Pro Wrestling Thursday / December 15
WWE taped for television on Tue in Springfield, Ma... (Courtesy of The Wrestling Observer)....
Dark Matches/WWE Velocity:
Sylvain def Ken Doane.
Doug Basham def Handsome Johnny.
Jamie Knoble def Thomas Penmanship.
William Regal def. Scotty 2 Hotty with help from Paul Burchill.
Orlando Jordan def. Funaki.
Brian Kendrick and Paul London def. two jobbers.
Simon Dean promo mid-ring, insults Springfield crowd, talks about how he
hates XMas, bah humbug....
The Boogeyman def. Nunzio (w/ Vito) in a major squash.
Randy Orton is shown back stage, talking to his father, Bob Orton, who
recommends that he see a shrink. Orton obliges, and is next shown laying on
a couch talking to the shrink, an older man with a beard. The shrink asks
Randy what he's got to prove and that this 'Hell in a Cell' is a matter of
life and death. Randy thinks about what the shrink said.
Batista is shown backstage, and Melina enters and begins rubbing his
shoulder and chest. She kisses him, and Batista grabs her on his lap, as she
grinds him, and they make out as the screen fades to black.
Screen comes back and Melinda is shown fixing her hair, insinuating that
Batista tapped that ass, and says something to the effect of asking Batista
if the match with him and Rey tonight against her MNM is off. He laughs and
tells her he's going to 'kill those guys.'
Kid Kash def. Super Crazy with brainbuster. After the match, Kash attempts
another brainbuster on a chair, but Juventud and Psychosis save Crazy.
Batista and Rey Mysterio def. MNM to win the tag team titles. Rey played the
victim the entire match, made the hot tag to Batista, who finished off I
belive Johnny Nitro for the win.
Bobby Lashley def. Paul Burchill in a squash.
Randy Orton is shown backstage talking to his father, and tells him that he
has made a decision and will share it with the crowd later tonight.
Matt Hardy promo backstage with black lady interviewer, and is interrupted
by JBL, who punches Hardy. After JBL begins talking, Hardy attacks JBL and
they brawl on the ground before its broken up by officials.
Hardy and JBL is shown on the screen announced for Armageddon.
The Dicks def. LOD when Heidenrech was pinned with a top rop legdrop.
JBL comes out to do commentary for the Matt Hardy/Booker T match.
Booker T def. Matt Hardy after JBL gave Hardy a clothesline from hell on the
outside when Sharmell distracted the ref. (Sharmell came out with a broom,
signifying the sweep on Benoit).
Randy Orton comes out and announces his retirement. He says that he has
killed many legends, and has since realized that nobody can kill the legend
of the Undertaker. He says that he is going to kill another legend tonight,
his own. Cue Undertaker music. Druids come out, followed by the Taker. Crowd
went NUTS live. Taker walks into the ring, druids leave, except for one, who
holds up an urn. Taker looks towards Druid, while Orton blindsides Taker and
kicks him. Orton attacks Taker with an RKO, yet Taker gets up.
Orton grabs a chair and destroys Taker, yet he gets up once again. The druid
takes off the hood and its Bob Orton. Randy grabs the urn from his daddy and
nails Taker, who this time does not get up. Randy grabs the microphone and
tells Taker he'll see him this Sunday at Armageddon. End of show.
Afterwards, Taker just got up to his music and slowly walked back as Chimmel
thanked us for coming.......
TNA taped for television on Tue in Orlando.... (Courtesy of The Wrestling Observer).....
Welcome to a VERY long day of TNA tapings. Between the tapings we were asked, well more liked forced to exit the soundstage. Normally I wouldn’t be upset but it’s not exactly Florida weather today. Be sure to pick up Eddie Guerrero’s biography, it is excellent. They didn’t let anyone including wheelchair guests sit off camera, so I am on some of TV wearing a blue Santa hat. The Pit taught Spanish announcer Arnando Quintero how to do the Bentley Bounce as he stood with them for a couple of the first session matches. Jeremy Borash was joined by $o Cal Val and Miss Vanessa. Former CEO Frank Dickerson was in attendance. Car driver Hermie Sadler was sitting with Dickerson.
Taping session one, most likely Xplosion matches:
(1) Sonjay Dutt and Austin Aires defeated Diamonds in the Rough members “Primetime” Elix Skipper and David Young (w/Simon Diamond dressed in a track outfit) when Dutt countered out of the Play of the Day and hit modified acecrusher into a double knee shot to Skipper’s back.
(2) “The Prince of Punk” Shannon Moore defeated Cassidy Riley when he blocked Riley’s attempted top rope huricurana, then came off to hit a spinning neckbreaker like move.
(3) “The Future” Chris Sabin and Lance Hoyt defeated “the Messiah of the Backbreaker” Roderick Strong and John Bolen (the guy who debuted on the PPV pre-show) after Sabin hit Bolen with the Cradle Shock. Bolen got over as a heel.
Mike Tenay and Don West entered the ring to film some stuff for the New Years Eve Impact show. I used this time to read more of the Guerrero book. A kid standing next to me told me the following happened as I read. NWA World Heavyweight champion Jeff Jarrett, Gail Kim and Monty Brown said they would be teaming up on the NYE special. Christian Cage came out next and said some stuff. He was followed by America’s Most Wanted with Gail Kim who said they were facing AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels. That would make sense then since Styles and Daniels came out next for a promo. Being NYE they dressed the fans in party hats and other items. Borash said the second taping session would include the NYE matches.
(4) Team Canada members Petey Williams, A1 and Bobby Roode defeated The Naturals (Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas) and Shark Boy when Williams hit Shark Boy with the Canadian Destroyer.
Taping session number two:
They filmed matches to air this Saturday. In the studio we didn’t see an opening of any kind and none of interviews that were taped Monday were shown to the fans. NWA World Heavyweight champion Jeff Jarrett came out before the opening bout to confront Mike Tenay about Sting’s arrival in TNA. Only the home audience knows what Tenay said to Jarrett.
(1) NWA World X Division champion Samoa Joe defeated Jay Lethal.
Both men traded moves but neither made a difference until Joe laid in several kicks to the body. Lethal fired back with a Matrix-like drop kick but when he tried to Irish whip Joe it was reversed and he got hit with a boot to the face, a knee drop and chest chops. Next came a running knee to corner, the facewash and the Ole kick. Joe locked in a chinlock but Lethal escaped only to be hit with a Powerslam, the musclebuster and ended up submitting to the Kokina Clutch.
(2) Alex Shelley (w/digital camera) defeated Matt Bentley (w/Traci Brooks and the Pit doing the Bentley Bounce).
Shelley got in some forearms to the back but his takeover was reversed by Bentley who hit punches and a dropkick for two. As “the Prince of Punk” Shannon Moore watched on from atop the heel entry way, Shelley took over on Bentley with a back suplex and his move where he mounts his opponent to drive his face in the mat. They traded chest chops but Shelley hit Bentley with a running double knee to the corner. When Moore showed off a sign “the X division needs to get punked,” Shelley bailed from the ring and filmed it. When he went back to the ring Bentley hit Shelley with an STO but Shelley fought off Bentley and rolled him up with what looked like a hand full of tights.
(3) Rhino defeated Joe Doering (who debuted on the PPV pre-show).
Rhino started beating Doering down and didn’t let up even when Doering got in some offense. Rhino ended the match hitting the GORE!!!! After the match Rhino got on the mic as the fans chanted “You Got Screwed.” Rhino spoke about how many of Jarrett’s pals it took to win the PPV match. Rhino told Jarrett and Team Canada they would be in his sights real soon.
(4) Team 3D (Ray and Devon) defeated Diamonds in the Rough members “Primetime” Elix Skipper and David Young (w/Simon Diamond)
3D hit the ring and jumped Skipper/Young. Skipper was hit with a double team legdrop/side slam. Skipper fought back but Ray hit him with a clothesline. When Young tried to aid his partner it backfired. Ray press slammed Skipper and tossed him over to the floor, where Skipper’s face smacked on the apron. Young and Diamond motivated Skipper to continue. Ray suplexed Skipper back in the ring but he got too close to the Diamonds corner and it worked in their favor as Skipper hit an enziguri as Earl Hebner looked on from the rampway taking notes (I am not sure if I can get a merchandise discount.) The Diamonds made several tags working over Ray but couldn’t get the pin. Skipper went to the ropes but Ray hit a sitout full nelson bomb and tagged out to Devon. Devon held his own against Skipper and Young until Ray got his second wind. Diamond grabbed Devon so Skipper could hit him but Devon moved. Skipper ended up being hit with the Road Warrior clothesline, while Young was pinned by the 3D.
Once again NWA World Heavyweight champion Jeff Jarrett came to the ring. This time he was joined by all of Team Canada, Abyss (w/James Mitchell) and NWA World Tag Team champions America’s Most Wanted. Jarrett brought up the recent arrivals of Rhino, Team 3D and Christian Cage. Jarrett said TNA management wanted a war by bringing Sting they would get one. Scott D’amore and AMW pledged allegiance to Jarrett. Next he spoke to Abyss and Mitchell who pledged their allegiance to Jarrett who next called out Monty Brown. Brown came out and told Jarrett that the Serengeti was not a wildlife preserve, it was meant for Brown to run wild not to be held back by TNA. Despite calling Jarrett a liar to his face he seemed to side with Jarrett. The lights went out as the Sting logo played on the screen. Rhino, Team 3D and Christian Cage came on the babyface rampway. D’amore dared them to come to the ring to fight. When they came to the ring, everyone scattered for their lives. The fans chanted Sting’s name. Ray took the mic and asked Storm how his neck was.
Matches for the Christmas Eve show:
Santa Claus Bentley and TNA’s sexiest elf Traci Brooks came out to give away shirts but they were interrupted by “Captain Charisma” Christian Cage. Cage mentioned his upcoming match with Chris Harris and asked if Santa knew where he lived. Santa gave him a street sign for Slapnuts Blvd. Next Cage asked for aid in looking like the next world champion. So he received a pair of white jeans “just like Jeff Jarrett wears.” Next he asked for a catchy slogan to connect with the fans. So Santa gave him a Jarrett T-shirt, a wig and yellow tinted sunglasses. Santa left another item, Instead of a Jarrett sized guitar he gave him a mini-sized guitar. Cage asked the fans if he looked like a compete jackass and what a world champion should look like. This brought out Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown but Cage escaped a double clothesline and got out of the ring. Again the Sting logo appeared on the screens as Jarrett and Brown went back to the locker room.
(1) “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels defeated Team Canada’s “Showtime” Eric Young (w/Scott D’amore).
I am not sure if it was done on purpose or by accident but they played Scott Hall’s old TNA music. Before the match Alex Shelley came to ringside and Shannon Moore stood again on the top of the rampway. Daniels looked like he needed some time to loosen up so he slid to the floor for some exercises. Back in the ring Young introduced Daniels face to the top turnbuckles. Daniels recovered with forearms to the face of Young and an STO followed by the BME. D’amore got on the apron to break up the count. Daniels confronted D’amore but Young didn’t follow through from behind with a forearm as Daniels avoided it. Young turned around and got hit with the Angels Wings.
(2) Abyss (w/Father James Mitchell) defeated “the Future” Chris Sabin.
Sabin tried to get Abyss down on the mat but Abyss tossed him around the ring. Once again Earl Hebner came out to watch things. Sabin got in some kicks and Abyss bailed to the floor .Sabin followed but his huricurana was blocked and Abyss drove Sabin’s upper body into the ringsteps. Abyss brought Sabin back to the ring for more punishment. Abyss worked over Sabin’s neck but couldn’t get a submission. Abyss kicked Sabin in the gut but Sabin hit an enziguri, a slingshot dropkick and a multi spun DDT. Sabin went for the Cradle Shock but couldn’t get Abyss up in the air. Abyss fell out of the hold and hit the Black Hole Slam to win.
(3) Ron “the Truth” Killings defeated Kenny King (who has a WWE tryout this Saturday in Daytona Beach)
I am note sure if 4LK exists anymore so I won’t bill Killings as being part of them. King jumped Killings at the bell and didn’t let up until he got cocky and posed for the cameras. When he turned around he got hit with a missile dropkick and eventually fell to the hands of Killings. “Bullet” Bob Armstrong tried to talk to Killings but Killings refused to talk. I am guessing there will be an interview with Killings inserted with him talking to Armstrong.
(4) “Captain Charisma” Christian Cage defeated NWA World Tag Team champion “Wildcat” Chris Harris (w/”Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm and Gail Kim)
While we waited for the TV to come back from commercial Storm and Harris stalled. At one point Rudy Charles tossed Storm from ringside. Back from the break the match began with Cage dominating Harris. Kim got Cage’s attention and he followed around the ring, right into Harris who hit a clothesline. When the action returned to the ring Harris hit a top rope double sledgehammer, a standing suplex and several hundred boos from the fans. Harris took Cage to the mat with a chinlock. Cage fought to his feet but Harris hit a clothesline and Harris went back on the attack. Gail Kim got involved choking Cage as he lay on the second rope. Cage got a second wind and fought back, hitting Harris with several moves including a leg lariat that got two. Cage hit a second rope tornado DDT for two. Cage went up top but Kim stopped him. Harris tried for a superplex but Cage sent him back into the ring, only to miss his elbow drop, allowing Harris to get a two count. Harris hit a full nelson slam but got two. The AMW handcuffs got involved. As Kim and Charles argued over the pair of handcuffs Storm came out to hit Cage with a title belt shot. However Storm dropped his title belt and Rudy counted two on the pin. Cage went for the Unprettier but Storm distracted him and Harris shot Cage to the ropes. Cage avoided the contact from AMW and eventually hit Harris with the Unprettier. Jarrett hit the ring to try and beat down Cage, who escaped only to be hit from behind by Monty Brown. Brown, Jarrett and AMW beat down Cage as the fans booed. Brown hit the POUNCE while Jarrett hit the Stroke that sent Cage’s face into one of the tag title belts. While we got ready for hour three several security members aided the referees in escorting Cage to the locker room.
Matches for the New Years Eve special:
(1) Rhino defeated Team Canada’s A1 (w/Scott D’amore)
This was match number one in Rhino’s “Get Revenge on Team Canada” tour. Rhino jumped A1 at the bell and didn’t stop his attack, even as the fighting went to the floor. A1 recovered and got on the offensive, only to see Rhino get a second wind. Rhino hit the GORE to win the very short match. D’amore got in the ring and hit Rhino with the hockey stick. While Rhino focused on D’amore, Abyss led by James Mitchell came out and attacked Rhino. Abyss hit Rhino with the Black Hole Slam and the music came up to end the segment.
(2) NWA World Tag Team champion “Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm (w/“Wildcat” Chris Harris and Gail Kim) defeated “Phenomenal” AJ Styles.
Storm locked in a side headlock and refused to let go of Styles. When he did Styles got in a dropkick that sent Storm to the floor for a beer. Storm came back to try his luck a second time but after a flying head scissor, a bodyslam, a kneedrop and a clothesline to the corner, he wasn’t feeling good. Storm got in a backdrop and taunted the fans. Storm followed it up with a clothesline but his German and back suplex were countered so he kicked Styles in the gut. Storm buried a knee in Styles’ back as he locked in a chinlock. Storm’s superkick was blocked and Styles hit the Pele’ kick. Styles hit a clothesline and the springboard inverted DDT for two. Storm got Styles on the top and went for a superplex but Styles but blocked it. Styles sent Storm to the ring but Harris climbed up and stopped an attempted Spiral Tap. While the referee argued with Harris, Kim went for a top rope huricurana. Kim was caught by Styles who went to hit her with the Styles Clash. Storm got his trusty beer bottle and smashed it on the back of Styles head. Storm pinned Styles. Larry Zybzsko hit the ring with Christopher Daniels. Larry told AMW to rest up because they would be defending the belts at midnight against Styles and Daniels. AMW and Kim hit the ring, attacking Daniels and Styles. All this was ended by Christian Cage who ran down with a chair in hand. Cage took the mic and told the fans the titles were going to change hands tonight.
(3) Monty Brown and NWA World Heavyweight champion Jeff Jarrett (w/Gail Kim) defeated Shark Boy and Kenny King.
Before the match began Jackie Gayda once again came out to confront Jarrett and Kim. Once the match began it was a brawl on the floor. King and Brown fought on the floor as Shark Boy brought Jarrett to the ring. King hit two missile dropkicks but his third one was stopped by Brown. Brown brought King back in the ring and hit the POUNCE while Jarrett finished off Shark Boy with the Stroke. The Sting logo showed on the screens once more.
(4) NWA World X Division champion Samoa Joe defeated Roderick Strong.
As Joe beat down Strong, Shannon Moore and Earl Hebner reappeared on the rampway. Moore left but Hebner stayed to watch Strong take one hell of a beating. Strong hit two clotheslines, a running kick to the face and a backbreaker that looked like it injured Strong’s knee. Joe locked in a sleeper but Strong back him into the corner. Strong went to the far corner and went for a move but Joe caught him and delivered the STO. Joe followed with the Musclebuster and Kokina Clutch to make Strong submit.
Before the TNA match to air after midnight, we did a countdown to celebrate the New Year with help from Christian Cage and Mike Tenay. Tenay and Cage stayed in the ring to tell everyone the worst kept secret in wrestling, Sting is coming to TNA Wrestling. Cage announced that at Final Resolution, Jeff Jarrett and Monty Brown would face Cage and Sting. This brought out Jeff Jarrett who exchanged rather unpleasant words with Cage. Cage ended the words by saying his new year’s resolution was to beat Jarrett to oblivion. At one point Cage, Jarrett, Monty Brown, Rhino, AMW and Team 3D fought in the ring.
(1) NWA World Tag Team champions America’s Most Wanted (“Tennessee Cowboy” James Storm and “Wildcat” Chris Harris w/Gail Kim) defeated “Phenomenal” AJ Styles and “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels.
Storm and Daniels started the match by trading moves but Daniels and Styles got AMW off their game and briefly dominated the ring. AMW took a “time out” to confer with Kim on the floor. Harris re-entered the ring and Styles kicked him in the hamstring. Daniels and Styles tagged several times continuing the attack on the isolated Storm. Daniels reversed a corner whip but didn’t avoid a Harris clothesline from the ring apron. This allowed AMW to take turns attacking Daniels for several minutes. Despite the beating, Daniels kicked out of every pin attempt AMW went for. Storm made a tactical error and Daniels hit him with a DVD. Daniels tagged out to Styles who was well rested and showed it hitting AMW with a suicide tope to the floor. Many near falls occurred over the next few moments including one that sent Rudy Charles to the mat. While Rudy was down Styles hit Storm with the Styles Clash. Shannon Moore ran out and jumped Styles. This led to AMW retaining the titles via pinfall. After the taping ended, Daniels asked the fans if they wanted more action. Harris was hit by the Angels Wings and Rudy counted the pinfall.
The fans got an early Christmas present as the TNA locker room came out to sign autographs and pose for photos.
Announced matches for Final Resolution January 15, 2006:
**NWA World Heavyweight champion Jeff Jarrett and “Alpha Male” Monty Brown vs. Christian Cage and Sting.
**NWA World X Division champion Samoa Joe vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels.
**The way things went down at the PPV it looks like AMW will defend the belts against Team 3D.
Thursday / Wednesday Headlines ..........
- WWE has sent Mick Foley, Carlito and John Cena into New York City to promote the upcoming taped Holiday Raw from Afghanistan.
- Former WWE referee Dave Hebner is now with TNA. Look for his brother Earl to join him there soon.
- You can see more of Ashley Massaro in the Jan issue of MAXIM.
- CBS Sportsline is reporting that the $92,000 ring that Ric Flair bought went to Stacy Keibler...... Totally untrue.
- Add JBL vs Matt Hardy to WWE Armageddon, coming up this Sun from Providence.
- WWE Smackdown returns to Australia in March, with shows in Sydney on the 3rd and in Brisbane on the 5th.
- Yoshihiro Tajiri wrestled his last match for WWE on Mon night @ the Heat tapings, jobbing to Gregory Helms. After the match, he thanked the fans and received a standing ovation. Tajiri spent five years in WWE.
- Slyck Wagner Brown has been arrested in the alleged assault on former girlfriend April Hunter.
- Vince McMahon will appear on CNBC tonight with Donny Deutsch.
- Congratulations to Shane and Marissa McMahon, who are expecting child # 2.
- WWE's Tribute To The Troops will NOT be broadcast in the U.K. for the second straight year. The U.K. will receive a Best Of program.
- Chris Benoit is in New Zealand on promotional tour for WWE.
- Former WCW valet/ wrestler Tylene Buck, aka Major Gunns, is doing porn for the Lighthouse Talent Agency.
Babes, Etc ..........
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