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TNA Wrestling Impact Results and July 17 Recap

July 20, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Kurt Angle is in the stands to start the show by unveiling that tonight is the return of the 6 sided ring.

Tazz is also up in the stands, and gets a cheap pop from his hometown crowd by acknowledging how excited he is to be in New York City. Tazz couldn’t be happier that Kurt Angle is in charge, because Kurt understands one thing, one word, and that is wrestling. Tazz makes reference to “The Greatest Wrestling Revolution of All Time”, ECW, and that the TNA locker room has the same feeling and same type of men and women right now as what ECW had when they turned the corner toward greatness.  There’s one sentence to sum up what Tazz is saying, “The Mood is About to Change,” complete with voice croaking. He reminds everyone he is Tazz, “Beat me if you can, survive if I let you”

Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer come out for yet another homecoming segment in New York City. Bully gets a cheap pop from the crowd by calling New York the “greatest wrestling city in the world.” Bully reiterates his promise and guarantee that Dixie will go threw a table. Tommy reflects to 1997 when he and Bully and some other E-C-Dub “freaks” were getting the national exposure in this same NYC Building. He is humbled and blessed by the people who have stood by them since then. Tommy says changes are being made, and that this feels like a new “Madhouse of the Extreme.” Cue EC3’s music. Ethan Carter III and Rhino interrupt and come to the ring. Ethan reaffirms that Bully will put Dixie through a table, “over his dead body.” Rhino defends Ethan over the boos, whining about how he deserves respect and if the fans don’t shut up he will beat each and every one of them up. Ethan calls Bully and Tommy some names, then plays up the chants from the crowd: “YOU CAN’T WRESTLE! I disagree. YOU CAN’T WRESTLE! I’m very good.” It was actually slightly entertaining. Ethan gets some negative heat by referring to NYC as “The Big Crapple,” then gets in the ring. Tommy makes note that Ethan obviously doesn’t know where he is. New York has never been very politically correct. Tommy takes a shot at WWE by confirming that this isn’t a “PG little product” and “the one thing [he] would love to see change in professional wrestling is less talking and more action. This leads to Bully and Tommy attacking Ethan and Rhino, knocking them to the floor.

Match 1 – Tag Team Match: Bully Ray & Tommy Dreamer vs. Ethan Carter III & Rhino

After a break, this match is already in progress. Bully and Ethan are in the ring with the partners in their respective corners. Bully whips Ethan into a corner and follows up with a clothesline. Bully lets Ethan up, takes him to a corner, and delivers head butts to the sternum. Bully then with an open hand slap across Ethan’s chest knocking Ethan to a seated position. Bully with a low dropkick. Ethan stands up while Bully stares down Rhino, and gets another open hand slap across the chest when Bully turns around. Bully tags Dreamer. Tommy in with another slap to Ethan. Dreamer with a snap suplex. Dreamer bounces EC3’s head off Bully’s boot in their corner. Dreamer tags Bully. Double Irish whip sends Ethan into the corner. Bully with a boot, and then a neck breaker out of the corner. Bully gets a 2-count. Bully tags Tommy and holds EC3 in a double underhook, Dreamer with a punch to the ribs of Ethan. Ethan gets a knee up on Dreamer and a club to the back. EC3 tags Rhino. Rhino corners Dreamer and beats him down with right hands and then boots. Rhino whips Dreamer across, follows with a clothesline. Rhino lifts Dreamer up, tags Ethan, Body slams Tommy, Ethan misses the jumping elbow. Tommy tags Bully. Double Irish whip, and a double back elbow to EC3. Bully goes after Rhino and suplexes him into the ring. Bully and Dreamer have their opponents in opposite corners, and climb up for synchronized 10 punches followed by gnawing on the foreheads. Rockstar Spud comes running down and distracts Dreamer. EC3 slips out and knocks Tommy off the ropes to the mat. Bully climbed down on the other side of the ring, Rhino rolled to the outside as well. Bully chases after Spud but cannot catch him. Meanwhile in the ring, EC3 has Tommy in the corner and is delivering chops across the chest. Rhino, back in his corner, gets the tag. Rhino hard whips Dreamer into the corner. Pin gets 2. Rhino whips and follows Dreamer to another corner. Tommy gets the back elbow up to stop momentum, but runs right into a spine buster for 2. Rhino drags Dreamer across the mat to make the tag to EC3. Carter with a snap suplex to Dreamer, barely gets a 1 count. EC3 with a cross arm chin lock type manoeuvre, Tommy gets to his feet and battles back with elbows but is stopped with a blow to his back. Ethan whips and follows Tommy into the corner, but eats a boot. Tommy catches EC3 with a Reverse STO to the middle turnbuckle, and gets the tag to Bully. The fresh Bully comes in with 2 clotheslines and a back drop to Ethan.  Bully with a running back elbow as Rhino tries getting in the ring. Ethan gets to a corner, Rhino stumbles to the same corner, and Bully with a running splash to both men in the corner. Bully tosses Rhino over the top. Ray with the 3 elbows and the “Boom” elbow to Ethan. Bully tags Dreamer. Bully and Dreamer with a Reverse 3D for a 2-Count. Rhino back in, Bully tries to cut him off but gets a clothesline. Rhino with a punch to Dreamer, then goes out of the ring after Bully. Rhino bouncing Bully off the steel steps. In the ring, Dreamer hits a Death Valley Driver but Spud hops on the apron as a distraction. Tommy pulls Spud in the ring. As Dreamer stalks Spud, Ethan recovers enough to get a schoolboy roll-up for 3 and the win.

WINNERS: Ethan Carter III & Rhino

Carter and Spud quickly slide out of the ring and run up the ramp. Rhino follows.

Earlier today, Kenny King, MVP, and Lashley are shown arriving at the building. Jeff Hardy is shown arriving through a different entrance to the building.

Kurt Angle runs into Austin Aries backstage.  Kurt saying the crowd is ready to see some X-Division action tonight. Kurt then breaks the news to Aries that he has one more match before Destination X and being able to use Option C, tonight there will be an 8 man X-Division Gauntlet match to find out how great Austin Aries really is. Austin says some people may see this as Angle stacking the deck against him, but he sees it as an opportunity to go out and prove himself. He looks forward to the challenge.

James Storm sitting in the back, Sanada gets stopped walking by. He calls Sanada smart, driven, strong, fast, and different. He says he likes Sanada. He then slaps Sanada across the face. Storm says if Sanada continues listening to Great Muta, he will end up as a loser and a choke artist.

Match 2 – X-Division Championship – 8 Man Gauntlet Match: Austin Aries vs. Eddie Edwards vs. Manik vs. Davey Richards vs. DJ Z vs. Crazy Steve vs. Tigre Uno vs. Sanada

The Greatest Man that Ever Lived is out first. Eddie Edwards is the first challenger. Both men tie up, Eddie gets a wrist lock. Austin turns it around to a wrist lock of his own. Eddie flips out of the hold. Austin goes and lays himself up in a cocky fashion in the corner. Austin comes down and offers a  handshake. Eddie slaps Austin’s hand away. Eddie with a headlock, Austin throws him off the ropes, Edwards back with a had shoulder block. Eddie off the ropes, Aries rolls under, leapfrogs over, then arm drags Edwards. Eddie with a headscissor submission attempt on Austin. Aries rolls around into a head stand to break the hold, followed by a low dropkick. Austin takes Eddie into a corner as the countdown begins for the next challenger. Manik’s music hits. Austin tries to cut him off, gets a shoulder through the ropes. Eddie comes across the ring but gets hit with a top rope hurricanrana. Austin back up catches Manik with a boot to stop momentum. Aries attempts to throw Manik out of the ring, but Manik catches himself in classic fashion sideways between the ropes. Austin makes a run at Manik, Manik rolls out of the ropes and Aries tumbles to the floor. Eddie slides between Manik’s legs, Manik turns around with a hurricanrana to Eddie. Aries is biding time on the outside while the challengers work on each other. Eddie gets Manik into a corner, eats a boot on the run-in attempt. Manik hops to the second rope, Eddie with the rising high-kick to Manik in the seated top rope position. Eddie attempted to set Manik up for a move, but Austin with the full speed running dropkick catches both challengers in the corner, but mostly Eddie Edwards. Manik standing in the corner, gets double boots up to stop the rushing Aries. Manik rushes Aries, gets a Reverse STO Neckbreaker into an STO. Aries plays the crowd and then a pendulum elbow drop. Manik into a corner, Aries rushes, Manik leaps over and catches Aries with a neck breaker. Next competitor is Davey Richards, Davey rushes just in time to help Eddie with Manik. Davey catapults Aries up into a head butt from Eddie, Austin falls back onto the knees of Davey and Eddie goes up top with a knee drop to Austin. The Wolves with teamwork for now. Double team chops and kicks to Manik. DJ Z is the next competitor. Davey Richards with Manik against the ropes, DJ Z with a flipping sunset flip to both men at the same time. DJ Z taunts a little to long and Eddie Edwards with a flying leg clothesline. Austin Aries with the Discus forearm to Eddie. Austin tries another to Davey, but Richards catches him with a high roundhouse kick. Manik in with a springboard dropkick to Davey. DJ Z reverses a whip and sends Manik to a corner. Manik slides to the ground to stop himself, and catches DJ Z with a lifting kick from the ground. Manik springs to the top and hurricanrana DJ Z out of the ring, but he also goes over and out.

DJ Z IS ELIMINATED

Manik IS ELIMINATED

During a break, Crazy Steve and Tigre Uno were the next two competitors. Crazy Steve has Eddie under his boot under the bottom rope. Tigre Uno has Austin up on his shoulders in another corner. Austin turns it around and now has Tigre on his shoulders. Eddie gets Steve backed into a corner. Austin thinks he has Tigre out, but Tigre skins the cat and flips back in. Sanada is the final competitor to enter the match. He enters quickly with a springboard chop to Tigre Uno. Sanada with a standing chop to the head of Austin, then Davey and Eddie, and finally Steve. Austin was about to stand, but decides it better to latch himself to the bottom rope as Sanada tries to lift him. Crazy Steve goes, well, Crazy and starts bouncing off all six ropes towards Tigre in the middle of the ring without actually hitting him. After all 6 sides he stops and plays possum, Tigre turns his back and Steve tries to eliminate him. Tigre turns it around and Steve ends up over the top and standing on the apron. Eddie slides under the bottom rope. Steve uses some silly sting on Tigre. Tigre ties to attack but gets hip tossed over the top from the apron by Steve.

Tigre Uno IS ELIMINATED

Eddie walks the apron with a high kick to the back of Steve’s head. Davey from the inside with a handstand double kick knocks Steve off the apron.

Crazy Steve IS ELIMINATED

Austin attacks as Eddie climbs back into the ring. The Wolves double team and overpower. Eddie with the flapjack, Davey with the kick as Aries is falling. Sanada tries to intervene but gets stopped. The Wolves try for the power bomb/Backcracker, but Austin grabs Davey’s foot. Eddie stumbles backwards with Sanada on his shoulder and gets a hurricanrana to the floor.

Eddie Edwards IS ELIMINATED.

Davey tries to rush Sanada as he recovers, but Sanada catches Richards and dumps him to the floor with a back body drop.

Davey Richards IS ELIMINATED

Down to Sanada and Austin Aries as the final 2 and it begins a regular match. Sanada immediately back drops Aries to the floor, giving the ref the chance to re-affirm that this can only be won now by pinfall or submission. Sanada fakes a suicide dive and flips over the top to the apron as Austin slides back into the ring. Sanada with a shoulder through the ropes. Sanada tries a springboard chop, Aries pushes him off the ropes and down to the floor. Aries runs off the far ropes and flies with a suicide dive through the ropes, into Sanada and the steel guard rail. Aries rolls Sanada back into the ring and follows with a slingshot splash over the ropes. Aries locks in a Last Chancery. Sanada inches and gets the ropes. Sanada on the apron getting stomped. Aries tries a Brainbuster from the apron. Sanada fights and blocks it. Sanada tries to suplex Aries to the outside, blocked. Aries tries to lift Sanada again but is blocked. Sanada hit’s the Springboard Chop this time. Austin tries and misses a clothesline. Sanada with a back roll-up with bridge for 2. Sanada with a body slam but wastes time deciding which of the six corners to climb. Aries recovers and hits Sanada from behind on the top rope. Aries tries a knee breaker, but Sanada blocks it three consecutive attempts. Sanada reverses into a Tiger Suplex pin for 2. Sanada begins to argue with the ref about the count. Aries lifted up, Sanada hits the front slam and goes up for the moonsault. Lands on his feet as Aries rolls out of the way. Aries up and catches Sanada with the Discus Forearm, then another to the back of Sanada’s head. Sanada into a corner, Aries with the full speed dropkick and quickly a Brainbuster for 3 and retains.

WINNER AND STILL TNA X-DIVISION CHAMPION: Austin Aries.

Aries helps Sanada up and shakes his hand.

“Showtime” Eric Young and “The IT Factor” Bobby Roode, feeling like old times backstage preparing to team up for their match. Bobby says it feels right, because there has been a common thread between the two of them, MVP.

James Storm taunting with claps as Sanada comes to the back. He calls Sanada a loser and beats him down. Storm calls Muta a fraud, and walks away, Sanada did not fight back at all.

Dixie Carter has arrived at the building.

Jeff Hardy is questioned on what motivated him to return to Jeff instead of Willow, Jeff credits Kurt Angle and says it is because he trusts Angle. He confirms everything Angle said last week about Willow being created to combat the negative forces of MVP and Dixie Carter. Now the light is shining, the time is now, and “the moment” is Jeff Hardy becoming TNA World Heavyweight Champion.

MVP and Kenny King are already in the ring, MVP is still on crutches. MVP says that Bloomberg cleaning up this city was “grossly exaggerated.” MVP claims to be a bigger man than anyone else in the building because he is still in the ring despite a torn meniscus and being on crutches. Kenny says it is not about this match because he can beat Young and Roode at the same time. King accuses Angle of being a power hungry maniac, and putting MVP in a match is an abuse of power. MVP will still wrestle this match because he is still “half man, half amazing” even on half a leg. But he wants it formally noted that it is under protest.

Match 3 – Tag Team Match: MVP & Kenny King vs. Bobby Roode and Eric Young

 

Eric Young and Bobby Roode make their entrance, King and MVP clear out of the ring. King and Young start the match exchanging punches. Young gets the advantage, Irish whip, duck under, and flying forearm to King. King into a corner, reverses the Irish whip, Young front flips up over the corner and onto the apron. King rushes at Young, EY with the shoulder through the aprons and then slides under the rope between Kenny’s legs. Simultaneous punch from both men, King gets the worst of it. EY off the ropes, slides between King’s legs again and back up with a dropkick. Pin attempt gets 2. Young tags in Roode. Roode starts with boots to the midsection and right hands knock King down. Roode whips King off the ropes and follows with a back elbow. Roode gets into a stare down with MVP on the apron. Roode back to King, who has crawled to a corner, Roode rushes in but King gets the foot up. King with a weird one-hand handstand cartwheel kick to the back of Bobby’s head. King makes the tag to MVP and tries to hold Roode for MVP to get in. Roode fights free of King and MVP quickly climbs back out to the floor favouring his knee. MVP calls a timeout on the outside. MVP cautiously climbs back in the ring and begins circling with Roode, King tags himself in off the back of MVP and tries a sneak attack but Roode avoids and counters with a clothesline. Roode tags in Young. Roode and Young hit a double suplex, pin attempt gets 2. Young tries a whip, reversed by King, MVP gets a knee to Young’s back from the apron. King comes flying from behind Young, and connects with a hangman bulldog over the top rope, bouncing EY’s throat off the top rope. King back in with side mounted punches, and makes the tag to MVP. MVP in and drops the injured knee to the face of Young. MVP taunts Roode by waving Young’s arm at him, then hits a fist drop to the same arm. MVP lifts Young to his feet, but EY fights back. Young off the ropes, MVP counters with a flapjack. MVP drags Young back to his corner, King makes the tag. King climbs to the top rope and comes down with a stomp to Young. Kenny taunts Bobby, drawing Roode in and distracting the ref, then King goes back and starts yanking out the hair of Eric Young’s beard. King with a pin, 2 count. King with a body slam, and a bottom rope spinning springboard leg drop for 2. Kenny lifts Eric to the top turnbuckle in the corner. Young fights off the superplex and knocks King down. King back up, runs into a flying cross body. Both men down, EY looking for the Hot Tag and gets it. King got the tag to MVP and MVP, reluctant to come in, chooses to stay on the apron. Roode tries to go for a forearm, MVP hops off the apron, King attacks Roode from behind. King reverses a whip attempt to the corner, Roode bounces out of the corner with a massive clothesline and then another. Roode with another whip and follows, King gets the boot up. King runs out of the corner right into a spine buster. MVP tried picking his spot, but runs right into a Crossface submission. King breaks the hold, but EY takes King out and both men fight out of the ring and down to the floor. MVP crawls to his corner and reaches for a crutch. MVP with a crutch to Roode’s midsection, the ref doesn’t call a DQ yet though? The follow up shot to the back of Roode gets the bell and the DQ.

WINNERS: Bobby Roode & Eric Young (by disqualification)

MVP continues his attack, driving the crutch in the throat of Bobby Roode. Young makes the save, King in with the other crutch to the back of Eric Young. King drives the crutch into the throat of Bobby Roode, MVP continues to beat Young with the other. MVP and Kenny King switch opponents and continue the beat down with the crutches.

After another break, Brittany is waiting in the ring.

Match 4 – No Count Out and No DQ Match: Brittany vs. Madison Rayne

 

Madison quickly to the ring. The ref keeps the girls separated long enough to ring the bell. Quickly Madison with a Lou Thesz press and punches to Brittany. Madison lifts Brittany back to her feet, whips off the ropes, and drops her again with the back elbow. Brittany back up, reverses a corner whip and follows, but Madison gets a boot up. Madison out of the corner with a clothesline. Madison puts Brittany in a corner and delivers the corner shoulders to the midsection. Across the ring Madison takes Brittany to the opposite corner and lifts her to the top turnbuckle. Brittany head butts Madison as she was trying to climb the ropes. Madison comes back but walks right into an armbar with Madison hanging over the ropes towards the outside. No DQ so the ref can only watch and can’t break the hold. Brittany finally lets go, likely because the blood was rushing to her head as she hung upside down for that long. Brittany yells at the ref about something, Madison hit’s a baseball slide from the ring. Madison with a cross body from the apron. Brittany waves her hands that she is done and tries to head up the ramp. Madison catches her and attempts a possible piledriver on the ramp, Brittany blocks and counters with a back body drop. Brittany with some strikes, bounces Madison off the apron, rolls her into the ring for 2. Brittany with a snap suplex, floats over for a 2 count. Brittany lifts Madison up, and drops her with a side Russian leg sweep for 2. Brittany argues with the ref again, it gives Madison a chance to recover. Madison fights back from her knees, misses a clothesline, and Brittany hits her with a jumping clothesline. Brittany tosses Madison through the ropes to the floor, it looked like Madison might have caught the turnbuckle with her face on the way out. Brittany follows and attempts the inverted DDT on the floor. Madison reverses into a northern lights suplex. Both ladies up, Madison rolls Brittany into the ring and follows. Madison ducks a clothesline and comes back with a running back elbow, then a clothesline, and a front dropkick. Madison with a boot to the gut, and then a running knee to the side of Brittany’s head for 2. Madison lifts Brittany up, but Brittany runs her into a corner. Brittany tries the handspring back elbow, Madison dodges and Brittany goes back first into the corner. Brittany stumbles out and Madison catches her with the Package DDT for 3.

WINNER: Madison Rayne

Lashley is on his way through backstage to the ring. Jeff is also on his way to the ring.

Dixie is questioned on what she is doing at the show tonight. She owns this company, what does he think she is doing here? She is asked if she came to address Bully’s threats. Dixie is sick of hearing about Bully Ray. She has put Bully through 2 tables. She says Bully is all bark and Dixie is all bite, and no more stupid questions from the mystery interviewer.

Austin is questioned for thoughts about his victory, before he can answer he is congratulated by Kurt Angle. Aries says Kurt is the first person in that position who hasn’t doubted him, it’s because Kurt knows what it takes to be great in that ring.  When Aries created Option C, he didn’t do it for himself but for all the men who fought for the X-Division Title and didn’t get that chance. He basically says he is going to use Option C again, but Kurt says next week Aries will make a public announcement to make his decision official. 7 Days to think about how he is going to change the world again.

Match 5 – TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Lashley vs. Jeff Hardy

The Charismatic Enigma is the first out. The Champion comes last. Bell rings and they are underway.  They lock up in the middle of the ring. Hardy gets a headlock, Lashley with a show of power lifts Hardy up from the headlock and drops him face first to the mat. Hardy slowly to his feet, Lashley shoots around to the back, Hardy gives an elbow to Lashley’s face. Lock up in the middle of the ring again, Lashley backs Jeff to a corner where the ref breaks the tie up. A staredown between the opponents is broken up by fists and kicks from Jeff. Jeff hit’s a sitout jawbreaker, still doesn’t take Lashley off his feet. Jeff off the ropes, Lashley with a quick leapfrog over and turns around to deliver a clothesline to Hardy. Lashley lifts Hardy to his feet, and then into a stalling suplex and plants  him. Lashley stalking for a spear already, Hardy gives a boot to the midsection on the attempt. Hardy tries a Twist of Fate already, Lashley pushes him off back to the corner. Lashley rushes with a shoulder block in the corner. Lashley whips hardy to the opposite corner and looked like he was trying another shoulder, Hardy hops over and connects with a head scissor takedown. Hardy off the ropes with a clothesline, takes Lashley back down.  Hardy tries the kick, caught, and hits the reverse enziguiri. Lashley rolls to the floor, Hardy relentlessly follows with the low springing dropkick between the middle and bottom ropes. Hardy, still in the ring, flies over the top with a cross body to Lashley on the floor. Hardy drags the steel steps out to the middle of the floor. Lashley counters the attempt to throw him into the steps. Hardy leaps up to the top step, but Lashley pulls his leg out and Hardy plants his shoulder on the steps.

During the break: Jeff was smashed face first off the steps, and then whipped shoulder first into the side of the steps.

After the break, Lashley has Hardy laying face first across the middle rope and is delivering forearms to the face. The ref tries to break the hold, Lashley breaks and then pulling the hair of Jeff. Hardy back off the ropes is fighting back, Lashley grabs the hair again and uses it to throw Hardy down on his back. Lashley whips Hardy to a corner and follows with the clothesline splash. Lashley easily pulls Jeff out of the corner and into a torture rack. Jeff fights out of it, but Lashley with a kick and runs off the ropes. Jeff ducks the clothesline, bounces off the ropes and comes back with a flying forearm smash. Both men slowly to their feet, Jeff hits an inverted atomic drop and then the  double leg drop to the midsection. Dropkick by Jeff as Lashley was trying to stand. Lashley reverses a corner whip and follows, Jeff gets the back elbow to counter. Jeff climbs the ropes and connects with Whisper in the Wind.  Lashley crawls to a corner, Jeff rushes but gets flap jacked onto the top turnbuckle. Jeff rebounds back, Lashley whips him to the corner again, Hardy tries the head scissor again, Lashley counters and tries a running power slam, Jeff slips off the back. Hardy catches Lashley with the sitout Twist of Fate, holds on and stands back up, hit’s the full fledged Twist of Fate. Jeff to the top rope, Swanton Bomb right to the midsection of Lashley. Lashley kicks out at 2. Lashley rolls out of the ring, Hardy follows and smashes Lashley’s head off the steel steps  times, then heads up to the top rope with Lashley’s face laying across the steps. Hardy leaps with a Swanton, Lashley moves last second, Hardy’s back hits flush on the steps and actually bends the top step inward. Lashley rolls Jeff into the ring, and stalks him. Hardy slowly to his feet, Lashley pounces with the explosive spear and the 3.

WINNER AND STILL TNA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Lashley

Lashley celebrates amongst the boos, Hardy looks like he is broken in half as he recovers on the mat.

Angle in the back gives Lashley the vote of approval, that Lashley proved tonight he is the guy to go through. Dixie goes rushing by and Angle catches her arm asking where she is going. Dixie says to never touch her again. Angle calls her “whacked out of her mind” going out in front of Bully’s people after he warned her. Dixie says she is sick and tired of Bully’s idle threats. Dixie says Angle and bully can both go jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, she is going out to the ring to talk to “her people.”

MVP and Kenny King celebrate in their locker room with Lashley after the title defence. MVP says they made some examples out of people, the champ’s still the champ. Angle interrupts that he is tired of this. Angle accuses MVP of thinking he can do whatever he wants. Angle says enough is enough, and that MVP is scheduled for next week to face Bobby Roode one-on-one.

Rockstar Spud is in the ring, looking like a pumpkin, to present “the only flower in the Big Apple” Madame Dixie Carter. Dixie comes out with EC3 and Rhino, one on each arm. Dixie, giving a disgusted look around, doesn’t see what all the fuss toward NYC was about. She insults the audience some, insults the “god forsaken dump of a city,” explains that she had to wear extra sparkles tonight to give some extra class to this building, and that there is no class in the arena right now. She forgets Tommy Dreamer’s name and needs Spud to remind her. She gives a whining impression of Tommy Dreamer’s speech from last month, when he told her she could still save professional wrestling, and her knee made it perfectly clear that she can’t change perfection. Dixie calls Bully a “low brow, low class, hardcore, kind of C-rated star.” Dixie claims she should be called the hardcore star, because she has put Bully through the table so many time, and she will continue to do it until he gets it through his thick head. That’s enough of her screeching, Bully’s music hits and he and Tommy come out carrying a table with Dixie’s name spray painted across it. Bully and Dreamer slide the table into the ring, and go in to clear house. Bully takes Rhino, Dreamer gets EC3, then they switch. Tommy tosses Rhino over the top, Bully tosses Ethan. Tommy sets up the table. Dixie pushes Spud out to try to protect her, Rockstar gets a boot and down he goes, rolling to the floor. Dixie is left alone with Dreamer and Ray. Bully climbs to the top rope, Dreamer about to lift Dixie up for the power bomb but EC3 with the lowblow to Tommy and then flips the table over. Rockstar Spud and EC3 help Dixie out of the ring and Ethan slips out himself. Rhino, Spud, and Dixie escape through the crowd. EC3 backs up the ramp away from the ring. Music hits, and Devon comes out of the back to attack EC3 on the ramp. Devon drives EC3 back into the ring, Bully hit’s a body slam. Devon to the top rope, and nails a “Wasssssssup?!” double team. “Devon, Get The Tables!” Devon goes outside, ignoring the Dixie table already in the ring. He slips a table from under the ring, that is already pre painted with ECIII on it. Team 3D nails EC3 with a 3D through the table. Dixie is shown crying in the crowd. Team 3D celebrates in the ring, Tommy Dreamer disappeared at some point.

END OF SHOW

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Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena II and the Death of PPV

July 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The worst possible secret in the WWE was leaked this week. SummerSlam 2014 will be headlined by a Brock Lesnar/John Cena rematch. Now, I know most of you have probably groaned at the thought of this since it’s a no-win situation for you guys.

It’s either LOLCENAWINSLOL (Of course you could put any dominant face’s name in-between the LOL’s) or we get Lesnar as a part-time champion. Considering the company can only get 25 dates out of Lesnar (They’ve used eight this year), I’d be pre-taping a crap ton of Lesnar promos with Heyman either before or the day after SummerSlam. Heck, Lesnar in a pre-tape promo isn’t that bad, Lesnar with a live mic is something we should avoid at all costs. And Mr. Lesnar, if you somehow are reading this, Levin wrote that part. *Evil laugh*.

My question is though; did the WWE miss the boat on a Lesnar/Cena rematch?

Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved and I mean LOVED the first Cena/Lesnar match at Extreme Rules. It was my personal candidate for MOTY, because it was so different. The little touch of Cena bringing the chain to ringside to use a weapon was great. So many people expected the typical WWE no disqualification matches like they had seen earlier (Punk/Jericho) and what we got Lesnar just destroying Cena. The crowd going from cheering for Lesnar to murder Cena to actual anger at Lesnar and eventually boos at Lesnar.

Praise goes to Lesnar for being such a great heel, taunting Cena while he’s down and his facial expressions throughout the whole match. Its equal parts cockiness mixed with an “I’m gonna rip out your eyeballs and have relations with your eye sockets” the other time. It doesn’t feel like a wrestling match, it felt like a legitimate fight, and the story of Based Ace sending Brock in to take out Cena adds to the feeling of legitimacy. Imagine if Hogan at the peak of his popularity, so 85 Hulk and they brought a monster in like Brody and they booked a no DQ match at MSG. I feel like that would be like the first Lesnar/Cena match. Hell, even the commentary was great with Cole acting legitimately concerned, turning face for one night only, Booker trying to cheer Cena on and all of them putting Lesnar over. I’d say that it might be one of the best PPV main events of this decade, only to be topped by Cena/Punk from MITB.

At the same time, a Lesnar/Cena rematch has always felt like less of a wrestling main event and more of a big time boxing main event. Not because of Lesnar’s pay, but it just feels like such a unique match and the added presence of Heyman this time. In-fact, the commercial that leaked is even hyping it up as the Ultimate Battle, which sounds like something out of a boxing main event.

If we weren’t in the middle of Budget Cuts 2k14, the match could benefit from a HBO 24/7 style series with both men. You can have the narrative of Heyman motivating Lesnar to not only take the title but to destroy Cena, and Cena facing the doubt of whether he can actually beat Lesnar again. People have told him that he got lucky the first time around and that this is a different Lesnar, not the man being led by an idiot like Johnny Ace. This is the man leading Lesnar that lead him on the most dominant rookie year in WWE history when he debuted in 2002. This version of Lesnar is fueled by anger, rage and the desire to become champion again, the killer of the mythical streak, the man who made grown men cry. Cena now his back against the wall, having to stare down this monster one last time and maybe he doesn’t believe that he can beat Lesnar again. Splice in footage of Lesnar training at Death Clutch along with Cena training and I think you have a damn fine way of building up the second match.

Heck, I think with the proper build up that you could make a pretty big killing on pay per view buys, but that’s the problem. The company is moving out of PPV in news that’ll shock nobody, and putting more emphasis on getting people to subscribe to the network. So, the big question is did the WWE wait too long on the big rematch?

While I do believe that the match will bring big numbers for Network subscribers and quite possibly the last big PPV numbers that the company will do. With the reestablishment of Lesnar as a monster since ending the streak, this might be the last chance for the WWE to pop a big PPV number. Whether or not that happens, we’ll just have to see. If the buy rate is bad, then the WWE must be kicking themselves in the ass for waiting so long to pull the trigger on the rematch.

All that I know is that when SummerSlam ends, I’ll be in my bunk(er) for the fallout. Nothing good can possibly come of this, but I think that Lesnar as champion could make for some interesting feuds.

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CM Punk’s Retirement Writes the Final Chapter in Champions’ Saga

July 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the LeBron James Sweepstakes, the biggest question in sports and sports entertainment may center on whether or not CM Punk will “un-retire” and return to the WWE. According to multiple sources, it looks like “Straight Edge” superstar and arguably one of the top three draws in the company, is official off the roster. This doesn’t necessarily make him a free agent like the former Miami Heat star, it just makes him someone who has hung up his boots for the last time.

The timing of Punk’s retirement has been offset as of late by the return of AJ Lee, Punk’s wife as of about a month ago.

Punk’s contract with WWE officially came to an end on Thursday. Punk hadn’t appeared on WWE television since January, and he’s finally been moved to the alumni page of wwe.com. Both sides have been quiet about Punk’s departure, but the former WWE superstar seemed to address the situation with a tweet on Tuesday (July 15).

“Nope, thank YOU. Thanks for all the help and support through the years. Health and happiness above all. Don’t ever take any s— from anybody,” Punk said on Twitter.

The timing of Punk’s “retirement” comes when the WWE is wasting away in its own form of purgatory of sorts. Daniel Bryan, the biggest draw in the company, is out of action with a neck injury, with no time table set on his return. The writers have worked to bring along talent in Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and members of the Family, but have not been willing to put the World Title on anyone else but defined talent like Bryan or Randy Orton or the current WWE World Champion, John Cena.

Other talent has been left to twist in the wind (Cesaro), move on to the tag team ranks (Cody Rhodes) or has given up on their potential (Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow). The WWE needs a plan and needs it now, and cannot expect veterans to come back like Chris Jericho or The Miz to save what is left of dying story lines.

A story on christianpost.com (http://global.christianpost.com/news/cm-punk-retires-from-wwe-superstar-moved-to-alumni-section-of-wwes-website-123473/) states that “The wrestler known as CM Punk has officially retired from the WWE. Rumors have been rampant about his departure since he abruptly walked away from the organization in January, but now things seem to be official.”

The story also states that. “The WWE moved Punk from its website’s section of active wrestlers to the retired section. Fans immediately noticed the change and took to social media to discuss what it meant for Punk’s career. The fan-favorite also took to Twitter to thank fans for all of their support over the years; it was perhaps a swan song for all those who continually chanted “CM Punk” at WWE events.”

Punk is a seven-time world champion, having held the ROH World Championship and ECW Championship once each, WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship three times, and the WWE Championship twice.

He won the World Tag Team Championship (with Kofi Kingston) and the WWE Intercontinental Championship, making him the 19th WWE Triple Crown Champion and the fastest man in WWE history to achieve this feat, in 203 days. Between WWE and Ring of Honor (where he is a two-time World Tag Team Champion), Punk has won a total of 11 championships. He won the 2008 and 2009 Money in the Bank ladder matches (the only wrestler to win the match twice), and the 2011 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award.

Punk is also titled in the company as “the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era”, having held the title for 434 days from November 20, 2011 to January 27, 2013. Punk is officially recognized as the sixth-longest reigning WWE Champion of all time and the longest reigning champion of the modern era.

As a fan, I hoped the fact AJ won the Divas Title in her return would signal the return of Punk. I was mistaken. Now, the WWE must figure out a way to keep true to the idea of promoting newer talent to move the company forward or there is no chance opportunity for the younger talent become successful with veterans continually running the show.

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WWE Battleground 2014 Predictions and Preview

July 18, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

On Sunday July 20th, WWE present Battleground, a random pay-per-view by name, but on paper could be a slobberknocker.

It seems like WrestleMania with all of these singles matches happening at Battleground. However, WWE is just doing an excellent job building multiple feuds and story lines. Here I will breakdown each match on the card in what looks to be a very interesting list of matches.

Kickoff Match: Naomi vs. Cameron

This kickoff match may not excite you, but it is the perfect one for Battleground. The former Funkadactyls have finally split after weeks of Cameron teasing a heel turn. She should not be wrestling, but she is definitely best off on the dark side. Hopefully, Naomi wins the match. However, I also hope to see Cameron become a valet for someone. Her heelish attitude would work so well on the sidelines. Just keep her OUT of the ring.

Winner: Naomi

Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal

The battle royal for the vacant Intercontinental title is an interesting one since there are twenty participants. However, only a few should be considered legitimate possibilities to win. Cesaro and Bo Dallas are up and coming stars who could win. The Miz just returned for hiatus with a new gimmick that WWE could choose to push. However, my pick is the United States Champion Sheamus. WWE has hinted at the possibility of unifying the two mid card titles and this seems like the best time to do it. WWE has already merged the two world titles. There is no need for two mid card titles. Look for Sheamus to win a title yet again in a battle royal.

Winner: Sheamus wins and unifies the United States and Intercontinental titles

WWE Tag Team Championship: The Usos (C) vs. The Wyatt Family

The tag team division is not what it used to be. This feud has gone on long enough. The Usos are still very much over with the WWE Universe as their merchandise keeps growing. However, the Wyatt Family is a force that needs to win eventually. They don’t need title necessarily, but they can’t keep losing to the Usos. Interestingly enough this is a 2 out of 3 falls match. Therefore, look for each team to earn a fall before the third and deciding one. This one is hard to predict as I don’t think Harper and Rowan need the titles as much as the Usos do, but at some point the titles have to change hands.

Winners: The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper and Erick Rowan become NEW tag team champions (I will continue to predict this until it happens)

WWE Divas Championship: AJ Lee (C) vs. Paige

Unlike the tag team title feud, the Divas title situation is one that I hope does not end anytime soon. AJ Lee made her return and in crazy fashion defeated Paige for the title. The scenario was similar to how Paige won the title. Paige made her debut and ended up challenging AJ for the title and winning. AJ returns and ends up challenging Paige and wins. Now they finally meet one on one on pay-per-view (or the Network).

However, I am really enjoying what AJ and Paige are doing. Pretending to be good friends, but someone has to snap. I think AJ has to win here, which would allow Paige to snap and attack AJ. Thus, the feud continues to SummerSlam.

Winner: AJ Lee retains

Jack Swagger vs. Rusev

A very intriguing non-title singles match will occur between the Real American Jack Swagger and the Bulgarian Brute Rusev. This has been a very entertaining feud that has Swagger as a face for the first time in his WWE career. It is certainly strange seeing Zeb Colter as a face, but it works. This is another one that is difficult to predict. On one hand, America needs to fight back and win. On the other hand, Rusev is a newcomer who WWE sees as a part of their future. Perhaps Rusev wins this one and Swagger wins the next?

Winner: Rusev

Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

Another non-title singles match occurs at Battleground when Y2J Chris Jericho goes face to face against the mysterious Bray Wyatt. While their promos have been excellent (they are two of the best on the mic), the feud does not interest me all that much. It seems like another case of Chris Jericho putting over a young star and Wyatt defeating a seasoned veteran. Yes, it’s great for Wyatt and this match will be good, but at some point Wyatt should be in the main event, right?

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

The final non-title singles match of the night belongs to two former members of the Shield in Dean Ambrose and Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins. This should be another excellent match that should not end at Battleground. These two should square off again at SummerSlam, perhaps for the Money in the Bank briefcase. Assuming that happens, Ambrose should win at Battleground so Rollins can win and keep the briefcase at SummerSlam.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

WWE World Heavyweight Championship: John Cena (C) vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane

The WWE World Heavyweight title fatal four way match would be more interesting if WWE fans didn’t know the main event set for SummerSlam. With John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar already known to be for the title in August, one can only assume that Cena will retain in this match. However, this match will not just be about the title. With Cena taken care of at SummerSlam, look for Reigns and Orton to formulate their August match. Therefore, Kane will most likely take the pin.

Winner: John Cena retains

What are your thoughts on my predictions for WWE Battleground? Share your thoughts and predictions in the comment section below.

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Sting Talks Undertaker and More WWE Dream Matches

July 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Sting has finally landed in the WWE. The big question fans keep asking is whether Sting will wrestle The Undertaker. Streak broken or not, Sting is still interested and wants the dream match on the grandest stage in the business.

Sting debuted Monday night on RAW in a video promoting WWE 2K15. While a video game is nice, what the fans really want to see is Sting in a WWE ring. Better yet, they want to see him one on one with the dead man. Will it happen? If it’s up to Sting it will.

“I’ve made it clear I’d love to have one last hurrah, one last big match hopefully. And of course I’ve been outspoken about Undertaker being the opponent,” he told the UK Mirror when asked about one more match.

“I know what happened at WrestleMania where Brock Lesnar broke his streak. I think, or at least I’m hoping, that Taker’s still going to come back and that he’s not done. If he’s not done, and he would consider doing it, I’d love to work with him one time.

“I’d love to wrestle him one time before I call it quits.”

“Undertaker maintains a status in wrestling and the WWE that is second to none. He’s a phenomenon,” Sting adds, before answering unequivocally as to where he might like his dream match to take place: “How about San Francisco, 2015, in April?”

What is interesting is that even after numerous reports indicating that the Undertaker was likely done after WrestleMania 30, fans are still being teased with this dream match. If the match is a dead issue you’d think that someone would tell Sting and he’d leave it alone. Maybe this is the WWE’s way of hoping that Sting can entice the Undertaker? I have always said that while the match is a fun idea, I don’t think at their advanced ages that it would come close to living up the hype.

Sting was asked about other options or possible dream match scenarios in the WWE. Sting isn’t hedging all of his bets on the Undertaker, although that would be his choice.

“It’s a no brainer that the Sting-Taker match will be a popular option – that’s one way the fans can make that match happen.

“I always wanted to work with the likes of The Rock, John Cena and Randy Orton so I can’t imagine wrestling fans won’t want to do the same thing.”

When rumors of Sting to WWE started popping up earlier in the year I blogged about the possibility of a Sting vs. Rock or John Cena match at Mania. I think the Rock makes a lot of sense. Sting is a lot less physical than Brock Lesnar and both guys could get by on nostalgia. I also think that Sting may be the one name that could interest the Rock into coming back.

Whether Sting wrestles or not it is fun to think about the possibilities. Undertaker or not, chances are pretty good we’ll see Sting in the WWE and I can’t think of a more fitting way to wrap up his successful pro wrestling career.

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Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho is ‘Best for Business’

July 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This Sunday at Battleground, for the very first time, Bray Wyatt gets in the ring with Chris Jericho. From the moment it started I got the feeling that this is exactly what Bray Wyatt needs right now.

Since the day Wyatt’s promos began showing up on Monday Night Raw, I knew he had the makings of something special. A cult leader that seemed to be a cross between The Undertaker and Mankind, Wyatt had a look and a voice that could change the landscape of the WWE. The more we saw of Bray, the more I was sure he could be a major player in the future. He tells a story in the squared circle like no one else currently on the roster. He uses creepy movements that fit his character and it’s always fun watching a big guy who can move in the ring.

Bray was quickly involved with some of the biggest names the company had to offer. I’m never excited when Kane is involved in a feud, but a ‘Ring of Fire match’ was a perfect fit for Bray’s first pay-per-view. Wyatt would then get involved with Daniel Bryan in what was a great program. Personally, I thought it could have gone on a bit longer but that was the beginning of Bray’s greatness and of course, Bryan would sky rocket after that. Things moved very quickly for the ‘Eater of Worlds’.

When it looked as though Bray had targeted John Cena, I was really excited. No chance a program with Cena could hurt, right? Things started off with a singles match at WrestleMania 30. It was hard to believe that Bray would be getting a match with the company’s top star so quickly. It was a huge opportunity for Cena to put a future star over at the grandest stage of them all, but it didn’t happen. His program with Cena had moments of greatness but the bottom line is that Cena took two of three against Bray. As amazing as Bray’s promos were throughout the program, losing to Cena at Mania is all I will really remember.

What was WWE thinking? My guess is that they thought they could put Wyatt over despite losing to the face of the company. Cena would have lost nothing if he put Bray over at Mania, but I’m sure his pride got in the way. It’s always risky to try and advance the career of a potential star through losing, and I was worried that they may have ruined Bray. But thanks to the return of ‘The Best In The World At What He Does’, things are back on the way up.

The Monday Night Raw following ‘Money in the Bank’, Chris Jericho made his long awaited return to WWE. It didn’t take long for The Wyatt Family to attack Y2J starting the storyline that would put Bray back on track. I don’t have an answer yet but this already feels better than Bray’s entire feud with Cena. Wyatt’s promos have the same general theme but they feel more authentic with Y2J. Of course Jericho brings a different dimension than Cena. It seems as though Jericho has no problem ‘getting crazy’ in a fight with Bray. I’m really optimistic because of Jericho’s recent track record with putting up-and-comers over on the big stage. He clearly thrives in this role and sees the importance of building the young talent. Jericho is phenomenal on the mic and is great in the ring. Right now, he’s the perfect dance partner for Bray.

Of course this could all change if Jericho defeats Bray on Sunday.

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TNA Wrestling World Champion Returning to MMA Fighting

July 17, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The TNA Wrestling world champion is going to fight. Bobby Lashley is returning to MMA. Lashley will be jumping back into the cage for Bellator in a rare MMA fight featuring a world champion from a top United States pro wrestling promotion.

The fight was announced earlier this week and will go down on September 5 and air live on Spike TV. Lashley is part of a beefed up lineup that will go head-to-head with a UFC event 10 miles away. Lashley will play a minor part in the show but could wind up as the biggest draw of the night due to his crossover appeal.

This is an interesting deal as I have seen and heard both arguments as to why it is a good and bad idea for TNA to have Lashley fighting. Those arguments are obvious. I am on the smart move side. I see this as a no-lose proposition. Just having your world champion in a real fight is a big coup for TNA. What do they lose if Lashley looks bad anyway? TNA is in one of its worst states so Lashley losing won’t matter. I can’t see a fan in 2014 refusing to watch TNA because the world champion lost a fight. I can see Lashley getting TNA some good publicity and giving the title a much needed shot of legitimacy. Lashley could always blame some phantom injury on a loss if he loses badly and TNA fans wouldn’t know the difference.

Brock Lesnar is the most famous crossover pro wrestler/MMA fighter of our lifetime. Lesnar not only lost his last two fights, he was destroyed by Alistair Overeem in his final fight. Since returning to the WWE Lesnar continues to be a tremendous draw, maybe even the biggest depending on the criteria you use to assess that. I think Lashley will be just fine win or lose after September 5.

What is noteworthy is that Brock Lesnar will likely be WWE champion by the time Lashley fights. The two top pro wrestling promotions in the United States will have legitimate shooters as their world heavyweight champions. I can’t recall the last time that has happened. It is certainly a throwback to an era where that was a requirement for the world champions.

I have probably watched all of Lashley’s 12 fights. Lashley is 10-2. You have seen one Lashley fight you have seen them all. He tries to obliterate his opponent in the first round and comes out gassed in the second round. The longer the fight goes the more tired and vulnerable he gets. He has a good chance of winning this one, although it has been awhile since he has fought. Again I see this as a no-lose situation for everyone.

You have to wonder if a Lashley win would precipitate some kind of grandstand challenge from Lashley to Brock Lesnar for a fight. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what WWE does first before TNA can copy it.

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The Retirement of the WWE World Title and Ric Flair

July 16, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

If you have read my blogs before, you know how great an NWA homer I am. You know how I was born and raised on the principals of the figure-four leg lock. You know I believe in the Dory Funk Jr. Upper cut and the iron claw of any Von Erich you could name. I believe in Kayfabe as a religion and the best preacher to ever grace a commentator’s desk was the late Gordon Solie. For me, the NWA and WCW were and always will be professional wrestling’s greatest era. Now it appears that another part of that time period has been put to rest.

It appears, at least after the replay I saw from Monday night on Raw, the former WCW Title has been retired, safely in the hands of the greatest to ever wear the belt, Ric Flair.

When Flair greeted John Cena in the last segment of Raw before the handicap tag match, Cena told Flair to hold onto the title that he made famous as a champion in the NWA and then as a past of World Championship Wrestling. The segment with Flair himself may have been hokie and a bit odd, but it was the subtle way Cena affirmed the idea that one title – unified – would represent the company.

The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is a professional wrestling governing body which has historically been the largest league of independent wrestling promotions in the world. The organization sanctions various NWA championship bouts within its member promotions. The NWA has been in operation since 1948. Prior to the 1960s, it acted as the sole governing body for most of professional wrestling, operating as a talent and brand name franchiser for the inter-regional “territory” system.

World Championship Wrestling, Inc. (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion based in Atlanta, Georgia. It began as a regional promotion affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), named Jim Crockett Promotions until November 1988, when Ted Turner and his Turner Broadcasting System established the promotion, initially renaming it Universal Wrestling Corporation (UWC) that consisted of Crockett’s assets, but soon changing the name again to World Championship Wrestling.

In the mid-1990s WCW improved its economic stability, largely due to the promotion of Eric Bischoff to Executive Producer, the hiring of Hulk Hogan, the introduction of Nitro and the resultant Monday Night Wars, the New World Order and other innovative concepts. However, numerous problems financially and creatively led to the company losing its lead. Its fall from grace and the various factors leading up to it have been heavily documented within the industry.

Turner, and later Time Warner, owned WCW until 2001 when selected assets were purchased by its primary competitor, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as WWE.

The majority of the success of both wrestling territories had to do with the growth and development of Flair, who has been considered the greatest world champion of all time. In my world, the discussion about who the best of all time starts and stops with the “limousine ridin’, jet flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’ son of a gun.”

Flair has won ten NWA Championships in NWA/WCW, as well as three NWA Championships in All Star Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and Central States Wrestling (CSW). Along with these, he is an eight-time WCW Champion, two-time WCW International World Champion, and two-time WWF Champion, making him a 26-time world heavyweight champion.

Flair’s antics over the past few years – centered around his abuse of alcohol, the legal issues with support and the recent poor showing on screen, giving him the title and basically retiring both the greatest title of all time in the business and the greatest of all time makes plenty of sense.

And in the end, laid to rest another part of wrestling that most of us remember fondly. The move was subtle and in my eyes, the WWE should be commended for not making this a serious issue heading into one of the more important pay-per-view events of the year.
Bravo!

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