15/2010 at 11:57 AM
Based on the NXT storyline from this week's RAW, Bryan Danielson is now officially "gone and buried" from WWE. Dave Meltzer is reporting that his close friends believe he has been fired, he has talked to other promotions about working dates, and TNA has contacted him about coming in. Obviously, he would have the standard 90-day no compete clause in his release.
Sting still hurting; status up in the air Posted by Corbin Nordhoff on 06/15/2010 at 11:43 AM
According to Bryan Alvarez, Sting is continuing to have issues with his shoulder and the feeling among many in TNA is that he will need to get surgery at some point down the line. He was not used at the Monday night Impact TV tapings in Orlando so his status as an on air character could be up in the air as well.
TNA stripped The Band — Hall, Kevin Nash, and Eric Young — of the TNA Tag Team Championship and set up a mini-tournament. The winning team will face The Motor City Machineguns for the vacant titles at next month's Victory Road pay-per-view.
Last month, Hall was arrested outside of Orlando, Florida two days before Sacrifice. He worked the event and reportedly did not inform management of his arrest. He was charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest after being arrested at the Hitching Post Bar. Hall has since pled not guilty to the charges. His next scheduled court date is July 1 in Seminole County court.
The Miz def. R-Truth, John Morrison and Zack Ryder in a United States Championship Fatal 4-Way Match Evan Bourne def. Chris Jericho by Disqualification Divas Champion Eve & Gail Kim def. Alicia Fox & Maryse Raw guest host Mark Feuerstein & Big Show def. Ted DiBiase & Virgil Santino Marella def. William Regal WWE Champion John Cena & Randy Orton vs. Edge & Sheamus ended in a No Contest
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – While it’s Raw guest host Mark Feuerstein who stars in USA Network’s Royal Pains, it was Raw’s General Manager, Bret Hart, who experienced serious and mounting pains of his own thanks to the group of ruthless and desperate season one NXT Rookies.
WWE Champion John Cena & Randy Orton vs. Edge & Sheamus ended in a No Contest (PHOTOS | WATCH) Just six days before the four clash in a Fatal 4-Way WWE Championship Match, WWE Champion John Cena paired with Randy Orton to take on Edge & Sheamus. With the entire Raw roster looking on from the entrance ramp to prevent another ambush from the NXT Rookies, the four Superstars, who will battle for the title on Sunday, tore into one another in a prelude to Fatal 4-Way.
Their match was cut short, however, when it was realized that the NXT Rookies had accosted Raw General Manager Bret Hart and dragged him into the parking lot. Once there, the Rookies, led by NXT winner Wade Barrett, tossed the WWE Hall of Famer into the back of a limo and ordered the driver to smash the auto into walls and other cars. The sadistic Rookies then harassed a defenseless Hart, pressuring him to offer them all WWE contracts. When Hart refused, the Rookies agreed that they would give him until Sunday’s pay-per-view to think about it. But will Hart be in any condition to respond? If so, will he concede and sign all of the NXT season one rookies to contracts? Stay tuned.
Santino Marella def. William Regal (PHOTOS | WATCH) An international incident seemed to be brewing when Santino Marella squared off against William Regal with Vladimir Kozlov acting as special guest referee. Unfortunately for the Englishman, his Italian opponent bent the rules. Since the Russian referee failed to catch the questionable call, Marella managed to claim the victory. While Regal argued his case, it became quite clear that Kozlov could not understand him and that he was arguing in vain.
Raw Guest Host Mark Feuerstein & Big Show def. Ted DiBiase & Virgil Raw guest host Mark Feuerstein teamed with Big Show on his USA Network program Royal Pains for an upcoming episode. If that pairing went anything like the duo’s wrestling on Raw, the episode is a must-see. Feuerstein, a former competitive wrestler, teamed with The World’s Largest Athlete against Ted DiBiase & his manservant Virgil. The actor and the athlete proceeded to humble their moneyed menaces when Feuerstein pinned Virgil - much to the disgust of DiBiase. (READ MORE | PHOTOS | WATCH)
Divas Champion Eve & Gail Kim def. Alicia Fox & Maryse (PHOTOS | WATCH) Just six days before these sexy, smart and powerful ladies compete in a Fatal 4-Way Divas Championship Match, Eve teamed with Gail Kim against Maryse & Alicia Fox. While resident Mean Girl Maryse triumphed last week in the Viewer’s Choice Diva Battle Royal, reigning champion Eve wasn’t about to let herstory repeat itself. The martial arts maven leveled Alicia to secure the win for her and her partner Gail. This Sunday, however, it’ll be every woman for herself.
NXT Rookies attempted an attack on WWE Champion John Cena (PHOTOS | WATCH) One week after suffering a despicable attack at the hands of the NXT Rookies, WWE Champion John Cena proved that you can’t keep a good man down. Despite the beating, The Champ came to the ring to address the NXT Rookies. During his speech, Cena became distracted by the NXT Rookies, who jumped a security barrier. Wade Barrett, Heath Slater, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver and David Otunga headed for the parking lot, however, after Cena was joined by Jerry Lawler, R-Truth, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Santino Marella, Evan Bourne, William Regal, Sheamus and Edge.
Evan Bourne def. Chris Jericho by Disqualification (PHOTOS | WATCH) How the mighty have fallen. After being launched over the top rope by Big Show last week, Chris Jericho’s woes continued. The self-important Superstar faced down the challenge of Evan Bourne this week. After locking in The Codebreaker, Jericho was shocked when “Air” Bourne kicked out. So frustrated was Mr. Vocabulary that he flipped out, pummeling Bourne to the point of disqualification. For his part, the high-flyer retaliated, leaving Jericho down and dumbfounded.
Big Show & guest host Mark Feuerstein to face Ted DiBiase & Virgil Ted DiBiase can’t buy his way out of this. The “Fortunate Son” and his manservant Virgil tried to intimidate Raw guest host Mark Feuerstein, star of USA Network’s Royal Pains, into letting him co-host the show. When Feuerstein refused, he was backed up by an unlikely ally, Big Show. It seems The World’s Largest Athlete did a cameo on an upcoming episode of Royal Pains and agreed to team with his actor pal against DiBiase & Virgil.
The Miz def. R-Truth, John Morrison and Zack Ryder in a Fatal 4-Way United States Championship Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) Will the WWE Universe ever hear the end of it? In a Fatal 4-Way United States Championship Match, The Miz reclaimed the title that meant so much to him. The Cleveland Screamer managed to prevail over former champ R-Truth, John Morrison and Zack Ryder by pinning Truth. Since the winner of a Fatal 4-Way Match is the first competitor to pin any of his other three opponents, Miz seized an opportunity presented by his former tag team partner Morrison. Before the night was over, Truth invoked his rematch clause for this Sunday at Fatal 4-Way.
Perhaps WWE Champion John Cena and World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger are each looking on, strategizing and thinking, “There but for the grace of God…"
Raw General Manager Bret Hart fired NXT Rookie Wade Barrett (PHOTOS | WATCH) As Raw’s General Manager, Bret Hart hasn’t exactly been the wishy-washy type. Therefore, when NXT Rookies Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Darren Young, Skip Sheffield, Michael Tarver, David Otunga and NXT winner Wade Barrett flooded the ring to make a few demands in the wake of their brutal rampage last week, Hart didn’t hesitate to make an executive decision. Rather than bend to the will of ringleader Barrett or any of the NXT Rookies, the WWE Hall of Famer instead canned Barrett – and then threatened to have the lot of 'em arrested if they didn’t leave!
- Kurt Angle def. Kazarian to become the #10 Contender - X Title: Douglas Williams def. Kendrick - Knockouts Title: Madison Rayne def. Roxxi - Jesse Neal def. Brother Ray - Tommy Dreamer made his TNA Wrestling debut - Matt Morgan def. Hernandez by disqualification - Monster's Ball: Abyss def. Desmond Wolfe - Jay Lethal def. AJ Styles - Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson def. Beer Money - Rob Van Dam def. Sting to retain the World Title
- In the opening match, Kurt Angle defeated Kazarian to become the new #10 Contender to the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, forcing Kazarian to tap out to his Ankle Lock submission.
- Douglas Williams successfully defended the TNA X Division Championship, beating Kendrick with a Tornado DDT for the pin.
- Madison Rayne successfully defended the TNA Knockouts Women's championship, beating Roxxi. before the bout, Rayne challenged Roxxi to put her career on the line, which Roxxi agreed. Rayne then attacked Roxxi with the microphone, bloodying her. Later Rayne hit her finisher to get the win on Roxxi to retain the gold and end Roxxi's TNA career.
- Jesse Neal of Ink Inc. beat his mentor Brother Ray of Team 3D. Before the bout, Brother Ray acted like he was apologizing to Neal, but it was just a double-cross as Ray attacked him instead. Later, in a surprise appearance, Tommy Dreamer made his TNA Wrestling debut by coming down through the stands during the bout, hitting his trademark pose as Brother Ray looked on. Ray went for a senton on Neal, but he missed and Jesse Neal hit his spear for the pin and the win. After the bout, Tommy Dreamer exited the arena with a smile on his face! What's next for Dreamer in TNA? Find out Thursday night at 9/8c on SpikeTV!
- The returning Hernandez was disqualified against "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan. Morgan tried to fake an injury before the bout by wearing a neckbrace and producing a doctor's note, but Hernandez attacked him. Hernandez was on the warpath and tried to choke out Morgan and even tossed the referee, leading to the ref giving Morgan the win via disqualification. After the bout, Hernandez tried to get revenge on Morgan by nailing him with his boot against the guardrail on the outside of the ring (like Morgan injured Hernandez) but Morgan pulled the referee into the strike instead.
- In the violent and chaotic Monster's Ball match, Abyss defeated Desmond Wolfe after Chelsea helped Abyss by tossing him brass knuckles. Chelsea originally accompanied Wolfe to the ring since her 30 days with Abyss were up, but she clearly has other ideas right now. In the end, Wolfe was yelling at Chelsea to give him her purse loaded with the brass knuckles, but her purse was empty. However, she instead gave it to Abyss, allowing "The Monster" to use it on Wolfe and hit the Black Hole Slam for the win!
- In an amazing match, Jay Lethal defeated "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles! Lethal injured AJ's knee with the figure four leglock, which ended up gaining Lethal the advantage. Late in the bout, Styles tried to come off the turnbuckles with his injured knee, but it gave out on him and Lethal caught him with a suplex for the big win. After the bout, Kazarian came out while Flair was yelling at Styles for losing. Flair left the arena with Kazarian, while AJ nursed his knee in the ring.
- The team of "The Charismatic Enigma" Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson beat Beer Money. In the end, Beer Money had Anderson set up for their DWI finisher, but Hardy made the save. Anderson then hit Roode with his Mic Check finisher for the victory! After the bout, both Anderson and Hardy declared each other the winner.
- In the main event for the World Heavyweight Championship, Rob Van Dam retained the gold against Sting! In the end, after the referee got knocked out, Sting attempted to use his black bat on RVD, but Jeff Jarrett came out to make the save! Jarrett used the bat on Sting, allowing Van Dam to get the upper hand. RVD and Sting traded high-impact moves, but RVD hit the Frog Splash for the win and the victory!
Roxxi said to be upset about Slammiversary stip Posted by Corbin Nordhoff on 06/14/2010 at 10:16 AM
Apparently there was a lot of heat backstage at last night’s TNA Slammiversary when Roxxi showed up at the building and was informed that her match with Madison Rayne would be with her career on the line. Roxxi was described as “visibly upset” before and after her match.
Roxxi was working on a nightly deal with TNA and was brought back to fill the void after Tara left and Angelina Love & Daffney went out with injuries. With Love and Daffney ready to return, it’s possible TNA creative didn’t have anything for Roxxi after last night’s show.
John Cena wants Daniel Bryan back in WWE Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 06/13/2010 at 08:32 PM
John Cena posted the following on his Twitter account WWEJCena:
"CeNation. 1st, the word is jimbrone. Not jabroni, jaybronee, yadda yadde. Jim Brone. It is an very ancient term that was a predecessor to The iron shieks jabroni, which was then adopted by the rock...and of course made famous. Second....
I am very upset to hear about the release of bryan danielson. Social networks were formed so people would have a voice, and an opinon. I Know you all have your own, theories and whatnot. I respect that. I have never asked any of you to feel a certaint way about me. But Bryan left a lasting impression on the wwe universe in a very short time, and although it came at my expense, I agree with the majority of you who are caught off guard by this choice.
I know I'm not exactly appreciated by all, nor do I care to be, but I believe what I believe. I would like bryan to come back to the wwe.
I would like to sign your petition to bring him back. I was taught to stand up for what I beileve in. I tried and failed, so I could Use some help. Tell me how to sign and I will. If for nothing else, to at least have a chance to have a match with him after what was done
I know that seems a bit more fair. Give me a chance to have a fair match with him, and give him yet another chance to prove that he does"
- As noted before, NXT season 2 Rookie Lucky Cannon was formerly known as Johnny Prime in WWE developmental. Apparently he was given the Lucky Cannon name because WWE didn't want anymore John's on the roster.
Daniel Bryan Release Update; When He Found Out Posted by Steve Carrier on 06/13/2010 at 12:06 PM
Partial source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Despite what's being reported, there are still some wrestlers and employees within WWE who think the Daniel Bryan release is an angle. However, all indications are that he has indeed been released.
Officials told everyone in the company from marketing people to doctors about his departure. Bryan Danielson is already seeking work on the independent scene. The final decision to release Bryan was made early Friday and he was informed shortly before WWE announced it on their website.
WWE gave him the impression that they would work together in the future but gave him no timetable on a return. Most within the company are feeling bad for Danielson because he was basically a scapegoat in the whole situation.
Danielson's last match with WWE was on Wednesday night at the FCW event in Florida where he took part in a continuation of the NXT invasion. Obviously the invasion angle will be hurt now with his departure as he was considered the most well-rounded star of the group.
News regarding the Knockouts pay controversy Posted by Corbin Nordhoff on 06/13/2010 at 12:23 PM
Many of the TNA Knockouts are still only earning Indy salaries and rely on outside bookings (and in some cases regular jobs) to make a fair living. Some thought when Hogan and Bischoff came in things would change, but Christy Hemme a non-wrestler, is the highest paid female in the company.
This is one of the reasons that Awesome Kong soured on the company and why Gail Kim never re-signed.
One has to wonder why they would pay them so poorly, when historically they've had the highest rated segments on the show.
Rey Mysterio def. World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger (Non-Title Match) Women's Champion Layla def. Tiffany (Non-Title Match) Christian def. Dolph Ziggler Big Show def. CM Punk (Disqualification)
TAMPA, Fla. – Sometimes when anger takes hold of a person, he can’t be stopped. Kane exemplified this in extreme form by chokeslamming his way through a slew of SmackDown Superstars in his quest for vengeance for his injured brother, The Undertaker. (WATCH Kane vows vengeance)
Big Show def. CM Punk by Disqualification (PHOTOS | WATCH) In their first one-on-one encounter ever, Big Show and CM Punk were eager to prove their mettle before they collide for the World Title at Fatal 4-Way. It didn’t take long to see that The World’s Largest Athlete was clearly the more dominate force. But when he attempted to rip the mask off CM Punk, Luke Gallows and the mysterious hooded S.E.S. stranger attacked him, resulting in an immediate disqualification win for Big Show. Punk and Serena followed up with a few cheap shots of their own. As the S.E.S. continued its assault on Big Show, Kane entered the arena to put an exclamation point on his night of carnage by chokeslamming the hooded stranger, Gallows and the 500-pound Big Show! Only Punk and Serena escaped his wrath.
Drew McIntyre exchanged words with Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston (PHOTOS | WATCH) After calling out SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, Drew McIntyre delivered another shocking message directly from Mr. McMahon. Because of Matt Hardy’s actions on Raw and last week’s SmackDown, Hardy is suspended from all WWE programming. After the news, Kofi Kingston emerged, insisting Drew “shut up.” But when the “Chosen One” took issue, Kofi blasted him with Trouble in Paradise.
Drew McIntyre vs. SmackDown General Manger Theodore Long announced (WATCH) After ranting in the ring about Teddy turning a blind eye to his misfortunes, McIntyre later confronted Long in his office to deliver even more news from Mr. McMahon. Next week it will be Drew vs. Teddy in a match on SmackDown! And if Teddy doesn’t show, he’s fired!
Christian def. Dolph Ziggler (PHOTOS | WATCH) With Official SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero at his side, Dolph Ziggler hoped for a victory similar to the one he enjoyed over Christian in a recent 2-on-1 Handicap Match arranged by Vickie on “WWE Superstars.” Although Christian got the win with a sunset splash, that didn’t stop Ziggler from capitalizing on an assault from Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer. With their 30-day contract to make an impact on SmackDown expiring at midnight, the duo made a final push to join the roster by leveling Captain Charisma from behind. After the assault, Ziggler locked Christian in his infamous sleeper hold, while Vickie smiled gleefully from outside the ring.
Women's Champion Layla def. Tiffany in a Non-Title Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) With NXT Rookie Kaval at their side, and Michelle McCool’s parents in attendance, the “self-professed” co-Women’s Champions poked fun at the appearance of the WWE Universe before the match began. Once the action got underway, Women's Champion Layla got down to business and dispatched of Tiffany in quick order. When Tiffany turned her attention to McCool, knocking her from the ring apron, Layla capitalized, hitting her with a neckbreaker for the win.
Rey Mysterio def. World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger in a Non-Title Match (PHOTOS | WATCH) In their first one-on-one match ever, Rey Mysterio used not one, but three 619s to overcome World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger, giving him an important victory just nine days before Fatal 4-Way. After the loss, “The All-American American” vented his frustrations by attacking the masked Superstar. However, Kane interrupted the assault and brutally chokeslammed both Swagger and Mysterio.
Fatal 4-Way confrontation (PHOTOS | WATCH) At the start of the night, Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, CM Punk and Big Show confronted each other in the ring about their impending World Title Match at Fatal 4-Way. (Preview) Ultimately Kane got the last word, when he appeared on the arena screen vowing vengeance for his brother, The Undertaker. (WATCH) He went on to back up his words as the night progressed.
Samoa Joe could be nearing a big push in TNA Wrestling. I've been told for months Hulk Hogan is high up on him but there was a hang up over his weight. Dixie Carter recently posted on Twitter Joe has been getting great responses at live events and has always been very high up on him.
Ik ben Boon Kenneth, en gebruik soms ook wel de schuilnaam Sting.
Ik ben een man en woon in Dworp (Belgie) en mijn beroep is .
Ik ben geboren op 05/06/1989 en ben nu dus 30 jaar jong.
Mijn hobby's zijn: Worstelen en films.
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