Post by wickedrex1 on Jun 29, 2021 20:48:52 GMT -5
Monday Night Anarchy - June 24, 2013 - Tingley Coliseum (Albuquerque, New Mexico) Attendance: 6,711
The show began with Horizon Wrestling League Owner and CEO, Peter Bradshaw coming out to the ring to address the crowd. Bradshaw acknowledged what had been reported in the media over the weekend, that Randy Orton had been involved in a serious car accident outside St. Louis, Missouri. Bradshaw noted that an investigation is still on-going, but the injuries suffered by Orton would keep him out of action for the foreseeable future. Therefore, is it with a heavy heart, that Bradshaw must strip Orton of the HWL Heavyweight Title. Bradshaw ensured the crowd that a new Heavyweight Champion would be crowned at the Justice pay-per-view. However, a new opponent must be named to face Kevin Steen on July 14th. Bradshaw said that there would be more news released by the end of the show.
1). Rob Terry (0¬-1) vs. Colt Cabana (0-1): Terry used his power to take control of the match early on, but Cabana fought back – albeit by devious tactics – to score a couple near-falls on the bigger man. Unable to put Terry away, Cabana took things outside the ring. However, that would backfire, as Terry overpowered Cabana, smashing his head into the guardrail, opening up a cut on Cabana’s forehead. Back inside the ring, Terry would hit the Freakbuster for the win.
Returning from a commercial break, KAITLYN was seen entering PETER BRADSHAW’S office. She asked if the owner had seen what happened last week, in her match against Brie Bella. She said that the result should not count, and she deserved a rematch for the Women’s Title. Bradshaw answered, saying that he did see the match and that he would tend to agree with Kaitlyn. The referee had been out of position and did not see Kaitlyn’s foot on the rope, which would have broken the count. Because of that mistake, Bradshaw announced that Kaitlyn would be getting her rematch against Brie Bella, next week. Elated, Kaitlyn thanked Bradshaw before leaving the office.
2). Ayako Hamada (0-1) vs. Winter (0-1): Both of these women debuted during the Number One Contenders’ Tournament last month, with Hamada actually returning to the company. As a former champion, Hamada would have the advantage on paper; but Winter had made a name for herself on the independent circuit before signing her contract with the HWL. Winter showed no fear in taking on the former champion, displaying an aggressiveness that hasn’t been seen before in the Women’s Division. Winter brought the match outside the ring – and that’s where it would stay – as she rammed Hamada’s head into the ring post multiple times before throwing her into the guardrail and entering the ring. Hamada did not make it back to her feet and was counted out.
3). Kazarian & Luke Gallows (0-2) vs. Jesse Neal & Steve Corino (1-0): The team of Kazarian and Luke Gallows was back together tonight, after a lengthy absence from the ring. They squared off against the team of Neal and Corino, which was thrown together last week after the departure of Claudio Castagnoli. They picked up the win last week, and almost ended this one quickly after Corino hit Gallows with the Expulsion; but the big man had enough power to kick out. Gallows and Kazarian started coming back towards the end of this match, until Shane Hagadorn interfered, jumping onto the ring apron. For his actions, though, Kazarian caught him with a stiff right hand, sending Hagadorn to the concrete floor. The distraction was enough for Neal who connected with a Spear once Kazarian turned around for the victory.
The second hour of the program kicked off with Chris Hero making his way to the ring, as the announcers described his actions in attacking CM Punk last week. Hero said that he found it funny that Punk would come out and say he wouldn’t complain about getting a victory but complained about not feeling respected because of how he won at Turning Point. He said Punk wanted to reminisce about being in the independent scene because he wanted to remember a time when he was back on top. Hero reminded everyone that he was part of The Kings of Wrestling. He told everyone to look at his past in PCW, everything he was able to accomplish there. That meant something; and still does. He said that Punk calls himself “The Best in the World,” yet doesn’t hold anything to show for it. Now he’s begging for respect. Hero said that he doesn’t respect Punk and thought he made it perfectly clear last week. In closing, Hero appealed to Punk, saying that he would need to look elsewhere for the respect he was after.
Hero left the ring, making his way up the ramp, when he was attacked by CM Punk. In retribution for last week, Punk smashed Hero against the stage structure before landing a series of kicks to Hero’s chest. Punk picked Hero up and hit the G.T.S. on the ramp. Punk would stand over Hero’s prone body, staring at him.
4). Brutus Magnus (3-2) vs. The Great Khali (1-1): The next match of the night Brutus Magnus take on “The Punjabi Giant” The Great Khali. Last week, Magnus and Matt Morgan were on the losing end of their tag team match, while Khali picked up a victory over Edwin Colon. Magnus was hoping to stay away from the 50-50 mark; Khali was trying to make sure he didn’t fall under that threshold. This match was primarily fought outside the ring, where Khali was able to inflict a heavy dose of damage to Magnus. At first, both men were barely able to reenter the ring before the 10-count. The second trip didn’t go so well for Magnus, as Khali chokeslammed him onto the concrete floor before reentering the ring. Magnus was slow to get up and was unable to beat the referee’s count.
After a commercial break, Peter Bradshaw was seen backstage with Alisha Hicks, where it was announced that, next week, a 10-man battle royal would take place to determine who would be challenging for the empty spot in the Heavyweight Title Match at Justice. Bradshaw announced that the 10 participants would be those with the best records on the season who are not currently scheduled to compete at the pay-per-view.
5). Delirious (w/Daizee Haze) (1-0) vs. John Cena (2-6): Delirious returned to the HWL last week with an impressive victory – albeit with a little help – over Alex Riley. Tonight, he stepped into the ring with a very aggressive John Cena. The former champion, after hearing the stipulations for the battle royal next week, would need a victory to have a better chance to be one of those ten men entered in. Just like last week, things turned a little lopsided for Delirious’ opponent as Daizee Haze interjected herself, nearly getting her man DQ’d on a couple of occasions. Ultimately, and to the chagrin of the fans in Albuquerque, Cena landed a very stiff flying forearm to knock Delirious to the mat. With a handful of trunks out of sight from the referee, Cena picked up a much-needed victory.
Post by wickedrex1 on Jun 29, 2021 20:56:31 GMT -5
Monday Night Anarchy - July 1, 2013 - Thompson-Boling Arena (Knoxville, Tennessee) Attendance: 11,923
Kevin Steen, the X-Division Champion, started off the show by coming down to the ring in street clothes, carrying the title over his shoulder. Steen commented on the news from Peter Bradshaw last week, when it was announced that Randy Orton was involved in a car accident and would not be able to defend the Heavyweight Title at Justice, saying that the car accident would be the only way for Orton to avoid losing to Steen at the pay-per-view. Steen then commented on the 10-man battle royal scheduled for later tonight, saying that it didn’t matter who walked out as the winner. There would still be three more men in the back gunning for a shot to face Steen at Justice. And, whether the fans liked it or not, there was absolutely no denying that Steen is the man to beat if anyone wants to be called Heavyweight Champion.
1). Carnage (NR) vs. Alex Riley (0-1) – Tonight saw the debut of Carnage, who was coming up from PCW to join the main roster. Carnage was making the move on his own, as his tag team partner stayed down in development. He would step into the ring with Alex Riley, who was looking to pick up his first win on the “season”. Riley took control early on, as Carnage had no familiarity with his offense, and used his slight strength advantage to pick up a near fall. Carnage worked his way back into the match, picking up a near-fall of his own – and getting the crowd behind him in the process. Later in the match, Riley took over once again, wearing Carnage down after being in a submission lock for nearly a full minute! This took a toll on Carnage, who fell victim to the Lifting DDT, which allowed Riley to get the win he was hoping for.
After a commercial break, Beth Phoenix was seen entering Peter Bradshaw’s office somewhere in the back of the arena. She demanded to be named the next number one contender for the Women’s Title because she felt she deserved that spot, having also made it to the finals of the tournament. Bradshaw told Beth that the tournament has come and gone, and her placement in it is irrelevant. However, she is statistically the next challenger for the title, so she would be granted a title match at Justice against whoever comes out victorious tonight.
After the match, Brie grabbed her title belt and stood on the stage, celebrating her victory, when Beth Phoenix attacked her from behind. Phoenix wasted no time in hitting the Glam Slam onto the metal stage before telling Brie that she would be taking the title at Justice.
3). Edwin Colon (1-2) vs. Kofi Kingston (1-1) – The rivalry between these two has been well-documented, when it comes to their respective teams fighting over the Tag Team Titles. Tonight, was the first time these Colon and Kingston had stepped into the ring without their partners at their sides. Kingston has had average success has a singles competitor and Colon has been known to struggle when on his own. But, on this night, Colon would use an inadvertent collision between Kingston and the referee to take advantage of the match after hitting Kingston with a low-blow. That would allow Colon to hit the Backstabber for the victory.
Returning from the commercial break, Peter Bradshaw is seen with Alisha Hicks backstage. Bradshaw stated, that since Kevin Steen would be involved in the Heavyweight Title Match at Justice, he would not be defending the X-Division Title at the pay-per-view. But, due to contractual obligations, Steen is required to defend his title once every 30 days. Therefore, Steen would be defending the X-Division Title against The Great Khali next week!
4). Bobby Roode (0-1) vs. John Cena (3-6) – To say that Cena was less than thrilled to be left out of the battle royal later tonight would be a huge understatement. As the man who held the title before Orton, Cena had made his thoughts known, that he deserved to be one of the ten men selected. So, instead of hopefully getting another shot at the Heavyweight Title, Cena stepped in the ring with one-half of the PCW Tag Team Champions. Roode was poised to put a stop to Cena’s short-lived winning streak, but never got the chance as STEVE CORINO came down to the ring, pulling down the ropes and causing Cena to crash onto the concrete floor! Corino attacked Cena, causing the referee to DQ Roode. Roode looked on in shock as Corino made his way up the ramp while Cena laid on the concrete floor.
Video footage from earlier in the day is shown. It showed AJ Styles and Kofi Kingston having a conversation outside of Peter Bradshaw’s office. Kingston is heard asking Styles to rethink things before making a decision that Styles would regret. Styles told Kingston that he has decided and he would not regret anything. Styles then walked into Bradshaw’s office and set the Tag Team Title on his desk. Styles told Bradshaw that it was time for him to go home, and that he was quitting. Bradshaw tried to negotiate with Styles, but every offer was declined. At the end, Bradshaw stood and thanked Styles, shaking his hand. Styles walked out of the office as the camera closed in on the title belt.
5). 10 Man Battle Royal – On a night full of surprises, the main event was no different. Ten men vied for the chance to move on to next week, where the last four participants would take part in a Fatal Four Way Match to determine who would face Kevin Steen at Justice. Mike Sydal, the current Golden Opportunity holder was the first eliminated, getting things off to a quick start. The odds-on favorite to win, The Great Khali, was eliminated next by Delirious, after a springboard lariat that toppled the big man over the top rope. Delirious would later go on to have a second elimination, as he caught Cody Rhodes by surprise, dumping him over the ropes as well. Delirious, who at this point had already ensured his spot in next week’s match, was eliminated by Martin Maldonado after a vicious chokeslam to the concrete floor! Rob Terry, who had been relatively quiet throughout the match, made his mark as he made the final two eliminations to win the match.
Monday Night Anarchy – July 8, 2013 – Lawrence Joel Veterans Coliseum (Winston-Salem, NC) Attendance: 7,780
Just six days before the Justice pay-per-view, CM Punk made his way to the ring to start off the show, getting a huge reaction from the fans. Punk said that in just six days, he’s scheduled to face Chris Hero in a rematch from Turning Point, and now would be the time to get some things off his chest. Punk said that it had been two weeks since he made Hero go to sleep on the stage, and three weeks since Hero attacked him from behind like a coward, so with the short amount of time left before they step into the ring again, Punk wanted to make something clear. Punk said that he didn’t care of Hero liked him; they’re not the kind of people that would hang out with each other, and that doesn’t bother Punk at all. He preferred to do things on his own and always has. But, Punk said that on Sunday night, he would beat Chris Hero and prove to him and everyone else, that he was still the best in the world.
Chris Hero’s music began to play, interrupting Punk. Hero walked down to the ring, getting nose-to-nose with Punk before grabbing the microphone from Punk’s hand. Hero said that he should be really pissed off since Punk laid him out two weeks ago, but he wasn’t. Hero said he was happy. Happy to see Punk reaching the point where he felt so slighted… so disrespected that he would stop at nothing to come out on top. Hero said that was exactly where he wanted Punk because Punk would be at his absolute best on Sunday night. Then, Hero could prove that, even at his absolute best, Punk would not be able to beat Hero nor earn his respect. Hero then left the ring, making his way up the ramp, as the show went to commercials.
1). Carnage (0-1) vs. Colt Cabana (0-2) – Carnage and Colt Cabana were both looking to pick up their first victory of the season in tonight’s opening contest. Cabana started off strong early on in the match, as Carnage had been struggling to gain traction as a member of the main roster, facing different competition. But, as the match went outside, Carnage lived up to his name, taking over and slamming Cabana head-first into both the guardrail and the ring post. The second shot opened up a gash on Cabana’s forehead that seemed to slow any comeback attempt he tried. Carnage focused his attack on the open wound, causing Cabana’s face to be covered in blood as Carnage connected with a power bomb in the center of the ring, picking up his first victory.
• Carnage def. Colt Cabana after a power bomb in 15:21. (4.0)
Returning from the back, HWL Women’s Champion Brie Bella is seen backstage with Alisha Hicks. Alisha asked Nikki about defending the title at Justice against Beth Phoenix. Disgusted, Nikki said that it seemed like that she’s the only one that defending a title these days. But it’s okay because she’s defeated everyone that has challenged her. Nikki said she didn’t understand why Phoenix decided to return to wrestling and asked for clarification on whether or not Phoenix had retired last year. When Alisha confirmed that Phoenix retired in October, Nikki said that she would be the first to congratulate Phoenix on her second retirement Sunday night.
2). Melina (0-3) vs. Ayako Hamada (0-2) – The Vixens of HWL were in action in tonight’s second match, attempting to see who could eventually start their ascent up the rankings and receive a title shot in the future. Hamada was coming off a rough victory two weeks ago, where she was counted out after having her head smashed into the ring post. Melina had not been in the ring for some time, hoping to knock off the ring rust and pick up a much-needed victory. But Hamada came out with far too much vengeance in mind and would not let Melina get that victory. Melina hung in this match for 15 minutes, but her attempt stopped short after Hamada connected with a moonsault bodyblock for the victory.
• Ayako Hamada def. Melina after a moonsault bodyblock in 15:13. (3.75)
3). Kazarian & Luke Gallows (0-3) vs. Bobby Roode & Mystery Opponent (NR) – Kazarian and Luke Gallows were standing in the ring, coming back from commercials. Bobby Roode appeared on-stage, saying he had a surprise for Kazarian before announcing that his partner tonight would be the debuting HERNANDEZ. Kazarian was in shock as the former PCW Heavyweight Champion joined Roode on-stage before the duo made their way to the ring. However, before anything could come of this match, JOHN CENA ran down to the ring and dragged Roode under the bottom rope. Cena and Roode began brawling in the ringside area as the referee called for the DQ. Hernandez jumped off the apron and shoulder-tackled Cena to the ground as officials rushed down and escorted Cena to the back. Roode and Hernandez then made their way back up the ramp as now both Kazarian and Gallows looked on in shock.
• Bobby Roode & Hernandez def. Kazarian & Luke Gallows by DQ in 0:47. (0.25)
Returning from the break, a video package is played showing Kofi Kingston relinquishing his half of the HWL Tag Team Titles to Peter Bradshaw. The video ends as Bradshaw – holding the title in his hands – is shown with Alisha Hicks. Hicks stated that Bradshaw had an announcement to make. As a promoter and owner of a wrestling company, it pained him to watch a star like AJ Styles walk away in the midst of a historic title reign, but he understood that personal matters come up from time to time. Bradshaw wished Styles the best but said that it wasn’t time to focus on the past and time to move onto the future. And the future of the Tag Team Titles would begin on Sunday night, when new champions would be crowned. Bradshaw announced that the team of Jesse Neal and Steve Corino would face Matt Morgan and Rob Terry for the vacated Tag Team Titles at Justice. Bradshaw then added the stipulation that the title would change hands on either a countout or DQ because there must be a winner!
4). Brutus Magnus (3-3) vs. Mike Sydal (2-2) – Two weeks ago, Magnus lost against The Great Khali, bringing record down to the .500 mark. Tonight, he looked to jump back over the halfway line. Mike Sydal, the current holder of the Golden Opportunity, had been off television for a number of weeks and was looking to remind everyone that he had a guaranteed title match whenever he wanted it. Sydal showed a lot of presence in the ring, not backing down, countering a lot of Magnus’ offense. Sydal was even able to pick up a couple near-falls, but Magnus would not be stopped in this match. Magnus fought back, dodging a high-risk attempt from Sydal that put the match firmly in Magnus’ favor. Nearing the time-limit, Magnus connected with the Mag Daddy Driver for the victory.
• Brutus Magnus def. Mike Sydal with the Mag Daddy Driver in 13:58. (4.75)
In a pre-taped segment, HWL X-Division Champion Kevin Steen is seen standing alone backstage, the title belt draped over his shoulder. Looking into the camera, Steen said that tonight he – and the rest of the HWL – would find out who would be facing him for the Heavyweight Title at Justice. Four men, all hoping to be the one that gets the job done and have their name on the marque, headlining an HWL pay-per-view against the best wrestler on the roster today! Steen said it didn’t matter who would win the match tonight because, as he’s proven week after week, even the men that could once call themselves champion were not his equal in the ring. Steen doubted that any of the four men in tonight’s fatal four way would be able to measure up as well. He wished all four men good luck but said that whoever walks away victorious will have their luck stop when Steen is crowned new Heavyweight Champion.
Steen then said that tonight, on the whim of Peter Bradshaw, he is being tasked with once again defending the X-Division Title in front of a few thousand drunken hillbillies on the campus of college that no one outside of North Carolina had ever heard of! Steen said The Great Khali would get his chance tonight because he was next in line. Khali was bigger and stronger, Steen admitted, but no one has had what has been needed to dethrone Steen yet. That’s how good Steen is: Peter Bradshaw can throw anyone he wants at Steen, and yet he would remain racking up victories. Steen promised that tonight would be no different.
• Kevin Steen def. The Great Khali with a small package to retain the X-Division Title in 35:00. (0.50)
6). Rob Terry (1-1) vs. Martin Maldonado (1-1) vs. Steve Corino (5-4) vs. Delirious (1-1) [Fatal Four Way] – After surviving the battle royal last week, these four men had a shot at moving on to Justice on Sunday night to face Kevin Steen for the vacated Heavyweight Title. Under HWL rules, this match would take place with two men in the ring at one time, but anyone could be tagged in at any time. All four men jockey for position in the early going, tagging each other in at the earliest opportunity. When things settled down, Maldonado and Terry went toe-to-toe, as the two big men attempted to get their closest competition eliminated. After being tripped by Shane Hagadorn on the outside, Rob Terry fell victim to a running powerslam by Maldonado for the first elimination. The match then continued with Maldonado as the lone “big man”, and Corino and Delirious seemingly working together to take out their biggest threat to a possible title match. Delirious used his speed to catch Maldonado off guard, but was unable to get his shoulders pinned to the canvas. Attempting a dive off the top rope, Maldonado caught Delirious and hit a fallaway slam. Daizee Haze jumped onto the apron, getting Maldonado’s attention. Haze tried to slap Maldonado but was pushed off the apron and onto the concrete floor for her efforts. A quick-thinking Delirious then tagged in Corino before going outside the ring to check on his manager. Corino and Maldonado traded blows back and forth before taking things outside the ring. With the referee counting, Corino and Maldonado started to brawl in the ringside area. Shane Hagadorn grabbed a chair and swung it against Maldonado’s back! Maldonado turned and grabbed Hagadorn by the collar and threatened to attack him, but Corino connected with a low blow. Corino jumped on Maldonado, but the bell sounded, and it was announced that both Corino and Maldonado had been counted out. Therefore, Delirious was announced the winner and the challenger for the Heavyweight Title!
• Delirious won a Fatal Four Way Match in 17:31. (3.75)
Post by wickedrex1 on Aug 13, 2021 17:20:08 GMT -5
HWL Justice PPV – July 14, 2013 – Sleep Train Center (Sacramento, CA) Attendance: 8,369
“Watch You Bleed” blares through the arena as Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to California’s state capital, for the next installment of HWL’s Justice event. They run down the eight matches on the card. They then cut to Alisha Hicks, who is backstage with Delirious and Daizee Haze. Alisha congratulates him on earning the chance to face Kevin Steen for the Heavyweight Title. Delirious says that the only way to win a fatal four-way match is to be a little crazy, so he was the perfect person to win; and he’s just the type of lunatic that can take on Kevin Steen and walk away with the Heavyweight Title tonight. Delirious laughs and walks away as Haze follows suit.
1). Rami Sebei (NR) vs. Hernandez (NR) – The opening match of the night saw the return of Rami Sebei to HWL programming. He would take on Hernandez, who debuted the previous Monday, in his first singles match. Hernandez would hit the Border Toss for a two-count early on in the match, before Sebei was able to gain the advantage by using his speed. Sebei connected with three 450 splashes, neither of which was enough to put Hernandez away. The end of the match saw Hernandez catch Sebei jumping off the turnbuckle and hitting a powerslam, but he only got a two count. Hernandez turned and aggressively shoved the referee to the canvas. In turn, the referee called for the bell which caused Hernandez to go off the rails. Hernandez attacked Sebei as several officials rushed to the ring, separating the two. Hernandez was escorted to the back as Sebei was tended to at ringside.
Backstage, Jesse Neal, Steve Corino and Shane Hagadorn are being interviewed by Alisha Hicks. Hagadorn says that tonight, his men have an opportunity that has eluded a number of tag teams for the past 10 months. There is no doubt that AJ Styles and Kofi Kingston dominated the tag division during their reign as champions. But Hagadorn promises that a new reign of dominance will begin tonight when Neal and Corino are crowned champions.
2). Luke Gallows (1-2) vs. Martin Maldonado (1-2) – A lot of action took place during this match, and a lot of questions will be asked by the outcome as well. During this back and forth match, action spilled to the arena floor, where Maldonado rammed Gallows’ knees into the ring steps. Re-entering the ring, Maldonado gloated and did not see DELIRIOUS run to the ring and help Gallows to his feet. Before Delirious left, he was seen handing Gallows something as he entered the ring. The match continued with Gallows regaining control. After sending Maldonado outside the ring, Gallows was seen slipping a pair of brass knuckles onto his fist. He prepared to use the weapon on Maldonado, but Maldonado ducked the punch and clotheslined Gallows. Maldonado picked up the dropped knuckles and slipped them onto his own first, hidden from the referee; and as Gallows got back to his feet, connected with a stiff right hand. Maldonado made the cover for the controversial victory.
Backstage, John Cena is seen standing alone staring into the camera; a black hat is turned backwards on his head. He says that he has learned a lot while being in this business over the years. But the one thing he learned, not as a professional, but as a person, on the streets of Boston, was that you don’t go around sticking your nose in someone else’s business. He says that’s exactly what Bobby Roode has been doing for the past several weeks. Tonight, Cena says that Roode is going to get taught a very painful lesson.
4). Edwin Colon (2-2) vs. Alex Riley (1-1) – The next match saw Edwin Colon and Alex Riley face off with the hope of moving up in the rankings with a victory. After a back and forth match that saw Colon attempt to get some extracurricular offense in behind the referee’s back, Riley was able to fight him off 7and connect with the Lifting DDT for the victory.
A video message is shown of Kevin Steen pacing back and forth somewhere underneath the arena. In it, Steen says that he finds it comical that Delirious would talk about having to be crazy to win a Fatal Fourway Match. Steen says that it’s crazy because he wasn’t even sure Delirious was still a member of the roster! He reminds everyone, by holding up the X-Division Title, that he has been doing crazy things for 10 months… not to mention all the *bleep* he did before he got to the HWL. Delirious wants to talk about being crazy… well, Steen says tonight, he’ll show Delirious what being crazy is all about.
5). Jesse Neal & Steve Corino (w/Shane Hagadorn) (2-0) vs. Matt Morgan & Rob Terry (1-1) [HWL Tag Team Title Match] – With the Tag Team Titles being vacated due to AJ Styles leaving the company, these two teams were the next in line for title shots. Peter Bradshaw thought it was only fair for them to battle things out to name new champions tonight in Sacramento. Morgan and Terry started off in control, having the height and strength advantage over their opponents, and this helped them pick up a couple near falls in the early part of the match. However, having Hagadorn at ringside typically turns things into a handicap situation when he gets involved, as he did in this match. Hagadorn would routinely interject himself with the referee’s back turned, which would eventually end with Morgan knocking him to the concrete floor with a right hand! This turned out to be the downfall for the bigger man, as Morgan turned around into The Spear from Jesse Neal for the 1-2-3. After the match, Neal and Corino celebrated with the Tag Team Titles as they walked up the aisleway.
6). Bobby Roode (0-2) vs. John Cena (4-6) – The announcers talked about the video package from Cena earlier in the night. Cena came down to the ring looking like a man with a purpose. When the bell rang, Roode showed no fear or hesitation in going after the former Heavyweight Champion. But Cena had his mind made up: he would not be losing this match. The end of the match saw Cena catch Roode off guard with a flying forearm. But when Cena went for the cover, he had his foots on the ropes for leverage – something the referee did not see – and Cena was awarded the victory.
Alisha Hicks is standing backstage with Peter Bradshaw and says that the owner has a message for the HWL fans. Bradshaw then announces that, starting tomorrow night, there will be a tournament to determine who will be challenging for the X-Division Title at the Unbreakable pay-per-view next month, or will be crowned as the new champion on that same night. Bradshaw says that the outcome of this tournament will be determined by the outcome of tonight’s main event between Delirious and Kevin Steen.
7). Chris Hero (3-2) vs. CM Punk (3-2) [Respect Match] – Last month, these two squared off in a match that resulted in CM Punk winning by disqualification. The ensuing month saw a back-and-forth war of words, mixed with some physical altercations, that led to this “Respect Match”. Neither men were going to stop at anything until their opponent respected them. Hero looked strong throughout the match, hitting multiple K.O.s to Punk, but each time Punk found a way to kick out before the referee’s three-count. Punk found a way to come back in this nearly 40-minute match, but he was unable to connect with the G.T.S. This took Punk off his game somewhat and allowed Hero another opening to inflict more damage. Without Punk outside the ring, Hero was able to adjust his loaded elbow pad and when Punk re-entered the ring, connected with it. Somehow, Punk was able to kick out again, infuriating Hero. Hero got into the referee’s face arguing the count, and when Hero turned around, Punk caught him with a swinging neckbreaker for a two-count. Punk took Hero down with another swinging neckbreaker, but Hero got his foot on the ropes to break the count. Punk then dragged Hero into the center of the ring and locked on the Anaconda Vice. Hero held out for as long as he could before eventually tapping out to end the match. Afterwards, both men lay on the canvas as Punk was announced the winner.
A preview for the next HWL pay-per-view, Unbreakable, is shown. Unbreakable is an all-hardcore event and will be taking place on August 11, from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
8). Delirious (w/Daizee Haze) (2-1) vs. Kevin Steen (8-1-1) [Heavyweight Title Match] – After winning the fatal fourway match to name a challenger for Steen and the vacant Heavyweight Title, Delirious started things off by attacking Steen before the bell in hopes of gaining the advantage. Both mean knew that it was going to take some out-of-the-box thinking to win this match and be named the new champion, but no one expected the outcome that took place. The end of the match saw Steen stringing together a comeback attempt, only to have Delirious reverse an Irish whip into the ropes. Daizee Haze pulled the top rope down, causing Steen to fall onto the concrete floor, in direct view of the referee. The referee had no choice but to call for the bell and DQ Delirious! Delirious slid out of the ring and attacked Steen, throwing him into the barricade before hitting him repeatedly with a steel chair. HWL officials rushed down and pulled Delirious away. The show ended with the camera showing Steen laying on the concrete floor.
Rami Sebei def. Hernandez by DQ in 10:14.
Martin Maldonado def. Luke Gallows by pinfall in 21:19.
(c) Brie Bella def. Beth Phoenix by pinfall in 8:23 (Retains Title)
Alex Riley def. Edwin Colon by pinfall in 19:07.
Jesse Neal & Steve Corino def. Matt Morgan & Rob Terry by pinfall in 29:34 to win the HWL Tag Team Titles.
John Cena def. Bobby Roode by pinfall in 3:48.
CM Punk def. Chris Hero by submission in 39:19.
Kevin Steen def. Delirious by DQ in 7:03. The HWL Heavyweight Title remained vacant
Post by wickedrex1 on Aug 14, 2021 17:03:17 GMT -5
Monday Night Anarchy – July 15, 2013 – Long Beach Arena (Long Beach, CA) Attendance: 10,071
Kevin Steen’s music hits, and the X-Division Champion makes his way to the ring, as Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone at home to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Steen enters the ring and places the title on his shoulder before requesting a microphone. Last night, he defeated Delirious in a match to name the new HWL Heavyweight Champion. Last night, he defeated a man who – 24 hours later – is no longer employed by this company. Last night, he proved that he is, without a doubt, the best wrestler on this roster. Steen then demanded that Peter Bradshaw meet him inside the ring and give him what he deserves – the HWL Heavyweight Title.
Steen paced around the ring for a few moments before Peter Bradshaw appeared on-stage with the Heavyweight Title folded under his arm. Bradshaw said that it couldn’t be doubted that Steen has proven himself to be a worthy holder of the title; he has beaten a number of past champions time and again. But Bradshaw reminded Steen about the rules that must be followed for title matches. Any title, vacated or not, cannot be won by countout or disqualification. Therefore, even though Steen did win last night, Bradshaw would not be handing him the title at this time. But Bradshaw did say he would not be waiting until Unbreakable to name a new champion; that one would be named tonight in Long Beach. And due to Steen having won his match last night, he would be one of the participants in tonight’s main event. Bradshaw then announced that Steen’s opponent would be…
“Cult of Personality” blared inside the arena as CM Punk emerged from backstage with a smile on his face. Steen looked on in shock as the fans went crazy. Punk said, after last night, it should be obvious that he deserves respect. Tonight, he would be getting a title shot that had been waiting for a very long time. Punk hated that Steen would have to fight twice in two nights for the same title, only to end up walking away empty-handed both nights. Punk promised that he would fully stake his claim, once again, as the best in the world and become the new Heavyweight Champion. Punk walked off-stage as Steen fumed inside the ring.
1). Colt Cabana (0-3) vs. Bobby Roode (0-3) – After losing to John Cena at Justice last night, Bobby Roode would have benefited from picking up a victory in tonight’s opening match. But it was Colt Cabana’s night, as he was able to withstand Roode’s offense and hit the Colt .45 for the victory.
• Colt Cabana pinned Bobby Roode with the Colt .45 in 12:24 (3.5)
Backstage, Alisha Hicks congratulated Women’s Champion Brie Bella on another successful title defense against Beth Phoenix last night at Justice. She then asked Brie what the future looked like for the champion. Brie said that the future looks much like the present does: her continuing her reign as champion. She said that there was no one on the women’s roster that she hadn’t beaten. Unless something earth-shattering happened, she could end the year without a loss.
Just then, Kaitlyn appeared, interrupting the interview. Kaitlyn said that it quite a feat that Brie had held onto the title for this long but considering what had taken place between them in the past, it wasn’t surprising. Kaitlyn then asked if it would be “earth-shattering” for her to get in the ring with Brie again – at Unbreakable – and end that her winning streak, taking the title along with her. Brie smirked and walked away, saying nothing.
2). Leva Bates (1-3) vs. Nikki Bella (2-6) – It would be safe to say that Nikki Bella would benefit from a lengthy winning streak like her sister, but luck has not gone her way over the past few weeks. Tonight, against Leva Bates, Nikki got a tougher challenge than most would have expected, but even in losing efforts Bates has shown a lot of progress since breaking ties with the Women’s Champion. She looked strong in this match, kicking out of a Bella Buster early on and even hitting the “Dinner to Go” on Nikki for a two-count. In the end, Nikki would hit a second Bella Buster for the victory.
• Nikki Bella def. Leva Bates with the Bella Buster in 15:30 (1.5)
Returning from the break, Kevin Steen is seen pacing back and forth in the hallway, when he is approached by Shane Hagadorn. Hagadorn put his arm around Steen and said they go way back. If Steen needed anything – now or in the future – Hagadorn wasn’t a hard man to find. He patted Steen on the back and wished him good luck in the main event before walking away.
3). Kofi Kingston (1-2) vs. Rob Terry (1-2) – It had been two weeks since AJ Styles left the HWL, effectively vacating the Tag Team Titles that he and Kingston had held for nine months. Now that his partner was gone, Kingston would have to find success in the singles division. His test tonight was Rob Terry, who had just taken part in the #1 Contenders Fatal Four-way Match last week. Terry got some added assistance at the end of the match, as EDWIN COLON came to ringside and attacked Kingston on the floor. Colon rolled Kingston back into the ring where Terry was waiting. Terry hit the Freakbuster for the victory.
• Rob Terry pinned Kofi Kingston with the Freakbuster in 15:29. (3.25)
Coming back from the break, Shane Hagadorn and the Tag Team Champions Jesse Neal and Steve Corino made their way to the ring, with the crowd greeting them with boos. Inside the ring, Hagadorn grabbed a microphone and thanked everyone in Long Beach for the warm welcome. He then said that, since Day One of joining the HWL was to assemble a group of men that would be a dominant force in the company. He said that, standing before you, is a good start: the Tag Team Champions are within their grasp. Hagadorn said that he had always been enlightening the roster to what he can do and what they could get done together. Tonight, he said, their numbers have gotten stronger before introducing Adam Cole! Cole joined the others inside the ring, as Hagadorn proclaimed that this group of men will one day, very soon, run all of the Horizon Wrestling League. The four men stood in the ring, with the crowd continuing to boo, as Anarchy went to commercials.
4). Kaz & Luke Gallows (0-3) vs. Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin (NR) – Tonight saw the return of The Motor City Machine Guns. The duo had been away from the HWL for over a year, and came back in style, getting a huge cheer from the crowd as they were introduced. Kaz and Gallows would have picked up a huge feather for their cap with a victory over the returning former champions, but that was not meant to be, as Shelley dropped Gallows with a bulldog from the second rope for the victory.
• The Motor City Machine Guns def. Kaz & Luke Gallows in 13:27. (2.25)
Backstage, Alisha Hicks asked CM Punk for his thoughts on the conversation between Shane Hagadorn and Kevin Steen earlier tonight. Punk asked Alisha why anyone would think there’d be a story there. Punk said that he doesn’t care what they talked about or will talk about in the future. The only thing that mattered to him was going into that ring and proving, once again, that he is the Best in the World.
5). Martin Maldonado (5-6) vs. Chris Hero (3-3) [X-Division Tournament] – Last night, it was announced that an eight-man tournament would take place to name the new challenger for Kevin Steen and the X-Division Title. However, if Steen were to win the HWL Heavyweight Title, the winner of the tournament would then be crowned as the new X-Division Champion. Tonight’s first round match saw Martin Maldonado, who would love to ascend the singles ranks and grab gold, take on Chris Hero. Hero was coming into this match after losing a Respect Match against CM Punk last night at Justice. Hero took out his frustrations against Maldonado in this match, as he used the ringside area to incapacitate Maldonado long enough to get a count-out victory.
• Chris Hero def. Martin Maldonado by count-out in 12:35. (2.00)
A preview for HWL’s up-coming pay-per-view event, Unbreakable is shown.
In a match signed at the beginning of the program, with the stakes being at their all-time high, the crowd in Long Beach could not wait for this match to start. On paper, this match would have been a brawl between two men that do not back down from a fight. In reality, both men spent a substantial amount of time attempting to make their opponent tap out. A number of submission moves were used throughout this match, by both men; but neither of them were willing to tap out with the Heavyweight Title on the line. Both men laid everything they had on the table for this match: Punk stunning Steen by kicking out of the Package Piledriver, and Steen finding ways to avoid the Anaconda Vice. However, in the end, Punk caught Steen off guard and connected with the GTS for the pinfall, becoming a three-time HWL Heavyweight Champion!
• CM Punk def. Kevin Steen with the GTS in 14:07. (4.25)
Post by wickedrex1 on Sept 18, 2021 13:06:02 GMT -5
Monday Night Anarchy July 22, 2013 Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, New York Attendance – 9,570
** Highlights from last week’s Heavyweight Title match are shown, with CM Punk holding up the title after defeating Kevin Steen.
** “Hail to the King” blares through the arena. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome the at-home audience to Long Island. It is announced that Carnage will take on The Great Khali in a first-round match to determine the new number one contender for the X-Division Title.
** “Cult of Personality” plays as CM Punk appears on-stage, in street clothes, carrying the Heavyweight Title over his shoulder. Punk makes his way to the ring and grabs a microphone, letting the cheers die down before speaking. Punk starts off by saying that, last week, he and Kevin Steen left everything they had in the middle of the ring; something they’ve done their entire careers. He gives credit to Steen for being one hell of a wrestler and knows that it will take one hell of a wrestler to best Steen for the X-Division Title. Punk then says that he has to give credit where it’s due. He says that after losing to John Cena and losing the chance to challenge for the Heavyweight Title, Punk had to do a lot of deep soul searching. He questioned if he still had what it took to in this business; if he had the ability to still be called a “top guy”. Punk says that those thoughts gnawed at him every single day, and he was just waiting for the opportunity to prove himself and everyone else wrong. All that needed to happen was Cena losing the title. Punk says he watched as Randy Orton took the reigns and fought off the challengers that came his way. And, unfortunately for Orton, he’s no longer here. Punk says there was no better time than last week to show to everyone – and himself – that he was still able to be the top guy in the HWL. Standing here tonight, with the title over his shoulder, Punk says he has an obligation to make sure that last week’s win was not in vain…
Punk gets interrupted as Alex Riley appears on-stage in his ring gear. Riley walks down the ramp, joining Punk in the center of the ring. Riley says that he didn’t intend to ruin the moment and congratulates Punk on his victory last week; but he couldn’t wait any longer. Riley says he’s out here to officially challenge Punk to a Heavyweight Title Match at Unbreakable. Riley knows he’s probably not what people would consider ready for the opportunity, but he feels – much like Punk said he did – that he has something to prove to the fans and himself. Riley says he wants to prove that anyone can be beaten on any given night. He says even the best in the world have bad nights.
Punk smiles and tells Riley that he has a lot of balls coming out here and issuing his challenge. Punk accepts the challenge and says that Unbreakable has always been a unique event. He says that no one can expect what type of match they’re going to be in, so Riley needs to be prepared for absolutely anything….
Before Punk can continue again, Peter Bradshaw appears on-stage. He says that since Punk as agreed to the match, that it is official: Alex Riley versus CM Punk for the Heavyweight Title at Unbreakable. But Bradshaw says that before that match can take place, Riley will be in action tonight, against Brutus Magnus. He then thanks the crowd and walks backstage. In the ring, Punk slaps Riley on the arm, wishing him good luck, before exiting. Punk walks up the aisleway as Anarchy goes to commercials.
1). Colt Cabana (1-3) vs. Luke Gallows (1-3) – Cabana came into this match riding the wave of his victory last week, and a when over the big man would propel him up the rankings. Gallows, himself, was looking to move up in the ranks with a victory. With his size advantage, it looked like an easy win on paper, but Cabana was unwilling to give in that quick. The dynamic of the match changed when Cabana realized that he could not lift Gallows to hit the Colt .45 and would have to change his game plan. That change never came as Gallows would eventually hit the Gallows Pole for the victory.
**HWL Women’s Champion Brie Bella is seen walking through the backstage area, when she is approached by Alisha Hicks. Agitated, Bella stops and Alisha asks if Brie wants to respond to the challenge issued by Kaitlyn last week. Brie rolls her eyes and takes a deep breath before telling Alisha that she has already beaten Kaitlyn twice in just a matter of weeks. That is her response. Brie then turns and stalks off, leaving Alisha standing alone.
2). Nikki Bella (3-6) vs. Ayako Hamada (1-2) – The crowd was shocked, but not as much as Nikki Bella was, at the outcome of this match. Bella started off with a quick offense, but Hamada countered a clothesline into a crucifix that Bella was unable to kick out of, picking up the victory in less than 30 seconds!
3). Bobby Roode/Hernandez (1-0) vs. Alex Shelley/Chris Sabin (1-0) – Tonight’s tag team match was a battle of undefeated teams, both looking to get one step closer to challenging for the Tag Team Titles – no matter who the champions will be after Unbreakable. The MCMG returned to the HWL last week with a huge victory, but Roode and Hernandez were determined to end their winning streak before it really begins. Shelly and Sabin clearly had more experience as a team, but Roode and Hernandez looked very impressive in this one. The match ended after Hernandez hit Shelley with the Boarder Toss for the 1-2-3.
**Chris Hero’s music begins to play as Anarchy returns from the break. Hero walks down to the ring, in street clothes, and grabs a microphone from the ring announcer. Hero says he wants to clear the air before getting something important off his chest. He talks about the past two months, feuding with CM Punk, and says that even though he doesn’t like Punk, he respects him. Hero says he’s not here to dwell on that and he hopes that Punk can sleep better at night knowing that he has Hero’s respect; but Hero says it’s time to move onto something that’s more important. Hero reminds everyone that, as of right now, he is the only person to move forward in the X-Division number one contenders’ tournament. He says that he has ever intention to go through this tournament and end Kevin Steen’s reign as champion…
Hero gets interrupted as X-Division Champion Kevin Steen makes his way down to the ramp, carrying the title belt over his shoulder. Hero says that he knows he’s the most wanted man in the HWL. So many people want to be the one that knocks him off his throne, and he tells Hero that one victory does not make him the man to do it. Steen reminds Hero that he has a long way to go before he can stake his claim as the number one contender; and while he’s doing that, Steen says he will continue his reign as champion until someone proves they are more worthy to be able to hold the title. Steen leaves the ring, with his music playing, as Anarchy goes to commercials.
4). The Great Khali (3-3) vs. Carnage (1-1) [X-Division Tournament] –- In the next match of the X-Division Tournament, Khali and Carnage squared off to see who would face Chris Hero in the second round. Khali, as he does in most matches, had the size advantage, but Carnage seemed undeterred by that fact. Carnage focused his offense on Khali’s lower half, trying to take out his vertical base. Carnage came close to making Khali submit early on, but the Punjabi Giant muscled his way out to continue the match. Khali took control and connected with the Punjabi Plunge but Carnage was able to kick out before three. This enraged Khali, who turned and attacked the referee. With the official down, Khali viciously attacked Carnage, getting booed in the process by the crowd. Carnage was able to get a second wind and fight back, although not at full strength. He was able to get Khali off balance before rolling him up just as the referee was coming to. After a somewhat slower count by the referee, Carnage was announced the winner.
An advertisement for next week’s episode announces that Tag Team Champion Steve Corino will face Kazarian in an X-Division Tournament match.
5). Brutus Magnus (4-3) vs. Alex Riley (2-1) – Alex Riley set out to prove himself tonight, after issuing a very impassioned challenge to CM Punk for the Heavyweight Title at Unbreakable. Magnus was looking to put a bad ending to Riley’s night, and a victory would be a sure way to do that. This match was a back and forth contest, with neither man really gaining a sizeable advantage over the other, until Magnus connect with the Mag Daddy Driver. Kicking out at two, Riley shocked Magnus – who didn’t seem to recover for the duration of the match. Riley started to fight back, and clocked Magnus in the nose. Magnus staggered backwards and fell through the ropes. Holding his nose, Magnus shockingly walked up the ramp, allowing himself to get counted out.
TV Rating: 1.00
HWL UNBREAKABLE - 08/11/13 - KANSAS CITY, MO HWL HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE MATCH -- Alex Riley vs. (c) CM Punk X-DIVISION TITLE MATCH -- Tournament Winner vs. (c) Kevin Steen
Monday Night Anarchy July 29, 2013 Petersen Events Center – Pittsburgh, PA Attendance: 9,576
The show begins as The Independents make their way to the ring. The HWL Tag Team Champions, Jesse Neal and Steve Corino head down the ramp, followed by newest member Adam Cole, with Shane Hagadorn leading his charges down the aisle. Inside the ring, Hagadorn grabs a microphone and introduces “the group that will take over Horizon Wrestling League” to the crowd, who boo in response. Hagadorn praises the accomplishments that his team have achieved before saying that they will add another mark to their checklist after Corino advances to the X-Division Title Match at Unbreakable and brings another title to their group. Hagadorn then gives the microphone to Corino, who says that it should be no surprise to anyone that he doesn’t think too highly of all the hardcore “shit” the Kevin Steen has profited from since becoming champion. Instead, Corino says that he will beat Kazarian down, humiliating him in order to advance in the tournament. Corino also tells Steen to know that he is coming for Steen’s title at Unbreakable.
1). Jack Swagger (1-4) vs. Colt Cabana (1-4) – It was announced by Alisha Hicks, backstage, that Colt Cabana was unable to make it to the arena tonight, due to a family emergency back in Illinois. Standing by with Hicks is Jack Swagger, who would have been Cabana’s opponent in the opening contest. When asked whether or not he would take the victory by forfeit, Swagger responded by saying that Cabana’s family matters are more important than wins and losses. He wished Cabana and his family the best, and said that they will meet again next week.
In the backstage area, the camera showed Brie Bella talking on the phone, her back turned towards the audience. From off-camera, KAITLYN attacked Brie, sending her phone sliding across the ground. Kaitlyn continued to assault Brie before HWL officials rushed in and pulled her away. While fighting with the officials, Kaitlyn slammed her foot down onto Brie’s phone, shattering it into pieces. As Kaitlyn was dragged away, she yelled at Brie that this would not stop until she got her rematch.
2). Ayako Hamada (2-2) vs. Winter (1-1) – These two women met back at the end of June, coming off the heels of their appearances in the Number One Contenders’ Tournament for the Women’s Title. In that last matchup, Winter walked away with a count-out victory. She was looking to put a stamp on things tonight, picking up a decisive victory, but Hamada had other ideas. The former Women’s Champion would debut a new finisher – the AP Cross, a sitout fisherman’s suplex – that she used to pick up the victory.
Ayako Hamada pinned Winter with the AP Cross in 9:34. Rating: 3.75
3). Mike Sydal (2-3) vs. Edwin Colon (2-3) – Edwin Colon came into this match after losing his last match, to Alex Riley at Justice. Colon was looking to get back to a .500 winning percentage, but he would be taking on the current Golden Opportunity holder, Mike Sydal. Sydal has been relatively quiet as of late, and a win would propel him up the rankings as it would also bring him to .500. However, tonight saw Colon pick up the victory after hitting the Backstabber in the center of the ring.
Edwin Colon defeated Mike Sydal with the Backstabber in 13:16. Rating: 2.0
Returning from the break, Alex Riley made his way down to the ring, as the announcers talked about his up-coming Heavyweight Title Match against CM Punk at Unbreakable. Inside the ring, Riley talked about how he has the biggest match of his career coming up at Unbreakable, and that a victory over CM Punk would not only change his life, but his career as well. Riley said that the wrestling business can be a crap shoot because anyone – no matter their status or fame – can lose on any given day. He said there’s no way to know what will happen at Unbreakable between himself and Punk; but he said if there are people in the audience who doubt him or his abilities, they could go ask Brutus Magnus. Riley went on to comment on his upcoming match against Punk for the Heavyweight Title but was soon interrupted as Magnus ran down from the back and attacked Riley from behind! Magnus stood over Riley and demanded a rematch for next week’s show before throwing the microphone on top of Riley and leaving the ring.
4). Brutus Magnus & Rob Terry (0-0) vs. Bobby Roode & Hernandez (2-0) – Just moments before this match too play, Magnus had made his presence known, attacking Alex Riley from behind and issuing a challenge to face each other again, next week. Now, accompanied by “Big Rob”, they would take on one of the hottest tag teams in the HWL, Roode and Hernandez. Roode and Hernandez have had pretty good showing in their last two matches since joining forces, and tonight did not seem to be any different. Even though Magnus and Terry were able to dish out some good offense during the match, Roode and Hernandez withstood it to ultimately pick up the victory after Roode connected with the Payoff on Terry, with assistance from Hernandez.
Bobby Roode & Hernandez defeated The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Rob Terry) when Roode pinned Terry with the Payoff in 10:18. Rating: N/A
A screen shot is shown as Anarchy comes back from the break, showing that Rob Terry will face Kofi Kingston in the final first-round matchup in the X-Division Title #1 Contenders Tournament.
5). Kazarian (1-1) vs. Steve Corino (w/Shane Hagadorn (5-5) [X-Division Tournament] – The Independents had quite the message to start off tonight’s show, and it was finally time to see if they would be able to back up the promises they made. Kazarian had the tall task of being the one responsible for making Corino “put up or shut up” when it came to his claims of winning the whole tournament, and he made a valiant effort to do so. However, as has become common knowledge, there is leverage in numbers; something The Independents seem all-too-willing to take advantage of. At the end of the match, Hagadorn distracted Kazarian long enough for Corino to recover and hit the Flatliner. Soon after, Corino connected with the Sliding Lariat for the victory.
[X-Division Tournament – First Round]: Steve Corino defeated Kazarian with the Sliding Lariat in 3:36. Rating: 2.5
Monday Night Anarchy – 08/05/2013 – Baku Crystal Hall (Baku, Azerbaijan) Attendance: 8,640 (72%) Announcers: Josh Daniels & Scott Michaels
“Cult of Personality” opens the show as HWL Heavyweight Champion CM Punk makes his way to the ring. Punk says that he has always been known to shoot it straight with the fans, and whether they like it or not, his bosses. He says that it was evident last week that he was not prepared to face Cody Rhodes and lost. Punk says he’s not making excuses because a champion should always be prepared for battle, no matter who the opponent is. He gives credit to Rhodes, a former champion himself, and says that Rhodes was the better man last week.
Alex Riley’s music interrupts Punk as the number one contender joins Punk inside the ring. Riley says that despite what Punk just told everyone, Riley can see through it. He says that Punk showed weakness last week; a weakness that Riley plans on exploiting to the fullest on Sunday night at Unbreakable. The perfect way to do that, Riley says, is in a “Kansas City Street Fight” for the Heavyweight Title. Riley steps forward, getting closer to Punk’s face, when he is suddenly attacked from behind by BRUTUS MAGNUS and ROB TERRY! The two men assault Riley before Punk joins the fray, fighting them off of Riley. With the numbers even, Magnus and Terry retreat through the crowd.
Peter Bradshaw then emerges from the backstage area, telling everyone to stop what they’re doing. He says that it’s clear all four men are looking for a fight, and he is more than happy to oblige. Bradshaw announces that Magnus and Terry will face Riley and Punk in a tag team match in tonight’s main event!
1). Jack Swagger vs. Colt Cabana – This match, originally scheduled for last week’s episode, was moved to tonight due to a family emergency that Cabana needed to attend to. The details of that emergency have not been released, but Cabana was able to make the overseas trip and looked ready to go. Swagger routinely tried to use his mat-wrestling skills to take down his opponent, but Cabana would find ways to avoid going down, which would start getting a rude reaction from the crowd. Swagger attempted a belly-to-belly suplex but Cabana was able to lift a knee into Swagger’s “nether region”. Caband hit a German suplex of his own and, with the referee focusing on the pinfall, put his feet on the ropes for leverage as the referee counted the fall!
After the match, Cabana snuck out of the ring and celebrated the victory as Swagger continued to writhe in pain on the canvas.
Colt Cabana pinned Jack Swagger after a release German suplex in 5:04. (1.75)
Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Women’s Champion Brie Bella, and asks how Brie is feeling after the events that took place last week. Bella says that Kaitlyn went too far last week by putting her hands on Brie backstage. Because of that, she went and spoke with Peter Bradshaw. She tells Alisha that an agreement was made that, if Kaitlyn is unable to beat Brie at Unbreakable, then Kaitlyn is to have no contact with Brie for the foreseeable future. Looking into the camera, Brie says that Kaitlyn will get another shot at the title. This time, though, it will be a Strap Match so that Brie can whip Kaitlyn like the bitch she is!
2). Ayako Hamada vs. Eve Torres – Ayako Hamada has been on a roll since returning to the company as part of the Women’s Title Tournament, as she has strung together a couple nice victories. Tonight, she was looking to continue that winning streaking against Eve Torres. Eve was walking into this match with the goal of pushing herself above the .500-mark and jumping up the rankings. Hamada used a number of submission moves, focusing on Eve’s arm, in the hopes of making her tap out. However, Torres was able to fight back after Hamada missed a shoulder tackle into the steel barricade. Eve rolled Hamada inside the ring before hitting the Handspring Standing Moonsault for the victory.
Eve Torres pinned Ayako Hamada with the Handspring Standing Moonsault in 10:05. (2.75)
Alisha Hicks catches up with CM Punk outside of his dressing room as the show returns. She asks Punk about assisting Alex Riley earlier tonight. Punk says that he was raised to help someone when he saw they needed it, and he wasn’t going to watch Riley get jumped from behind and just let it happen. He says some people in the world still try to do the right thing, and if that means teaming up with Riley to beat the ego out of The British Invasion, then that’s what will happen. Punk walks into this dressing room, ending the interview.
3). Bobby Roode & Hernandez vs. Mystery Team – The crowd in Baku was absolutely shocked with it was revealed that Roode and Hernandez’ opponents were AJ STYLES and SAMOA JOE! Roode and Hernandez were just as stunned to see Styles make his return to the company – with reinforcements this time. They jumped the duo on the ramp, and an all-out brawl ensued that the referee had a hard time getting a handle on. Roode and Joe traded shots in the aisleway as Hernandez overpowered Styles before slamming him into the ring steps. Hernandez continued to assault Styles as the referee continued to restore order. With their respective partners still battling near the stage, Hernandez rolled Styles into the ring. The referee called for the ball, officially starting the match, just as Hernandez connected with the Border Toss on Styles. He made the cover for the very shocking, short victory.
After the match, HWL officials rushed out and tried to break things up between Joe and Roode but were unable to as they continued fighting through the curtains, into the backstage area.
Bobby Roode & Hernandez defeated AJ Styles & Samoa Joe by pinfall in 2:03. (2.25)
An advertisement for Unbreakable is shown, with “This Means War” by Avenged Sevenfold playing in the background. Six huge matches could reshape the future of the Horizon Wrestling League, with no rules to hold back the carnage! Unbreakable will be LIVE, this Sunday, ONLY pay-per-view!
4). Kofi Kingston vs. The Great Khali – Both Kingston and Khali were coming into this match on one-match losing streaks. As both men find themselves sitting in the lower portion of the rankings, a victory would send them in the right direction for a potential X-Division Title Match. Tonight, however, that victory would not be handed to Kingston. Khali came out and dominated things from the get-go. Valiantly, Kingston did attempt some offense throughout the match, but Khali was quick to stop it. He put the match away for good after hitting the Punjabi Plunge for the victory.
The Great Khali pinned Kofi Kingston with the Punjabi Plunge in 5:12. (1.25)
Josh Daniels is seen, standing in the ring, as the show returns. He introduces Peter Bradshaw, who makes his way down the aisle before joining Daniels. Addressing the crowd, Bradshaw says that the semi-final and final matches in the X-Division Title Tournament will officially be taking place this Sunday night at Unbreakable. Therefore, when I winner is announced, they will be awarded a title match next week on Anarchy.
Cody Rhodes’ music interrupts the owner, as he quickly joins the two in the ring. Rhodes wants to make “crystal clear” that he is understanding Bradshaw correctly: Kevin Steen will not wrestle on Sunday night? Bradshaw confirms that, and without hesitation, Rhodes says he wants to challenge Steen at the pay-per-view. He says he doesn’t want the match to be for the title, but if he wins the match, he wants a title match in the future. Bradshaw calls it a novel idea, but the only person who can accept that would be Steen himself.
Steen’s music begins to play, as all three men turn their attention to the stage. With their backs turned, Steen jumps over the barricade and slides into the ring, hitting Rhodes in the back of the head with the title belt! Steen tells Bradshaw that he accepts the challenge and will see Rhodes on Sunday night before leaving the ring. Standing in the aisleway, Steen raises the belt into the air as the crowd boos.
CM Punk is seen walking through the hallway as the show comes back. He reaches the trainer’s room and knocks on the door before entering. Inside, Alex Riley is seen getting treated by the trainer. Punk asks how Riley is doing and if he’s ready to do what needs to be done tonight. Riley says he’s ready to go. Punk pats Riley on the shoulder and says that tonight, they take care of business; but on Sunday night, Punk will not hesitate to put Riley to sleep.
5). Rami Sebei vs. John Cena – John Cena has been on a tear as of late, with the knowledge that a title match will forever elude him as long as CM Punk is holding the Heavyweight Title. That has not stopped him from picking up a number of victories, in questionable ways, along the way. Rami Sebei, who had just returned to the HWL, and picked up a victory in that return, was hoping to derail Cena’s momentum tonight. Sebei came out strong, withstanding Cena’s offense. A botched super-plex attempt by Cena allowed Sebei to mount a sizeable offense, picking up a number of near-falls towards the end of the match. After attempting a comeback, Cena was back into the corner by Sebei, but as the referee tried to pull them apart, Cena raised his leg backwards, hitting Sebei below the belt. Cena feigned innocence when questioned by the official, but quickly jumped on the attack before hitting the F-U in the center of the ring for the 1-2-3.
After the match, medical personnel rushed down to the ring to tend on Sebei, who was laying motionless on the canvas. Cena exited the ring, gloating to the crowd, as the cameras focused on what was happening in the ring.
John Cena pinned Rami Sebei with the F-U in 9:54. (3.75) Rami Sebei suffered a neck injury and will miss four (4) weeks.
Riley would eventually fight his way out of the corner, making a much-needed tag to Punk who came in and dumped Magnus out of the ring. Terry entered and the two began to go back and forth. Magnus slid back into the ring and attacked Punk from behind. Making the official tag, Terry kept control over Punk. Terry would pick up a near-fall after hitting Punk with a powerslam. After more double-teaming, Punk – slowed by the abuse – got some separation and made the tag to Riley (getting a cheer from the crowd).
Riley would dropkick Terry out of the ring and knock Magnus off the apron. Occupied with Terry in front of him, Riley did not see Magnus sneak to the other side of the ring, pulling a lifeless Punk off the apron and sending him into the ring post. Magnus would hit a vicious chair-shot on the Champion taking him out. Inside the ring, Terry and Riley struggled for control. Terry reversed a whip into the ropes, and Magnus would grab Riley’s ankle, tripping him up just enough to allow Terry to grab Riley from behind, locking his arms behind him. Magnus would tag himself in, and wielding a semi-dented chair, enter the ring. Magnus raised the chair to hit Riley, but Riley struggled free just in time, as Magnus cracked the chair over Terry’s head! Caught in shock, Riley rolled up Magnus as the referee counted the 1-2-3!
Alex Riley & CM Punk defeated Brutus Magnus & Rob Terry by pinfall in 21:15. (2.75)
After the match, Riley stood victorious in the ring, looking down at Punk, sprawled out on the concrete floor. These two will meet for the Heavyweight Title in six days, at Unbreakable!
HWL Unbreakable PPV – 08/11/13 – Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO) Announcers: Josh Daniels & Scott Michaels Attendance: 17,712 / 19,252 (92%)
“This Means War” plays inside the arena as Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Kansas City. They announce the eight matches that will be taking place tonight before sending things directly to the ringside area.
1). Chris Hero vs. Rob Terry [X-Division Title Tournament Semifinal] – Tonight, the crowd in Kansas City would see the crowning of a new number-one contender for the X-Division Title, with the winner getting a title match against Kevin Steen tomorrow night on Anarchy. Hero and Terry would get the chance to see who would advance to the finals first, and the opportunity to scout their opponent later in the evening. Terry had a rough week after taking a chair-shot from his partner in Monday night’s main event. Hero used that to his advance in this match, landing a number of blows to Terry’s head. Terry was able to fight back, and although a little wobbly on his feet, managed to make this match close. In the end, a distraction by Shane Hagadorn at ringside caused Terry to fall victim to a spinning back elbow by Hero. Although the move did not knock down Terry, it allowed Hero to lock in the Hangman’s Clutch, in which Terry had no option by to submit.
[No-Countout-No-DQ Match]: Chris Hero made Rob Terry submit to the Hangman’s Clutch in 13:26 (2.50) [Shane Hagadorn interfered against Rob Terry.]
Interview: After the match, Steve Corino is seen watching the monitor backstage, when he is approached by Alisha Hicks. Hicks asks how he’s preparing for tonight, and Corino says that it’s a struggle knowing that he’ll have to wrestle at least twice tonight; and if he wrestles a third time, it will be against someone he has known forever. But he says the struggle he will go through tonight is what champions are made of.
Interview: In a pre-taped interview, Alex Riley tells Alisha Hicks that he feels amazing after finally getting the better of Brutus Magnus on Anarchy. He says that it’s too bad Punk had to take a chair-shot along the way, but that’s the price you pay for being on the winning team. Riley walks away smiling.
Segment: Backstage, Kaitlyn is seen standing alone, looking into the camera. She says it’s funny that Brie Bella came out, running her mouth, last week because she was the one picking the stipulation to tonight’s match. But there’s no denying that Brie is scared of Kaitlyn, and Brie has been running from her for weeks. Tonight, Kaitlyn says it never really mattered what stipulation would be, but it’s so much better knowing it’s a Strap Match. She warns Brie that the Women’s Champion has nowhere to hide tonight.
2). Steve Corino (w/Shane Hagadorn) vs. Carnage [X-Division Title Tournament] – Shane Hagadorn brought his second charge to the ring tonight as Corino, who is already one-half of the Tag Team Champions, looked to get a step closer to singles gold. Carnage has turned things around since having his partner depart the company, getting more cheers than boos during his matches. The destructive side he showed as part of the Oberhausen Terror Corp still exists, as he tried to inflict as much damage as he could to Corino in this match. Hagadorn would routinely interfere in this match, as his is M.O., but that all came to an end as BOBBY ROODE and HERNANDEZ appeared at ringside, stalking Hagadorn. Corino came to his manager’s aide, but before a confrontation could happen, the referee broke things up, and sent the Tag Team Champions to the back. Carnage was set to grab Corino to continue the match, but Hagadorn attacked hit a low blow outside the ring. Corino took advantage, rolling Carnage back into the ring before hitting a vicious kick to the side of Carnage’s head. Carnage slumped onto the canvas as Corino made the pinfall to advance.
[No-Countout-No-DQ Match]: Steve Corino pinned Carnage after a kick to the head in 10:05. (4.25) [Shane Hagadorn interfered against Carnage.]
Interview: Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with AJ Styles and Samoa Joe, who made their debuts on Monday’s episode of Anarchy. Hicks welcomes Styles back, and asks why he returned with Joe. Styles says that he needed some time away, even just a little, to clear his mind. Styles says that his return alongside Joe is nothing personal towards Kofi Kingston; they had a great run. He says he trusts Joe to the ends of the earth and back and it’s time to start raising hell all over again.
Joe looks at Alisha and says he’s going to ignore the disrespect that just left her mouth. He then says that he’s not happy with the way things started off last Monday night, and he wants to rectify things. Joe then issues a challenge to Bobby Roode – champion or not – to a singles match tomorrow night in St. Louis.
Segment: X-Division Champion Kevin Steen is seen packing back and forth somewhere inside the arena. Steen has the biggest target on his back of anyone in the HWL, no matter how many people try to say otherwise. For months, there have been men lining up, foaming at the mouth to take the title away and knock Steen down a peg. But it hasn’t happened, yet. Steen and the world will find out very soon who he faces tomorrow night with the title on the line. He wishes both Chris Hero and Steve Corino good luck before walking away.
After the match, Brie slumped down in the corner as the referee untied her wrist and handed her the title belt. Brie rolled out of the ring, refusing to acknowledge Kaitlyn as she made he way backstage.
[Strap Match for the HWL Women’s Title]: Brie Bella defeated Kaitlyn in 8:12. (0.75) (Brie Bela retained the HWL Women’s Title.)
An advertisement for the next HWL pay-per-view event, Hostile Takeover is shown with “In It To Win It” by Saliva playing in the background. Hostile Takeover will be held from Sunrise, Florida on September 8th!
[Non-Title Match] : Cody Rhodes defeated Kevin Steen via pinfall in 21:51. (3.75)
Segment: HWL Heavyweight Champion CM Punk is seen entering the arena, when he is confronted by Jay Briscoe. Briscoe tells Punk that he’s lucky they didn’t face each other a couple weeks ago on Anarchy because Briscoe would have embarrassed him inside the ring. Punk nods and says Briscoe can run his mouth all he wants and he could have beaten Punk, but for whatever reason, Briscoe wasn’t in the arena. Punk then says he heard that Briscoe was going to have a match tonight and looked forward to watching it before he went out and defended the Heavyweight Title. Punk walked away smirking.
[Strap Match for the HWL Tag Team Titles]: Jesse Neal & Steve Corino defeated Bobby Roode & Hernandez in 18:49. (3.75) (Jesse Neal & Steve Corino retained the HWL Tag Team Titles.)
Interview: Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Chris Hero, one-half of the X-Division Title tournament finale. She says that since Hero came out to the ring with Shane Hagadon earlier tonight – and because Hagadorn also managers his opponent, Steve Corino – how he felt about the dynamic of the match. Hero said that he had know both of those men for many, many years. Things are going to happen if they’re meant to be. Hero said that the only thing he could be sure of was that Kevin Steen did have a target on his back, and that Monday night Hero would be the one to hits a bullseye.
6). Jay Briscoe vs. Mystery Opponent – Briscoe would not find out who is opponent was until the match started, and questions abounded as to who it could be. The crowd cheered as Austin Aries was announced. The former PCW Heavyweight Champion took advantage of Briscoe’s shock and started the match on offense. With the rules being lax for this event, it did not take long for Briscoe to make things to the ringside area, where he tossed Aries into the guardrail, pushing it back into the crowd. Briscoe sent Aries back into the ring and connected with a J-Driller, but shockingly Aries was able to kick out. Briscoe got into referee Darryl Sharma’s face, arguing about the count, only to have Aries roll Briscoe for the victory!
After the match, Briscoe quickly got back to his feet and attacked Aries, landing a number of punches while keeping Aries on the canvas. HWL officials rushed down to the ring, pulling Briscoe off of Aries, as the crowd booed. Briscoe exited the ring, shouting expletives.
[No-DQ, No-Countout Match]: Austin Aries defeated Jay Briscoe by pinfall in 11:29. (2.75)
Interview: Backstage, a distraught Robert Roode and Hernandez are stopped by Alisha Hicks, who informs Roode of the challenge issued by Samoa Joe earlier tonight. Roode shakes his head and looks into the camera. He says that he understands that Joe wants to come into the HWL and start pushing his weight around because of what he’s been able to accomplish in the past. Roode says he’s never been afraid of Joe, and would be more than happy to embarrass him tomorrow night on Anarchy. He tells Alisha to leave before something bad happens.
Segment: Alex Riley confronts Heavyweight Champion CM Punk in the champion’s locker room. Riley checks on Punk’s head after the chair shot he received Monday night. Punk promises Riley that he’s fine and congratulates Riley on picking up the win in their tag match. Punk says Riley has a lot of potential in the wrestling business, but that it won’t come at Punk’s expense. A stare-down follows before Punk grabs his title belt and leaves the room.
7). Chris Hero vs. Steve Corino (X-Division Title Tournament Finale) – With Shane Hagadorn sitting on the stage, as to not show favorites in this match-up, Hero and Corino squared off with the chance to face Kevin Steen for the X-Division Title tomorrow night. This match caused a lot of destruction at ringside, as Corino collapsed the announce table by suplex-ing Hero through it! A portion of the mat, covering the concrete floor was removed before Hero powerslammed Corino onto it with a sickening thud! A brawl broke out in the middle of the match, with both men busting each other open with closed fists. Sensing a title shot in his future, Corino set up to steel chairs in the center of the ring, with a ladder laying across them. Hero, recovering on the outside of the ring while Corino set this up, blindsided Corino and pushed him into the corner. After landing a number of shots to Corino’s head, Hero hit the Hero’s Welcome onto the ladder, bending it, before pinning Corino for the 1-2-3!
[X-Division Title Tournament – Finale]: Chris Hero pinned Steve Corino with the Hero’s Welcome in 16:06. (3.50)
Segment: In a pre-taped interview, Rami Sebei – with his left shoulder wrapped in tape – says that he injured his collarbone, or rather John Cena injured his collarbone during their match, and Sebei will be out of action for a little while. Sebei promises that, when he returns, he’s coming after Cena.
Monday Night Anarchy – 08/12/2013 – Scottrade Center – St, Louis, MO Announcers: Josh Daniels & Scott Michaels Attendance: 18,193 / 19,150 (95%)
A video package is shown, highlighting the events that took place last night at Unbreakable.
The Monday Night Anarchy opening is shown as Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome the at-home audience to St. Louis, where a sold-out crowd awaits the aftermath of what took place in Kansas City.
HWL X-Division Champion, Kevin Steen comes out to the ring to chants of “You got beat!” and calls the crowd a bunch of Midwestern assholes. Steen says that Cody Rhodes got lucky last night but wouldn’t be that fortunate the next time they face each other. Steen says he’ll worry about Rhodes when he finishes with his business with Chris Hero tonight. Steen says he should congratulate Hero for winning the tournament but wonders how much of that was Hero’s ability or rather how much shock Steve Corino was in for having to wrestle three times in one night only to see his manager come out with Hero earlier in the night. Steen says he’s been champion for nearly a year and there hasn’t been a single person to come close to taking away the title. He warns Shane Hagadorn that, if he tries to interfere in tonight’s match, Steen wouldn’t have a problem putting his ass through a table!
1). Jack Swagger vs. Daniel Bryan – Tonight saw the debut of former-PCW mainstay Daniel Bryan on the main roster. The crowd in St. Louis welcomed Bryan with cheers, but Jack Swagger was less welcoming, using his size advantage to take control of the match early on, picking up two near-falls. Bryan fought back, turning his attention on keeping Swagger off his vertical base, which allowed Bryan to use his mat-wrestling skills to regain control of the match. Bryan would eventually lock in the LeBell Lock and force Swagger to submit.
After the match, Bryan left the ring, celebrating his victory and giving high-fives to the crowd members near the aisleway.
Daniel Bryan made Jack Swagger submit to the LeBell Lock in 5:34. (2.50)
A recap of the Women’s Title Match from Unbreakable is shown.
Backstage, Alisha Hicks interviews Women’s Champion Brie Bella, who says that after last night, she can finally – and confidently – move on from the “flea bag” that is Kaitlyn. Bella says that Kaitlyn can take her spot at the bottom of the ladder and let another challenger have a chance. She sarcastically says that the Women’s Division has a lot of good talent, but none of them are as good as her. Bella tells Alisha that she awaits to see who the next bitch to step up will be.
An advertisement for Hostile Takeover is shown with “In It To Win It” by Saliva playing in the background. Hostile Takeover will be held LIVE from Sunrise, Florida on September 8th
Daniels and Michaels announce that, coming up next, ODB will take on Beth Phoenix in singles action!
In the backstage area, Steve Corino walks into The Independents’ locker room, and confronts Shane Hagadorn, asking whether he is going to be in Chris Hero’s corner or not. Hagadorn tells Corino that he was doing the honorable thing last night and not playing sides. He asks why Corino seems so uneasy about things, when he and Jesse Neal retained their Tag Team Titles last night. Hagadorn pleads with Corino to relax and not worry about Hero.
2). ODB vs. Beth Phoenix – After successfully defending the HWL Women’s Title last night, it was clear that Brie Bella would be looking for new competition in the near future. Tonight, ODB was looking to once again add her name into the conversation of potential challengers as was former PCW Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix. Both women came into this match with .500 records on the season. A win would propel either one up the division where Eve Torres currently sits. ODB had control of this match from the start, but “The Glamazon” would come back towards the end. A double clothesline would knock both women down, but being the fresher of the two, ODB recovered and hit a powerslam on Phoenix, getting a three-count from the referee.
After the match, Phoenix argued with the official, claiming that the count was fast and the match should continue. With the referee not willing to change his decision, Phoenix got to her feet and attacked ODB from behind! Before ODB could retaliate, Phoenix exited the ring and made her way up the aisleway, upset about the result.
ODB pinned Beth Phoenix after a powerslam in 5:17. (2.25)
Daniels and Michaels announce that, later tonight on the program, Samoa Joe and Robert Roode will face off one-on-one after their confrontation last week!
3). Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon vs. The Motor City Machine Guns – The Machine Guns were back in action tonight after taking a loss in their last match-up, looking to get above the .500 mark on the year. Cabana and Colon stood in their way, hoping that some double-team antics behind the referee’s back would lead to their victory. Shelley and Sabin were able to withstand those tactics, with Shelley hitting the “Sliced Bread #2” for the victory.
After the match, The Guns celebrated their victory inside the ring.
Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen congratulating Austin Aries – in street clothes - on his victory last night at Unbreakable. Aries said that it was great to come in and get that kind of response from the HWL crowd, especially after the success he had in PCW. Before he could continue, JAY BRISCOE attacked Aries from behind, prompting a brawl, which quickly ended as Briscoe Aries’ head into the cement wall! Briscoe walked away as HWL officials came to Aries’ aid.
Daniels and Michaels announce that HWL Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk will be LIVE… next!
“Cult of Personality” played as CM Punk made his way to the ring, carrying the HWL Heavyweight Title over his shoulder. Inside the ring, Punk let the cheers die down before telling the crowd that he had been through some brutal fights in this business, and last night’s Street Fight would be put in his Top Ten. Punk said that Alex Riley did what he thought he needed to in order to win the biggest prize in the wrestling business by choosing the stipulation where there were no rules. Punk gave credit to Riley for using that mindset but reminded everyone that he was “The Best in the World”. Punk said he’s got some time to rest and heal up, but the question would always be in the back of his mind of ‘What’s next?’ What’s next for CM Punk and the Heavyweight Title?
HWL Owner Peter Bradshaw appeared on-stage, with a microphone, and said that he could very easily answer Punk’s question. He said that after Punk’s victory over Alex Riley last night, a whole new world of opportunity opened up for those in contention for the Heavyweight Title. Bradshaw said that there are two men chomping at the bit to get their hands on Punk, and he thought it was only fair that they get the chance to prove who wanted a shot more. So, Bradshaw announced that next week, CODY RHODES and JOHN CENA would compete in a Number One Contenders’ match to determine Punk’s challenger at the Hostile Takeover event. Punk stared at Bradshaw, smirking…
A recap of the confrontation between AJ Styles/Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode/Hernandez is shown.
4). Bobby Roode vs. Samoa Joe – Last week, these two men battled and fought their way to the backstage area while their parents squared off in the ring. Last night at Unbreakable, Samoa Joe challenged Roode to this match in the hopes of getting some vengeance for his partner. Roode gave Joe all he had, but Joe continued that lineage of Samoan wrestlers who could take a lot of punishment while dishing it out as well. Joe locked in the Coquina Clutch and Roode was unable to answer the referee’s call, therefore ending the match.
After the match, HERNANDEZ ran down to the ring, attacking Joe from behind! He was able to land a number of punches before AJ STYLES ran down, coming to the aid of his partner. Hernandez pulled Roode out of the ring and the two walked up the aisleway as Styles checked on Joe in the ring.
Samoa Joe defeated Bobby Roode when Roode passed out in the Coquina Clutch in 7:46. (3.50)
Backstage, Alisha Hicks was seen with Chris Hero and Shane Hagadorn. Hagadorn talked about how he didn’t want there to be any issues between Hero and Steve Corino after what took place last night at Unbreakable. Hero questioned what Hagadorn’s rationale was for wanting to come to the ring with him during the tournament in the first place. Hagadorn said that he was just trying to support and old friend as well as the group he had surrounded himself with. But to make sure everything was on the up-and-up, Hagadorn would stay in the back because he was confident that Hero would become a champion tonight.
An advertisement for Hostile Takeover is shown with “In It to Win It” by Saliva playing in the background. Hostile Takeover will be held LIVE from Sunrise, Florida on September 8th.
A recap of Peter Bradshaw’s announcement of the Number One Contenders’ Match between Cody Rhodes and John Cena was shown.
5). Carnage vs. The Great Khali – Carnage had a big test in front of him tonight, taking on the Punjabi Giant, who was coming off a win last week. Carnage came up short in his bid to win the X-Division Title Tournament last night at Unbreakable, so he was hoping to get a much-needed victory. He tried to rush Khali but was quickly stopped by a massive double axe-handle smash to his back. Khali took control after that, picking up a near-fall before locking in a bearhug. Carnage fought through, grabbing the ropes, forcing Khali to break the hold. With what energy he had left, Carnage hit a crossbody block that send him and Khali crashing down to the concrete floor! Khali, slow to get up, became a target to a number of high knees and shots to the head. Carnage placed Khali in the Ankle Lock on the concrete floor as the referee began his 10-count. After dealing damage to Khali’s ankle, Carnage rolled back into the ring at the count of eight and waiting until the referee finished, calling for the count-out.
After the match, Carnage celebrated his victory and left the ring, making his way back up the aisle as Khali used the guardrail to get back to his feet.
Carnage defeated The Great Khali by count-out in 10:09. (-1.00)
Daniels and Michaels recap the finals of the X-Division Title Tournament from last night before announcing that Chris Hero will take on Kevin Steen – for the title – NEXT!
Monday Night Anarchy – 08/19/13 – Target Center (Minneapolis, MN) Commentators: Josh Daniels & Scott Michaels Attendance: 15,978
A recap video of Peter Bradshaw announcing a Number One Contenders’ Match for the Heavyweight Title is shown.
“Hail to the King” by Avenged Sevenfold plays as the Anarchy intro video is shown. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Minneapolis where a sold out crowd is on hand to see who will be crowned the next challenger for CM Punk.
John Cena’s music plays as he makes his way to the ring, dressed in street clothes. Grabbing a microphone, Cena says Bradshaw’s announcement last week was like sweet classic rap to his ears. (crowd boos) He says that it has been a long time coming since he and CM Punk have stepped foot inside a ring together. And when they had their last match, it was Cena who walked away victorious, holding the Heavyweight Title. When, not if, Cena wins, he says that the same result will happen at Hostile Takeover and there wasn’t a damn thing Punk or the fans in Minneapolis could do about it.
Cody Rhodes’ music interrupts Cena as he walks down the ramp and enters the ring, joining Cena in the center. He says that the fans in Minneapolis might not be able to do anything about Cena becoming number one contender, but Rhodes certainly can! Rhodes says that his story has been well documented since he lost the Heavyweight Title back in 2011, and he’s gone through Hell and back to be standing here tonight. Cena might not care what the fans think about him but Rhodes would not be in this position if it wasn’t for the fans cheering him on during the roughest time of his life. There might not be a real way to ever thank them for that support, but beating Cena and going into Hostile Takeover to win the Heavyweight Title is one hell of a way to start!
“Cult of Personality” plays as CM Punk makes his way to the ring, wearing the HWL Heavyweight Title around his waist. Punk says that he has known, since winning the title again in June, that he was always going to have a target on his back. He acknowledges that the past that he and Cena have had in recent memory, as well as the fact that Rhodes is a two-time champion. He says that both men have a reasonable claim to being number one contender, and he will be at ringside to see who wants it more, later tonight. Punk leaves the ring as the show goes to commercials.
Kazarian vs. Mike Sydal The announcers made the point throughout the match that time was running out for Mike Sydal to cash in the “Golden Opportunity” contract, as it was due to expire at the end of next month. Tonight, with the briefcase in-hand, Sydal came to the ring and looked determine to get things on track before cashing his Heavyweight Title shot in. Kazarian is definitely no slouch inside the ring, and the crowd was treated to a back-and-forth matchup, but Sydal was able to put things away after hitting an Explosion Moonsault for the victory.
Mike Sydal pinned Kazarian with the Explosion Moonsault in 7:29. Rating: 3.25
After the match, ODB grabs Alisha Hicks, telling Hicks that she has announcement to make. Staring into the camera, ODB calls out Beth Phoenix for her actions after their match last week. She calls Beth a sore loser. ODB says she won their match fair and Beth crossed a line by attacking her. So, ODB asked Peter Bradshaw for another match with Beth, so she could beat some respect into Beth. ODB announces that Bradshaw signed that match, and it’s next.
CM Punk is see walking through the backstage area when he is approached by Alisha Hicks, who asks if he has any preference of who he’d rather face at Hostile Takeover. Punk tells Alisha that both John Cena and Cody Rhodes have every right to want at shot at the Heavyweight Title. He says he’s learned along the way that he can’t worry about the “unknown” and that the outcome of tonight’s match is exactly that. Punk says that he – just like everyone else – will cross that bridge when he comes to it. But, no matter who that person is, it will not change that fact that Punk is “The Best in the World”.
ODB vs. Beth Phoenix ODB was seen standing in the ring, drinking from her flask, awaiting the arrival of Beth Phoenix. When Phoenix’s music hit, she appeared on-stage in street clothes with a microphone in-hand. Phoenix said that she was unaware that she would be wrestling tonight, and that ODB was simply trying to get the upper hand on her because ODB isn’t willing to her again. ODB demands a microphone and says that Beth went from being a former Women’s Champion to being a bitch. Enraged, Phoenix dropped the microphone and ran into the ring, where the referee started the match.
ODB and Beth brawled all over the ring and tried hitting every devastating move they could to get the better of the other. ODB was finally able to wear Beth down with a number of submission holds toward the later part of the match, culminating with a bearhug that Beth struggled to escape. After finally reaching the ropes, it was evident that the damage had been done, and ODB connected with a TKO for the one-two-three.
ODB pinned Beth Phoenix after the TKO in 5:15. Rating: 3.00
Backstage, Alex Riley confronts Brutus Magnus, calling him a coward. Riley says that Magnus only feels courageous enough to attack Riley when “Big Rob” is there to back him up. Riley tells Magnus that, if he’s a real man, he’d tell “Big Rob” to stay in the back tonight, and face Riley one-on-one. Magnus, smirking, says that Riley has a lot of balls calling him out like this, and accepts the match. Magnus says that he’s going to embarrass Riley and then he’s going to give the scraps to “Big Rob”.
An advertisement for Hostile Takeover is shown with “In It to Win It” by Saliva playing in the background. Hostile Takeover will be held LIVE from Sunrise, Florida on September 8th.
[Non-Title Match]: Jesse Neal & Steve Corino defeated Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder by pinfall in 8:49. Rating: 1.75. [Shane Hagadorn interfered against Zack Ryder.]
Kevin Steen’s music plays as the former X-Division Champion makes his way out to the ring. Steen says that, heading into last week, he was the longest-reigning champion to ever grace the inside of an HWL ring. Steen admits that the rules are against the champion in no-DQ matches, but he says that Chris Hero and his rag-tag group of misfits crossed a line. Steen remembers when he and Hero shared the ring in the past, and in doing so, agreed to abide by simple rules; and every member of his little club knows exactly what those rules are. But, seeing as how they are not in that company anymore, it’s apparent those rules don’t mean anything anymore. Steen says that’s fine because he is out here tonight to invoke his rematch clause and challenge Chris Hero for the title that was stolen from Steen.
This brings out the new X-Division Champion, Chris Hero, and the rest of the Independents group, led by Shane Hagadorn. Hero and the group enter the ring, with Hero standing face to face with Steen as the rest of the group surrounds him in a semi-circle. Hero says that Steen is doing a disservice to all these people, claiming to be a martyr for the rules. He says that Steen cannot stand here, with a straight face, knowing that all the garbage he just spewed out was nothing but lies. But it’s OK; Steen can say and think whatever he wants. The fact is: Hero is now in the position of power. And if Steen wants to invoke his rematch clause, there are some stipulations that must be adhered to. Hero says that getting him back into the ring isn’t going to be so easy for Steen, but if the X-Division Title means that much to him, he will have to go through the other members of the Independents to get it. Starting next week, if Steen is able to defeat everyone leading up to Hostile Takeover, he will get his coveted rematch. If not, they Steen can kiss his title shot goodbye. Hero and the rest of the group leave the ring, leaving Steen standing in the ring to fume.
A graphic is shown as it is announced that AJ Styles will take on Hernandez later tonight!
Brutus Magnus vs. Alex Riley Tonight was the culmination of an on-going feud between Magnus and Riley that has stretched on for weeks. Magnus picked up the first victory in a singles match to start things off. Riley was able to even the score, pinning Magnus for the fall during a tag team match. Either way, one man was leaving with the victory tonight, and from the beginning it looked like that man would be Magnus. Every time Riley would try to sustain some offense, Magnus was able to turn the tide. Magnus managed to pick up a number of near-falls throughout the match, until Riley body-slammed him onto the ring apron. Magnus held his back in pain on the concrete floor which allowed Riley to regain his composure and exit the ring. On the outside, Riley hit a sickening DDT onto the concrete floor, essentially putting an end to the match. He rolled Magnus into the ring and covered him for the 1-2-3.
After the match, as Riley was celebrating his victory, ROB TERRY came down to ringside and viciously attacked him. Terry assaulted Riley inside the ring until HWL officials rushed down and separated the two men. Terry left the ring to a chorus of boos.
Alex Riley defeated Brutus Magnus via pinfall in 8:50. Rating: 2.00
It is announced that, due to the stipulation put in place by X-Division Champion Chris Hero, Kevin Steen will face Jesse Neal next week on Anarchy!
An advertisement for Hostile Takeover is shown with “In It to Win It” by Saliva playing in the background. Hostile Takeover will be held LIVE from Sunrise, Florida on September 8th.
Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Eve Torres, who says that she has made a lot of changes since returning from the time off she had to take. She says that those changes have – for the most part – been very positive, and she wanting to ride that wave of positivity to the Women’s Title. Torres then issues a challenge to Brie Bella for a title match at Hostile Takeover.
Hernandez vs. AJ Styles There doesn’t seem to be any stopping this feud that started the night after Unbreakable. Last week, Samoa Joe was able to get some payback by picking up the victory over Bobby Roode, but the question remained: would AJ Styles be able to do the same? This match started out as a brawl and didn’t pretend to be anything else. Things quickly went to the ringside area where referee Rich Swift had a difficult time getting a handle the situation. The match quickly escalated into a near riot as both Roode and Joe made their ways to ringside. With all four men brawling outside the ring, the referee had no other choice but to call the match and disqualify both men!
After the match, HWL officials rushed to the scene and tried to break up the melee taking place. After a few minutes struggling, everyone was brought into a neutral corner as the show went to commercials.
Hernandez and AJ Styles battled to a double DQ in 9:18. Rating: 2.00
A video is shown recapping Peter Bradshaw’s announcement of the Number One Contender’s main event.
Number One Contender’s Match Cody Rhodes vs. John Cena At the beginning of the show, it was announced that these two men would battle it out for the chance to challenge CM Punk for the Heavyweight Title at Hostile Takeover. If the stakes were already high, they were made higher by the fact that Punk was ringside, watching from the announcers’ desk. Punk watched first-hand as Rhodes and Cena tried to out-do each other in the hopes of dethroning him, but after 13-and-a-half minutes, both men found themselves battling in the ringside area and not paying attention to the referee’s 10-count. After tossing Rhodes to the ground, Cena stepped up and got into Punk’s face, causing the two to stare shouting back and forth. This led to Rhodes getting to his feet and whipping Cena into the ring steps as the referee reached 10 and called for the bell.
Rhodes looked into the ring with shock as the match was announced a double count-out and that there would be no winner. With Rhodes looking on, Punk stood atop the announcers’ desk and held the Heavyweight Title in the air as the crowd cheered. Rhodes and Punk stared each other down as the show went off the air.
[Number One Contender Match]: Cody Rhodes and John Cena battled to a double count-out in 14:04. Rating: 2.50
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Monday Night Anarchy – 08/26/13 – Jobing.com Arena (Glendale, AZ) Announcers: Josh Daniels & Scott Michaels Attendance: 9,882 (54%)
Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome the at-home audience to Glendale, just 13 days away from Hostile Takeover. Last week, John Cena and Cody Rhodes wound up drawing each other in their bid to become number one contender for the Heavyweight Title. So, questions abound as to what Peter Bradshaw will do to solve the issue heading into the pay-per-view. Also tonight, Kevin Steen will begin his path back to the X-Division Title, as he faces Jesse Neal in singles action.
AJ Styles’ music plays as he and Samoa Joe make their way to the ring. Styles says that the issue between them and Bobby Roode and Hernandez has reached a point where there’s no more time for talking; that the only way to settle things is to get into the ring and fight. Joe grabs the microphone and says that they would love to get their hands on Roode and Hernandez tonight, but that it won’t go down like that. He challenges Roode and Hernandez to a match at Hostile Takeover.
Before they can leave the ring, Peter Bradshaw walks onto the stage with a microphone. Bradshaw says that the match Styles and Joe are requesting has been signed and will take place at Hostile Takeover. He also notes that Styles and Joe are looking for a fight tonight and that this will give him a solution to two problems. Bradshaw mentions the draw between John Cena and Cody Rhodes last week before saying that there still must be a clear challenger to face CM Punk at Hostile Takeover. To find out who that clear winner will be, Bradshaw has signed two matches for tonight: AJ Styles vs. John Cena and Cody Rhodes vs. Samoa Joe. If either Cena or Rhodes win their respective match, they will be named the number-one contender. Bradshaw leaves the stage as the show goes to commercials.
Returning from the break, Alisha Hicks asks MIKE SYDAL – the Golden Opportunity holder – about his plans surrounding the briefcase as the time nears for the contract to expire. Sydal, dressed like an mid-90s rock star, pulls his glasses and says that he definitely has a plan, but that it would be quite dumb of him to reveal it here and now. He knows when the contract expires and will make his plan known at the right time. Sydal walks away as the camera goes back to the ring.
Brutus Magnus vs. Daniel Bryan Daniel Bryan was back in the ring after his impressive debut victory two weeks ago. The former PCW Heavyweight Champion was looking to continue his winning streak against Brutus Magnus. Magnus was coming into this match with a chip on his shoulder after losing to Alex Riley to finish off their feud. The match was evenly fought as both men came in with something to prove. Unable to get the better of Bryan, Magnus resorted to grabbing a steel chair and bringing it into the ring. The referee tried to get Magnus to relinquish the chair but had to duck as Magnus took a swing at Bryan. Bryan ducked the chair as well, running into the ropes and dropkicking the chair into Magnus’ face. Bryan made the cover for the victory.
After the match, Bryan rolled out of the ring as he was announced the winner. Inside the ring, the referee checked on Magnus.
Daniel Bryan pinned Brutus Magnus after a dropkick into a chair in 8:03. Rating: 2.25
AJ Styles vs. John Cena Due to the announcement made by Peter Bradshaw at the start of the show, this match and tonight’s main event were going to play a significant part in the main event at Hostile Takeover. John Cena needed a victory tonight to have a fighter’s chance at being named a participant in the Heavyweight Title Match, and AJ Styles would have loved nothing more than to be the one to end Cena’s hopes. These two have had their battles over the title at the end of last year. Cena pulled out all the tricks trying to get the upper hand on Styles but could not pin him to the canvas. Styles was able to fight back towards the end of the match but was interrupted by the sight of BOBBY ROODE and HERNANDEZ making their way down the aisleway. Distracted, Cena was able to dump Styles outside the ring before turning and getting into an argument with the referee. With his back turned, the referee did not see the attack that Roode and Hernandez placed on Styles, leaving him motionless outside the ring. The referee eventually pushed Cena aside and counted Styles out, awarding Cena the victory.
After the match, Cena exits the ring giving Styles the “You can’t see me” hand gesture before walking up the aisleway to a roar of boos from the crowd.
John Cena defeated AJ Styles by count-out in 7:20. Rating: 2.25 [Bobby Roode and Hernandez interfered against AJ Styles.]
Backstage, Alisha Hicks catches up with Beth Phoenix as she leaves Peter Bradshaw’s office. Alisha asks if Beth can share any updates on her meeting with the owner, and Beth reveals that she has signed a new contract with the HWL. Included in that deal is one final match with ODB at Hostile Takeover… a No Disqualification Match. Looking into the camera, Beth promises to give back everything ODB has done to her and more.
An advertisement for Hostile Takeover is shown. The event will take place on September 8th, live from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida!
Leva Bates vs. Eve Torres After announcing that she was challenging Brie Bella for the Women’s Title at Hostile Takeover, Eve Torres was in action against former champion Leva Bates. Bates, who has been struggling to pick up victories as of late, fought hard in this match, even picking up a near-fall. However, Torres regained control and did not lot until hitting [insert] for the victory.
Eve Torres pinned Leva Bates after a Handspring Backspring Moonsault in 12:51. Rating: 1.25
After the match, a camera shows Heavyweight Champion CM Punk entering the arena. He is approached by Alisha Hicks who informs Punk of the stipulation put into place by Peter Bradshaw at the start of the show. Punk nods his head, saying nothing, and starts to walk to his locker room as the show goes to commercials.
Returning from the break, Kevin Steen’s music plays as he walks with a purpose down to the ring. Grabbing a microphone, Steen calls out Peter Bradshaw who joins him in the ring after a moment. Steen tells Bradshaw that it seems a little one-sided that Chris Hero can just barge out here last week with a list of demands that Steen must follow in order to get his rematch, but there’s no consequences for Hero along the way. Steen says he wants the world to hear his counteroffer and that’s why he asked Bradshaw to join him.
Before Steen can speak, Shane Hagadorn and The Independents make their way to the ring, getting booed by the crowd. Hagadorn says that he and Hero would like to hear what Steen’s counteroffer is in person rather than watching on a monitor in the back. Steen says that his offer is simple and to the point: if he has to run through Hero’s cronies to get a shot at the title he made famous, then if anyone from their little group interferes in any of Steen’s matches, the deal is off and Steen is guaranteed his title shot. Steen says he has already agreed and knows he has his back against the wall, so he’s asking Bradshaw to consider his offer and make a decision.
Bradshaw gives his decision a couple tense moments of thought before agreeing with Steen, saying that in the interest of fairness – and the integrity of the Title – that any interference would void the agreement between Steen and Hero. Bradshaw says he will go a step further, saying that anyone who interferes in these matches will be fired immediately. Steen smiles, leaving the ring, as Hagadorn’s crew lose their mind at the announcement. The camera focuses on Steen walking up the aisleway as the show goes to commercials.
Jay Briscoe vs. Austin Aries After taking advantage of Briscoe’s lack of preparedness and picking up a victory at Unbreakable to start off his time on the main roster, Austin Aries found himself standing across the ring from Briscoe tonight. Having felt slighted for not knowing who his opponent would be, Briscoe demanded a rematch against Aries that was finally able to take place a couple weeks later. Briscoe jumped out to an early advantage due to his eagerness to fight Aries. But that excitement wound up costing Briscoe as Aries was able to capitalize on a mistake and hit the Brain Buster for the victory. After the match, Aries left the ring gloating as the scene cuts backstage.
Austin Aries pinned Jay Briscoe with the Brain Buster in 7:03. Rating: 1.75
Backstage, Alisha Hicks officially welcomes Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder to the Horizon Wrestling League. She mentions that last week was the first time they had teamed up in quite a while and asks how it feels to be a team once again. Hawkins says that last week was a tough situation, getting back together to come out and eat a loss. But he thinks both have taken it as a learning experience to use to their advantage going forward. Ryder says that no one expected them to jump back into the swing of winning matches after so long but promises that the wins will come in time. Much like everyone else, Ryder says the only goal they have in mind is the HWL Tag Team Titles. There’s a long road ahead of them but this is just the beginning.
Returning from the break, Brutus Magnus and Rob Terry are seen standing backstage. Looking into the camera, Terry explains why he attacked Alex Riley last week. He says over the past few weeks of Riley and Magnus trying to settle their issues, Terry got very tired of hearing Riley’s voice. Simply seeing Riley annoyed Terry, he says, and he was just waiting for the right time to strike. Terry says that Riley may have gotten the win over Magnus, but now he has to worry about someone bigger and stronger and promises that the results will not be the same.
Jesse Neal vs. Kevin Steen In the first gauntlet match for Kevin Steen on his path to invoke his rematch clause for the X-Division Title, he stepped into the ring with one-half of the HWL Tag Team Champions, Jesse Neal. In the altered stipulation, any interference by an Independents member would result in Steen getting his title shot at Hostile Takeover. Steen took control early on, wanting to send a message to Neal and the rest of his cohorts. Neal fought back, picking up a near-fall late in the match. He looked poised for another one, but Steen blocked Crash Thunder Buster attempt. Steen hit a belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count before hitting a Package Piledriver for the victory.
After the match, Steen exited the ring matter-of-factly and walked up the aisleway without acknowledging the crowd.
Kevin Steen pinned Jesse Neal with the Package Piledriver in 8:08. Rating: 2.50
A recap video is shown, highlighting the announcement made by Peter Bradshaw at the start of the show. A second video shows the ending of the John Cena/AJ Styles match.
Samoa Joe vs. Cody Rhodes Tonight’s main event was Cody Rhodes’ final chance – at least for now – to earn a shot at the Heavyweight Title. Unfortunately for him, The Samoan Submission Machine stood in his way. Undeterred, Rhodes started the match on offense, but Joe was able to counter and take control of the match. Using his striking style, Joe connected with a series of punches and kicks to wear down Rhodes. Joe had two near-fall attempts after a powerslam and a tiger driver, but Rhodes kicked out of both. Joe focused on Rhodes’ arm for a time, before locking in an armbar submission. As Rhodes struggled to reach the ropes, BOBBY ROODE and HERNANDEZ came down to ringside. Joe got to his feet and started arguing with the two as Rhodes recovered. After the referee admonished Roode and Hernandez from ringside, Joe turned around and Rhodes caught him in the Cross Rhodes for the victory!
After the match, Rhodes held his left arm in pain as h was announced the winner. From the stage, Roode and Hernandez looked on as Joe lay motionless inside the ring.
Cody Rhodes pinned Samoa Joe with the Cross Rhodes in 10:12. Rating: 3.00
Monday Night Anarchy – 09/02/13 – Rimrock Auto Arena (Billings, MT) Announcers: Josh Daniels & Scott Michaels Attendance: 10,440 (87%)
A highlight video shows both John Cena and Cody Rhodes winning their respective matches on last week’s episode of Anarchy. The introduction video is played before Scott Michaels welcomes everyone to the final Anarchy before Hostile Takeover.
Josh Daniels is standing in the ring, and he introduces Peter Bradshaw who joins him for an interview. Bradshaw thanks Josh and says that due to the results of the matches that took place last week, he has made his decision as to what the main event at Hostile Takeover will be on Sunday night. Since both John Cena and Cody Rhodes won their required matches last week, Bradshaw announces that they will BOTH be challenging for the Heavyweight Title, making the main event a Triple Threat Match!
This brought out CM Punk, who grabbed a microphone before entering the ring. Punk wants to understand why Bradshaw is just accepting the fact that both Rhodes and Cena won their matches last night. There are still six days until Hostile Takeover, and Punk wants to know why there isn’t another opportunity for one of them to earn a shot. Punk says he has no problem defending the title against either of them but accuses Bradshaw of stacking the deck against him. Bradshaw then questions whether Punk can still call himself the Best in the World if he’s not willing to face the odds that Rhodes and Cena – not Bradshaw – have put in his way. Punk gets into Bradshaw’s face and swears that he is – and always will be – the Best in the World. He says that either Rhodes or Cena will have to kill him to win the Heavyweight Title on Sunday night.
Bradshaw, sensing that Punk is itching for a fight, says that Punk will be in tonight’s main event against AJ Styles. Bradshaw thanks Josh for his time, shaking his hand, and leaves the ring as Punk looks on, jaw clenching.
Kofi Kingston and Martin Maldonado battled to a double count-out in 11:41. Rating: 2.00
The opening match of the evening saw Kingston and Maldonado take things outside the ring where they would continue to brawl until the referee counted them both out. After the match, the brawling continued until the referee exited and was able to separate them.
A camera backstage showing Bobby Roode and Hernandez entering the arena surrounded by armed guards. The announcers wonder what they could be up to as the show goes to commercials.
Returning from the break, Roode and Hernandez are seen walking towards the locker room, still surrounded by security, when AJ Styles and Samoa Joe stop them. Joe gets into Roode’s face and says that if their bodyguards weren’t around, he wouldn’t wait until Sunday night to beat his ass. AJ thinks Roode and Hernandez are up to something, and because of that, he’s going to have Joe at ringside during the main event.
Also backstage, Alisha Hicks asks Cody Rhodes what his thoughts are about the Triple Threat announcement by Peter Bradshaw earlier. Rhodes says that gives John Cena credit, proving that he wants a title show just as much as Cody does. There’s no denying that the match is going to be a challenge, but Rhodes says that all three men are at the top of their game and the one who wants it most will walk out as champion on Sunday night.
Winter pinned Ayako Hamada with the Swinging Side Slam in 5:34. Rating: 3.50
Winter and Hamada put on a very good match that grabbed the fans attention. Just as it looked like Hamada was about to close out the match, Winter dodged a heel kick by sneaking behind the referee, who took the brunt of the attack! Winter grabbed a handful of Hamada’s hair, driving her head into the canvas multiple times before hitting the Swinging Side Slam to win the match. After the match, Winter left the ring, waving off boos from the fans at ringside.
Alisha Hicks and Eve Torres are seen backstage, but before Alisha can ask her question, Women’s Champion Brie Bella appears on-screen. She says she’s tired of hearing Eve talk about getting another chance to challenge for the Women’s Title at Hostile Takeover. It’s the same stuff over and over, and everyone says it. Brie says that Eve is nothing more than the next bitch in line to get beaten, another notch in Brie’s winning streak. Brie dares Eve to prove her wrong on Sunday before walking away.
Colt Cabana pinned Carnage after the Discus Punch in 7:07. Rating: 3.25
On the heels of it being announced that he would be challenging Chris Hero for the X-Division Title at Hostile Takeover, Carnage fell victim to some underhanded tactics by Cabana in this match. With the referee being distracted by Hero, who came down to ringside carrying the title belt, Cabana his a low-blow before hitting a closed right hand that knocked out Carnage. Afterwards, Cabana was able to make the easy pin-fall for the victory.
After the match, Alisha Hicks caught up with John Cena backstage, wanting to get his thoughts on Peter Bradshaw’s announcement of the Triple Threat Match for Hostile Takeover. Smiling, Cena said that he has to give credit to Cody Rhodes for not buckling under the pressure last week. Cena said that Rhodes had gone through a lot to get to this point, and that’s to be applauded. But that’s where the gratitude stops. Cena told Alisha that he’s not here to make friends – with the guys in the back or the people in the crowd; but that he’s here to win championships. And the current champion – CM Punk – proved tonight that he’s scared tonight. Punk never thought he’d have to face both Rhodes and Cena this Sunday night. Hell, Cena had hoped to get his one-on-one match with Punk after their Three Stages of Hell match a few months back. Cena said that Punk is scared because he doesn’t have to get pinned or tapped out to lose that title. Cena finished by saying he’d be damned if he watched either Rhodes or Punk leave with that title and not him.
The Independents are shown heading to the ring as Anarchy went to commercials.
Returning from the break, The Independents were standing in the ring. Front and center were Shane Hagadorn and the Tag Team Champions, Steve Corino and Jesse Neal. Hagadorn mentioned the ultimatum made by Kevin Steen last week and questioned why Peter Bradshaw was so quick to agree to Steen’s terms without consulting the men that made the deal. If that was how things were going to be done around here, Hagadorn said he was going to change things up a little bit, just to be fair. Knowing that Steen had his sights on his match with Corinio later tonight, Hagadorn wouldn’t reveal his changes until later; be he promised Steen that it would be quite memorable…
Before Hagadorn could continue, The Motor City Machine Guns – Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin – made their way to the ring with microphones in-hand. Sabin said that they didn’t have a lot of time to waste because they were scheduled to wrestle tonight, but they wanted to make something known when they had the chance. Shelley added that they understand it’s last-minute, but that shouldn’t bother the champions. He then challenged Corinio and Neal to defend the Tag Team Titles this Sunday night at Hostile Takeover against the Machine Guns!
Corino and Neal were fuming, biting at the chance to get their hands on Shelly and Sabin, but Hagadorn was able to hold them back. Hagadorn claimed that the champions were always open to challengers, but before they decided on an answer, they would want to see first-hand what the Machine Guns could do. The Independents left the ring, grabbed chairs and sat at ringside as Shelley and Sabin entered the ring.
An advertisement for Hostile Takeover was shown as Anarchy returned. The announcers went over the updated card, including the addition of the Triple Threat Match for the Heavyweight Title between Cody Rhodes, John Cena and champion CM Punk.
Backstage, Cody Rhodes was seen backstage with Alisha Hicks, who asked for a comment on the announcement made by Peter Bradshaw to start the show. Rhodes said that it wouldn’t be a common occurrence that he and John Cena see eye to eye because he felt the same way that Cena did. Both men had their chance to earn a title shot, and both men did. Rhodes said that he can understand Punk’s displeasure, but it only proved that both Rhodes and Cena were hungry to win the Heavyweight Title. Growing up in this business, Rhodes said that he had seen his father behind the proverbial “eight ball” many times. That would be where all three men would be this Sunday night because one of them would not be involved in the decision, being left to wonder “what if”. Rhodes promised Alisha that he would not be the one asking that question after Sunday night.
The Motor City Machine Gunes (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) defeated Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder by DQ in 2:27. Rating: 2.25 (Steve Corino & Jesse Neal interfered against Alex Shelley.)
With the Tag Team Champions sitting at ringside, wanting to get a look at what Shelley and Sabin could do in the ring before accepting or denying their challenger for the titles on Sunday, tension filled the arena floor. The champions wasted no time breaking that tension when they slid into the ring and attacked Shelley and Sabin just moments after the bell rang. After laying the duo out, Shane Hagadorn entered the ring and announced that the challenge was accepted and they would see the Machine Guns on Sunday night.
Backstage, X-Division Champion Chris Hero was seen watching the events on a monitor, when he was approached by Carnage. Confused, Hero asked what Carnage wanted and in response, Carnage said that he wanted a shot at the title belt on Sunday night. Hero laughed, saying that after the performance Carnage put in earlier tonight he had no chance of getting a shot before starting to walk away. Carnage grabbed Hero’s arm, spinning him around, only to have Hero knock him to the ground with a sucker punch. Standing over him, Hero told Carnage if he wanted another ass-whipping, he would be happy to oblige him on Sunday night. Hero said had been looking for a fight and Carnage just made his night. Hero walked away as Anarchy went to commercials.
Kevin Steen was seen standing in the backstage area as Anarchy returned from the break. Looking into the camera, Steen talked about Hagadorn’s threat of a “surprise” later tonight. Steen said that Hagadorn has done a lot of stupid stuff during his time in this company, but he knew that Hagadorn wouldn’t be stupid enough to interfere in Steen’s match because it would hand Steen a shot at Chris Hero. So, whatever Hagadorn’s surprise is, Steen promised that he would be ready for it. Just like Hagadorn and Hero need to be ready for Steen to take back what is rightfully his.
Kevin Steen pinned Steve Corino after a belly-to-back suplex in 6:39. Rating: 3.00
In his on-going journey to recapture the X-Division Title, Steen did battle with a fellow Canadian who is no stranger to what Steen can do in the ring. Tonight, Corino did not have the luxury of having Shane Hagadorn at ringside, but there was the overhanging suspense of what the “surprise” for Steen would be that was promised to him earlier in the evening. Due to the comments made before the match, it appeared that Steen was not bothered by the looming gift, as he focused on finishing the task at one: moving one step closer to a title match. Steen put the match away with a belly-to-back suplex to put away one-half of the Tag Team Champions.
After the match, Steen rolled out of the ring and started walking up the aisleway when Shane Hagadorn appeared on-stage. Hagadorn congratulated Steen on another victory. Steen had moved one step closer to getting his title match, but he wasn’t there yet. Hagadorn then introduced the return of former Heavyweight Champion – and newest member of The Independents - ADAM COLE, who walked on-stage and shook Hagadorn’s hand. Cole grabbed the microphone and said he couldn’t wait to be the one that stopped Steen in his tracks at Hostile Takeover. From behind, Corino sent Steen to the concrete after hitting him in the back of the head with the Tag Team belt. Corino continued his attack until officials rushed down and pulled him away. Corinio, Hero and Hagadorn celebrated on-stage as the crowd booed.
Backstage, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe were discussing what needed to be done about Bobby Roode and Hernandez. They called the two cowards for bringing personal security to the arena and said that they wouldn’t have anyone to safe them from the beating that awaited them this Sunday. Out of nowhere, Roode and Hernandez barged into the locker room, attacking the two. They threw Styles and 709/Joe into the lockers before landing a number of kicks on both men. Roode bent down so they could hear and said that the one thing they underestimated about Roode was his intellect. He and Hernandez would always be one step ahead of Styles and Joe. Roode than lightly smacked Styles and wished him good luck tonight. He and Hernandez left the room as Anarchy went to commercials.
After the brutal attack at the hands of Bobby Roode and Hernandez just before the break, questions arose of whether Styles would be at 100% for tonight’s main event. Questions also arose of where Punk’s mind was after tonight’s announcement by Peter Bradshaw. But, when the bell rang, both men turned their attention towards each other and put on the match of the night. Styles seemingly got stronger as the match continued, and he was able to take control of the match after hitting Punk with an inverted DDT. Punk, needing this victory heading into Hostile Takeover, was never able to recover any momentum. Styles ended the match with the Styles Clash to pick up the shocking win.
After the match, Styles celebrated his victory as Punk slowly got into a sitting position against the turnbuckles. Anarchy went off the air showing the scene inside the ring.
Card rating: 3.00
HWL Hostile Takeover PPV - 09/08/2013 - Sunrise, FL HWL Heavyweight Title Match: Cody Rhodes vs. John Cena vs. (c) CM Punk HWL X-Division Title Match: Carnage vs. (c) Chris Hero HWL Tag Team Title Match: The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) vs. (c) The Independents (Jesse Neal & Steve Corino) HWL Women's Title Match: Eve Torres vs. (c) Brie Bella No-Disqualification Match: Beth Phoenix vs. ODB Adam Cole vs. Kevin Steen AJ Styles & Samoa Joe vs. Bobby Roode & Hernandez Alex Riley vs. Rob Terry
HWL HOSTILE TAKEOVER – 09/08/2013 – BB&T Center – Fort Lauderdale, Florida Announcers: Josh Daniels & Scott Michaels Attendance: 9,657 (43%) Theme Music: “In It to Win It” - Saliva
An introduction video was played with “In It to Win It” playing in the background. Back in the arena the lights were off as pyro shot through the air. The theme music continued to play Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to South Florida. They run down the eight-match card, including the Triple Threat Match main event with the HWL Heavyweight Title on the line.
A video was played, showing the back-and-forth rivalry between Beth Phoenix and ODB. The video ended with the announcement of Phoenix re-signing with the HWL and challenging ODB to a No-DQ Match.
No-Disqualification Match Beth Phoenix vs. ODB This rivalry had been a one-way street since it started a number of weeks ago. Phoenix would try to do whatever she could to get the better of ODB; but no matter what was tried, Phoenix would come up short. With no other alternatives, she would try her luck in a match where the only rules were to pin your opponent or get them to submit. Over the years, ODB had proven herself to be a tough competitor in the ring, a woman you would not want on opposing sides in a bar fight. With a drink from her flask at ringside, ODB settled in for the fight tonight. There were no weapons used in this match, much to the chagrin of the audience, but both women were liberal in how often they would pull each other’s hair or wrap their hands around each other’s throats. This match meant something to both women, for sure! Showing frustration after hitting a Glamazon and only getting a two-count, Phoenix pulled a thick piece of string from her tights. Putting ODB in a surfboard, Phoenix wrapped the string around her throat, chocking ODB. After struggling to reach the ropes, ODB choked for air as Phoenix prepared for another attempt at her finishing maneuver. However, ODB was able to counter the attempt, sending Phoenix to the canvas. Standing on the middle turnbuckle, ODB connected with a Flying Thesz Press for the 1-2-3! After the match, ODB slid out of the ring, drank from her flask and rubbed her neck as she was announced the winner.
ODB pinned Beth Phoenix with a Flying Thesz Press in 9:32. Rating: 3.25
After the match, Alisha Hicks caught up with Chris Hero and Shane Hagadorn after Hero’s successful title defense. Knowing that he was still champion, Hicks asked Hero his thoughts on whether the returning Adam Cole could keep Kevin Steen from getting his title rematch tomorrow night on Anarchy. Hero said that Adam Cole has proven that he can do whatever he put his mind to. A former Heavyweight Champion in the HWL, Cole has something that Steen wishes he had. Hero said that he had loads of confidence that Steen’s journey stopped tonight.
A pre-recorded video showed HWL Heavyweight Champion CM Punk standing in the back of the arena. Punk said he would make his comments short and sweet. He said that the cards in his hand are not the best, but much like the cliché, he must play what he was dealt. He has a target on his back a mile wide and two men gunning for what is his. With his back against the wall tonight, Punk said that he will once again prove that he is The Best in the World.
A promotional video for the DOWNFALL pay-per-view is played. DOWNFALL will be live from Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 6th!
A video package is played, highlighting the feud between AJ Styles/Samoa Joe and Bobby Roode/Hernandez.
Bobby Roode & Hernandez vs. AJ Styles & Samoa Joe Since returning to the HWL, alongside his new partner Samoa Joe, AJ Styles had a target put on his back by Bobby Roode and Hernandez. “The Samoan Submission Machine” certainly evened the score, or even tilted things in AJ’s favor in the weeks leading up to this match. After avoiding an altercation with Styles and Joe, Roode and Hernandez had nowhere to go tonight. It was clear from the start that Styles and Joe relished the opportunity to final get their hands on Roode and Hernandez. After a brutal match, where no man had anything left, Styles hit a flying forearm off the apron onto Hernandez on the concrete floor. This allowed Joe to lock in the Cocina Clutch. Roode struggled to reach the ropes before finally tapping out, giving Styles and Joe the victory! After the match, both men celebrated inside the ring.
AJ Styles & Samoa Joe defeated Bobby Roode & Hernandez by submission in 20:02. Rating: N/A
Backstage, a camera caught the middle of a speech being given by Shane Hagadorn to The Independents as a whole, with the message being that everything is riding on what happens tonight. Hagadorn started to give instructions to Adam Cole but stopped when he noticed the camera. Angrily, he shouted at the cameraman to leave the room.
In a video that was recorded earlier in the day, Eve Torres talked about how impressive Brie Bella’s winning streak had been leading up to tonight. Torres said that she must give credit where it’s due, and one way or another Brie had been able to walk away successful in her last ten matches. But Torres said that it would be even more impressive when she was the one to end Brie’s streak and walk away as the NEW Women’s Champion tonight.
Backstage, a cameraman caught Kevin Steen stretching in an empty area of the arena, preparing for his match. The announcers commented that tonight could earn Steen another shot at the X-Division Title or end his hopes of regaining the title altogether.
In a pre-recorder video taken earlier in the day, Cody Rhodes is asked for his final thoughts before tonight’s Triple Threat Match. Rhodes said that over the past year-plus, he had been battling a number of demons, a number of obstacles that seemed unbeatable. Yet, he stands in front of the world as someone who conquered those demons and overcame all the obstacles put in his way. Tonight, is just another obstacle to overcome, so Rhodes will go out and do what he does best and bring home the HWL Heavyweight Title.
A video package is played, showing the on-going feud and stipulation put in place between Kevin Steen and Chris Hero, and the shocking return of Adam Cole Monday night on Anarchy.
Adam Cole vs. Kevin Steen In what would be Kevin Steen’s final test in order to get a rematch with Chris Hero for the X-Division Title, he stepped into the ring with a surprise opponent that was announced on Monday night – Adam Cole. The former Heavyweight Champion would be burdened with the task of keeping Steen from earning his title shot, and he looked ready to accomplish it. Steen threw everything at Cole, including hitting the Package Piledriver; but somehow Cole found the strength to kick out, shocking Steen and the audience in the arena. Nearly 20 minutes into the match, both men appeared gassed, but exchanged a number of punches and forearms to see who could withstand the most. The crowd reacted as The Independent members made their way to ringside, drawing boos. Referee Rich Swift reprimanded the men, and quickly banished them from ringside, getting cheers from the crowd. But, with the referee’s back turned, Steen kicked Cole below the belt and rolled him up. The referee turned, quickly got into position, and counted the three! After the match, Steen rolled out of the ring and celebrated his victory as the announcers exclaimed that Steen would get his title rematch tomorrow night on Anarchy! From the aisleway, Chris Hero and Shane Hagadorn were seen enraged.
Kevin Steen pinned Adam Cole with a roll-up in 20:06. Rating: 3.25
A promotional video for the DOWNFALL pay-per-view is played. DOWNFALL will be live from Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 6th! It is announced that the theme for the event will be “Take Your Place” by Emphatic.
Backstage, Alisha Hicks caught up with members of The Independents as they made their way from ringside. She asked about their reactions to what just went down in the ring and their thoughts on defending the Tag Team Titles later tonight. Shane Hagadorn took control and said that what they just witnessed was a travesty of justice! He claimed that they, and every person in the arena, saw that Steen cheated to get that victory! He said Steen’s actions tonight should void Hero’s obligation of defending the title tomorrow night. With that remaining to be seen, Hagadorn said that his men are very, very pissed off right now, and that doesn’t bode well for the Motor City Misfits. He tells Sabin and Shelley to be ready because tonight is going to be a night they will want to forget.
In the locker room, AJ Styles and Samoa Joe are seen congratulating each other on their victory earlier in the show, when Colt Cabana and Edwin Colon interrupt them. Cabana said he just wanted to congratulate the two on the victory and say it’s good to see Styles back in the HWL. He and Colon then formally introduce themselves to Samoa Joe. After an awkward handshake, Cabana and Colon walk away. As Styles and Joe restart their conversation, Cabana and Colon jump them, throwing them into the brick wall. Colon hits Joe with a folding chair as Cabana stomps on Styles on the floor! They quickly leave the locker room as the camera focuses on Styles and Joe on the floor.
A video package is shown of Alex Riley defeating Brutus Magnus at Unbreakable, and the next night when Rob Terry attacked Riley from behind. The package continued as Terry said that he wanted to beat Riley for the honor of his tag partner.
Alex Riley vs. Rob Terry Alex Riley certainly had his hands full in this match, but he came out like a ball of lightning knowing that he would need to get Terry out of sorts early on. Riley kept up this tactic until Terry caught him with a big boot. Terry would spend most of the match focusing on Riley’s core with several bearhugs, squeezing the air out of Riley’s lungs. Riley fought back, using a dropkick to take out the bigger man’s knee. Now on an even plane, Riley landed numerous rights and lefts to shake the big man. After another dropkick finally got Terry on the match, Riley latched on an armbar submission, stretching his abdomen. Terry reached the ropes, breaking the hold, and as he stood up, Riley caught him with a flying cross body block. Riley hooked Terry’s leg – latching his hands together – as the referee counted to three! After the match, Riley celebrated his momentous victory outside the ring.
Alex Riley pinned Rob Terry after a flying cross body press in 7:07. Rating: 1.00
Backstage, Alisha Hicks was seen with the Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin. They interrupt Hicks’ question and say that Shane Hagadorn has a lot of nerve just brushing them off earlier. They pointed out that they were in the HWL when it started and that their names are in the record books as being the fourth team to EVER hold the HWL Tag Team Titles. They said that it doesn’t matter how pissed off Neal and Corino are because every member of The Independents is about to experience the worst night of their lives when they take back those title after three very, very long years!
A camera caught up with Kevin Steen, who was sitting in the locker room with a towel draped over his head. Steen said that he heard Shane Hagadorn and The Independents were mad because of the actions Steen took tonight. Steen said that Hagadorn and the rest are mad at the wrong guy. If anyone should be blamed for what happened tonight, it should be Hagadorn. If it weren’t for him dragging his flunkies to ringside, distracting the referee, Steen wouldn’t have been given the chance to do what he did. Steen said he was just taking the same opportunity that Cole would have taken in the same spot. Steen tells Chris Hero to think about the people he’s surrounded himself with because his “boss” just put his title reign in jeopardy.
A video package is played showing the confrontation between The Motor City Machine Guns and The Independents on last Monday’s Anarchy, announcing the title match.
In a pre-recorded video, John Cena talked about how his mouth has been watering all week long for the chance to finally get into the ring with CM Punk one more time. Cena said that their rivalry would go down as one of the biggest and best in the history of the HWL. Yeah, people have reminded him that Cody Rhodes is in the match too, but Cena said that Cody Rhodes is an after-thought. The only thing that mattered to Cena tonight was walking out with the Heavyweight Title raised high above his head. He told Punk to go to hell before walking away.
A video package is shown highlighting the events that led up to tonight’s main event.
Monday Night Anarchy – 09/09/2013 – American Airlines Arena – Miami, Florida Commentators: Josh Daniels & Scott Michaels Attendance:
A video package is played, showing highlights from last night’s Hostile Takeover event. The package ends with John Cena celebrating with the HWL Heavyweight Title. Inside the arena, Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Miami, where tonight Kevin Steen will try to complete his goal of regaining the X-Division Title from Chris Hero as they meet up in the main event.
“Cult of Personality” played as CM Punk stepped onto the stage. Now, without his title, Punk walked to the ring and grabbed a microphone. Inside the ring Punk paced around as his music was cut and the sound the crowd echoed around him. Punk said that everyone inside the arena knew why he was out here tonight. He said that everyone watching the show at home knew why he was out here tonight. But he wanted to make it crystal clear to John Cena why he was out here tonight. Punk said that last night, Cody, John and himself put their bodies on the line for a title that Punk had held dear since the first day he held it. Punk gave credit to Rhodes, saying that Cody was this close to winning, so he had no issues with Cody. Punk said that he didn’t have an issue with what Cena did last night because Punk would have done the same thing if given the chance. It’s what you have to do in those types of matches. The problem that he had with Cena, Punk said, was that Cena no has something that Punk wants back. Punk said that if Cena had not figured out why he was here tonight, he would make it simple. Punk announced that he was invoking his rematch clause and would be challenging Cena for the Heavyweight Title at DOWNFALL. Punk dropped the microphone and exited the ring and made his way up the aisle as the show went to commercials.
Returning from the break, Cody Rhodes was seen walking through the parking lot outside the arena, when was viciously attacked by JAY BRISCOE. After assaulting Rhodes, Briscoe bent down and reminded Rhodes that he was the reason Rhodes wound up going to rehab. Briscoe promised that Rhodes – and the HWL – would never forget him again.
Daniel Bryan vs. Mike Sydal Since debuting on the main roster, Daniel Bryan has gone undefeated, coming into tonight’s match at two-and-oh. Mike Sydal, the current holder of the Golden Opportunity contract, had said over the past few weeks that he was figuring out a plan to get to the Heavyweight Title. In this match, it looked like Sydal was going to be outmatched as Bryan’s hot streak looked to continue. It turned out that Sydal would wind up having an equalizer. After being thrown through the ropes, Sydal grabbed the Golden Opportunity briefcase and hid it from the referee’s view. As Bryan tried to grab Sydal by the hair, Sydal swung the briefcase up into the air, cracking it across the top of Byran’s skull! Staggering back, Bryan fell victim to an inside cradle that Sydal used to pick up the victory! After the match, Sydal slid out of the ring, hugging the briefcase to his chest as Anarchy went to commercials.
Mike Sydal pinned Daniel Bryan with an inside cradle in 7:14. Rating: 3.00
Returning from the break, Alisha Hicks was standing with Women’s Champion Brie Bella backstage. After congratulating Brie on retaining the title, Alisha asked what was next for the champion. Brie said that she had lost count of how many matches in a row she’d won, so as far as what’s next for her, she said another string of victories sounds about right. Brie said that she had proven, time and time again, that she is the best female wrestler in the HWL. Before she could continue, ODB appeared, saying that she was tired of hearing Brie run her mouth. Sure, Brie had been successful for a while, but ODB said she was here to shut Brie up. Brie stepped up to ODB, adjusted the title over her shoulder, and said that she wasn’t going anywhere.
Nikki Bella vs. Ayako Hamada Tonight’s Vixens’ match looked to be an even match-up on paper. But there seemed to bed a new fire in Hamada’s eyes as she stepped into the ring. Once the bell sounded, she attacked Nikki with all the fury of a woman wanting place her name back in the minds of wrestling fans. Nikki tried to stage a comeback at various times throughout the match, but each attempt was stopped as Hamada showed no signs of slowing her offense. She would eventually connect with a jumping DDT to put Nikki away for the victory. After the match, as Hamada was making her way up the aisle, BETH PHOENIX passed her, heading into the ring. Waiting for Nikki to get to her feet, Beth then hit the Glam Slam in the center of the ring! With the crowd booing her actions, Phoenix stood over Nikki as Anarchy went to commercials.
Ayako Hamada pinned Nikki Bella with a jumping DDT in 6:10. Rating: 2.75
A pre-recorded video is played as Anarchy returned, showing Colt Cabana and Edwin Colon standing backstage, looking at the camera. Cabana said that he had been getting a lot of messages on social media, wanting to know why in the hell he and Colon attacked AJ Styles and Samoa Joe at Hostile Takeover. Cabana said that it should be totally obvious. Colon then said that the reasons they do things shouldn’t be anyone else’s business, but for the sake of keeping everyone on the same page, it’s really simple: they want a shot at the “new guys”.
An advertisement for DOWNFALL is shown.
Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder vs. Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon After causing quite the stir backstage at Hostile Takeover last night, Cabana and Colon verbalized their intentions before this match-up, stating that they wanted to meet AJ Styles and Samoa Joe in the ring. Tonight, however, they would square off against Hawkins and Ryder, now calling themselves The Long Island Crew. A victory tonight for the Crew would benefit their standing in the Tag Team rankings and would cause a little pause in the momentum for Cabana and Colon. However, Hawkins would suffer defeat as Cabana hit a gutbuster near the ropes. Colon would jump down from the apron and hold Hawkins’ feet, stopping him from kicking out, as the referee counted the pinfall. After the match, an irate Ryder would come over to confront the duo, but they would run up the aisleway.
Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon defeated Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder by pinfall in 6:43. Rating: 2.25
Shane Hagadorn and the Tag Team Champions, Steve Corino and Jesse Neal were making their way to the ring as the commercial break ended. Inside the ring, Corino and Neal talked about how they allowed any two people to join together in the hopes of taking the titles off of them at Hostile Takeover. Out of any number of possibilities that could happen, the best opponents they could get were The Motor City Machine Guns. They talked about how the Guns seemed to be on a remembrance tour, only talking about the successes they’ve had in the past while mentioning nothing of what they’ve done presently… because there was nothing to be proud of! Taking the microphone, Hagadorn said that after proving how willing and able The Independents are of beating any challengers to their titles, he would once again issue an open challenge in anyone in the back for a shot at the Tag Team Titles at Downfall. After a few moments of waiting, Hagadorn said that there was plenty of time for someone to answer the call and would give them until next week to do so. The Independents left the ring as the camera showed Kevin Steen watching the scene on a monitor in the back…
Alisha Hicks approached him, asking what Steen’s thoughts were heading into tonight’s main event. Steen said that tonight was a night that he had been working towards for the past month. Motioning to the screen, Steen said that he had known Hagadorn for a very long time. It wasn’t shocking to see Hagadorn send his men to ringside last night, but his plan failed. Knowing Hagadorn, Steen said that he would have something up his sleeve tonight, because he would do anything to get his X-Division Title back. Steen walked away as Anarchy went to commercials.
Rami Sebei vs. Hernandez Rami Sebei made his return tonight in Miami, getting a good ovation from the crowd. It had been several weeks since Sebei was injured in a match against John Cena. Tonight, Sebie was met by Hernandez, who by no means was happy after he and Bobby Roode lost at Hostile Takeover. Hernandez dominated most of this match, giving Sebei a not-so-warm welcome back to action. For his credit, Sebei did not give up easily, but as the match wore on it was obvious that his energy level was not back to its usual levels. Hernandez would hit the Boarder Toss and pin Sebei for the 1-2-3. After the match, Hernandez would attack Sebei in the center of the ring. The referee fought to pull Hernandez away until Roode made his way to the ring and stopped the assault. Herandez and Roode left as the crowd filled the arena with boos.
Hernandez pinned Rami Sebei with the Border Toss in 12:45. Rating: 3.25
It is announced that new Heavyweight Champion, John Cena will be in action next week as a graphic is shown on-screen.
Returning from the commercial break, Alisha Hicks caught up with Brie Bella as she was leaving the arena. Alisha asked if Brie had any further comment about her confrontation with ODB earlier tonight. Brie said that what she said earlier was all that needed to be said at this time. Brie then walked out into the parking lot.
A highlight package from Hostile Takeover was shown, and a voiceover said that the replay of the event would be shown on pay-per-view Wednesday night!
Steve Corino vs. Alex Riley Alex Riley came into this match after a big victory over Rob Terry last night at Hostile Takeover. Corino, one-half of the Tag Team Champions, came down to the ring with Shane Hagadorn after retaining the titles with Jesse Neal last night as well. This was a short match, but Riley showed promise in holding his own against Corino. However, the numbers game became too much for Riley, as Hagadorn interfered, tripping Riley as he was running into the ropes. This distraction allowed Corino to connect with a stiff superkick to the jaw. Corino made the cover for the victory. After the match, Corino slid out of the ring and grabbed his title belt. He and Hagadorn walked away smiling.
Backstage, Alisha Hicks was seen with the X-Division Champion, Chris Hero. Alisha asked how Hero was feeling about having to defend his title against former champion Kevin Steen in just a few moments. Hero said that his history with Steen goes way back. Sure, it’s not something they’ve talked about since joining the HWL, but for those that know, it’s obvious what kind of match is in store. Hero told everyone to go back and look at the last time they fought. They left everything on the line. Hero says that whether he likes Steen or not, he had to give him credit. Steen did what he said he would do to earn this shot. But Steen wasn’t at the top of the mountain yet, and the man standing in his way would not be giving his position up easily. Hero then walked off as the show went to commercials.
Monday Night Anarchy September 16, 2013 Rupp Arena (University of Kentucky) – Lexington, KY Attendance: 16,847
Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to the home of the Kentucky Wildcats, in downtown Lexington, Kentucky for Monday Night Anarchy. They announce that in tonight’s main event, Jay Briscoe will take on Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a non-title contest.
A camera backstage shows Alisha Hicks surrounded by the members of The Independents. She congratulates Chris Hero on retaining the X-Division Title against Kevin Steen. Hero smiles and says that everyone is too quiet, without emotion. He says that today should be a day of celebration. A day to not only celebrate the fact that Hero is still the champion, but to celebrate the fact that Kevin Steen was left a bloody, lifeless mess in the middle of that ring last week.
Before the group could continue their comments, Alex Riley appeared as Alisha slowly moved out of the way. Hero steps up and the two become face-to-face. Riley says that Steen may no longer be a problem for Hero, but there is still a target on Hero’s back. Riley says that, whether people like it or not, he’s the next in line for a title shot. He challenges Hero to put the belt on the line at Downfall. Hero smiles and nods his head before telling Riley that he would consider his challenge. As Hero walks away, Riley is attacked by the other members of the group. They inflict their damage before HWL officials run them off, tending to Riley as the camera goes back to ringside.
Mike Sydal vs. Edwin Colon The Golden Opportunist fell victim to a mistimed move, as he attempted an enzugiri that Colon dodged, only to be hit with a stiff superkick as he was getting back to his feet. The kick to the jaw was enough to give Colon the victory.
Edwin Colon pinned Mike Sydal after a superkick in 2:06. Rating: 2.25
Returning from the back, Mike Sydal is seen walking backstage, rubbing his jaw. Alisha Hicks approaches and asks Sydal what his plans are for the Golden Opportunity contract, as he only has until the end of the match to cash it in. Sydal stops and says that he has a couple ideas up his sleeve but won’t reveal too much. Sydal is interrupted by Daniel Bryan, who congratulates Sydal for beating him last week. But Daniels wonders if Sydal could beat him again, challenging him to a rematch next week.
Leva Bates vs. Ayako Hamada After having not been seen on TV for a number of weeks, Leva Bates was looking to snap Hamada’s short winning streak tonight. It looked like Bates had the match won after a surprise superkick, but Hamada ducked the ensuing clothesline and hit Bates with a forearm smash that looked to rattle her. Hamada rolled Bates up for the victory for her second win in a row.
Ayako Hamada pinned Leva Bates after a forearm smash in 2:15. Rating: 3.00
Backstage, Beth Phoenix is seen walking through the corridors, when she is approached by a pissed off Nikki Bella. Bella says that Beth is upset because she couldn’t beat ODB, and questions why Beth decided to come out of retirement in the first place. But by attacking Bella last week, Beth made it obvious that all she has become is a bitch. Nikki then challenges Beth to a match at Downfall. Beth, smiling, accepts the challenge and pushes pas Nikki, walking away. Another camera backstage shows Cody Rhodes entering the arena.
Backstage, Alisha Hick catches up with Cody Rhodes as he heads to the locker room and asks how he is doing after the attack by Jay Briscoe last week. Rhodes stops and says that Jay Briscoe will receive an ass-whipping like he has never had before. That is, if Briscoe is man enough to accept his challenge at Downfall. Rhodes turns away and leaves as the camera goes back to ringside.
AJ Styles & Samoa Joe vs. Brutus Magnus & Rob Terry Styles and Joe were successful in their last outing at the Hostile Takeover event. Tonight, against The British Invasion, that winning streak continued as Joe locked Rob Terry in the Coquina Clutch, forcing “The Freak” to top out.
AJ Styles & Samoa Joe defeat Brutus Magnus & Rob Terry by submission in 6:12. Rating: N/A
After the match, Joe asked for a microphone and started to pace around the ring. After catching his breath, Joe talks about Colt Cabana and Edwin Colon and the challenge they laid out last week. Joe finds it funny that they can’t come find himself or Styles and challenge them in person. He says that’s fine because Joe and Styles are out in front of everyone in the arena to accept their challenge. Joe says that he can only think of one place that would be a good fit for having that match happen, and that’s at Downfall. Joe drops the microphone before he and Styles exit the ring. They walk up the aisleway and stand on the stage, raising their arms in the air, as Anarchy goes to commercials.
Carnage vs. Colt Cabana Just moments after getting his challenge accepted by AJ Styles and Samoa Joe for the Downfall event, Colt Cabana picked up a victory over Carnage after hitting an Air Raid Crash and using the ropes for leverage. Cabana escaped the ring with a tainted victory.
Colt Cabana pinned Carnage after the Air Raid Crash in 5:21. Rating: 3.00
In the backstage area, Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley are standing in a secluded area, pacing back and forth. They talked about how the last time Shane Hagadorn issued an open challenge for the Tag Team Titles they were the ones who answered the call. However, during their match at Hostile Takeover, it was made very clear that Neal and Corino were unable to get the job done without help from Hagadorn. And now, feeling high and mighty, Hagadorn issued another challenge for the titles at Downfall. So, Sabin and Shelley are, once again, going to be the ones that answer the challenge. Only this time, they want an answer to the question: can the champions retain their titles without Hagadorn at ringside? The Machine Guns don’t think so.
A graphic is shown, announcing that Cody Rhodes will be in action next week.
A camera catches HWL Heavyweight Champion John Cena entering the arena and heading in the direction of the stage. The announcers say that Cena will be in the ring after the commercial break!
John Cena’s music starts to play as the show returns from the break. Cena walks out with the HWL Heavyweight Title around his waist and a smirk on his face, ignoring the boos from the crowd along the aisleway. Inside the ring, Cena grabs a microphone and waits for the “You suck!” chants to die down before saying that he’s certainly not the happiest to be in Lexington. Smiling, Cena says that the inbred hillbillies in the crowd could chant whatever they wanted because, like most of America, Cena would just treat them like they didn’t exist. Cena says he came out tonight to address one CM Punk. Cena says he wasn’t surprised that Punk didn’t hesitate to invoke his rematch clause at Downfall. Cena says it’s understandable that Punk – the self-proclaimed “Best in the World” – is feeling a bit embarrassed because, for the second time, Cena took the title off him. But Cena wanted to give the crowd something to think about. He says that CM Punk has never successfully used his rematch clause to defeat Cena, and whether the hicks in Lexington liked it or not, history would repeat itself at Downfall. Cena undoes the title from his waist and holds it in the air before leaving the ring.
A camera shows Alex Riley being treated inside the trainer’s room, as the announcers speculate whether or not he will be able to compete later tonight.
[Non-Title Match]: Brie Bella pinned Ayako Hamada with the Bella Buster in 4:05. Rating: 2.50
After the match, Brie was handed a microphone and said that she wanted to address the situation with ODB. Brie says that she gets why the fans don’t like her: because they’re jealous. The people don’t like to see someone having the success they’ve always dreamed up and will try to bring that person down at any chance they get. So, Brie says to everyone that wants to see her fail – and the handful that are happy with her success – she wants to make something very clear. At Downfall, she needs to beat ODB and retain the Women’s Title. If she doesn’t, and ODB walks out as champion, she will bring nothing but disgrace to that championship. Brie drops the microphone and leaves the ring…
Backstage, Jesse Neal and Steve Corino and Shane Hagadorn are stopped on their way to the ring by Alisha Hicks. Alisha apologizes for stopping them before their match but wanted to get their response to the comments made by Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin earlier tonight. Hagadorn says that Shelley and Sabin can say whatever they want in the hopes of making themselves feel better. But if they are hellbent on challenging the Tag Team Champions again at Downfall, then they better be prepared to fail just like they did last time. Hagadorn leads his men towards the ring as Anarchy goes to commercials.
An advertisement for DOWNFALL is shown with “Take Your Place” by Emphatic playing in the background. DOWNFLL will take place on October 6th, from the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada live on pay-per-view!
A graphic is shown, and it is announced that due to the attack earlier in the night, Alex Riley would be unable to perform. Therefore, his scheduled match against Curt Hawkins will take place next week, live from Hartford, Connecticut.
[Non-Title Match]: The Independents (Jesee Neal & Steve Corino) defeated Bobby Roode & Hernandez by pinfall in 4:54. Rating: 2.75
A graphic is shown, and it is announced that CM Punk will be live in Hartford next week. The announcers speculate as to what Punk will have to say in response to John Cena’s comments to start the show.
[Non-Title Match]: Jay Briscoe pinned John Cena after the J-Driller in 11:10. Rating: 2.75
Card rating: 2.25
HWL DOWNFALL - 10/04/13 - Halifax, Nova Scotia, NS HWL Heavyweight Title Match -- CM Punk vs. (c) John Cena HWL Tag Team Title Match -- The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) vs. (c) The Independents (Jesse Neal & Steve Corino) (w/Shane Hagadorn) HWL Women's Title Match -- ODB vs. (c) Brie Bella Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon vs. AJ Styles & Samoa Joe
Last Edit: Nov 2, 2022 0:21:24 GMT -5 by wickedrex1