- There has been some backstage heat on The Shield in recent weeks but it's said their Money in the Bank pre-show match against The Usos was so good that whatever heat they had was pretty much gone after that match.
It was said that Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were the two that officials were upset with. People within WWE believe the heat was over something petty. One source believed the issue was between Rollins and Big Show while another report was that Roman Reigns called out Randy Orton over a botched spot at a live event and that led to heat on him. Regardless of what happened, word is that there was a power struggle of sorts in that Vince McMahon wanted people punished and Triple H didn't want them punished, so Triple H was fighting to keep them looking strong on TV.
- There are current TNA talents who have tried to talk to WWE as of late, about how to go about getting out of their deals, but WWE refuses to talk to them since they're under contract to TNA. WWE has been monitoring who is being released from TNA. The feeling is that Matt Morgan will likely be WWE-bound by the end of the year.
Update on Brian McGhee Murdering His Girlfriend Posted by Steve Carrier on 07/25/2013 at 02:08 PM
As noted earlier, former WWE developmental talent Brian McGhee is facing first degree murder charges after he allegedly stabbed Bianca McGaughey to death at an apartment complex in Tampa, Florida at around 8:30PM last night. McGhee has not been booked due to the injuries he had sustained in a car crash while fleeing from police.
McGhee's posted a photo of a bloody body part to his Facebook page at about 9:30 PM Wednesday night, approximately an hour after McGaughey was murdered. The photo was made his Facebook profile photo. It is unknown if the body part belonged to the victim.
McGee worked as DT Porter with WWE developmental from 2010 to 2012.
We are in Corpus Christi, Texas and your announcers are Michael Cole and John Layfield.
Before our first match, Damien Sandow has something to say. He tells the halfwits of Corpus Christi hello. He wants them to say hello to their uncrowned World Champion and then he demands SILENCE. He is grateful that they have taken time from cow tipping and watching the bug zapper on the porch to be enlightened.
Damien tells everyone to behold their uncrowned World Champion and Intellectual Savior of Money in the Bank. He tells everyone that they are welcome.
Match Number One: Randy Orton versus Damien Sandow in a Battle of the Briefcase Battle
They lock up and Sandow with a side head lock. Orton with a back elbow. They lock up again and Sandow with a side head lock and take down. Orton with a head scissors and Sandow escapes. Sandow with a kick and side head lock. Orton with a reversal and Sandow backs Orton into the corner and he connects with shoulders and punches.
Orton with kicks and a head butt. Orton with a clothesline into the corner and then he gets the crowd cheering for him before connecting with another clothesline into the corner. Orton with a suplex for a near fall.
Orton stomps on the hand and foot and then he rakes his boot laces across the face. Orton with a snap mare but he misses the leaping knee drop. Sandow with kicks to Orton and then he chokes him in the corner. Sandow with a head butt and punches. Orton sends Sandow over the top rope to the floor.
Oton rolls to the floor and he connects with a European uppercut and then he gives Sandow a back drop driver onto the ringside barrier. Orton sends Sandow back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Sandow runs Orton into the turnbuckles and he connects with shoulders. Sandow kicks Orton and chokes him.
Sandow has a punch blocked and Orton with punches and kicks. Orton with a European uppercut and Sandow goes to the apron. Orton thinks about the IEDDT but Sandow drops Orton across the top rope and he gets a near fall as we go to commercial with Sandow connecting with a leaping knee drop.
We are back and Orton climbs the turnbuckles and he punches Sandow in the head. Orton with a European uppercut but Sandow with a knee to the midsection. We see Orton hitting a drop kick during the commercial break (ON THE WWE APP). Sandow drops Orton’s midsection on the top rope and he gets a near fall. Sandow with knee drops to the ribs and then he stomps on the abdomen.
Sandow with punches to Orton and he gets a near fall. Sandow with a body scissors and Orton escapes. Sandow with forearms across the chest and he gets a near fall. Orton with kicks and a head butt. Sandow with knees to the midsection followed by a side Russian leg sweep and then he sets for the Elbow of Disdain and he connects and gets a near fall.
Sandow with another near fall. Sandow with a few forearms across the chest and then he returns to the body scissors. Orton punches Sandow and he is able to get out of the body scissors. Orton and Sandow exchange punches with Orton getting the advantage. Sandow with an Irish whip but Orton with a clothesline out of the corner. Orton with another clothesline and then he ducks a clothesline and hits the power slam.
Sandow with a kick to Orton but Orton with a European uppercut to Sandow. Orton sets for the IEDDT and Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring. Sandow with a back drop that sends Orton to the floor.
Cody takes Damien’s briefcase and he walks away with it. Orton with an RKO for the three count.
After the match, Cody continues to hold on to the briefcase while Sandow recovers from the RKO he just received. Cody heads to the back.
CM Punk walks in the back and we go to commercial.
We are back and CM Punk is going to address the people of Corpus Christi.
Punk says that it is official. He got what he wanted and it will be The Best versus The Beast. Since Monday night, people have been telling him that he has fallen into Paul Heyman’s trap. That is what Paul wants everyone to think. For eight years, Paul was not just his best friend, he was a mentor, a teacher. He taught him about being the dirtiest player in the game.
You don’t exploit an enemy’s weakness, you attack it over and over and over again. That is what he is going to do to Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. He says that he is an expert on what Brock’s biggest weaknesss is. Punk says that it was his biggest weakness. It was trusting Paul Heyman. Paul’s biggest weakness is his ego.
He is not going to stand out here and say that Paul did not stick his neck out when nobody would. Paul helped him get to the WWE, but he has been beating himself up because he realized that Paul didn’t do it for Punk, he did it for him.
Paul saw someone who everyone knew was going to succeed and Paul put his stamp of approval on him so Paul could say that he made Punk. Paul called him a thoroughbred last week and that was what Paul wanted, another horse in the race. Paul wanted two horses. He always wanted the Best versus The Beast and Paul thought he could be in both corner. Paul wanted it all and at SummerSlam he is going to take it from him.
Punk says that he will handle everything that Brock will dish out to him. Punk says that he will kick Brock in the face over and over and over until Brock is an unrecognizable pile of failure. Then he will have something for Paul . . .
Fandango’s music plays and Summer and Fandango make their way to the ring.
Fandango enters the ring and Punk hits him with the mic and then he connects with knees. Punk with a Go To Sleep to Fandango.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Wade Barrett, Darren Young, and Titus O’Neil versus Mark Henry, Jimmy Uso, and Jey Uso
Young and Jey start things off and Young works on the wrist and he applies an arm bar. Young with a side head lock. Young with a shoulder tackle but Jey with chops and then he tags in Jimmy. Jimmy with a kick and punch to Young. Jimmy sends Young into the turnbuckles and he chops Young. Jimmy with punches but Young grabs Jimmy’s head and Titus with a boot to the head.
Barrett tags in and he connects with knees to the head followed by a short arm clothesline and he gets a near fall. Barrett puts Jimmy on the turnbuckles and he connects with forearms to the back and a kick to the midsection to knock Jimmy off the turnbuckles and Barrett with a near fall.
Titus tags in and he drops a leg to the throat followed by an elbow drop and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Jimmy with elbows and a head butt and then he tries for a cross body and Titus catches him and then tosses Jimmy over his head and to the mat. Titus barks for Jey and Mark.
Jimmy has a kick blocked and then Titus spins him around and he connects with a dragon whip. Henry tags in and he connects with a clothesline and body block. Young runs into a body block and Henry with a power slam for a near fall. Jimmy with a super kick to Barrett when he tries to interfere. Henry grabs Young and sends him towards Jey for a super kick. Henry with the World’s Strongest Slam for the three count.
Winners:Mark Henry, Jimmy Uso, and Jey Uso
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rewind: The Daniel Bryan Gauntlet.
Michael Cole reminds us of the main events for Raw. Daniel Bryan will face Kane and John Cena will face Ryback in a Tables Match.
Vickie Guerrero is on the phone and she says that Teddy got what he deserved.
Alberto Del Rio enters the office and he says nice things about Vickie and Vickie asks Alberto what is going on.
Alberto tells Vickie that she owes him something because he is wrestling Rob Van Dam tonight. Since Brad Maddox allowed John Cena to pick his opponent at SummerSlam, he feels that it is only fair for him to get the same opportunity.
Vickie says that she will give Alberto one week to think about it.
Rob Van Dam enters the office and he says the answer is obvious. It is Rob Van Dam.
Alberto asks Rob if he thinks that he can come back after six years and get a title match against the Real Deal Alberto Del Rio. Van Dam has to prove himself.
Rob says that he can prove himself by beating Alberto in the ring tonight.
Damien Sandow is in the back and he is looking for Cody Rhodes but no one will help him. Sandow asks Sin Cara if he has seen Cody Rhodes since he absconded with his briefcase. He thanks Sin Cara for wasting his time.
Match Number Three: Rob Van Dam versus Alberto Del Rio in a Non Title Match
Van Dam with kicks and punches to Del Rio and the referee warns him. Van Dam with more kicks and punches but Del Rio goes to the floor. Del Rio gets back to the apron but he goes back to the floor to get inside Van Dam’s head.
Van Dam with a jumping spin kick to Del Rio when Del Rio tries to sneak up on Van Dam. Del Rio says ‘no mas’. The referee asks him to speak English while Del Rio complains about his ribs. Van Dam goes into the corner again and the referee pulls Van Dam out and Del Rio was playing possum and he kicks Van Dam in the head and gets the three count.
Winner:Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio celebrates his victory and goes to the back.
Damien Sandow continues his search for Cody Rhodes and his briefcase and he has no luck. Sandow asks Booker T and Mark Henry. Sandow says that he knows that Mark is looking for the Shield, but he is looking for Cody and is briefcase.
Booker asks Sandow if he is kidding and Mark asks if he looks like a snitch. Neither have seen him. Booker and Mark say that they cannot stand a thief.
Sandow says that Booker should know something because he is the General Manager . . . well he used to be.
Booker cannot believe that Damien said that and Sandow walks away.
AJ Lee makes her way to the ring and she is followed by Big E Langston and we are going to find out what is going on in AJ’s mind. We go to commercial.
We are back with the Smack of the Night: Dolph Ziggler talking about letting AJ go as his girlfriend, AJ Lee’s reaction, and the kiss on the forehead.
AJ says that she is out here to clear the air. For everyone who thinks that she is a gentle nudge away from a mental breakdown because of what happened with Kaitlyn or if her good hearted, noble actions were misunderstood and her heart was stomped on by that heartless, cold blooded, selfish, no good son of a (you know what), Dolph Ziggler, you would be mistaken.
AJ says that she is fine. She is A-OK because she has the Divas Title. She is the Divas Champion and she will forever be the savior of the Divas Division. The title is never leaving her. To show how fine she is, she shows everyone the keys to Dolph’s home. She remembers the day that she got her copy. She was going to go into the home and break in and burn everything to the ground, but she is ready to let go of them.
Dolph’s music plays and he makes his way onto the stage.
Dolph asks AJ if she doesn’t think he has passed out hundreds or thousands of those keys. The locks have been changed a few times.
AJ calls Dolph ‘puddin’ and then she says that he is not the smart one. AJ has Big E get Dolph’s suitcase.
Dolph asks if AJ is being reduced to stealing from him. Everything in the ring is totally replaceable.
AJ tells Langston to hold the mic while AJ cuts up Dolph’s driver’s license.
Dolph says a day at the DMV would be a picnic compared to a day with AJ.
AJ then cuts up his passport.
Dolph says that there is a passport agency two blocks from his home and she owes him a favor for something he taught her. That can be replaced.
AJ goes for the next item to destroy and she takes his money out of his wallet. Then she cuts up his credit cards.
Dolph says that it is better to stay off the grid and then he says that he has money in his pockets and he doesn’t have any pockets.
AJ says that she is fine and then Dolph tells her that those aren’t voices in her head and it is the people in the crowd.
AJ starts throwing Dolph’s clothes around the ring. AJ continues to freak out while everyone calls her ‘psycho’.
AJ pushes Langston while he tries to calm her down.
From out of nowhere, Kaitlyn spears AJ. Ziggler goes to ringside and he gives Langston a Fameasser.
We go to commercial.
We are back with the WWE Rebound and it is a look at the Daniel Bryan Gauntlet.
Match Number Four: Brodus Clay and Tensai (with Naomi and Cameron) versus Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (with Bray Wyatt)
Harper and Tensai start things off and Harper with a boot to Tensai followed by forearms. Harper with more punches. Tensai with punches but Harper with a back elbow. Tensai with a clothesline for a near fall and Rowan breaks up the cover. Clay goes after Rowan after he sends Tensai into the mat a few times. Rowan with knees and he sends Clay to the floor.
Rowan pulls Tensai into the corner and then Harper with a splash into the corner followed by a discus clothesline and Rowan is tagged in and he hits a splash for the three count.
Winners:Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
After the match, Wyatt gets into the ring while Harper and Rowan hold up Tensai. Wyatt grabs Tensai, kisses him on the forehead, and then hits Sister Abigail.
Wyatt gets on the mic and he tells Kane that he suspects that he will be looking for him. That is alright because he has never been too hard to find. If Kane needs him, he will be right here, with all of his friends. They have been waiting for Kane. He has always been waiting for him. He says to look to the sky and follow the buzzard.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Vickie Guerrero is in her office and Damien Sandow enters demanding to know where Cody Rhodes is. Damien tells Vickie that he stole his briefcase. Vickie tells him to relax because she has contacted the authorities.
Damien says that he does not have time and he will find his briefcase tonight.
Zeb Colter has something to say before the next match. He asks if they are in Texas or Northern Mexico. Coming over here, he had to drive through Northern Mexico and he was willing to have his vehicle searched. The agent told him that there is no need to search his vehicle because he is a Real American.
He agrees with Zeb that we need to stop people from sneaking across our borders. We need more people like him and Jack Swagger. Just like that man told the truth last night, he has two truths. He wants his country back and Christian has overstayed his welcome.
Match Number Five: Christian versus Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter)
They lock up and Swagger with a waist lock take down and he does push ups on Christian’s back. They lock up and Swagger backs Christian into the corner and he pushes Christian but Christian punches back. Christian climbs the turnbuckles and he punches Swagger. Swagger tries to take Christian to the mat but Christian with a sunset flip attempt. Swagger does not go over and he picks Christian up by the side of the head.
Swagger sends Christian into the turnbuckles but Christian gets his feet up. Swagger with a shoulder tackle. Christian sends Swagger over the top rope to the floor and then Christian with a pescado onto Swagger. Christian rolls Swagger back in and Christian goes up top but Swagger climbs the turnbuckles and he sends Christian to the mat with a belly-to-belly superplex and Christian goes to the floor as we go to commercial.
We are back and Swagger misses a charge into the corner and Christian with a pendulum kick. Christian goes to the turnbuckles for a missile drop kick. Christian punches Swagger followed by a forearm and then he slingshots to the floor and connects with an uppercut. Christian goes up top for a cross body but Swagger moves.
Christian blocks the Doctor Bomb and then Swagger blocks the Killswitch. Swagger tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Christian lands on his feet and he hits an inverted DDT and he gets a near fall. Christian prepares for the spear but Colter distracts him and Swagger tries to capitalize but Christian moves. Christian with a back elbow from the turnbuckles. Swagger with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall. Swagger gets to his feet first and he goes for the double jump Swagger Bomb but Christian gets his knees up. Christian goes to the turnbuckles for a sunset flip but Swagger rolls through and applies the ankle lock.
Christian escapes and he sends Swagger shoulder first into the ring post. Christian with the Killswitch for the three count.
After the match, Damien Sandow’s music plays and he storms to the ring. Sandow demands a microphone and he says that he wants everyone to know that he is issuing a warrant as soon as the authorities arrive. He wants Cody arrested for grand larceny and he demands that Vickie fire Cody because he is a thief.
We all know that there is nothing worse than a thief in the locker room.
Cody Rhodes appears on the TitanTron and he says that he knows that Damien has been looking all over the arena for his briefcase. It turns out that he is not in the arena. He is standing in front of the Gulf of Mexico. He tells Damien if he wants his case, he will give it to him, as long as he comes out to get it.
Damien runs to the back and Cole explains the geography of Corpus Christi.
Sandow storms through the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and Damien is still walking through the back. He leaves the building and he almost gets hit by a car.
Damien begs for Cody not to do anything. He tells Cody not to do anything stupid.
Cody asks Damien if he is calling him stupid and Damien says that he is not.
Damien reminds him that they were best friends and a tag team. He says that Cody was their leader and that Cody is smarter than him. Damien says that Cody is his intellectual superior. He tells Cody that he has better facial hair.
Cody likes what Damien says, and he tells Damien that he has earned it. Cody sends the briefcase into the Gulf of Mexico.
Cody wishes the Little Mermaid luck and he hopes the case floats.
Damien demands that someone help him. Damien says that he cannot swim. The briefcase goes under water and Damien jumps into the water even though he cannot swim.
Damien makes it back to dry land but he does not have his briefcase.
Damien tries to regain his composure as we go to credits.
Since Jesse Sorensen announced on Monday that he had been released from his TNA contract, there's been a lot of outrage and resentment towards TNA for releasing someone who had suffered a broken neck working for the company. That negative response to Sorensen's release certainly amplified the #askdixie Twitter madness that took place over the course of the week when TNA President Dixie Carter began requesting questions from fans for her to answer. That request, obviously, came with the worst possible timing for the online audience. Over the course of the last week, we've heard from a number of people within TNA about the circumstances leading to the decision to release Sorensen, so here is what we have confirmed from the TNA side of things.
As previously noted, Sorensen's release was made from a financial perspective, as the company is re-evaluating just about every employee and seeing where they can streamline things financially to better reflect the financial realities of taking TNA and turning Impact Wrestling into a full-time touring road show, instead of something based out of one location. As we wrote earlier this week, Sorensen was being paid a wage much higher than someone in his usual position as a production assistant would have received. This was TNA trying to help Sorensen as he recovered from his broken neck. At the time of the injury, he was on a TNA deal that paid him per appearance. TNA later signed him to a monthly guarantee where he paid no matter what and he was paid during his recovery period without being asked to do anything.
When TNA went on the road, the decision was made that Sorensen would then put to work as a PA, basically making sure everyone who was needed for the taping had signed in and confirmed they were present, then bringing talents to different areas they were needed for filming of promos, vignettes, etc. So, he was being paid a good salary for 2-3 days' work a month. The mindset behind that, we were told, was to give Sorensen the chance to learn some additional production skills that he could take elsewhere and have some additional work under him. When the financial cutbacks began, TNA found themselves in a position where they began cutting staff - wrestlers and otherwise It is an across the board situation - wrestlers, office, production, etc. are all in the process of being reviewed with some being let go and others being given more responsibility. Sources indicate that when Sorensen came up for review, he was in a position where he was making more than the average TNA staffer that could also handle the responsibilities, but wasn't working full-time. So, it was a case of the company being stuck with a choice of cutting someone who could handle more for less or someone who was being paid a lot more to do very little. From a bottom line perspective, TNA's hands were tied. They were not in a position where they could afford, right not, to keep anyone who they couldn't prove was pulling his weight. In his position, Sorensen wasn't, not in comparison to others who would be cut in his place. Now, some, including myself, have asked why Sorensen wasn't just given a different deal or asked to do more. We are told that Sorensen wanting to return to the ring was another factor that strongly worked against him while the company was reviewing him. There was a feeling within the company that despite the fact they were assisting him and helping him move on to whatever the next stage of his life would be, Sorensen was still pushing TNA to allow him to take independent wrestling dates and even let him back in a TNA ring. So, the company was trying to help him and assist him and he was more interested in getting back in the ring and potentially hurting himself, as opposed to learning more about the production aspect of the company. He wasn't trying to learn production; he was still trying to be one of the boys.
It should be noted that Sorensen's recovery is nothing short of miraculous as he was initially expected to be a permanent quadriplegic. Within days, however, he began being able to walk again and all accounts are that he can do anything he wants physically - but cannot take the physical punishment that comes with contact sports or an activity like pro wrestling. Sorensen, however, has pushed himself to return to the ring and has, at times, trained to return inside the ring we are told. This led to issues with TNA. There were numerous occasions where Sorensen was told he could not take dates without getting himself medically cleared, which just wasn't going to happen given the reality his circumstances. We are told that Sorensen pushing to be allowed to wrestle during the same time that he was being paid higher than normal rates to do very little certainly worked against him.
TNA sources also noted that when Sorensen was first injured, the company did everything in their power to assist him financially and with his medical bills, as well as flying in and paying for his mother to remain with him as he recovered, then signed him to a guaranteed deal in order to make sure he had money coming in. The Sorensen release, by all accounts, was one that TNA did struggle with, especially considering the circumstances. He was well liked personally and TNA sources indicate that they wanted to help him all they could, but they were in a situation where they had to make hard choices, and one of those choices was that Sorensen needed to be released from his contract - especially when he was pushing for things the company wasn't willing to allow him to do.
It should be noted that Sorensen has been soliciting bookings on his Twitter account, so it would appear he is still planning to pursue a return to the ring. So, while he has not publicly stated he would be wrestling, he is certainly looking to make appearances, something that a few people in TNA have expressed concern about privately. Note from Mike: The TNA side of things certainly provides a greater insight into why Sorensen was let go, but the bottom line is the Sorensen release sucks. It sucks for Sorensen. It sucks for TNA's public relations. It just sucks, period, but unfortunately, sometimes that is life. Companies have to make cuts that upset those that work there. It's not like they are slicing contracts apart with glee. They are in a position where they have to make their bottom line work or it's the beginning of the end. They aren't WWE where they have the infrastructure to take care of Sorensen. I don't like that he was released but after speaking to those in the company, I have a better understanding of the situation - but the reality is, it still sucks and I don't think even Dixie Carter would argue that.
Earlier today, Impact Wrestling received the following video via messenger. The envelope was marked with #August1Warning and the subject matter of the video deals with this Thursday's Impact Wrestling Live Spike TV event in Wichita Falls, TX. We do not endorse its content but have been advised to present it "as is". We will have more information on this story as it becomes available.
TNA Impact Wrestling Results Louisville, KY (Broadbent Arena) July 25, 2013 Commentators: Mike Tenay & Jeramy Borash Report by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
Impact opens up with highlights from last week’s Destination X event and then we cut to the ring where the Main Event Mafia walk come down to kick off the show tonight. Everyone but Samoa Joe and Rampage are wearing suits. Joe is dressed for combat while Rampage is just wearing plain street clothes like he always does. Sting says that last week MEM had an incredible night and calls it one of his best nights ever in wrestling because they got to see Chris Sabin beat Bully Ray for the World Title. Sting says that MEM won the first battle in the war against Aces & Eights.
Kurt Angle says the pain that A&8 have caused over the past year is going to come back 10 fold and it’s only a matter of time, but tonight they’re here for a celebration not a fight. Angle says that MEM was reformed to take care of A&8 and to make sure that Bully Ray lost the World Title which was accomplished last week. Angle says the man that accomplished that is an amazing wrestler and then he introduces the NEW World Heavyweight Champion: Chris Sabin!
Sabin comes out with the World Title draped across his shoulder for the first time. Angle hugs Sabin as he climbs into the ring. Sabin thanks MEM for having his back and he says that if it wasn’t for them he may have not been able to win the belt. Sabin says he almost can’t believe he’s standing here as the World Champion and it feels like a dream. Sabin says this is reality and the reality of the situation is now he’s walking around with a giant target on his back. Sabin looks at Joe and Magnus and says that he knows that’s what they want, but he made history last week winning the World Title and he’s all about making history. Sabin says next week he’ll make history again because as his first “decree” as World Champion is he challenges the winner of the Ultimate X tonight to a match next week in a Champion vs. Champion match!
A&8s music interrupts Sabin and former champion Bully Ray walks out onto the stage with a man in a suit. Ray asks if we know who the man with him is and he says that it’s his attorney. The attorney says he’s been retained as legal counsel for Bully Ray and because of the huge injustice that he suffered they have been forced to file a lawsuit against TNA. He says that Sabin can solve this problem by handing the World Title back over to the “true champion” Bully Ray. He says that if he doesn’t the ramifications will go through the wrestling industry and he will crush TNA. The lawyer says not to make him rock their world and he will fight and win for his client. The lawyer says the sound everyone is hearing is the sound of the clock ticking and Sabin has until the end of the night to turn the belt back over.
JB & Tenay run down the card for tonight featuring the Ultimate X and a huge BFG Series Match pitting AJ Styles against Jeff Hardy.
Highlights from the X-Division matches last week are shown.
A vignette hyping up Greg Marasciulo is shown where he says that he’s been wrestling since the age of 15 and he’s here to take someone’s spot.
In the back Hogan is on the phone with someone and tells the camera guy he doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
A vignette hyping up Manik is shown with him actually speaking without the mask. He talks about being homeless while trying to make it as a wrestler and getting robbed at gunpoint in Mexico. He talks about living in Japan in the same dorms that legends like Eddie Guerrero stayed in and getting beat with kendo sticks while training there. He says that Manik is an alter ego for him and offers him a symbol and something to live by.
TNA X-Division Championship Tournament Finals Ultimate X Match Manik vs. Greg Marasciulo vs. “The Playa of the Himalayas” Sonjay Dutt
Neither one of these men have ever held the X-Division Championship (technically the Manik/Suicide character has won it multiple times but not with TJ Perkins under the mask) so we will have a first time champion crowned after this one. Manik and Dutt have both competed in Ultimate X Matches in the past while this is Marasciulo’s debut in the UX. The new fairly ugly X-Division Championship is shown hanging from the cables as the wrestlers make their entrances. The new X-Division Title looks a lot like the NXT Title. As the bell rings Greg attacks Sonjay and shoves Manik to the side. Greg tosses Sonjay out to the floor and then charges at Manik but gets backdropped over the top to the ramp for his troubles. Manik then hits a Springboard Plancha off the top onto Greg on the ramp! Sonjay climbs up top but Manik pulls him down and destroys him with a European Uppercut. Manik then attempts to whip Sonjay into the ropes but Sonjay reverses it and Manik does his Spiderman impression hanging between the ropes. Sonjay charges him but Manik drops down and Sonjay goes flying through the ropes to the floor. Manik looks to setup for a dive but Sonjay trips him from the outside and drags him to the floor. Sonjay quickly slides back into the ring and then flies through the ropes with a dropkick to Manik on the floor. Sonjay then climbs a small ways up one of the corner scaffolds and hits a Moonsault on Manik on the floor! Greg then clotheslines Sonjay before tossing Manik into the side of the ramp. Greg drags Manik onto the ramp and Scoop Slams him onto it! Sonjay starts climbing up one of the scaffolds but Greg pulls him down and connects with a Forearm Smash. Sonjay trips Greg and then hits the ropes and rolls over Greg as Greg dropped down to try and trip him. Sonjay hits the ropes again and Greg leapfrogs him. Greg then rolls backwards to attempt a Monkey Flip but Sonjay somersaults over him and then ducks a clothesline attempt. Sonjay connects with a Hurricanrana and then climbs up to the cables until Greg hits him from behind. Greg then attempts a clothesline but Sonjay ducks and shoves him into the turnbuckles. Sonjay sets up for a suplex but Manik comes running in with a clothesline attempt. Sonjay ducks the clothesline and hooks Manik as well hitting a DDT on Greg and a Flatliner on Manik at the same time! Sonjay climbs up to the top and sees Manik coming at him so he dives off the top avoiding Manik. Sonjay then charges at Manik but Manik uses the corner ropes to lift himself up and over Sonjay and then he connects with a Leaping Neckbreaker! Manik grabs Greg on the apron and attempts a shoulder block through the ropes but Greg sidesteps it and hits a Guillotine Leg Drop Jerry Lynn style on the apron! Greg climbs up top and grabs the cables but Manik pulls him down. Greg whips Manik into the corner and connects with a Running Forearm. He whips Sonjay towards Manik but Manik moves and Sonjay hits the turnbuckles. Greg then charges at them both but eats a mouth full of Manik’s boot. Manik then charges at Greg but Greg kicks him in the gut. He sets up for a Powerbomb but Manik blocks it and then grabs Greg in a wristlock and quickly springs to the top dives into a Springboard Headscissors on Sonjay while also armdragging Greg at the same time lucha style! Greg rolls out to the floor and Manik drop toe holds Sonjay into the ropes. Manik then springs into the corner and over the ropes into a Double Dropkick kicking Sonjay in the ring and Greg on the floor at the same time!
Back from the break Greg hits Manik with that crazy Cradle Back to Belly Piledriver on the ramp! A “this is awesome” chant breaks out. Greg sells a knee injury as he hit the move and then he limps towards the corner and climbs to the top. Greg begins scaling the cables but Sonjay Dutt comes back in and pulls Greg down and as he hits the mat Greg sells the knee again. Sonjay and Greg begin exchanging forearms and chops and then Sonjay whips Greg into the corner and comes flying in with a NASTY Running Mafia Kick! Sonjay then goes to the opposite corner but Greg is right behind with a Flying Knee! Greg then hits the ropes but runs right into a damn Superkick that I think legit knocked a tooth out of Greg’s head! Either that was a MASSIVE glob of spit that went flying or Greg is going to need some dental work done tomorrow! Both men collapse in the ring as Manik is still laid out on the ramp. Earl Hebner walks out and checks on Manik as Sonjay rolls out to the floor and begins scaling one side of the scaffold. Greg scales the other side. Greg kicks at Sonjay’s leg repeatedly and then he climbs up on top of the scaffold! Greg begins climbing towards the center of the X but Sonjay climbs up with him and they begin slapping the hell out of each other! Greg kicks Sonjay and then climbs to the center of the X as Sonjay is in pursuit. Greg punches Sonjay and then teases a damn Superplex off the scaffold! Sonjay blocks it and headbutts Greg and nails him with a series of forearms! Greg slips through the holes in the structure as Manik is now scaling the cables! Greg holds onto the scaffold as Manik hangs from his legs from the cables! Greg stomps on Manik’s hands every time he tries to grab the belt! Greg pulls Sonjay through a hole in the scaffold and as he’s hanging upside down kicks him in the head! Greg finally comes fully down onto the cables and hangs upside down and begins fighting with Manik over the belt. Manik grabs both of Greg’s arms and pulls them off causing Greg to go crashing back first down to the mat! Manik pulls down the belt and falls to the mat winning the X-Division Championship!
Winner & NEW X-Division Champ: Manik via pulling down the belt
Replays of all the action are shown followed by Manik’s celebration with the belt.
Bully Ray talks with Mr. Anderson in the back about making Hogan squirm over the proposed lawsuit. Bully says he’s proud of Anderson being the VP and says that if he had voted he would have voted for Anderson too. He says the VP is very important but what is even more important is the BFG Series and Anderson winning that tournament. Bully tells Anderson to go out and do what he does best, get the job done.
BFG Series Match “Super Mex” Hernandez (7 points) vs. Mr. Anderson (7 points)
Both of these men have 7 points in the BFG Series so a win here would move either man into a tie for 4th Place. Hernandez and Anderson lockup and Anderson gets Mex in a side headlock. Hernandez shoves Anderson into the ropes and Anderson bounces back with a shoulder block attempt but Hernandez doesn’t budge. Hernandez dares him to do it again but Anderson decks him instead. Anderson then hits the ropes but eats a double sledge from Hernandez. Hernandez attempts to whip Anderson into the ropes but Anderson reverses it and attempts a clothesline. Hernandez ducks the clothesline and hits a big Shoulder Block. Anderson rolls out to the apron and Hernandez grabs him but eats a shoulder block through the ropes. Anderson then attempts to Suplex Hernandez out to the floor but Hernandez reverses it and Suplexes Anderson back into the ring for a nearfall. Hernandez picks Anderson up but Anderson pokes him in the eyes and shoves him into the corner. Anderson hits a Corner Splash and then goes to pick Hernandez up but Hernandez kicks him away and then flips backward up to the top rope. Anderson crotches Hernandez on the top and tosses him off for a nearfall. Anderson hits a series of crossfaces and then locks in a Keylock submission. Hernandez fights up to his feet but Anderson brings an elbow down across the back of Super Mex. Anderson whips Hernandez into the ropes and connects with a back elbow for another nearfall. Anderson attempts to whip Hernandez into the corner but Hernandez reverses it and then goes for a splash, but Anderson backdrops him over the top and to the apron. Anderson punches Mex and then hits the ropes but runs right into a Slingshot Shoulder Block from Hernandez! Hernandez follows up with a series of clotheslines and double sledges that sends Anderson retreating to the corner. Hernandez hits a Splash and then lifts Anderson up to his shoulder for a Backbreaker! 1…2…NO Anderson kicks out! Hernandez picks Anderson up but Anderson shoves him away and hits a big right hand. Anderson goes for the Green Bay Plunge but Hernandez blocks it only to eat an elbow. Anderson then hits the ropes but runs right into the Get Off Me! Hernandez runs down to the opposite end of the ramp and goes flying over the ropes with the Air Mexico, but Anderson drops down and Mex crash lands. Anderson then hits the Mic Check for the pin!
Winner: Anderson via pinfall (Mic Check)
Footage of what happened earlier with Bully Ray’s lawyer is shown.
In the back Dixie Carter refuses to answer any questions about the Bully Ray situation.
Eric Young approaches Joseph Park in the back and shows Park some porn on his iPad and then shows footage of his match with Jeff Hardy where he got disqualified. Park says he has no “recollection” of what happened and then EY says he’s worried about Park and he’s “pretty much a scientist now” so he’s going to get to the bottom of this for Park.
Velvet Sky comes down to the ring and says that she wanted to come out and admit to everyone that she made a mistake. She says that mistake wasn’t wrestling with an injury but letting Mickie know that she was injured. She says that it’s her own fault for trusting Mickie and then Mickie took advantage of it to get what she wanted. Velvet says she’ll never make a mistake like that again and moving forward she’s playing things closer to the vest than ever before. Velvet says she’ll sit ringside as she watches Gail & Mickie tear into each other.
TNA Knockouts Championship “Hardcore Country” Mickie James (c) vs. Gail Kim
Mickie shows the title to Velvet and smiles at her at ringside. Mickie & Gail lockup and Gail catches Mickie with an armdrag but Mickie holds onto the collar & elbow tieup. Both girls get to their feet and this time Mickie connects with an armdrag but Gail holds onto the tieup as well. Mickie grabs Gail’s hari and Gail responds in kind but ODB pulls them apart and tells them to cut it out. They lockup again and this time Mickie forces Gail into the corner and kicks her in the gut and then connects with a shoulder block. ODB separates them again and then Gail hits a Forearm Smash. Gail shoves Mickie back into the corner and connects with a series of kicks and forearms until ODB pulls her away. Mickie slaps Gail and then puts her in a Hammerlock but Gail nails her with an elbow and then a leg kick. Gail gets Mickie in a wristlock but Mickie cartwheels into a reversal until Gail slams her to the mat by her hair for a nearfall. Gail gets another nearfall and then puts Mickie in a side headlock. Mickie breaks the hold with elbows until Gail kicks her. Gail then whips Mickie into the ropes and goes for a backdrop but Mickie slams her to the mat by her hair and then connects with a Sliding Dropkick for a nearfall. Gail puts Mickie in a side headlock but Mickie rolls backwards to break the hold and then puts Gail in a side headlock. Gail shoves Mickie into the ropes but then eats a shoulderblock from the champ. Mickie hits the ropes and then cartwheels over Gail as Gail dropped down in front of Mickie to try and trip her up. Mickie goes for a dropkick but Gail sidesteps her and connects with one of her own. Gail follows up with a clothesline for another nearfall. Gail then rolls Mickie up and holds onto the ropes for extra leverage but ODB catches her. ODB gets in Gail’s face and then Gail swings at Mickie but Mickie blocks it and hits a series of forearms. Mickie whips Gail into the corner and charges at her but Gail sidesteps her and hits a Running Back Elbow and then a Running Body Splash! Gail grabs Mickie by the hair from the apron but Mickie slaps her hands away and connects with the Mick Kick sending Gail crashing to the floor! Gail almost get counted out but Gail climbs back on the apron right before the 10 and Mickie grabs her. Gail catches Mickie with a jawbreaker onto the top rope and then pulls her to the corner and attempts the Hanging Figure Four around the post but Mickie kicks her away! Mickie then dives off the apron with a Seated Senton! Mickie rolls Gail back into the ring and connects with a Hangwomans Neckbreaker! 1…2…NO Gail kick out! Mickie covers Gail again but again only gets a two count. Mickie goes for the Mick-DT but Gail counters into an attempt at the Eat Defeat. Mickie blocks it catches Gail with a Flapjack! Mickie taunts Gail and then climbs to the top and dives off, but Gail sidesteps her and then catches Mickie with a Spinning Headscissors into a Hanging Octopus! Mickie grabs the ropes and Gail tries to transition into a rollup but Mickie holds onto the ropes and then hooks Gail’s legs and locks her in a Death Lock. Gail grabs the ropes and then kicks Mickie in the head as she releases the hold. Gail shoves Mickie into the corner and comes flying towards her with a Flying Clothesline attempt but Mickie catches her in midair with her boots. Mickie then goes for the Mickiecanrana but Gail blocks it and counters into a huge Powerbomb! Gail puts her feet on the ropes for added leverage, 1…2…NO ODB looks up and sees Gail using the ropes. Gail gets in ODB’s face and Mickie nails Gail with a series of uppercuts. Mickie then attempts to toss Gail out to the floor but Gail reverses it and Mickie goes flying to the floor. Gail gets in ODB’s face and ODB shoves her. Gail slaps ODB and Mickie slides in and rolls Mickie up! 1…2…3!
Winner & STILL KO Champ: Mickie via pinfall (rollup)
Gail gets pissed and starts screaming at ODB after the match. ODB stops Gail from leaving the ring and gets in her face! Brooke Hogan walks out and says she can’t believe Gail is yet again hitting referees and says she thought Gail learned her lesson last time. Brooke says she’s here to remind Gail that ODB is also an active wrestler and ODB then dares Gail to come at her again as the fans chant “ODB.”
Highlights from the World Title match last week are shown. Footage of Sabin hugging Dixie Carter after the match is shown.
Hogan and Dixie discuss the situation with Bully Ray and says the situation isn’t fair to Sabin. Dixie says no one understands it more than her because she is the one that sat beside Sabin after he blew out his knee a second time and saw the look on his face. Dixie says she doesn’t want this to happen either but sometimes you have to make tough decisions. Hogan says he knows there is procedures and politics and asks if she wants to “tell him” or should he.
BFG Series Match “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe (26 points) vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels (14 points)
Kaz doesn’t come down with Daniels and Joe comes out alone as well. Tenay mentions the long history between Joe & Daniels and says that Daniels has never beaten Joe in one-on-one matches. Joe and Daniels circle each other and Joe catches Daniels with a leg kick. A “Joe’s gonna kill you” chant starts and then they lockup and Joe starts facewashing Daniels with his forearm which pisses Daniels off. They lockup again and Daniels does the same to Joe but Joe catches him with an armdrag and then connects with a series of jabs. Daniels cuts Joe off with a kick to the gut and then hits the ropes but runs into a Back Elbow from Joe. Daniels retreats to the corner and Joe destroys him with repeated jabs. Joe then whips Daniels into the opposite corner and nails him with a Running Back Elbow followed by the Leaping Enziguri! Joe facewashes Daniels in the corner with his boot and then connects with the Ole Kick! Joe hits a front kick on Daniels and then charges at him but Daniels sidesteps him and drop toeholds Joe into the ropes and follows up with a Running Clothesline! Daniels puts the boots to Joe and then chokes him with his knee. Daniels picks Joe up but Joe shoves him away and begins chopping away at Daniels. Daniels comes back with a cross chop and then chokes Joe with his boot in the corner. Daniels then hangs Joe across the top rope and hooks his legs around Joe’s head in a Headscissors while he hangs across the ropes with the rest of his body. Daniels then hits a Slingshot Elbow Drop over the ropes across the back of Joe for a nearfall as he uses the ropes for leverage. Daniels hits a Forearm Smash followed by a series of chops. Daniels hits a Snapmare Takeover and then puts Joe in a Cobra Clutch! Joe breaks the hold with elbows to the gut and then he nails Daniels with a Belly-to-Belly Overhead Suplex! Joe hits a series of clotheslines and then an Atomic Drop followed by a Mafia Kick and then the Backsplash Senton for a nearfall. Joe picks Daniels up but Daniels slaps him and then hits the ropes only to run right into a Snap Powerslam from Joe! 1…2…NO Daniels kicks out! Joe picks Daniels up and Daniels hits a series of palm thrusts but they have no effect on Joe and then he swings a few times, but Joe ducks the shots and then connects with an open hand across the face! 1…2…NO Daniels kicks out! Daniels retreats to the corner and Joe charges at him but Daniels sidesteps and then connects with a huge Uppercut! Daniels charges at Joe but runs right into a massive Uranage Suplex as Joe screams “sit your ass down!” Joe lifts Daniels up to the top rope and goes for the Muscle Buster, but Daniels blocks it and then Mr. Anderson runs out. Joe swings at him and Daniels takes Joe’s legs out and then hits the BME! 1…2…NO Joe kicks out! Daniels follows up with another BME! 1…2…3!
Winner: Daniels via pinfall (BME)
AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy are shown getting ready for the Main Event.
In the back Sting approaches Kurt Angle and he says they have to be on the same page right now but Angle says his concern is with this legal situation right now. Sting says he doesn’t have any ground to stand on here but Angle asks what if he gets what he wants. Sting says they proved Bully can be beat and Angle says when he’s alone he’s vulnerable. Sting says the goal is still the same, take Bully Ray & the rest of Aces out.
JB hypes up the thing they’re doing on impactwrestling.com right now where the fans get to vote on what card they want to see on upcoming episodes of Impact.
Main Event BFG Series Match “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles (12 points) vs. “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy (17 points)
These two have faced off many times in the past having first faced off way back in 2004 at TNA’s 2nd anniversary. Jeff could jump into the #3 or #2 spot with a win here while AJ could jump into the top 4 with a win. AJ and Hardy lockup with AJ getting the advantage with a side headlock. Hardy shoves AJ into the ropes and attempts a clothesline but AJ slides through his legs and puts Hardy into a headlock again. Hardy tries to break the hold but AJ squeezes down on Hardy’s neck. Hardy finally shoves AJ into the ropes and they run into each other. AJ then hits the ropes again but this time Hardy catches him with a big Back Elbow! Hardy slams AJ into the top turnbuckle and then puts the boots to him. Jeff whips AJ into the opposite corner and charges but AJ floats up and over him and then goes for a Back Suplex. Hardy lands on his feet and then catches AJ with a Leaping Mule Kick that sends AJ crashing into the turnbuckles. Hardy follows up with the Hardyac Arrest in the corner.
Back from the break AJ connects with a dropkick flying through the ropes sending Hardy crashing into the announce table! AJ tosses Hardy back into the ring and then he hits a Snapmare Takeover and kicks Hardy in the back. AJ puts Hardy in a chinlock but Hardy fights up to his feet and breaks the hold with elbows. Hardy hits the ropes and charges at AJ but AJ sidesteps him and sends Hardy flying through the ropes to the floor! AJ grabs Hardy by the hair and pulls him up to the apron but Hardy catches him with a jawbreaker. Hardy then charges at AJ but eats a nasty Spinebuster from AJ! AJ puts Hardy in a chinlock again but Hardy fights up to his feet and breaks the hold. Hardy swings at AJ but AJ blocks it and then kicks Hardy and attempts to Springboard out of the corner with a Tornado DDT but Hardy blocks it. Hardy then ducks a clothesline and hits the Alley Oop! AJ & Aries are about the only Main Event guys that Hardy gets to actually use that move with. Both men are down now. Hardy connects with a series of forearms and then attempts to whip AJ into the ropes but AJ reverses it only to eat a Flying Forearm from Hardy! Hardy hits an Atomic Drop and then sweeps AJ’s legs and hits a Leg Drop to the nuts followed by a Basement Dropkick! Hardy hits the ropes and AJ leapfrogs him and then he drops down in front of Hardy and Hardy leaps over him but bounces off the ropes right into a Phenomenal Dropkick! AJ waits for Hardy to get back to his feet and then he goes for a Flying Clothesline but Hardy moves and hits a Front Slam. Hardy then climbs up top and dives off with a Splash! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out! Hardy tries to whip AJ into the corner but AJ holds onto the ropes and then Suplexes Hardy into the turnbuckles! AJ whips Hardy into the corner and then charges but runs right into an elbow from Hardy! Hardy springs to the top and dives off with the Whisper In The Wind! 1…2…NO AJ kicks out and Hardy can’t believe it! Hardy seems to be favoring his leg or hip. Hardy goes for the Twist but AJ blocks it and counters into the Pele! The fans are going nuts right now. AJ catches Hardy with the Calf Killa! Hardy tries to reach the ropes but AJ starts really wrenching back on that leg and Hardy taps! Jeff Hardy taps!
Winner: AJ via submission (Calf Killa)
A pretty loud “you tapped out” chant erupts at Hardy but Hardy ignores it and offers a handshake to AJ, but AJ just looks at Hardy and walks away.
In the back Hogan says he doesn’t want to do what he’s about to do but it has to be done.
Bully Ray comes down to the ring and he says he’s been wronged and has suffered a major injustice. He says that he’s highly offended that everyone in the wrestling world can sit back and praise Sabin for what he did to Bully. Bully says that the man hit Bully in the head with a hammer and asks what kind of man or athlete would ever sink to such a low to hit another man in the head with a hammer to win a match. Bully says that Sabin has no choice but to return the belt and he says he will sue everyone in the company and do whatever it takes to right this wrong. Bully tells Sabin to come out right now and hand the belt back over.
Chris Sabin comes down to the ring and Bully says he won’t say anything negative towards Sabin because he’s obviously come out to do the right thing. Bully says it’s obvious that Sabin is highly intimidated by him so it’s time to hand over his World Title.
Sabin says the real reason he came out is because he wanted to see with his own eyes what a “big fat crybaby” Bully has become. Sabin says he almost had his career taken away from him but he didn’t sit at home and whine and complain like Bully. He says it drove him to become 10 times greater than he ever had and now he’s the World Champion. Sabin says Bully must have been hit in the head one too many times if he thinks Sabin is really about to give the title up. Sabin says Bully will have to pry it away from his cold dead hands.
Bully says he’ll get the belt back by suing him and then he points to a bandage on his forehead and tells Sabin to look at what he did to him. Bully asks Sabin how he can call himself a man after hitting him with a hammer. Bully demands Hulk Hogan come out and return his belt to him.
Hogan comes out onto the ramp with a piece of paper. Hogan says he’s been back and forth with his lawyers reading the contract inside and out, and he does have a counter for Bully. Hogan says it comes with no negotiation and rips up the paper as Bully screams he can’t do that. Hogan says he can do that because he’s the GM and Chris Sabin is and will remain the World Champion! Hogan says fair is fair and per Bully’s contract he does have a rematch clause. Hogan says he understands Bully doesn’t want any outside interference from MEM so Ray will get his rematch on August 15th from Norfolk, VA and on that day there will be justice…HARDCORE JUSTICE! Hogan says Aces & Eights nor Main Event Mafia will be involved and Ray will get his shot at the World Title. Hogan says at Hardcore Justice the TNA Title will be defended inside a Steel Cage!
“Final Thoughts” will be up tomorrow morning.
QUICK RESULTS 1) TNA X-Division Title Ultimate X Match: Manik def. Sonjay Dutt & Greg Marasciulo to win the vacant title! 2) BFG Series: Mr. Anderson def. Hernandez via pinfall (7 points) 3) TNA Knockouts Title: Mickie James (c) def. Gail Kim to retain the title! 4) BFG Series: Daniels def. Samoa Joe via pinfall (7 points) 5) BFG Series: AJ Styles def. Jeff Hardy via submission (10 points)
BFG Series Standings 1) Magnus (49 points) 2) Samoa Joe (26 points) 3) AJ Styles (22 points) 4) Christopher Daniels (21 points) 5) Jeff Hardy (17 points) 6) Austin Aries (14 points) Mr. Anderson (14 points) 7) Hernandez (7 points) 8) Kazarian (0 points) Jay Bradley (0 points) Bobby Roode (0 points) 9) Joseph Park (-10 points)
RUMOR* TAZ Attempted WWE Return, Shot down and Re-signed With TNA
Prior to signing a new contract with TNA, Taz tried very hard to get back in WWE. Specifically, he wanted to return in time for WWE’s recent RAW taping from Brooklyn, NY. Taz called several people in WWE, but it soon became obvious that Executive Producer Kevin Dunn had no interest in bringing him back.
During a recent production meeting, WWE EVP Triple H said, “TNA doesn’t have anyone we need.”
WWE Monday Night RAW Results Austin, Texas July 22, 2013 Commentators: Jerry Lawler, JBL & Michael Cole Report by: David Stephens of Wrestleview.com
The lights are out and a drumroll plays. Brad Maddox is in the ring to welcome us live to Monday Night RAW in Austin, Texas. There is a table set up in the ring and Maddox announces that RAW is going to kick off with a contract signing for the Summerslam Main Event.
Cena’s music hits first and he comes down to the ring and takes a seat at the table set up. Maddox asks why Cena chose Daniel Bryan when he could have chosen literally any wrestler on the active roster. Cena responds by saying that he chose Bryan because of Maddox. Cena says that Maddox gave him the choice and the crowd clearly wanted Bryan so that’s why he chose him. Maddox counters by saying that maybe Cena only chose Bryan because he knows he can beat him. Maddox tosses a few more accusations out about Bryan but then seems to lose his place. Cena tries to help him recover as Bryan’s music hits.
Daniel Bryan makes his way his way to the ring amidst the cheers of the crowd. Bryan says that the crowd clearly disagrees with Maddox. Brad asks Bryan why he thinks he was chosen. Cena doesn’t let him answer and instead gets to his feet. Cena is mad at Maddox for knocking Bryan for not being as large or strong as Cena.
Cena says that if size is a determinate then Maddox should go hand the belt to The Great Khali. Cena tosses the belt towards Maddox. Cena turns to Bryan and says that he received the Title opportunity because he deserves it. Cena says we don’t know if Bryan would have been in this match if he didn’t pick him, but that doesn’t matter because he is in the match. Gotcha.
Cena says that he is not just going to hand the Title over to Bryan. He is going to fight with everything he has. Forget how good Bryan might be, the best won’t be enough to be Cena.
Bryan starts to talk but Maddox interrupts and announces that the match is official. Bryan tells him not to interrupt. Maddox wants to know if Bryan is sure he wants to compete in the match. Maddox is going to give Bryan a match on RAW to prove to his detractors that he has what it takes. Maddox then corrects himself and says that Bryan will be in multiple matches tonight on RAW. Maddox doesn’t think Bryan will be up to the challenge. Maddox and Bryan close the segment by going back and forth shouting yes and no.
Sheamus v. Alberto Del Rio
They brawl at the start and Alberto unloads with a series of kicks. Sheamus fights back with a clothesline but is knocked to the mat. Sheamus is whipped into the ropes and receives a knee to the gut. An ad pops onto the screen that encourages the audience to buy Doritos. I’m now walking over to my cabinet and getting some.
Ah the joy of being controlled by the media. Back in the ring Sheamus is on the mat and Alberto lifts him to his feet. Alberto is looking for a tornado DDT in the corner but Sheamus fights him down. Alberto tries to apply a Cross Arm breaker against the ropes. Sheamus uses his strength to lift Rio up and punches him in the face.
Back from the break Sheamus charges after Alberto Del Rio. The referee breaks them up in the corner but Sheamus is fired up. Sheamus has a large bruise on his left leg from the Money in the Bank PPV. Alberto tries for a cover, but Sheamus kicks out. Alberto continues the attack on a grounded Sheamus and kicks him in the back of the head. Alberto uses the ropes to apply pressure as he presses his boot against Sheamus’ face. Del Rio charges at Sheamus for a slide, but Sheamus moves out of the way and Rio ends up on the apron. Sheamus seizes the opportunity and let’s loose with the clubbing blows.
Rio is able to stagger Sheamus with a few kicks but is caught with an Irish Curse Backbreaker. It’s not enough to put Del Rio away. Sheamus looks to go for White Noise but Sheamus lacks the strength in his leg to hold up his opponent. Rio counters into a roll up and quickly escapes the ring after his win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
There is a stunningly beautiful new interviewer backstage to interview Booker T and Teddy Long. It’s a nice visual upgrade from Matt Striker. She asks about the decision of Vince McMahon to promote Vickie Guerrero to be GM of Smackdown. Booker T says that he is shocked. Long is furious. He says that he spent three long months filling in for Booker and took a lot of abuse. Last week Vickie had him removed from the building. Booker is not amused and threatens to have Long escorted from the building. Teddy retorts that since Vince did not make Long the GM, he offers that maybe the right decision was made.
Christian v. Titus O’Neil w/ Darren Young
Christian received a mild reaction and he shows his frustration at the reception as he takes to the ramp.
Titus starts the match off with a punch at Christian. Christian flies off the second rope but is caught for a backbreaker. Titus kicks Christian in the side, which sends him rolling out of the ring. Darren Young sweeps in for a cheap shot. Titus tosses Christian into the ring from the apron and tries for a cover. Christian kicks out. Titus drops a few legs and goes for the cover. Christian kicks out. Titus stretches Christian out and applies an abdominal stretch. Christian does not tap – disappointing fans of Kayfabe: The Movie.
Titus has Christian on the ground in the corner and delivers a few kicks, blowing a whistle as he hits each move. Christian starts to fight back and connects with a missile dropkick. He connects with a few shoulder blocks and then sets Titus up on the second rope so he can jump down for a punch. Christian jumps from the second rope for a crossbody. Christian looks for the Killswitch, but Young jumps up on the apron. Christian stops the move to hit Young but Titus hits him with a high boot. Cover, but Christian kicks out. Titus tries to go for the finish but Christian reverses and hits the Killswitch.
Josh Mathews is in the back with Ryback. He asks him about his demolition of Jericho on Smackdown. He asks if he gets joy out of hurting others. Ryback says that he does. He hates average people like Josh and the WWE Universe. Whether its taking lunch money on the playground or taking whatever he wants, Ryback will continue to do it. He says that he should intimidate people.
Mark Henry’s music hits. He has recently signed a new three-year deal with the company. Henry comes out to the ring and says he is proud of the fact that he was born and raised a Texan. He also says that he is proud with the effort he put into his Championship match against John Cena. He is, however, not pleased with the attack from The Shield last week. Henry says that his heart does not pump Kool-Aid. He is not going to bore the audience so invites The Shield to come out right now.
The Shield must have sensed that Henry would call them out because they are already in position to enter from the crowd. They make their way down and surround the ring. The crowd starts to chant for Henry. The members of the Shield slowly get into the ring. Henry charges and takes the attack to them. The number game looks to catch up to Henry in the corner. The crowd begins to boo as The Shield take control.
The Usos music this and they charge down to the ring. They help Henry take back control. Henry tosses the Usos out of the way as he goes after The Shield. Roman is the last member left in the ring. He gets a double superkick. Henry hits a hard splash. The Shield is left with no option other than to escape up and through the crowd.
Daniel Bryan is in the back with John Cena. Bryan asks if Cena is here to wish him luck. Cena says that Maddox was nervous in the ring earlier and doesn’t think that Maddox is making his decisions on his own. Bryan says that he will go out and take on whatever challenges are presented. Bryan says that tonight he is going to fight and he is going to win. Bryan says that he is going to do it by himself. Bryan tells Cena that if he comes out or gets involved in any of Bryan’s matches tonight then he will know that everything Cena said in the ring earlier was crap.
Dolph Ziggler v. Darren Young
Ziggler dodges a couple blows and taunts his opponent. Ziggler hits a high dropkick and goes for the cover. Young kicks out. Young sends Ziggler into the turnbuckle with a side slam. Cover, but Ziggler kicks out. Young looks to a rear headlock. Ziggler backs Young into the corner but Young pushes back into the ring. Ziggler ultimately capitalizes with a Zig Zag that ends the match.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match Big E. Langston and AJ Lee charges down to eh ring. Langston looks to go on the attack but Ziggler is having none of it. Dolph uses his speed to first toss Langston out of the ring and then jumps out himself as Langston rolls back inside.
The Miz is in the ring with a slew of Divas and welcomes us to Miz TV. He has the cast of Total Divas seated in the ring. Video promo airs for the new show.
Miz introduces the girls and then says that he wants to turn things over to Jerry Lawler. The commentator looks confused but gets into the ring. He points out that he doesn’t know a couple of the girls and is introduced to Jojo and Eva Marie. Eva says she is here to make a name for herself and then slaps Lawler across the face. Music plays and after a few moments the Divas get up and wave to the audience. So ends an abysmal and awkward segment.
Triple H walks into Maddox’s office. He is upset that Maddox thinks Bryan is small, weak and not Championship material. HHH says that it sounds like someone has put words in Brad’s mouth. HHH says he doesn’t care what the old man thinks. HHH says that he believes Bryan may be the future of the company. No matter how much is thrown at him, Bryan has the determination to succeed. HHH says that there are two trains leaving the station. One train is the future, and one is a dead end.
As Trips walks away Stephanie walks into the shot. She says that she knows that the family can be annoying but she is going to have some good ideas coming Brad’s way.
Fandango and Summer Rae dance their way down to the ring. The silhouette is again hanging from the ceiling. This time all of the pyro does light.
Fandango w/ Summer Rae v. Cody Rhodes
Damien Sandow joins commentary for this match.
Cody starts strong and attempts a pinfall. Fandango kicks out. Fandango slams Cody into the turnbuckle and goes for the cover, Cody kicks out. Fandango applies a side headlock and the crowd begins to chant for Summer Rae. Fandango releases the hold and struts before returning to the headlock. Cody fights to get back to his feet. Cody sets Fandango up in the corner and lifts him up to kick him in the gut. Cody attempts a moonsault but it does not really connect. Fandango rolls out of the ring for a moment before sliding back in. Sandow gets up on the apron with the MitB briefcase and looks for a cheap shot. Cody sees him and hits a Disaster Kick, which also connects with Fandango. Cross Rhodes connects and this match is over.
Winner: Cody Rhodes
CM Punk’s music hits and he makes his way down to the ring. He recaps last week’s episode in which Brock Lesnar attacked Punk and chucked him around the ringside area. Punk says that despite all of that he kept getting back up. Punk puts over how banged up his is and states that despite it all he keeps standing. Lesnar can beat Punk down, but he can’t keep Punk down. Punk recites the accolades of Lesnar. Punk says that Lesnar’s biggest weapon has always been about one thing – fear. Punk says that he has seen some of the toughest men he has ever shared a locker room with be in fear of Lesnar. Punk says that he is not afraid of Lesnar.
Punk then shifts the subject to Paul Heyman. CM claims that Heyman made the wrong decision and now he is going to pay for it for the rest of his life. Punk says that he is not going to stop until Lesnar goes back to the hype that he hides in. Punk says that this is his ring. He says he would defend that claim against anyone past or present. Punk addresses Heyman and says that he will get his hands on Heyman and tear him apart. Punk says he won’t pretend that Lesnar is not a monster. However, CM counters that monsters are put on this earth to be slaughtered. Punk says that he wants the match at Summerslam against Lesnar. Punk says that he wants The Best v. The Beast.
Heyman appears on the Titantron live via satellite and says that he appreciates that match Title. Punk asks if that satellite feed is real or if Heyman is backstage because he will come drag him out of the hole he is hiding in by the fat of his neck. Heyman says that neither he nor Lesnar will appear in Texas.
Show me a hero and I’ll show you a coward that has run out of options, or a fool that doesn’t know how to stay down. Heyman asks if Punk is a coward or a fool. Punk responds that he’ll let them know at Summerslam. Punk is fired up about the satellite feed and tells Heyman that he will travel to wherever he is located for the encounter. Heyman says that Punk is beat up from the attack of Brock Lesnar last week. Heyman says that the challenge for Summerslam has been accepted. Heyman does however tell Punk to stop calling it the best v. the beast – because the best is the beast. Heyman says that Lesnar is his best friend in the world.
Rob Van Dam v. Wade Barrett
They brawl at the start and the action spills outside of the ring. Wade takes the advantage as they get back into the ring. He punches at RVD in the corner. RVD is set up between the ropes and Wade connects with a kick. RVD looks to stumble out of the ring but gets caught against the top rope. Wade is now bleeding from the mouth and/or nose. Wade cinches on a headlock to regain his bearings. RVD kicks Wade and then leaps up to the top rope and bounces back with a kick. RVD hits Rolling Thunder and goes for the cover. RVD hops up to the top rope and leaps towards a standing Wade with a somersault plancha. Cover, but Wade kicks out. RVD looks for a cartwheel shoulder thrust but misses. RVD retains control as he plants Wade down to the mat. RVD leaps up to the top turnbuckle once again and connects with a 5 Star Frog Splash for the win.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Daniel Bryan is set to be in action for an indeterminate number of matches. His music hits and he makes his way down to the ring.
The Real Americans’ music hits and Zeb Colter makes his way out with Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro. Zeb tells the history of Steve Austin, not the wrestler, but the crowd doesn’t seem to sense the difference. Zeb says that the fans that chant yes are stupid. Zeb says that Bryan is taking a handout to face Cena for the Title. Zeb says that Bryan is going to find out tonight what it is like to be in the ring with a Real American.
Daniel Bryan v. Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter & Antonio Cesaro
Swagger pushes Bryan back into the corner and then connects with some punches. Bryan punches his way free but is lifter overhead. Bryan scurries down and goes for a roll up. Swagger kicks out. Bryan is caught with a knee to the gut and hits the mat. Swagger follows with a shoulder block. Swagger places his hand over his heart and then stomps on Bryan. Swagger continues to knee Bryan in the corner. Swagger is backed off by the referee. Jack heads back towards Bryan but is knocked out of the ring. Bryan flies toward him for a suicide dive, but Swagger senses the move and punches Bryan. Swagger sticks his tongue out and throws up some gang sign before hitting a second rope splash. Swagger is looking for the finish but Bryan counters into a yes lock. Antonio and Zeb are talking and do not realize that their partner is tapping.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan v. Antonio Cesaro
Hoping to pick off where his partner left out, Cesaro starts out strong. Bryan is able to stay alive and then stands on Cesaro’s calves. Antonio gets back to his feet and drops an elbow. Cesaro sizes up his opponent. Bryan gets to his feet only to be placed in a rear headlock. Cesaro keeps him from getting up. Bryan continues to be worn out and is forced to use his elbows to escape. Bryan is whipped into the corner but flips out and hits a clothesline after running the ropes. Bryan starts to hulk up and delivers several strong kicks as the crowd chants along with each strike. Cesaro ducks a kick and tries to go back to the headlock. Cesaro is in the corner and gets caught with first one and then another charging delayed dropkick.
Bryan fights back to his feet and heads to the top turnbuckle. Swagger jumps up for a distraction. Bryan flies into the ring but is hit with a hard uppercut. Cover, but Bryan kicks out.
Back from the break Bryan tries for a quick pin. Cesaro kicks out. Bryan is lifted up with a gutwrench and falls hard to the mat. Bryan is back on his feet with a slew of punches. Cesaro responds by lifting up Bryan for a high slam. Cesaro charges at Bryan in the corner but is blocked. Bryan hits a huge German Suplex and looks for the cover. Cesaro kicks out. They continue to fight back and forth until Bryan is set up on the top turnbuckle. Cesaro attempts to suplex Bryan but Bryan is able to fight him off. Cesaro tries again but Bryan moves out of the way. Cesaro is caught in a tree of woe. Bryan charges from across the ring and hits a dropkick. Bryan sets Cesaro up and attempts an overhead suplex, but Cesaro counters as they hit the mat. Cover, but Bryan kicks out.
Both men are on their feet and exchange uppercuts. Cesaro starts to absolutely unload on Bryan with uppercut after uppercut. Cesaro delivers one final arm lariat that flips Bryan inside out. Cover, but Bryan kicks out. The crowd begins to chant, “this is awesome”. Cesaro tries to lift up Bryan for a Neutralizer, but Bryan flips him overhead. Antonio goes back to the uppercuts. Bryan gets in a few shots of his own. He locks up Antonio’s legs and hits a string of hard punches. Cesaro rolls out of the ring to confer with Swagger. Bryan flies out at both with a suicide dive. Cesaro is sent back into the ring. Bryan looks for a leap but Cesaro moves out of the way. Antonio tries to hit an uppercut but Bryan spins through to counter and gets the pin.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Brad Maddox is in his office with Alex Riley. Where the hell did Alex Riley come from? Riley says that Bryan has survived his matches tonight. Maddox smugly grins and says we have to wait to see if he will beat his next opponent.
Daniel Bryan v. Ryback
Bryan charges at Ryback but is pushed back. Bryan again goes after his opponent and hits an uppercut. Ryback fights back and then grabs Bryan and chucks him across the ring. Ryback stands over his foe and yells for him to get up. Ryback tells Bryan that he is a little man in a big man’s world. Ryback whips Bryan hard into the corner and he takes it sternum first. The crowd chants, “you can’t wrestle” at Ryback. Cover, but Bryan kicks out. Ryback applies a rear headlock and says that this is too easy. Ryback runs the ropes but is caught in a Boston Crab. Ryback is able to make his way to the bottom rope. The crowd has died as Ryback has taken control. Cover, but Bryan kicks out.
Ryback is looking for the Meathook. Bryan counters with a knee to the jaw. Bryan charges towards Ryback and connects with a dropkick. Bryan follows with another. Ryback responds with a clothesline. Cover, but Bryan kicks out. Ryback heads out of the ring and sets up a table on the outside. Bryan flies out of the ring and clears the table as he crashes into Ryback. Bryan tries to lift Ryback to his feet but is tosses into the steel steps. Ryback looks back at the table and sets it up right where he wants it. Bryan rolls back into the ring and Ryback follows.
Bryan unloads with several kicks on Ryback as the crowd gets back into the match. Bryan is lifted up for a Powerbomb but counters into a roll up. Ryback kicks out. Bryan looks for the Yes Lock but Ryback lifts him off by the hair. Bryan heads up to the top rope. Ryback counters the move but Bryan cinches on a Yes Lock. Ryback is in the middle of the ring. Ryback is eventually up to fight his way free and heads out of the ring. Bryan runs off the apron at him but is powerbombed to the outside. Ryback lifts Bryan back up into the air and then slams him through the table.
Winner via DQ: Daniel Bryan
After the match ends John Cena charges down to the ring. Cena goes after Ryback and chases him towards the back. Cena grabs a microphone and scolds Ryback for tossing Bryan through a Title after he has been fighting for the past half hour. Cena challenges Ryback to a tables match next week on RAW.
Brad Maddox is in the back as Vince McMahon walks out. He says he is going to grant that match for next week. Vince asks what he is going to do about Daniel Bryan. Vince says that Maddox cannot let Bryan go without fighting next week. Vince tells him to have Bryan face a friend. Brad announces that next week we will see Daniel Bryan versus Kane.
The camera cuts back to the ring as the audience chants along with Bryan. Cena looks on from the outside.
TNA Wrestler Jesse Sorensen, whom was also a Marketing Assistant for the company recently, has been released from his TNA obligations. Jesse confirmed the news on his Twitter account earlier today. Here is what he wrote:
"I have officially been released by @IMPACTWRESTLING Would like to say thank you to my supportive family, friends & fans."
Sorensen made his debut for TNA on the July 7, 2011, edition of Impact Wrestling as part of the X Division Showcase tournament.
--Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer is reporting TNA President Dixie Carter held a 'pep talk" with talent prior to the Destination X show in Louisville on Thursday. Carter told those in attendance that everything was fine with the company despite several recent talent cuts and noted there is much misunderstanding and the reason for cuts was to make the promotion stronger going forward.
--Eric Bischoff has assumed the role of head of creative on the heels of Bruce Prichard's departure.
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