Rayne On Kong Joining WWE, Knockouts Division Posted by Amish Patel on 01/09/2011 at 02:33 PM
Reigning TNA Knockouts Women's Champion Madison Rayne spoke to Brian Fritz of Fanhouse.com about how she she got interested in pro wrestling, playing a bad girl on television, the state of the Knockouts division, Awesome Kong joining World Wrestling Entertainment, and more.
Rayne was asked to give her thoughts on the state of the Knockouts division, with the interviewer noting that it was extremely successful 'and then it seemed to go through a bit of a lull.'
She replied, "Yeah, there's been some ups and downs with the changing faces in the division but I never saw what other people did when they said it was lacking and that there was a shortage of talent or whatever it was they were using to describe the time there when we had a couple of people leaving and a couple new people coming in.
"I've always thought that the Knockouts division had a lot of potential and a lot of incredible talent more so now than ever I think. There's a lot of new faces and a lot of people that the fans are familiar with but haven't necessarily seen interact with other girls. So, wrestling fans are getting faces and new storylines to follow and new people to see in the ring together. It's exciting for all of us and I think it's equally exciting for everyone watching."
She also commented on the ratings the division draws, as Knockouts bouts frequently garner the highest-rated segments on iMPACT!.
"It feels good because I know how hard we all work and that we bust our butts and we all put 100 percent into every week, every match, every segment, everything we do," she said. "So, it's good to know that all our hard work pays off every week."
Rayne also talked about former TNA Women's Knockout Champion Awesome Kong reportedly signing with WWE.
"I think she deserves any and every good opportunity that comes her way. So, whether it be here or with another company or doing something that's not even affiliated with wrestling at all. I think whatever makes Kong happy, I'm happy for because she is a good person, got a big heart and she deserves any opportunity that she gets.
World Heavyweight Champion Edge def. Kane (Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship) Kofi Kingston def. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler (Intercontinental Championship Match) Dolph Ziggler def. Big Show, Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes (Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender’s Match) Michelle McCool def. Kelly Kelly Alberto Del Rio def. Rey Mysterio (2-out-of-3 Falls Match)
TUCSON, Ariz. – In a whirlwind SmackDown, Alberto Del Rio “outclassed” Rey Mysterio, World Heavyweight Champion Edge stood tall against Kane, Kofi Kingston captured Intercontinental glory from Dolph Ziggler and a new No. 1 contender to The Rated-R Superstar’s World Title was crowned in epic fashion.
Alberto Del Rio def. Rey Mysterio in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Before facing Rey Mysterio in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match, a smiling Alberto Del Rio made a bold statement, informing the WWE Universe that it is his destiny to win this year’s Royal Rumble and go on to headline WrestleMania. (Watch)
After avoiding the 619, Del Rio scored the important first fall on Mysterio with the cross armbreaker. The Ultimate Underdog roared back, using his athletic prowess to pick up the quick pinfall on his aristocratic opponent. Then, in the crucial final moments of the match, Ricardo Rodriguez held Mysterio’s feet as the masked Superstar was trying to get back in the ring. This prevented Mysterio from answering the 10-count and allowed his affluent adversary to triumph.
After the bell, Mysterio made Rodriguez pay dearly for his interference, dialing up a 619-splash combination on Del Rio’s unfortunate ring announcer.
Michelle McCool def. Kelly Kelly (WATCH | PHOTOS) As Kelly Kelly looked ready to hit the K2 legdrop on Michelle McCool, Layla jumped up on the apron. Her subtle distraction allowed her partner-in-flawless to counter and hit the Faithbreaker for the win. But, the fireworks didn’t end with the bell. After the match, Drew McIntyre emerged to stop a post-match attack on Kelly Kelly by Team Lay-Cool.
Dolph Ziggler def. Big Show, Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes in a Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender’s Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Shortly after Dolph Ziggler lost his Intercontinental Title to Kofi Kingston, SmackDown’s Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero put the bleach-blond Superstar into contention for something even bigger. With General Manager Theodore Long absent, Guerrero used her temporary authority to add Ziggler to the scheduled Triple Threat Match – set to decide the No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship – making it a colossal Fatal 4-Way Match.
After Wade Barrett stunned the WWE Universe – coming out of nowhere to attack Big Show and prevent a probable win by The World’s Largest Athlete – the already volatile match erupted into absolute mayhem. This culminated in Ziggler hitting the Zig Zag on Cody Rhodes for the pin, catapulting him to the No. 1 contender position to Edge’s World Title.
Kofi Kingston def. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler in an Intercontinental Championship Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) In heroic fashion, Kofi Kingston reclaimed the Intercontinental Title, overcoming Dolph Ziggler with an explosive high cross body off the top rope. Moments later, Ziggler attacked the new champion, inspiring SmackDown’s frantic Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero to call for her boyfriend’s immediate championship rematch. This cleared the path for Kingston to defeat Ziggler a second time with Trouble in Paradise and retain his newly-acquired title.
World Heavyweight Champion Edge def. Kane in a Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship (WATCH | PHOTOS) Edge reigned supreme over Kane in the culmination of a brutal Last Man Standing championship onslaught. Both Superstars utilized every weapon in their reach, battling throughout the arena and destroying the ringside area, as they tried viciously to do the same to each other. After delivering a Spear to The Big Red Monster, The Rated-R Superstar followed it up with an excruciating Con-Chair-To to the knee, preventing Kane from answering the 10-count.
Tyler Reks def. JTG Chris Masters def. Curt Hawkins Yoshi Tatsu def. Zack Ryder Tyson Kidd & Ted DiBiase def. Daniel Bryan & Mark Henry
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Tyson Kidd & Ted DiBiase def. Daniel Bryan & Mark Henry (WATCH | PHOTOS) On a recent edition of Raw, Tyson Kidd made it clear to Daniel Bryan that he wants to take his United States Championship. In tonight’s “WWE Superstars” main event, the arrogant Kidd may have earned an opportunity to compete for that title when he pinned Bryan in a heated tag team bout. Forming a surprisingly strong alliance with the snide Ted DiBiase, the Hart Dungeon-trained Superstar struggled with the powerful Mark Henry in the early part of the match, but used any underhanded trick he could pull out to survive. Finally, after interference from DiBiase distracted The World’s Strongest Man, Kidd was able to avoid Bryan’s LeBell Lock and connect with a fisherman’s neckbreaker for an impressive win.
Yoshi Tatsu def. Zack Ryder (WATCH | PHOTOS) No strangers to one another, Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder have clashed on “WWE Superstars” numerous times before, so each competitor knew what to expect going into this hard-hitting bout. High octane from the get go, the match saw the talented young Superstars trading devastating strikes and brutal submissions maneuvers for 10 solid minutes. But just when it looked like The Long Island Loudmouth’s vicious mean streak was leading him to victory, a well-timed kick from Tatsu found the mark and put Ryder down for the 1-2-3.
Chris Masters def. Curt Hawkins (WATCH | PHOTOS) A native of Queens, N.Y., Curt Hawkins has all the arrogance and bravado of a kid raised on the streets of a rough neighborhood. But the brash SmackDown Superstar has had a tough time backing up his big mouth in the ring in recent weeks. Hawkins’ woes continued tonight as he ran into a brick wall named Chris Masters. Shaking off every hit Hawkins threw at him, the powerful Superstar finally captured his opponent in the dreaded Master Lock for an incredible win.
Tyler Reks def. JTG (WATCH | PHOTOS) On the Dec. 9 edition of “WWE Superstars,” Tyler Reks defeated JTG in a knock–down, drag–out brawl. But the Brooklyn Superstar wasn’t content to live with that loss, so he challenged his destructive rival to a rematch tonight. Leaving his usual flashy maneuvers behind, JTG came at the big man like a street fighter, battering him with an endless series of punches and kicks. The offensive barrage was not enough to stop the “Dreadlocked Demolition Man” though. In the end, Reks executed a destructive Burning Hammer to score his second victory over JTG.
Updates on John Cena & Rey Mysterio's WWE Status Posted by Steve Carrier on 01/05/2011 at 07:38 PM
- As noted before, Rey Mysterio has been pulled from this weekend's WWE live events and will be replaced by Big Show in matches against Alberto Del Rio. This is part of John Laurinaitis agreeing to give Mysterio an even easier schedule while he's working around the shoulder tear. Rey will continue to work all TV tapings and pay-per-view events but will be working limited live event dates for the time being.
- There's still no word yet on the severity of John Cena's hip injury or if he will return to ring action next week but with WWE officials really wanting him healthy enough to perform in the Royal Rumble match, it's likely he will be kept off live events until then. If he's healthy enough until then, Cena may work some TV matches.
TNA Impact Results 1/6/11 By LOP Jan 6, 2011 - 11:13:13 PM
Report by Stuart Carapola & PWinsider.com
We open with a look back at last week as Mick Foley tried to look out for Ken Anderson's best interests and Matt Morgan informed Anderson that he would have no choice but to do what he had to do to beat Anderson at Genesis, and then when Morgan, perhaps accidentally, hit Anderson from behind with the discus clothesline.
We head into the Impact Zone where Immortal and Fortune are making their way into the ring for the opening promo. Guess who has the microphone? Easy E starts by wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and Genesis is in three days, and it's not the end of anything but the beginning of everything for Immortal and everyone else associated with TNA. He has put a bounty on every TNA title they don't have and put a lot of pressure on the members of Immortal to get them, but that's because he's a competitive person and he's not doing anything that wouldn't stand up to the scrutiny of a judge. Tonight is a night of champions, so right now he's going to introduce some important champions. He calls X-Division Champion Jay Lethal out to the ring and Lethal looks hesitant, but Bischoff assures him that, with judges and attorneys watching, he'll be fine if he gets in the ring. Next up are the TNA World Tag Team Champions, the Motor City Machine Guns. Everyone's getting entrance music and full entrances, by the way. Last up is TV Champion Douglas Williams. Bischoff thanks them for coming out here and tells that that they may have differences, but all of them earned those titles and he respects that. At Genesis, everyone is looking for nothing less than five star matches, and they want to make this one of the greatest PPVs ever because they all have what it takes to have great matches. In the interest of fairness, he's going to give them each the opportunity to sharpen their skills to ensure that they're at the top of their game come Genesis, so he's going to make some matches for them. Jay Lethal will take on Abyss, and he'll get to the Guns in a minute, but Williams is going to face Rob Terry. He gets back to the Guns, and they're going to face AJ Styles and Frankie Kazarian tonight. In the spirit of sportsmanship, he asks that everyone shake hands. The babyfaces seem to go for it and then Immortal beats them up 673-on-4 while Bischoff half-heartedly tells them that this is not what they had in mind and there will be fines. RVD's music hits and he runs out and almost singlehandedly clears the heels out of the ring. He gets a mic and tells Bischoff that he's just delaying the inevitable. He's ready to quit playing games once Bischoff is ready to put his champion in the ring with him, and then demands to know who his opponent will be at Genesis. Bischoff says he'll tell him when he's good and ready, but RVD says he's going to find out tonight even if he has to beat it out of Bischoff's manipulative ass. Bischoff threatens to send Abyss after him because he tore RVD apart once and he can do it again.
We go backstage to Brother Ray, who says he knows how bad Brother Devon wants to get his hands on him. Devon has been his lackey for 15 years, and he challenges Devon to meet him outside and settle it if he's man enough, bro.
We go to a video package detailing the history of the Double J MMA Challenge leading into Red bringing his "brother" to Impact last week to challenge Jarrett. Speaking of which...
Double J MMA Challenge
Jarrett says that after last week, he's had to make some changes to the Double J MMA Challenge because of the TNA legal department. If someone's going to take the challenge, they have to be his height or shorter because he doesn't want anyone to get seriously hurt. Also, the challenge is now just an exhibition, so no more real competitions because he doesn't want anyone to get seriously hurt. He has a contract in his hand and all someone has to do is come out and sign it, and then asks if there are any takers. He sees the kid from the Twilight movies out in the audience and asks if he'd like to take the challenge. Jarrett goes out to the floor and has Jeremy Borash check to see if he's taller than him, and indeed he meets the height requirement. Jarrett says he heard that he's in the junior black belt hall of fame, but then asks his dad, who is sitting next to Twilight Boy, to stand up. He does and Jarrett sees that he's taller than him and says that Twilight Boy will be taller than Jarrett one day so he's disqualified. Instead Jarrett picks what looks like Grizzly Redwood with a ponytail out of the crowd to come down and accept the challenge. His name is Jonathan Cruz from San Juan, Puerto Rico and now residing in Kissimmee, Florida. Jarrett starts to say something and instead catches him unawares with a series of kneestrikes to the chest, and Mr Cruz goes down. Jarrett rams fists into the back of Jonathan's head and then hooks in the anklelock and Cruz hangs on way longer than a non-wrestler ought to and then finally taps.
Winner: Jeff Jarrett
Jarrett won't release the anklelock even though the bell keeps ringing and ringing. Suddenly, Kurt Angle comes out of the crowd and rushes the ring and Jarrett heads for the hills. Jarrett yells at him and says that he's got no business being here, but Angle says that they're around the same height and since it's an exhibition, nobody's going to get hurt, right? And all Angle has to do is sign the contract and it's official for Genesis. Jarrett tells him he said he'd never wrestle again and to stick to his word. Angle said that's fine and he'll never wrestle again...only this isn't a wrestling match, it's an exhibition, right? So Angle does indeed sign the contract and he'll see Jarrett at Genesis.
We look back at moments ago when Angle signed the contract for an exhibition match with Jarrett at Genesis, and then we head to the ring for our next match...
TNA World Tag Team Champions Motor City Machine Guns vs AJ Styles & Frankie Kazarian
They start fighting before the bell and the Guns toss Fortune to the floor and hit stereo dives to wipe Styles and Kazarian out. Shelley rams AJ into the ringpost and the apron and then tosses him back in the ring where the Guns hit a chain of double teams and Sabin gets a 1 on AJ. AJ goes to the eyes and hotshots Sabin off the top rope and goes after Shelley, and while the referee is distracted keeping Shelley out of the ring, Fortune hits a double team and AJ covers Sabin for 2. AJ charges Sabin and Sabin gets his boot up, Sabin tries to make the tag but AJ cuts him off and holds him in a side suplex for a slingshot legdrop by Kazarian. Kazarian sets Sabin in the corner and charges in with a splash and then goes for a second charge but runs into Sabin's boot and then Sabin lays him out with a charging clothesline. Sabin makes the hot tag and Shelley comes in and unloads on AJ, hitting an enziguiri and then slinging himself over the top rope onto Kazarian on the floor. AJ goes for the Chaos Theory on Shlley but Shelley blocks and goes for the Sliced Bread #2, AJ blocks that and goes for the moonsault/inverted DDT and Shelley blocks that and hits a brainbuster and goes for the cover but Kazarian saves. Kazarian charges Shelley and gets backdropped to the floor, and AJ grabs one of the title belts and swings at Shelley and Shelley ducks and Sabin slips right in with an enziguiri, setting Shelley up to hit Sliced Bread #2 and pin AJ.
Winners: Motor City Machine Guns
Eric Bischoff walks out from the entranceway to distract the Guns while Beer Money comes out of the crowd and attack the Guns from behind. Bischoff continues staring angrily down the ramp at AJ Styles, who again failed him by losing the fall in this match.
We go backstage to the Pope, who says that tonight he's going to call out whoever it is who's been following Pope around because after being falsely accused last week, he's going to demand an apology from whoever it may be.
It's over to Bischoff's office with Flair and AJ Styles, and Bischoff says he's really tried to be patient with AJ, but with 72 hours until the PPV and AJ's job being so simple because all he had to do was soften up the Guns, and- AJ cuts him off and says they're the champions and it's not that simple. Flair plays peacemaker and says that all Bischoff wants is for AJ to is be his best, and AJ says that Bischoff wants him to go out there and win every match, and then asks Flair if he, the greatest wrestler who ever lived, won every match, to which Flair says no, but- Bischoff cuts Flair off now, and he says it's not about Flair, it's about AJ and what he needs to get done and he has three days to get the job done, or else. AJ asks or else what, and Bischoff says he doesn't want to find out. Flair motions to AJ to let it go as AJ storms out of the office.
We go back to the ring where Pope says that someone has been following him around with a video camera while he's been tending to his business on his own time, and he doesn't know what this person has been doing, but Pope's Congregation stands strong behind him and trusts him with their lives and hard earned money because they respect their Pope. Pope says that whoever it is that's been videotaping Pope, he demands they come out and face Pope face to face. Samoa Joe's music hits, and he comes out to the ring as Pope stands there with his jaw on the floor. Joe says that too many people come out here and lie and pretend to be something they're not, and Pope tells the people that he's a street saint, but from what Joe's seen, he's a scumbag because he tells people that he's out there helping the people when he's not wrestling, but we saw him in a strip club in the nipple booth, and then he asks the boys backstage for money for the needy, but he checked all the local charities and none of them got their money, so he wonders what kinds of goods Pope was really buying. And finally, he goes to the local shelter and gets puppies for the children, but none of the orphanages have puppies and Pope's has 37 noise complaints at his house. so Joe wants to know, is Pope relaly a street saint or a scumbag? Crowd chants scumbag at Pope, but Pope asks Joe how dare he come out here and pass judgment on him, because he's been judged all his life and he doesn't need some Samoan coming out here to judge him. He went to the strip clubs to tell the girls that they don't need to be up there to make a buck and get themselves through college, and when he went to the orphanage they had a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and he needed to give them hope, and he rescued those dogs because they're great company and he wanted to save them from the killers at the kennel. Pope's not new to this game, but Pope wants Joe to know that next time he comes out and makes accusations about Pope, he'd better check himself before he wrecks himself because the next time he does, they're going to have a problem. Pope has spoken, and he drops the mic and leaves the ring. Really intense segment, and it's interesting the way they brought Joe back and had him cast doubt on the Pope's character.
Mickie James and Velvet Sky are backstage, and they're...WALKING!
We go backstage to Brother Devon who says that if Bubba challenged him to a fight in the parking lot, that's fine because he got suckered in by Bubba's retirement angle and then Bubba turned on him. Now excuse him, because he's got some ass kicking to do.
Time for Knockouts action...
TNA Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne & Sarita vs Mickie James & Velvet Sky
Velvet shoves Sarita down and hits a diving dropkick to the face and then goes to whip Sarita into the ropes but Sarita reverses and Velvet hits a flying headscissors into a schoolgirl rollup for 2. Velvet with a clothesline and starts ramming Sarita's head into the mat over and over. Madison grabs Velvet's hair from the outside and snaps her down on the top rope and Sarita covers for 2. Mickie goes around the ring and tries to get at Madison, but referee JoJo Jackson sends her back to her own corner as Madison and Sarita work Velvet over in the corner. Madison chokes Velvet with her boot and then distracts the referee as Sarita chokes Velvet behind his back. Madison covers and only gets 2, so Sarita tags in and starts slapping Velvet around and then goes and tags right back out to Madison, who comes in and does that move where she scissors Velvet's head and humps her head into the mat. Madison spits at Mickie to draw her into the ring and then tags in Sarita, but Velvet gets a DDT out of nowhere and goes for the cover and Madison breaks it up, so Mickie comes in with a Thesz Press and damn near leaps over Madison's head, but barely catches her and then gets a neckbreaker. JoJo puts Mickie out of the ring as Tara hits Velvet with her elbow brace from the outside (visibly mouthing the F word after doing so) and Sarita covers Velvet and gets the win.
Winners: Madison Rayne & Sarita
We go to Eric Bischoff's office as Rob Van Dam is complaining to Bischoff that Jeff Hardy is walking around with HIS title, and tells him to sign the match for Genesis. Bischoff tells RVD to forget about the title for now because his moment is tonight and he needs to focus on that. This is news to RVD, who wants to know who he's wrestling tonight, and Bischoff says he's still figuring that out. RVD says he's managed to avoid mindgames for his entire career, but now he's got to deal with Bischoff. He's going to kick this guy's ass, then kick Jeff Hardy's ass, and then Bischoff will see what happens next.
Back to the ring...
TV Champion Douglas Williams vs Rob Terry
Terry tries to tie up with Williams, but Williams ducks under him a couple of times to frustrate Terry, then unloads with headbutts to the chest and European uppercuts, but came off the ropes and Terry ran him over with a shoulderblock that sent him tumbling to the outside. Suddenly, AJ Styles comes out of nowhere and attacks Williams from behind and viciously beats him down.
Winner: Douglas Williams by DQ
AJ tosses Williams into the ring and he and Terry beat him down and then Terry holds Doug's arm down while AJ comes off the second rope and stomps on his hand, trying to injure it ahead of Genesis.
Brother Ray is backstage, and he's...WALKING! And he's got security with him as he prepares for his street fight with Brother Ray.
Matt Morgan is backstage and says he's never won a World Title, but for three seconds, all he's got to do is hold the champion's shoulders down for three seconds, and his friends who have done it said it's the greatest feeling in the world. He's not just a pro wrestler, he's a keynote speaker for DARE, adults with ADD, and does it to give back, and when he's the champion, he's not going to change a thing. We then go to Jeff Hardy, who says that Ken Anderson is an asshole and Morgan is the Greenprint (ooooh!) and he doesn't think they have what it takes to beat him and he's just going to stick to his guns. Anderson says it's a given that Immoral (not Immortal, Immoral) is going to get involved. It's been time for a change in direction for a long time, and he's sick and tired of seeing those guys and he's going to do something about it, and it might not be anytime soon, but he promises that he's going to take care of it. Morgan says a rematch with Hardy would mean a new World Champion and that would mean everything to him because he beat Jeff fair and square twice, and he knows Hardy fears him, but the thing he's learned is that Jeff will hit the Twist Of Hate anywhere at anytime, so he needs to look out for that because Jeff's at a totally different level and Morgan needs to expect the unexpected. Hogan and Bischoff may be the puppeteers, but Jeff's doing stuff on his own here. Jeff lulls people into a false sense of confidence and will take a beating for ten minutes if he needs to just to set someone up for that Twist Of Hate out of nowhere. Anderson says he doesn't know if he's be a good champ and doesn't care because he just wants to be A champ. He didn't come here to make friends of be the face of the company, he did it to make money, win championships, and travel the world, and every so often you meet someone you become great friends with, but that doesn't always have a fairytale ending.
We go out to the parking lot where Brother Ray is going face to face with Brother Ray...or he would be if it weren't for the ten or so security guys standing between them and holding Devon back as Bubba eggs him on. Bubba calls Devon his lackey and his bitch and tells him to go home. Devon calls him a coward and starts to walk away, and Bubba says that his problem is that he used to be tough but now he's a coward and a (bleep). Not sure what he said but it was enough to make Devon come at him again. Security holds him back, so Bubba gets a cheap kick and Devon goes down like a ton of bricks. Bubba tells him that he could kick him in the back of the head right now, but will settle for just warning Devon not to show up to Genesis and to just go home to his wife and five kids.
Back to Bischoff's office, as Jeff Jarrett is telling him that he's got a game plan for Genesis and he's going to go train. Bischoff says before he goes, he has a problem Jarrett can solve: he needs to get rid of RVD. Jarrett says that after this Sunday, he'll take care of him, but Bischoff says he needs him to do it tonight. Jarrett says he's happy to do double duty, but Angle is out there somewhere. Bischoff says Angle got his exhibition match and he should be happy, so just go out there and take care of RVD.
Back to the ring...
X-Division champion Jay Lethal vs Abyss
Lethal ducks behind Abyss and gets a waistlock, but Abyss just shrugs him off and stares him down. Lethal tries a single leg, but Abyss just picks him up and tosses him across the ring. Lethal circles Abyss and gets another waistlock, and Abyss spins around to nail him and Lethal just punches him in the face, then ducks another shot and hits a chop. Abyss grabs him by teh head and shoves him into the corner, but Lethal dodges out of the way and goes for a springboard crossbody and Abyss catches him. Lethal slips out of Abyss' grip and kicks the leg, hits a leaping enziguiri, and starts firing away with punches and hits the handspring elbow to stagger Abyss, then a missile dropkick finally sends him down and Lethal covers for 2. Lethal goes tothe top rope but Abyss catches him and slams him completely across the ring. Abyss waits for Lethal to get up and tries a charge in the corner, Lethal ducks under and comes off the ropes and Abyss catches him with a big Black Hole Slam. Abyss hesitates before covering and pulls Lethal up at 2, then puts him in the corner and just beats him down with right after right and then chokes him out with his boot. JoJo counts Abyss and reaches 5 and disqualifies Abyss.
Winner: Jay Lethal by DQ
JoJo tries to get Abyss off of Lethal and Abyss shoves him out of the way. Frankie Kazarian slowly walks down to the ring with a big smile of his face, he's got a mic and tells Abyss to stop for the love of God because he's hurting Lethal. He tells Abyss to leave some for him, since he can't beat Lethal at Genesis if he doesn't have a pulse. This was designed to be a highly competitive warmup match and that's what they delivered. Kazarian asks Lethal to please stand up, and of course Lethal is still out cold on the mat. Abyss hauls Lethal's limp form to his feet, and Kazarian says it'll be a pleasure getting in the ring with him at Genesis and he would like to shake his hand. Abyss grabs Lethal's arm and places his hand in Kazarian's, they shake and Abyss drops Lethal as they walk away.
Up next, a sitdown interview with Ken Anderson and Matt Morgan!
Mike Tenay and Taz send us to a video package running down the card for Genesis this weekend, and then we go to a sitdown interview earlier today with Mike Tenay talking to Matt Morgan and Ken Anderson. Tenay talks about how Morgan threw away a lifetime opportunity with Fortune for him, and Anderson says he thanked him andwonders how much longer he's going to have to hear about it. Tenay says that if Anderson doesn't compete in the match this weekend, he's out of the title picture entirely, and Morgan says that Bischoff's enjoying playing games, but Anderson's got a family to feed and he understands why Anderson's doing what he's doing. Tenay starts to ask Anderson about his family, but Anderson says that he's not going to talk about his family, and if he were in Morgan's shoes he'd mind his own business. Anderson says he took two months off and if the doctor has cleared him, he's ready to get back in the ring. Morgan says we haven't seen any doctor's clearance and asks who has seen it. Tenay says he's interviewed every big name in the business, but Anderson is the one guy he can't get a read on, and asks if he's working everyone. Anderson says maybe, but they'll never know until he steps in the ring at Genesis because he IS going to get in the ring at Genesis and assholes always finish first. Morgan says if Anderson goes through with this, the gloves are off because Morgan has no choice, and Anderson can look forward to two things this weekend: Red Cross Hospital, Carbon Footprint, and graveyard. That was actually three things, but we'll let it go.
Rob Van Dam is backstage, and he's...WALKING! And Jeff Jarrett's backstage, and he's...WALKING TOO!!
It's main event time!
No DQ Match: Jeff Jarrett vs Rob Van Dam
Mike Tenay points out that this is the first ever Jarrett-Van Dam match, and also that it's no DQ. I guess I missed the no DQ part earlier, but I'll just go with the flow. Jarrett circles Van Dam...and circles him...and circles him...and then stops and backs into a corner. He must have been training by watching Larry Zbyszko tapes. He circles some more and then tries to kick Van Dam's leg and RVD catches the foot and hits the stepover spinkick. Jarrett backs off to the ropes and then circles some more before going to the eyes. Jarrett tries a kick but RVD blocks and hits a spinkick then unloads on Jarrett in the corner and hits the springboard jumpkick and goes for Rolling Thunder, but Jarrett rolls out of the ring and jogs around ringside. Then jogs some more. I swear I was only kidding about the Zbyszko matches, but it might actually be true. Muffin grabs RVD's ankle from ringside and allows Jarrett an opening to come into the ring and nail RVD from behind. RVD fires back and whips Jarrett to the ropes, but Jarrett reverses and catches a sleeper. RVD starts to fade out and the ref checks the arms, but the arm doesn't drop and RVD gets back to his feet. He fights his way out of the hold and then fires repeated punches, a pair of clotheslines, and a superkick. One of the Team Jarrett guys tries to run in and RVD tosses him, then goes and grabs a chair from ringside. The rest of Team Jarrett runs in and RVD lays them out, but Gunner and Muffin run in and beat RVD down, then hold him so Jarrett can take some free shots. RVD goes down, but pops back to his feet and lays out all three guys. Jeff Hardy runs in and nails RVD and gives him the Twist Of Hate. Jarrett covers RVD and gets the win.
Winner: Jeff Jarrett
Jarrett and Hardy continue to beat RVD down after the match until Matt Morgan runs out to make the save. He takes out both Jarreyy and Hardy and hits the inverted chokeslam on Jarrett into the corner. Hardy gets RVD's chair and goes to swing it at Morgan, but Anderson runs in and grabs the chair away and goes to swing it at Hardy, but Hardy ducks and Anderson nails Morgan instead. Jarrett and Hardy run, and Anderson just coldly looks down at Morgan before dropping the chair and walking off. Did he mean to hit Morgan or didn't he? Find out this weekend at Genesis!
Tiffany Responds to Being Pulled from Match Posted by Steve Carrier on 01/04/2011 at 11:09 PM
Taryn "Tiffany" Terrell posted the following on her Twitter account, discussing her side of the story on the California booking that she was pulled from.
"I was taken off a show without my knowledge. I was very much looking forward to this match and am saddened that they were in talks with my team and decided against working with me. Nothing I was asking was out of the ordinary, and it is standard in every entertainment contract. In fact, I was taking far less than my booking fee to have the amazing opportunity to face Alissa Flash. I apologize to my fans as I did not see this coming. No one communicated that they didn't want to review the contract and I was unaware they were pulling me. And I hope to see you guys, my wonderful fans, soon. I do thank Diva-Dirt, ChickFight, and Pro Wrestling Revolution for considering me and hope to have the opportunity to work with you all at some point. I do have a few appearances coming up which will be posted online soon! Love you all! "
Tiffany Pulled from First Indy Match Posted by Steve Carrier on 01/04/2011 at 08:27 PM
- Former WWE Diva Taryn "Tiffany" Terrell has been pulled from the February 5th Pro Wrestling Revolution show in San Francisco, where she was set to face former TNA Knockout Alissa Flash. Here's part of the statement from the promotion:
"We were very excited to be working with Taryn in her first independent match, however after confirming and promoting her for the show, Ms Terrell made requests that should have been brought up prior to the booking being accepted & promotion of the match taking place. While these requests were simply not feasible for the independent wrestling scene, we’d like to stress that ChickFight and Pro Wrestling Revolution did attempt to cater to Ms Terrell’s requests, despite already having an agreement with her. We’re saddened that things didn’t work out to either sides’ satisfaction."
Bischoff on Immortal Storyline, Sting/WWE HOF Posted by Steve Carrier on 01/06/2011 at 12:34 PM
- TNA's Eric Bischoff was the featured guest on this week's live edition (01/03/11) of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem.
Eric Bischoff Discusses The Build-Up To Matt Morgan & Mr. Anderson's #1 Contender's Match At Genesis, If There Is Concern In TNA About The Current World Title Picture With Jeff Hardy's Legal Situation, Why He Is Not Satisfied With The Immortal Storyline To This Point Thus Far/How Hulk Hogan's Return From His Back Surgery Could Possibly Change That, Sting's & Kurt Angle's TNA Futures In 2011, Whether Or Not It's Difficult For TNA To Run On The Same Network As The UFC, The Chances Of Seeing Him On TNA House Shows Stateside & Internationally This Year, What He Misses The Most About WCW, & If The Wrestling Pay-Per-View Industry As We Know It Needs To Change.
You can listen to an MP3 of the interview at by clicking here (MP3).
Here are some highlights from the interview, transcribed by Patterson from New Jersey:
His most realistic goal that he would like to achieve personally with TNA in the new year:
"On a personal level, I would love to be part of TNA's strategic growth. I think that's one of the biggest challenges right now that TNA has. I would love to see more programming out of TNA across different channels, as well as potentially on Spike TV. Different types of programming. I think all of those things, just like we're seeing in WWE (the fact they're bringing back Tough Enough), that is an perfect example, I think, of what TNA needs to do to grow their brand. You can't keep preaching to the same choir over and over and over again and expect to grow the congregation, so to speak."
His thoughts about the main event #1 Contender's Match at Genesis Pay-Per-View between "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan and Mr. Anderson & TNA giving a "strong build" through the past several weeks on iMPACT & ReAction to their main event this Sunday night:
"I think we had a great build to the # 1 contenders match in the three-way at Bound for Glory. In this particular case, I think we have a good slow & strong build. I think what makes the story resonate with people probably is there's enough reality in the story that it's plausible, and it's believable. The more reality in a story, the more I think I people gravitates towards it."
Why he is not satisfied with the Immortal storyline to this point thus far, the impact that Hulk Hogan's back injury had in the changing of TNA's initial plans for it, & why he is excited to see where things go in the very near future on TNA programming (with a "much more effervescent Hulk Hogan"):
"No I'm not. Clearly there was a pretty big setback with Hulk Hogan, which forced us to kind of shift on the fly, in terms of that storyline. At this point, the story is not where we wanted it to, be but as frustrated or disappointed I may be about that, it's part of life. But I'm equally as excited about where it's going to go in the very near future. I talk to Hulk almost every other day, if not every day, and he's getting better. I think the prognosis for him & his ability to become active and a part of the story in a much better way: You're going to see a much more effervescent Hulk Hogan than we've probably seen in a couple years, and I think the story's going to evolve very nicely."
Whether Sting will be returning to TNA in 2011 or if we will see him sign with the WWE, especially with the speculation of a WCW-themed Hall of Fame class as part of WrestleMania XXVII weekend in Atlanta:
"If I had to guess, and if he is going to sign another agreement, which I'm not sure he is going to do at this stage of his career, my bet would be that he is going to sign with TNA. I'm not sure what Sting's motivations are at this point. I know physically he's told me on more than one occasion that it's getting harder & harder to deliver the type of performances that he wants to deliver in the ring for his fans. That's got to be a big part of his consideration. I think realistically, if he would go to the WWE, there would be some additional pressure, much more than in TNA, to perform in the ring, and that would be a hard thing for him to do at this point in his career."
- For the year of 2010, WWE's Monday Night RAW averaged a 3.28 cable rating. This is down 8% from 2009's average rating of 3.57. In comparison, 2008 had an average rating of 3.27, 2007 had an average rating of 3.61 and in 2006, RAW had an average rating of 3.9.
Dolph Ziggler won the WWE Pro Over-the-Top-Rope Challenge (PHOTOS | WATCH) Byron Saxton def. Jacob Novak (PHOTOS | WATCH) NXT Rookie Challenge: Conor O’Brian won the Battle of the Mic (four immunity points) (PHOTOS | WATCH) Brodus Clay def. Johnny Curtis (PHOTOS | WATCH) Jacob Novak is eliminated from WWE NXT (PHOTOS | WATCH)
NXT Rookie Records
Brodus Clay: Challenge points: 0, Win/loss record: 2-1 Byron Saxton: Challenge points: 1, Win/loss record: 3-1 Conor O’Brian: Challenge points: 4, Win/loss record: 2-0 Derrick Bateman: Challenge points: 3, Win/loss record: 0-3 Jacob Novak (at the time of his elimination): Challenge points: 1, Win/loss record: 1-2 Johnny Curtis: Challenge points: 5, Win/loss record: 1-3 WWE Universe visit NXT.WWE.COM to watch WWE NXT highlights and the complete episode each Wednesday. The complete episode is also available Wednesdays on YouTube.com/wwe and Hulu.com! Pay-Per-View Schedules
- As noted before, TNA officials are considering moving the iMPACT tapings outside of Orlando, Florida and the iMPACT Zone. Two top names who are against the idea of leaving Orlando for tapings are Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan.
Hogan and Bischoff’s argument is that taping outside of Orlando will be too risky because of the financial troubles they are already having. No word yet if Hogan and Bischoff will influence the decision but they are being very vocal about it.
WWE Champion The Miz def. John Morrison Divas Champion Natalya, Eve & Brie Bella def. Melina, Maryse & Alicia Fox The Usos def. WWE Tag Team Champions Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov in a Non-Title Match Alberto Del Rio def. R-Truth Randy Orton def. Wade Barrett and King Sheamus in a No. 1 Contender's Triple Threat Steel Cage Match
PHOENIX – New Year’s Eve has historically proven a time to forgive others and resolve to better one's self. Apparently, some Superstars on the Raw roster didn’t get the memo.
Randy Orton def. Wade Barrett and King Sheamus in a No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Steel Cage Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Wade Barrett lie on the canvas as still as a guard at Buckingham Palace. Just moments earlier, the incapacitated Englishman appeared well on his way to victory over King Sheamus and Randy Orton in a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Title.
As he prepared to climb over the steel structure, however, his Nexus nemesis CM Punk offered to assist him. As Barrett took his hand, the Straight Edge Superstar ripped the Nexus armband from the Englishman and booted him down to the canvas. There, The Celtic Warrior greeted him with a Brogue Kick. Orton then leveled Sheamus with an RKO and slithered past his opponents and through the cage door to victory. As a result, Barrett will be forever banished from The Nexus while The Viper will face WWE Champion The Miz in a title match at Royal Rumble in four weeks.
Alberto Del Rio def. R-Truth (WATCH | PHOTOS) Money talks. In fact, judging by the affluent Alberto Del Rio, it won’t shut up. The SmackDown Superstar paid a visit to Raw to scout talent and sell the notion that he will emerge victorious at the Royal Rumble in four weeks. R-Truth, however, wasn’t buying.
Truth confronted Del Rio and challenged him to a match, which the Raw GM mandated. In the end, the well-heeled Del Rio prospered once again, prevailing over the streetwise Superstar.
Wade Barrett confronted CM Punk (WATCH | PHOTOS) Call it a case of too many chiefs, not enough idiots. Last week, CM Punk appeared to take the reins of the “new” Nexus. This week, though, The Second City Savior ran up against the group’s founder, Wade Barrett, who took issue with the power grab. The two even bickered over who could rightly claim credit for John Cena’s recent injury, which kept WWE’s 2010 Superstar of the Year out of action (he may return next week).
Before tensions could escalate, Raw’s anonymous General Manager announced that a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match would take place later in the evening in order to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Title. Upon hearing the news, Punk and Barrett agreed to a deal. Punk offered the Englishman his opportunity to compete in the match against King Sheamus and Randy Orton. Were Barrett to win, he would remain leader of The Nexus. However, were he to lose, he would be banished from the group forever.
The Usos def. WWE Tag Team Champions Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov’s plan for world domination will just have to wait. The WWE Tag Team Champions faced off against Jimmy & Jey Uso and dropped the bout to the twin sons of Rikishi. As their former associate, Tamina, cheered on her beau Santino, The Usos took control for the victory and fired a warning shot across the bow of the international men of misery.
After the bout, though, Vlad, Santino and Tamina returned fire, pushing their opponents out of the ring and attacking with a double Cobra.
Divas Champion Natalya, Eve & Brie Bella def. Melina, Maryse & Alicia Fox (WATCH | PHOTOS) After exchanging painful slaps over the past two weeks, Divas Champion Natalya and Melina appeared eager to settle things in the ring. Nattie teamed with Eve & Brie against Melina, Maryse & Alicia Fox.
During the bout, Brie’s sister Nikki emerged from under the ring and the two pulled off their increasingly infamous Twin Magic for the win – or so they thought. Instead of victory, though, the match was allowed to continue in light of the hijinx. No matter. Natalya's team shifted into a higher gear as Eve managed to pin Melina’s shoulders to the canvas for the win. Slap’s all she wrote.
WWE Champion The Miz def. John Morrison (WATCH | PHOTOS) There is no worse enemy than a former friend. After all, who knows your weaknesses quite as well? John Morrison discovered that truth when he competed in a Falls Count Anywhere title match against his ex-tag team partner and current WWE Champion The Miz. The Shaman of Sexy simply could not overcome the relentless attack of The Awesome One in a memorable contest, the first of 2011.
Miz sycophant Michael Cole was joined by Josh Mathews at the announce table due to the absence of Jerry “The King” Lawler, who was still recuperating from an attack he suffered at the hands of Miz last week. As Cole and Mathews called the action, the former co-hosts of “The Dirt Sheet” battled in and around the ring until, finally, the WWE Champion managed to pin his opponent to retain the title.
Randy Orton beat 'King' Sheamus and Wade Barrett in a Steel Cage Match on RAW this week to become the No. 1 Contender to the WWE Championship. He will face The Miz at the Royal Rumble on January 30. Due to Barrett's loss in the match, he has been banished from The Nexus. Earlier in the evening, CM Punk offered the Englishman his opportunity to compete in the Steel Cage Match. Were Barrett to win, he would remain leader of The Nexus. However, were he to lose, he would be banished from the group forever.
TNA WRESTLING VS. NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING TO HIGHLIGHT NEW JAPAN'S ANNUAL "WRESTLEKINDGOM" EVENT AT THE TOKYO DOME ON JANUARY 4
On January 4, New Japan Pro Wrestling will present the annual "Wrestle Kingdom" event, their biggest show of the year held at the world famous Tokyo Dome. Exclusive footage fo the TNA Superstars arriving in Japan is below.
TNA Wrestling and New Japan are happy to announce that superstars from both organizations will once again face off in battle at the event. The TNA vs. New Japan international bouts have been a part of Wrestle Kingdom since 2008.
This year for the first time ever at Wrestle Kingdom, the TNA World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line as Jeff Hardy will defend the title! The bouts featuring Hardy as well as Rob Van Dam and Beer Money are listed below! Beer Money also has a chance to become IWGP Tag Team Champions!
WWE Returns of Christian and The Great Khali Posted by Steve Carrier on 01/03/2011 at 05:43 PM
- SmackDown Superstar Christian may be returning to the ring next month. Either way, he should be back in the ring before WrestleMania 27. He has been out of action with a torn pec and was last seen on the Slammy's RAW with Edge.
- The Great Khali is expected to return to action in time for the Royal Rumble later this month. Khali has reached the finals on India's Big Boss reality TV show. The finale airs on Saturday, January 8th.
Melina & Morrison Update - Melina noted on Twitter today that she is still with John Morrison and they have not broken up. She wrote: "Peeps, I'm still in Vegas. Jomo & I R 2together, doing great! Hackers suck BizzALLS!"
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