By Graham Mirmina, Kayfabe Kickout Senior Staff Writer
Bobby Roode Interrupted Kurt Angle and Magnus
Angle cut a good promo talking about why winning back the world title is so important to him on his road to redemption. Magnus was solid on the mic as well, but wasn't as successful in evoking a reaction out of the live crowd.
They recapped their history in the Main Event Mafia together as well as Magnus' injury from last week, so this was effective in building toward their Last Man Standing match later in the night. roode and Jeff Hardy played their roles well, with their promos serving as a nice tie-in to their subsequent Tables match.
Jeff Hardy def. Bobby Roode in a Tables Match to Advance to the Finals of the TNA Title Tournament
Hardy and Roode have always worked well together and this was no exception. They have had better matches in the past and I honestly thought the tables stipulation hindered them more than it helped them, but they made the most of it. There were a handful of suspenseful spots and the draw finish made for an intriguing hook going into the commercial break. The finish felt anticlimactic, but I was shocked to see Hardy go over given how he has hardly been on television in recent months. I am usually against the idea of interference in matches, but it would have made sense for Angle to cost Roode the victory here given their recent rivalry.
Ethan Carter III def. Earl Hebner
Although I grown tiresome of Carter facing enhancement talent and Hebner is certainly no wrestler, I thought this was Carter's best performance to date. No, the "match" wasn't what was great. Rather, it was EC3's intensity on the mic and the immense amount of heat he received from the live crowd. This was the fire we needed to see from the EC3 character in order for him to evolve and it worked to perfection. Having Earl's son Brian serve as the referee for the match was a nice touch as well.
Bad Influence Exposed Joseph Park
This asinine angle is still going on? Seriously? I apologize for sounding like a broken record, but this has been dragged on for far too long. I thought we would see the blow-off of the storyline at Turning Point a few weeks ago, but no such luck. This segment was something of a step in the right direction, can TNA please reveal Joseph Park as Abyss and get it over with already?
World Tag Team Champions The Bro-Mans def. James Storm and Gunner by Disqualification (Non-title)
Just when I thought The Bro-Mans couldn't get any more annoying, they did with the addition of Zema Ion to their act. Does he really serve much of a purpose? Throw him back in the X-Division and put his talent to good use. After having a pleasantly surprising match at Bound For Glory for the tag titles, these two teams failed to have an exciting match here. It was over within a matter of minutes with its only purpose being to once again tease tension between Gunner and Storm. I can't say I am exciting to see them feud, but it is better than keeping them together at this point.
Knockouts Champion Gail Kim def. Laura Dennis in an Open Challenge Match (Non-title)
I know it is a part of Kim's heel persona, but is it really necessary for her to bury her competition by saying she dominated them all and calling them all jokes? This was more of the same from Kim, who dominated most of the match and picked up the win in the end. Lei'd Tapa looks to be headed for a feud with ODB, so that might give us a break from the already boring open challenge gimmick for a few weeks.
Magnus def. Kurt Angle in a Last Man Standing Match to Advance to the Finals of the TNA Title Tournament
As much as I hate to say it (since I am a massive Magnus fan), Magnus just isn't over right now, which is why the fans were heavily behind Angle in this match. They weren't invested in the action, and it is hard to blame them given how predictable the ending outcome was. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, as I am ecstatic to see Magnus in the finals of the TNA title tournament and hope to see him win the strap at Final Resolution. The feud between Angle and Roode was also nicely furthered via Roode's interference, but with there being no rules in the match to begin with, what was the point of the ref bump?
Despite the importance of the opening and closing matches, neither of them clicked with this viewer. Don't get me wrong, both matches were very well wrestled, but the gimmicky aspects of each bout simply weren't needed. No stories were told, thus I didn't feel engaged as a viewer. The rest of the show, while nothing bad, was pure filler and nothing more for the most part. Thankfully, TNA hyped a number of matches for next week's show, so at least they executed that effectively on this edition of Impact Wrestling.
By Archie VanderSluis, Kayfabe Kickout Junior Staff Writer
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
December 2, 2013
CM Punk is not at all pleased with The Authority. He is anti-establishment, HHH ought not to have provoked him. Stephanie comes out with a smile.
She sympathizes with Punk but tells him to take his grievances to the Director of Operations...Kane. Punk calls Kane the Big Red Ass Kisser and Kane struggles to control himself. Punk says Kane can come to the ring to get knocked out or put to sleep. The Shield, Punk grabs a chair. Stephanie stops the action before it can begin saying Punk should be admired and respected. Kane agrees, and then makes a three on one handicap match for the TLC PPV, Punk vs The Shield.
Big E Langston sits at the announce table as the match for the number one contendership to his title gets underway. This is the Ziggler verses Sandow rubber match and this time there are no gimmicks. These two men have broken each other over the last couple of weeks but the work is fast and furious, both men run in fifth gear. Ziggler nails the FameAsser but Sandow kicks out. You’re Welcome! and Damien Sandow is Big E’s opponent for TLC.
“Hey Dolph, Sandow...sorry. We’re eliminating the World Heavyweight title. Have fun in the midcard forever. Sincerely, MGMT.” - @realjasonrivera
Nattie and the Bella’s face Tamina, AJ and Summer but most of the match sees AJ just skipping around the ring. Summer calls out to her for the tag after being beat down and AJ finally tags in. Nattie slaps on the Sharpshooter and Tamina breaks it up leading to some six Diva in ring confusion and ending with Nattie pinning AJ’s shoulders to the mat. AJ seems to care less as she skips away with her Diva’s championship.
Bad News Barrett makes an appearance. The Bad News seems to be that Raw is in Oklahoma City.
Orton wants to be known as the Face of WWE because he is the best of any generation in the past, in fact he is bigger than WWE even. Now go tell that to the Authority Maddox!
Daniel Bryan is seeking revenge on the Wyatt’s through Eric Rowan. Bryan spends some time softening the left arm of Rowan to set up the Yes Lock, but Rowan is too large, too powerful. JBL predicts that Bryan will join the Wyatt family and soon. Bryan is in the ring getting knocked senseless by Rowan. Bryan gets a short comeback that is quickly silenced. Rowan looks to be in total control...Bryan rolls him up for three! Bray appears on the screen and calls off Rowan and Harper as they go to chase down Bryan. Bray makes his case that he and Bryan could rule together, they can bring down the system. “They can’t love you like I can.” are Bray’s haunting words.
Brodus has beef with Xavier, R Truth and Sweet T are just along for the ride. Brodus did not take kindly to last weeks copyright infringement. Xavier shows no remorse and pins Clay after Brodus failed to land the second rope splash. Clay is furious he lost to Woods and even stares down Sweet T when his partner tries to calm him.
Sin Cara is back(?). Alberto Del Rio gets to face off with his fellow Mexican this week. The former Heavy Weight Champion needs the momentum of a win just as much as the returning Sin Cara. ADR tries for his step up face kick in the corner but Sin Cara avoids it. A Swanton Bomb! Sin Cara pins the former Heavyweight Champion!
“LOL. Sin Cara just checked in via 4SQ. RT. @TheSinCaraWWE Terinado de cenar comida mexicana (@Antojitos Mexicanos)” - @thesteelcage
The Big Show is giving out bare chest slaps to all members of The Shield. The Rhodes’ Boys await the tag. Big Show and Roman Reigns face off and the crowd eats it up. The Shield only gain control when the giant finally tags out. Goldust catches a second wind on a hot tag from Cody and all goes awry with everyone getting involved. Goldie goes for a superplex on Ambrose with the ultimate destination being Seth’s prone body. Rollins rolls away and then quickly rolls up Goldust for the win as they are the legal men in the match. The Shield cannot be stopped by three men, how can Punk expect to do it alone?
Miz and Kofi are tagging again with Ryback and Axel standing across from them. Miz starts and is isolated by the two former Heyman Guys. Miz manages to tag Kofi, finally, but Kingston is quickly disposed of by Ryback. Kofi loses the match. Miz helps Kingston to his feet before slapping his face.
Sexual Chocolate shows his bald head to do a dance of seduction for Summer Rae. Fandango has no recourse, Henry is too thick to mount any lasting offense against. Fandango almost gets Henry with a flying crossbody off the top, Mark catches him but topples, kick out at two. Henry pays FDG back with a World’s Strongest slam! Mark wins.
The Real Americans seem to like to push their luck. The two patriots keep Titus from tagging Darren Young while working over his abdominal region. Cesaro wants to Swing him as well and after a few rotations Zeb calls him off. Titus looks green. Young tags in and cleans house of both Swagger and Cesaro. Prime Time Players look to have the momentum as Young dives off the second rope, unfortunately, Cesaro has other plans and a European Uppercut knocks Young to the mat. Cesaro pins him for the win.
The ring is decorated with TLC. Cena and Orton couldn’t possibly sign a contract without HHH and Stephanie present. HHH waxes poetic about the lineage of each championship playing the name game, “WOOOO!”. Both men are asked to sign and they do. The TLC Unification match is set. Orton looks for a smark pop (and support) when he plays the "everyone hates Cena" card. Cena tells Orton that although the Viper was hand picked, he failed to live up to his potential. Cena threatens Orton to make a move cornering the Viper with no option. They brawl to the outside and make use of the full arsenal. An AA through a table leaves Cena holding both Championships high above a broken Viper. “All the greats have held the WWE Championship. And the Miz.” - @TheCyrusT
By Graham Mirmina, Kayfabe Kickout Senior Staff Writer
The Carters Opened the Show
Dixie's heel shtick can be hit or miss most of the time, but I didn't really mind her performance here. Sure, the concept that every winner gets a turkey dinner was stupid and gimmicky, but her mic work was kept short and sweet for the most part. It was also good to see Ethan Carter III finally say something different and appear alongside Dixie, as that is who is helping him generate heat in the first place.
Adding Rockstar Spud to the Carter act is fine by me, if only because he hadn't been doing anything else since the moment he was signed to a contract. He isn't a necessary addition to the act, but at least he'll be a regular on television going forward.
Ethan Carter III def. Curry Man
I started watching TNA around August 2008 and didn't get to see much of Curry Man before he was "released" from the company, so it was fun to see him make an appearance here. It was same old shtick for EC3, but as I said last week, at least it is better than him facing Dewey Barnes and Norv Fernum for a millionth time. It was a basic enhancement talent match for EC3, but he needs an actual program with an established star and fast.
Lei'D Tapa def. Velvet Sky
The match thankfully didn't overstay its welcome, as neither Knockout is all that great in the ring at the moment. Tapa is still somewhat green but will get better in time, whereas Sky will always be sloppy in the ring. Nonetheless, it was a nice win for Tapa and a good way to establish her as a force to be reckoned with in the Knockouts division. Will she be the one who ultimately takes the title from Gail Kim? Maybe at some point down the line, but certainly not anytime soon.
World Tag Team Champions The Bro-Mans def. Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes in a Turkey Suit Match (Non-title)
One of the reasons I dread episodes of Impact on Thanksgiving is for this very match. The stipulation is so insanely stupid that it is almost unbearable to watch. This year's installment was no exception, as the match was over within a matter of seconds and two jobless losers were forced into the suit. As I said before, this was one giant waste of time and easily one of the worst segments I have seen on TNA television in a long while. I was never a fan of Zema Ion, but he has now become an obnoxious addition to The Bro-Mans act as a disc jockey at ringside instead of competing in the X-Division. Unreal.
Mr. Anderson Held a Funeral for Aces and Eights
I am sure if it was just me or not, but I found this segment to be absolutely hysterical. Everyone played their parts perfectly and the small things such as Anderson refusing to give Kurt Angle a beer and Mike Tenay slipping Brooke's booty shorts into his jacket made me legitimately laugh out loud. To top it all off, Bully Ray's promo was phenomenal and showed true character evolution. I am highly anticipating what the future holds for him.
Team Roode def. Team Angle in an Eight Man Elimination Tag Team Match
Yes, I am well aware that this was a blatant rip-off of WWE's Survivor Series match, but TNA has done it in the past, so I won't complain about that here. The action was solid for the most part, but I found it really hard to get engaged in it all when it was basically a clean sweep for Team Roode. Magnus' injury was a good way to protect him through being eliminated and might lead to something next week when he faces Angle, but everything else was mind boggling. I am glad to see Roode continue to get the upper hand in his feud with Angle, but I expected much more from this match.
A Winner-Winner-Turkey-Dinner Ended in Mass Chaos
The mic work by some of the heels was humorous and it was nice to see the Chris Sabin/Velvet Sky story furthered despite the fact it hasn't been addressed in weeks, but as a whole this segment was beyond boring. Angle and company coming out was predictable and you could see the food fight coming from a mile away. It was a ridiculous way to close out the show, but given the fact it was a holiday edition of Impact, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised.
I don't know if it was all the turkey I ate or what, but I couldn't help but fall asleep by the end of the show. Granted, it was a holiday themed show and TNA tends to do this every year on Thanksgiving, but it was a throwaway episode that didn't have many redeemable qualities. If anything, I would suggest going out of your way to watch the hilarious Aces and Eights funeral. Besides that, I would wait until next week's show when they get back on track with two more matches in the TNA title tournament.
By Archie VanderSluis, Kayfabe Kickout Junior Staff Writer
Long Island, New York
November 25, 2013
Randy Orton is in the ring to call out the Authority, HHH and Stephanie. Orton doesn’t need HHH and Stephanie to distract the Big Show, he is the face of the company and showed it by defeating Big Show at Survivor Series.
Cena comes marching in. Cena comments on the “Daniel Bryan” chants calling it, “administrative B.S”, whatever that means. Cena shifts gears, he stares down Orton and says there should only be one champ one face. HHH and Stephanie concur. A TLC match in three weeks with both titles on the line.
Cody and his brother Goldie team with Rey Mysterio to fight the Shield. After a strong showing at the PPV, Roman is showing little sign of letting up. Goldie is isolated before Rey finally gets his chance to fly. Cody is tagged in but soon everyone is coming and going as they please with nothing the referee can do about it. Cody is legal and messing with Rollins but Ambrose steps up and hits his finish on Cody. Ambrose is the legal man, The Shield have won.
Miz TV is suppose to have Michael Strahan as a guest but Titus O’Niel with tape on his teeth is putting on a bad impersonation. He’s also putting over Titus O’Niel. The real Strahan comes down and tells the Miz that his jokes are weak. He also announces the main event “Double Team Tag Team match” with Cena and Show verses Orton and Del Rio. Titus wants to hip toss Strahan but fails. Miz’s attempt yields him a reversal into a Strahan hip toss. Titus and Strahan do the Millions of Dollars dance before Strahan gives a hip toss to Titus too! Hip tosses for everyone!
The NEW Nation of Domination is born. Henry just needs to get some yellow and green back into his gear the red and black is already there. Mark Henry and Big E Langston take on the NOT Paul Heyman Guys, Ryback and Curtis Axel. Henry and Langston dominate with their power. A Worlds Strongest Slam to Axel seals his fate.
“Big E Langston has taken Ryback’s push and Axel’s title.” - @JaimsVanDerBeek
It’s a rematch from Survivor Series, Diva’s take two. The True Diva’s vs the Total Diva’s. Summer is the sole member left on her team as the dust settles. Unfortunately for Summer, The Bellas and Eva Marie still stand in the Total Diva corner. Summer tries to dance her way out of it. Nikki gets to pin Summer and the Total Diva’s are winners, again.
Ladies and Gentlemen...the Slammys are just two weeks away!
Sandow wants everyone to know that he is not a circus performer, he objects to being thrown into these matches stipulated by the WWE Universe through the WWE App. His objections are noted but the “Hampton” Hardcore match with Ziggler will proceed. So far as a Hampton Hardcore match goes, the key props seem to be, tennis balls, rackets, golf clubs, oars and buoys. Sandow has already lost last weeks match with Dolph and is looking to even the score tonight. Ziggler and Sandow use all the props in this one including a trash can with real trash in it! Sandow gets his revenge when he pins the Show Off. The series is tied at one.
Michael Strahan has a moment with Eric Rowan backstage when Strahan accepts a sheep mask from Rowan and puts it on. Santino is so confused by this, he speaks in gibberish. Son of my gun.
Renee Young introduces Punk and Bryan, the Beard and the Best. Punk uses Bryan’s Yes! chant to pump up the crowd. The Wyatt’s will face them three on two and will use the advantage freely. Punk becomes isolated and Bryan can only watch and wait. His time comes, Bryan electrifies the crowd. Bryan clears the ring and straps the Yes Lock (LeBell Lock) onto Harper. Rowan breaks it up and the match begins to crumble. All five men are in the ring fighting. The referee cannot gain control and has to call the match. The Wyatt’s continue after the bell and actually abduct Daniel Bryan. As Punk rushed to his aid he was Speared by Roman Reigns and Triple Power bombed by The Shield.
“Triple H will resort to anything to get Daniel Bryan’s name out of the main event. Even if that means hiring swamp folk to kidnap him.” - @Jayfuz
Kofi can’t win, he just doesn’t have a ABC Movie coming to prime time tomorrow. Miz does. Kofi needs this win after the loss last night. Both men slap each other in the face simultaneously to start the contest. Kingston has control throughout but still fails to put away Miz. After a quick roll u, Kofi cannot believe he lost, again.
The Faces of Foley do a WWE Shop infomercial. Classic!
Xavier Woods has stolen Brodus Clay’s gimmick. Woods has got the music and the Funkadactyls too! It is his singles debut and Heath Slater wants it to be a losing effort. Woods is all energy and he quickly secures his first singles victory.
Strahan does a backstage segment with the Bellas, Funkadactyls and Goldust.
“Brie, your BOYFRIEND just got ABDUCTED! Stop messing with Michael Strahan and CALL THE COPS!” - @KeepItFiveStar
Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio have a game plan when it comes to Big Show, hit him in the head. The referee and the doctor need to step in to check on him as Big Show seems to be disoriented. DDT’s, head kicks, head stomps, Cena awaits. Show finally shakes the cobwebs enough to give Cena the hot tag. Alberto Del Rio is tapping out to the STF in mere moments. John’s win is overshadowed though, by Randy laying him out with the WWE Title. The Viper holds both Championships high above Cena’s prone body.
By Graham Mirmina, Kayfabe Kickout Senior Staff Writer
James Storm Interrupted Dixie Carter
Dixie's heel performances have usually been hit or miss over the last two months, but I thought her work here was an improvement over what she has done in recent weeks.
Storm played his part well and made up for Dixie's lack of believability as a character.
It was good to see Storm spotlighted for once and I like the move of making his match a Florida Death match, as it is ten times more interesting than a Bull Rope match.
Magnus def. Samoa Joe in a Falls Count Anywhere Match to Advance to the Semifinals of the TNA Title Tournament
As good of a match that these two had, they simply have had better matches in the past. They utilized extreme environment well, but it was hard to engage in the action. The fact Joe didn't even bother to take off his shirt before the bout gives off the impression he isn't in the best shape, which is a shame. The finish came out of nowhere and it was unclear if Magnus truly went over clean or not. Regardless, it is nice to see Magnus advance to the semifinals, as he is my pick to win the tournament.
Bad Influence Embarrassed Joseph Park
Does anyone with the exception of the commentators actually think Park is Abyss? Seriously, this angle has gotten the point of absolute absurdity that I was looking forward to seeing it end on this show. Well, apparently not. I didn't expect Abyss and Park to have a match, but I would liked to see the reveal made that they are indeed the same person. Bad Influence running off Park was strange, but part of me has hope that the end is in sight for this stupid storyline.
Knockouts Champion Gail Kim def. Candice LaRae in an Open Challenge Match
I heard rumors online that LaRae was the potential opponent for Kim, so it appears the internet isn't always wrong after all! LaRae, whose work I was unfamiliar with prior to this show, held her own against Kim, but the match was too quick to mean anything. The whole thing felt rushed and didn't do much to add to the ongoing open challenge angle. I am still mildly intrigued, but they just might manage to kill my interest if they don't give it enough time to pan out.
Bobby Roode def. James Storm in a Florida Death Match to Advance to the Semifinals of the TNA Title Tournament
With Roode vs. Storm being my favorite feud in the history of TNA, I very much enjoyed this match. They work incredibly well together and the use of the weapons was awesome. The storytelling was solid as well, especially when Roode smashed the beer bottle over the head of Storm. Gunner throwing in the towel for Storm was a pretty lame finish, but it could be seen coming from a mile away following the pre-match backstage segment between Gunner and Storm. Those two are better off as singles stars and as rivals anyway, so I am fine with the idea of the two feuding if it means Storm can finally break off on his own. Roode advancing shouldn't come as much of a surprise with his eventual rematch with Kurt Angle in limbo.
Ethan Carter III def. Shark Boy
I would have been a bit more shocked to see Shark Boy had TNA not spoiled the surprise on their YouTube channel this past week. Despite that, the match was as basis as it gets and was your typical squash match. It is nice to know EC3 is no longer facing Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes, but he is still in desperate need of an actual program.
Mr. Anderson def. Bully Ray in a No Disqualification Match to Force Aces and Eights to Disband
I found their Last Man Standing match from No Surrender to be a bit better, but that being said, this was still a very entertaining match. These two work well together and Anderson showed good babyface fire throughout. Was the purpose of the faces standing on the stage the entire time solely to strip Taz of his jacket after Anderson won? They should have at least helped Anderson fend off Knux. I am happy to see the Aces and Eights finally disband, as the group overstayed its welcome. I usually roll my eyes at Taz's obnoxious commentary, but his reaction to Anderson's victory was quite comical. I look forward to where both Anderson and Ray go from here.
The show wasn't perfect by any means, but it was still pretty good by TNA standards. They have had better "special" events in the past, but they still put forth a strong effort with Turning Point. The two TNA title tournament matches were entertaining for the most part and the main event concluded with a memorable moment. TNA has been doing well for themselves lately, so here's hoping they can maintain the strong momentum going forward with next week's Thanksgiving edition.
By Archie VanderSluis, Kayfabe Kickout Junior Staff Writer
Raw “Country” Live!
November 18 2013
“Willie Nelson should be hosting this Raw.” - @KojiClutch HHH and Stephanie are back and they are well rested? Orton wants some answers now though, like what the hell happened last week?
Orton is blaming the Authority, The Helmsley’s do not take kindly to this, they warn the Viper to know his place. Stephanie then tells Vickie that she will fight the Diva’s Champion tonight! HHH announces punishment for Brad Maddox as well, he will face WWE Champion Randy Orton. Right now. No DQ.
Maddox attempts to escape and even grabs a mic to beg Orton to let him be. Orton ignores his plea and is knocked on the head by the microphone as Maddox swings defensively. With Orton stunned, Maddox tries to take advantage but the results only worsen with every moment that he fails to capitalize. Randy destroys Brad, inside and out. The referee has to step in an call the match as Maddox is unresponsive. The Viper is dominate.
The rematch for the match that never happened at Hell in the Cell, is for the Intercontinental Championship. Axel has his work cut out against the rising juggernaut that is Big E Langston. Axel is getting honest heat from the crowd but holding his own in the ring... for a while. Big E’s Big Ending is too much for Axel to rebound from. A new IC Title era has begun for Big E Langston!
Diva’s have no idea how to play Musical Chairs, they are not even moving while the music plays. Some how, two elimination's happen before all hell breaks loose in the cat cage and it’s Total Diva’s verses The Rest. Total Diva’s clear the ring.
Ryback is getting a surprising amount of offense on the number one contender. Big Show is dazed. Ryback hits the Meat Hook and then...Shell Shock on Big Show! Show is down for a long two count. Ryback tries again but it’s reversed into the Knock Out Punch from Show. Ryback is defeated.
Kofi and Miz tag up to face the Real Americans but Miz decides he wants a tag from Kofi. Miz drops from the apron when Kofi needs him the most. Miz walks as Kofi taps to the Patriot Lock. The Real Americans are victorious.
Vickie is fainting left and right, trying desperately to get out of her match with AJ Lee. Stephanie has her wheeled to the ring tied to a gurney. Vickie is claiming dehydration and needs some water. AJ just waits. Vickie tries again to escape but runs into the Enforcer, Tamina. Vickie gets lured back by AJ. A Black Widow makes Vickie tap before she could even see it coming.
A Broadway Brawl, seems to be a hardcore match with a lot of various instruments, musical ones anyway. Ziggler and Sandow have to work half the ring for much of the match as the props are in the way. Slowly, they are smashed and broken. Ziggler slams the snare drum down over Sandow’s head followed by the bass drum! The finale comes as Ziggler does the Double J strut and nails Sandow with the guitar! Dolph comes out on top.
Cena is in a sling, he says he is hurt. He assures all that he will still be World Champion after Survivor Series on Sunday. Del Rio steps out and tells Cena he will humiliate him on Sunday. ADR tells Cena that like a real champion, he will take advantage of this opportunity. Del Rio attacks but it is a trap! Cena drops the sling and comes out swinging. Del Rio retreats. Cena played possum?
“Lies to the public about injuries, overrules doctor’s, says he loves the dumb Bella then hits her up Pre-nup style...” -@judekilgour
The Rhinestone Cowboys (3MB) are fodder for the new team of R Truth and the debuting Xavier Woods. Woods gets his set up and finisher in the Honor Roll and Lost in the Woods. A quick match, a rap and a dance gives a glimpse of a new superstar.
A music group called Georgia Florida Boarder plays...yeah! Raw Country.
“SIERRA HOTEL INDIA ECHO LIMA DAMNTHISISGONNABEAGOODMATCH” -@Drop_ToeHold
A twelve man tag match to prime the Survivor Series PPV. Bryan, Punk, The Uso’s and Rhode’s face The Shield and The Wyatt’s. The Shield and Wyatt’s are uneasy partners, and the Shield only tag amongst themselves. Cody is Isolated until Harper tags himself in and quickly loses the advantage in the hot tag to Bryan. The Shield and Wyatt’s make temporary truce and soon Bryan finds himself in trouble. Another hot tag brings Punk bursting onto the scene. Punk knocks down the competition and Abrose will feel the Anaconda Vise and the GTS. Punk pins Ambrose. The heels rush in and with the help of the Real Americans, beat down their opponents. BOOYAKA! Mysterio is back! Mysterio to the rescue! The Heels flee and Mysterio is welcomed back to WWE Raw.
By Jack Cinnamond, Kayfabe Kickout Guest Writer
Quick promo before the start showing the tag team showdown at the end of Raw.
Smackdown is coming from the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, England. It began with Michael Cole and JBL talking about John Cena Vs Alberto Del Rio in a Arm Wrestle as tonight's main event. They were showing footage off Cena and Swagger`s match from Raw when The Wyatt Family interrupted with their Eirie entrance.
Match One : Luke Harper & Erick Rowen vs Jey & Jimmy Uso
The match began fast with some strikes, Rowen took control and tagged Harper in. Harper began dominating until The Usos took over. After a tag to Jimmy, they began to lose control. Rowen landed some knees of the ropes. The camera keeps cutting to Bray who is sitting on the ramp. The Usos are doing well showing that The Wyatts are the powerhouses in the contest. Erick misses a Banzai Drop and suffers a dropkick, Usos take control as we lead into a break.
We come back from the break and Luke Harper is in control. Harper hit a nasty move involving the ropes. Rowen comes in, The Usos look helpless competed with Harper and Rowen. Jimmy lands a hot tag and Jimmy takes over with some signature strikes and superkicks, Jimmy lands a Samoan Drop on Harper following a dive. Jimmy lands a super kick that knocks out Harper but he kicks out at two. Later, Jey dives over the top rope out of the ring onto Rowen and Jimmy attempts the same but gets struck with a forearm and then a discus clothesline for the win.
Winners : The Wyatt Family.
After the match, The Wyatts attack The Usos. Bray cuts a promo about their upcoming match against Punk/Bryan at Survivor Series.
Axel and Ryback are talking backstage, Ryback tells Axel that he has a problem with Axel being a suckup. Axel cones up with the idea of going out a taking their frustrations out on Punk & Axel.
Match Two : Natyla vs Tamina Snuka.
Natyla starts off brawling, but Snuka takes over after a reversal to the Irish whip. Tamina hits a Samoan Drop. AJ causes the distraction but Natyla realises. She locks the Sharpshooter in on Tamina forcing her to tap.
Winner : Natyla
Match Three : 3MB (AKA The Union Jacks) vs The Prime Time Players & R-Truth
Titus and Mahal start off, Titus is overpowering Mahal until Mahal tagged in Drew McIntyre. McIntyre took over then tagged in Jinder. There keeping the tags going with Heath getting tagged in and controlling Titus. R-Truth is looking for the tag. Titus fights back but once again gets shut down. He returns with a great looking clothesline and tags Truth. Truth lands some great kicks and reverse suplex. After a large brawl, R-Truth hits a Bicycle Kick for the win.
Winners : The Prime Time Players & R-Truth
(Technically) Match Four : John Cena Vs Alberto Del Rio in a Armwrestling Contest
Cena wins instantly...Del Rio demands a rematch. Uno Mas, but Cena does his "You Can't See Me" Pose and restarts where he gets attacked by Del Rio.
Winner : John Cena
Del Rio attempts to repeat what he did on RAW but Cena comes back. Cena runs at Del Rio however Del Rio spinebusters Cena through the table.
Match Five : Cameron & Naomi vs Nikki & Brie Bella
Really quick match.
Winners : Cameron & Naomi
Match Six : The Great Khali vs Hunico & Camacho
Quick match with nothing special, although a return for Camacho and Hunico
Winner : The Great Khali
Match Seven : CM Punk & Daniel Bryan Vs Ryback & Curtis Axel
Punk and Bryan come out to a big pop. The match ends in a no contest when The Wyatt Family interferes as Bryan has the Yes Lock on Ryback.
Winners : N/A
The lights come back on but Punk and Bryan are gone. Ryback has words with Axel and pushes him into the Wyatt Family. They beat Ryback and Axel down and throw them over the top rope. Punk and Bryan sneak out from under the ring and lay Rowan and Harper out. SmackDown ends with Punk and Bryan staring at Bray Wyatt from the top of the ramp
Thank You for reading.
By Graham Mirmina, Kayfabe Kickout Senior Staff Writer
Mr. Anderson Interrupted Aces and Eights
Bully Ray's promo was solid and a logical follow-up to last week's "breakup" angle. Anderson cut a short and sweet promo as well that helped hype his upcoming match-up with Ray. Since Anderson recently re-signed with TNA, I highly doubt he will be losing his match with Ray, so it makes me happy knowing Aces and Eights will be ending after all.
Anderson challenging any member of Aces and Eights to a match was a nice hook for following the commercial break.
Mr. Anderson def. Knux
The match was decent enough, but nothing special. It didn't help that Knux lost to someone in street clothes, but I guess it added to the realism of the bout since Anderson had no time to prepare. Anderson emerging victorious was no surprise, but it helped him build momentum toward his match against Bully Ray next week. However, shouldn't the commentators have played up the fact that this was Anderson's first TNA match in over two months?
Christopher Daniels def. Joseph Park
As much as I enjoy Bad Influence, I couldn't care less for their current feud with Park and Eric Young. This match was pretty lame, and the live crowd didn't appear to be into the action at all. Park's in-ring antics can be entertaining at times, but this contest was too short to mean much. I would rather see Bad Influence involved in the tag team title hunt. If they aren't the ones who ultimately reveal Park is Abyss, then I have lost all hope that the "mystery" will ever be solved.
Ethan Carter III def. Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match
Well, at least Carter faced both of them at the same time this time around instead of one-on-one. Even still, it was much of the same from EC3, who had been basically treading water since he debuted last month. Granted, the offense and charisma shown from Fernum and Barnes was comical, but the ending result was never in doubt. If nothing else, at least Carter garnered good heat from the live crowd during his post-match promo.
Dixie Carter Addressed AJ Styles
The airing of the Styles video packages have been on an excellent touch on the Styles saga in that it differs from what WWE did with the Summer of Punk two years ago. Dixie tried to make sense of it, so at least she addressed it and didn't completely ignore it. The subsequent promos from James Storm, Samoa Joe and Magnus were all great and have this viewer highly anticipating the next pair of matches in the TNA title tournament.
Knockouts Champion Gail Kim def. Hannah Blossom in an Open Challenge Match (Non-title)
I was afraid Kim would end up facing an enhancement talent, but at least it was someone fans are somewhat familiar with from British Boot-camp. Hannah had an impressive outing against Kim, who carried most of the match. It was fine for what it was and a nice, clean win for Kim. I have always liked the surprise element associated with open challenges, so I wouldn't mind seeing this drawn out for a while.
Joseph Park Issued an Open Challenge to Abyss For Next Week
Finally, we are getting closure to this asinine angle! Don't get me wrong, it was fun at first, but it has been dragged out to the point of absolute ridiculousness. (Disregard what I wrote earlier on in this review, I wrote that prior to this promo.) I truly hope it is actually revealed that Park is indeed Abyss and we don't have an "impostor Abyss" storyline, which could prove to be disastrous.
Kurt Angle def. Austin Aries in a Submission Match to Advance to the Semifinals of the TNA Title Tournament
I expected the submission stipulation to hinder the match more than help it, but I couldn't have been happier to have been wrong, as this match was actually more entertaining than their outing on the Tournament of Champions pay-per-view. There was plenty of back-and-forth action, the pace was consistent throughout and the match received great time. Bobby Roode watching from the stage helped further his feud with Angle and the final few minutes of the match were well done. Angle forcing Aries to tap out to Roode's submission maneuver was a pleasant surprise and Aries looked strong in defeat. Mr. Anderson delivering a piledriver to Garrett Bischoff on the stage ended the show rather awkwardly (Angle's facial expressions were priceless), but it served as a nice reminder of what is at stake next week at Turning Point.
The primary focus of this show was to build toward Turning Point next week, so it was certainly successful in that aspect. There wasn't much on this show to write home about, but there didn't need to be, as it served as the go-home show before Turning Point. TNA's last few "pay-per-view television specials" have been some of the best episodes of Impact Wrestling of the year, so I hope next week's event will continue the strong streak, as the advertised card has the potential to be fantastic.
By Archie VanderSluis, Kayfabe Kickout Junior Staff Writer
Raw Live! (Pre-tape)
November 11, 2013
Randy Orton says that HHH and Stephanie are absent from Raw, therefore, as the face of WWE, he will be in charge of the night. Brad Maddox has other ideas, he believes he is running the show but Kane is the Director of Operations, and so, trumps both men.
Maddox wants Orton vs Cody and Kane wants Randy vs Goldie. Vickie wants a say, she calls for The Viper verses both Rhodes Boys. "Where is Teddy to make this shit a TAG MATCH PLAYA" - @ARCofWrestling
It’s a handicap match in which the Rhodes brothers must tag in and out while Randy is alone. A “Randy’s boring!” chant ensues. Orton has Goldie down but a hot tag to Cody gives the team an edge. Randy is double clotheslined over the top rope. The Viper has no intention of striking, he accepts the count of ten. The tag team champions are victorious. Orton is finished with this match and walks up the ramp only to meet a charging Big Show. Randy tries to run but The Show will not be denied. Big Show sets up the steel stairs and clears the announce table. Orton cannot even fight back as Show drags him up the stairs and choke slams him right through the table. And Michael Cole said that Show wasn’t here tonight.
Santino is wearing bull horns on his head as he joins Los Matadores in their struggle with 3MB, or as they are known in England, The Union Jacks! (Complete with Union Jack ring wear.) 3MB are cheered and seem to be slowly getting over, (not good news for Los Matadores). Santino saves the day with his “Bull” Cobra (also with small horns attached to his head) and Jinder is pinned to the mat for three. Torito bounces around, as expected. Ole!
"Anyone moaning about the Union Jacks needs to get a sense of humor! Amazing!" - @TopRopeElbow
Sandow has no time for this and so, Kofi has short work made of him as Sandow hits an early You’re Welcome and pins mid card Kofi 1, 2, 3. Sandow is showing fire!
Axel and Ziggler put on a great Intercontinental Championship battle. Axel gets a Facebuster off the top rope but still manages to kick out at two. A Zig Zag is avoided and Axel wins with his Neck breaker. Both men look strong in this one. A must see.
Tamina is helping AJ, and helping AJ means beating up Brie’s twin sister Nikki. Nikki is all over things until Tamina rolls out to collect herself. Tamina returns with a relentless assault that sets up the Superfly Splash. Tamina wins and AJ skips around Nikki’s broken body. AJ’s chin meets Brie’s boots as she is dropkicked to the mat. Tamina is also confronted as Brie protects her sister from further violence. AJ and Tamina retreat up the ramp and Brie attends to Nikki.
The Shield visit a recovering Randy Orton in the trainer’s room and The Viper wants to know where his backup was earlier in the night. Ambrose and company make it clear to Randy that they do not work for him.
Tyson is pumped to be back. He’s working fast and hard and his high flying is unmatched, Fandango looks beat. A failed springboard attack leads to a reversal and a roll up pin for a three count. Fandango has shocked Tyson Kidd! One small mistake and Tyson is being consoled by Nattie as Fandango and Summer Rae dance up the ramp...sort of.
The Real American’s have a mouth piece named Zeb Coulter, his anti-UK rhetoric tries desperately to draw heat with bad politics and bad teeth. Cena will not be cheered though, the Smarks are out tonight and the Let’s Go Cena! is audibly softer than Cena Sucks! Cena is visibly distracted when Del Rio makes his way out to the announce table, with full music and video treatment, after the match had already begun. Cena fights back but Cesaro hits him with the Uppercut to counter Cena’s shoulder block. Antonio tries for the Swing on Cena but he reverses it into an STF and Swagger breaks it up. Cena takes care of both men with a cross body from the top onto Swagger, clotheslining Cesaro from the ring and making Jack tap to the STF. Cena has over come the odds! Again. Del Rio grabs a chair and attacks Cena. Alberto wraps the chair around Cena’s surgically repaired arm and stomped on it before he applied the Cross Arm breaker. Referees try to put off Del Rio but are making little progress. Big E to the rescue. Langston rips Del Rio off John’s arm and tosses him from the ring. Del Rio will not forget this.
“What does R Truth need to do to win this match?” -Jerry the King “Get lucky!” -JBL Ryback charges at Truth in the corner but is sidestepped. R Truth rolls up Ryback for a quick three count to win.“He got lucky!” -JBL
"The crowd didn't cheer because Truth won, they cheered because that boring match was finally over." - @UltraLiger
Del Rio has not forgotten. He wants Big E out of his personal business. Del Rio utilizes his recent aggression and stands toe to toe with the power lifter. Big E is still a little green at being a face and wastes time with the crowd while Del Rio figures a way to reverse the Big Ending into the Cross Arm breaker. Del Rio makes the big man tap. Lesson served.
Paul Heyman, with Axel, has joined the show in Manchester to voice his disapproval for Punk, his disdain for Ryback and his utter hatred of the WWE Universe. Punk, he hates for the beating he recieved and Ryback because he couldn’t get the job done. The Universe, however, is shunned for having provoked Punk to do those awful things to him. Paul promises he will return with a vengeance! (Is that still a PPV?) CM Punk beware! Punk’s anthem rings out. CM Punk quickly puts Axel to the side and corners Paul in his wheelchair. Punk spins Heyman around until he flops onto the canvas. Punk grabs Heyman’s own crutch and beats him with it until the crutch is no more.
Punk and Bryan make a good tandem. The two manage to fight off the three man Shield successfully until a double Spear from Reigns. The Shield beat down Bryan and try to keep him from his corner. Punk gets the hot tag and tries a GTS on Ambrose but switches it to Roman before he could interfere. A second GTS attempt on Ambrose fails but soon an Anaconda Vise is applied. Ambrose is in the center on the ring with no help in sight when, blackness falls. They’re here. The Wyatt’s are in the ring when the lights return. Bryan and Punk slide out while Harper and Rollins spit nose to nose. The Shield and Wyatt’s are fighting over who beats on Bryan and Punk. Harper and Rollins, Ambrose and Rowan, Bray and Roman are all punches until, simultaneously, they realize they can all beat on Bryan and Punk together. They swarm. The odds are skewed against the heroes until reinforcements arrive in the form of the Uso and Rhode’s boys. The Wyatt’s and the Shield retreat, the good guys have saved England!
By Richard Boudreau, Kayfabe Kickout Lead EditorCZWrestling.com
- Heading full steam into 'Cage of Death', 'Night of Infamy' was a night of amazing action & plenty of shocking CZW moments. Watch the live replay now at CZWiPPV.com
Shane Strickland will fight for the CZW Wired TV Title at 'Cage of Death' after beating Andrew Everett, Latin Dragon, Caleb Konley, & David Starr.
Greg Excellent beat Cherry Bomb in a match that saw him kiss Pepper Parks. At 'COD', it will be Greg & Mama Excellent vs. Pepper Parks & Cherry Bomb.
While addressing the crowd on behalf of the Campaign for a Better Combat Zone, Kimber Lee was challenged to a match at 'COD' by Christina Von Eerie.
CZW Wired TV champion Alex Colon w/ Chrissy Rivera, Azrieal, & Bandido, Jr. retained over John Silver.
Sozio w/ The Front pinned Dave Crist.
Jake Crist w/ Nevaeh beat Biff Busick w/ The Front, in spite of interference by CZW owner DJ Hyde.
Chris Dickinson beat the team of Milk Chocolate, Randu Summers & Brandon Watts.
CZW World Tag champions BLK Out (BLK Jeez & Robbie Mireno) retained over 4Loco (Azrieal & Bandido, Jr. w/ Chrissy Rivera).
CZW World Heavyweight champion Drew Gulak w/ The Campaign for a Better Combat Zone retained over Chuck Taylor.
In an 'Ultraviolent Scumbag Match' Drew Blood beat Devon Moore, hiding a handcuff key to unlock partners Ron Mathis & Rory Mondo while Danny Havoc & Lucky tHURTeen remained handcuffed, until CZW officials unlocked 'Nation of Intoxication' members. Matt Tremont came to the ring seeming to help 'The Nation', until he hit Havoc with a steel chair...and challenged The Nation at 'Cage of Death' on December 14.