Alberto Del Rio Pulled from WrestleMania 28 Match? Posted by Steve Carrier on 03/25/2012 at 08:56 AM
Alberto Del Rio was doing media for WWE in Puerto Rico this weekend and said that he is under the impression that he will not be performing at WrestleMania 28.
Del Rio said at one point, he was going to face Randy Orton and most recently plans called for him to be on Team Laurinaitis. Del Rio said he had just been told he's no longer in the Team Laurinaitis vs. Team Long match.
Zack Ryder and The Great Khali were added to Team Teddy on last night's episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, leaving one spot open for both teams. Hornswoggle was also announced as the team's mascot.
Here is the updated WrestleMania 28 card coming out of Smackdown.
The Rock vs. John Cena
WWE Championship Match CM Punk (c) vs. Chris Jericho
Hell in a Cell Match The Undertaker vs. Triple H Shawn Michaels will be the special referee
WWE World Championship Match Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Sheamus
WWE Intercontinental Championship Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Big Show
Randy Orton vs. Kane
Team Laurinaitis vs. Team Long David Otunga & Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger & Mark Henry & Christian & TBA vs. Santino Marella & Great Khali & Zack Ryder & Kofi Kingston & R Truth & TBA
WWE Divas Tag-Team Match WWE Divas Champion Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres vs. Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos
Fall Brawl 1998: War Games took place on September 13, 1998 from the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Chris Jericho on the mic, The Dancing Fools vs. The British Bulldog and Jim Neidhart, Chris Jericho(c) vs. Fake Goldberg - TV Title, Ernest Miller vs. Norman Smiley, Scott Steiner vs. Rick Steiner, Silva King vs. Juventud Guerrera(c) - Cruiserweight Title, Perry Saturn vs. Raven, Curt Hennig vs. Dean Malenko, Scott Hall vs. Konnan, Team WCW vs. Team nWo Hollywood vs. Team nWo Wolfpack - War Games match.
The Smackdown video plays, and we're brought into the arena with a big fireworks display. Michael Cole, Josh Mathews, and Booker T welcome us to the show. Tonight's main event will see Sheamus partner with CM Punk to take on Daniel Bryan and The Miz.
The World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ring with AJ. Bryan says, "The first thing I'd like to say is, 'Yes, yes, yes!'" Bryan says he could talk about himself all night, but he's going to put AJ on the spot. Bryan tells her to tell everyone what it's like to be in love with the World Heavyweight Champion. AJ says she has a match tonight and he'll be in her corner. Bryan takes the microphone away and tells her to answer the question. AJ says its heaven. AJ says that no one knows this, but he caresses her. He also has the softest lips. Sometimes, at night, they even spoon. She calls him "Danny," and he takes the microphone away. He says they discussed never calling him that in public. She apologizes, and she says he's brave, courageous, and generous. As a vegan, his body is his temple. His mind and spirit are pure, and above all, he makes her feel safe. That's why she really enjoys cuddling. Bryan whispers in her ear, and AJ acts offended. She says what he said is personal. AJ then says, "Daniel Bryan is a great lover." AJ looks embarrassed after saying that. Bryan then gets her to say that he'll make that "Irish brute" tap out at WrestleMania, and he'll continue on becoming the greatest of all time. Bryan asks the crowd to let him hear it for AJ, and then he tells them to cheer him. Bryan screams, "Yes!"
Sheamus' music hits, and the number one contender to Daniel Bryan's World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania makes his way to the ring. Sheamus says it's no disrespect to AJ, but before he came out he threw up in his mouth. Sheamus asks if she really thinks her boyfriend is brave and courageous. AJ nods, and Sheamus says he thinks Bryan is a sniveling little coward. Sheamus laughs at the fact that AJ said his lips are soft. Sheamus says he doesn't even want to go there. Sheamus does want to go to WrestleMania. Sheamus calls him "Danny," and Bryan quickly corrects him that it's "Daniel." The crowd chants "Danny" at him. Sheamus then calls him "Danny Boy," and the crowd chants that as well. Sheamus says if he doesn't like being called that then he'll hate being called "Former World Heavyweight Champion." Sheamus says he'll kick his teeth down his throat at WrestleMania.
Mark Henry is seen chatting with Abraham Washington backstage. Henry will be in action next.
R-Truth vs. Mark Henry
R-Truth ducks a lock up, and he begins punching away at Henry. Henry quickly punches him down and wrenches the arm. Henry talks some trash, and R-Truth begins to punch back. R-Truth goes into the ropes, and Henry annihilates him with a clothesline. Henry throws him out of the ring, and he says he's taking out the trash. Henry goes outside, and he presses R-Truth's head into the steel steps. Henry sends him into the ring, and he stomps him. R-Truth tries in vain to fight back, but Henry punches him down. Henry covers for a near fall. Henry goes for an elbow drop, but R-Truth moves. R-Truth hits a low dropkick to the face. R-Truth hits a DDT, but Henry kicks out at one. R-Truth goes to the top rope, and Henry catches him. Henry quickly gives him the World's Strongest Slam for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Mark Henry
Later tonight, we'll see Big Show take on Kane in a rematch from Raw.
Yokozuna will be the next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame: Class of 2012. Banzai!
They show a replay of Zack Ryder's rally that he held outside the stadium in Philadelphia before Raw. Ryder was lobbying to be a part of Team Teddy at WrestleMania.
Teddy Long is seen watching the rally backstage with Santino Marella, Kofi Kingston, and Aksana. Zack Ryder walks in, and he says that's what he needs on Team Teddy. Long says the rally was off the chains, but he's worried about Ryder's situation with Eve. Ryder asks if he's serious, and Santino says he is. Ryder then calls Hornswoggle into the room, and he's waving a flag with Teddy's face on it. Long says he could use a mascot, but a mascot and a rally just isn't big enough. Ryder then calls The Great Khali into the room, and he's dressed in Ryder's gear. Ryder says if he's on the team, then Khali is too. Long asks if that's true, and Khali says, "Woo, woo, woo – you know it!" Long congratulates them all because they're now a part of Team Teddy. They all celebrate and give a big, "Woo, woo, woo – you know it!"
AJ is in the ring with Daniel Bryan when we return from the commercial. They show a pre-taped video of The Bella Twins. Nikki tries to give her advice on AJ, but Brie says she lost to her last week. Brie says she'll show her how it's done.
AJ w/ Daniel Bryan vs. Brie Bella w/ Nikki Bella
Bryan kisses AJ before the match starts. They lock up, and Brie quickly gets a headlock applied. Brie powers her down, and she mocks Daniel Bryan. Bryan talks to AJ in the corner, giving her advice. Brie kicks her down, and she applies a headlock. AJ fights out, sends her to the ropes, and hits a nice back elbow. AJ charges her, and Brie drops her on the ropes. Brie kicks away at her, and she talks some trash. Brie picks up a near fall. Brie bounces her head off the mat a few times. Brie picks up another near fall. AJ quickly rolls her up for a one count. Brie immediately takes her back down with a clothesline. Brie applies an abdominal stretch, and Bryan says, "You better not tap!" AJ fights up, and she fights out. AJ kicks away at her, but Brie knees her in the midsection. AJ quickly comes back with a head-scissor into an arm bar. Nikki Bella gets on the apron to distract the referee, and Bryan yells at her to get down. Brie tries a sneak attack, but she accidentally hits her sister Nikki. AJ quickly rolls her up for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: AJ
Daniel Bryan celebrates like he just won the match himself for the second week in a row. Bryan tells her that she has to listen to him more.
Nikki Bella gets on the microphone, and she says Brie should have taken her advice. Nikki says she and her sister disagree on a whole bunch of things. At WrestleMania, Brie is rooting for Team Johnny while she's rooting for Team Teddy. Nikki asks the crowd to help her give support. She then gets the crowd to spell out "Teddy," and they cheer.
Sheamus teams with CM Punk to take on Daniel Bryan and The Miz in the main event.
EXCUSE ME! Vickie Guerrero comes out to massive heat, and she introduces Jack Swagger to the ring.
Jack Swagger w/ Vickie Guerrero vs. Zack Ryder w/ Hornswoggle
They circle the ring and lock up. Ryder gets a side headlock applied, and Swagger takes him down. Ryder quickly hits a drop-toe-hold, and Swagger quickly comes back with a front face lock. Swagger rolls him around the ring, and he applies an overhead wristlock. Ryder whips him off, leapfrogs him, and Ryder rolls him up for a one count. Ryder hits a nice dropkick, and he punches away at Swagger. Swagger quickly comes back by shoving him face first into the turnbuckle. Swagger slams him for a near fall. Swagger beats him down in the corner. The referee backs him up. Swagger takes him down, taunts the crowd, and he takes him down again. Swagger applies an overhead wristlock again. Ryder fights up, and he punches out. Swagger drops him to the apron, but Ryder kicks him in the face.
Ryder catches him charging with his knees. Ryder ducks a clothesline and hits a few of his own. Ryder hits a face-buster, and he hits a forearm shiver in the corner. Ryder gives him the Broski Boot for a near fall. Ryder sets up for his finisher, but Swagger counters into a powerbomb in the corner. Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb for a near fall. Swagger elbows him in the ribs. At ringside, Hornswoggle chases Vickie Guerrero to the apron. She tries to get Swagger to help her. Swagger scares Hornswoggle off the apron. Ryder quickly surprises him with the Rough Ryder for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Zack Ryder
They show a replay of Cody Rhodes beating up the Big Show on Raw this past Monday. Cody Rhodes is seen walking backstage earlier in the day, and Matt Striker stops him. Striker asks him about what happened on Raw. Rhodes says he's enjoyed showing Big Show's embarrassing WrestleMania clips. It reminds people of what Big Show does on the grandest stage of them all: chokes. Rhodes enjoyed embarrassing him on Monday and he couldn't do a thing about it. The biggest embarrassment is coming at WrestleMania on April Fool's Day when the biggest fool in all of WWE loses to him. Rhodes says he has a plane to catch, and he leaves the arena.
Big Show will take on Kane next.
Big Show vs. Kane
The bell rings, and Kane quickly kicks and punches away at Big Show. Big Show quickly comes back, but Kane escapes. Kane hits an uppercut, and he clotheslines him in the corner. Big Show quickly comes back with a shoulder block. Kane rolls out of the ring to recover, but Big Show follows, punching him around. Kane eventually sidesteps him, sending Big Show into the ring post. They get back into the ring, and Kane kicks away at him. Big Show pushes him back, but Kane comes back with a low dropkick to the face for a two count. Kane applies a chin lock, but Big Show won't give up. Big Show fights up, and he whips Kane off. They go into the ropes, and they take each other out with a double clothesline.
They trade punches with Big Show coming out on top with some head-butts. Big Show hits some clotheslines, and he sends him to the corner for a butt bump. Big Show quickly follows up with a shoulder block, and he signals for the Chokeslam. Kane fights him off, and he drops Big Show with a DDT. Kane covers for a near fall. Kane goes to the top rope for his lariat, but Big Show catches him with a Chokeslam! All of a sudden Cody Rhodes runs in, and he attacks Big Show for the disqualification.
Winner by Disqualification: Big Show
Big Show quickly shoves Cody Rhodes down, and he chases him through the crowd. Rhodes quickly escapes, and Big Show isn't happy about that. All of a sudden Randy Orton appears in the ring, and he gives Kane an RKO! Orton stands tall in the ring, and he poses for the crowd.
Later tonight, we'll see Sheamus and CM Punk take on Daniel Bryan and The Miz. Coming up next, the Funkasaurus will be in action.
They show footage of Big Show, David Otunga, and Stephanie McMahon promoting the WWE's anti-bullying campaign in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
JOBBER ALERT: Heath Slater is in the ring with no TV entrance.
Heath Slater vs. Brodus Clay
Slater circles Clay, but he's quickly taken down. Brodus giggles a bit before punching Slater down. Brodus drops an elbow, and he sends him into the ropes. Slater quickly kicks him in the face, and he dropkicks him in the knee. Slater takes him down for a one count. Slater punches away at him, but Brodus pushes him off. Brodus hits a head-butt, punches him in the midsection, and hits a high knee to the face. Brodus hits a suplex, and he finishes Slater off with a splash for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Brodus Clay
We'll see the Undertaker/Triple H/Shawn Michaels encounter from Raw.
Zack Ryder bumps into Eve backstage, and he says he's going to WrestleMania. What she told him to do worked. Eve says they're both going to WrestleMania. Ryder says she's beautiful and smart. Eve asks if that's a recent discovery. Eve asks if he thinks she's smart. Eve tells him to forget about the dinner they planned. She'll go with someone else. She walks off on Ryder, and he's left confused. She smiles as she walks away.
The Raw Rebound plays, and it highlights the Undertaker/Triple H/Shawn Michaels encounter from Raw.
Tonight's main event will see CM Punk and Sheamus take on Daniel Bryan and The Miz.
A promo video for Lord Tensai plays.
Christian is seen joining the commentary table.
The Great Khali w/ Teddy Long vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ John Laurinaitis and David Otunga
Ziggler ducks under a lock up attempt, and he struts around the ring. Ziggler punches him, but it doesn't hurt Khali. Khali gives him a big clothesline, and Ziggler rolls out of the ring. Ziggler regroups next to Laurinaitis and Otunga. Khali brings Ziggler into the ring the hard way, and he clotheslines him down. Khali chops the chest, puts him in another corner, and he chops him again. Ziggler comes back with a dropkick to the knee. Ziggler punches him down, and he drops an elbow on the back of the neck. Ziggler applies a front face lock, but Khali fights up. Khali powers him off, and he hits some clotheslines. Ziggler ducks a Brian Chop, and he applies a Sleeper Hold! The bell rings!
John Laurinaitis, who ordered the timekeeper to ring the bell, says that Ziggler won by submission. Teddy Long gets in the ring, and he says that Laurinaitis is going to learn that they don't roll like that. Long says the match isn't over. Ziggler has until the count of ten to get in the ring or the match is over. The referee counts, but Ziggler doesn't get in. Khali wins by count-out.
Winner by Count-Out: The Great Khali
Kofi Kingston and Santino Marella surprise Ziggler, and they throw him into the ring. The Great Khali gives Ziggler a Brain Chop, and they all celebrate in the ring.
The Miz is backstage with Daniel Bryan. He says after all he's done for Bryan, he needs to do this for him. The Miz says they need this. The main event is next.
CM Punk and Sheamus vs. The Miz and Daniel Bryan w/ AJ
Bryan kisses AJ before the match starts. Bryan will start the match out against his WrestleMania opponent, Sheamus. On second though, Bryan immediately tags out as soon as the bell rings. The Miz and Sheamus lock up. Sheamus gets a quickly side headlock, and he takes him down. Sheamus goes back to the headlock. The Miz whips him off. Sheamus blocks a hip toss, and he clotheslines him down for a one count. Sheamus wrenches the arm and he makes the tag. CM Punk comes off the top rope with a hammer to the shoulder. Punk quickly hits a body slam for a one count. Punk wrenches the arm, and he drives his shoulder into him. Sheamus tags in, and Punk whips The Miz into Sheamus' springboard shoulder block for a near fall.
Sheamus gives him a big uppercut before sending him to the ropes. The Miz kicks him in the face, and Sheamus immediately catches him with an Irish Curse. Daniel Bryan quickly breaks up the pin. Sheamus brings Bryan into the ring the hard way, but Bryan escapes the ring. The Miz then kicks Sheamus out of the ring. Bryan quickly dropkicks Sheamus at ringside.
We come back from the break to see Miz kicks Sheamus in the face. Miz applies a chin lock, but Sheamus quickly fights up. Miz goes for a DDT, but Sheamus gives him a back body drop. Punk is tagged in, and he hits a springboard clothesline. Punk hits a spinning neckbreaker before following up with his high knee/bulldog combo. Punk hits a body slam before going to the top rope. Bryan distracts him, and Punk knocks him off the apron. Miz quickly catches Punk with a DDT for a near fall. Bryan is tagged in, and he kicks away at Punk. Bryan drops a knee on his face for a one count. Bryan applies a surfboard stretch, but Punk fights up. Punk chops the chest, but Bryan quickly comes back with a knee to the midsection.
The Miz is tagged in, and he knees away at Punk for a near fall. Miz applies a neck vice, but Punk fights out of it. Miz counters out of a GTS with a backbreaker. Miz goes for a neckbreaker, but Punk lays him out with a roundhouse kick. Bryan is tagged in, and he grabs Punk. Punk makes a desperation leap, and Sheamus is tagged in! Sheamus clotheslines him down a few times, lays him out in the corner, and he viciously clubs away at him in the ropes. Sheamus hits a powerslam, and he sets up for his finisher. Bryan quickly tags in Miz. Sheamus chases Bryan, and Miz kicks away at him. Sheamus immediately comes back with a Brogue Kick for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: CM Punk and Sheamus
CM Punk and Sheamus celebrate in the ring as Daniel Bryan looks on from the top of the ramp with AJ.
- Layla made her return to in-ring competition at a non-televised Florida Championship Wrestling event on Thursday night. Alongside babyface Audrey Marie, they defeated Paige and Sofia Cortez. She had been sidelined since May due to tears of both her Anterior cruciate and Medial collateral ligaments, which required surgery.
Layla received high marks from FCW officials for her performance as she displayed a series of Lucha style moves. She had been working very hard in recent weeks in preparation for her squared circle return.
Nash Talks Why His Match with Punk Never Happened Posted by Steve Carrier on 03/24/2012 at 10:06 AM
In an interview on PWTorch's Livecast, Kevin Nash revealed the full story on why his match with C.M. Punk was derailed after SummerSlam last year. Here is what he said.
"I'll tell you what nobody knows about this entire thing," Nash said. "I never went into it and WWE never went into it because of the privacy issue. What happened was, because of the Wellness Program, because my dad died of a heart attack at 36 years old, they do beyond a thorough physical. Well, my heart and everything else was fine, but I'm on Plavix and Plavix is a blood platelet agulator; they call it a blood thinner. It's not, it stops your platelets from sticking together so you don't get cardiovascular disease and blockages in your arteries and have a heart attack. it's also for stroke. It's very common to take with a statin drug if you have anybody in your heredity who died before 50 let alone having a father who died of a massive coronary at age 36.
"So I was on Plavix. So this comes through. When the doctor sees I'm on Plavix, I can't wrestle. So now I'm supposed to wrestle C.M. Punk. I can't. They won't medically clear me. Triple H has to take my spot. It screws up the entire angle. That's how all that came about. WWE would never - because that's the class of the program - let that come out, but I need to make sure people realize it wasn't Creative's [fault], it was that a 52 year old guy was on Plavix and I had to go off it. I had to be off it for a certain amount of time before I could go back to work. It just so happened that I was finishing the Soderbergh film "Magic Mike" at the time, and I had to go shoot that, so it coincided with me going away for a while. I took the shot with the sledgehammer in Buffalo at Night of Champions and that got me away until I could be clear, and then I came back and we went into the match with Paul [Triple H] and I. At that point, Phil [C.M. Punk] and I sort of missed our opportunity to have that match. That's the true untold story that I give only Wade Keller (laughs)."
Big Daddy V Not Appearing At WM Posted by Andy Steven on 03/23/2012 at 01:36 PM
-- Reports this week of former WWE talent Nelson Frazier (a/k/a Big Daddy V, Viscera) appearing at WrestleMania Axxess are incorrect he is advertised to appear at a wrestling tour taking place in Georgetown, Guyana on March 31 and April 1. Other talent appearing include Tom Howard, Predator (a/k/a Sylvester Terkey), Butterbean, Domino, Daivari, Luke Gallows, Shad Gaspard, Paul London, Mike Knox and Raven. Bill Goldberg will also appear at the events in a non-wrestling capacity.
According to PWTorch, The 3/22 edition of Impact Wrestling did a 1.09 rating with 1,489,000 viewers.
Q1: Impact opened with a 1.05 rating for Dixie Carter
and Sting addressing events with Robert Roode at the end of TNA's Victory Road
PPV Sunday night. The rating has to be disappointing coming off a PPV and also
indicative that TNA did not reach their general audience with the "attempt to
create buzz" PPV finish to draw in an audience for the immediate fall-out. (down
10.8% vs. 2011-Q1 average)
Q2: Impact did increase to a 1.15 rating for the follow-up to the opening angle with Sting
and Dixie, one commercial break, and the first-half of a four-way X Division
match. (even vs. 2011-Q2 average)
Q3: Impact dipped to a 1.08 rating for the second-half of the X Division matched
interrupted by Bully Ray, the first of three Repo Games segments, one
commercial, and the first-half of ODB & EY vs. Sarita & Rosita for the
KO Tag Titles. (down 7.4% vs. 2011-Q3 average)
Q4: Impact reached its
first hour peak with a 1.16 rating for the
second-half of the KO Tag Title match, plus backstage segments and video
packages, and two full commercial breaks. The Q4 rating typically dips below a
1.00 when there are two breaks, but it went the opposite direction this week.
(up 3.1% vs. 2011-Q4 average)
Q5: Impact increased slightly to a
show-high 1.18 rating for James Storm's mid-ring
promo and superkick to Bobby Roode's lawyer, plus one commercial break. (down
4.2% vs. 2011-Q5 average)
Q6: Impact nosedived to a 1.00 rating for the Angle-Garett Bischoff three-minute
challenge, plus one-and-a-half commercial breaks. (down 13.8% vs. 2011-Q6
Q7: Impact never really recovered from the Q6 drop, but
increased slightly to a 1.04 rating for a TNA Tag
Title match, Hulk Hogan backstage setting up a main event segment appearance,
more Repo Games, and one commercial break. (down 8.8% vs. 2011-Q7
Q8: Impact was essentially even with a 1.05 rating for Storm vs. Daniels & Kazarian in a
handicap match, one commercial break, and Dixie Carter bringing out Hulk Hogan
to tease a GM change to close the show. (down 10.8% vs. 2011-Q8 average)
Evan Bourne has broken his foot in 4 places and dislocated it in 5 places!
Bourne suffered an “accident” this past Monday – the cause and details of which
are yet to be revealed. Bourne's 2nd WWE suspension has only just expired after
failing 2 WWE drugs tests in 3 months, but is yet to be used by WWE.
Bourne tweeted: ”I hate throw out bad news but I must. I was in an
accident Monday and mangled my foot. Sorry to delay the comeback, I’m down but
not out!… Broken in 4 spots, dislocated in 5! Ouch! I wish I was back in the
ring already… I’m gonna be bitter about this for a little while.”
Of Creative & Talent Relations Bruce Prichard Suffers Heart Attack
According to former WWE Wrestler JBL,
Bruce Prichard suffered two small heart attacks earlier last week. JBL who is a
longtime friend of Prichard posted the following on his facebook account
happy one of my best friends Brother Love (Bruce Prichard) is ok after suffering
two apparent heart attacks this past week. He's got two new stents and doctor
says that according to his research he actually does have a heart. Very, very
happy that my pal is ok. A few years ago Gerald Brisco, who hired me at WWE and
is also good friend of mine and Bruce's, had a heart attack-so apparently both
of them have a heart-who would have believed it?"
- WWE developmental wrestler Husky Harris appeared under the name Levi Wyatt at a non-televised Florida Championship Wrestling event on Thursday. His character was described by a person in attendance at the event as a religious zealot. Wearing a straw hat and Hawaiian shirt, he cut a heelish promo before defeating fellow developmental talent Jiro in a singles match.
The Wrestling Observer reported this week that Harris is on management's radar for a promotion to the main roster and would be debuting a new character.
Matt Hardy Talks About Getting Out of Rehab Posted by Steve Carrier on
03/22/2012 at 10:52 PM
Matt Hardy spoke to the Poughkeepsie Journal
about wrestling Matt Taven at WrestleFest 16 tomorrow night, March 23rd in
Poughkeepsie, New York. Hardy's girlfriend, Reby Sky, will be facing former WWE
Diva Melina on the card. Hardy credits Reby for him working the independent
"The main reason I'm doing these shows is because of her," said
Hardy. "One of my goals is to help her realize her dream of being an in-ring
competitor. I promise it will be entertaining."
It's been a wild year
for Hardy, who recently completed a WWE-sponsored rehab program. After the
turbulent year that he's endured, Hardy says he's in a good place.
at a really good place in life right now," he admitted. "The things I went
through in life were life-changing and changed the way I think. I want to
appreciate every day in life."
While Hardy was appreciative for the
WWE's Wellness Policy and paying for his rehab, he was critical of the company's
"There is a huge positive side to what WWE does with
the Wellness Policy," Hardy said. "The only thing I can really be critical of
WWE about, looking at it right now, is that they have to remember that the
people who work there aren't machines. Wrestling isn't easy. It's like a car
crash. I wish they would give guys a few weeks off. I think guys need to take
mandatory time off. I know it's tough when they need to promote the key names,
but they need to keep guys healthy. It would help them not to burn out and from
tempting them to make mistakes."
Northeast Wrestling's WrestleFest 16
takes place tomorrow night, March 23rd at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in
Poughkeepsie, New York.
Impact Wrestling kicks off with footage from Victory Road, which was this past Sunday. It shows the main conflict between Sting and Bobby Roode. While Sting was going to take care of Roode, Roode won the match and continues his wrath. After the footage, another video plays showing the moments after the match where he brought Dixie Carter in the ring. He taped Sting the ropes and let him and Dixie suffer. He pulls her away from Sting so he can hit Sting with a chair helplessly, but Dixie crawled bak to Sting to protect him. Roode gets in the face of Dixie and pushes her down. After that footage, the camera shows Dixie Carter walking backstage as she comes through a door. The entrance video for Impact Wrestling plays showcasing the top talent in this company and all over the world. It ends and here comes Dixie Carter. She gets on stage and walks down the ramp. Her face shows multiple emotions from being upset to worried. Dixie grabs a mic and gets in the ring.
Dixie has trouble speaking, but she finally does. She says Bobby Roode disrespected the company and the fans for the past six months. The crowd starts to chant, “Fire Bobby, Fire Bobby!” For what Bobby did at Victory Road, he has crossed the line. Dixie talked to attorneys and management. Dixie says there is only one option for Roode to do. Just then, music plays and here comes Sting! Dixie looks like she doesn’t want him to show up. As he comes to the ring, she claps for him though. He gets in with a mic and they hug. Sting begins to speak. He says firing Roode will let him go off on the easy way. He shouldn’t go like that as he is set to fight Storm at Lockdown and the fans want to see that. The crowd chants, “We Want Revenge” and Sting agrees. Sting says he needs to talk about the Gm position. He says it is not working!
The show returns with the continuation of the segment in the ring. Sting says Dixie has put all her trust and faith into him to run this company. Sting did his very best. He did what he could do. At Victory Road, the company came alive. Sting came alive! Sting can’t be part-time GM and part-time wrestler. He can’t do both. The crowd chants, “You still got it.” He can’t do both if he is going to compete at the Bobby Roode level. Sting reveals that he suffered a concussion from the PPV. Sting will leave and get better and stronger and he will come back better than ever. He promises Dixie that. Sting will put on his boots and be nothing else but a wrestler. Sting will continue to fight for this company and Dixie. He tells Dixie sorry, but he has to step down as GM of this company. Dixie is about to tear up as she asks what she should do. Sting says he is not going to let her and the fans hanging. He has been talking and he found the right person to take this company to the top. He can read everyone’s personality like the back of his hand. He calls this person one of the greatest people. Sting needs to transfer power over to…..the REAL Hulk Hogan! Sting goes right to Dixie and says that she has to trust him. He says it is going to work. The crowd is going crazy. The are pumped.
Bully Ray is backstage in a room. He states that he is super angry. He is going to take people hostage. He doesn’t care who it could be. It is not the night to be standing in his way. He has the chain wrapped around his hand and leaves the room.
Kid Kash and Anthony Nese are already in the ring. Zema Ion comes down the ramp with his cocky walk and face as he comes to the ring.
Austin Aries comes on stage and makes his way down the ramp. He has the X-Divisio Title around his waist as he has been carrying that title longer than anyone in the history of the company.
Kid Kash vs. Anthony Nese vs. Zema Ion vs. Austin Aries (Champ) in a 4 Corner Match for the X-Division Title
Austin talks to Kash first and then Ion and then Nese, but Ion goes behind Aries and goes for a roll-up, but he gets out of it and both roll out of the ring. While they fight outside, Nash attacks Nese inside of the ring as he lifts him up and drops him down. He pins him, but Nese kicks out. Nese comes back as he jumps in the corner and flies back, but Kash moves out of the way. As he gets up, Nese tosses him over the ropes. As he is down, Austin enters the ring. Austin goes right after Nese as he does a knife edge chop in the corner and then whips him into the ropes. Nese comes back as he whips Austin in the corner and smashes him. Austin sits in the corner and Nese hits him with a huge knee. Ion enters and is able to throw Nese out of the ring. Ion goes after Aries, but Aries is able to fight back. Just then, Nese climbs the corner and jumps on him. Austin is able to bring him to the mat as well as Ion. Austin throws both out of the ring. He joins him by delivering a suicide dive. Kash gets on the corner and jumps right on Aries. Ion now gets up on the corner and he does a huge moonsault. Nese gets in the ring and jumps right on Ion. All four are slowly getting in the ring and in one particular corner. It becomes a Leaning Tower as each climb each other and they all fall down. What an impactful move! As they get up, Bully Ray comes out of nowhere and enters the ring. He knocks down the stars in the match and the referee calls for the bell. Ray continues the attack until Aries gets in this face questioning the situation. Ray knocks him down and gets on the mic. He asks if anyone knows who he is. He asks them one more time. He answers himself as he is “Bully Ray!!” His music plays and he walks around the ring. He exits. No Contest
Hernandez and Anarquia with Sarita and Rosita are in the parking lot. They meet someone from the television show, Repo Games. He asks them if they are ready. The Repo Man is about to tow their car. He then asks them a series of Mexican questions. They get the first one right, but they missed the second one. They lowered the car but then raised it. He asks them how to spell some word. They couldn’t spell it at all. Looks like their car will be towed. Anarquia says they are competing for the TNA Tag Titles and if they win, then they will give him money so he won’t tow the car. He wants actual bills, not pesos. They say that they will bring it back. Leave the car there!
Christy Hemme is shown in the ring as she announces this contest. Mexican America’s music plays as Sarita and Rosita come on stage. They walk down the ramp while swaying their hips from side to side. They get in the ring and wait. ODB and Eric Young come on stage and the crowd cheers. Fireworks explode behind them as they are on the ramp. They get in the ring and Eric kisses ODB. Eric starts off the match as he goes after the referee for a hug.
Sarita and Rosita vs. Eric Young and ODB (Champs) for the TNA Knockout Tag Team Titles
The bell starts and Eric goes against Rosita. Eric starts acting up and walks away from Rosita as he tags in ODB. She enters and just knocks Rosita down with her chest. She gets up and ODB whips her in the corner. ODB runs and smashes her. Rosita sits in the corner. ODB goes to jump on her, but she moves. Rosita tags Sarita and she goes right after ODB. She attacks her in the corner and then brings her to the middle of the ring. ODB tries to crawl to her corner, but Sarita elbows her in the back. She gets ODB up and tags Rosita. She enters and stomps on ODB. ODB gets in a corner as Rosita continues to stomp and punch. ODB pushes her away. Rosita runs back but ODB kicks her. She steps back and ODB closelines her down. Sarita comes in to help Rosita to pull ODB away to get a tag, but ODB pushes both of them and tags Eric. Eric enters and does some summersaults and then takes off his pants. Sarita and Rosita develop a plan and try to hit on Eric as they rub him and like his look. ODB sees this and smacks her face. She goes after Rosita and knocks her down. She then attacks Sarita and Sarita rolls out of the ring. ODB goes to Eric and questions what that was about. She says he isn’t wearing his wedding ring and there are lots of knockouts in the back that he could go after. She then kisses him and pushes him down on Rosita for the pin. Winner and Still Champs: Eric Young and ODB
Clips are shown from Victory Road that reveals the TNA Tag Team Title match. After the clips, Crimson is backstage watching the Direct Auto Insurance commercial that has Matt Morgan in it. Crimson pauses it and stands up. He says Matt is working on his Hollywood career at his expense. Crimson reveals the problems of Matt like him dropping the ball with the Tag Titles. He took Matt out like he takes his trash out. Crimson feels way better. He wants to have him and Matt next week. Well, they don’t have to wait as Matt enters the camera shot. He pushes Crimson into the wall and then tosses him into chairs. He attacks him on the floor. Officials and guards come and pull Matt back.
The camera shows the audience as they play the segment with Dixie and Sting from earlier tonight. The video ends and Dixie is backstage. She says she doesn’t know how to feel yet. She sees where Sting is coming from, but she doesn’t know about this situation. She excuses herself as she has business to attend. The camera switches to James Storm as he is walking backstage. He is coming to the ring!
Jeff Hardy is backstage. He talks about his match with Kurt Angle. He says he needs Kurt Angle one more time and he issues a challenge against Kurt at Lockdown. Mr. Parks enters the picture and introduces himself. He says that Jeff and Abyss had a big history. He asks Jeff if he knows where his brother is. Jeff doesn’t know. Mr. Parks gives Jeff his card and Jeff leaves.
A video package plays talking about Lockdown. It switches to Bobby Roode and Team Canada. It’s a video hyping up the Roode vs. Storm match. James Storm is then shown and his tag team he was in years ago! It switches to Team Canada again. These are the early memories of TNA for these stars. James Storm and AJ Styles are the only ones who has been with TNA since day 1. Both, James and Roode, worked the very hardest to get to the top of the company. Both are tag team greats but they are also main event caliber stars!
The video ends and music plays. James Storm walks on stage and the crowd pops. He walks down the ramp and gets in the ring. James has a mic as he begins to talk. He states that people in the back forgot the difference between right and wrong. James talks about it being like an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. He goes on to talk about football as it should be all year long. He then goes on another rant about gasoline prices. He switches gears to Bobby Roode. What Roode did at the end of the PPV was wrong. James’ dad told him that man who hits a woman is not a man at all. James gets in front of the camera and says he will face and beat Roode at Lockdown for his title. He will right Roode’s wrong at Lockdown. He calls out Roode now just so he can beat him up. Music hits, Roode’s music, and someone walks down the ramp. It is some guy in a suit. He walks up the steel steps and gets in the ring with a mic. James walks around the guy and asks him, “Who in the blue hell he is?” The guy introduces himself as Roode’s legal advisor. He is here to read a statement. The guy pulls out a piece of paper. It states that Roode will remain in his hometown, Canada, until further notice. It is not safe in TNA for him at this time. The only obligation he has is to fight Storm at Lockdown. He knows he will win that match. If Storm wants a fight tonight, then he has an option to fight people as two stars contacted Roode to fight Storm. It can be Daniels or Kazarian. He can choose. The guy reads that Roode is sorry for all of his fans who thought they would see him and Roode will see everyone at Lockdown. Storm asks the guy again if he has the option to pick who he fights. He states he will fight both of them just so he won’t have to worry about it next week. James takes the paper that the guy read and asks to give Roode a message. He asks for a pen but the guy didn’t have one. He goes to asks the fans. Just then, he does one huge last call super kick to the guy. He fell instantly!!!! Storm tells him, “Sorry about your damn luck!”
Kurt Angle is backstage. He questions why Jeff wants a rematch at Lockdown. Kurt states that he beat him at Victory Road. The camera guy states that he did not win to Garett Bischoff though. Kurt can’t believe it. He walks over to Garett who is standing around. Garett says he beat him last week in that 5 minute challenge. Kurt gets angry and says that he won’t be able to beat him in 3 minutes. He tells Garett to get ready. Kurt walks away as Garett looks pretty shocked.
Christy Hemme is in the ring as she announces this challenge. Garett Bischoff comes on stage as the crowd cheers. He makes his way to the ring. The lights are turned off as Kurt’s music hits. Kurt Angle rises from under the stage. He raises his arms and fireworks explode in the air. He makes his way down the ramp as the crowd boos. He gets in the ring.
Garett Bischoff vs. Kurt Angle in a 3 Minute Challenge
The referee signals for the bell and the time ticks away. Kurt and Garett walk around. They get close and start to talk to each other. Kurt pokes Garett in the chest. They talk more and Kurt pushes him back. He then does it once more. After Garett goes to Kurt again, Kurt slaps him. One minute has passed. Kurt goes for a closeline, but Garett ducks and he closelines Kurt. He does it multiple times and then does a flapjack. He kicks Kurt in the gut and drops him right on his face. He pins but Kurt kicks out. As Garett gets Kurt up, Kurt goes behind him and throws him between the ropes. Garett lands on the outside. Garett stays outside as the clock ticks down. Kurt goes outside and Garett goes inside. They then reverse. As the time is ticking more, Gunner comes out and rolls Garett in the ring. Kurt stomps on him and Gunner joins him. The bell sounds. They attack Garett. Just then, Jeff Hardy runs down. He saves Garett as Kurt and Gunner leave the ring. Jeff’s music plays as Kurt and Gunner are on stage. They trash talk Jeff. No Contest
A video is shown to promote and hype the return of the MotorCity Machine Guns!
Music hits and here comes Mexican America. Hernandez and Anarquia walk out and Sarita and Rosita are at their side. They all get in the ring as a family. Joe’s music plays and he comes out with Magnus. They have the TNA Tag Titles.
Hernandez and Anarquia vs. Samoa Joe and Magnus (Champs) for the TNA Tag Team Titles
Joe starts the match with Hernandez. They lock-up and Hernandez backs Joe in the corner. He lets go at the count of the referee. Joe turns and puts him in the corner and does multiple punches. He tags in Magnus. The whip Hernandez in the ropes and Joe does an atomic drop while Magnus elbows him when Joe drops Super Mex. Joe jumps up and lands back first on him. Magnus gets Hernandez up and he is able to tag Anarquia. He fights Magnus, but Magnus comes back to work not he arm of Anarquia. He fights back against Magnus. He is able to knock him down. He puts Magnus in the corner and tags Hernandez. He lifts Magnus up on his shoulder and drops down for a great backbreaker. He covers but Magnus kicks out. He puts Magnus on the ropes and tags Anarquia. He runs into the opposing ropes, jumps over Super Mex as he holds the legs of Magnus and drops on the gut and torso. Anarquia continues the attack. He puts him in his own corner and tags Hernandez. He brings Magnus out and applies the bear hug. Magnus punches Hernandez in the head to get out of it. Super Mex is able to do a battering ram that knocks Magnus down. He tags Anarquia. He has Magnus in the corner and Anarquia jumps to Magnus, but he moves and goes right into the turnbuckle. Magnus is able to fight him and Mex off as both are in the ring. Joe is tagged and he goes after Anarquia. He is able to get away and climb the corner. Anarquia jumps but Joe simply moves out of the way. Super Mex enters, but Joe attacks him. Joe gets Anarquia into the rear naked choke hold. He is tapping, but Rosita and Sarita are on the apron. The guy from Repo Games walks down the ramp and grabs both of them and carries them away. Joe lets go and Magnus enters. They attack Anarquia as Joe gives him a huge jumping face kick when he was in the corner. He rolls Anarquia down on the mat and Magnus delivers a flying elbow. Joe covers! That becomes the Direct Impact of the Night. Winner and Still Champs: Samoa Joe and Magnus
Hulk Hogan arrives backstage. The camera man asks Hulk how he feels about being the new GM. Hulk has no idea what he is talking about as Sting just called him to show up. Hogan walks away.
The man from Repo Games has Sarita and Rosita in the parking lot. He drops them down at their car. They beg him not to take their car. Hernandez and Anarquia run to the scene and beg also. They do not have any money though. He goes to leave, but Anarquia goes to attack him, but he ducks and pushes him back. He takes Rosita and Sarita with him, without force this time, and all three walk away.
A video plays playing James Storm’s music. They are at his hometown and the people in a bar discuss his music as they like it. The music video for the song will be revealed next week.
Kazarian and Daniels are on stage together. Daniels tells Kazarian something. Kazarian continues to the ring while Daniels hides on the stage. Daniels says that Kazarian says he is smarter than The Cowboy. James’ music plays and he walks on stage. He walks down the ramp. Fireworks explode behind him. He walks down the ramp and Daniels runs up behind him. James finds out and turns around. He does a hip toss to Daniels on the ramp. Kazarian goes to James, but he whips Kaz into the steel steps. The bell sounds and James gets in the ring.
Daniels and Kazarian vs. James Storm
Daniels is in there and James attacks him. It doesn’t last long as Kazarian enters the ring and it’s two on one as they beat him down. James tries to fight back, but they continue to hit him. They work on him separately as Daniels does multiple head shots and then rams his face into the corner. Kazarian has his turn now as he pounds on the back of Storm. Daniels goes back and brings James down for a cover, but James kicks out. Daniels locks James’ hands behind him and Kazarian attacks him from the front. Kazarian brings him to the ropes and chokes him. Daniels doesn’t like it as it’s not what he is directing. As Daniels and Kaz talk, Daniels turns around and runs to Storm. Storm moves out of the corner he is in and Daniels goes right into the turnbuckle. Storm does the last call to Kazarian. He turns and Daniels stumbles out. Storm does the last call super kick to Daniels and he pins him for the victory! James celebrates in the ring with his classic beer. Winner: James Storm
Sting is walking backstage. Dixie is also walking backstage. And so is Hogan. All of them are going to the ring.
Impact Wrestling is back and Sting’s music plays. He comes on stage and down to the ring. The crowd cheers just like they did earlier in the night. He has a mic. He wants to keep this ball rolling. He tells Dixie Carter to please come out. Dixie’s music plays and here comes the President of TNA. She comes down to the ring with an actual smile on her face. She has brighter spirits then she did earlier. Sting says he knows Hogan for 20 years. Since Hogan cut Eric Bischoff out of his life, we have seen the real Hulk Hogan. Sting looked into his eyes and he knows his heart. He trust Hulk Hogan. In return, he asks Dixie to trust Hogan. The fans chant, “Hogan, Hogan, Hogan.” Dixie says she has always trusted Sting. If Sting believes in Hogan, she believes in Sting, then it is the right thing. “Let’s do this!” Sting says he has been running with Hogan all day. He knows he is here. He welcomes and introduces the real Hulk Hogan! Hogan’s music hits and here comes Hulk-a-mania! He gets on stage and walks down the ramp as fireworks explode behind him. The crowd is going insane. He gets in the ring and shakes the hand of Sting. He hugs Sting and then Dixie Carter. The music stops and Sting has his hand on Hogan’s shoulder. The crowd continues to chant Hogan’s name. Sting says it is obvious that Hogan made Stinger a believer and made Dixie a believer and that is a believer of Hulk Hogan. It’s time to hear that the fans believe in Hogan too. The crowd chants and chants while Hogan looks on. He has a puzzled look on his face as seems unsure on the situation. Dixie looks at Hogan and to see the reaction as the show fades.
AJ Styles Interview. Talks Russo, Creative, Hogan, Blasts Dirt Sheets, Talks
Faith And More
TNA Wrestler AJ Styles was interviewed by
Dan Cannon of AllWrestling.com on all sorts of different subjects
in a nearly 80 minute interview. Below is a quick recap of just a portion of the
On his match with Ken Anderson against Daniels
and Kaz: I haven't been this happy about a match in a
long time. I think it was outstanding. I think it was one of the better matches
of the night. I'm so proud of Ken. We wrestle such a different style than Ken
and for Ken to be right there toe to toe with us right along, right on time is
On the Sting/Roode PPV finish
and storylines in wrestling: You have to admire how it
was done. It was pretty unique and I haven't seen anything like that before.
Storylines need to continue you know. Bobby Roode is one of the best champions
in a long time. He has it all.
His opinion on
James Storm: Looks like he is going all the way to the
top. I can see he is doing what James Storm does best. Guess we will find out
where it all leads.
down: I think if you ever give me the ball, I'll
score. But you have to give it to me. I have to play my part as well, I am a
company guy. We all wrestle together, we entertain together and we all make
On TNA's Twitter
push: I like to get on there and associate and connect
with my fans. See what they want. If they don't like the fact that I wore gloves
on the PPV then let me know. I'm trying something new. I see nothing wrong with
that, I think it's something new.
His Opinion On
The Internet Wrestling Community: I was one of those
guys that used to have the Torch or whatever as an app on my iphone but it's
just so negative and so biased. I just stopped reading it because no matter what
we do, it's never going to be good enough for biased writers. It is what it is
man. We aren't going to have all the money that the other company has but I can
tell you, we have better wrestling than they do. I'm done listening to the
fact that you think you are a genius because you write about a show at your desk
and say you can write a show better than our writers can. Yet, you sit at your
desk and write about a show that happened. There are so many critics that say so
many things and don't get me wrong, some things I agree on but a lot of it I
can't. They aren't there, they have no idea. It's like someone who writes for US
magazine about a celebrity that's totally not true but they got it from a source
who got it from a third hand. It's just ridiculous.
On his time with Ric Flair and his mic skills: I did learn some tricks of the trade from Flair. The fact that I got a
mic in my hand, the more you do something the better you are going to be at it.
I think I can do better with the mic, just have to give me the time and the
right story to tell. I can make it as entertaining as anyone else but you have
to give me a chance. Just like wrestling, you have to give me the ball. Ric
is so spontaneous and quick witted when it comes to stuff like that. Everybody
loves to hear him. Almost doesn't get any better than Flair. He is Ric Flair. As
long as he can still woo, everyone will want to get with
On his promo to Jeff Hardy following Jeff's
return from the Victory Road 2011 debacle: You know I
spoke to Jeff about that. To be honest, I was pretty upset over that. I take a
lot of pride in this company. I've put my body, my life, my livelihood for this
company. But that has been totally squashed and he is kicking major butt right
now. He is in great shape and he is in mentally great shape.
On slowing down with age: Well, things hurt
a little bit longer than they used to. As long as I can get in there and go to
work. I know some guys have said that I've slowed down since I was in Ring Of
Honor or whatever other indy I was in. That's just working smarter, psychology.
It's about finding the right time to do something and making it
On seeing more submission wrestling
lately: Ever so slightly there are some guys throwing
in some submissions. I threw in a flying armbar ever once in a blue moon. I wish
I could do that more but it doesn't seem to be the case in some of my
On the creative changes, who was his
favorite and who was his least favorite: I can tell
you it was Dusty Rhodes who put me and Daniels in the first 30 minute Iron Man
match in TNA. I think it was Jeff Jarrett that put me, Daniels and Samoa Joe in
the main event for the X-Division title. Vince Russo also put us in great
storylines, like with Christian, Tomko and the like. I can tell you this.
I've seen a lot of things like 'Fire Vince Russo'. Russo didn't come up with all
of these ideas. Sure he came up with a few things that weren't that good and
weren't pleasing to the ears or to the eyes but no one does. Vince wasn't all
that people thought he was as far as this 'terrible writer'. Vince was a great
friend of mine and I'm going to miss him not being here. But for people to say
all these terrible things about him and it's just not all true. They have no
idea, even I have no idea of all the things that went on backstage when they are
writing the show. You have to think, I don't know how many writers the other
company has, I'm sure its a butt load of them. We have 2 or 3 writers, that's
it. Even if he did, you have to give him credit for putting in so much.
Honestly, I hope Vince is enjoying the time off and not have to focus on
wrestling. If I had to go through that much in my time in wrestling, I know I
would have gone crazy. I just hope he is enjoying himself and his time in
On the new creative team of Bruce
Prichard, Dave Lagana and Matt Conway: Well, Matt
Conway, I've been working with him. Lagana, I've actually got to communicate
with him a lot and Bruce as well. I think the fact that we have been able to
communicate is a plus. The lack of communication is what screws things up.
Without that you can't see their vision for what they want. You end up with two
different pictures for the same thing.
Hogan changing AJ's preconceived notions of Hulk Hogan prior to him coming in to
TNA: Sure he has. He is another guy who if I needed to
talk to, I can.
On the removal of the six sided
ring: I liked the six sided ring because it was
different. It was who we were. We didn't look like anyone else. Maybe AAA or
whoever was using the six sided ring for a second but we had our own thing and
it was different from anyone else. When I took the first bump (in the standard
ring) I was relived that my back wasn't breaking in half because the six sided
ring is a lot rougher on your body. The squared ring is a lot safer to bump in
and so it changed my mind pretty quickly.
Austin Aries: A-double is the man. I've known this for
a long time. It's no secret. It was just getting him here and letting him do his
thing. He is a great wrestler. He helped our roster. He is an amazing athlete,
he is an amazing wrestler.
On being offered a WWE
developmental contract for $500 a week and turning it down: I could tell you what would have happened. Literally 3 months later,
WWE pulled their developmental. I'm sure they would have just dumped my
On his Christian
beliefs. I have no problem letting everyone know that
I'm a Christian. I believe Jesus died for my sins. I don't deny that. In fact,
I'll tell everyone that asks. I think that because I put GOD first that I'm
blessed because of that.
This interview is a must-listen for any AJ
Styles fan. There is tons more covered in this interview. You can listen to the
full interview by visiting the following link: AllWrestling.com AJ Styles Interview
Possible Spoiler: Former Tag Team Champ Returning Posted by Steve Carrier on 03/21/2012 at 09:13 AM
- Former WWE Superstar Big Daddy V (Nelson Frazier Jr.) was scheduled for the Wild Out Wrestling promotion's "Betrayed" event on March 31st at the Giant Flea Market in Union City, Tennessee. The former WWE King of the Ring was set to take part in a multi-man match with Kamala Jr. - Team Kamala vs. Team Showtime.
Kamala Jr. announced last night on Facebook that the event has been moved from March 31st to April 14th due to Big Daddy V being booked by WWE.
A source very close to Big Daddy V reports that WWE has him booked and he will indeed be at WrestleMania 28.
Story on Shane Douglas' WWE RAW Incident Posted by Steve Carrier on 03/21/2012 at 08:33 AM
- The official Facebook page for Extreme Reunion posted the following description of Shane Douglas being escorted out of RAW in Philadelphia on Monday. Douglas tells Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter that he is taking the business back and occupying them.
"Pre-story: Shane Douglas attended WWE Raw 3/19 in Philly wearing a Lucha mask and sitting hard shot camera side right in the middle. During the Kane / Big Show match up, Shane became very hot wearing a long sleeve shirt and mask and had to "get out of that shirt and mask" dying of heat. He wore the mask to conceal his identity so he would not disturb the show, but became irate of Vince McMahon's product that he got up, turned his back on the product and proceeded to walk out of the building on his own. While he was walking out several small E-C-W chants ensued, before security converged on Shane to take him into custody. Video of this is online here on youtube and is already at 65,000 views in 24 hours! This was no invasion angle, as it was not planned to be that at all, but just a guy looking to take in some wrestling action, and just getting infuriated with what he was watching.
Extreme Reunion officials were contacted earlier today 3/20 that a fan happened to take his camera and put it into video mode to catch up with Shane Douglas as he was being detained by security at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia at WWE Raw 3/19 taping. The fan ran from the opposite side of the building to not only grab this great candid video, but also got to meet "The Franchise" one on one outside after being thrown out for associating with the Franchise.
Shane Douglas and the Extreme Reunion officials were busy all day Monday 3/19 shooting videos throughout South Philly and Northeast Philadelphia. In South Philly Shane stopped by his old stomping grounds the ECW Arena, and as he was getting ready to leave, the new owners of the building invited Shane in to use the building for whatever. Interesting. Shane also stopped down on Jewelers row to visit longtime friend and former ECW owner Tod Gordon. Later in the evening he was seen in a confrontation with Pitbull Gary Wolf in South Philly. More videos to come.
All these things on 3/19 was to raise awareness and publicity for the 4/28 Extreme Reunion event in Philadelphia."
Triple H Issues Statement on FCW Shutting Down Posted by Steve Carrier on 03/20/2012 at 06:03 PM
WWE.com has addressed the online rumors that Florida Championship Wrestling is shutting down, vehemently denying the "erroneous" report by an "unreliable online news source."
The WWE website reached out to WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Paul Levesque (Triple H) to address this issue:
“It is absolutely not true. FCW is not closing. I don’t know how the rumor started but I believe it’s a situation where the ‘dirt sheets’ want to believe they have the scoop on everything. If anything, we are in the process of ramping up our entire developmental system. It’s the lifeblood of our company. It’s what feeds our future and in no way are we going to close it down.”
Triple H acknowledged that there are plans to overhaul the developmental system and revealed that there is a "major announcement" coming shortly after WrestleMania regarding the future of WWE developmental:
“WWE’s developmental system is being revamped, not shut down. If anything, it’s going to get bigger and better than ever. WWE Developmental cultivates the future talent of WWE. By no means is it going to get smaller or shut down.”
Most people within WWE did not know Shane Douglas was in the building for last night's RAW Supershow until they read it online. Douglas was trying to unmask and be seen on TV but it didn't work out that way.
Security, believing Douglas had sneaked into the show, detained Douglas as he tried to get an ECW chant going and walked from the arena out into the concourse. The people that were with Douglas exited the building and once he produced a ticket for security to see, they had to let him exit as well.
Douglas flew back home to Pittsburgh last night after RAW. The stunt was done as a way to promote his upcoming Extreme Reunion project.
Shane Douglas at Ringside During Raw Posted by Steve Carrier on 03/19/2012 at 10:27 PM
Former WWE, WCW and ECW star Shane Douglas made a surprise appearance in the audience of Monday's RAW Supershow from Philadelphia.
Douglas appeared during the Kane vs. Big Show match. He was ringside and wore a lucha libre mask and white t-shirt. He took the shirt off to reveal a black & yellow Franchise t-shirt and removed the mask to reveal his identity. He screamed a bunch of stuff and tried to get the audience to notice him. Not many people in the crowd appeared to know/care what was going on,
Not all of the stunt was shown on television. After Big Show speared Kane, a white t-shirt can be seen being thrown in the audience.
Shortly after the outburst, he fled the ringside area and left the arena.
Daniel Bryan Talks WrestleMania, Working as a Heel Posted by Steve Carrier on 03/20/2012 at 09:23 AM
- World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan recently spoke with TheDailyWorld.com to promote WrestleMania 28. Here are some highlights:
Winning the World Heavyweight Title: "It was crazy. I've been doing this for 12 years and a lot of people thought I couldn't succeed at this. It was vindication, that I reached the top. When people are doubting you that much, sometimes you doubt yourself. It was more retrospective — I can't believe I went through all of that and I'm at this moment."
Being a heel and a vegan: "I never thought (being a vegan) would turn me into a bad guy. The way we've (incorporated it) it has been kind of fun. It is the personality that makes people hate me — winning my matches by disqualification, cheap ways to win, claiming I'm a role model because I don't eat meat. It all gets under people's skins."
"I've always loved being a bad guy; there's something more fun about it. It always makes me smile. Now, I'll hear my music and (the crowd) instantly starts booing. I have to keep myself from laughing, because it makes me happy."
WrestleMania 28: "I'm not nervous about the match, but I'm excited about the experience. We're not afraid to hit each other. Some guys like to fight. I like to fight. Sheamus was a bouncer for years. There's something about being in front of a large crowd and getting hit. It fires you up. We want to steal the show, even with Rock vs. Cena (on the card)."
WWE Not Shutting Down FCW Posted by Steve Carrier on 03/20/2012 at 12:26 PM
- All FCW events currently scheduled for this coming weekend will go on as planned. FCW President Steve Keirn is denying the rumors of FCW shutting down. All talents are at school today and as of this writing, no official announcement has been made.
PWInsider just updated their story and reports that sources within WWE state there are no plans to shutdown WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling. The show on the Brighthouse Network is scheduled to end however.
PWInsider reports that there had been recent discussions about moving the FCW TV show to another market, somewhere in the Orlando area, so that could explain why the Brighthouse Network show is ending.
They add that some WWE sources have scoffed at the idea of WWE actually shutting down FCW. FCW's daily operations began and ended yesterday with no notice to talents or staff and operations kicked off today with no announcement.
As of now, nothing has been said to talents or staff but that does not mean the reports of FCW shutting down are false. The news was originally broke by F4Wonline.com on Monday night.
PWInsider hasn't confirmed the reports but say that doesn't mean there isn't fire where there's smoke. WWE sources indicate that Vince McMahon has been upset recently over the WWE talent pool not being over and not being ready. Shortly after that, Ty Bailey was released. Bailey had been heading up developmental.
The news of WWE closing down Florida Championship Wrestling has a lot of the developmental talents worried about having to move and deal with the cost of living in Stamford, CT vs. the cost of living in Tampa, FL.
While FCW is closing, WWE will still have a developmental program. Triple H wants the company to have a better system with significant improvements. Everything is still up in the air as the news just came out of nowhere on Monday afternoon.
What Happened After Raw with Miz and The Rock Posted by Steve Carrier on 03/20/2012 at 12:19 AM
After RAW went off the air, there was no advertised dark match. The Miz came back out and started ranting about how he’s not on WrestleMania and wants a match. He ran down all the Philly sports teams. The Rock eventually came out and pointed out members of the Philadelphia Eagles who were sitting in the front row. The Miz told The Rock that he wanted to be in his corner for WrestleMania. The crowd broke out in loud “Rocky” and “People’s Elbow” chants. The Miz offered his hand for handshake to which The Rock excepted. Rock then hit a Rock Bottom and the People’s Elbow to send the crowd home happy.
WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 19, 2012 Commentators: Jerry Lawler & Michael Cole Reported by: David Stephens of Wrestleview.com
Are you ready? There are only 13 days until WrestleMania, so stop questioning your heart and join me because it’s time for Monday Night RAW!!!
"Yes sir, we promised you a great main event..." The WWE video leads us into the show.
CM Punk’s music hits and the WWE Champion makes his way down to the ring. He starts by saying that Chris Jericho is not here tonight, which just goes to show the kind of man that Jericho is. Last week, when Jericho said that Punk’s father was an alcoholic, it pissed Punk off. His problem is with the fact that it is not Jericho’s business. He doesn’t necessarily have a problem with Jericho saying it, or how he said it, but the fact that he said it in front of the entire world. Punk says that there isn’t anyone who hasn’t been affected in some way by the disease of alcoholism. Punk says that Jericho said what he said to try and gain some sort of advantage. Punk says that Jericho’s strategy has backfired, because if there is a monster inside of him then he is going to let it out at WrestleMania. Punk wisely tells the crowd, “don’t let your past nightmares cloud your future dreams.” Punk says that his father has overcome his demons and has worked hard to become sober. Punk is proud of his father, and he is proud of being Straight Edge. Punk says that at WrestleMania, Jericho is his obstacle and he will go right through him. Punk starts to leave the ring.
Chris Jericho appears on the Titantron via satellite. Jericho says that he was out of line for what he said last week and he is sorry. Jericho says that he is saying this as Chris Jericho the person and without bravado. It was none of his business, and he is sorry that he brought it up. He hopes that Punk will forgive him. Jericho gives Punk his word that he won’t talk about his father again.
But Punk’s sister? Punk’s sister has a problem with substance abuse. She will do anything to get her fix. Punk’s father is an alcoholic; his sister is a drug addict, which means that Punk is predisposed to drink. The good news is that addiction can be overcome. The bad news is that Jericho says that when he beats Punk at WrestleMania, that will be something that he will never overcome. Punk calls Jericho a piece of shit, and says that that is exactly what he is going to beat out of him.
The Big Show v. Kane
Cody Rhodes’ music hits, and he makes his way down to ringside for this match. He shows a highlight video of more Big Show embarrassing WrestleMania moments.
Kane and Show lock up. Show tries for a quick chokeslam, but Kane counters. Show hits a spear, and then heads to the second rope. Cody jumps up on the apron wearing boxing gloves. Show knocks him down, but it provides enough time for Kane to get to his feet. Kane flips Show off of the turnbuckle and goes for the cover. This match is over.
Winner: Kane Match Rating: ¼ *
After the match, Cody hits the disaster kick. Cody then slides out of the ring and grabs a pair of handcuffs. Cody handcuffs Big Show with his hands behind his back and around the second rope. Cody puts the boxing gloves backs on and starts to unload on the Big Show. Referees jump into the ring to back Cody away from his victim. A trainer emerges with a pair of bolt cutters to set Big Show free as Cody heads to the back.
David Otunga w/ John Laurinaitis v. Santino w/ Teddy Long
Santino pulls down his singlet and engages in a pose off with Otunga. Santino appears to tweak his knee for a moment which allows Otunga to get in an attack. Santino bounces back quickly and hits a hip toss. Santino hits the running head butt and then pulls out the Cobra. Laurinaitis throws his cell phone in the ring. Santino stomps on the phone. This momentary distraction is enough for Otunga to run up from behind and hit his finisher. This match is over.
Winner via Cell Phone Distraction: David Otunga Match Rating ¾ *
After the match, Laurinaitis mocks Santino with a trumpet salute. Teddy Long responds by slapping him in the face. Long then runs to the top of the ramp to escape. Long’s music hits and he dances in celebration.
The Rock appears on the Titantron. He says that finally The Rock has come back to Philadelphia. He is in front of the statue of Rocky Balboa. Rock shows a picture of himself at age 12 in front of that same statue as he dreamed of becoming the greatest of all time. The Rock talks about Hulk Hogan and then the Ultimate Warrior. Rock tells the story of headlining his first WrestleMania in Philadelphia when he lost to Steve Austin. Rock says that in order to be the greatest of all time, there is one last man he needs to face – John Cena. Rock says that he is going to get in his car and drive to the arena tonight and address the fans. The Rock then goes through a couple catch phrase of wrestling greats. At WrestleMania 28, The Rock is going to Layeth the Smackdown on John Cena’s candy ass. If you SMELLLLLLL what The Rock is cooking!
Video Package: Zack Ryder holds a rally to try and become a member of Team Teddy.
Daniel Bryan w/ AJ v. Zack Ryder
Bryan gives AJ a kiss before the match starts. Ryder bounces off the ropes but gets kicked hard in the gut. Bryan drops a knee and goes for a cocky cover. Ryder kicks out. Bryan uses the ropes to stretch the abdomen of Ryder. Bryan goes for another cover, but Ryder kicks out. Ryder gets to his feet and sets up Bryan in the corner. He connects with a hard running boot. Ryder waits for Bryan to get back to his feet and then goes for the Rough Ryder. Bryan counters into the LeBelle Lock and Ryder quickly taps.
Winner via Submission: Daniel Bryan Match Rating ½ *
After the match, AJ gives Bryan another kiss.
John Cena v. Mark Henry
They lock up, and Henry tosses Cena out of the ring. Cena reenters and bounces off the ropes. Henry flattens him with a shoulder block. As Cena gets to his feet, Henry knocks him right back down to the mat with punch after punch. Henry throws Cena out of the ring once again, and then chucks him into the barricade.
Back from the break, Henry goes for the cover. Cena kicks out. Henry looks surprised and lifts Cena to his feet. Henry has him backed into the corner and punches him hard. Henry whips him to the other side of the ring and flattens him with a splash. Henry is starting to look confident as he charges for another splash. Cena moves out of the way and hits a side slam! Cena signals, and hits the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Cena looks to lift up Henry, but can’t get him on his shoulders. Cena runs straight into a World’s Strongest Slam attempt, but counters by sliding over the back of Henry. Cena goes to lift Henry on his shoulders again, and this time he is successful! Cena connects with the Attitude Adjustment! This match is over.
Winner via Attitude Adjustment: John Cena Match Rating: 1 & ½ *
After the match, The Rock’s music hits. The Great One runs down to the ring and hits Mark Henry with a Rock Bottom! The Rock heads right back up the ramp.
Video Package: Maria Menounos & Kelly Kelly to face Eve Torres & Beth Phoenix at WrestleMania
The Miz is in the ring and namedrops King Kong Bundy. He says that at WrestleMania 2 King Kong Bundy was in the main event. The next ‘mania he faced Hillbilly Jim and a couple of little people. Miz calls it the biggest drop off in WrestleMania history until now. At least Bundy had a match. So, The Miz has declared an open challenge. He wants Laurinaitis to watch his match tonight against whoever his opponent is so that he can prove he deserves a match.
The Miz v. Sheamus
They lock up and Sheamus pushes Miz back into the ropes. Miz goes for a DDT, but Sheamus him up onto his shoulders. Sheamus connects with an inverted Samoan Drop. Miz gets back to his feet and hits a back breaker. Cover, but Sheamus kicks out. Miz places Sheamus’ head against the second rope and then stomps on his back. Sheamus sets him down in the corner and pounds on him with a series of stomps. Cover, but Miz kicks out. Sheamus gets to his feet and is smiling. Sheamus charges for the Brogue Kick, but Miz dodges. Unfazed, Sheamus charges again and this time connects!
Winner via Brogue Kick: Sheamus Match Rating: ¾ *
Josh Mathews introduces Randy Orton. He says that he may not be The Big Red Machine, but he knows his own purpose. Orton knows what he, himself, is capable of. He doesn’t care about Kane’s recent identity crisis. He proudly tells the crowd that his name is Randy Orton, and then heads to the back.
Excuse Me! Vickie Guerrero makes her way out onto the entrance ramp and introduces the two newest members of Team Johnny – Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler.
Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero v. R-Truth & Kofi Kingston w/ Aksana
Swagger and Kofi start the match. They lock up and Kofi is pushed into the corner. Dolph hits a cheap shot which sets up for Swagger’s second rope splash. Swagger punches and kicks on Kofi before tagging in his partner. Ziggler points towards R-Truth and then stomps on the head of Kofi. Ziggler hits a huge dropkick, and goes for a cover. Kofi kicks out. Swagger gets the tag and grabs the arms of Kofi. Kofi escapes and hits devastating DDT out of desperation. Kofi crawls towards his corner. Truth and Ziggler both get the tag. Truth hits a clothesline, followed by a couple of punches. Ziggler whips him into the ropes, but Truth hits a spinning heel kick. Truth tries for a cover but Swagger breaks it up. Truth throws Swagger out of the ring and Kofi heads over to attack. Truth looks for the scissors kick, but Ziggler dodges. Ziggler hits a leg drop of his own, and this match is over.
Winners: Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler Match Rating: *
After the match, Vickie Guerrero and Aksana start to brawl in the middle of the ring. Their men break it up.
Shawn Michaels’ music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. He says that everyone wants to know what is going to happen when HHH faces The Undertaker. He says that you have to tune in to WrestleMania to find out. Shawn says that the other question on people’s minds is whether or not he can be an impartial referee. Before he answers that question, Michaels starts to talk about The Undertaker. He claims that the whole end of an era motif is really just another way of saying the end of the streak.
The Undertaker’s music hits and he makes his way slowly down to the ring. Shawn tries to cut him off before he can start talking, but Taker says that he did enough talking last week. It is in his best interests to shut up and listen. Taker has already told him that this match has to remain pure. So before Shawn and his buddy start making plans –
“Time to play The Game”! HHH’s music hits and he walks down to the ring. This week, HHH is not in a suit, but jeans and a T-shirt. HHH tells Taker to stop worrying about Shawn because despite his ego, this match isn’t about him. As Taker has said, it is the destiny of HHH and Taker to face each other. They will meet in the most demonic structure in the history of the WWE, Hell in a Cell. There have only been 24 Hell in a Cell matches since its inception. Combined, they have been in 19 of the Cell matches. HHH learned in the Cell how to push the limits of human endurance, and what it takes to end another man’s career. HHH says that it is where he thrives and where he excels. The whole world is going to see an end of an era – Taker’s. HHH says he knows exactly what he needs to do to finish the job.
Taker asks if he is sure. Because HHH’s mind, body, soul, wife and kids, everything – is he willing to put it all on the line? HHH says that if it means giving Taker the end that he deserves, then he is willing to sacrifice everything. And he will. Taker and HHH stare each other down. Taker backs away and goes to exit the ring. Taker takes a moment and steps back towards HHH. He asks if HHH remembers when he said Shawn was better than HHH – because he is! Taker’s music hits and he exits the ring. HHH stares gruffly at his former DX partner as RAW goes off the air.
- WWE has notified Bright House Network that they've
decided to end their association and are shutting down Florida Championship
Wrestling effective immediately. The promotion's programming continues through
the next three weeks that have already taped and then will be over.
Everyone involved with the company is being moved to the promotion's
home base in Stamford, Connecticut for the time being while a decision about the
company's developmental program is made. WWE employees are under the impression
that a developmental promotion will end up opening in Connecticut, as well as a
possible second promotion elsewhere.
FCW has been the promotion's sole
developmental territory since the company ended their affiliation with Ohio
Valley Wrestling. FCW began specifically as a developmental promotion for WWE in
2007 after they ended their relationship with the Georgia-based Deep South
Wrestling in early 2007.
Kevin Nash Comments On TNA. Says He Would Return If Asked.
Former TNA Wrestler Kevin Nash spoke with Rob McNichol of The UK Sun for his One Sided Ring Podcast. Nash mentions TNA in a series of responses.
Nash on TNA: "I have a fifteen year old son, and at this point my son needs a Dad more than the world needs a wrestler. The thing that makes TNA work for me is that first of all I have way more friends there than in WWE. I made some friends once I came there - Punk and I got along well, me and Ziggler got along well and I got a chance to hang out with John Cena – but my crew of guys that are still in the business are more the TNA guys.
"It’s fifty miles from my house. I can drive over there; I don’t have to get on a plane. I can put my gear in the trunk, drop the top on my convertible and be over there and do it. It was always a really easy travel day for me. I enjoyed being down there. I also part of a lot of the young guys – AJ, Eric Young, Bobby Roode - in their early stages of development. Now these guys are becoming stars. I’m not saying I wouldn’t go back. If they had something for me and they needed me, I would go back and do it. Right now I’m starting to get bored!"
Nash on what it would take to get TNA up a level: "I think it would take a couple of major players. It would take a CM Punk. He would be a changer for them. He’s an edgy guy, and if he made that jump that would be a huge piece of the pie.
"Or it would need a Dwayne or a Cena. And those guys aren’t going anywhere. I would hate to say ‘never say never’ because if you had told me during our run with WCW that at one point we’d be out there in WWE, I’d have been like 'What?' Never say never - crazier things have happened.
"TNA have gone from TNA to Impact Wrestling, which is a brand change. I think they are going in the right direction, as long as TNA continues to make it different. I watch both shows. I like the breakaway feel TNA has, where it feels grittier."
John Cena Comments On His Car Accident Posted by Dave Mitchell on 03/19/2012 at 03:22 PM
John Cena was involved in an automobile accident Monday morning while on a media appearance in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. WWE.com reports the SUV the WWE Superstar was traveling in was rear ended by a Honda Civic, which had been rear ended by a tractor trailer. Cena told WWE.com:
"We were doing some early morning media for the event tonight in Philadelphia and we got in a car accident. The Civic was totaled, but no one was hurt, believe it or not."
Although Cena says he is 100 percent, the Superstar will meet with WWE medical personnel today at the Wells Fargo Center. He is scheduled to face Mark Henry on tonight's Raw SuperShow, which according to Cena, will go on as planned.
"I've been in plenty of car wrecks before. I'm in one piece and I can still do battle with The World's Strongest Man tonight."
According to Cena's driver, Jules Anderson, the accident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m., when the WWE Superstar's vehicle was traveling eastbound on Rt. 76. The SUV sustained slight damage in the rear. Anderson added that no injuries were observable at the scene of the accident.
Additional Details On John Cena's Car Accident Posted by Andy Steven on 03/19/2012 at 03:07 PM
John Cena was involved in an automobile accident Monday morning while on a media appearance in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. WWE.com reports the SUV the WWE Superstar was traveling in was rear ended by a Honda Civic, which had been rear ended by a tractor trailer.
"We were doing some early morning media for the event tonight in Philadelphia and we got in a car accident," Cena told WWE.com. "The Civic was totaled, but no one was hurt, believe it or not."
Although Cena says he is 100 percent, the Superstar will meet with WWE medical personnel today at the Wells Fargo Center. He is scheduled to face Mark Henry on tonight's Raw SuperShow, which according to Cena, will go on as planned.
"I've been in plenty of car wrecks before," says Cena. "I'm in one piece and I can still do battle with The World's Strongest Man tonight."
According to Cena's driver, Jules Anderson, the accident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m., when the WWE Superstar's vehicle was traveling eastbound on Rt. 76. The SUV sustained slight damage in the rear. Anderson added that no injuries were observable at the scene of the accident.
Update On John Cena's Car Accident Posted by Dave Mitchell on 03/19/2012 at 02:42 PM
John Cena was involved in an automobile accident Monday morning while on a media appearance in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. CBS Philly reports Cena was supposed to appear on CBS’ noon program Talk Philly but his vehicle was rear ended by a tractor trailer. Police arrived to the scene and no immediate injuries were reported.
According to TMZ.com, they were told he’s “OK” and his upcoming match with The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII is not in jeopardy. He will meet with WWE medical personnel when he arrives to the Wells Fargo Center for tonight’s Raw SuperShow event. TMZ says “it doesn’t seem he was injured … although signs of whiplash often don’t show up for a day or two.”
WWE.com says they will post comments from Cena concerning the accident later today.
WWE reports that Cena was in a car accident Posted by Aaron Rift on 03/19/2012 at 01:20 PM
WWE.com has just gotten word that John Cena has been involved in an automobile accident in Philadelphia. The SUV the WWE Superstar was traveling in was reportedly rear ended by a tractor trailer. Police arrived at the scene and no immediate injuries were reported.
Cena is scheduled to meet with WWE medical personnel when he arrives at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center for tonight’s WWE Raw SuperShow event.
In less than two weeks, Cena will face The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII in the most anticipated bout in WWE history. The effect this accident will have on the Cenation leader remains to be seen. WWE.com will stay with this story as it develops.
Mexico's AAA promotion ran their annual Rey De Reyes (King Of Kings) event. AAA
world heavyweight champion Jeff Jarrett defended his title in a losing effort to
former TNA Wrestler Judas (El) Mesias. Jarrett lost the world heavyweight title
after LA Park (Former WCW Star La Parka) interfered in the match. The title
match had very little fanfare and promotion as no TNA wrestlers have appeared
for AAA Mexico in quite some time.
opening video montage kicks off the evening and then the fireworks go off, Mike
Tenay and Taz welcome us to the event, leading us into our opening
Instead we get Bully Ray making a mad dash to the ring and he
immediately tells the fans to “shut up.” Bully Ray then orders the referee out
of the ring and the fans start a chant of “we want Devon”, much to the chagrin
of Ray. Bully then asks the crowd if they know who he is and he gets jeered
immensely with the crowd yelling “you suck.” Bully Ray is undeterred and he
announces that he is the talk of the wrestling world and he is trending on
Twitter. According to him, he is not trending because he is toughest wrestling
in the world, but because he is taking the pay-per-view hostage. Bully Ray says
he wants to have his match with James Storm to be a number one contenders match
and there is nobody that can get him out of the ring until he gets it. James
Storm comes out to give his opponent his answer, but first he says Bully Ray has
“chicken legs” instead of big calves. Storm says it will be him who gets him out
of the ring by taking him out with the Last Call, Storm says that the match will
be a top contenders match and it begins right now.
Match #1 - TNA World Title #1 Contenders Match: James Storm vs. Bully
Ray The action picks up quickly as Bully attacks Storm as he entered
the ring, Bully then starts pummeling Storm in the corner. Bully then grabs the
beer bottle and he takes a drink, Storm then clobbers him with the Last Call
super kick and he gets the three count. Winner: James
Jeremy Borash is backstage with Austin Aries for a Twitter
question, which is “when will Sting smarten up and allow Austin Aries to main
event?” Eric Bischoff arrives and he tells JB to take a hike, Bischoff then
kisses up to the TNA X Division Champion. Austin Aries then says that every time
he is in the ring, it is the main event and the wrestling fans know
Match #2 - TNA X Division Title Match: Austin Aries
(Champion) vs. Zema Ion The first title match of the evening begins
with the wrestlers having a stare down that ends with Ion slapping Aries, Aries
chases Ion out of the ring during a fit of rage. Ion then says that he is ready
after applying some hair spray, Ion then gets A Double to chase him and he
avoids him with a bunch of float overs. Aries then gets his payback by slapping
Ion after a cartwheel, Ion then goes to the top rope and Aries pushed him off to
the arena floor. Aries then does his suicide dive to the arena floor to take out
Ion, Aries then grabs a fans cell phone and he tweets on it. Aries then takes
over on Ion with a missile dropkick from the middle rope, Ion tries to make a
comeback and Aries drags him down with a hair pull. Ion tries to escape to the
arena floor and Aries grabs him, Ion then propels Aries to the arena floor. Ion
goes to the top rope and Aries grabs him, Ion then grabs the upper hand on Aries
by draping his throat on the top rope.
Ion and Aries exchange punches
until Ion takes him down with a sky twister, Ion then Irish whips Aries into the
turnbuckles. Aries tries to come back with some elbow strikes and punches, by
Ion slows him down with a running elbow and running clothes line that knocks
Aries to the arena floor. Ion then takes Aries down with a moonsault from the
top rope, Ion bring Aries back into the ring for a near fall. Ion then starts
measuring Aries for a stomp and a missed pendulum elbow drop, Aries starts
mounting his comeback with an inverted atomic drop and then multiple punches in
the corner. Ion then grabs his hairspray to put in his tights while the referee
was distracted with Aries, Aries then catches Ion with a knee break up into a
uranagi. Aries follows that up by properly connecting with the pendulum elbow
drop, Aries then grabs Ion for a suplex and he gets back body dropped instead.
Aries then charges at Ion in the corner and he gets met with a boot to the face,
Ion then sprays Aries in the face with the spray as the ref was distracted for a
two count. Ion then connects with a few power moves for another two count, Ion
then places Aries on the top rope for a superplex. Aries counters the hold by
hitting Ion with a top rope sunset flip power bomb, a still blinded Aries then
hits Ion with a brain buster and the Last Chancery to force a tap
out. Winner: Still TNA X Division Champion, Austin
Match #3 - TNA Tag Team Title Match:
Samoa Joe & Magnus (Champions) vs. Matt Morgan & Crimson The
tag title match kicks off with Crimson tagging in Morgan before the first lock
up happened, Magnus then pops Crimson with a few punches. Crimson and Magnus
then exchange a few clothes lines, Crimson then drags Magnus into the corner to
assault him with elbows and punches. Magnus recovers to nail Crimson with a
clothes line before tagging in Joe, Joe then brings Crimson in the corner to
nail him with a ton of jabs. Joe then snap mares Crimson before clobbering him
with a knee drop, Magnus is tagged back in and Crimson quickly goes for cover on
the arena floor. Crimson then grabs Magnus as he was leaning over the ropes to
drape his throat along the top rope, Crimson then starts choking Magnus on the
Crimson then goes for the cover while Morgan continues to
ask for the tag, Crimson then hurts Magnus with a neck breaker. Crimson
continues to work over Magnus before nailing him with a suplex, Crimson then
locks Magnus in the chin lock while Morgan begs for the tag. Magnus attempts to
fight back with some elbows to the gut before Crimson stops him, Crimson then
hurts Magnus with a slam and elbow drop. Magnus tries to fight back again and
Crimson flattens him with a spine buster, Crimson then rests while holding
Magnus in the cravat as Morgan looks for the tag. Magnus then makes the comeback
by catching Crimson with a running clothes line, Magnus then tags in Joe while
Crimson again avoids Morgan. Joe comes in and he assaults Crimson with some
strikes before making Crimson look like a fool by missing a high cross body, Joe
then catches Magnus with a power slam. Morgan then drags Crimson to safety
before tagging himself in.
Morgan starts attacking Joe and gaining the
advantage until Crimson tags himself in, Morgan gets angry and he tags himself
in again. Joe and Magnus take advantage of the partners fighting by nailing
Morgan with a double team maneuver, Crimson then walks out on Crimson. Morgan
attempts to fight back by dropping his foes with a double clothes line, Crimson
hits the ring and he takes out Morgan with a spear. Joe and Magnus take
advantage by nailing Morgan with their finisher for the three
Winners: Still TNA Tag Team Champions, Samoa Joe
Jeremy Borash is backstage and he apologizes to the
crowd for Eric Bischoff’s earlier actions before bringing in Bobby Roode. His
Twitter question is “how do you defeat Sting tonight and James Storm at TNA
lockdown?” Roode says that all the talking is over for Sting and tonight we be
the night that Sting’s career is ended. Booby Roode then says that James Storm
has never beaten him in a singles match, James Storm interrupts and he says that
he will fight Bobby Roode right now, instead of next month at TNA Lockdown and
Roode backs away.
Robbie E and bodyguard Robbie T hit the ring for the
open challenge, Robbie E grabs the microphone and he says that there will be no
open challenge tonight. Robbie E says that he really wanted some competition
tonight, so he says that anybody in the crowd can challenge for the title
tonight. Robbie E then starts making fun of random members of the crowd, Robbie
E then finds So Cal Val and he says that they are going to wrestle in the hotel
tonight. Robbie E then says that a mistake was made and the open challenge has
been cancelled, the two Robbie’s then start posing when Devon comes through the
crowd to accept the open challenge. Robbie E attempts to keep the match from
happening and the referee grabs the microphone to say the match is
Match #4 - TNA Television Title Match: Robbie E
(Champion) w/Robbie T vs. Devon This impromptu challenge begins with
Devon immediately attacking Robbie E with a ton of punches, Devon then hip
tosses Robbie E across the ring. Devon follows that up by nailing Robbie E with
a clothes line and face plant, Devon then knocks Robbie E out of the ring. Devon
follows Robbie E out of the ring and he attacks him with more punches, Robbie T
distracts Devon so Robbie E can gain the upper hand. Robbie E attempts to use a
chair on Devon and BROOKE HOGAN stops him from her seat in the crowd, Robbie E
then starts working Devon over in the ring. Devon quickly battles back by
dropping Robbie E with a clothes line and jumping shoulder block, Devon then
hurts him with a neck breaker and a jumping clothes line. Devon then clobbers an
interfering Robbie T, Devon then catches Robbie E with a spine buster to score
the three count.
Winner: New TNA Television Champion,
Match #5 - TNA Knockouts Title Match:
Gail Kim (Champion) vs. Madison Rayne Our next title match begins
with both women hugging in the middle of the ring, Gail then motions like she is
going to his Rayne with the title belt. The ladies then lock up and they both
pull each other’s hair, Gail lands the first blows by hitting Rayne with fore
arm shots and flying clothes lines. Rayne gets the edge on Gail and then she
misses a charge into the corner, Rayne then sends Gail from the ring apron into
the steel railing after a running shoulder tackle. Rayne then goes for the face
smash on Gail and she nearly gets rolled up, Rayne keeps the advantage by
choking Gail in the corner. Gail then catches a charging Rayne with a boot to
the face, Rayne quickly slows Gail down with a strike before catching her with a
Northern lights suplex.
Rayne then locks a dazed Gail in a chin lock,
Gail breaks free and catches the leg of Rayne to smash it across her shoulder.
The ladies both stumble to their feet and exchange blows, Gail gets the
advantage by catching Rayne with a springboard cross body. Gail then tosses
Rayne into the corner to hit her with a running cross body, Gail then nails
Rayne with a missile dropkick. Gail then goes for Eat Defeat and Rayne counters
with a roll up, Rayne then catches Gail with a neck breaker. Rayne starts
arguing with the referee and Gail tries to get the edge, Rayne stops her
momentum before shoving Gail to the mat. Rayne then starts taunting Gail before
hitting her with a running drop kick, Rayne then goes for her finisher and Gail
reverses for hers and they both fail to connect. Gail then goes for Eat Defeat
again and she catches Rayne with it to score the three count.
Winner: Still TNA Knockouts Champion, Gail
Jeremy Borash interview Christopher Daniels &
Kazarian, Daniels said that even though Kazarian has been the more aggressive
wrestler…it is he who is still in charge. Daniels said that a decade of
friendship with AJ Styles means nothing and they will all pay for their mistakes
tonight. Before our next match begins, the returning Mr. Anderson grabs the
microphone from the ceiling to do his own ring introduction.
Match #6 - AJ Styles & Mr. Anderson vs. Christopher Daniels &
Kazarian This match kicks off with Anderson and Daniels circling
each other, Daniels then quickly tags in Kazarian before any contact was made.
Kazarian then tries attacking Anderson in the corner, but Anderson gets the edge
with punches and a clothes line. Styles gets tagged in and Daniels does as well,
they lock up and Styles gets Daniels in a head lock that Daniels reverses on
him. Daniels then drops Styles with a shoulder block, but Styles quickly
recovers with a few deep arm drags. Daniels then pops Styles with a right before
he gets clobbered with a drop kick, Styles and Anderson then take turns punching
Daniels. Daniels escapes to the arena floor and a four way brawl erupts on the
arena floor, Styles and Anderson then double team their opponents in the ring.
Styles and Daniels are left alone in the ring and Styles gets Daniels with a
delayed verticle suplex, Anderson gets the tag and he drops Daniels with a
reverse elbow. Daniels then catches Anderson with a knee lift before tagging
Kazarian in, Anderson plays possum and he stops Kazarian before he gets
Styles comes in and he teams with Anderson to drop Kazarian with
a double hip toss, Kazarian then elevates Styles to the outside of the ring and
onto the apron. Daniels then blind sides Styles by knocking him to the arena
floor, Daniels tags in and he catches Styles with a series of jabs. Daniels then
catches Styles with a leaping leg lariat for a near fall, Styles tries to fight
back and Daniels locks him in the abdominal stretch. Styles breaks the hold by
getting Daniels with a hip toss, Styles then charges at Daniels and he eats a
Kazarian comes in and Styles drops him with a jaw breaker, Styles
reaches for Anderson and Daniels halts the momentum. Daniel then sends Styles
crashing into the turnbuckles, Daniels then gets a near fall after nailing a
split legged moonsault. Daniels then attempts to weaken Styles further by
applying the chin lock, Styles again mounts a comeback and Daniels just flips
him onto him stomach. Daniels then tags in Kazarian while giving him some lip
service, they then try to double team Styles and Styles takes them both out
before tagging Anderson in. Anderson hits the ring and he cleans house on his
opponents, Anderson then drops Kazarian onto Daniels with a rolling death valley
driver. Anderson then goes for the Mic Check on Kazarian and Daniels drops him
with an STO, Styles then catches Daniels with a springboard elbow strike. Styles
then goes for the springboard inverted DDT and Daniels blocks it, all for
competitors are down after destroying each other. Styles then knocks Daniels out
of the ring and he misses the follow up dive on Daniels, Daniels the trips up a
running Anderson as he came off the ropes. Styles then quickly tags in Anderson
during the ruckus, Anderson then spears Daniels through the ropes and out of the
ring. Kazarian then tries to hit Styles with Fade To Black, but Styles counters
it and he plants Kazarian with the Styles Clash for the three
Winners: AJ Styles & Mr. Anderson
Jeremy Borash interviews Kurt Angle backstage, Angle says
hello to his son Cody and he instructs him to watch tonight’s match so that he
can see Jeff Hardy get destroyed.
Match #7 - Jeff
Hardy vs. Kurt Angle Our semi-main event begins with Angle
overpowering Hardy and forcing him into the corner, Hardy then grabs a head lock
on Angle. Hardy then drops Angle with a shoulder block, Angle then seeks
sanctuary on the arena floor on the Impact Zone. Angle returns to the ring and
he gets hit with another shoulder block, Hardy then puts Angle in a third head
lock. This time Angle is able to counter and a chain wrestling battle begins,
Angle wins the battle and he catches Hardy in a chin lock. Hardy reverses Angle
and he eats an elbow for those efforts, Hardy then nails a running Angle with a
knee to the midsection. Hardy follows Angle to the corner and he gets his eyes
poked, Angle then starts pounding on a blinded Hardy.
Angle then sends
Hardy into the corner and Hardy counters a charging Angle to send him out of the
ring, Hardy then dives off the ring apron onto Angle. They battle back into the
ring and Angle cheap shots Hardy to get the advantage back, Angle then starts
choking Hardy in the corner. Angle then picks Hardy up to hit him with a few
European uppercuts, Hardy regains the advantage by catching Angle with a leg
drop and a drop kick. Hardy then follows Angle out of the ring and Hardy tosses
Angle into the ring steps and barricade, Hardy then dives off the ring steps and
into the barricade as Angle avoids him. Angle then retreats to the ring while
Hardy remains hurt on the arena floor, Angle eventually goes outside the ring to
stomp on a hurt Hardy. Angle then throws Hardy back into the ring for a near
fall, Angle then gets methodical on Hardy while hitting him with a suplex. Angle
then sits on top of Hardy while applying the camel clutch with a chin lock
applied as well, Hardy stands up and he briefly gets Angle off of him before
getting hit with a belly to belly suplex. Hardy tries to fight back again and he
is successful after nailing a flying clothes line, the wrestlers then start
exchanging punches with Hardy getting the upper hand. Hardy starts getting on a
roll and he nails Angle with the Whisper In The Wind for a two count, Angle then
counters a Twist Of Fate attempt with a series of German suplexes.
then goes for the Angle Slam and Hardy counters with the Twist Of Fate, Hardy
then goes to the top rope and Angle meets him up there to toss him off to the
mat below. Angle then pulls the straps down and he applies the ankle lock on
Hardy, Hardy kicks Angle off to escape the hold. Hardy then avoids a charging
Angle to hit him with a Twist Of Fate for a near fall, Angle then escapes to the
arena floor again. Hardy eventually follows him out there and Angle attacks him,
Hardy then smashes Angle’s head on the head steps multiple times. Hardy then
tosses Angle back into the ring, Hardy then goes to the top rope and he goes for
the swanton bomb. Angle gets his knees up and he injures Hardy, Angle then
connects with the Angle Slam on Hardy for another near fall. Angle then tries to
distract the ref while choke Hardy with one of his own arm bands, Hardy then
counters an Angle Slam attempt to land another Twist Of Fate. The tired battlers
then get back up and Hardy connects with a few clothes lines on Angles, Hardy
then finally lands the swanton bomb on Angle. Hardy goes for the pin on Angle
and Angle rolls him up while holding the ropes for the three
Winner: Kurt Angle
Main Event - Non-Title Street Fight: Bobby Roode (TNA World Champion)
vs. Sting Our main event kicks off with the combatants doing some
trash talking in the center of the ring, then they lock up and Sting gets the
mental advantage by slapping Roode. Roode then tries to work over the arm of
Sting and Sting quickly pulls away, Roode takes a break on the arena floor
before engaging Sting again. Sting then takes Roode down with a shoulder block
and a few clothes lines, Sting then connects with a drop kick on Roode. Roode
then seeks some rest on the arena floor, Sting follows Roode out of the ring and
he clothes lines Roode on the ramp. Sting then smashes Roode’s face on the ring
steps, Sting then takes Roode over to the guard rails for some face to rail
interaction. Roode and Sting then battle by the ring steps with Sting winning
that particular battle, Sting then tosses Roode into the guard rail again. Roode
then stops Sting and he smashes his face on the ring mat, Sting then avoids a
Roode chair shot and he tosses Roode into the railing for his
Sting the hits a Stinger Splash on Roode as he was draped on the
guard rail, the battle goes back into the ring and Roode rakes Sting in the eyes
before smashing his leg on the ring post multiple times. Roode then starts
working over the leg by landing a series of elbow drops, Sting then stands up
and Roode quickly chop blocks his leg. Roode follows that up by dropping his
hips on the hurt leg of Sting, Roode then starts assaulting Sting with chops in
the corner. Sting then starts fighting back by punching Roode before attempting
a back slide, Roode instantly stops Sting by attacking the injured leg. Roode
takes advantage of the situation by applying the figure four leg lock on Sting,
Sting then tries to relieve the pain by pushing Roode’s leg off of him and Roode
blocks it. Sting then finally reverses the hold on Roode to force the break,
Roode quickly recovers to chop block the injured knee of Sting. Roode then goes
for aother figure four and Sting counters with a roll up for a two count, Roode
then attacks Sting with chops and Sting starts getting pumped up. Sting then
regains control by dropping Roode with clothes lines and a back body drop, Sting
then starts kicking at the leg of Roode. Sting then goes for a Stinger Splash
and Roode ducks out of the way, the wrestlers battle to the top rope and Sting
drops Roode with a superplex.
Sting then locks in the Scorpion Death Lock
on Roode and Roode eventually breaks the hold by grabbing the ropes, Roode then
catches Sting with a spear and draping him along the top rope. Roode then goes
outside the ring to grab a steel chair while the referee checks on Sting, Roode
then sets up the chair to power bomb Sting onto it. Sting blocks it by
connecting with the Scorpion Death Drop and Sting smashes his head on the chair
while completing the moves, a severely beaten Roode drapes his arm on Sting to
score the three count. Winner: TNA World Champion Robert
After the match, Bobby Roode tosses the referee out of the
ring and he goes outside the ring to get another chair as Dixie Carter confront
him. Roode snaps and he brings Carter into the ring with him, Sting then forces
Carter to look at Sting as he berates them both. Roode then corners Cater as
Sting comes to behind him, Sting fights Roode off to save the owner of TNA. It
is only temporary as Roode returns with a chair and he cracks Sting with it,
Roode then drags Sting to the corner and he tapes his arms to the bottom rope as
Dixie tries to stop him. Roode then grabs a defenseless Dixie and he puts her in
the opposite corner, Roode goes to swing a chair at Sting and Dixie jumps in the
way to defend him. Roode then wipes some of Sting’s face paint onto the face of
Dixie, Roode then stands over both Sting and Dixie as the pay-per-view fades to
Ik ben Boon Kenneth, en gebruik soms ook wel de schuilnaam Sting.
Ik ben een man en woon in Dworp (Belgie) en mijn beroep is .
Ik ben geboren op 05/06/1989 en ben nu dus 30 jaar jong.
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