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WWE SmackDown Results & April 11 Recap

April 13, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown opens with a graphic for Warrior who, as you know, passed away on Tuesday. Michael Cole announces a special this Monday night on RAW.

MATCH 1: The Big Show vs. Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman)
I LOVE the pairing of Cesaro and Heyman. This will do nothing but further Cesaro’s push, without question. Heyman comes out to do a formal introduction for “The King of Swing”. He continues talking as Cesaro and Heyman make their way down, listing off his credentials, then calls Cesaro the “Next Big Thing”. The bell rings, and Cesaro offers a handshake. Show obliges, and it’s clean. Heyman is now on commentary. Cesaro shoves Show back out of a lock-up, and Show reciprocates, knocking Cesaro down. Cesaro runs into a shoulder, but then comes back with a European uppercut. Show hits another shoulderblock, and Cesaro rolls to the apron. Show picks him up and hits an open-hand chop against the ropes. He rolls Cesaro back in the ring, where Cesaro hits a boot and goes for a suplex from the apron. Show blocks it and picks Cesaro up on his shoulders. Cesaro rolls through and looks for a powerbomb to the floor, but Show simply sits down on his chest. Cesaro is rolled into the ring, where Show gets a 2-count. He signals for the KO Punch, but Cesaro rolls to the floor to get some advice from Heyman, who tells him to take Show’s air, because he can’t fight if he can’t breathe. Cesaro climbs back into the ring and goes for a waistlock. Show breaks it with an elbow, then hits a headbutt. He fires off some body blows in the corner, then hits another open-hand chop. He goes for another chop, but Cesaro slugs him. He hits a couple of European uppercuts before getting hit with a back body drop off the ropes. Cesaro may have landed awkwardly, as he’s grabbing his ankle. Show hits another chop in the corner, then another. He comes back with a back elbow, a European uppercut, a punch and a series of throat chops. Show stops that with a pair of headbutts, then walks across Cesaro’s gut. Show shoulders Cesaro in the corner, then hits yet another chop. Cesaro blocks a corner charge, then applies a scissored sleeper. Show manages to break it by throwing Cesaro in the corner. Cesaro dodges another charge and reapplies the sleeper. Show starts to fade, and Cesaro turns the hold into a rear chinlock. Show eventually armdrags Cesaro off, then hits a pair of clotheslines, a corner whip, a running hip bump and a running shoulderblock. He signals for the chokeslam, but Cesaro turns the hold into another scissored sleeper in mid-air. Show breaks it by falling backwards, and now he’s pulling himself to his feet. He mounts the middle rope, where he misses a flying elbow. The crowd starts a “Swing!” chant, and Cesaro looks to go for it. Before it can happen, Jack Swagger enters the ring and locks Cesaro in the Patriot Lock, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Cesaro. Show shoves Swagger to the floor over the top rope. From behind, Cesaro bulldogs Show over the top rope, hits a European uppercut to the back of the head, a spinning one from the middle rope, and he caps it off with a damn impressive Neutralizer.

John Cena comes out and says it’s been an exhausting week. It started with WMXXX, and that event started with the most iconic moment he’s ever seen with Austin, Rock and Hogan together in the ring. After that, Kofi Kingston defied gravity again, Cesaro win the Andre battle royal, Bray Wyatt tried to turn a man into a monster, but he figured out he still can’t see Cena. And sadly (speak for yourself, John), the Undertaker was defeated, ending the historic “Streak”. On the flipside, “The Game” got played, and now we have a new WWE World Champion. A “Yes!” chant breaks out. And that was just WM. At RAW, that’s when everything really went down, listing off what happened with the Shield, Cesaro and Bad News Barrett. He also thanks the WWE Universe for re-writing his theme music. They say the future is now, and he agrees. On Monday, he was told to Bolieve in himself. He also mentions Adam Rose and Alexander Rusev, then says the Divas division has finally turned the Paige. It’s an exciting time to be in WWE, and there are so many promising stars. He’s not the One, the Viper, the Animal, the King of Swing or the Boss. He’s the measuring stick, the standard bearer. He’s John Cena. Any WWE star can talk all they want, but past, present or future, they know if they want to be on top of the WWE mountain, they have to go through him to do it.

The Wyatt Family appear on the TitanTron. Luke Harper says they say time heals all wounds. Unfortunately, Cena has only given them more time to hurt them. Embrace the future, Cena. It’s his gift to you. Bray Wyatt says sometimes he wishes he could feel pain. But he’s different, and we should all embrace our differences. If he lost at WM, why can’t he stop smiling, and why does he feel so good? Because he saw it in Cena’s eyes. For the first time, he saw that Cena isn’t hollow. It’s inside of him, and it’s something Wyatt knows too well. When he looks in himself, he sees everything, dreams you haven’t dreamed and worlds you haven’t explored. He is free. It must’ve been so frightening for Cena, because he was this close. All he needed was one last little push. Now, Wyatt realizes he has to go to new extremes to bring out the monster. Strap it on, John. This party is far from over. He’s got the whole world in his hands.

MATCH 2: Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando, w/El Torito) vs. Rybaxel (Curtis Axel and Ryback)
Ryback and a Matador start with a lock-up. Matador hits a chop, ducks a clothesline and hits a trio of them. Apparently, this is Diego. Ryback sends Diego into the ropes, Diego ducks a boot and a clothesline, then hits a dropkick. He hits another chop in the corner, blocks a charge, then goes for a cross-body. Ryback catches him and turns it into a powerslam. Axel tags in and boots Diego down. Diego comes back with punches, but Axel stops him with a Northern Lariat. He hits a running knee to the side of the head. Axel assaults Diego in the corner before tagging in Ryback. Axel hits a running elbow in the corner, and Ryback follows up with a clothesline for 2. He applies a rear chinlock, and as Diego tries to get to his feet, Ryback pulls him back down. Diego gets hit with a kneelift, but then escapes a suplex before hitting a dropkick. Axel tags in and tries to knock Fernando down. Fernando avoids it, then makes the tag. He hits some chops, then a pair of flying headbutts. He hits a handstand headscissors out of the corner, then nails a chop on the opposite side. Axel reverses a corner whip, then runs into a back elbow. Fernando comes off the middle with a double axe handle, then hits a Devil Lock DDT for 2 as Ryback breaks it up. Diego low-bridges Ryback, and Torito comes off the top with a plancha. Ryback catches him, and Fernando dropkicks Ryback from behind before Diego wipes him out on the floor. Axel hits the Stonecutter on Fernando off the distraction and gets the 3.

WINNERS: Rybaxel.

Renee Young stops Rob Van Dam in the back, asking how it feels to be home. RVD says it’s a whole new day, and since he’s been gone, the whole face of the company has changed. There’s a face that’s been missing, but it’s back. Everything’s cool when you’re RVD.

MATCH 3: Damien Sandow vs. Rob Van Dam
They lock up, and RVD applies a waistlock. Sandow elbows out and misses a clothesline, allowing RVD to roll him up for 2. RVD nails a superkick off an Irish whip, then taunts the crowd. Sandow rolls him up for 2, then goes for a corner whip. RVD reverses before hitting a corner spinning heel kick. He connects with Rolling Thunder, which sends Sandow to the floor. As Sandow tries to get back in, RVD baseball slides him before missing a moonsault from the apron. Sandow throws him head-first into the barricade, then rolls him back in for 2. Sandow begins driving his knee into the ribs, then applies a rear chinlock. RVD elbows his way out, but then gets yanked down by the neck. Sandow pulls his kneepad down and drops it before hitting the Cubito Aequet for 2. Sandow lays in some headbutts, then drags RVD to the apron, where he hits another elbow. Sandow drags him back in, hits another elbow for 2, then applies a rear chinlock. RVD tries to elbow out, but Sandow hits him with a headbutt. RVD comes back with a high kick in the corner before hitting a bodyscissors takedown for 2. He follows up with a step-over spinning heel kick, then goes up top. Sandow meets him with a right, nails a headbutt, then mounts the middle for a superplex. RVD fights him off, knocking him down with a forearm. He gets to his feet on the top and connects with the Five-Star Frog Splash for 3.

WINNER: Rob Van Dam.

We get a vignette for Adam Rose and the Exotic Express.

Hulk Hogan comes out, and I die just a little bit more. Is he still in the Silverdome tonight? He says that, as the host of WM, he was there at the SUPERDOME when he witnessed one of the greatest moments of all time. When Daniel Bryan won the title, he turned the show into “YEStlemania”, brother. As held the titles over his head, Hogan got chills. So, he’s very proud to introduce the new champ, brothers. Let’s hear it for Daniel Bryan.

Bryan comes out, and instantly this segment has been saved. Kudos to the man who grew up just down I-5 from me about 30 minutes on his huge win at WM. A more deserving person, there is not. Bryan does Hogan’s bit, then calls this the greatest week of his life. He’s back here on Smackdown after five weeks, he’s getting married, he just main-evented WM and became the new WWE World Champion. And now, he’s in the ring with the “Immortal” Hulk Hogan. He’s just like everyone in the crowd-an average guy from a small town. He sat in those same seats and watched those same screens as a kid, and during that time, the biggest star in the world in his eyes was Hogan. He listened to everything Hogan said. He prayed every night he could main event like Hogan. He took his vitamins every day, trying to get 24″ pythons like Hogan. He didn’t quite make it, but he’s still working on it. He’s been a Hulkamaniac as long as he can remember, and this is a special moment to him. But there is one thing that could make this awesome week better. There’s one thing he’s always wanted to see live in the ring. Please, play his music. Hogan’s music hits, and he goes through his usual shtick, asking Bryan to join in, which he does.

MATCH 4: Kofi Kingston vs. Bad News Barrett
While I don’t particularly like this gimmick, I am so glad Barrett is getting to wrestle again. That’s a pretty fancy cape he’s got now, too. The fact that he’s always had good matches with Kofi certainly isn’t hurting anything here tonight. After the bell rings, Barrett calls for a mic and asks for some decorum. He then slugs Kofi and says he has some bad news. He drops the mic and lays in some rights to the head before throwing Kofi to the corner. He nails another right, then corner-whips Kofi. Kofi jumps to the middle rope and hits a comes off with a dropkick. He lays in some punches and kicks, then hits a top rope cross-body of a corner whip for 2. Barrett recovers and hits a right to the gut before throwing Kofi to the outside. Kofi skins the cat, ducks a clothesline and hits a jumping one of his own. He hits the Boom Drop and calls for TIP. Barrett sees it coming and drops to the floor. Kofi chases him back in, and Barrett meets him with a boot. Kofi blocks it and nails a roundhouse kick. He goes for TIP once again, and Barrett nails him mid-spin with the Bullhammer for 3.

WINNER: Bad News Barrett.

MATCH 5: Santino Marella (w/Emma) vs. Fandango (w/Layla)
How many times have these two wrestled on TV since Emma’s debut? 45? 127? Either way, it’s way too much. At least Layla isn’t a disgusting Ent (look it up) like Summer Rae. They lock up, and Santino hits a judo throw before hitting a hip throw into a side headlock. Fandango nails him with a right off an arm wringer, then hits a chop as Santino tries to power walk off an Irish whip. Fandango knocks him down with another one, then hits a back elbow off the ropes for 2. Santino comes back with snap jabs, ducks a clothesline and hits a hip toss. He pulls out the sock for the Cobra, but Layla grabs it from him. Fandango rolls him up in a schoolboy and gets the 3.

We get a video package for Paige, the new WWE Divas Champion.

The “RAW Exclusive” for this week is Rey Mysterio vs. Bad News Barrett. I only mention this because I am laughing my ass off at the complete lack of reaction Rey got from the RAW crowd when he came out, while Barrett got a HUGE pop, not to mention a big-ass chant while the crowd dumped all over Rey once the match started. Stuff like this is why I love wrestling.

Another Adam Rose promo.

Kane is in his office with Randy Orton and Batista. He says they need to put their problems aside and not be selfish. They have two things in common: Daniel Bryan and the Shield. Orton adds a third with the Usos. Kane wants Bryan tonight, and now they’re fighting over who gets him, as well as a title match. Kane says this is what he’s talking about. Tonight, they need each other, and they all answer to a higher Authority. After he leaves, Batista and Orton both say they don’t answer to anyone.

MATCH 6: WWE Tag Team Champions the Usos (Jey & Jimmy) and WWE World Champion Daniel Bryan vs. Kane, Batista and Randy Orton
I just noticed there are two guys in the front row wearing “I’m a Pat Patterson Guy” t-shirts. That’s nice. Real classy. Batista with an Uso. He backs the Uso in the corner, but Uso comes back with punches and a mule kick. He hits an uppercut, then applies an arm wringer before tagging in the other Uso. Uso hits a chop and a kick off the ropes before running into a spinebuster for 2. After a Google Images search, I believe that is Jey in the ring. Sorry. Now that they both have big, matching chest tattoos, it’s hard to tell them apart. Orton tags in and kicks Jey in his ribs, which are all taped up. He then stomps him in the gut before ripping the tape off. Orton mounts Jey for some punches, then tag out. Commercials.

Back from the break, Jey blocks a corner charge from Kane, then jumps off the middle into an uppercut for 2. Batista tags in and stomps Jey before hitting some shoulder thrusts to the back. Orton begins slamming Jey’s head into the top buckle before Batista pulls Jey to the apron on the floor for an elbow. Orton tags in and catapults Jey under the bottom rope for 2. Jey fights back before Orton hits a kneelift. He then hits a gourdbuster across the top rope, which is good for 2. Orton applies a waistlock, but Jey elbows his way out. He hits a chop, then runs right into a dropkick. Orton tags out to Kane, who sends Jey to the corner for a clothesline and a sidewalk slam for 2. Kane applies his own waistlock, but Jey breaks it with back elbows. Kane yanks him down by the hair before he can tag out, then tags in Orton, who gets 2. Kane drops all the way to the floor when exiting, only to immediately jump back up on the apron. Weird. Orton applies a scissored rear chinlock because he’s Orton and chinocks are what he knows. Jey fights out and hits a series of chops, but Orton shoves him into the ropes, then nails a powerslam. He knocks Jimmy off the apron, then talks trash to Bryan. This allows Jey to hit a Samoan drop. Kane tags in, and Jey nails him with a jumping spin kick. Bryan tags in and comes off the top with a seated missile dropkick. He dropkicks Batista off the apron, then trips Kane into the second buckle. Kane reverses a corner whip, Bryan backflips off, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He fires up the Yes! Kicks, but misses the Buzzsaw. Kane shoves him into the ropes, where Bryan low-bridges him to the floor before hitting a suicide dive. Orton and Batista attack him as the Usos hit a pair of somersault planchas. Kane is back up, and he nails Jey while Batista throws Jimmy around. Kane nails an uppercut on Bryan, and now the bell has rung.

WINNER: Double Disqualification. Batista and Orton throw the Usos into the ring as Kane takes care of Bryan by the announce desk. One of the Usos gets hit with an RKO. Kane is now taking apart the announce desk as Batista hits the other Uso with a Batista Bomb. Kane goes for a chokeslam through the table, but the Shield come from out of nowhere and begin destroying Kane. They jump on the apron and into the ring, sending Batista and Orton running for the hills. Kane comes back in the ring with a chair, but before he can do anything, Bryan wipes him out with a running knee strike. He signals for the Shield to hit Kane with the triple powerbomb, and they are happy to oblige. Rollins screams at Batista and Orton, “This is your future!” as they celebrate with Bryan in the ring.

End of show.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results & April 10 Recap

April 11, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s TNA Impact Wrestling show opens with Dixie Carter stepping out of a limo. She tells AI she has a lot to say, just not right now.

We have a 10-man gauntlet to determine a new #1 contender for the title later tonight. This segues to MVP talking about the World title and recapping last week’s main event. He says that, unfortunately, Samoa Joe will not be one of the 10 in the gauntlet. He informed TNA he’s not available, but he has a replacement. The winner faces Magnus for the title at the Sacrifice PPV on 4/27. The time for talking is done, because the gauntlet starts now.

MATCH 1-10-Man TNA Gauntlet, with the winner becoming the new #1 contender for the World Championship; Participants: James Storm, Gunner, Bobby Roode, Bully Ray, Ethan Carter III, Bobby Lashley, Abyss, World X-Division Champion Sanada, Eric Young and Willow
James Storm is the first participant out. Big surprise, Gunner is entrant #2. They brawl on the entrance ramp, then around ringside. Gunner dominates after slamming Storm’s face into the ring steps twice, then rolls him inside. He continues the attack with rights and a back elbow. More rights, and Gunner tries to throw Storm out. He lands on the apron, hits an apron kick, then comes off the middle with a cross-body. Gunner catches him and hits a fall-away slam. He tries to throw Storm out again, but Storm hangs on by raking Gunner’s eyes. Gunner reverses a corner whip and hits a corner clothesline, knocking Storm to the mat. He stomps Storm down, then tries to eliminate him once more. Storm fights Gunner off, then nails him with an uppercut. He throws Gunner to the corner, but Gunner no-sells it before hitting a back elbow.

Bobby Roode is entrant #3. Gunner nails him with rights, but Roode comes back with punches and chops, followed by a clothesline out of the corner. He and Storm stare each other down, then begin double-teaming Gunner, stomping him on the bottom rope. Gunner gets thrown to the corner, and Storm holds him up for a punch by Roode. They go for a double corner whip, and Storm then whips Roode into Gunner. Storm then hits a clothesline and a snapmare. Roode follows up with a jumping knee. The former Beer Money partners try to eliminate Gunner and get him to the outside, but he lands on the apron. They continue kicking him, but he holds on.

Bully Ray is entrant #4. He goes after both Storm and Roode with rights in adjacent corners. They come back and hit a double suplex. Ray no-sells it and hits a double clothesline. Gunner and Ray hit a pair of corner clotheslines. Roode gets a double corner whip as Storm is slumped in another corner, and Ray sends Gunner into Roode with a clothesline. Ray hits a bodyslam on Roode, then tells Gunner to go up top for the Whassup. Gunner obliges, but Storm stops Ray before he can come down.

EC3 is entrant #5, and he keeps looking over his shoulder as he makes his way down to the ring. He hits the ring and immediately attacks Ray in the corner. Gunner tries to grab him, but EC3 fights him off as well. Ray gets back to his feet and hits a chop on EC3 in the corner. Roode rakes Ray’s eyes, and now he’s double-teaming Ray with EC3 in the corner. Ray no-sells a chop from EC3, then hits one of his own, followed by another. He then hits Storm with one. He misses one on Roode in the corner, and now Roode is beating him down as EC3 attacks Gunner. Storm and EC3 try to eliminate Gunner, but he hangs on as Roode tries to throw Ray out on the opposite side.

Bobby Lashley is #6, and he goes right for EC3, hitting him with a clothesline. Storm receives a bodyslam, and Roode gets a running shoulder in the corner, followed by a suplex. He beals EC3 across the ring, and Ray nails EC3 with a clothesline. He holds EC3 up for a Lashley boot before Lashley nails a second one, followed by a neckbreaker. He tries to throw EC3 out as Ray tries to do the same to Storm. Both men hang on.

Abyss is #7. No eliminations thus far. Abyss nails Ray, then does the same to Gunner. He grabs Lashley by the throat and assaults him in the corner before knocking both Gunner and Storm down. He taunts the crowd, so Ray tries to dump him from behind, with Lashley helping him. Magnus makes his way onto the stage at this point, apparently joining Taz and Tenay on commentary. Commercials.

Back from the break, Sanada has joined the match as #8. Eric Young is out as #9. Still no eliminations. EY immediately goes after Abyss, then throws Sanada into him. He tries to eliminate Abyss, and Ray joins him. Abyss kicks EY away before getting hit with an elbow by Ray. Ey goes after Roode now, but Roode fights off elimination. Ray is trying to dump EC3. EC3 lands on the apron, then nails a low blow.

Willow is out as #10, and we have all the entrants. He goes after pretty much everyone, then focuses on EC3. They trade punches until Willow hits a sit-out Twist of Fate. EC3 backdrops him to the outside, but he lands on his feet on the apron as Rockstar Spud rolls himself down to the ring. As Willow tries to suplex EC3 from the ring, Spud gets out of his chair and pulls Willow to the floor.

Willow is eliminated.

Willow gets to his feet and chases Spud to the back. In the ring, Sanada nails EC3 and Abyss with enziguries before running into an Abyss chokeslam. Abyss then tosses Sanada to the floor.

Sanada is eliminated.

Abyss turns around into a spear by Lashley. EC3 hits a forearm to Lashley’s back, but Lashley no-sells it and hits a bodyslam. Storm hits him with a weak Last Call, and Roode dumps Lashley to the floor from his shoulders.

Bobby Lashley is eliminated.

Roode avoids a Ray boot and charges in. Ray tosses him over the top, Roode lands on the apron, and Ray knocks him to the floor.

Bobby Roode is eliminated.

Roode grabs Ray by the arm and pulls him down as EC3 dumps him from behind.

Bully Ray is eliminated.

EC3 nails an elbow on Gunner and throws him face-first into the buckles. Gunner no-sells it, like always, then tees off on EC3 before hitting a high knee. He goes for Hangar 18, but Storm breaks it by nailing him with a Last Call. Storm then tosses Gunner to the floor.

Gunner is eliminated.

We’re down to Storm, EC3, Abyss and EY. EC3 tells Storm and Abyss that they need to team up to focus on EY. Abyss and Storm take turns nailing rights to the head. EC3 tries, but that’s when EY fights back, taking all three on. EC3 nails him from behind and tries to toss him. EY hangs on and pulls EC3 to the floor with a headscissors.

Ethan Carter III is eliminated.

Storm nails EY with a dropkick, and Abyss hits a big splash. Storm sets EY in the corner and whips Abyss into him. EY blocks it with a back elbow, then hits Storm with a boot and a back suplex. He nails another boot on Abyss, knocking him down. Up top, EY hits a flying elbow. Storm nails him with a backcracker from behind, and EY rolls to the apron. From there, Storm hits a suspended DDT. He signals for the Last Call, but EY ducks and throws Storm over the top. Storm tries to skin the cat, but EY dropkicks him to the floor.

James Storm is eliminated.

From behind, Abyss nails EY with the Shock Treatment as we are down to the final two. Abyss signals for the chokeslam, goozles EY and shoves him to the outside, EY lands on the apron, and Abyss knocks him down. EY hangs on, hits a shoulder from the outside, slides back into the ring and goes for a corner whip. Abyss reverses, EY does a Flair Flop, then comes off the top on the other side with a seated missile dropkick. EY clotheslines Abyss to the floor, the momentum taking him over as well. However, he lands on the apron as Abyss hits the floor.


Christy Hemme congratulates EY on his win, and he says he has one thing to say: MVP, your #1 contender has a request. He then calls MVP to come down to the ring. Commercials.

After the break, MVP has not yet come out. He reminds MVP he’s got a request, and once again tells him to come out. MVP finally obliges, applauding EY as he comes out. He stops on the stage and wants to know what’s up. EY compliments him on a job well-done. He says his arm is messed up, but this is live TV, and anything can happen. What we just saw was him become the #1 contender at Sacrifice. But you know what, MVP? He’s feeling crazy tonight. He’s already won once. Everything is going his way, and he’s waited long enough. He’s waited 10 years, and he wants his shot at the title tonight. We see that Magnus likes the idea as MVP is thinking about it. MVP wants to make sure he heard EY correctly. The fans cheer, and MVP says he respects EY’s fighting spirit. He doesn’t remember paying Magnus to commentate, but he does remember paying Magnus to wrestle, so Magnus needs to go to his private dressing room and get suited up for his title match later tonight. Magnus says that’s fine. We all know it’s Magnus’ Rules, and those rules always win out in the end. MVP says we’re going to switch things up tonight. Magnus’ Rules will not be in effect tonight. If Magnus gets counted out or DQ’ed tonight, he’ll lose the title. As for Abyss, he hasn’t forgotten Abyss’ actions in recent weeks, so Abyss is banned from ringside. And, if anyone else should come from the back and interfere in this match, they will be fired on the spot. It will be Magnus one-on-one with EY, no excuses.

We see Spud hiding in Dixie Carter’s office, which is decorated with balloons and streamers. Spud surprises Dixie as she comes in. She says he’s overdoing things, that it’s been less than a month. Spud says she hasn’t returned any of his texts or tweets. She says Spud sold her down the river as soon as he started working for MVP. He says she’s got it all wrong. Dixie ignores him and tells him to clean this mess up. He starts to go after her, but Willow is on the other side of the exit, and he begins throwing Spud all over the room.

MATCH 2-4-Way to determine a new #1 contender for the Knockouts Championship: ODB vs. Brittany vs. Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love (w/Velvet Sky)
Kim and Brittany pair off as Love and ODB do the same. Brittany trips Kim into the middle rope, then assaults her with forearms and kicks. ODB slaps Love on the ass, then boots her to the floor. She turns to Brittany and dares Brittany to hit her. They trade forearms, then hit simultanous clotheslines. Love tosses ODB outside as Kim attacks Brittany in the corner. Love joins her, then throws Kim back before hitting a snapmare on Brittany. Kim hits a low seated dropkick for 2. Love breaks it up and gets her own 2 as Kim does the same. Love shoves her down, and Brittany begins hitting both of them with forearms and headbutts. Kim is sent to the corner, followed by Love. Brittany hits a handspring elbow on Kim, then gets hit with a Love clothesline. Love follows up with a sidewalk slam on Brittany for 2 as ODB breaks up the pin. Kim crashes into Love in the corner, and ODB then whips her into Love. She hits an avalanche on Love, then catches Kim with a fall-away slam. She hits a bronco buster on Love, then drags her to the middle. Kim pulls ODB down by her hair, then gets kicked in the face. Brittany hits a handspring moonsault on ODB before Love hits her with the Lights Out. Kim nails a couple kicks on Love, followed by a clothesline and a backbreaker. She goes for Eat Defeat, but Love blocks it. Kim rolls her up for 2, and as she’s kicked off, Sky sprays her in the face with hairspray. Kim turns around into a Botox Injection by Love, leading to the easy 3.


MVP is on his phone in his office when Dixie enters. He says she has about 10 seconds before he has security drag her out. She reminds him she’s still the president, then calls his “exhibition” with Kenny King last week a joke. She then accuses him of abusing his power, and she’s going to have him fired once she goes to the board of directors. She came here to take care of one wrestler, then asks him to be at ringside when she chews said wrestler up and spits him out in the ring later. She’s going to deal with him now, and MVP is next.

We see the Wolves enter MVP’s office, where’s with Jesse and DJ Z. Apparently, Robbie E is sick this week. MVP says his flight was actually canceled, and he just got confirmation. Jesse says they could have beat the Wolves last week, they could do it this week, and they will definitely do it next week. MVP asks Jesse why he has both of the title belts, since E is not here. Jesse says it’s because he’s the captain of the team, and the captain always carries both belts around. He and Z have a party to go to now, so they’re going to leave. Before that can happen, MVP cuts them off and says he’s getting tired of them taking his kindness for weakness, then lists off all their excuses for not defending the titles recently. He has a solution to this problem: E has until bell time to get here, because there will be a title match. If E doesn’t show up, Z is standing in for him, and the titles will still be on the line.

AI is in the back with Magnus, asking about the title match. He says EY made a tactical error, challenging for the title tonight after winning the gauntlet. That’s fine by Magnus.

Dixie comes out, trying so hard to look like a tough bitch and failing. She says she has unfinished business with Bully Ray. Ray makes his way down to the ring, limping a bit, and it appears his leg is partially taped up. A “We don’t like you” chant breaks out, directed at Dixie as Ray eggs the crowd on. He’s gives her credit. He’s shocked she’s out here because the last time she wanted to talk to him, she didn’t show up. Dixie calls him dumb. He got conned into coming to her office, only for Bobby Roode to take him out. Then, last week, Roode put the “master of the tables” through a table himself. No, actually it was two tables. No wait, it was three tables. And if her memory serves her correctly, he’s never gone through three tables in one night in his career. Ray says she’s right. He can appreciate being conned. She’s also right about the tables. But, Dixie didn’t get the job done. Roode didn’t get the job done, and he’s still standing. She asks why he double-crossed her at Lockdown, costing her control of wrestling operations in TNA, her company. Ray calls her the most selfish woman he’s ever met. This is not her company, nor has it ever been. It’s the fans’ company. This company is for every TNA fan around the world. This company is for every wrestler in the locker room who breaks his back. Dixie cuts him off and says he’s no better than her. Ray says he’s not a spokesperson or an advocate. Whether someone hates or likes him, everyone respects him. No one respects her. She says she built this company with her dollars. Speaking of dollars, she paid Ray to do a job, and he didn’t do it, so she wants her money back. Ray tells her not to trust anyone. It was a lot of money. He bought a car, then spent the rest at Rick’s Cabaret in NYC. Enough of this. He’s sick of her games. Before he can spew his catchphrase, Dixie knocks the mic out of his hand and says it herself. She’s from Dallas, and is still president of this company. She’s in control of every check that comes out of this company, and she’s still his boss. She then slaps him across his face. Ray starts to corner her, but Roode comes from out of nowhere and nails him from behind. He stomps Ray down as Dixie orders him to get a table. Roode pulls one from under the ring and sets it up near the corner. He pulls Ray toward it, but Ray fights back, nails a big boot and goes for a powerbomb. Roode escapes and heads to the floor. Ray looks at Dixie, then looks at the table. The show goes to commercial before anything else can happen.

Magnus comes across Dixie in the back and wants to know what’s going on. She arrived here and didn’t even bother to say hi. She says her visit doesn’t pertain to him. He says he’s the champion, so everything pertains to him. She couldn’t even wish him luck. She says he doesn’t need luck, as he’s got a plan. She’s got one too, and it involves drinking a bunch of wine before going home. He calls her a typical woman. She calls him ungrateful, and that he’s forgotten who brought him to the dance. She remembers him telling EC3 he doesn’t need her anymore, since he has his insurance policy. She then storms off as Magnus says, “#WrathofDixie, my ass.”

MATCH 3-World Tag Team Championship: The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards vs. World Tag Team Co-Champion Jesse and DJ Z (defending for Robbie E)
Jesse and Edwards start the match. Edwards hits a chop. Jesse applies a side headlock. Richards makes a blind tag, and they hit their drop toehold/dropkick combo. Z comes in, and he gets a toehold/elbow combo. Z grabs Richards by the foot off an Irish whip, then hits a hotshot. Jesse capitalizes with a dropkick before tagging in Z. Jesse and Z go for a double suplex, but Edwards comes in, puts a stop to it, and the Wolves low-bridge the champs to the floor before hitting a pair of suicide dives. Back in the ring, Edwards tags in, and the Wolves hit a pair of kicks to the chest. Edwards hits a chop, then gets nailed from the apron by Jesse, allowing Z to hit a flapjack. Jesse tags in, and the champs go for a double back suplex. Edwards flips out and hits a double hurricanrana. Richards makes the hot tag and fires off some kicks on Jesse before hitting a Tidal Crush. Z receives an exploder suplex that sends him to the floor. He nails a running forearm in the corner on Jesse, then comes off the top with a seated missile dropkick for 2. Z tries to break up the pin, but misses and lands on Jesse before getting sent to the floor. Edwards is back in the ring, and he throws Jesse in the air for an Alarm Clock by Richards. Richards goes for the pin, but E shows up out of nowhere and drags referee Brian Hebner to the floor, leading to the DQ.

WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: The Wolves, however the Bromans keep the titles.

AI is in the back with Christy Hemme. She has some things to say tonight, and they might be shocking. She’s gone through some things with Samuel Shaw, and wants him in the ring later tonight to talk about commitment.

A couple minutes later, Hemme is in the ring, and she asks Shaw to come down to the ring. Shaw comes down, mic in-hand. She says this thing with them is complicated, but she’s had a change of heart. She thinks he’s just misunderstood. Shaw is happy she’s finally seen the light. Don’t worry about what these ordinary cretins say. He’s none of the things they call him; he’s simply the love of her life. She knows that, then asks if he trusts her. She then rubs his face and asks if he’d do anything she’d ask him. He nods yes. She asks if he’d go anywhere she asks, then pulls his glove off with her teeth. She closes his eyes and tells him to feel her as she circles him with her hand on his shoulder. On the big screen, a white van that says “Psychiatric Services” pulls up in the back. Mr. Anderson comes out of the back and heads to the ring as Hemme keeps Shaw distracted. She tells Shaw to turn around, then tells him to open his eyes. He does, and runs right into a Mic Check. Anderson, who has the douchey blonde look again, tells Shaw the commitment Hemme talked about is Shaw’s commitment to the funny farm. He’s going to take a ride. Anderson throws Shaw to the floor, and Shaw begins crawling up the ramp as Hemme eggs him on. Anderson kicks him in the ribs, then drags him to the back and out to the van. Shaw gets thrown in the back, and Anderson tries to lock him in. Shaw fights his way out and runs to the parking lot.

We get a promo from Willow. He challenges Rockstar Spud and EC3 to a handicap match next week. That’s all I’m giving you, because I can’t stand listening to this jackass speak and want to save you the trouble of reading his crap.

MATCH 4-World Championship; All TNA employees are banned from ringside, and the title can change hands on a count-out or DQ: Eric Young vs. Magnus (Champion)
I already know what happens here, as I’m sure most of you do by now. Needless to say, TNA has no original ideas to speak of. Anyway, let’s get on with this. The two go nose-to-nose, and Magnus starts up with the trash-talk. They trade punches until Magnus hits a knee to the gut. He nails a right in the corner, then throws EY to the adjacent corner, then does it again. He nails another right, then sends EY across the ring. EY avoids impact, slides under Magnus’ legs and pops up with a dropkick. Magnus reverses a corner whip, EY does the Flair Flop, slides under Magnus’ legs and goes for a belly-to-belly. Magnus boxes the ears to break it, then nails EY in his bad arm. In the corner, EY blocks a charge and comes back with a right. He goes up top, missing a moonsault. Magnus knocks him to the floor with a horrible running knee, causing EY to land on his bad arm. Magnus heads outside and stomps him down before slamming him face-first into the apron. He rams EY back-first into it, then rolls him in the ring for 2. He applies a reverse bearhug, but EY manages to break free by sending him to the floor. EY goes for a suicide dive, but Magnus meets him outside with a European uppercut in mid-air. EY gets thrown intot he steps, and now Magnus is stomping him down. Commercials.

Back from the break, Magnus is still in control, kicking EY in the back in the ring. He comes off the ropes with a power-drive elbow for 2. A gutwrench suplex gets another 2. EY comes back with some rights before running into a sleeper. EY fights and breaks the hold with a jawbreaker. Off the ropes, Magnus catches him with a back body drop, then goes into a camel clutch. EY counters into an electric chair. How many times can Tenay and Taz say “full-court press” in one broadcast. Do either of them even know what that phrase means? I’m guessing no. Both men are back up, and EY is hitting some rights. They crisscross until EY nails a flying forearm. He hits a clothesline, then goes for a German suplex. Magnus elbows out and goes for a waistlock. EY reverses and hits the Showstopper. He comes off the top with a flying elbow and goes for a pin, only getting 2. Magnus comes back with the misdirection clothesline, turning EY inside-out. He hits the MDD and gets 2. Magnus is frustrated, and he rolls to the floor. He grabs the belt and slides in, looking for a belt shot. Brian Hebner grabs the belt and goes to set it in the corner. Behind his back, Magnus escapes a fireman’s carry from EY and hits him with a low blow. He goes for the pin, but it’s still only good for 2. Magnus comes off the ropes, and EY blocks a clothesline and hits a crucifix for 2. He hits a piledriver off a back body drop attempt and gets 3.


End of show.

Don’t get me wrong: EY is a decent performer. I’m not a fan of his gimmick, but he does well with what he’s given, and he’s a solid worker. Having said that, he has not been within sniffing distance of the World title during his entire nearly 12 years with TNA, and is given the title after roughly 2 weeks worth of build as a threat. TNA is trying so hard to make him their version of Daniel Bryan, but the problem is Bryan A) was made into a top-level performer after over a year in WWE, and his recent title win comes after a near 8-month build. There’s no comparison.

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results & April 4 Recap

April 05, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown the WWE Universe counts down to WrestleMania 30 and the Real Americans are in action.

MATCH 1: Dolph Ziggler vs. Titus O’Neil
Ziggler ducks a clothesline and applies a waistlock, but Titus quickly snaps him off. Ziggler goes for the leg, but fails. He then nails Titus with some rights before getting pancaked off the ropes. Titus lays in some rights, then hits a bodyslam. A legdrop connects for 2. Titus applies a rear chinlock, but Ziggler punches his way out. Titus catches him with a knee, then hits a modified ribbreaker. Ziggler blocks a corner charge with a pair of boots, and now both men are down. Ziggler pulls himself to his feet, ducks a clothesline and hits a cross-body right into some mounted punches. He hits some mounted punches in the corner, then connects with a neckbreaker. He misses the rocker dropper, ducks a big boot, kicks Titus in the leg and hits the rocker dropper. Titus no-sells it, shoves Ziggler into the ropes and nails him with a big boot for 2. Titus hits a pair of backbreakers and goes for a third, but Ziggler escapes and hits the Zig-Zag for 3.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler.

As you would expect, since this is the “go-home” show before Wrestlemania on Sunday, this episode is loaded with filler that doesn’t need a recap.

MATCH 2: The Real Americans (Cesaro and Jack Swagger, w/Zeb Colter) vs. Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando, w/El Torito)
Swagger and Fernando start with a lock up, and Swagger quickly rams Fernando to the corner for a series of kneelifts. Fernando reverses a corner whip, then goes for a headscissors out of the corner. Swagger shoves him off, Fernando goes to the top, dives over Swagger and hits a spinning headscissors. Swagger backs Fernando into his corner and tags in Cesaro. Fernando escapes a suplex and hits a dropkick, followed by a pair of armdrags. Cesaro counters an armbar with a bodyslam, but gets hit with a spinning headscissors as he taunts the crowd. Diego tags in and hits a spinning headscissors of his own. Zeb slaps Cesaro as he is shaking things off, and Swagger is forced to step between the two of them. Cesaro gets back in the ring and levels Diego with a dropkick before hitting a series of European uppercuts. I lost count of how many were hit. Cesaro hits the deadlift gutwrench suplex, and now Diego is has rolled to the apron. Cesaro suplexes him back in and floats over into a 1-count. Diego tries to fight back, but Cesaro kicks him in the face. Swagger tags in and throws Diego to the corner for some rights. He hits a snapmare and applies a modified surfboard. Diego breaks the hold with a mule kick, but quickly gets stomped down before getting thrown to the floor. Cesaro tags in, drops to the floor and nails a running clothesline. He throws Diego into the barricade before rolling him back into the ring for 2. Cesaro has a rear chinlock applied now, but Diego fights his way out. Cesaro shoves him, then eats a boot in the corner. Swagger tags in, and Diego fights them off before hitting a double DDT. Swagger drags Diego back to his corner and stomps him down. Cesaro tags in, and the Americans hit a double suplex. He hits a jumping elbow off the ropes for 2, then nails another European uppercut. Swagger back in, and he throws Cesaro into Diego in the corner, then hits a clothesline for 2. Swagger applies a front chancery, and Diego is trying to fight his way to his corner. Swagger shoves him back, but then runs into a pair of boots. Cesaro comes in illegally, and gets low-bridged to the floor. Diego kicks Swagger away and tries for a tag, but Cesaro attacks Fernando on the outside. Swagger recovers and hits Diego with a belly-to-belly for 2. He hits the Swagger Bomb as Cesaro tags in, and he follows up with the leapfrog double-stomp for 2. Diego comes back with elbows and punches out of the corner, then calls for Fernando to get back on the apron for a tag. Swagger tags in and tries for a double team, but Diego sends them both to the outside. He crawls to his corner as Swagger comes back in. Cesaro and Fernando tag in, and Fernando hits a pair of flying headbutts. He slides under Cesaro’s legs and snaps off a hurricanrana before hitting a springboard back elbow for 2. Cesaro nails another shot and goes for a back suplex, but Fernando escapes and flapjacks him into the top buckle. Fernando comes off the top with a somersault plancha for 2 as Swagger makes the save. Diego backdrops him to the floor, and Cesaro boots Diego to the floor. In the ring, Fernando hits a pair of knees in the corner and goes for a dive from the middle rope. Cesaro catches him and hits the Cesaro Swing for 10 revolutions. He then hits the Neutralizer and gets the 3.

WINNERS: The Real Americans.

Hulk Hogan cuts a long-winded promo. I think the word “brother” was in there some where.

And…that’s it! See you next week.

End of show.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results & April 3 Recap

April 05, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Bobby Roode and EC3 are in the ring. We are going straight into a match for once.

MATCH 1-Tag Team Tables Match: Ethan Carter III and Bobby Roode vs. Bully Ray and Willow
The two teams start brawling as soon as Willow hits the ring. Ray mounts Roode in the corner for some punches as Willow is hitting shoulder thrusts on EC3 in the adjacent corner. The faces hit a Poetry in Motion on Roode, and then one for EC3. Ray hits a bodyslam on EC3 as Willow goes up top for the Whassup. Ray tells Willow to get the tables, and Willow grabs one from outside. EC3 is back in the ring as the faces set the table up, and now Roode is back in as well. He hits a clothesline on Ray, and EC3 nails Willow with a dropkick. The heels go for a double back body drop through the table, but Ray moves it. EC3 nails Ray with a forearm off the ropes, and now the heels set the table up once more. They hit Ray with forearms and boots before going for a double suplex through the table. Willow moves the table, then hits Roode with a reverse enziguri. EC3 drops him with a clothesline, then slams Willow’s face into the mat. Willow laughs and no-sells the slams before hitting a sit-out jawbreaker. He hits a handspring splash in the corner, then a slingshot dropkick. He hits a sit-out Twist of Fate, then a standard version after a stupid dance before going for the table once again. He sets it up near the corner and sets EC3 on it before going up top. Rockstar Spud rolls down to ringside in a wheelchair, and Willow notices him, dropping to the floor, where he dropkicks Spud in the chair before carrying him to the back. Back in the ring, Ray goes up top, but Roode grabs his foot and dumps him over the table. The heels stomp Ray down, but Ray comes back with a pair of low blows. He launches Roode at EC3 from the middle rope, then hits a double clothesline. He nails Roode with the Flip, Flop & Fly, then hits one on EC3 for good measure. The table gets set up near the ropes as Ray looks for a powerbomb. Roode nails Ray from behind and goes for the Roode Bomb. Ray escapes and goes for the Bully Cutter, but Roode shoves him off before hitting a spinebuster through the table.

WINNERS: Ethan Carter III and Bobby Roode.

After the match, Roode and EC3 set up another table, and Roode puts Ray through it with the Roode Bomb. EC3 starts to leave, but Roode stops him and tells him to get another table. EC3 obliges, and they set it up as Ray is trying to get to his feet. EC3 picks him up, and Roode peppers him with rights, knocking him back onto the table. Roode heads up top and splashes Ray through the table. He then screams that Ray is messing with the wrong sonofabitch before asking if Ray knows who Roode is.

Kenny King shows up in the arena on the back of a golf cart, then asks the staffer at the door what he’s on for tonight. The staffer says King isn’t booked for tonight, so King storms into the building, asking where MVP is.

AI approaches Magnus outside, asking where Abyss is. Magnus says Abyss is fine, and there’s nothing to worry about.

Elsewhere, AI 2 is with MVP in his office. MVP says he’s stoked for tonight because the card is stacked, then goes over the matches booked for the evening when Kenny King enters his office. MVP tells him he’ll catch up with King later and more or less pushes him to the side.

MATCH 2-Straightjacket Match: Mr. Anderson Samuel Shaw
Oh, yay. Two guys I don’t give a rat’s ass having a 3rd match. Anderson cuts a long, dumb-ass promo before Shaw comes out. It’s pathetic how awful Anderson is at public speaking. Shaw comes out, and he decides to give a promo, too. More yay. He rambles on about creating art, then calls everyone in the building besides him ordinary. As he gets on the apron, Anderson nails him with a forearm, officially starting this match. Anderson nails Shaw on the outside, then goes for the straightjacket. Shaw comes back with rights and a kneelift. Anderson reverses an Irish whip, sending Shaw over the ring steps. He grabs the jacket once again and tries to put it on Shaw. Shaw kicks him away, back-first into the steps. Commercials.

Back from the break, Shaw clotheslines Anderson in the ring with the jacket in his hands. He chokes Anderson, hits a right, then tries to get Anderson in the jacket. He gets Anderson’s arms in the sleeves, then begins to celebrate. Anderson hits him in the face, follows up with a pair of clotheslines, a back elbow and a spinning neckbreaker. He hits Shaw with a rolling fireman’s carry slam, then finally takes the jacket off. He gets one of Shaw’s arms in, then the other. Shaw kicks him in the nuts, then locks in the kata gatame. He chokes Anderson out, takes the jacket off and gets Anderson in it. Anderson starts to fight back, so Shaw chokes him with the kata gatame once again. He continues getting the jacket on Anderson, then turns him over to tie up the straps, something he has no idea how to do. Eventually, the ref decides he’s done a good enough of a job and calls for the bell.

WINNER: Samuel Shaw, who is sporting a bloody nose.

AI is in a dressing room with the Beautiful People, and he asks Angelina Love how long she’s been waiting for this moment. Love says this is years in the making, and tonight, the BP will rewrite history. If we thought they were deadly before, we haven’t seen anything yet. Velvet Sky then goes off on Madison Rayne and says that while Rayne should be at home taking care of her baby, she’s going to get beat down by the “vixens of violence”.

Earlier today, AI was with Eric Young outside, asking about his World title match tonight. He says this isn’t about the title; it’s about responsibility. He brought out the monster, and he has to deal with it. Having said that, he’s been here 10 years, and tonight, he’ll show everyone why he deserves this spot.

MATCH 3: Tigre Uno vs. World X-Division Champion Sanada (non-title)
We are informed this is the first match in a best-of-3 series, and if the series goes to a third match, the title will be on the line. Before it starts, Kenny King comes out and says no disrespect, but the “King of the Night” is in the building right now. He’s not here to own the spotlight; he’s here to lock it down. He’s the “pretty-boy pitbull”, and he IS the X-Division. The division isn’t the same without him. He then rambles that he was born for this. Before it goes on too long, MVP comes out. Are we even going to get this match?

MVP calls King crazy, interrupting his show. This became his show when he sent Dixie Carter home, and he’s held responsible for the show’s content. King says that, even with MVP in the ring, King is still the biggest star in the ring right now. There are no other stars here besides him. MVP says they can talk about this in his office. King says unless there is money and girls back there, he’s not leaving. In fact, it’s time for him to main-event TNA. MVP says that could happen, but the show is booked tonight. Maybe next week. King then asks what MVP is doing tonight. He wants MVP participate tonight against King so he can show his stuff. MVP tells him he’s not on the card, and he needs to go. King asks if he can take a bow for his fands before he leaves, then smacks MVP upside the head. He asks for an exhibition match once more, and MVP finally agrees. Commercials.

Back from the break, this match has finally started. Uno takes Sanada down with a top-wristlock, then applies a side headlock. They crisscross until Uno hits a backflip kick. He blocks another kick in the corner, spins Sanada through the ropes and kicks him in the back. He goes for a dive, but Sanada sees him coming, so Uno puts on the breaks. Back in the ring, Uno locks in a modified surfboard before putting his foot into Sanada’s back. Sanada reverses the move and hits a pair of back elbows. Up top, Sanada hits an overhand chop. He follows up with a deep armdrag and a back suplex. He misses a standing moonsault, lands on his feet and hits a seated dropkick to the back for 2. Uno reverses a corner whip, then misses a splash. Sanada locks in a rolling cradle for 2, and Uno rolls to the floor. Sanada goes for a suicide dive, but Uno comes back in with a spinning heel kick. He hits another kick in the corner and goes for a springboard, but he’s met with a dropkick. Sanada goes up for a moonsault, and Uno crotches him, knocking him back down to the mat. Uno heads up now for a split-legged moonsault, but Sanada gets his knees up. He then hits Uno with a tiger suplex and gets 3.

AI stops Magnus in the back again, asking where Abyss is. Magnus says not to worry. There’s a good reason we haven’t seen Abyss yet, and he’ll reveal that reason shortly.

We see Brittany in the locker room with Madison Rayne. She says she looks up to Rayne, then lists off her credentials before saying Rayne doesn’t have a partner for later tonight and offers her services. Rayne says no, because getting involved with the BP is a never-ending struggle and Brittany doesn’t deserve that. Brittany says Rayne was in her position a few years ago and knows what it was like. Rayne agrees, then tells her to shut the door so they can talk strategy.

Magnus heads out to the ring, and he’s got something to share with everyone. He calls Abyss out to the ring, and after a few seconds of patronizing remarks by the champ, Abyss’ music hits. After a few seconds, he comes out in a 3-piece suit, all the while still wearing his mask. Magnus says this is how the upper echelon dresses. Abyss looks like a winner because he’s associated with a winner. Abyss IS a winner, but the reason he was called out here was so they could discuss strategy for the main event later tonight. MVP, SpikeTV, rumor merchants and the idiot fans will say this is a 4-corners match. They know the hook is the prospect of Abyss facing Magnus, but they both know that won’t happen. The reason that won’t happen is because they’re a team and best buds. He treats Abyss like a human, like a star. He mentions James Mitchell, and Abyss starts to get fired up a bit. Magnus calms him down, then mentions Eric Young’s mind games. He’s different. He’s a Brit, and British people have a hard time showing emotion. It’s hard for him to express himself sometimes, and it’s hard for him to say this, but he’d like to say something Abyss has been longing to hear his whole life. Magnus tells Abyss he loves him, then gives Abyss a hug. Abyss looks confused. The two then leave.

As Abyss is heading up the ramp, EY shows up from out of nowhere and nails Abyss in the back of the head. Magnus comes back and the two roll EY into the ring, where they stomp him down. Samoa Joe hits the ring. Magnus flees, and Abyss remains, receiving a headbutt for his effort. As the heels leave, Joe and EY have a staredown before talking some trash to each other. EY tells Joe he doesn’t need help, and for Joe to stay out of his business.

MVP is in his office with the Wolves. He asks if they’re stoked for their tag title rematch tonight. A moment later, the Robbie E walks in with a trainer and says there will be no match tonight. Apparently, Jesse got hurt at the gym and pulled his quad, making him unable to compete tonight, complete with a doctor’s note. E then threatens a lawsuit if MVP tries to make a match. After he leaves, MVP shakes his head and tells the Wolves he can’t take a chance. The title match for tonight is now canceled.

Another video of Knux returning home. We see him at his dad’s house/outhouse. His dad says he needs Knux’s help because the town was hit with a flood recently. Knux offers to stay for a few days and help get his dad’s business up and running again.

MATCH 4: The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky) vs. Brittany and Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne
“Beautiful” is definitely not the right word for these two. And these costumes are rigoddamndiculous. Brittany and Love start with a lock-up. Love hits a knee and a forearm to the face. Brittany comes back with a kick and a series of forearms. She shoulders Love off the ropes, then hits a pair of armdrags, followed by a bodyslam. Sky tags in and gets hit with a drop-toehold. Sky fights out of a front chancery with a jawbreaker, then sends Brittany to the corner. Brittany hits an elbow, but then gets yanked down by the hair by Love. Love comes in, and the BP hit a double elbow for 2. Love slams Brittany’s face into the mat a couple times, then taunts Rayne, allowing an illegal double-team in the corner. Love hits a snapmare and a seated dropkick to the back before tagging in Sky, who hits a kick to the gut before throwing Brittany to the corner for some shoulder thrusts. Love chokes Brittany behind the ref’s back, and Sky lays in some boots before stacking Brittany up for 2. Brittany comes back with a side-Russian legsweep. Love and Rayne tag in. Rayne ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of her own. She follows up with an enziguri and a running boot to the head for 2 until Sky breaks up the pin. Brittany tags herself in and hits a dropkick. Sky comes in and the BP hit Brittany with the Makeover (a pair of kicks to the chest and back) for 3.

WINNER: The Beautiful People.

MATCH 5-”Exhibition” Match: Kenny King vs. MVP
The two shake hands before locking up. MVP applies an arm wringer. King tries to roll through, but MVP rolls with him, maintaining the hold. King gets to the ropes and backflips his way out of the hold. They lock up again, and now King applies the arm wringer. MVP reverses, then breaks the hold. They lock up again, and now MVP has a hammerlock on King. King reverses into a Japanese armdrag. He then applies a side headlock before the two crisscross. MVP snags King by the leg and applies a modified STF before just letting go for whatever reason. They lock up yet again, and King goes back to the side headlock, turning it into a hipthrow. He turns MVP onto his stomach, then does a handspring just because. MVP hits a hip throw of his own, keeping the side headlock locked in. King counters into a headscissors. MVP escapes and applies a front chancery. He backs King into the corner, and King nails him with a headbutt. King applies a waistlock, and MVP counters into a pair of takedowns. King breaks the hold with a back elbow, and MVP nails him with a right. MVP ducks a clothesline, and now the two trade punches. MVP takes King down and continues nailing rights, and now the match has been thrown out.

WINNER: Double disqualification. Well, that was pointless. A couple of referees hit the ring to pull these two apart, and once they’re separated, King nails MVP from behind before heading back up the ramp.

Magnus is looking for EC3 in the back, finding him in a hallway. He compliments EC3 on his match, and EC3 wants to know what he wants. Magnus says their business relationship is over, but they’re still friends. He asks if EC3 still has his back. EC3 asks where he was when Willow tried to break his leg. He doesn’t know why Magnus needs him, since he’s got Abyss, a man Magnus claims to love. He’s afraid Abyss will come unleashed and go for the title. Magnus doesn’t want to play therapist, and just wants to know if EC3 has his back. EC3 doesn’t have an answer.

AI catches up with Kenny King in the back. King calls the match a good-spirited exhibition, and MVP was trying to play him, so he had to show him a little bit of something. MVP storms in and begins nailing him with rights, and the fight spills outside. The Wolves just happen to be nearby, and they get between the two, calming MVP down as King leaves the area.

MATCH 6-4-Corners Match for the World Championship: Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young vs. Abyss vs. Magnus (Champion)
Abyss attacks EY, while Magnus squares off with Joe in the adjacent corner. Magnus hits a couple of strikes, but Joe comes back with an inverted atomic drop, a running boot and a running senton. EY begins hitting Abyss with rights as the other two start brawling at ringside. EY hits a shoulder thrust from the apron, slides back into the ring and dropkicks Abyss to the floor. Joe and Abyss trade punches, and Magnus joins in. EY takes them out with a suicide dive, then rolls Magnus back in for a top rope cross-body for 2. Abyss comes in and misses an avalanche on EY, hitting Magnus instead. Joe is back in, and he argues with EY. Abyss and Magnus nail both of them. Commercials.

Back from the break, Magnus dumps Joe to the outside before foot-choking EY in the corner. Abyss stomps EY at the same time, then picks him up for a right to the head. Magnus tells Abyss to go after Joe on the outside, and now the two big men are brawling. In the ring, EY hits a kick, but gets dropped with a misdirection clothesline as Abyss chokes Joe on the outside. Magnus goes for the pin on EY, getting 2. He now has EY in a rear chinlock. Joe comes nails Abyss with some forearms, but gets hit with a knee in the gut. Magnus hits EY with a high knee off the ropes. He goes for another pin, getting 2. Abyss is raking at Joe’s face as EY makes a comeback in the ring with rights. It’s short-lived, though, as Magnus drops him with a back elbow. Outside, Joe hits some snap jabs on Abyss. Inside, Magnus hits a gutwrench suplex for on EY for 2. Abyss drops Joe and comes back into the ring. He clubs EY across the back as Magnus prevents Joe from re-entering the ring. Abyss picks EY up and puts him back down with a forearm to the head. Magnus sets EY up for a superplex, but Abyss steps in, as he’s the one who wants to do it. Magnus and Abyss argue a bit before Magnus goes to the middle rope. EY fights him off, then hits a double dropkick from the top on the heels. He fights them both off with rights and forearms until Magnus sends him to the floor with a hard corner whip. Joe is back in, and now he’s throwing forearms all over the place. He whips Abyss into Magnus in the corner, hits them both with a running hip bump, then nails Abyss with a jumping spin kick. Magnus rakes Joe’s eyes before running into a snap powerslam for 2. EY breaks up the pin and receives a powerslam for his efforts, getting Joe another 2 as Abyss breaks it up. Joe then hits Abyss with a powerslam. Magnus receives a knife-edge, then gets locked in the Kokina Clutch. Magnus breaks it with a low blow, then whips Joe into Abyss, who hits the Black Hole Slam. Joe rolls to the floor, and Magnus follows, throwing Joe into the steps. EY is back in, trying to fight off Abyss. Abyss goozles him and goes for a chokeslam, but EY bites the hand. It’s all for naught, as Abyss quickly hits the Black Hole Slam. He goes for the pin, but Magnus screams at him not to to do it. Magnus tells Abyss to listen to him, not the fans. He loves Abyss, and that’s when Abyss backs off. Magnus up top and hits the flying elbow, which is enough for 3.


We get a teaser for next week, ending with a graphic for the hashtag #WrathofDixie.


End of show.

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results & March 28 Recap

March 30, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown former WWE world heavyweight champions Batista and Sheamus square off and Bray Wyatt takes on The Big Show.

MATCH 1: Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow
The two lock up, and Sandow hits a kneelift before throwing Cara to the corner for a clothesline. He hits a snap suplex for one, then nails some forearms to the chest before applying a rear chinlock. Sandow hits a forearm to the back and sends Cara in for another corner clothesline. Cara gets whipped across again, but avoids the clothesline and quickly rolls Sandow up for 3.

WINNER: Sin Cara. I don’t get it. Who did Sandow piss off to become a glorified jobber like this?

Renee Young is standing by with the Big Show. She asks his thoughts about tonight against Bray Wyatt, and Show says what the Wyatts did to John Cena on Monday was twisted. They are intimidating, and they make you question yourself, because some of what Bray Wyatt says makes sense. That’s how they suck you in, so tonight, Show has a giant problem on his hands. Then again, so do the Wyatts.

MATCH 2: WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (w/Roman Reigns) vs. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre (w/Heath Slater)
Rollins and Mahal start the match by circling each other. They trade a few quick holds until Mahal hits a back elbow. Rollins answers with a dropkick, then hits Two Amigos before tagging in Ambrose. He hits another suplex and Ambrose nails a low clothesline for 2. He follows up with a power-drive elbow, then tags in Rollins. Mahal comes back with some punches and throws Rollins to his corner. Drew tags in and hits a suplex before taunting Reigns on the outside. Rollins backflips out of a suplex and ducks a clothesline before tagging in Ambrose. Ambrose knocks Mahal off the apron before going after Drew. He hits a kitchen sink and follows up with a running seated dropkick against the ropes. Mahal comes back in, but gets sent to the floor. Rollins takes him out with a slingshot plancha. In the ring, Drew knocks Ambrose into the ropes with a punch, but Ambrose bounces himself back off the ropes and nails Drew in the face. Ambrose hits the move now called Dirty Deeds (his headlock driver) and gets the 3.

WINNERS: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.

Kane and the New-Age Outlaws walk out onto the stage, and Kane says what the Shield just did to 3MB is exactly what they’ll do to the Shield at WM. But they’ll do it like men instead of ambushing them, like the Shield’s next opponents.

MATCH 3: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (w/Roman Reigns) vs. Rybaxel (Curtis Axel and Ryback)
After some commercials, Ryback is nailing Ambrose with a clothesline. Axel tags in, but Ambrose trips him and applies a modified Regal Stretch. Kane and the Outlaws are still on the stage, so I’m sure you know where this will go next. Axel comes back with a kneelift and tosses Ambrose outside. Ambrose lands on his feet on the apron and knocks Ryback to the floor. Axel nails him from behind with a clothesline. On the floor, Axel nails some rights before throwing Ambrose back in. Ryback tags in and hits a bodyslam. He goes to the middle rope and hits a splash after tagging in Axel, who then comes in with an elbow from the middle for 2. Ambrose gets thrown to the corner as Ryback tags back in. Rybaxel double-team Ambrose with rights before Ryback gets a 2-count. Ambrose counters a delayed vertical suplex with a DDT. Rollins and Axel tag in. Rollins nails Axel before knocking Ryback off the apron. He hits Axel with a middle rope blockbuster, then nails a forearm in the corner and a dropkick off the ropes. Axel backdrops him to the outside, but he lands on his feet and nails a kick. He kicks Ryback on the outside before Ambrose takes him out with a dive off the steps. Axel is backdropped to the floor, and Rollins wipes both members of Rybaxel out with a somersault plancha. Back in the ring, Rollins goes for a springboard, but Axel blocks him and looks for the Perfect-Plex. Rollins escapes and nails a Ghetto Blaster before hitting the jumping curb stomp for 3.

WINNERS: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. As Rollins stares at Kane and the Outlaws, he takes Rybaxel out with a suicide dive on the floor. Ryback gets thrown into the ring, and Reigns nails him with a Superman Punch. The Shield then hit him with a triple powerbomb.

Okay, I figured for sure they’d have to face the Real Americans after that. Guess I was wrong.

Batista comes out, and every time he comes out, he somehow looks more douchetastic than the last time. At least he finally swapped the skinny jeans out for cargo pants. I guess splitting his pants on national TV was the final straw there. He says that, for years, since the day he left, everyone begged him to come back to WWE (nope). So, here he is, and people boo him. You boo him, a 6-time World Champion, winner of the 2014 Royal Rumble (and 2005, BTW), headliner of WMXXX, and you boo him while cheering for a sawed-off, goat-faced wannabe like Daniel Bryan. How does that make sense? He considers that a personal slap in the face, which brings him to this past Monday night on RAW. We see the footage of Stephanie McMahon slapping Batista after he more or less called her a slut. Back to Batista, he calls that pretty funny, but he doesn’t think Randy Orton is laughing, and WM, Bryan and Triple H won’t be laughing. Whether you cheer for him or not, he’s walking out of WM the new WWE World Champion. He doesn’t care who he beats. Of all of his possible opponents, Stephanie hits harder than all of them.

This of course sends Trips out, and he is smiling as he walks down to the ring. He tells Batista to leave his wife out of this. Batista says she’s the reason Trips is in a suit and the COO of WWE, and Trips wouldn’t have anything if he didn’t marry the boss’ daughter. Trips says Batista shouldn’t be concerned about that. This is the “Reality Era”, and in this era, people don’t need to be concerned about that stuff. It doesn’t matter how he got the power; the important thing is he has the power. Why is Batista making this personal? Batista says Trips is doing the same thing, saying he’s living off his past glories. He reminds Trips of some of those, including the fact that Trips has never beaten him in a match. Now Trips wants to implant himself or Bryan into the main event. He came back to win the title, and Trips won’t stop him. Trips agrees he’s never beaten Batista, but that’s ancient history. He takes credit for turning Batista into “The Animal”. But then Batista got success, got soft, got lazy and quit. He went to Hollywood and watched stuntmen do all the hard work. Then, for whatever reason, he came back. Since he’s been back, however, Trips has yet to see “The Animal”. He showed the world what he could still do a couple weeks ago with Bryan, a guy Batista couldn’t finish off. When is Batista gonna show what he can still do? Trips’ help has worked out in the past and is willing to help him again tonight. In this very ring, Batista will compete with a guy that reminds him of the old Batista, that being Sheamus.

MATCH 4: Goldust vs. Fandango (w/Summer Rae)
Goldust applies a side headlock before shouldering Fandango off the ropes. They crisscross until Goldust hits an armdrag. He nails an uppercut in the corner, but then gets sent into the opposite buckles for 2. Fandango hits a kick to the head before knocking Goldust down and applying a rear chinlock. Goldust tries to fight out, but gets whipped down by his head. Fandango nails a forearm to the back of the head and applies a rear chinlock. Goldust counters into a back suplex. He ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of his own before hitting the Goldust Uppercut. He follows up with an inverted atomic drop, a boot to the head and some corner mounted punches. Fandango reverses a corner whip, but then runs right into a powerslam for 2. He heads outside, and Goldust follows, nailing Fandango by the announce desk. Rae tries to step between them, but fails as Goldust rolls Fandango back in. She causes a distraction as Goldust tries to get back in, and Fandango hits him with a boot to the side of the head for 3.

WINNER: Fandango. God, Summer Rae is disgusting. She’s got a stick body, a butt face and a voice that I would rather hear nails across a chalkboard over.

MATCH 5: Batista vs. Sheamus
We Trips watching this on a monitor in his office. Batista immediately goes for a rope-break in the corner before Sheamus can even touch him. Sheamus grabs him in a lock-up, and Batista gets another corner break.They lock up again, and Batista applies a side headock. Sheamus comes back with a shoulder off the ropes, and Batista rolls to the floor. Sheamus heads outside and chases him back into the ring, where Batista nails a kick. He follows up with some shoulder thrusts in the corner before knocking him down with rights and a kick. Sheamus comes back with some rights to the head. Batista reverses a corner whip, sending Sheamus chest-first into the buckles. He hits a short-arm clothesline. Sheamus comes back with a boot and some more rights. Batista boots him in the gut, then hits a kneelift to the face. Sheamus gets corner-whipped, and Batista knocks him down with a corner clothesline. Batista drops to the floor, where he hits an elbow on the apron. Back in the ring, Sheamus boots him out of the corner before running into a spinebuster. Batista flexes his Hogan bitch tits, then turns around into a clothesline by Sheamus. Sheamus hits a pair of Irish Hammer, a running shoulder in the corner and a running kneelift. Batista rolls to the apron, and Sheamus goes for the Ten Beats of the Bodhran, but Batista counters with a hotshot. He picks Sheamus up, but Sheamus nails him and hits the Ten Beats on the second attempt. He then picks Batista up on his shoulder from the apron and drops him in a powerslam. He signals for the Brogue Kick, but Batista sees it coming and bails to the floor. Sheamus goes after him, and Batista nails him in the gut with a chair.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: Sheamus. Batista nails two more chair shots to the back, then proceeds to choke Sheamus with the chair. He picks him up and throws him head-first into the ring post, then rolls him back in the ring, where he hits the Batista Bomb. He grabs a mic and asks if Trips is happy. He’s leaving WMXXX the new WWE World Champion. Deal with it.

We get yet another, longer, more awesome video package for the Wyatt Family/Cena feud. This cuts over to the Wyatts on the TitanTron. Bray says give a man a mask, and he will reveal his true face. Nobody’s innocent, John. They’re all guilty. They’ve all worn a mask, whether it was to hide their wrongdoings or fit into a social scene. It makes no difference because there’s a problem. If you hide behind the mask for too long, it becomes you. To remove the mask is to remove your own skin. He has broken you, John. His sword has left a scar on your soul that will never heal. Tonight, this sword will slay a giant. A gift for you, John. Can’t you hear her calling your name? Can’t you hear her sweet song serenading your mind? He’ll never forget what she said the first time he heard it: all secrets will come to light underneath the shade of the cypress tree. He’s got the whole world in his hands.

MATCH 6: WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka vs. The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki)
Vickie Guerrero is on commentary for this match. AJ and Brie start, with Brie hitting a boot to the gut and a northern lights suplex for 2. Nikki tags in and hits a dropkick, followed by a terrible kick from the middle rope for 2. She applies a side headlock, and Tamina makes a blind tag, hitting a Samoan drop on Nikki. AJ asks to be tagged in, and Tamina obliges. AJ covers Nikki for 2, then applies a guillotine. Nikki counters into a powerslam, but AJ turns that into a sleeper. Nikki breaks it by backing into the buckles, and Tamina tags herself in. She nails Nikki with a clothesline and then misses a splash from the middle rope. Brie tags in, hits a clothesline and a dropkick. She hits a knee against the ropes, then a running knee to the face. Brie comes off the middle rope with a missile dropkick, and Tamina slides to the floor. Brie nails AJ as Tamina hits Brie. Tamina and AJ argue, and Tamina forces the tag before shoving AJ into the ring. AJ turns around and gets hit with a sit-out facebuster for 3.

WINNERS: The Bella Twins.

We get some video from earlier today of Emma and Santino Marella having dinner at a restaurant. Emma calls him a “friend with benefits”, then explains that the meal and wine are benefits as Santino is confused. He wants to look in her eyes, and she thinks he wants a staring contest. Emma stops him and says she knows what he’ll say, and he doesn’t have to worry, because she feels the same way, and that’s that they will always be the best of friends. Santino starts to say what he came here to say, but he’s getting the dry heaves. She gives him some wine, and he accidentally spits it all over her before running tot he bathroom.

MATCH 7: Jack Swagger (w/Cesaro and Zeb Colter) vs. WWE Tag Team Co-Champion Jimmy Uso (w/Jey Uso)
It’s announced the Usos will defend the titles against the Real Americans, Rybaxel and Los Matadores in a Fatal 4-Way at WMXXX. They lock up, and Swagger backs him into the corner before hitting a series of kneelifts. Swagger applies a side headlock, but Jimmy escapes and throws Swagger to the floor. He takes Swagger with an over-the-top suicide dive, then rolls Swagger back in. Up top, Jimmy hits a cross-body for 2. He lands a mule kick to the gut and another kick to the face before hitting a jumping side kick off the ropes. He nails a couple of chops in the corner, then hits a corkscrew moonsault off a corner whip reversal for 2. Swagger is slumped in the corner, and Jimmy looks for the running hip bump. Swagger gets up and nails a chopblock to the front of the knee, then applies the Patriot Lock and cinches it in until Jimmy taps.

WINNER: Jack Swagger.

MATCH 8: Mark Henry vs. The Miz
After RAW, Miz is a heel again this week. That’ll change again within a week or so, because not even WWE’s creative team gives a drizzling sh*t about Miz. Henry points at the WM sign, and Miz boots him in the gut. He hits a few punches and tries to throw Henry out. Henry puts on the breaks and clubs him across the back. Miz gets sent into two sets of buckles, and Henry catches him for the WSS. Miz escapes and begins kicking Henry in the knee. He ducks a clothesline and hits a seated dropkick to the knee before dropping some elbows and a series of knees. He hits a running boot to the face for 1, then applies a modified ankle lock. Henry kicks him off and gets to his feet, where he boots Miz out of the corner. Henry nails a pair of clotheslines and an over-the-shoulder powerslam. Henry hits a Thump, then goes to the corner for a Vader Bomb, which misses. Miz goes back to the knee and signals for the figure-4. Henry kicks him off into the ropes. Miz recovers and dumps Henry over the top rope. Henry drags him outside and throws him into the steps before launching him into the barricade. Henry rolls Miz back into the ring, climbs in and hits the World’s Strongest Slam for 3.

WINNER: Mark Henry.

MATCH 9: The Big Show vs. Bray Wyatt (w/Luke Harper and Erick Rowan)
Wyatt gives the rest of the Family some orders before entering the ring, then charges at Show once he does. Show shoves him into the corner, and Wyatt laughs before circling Show. He nails some rights, so Show grabs him by the head and throws him to the floor. Wyatt is still smiling, and he tells Show, “That was nice!” Back in the ring, Wyatt shoves Show and then screams at him. Show throws him to the corner for some body blows before hitting an open-hand chop to the chest. Show knocks him back to the corner with a headbutt. Wyatt recovers and hits a right before kicking Show in the knee. Show comes back with a boot and goes for an elbow, which misses. Wyatt lays the boots to Show, then nails him with an uppercut before stomping him down and hitting an elbow. Wyatt hits a running senton for 2 as Show powers out. Wyatt falls on his back and crab walks before rolling onto his feet. Show comes back with a pair of clotheslines, then misses a running hip bump in the corner. Wyatt capitalizes with an avalanche, then blocks a boot and hits a leg stunner. He hits a running forearm off the ropes, and now Rowan is distracing the ref, which allows Harper to nail Show with a right. Wyatt picks Show up and hits Sister Abigail for 3.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt. Damn! Talk about making Wyatt look strong going into WM.

End of show.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results & March 27 Recap

March 29, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week’s show opens with MVP heading down to the ring. He says he knows Abyss can hear him, and what he needs to know is that MVP’s intention here is to make a level playing field, and wrestlers will rise/fall based on talent alone. A great man once said that the cream always rises to the top. So, after speaking to the board of directors, it’s time to make an executive decision.

Before that can happen, Magnus and Abyss interrupt. Magnus says that, before MVP does anything rash, he needs to remind MVP that Abyss has a legitimate service contract with the World Champion. He doesn’t work for TNA or MVP; he works for Magnus. That means the only time MVP’s authority works on him is through Magnus, and Magnus has to be in the ring. That’s the way it is, and MVP needs to get on-board. MVP is completely on-board, and knowing Magnus the way he does, he’s sure Magnus has legal documentation. Magnus does, so MVP says there shouldn’t be any problems. After being handcuffed to Abyss, MVP saw how violent he could be. Make no mistake, MVP isn’t going to fire him, but he’s also not afraid of him. If Abyss puts his hands on MVP again, MVP will show him a real violent side. But that’s for another day. As he’s watched Magnus manipulate him, he wondered if Abyss wanted something more, something great. He asks if Abyss wants a shot at the title. Since they’d both be in the ring at the same time, MVP can make it happen. When that title is on the line, we’ll find out where Abyss’ loyalties really lie. Before we go, someone has been getting shafted by Magnus repeatedly, so next week, Magnus will defend the title against Abyss and the still-#1 contender, Samoa Joe in a 3-way next week.

Joe comes down and says he’s not hearing things right. If he’s not mistaken, he’s only asked MVP for one thing, and it’s for Joe to have a fair, uninterrupted opportunity to beat Magnus’ ass and take back the title. Instead of that, he’s hearing his rematch is now a handicap match. MVP points out it’s a 3-way, and Magnus can’t control Abyss with the title on the line. Joe tells MVP he’s about to have a problem controlling Joe in a few seconds. Magnus says they have their own problems, so he’s just going to go ahead and do one thing. Before that happens, Joe nails Magnus. Abyss attacks Joe from behind, and MVP starts attacking him. Eric Young hits the ring and attacks both Magnus and Abyss as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, EY, Joe and MVP are still in the ring. EY says he has the solution to MVP’s problem. He brought out the monster in Abyss, so he’s gotta be the one to stop him. MVP put Abyss in a match with Joe and Magnus next week, and now he’s going to put EY in it as well. He’s going to take care of Abyss, and Joe is going to get what he deserves, and that’s Magnus one-on-one. MVP says he respects EY, but EY hasn’t earned this just yet. EY says he’s been here 10 years. Where was MVP when he was in Team Canada or leading World Elite? He lists off the rest of the crap he’s done, then lists off all the titles he’s won in TNA. Lastly, every crazy idea TNA has saddled on him, he’s taken the ball, ran with it and knocked it out of the park. Some say he’s the most entertaining wrestler out there, and that’s important to him. But make no mistake, he’s a world-class wrestler, and he will get what he deserves. Joe steps between them and says no one doubts EY. The problem is there’s a line, and EY isn’t at the head of it. MVP still hasn’t delivered Joe his fair title match, and until he gets that, EY gets nothing. MVP says they all agree on an even playing field. He appreciates EY’s passion, and EY validated his case. He can’t deny someone who is willing to step up to the plate, so if EY wants in the title match, he’s in, making it a 4-way. Joe gets in EY’s face and pie-faces him, so EY tackles him. Now they are brawling, and MVP is just letting it happen. A couple of referees come down and pull them apart, and that’s when MVP steps in. Joe screams at EY and challenges him to a one-on-one match later tonight. MVP makes it official.

Bully Ray is in the back, and he says his “Twitter Machine” is back. Bobby Roode, if you mess with the bull, you get the horns. Tonight, you better get the tables. A lot of them.

The Wolves approach MVP in the back, and they have a favor to ask for MVP. They want a match with Magnus and Abyss tonight. MVP likes the idea, and he can’t be responsible for what happens to the Wolves’ opponents.

We get a video of EC3 and Rockstar Spud hunting for Willow in a forrest. I’m not recapping this garbage. What kind of stupid crap is this?

MATCH 1: The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards) vs. Abyss and World Champion Magnus
Edwards and Magnus start for their teams and Magnus quickly goes to an arm wringer. Richards counters into a hammerlock, and Magnus nails a back elbow, sending Richards to the corner. He stomps Richards down, then nails him in the face with a right. He follows up with a gut shot and a European uppercut, then taunts Edwards. Richard tries to fight back, backflips out of a suplex and tags in Edwards. Edwards hits some chops and the Wolves hit their drop toehold/dropkick combo for 2. Richards back in, and the Wolves hit a double headbutt. Richards throws Magnus into Edwards’ head and tags Edwards in. Abyss makes a blind tag off a double Irish whip and hits a double clothesline to the back. Commercials.

Back from the break, Magnus is back in. Edwards hits a headbutt and a chop, ducks a clothesline and goes for a cross-body. Magnus catches him and hits an elevated northern lights bomb for 2. He drives his knee into Edwards’ back and applies a rear chinlock. Edwards fights out, but gets hit with a back elbow off the ropes. Magnus stomps Edwards, then whips him across the ring. Edwards blocks the charge and hits a hurricanrana from the second rope. Edwards makes the tag, and Richards comes in with a kick on Abyss on the apron. He nails some shots on Magnus before hitting a modified Tidal Crush. Abyss comes in, and Richards sends him into Magnus in the corner. Richards comes off the top with a double dropkick, then hits some kicks to the chest. He escapes a slam, drops down behind Magnus and allows Edwards to come in with a step-up enziguri that sends him right into a Richards German suplex. Richards rolls through into a reverse jackknife for 2 as Abyss breaks up the pin. The Wolves begin double-teaming Abyss until Abyss grabs them in a double goozle. He picks them up for stereo chokeslams, but both Wolves backflip, land on their feet and nail Abyss in the knees with a pair of dropkicks. They hit a pair of kicks to the face, sending Abyss to the floor. Richards hits a suicide dive, and in the ring, Edwards locks Magnus in a half-Boston crab, to which Magnus taps out almost immediately.

WINNERS: The Wolves. Abyss is confused by Magnus’ actions, then grabs the title and stares at it for a moment before bringing it back to Magnus. Instead of giving it to Magnus, however, he walks right by Magnus and carries the title to the back.

Angelina Love and her sh*tty jailhouse tattoos come down to the ring. She says her and Velvet Sky have an issue, because Sky hasn’t answered her calls all week. Before this escalates, she wants Sky to come down and tell her what the hell Sky’s problem is.

Sky comes down, wearing lifting gloves with street clothes for whatever reason. She says she is pissed off. What was that with Madison Rayne last week? Love said she would fix things, but instead mopped the floor with Rayne. Love says she did that for the Beautiful People. Sky didn’t sign up for this, so Love asks what she signed up for, an introduction to being mediocre? Without Love, that’s what Sky is. She’s bland, soft and has lost her edge. She’s on her way to becoming another forgotten face around here. Sky has nothing to say because Love is right. Sky was a somebody in the BP, because she had Love. Sky says things have changed around here, and Love says the only thing that’s changed around here is Sky. She sat at home for 2 years because she’s a headache, but she’d rather do that and be blackballed by wrestling than be someone else’s beyotch. Tonight, she has a match with Rayne, and by the time that’s over, Sky needs to pick a side. And she needs to commit to that side because she wants to, not because Love is telling her. Love then walks off.

We get a video package for the feud between Gunner and James Storm. They are facing each other later tonight.

The “Hunt for Willow” continues. I continue to not care.

And the “hunt” continues some more. They’re in front of a barn. EC3 enters, makes fake screaming noises, then laughs. Willow kidnaps Spud from behind. Just riveting stuff here. Great television.

Another video for Gunner/Storm.

Bully Ray comes down, then motions for someone else to come out. Some random fans (mostly local wrestlers, I’m sure) come down and surround the ring with tables. A couple get set up in the ring as well, and Ray says he bought every table he could find. He does his catchphrase and says he’s the guy who made sure that Dixie Carter is no longer part of TNA. If Bobby Roode would have won at Lockdown, he would have been just like Dixie. The last thing wrestling needs is another owner like Dixie. He put Roode through a table, and Roode did the same to him. The time for talk is over. Ray asks the fans how many tables Roode should be put through, and he comes out after Ray counts to five. Roode says he isn’t intimidated. The guy Ray screwed over doesn’t exist anymore. The opportunity to become an owner did blind him, but then he remembered who he is. He’s the guy who became the longest-reigning World Champion in company history. He’s the guy who smashed a beer bottle over his best friend’s head. And he’s the guy who spit in the face of Dixie before that became cool. He’s also the guy who tricked Ray last week into going to the corporate office just to give him a taste of his own medicine. Now, he asks the fans if they know who he is. Ray tells him to quit running mouth, get in the ring and fight him now. Roode calls him pathetically typical. Ray doesn’t call the shots and doesn’t tell Roode what to do. Roode is the guy who calls the shots around here. He says when and where. Ray says the same thing about himself, then says the fans want it now. Roode tells him it’s not going to happen and begins heading up the ramp. Ray leaves the ring and nails Roode from behind on the ramp, then begins nailing him with punches and elbows. He slams Roode’s face into the steps, then leans him against the guardrail for a chop. Roode falls across a table, and Ray signals for an elbow off the apron. Roode moves before Ray can dive, so Ray puts on the brakes before dropping down and nailing another chop. He leans Roode against a table for another chop, but misses, hurting his hand. Roode grabs the bad hand and slams it against the top of the guardrail before whipping it against the ring post. Roode goes for a suplex through a table, but Ray blocks it and goes for the Bully Cutter. Roode blocks that and shoves Ray face-first into the ring post before nailing a shot to the back. He nails another one to the face before rolling Ray onto the apron for a shot to the back. He pulls a set-up table closer to the apron and looks for a move. Ray boots him in the gut and signals for a powerbomb. Roode backdrops him into the ring over the top rope. In the ring, Roode gets on the middle rope, where he misses a blockbuster. Ray snaps off some jabs and hits the Flip, Flop & Fly. He signals for a big boot as Roode leans against a table in the corner. Ray charges, and Roode moves, causing Ray’s boot to go right through the table. Roode nails a chope to the chest, then goes for the Roode Bomb. Ray escapes, boots Roode and goes for a powerbomb through a table. Roode escapes and nearly goes through a table in the corner. Ray charges in, Roode sidesteps him and sends him head-first through the table. Roode then bails.

Abyss enters Magnus’ dressing room, title in-hand. Magnus says that belongs to him, and Abyss shoves the belt into him. He asks what happened out there when Magnus tapped in less than two seconds. Magnus says that’s right, and he has no problem doing that when the title’s not on the line. Abyss says he doesn’t like losing. Magnus tells him to change his outlook quick. When they started this relationship, it was about him retaining the title, and that’s it. Next week, he has to win, his opponents have to lose, and one of those opponents is Abyss. He asks if Abyss understands that, and Abyss says nothing. Magnus tells him not to let MVP get in his head, or he’ll end up someone’s freak show yet again.

Another video for Knux. He’s in a shop that apparently repairs jukeboxes and arcade machines with some woman. They’re talking about his dad that won’t speak to him.

MATCH 2: Angelina Love vs. Knockouts Champion Madison Rayne (non-title)
Love tries to attack before the bell. Rayne ducks a clothesline and nails one of her own before assaulting Love in the corner. Love rolls to the floor, and Rayne gives chase. Back in the ring, Love misses an elbow. Rayne nails a forearm to the back as Sky comes down to the ring. Rayne throws Love face-first into the buckles, then charges near the ropes. Love pulls the middle rope down and sends Rayne to the floor. Love rolls her back in before telling Sky to go to the corner. Rayne rolls her up from behind for 2, then gets an inside cradle in for another 2. Love comes back with a kick and a jawbreaker before launching Rayne to the floor. Sky checks on Rayne and Love drops to the floor. She tells Sky she’s supposed to be watching Love’s back as she rolls Rayne back in for a 2-count. Love rakes her nails across Rayne’s back, then continues to yell at Sky before foot-choking Rayne across the middle rope. Love yanks on Rayne’s face, then nails a forearm that sends Rayne into the ropes. Rayne ducks a clothesline and the two hit simultaneous hair whips on each other. Rayne blocks a forearm before hitting a few of her own. She hits a clothesline off the ropes, a back elbow and a northern lights suplex for 2. Rayne nails a seated dropkick that sends Love to the floor. Love screams at Sky. Boy, I didn’t miss that voice. As she’s screaming, Rayne hits a baseball slide before rolling Sky back in the ring. As the ref checks on Love, Sky boots Rayne in the gut and hits a DDT on the floor before rolling Rayne back in. Love covers her and gets the 3.

WINNER: Angelina Love. The Beautiful People celebrate after the match.

ODB approaches EY in the back and asks if he’s ready. He is, and he’s not afraid of anything. It’s not about the title, it’s about getting respect and making sure everyone knows what he’s about.

MVP is in his office dealing with a delivery man when Kenny King enters. He asks what MVP has for him tonight, and MVP has nothing for him. However, he has a show fit for a king next week, and he’ll make sure he’s got something for King.

MATCH 3: Samoa Joe vs. Eric Young
Joe talks some trash and shoves EY, so EY hits some rights. Joe throws him to the floor, but EY gets right back in and hits a seated dropkick that sends Joe to the corner. He nails some punches in the corner until Joe hits a kneelift. EY hits a right and a flying forearm for 1. EY throws Joe to the corner for some forearm shots, then tries a corner whip. Joe reverses, so EY does the Flair Flip. As he tries a shoulder thrust from the apron, Joe nails him in the chest with a kick. EY comes back with a few rights until Joe nails a back elbow. Joe slams EY face-first into the buckles, then hits a knife-edge. EY gets whipped across the ring, and Joe nails him with a running hip bump and a jumping spin kick for 2. EY tries to fight back with some more punches, and Joe stops that with a headbutt. Joe hits a snapmare, a chop to the back, a kick to the chest and a jumping kneedrop for 2. Joe corner-whips EY again, but EY avoids contact, leaps over Joe and comes off the ropes as the two simultaneously clothesline each other. EY hits some more rights, ducks a clothesline and hits one of his own. He follows up with a dropkick and a bodyslam, then signals for the flying elbow. Joe rolls out of the way, so EY jumps over him. Joe is in the corner, and he catches EY with a standing uranage for 2. Joe whips him into the corner again, and EY nails a boot. He goes up top and misses a moonsault. Joe locks in the Kokina Clutch. EY tries to fall back onto Joe out of the corner, but this only allows Joe to lock the hold in tighter, causing EY to pass out.

WINNER: Samoa Joe. As Joe is celebrating, Earl Hebner comes out and is discussing what just happened with Brian Hebner, the referee for the match. Brian is insisting EY passed out, but Earl is saying EY fell on top of him, and Brian should have counted the pin because Joe’s shoulders were down.

More Willow hunting. EC3 finds some of Spud’s clothes outside of an abandoned house, then heads in.

We see some footage from last week after the show. It’s Samuel Shaw, and he enters Christy Hemme’s dressing room. Hemme doesn’t want to hear what he has to say and slaps him before telling him to get out. She starts fake-crying as Shaw cuts off a strip of her hair and sniffs it. He then says that’s all he needed. Apparently, this has led to a whole one-week suspension for Shaw (this week). Next week, he’s back in a Straightjacket Match against Mr. Anderson.

Yet another Gunner/Storm video.

MATCH 4-No Disqualification Match: James Storm vs. Gunner
Gunner meets Storm on the ramp and assaults him with rights. Gunner sets up a table. I don’t know if the bell still has even been rung yet as Storm slams Gunner face-first into the steps. Gunner blocks a slam into the apron and nails Storm. He grabs a chair from under the ring and slides it in before nailing Storm with more rights. He goes for a suplex on the floor, which connects. Gunner throws a couple of trashcan lids into the ring, but then gets thrown into the steps again. Storm hits Gunner in the head with a water bottle, then nails a few rights before slamming him face-first into the apron. He pulls the drawstring from his tights for some reason, then nails a kick to the side of Gunner’s head, sending him back to the floor. On the ramp now, Storm hits a suplex. Gunner blocks another slam into the steps, then lands one on Storm himself. He grabs a chair and rams it into Storm’s gut, then tosses a couple more into the ring. The two finally get in the ring, and Storm hits a leaping DDT from the middle rope. Commercials.

Back from the break, Gunner hits a running knee in the corner before hitting a slingshot suplex for 2. Gunner grabs a chair and a trashcan lid, then drops the lid to wedge the chair in the corner. He tries to send Storm in, but Storm blocks it and tries the same thing. Gunner blocks it, and now the two are nailing trashcan lid shots on each other. Gunner gets the best of the exchange, but then takes one to the face. He no-sells it it and hits a spear for 2. Storm thumbs Gunner in the eye and nails an uppercut in the corner. Gunner comes back with a back elbow and goes for a sunset flip. Storm rolls through and catapults him into the chair from earlier. Storm hits a backcracker and follows up with a flying elbow for 2. Storm rolls to the floor and grabs two more chair and sets them in the ring before grabbing a beer bottle from under the ring. He then puts another chair into the ring, then climbs onto the apron with a trashcan lid. Gunner recovers and spears him through the ropes, sending him through the table below. Gunner rolls Storm in and covers him, getting only 2. Gunner grabs a chair, then grabs another one from outside. He sets them up in the middle, only one of them is broken. Storm gets set up on the top rope, and now Gunner is looking for a superplex. Storm fights him off, but Gunner continues the attack before hitting it through the chairs. Gunner goes for the pin, and Storm kicks out at 2 yet again. Gunner goes for the Mr. Pibb, but Storm escapes, hits Closing Time and two Last Calls for 2. An overrated chant breaks out, and I mean the one where they chant, “This is awesome”. Gunner grabs the beer bottle from earlier and smashes it over Storm’s head. He hits the Mr. Pibb, which is apparently called Hangar 18 now, and gets the 3.

WINNER: Gunner. Suddenly, I’m getting the feeling Storm might be done with TNA soon.

Back to Willow hunting in the abandoned house. EC3 threatens to burn the house when he sees Spud tied up. We hear Willow yell. God, I can’t take this. Willow shows up and beats EC3 up while laughing, hitting him with an umbrella and a plastic skeleton hand. Fearsome, I tells ya.

End of show.

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Wrestling’s Greatest Disappointments: WWE WrestleMania XIX

March 26, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Once again, I am starting a new series of columns. This time, each column will focus on an event, wrestler or angle that should have been all-around more successful than it was, but for whatever reason, didn’t live up to expectations. For my first installment, I will look at one of my favorite PPVs, an event I happened to be at in the front row, and at the same time, a let down to many, that being the 19th installment of WrestleMania.

Now, after reading that first paragraph, you might be wondering how it could be such a letdown if it’s one of my favorite events? You raise a good question, one that I can and will explain over this column.

WrestleMania XIX, which took place in Seattle, WA on March 30th, 2003, and in all honesty, had the makings of one of the best ‘Mania events in history. The building was a legitimate sell-out and broke the attendance record for Safeco Field as nearly 55,000 fans packed the place to see what was, from top-to-bottom, a very loaded event. There was a little bit of something for everyone: a good (albeit short) Cruiserweight title match, matches featuring legends, a main event between two of the best technical wrestlers in the world, an awesome Women’s title match, the continued streak of the Undertaker, etc. In a rare occasion, an event that looked great on paper turned out to be great when put into practice.

When I say this card was loaded, I don’t mean strictly from an in-ring standpoint, although that was definitely present. The card was loaded in all the ways a wrestling fan could want. It featured plenty of star power and drama, in addition to the aforementioned in-ring product. Not only that, but you got two arguable dream matches. The first, Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels, was easily a show stealer, and a match that both combatants have cited is one of their all-time favorites. The second, while not as great from an in-ring standpoint, was still a marquee match that many paid to see as Hulk Hogan took on Mr. McMahon in a street fight “20 years in the making”. Despite the combined age of the two men being over 100, they beat each other in a wild, bloody brawl that not only satiated those wanting blood, but was something special for the old school fans as well as those who prefer the legends. We even got a run-in from “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a man who had not been with the company in nearly a decade.

We also got an added bonus, as this wound up being the very final match of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Austin took on the Rock in what was their third ‘Mania match, with the story that Rock had never beaten Austin in ‘Mania matches in the past. Rock finally got the duke in this third encounter. Although it was not nearly as good as their two previous bouts, considering that Austin went into the match after spending the previous day in the ER, it was much more than you could ever ask for from wrestling highest box office draw of all-time.

Overall, the event is considered by many to be one of the very best ‘Mania installments from a pure in-ring standpoint, and that’s a fair assessment. Aside from Undertaker beating Big Show and A-Train in a lame handicap match (his partner, Nathan Jones, was taken out earlier in the night by the FBI. Jones, BTW, I will most definitely get to in an future column) and a sadly lopsided affair between Triple H and Booker that was the culmination of a very racist angle, the show had some of the best wrestling WWE had put on in years.

After all this, you’re probably still wondering how or why the show is considered to be a big disappointment. Well, unfortunately, despite all of the critical acclaim and great action from start-to-finish (save for a couple hiccups, as well as a pillow fight I will never mention again), when the final rating came in, it didn’t bode well for future ‘Mania installments like this. After all was said and done, WrestleMania XIX drew only a 1.40, or roughly 560,000 buys, making it the fifth lowest buyrate in ‘Mania history and the lowest of this century thus far.

Obviously, it’s debatable that WrestleMania XIX was a sign of things to come, but at the same time, it’s telling when can see that the overall match quality at ‘Mania installments has been lessened in favor of celebrity tie-ins, pointless backstage segments or filler matches that are seemingly thrown together and lack fan interest. Obviously, WrestleMania has still produced some great matches since that year, so before you lynch me for trashing every event since then, I’m not saying the event always sucked; this is merely my viewpoint, and a trend I’ve noticed since then.

WrestleMania XIX should have been a huge success. For those fans who understandably complain about match length/quality on today’s PPVs, this event should have been a dream card. Instead, it got a very low buyrate, possibly giving the WWE the idea that maybe we as fans really don’t want good, long matches at the biggest show of the year. Whether that is true or not, WWE seems to feel that way, and for every year that the show gets longer, we seem to get shorter, lesser quality matches simply there to stuff the card.

Fortunately, this year’s installment is shaping up to break that chain with 2 great title matches, the first ‘Mania Hell in a Cell in 13 years and a dream match between John Cena and the Rock. Hopefully, fans respond the right way, and open their wallets for what could be one of the better ‘Manias in recent years.

Time will tell, though. Time will tell.

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WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results & March 21 Recap

March 23, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

As much as I hate to admit it, the opening theme for Smackdown is catchy.

Now that I’ve embarrassed myself, let’s get onto the recap.

MATCH 1: Damien Sandow vs. Dolph Ziggler
Poor Sandow. He should be in a better place in WWE. Granted, so should Ziggler, but Sandow has become a glorified jobber, and he’s so much better than that. They lock up, and Sandow immediately hits a series of kneelifts, followed by a side-Russian legsweep. He drops an elbow off the ropes, then nails Ziggler with a headbutt. Another headbutt follows, Ziggler ducks a clothesline, leapfrogs over Sandow and hits a dropkick that sends Sandow to the floor. Ziggler heads outside and slams Sandow face-first into the apron. Ziggler goes up top, and Sandow kicks him off the ropes, with Ziggler going head-first into the ring steps on the way down. That looked and sounded pretty nasty. Ziggler pulls himself back up into the ring, and Sandow immediately goes on the attack with rights, stomps and kneedrops. He grinds his boot into Ziggler’s face, then drops a knee for 2. Sandow applies a rear chinlock, and Ziggler elbows his way out. Sandow recovers and hits a quick back elbow before dropping his knee into Ziggler’s ribs. He pulls down the kneepad and drops another to Ziggler’s chest before throwing him to the floor. Sandow heads outside and sends Ziggler into the barricade before rolling Ziggler back into the ring for 2. He pulls Ziggler to his feet and nails another right before hitting a snapmare and driving his knee into Ziggler’s spine. He hits a couple of forearms to the chest before applying a rear chinlock. Ziggler fights out, but then gets hit with a headbutt. He puts on the breaks off an Irish whip and nails a leaping DDT. Both men pull themselves to their feet, Ziggler ducks a clothesline and hits a cross-body into some punches. He follows up with corner mounted punches, then hits a neckbreaker for 2. Ziggler misses the rocker dropper, and Sandow hits an Edge-O-Matic for 2. Sandow misses a flipping neckbreaker, and Ziggler nails the rocker dropper on the second try, which is good enough for 3.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler. I’m going to go ahead and make Ziggler my dark horse pick in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. I’m pretty sure the Big Show will be the winner, though.

Kane makes his way down to the ring and he says this past Monday was a glorious night for WWE. We then see the video of Triple H destroying Daniel Bryan at the end of the night, with Kane calling it the end of the Yes! Movement. Back to Kane after that 4-minute video, Kane says Bryan had this coming. He’s an egomaniac that lives off the adulation the ignorant members of the WWE Universe feed him. If they want to blame anyone for what happened on RAW, they need to look in the mirror. It’s all their fault. Bryan thought he was bigger than WWE and the Authority, but on Monday, everyone learned an important lesson: no one is bigger than the Authority. What Triple H did to Bryan is something that should have happened long ago, and Bryan deserved it. So, let that be a lesson to all the fans. The truth of the matter is that some people are just better than others. The Authority is better than Bryan, and they are also better than all of the fans. What happened to the Yes! Movement was something the fans all deserved. Now then, Bryan has a letter from Trips that he is supposed to read. Basically, it says that Trips regrets that he has taken matters into his own hands in regards to Bryan. It then goes on about how Trips will strike back if he’s pushed too far, and there must be respect for authority in WWE. Thank you, and welcome to Smackdown.

MATCH 2: Fandango (w/Summer Rae) vs. Fernando (w/Diego and El Torito)
After some commercials, we come back to Fandango nailing some short-arm chops, followed by a back body drop and a knee to the left arm for 2. Fandango applies a rear chinlock, and Fernando counters with a jawbreaker. Fandango pops up with a spinning heel kick off the ropes for 2, then mounts the middle rope, missing a kneedrop. Fandango then misses an attack in the corner, and Fernando hits him with a flying headbutt off the ropes. He hits another one, nails a right, slides under Fandango’s legs and snaps off a hurricanrana. He ducks a clothesline and hits a springboard back elbow from the middle. Rae causes a distraction on the apron, allowing Fandango to nail Fernando from behind. Torito sees it and chases after her. She jumps on the apron where Fandango is, and Fandango tries to comfort her. The temporary distraction allows Fernando to roll him up in a schoolboy for 3.

WINNER: Fernando.

The Wyatt Family appear on the TitanTron, and Luke Harper says it is not safe for John Cena here. Tonight, he is the reaper, and he will carry out HIS will. Bray Wyatt enters frame and says he’s everywhere and everything. It makes sense that Cena is afraid of him. Fear him, for he was born of this world’s hatred and feeds off its sins. He was born the color red in a black and white world. He is your mother’s tears from the love he couldn’t repay her. When the buzzards are circling overhead, he is the sad truth waiting down below. He has Cena’s truth here in the palm of his hand, and Cena’s fear is his power. His power is his control. He is Cena’s king, and he will rule Cena’s entire world. Run.

MATCH 3-Fatal 4-Way to determine new #1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship: WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins (w/Roman Reigns) vs. Rybaxel (Curtis Axel and Ryback) vs. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre (w/Heath Slater) vs. The Real Americans (Cesaro and Jack Swagger, w/Zeb Colter)
Axel and Ambrose start with Axel applying a waistlock. Ambrose counters with a side headlock before hitting a shoulder off the ropes. Ambrose blocks a hiptoss and hits a clothesline. He follows up with a bodyslam and a power-drive elbow for 2. Ambrose nails a chop and a series of strikes. Axel comes back with a boot and tags in Mahal, who gets hit with a drop toe-hold. Ambrose nails a crossface out of a leglock, then hits a kitchen sink. Rollins tags in, Ambrose hits a running seated dropkick and Rollins nails a clothesline for 2. Ryback tags in off Mahal before he gets hit with a Rollins dropkick. Ryback nails Rollins, then clubs him across the back. Ryback tries for a vertical suplex, but Rollins breaks it with knees to the head. He goes for a cross-body, but Ryback catches him. Ambrose dropkicks Rollins onto Ryback, then two clothesline him to the floor. Axel gets nailed on the apron, and 2/3 of the Shield hit stereo suicide dives. Commercials.

Back from the break, Mahal and Drew are in control of Ambrose as Mahal gets a 2-count before applying a front chancery. Axel tags in off Mahal, and they double-team Ambrose before arguing. Axel stomps Ambrose down before foot-choking him under the bottom rope. Ryback tags in and hits a forearm across the apron before going back into the ring and stomping Ambrose in the back. He hits a bodyslam and a jumping splash for 2. Ryback boots Ambrose in the head, then knee-chokes him over the middle rope. Ryback nails a shoulder in the corner, then tries to ram Ambrose back-first into the buckles. Ambrose turns it into a sunset flip for 2. Ryback pops up and nails a clothesline, then hits a quick suplex. He signals for the Meat Hook, which connects. Swagger tags himself in off Ryback, then immediately goes for the pin, getting 2 as Ryback breaks it up. Swagger hits the Swagger Bomb and Cesaro tags in to hit the leapfrog double-stomp for 2. Rollins breaks up the pin, and Cesaro boots him away before assaulting Ambrose with a crossface and a rear chinlock. Ambrose elbows it and now the two trade shots. Ambrose nearly goes to the floor off a European uppercut, but recovers and hits a clothesline. Swagger tags in and pulls Ambrose away from a tag, but Ambrose rolls him up for 2 before hitting a quick DDT. Rollins and Mahal tag in. Rollins hits a high knee, then dropkicks Drew off the apron. He hits Mahal with a blockbuster from the middle rope, then knocks Axel off the apron before low-bridging Ryback. He nails Mahal with a corner forearm, ducks a clothesline and hits a somersault plancha on Ryback on the floor. On the apron, Rollins flips over Mahal and mule kicks him. He goes for his jumping curb stomp, but Slater grabs his foot on the outside. A moment later, Reigns cuts through Slater with a spear. In the ring, Rollins hits a jumping spin kick and nails the jumping curb stomp for 2 as Drew breaks up the pin. Ambrose comes in and sends Drew to the floor. A moment later, Kane shows up and begins assaulting Reigns, and the referee rings the bell.

WINNERS: No contest. I think? Anyway, Kane and Reigns go out at it as the Americans begin double-teaming Rollins in the ring. Ryback begins beating up Ambrose, and now the New-Age Outlaws are helping Kane assault Reigns on the stage. In the ring, Cesaro hits the Neutralizer on Rollins, and Ryback takes Ambrose out with Shell Shocked. Reigns is fighting off Kane and the Outlaws on the stage, but eventually they start triple-teaming him and beat him down. The Outlaws hold Reigns up, and Kane nails him with a running boot. The trio then head down to the ring as the other guys all leave. They begin attacking Ambrose and Rollins, and Billy Gunn hits the Fameasser on Rollins. Kane then nails Ambrose with a chokeslam as Reigns is crawling down to the ring. The Road Dogg meets him on the ramp and kicks him in the head. Gunn joins him and they roll Reigns into the ring. Kane picks him up and hits another chokeslam.

So, it took, what? 10 guys to beat up the three members of the Shield. No, that doesn’t make the Shield look weak. It in fact makes them look strong. It paints them as being so dangerous they have to be heavily outnumbered before they go down. THAT is how you build a strong faction without destroying the credibility of the rest of the roster at the same time *cough* nWo *cough*.

Oh, joy and happy day. It’s “MizTV” time. He blathers on about the WM battle royal, reminds us he’s undefeated at WM, then announces he’ll be in the battle royal. He then claims he’ll win, but no one is buying what he’s selling. Anyway, his guest is someone who is the odds-on favorite to win the battle royal, that being the Big Show. Miz asks the fans if Show will win, and they cheer. He thanks the fans and then thanks Miz for having him on the show. He says he’s always been a big fan of Andre the Giant. He’s always been compared to Andre, and he can’t think of a better way to cement his legacy than win the battle royal. Miz reminds him he has one of the worst records in WM history, with 9 losses. Show says he was lacing his boot and selling out arenas when Miz was still popping zits in high school, so he better watch his mouth before Show closes it for him. Miz then says Show isn’t the only guest tonight, then introduces more competitors in the battle royal. Titus O’Neil comes out, followed by Kofi Kingston, Alberto Del Rio, Big E, Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, Goldust and Sheamus, who comes out with a mic. He tells Miz to shut up. They’ve got a ring of amped-up superstars, so let’s quit the talking and fight. Miz says they all want to prove they’ll win the trophy, and he can’t think of a better to prove it than right now…by taking out the biggest threat. Show then grabs Miz by the throat, and everyone gangs up on Show. Miz drops to the floor. Sheamus dumps Rhodes. Show dumps ADR. Sheamus tosses Big E out onto the apron before clotheslining him to the floor. Goldust is tossed by Show. Kofi hits Henry with Trouble in Paradise, and Sheamus nails him with a Brogue Kick. Titus gets sent, followed by Henry, followed by Kofi. Show and Sheamus are the last two standing. Sheamus ducks a clothesline and begins nailing Show. Show comes back with body blows, misses a clothesline and gets hit with an Irish Hammer. Show blocks a Brogue Kick and puts Sheamus on the apron, trying to dump him out. Miz comes back in and tries to eliminate Show. Show eliminates Sheamus with a headbutt, then tosses Miz backwards. He goes to press Miz over the top, but Miz escapes. Show goozles him and tosses him to the floor with one hand.

MATCH 4: Alberto Del Rio vs. Intercontinental Champion Big E (non-title)
ADR nails a kick to the gut and begins clubbing E in the corner. E reverses things and nails some rights before whipping ADR across the ring and hitting him with a running shoulder thrust for 2. ADR reverses a corner whip, blocks a pair of boots and hits a suspended double stomp on the ropes. ADR nails a kick to the spine for 1, then applies a rear chinlock. E gets to his feet and rams ADR into the corner, but then runs into a pair of boots. ADR applies the jujigatame over the top rope, breaking the hold at 4. He gets back in the ring, gets hit with two clotheslines, misses one of his own and gets caught in a belly-to-belly suplex. E goes for the Big Ending, but ADR escapes and hits a Backstabber for 2. He signals for the rolling jujigatame, but E shoves him off. He then misses a shoulder in the corner, going shoulder-first into the ring post. ADR nails a thrust kick to the face and gets 3.

WINNER: Alberto Del Rio.

Earlier today, we see a makeup lady covering up a shiner on Santino Marella’s face, a result of an accidental fight that broke out in catering. He then talks about his love for Emma as Emma walks in on the conversation. She surprises him, and he falls out of his chair before accidentally headbutting her and running away.

MATCH 5: Natalya and Summer Rae vs. the Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki)
AJ Lee is on commentary, still flanked by Tamina Snuka. Nikki and Nattie start the match, with Nattie getting a quick one count. She blocks a kick, misses a discus clothesline and gets hit with…something for a 2-count. Rae tags herself in and receives a back heel trip for 2. Rae sends Nikki to the outside and whips her to the apron before working on her left leg. Rae gets a 2-count, then gets knocked on her ass. Brie tags in, hits a clothesline and a dropkick. She hits a sloppy knee against the ropes, then another. She mounts the middle rope, and Rae hits a roundhouse, forgetting to bend her knee in the process. Nattie tags herself in and now there is a shoving match. Brie uses the distraction to hit a top rope missile dropkick on both divas, and a sit-out facebuster gets 3.

WINNERS: The Bella Twins. After the match, Nattie screams at Rae before kicking her in the back. The Bellas then taunt AJ from the ring.

All of the wrestlers involved in the 4-way earlier (save for the Shield) are in Kane’s office, talking amongst themselves. Kane walks in and congratulates them on a job well done, then rewards Rybaxel a WWE Tag Team Championship match. Zeb Colter reminds Kane that the Real Americans did more than their share tonight, not to mention they beat the Usos on Monday night. Kane says that’s a good point and awards them a championship match as well. 3MB are still there, and Kane asks what they want. Slater says they were there, too, so Kane gives all three of them slots in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. The Outlaws walk in and shake Kane’s hand. The Road Dogg says they left the Shield laying, and it’s great to be back to restore order. Kane says he knew he could count on them, and Dogg says he always can.

Lana and Alexander Rusev come out for their usual routine.

MATCH 6: John Cena vs. Luke Harper (w/Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt)
As the Wyatts come out, it cuts to a video of the history of this feud, which is quite good. Back to the arena, Harper has entered the ring. Harper ducks a clothesline and shoves Cena into the corner. He nails a series of strikes before raking the eyes. Cena comes back with rights before sending Harper across the ring. Harper avoids the charge and hits a jumping neckbreaker off the rebound for 2. Harper nails a European uppercut, then a standard one. He rakes at Cena’s face once more, then applies the Gator Roll before turning it into a rear chinlock. Cena counters with a back suplex to break the hold. He then ducks a clothesline and loads the spaceship with the rocket fuel. Harper catches him the second time, hits an inverted atomic drop and nails Cena with a superkick for 2. Harper goes for a bodyslam, but Cena slides out and goes for the STF. Harper kicks him away, Cena recovers, then hits the Proto-Bomb. Rowan comes closer to the ring as Cena drops the Five-Knuckle Shuffle. He goes for the AA on Harper, but Harper escapes and nails a big boot for 2. Harper charges at Cena in the corner, misses a big boot and falls to the floor outside. He quickly recovers and gets back in the ring, and Cena immediately locks him in the STF. Harper escapes by biting Cena’s arm, then picks him up in a back suplex only to whip him down in a facebuster for 2. Harper goes for a powerbomb on Cena, but Cena counters into a hurricanrana. Harper quickly gets up and hits one of his own before landing a Michinoku driver #2 for 2. Harper goes for the discus clothesline, but Cena ducks, hits the Attitude Adjustment and gets the 3.

WINNER: John Cena. The rest of the Wyatts immediately hit the ring, but Cena escapes to the outside. Bray Wyatt laughs as Cena celebrates on the entrance ramp.

End of show.

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TNA Impact Wrestling Results & March 20 Recap

March 22, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week on TNA Impact Wrestling Samoa Joe faces Magnus for the World Championship.

We see the outside of TNA’s headquarters in Nashville, TN. Apparently, there was a meeting between Dixie Carter and Bully Ray, and we will see the video of that in a little bit.

Eric Young and Abyss are brawling in the back as ODB is cheering her husband on off-camera. She begins hitting Abyss across the back with a wodden stick. He takes it from her and breaks it, which allows EY to nail him several times with a garbage can. Abyss fights back with rights and forearms. He nails EY in the leg with what looks like a piece of PVC pipe, then chokes him with it. EY comes back with a punch before slamming Abyss face-first into a door. The brawl is spilling from the parking lot to the backstage area as Abyss throws EY into a bunch of chairs. Abyss grabs a chain, but before he can whip EY, EY boots him. He grabs the chain and begins whipping Abyss with it. EY wraps it around his fist and nails Abyss in the side of the head twice. The brawl is now spilling into the arena and onto the entrance ramp. EY continues whipping Abyss with the chain. He nails a few more punches until Abyss comes back with a kneelift. Abyss nails a right to the head and throws the chain in the ring. EY gets rolled in, recovers and hits a baseball slide. He follows up with a suicide dive, then grabs a chair, chasing him around the ring. He misses a shot and swings the chair into the steps, and Abyss then throws him shoulder-first into the other set of steps. Abyss peppers EY with rights to the head and rolls him into the ring. He grabs another chair and slides it into the ring as well as EY tries to pull himself to his feet. Abyss sets the chair up, and now EY is coming back with rights. It’s short-lived as Abyss pancakes him off the ropes and face-first into the chair. Abyss is now choking EY with his own tanktop. He begins assaulting EY in the corner, then grabs the chain from earlier. He wraps it around EY’s neck, but EY bites him in the face, ducks a couple of wild swings and begins landing a series of punches. Abyss quickly comes back with a Black Hole Slam. Chain in-hand once more, he chokes EY through the ropes, pulling him backwards across the top. Abyss eventually lets go as EY has appeared to have passed out. He leaves as ODB comes into the ring with referee Brian Hebner to check on EY.

MATCH 1: Ethan Carter III vs. Bobby Lashley
EC3 attacks Lashley at the opening bell, landing some forearms to the back. Lashley leapfrogs over him and clubs him across the back. EC3 gets whipped across the ring and blocks a corner clothesline. Lashley recovers and hits a back elbow. EC3 gets hit with a delayed vertical suplex and thrown back into the corner, where Lashley beats him down. Lashley beals EC3 across the ring, then signals for the spear. EC3 sees it coming and rolls to the floor. Lashley follows and receives a mule kick for his trouble. EC3 hits some forearms and slams Lashley face-first into the apron before hitting a knife-edge. Lashley has a brief comeback, but then gets kicked in the gut and rolled into the ring. EC3 goes up top, and Lashley tosses him back down to the mat. EC3 trips Lashley into the middle buckle on the opposite side, then lays in some forearms to the back. EC3 nails some mounted punches to Lashley’s chest and neck, then hits a double axe handle before applying a front chancery. He hits a few more forearms, then snaps some left jabs. Off the ropes, EC3 gets nailed with a spinebuster. He signals for the spear once more, but EC3 sees it coming yet again and drops to the floor. Lashley follows and nails him with a clothesline. Back in the ring, Lashley hits a running corner clothesline and stomps him down. Lashley sends EC3 into the corner, and he almost collides with the referee, but manages to put the breaks on. Lashley grabs EC3 in a waistlock, and EC3 hits one of the worst low blows I’ve ever seen before heading back to the floor. He starts to head up the ramp, but Willow comes from out of nowhere and nails him from behind, leading to the DQ.


Willow throws EC3 into the steps twice after the match, then a third time, knees-first. Willow pulls a chair and a ladder from underneath the ring and sets the ladder up at ringside. EC3 gets slammed face-first into the steps, and Willow takes the chair, Pillmanizing EC3′s leg with it. Willow drops an elbow, then climbs up the ladder. EC3 avoids any further damage by crawling under the ladder and up the ramp.

From earlier today: Bully Ray is with AI and says Dixie Carter called him for a meeting in TN, but claimed she was busy when she showed up. He says he’ll wait with no problem, for as long as it takes, because he’s got something to say and he will make sure he says it.

Samoa Joe is in MVP’s office, and he’s pissed. Joe says he’s frustrated with what MVP let happen at Lockdown. He’s frustrated that EY is on his way to the hospital as well. MVP is making sure EY is being taken care of. He wants Abyss neutralized as well, and he wants this match to go fairly. Joe just wants the title. MVP says he’ll find someone to be chained to Abyss, and he’ll fix this. Joe says every time MVP tries to fix things, they end up worse.

AI is in a dressing room with Angelina Love, asking if there will be a Beautiful People reunion. She knows she caught Velvet Sky off-guard last week, but she’s had plenty of time to think about that now, and tonight, Love wants to know where Sky stands.

EC3 enters Magnus’ locker room, asking where he was just a few minutes ago. Magnus cuts him off, and EC3 calls him an ass. Magnus accuses him of just being beaten up by a clown, then wants to know what EC3 wants. EC3 says their business relationship is terminated. Magnus already knew that, because he got everything he needed out of “aunt D”, so he’s kicked her to the curb and doesn’t need her anymore. He then says Abyss is the only person he needs, and everyone will find that out, so EC3 needs to take a seat and watch the title match later, since it will be standing room-only. EC3 wishes him good luck and leaves.

Gunner makes his way down to the ring, and he’s proud of the fact that, at Lockdown, he went to war with James Storm and came out victorious. He’s proud that he served his country, and the people who served with him. He’s proud of the veterans in this crowd. As a marine, he was trained to fight for everything he wants, and without that and the support of everyone, he wouldn’t be here today. He then thanks his father, who is sitting in the front row. He says that, when he first started in wrestling, he promised everyone he would be World Champion one day. The two then hug, and that’s when James Storm comes out, his new music only slightly less worse than his old music. He says he hates to break up this family reunion, but he finds it rude of Gunner to bring his dad here and not introduce them. Storm made Gunner a star, and he then introduces himself to Gunner Sr. He knows he’s Gunner’s dad, then makes fun of him crying about his son’s success. Storm then tells Sr. that his dad is looking down from Heaven on Gunner Jr., and is thanking L. Ron Hubbard that he’s dead, that he’s not here to see his son and grandson become huge disappointments. Gunner attacks Storm and begins nailing him with rights until Storm “hits” a Last Call, in reality missing by about four feet. Storm then pulls out a pair of handcuffs and cuffs Gunner to the middle rope. He then grabs Gunner Sr. over the guardrail and forces him to his knees in front of Jr. Sr. is making a futile attempt to get his son out of the cuffs, and that’s when Storm breaks a beer bottle over the back of Sr.’s head. Man, that beer bottle must way 10 pounds, the way Sr. just got knocked out. At the same time, while Gunner Jr. is trying to look worried, he appears to be attempting to hide a smile.

Gail Kim is in the back and says she is the benchmark of the Knockouts division. She brought in Lei’D Tapa, and what happened? Tapa cost her the title, then cost her more matches. Tonight, they go one-on-one, and if Tapa can’t beat Kim, Kim is done with her, and Tapa is done with TNA.

We see the Bromans and DJ Z enter the building, talking about some club they went to. Jesse then tells DJ Z to find Sanada and Tigre Uno about their match tonight. Instead, they find Sanada and Uno, and Z spits some crap about ending the match early so they can get poontang. Z incorrectly translates everything Sanada and Uno are saying, and now all three of them are rambling on. They fist each other, then leave. I’m so glad that wasn’t a waste of time.

MATCH 2-If Lei’D Tapa loses, she leaves TNA: Lei’D Tapa vs. Gail Kim
Kim screams at Tapa, then tries a slap. Tapa grabs her wrist and brings her to her knees before throwing her into the corner. Kim then goes chest-first into the opposite set of buckles before receiving a Northern Lariat. Tapa hits a few headbutts, then misses a clothesline. Kim hits a few kicks and a couple of shoulders. Off a third rope bounce, Kim runs right into a tree slam. Tapa picks Kim up on her shoulders, and Kim twists herself into a Dragon Clutch. She brings Tapa to one knee, but she gets back up and snaps Kim off her back. Kim slumps to the corner, where she dodges a running boot. Kim begins kicking Tapa in the leg before hitting a leg stunner. Kim comes off the ropes and gets pancaked for her troubles. The fans do not give a single sh*t about Tapa as she gets a 2-count. Tapa goozles Kim, but Kim breaks it with more kicks before hitting a dropkick to the knee and a kick to the face. Kim hits a forearm and another kick in the corner. Tapa recovers and picks her up for the Godsmack. Kim escapes and kicks Tapa in the back of the leg before hitting Eat Defeat. Kim goes for the pin and gets 3.

WINNER: Gail Kim. Apparently, Tapa really is done with TNA. Glad TNA spent so much time building her up only to release her less than a year later. Granted, she’s still green as goose sh*t in the ring, but based on that, TNA shouldn’t have built her up in the first place.

MVP is up high in the backstage area with Willow. He has seen what Willow did to EC3 and Rockstar Spud, and if he agrees to replace EY tonight in the main event, he can get some revenge on Magnus as well. Willow says a bunch of stupid crap about the ills of the world, and he has no interest in playing games. Everyone has their issues, but none of those issues involve him. He’ll strike when it’s his time. This gimmick sucks so much.

Angelina Love comes out and says she hasn’t heard anything from Velvet Sky in a week and now she wants answers. Do they move forward together or separately? She then asks Sky to come out. Sky does, and TNA needs to maybe not have them come out to the exact same song. Sky tells Love this is hard for her. When she first came to TNA, Love was her mentor and taught her everything. In her first year, she wanted to go home, but Love wouldn’t let her. Love believed in her, and she’s grateful for that. However, there were also times Sky felt like she was subservient of Love, and Love was holding her back. Love calls that all “wrestler talk”. If she was looked at as the leader of the Beautiful People, it’s because she was the veteran, and she’s sorry. When she left, Sky accomplished a lot on her own. But they both know 1 is a lonely number, and they each need someone to watch their backs. She wants this to happen, she knows Sky does, and she knows the fans do as well. Sky calls her the big sister she never had, but after everything with Chris Sabin, she knows there are few people she can trust. In regards to Love, they’ve had their ups and downs…but the Beautiful People are back. They hug and celebrate for a moment, but then Love cuts off the music and says they are missing a third piece to this puzzle, that being Madison Rayne.

Rayne makes her way out, and Love says they’re on a role here. Rayne was part of the Beautiful People at one point, and Love wants to extend the offer to her as well. Rayne asks Love to repeat herself, and Love does, both times, showing no enthusiasm for Rayne. Rayne says Love is talking to her like she’s beneath Love, like she’s a lost little girl. Times have changed, and that’s not how things are anymore. Love makes a comment about paying dues, and Rayne asks if being treated like crap is paying dues. Her dues are paid, and she’s the Knockouts Champion now. So, while she appreciates the offer, she’s not interested. Ugh. On a close-up shot, she looks worse than ever. Same goes for Love.

AI is in the back with Magnus, asking if he’s concerned. He is, but Joe is more concerned about looking for a friend. Magnus doesn’t need a friend, because he’s got Abyss. Abyss reacts to the same thing everyone else does, and that’s money. Joe walks up and tells Magnus he’s tapping Magnus out and gets in his face. Al Snow enters and splits them up before they can come to blows.

MATCH 3-3-Way Match for the World Tag Team Championship: The Bromans (Champions, w/DJ Z) vs. World X-Division Champion Sanada and Tigre Uno vs. The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards)
Before the Wolves come out, E tells Sanada and Uno that they need to make this quick, so the challengers need to lay down for them. The challengers won’t do it, so Jesse starts screaming. Uno simply says “no”, and now the two teams are brawling. Sanada and Uno knock the champs to the floor, and the champs tell them they’re leaving. That’s when the Wolves come out. The champs try to run up the ramp, but the Wolves beat them up and throw them into a pair of baseball slides by Sanada and Uno. Commercials.

Back from the break, the Wolves are in control of E in the ring. They hit their drop toehold/dropkick combo, and now Sanada and Uno hit Jesse with a series of double teams, ending in a double seated dropkick. Now both challenging teams are brawling, with the Wolves in control of Sanada. Richards gets 2 off a jackknife and tags in Edwards. They take turns nailing Sanada with kicks and chops, but they are then tripped by Uno. Sanada takes them both out with a double dropkick, and Uno comes in with a cross-body to their backs. E tags himself in off Sanada and runs into an Edwards hiptoss. Richards tags in and nails a forearm in the corner. Edwards hits a back elbow, and the Wolves follow up a combination drop toehold/jumping elbow. Uno tags himself in off Richards, and hits a couple of chops. E comes back with some strikes and tags in Jesse. The champs hit a double pancake and a double knee strike in the corner. Jesse presses Uno over his head as E tags in. Jesse drops Uno in a Warrior Press, and E comes off the middle with a fist drop for 2. Uno comes back with a body scissors into a bulldog. Jesse and Sanada tag in. Sanada nails some elbows and a hurricanrana. He hits a front slam and goes up top for the moonsault, but stops when he sees Z taking pictures with the X title. Uno tags in, and Sanada floors Z with an axe handle from the top. In the ring, Uno hits a spinning headscissors into a dropkick to the back of Jesse. Richards tags in and Uno hits him with a springboard hurricanrana. Edwards comes in illegally, and the Wolves hit a combination powerbomb/backcracker. Richards goes for the pin, but Jesse breaks it up at 2. E is in as well, and Edwards throws him to the outside. Jesse gets dumped by Richards, and now Richards is heading up top for the double stomp. Edwards is up as well, and as the ref is checking on Sanada, the Bromans knock the Wolves off the ropes. The champs hit the Bro-Down on Uno and Jesse gets the 3.


We see the Beautiful People in their dressing room, and Angelina Love is upset about what Madison Rayne, especially because there was a lot of truth behind what Rayne said. She’s not that person anymore, and Velvet Sky suggests they talk one-on-one. Love decides to give it a go.

We get another video for “The King of the Night” Kenny King.

Love storms into Rayne’s locker room and wants to talk. Rayne says she already said everything she wanted to out in the ring, and Love says she didn’t. She knows sorry isn’t good enough, but when they first met, she was a different person and it was all about her. She can’t be blamed for that, since it’s every person for themselves. Rayne will give her that since she went through the same thing with Gail Kim. Rayne says she’ll think about it, hugs Love and starts to walk away. Love grabs her by the hair and slams her face-first into the wall before hitting a knee to the gut. Love tells her to never do that again, and as far as the Beautiful People go, it’s just her and Sky.

MVP approaches Samoa Joe in the back and asks if Joe wants to know who’s watching his back. He only has to look out for Magnus, and the guy who will be chained to Abyss is MVP is himself. Joe was right, and MVP wants to redeem himself. Given the circumstances, he’s forced to participate and lead by example like a good boss should. Joe needs to focus on the title, and MVP will take care of the rest.

We get a video for Knux, who is apparently still employed by TNA. Apparently, they’re going to try to push him, because it’s worked out so well for every other company he’s worked for. He rambles on about an ex-girlfriend, then talks about his family, who are literally carnies. His dad doesn’t agree with him wrestling, and they don’t talk as a result. To be continued…

We’re back to Bully Ray at Dixie Carter’s office. He storms in and lays into her, saying no one in the business likes her. Dixie has her back turned to him as he continues to tear her down. Dramatic music is playing the entire time, as you would expect. Ray says Dixie doesn’t like him because she can’t control him. She came to his home and tried to give him a lot of money to make sure Bobby Roode’s team won at Lockdown. When Mr. Anderson Mic Checked him into a casket, his career flashed before him. He didn’t want to go out like that and didn’t want to be remembered like that. After the day she showed up at his home and tried to control him, that moment solidified his decision at Lockdown. She doesn’t have his respect, fans’ respect…she’s nothing and a nobody in his industry, and he’ll be damned if he’s going to sit here and talk to the back of a chair any longer. Ray turns the chair around, and there’s no one there. Bobby Roode comes in and attacks him from behind. Ray’s face gets slammed into a wall and into the desk. Roode takes a framed Sacrifice poster off the wall and hits Ray across the back, then tells him he screwed the wrong man. Dixie didn’t invite Ray here today; Roode did. You don’t screw with Bobby Roode. Surprise!

We see Magnus with Abyss, and Abyss says he’s got something special for the main event. But it’s not for Magnus; it’s for Joe and MVP. Abyss then dumps a handful of thumbtacks on the floor and begins laughing.

Next week: Storm/Gunner 2-Unlocked! No, really. That’s how they’re promoting it.

MATCH 4-World Championship (MVP and Abyss are chained together at ringside): Samoa Joe (w/MVP) vs. Magnus (Champion, w/Abyss)
Magnus attacks Joe before the opening bell and begins assaulting him in the corner. Joe gets thrown face-first into the adjacent corner and Magnus hits a European uppercut. Joe comes back with snap jabs, a snapmare out of the corner, a double chop to the back, a kick to the chest and a jumping kneedrop. Magnus rolls to the floor. Magnus pulls Joe to the floor and rams him back-first into the apron. He follows up with a European uppercut and rolls Joe back into the ring. Magnus hits another uppercut and a chop in the corner. Joe comes back with more jabs, so Magnus rakes him in the eyes. He hits another chop, ducks a clothesline, ducks a back elbow, and gets hit with a second back elbow. Joe snaps off more jabs in the corner and sends Magnus across the ring. He hits a running hip bump and a jumping spin kick to the head. Commercials.

Back from the break, Magnus blocks a corner charge and comes off the middle. Joe hits him with an inverted atomic drop on the way down, but then gets nailed with a kitchen sink. Magnus hits a back suplex, and is now kicking Joe in the midsection. Joe comes back with a chop and more jabs, but Magnus recovers and hits a misdirection clothesline for 2. He drives his knee into Joe’s back and applies a rear chinlock. Joe fights out and hits a backhand before running into a high knee. Magnus applies a waistlock, and Joe elbows out. He hits another inverted atomic drop, a running boot and a running senton. Magnus gets to his feet and runs into a quick powerslam. Joe gets up slowly and misses a charge in the corner. He blocks one from Magnus and turns it into a standing uranage. Joe goes for the Kokina Clutch, but Magnus counters with a jawbreaker. The referee gets nailed in the process as well. Outside, Abyss nails MVP and grabs a bag of thumbtacks from under the ring. MVP nails him before he can do anything, throws the bag away and yanks Abyss into the steps. MVP unlocks the cuffs and throws the bag of tacks up the ramp. Abyss grabs a chair and nails MVP in the back twice. Joe sees it and goes for a suicide dive, but Abyss throws the chair into his face. Magnus comes off the top with a flying elbow as Brian Hebner recovers and counts 3.


End of show.

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