- Regarding Zack Ryder's Internet Title being defended at the WWE show in Australia earlier this week, he was introduced by the ring announcer as the WWE Internet Champion but we don't know yet if this is just a live event deal or something that will go to TV.
Ryder wrote the following:
"History was made tonight in Melbourne, Australia...I defended the Internet Championship for the very first time...and I won! WWWYKI"
- WWE Tough Enough competitor Luke Robinson was interviewed by TimesRecord.com this week and it was noted that nobody from WWE has contacted him since the season finale on RAW weeks back. Luke added that WWE Superstar Ted DiBiase told him, "money is written all over you and you will be a star in the WWE one day."
- Gunner defeated AJ Styles by pinfall on last night's TNA Impact Wrestling to earn 7 points in the Bound For Glory Series, while Brother Devon defeated Samoa Joe to finally earn points. Here's the updated standings:
* Gunner - 21 points * Crimson - 17 points * AJ Styles - 14 points * James Storm - 14 points * Matt Morgan - 14 points * Brother Devon - 7 points * Scott Steiner - 7 points * Rob Van Dam - 7 points * Bully Ray - 7 points * Robert Roode - 0 points * The Pope - 0 points * Samoa Joe - 0 points
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•World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton def. Mark Henry (World Heavyweight Title Qualifying Match) •Daniel Bryan def. Ted DiBiase •Christian def. Sin Cara •Cody Rhodes def. Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson (Non-Title Match) •Kane def. Wade Barrett
SmackDown results: He did it for the 'Money' By: Mitch Passero July 1, 2011 Tags: SmackDown: July 01, 2011 PHOENIX, Ariz. – Eight SmackDown Superstars learned they will compete at Money in the Bank (Preview), while a surprise attack from Sheamus raised questions about a World Heavyweight Championship Match at the pay-per-view. Plus, a WWE audio technician was sent to a local medical facility after a brutal assault by Mark Henry.
Sheamus crashed the World Heavyweight Championship contract signing (WATCH | PHOTOS) At odds for weeks, Christian and World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton were prepared for one more battle at Money in the Bank. With legal counsel at his side, Christian pointed out a clause in the contract stating that if the referee makes a bad call at Money in the Bank, he receives an immediate rematch. However, moments after Orton signed the contract, Sheamus stormed the ring and attacked both Superstars before Christian could officially sign. After assaulting both Superstars, The Celtic Warrior tore the contract to shreds, raising question if there will be a World Heavyweight Title Match at Money in the Bank.
Kane def. Wade Barrett (WATCH | PHOTOS) Kane and Wade Barrett – both set to compete in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match – slugged it out in a very physical battle that could have gone the way of either Superstar. Yet it was the veteran Kane who avoided Wasteland and put away Barrett with a monstrous chokelsam.
Cody Rhodes def. Intercontinental Champion Ezekiel Jackson in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Powerhouse Ezekiel Jackson was looking good against Cody Rhodes – until Ted DiBiase got involved. When DiBiase climbed on the ring apron, Jackson slammed his head into the steel ring post. The momentary distraction was just enough, though, for Rhodes to strike with the Cross Rhodes. Perhaps DiBiase earned a bit of redemption in Rhodes’ eyes, after losing to Daniel Bryan earlier in the night.
Christian def. Sin Cara (WATCH | PHOTOS) At the start of the night, Christian was stunned that SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long would not grant him the World Heavyweight Title Match that he felt he earned last week (WATCH). In fact, Long revealed he wasn’t sure who would compete for the title, suggesting that perhaps Mark Henry would get a bid. Later, the only thing Long was certain of was that Christian would face Sin Cara (WATCH).
When the match began, Christian showed some frustration as to how to best deal with the International sensation. Yet in the end, he tore a page from the playbook of his friend Edge, and put away Sin Cara with a spear.
Ranjin Singh revealed who Jinder Mahal is (WATCH) In an exclusive interview, The Great Khali’s brother Ranjin Singh revealed that Jinder Mahal is their brother-in-law!
Daniel Bryan def. Ted DiBiase (WATCH | PHOTOS) Both Daniel Bryan and Ted DiBiase displayed excellent athleticism in an exciting, back-and-forth contest. However, it was a new submission maneuver from Bryan which forced DiBiase to tap out. The loss did not sit well with Cody Rhodes (WATCH).
World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton def. Mark Henry in a World Title Qualifying Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) There’s probably no Superstar more dangerous in WWE right now than Mark Henry. And with a Money in the Bank World Title opportunity on the line, he’d be even more unpredictable – and the reigning champion knew it. When Orton and Henry tangled outside the ring, The Viper received a helping hand from a mysterious source as Big Show's entrance began to play. Seizing the moment, Orton dropped Henry with an RKO, then slithered back in the ring, winning the match by count-out. After recovering from the RKO and realizing what went down, The World’s Strongest Man took out his frustration by brutalizing a WWE audio technician and trashing his equipment. The unconscious technician was taken to a local medical facility immediately following the assault.
According to a WWE source, Shawn Daivari was expected to return to WWE as of a month or two ago. He worked a tryout match against Ted DiBiase in May and WWE officials were said to have been impressed with his work.
Daivari noted in a recent interview that WWE told him they will be bringing him back but would be releasing nearly "15 talents" first. He has yet to hear back from them. He's now working for the All Wheels Wrestling promotion.
As we've been reporting, WWE main roster cuts are expected shortly.
WWE SummerSlam 2011 PPV Poster Released Posted by Andy Steven on 07/01/2011 at 11:27 AM
The promotional poster and synopsis for WWE's SummerSlam pay-per-view has been released. The promotional poster features Sin Cara, Kofi Kingston, John Cena and Randy Orton.
"With superior abilities and infinite power, the superpowers of the WWE Universe descend on Los Angeles for a collision so monumental, it threatens to lay waste to the City of Angels. Don't miss John Cena, Randy Orton, The Miz, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, and all your favorite WWE Superstars at SummerSlam, live on pay-per-view."
WWE SummerSlam takes place on August 14th from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
WWE Superstars Results - 6/30/2011 Report by: Sam Tindall of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
AUTHORS NOTE: It is my honor to once again join you for this edition of WWE Superstars. It was refreshing to see your comments last week, keep 'em coming!
The show opens with Beth Phoenix on her way to the ring as Stanford & Mathews welcome us to the RAW portion of the show.
Gail Kim greets a few lucky fans as she makes her way to the squared circle. Scott reminds us that both women have held the Women's Championship but have yet to achieve Diva's Championship "glory".
Both women have done the opposite of Melina/Kim and have tweeted it was a dream match come true for them to wrestle each other. And we are underway...
Beth Phoenix vs. Gail Kim
They lock up in the ring, Beth backs Kim into the ropes. Kim dodges Beth, who shoots for her legs, and attempts a Hurricanrana. Beth powers out of it and misses a Clothesline, which sets her up in the corner for Kim's inverted Spear/Crossbody. Kim attempts to get the upper hand, but Beth grabs Kim from the top rope and presses her above her head. She drops her like a bad habit and the fans already seem behind this match. Beth with a cover... 1... 2... Kickout by Kim.
A series of counters brings them to the corner. Kim fails another attempt at the Hurricanrana. Kim launches an assault by Dropkicking Beth off of the top rope (who never goes up there anyways) and while Phoenix is on her hands and knees she connects with a dropkick to the face! Kim then flies at Beth with one of her trademark moves, a tilt-a-whirl headscissors armbar submission hold! Beautiful! Beth is slowly brought to her knees as she begins to fade. The fans rally behind her and she powers out with a Sidewalk Slam!
Beth goes into power mode: two clotheslines, followed by an Atomic Drop and a double axe smash to the chest of Kim. She screams as the fans cheer her on. She calls for the finish, following it with a slingshot suplex. 1 ... 2 ...kickout.
The two then go back and forth, reversing all positions into a pinning combination. Beth catches Kim who makes ONE wrong move and hits the underhook facebuster - the Glam Slam! 1 ... 2 ... 3!
Winner: Beth Phoenix by pinfall.
Phoenix helps Kim to her feet and the two shake hands - a sportsmanship (or should I say sportswomanship) we don't see often here in the world of sports-entertainment.
A promo airs for our main event: Trent Beretta & The Usos vs. Gabriel, Slater & Kidd. When will they turn Gabriel face? Seriously!
Promo for the Best of Cage Matches DVD. Has anyone noticed it's TV-14??? Thank God!
JTG makes his way to the ring and apparently I missed something because the crowd (or post-production propaganda) has suddenly decided to boo the former member of Cryme Tyme. He calls for his music to be cut.
He successfully rips on "Las Haters Ville" and claims it feels good to be booed. He claims that if they want to make some money in the gambling capitol of the world, they gotta "bet on fly!"
Chris Masters makes his way to the ring for a re-match between the two. Stanford informs us that Masters holds the first victory.
JTG Vs. Chris Masters
JTG gets a headlock on Masters, who backs him into the corner. JTG quickly finds himself in an attempted Masterlock. JTG slithers out of the ring.
Upon reentry, Masters his a stiff chop followed by a Suplex. JTG hits a quick shot to the head of Masters and follows it up with a dropkick to his back. He then targets the head and hits a few elbows. 1 ... 2 ... Kickout.
JTG locks in a Chinlock as a "You Suck" chant gains momentum. If Andy Levine didn't sell VKM's slap long enough, well... Masters takes about 5 seconds to kill JTG's heat and has already powered out. It may be simply a testament to his power, he misses a clothesline and gains one in return from JTG. 1 ... Kickout from Masters.
JTG attempts another submission and the power game comes into play quickly again. Samoan Drop by Masters who then connects with a series of the LOUDEST chops I have heard (minus the Big Show's.) He hits a Shoulder Block from the second rope and continues to punish JTG, who needs to find a way around this power game.
JTG attempts a crossbody, but Masters swings him around and makes quick work of him with a Masterlock Submission. We are left trying to figure out how someone can pass out that quickly in a rushed match. Props to them for trying to tell a story.
Winner: Chris Masters by TKO from the Masterlock.
The follow-up promo for Andy Levine from RAW airs followed by another promo for our 6-man tag team match Main Event.
Alicia Fox makes her way to the ring accompanied by Rosa Mendes.
Striker promos MITB Pay-Per-View as Kaitlyn makes her way to the ring with mentor Natalya at her side.
Alicia Fox w/ Rosa Mendes Vs. Kaitlyn w/ Natalya
Fox nails the rookie with a kick and sends her off the ropes to a rude awakening of a shoulder block. Kaitlyn goes for an early cover. 1 ... Kickout.
Kaitlyn tortures Fox with a wristlock and hoists her above her head. Fox powers out of it and begins to torture Kaitlyn's arm by slamming it on the mat. She rallies out of it as well.
Alicia goes for a kick, Kaitlyn grabs her leg and Dragonscrews her to the ground. She follows it up with an inverted Bulldog. Natalya gives us the impression that she is coaching her student to stay on top of Fox.
Kaitlyn hits another shoulder block but her time to shine is over as Fox reverses an attempt and slams her face first into the turnbuckle. Jack begins to tout Kaitlyn's study of the game, past superstars such as Wendi Richter.
Experience seems to lend the upper hand as Fox hits a kick to Kaitlyn's gut before taking to the ropes for her finisher, the Axe Kick! 1 ... 2 ... 3!
Winner: Alicia Fox by pinfall.
Jack questions how Kaitlyn will take this "set back."
Another promo for our main event followed by an announcement that on the 4th of July edition of RAW we will see a #1 Contenders Match for the WWE Championship: Alberto del Rio Vs. R-Truth Vs. Rey Mysterio! I assume that the ad means to face Cena at MITB, so they appear to be running with the Punk suspension storyline.
WWE.com Poker promo followed by our RAW Rebound. CM Punk's promo follows the Tables Match mostly in tact. Jack then informs us of Punk's suspension and Striker hints at an appearance by Vince McMahon this Monday on RAW.
The Uso's then come out to another Haka which I am confused as to why they are doing a Maori war dance and not a Samoan war dance. To the uneducated audience it still seems like a pretty awesome entrance I must say!
WWE All-Stars promo.
Trent Beretta comes out to a nice pop.
The (pointless) 3-Time Tag Team Champions Gabriel & Slater make their way to the ring along with Tyson Kidd who is WITHOUT a manager this week.
Trent Beretta & The Uso's Vs. Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater
Trent and Kidd lock up to start this match off as Jack cites their recent rivalry. They also inform us that Tyson's small amount of hair is now completely gone. Nice. A series of counters lands our first hold as Kidd locks Baretta into an inverted ankle lock. Baretta slows down Kidd with a hammer lock counter of his own. Baretta hits a nice dropkick. 1 ... 2... Kickout by Kidd.
Trent gets a tag and Kidd flies across the ring to get one as well. Slater and Jimmy Uso enter the ring.
Headbutts by the "One-Man Rockband" seem to backfire as they tout the hard-headed Samoan heritage of Jimmy. Jimmy hits one of his own, Slater's head appears to be spinning. Jimmy hits a few dance moves followed by a wrestling move: a sit-down powerbomb. 1...2... Kickout by Slater.
Striker (who does have something good to say once in a while) gives as a few character traits of the Usos (which means 'brothers' in Samoan) such as Jimmy being "more smooth" while Jey is "a bit of a hot head at times." Jimmy tags in Jey as these words ring true with Jey nailing a vicious elbow drop on Slater. 1... 2 ... Kickout.
Jey's ambition backfires as he runs into a boot by Slater who tags in the South African, Justin Gabriel. Gabriel hits a spinning heel kick and attempts a Suplex. Jey reverses it into a Northern Lights suplex with a bridge. Impressive! Of course Jack and Matt are so busy talking about the upcoming South African tour, they almost forget to call the cover. 1... 2... Kickout.
Jey hits a Scoop Slam before tagging Baretta, who hits a slightshot leg drop on his way in for good measure. 1 ... Gabriel powers out!
Headlock by Baretta followed by a shoulder block. He takes to the other side and monkey flips over Gabriel only to be met face-to-face as Justin kips-up to his feet in a nice exchange. Baretta hits a nice shot to the face on Gabriel who inches his way into the corner. The domination continues as he hits his trademark springboard elbow smash! He goes to the well (or the ropes) one time too many and goes for a crossbody, Gabriel ducks and Baretta nails the ropes. Slater immediately tags in for the cover. 1 ... 2... Kickout.
Mark Henry vs. Orton promo brings us to the commercial break.
Tyson Kidd connects with a kick to the back of Baretta as we return to the show. 1 ... 2 ... Kickout. He brings it into a headlock. Matt informs us that they are focusing on Trents back and neck and the onslaught continues as Slater tags back in. He slams Baretta down and puts a lock on his shoulder. Trent battles out and they tease the tag. He eventually tags in an Uso brother!
Jey clears the "bad guy" corner and nails a spinning headbutt on Slater. He then SLAMS into him with the running hip smash ala Rikishi! He then sets Slater up, goes to the top rope and fights off Kidd only for Slater to run up the ropes and hits a Super Powerslam! 1 ... 2 ... Kickout by Jey. Gabriel is tagged in.
He hits a swinging neckbreaker. Nunzio counts the 1... 2... Kickout by Jey. Gabriel brings him into another headlock. Kidd tags in and hits a dropkick. 1 ... 2... Rope break!
Slater tags back in and lobs a few punches and kicks, stomps and every shot you can think of. Another headlock and Heath quiets the fans as he SLAMS Jey to his back. The monotony of the typical hot tag is thrown out here. He slingshots Jey into a Spear on Gabriel. Here comes Jey's opportunity as they nail a double clothesline and both men are down. Jimmy Uso & Tyson Kidd are tagged in.
Jimmy plants a forearm into the chest of Tyson, screams and as Kidd attempts to reverse it he is loured into an Alley-Us, the Uso Samoan drop. 1 ... 2 ... Kickout by Kidd!
Kidd hits a Jawbreaker on Jimmy, who falls into a tag on Baretta. Baretta hits a highflying dropkick and fails to get the pinfall. The match begins to breakdown as everyone begins to fight. The two legal members are up high! Baretta NAILS a Superplex on Kidd into a sea of Superstars on the floor outside of the ring! Nunzio begins the count.
6... 7 ... 8... Baretta struggles to get Kidd and himself into the ring. He goes for the cover only for it to be broken up by Gabriel. We are left wondering if this team can ever get a fair shake at a pinfall! The Usos hit a double Superkick on Justin Gabriel and make sure Slater cannot get into the ring as Baretta hits the Dudebuster Tornado DDT! Trent tags an Uso who hits their signature Samoan Splash! Cover 1... 2...
3! Outstanding match by 6 hungry superstars!
Winners: The Uso's & Trent Baretta by Pinfall!
The trio celebrate in the ring as replays air. Matt asks us to join them Friday on SmackDown! Fade to black...
We look back at last week when Sting (who has gone mad) confronted Eric Bischoff, gave him every finisher in the book, called him a cockroach, and painted his face red, only for Bischoff to no-sell and make a Sting-Abyss match later in the evening.
Hulk Hogan is backstage thanking Scott Steiner for Immortal and sends him out to the ring, only to be confronted by Sting laughing maniacally on a wide screen TV and taunting him with stories about monsters under his bed.
Hogan no-sells and goes out to the ring to call out Ken Anderson. Anderson comes out and Hogan offers him two options: face Sting with Immortal backing him up, or do it on his own like usual. If he does the second, he'll get beaten and embarrassed by Sting and he'll leave without a shred of cockiness or confidence. Anderson finds this unlikely since he beat Sting all by himself to win the title at Slammiversary, but Hogan reminds Anderson that he only won the title because Eric Bischoff helped him. Hogan says Anderson owes him one, but Anderson says he doesn't owe Hogan a damn thing, and regardless of what Bischoff did, he takes all the credit for his win at Slammiversary and what he'll do two weeks from now.
Suddenly, Sting is beating Bully Ray, Abyss, and Scott Steiner up on the video wall, and after they're all laid out, Sting threatens to come find Hogan tonight. Hogan starts to talk, but the lights go out and when they come up, Sting is standing behind Hogan and takes his knees out with his baseball bat. Anderson heads for the hills, so Sting says that July 14 should be called Midsummer Nightmare, and he nails Hogan with the bat again. Sting says he was a Hulk Hogan MARK way back in the day, and he's here to get the real Hulk Hogan to stand back up, not Hollywood Hogan. He reminds Hogan of the Three Commandments, and says he's still working out because he still has 21 inch pythons. Sting grabs a bottle full of pills and sits down with his arm around the laid out Hogan, and starts popping pills down Hogan's throat and his own, then washes them down Hogan's throat. Then Sting takes enough pills to kill a man and stuffs them down Hogan's throat, then hooks Hogan in the Scorpion Deathlock. Sting threatens to sit down on it and put Hogan out, but the rest of Immortal comes out and Bully Ray says he can't stand bullies, and since their paths have never crossed, he's challenging Sting...on behalf of Scott Steiner.
Ray calls for the music, but Hogan stops it to tell Sting that he's going to wipe the smile off of Sting's face tonight.
Mike Tenay and Taz run us down this past week's results of the Bound For Glory Series, and Crimson is currently in the lead with 17 points, with Gunner right behind him with 14. This leads us into our first match...
Bound For Glory Series: Samoa Joe vs Brother Devon
They tie up and Devon goes to a wristlock, but Joe takes Devon down with a three quarter nelson and quickly locks in the choke, but Devon makes the ropes. Devon takes Joe to the corner and unloads with right hands and then tries a whip, but Joe bowls him into the corner and hits a leaping enziguiri. Joe with his snapmare/back chop/kick/running kneedrop combo. Joe with the facewash in the corner, but Devon pops up and spears Joe, then unloads on him with clotheslines and a leaping back elbow. Devon with a uranage and a leaping headbutt, then charges Joe in the corner with a clothesline and follows it with a leaping clothesline for 2. Devon measures Joe as he regains his feet, but Joe sees him coming in and boots him in the face, then hits a leaping kneestrike off the middle rope. Joe goes for the pin, but lets him up at 2 and goes to a heel hook instead to try for the submission points. Devon makes the ropes, so Joe hits an inverted atomic drop and a Yakuza kick off the ropes, and instead of going for the cover he puts Devon in a Kimura Lock. Devon again makes the ropes, so Joe hits a snap powerslam and gets a cross armbreaker, but Devon again makes the ropes. Joe sets Devon up for the Muscle Buster, Devon fights his way out and tries a move off the middle rope, but Joe drills Devon with a kneestrike coming down and hooks the choke again. Devon rolls out of it and hits a spinebuster for 3.
Joe is in disbelief, and the story was that Joe passed up chances to pin Devon to try for the submission and it backfired. This is Devon's first points in the series.
Pope is backstage with Devon's kids and celebrating his win, and Pope is going to go find Devon's wife and celebrate.
Scott Steiner is arguing backstage with Bully Ray, and Ray gives Steiner a good pep talk and reminds him that he's the Big Bad Booty Daddy.
Frankie Kazarian catches Joe returning to the locker room and tells Joe that he's better than this and he should be out there killing people. Joe calls him a bitch like AJ, and security has to get between them.
We recap the results from the first two matches in the Destination X Tournament, then get comments from Low Ki, Matt Bentley, and Jimmy Yang as they talk about their history in TNA and the X Division.
Destination X Tournament: Low Ki vs Matt Bentley vs Jimmy Yang
Low Ki gets a big reaction from the crowd. Ki with a leapfrog into a mule kick on Yang, then Bentley goes after him. Ki with a handspring crossbody that sends Bentley to the floor, but Yang catches him with a leaping leg lariat. Yang is out in his Flying Elvises outfit tonight. Yang with a running leg lariat in the corner and then a top rope bodypress for 2. Bentley comes in and yanks Yank down by the back of his jacket and puts the boots to Ki. Bentley tries to dump Yang, Yang tries to skin the cat back in, but Bentley rams Ki headfirst into Yang and sends Yang tumbling to the floor. Bentley with an elbowdrop on Ki that gets 2, then goes to a rear chinlock. Ki fights his way out, but Bentley clotheslines him to the floor. Bentley goes out after Ki and Yang dives higher than I think I've ever seen a human being jump before and wipe out Ki on the floor. Yang sends Ki back in and covers for 2, but then Ki gets a crucifix for 2. Yang quickly nails Ki with a leg lariat for 2, but eats Ki's boot on a charge, then Ki unloads on Yang with stiff kicks. Ki sunset flips Yang and rolls through into a double stomp on Yang, then hits the Tidal Crush on Bentley. Ki covers Bentley for 2, but misses a corner charge on Yang and Yang hits a series of kicks for 2. Bentley pops up and wipes both men out with an Ace Crusher/DDT combo, then superkicks Ki for 2. Bentley goes up top, but Yang catches him coming down and hits a gutbuster, then tries Yang Time, but Bentley moves. Ki quickly capitalizes by going up top and hits the Warrior's Way for the win.
Winner: Low Ki
Awesome match, and that may have been the best I've ever seen Jimmy Yang look.
We see a video package with the X Division guys talking about what the division has meant to TNA and how much it means for them to get their own PPV.
Madison Rayne is backstage fixing herself up in the mirror and shooting her mouth off on Tara. Winter and Angelina Love come in and Madison accuses them of stealing her lip gloss. Angelina says that her relationship with Winter isn't synthetic anymore, it's the real thing and Winter appreciates her, and now they're going to blah blah blah Mickie James.
We go backstage where Samoa Joe is beating the crap out of Frankie Kazarian, then Hulk Hogan is backstage taping his fists and saying that Sting's embarrassed him for the last time.
Elimination Match: Winter, Angelina Love & Madison Rayne vs Winter, Miss Tessmacher & Mickie James
The entrances took like ten minutes alone. Good thing we have limited commercial interruption. Mickie beats Winter down and tears off her belt, but Angelina goes after her and hits the Yonge Street Plunge before she can nail Winter with it. Tessmacher comes in and goes after Angelina, but Angelina yanks her down by the hair and unloads in the corner with kicks. Winter tags in and gouges the eyes, but Tessmacher moves out of the way of a charge and stomps Winter down before ramming her ass in Winter's face. Angelina distracts Tessmacher from the outside, and Winter hits a Northern Light suplex to eliminate Miss Tessmacher. Tara comes in with her pizza delivery hat on and lays Winter out and does her ass shaking standing moonsault for 2. Tara gets a Tarantula on Winter, but Madison baseball slides her in the face and sets her up so Winter and Angelina can hit a Samoan Drop/Botox Injection combo. Winter goes for the cover, but Madison tosses Winter to the floor and steals the win for herself. Mickie's 3-on-1, but Angelina and Winter stalk Madison and allow Mickie to superkick Madison and get the win. Mickie immediately goes after Winter, but takes it 2-on-1 from Angelina and Winter. They beat her down ghetto style, but they miss the double team they beat Tara with and Mickie sunset flips Winter for 2. Mickie tries the leaping DDT on Angelina, but Winter with a backbreaker and then Angelina hits a 90 degree lungblower. Angelina goes for the win, but Winter tells her that she's had her turn and now it's Winter's turn. The conversation lasts long enough for Mickie to recover and lay both of them out. Mickie with a neckbreaker to eliminate Angelina, but Winter rolls Mickie up with a handful of jeans for 2. Mickie hits the leaping DDT on Winter and gets the win.
Winner: Mickie James
Gunner is backstage and says that he wants it all, and tonight he'll win his series against AJ Styles and prove that he can be World Champion.
We see a video package hyping Abyss vs Brian Kendrick, then we go to the ring where Jeremy Borash introduces the contract signing for the Christopher Daniels-AJ Styles main event at Destination X. AJ asks Daniels if he's sure he wants to do this, and Daniels responds by signing the contract and saying this isn't personal, it's about the X Division. AJ is worried it'll become personal, but Daniels says they want to take the X Division to the next level and they're the best men to headline the show, and no matter who wins, Daniels will shake the hand of his best friend after it's over. AJ signs and the match is official, but then Jerry Lynn comes out and says he doesn't want to hear people bicker over who built the X Division because they all built it and it was about giving the fans something special and giving them wrestling. Rob Van Dam comes out and says that he was being called a pioneer before any of them were in the business and he was X Division before there was an X Division. Jerry Lynn reminds him that he stood toe to toe with RVD for a full year, but Daniels calms him down and says that none of them invented the X Division, but they all damn sure perfected it. Daniels says that Daniels-AJ and RVD-Lynn headlining Destination X may make it the best PPV of all time, then suggests that next week, they can do a four corner match with the four of them. Everyone agrees, and the match is on for next week.
Everyone starts to head to the back, but Gunner suddenly comes out of nowhere and attacks AJ, then rolls him into the ring where AJ recovers and tosses Gunner to the floor. Referee Earl Hebner comes into the ring and calls for the bell, and we're off...
Bound For Glory Series: AJ Styles vs Gunner
AJ rams Gunner from corner to corner and hits a leaping forearm. AJ with a snapmare and stiff kick to the back, followed by the swanky kneedrop. AJ with a backdrop suplex and then rams Gunner to the corner, but Gunner nearly goes through him with a flying knee that gets 2. Gunner tries a powerbomb, but AJ slips through, hits the Pelle Kick to send Gunner to the apron, and a baseball slide drives Gunner to the floor. AJ hits his flip dive and wipes Gunner out, then rolls him back in where Gunner wipes him out with a clothesline. AJ comes right back with a superkick and slams Gunner (with some difficulty), then goes to the apron. He tries for a springboard move, but Gunner stops him by pulling the referee in front. AJ stops short and Gunner shoves the referee out of the way and kicks the middle rope into AJ's groin, then hits the F5 for the win.
Gunner now leads the Bound For Glory Series.
We go to a video package showing highlights of the X Division throughout the years, with a focus on the Ultimate X, then we go backstage to Sting, who says Steiner's in the wrong place at the wrong time.
We see a video package looking at the history of the Velvet Sky-ODB feud and the addition of Miss Jackie to the situation. We go backstage to Velvet, who says she's been bullied her entire life and she's always had to fight for everything she wanted to accomplish. She's not as weak as she once was, and next week she'll face both of them in a handicap match and after that, they'll be gone from Impact Wrestling and she'll be done with them.
LAX v2.0 come out and Anarquia says that all of us accuse them of being liars and criminals, and he wants to know why they're not in the Bound For Glory Series when Beer Money are. The British Invasion comes out and Magnus points out that they're also foreigners, but they're proud of who they are and where they're from, and that they have careers in the USA. They don't like people who come to another country and expect to have everything handed to them just for showing up, and Mexican America hasn't earned it. There's one team they haven't beaten in Impact Wrestling because they haven't beaten the British Invasion and they won't because the British Invasion conducts their business face to face like men, and they challenge Mexican America to a tag match to determine the real #1 contenders to Beer Money. Magnus tells them to grow a set and leave las prostitutas at home. Rosita spits in Magnus' face and slaps him, and a brawl breaks out with Mexican America beating Magnus and Williams down. Suddenly, Rob Terry ruins not just this segment, but the entire world by running out to make the save. Mexican America bails out to the floor as Rob Terry looks at them all angry.
We go to Jeff Jarrett and Karen Angle in Mexico City, and they've spent a week in paradise, and when they get back, they have presents for Hulk and Eric.
Bully Ray is in the locker room rallying the troops and gives Gunner the rest of the night off because he won again, then he pulls Abyss away from his porno mag to come out to ringside. Abyss can't find his mask, and slams the door shut so he can find it.
It's main event time!
Sting vs Scott Steiner
Steiner goes after Sting during introductions and beats him down in the corner, then hits a belly to belly suplex for 2. Steiner with an elbowdrop and the pushups, then goes back to working Sting over in the corner. Steiner tries a charge and Sting gets the boot up, then fires back with right hands and hits a series of clotheslines and a bulldog for 2. Sting goes for the Stinger Splash, but Steiner catches him coming in and counters to a Flatliner for 2. Steiner gets Sting in the Recliner, but Sting slips out and gets Steiner in the Scorpion Deathlock, but Steiner makes the ropes. Steiner with a T-bone suplex, but Sting reverses a whip and hits the Scorpion Deathdrop for the win.
Sting comes after Steiner with the face paint, Bully Ray tries to make the save, but Sting lays him out and goes after Ray with the paint. Anderson runs in and low blows Sting from behind, then hits an awkward Mic Check that looks like it dropped Sting on the top of his head. Anderson leaves and Ray and Steiner beat Sting down 2-on-1. Hulk Hogan's music hits and he comes out to the ring. Steiner and Ray hold Sting for Hogan and Hogan drills him with a taped right hand, but Kurt Angle runs out to make the save and fights Immortal off. Hogan yells angry things at Angle from the aisle as the show comes to an end.
- Ring of Honor's Jim Cornette wrote the following regarding CM Punk name dropping ROH on Monday's RAW: "@CMPunk Recognizes the best wrestling in the world when he sees it.Thanks Punk. #bitw #ROHbest #findroh"
Lesnar and Heyman to work with WWE again? Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 06/29/2011 at 11:24 PM
One person close to the situation notes that CM Punk mentioning Colt Cabana, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar during his promo on Monday's RAW has to do with all three of those stars possibly coming back to WWE.
Apparently Punk recently asked for his friend Colt Cabana to be re-hired and put on the main roster, as one of the points in Punk's new deal if he should re-sign. Regarding Punk staying or going, WWE creative has been told that he's finishing up at Money in the Bank and most feel that he is still leaving, despite Monday's promo. WWE still does have an offer on the table to Punk for him to stay.
Heyman and Lesnar have reportedly either made a deal or are at least in very serious negotiations to have a business relationship with WWE. Regarding Lesnar, word is that he won't be wrestling and won't be a TV character, should he have a business relationship with WWE again. Heyman would start working with the company again under a deal similar to Lesnar, according to the report by the Wrestling Observer.
- Triple H has reportedly told Sin Cara that if he was having any problems, to come to him, and if there was anyone he wanted to work with, to also come to him. Triple H also reportedly told Cara not to listen to advice from anyone else when it comes to American wrestling but him.
Trevor Murdoch Not Returning To WWE Posted by Dave Mitchell on 06/29/2011 at 05:05 PM
Former WWE superstar Trevor Murdoch, partner of the late Lance Cade, recently had a series of tryout matches with WWE and told Pitch.com that he will be returning to the company soon after being released back in July 2008.
Unfortunately for Murdoch, his chance to return to WWE has fallen through - and he' now considering quitting the industry entirely as a result.
He wrote on his Facebook page on Wednesday:
"Well I got a call from Johnny Ace saying they weren't going to go threw with my contract. He told me "budget cut's". I say bullsh**. I think I'm done with pro wrestling. Anybody know of any job opening's?"
- The Rock is the latest former WWE superstar to sound off on CM Punk's promo from RAW. Unlike most of the wrestlers who posted positive reactions to Punk's promo, The Rock stays in character and lets Punk know who the real star in WWE is to this day:
“CM Punk: it’s simple business – The Rock is the main event at Wrestlemania cause it draws more money in one night, then u will in lifetime.”
- Beth Phoenix, who has been linked to CM Punk, wrote the following about his segment on Monday's RAW: "So many of u asking me about my feelings on how Raw went off the air.Shocking, compelling & struck a nerve. Passion&Talent cannot be denied."
- Bret Hart wrote the following about CM Punk leaving WWE: "Can't help but feel like @CMPunk leaving WWE is like Steve Carrell leaving "The Office"
- John Cena wrote the following on Twitter regarding CM Punk's RAW promo: "CeNation. Headed to australia. Very excited. I feel as if I do not need to comment on raw last night. I think what happened needs no explination."
- For what it's worth, the people at WWE Magazine wrote the following online after Monday's RAW: "The mood backstage is...edgy, to put it mildly. @CMPunk is in a meeting with a lot of the people he just called out...
Sacramento, California hosts the 21st of February edition of Nitro, the night after SuperBrawl 2000. With the other New World Order members out of the picture, Jarrett take full control of the NWO and WCW. Lex Luger interrupts Mean Gene, Jeff Jarrett on the mic, Billy Kidman vs. Lash LeRoux, Vampiro vs. Fit Finlay, Nitro Girls routine, Booker vs. The Mamalukes(c) - Tag Titles, The Artist(c) vs. La Parka - Cruiserweight Title, Terry Kunk and Dustin Rhodes vs. The Harris Brothers, Mean Gene Interview: Sid Vicious, Buff Bagwell vs. The Maestro, Bam Bam Bigelow vs. The Wall, Lex Luger vs. Hulk Hogan - Cage match.
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Watch the next installment, featuring "The King Of The Mountain" Jeff Jarrett
Several More Personalities Comment On CM Punk Posted by Andy Steven on 06/28/2011 at 10:51 PM
Several personalities have commented on the CM Punk promo on Raw:
Seth Rollins: "Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. @cmpunk holy f***. One more shout out to @cmpunk. I've always drawn comparisons to him, which is very flattering, but we are our own men. I'll have my time, but right now is his. Very excited for the future."
Kurt Angle: "CM Punk had classic promo last night. Good for Him. But if U ever say another word about Me again, Ur toast! If U don't believe Me, try Me!"
Tommy Dreamer: "Just watched @cmpunk promo. FN GREAT. WWE has everyone talking. Could actually create their own competition. Kudos 2 Punk & VKM b different"
Zach Gowen: "WWE shoulda gave @CMPunk the ball a long time ago. Dude connects with people on a whole other level. Mad love for punk. Outta this world."
Shane Helms: "And @CMPunk took his own "Rocket to the Moon" tonight!! I'm gonna have a drink in his honor! A big glass of Pepsi! "
Batista: "well im embarrassed to say that i seem to be the only loser in the world that didn't see the cmpunk promo!! so my goal of the day is to see it. i was watching Pawn Stars. love me some Chumley!! heard he raised HELL though!!! i have house envy because of Punk by the way!"
Blue Meanie: "Just saw the @CMPunk end of RAW on YT. TREMENDOUS! Punks is 1 of the best on the mic. Congrats to #ColtCabana and #ROH for the shoutouts! WWE should let Punk go back to ROH with the WWE to play up the "I left" angle and eventually come back. WWE could give ROH a rub as a shot TNA as they did with ECW vs. WCW. They could do a "state of the WWE belt" and show Punk on ROH shows with the belt. There's so many cool things they could do. Not only for the storyline but also help a ROH get some good pub. Wrestling needs more companies to make it."
Shad Gaspard: "@CMPunk God DAMN I love you brotha!"
Trish Stratus: "Sorry @joeystyles but @cmpunk on #Raw...OMG! What did y'all think of that?"
Maria Kanellis: "After seeing the events of today. I have to say some people are THE BEST IN THE WORLD....;)"
JBL Via his facebook: "I haven't watched a wrestling program since well before I left WWE 2+ years ago. Heard about CM Punk's promo and watched it this morning-WOW! That was awesome, as good as I have ever seen. I worked with CM when he first became champ-really enjoyed it and really happy to see what a stud he has become. When you can put doubt as to whether shoot or work-you have done your job very well!"
Shawn Michaels: "Gettin ready 2 head home. 2 words 4 @CMPunk- thata boy. Felt like old times. Anywho, back 2 my normal life, tweet u on touchdown "
Chavo Guerrero: "Did u see @CmPunk promo last night? WOW! If all those things are being said by a guy being used...think how I feel! Good Job Punk! Work or shoot, @CmPunk 's promo was true. I know Punk & half if not all of that promo was off the cuff. Cm Punk has always done things his Way, and for that I admire him. Kudos Punker! :)"
Bill DeMott: "CMPUNK put the lockerroom on notice...you better be #willing to step up! Things just got very real.who is #willing to take a chance?"
Backstage News on CM Punk's Promo, Contract & More Posted by Amish Patel on 06/28/2011 at 06:21 PM
- Sources report that CM Punk’s entire promo at the end of RAW this week was improvised by Punk and not scripted. Nobody in the back knew what Punk was going to say until he said it live on RAW.
WWE officials told Punk to go out and say in his own words why he was leaving the company, why he wanted the WWE Title and why he wanted to leave with it in his possession. There was a discussion that when officials felt Punk was going too far, they would pull the plug on the segment and cut his mic.
It’s said that Punk was upset months ago when Triple H came back to feud with The Undertaker and while some of his comments on RAW towards Vince McMahon were well thought out to appear not as a shoot to the average viewer, most believe that Punk’s comments towards Triple H and John Laurinaitis were strictly a shoot.
Word also is that Punk had some notes for his speech jotted down on his wrist tape.
As far as his contract status, Punk’s deal apparently expires the second week of July but he signed an extension to work through Money in the Bank. Still with last night’s new storyline development, sources maintain that Punk is leaving at Money in the Bank.
- As noted before, WWE said on RAW that Mason Ryan was injured over the weekend but he didn't work any live events. F4Wonline.com reports that Ryan has suffered an injury out of the ring and will be away anywhere from six weeks to six months.
WWE Posts Update on CM Punk and Money in the Bank Posted by Amish Patel on 06/28/2011 at 06:11 PM
- WWE posted the following storyline update this afternoon on CM Punk:
"UPDATE: As of Tuesday, June 28, WWE and CM Punk have reached an agreement that Punk will fulfill his non-televised live event obligations for the remainder of his contract, through July 17. Furthermore, both sides have mutually agreed not to disparage one another."
- For what it’s worth, WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper wrote online last night that he would take Drew McIntyre under his wing. Piper asked fans their opinions about the idea and said he was going to put some thought into it.
Jericho, DDP, JBL & MVP Comment On CM Punk Promo Posted by Andy Steven on 06/28/2011 at 09:35 AM
- Chris Jericho wrote the following on Twitter last night about CM Punk’s RAW promo: “Congrats to @cmpunk and Vince McMahon for doing something tonight that hasn’t been done in awhile…make history.”
- Diamond Dallas Page wrote the following on Twitter last night about being at RAW: “I had Great time promoting the “Very Best of Nitro” on Raw! I hear the WCW DVD is kicking Ass sakes vice … That all because of U Guys Bang”
- JBL also commented on CM Punk’s RAW promo: “CM Punk’s promo-shoot or work? Who cares? When you are so good that you can put that doubt in viewers minds you have done your job very well”
- Former WWE star MVP also commented on Punk: “My verdict after watching the @CMPunk promo, he just had his Austin 3:16 moment. Don’t f*** this one up WWE”
Backstage Reaction To CM Punk’s Promo On WWE Raw Posted by Andy Steven on 06/28/2011 at 09:19 AM
While some people backstage knew it was coming, CM Punk’s shoot promo on Monday Night Raw certainly had everyone buzzing. When Punk started talking about being “a Paul Heyman guy,” and referenced controversial, past WWE names like Brock Lesnar, many wrestlers watching on the monitor were said to be “simply and solidly stunned” according to one WWE Superstar we spoke with, and several others were trying to find out Talent Exec John Laurinaitis’ reaction as well.
While no one believes Punk went into business for himself, the majority of the Raw locker room was said to be “in shock” (according to one source in production) over how strong the shoot promo was, and the delivery.
We will have tons more on this breaking story as it continues to develop.
WWE NXT Results (6/28/11) - Conor O'Brian Leaves & Submission Wrestling Returns Written by Brooks Oglesby on Jun 28, 2011 - 10:41:53 PM
WWE NXT Results - 6/28/11
-It's elimination time, as we head into the seventeenth week of NXT Redemption! The opening titles roll, and commentators Todd Grisham and William Regal welcome us from Phoenix, Arizona. Regal guesses that Conor O'Brian will be eliminated tonight as Darren Young makes his way to the ring.
-Darren says that Chavo Guerrero is not here because he quit on him. He's done more than Chavo in his short time here, and he's done it all by myself. He says that tonight, he's going to show everyone why he'll be the NXT winner. Conor O'Brian walks out and says that when he's done with Darren, there won't be any more talks about what Darren has done. The only talk will be about how Conor O'Brian took your NXT Redemption and turned it into absolute destruction.
Match #1: Darren Young vs. Conor O'Brian
-The two rookies lock up and fight around the ring. Conor eventually pushes Darren and himself through the second rope to the outside. Conor gets back into the ring, Darren follows, and Conor drops him with a clothesline. He then goes to strikes, hitting Darren with a European uppercut for a two-count. He rams Darren into the turnbuckle, then pulls him out into a short-arm clothesline. It gets a two-count, and Conor applies a modified wristlock. Darren gets up and runs the ropes, hitting a shoulder block, but Conor gets up and stops Darren in his tracks. Darren rolls off to the apron and Conor follows. Both men are on the apron and Darren hits a neckbreaker onto the apron as we go to commercial.
-Both men are up and Darren hits a shoulder block for a two-count. Conor is seated and Darren torques Conor's neck. Conor gets to his feet and hits the ropes, only to run into Darren's elbow. Darren hits a number of boots to Conor's face as he tries to get up, but that only gets a two-count as well. Darren goes back to the neck crank and the crowd starts booing. Conor slowly makes his way to his feet and hits a quick flapjack on Darren. He then slingshots Darren into the turnbuckle and tries for a school boy, but Darren kicks out. Darren whips Conor into the corner and Darren runs the ropes, but he gets leveled with a huge big boot. Conor suplexes Darren onto the ropes. Darren gets up and quickly slams Conor's shoulder into the second turnbuckle. Darren then hits the Three Amigos on Darren, and goes up to the top rope to a chorus of boos. Darren hits a frog splash for the three-count.
Winner: Darren Young
-Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd is announced for later tonight.
-Yoshi Tatsu is backstage with another shrine. His Yoshi Tatsu action figure is in the center. Tyson Kidd comes up and picks up Yoshi's action figure. He taunts Yoshi and starts pulling off the figure's limbs. Yoshi goes nuts and takes Kidd down. Referees come in to pull them apart while Yoshi starts yelling in Japanese.
-Yoshi Tatsu looks upset and is all business as he makes his way to the ring. Kidd comes out with a smirk and Yoshi's glare never leaves Kidd.
Match #2: Yoshi Tatsu vs. Tyson Kidd
-Yoshi tackles Kidd and they're just brawling. Kidd rolls out of the ring and recuperates, but Yoshi hurries out. Kidd tries to trick Yoshi, going back into the ring and trying to take advantage when Yoshi follows, but Yoshi dodges, gets back into the ring, and takes Kidd down once again. Kidd throws Yoshi into the corner and stomps Yoshi down. Kidd whips Yoshi but Yoshi counters with a kick to the face. Kidd takes control again, whipping Yoshi into the corner. Yoshi falls out of the ring by the steel steps and Kidd gets out of the ring and hits a low dropkick on Yoshi, ramming him into the steps.
-Kidd is in control with a modified hammerlock on Yoshi. Yoshi gets to his feet, but Kidd stops Yoshi with a knee to the gut and a back suplex with his arm trapped. Yoshi fights to his feet with a chop, but Kidd stops Yoshi again with a kick to the quadricep. Kidd attacks the arm, stretching it with the bottom ring rope. He stomps on Yoshi's hand and applies an armbar. Kidd yells to give up, but Yoshi won't. Yoshi gets fired up, gets to his feet, and hits an arm drag. Both men hit the ropes and both men hit a flying clothesline. Both men are down as the referee starts the count. They both get up at 5 and Yoshi starts with the Flair chops. Yoshi drops Kidd with a gut kick and hits his signature snapmare-kick to the face combination. Kidd reels in the corner and Yoshi hits his double knee attack and a spinning wheel kick, which gets a two count. Yoshi goes to the top rope, but Kidd runs up to the corner and tries to hit a superplex, but Yoshi pushes him away. Yoshi tries to make it to the top, but Kidd runs back over and dropkicks the rope, dropping Yoshi where it hurts. Kidd hits a picture-perfect frankensteiner for a very close two-count. Kidd gets up slowly and Yoshi tries for a small package, but Kidd gets out. Kidd tries for a suplex, but Yoshi rolls out and drops Kidd with a roundhouse kick to the head for the three-count.
Winner: Yoshi Tatsu
-Titus O'Neil will take on JTG up next.
-JTG is backstage checking out his bling. Hornswoggle sneaks up behind him in a trash can and tries to steal JTG's necklace from a table. JTG catches him and gets in Hornswoggle's face, but Titus runs over and stops JTG. JTG says that he doesn't like a thief, but Titus says that leprechauns like gold. JTG says he'll be keeping an eye on Hornswoggle and walks off.
-Maryse makes her way out. She will be joining the commentary team. Hornswoggle's music hits to a nice pop and out come Titus O'Neil and Hornswoggle. We get a recap of Maryse rejecting Hornswoggle last week. Hornswoggle looks upset in the ring while Maryse has a big grin on her face. She says she's just honest as JTG makes his way to the ring.
Match #3: JTG vs. Titus O'Neil
-Titus whips JTG and drops him with an elbow strike. Titus forces JTG into the corner and throws him right back out. Meanwhile, Hornswoggle goes over and gives Maryse a note. It says "I love you. Do you love me?" with boxes marked Yes, No, and Maybe. JTG is back in control with a scoop slam. He then hits a back suplex which JTG modifies into a neckbreaker. JTG applies a chinlock as Titus gets to his feet. JTG switches to a front headlock, but Titus just flips JTG over. Titus hits a clothesline and a shoulder block, then whips JTG into the corner and hits a powerslam. Titus whips JTg, but he catches the ropes and rolls out. JTG looks at Hornswoggle, and Hornswoggle goes up onto the apron and starts taunting and gesturing. Titus pulls JTG up into the ring and hits Clash of Titus for the win.
Winner: Titus O'Neil
-Hornswoggle gets up on Titus' shoulders and they celebrate. Maryse stands up with her note and rips it in half. Hornswoggle's smile disappears and he gets off of Titus' shoulders. Maryse yells at Hornswoggle and he and Titus leave the ring.
-The rookies are lined up at ringside as Maryse and Matt Striker stand by. Maryse says that this is the moment we've been waiting for, and Matt Striker reminds us what's at stake. He says that the rookies have given a lot, and it's all up to the WWE Universe and the WWE pros. He reminds us that the Redemption points will come into play in the event of a tie. Titus O'Neil has 22 points. Darren Young has 7 points. Conor O'Brian has 3 points. With that said, it's time to see who's going home.
Conor O'Brian has been eliminated.
-Titus shakes Conor's hand as he thanks everyone who voted for him. He thanks Vladimir for being a good pro and a good friend. He says that if Hunter is listening, he was never good at the game of life, but he just wants a chance to play the game.
-Striker has a surprise for us. They won't be going to the finals alone. They will be joined by Derrick Bateman, and his former pro, Daniel Bryan. They both come out to the ramp close the show.
-That's it for this week's edition of NXT Redemption. Thanks for reading.
Raw’s abrupt conclusion Monday night was not due to technical difficulties. The decision to suddenly end the broadcast in that manner was made by WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, who gave this quote to WWE.com:
“CM Punk was suspended indefinitely for his unprofessional conduct as soon as Raw went off the air.”
With his WWE contract expiring on July 17, one can only assume that this suspension effectively terminates CM Punk’s tenure with WWE.
•Kane def. CM Punk in a Raw Roulette Mystery Opponent Match by Count-out •Sin Cara def. Evan Bourne in a Raw Roulette No Count-out Match •Kofi Kingston def. U.S. Champion Dolph Ziggler in a Raw Roulette Non-title Player’s Choice Match •Alberto Del Rio def. Big Show in a Raw Roulette Steel Cage Match •Divas Champion Kelly Kelly def. Nikki Bella in a Raw Roulette Submission Match •Rey Mysterio & Alex Riley def. The Miz & Jack Swagger in a Raw Roulette Tornado Match •R-Truth def. WWE Champion John Cena in a Raw Roulette Non-title Tables Match
Raw results: What happens in Vegas ... By: James Wortman June 27, 2011 Tags: Raw: June 27, 2011 LAS VEGAS – The WWE Universe went for a spin in the city of sin for Raw Roulette, the one night of the year when matches, competitors and stipulations are determined by the whirling of the wheel. R-Truth def. WWE Champion John Cena in a Raw Roulette Non-title Tables Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Millions of visitors “hit the tables” each year when they journey to Las Vegas, but typically not like this. In the final Raw Roulette bout of the evening, R-Truth faced WWE Champion John Cena in an emotionally charged Tables Match. All too eager to silence “Little Jimmys” around the globe by sending their hero crashing through the hardwood, Truth brought the fight to The Champ early on, but it was ultimately CM Punk who would decide the match’s outcome when he saved Truth from an Attitude Adjustment through the pine. Then, while Cena was distracted by The Second City Savior, Truth drove The Champ through a table propped up in the corner of the ring.
Rey Mysterio & Alex Riley def. The Miz & Jack Swagger in a Raw Roulette Tornado Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) The Miz and Jack Swagger aren’t exactly known for adhering to rules and regulations, so a tagless Tornado Match is probably the best way these two sinister Superstars could ever join forces. However, as the ring nearly buckled under the combined weight of their massive egos, The Awesome One & The All-American American suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Rey Mysterio & The Miz’s former apprentice, Alex Riley.
As revealed earlier in the night, all four of these ring warriors will meet in this year’s Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match, which will guarantee the winner a WWE Title opportunity at the time and place of their choosing. Although The Miz & Swagger each hold Money in the Bank victories – achievements that they both parlayed into World Title reigns – their odds of repeating that success seem a lot less likely with A-Ry and The Master of the 619 involved. Thanks in no small part to some amazing offense by Riley, Mysterio scored a pinfall after hitting Swagger with a frog splash.
Divas Champion Kelly Kelly def. Nikki Bella in a Raw Roulette Submission Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) SmackDown commentator Booker T had his fingers crossed in the hopes that Divas Champion Kelly Kelly would face Brie Bella in a Pillow Fight, but the Raw Roulette wheel instead mandated that the Divas would compete in a Submission Match. Even though no actual pillows were present, feathers did indeed fly between these battling beauties.
Coming off her momentous Divas Title victory one week earlier on Raw, the newly minted champion held nothing back against the feisty former titleholder, giving the WWE Universe an idea of what to expect when the rivals collide once again in a Divas Title rematch at WWE Money in the Bank. After putting Brie away with a Boston crab, Kelly Kelly found herself on the receiving end of a Bella beatdown when Nikki entered the fray. Thankfully, there was an angel in Sin City in the form of Eve, who assisted her friend in turning back the twins.
Alberto Del Rio def. Big Show in a Raw Roulette Steel Cage Match; Mark Henry ravaged cage (WATCH | PHOTOS) Not even a steel cage door could keep an enraged Mark Henry from preying on Big Show during the giant’s confined clash with Alberto Del Rio. Just three days after assaulting Show in the locker room area on SmackDown, The World’s Strongest Man struck again, this time tearing the door off the steel cage and brutally mauling his massive adversary.
Always knowing a good opportunity when he sees it, the sly Mexican Aristocrat escaped the cage through the open doorway as Henry continued to batter Show. In a terrifying display of ferocity, Henry then nailed the giant with the steel door, sending him crashing through the cage wall itself.
Kofi Kingston def. U.S. Champion Dolph Ziggler in a Raw Roulette Non-title Player’s Choice Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Vickie Guerrero’s earned no shortage of nicknames during her WWE career, but “Lady Luck” certainly isn’t one of them. As Kofi Kingston prepared to spin the wheel to determine the stipulation for his non-title bout with Vickie’s business associate, United States Champion Dolph Ziggler, the shrieking she-devil intervened and demanded to take the wheel herself. Unfortunately for Vickie – but fortunately for The Dreadlocked Dynamo – the Raw Roulette wheel landed on the “Player’s Choice Match” option, which Kingston used to bar her from ringside.
Attaining a measure of retribution after Ziggler stole a victory and a title defense in their 2-out-of-3 Falls Match one week earlier on Raw: Power to the People, Kingston proved to his longtime rival that there are few Superstars that can withstand his controlled frenzy, putting away the blond blowhard with Trouble in Paradise from out of nowhere.
Following this key victory, Kingston aims to keep this momentum going as he prepares for the Raw Money in the Bank Ladder Match in three weeks, when he will clash with Evan Bourne, The Miz, Rey Mysterio, Alex Riley, Jack Swagger, R-Truth and Alberto Del Rio.(MATCH PREVIEW)
Sin Cara def. Evan Bourne in a Raw Roulette No Count-out Match (WATCH | PHOTOS) Ask and you shall receive. After a tabulation mishap prevented the WWE Universe from witnessing international sensation Sin Cara battle Evan Bourne on Raw: Power to the People, WWE ensured that the high-flyers would collide just one week later in Las Vegas. In a No Count-out Match decided by the Raw Roulette wheel, the aerialists delivered thrills that were more than worth the seven-day wait.
In the end, the masked marvel overcame the speed and agility of “Air” Bourne, securing a pinfall victory with a stunning aerial maneuver, leaving Las Vegas with his remarkable WWE undefeated streak intact.
Kane def. CM Punk in a Raw Roulette Mystery Opponent Match by Count-out (WATCH | PHOTOS) Whenever The Big Red Machine hits the ring, betting on red seems like a no-brainer. Knowing that his days in WWE are numbered, and that any injury could stack the odds against him in his WWE Title encounter with John Cena at WWE Money in the Bank, CM Punk escaped Kane’s fiery onslaught by exiting the ring and intentionally getting himself counted out.
CM Punk interrupted Shawn Michaels (WATCH | PHOTOS) WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels spent his entire in-ring career in the hunt – whether it be for thrills, competition or championship glory. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the retired HBK is spending a great deal of his spare time proving his mettle against some of the most cunning game imaginable in the great outdoors, a pastime Michaels was eager to share with the WWE Universe as he kicked off a special Raw Roulette edition of Monday night’s hottest show.
As Michaels announced the premiere of his new hunting and lifestyle program called Shawn Michaels’ MacMillan River Adventures, debuting the following night on the Outdoor Channel, a brash CM Punk disrespectfully interrupted and threatened the returning Showstopper, reminding him and the entire WWE Universe that once his contract expires at WWE Money in the Bank on July 17, that will be the last time we’ll see The Second City Savior – and the WWE Championship.
After HBK dispatched WWE Tag Team Champion David Otunga with some Sweet Chin Music, Raw’s anonymous General Manager chimed in to tell Punk that since The Straight Edge Superstar has only three Mondays left in WWE, they’re going to count. With a spin of the wheel, the New Nexus overlord found himself facing a mystery opponent: Kane! If that wasn’t enough, Michaels tuned up the band again for Otunga’s tag team partner Michael McGillicutty, ensuring that, given Mason Ryan’s absence due to injury, Punk would face The Devil’s Favorite Demon without his armbanded lackeys.
- A few hours before WWE announced his release, Chavo Guerrero wrote the following online: "Guerrero's have always been rebels, so It's time for me to start being a Guerrero..Big news coming a bit later..stay tuned!"
Several Wrestlers Comment on Chavo WWE Release Posted by Steve Carrier on 06/26/2011 at 02:58 PM
- Several stars have took to Twitter and commented on Chavo Guerrero's departure from WWE. Here are some of the wrestlers' comments:
Tyler Reks: "Just heard about my friend, Chavo. I'm sad & happy for him at the same time. I learned more from him than anyone I've been with in the ring. It was an honor & a highlight of my career to work with a Guerrero."
Gail Kim: "Happy 2 hear that chavo is happy and at peace with his life decisions he is so talented and 1 of the funniest guys I know I'm sure its not the last we will c of him...we love u b**ch! Haha @mexwarrior"
Trish Stratus: "Looking forward to seeing what's next for @mexwarrior, always been a great performer & a great friend. All the best to him & family"
MVP: "Congratulations to my good friend Chavo Guerrero JR aka @mexwarrior! As Tony Montana said "The WORLD is yours!" Working with @mexwarrior was always a pleasure. "Call it in the ring baby!" A true professional & a class act. #thankyouchavo For REAL!"
Evan Bourne: "I owe soooo much to @mexwarrior. He took me under his wing early in my career, taught me everyday, challenged me, and pushed me physically."
Online feud between Tough Enough finalists Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 06/26/2011 at 02:40 PM
A fan on Twitter informed Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine of critical comments runner-up Luke Robinson made during a recent interview. Robinson stated last week that Leavine used pity to win the contest by saying he has children to take care of.
Leavine wrote to Robinson on Twitter, "All the BS aside its over now. You want to run your mouth? Remember if you make it here-I'm already in the locker room."
Abyss responds to comments from Matt Hardy Posted by Corbin Nordhoff on 06/26/2011 at 02:44 PM
It was reported yesterday that Matt Hardy was asking for fans to tweet him if they had asked for a refund at recent TNA house shows because he wasn't on it. It seemed like a matter of time before "someone" else in TNA responded to that. It finally did by way of Abyss as he posted the following on his Twitter:
"Our roster of talent is the best and brings everything they have to the ring everynite and our Impact live events give the fans alot for their money. No refunds required or requested. Thanks for being great fans no matter whos on the show. You guys are the best".
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