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Rebooking every TNA/impact PPV from victory road 2004 to bound for glory 2021 part 10
2020.10.06 20:19 Glum-Fortune1342 Rebooking every TNA/impact PPV from victory road 2004 to bound for glory 2021 part 10
Final resolution (January) 2008
LAX def rock & rave infection (6:48)- the blowoff to this mini feud
3-way dance for x-division championship Johnny Devine (c) def kazarian vs jay lethal (14:02)
No disqualification match for knockouts championship Awesome Kong def Gail Kim (c) (12:44)
Robert roode def Scott Steiner (7:03)
Abyss def Chris Harris (11:25)- Harris turns heel on impact, saying he’s sick of being overlooked and having to prove himself even to his mates. Abyss says that wasn’t the case and he valued having Harris as an ally, but now he just wants to kick his arse.
TNA tag team championships AJ styles & tomko (c) def motor city machine guns (14:50)
Samoa Joe def Kevin Nash (5:18)
TNA world championship Kurt angle (c) def Christian Cage (18:45)- Christians slow face turn continues as he battles angle for leadership over the re-dubbed angles alliance. Christian goes so far as to ask AJ styles & tomko what side are they on and they don’t answer. Toward the end of the match Styles interferes and costs Christian the match after a phenomenal forearm to the back of the head.
Against all odds 2008
4 corners match for TNA tag team championships AJ styles & tomko (c) def james gang vs team 3D vs motor city machine guns (15:45)
Traci brooks def Payton banks (5:07)
Scott Steiner def Petey Williams (9:24)- Williams begins posing as little Petey pump which starts to annoy Steiner. Eventually steiner turns heel on him saying he doesn’t stand for imitators. After the match Williams doesn’t stop with the little Petey pump gimmick and eventually Steiner takes him under his wing as his protege.
Eric young def James storm (10:49)
Knockouts championship Awesome Kong (c) def ODB (6:54)
Abyss def Robert roode (12:30)
X-division championship Jay lethal def Johnny Devine (c) (14:42)
TNA championship with Samoa Joe as special guest enforcer Kurt angle (c) def Christian cage (20:40)- Christian demands to know why AJ turned his back on him and styles explains he did it because the stable used to AJ’s alliance before Christian started taking it over from him and what goes around comes around. After this he begins questioning tomkos loyalty to him but tomko is very nonchalant. With the tensions rising ever higher between he and angle, Cornette appoints Samoa Joe as special guest referee because of his past with both men and to make sure there’s no interference. This backfires however when Tomko sneaks in from the other side of the ring and costs Christian the match.
Destination X 2008
3-way dance Motor city machine guns def team 3D vs LAX (11:22)
X-division championship Jay lethal (c) def Petey Williams w/Scott Steiner (11:39)
James storm & Robert roode def Eric young & kaz (10:03)
3 way dance for knockouts championship Awesome Kong (c) def Gail Kim vs ODB (11:27)
Johnny Devine def shark boy (8:25)
Abyss def rhino (13:46)- abyss issues an open challenge for this PPV, fully prepared to take on all comers. It is answered by a returning rhino. After the match both men shake hands
Six-man tag Christian cage, Samoa Joe & sting def angles alliance ( Kurt angle, AJ Styles & tomko) (14:26)- after against all odds, Christian says angle has took everything from him and now he’s gonna make him pay. He wants to know why tomko turned on him and tomko says that Christian only ever saw him as a lackey but angle & AJ see him as an equal. Christian says he loved tomko but now he’s made his bed and now he’s got to lie in it. He challenges team angle to this match which they accept on the condition that he find two partners. Samoa Joe agrees to help him out despite their recent problems because he says he’s always hated angle & sting completes the trio, saying he still has unfinished business with angle.
X-scape match for X-division championship Jay lethal (c) def Petey Williams w/Scott Steiner vs consequences creed vs shark boy vs sonjay dutt vs Johnny Devine (10:45)
Queen of the cage to determine #1 contender for knockouts championship Roxxi laveaux def Christy hemme vs Angelina love vs velvet sky vs Salinas vs Jackie Moore (5:30)
5 team six sides of steel to determine #1 contender for tag team championships LAX def Eric young & kazarian vs motor city machine guns vs James gang vs rock & rave infection (14:45)
Robert roode def Kevin Nash (6:03)
3-way dance six sides of steel for knockouts championship Gail Kim def ODB vs awesome Kong (c) (8:30)
Lethal lockdown Christian cage, rhino, abyss, sting & Matt Morgan def AJ styles, tomko, team 3D & James storm (26:45)- Christian still wants revenge on AJ & tomko for their betrayal and challenges them to this match. They accept and both sides start recruiting partners. Sting still wants to stand by Christian as he can see he’s a changed man, he patches things up with rhino in the buildup, abyss agrees to put their past to one side because he still hates AJ, and Morgan agrees to join because he knows how sick corny Jim is of their rivalry messing up the main event scene. Team 3D agree to join up with Styles & tomko because of their past with Christian & storm joins because he wants to make a name for himself
Six sides of steel for TNA championship Samoa Joe def Kurt angle (c) (17:45)- Joe is sick of angle being a thorn in his side and wants to destroy the Olympic gold medalist so he puts the offer up for this match and if he loses he’ll retire from pro wrestling. Angle accepts because he sick of Joe too.
And that’s it for part 10. Come back tomorrow for part 11 which will cover sacrifice 2008 to hard justice 2008, including the formation of beer money. Thanks for reading
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2020.10.05 15:28 Glum-Fortune1342 Rebooking every TNA/impact PPV from Victory Road to Bound for glory 2021 part 9
No surrender 2007
X-division championship Jay lethal def Kurt Angle (c) (12:30)
Battle royal to determine #1 contender for TNA tag team championships AJ styles & Tomko win eliminating LAX last (14:45)
No disqualification match Rhino def James Storm (13:20)- the blowoff to this feud. Rhino wants to whip Storms arse all over the impact zone for trying to force him back off the wagon. Storm says he’s already beaten rhino twice but he’ll happily humiliate the man beast again.
Robert roode def kazarian (13:50)
TNA tag team championships Ron killings & Adam “pac-man” Jones def Kurt angle & sting (c) (5:30)- after hard justice angle picks sting as his tag partner. Sting accepts. In the match angle abandons sting and explains that he has already wrestled once tonight and has to wrestle once more so he’s got to save himself.
Chris Harris def raven (9:28)
Samoa Joe def Christian Cage (15:50)- by disqualification.
TNA championship Kurt angle (c) def abyss (19:30)- abyss wants to be champ again and says that while angle maybe an Olympic hero and hold all the gold, it will not help him against the monster. Angle says Abyss is too confident and eventhough he has to wrestle three times tonight, he’ll still be able to put wrestle abyss.
Bound for glory 2007
Ultimate X for X-division championship Jay lethal (c) def shark boy vs sonjay dutt vs Petey Williams vs Alex Shelley vs Chris Sabin vs Kaz (17:45)
3-way dance James storm def Eric young vs Robert roode (8:02)- nothing more than an excuse to get all three guys on the card
Six man tag LAX & Konan def triple X (12:33)
TNA tag team championships AJ styles & tomko def Ron killings & Adam “pac-man” Jones (c) (8:48)
Tag team tables match Steiner brothers def team 3D (12:43)- the blowoff to this feud between two legendary tag teams.
Gauntlet for the gold to crown the first ever knockouts champion Gail Kim wins eliminating Talia Madison last (12:12)
Special guest enforcer Matt Morgan Samoa Joe def Christian Cage (15:48)- Joe wants to get back in the title picture after hard justice. Christian begins antagonising Joe in the build-up to no surrender which leads to the match there. After that match Joe says Christian got away easily and wants to punish him properly so Cornette makes this match.
Monsters ball Abyss def raven vs rhino vs Chris Harris (11:09)
TNA championship Sting def Kurt angle (c) (18:20)- after no surrender sting says angles explanation for abandoning him isn’t good enough and he showed his true colours. Now sting wants revenge. Angle says he had to do what he did at no surrender to keep himself fresh but sting wouldn’t know what that’s like since he’s never had wrestle 3 matches in one night before.
Abyss def James Storm (8:04)- Storm calls out abyss on impact and begins running his mouth to him. Abyss wants to shut him up
Team 3D def motor city machine guns (17:37)- 3D take out their frustrations at losing the Steiner feud on smaller guys. They put Kazarian through a table on impact giving him a kayfabe back injury. The machine guns come out and say they won’t stand by while 3D bully their colleagues and challenge them to this match which 3D arrogantly accept.
Four way match for knockouts championship Gail Kim (c) def angel Williams vs ODB vs Roxxi Laveaux (9:01)
X-division championship Jay lethal (c) def Sonjay Dutt (12:01)
Tag team championships AJ styles & tomko (c) def LAX (10:43)
Chris Harris def Robert roode (11:22)
4 corners match for TNA world championship Kurt angle def sting (c) vs Samoa Joe vs Christian Cage (13:45)- angle cashes in his rematch clause, Joe wants to be champ again and still wants revenge on angle for turning on him at hard justice. Christian gets into the match by beating sting on impact and he wants to be champ again. Sting, who is willing to take on all comers, wants a lengthy title reign before he retires.
Turning point 2007
X-division championship Johnny Devine def jay lethal (c) (14:28)
Beautiful people def ODB & roxxi laveaux (6:02)
James Storm def Scott Steiner (8:12)- not learning his lesson from the abyss feud, storm interrupts a Scott Steiner promo and begins mouthing off to big poppa pump. Steiner wants to whip the young punks arse.
LAX def rock & rave infection (11:55)
Knockouts championship Gail Kim (c) def awesome Kong (8:23)- by disqualification
Six-man tag Motor city machine guns & kazarian def team 3D & raven (15:50)- kazarian returns from injury on the impact after genesis & wants revenge on 3D for putting him on the shelf. He & the guns want to shut up team 3D for good and challenge them to a six-man providing they can provide a third man. 3D accept and choose raven as their partner because of his past with kazarian.
Eight man tag Samoa Joe, abyss, Chris Harris & sting def angle’s alliance (Kurt angle, AJ Styles, tomko & Christian Cage) (14:41)- there’s a lot of rivalries here that get blown off & furthered here. These include Christian slowly turning babyface, the Joe/angle feud the sting/angle feud, abyss feud with AJ’s alliance earlier in the year & Harris teasing a heel turn.
And that’s it for part 9. Come back tomorrow for part 10 which will cover final resolution 2008 to lockdown 2008, including the furthering of the angle/Christian storyline and Samoa Joe’s rise back to the top. Thanks for reading.
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2020.10.03 19:39 Glum-Fortune1342 Rebooking every TNA/impact PPV from victory road 2004 to bound for glory 2021 part 7
Final resolution 2007
1 contender for x-division championship Alex Shelley def Austin Starr (14:59)
Last man standing match Rhino def AJ styles w/-christian cage (15:06)- AJ says he turned heel because he’s sick of toiling away in the midcard & tag division while big guys like rhino still get main events aplenty. Rhino says that isn’t the case anymore and styles has just let christian get into his head which leads to the match at turning point. After that match AJ begins to brag that it’s his time and starts hanging around with Christian. Rhino says they still have unfinished business and wants to destroy AJ so he challenges him to this match which styles accepts.
James storm def Petey Williams (6:50)
3-way dance for X-division championship Christopher Daniels (c) def Jerry Lynn vs Chris Sabin (11:50)
Tag team championships Team 3D def LAX (c) (10:21)
30 minute iron man match to determine #1 contender to TNA championship Samoa Joe def Kurt angle (3-2) (30:00)- with one win each so far, Joe challenges angle to this rubber match. Angle accepts. Cornette ups the ante by making it #1 contender
Monsters ball for TNA championship Abyss (c) w/ james Mitchell def sting (12:51)- sting wants to exercise his demons from genesis and shows an increasingly darker side to him in the build. This prompts Mitchell to challenge him to a monsters ball match for the TNA championship. Sting accepts
Against all odds 2007
Chris Sabin def Jerry Lynn (13:33)
Street fight for TNA tag team championships LAX def team 3D (c) (9:26)- after turning point lax say they want to beat up those two old farts team 3D to cement themselves. 3D want to teach them some respect which leads to the match at final resolution. After LAX say they aren’t licked yet and cash in their rematch clause. 3D make it a street fight to put these young punks in their place. Lax accept
X-division championship Christopher Daniels (c) def Alex Shelley (14:12)
Jacqueline w/ James storm def Christy hemme w/ Petey Williams (4:29)
Dog collar match AJ styles def rhino (15:07)- after turning point, Styles says he isn’t done with rhino yet and wants a rubber match. Rhino accepts on two conditions; Christian will not be there and he gets to choose the stipulation. Styles agrees. Rhino then makes it a dog collar match so styles can’t run from him.
Kurt angle def Christian Cage (16:03)
TNA championship Abyss (c) w/ James Mitchell vs Samoa Joe (17:28)- on the impact after final resolution, James Mitchell cuts a promo saying Abyss is unbeatable. Samoa Joe interrupts and tells him that everyone’s beatable and he’s gonna show that to his monster at against all odds. From there the feud is about who is the most dominant. The match ends in a double countout with both men brawling around the impact zone.
Destination X 2007
Tables match for TNA tag team championships LAX (c) def team 3D- after against all odds LAX challenge team 3D to this rubber match because they want to humiliate them in their own match. 3D accept. LAX win after interference from Konan.
Senshi def Austin Starr (8:21)
Mixed tag team match James Storm & Jacqueline def Petey Williams & Christy Hemme (8:05)
2 out of three falls for X-division championship Chris Sabin def Christopher Daniels (c) (2-1) (13:30)
Scaffold match Rhino def AJ Styles (12:40)- Christian interfered in the dog collar match and cost rhino the match. This sends rhino into a age and he asks Cornette for one more match with no interference allowed. Cornette agrees but says styles will choose the choose this time which rhino agrees to. Styles chooses this match, playing off rhinos previous neck issues.
3-way dance Christian Cage def Kurt angle vs sting (12:19)- all three men on the rebound here and want to get back in the main event picture ASAP.
Full metal mayhem for TNA championship Samoa Joe def Abyss w/James Mitchell (c) (18:02)- both men open the impact after against all odds by continuing their brawl from against all odds. This prompts Cornette to make this match with the added stipulation that if either man touch the other before the match it will be cancelled. This prompts Abyss to black hole slam Kurt angle after a match on an episode of impact just to get into joes head. The next week Joe batters James Mitchell prompting abyss to come down for the save.
X-scape match for X-division championship Chris Sabin (c) def senshi vs Jay lethal vs Sonjay Dutt vs Christopher Daniels vs Alex Shelley (15:50)
Six sides of steel with Eric young as special guest referee Robert roode def Petey Williams (10:14)- roode forced young to count the fall
Six sides of steel Gail Kim def Jacqueline (7:13)
Six sides of steel Austin Starr def shark boy (9:42)
Bull rope match six sides of steel James Storm def Chris Harris (10:05)-AMW implode. Harris returns on episode of impact and challenges his former partner to this match, wanting revenge. Storm accepts
Elimination match six sides of steel for TNA tag team championships LAX (c) def team 3D (15:36)- LAX brag that they retired team 3D at destination X in their own match. 3D interrupt and say they only won because of Konan and they want one more match at lockdown. LAX up the ante by making it an elimination match so they can take team 3D out one at a time. 3D accept.
Lethal lockdown match Samoa Joe, Kurt angle, rhino, sting & Jeff Jarrett def abyss, AJ styles, Christian Cage, tomko & Scott Steiner (28:04)- this match serves as the blowoff to the Samoa Joe/abyss feud. Jarrett returns on an episode of impact and pledges his allegiance to Samoa Joe’s team much to the shock of everyone. He explains that he came out of retirement to help Joes team because he wants a chance to make up for his past actions. Abyss cries foul play and brings back Scott Steiner to even the odds, he then asks Christian for a fifth member which leads to tomkos debut,
And that’s it for part 7. Come back tomorrow for part 8 which will cover sacrifice 2007 to hard justice 2007, including a Chris Harris push, matches for all the gold and a dream match between two legendary tag teams. Thanks for reading.
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2020.10.01 13:02 Glum-Fortune1342 Rebooking every TNA/impact PPV from victory road 2004 to bound for glory 2021 part 5
AJ Styles def Jushin thunder Liger (18:04- this match is part of a working relationship between TNA & NJPW
Raven def Johnny Devine w/Larry Zbyszko (5:30)
TNA tag team championships America’s Most Wanted (c) def the naturals (9:49)
Tag team street fight LAX def james gang (10:50)- this follows on from the match at lockdown. James gang still want to whip LAX’s arses. LAX want to prove it’s their time now and they don’t care what the James gang did in the past. Also their never called voodoo kin mafia, they just remain as the James gang.
X division championship Petey Williams def Christopher Daniels (c) (14:25)
Robert Roode w/ Eric Young & Scott D’amore def rhino (12:14)
Sting & Samoa Joe def Jeff Jarrett & Scott Steiner (14:30)- Jarrett continues to avoid sting at all costs after lockdown. Sting tells him he can’t hide behind Steiner forever forever and Cornette, who is sick of Jarrett, books a tag match for sacrifice. Jarrett & Steiner vs sting & a partner of his choosing. He handpicks Samoa Joe because he sees Joe as the future of this business.
Full metal mayhem for TNA world championship Christian Cage (c) def abyss w/James Mitchell (16:40)- after lockdown abyss & Mitchell say that Christian had to stoop down to the monsters level to retain his world championship. Christian says Abyss pushed him to the limit and he overcame the odds. Mitchell challenges Christian to this rematch thinking Christian can’t “overcome the monster” a second time. Christian reminds Mitchell he made his name in these types of matches and accepts.
Elimination match to determine #1 contender to X-division championship Senshi def Chris Sabin vs shark boy vs Sonjay dutt vs jay lethal (19:29)
Handicap match Team Canada def rhino (5:25)
LAX def team 3D (8:23)
X-division championship Petey Williams (c) def Alex Shelley (15:05)
TNA tag team championships AJ styles & Christopher Daniels def America’s Most Wanted (c) (17:44)
Samoa Joe def Scott Steiner (13:04)- Steiner thinks Joe is coming to take his spot on the roster. Joe thinks Steiner is a crazy old man.
King of the mountain match for TNA championship Christian Cage (c) def Jeff Jarrett vs sting vs abyss vs Ron Killings (23:04)- the main stories going in here are the feuds between sting & Jarrett & Christian & abyss. Killings beats Scott Steiner in qualifying match on impact.
Victory road 2006
Four corners match Chris Sabin def jay lethal vs Alex Shelley vs Johnny Devine (15:22)
Six man tag LAX & Konan def team 3D & brother runt (9:40)- lax are on a mission to take out all the legendary teams and make a name for themselves. Team 3D take exception to this and say they need to learn some respect.
Rhino def monty brown (13:18)
Kazarian def Sonjay dutt (11:14)
X-division championship Senshi def Petey Williams (c) (12:14)
If raven wins he is allowed to challenge for the TNA championship again Raven def Larry Zbyszko (3:48)
TNA tag team championships AJ styles & Christopher Daniels (c) def team Canada (12:08)
Four corners match to determine #1 contender to TNA world championship Sting def Ron killings vs abyss w/ James Mitchell vs Samoa Joe (14:09)- after slammiversary Cornette wants to find a new #1 contender to the TNA world championship so he makes this match. Sting still wants to take out Jarrett, especially after he’s granted a title match for this PPV, Abyss wants another crack at Christian as Mitchell says they still have unfinished business, Samoa Joe wants to dominate TNA regardless of who is champion and killings is sick of being overlooked
TNA world championship Jeff Jarrett def Christian Cage (c) (16:10)- Jarrett finally convinces Cornette to give him his one on one rematch for the title. Christian wants to shut Jarrett up for good so he agrees to the match.
Hard justice 2006
Chris Sabin def Alex Shelley (10:19)
Abyss def brother runt (6:17)
3-way dance Samoa Joe def monty brown vs rhino (13:37)
Gail Kim def sirelda (4:01)
3-way dance for X-division championship Senshi (c) def jay lethal vs Petey Williams w/ team Canada (10:35)
TNA tag team championships LAX def AJ styles & Christopher Daniels (c) (14:37)- LAX’s tear through the tag division has led them to this moment. Styles & Daniels want to finally teach these arrogant street punks a lesson. LAX want to destroy styles & Daniels bromance
TNA world championship Jeff Jarrett (c) def Christian cage vs Scott Steiner vs sting (15:09)- sting wants to finally beat up Jarrett, Christian cashes in his rematch clause & Jarrett adds Steiner to the match to stack the odds against the babyfaces.
And that’s it for part 5. Come back tomorrow for part 6 which will cover no surrender 2006 to turning point 2006, including the blowoff to the sting/Jarrett feud and the debut of Kurt angle. Thanks for reading.
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2020.09.26 17:31 ConorCulture Rebookiversary Pt. 8 - Slammiversary 10
Austin Aries (c) defeats Kid Kash to retain the X Division Championship
Austin Aries embarks on the same length title reign he did in real life, and is still holding the belt heading into Slammiversary. With this being the 10th anniversary of TNA, we need some special surprise people for the show. After the video package showing how we got here, Hulk Hogan comes out to open the show with a promo. Austin Aries interrupts and demands to know who the mystery man to face him is. It’s the returning Kid Kash reveals Hogan, who comes out fired up and ready to go. He moves like he’s still in ECW in his 20s, but ultimately succumbs to a Brainbuster from Aries, who keeps his title and is getting closer to the 300 day mark.
Hernandez defeats Samoa Joe (c) to win the TNA Television Championship
Samoa Joe wins the vacant title off early in the year and holds it to this point. He has a dominant run as around this time he started to act like he actually cared a bit more. Hernandez wants to win his first bit of singles gold in TNA, and does so. The encounter is exciting with both guys being high flying big men, and a Muscle Buster countered into a Border Toss.
Tara defeats Gail Kim (c) and Miss Tesmacher to win the Knockouts Championship
Miss Tessmacher is taken under the wing of Tara, telling her to use her wrestling ability instead of looks to get ahead in TNA. They win the Knockouts Tag Team Championships and manage to make it a Three-way Match for Slammiversary, against the champion Gail Kim who is currently in the midst of the longest Knockouts Championship reign of all time. Tara wins after a Widow’s Peak from the middle rope, becoming a duel champion. Despite the loss, Tessmacher celebrates with her. Since she’s no longer working for Bischoff, she ditches the “Miss” and becomes Brooke Tessmacher.
Mr. Anderson defeats RVD in a Full Metal Mayhem Match
After the Three-way match for the #1 Contenders between Hardy, Anderson and RVD went into The Charismatic Engima’s favour, Anderson is at RVD’s throat about costing him the match. This leads to him demanding another match, but he doesn’t receive such. So he takes his anger out on RVD, but RVS prepares for his attack by coming prepared with a steel chair. Next week though he’s surprise attacked with a chain. The week after is the final attack, where RVD hits a Superplex off the side a ladder through a table. Hogan then comes out and announces their match will be Full Metal Mayhem. RVD takes himself out after missing a Five Star Frogsplash through a table, allowing Anderson to pin him to win.
Bobby Roode defeats Sting with Hulk Hogan as special guest referee
Both these guys have changed a lot since last year. Sting would reform Fortune under Christopher Daniels, A.J. Styles, James Storm and Kazarian at Bound for Glory to defeat Immortal in the main event. Afterwards he would become the GM of Impact, as he said he was done with wrestling. But 6 months later, he met Bobby Roode, and soon enough he quit his position to face him at Victory Road. He would lose after inadvertently hurting himself, meanwhile Hulk Hogan would take the GM role, once again a babyface. After this loss Sting starts to go crazy, and his Joker Sting gimmick is born. Hogan is worried for his safety and if he’s in a good enough state to wrestle, but Sting convinces him through his unorthodox promos.
Bobby Roode meanwhile would get his world title push heading into Bound for Glory, where he would lose to Kurt Angle in a big surprise. In an even bigger surprise though, his Beer Money partner James Storm would defeat Angle the next week. This is one of the biggest feel good moments in TNA history, with everything right in the company. Immortal are gone, Sting is in charge, and James Storm has won the gold. But 8 days later at Turning Point, Bobby a Roode would smash Storm with a beer bottle to win the title off of him. This creates the two new top main eventers within two weeks.
Roode would hold the title until Lockdown; defeating guys like Sting, A.J. Styles, Jeff Hardy and Bully Ray, but would lose it back to James Storm in a Steel Cage Match. Roode would then resume his feud with Sting, which begun after Roode defeated him at Victory Road. The match was non-title though, and Sting wants a TNA World Heavyweight Championship match. He’s granted it by Hulk Hogan. Roode would attack Sting during the match though, and get into a fight with James Storm causing a no contest. It would restart though, with James Storm hitting Roode’s Northern Lariat to win. The week after, Sting would defeat Roode in a Lumberjack Match, showing his training did pay off. Roode isn’t happy, and challenges him to a match for Slammiversary. This was one of the highlights of the card, so everything including the post match stuff stays the same.
A.J. Styles and Kurt Angle defeat Bad Influence (c) to win the TNA World Tag Team Championships
Styles and Bad Influence have been at each other for months now, with Kazarian and Daniels constantly mentioning a secret of AJ’s they will expose.AJ refuses to believe they have any secret of his, and gets Kurt Angle on board to help him take the guys down. Bad Influence attacks Kurt with a chain on Impact, meaning he goes into the match with busted ribs. They then tell A.J. that at Slammiversary they will reveal to the entire world what Styles has been doing, but Styles still believes they know nothing about him. His primary concern is still if Kurt can go for the match.
They have the same match as they did in real life, a high impact affair between arguably the four best workers in the company. Styles and Angle win the tag titles off of Bad Influence, and then he takes to the mic. “Kurt, I’m so glad that you helped me win these titles. But, those injured ribs of yours - were my idea.” He then kicks him in the midsection and hits him with a Styles Clash. He then picks up both titles...and hands them over to Kaz and Daniels. A new power trio is in TNA, and Styles for the first time in 8 years - has turned to the dark side.
Joseph Park defeats Bully Ray (with Devon) in a Monster’s Ball Match
The storyline and segments stay the same, with Abyss leaving after Ray destroys him at the end of 2011. He wouldn’t be seen then, but instead Joseph Park would - Abyss’ lawyer brother here to convict Bully Ray. The only part is, Joseph Paris IS Abyss - he was beaten too badly by Ray and became schizophrenic. Park doesn’t know how to wrestle though, and has to go to OVW to train. He gives up though, and instead decides the match will be a Monster’s Ball. He will try and replicate his brothers magic and use the Monster’s Ball preparation to become as violent as possible.
The 24 hours in a cage with no food, water or sunlight changes Park - as this once again makes him Abyss. He enters out as Abyss despite with being advertised as Joseph Park wrestling. He would dominate as Abyss, taking apart Bully. Devon would then flash a mirror in Park’s face, and he turns back into Joseph. This allows Bully to get the upper hand. He then takes out some thumbtacks, and this then turns Park into Abyss. They start to go to town, but the mirror works once again to make him Joseph Park. Bully would then bust him open, and he once again becomes Abyss. Devon tries the mirror again, but it doesn’t work as he still sees the blood. He would then win as Abyss, tearing off his suit and putting his mask back on. Abyss has returned.
James Storm (c) defeats Jeff Hardy to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
James Storm wins the title off of Bobby Roode at Lockdown in their third match in the trilogy: Roode winning the first match after turning heel, a draw at Genesis in a Last Man Standing Match, and then Storm winning at Lockdown. Storm would then embark on a proper reign with the gold. After defeating Sting at Sacrifice, Jeff Hardy would come out on Impact for a promo. After winning the Three-way Match against Anderson and RVD, he comes out for a promo. He says that after last year, he has been an embarrassment for himself. What he did at Victory Road has changed him forever, and he will never truly recover. He lost his title, his rocket push as the leader of Immortal, his job, the trust of his friends, the trust of his family.
All he was left with was to take more pills, have another drink, smoke another, inject another, snort another, whatever. But he threw it all away. With nothing left, he needed a bit of magic to create something. And that was the hand of new GM Sting, the only man left who would give him a chance. He’s stayed on the clean and narrow since. He won’t turn on anyone or fall down again, this was his rebuilding time. Now the project is ready to finish. So 15 months later, he is competing for the title again. This will be his everything, it will be the biggest match of his life. So James Storm better hold onto his title for dear life, because there is no chance in hell he is keeping it.
Storm and Hardy have a contract signing where they both talk about those they’ve been betrayed by, those they betrayed, their self destructions, their rebuilding, and it all leads to here. Both with everything to fight for. Storm after exactly 10 years in TNA, showing up on the very first show and now being in the main event 10 years to date - now holding the world title after every hurdle. Jeff Hardy, having the most famous crumbling and fall from grace in TNA history, scratching and clawing his way to the top once again, now being back on top. Neither can lose, only victory. They wrestle like this is their mindset too. No moves keep the other down, every fibre of fighting spirit they have keeps them alive. It takes Storm a Last Call Superkick, followed by another, followed by one in the ring post to put Hardy down. Bloodied and battered, Hardy lays down.
Is this end?
Or; is it just the beginning?
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2020.08.25 21:44 AEWPunk525 Rebooking WWE throughout the 2010's. Part 34
Survival of the Fittest
Raw starts up the next night and we see CM Punk come out, he grabs a mic, and he says that after a hard fought battle, he is glad to still be WWE Champion, but Punk says that he did not do it fairly. Punk says that he knows the ref saw Mark Henry kick out at two, and he demands to know why the ref counted three anyway. Punk demands to know why that match did not go on longer. Paul Heyman then comes out, he looks at Punk and he says that yes, Mark Henry got screwed, it was simpily collateral damage. Punk asks Paul Heyman what he is talking about. Paul says that for the last eight years, one man has carried WWE on his back, and become a multi time World Champion, and main evented multiple Wrestlemanias. Paul Heyman says that man is John Cena. Punk looks very confused. Paul says that sure Cena has been on a losing streak as of recently, but with his new attitude, Paul sees a hunger in John Cena that he has never seen. Paul says that combined with his talent, that hunger could lead John Cena and Raw to perhaps be the pinnacle in all of professional wrestling. Paul tells Punk that he has been a legendary WWE Champion, but he cannot do what John Cena can do. Punk reminds Heyman that recently, he has beaten Cena not once, but twice. Paul then looks at Punk and he tells him that Batista once beat him twice in succession as well, but look at the third time that they met up. John Cena ended the career of Batista, and became WWE Champion. Paul says that luckily for Punk, John Cena wanted to face him over Mark Henry, that is why Mark got screwed. Paul tells Punk that if Cena wanted to face Mark Henry, then right now standing in this ring as WWE Champion, would be Mark Henry. Paul says that therefore at the next Pay Per View, Survivor Series, CM Punk will once again face off against John Cena with the WWE Championship on the line. Paul then tells Punk not to end up like Batista. Paul starts to get out of the ring, and then we hear the music of Mark Henry. Henry comes to the ring, and he looks at Heyman. Henry says that last night, he took everything CM Punk had, and he kept on kicking out, he kept on coming, only to get screwed out of the title. Mark Henry says that he demands a rematch with CM Punk for the WWE Championship. Paul then tells him that his hands are tied, he already made the match of John Cena vs CM Punk at Survivor Series. Mark Henry tells Paul that he has to make it right, he doesn’t care about Surivivor Series or John Cena, he wants a title shot against CM Punk. Paul tells him that he cannot do that, the match is already made. Mark Henry shakes his head, and he tells Paul that he is going to regret doing that to him then. Mark Henry gets out of the ring, and he storms to the back. After this we see Mark Henry erupting backstage, he is destroying all of the stage hands and everyone, he is going on a complete rampage. After this we see Daniel Bryan come out, he is taped up, and he has a black eye. Daniel comes to the ring, and he says that last night was insane. Daniel says that Ryback really did put up a hardcore fight, and he almost became IC Champion. But Daniel says that he did not give up, on anything, and he was able to hit the Flying Knee and pin Ryback. Daniel says that he looks forward to his next challenge. Ryback comes out again. Ryback grabs a mic and he tells Daniel to look at himself, and then look at Ryback. Ryback asks Daniel who it looks like won last night. Daniel tells Ryback that it probably looks like he won last night, but who is holding the Championship. Ryback tells Daniel that he didn’t need to add on that last part, but he is right, it does look like Ryback was the winner of the match. Ryback says that he wasn’t though. Ryback tells Daniel that he got one lucky strike in on him, and he won the match. Ryback asks Daniel if he is really looking forward to his next challenge? Daniel says that of course he is. Ryback then offers a proposition to Daniel. Ryback says that he doesn’t want to leave a match to a lucky strike, like the last time. Ryback challenges Daniel to a Last Man Standing match at Survivor Series. Daniel looks around at the crowd before accepting the match. Ryback tells Daniel, Good luck surviving, and then walks away. Up next we see Cody Rhodes come out to the ring, he says that he had a great showing last night, and he beat a former World Heavyweight Champion in the middle of this ring. Cody says that he already feels like he has sharpened himself up a little bit. Cody says that he isn’t done yet. Cody says that he wants to keep his momentum going. Cody issues another challenge to whomever would like to face him next. Yet again, nobody comes out. Cody tells everyone that is fine, although he expects a new challenger before Survivor Series. Cody then leaves the ring. After this we see Mark Henry in the back again, he is continuing to just destroy everything. Mark is also hurting anybody he sees backstage, he is causing this situation to be an absolute disaster. After this we see Serena come out with her newly won Women’s Championship, she says that this has been a long time coming for her. Serena says that for two and a half long years, she has fought for this moment, and she could not have won the title in a better way, from Aksana, who was taking the Women’s division backwards. Serena says that it means a great deal to her, and she thanks the fans for helping in this moment. Aksana comes out, she is clearly enraged, she cannot believe that she lost the title. Aksana starts yelling at Serena, she says that Serena does not deserve the championship, and next week, live on Raw, Aksana says that she is invoking her rematch clause. Serena tells her that the sooner they get this thing out of the way, the better. Serena then thanks Aksana and she tells her that she will see her next week. Raw then goes off the air.
Smackdown is up next and the first thing we see is the Usos come out, they talk about how epic the Tag Team match was at Hell in a Cell. Jey says that bodies were flying all over the place, and there was carnage everywhere. Jimmy then says that it ended with him hitting a huge Splash on Carlito for the win. Jimmy then tells everyone, that is how it is done. The Prime Time Players then come out, and they shake the Usos hands. Titus O’Neil says that it was a truly great showing at Hell in a Cell, and the Usos did win, but, like Jimmy said, he pinned Carlito. Titus says that he wasn’t pinned, and then Darren says that he wasn’t pinned either, and that neither of the Prime Time Players were pinned. Darren then says that he has an offer for the Usos. Darren says that he would love for the Prime Time Players to face the Usos for the Tag Team Championships, Jey says that he likes the sound of this idea. Then we hear the music of the Colons, they come to the ring. Carlito says that he hates the sound of this idea, because it does not involve the Colons, who are the best team in WWE. Carlito then offers his own challenge, he says that he wants a three on two Traditional Survivor Series match for the Tag Team Championships at Survivor Series. Jimmy says that he likes the sound of this idea, but he has a solution of his own, that he thinks everyone will like. Jimmy says that the Usos and the Prime Time Players have a healthy respect for each other, and they have good liking for each other. Jimmy then says that neither team likes or respects the Colons. Jimmy says that he wants an even fight, so he sees that there are three Colons, and between the Prime Time Players and the Usos, there are four men. Jimmys idea is for the Colons to find just one more man, whoever that is, and then at Survivor Series, they have a four on four traditional Survivor Series match. And in that match, if the Colons win, they will get a three on two shot at the Usos for the Tag Team Championships, but if the Prime Time Usos win, then the Prime Time Players will get their well deserved two on two shot at the Tag Team Championships. Jey then says that he for one votes for this idea, because he loves it. Titus O’Neil says that he is down for this, and then Darren Young soon agrees to this idea. Carlito and the Colons all talk to each other, before Carlito turns and tells all four men that they are on. After this we see Abyss come out, he is smiling and laughing, and he even pulls his stitches out, so that he can bleed out some more, while he speaks. Abyss says that he loved his rivalry with Kane. Abyss says that Kane was a worthy opponent for him, but now Kane has been destroyed, and he was destroyed in his own home of Hell in a Cell, by none other than the Monster Abyss himself. Abyss begins to laugh, and he says that nobody can stop him, and he is going to hold the US title for as long as he pleases. Abyss laughs, as the blood runs down his face, he then holds up the US Championship. Abyss leaves after this. Next up we have Cesaro come out, he talks about his victory over the Big Show, and he talks about how he was able to easily hit the Neutralizer on the five hundred pound giant. Cesaro says that he tried to warn the Big Show, but it did not work, and Big Show ended up on the ground, looking up at the lights at Hell in a Cell. Cesaro then says that he will keep all of this going until he gets his hands on Championship gold. Cesaro then leaves the ring. Next up we see Alex Riley in a random match, he is taking on the returning Chris Masters. Masters puts up a great fight and he gets the Master Lock locked in, but Alex falls forward and Masters hits his face on the Turnbuckle. Alex takes advantage and he hits his DDT on Chris Masters for the win. Finally we have Tyler Reks come out, he grabs a mic, he says that he did what he said he was going to do, he won the Triple Threat match at Hell in a Cell, but now he has to move on. Tyler says that he now has to face off against Triple H in a one on one match at Survivor Series. Tyler Reks says that unlike Triple H would tell anyone, he is looking forward to this match. Tyler says that it will be an honor just to step in the ring with the Game, let alone beat him in the ring. Tyler says that is exactly what is going to happen, he tells Triple H that he can hit him with two, three, or four Pedigrees if he wants to. Tyler says that he will kick out, and he will destroy Triple H with his Burning Hammer. Tyle Reks says that afterwards he will be moving on. Tyler Reks then leaves the ring, and Smackdown goes off the air.
Raw then starts up next and immediately we start out by seeing Mark Henry out in the Parking lot continuing his rampage from last week, he is flipping cars and everything. Mark Henry is not going to stop until he gets exactly what he wants. After the rampage we then see Cody Rhodes come out again, and once again, he says that he is looking for a challenge. Cody says that anyone will do, and that it does not matter who it is. Cody tells anyone that if they want to build any sort of stock, now may just be the time. Cody calls this his Survivor Series open challenge, he says that he is willing to face anyone, no matter how many wins or losses they have. Then we see Heath Slater come out. Slater gets in the ring. Cody says that he likes this. Cody says that Slater is just a man who would like to prove himself, he says that Slater has never won a Championship in WWE, but Cody says that he bets that Slater would like to in the future. Heath takes the mic, and he says that Cody is right. Slater says that he would love to win a Championship in the future. Heath says that he has a lot to prove. Heath says that he always felt like he was the weak link of the Nexus, and since the split, that feeling has done nothing but grow. Heath thanks Cody for the open challenge, and Heath then says that he gladly accepts. Cody and Heath then shake hands with each other. Heath then leaves the ring, and Cody tells the crowd that there they have it. Cody then leaves as well. Next up we see Ryback in a match with JTG. Ryback beats JTG senseless, meanwhile the whole time, he tries to count to ten as JTG is down, Ryback keeps getting to eight or nine before JTG gets up. Ryback then nails JTG with a Clothesline, and then counts all the way to ten. Ryback shrugs his shoulders and then hits Shell Shocked on JTG for the win. Next up we see John Cena get in the ring with Paul Heyman. Heyman introduces Cena as the next WWE Champion, and then he gives the mic to Cena. John says that he doesn’t care about what happened at Hell in a Cell, he does not care about Mark Henry’s temper tantrum, and he doesn't care that CM Punk was upset about the outcome of the match. Cena says that what he does care about is Survivor Series. Cena tells Paul that he is grateful for the spot at Survivor Series, but then he looks at the camera, and he tells Punk not to fool himself. Cena says that the Survivor Series spot was not worthy of anyone else other than John Cena. Cena then says that the same is true for the WWE Championship, nobody else is worthy of it other than John Cena. Cena tells Punk that he can put up as much of a fight as he wants, he can make it another Summerslam of King of the Ring classic if he wants, but there is no point. Cena says that at Survivor Series, Punk might as well just lay down in the middle of the ring, and let himself be pinned by John Cena. Cena tries to go on, but is interrupted by the Titantron. We see Mark Henry on the Titantron, and he is destroying absolutely everything, he makes it into Paul's office. Mark then destroys most of Paul's personal things. Mark grabs a picture of Paul's family, and he gets ready to smash it. Paul then cries out for Mark Henry to stop. Mark looks like he is going to do it, but Paul screams that he will make it right. Mark then listens. Paul tells him that next week he will be in a match. Paul tells Mark if he loses next week, then the Survivor Series match will remain John Cena vs CM Punk for the WWE Championship, but if Mark Henry wins, then he will be added to the match, making it a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship. Mark Henry puts down the photo, and we see that John Cena is upset. Paul tells Cena that he is sorry and that he had no choice, he had to do it. Cena then storms off away from the ring. Finally we have our main event for the Women’s Championship, it is between Serena and Aksana. Aksana goes right after Serena but soon Serena is able to gain the upper hand, and start taking it to Aksana, she batters Aksana and puts her in her place. Aksana does fight back at some points, but she is no match for Serena, who ends up pinning her in the middle of the ring. After the match is over Aksana then turns into a sore loser, and she grabs her perfume, and sprays it in the face of Serena. Aksana then goes on the attack on Serena. Gail Kim then comes to the rescue and she drives off Aksana. Raw then goes off the air.
Smackdown is up next and we see Triple H start out the show, he grabs a mic, he tells everyone that what Tyler Reks did at Hell in a Cell was impressive. Triple H says that Tyler has had an impressive reign so far, but the one thing that he has failed to do is successfully pin the most established challenger that he has yet faced. Triple H says that is probably by design, because Triple H says that he cannot be pinned by Tyler Reks. Triple H then says that Tyler is in way over his head, thinking that he can take so many Pedigrees. Triple H says that all Tyler will take is one, and then after that, Triple H says that he will be a fourteen time World Champion. Triple H says that he looks forward to facing Tyler Reks at Survivor Series, but he tells Tyler that he better hold that Championship tight, because he will not have it for that much longer. Triple H drops the mic and he walks away. Next up we have a number one contenders match to see who will face off against Abyss at Survivor Series. This is a match between Sheamus and Big Show. This match starts off like normal and we see both men go back and forth. Big Show then looks for a Chokeslam, but Sheamus punches Show in the face, and then hits a Brogue Kick. Sheamus then pins Big Show for the win. Sheamus celebrates in the ring, until Abyss makes his way out to the ring, that is when it hits Sheamus as to what he has just won. Abyss just looks at Sheamus and he laughs at him. Up next we finally see Carlito come out, and he says that he has a huge announcement. Carlito says that after a whole week of trying to pick a partner for the Colons, Primo, Epico, and himself have all come to a decision. Carlito says that years ago, before Primo and Epico, he was once in a tag team, and he spent a good while with his partner, and they knew each other well, and they worked well together. Carlito says that he went on to become a four time Tag Team Champion, while his partner went on to become a United States Champion. Carlito then tells everyone that it is time for a bit of a reunion. Carlito then welcomes Chris Masters. Masters comes out and tells Carlito that it is nice to see him again, and it is even nicer to team with him again. Masters says that he and Carlito were good in the day, now that they have come so far, they will be unstoppable, which is bad news for the Prime Time Players and the Usos. Masters says that at Survivor Series, don’t be surprised if it is a clean sweep. Masters drops the mic and the show goes off the air.
Raw is up next and it starts out with Gail Kim coming out. Gail says that everything that AJ and Serena have been saying over the past few months have been reinating with her. Gail says that she wants this division to move forward, she says that she is not a Diva, she is a superstar, that is why she helped out and defended Serena last week. Aksans then comes out, and she tries to attack Gail, the two get into a brawl, and Aksana uses her perfume to attack Gail with. Serena then comes out, and she fights off Aksana. Aksana is on the way out when Serena grabs a mic, she tells Aksana that it is getting too chaotic. Serens says that she wants to cut a deal with Aksana. Serena says that at Survivor Series it should be a five on five traditional Survivor Series match. Serena says that she already has Gail Kim, and she will search for three other women. Serena tells Aksana to search for four other women herself, so that they can make this thing official. Next up we see CM Punk in the back, he is asked about John Cena’s comments from last week. Punk says that there is absolutely no way, he would ever lay down for John Cena, he says that it just wouldn’t happen. In fact at Survivor Series, he looks to pin John Cena and remain WWE Champion. Punk is then asked about the Mark Henry situation. Punk says that he is rooting for Mark Henry, he really is, because him and Mark do have some unfinished business, and not only that, but it is funny to see a wrench thrown in Cena’s and Heyman’s plans. Punk says that if it is a Triple Threat, the only thing that will suck is that if he is out of the ring, and either Cena gets his ass kicked like he always does, or he cheats to win over Mark Henry, then Punk will no longer be WWE Champion. Punk says that other than that, he loves the idea of Henry being involved, Punk says that he deserves it. Punk then walks away. Up next we see Daniel Bryan in a match against JTG. This match is a bit more back and forth, but Daniel controls the match well. Daniel tries to do what Ryback did where he counts to ten. JTG keeps getting up though. Daniel eventuall gets frustrated, and he locks in the Lebell lock. JTG taps, but Daniel forces him to pass out. Daniel then counts to ten after the match is over. Finally we have our main event. Mark Henry comes out, and he finds out that he is in a three on one guantlet match. Dolph Ziggler comes out first. An angered Mark Henry goes right after Ziggler and he throttles him. Henry hits a quick World’s Strongest Slam on Ziggler and he pins him. We see Heyman watching from the back, he seems nervous. Next up we see Christian come out. Christian is able to put up a fight against Mark Henry, but Mark Henry is still able to overpower Christian and hit a World’s Strongest Slam. Mark then pins Christian. We see John Cena in the back next, he is nervous. Finally we see Alberto Del Rio come out to the ring. Alberto gets in a lot of offense, and he is even able to get Mark down and lock in the Cross ArmBreaker. Mark is able to power out, and then attack Del Rio. Mark gives Del Rio a World’s Strongest Slam and pins him for the win. Mark Henry is now added to the WWE Championship match at Survivor Series. We then see CM Punk in the back, he is shaking his head, and looking focused. Raw then goes off the air.
Smackdown is up next and we see Sheamus come out, he says that last week he earned a shot at Abyss at Survivor Series. Sheamus says that last week, he was a little worried, but then, he thought about it. Sheamus says that he is an irishman and all irishmen, love nothing more than to fight. Sheamus says that at Survivor Series, he will be in a normal match against Abyss, nothing special. All that means to Sheamus is that he will be in a huge fight, and what does he get if he wins the fight, well, he gets the United States title. Sheamus says that it is a win win for him, and he looks forward to Survivor Series. Sheamus then says that he will take the biggest beating of his life, but it will all be in good fun. Sheamus then drops his mic and he leaves the ring. Next up we have a one on one match between Jimmy Uso and Carlito. This match goes back and forth, until Primo distracts the ref, and Chris Masters comes in and hits the Master Lock Slam on Jimmy Uso. Carlito then pins Jimmy for the win. After this we see Cesaro in the back, he is asked about his time in WWE. Cesaro says that it has been great, he has not yet been pinned, and he beat a former World Champion at Hell in a Cell with ease. Cesaro says that he just looks forward to what is next, he says that perhaps he will get a US title shot. Cesaro then makes the remark that he is far more deserving than Sheamus is. Cesaro then walks away. After this we have our main event which is a match between Triple H and Shad Gaspard. Shad gives Triple H all he can, and he remains in control for a while, but Triple H uses his experience to take control of the match and give Shad a huge Spinebuster, followed by a Pedigree. Triple H wins this match, and him and Tyler Reks have a staredown after the match. Smackdown then goes off the air.
Raw is up next and we see Aksana in the back, she says that she has accepted the challenge of Serena, and she is happy to face her team at Survivor Series. Aksana says that she has already started building her team too, and as it turns out, there are some Women who loved the way she was taking the division. Aksana says that those two women that she is speaking of have already joined her team. Aksana then tells them to come on over, and as it turns out, they are Melina and Kelly Kelly. Aksana then tells Serena that she hopes that she has good luck finding some partners for Survivor Series. After this we see Ryback in another match, this time he is facing off against Dolph Ziggler, who is still hurt from last week. Ryback hits Ziggler with one Clothesline, counts to ten, shrugs his shoulders and then nails Ziggler with a Shell Shocked. Ryback then wins this match as well. After this we then see Serena in the back, she laughs at Aksanas choices and she says that she has a good pick of her own for this week, and that pick is Beth Phoenix. Serena tells Aksana not to get too upset when the whole thing is a squash match. After this we see Heath Slater in a match. He is facing off against Kofi Kingston. Heath does a good job throughout the entire match, but unfortunately for him he takes a misstep and Kofi hits a Trouble in Paradise, and pins Slater for the win. After the match Slater is very upset. Cody comes down to the ring, and he tells Heath that he did a very good job in that match, and not to be down about it. Heath leaves the ring looking upset. Finally we have John Cena come out and he says that for once he is not out there to address the Rock or CM Punk, he wants to take this time to address Mark Henry. Cena says that Mark Henry is nothing but a whiny little bitch who cries when he doesn’t get his way. Cena calls Henry and old man, and tells him that this is not the nineties anymore. Cena says that Henry’s time has passed, and he should have just stayed out of the buisness of John Cena. Mark Henry then comes out, and he looks at Cena and he tells Cena that he doesn’t get it. Henry says that he has waited for this moment for years, where he gains the WWE Championship for the first time. Henry tells John that he has had to wait so long for this moment, because John has always hogged the spotlight, while Henry has busted his ass. Henry says that he finally got a good opportunity at King of the Ring, and he won the tournament, then finally, he got his shot, only to be screwed by none other than John Cena. Mark says that at Survivor Series, he gets another shot at the WWE Championship, and this time he gets to get his hands on both John Cena and the WWE Champion, CM Punk. Mark says that at Survivor Series, he will gain the WWE Championship, and in the process of doing so, he will give John Cena a receipt for hogging the spotlight for all those years. Henry then leaves the ring and Raw goes off the air.
Smackdown is up next and we start out by seeing a match that pits Jey Uso against Chris Masters. Jey Uso looks good, but he is not primarely a singles wrestler. Masters is able to capatilize on this, and he gains the upper hand and he is able to defeat Jey Uso with the Master Lock. After this we see Tyler Reks in a match against Shad Gaspard. Shad once again puts up a good fight, but Tyler just keeps on coming. Tyler throws Shad all around the ring after a while and then we see Tyler Reks get Shad in position and hit the Burning Hammer. Tyler Reks then pins Shad for the win. After the match we hear the music of Triple H, who then comes out and he stands on stage looking at Tyler Reks. Tyler does not seem to budge, and he invites Triple H to come down to the ring, but he does not, and instead walks to the back. After this we then see Cesaro in a match against Ezekiel Jackson. Cesaro goes right after Ezekiel Jackson and lays on a huge attack, before he ultimately hits the Neutralizer and pins Ezekiel Jackson. Finally after this we see Abyss come out, he grabs a mic, he says that he has heard that Sheamus loves to fight. Abyss says that is good, because that is what he wants, a fight. Abyss tells Sheamus that of course it will be in good fun, because a fight and some brutality is always fun to Abyss. Abyss tells Sheamus to just ask Kane for example. Abyss then says at Survivor Series, Sheamus can put up as good of a fight as he wants to, but ironically, Sheamus will likely not survive Survivor Series. Abyss then drops the mic and he walks away. Smackdown then goes off the air.
The go home Raw is up next. We start out by seeing Serena in the back, she says that finally she has picked the final two women to join her team. Serena says that without further ado, she welcomes Mickie James and Layla to her team. Serena says that Aksana better have some really good picks in mind for tonight, because it seems like it will be completely one sided at Survivor Series. Up next we have Daniel Bryan in a match with Dolph Ziggler. Daniel knows what to do this time, and after a bit of a fight, he gets the Lebell Lock in on Ziggler and he forces him to pass out. Daniel wins and he starts to count to ten, but before he can finish, he is attacked by Ryback, who lays him out, before walking away. After this we see Heath Slater in a match with Alberto Del Rio. Heath puts up a really good fight, but he ultimately succombs to the Cross ArmBreaker. Heath is even more upset by this loss, Cody comes out again and he tells Heath that he did a great job in this match. Heath then yells at Cody and tells him to stop patronizing him. Heath then slaps Cody in the face hard, and he leaves the ring and walks away. Cody just has a look of shock on his face. After this we see Aksana in the back, she announces that her two final members also liked where she was taking the division. Aksana then introduces Maryse and Alicia Fox to her team. Aksana tells Serena that she is right, it will be a one sided match, and at the end of the night, Serena will be the one who is most disappointed by the match. Finally we see CM Punk come to the ring and he grabs a mic, he says that this Sunday will be the most difficult task of his title reign, but he looks forward to it. Punk says that the winner of this match will likely be the man to face the Rock at the Royal Rumble. Punk says that he also already knows that he has Mark Henry’s number, and as for John Cena. Punk says that if the past has proven anything, it is that John Cena is very beatable to CM Punk. John Cena then comes out and he grabs a mic. Cena says that he is sick and tired of Punk talking down to him. Cena says that he is the greatest to ever step in the ring. Cena says that this Sunday, he is going to begin to right his wrongs by beating CM Punk for the WWE Championship. CM Punk tells Cena to get over himself, he tells Cena that he should know by now, that Punk is the Best in the World. Mark Henry then comes out, and grabs a mic. Henry tells both men to just slow down for a second. Mark tells them that he is the third man in the match, and not to take him lightly. Cena tells Mark that he is nothing but a loser who has been aroubnd since the Attitude Era and never won a World title. Cena tells Henry that he can start talking when he is actually good. Mark then shoves Cena who starts hitting Mark Henry, these two start to fight, and Cena throws an elbow that hits CM Punk in the face. Punk then gets involved and all three men start fighting. Eventually Mark Henry delivers a World’s Strongest Slam to both Punk and Cena, and Mark Henry stands tall to close the show.
The go home Smackdown is next and we see Triple H start it out, he says that he admits he is in for a fight this Sunday. Triple H says that still nothing will change, all he needs to do is hit one Pedigree, and that is it. Tyler Reks is no longer Champion. Tyler Reks then comes out, and he tells Triple H that he keeps getting ahead of himself. Tyler reminds Triple H that he has never once stepped in a ring with him. Tyler then tells Triple H that this Sunday will be a life changing experience. Tyler says that he gets to step in the ring with the great Triple H and he gets to beat the great Triple H. Triple H is then seen laughing. Tyler Reks then walks to the back. Up next we see Primo and Epico going two on two with the Prime Time Players. This match is a good one, and the Usos are able to thwart Masters and Carlitos attempts to ruin the match. In the end the Prime Time Players are able to win this match, and afterwards it ends up in an all out brawl where the Usos and the Prime Time Players stand tall. Finally after this we have Sheamus in a match with Evan Bourne. Bourne looks good in this match, but in the end, he tries to jump on Sheamus only to be hit with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus wins the match. Abyss comes out after and he and Sheamus get into a fight where Abyss hits a Black Hole Slam on Sheamus. Abyss stands tall to end the night. Smackdown then goes off the air.
- The Prime Time Usos defeat the Colons
- Cody Rhodes defeats Heath Slater (Slater controls most of the match)
- Ryback wins the IC title from Daniel Bryan
- Abyss retains the US title against Sheamus
- Tyler Reks retains the World Heavyweight title against Triple H
- Team Serena squashes Team Aksana
- CM Punk retains his WWE title (After Punk pins Mark Henry, three men come out of the crowd, they are identified as Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns from NXT. These three men first destroy Mark Henry, and Roman Reigns lays him out with a Spear, and then the three attack CM Punk, they viciously attack and destroy him, and at this point we see that John Cena is directing these three and telling them what to do. The three then hit a Triple Power Bomb on Punk through the announce table. Cena shakes hands with all three men, and he looks down at Punk as Survivor Series comes to an end.)
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2020.08.03 00:54 AEWPunk525 Rebooking WWE throughout the 2010's. Part 26/1
Raw is on the night after Elimination Chamber, and we hear some unfamiliar music, we hear a song called the Cult of Personality, and we see CM Punk come out with the WWE Championship, he grabs a mic and he says that months ago at Money in the Bank he put Sting to sleep and he walked out with the WWE Championship. Punk says he did this, because he nor some of the other talent was getting the respect that they deserved. Punk says that walking out with the Championship was a message not only from him, but the talent that was being held down for the likes of Triple H, Sting, and Kevin Nash. Punk then says that he is the Voice of the Voiceless. And then he looks around at the crowd and he asks them all if they are wondering why he is back in WWE, Punk says two reasons, the first one is simple, Punk tells the audience that WWE has started to do better with their talent, they have started to actually use their talent, Punk says that it is a far cry from when he left, it is a far cry from Vince McMahon, Punk then says that quite frankly if Vince was still in charge, then he likely would just quit. Punk says that the fact that Rock is still in the main event of Wrestlemania instead of him still makes him sick of course, but Punk says that this one year, he will let that slide, because he feels like all the talent that needs a push is getting a push. Punk says to the audience to look at people like Cody Rhodes, Tyler Reks, Wade Barrett. Punk says that if Vince were in charge those men would have been released, because Vince was out of touch. Punk says that a few more guys to get cut would have likely been super talented guys like Justin Gabriel, John Morrison, and Drew McIntyre. Punk pauses for a minute and he smiles, he says that brings him to his second reason, the Royal Rumble winner himself, Drew McIntyre. Punk says that he has watched McIntyre and he has grown respect for him, he heard what he said, Punk says that he saw Drew not only speak out against Nash and Triple H, but Punk watched him put those men down. Punk says that Drew took control of Raw in his absence, and a lot of what he said stuck with Punk, Punk said that Drew reminded him of himself. And then Drew won the Rumble, and Punk was content staying in TNA and New Japan for a bit longer, but Drew called him out, and with the respect that Punk had gained for Drew, how could he not answer that challenge, so here he is. Punk says that at Wrestlemania 28, it will be CM Punk vs Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship. Drew comes out and he grabs a mic, he tells Punk that he is glad that he is back in WWE finally, Drew says that he hopes Punk enjoyed defending his title in the minor leagues, Drew says that now Punk is going to have to deal with the biggest challenge of his career. Drew says that he is going to kick Punk's head off, and he is going to take that WWE Championship from him. Punk says that he sure believes McIntyre, Punk says that Drew is good, for sure, but for Punk he treats every match like the biggest challenge of his career, he says to Drew that maybe he will kick his head off, but he will not take this WWE championship. Drew then tells Punk that we will see about that and he leaves. Punk tells him that we will see, and Punk says that he hopes Drew doesn’t bitch too much after he wakes up from his nap in the ring. Punk then leaves the ring. We see a graphic that the Rock will be appearing on Raw tonight. Next up we see Sting come out, he grabs a mic and he says that last night, he went bell to bell in the Elimination Chamber match, and he lost. Sting then says that at the Royal Rumble, he competed in the Rumble match, he broke the record for longest time in the Rumble, and he went bell to bell, but he lost. Sting says that he worked hard at those matches, and last night at Elimination Chamber Sting noticed someone else with the same tenacity as him. Sting watched Cody Rhodes successfully defend the Intercontenital Championship against one of the most brutal and animalistic competitors Sting has ever seen, Tyler Reks, in a brutal Falls Count Anywhere Iron Man match. Sting says that he has never held the Intercontenintal Championship before, and he has never faced the grandson of a plumber before, but with the tenacity that Cody has shown, and the tenacity that Sting has shown, Sting believes that the two men can burn the house down in a match. Sting says that Cody is not here tonight, but he wants to throw down the challenge before anyone else does. Sting says that at Wrestlemania 28, he wants Cody Rhodes in a match for the Intercontenintal Championship. Sting then leaves the ring. Next up we have AJ Lee come out, she says that last night the Chamber was almost too much for her, she says that she can’t believe how tough it was, but still she eliminated not one, but two women in that match, and she went on to win the whole thing. It’s just that after the match, she was attacked, and by not just anyone, but by Michelle McCool, the woman who dominated 2010. AJ says that if she wants a shot at the title then that is just fine, but she demands to know why she attacked her. AJ leaves the ring. Tyler Reks comes out next, he is enraged, he is yelling into the mic, he says that it should be Sting vs him at Wrestlemania, and he demands that Kevin Nash come out here and grant him the Intercontenintal Championship, since last night, he should have won, if it went into sudden death, he would have won the title. Kevin Nash is not coming out, and Reks keeps yelling at the top of his lungs. Then we hear a gong, and the lights go out, we hear another gong, and the lights come back on to reveal Tyler Reks laying in the ring, unconscious. Finally we see the Rock come out to the ring. Rock grabs a mic and asks everyone how they are doing tonight. Rock says that he wants to clear a few things up. One is that he was getting tired of hearing his name come from John Cena’s mouth every single week, he just wanted to shut Cena up, that is the real reason he came to Survivor Series, Rock says he didn’t care about Randy Orton, they had their issues eight years ago. But he did get the chance to send a message to John Cena. Rock says that the Royal Rumble was different, he just wanted to screw with Cena and give him a taste of his own medicine, Rock says that he remembered seeing Cena do something similar on Smackdown that cost Wade Barrett a few months of his career. Rock then goes onto Elimination Chamber, he says that he did what he did last night simpily because he wanted Cena one on one, Rock says that sure, it would be an honor to be in the same ring as Justin Gabriel, but it just isn’t about that, Rock says for years he has wanted to get his hands on Cena, and now he finally has the chance. Rock says that a third person would only get in the way, he doesn’t want that, he wants his full attention on John Cena, and he wants Cena to have his full attention on the Rock. John Cena then comes out, he tells the Rock that Rock has his full attention, but he tells the Rock to be careful what he wishes for, because now Cena plans on making sure the Rock never comes back to WWE or Hollywood, Cena says that now he plans on putting Rock in a wheelchair. The Rock grabs his mic, and he says that Cena finally understands how the Rock feels about him. Rock says that years ago Cena took shots at the Rock for leaving WWE for Hollywood, Rock says that Cena said he didn’t care about the fans. Rock says that couldn’t be farther from the truth, he loves these people, he says that if it wasn’t for them, he would have nothing, the Rock says he would be nothing. Rock says that he owes these people everything. Rock then says that Cena tried to turn these people on the Rock, and that made the Rock want to do more than just put Cena in a wheelchair, Rock says that he wanted to snap Cenas neck and put him in the ground for that. Rock says that Cena has called this the biggest match of his life at Wrestlemania, Rock says that he is damn right about that. Rock then says that it is not only his biggest match as well, but it is his only match, he has fought Austin and Hogan before, but right now, all he can see is John Cena, and at Wrestlemania, he is going to put Cena down for good. Rock then leaves Cena in the ring, and Raw goes off the air.
Smackdown is up next and the first person we see is Jusin Gabriel he grabs a mic, he says that at Elimination Chamber he won the right to become number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania, he finally did it. Gabriel says that he has never felt a bigger moment of joy in his life, he says that he celebrated for hours, and he called Teddy Long to thank him, he then called a few other people to thank them for helping him as well, he called Heath Slater, he called Ryback, he called David Otunga, and then he went to call his former leader, Wade Barrett, and that is when it hit him, Justin Gabriel says that at Wrestlemania it will be him vs Wade Barrett for the World Heavyweight Championship. Gabriel says that he still wants to thank Wade for helping him out and getting him to where he needs to go, he says that Wade got him a shot at the US title, and look how far that got Justin. Gabriel says thank you, and then he says that at Wrestlemania, even though Barrett is almost like a father figure to him, he will give it his all. Gabriel says that he did not come this far just to lose the biggest fight of his life. Wade Barrett comes out, and he looks at Justin Gabriel, he says to Justin that he is happy for him, and he says that Justin right behind him was always the most talented member of the Nexus, but that is the thing, he may have been talented, but he was always behind Wade Barrett, he was always led by Wade Barrett. Barrett says that there's a reason for this and that reason is because Wade was always meant to be World Champion, Justin would be US Champion at best, and Wade says that he was, he was one of the best, but the fact of the matter is, is that, Gabriel is not ready for what is coming to him at Wrestlemania, Wade says that last year, he almost beat the Undertaker, this year, Gabriel will be no problem. Wade then walks away, but Gabriel says to him that he better stop thinkting that way, or Wrestlemania will be too easy. Barrett turns to look at Gabriel. Justin says that Wade just does not understand. Gabriel says that he doesn’t want his friend in that ring, he doesn’t want his leader in that ring, and he certainly does not want some overly pompous asshole in that ring. Gabriel says that he wants the Wade Barrett in that ring. Wade looks confused. Gabriel says that he wants the Wade Barrett that nearly took Randy Ortons head off, he wants the Wade Barrett that led Nexus until they dethroned John Cena and took their place on top with Barrett at the helm. Justin says that he wants the ame Wade Barrett that the Undertaker got. Barrett tells Gabriel to be careful what he wishes for. Next up we see Teddy Long come out and he says that over the next couple weeks, Smackdown will hold a tournament to decide who faces off against Chris Masters at Wrestlemania for the US Championship, he says that tonight we will have Chris Jericho vs Alberto Del Rio, next week we will have Kaval vs Rey Mysterio, and in two weeks the winners of those matches will meet up to decide who challenges Chris Masters. Next up we see Miz and Riley come out, and they brag about how they defeated that fat slob, the Big Show. Miz continues to make fun of Big Show and call him worthless until he comes out, Big Show says that he has a proposition for Miz, Miz asks what it is, and Big Show says that he has to admit, Miz and Riley are really good in the ring together, they deserve to be Tag Team Champions, but Big Show wants to kick their asses and take their titles still, so he proposes that if he finds a partner, they face off against the Miz and Alex Riley for the Tag Team titles at Wrestlemania. Miz laughs at Big Show and so does Riley. Miz says that if Big Show can find a partner, which he doubts, then they can face them at Wrestlemania. Big Show thanks the both of them and he walks to the back. Next up we see Randy Orton come out, he says that it is outrageous that he does not have a spot at Wrestlemania, he says that thi year, he was Mr Money in the Bank, he won the World Heavyweight Championship, and he put three different men on the shelf this year, Randy says that he guesses that he is far to dangerous in this ring, and no one wants to be around him. Randy says that normally that would be fine, but this is Wrestlemania and he demands a challenge to come forward. Randy then leaves the ring. Next up is our main event of the evening and it is Chris Jericho vs Alberto Del Rio. These two men go at it for a bit, before Del Rio gets the CrossArmbreaker locked in. Jericho however is able to get to the ropes, Jericho then hits the Codebreaker, but Del Rio kicks out. Jericho wastes no time and he immediately goes for the LionTamer, he locks it in and Del Rio taps out. Jericho moves on to the finals in two weeks. Smackdown then goes off the air.
Raw is up next and we start out with John Cena coming out, he grabs a mic and he says that what the Rock said last week was more than powerful, but it was all a lie. Cena looks at the crowd and he tells them that it was, he says that the Rock calls himself the most electrifying man in all of entertainment, Cena says that he can manipulate the crowd with ease, and that is what he did last week. Cena says that if no one believes him, then look at it this way, he went to Hollywood because he was able to make more money, the only reason he came back last year, is because he was going to make huge money at Wrestlemania, and he did. Cena says that the Rock made far more last year than anyone else, and this year it will be the same, the Rock will not only be making more than John Cena, but he will be making more than CM Punk, Drew McIntyre, Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, and all the rest. Cena looks at the crowd, and he says that the Rock is a liar, Cena then says that he cares very much about the crowd, that is why he is here constantly, busting his ass for the WWE Universe. Cena says that at Wrestlemania he will bust his ass harder than ever before, and he will leave the Rock a broken mess in the ring. Cena looks at the camera and he says at Wrestlemania all the Rock needs to do is to just bring it. Cena throws down his mic and he leaves the ring. Next up we see Sheamus come out, and he says that this whole year he has failed, he says that he is th Celtic Warrior, and he should be World Champion, but he isn’t. Sheamus says that he lost the Royal Rumble, he says that he lost to Sting, John Cena, and a lot of other people. Sheamus says that he wants to change all of that, and he wants to start out at Wrestlemania, so Sheamus says if anyone wants to feel the might of the Brogue Kick then come out and answer his challenge. Daniel Bryan comes out and he goes to the ring, he grabs a mic, and he says that he feels the same way Sheamus does. Daniel says that he has lost a lot of big matches this year as well, and he too wants to turn it around at Wrestlemania. Daniel says that he accepts Sheamus’ challenge. Daniel extends his hand to Sheamus, and Sheamus laughs at Daniel, and he thanks Daniel for making it easy on him, he then says that he will see the little fella at Wrestlemania. Sheamus then leaves the ring laughing. Next up we have AJ Lee come out againa nd she grabs her mic and she says that she is still waiting on an answer from Michelle McCool, and this week, she is not leaving until she gets one. Kevin Nash then comes out, and he says to AJ that Michelle is not here this week, but she has heard AJ pleas, and next week on Raw, Michelle McCool will be in the building to speak about her actions against AJ Lee. Kevin then walks to the back and AJ looks happy with this answer. Next up we have Cody Rhodes come out, and he says that he was too badly hurt to appear on Raw last week, he says that he is still hurt, but he can at least move, and as for tonight he wanted to be here live, because he has a challenge to answer, and that challenge is Sting’s challenge for the Intercontenintal Championship at Wrestlemania. Cody says that Sting is an absolute Icon of the business, he says that Sting was the best to ever come from WCW, and on top of that, he is a multi time World Champion. Cody says that facing Sting would be an absolute honor, and to face Sting at Wrestlemania would be a dream come true, Cody says that it is no question, he accepts Sting's challenge, and he looks forward to defeating one of the best to ever step inside of the ring. Cody then leaves the ring. Next up we see Tyler Reks come out, and he grabs a mic, and he is laughing, he says that last week was a shock, he wasn’t expecting what he got, he wasn’t expecting the Undertaker, but that is what he got. Reks says that now Wrestlemania is just around the corner, and he feels like he has been chosen to be Undertaker's Wrestlemania opponent. Reks says that if the Undertaker wants to put his streak on the line against Tyler Reks, then fine, Reks says that he will take pleasure in destroying the Undertaker and breaking the streak. Reks then says that hopefully Undertaker shows his face soon and makes it official. Reks drops the mic and he leaves the Ring. Finally we see Drew McIntyre come to the ring and he grabs his mic, he says that finally CM Punk showed back up, and finally he accepted his challenge to a match for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. Drew says that no matter how good and how determined CM Punk thinks he is, he does not stand a chance at Wrestlemania. Drew says that Punk has wasted months in the minor leagues, and he has really lowered himself, now to go from that to facing off against one of the most dominant superstars in the World, Drew says that Punk will not stand a chance. CM Punk then comes out and goes down to the ring. Punk says that what Drew calls the Minor Leagues, Punk calls a gold mine. Punk says that those are the superstars of the future, and they are also some of the best superstars in the World, just like in WWE, Punk says that WWE also has some of the best superstars in the world, and those stars are who CM Punk has been fighting for. Punk then says that Drew is one of the best superstars in the world, but he has to learn his place, because he is just one of the best in the world, at Wrestlemania, Punk says that Drew will be going head to head with the absolute best in the world, and he is going to be put in his place by the best in the world. Punk looks at Drew, who is getting upset. Punk asks Drew if he wants to kick him in the head, Drew says that he would. Punk tells him to go ahead and try it. Drew says that he will save it for Wrestlemania, and he starts to walk away, but he quickly turns and goes for a Claymore Kick, but Punk ducks it, and Drew hits the ground, he gets up, and Punk picks him up for the GTS, but Drew escapes, and he rolls out of the ring. Punk tells Drew that he was this close to getting him. Drew looks furious as he storms off. Raw then goes off the air.
Smackdown then comes up next and we see a graphic for our main event between Kaval and Rey Mysterio, but first we see Randy Orton come out, he says that he has waited long enough, he demands that his Wrestlemania opponent show his face right now. We then hear the music of the returning Christian. Christian walks down to the ring and Orton asks him if he is still supposed to be on the shelf. Christian says that yes he is, but he came back tonight because he just wants to say one thing, and that is that a couple months back Orton punted him in the head, and took him out, for no other reason than to send a message. Christian said if it was anyone else, then maybe Randy would have gotten away with it, but seeing as how Randy is out here demanding a Wrestlemania match, that just simply is not going to happen, Christian says that by Wrestlemania he will be one hundred percent, and he says that he wants Orton one on one in a no DQ match. Orton says that is okay, as long as he gets a match at Wrestlemania. But Orton says that he will not be held accountable for what he does to Christian at Wrestlemania. Christian says that neither will he. Next up we have Big Show in the backstage area talking to Alberto Del Rio, and he says that he doesn’t like Del Rio that much, but he needs a partner for Wrestlemania. Del Rio says that Wrestlemania sounds great, but he doesn’t want to go there just to lose because of the Big Show. Del Rio tells Show to face it, Miz is right and he is worthless. Del Rio then walks away. Big Show seems a little flustered. Next we see Big Show again and he is talking to Khali, the only thing is, Khali doesn’t understand what Big Show is saying, and no one is able to translate, so Khali walks away. Big Show is getting more and more upset. Next up we see Wade Barrett walk out to the ring, and he grabs a microphone, he speaks into it and he says that he is kind of looking forward to Wrestlemania, not because he gets to face off against Justin Gabriel, but because ever since he got kicked in the head by Orton he feels like no one has kept their respect for him. Barrett says that everyone needs to remember that no one has ever been able to take the World Championship from him, clean, not Cena, not Orton, not Big Show, not Christian, not anyone. The only person able to beat Wade clean was the Undertaker at last year's Wrestlemania and even then, he did not take the title from Barrett, but even that helps Wades case, because Undertaker is the greatest Wrestlemania performer ever in WWE history, and after the match, he needed to be carted out, and what happened the next month? Wade put him on the shelf and took the World Heavyweight Championship anyway. Wade says that Justin is very talented, but compare their two resumes, and whose truly looks better? Barrett says come Wrestlemania he will knock the head off of Justin Gabriel and he will retain his World Heavyweight Championship, and he will gain back any sort of respect that he has lost. Wade drops the mic and he walks to the back. Next up we see Big Show again and he is talking to Finlay, he says that he has tlaked to just about everyone and no one wants to join him at Wrestlemania, Big Show then asks Finlay if he would join him. Finlay laughs and he says to take on Miz and Riley? Finlay asks Big Show what the point is, Finlay says that it will be a slaughter at Wrestlemania, and he refuses to work with that idea, the answer is a no. Big Show looks disheartened, until he looks off in the distance, he says to this person that he thought he would have no chance of partnering with him at Wrestlemania. Big Show then walks off. Finally we have our main event of Kaval vs Rey Mysterio. This is a very fast paced match, and these two men fight it out for a very long time, eventually Rey hits the 619, but Kaval rolls out of the way of the splash, he then gets on the top rope and he hits the Warriors Way for the win. After the match we see a graphic that says that next week we will see Chris Jericho vs Kaval in the finals. Smackdown then goes off the air.
Raw is up next and we start it out by seeing Michelle McCool come to the ring, she says that she is willing to explain her actions from Elimination Chamber, tonight. Michelle says that from 2009 to 2011, she ruled the Women’s division, she said that no one could take her title from her, except for the Woman she had by her side for a long time, Layla. Michelle says that she was too naive to realize that keeping Lalya so close for so long would be her downfall, but it was, and she learned something from that, but what she never learned, was why after she said I Quit, way back at Over the Limit did everyone forget about her? Michelle says that yes Kaitlyn came in, sure and everyone likes a shiny new toy, so Michelle was able to get past that, then AJ came in, and once again, everyone likes a shiny new toy, so she was able to forgive that, but then the year went on, and she saw AJ fight Trish Stratus. Michelle said that made her a bit jealous, because from the time she ruled over the division, she never once got an opportunity like that, and then it seemed like everyone wanted to fight AJ, such as Mickie James and Gail Kim. Michelle says that yes people did want to face her, but only for her title, she says that everyone wanted to face AJ because it seemed like they all wanted to see how they stacked up to AJ. Michelle says that she never once got such treatment, and to her that was unfair. And on top of all that Michelle says that she cannot believe AJ is taking credit for changing the Womens division, she says it is sick, Michelle says that she is truly the one to change the division. Michelle asks anyone if they remember the Divas Championship. Michelle says that she tossed it away like the garbage it was, she asks if anyone remembers her battles with Layla and Eve, she says that she was the first Woman to main event a Pay Per View, and she led Women inside Hell in a Cell. Michelle says that something caused her to snap, and it was a combination of all these things, that is why she attacked AJ Lee at Elimination Chamber. AJ comes out next and she grabs a mic, she looks at Michelle and she asks her if she is serious, she tells Michelle that she knows what she did for the Women in WWE, but the thing is, is that, yes Michelle did all of those things, but the fact of the matter is, is that AJ treats her opponents like actual people, AJ asks Michelle if she remembers piggy James? AJ says that is the reason that Michelle never got as much respect as AJ. AJ then says that unlike Michelle, she would challenge women to fight her for the Women’s title, as to where Michelle would bully the opponents that were either picked for her, or earned a number one contenders spot, and when Michelles opponents were too tough for her, she would cheat to win, because she is a coward. Michelle gets upset with this, and she cannot believe that she was just called a coward, she says to AJ that if she is a coward, how about the two fight each other at Wrestlemania for the Womens Championship. AJ says that she thought Michelle would never ask, AJ then tells Michelle that she is on. Next up we see Daniel Bryan come out and he says that last week was a humiliation, he says that he wanted to fight Sheamus in a friendly competition, but Sheamus had to do what he did last week. Daniel says that it is now personal and at Wrestlemania 28, he will go for nothing less than to make Sheamus tap out, and feel the humiliation that Daniel Bryan did last week. Next up we see John Cena in the back, he is asked how he is feeling about Wrestlemania, Cena says that he is feeling good, he says that at Wrestlemania he has no chance of losing that match, and he wonders how the Rock is doing sitting on his ass at home watching this. Cena is then told that ironically enough, the Rock is going to be onRaw live next week, to talk about what Cena said last week. John Cena then says that he looks forward to it, and he walks off. Next up we see Tyler Reks come out, and he grabs a mic, he asks where the Undertaker is at, he says that he is waiting for the lights to go out and the Deadman to appear in front of him. Tyler waits for a minute, and he says that is exactly what he thought, the Undertaker is a true coward, Reks says that Undertaker thought about fighting him at Wrestlemania, but changed his mind because he saw what Tyler is capable of. Kevin Nash then comes out and he says to Tyler that he has just gotten word that next week live on Raw the Undertaker will be in the building to confront Tyler Reks. Reks laughs at this and he tells Nash that he will be waiting. Next up we see Sting in the back and he says that he heard Cody last week, and he looks forward to Wrestlemania, but he says that he cannot believe that Cody just thinks that he is going to beat him so easily at Wrestlemania, Sting reminds Cody of sixty three minutes. Sting says he on the other hand knows that it will not be so easy, but he will beat Cody and become the new Intercontenintal Champion. Sting then walks away. Finally we get to see CM Punk in his return match to WWE, he is taking on Jack Swagger. Punk looks great in this match, he taught Swagger throughout the match and he continues to outmanevre him, until he gets Swagger in the Anaconda Vice and makes him tap out. After the match Punk is hit hard by a surprise Claymore Kick by Drew McIntyre. Drew stands tall over Punk to close out the show.
Smackdown is up next and we start out by seeing Miz and Riley come out, and they make fun of the Big Show, they say that old slob cannot seem to find a partner. Miz says that is no surprise, who wants Big Show as a partner anymore. Miz says that he made that mistake once, and so did Chris Jericho, and look what happened the Big Shows empty head ended up costing them the Tag Team titles. Miz then looks at Riley, and he says now, he has actually found a good partner, and look, they have dominated the Tag Team scene this year, they even put a whooping on the Big Show. Miz then says that anyone who wants a shot at the titles can come out now and stake their claim. Big Show comes out, and Miz and Riley roll their eyes. Big Show comes out and he tells Miz to calm down for a second and hold up, because Big Show says that he has a partner after all. Miz asks Show who it is. Big Show tells Miz that he will not find that out now, instead, next week, they will have a contract signing for their match at Wrestlemania. Miz says that it is just some ploy to get the Big Show another Handicap match for the Championships, but whatever. Miz says that it is fine, and that he will see the Big Show next week. Big Show says thank you to Miz and he walks to the back. Next up we have Christian in a match with Alberto Del Rio. Both men fight well, but Christian is able to hit the Killswitch on Alberto Del Rio and win the match. Afterwards, Randy Orton tries to RKO Christian but he gets hit with a Killswitch as well, and Christian is able to walk away from the ring. Next up we have Justin Gabriel come out and he grabs a mic, he takes asecond before he speaks, but he ends up saying that he hopes that everyone doesn’t get the feeling that him and Wade Barrett are mortal enemies. Gabriel says that they love each other, they came up together, in fact Gabriel asks the crowd if he can take them back a little bit to NXT season one, he says that him and Barrett both worked hard in that show, and they were both disrespected in that show, but needless to say, they earned that respect later on, when Wade led Gabriel and the Nexus to great success. Gabriel says he respects Wade; he thinks he will one day be a hall of famer for sure. He once again thanks Wade for getting him that US title shot so long ago, because without that, he would be nowhere. Gabriel says to the audience, that both him and Wade are extremely competitive, and though they are friends, maybe even brothers, at Wrestlemania they will fight like they are years long enemies. Gabriel then leaves the ring. Finally our main event is Chris Jericho vs Kaval. This match is a good one, Jericho gets beat up pretty bad, and he gets hit with the Warriors way, but he kicks out and he keeps on coming, soon after he is able to hit Kaval with the Codebreaker and pin him for the win. Jericho is victorious, and after the match Chris Masters stands atop the stage and holds up his US title, while he smirks at Jericho. Smackdown then goes off the air.
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2020.08.01 13:30 hunter15991 An Overview of Arizona Primary Races - Part 4: Legislative Districts 11-20
Welcome back to my omnibus compendium of Arizona’s upcoming primary races in the style of my 2018 summaries. The primary is set to take place August 4th – early voting ballots should have been mailed out on or around July 8th.
Arizona’s a really interesting state (I may be a hair biased), since it not only is home to 2-3 swing House seats and a high-profile Senate race, but also tenuous majorities in both state houses that could – theoretically – neuter Ducey’s trifecta this fall. And counties have their races this year as well, so I’ve highlighted some of the fireworks ongoing in Maricopa.
And this is before factoring in the fact that our state is a COVID-19 hotspot, with an unpopular Republican Governor doing almost nothing to stop it.
If you’re interested about which district you live in, check https://azredistricting.org/districtlocato
. If you want to get involved with your local Democratic party, find your legislative district on the previous link (NOT CD), and then search for your LD’s name at this link
. Feel free to attend meetings, they’re a great way to get involved with candidates and like-minded individuals.
If you wish to donate to a “clean elections” candidate (mentioned in the post as “clean”), you will have to live in that candidate’s legislative district to give qualifying $5 contributions (check here if anyone needs it
in your area), but they are allowed to accept a limited amount of “seed money” from people outside of the district. The three CorpComm candidates can take $5’s statewide.
If you do not want to vote at the polls, you will need to request an early ballot using the website of your county’s recorder prior to July 4th. Example links for Maricopa
, and Pinal
. Others available if needed.
Race ratings for listed primaries will be listed as Safe/Likely/Leans/Tilt/Tossup (alternatively Solid instead of Safe if my mind blanks) and are not indicative of my own preference for that seat. I’ll denote my personal primary preferences at the end of this series, as well as the best Republican ticket for the Dems if someone here really really wants to pull a GOP ballot in the primary. I do not advise it, but since I can't stop ya, you'll get my best suggestions.
Write-in candidates have yet to file, which could give us an outside chance at getting some Libertarians on the ballot (the Greens have lost their ballot access).
If you have any questions about voting in the primary, which races are the most contested, and how to get involved with other Democrats in Arizona, feel free to PM me.
All fundraising numbers here are as of 7/18/2020 (“Q2”).
District stats are listed for the race that involved the top Democratic vote-getter in the past two midterm cycles plus the last two presidential races, taken from Daily Kos’s legislative sheet
– Clinton’16, Obama’12, Sinema’18, and Garcia’14 (not his 2018 run
). Part 1: Statewide and Congressional Races Part 2: Maricopa County Races Update 1: Congressional and County Rating Updates Part 3: Legislative Districts 1-10 ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN SOLELY IN MY CAPACITY AS A VOTER IN ARIZONA, AND NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF ANY ORGANIZATIONS I WORK/ED FOR OR AM/WAS A MEMBER OF. THIS POST IS IN NO WAY ENDORSED BY THE ARIZONA DEMOCRATIC PARTY OR ANY SUB-ORGANIZATION THEREOF, OR ANY FILED CANDIDATE. Alright, let’s get cracking, y’all. I’m going to try to save time and characters on the safer seats when I can, although of course I’ll expound on any fun stuff that comes up.
Legislative District 11 (McSally+9.93, Trump+13.9, Douglas+16.7, Romney+19.3)
The first district in this writeup installment is LD11, a district very close geographically and politically to LD8. Unlike LD8, however, LD11 has slowly been trending towards Democrats, instead of away from them. Encompassing the southern half of Pinal (including a large chunk of Casa Grande) and bits of Pima, LD11 could swing under the right conditions, but is probably a safe seat this year. That’s disappointing, since the incumbents in the district are pretty darn nasty.
Incumbent Senator Venden “Vince” Leach ($98K COH), a sort-of Great Value Mitch McConnell, loves to spend his time filing SB1487 complaints against various liberal towns in Arizona – basically, suing cities over their attempts to go above and beyond state law when it comes to certain issues. Leach leads the SB1487 leaderboard with 4 SB1487 suits, most recently targeting Pima County over COVID-19 safety regulations that were slightly stricter than state law. Joining the suit were his House counterparts, COVID-19 conspiracy-monger Bret Roberts ($22.4K COH) and actual goddamn Oathkeeper and Charlottesville truther Mark Finchem ($27K COH).
Facing Finchem and Roberts is the Democratic House nominee for LD11, Dr. Felipe Perez ($24.2K COH). Perez has made few waves online and I haven’t seen him even in the same tier of candidates as Girard in LD8, so he’s probably not going to supercharge this district into Dem. territory. But given the spike in public approval for the healthcare industry due to COVID, he may get lucky. On the Senate side, Leach’s opponent will be one of retired public administrator Linda Patterson ($4.7K COH, Clean) and Marine drill instructor Joanna Mendoza ($14.5K COH). Anything could happen between now and August, but Mendoza currently has a significant organizational, political (endorsements) and fiscal advantage over Patterson, and will probably be the nominee come August.
A well-run race could feasibly knock out Finchem or Roberts, but I’ve yet to see that happen. Still, it’s far out enough that I’m not going to slam the door shut on a Perez win just yet.
hunter15991 Rating: GOP primary unopposed, Safe Mendoza, Perez unopposed, Safe Leach, Safe Roberts, Likely Finchem general
Legislative District 12 (McSally+17.19, Trump+24.5, Douglas+17.84, Romney+33.35)
Really not going to focus much on this district to save space, as it’s a snoozefest. House Majority Leader Warren Petersen ($84.8K COH) is running for Senate to replace outgoing Sen. Eddie Farnsworth. Petersen faces Haitian DREAMer. former teacher, and 2018 LD-12 House nominee Lynsey Robinson ($1.4K COH). Robinson’s a great person, but lost her House race against Petersen by the 1v1 equivalent of 20 points, and shows no sign of knocking him off this time around.
Petersen’s runningmates, Rep. Travis Grantham ($39K COH) and Queen Creek Councilman Jake Hoffman ($107.7K COH) are unopposed in both the primary and general.
hunter15991 Rating: Primaries all unopposed, Safe Petersen general, GOP House unopposed
Legislative District 13 (McSally+21.59, Trump+26.96, Douglas+26.22, Romney+31.62)
Moving on to another Safe GOP district with not much activity – LD13! Stretching from the whiter Yuma neighborhoods all the way to Phoenix exurbs in Maricopa County (and the mirror image of LD4 to its south), LD13 routinely sends Republican slates to the legislature. This year, incumbents Sen. Sine Kerr ($58.5K COH), Rep. Tim Dunn ($60.4K COH), and Rep. Joanne Osborne ($15K COH) are all fighting to hold their seats.
Kerr is unopposed in both the primary and general, while Dunn and Osborne are in the opposite situation – they’ve got two elections between now and inauguration day. Democratic paralegal Mariana Sandoval ($3.1K COH, Clean) will put up little resistance for the GOP in the general, but the entrance of former Senator and former Speaker Pro Tem Steve Montenegro ($27.8K COH) could really shake up the LD13 House primary. Montenegro, a Salvadoran-American legislator who resigned his Senate seat to run for the CD-8 special election primary (he placed 3rd, ultimately losing to then-Sen. Debbie Lesko), was a rising star in the AZ-GOP before his resignation and contemporaneous sexting scandal. This Senate run could be a good way for him to get his foot back in the door, and since his election would single-handedly double the amount of non-white Republicans in the legislator, I would figure that some Arizona Republicans are excited that Montenegro is throwing his hat back into the ring.
I haven’t seen much about this primary online, but there’s vague general on GOP pages dinging Montenegro for his ties to a 2016 National Popular Vote bill in the legislature, which is a big purity sticking point for the further-right members of the Arizona GOP. That being said, the chatter is vague at best, and Montenegro has enough conservative cred (with endorsements from people like Joe Arpaio and former Rep. Trent Franks back during his special election run) that he will primarily face issues over the sexting scandal.
I’ll give Osborne and Dunn a slight advantage over their incumbency, financial well-being, and the issues in Montenegro’s closet, but this is a really tight race and Montenegro could very well end up back in the legislature this time next year.
hunter15991 Rating: Dem. unopposed, Kerr unopposed, Tilt Osborne, Tilt Dunn, All Safe GOP general
Legislative District 14 (McSally+23.83, Trump+26.24, Douglas+22.88, Romney+26.84)
This is yet another district where Democrats stand no real chance in competing this year, and haven’t in quite some time. Situated in SE Arizona, LD14 once incorporated some ancestrally Democratic mining towns in Greenlee and Graham County, but they’ve grown red enough in the past couple of decades that this district is now held by three GOP legislators.
Former House Speaker and current Sen. David Gowan ($60.9K COH) (who was previously in the news for trying to use a state vehicle to assist in a failed Congressional campaign) faces realtor Bob Karp ($12.9K COH, Clean) in the general, while House incumbents Rep. Gail “Tax porn to build the wall” Griffin” ($50.5K COH) and Rep. Becky Nutt ($47.4K COH) face retired union activist Ronnie Maestas-Condos ($686 COH, Clean) and teacher Kim Beach-Moschetti ($13K COH, Clean). All 3 races will probably be easy GOP wins.
hunter15991 Rating: Candidates unopposed in primaries, All Safe GOP general
Legislative District 15 (McSally+8.01, Trump+16.61, Douglas+11.06, Romney+25.44)
LD15, up in Northern Scottsdale and Phoenix, is one of the final frontiers of suburban expansion for Arizona Democrats, along with the Mormon suburbs of the far East Valley (LD12, 16, and 25). A very wealthy area, LD15 has routinely been a GOP stronghold – but their hold on the area has been dissipating steadily rapidly in the Trump era. In 2018, two Dem. House candidates both managed to outperform the “single-shot” performance of a 2016 candidate, and Kristin Dybvig-Pawelko ($48.6K COH, hereafter “KDP”) improved on the district’s 2016 State Senate margin by several points despite facing a significantly more difficult opponent than the 2016 Democrat.
KDP is running again this year, as a single-shot candidate for the State House. Her opponents have yet to be set in stone, as both GOP Representatives are vacating their seats to run for higher office, and there are three GOP candidates in the August primary vying for two nominations. Veteran Steve Kaiser ($13.6K COH) and State House policy adviser Justin Wilmeth ($16K COH, $5.2K self-funded) are the nominal establishment picks for both seats, and have been endorsed by a whole host of GOP legislators. However, they face stiff competition from businessman Jarret Hamstreet ($23.2K COH, $10K self-funded), who boasts endorsements from GOP power-players like the local Chamber of Commerce and the NRA, as well as tacit support from the incumbent Senator in the district Heather Carter ($101.2K COH) (somewhat of an Arizona Lisa Murkowski). I’ve been able to find very little chatter on the race, but with Hamstreet’s significant fundraising advantage I definitely think he secures one of the two nominations this November. While the district is still quite red, KDP is no spring chicken, and facing Kasier, Hamstreet, or Wilmeth will be a lot easier than her run against Carter in 2018.
If I’m going to be honest, it is the GOP Senate primary that is almost as important as the House general election. Heather Carter has gotten on the bad side of quite a few conservative legislators during her tenure in the Senate, holding up GOP budgets with her partner in crime Paul Boyer in 2019 over a stalled child sexual assault statute of limitations bill and this year over an amendment to give additional funding to firefighters for PPE and to students for tuition support.
That amendment failed 15-15 thanks to one Kate Brophy McGee - more on her later.
Carter’s actual attempts at moderation (as opposed to McGee’s performative bullshit) has inspired current State Rep. Nancy Barto ($9.9K COH) to challenge her for the Senate. Barto has the support of both Kaiser and Wilmeth (as well as most of the GOP establishment) but has been routinely lagging behind Carter in fundraising (both in terms of current COH and overall amount raised). Carter has been bringing in more “moderate” and pro-public education GOP volunteers from all over Phoenix and is sure to put up a fight in August. As it stands, I think she narrowly pulls it off. There is no Democratic Senate opponent in the general, so winning the primary automatically wins the seat.
If you’ve got GOP friends in AZ who just can’t bare phonebanking for Democratic candidates but complain about the state of the Republican party, send them her way.
Carter has beliefs. Barto has none.
hunter15991 Rating: Dem. unopposed, Tilt Carter, Lean Hamstreet, Tilt Kaiser, GOP Sen. unopposed in general, Likely Hamstreet, 2nd GOP unopposed
- CarteHamstreet: $124.4K
- KDP: $48.6K
- Barto coalition (KaiseWilmeth/Barto): $40.5K
Legislative District 16 (McSally+17.58, Trump+28.37, Douglas+17, Romney+28.11)
LD16, out on the border between Pinal and Maricopa County, is probably the reddest district in Arizona that could still be relatively considered “suburban”. The only Democratic candidate is write-in House candidate Rev. Helen Hunter ($783 COH), and while her background is stellar (incl. past work with the NAACP, Mesa PD’s Use of Force Committee, and other community involvement), there isn’t even a guarantee she’ll make it onto the November ballot.
Meanwhile, Rep. Kelly Townsend ($15.5K COH) has tired of the State House (just like she tired of her furry fursona, and is running unopposed for State Senate.
The real drama, therefore, is in the GOP State House primary to win Townsend’s old seat. Incumbent Rep. John Fillmore ($12.9K COH) is running for another term, and seems set to win one of the two nominations. Townsend’s former seat is contested by respiratory therapist Liza Godzich ($14.6K COH) (who wins the “most moderate” title by default by virtue of taking COVID kinda seriously), CorpComm policy advisor Jacqueline Parker ($16.4K COH), and school choice activist/general lunatic Forest Moriarty ($17.7K COH).
Moriarty has the valuable Townsend endorsement, but has not been able to consolidate support easily elsewhere – Parker’s CorpComm ties let her bring quite a few assets of her own to bear, as well as endorsements from Congressman Andy Biggs and the NRA.
This election will be a test of Townsend’s downballot coattails, as well as those of the school choice movement in AZ parlaying any support they may have into legislative results. Success for Moriarty here could go as far as inspiring Townsend to run for Governor. We’ll see if it comes to that.
hunter15991 Rating: No Dem. filed (pending write-in), Townsend unopposed, Lean Fillmore, Tossup ParkeMoriarty, GOP unopposed in general
Legislative District 17 (Sinema+3.53, Trump+4.09, Douglas+3.12, Romney+14.16)
One of the reasons I significantly delayed writing these writeups was because I was dreading writing about LD17. Not to doxx myself completely, but in 2018 I had far too many negative encounters with the incumbent Democratic Representative, Jennifer Pawlik ($101.3K COH) that made me routinely question my support of her. I’m still trying to heal the wounds in multiple relationships I have with friends that were caused by Pawlik’s actions.
I deeply regret ever lifting a finger to help her when I had opportunities in other districts. But because her actions never got physical, because the stakes are so high this year, and because too much unsubstantiated negative talk about a candidate can get a post deleted - I don’t wish to publicly expound on her actions (nor put words in the mouth of other people who interacted with her). Feel free to PM if interested.
Pawlik as a candidate is a grab-bag. On paper she’d be a strong option for a suburban district – a teacher and education funding activist with a prior win during the 2018 wave. However, behind the scenes she is quite a poor campaigner in ways that directly impact Democratic candidates’ odds and presences in the district, including her own - which makes me more apprehensive of her odds of re-election than her fellow Jennifer in HD18 (Rep. Jennifer Jermaine), who’s quite similar to Pawlik on the whole.
Pawlik’s Senate runningmate this year is local businessman and first-generation American Ajlan “AJ” Kurdoglu ($51.5K COH). AJ’s a good guy and more serious of a campaigner than Pawlik, and is on well enough terms with her that no inter-candidate drama will probably happen this fall (which would be a welcome change for the district). He’s been slightly outpacing her in fundraising and seems to be hitting the ground running.
The Republican incumbents in this district are Sen. JD Mesnard ($102.6K COH), who moonlights as legal counsel for an organization categorized as a hate group by the SPLC, and Jeff Wenninger ($117.8K COH), a backbench Bitcoin bro. Wenninger and Mesnard have both been in their seats for a while, and this cycle were backing Chandler Vice Mayor (and JD Mesnard’s mom) Nora Ellen for the other State House seat – Ellen lost to Pawlik in 2018.
But in a stroke of luck for Pawlik, Ellen failed to qualify for the ballot this year. However, in a similar stroke of luck for the GOP Liz Harris ($27.3K COH, $21.3K self-funded) - a local realtor (like Ellen) - did qualify. I’ve yet to discern just how close she is with Mesnard and Wenninger, and how much cash she is willing to dump into this race, but in terms of how random non-GOP establishment candidates the LD17 Republicans could have done far worse than Harris.
All the pieces in this district would point to a shift even further left than it was in 2018, and had I not known what I know about Pawlik this would be a Tilt D House/Tossup Senate. But I don’t know if she’s changed since 2018 - and if she hasn’t, there is no guarantee that she won’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
hunter15991 Rating: Primaries uncontested, Tilt Mesnard, Tossup House (Pawlik/Harris), Safe Wenninger
Legislative District 18 (Sinema+18.58, Clinton+10.39, Garcia+12.5, Romney+1.93)
Like LD10 in the previous part of my writeup, the situation in LD18 is another blast of the proverbial Gjallarhorn for the AZ-GOP’s suburban chances. Once a very competitive district (fully red as recently as 2016), LD18 is now held by 3 Democrats – Sen. Sean Bowie ($106.3K COH), Rep. Jennifer Jermaine ($65.7K COH), and Rep. Mitzi Epstein ($60.8K COH). Bowie and Epstein have carved rather moderate paths in their respective houses having been elected back when this district was more competitive, while Jermaine’s tacked a bit more to the left, and has been a prominent voice for increasing education funding (prior to running for the State House she was a public school funding activist and IIRC Moms Demand Action member) and for missing indigenous women (Jermaine is part indigenous herself).
The GOP’s troubles in this district started around the filing deadline, when one of their candidates, Alyssa Shearer, withdrew from the primary. Super anti-abortion nut Don Hawker ($619 COH) filed as a write-in candidate to replace her, but it’s uncertain if he’ll qualify for the general election. Their other House candidate, Bob Robson ($11K COH) is on paper a solid candidate (being a former Speaker Pro Tem of the state house), but lost by the equivalent of 6% to Epstein in 2016 and by 19% when he ran for Kyrene Justice of the Peace (a district that roughly matches the boundaries of LD18. Robson’s an old warhorse) - going 0 for 2 since 2014. It’s a sign of the times that he and discount Scott Roeder are the two potential House candidates for the GOP in this district.
In the Senate, the GOP doesn’t fare much better. Real estate agent Suzanne Sharer ($4.2K COH) is trying to run a semblance of a decent race against Sen. Bowie, but keeps using her campaign Twitter (@blondeandsmart – I promise you that’s a real handle) to retweet QAnon shit. Sharer is going nowhere in November. That’s if she makes it to November, given her past retweets advocating for people to drink bleach to cure COVID.
hunter15991 Rating: Primaries uncontested, All Safe Dem. general
Legislative District 19 (Sinema+44.97, Clinton+40.25, Garcia+32.38, Obama+34.3)
LD19 is a safe Democratic district in the West Valley, where all the drama is happening in the primary. Rep. Lorenzo Sierra ($9.3K COH) and Rep. Diego Espinoza ($25.2K COH) are both running for re-election, defending their seats against challenger Leezah Sun ($5.1K COH), a local activist. Sierra and Espinoza haven’t been particularly conservative in their voting records in the legislator, but have taken some flack from the more progressive wing of the party lately for outside corporate expenditures in this primary. I’m honestly unsure why these PACs are weighing in given that Sun isn’t running all that good of a campaign, but I guess better spend it here than in tighter primaries. Assistant State Minority Leader Lupe Contreras ($7.2K COH) is unopposed in his primary.
In the general, there’s one GOP candidate for both House and Senate, but both are write-ins and could possibly not qualify for the ballot. For now, Democrats are unopposed in this district in the general.
hunter15991 Contreras uncontested, Safe Sierra, Safe Espinoza, Uncontested Dem. general
Legislative District 20 (Sinema+3.7, Trump+8.01, Douglas+0.04, Romney+12.87)
LD20 is another suburban district where Democrats could see sizable gains this fall. Won by Sinema and Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, and almost snagged by David Garcia during the 2014 Superintendent race, LD20 has been on the Arizona Democratic Party’s mind for a few cycles now. Their candidates this year are strong – 2018 Senate nominee Doug Ervin ($94.6K COH) has filed for a rematch after losing by 4 in 2018 (where an independent ex-GOP candidate took 7% - Ervin claims Quelland actually hurt him more than district Republicans), and retired teacher Judy Schweibert ($158.2K COH) is running for House. Both are running bang-up campaigns and seem set to make November a problem for local Republicans, and Ervin has eschewed the public funding he took last time in order to be able to fundraise better for the slugfest ahead.
The local GOP, however, isn’t taking this lying down. Representatives Shawnna Bolick ($161.8K COH) - who was almost bumped off the ballot for using a PO Box as her filing address - and Anthony Kern ($73.4K COH) - an ex-cop on the Brady “untrustworthy cop” list - have been building their warchests in preparation for this cycle after narrowly hanging on in 2018 (despite both Democrats in that race running with public funding). While Bolick has typically stayed out of especially heinous controversy on social media (despite once posting that all masks come from Wuhan and are thus contaminated with COVID), Kern’s time on the force seems to have stuck with him, and his Twitter feed is full of a lot of pro-cop posts and whatnot. With Schweibert running as a single-shot candidate this year I can see Kern’s tendency of accidentally discharging his foot into his mouth finally coming back to bite him.
On the Senate side the past election results are slightly more promising than the House, but the opponent is tougher as well. Sen. Paul Boyer ($50.5K COH) is probably the closest there is to a living John McCain in the Arizona Legislature (not to deify him too much – he’s still conservative), having blocked two GOP budgets in the past two years along with Sen. Heather Carter (see LD15). In 2019 this was over a child sexual assault reform bill (extending the statute of limitations), and in 2020 this was over a lack of funding to firefighters and university students in the emergency “skinny” COVID budget the legislature passed in the spring. His attempts at moderation are visible outside of that: Boyer’s abysmal Q2 fundraising – per his own words – came from not fundraising at all during the 5 month long legislative session despite campaign finance rules only banning lobbyist contributions during the session (and I guess that’s commendable self-policing), and on his website he stops just short of calling for abortion to be banned, which makes him Margaret fucking Sanger among the current AZ-GOP.
That’s not to say that people shouldn’t support Ervin with all it takes – hell, if anything he’ll need more help to oust Boyer. Ultimately I think Ervin holds a narrow lead in this race with the absence of Quelland and with far better fundraising than what the LD20 slate had last year, but the election is still quite far away. If I had to pick one Democrat to win in this district, it’d be Schweibert.
hunter15991 Rating: Primaries uncontested, Tilt Ervin, Tilt Schweibert, 2nd House uncontested
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2020.07.30 02:02 AEWPunk525 Rebooking WWE throughout the 2010's. Part 22
Surviving a Killer
Raw starts up after Vengeance, and we see John Cena come out, he grabs a microphone, he says last night he defeated Alberto Del Rio, and it was a tough fight, but he says that he is still extremely disappointed at what went down last night, not with his match, but with the number one contenders match between Justin Gabriel and Randy Orton. Cena says that Justin won the match, fair and square, he beat Orton in the middle of the ring and he became number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Cena says that after the match however, Randy Orton became a sore loser, and he not only attacked Justin Gabriel after the match, but just like Wade Barrett, he punted him in the head. Cena says that he doesn’t mind Barrett, he was in a reign of terror with the title, and he already established himself. Cena then says that Gabriel was just looking to make it, and Cena says that he wanted to face Justin Gabriel, Cena says that he has a lot of talent, and he believes the two of them could tear the house down, but it’s not going to happen now, because Justin Gabriel is hurt, he is in the hospital, just like Wade Barrett, and he will not be back for a while. Cena says that not only is Orton a multi time World Champion, but Cena says that just a few months ago at King of the Ring, Cena beat Orton for the World Heavyweight Championship. Cena then says that he is in a predicament, he wants to tear Orton limb from limb, but he does not want to give Orton what he wants, which is a shot at the title. Cena then says that he just talked to Kevin Nash about this, and Nash said that since Survivor Series is the next Pay Per View, then the best solution is to have a traditional Survivor Series match, and if Team Orton wins, then Randy Orton gets a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, Cena says that Nash also said, it would be a Raw vs Smackdown match, and if Team Cena wins, it could bring all of the glory to Monday night Raw. Cena then says that he has to choose his partners for Survivor Series, and he has one in mind already, Cena says that technically this man is not a Raw superstar, however, the last few appearances this man made were on Raw, and his next few are going to be on Raw, and not only that, but this man is going to be fighting in a Raw match at Wrestlemania, Cena says that if he accepts, then Cenas first choice is the Rock. Next we see John Cena in the back and he gets approached by Heath Slater, Slater tells him that he knows last year they fought on opposite sides, but this year is different. Heath says that last year, up until the draft, he and Justin fought side by side, usually against Randy Orton and whoever he was with at the time. Slater says that Justin was like a brother to him, and he knows that Nash is going to forbid any sort of Nexus reunion, and Heath says that he wants to fight for Gabriel, so he made sure to get to Cena before Ryback or Otunga. Heath begs Cena for a spot on his team. Cena says to Slater that at last year's Survivor Series, Slater's team beat Cenas team. Cena says that Slater knows what the glory of winning a Survivor Series match is like. Cena tells Slater that he is in, next to him and possibly the Rock. Next up we see AJ Lee come out with her Women’s Championship, she holds it up in the air and she wants to know who her next Challenger is going to be. Nobody comes out at first, not for a long time, until we hear the music of Kevin Nash, everyone is confused, Kevin says to the crowd and to AJ, that in due time, she will learn her Survivor Series opponent, Nash says that it is someone she has never faced, but likely only dreamed of facing, Nash says that she is a Woman who also once changed the division, and Nash says that he thinks it will be a great match at Survivor Series. Nash then walks to the back as AJ looks confused. Next up we see Cody Rhodes come out, he is still on crutches. Cody takes a mic and he says that at Survivor Series, he will indeed build a team that will destroy Tyler Reks, and then after Survivor Series, Cody says that he will return and invoke his rematch clause for the InterContenintal Championship. Cody then says that he wants to introduce the first member of his team, and his team Captain, an old friend of his, Ted Dibiase. Dibiase comes out, and he takes the mic from Cody, and he says that Reks was dominant at Vengeance, but at Survivor Series, Team Cody will find his weakness, and exploit it. Tyler Reks comes out, and he laughs and says, Exploit it, you mena like you did at Vengeance. Tyler says that last night, he also started to form a team, and his first choice, other than himself is, an old rival, Sheamus. Sheamus comes out, and the four men just look at each other. Raw then goes off the air.
Smackdown is next and it starts out with Randy Orton coming to the ring, he grabs a mic and he says that he watched Raw last night, and he heard what Cena said. Orton says that Justin Gabriel is no longer in the picture, so with that being said, Orton believes he should get a shot at the title at Survivor Series, but if Cena wants to play this game with him, then that is fine as well. Orton says that at Survivor Series he will destroy John Cena, he will destroy Heath Slater, and if he chooses to get involved then Randy Orton will destroy the Rock as well, after all, it wouldn’t be the first time that Orton had to kick the Rocks ass, Randy reminds everyone of Wrestlemania 20, he says that he has done it before, and if the Rock has any balls he will do it again. Randy Orton then says that he would like to introduce the first member of Team Orton, and that member is Shad Gaspard. Shad comes down to the ring and he stands by Randy Orton. Orton then says that he dares anyone else to join Cenas team, because if they do join, they will be utterly destroyed. Next up we see Chris Masters come out, he claims to still be top champion on Smackdown, he says that he rules over everyone, and that he is just that good, he reminds everyone of how he beat the Big Show at Vengeance without the use of the Master Lock, or the Master Lock Slam. Masters says that if anyone would like to take a shot at the Masterpiece then come on out and do so. Khali comes, Masters cannot believe it, he leaves the ring as soon as Khali gets in it, Masters then flees the ring and goes to the back. Next up we see the Colons come out. Carlito is all smiles as he grabs the mic, he says that last night, they beat the Miz and Riley again. Carlito says that those two are old haps now, they are done in the title picture. Carlito says that he would like someone new in the picture, he wants a new challenge for Survivor Series. Miz and Riley come out, and they get into the ring. Carlito asks the two if they heard him, he said that they were done. Miz then takes a mic, and tells them that he heard Carlito, and he would just like to say one thing, at Hell in a Cell, it was a brutal war, and the Miz fell, and they lost. Miz then says that at Vengeance, Miz made a misstep and they lost again. Miz says that his partner Alex Riley on the other hand is giving it his all every time he enters the ring, he does not have missteps, and he wants to be a champion, and it shows. Miz says that at Survivor Series, he will learn from his mistakes, and then he says if they lose at Survivor Series, then they will never challenge the Colons again. Carlito thinks for a second and he smiles at the Miz. Carlito says that he will go for it, on a couple conditions. Miz asks what they are. Carlito says that first, it is an elimination tag, because of tradition. Miz says, that is fine. Carlito says that second, it will be three on two, all Colons vs Miz and Riley. Miz thinks for a second, and him and Riley talk it over before Miz says that he agrees to this. Carlito smiles and he says that it is one then.
Raw comes up next and we see John Cena come out again, he says that Shad was a good pick by Orton, Cena says that it will be tough to overcome, even if the Rock joins the team. Cena says that speaking of which, the Rock will be on satellite tonight to give his answer as to whether or not he will join Team Cena. Cena then says that in the meantime he will continue to build his team for Survivor Series, he says that he is going to build it to be too strong for Team Orton to take down, and he says that he has another name in mind as of right now, but everyone is going to need to wait to find out, who it is. Next up we have Sheamus vs Ted Dibiase. Sheamus dominates the fight, but Ted does not stay down. Sheamus goes for a Brogue Kick, but Ted ducks and he rolls up Sheamus for the win. Ted then gets out of the ring, and he says that his next pick for the Survivor Series match is Evan Bourne. Tyler Reks then comes out, and he says, that is fine, because he too has made another pick, and that is Drew McIntyre. Next up we see AJ Lee come out, she demands to know who her opponent is at Survivor Series, she says that she has to know so that she can properly prepare herself for her title match. Kevin Nash then comes out again, and he says that AJ will learn who her opponent is, but not now. AJ seems to get upset about this, but Nash says that next week, she will learn who her opponent is, he promises, but he does to AJ to be careful what she wishes for. Finally for our main event we get some contact with the Rock. Rock is asked the question as to whether or not he is going to be joining Team Cena at Survivor Series. Rock looks around for a second, and says that he has thought long and hard about this. And he came to the conclusion, no. Only at first however, but then the Rock started thinking that he hasn’t been in the ring in eight years to do battle. Ironically the last time he fought in the ring, it was against Randy Orton and crew, and he never got to kick Randy Ortons candy ass properly, so that was one thing to think about for the Rock, the next was so the Rock could finally shake some ring rust off, because he says that if he steps into the ring at Wrestlemania, after not being in a match in eight years, there is a chance that John Cena could beat him in that ring, but if the Rock shakes off the rust, then John Cena will have no chance on God's green Earth of not getting his ass kicked at Wrestlemania. And the last thing the Rock thought of was the people. Rock knows that the people would be electrified to see him back in the ring again kicking ass and taking names. The Rock says that after he thought about all of that, he thought to himself that FINALLY the Rock will come back to the ring at Survivor Series. Rock says that his answer to Cena is, yes, he will join the team. Raw then goes off the air.
Smackdown is up next and Orton comes to the ring, he grabs a mic and he says that the Rock is stupid for accepting Cenas offer, because now, Randy says that the Rock may not even make it to Wrestlemania, Orton says that the Rock will end up just like Wade Barrett and Justin Gabriel, in the hospital. Randy then says that since the Rock has officially joined Team Cena, then now it is time for Randy to introduce his next team member, Orton says that this man approached him, asking if he could have just one more crack at John Cena. Orton then introduces Alberto Del Rio to his team. Orton then tells Cena that it is his move next. After this we see Chris Masters come down to the ring, and he says that, he is done, just done. Masters says at Hell in a Cell he beat Kane, at Vengeance, he beat the Big Show, and those men both could actually wrestle. Masters then says that he wants Khali to come down to the ring and challenge him for the US title, he welcomes it. Khali comes down and he gets in the ring. Masters tells the ref to ring the bell, and get the title match underway. The ref rings the bell. Masters goes for Khali, but Khali chops him down, he then goes for the Vice Grip, but Masters is able to power out of it, and attack Khali, he takes Khali off his feet and he goes for the Master Lock, but Khali is far too big to lock it in. Masters then attacks Khali’s leg and does a lot of damage to it. Masters then locks in the half crab, and Khali still escapes,and he gets up. Masters does not know what to do now, and Khail grabs Masters by the neck and hits his double handed Chokeslam. Khali goes for the pin, but Masters kicks out, Khali goes for it again, but Masters hits Khali in the face, and then goes for a half nelson, or a half Master Lock, and he is able to get that hold on, and then hit the half Master Lock Slam on Khali for the win. After the match Chris Masters grabs a mic again, and he talks about how smart he is, and how he was able to not only outwrestle Khali, but outsmart him as well. Masters then says that no one is going to take this title from him, then we hear the music of Rey Mysterio. Mysterio comes out and he says that he is glad that Masters found his confidence. Mysterio says that he wants Chris to use that confidence at Survivor Series to face Mysterio for the United States Championship. Masters stumbles over his words for a second before thinking about it, and saying that he will give Rey his answer next week. Up next we have a tag team match between the Miz and Alex Riley vs Primo and Epico. The match starts out going back and forth between the two teams, Miz begins to get beaten up, but he is able to get the hot tag to Riley, who comes in and attacks the two men. Riley hits his DDT on Primo and pins him for the win. Carlito can not believe this, he is in shock, and the Miz and Riley motion to Carlito that soon they will be champions. Smackdown then goes off the air.
Raw is up next, and John Cena comes out, he says that he saw who Randy picked, and he says that it was yet another tough pick, but now Cena has Slater, and Cena now officially has the Rock on his team. Cena says that his team will be the team to beat at Survivor Series, and that is due not only to Slater, Rock, and himself, but also this man. John Morrison then comes out to the ring. Cena tells Orton that it is all but over at Survivor Series, and Cena still says that he has more man in mind, but like he said, the fans will have to wait and see just who it is. Next up we see AJ Lee come out, and she says that it has been one week, she demands to know her Survivor Series opponent. Kevin Nash then comes out again, and he tells AJ to calm down, because she is about to find out that her opponent for Survivor Series is arguably the greatest Women’s wrestler of all time, Trish Stratus. Everyone is shocked and Kevin Nash begins to walk away, before saying that next week live on Raw Trish Stratus will be in the building. After this we see Cody come out to the ring, he seems worried, and he says that after last week, he thinks that he might just be leading his team to slaughter, he says that he never would have guessed that his team was going up against Tyler Reks, Sheamus, and Drew McIntyre, and he only has a feeling that it will get worse from there. Cody says that also maybe it won’t, he knows that his team has so much heart, and they are willing to come to the ring and prove something. Cody says that at Survivor Series, he knows his team will take an absolute beating, but he also has not lost any faith in his team, and he knows that these two men will for sure add to what his team is going to do at Survivor Series. Cody then introduces JTG and Dolph Ziggler to his team. Cody says that he has one more person to pick, he says that he will think about it, and next week he will introduce him. Tyler Reks comes out, and he tells Cody to think about it all he wants, because it does not matter at the end of the day. Tyler then says that speaking of picks, and then out comes William Regal. Tyler Reks smiles and Cody and his teammates just have a look of worry on their faces. Raw then goes off the air.
Smackdown is up next and we see Randy Orton come to the ring, he tells Cena that his team is looking full of stars, and that is good, because he is going to need all of those guys, Morrison, Rock, and Slater to protect him from Team Orton. Randy then asks everyone to welcome the newest addition to Team Orton, Kaval. Kaval then comes out and stands next to Randy Orton. Randy then says to John Cena that he cannot wait to see the final victim on Monday night Raw. Next up we have Chris Masters come out, and he grabs a mic, and he says that in regards to Reys challenge, of course he accepts, he says that he wonders if anyone thought that he would say no to Rey. Masters reminds everyone of who he has beaten in the last couple months, he says Kane, Big Show, and the Great Khali. Masters says that if he can beat those men, then of course he can defeat little Rey Mysterio. Mysterio then comes out and he says that he has dealt with all of the same men before, and at Survivor Series, he says that size will not matter. Rey reminds Masters that he has been a former World Heavyweight Champion, and at Survivor Series, he will look to become the United States Champion after he defeats Chris Masters using the 619. Mysterio then leaves. Finally our main event is a Handicap match, and it is Primo and Epico vs Alex Riley. Riley gets beaten down for most of the match, and the Colons taunt him the whole time, as they tag each other in. In the end, Riley is able to catch Primo off guard and roll him up for the win. Smackdown then ends after this.
Next up is the go home Raw. John Cena comes out for one last time. Cena grabs a mic and he tells everyone that this is the moment that they have all been waiting for, Cena says that it is now time to unveil the final pick for his team. Cena says that this pick is huge, and he knew that he had to pull out all of the stops to defeat Team Orton. Cena then says, without further ado. Cena points towards the entrance, and we hear the music of the Icon, Sting. Sting comes out and he stands side by side with John Cena in an iconic shot. John Cena with a smile on his face then says, your move, Randy Orton. Next up we see Trish Stratus come out to a huge ovation. Trish comes down and she grabs a mic, and says that it has been a few years now, and everyone is wondering why she is back. Trish says that back in her day, she was on top constantly, the only woman to give her trouble was Lita, but that was it, other than that, Trish ruled with that Womens Championship over her shoulder. Trish then says that she has been watching Raw the last few months and she says that she has seen the Women’s division grow to great new heights, and she has seen new stars be born. Trish then says that it has made her wonder if she could still hang with the best in this ring. Trish says that she became so curious that she gave thought to stepping back in the ring, one more time. Trish says that then she noticed something, someone else who was starting to rule the Women’s division, a woman who spoke of change to the division, that woman is AJ Lee. Trish says that she noticed how truly good AJ has been, she is the best woman that she has seen, since her era, maybe ever, and that is a strong maybe, the only woman who could have ever opposed AJ in the ring, was none other than Trish Stratus herself. Trish then said that her curiosity had gotten the better of her, and she got in touch with Kevin Nash, and without hesitation, he made the match official for Survivor Series. AJ comes out to the ring, she says that she still thinks that she might be dreaming, she cannot believe that she gets to face the great Trish Stratus in the ring on Sunday. AJ says that she knows that Trish will give her the fight of her life, but AJ says that she is confident that she will not be beaten by Trish, she asks Trish if she watched her matches with Gail Kim, she asks Trish if she saw what it took to overcome her. AJ says that Sunday will be a dream for her, and it will be fun, but she guarantees that she will not lose the Womens Championship. AJ then leaves. Finally we have Cody Rhodes come out, and he says that it is now time to unveil his final pick for Survivor Series, he says that it is a man that embodies heart, and it is a man, who will oneday not just succeed in this business, but he will for sure be a champion, soon. Cody then says that his final pick is Daniel Bryan. Bryan comes out to the ring, and he shakes Cody’s hand. Tyler Reks then comes out, and he says that it is time for him to unveil his final pick as well. Tyler says that his final pick for Survivor Series is Jack Swagger, Swagger then comes out, and we finish Raw with a staredown between Reks and Rhodes.
Next up is the go home Smackdown, Randy Orton then comes out and starts out the show, and he is ready to show his final Survivor Series pick to the world. Orton says that he saw Cena choose a WCW legend to be the final member of his team, Orton says that inspired him to do the same in order to cope with Sting. Orton then says that his final pick for Survivor Series is Chris Jericho. Chris Jericho then stands side by side with Orton as we see the finalized teams appear on the Titantron. Next up we see Chris Masters in a match with a small local luchador. The match starts and Masters puts the Luchador in the Master Lock, and he wins the match right away. He then grabs a mic and tells everyone how easy it is and how this Sunday Rey Mysterio will not stand a chance, then out of nowhere, Rey hits a surprise 619 on Masters and then grabs the mic and tells everyone how easy that was, and how this Sunday, Chris Masters will not stand a chance. Rey Mysterio then throws the mic on Masters and leaves the ring. Our main event is an eliminatio Handicap match, and it is the Miz vs Primo and Epico. Miz gets beaten up, but he still fights well. Eventually Epico makes a misstep in the ring, and he gets hit with the Skull Crushing Finale and eliminated, however, Primo surprises the Miz with a Backstabber and beats him in the middle of the ring to win the match. After the match, Carlito then motions to Riley that they are the Champions. Smackdown then goes off the air.
- Team Reks defeats Team Cody (Reks and McIntyre are the survivors, McIntyre pins Bryan last)
- Chris Masters retains the US title against Rey Mysterio
- Miz and Riley win the Tag Team titles (Riley is the sole survivor and pins Carlito last)
- AJ Lee retains her Women’s title against Trish Stratus
- Team Orton defeats Team Cena (It comes down to Randy Orton vs the Rock and John Cena, but surprisingly the Rock hits a Rock bottom on Cena and leaves the match. Orton then hits the RKO and pins John Cena)
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2020.07.28 21:00 AEWPunk525 Rebooking WWE throughout the 2010's. Part 21
Coming for Revenge
Raw starts up with John Cena coming out with his World Heavyweight title, he talks about last night, how for the first time ever, he was able to beat Sheamus, by himself, clean in the middle of the ring. Cena says that it felt great last night, and with every win, Cena thinks that he is just getting better and better. John Cena then asks for his Vengeance opponent to reveal themselves. Kevin Nash then comes out and he speaks to John Cena. Nash says that unfortunately his next opponent will not be revealed tonight, he will be revealed on Smackdown. Nash then congratulates Cena on his win last night, and he says that he will have a match tonight however, and that match will be a rematch against Sheamus. Nash then walks away, and we see Cena left in the ring. Next up we have Gail Kim come out. She grabs a mic and she says that last night, she had the best match that she has had in WWE, she says that the match took everything out of her and it nearly took everything out of AJ Lee as well. Gail says that AJ Lee was just one second better however, and that when they were struggling to get back to the ring, AJ was able to make it in first, and just barely. Gail then says that she would like one more match with AJ, she says that AJ won, but she wasn’t able to beat Gail Kim. AJ comes out to the ring and she grabs a mic herself, she says that she is willing to accept any match, and last night was fun for her, she accepts the match. AJ then says that she would like to mix it up a bit however, she says that she wants to make the match, No DQ, and she wants it at Vengeance. AJ says that no matter what, someone will have to be beaten. Gail smiles, and she says that she likes AJ’s thinking, and she accepts the condition. The two then shake hands. Next up we have a rematch between Drew McIntyre and Ryback. Drew and Ryback trade power shots with eachother for a while, before they start hitting power moves. At one point in the match, Drew tries for a big boot, but he messes up and flies in the air, but he still kicks Ryback in the head. Ryback goes down, and he is then picked up by Drew, who hits the Double Arm DDT for the win. Drew grabs a mic. He says that last year at this time, he was the World Heavyweight Champion, he had just beaten the Undertaker, and was doing great on Smackdown, and he capped off his year with a big Wrestlemania win over Chris Jericho. Drew then says that he was drafted to Raw, and it all went downhill from there, he says that he is a great talent, but he was underutalized for the likes of Sting, Triple H, Kevin Nash, and John Cena. Drew says that CM Punk was right about WWE, but unlike Punk, Drew says that he is not going anywhere, and he is going to make sure change comes his way, and he dares anyone to try and stop him. Next up Tyler Reks comes out with the IC Championship, he is booed out of the building. Tyler grabs a mic, and he says that Cody Rhodes is in the hospital, and apparently, he does not remember last night. Tyler Reks laughs and he says that Cody deserved everything he got last night. Tyler says unlike Cody, he remembers what happened last night, and he enjoyed every single second of it, and if he could, he would do it again he would. Tyler says that he would love to see who is going to step up next, he is willing to take on anyone, and everyone. Ted Dibiase comes out, and he looks at Reks, he says that he and Cody had their battles, but after Legacy, they had a mutual respect for eachother, at least enough of a respect not to do what Reks did last night. Ted says he wants to stick up for Cody, and he wants the next shot at the title. Before Reks can answer, Dolph Ziggler comes out, and he grabs a microphone, he says that last week, he beat Cody down, he softened Cody up for Tyler, so therefore, he should be next in line for a title shot. JTG comes out, he says that he never got a second shot at the title, and he is tired of Reks bullying everyone on the roster. Daniel Bryan comes out, and talks about how he just beat JTG a few weeks ago by making him tap out in the ring, so he tells JTG to get behind him. Evan Bourne comes out, and he says that he has never fought Reks, and never got a title shot, he says that now is his time. Finally Kevin Nash comes out, he says that he just heard Tyler Reks is willing to defend against everyone, so therefore, he should be willing to defend against all of these men. Nash says that at Vengeance Tyler Reks will be placed in a Battle Royal match against these men, and his title will be on the line. Next up we have John Cena vs Sheamus. John Cena is able to get the early advantage on Sheamus, after Sheamus gets in some hard shots on Cena. The match goes on for a while, and Sheamus then hits a Brogue Kick but Cena kicks out. Sheamus goes for another and he hits it, but Cena still kicks out. Sheamus goes for one more, but he gets hit with a huge clothesline. Cena hits the AA on Sheamus,and then locks in the STF, causing Sheamus to tap out. Raw then goes off the air.
Next up is Smackdown, we see King Gabriel come out, and he talks about how he beat the Legend Killer, Randy Orton last night at Hell in a Cell, and now he finally is getting what he deserves, a number one contender match for the World Heavyweight Championship, tonight, the only thing in his way now is Alberto Del Rio, and tonight, Gabriel says that he looks to put Del Rio in his place. After this we see Chris Masters come out to the ring, and he holds up his US title. He grabs a mic and he says that he did it, he beat Kane at Hell in a Cell, and he was able to keep his Championship. Masters talks about how he made the giant pass out in the ring. Masters then says that it doesn’t matter how big the man is, he is going to fade to the Master Lock. Big Show then comes out, and he asks Masters if he wants to put that thoery to the test. Big Show asks Chris if he would like to bring back the Master Lock challenge for just one night. Masters then leaves the ring. Big Show is not done however, he asks for a match instead, since Chris Masters thinks he is just so good. Big Show asks him for a match for his US title, but Chris Masters does not give an answer, instead he just walks away. Next up the Colons come out and talk about last night in the Cell. Carlito says to everyone that he told everyone that he could do it, he says that Miz is all talk, and at the end of the day, he just cannot get the job done, especially when it comes to facing off with Carlito and the Colons, who are the most dominant team that Smackdown has ever seen. Miz and Riley come out. Miz grabs a mic, and he says tha Hell in a Cell left him hurt and broken, and he says the same about Alex Riley, but he says that he is not all talk, and he reminds the Colons of King of the Ring, where they lost the match against Miz and Riley. Miz then says that he already talked to Teddy Long in the back, and he says that at Vengeance, the two men are invoking their rematch clause, and not only that, but the Miz says that which ever one of the Colons is not competing has to stay in the back, if they interfere, then the Colons will be stripped of the titles. Carlito asks Miz if he is done. Carlito says that he will be there at Vengeance, it is just a matter of who his partner will be. Next up is our number one contender main event, it is between King Gabriel and Alberto Del Rio. The match goes back and forth for a while, and Del Rio tries to work on the arm of Gabriel for most of the match, it does no good however, because Del Rio still gets hit with a jumping heel kick, and he goes down. Gabriel goes to the top rope, and he looks to hit the 450 Splash, but Randy Orton gets in the ring and he lands a few hits on Del Rio causing him to win the match by DQ. Gabriel tries to jump from the top rope, but he eats an RKO, and Smackdown goes off the air.
Raw is up next and we see John Cena come out, he takes a mic and he talks about Vengeance. John says that he has never been in the ring with Alberto Del Rio, but he has seen him compete before, he knows how Del Rio likes to fight, and Cena says that when he gets in the ring with him, it is going to be like stepping into a different world, Cena says that he will eat him alive. Next up we have a match between Daniel Bryan and Evan Bourne, the two men shake hands to start out the match. It is a very fast paced match, and both men gain a respect for eachother throughout the match. Daniel is able to catch Evan at the end of the match however, and lock in the Lebell Lock, which causes Evan to tap out. Drew McIntyre comes out next and he grabs his mic, he says that after last week, he still heard nothing, as if Raw has just elected to ignore, him for the likes of Sting, Nash, or Triple H. Drew McIntyre says that is fine, but he wants to know what he can do to change things around here, he says he will destroy whoever he has to in order to make a change for himself. We then hear the music of Triple H, he comes out and he grabs a mic. Triple H says that since Drew has come to Raw, he hasn’t proven himself in any sort of way. Triple H asks Drew if he wants respect, because if he does, then he has to earn it. Triple H says that he has heard Drew say his name a couple times now. Triple H says he is sick of hearing his name called, he then tells Drew that in order to get some of that recognition that he keeps bitching for, then he is going to have to beat the Game at Vengeance. Drew gets in the face of Triple H and he tells him that he is on. Next we see Gail Kim vs Kaitlyn in a No DQ match. Kaitlyn dominates the match, but she then soon takes a chair to the gut and then the back, after this Gail Kim throws Kaitlyn in the ring, and she beats her. Tyler Reks comes out next and grabs a mic, he says that he saw what Daniel did earlier tonight, he says that it impressed him a lot, but it does not matter. Reks then says thatmost would fear being in such a match with so many men, but not him, he looks forward to it, Reks looks forward to inflicting pain on all those men, just like he did with Cody Rhodes. Reks then makes a promise that he will throw each one of those men out of the ring. And next week Reks says that if Dolph Ziggler feels like he is the reason for Reks having the IC title, then Reks is willing to put it on the line next week, in a one on one match against Ziggler. Raw then goes off the air.
Smackdown then comes on next and we start out with Randy Orton, he looks to explain his actions, he says that it is ridiculous that it was him vs Gabriel in that number one contenders match last week. Orton says that he deserves another shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, and soon he will have it. Justin Gabriel comes out, he gets in the face of Randy Orton and he says that maybe soon he will have a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship, but not right now, and in the meantime, Gabriel says that he wants Orton one more time, and he wants him at Vengeance. Orton looks for the RKO again, but Gabriel counters and he attacks Orton, he eventually knocks Orton over the top rope, and Teddy Long comes out, he tells both men to calm down, and he says that Gabriel will get his wish. At Vengeance it will be King Justin Gabriel vs Randy Orton, one more time. Gabriel has a smile on his face now. Next up we see Alberto Del Rio in the back, he says that it doesn’t matter what happened last week, all that matters is that Alberto Del Rio finally has a shot at the World Heavyweight title. Del Rio says to Cena that he has never stepped into the ring wiht Alberto Del Rio, and at Vengeance Del Rio says that he is going to have no problem in breaking Cenas arm, and walking out of the arena with the World Heavyweight Championship. Del Rio then walks away. Next up we get Epico vs the Miz. Miz and Epico go back and forth, but eventually Miz is able to hit a big Skull Crushing Finale on Epico for the win. Finally we have Big Show come out to the ring, he grabs a mic and he says that he is still waiting for an answer from Chris Masters, since he did not get one last week. Chris Masters comes out and he says to the Big Show, that it is going to be a no for him. Masters walks to the back, but the Big Show chases him down, and beats him up for a bit, before tossing him back in the ring, and applying a Master Lock of his own, which makes Chris Masters pass out. Big Show then poses in the middle of the ring to close out the show.
The go home Raw is next and we start out with JTG vs Ted Dibiase. Both men fight for a little while, but Ted is able to hit Dream Street on JTG and pin him for the win. Next up we see AJ Lee come out to the ring, and she grabs a mic. She says that Gail Kim did really well last week, she says that Gail did really well at Hell in a Cell, but AJ says that this Sunday, she may do really well again, but she will not become the Womens Champion, because AJ says that she will fight with everything in her to take down Gail Kim, who AJ describes as the best fight she has ever had. AJ then leaves the ring. Next up we see Drew McIntyre in the back, he is asked about his match with Triple H this Sunday. Drew says that he has to prove himself, if that means destroying Triple H, the Game, the King of Kings, in the middle of the ring, then so be it. Drew says that one day, he hopes to once again be a World Champion, and he has to start that dream somewhere. Drew then walks out of the shot. Next up we have our main event for the IC Championship between Dolph Ziggler and Tyler Reks. Dolph starts out with some hit and run tactics, but nothing is able to phase Tyler Reks. Dolph keeps attempting to run from Tyler Reks, but eventually Tyler is able to catch up to Dolph and utterly destroy him, he tosses Dolph over the top rope, three times, and does nothing but laugh about it, he then picks Dolph up in the middle of the ring and he hits a Burning Hammer on Dolph for the win. After the match ends, all of the other men in the Battle Royal come out and attack Tyler Reks, with all five of them teaming up, they send a message to Reks by throwing him over the top rope and down to the floor. Raw then goes off the air.
Next up is the go home Smackdown and we start out by seeing Chris Masters come to the ring, he is enraged about something. He grabs a mic and he talks about last week, he says that he is angry over what the Big Show did to him last week, he cannot believe Show would perform his own finisher on him. Big Show then comes out and he tells Masters that he has failed the Master Lock challenge. Big Show says that if Masters wants his revenge, then all he has to do is put up his US title and face him in a match. Masters looks upset and he thinks about it, before telling the Big Show that this Sunday at Vengeance he is on. Big Show then smiles and laughs at Chris Masters before striking his pose and leaving. Next up we have a match of Alex Riley vs Primo. Thes two go back and forth for a while, before Alex Riley is able to get a hold of Primo and hit his DDT on him, for the win. After the match, Miz grabs a mic and he tells Carlito that two are down, one to go, he then tells Carlito good luck choosing his partner for this Sunday at Vengeance. After this Alberto Del Rio comes to the ring. Del Rio grabs amic and he says that John Cena wasn’t on Raw last night, he says that Cena heard Del Rio last week on Smackdown and now he is scared. Del Rio says that come Sunday, Cena will not be able to back up his words, and he knows it, that is why he had nothing to say last night. Del Rio then says that he does have one thing to say however, after he breaks Cenas arm this Sunday, prepare for a new era on Smackdown, and on Raw for that matter, because they will never have a World Championship again. Del Rio drops the mic and he leaves the ring. Finally we have Gabriel and Orton in the ring for a face off. Gabriel says that he looks forward to this Sunday, and facing off against Orton one more time, and he looks forward to beating Orton one more time. Orton says that will not be happening, he says that he was told that whoever wins the match will get the next shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Orton says that no matter what, he will be the one walking out of Vengeance as the number one contender. Gabriel says that is news to him, but he likes it, and it is going to help motivate him even more to knock the voices out of Randy's head. Justin says that this Sunday, this whole thing ends, and after that Justin vows to become World Heavyweight Champion. Smackdown then goes off the air.
- Justin Gabriel defeats Randy Orton (After the match Orton hits a surprise RKO on Justin and then Punts him in the head. Justin is taken away on a stretcher.)
- Tyler Reks retains the IC title (Eliminates every man. After the match, Cody comes back, he is on crutches, and he announces that he will not compete at Survivor Series, but he will manage a team that will take down Tyler Reks)
- AJ Lee retains the Women’s title against Gail Kim
- The Colons retain against Miz and Riley (Carlito pins Miz)
- Drew McIntyre defeats Triple H (Debutes the Claymore Kick)
- Chris Masters retains the US title against the Big Show (Focuses on leg before beating Show with a half crab)
- John Cena retains the World Heavyweight title against Alberto Del Rio
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2020.07.07 00:50 Tomi5196 Week 5 - GCW TV Show (Genesis Phase)
Hi guys, we have started a 3 way fantasy booking challenge with u/Bestevr34
My show is Global Championship Wrestling and my TV show is Monday Night BLVCKOVT.
Hope you enjoy! Edits for spellings and layout.
Link to previous shows here: 1) https://www.reddit.com/fantasybooking/comments/gz984i/week_1_gcw_tv_show_genesis_stage/
Roster Breakdown: https://www.reddit.com/fantasybooking/comments/h9qhms/gcw_roster_titles_ppv_breakdown/
Week 5 - GCW TV Show (Genesis Phase)
Show 5 (Be fruitful)
Segment #1 - In Ring Promo with Rhea Ripley
Rhea Ripley is in the ring as the show starts. A highlight package is played of her overcoming the team of Naomina two weeks ago, followed by Paige’s choice words at the end.
“But that doesn’t mean all is forgiven” I mean, our GM asked me a question and I’ve been brought up my entire life under the mantra ‘honesty is the best policy’. Do I think I’m the best wrestler in my division? Yes! Do I think I can beat each and every one of my competitors? Yes! Should I be considered the favourite for the GCW Bantamweight Championship? Absolutely! I have to be. I mean how many people have won handicap matches here in GCW? No-one as far as I’m aware!
I even hear some people wondering ‘well who is the second favourite?’ And do you know what I say to those people? You’re celebrating failure - if you’re not the best, then fall in line. Either stand up and prove the doubters wrong or move aside and let someone else have a go.
All I can say is that I believe I’m the best and until I meet my maker, there ain’t no-one in GCW that can stop me.”
Mickie James music comes on and makes her way down to the ring.
“Rhea, I love the confidence you have. But it is rubbing up people the wrong way. Just tone it down a bit. I was like you once. Full of myself, thinking I was going to change the world after being one of the stars in my early WWE career. Then I faltered hugely. And it took 4 incredibly talented women and one brave visionary to help realise that female wrestling can be just as newsworthy as the males. But don’t go making enemies for the sake of it. You never know when you might need a veteran in your corner.”
“Mickie, you are one of the all-time greats. But unfortunately, hun, times have changed, and wrestling has passed you by now. So, if you want to be in MY corner ever, I’d be more than happy to help you try and acclimatise to the new ways of wrestling.”
Mickie drops the smile and nice attitude, instead favouring a deeper and more serious tone.
“I don’t think you’re listening to me. You do not disrespect your predecessors. You would not be opening a wrestling show that is being broadcast to millions of people at home if it wasn’t for the likes of Trish Stratus, Gail Kim, Alundra Blayze, Molly Holly, Ivory, Lita, Victoria and many many others. Just watch your mouth, before you really tread on someone’s toes. Cos if you step on the wrong toes, forgiveness will be the least of your concerns.”
Mickie James leaves while Rhea Ripley is left to ponder.
Segment #2 - Backstage interview with Lio Rush
Interviewer- “Well Lio, Paige has sanctioned a tag team match between Buckshot and yourself. But obviously, Bobby Lashley is unavailable for join you this week due to the incident from last week. So my questions are who is your partner and how’s Bobby holding up?”
Rush - “Bobby is doing great, he has good representation so he’ll be out real soon. Unfortunately not soon enough for my tag team match tonight, so I’ve recruited another person. He also will be fighting the same powers that be. He will be waging war against those that stunt our growth as performers due to the colour of our skin.”
Apollo Crews enters
Rush continues. “And while his debut will show a loss, what it won’t show is the heart and passion that he displayed. Or the talent. I mean look at him. If he doesn’t scream future World Heavyweight Champion, then you must be blind. Or maybe you’re just incapable of appreciating talent when it is right in front of you, just because of the pigmentation he possesses. Well if that’s the case, then you can take the first part of that word and wear it dishonourably. We will right the wrong doings of our world, one way or the other. Like my brother Malcolm X would’ve said had he been alive, may he rest in power and prosperity, we intend to bring equality to the forefront of people’s minds ‘by any means necessary’.”
Rush and Crews leave
Match 1 - Dijikovic vs. Mojo Rawley
Dijikovic wastes no time on an all-out attack on Mojo, a great combination of moves gives Dijikovic the edge. Rawley tries his best to get back into the fight but to no avail! Dijikovic locks in a new submission dubbed “Pride of Mass” (reverse chokehold) and takes the victory via submission.
Dijikovic holds two fingers up and then reveals 10 fingers, almost as if to say that’s 2 outta 10. TJ Perkins is shown backstage with his shoulder taped up in an animated discussion with a medic and a GCW member of back room staff.
Result - Dijikovic (2-0) defeats Mojo Rawley (0-2) via submission
Segment #3 - Backstage
Heath Slater is shouting for Paul - “Mr Heyman, sir. I need a moment of your time.”
Heyman - “What now Heath?”
Slater - “I’d like an opportunity to compete here tonight. How about you put me in a match for the tournament you been hosting for the GCW World Heavyweight Championship contention? I’m raring to go and ready to be the face of your company!”
Heyman looks bemused but shrugs his shoulders. “Heath, the last chance I gave you was in a different tournament. And, I hate to say this, but you flattered to deceive. I mean why on gods beautiful planet would I agree to give you another chance, when the only match that you have won is via disqualification?”
Slater - “I humbly respect your opinion, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. And if I were to make some similar comparisons to our world. The Cenation wasn’t formed overnight. Hulkamania wasn’t an instant phenomenon. Hell, even Austin didn’t become the megastar he is now in a short amount of time. It takes graft and dedication, which I have buckets of!
Just think Mr Heyman, imagine the wrestling world when they realise that you were the only wrestling figurehead that successfully predicted the era of Slater. How cool would that be? And I’d be the wrestler that is the bestler, that would be my caption! But I’m no creative whiz like you, you do what you think is best sir!”
Heyman - “I like your moxi kid, how about you make your way down to the ring? I have an opponent that would like some more TV time. You vs. Them. Winner qualifies for the tournament how about it?”
Match 2 - Heath Slater vs. Mystery Opponent (winner qualifies for the GCW World Heavyweight Championship tournament)
Heath Slater is waiting eagerly in the middle of the stage. He’s bouncing and limbering up when sAnity’s music hits. Out comes Eric Young, flanked by the behemoths that are Killian Dain and Lars Sullivan.
Eric Young - “Well Mr Slater, seems like you’ve not been paying attention to my free advice. We’re living in a world where mental health is crucial to our survival. And yet, here you are. Chasing an unchaseable goal. Our asylum already has one reservation, I’m sure we could find room for another inmate.”
Slater - “Kona Reeves is fine; I’ve seen him backstage. In fact, I just passed him.”
Dain - “Who said it was him?”
Slater’s face drops and asks who it is.
Young - “A monster who has been so malnourished due to the self-desire to grasp the proverbial brass ring that he is now unable to cope in our modern society. We are doing the industry a favour keeping this monster behind the curtain. He is what we like to call a case of ‘Pandora’s box’. He’s the ace up our sleeve. So, when people who, like you, think that my advice isn’t applicable for them, shy away from their mental responsibilities, can be forced to be held accountable for their lack of action. Mr Slater, this is your one and only warning. Bow out of the match graciously so as to avoid the mental anguish that failure will bring you.”
Slater - “I got kids man! And I’m chasing my dreams and chasing my pay cheques. I’m here and I’m ready to scrap. Bring it on, you looney tune!”
Young - “Oh, I hope you realise that I’m not your opponent, they are...”
sAnity surround the ring as Slater looks scared. Sullivan enters the ring and stands in his corner. The referee is unsure of what to do, but things appear settled.
Graves - “Looks like Slater is going to be going one on one with the Freak.” Ranallo - “Good luck to him, hope he gets to see his kids after this!”
The referee decides to ring the bell to make the match official. Sullivan immediately charges the referee and hits him with the ‘Freak Accident’. The commentators share their disgust and are outraged at the violence displayed towards the official.
Ranallo – “The opening week loss has sent Eric Young insane. And what’s worse? Dain and Sullivan are eating this all up.”
The ring announcer immediately confirms what the crowd already know - Heath Slater is now in the final for the GCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Young - “I think this is the part that you don’t, and Kona certainly didn’t, understand. Do you honestly think that we are delivering these sermons to then concentrate on winning wrestling matches? No. We are here to make a difference to the general public’s perception of sAnity. But they’re a bit like you, they just ignore the very few warnings we supply. I did tell you that this was your last chance after all...”
Dain and Sullivan proceed to batter the absolute holy hell out of Slater. They finish by having Dain crossbody him on the outside before Young crouches down and starts stroking Slater’s hair and humming. It makes for uncomfortable viewing, until Kona Reeves and PTP rush down the ramp to make the save. sAnity retreat through the crowd. Young laughs and holds his arms aloft before he says, “Sanity isn’t just a state of mind, it is a lifestyle choice that one must make. You will understand eventually Heath, you will understand us eventually.”
Result - Heath Slater (2-3) defeats Lars Sullivan (w. sAnity) (0-1) via disqualification. Heath Slater enters as the #11 entry to the GCW World Heavyweight Championship tournament.
Segment #4 - Pre-recorded interview
Interview held on the outside of a tall building at night.
Interviewer - “Thank you for joining me Stephanie, or more like thank you for inviting me here to conduct the interview. The view is incredible!”
Steph - “I just love working here, that view never gets old! Even when you’re working non-stop 24/7, I just look up and see that from my desk. Better than anything my father was able to offer me!”
Interviewer - “So GCW has run on TV for a month now, how do you feel it’s stacked up to the other promotions that started around the same time? Obviously CPW just held their 3-day extravaganza while The Shield, now known as The Sword, have been tearing it up with their promotion. Are you excited that the industry looks like it has a bright future?”
Steph - “I am, I really am. Obviously, working with WWE, we were under pressure of signing every single possible potential mega superstar. And sometimes it worked out for us, most of the time it went bust. It’s so much better, for the industry, having the talent spread out evenly across three different promotions. We’re all giving wrestlers a chance to see what they’re capable of. Some new stars are bound to be made; some will continue to shine brightly while there will be some that begin to fade. With these huge rosters, myself, Paige, and Paul must be ambitious but also considerate when it comes to acquiring new talent. In fact, we have just been finalising a couple of deals that should make a huge ripple in our roster. All in all, I think we are putting out good content, potentially better than our competitors but it is clearly down to the fans to justify my thoughts.”
Interviewer - “What do you say to the critics of GCW that there have only been 2 championships decided after 5 weeks of television?”
Steph - “That I completely get the frustrations. It was something we were all deliberating. Do we just hand out these titles straight away? But then Paul said something that made us all change our minds. He said, ‘Fans want to feel involved and feel like they had a part to play in a wrestler’s rise to the top. If we elect champions, we’re taking that away from our core audience.’ And it’s reasons like that that remind me of the brilliance of Paul Heyman. Yes we argue, disagree and complain but it’s always in the best interests of the product we are trying to provide. Trust me, by the time our first PPV ends, most (if not all) championships will have been earned.”
Interviewer - “I know I’m eating up a lot of your time, so I’ll just ask one question. Is it true that you are going to terminate the contracts of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens after their constant threats and breach of suspension?”
Steph - “No. I am reinstating them. All is forgiven.”
Interviewer - “That’s it? No condemnation? No criticism? No vengeful promises?”
Steph - “Like I said, ‘All is forgiven.’”
Interviewer - “Okay, thank you for your time Steph!”
Match 3 - Akira Tozawa vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Tyler Bates vs. Chad Gable
This is a slobber knocker of a match, with everyone getting a chance to show off their stuff. Gargano hits the lawn dart on Bates but is then clotheslined by Gable.
Gable begins to take over but is very careful to maintain control of his emotions. He hits all different varieties of Suplex (except for the German). He hits a picture-perfect northern lights Suplex. As he gets up, a German flag is shown on the screen and the national anthem begins to play. He looks confused and complains to the referee before running into a huge drop kick from Bates. Bates then seizes control before Tozawa owns all of them. Tozawa hits super kicks on Gargano and Bates, before lining up a shining wizard onto Gable. Tozawa picks up the win but again Gable is the victim of more unjust and unfair decisions.
Result – Akira Tozawa (1-0) defeats Chad Gable (0-3), Johnny Gargano (0-1) and Tyler Bates (0-3)
Match 4 – Holy Vengeance Championship Open Challenge
Aleister Black is standing in the middle of the ring, while the ring announcer reads a prepared statement. It says, “I will be a fighting champion. If you have the balls to challenge me for my title, then let’s have at it. If you don’t, then do not show your face. Otherwise I will send you back to whence you came.”
Kona Reeves comes down the ramp with a microphone in his hand. “Aleister, I will challenge you. I have qualified for the World Heavyweight Championship Tournament so could do with the practice match. May the best man win.”
“I intend to…”
The official rings the bell and Reeves goes to shake Blacks hand, who dismisses it by staring blankly at it. Reeves then slaps Black and screams, “Let’s do this!” before Black smashes him with a high kick. Reeves hits the deck and is clutching his nose. After the referee checks on him (around 20 seconds), Black hoists Reeves up with his foot, fakes the first Black Mass before hitting him on the second spin. Reeves is out like a light and the referee stops the match. Black’s arms are raised, and the time is announced again. Another improvement.
“Holy Vengeance… that’s what I deliver.”
Result – Aleister Black (6-0) defeats Kona Reeves (1-1) via pinfall to retain The Holy Vengeance Championship (2:12).
Segment #5 – Backstage Conversation
Naomi is backstage talking with Tamina about her current losing streak. She is apologetic, down in the dumps and feeling sorry for herself. Tamina slaps her across the face and demands her to toughen up. She orders Naomi to go out there and get the result for themselves but also her injury-stricken husband.
Match 5 – Naomi (w. Tamina) vs. Liv Morgan vs. Lacey Evans
Naomi seems to have been inspired by Tamina’s words and is fired up. She is hitting successive drop kicks, nice right hands and building momentum. Liv Morgan, after the rest of The Riott Squad were evicted, is struggling, and taking a beating from the two other competitors. Eventually, Naomi hits Liv Morgan with The Rear View. She looks at Tamina and gives her the thumbs up while Lacey Evans is slowly putting on her white glove. Naomi ignores Tamina’s warning and Evans clocks her with The Woman’s Right. She dusts her brow, fans herself with the other glove and gently covers Naomi. The referee counts to three and, just like that, Naomi loses yet again.
Result – Lacey Evans (1-0) defeats Naomi (0-4) and Liv Morgan (0-1) via pinfall.
Segment #6 – In-ring promo with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens walk down the ramp as Naomi is walking up. Sami Zayn condescendingly pats Naomi on the head while Owens can be heard saying, “It obviously runs in the marriage.” They saunter down to the ring, grab two microphones, and look out to the audience. They are booed heavily but they proceed to bow to all four corners of the ring and pat each other on the back.
Kevin Owens – “It is good to be back, officially this time. I don’t know about you Sami, but I have genuinely missed this place. Feels nice to be earning my pay this week as opposed to working for free last week!”
Sami Zayn – “Completely agree buddy. We have been reinstated by the Billion Dollar Princess and The Anti-Diva herself. Both have said ‘All is forgiven’. They must’ve finally realised what a hot commodity they have on their hands. I mean, we aren’t called The I.D. for nothing! We are proper Indie Darlings and if GCW weren’t going to appreciate us, then we could’ve easily taken our talents elsewhere!”
Kevin Owens – “That’s why it was so refreshing to have been forgiven and reinstated. Now, let’s get serious, shall we? D.I.Y. are just a rip off of us. Best friends turned enemies now best friends again. Sound familiar Sami?”
Sami Zayn – “Absolutely, I call gimmick infringement!”
Kevin Owens – “Exactly. Now, there will be no problems as long as they accept our challenge for a match at Soul 4 Immortality. GCW thought we wanted a title opportunity. But we aren’t fooling ourselves, we haven’t earned that! Yes, we had victory in the palms of our hands in the main event of Week 1. But Sami and I are anything but sore losers. We just want justice. That’s why we attacked The Usos. We didn’t mean to injure them; we were simply making a statement. They were able to have a match against D.I.Y. despite us requesting it specifically immediately after they cost us. D.I.Y. you hold the cards. What do you say?”
D.I.Y. appear at the top of the ramp.
Johnny Gargano – “How delusional are you? Justice? You want justice? Is that how you justify last week’s actions?”
Tommaso Ciampa – “Let me guess, ‘FTR were in the wrong place at the wrong time’. What I think you fail to realise, though, is that those boys are like us. They aren’t like Steph. They won’t forget and they sure as hell won’t forgive. And as far as gimmick infringement? That just makes me laugh. Are you the only two friends in wrestling history? Are you the only two friends who have ever had a bitter falling out? Are you the only two enemies who eventually reconnected and reconciled their differences? What an original gimmick you two have!”
Johnny Gargano – “We are happy to accept your challenge for a match at Soul 4 Immortality. But it is under one condition, whoever loses must disband. They cannot tag together at all. Whether that is in tag team matches, six-man tag matches or on a team at Bound by Blood. The only way you will ever share a ring is against each other. Thinking back to your unique history, that shouldn’t be an issue should it. It will just be another original twist in an original storyline that you guys came up with originally.”
Kevin Owens – “Why you two are most kind. My buddy and I would like to thank you for accepting our challenge. We are going to enjoy this… you just wait and see my friends. Just wait and see…”
Match #6 – Shinsuke Nakamura (w. Akira Tozawa) vs. Roderick Strong (w. Undisputed Era)
Before the match occurs, a vignette is shown of the beat down that Nakamura and Tozawa inflicted upon UE when they tried to attack FTR.
This is a fabulous match, full of counters and lots of attempts at submissions. Undisputed Era are like rabid dogs at ringside, constantly shouting advice and goading Nakamura and Tozawa. Tozawa remains silent. Nakamura swings his leg at Strong’s head, who ducks and rolls out of the ring looking concerned.
Graves – “That would’ve taken his head clean off!” Ranallo – “Now, that’s why they’ve labelled themselves KurHO. They will literally Kick yoUR Head Off.”
Strong takes control and starts delivering a range of backbreakers, but he is unable to keep Nakamura down for longer than a 2 count. The frustration builds and he makes a mistake of charging at Nakamura, who evades the charge and responds with a Pele kick. This provides some much-needed separation. Nakamura builds up some momentum and looks like he is going to hit The Kinshasa but reDragon storm the ring. Again, Nakamura dodges the incoming attack and lays waste to Fish while O’Reilly is taken care of by a vigilant Tozawa. Cole slides into pull Strong to the outside to give some time to recover. Nakamura lines up his finisher on Fish and plants him fiercely. He looks around everywhere but fails to see Strong get back into the ring behind him. Strong hits another backbreaker and covers Nakamura, with his feet on the rope for leverage. 1…2…3… Roderick Strong has managed to defeat Nakamura, albeit by cheating.
Result – Roderick Strong (2-0) defeats Shinsuke Nakamura (1-1) via pinfall.
Nakamura is incensed and squares up to the referee. He manages to calm himself and takes a deep breath, before Tozawa comes in the ring and pats him on the back. Shinsuke and Tozawa breathe deeply twice before sprinting off to attack Cole and Strong, who were celebrating carelessly in the corner. It is a strong beatdown and KurHO leave the ring with all four members of Undisputed Era hurt on the floor. Fish has not moved since taking the finisher.
Match #7 – Rhea Ripley vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Sarah Logan
Mickie James sits on commentary for this match and discusses Ripley’s attitude with the commentators.
Ripley continues to demonstrate her cockiness and assuredness in this match, taking down Logan with ease while simply overpowering Bliss due to the size difference. Ripley takes offence to a rope break count by the referee when trying to pin Logan and starts pushing her finger into the official’s chest. Bliss steps in between them and berates Ripley for the lack of respect shown to the official. Bliss and Ripley stare daggers at each other as Logan lies on the outside of the ring recovering.
Bliss and Ripley start scrapping with the size advantage helping Ripley. She hits a delayed vertical Suplex for a two count and then hits a second one – this time delaying it longer. She goes for the pinfall again and, again, takes exception to what she deems as a slow count. This time she fully pushes the referee, to which Mickie James stands up from commentary and starts arguing with Ripley. Sarah Logan brings a chair into the ring and swings it at Rhea’s back. There is a loud crack, but Ripley doesn’t buckle. Instead, she turns and sees the chair in her hands. She viciously beats down Logan and plants her with a thunderous DDT. She stands up and Mickie James is on the apron, criticising her having to use a weapon to take down one of her competitors.
Meanwhile, behind Ripley’s back. Bliss crawls to the prone Logan and covers her for the victory. Ripley turns around, notices she has lost and is angry. James calmly gets down off the ring apron, waves at Ripley and walks away.
Result – Alexa Bliss (1-1) defeats Sarah Logan (0-1) and Rhea Ripley (1-1) via pinfall.
Main Event – Lio Rush and Apollo Crews vs. Buckshot (w. AJ Styles)
Paul Heyman appears at the top of the ramp and has a microphone in hand. “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman and I am the Chief Executive Office of Global Championship Wrestling. It has come to my attention that Mr Rush is pushing quite the vengeful agenda here on my programme. I would like to elaborate on GCW’s official position in regard to the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. It is an apoplectic travesty that men and women that are black are subjected to the miscarriage of justice and harsh treatment on a day to day basis. There are many incidents that go unreported and, unfortunately, most cases are unheard of until they have a tragic ending. We do not condone any form of racism. That being said, I think it is important to reflect that the wrestling world is not a racist one. I, for one, do not see wrestlers based on the colour of their skin. I see wrestlers based on the content of their character. I hope Lio Rush understands our position and stops insinuating that all white men in powerful positions are racists.”
Both teams are fired up, with Lio Rush being very vocal on the ring apron. He accuses them of being racist and securing the hacker’s abilities due to their mutual hatred of black people. Crews is wrestling differently to how he did in his debut match. He is more focused, more grapple heavy and there is more meat behind his punches. Crews is able to desecrate Karl Anderson and tags in Rush to continue the assault.
The lights in the arena begin glitching and Lio Rush retreats to his corner. The lights go back to normal, but nothing is different. What it did provide was Anderson some time to recover and tag in Doc Gallows. Gallows lays waste to Rush, using the massive size difference to his advantage. Power move after power move has Rush wincing in pain and desperately trying to crawl for the tag. Styles is shouting instructions at his brothers and they are looking comfortable.
The lights glitch again and this time, when they appear on, Crews has been attacked at ringside and is laying prone on the floor. Rush is now against Buckshot two versus one and is being punished heavily. AJ Styles is bent over Crews taunting him, when suddenly sparks start flying from the top of the ramp. Walking through the sparks, looking seriously peeved off, is Bobby Lashley. He has his eyes set on Buckshot and walks down the ramp slowly but with a purpose. Gallows and Anderson jump out of the ring and stand in front of Styles. Lashley stands ahead of them, smiles and slowly points at the ring. In the ring, Rush and Crews (who is bleeding from a facial cut) jump off of the top ropes and wipe out all three members of Buckshot. They roll Anderson back into the ring, hit a double team move (standing moonsault after a powerbomb) to win the match via pinfall.
Result – Lio Rush and Apollo Crews (1-0) defeat Buckshot (w. AJ Styles) (2-1) via pinfall.
Despite the victory, Buckshot are savagely attacked by Lio Rush, Bobby Lashley and Apollo Crews. Lashley hits three ferocious spears, which leave Anderson clutching his chest.
Finally, standing with one foot on AJ Styles lifeless body, Lio Rush stands in between Bobby Lashley and Apollo Crews, who lift their right fists into the air. “All whom oppose us shall deal with the consequences. We are taking back what is ours. We have grown tired of playing by other people’s rules, now it is time for us to make our own rules. And we only have one rule, that’s to Fight the Power by any means necessary…”
Developments for future shows
World Heavyweight Championship Tournament 1. Xavier Woods 2. Shinsuke Nakamura 3. Braun Strowman 4. Roderick Strong 5. Jinder Mahal 6. AJ Styles 7. Kona Reeves 8. Bobby Lashley 9. Adam Cole 10. RVD 11. Heath Slater
Tag Team Championship Final (to be held at Soul 4 Immortality) reDragon vs. Buckshot
Holy Vengeance Championship Aleister Black (1-week reign, 30.06.20, 1 successful defence)
Women’s Leaderboard 1. Mickie James, Ruby Riott, Lacey Evans (1-0) 2. Rhea Ripley, Alexa Bliss 3. Tamina, Lana, Dana Brooke, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan (0-1) 4. Naomi (0-3)
Women’s International Tag Team Championship Champions – The IIconics (3-week reign, 16.06.20)
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2020.04.17 00:55 OneWingedDevil28 Re-Book A PPV (Day One Re-Bookings)
Comment down below what PPV's you'd like to see me re-book next! You guys have reccomended tons of great PPV's so far, and I did my best to re-book them! Keep the suggestions coming in, and enjoy reading. Feedback is appreciated. :)
WrestleMania XV –
Suggested by u/50id5Nak3
AND u/hhhfan92297 Winner Takes All –
DX (X Pac (European), Road Dogg (Intercontinental) and Billy Gunn) def. Big Show, Jeff Jarrett (Tag Team) and Owen Hart (Tag Team)
Shane McMahon def. Ken Shamrock WWF Championship Number One Contendership Battle Royal –
Test wins by last eliminating Big Bossman Hell in a Cell –
Kane def. Mankind WWF Women’s Championship –
Sable © def. Tori WWF Championship –
Triple H © def. The Rock (DX with all the gold)
The Undertaker def. Stone Cold Steve Austin
WrestleMania 36 –
Suggested by u/_noobmastersixtynine NIGHT ONE SmackDown Tag Team Championship –
Sami Zayn and Cesaro © def. Daniel Bryan and Drew Gulak United States Championship –
Andrade © def. Kevin Owens Women’s Tag Team Championship –
Sasha Banks and Bayley def. The Kabuki Warriors © No Disqualification –
Edge def. Seth Rollins Number One Contendership for the Universal Championship –
Braun Strowman def. Kofi Kingston vs John Morrison vs King Corbin NXT Women’s Championship –
Charlotte Flair def. Rhea Ripley © Winner Faces Goldberg Tomorrow Night, Firefly Fun House Match –
The Fiend def. John Cena WWE Championship –
Drew McIntyre def. Brock Lesnar © NIGHT TWO Intercontinental Championship -
Shinsuke Nakamura © def. Daniel Bryan
Otis and Mandy Rose def. Dolph Ziggler and Sonya Deville
Aleister Black def. Randy Orton RAW Tag Team Championship –
Street Profits def. Viking Raiders © SmackDown Women’s Championship –
Bayley © def. Lacey Evans vs Sasha Banks vs Tamina Universal Championship –
The Fiend def. Goldberg © RAW Women’s Championship –
Shayna Baszler def. Becky Lynch © Boneyard Match –
The Undertaker def. AJ Styles
Bragging Rights 2010 –
Suggested by u/TheReagmaster Tag Team Championship –
The Nexus © def. The Brothers of Destruction Interpromotional Singles Match –
Big Show (SmackDown) def. Ezekiel Jackson (RAW) 1-0 SmackDown Divas Championship –
Natalya def. Layla © United States Champion vs Intercontinental Champion –
CM Punk (Intercontinental) def. Daniel Bryan (United States) 1-1 World Heavyweight Championship –
Drew McIntyre (MITB won at MITB 2010) def. Kane © vs The Undertaker Team RAW vs Team SmackDown –
Team SmackDown (Edge, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, Kofi Kingston and Dolph Ziggler) def. Team RAW (John Morrison, The Miz, Sheamus, MVP and R-Truth) 2-1 SmackDown WWE Championship –
Wade Barrett def. John Cena vs Randy Orton ©
WrestleMania 34 –
Suggested by u/SimonBRUH8217 Ladder Match for the United States Championship –
Shinsuke Nakamura def. Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler vs Baron Corbin vs Rusev vs Randy Orton ©
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn def. Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon RAW Women’s Championship –
Sasha Banks © def. Bayley Intercontinental Championship –
Seth Rollins def. The Miz ©
Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey def. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon SmackDown Tag Team Championship –
The Usos © def. The New Day vs The Bludgeon Brothers No Disqualification –
Roman Reigns def. Braun Strowman Universal Championship –
The Demon Finn Balor def. Brock Lesnar © SmackDown Women’s Championship –
Asuka def. Charlotte Flair © Career vs Championship for the WWE Championship –
AJ Styles © def. John Cena
WrestleMania 31 –
Suggested by u/GavinJ1899 Ladder Match for the Tag Team Championship –
Dolph Ziggler and Mystery Partner (Neville) def. The New Day vs The Usos vs Cesaro and Kidd ©
Randy Orton def. Seth Rollins Street Fight –
Bray Wyatt def. Dean Ambrose
AJ Lee and Paige def. The Bella Twins
Sting def. Triple H United States Championship –
Roman Reigns def. Rusev ©
The Undertaker def. John Cena WWE World Heavyweight Championship –
Seth Rollins def. Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar ©
TNA Victory Road 2007 –
Suggested by u/mishranomics UItimate X Match for the Ultimate X Championship –
Jay Lethal def. Christopher Daniels vs Christian Cage vs Samoa Joe ©
Sting and Abyss def. The Voodoo Kin Mafia
Eric Young and Gail Kim def. Robert Roode and Miss Brooke TNA World Championship Number One Contendership Battle Royal –
Chris Harris wins by last eliminating Jerry Lynn TNA Tag Team Championship –
The Motor City Machine Guns def. Team 3D © 2/3 Falls Match for the TNA World Championship –
AJ Styles def. Kurt Angle © 2-1
Survivor Series 2001 –
suggested by u/TheTStain TLC Match – Tag Team Championships Unification –
The Hardy Boyz (WWF) © def. Rob Van Dama and Booker T (Alliance) 1-0 WWF WWF vs Alliance –
The Alliance (Ivory, Jazz and Molly Holly) def. Team WWF (Trish Stratus, Jacqueline and Lita) 1-1 European Champion vs United States Champion, WWF vs Alliance –
Christian (European, Alliance) def. Edge (United States, WWF) 2-1 Alliance WWF vs Alliance –
The Rock (WWF) def. Kurt Angle (Alliance) 2-2 Survivor Series Match –
Team WWF (Chris Jericho, Big Show, Albert, The Undertaker and Kane) def. The Alliance (Shane McMahon, The Dudley Boyz, Test and Stone Cold Steve Austin)
WrestleMania 23 –
suggested by u/LangyLangLang69 Money in the Bank Ladder Match –
Mr Kennedy def. MVP vs Carlito vs Ric Flair vs Kane vs Shelton Benjamin vs Johnny Nitro United States Championship –
CM Punk def. Chris Benoit ©
ECW Originals (Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, The Sandman and Rob Van Dam) def. The New Breed (Elijah Burke, Kevin Thorn, Matt Striker and Marcus Cor Von) World Heavyweight Championship –
The Undertaker def. Batista © Women’s Championship –
Melina © def. Ashley World Tag Team Championship –
Rated RKO (Edge and Randy Orton) def. The Hardy Boyz © Battle of the Billionaires, Intercontinental vs ECW Champion –
Bobby Lashley (ECW) w/ Donald Trump def. Umaga (Intercontinental) w/ Vince McMahon 60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship –
John Cena © def. Shawn Michaels
Super Show Down 2020 –
suggested by u/BenCaunce Ladder Match for the RAW Tag Team Championship –
Rollins and Murphy © def. Garza and Carillo vs Street Profits SmackDown Women’s Championship –
Bayley © def. Lacey Evans
The OC (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) def. The Viking Raiders and Ricochet (Undertaker attacks Styles post match)
Mansoor def. Dolph Ziggler SmackDown Tag Team Championship –
Miz and Morrison def. The New Day © WWE Championship –
Aleister Black def. Brock Lesnar © via DQ
Goldberg def. Bobby Lashley Universal Championship –
The Fiend © def. Roman Reigns
AEW Full Gear –
suggested by u/HeelWrestler
Proud and Powerful def. The Young Bucks Tournament Semi Finals to crown the inaugural TNT Championship –
Fenix def. Shawn Spears Tournament Semi Finals to crown the inaugural TNT Championship –
Pentagon def. Joey Janela
Pac def. Adam Page AEW Tag Team Championship –
SoCal Uncensored © def. Private Party AEW Women’s Championship –
Riho © def. Britt Baker Tournament Final to crown the inaugural TNT Champion –
Pentagon def. Fenix AEW World Championship –
Chris Jericho © def. Cody Street Fight –
Jon Moxley def. Kenny Omega
WrestleMania 2000 –
suggested by u/Messydrawers111 Intercontinental Championship –
Chris Benoit def. Kurt Angle ©
D-Generation X (Road Dogg and X Pac) def. The Radicalz (Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn) Hardcore Championship Free For All –
Hardcore Holly wins by last defeating Test
Kane def. Big Show Hardcore Match –
Mick Foley def. Shane McMahon European Championship –
Eddie Guerrero © def. Chris Jericho TLC Match for the World Tag Team Championship –
Edge and Christian def. The Hardy Boyz vs The Dudley Boyz © WWF Championship –
The Rock def. Triple H ©
WrestleMania 27 –
suggested by u/adalby12 Tag Team Championship –
Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston def. The Corre ©
Randy Orton def. Sheamus
Alberto Del Rio def. Rey Mysterio Intercontinental Championship –
Daniel Bryan def. Wade Barrett ©
CM Punk def. John Cena WWE Championship –
The Miz © def. John Morrison
Trish Stratus and Beth Phoenix def. LayCool Unsanctioned Match –
The Undertaker def. Triple H World Heavyweight Championship –
Christian def. Edge ©
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Chris Sabin(c) & Alex Shelley def. Jay Lethal in a Three Way Ultimate X Match to win the TNA X Division Championship
Black Machismo beat Shelley for the title at Slammiversary but lost it at No Surrender to Sabin, who finally turned heel to ensure Jay didn't take the role of X-Division ace from him. With their destinies once again intertwined, the future Motor City Machine Guns end up as reluctant co-champions.
Eric Young def. Robert Roode
After a year as Roode's personal slave, EY wins his freedom.
Team 3D def. The Steiner Brothers
Two legendary teams have cost each other title opportunities leading to this first-time encounter. Both teams embraced afterwards.
Rhino def. Matt Morgan, Kaz, James Storm, Raven, Chris Harris, Black Reign, Senshi, Ron Killings (with Adam Jones), Petey Williams, Elix Skipper, Junior Fatu, Kip James, B.G. James, Shark Boy, Lance Hoyt, Jimmy Rave, Sonjay Dutt, Havok & Consequences Creed in the Fight for the Right Battle Royal
Besides Rhino earning a title shot against the main event's winner at Genesis, Kaz breaking free of Raven's Serotonin is the real story of the match. Making it down to the final three after tossing out his former leader, the former X-Division Champion's Cinderella run is ended by The Blueprint. Also, Adam "Pacman" Jones was there. A timely Gore is enough to cut the giant down and get Rhino the win.
AJ Styles & Tomko def. The Latin American Xchange(c) to win the TNA World Tag Team Championship
The beginning of AJ's turn to the dark side can be attributed to losing the tag titles to the now beloved LAX the year before. Following his fallout with Daniels, Styles was corrupted by Christian and subsequently teamed with Tomko. This heel turn looks to be the right decision as Styles gets retribution alongside a new partner.
Gail Kim won by last eliminating Awesome Kong in a Gauntlet for the Gold Match to become the first TNA Women's Knockout Champion
Kong eliminates most of the field until fatigue gets the best of her, allowing Gail to score the upset.
Sting def. Christopher Daniels in a Career Threatening Match
Seeing his friend's corruption, Daniels' Fallen Angel tendencies reemerge, as he loses faith in there being any good men left in TNA. This causes him to target Sting, the patron saint of balancing the light and the dark. Defeating The Icon at Slammiversary, Daniels sends Sting into a downward spiral, making him reconsider his moral compass and career after more losses. The former X-Division champion crossed the line, stalking Sting's family and showing the footage on Impact. Now unhinged, Stinger puts his career on the line for one last match against Daniels. The Icon survives the mind games, keeping his decency intact as he refuses to use the baseball bat Daniels brought to save his career. With his master plan foiled, The Fallen Angel could do nothing but slink away in shock, pondering what was next.
Abyss (with James Mitchell) def. Christian Cage in a Monster's Ball Match
Earlier in the year, Christian used Abyss to get Sting out of the way so he could get his sought after rematch for the World Title. When Abyss failed to help Christian against Joe at Slammiversary, he was brutally beaten and put on the shelf by the rest of The Coalition. The Monster would return alongside Mitchell, who was boxed out by Christian, to haunt The Instant Classic. AJ and Tomko would interfere only to be neutralized by LAX, leaving Abyss to gruesomely defeat his tormentor.
Samoa Joe(c) def. Kurt Angle to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship
The biggest match in TNA history was a year in the making. Instead of immediately taking a title shot, Angle worked his way up the ladder before defeating Sting, Abyss and Christian in a Road to Victory Match to punch his ticket to the BFG main event. In their few interactions, it was no surprise Joe and Angle would not get along in their tag title opportunity against LAX at No Surrender, where the World Champion walked out on his partner.
This solidified Joe as the heel in the match. Going nearly an hour, Angle passed out in a pool of his own blood while in the Coquina Clutch. After the match, The Samoan Submission Machine awaited for the challenger to regain his bearings. Angle stated that Joe was the better man tonight and requested a rematch. Angle stuck his hand out to shake Joe's hand however ignored his request and left the ring. Still the undefeated champion, Joe had no respect.
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2020.01.18 07:26 DGenerationMC Bound for Rebooking Pt. 1 - TNA BFG 2005
Pre-Show: Sonny Siaki & Apolo def. Shark Boy & Sonjay Dutt
Petey Williams def. Chris Sabin & Matt Bentley (with Traci) in a Three Way Ultimate X Match to become #1 contender to the TNA X Division Championship
Alex Shelley, Austin Aries, and Roderick Strong def. The Diamonds in the Rough in a Six Man Tag Team Match
The James Gang def. 2Live Kru (Ron Killings & Konnan)
Killings and Konnan's unwillingness to trust Kip, pushing BG to reunite with his old partner against his current ones. To show good faith, Kip helped Truth up after the match. Truth reciprocated with a handshake immediately while Konnan was hesitant but eventually did the same as all four men embraced, making up 4LK.
Samoa Joe def. Jushin Liger
America's Most Wanted(c) (with Gail Kim) def. The Naturals (with Lance Hoyt) & Team Canada (Bobby Roode & Eric Young (with A-1) in a Three Way Tag Team Match to retain the NWA World Tag Team Championship
Abyss (with James Mitchell) def. Rhino, Jeff Hardy & Sabu in a Monster's Ball Match
Monty Brown def. Jeff Jarrett (with Gail Kim) with Tito Ortiz as Special Guest Referee
After losing the NWA World Title at Slammiversary, Jarrett was suspended under charges of bribing an official spawning from Hard Justice, where Ortiz helped him retain over Styles. After failing to prove it to be true, management promised Jarrett would get what was coming to him, as the returning Kevin Nash set his sights on him for a BFG showdown.
Ortiz being named special referee restored Jarrett's confidence, Big Sexy pulling out due to health reasons sent it through the roof. Brown, who had recently left Planet Jarrett after feeling taken advantage of after a year of unfulfilled promises, emerges as Nash's replacement. Jarrett tried every trick imaginable until Ortiz stopped him from using a guitar, allowing Monty to Pounce his opponent to victory and get closer to a World Title shot he'd been chasing for so long. Once Jarrett came to, he lambasted Tito for going against their "plan," so he was knocked out for his troubles, continuing The King of the Mountain's descent.
NWA World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles def. X Division Champion Christopher Daniels (1-0) in a Winner Takes All 30-Minute Iron Man Match for both titles
Since leaving the X-Division in 2004, Styles left the torch for Daniels to carry while he climbed the World Title ranks. This culminated in two NWA Championship victories over Jeff Jarrett at the first ever monthly PPV, Turning Point 2004, and the inaugural Slammiversary with statement wins over Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Abyss in-between. While AJ retained his title against the likes of Raven and Rhino, The Fallen Angel had become the longest reigning X-Division Champion.
The two divergent paths crossed at Unbreakable, where the two champions were involved in a three-way involving undefeated Super X Cup winner Samoa Joe. Styles managed to chop down The Samoan Submission Machine, only for Daniels to sneak in and pin Styles to keep his title. Making a statement in proving he was TNA's premiere champion, a challenge was laid down for the biggest show in company history yet. Wanting to get back to his X-Division roots and elevate them, Styles accepted, upping the ante by goading Daniels to put his title on the line as well. AJ, ever the pioneer, promised to defend both titles individually instead of unifying them unlike his opponent, who didn't care if his victory limited title opportunities for fellow X-Division wrestlers. Seeing as the only other time they'd faced off one-on-one ended in a draw earlier in the year, this match was made a 30-Minute Iron Man Match.
Daniels attempted to get Styles to submit early in the bout by using his Koji Clutch submission hold. Later on, Daniels earned a two-count after landing on Styles with the B.M.E. Styles also gained a near-fall by nailing Daniels with a Rack Bomb. With only 13 seconds left in the match and the score still tied zero to zero, Styles hit a Styles Clash for the pin. As time ran out, Styles had retained one title and regained the other.
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2019.10.25 19:20 CrimsonClubs Selected Reviews for Liquorice Flavoured Love Potion
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Five Stars
By Niel on August 10, 2019
Great product! Just what I needed.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ AMAZING
By Lianne on August 28, 2019
Cannot reccomend strongly enough!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Top quality, simply awesome.
By Josey on September 2, 2019
This was life-changing. Phenomenal. It beat every expectation I had and then some. Honestly, I was sceptical at first seeing the price, but it works better than the name-brand version. I’ll probably pick-up a second for my daughter (and who knows maybe I’ll buy another one for myself, haha!)
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Danger, poison, side-effects, urgent, this is fatal!
By Kimberly on September 12, 2019
Please, please, please, please, please read this!
It’s all I can do. I can’t get them to remove this item from the store page. I’ve tried reporting it online a hundred times but nothing happens. Maybe they don’t care. The police won’t take it seriously either. Just please, even if you don’t read this. Please don’t make the same mistake I did.
Don’t fall in love with love.
Love is cruel, ugly, hateful, and blind. Love is coarse and bitter like the ground coffee you find in the trash. Love chokes, strangling every joyful pulse from your veins. People love the illusions, or delusions, of love. But anybody who has seen love, purified and distilled, would know love’s true awfulness and horrors, and above all its foolishness.
You know the saying: “You can fool some people all the time, and all people some of the time?” Well sometimes we’re all fooled by love.
For the former 16 year old me, I was a fool for a guy. His name is Adrien Mathers, and back in high school he was my dirty blond dream walking the halls, the faint scent of roasted walnuts in his wake. In my eyes he was perfect. He was smart but not bookishly reserved, athletic minus the bruising jock attitude, funny without being a shameless class clown. (Of course, his visible muscle tone and high cheekbones certainly contributed, but so did the cute single dimple from his confident and constant half-smile.)
Okay, this may seem irrelevant to the issue at hand, but I swear to you all this is important to understand the danger of this ‘love-potion’.
Or, I don’t know, maybe I just need some place to vent and mourn… Confess. If there’s one thing I’m good at its throwing myself a pity-party.
Anyway, what stole my dumb heart above all was, despite being one of the popular guys in school, Adrien was exceedingly kind. He only had nice things to say about everybody, never participating in gossip and back-biting. He was so nice, he made everybody else around him nicer. For example there was a special needs student, Isaac, and while at the start of the year everybody either teased him or did their best to ignore him, Adrien actually took the time to chat with Isaac. Not ironically or with ulterior motives. Just genuinely striking up a conversation. Asking him how it was going, about his interest. Normal stuff. Everyday he did this. Slowly, people stopped teasing Isaac, and, as the months passed, more and more people began to be friendly too, wishing Isaac a good day or to tell them one his many ‘space facts’ that Isaac knew off hand.
That’s how Adrien was, he brought out the good in those around him by virtue of the good in him. And I melted for the fantasy he’d find the good in me. Someday he’d take me away beneath the stars in his used Saturn Ion, his kisses exploring the anticipation along my neck, his confident hands extending around my midsection before tentatively reaching under my shirt and also under my, well…
At the time, that was pure fantasy. I was certain Adrien didn’t even know my name back when I first started crushing on him. Or the rest of that year for that matter. Luckily the goddess of love and fate must have heard my prayers, because Adrien and I were assigned as lab partners in our junior year chemistry class.
That semester was magical. To me at least, it seemed like we hit it off immediately. We worked great together. I did most of the planning and note taking while he had no problems lighting the Bunsen burners and mixing the reagents. All the while we’d be laughing having fun.
We started talking more outside of class too, even if we always had to start talking about chemistry first.
However our conversations were never stilted or awkward and we’d soon be discussing deep topics like our fights with our parents and the reasons why we both wanted to leave our hometown. I just hated the bitterly cold winters here, but he wanted to leave because he never wanted to feel like his home was stuck and glued in one place and so he imagined he’d always keep moving places every few years. “I just want the freedom of it, y’know?” His nose scrunched when he said the word ‘freedom’ and I felt he meant the word differently than how others used the term.
Eventually though, the semester was almost over, meaning I wouldn’t have an excuse to talk to him anymore.
I gathered what tepid courage I could and I asked the question, “After the test… do you want to go see a movie? Together?”
He blinked a moment, “Like a date?”
“Yeah.” I confirmed.
He half-cocked his smile, “Okay then.”
It was just that easy. My legs nearly buckled when I made it around the corner but the butterflies swirling around my head made it all worth it.
And that first date was incredible. He held me through the entire movie, and as he dropped me off at my house, he stared at me until I stopped talking. Then he kissed me. His kiss left a trembling need on my lips long after we parted.
We made plans for another date immediately.
That one didn’t go… quite as well. We were making out at his house, his parents weren’t home. Although I was nearly sick with the bundle of nerves in my stomach, I had readied myself for going farther than I ever had before.
Suddenly though, Adrien stopped. I couldn’t figure out why. He cut the date short there. When we spoke again after that night, he told me the most crushing words I’d ever heard. He sighed and said, “I just feel… we are better as friends. I’m sorry, I tried but I just don’t see you as more than that.”
I never told anybody about our fleeting time together, or the pain I felt. Even long after I never said a word. There’s a million break up songs out there. Each can explain the emotions I felt better than I could. Go over to the itunes store or spotify and buy a couple. You don’t want to hear more from me. Although part of me refused to put the pain into my own words because if I said exactly how I felt then it really would be over and no matter how much ‘healing’ I did over the months and years, I didn’t want us to be over.
Even if that is what we were.
We were little more than acquaintances when high-school ended.
Anyway, life happened after that. Got accepted into college. Drifted away from my fair-weather friends. Made one or two better friends. During my studies I dated twice. The first relationship fizzled. Not a lot of chemistry besides my crippling desperation when we first met at a party. The second guy I dated, Nate, we had chemistry all right. Too much in fact. Which is why it blew up in a fiery spectacle, much like a plane full of TNT crashing into a fireworks factory, fun to witness at a distance, not so fun while screaming aboard the disintegrating aircraft.
During this time I was doing my teaching practicum and I met Mrs. Jody Renyk. She was upbeat, gregarious, positive attitude, thoughtful, a teacher loved by all the kids, always putting others before herself, a mentor that I quickly did my best to model myself after. To me she was almost a saint in her selfless attitude.
However after a few short months I’d discover her one flaw. Selfishness of a different sort ate away her body. A greed called cancer. She wouldn’t survive the year.
Where we meet Adrien again is at Mrs. Renyk’s funeral.
During the sermon, Jody’s brother mentioned how the Mathers family put Jody through school, but my brain didn’t link the Surname together until the reception, where I spotted Adrien comforting the much older brother of Jody.
I tapped him on his shoulder. “Hey stranger.” Fortunately, I had chosen my more stylish black dress of the two hung in my closet.
Adrien turned to me in his well fitting three piece suit and his eyes seemed to brighten, “Kim?”
“Still stuck in this town I see.”
“Nah,” he shook his head, “just here for the funeral.”
I knew Adrien travelled around a lot, but I’d forgotten in that instant rush to say hello.
After that the conversation was breezy, like summer. Just like I remembered it. I told him how Jody was a role model for me. He told me how Jody was his babysitter for, like, ten years, hence the comment about his family putting her through school. The conversation was getting more animated but with the funeral going on around us, we instead agreed to meet later that week for coffee before his flight left.
Doubts crept in almost immediately. After a few minutes I’d convinced myself that I’d imagined the renewed romantic chemistry. The sparks were sputters. Flirting was just friendliness. Those hints of desire were merely shimmers of a polite facade. But other than bite my cuticles and nervously rock my legs, I didn’t know what to do. I’d be meeting with him soon. It was literally my last chance at a second chance.
So… I started drinking a bottle of leftover tequila and set off online in search of answers. In a few short hours, my browser was clogged with Facebook profiles, self help blogs, and more cheesy dating advice than my hairdresser on particularly chatty day. It all seemed so useless and fake. None of this would actually work.
On a whim, I decided to search for a “love potion.” Years ago, I went through a bit of an alternative religion, wiccan phase. Which is why I’d expected silly home brews of supermarket spices and willow leaves, which would vary in quality between an adequate tea and a putrid sludge. And I did find results like that, along with movie references, tacky perfumes, and a whole bunch of other crap.
A few pages in though, and I was intrigued by one particular link. “Liquorice Flavoured Love Potion.” The name was less arresting than the web address. The fact that it was being sold by this very website made me think, Don’t they have standards? They can’t actually be selling a fake love potion. I convinced myself it was probably nothing more than a candy with the “Liquorice Flavoured” appendage, but tipsy me was curious.
No kitschy hearts or playful colours greeted me, just the art-deco bottle with sharp glass lines and a black fluid within.
This was a minor shock as I’d pictured sweet red liquorice not black. More than that though, as you can see the product description above makes it seem completely sincere. “Force your love to give you love by feeding them this love potion,” was the line that particularly stood out to me. Normally, love potions describe themselves in more poetic and saccharine terms. To see one bluntly advertise how you always imagine a ‘love potion’ is suppose to work was refreshing and… exhilarating.
My cursor hovered over the ‘add-to-cart’ button. Except the price was fairly steep for what amounted to little more than brief thrill. It’s not like it would actually work. Besides, it probably wouldn’t arrive in time anyway. And how would I get him to drink it anyway? Liquorice wasn’t exactly an inconspicuous taste, he’d know if I slipped it into his coffee.
That’s when I clicked.
All those valid reasons were no match for serendipity. See, it was in that moment I remembered Adrien liked liquorice because he and his circle of friends once had a silly argument about whether liquorice was ‘the worst thing we were ever tricked into believing was candy’ or ‘a deliciously and unfairly maligned treat of the gods’. Adrien was firmly on the pro-liquorice side of that particular debate.
He likes liquorice and I found a liquorice flavoured love potion. That’s kind of like fate right? Plus, the loudly advertised free shipping was hard to beat too.
The class I had been teaching was outside for recess when I got a lesson of how fate really works. “Sorry, I have to leave town early.” The message read. I wasn’t even upset really. In a way I was relieved. Here I’d been stressing out like a stupid little girl over a simple cup of coffee. Some adult I was.
“My flight leaves tomorrow morning. Can we meet tonight?”
And just like that I was a girl again with hope. And pressure. Lots and lots of pressure. This would be my one and only chance and I knew I had no magic on my side.
I rushed home to prepare. When I spotted the plain brown package patiently expecting me at my doorstep, I didn’t even consider it was the Love Potion. From my tequila buzz, I barely remembered ordering it, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be delivered so soon. In the past I’ve paid for the princely leisure of two day shipping on a few occasions but I’ve never had anything arrive in under 24 hours before.
After I peeled away the tape, cardboard, and excessive layers of bubble wrap I found the ornate bottle delicately inlayed within a form-fitting casement of crunchy styrofoam. Curiously, the liquid inside was clear and not the jet black like in the picture. Although I’d solve this colourful discrepancy soon, later I’d only have unanswered theories gnawing at my mind to explain why.
Wrapped around the deco neck of the art-deco bottle was frayed twine linking the bottle to a round paper tag. On it were these three simple instructions:
1. Mix a drop of your blood in with the love
2. Give this now activated love to the intended target
3. Enjoy the love!
There were no ingredients list, or warnings, or even a brand logo.
The first step was what gave me pause. A drop of blood struck me as hard-core. Which was fine by me, except it also seemed unsanitary?
Still, I only had a bit of time before needing to head out for the coffee shop, so I got a pin from my cupboard, ready to do it right there and then. I popped open the cork cap like a bottle of champagne, and was blasted by the distinct scent of liquorice.
“Here goes nothing,” I said as I pricked my finger and squeezed a single drop of blood. On my skin the scarlet bulge swelled then fell into the clear liquid below. Immediately on contact thin black roots grew sinking from the surface and slowly burrowed to the bottom of the glass. Without mixing or shaking, spindles of blackness jutted out from these roots like the rime of frost. They intersected and crisscrossed until all crystal light was woven shut and nothing but a solid impenetrable darkness remained.
“Huh… neat.” Is all the gravitas I could spare for that damning event.
I re-capped the bottle and tossed it casually in my hand bag.
We met at the coffee shop, he with a simple white button down shirt and striped tie, me with a little black skirt and secretive black bottle. I did my best to pry a passionate conversation from him. That’s what I read, is guys like it when a gal shows an interest listening to his interests. It seemed to be going quite well, he was getting animated and excited, swinging his arms in exaggerated chopping motions, although to be honest the stories of his travels weren’t that interesting, not second hand anyway. After the first story, hearing about a traditional meal with colourful locals gets old whether it is in central Asia, Chile, or Uganda.
Still, the evening was progressing so well I forgot all about the ‘Love Potion.’ It was sometime after sunset though when Adrien glimpsed his watch and then began checking it repeatedly every minute or so. “Umm…” I hesitated, “Do you need to leave soon?”
He rubbed his neck apologetically, “Y-yeah. Early morning flight and all that. But it’s nice catching up like this. We should do it again sometime.”
I panicked a bit. “No no.” I stammered practically jumping from my uncomfortable seat. “You can’t leave just yet.”
He was surprised by my abrupt outburst. “Well, it’s not like I was planning on leaving right this second.”
“Let me just, they sell this really great Kombucha here. You’ve tried Kombucha before, right?”
“Yeah, it’s okay I guess.”
“Then you got to try this one. It’s the best.” He stared at me in mild bewilderment. “Trust me. My treat. Let me just go—” Using both hands I pointed toward the barista behind the till and wandered off before he could object. After a single step, I twisted back around awkwardly snatching up my bag as I trotted to the counter.
I was quickly devolving into a flustered mess. How could this be ending so soon? I thought. Everything had felt like it had gone great, like it was fate fixing her mistake. What happened? Was it something I said? I barely remember saying anything.
While I ordered, fishing my credit card out for payment, the black vial clanked softly against my keys.
If the barista noticed me spike Adrien’s kombucha tea, she gave no indication.
“And, I’m back. Here, try it. Don’t be worried if it tastes a little… funky. It’s suppose to.”
He took a sip and squinted his eyes. “This tastes like… liquorice.” He nodded, “I like liquorice,” and took another big sip.
I let out a sigh I didn’t know I was holding in.
Nothing seemed to happen though. There was no dramatic sound or cue. Adrien carried on like normal, checking his watch periodically. Dim sunset hues commingled with the soft interior lighting over the plain wooden tables. The clatter and tinkle of cups and mugs accompanied the racket back and forth of other couples talking as usual. No magic appeared to save me.
Disappointment gripping my throat, our own conversation drifted listlessly to the one subject I promised myself I wouldn’t breach.
“Why did you… back in school…” I shifted in my rigid seat, adjusting a troublesome crease in my skirt. “Why did you break up with me?”
Adrien sputtered on his kombucha. “U-u-uh…”
“You never, really, gave me a proper answer. Just said something about how it wouldn’t work out. How you had this feeling. But back then you didn’t describe it.” My head knows how impossible it is to describe a feeling, but my heart hated what my head said. Some say heartbreak and its ache is bitter like that. Except it never tasted bitter to me. Astringent, yes, it tastes like choking down harsh medicine that will never cure the sickness eating away inside, but definitely not bitter.
If anything, a broken unrequited love is the opposite. Too sweet.
It’s an overly syrupy saccharine taste that immediately promises to fulfil your hungering desire soon, soon you’ll have what you crave, like other sweet things before it promises you’ll be made whole again soon. Quickly though the hope of those promises is betrayed with a burnt rubber toxicity at the back of the palette as the synthetic and fake lie of that sweetness sears into the back of your throat. Once swallowed, the taste continues to ferment, unsettled, a bubbling fizz, belching up at the slightest jostle, a yeasty malty corpse of the sugary fruit that once was as it decays and moulders. In the end you’re still left with the lingering aroma of dessicated flowers left to rot untended in the heat of a wilted sun, or the dusty scent of unused spices uselessly cluttering the chambers of your heart, a mouthwatering sour reminder of nourishment you’ll never have.
In other words, heartbreak is it’s own flavour. Words are made inadequate as much as you are left to feel.
“I…” Adrien was still struggled giving shape to his answer. He looked squarely at me and I could feel myself drowning in the cruel sympathy watering his eyes. “Kim, I—I wasn’t… who you needed me to be. I—”
“It’s not you it’s me? Is that it? Don’t give me that bullshit!” I slapped my palms flat clapping on the table. A few other patrons stopped and stared. So what I said next I barely whispered. “Be honest. Tell me you weren’t attracted to me. I was too ugly. Too weird. Too awkward. Too annoying. Because that’s the truth isn’t it? You just didn’t want me.”
As long and often I thought those words, never before had I said them out loud, even as quietly as I did. For what it’s worth, I didn’t cry then. Not a single tear was shed. No, all my tears dried long before that moment of release. Actually it felt pretty good to say it. Ripping off a scab is often a most pleasant wound.
The wound which struck Adrien’s expression was too much to bear though.
“Goodbye Adrien.” I bolted, escaping. Behind me Adrien protested but I didn’t stop. I didn’t stop when I made it to the exit. I didn’t stop out on the cold shivering street. I only stopped as I fumbled for my keys in front of my shitty Subaru.
“Kim wait,” his hand hooked my elbow but I shook it off immediately. “Kim, just, listen. Please?”
Without turning I stopped.
“Look… I was attracted to you, okay? I… liked spending time with you, talking to you, I mean— I, back then I could even see a future for us together.”
Each daggered word carved into my back. “Then why—?”
“Because that’s not who I am Kim. It’s not. I wanted you and you wanted me but— it wasn’t what I needed. I needed more than-than-than…”
There was a heavy sigh from over my shoulder. “Yeah… I said I saw our future. And… I saw us slowly grow apart. Two strangers who were never really that similar to begin with. I saw the rage and resentment I’d feel for you tying me down, holding me back to this place.”
“I would’ve left this place with you.”
“Would you, Kim? Would you really? Your idea of ‘leaving town’ was to eventually move to the city. Your version of ‘travel’ was an annual trip to the coast or maybe the occasional Caribbean resort.” There was the low crackle of a scuffing shoe on asphalt. A step closer. “Kim, as much as it hurts, we’re not the people the other needs.”
“Ex-except you didn’t even try. You’re just a-a-a coward! That’s what you are. A coward.”
“A coward, huh?” There was a dry chuckle. “Yeah. That’s just who I am. So don’t you think you deserve someone better?”
“But I~,” I wanted to argue, change his mind. I wanted to spit insults, hurt him in all the ways I hoped he’d stop hurting me. I wanted to scream at him how he was an idiot, how there was no one better than him. Of course my mind was falling into itself, my senses telling me to finally move on despite being trapped by the senselessness of never letting go or getting a grip but given nothing to hold on to. There’s nothing lonelier than being apart from the person right beside you.
Only then did I cry.
Each sob folded over me like a rolling wave and as tears washed the hope from my eyes I felt a gentle touch on my back. “Hey, hey, hey now… don’t cry.”
I kept crying.
“Please Kim, don’t-don’t do this.” There was now genuine pain in the once soft edges of Adrien’s tone. His hand slipped up my shoulder and he tugged me around spinning. “Kim, c’mon, look at me.”
Instead I stared down at our entwined shadows.
“Kim… please…” He lifted my chin up so I had no choice but to face him. Yet through my sorrow shimmered vision, all I saw was his blurry shape. “Will this make you happy…?” His lips met mine in a tender caress.
I jumped back jolting. “What—! What are you doing?! Why’re y—”
“I love you Kim. I can’t bear to see you upset.” He leaned in again.
This time, I pressed in closer. The depth of our kiss was deeper than the well of all my doubts. After a moment of clumsy shy pecks, quickly we found our rhythm. Our lips grew to fill the gap between us. Our tongues drew patterns words couldn’t express. Each time one of us lulled the other returned for more. On and on until time meant nothing, eclipsed by an infinite connection.
How I wish we could’ve stayed in that complete moment forever. Back then, I didn’t even consider the subtle liquorice aroma lingering on his breath.
We barely spoke on the trip back to my place. My keys struggled scratching to find the lock as we entwined at my door. Together we pressed inside not pausing at the barrier of our clothes. He peeled my skirt up like a candy wrapper and I tugged his tie down like a leash. Embraced in each other’s arms our bodies braced for every thrust. Sheets slid and tangled around uselessly in my drive to push further into his passion. It all tore away as we spread naked on the plane of the bed, tumbling to the floor, spinning against the wall dizzy in a haze of lust. Dancing to the tune of heartbeats, the vibrations of sex, the chorus of “Yes,” and “More,” and “Oh,” and “Ah.” Hungry for touch, taste of skin, hands slick with the other’s perspiration. Again and again we came arriving where we began leaving our senses again and again.
That night we shared no sleep only the physical heat of our collective need.
When I awoke mid-day I found Adrien watching me from his side of the bed. “Morning.” He said, his grin half-cocked.
“Mmmh— morning.” I replied, bleary eyed and unsure of the hour.
“Sorry, I was staring. Y’know, you’re even prettier when you’re asleep?”
“Really?” I wanted to tease him a little. “Am I that annoying while awake?”
“N-no! No, not at all. I just meant— I mean, what I meant was—was— I—”
His panic seemed exaggerated but luckily I stopped playing along. “Relax lover boy. I was just teasing.” He visibly relaxed and I took a long breath in, rubbing my eyes. “What smells so good?”
“That? Well, I made my special breakfast. Just for you. A goat cheese and roasted walnut omelette.”
“Ooo, how fancy.” I sat up. “Wait. Hold on. Where did you get walnuts?” I didn’t own any walnuts. Or goat cheese for that matter. It was only then I realized he was fully dressed despite lying in bed next to me.
Adrien turned and lifted a tray toward to me. “I went out and bought some.”
“Adrien — you didn’t have to do that.” Secretly though, my heart skipped at the thought he went so far out of his way to make me happy. Little did I know how far that would be.
The meal he had made looked incredibly delicious. A golden roll of egg folded over lush greens and earthy chunks of walnut. The entire thing glimmered gleaming with melted butter and maple syrup, its sweetness watering my mouth. I cut off a bite and ate it.
“Well?” He asked expectantly.
“Are you sure? You made a face.”
“No. I just — I didn’t know it would be cold, is all.”
“Shit— I lost track of time.” He lurched, grabbing the tray, “Let me heat that back up for for you.”
And like that he was up and gone. While I waited, I searched for my phone in the rumpled heaps tossed about the room, eventually finding it in the corner with my left shoe. The time wasn’t as late as I though, but there were several missed calls from the school I was suppose to be teaching at right now. I decided to worry about that later and instead check my messages. Most of them were demands to know about my absence. One though was from Nate, my ex, the one with too much chemistry. I rolled my eyes and tried ignoring that message too. Except I glimpsed Nate claim to be “On my way over now to finally pick up my—”
Damn. What did he want this time? I thought, dreading coming confrontation. It didn’t matter. I wasn’t going to let Nate ruin my great new day.
I tossed on some clothes which hadn’t been discarded haphazardly on the floor and went out to meet Adrien in the kitchen where the scent of roasted walnuts hung heavy in the air. He was standing over the stove which didn’t immediately strike me as odd until I heard the muted metal clinking of something hard being tossed around in a pot.
“Is everything okay?” I asked.
“Yup.” He said casually. “Just cooking you a fresh omelette.”
“Why didn’t you just nuke the other one in the microwave?”
“Well… I considered it, but the microwave would make the egg all rubbery, and so I decided to just start from scratch. It really is best fresh. Fresh egg, fresh cheese, freshly chopped and toasted walnuts. The works.”
I saw the knife and cutting board next to a pile of broken walnut husks. “Wait… those are whole walnuts.” I observed aloud. In the back of my head the calculus was slowly adding up. Adrien got up, went out, bought groceries, came back, cooked a full meal, and that meal then had time to get cold. “A-Adrien, you didn’t have to do all this for me.”
He paused, turning to me, his grin nowhere to be found and a deathly seriousness stretched across his stony expression. “Of course I did Kim. All of it. You’re worth all of it.”
There wasn’t even a moment to react before an etched echo of a key tumbled into my front door lock. “Geeze, already?” I muttered.
Nate erupted from the entryway as a ruptured boil. He was halfway into the living room when he abruptly stopped cold in his ugly azure bomber jacket. He turned, jumping, “Shit! Kimmy, what hell are you doing here? Shouldn’t you be at work? What the hell?”
“What am I doing here!? What the fuck are you— T-this is my apartment Nate!”
“Relax, alright. I’m only here for my PS4 and— shit. Is that your new beau? Oh oh, I’m real sorry I interrupted your love nest Kimmy.”
At that time I thought: fuck him. He wasn’t the least bit apologetic. Nate was nothing more than a selfish asshole who I never should have left a key with. “Nate, leave! I want you gone. Now!”
That’s the last clear thing I remember speaking to Nate. “I want you gone.” I remember repeating several times. Yeah. “I want you gone.” I definitely said that more than once. After that our yelling match quickly devolved into a trade of tirades and throat-shredding screams. No communication, just simple animistic howls for dominance. Heat and friction. A rolling boiling fire of emotion.
This was when Adrien stepped between us.
I remember my heart melting at that time. His strong confident shoulders looked like they were ready save the day. Like he always had, Adrien seemed like he would solve everything with a kind word and a half-cocked smile.
Instead there was a lunge. Followed by a wet gasp for air. I couldn’t quite see it so I chose not to believe it. Except I had no choice but to accept the spray of blood splattering the floor. What did Nate do to Adrien? That was my first concern. That was my only concern. Of course, as the two of them spun further into view, I saw clearly that it was Nate’s neck split open, a clumsy knife widening a slit in his larynx, scarlet ink staining the gaps in his confused and crooked teeth.
Nate was a motionless heap on the floor before I spoke again. “Nate… are you okay?” I asked like a complete idiot, as if I didn’t already understand Adrien murdered Nate mere moments after seeing him.
Adrien turned, his white shirt a chaotic Pollock of darkening red. The blood wrapped kitchen knife weighed heavy in his grip. “Don’t worry. That man’s gone now.” He said.
“What did you do?” I asked, once again dumbly. Once again questioning the obvious fact of Adrien slicing Nate’s neck open right in front of me. But what else are you suppose to say? Other than nothing. Saying nothing is the only other viable alternative. It would be funny, if it weren’t so tragic, the way our minds default to meaningless phrases when there’s nothing to say. There are no uncomfortable silences when you’re in love, or so they say.
Adrien’s half-cocked smile twitched. “I got rid of him… for you. Don’t you see I did it for you?”
I retreated backstepping further into the kitchen, to where burning walnuts permeated the room. “No. No I didn’t want this. Not this.” My fingers tangled in my hair as they massaged my temples in futility.
“Oh god.” True terror whitened Adrien’s face. “You’re upset. You… you didn’t want this at all. I— I ruined everything. Oh god!” He put the knife to his own neck with the blade scraping his burgeoning unshaved stubble.
“Stop!” I ran over nearly tackling into Adrien. I groped at his arm but the tension in his muscles were indomitable. Gazing up at him in the cold light of day, I could now see the black stains stuck to Adrien’s teeth and even the shadows blotting the edges of his eyes. This was me. This was my fault. This love potion, it poisoned Adrien’s mind. Turned him into something else, this thing in front of me. “It’s okay. It’s fine.” I reassured him. “I’m just… worried you’ll get arrested.”
He put the knife down. His expression relaxed softening. “Don’t worry you’re pretty little head.” He kissed my forehead. “I will take care of the mess.” My mind drowned in a haze of confusion, from the pool of blood at my naked feet to the not Adrien figure tenderly embracing my shoulders.
From then on, he lovingly ushered me to the bathroom. There he cleaned me up, lathering and massaging the evidence from my skin. He carried me to bed, brushing the hair from my face. Carefully and methodically he washed away his exit from my room. From behind the door I’ve heard all sorts of noises, heavy grunting noises of exertion and effort, scrubbing sawing sounds, the clunking thuds of footfalls and limbs falling. Every so often not Adrien has returned, carrying a cup of tea or a grilled cheese on a plate. He offered these to me like a gifts. Then he’d lean in for a loving kiss. Of course I’d pull away. Although I recognized the pain that flashed behind his eyes each time I rejected him. Told him no. And I’d force myself to reassure him in other ways. I was the one who first gave him my love after all.
It is well past sundown now and not Adrien left several hours ago, heaving bags with him as he went. I’ve been little more than a wreckage on my bed, the same bed we had shared the night before, wondering where my skin ends and sheets begin.
The Adrien that I loved isn’t the Adrien who loves me.
I don’t love the Adrien who loves me, but I fear I know exactly where I can make that right. I know exactly where I can buy his love.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ meh
By aj-coolio on October 15, 2019
i hate liquorice and they don’t take returns
gave two stars for prompt delivery
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2019.09.04 18:34 100422Aa Booking Tipping point Vs WWE
Super Show kicks off with Seth Rollins cuts a promo about Braun Strowman. Faye Cowley came in and ask Seth a Question. AJ Styles comes in to announce a tag team match between Seth Rollins and Faye Cowley versus AJ Styles and Partner of his choice later tonight.
Sami Zayn w/ Shinsuke Nakamura def. Katie Forde
Dougie Forde came in and cost Katie Forde, allowing Sami Zayn hits Helluva Kick, as Shinsuke hits with Kinshaa.
Brooke Nial come in with a 19 Years Old, A Level Student from Kent. She talks about Tipping Point. The New Day comes in with Brooke Nial's Surprise. Randy Orton and The Revival comes in and introduce his Tag Team Partner, Flo Riv
Brooke Nial & The New Day def. Flo Rivington, Randy Orton & The Revival
Brooke hits I Had no idea on Flo, as Kofi reverse Randy with RKO to Trouble in Paradise for the Pinfall. After the match, Brooke Nial & The New Day dance and celebrates the victory.
Next, Sharon and Kim came in for host of the Women's Swimsuit Contest. Carmella wins the Swimsuit Contest.
Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch w/ Charlotte Flair & Eleanor Wainwright def. Smackdown Women's Champion Bayley w/ Sasha Banks & Melieha Lloyd
Becky Lynch wins after putting Bayley on Disarm.
Shane McMahon comes into the Ring accompanying by Elias and Drew McIntyre. Shane McMahon talks about Tipping Point as Ciara Lees walks in. Kevin Owens comes in and accepts Ciara Lees Challenge
Ciara Lees w/ Shane McMahon & Elias def. Kevin Owens
Ciara Lees hits I love that song on Kevin Owens for the win. After the match, Ciara, Elias , and Shane attacks Kevin Owens, until Shane puts Owens into Coast to Coast.
Roman Reigns comes in for the Promo about Erick Rowan's attacker. Daniel Bryan comes in for the match with Rowan.
Roman Reigns w/ Clay def. Erick Rowan w/ Daniel Bryan & Ryan Palmer
Reigns hits a Superman Punch for the win. After the match, Reigns celebrates the Usos and Clay.
Carrie Lanceley and the Women's Tag Team Champions Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross def. Laura Brook-Smith and Fire & Desire
Alexa wins after the DDT.
Georgie & The Street Profits def. Sarah & The Viking Raiders
The Street Profits wins after Pop Up Spinebuster, after that, Georgie celebrates with the Street Profits.
Seth Rollins getting ready for his Tag Team Main Event
The OC comes in and introduce AJ Styles's tag partner, Alethea Braden
Universal Champion Seth Rollins & Faye Cowley def. United States Champion AJ Styles & Alethea Braden w/ Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Braun Strowman comes in and attacks Luke and Karl until Dolph and Roode comes in and aids with AJ Styles. Ricochet comes in for the Save, as Braun hits a Running Powerslam, Ricochet hits a 630, and Seth hits a Curb Stomp for the win for their team.
Braun Strowman and Ricochet helps Seth Rollins and Faye Cowley win
End with Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, Ricochet, and Faye Cowley stands tall as Show goes off air
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2019.08.23 00:23 mrsimpson928 Superstar Showcase - Daniel Bryan
! I've developed a cool way to delve back into your favorite wrestlers career. I call it the Superstar Showcase! I take you through their career with links to memorable matches and moments. Daniel Bryan is the first Showcase, but comment below to tell me who you want me to make the next showcase about. But for now, the first one is right here!
Bryan started training under Michaels at the Texas Wrestling Academy (TWA) in San Antonio, Texas. He debuted for FMW in a tag team with Lance Cade, and had multiple tag team matches with partner Lance Cade
. While on the independent scene, he signed to a WWF developmental deal, working in Memphis Championship Wrestling (MCW) It is here where he adopted the name “American Dragon,” and trained with William Regal
, even wrestling him in a match. Bryan stated in his autobiography that he was almost called up to the main roster in the 2001 Royal Rumble match, and said that the WWF was going to use him as a key figure in the cruiserweight division. The WWF severed its ties with MCW in 2001, releasing Bryan from his contract.
Bryan joined the independent promotion, Ring of Honor, where the fans acknowledge him as a “Founding Father” of the company, alongside Christopher Daniels and Low Ki. Those three men main evented Ring of Honor's first show, The Era of Honor Begins. (Couldn't find on YT or DVD, streaming link here
) After that he competed in a tournament for the new Ring of Honor Championship, but was eliminated in the second round by Doug Williams. Bryan then started working for New Japan Pro Wrestling in October 2002; later forming a tag team with Christopher Daniels. (working under the name “Curry Man”)
For a short stint, Bryan returned to WWE, working as an enhancement talent despite not being under contract. He mostly wrestled on the SmackDown B-Show, Velocity, wrestling Jamie Noble
and John Cena
. He had his last match in a WWE ring for over five years, in a tag team match against Paul London and Spanky.
Bryan returned to NJPW in 2003, and on March 11, 2004, won the NJPW Junior Tag Team Championship with Curry Man from Gedo and Jado
. They lost the titles back to Gedo and Jado in June, during the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.
After losing the Best of the Super Juniors Tournament in the Semi-Finals, he returned to ROH, notably wrestling against CM Punk
and Austin Aries
in an hour-long two out of three falls match. By May 2005, Bryan still hadn’t won the ROH World Championship. In the company newsletter, he said that he had quit Ring of Honor, being frustrated that he wasn’t able to win the championship from Aries. From May 21st to September 17th, Bryan worked more on the independent scene, working promotions such as WrestleZone Wrestling, All Star Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, where he competed in the Battle of Los Angeles in 2005. Eventually, he would make his return to Ring of Honor, wrestling ROH World Champion James Gibson
(WWE’s Jamie Noble) in a match for said title.
Bryan made multiple defenses
with the ROH World Championship, even defending against wrestlers from other companies, such as Naomichi Marufuji
at Final Battle 2005. He went on to continue his title reign with defenses against wrestlers such as AJ Styles
, Roderick Strong
for the second time, Nigel McGuinness
(to unify the World Championship and the Pure Championship,) and KENTA
. His reign came to an end when Homicide defeated him at Final Battle 2006 (Bryan Danielson vs. Homicide - 12/12/06), ending Bryan’s reign at 462 days.
In 2007, Bryan returned to wrestling after a three month hiatus to rehabilitate his injured shoulder. He wrestled for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in 2007, and won the PWG World Championship from El Generico soon after in July. He lost the championship to Low Ki
in January of 2008 on the first night of PWG’s All-Star Weekend. Back in Ring of Honor, he challenged Takeshi Morishima
for the ROH World Championship.
Bryan wrestled Tyler Black twice during 2008; once during January
and once during May
. He also wrestled Nigel McGuinness
in an attempt to win his ROH World Championship during their 6th Anniversary Show. Claudio Castagnoli
(WWE’s Cesaro) was his next opponent, wrestling him in July of that year. Due to a partnership between Ring of Honor and Pro Wrestling Noah, Bryan went on to win the GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship. His reign was short lived though, as he lost it to KENTA
shortly after. To close out the year, he wrestled Takeshi Morishima
in a “Fight Without Honor” at Final Battle 2008.
2009 was Bryan’s last year on the independent scene (save for a brief return in 2010,) as he went on to sign with WWE for the second time. It was later announced that he would be on the first season of NXT, using the new name “Daniel Bryan,” with the Miz being his WWE mentor. On the first episode of the show, Bryan was told by the Miz that if he doesn’t show personality, he’d slap some into the indy darling. His first televised match in WWE would end up being against Chris Jericho
. Bryan failed to win a match in the coming weeks, but despite a record of 0-5, he was ranked first in the Pro’s Poll on March 30th. Bryan’s first win came when he pinned Santino Marella on May 10th episode of Raw in an eight on four handicap match. However, his NXT stint didn’t last much longer, as Bryan was eliminated from the show on the next night
Aside from one match with the Miz, Bryan debuted on Raw
as a part of the Nexus. Similar to his time in NXT, his time in the Nexus was short lived, as he was fired from WWE for choking Justin Roberts with his own tie. This act was seen as too much by the sponsors, who told WWE to fire Bryan for it. Bryan then went back to the independent scene for the third time in his career.
Bryan returned to the independent scene with a match against Eddie Kingston for CHIKARA. After a match with Tommy End
(WWE’s Aleister Black,) Bryan returned to WWE at SummerSlam, as a surprise entrant in a 7 on 7 Elimination Tag Team match: The Nexus vs Team WWE
. After that, Bryan went on to feud with the Miz; he ended up facing him for the United States Championship at Night of Champions
After winning the championship, Bryan defended it at Hell in a Cell
against John Morrison and Miz in a Submissions Count Anywhere match. At Bragging Rights
, Bryan took on Dolph Ziggler in a Raw vs. SmackDown match. His next defense was against Ted DiBiase Jr. at Survivor Series
. Two weeks after his defense against Ted DiBiase, the Bella Twins started vying for Bryan’s affection, supporting him at ringside and competing in mixed tag matches with him, including one against Ted DiBiase Jr. & Maryse
. After this
, it was revealed that Daniel Bryan was secretly dating Gail Kim
. Bryan’s United States Championship reign ended when he fought Sheamus
on the March 14th edition of Raw.
Bryan failed to recapture the United States Championship at WrestleMania 27 in a dark lumberjack match, and was subsequently drafted to SmackDown. Bryan’s history with Sheamus didn’t end on Raw, as he faced him in his debut match on Smackdown
. Bryan was placed in the SmackDown Money in the Bank
match, which he subsequently won. Despite winning Money in the Bank, Bryan continued to lose match
. On the November 4th edition of SmackDown, World Heavyweight Champion, Mark Henry, challenged Bryan to a non-title match
to prove that Bryan was unfit to be World Champion. After a rematch
on the next edition of SmackDown, Henry attacked Bryan backstage
. After Big Show “injured” Mark Henry, Bryan cashed in
his Money in the Bank briefcase on Mark Henry. However, due to Henry not being medically cleared to compete, the pin was invalid, the World Heavyweight Championship was returned to Henry and the Money in the Bank briefcase was returned to Bryan. SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long decided to hold a Fatal 4-Way
match to determine the #1 Contender for Henry’s World Heavyweight Championship. After winning it, his next task was to defeat Mark Henry
in a Steel Cage match. Well, that didn’t happen.
- World Heavyweight Champion
Mark Henry’s feud with Big Show continued to TLC, where Big Show defeated Mark Henry, but Daniel Bryan cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase for real this time and became the World Heavyweight Champion. It was around this time that he started dating AJ Lee, who began accompanying him to ringside. Also at this time, tensions began to grow between the two allies, Big Show and Daniel Bryan
. They grew even further when Big Show invoked his rematch clause
on Bryan, but failed to win when Mark Henry interfered. Bryan defended his championship three more times in January of 2012: once in a No Disqualification match against Big Show
, again in a Lumberjack match against Mark Henry
, and last against both Big Show and Mark Henry in a steel cage match
at the Royal Rumble.
Bryan’s next title defense came at Elimination Chamber
, where he competed in said match against Big Show, Cody Rhodes, The Great Khali, Santino Marella, and Wade Barrett. After the match, Royal Rumble winner, Sheamus, attacked Bryan and chose him as his WrestleMania opponent. During the build for his WrestleMania match with Sheamus (who also took his United States Championship around this time,) Bryan started to mistreat AJ Lee
. This culminated during Bryan’s infamous 18 second loss
to Sheamus at WrestleMania 28, when a good luck kiss from AJ Lee distracted Bryan, causing him to eat a Brogue Kick and lose. After losing the World Heavyweight Championship, Bryan blamed his loss on his AJ’s “kiss of death.”
Despite AJ’s attempts to rekindle their relationship, Bryan turned her down time after time. At Extreme Rules
, Bryan lost his rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship.
The next night on Raw, Bryan became the #1 contender to CM Punk’s WWE Championship. On the SmackDown before Over the Limit, CM Punk faced Kane, where the match saw Bryan frame CM Punk by attacking Kane with a steel chair and then giving the chair to Punk. Right before Bryan’s match with Punk, AJ approached Punk and wished him luck
. Punk retained his title at Over the Limit
in controversial fashion. The next SmackDown, Randy Orton, Kane, and Alberto Del Rio faced off to see who would become the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, during which Bryan took Kane out of the equation, blasting him with a chair 26 times. Bryan finally got his rematch against CM Punk
, albeit a non-title rematch, on the next episode of Raw, where he got a victory over him. Punk’s next opponent ended up being Kane
, during which, AJ Lee turned her affections to Punk and Kane. CM Punk defended his WWE Championship at No Way Out
against Bryan and Kane where--well if you know how Punk’s 434 day reign goes then you know who wins. This wasn’t the end of the Punk/Bryan feud however, as he won a non-title triple threat elimination rematch to earn another shot at the WWE Championship. A weird segment aired on the next edition of Raw, where AJ Lee, CM Punk, and Daniel Bryan all had an interesting encounter
. At Money in the Bank
, with the special guest referee being AJ Lee, in a no disqualification match, Bryan failed to dethrone Punk as champion.
The next night on Raw, AJ accepted Bryan’s marriage proposal
and they were to be wed at Raw 1000
. As most wrestling weddings, this one didn’t go well. While Bryan said yes to marrying AJ, AJ was saying yes to becoming the new Raw General Manager. Bryan then went berserk on the wedding decorations, and Punk went out to make fun of Bryan
After Bryan’s failed marriage, he turned into a bitter man, taking out his aggressions on the audience. AJ kept exacting revenge on Bryan by denying him a WWE Championship match and forcing him to face Kane at SummerSlam
. To “help Bryan control his anger,” AJ then enrolled Bryan and Kane in anger management classes
, where they were forced to “hug it out.” At the behest of Dr. Shelby, Bryan and Kane formed a team; their constant arguing led to them defeating the Prime Time Players
to become the #1 contenders to Kofi Kingston and R-Truth’s Tag Team Championships, which they won at Night of Champions
The team made their first title defense on the Raw after Night of Champions, defeating Kingston and Truth
in their rematch. The team was christened with the name “Team Hell No” by WWE fans in a Twitter poll. The next team to challenge Team Hell No would be Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) at Hell in a Cell
, where Team Hell No would retain via disqualification. This led to a rematch between the two teams, on the November 14th edition of Main Event
, where they retained with a clean win. After Kane’s match with CM Punk at Raw, he was attacked by the Shield. Bryan and Ryback tried to save Kane but they failed to do so. This led to Team Hell No and Ryback facing the Shield
at TLC, where the Shield rolled over Team Hell No and Ryback easily.
The Tag Team Champions next defense came at the Royal Rumble, where they defeated Team Rhodes Scholars
once more. Their feud with the Shield was rekindled on the Raw after WrestleMania 29
, when they saved the Undertaker from a beating from the Shield. Undertaker then had his last match on Raw, (as of August 11, 2019) where he, Kane, and Daniel Bryan took on the Shield
. Team Hell No’s Tag Team Championship reign ended at Extreme Rules, when Rollins and Reigns defeated them. Bryan became obsessed with proving that he’s not the weak link
in Team Hell No, which led to them losing their title rematch the next night on Raw
. Team Hell No and Randy Orton ended the Shield’s undefeated streak on the June 14th episode of SmackDown
, but his chemistry with Orton didn’t prove to be useful during the Shield’s title defense against them at Payback
. This led to a Street Fight
on Raw between Orton and Bryan to end their feud...for now.
WWE Champion John Cena decided to choose Bryan as his opponent for his match at SummerSlam
. This embroiled Bryan in the internal McMahon feud; Vince felt that Bryan’s image wasn’t fitting of a champion, but Triple H was 100% supporting Bryan. Bryan then ran a gauntlet
to prove that he was championship material, defeating Jack Swagger, Antonio Cesaro, and Ryback. The next week, Bryan was forced to face Kane
. Finally, Bryan got his SummerSlam
title shot, and defeated John Cena to win the WWE Championship for the first time. His title reign didn’t last long, however, as Triple H turned on Bryan, and Orton cashed in
his Money in the Bank contract on Bryan to win the WWE Championship from him.
Triple H and the McMahons began to endorse Orton as “the face of WWE” while labelling Bryan as a “B+ Player
.” The Authority faction was formed, starting members including Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Bryan got his rematch for the championship at Night of Champions
, where he defeated Randy Orton, but was stripped of the title
the next night. Bryan and Orton’s next fight would be at Battleground
, but Big Show interfered in the match and caused a no contest. Their rematch took place for the vacant WWE Championship in a Hell in a Cell match at Hell in a Cell
with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee, where Orton won. Bryan then attacked Triple H, but Shawn Michaels hit Bryan with Sweet Chin Music. Bryan got his revenge
the next night on Raw though, when he faked Shawn out and put him in the Yes! Lock.
Later that night, Bryan was attacked by the Wyatt Family
. His former rival, CM Punk, became allies with Bryan, and they defeated Harper and Rowan of the Wyatt Family at Survivor Series
. Bryan was then placed in a handicap match against the entire Wyatt Family at TLC
, but he couldn’t get the win there. Wyatt then successfully recruited Bryan to the Wyatt Family
, and they faced the Usos in a tag team steel cage match
. After losing the match, Wyatt attempted to punish Bryan for losing the match, but Bryan had already attacked the Wyatt’s. Bryan and Wyatt faced off in a match at the Royal Rumble
pay-per-view, which Bryan lost.
Bryan qualified for the Elimination Chamber match on the next episode of Raw, teaming with Sheamus and Cena to defeat the Shield. His feud with the Authority didn’t end still, as Kane attacked Bryan multiple times, failing to injure him before his Elimination Chamber match. Bryan had a great showing in the Chamber match
, making it to the final two with Orton, until Kane attacked Bryan, giving Orton the win. On the March 10th episode of Raw, Bryan and multiple fans occupied Raw
, with the end goal being Bryan getting a championship match at WrestleMania 30. Triple H angrily met Bryan’s demands, but the match was Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan, with the winner being inserted into the main event: Randy Orton vs. Batista. Bryan prevailed over Triple H
, and later prevailed over Randy Orton and Batista
to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Bryan’s first (and only PPV defense) came at Extreme Rules
, when he fought and beat Kane in an Extreme Rules match. Bryan was later stripped of the title after his first major injury to his neck.
When Bryan came back to the WWE, he said that he wanted to increase SmackDown’s viewership, becoming the face of SmackDown. He returned to the ring on January 15, 2015, on SmackDown, where he had his return match against Kane
, which ended in a disqualification when the Authority attacked Bryan. The main event
of that night would end up being Seth Rollins, Big Show, and Kane against the team of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Daniel Bryan. Next week on SmackDown, Bryan defeated Kane in a no disqualification match
to qualify for the Royal Rumble. Oh, and about that Royal Rumble match...Bryan didn’t win, and the crowd ended up being furious. This didn’t help Roman, who ended up winning the Rumble. Not even the Rock himself could ease the boos on Roman. But anyway, Bryan ended his feud with Kane in a casket match
on the next SmackDown.
Seth Rollins took on Daniel Bryan on the February 2 edition of Raw
to earn the right to face Roman Reigns at Fastlane, as the winner of the match would face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Bryan took on Roman at Fastlane
, where Roman defeated Bryan and went on to face Brock for the title at WrestleMania 31. At that event, Bryan took place in a multi-man ladder match
for the Intercontinental Championship, the one title that eluded Bryan throughout his whole WWE career. He won it and defended it the next night against Dolph Ziggler
, but he was attacked by Bad News Barrett after the match. Bryan lost his next match on SmackDown to Sheamus
by countout. His last in-ring match for nearly three years took place on the April 16th episode of SmackDown
, when he and United States Champion John Cena took on Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd and Cesaro.
After that match, Bryan was pulled from the European Tour and had his Extreme Rules title defense against Bad News Barrett cancelled. On the February 8, 2016 episode of Raw, Bryan was forced to retire due to medical reasons. Bryan returned on the 18th of July, and was announced to be the General Manager of SmackDown following the Second Brand Split. While being the General Manager, he and Renee Young hosted “Talking Smack,” a post-show interview segment on the WWE Network. It was on that show that an interview with the Miz went wrong
After over three years of inactivity and almost two years of being the SmackDown General Manager, it was announced that Bryan would be returning to in-ring activity. He was entered into a feud teaming with Shane McMahon against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, culminating in a match at WrestleMania 34
, where Bryan’s team won.
- Return and “The New Daniel Bryan”
Bryan’s next PPV match came at the Greatest Royal Rumble, where he participated in the 50-Man Royal Rumble
, coming it at #1. On June 26, the Bludgeon Brothers attacked Bryan, but Kane saved him, leading to a tag team match at Extreme Rules for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. Before their match, Kane was injured in an attack by the Bludgeon Brothers
, so Bryan had to wrestle in a handicap tag team match
. Bryan’s next feud was against long-time rival, the Miz. Their first match was at SummerSlam
, where the Miz defeated Bryan by cheating via brass knuckles. Miz then mocked Bryan on the next SmackDown
, parodying his retirement speech, but Brie Bella, Bryan’s wife, helped Bryan dispatch of them. This led to a mixed tag team match at Hell in a Cell
, where Miz and Maryse defeated Brie and Bryan. Bryan and Miz had a rematch at Super Show-Down
, with the winner getting a shot at AJ Styles’ WWE Championship. Bryan won, and got a shot on the October 30th episode of SmackDown
, which Bryan lost.
On the November 30th edition of SmackDown, Bryan had a rematch
against AJ for the WWE Championship, winning after turning heel on AJ and kicking him in the balls. Bryan took AJ’s place in the Champion vs. Champion match at Survivor Series
, and took on Brock Lesnar, in a match where he didn’t win, but looked really strong in the end. Bryan explained his actions
on the next SmackDown, christening himself “the New Daniel Bryan.” AJ got his rematch at TLC
(doesn’t have jump to segment), where Bryan successfully defended his championship. Bryan then started using Rowan as muscle after. Bryan then said he would bring a new title belt out
, saying that the old belt wasn’t as eco-friendly as his new belt. His next defense came in the form of an Elimination Chamber match
against AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, and Samoa Joe. Kofi and Bryan ended up being the last two, and after a hard fought battle from Kofi, Bryan won. Bryan’s next scheduled title defense was supposed to be against Kofi at Fastlane, but Mr. McMahon replaced Kofi with the returning Kevin Owens. At Fastlane, Mr. McMahon added Kofi into the title match, but he faked him out and added Ali to the match. Bryan retained at Fastlane
against Owens and Ali. Mr. McMahon then said that if Kofi could run a gauntlet
, he would get a shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania. Kofi won, but at the end, Mr. McMahon inserted Bryan into the match, who won it. Big E and Xavier Woods would end up receiving a last chance shot for Kofi: if they can beat five other teams in a gauntlet
, Kofi gets the match at WrestleMania 35. Lo and behold, Big E and Xavier won the match and Kofi got his shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35
. This is where Bryan’s journey ends here, and I’d be happy to see you in another edition of Superstar Showcase.
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- Rusev is selling more shirts than The Shield and everyone else in WWE (4828 points, 612 comments)
- Meltzer reporting that Fox wants Smackdown to be less comedy and more sports (4179 points, 979 comments)
- Natalya says The Rock called her after Jim Neidhart died: "He reached out to me -- he actually gave me powerful words of just not really having to say goodbye. He goes 'you don't have to say goodbye to your dad. You can have him with you forever." (3098 points, 159 comments)
- Shinsuke Nakamura's WWE deal expires in a few months, New Japan wants him back (2854 points, 1005 comments)
- Kevin Owens signs 5-year deal with WWE (2626 points, 346 comments)
- Gail Kim: Stephanie McMahon Could Have Been Fighting For Us A Long Time Ago (2577 points, 598 comments)
- IIconics selling more merchandise than expected, WWE management has big plans for them (2364 points, 401 comments)
- Incident with Carmella was the main reason why Big Cass was released by WWE (2079 points, 892 comments)
- 29700 points, 10 submissions: BayleyFan95
- Happy 41st birthday to Royal Rumble legend - Titus O'Neil (4008 points, 191 comments)
- [Big E on Twitter]: "Salute to all the women who endured being regarded as nothing more than 90 second filler, romantic interests & muted valets, and to those who ushered in this era of opportunity. #WWEEvolution" (3710 points, 433 comments)
- [Daniel Bryan] "What @CodyRhodes, @MattJackson13 and @NickJacksonYB have done to create a groundswell in the wrestling community is both incredible and inspiring. Not only is it great for fans but also for wrestlers and the industry as a whole. Congratulations on what will be an amazing event" (3613 points, 238 comments)
- [RAW Spoilers] The Rock-esque sell! (3179 points, 251 comments)
- Kurt Angle: "I think we should highlight each one [Cruiserweight] for a month. So every month have a different 205 Live superstar wrestle the top heavyweights on RAW and SD. See which one the fans really get behind and push that wrestler into superstar mode. Then you have next Rey Mysterio." (3014 points, 343 comments)
- [Pro Wrestling Sheet]: "Enzo Amore Suspended Over Sexual Assault Allegations, Incident Under Investigation By Police" (2898 points, 1669 comments)
- Becky Lynch & Sami Zayn announced team for WWE Mixed Match Challenge (2637 points, 316 comments)
- [Goldust on Twitter]: "In my years being in this wonderful business, I have seen locker rooms that were not so kind. Right now, I am proud to say that our roster and locker rooms are the very best I’ve ever seen. All talent, stepping up and working together as a team" (2568 points, 371 comments)
- [Paige on fans blaming Sasha Banks for her injury]: "Nothing was ever Sasha's fault. She got so much backlash and even in the ring and we were in there, people are chanting 'Sasha sucks' and it really upset me to hear that because it wasn't her fault." (2075 points, 329 comments)
- The Miz & Asuka are 7th announced team for WWE Mixed Match Challenge (1998 points, 557 comments)
- 26878 points, 9 submissions: Naweezy
- Never forget Kofi Kingston’s spot at the inaugural Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WM 30 (4279 points, 304 comments)
- One of the most sneakiest heel moves of all time (3252 points, 96 comments)
- These kids are really getting out of hand (3135 points, 210 comments)
- Batista and Goldberg (2920 points, 72 comments)
- John Cena Confirmed For Upcoming Duke Nukem Film (2842 points, 435 comments)
- Jeff Hardy’s balance and athleticism on display (2799 points, 270 comments)
- Tyson Kidd shows Cesaro the ropes (2720 points, 123 comments)
- The different faces of The Undertaker (2564 points, 164 comments)
- Shane McMahon part time linebacker (2367 points, 192 comments)
- 20723 points, 9 submissions: OddOfo
- [RAW Spoilers] Sheamus throwing up the Wakanda Forever sign to prevent himself from getting attacked (2761 points, 260 comments)
- Sami Zayn : The Cruiserweights of #205Live are overlooked every week, but they wrestle with such hunger and heart. Tremendous work ethic, respect to both men for that bout. (2469 points, 177 comments)
- [ RAW Minor Spoilers ] Why are u such a bad friend? (2451 points, 182 comments)
- [ WWE24 Spoilers ] Ronda Rousey returning to the back after Royal Rumble (2398 points, 388 comments)
- [SDLive Spoilers] KNEE TO FACE (2295 points, 336 comments)
- [ MMC Spoilers ] Team Finisher (2290 points, 299 comments)
- Triple H with a fan (2046 points, 129 comments)
- [GRR Spoilers] Best gif of the night (2019 points, 31 comments)
- Braun's Potential Tag Team partner (1994 points, 232 comments)
- RealWWE (53818 points, 126 comments)
- Chris_Jericho (43046 points, 90 comments)
- PiplupTCG (33940 points, 173 comments)
- BigHoss94 (29133 points, 97 comments)
- TheTallOne93 (24954 points, 264 comments)
- TheDangiestSlad (23548 points, 130 comments)
- Dan_Bandana (22450 points, 401 comments)
- Hummer77x (20757 points, 264 comments)
- IAmCodyRhodes (18808 points, 34 comments)
- RoscoeSantangelo (18606 points, 113 comments)
- Daniel Bryan medically cleared to return to in-ring action by RealWWE (26815 points, 6565 comments)
- Wrestlers work together to keep each other hydrated. by naldy (14078 points, 431 comments)
- Due to the country's long history of human-rights violations, WWE cancels upcoming events in United States by IntelWarrior (13749 points, 647 comments)
- [RAW Spoilers] Champion makes announcement by Suplewich (12959 points, 3335 comments)
- WWE is changing the name of Moolah match: “After further consideration, we believe it’s best to proceed with the name ‘WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal.’ What remains most important is that this historic match is part of WWE’s unwavering commitment to the Women’s Division. by Rob4224 (12014 points, 1864 comments)
- In light of the controversy surrounding The Fabulous Moolah and her life, I decided to find everything I could on the subject and typed up this 6,000 word super post listing every terrible thing that Moolah has ever done with videos, interviews, quotes, and different sources to back everything up. by PurpleGato42 (11150 points, 830 comments)
- Vader has passed away. by KFSeelye (10027 points, 1762 comments)
- Kane was in my mom’s high school class by MojaveWalker (9792 points, 543 comments)
- I am Chris Jericho - 6 time WWE Champion, bestselling author, singer of Fozzy, and much more. AMA by Chris_Jericho (9679 points, 2758 comments)
- Kane elected mayor of Knox County, Tennessee by Starks (9087 points, 1715 comments)
- 4246 points: deleted's comment in Roman soaks in the crowd reaction one more time before his speech.
- 4003 points: deleted's comment in WWE is changing the name of Moolah match: “After further consideration, we believe it’s best to proceed with the name ‘WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal.’ What remains most important is that this historic match is part of WWE’s unwavering commitment to the Women’s Division.
- 3702 points: NextChamp's comment in Due to the country's long history of human-rights violations, WWE cancels upcoming events in United States
- 3377 points: hullkogan's comment in Meltzer reporting that Fox wants Smackdown to be less comedy and more sports
- 3373 points: MarMar201's comment in I am Chris Jericho - 6 time WWE Champion, bestselling author, singer of Fozzy, and much more. AMA
- 3259 points: KOadjace's comment in WWE has come to terms on the release of Eric Arndt (Enzo Amore)
- 3180 points: Yearbookthrowaway1's comment in Rey Mysterio’s reaction to seeing AJ Styles backstage at Royal Rumble
- 2998 points: KNZFive's comment in [SPOILER] The current plan for the Wrestlemania 35 main event according to the latest WON
- 2951 points: sonicdivine's comment in Cena & Nikki Bella have ended their engagement
- 2911 points: BobFreakingSaget's comment in Post Crown Jewel Match Discussion - The final for the World Cup to determine The Best in The World
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2018.08.22 12:27 Sconnie92 Pedro Presser 1.03 - Post Draft Edition
The rush of the draft; nothing else like it! No wonder the Browns are always so eager to get to it each year (hey-ooo). As we countdown the days until the Week 1 it is officially Pedro time! The quest has begun, but for some the path begins on better footing than others.
Reminder that rankings and awards are averaged out by the voting of the commissioners and Pedro Bearer (or runner-up or third-place in the event the commissioners crush the league and win 1st and 2nd place on the year). This season's rankings and awards staff is therefore Jeremy, Ethan, and Nate. Let's get to it!
Awards Sterling Stephen
Receiving the Sterling Stephen of course is both a huge honor and leg-up, as the winner goes into their next match with a +3 point head start. Our first winner is Phil "Got Lucky Added a Player"
! While Phil struggled to find the internet the computer faithfully auto-picked his roster, but once he entered the draft and made his first real pick it was Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots, who has consistently been a top 3 kicker every year. It is not a shock that Phil's first real selection was a kicker, but it is shocking and award worthy that he take the best kicker in the game (for our rules) at the perfect time (not too early but still ahead of the run on kickers). Joe Thomas Memorial Trophy
The JTMT represents giving a great effort in the face of total loss and for your courage the winner of this award receives a +1 point head start on their next week. The first JTMT winner is Nate "Never the Mooseman"
! Nate represented Joe Thomas in spirit when he took Josh Gordon despite there being no clear proof that Gordon would be back with the team before the season started. That is a gutsy pick! Mooseman of the Week
The yang to the Sterling Stephen's ying, the Mooseman of the Week highlights the poor performance of one team that is without excuse, and thus dishes out a -3 point penalty for the following week. The first dishonored recipient is Justin "Browns for 500".
The voting was not even close: taking Evan Engram at #10 overall was too crazy not
to earn the Moose. Engram is not a consensus top 3 at his position, and was picked over OBJ, Alvin Kamara, Aaron Rodgers, Julio Jones, Melvin Gordon, in addition to the top 3 TE of Gronk, Kelce, and Ertz. It's good that Justin got his man, but his man likely would have still been there in round 2. Bullet Bill
Haven't we all been there before? Cruising in first place on Peace Beach, having a good time, heading into the final turn, when BAM! a last place jerkwad rockets past with a Bullet Bill. Sucks doesn't it? Well that's exactly what Erik "Waymansville Winners"
did in his first Pedro draft. Never shows and trusts the autodraft, effectively killing the hope of high ranked players falling too far. To balance this injustice, he is docked 1 point headed into week 1.
This week's power rankings coming out of the draft was pretty clear cut in the top half of the league, with unanimous rankings on 1-6. The bottom half is where the real intrigue lie, including a three-way tie at number 8.
- Ethan "Disciple of Hoyer" - The disciples are sitting pretty thanks in large part to three picks in the first 17. Getting Antonio Brown (#1 WR) at #8 followed by Gronk (#1 TE) at #17 set up a first place ranking, and snagging Baltimore DST with a week 1 match-up against the Cleveland-esque Buffalo Bills was the icing on the cake. The one concern is the QB position with Tyrod Taylor serving as an obvious streaming option, but with Dalvin Cook on the bench as a trade candidate, the QB is absolutely liquid.
- Phil "Got Lucky Added a Player" - God smiled on Phil as an angel scrambled the wifi single in the Stebbing household, because for once Phil has a good fantasy team. A REALLY good fantasy team. Sporting Le'Veon Bell is always a huge plus, as the man is an absolute workhorse year in and year out. Additionally, Phil has target monsters Davante Adams and Travis Kelce, and (as previously mentioned) the consistently best kicker in Pedro. DST is as close to a weak point as this team has, but time will tell if Denver is able to match some of the firepower in the AFC West.
- (Tied for 3rd) Jeremy "The Iron Hip" - Jeremy went all-in on upside this draft; Watson showed last year that he's capable of playing at an other-worldly level and Tyler Eifert (proud product of Fort Wayne, IN) is a redzone machine when he's healthy. Question is how far will Watson come down on his journey back to earth following his torn ACL, and will Eifert see the field for even half the games? Balancing out this risk is the presence of 2017 Pedro MVP Todd Gurley, #1 DST Jacksonville, and the staple of the up and coming Chargers passing attack, Keenan Allen. If Jeremy's gambles pay off, this team could be scary good. Equal chance it disappoints just as much if things don't fall the right way.
- (Tied for 3rd) Erik "Waymansville Winners" - He may have picked up the Bullet Bill of the week, but the 1pt deduction might be worth it, because the Winners are in prime position to do just that. Sitting atop the Cleveland division, Erik has 2016 MVP David Johnson, 2017 #1 QB Russell Wilson, and top #3 TE (Ertz) and DST (Vikings). If David Johnson returns to his MVP form after a year off with a broken wrist, then this team could go far. Kicker and bench depth are a bit of a concern going forward, and Erik should strongly consider making a play for a second WR to balance out Thomas' inconsistent weeks.
- James "it burns when I pee" - James might have gotten the steals of the draft when at #11 and #14 he was able to grab Alvin Kamara and OBJ. While neither have been the #1 of their position they each have the upside of getting there this year (especially with Kamara being without competition for the first 4 weeks). Stafford at QB is a trendy pick this year for good reason, which makes it curious why James took Andrew Luck in the 7th. Perhaps between the two he is setting up for some trade leverage to get a higher tier TE, as Hayden Hurst is unlikely to be an every week starter.
- Kim "Mrs Reverend Hodag" - The Mrs doesn't have the upside punch as some of the higher ranked teams, but her floor is pretty high with a roster full of consistent success. Highlighting her team is the greatest QB on the planet Aaron Rodgers and last year's rushing leader Kareem Hunt. Delaine Walker is looking safer and safer each day with the Titans, and after missing out on some top 5 WR Kim was able to snag both Thielen and Hill, which between the two should give her consistent production. Looking for a trade partner to get some more #1 upside at WR or TE might not be a bad move, but Kim is pretty conservative and trade-adverse, so maybe we'll see her stick to the waivers.
- Nate "Never the Mooseman" - The non-unanimous team, Nate received two votes for 7th and one for 8th due in large part to his lack of explosive players. Hopkins is about as consistent as you can get at WR, which makes Josh Gordon all the more interesting as a trade candidate. Gordon is appearing to be on the cusp of rejoining the Browns, and if he flashes his big time ability could be a tantalizing offer to teams look for WR improvement. The Rams should be one of the few match up-proof DST that can be started every week, but after that there are some concerns with this roster. Roethlisberger has a good match week 1 with Cleveland, but has never proven to be a good week-to-week play, and Fournette gets 100% of Jacksonville's carries on a run-first team, but he also gets banged up and misses games here and there.
- (Tied for 8th) Justin "Browns for 500" - Despite receiving one last place vote, Justin lands in a three way for 8th place. Players like Cam Newton and Julio Jones are capable of single handily winning a week, while players like Jerrick McKinnon and Will Fuller are largely unproven. Add to that the expected regression of first round pick Evan Engram (return of OBJ, arrival of Saquon Barkley expected to take away targets) and this team's upside is starting to look limited. Should McKinnon, Fuller, or Engram start hot it would be wise to trade them while the value is high and try to get back some higher ceiling players or future draft picks.
- (Tied for 8th) Megan "Duhna Duhna Megladon" - In the middle of the three way is the Megladon. Megan came away from the draft with the most exciting prospect on her team in Saquon Barkley who may end up the best RB in the league if he lives up to expectations. Should he dominate as expected, it makes her pick up of Christian McCaffrey a smart move for trade leverage to RB needy teams. Outside of RB, her team's ceiling seems low; Mike Evans will be without his starting QB for 3 weeks and Doyle now has to compete with Eric Ebron for the majority of the work as the Colt's TE. Dak could return to his top-12 QB form from 2016 and the Steelers DST has a favorable week 1 match-up, but don't be surprised to see the Megladon swimming in the waiver pool early this year.
- (Tied for 8th) Lesley "Browns Lives Matter" - The only team to rank differently by all members of the editorial board, Lesley received votes for 11th, 10th, and 7th. Why the discrepancy? It all depends on how much you believe in the old-timers I guess. Lesley's starting 4 on offense are Brady, Devonta Freeman, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jimmy Graham. Outside of Freeman, that group was considered old last year! With Brad and Fitz in what is expected to be their last year or two (and Graham likely not far behind) this team will need them to not experience any drop off in play. The safest of the 4 would be Larry, which makes it curious why Lesley used his bench spot on Diggs. Expect some trade targeting for QB or RB.
- Jake "Kashyyyk Fuzzballs" - The Fuzzballs are likely to move up from the bottom soon, as Jake has proven to be pretty saavy with his waiver pick ups. This team also has the pieces to do well with Zeke and AJ Green at RB and WR. Big concerns lie at QB and TE with both Wentz and Olsen coming off major injuries. The concern with Wentz is bigger, as he may not be good to go for the first few games, and may not play the same when he does return, all of which would make QB a pressing need. Olsen has a track-record of good play at TE, but he's coming off surgery, flirted with retirement this off season, and saw his team bring in DJ Moore to take away targets in the passing game. TY Hilton on the bench is a wildcard, as he is capable of winning a week all by himself (especially with Luck back). If Hilton finds consistency or starts hot then Jake could have a good play at trading away either him or AJ Green to several WR needy teams.
- Tom "All Or Nothing Artists" - Tom always brings some surprises, that's for sure! He used his first round pick (#12 overall) on Drew Brees, banking on his bounce-back season... at the age of 39/40... and didn't make his second pick until the mid-3rd round where he took Kai Forbath... who was cut this week by the Vikings. Ouch! Looming over RB McCoy is possible off the field issues that could lead to suspension, and even if not Shady McCoy is entering his age 30 season, which is often the drop off year for RB production. If all this wasn't bad enough, Tom's WR, Doug Baldwin, is iffy about being healthy for the start of the year, TE Eric Ebron is in a timeshare role with Jack Doyle and unlikely to see top-12 upside for his position, and the Dolphins DST maybe the worst in the league this year. Really Tom should be going all in on waivers to try find a stop-gap WR in case Baldwin isn't ready week 1 and looking to trade Jimmy G or McCoy the moment they have a hot hand (if ever).
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2018.08.02 15:32 bigbear0083 (8/2) - Thursday's Pre-Market Stock Movers & News
Good morning traders of the stocks sub! Welcome to Thursday! Here are your pre-market stock movers & news this morning-
- President Trump said today he looked forward to meeting Kim Jong Un soon and thanked the North Korean leader for sending the suspected remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War back to the United States. (Reuters)
- Pence says return of remains show US progress on North Korea (WSJ)
- Trump suggested in a tweet that his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort — on trial on federal bank fraud and tax charges — is being treated "worse" than than "legendary mob boss, killer and 'Public Enemy Number One'" Al Capone. (CNBC)
- Manafort's lavish spending is cited by prosecution (NY Times)
- Manafort trial enters day two with major purchases in the spotlight(Axios)
- Senate GOP voted to block a Democratic push that would have provided $250 million to beef up election security. The votes fell almost entirely on party lines as only one Republican — Sen. Bob Corker — voted for the grant. (USA Today)
- The Trump administration will move today to revoke California's authority to set its own strict tailpipe emissions rules and mandate the sale of electric vehicles. The proposal is in line with Trump's decision to abandon the 2015 Paris climate deal. (Reuters)
- California Gov. Jerry Brown called the wildfire situation in the state part of "the new normal." He said California has the money to fight fires today, but cautioned things could get tighter in coming years due to a likely downturn. (CNBC)
- How this year's wildfire season compares to past years (Axios)
- Starbucks (SBUX) struck a partnership deal with China e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) to deliver its coffee in Chinese cities. It will also partner with Ele.me, a food delivery platform, to open 150 stores in Shanghai and Beijing. (CNBC)
- CBS (CBS) has retained two law firms to investigate allegations of improper behavior against Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves. Claims of sexual misconduct against Moonves were detailed in a New Yorker article last week. (CNBC)
- Consumer tech giant Apple (AAPL) has a new share price threshold to hit $1 trillion in market value. The company revealed an adjusted outstanding share count of 4,829,926,000 alongside the company's third-quarter results. (CNBC)
STOCK FUTURES NOW:
YESTERDAY'S MARKET HEAT MAP:
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THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS CALENDAR: ($AAPL $TSLA $CAT $SQ $CHK $SHOP $BIDU $STX $IQ $SOGO $AKS $X $BP $PG $ON $ATVI $PFE $WYNN $FIT $TEVA $FDC $TNDM $MRO$WLL $ANET $L $LL $FTR $SLCA $CMI $ILMN $REGN $SNE $W $IOTS $P $APRN $SEDG $BAH $RIG $EXEL $GPRO $NVRO $TTWO)
THIS MORNING'S PRE-MARKET EARNINGS CALENDAR: ($TEVA $W $APRN $REGN $DWDP $MGM $ICPT $CI $AET $CTSH $DUK $RCL $YUM $HFC $MZOR $K $AMCX $CLX $CNQ $SFM $YRCW $GPN$APO $AVP $BDX $WRK $NRG $ABC $FND $EPAM $ZTS $VAC $ADAP $ICE $IDCC $PWR $PH $WLK $WEX $STOR $THS $PF $CNSL $CRS)
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THIS MORNING'S STOCK NEWS MOVERS:
DowDupont – The chemicals maker reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.37 per share, 7 cents a share above estimates. Revenue also beating forecasts. The company also said it has now realized nearly $900 million in cost savings since the merger of Dow and DuPont last year.
STOCK SYMBOL: DWDP
Cigna – The health insurer earned an adjusted $3.89 for the second quarter, above the consensus estimate of $3.33, while revenue beat forecasts as well. Cigna was helped by higher membership numbers and increased premiums.
STOCK SYMBOL: CI
Tesla – Tesla lost $3.06 per share for its latest quarter, more than the loss of $2.92 per share that analysts had projected. The automaker's revenue beat estimates, and the automaker said it expects profitability on a GAAP basis during the second half of the year.
STOCK SYMBOL: TSLA
Nike – The athletic footwear maker was rated "overweight" in new coverage at Morgan Stanley, which said Nike is in position to take more market share in a high growth global activewear market, and that it is successfully transitioning from a traditional business into a retail technology company.
STOCK SYMBOL: NKE
Starbucks – Starbucks struck a partnership deal with China e-commerce giant Alibaba to deliver its coffee in Chinese cities.
STOCK SYMBOL: SBUX
Sonos – Sonos priced its initial public offering at $15 per share, below the target range of $17 to $19 a share. The wireless speaker maker raised $38.3 million in the offering, and the shares will begin trading today on the Nasdaq.
STOCK SYMBOL: SONO
Teva Pharmaceutical – Teva posted beats on both the top and bottom lines for its latest quarter, and raised its full-year forecast. However, sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone fell nearly 50 percent in North America due to generic competition.
STOCK SYMBOL: TEVA
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals – The drugmaker reported adjusted quarterly profit of $5.45 per share for its latest quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $4.70 a share. Revenue also beat forecasts, as sales of Regeneron's flagship eye treatment Eylea rose eight percent in the U.S. and 13 percent globally.
STOCK SYMBOL: REGN
Yum Brands – The parent of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut earned an adjusted 82 cents per share for the second quarter, eight cents above estimates. Revenue also topped forecasts, but a same-store sales increase of one percent was shy of the 1.98 percent consensus estimate as fewer customers ate at Pizza Hut locations.
STOCK SYMBOL: YUM
Wynn Resorts – Wynn reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.53 per share, short of the consensus $1.96 a share estimate. The hotel and casino operator's revenue also missed forecasts, although it did see stronger results from its Wynn Palace property in Macau.
STOCK SYMBOL: WYNN
CBS – CBS has retained two law firms to investigate allegations of improper behavior against Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves.
STOCK SYMBOL: CBS
T-Mobile – T-Mobile beat estimates by 5 cents a share, with quarterly profit of 92 cents per share. The wireless carrier's revenue fell short of forecast. T-Mobile also added 686,000 new wireless subscribers during the quarter, more than Wall Street was anticipating.
STOCK SYMBOL: TMUS
TripAdvisor – TripAdvisor came in 2 cents a share above estimates, with adjusted quarterly profit of 41 cents per share. The travel website operator's revenue came up short of Street forecasts. Traffic on TripAdvisor-branded websites and apps was up 10 percent from a year earlier.
STOCK SYMBOL: TRIP
Square – Square reported adjusted quarterly profit of 13 cents per share for the second quarter, 2 cents a share above estimates. The mobile payments company's revenue also beat estimates, however Square issued weaker-than-expected current-quarter guidance.
STOCK SYMBOL: SQ
JPMorgan Chase – JPMorgan said it is among the financial firms being probed by the Securities and Exchange Commission for their handling of American Depositary Receipts between 2011 and 2015. The bank said it is cooperating with the investigation.
STOCK SYMBOL: JPM
U.S. Steel – U.S. Steel beat estimates by 33 cents a share, with adjusted quarterly profit of $1.46 per share. Revenue topped forecasts, as well. The company boosted prices and lifted production following the imposition of tariffs on imported steel in March.
STOCK SYMBOL: X
Yum China – Yum China came in three cents above estimates with quarterly earnings of 33 cents per share, although the China-based restaurant operator's revenue was slightly shy of forecasts. Comparable store sales fell a greater than expected one percent, with analysts having anticipated a 0.6 percent decline.
STOCK SYMBOL: YUMC
Barclays – Barclays saw profits nearly triple for the second quarter, coming in above analysts' estimates, and the British bank will pay a greater-than-expected dividend.
STOCK SYMBOL: BCS
Walmart – Walmart was sued by Silicon Valley-based Zest Labs for $2 billion. Zest claims Walmart stole its technology designed to extend the shelf life of produce. Walmart said it respects the intellectual property rights of others and would respond to the complaint in court.
STOCK SYMBOL: WMT
Fitbit – Fitbit reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, on stronger than expected sales of its newer smartwatches.
STOCK SYMBOL: FIT
DISCUSS! What is on everyone's radar for today's trading day ahead here at stocks?
I hope you all have an excellent trading day ahead today on this Thursday, August 2nd, 2018! :)
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