•Rey Mysterio def. Cody Rhodes •Jack Swagger def. Trent Barreta •Big Show & Kane def. WWE Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel (WWE Tag Title Match) •Drew McIntyre def. Chris Masters •Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett def. Kofi Kingston (Intercontinental Championship Match)
SmackDown results: Right place, rung time By: Michael Burdick April 22, 2011 Tags: SmackDown: April 22, 2011, Edge, Christian LONDON – Just nine days before Christian's epic Ladder Match with Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules, Captain Charisma and Edge crashed the aristocratic Superstar's mock Retirement Party for The Rated-R Superstar. Meanwhile, Big Show & Kane captured the WWE Tag Team Championships with an earth-shattering victory over The Corre.
Alberto Del Rio threw a Retirement Party for Edge (WATCH PART 1 | PART 2 | PHOTOS) One week after Edge's forced retirement from WWE, Alberto Del Rio ridiculed the 11-time World Champion with a mock Retirement Party. His "presents" included a grandfather clock for Edge to watch his life tick away, adult diapers, a "heavier" version of former WWE Diva Lita for companionship, a walker and even a mobility scooter, complete with handicap parking pass.
Moments later, The Ultimate Opportunist himself surprised both Del Rio and the WWE Universe, emerging to humorously address the "party poopers." When Brodus Clay stomped up the ramp to take him out, Christian emerged from under the ring, striking his aristocratic adversary's protégé with a ladder. After slamming Del Rio into the barricade, Captain Charisma climbed the rungs of destiny in the center of the ring, grabbing the vacant World Heavyweight Championship suspended high above the London masses. Will the same thing happen when Christian faces his elitist foe at Extreme Rules in nine days? (Preview)
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett def. Kofi Kingston in an Intercontinental Championship Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) When Ezekiel Jackson leveled Wade Barrett – presumable trying to attack his fellow Corre member's challenger Kofi Kingston – the English Superstar told him to leave ringside. Then, in the heat of battle, Barrett blasted his high-octane opponent with a brutal kick. When Kofi tried to counter the champion's follow-up assault, Barrett used his presence of mind – and the nearby ring ropes – to trap Kingston, grabbing the three-count to successfully defend his Intercontinental Title.
Drew McIntyre def. Chris Masters (WATCH | PHOTOS) After preventing Chris Masters from cinching in the Master Lock – by kicking off the ropes and sending his chiseled opponent crashing backward to the canvas – Drew McIntyre executed the Future Shock DDT for the impressive win.
Big Show & Kane def. WWE Tag Team Champions Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship (WATCH | PHOTOS) Big Show & Kane grabbed championship glory together for the second time in their illustrious careers, triumphing over Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel to capture the WWE Tag Team Championships. After The Big Red Monster and The World's Largest Athlete punished the title holders, Big Show hurled Gabriel out of the ring and onto Ezekiel Jackson. The giant then turned his attention back to "The One Man Rock Band," chokeslamming him to the canvas for the victory. Jack Swagger def. Trent Barreta (WATCH | PHOTOS) After a smug "Sir" Michael Cole reminisced about his knighting ceremony four days before on Monday Night Raw – where he made WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross kiss his feet – his Extreme Rules tag team partner Jack Swagger emerged. The All-American American dominated Trent Barreta, finishing him off with his dreaded ankle lock.
Michelle McCool and Layla attended another couples therapy session The dysfunctional turmoil between Team LayCool personified itself during the second week of their couples therapy. Click here to watch.
Rey Mysterio def. Cody Rhodes (WATCH | PHOTOS) Prior to an extremely personal WrestleMania rematch with Rey Mysterio, a very biter Cody Rhodes handed out paper bag masks to the London members of the WWE Universe, urging them to hide all their lying eyes and their ugliness. (WATCH)
Although The Ultimate Underdog used his incredible athleticism to pick up the quick pin on the self-conscious Superstar, Rhodes unleashed a vicious attack on The Master of the 619 after the bell, initiating a brutal battle between them that spread all through the United Kingdom crowd. The carnage ended when the second-generation Superstar hit Mysterio with a devastating Cross Rhodes onto the hard ringside floor.
It was later announced that the explosive rivalry between Mysterio and Rhodes will be settled in a Falls Count Anywhere Match at Extreme Rules. (Preview)
- As noted before, Abyss underwent dental surgery on Thursday night after injuries he suffered in a match with Rob Van Dam at the iMPACT tapings. Word is that Abyss will not miss any ring time from the injuries. He had repair work done to his upper lip and had 4-5 damaged teeth pulled.
- Eric Bischoff wrote the following yesterday about Scott Hall: "Just read Kevin Nash's latest update on Scott Hall. I agree with Kevin 100% on the real issues at the core of Scott's problems. God bless Kevin as well as Scott's family and friends. I hope they find a way to reach Scott before its too late. Scott really is a good man underneath all the scar tissue and pain."
- Vickie Guerrero introduced the "new and improved" Dolph Ziggler on Monday's episode of Raw as he unveiled a freshly trimmed head of brown hair just before facing Evan Bourne.
The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion is not thrilled with his new 'do as he wrote the following on his personal Facebook account the morning after the show: "I feel like 'bender' from Futurama, when they chopped off his antenna...."
Kevin Nash Says Scott Hall Is In Very Bad Shape Posted by Dave Mitchell on 04/21/2011 at 09:47 AM
Kevin Nash has updated his blog on Tumblr.com with an update on the heath of his longtime friend, Scott Hall. We wish there was better news to report here .. According to Nash, Scott Hall is going through a very dark period, one of his worst ever. Nash explains that Scott's problems are a lot deeper than substance abuse and asks people to see Hall as a human being like all of us, with feelings and problems that might ultimately take him down for good.
Here's part of what Nash wrote:
"Over the last few weeks, since the horrifying New England appearance of Scott Hall, my Twitter page has blown up with plea’s to help Scott. First of all, nobody has to ASK me to help Scott Hall. I consider Scott like a brother. He’s much more than a friend. I have spent more time with Scott Hall in the last 18 years than I have with my wife in the 23 years we’ve been married. We have no secrets between each other. This is ‘real life’. Nobody knows what Scott has gone thru since early childhood to what he has gone thru up unto this point, except for me. I can tell you Scott Hall has neither a drug or alcohol addiction, Scott’s problem is he suffer’s from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Drugs and alcohol aren’t the problem, to Scott they are the solution. He is a fragile and broken human being, not a race horse that you take a whip to to perform. Scott Hall is in bad shape and each time I talk to him I feel it may be the last. It’s gotten to the point where I save his voice mails, much like I would’ve saved Andrew’s (Test), because I knew sometimes when I heard his message it could be the last. The media will want to blame wrestling when Scott passes. Scott was broken way before he broke into the ring for the first time."
Opening Segment A recap of Lockdown plays, highlighting all of the major matches and the return of A.J. Styles.
AJ’s music blares as he’s lowered from the ceiling into a steel cage with weapons inside. AJ tells the crowd that he’s back and Bully Ray was dead wrong about putting him out. AJ says Ray should have seen his face; he looked like he saw a ghost. He came to lockdown to peel Ray’s head like a onion. He was disappointed that Ray wasn’t wheeled out to a hospital and that he should have left Ray just like he left AJ. AJ notes that the cage is up and that has weapons, and that Ray should man up for once in his life and face AJ…like a man.
A loud AJ Chant leads to Bully Ray’s entrance music and entrance. Tenay notes that Ray is the reason for AJ’s spinal cord injury. Ray asked if AJ knew who he was talking to. It’s the man that put AJ in the hospital for a month, the one that power bombed AJ off the stage and through a table. AJ yells that he’s still here. Ray calls AJ a boy and nobody. Ray said he wasn’t going to be gentle and not be as easy as he was last time. Ray talks about after he takes AJ out; he’s going to take care of his wife and kids, which sets AJ off. Ray charges for the cage but backs up. He tells AJ that he has nothing left to prove to him. Ray told AJ to go to hell and he’ll take him out on his own time. But as Ray backed p the ramp, Daniels attacks Ray and throws him in the cage. Daniels locks it as AJ throws Ray into all the walls and gets a Pele kick. Grabbing a trash can, AJ cracks it over Bully Ray’s head. Gunner attacks Daniels but the fallen angel gets the better of the fist fight as the cameras go back to AJ and Ray in the ring. AJ gets Ray stomach first on a table as AJ climbs the cage all the way to the top. As AJ gets positioned on the top of the cage, Ray slides off the table and runs out the cage door as fast as he could. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Really glad we didn’t get the Immortal open, giving AJ the first promo is very smart after his return at Lockdown))
Tenay and Taz runs down note able events from Lockdown and states that Ric Flair got injured at Lockdown by the hands of Robert Roode as they are cut off by Immortals Music and out comes Magnus and Rob Terry.
Rob Terry and Murphy come out and Terry says that if AJ Styles wants to play games, Immortal can play games as well, and Beer Money may have won their match at Lockdown, but they want payback for what they did to Ric Flair and they challenge Beer Money for the TNA World Tag Team Title and they want to take the title off of them right now. Beer Money comes out and Roode says that if they want a match for the title in a cage right now, let’s ask the fans what they want. The crowd cheers, so Storm tells them he’s sorry about their damn luck.
TNA World Tag Team Title Match/Cage Match: Beer Money vs Rob Terry & Murphy
Immortal beat Roode down in the corner and then Terry hits a backbreaker for two, then Murphy comes in and they hit a double team for another two. Murphy connects with repeated forearms to the back of Storm, and then Terry tags in, rams Roode to the cage, and turns him inside out with a clothesline for a two count. Finally, Roode hits a clothesline and tags in Storm, who goes right after Rob Terry and hits a running clothesline in the corner and a Codebreaker on Murphy, followed by a DDT on Terry for only two. Roode gets a Spinebuster on Terry, Storm with a superkick to Murphy, and then Beer Money connects with a double vertical suplex on Murphy. They do the Beer…Money chant and hit the DWI on Terry for the win.
Winners by pinfall: Beer Money
Jeff and Karen Jarrett are on a carriage ride, and they’re really happy about how they won that match together. Tonight, Jeff’s going to officially coronate Karen the Queen of the Mountain, and they’re going to make Prince William and Katte Middleton’s wedding look like a cheap Las Vegas affair. ((Jarrett’s Jab – If they can outdo the crap on Raw with Cole that alone would be stellar))
Coming back from Commercial Break, Hulk Hogan comes out strumming on a lead pipe (really) to a chorus of boos from the Orlando crowd. Hogan tells us that the man who made professional wrestling is right in front of us, and he wants RVD to get out here, brother. Van Dam joins him and Hogan says everyone knows he’s a few fries short of a happy meal because he had the chance to join Immortal at Lockdown, and just like Ken Anderson, he’s going to pay for it, brother. RVD asks if he remembers before he was such a heel, everyone gave him mad love for being the guy who carried the ball, but now he changed because he cares about ratings and they just want him to get out of the business. Everything RVD does, he did for respect. Wrestlers today can’t make a living doing a legdrop and things have changed, but RVD sure as hell won’t. He throws his mic at Hogan and gives him a challenging stare, but Hogan asks if he’s ever set attendance records or slammed giants. He says RVD has always been a big fish in a small pond and his career has always been mediocre, and without Hogan’s help, all he’s ever going to be is a midcard player. ((Jarrett’s Jab – The longest running ECW TV Champ, the only to hold the WWE and ECW Championships at the same time, and most importantly a former TNA World Champion who never lost the belt is mediocre? Way to bury your belt AND the man you brought into the company…brother.))
Sting comes out, and asks if Hogan said RVD is a mediocre midcard wrestler. He says he heard that RVD is not a main eventer, but that’s got to be difficult for everyone in this building to digest because RVD’s challenging him for the title in the main event of Sacrifice. Hogan asks if Sting’s smoking the same stuff RVD is and says he wants some, but Sting says he came back because the Network put a clause in his contract that if he won the title, he could choose his opponents and he’s now choosing Rob Van Dam for Sacrifice. Hogan says the Network doesn’t have the guts to get in his face because he runs the show around here. Sting says the execs will be here and he’ll be able to say it to their face then, so Hogan says since Sting is here right now, he’ll say that this dream match at Sacrifice won’t happen because since the Network isn’t here tonight and he runs the show, Sting will be facing Matt Hardy, while RVD will take on Abyss. ((Jarrett’s Jab – From the wording, I assume it’s a World Title Match. I like that Hogan is getting the best of the network this week, shows that Immortal is still in control.))
We go backstage to Kurt Angle, who’s looking for Jeff and Karen. Some backstage fellow says he saw them in the parking lot in a horse drawn carriage, and Angle goes to find them.
Backstage, Tara and Madison Rayne are sniping at each other again, and Madison says Tara cost her the title at Lockdown and accuses her of being in cahoots with Mickie James. Madison says the only way she may be able to get back in her good graces is to win the Knockouts Tag Team Title tonight, and anything less will be unacceptable.
Kurt Angle finds Eric Young backstage feeding horses and Angle asks if he’s seen Jeff and Karen, but Eric talks about his buddies Mongo and Sid, the two best Horsemen of all time. Eric feeds the horses some beans, and Angle says if he keeps feeding them beans, they’re going to **** all over the place. Eric goes to get some buckets, and suddenly Angle has an idea.
Knockouts Tag Team Title: Sarita & Rosita vs Madison Rayne & Tara
We go to commercial, and when we come back we see Rosita hit a flying headscissors on Tara. Madison starts screaming at Tara, who tags her in forcefully and Madison falls victim to a back suplex from Sarita. Sarita with a series of kicks in the corner, but Madison hangs her up in the ropes and dumps her, then hits a running boot and shrieks at Sarita as well before getting in Rosita’s face. She then goes back over to Tara and screams at her some more, so Hernandez and Anarchia distract the ref while Rosita and Sarita hit a double clothesline on Madison and Sarita pins her.
Winners by pinfall: Sarita & Rosita
Madison is stunned that Tara let her lose like that, but Tara casually starts to walk off. Madison grabs her and starts yelling at her again, but Tara starts walking off on her again as Madison follows her, shrieking all the way. ((Jarrett’s Jab –It’s ironic, I used to not like these titles because there never defended, now I don’t like these titles because they are a joke.))
The Coronation Of Queen Of The Mountain, Karen Jarrett
Jeff says that Karen’s actions at Lockdown brought a tear to his eye, for a woman sacrificing herself for her prince was an act of true love. Tonight, he wants to share that true love with the whole world as he, the King of the Mountain, crowns his bride and princess, his entire universe, the Queen of the Mountain. Jeff would like everyone in the Impact Zone and at home to stand up, salute, and stand at attention as he announces, for the first time, the Queen of the Mountain…Karen…Jarrett. Jeff picks up the fancy crown he had sitting on a pedestal and places it on Karen’s head. Karen is super excited and starts waving at the fans until horse dung starts falling on her from above. She’s totally covered with it and says some naughty things that need to get bleeped out, and then Kurt Angle comes into the ring and stalks Jeff, who tries to back off but Angle grabs him and hits an Angle Slam into Queen Karen’s throne. He tells Karen that if she thinks she’s in a world of s*** right now, wait until he sees what he has planned for her next. He would never lay a hand on the mother of his children, but he knows someone who will. She’s all about pain and no pleasure, and she can’t wait to meet Karen. One last thing: Karen might want to get that s*** off her face before she leaves here tonight. ((Jarrett’s Jab – This was made apparent by the earlier promo with EY and Angle. Curious to who this mistress might be as well.))
Hogan is backstage with Abyss, and Hogan says that tonight, they’re going to finish this business. He walks about five feet to Ken Anderson and tells him he blew his chance to be in Immortal and wants to know who the power behind Immortal is. Anderson says he’s been getting screwed by the Network and Hogan for months now, and Hogan has to be ribbing him. Hogan says Anderson is the only person around here that he hates, and eight back surgeries ago; this would have ended right now. Anderson challenges him to fight now, but Hogan says he’ll do it on his time. Anderson says he’s bored with Hogan’s tired threats, so if Hogan will excuse him, he has to go be an asshole. Anderson walks off as Hogan walks back to Anderson all pissed off, and says now it’s time to take care of RVD. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Laughed at the ending, “excuse me, I have to go be an asshole.” Hogan’s statement had me thinking: in 2002, weren’t The Rock, Chris Jericho, Triple H, and Kurt Angle carrying Hogan in matches?))
Abyss vs Rob Van Dam
RVD goes right after Abyss, peppering him with punches and smashing up Abyss’ teeth with a springboard jump kick. RVD stops for a couple of seconds as he realizes Abyss is hurt, and hits Rolling Thunder for two. Hogan grabs RVD’s boot from the floor and Abyss boots him in the face, and then unloads on RVD with hard rights in the corner. Abyss with a big charge in the corner and, with blood running out of his mouth, locks RVD in a neck vice. RVD escapes and knocks Abyss on his ass with a kick to the head, then hits Rolling Thunder again and follows up with a top rope thrust kick. Hogan swings the pipe at RVD from the floor and RVD goes after him, but referee Jackson James leaves the ring and gets between then as Hogan tosses the pipe to Abyss behind Jackson’s back. RVD comes back in and picks Abyss up, but Abyss nails him in the gut with the pipe and hits the Black Hole Slam for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Abyss
Abyss is clearly in a lot of pain from that kick to the mouth at the beginning, but he picks RVD back up and starts beating him down again. Hogan goes to nail RVD with the pipe, but Crimson runs out and spears Abyss, and Abyss and Hogan bail out of the ring. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Got to give Abyss props for wrestling without front teeth. Hopefully he can get those put back in ASAP, I would imagine it would be easier to do when you first get them knocked out.))
Sting is backstage saying he’s first in line to say he’s fighting to get Jeff Hardy back into TNA, but Hogan is all flustered over the stuff with the Network, and he makes fun of Hogan for making him do what he does for a living: wrestling. He’s not afraid of Matt Hardy, because IT’S SHOWTIME!
Matt Hardy is backstage with Jeff’s crappy belt and he says that this belt meant the world to Jeff, but Sting ended all that for him, and tonight he will destroy Sting for everything he is. ((Jarrett’s Jab – Jeff Hardy, the Greatest of all time, really? That’s an insult to every wrestler who has laced up a pair of boots. You fire Jay Lethal, but keep Hardy on the payroll?))
Matt Morgan comes to the ring and says that at Lockdown, he finally put the exclamation point on the end of the Hernandez sentence, and with that behind him, it’s time to get back on track with his quest for the TNA World Title. Since everyone’s handing out title matches lately, he has some advice for the decision makers: Matt Morgan needs to be at the top of the list because the waiting game is over. He’s sick of waiting for his time to come, because his time is now, and if he doesn’t get it, he’s going to take it. Scott Steiner’s music hits and he comes out to the ring and says that whenever he wakes up, it’s in a good mood but it never fails and it pisses him off because Morgan claims to be the DNA of TNA, but if he had Morgan’s DNA and genetics, he’d shoot himself. No wait, he’d kill himself, then he’d hang himself because Morgan will never have arms as big as him and he’ll never be as ripped as Steiner, and the first thing that pissed Steiner off was that he came out here demanding a title shot. Steiner calls him a piece of s*** and says the line for World Title shots starts behind him because he’s been World Champion and he’s beaten guys bigger, badder, and stronger than him. He’s the genetic freak and Morgan is beneath him just like his girlfriend was last night. Morgan says Steiner’s got it wrong because he does respect him: Steiner was the pioneer All-American collegiate who went on to pro wrestling. He’s also the first guy to bring words like athlete, sports, and competition between those ropes. But he tells Steiner never to confuse Morgan’s respect as a sign of weakness because there isn’t a damn thing on his seven foot, 330 pound frame that’s weak. If Steiner and the fans want to see this, then Steiner can write the next chapter in his autobiography. Morgan extends his hand to Steiner, so Steiner takes it and kicks Morgan in the nuts, then hits his version of the Flatliner and locks Morgan in the Steiner Recliner while yelling at Morgan to tell him who the man is and who has the largest arms in the world.
Miss Tessmacher is backstage saying it’s been a while since she’s been around TNA, but the thing that hasn’t changed is her desire for the title. She’s been training this whole time, and she wants the bitches to know that Miss Tessmacher is back!
Sting is backstage, and he’s…WALKING!
Velvet Sky is backstage saying she’s not sure what to do because she’s been best friends with Angelina for so long and she knows Angelina’s not under her own control…but Angelina went too far by coming after her last week. Winter comes in and says Velvet can start by quitting the whining and complaining, and she doesn’t like that Velvet’s accusing her of stuff. Velvet tells Winter she knows that she’s drugged Angelina, and the only reason she hasn’t gone to the authorities is because she wants to enjoy taking care of Winter herself. Angelina comes from behind and nails Velvet, beats her down, and rams her into the wall. Winter says they’ll finish cleaning this mess up next week and tells Angelina to follow her.
It’s main event time! But wait…Bully Ray and other members of Immortal try to go after Sting on his way to the ring, and Fortune comes out and starts brawling with them as Sting casually steps around and goes after Matt Hardy. Suddenly, Gunner comes from behind Sting with a pipe, nails him in the knee, and rolls him into the ring to officially start the match.
TNA World Title Match: Sting vs Matt Hardy
Hardy wore Jeff Hardy’s TNA Title to the ring and Tenay said that this match was retribution for Jeff. Matt goes after Sting’s leg, but Sting kicked him off and unloaded with chops. Hardy ducks a wild swing and hits a neckbreaker followed by the legdrop for two. Matt goes for a moonsault but Sting moves out of the way and then hobbles over to Hardy and puts him in the Scorpion Deathlock, but his knee gives out and Hardy powers out of the hold and clips Sting’s knee again and covers for twp. Hardy gets a half crab on Sting in the middle of the ring, but Sting kicks his way out of the hold.
Sting is firing back on Hardy, but Hardy rams Sting into the corner and stretches the bad leg around the ropes, then kicks his leg out of his leg. Hardy with a seated crab, then turns around and decks Sting right in the face. Hardy sets up for the Twist of Hate, but Sting shoves him off. Hardy goes to the second rope, but Sting grabs the ankle and yanks Hardy off onto the mat, then starts running him over with clotheslines. Hardy dodges the Stinger Splash, but Sting elevates Hardy face first onto the top turnbuckle and hits the Scorpion Deathdrop for the win.
Winner by pinfall: Sting
Ken Anderson slides into the ring as Sting celebrates and hits the Mic Check, then pulls Hardy to his feet and gives him the Mic Check as well. He goes for his microphone and tells Sting that in case he didn’t know, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. He just hit the Mic Check on Sting and soon it’s going to be 1-2-3.
We are 48 hours removed from Nitro and the first Thunder of the millenium is on the air! David Flair and Crowbar just won the World Tag Team Title and then attacked the men who helped him.
Commissioner Terry Funk continues his cruisade against the nWo and in one of the champs last matches Funk battles Bret Hart in a Hardcore Match.
Also appearing are Cruiserweight Champion Madusa, Asya, The Revolution, Booker T, 3 Count, PG-13, Chavo Guerrero, Jr., The Wall, Jerry Flynn, US Champion Jeff Jarrett, Screamin Norman Smiley, The Mamalukes, Tony Marinara, Disco Inferno, Midnight, Stevie Ray, Diamond Dallas Page, Buff Bagwell, Bam Bam Bigelow, Konnan, Rey Mysterio, Kidman, Juventud Guerrera and others!
WWE Star Looking to Cross Over to MMA Posted by Steve Carrier on 04/20/2011 at 10:40 PM
Seldom seen WWE talent Harry Smith (a/k/a David Hart Smith) apparently has plans to cross over from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts. His mother, Diana Smith, wrote on Twitter that he plans on following his father and grandfather's trail as a shoot fighter.
"My son Harry Smith is quite the shoot fighter, does everyone know that?" she wrote. "He is following in his dad Davey's and Grandfather Stu's footsteps."
Diana also believes he is good enough to compete in a premiere mixed martial arts organization today.
"I actually think my son Harry Smith could compete in Pride, MMA/UFC now as a high level wrestler, he's honestly that good! Ask Josh Barnett."
Barnett, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, said last year in an interview that he has been training the WWE Superstar in catch wrestling. Smith can be seen sparring with Barnett in the DVD seminar W.A.R. Catch Wrestling: Lessons in Catch-As-Catch-Can with Billy Robinson.
CagesideSeats.com reported last month that Smith became an assistant coach in the Scientific Wrestling certification program under Catch-As-Catch-Can-Wrestling legend Billy Robinson. Smith earned the designation after logging over 100 hours of training with Robinson and receiving his approval to teach his concepts.
Robinson stated to Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer that if he personally trained Smith for 18 months, he could win the UFC Heavyweight Championship—he was that impressed by him in the time they sparred.
Smith, however, remains under contract to WWE, which prohibits him from joining a mixed martial arts organization. While no indication has been given that the third generation wrestler is leaving WWE, his future prospects with the entertainment empire appear grim as he finds himself in a bigger rut than his 2007-2008 stint on the main roster where he primarily competed on WWE Heat. Sans an appearance in the 22-Man Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXVII, Smith has not competed in over two months; his last match occurred on the February 17, 2011 episode of WWE Superstars. Even further, Smith has not competed in a match on Monday Night Raw in nearly six months. He last appeared on the program on December 6, 2010, which saw him lose to former tag team partner Tyson Kidd in a blow off match. He was then laid out by Kidd's short-lived bodyguard Jackson Andrews.
WWE Signs 20-Year-Old Diva Britani Knight Posted by Dave Mitchell on 04/20/2011 at 10:23 AM
Earlier this week, we reported that brother and sister Zak and Britani Knight were getting WWE tryouts prior to Tuesday’s SmackDown tapings from London. According to the Diva Dirt website, WWE has reportedly signed twenty-year old British women’s wrestler Britani Knight.
This was the second WWE tryout for Britani, who was first evaluated by WWE back in November of 2010.
Her brother Zak also had a tryout last year and yesterday with WWE, but no word yet if he was signed.
Knight, known as “The Norfolk Doll”, comes from a famous wrestling family in the UK known as “The Knight Dynasty.” She is the current Pro-Wrestling: EVE Champion and currently wrestles for SHIMMER.
- A doctor has diagnosed Jeff Jarrett with badly bruised ribs, not broken as originally stated by Kurt Angle on Twitter following their "Ultra Male Rules" Two Out Of Three Falls Steel Cage Match at TNA Lockdown.
Update on Jeff Hardy's criminal case Posted by Corbin Nordhoff on 04/20/2011 at 11:52 AM
According to ProWrestling.net, TNA star Jeff Hardy's criminal case once again received another continuance at today's hearing in Moore County in North Carolina. It's been reported that the defense attorney has been trying to contact the county's Sentencing Services Program, which could possibly lead to Hardy going to rehab rather than serving jail time.
Area newspaper The Pilot reports that the case has been continued until June 27th.
Photo: Bully Ray After Lockdown, AJ Styles Gets His Payback
Check out this photo of Bully Ray after Lockdown, thanks to AJ Styles getting his revenge. Styles returned at Lockdown to give Bully Ray payback for putting him out of action, and to quote AJ - "Sucks to be this guy and I'm just getting started."
Missed Lockdown? Catch the replay all month long on Pay-Per-View! Also, don't miss Thursday's all-new iMPACT on SpikeTV at 9/8c
-- On Monday's episode of RAW, Dolph Ziggler showed of a completely new look and a "new attitude." Ziggler's long blonde hair is gone and he now has very short brown hair. We did not see much of a new attitude from Ziggler, but it appears his character is in the midst of an overhaul.
Sean Waltman reprised his 1-2-3 Kid character over the weekend at the CHIKARA King of Trios tournament in Philadelphia, PA. Waltman used his old tights and shaved to create the complete look. You can check out a pic of Waltman as the 1-2-3 Kid below:
•John Morrison def. R-Truth •Dolph Ziggler def. Evan Bourne •John Cena & Sin Cara def. WWE Champion The Miz & Alex Riley •Eve def. Nikki Bella •U.S. Champion Sheamus def. Santino Marella •Randy Orton def. CM Punk
Raw results: Union jerk By: Greg Adkins April 18, 2011 Tags: Raw: April 18, 2011 LONDON - All of Britain is abuzz. No, not with news of the impending, historic royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Rather, England’s lads and lasses are chinwagging over the latest brilliant and barmey happenings on Raw less than two weeks before Extreme Rules.
Randy Orton def. CM Punk (WATCH | PHOTOS) Who knew The Viper could play possum so well? As tensions continue to mount between Randy Orton and CM Punk, the two met head on in the night’s explosive main event. Fierce competitors, The Viper and The Second City Savior traded blows as well as momentum throughout the bout. In the end, Orton turned the tables on his preachy opponent and capitalized for the win. Unfortunately for Orton, The New Nexus crashed the victory party.
Punk’s New Nexus disciples surrounded the ring and closed ranks around their prey. After pummeling Orton and leaving him seemingly unconscious on the canvas, The New Nexus cleared a path for Mason Ryan to deliver the final nail in the coffin. The Second City Savior waved him off, though, intent on punishing Orton himself. As he steamed toward the lifeless body, however, WWE’s Apex Predator snapped to life. He leveled Punk with a shocking RKO before slithering from the ring and leaving The New Nexus stunned and scrambling for answers.
U.S. Champion Sheamus def. Santino Marella (WATCH | PHOTOS) The last time Raw broadcast from London, Santino Marella had invited U.S. Champion Sheamus for tea and embarrassed The Celtic Warrior. This time, however, the Irishman was in no mood for a cup of Earl Grey. Instead, he forced the Italian to choke down a heaping helping of humility.
One week before the WWE Draft, Sheamus showed his dominance for all of England and the world to see by making quick work of the recently ascendant Santino.
Michael Cole got “knighted” (WATCH | PHOTOS) Sir Michael Cole? Sounds about as plausible as “Grammy-winner R-Truth,” right? Well, the cheese-eating announcer had his Extreme Rules tag team partner, Jack Swagger, join him as a woman, who looked vaguely like the Queen of England, entered the ring and allegedly knighted him.
Afterward, Cole and Swagger provoked their Extreme Rules opponents, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross. “Sir Cole” commanded The All-American American to attack, prompting him to toss Lawler over the announce table and forcing Good Ol’ J.R. to kiss Cole’s feet. Yes, his feet!
Eve def. Nikki Bella (WATCH | PHOTOS) After Twin Magic cost her the Divas Championship last week, Eve appeared eager to make one of The Bellas disappear. As Nikki faced the Latina lovely, her sister and current Divas Champion, Brie Bella, looked on with great interest. This week, however, The Bellas lost their magic – and underhanded – touch. Instead, Eve toppled Nikki with ease and let it be known to Brie that she would be gunning to reclaim the butterfly title.
John Cena & Sin Cara def. WWE Champion The Miz & Alex Riley (WATCH | PHOTOS) Even in England, The Miz continues to be the biggest of royal pains. The WWE Champion whined on and on about John Morrison replacing R-Truth in his Triple Threat Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules. During the temper tantrum, WWE’s latest sensation, Sin Cara, approached the ring to prepare for his match with Miz’s lackey, Alex Riley. Soon after, John Cena joined the fray as Raw’s anonymous General Manager quickly interrupted and arranged a tag team match pitting Cena & Sin Cara against Miz & Riley.
The Cenation Commander-in-Chief softened up his Extreme Rules rival as well as Riley. Sin Cara then used his acrobatic antics against Riley, who succumbed to the international wonder with a three-count.
2011 WWE Draft to take place next week It's one of the most highly-anticipated nights of the year for the WWE Universe. And one of the most unsettling for Superstars. Next week, Monday Night Raw hosts the 2011 WWE Draft. Who will leave Monday nights and who will join the Raw roster? Tune in to find out!
Dolph Ziggler def. Evan Bourne (WATCH | PHOTOS) Perhaps there’s validity to the old adage that “hair makes the man.” Debuting a “new and improved” look, Dolph Ziggler unveiled his freshly trimmed, brunette coif just before facing Evan Bourne. As his business associate, Vickie Guerrero, cheered him on, the updated Ziggler clipped Bourne’s wings and pinned him for the victory.
John Morrison def. R-Truth to earn a WWE Title opportunity (WATCH | PHOTOS) Warning: Smoking may cause loss of WWE Title opportunity. After securing a spot last week in the Triple Threat Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules along with WWE Champion The Miz and John Cena, R-Truth came out in London’s O2 Arena to celebrate.
He was greeted by John Morrison, however, who unveiled footage from last week’s match of the rapping Superstar chugging water, sucking wind and appearing out of shape. The Shaman of Sexy derided his former tag team partner for his smoking habit and challenged him for his position in the title match.
Truth accepted – a decision he would regret when Morrison prevailed and the rapping Superstar watched his title hopes go up in smoke. Afterward, a bitter Truth mercilessly attacked his opponent and, at one point, even grabbed cigarettes from an audience member and blew smoke in Morrison’s face.
WWE confirms next week's Draft Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 04/18/2011 at 03:11 PM
THE 2011 WWE® DRAFT TAKES OVER MONDAY NIGHT RAW, MONDAY, APRIL 25 AT 9/8c
The entire roster of WWE Superstars and Divas will take part in the 2011 WWE Draft next week, April 25, on MONDAY NIGHT RAW live on USA Network at 9/8c.
In a thrilling night of television, all WWE Superstars and Divas, including WWE Champion The Miz, John Cena, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Big Show, Alberto Del Rio and SinCara along with WWE Divas Champion Brie Bella, Eve and Kelly Kelly could be drafted to either RAW or SmackDown.
After Monday Night’s momentous draft, John Cena could be on “Friday Night Smackdown,” which airs each week on Syfy at 8/7c and Rey Mysterio could be coming to MONDAY NIGHT RAW.
The Annual WWE Draft is a chance to renew old rivalries or have WWE Superstars face off against each other for the very first time, bringing a new and fresh feel to each show.
For more details on the WWE Draft, log onto www.wwe.com.
Much like the Anonymous General Manager on WWE's Monday Night RAW, TNA Wrestling has its own anonymous entity, The Network. TNAWrestling.com is teasing that the person pulling the strings may be revealed on Thursday's episode of Impact:
"The Network's latest mandate has Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff beside themselves and they demand to know who at The Network is involved. Will the Network finally reveal the one making all the controversial decisions?"
TNA will tape this week's episode of Impact tomorrow and next week's show on Wednesday.
Injury Suffered in Main Event at Lockdown PPV Posted by Steve Carrier on 04/18/2011 at 01:33 AM
Matt Hardy announced on his Twitter that he may have broken his arm during the Lethal Lockdown PPV. The injury may have occurred during his bump off the cage when Kazarian drop kicked him as Hardy was climbing down.
TNA Lockdown Results: New Champ Crowned, Top Star Returns And More
Read complete results from TNA Wrestling's Lockdown Pay-Per-View event from Cincinnati, Ohio, featuring every match inside the Steel Cage!
Results from the Lockdown Pay-Per-View event:
- Preshow Match: Devon defeated Anarquia of Mexican America
- Steel Cage X Division Xscape Match: Max Buck won by escaping first, beating Chris Sabin, Robbie E, Jeremy Buck, Amazing Red, Kendrick and Suicide. Max Buck is the new #1 Contender to Kazarian's X Championship.
- Steel Cage Tag Team Match: Ink Inc defeated The British Invasion, Scott Steiner and Crimson and Eric Young and Orlando Jordan
- Steel Cage Knockouts Title: Mickie James became the new champion by defeating Madison Rayne in under a minute!
- Steel Cage: Samoa Joe defeated "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero via tapout with his Clutch Submission hold
- Steel Cage: "The Blueprint" Matt Morgan defeated Hernandez of Mexican America. Morgan hit a huge Carbon Footprint for the win on Hernandez, who was flying off the turnbuckles. After the match Rosita and Sarita talked trash in the ring, but Velvet Sky came out to chase them off!
- Steel Cage: The referee ejected Karen Jarrett from ringside before the match. Kurt Angle won Fall #1 over Jeff Jarrett via submission. Jarrett won Fall #2 with a pin on Angle by holding his tights. Kurt had it won after a series of German suplexes and was about to walk out the door, but decided to continue to punish Jarrett and locked them both inside after putting the key in his own tights. After hitting an Angle Slam off the top, Angle tried to climb out, but Gunner from Immortal came out with a chair to stop Kurt. Instead, Angle hit an insane Moonsault off the top of the cage back on Jarrett! Scott Steiner then came out to chase off Gunner. Angle used the key to open the door, but Karen came down and blinded him with some kind of spray! Angle couldn't see and nailed the ref. Kurt put the Ankle Lock on Jarrett, but Karen gave Jeff a guitar to nail Angle! Jarrett went to escape, but Kurt locked in the Ankle Lock again - but Karen slammed the door on Kurt's head - allowing Jeff Jarrett to escape and get the win!
- Steel Cage World Title: Sting retained the World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Mr. Anderson and Rob Van Dam. Early on, Hulk Hogan came out with a steel pipe to give to RVD to use, but RVD threw it back at Hogan! Instead, Anderson grabbed it and used it on RVD! With Anderson focused on RVD, Sting used the opportunity to hit the Scorpion Deathdrop on Anderson to get the win and retain the championship! After the bout, a victorious Sting challenged Hogan to get in the ring and fit him, but Hogan told Sting it would be only on HIS time!
- Lethal Lockdown: In a bloody, barbaric and out-of-control Lethal Lockdown, Team Fortune (Beer Money, Kazarian, Daniels) defeated Team Immortal (Ric Flair, Matt Hardy, Abyss, Brother Ray). In the end, after several insane moves, it was the surprise return of AJ Styles that gave Fortune the win! AJ hit the ring and annihilated Bully Ray for injuring him! Robert Roode then hooked Ric Flair in an armbar and forced The Nature Boy to tap out as Fortune won the Lethal Lockdown main event! A victorious Fortune reunited victoriously to end the huge Lockdown broadcast!
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