Report by Stuart Carapola @ PWInsider.com
We start off with a series of clips from last week’s show, then we head to London for one final evening in the UK. Hulk Hogan comes out to start the show and say he’s got some tough choices to make, but things didn’t pan out the way he thought they would because Aces & Eights screwed up his #1 contender decision. But it turned out to be a good thing, because it gave him an entire week to think about who the #1 contender should be, and he decided that the man who rose above everyone else and proved himself to be the man for the job is the new #1 contender, and that man is…Bully Ray. Bubba comes out of the back looking confused, and he doesn’t know what to say and asks Hogan if he knows he’s hurt after tearing his quad a couple of weeks ago, but Hogan says he’s the toughest SOB in the company. Bubba thanks Hulk because there were so many guys fighting in the ring last night who deserve the shot more than he did, and all he ever wanted was Hulk’s respect. Marrying Brooke was the greatest day of his life, and now he wants to make everyone happy by becoming the World Champion. Bubba says they’ve got bigger things to worry abouty now, so he suggests that tonight’s main event ought to be a six man tag with Aces & Eights taking on Bubba, Sting, and…Hulk Hogan himself! Hogan says he’s got a deal as Mike Tenay reminds us that we haven’t seen Hulk in the ring since Bound For Glory 2011.
Bobby Roode and Austin Aries are backstage complaining about how Chavo and Hernandez screwed them up last week, but then Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian copme in to congratulate them for beating Chavo and Hernandez before they did. Daniels says he’s the ring general and to follow his lead out there, but then Aries and Roode start arguing with each other over whose lead everyone should follow.
James Storm, Joseph Park, Chavo Guerrero Jr & Hernandez vs Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian
Fortune explodes! Daniels and Storm start us off, and Storm immediately gets the advantage and dumps Daniels to the floor. Roode sneaks in from behind and knocks Storm out to the floor, leading to a brawl between Daniels, Kazarian, Chavo, and Hernandez. Chavo and Hernandez whip Daniels and Kazarian into Park, and both bounce off of him and roll to the floor as we go to commercial.
We’re back, and Kazarian is in trouble as he gets caught in the wrong corner and quadruple teamed. Kazarian tries a crossbody on Park and simply bounces off of him, but Daniels comes in and clips Park’s knee so Kazarian can drag him to the heel corner for some of their own group exercises. Roode and Aries argue with each other while double teaming Park, but the heel team holds it together until Park takes Daniels and Kazarian out with a double clothesline. They try to tag Roode and Aries in, but the champions walk off and head to the back, leaving Daniels and Kazarian high and dry as Storm tags in and goes to town on both men. Chavo hits a frogsplash on Daniels and a spinning backbreaker on Kazarian, then Storm tags in and lays Kazarian out with the Last Call. Park tags in and hits the second rope splash on Kazarian for the win.
Winners: James Storm, Joseph Park, Hernandez & Chavo Guerrero Jr
Good match, but I think they could have had a real classic with another ten minutes or so.
We look back at last week when Robbie E was embarrassed by Rockstar Spud, then we’re off to the ring for…RETRIBUTION.
Robbie E vs Rockstar Spud
Robbie jumps Spud before he’s ready and yells bro stuff at him, but Spud baseball slides between Robbie’s legs and hits a dropkick. Spud charges into Robbie’s boot, Robbie goes to the second rope and comes off with an elbowsmash for 2. Spud catches Robbie unawares with a DDT and hits a series of clotheslines, then goes up top, throws the metal sign, and misses a top rope legdrop. Robbie tries to grab the clipboard from Robbie T, but T refuses to let it go. E spends so much time arguing with him that Spud is able to sneak in with a twisting victory roll for the win.
Winner: Rockstar Spud
Robbie E chews out T yet again after the match and makes the mistake of slapping T in the face. E doesn’t seem to realize what he’s done until T slowly turns back around, tears his shirt off, and E frantically backs his way through the ropes and hightails it up the ramp as T roars at him with a really angry look on his face.
Jesse is backstage giving Tara a pep talk as she prepares to defend the Knockouts Title…NEXT!
Knockouts Title Match: Tara vs Velvet Sky vs Brooke Tessmacher vs Gail Kim
And of course, Brooke Hogan and her crappy entrance music are at ringside to make sure nothing screwy happens. Yes, because she is obviously an expert at detecting subversive activity. We’re at commercial.
Okay, we’re back and it’s elimination rules as Jesse is ejected from ringside. Tara hits an electric chair on Tessmacher as Brooke and Gail go at it, but Tara joins Gail in a 2-on-1 against Velvet. Tara hits a twisting side suplex on Velvet, but Gail breaks it up at 2 and she argues with Tara over who gets to beat Velvet. This progresses to a shoving match and then a slugfest that ends in Tara backdropping Gail into next week. Gail dodges a charge in the corner and gets yanked to the floor by Tessmacher, but Gail gets ahold of her and goes for an atomic crotch on the ringpost. Tessmacher kicks off the post and bulldogs Gail on the floor, then she joins Velvet in a double team on Tara. Tara gets knocked out to the apron and hangs Velvet up on the top rope, then rolls back in and drops Tessmacher’s throat on the ropes as well. Tara goes for a moonsault on Tessmacher and connects, but she seems to hurt herself on the way down and Velvet hits her with In Your Face. Gail comes in and dumps Velvet to the floor and cradles Tara for 3.
Tara is eliminated.
So we’re guaranteed a new champion tonight as Gail and Tessmacher battle on the top rope. Velvet comes over and grabs Gail in a powerbomb as Gail tries to suplex Tessmacher and it’s the Tower of Doom! Velvet covers Gail for 2, then covers Tessmacher for 2. Tessmacher tries an O’Connor roll on Velvet, but Velvet reverses and catches a fall on Tessmacher.
Miss Tessmacher is eliminated.
Gail whips Velvet to the corner, but Velvet gets her feet up on a charge by Gail and comes out strong with a pair of clotheslines and a flying headscissors. Gail with a dropkick to Velvet and she tries a cradle while holding the ropes, but Taryn Terrell catches her and stops counting. Gail gets in Terrell’s face, then goes back after Velvet with kicks to the ribs. Gail charges Gail in the corner, Velvet tries a Jack Brisco sunset flip, Gail holds the ropes, and Terrell kicks Gail off the ropes and flat on her ass. Velvet hits In Your Face on Gail, and we have a new Knockouts Champion!
Winner and NEW Knockouts Champion: Velvet Sky
Excellent match, and a nice feelgood moment for Velvet, who had a pretty long road back to this.
Bubba and Sting are backstage gettingt ready, Bubba wants to make sure Hulk’s cool with all this, and Sting says he’s fine and they’re going to make sure that Lockdown doesn’t even happen.
Mike Tenay informs us that cameras are being sent to AJ Styles’ house, and we’ll have an update on him next week. We then go to a video package looking at the history of Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, Garett Bischoff, and Wes Brisco…again…then we go to the ring for our next match.
Garett Bischoff vs Samoa Joe
Please tell me Joe isn’t going to have to put this kid over. Garett tries to turn the match into a track meet, running from Joe and ducking out to the floor to try and get in Joe’s head. Garett finally slides in and tries to cheapshot Joe, but winds up on the receiving end of some hard jabs. Garett goes to the eyes and clips Joe’s knee, then starts working over Joe’s leg and tying him up in a leg grapevine. Joe slaps the taste out of Garett’s mouth and connects with more jabs, but Garett goes back to the eyes, clips Joe again, and chokes him on the mat. Joe catches Garett with a back elbow, a series of clotheslines, an inverted atomic drop, a running boot, and a senton. Joe with the facewash on Garett, then he sets up for the Muscle Buster, but Wes Brisco runs in and the referee calls for the DQ.
Winner: Samoa Joe by DQ
Joe takes Wes out, but Garett clips his knee again and they double team Joe. Kurt Angle runs out to make the save and Brisco and Garett hit the bricks again. Kurt gets a microphone and tells Wes he got him the contract and now he’s glad he did, because the pain he’s going to inflict on him will be 100% legal. At Lockdown, it’s Angle vs Brisco one-on-one in a steel cage!
X Division Title Match: Rob Van Dam vs Kenny King
King jumps Van Dam before the bell and dumps him right out to the floor where he chokes him out on the guardrail. King rolls RVD inside and covers for 2, but RVD slips out of the corner on a charge attempt and unloads with some kicks. RVD goes to the second rope, but King grabs his ankle and yanks him down onto the mat and covers for 2. King hits a high leg lariat for 2, RVD tries a back elbow to the ribs, but King yanks him down by the ponytail and covers for 2. King with a low snap suplex, rolls through for some mounted punches, then covers for 2. King with a seated abdominal stretch, RVD escapes and hits a double leg lariat that knocked King on his butt. RVD with another kick and some clotheslines, he does the pointing at the back thing and goes for the rolling monkey flip, King lands on his feet and hits Shotgun Knees, goes for the Royal Flush and doesn’t quite hit it clean, and RVD is out at 2. RVD takes King down and hits Rolling Thunder, goes up top and hits the five star frogsplash, and RVD retains again.
Winner: Rob Van Dam
Hulk Hogan is backstage telling Brooke that there’s no turning back now. Brooke asks him if he needs to do this, and Hogan says he’s been pushed around and humiliated, and he needs to do this for their family. Brooke kisses him goodbye, and the main event is up next!
We go to a video package where Jeff Hardy somehow already has an interview filmed discussing Bully Ray as his next challenger even though he’s supposed to be back hom in North Carolina recovering from his knee injury. Word travels fast, I guess.
Whatever. IT’S MAIN EVENT TIME! Well, we thought it was, anyway. Hogan’s music plays but he doesn’t make it out to the ring and it seems we have a handicap MAIN EVENT!!!
Devon, Doc & Ken Anderson vs Bully Ray & Sting
Aces & Eights works Sting and Bubba over, but Bubba takes Devon and Anderson out with a double clothesline, Sting hits a Stinger Splash on Doc, then he takes Devon out with a clothesline. Aces & Eights powders out to the floor as we go to commercial.
We’re back, and Bubba is in trouble as he takes a 3-on-1 beating from Aces & Eights. Devon gives Bubba a tongue lashing as he puts the boots to his former partner, and Bubba fights valiantly, but is caught in the Aces & Eights corner. Devon gets a rear chinlock on Bubba, Bubba fights free but winds up back in trouble when Anderson comes in and nails him. Bubba finally spears Devon to create an opening and makes the hot tag to Sting. Sting cleans house on all three opponents and hits the Deathdrop on Doc, but Anderson breaks the cover at 2. Sting and Bubba set up for WHAZZUP on Anderson, but then Garett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Mike Knox, and the Vice President drag Hulk and Brooke Hogan out of the back, and it looks like Hulk has taken a bit of a beating. Bubba chases Aces & Eights to the back, leaving Sting completely alone. Sting has Devon in the Scorpion Deathlock, but Doc comes in and drills Sting with a big boot for the win.
Winners: Aces & Eights
The entire Aces & Eights gang beat Sting down in the ring as Bubba comes back out to the ramp to check on Hulk and Brooke, and Aces & Eights is standing tall as we call it a week.
Report by Stuart Carapola @ PWInsider.com