It appears that at least for right now, WWE is going with the assumption that The Rock won't be back next year as a short-term character as he has been for the past three years.
According to information given to a major licensee this past week, they were told not to produce any merchandise involving The Rock. They were told he could be used as far as a group shot of Superstars goes but not to produce anything specific because he was not going to be featured until 2015.
This was taken as a sign that The Rock is not going to do WrestleMania XXX. We still don't know if Rock has said this or not to WWE officials. It could be that an assumption was made over the call to not merchandise him individually.
"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
The Smackdown video plays, and we're brought into the arena as Lilian Garcia asks the crowd to welcome Vickie Guerrero, the General Manager of Smackdown. Vickie is standing in the center of the ring. She welcomes the crowd to Smackdown. On behalf of the entire McMahon Family, as she has cleared the air with Triple H since she has left Monday Night RAW, it is with great excitement that she introduces the new WWE Champion, Randy Orton.
WWE Champion Randy Orton comes out to the ring to some boos from the crowd. Vickie Guerrero meets him on the ramp and goes for a hug, but he just stares at her. They then shake hands, and he enters the ring. Orton poses on the turnbuckle with the WWE Championship as the crowd gives him the old Bronx cheer. Orton says as the new WWE Champion, he promises to give the crowd what they want and what they deserve as champion. He promises that they will aspire to be him, and he will be a role model. What does a role model do? A role model tells the truth, and that's exactly what he did. He told the truth to everyone, especially to Daniel Bryan, when he successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank contract as he said they would never see it coming.
None of them, including Daniel Bryan, should be surprised at what happened. He should be surprised. Sunday night at Summerslam, he didn't know that Triple H was going to Pedigree Bryan. What would the people in the crowd have done? He's not one to pass up an opportunity literally lying right in front of him. Orton says he did not need Triple H's help, just like he didn't need The Shield's help on RAW. Although he greatly appreciates the support from the entire McMahon Family, he wants to ask the crowd for their support as well. The crowd boos him and chants "NO!" Orton says he's not only the WWE Champion; he's also the face of the WWE.
Daniel Bryan's music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to a great reception. The crowd chants "YES" as he gets in the ring. Bryan says before he addresses the "face of the WWE," he wants to finish saying what he was going to say on RAW before Stephanie McMahon rudely interrupted him. It's a short message to John Cena. Bryan says, "John, thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to wrestle you at Summerslam. Thank you for being bold enough and courageous enough to wrestle with a torn triceps. Because even if I was only better than you for just one day, that opportunity allowed me to feel what it feels like to be the WWE Champion." Bryan says as far as Orton is concerned, it's time for that face to change. The crowd chants "YES!"
Bryan says the crowd has to understand. He doesn't look like Randy Orton. Orton is chiseled, tall, and he's pretty. The crowd laughs at Orton. Bryan says he can see why Triple H likes him so much. Orton is just so pretty and arrogant. Why shouldn't he be? He's been handed every opportunity here in WWE. He's created his own success. However, Orton's opportunities have come because his father was here, his grandfather was here, and he was given the genetic golden ticket to be here in the WWE. Bryan then sarcastically goes back to how he can't get over how pretty Orton is. Bryan asks the crowd to give it up for how pretty Randy Orton is. Bryan says he's so pretty, it makes him want to kick Orton in the face. Orton starts laughing as the crowd chants "YES!"
Bryan says he had to scratch and claw for every opportunity. He had to wrestle in every dirty high school gymnasium all over the country and world. He had to wrestle on staph infested mats all over the place and sleep in his car just to get an ounce of respect. He had to climb the ladder of success step-by-step. Bryan says he's not tall, and he certainly isn't pretty, but he can wrestle, and he can beat Orton. Bryan says he can beat him for the title. Bryan says he is entitled a rematch for the WWE Championship, and he wants the rematch to happen tonight. Bryan leads the crowd in a great "YES" chant.
Orton calls Bryan "short stuff" as he says he'll have to wait for Night of Champions. Orton stands close to Bryan as he raises the WWE Championship above his head. Orton turns to leave, but then he goes for an RKO. Bryan pushes him off, but Orton hangs onto the ropes. Bryan then dropkicks him over the top rope! Bryan yells for Orton to get back in the ring, but he just backs off. Bryan gets the crowd going with a "YES" chant as his music plays.
Christian will take on Alberto Del Rio in a non-title Summerslam rematch.
Curtis Axel is seen walking with Paul Heyman backstage. He'll be in action, next.
Vickie Guerrero is on the phone talking about how Daniel Bryan wasn't supposed to be out there. It was supposed to be Randy Orton's moment. She says someone needs to teach that little troll a lesson before hanging up. Wade Barrett comes up to her. Barrett says it seems like him, the McMahon Family, and her have something in common. They have a mutual dislike of Daniel Bryan. As a former champion, Bryan gets a rematch against Orton for the WWE Championship, but he wants to make sure that never happens. Barrett asks her to put him in a match with Bryan, and he guarantees that will be the last she will see of Bryan. Vickie says she could make it a No Holds Barred or Extreme Rules match, but she's going to have it be in a Steel Cage match. They both smile.
Cody Rhodes vs. Curtis Axel w/ Paul Heyman
A replay is shown of CM Punk viciously beating Curtis Axel down on this past Monday's RAW. Heyman was forced to watch his young client go down from afar.
The bell rings, and they circle the ring. Axel kicks him down in the corner before the referee backs him up. Rhodes catches him with a back elbow before applying a waistlock. Axel applies one of his own, but Rhodes pulls his leg out. Rhodes hits the ropes, and Axel takes him down with a nice dropkick. Rhodes pushes him away and charges, but Axel gives him a back body drop to the apron. Rhodes shoulders him before hitting a springboard dropkick for a two count.
Axel rolls out of the ring to recover, so Rhodes goes to the top rope. Axel sees this, and he moves. Rhodes gets on the apron to chase him, but Axel sweeps the feet. Rhodes hits the apron hard. Rhodes falls to the outside, and Axel drives him spine-first into the edge of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Axel dropping some forearms on Rhodes for a two count. Axel hits a snapmare before hitting a rolling neck snapper for a two count. Axel applies a chin lock, but Rhodes quickly fights up. Rhodes elbows out and whips him to the corner, but Axel slides on his feet and connects with a clothesline. Axel goes to the second rope, but Rhodes avoids the diving elbow. Rhodes punches him before having a whip reversed. Rhodes drops down and uppercuts him. Rhodes hangs him up on the top rope and kicks him in the midsection, a la Hardcore Holly. Axel then ducks a Disaster Kick. Axel kicks him down and sends him to the corner, but Rhodes catches him with a rollup for a near fall. Rhodes quickly takes him down with a clothesline.
Rhodes goes to the top rope, but Heyman distracts him by stomping up the ring steps. Axel shakes the ropes, and Rhodes is crotched on the top rope. Axel follows up with the hangman's face-buster for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Curtis Axel Match Rating: * 1/2
Paul Heyman stands in the ring with his client. Heyman says he stands before the crowd a man who is not just in pain, but agony. That agony is a direct result of the actions by CM Punk. The crowd chants Punk's name. Heyman says they will choke on their cheers. He's not talking about the obvious physical pain he's in. He's in emotional distress because a man whom he once considered to be his best friend and an athlete he guided to being the "Best in the World" has been reduced to being a sad, pathetic loser. Heyman says CM Punk was pinned by Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. Instead of accepting defeat like a man and acknowledging his loss, Punk went off the rails.
Punk is on a downward spiral. His actions on RAW were befitting a madman. Without Paul Heyman in his corner, Punk never stood a chance against Brock Lesnar. Without Paul Heyman, CM Punk is lost, while with Paul Heyman, Curtis Axel has found himself. His client is filled with confidence. His client has notched many victories, which is why no one can defeat Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Championship.
Curtis Axel takes the microphone, and he says the problem is Punk doesn't deserve an Intercontinental Championship match. The man is so jealous that Heyman has been paying more attention to him that he assaulted him with a chair on Monday night. Axel says he wants to finish the job that Brock Lesnar started at Summerslam. Axel challenges Punk to a match live on Monday Night RAW. Axel says his future is better than Punk's. He's more athletic than him, and he has someone in his corner named Paul Heyman.
Daniel Bryan will take on Wade Barrett in a Steel Cage match later tonight.
Dolph Ziggler is seen on split screen with AJ Lee and Big E Langston occupying the other side. Ziggler and Langston will fight, next.
Big E Langston w/ AJ Lee vs. Dolph Ziggler
Before the match begins, Langston attacks Ziggler as he enters the ring. Langston unloads on him with punches in the corner before bouncing him chest first off the turnbuckle. The referee admonishes Langston and orders him to back up. Langston charges Ziggler again, and the referee yells at him. The referee checks on Ziggler, and he says he's OK.
The bell rings, and Ziggler sidesteps Langston. Ziggler punches him before Langston pushes him into the ropes and hits a big flapjack for a two count. Langston punches away at him before hitting a big splash for another two count. Langston applies a chin lock, but Ziggler fights up and hits a jawbreaker. Ziggler sidesteps him in the corner, and Langston hits the ring post shoulder first. Ziggler hits an avalanche in the corner before hitting a neckbreaker. Ziggler hits a dropkick before going for a famouser. Langston counters by getting him in position for a powerbomb, but Ziggler counters into a sit-out face-buster for a two count.
AJ punches Ziggler in the face as the referee's back was turned. Langston viciously clotheslines Ziggler for a near fall. Langston goes for the Big Ending, but Ziggler slides off and connects with a Zig-Zag for the win. AJ Lee screams at ringside.
Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler Match Rating: *
Christian will take on Alberto Del Rio in a non-title Summerslam rematch, next.
Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio
They circle the ring and lock up. Del Rio powers Christian to the corner, and the referee tries to back him up. Del Rio sucker punches him in the gut before kicking him down. Del Rio kicks and punches him before the referee backs him up. Del Rio charges, but Christian gives him a back body drop over the top rope. Christian then takes him out with a baseball slide that sends Del Rio ribs first into the barricade. Christian punches and puts him in the ring, but Del Rio slides out. Christian goes to the top rope to splash him, but Del Rio goes up the ramp to avoid him. Christian stares at him from the ring.
We come back from the break to see Del Rio kicking away at Christian's leg. Del Rio backs up, and Christian uppercuts him a few times. During the commercial break, Del Rio slammed Christian's arm off the commentary table a few times. Christian goes to the second rope for a tornado DDT, but Del Rio gets out of the headlock and pushes him over the top rope to the outside!
Del Rio goes outside, and he kicks away at him. Del Rio throws him into the ring and covers for a near fall. Del Rio applies an overhead wristlock, but Christian fights up and punches out. Christian hits the ropes and kicks him in the face. Christian hits the ropes again, but this time Del Rio catches him with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near fall. Del Rio quickly gets him on the ropes and twists his arm around one. Del Rio taunts the crowd before going for a splash, but Christian avoids it.
Christian snaps Del Rio off the top rope, and he gets the crowd clapping with him. Del Rio gets back in the ring and tries for a clothesline, but Christian ducks. Christian has a whip reversed, but he takes him down with a running forearm. Christian punches him in the corner before catching him with a back body drop. Christian goes to the top rope, but Del Rio avoids the cross-body block. Del Rio quickly connects with a low dropkick to the face for a near fall. Del Rio head-butts away at him before missing an enzuigiri. Christian executes a nice springboard sunset flip for a near fall.
Christian stuns him with a punch before going to the second rope. Del Rio avoids a missile dropkick and goes for a Cross Arm Breaker, but Christian rolls through. Christian boots him in the face before connecting with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Christian gets the crowd ready for a spear, but Del Rio gets out of the ring to avoid it. Christian follows him outside, and Del Rio goes back in. Del Rio tries to attack as Christian reenters the ring, but he avoids it. Christian uppercuts him and goes to the top rope. Del Rio then catches him with an enzuigiri off the top rope for a near fall. Del Rio cannot believe it.
Del Rio pulls his kneepad down as he waits for Christian to get up. Christian blocks a kick and goes for the Killswitch, but Del Rio pushes him off. Del Rio sidesteps Christian as he charges him, and he sends him into the ring post shoulder first. Del Rio goes to the second rope, grabs the arm, and executes a Cross Arm Breaker. Christian tries to hold his hands to relieve the pressure, but Del Rio soon gets it fully applied. Christian has no choice but to tap out.
Winner by Submission: Alberto Del Rio Match Rating: ** 1/4
Alberto Del Rio thanks all the Latinos. Del Rio says he knows how the Mexicans and Latinos look up to him. Del Rio says he knows how they all want to be the next Alberto Del Rio, but there is only one. You cannot be like him because they're peasants. Del Rio tells them to relax. That doesn't mean that just because they are the son or daughter of a peasant that they have to be a peasant. They can be something better. Just follow the leader to greatness - the great Alberto Del Rio.
Ricardo Rodriguez comes out to the stage sarcastically saying Del Rio's last name. Rodriguez tells Del Rio to stop. He says he has a little bit of a problem. Del Rio said the crowd can follow him to greatness, but Rodriguez doesn't agree. Rodriguez says the man who is with him exemplifies greatness every single night every opportunity he gets. He doesn't look down on people - he stands up for them: Rob Van Dam!
RVD makes his way to the ring to a great reception. Christian takes Del Rio out with a missile dropkick, and RVD connects with the Rolling Thunder. Del Rio quickly gets out of the ring holding his ribs. Rodriguez holds the World Heavyweight Championship as RVD does his taunt. They then hold the championship together.
A replay is aired of what happened earlier in the night between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. Bryan will face Wade Barrett in a Steel Cage match in the main event.
3MB vs. Big Show and Mark Henry
Big Show will start out against Heath Slater. Big Show pushes Slater against the ropes and chops the chest before bouncing him head first off the turnbuckle. Mark Henry is tagged in, and he grabs Slater by the neck. Slater fights him off and hits the ropes, but Henry mauls him with a clothesline. Henry throws him to the corner before hitting a big boot. Henry stands over him and goes for a seated senton, but Slater moves. Drew McIntyre is tagged in, and he punches away at Henry. Jinder Mahal is then tagged in, and he kicks away at Henry. Mahal punches and talks trash before tagging Slater back in. Slater kicks him in the head a few times before taunting the crowd. Slater hits some jabs before hitting the ropes. Henry then turns him inside out with a shoulder tackle.
Big Show and McIntyre are tagged in. Big Show hits a pair of clotheslines before sending him to the corner for a back body drop. Big Show then kicks Mahal off the apron. Big Show hits a running butt bump on McIntyre before hitting a shoulder tackle. Big Show signals for his finisher, and he Chokeslams McIntyre. Slater breaks it up. Big Show grabs him by the throat and pushes him into Henry, who gives him the World's Strongest Slam. Big Show then shoves Mahal over the top rope by the throat. Big Show balls his fist up, and he drops McIntyre with the Knockout Punch for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Big Show and Mark Henry Match Rating: 3/4 *
Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins appear on the screen. Reigns says they told Big Show and Mark Henry to step up, and they go and beat up 3MB. Maybe they didn't understand them. Rollins says Big Show didn't get the message on Monday night. He's shocked he got back up after they dropped him from the sky. Rollins says he glad he did because they'll have a lot of fun knocking him back down again. The clock is ticking on Big Show's time here. Reigns tells Henry to wake up because he's been floating around for a decade and a half. Reigns says Henry expects them to respect him, but they never will. Rollins says that two former champions have come together to form one of the most imposing teams in WWE history. The problem with the two of them wanting a shot at the Tag Team Titles is that they're just better than them. Rollins says a new era has dawned, and the two of them have got to go. Rollins tells them to believe that, and Reigns screams to believe in The Shield.
The Prime Time Players are seen doing their "Millions of Dollars" dance backstage. Darren Young will face Antonio Cesaro, next.
Zeb Colter is in the ring with Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro. Colter asks the crowd to put their hands over their hearts and say, "We the people."
Antonio Cesaro w/ Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter vs. Darren Young w/ Titus O'Neil
Charles Robinson, my favorite referee of all time, is the official for this match. Cesaro immediately takes him down with a dropkick. Cesaro punches away at him and says, "We the people!" Cesaro head-butts him in the corner before talking some trash. Cesaro deadlifts him for a gutwrench suplex. Cesaro talks more trash, and Young hits him with a head-butt to the midsection. Cesaro knees him in the midsection and sends him to the corner hard. Cesaro runs into Young's boot, but he soon comes back with a chin lock. Young fights up, but Cesaro takes him down with a short-arm clothesline. Cesaro talks some trash and slaps him in the face. Cesaro hits the ropes, and Young floors him with a clothesline.
Young punches away at him a few times before sending him to the corner. Young then takes him down with a belly-to-belly suplex. Young tries to fire up the crowd before hitting a corner clothesline. Young follows up with a northern lights suplex for a two count. Young gets Cesaro on his shoulders, and Jack Swagger distracts him by getting on the apron. Titus O'Neil pulls him off as Cesaro rolls Young up for a near fall. Young hot shots him on the top rope before hitting the Gut Check for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Darren Young Match Rating: *
Daniel Bryan will take on Wade Barrett in a Steel Cage match in tonight's main event.
Ryback is seen drinking water backstage when a man stops him and asks him for an autograph for his son. Ryback asks what the kid's name is, and the father tells him it is Billy. Ryback says that's a stupid name before saying he was kidding. Ryback signs a poster and gives it to him. The man asks which one Ryback is as he doesn't watch wrestling. Only his son does. The man asks what his name is despite it being on Ryback's jacket. Ryback is mad that the man doesn't know who he is so he tears up the poster and tells him to tell his kid that his dad is a scrawny, pencil-neck fool. The man walks away in fear.
CM Punk tweeted out that he accepts Curtis Axel's challenge for a match on Monday Night RAW.
The steel cage is lowering over the ring. The main event is next.
Steel Cage Match Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett
The crowd chants for Bryan as the bell rings. They lock up, and Barrett powers him to the corner before hitting some punches. Bryan turns him in the corner before kicking and punching away at him. Bryan sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Barrett tries to send him into the cage, but Bryan blocks it. Bryan punches him and puts him in the corner before hitting some stiff kicks to the chest. Bryan goes to the second rope and hits some punches. Barrett pushes him off and catches him charging with a boot. Barrett kicks him in the head before punching away at him. Barrett puts him on his shoulder and sends him like a lawn dart into the side of the cage for a near fall.
Barrett goes for a back suplex, but Bryan flips through. Barrett charges, but Bryan pulls the top rope down. Barrett flies into the cage and falls to the apron. Bryan viciously kicks and punches away at him in the corner. Barrett reverses a whip to the corner, but Bryan backflips over him and hits the ropes. Barrett quickly takes him down with the Winds of Change for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Barrett kneeing Bryan in the head before big booting him into the cage. Bryan collapses on the apron. Barrett drags him away from the ropes and covers him for a near fall. Barrett drags him to the ropes, but Bryan bounces his face off the steel cage a few times. Bryan hits the ropes and dropkicks him into the cage. Bryan hits the ropes again and dropkicks him again in to the cage. Barrett collapses to the apron, and Bryan dropkicks him a third time into the cage. The crowd is chanting, "YES!" Bryan goes to climb out of the cage, but Barrett cuts him off. Bryan kicks him away and hits a missile dropkick off the top rope for a near fall.
The crowd continues to chant "YES" as Bryan kicks Barrett in the chest a bunch of times. Barrett ducks a big kick to the head and sends him face first into the cage. Barrett then turns Bryan inside out with a clothesline for a near fall. Barrett goes for The Wasteland, but Bryan grabs onto the cage. Bryan gets on the top rope and kicks Barrett hard in the face. Barrett quickly comes back and puts Bryan on his shoulders for the electric chair drop. Barrett covers for a near fall.
Both men are down. Barrett is first to his feet, and he begins to scale the cage. Bryan soon gets up and stops him before he can go over the top. They stand on the top rope, and Bryan tries for a super German suplex. Barrett hangs on and elbows Bryan off. Barrett gets a leg over the top of the cage when Bryan cuts him off. Bryan clubs away at him before pulling him back down. Bryan kicks away at him on the top rope before smashing his face off the top of the cage. Bryan then grabs him and powerbombs him off the top rope! Bryan leads the crowd in a "YES" chant before hitting a big running knee to the face for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Daniel Bryan Match Rating: ** 1/2
Daniel Bryan jumps all around ringside doing the "YES" taunt. All of a sudden, Randy Orton comes out from under the ring, and he hits Bryan with an RKO outside the ring! Orton raises his WWE Championship up as he stands over Bryan to end the show.
Quick Match Results
Curtis Axel def. Cody Rhodes (non-title) Dolph Ziggler def. Big E Langston Alberto Del Rio def. Christian via Submission (non-title) Big Show and Mark Henry def. 3MB Darren Young def. Antonio Cesaro Daniel Bryan def. Wade Barrett in a Steel Cage match;
Week two from Norfolk, VA opens up with highlights from last week’s “Hardcore Justice” special.
Bully Ray and Tito Ortiz are shown arriving to the arena with Bully on the phone with “Brooke” and he reemphasizes that this week is about her.
Mr. Anderson approaches Bully and shakes Tito’s hand and Anderson tells Bully he wishes he would have told him about the Tito situation earlier. Bully asks Anderson when he got so sensitive and says this is club business, and Tito is with him. Bully says Anderson shouldn’t be so worried about that but she would be worrying about taking care of business against Main Event Mafia tonight.
Bobby Roode leads Bad Influence down to the ring and Roode congratulates Bully Ray on becoming a two time World Champion last week. Roode says Bully found a way once again to screw the system and found another friend along the way. He says that’s fine because now Bully is the man that has a target on his chest. Roode says he’s looking at the three men that will do anything to take that belt from him too. He says that one of them will walk into BFG and become the new World Heavyweight Champion whether he likes it or not. Roode says that he set the tables, literally, last week in the Tables Match to gain twenty points leapfrogging his way into second place in the BFG Series. Roode says they’re only getting started and then hands the microphone over to Kaz.
Kaz talks about his Ladder Match and reminds us that he beat AJ, Hardy, and Aries in that match. Daniels calls the faction “The Extraordinary Gentleman’s Organization” and says that they are two for two, and tonight he will complete the sweep in the Street Fight saying he’s the best “street fighter” in all of TNA.
Roode says they are 25% of the BFG Series but asks why they would want to just be 25% when they could be a full third. He says they’ve been thinking and they decided they need to add one more member to the group, and that member is none other than his former tag team partner Austin Aries. Roode says Aries knows him and he can trust him and Bad Influence. Roode says they have united as a group and if Aries wants a shot at winning the World Title back he needs to join them on their march toward BFG.
James Storm’s music interrupts Roode and the Tag Team Champions make their way down to the ring. Storm asks Roode if he really just said the word trust and he says he’s pretty sure that Roode told Bad Influence that they could trust him. Storm says he knows Roode and reminds us that he tagged with him for four years and says he trusted him. Storm says it’s not a matter of if he turns on Bad Influence, it’s a matter of WHEN he does it because when he’s done with them he’ll just toss them to the curb. Storm tells them not to look to him when he does it either because Storm is just going to look at them and say, “sorry ‘bout yo damn luck!”
Roode says that Storm is just jealous of him and he’s always been jealous of him. Storm says the only thing he’s ever jealous of is the guy that’s got a six pack and he’s only got two left. Storm says Roode knows him and he knows that he’ll tell a man what he’s going to do even before he does it. Storm says he’s going to go take off his hat, take a sip of his beer, and punch Roode right in his face. Storm says he’s never needed to get dressed up for a fight so he’ll be right back.
Storm takes his shirt off and his hat and then takes a drink of his beer while Roode screams at him. Storm punches Roode and then Gunner knocks Daniels out of the ring and tosses Kaz into a corner! Gunner clotheslines Kaz over the top and Earl Hebner runs out and rings the bell!
Non-Title Match “Cowboy” James Storm & Gunner vs. “The IT Factor” Bobby Roode & Kazarian w/Daniels
Storm and Roode brawl around ringside while Gunner tosses Kaz all around the other side of the ring. Hebner sends Daniels to the back and then Storm drags Kaz into the ring. Kaz tags Gunner into the match and then whips Kaz into the ropes. Storm hits him with an Atomic Drop and then Storm and Gunner connect with a Russian Leg Sweep/Clothesline combo on Kaz!
Back from the break Roode bounces Gunner back and forth between turnbuckles and then lights him up with chops. Gunner answers with forearms of his own and then attempts to whip Roode into the corner, but Roode reverses it and connects with a back elbow for a nearfall. Roode slams Gunner into Kaz’s boot and then tags Kaz into the match. Kaz whips Gunner into the ropes and hits him with a spinning heel kick for another nearfall before Storm breaks it up. Roode tags back in and takes turns with Roode kicking Gunner. Roode hits a Snapmare Takeover followed by a Rolling Neck Snack to the bigger Gunner. Roode follows up with a Vertical Suplex and then a Knee Drop. 1…2…NO Gunner kicks out again! Roode tags Kaz in and holds Gunner as Kaz puts the boots to him. Kaz hits a Leg Drop for yet another nearfall and then taunts Gunner as he tries to reach Storm. Gunner gets pissed and nails Kaz with a forearm but Kaz pokes him in the eyes. Kaz kicks Gunner and then goes for a clothesline but Gunner counters into a Uranage Backbreaker! Gunner slaps himself repeatedly and then tags in Storm! Kaz tags in Roode and Roode runs into a series of rights from Storm. Storm whips Roode into the ropes and nails him with a back elbow followed by an Atomic Drop and then a clothesline. Kaz runs in but gets Hip Tossed by Storm. Storm hits a Powerslam on Roode and then charges at Kaz. Kaz backdrops Storm over the top rope and Storm lands on the apron. Storm hits a Leaping Enziguri to the back of Kaz and then climbs to the top. Storm dives off with a Flying Elbow Drop on Roode! 1…2…NO Kaz breaks it up! Gunner tosses Kaz over the top rope and then Storm shoves Roode into the ropes. Storm goes for a backdrop but Roode stops and attempts the Payoff. Storm reverses it into Closing Time! Storm sets up for the Last Call but Roode pulls the referee in front of him. Storm realizes it and stops before he connects with Hebner. Kaz runs in with one of the title belts but Storm saw him coming and nails him with the Last Call! Roode low blows Storm as the referee shoves the title belt out of the ring, and then rolls him up! 1…2…3!
Winners: Roode & Kaz via pinfall (rollup)
In the back Aries says last week Sting offered him a spot in the MEM and now his ex-partner is offering him a spot in his faction. Aries says he says that he wants him to join their side but then last week they cost him twenty points when they distracted him in the Ladder Match. Aries says he has a lot to think about but he’ll have his answer by the end of the night.
More clips of the Steel Cage Match are shown.
Non-Title Match Manik (c) vs. “The Playa From The Himalayas” Sonjay Dutt
If you are unaware Dixie Carter and Hulk Hogan announced the 3-Way’s are out in the X-Division, so X-Division matches can be one-on-one or any other type of match going forward. Manik started to sprint to the ring and Dutt saw him coming so he went for a springboard move, but Manik ducked it and Sonjay landed on his feet on the ramp. Sonjay charges at Manik again but Manik hip tosses him over the top into the ring! Manik climbs up top and dives off but Sonjay moves out of the way and Manik flips onto his feet. Manik shoulder blocks Sonjay and then hits the ropes ducking a clothesline from Sonjay. Manik bounces off the ropes again and catches Sonjay in a Hanging Octopus before transitioning into a Crucifix Rollup! 1…2…NO Sonjay kicks out and quickly gets back to his feet. Manik catches Sonjay with an arm drag but Sonjay shoves him off into the ropes. Sonjay drops down in front of Manik but Manik flips over him and then goes for a clothesline. Sonjay ducks and then gets Manik with a hurricanrana for a nearfall! Sonjay whips Manik into the ropes and then goes for a backdrop, but Manik counters with a Sunset Flip. Sonjay rolls through it and goes for a head kick, but Manik avoids it by dropping down to the mat but Sonjay quickly hits a Standing Moonsault before Manik can get up! 1…2…NO Manik kicks out again! Sonjay picks Manik up and puts Manik in his own variation of an Octopus and then he rolls Manik up for another nearfall. Sonjay hits a charging Manik with a back elbow and then puts him in a Straight Jacket Sleeper. Manik fights up to his feet and tosses Sonjay to the side. Manik goes to pick Sonjay up but Sonjay kicks him in the head and then whips Manik into the corner. Sonjay charges at Manik but he floats up and over Sonjay and then hits the ropes and does his Spiderman hang between them as Sonjay shows some frustration. Sonjay charges at him but Manik drops down and Sonjay falls through the ropes. Manik then springboards from inside the ring into a Missile Dropkick onto Sonjay on the floor! Manik tosses Sonjay back into the ring and then hits a Springboard Missile Dropkick for another nearfall. Manik goes for the Tiger Breaker but Sonjay blocks it and then attempts a Roundhouse Kick, but Manik catches his leg and then lifts Sonjay up into a Sitout Powerbomb! 1…2…NO Sonjay still kicks out! Manik charges at Sonjay but Sonjay gets his boot up and then catches Manik with a Mafia Kick followed by a T-Bone Suplex! Sonjay then hits a Springboard Splash! 1…2…NO Manik kicks out! Sonjay picks Manik up and hits a Front Slam and then climbs up top for the Moonsault Stomp, but Manik rolls out of the way and Sonjay attempts a Running Hurricanrana. Manik blocks it and lifts Sonjay up to his shoulder where hits a modified Go To Sleep dropping down to his back and kicking Sonjay in the head rather than the way CM Punk drops his opponent onto his knee. I believe Manik calls that move the Detonation Kick or he did when he wrestled as TJ Perkins. Manik then hits the Tiger Buster! 1…2…3!
Winner: Manik via pinfall (Tiger Buster)
In the back Mr. Anderson talks to A&8 and he says that they need to focus on getting the job done tonight. Devon says they’re more than focus and Anderson says no one is going to step up for MEM making it five on four.
In the back Sting talks to MEM about the match tonight as Tenay says they still don’t have a partner for the match tonight.
BFG Series Street Fight “Super Mex” Hernandez vs. Jay Bradley vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. Joseph Park w/Eric Young
This one is worth twenty points. Hernandez shoves Daniels into a corner and hits a Splash followed by a Overhead Belly-to-Belly Throw. Hernandez chokes Daniels in the corner while Bradley goes for a splash on Park, but Park moves out of the way and hits a series of strikes. Park hits the ropes but runs into a back elbow from Bradley. Bradley then hits a series of forearms of Hernandez but then walks into a shoulder tackle from Super Mex. Hernandez then clotheslines Bradley over the top but gets caught with a rollup from Daniels for a nearfall. Daniels rolls Hernandez up again but again only gets a nearfall. Daniels hits an uppercut and then bounces off the ropes but Hernandez catches him with an over the shoulder backbreaker for a nearfall of his own. Bradley breaks up the pin with a chair shot to the back to Hernandez. Bradley wraps the chair around Hernandez’s neck and then whips him into the turnbuckles. Bradley hits Hernandez in the neck with the chair and actually cuts Hernandez’s ear with it. Hernandez then shoves Park into an elbow from Park. Hernandez then follows up with what may have been a receipt for that chair shot because Hernandez didn’t just shoulder block Bradley, he ran THREW him. Daniels etas a Hip Toss from Park and then a Scoop Slam. Hernandez then hits a cross chop on Daniels and then Hernandez and Park whip Daniels into Bradley in the corner. Park whips Hernandez into a Splash on the heels and then Park hits a Splash on them of his own.
During the break Roode and Kazarian walked onto the ramp. Daniels picks up a kendo stick but Hernandez kicks him and wraps the kendo stick across Daniels’ back. Hernandez hits him with the stick again and then goes for the Border Toss on the ramp, but Daniels backdrops him! In the ring Bradley hits a splash on Park in the corner and then goes for a Big Boot but Park moves out of the way and hits a series of shoulder blocks before walking into an eye poke from Bradley. Bradley picks up the chair but Park takes him down and locks in a Boston Crab! Kaz gets up on the apron but Park chases him off only to get dragged out by Roode. Eric Young attacks Roode and then gets beat down by Roode and Kaz. In the ring Bradley slams Daniels in the corner and then hits a Mafia Kick followed by a Hip Toss. Bradley charges at Daniels in the corner but Daniels gets his boot up. Bradley catches his foot and then kicks him in the nuts before hitting him with the chair. Bradley Back Suplexes Daniels onto the chair and then goes for the Boom Stick, but Kaz trips him and drags him out to the floor. Kaz and Roode beat Bradley down and then Hernandez comes flying out of nowhere with an insane Air Mexico over the top onto Daniels in the ring! Hernandez whips Daniels into the corner and hits a Splash and then hits him with the Get Off Me! Hernandez goes for the Border Toss again but Daniels holds onto the ropes to block it. Austin Aries runs out and distracts Hernandez allowing Daniels to hit the STO! Aries high fives Roode and Kaz and then kicks Daniels in the nuts and hits the Brainbuster! Roode and Kaz chase Aries up the ramp while Bradley drags Park into the ring. Bradley pulls out some brass knucks and nails Park with them! Park’s mouth is bleeding and he loses his ever loving mind. Park runs Bradley over and then lays Hernandez out and hits the Block Hole Slam on Bradley! 1…2…3!
Winner: Park via pinfall (Black Hole Slam)
Park slowly comes back to earth and then celebrates with EY.
Sting talks about TNA’s bad night last week and starts getting pissed. Rampage says he’s going to break Tito’s face when he sees him next time. Sting says he doesn’t think anyone is going to step up for them and Magnus says “so what” and calls them the elite of pro wrestling so they’ll step up themselves. Joe says he’s right and says they don’t need anybody to step up because they’re “bred for war.”
A video package highlighting all of the Bully-Hogan drama is shown.
The NEW World Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray strolls his way out to the ring followed by Tito Ortiz. Bully says it sounds like everyone here tonight is really happy to see him which gets a chorus of boos. Ray asks if they’re mad at him and then asks the fans how it feels to have the wool pulled over their eyes…AGAIN. He says he suckered everyone again and he only has one question for everybody, “do you know who I am? I’m Bully Ray, I’m the president of Aces & Eights…and I am the World Heavyweight Champion.” Ray says he’s not a two-time World Champion because he doesn’t recognize Sabin’s title reign because it was a fluke. Ray says everything is now right in TNA again which brings him to his new best friend, Tito Ortiz.
Bully hands Tito the microphone and Tito says Rampage should have known when he signed on the dotted line to fight him what would happen. Tito says he knocked Rampage out and on November 2nd he’ll do it again. A “you sold out” chant starts and Bully says if everyone thought the Tito surprise was big they’re about to be really shocked. Bully says it’s time for the whole world to know about he and his girl, and then he calls “Brooke” out to the ring.
Brooke Hogan’s music hits but Miss Tessmacher (Brooke Tessmacher) comes out instead. Tessmacher and Bully kiss in the middle of the ring as the fans boo. Bully says that now that he has the “hot Brooke” with him and the Huntington Beach Bad Boy with him he can’t ever be stopped again. He says there is only one thing left to do and then Brooke uses her mouth to take Bully’s wedding ring off and she spits it out.
ODB vs. Gail Kim
ODB and Gail with a collar and elbow tie-up and ODB shoves Gail back. They tie-up again and again ODB tosses Gail back. Gail gets ODB in a waistlock but ODB bucks her off and then charges at Gail, but Gail sidesteps her. ODB grabs Gail by her hair and slams her into the turnbuckles. ODB hits a Splash in the corner and then the Carpet Muncher in the corner! ODB stacks Gail up but only gets a nearfall. ODB whips Gail into the corner and Gail attempts to float up into a headscissors, but ODB catches her in midair. ODB goes for a Powerslam but Gail blocks it and shoves ODB into the ropes only catch a shoulder block. ODB hits a Fall Away Slam and Gail rolls out to the floor. ODB chases her back into the ring but Gail catches her with a Flying Armbar as she gets back in the ring. Gail cannonballs across the arm of ODB and then puts her in a hammerlock and shoves the same arm into the turnbuckles. Gail pulls ODB’s arm through the ropes and cannonballs down onto it again. ODB kicks Gail away and then climbs up top and grabs Gail by the hair. Gail kicks her arm away and then kicks ODB in the injured arm. Gail pulls ODB down off the top and hits a Shoulderbreaker! 1…2…NO ODB kicks out! Gail puts ODB in a Hammerlock on the mat and then kicks her in the arm again. Gail grabs the arm and hangs it on the ropes and goes for another cannonball, but ODB uppercuts her in the crotch. ODB tosses Gail back in the ring by her hair and hits a clothesline followed by a forearm and then a back elbow. ODB attempts to whip Gail into the corner but Gail reverses it and charges at ODB. ODB gets her boot up and climbs to the top again and slams Gail’s head into the turnbuckles with the Dirty Dozen. ODB then dives off the top with a Thesz Press, 1…2…NO Gail kicks out and ODB continues to sell the arm. As ODB reaches down to pick Gail up Gail kicks her in the arm again. Gail climbs up top but ODB crotches her on the top and then climbs up with Gail. ODB slaps Gail in the chest and then hits a Superplex! ODB sells the arm as they land but finally rolls over and pins Gail, 1…2…NO Gail kicks out! ODB goes for the BAM but can’t pick Gail up because of the arm allowing Gail to catch ODB with the Crucifix! 1…2…3!
Winner: Gail Kim via pinfall (crucifix)
A video package highlighting Jeff Hardy’s BFG Series win last year is shown. Hardy says the BFG Series is tough on your body but the competition from all the guys also brings out the best in everyone.
Backstage Aries says Roode and company asked him a question and he just answered them. Aries says he can play mind games too and says Roode picked two guys that have never been World Champions before, but he has because he beat Roode for that belt. Aries says he doesn’t need their help or Hogan’s help or Dixie Carter thinking he’s gorgeous (boy, that was a shot at Magnus if I ever heard one) either. Aries says he doesn’t need to politic to keep his spot either and all he needs is his God given talent.
More footage of the Steel Cage Match is shown. Chris Sabin is shown after the match in the back and he calls A&E the masters of manipulation. Sabin says he knows Bully is vicious and dangerous, and he proved it in the match. He says they always find a way to get around the rules and he calls them a cancer. Sabin says the belt meant everything to him but he says he will be back.
After MEM and A&8 make their entrances Anderson grabs a microphone and calls out the A&8 leader Bully Ray to come watch this one. Bully Ray walks out with Tessmacher and Tito. Bully sits down in a chair on the stage with Tessmacher on his lap. Anderson says there are only four of MEM and that’s unfair so they can just pick someone to lay down and get it over with. Sting says not a single one of them is laying down for anyone and if they go down then they will go down together.
AJ Styles’ music hits and the lights go out. AJ walks onto the ramp and stares over at Bully. AJ stops at the end of the ramp as an “AJ” chant starts. AJ’s music stops and then his “Get Ready to Fly” theme hits and AJ pulls off the hood and holds up the P1 sign as the fans lose their damn minds. AJ pulls off the hoodie off revealing his old blue and black gear and AJ is fired up and Tenay is losing his damn mind too. AJ leaps over the top rope and the fight erupts!
Main Event 10-Man Losers Leaves Town Tag Team Match Main Event Mafia (Rampage Jackson, Magnus, Samoa Joe, & Sting) & “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. Aces & Eights (Mr. Anderson, Knux, Devon, Garett Bischoff, & Wes Brisco)
The loser of the fall must leave TNA forever. MEM cleans house on the A&8 and AJ drags Anderson to ringside and starts working him over. AJ slams Anderson into the apron as another “AJ” chant breaks out. Sting slams Knux into the ring steps. Back in the ring AJ whips Anderson into the ropes and then leapfrogs him and connects with the Phenomenal Dropkick! Magnus tosses Wes into the ring and whips him into the ropes and catches him with the Tormentum! Magnus tosses Wes into the MEM corner and tags Joe into the match. Joe destroys Wes in the corner with lefts and rights before tossing Wes into another corner. Joe whips Wes into the opposite corner and comes charging in with a Running Back Elbow followed by the Leaping Enziguri for a nearfall! Wes rakes Joe’s eyes and quickly tags Garett into the match only for Garett to eat a back elbow. AJ tags into the match and hits a Fireman’s Carry Backbreaker on Garett.
Back from the break MEM is beating on Magnus in their corner. Magnus tires to fight out of the corner but eats a huge Cross Body from Knux! 1…2…NO Magnus kicks out! Knux hits a Back Suplex on Magnus and then tags Devon into the match. Devon hits a Diving Headbutt on Magnus and then chokes him in the ropes. Devon tags Garett back into the match and he puts the boots to Magnus. Garett chokes Magnus on the ropes and then hits a Flapjack for a nearfall. Garett tags Wes into the match and they whip Magnus into the heel corner. Wes then whips Garett into a Running Forearm from Garett and Garett whips Magnus into a clothesline from Wes for a nearfall before Joe breaks it up. Anderson tags into the match and punches Magnus in the ribs. Mr. Anderson slams Magnus and then covers him for a nearfall. Anderson hits the ropes and goes for a Cross Body but Magnus catches him in midair only for Anderson to poke him in the eyes. Anderson tags Devon and then holds Magnus as Devon beats on him. Devon hits a Snapmare Takeover followed by a Leg Drop and then a taunt to the crowd. Devon puts Magnus in a chinlock and then he hits the ropes and connects with a shoulder block. Knux tags in scoop slams Magnus. Knux climbs up top and dives off with a Guillotine Leg Drop for a nearfall. Knux covers Magnus over and over but Magnus continues to kick out. Knux goes for a Vertical Suplex but Magnus counters into a DDT! Both men are down now. Magnus rolls to his corner and gets the hot tag to Sting! Sting with a dropkick to Knux and then the Stinger Splash twice! Sting goes for the Scorpion but A&8 interrupt him and now MEM jumps in the ring as all hell breaks loose. Rampage rolls into the ring and lays each member of A&8 out with clotheslines and forearms. Rampage hits Scoop Slam on Wes! Knux hits Rampage from behind but then Sting hits the Stinger Death Drop on Knux! Sting locks in the Scorpion Death Lock! Devon takes out Sting’s knee and then rolls Knux on top of him, 1…2…NO Sting kicks out! Devon tags into the match and beats on Sting in the corner. Devon hits a Scoop Slam on Sting and then climbs up top and dives off with a Diving Headbutt, but Sting rolls out of the way and tags AJ into the match! AJ hits the Springboard Flying Forearm on Devon and then knocks all the members of A&8 off the ramp! AJ hits a big series of strikes capping it off with a Spinning Backfist! AJ hits a Leaping Enziguri on Devon! 1…2…NO Devon kicks out! Anderson hits AJ from behind and puts the boots to AJ but MEM hits the ring again and cleans house on A&8 as the brawl goes back out to the floor. AJ goes for the Styles Clash but Garett runs in with a clothesline attempt. AJ ducks it and nails him with the Pele! AJ goes for a Clothesline on Devon but Devon ducks and Spears the holy hell out of AJ! Devon goes for a slam but AJ blocks it and hits the Styles Clash! 1…2…3!
Winners: MEM & Styles via pinfall (Styles Clash)
Bully Ray can’t believe it as AJ and MEM stand over Devon in the ring. A&8 freak out at ringside as AJ celebrates in the corner. AJ looks over at Bully and stares him down
“Final Thoughts” will be up tomorrow morning.
1) Bobby Roode & Kazarian def. Gunner & James Storm 2) Manik def. Sonjay Dutt 3) BFG Series Street Fight: Joseph Park def. Daniels, Hernandez, & Jay Bradley via pinfall (20 points) 4) Gail Kim def. ODB 5)10-Man Loser Leaves Town Tag Match: Main Event Mafia (Rampage Jackson, Sting, Magnus, & Samoa Joe) & AJ Styles def. Aces & Eights (Mr. Anderson, Devon, Knux, Garett Bishcoff, & Wes Brisco) via AJ pinning Devon
BFG Series Standings
1) Magnus (39 points) 2) Bobby Roode (34 points) 3) Austin Aries (28 points) 4) Samoa Joe (26 points) 5) Jeff Hardy (24 points) Mr. Anderson (24 points) 6) Christopher Daniels (23 points) 7) AJ Styles (22 points) Kazarian (22 points) 8) Austin Aries (21 points) 9) Joseph Park (18 points) 10) Hernandez (7 points) 11) Jay Bradley (0 points)
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