WWE Friday Night Smackdown January 4, 2013 Richmond, Virginia "Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
They show some footage of The Shield attacking Randy Orton last month on Raw. Tonight, Randy Orton returns to exact some revenge. We also see footage of Big Show knocking out Ricardo Rodriguez on last week's Smackdown. They then show the footage of Alberto Del Rio exacting his revenge on Big Show for his friend.
Josh Mathews and John "Bradshaw" Layfield bid a happy new year to the viewers as Randy Orton's music hits. Orton makes his way to the ring to a great reception. Orton says since tonight is the first Smackdown of 2013 and declaring New Year's resolutions is the "in" thing to do, he's going to make his short and sweet: he wants to be the World Heavyweight Champion. Not too long ago, Smackdown was his show, but lately that doesn't seem to be the case. He has a way to fix that because tonight he's announcing that he's entering the 2013 Royal Rumble.
Sheamus' music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a great reception. Sheamus apologizes for interrupting him. He's not here to steal Orton's thunder. He was planning on doing the same thing Orton was. 2013 is a new year, and he wants to be the World Heavyweight Champion as well. He wants to declare to the world that he too will be in the 2013 Royal Rumble match. He also wanted to personally thank him for helping him with The Shield on Raw. Orton says he wasn't there to save Sheamus. A month ago, they attacked him and tried to put him out. He did that for himself, not Sheamus. He's not sure if Sheamus is aware or not, but its every man for himself in the Rumble, and it'll be about him, not Sheamus. Sheamus knows what its about as he won it last year. Orton says he remembers, and that's why it'll be extra special when he eliminates the former Rumble winner. Sheamus says that is cute. He is sketchy since it's been a year, but if he Brogue Kicked his small head over the top rope and his body stays in the ring, does that count as an elimination?
Big Show's music hits, and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion comes out to the stage. Big Show says he's been listening them go back and forth about winning the Rumble. Big Show says the only shot they'll get by winning the Rumble is a shot at his fist. Sheamus' 2013 will end up like his 2012, and that's with him knocking him out. As for Randy Orton, take a shot, and he'll be happy to step on the snake. Whether they like to admit it or not, he is the World's Largest Athlete, and he is the most dominate World Heavyweight Champion the WWE has ever seen. He's a giant!
Antonio Cesaro's music hits, and the WWE United States Champion comes out to the stage. Cesaro says this is typical American stuff with them talking about who will beat up who. Sheamus reminds him that he's Irish. Cesaro says that's even worse. Where he comes from (Switzerland), they don't just talk – they take action. That's why for months he's been talking about soft, lazy, fat – no, grotesquely obese Americans. These are things they should just realize by looking in the mirror, but they don't. The truth is the truth. Big Show has a quizzical look on his face. Orton says, "How about this fat, soft, lazy American comes up there and RKO's the both of you right now?"
Booker T's music hits, and he steps between Cesaro and Big Show. He says before things get out of hand, it's obvious that the four of them don't like each other. Tonight, they'll have to find a way to get along. The deal is this: The World Heavyweight Champion Big Show will team with United States Champion Antonio Cesaro to take on Sheamus and Randy Orton. Tonight, they're going to kick this year off with a bang, now CAN YOU DIG THAT, SUCKA? Cesaro and Big Show talk with one another as Orton looks over at Sheamus.
Tonight, we'll see a rematch from Monday Night Raw. The new WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett will defend against Kofi Kingston.
The Miz vs. Heath Slater w/ 3MB
Before the match begins, they show footage of 3MB announcing their intentions to perform at the Slammy Awards at the TLC PPV. The Miz promptly made fun of them and embarrassed them.
They circle the ring and lock up. Slater gets a quick waistlock applied, but Miz counters into a hammerlock. Slater elbows him in the face, hits the ropes, and Miz takes him down with a dropkick. Miz hits a headlock takeover, but Slater soon fights up. Slater whips him off, but Miz hits a shoulder block. Miz catches him with another headlock takeover. Slater fights up and backs him to the corner. Slater punches him in the ribs, but Miz quickly comes back with some punches. Miz sends him to the ropes and hits a hip toss. Miz follows up with another headlock takeover. Slater twists out and applies a headlock of his own. Miz takes him down by the hair, and Jinder Mahal gets on the apron to argue. Miz taunts him with some air guitar before poking Slater in the eye. Miz then hits another headlock takeover. Slater fights out and whips him off, but Miz hits another shoulder block. Miz goes into the ropes, blocks a hip toss, and drops Slater with another hip toss.
Miz hits a million-dollar knee lift, and Drew McIntyre sweeps the feet. Miz quickly dropkicks him down and knocks Mahal down for good measure. Slater then takes him down with a forearm. The referee then ejects McIntyre and Mahal from ringside. They throw a temper tantrum as Miz rolls Slater up for a near fall. Slater escapes the ring to regroup as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Slater punching Miz down in the corner. The referee back Slater away, and Miz quickly takes him down. Miz clotheslines him down, sends him to the ropes, and Slater escapes the ring. Miz chases him out and clotheslines him down at ringside. The crowd is going wild, and Miz points to them. Miz drops Slater on the barricade, points to the crowd, and throws him into the ring. Slater hangs onto the ropes, and the referee backs Miz away. Slater quickly kicks him in the knee and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Slater drops some knees on his shoulder blade. Miz tries to fight back, but Slater quickly stops him by twisting the injured limb around the top rope. Slater applies a hammerlock and grounds him. Miz fights up and elbows out. Slater counters a whip with an arm wrench takedown for a near fall. Slater applies an overhead wristlock. The crowd chants for Miz as he fights up and punches out. Slater sends him to the ropes, and Miz catches him with a sunset flip for a near fall. Slater immediately comes back with a roundhouse kick for a near fall.
Slater catches Miz on the apron, and he snaps the arm off the top rope. Slater wraps the arm around the rope again, but Miz comes back with a rollup for a near fall. Slater quickly hits a diving elbow for a near fall. Slater looks stunned that he keeps kicking out. Slater does a little air guitar before wrenching the arm. Miz reverses a whip and hits a knee to the midsection. Miz hits a running boot to the face for a near fall. Slater quickly pulls him shoulder first into the corner and follows up by choking him with the knee. Slater goes outside and stretches his arm out against the ring post. Slater gets in the ring and applies the overhead wristlock again. Miz fights up and counters with a back suplex.
The referee counts them down, but they both get up. They trade punches with Miz coming out on top. Miz sends him to the ropes, but Slater kicks him in the face. Miz comes back with a back elbow and a clothesline. Miz hits a back body drop, points to the crowd, and goes for the Reality Check, but Slater counters out. Slater hits a neckbreaker for a near fall. Miz sidesteps him charging, and he follows up with his patented corner clothesline. Miz gets on the top rope, gets the crowd to scream "Awesome," and he hits Slater with a double axe handle. Miz hits the Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: The Miz Match Rating: * ½
Tonight's main event will see Randy Orton and Sheamus take on Big Show and Antonio Cesaro. We'll also see Wade Barrett defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Kofi Kingston.
They show footage of Wade Barrett defeating Kofi Kingston for the WWE Intercontinental Championship on this past Monday's Raw.
Matt Striker is backstage with the new Intercontinental Champion, Wade Barrett. Striker wants to talk about WWE Main Event, but Barrett says the story is simple. He is the Intercontinental Champion, but that isn't good enough for the media types. They need some scandal to tear him down like everyone else. You want scandal? Take a look at the real Kofi Kingston, who attacked him from behind on Main Event after he defeated three other Superstars. It didn't work then, and it won't work tonight because he assures Striker that he will beat Kingston. After that, he'll be out of options, chances, and luck. He will remain the Intercontinental Champion.
The Great Khali, Hornswoggle, and Natalya make their way to the ring. They show footage of Mae Young giving birth this past Monday to Hornswoggle as the New Year baby. No words... They'll be in action, next.
The Great Khali, Hornswoggle, and Natalya vs. Primo, Epico, and Rosa Mendes
Natalya will start against Rosa Mendes. Rosa pushes the face, and Natalya quickly takes her down. Natalya bounces her off the mat a few times before hitting a snapmare. Natalya quickly follows up with a dropkick to the back of the head for a near fall. Natalya goes for a Sharpshooter, but Mendes slaps her in the face and tags in Epico. Khali is tagged in as well. Epico blind tags Primo and leaves the ring. Khali brings him into the ring the hard way and clotheslines him down. Khali bounces him off the turnbuckle and chops the chest. Hornswoggle is tagged in, and he chops Primo's chest. Primo gets up, and Hornswoggle kicks him in the shin. Hornswoggle catches him with a stunner, and he catches Epico with one as well. Primo quickly takes him down and talks some trash. Epico is tagged in, and he dropkicks Hornswoggle down. Epico taunts him, and Hornswoggle head-butts him in the midsection.
Khali is tagged in, and he pushes Epico away. Khali clotheslines him and chops the chest a few times. Khali hits a back elbow and sidesteps Primo, who accidentally splashes Epico. Khali pushes him over the top rope and doesn't go down to Epico's backstabber attempt. Khali hits the Brain Chop for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Great Khali, Hornswoggle, and Natalya Match Rating: ¼ *
Matt Striker is backstage with Kofi Kingston. Striker mentions that he lost the Intercontinental Title on Raw, but he defeated Barrett in a Gauntlet Match on WWE Main Event. Striker asks if he feels that momentum can carry him to a victory tonight. Kingston says this has nothing to do with momentum. He knew he was going to challenge him before he beat him. It was the second that he stood in the middle of the ring with his title raised in the air. He got the best of him, and it cost him the title. This may be his last shot. His back is against the wall, but that's no different from how it's been his whole life. He always comes up fighting, and tonight will be no different as he fights for the title one more time. Barrett will be running into Trouble in Paradise.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett (c)
They circle the ring and lock up. Kingston powers him to the corner and gives a clean break. Kingston applies a waistlock, but Barrett takes him down. Kingston quickly grapevines the neck, but Barrett gets out. Barrett goes for a test of strength, and he quickly kicks him in the midsection. Kingston quickly comes back with some kicks and punches. Kingston wrenches the arm and kicks him down for a one count. Kingston has the arm bar applied, but Barrett fights up. Barrett takes him down with a shoulder block. Barrett goes into the ropes, Kingston leapfrogs him twice, and he eats a back elbow. Kingston quickly follows up with a dropkick, and Barrett gets out of the ring to recover. Kingston follows him out and pushes him into the steel steps. Kingston throws him into the ring and follows up with a springboard punch for a near fall.
Kingston applies a chin lock, but Barrett fights up. Barrett punches out, but Kingston quickly comes back. Barrett reverses a whip and sends him into the corner hard. Barrett punches him in the ribs a few times before hitting a short-arm clothesline for a one count. Barrett applies a chin lock, but Kingston fights up. Kingston punches out and gets a backslide pin for a near fall. Kingston gets a sunset flip, but he only gets a one count. Kingston then follows up with an inside cradle for a two count. Barrett quickly catches him with a sidekick to the midsection. Barrett charges, but Kingston pulls the top rope down. Kingston then follows up with a plancha to the outside. Kingston picks him up, but Barrett drives him into the apron. Barrett puts him in the ring, and he says he's going to go for the intentional count-out. Kingston gets out of the ring and gets him back in at nine. Kingston quickly rolls him up for a near fall. Kingston taunts Barrett as we go to commercial.
We come back from the break to see Barrett clothesline Kingston down. Barrett applies a chin lock, and he smiles at the crowd. Kingston fights out and punches away. Kingston hits the ropes, but Barrett follows and turns him inside out with a knee to the midsection. Barrett goes to the second rope and drops a nice elbow for a two count. Barrett ties him in the ropes and knees away at him. Barrett then knocks him to the floor with a big boot. Barrett then taunts the crowd.
Kingston gets back in the ring at the referee's count of nine. Barrett quickly kicks and punches away at him as soon as he gets in. Barrett puts him in the corner and gives him a front suplex to the top rope. Barrett goes for a superplex, but Kingston punches him off. Kingston hits a nice diving cross-body block for a near fall. They trade punches, but Barrett comes out on top. Barrett puts him in the corner, but Kingston catches him with a pendulum kick. Barrett ducks a springboard, but Kingston counters his sidekick. Kingston hits the SOS for a near fall. Kingston can't believe it. Kingston kicks him in the head and begins to get pumped up. Kingston hits the Boom Drop and signals for the end. Barrett ducks the Trouble in Paradise and goes for the Winds of Change, but Kingston counters into a rollup for a near fall. Barrett comes back with a pin of his own for a near fall. Barrett then floors him with the Winds of Change for a near fall!
Barrett gets to his feet and picks Kingston up. Kingston catches him with Trouble in Paradise, but it knocks Barrett out of the ring. Kingston quickly gets outside, but Barrett is out. Kingston deadlifts him into the ring and covers, but Barrett grabs the bottom rope. Barrett pulls himself up, and Kingston runs into his boots. Barrett signals for his finish, but Kingston ducks the Bull Hammer. Kingston jumps off the second rope, but Barrett lays him out with the Bull Hammer for the win!
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Wade Barrett Match Rating: ** ¼
Wade Barrett celebrates with the WWE Intercontinental Championship as he stands over Kofi Kingston.
We'll take a look at Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee's New Year's Eve toast from Raw. We'll also see Big Show and Antonio Cesaro team up to take on Randy Orton and Sheamus.
Layla vs. Tamina Snuka
They lock up, and Tamina powers her into the ropes. Tamina looks at her with disgust as she releases. Tamina knocks her out of the ring before slamming her into the barricade. Tamina throws her into the ring. Layla catches her with an inside cradle for a one count. Tamina quickly comes back with a clothesline for a near fall. Tamina applies a chin lock, punches at her, and picks up a two count. Layla kicks her in the face and kicks away at her. Layla dropkicks her in the ribs and takes her down by the hair. Layla hits a spin kick and goes for the LOL, but Tamina counters with a Samoan Drop. Tamina goes to the top rope and hits the Superfly Splash for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Tamina Snuka Match Rating: ¼ *
Up next, they'll show the Raw Rebound.
The Raw Rebound airs, and it features Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee toasting to 2013 being a banner year for him. John Cena then came out and embarrassed the two of them. Cena then announced that he would enter the Royal Rumble match. Cena then dumped some fecal matter on them from the ceiling.
The announcers run down the lineup for the first Raw of 2013. CM Punk will defend his WWE Championship against Ryback in a TLC match. The Rock will also make an appearance on the show.
Big Show makes his way to the ring. It's main event time, next.
Big Show and Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy Orton and Sheamus
Sheamus will start the match out against Antonio Cesaro. They lock up, and Cesaro applies a side headlock. Sheamus whips him off, and Cesaro takes him down with a shoulder block. Sheamus gets to his feet, and they lock up. Sheamus quickly applies a side headlock. Cesaro whips him off, and Sheamus drops him with a shoulder block. Sheamus hits a second shoulder block, wrenches the arm, and tags in Randy Orton. Orton kicks Cesaro in the midsection and uppercuts him. Orton hits a picture perfect suplex for a one count. Orton rakes the eyes with his boots. Cesaro turns him in the corner and kicks him down. Orton has a whip to the corner reversed, but he quickly comes back with a clothesline. Sheamus is tagged in, and he kicks Cesaro. Sheamus clubs away at him in the corner. Sheamus sends him to the opposite corner and charges into a back elbow. Cesaro hits a clothesline before powering him back to the corner. Sheamus comes back with some punches. Cesaro reverses a whip, but Sheamus comes out with a shoulder block.
Orton is tagged back in, and he punches Cesaro before doing the 10 punches situation. Orton uppercuts him down before tagging Sheamus back in. Cesaro blocks a suplex and knees him down. Big Show tags in, and he punches Sheamus in the midsection. Big Show head-butts him and punches him in the corner. Big Show drops him with a head-butt a few times. Big Show tries to catch Orton with a punch, but he gets away. Sheamus catches the distracted champion with a million-dollar knee lift. Orton and Sheamus then clothesline Big Show over the top rope!
We come back from the break to see Sheamus back drop Cesaro to the apron. Sheamus ties him up and clubs away at his chest. Sheamus suplexes him back into the ring for a near fall. Cesaro hits a jawbreaker, but Sheamus reverses a whip. Big Show blind tags in as Cesaro kicks Sheamus in the face. Sheamus takes Cesaro down with a shoulder block, and he turns into a spear from the Big Show. Big Show stares at Randy Orton before whipping Sheamus hard into the corner. Big Show stands on Sheamus before head-butting him down. Big Show hits a nice body slam before dropping an elbow for a near fall. Big Show head-butts him down before punching away at him in the corner. Sheamus fights back, but Big Show sends him to the corner. Sheamus sidesteps a splash and kicks at him. Sheamus hits the ropes and runs into a Chokeslam for a near fall! Big Show can't believe it. Big Show signals for the Knock Out Punch, but Sheamus ducks it and hits the Brogue Kick!
Orton and Cesaro are tagged in. Orton clotheslines him down a few times before hitting a beautiful powerslam. Orton goes for the hanging DDT, but Cesaro counters by giving him a back body drop to the apron. Orton snaps him off the top rope. Sheamus blind tags in and clotheslines away at Cesaro. Sheamus hits a knee lift before hitting White Noise. Orton gets off the apron and does not look happy that Sheamus tagged himself in. Sheamus signals for the Brogue Kick. Orton quickly gets in the ring and drops Cesaro with an RKO! Sheamus stares at Orton before slowly walking over to Cesaro and pinning him for the win. Sheamus stares at Orton the entire time.
Winners by Pinfall: Randy Orton and Sheamus Match Rating: **
Sheamus smiles at Randy Orton as he turns his back and swiftly walks to the back. Orton stops at the top of the stage to stare at Sheamus.
Interview : The Blossom Twins Talk Knockouts, Influences, TNA British Boot Camp,
Wrestling's TNA British Boot Camp reality show contestants,
The Blossom Twins, were kind enough to agree to take part in a interview for us
here at TNAInsider. These stunning identical twins from Manchester, real names
Kelly and Lucy Knott, got their start in wrestling all the way back in 2005 and
all their hard work has definitely payed off. The pair are best known for
competiting in the United States at Ohio Valley Wrestling, which is now the
developmental territory for TNA Wrestling. For UK viewers the show TNA British Boot Camp airs Fridays at 10 P.M on Challenge
Q.How did you break into the wrestling business and when did you realize
that wrestling was the thing you wanted to
"We realised we wanted to wrestle at 14 years old after
falling in love with at 12! We researched schools and at 16 went to Futureshock
wrestling in Manchester!"
you, along with Rockstar Spud and Marty Scrull, have been participating in a TNA
Project called TNA British Boot Camp, what has that experience been
Both: "It has been beyond incredible; honestly,
it’s been an amazing experience for us. We have had so many pinch yourself
moments and are just making sure to take everything in and have fun!"
Q.What are your thoughts on the Knockouts Division, who would you each
like to face?
Both:"We think TNA have one of the best
women’s divisions a company can offer. We would love to step in the ring with
each one of those girls and feel we could learn so much from them! Mickie James
would be an honour to wrestle again and Gail Kim and Madison Rayne are dream
opponents for us, having established themselves as a tag team!"
You both have said you would love to become TNA Knockout Tag
Team Champions, considering the Knockouts Tag Division is lacking, are you
looking to rejuvenate it?
Both:"That is something we would absolutely
love to do. There are not a lot of women’s tag teams out there so to build up a
division and create something exciting to watch would be a dream for us and we
feel TNA is the place to do it!"
Q.We've noticed that TNA Knockout Champion Tara sees a lot of
potential in both of you, what's it like to have that kind of support from such
a veteran in the wrestling industry?
Both:"We grew up watching her on TV so to hear
her talk about us is quite surreal and of course we appreciate her support so
much! It makes us want to work harder and gives us the determination to be the
best we can be to be able to one day step in the ring with her!"
Q. What was
it like coming to the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL and preforming with the likes
of Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, and Dixie Carter
Both: "It was as nerve wrecking as it sounds,
Hulk Hogan, Dixie Carter, Eric Bischoff were watching…us!! We were 9 or 10 when
we first got a glimpse of Hulk Hogan so to be given the chance to wrestle in
front of him and get his feedback was unbelievable and such an honour. However,
when it came to going out there and performing, you have to put it to the back
of your mind and let the nerves go and just do the best you can do and give it
110% and that’s what we feel like we did! It was so much fun!"
Q. What do
you say has been your greatest accomplishment both individually and as a tag
Both:"Both as a team and individually we would
say being chosen to take part in TNA’s British Boot Camp. To have Hulk Hogan and
Dixie Carter choose us was a huge compliment to how hard we have been working
and that we must have been doing something right! It really is a dream come true
for us right now! One that we couldn’t be more grateful for! Also, winning the
OVW Women’s title was an amazing achievement, knowing who has held that belt
before us made it very special and was definitely a wow moment for us as to how
far we have come!"
Q.In and out of the ring, who do you say had the greatest impact
on your lives?
Both:"In wrestling Jeff Hardy has been one of
our biggest influences, he was the reason we loved wrestling and got into it as
much as we did and to this day we continue and aspire to stay true to what we
believe in and who we are the same way he has done!"
"Outside of the ring our Mum
and Dad continue to amaze us with their support and love! Our family and friends
are everything to us and they each have different impacts on our lives and keep
us smiling, happy, focused and blessed every
Q.What is the best advice you could give to any aspiring
Both:"Make sure you do your research and go to
a good school! Be prepared to work hard and listen. Talk to everyone, ask
questions and learn from everyone and everything that goes on! Be yourself and
stay true to who you are and have fun!"
Anything you want to tell all your fans and
Both: "We truly mean it when we say thank you
to everyone who supports us. For all the kind messages and tweets to coming and
taking the time to say hi to us at shows, it means the world to us! You really
do make us smile and we hope we can inspire you to live your dreams, as we
believe in each and every one of you in the same way you have shown you believe
in us! Thank you!!!"
- Brock Lesnar is expected to return to WWE TV for multiple appearances in March, likely beginning in late February. Unless plans have changed, he will be building towards the WrestleMania 29 match with Triple h.
- Speaking of Lesnar, his contract expires with WrestleMania and it's unknown yet if he has re-signed for another year. WWE will be facing the same issues they do every year once WrestleMania is over with four of the expected top six headliners not appearing much if any at all after April - The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H and Lesnar.
- The holidays are over so it’s time for a LIVE edition of Impact. Inside the ring is Jeremy Borash. In his hand, an envelope with the winner of TNA’s 2012 wrestler of the year. First, he introduces the five finalists: Bully Ray, James Storm, Austin Aries, Bobby Roode and Jeff Hardy. Borash starts to announce the winner when both Roode and Aries start walking down the ramp. Hardy is named the 2012 Wrestler of the Year and he shakes hands with James Storm and Bully Ray. He passes by Roode and Aries and enters the ring.
Hardy says he’s the World Champion but this means the same amount. Roode cuts him off. He bashes Hardy for saying the votes of the people mean as much as the World Title. Nothing was more important to Roode than the title when he was champ. He didn’t care about “the morons.” Roode goes on until Austin Aries speaks. He says the voting was rigged. He was the longest reigning X Division title and beat Roode, also averaged 4 stars per pay-per-view match. They start arguing when Hardy says he’ll take them both on and makes that match for the next PPV. He wants the heels to think of 2012 as the “Year of the Enigma.”
Roode and Aries stomp on Hardy. Roode holds Hardy down for an attack but Hardy gets out of the way and Aries strikes Roode. Hardy lays Aries out with the Twist of Fate and raises the Wrestler of the Year trophy in the air.
- The backstage interviewer tries speaking to James Storm when Kazarian and Daniels break it up. They berate Storm for having a less than average 2012 and Storm tries too hard to fake laugh. He’s the only person that could ruin the segments of Kaz/Daniels. “I’ll kick you right in your Twitter and punch you in your Facebook.” He spits in Daniels’ appletini and leaves, asking them to decide which of the two fights him later tonight.
- We come back from break with James Storm in the ring with Earl Hebner. Bad Influence is out as Tenay and Taz wonder who’ll fight Storm tonight. Kaz is wearing an awesome KAZAMANIA shirt. Kaz is the choice.
James Storm versus Kazarian
Kaz attacks Storm from behind and chokes him with his shirt. After multiple forearm shots, Storm fights back. Kaz stops him with a knee and sends him over the ropes. Storm skins the cat and avoids a Kaz clotheline. Thesz Press is followed up with punches. Clothesline from Storm. He tosses Kaz to the outside and springboards to the outside on him. He chases Daniels inside the ring allowing Kaz to clothesline him out of nowhere. They brawl on the outside until Kaz gets back in. Daniels gets some cheap shots while Kaz distracts the ref. Pin gets a two.
Kaz wears Storm down with the headlock until Storm breaks out. Kaz takes him out with a hairpull. Storm gets to his knees where Kaz messes with his hair. Storm strikes with the Closing Time. Storm lifts Kaz and pounds him in the face. Russian legsweep from the Cowboy. James Storm climbs the turnbuckle and comes down with an elbow drop for two.
Daniels causes another distraction which allows Kaz to get a dropkick on Storm. Kaz knocks Storm out with the TKO but only gets a two count. Another Closing Time out of nowhere from Storm to Kaz. He gets the fans charged by clapping and sets up for the Last Call. Daniels distracts Storm but Storm gets rid of him. Kazarian tries to leap off the turnbuckle for an attack but Storm kills him with a nice Last Call on the counter for the win.
Winner: James Storm
- The Aces and Eights are with Ken Anderson. They need an answer from him. Anderson says he’s having fun and everyone should chill while he thinks a while longer. The Director of Chaos chimes in and wants to know “what the fuck” it’s going to be because Sting is coming back. He needs an answer. Anderson says they aren’t going to show Sting an ounce of fear and gives Doc the hammer. Devon asks the Prospect for his bat and Prospect doesn’t know where it is.
- We return with Kenny King calling Kid Kash a legend. Kenny King says there’s an X Division tournament and calls it “the Kenny King showcase.” This week will be Kash versus Christian York and next week will be King versus Zema Ion.
- A return package for Sting plays.
- The Aces and Eights music plays and the Director of Chaos is out alone. Professor Chaos takes a mic from So Cal Val and shows off his hammer. He taunts Sting by asking where he is. He wants the Stinger to join the party. It’s 1.3.13 and Sting has been telling everyone Doc is a marked man. Chaos says he doesn’t feel that way but still wants Sting out. “Stiiiiiiiiinger.” Doc’s smile disappears as he looks at his hammer. He gets angry and calls this bullshit. Sting is wasting everyone’s time.
A baseball bat falls from the rafters and Doc snaps further. We get sent to a commercial with Doc saying “come on Sting,” over and over.
- We’re back with an interviewer and Brooke Hogan. Hulk and Brooke haven’t spoken since last week’s show.
- A graphic for King/Ion appears on screen. I guess the Doc stuff is being postponed because we get a shot back inside the ring with Kid Kash already inside.
Kid Kash vs. Christian York
Kash clothesline Christian to the mat. He chops but York fires back with a clothesline and a dropkick. Kash retreats to the outside where he pulls York out with him. He chops York and returns inside. He springboards to the outside with a hurricanrana. More chops from Kash happen before he sends York back in. Kash tries to springboard inside but York counters with a dropkick. Kash sends York on the apron where he gets enziguri’d. York sends Kash into the ropes but Kash holds on. York lands a big boot. Nice half-nelson suplex. York tries a suplex but Kash reverses and lands one of his own. Kash clubs York across the face.
Kash sets York up and climbs the turnbuckle. He comes down with a moonsault but falls on York’s knees. York gets a low kick. More kicks from York to Kash. Roundkick takes Kash to the mat where York goes for the pin. Two count. Kash quickly strikes with a jawbreaker. York blocks a strike and puts Kash on his knees. He lands a flatliner and pins. Two count.
Kash gets a roll up out of nowhere. Two count. He avoids a York attack and lands a kick. Kash tries the backslide but York rolls through and gets the Moodswing neckbreaker for the win.
Winner: Christian York
- My 2012 Worst Wrestler of the Year (not that anyone cares) Chavo Guerrero is on the screen. He says he’s not afraid of anyone. Him and Hernandez are dominant. Hernandez whistles as Chavo says Matt Morgan and Joey Ryan aren’t even on their radar.
- Christy Hemme appears to be wearing sun-glasses inside the ring. During Hernandez’s entrance, Taz and Tenay bring up the history between Matt Morgan and Hernandez. It’s Morgan’s time to enter and he’s out with an arm sling. He says he won’t be 100% until Genesis. He volunteers Joey Ryan to take his place tonight. Ryan oils up and rolls inside.
Hernandez vs. Joey Ryan
Super Mex boots Ryan on an Irish Whip. He sends Ryan down with a body slam. Over the shoulder backbreaker from Hernandez. Hernandez tries to follow up when Morgan grabs his leg. Ryan misses a clothesline and gets tossed across the ring with a big shoulderblock. Matt Morgan comes in and gets a discuss clothesline to cause the DQ.
Winner: Hernandez (by DQ)
- Chavo Guerrero tries to do something but he gets a Carbon Footprint to the face. Tenay says Morgan is trying to impress Hulk Hogan as Joey Ryan talks trash above the bodies of the tag team champions.
- Hulk Hogan is on his way to the ring and is scheduled up after the break.
- Kurt Angle is having a pregame speech with megaprospectlegendsuperstars Wes Brisco and Garrett Bischoff. They want to be by the cage tonight but Joe gets pissed off. Angle tells them to lay low and watch the show. Angle’s New Year Resolution is to unmask every member of the Aces and Eights. Joe is with him.
- Mickie James and Tessmacher versus Tara and Gail Kim is announced for later tonight.
- Video package for the Bully Ray-Brooke Hogan love angle plays.
- Hogan wants to cut the crap and get down to business. He calls both Bully and Brooke out, brother. The pair come out together with Brooke initially placing her arm around Ray’s in a caring way. Hulk says Bully has been claiming respect for months. The Hulkster has seen Ray talking about the old school, jack, and trying to help the new dudes but something just didn’t seem right. “What’s the truth, brother.” Hogan says there is a code of ethics and Ray owed it to him to tell him what was going on. Now that the Hulkster knows what’s going on, he wants to know why.
Rays says Hulk Hogan is right. They are brothers and he should have told Hogan about Brooke. “The heat is on me.” Hulk says he’s been telling everyone Ray is no good and doesn’t belong in this business. This isn’t about Brooke, it’s about Hogan and Ray. If this were 20 years ago, and it was a title belt, they would’ve been to war, brother. Hogan says since Ray broke the code and brings up lawyers and whatnot. He then suspends Ray for being in a consensual relationship with a woman above age. He then berates Brooke and tells her to “get the hell out of [his] ring.”
This is really bad. Ray asks if the Hulkster is serious. Ray grabs Brooke by the arm and they leave the ring together. The Hulkster’s music plays to end the segment.
- In much better news, we’re back in Louisville, Kentucky with Joseph Park training. Danny Davis puts over Park’s dedication. Park says he’s watched taped and talks about Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Abyss. Park does a sweet arm drag as he talks about his potential. Davis says there is something there.
Park barges in to Davis’ office and the two share some kind words. Davis says Park has impressed him and he feels good about Park’s prospects. They shake hands and the big man leaves the room.
Gail Kim and Tara vs. Mickie James and Miss Tessmacher
Tessmacher and Kim kick us off. Kim sends Tessmacher into the corner. Tessmacher leaps on the turnbuckle and strikes Kim. A monkeyflip sends Kim across the ring. Tara distracts Tessmacher with a cheap shot and is tagged in. Tara wipes Tessmacher’s face across the top rope. She chops Tara in the chest and whips her. Mickie James tags herself in as Tessmacher takes Tara down with a snapmare takedown. James kicks Tara and dropkicks Gail Kim out of the ring. Tara and Kim argue outside. James grabs Kim and Tessmacher grabs Tara and they send the two heels into each other. The heels are rolled back inside the ring but double team Mickie. Tara covers and gets two. Tara applies a headlock as we get sent to a break.
Mickie James avoids a splash from Tara and clotheslines Kim to the canvas. She tries to tag in Tessmacher but Tara gets the leg. She’s successful anyways. Tessmacher’s forearm collides with Tara’s face multiple times. She places Tara in a sitting position and sets up for the Stinkface. Jesse Godderz pulls Tara out of the ring. Gail Kim lands a shot to the back of Tessmacher’s head. Tara comes back inside and chokes Tessmacher. She sends Tessmacher across the ring by her hair. Mickie James still hasn’t made it to her feet. Tara with the backbreaker. She covers. Two count.
Gail Kim is tagged in and comes in with multiple boot strikes to the abdomen. She taunts Mickie James into the ring causing a distraction. This allows the two to double team Tessmacher. Gail Kim sends Tessmacher from a fireman’s carry hold into her knee. Two count. Kim connects with a forearm and admires her work. The pin gets another two count. Tessmacher is whipped to the corner and Kim charges with a lot of speed. Tessmacher gets out of the way and Gail Kim is sent to the outside. Tessmacher slowly crawls to Mickie James but James is attacked from behind by Kim. Kim smashes Tessmacher’s face against the turnbuckle. She tags in Tara who comes in with a flip leg drop from the apron. Two count.
Tara snaps Tessmacher’s head into the mat. She lays her out with a body slam and tries the standing moonsault. Tessmacher gets her knees up and begins crawling towards James. Tara cuts her off but Tessmacher strikes with a hair pull slam. Both women crawl for their partners and bring them in. James with the Thesz Press punching combo. She dropkicks Tara to the outside and elbows Kim. She sends Kim to the mat with a rope aided headscissors takedown. Big neckbreaker is broken up by Tara. Tessmacher spears Tara and slams her head into the mat. Jesse guides Tara away from the action as Kim and James recover inside. Tessmacher flies with a crossbody onto the champ and Jesse. Kim once again misses a shoulder block into the turnbuckle. Mickie connects with a boot to the midsection and spikes Kim with the Mickie-DT for the win.
Winners: Miss Tessmacher and Mickie James
- Doc is in the back preaching anonymity to the Aces and Eights. The VP says the masked members need to guard their masks with their lives.
- ODB is in the back with her thoughts on the Aces and Eights. She says Sting will take care of them and gives us an update on Eric Young. She says he’ll be back someday.
- Austin Aries and Bobby Roode want some of Hulk Hogan’s time. They don’t want a triple threat but the Hulkster says it’s official and it’ll be under elimination rules. Next week, Roode and Aries will team up against Jeff Hardy and his choice of partner.
The Aces and Eights versus Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle
The Director of Chaos cuts Angle from entering the ring by striking him from behind. He locks Joe in the cage with Devon and the Prospect. The bell rings as Doc slams Angle’s face against the steel steps. Joe fights both Aces and Eights off and sends the Prospect into the corner. He avoids a Devon splash which causes Devon to collide with Prospect. Joe enizguris Devon to the mat and tries to open the lock. The refs stop him for some reason. Joe goes back to the A&8s. Joe dodges a Prospect clothesline and Prospect strikes Devon. Joe attacks Prospect with a high knee and chokes him with his boot. He tries the face wash but Devon cuts him off with a forearm.
Devon and Prospect double team Joe with punches. Joe finally succumbs to the numbers game and falls to the mat. He tries to fight back with elbows and forearms but Devon gauges the eye. Prospect gets a big boot in the corner and the two watch Joe fall in the corner. Joe slaps Devon but Prospect comes in with blows to the head. Devon boots the door which Angle was trying to open while Prospect lands a chop to Joe. Devon connects with a headbutt that sends us to a commercial break.
We are back with Joe trading blows to the face of the Aces and Eights. Joe elbows a Devon clothesline off. He climbs the turnbuckle and strikes with a kick. Prospect tries to account but Joe sends him across the ring with a suplex. Kurt Angle begins climbing the cage when the Director of Chaos stops him. Kurt hits the ankle and grabs the key. He opens the lock and enters the fray. Clotheslines for Prospect and Devon. Devon reverses a whip but Angle strikes with a forearm. Angle elbows Prospect and goes up top. He flies off with a missile dropkick. Angle works over the mask when the Director of Chaos distracts him. Doc slams the door against Angle’s face and Joe chases him off. Prospect and Devon attack Joe from behind. They double team whip him into the corner. Prospect connects with a big splash. Angle is cut open badly across the forehead. Devon lands a big splash on Angle. The Prospect easily takes Angle out with a sideslam. Devon goes up top and comes down with a headbutt. Angle rolls out of the way. Joe takes Prospect out with a double leg dropkick.
Kurt Angle is really bleeding badly. Angle gets the Triple German combo to Devon as Prospect and Joe recover in corners. Prospect tries a punch but Angle ducks and gets one German on the big man. Joe slams Devon’s face against the steel. Angle does the same. Angle measures Prospect and Joe gets him with an atomic drop. Angle lands the Angle Slam and the win.
Winners: Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle
Angle tries to unmask but Devon stops him. Doc comes in and attacks Joe from behind. More members of the Aces and Eights rush inside the cage. Fans are chanting Sting as we see Ken Anderson staring from outside. The gang beat up Angle and Joe until they chase off a referee. Sting slowly walks to the ring with a baseball bat and begins cleaning house. The Aces and Eights begin retreating and eventually, only one remains inside. Joe, Angle and Sting surround the member and Sting attacks him with his bat. It’s unmasking time. Angle takes the mask off and it’s the artist formerly known as Mike Knox. The show ends with the Stinger’s music playing and the A&8s hurrying out of the Impact Zone.
WWE NXT for January 2nd 2013 featured the NXT Championship on the line when Seth Rollins puts the belt on the line against Corey Graves. Plus Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger will take on Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd. This is the first episode of WWE NXT for 2013, and it’s time to run down the results.
WWE NXT 01/02/13 Results.
Bo Dallas defeated Epico with the spear.
Tamina Snuka pinned Sasha Banks with the Superfly Splash.
Leo Kruger and Kassius Ohno defeated Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel when Kruger picked up the win over Gabriel with the Kruger’s End.
Corey Graves defeated Seth Rollins via disqualification when the SHIELD interfered. Rollins retained the NXT Championship.
WWE NXT 01/02/13 Review.
So what did this reviewer think when he watched WWE NXT for January 2nd 2013? This was a good show, with a pair of good headline matches, and a hot storyline at the end of the show. Let’s not waste any time, rather let’s delve into WWE NXT for January 2nd 2013.
The SHIELD is finally formed on NXT, bringing them up to the rest of the world. They start this week’s show by beating up people in the ring, and it is glorious. Dusty Rhodes is out, and tonight Seth Rollins puts the NXT Championship on the line against Corey Graves. If he doesn’t wrestle, he’ll be stripped of the title.
Bo Dallas scored the win over Epico in this week’s opening match. This was more interesting for the aftermath. Epico and Primo lay a beating on Bo Dallas, and Michael McGillicutty of all people make the save. So we have a unique tag team feud on NXT. McGillicutty showed immense improvements last year, so I see nothing wrong with this development.
Tamina Snuka and Sasha Banks had one of the better diva matches in some time. Both women worked rather hard. Tamina in the end is being groomed for bigger and better things, so she hits the Superfly Splash for the pin.
We have an impressive tag team match next. Four of the top young superstars in WWE did battle, with Kassius Ohno and Leo Kruger taking on Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd as a part of this next tag team match. This had some impressive action, and all four men worked hard. Kruger and Ohno pick up the win and move up the rankings.
Rollins and Graves was your main event, and a pretty good one this week. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose ran in to save their friend’s championship. The NXT roster gets dismantled, until Big E. Langston makes the save. Langston chases off the SHIELD. Next week, we’ve got Big E. Langston against Seth Rollins for the championship.
An X-Division Contenders Tournament will
start tonight on Impact Wrestling, the first episode of 2013. There will be four
contenders and the finals at Genesis on 1/13/13. The winner of X-Division
Contender Tournament at Genesis faces Rob Van Dam that same night for the
TNA Wrestler Magnus was recently
interviewed by Zoo Magazine on a number of topics. Below is a quick
Hi Magnus, you’ll be back in the UK for the TNA
European tour in January. What’s it like to perform to a home
crowd? It’s the highlight of my year. Last year at
Wembley was a great moment in my career. My family were all there that night and
it was the first TNA show my parents had been to. It was a very cool
TNA has launched ‘TNA British Boot Camp’.
What does this say for British wrestling? It shows the
level of talent over here and the responsiveness of the fans, as well as the
growing strength of the wrestling market in general. The success of Brits like
me, Doug Williams and Rob Terry shows that we can be more than just airtime
filler for TNA.
You’ve been doing some UK Indy
shows. What’s it like coming back for those? It’s
great that TNA let me do other work - I am very fortunate in that way. There are
only a handful of credible promotions I work for, such as the Pro Wrestling
Elite show in Scotland I did back in September. I get to catch up with a lot of
You are also the new host of UK
Strongman on Challenge TV. How is that? I had a great
time presenting UK Strongman. To do things that don’t require me getting beat up
and don’t solely rely on my physical talents as a wrestler is always
Have you tried to convert the TNA guys to
‘soccer’? Bully Ray is already a big footy fan, but
mainly watches a lot of Serie A, and Kurt Angle will pretty much watch any type
of sport. I don’t get to follow it as much as I like because we’re on the road
so much. I record games and watch three or four back-to-back.
Hello everyone and welcome to this week's ROH on Sinclair recap. If you all are ready, then let's get on with the show!
We see the usual intro, then Kevin Kelly welcomes us to the show, from the ROH studios. Kelly says we will find out what the match of the year for ROH was in 2012 as this is another "Best of 2012" edition of the show this week.
Kelly mentions the year the Briscoes had this year, then we go to a match that was exclusive to ROHWrestling.com as The Briscoes & Papa Briscoe took on Truth Martini, Roderick Strong & Michael Elgin. This match saw Papa Briscoe defeat Truth Martini with a Stunner.
Kelly mentions the Tag Team Title match involving the Briscoes, C & C & S.C.U.M. from Final Battle, hyping up the iPPV replay on ROHWrestling.com as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Kelly says that ROH wrestlers sacrifice their blood, sweat & tears for ROH, but injuries can happen and it happened to 2 ROH stars this year. One was Tommaso Ciampa, who tore his ACL at Boiling Point against Jay Lethal. The other being Mike Mondo, who broke his ankle at Glory by Honor XI against Mike Bennett. Both men were able to finish their respective matches because of their fighting spirit.
We go to Mondo's ROH World Title match with champion Kevin Steen from ROH TV this past July.
From the July 21st episode of ROH TV for the Ring of Honor World Title: "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare" Kevin Steen (c) w/"The Zombie Princess" Jimmy Jacobs vs. "No Fear" Mike Mondo
Mondo nails Steen with a series of right hands as the bell has sounded and we are underway. Mondo hits a series of forearms, but Steen comes back with a kick to the gut. Steen with a club to the back and a forearm as Steve Corino joins Kelly & McGuinness at the commentary table. Irish whip by Steen, but Mondo sidesteps his back drop attempt with a kick to the chest. Mondo goes off the ropes and nails Steen with a knee to the back, sending Steen through the ropes and to the outside. Mondo charges and connects with a baseball slide. On the outside, Steen rakes the eyes of Mondo, then nails him with a club to the back. Mondo fights back with a right hand, but Steen rakes his eyes again. Irish whip by Steen, reversed by Mondo, who sends Steen back first into the barricade. Mondo then repeatedly drives the back of Steen's head into the barricade. Mondo then goes to the ramp way, gets a head of steam and shoulder tackles Steen into the barricade.
Headfirst goes Steen off the barricade, but Steen rakes Mondo's eyes again. Steen then goes for a suplex on the ramp way, but Mondo breaks free. Mondo with a series of right hands, but Steen comes back with a back elbow. Steen then breaks apart one of the barricades and goes to throw it down on Mondo, but fortunately Mondo is able to get out of the way. Mondo with a forearm, then setups for his Double Arm DDT on the barricade, but Steen counters and then POWERBOMBS MONDO ON THE BARRICADE!
Mondo is down and hurt on the outside while Steen plays to the crowd. Referee Todd Sinclair starts his 20 count as Mondo starts to crawl back to ringside. Jacobs talks trash to Mondo while Mondo is trying to crawl back in. At the referee's 19 count, Mondo is somehow able to get back in the ring and Steen can't believe it as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as the crowd tries to will Mondo back into the match. Steen chokes Mondo in the ropes while dueling chants for both men commence from the crowd. Steen then bites at Mondo's ear. Steen mocks Mondo, who fights back with a right hand. Steen comes back with a pair of boots to the face, but Mondo will not stay down as he pulls himself to his feet and nails Steen with a right hand, but falls down in the process. Steen then soccer kicks him in the gut. Mondo continues to try and fight back, but he cannot stand up. Steen chokes Mondo with his boot, followed by a short-arm clothesline and finally a leaping back senton. Steen plays to the crowd, then gains a nearfall. Steen with another boot to Mondo, then grabs the mic and says that Mondo doesn't deserve the title shot. Steen says when he is done with Mondo, he won't be known as "No Fear", he'll be known as "No B***s".
That fires up Mondo, who unloads with right hands and gut shots. Mondo with a big right hand that knocks Steen down. Steen goes to the outside, but then Mondo takes out Steen & Jacobs with a somersault plancha. Back in the ring, the crowd chants "This is awesome" as Mondo heads up top and hits a double stomp across the back of Steen's neck for a close nearfall. Mondo is clutching his back in pain as the crowd chants for Mondo. Mondo fights to get himself up the ropes. Steen stops him, but Mondo comes back with more right hands as he is now on the apron. Mondo goes for a shoulder to the gut, but Steen catches him with a kick to the face. Steen then hits a DDT bringing Mondo into the ring, while spiking Mondo on his head. Mondo is slumped in the corner and Steen charges and connects with the Cannonball for a nearfall. Steen can't believe it, then lifts up Mondo for the F-Cinq, but Mondo squirms out, then hooks Steen in an inside cradle for a close nearfall. Mondo hits a discus forearm, then goes again for the Double Arm DDT, but Steen blocks it and hotshots Mondo throat first across the top rope.
Steen then lifts up Mondo again and this time hits the F-Cinq to retain the title.
Winner and STILL Ring of Honor World Champion: "Wrestling's Worst Nightmare" Kevin Steen by pinfall (F-Cinq)
We see video of Steen's successful ROH title defenses in 2012, then we relive when Jim Cornette said that Jay Lethal needed a "Killer Instinct" in order to beat Kevin Steen for the ROH World Title.
We see what happened at "Killer Instinct" back in October when Kevin Steen spit on Jay Lethal's mother, causing Lethal to snap and injure Jim Cornette.
We now go to the finals of Survival of the Fittest 2012 from ROH TV as the final 2 are Lethal & Davey Richards. We join that match in progress.
From the October 27th episode of ROH TV in the finals of Survival of the Fittest 2012 in a 6-Way Elimination Match (The winner will receive a guaranteed Ring of Honor World Title shot on demand): "No Fear" Mike Mondo vs. "American Wolf" Davey Richards vs. Roderick Strong w/Truth Martini vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin vs. Jay Lethal vs. Ring of Honor Television Champion "The Panama City Playboy" Adam Cole
Lethal & Richards, the final 2 left in this match, get set to fight with both in an opposite corner of the ring. They slowly meet in the center of the ring as mostly all of the babyface ROH locker room comes out and stands around ringside, slapping their hands on the mat to fire up their peers. Lethal & Richards adhere to the Code of Honor, but then Lethal plants Richards with an Ace Crusher. Lethal heads up top and hits a leaping stomp for a close nearfall. Lethal lifts up Richards, but Richards breaks free. Richards hits the Alarm Clock kick, charges at Lethal in the corner and connects with a running forearm. Lethal then catches Richards and hits the Lethal Combination. Lethal keeps a hold of Richards and hits a 2nd one, but Richards kicks out. Lethal then goes right into hooking Richards in the Koji Clutch as Richards may be out cold. Richards, however, is able to counter out into the Anklelock. Then, Lethal counters out of that and hooks Richards in his figure four style surfboard, but Richards is able to reach the ropes. Lethal heads out with Richards on the apron and they go back to exchanging right hands, chops & kicks until Richards nails him with an enziguri. Richards then exploder suplexes Lethal off the apron and to the outside. Back in the ring, Richards heads up top and connects with a top rope double stomp, but JAY LETHAL KICKS OUT AT 1!!!
Davey can't believe it as Lethal fires up. Davey then hits a trifecta of roundhouse head kicks to Lethal, but Lethal kicks out again! Richards with a throat slash and goes for the sliding kick, but Lethal catches him with a superkick. Richards with one of his own, then Lethal returns the favor with another superkick. Lethal with another superkick, but now its Richards who is somehow able to kick out. We see Kyle O'Reilly come out onto the rampway to get a better look at the match as Lethal calls for the Lethal Injection, but Richards sidesteps it and hooks Lethal back in the Anklelock. Lethal kicks him off, but then Richards hits a charging forearm, a corner whip and a 2nd charging forearm. Another corner whip by Davey, followed by a 3rd charging forearm. Davey places Lethal on the top turnbuckle, then heads up with him. Davey connects with a Top Rope Superplex, holds onto Lethal and then proceeds to drill Lethal with a Brainbuster, but JAY LETHAL KICKS OUT YET AGAIN!
Davey with another throat slash, then this time connects with the running sliding kick, but AGAIN JAY LETHAL KICKS OUT! Richards locks back in the Anklelock, but Lethal breaks free. Lethal hits a Release German Suplex, Davey gets right up, charges in, but then Lethal connects with a Release Full Nelson Suplex, however Richards kicks out. The wrestler slap their hands on the mat to will these two on as Lethal is frustrated. Crowd chants "ROH" as Davey is having to pick himself up, using Lethal to do so. Lethal says something to Davey, then hits a headbutt and chop, but Davey then spits in his face.
Lethal drills Davey with a leaping enziguri, then this time hits the Lethal Injection and that finally, finally, BY GAWD FINALLY , puts down the American Wolf.
"American Wolf" Davey Richards has been eliminated
Winner of Survival of the Fittest 2012 and earning a future Ring of Honor World Title shot: Jay Lethal by pinfall (Lethal Injection)
Back from commercial, its time to find out what the match of the year for ROH was in 2012. Kelly says that the one match that stood out above the rest was Davey Richards defending the ROH World Title against Michael Elgin at "Showdown in the Sun" back in March. We now go to that match.
From the Showdown in the Sun IPPV on March 31st for the Ring of Honor World Title: "American Wolf" Davey Richards (c) vs. "Unbreakable" Michael Elgin w/Truth Martini
Richards with knees but he cannot get Elgin down with a shoulder tackle. He is able to get him, though, down with a dropkick. Elgin goes to the apron and Richards kicks Elgin in the back and sends him to the floor. Richards with a suicide dive onto Elgin. Richards kicks Elgin in the chest as he goes around ringside. Davey goes to the turnbuckles while Elgin is on the apron, but Elgin blocks it and chops Richards.They both go onto the turnbuckles but Richards knocks him down onto the apron. Elgin then clotheslines Richards off the turnbuckles and gets a nearfall.
Elgin with forearms to the chest. Elgin with a delayed vertical suplex and he keeps Richards in the air for close to a minute before going down with him for a nearfall. Elgin with forearms across the chest while Davey is hanging over the edge of the ring. Elgin then with a leg drop across the chest for another nearfall. Elgin tries for a powerbomb, but Davey blocks it and he sends Elgin into the corner and then connects with shoulders. Elgin blocks a running forearm and tries for a Death Valley Driver, but Richards escapes. Richards goes for a handspring move, but Elgin catches Richards on his shoulders and hits Shock Treatment for another nearfall. Elgin then tries for a belly-to-back suplex, but Richards holds on to the ropes. Both men then exchange right hands. Elgin with a chop that sends Richards to the mat. Elgin with a forearm to the back, but Richards comes back with a jawbreaker, but Elgin then with a shoulder tackle and a Northern Lights suplex for a nearfall as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial as Richards has crotched Elgin on the top turnbuckle. Davey tries for a German suplex from the turnbuckles but Elgin holds on, but then Richards hits him with a kick to the head. Richards then hits a super Dragon suplex for a close nearfall. Richards applies the anklelock, but Elgin gets to the ropes. Davey kicks Elgin in the chest and it looks like Elgin is struggling to stay on his knees. Richards with a 3rd kick, but Elgin stays on his feet and defiantly piefaces Richards. Richards with some Kawada kicks, but Elgin with a cravate and knees to the head. Richards with some more kicks and then Elgin with more knees. Richards with a kick to the chest and puts Elgin against the ropes, hitting a series of kicks. Elgin then connects with a Chaos Theory for another close nearfall. Elgin with a kick, followed by a Hellavator for another nearfall. Elgin then locks in the crossface and Davey almost submits. Richards gets his foot on the ropes and the referee tells Elgin to break the hold. Richards is laying on the apron and Elgin goes up top. Richards with forearms and then Richards with the dragon screw leg whip in the ropes. Richards goes up top and hits a double stomp onto the apron. Then, Richards goes back up top for another double stomp, but Elgin barely kicks out.
Richards hits the running forearm, but Elgin with a kick. Richards with a discus clothesline followed by an Exploder suplex for another nearfall. Richards gets to his feet first and he signals that it is all over. However, Elgin blocks a kick, but Davey with an enzuigiri. Elgin then with a forearm elbow, followed by a Curtain Call Driver for yet another nearfall. Elgin is the first to his feet this time as it looks like Davey is out on his feet. Elgin with a buckle bomb, but Richards comes back with a kick. Elgin then with a clothesline. Richards then with a sunset flip and rolls into the ankle lock. However, Elgin counters into a Crossface but Richards gets a nearfall with a rollup. Elgin with a kick to the head, followed by a spinning back fist and finally the 360* Powerbomb, but Richards barely kicks out.
Elgin goes back to the crossface and Richards fights to get to the ropes, but Elgin rolls through and gets into the center of the ring. Davey goes for the ankle and is able to get Elgin back into the ankle lock. Elgin reaches for the ropes, but Richards pulls him into the center of the ring. Elgin with kicks to the head but Richards still holds on to the anklelock. Elgin wants to tap, but rolls through and sends Richards into the corner. Richards with a buzzsaw like kick, but Elgin kicks out at 1 and then spits in Richards' face. Richards then with a series of kicks for another near fall.
Finally, Richards with a huge roundhouse kick to the head of Elgin and that finally puts him down for the win.
Winner and still Ring of Honor World Champion: "American Wolf" Davey Richards by pinfall (Roundhouse Kick)
Back in the ROH studios, Kelly hypes up the ROHWrestling.com ringside membership and what is in store for ROH in 2013. Kelly says on behalf of everyone from ROH, we wish everyone a Happy New Year. Next week will be a "Road Rage" edition from Final Battle 2012.
Heat on Mysterio for Requested Time Off? Posted by Steve Carrier on 01/01/2013 at 04:02 PM
According to PWInsider, the reason as to why Rey Mysterio has been pulled from WWE lineups so often is because he has been dealing with a family matter that has been ongoing and has required him to take time off.
There has been no heat on Mysterio for this issue and the company is working its best to accommodate his needs.
According to PWInsider there has been a
lot of talk today among TNA wrestlers about how blatantly WWE stole the "Open
Fight Night" concept for last night's Raw. The idea used for RAW was that any
champion can call anyone out for a match.
WWE Raw Spoilers - 12/31/12 Posted by Steve Carrier on 12/29/2012 at 07:12 PM
Tonight we will be providing live spoiler coverage of WWE Raw which will air this Monday on December 31st, 2012. Stay tuned for updates.
* Alex Riley beat local wrestler Mark Jinks
WWE Raw - Airing Monday
* The theme for tonight's show will be Champion's Choice.
* They set up MizTV to kick off RAW. The Miz reveals that Vickie Guerrero has made all titles on the line tonight. He brings out his guest John Cena. Tonight's RAW is Champion's Choice and the champions will get to choose their challengers. Nothing is said yet about CM Punk defending the WWE Title. Cena is interrupted by Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. Cena mentions Washington Redskins quarterback RGIII and he is in the crowd. A RGIII chant breaks out. Miz and Cena vs. Rhodes Scholars is up next.
* The Miz and John Cena beat Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes in around 20 minutes. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Sandow for the win.
* United States Champion Antonio Cesaro cuts an anti-USA promo and chooses to defend his title against Sgt. Slaughter. Cesaro gets the win with a Neutralizer. He hits a second Neutralizer on Slaughter after the match.
* Later tonight will be a New Years toast between AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler. John Cena is invited.
* Ryback vs. The Shield in a handicap match is announced for later.
* There's a backstage segment with Kane, Daniel Bryan and 3MB but the Titantron goes dark during it.
* Kane and Daniel Bryan will defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre. Jinder Mahal is at ringside. Kane and Bryan get the win, then do air guitar in the ring.
* CM Punk, Paul Heyman and a doctor come to the ring. The doctor is here to confirm that Punk is really injured and they show x-rays on the Titantron.
Punk talks about his title reign and all the injuries he has suffered. Punk brings up his WWE Title match against Ryback for January 7th. The doctor says he can't clear Punk to wrestle and then Vince McMahon interrupts to a big pop. Vince wishes everyone Happy New Year and overrides the doctor, saying the match will happen and will be a TLC match.
Vince wonders if Punk has been conspiring with The Shield and Brad Maddox. Vince goes on to say that WWE doctors will evaluate Punk and if he can't wrestle on January 7th, then Heyman will have to face Ryback in the TLC match.
* Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler is up next. Big E Langston and AJ Lee are at ringside. They wrestle for about 15 minutes until The Shield attacks and it's over. The Shield stand over Sheamus after beating him down. They leave through the crowd. Ziggler, AJ and Langston left as soon as The Shield attacked.
* Backstage segment with Punk, Heyman and Brad Maddox. Maddox asks for a job but Heyman tells him to get out.
* Backstage segment with Kofi Kingston and Wade Barrett.
* Eve Torres comes out and wants to defend the Divas Title against Mae Young. Mae isn't here so Eve wants a forfeit. Kaitlyn comes out instead and beats Eve down until she escapes and runs to the back.
* Big Show comes out and wants to defend his World Heavyweight Title against Ricardo Rodriguez. Alberto Del Rio is in the suit at ringside while Ricardo comes in driving his car. Del Rio ends up making the save and attacks Big Show. Ricardo did get some shots in but Show wins by DQ.
* Kofi Kingston comes out next to a big pop to defend the Intercontinental Title against Wade Barrett. Barrett gets the win and the title after a solid match.
* After the match, Josh Mathews interviews Barrett in the ring. Barrett warns the WWE locker room to watch out for him in 2013.
* Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns make their way through the crowd for the handicap match against Ryback. Ryback comes out to a big pop but The Shield attack him on the ramp. Sheamus comes out to make the save and no bell has rang yet. Randy Orton is out next for the save and he gets the biggest pop of the night. The Shield escape through the crowd. Orton, Sheamus and Ryback stand tall in the ring. The match never officially started.
* The New Years toast with AJ and Ziggler is up next. Cena is invited. Ziggler comes out in a tuxedo and AJ is in a dress. Langston is in regular wrestling gear. They toast the New Year and Ziggler shows clips of Cena's bad year like the Brock Lesnar slam, getting knocked out by Big Show and others. Dolph un-invites Cena and tells Langston to guard the ring.
AJ and Ziggler kiss but Cena comes out and interrupts. Cena admits he had a bad year but points out AJ's many relationships. Cena shows a pic of AJ's many illegitimate children on the big screen and it's a bunch of babies with various Superstars and Legends heads photoshopped onto them. Cena goes on a long rant about Dolph and then announces he will be in the 30-man Royal Rumble match. Cena promises to win the WWE Title in 2013. Cena toasts AJ and Dolph and then a bunch of fake human waste falls from the rafters and splashes all over the ring, AJ and Ziggler. They throw a fit in the ring as Cena's music hits and RAW ends.
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