1964 – The WWWF ran West Hempsted, NY, headlined by WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino & Tony Marino defeating Jerry & Luke Graham.
1967 – WWWF ran Trenton, NJ with the following results:
-Jerry Graham defeated the Ox.
-Spiros Arion defeated Smasher Sloan.
-Bull Ortega defeated Arnold Skaaland.
-Prof. Toru Tanaka defeated Arman Hussian.
-WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino & Spiros Arion defeated Tank Morgan & Baron Mikel Scicluna.
1969 – The WWWF ran Washington, D.C. at the National Arena with the following results:
-John L. Sullivan defeated Tony Altimore.
-Dominic DeNucci defeated Lou Albano.
-Killer Kowalski defeated Arnold Skaaland.
-Bulldog Brower defeated Angelo Savoldi.
-Victor Rivera defeated Duke Savage.
-The Fabulous Moolah & Toni Rose defeated Alice Young & Betty Walker in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match, 2 falls to 0.
-Victor Rivera (substituing for WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino) fought Prof. Toru Tanaka to a draw
1970 – The WWWF ran Elizabeth, NJ at the Armory with the following results:
-Dominic DeNucci pinned Arnold Skaaland at 12:10.
-Salah El Din pinned Frank Hickey at 11:25.
-Eric the Red pinned the Red Demon at 7:15.
-Lee Wong defeated Joe Turco via disqualification at 12:10.
-WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino pinned Karl Kovacs at 15:25.
-Victor Rivera & Mario Milano defeated Prof. Toru Tanaka & Mike Conrad in a Best 2 out of 3 falls match, 2-0.
1973 – WWWF ran Hagerstown, MD, headlined by Freddie Blassie defeating El Olympico Undercard results saw Juan Caruso defeat Ben Ortiz, Mike McCord defeat Ernie Lassiter and Tony Garea defeat Miguel Feliciano.
1973 – WWWF also ran The Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY with the following results:
-Joe Turco fought Miguel Feliciano to a draw.
-Iron Mike McCord defeatead Vincente Pometti.
-Moondog Mayne defeated El Olympico.
-The Fabulous Moolah & Dottie Downs defeated Lily Thomas & Tippy Wells.
-WWWF World Champion Pedro Morales defeated Freddie Blassie.
1974 – Jimmy & Johnny Valiant defeat Dean Ho & Tony Garea for the WWWF Tag Team Title in Hamburg, Pennsylvania at the Fieldhouse during a TV Taping for All Star Wrestling. This would be the only time this combination of the Valiant brothers would win the title. Johnny and Jerry Valiant would win them in 1979, right before they were renamed the WWF Tag Team Title.
1974 – Antonio Inoki defeats Killer Karl Krupp and Seiji Sakaguchi to win the 1st Annual New Japan Pro Wrestling World League. Inoki, Krupp and Sakaguchi had all tied each other in the round robin portion of the tournament.
1976 – WWWF ran Boston, MA at the Boston Garden with a matinee event featuring the following results:
-Kevin Sullivan fought Baron Mikel Scicluna to a draw.
-Bobo Brazil defeated Rocky Tomayo.
-Executioner #2 (John Studd) defeated Pat Barrett.
-Executioner #1 (Killer Kowalski) pinned Jose Gonzalez with a knee drop to the head after Gonzalez hit the corner.
-Skandor Akbar defeated Man Mountain Mike at 9:42.
-Haystacks Calhoun defeated Crusher Blackwell at 11:16.
-Ivan Putski defeated Louis Cyr at 8:27.
-Stan Hansen defeated WWWF Tag Team Champion Louis Cerdan via disqualification at 7:28 when Tony Parisi and another wrestler made the save after Hansen knocked Cerdan out with the lariat.
-Ernie Ladd fought WWWF Tag Team Champion Tony Parisi to a no contest at 9:20.
-Stan Hansen won a 20-man battle royal by last eliminating Jose Gonzalez; other participants included Bobo Brazil, Haystacks Calhoun, the Executioners, Jerry Blackwell, WWWF Tag Team Champions Louis Cerdan & Tony Parisi, Louis Cyr, Man Mountain Mike, Ernie Ladd, Kevin Sullivan, Superstar Billy Graham, Ivan Putski, Gorilla Monsoon, Scandor Akbar, & Baron Mikel Scicluna; order of elimination: Graham by Brazil via a headbutt; after the elimination, Graham got back up on the ring apron where he received several more headbutts from Brazil until he was sent to the floor; Putski by one of the Executioners; the Executioners by Cerdan & Parisi; Cyr by Brazil; Ladd by Brazil via a headbutt; Brazil was eliminated; Cerdan by Hansen; Parisi by Hansen; after the elimination, Parisi returned to the ring where he was attacked by Hansen and Akbar and thrown to the floor by Akbar; Akbar by Gonzalez via a dropkick; Gonzalez by Hansen via the lariat.
1976 – After the matinee in Boston, the roster split into two, running events that evening in Kingston, NY and New Haven, CT. The CT event was headlined by Ivan Koloff vs. Bruno Sammartino with Haystacks Calhoun as the special referee. The NY event was headlined by Ivan Putski vs. Ernie Ladd.
1978 – The WWWF ran Washington, PA at The Senior High School Gym, The benefit event had initially been scheduled for February 27th but had been postponed due to a coal miner’s strike. Results from the show saw:
-Dino Bravo defeated Johnny DeFazio.
-Dominic DeNucci defeated Strong Kobayashi.
-Ivan Putski defeated Stan Stasiak via count-out.
-Haystacks Calhoun & Larry Zbyszko defeated Butcher Vachon & Johnny Rodz.
1981 – The WWF ran Pittsburgh, PA at the Civic Arena with the following results:
-Johnny DeFazio defeated Jim Grabmire.
-Bruno Sammartino Jr. (David) defeated Pete Mitchell.
-Angelo Mosca defeated Dominic DeNucci.
-Farmer Jerome & the Carolina Kid defeated Sky Low Low & the Chocolate Kid.
-Tony Garea & Rick Martel defeated Lou Albano & Moondog Rex.
-Baron Mikel Scicluna defeated SD Jones via count-out.
-WWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated Killer Khan.
1982 -WWF ran the Boston Garden, drawing 13,007 with the following results:
-Baron Mikel Scicluna defeated Pete Doherty.
-Tony Garea defeated Charlie Fulton.
-Mr. Saito defeated Pete Sanchez.
-Mr. Fuji defeated Rick McGraw.
-Greg Valentine defeated Johnny Rodz
-Blackjack Mulligan defeated Steve Travis.
-WWF Intercontinental Champion Pedro Morales defeated Adrian Adonis via disqualification.
-Tony Atlas defeated Jesse Ventura in a steel cage match.
-WWF World Champion Bob Backlund defeated Bob Orton Jr.
1983 – NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated Billy Jack Haynes via disqualification in Cetralia, Washington.
1984 – Ivan Koloff & Don Kernolde defeated NWA World Tag Team Champions Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood to win the titles in Raleigh, NC. The undercard featured:
-Sam Houston defeated Ben Alexander.
-Brian Adidas defeated Bob Orton Jr.
-Adrian Street defeated Rufus R. Jones
.-Jimmy Valiant defeated Tully Blanchard via disqualification.
The same evening, Jim Crockett Promotions also ran Columbia, SC, featuring the following results:
-Vinnie Valentino defeated Jeff Sword.
-Gary Royal defeated Doug Vines.
-Jesse Barr defeated Barry Hart.
-Johnny Weaver defeated Kurt Von Hess.
-Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ernie Ladd.
-Ricky Steamboat defeated Dick Slater via disqualification.
1985 – WWF ran a charity event at the Shikellany, IL High School, headlined by WWF Tag Team Champions Nikolai Volkoff & the Iron Sheik defeating The U.S. Express, Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo.
1985 – WWF ran The Fieldhouse in Hamburg, PA with the following results:
-Tony Garea defeated Johnny Rodz (substituing for Don Muraco).
-Rocky Johnson defeated Rene Goulet.
-George Sanders (substituing for Ivan Putski) defeated Ken Patera via disqualification.
-The Fabulous Moolah (substituing. for Mad Maxine) defeated Wenona Little Heart.
-Salvatore Bellomo defeated Steve Lombardi; the match replaced a previously scheduled David Sammartino vs. Buddy Rose match.
-The Junkyard Dog fought WWF Intercontinental Champion Greg Valentine to a draw.
1986 – WWF ran Welland, Ontario at the Arena with the following results:
-Rene Goulet defeated Bob Marcus.
-Tony Parisi defeated Steve Lombardi.
-Candi Perdue defeated Judy Martin.
-Ted Arcidi defeated Iron Mike Sharpe.
-Cpl. Kirchner defeated Nikolai Volkoff.
-The Iron Sheik defeated Sivi Afi.
-Jacques & Raymond Rougeau defeated Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart.
1986 -WWF ran East Rutherford, NJ at the Meadowlands, headlined by WWF champion Hulk Hogan defeating Don Muraco, Dory “Hoss” Funk defeating The Junkyard Dog and a tag match featuring Tito Santana & King Tonga (subbing for Hillbilly Jim) defeating WWF IC Champion Randy Savage & Bob Orton Jr. (subbing for Adrian Adonis) when Santana pinned Savage.
1987 – WWF ran Richfield, OH at the Coliseum, drawing 8,000 fans with the following results:
-Outback Jack defeated Steve Lombardi.
-Brad Rheingans defeated Frenchy Martin.
-Ron Bass defeated Pedro Morales.
-Greg Valentine & Dino Bravo defeated Jacques & Raymond Rougeau.
-Kamala defeated George Steele via disqualification.
-Jim Duggan pinned the Iron Sheik.
-WWF Tag Team Champions Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart defeated Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid in a steel cage match.
-WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned King Harley Race with a roll up after avoiding Race’s headbutt off the top.
1987 – WWF ran Springfield, MA at the Civic Center drawing 2,776 with the following:
-Sika defeated SD Jones.
-Nikolai Volkoff defeated Jerry Allen.
-Demolition defeated the Islanders.
-Billy Jack Haynes (substituting for Jake Roberts) pinned the Honkytonk Man.
-Koko B. Ware pinned Danny Davis.
-Paul Roma & Jim Powers defeated the Shadows (Randy Culley & Jose Luis Rivera).
-WWF IC Champion Ricky Steamboat defeated Randy Savage in a steel cage match at around the 5-minute mark
1988 – Kerry Von Erich defeats Iceman King Parsons in Irving, Texas to win the World Class Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Title for the second time.
1988 – Tatsumi Fujinami defeats Big Van Vader for the IWGP Heavyweight Title in Tokyo, Japan. The title had been vacated by Antonio Inoki (who was the initial IWGP Champion after New Japan decided to make it a regular title, as opposed to a yearly tournament championship, which it had been since 1983) due to a broken foot.
1989 – WWF ran The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ with the card broadcast over the MSG Network:
-Mr. Perfect pinned the Blue Blazer with the Perfectplex at 10:59.
-Bret Hart fought Greg Valentine (w/ Jimmy Hart) to a 20-minute time limit draw at 19:34; late in the bout, Mr. Perfect came ringside briefly, distracting Hart.
-Tito Santana fought Rick Martel (w/ Slick) to a no contest when Martel attacked Santana before the bout during Santana’s entrance, with the referee deeming Santana unable to compete but would allow the match to take place later in the card if Santana’s condition improved, which it did.
-The Honkytonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart) pinned Hillbilly Jim at 9:15 with a running knee to the back and hooking Jim’s overalls for leverage after Jim became distracted by Hart; prior to the bout, Jim danced with ring attendant Tony Chimmel at ringside.
-The Ultimate Warrior defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) via count-out at 10:02 when Rude began walking backstage as Warrior chased Heenan into the ring.
-Jim Powers pinned Iron Mike Sharpe at 10:34 with a powerslam.
-The Red Rooster pinned the Brooklyn Brawler with a sunset flip after the Brawler hit the turnbuckle at 10:10.
-Rick Martel (w/ Slick) pinned Tito Santana at 3:24 with his feet on the ropes.
-WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition defeated the Big Bossman & Akeem (w/ Slick) via disqualification at 15:12 when Bossman attacked the champions with his nightstick; after the bout, Akeem attempted to handcuff Ax to the bottom rope until Smash made the save with a steel chair.
-Zeus appeared on The Brother Love Show, with Zeus cutting a promo ripping on Hulk Hogan while claiming he was the true star of WWF’s first film “No Holds Barred.”
1989 – WWF announced Summerslam would be held at the Meadowlands in August 1989.
1990 – The NWA World championship is defended in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the first time in six years as Ric Flair defeated Road Warrior Hawk by DQ in 12 minutes. The NWA card at the Metro Centre drew 1,200 fans and featured:
-Mike Rotunda pinned Bruce Martin.
-Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Joe Hogan.
-Mike Rotunda & Norman defeated Dutch Mantell & Kevin Sullivan.
-Road Warrior Animal pinned Bobby Eaton.
1991 – WCW ran Birmingham, Alabama at the Boutwell Auditorium featuring the following results:
-Big Van Vader pinned Black Bart.
-Bobby Eaton pinned Terrance Taylor.
-Big Josh pinned Rip Morgan.
-Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong defeated Michael Hayes & Jack Victory (who was substituting for Jimmy Garvin, who had a pinched nerve in his neck and was unable to compete.)
-Dustin Rhodes defeated the Angel of Death.
-Sting & El Gigante defeated Stan Hansen & Dan Spivey via disqualification when Hansen choked Gigante with his bullrope.
-WCW World Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated WCW World Champion Ric Flair & Barry Windham.
1992 – WCW ran St. Joseph, MO at The Civic Arena, drawing 1,700 fans with the following results:
-Big Josh pinned Richard Morton.
-Van Hammer pinned JT Southern.
-The Junkyard Dog pinned Mr. Hughes.
-Ron Simmons pinned Cactus Jack.
-Nikita Koloff (subsituting for WCW World Champion Sting) & the Great Muta defeated Big Van Vader & WCW U.S. Champion Rick Rude via disqualification when Harley Race interfered.
-WCW US.. Tag Team Champions Greg Valentine & Terry Taylor defeated Tom Zenk & Marcus Alexander Bagwell.
-Ricky Steamboat pinned Steve Austin.
-WCW World Tag Team Champions Rick & Scott Steiner defeated Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton when Rick pinned Eaton after catching him coming off the top and hitting a belly to belly suplex as Rick was on Anderson’s shoulders.
1993 – Wolfie D defeats Danny Davis in Memphis, Tennessee to win the USWA Middleweight Title, becoming the final champion in the belt’s short (four months) existence.
1995 – The USWA ran Memphis, TN, headlined by Jerry Lawler & Psycho Sid defeating Brian Lee & Ron Harris in the main event.
1996 – WWF ran in Kuwait City, Kuwait, featuring the following results:
-Savio Vega vs. Duke Drose; Drose played the heel in the match.
-Kuwait Cup Opening Round: Steve Austin defeated Marty Jannetty via submission with the Million Dollar Dream after kicking Jannetty in the face as he ran into the corner.
-Ahmed Johnson vs. Aldo Montoya; Montoya played the heel for the match.
-The Bushwhackers vs. Bob Backlund & Isaac Yankem.
-Bret Hart defeated Leif Cassidy via submission with the Sharpshooter after catching Cassidy in the air as he attempted a leapfrog.
-The Undertaker pinned Hunter Hearst Helmsley with the tombstone.
-WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels pinned Davey Boy Smith with a backdrop and the superkick.
1997 – ECW ran The Madhouse of Extreme, the Elks Lodge in Queens, NY with the following results:
-Axl Rotten pinned Chris Chetti.
-Spike Dudley pinned Little Guido.
-Balls Mahoney pinned the New Jersey Devil (Bill Wiles).
-Tommy Dreamer defeated Louie Spicolli.
-ECW World TV Champion Shane Douglas defeated Pitbull #1.
-ECW World Tag Team Champions The Eliminators defeated The Gangstas and D-Von & Big Dudley in an elimination match.
-Raven defeated the Sandman and Stevie Richards in a Three-Way Dance.
-ECW World Champion Terry Funk defeated Raven at the 4-minute mark.
-Taz & Chris Candido defeated Rob Van Dam & Sabu at the 10-minute mark.
1997 – WCW ran Salina, KS with the following results:
-Bobby Eaton defeated Steve Armstrong.
-Konnan defeated Marty Jannetty.
-Yuji Nagata defeated Ernest Miller.
-Psychosis & La Parka defeated Silver King & Juventud Guerrera.
-WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Jericho defeated Disco Inferno.
-Sting & Lex Luger defeated Scott Norton & WCW World Tag Team Champion Scott Hall.
1999 – ECW ran at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the following results:
– Little Guido defeated Mosco De La Merced with a Boston Crab.
– Justin Credible did an interview announcing that due to injury, Sabu was not being allowed to wrestle. Credible bragged about putting Sabu out of action.
– Danny Doring defeated Bill Wiles with a double arm DDT. Wiles was actually working as a timekeeper, and chanted “boring” while Doring and Roadkill were having an interview, leading to their match.
– TAKA Michinoku & Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated Super Crazy & Spike Dudley when TAKA hit the Michinoku Driver #2 on Crazy for the pin. The match had started with Crazy teaming with Super Nova, but the FBI attacked Nova, leading to Spike Dudley substituting.
– Chris Candido defeated Chris Chetti when Chetti was injured and could no longer continue. Candido attacked Chetti on the stretcher, leading to ECW World Champion (and Chetti’s cousin) Taz running off Candido. Taz then beat up Chetti, saying if this is what he would do to his own cousin, Candido could imagine what would be done to him.
– Steve Corino vs. Axl Rotten ended in a no-contest when the Dudleys attacked Rotten, and Corino left.
– ECW World Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz defeated Axl Rotten & Balls Mahoney after 3D on Balls.
– ECW World Television Champion Rob Van Dam defeated Skull Von Krush with the five star frog splash.
– Tommy Dreamer, Jerry Lynn & Francine defeated Lance Storm, Justin Credible & Dawn Marie when Francine pinned Storm after DDTing Dawn into Storm’s groin.
1999 – J.R. Smooth defeats Michael Hayes for the Memphis Power Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title in Memphis, Tennessee.
2000 – Chris Benoit defeats Chris Jericho for the WWF Intercontinental Title in Uniondale, New York, ending Jericho’s 3rd IC Title reign after only six days. This marked the beginning of Benoit’s second run with the belt.
2000 – WCW broadcast Nitro from St. Louis, MO with the following results:
-WCW Hardcore Champion Terry Funk defeated Norman Smiley & Ralphus in a handicap hardcore match.
-Shawn Stasiak defeated Capt. Rection.
-Mike Awesome defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a stretcher match.
-Kronik defeated Stevie Ray & Big T, Ron & Don Harris, and Big Vito & Johnny the Bull in an elimination match.
-Elizabeth fought Daffney to a no contest.
-Hulk Hogan & Kevin Nash fought Mike Awesome, Billy Kidman, Rey Mysterio Jr., & Konnan to a no contest in a handicap streetfight.
-WCW World Champion Jeff Jarrett defeated Sting.
2002 – Tom Howard defeats Christopher Daniels in Santa Ana, California to win the Ultimate Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title. Howard, already the UPW Shoot Champion, unifies the two belts.
2002 – A press release was issued, touting the June 2002 debut of NWA: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as a weekly Wednesday night PPV. The promotion still exists today as TNA Impact Wrestling. The press release (which listed Dixie Carter as the PR contact; she would go on to become President of the company after it was purchased by Panda Energy) reads as follows:
iN DEMAND; J SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE NEW WEEKLY PPV WRESTLING SERIES
NWA: TOTAL NONSTOP ACTION TO KICK OFF JUNE 19, 2002
New York, NY (May 9, 2002)…iN DEMAND LLC and J Sports & Entertainment, Inc (JSE), today announced a new weekly series of PPV wrestling entertainment events premiering on June 19, 2002, and continuing every Wednesday night. The series will represent the first weekly original programming available exclusively on PPV.
The new series will be called “NWA – Total Nonstop Action” and will feature nationally and world-renowned superstars from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), the oldest professional wrestling sanctioning body in the world. The NWA’s heritage is the foundation for professional wrestling today, and this new venture repositions the NWA brand for the 21st century.
Appearing on initial programs will be top names such as, former World Champion Jeff Jarrett, former UFC Champion Ken Shamrock, NWA legends Dory Funk Jr. and Harley Race, hardcore midget Puppet, Puerto Rican sensation Apolo, and young high-flyer A.J. Styles. These top athletes, representing a diverse array of wrestling styles, will be joined by the luscious “TNA Girls” as well as other top free agent wrestlers from around the world who will be announced in the weeks to come. The live events will be held at various arenas and coliseums throughout the country.
In addition, superstars from both the entertainment and sporting worlds, as well as “infamous” celebrities, will make guest appearances on a regular basis to create this new, multi-faceted approach to wrestling entertainment. The first broadcast will feature country music superstar and CMA & ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, Toby Keith, and current NASCAR Winston Cup point leader, Sterling Marlin.
“Our show fills a void currently in the marketplace,” said Jeff Jarrett, President of JSE. “With its fast paced storylines and Total Nonstop Action, we will give fans, as well as those who might have stopped watching wrestling in the past year, a new entertainment experience.”
“Each show will be a spectacular, in line with the quality of programming expected from a PPV broadcast,” said Jerry Jarrett, Chairman of JSE and a well known wrestling promoter and industry leader for over 35 years. “Because the storyline continues on a weekly basis, fans will want to tune in each week. It was important for us to offer this entertainment at an affordable price level. Viewers can obtain 8 hours of this original, high-quality entertainment on a monthly basis.”
“This is a great opportunity for iN DEMAND, our MSOs and affiliates,” said Daniel York, SVP Programming and Development, iN DEMAND. “With weekly consistency and an affordable price point, we expect the new series to appeal to wrestling fans, and are confident it will attract new fans to the category.”
“NWA: Total Nonstop Action” will premiere every Wednesday at 8pm ET with an encore presentation scheduled for the following Sunday at Noon ET (time approximate). The Sunday broadcast will often serve as “lead-in” programming for iNDemand’s recently announced NASCAR iN CAR ON iN DEMAND series.
More information about NWA: Total Nonstop Action will be available online at www.nwatna.com.
iN DEMAND, the nation’s leading PPV & VOD provider, delivers television premiers of the best movies, championship boxing, mega-event wrestling, professional and college sports, plus original programming. iN Demand’s 60-channel digital lineup also offers MLB Extra Innings, NBA LEAGUE PASS, WNBA Season Pass, NHL Center Ice and ESPN Full Court, ‘NASCAR iN CAR ON iN DEMAND’, plus half-hour start times for its top movies each month. The company’s shareholders are AT&T Broadband, L.L.C., Time Warner Entertainment – Advance/Newhouse Partnership, Comcast Programming Ventures, Inc, and Cox Communications, Inc. Further information about the company can be found on the Internet at www.indemand.com.
2002 – WWE released Curt Hennig due to his conduct on the “plane ride from hell” where he and Brock Lesnar got into a physical confrontation, wrestling in the aisle of the plane.
2002 – World Wrestling Entertainment presented “The Slammy Awards 2002” at their World Restaurant in Manhattan as a way to establish the WWE as an entertainment brand to advertisers and sponsors. The event was not open to the public.
The point of the “Awards” presentation was that the WWFE was competing not just within sports-entertainment but against the entire entertainment industry. Each category which had an “award” given out featured a WWFE character competing against 2 non-WWFE entities or performers.
The first award, presented by Edge was for “Best Comedic Performance” with Kurt Angle defeating actors Drew Carey and Ray Romano. They showed the clip from Smackdown several weeks back with Edge giving him pictures with “You Suck” and other insults written on the back, and Angle’s reaction.
Stephanie McMahon came out and spoke about the brand extention, saying it was neccesary because while the WWFE historically are the #1 rated show on cable, they are still willing to re-invent themselves and evolve, and added about how they listen to their audience. She spoke about how WWFE is a full entertainment brand, not one limited to just wrestling.
Torrie Wilson presented the award for “Best Dramatic Performance” which Chris Jericho won by beating James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”) and Alison Chaney (“The West Wing”). They aired a clip of Jericho intensely yelling and demanding the Rock respect him because he is the Undisputed champion.
Shane McMahon came out and spoke about the WWFE Television demographics and the new television programming that is listed elsewhere on the Newsline.
Stacy Kiebler presented the award for “Best Performance in an Action Series” which WWE champion Hulk Hogan won, beating out Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) and Jennifer Garner Alias (“Alias”). Hogan accepted and received a large ovation from the industry crowd.
Billy & Chuck presented “Best Performance in A Soap Opera” which was won by Triple H (for his wedding storyline) over Katie Holmes (“Dawson’s Creek”) and Kerri Russel (“Felicity”).
Ivory presented the award for “Most Successful Run of Television Programming” which was won by WWE programming, which beat the Tonight Show and 60 Minutes. Vince McMahon came out and accepted saying that they showed everyone today that the WWE does humor, characters, action, and more and they are the most successful variety show on television today. McMahon invited everyone to stay for lunch and told them when they were done to make sure they got the “F” out, using the new company slogan.
I was told by one person from the entertainment industry who attended that the presentation of the event was “incredibly overwhelming.” She compared it to the presentations MTV puts on for similar events, which are considered the top events in the TV industry in terms of presentation, catering, and overall atmosphere. I was told that the WWE made a very favorable impression on those in attendance.
Other Notes: Others in attendance who did not take part in the presentation were Mark Henry, D-Von Dudley, Rikishi Phatu, and Billy Kidman….Everyone who attended was given a promotional bag featuring WWE T-shirts, DVDs, candy bars, Hats, a media package, and a WWE paperweight shaped like a wrestling ring…. Outside the World on the sidewalk were painted golden stars, like the Hollywood Walk of Fame featuring names of current WWE performers….Outside the restaurant, the company placed Movie Parody Posters featuring WWE Superstars. Some of the posters were The McMahonos (McMahon family in a “Sopranos” parody), Lita the Superstar Slayer (parody of “Buffy”), and WWF Divas in the City (“Sex and The City” Parody)
2003 – WWE broadcast Smackdown. Buck Woodward filed the following TV report:
Smackdown for May 8th began with a highlight package on the debut of Mr. America, and Vince McMahon’s rage over Hulk Hogan figuring out a way back onto Smackdown.
Vince McMahon came to the ring, and announced that Hulk Hogan was going to be on Smackdown via satellite from his home. McMahon said that since Hogan was home in Tampa, Florida, Mr. America would not be appearing. McMahon reiterated that he was paying Hogan to stay home and rot, and accused him of being Mr. America, saying everyone knew it was him. The fans chanted “You screwed Bret” which both McMahon and the announcers acknowledged. McMahon then brought out Stephanie McMahon, obviously mad over her signing Mr. America. Stephanie defended her decision by saying she signed him for the fans and because it was good for business. Stephanie said she had to offer Mr. America his “no fire” contract in order to outbid Eric Bischoff. Vince wanted to know how Stephanie was going to break the contract so he could get rid of him. Stephanie said if it is proven Mr. America is Hulk Hogan, his contract will be nullified. Vince sent Stephanie to the back, then had Hogan brought up on the big screen. McMahon asked Hogan why he risked his financial security by showing up as Mr. America last week. Hogan claimed he was “dying” sitting at home, but said he hoped to someday return to the ring, so he could team with Mr. America. Hogan said he enjoyed watching Mr. America kick Vince’s ass last week. Hogan said there were physical similarities between himself and Mr. America. McMahon and Hogan went back and forth over Mr. America, with Hogan saying that Mr. America could show up at Smackdown tonight. McMahon said if and when Mr. America comes back, he will rip the mask off him.
They announced that Brock Lesnar & Chris Benoit vs. Big Show & A-Train was the main event tonight.
A stagehand told Vince McMahon that Mr. America was here. McMahon figured this was a joke, and ordered the crewman away.
Eddie & Chavo Guerrero’s theft of Kurt Angle’s medals from Team Angle last week was shown.
Eddie Guerrero, with Chavo, defeated Matt Hardy, with Crash & Shannon Moore, in 5:27. The Cruiserweight Title was not on the line. Towards the end, Guerrero hit a series of vertical suplexes. Eddie went for the frog splash, but Matt moved out of the way and grabbed an Oklahoma roll for a two count. Matt went for the Twist of Fate, Eddie shoved it off, and Hardy booted Guerrero to the mat. Hardy hit a legdrop off the second rope to the back of the head for a two count. Matt went for a Side Effect, but Guerrero armdragged out of it into a cradle for the pin. Team Angle ran out after the match and ambushed Chavo, stealing back the gold medals.
Backstage, Big Show was talking with the FBI. Stagehands with a screen walked by, and Mr. America walked behind the screen, making it somewhat unclear if it was really him or not.
They recapped Brian Kendrick’s confrontation with John Cena from last week, when Cena clotheslined Kendrick after he made fun of him. Kendrick is now referred to as Brian “Spanky” Kendrick.
Kendrick came out and talked about how Cena kicked his “butt” because whenever he said Cena, the fans would say “sucks”. He then led the crowd in a brief call and response of “Cena Sucks”.
Brian “Spanky” Kendrick defeated Jamie Noble, with Nidia, in 4:36. John Cena was watching the match from the back. Towards the end, Noble went for a superplex, but Spanky shoved him off. Spanky went for a moonsault, but Cena moved. Spanky landed on his feet, and hit the Sliced Bread #2 (walking the ropes flip into a reverse DDT out of the corner) for the pin.
Backstage, Cena was annoyed at Spanky’s win. Mr. America stood next to him, back to the camera, and Cena did a double take.
They replayed Big Show’s brutalizing of Rey Mysterio from Backlash. Tazz and Michael Cole said that Mysterio was still not cleared to return to the ring, but that he would be on Smackdown next week.
Josh Matthews interviewed Brock Lesnar. Lesnar said he and Benoit would have no problem with A-Train and Big Show. Lesnar also said that since Big Show likes stretchers, his match with Show at Judgment Day will be a Stretcher Match.
Vince McMahon was in the back. Funaki told McMahon that Mr. America was going to the ring right now. McMahon said this Mr. America was an imposter. McMahon had Funaki poor him a cup of coffee.
Mr. America came to the ring. Vince and Stephanie were watching from her office, and Vince was incensed when he saw that it was Hogan. Mr. America again claimed to not be Hulk Hogan, and said he was actually just an accountant from Hoboken, New Jersey that was inspired by Hulk Hogan. Vince McMahon came out and confronted Hogan. He reiterated his earlier promise to unmask Mr. America. He then said Stephanie would do the unmasking, and she came to the ring. Vince feigned like Stephanie was going to jump on Mr. America, and when he turned, Vince hit him with a low blow. Vince pulled on the mask, but America shrugged him off, sending Vince flying into Stephanie. America sent Vince from the ring with some punches, then scooped up Stephanie and carried her to the back.
They replayed the previous segment after the commercial. We saw that Stephanie was being attended to in the back for a bump on the head. Vince barged in, looking for Mr. America, more concerned with Hogan than Stephanie. Stephanie said Vince was the one that hurt her, while Vince said the blame lies with Hogan.
Sable came to the ring to watch the next match.
Torrie Wilson defeated Dawn Marie in 49 seconds. Torrie hit a sunset flip out of a Dawn fireman’s carry to get the pin. After the match, Sable congratulated Torrie on breaking her losing streak, and challenged Torrie to a bikini contest at Judgment Day. Torrie took the top off her bodysuit, revealing her bra, which I guess means she accepts the challenge.
A video on Kurt Angle’s injury and recovery, putting him over huge, was shown.
Team Angle (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) defeated Rikishi & Yoshihiro Tajiri in 4:29. The WWE Tag Team Championship was not on the line. Towards the end, Tajiri got the Tarantula on Haas, while Shelton low blowed Rikishi on the apron. Haas grabbed Tajiri in a reverse atomic drop, Benjamin hit him with a superkick, and Haas rolled up Tajiri for the pin. Los Guerreros ran out and stole the Kurt Angle portrait and medals from ringside.
Chris Benoit and Brock Lesnar were shown warming up for their tag match.
Brian “Spanky” Kendrick joined the announcers for the next match.
John Cena came to the ring, and did a rap about Rhyno, his opponent for tonight. Kendrick commented how Cena couldn’t take a joke.
Rhyno defeated John Cena in 3:07. Towards the end, Cena went for a Death Valley Driver, but Rhyno blocked it and hit a spinebuster. Cena went for his chain, but Spanky grabbed it, and there was a brief tug-of-war. Rhyno took advantage of this and cradled Cena from behind for the pin. Cena went after Spanky, who jumped into the crowd. Rhyno grabbed Cena and rammed him into the ring apron. Rhyno went for a Gore, but Cena moved and Rhyno hit the ringsteps hard.
The FBI were in the back, talking about being ready to do their job.
The matches for Judgment Day were discussed.
Brock Lesnar was in the back. Nunzio got in his face, saying he was disrespectful to Big Show and A-Train. Lesnar shoved him aside, so Nunzio slapped him in the back of the head. Lesnar chased Nunzio into a room, but Nunzio hadn’t really gone in it. The FBI closed the door and barricaded it with a forklift, trapping Lesnar inside. Big Show and A-Train emerged, thanking the FBI for taking care of Lesnar. They then argued briefly over who was going to wrestle Chris Benoit, with Show saying he would fight him, saying Benoit would go out on a stretcher. Show pulled out a stretcher that said “Mysterio, Benoit, Lesnar” with Mysterio’s name crossed out.
Big Show, with A-Train, defeated Chris Benoit in 5:03. Michael Cole scores huge points as an announcer by mentioning the famed Andre The Giant vs. Killer Kahn stretcher match during this bout (if someone has a good video copy of that, email me!). Towards the end, Benoit hit a flying headbutt on a standing Big Show, but Show kicked out at two. Show grabbed Benoit for the chokeslam, but Benoit reversed it into the Cripple Crossface. A-Train goes for the stretcher, so Benoit lets go of Show to dropkick A-Train. Benoit goes for the Crossface again, but Show blocked it and hit a chokeslam for the pin.
After the match, A-Train kicked and Show chokeslammed Benoit again. Benoit was strapped to the stretcher, but Brock Lesnar ran out before Show could swing him into the ringpost. Lesnar cleaned house, then hit the F5 on A-Train. However, this allowed Show to clothesline and chokeslam Lesnar to end the show.
2003 – WWE Smackdown ran Aberdeen, Scotland. Kris Gibson filed the following live report:
I was at the WWE Smackdown house show in Aberdeen last night. The arena was a sell out, which according to the arena staff was around 5000. Due to the huge amount of road works and speed cameras on the road to Aberdeen, we were 15 minutes late and as a result we missed the first match of the night, which was Rey Mysterio against Matt Hardy. Don’t know who won, but apparently Rey got hurt somehow, as a friend of ours was on the security staff.
The second match of the night was Rhyno vs. Albert. The crowd were really loud for this match, showing the appetite for WWE over here in Scotland. The end came when Rhyno missed a Gore and Albert hit a scissors kick. After the 3 count, a number of WWE staff, including Arn Anderson, came out to check on Rhyno who didn’t move after the scissors kick. Rhyno came round, but looked really groggy. If he was selling the move, then he deserves an Oscar!
The 3rd match saw the Guerreros defeat the F.B.I Palumbo and Stamboli. This was a good match which saw Eddie and Chavo hit some cool high flying move.
The last match before the intermission was John Cena against Chris Benoit. Cena rapped about how all the people in Aberdeen were ugly (couldn’t disagree…except me and some of the other non-Aberdonians!) Benoit came out and said that Cena rapped like he was “the man” when he should realize that he was looking at “the man”. Excellent match. Benoit won after landing the tope rope headbutt.
After the interval, we had a Tag Team Title Match between Team Angle and Rikishi & Tajiri. Team Angle certainly impressed me with their work rate. They got the victory after Haas nailed Tajiri with a title belt, while Tajiri had the Tarantula on Benjamin.
Sable came out to be the guest ring announcer for the Diva match between Nidia and Torrie. On the wrestling front, this match was thankfully short. On the T & A front, this match was too short! But hey, I guess you can’t have it both ways! Torrie got the victory by landing a DDT on Nidia. During the match, the usual “referee getting caught while the Divas are rolling around on the mat” spot was hit, and Brian Hebner tried to climb the ropes and slipped, to which the hot crowd gave him an ECW style chant that couldn’t be repeated here. Something about him messing up!
Main event was next and it was WWE Title Match time. Big Show challenged Lesnar for the title. Before the match, Lesnar was taunting Show with the belt then got on the mic and told Show that he was “one ugly S.O.B.!” Show smiled as if to laugh, then realized he was supposed to be annoyed. I enjoyed that bit. The match was very entertaining as well. High spots were Lesnar first body slamming Show, then hitting an F5 for the 3 count. After the three count, some little idiot jumped over the barricade and got in the ring. Mike Keota (sp?) grabbed the guy by the throat and pushed him through the ropes to the floor, where security grabbed him. Lesnar hung about for a while, posing around the ring for the benefit of those with flash photography.
Overall, it was a good show, which I definitely enjoyed. The price for the tickets was huge, £49.50 (around $75!). That was for ringside seats. Cheapest were £22.50 (about $34!). Bit steep for a house show, but the Scottish public showed that they were willing to pay that sort of money to see the WWE. Hopefully they will return to Scotland next time they tour the UK, rather than just touring England. The crowd were hot for the whole night. Even Tony Chimmel got a massive reception, including several chants of “Tony! Tony!” The arena staff were sensible in how they controlled the crowd. They allowed you to get right down to the front to get photos when the wrestlers came out.
Good work from all the wrestlers and I would like to thank the WWE for an entertaining night. I hope they come back soon!
2004 – The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, housed in Schenectady, New York held their 2004 induction ceremonies. The 2004 inductees were Mae Young, Gordon Solie, Lord Little Brook, Terry Funk, Harley Race, Verne Gagne, William Muldoon, Vince McMahon Sr., Angelo Savoldi, Freddie Blassie, The Vachons, Len Rossi, and Dr. John Bonica. In attendance at the ceremonies were Paul and Maurice Vachon, Angelo Savoldi, Mae Young, The Fabulous Moolah, Harley Race, Verne Gagne, Johnny Rodz, Killer Kowalski, Nick Bockwinkel, Dave O’Hannon, Lord Littlebrook, (The Missing Link) Dewey Robertson, Destroyer Dick Beyer, S.D. Jones, Angelo Mosca, Jim Powers, Ida Mae Martinez, Bill Eadier, Johnny Valiant, and Terry Funk.
2005 – The Mark Curtis Memorial Wrestling Reunion took place on at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, TN. Tim Whitehead filed the following live report:
The Mark Curtis Memorial Wrestling Reunion took place on at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, TN. All proceeds went to the Children’s Miracle Network. The live crowd was small (about 300) but enthusiastic. It was something of a nostalgia event as it had the feeling of a Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) show. SMW ran monthly at Freedom Hall during early 1990s. It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade since SMW closed shop.
Tommy Noe, SMW’s ring announcer, opened the show by introducing Les Thatcher & Chip Kessler, two of SMW’s TV hosts.
All the wrestlers came to the ring for a ten bell salute to Chris Candido, who tragically passed away recently. Candido made a name for himself as a great heel in SMW during the promotion’s heydey.
Area wrestler Mike Cooper sang the National Anthem.
Dirty Dick Flanagan won a battle royal. This event featured local East Tennessee stars as well as wrestlers from Mark Curtis’ native Pennsylvania, such as Lord Zoltan. Beau James was among the participants, but he eliminated himself. The finish came down to Flanagan and Preston Steele. Heel Flanagan won in a surprise conclusion.
Mick Foley came to the ring. He gave a heartfelt speech about Mark Curtis. For those who are new to wrestling fandom, Mark Curtis (real name Brian Hildebrand) was a legendary referee and one of the most respected men in the wrestling business. He trained in his native Pennsylvania under Dominic DeNucci, but was too small to make it big as a wrestler. He became a referee, and was in many ways the heart of Smoky Mountain Wrestling during its four year run from 1991 to 1995. He not only refereed for SMW, but did much of the legwork for the promotion. When SMW folded, he was hired as a referee for WCW. He continued to work small indie shows in East Tennessee, both as a referee and sometimes as a wrestler. Mark Curtis tragically passed away in 1999 from stomach cancer. He was so respected by those who knew him that many of the top names in the business volunteered to work free at a fundraiser show for him near Pittsburgh a few weeks before his death. Several tribute shows have been held for him here in Tennessee in the years since his passing. In his speech, Foley noted that all the wrestlers on this show were working for free, and that there aren’t many people he’d be willing to work free for, but Mark Curtis was one of them.
They then did a great angle (the type Curtis would have loved). Foley announced that he wished to introduce two men who have been a great influence to his career. Out came Al Snow & D-Lo Brown. They took full credit for being the two men in question. Snow said it was about time that Foley acknowledged that he had been a huge influence on him. Foley informed them that he had been referring to two other guys, not Snow & D-Lo. He accused Snow & D-Lo of exaggerating their importance. Snow grew angry and said he invented the Mr. Socko gimmick for Foley. He said the only exaggeration would be to call Foley a professional wrestler. Foley then called out the two men whom he truly credited with influencing his career, namely Dominic DeNucci & Shane Douglas (DeNucci trained Foley along with Douglas & Mark Curtis back in the 1980s). Snow exploded with rage, calling DeNucci an S.O.B. and blaming him for unleashing Foley and his assorted personas (Cactus Jack, etc.) on the wrestling world. Snow then claimed to have been a closer friend to Mark Curtis than Foley ever was. Douglas spoke up and made a match challenge. He suggested a main event match of himself & Foley (with DeNucci in their corner) vs. Snow & D-Lo, with the winners being able to declare themselves Curtis’ best friends. Snow accepted, but only if Les Thatcher would be in thier corner and only if the Tri-Cities Tag Titles were on the line (this was a funny line since there are no such tag titles). Foley & Douglas agreed, with Foley adding, “It takes a great man to beat me, but it doesn’t take him very long.”
Eddie Golden defeated K.C. Thunder by reverse decision DQ. Thunder was managed by our old friend Allan Barrie, doing his Duke of New York routine. He was hilarious as always in taunting and insulting the crowd. The finish saw Golden splash Thunder, but the Duke pulled the ref from the ring before he could render the three count. As Duke argued with the ref, Thunder used brass knux on Golden. Thunder scored the pin, but afterward the ref found the knux on Duke and reversed the ruling. Golden went to punch Duke in the face. Duke noted that he was wearing glasses. Golden simply removed the glasses and then punched Duke.
Roger Anderson defeated Timber the Lumberjack. Timber was managed by Count Grogg. This was a brawling match. Timber produced an axe wrapped in barbed wire, but Anderson kicked it back into Timber’s face and scored the pin.
Tim Horner & Cody Michaels defeated the Turbanators. The Turbanators do an Arab anti-American gimmick (Turban-ators, get it?). They’re pretty good! They waved an Iranian flag and sported the curly tipped boots like Iron Sheik. They doubled on Horner forever until Michaels made the hot tag. He scored the pin when heel manager Perry James accidentally hit one of the Turbanators with the flag pole.
Terry Taylor beat Dr. Tom Prichard to win the Texas Heavyweight Title. Slow-paced but it was great seeing these guys. Dr. Tom was definitely a major name in SMW. Taylor won with a forearm.
Mick Foley & Shane Douglas (with DeNucci) defeated Al Snow & D-Lo Brown (with Thatcher). Foley and Snow really went at it, wrestling as if they were in a major promotion feud. Douglas came in and got doubled on for a while as Foley tried to make the tag. Foley finally made it back in. Snow put him down and hit the people’s elbow, though only after an exaggerated number of rebounds off the ropes. Foley kicked out. Foley then did the worm, but due to his weight he couldn’t exactly do it with the finesse of Scotty in WWE. This was hilarious! Foley lariated Snow from the ring and Snow sold it that he broke his elbow on landing. He did a great job, as it looked legit. But it was a ruse, as Snow posted Foley when Foley came to check on him. Foley DDT’d Snow and pulled out Mr. Socko, but D-Lo crotched Foley before he could use it. They continued imitating other wrestlers, as D-Lo did a bunch of Hulk Hogan mannerisms and then legdropped Douglas for a near fall. Douglas continued the routine, giving Stone Cold Stunners to both Snow & D-Lo. The match ended with a triple pin as Douglas pinned D-Lo, Foley pinned Snow using Mr. Socko, and DeNucci even punched Thatcher and pinned him. The crowd loved this match. Afterward, Snow and D-Lo argued, with Snow walloping D-Lo with Head. It was agreed as the show ended that all the participants were friends of Mark Curtis, as was everyone involved with the show and in the audience.
I really enjoyed this show! Everyone involved deserves praise for volunteering their time for this tribute to a great representative of the best side of the wrestling business: Mark Curtis.
2006 – During an edition of Raw from Anaheim, California, Jim Ross returned as the play-by-play announcer after a seven month absence (during which Ross underwent colon surgery, which was actually mocked during an edition of Raw). Ross had previously come back to call an edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event, then called the Raw matches for Wrestlemania before WWE brought him back on Raw following the angle where Joey Styles quit the show the previous week. On the show, Mick Foley turned heel during a Hardcore Triple Threat match with Edge and Tommy Dreamer, a bout that Foley was allowed to put together when Edge agreed to face Foley in a match of his choosing. Edge and Foley double teamed Dreamer, bloodying him with a barbed wire baseball bat and defeating him. Foley and Edge, who had been feuding, then shook hands and left together.
2007 – Edge stole another World title win at the Smackdown taping in Pittsburgh, PA. DavidFJ filed the following report:
The Undertaker vs. Batista for the WWE World championship inside a Steel Cage:
They announced the match can be won by pinfall, submission or escape. Undertaker got a huge pop while Batista received a mixed reaction. Undertaker’s arm is heavily braced and protected. Batista’s right knee and quad is also taped up. The first five minutes saw some near falls. The crowd completely turned on Batista as he took control. Batista tried to escape but taker crotched him on the top rope. Taker took control for a moment, then both men hit each other with a clothesline and went down. Batista regained control of the match. Batista nearly scored a pinfall but Taker kicked up and regained control. He nailed a running clothesline in the corner then hit a big boot and a chokeslam for another near fall. Undertaker went for the Last Ride powerbomb but Barista countered and slammed Taker into the cage, busting him open. Batista nailed a spinebuster for a near fall. He tried to climb out of the cage but Undertaker caught him and nailed the Last Ride. Undertaker then tried to escape the cage. Batista began climbing out from another section of the cage, so both were trying to escape simultaneously. Both men hit the floor at the same time and it was announced as draw. Mark Henry came to ringside and attacked Taker.
Edge came out and cashed in his Money in the Bank title shot and began beating Taker, getting several near falls. Undertaker sat up, but was speared in the sitting position by Edge, who scored the pin. Edge is the new WWE World champion. The place went absolutely insane for the title change. After the match, Edge laid out Undertaker with the suitcase. The crowd then turned on Edge. Eight Druids came to the ring and carried the unconscious Undertaker from the ring.
2008 – WWE announced the release of Torrie Wilson, who had been sidelined for some time with a back injury. Wilson would return for a Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 25 but to date, never wrestled again after her WWE release beyond that appearance.
2008 – WWE touted the buyrate for Wrestlemania 24, which featured Ric Flair’s retirement bout against Ric Flair, boxer Floyd Mayweather vs. Big Show and Edge vs. The Undertaker on top, with the following press release:
WrestleMania® XXIV Tops One Million PPV Buys…Again
May 8, 2008
STAMFORD, Conn., May 8, 2008 – WrestleMania XXIV generated approximately 1.1 million pay-per-view buys, amounting to $23.8 million in pay-per-view revenue in the first quarter of 2008.
WrestleMania XXIV also grossed more than $5.85 million in ticket sales, making it the highest grossing live event in WWE history and in the history of the Citrus Bowl. The premiere event in sports entertainment also set an attendance record for the Citrus Bowl with 74,635 fans from all 50 states, five Canadian provinces and 21 countries.
By comparison, WrestleMania 23 generated approximately 1.2 million buys and $24.6 million in pay-per-view revenue, which was recorded during the second quarter of 2007.
WrestleMania XXIV will be released on DVD on Tuesday, May 20. Both the 3-disc deluxe DVD package and the 2-disc Blu-ray version will include all of the action and excitement of WrestleMania XXIV, as well as four and a half hours of extras – including the entire 2008 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the WrestleMania Battle Royal.
Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/
2009 – TNA announced that Mick Foley would be hosting their new UK series “Epics”, featuring episodes devoted to different stars’ matches.
2009- Ring of Honor ran Boston, MA. E. Kirby filed the following live report:
-Delirious defeated Ricky Reyes with a the shadows over hell. Fun opener, good to see Delirious back entertaining the crowd the way he does.
-Kenny King and Rhett Titus defeated the Super Smash Brothers with a powerbomb/blockbuster combination. Another fun match, Titus and King are SO over with the crowd. Smash Brothers received a “Please come back!” chant afterwards.
-Jay Briscoe and the Necro Butcher fought to a no-contest when The Embassy came out and attacked Necro. Eventually Jay joined in to help Necro fight them off, delivering a stunner to Ernie Osiris. Pretty disappointing match, playing it up too much that they are friends with each other and are just fighting for the fun of it.
-Bobby Cruise announced that a certain fan requested some mic time during the show, and asked him to be quick with it. The guy then called his girlfriend into the ring and proposed to her, to which she accepted. However, the crowd absolutely hated that this was happening, chanting “Please say no!” and the old Mr. McMahon “A**hole!” chant at the guy. Bobby Cruise then told them to leave and made fun of the situation, to which the crowd chanted for Cruise. I guess I can say I saw an official “first” for ROH.
-Kevin Steen defeated Davey Richards in an Anything Goes match. Simply amazing match. They pulled out all the stops here, using ladders, chairs, tables, blood and even brawling into the gym bleachers. Steen gets the win with a nasty package piledriver off the apron through a table that was supported by the guardrail and ring. Eddie Edwards attacks Steen afterwards, with a failed save attempt by Sugarfoot Alex Payne.
-Intermission had a special meet and greet with Sonjay Dutt, Bryan Danielson, Brent Albright and Colt Cabana. This was done to supplement the card changes due to Tyler Black and Mike Quackenbush pulling out due to injury. All four of them were really cool with the fans and seemed to enjoy meeting and taking photos with them.
-Bryan Danielson defeated Eddie Edwards and Sonjay Dutt in a three-way match. Really fun match, but the crowd would have liked to see it go 10 minutes longer than it did. Sonjay busted out the Double J strut, which really popped the crowd. Danielson made Edwards tap with a triangle choke from out of nowhere. Sonjay got also got a “Please come back!” chant.
-The Embassy(Jimmy Rave & Claudio Castagnoli with Nana and Ernie Osiris)and Joey Ryan defeated Colt Cabana, Brent Albright and Erick Stevens. Rave got the standard toilet paper treatment, which really popped the crowd. Started off almost as a comedy match, then worked its way into being a fun six man tag. Joey Ryan has one of the funniest gimmicks I have ever seen, and the crowd ate it up.
-ROH World Champion Jerry Lynn defeated Chris Hero. This match was amazing, both this and the Anything Goes match being match of the year candidates. Hero kept using the elbow, but not with the loaded pad, for many, and I mean MANY near falls. Insane spot where Lynn gave Hero a hurricanrana from the top rope to the outside of the ring. Lynn won with his cradle piledriver. It is amazing how hard and how fast Jerry Lynn can still go at his age.
– Overall, perhaps the best ROH show I have ever attended. Aside from the Briscoe/Butcher match, not a single disappointing match on the show. The Anything Goes match and the World Title match alone are worth the purchase of the DVD when it comes out. Announced that ROH returns to Boston University on September 25.
2010 – Ring of Honor held their Supercard of Honor event in NYC at the Manhattan Center. Mike Johnson filed the following live report:
*The Briscoe Brothers defeated Kenny King & Rhett Titus in a solid opener with lots of good spots. Really competitive. Titus and King had words after the loss. Titus was ready to throw down but King walked out.
*Erick Stevens pinned Grizzly Redwood. Rhett escaped an attempt to be tossed into the crowd and had a quick offensive spurt, including a dive to the floor on Prince Nana. After the pin, Nana ordered Stevens to keep beating on Redwood. Balls Mahoney hit the ring to his ECW theme song and cleaned house, making his ROH debut and getting the biggest pop of the night so far. Balls laid out Stevens with several punches and he powdered out. Ernie Osyris jumped Balls who wasn’t fazed. He drilled Osyris with the Nutcracker Suite and led the crowd and Redwood in singing his theme.
*Sara Del Rey pinned the returning Amazing Kong. Kong got a huge standing ovation and the crowd chanted her name. The crowd then chanted, “F*** TNA” and “F*** you Bubba.” Del Rey was accompanied by the Kings of Wrestling. Kong had control early but Del Rey began working on her shoulder. Del Rey knocked her to the floor with a somersault kick. They battled on the outside with Kong taking control. Kong missed a splash out of the corner. Del Rey went for a German suplex but couldn’t get her over. Kong went for the powerbomb but Del Rey escaped and rolled her into an armbreaker. Kong got to the ropes and nailed Del Rey with the spinning backfist for a two count. Del Rey escaped a powerbomb and hit a German suplex for a two count. She used Chris Hero’s loaded elbowpad and used the roaring elbowsmash to score the pin. Real good match.
*Christopher Daniels won a non-title match over ROH Television champion Eddie Edwards. Daniels came out to his old ROH music. The crowd treated him like a returning star and chanted “Welcome back”. Some fans started crapping on TNA so Daniels pointed at the ROH letters and led a ROH chant. Daniels actually shook hands a la the Code of Honor beforehand, which is a big deal for those who remember the early days. Some really good back and forth wrestling early. Daniels caught Edwards with an STO and an Arabian Press for near falls. Edwards came back with a tope suicida to the floor. Edwards hit him with a running kick on the floor. Back in the ring, he continued the onslaught. He pushed Daniels backwards over the ropes and held his leg in a one legged crab. Edwards got several near falls and tied up Daniels in submissions. Daniels and Edwards went back and forth until Daniels caught him with a enziguiri. Daniels made a comeback with a series of clotheslines and punches, before running Edwards into the buckles. He superplexed Edwards for a two count. Daniels went up for the BME but Shane Hagadorn got involved. Daniels went after him as Edwards charged. Edwards ended up nailing his manager. Edwards snapped Daniels’ ankle and took control. He snapped him with a jawbreaker while running with Daniels on his back. The crowd chanted, “This is wrestling.” Daniels went for the palm thrust but it was blocked and he was suplexed over. They exchanged strikes. Daniels went for a springboard elbow but was caught and slammed down, then rolled into a one legged crab. Daniels fought back, caught Edwards with an uranage and hit the BME for the pin.
Daniels took the mic. He said he returned to ROH for the first time in three years and told the world he wanted to be called the best in the world. He said he stood across from Davey Richards that night because he was one of the best, but if you have to talk about the best, you have to talk about Eddie Edwards. He said Edwards is one of the elite and He wants more matches with people just like him. He said that as good as Eddie is, Daniels showed that he is just a little bit better. He told Edwards to tell his partner Davey Richards that if he wants to be the best, he has to beat The Fallen Angel. *Jim Cornette came out to promo the matches set for the second half of the show. He announced Terry Funk would be appearing.
*Austin Aries came out in a suit and said we were here to remember the memory of the two time ROH champion. He said he had been granted a manager’s license. Delirious, his opponent tonight, and Daizee Haze came out. Aries tried to apologize for injuring Delirious saying he was lost in the moment and it was unacceptable. He gave Haze a white rose. He tried to give Delirious twinkies (which were called Golden Snack Treats..something the crowd chanted) as an apology gift. He offered to manage Delirious. Delirious threw down the twinkies, then took the mic and hit Aries with it. They rang the bell…
*Delirious smeared the twinkie in Aries’ face. He nailed Aries with a suplex. He began choking Aries and refused to let go, trying to get revenge for the injury on TV. He was DQ’d. Delirious went to get the ring bell but was jimped by Kenny King and Rhett Titus. They beat him on the floor. Daizee jumped on Aries but he ran her backwards into the buckles. He and King teased a spike piledriver off the ropes but Delirious made the save with the bell. More of an angle playing off the storyline.
*In a NYC Last Man Standing Death Match, Kevin Steen defeated Colt Cabana. Cabana and Steen brawled on the floor immediately. Cabana took him to each corner on the outside. Steen was busted open immediately. They battled on the ring apron outside exchanging punches. Steen nailed a superkick. Steen whipped Cabana into the ringpost outside and brought two chairs into the ring. He cracked Colt across the back and went for a pumphandle slam on a chair but Cabana fought him off. Cabana nailed a sidewalk slam on the chair, which was sitting open. Cabana and Steen went back and forth, bringing a ladder and thumbtacks in. Cabana nailed a moonsault off the top onto the tacks. El Generico’s music hit and he ran out. Colt was confused and was attacked by Steve Corino, who ran in fron the crowd. Generico unmasked and was Corino’s son Colby. Corino pulled a barbed wire bat out and nailed Cabana with it. Steen put Cabana in a crossface, holding the bat over Cabana’s face. Cabana was counted out. Caban was extremely bloody as he was helped out.
*ROH Tag Team champions The Kings of Wrestling defeated The Motor City Machineguns by DQ. The Machineguns got a huge reaction and lots of streamers. They did some great back and forth stuff but way too much to cover. There were some anti-TNA chants early. Sabin hit a tope through the ropes onto Hero. Shelley nailed a Ryder Kick off the top rope. The Kings took over, working on Shelley for some time. Claudio pressed and dropped him for a two count. Claudio held him up for a suplex then dropped him back on his feet in time for Hero to nail an elbowsmash to the back of his head. Sabin finally made the hot tag. He rana’d Hero and then hit a vaulting leap to the floor. Sabin nailed a tornado DDT off the ropes for a near fall. The fans chanted, “This is awesome.” The Guns killed Hero with double team moves but Claudio broke up the pin. Shelley drilled him with a superkick and went for sliced bread #2 but Claudio turned it into the Ricola Bomb. Before he could hit it, Sabin drilled him. Hero took out Sabin. Shelly sent Hero into the buckles. Claudio nailed Shelley with a kick. The crowd chanted for ROH. Claudio nailed the Ricola bomb for a two count, then the airplane spin slam for another. Hero took out Shelley on the floor. They did the flying swing into a Hero dropkick for a two count. Sabin surprised Hero with a small package for a two. Shelley missed a flying knee drop and was drilled with an elbow for a two by Hero. Shelley and Hero went back and forth until Hero smashed Shelley for another two count. The Guns took control killing the Heroes. They drilled Hero with synchronized kicks for a close near fall. Sara del Rey argued with the ref. Hero put on the loaded elbowpad but before he could use it the Briscoes hit the ring and brawled with the Heroes. DQ city. They nailed del Rey with the Jay-Driller. Great match that hopefully won’t be overshadowed by the finish. My guess is it was politically easier to do the DQ. The crowd hated the finish live, booing it and chanting “F*** the Briscoes.”
*ROH champion Tyler Black pinned Roderick Strong. They started out slow. Crowd was with Strong early. Black caught him with a dropkick and began working on the shoulder and arm. Strong dropkicker Black’s legs out from under him when he was on the apron. Outside, Black came back to throw Strong into the railing. Strong picked up Black in a backbreaker and threw him at the apron. Ouch. Strong brought him back into the ring and continued the assault using backbreaker variations. Black fired back with a punch but Strong snapped off a dropkick. Strong pulled Black outside and suplexed him off the apron to the floor. Strong hit a back suplex onto Black while they were outside on the apron. Tyler made a comeback with a neckbreaker and a kick to the chest. He nailed a standing shooting star press for a two count. Tyler tossed Strong over the top and hit a tope con hilo. Strong came back with a reverse suplex. He nailed several clotheslines and a sit down bomb for a two count. Black came back with a running forearm smash and tied Strong to the tree of woe. He hit a double stomp off the ropes. Strong came back with a Boston Crab. Black nailed a fisherman’s buster with a cradle for a two count. Strong came back with a massive leg lariat for a two count. The ref was accidentally caught with a Black superkick. Strong nailed the Gibson Driver for a two count. Strong grabbed a second ref. Black nailed a powerbomb into the corner..sandwiching the second ref then a superkick for a two count. Strong nailed an over the knee backbreaker. A third ref was then bumped out. The original ref began to rise as they battled back and forth. Strong nailed another backbreaker for a two count. Black caught a charging Strong with a superkick. Strong came back with the Gibson Driver but it was only a two count. Strong was pissed about the count. He pulled Black to the ropes but Black fought him off. Black superplexed Strong and scored the pin. They brawled after and Strong promised this wasn’t the end for him.
Notes: The show looked to be a legitimate sellout…Davey Richards missed the show as he was touring for New Japan…Last night was the final event in the Manassas, Virginia market as they just weren’t drawing enough to keep returning….They will return to the Manhattan Center on 9/11.
2010 – Dragon Gate USA taped their Uprising PPV in Mississauga, Ontario at the International Centre. Daniel Espina filed the following live report:
I’ve attended many Pay Per Views before including Wrestlemania 18, Wrestlemania 20, ECW Massacre On 34th Street, Unforgiven 2006, and Bragging Rights. Despite the competition, tonight’s Dragon Gate USA PPV may have been the most fun I’ve ever had attending a show, as well as been one of the best.
The attendance was anywhere from 400-500 people, it was big enough that extra chairs had to be pulled from the back as every seat originally put out was full. There was an energetic buzz in the air that can be felt when attending many good Toronto wrestling shows.
Before the actual pay per view was a bonus card for those with tickets in rows 1-3.
BONUS MATCH #1: Kris Chambers and Michael Elgin vs. ??????? and ??????
Before the arena filled up, many local wrestlers were given the opportunity for a seminar/tryout with Dragon Gate, the top four prospects were given the opportunity to wrestle in this bonus tag match. Sorry for the two wrestlers names I didn’t memorize.
This was a short but surprisingly well executed match that relied more on the basics of tag wrestling than anything else. There was only one move that came off poorly, everything else was completely fair. Kris Chambers looked particularly solid delivering an elbow drop all the way across the ring as well as executing a running somersault plancha over the top rope which caused the guardrail to come down. Chambers and Elgin came out of this as the victors. Not bad at all **1/4.
BONUS MATCH #2: Fray Match: Phil Atlas vs. Brodie Lee vs. Cheech vs. Cloudy vs. Xtremo vs. Brent B vs. Anthony Fiasco.
This match started with two competitors, than every two minutes a new man entered. This was elimination rules with the last man standing being declared the winner.
First thing to mention about this was that there was a large amount of noticeable talent for a free bonus match. In reality this thing was crazy enough to have been on the main card. It contained fast paced action, very impressive dives to the outside, and completed the task of getting everyone pumped for the pay per view. Xtremo received a decent sized cut on his side following a crash into the guardrail. Brodie Lee won the match after beating Cheech and Cloudy back to back. Very fun **3/4.
Once this bonus card completed, the general admission fans came in and the actual Pay Per View begun soon after.
MATCH #1: Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Akira Tozawa
And the crowd goes wild. Seriously it took just 2 minutes into the Pay Per View for the crowd to start going crazy. This match was a great back and fourth encounter that had some of the hardest kicks I’ve ever seen in my life. Mochizuki was the obvious favorite, but Tozawa did an excellent job as the crazy heel. Masaaki won following a knockout kick to the head. Awesome ***1/2.
MATCH #2: Tyson Dux vs. Gran Akuma
This was probably the least anticipated match on the main card so it went on at the right time. There was nothing wrong with this match, but at the same time it was terribly average. The end of the match had a huge amount of back and fourth pin attempts, than to the surprise of everyone, Gran Akuma actually got a victory when during his last pin he pulled the tights. It was fair but forgettable **.
MATCH #3: No DQ -Jimmy Jacobs vs. Jon Moxley
This grudge match turned into a brawl quickly. They beat the hell out of each other with garbage cans, chairs, and even fought in the crowd at one point. Moxley’s manager did a really great job at taking cheap shots (and bites), however she ended up getting speared for her troubles. Unfortunately once Jimmy Jacobs started getting the upper hand in the match, Shingo and Yamato interfered and took Jacobs lights out. Seeing as this was a No DQ match the referee couldn’t do anything and thus counted to three for Moxley. A fun brawl **3/4.
— Post match Jacobs continued to get beat down but BxB Hulk made the save. BxB offered Jacobs a World 1 t-shirt however Jacobs denied it and left the ring. —
MATCH #4: Naruki Doi & PAC vs. Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw
This was Dragon Gate vs. Chikara, and as most fans know that is like a combination of peanut butter and jelly (And this match was indeed delicious). You ever see a top rope springboard 360 corkscrew moonsault to the outside in person? It is nuts. I’ve never seen a wrestler pull off so many complex aerial moves with such ease that Pac completed them with. The end of the match had Pac nail a shooting star press knee drop onto his standing opponent, which gave Doi room to hit a couple kicks and a Doi Five for the victory. Great match ***3/4 (possibly ****).
— Lenny Leonard got into the ring to call INTERMISSION, during this announcement the crowd started chanting “Please Come Back!, “Please Come Back!”. Lenny said that he’s sure that the people in the back will have heard these pleads.
Intermission gave me time to grab some Pizza and check out the merchandise table. There was a lot of great Dragon Gate, Evolve, and ROH DVD’s available including GASP! ROH: Dragon Gate Challenge (great show btw). Everyone seemed in positive spirits and was ready for the second half of the show. —
BONUS MATCH #3: Rip Impact vs. ??????
Lenny Leonard announced that they were going to give two more try-out talents that made an impression a bonus match on the pay per view. Before this one could get started Brodie Lee ran down the aisle and BAM! crashed right into the ring apron lol, that’s not getting onto the DVD. Anyway Brodie Lee than composed himself and dismantled the two local talents to make an impression in DGUSA (and in the side of the ring). This match ended a no-contest.
MATCH #5: CIMA & Dragon Kid vs. YAMATO & Shingo
This was the first time Dragon Kid and Shingo have been in the ring together since Shingo turned on him at Fearless. Crowd was definitely excited for this one. Huge ovations for CIMA, he was probably the most over guy of the night.
This started slower than one might think, however it all built toward a terrific explosion of perfectly controlled chaos that just kept going and going. This was the type of match that you can only see in Dragon Gate, imitators don’t come close. Match ended with Shingo delivering a death-valley-driver like maneuver off the second rope on Dragon Kid. Exhilarating ****1/4.
MATCH #6: Open The Freedom Gate Title Match: BxB Hulk defends vs. Masato Yoshino
These guys had a tough act to follow, but luckily BxB has got enough charisma to intrigue the audience anyway. I was actually surprised at how well these two were able to hook back the exhausted audience and continue to make them cheer in excitement.
Moment of the match came when Masato Yoshino hit a top rope drop kick so hard that it caused BxB to land on his head. I’m not sure how many people believed Yoshino would win, but there was a fair amount of convincing false finishes nonetheless. Eventually it took three of BxB Hulks finishers (the sitdown side slam?) to end what was a better than expected match-up. Very, very good ***3/4 (maybe ****)
—During the post show Jon Moxley came down to tell BxB that by being champion he’s made himself a target for Kamikaze USA. Moxley told Doi that at any one point, and he won’t know when, he is going to get attacked out of nowhere. Unfortunately for BxB that attack happened immediately as Yamato and Shingo knocked him out from behind.
As more and more members of Kamikaze USA assaulted anyone and everyone in the ring, it was Jimmy Jacobs who ended up coming down to even the odds and make the save. It looks like Jimmy Jacobs will be forming an alliance next show. —
Best news of the night came when CIMA grabbed a microphone and told everyone that “Dragon Gate USA will guarantee Toronto come back very soon”. The audience understood the translation, Dragon Gate USA is coming back to Toronto!
This whole Uprising show was great. There were three matches that were around 4 stars and nothing truly sucked. On top of everything there were a bunch of story advancements that are going to lead to wars within the promotion. All this leads me to believe that Dragon Gate USA is only going to get better. Seeing as the company has already won the wrestling observers 2009 promotion of the year award, that is a very positive thought.
For the future DGUSA will need to improve their production values, most noticeably the entrance way and the lack of BxB Hulk dancers. But I really feel if this company can use their momentum to continue growing, than a lot of positive things are going to happen.
Whether you came into this show looking for crazy highflying action, great technical wrestling, or a brutal brawl, this show had it. What was most surprising to me was the fact that the wrestlers themselves actually showed a great deal of personality and were very charismatic. It wasn’t even just about the matches themselves, but the whole experience was awesome. If you wanted you could talk to the stars and get autographs before and after the show, plus the whole atmosphere was very positive, containing a lively group of people who really wanted to be there. When leaving the show I didn’t see a single disappointed face, everyone was pleased.
Awesome job Dragon Gate USA, I will gladly be front row when you come back.
2011 – WWE Raw ran Greenville, SC with the following results filed by Willie K:
Evan Bourne beat Dolph Ziggler in the opener. Just like on the 5/7 show, R-Truth attacked Bourne after the match and Rey Mysterio made the save. Guest Host Ricky Steamboat made a Truth vs. Rey match for later in the night.
Mason Ryan beat Primo in a squash.
Jack Swagger made Percy Watson submit to the Ankle Lock.
Chris Masters beat Zack Ryder with The Masterlock.
Kofi Kingston and The Big Show beat CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio in a good match.
They did a dance off and an older woman won!
Brie Bella, with Nikki, beat Eve Torres to retain the Divas Championship. Kharma took Eve out after the match.
Rey Mysterio beat R-Truth.
John Cena beat The Miz, with Alex Riley, to retain the WWE Championship. Cena wished all of the moms a happy Mother’s Day after the match.
2012 – WWE cameras followed WWE champ CM Punk at the Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves game in Wrigley Field as Punk was throwing out the opening pitch and sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the Seventh Inning Stretch. Lita, Colt Cabana and Cliff Compton were spotted at the game with Punk. The game was broadcast on WGN nationally.
2012 – Taz appeared on MSG Varsity on “Quick 60”, a show about nation’s top High School Lacrosse programs on the MSG Network. At the time, Taz had a weekly Lacrosse radio show. His son competes in the sport.
2012 – John Cena appeared on an episode of SyFy’s Dream Machines.
2013 – WWE broadcast Main Event. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are in Raleigh, North Carolina and your announcers are Michael ‘Stand Back, the Hurricanes play here’ Cole and John ‘Should we be afraid of this Wolfpack’ Layfield.
Match Number One: Randy Orton versus Antonio Cesaro
They lock up and Orton backs Cesaro into the corner but they continue with the collar and elbow tie up until Orton gives a clean break. They lock up again and Cesaro with a side head lock and take down but Orton with a head scissors. Cesaro bridges and rolls through to escape. Cesaro with a front face lock but Orton with an escape and reversal.
Cesaro escapes as well. They lock up again and Cesaro with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Orton with a back elbow to Cesaro and he does the Garvin Stomp. Orton with a European uppercut to Cesaro followed by a leaping knee drop and Orton gets a near fall.
Orton with a suplex and he gets another near fall. Cesaro runs Orton into the turnbuckles and he connects with shoulders and a kick. Cesaro puts Orton on the turnbuckles and he punches Orton. Orton with a punch but Cesaro with a shot that knocks Orton off the turnbuckles and to the floor as we go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro with a reverse chin lock. Orton with punches and a kick but Cesaro with a knee to the midsection and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with a kick to the back as he waits for Orton to get back to his feet. Cesaro with punches and a shoulder in the corner followed by a snap mare and then he leaps onto Orton’s chest and he gets a near fall.
Cesaro with a dead lift side salto and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with a running European uppercut and he has to pull Orton from under the ropes to get a near fall. Orton rolls to the floor to regain his bearings but Cesaro with a double sledge off the apron.
Cesaro with a hot shot onto the ringside barrier. Orton gets back into the ring and Cesaro with a chin lock but Orton is in the ropes. Cesaro pulls Orton into the center of the ring for a sleeper. Orton gets back to his feet and he connects with a European uppercut. Cesaro fires back and they go back and forth until Cesaro gets the advantage. Orton with two clotheslines. Cesaro misses a clothesline and Orton with a power slam.
Cesaro rolls to the apron and Orton sets for the IEEDT but Cesaro gets back into the ring and he sends Orton to the apron and Cesaro drops Orton on the top rope. They fight on the apron and Cesaro with a forearm to the back and then he goes for a German suplex off the apron but Orton holds on to the ropes. Orton with elbows to knock Cesaro to the floor but Orton misses a double sledge from the apron when Cesaro moves and Orton hits the ringside barrier and we go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro wrings the left arm into the ring post and then he head butts the shoulder. Cesaro sends the arm into the ring post again. Cesaro goes up top but Orton hits a drop kick when Cesaro comes off and both men are down. Orton gets a near fall. Cesaro wrings the arm and then he rubs the elbow across the shoulder. Orton with a back breaker and Orton gets a near fall. Orton goes for an Exploder but Cesaro with elbows. Cesaro with a Michinoku Driver and he gets a near fall.
Cesaro goes up top but Orton stops him with a forearm and head butt. Orton goes up top but Cesaro with punches and a head butt to knock Orton to the mat. Orton with a boot to the head and then he punches Cesaro. Orton goes for the superplex and he connects. Orton gets a near fall.
Cesaro gets his knee up when Orton charges into the corner and Cesaro with a European uppercut to the back of the neck for a near fall. Cesaro with a Fujiwara arm bar but Orton tries to fight through the pain and escape the hold. He crawls to the ropes and Orton gets there. Cesaro releases the hold before getting disqualified.
Cesaro with punches to Orton and the referee has to pull Cesaro off Orton. Cesaro charges at Orton and Orton sends Cesaro to the apron and Orton with the IEDDT. Orton looks around and then he twists to the mat and he feels the pain but he tries for the RKO. Cesaro with Swiss Death but Orton kicks out at two.
Cesaro picks up Orton but Orton recovers and he hits the RKO for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
We go to the Raw Rebound and a look at the situation between John Cena and Ryback.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for a look back at Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman’s visit to WWE Headquarters that aired on Raw.
Before our next match, Justin Gabriel says that Heath Slater told him to pick two partners for a six man tag after beating Heath last week. Justin reveals his tag team partners and it is the Usos.
We go to commercial.
We are back and we are told that the Mark Henry versus Sheamus match at Extreme Rules is now a Strap Match.
Match Number Two: Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre versus Justin Gabriel, Jimmy Uso, and Jey Uso
Jey and Jinder start things off and Jey with a waist lock but Mahal with an elbow and punch. He sends Jey into the turnbuckles but it has no effect on his head. Jey dances and then he punches Jinder and sends him into the corner. Justin tags in and he connects with a chop to the arm from the ropes. Justin with an arm drag into an arm bar.
Jimmy tags in and he goes up top and he continues to work on the arm. Drew tags in and he kicks and punches Jimmy. Jimmy with punches and chops but Drew with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Jimmy blocks a hip toss and so does Drew but Jimmy does not miss with a short arm clothesline and he gets a near fall>
Drew pulls the hair and he tags Jinder back in. Jimmy with a punch and slam. Jey is tagged in and Jimmy with a back breaker and Jey with an elbow drop. Jey with an arm bar. Slater pulls the rope down while the referee deals with Drew on the apron and Jey goes to the floor and he holds his leg as we go to commercial.
We are back and Jinder with a punch and Drew with a kick and Jinder with a neck breaker to Jey. We see footage from the commercial break when Drew worked over Jey. Jey runs into a knee and Jinder gets a near fall. Slater tags in and he kicks Jey. Slater with jabs to Jey and a roundhouse to the top of the head. Slater with a reverse chin lock.
Jey with punches and a leap frog rollup for a near fall. Slater with a kick to the head and he gets a near fall. Slater with a front face lock. Slater with a punch and he tries for a slam but Jey escapes and he sends Slater into the ring post.
Drew and Jimmy tag in and Jimmy with a flying shoulder and savate kick. Jimmy with a Samoan drop and then he sets for the running butt splash into the corner. Jimmy gets a near fall. Slater with a jaw breaker but Gabriel makes the tag and he hits a springboard cross body followed by a flying shoulder and a spin kick. Gabriel with a quebrada for a near fall.
3MB head to the back but Gabriel goes for a pescado but he is caught. Jimmy hits a plancha and everyone is down. Gabriel rolls Drew in and gets a near fall but Mahal breaks up the cover and sends Gabirel ot the floor. Jimmy with a savate kick to Jinder. Slater with an Impaler DDT to Jimmy. Jey with a savate kick to Slater.
Drew with a leg lariat to Jey and Jey goes to the floor. Gabriel with a tornado DDT and then he goes up top for the 450 splash and he gets the three count.
Winners: Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, and Justin Gabriel
2013 – Variety reported that WWE will not be part of a new Youtube initiative to have paid channels on their service. According to their piece, Google (which owns Youtube) attempted to bring WWE on board but WWE turned down the offer, opting instead to maintain their current free channel, where they make money through advertising impressions.
2014 – TNA broadcast Impact Wrestling.
Bully Ray is driving around Nashville and is on his way to the Impact Wrestling offices. MVP said he can’t touch her at the Impact Zone, so if he sees her anywhere tonight, she’s going through a table.
We go to a video package of MVP’s pep talks to Eric Young through his title win and reign so far, and then Eric Young comes out to the ring to start the show and talk about how he vowed to defend the title on the show every week. He doesn’t have an opponent tonight, so no disrespect to MVP, but he’s going to book himself into a title match and issue an open challenge. He puts the title over as the reason everyone should be in this business, and says to come on out and take their best shot. Bobby Roode comes out and talks about how Eric Young is the champion and that gives him the right to be whatever champion he wants to be. EY has chosen to be a fighting champion, so if he wants to defend the title tonight, Bobby Roode is standing right here and is the man EY should be defending the title against tonight. He’s overcome every obstacle thrown in his way for ten years, but Young reminds Roode that he had his shot last week and lost. Roode remembers what happened, but Roode came very close to beating him, and also had to beat Gunner earlier in the night, so if EY wants to consider himself a fighting champion, he should give him one more shot tonight. Roode says they’ve known each other for 17 years, long before TNA was ever even thought of, and they rode up and down the highways trying to make their name in the business and they did. They signed with TNA at the same time, they were tag champions together, they’re two of the only TNA originals left in the company, and they were the best of friends, but better enemies. They’ve beaten the hell out of each other and gone to war, but for old time’s sake, he thinks they should do battle one more time for the only reason they got into the business: to be the World Champion. If Eric is able to beat him again, he gives his word that he will never ask for this again. Eric says Roode is right: they have a ton of history, and Roode is one of the best professionaly wrestlers in the world, so tonight, they’ll make more history. One more match, Roode vs Young, for the World Title. Roode and Young shake hands and we actually see Roode say thank you to Young, who nods back at his former partner.
We look at Angelina Love’s title win and stripping on last week’s show, so tonight, they’ll face Madison Rayne and Brittany in an evening gown match. That match is up…NEXT!
MVP asks Eric Young into his office and puts him over for being on a great roll and a hell of a fighting champion, but he says that he had something great planned for tonight and he has to call his match with Roode off. Eric says he’s the champion and should be the exception, but MVP says that wrestlers have to have rules and that includes him. He asks Eric what he has to prove and tells him to just take the week off and enjoy that title, and he’ll even make some phone calls and make sure his opponent for Slammiversary is going to be somebody he’s never faced. Eric says Bobby’s going to be pissed, but he’s the boss. MVP says not to worry about Roode, he’ll take care of him.
Evening Gown Match: The Beautiful People vs Madison Rayne & Brittany
Tenay explains that this is under elimination rules, where someone is out after getting stripped…just like it should be. Whatever you say, Mike. Madison and Velvet start us off, and Madison easily outmaneuvers both Beautiful People. Brittany comes to join in, but the BPs bail out to the floor as Madison gives Brittany a look for being so excited to be there. The BPs trap Brittany in their corner and work her over for a bit, but Brittany fires up, runs Velvet over with a clothesline, and hits a Lionsault on Velvet. She goes to strip Velvet, but Angelina trips her from the floor and holds her ankle while Velvet strips her down. Madison is on her own, and we’ll find out if she can hold her own after this commercial break!
We’re back, and nobody moved during the commercial break! How thoughtful of them. Madison quickly dumps Angelina to the floor and goes after Velvet, but Angelina interferes from the floor and gives Velvet the opening to nail her and choke her on the ropes. Madison manages to spear Velvet and yank her evening gown off to eliminate her, and it’s down to Madison and Angelina, who quickly comes in and drops the former champion with a forearm. Angelina viciously unloads on Madison with right hands, then chokes her with Velvet’s dress. Taz says this would have been quicker if this was a cocktail dress match as Madison fires back on Angelina. Madison hits her rolling neckbuster, then she picks up Velvet’s dress and chokes Angelina with it. She uses the dress to whip Angelina across the ring, then does it again. Velvet comes back down to ringside with a towel wrapped around her and flashes the referee, who is frozen in his tracks with his jaw on the ground. Because he’s frozen stiff as Taz says, he misses Angelina spraying her perfume in Madison’s face. He turns around just as Angelina gets the dress off and calls for the bell.
Winners: The Beautiful People
We go to the TNA offices where Dixie Carter is getting the hell out of Dodge. Spud protests that he doesn’t have a meeting on her schedule, but Dixie says he doesn’t know everything and tells him not to let Bully Ray into the building if he comes here. She opens the door and sticks her head out and looks around, then slips outside.
We see a video package looking at the history of the Ethan Carter III-Kurt Angle feud, leading into their match tonight.
Magnus’ buddy from last week comes in and tells Magnus that he got himself an ironclad deal with TN after talking to MVP. Magnus congratulates him, but the guy says he also got MVP to book Magnus into a match tonight against Willow. He walks off, and Magnus wonders what the hell is going on.
Ethan Carter III vs Kurt Angle
Mike tells us that MVP will announce the main event of Slammiversary right after this match as Angle takes Carter down to the mat. Carter gets out and hammers Angle with some heavy forearms, but Angle fires back on Carter and snaps him over with a suplex for 2. Angle ducks a wild swing and hits the rolling Germans, but stops for a moment and holds his knee after the third one. EC3 sure noticed that and quickly takes Angle down and drops a series of elbows on the knee. He yells “YOU’RE HURT!” at Angle, who comes back with some clotheslines and hits the Angle Slam. Angle collapses after hitting the move and clutches his knee, the referee starts to throw the X, but Angle tells him not to stop the match. Angle waves the ref off as he regains his feet, and Carter quickly dives in and clips Angle’s knee and covers him for the win.
Winner: Ethan Carter III
Match lasted all of maybe two minutes and was really more of a storyline thing than a match. Angle is laying on the mat burying his face in his hands because he can’t believe what just happened. We’re going to break and might have an update afterward…though we probably won’t since we know who is creatively consulting on this show.
We look back at what we just saw in the ring, and then go backstage as Big John catches Kurt Angle as he is helped back through the curtain by a couple of referees. Angle says he blew his knee out, he heard it pop, and Big John tells the referees to get him to the ambulance right now.
MVP comes out to the ring to announce the main event of Slammiversary. He says he had no idea what he was in for when he took this job, because the fans can be very demanding, but he hopes everyone won’t be too upset that he canceled the match Eric and Roode made earlier tonight. He says that he believes there should be rules and he’s the one who has to enforce them, but he just got off the phone and is going to make it up to them with an announcement right now. Bobby Roode comes out and asks if this is some kind of joke, because he and Eric shook on the match tonight. MVP says that Roode had his opportunity last week when he lost to EY, and that he knows as well as anyone how rare title matches are and that he can’t count on handouts. Roode is incredulous, and asks where MVP was when he was a World Tag Team Champion and the longest reigning TNA World Champion in history. He calls MVP a son of a bitch and says not to tell him about handouts. MVP says this conversation is over, and Roode grabs him and says that he’ll tell him when the conversation is over. MVP says that if he puts his hands on him again, he’ll skip straight to participate. Roode shoves MVP, so the Director of Wrestling Operations spears Roode and they get into a brawl until a bunch of referees come out and separate them.
We go back to Nashville, where Bully Ray follows someone who beeps into the TNA offices and says hi to Kathryn. Kathryn seems really uneasy and asks if he wants her to take a message for Dixie, and then Spud comes out and tells Bubba that he has to go and that he’s not welcome here. Bubba gives him until the count of three, then picks Spud up and carries him down the hall toward Dixie’s office. Bubba puts him down and tells him to stay, then goes into Dixie’s office as Spud runs after him yelling that he has to take his shoes off. Bubba starts messing around in Dixie’s office, then sits down in her chair, picks up the phone, and tells Kathryn to get everyone in the office together for a big meeting, and to get him a sandwich.
Knux and the firedancing girlfriend are backstage when a forklift pulls up with a giant box. She asks him what this is, and Knux smiles and says “it’s his home.” Oh I can’t wait for this.
We go to the parking lot where Al Snow and a team of security guys are kicking Bobby Roode out under orders from MVP. Snow tries to talk Roode down and offers to have his bags sent to the hotel as security escorts Roode out.
TNA World Tag Team Title Ladder Match: The Wolves vs The Bromans
The Wolves chase DJ Z up the ramp, but the Bromans chase them up the ramp and jump them from behind, then use the ladder to work the Wolves over. They brings the ladder back into the ring to officially start the match, but the Wolves dash down the aisle and take the Bromans out. The Bromans get ahold of another ladder and use it to foil a double dive by the Wolves as Mike tells us that MVP will still announce Eric Young’s challenger at Slammiversary later tonight. Jessie press slams Davey onto the barricade, then they go inside and sandwich Eddie’s head in the first ladder. They set up a third ladder as a platform between the ring and barricade on the floor, but the Wolves head into the ring and start to climb the ladder. The Bromans set up a second ladder and climb up next to the Wolves, and all four men battle it out on top of the ladder. Robbie and Eddie go down, and Davey headbutts Jessie to send both of them tumbling to the mat. Eddie and Jessie both tumble over the top rope on a suplex, and Davey dropkicks Robbie onto the ladder platform from earlier and then KILLS him with the top rope double stomp onto the ladder. The Wolves both get back in the ring and climb the ladders when DJ Z comes zipping back down to the ring. He rushes up the ladder, ut the Wolves grab him and hiptoss him off the ladder, over the top rope, and onto the Bromans at ringside. The Bromans trio is DEAD as the Wolves grab the belts for the win.
Winners: The Wolves
That finish was insane, and this was easily the Bromans’ best match ever, any of them.
Rebel asks Knux if he’s sure about this, but he says of course he is, and asks the guys if they’re ready to come out yet. The two people who come out defy description, but Knux is really excited, so we’ll see what happens with them later on.
Spud is running around the TNA offices going crazy, asking Kathryn where Bully Ray went. I guess he took off with the rest of the office workers.
Frankie Kazarian vs Knux
Okay, so this is the debut of the Menagerie, and they do have one heck of an elaborate entrance, including Rebel doing a split on the bottom rope. Kazarian jumps Knux from behind, but Knux whips Kazarian to the corner and sends him sailing over the top rope to the floor. Kazarian comes back in with a springboard dropkick and chokes Knux on the middle rope, then boots him square in the face before coming face to face with Crazy Steve. Kazarian backs away from Steve and the Freak, and Knux hiptosses him back into the ring and rolls over him with a pair of clotheslines and hits a backdrop. Knux catches Kazarian with the short crossbody, then hits the Sky High for the win.
We go back to the TNA offices where Spud finds the office staff wearing Bully Fears Dixie shirts. Bully comes up behind him and tells him to go out for a case of beer, then asks the staff their motto. They say “Bully Fears Dixie”, so he says they have some work to do.
We look back at last week when James Storm inadvertently cost Ken Anderson a shot at the TNA World Title, and on next week’s show, those two men will face off in the ring. We go back to the locker room when Gunner tells Anderson that he doesn’t like to win that way, then asks what could have made Sam Shaw the way he is and wonders if he went through some kind of trauma. Anderson says he doesn’t know and he’s probably crazy.
Spud comes back to the TNA office as everyone is partying down and making a big ruckus. Spud jumps on the table and tells everyone to calm down because they’re trying to run a business there. Bully tells Spud that he’s a killjoy, then asks everyone if they want him to leave and have Dixie back, and they all say no. Bubba tells Spud he’ll leave if he tells him where Dixie is, and he claims he doesn’t know, but Bubba makes Spud swear he doesn’t know where Dixie is, so he tells Spud that if he has a beer with him, he’ll leave. Spud says he normally doesn’t drink, but he’ll do it if it gets Bubba out of here. Spud takes a sip, and Bubba picks him up and powerbombs him through a table. He grabs Spud’s cell phone out of his pocket and looks through the contacts and goes “So that’s where she lives!” He gets everyone to yell their new company motto, “get the tables,” and then leaves to presumably head to Dixie’s house.
Willow is backstage doing a Willow promo about his match with Magnus as only Willow can.
It’s main event time!
Brutus Magnus vs Willow
Magnus jumps Willow on the floor before the match and then brings him inside and unloads on him. Willow comes back with the classic Jeff Hardy combo, then nails him with an inverted enziguiri. Willow with a handspring slap to the face to drop Magnus in the corner, but Magnus escapes to the floor to try and break Willow’s momentum. It doesn’t work, as Willow baseball slides him and then does another baseball slide intpo a splash on the floor. Willow sends Magnus back into the ring, but Graham comes out of nowhere and rams Willow into the ring steps to cause a DQ.
Winner: Willow by DQ
Magnus stands in the corner watching doubtfully while Graham continues pounding on Willow and handcuffs him to the ropes. He goes and gets a spare turnbuckle bolt from under the ring and uses it to work Willow over while Magnus watches. Willow even sells with that stupid Willow voice.
MVP comes into Eric Young’s locker room and says he promised to tell EY his opponent at Slammiversary tonight, and he’s a man of his word. He’s going out to the ring and will name EY’s opponent after this last commercial break.
We go back to the trainer’s room where he’s examining Kurt Angle. He points out that nothing’s broken, but that it’s all swollen up and the ACL is clearly torn. Angle asks what that means, and the trainer informs him that it means he’ll have to have surgery. Angle again buries his face in his hands.
MVP is in the ring and says he won’t let an altercation with Bobby Roode keep him from announcing Eric Young’s opponent for Slammiversary. He asks Eric to join him in the ring, then again tells Eric how proud he is of overcoming all the obstacles he has. He tells Eric that he’s an inspiration to everyone, including himself, and he wishes everyone had Eric’s heart and tenacity. Eric said he wanted to defend the title against the toughest challengers in the world, and it’s his job to find those challengers for him, and the man who will challenge Eric Young at Slammiversary…nobody comes out. Eric asks MVP what’s going on, and MVP says he must be late, but since his music didn’t play, he’ll break it to him this way: MVP suckerpunches Eric, puts the boots to him, then wraps his chain around his fist and pounds Eric’s skull in. MVP tells Eric that he’ll see him at Slammiversary, gives him one last stomp, and leaves as we call it a week.
2014 – Former AWA star Buck Zumhofe was sentenced today to 25 in prison after being convicted on six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct earlier today in the Kandiyohi County District Court Minnesota.
Zumhofe, 63, is also expected to be sentenced an additional 6-10 years tomorrow on charges of attempting to escape after being convicted on the sexual charges. With those additional years, Zumhofe will have to serve 25 years in prison before he is even eligible for parole.
Minnesota Extreme Wrestling promoter Curt Otterholt was present at the sentencing and noted that Zumhofe looked as if he had lost a great amount of weight and described his appearance as, “ratty, as if his hair was matted and he hadn’t combed his hair.” Zumhofe sat quietly shaking his head “no” as the Prosecutor spoke for about 25 minutes prior to the Judge passing Zumhofe’s sentence.
The Judge scolded Zumhofe, reminding him that Zumhofe had denied any of this had happened and that him that if and when Zumhofe was released from prison, he would have very harsh supervision to look forward to. He also informed Zumhofe he was fined $200 and would be forced to register as a sexual offender upon his release from prison.
Zumhofe’s attorney noted that the former wrestler was concerned that he would be a target in prison due to the nature of the crimes.
Zumhofe was arrested in 2013 and charged with the 12 counts he was convicted for, all perpetrated against a female member of his family, starting when she was 15 years old and living with him. The abuse went on for many years and even more sickening, appears to have been common knowledge among some in the Minnesota independent wrestling scene as Zumhofe was regularly promoting shows under the Rock N’ Roll Wrestling banner.
As noted, Zumhofe will be back in court tomorrow to face sentencing on a separate charge of escaping from police custody. As we reported in March, he actually attempted to flee the courtroom in a last second bid for freedom after being convicted. Zumhofe went to use a restroom and from there, attempted to flee. Zumhofe didn’t get far as he was tackled by court officers and immediately arraigned on the “escape from custody.”
Zumhofe did not make a statement before the court. Given his age and the length of the sentencing, it’s quite possible he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
2014 – WWE broadcast NXT. Richard Trionfo filed the following TV report:
We are in Winter Park, Florida and your announcers are Jason ‘Why So Tense’ Albert, Rich ‘Great first name’ Brennan, and Renee ‘The Canadian Treasure’ Young.
Match Number One: Emma versus Charlotte (with Sasha Banks) in a First Round NXT Women’s Title Tournament Match
Emma and Charlotte bounce off the ropes before locking up. Charlotte with a clean break. They lock up again and Charlotte backs Emma into the corner and then the ropes and Charlotte with a clean break. They lock up one more time and Emma has Charlotte fall over her on all fours and Emma gets a near fall. Charlotte with an Irish whip but Charlotte with a shot to Emma on the apron and then she sends Emma to the floor.
Charlotte sends Emma back into the ring and she gets a near fall. Charlotte with a figure four head scissors but Emma bridges to get a near fall. Charlotte sends Emma to the mat and gets a near fall. Charlotte returns to the figure four head scissors and then she drives Emma’s head into the mat. Emma escapes and then Charlotte with a forearm to the back. Charlotte with an Irish whip but she runs into a boot.
Emma pulls the cobrette out of her boot and she sets for it but she hits Sasha instead. Charlotte with a rollup and bridging cover for the three count.
Winner: Charlotte (Advances to face the winner of Alicia Fox versus Alexa Bliss)
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Marcus Louis and Sylvester LeFort versus Kalisto and El Local
LeFort and Local start things off and they lock up. Sylvester with a wrist lock but Local with a reversal. Local with a side head lock. Louis tags in and Local with a clothesline. Local with a drop kick for a near fall. Louis sends Local into the ropes. LeFort kicks Local while Louis talks to the referee. Sylvester tags in and he hits a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Sylvester with a forearm and he tags in Louis. They send Local into the turnbuckles. Louis with a punch.
Louis gets a near fall. Louis tags in Sylvester and Louis slams Local followed by a knee drop from LeFort for a near fall. Louis tags in and he kicks Local while Sylvester holds him. Local with punches and then he works on the neck. Local with punches and a jawbreaker. Louis with an Irish whip but Local slides into the corner and he kicks Louis.
Kalisto and Sylvester tags in and Kalisto with a cross body and a springboard senton followed by an Asai DDT for a near fall. Kalisto hangs in the ropes and Louis charges after him and he goes to the floor. Local with a corkscrew pescado onto Louis. Kalisto with a rollup into a kick to LeFort. Kalisto with a handspring round kick for the three count.
Winners: El Local and Kalisto
We go to commercial with Adam Rose giving the masked member of his Experience a pep talk.
Match Number Three: Camacho versus Captain Comic
Camacho with a kick to the Captain followed by a punch and kicks. Camacho with a delayed belly-to-back suplex. Camacho with a leaping leg drop. The Captain with punches but Camacho with punches to the Captain. Camacho picks up the Captain by the holes in his mask and then he applies a rear chin lock.
Captain with punches but Camacho with a head butt. Camacho gets the Captain on his shoulders and he hits a running Samoan drop. Camacho with a running power slam for the three count.
After the match, Adam Rose comes to the ring to check on the Captain and Camacho goes to the floor.
We get comments from the participants in the next match.
Alicia Fox says that she is pretty good at predicting the future. In her future, she sees gold. A lot of the divas probably don’t know how to take that.
Alexa says that she is making her debut tonight and she is looking forward to making a splash. She is looking forward to following in the footsteps of Paige.
Match Number Four: Alicia Fox versus Alexa Bliss in a First Round Women’s Title Tournament Match
They lock up and Fox with a wrist lock and elbow to the head. Alexa with an elbow of her own and she kicks Fox. Bliss with a drop kick and a standing moonsault for a near fall. Fox with a knee followed by a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Fox with a forearm and snap mare for a near fall. Fox with a reverse chin lock. Fox with a Northern Lights suplex for a near fall. Fox sends Bliss into the turnbuckles.
Fox with an elbow to the head followed by a side head lock take down. Bliss gets to her feet and she gets out of the head lock and she kicks Fox. Bliss with forearms and an inside cradle for the three count.
Winner: Alexa Bliss (Advances to face Charlotte in the Semi-Finals)
Devin Taylor is with Adrian Neville and she asks him about the Battle Royal. Adrian says the Funkasaurus is now extinct. He commends whoever wins the Battle Royal because it is a difficult match. You have to outlast everybody. Cesaro had to lift a giant onto his shoulders to win the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at Wrestlemania. He looks forward to the challenge against the winner.
Match Number Five: Number One Contender Battle Royal
Everyone pairs off as the bell rings. Zayn and Dallas battle in the corner in one of the pairings. Clay eliminates Oliver Gray. Clay eliminates Curt Hawkins as well. Kidd with punches to Clay and Breeze joins in the attack on Clay. Woods punches Corbin while Local stays in the mat after being put on the turnbuckles. Louis and LeFort go after Local. Everyone tries to eliminate Clay and despite his efforts to keep himself off the floor, he is eliminated. English punches Local.
Louis chokes Woods in the corner. Local and Kalisto work as a team against Danny Burch. Camacho and Burch battle. Burch is eliminated by English. Bo kicks Kalisto and punches him. Ryan presses English onto Burch to eliminate him.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Kalisto tries to avoid elimination by LeFort and he hits a senton. We are told that Xavier Woods had a Kofi Kingston moment. Camacho avoids elimination at the hands of Corbin. Woods tries to eliminate Yoshi Tatsu. Ryan with shoulders to Dallas in the corner. Jordan punches Ryan while Kalisto and LeFort are eliminated.
Yoshi and Rawley try to eliminate Cassady but they fail. Bo punches Woods in the ribs and has him over the ropes but Woods rolls back in. Camacho punches Yoshi. Rawley tries to eliminate Cassady. Rawley punches Cassady. Camacho and Woods exchange chops. Woods with the advantage but he clotheslines Camacho over the top rope and the momentum eliminates himself too.
Yoshi with elbows to Ryan. Breeze punches Kidd in the corner and then he chokes him. Rawley tries to eliminate Yoshi. Zayn punches Corbin. Jordan punches Rawley while Yoshi goes after Kidd. Jordan eliminates Rawley.
Kidd ties himself in the ropes to avoid elimination. Yoshi and Breeze battle in the corner and Jordan is sent to the apron. Jordan with a forearm to Corbin and Jordan tries for a springboard move but Corbin knocks him off the apron to eliminate him. Corbin punches Dallas.
Bo clothesline Corbin over the top rope to eliminate him. Yoshi with forearms to Dallas but he misses a kick and Bo clotheslines Yoshi over the top rope to eliminate him. Ryan picks up Dallas for a power slam but Bo eliminates Ryan. Bo also eliminates Cassady with a clothesline.
Bo is eliminated by Kidd and we are down to the final three. The final three are Tyler Breeze, Tyson Kidd, and Sami Zayn.
Breeze with an Irish whip but Kidd with a head scissors. Kidd for a springboard move but Breeze with a Beauty Shot and Kidd is out. Breeze tries to pick up Kidd to eliminate him but then he knees Zayn in the midsection. Breeze with a punch and Zayn stys in the match with an Arabian Press back into the ring. Zayn punches Breeze on the apron.
Breeze with a shoulder from the apron and he gets back into the ring. Zayn with a clothesline and he goes for the Yakuza kick but Zayn misses and he goes over the top rope but Zayn hangs on. Zayn with kicks to Breeze. Breeze sends Kidd to the apron with a back body drop. Kidd with a head scissors to eliminate Breeze but Kidd hits the floor as well and Zayn loses his grip on the ropes and hits the floor.
The officials check the replay and after deliberating, Triple H comes out. He says that there is obvious confusion. We need a Number One Contender for NXT Takeover. Hunter asks the people what should we do. The crowd wants a Triple Threat match. Hunter says that the crowd knows what is best for business. Next week, there will be a Triple Threat match and the winner will face Adrian Neville on May 29th at NXT Takeover.
Winners: Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze, and Tyson Kidd
All three men argue as we go to credits.
The lawsuit brought against WWE, Michael Hayes, WWE compser Jim Johnston and others by “Badstreet, USA” and WCW “Slamjam” theme music composer James Papa was officially settled with a court filing on 5/5.
The filing noted that the two sides resolved their issues following an Alternative Dispute Resolution conference. The news isn’t surprising given that WWE Network versions of World Championship Wrestling PPVs using the “Slamjam” CD era theme songs were placed on the Network, replacing versions of the PPV that had edited out the original music.
While we don’t have a confirmation on this, it’s likely WWE’s settlement included the company buying the rights to the WCW music. A similar lawsuit brought against the company by Harry “Slash” Grivas and Roderick Kohn over the rights to original music used by Extreme Championship Wrestling that WWE had been using was resolved with a settlement that saw WWE purchase the catalog outright.
Papa filed the lawsuit in July 2012, claiming that WWE was using the material without permission, had co-opted copyright registrations for the songs and wrongly attributed them to Johnston and had cost Papa money after former WWE videogame licensee reached out to him about the rights to “Badstreet USA” for a videogame only to drop interest and use a “clone” of the song that WWE provided instead.
Papa later filed an amended lawsuit against WWE, Hayes, Jim Johnston, WWE’s Stephanie Music Publishing Inc., VE Newco LLC, the parent company of Vivendi Entertainment – which handles distribution of WWE DVD and Blu-Rays), Yukes (which designs the WWE video-games) and Take-Two Interactive, which acquired the license for the WWE video-games last year when THQ filed for bankruptcy.
In their response to the amended complaint, WWE denied any wrongdoing and claimed that since Papa had “consented to use” of his music in broadcasts of WCW and World Class Championship Wrestling material, that WWE would have the rights to use the material since they had acquired the copyrights to that material “lawfully”. They also claimed the usage of the music in their World Class documentary would fall under “fair use” and claimed that Papa did not hold the copyright for the clone version that Jim Johnston created, so any claim against the song used in the videogame should be thrown out. WWE requested a jury trial in their response.
A trial date of 3/23/15 had been set.