The evening’s entertainment begins with a video package. The bottom of the screen reads ‘12 months ago’. It’s the main event of the Great American Bash, and the WWE Champion Triple H is having one of the toughest matches of his life with The Absolute Lashley. He hit him with a Double-A Spinebuster through the Spanish announce table, but Lashley got up, then, moments before the time limit expired, Hunter hit a Pedigree, but before he could cover, Lashley sat up. We hear former KWF commentator Michael Cole say how Lashley is the only person ever to do that, and that the sky is the limit for The UnderTaker’s protégé. The video then fast forwards through Lashley’s year, including his WrestleMania win over Kane, and then stops again. The bottom of the screen reads ‘Last month’. Lashley is facing AJ Styles at King Of The Ring, and after a to and fro contest, Lashley hits his devastating Sitdown Spinebuster and wins the KWF World Title for the first time. The evolution of The Absolute Lashley is happening before our very eyes, and tonight, twelve months on from that infamous fight with The Game, he’s in the main event again, this time as the Champion. He takes on AJ Styles once more… in (Paul Bearer’s voice) “Hell In A Cell!!!” The video ends with quick clips of both Lashley and Styles at their best, with slams, high risk moves, and finishers. We finish on an image of a Cell, with a faded image of the American flag over the top. “And now, the KWF presents… The Great American Bash!!!” AC/DC’s ♫Thunderstruck!♫ plays as we head into the arena and are greeted by the roaring fans in attendance. They hold their signs aloft as the spectacular red, white and blue pyro’s go off and we hear for the first time from Good Ol’ JR, Jim Ross. “Welcome everyone to Arlington, Texas! Welcome everyone to the College Park Center! Welcome everyone to the KWF Great American Bash!!!” He introduces his co-commentator, William Regal, and asks him what he’s looking forward to most tonight. “That’s hard to say JR. Of course the Triple Threat Tag Team match between The Dudleys, The Usos and LAX for the KWF Tag Belts has the potential to be incredible, but then so does the match between King Dolph and CM Punk. Then you’ve got Austin Aries against Daniel Bryan for the X-Division Title, and of course Big Show and Samoa Joe are going to brawl again for the Hardcore Championship. I can’t decide. It’s all utterly mouthwatering. What about yourself?” JR: “Well personally I can’t wait to see the Chick contest between AJ Lee and Mickie James, but like you I’m torn. Christian is going to be challenging Randy Orton for his Intercontinental Title, there’s gonna be one hell of a Fatal-4-Way to determine the number one contender for the KWF Title at Sovereignty 4 as John Cena, Mr. Anderson, Rob Van Dam and Sheamus tear each other apart, but I think I’ll have to lay my chips on the main event. Quite possibly the most dominant force we have ever seen in the KWF, The Absolute Lashley, defending his KWF World Heavyweight Championship against The Phenomenal AJ Styles. Lashley has to be the favorite given that the match will take place inside Hell In A Cell. I cannot wait for us to get started, and here we go!!”
♫Well it’s the Big Show!♫ The KWF Hardcore Champion enters to a chorus of boos. Regal: “We’re going to start the Bash with two fellows, well, Bashing each other. Haha, good stuff.” Show looks confident, as does his opponent, Samoa Joe, as he comes down to the ring with a fierce look of determination on his face.
Big Show vs. Samoa Joe – Hardcore match for the Hardcore Title
The bout doesn’t start tentatively as Joe gets straight in and attacks Show, hitting him with hard shots and kicks. JR comments on how angry Joe looks, and questions whether its good that he wants his Title back so badly, or perhaps he’s too imbalanced and this rage could cost him. Regal says you can’t be too crazy in a Hardcore match, but he thinks Show will win simply because he is the superior competitor. Show pushes Joe away as he gets backed up into the corner, but Joe comes straight back and hits a kick to the side of the Champ’s head. The crowd cheer the agility from Joe, as Show falls down. It doesn’t take long for the weapons to emerge, and it’s the Samoan who initiates it by rolling out and reaching under the ring for a kendo stick. He pulls one out and rolls back in. Just as Show is getting up, Joe swings. Show sticks his hand out and grabs the stick with a smile on his face, but Joe kicks him in the gut, before cracking the stick right over the head of the World’s Largest Athlete. Show stumbles around in a daze, so Joe hits him again. Show falls to one knee, and a third strike puts him on both knees. Joe throws the stick out of the ring and comes off the ropes, hitting a Shining Wizard. He covers and gets Two. JR: “Samoa Joe has made an excellent start to this match, but can he keep the pressure on?” Regal: “He’s got to go for more weapons. This is Hardcore after all.” Joe seems to take the advice, and looks under the ring once more. He pulls out a small drum of some sort of liquid. JR: “What’s that? It sure ain’t barbeque sauce that’s for sure.” Joe smells it and it doesn’t smell nice, but he places it down and grabs the kendo stick again, before dipping it into the liquid. He then reaches down under the ring again and pulls out a lighter. JR: “Uh oh, I think that drum may be full of gasoline.” Regal: “Gee, you think so Jim?” Joe lights up the kendo stick and the fans cheer. Regal: “He looks like he’s about to join an angry mob.” Joe very carefully gets back in the ring with his flaming torch, as Show is recovering again. Then, with a swing, Joe whacks Show in thee gut with the fiery kendo stick! Show yells out in pain, as Joe then hovers it over his back, and then hitting him again. Joe is done, and drops the stick into a bucket of water which was also under the ring. We see that Show now has black marks across his front and back. JR: “He may have third degree burns.” Regal: “Good job Joe didn’t hit him on the hip, or he might have side burns.” Joe thinks he’s done it now, and covers, but again Show proves resilient and kicks out. Joe seethes and contemplates his next move. He heads to the top rope, and waits for Show to get up. He dives off, but Show holds out his arm and clotheslines Joe down. For the first time in the match Show is on top, but he uses the ropes to recover before going any further.
He heads to the outside himself and goes over to the announcers corner. He grabs a steel chair and scares away the KWF crew in the process. He gets back in the ring, before slamming the chair on Joe’s back. He then turns it sideways and rams it into the ribs of his opponent. Show is in total control here, and he demonstrates this by setting the chair up and sitting down. He shouts abuse at Joe, telling him “Nice try, but you’re against a real fighter here. I’m the Hardcore Champion for a reason, and that’s because I am better than you Joe.” These words seem to spark something in Joe, who wearily tries to fight back, but Show swats away his attempts before locking his mighty paw around the throat of Joe and lifting him up, and slamming him down with a huge Chokeslam right onto the set up steel chair! The force of Joe bends the chair beyond recognition, and the Samoan is clearly in an unbelievable amount of pain. JR: “God did you see that? Onto a flat chair is one thing, but onto one that is set up can shatter someone’s spine!” Regal: “And that is why Big Show is so clever. Maximum damage. Use the weapons in the most effective way possible.” Show pins Joe, but gets just Two and two thirds. He decides to look under the ring, and pulls out a bag. He heads back in before pouring hundreds of thumb tacks onto the canvas. JR: “I hate it when thumb tacks get introduced, I can’t imagine how painful it must be to have a whole load of them pierce the skin at once. I get the impression Joe may get that feeling soon.” Show picks Joe up and sets up to suplex him onto the tacks. However, Joe blocks it. Show can’t lift him, and then, in one almighty show of strength, Joe picks Show up and bodyslams him right onto the thumb tacks! The crowd roar as one as Show yells out in pain. JR: “What a bodyslam by Joe! What strength! And now Big Show gets a back full of tacks. Serves him right.” Regal: “Serves him right, what are you talking about JR?” JR: “All I know is he better not drink any water anytime soon.” Joe then rubs more salt into the wounds as he comes off the ropes and hits a running senton, before covering, but again Show kicks out. Joe and Show battle back and forth some more, mostly using wrestling moves rather than weapons, although Joe does bring a Table into the ring. He has Show struggling in the corner, and manages to lift him up onto the middle turnbuckle. Regal: “He’s not is he? He’s not that stupid?” JR: “I think Samoa Joe is going to go for a Muscle Buster here William, surely he can’t.” He hooks Show’s head and tries to lift him, but he can’t. He can’t lift him off the ropes, and so climbs up to the middle rope himself. JR: “Looks like he might be going for a Superplex instead, that’ll also probably do the job.” Joe goes for it, but again can’t budge Show, who is holding onto the rope for dear life. Joe’s back is also in pain after that devastating Chokeslam. Show breaks free with a headbutt, before *BAM!* A WMD Knockout Punch right to Joe’s head. The Samoan Submission Machine falls back off the middle rope, and crashes right through the Table he brought in moments earlier. Big Show gets down from the ropes and covers, getting the One, Two and Three.
Winner and Still KWF Hardcore Champion: The Big Show.
Big Show retains after a real test. Both men took each other to the limit, and both have an awful lot of war wounds after that one, but the WMD was the difference, and if that wasn’t enough, then the table Joe crashed through sealed the deal. JR praises the match while Regal praises Big Show, as he holds his Hardcore Championship high above his head, still with tacks imbedded in him and blood pouring down his arms. JR: “If that’s just the start, then I can’t wait to see what else tonight brings.”
We take it to the back where Jeremy Borash is standing by. “Ladies and gentlemen I am here with my guest at this time. He is a former TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and tonight will go one-on-one with KWF King Of The Ring Dolph Ziggler, I am of course talking about the one and only, CM Punk.” Punk comes into shot with a smirk on his face. “You know JB, you could probably make even Zack Ryder sound like a future Hall Of Famer, no no, I like it. Carry on.” JB does carry on and starts the interview by asking Punk about last Wednesday night when he answered King Dolph’s open challenge. JB: “Punk, while agreeing to take on Ziggler was admirable, some people have been questioning your mannerisms during that segment. There has been talk ever since all over the internet and here tonight in the arena that you didn’t seem like ‘normal’ CM Punk. Some are saying you didn’t seem confident and are questioning whether you think you can win tonight.” Punk’s politeness to JB soon disappears as he glares at him. “Listen to me JB. I didn’t seem like ‘normal’ CM Punk? Since when have I ever been normal? People need to realize that I am not stupid. I know full well I have been on somewhat of a losing streak since WrestleMania, but in case you forgot, I faced The UnderTaker. The most fearsome superstar of all time and undefeated at Mania. Fighting Taker changes a man, and sure it’s taking me a while to get my form back, but rest assured, I am STILL the Best In The World, and that is why I am taking on King Ralph tonight.” JB: “King Dolph.” Punk: “Shut up. If you or anyone else think that I am not confident going into a match against a peroxide blonde former cheerleader who used to be Kenny Dykstra’s bitch then… no I don’t remember who Kenny Dykstra is either… then you are very much mistaken. I plan on using tonight’s match to remind the world just who CM Punk is, and just why I am the Best… In… The… World!” We hear the fans cheer for Punk in the background as he exits and JB nods, clearly more convinced by Punk’s attitude tonight.
We are shown a video package chronicling the careers of Daniel Bryan and X-Division Champion, Austin Aries. Throughout the early years of the KWF, neither of these superstars were on the KWF roster. Daniel Bryan was the first to make his mark, debuting in 2010 and competing well in an X-Division Title Gauntlet match at Survivor Series that year. Bryan went on to scope the X-Division and learn as he went, picking up knowledge and experience from the likes of Kaval (now Low-ki), X-Division pioneer Christopher Daniels and Cruiserweight veteran Rey Mysterio. It wasn’t until after WrestleMania 2011 that Bryan had his first one on one X-Division Championship opportunity. He lost that match, at ReBirth, against Justin Gabriel. The X-Title then went from Gabriel, to Amazing Red, to Evan Bourne and then back to Rey Mysterio who by then had turned on the fans. Rey held the Belt for four months before Bryan earned number one contendership and finally became X-Division Champion for the first time at KWF WrestleMania 2012. It was a proud moment for him, a moment he had waited his lifetime for. Bryan’s reign as Champion has not lasted too long though as KWF newcomer Austin Aries defeated him for the Title on Turmoil of May 2nd. Aries was in the KWF less than six weeks before getting on a hot streak and defeating Bryan on his very first attempt. He’s had a similar path to making it to this company, but once here Aries has been very quick to climb to the summit, and he hasn’t been very humble when telling the world about it. Tonight, Daniel Bryan gets his rematch for the X-Title. Will he stifle the arrogant A-Double, or will Aries reign as Champion continue to overhaul the X-Division. We find out Live, next at the Great American Bash!
Austin Aries vs. Daniel Bryan – X-Division Title
*Ding* *Ding* *Ding* goes the bell and we are underway as Aries and Bryan lock up. Aries forces Bryan toward the ropes and the ref asks for a break, but it’s Bryan who holds on and turns the tables to force Aries around and against the ropes. Aries now holds on to allow himself to fall through the second rope and the crowd ‘Ohhhh’ as both men stay locked up to tumble all the way to ringside. They get up within the lock-up and Aries forces Bryan toward the steel steps where he then unlocks and backs up to target Bryan with a kick, but Bryan’s too fast and Aries boots the stairs. “Aaahh, ow, owww!” he yells as he leans against the stairs and Bryan goes to climb the apron. He runs along it and dropkicks Aries right on the mush. The crowd cheer as Bryan then reaches down from the apron to pull Aries up, but Aries pulls him instead and he performs a modified hip-toss to launch Bryan from the apron head over heels into the barricade! JR: “Good God, what a dastardly move from Aries and Bryan may be in trouble.” Regal: “A genius move JR. The man’s X-Division Champion for a reason and that was a very savvy maneuver.” Aries rolls in and out of the ring to break the ref’s count and the crowd boo him as he shows off, booting Bryan in the ribs before picking him to his feet and slamming his head off the announcers table. JR yells toward him: “God damn it, this is an X-Division match! Get’m back in the ring, come on!” Aries smiles at him and tells him to sit down. The crowd then cheer as Daniel Bryan is able to counter an Irish-whip and he brings Aries back toward himself to back body drop him right onto the mat at ringside. The crowd cheer as Bryan picks Aries up and throws him into the ring. He crawls for a cover, gets One, Two – no, Aries kicks out. Bryan slows the pace now, targeting Aries as he gets to his knees. Bryan lays into him with hard kicks to his chest and Aries screams out in pain. He backs away from Bryan and crawls toward the referee, hugging the ref’s legs. The crowd laugh as JR says that Aries is a coward, but Regal argues that he knows exactly what he’s doing: “This slows down Daniel Bryan’s momentum and allows Aries to get a rest. Very smart, very intelligent wrestling from Austin Aries.” JR: “Given that he’s hugging the referee’s legs, I wouldn’t call it intelligent wrestling William.” Bryan ushers the crowd to get on Aries back and they boo him as he then takes a moment to go out of the ring and gather himself. He does the ‘timeout’ hand gesture and the crowd boo him some more as the referee tells him off for wasting time. Bryan finally goes after him and the two run around ringside, before Aries dives under the bottom rope to get in the ring again. Bryan goes in after him, but Aries pounces very quickly, kicking away at Bryan’s back and this causes the audience to boo even more. Bryan is full of energy after being frustrated by Aries though and he flips Aries heels to tackle him to the canvas and rain down punches on him over and over again. Aries covers up and, as the two tussle, Aries manages to force down Bryan’s shoulders in a pinning predicament. That gets him Two on the count and Bryan comes back with a roll-through of his own and that gets him Two as well. The action and the near falls continue back and forth until finally both men get to their feet and run at one another, but Bryan is the one that falls as Aries drills him to the canvas with a hard back elbow. The crowd boo as replays show the elbow caught Bryan right on the jaw. Aries smiles, arrogantly walks around the ring and toward Bryan’s shoulders before taunting, twiddling his fingers toward the audience to set for his trademark pendulum elbow drop. The crowd boo as Regal responds: “Why can’t these fans appreciate Mister Aries. I find him to be a great asset to the company. He entertains, he wrestles well and he always does everything he can to win.” JR: “But that’s the problem William. Did you see him before his match on Turmoil the other week? JB tried to interview him, but Aries wouldn’t give him the time of day because Aries thought he was too big for the interview. And then he said he didn’t get enough of the spotlight. Well which way do you want it? You’re the X-Division Champion, you’re in the spotlight for interviews, but then you fend them off!? There’s no doubting Aries’ talent, but the man’s an ego-maniac.” With that we watch as Aries sets to execute the move, but Bryan counters and drops him into a LeBell Lock! The crowd chant and cheer as Bryan pulls to torque back on the move and Austin Aries may be about to lose his Championship. Regal: “No, not like this. Daniel Bryan can’t stop Aries reign already.” JR: “He’s got the move synched on and Aries is about to tap!” But no, wait a minute, Aries rolls backward and Bryan’s shoulders are down. The referee’s counting and Bryan hasn’t noticed!
Winner and Still KWF X-Division Champion: Austin Aries.
The ref calls for the bell and Bryan lets go of the move. He gets to his feet and ♫Austin Aries music♫ «< click to play) hits. The crowd boo, realizing what’s happened and Austin Aries has stolen one. Bryan pleads to the referee, perhaps saying that he didn’t notice the ref making the count. JR: “This Texas audience is so loud that Bryan didn’t hear the count.” Regal: “It doesn’t matter Jim, that’s his own fault. Aries never tapped and that still warrants him the Championship.” Aries hugs his Title after stripping it from the timekeeper. The crowd boo as Bryan can’t believe it. Aries commands the ref to join him at the foot of the ramp and the referee then raises his hand. Austin Aries remains the X-Division Champion.
After an advert for ‘KWF WrestleMania 2012’ on DVD and Blu-Ray, we are in the back where JB has caught up with the KWF Women’s Champion, AJ Lee. “AJ, can I grab a quick word before you head out for your match?” Lee: “Of course.” JB: “You are about to take on Miss Hardcore Country herself, Mickie James. How do you feel heading into what may be your toughest Title defense yet?” Lee: “Well, no offense to the other KWF Chicks, but I think this is as tough as it gets. Mickie is a friend outside of the ring, but in it she is one of the most impressive competitors I’ve ever seen. I still remember her debut in the WWE when she rivaled with Trish Stratus, and their matches were a big reason why I was determined to break into this industry myself. Now to be facing her myself at a pay-per-view for the Title, yeah that’s pretty special.” JB reminds her that it was at the Great American Bash last year that she debuted herself along with fellow Chickbuster Kaitlyn, and asks how she’s found her first year in the KWF. “It’s been incredible JB. I have a hell of a time on House Shows (WWE television) doing that crazy chick angle, but here I get to wrestle, I get to show off what I can do in the ring and it’s because of my wrestling skills that I get to hold this Title. It’s been a dream twelve months here, and hopefully I can head into my second year still as KWF Women’s Champion.” She heads off for her match as JB wishes her luck and sends it back to ringside.
JR and Regal talk up the year AJ has had as she makes her entrance for this one. She gets a great reception from the fans, as does Mickie as she comes out with a big smile on her face too. JR reminds us that she earned this Title shot by winning a 15-Chick over the top rope Battle Royal on Turmoil two weeks ago.
AJ Lee vs. Mickie James – Women’s Championship match
The bell rings and AJ and Mickie give a nod of respect to one another, before locking up and we’re underway. Mickie sends AJ to the ropes and goes for a clothesline, but AJ ducks and comes off the far ropes, before hitting a headscissors takedown. JR: “She’s not holding anything back here, and knows that she has to bring her ‘A’ game if she’s going to successfully defend against someone as talented and experienced as Mickie James.” Indeed AJ is clearly trying her hardest to get the upper hand in this one, but her over-enthusiasm costs her as she runs at Mickie, who sidesteps her and AJ smacks into the turnbuckles. Mickie rolls her up but gets only Two. She lifts her up and snapmares her down, before coming off the ropes and dropkicking her in the face, covering and again getting two. It’s James on top now, and she seems to be outsmarting AJ, showing that the experience of having had so many previous Title matches is paying off. JR reminds us that AJ has successfully defended against both members of The Beautiful People, and so has some impressive wins under her Belt, but she seems to be struggling with Mickie. She gets thrown into the corner, but as Mickie runs at her, she leaps onto the turnbuckle and flips over the head of the challenger. But Mickie think faster and turns in the corner. AJ runs at her and Mickie lifts herself up and wraps her legs around the neck of the Champion, before pushing off and hitting her own token headscissors takedown. The match continues to go back and forth as AJ manages to get herself back into things. She is able to reverse several attempts by Mickie to end the match, and gets a big cross body off the top rope, but gets only Two on the cover. Mickie goes for a Mick Kick, only for AJ to duck and military-roll out of the way. Mickie and the fans are impressed as the two are at a stand-off. They each acknowledge one another again as this match has been pretty even overall. The contest resumes, back and forth with AJ upping the pace and taking James down a dropkick and covering for Two. Mickie tries to come back, but AJ keeps on her toes. Regal: “She’s a right firecracker that girl. Zinging around the ring, Mickie can barely keep up.” JR: “Mickie’s no slow Chick, but I agree. AJ’s speed has very much helped her throughout her time as Champ and Mickie is finding it tough to get hold of her opponent here.” James does manage to ground AJ, performing a surfboard submission, as AJ gets the ropes and then there’s another stand-off. JR: “Terrific action as always from the KWF Chicks and… wait, what’s this?” There are boos from the crowd as Melina has made her way down the ramp with a smile on her face. “What is she doing here? Melina returned at the Battle Royal on Turmoil two weeks ago and attacked Mickie. Then she explained last Wednesday that she did it purely because Mickie never visited her in the hospital after she got injured. Talk about petty.” Regal: “Nonsense, she’s well within her rights to be mad. Would it have taken too much out of Mickie James’ precious time to go see her supposed friend?” JR: “Well more importantly, what is she doing here? This match doesn’t involve her.” Melina simply stands at the bottom of the ramp. Mickie sees her and looks out to her. “What do you want?” she asks. Melina shrugs all innocent as AJ takes advantage and rolls Mickie up in the SchoolGirl Roll-up of Doom, getting One, getting Two and Three!
Winner and Still KWF Women’s Champion: AJ Lee.
AJ retains and has her hand raised by the referee. She sees Melina standing there and as she is handed the Title, AJ raises it while looking at Melina, who nods and says “Soon honey, real soon.” She heads back up the ramp, but soon has to run as Mickie exits the ring and chases her furiously. JR: “I hope Mickie catches up with her and teaches her a lesson. But all due respect to our Champion AJ. She didn’t stop just because Melina was here and got the win. Mickie paid for allowing herself to be concerned.” Regal: “Goes to show that sometime experience can be overrated. You can be as experienced as they come, but there’s no accounting for stupidity.” JR: “It was hardly stupid, just unfortunate for Mickie. Nonetheless, AJ Lee is still the KWF Women’s Champion.”
We see a short video clip reminding us of the moment KWF General Manager Edge made the number one contenders match for the KWF World Heavyweight Championship. Edge was taking a complaint from Sheamus and he told the Celtic Warrior that he didn’t deserve not to be in Title contention after Christian Cage had screwed him out of a shot at the Intercontinental Belt. Edge told Sheamus that he’d make a match for tonight at the Bash and it would involve him, John Cena and Mr. Anderson in a Fatal Four Way contest. All four superstars in this match deserve to be here on merit, consistency and achievement. Now they each have the opportunity to go on and headline KWF’s original anniversary pay-per-view; Sovereignty 4. The stakes are huge because of the fact that it’s KWF’s third birthday and the fact that tonight’s winner will face the victor of the AJ Styles/Absolute Lashley Hell In A Cell match later on this evening. Who’s going to win and main event Sovereignty 4 as challenger for the World Title? We find out next at KWF Blogs’ Great American Bash!
John Cena vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Sheamus vs. RVD – number one contenders Fatal-Four-Way for the KWF Title
All four superstars take to their corners and the bell rings to get this contest underway. Regal: “It’s fascinating Jim. I don’t know which way this is going to go, but I know my favorite. I want John Cena to win.” JR: “Of course you do. Well I think that all four superstars have a point to prove and they’ll all be hungry to main event Sovereignty 4. It’ll be a pay-per-view event that marks KWF’s third birthday and I say a job well done to General Manager Edge for putting this match together.” Mr. Anderson, Sheamus and RVD all trade right hands in the middle of the ring and we watch as John Cena quietly exits under the bottom rope. Anderson and Sheamus go hit for hit, but Sheamus is stronger and this leads to Anderson being the first competitor knocked off his feet. He gets up quickly and the Celtic Warrior puts him against the ropes to have him Irish-whip toward the corner. Anderson hits the turnbuckles hard and Sheamus roars before going at him full speed, but Anderson moves and Sheamus thumps his shoulder as he goes through the turnbuckles and slams into the ring-post. Meanwhile, RVD’s gone to the ring apron and he runs toward an unsuspecting John Cena and flip-dives right onto him! The crowd cheer as Van Dam gets up to thumb-taunt and Regal says that Van Dam should have more respect for Cena than to do that. JR: “What are you talking about? Respect? Did Cena even get involved at the start of this match? Where’s his respect for all his opponents?” Regal argues that The Doctor of Thuganomics gives respect where he feels people earn it and so JR says: “So the only people Cena respects is Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair?” Regal: “And me of course.” Anderson is on top against Sheamus and Van Dam is at ringside trying to get Cena to his feet. Cena is playing possum though and as soon as he’s up he throws himself at RVD with a decapitating clothesline. The fans ‘Ohhh’ at the impact and the comms review replays. Regal: “Haha, the man quit Hardcore, but look at that, he won’t ever take a harder clothesline.” JR: “Maybe not, but remember, this isn’t Cena and RVD’s first dance. They fought at ECW’s One Night Stand many moons ago and I believe that both men have a lot of unfinished business with one another.” Anderson is impressive in the ring, taking Sheamus to the corner and performing a brilliant superplex from off the middle rope. Anderson covers the Irishman, but only gets Two as the Celtic Warrior kicks out. John Cena sees the kick-out and realizes that he must be a part of the match in the ring if he’s going to win it. He thumps Anderson down, but Ken gets up and taunts him. Cena thumps him again and this time Anderson gets up a little more dazed. He smiles cockily and waves a You Can’t See Me taunt in Cena’s face. This angers the Doctor and he pulls Anderson in and atop his shoulders. JR: “Oh my God, an FU already?” No, Anderson rakes Cena’s eyes and this allows him to get free. He lands on his feet and pulls Cena in and he slams him to the canvas with a DDT. He covers for One, but Cena’s powerful and kicks out straight away. We watch as RVD is back up and he’s looking to get back in the match. He gets onto the ring apron and climbs to the top turnbuckle before measuring Ken Anderson with a flying kick. Van Dam expertly connects and then thumb-taunts toward the fans. However, as he is mid-taunt we watch as Sheamus’ big boot comes blasting onto the screen and he damn near Brogue Kicks RVD’s head off! The audience gasp as the comms can’t believe the velocity of the move and this match may be over. RVD is knocked out and Sheamus covers for One, for Two – but no, Anderson dives across and breaks the count. Sheamus and Anderson fist-fight on their knees before fighting to their feet. Anderson swings with a clothesline, but Sheamus ducks to counter and grab Anderson to administer an expert backbreaker. This allows Sheamus to cover and get One, Two – but no, Cena dives over and he breaks the count.
The contest continues and Sheamus now tangles with Cena, putting him by the ropes and through so that he can clobber him with patented forearm shots to the chest. The Doctor looks hurt as he flops through the ropes down to ringside. The crowd cheer as Sheamus turns round walks right into a Mic-Check! JR yells: “Anderson could win! Anderson could win!” but no, right on the count of Two and a half, RVD has regained consciousness and he dives over to break the count. Regal: “Have you noticed Jim that Cena’s the only one with a finishing submission move here? That could prove to be the difference you know.” JR: “Yes, but all four men are impact players and they all want to win with a pin-fall. I don’t know which way it’s going to go, but what an amazing match-up we have unfolding.” JR goes on to remind us of Van Dam and Mr. Anderson’s talk backstage this past week on Turmoil. “Anderson was being his a-holey self, but Van Dam was humble with what he said William and I agree with him; this may be his last shot at greatness. Can you imagine, a KWF World Title match at Sovereignty 4, that would mean so much to a man like RVD.” Regal: “It’d mean a lot to anybody that had the chance to be there Jim, but don’t get carried away, the Doctor is on the move.” He runs around ringside to wait for RVD to finish the Rolling Thunder on Ken Anderson. Cena then yanks Anderson to ringside and, after Van Dam thumb-taunts, Cena’s right there waiting for him. He grabs him up into position for an FU, but Sheamus is up and he runs to axe-handle Cena down. The Doctor gets up and slugs it out with Sheamus, both men going punch for punch and as they do we see Anderson reach in and grab Sheamus’ foot. This allows Cena a moment’s chance to grab Sheamus and lift him up and plant him down with a sit-out side slam. The crowd boo as Cena waves a You Can’t See Me taunt in Sheamus face before going against the ropes and administering a Five Knuckle Shuffle. Mr. Anderson comes in and he measures Cena after his signature move and he then grabs Cena into position for a rolling senton. That connects and Anderson covers for One, Two – only Two. He dives onto Sheamus and the ref counts, but again, a kick-out after Two. Anderson yells at the referee as JR and Regal reiterate how badly these four men want this opportunity. Anderson then sees RVD by the corner and he goes at him from behind with a waist-lock, but Van Dam is uber-athletic and he kicks up over his own shoulder to have Anderson seeing tweety birds. Van Dam then elbows him away properly before jumping onto the middle turnbuckle, springboarding backward and cross-bodying Anderson to the mat for One, Two – no, Anderson kicks out. This hectic back and forth affair continues and every superstar has their chance to win it. We’re in the proverbial overtime period and we watch as Sheamus and Mr. Anderson fight to their feet. They slug it out with right hands, but Anderson swings too much and this allows Sheamus to move his body and rotate to get Anderson up and “White Noise!” yells JR. Anderson’s down and Sheamus covers. The crowd count along with the ref; ‘One!’ ‘Two!’ – no! Cena breaks it! Cena breaks the count. He clobbers Sheamus over his back and then tries to lock on the STFU. Regal: “He’s got it, come on Cena, come on Cena!” Cena pulls hard on the move, but RVD comes storming across and he acrobatically hand-springs to flip and drop the leg right on the back of Cena’s head. This frees the move up and Van Dam turns to thumb-taunt for the fans. He then sees Anderson down and he puts on another show; Rolling Thunder connecting. Sheamus meanwhile gets up and he runs at Cena to clothesline him over the top rope. Both men hit the floor hard, but get up to swing more closed fists at one another. RVD sees them and the crowd are on their feet as he measures, runs against the ropes and comes back to flip-dive high over the top rope to land square on both Cena and Sheamus! JR: “Good God almighty! What a move!” Regal: “Blimey, where did that come from?! Van Dam’s putting on a bloody clinic.” The crowd go nuts as RVD gets back to the apron. He sees Sheamus and Cena down and out and Anderson’s still down from the White Noise and Rolling Thunder. Van Dam is cheered on by the fans as he climbs to the top turnbuckle. JR: “Do it RVD! Do it! Now’s your chance!” Regal: “Get serious JR, Anderson’s two thirds of the way across the ring, he’ll never make it.” But right on cue we watch RVD soar through the air and *BAM* he lands an emphatic Five St*r Frog Splash! ‘One!’ count the crowd, ‘Twooo!’ ‘THREEEE!’
Winner and New Number One Contender for the KWF Championship: Rob Van Dam.
The camera zooms out of the pin and ♫Van Dam’s music♫ «< click to play) hits and Arlington, Texas goes berserk! Rob Van Dam has his hand raised as victor and new number one contender to the KWF World Heavyweight Championship! JR: “My God what a match! RVD gave it everything he had and he delivered William, he’s going to Sovereignty 4!” Regal: “Alright, alright, I’ll admit that he wrestled well and I’ll say that he deserved it on the night. That’s all fine, but he’s got a long way to go. A whole month until Sovereignty 4 and that’s a whole month to worry about the winner of tonight’s main event. Congratulations Robert, but all you’ve won is a match. The big one is at Sovereignty 4.” JR: “You’re being harsh William. If Cena had won then you’d have been praising him to the high heavens. Rob Van Dam showed us what he’s made of tonight and he adapted. Over the past couple of months he’s competed and wrestled singles matches, no Hardcore involved. If this were a Hardcore match then perhaps Tables and Chairs would have been involved, preventing him from having the energy after the flip dive to go administer that fabulous Five Star. No, not tonight. Van Dam performed at his peak and he deserves this standing ovation. What a match that was and congratulations RVD, you’ve earned it!” Van Dam goes atop the turnbuckles to thumb-taunt toward the crowd as the scene fades out.
We head to a video package of last month’s King Of The Ring PPV, and in particular, the KOTR tournament itself. We see clips from matches such as Alberto Del Rio against Panther, Sheamus against Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler versus Kofi Kingston, Del Rio against Dolph and the final of Dolph against Sheamus. At the end of the night, it was Ziggler who was having his hand raised as the KWF King Of The Ring. We are shown clips from his coronation the following Wednesday on Turmoil, and his win over Panther that very same night. He then went on to face Mr. Anderson, but lost after getting too cocky. On last weeks Turmoil he tried to brush off that loss as a fluke, and said he was going to prove at the Great American Bash that he is a Champion in his own right, the King of the KWF. He issued an open challenge for anyone in the back to face him at the Bash, and up stepped none other than CM Punk. The two jaw-jacked in the ring, with Punk questioning Dolph’s King status, and Dolph questioning Punk’s proclamation of being the Best In The World. He pointed out that Punk has not won a match since losing to The UnderTaker at WrestleMania, and that beating him at the Bash would be a formality. The video ends with the duo staring one another down, as we head back to the arena and Justin Roberts introduces King Dolph. During both entrances, JR and Regal question Dolph’s comments on Punk’s form, and how he has lost quite a few times since Mania. JR: “I don’t care who you are, people suffer dips in form, it’s inevitable. As Punk alluded to, facing The UnderTaker at WrestleMania takes a lot out of you, just remember how many superstars down the years have taken months and months off after losing to The Deadman on the Grand Stage. Punk didn’t take any time off, he just needs to find his rhythm again.” Regal: “I agree that everyone has dips in form, but my problem, and Dolph’s, is how Punk can continue to call himself Best In The World when he has proven time and again over the past few months that he isn’t.” JR: “We’ll just have to wait and see William.”
King Dolph vs. CM Punk
Punk doesn’t seem to be lacking in confidence despite his losing streak, rolling his wrists as the match begins. They go straight into a collar and elbow tie-up, before Punk goes behind and has his arms around Dolph’s waist. Dolph tries to grab his hair, and his leg, and manages to reverse it and go behind Punk. Punk elbows his way out, before hitting a headlock takedown and getting Dolph in a side headlock. Dolph manages to get to his feet, and reverses that as well, downing Punk with the same move. Punk gets to his feet and pushes Dolph against the ropes. He leapfrogs, then ducks, and finally hits a kick across the chest, sending Punk to the canvas and causing him to roll to the outside and regroup. The fans boo Ziggler as Punk tries to get him back in the ring, but the referee stops Punk from exiting. JR: “Punk doesn’t seem to be suffering any ill effects of confidence, he’s started this match well.” Dolph reluctantly steps back into the ring, but Punk hits him with kicks before he has a chance to assert himself. He hits one to the head, sending Dolph down again, and Punk covers, but gets only Two. As both men get up, Dolph moves fastest and kicks Punk, before hitting a neckbreaker, getting a One-count on the cover. The King is on top now, stomping away at Punk. He hits an elbow shot to the shoulder, as the fans chant for CM Punk. Dolph tells them to shut up. He hits a jumping elbow on Punk, getting another One-count. He stomps Punk again, before lifting him up to go for another neckbreaker, but Punk turns it into a backslide and gets Two. Both men get up and Dolph hits a big clothesline, getting a Two-count this time. Dolph then applies a variation of the crossface submission. Punk gets to his feet though and gets free with a back suplex. They get to their feet and Punk hits Dolph with rights, before throwing him into the corner. He races over and nails a knee to the face followed by a bulldog. He covers and this could be it, One! Two! – “No, only Two” says JR and the match continues.
The contest goes on and the fans are really into it, as are the commentators. JR: “Two of the most impressive performers in the business today, and the future of this industry.” Regal: “Indeed JR. Superb match up, but I still think the King is in control here. Punk seems to be at his peak performance, but Dolph still has a further gear or two to go into I’m sure.” Punk hits a swinging neckbreaker, before heading to the top rope, but Dolph sees this and rolls out of range. Punk is forced to get down again, and when he goes over to Dolph, gets a shot to the gut, before Dolph leaps on his back and applies a sleeper hold. Punk holds his hands out to try to grab the ropes, but he can’t reach. Dolph has the move on and Punk is struggling. He is visibly wilting, as Regal claims this match is as good as over. Punk goes down to one knee, but as the referee is about to check his arm, he gets reaches back and flips Dolph over his shoulder. Punk then leaps on him and quickly applies the Anaconda Vise. Now it’s Ziggler who is in trouble. He raises his hand as if he’s about to tap out, but refrains himself from doing so. JR: “Dolph is going to tap! You can sense it! CM Punk is on the verge of breaking his losing streak!” However, Dolph manages to just about reach out and hook the bottom rope with his foot. The hold is broken and Regal praises the King. “That was brilliant awareness, you can see how he won King Of The Ring. Beating three men in one night makes this seem like child’s play.” JR: “It’s far from that William, look how heavy Dolph is breathing.” King Dolph is indeed gasping for air, and gets floored by a bodyslam. Punk heads back up to the top rope, before pointing to the sky and flying off to hit an elbow drop. He covers and hooks the leg, but only gets Two and nine tenths! The fans can’t believe it, but this match continues. Punk signals for the GTS, and the fans cheer. He waits for Dolph to get to his feet, before lifting him on his shoulders. He shouts out “Best in the World!” before *BAM!* Zig-Zag!!! As Punk lifted Dolph off his shoulders, Dolph maneuvered himself in the air to grab Punk round the neck and turn it into a Zig-Zag! He hooks the leg. 1… 2… 3!
Winner: King Dolph.
Dolph looks almost out of it, like that Zig-Zag was on instinct more than anything, but as he struggles to get to his feet, the referee raises his hand. Regal: “I told you so. King Dolph, a worthy winner there.” JR: “It was an impressive finisher, but Punk dominated that match for large parts. He will be devastated that he’s lost it, and had he hits that GTS would surely have been victorious.” Regal: “Well he didn’t and he wasn’t, so hopefully now Punk will stop wearing that stupid t-shirt and admit that he is not even close to being the Best In The World. Long live King Dolph!” Ziggler celebrates up the ramp as a recovering Punk looks on before putting his head in his hands.
There is an image of a bird flying through the air. It soars high above a landscape, where we see images over the top of KWF Superstars battling it out. It glides over the sea, which also has wrestling images across the water. The bird eventually lands, on top of an arena. It starts to flap its wings and the image freezes while the bird is at it’s biggest wingspan. The background fades to black and the bird becomes a ‘T’ as the word ‘Sovereignty’ appears around it. At the end of the word, the number 4 fades in…
We see a video package focusing on Randy Orton’s Intercontinental Championship triumph at KWF’s WrestleMania. Orton defeated Matt Morgan, The Rock and Dolph Ziggler in a Fatal Four Way match and has since been a dominant Intercontinental Champ. A voiceover from him says: “It shows how much this Belt means to the industry. Matt Morgan chose to carry this instead of the United States Title when he earned the right to unify the Belts. John Morrison has held this Title, so has Ziggler – a man who’s now King of the KWF. If he’s King, then what am I?…” The video fades into a clip of Christian Cage’s high and low career points and we see that his last great hoorah in the KWF was over a year ago when he faced Edge at 2011’s WrestleMania. Edge has since retired and gone on to be GM while Christian sets his sights on Championship glory once again. The Rated R General Manager has been Tag Team Champions with both these superstars and Edge will take great interest in this match. Who will come out on top? Can Christian Cage reignite his career or will The Viper spurn his ambitions and raise the Intercontinental Title once again? We find out next!
Randy Orton vs. Christian Cage – Intercontinental Title match
The bell rings and the two men lock up with Christian breaking it by raking the eyes of Orton early. The ref tells him off, but the rake angers Orton and he runs at Cage for a clothesline, but Christian ducks and then as Orton turns round he slaps him square in the face! JR: “What has he got a death wish?! What’s he doing?” Regal: “Christian’s a smart fellow Jim, he knows what he’s doing. Anger the Viper to make him fight angry and make a mistake. It’s textbook really.” Orton seethes as we then watch a chase occur. Christian sprints out of the ring and around ringside and Orton tries to keep up with him. Christian goes by the timekeeper’s corner, taunting Orton, daring him to come over. Orton marches toward him and Cage steps up onto the barricade. He flies off attempting a cross-body on the oncoming Viper, but in one motion Orton catches him in mid-air, swivels and plants him with a powerslam! A huge move that could shift the momentum and the crowd are on their feet. We watch as we see a glimpse of Edge watching this match from the Skybox alongside Madison Rayne. Orton goes up to Christian, but Cage scrambles to crawl under the ring. Orton pulls him by the legs, but Christian manages to kick him away and crawl under. Orton then rolls in and out of the ring to break the referees count. He looks under the apron and then proceeds to crawl under as well, but all of a sudden we see that Orton’s kicking his legs frantically. JR: “He seems to be in agony, what’s going on here?” Regal: “I’ve been saying this for years, we’ve got to put cameras under the ring. Doesn’t matter if Hornswoggle lives there.” Orton’s in pain, and we then see a lack of motion in him as his legs stop kicking. Christian then crawls out beside him and he pulls Orton’s body from under the ring and JR can’t believe it: “He’s unresponsive, damn near unconscious, what the hell did Christian do under there?” Regal: “I don’t know Jim, but the Title could change hands. Come on Christian!” The crowd boo as Christian smirks before picking up Orton’s dead weight and plumping him toward the ring apron. He finally rolls him and nonchalantly he puts a forearm on Orton’s chest. The ref doesn’t know what happened, but has to count; One! Two! – Ohh and Orton kicks out! Regal: “What?!” The crowd start chanting Orton’s name and there’s a flicker in his eyes as he begins to fully wake up. Christian yells at the referee and meanwhile the camera zooms into Orton’s neck showing red marks. JR: “That devious Christian, he must have choked Orton under the ring.” Regal: “With camera cables probably. How come there’s cables under there but no cameras?… I digress.” Christian stomps at Orton’s body and the crowd boo as he’s blatantly mocking Orton’s old ‘around the limbs’ body stomp. Cage looks toward the Skybox and smiles as he steps toward the corner. JR: “A Spear? You can’t be serious, that’s Edge’s move!” Christian lines up for it as Orton eventually gets to his feet, but as Cage attacks Orton lifts his foot to boot him right in the face. Orton on instinct then grabs Cage, turns him round and drops him with his patented inverted headlock backbreaker. The crowd cheer, but after the move Orton drops to one knee. He holds his throat and spits out blood. The crowd chant ‘R-K-O!’ ‘R-K-O!’ but the Viper is unresponsive. This time away from Christian allows Cage the opportunity to get up. He crawls behind Orton and the crowd boo as Cage seems to be mimicking Orton’s pose right before *BAM* Christian nails an RKO! Christian nails Orton with an RKO and the crowd is stunned. JR yells: “Oh my God, not this way, the man was spitting up blood for God’s sakes!” One! Two! Counts the ref. JR yells: “No! Not like this! Not like this!” Three!
Winner and New KWF Intercontinental Champion: Christian Cage.
JR: “We have a new Intercontinental Champion.” Christian has his hand raised as the referee waves down medics to come to the ring. JR says that the referee saw Orton spit up blood and he had every right to stop the match. Regal says that there’s no evidence that Christian did anything underhanded to win this match: “I saw an RKO, from Christian, and a cover, from Christian, and a victory for Christian and that’s all that matters Jim. Christian wins fair and square haha.” JR responds: “This is ridiculous, the whole world saw that something wasn’t right. That match would have gone on a lot longer if Orton was okay, but Christian done something. He done something under the ring that caused Orton’s downfall. The Viper is legitimately hurt damn it and Christian’s stolen the Intercontinental Title.” Cage has his hand raised as the new Champ and we see Edge in his Skybox shaking his head.
As the medics check on Orton and take him away the comms change tracks to discuss the upcoming KWF World Tag Team Title match. Regal: “It’s preposterous Jim. Edge has stacked the deck against his old foes and it’s purely for selfish reasons. He doesn’t want The Dudleys as Champs and so he puts them in a Triple Threat, what kind of fair General Management is that?” JR: “Aw William, we went over this on Turmoil. Bubba Ray and Devon are the one’s gloating in Edge’s face each week that they still have their careers and that they’re still at the top of Tag Team wrestling. Their ‘compliments’ to Edge are false, but Edge doesn’t take it personally at all. What gets to him is that The Dudleys often cheat to win and they get away with it. Edge has met each team in the middle with a Triple Threat Tag now and that’s the fairest way to go about it. I can’t wait, this is going to be a slobberknocker.” The Dudleys enter with Tag Gold in their grasp and William Regal says that they’re his favorite tag team bar Mason Ryan and Rob Terry. Bubba and Devon are booed all the way to the ring and then we hear ♫the music of LAX♫ «< click to play) and down the ramp march Homicide and Hernandez. JR reminds us that LAX were hitmen for Hogan and Flair under their regime and since Edge’s takeover they’re finally having to earn their stripes in the KWF. Regal: “Homicide and Hernandez haven’t been together on House Shows for almost 4 years now Jim, nearly as long as the KWF’s been going in fact. I cannot comprehend how TNA did not keep them together, they’re such a force.” JR: “Yes, but perhaps TNA were looking at building Beer Money and the MotorCity Machine Guns at the time.” Regal: “So? Their creative team can’t handle more than two good tag teams?” JR: “Actually, Pro Wrestling in general has had a tag team slump over the past five years. TNA splitting teams up doesn’t help and WWE having teams such as the Uso brothers on NXT, that doesn’t help either.” We watch as LAX wait at the foot of the ramp. Their music cuts and The Usos emerge on stage to perform Siva Tau (watch an example HERE). But before we know it a fight breaks loose at ringside. Bubba Ray and Devon attack LAX from behind, but Homicide and Hernandez are not strangers to street-fighting mentality and it’s not long before the battle evens out. The referee tries to get order as The Usos don’t complete Siva Tau and they sprint to ringside to join in the fight. Bubba Ray soon gets Homicide into the ring and the referee calls to officially start the match.
The Dudleys vs. Latin American eXchange vs. The Usos – Triple Threat Tag match, KWF World Tag Team Titles on the line
The Usos step away from Hernandez as Devon goes to his corner and the referee finally gets some order. Bubba Ray takes it to Homicide, nailing him with a back elbow in the corner. Hernandez has none of it though and he comes in to thump Bubba Ray. The referee does his best to hold Hernandez back, but Homicide is then free to scramble toward The Usos corner and he tags in Jey. JR: “Triple Threat Tag Team rules are very astute. Only two men can be in the ring at once, not three. That means that one team will always have the opportunity to rest.” Regal: “Yes and I don’t think it was part of the plan, but it seems like LAX are going to have a foothold on this contest, because it’s an Uso and a Dudley who’s legal.” The crowd chant on Jey Uso as he goes toe to toe with Bubba. Bubba dares him to hit him and even says that he’ll close his eyes. Jey goes for a move but Bubba opens his eyes and straight boots Jey right in the face. Regal laughs: “Haha, that pillock. He actually fell for it.” JR: “The Usos are still young and they’re learning first hand that The Dudleys often take these cheap shots.” Bubba holds Jey in position while Devon reaches in to tag his partner on the shoulder. Devon comes in to punch Jey hard in the ribs. JR: “Oh come on, ref!” Regal: “Haha, JR you’ve missed a trick. It’s Triple Threat, Triple Threat equals No Disqualification remember?” JR: “Damn it you’re right. It’s gonna be survival of the cheatest in this one.” Regal: “Haha, it’s only cheating if there are rules Jim and there are none in this one.” LAX watch on, 100% in the corner while Bubba and Devon isolate Jey Uso. Jimmy pounds the turnbuckle to get the fans going and they cheer on Jey. The legal Devon goes to LAX’s corner and tags in big Hernandez. “You take’m!” he commands after dumping Jey to the canvas. Jey crawls as much as he can, but Hernandez comes in and grabs him by the hair. He throws him toward The Dudleys corner and Jey tags Devon back in. The crowd applaud as Hernandez barks in his native tongue and Jey can finally get a breather, but as he sets to go to the apron, Bubba Ray boots him in the ribs once more and Jey falls hard to ringside. Hernandez and Devon go at it while Bubba laughs and mocks Jey. However, Jimmy Uso’s had enough and he runs along the apron to dropkick Bubba to the floor! Bubba gets up and yells at Jimmy. We see Jey crawl behind Ray and the fans erupt as Jimmy flies off the apron to dropkick Bubba again, but this time he tumbles backward over Jey. There’s a roar of laughter from the audience as Regal besmirches how The Usos have disrespected The Dudley Boys. Hernandez has Devon down for a cover, gets One, gets Two – no, a kick out and SuperMex tags in Homicide. Homicide brings some speed to the match, waiting for Devon to get up before targeting him and bringing him down with a headscissors. The Usos regroup in their corner as Bubba gets back to his. He calls in for a tag, but Devon’s isolated by LAX now. Bubba taunts Hernandez from one corner of the ring to the other. This causes SuperMex to come in illegally and so Bubba comes in to grab Homicide from behind and land him with a Bubba Bomb. The Usos look on as Ray gets back to his corner and reaches in as if nothing’s happened. Both Homicide and Devon are down and The Usos make a move. Jey climbs to the top turnbuckle of his corner and Jimmy runs to the empty corner and goes up top there too. The audience gasp as both men perform Snuka-like splash’s, Jey to Homicide, Jimmy to Devon and now it’s the Usos turn to try take a foothold of this match. JR: “What a superb display that was. This could be their time William, The Usos may win the Tag Gold for the first time here in the KWF!”
Jimmy drags Devon’s body to his corner and Jey quickly goes to the apron to tag Devon and get in the match. He runs to cover Homicide, gets One, gets Two – but no, Bubba Ray comes in to break the count. He punches Jey away and gets up to stomp at Homicide as well. Hernandez comes in and now all hell breaks loose as Jimmy Uso comes in too. Devon is by the corner, trying to get up but Jimmy runs at him to squash him with his back side, much like his dad Rikishi used to do. The referee can’t get order as the fight goes on. Jey Uso tries to slug it out and match Bubba and Hernandez, but the two bigger superstars grab him and toss him over the top rope and hard onto the floor. Jimmy goes to check on his brother while Bubba and Hernandez go toe to toe. Regal: “These two are giants of tag team wrestling, they don’t take no jip from anybody and Bubba’s showing him who’s the master here.” As Regal finishes his sentence it’s Hernandez who shows what he’s got and he takes Bubba Ray up for a delayed vertical suplex. JR: “Good God that’s impressive!” Meanwhile we watch as The Usos regroup and they reach under the ring apron for Tables! JR: “They’re trying to use The Dudleys own methods against them. These kids have got some guts William.” Regal: “Plenty of guts, just like their dad who once ran over Stone Cold Steve Austin. But using Tables against The Dudleys is only a plan. They must execute and I don’t think they will, they’re not clever enough.” The Usos wait until Hernandez finishes the suplex and then they slide the Table in the ring. We see that Devon is crouched at ringside, watching. The Usos get in the ring as Hernandez covers Bubba and they break the count after One to put the boots to SuperMex. Homicide comes flying in off the top rope for a dropkick on Jimmy and Hernandez gets up to lay an open palm slap over the chest of Jey. Jimmy’s rolled to ringside and Homicide measures as he runs against the ropes to dive through at Jimmy, but Devon shoves him out the way and Homicide eats nothing but barricade. Devon then slams Jimmy into the steel steps and makes his way back into the ring where Bubba and Hernandez are on their feet slugging it out again. Devon sets up the Table in the middle of the ring. He and Bubba then double-clothesline Hernandez over the top rope. Jey Uso gets up and Devon waits. He lifts him over the Table and Bubba flies into the shot on the far side and *BAM* Regal yells: “3D through the Table!” Bubba covers and Devon makes sure the ring’s clear as he and his brother retain the KWF World Tag Team Championships!
Winners and Still KWF World Tag Team Champions: The Dudleys.
♫The Dudleys music♫ «< click to play) hits as Bubba and Devon shove the referee to the floor and exit the ring to grab their Tag Championships. JR: “Those damn Dudleys!” Regal: “What’s the matter JR? It’s No Disqualification and The Usos were the ones who brought the Table into play. Haha, they might as well have given The Dudleys those Belts back.” Bubba and Devon carry their Championships up the ramp and raise them, pointing to Edge in his Skybox. Regal says: “The Dudleys have earned their Titles, they’ve earned the right to be called the greatest Tag Team of all time and now they’ve overcome a double challenge in LAX and The Usos.” JR finishes: “But look at them, still waving their Belts in front of Edge, taunting him and gloating about their glory. That’s no way to represent that best of this company. Damn those Dudleys!”
We see a graphic for Wednesday Night Turmoil hit the screen as commercial plays for this week’s edition, featuring all the fallout from tonight, and a question mark over how KWF General Manager is going to begin setting up the card for the next pay-per-view, Sovereignty 4. Read it all and more only at KWF Blogs this Wednesday. “It’s gonna be Turmoil!”
We are then shown a video package on the different paths taken by Bobby Lashley and AJ Styles since the split of the Thundercat faction in late 2010. Lashley went missing at Survivor Series that year, and was not heard of again until WrestleMania 2011, when he showed up in a black mask with scars all over his body to aid The UnderTaker in his match with Kurt Angle. It transpired that Lashley had been abducted by The Deadman, and tortured until his soul had been taken. Taker then moulded him into a monstrous beast, akin to his own image. Lashley went on destroying anything in his path, and almost ended the career of Triple H when he faced him for the WWE Championship at last years Bash. Going under the name of The Dark Side, UnderTaker and Lashley would terrorize the KWF all year long, and then at this year’s WrestleMania, Lashley faced Kane. The mute Big Red Machine clearly didn’t approve of The Absolute One, but in a titanic battle, it was Lashley who came out on top. The Phenomenal AJ Styles on the other hand went from being multi-time Tag Team Champion to being multi-time World Champion. After winning Money In The Bank at WrestleMania 2011, AJ went on to cash it in after being involved in a Triple Threat match with The Game and The UnderTaker, pinning The Phenom to win his first ever WWE Championship. Despite losing it to Wade Barrett a few months later, Styles kept his high standards up and went on to win the 2011 Royal Rumble, booking his place in the main event at WrestleMania 2012, where he triumphed over long-term rival John Cena to win the KWF Title. These two former friends, Lashley and Styles, came together last month as The Beast, under the tutelage of Paul Bearer, defeated AJ to win the Championship. What shocked AJ and the world was that he did it using technical wrestling, not just the vicious brawling that had become synonymous with the name Lashley. Styles was willing to invoke his rematch clause for the Bash, and give it another shot. However, as Lashley faced Sting in the main event of Turmoil, Edge said if Lashley won, he would pick the stipulation, if Sting won then AJ would. The Champion was victorious and Paul Bearer made the world’s hairs stand on end as he hollered “Hell in a Cell!!!!” Now AJ Styles gets his shot to win the KWF Title back, but he must do so in the Devil’s Playground, with the protégé of the man who owns Hell In A Cell. *BONG!*
The lights go out in the College Park Center as ♫the music of The Absolute Lashley♫ «< click to play) hits. He emerges behind the figure of Paul Bearer, who leads him to the ring. JR comments on how eerie it is that Bearer leading Lashley to the ring looks identical to the way he used to lead The UnderTaker and Kane. Regal says that any KWF Superstar who was looking forward to Taker hanging his boots up should hold the celebration, as he believes The Deadman has been reborn in the form of Lashley. JR says he anticipates that we will see Taker again in the KWF, but for now it’s Lashley carrying The Dark Side’s flame, and he does so with the KWF World Championship around his waist. Lashley gets in the ring, and raises his arms to raise the lights in typical Taker fashion. Then ♫Get ready to fly!♫ «< click to play) hits The Phenomenal One heads out to great fanfare. The crowd are cheering for AJ, who walks down to the ring without taking his eyes off Lashley. He eventually does to look up at the Cell, before stepping into the ring. He doesn’t take time to climb the ropes or salute the fans, he simply looks straight at Lashley. “AJ is all business tonight William. This should be a great contest.” “Don’t be so sure JR. If Lashley could beat him in a normal singles match, imagine what he can do to him inside this structure. I predict a very long and unsuccessful night for AJ Styles.”
The Absolute Lashley w/ Paul Bearer vs. AJ Styles – Hell In A Cell match for the KWF World Heavyweight Championship
As both men stare at one another, the Cell lowers around them until it reaches the floor. Regal: “If ever there was a time as a wrestler where I would say it’s okay to cry, being face-to-face with Lashley as a Cell lowers around you is probably it.” There are no tears from AJ however as the referee calls for the bell and our main event KWF Championship match is underway. Paul Bearer has remained on the outside of the Cell, but JR says hearing his high pitched whinings to Lashley will still likely be a distraction for AJ. Styles proceeds with caution as he eventually ties up with Lashley. They tussle, but The Beast clearly has the power advantage, and pushes AJ back into the corner. Styles slams into the turnbuckles, but tries not to show any effects as Lashley just stares back at him. AJ comes off the ropes and hits a clothesline, but Lashley barely moves. He goes for it again, and again, no movement. A third attempt, and this time Lashley holds out his hand and grabs AJ around the throat, but Styles kicks him to break it, before coming off the ropes again, ducking another counter attack by Lashley, and then rebounding back off the ropes to hit a flying forearm smash. This knocks Lashley back and he falls through the ropes and to the outside. He still lands on his feet, but AJ has the upper hand, and comes flying over the ropes to land on his opponent. The fans cheer as Lashley falls, but AJ is also hurt as his legs smashed into the side of the Cell on impact. JR: “Perfect example of why this match is so hellacious. AJ just pulled off an incredible move, but had to hurt himself in the process. That is what the Cell does to you, and that is what it takes to take down the KWF Champion.” Both men get to their feet at the same time, and AJ runs at Lashley, but nearly gets decapitated as Lashley hits him full force with a clothesline. The Absolute One now has control, and JR and Regal question whether or not Lashley will try and use technical wrestling to win again, or if he might ‘unleash The Beast’. It appears they get their answer as Lashley picks up the steel steps without much problem, and throws them into the ring. He then picks up Styles in a gorilla press, before throwing him, much like the steps, over the top rope and back into the ring. He gets back into the squared circle himself and stalks AJ, before picking him up and bodyslamming him onto the steps. He then comes off the ropes and hits a leg drop across his chest, with AJ rolling off the steps after the impact. JR: “My God, that could shatter a man’s spine or break his neck.” Lashley then picks up the steps as AJ retreats to the corner. He then launches the steps across the ring at his opponent, who moves quickly and is lucky to avoid contact. The steps make an almighty crash as they hit the ring-post and fall back to the outside. Bearer is encouraging the monster as he continues to terrorize AJ. He hits a running powerslam and gets a two count, before heading to the corner and ripping the turnbuckle pad off. He grabs AJ and goes to ram his head into the steel ring, but Styles blocks it, before elbowing Lashley in the gut and slamming his head against it. However, there is no ill effect from Lashley, who just looks back at him. AJ quickly rolls to the outside and seems to be contemplating how on earth he is going to down this beast.
The match continues with AJ trying his best to get on top, even playing Lashley at his own game by introducing weapons. He hits him several times with a steel chair, but despite some wincing, Lashley again seems able to take punishment like no other. Styles even manages an elaborate DDT as he comes off the ropes to hit a tornado DDT right onto the chair, but Lashley sits up just seconds later. The action goes to the outside once more as AJ is hitting Lashley with anything he can lay his hands on, and at one point, the duo tussle and it’s not clear who’s on top. But then as Styles steps away, we see that he has managed to handcuff Lashley to the Cell. The fans cheer as Lashley looks at the cuffs and pulls on them, realizing he is trapped. Paul Bearer is panicking frantically on the outside of the Cell. AJ smiles for the first time in the match, realizing that he has free reign to do what he wants to his opponent. So he heads over and grabs the steel steps that almost took his head off earlier on. He steps back, before running and throwing the steps himself. However, with one quick movement, Lashley pulls his arm forcefully so that the handcuffs snap and he punches the steps down. Regal: “Oh my goodness! Have you ever seen anything of the like before? He stopped those steel steps in mid air with his own fist!” JR: “Those steps are not made of aluminum foil, those are steel, and as heavy as anything. You saw how AJ struggled to even lift them, well Lashley swatted them away as if they were an annoying bug!” Lashley moves on to dominate again, picking up Styles and throwing him into the side of the Cell over and over again. Styles looks dead on his feet as he gets up, and is forced into the ringpost as Lashley is dishing out a real punishment. AJ then attempts a spirited fightback as Lashley throws him towards the other set of steel steps, but AJ springs up onto the them, onto the ring apron, and flies off at Lashley, but he gets caught and slammed into the Cell again. Lashley thinks he’s ended it, and so throws AJ back into the ring and covers, but Styles kicks out at the last split second. JR: “Such spirit and such heart from AJ, but in the long term perhaps not the right choice.” Regal: “No doubt, he should quit while he’s still got a career.” Lashley gets him to his feet again, and looks like he’s going to powerbomb him. He lifts him up, but AJ rolls through and over Lashley’s head, landing on his feet behind the monster and *BAM!* Pele! Styles hits a Pele which sends Lashley stumbling back and against the ropes. JR: “That startled him! Keep going AJ! Keep going!” Styles has a second wind and hits a standing dropkick, before heading to the apron and springing off the top rope to hit a flying forearm smash. This grounds Lashley, and AJ quickly heads to the top rope again, nailing a 450-splash! He hooks the leg and gets One, gets Two, and… NO! Lashley pushes AJ about five feet in the air with a kick out. Styles can’t believe it, and JR is almost hoarse with excitement. “I thought he had him, but by God this monster will never die!” AJ gives a look as if to say ‘What the hell do I have to do to beat this thing?’ He decides he’s going to go for the Styles Clash, and sets up for it, but Lashley lifts him up and hits an Alabama Slam. AJ lands hard and rolls to the outside. He’s coughing as that move took a lot of wind out of him. Lashley looks to Bearer, who nods in a kind of ‘Finish him’ way. But then, the lights go out. JR: “What the?” They come back on, but not the normal lights, they are blood red. All of a sudden ♫we hear the unmistakable music of a familiar masked demon♫ «< click to play). JR: “Good Lord! He’s back! It’s… Kane!!!” The Big Red Machine marches down to the ring as Paul Bearer looks too scared to move. Bearer is in his way, and pleads with Kane for mercy. Kane looks at this father, before tilting his head, and then hitting a hard right to send his poppa down. He then proceeds to approach the Cell. Lashley is staring straight at him from the ring. Kane looks back at him, and grabs the Cell door, before incredibly pulling it off! JR: “He just ripped the door off the Cell! This is almost identical to Kane’s debut fifteen years ago!” Kane walks into the Cell and steps over the top rope and into the ring. He and Lashley stare one another down, before as quick as a flash, Kane grabs Lashley around the throat and administers one of the biggest Chokeslams the KWF has ever seen! He looks down at Lashley who is motionless, before exiting the ring and heading back up the ramp. The referee meanwhile is almost shaking with fear in the corner, and AJ Styles is on the outside having witnessed it all. As Kane heads out of sight, the lights come back on as normal, and AJ Styles looks on, not sure what the hell to do next. So he decides to get on with things and climb to the top rope. He raises his hands to the audience, before leaping off and connecting with a huge Spiral Tap! He covers Lashley and the referee makes the count. One… Two… THREE!
Winner and New KWF World Heavyweight Champion: AJ Styles.
AJ rolls onto his back, clearly having had almost everything taken out of him in this one. We see that Paul Bearer is on the outside holding his face saying “No! No! Nooooo!” The referee heads out and back into the Cell to hand the KWF Championship to Styles, who has enough energy to raise it above his head. The fans cheer as The Phenomenal One regains the top Title in professional wrestling, and The Beast has been slain. AJ heads out of the Cell and up to the top of the rampway, before raising it above his head once more as JR closes the show out for us. “What a night here in Arlington, Texas! Some incredible matches, some incredible Title changes, and perhaps most incredible of all, The Phenomenal AJ Styles beats The Absolute Lashley in Hell in a Cell.” Regal: “With a huge assist from Kane you might add.” JR: “Kane certainly had a massive impact on this night, but it’s AJ Styles who holds that Title aloft, and so he should. He is truly Phenomenal, and I for one can’t wait to see what kind of fallout we’re gonna get this Wednesday on Turmoil. Be sure to join us folks. That’s gonna do it for us here tonight, we hope you’ve enjoyed The Great American Bash, I know we have. Goodnight from Arlington!” We fade out on the images of the new Champion AJ Styles and the fallen body of The Absolute Lashley.