Will special ref AJ side with CM Punk or Daniel Bryan in the WWE Title Match? Can World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus fend off Alberto Del Rio? Who will claim the championship contracts? Watch the action, live on pay-per-view, tonight at 8 ET/5 PT!
WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan CM Punk puts his WWE Championship on the line against Daniel Bryan at Money in the Bank July 15.
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio At Money in the Bank, Alberto Del Rio will look to demonstrate an aristocratic lesson in destiny, when he finally gets his one-on-one title opportunity against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus. However, considering the explosive nature of The Great White in recent months, perhaps the lesson he should teach himself is “be careful what you wish for.”
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE Championship Contract Under the guidance of the WWE Board of Directors, Vickie Guerrero announced that this year’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE Championship Contract will feature a unique and exciting concept: It will consist of only former WWE Champions. This year’s participants are Big Show, Kane, Chris Jericho and John Cena!
Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a World Championship Contract At Money in the Bank, one Superstar will emerge victorious from the chaos that is a Ladder Match with a golden opportunity at Sheamus’ World Heavyweight Title. Tune in to Money in the Bank July 15, live on pay-per-view at 8 ET/5 PT.
WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs. Hunico & Camacho The duo of Hunico & Camacho will have a chance to set themselves apart from the pack in a crowded tag team division when they take on WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston on the Money in the Bank 2012 Pre-Show, which streams live on WWE.com, YouTube.com/WWE and Facebook.com a half-hour before the pay-per-view Sunday.
WWE stars involved in car accident Posted by Aaron Rift on 07/13/2012 at 11:17 PM
SAN DIEGO – WWE Superstars Zack Ryder, Dolph Ziggler and announcer Justin Roberts were involved in a car accident just outside of downtown San Diego on Friday afternoon. Traveling in a limousine, the three were rear-ended as they were transported from Comic-Con: International at the San Diego Convention Center.
Shortly after the accident, all three were reportedly evaluated by paramedics. No serious injuries have been reported at this time. Stay with WWE.com as more details become available.
Kharma's Profile Removed From WWE Main Roster Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/13/2012 at 12:50 PM
Amidst rumors that WWE have parted ways with Kharma after their official Twitter feed moved her profile to its list of Alumni on Thursday, her profile has been removed from the company website's list of Raw Superstars. It now resides in the Alumni section among other former WWE performers.
WWE has not issued a message stating that she has been released.
The accomplished grappler addressed rumors of her WWE demise via Twitter, writing Thursday, "Getting a flood of dm's. I guess the cat's out of the bag. Yes. I have been officially promoted to the alumni section of the WWE roster."
Ryan Satin of TMZ.com then said she was by the sports entertainment organization on Thursday, writing on Twitter, "A source close to Kharma tells me the rumors are true and she was indeed released from WWE today. Dumbest WWE release in SOOO LONG!!!"
Kharma, whose real name is Kia Michelle Stevens, signed a contract with WWE in December of 2010 and made her debut on May 1, 2011 at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view as she decimated Michelle McCool. Weeks later, Kharma spoke for the first time on television to reveal she was pregnant and thus forced to take a leave of absence from the organization. Stevens made a surprise return in January as the twenty-first entrant in the Royal Rumble Match and subsequently announced to TMZ.com that she had given birth to a baby boy named Jamie on December 31, 2011. She then admitted in March that the child died before she could give birth and had lied due to her emotional state at the time.
to PWInsider, The July 12 2012 edition of Impact
Wrestling scored a 0.85 rating with 1,108,000 viewers. Down from last week's 1.0
rating and a loss of 377,000 viewers from last week's rating. The first episode
of Impact Rewind did a 0.21 rating with 231,000 viewers.
Viewership Numbers For Impact Wrestling On July 12 2012
All indications are that the DirecTV vs
Viacom duel has hit Impact Wrestling's niewership numbers. Impact Wrestling was
viewed by according to TVByTheNumbers.com. Last Night's episode drew
1,108,000 viewers. A loss of 377,000 viewers. Nearly One-fourth their total
viewership. We will have full details on the ratings soon.
TNA Knockouts Champion Possibly Released By The WWE. Could She be Returning To
it seems as if former TNA Knockouts
champion Awesome Kong has been released by the WWE. WWE.com had her briefly on
their WWE Alumni section. She wrote the following on her twitter account speaking on the subject but not
officially confirming her release:
"Getting a flood of
dm's. I guess the cat's out of the bag. Yes. I have been
officially promoted to the alumni section of the WWE roster."
We start off with a look back at Austin Aries winning the TNA World Title at Destination X, then go to a recap of some early matches in the Bound For Glory Series, as well as recent history in the Joseph Park-Bully Ray feud leading into tonight's match. Speaking of which, we go right to the ring for...
Anything Goes Streetfight: Bully Ray vs Joseph Park
Bubba holds up the contract for this match and reminds Park that Abyss can't get involved, and then Park takes his glasses off and stalls in the corner while Bubba challenges him to step up. Park finally comes out with his fists up and takes a swing, but Bubba easily ducks out of the way. Bubba dodges another couple of punches and slaps Park in the head before kicking him in the breadbasket. He keeps slapping and shoving Park before spitting right in his face. That's finally enough, and Park slaps Bubba in the face, but takes too long asking the fans if he should nail Bubba and gets suckerpunched from behind. Bubba pulls out his phone and tweets mid-match, then says that he's trending worldwide. Bubba pulls a trashcan full of plunder out from under the ring and brings it inside. Bubba grabs a chair from the can, but Park takes Bubba down with a double leg and drills him with repeated punches to the face. Park gets ahold of the chair and hesitantly approaches Bubba, but takes too long once again and gets nailed by Bubba. Bubba bashes Park over the back with a detour sign, then does the same with a trash can lid. Bubba continues beating on Park and lays him on top of the trash can lid. Bubba takes forever going for a splash and Park is able to move out of the way. Park is fired up now and pummels Bubba with right and left hands, but runs right into a big boot from Bubba and goes down yet again. Bubba gets a big black pouch from under the ring, and dumps out...THUMBTACKS! Bubba gets the microphone and tells Park that he's going to do to him what he should have done to his brother a long time ago, then asks everyone if they know who he is. Bubba comes at Park with a kendo stick, but Park catches Bubba through the uprights with a cheese grater, then takes the kendo stick and nails Bubba with it. He almost gets 3, but Bubba gets a back elbow and a clothesline. Bubba takes Park over to the thumbtacks, but Park suddenly grabs Bubba and chokeslams him onto the tacks. Park covers and gets 2, then Bubba crawls to the corner and grabs his chain. Park comes at bubba with the trash can, but Bubba drills him in the face with the chain and nails Park to get the 3 count.
Winner: Bully Ray
Park is busted open and the blood is running down his face, and Park sees the blood and suddenly goes into a trance, hitting Bubba with the Black Hole Slam and rocking himself in the ring the way Abyss does before suddenly going back to coward mode and scuttling out of the ring.
Sting is backstage with the playing cards the mystery guy gave Hogan last week and says he knows it's the Dead Man's Hand, and he'll see what that's about tonight.
We go backstage to Bully Ray, who wants to know who that was out there. He beat Joseph Park, but doesn't know who that was out there who did that to him after the match.
We look at the current standings in the Bound For Glory Series, and now the series continues!
Bound For Glory Series: Samoa Joe vs Rob Van Dam
Joe is currently leading the pack with 37 points. RVD dodges a charge and dropkicks Joe in the back, then drags him out to the middle of the ring and tries for a surfboard on Joe. Joe easily makes it to the ropes since it would be ridiculous to see RVD try that, then he takes RVD to the corner and they come out to the middle of the ring and pummel to try and lock hands around each other. Niether man gets an advantage, so they go to the corner where RVD hits a spinkick, but that just pisses Joe off and he runs RVD over with a clothesline that sends him out to the floor to take a breather. He comes back inside and fires a couple of kicks at Joe, who catches RVD's leg and hits a leg whip. RVD lures Joe into a kick exchange and catches Joe's boot, but Joe rolls through into a heel hook and RVD is forced to go to the ropes. RVD fires a few right hands and goes to the ropes, but walks right into a snap powerslam and then Joe goes to a cross armbreaker. RVD gets to the ropes again, and this time he dropkicks Joe's knee out from under him and hits a leg lariat. RVD with Rolling Thunder, but he's too worn out to capitalize and only gets 2 by the time he's able to crawl over and make a cover. RVD goes for a monkey flip, but Joe holds his ground and counters to a kneebreaker before locking RVD in a modified figure four. He's really got RVD trapped, but he voluntarily releases the hold. He tries to drag RVD back out to the middle of the ring to reapply the hold, but RVD rolls him into a small package for 3.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Joe looks really pissed off at getting caught, but he's still in first place while RVD is way down at 5th, tied with Brutus Magnus.
We go back to earlier today when Claire the crackhead shows up and the Mystery Cameraman runs up to harass her. She says she hasn't seen Dixie, and she'll say what she has to say later and tells them to leave her alone.
Hulk Hogan is backstage saying that if someone wants to show up and threaten him, he's here and Sting's here, so let's dance.
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian come out ot the ring as we look back at the events of Destination X and the brutal Last Man Standing match between Daniels and AJ Styles. Kazarian congratulates Styles on his win this past weekend and says AJ probably think he's finally put an end to this whole thing, but he's only heard one verse and they haven't gotten to the chorus yet. Daniels says he hears the fans booing AJ Styles because his actions this weekend were reprehensible, but he knows AJ will do anything to hide the truth. Because of that, he'd like to ask Claire Lynch to come out to the ring to answer some questions and clear a few things up for the fans. Daniels says he sympathizes with Claire because she hit rock bottom and would grab any hole to drag her out, but in situations like that, mistakes can be made and accidents can happen. AJ's music hits, and he comes out with microhpone in hand to share his side of the story. He's surprised that Daniels is able to stand and speak after what he did to him this past weekend, but the story ended weeks ago. Daniels said he had a good talk with Claire and wants her to say what she told him, but AJ says this has nothing to do with her. Claire gets between them and says that Daniels is right and AJ is the father. Well, AJ looks pretty surprised at that one and even says "How is that possible?" Let's go to commercial while they discuss their situation.
We go backstage and the stupid f'ing Mystery Cameraman is chasing after him to ask about the bombshell that was just dropped, and AJ turns around and yells "I DON'T KNOW, OKAY?" before shoving his way out the back door. See, if he'd used the back door the first time around, then he'd...you know what, let me take the high road on this one.
Ken Anderson is getting ready for tonight and he says that his rivalry with Kurt Angle started off as a real negative thing, but he at least feels like there's more respect there now.
We go to a video package of Zema Ion and how he blew off Jesse Sorensen before going on to win the X Division Title, then we get backstage comments from Dakota Darsow, who was really pissed off at the way Zema Ion was thanking Jesse Sorensen for helping him get where he is. Ion shouldn't worry about Jesse Sorensen, because he's going to face Darsow tonight.
X Division Champion Zema Ion vs Dakota Darsow
Ion wises off to Darsow, so Darsow just manhandles Ion and beats the doody out of him in the corner. Darsow whips Ion hard to the corner and charges in with a clothesline, then comes off the ropes and turns Ion inside out with a running clothesline. Ion tries to hightail it to the back, but Darsow goes after him, nailing Ion on the rampway and herding him back to the ring. Darsow slingshots through the ropes with a spear, Ion tries to escape to the floor again, but Darsow goes after him and gets his neck snapped down over the top rope. Ion with a slingshot into a DDT on Darsow, then he hits a Gory Bomb for the win.
Winner: Zema Ion
Ion isn't done, and puts Darsow in a funky submission move, then leans back and appears to tear Darsow's shoulder out. Ion gets a microphone and says that if that crippled jackass Jesse Sorensen doesn't want to see any more of his friends get hurt, he should know that he's not just f'n pretty, he's pretty f'n dangerous.
Austin Aries comes out saying that he's had a great week, and it's awesome to wake up and be the new World Heavyweight Champion. This is a great personal accomplishment, and he proved everyone wrong because nobody ever thought he would get there, and this is a great moment not just for himself and the fans, but for the professional wrestling industry. The crowd starts chanting his name, so he tells them all to be quiet so he can hear himself talk. Wrestling runs in cycles between down periods and boom periods, and for the last year or so there's been a buzz and an energy around Impact Wrestling, and wrestling fans are ready for the next boom period. He's the man to lead the company there because his win at Destination X was bigger than this company. He got phone calls and text messages from people in movies, sports, and even "World Champions" from other companies, and he was asked in a recent interview how important titles were, and he says they're only as important as the man who holds it, so now the TNA World Title is the most important in professional wrestling because he's the best wrestler in the best wrestling company in the world. The crowd is really going nuts for this speech, but now Bobby Roode's music hits and...well, here he comes. Aries says he knows Roode is used to coming out here whenever he wants, but he's not the champion anymore, so what does he want? Roode comes down to the ring with a frantic look on his face and grabs a microphone, but can't seem to get his thoughts out because he's too angry to finish a sentence. Finally he's able to spit out a single word: fluke. Roode leaves in a huff, but Aries says he has three words for him: new World Champ.
Sting is backstage with Hulk Hogan saying that it's almost time for them to go old school, but Devon and Garett Bischoff come in to say they owe Hogan and they've got his back no matter what. All they have to do is let them know. Hogan and Sting say they appreciate it, but they have this one. Devon and Garett say they can trust them and leave, and Hogan says that it's different this time. Okay, then.
Kurt Angle gives his thoughts on his match tonight, saying that if he beats Anderson tonight, he knows he can win the entire Bound For Glory Series.
We look at last week when Madison Rayne laid one on Earl Hebner, and says it's a perfect fit because they both love wrestling, and they both keep their bodies in tip top shape.
Balls Deep comes out to join Mike and Taz at the broadcast booth for our next match...
Knockouts Title Match: Brooke Tessmacher vs Gail Kim
Brooke goes right after Gail, beating her down in the corner and laying her out with a clothesline and a dropkick. Brooke with a flying headscissors that sends Gail out to the ring apron, and Brooke grabs her by the hair to try and drag her in. Gail snaps Brooke's arm down on the top rope and rams her shoulder first into the corner. Brooke fires back with some shots from her good arm, but another shot from Gail and Brooke goes down again. Gail with a hammerlock suplex and then rams Brooke's arm down across her knee. Gail with a short armscissors and bridges to put all her weight on the arm, then puts Brooke in Cattle Mutilation! Awesome. Brooke slips out androlls Gail up for 2, but Gail goes right back after the arm and Brooke is in trouble. Brooke reverses a whip into the corner and takes Gail out with a series of clotheslines, selling the bad arm all the way. Brooke with a springing facebuster out of the corner, but her arm is too badly hurt to go right for a cover. Brooke hits the Pepsi Twist, but still can't get over in time to catch Gail for 3. Gail rolls Brooke up with a handful of tights for 2, then sits her on the top rope and they trade blows on top ofr the corner. Gail goes for a top rope Sole Food, but Brooke holds her ground and comes off the top rope with a flying elbow (with the bad arm) for the win.
Winner: Brooke Tessmacher
Kurt Angle and Ken Anderson are backstage, and they're...WALKING!
Claire is backstage and the Mystery Cameraman is STILL chasing her around digging for dirt. Claire says we'll hear her proof soon enough, and tells AJ that she hopes he'll do the right thing since he knows more about her than anyone.
Open Fight Night returns next week, and Brutus Magnus says he's looking forward to getting another big win like last week when he detected a weakness and used it to get a win in the Bound For Glory Series. He'll also see James Storm this weekend at the house show.
Bound For Glory Series: Ken Anderson vs Kurt Angle
Kurt easily shoots in on Anderson and picks a single leg, then breaks clean to play mind games with Anderson. Angle takes Anderson down with a side headlock, Anderson makes it to his feet and shoots Angle to the ropes and gets a hiptoss and an armdrag, and now Anderson has Angle down on the mat. Angle regains his feet and backs Anderson to the corner and nails a couple of right hands before stomping Anderson down in the corner and choking him with his boot. Anderson with right hands and a clothesline, followed by a dropkick for 2. Anderson hits the ropes, but comes off right into an overhead release suplex from Angle as we go to commercial.
We're back, and Angle runs Anderson over with a shoulderblock and covers for 2...and we go right back to commercial. (??)
We're back as Anderson elbows his way out of a chinlock and hits a back suplex to catch a break. Anderson with clotheslines and back elbows, followed by a rolling neckbreaker, but Angle blocks the Mic Check and hits the triple rolling German suplexes. Anderson escapes the Hacker Slam and hits a Finlay roll for 2. Angle blocks Mic Check, Anderson blocks the anklelock, Angle hits the Hacker Slam for 2. Angle gets the anklelock, Anderson survives for like thirty seconds and eventually rolls through and catches Angle with the Mic Check...for 2. Anderson goes for another Mic Check, but Angle blocks and hits another Hacker Slam for the win.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Angle seems to have caught a shot to the mouth because he's got blood dripping out of his mouth as the referee raises his hand. That's pretty badass. Angle now moves up to third place behind Samoa Joe and James Storm.
Bobby Roode burts into Hulk Hogans office and has a tense staredown with Sting, then tells Hogan that they need to talk. This seems like a perfect time to take a commercial break!
Hogan tells Sting that he'll see him in the ring in five minutes, then says he knows Bobby Roode wants a rematch, and he'll get it at Hardcore Justice. Roode says he wants Aries sooner than that, and Hogan says that next week is Open Fight Night, and since we don't call out champions on Open Fight Night, Roode should call Aries out. Can't argue with that logic. Hogan says that if Roode beats Aries next week, then it should be easy pickings at Hardcore Justice.
We head out to the ring as Sting comes out to address the fans of TNA and this mysterious gang who kicked his ass a couple weeks ago. Sting says there's a crew out there who likes to play games, but this seems like a good time and place, and he didn't come alone, so he asks Hulk Hogan to come on out and join him in the ring. Hogan's music hits, but he doesn't show. Sting asks him again to come out for the people, and his music hits again but still no Hogan. Sting has an uneasy look on his face as he stares at the entranceway, but Hogan's music hits yet a third time, and goes right back off as we go to the back where a bloody Hogan is laying on the ground as Balls Deep yells at a bunch of gang members to get out of here. Hogan says they got his leg, and Sting starts to make his way up the rampway to help, but he doesn't get close to the entryway before another group of gang members come out of the crowd and beat Sting down like 7-on-1 as we wrap up.
7/9 RAW Breakdown: AJ's Angle, Backlund's Return Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/12/2012 at 08:15 AM
- As noted before, the July 9th WWE RAW Supershow scored a 3.17 cable rating with 4.42 million viewers.
In the segment breakdown, the opener with AJ Lee, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan with Sheamus vs. Jack Swagger lost 74,000 viewers. Christian and Tyson Kidd vs. Tensai and Dolph Ziggler plus the Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler angle lost 416,000 viewers. Brodus Clay vs. Drew McIntyre plus the Stephanie McMahon video promoting the 1,000th RAW gained 102,000 viewers.
Kane and John Cena vs. Chris Jericho and Big Show gained 66,000 viewers, a low gain for that time period in the show. The match did about a gain of 280,000 at 10pm, which is lower than usual, but then lost those viewers when the match went longer and through a second commercial break.
Sin Cara vs. Heath Slater and the return of Bob Backlund lost 21,000 viewers. Lawler vs. Cole and the reveal of Hornswoggle as the Anonymous General Manager lost another 21,000 viewers.
It appears AJ's tease from earlier that she would be leaving with her future husband did the trick as far as the rating goes. The overrun following AJ and Punk vs. Daniel Bryan and Eve Torres gained 711,000 viewers - which is normal but it should be noted that this was done without John Cena in the segment and with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, who have never moved ratings big.
There was a huge increase in Male Teens watching the overrun that wasn't there for the rest of the show. Male Teens hovered between a 2.7 and 3.2 rating for the entire show but jumped up to a 4.4 rating for the overrun.
It appears it's the wedding gimmick that helped ratings since AJ, Punk nor Bryan made ratings jump in the Male Teens demographic during their opening interview segment or during any other week in this storyline.
- We noted before that WWE NXT star Bray Wyatt (the former Husky Harris) suffered a torn pec and possible shoulder injury at a June 29th FCW live event. He will be out of action for about six months but word is that he may remain on NXT as a manager. WWE officials were high on him and his new gimmick.
WWE May Crown a New NXT Champion Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/11/2012 at 09:13 AM
- WWE will tape more episodes of the new NXT this Thursday night at Full Sail University in Florida.
In his latest blog on jrsbarbq.com, NXT announcer Jim Ross says there is talk of having a tournament to crown the first-ever WWE NXT Champion. Ross wrote:
"There is talk of having a tournament to crown a NXT Champion which, if and when it is held, could create some amazing opportunities for several young athletes looking to get noticed with the hopes of making it to a Raw or Smackdown WWE roster."
Press Release for House of Hardcore, Dreamer Speak Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/11/2012 at 08:30 AM
- Tommy Dreamer's new House of Hardcore promotion issued the following:
PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING WILL CHANGE FOREVER!
THE HOUSE OF HARDCORE DEBUTS AT THE LAST HISTORIC WRESTLING VENUE STANDING, THE MID-HUDSON CIVIC CENTER!
IT ALL BEGINS SATURDAY OCTOBER 6th, 2012 IN POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK!
All great things begin with two combustible elements - passion and work ethic. With one, a competitor may make it far but risks the chance of crashing and burning. The warriors who are able to balance and manifest both, however, are destined for greatness. Those elements form the origin of the term hardcore and the very backbone of the House of Hardcore when it debuts at the last historic wrestling venue still standing and unchanged, the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday October 6th.
The term "hardcore" in professional wrestling has been perverted over time and has come to be synonymous with the more violent elements of the business. However, while that gritty aspect may be an element of hardcore, it's not what true hardcore wrestling is only about.
"House of Hardcore is about work ethic," says HOH founder Tommy Dreamer, himself a veteran of countless wars inside the squared circle. "I have chosen the men and women who will compete in House of Hardcore to wrestle on this first show for that reason, work ethic. Hardcore isn't about blood, barbed wire and tables. It was always and will always be about a competitor giving everything they have physically, mentally, emotionally in their match. It is about the passion of what you do, what you give of yourself in the ring. Hardcore is about giving your heart and soul to the fans. That is the backbone of what House of Hardcore will be about."
That mission statement has been the mantra of Tommy Dreamer's professional wrestling career, both behind the scenes and in front of the eyes of the fans. Dreamer has fought the wars, won the world championships and suffered the agony of defeats. He's overcome injuries. He's faced desperation and trials and anguish. Through it all, with each fall, he's risen back to his feet, ready and willing to fight again, his spirit unbroken.
Now, it's time for the broken spirit of professional wrestling to rise like a Phoenix out of the politics, the sideshow, the haze that has hindered its evolution, its honor and its passion. It's time for the House of Hardcore to rise. It's time for a place where wrestling fans can find the wrestling they desire, with no catches.
"Without the fans, quite simply, there is no Tommy Dreamer," said the former ECW World champion. "I am forever in debt to all of them for letting me live my dream. When I left WWE, I said the fans were my family and I mean that. They are my family and they've fed my family. Now, it's time to give back to them. We have the chance to entertain the fans the only way I know how, wrestling, in the last historic building left. The others are gone, gutted or renovated or destroyed. So, we make our stand in Poughkeepsie, for the fans. This is my money, my reputation and my quest to give my family, the fans, an event they will remember for a lifetime. I can remember being there for so many special moments as a fan and being part of so many as a wrestler. I want those moments to happen on October 6th. Via social media, my website and from speaking to fans at events and in airports, I've heard everyone's pleas for there to be something different. So, I am going to risk it all to show the world that change can be made. Pro Wrestling can be great again - and it should be great."
To that end, House of Hardcore announces the first of many competitors who will enter Poughkeepsie that night to do battle -
RHINO - "Rhino is a 34 year old man who remains as intense as any competitor I have ever seen. He's a well established veteran, even at his young age, from WWE, ECW and TNA. He is beyond dedicated and is out to prove to the world that he is still the 'Manbeast" and seriously, who's going to stop him? He is the Juggernaut come to life. Outside of the ring, he is the nicest human being I have ever met. An easy choice for the roster."
SAMI CALLIHAN - "This Combat Zone Wrestling mainstay is the greatest unsigned talent ever. Growing up on the mean streets of Philadelphia, he has a great amateur background and his work ethic is at such a premium that he's lost over 140 lbs. to be taken seriously as a force in professional wrestling. A gritty chameleon who can adapt to every style of professional wrestling. He reminds me of the ferocity Bruiser Brody and Buzz Sawyer mixed with the work ethic of Finlay and Taz's FTW attitude. A great addition to any roster."
CHRIS MORDETSKY - "Known to national audiences as Chris Masters, he was signed to a WWE deal at 19 based on his looks and his physique. He was thrust onto TV too soon in his career and honestly, wasn't ready for what was ahead of him. So, he refocused his life and career, traveling the world over to improve inside the ring and it shows. He has the power and speed as well as an unbreakable full nelson that can't be escaped when it is applied. He has always had the tools to be a top tier player in this industry. Well, now, his talent will be shown."
THE BIG XLG - "This 28 year old is as quick and agile a big man as I have ever seen. Known to WWE audiences as Luke Gallows and Festus, he was signed there at only 21 years of age and at 6'6", he's done it all. He's made headlines internationally for his travels to Mexico, Great Britain, Japan and South Africa, where he wrestled for the President of the country and was involved in many infamous riots. He loves being the antagonist and will inflict as much ring punishment as he can to anger the audience. He will get in your face and let you know how tough he really is. That attitude is just what this roster needs."
THE SANDMAN - "The former ECW champion is a demented Peter Pan. He's still the beer drinking, chain smoking cane wielding SOB. We made our careers together in ECW, destroying each other's bodies to entertain the fans and establishing our legacy. When I texted him to say I am doing a show, he said, "If you are doing it, I am in." Then he said, "God, I hope you don't want to wrestle me, I am horrible." I told him that he was always horrible and he responded that I was right. If you can't respect your friendship with a guy like that, what can you do? I am happy to have Sandman there. If there is trouble, he will be the first to have my back. Plus, I know there is a beer plant right up the road...but that will be for after the show."
These are the first five of many, many more competitors to come. It has been a journey decades in the making, literally a lifetime, birthed out of the love of professional wrestling Tommy Dreamer has carried in his heart seemingly forever.
"I have prepared for this day most of my life. Since I saw my first match as a child, I have loved professional wrestling. Some wrestlers will distance themselves from this, but I am proud to say I am still a fan. I can recall my entire journey with great vivid detail. Taking red marker to my Star Wars toys while imagining they were Tommy Rich and Mr. Wrestling 2 in the heat of battle. Going to the wrestling matches with my Dad. Buying every wrestling magazine and merchandise I could fine. Slapping hands with Bob Backlund - my favorite at the time - before he wrestled. The excitement of my first autograph, Arnold Skaaland. Buying the first 8x10 photo of my hero, a bloody Dusty Rhodes. Wearing my first wrestling t-shirt "Barry Windham - The Kid is Hot Tonight" until it fell off. The joy of Hulkamania. The sadness of waking up Christmas morning and not getting tickets to the Omni's Christmas Day spectacular. The joy of riding the escalator into the first Wrestlemania. Getting up the courage to meeting Ricky Santana in a gym and telling him I would be a professional wrestler. My first day of training. The welts under my arm pits and across my back. My body hurting so bad from the first bump. Setting up the ring. Carrying jackets to the back. The joy of my first match. My first trip on the road. Signing my first autograph. Wrestling my first big star, Tony Atlas. Being flown to a show the first time by a promoter. Finding the ECW Arena. Making the business my life 24/7. My first WWF tryout. My first WCW contract offer. Living and dying by ECW - in the ring, in the studio, in life. Being a part of something so groundbreaking. Designing shirts. Running locker rooms. Winning the ECW World title. Booking shows and angles. My first action figure. My first video game. The lowest part of my life when ECW went under. Getting hired by WWE. Being on the opening of Monday Night Raw. Wrestling in the Garden that first time against Perry Saturn. Working in the WWE office. Helping others achieve their dream. Writing a WWE PPV. Getting to see ECW return to life and be recognized for what it was. Wrestling at Wrestlemania. Receiving another shot as a talent in the ring when I was written off. Winning the ECW title again. The sadness of choosing to leave WWE. My farewell night. Going to TNA. Writing a successful PPV there. Leaving TNA. Returning to the indies. Preparing for life after wrestling. There have been so many memories. All of them, good and bad, happy and angry, have prepared me for this."
But why now? Why the House of Hardcore?
"I have done it all. It's a bad cliche but it's so true. I've seen it all - so much of it great and sadly, so much of it bad. I see the state of wrestling and it kills me, as someone who loves it. I needed to do something about it. I needed to prove to the world and especially myself that pro wrestling isn't based on politics and that the person in charge shouldn't determine your career path. The paying customer should decide who they like and want to see. Talent should be the reason a competitor rises to stardom. Fans want to come to a wrestling show to cheer, to boo, to hold up signs and scream and basically, to be entertained. They don't want BS. They don't want politics. They just want great wrestling. On October 6th, my journey takes me to a place where we can give fans that great wrestling."
"I don't want people to think this show is about Tommy Dreamer. It's about me giving back to the fans and everyone who made Tommy Dreamer so that a new crop of wrestlers can live the dream that I lived. This is my way to thank my parents for supporting me with my wrestling habit. To thank Dusty Rhodes for being my hero. To thank Johnny Rodz for training me. To thank Paul Heyman for believing in me and mentoring me. To thank Terry Funk and Mick Foley for making me Hardcore. To thank Joey Styles for making me legit. To thank Jim Ross for hiring me and never, ever lying to me. To thank John Laurinaitis for supporting me and helping get ECW off the ground in WWE, growing from a PPV to a new show. To thank Shane McMahon for fighting battles for me in the corporate world. To thank Vince Russo for letting me have creative freedom. To thank Dixie Carter for making me have passion again about wrestling and to thank Vince McMahon for being the most influential man in my life beyond my father. Vince's life journey and decisions have really created my career and life path. Every person who worked in pro wrestling has to admit that it did for them as well. Most of all, this is a thank you to every wrestler, both male and female, I have worked with, travel, bled, sweat, laughed, cried and shared so many amazing moments with. I am blessed to have met you all. You have all made my life better knowing you...and beyond all else, this is my thank you to the wrestling fans, my family. I was lucky enough to cross over the guard rail, but I never forgot my roots. I never will."
On October 6th, professional wrestling returns to it's roots as the sport of kings, where men fought for glory, for vengeance, for gold and for honor.
Check if Ring of Honor is in your area with the listings here. Also, be sure to follow along with the live coverage!
Welcome to this week’s Ring of Honor! We are welcomed to the show by Kevin Kelly and Jim Cornette in the ring. Tonight we will have a Double Main Event, but the first we will see is Jay Lethal versus Michael Elgin.
Jay Lethal speaks of facing Michael Elgin. Jay says he will break the bubble that Elgin lives in. Lethal says he hopes Roderick Strong watches what he will do to Elgin. Truth Martini speaks of the House of Truth being a very cohesive unit. Elgin wonders if Lethal knows what he’s gotten himself into. Elgin says he wont stop the match, no matter how much he begs. Roderick Strong interjects and says he and Elgin know that he will be there when Elgin messes up. Strong then sarcastically calls Elgin porky. Elgin says he can handle it, and they break out in an argument.
Jay Lethal makes his way to the ring. Michael Elgin makes his way to the ring, with Truth Martini.
Jay Lethal vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin w/ Truth Martini
Jay and Michael lock up. Elgin back Jay against the corner, and clean breaks. Elgin backs up, keeping eye contact with Lethal. They lock up again, but Elgin throws Jay across the ring. Once more, they lock up. Jay gets a Side Headlock, but is thrown against the ropes. Jay tries to take down Elgin, but to no avail. The two lock up once again. Jay gets a Side Headlock, and is thrown against the ropes. Lethal tries to take down Elgin again, but Elgin stands unfased. Elgin yells Lethal to do it again, but Lethal punches Elgin. Elgin goes for a Larait, but Lethal dodges and chops Elgin. Elgin is thrown to the outside, and Martini tries to distract. Elgin gets back in the ring, but Lethal goes for the Lethal Injection. Elgin hits a Lariat to Lethal’s back. Lethal runs the ropes, but Martini grabs Lethal’s leg. Jay runs to Elgin, but gets Clotheslined to the mat. Elgin covers, but a kick out.
Jay elbows out of a Side Headlock and runs the ropes. Elgin grabs Jay’s head, and sends him to the floor. As Elgin distracts the ref, Truth Martini beats on Lethal. Elgin goes to the floor and grabs Lethal. Jay is whipped to the barricade, and has his ribs smashed against it. Jay goes to send Jay to another barricade, but Lethal reverses. Elgin is thrown back in the ring, and Lethal follows. Elgin immediately grabs Lethal, and hits a Neckbreaker. Pin, but a kick out by Lethal. Elgin grabs Jay’s head, but Lethal attempts to make a comeback. Jay manages to get some fists, but Elgin retaliates with a Snapmare. Following that, Elgin locks in a Rear Headlock. Lethal gets up, and hits a Chin Breaker. Elgin throws Lethal to the apron, but Jay hits Elgin. Jay goes to springboard to Elgin, but Truth grabs his leg. Elgin is shouldered in the gut, and Lethal hits a Sunset Flip. Pin, but a kick out. Elgin attempts to Powerbomb Lethal, but Jay gets out. Lethal hits Elgin in the face with a Superkick. Pin, but a kick out. Jay goes for the Lethal Combination, but Elgin hits some forearms. Jay tries to kick Elgin, but Michael grabs the legs. Lethal attempts an Enziguri, but Elgin moves. Elgin picks up Lethal from the mat, and hits a German Suplex. Pin, but a kickout. Elgin goes for a knee to Jay, but Lethal grabs the leg. Lethal hits an Enziguri to Elgin’s head. Lethal hits a Lethal Combination. Lethal goes for an Elbow Drop, but Strong comes to the ring. Jay hits Strong away, and gets off the top rope. Elgin and Strong begin arguing, as Lethal Dropkicks Strong out of the ring. Lethal runs the ropes, and connects with a Lethal Injection.
Winner: Jay Lethal
After the match, Elgin goes to leave the ring. Strong yells at Elgin, and Michael gets back in the ring. Elgin is given a mic, and gets close to Strong. Elgin tells Strong he will kill him if he makes another mistake.
Inside ROH: The Briscoe Brothers are shown doing interviews and meet and greets. During it, Paradyse and Chris Silvio, two Ohio Valley Wrestling Superstars interrupt them. This leads to a match between the two, which The Briscoes win.
Kevin Kelly and Jim Cornette welcome us back, speaking of the Main Event. Kevin Steen will face Eddie Edwards for the Ring of Honor Championship. As Cornette speaks of Steen, he comes to the ring. Followed by Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino, Kevin walks down the ramp with a mic in hand. Steen asks Cornette if he can hear what the fans are chanting. Kevin asks the fans to chant it again, as the erupt in “Mr. Wrestling” chants. Cornette gets in the ring, as Steen says he has a lot to speak to him about. Cornette says the reason Kevin hasn’t been announced as Mr. Wrestling is because of his actions. Steen says he, the fans and his championship disagree. Steen says he wants to speak of a dinner he has with some sponsors. Kevin says it was very goof, because he didn’t let anyone bleed. Jim says it’s because he threatened a man’s life. Steen says he only said he would eat his face if he kept begin provoked. Cornette says what he believed would be true. Jim says he is ruining ROH’s image. Cornette says from know on, every time Steen has a match, it will be for the ROH World Championship. Cornette then says, sooner or later Steen will get ROH kicked of the air. Steen says, “Sooner or later, we will be dead. You sooner, and me later.” Steen then says Cornette will never live to see the day that he will lose his title.
Eddie Edwards makes his way to the ring.
Ring of Honor World Championship Match: “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen (c) w/ Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino vs. “Die Hard” Eddie Edwards
Kevin charges to Eddie, but Edwards begins hitting Steen’s face. Steen retaliates with some forearms, as he pics up Eddie. Steen throws Eddie to the floor, which smashes Jacobs. Steen is taken to the floor by Eddie. Edwards goes to the apron for a kick to Steen. Kevin grabs Eddie leg, and trips Edwards smashing his face to the apron. Eddie smashes Steen to the barricade, and runs a knee to him. Kevin goes for a Powerbomb to Eddie, but Edwards reverses into a Hurricanrana. Steen picks up Edwards, and does a Fallaway Slam into the apron. Steen throws Eddie into the barricade while pointing at a “Steen Kill Steen” sign. Kevin drags Eddie around the arena, and puts his head into the barricade again. Eddie tries to fight back, and headbutts Steen. Kevin seems unfased, and puts Eddie near the ring. Steen hits a forearm. Steen grabs Eddie, and begins yelling at Cornette. Steen begins biting Eddie’s face. Steen throws Eddie in the ring, and kicks him in the back. Eddie slaps Steen in the face. Steen throws Steen in the corner, and begins choking him with his foot. Steen does it again, talking to the camera.
Steen is clubbing Eddie’s back, but Edwards fights back. The two begins trading forearms in the middle of the ring. Steen yells at Cornette “Right from the 1980′s” as he locks in a Headlock. Steen whips Eddie towards the corner. Eddie puts a foot up, who grabs a running Steen. Kevin is hit a a Belly-to-belly Suplex into the turnbuckles. Edwards hits a Suplex to Steen, as he goes top rope. Eddie connects with a Missile Dropkick. Pin, but a kick out. Eddie tries to whip Steen, but Kevin gets a Pumphandle position. Kevin picks up Eddie, and hits a Shoulderbreaker. Pin, but a kick out. Eddie grabs Steen in a Waistlock, but Steen elbows out. Eddie whips Steen to the floor. Eddie hits a Suicide Dive to Steen on the floor. Eddie gets back in the ring, and does another dive to Jimmy Jacobs. Steen gets back in the ring, and hits a Lariat to Eddie. Pin, but a kickout. Eddie is thrown in the corner, but goes top rope. Eddie hits a Codebreaker to Steen, followed by a Falcon Arrow. Pin, but a kickout. Eddie goes top rope, and attempts a Double Stomp. Steen moves away, and grabs Eddie’s legs. Steen locks in a Sharpshooter. Eddie inches to the ropes, and gets out of the move. Eddie gets on the apron, and begins hitting Steen. Kevin grabs Eddie, and hits a DDT elevated on the ropes. Pin, but a kickout. Steen yells at Eddie, saying he will never be beaten. Steen attempts a Cannonball, but Eddie moves. Edwards goes top rope, and hit a Double Stomp to Steen. Pin, but a kickout. Eddie goes to Double Stomp Kevin, who is on the apron. Steen moves, and grabs Eddie. Steen then Powerbombs Eddie through the Time Keeper’s table. Eddie is covered in the ring, but a kickout. Steen goes top rope, and goes for a Senton. Eddie puts his knees up. Steen and Edwards trade about five Superkicks. Steen was put on the top rope from Eddie. Edwards hits an Enziguri to Eddie. Edwards goes for a Backpack Stunner. Kevin gets out, and hits a Sleeper Suplex. Kevin picks up Edwards, and connects with the F-5.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen
Steen celebrates with his championship in the ring with Corino and Jacobs as the show ends.
As many feared, Viacom and DirecTV Failed to reach a working agreement last night and all viacom network feeds have been removed from DirecTV including SpikeTV. Below is the press release from both companies.
We are deeply disappointed that DirecTV dropped Viacom's channels before our midnight deadline this evening, severing our connection with its nearly 20 million subscribers nationwide. We proposed a fair deal that amounted to an increase of only a couple pennies per day, per subscriber, and we remained willing to negotiate that deal right up to this evening's deadline. However, DirecTV refused to engage in meaningful conversation. We are hopeful that DirecTV will work with us toward a resolution, and stop denying its subscribers access to the networks they watch most. _______________ Viacom Drops 17 National Networks from DIRECTV Lineup After Ignoring DIRECTV's Latest Proposal Viacom Sends Letter to DIRECTV Demanding Channels be Removed; Pushing DIRECTV Customers to Pay a 30 Percent Rate Hike for Channels In a Ratings Slide
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- DIRECTV customers were left without Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 14 other channels today, after Viacom dropped its networks from DIRECTV at approximately midnight EDT. DIRECTV executives reached out to Viacom both yesterday and today with a new proposal and a request to keep the channels on while we continued to negotiate, but never heard back, so DIRECTV had to comply with their demand to take the channels down or face legal action.
The DIRECTV Kids' Mix Channel will help parents find programming alternatives when they tune to any children's network removed by Viacom to try to force DIRECTV customers to pay a 30% rate hike for the same Viacom channels they get today. (Photo: Business Wire)
"We have been very willing to get a deal done, but Viacom is pushing DIRECTV customers to pay more than a 30 percent increase, which equates to an extra $1 billion, despite the fact that the ratings for many of their main networks have plummeted and much of Viacom's programming can be seen for free online," said Derek Chang, DIRECTV executive vice president of Content, Strategy and Development. "Viacom sent us a letter last night that outlined our obligations to remove the channels by midnight or face legal action just as they were falsely telling viewers DIRECTV was responsible. Let's be clear, Viacom took these channels away from DIRECTV viewers."
On its Website www.directvpromise.com, an information resource for customers affected by programming disputes, DIRECTV pointed out that Viacom is demanding an exorbitant increase for many Viacom channels that customers may never watch. DIRECTV stated that if Viacom believes all of its networks are worth so much extra money, DIRECTV customers should have the right to choose which Viacom channels they want to pay to keep and which ones they don't.
"We have absolutely no problem compensating Viacom fairly, but they have now knowingly put our customers in the unreasonable position of either accepting their extravagant financial demands or losing some of their favorite TV shows," said Chang. "We feel our customers should not have to pay more for these networks than the customers of any other TV provider. We reiterated this to Viacom today and have not heard back from them."
"We understand that Viacom's actions are inconveniencing our customers so we are doing everything we can to help them find alternative programming until this gets resolved," Chang added. "Customers will now see a variety of replacement channels available to them on one screen, in a Mix Channel format, when they tune to a Viacom channel. For instance, those going to the Nickelodeon channel slot will see alternative choices for children's programming such as The Disney Channel, ABC Family, Cartoon Network, PBS Sprout, The Hub and Boomerang. Customers can also see full-length Viacom episodes for free by going to www.directvpromise.com and clicking on the 'Other Ways to Watch' tab."
Konnan Talks CMLL’s Decision To Replace Sin Cara Posted by Andy Steven on 07/10/2012 at 01:41 PM
AAA matchmaker Konnan joined Mister Saint Laurent on this week’s episode of MLW Radio, available right now at MLW.com. He spoke about CMLL’s decision to introduce a new Mistico to replace WWE’s Sin Cara.
“Everyone knows who he is,” said Konnen. “It’s a guy called Dragon Lee. He’s a young high flyer who is actually very good and does some really wild [stuff], but isn’t as polished as Mistico and he’s not very well liked even though he’s a face in CMLL. One of the reasons is because Mexico City mostly likes heels. Mostly everyone gets booed in Arena Mexico that are babyfaces. He’s already getting booed and usually guys, whether it’s the guy who took over the Psicosis gimmick or the guy that took over the La Parka gimmick, at the beginning they get a lot of heat from the people because they know they’re not the original and people shout [stuff] at them.
“Usually guys that were clones weren’t as good as the original guys and this guy isn’t going to be the exception. I think that it’s CMLL being desperate because nothing they’re doing right now is really drawing. They don’t really have any real big stars. They have a lot of good young wrestlers and some good veteran wrestlers, but they don’t have those stars where you can bring them to a TV station and ask them to do an interview.”
- Former WWE superstar, The Boogeyman (Marty Wright), is now available for independent wrestling appearances and media requests. Last seen on WWE television in 2009, Wright has been fairly quiet since leaving the company, but he's now ready to jump back into the action headfirst on the indy scene. Wright has been honing his craft and believes he's bigger, badder, and better than ever with plenty left to prove and accomplish in the wrestling business. Still going by "The Boogeyman", promoters are guaranteed the full spectacle of Wright's character that got him over in WWE, all the way from the theatrical entrance to the excessive use and eating of worms! If you're interested in booking The Boogeyman for your next event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wright will also be accepting a rare, select number of media requests as well.
Former Straight Edge Society Member Arrested Posted by Andy Steven on 07/10/2012 at 01:36 PM
Former WWE talent Serena Deeb, 26, was arrested on July 8, 2012 in Tampa, Florida for operating a vessel while intoxicated. Her crime was categorized as BUI—Boating Under the Influence.
Deeb appeared for WWE in 2010 as a member of the CM Punk-led Straight Edge Society, a group which promoted and abided to abstinence and discipline—primarily no smoking, drinking, or drugs. The faction acted as a militant organization, denouncing all people who didn’t practice the Straight edge lifestyle, even those who also abstain from substance abuse. Her contract was terminated in August of that year, with WWE sources citing that she was not maintaining the gimmick’s image in public.
Deeb continued to wrestle independently following her release from WWE. She took an indefinite break from the profession in October 2011 after suffering a serious concussion in a match and now works as a yoga instructor.
Are you ready? Then stop questioning your heart and join me because it’s time for Monday Night RAW!
The show opens with a video recap of the CM Punk/Daniel Bryan/AJ love triangle.
AJ’s music hits and she makes her way down to the ring. She says that this Sunday in the WWE Championship match she will be the special guest referee. Her actions will greatly affect the outcome of the match. It’s a very difficult and emotional position for her. She introduces CM Punk.
Punk’s music hits and he strolls down to the ring. He addresses AJ by asking what she wants. AJ says that last week Punk said that she is mentally unstable and needs professional help, but she scoffs at the notion and says that she is in complete control at all times. The crowd chants *This Chick’s Crazy*. She starts to say that Punk has great eyes, and he fills her up with passion and desire. In essence, he turns her on. AJ drops to one knee. “CM Punk will you marry me?”
Daniel Bryan runs down to the ring screaming “No!”. He tells AJ that this will be the biggest mistake she ever makes, and he can’t allow it. Everyone knows that CM Punk doesn’t love her. He is just playing her because she is the special guest referee for their match. Punk only cares about himself. Punk says that Bryan doesn’t know the first thing about him, so he should shut up. Bryan says if he’s wrong, then Punk should say I do. Bryan says that while Punk sees her as a Special Guest Referee, he sees her as a special person. Bryan drops to one knee and proposes!
Punk interrupts and says that this is spur of the moment decision and not something Bryan had planned. He asks Bryan to produce the ring. He can’t, so they begin to argue.
*May I have your attention please* Surprise! I’m back and running RAW tonight. I’ve enjoyed watching the love triangle and I think Punk and AJ make a great couple. So they will be in a mixed tag match against Vickie Guerrero and Daniel Bryan.
Bryan says that it isn’t fair and starts to scream.
*May I have your attention please* Don’t feel too bad Bryan, if you win maybe AJ will see him in a different light, or maybe not. Either way, good luck.
AJ says that the proposals caught her by surprise, so she needs to go to the back and think. She believes that everything happens for a reason. She has a feeling that she is going to walk out of this arena with her future husband.
Sheamus v. Jack Swagger
Swagger takes him back but they get back to their feet. Swagger tries for the second rope drop, but Sheamus catches him and hits the Celtic Cross. Sheamus connects with the Brogue Kick and this match is over.
Winner via Brogue Kick: Sheamus
Alberto Del Rio appears on the Tron and says that this Sunday he is going to take the World Heavyweight Championship from Sheamus.
Santino is in the back with Zack Ryder. Santino says that the Anonymous GM is in the building tonight and he is making it his mission to find the GM. Santino dons his Sherlock gear and starts to search.
Dolph Ziggler & Tensai v. Tyson Kidd & Christian
Vickie is on commentary for this match. The match is underway as we come back to RAW and Tyson tags in Christian. He flies into the ring at Dolph and levels him with a clothesline. Tensai gets the tag and counters a Killswitch. Tensai runs into the turnbuckle and gets hit with a flying elbow. Tensai takes control and slams Christian down to the mat. Tensai hits a back splash, and this match is over.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler & Tyson Kidd
After the match, Tensai takes the attack to Tyson Kidd. He lifts him into the air and hits a Powerbomb on the apron! He follows with a back splash.
At ringside Cole and Lawler begin to argue about who would be the best GM. Whilst arguing, Cole accidentally splashes water on Lawler.
*And I quote*
At first, Cole refuses to read the message. Jerry walks over and starts to read instead. “Seeing Cole and Lawler bicker is bringing back great memories, so tonight in a WrestleMania rematch from my era as GM, Jerry Lawler will face Michael Cole”.
They argue amongst themselves and the GM hits again. He is going to let the WWE audience decide if they want the match to happen. To vote, log on to WWE.com.
Brodus Clay v. Drew McIntyre
Drew climbs to the top rope and leaps for a crossbody. Clay slams him down to the mat and quickly hits a front splash. This match is over before it starts.
Winner: Brodus Clay
# Santino is in the back and accuses Jericho of being the GM. Jericho says that how does he know that Santino isn’t using this as a ruse and he is the GM? Santino considers it for a moment and then walks away. Show walks into the shot and Jericho says that they used to be one of the greatest tag teams of all time. Show says that some of the most embarrassing moments of his career happened when he was in JeriShow. He tells Chris to stay out of his way and maybe he won’t knock him out.
John Cena’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. He says that Sunday at Money in the Bank he is going to climb the ladder and win. He puts over the PPV. The Money in the Bank match changes the landscape of the WWE. He begins to rundown his opponents and why he will beat them.
John Cena & Kane v. Big Show & Jericho
Cena and Jericho start the match off. Cena whips him into the corner and hits a bulldog. Show gets the tag. Cena dodges a couple of punches and tags in Kane. He backs Show into the corner and unloads with a series of punches. Show reverses and hits a big clothesline. Show connects with a big headbutt that sends Kane out of the ring. Back in the ring, Kane is whipped into the ropes and hit with a shoulder block. Jericho gets the tag and immediately walks into a punch. Cena gets the tag and suplexes Jericho. Chris whips Cena into the ropes and distracts the referee so Big Show can hit him with a cheap punch.
Back from the break, Show locks up with Cena and pushes him to the mat. He lifts him up and chops him hard across the chest. Show attempts a second, but Cena tries to lift him up for a scoop slam. Show’s weight falls on top of Cena for a pin. Cena kicks out but is quickly lifted up into a bear hug. Cena escapes and hits a side slam. Kane gets the tag and crushes Show into the corner. Kane hits a DDT and goes for the cover, but Show kicks out. Kane takes to the top rope and leaps for a lariat, but Show dodges and hits him with a spear instead!
Kane kicks out, and Jericho gets the tag. He takes Kane and puts him against the second rope to choke him out. Show takes a cheap shot at Kane on the apron.
Back from the break Kane is going after Jericho and tags in Cena. He hits a couple of shoulder blocks and signals for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Cena misses and Jericho tries for the Walls. Cena escapes and hits the AA! Show pulls him out of the ring on the cover and this match is ruled a DQ.
Winners: John Cena & Kane
After the match, Show grabs a ladder from under the ring. He puts in the ring and goes on the offensive. Cena grabs one of his own and clears the ring.
Eve Torres is in the back with Punk and says that she is worried about Punk. She says that AJ might go crazy if she doesn’t hear what she wants to tonight. Eve puts over Punk’s title reign and then says that AJ must emasculate Punk.
Santino is in the back and finds a cell phone. He says that it must be the RAW Anonymous GM’s. Khali walks up and picks up the phone. Santino asks if he is the GM, but Khali gives him the run around.
Sin Cara v. Heath Slater
Cara bounces off the ropes, but gets hit with a shoulder and covered. Cara kicks out. Slater hits a scoop slam and then gets behind him and locks on a rear headlock. Cara flies into the ring with a clothesline. He hits La Mistica and this match is over.
Winner: Sin Cara
As a result of this match, Sin Cara has qualified for the Smackdown Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
After the match Heath Slater gets on the mic and says that he will beat any past Champion. Bob Backlund’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring! Bob Backlund!
Heath Slater v. Bob Backlund
Slater extends his hand for a shake and Bob accepts, and then punches Bob in the head. Backlund gets behind Slater and locks in a Chickenwing Crossface!
Winner: Bob Backlund
There was no referee, so the last match was not official.
Michael Cole stands up to reveal the poll results of whether or not there should be a match between he and Lawler. It was 75% in favor of a match. Cole tells the fans that they are hypocrites.
Michael Cole v. Jerry Lawler
Cole tries to escape, so Booker T throws him back into the ring. Lawler picks up Cole for an airplane spin and then goes for a cover. This match is over.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
Josh Mathews and Booker T were on commentary for this match, so Mathews takes to the podium when the Anonymous GM flickers. He announces that since Booker T interfered, Cole is being declared the winner.
Santino comes out and says that he has had enough. He has come to the conclusion that if the GM is here tonight, the only place he can be is under the ring, because he has checked everywhere else. Mathews reads that no he is not. There is absolutely no one under the ring, so leave now.
Santino looks under the ring and starts to get dragged under. Hornswoggle comes tumbling out. Lawler asks if ‘swoggle is the one causing all of this misery. He shakes his head yes. Then he goes after everyone and clears the ring.
CM Punk & AJ v. Daniel Bryan & Eve Torres
Punk and Bryan start the match. They exchange blows and Bryan takes an overhead tumble. Bryan charges at Punk and connects with a couple of knees. Punk whips him into the ropes and hits a spinning heel kick.
Eve gets the tag so AJ is brought into the ring. AJ gets on top of Eve, but it quickly pushed back and into the corner. She fights her way free, but gets caught with a punch and spear. Eve connects with a front headlock and then throws AJ down to the mat hard. Eve tries for a summersault, but AJ gets her knees up. She charges at Eve in the corner and connects with a knee and spinning heel kick. AJ keeps her from making a tag, but then gets kicked away. Eve tries to tag in Bryan, but he backs away. AJ goes for the roll up, and this match is over.
Winners: AJ & Punk
Bryan gets on the mic and says that he just proved that she means more to him than any match. Punk says that he’ll lay it all on the line right now because he doesn’t care if it costs him the match at MitB and his Championship. The fact is that he is not going to marry AJ. If Punk saying that hurts her, then he is sorry. But at least he cares enough about her to tell her the truth. AJ walks up to Punk and slaps him across the face. Bryan tells AJ to come home. AJ walks over… and slaps him too! AJ closes the show with a series of Yes chants in the ring and then skips her way to the back.
It was previously reported
here on TNAInsider that DirecTV was set to drop 26 channels including Spike
TV. In response to this many TNA fans and wrestlers took to twitter trying to
take action and keep Spike and the other 25 channels on Direct. An interesting
piece of information was found on their offical website.
DIRECTV is not willingly removing MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy
Central, Spike or any other channels even though Viacom began telling viewers
exactly that at approximately 11:24 p.m. EST last night. The truth is, that only
5 minutes later, Viacom sent an express letter via courier to DIRECTV
threatening legal action if DIRECTV did not comply with Viacom’s demand that DIRECTV turn off the channels. Viacom is
legally forcing us to take down the channels, while publicly claiming they are
DirecTV has been saying that they will not be
removing any of the channels unless they are forced to and will keep the
channels up during the negotiations if allowed.
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DIRECTV is dropping channels…again. We’re very disappointed, especially since we’ve been working to come to a resolution, even granting DIRECTV a deal extension. We simply can't understand why DirecTV doesn't value the channels its subscribers watch the most.
In an interesting turn of events, Kenny
King decided to add fuel to the fire by posting a tweet that will no doubt get
Ring of Honor fans riled up while leaving TNA fans to wonder whether one of
ROH's most popular tag teams will reunite on Impact. King posted the following
"As far as I'm concerned, #ANX is NOT
dead. Rhett is my brother, and us not working together in one place is not the
Aries Interview: Talks Winning World Title, Hulk Hogan, More
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Austin Aries on his emotions on
winning the TNA World Title:
It was great. I don’t know if you can sum it up in a sentence
or two, but a lot of emotions kind of hit me. The culmination of not only my
year in TNA, twelve years in the wrestling business, but really just a lifelong
love affair with the wrestling business. To think back to the early days of my
childhood and getting into professional wrestling and to think where I am some
twenty five years later, it’s hard to put that all in perspective, but I’m sure
in the coming days and weeks, it will start to sink in a little more. It was a
great feeling and a great moment. The energy coming out the Impact Zone, the
response I have seen so far in the wrestling community has been overwhelming.
I’m glad I can be somebody that can help create a buzz right now in this
Was winning the TNA World title the
highlight of his career?
Yeah, I have to say it ranks right up there. I was always one
of those people who never had a favorite this or a favorite that. This right
now, with everything that went along with it and the culmination of it, I think
it ranks right up there with the greatest moment so far of my
Talks about the year he has had
starting with last year’s Destination X:
When I walked in there, I had come to a decision that I wasn’t
really happy with the opportunities I was getting in the wrestling business. I
felt I was at a certain level as a performer and a competitor and if I wasn’t
going to get that opportunity or get treated in a way that was fitting for
someone of a guy with my talents, then I decided it was time to do something
I’ve always been a guy that did his own thing, and set all my own
rules, and that was a decision that I made, but when TNA offered that
opportunity, I had to take it. It was a great opportunity to come back and have
a second chance at a place where you don’t always have a second chance at. I
didn’t look back and had nothing to lose at that point and I said 'here I am,
this is me. Either take it or leave it.' But I can be a money guy in this
business and in this company and so far I have proven that and it’s been
Talks about the positive reaction he has
been getting from fans:
Part of that overwhelming reaction and that moment, it could
not have been created had Bobby Roode not had such a successful run as champion
the last 7 or 8 months, and the job he has done as World Champion I don’t think
can be taken for granted or give him enough accolades on what he’s done. That
helped create that special moment last night. I just try to go out there and be
myself. My job is to go out there and entertain people and get a reaction out of
them. Make them care, one way or the other.
I guess just go out there and
be myself and if you love me that’s great and if you hate me that’s great too.
As long as you care when I walk out that curtain or when you see me on camera,
that’s all I care about. I think people can gravitate to someone who’s
authentic, who know who he is, who’s comfortable with who he is, who goes out
there and expects a lot out of himself. Makes some boisterous claims but backs
them up. I also think my passion and love for this business is something I hope
translates. It’s been an interesting ride going in there obviously I was new to
them and maybe it took them a while for them to warm up to me, but right now
each and every time I step out there, it seems like the Aries Army just keeps
On how fans are saying this title
victory is a great moment for not only TNA, but all of wrestling:
It’s touching and I’m glad they feel that way. I think that
over the years and I’m a wrestling fan too and there have been moments and you
go back to the night Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero became wrestling champions.
You go back to when CM Punk became champion. The night Daniel Bryan became
champion. AJ Styles getting the opportunity in TNA to be the man. I think as a
wrestling fan, when you see performers or colleagues succeed and you know they
are the type of people that have the same love and passion and respect for the
business that you do, that’s what you want to see.
You want to see those
people succeed because you know the right people are making it to the top and
then it’s our job to make sure the wrestling industry thrives and continues to
grow. I feel like we are primed for the next boom in wrestling. If you look at
the two major companies, you got the right guys in the right positions. I think
with some good thought behind it we can really create a buzz and get people
interested in the mainstream and the masses get interested in wrestling
On Hulk Hogan being behind
Initially I didn’t deal with Hulk a lot.We didn’t have a lot of
interaction. But I hear a lot of the criticisms within the company and outside
the company about his role. My dealings with him have been great. He has a
really good mind for the business. I don’t think people understand that. He was
one of the most successful performers of all time in this business for a reason.
It went beyond just his charisma, his look and all these other factors. He has a
great mind for it and I appreciate that he had confidence in me and everyone
else in the company had the confidence in me.
On the X Division:
I think if you look at the pay per view last night there was
some quality talent that was on the PPV. I imagine some of those guys will
continue to be a part of Impact Wrestling moving forward. I think if you look
out there, there is a lot of talent who are not under contract to another
company or soon will not be under contract to another company, who we definitely
want to take a look at and see if they have something to bring to TNA Impact
Wrestling. We tried to do the reboot of the X division last year and we tried to
infuse some new talent into it. Just through some circumstances and some
injuries and some departures, I don’t think it sustained itself as they had
So I think there will be more effort going forward. When you
couple that with the Gut Check concept too, it’s another tool to infuse new
talent. Kenny King and Mason Andrews and Rubix, those are all guys who I think
if you continue to give opportunities too, will grow with the company and become
guys who will definitely be entertaining in the X division and
Morgan Adds More Speculation For A WWE Return
Matt Morgan has posted another cryptic
tweet on his future in pro wrestling. Asked on Twitter if he has signed with
WWE, Morgan replied, "Well, I KNOW the answer to that one, and very soon
EVERYONE WILL KNOW the answer. #ChangeIsGood."
Meanwhile he is still on
the TNA Wrestling roster page, as well with Ric Flair, who was recently fired
from TNA. It has never been officially announced that he has left TNA, but it is
believed that he finished up his contract wrestling a last match against
Criminson at a TNA house show.
Dutt Injured During Destination X PPV, Alludes To Being Signed.
Sonjay Dutt suffered a dislocated shoulder
during last night's Destination X pay per view. He was escorted to the back
where he popped his shoulder back into place and returned to the match. Dutt
wrote the following on his twitter
account confirming the news and alluding that he was possibly signed by TNA
and will be back to compete in the X-Division soon.
you so much to everyone. I dislocated my shoulder last night, going to rest for
few weeks, hope to continue my journey to the X title."
Punk and Nigel Mcguiness comment on Destination X
From their twitter accounts:
C.M. Punk: "I didn't see it, but congrats to Austin Aries,
Samoa Joe, and Zema Ion. Looks like somebody finally gets it.
Dixie Carter: Congrats Austin Aries! What a year it has been. You
have fought hard and deserve this!"
Colt Cabana: "Congrats to Austin
Nigel McGuinness: "Proud tear in my eye. Wonder at how
great life can be sometimes. Another of my ROH peers. Proved it wasn't
TNA creative team member Dave Lagana: "Life is made of moments.
This was one of them. Congratulations to Austin Aries. Work with great people.
Hand them the ball, believe and trust in their work, and don't put negativity
into the world. Result (equals) Destination X."
Destination X Results: Austin Aries new World Champion, Zema Ion wins X Title
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Results from the “Destination X” Pay-Per-View – New World Heavyweight Chamipion and X Division Champion Crowned!
On Sunday night, "Destination X" aired live on Pay-Per-View and online at TNAOnDemand.com from Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Catch the replay all this week on your cable or satellite provider, or watch it online around the world at TNAOnDemand.com
Tune into Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING on Spike TV at 8/7c for the aftermath from the event, plus exclusive footage! If you can't watch it, set your DVR to record it.
Quick Results from the Pay-Per-View: Last Chance Qualifier: Mason Andrews Def. Rubix, Lars Only and Dakota Darsow X Title Qualifier 1: Mason Andrews Def. Kid Kash X Title Qualifier 2: Kenny King Def. Douglas Williams X Title Qualifier 3: Sonjay Dutt Def. Rashad Cameron X Title Qualifier 4: Zema Ion Def Flip Cassanova BFG Series Match: Samoa Joe Def. Kurt Angle (+10 for win) Last Man Standing Match: AJ Styles def. Christopher Daniels X Division Title: Ultimate X: Zema Ion Def. Kenny King, Sonjay Dutt and Mason Andrews World Heavyweight Championship: Austin Aries Def. Bobby Roode
Results from the Slammiversary Pay-Per-View
Last Chance Qualifier: The match started in true X division fashion with all competitors moving in the high risk fast paced style they are known for. Things finally started coming down to a few men but things got crazy outside of the ring when Mason Andrews and Jigsaw launched onto their competitors with areal assaults that can only be described as amazing. All four men were equally impressive but it was still anybody’s match. Darsow seemed to have the advantage at one point power bombing Mason Andrews and Lars Only onto the mat but Rubix capitalized on all men being down and was able to get the IMPACT WRESTLING Zone on his side. After power slamming Lars only onto the mat Mason Andrews was able to get the pin on Lars Only. This allows for Mason Andrews to move onto face Kid Kash with
X Division Title Tournament: Match 1 Kid Kash immediately came in to start the match and dominated Mason Andrews. Kash took full advantage and did not let up for one moment taking full advantage of his situation. Kash had many pin attempts but even after wearing down Andrews was unable to get a full count in on Mason Andrews. Andrews did seem to get in a few hits but was unable to turn things around in his favor. While attempting a high risk move off the top rope Kash was reversed by Mason Andrews and things seemed to start to return in his favor shortly after and Andrews was able to put together an offense against Kash allowing for multiple pin attempts. Mason Andrews was able to pull it together and surprise Kash with a roll up to gain the pin and become the first of four competitors to compete in the Ultimate X Tournament for the X Division title.
X Division Title Tournament: Match 2 The match started out with the two going back and forth on the ground in a style that both seemed to be very familiar with. Though King’s style seemed to be more athletic as opposed to Williams, which was more ground and pound. King managed to gain control over Williams, though things seemed to be reversed using his experience finally keeping him to the mat. After King implemented an atomic drop and a kick to the back of Williams’ head both were laid out for a minute but soon brought things back in action. King was able to make a few pin attempts with no success. Williams did bring it to the sky flying onto King from the top outside of the ring but wasn’t enough to keep him out of the ring for the count out. King was able to finally hit an impressive move that Williams was unable to recover from that allowed for him to get the pin and move on into the Ultimate X Championship Match for later tonight.
X Division title Tournament: Match 3 Rashad Cameron had the upper hand over Sonjay Dutt for much of the first few minutes of the match. Rashad had a few pin attempts but was unable to follow through on the 1,2,3. Sonjay was able to turn things around and had a similar showing to what he displayed on IMPACT WRESTLING in his win. Rahad had an answer for Sonjay and with numerous high-risk moves and submission attempts but Sonjay delivered his Moonsault Stomp as an exclamation point on the match and was able to get the pin on Rashad Cameron for the win.
An update was shown on Jesse Sorenson who was seriously injured wrestling in February on IMPACT WRESTLING and is expected to make a full recovery, Jesse Sorensen was introduced and welcomed back still wearing a neck brace from his nearly career ending injury. Jesse Delivered a speech promising the crowd that he will be the X Division champion by Destination X next year. As Sorenson was leaving Zema Ion entered for his match and showed no remorse for what happened.
X Division title Tournament: Match 4 Both men did not hold back with this match and used every tool in their arsenal to break down their opponent to get the pin for the win. Flip Cassanova attempted to pull out the finishing move he used to gain the win that he used on IMPACT WRESTLING to enter the tournament but to no avail. Zema Ion after a painful move on his opponent was able to pick up the win and move on in the tournament making the four competitors for the Ultimate X Match later tonight Zema Ion, Mason Andrews, Sonjay Dutt, and Kenny King
BFG Series Match: Samoa Joe vs. Kurt Angle The two men were cautious facing off in the ring with both men seeking out the most points possible to get the upper hand in the Bound for Glory Series. Joe was dominating Angle for the first part of the match and was able to bring things outside the ring tossing Kurt outside and leaping out onto Angle in an amazing show of athleticism. Shortly after this however, things were able to turn in the favor of the Olympic Gold Medalist. Kurt was unable to maintain control of the match which switched back and forth between the two competitors with Joe getting in quite a few pin attempts as well as some submission attempts on the part of both competitors. After Angle unleashed a series of suplexes on Joe it seemed as though Joe was done. Joe geared up for a muscle buster but was reversed by Angle into and Ankle lock that was kicked out of by Joe. Joe managed to get in a muscle buster but couldn’t get the pin. After both competitors made attempts at submissions and pinfalls it finally came down to Joe seemingly knocking out Angle with the Rear Naked Choke Hold and the match was ended at the stoppage of the Senior Referee with 10 points going to Samoa Joe for the win.
Last Man Standing Match: AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels Daniels started the match by attempting to run away from AJ Styles but Styles managed to catch up and unleash an assault on Daniels that went on mostly outside of the ring but eventually brining it back in where he also maintained domination over Christopher Daniels. Daniels managed to compose himself and get a few hits in on AJ and develop an offense on Styles also bringing into play a steel chair which he attempted to use on Styles but was stopped due to reversal. Daniels regained control and was able to toss Styles onto the opened chair which seemed to take quite a bit out of him. After bringing things out to the floor it became apparent that Styles was busted open and bleeding on his forehead and he appeared to be very weak for some time. Styles managed to muster up the strength to springboard onto Daniels and weaken him enough to begin an assault that made its way outside of the ring and allowed for Styles to impale Daniels into the steel stars and worked up the ramp. The men exchanged numerous blows at the top of the ramp, which was completely brutal to watch. Daniels was on the verge of countout until Kazarian came out and pushed Styles off the ramp and was nearly counted out. Styles seemed to be done and this allowed time for Daniels to grab a table from under the ring and nearly put him into the table but was stopped as AJ was able to pull things back in his favor taking out Kazarian and allowing for Styles to follow though with putting Daniels though a table from off the top of the ramp with the Styles Clash!!!
X Division Title: Ultimate X Every man for themself in this match and with only two competitors having been a part of an Ultimate X Match it’s hard to say what one could expect in this match. Zema Ion kicked things off immediately going for the title but was immediately stopped by all 3 other competitors. All competitors began to wear down each other and Kenny king was the first to make a valid attempt for the title but was stopped by a springboard from Sonjay Dutt. Ion was the second to go for it but was stopped by King and Andrews. It was noted that Sonjay Dutt was taken out of the match but it was not clear what had happened. The three men continued and after some time Sonjay Dutt returned to the ring. Mason Andrews and Kenny attempted to make their way to the X Division Title using the ropes but both men managed to knock each other off the ropes. Meanwhile, Sonjay Dutt And Zema Ion were climbing on the steel structure towering over the Ultimate X and through using a can of hair spray Ion was able to acquire the X Division Title and become the new X Division Champion.
World Heavyweight Championship The match started out with both men being very cautious, as they both know what is on the line. Both men worked to put one over on the other but Aries was the first to attempt a pinfall. Aries still maintained his cocky attitude trying to get into the mind of Bobby Roode. Aries maintained dominance in the match but Roode was able to turn things around in his favor. Favor went back and forth between the two with each favoring their own respective styles that made for a an interesting type of match that one rarely sees in a World Heavyweight Championship Match. Roode was able to maintain control but ended up enraging Aries which led to Aries putting forth an offense that one wouldn’t expect Roode to come back from but he was able to bring it around. Both men were able to implement a series of submission holds on each other but neither man would submit. The back and forth continued between the two with Aries at one point bringing things high risk. Aries’ number was almost up but he was able to grab the ring rope to get out of the submission attempt. Roode made two attempts to use the belt against Aries but was stopped the first time and though successful the second time Aries managed to kick out and bring things around and after a brain buster Aries was able to get the three count and become the new World Heavyweight Champion!!
Ik ben Boon Kenneth, en gebruik soms ook wel de schuilnaam Sting.
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Ik ben geboren op 05/06/1989 en ben nu dus 30 jaar jong.
Mijn hobby's zijn: Worstelen en films.
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