Update on The Great Khali's Medical Condition Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/29/2012 at 07:44 AM
ABC News is featuring a new article providing more details on The Great Khali's surgery that he underwent on Wednesday to have a tumor removed. The article mentions the potential risks of Khali’s acromegaly, and WWE‘s wellness policy. Khali is recovering well, and is expected to be released from the Universary of Pittsburgh Medical Center hopefully by Monday.
Also in the article, ABC mentions that WWE could potentially be in legal trouble for failing to address conditions such as acromegaly in its performers (as performers such as Andre The Giant have reaped size-related benefits from acromegaly), but notes that WWE’s legal team is notoriously effective. Here's an excerpt from the article.
Dr. Bryan Donohue, a UPMC cardoiologist and WWE’s cardiovascular consultant since 2008, said in his experience, WWE has never put commercial interests above the health of its performers, adding that many WWE executives are former wrestlers.
“The narrative is obvious, that the interests of WWE are antithetical to those of the talent, but I’ve found that they’ve been very responsive to things I’ve asked them to do,” Donohue said. “I’ve never experienced any pushback on any issue.”
While Donohue said he could not comment on Singh’s case, he said the decision to operate on a pituitary tumor does not follow reflexively from a diagnosis of acromegaly. The timing, especially for adults, can be influenced by a range of factors.
Braunstein, the Cedars-Sinai endocrinologist, said he has seen several acromegalic patients who have refused surgery and even a growth hormone-reducing medication in hopes of preserving their gigantism. When he tells them that acromegaly shortens life expectancy, they often “shop around for other doctors,” he said
WWE Smackdown Results 7/27/12 By LOP Jul 28, 2012 - 12:03:40 AM
Report by Richard Trionfo & PWinsider.com
Miz makes his way to the ring to start things off and he has his Intercontinental Title belt which he earned when he beat Christian to become champion.
Miz says that everyone is looking at the new face of the Intercontinental Championship. He says that he would love to thank every one of Christian’s peeps because they voted for Christian to defend his title on Raw 1000. In that match, Christian lost. Miz says that he is the new Intercontinental Champion because he is the Miz and . . .
Christian feels that his music is more important than Miz’ catchphrase.
Christian says that Miz was going to say AWESOME in an annoying voice. Christian says that it is also awesome that he is going to invoke his rematch clause tonight in Kansas City.
Match Number One: Christian versus Miz
They lock up and Miz with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Christian backs into the corner and Miz has something to say to the former champion. Christian with a waist lock into a side head lock. Miz backs Christian into the corner but Miz with punches on the break. Christian sends Miz into the corner and he punches him.
Christian with an Irish whip and back body drop. Christian sends Miz over the top rope but Miz lands on the apron. Miz with a shoulder from the apron and then he thinks about suplexing Christian to the floor but Christian stops him and connects with a punch and then he slides to the floor and pulls Miz off the apron.
Christian with a baseball slide to Miz and he sends Miz back into the ring. Christian goes to the turnbuckles and tries for a tornado DDT but Miz escapes and then he connects with a knee to the midsection. Miz with kicks to Christian followed by a punch that sends Christian back to the mat. Christian punches Miz but Miz with an Irish whip and he hits an Awesome Clothesline.
Miz goes up top and hits a double sledge and gets a near fall. Miz with a reverse chin lock. Christian with a flapjack and Miz goes to the apron. Christian stops Miz but Miz with a back body drop that sends Christian to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Miz with a series of kicks to Christian’s chest followed by a running boot to the head for a near fall. Miz returns to the reverse chin lock. Christian with elbows and a punch. Christian with a sunset flip for a near fall. Miz hits the Reality Check and gets a near fall. Christian falls into the ropes and Miz chokes Christian in the ropes. Miz sets for another Awesome Clothesline but Christian gets his boots up.
Christian goes up top but he takes too long and Miz stops him. Miz with punches and Miz tries for a superplex but Christian fights back. Christian blocks the superplex again and he punches Miz off the turnbuckles. Christian goes for the frog splash but Miz gets his knees up and Miz gets a few near falls.
Miz says something to Christian and Christian slaps Miz and hits a drop kick from the turnbuckles and both men are down. Christian with punches and a running forearm and a drop toe hold that sends Christian to the floor and Christian with a slingshot to the floor and an uppercut. Christian drops the back of Miz’ head onto the top rope and then Christian hits a cross body for a near fall.
Christian goes to the turnbuckles again and he leaps over Miz and hits an inverted DDT but can only get a two count. Miz sends Christian into the turnbuckles but Christian tries for a sunset flip from the turnbuckles but Miz rolls through. Miz misses a kick and Christian gets a near fall with a rollup. Miz tries for the Reality Check again but Christian counters and gets a near fall with a backslide.
Christian with a back elbow from the turnbuckles and he tries for the Killswitch but Miz blocks it and Miz tries for a belly-to-back suplex. Christian lands on his feet but Miz with a DDT for a near fall. Miz goes to the turnbuckles but Christian pulls Miz off the turnbuckles and Christian sets for the spear.
Miz sees it coming and Miz rolls to the floor. Christian follows Miz to the floor and Miz with a boot. Miz tries for the Skull Crushing Finale but Christian blocks it. Christian with punches in the corner but when the referee is out of position, Miz with a thumb to the eyes followed by a rollup with a handful of tights for the three count.
Winner: The Miz
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Jinder Mahal versus Ryback
They lock up and Ryback backs Mahal into the corner. Ryback with a clean break. Mahal with forearms but Ryback with a boot to the chest. Ryback with a fallaway slam and Mahal goes to the apron. Mahal with a thumb to the eye and a shoulder followed by a knee from the apron. Mahal with a high knee and he gets a near fall.
Mahal with a kick to the head and then he connects with a knee to the head. Mahal is sent to the floor but Mahal returns to the ring and he connects with knees to the back. Mahal signals for the Camel Clutch but Ryback gets to his feet and he hits a backpack stunner. Ryback slams Mahal’s head into the mat and then he hits a spinebuster.
Mahal avoids a lariat and then he goes to the floor and the referee starts his count. The referee gets to ten and calls for the bell.
Winner: Ryback by count out
We go to commercial.
We see footage from Monday’s main event when John Cena became the first to fail to cash in the briefcase and what happened after the match with Big Show, Rock, Punk, and Cena.
Booker, Josh, and Michael discuss what happened with Punk and they are enjoying some beverages from Sonic.
Who wants to Tout about what Punk did?
Sheamus stops by to talk to Daniel Bryan. Sheamus talks to Daniel’s bad evening on Monday with the wedding, Rock, and Charlie Sheen.
Bryan says that he is not done with AJ. Rock won’t be back for six months. He doesn’t care about Charlie Sheen.
Sheamus has a present for Bryan’s wedding and he says that it might come in handy on his wedding night. Bryan is not impressed and we see that it is a book titled ‘How to Last More than 18 Seconds’.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Sheamus versus Cody Rhodes
They lock up and Sheamus backs Cody into the corner and Sheamus with a clean break. Rhodes with a waist lock but Sheamus with an elbow and Cody goes to the floor. Cody complains to the referee about the job he is doing. Cody returns to the ring and Rhodes with a kick and side head lock. Sheamus with a shoulder tackle and he gets a near fall.
Sheamus works on the arm but Cody with a kick and he starts to work on the arm. Sheamus punches Cody and then he Irish whips Cody. Cody floats over but he runs into a delayed tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Cody with a kick but Sheamus with a forearm that sends Cody to the apron. Sheamus puts Cody in the position on the apron but Cody with elbows to avoid the forearms of ten. Cody goes to the floor and Sheamus follows.
Sheamus decides to set up for the forearms of ten from the apron instead. Sheamus tries to suplex Cody to the floor but Cody is able to land on the apron. Cody sends Sheamus into the ring post and Sheamus falls to the floor.
Sheamus barely gets back into the ring and Cody kicks Sheamus. While this is going on, Dolph Ziggler’s music plays and he has his briefcase and Vickie Guerrero with him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cody with a key lock while Ziggler waits anxiously at the announce table. Cody with punches to Sheamus but Sheamus with a running double sledge. Cody avoids a second one and Cody with a drop kick for a near fall. Cody with a knee to the head and he gets a near fall.
Cody chokes Sheamus and then Sheamus hangs over the apron and Cody with punches and forearms to the head and neck. Cody gets a near fall and then he tries for a full nelson and he applies it. Sheamus gets to his feet and he escapes with an arm drag. Cody with a kick to the knees followed by the drop down uppercut. Sheamus with a back body drop and both men struggle to get to their feet.
Sheamus with double sledges and then he hits a shoulder in the corner but Cody knows that the knee lift is coming next so he connects with a kick to Sheamus. Sheamus holds on to the ropes on an O’Connor Roll attempt and Sheamus with a running knee lift and tilt-a-whirl power slam for a near fall.
Cody avoids a short arm clothesline and then he connects with a back elbow to the head. Rhodes with a drop toe hold into the turnbuckles followed by a kick. Cody goes up top but misses a moonsault when Sheamus moves. Sheamus with the uranage back breaker and he gets a near fall.
Sheamus gets Cody on his shoulders but Cody with elbows and he sends Sheamus to the floor. Sheamus gets back to the apron and he punches Cody and then Sheamus goes up top but Rhodes with an arm drag. Cody hits Beautiful Disaster but Sheamus kicks out at two. Cody thinks about what he has to do to beat Sheamus while Ziggler waits with the briefcase in his hands.
Cody tries for another Beautiful Disaster but Sheamus catches him and hits White Noise. Sheamus looks around and signals for the Brogue Kick and he connects and gets the three count.
After the match, Ziggler teases coming into the ring to cash in but he stops short. Ziggler circles the ring and gets on the apron but goes back to the floor. Ziggler takes off his shirt and he looks like he is going to cash in again.
From out of nowhere, someone in a Dolph Ziggler shirt attacks Dolph from behind and sends him into the ring for Sheamus to give Ziggler a Brogue Kick.
We see that the person who sent Ziggler into the ring was Chris Jericho. Sheamus leaves the ring and lets Jericho deal with Ziggler.
Jericho waits for Ziggler to get up and Jericho hits a Codebreaker.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Santino Marella versus Antonio Cesaro with Aksana
Santino goes for the leg but Cesaro blocks him and Cesaro with a front face lock and float over followed by a slap to the head. Santino gets to his feet and Santino pushes Cesaro. Santino with an arm drag. Cesaro offers his hand to Santino and then he tells Santino to look at Aksana and Cesaro with a forearm to the head. Cesaro with head butts to the chest.
Cesaro with a near fall. Cesaro with a deadlift side salto and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock. Santino escapes with a Saito suplex and then Santino with jabs and a forearm followed by the diving head butt.
Santino reaches for his sock puppet but Aksana gets on the apron. Cesaro tries to take advantage but Santino with a split and hip toss. Cesaro with a flapjack and Gotch Style Neutralizer for the three count.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
We take a look back at Damien Sandow’s confrontation with DX.
Damien is walking in the back and he walks past a few wrestlers and some backstage workers as we go to commercial.
We are back with a look at the segment from Raw when we found out that Brock Lesnar will be facing Triple H at SummerSlam.
Match Number Five: Damien Sandow versus Yoshi Tatsu
They lock up and Sandow with a knee and forearm before sending Yoshi to the floor. Sandow goes after Yoshi and sends him into the ringside barrier. Sandow slams Yoshi’s head into the ringside barrier. Sandow sends Yoshi back into the ring.
Sandow with a side Russian leg sweep and then he rolls through for the Elbow of Disdain. Sandow with knees to Yoshi followed by the cross arm neck breaker and the three count.
Winner: Damien Sandow
After the match, Damien gets on the mic and he addresses the repulsive, ruffian, wretches. He says that if you enjoyed what happened to him on Monday night at the hands of those unruly Degenerates, he is their martyr.
He tells everyone ‘You’re Welcome’ and then he does the victory cartwheel.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Six: Kane versus Rey Mysterio versus Daniel Bryan versus Alberto Del Rio with Ricardo Rodriguez in a Number One Contender Match
The bell rings and Kane goes after Bryan while Del Rio works over Mysterio with kicks. Bryan with an elbow to Kane and then Kane goes over the top rope to the floor when Bryan pulls down the top rope. Bryan with a kick to Kane on the floor and then Del Rio tries for a running drop kick but Rey moves and Del Rio goes to the floor. Bryan with a suicide dive onto Kane.
Rey with a seated senton splash onto Del Rio from the apron. Rey with a shoulder to Bryan den then Rey goes up top and hits the seated senton. Bryan with a clothesline and Rey goes down hard. Bryan gets a near fall while Kane sends Del Rio into the ring steps. Kane charges at Del Rio but Del Rio with a drop toe hold and Kane goes into the ring post and steps.
Bryan knocks Del Rio off the apron and Rey with a rollup on Bryan for a near fall. Bryan with kicks of Yes to Rey and then he tries for a power bomb but Rey blocks it. Rey with a drop kick to the knees and Bryan miraculously falls into the ropes for a 619. Rey tries for the 619 but Del Rio with a clothesline.
Bryan with a clothesline to Del Rio. Kane with an uppercut to Bryan. Kane with an Irish whip into the corner and Kane splashes Del Rio and Bryan followed by a side slam to Bryan for a near fall.
Kane goes up top and hits the clothesline on Bryan and he sets for a choke slam on Bryan. Kane kicks Del Rio and then he grabs Rey with his other hand. Rey and Bryan block the double choke slam and they try for a double suplex but Kane blocks it and reverses it.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Del Rio punches and kicks Bryan in the corner. Bryan with a hard Irish whip and then he connects with kicks of Yes in the corner. Bryan sets for the running drop kick of Yes into the corner but Del Rio moves and Bryan hits the turnbuckles hard. Del Rio with the step up enzuigiri and then he floats over into the cross arm breaker. Bryan looks like he is about to tap but Rey with a leg drop to Del Rio from the top and gets a near fall.
Rey with a baseball slide to Del Rio’s nether region. Kane hits Rey from behind and Kane with a clothesline that sends Del Rio over the top rope to the floor. Kane with punches to Rey in the corner followed by a hard Irish whip. Kane gets a near fall on Rey followed by a drop kick for a near fall.
Kane with a rear chin lock while Ricardo checks on Alberto. Kane sends Rey into the corner and Rey with boots to Kane. Rey floats over and Kane catches Rey. Kane tries for a running power slam but Rey counters with a tornado DDT. Rey goes to the turnbuckles and tries for a rana but Kane blocks it and Del Rio with a drop kick to Rey. Del Rio punches Kane but Kane grabs Del Rio as he comes off the ropes. Del Rio with an enzuigiri followed by a lungblower but Bryan breaks up the cover.
Bryan with kicks of Yes to Del Rio but he misses a round kick and Del Rio with a rollup for a near fall. Bryan applies the Yes Lock on Del Rio but Kane prevents Del Rio from tapping out. Kane punches Bryan and connects with an uppercut.
Kane clotheslines Bryan over the top rope. Del Rio with an arm breaker and then he tries to float over into the cross arm breaker but Kane avoids it and hits a chokes slam but Rey breaks up the cover. Kane goes to the floor and Bryan goes to the apron for a running knee to the back.
Rey with a round kick to Del Rio but Alberto kicks out at two. Rey signals for the 619 but Bryan grabs Rey from behind. Rey sends Bryan into the ropes and he falls onto the middle rope. Del Rio charges at Rey but Rey with a drop kick to the knee and Del Rio falls into the ropes next to Bryan. Rey hits the 619 on both men and he goes up top for the dive onto Bryan but Ricardo pulls Rey out of the ring and Del Rio pins Bryan to win the match.
TNA iMPACT Wrestling Results 7/26/12 By TheCrow Jul 26, 2012 - 11:34:30 PM
Report by Mike Johnson @ PWInsider.com
After a recap of what happened in the last week, Sting made his way to the ring. He said that thanks to Aces and Eights, Hulk Hogan had a shattered hip and was dealing with mesh and titanium plates in his back. He said that he was their first target and Dixie Carter put him in charge while Hogan is away. He said he was one man alone but he was calling them out.
Instead, out came TNA champion Austin Aries. He said that they didn't just attack Sting and Hogan but also the champion and that means they were trying to make a statement. He said he was making a statement right now, and that was the second one of them showed up tonight, he was attacking them.
Kurt Angle came out and said that they attacked him last week and tried to take everything away from him, so now he wants to kick their ass,
Bobby Roode came out. He said that he wasn't there to fight nor was he there to back them up. He was there to tell them who was behind all the attacks. He said there was someone who has been in the TNA title scene for a year and is jealous of Roode as well as the others and that's James Storm and he is responsible.
Storm hit the scene and attacked Roode from behind. They brawled into the ring as the other watched. Angle grabbed Storm and held him as Roode escaped the ring. Roode took the mic and said that the truth hurts because Storm is behind it.
They promoted the Bound for Glory on sale hard for tomorrow.
Backstage, Tara, Kurt Angle and Kid Kash were interviewed about the impending debut of Chavo Guerrero.
Bobby Roode was grabbed backstage. He asked why everyone was questioning him. He said that no one wants to believe him that it's James Storm, so he was leaving. He said that no one knows Storm better than him and he knows how Storm clicks. If people don't want to listen, he was leaving and headed out of the Impact Zone backstage area towards a parking lot.
Madison Rayne & Gail Kim vs. Tara & Mickie James
They showed a clip of Rayne being infatuated with Earl Hebner. It was announced that all four will face each other in a Four Way with the winner getting a Knockouts title shot at Hardcore Justice.
Kim and Tara started out working over each other's arms. Tara used a handstand to escape. Tara avoided a charge into the corner and hiptossed her over.
James tagged in and nailed a dropkick to the face on Kim for a two count. Kim drilled James with a series of kicks to the side but was taken down with a top wristlock. James nailed a Thesz Press. Kim whipped her into the ropes but James was kicked by Rayne from the outside.
This allowed Kim and Rayne to work over Kim in the corner. James fired back. Rayne missed a charge in the corner and Kim made the hot tag to Tara, Tara nailed a pair of running clotheslines. Tara drilled Rayne down with an inverted TKO for a two count before Kim made the save.
Rayne and Tara rolled through on Rayne, snapping her over. They locked in a double crab. Kim came off the top with a double missile dropkick. They went back and forth until James used the Backlund Bridge to roll up Kim but the referee counted her shoulders down even though it was obviously not down for a three count. James was shocked.
Your winner, Gail Kim and Madison Rayne!
Sting told Austin Aries that he needed someone to handle the X-Division and cut some of the talents. He said Aries knew how to handle X-Division business better than anyone. Cuts? Half these guys just debuted! And the WORLD CHAMPION has time to handle this when Sting, the GM doesn't? Come on! Aries finally agreed but told Sting that he would be back to handle the Aces and Eights. He went into the X-Division locker room and told someone to get off his desk because they had business.
They played a video piece on Sam Shaw appearing in Gutcheck tonight.
Hernandez, Gunner and Bully Ray commented on Chavo Guerrero joining TNA. They certainly are building Chavo up like a big acquisition.
Sam Shaw vs. Douglas Williams
The crowd was behind Shaw right away, chanting for him. They had some nice exchanges early with Shaw showing some really good athletic moves. Shaw used the Orton backbreaker into a neckbreaker for a two count. He slammed Williams and went to the ropes.
Joey Ryan appeared in the crowd holding a 87% sign. That distracted Shaw, allowing Williams to trip him. Several officials came out and Ryan drilled Snow and ran out of the building with Snow and others in pursuit.
Williams worked over Shaw and drilled him with a number of shots. Williams nailed a running lknee and slammed Shaw in the center of the ring. He slapped Shaw and nailed the Rolling Chaos for the pin.
Your winner, Douglas Williams!
The story was that Shaw looked good and showed promise before Ryan distracted him. From there, the veteran worked over Shaw and that was it for him.
Backstage, Austin Aries said that he knows the X-Division wrestlers were waiting for Sting but instead it's him. Kenny King, Rashad Cameron and Sonjay Dutt all gave their reasons as to why they should get the title shot. Dutt said that he would have won the belt if he hadn't dislocated his shoulder. Cameron said he's been around six years and never won the belt. King said that Dakota's been getting his ass kicked for weeks and doesn't deserve a title shot. Aries finally decided that Cameron was cut.
They aired a Chavo Guerrero teaser.
They showed several Bellator fighters in attendance.
Chavo Guerrero, wearing street clothes, came to the ring. He celebrated with some fans around ringside. There was a big "Chavo" chant. Guerrero said that he wanted to say hello to the "Guerrero people.: He got a big pop. He said that he knows where he should have been the last few years. Guerrero said he was very humbled to be allowed to be in their ring and thanked the fans. He said that one thing the Guerrero family has always done and that's conquer and to be a champion. He said that in every company, country and continent they have ever been in, they have done that, except TNA. He said that when he walked in the locker room, he sees hunger with hungry wrestlers who want to steal the show every night. He said that he sees the eyes of the best and that's why he's here. He said that Chavo Guerrero is here to beat the best. He said that timing is everything and that's something that Guerreros have always had. He said that everyone needed to remember this date because it's Guerrero time and it's time for him to be a champion in TNA. He tried to thank everyone.
Kid Kash and Gunner came out. Kash questioned him being considered a wrestling legend. He mocked all the family members for being wrestlers and asked what generation he was. He questioned the Guerreros being wrestling royalty and asked him if he thought they had to bow down to him. He asked Guerrero where his family was. Guerrero said they were the fans. Kash said he didn't care about the government-supported idiots in the crowd and asked where Chavo and Mando and the others were. He asked if they were too old or too drunk.
Chavo nailed Kash but was double teamed by Gunner and Kash. Hernandez hit the ring for the save. He clotheslined Gunner out of the ring. Guerrero dropkicked Kash out of the ring. Hernandez and Guerrero embraced.
Pretty good debut for Chavo. He looked better and cut a better promo here than he had in years for WWE.
Kurt Angle asked James Storm if there was anything to Bobby Roode's allegations. Storm said that Angle should know firsthand that when Storm has an issue, he goes to the person firsthand and wasn't scared of an asswhipping. Angle asked him if Storm had their backs if Aces and Eights attacked tonight. Storm said that he does. Angle walked off but the camera remained on Storm,. who looked serious as if he was teasing that he wasn't being honest.
The Gutcheck judges tried to talk about Sam Shaw. Al Snow was mad that he didn't see any of the match because of Joey Ryan and screamed that Ryan had his attention now. They commented that Ryan wanted his attention and he can't give him what he wanted. Taz and Prichard said nice things about Shaw while Snow was upset. They said they needed to go out and make a decision.
We saw a video recap of the AJ-Claire storyline.
Bound for Glory Series: AJ Styles vs. James Storm
They showed Claire sitting at ringside.
Styles and Storm had some nice counter wrestling early. Storm drilled Styles with a right hand and smashed him into the turnbuckles. Storm worked over Styles and covered him, then went into a side headlock. Styles fired back but was cut off and covered by Storm.
Storm backdropped Styles and locked in a rear chinlock. Styles fired back and leapfrogged Storm but was nailed with a right hand. Styles came back with a shot and covered Storm. They battled back and forth Storm went for a waistlock. Styles ran into the corner to escape, smashing Storm into the buckles.
Styles scored several near falls and locked on a rear chinlock. They battled back and forth with strike. Storm shoulderblocked Styles into the corner and clotheslines Styles. Storm nailed a forearm smash for another two count.
Styles came back with a nice back suplex for a two count. He went for a flying forearm in the corner but Storm moved out of the way. He placed Styles on the top turnbuckle but was drilled with several Styles elbows. Storm nailed Styles and went for the Whirlybird and nailed it. Storm covered Styles who kicked out at the last second.
Storm went to the top for a Blockbuster but Styles nailed him with a right. Storm went for a DDT but was caught with a suplex into the buckles. Styles covered him for a two count.
Styles nailed a flying forerm, springboarding into the ring, for a two count. AJ went for the Styles Clash but Storm turned it into an overhead sidewalk slam. Storm was down and out but crawled over for another two count.
Storm DDT'd Styles on the apron and covered Styles for another two count. Storm goes for the Last Call superkick but Styles avoided it and nailed the Pele Kick.
Aces and Eights hit the ring and attack Styles. Security charged down but they were taken out. They beat down Styles, but not Storm, and then ran out of the ring.
After a commercial break, an interviewer asked James Storm why everyone was attacked but him. Storm asked if he was accusing James. Storm grabbed the interviewer (TNA Producer Jason Hervey) and called him a son of a bitch. He said he doesn't need anyone's help to kick another man's ass. Storm stormed off.
The TNA Gutcheck judging segment began. Sam Shaw came to the ring. Shaw said that even though he came up a bit short, he has the drive and determination to be one of the best. He asked them to say yes to him.
Al Snow said that unfortunately due to a jackass, he didn't get a chance to see his match. He said that nothing would make him happier than to stick it up Joey Ryan's ass and say yes, but he has to say no.
Bruce Prichard said that he didn't think that thus far he and Snow haven't disagreed. However, Prichard said that tonight he thought Shaw did a hell of a job, so it was a yes.
Shaw told Taz that he wanted to show the same determination that Taz had in 1999 when he was trying to break into the big leagues. Yeah, because being ECW World champ on PPV wasn't the big leagues? He said that he wanted the chance to learn and compete with the best.
Taz praised his athleticism and work but told him he took his eye off the ball. Still, the answer was yes.
So, Sam Shaw is the latest member of the roster.
We went back to Austin Aries who asked the remaining stars why they wanted to compete tonight. Dutt said that he was the only man who dislocated his shoulder twice and still almost won. King said that he was your man. Darsow said that he wasn't flashy and pretty but he gets the job done. Aries said that sometimes the Division is about flash and being pretty. He said that Dakota might be a little too emotional about the Jesse Sorensen situation so he was cutting him. Darsow stormed off. Aries told him to tell his father hello and that he hoped his repo business was doing well.
Zema Ion came to the ring.
Backstage, Austin Aries told Sonjay Dutt that the doctors weren't sure about his shoulders and that he's been here six years, so they were giving the title shot to Kenny King.
TNA X-Division champion Zema Ion vs. Kenny King.
King told Ion that his reign was over. They locked up and King backed him into the corner. There was a clean break and Ion began spraying himself with hairspray.
The champ takes King down, but is sidestepped and dropkicked by King. King whipped Ion into the corner and nailed a forearm. He runs Ion's throat into the ropes, then nailed a springboard bodypress for a two count.
King went to the top but was shoved over the top to the floor. Ion nailed a flip dive to the floor. He tossed King back into the ring and nailed a missile dropkick. Ion drilled his knees across King's back for a two count.
Ion locked in an armbar but King worked his way back to his feet. Ion drilled him Ion whipped King hard into the turnbuckles. Ion whipped King into the opposite corner but King turned it into a sunset flip off the ropes for a two count.
Ion cut off King but was drilled with a series of forearms. King nailed a dropkick and a clothesline. King nailed an inverted atomic drop and an enziguiri for a two count. King backdropped Ion over the top onto the apron. Ion nailed King but was caught with a dive after he jawjacked with the audience.
King had Ion on the ropes but Bobby Roode showed up and ran him into the ringpost. He tossed King back into the ring where Ion hit a moonsault and scored the pin.
Your winner and still X-Division champ, Zema Ion!
Good match until the interference.
Roode said that he was the it factor and he takes chances away. Austin Aries hit the scene and they brawled.
Backstage, Bully Ray said that he wasn't concerned about Aces and Eights. He said they would be shmucks to mess with him and he doesn't need to beat them to get the points. He said that Kurt Angle is the best wrestler in the world but Ray is the one man who can run right through him. He promised he was getting those points.
They showed clips of Austin Aries winning the TNA title at Destination X. Taz and Mike Tenay pushed the Hardcore Justice main event.
They announced Aries and King vs. Roode and Ion for next week's main event.
Bully Ray vs. Kurt Angle: Bound for Glory Series
They circled each other before locking up. They had a clean break before locking up again. Angle grabbed a waistlock. Ray reversed but Angle reversed it again and went for the Olympic Slam. Ray slipped out.
They locked up again, this time with a knucklelock. They locked up but Ray drilled him across the back. He went for a sitdown Bubba slam but Angle slipped out and grabbed the leg for an attempted ankle lock. Ray grabbed the ropes.
Angle began working over Ray's arm. Ray fired back with a shot to the back of the head and nailed a piledriver. Ray covered him but Angle grapped the rope. They went to commercial.
When we returned, Ray was still in control and covered Angle for another two count. We went to commercial again. I HATE THAT. When they returned again, Angle made a comeback and drilled Ray with an overhead belly to belly suplex for a two count. Ray came back with a Bubba Bomb for another two count.
Ray grabbed Angle for an exploder but Angle drilled him with a series of elbows befiore getting hit with a series of German suplexes. Angle locked in the anklelock. Ray finally rolled through and drilled Angle with a series of stiff chops across the chest.
Ray slammed Angle for a two count. Ray measured Angle for a running kick but Angle avoided it and nailed the Angleslam for another two count. Angle went to the top but missed a moonsault.
Rey went for the Bubba Cutter but Angle shoved him off. Ray kicked Angle with a big boot for a two count. Angle nailed an Olympic Slam and scored the pin, gaining seven points.
Your winner, Kurt Angle!
Aces and Eights hi the ring and attacked Angle. Ray rolled out of the ring. Sting, Austin Aries and AJ Styles ht the ring for the save. Everyone brawled. James Storm hit the scene, to ring music and chased off Aces and Eights. They left the ring as soon as they saw him. The others began arguing with Storm as to why they walked away.
- Kevin Nash wants fans to help him get the NWO brought back to WWE with WWE Champion CM Punk as the leader. He wrote on Twitter last night:
"We can make this happen.Wear your NWO shirts ,bring NWO signs and chant NWO when our Champion comes out! The NWO must live on C.M Punk is it. there is a reason we never went at it, Plavix...really Punk is NWO 2012.Rock comes to Raw 1000 at Punk makes it his night.C.M Punk is cookin."
The Great Khali Has Tumor Removed Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/26/2012 at 09:53 PM
According to TribLive News, The Great Khali had to have a tumor removed from his pituitary gland at UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here's an excerpt from the article.
The tumor removed during a four-hour procedure on Wednesday led to the growth spurt that caused Singh to achieve a height of 7 feet, 1 inch and a weight of 347 pounds, according to UPMC neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon, who led the surgical team.
Maroon said Thursday the tumor causes a condition called acromegaly, which can be fatal if left untreated.
Khali is expected to recover within two to three months.
Zack Ryder Says Kane and Eve Killed His Career Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/25/2012 at 10:25 PM
After gaining snowball-like momentum late last year with a heavily featured position on Monday Night Raw that was highlighted by a United States Championship reign, Zack Ryder's standing in WWE disintegrated once he became involved with Kane and Eve on television. From January to April, the self-described "Long Island Iced-Z" was routinely destroyed by the monster wrestler and made to look foolish by the cunning Diva. Though he managed to gain a measure of revenge on both parties on the "Great American Bash" edition of SmackDown on July 3, his career currently remains in limbo. Speaking to XFINITY® from Comcast, Ryder attributes his diminished role to both Kane and Eve.
He explains, "I was on such a roll at the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 and the whole Kane and Eve thing killed my momentum. Basically killed my career. So, to turn that around and get revenge on them was something I needed. Hopefully it’ll get the Ryder Revolution back on track."
With that behind him, Ryder says his current goal is to regain the United States Championship.
"I'd love to get that back," he says. "In 2011 I think I proved to people that I’m not a joke, I can be taken seriously in the ring. And hopefully by the end of this year I’ll have a major championship."
Ryder also has plans to tweak his character in the next few years since he "can’t be the same old guy forever."
Ryder adds, "But that doesn’t mean I’ll have to drop all of the parts of my character to get to the top. I think eventually I’ll evolve. If you’ve followed my career I was a Major Brother, then an Edge Head, now I’m Zack Ryder, I’m sure in three years I’ll be completely different."
Elsewhere in the interview, Ryder discusses WWE embracing social media, the Internet Championship, working with Edge and more. Read more here.
- Once a promising talent in WWE's midcard scene, Alex Riley's role in the company has been greatly curtailed since last year. According to PWInsider.com, the Raw Superstar is in the doghouse stemming from a hostile backstage encounter with John Cena.
Cena was reportedly poking fun at Riley in front of their wrestler peers, and in response, the Raw talent angrily reacted to Cena's "rib"—a violation of the unspoken rules of the WWE locker room. Though Riley's exact actions are not known at this time, his unfavorable reaction to WWE's cherished star was not considered a good move.
Kenn Doane, who appeared as Kenny of the Spirit Squad and Kenny Dykstra for WWE from 2006 to 2008, weighed in on the matter after claiming last month that Cena's backstage politics sabotaged his once promising grappling career.
He tweeted, "Cena acts stupid to riley, riley calls him on it, loses push. This must be a lie! Lmao #ibelieve."
- Regarding Dolph Ziggler's crazy bumps, it's said that he comes up with all of the ideas and pretty much pushes to be allowed to do them. The big bump at Money in the Bank with Tensai was exactly as he had envisioned it and pushed for.
- Word on Kharma's WWE departure is that she had been in Florida training for her return to action but got the knock for being out of shape, hard to work with and stubborn about suggestions of how they wanted to change her character. She had been losing weight since we last saw her.
Regarding Alex Riley's status with WWE, it's said that he lost his push that was in the works because of a backstage incident with John Cena.
PWInsider.com reports word going around is that a while back, Riley was backstage with John Cena and Cena was ribbing him in front of some of the other wrestlers. Riley reportedly came back angrily at Cena, which was seen as him "breaking the code of the locker-room."
TNA Knockout Velvet Sky has revealed on
her offical twitter page that she asked, and was granted her release from TNA
Impact Wrestling. She tweeted :
"I have been granted my release by TNA at
this time. It's what's best for me right now and I wanted to thank TNA and all
the fans for their constant support in me. Stay tuned though.. And I also want
to thank Vince Russo for creating and believing in the team of The Beautiful
People. We had a great run! @Actualalove "
Tying in with the rumors from yesterday,
TNA Knockout Velvet Sky's profile has been removed from the roster page on ImpactWrestling.com. This usually indicates that a
wrestler has parted ways with the organization.
UPDATE: Velvet Sky's roster page has
returned. Whether or not this confirms her re-signing with TNA has yet to be
Kevin Nash Says There Will Be An nWo Reunion Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/25/2012 at 07:24 AM
The New World Order created chaos in the ranks of world Championship Wrestling as the renegade faction sought success by any means necessary. Now, group founder Kevin Nash is looking to reform the nefarious faction and run roughshod over the world of wrestling once again.
"A lot of you wanted an NWO reunion, there will be one. As you know we only come in take over mode. Stay tuned!!!," he announced Tuesday night via Twitter.
The group's reformation could take place in WWE and if Nash has his wish fulfilled, with CM Punk as their leader. Nash tweeted to a fan that he wants the WWE Champion as group captain with the "NWO army to protect the gold."
"Rock will never walk out of the Rumble with the belt. We got Phil's back," he adds.
Meanwhile, TNA Wrestling executive Eric Bischoff re-tweeted Nash's announcement reading "A lot of you wanted an NWO reunion, there will be one. As you know we only come in take over mode. Stay tuned!!!"
WWE Touts Success of the 1000th Episode of Raw Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/24/2012 at 09:00 PM
WWE sent out the following press release hyping this past Monday's three-hour episode of RAW numbers:
RAW 1000 BREAKS VIEWERSHIP AND SOCIAL MEDIA RECORDS
WWE today announced that Monday Night Raw's historic 1,000th episode broke records for television viewership and online engagement, making it the most watched three-hour Raw in history by reaching more than six million viewers, amassing a 3.9 rating and accumulating 52 worldwide Twitter trends. Monday Night Raw's historic episode was the most watched program on cable television and beat every program on CBS, NBC, ABC and CW. Last night's episode began a new era of Monday Night Raw when the longest-running weekly television show in U.S. history permanently moved to a three-hour format with a new start time of 8/7C on USA Network.
Ratings highlights from Monday Night Raw include:
* Most watched three-hour Raw ever with over six million viewers. * Two-hour regularly scheduled portion (9-11 p.m.) of last night's episode was the most watched Raw since the show returned to USA Network in 2005 and the best in 10 years with over 6.3 million total viewers. * Monday night's most watched program on cable. * Most watched program on all television (broadcast and cable) among all male viewers. * Most watched program on cable for adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.
According to Trendrr, Monday Night Raw was the No. 1 program on cable and broadcast last night. Additional social media and digital highlights include:
* Social activity for Monday Night Raw was higher than the Top 10 broadcast shows combined. * BlueFin Labs named Monday Night Raw's 1000th episode the No. 4 most social series programming episode of all time behind only American Idol and Pretty Little Liars. * Activity spiked to more than 11,000 comments-per-minute during the appearance of The Undertaker, the biggest social media moment of #Raw1000. * WWE's hashtag poll "Should AJ say "I Do or I Don't" was the No. 1 moment in Raw history with 9,000 tweets-per-minute. * WWE.com's 17 million page views and 1.2 million daily unique visitors were up 92 percent and 47 percent year-over-year, respectively.
WWE Raw 1000th Scores High Rating Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/24/2012 at 06:03 PM
Monday's 1000th episode of WWE Raw did a 3.84 rating with hours of 3.48, 3.95, and 4.09. The regular two hours averaged to a 4.02 rating.
1000th Raw averaged 6.02 million viewers for all three hours. The standard two hours averaged 6.31 million viewers. It was the first time an episode of Raw topped six million viewers since the commercial-free episode in June 2009.
WWE spoke with Road Dogg & Billy Gunn about their return last night on the 1000th episode of Raw for their DX reunion. The Outlaws said that they never imagined that the night would happen, and that the appearance was "electric."
Ryan takes a jab at Taz during Pro Wrestling Guerilla Show
an interesting twist, Joey Ryan defeated Famous B by using Taz' finisher last
night during the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show in California. Ryan made the
following comment on his official twitter account:
Update on Velvet Sky Possibly Leaving TNA Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/24/2012 at 01:49 PM
Velvet Sky could be leaving Total Nonstop Action Wrestling just as her former "Beautiful People" mate Angelina Love did. ProWrestling.net has confirmed PWInsider.com's report that the popular grappler is on the verge of parting ways with company due to a contract dispute.
Bruce Prichard, who serves as Talent Relations for the organization, has reportedly asked numerous wrestlers to restructure their contracts. A company source says some talent who have time remaining on their deals are among those being asked to restructure, even if they're due for raises. Many of those individuals believe they are being presented with "take it or leave it" type offers. Sky is not believed to be among those asked to restructure their contract, but rather, her contract is expiring. She has told colleagues that she is not happy with how the negotiations are going.
Sky, who has been with TNA since the inception of the Knockouts division in October 2007, last appeared at a BaseBrawl event in Memphis, Tennessee on July 14. She is presently booked for a Legends of the Ring convention in Monroe, New Jersey the same weekend that TNA holds its annual Bound for Glory festivities. Sky often responds to online rumors via Twitter, but has yet to address the matter.
Velvet Sky has either finished or will be finishing up with TNA
Wrestling shortly, according to numerous sources with the organization. One source noted Monday night that she is "as gone as can be
without having pen to paper."
Her status with the organization has been
tenuous for several weeks, although she's been in negotiations for a new
contract. However, many believe she is on her way out of the company.
Sky last appeared for TNA at a BaseBrawl
event in Memphis, Tennessee on July 14. She is presently booked for a Legends of the Ring
convention in Monroe, New Jersey the same weekend that TNA holds its annual
Bound for Glory festivities.
Sky is one of the most popular females in
TNA and has been with the company since the advent of the Knockouts division in
October 2007. A former Knockouts and Knockouts Tag Team
Champion, she was recent cast in
a Montgomery Gentry music video through the company.
"Beautiful People" mate, Angelina Love, also recently left the promotion.
- Sources within TNA Wrestling have confirmed that Bully Ray and Devon's respective contracts with the organization will expire in four to five weeks. Both wrestlers have been negotiating new contracts with management but no movement has been made towards agreements being reached.
Bully Ray underwent an incredible career resurgence after retooling his character following the split of Team 3D in late 2010. Likewise, Devon underwent a career rebirth following the split and now reigns as Television Champion. Both assist young talent, with Bully Ray working behind the scenes as an agent and Devon wrestling them at both television and house show events.
- Samoa Joe and Magnus are the new GHC Tag Team Champions for
Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Noah. They captured the belts Sunday in Tokyo
from Akitoshi Saito and Jun Akiyama, ending their seventh-month reign.
Magnus wrote on Twitter, "New GHC/ Pro-Wrestling NOAH World Tag Team
Champions… @SamoaJoe and yours truly. Ryogoku Sumo Hall Tokyo, it was an honor!"
Christopher Daniels also competed at the event, NOAH Great Voyage,
losing to GHC Junior Heavyweight Champion Yoshinobu Kanemaru.
Steve Austin statement about why he missed RAW Posted by Roscoe De Soto on 07/24/2012 at 01:03 PM
The following is from brokenskullranch.com:
On July 23, 2012 WWE celebrated the 1,oooth episode of Monday Night Raw. I watched the show from my home in Los Angeles. After watching the show, I got on my Twitter account, @steveaustinBSR, to read responses to the show. There were many people blaming Vince McMahon and the WWE for not having SCSA on the show. And there were some folks who had some very negative things to say about me, personally.
The reason I did not attend RAW 1,000 was because I underwent a major knee surgery on my left knee on July 2, 2012. Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, CA performed the surgery.
The surgery was a complete success. I am currently three weeks post op. I began physical therapy a few days ago. I had a world class surgeon and a great medical team working on me. I am now working with a top notch PT team. I am still on crutches and will probably lose the crutches in another week. Then I will be in a custom knee brace much like the braces I wore in the ring for 9-12 weeks.
STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN IS A 100% ASS KICKING MACHINE. There was no way I was going to limp down the ramp on crutches for RAW 1,000. It was time to get my knee fixed. The decision to no-show RAW 1,000 was made by me and no one else. I have always taken pride in making my shots and have never faked an injury or illness. Pro Wrestling is a tough game and it was time to pay the piper for some of the damage I incurred in the ring. No gripes. No complaints.
To the fans that were hoping to see SCSA, I’m sorry I missed the show. I would have loved to be there under different circumstances. I normally keep my personal business to myself, but due to feedback and incorrect speculation, I have posted this blog and given the 411 on why I was not at RAW 1,000.
I will post more blogs about my PT and recovery soon.
- On Backstage Fallout, John Cena was asked about unsuccessfully cashing in the Money in the Bank
briefcase on Raw against CM Punk. He responded, "My mistake."
continues, "We all know I've had issues with CM Punk in the past, but it's been
(pause), the word respect comes up. If you're the champ, nobody has any loyalty
to anything. The word respect comes to mind, even when we're at each other's
throats. It just respect. I go back to Money in the Bank when Vince went to
throw it out and I told him no, and I lost. My watch,
my terms, and I respect that."
The Miz, Heath Slater and Daniel Bryan
also react to Raw events.
Edge Appearing for Dreamer Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/24/2012 at 08:55 AM
- Tommy Dreamer has announced that WWE Hall of Famer Edge Edge will be appearing at the debut House of Hardcore event on October 6th in Poughkeepsie, New York. Other names announced for Dreamer's debut event include Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner, The Young Bucks, Hale Collins, The Sandman, Daivari, Jazz, Chris Masters, Luke Gallows and Sami Callihan.
Miz a Triple Crown Champion, Ryder Wants Match Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/24/2012 at 12:48 AM
- The Miz is now a triple crown champion after he captured the Intercontinental Championship on Raw last night against Christian. The Miz has previously held the WWE Championship title and the Tag-Team Championship titles.
- Speaking of the Miz winning the Intercontinental Championship, Zack Ryder issued a challenge to The Miz on tout moments after his win.
What Happened After WWE Raw Tonight Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/23/2012 at 11:56 PM
Thanks to Joseph Daniel for sending in the following notes after Raw went off the air.
After the WWE Raw 1000th episode went off the air tonight, The Big Show started attacking John Cena until The Rock made the save by delivering a Rock Bottom to Big Show, then John Cena followed up with an Attitude Adjustment.
Afterwards, John Cena handed The Rock one of his armbands. The Rock then got on the mic and said Cena must be using head bands as arm bands because there is no way anyones arms are that big. Everyone including John Cena started laughing.
The Rock then hit the people's elbow, as John Cena left up the ramp. The Rock thanked the fans.
A lot of fans in attendance were upset that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin was not in attendance for tonight's event. Lots of chants for him.
Punk Message From Samoa Joe, Stars Hype RAW 1000 Posted by Andy Steven on 07/23/2012 at 07:38 PM
Here are some Twitter messages from wrestling stars and personalities about tonight's 1,000th episode of RAW:
CM Punk: "For everybody born of an unfortunate circumstance. Tonight's for you. Watch me rise #RAW1000 ... Haters, make sure you tune in as well. I'm a man of my word."
Samoa Joe: "@CMPunk Not much killer please do the world a favor & steal the show tonight. (aka a normal Monday night)"
Sean Waltman: "Since everyone is saying they're on their way to St. Louis. I might as well go too. Since when did I need an invitation? Quick favorite raw momentating Razor Ramon. 2) returning after WM & had words for Eric Hogan. 3) Invading WCW & bringing it to them."
The Honky Tonk Man: "Who is ready for #RAW1000?"
Jim Ross: "Backstage feels like being @ an all star game. I'm loving this day. #Raw1000 @ 8/7 central!... #Raw1000 starts 1 hour early. HOT start! You're gonna see many familiar faces EARLY!;)"
Todd Grisham: "Tonight it's #RAW1000 I was there for about 450 of the episodes. Great memories. Good luck tonight @wwe !!!!"
Mick Foley: "Just arrived at the arena in St Louis. This is going to be like the best family reunion EVER, even before #RAW1,000 hits the air at 8pm EST"
Kevin Nash: "Congrats to Vince and the entire crew at WWE.Raw 1000!! Seems like yesterday I was driving to the Manhattan Center with Shawn and Scott."
Lilian Garcia: "Having a blast backstage in St. Louis 4 @WWE #RAW1000 episode 2nite! So many grt superstars from the past r here! Don't miss show! 8pm USA"
The Miz: "Mayhem backstage today WWE stars old and new reuniting for #Raw1000 show starts an hour early 8pm est. Watch history be made #ImAwesome"
CM Punk Responds to Fan Incident at Airport Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/23/2012 at 12:51 PM
- Earlier this morning reports circulated that an there was an incident at the St. Louis airport between CM Punk and a fan. Punk refused to sign an autograph for the fan, who was said to have been rude which led to Punk throwing a fan's autograph book in the trash, which prompted airport police to intervene. Punk responded to the incident on his Twitter, stating that the fan exhibited "unacceptable behavior."
"One person ruins it for everybody. Sorry y'all," Punk wrote. " This is for all the respectful fans I saw at the airport. Right on. Thanks."
When a fan implied that he may be getting a big head, Punk replied, "Nah. Just don't like rude people."
Reported Fan Incident with WWE Champion CM Punk Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/23/2012 at 09:21 AM
- There was an incident at the St. Louis airport last night as WWE talents were arriving for RAW 1000 and fans were there to greet them.
A fan reportedly asked WWE Champion CM Punk for an autograph but was turned down. Apparently the fan was rude in his approach.
This led to another fan yelling at Punk and causing a scene inside the airport. Punk threw the man's autograph book in a trash can. Airport police came over and Punk seemed very annoyed with having his time wasted, according to an eye-witness. Other WWE stars who were standing around asked fans if they knew "the fat guy", who was the fan that got his autograph book threw in the trash can.
Punk went on Twitter and wrote about how one bad fan ruins it for everyone. He gave props to respectful fans. Ricardo Rodriguez was one of the WWE talents present for the incident as he wrote that fans "go from fan mode to creepy mode to psycho mode sometimes."
WWE Monday Night RAW 1000 Supershow Results 7/23/12 By Marc Middleton Jul 23, 2012 - 11:19:26 PM
- There was no YouTube pre-show despite WWE advertising it in advance.
- The 1,000th episode of WWE's Monday Night RAW kicks off with a new intro video. We get another video that looks back at some of the many moments from 1,000 episodes. They also show some of the sadder moments like Eddie Guerrero's tribute. The video goes on for about 4 minutes and shows a ton of clips.
- We're live from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri as Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW 1000. He's joined by Jerry Lawler.
- We go right to the ring and out comes Vince McMahon.
Vince comes out and thanks the fans. They throw a "thank you Vince" chant back at him. Vince welcomes us to Monday Night RAW and introduces DeGeneration X. The DX music hits and out comes Shawn Michaels and Triple H.
Shawn says he needs to catch his breath from running around. Shawn says he feels like something is missing. Triple H agrees and they do some DX comedy. Triple H says there used to be more of them. The DX music hits again and they introduce X-Pac, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. They come riding in the Army tank from the WCW invasion years ago. DX reunites in the ring and the crowd pops big for it.
They do crotch chops as the X pyro goes off across the ring. Road Dogg takes the mic first and does his famous intro for The New Age Outlaws. Triple H does his intro and asks everyone if they're ready. Triple H says he will see everyone at RAW 2000 and then tells everyone to get ready to suck it. More DX comedy. They pick on Shawn for posing for Playgirl years ago. They're interrupted by Damien Sandow.
Sandow walks to the ring and Shawn says to let him talk. Sandow says this is what WWE and society at large has turned into - degenerates. Sandow runs them down some more but acknowledges that DX could beat him down and dispose of him like trash. Sandow says he won't be a victim if they do - he will be a martyr for anyone who appreciates a sophisticated mind. DX discusses this as a group as Sandow looks on. HBK connects with Sweet Chin Music and then Triple H grabs him for a Pedigree. They tell everyone to suck it again before the DX music hits and they celebrate some more. They disrobe Sandow and toss him out of the ring.
- We get hype for The Rock's return to RAW tonight. Also still to come, Brock Lesnar answers Triple H's SummerSlam challenge. Cole and Lawler also hype AJ Lee and Daniel Bryan's wedding for tonight. They plug tonight's WWE Title main event and we go back to DX celebrating on the ramp. We go to commercial.
- Back from the commercial and out comes Jim Ross to join Cole and Lawler on commentary.
Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara and Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio
We go to the ring and out comes Rey Mysterio to a big pop. Out next come his partners - Sin Cara and then the World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus. Out first for the other team is Chris Jericho to a nice reaction from the crowd. His partners are out next - first comes Dolph Ziggler with his Money in the Bank briefcase and Vickie Guerrero, second is Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio comes in driving a 2012 Aston Martin as Ricardo Rodriguez does the intro.
Back from a commercial and it's Ziggler with Cara in the corner. Dolph drops a big elbow and covers Cara for 2. Jericho tags in and takes Cara to the mat with a headlock. Cara fights free and rolls Jericho up for 2. Jericho with a dropkick and some trash talking to Sheamus. Jericho slams Cara and steps on him for a 1 count. Jericho tags in Del Rio to keep up the attack on Cara. Del Rio takes Cara to the corner and kicks him to the mat for a 2 count. Del Rio with knees to the back now.
Del Rio runs into a boot in the corner. Cara hits a tornado DDT from the top and both of them go down. Cara tags in Sheamus as Jericho tags in. Sheamus runs over Jericho and spears him in the corner. Sheamus with a big knee to the head. Jericho counters a move but Sheamus catches him in the backbreaker for a 2 count as Del Rio breaks it up. Mysterio comes in and takes Del Rio to the floor. Mysterio leaps from the apron and takes Del Rio out on the floor. Cara kicks Ziggler to the floor. Jericho knocks Cara to the floor. Sheamus comes at Jericho and they counter. Jericho goes for Walls of Jericho but it's blocked. Sheamus blocks the Codebreaker but Jericho ducks a Brogue Kick. Ziggler hits Jericho, his own partner, with a cheap shot. Sheamus knocks Ziggler back to the floor and waits for Jericho to get up. Sheamus flattens Jericho with a Brogue Kick for the win.
Winners: Sheamus. Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio
- More hype for The Rock before going back to commercial.
- Back from the break and apparently JR has left commentary. We see some Tout videos from WWE fans congratulating AJ and Daniel Bryan on their wedding.
- Cole and Lawler talk to actor Charlie Sheen live via Skype. Apparently he will be watching the show tonight and they are going to check back in with him.
- Cole leads us to a video looking back at Daniel Bryan proposing to AJ last week. AJ is backstage getting ready. She thinks she's having a private wedding. She's talking to Layla. Layla looks confused and asks her if she's sure about the wedding. AJ talks about WWE being unstable. She opens her dressing room door and we see Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Then we see Roddy Piper and R-Truth playing with Little Jimmy. Mae Young appears with a man dressed up like a large hand. This is her son that was born on RAW years ago. Great stuff. Layla wishes AJ good luck and walks off. Back to commercial.
- A Sonic waitress comes down on roller skates through the crowd and gives some smoothies to Cole and Lawler.
Jack Swagger vs. Brodus Clay
Jack Swagger is making his way to the ring. Out next comes Brodus Clay with Cameron and Naomi.
Clay takes the mic and introduces Dude Love. Out comes one of Mick Foley's alter egos. He watches from ringside as Swagger rushes Clay. Clay dodges it and suplexes Swagger. Clay nails the splash for the squash win.
Winner: Brodus Clay
- After the match, Dude Love gets in the ring and dances with Clay. Swagger tries to attack but he gets a tie-dyed Socko in his mouth. Love, Clay, Cameron and Naomi dance some more.
- Trish Stratus is backstage with Triple H. She's showing him some Stratusphere Yoga moves. She has him bent over when the rest of DX walks in. They leave but Waltman sticks around with Trish to flirt with her but she resists.
- We see Daniel Bryan backstage with some odd looking groomsmen. Let's just say they aren't dressed in tuxedos. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Cole hypes tonight's WWE Title match.
- We go to Jerry Lawler in the ring for the wedding. Lawler introduces the reverend for tonight and out comes WWE Legend Slick. Slick does a promo and out comes the groom Daniel Bryan. Bryan chants yes as he comes out in a white tux. "Here Comes the Bride" hits as AJ makes her way out looking good in a wedding dress.
Slick begins his speech about marriage and the crowd chants "what" at everything. Slick asks if anyone can show just cause on why these two shouldn't be married. The crowd boos but nobody comes out to interrupt. Slick hands Bryan the ring. Bryan admits they have had ups and downs but he says he loves AJ and always will. Bryan says a new chapter will begin for the both of them and he will finally have everything he's ever wanted. Bryan slips the ring on hr finger. Slick asks if Bryan takes AJ to be his wife and he says YES. Slick can't finish his sentence before AJ says yes. Slick goes to wed them but AJ stops him. She wasn't saying yes to Daniel, she says. She was saying yes to someone else - another man. AJ says this man proposed to her earlier tonight.
Vince McMahon's music hits and out he comes. Vince says it's not that kind of proposal. It's a business proposal. Vince introduces the new RAW General Manager - AJ Lee. AJ smiles, Bryan looks shocked and the crowd gets riled up. AJ hands Bryan the flowers back and skips around him in the ring as her music plays. AJ leaves up the ramp as Bryan gets upset in the ring. AJ chants yes from the stage while Bryan chants no in the ring. She has left him at the altar. Bryan tears apart the wedding set as we go back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Bryan is still throwing a fit in the ring. Out comes WWE Champion CM Punk to a big pop.
Punk mocks Bryan for getting left at the altar. Punk says AJ as General Manager can't be good for Bryan's luck. Punk tells Bryan to continue throwing a fit while he continues to be the best in the world. Bryan goes off and yells that he is the greatest of all-time. He is interrupted by The Rock's music. Out comes The Rock to a huge pop.
The Rock hits the ring and the crowd chants his name. Rock says Bryan doesn't get to say who the greatest of all-time is because the fans do. More chants for The Rock. Bryan goes to cut Rock off but Rock isn't having it. The crowd chants Boots To Asses as Punk looks on from the side. The Rock points out that he first won a WWE Title in St. Louis and the crowd pops some more. Rock knocks Bryan and says he's here to talk about the WWE Champion. Rock announces that whoever the WWE Champion is at Royal Rumble will face The Rock that night with their title on the line. Punk says Rock is looking at who that man will be. Punk says he will beat John Cena tonight and if Rock wants a match at Royal Rumble, he wishes it was tomorrow. Punk says CM Punk vs. The Rock sounds good to him but he's going to win.
The Rock declares that he will be the next WWE Champion at the Royal Rumble. Bryan starts chanting no and the crowd chants yes. Bryan says this is supposed to be about him. This was supposed to be the greatest night of his life. Bryan gets in Rock's face and says someway, somehow, Rock will fight him at the Rumble. Bryan says he will be the face of WWE. Rock says Bryan is what would happen if a homeless lumberjack banged an oompa loompa. Rock wishes Punk good luck for tonight and goes back to Bryan. Rock says he got Bryan a wedding gift anyway and drops him with a Rock Bottom. Rock hits the mic one more time before leaving the ring.
- They hype Lesnar's return and tonight's WWE Title match before going back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Justin Roberts introduces WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart as the special ring announcer and timekeeper for the next match. Bret comes out to a big pop. Bret says one of the best moments of his career was winning the Intercontinental Title from Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig. Bret says it's an honor to be here and does the introductions for the match.
WWE Intercontinental Title Match: The Miz vs. Christian
Out first comes the WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian. Out next comes his opponent The Miz.
The bell rings and they lock up. Christian ends up dumping Miz out to the floor and diving out from the top rope. Christian lands on his knee as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Miz is in control. Christian fights him off and starts a comeback. Christian hits a crossbody from the corner for a 2 count. Christian goes t the second rope for a back elbow and waits for Miz to get up. Christian goes back and forth and rolls Miz up from the corner for 2. More back and forth. Miz kicks Christian in the face and covers him for 2. Miz runs into a bot int he corner and Christian catches him with a DDT for 2.
Christian goes for a spear but Miz hits him and drops the DDT for a close 2 count. Miz charges in the corner but misses. Christian goes for Killswitch but Miz blocks it. Miz goes for Skull Crushing Finale but it's blocked. Christian lands on his bad knee and Miz hits the SCF for the win and Intercontinental Title.
Winner and New WWE Intercontinental Champion: The Miz
- After the match, Miz takes the mic and declares that he's the Intercontinental Champion and awesome.
- Cole and Lawler go to Charlie Sheen via Skype. He's happy to see The Rock back and talks about the Bryan and AJ wedding. We're going back to Sheen later on.
- Cole and Lawler hype tonight's WWE Title match. Cole is plugging Tout when he's interrupted by a commercial break.
- Back from the break and we get a RAW 1000 video of Regis Philbin talking about how much he loves WWE. He congratulates WWE on 1,000 episodes of RAW.
- We go to the ring and out comes Triple H to to a big pop. We cut to the Slam of the Week which is actually Triple H and Brock Lesnar going at it 3 months ago.
Triple H is still dressed in his DX gear. He says he's had his fun so it's time to pick the intensity up. He knows Brock Lesnar is here and calls him out. Triple H wants to fight Lesnar at SummerSlam and he wants the answer right now. Lesnar's music hits and out comes Paul Heyman.
Triple H wanted the horse's head not his ass, he says. Heyman admits that Lesnar is here tonight. Lesnar has authorized Heyman to answer his question now. Lesnar's answer is no. Triple H says he's tired of the crap and says maybe he will just go backstage and find Lesnar. Heyman wonders if that's really best for business but Triple H doesn't care at this point. Triple H calls Lesnar a little coward, a little bully. Triple H wonders if Lesnar is afraid of him. Heyman mocks Triple H for resorting to name calling. Heyman asks if that's what Triple H teaches his children. Triple H backs Heyman up and says not to talk about his family or his kids. Heyman apologizes and says he feels sorry for Triple H's children. Triple H moves in but out comes Stephanie McMahon to a nice pop.
Stephanie gets in Heyman's face and says to never speak about her kids again. Stephanie says the lawsuits are personal and brings up his failures in WCW, ECW and WWE. Stephanie says when it comes to being a visionary, Heyman is looking in the rear-view when compared to her father Vince. Not a typo. Stephanie says Heyman's kids are ashamed of him because he's a professional parasite. Stephanie slaps Heyman. Heyman gets upset and says it's on - Triple H vs. Brock at SummerSlam. Heyman applauds and says Stephanie did it again. He fell for it - she always gets her way. Heyman brings up her kids again and Stephanie tackles him. Stephanie unloads on Heyman when Brock Lesnar's music hits and out he comes.
Stephanie rolls out of the ring as Brock enters and spears Triple H into the corner. They brawl back and forth throwing big shots. Triple H knocks Lesnar out of the ring as the crowd goes crazy. Brock and Heyman look on from the ramp as Triple H stands in the ring. Lesnar yells for him to "f" off and they bleep it out.
- More hype for the WWE Title match before going to commercial.
- Back from the break and we get more Tout videos and then some hype for WWE '13.
- We get a look back at the Steve Austin and Vince McMahon feud. Back to commercial.
Lita vs. Heath Slater
Back from the break and out comes WWE United States Champion Santino Marella and Hornswoggle. WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel is the special ring announcer. Heath Slater is out next. He takes the mic and says what has happened in the past doesn't matter - only tonight matters. Slater challenges the Legends to a No DQ, No Countout match. The music hits and out comes Lita.
Slater takes the mic and laughs but accepts the challenge. She brought some protection and out comes JBL and Ron Simmons - the return of the APA. Slater leaves the ring and heads up the ramp. He's interrupted by the LOD music and out comes all the Legends who have faced Slater in recent weeks. Animal, Sid, Vader, Rikishi, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Diamond Dallas Page, Doink the Clown and Bob Backlund. They throw Slater back in the ring. She hits a Twist of Fate while JBL hits a big Clothesline from Hell. Lita gets the win.
- All the Legends come into the ring to celebrate with Lita. Everything stops and Ron Simmons does a "DAMN!" at Slater. The Legends celebrate some more and taunt Slater.
- We get a look back at the wedding and Vince McMahon naming AJ the new General Manager. They show The Rock laying out Bryan with a Rock Bottom.
- Former announcer Sean Mooney is backstage with Daniel Bryan. Bryan isn't happy about what happened or being insulted by Charlie Sheen. We go back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Michael Cole is at ringside with WWE's 100 millionth social media fan. He talks about how he's having a better night than Daniel Bryan. The next RAW 1000 video features Muppet Fozzie. He talks about some of the WWE catchphrases over the year and shows us a video.
- Zack Ryder is backstage with Mean Gene Okerlund and John Cena. Ryder says Gene was behind GTV, an old angle from years ago. The Rock walks up so Gene and Ryder leave. Cena says it's been a long time. Rock wishes Cena good luck. Cena brings up The Rock and the Royal Rumble. Cena says he's cashing in tonight and will become the WWE Champion so he can get one more shot at The Great One. Rock says he can't begin to tell Cena how much he's looking forward to that. Rock wishes Cena good luck again as we go back to break.
- Back from the break and out comes Kane. Kane goes to do his pyro but is interrupted by Jinder Mahal. He comes out with Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins, Camacho, Hunico and Drew McIntyre. They surround the ring but the lights go out and here comes The Undertaker.
Taker makes his entrance to the ring as Kane looks on. The other Superstars are talking at ringside. Taker takes his hood off to reveal the same hairstyle he had at WrestleMania. Kane and Taker stare at each other. The heels hit the ring but Taker and Kane fight them off. It comes down to Hawkins and Hunico but they catch chokeslams at the same time. They do the cutthroat and scoop Hawkins and Hunico up for Tombstones. The crowd chants "this is awesome" as Taker and Kane clear the ring of Hawkins and Hunico. Taker drops to one knee and poses while his music starts. Kane stands behind him and makes the pyro go off to end the segment.
- We go to video from a "be a STAR" rally in St. Louis earlier today.
- Back from commercial and the announcers go back to Charlie Sheen on Skype. They ask him about Daniel Bryan's threats from earlier. Sheen disses Bryan and says he won't be hiding from him. Lawler asks if Sheen is challenging Bryan to a match and he says Bryan can interpret it however he wants. Cole teases that there may be a confrontation at SummerSlam.
WWE Title Match: John Cena vs. CM Punk
We go to the ring and out comes John Cena with his Money in the Bank briefcase. Out next comes the WWE Champion CM Punk. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and they lock up. Cena drops Punk with a shoulder as the crowd does dueling chants. Cena with a headlock now. Cena drops Punk with another shoulder. Punk comes back and backslides him for a 2 count. They go to lock up again and Punk works on Cena's arm now. They break again after more back and forth action. They lock up again and go to the corner. Punk hits Cena with chops on the ropes. Cena beats Punk over the back and turns it around. Cena takes Punk back to the mat with a headlock.
Punk powers but and kicks Cena in the back. Punk with a backbreaker for a 2 count. Cena fights out of a hold and they trade shots in the middle of the ring. Cena comes back with shoulders but Punk blocks the back drop. Punk with a kick and a clothesline. Punk ends up hitting the high knee in the corner. Cena blocks the bulldog and slams Punk on his back. Cena goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle but Punk kicks him in the head. Punk takes Cena down with another kick to the head. Punk goes for GTS but Cena slides out and accidentally shoves Punk into the referee. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment and pins Punk for the win but the referee is out on the floor.
Big Show comes down and spears Cena. Cena gets up as Punk looks on and Show waits. Show drops Cena with a knockout punch and leaves the ring. Punk watches and gets up, acting unsure about what to do. He goes out to get the referee and brings him back in the ring. Punk finally covers Cena but he kicks out at 2.
Punk picks Cena up for the GTS but Cena blocks it and locks in the STF. Big Show comes back in and breaks the hold with a big elbow for the disqualification.
- After the bell, Show unloads on Cena as Punk looks on. Show stomps away on Cena after beating him down. Show continues to beat Cena up while Punk does nothing about it. The Rock's music hits and here he comes running. Rock unloads on Big Show and takes him down with a spinebuster. Rock goes for the People's Elbow but Punk stops him with a clothesline. A bit of a mixed reaction from the crowd. Punk waits on Rock to get up and hits him with GTS. Still a mixed reaction for Punk but more boo's. Punk grabs the WWE Title and walks out of the ring as Rock tries to recover. More fans are booing Punk now. RAW goes off the air with Punk walking away with the WWE Title
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