*Boom! Boom! Boom! BOOM!* The inside sky is lit up in the Pepsi Center as ♫Turmoil’s opening video♫ «< click to watch) comes to an end and we begin a landmark edition of Wednesday Night Turmoil. Good Ol’ JR, Jim Ross brings us in as normal. “Welcome everyone to a very special night in the history of the Keystone Wrestling Federation. It is our first show since the three-year anniversary of the first ever Wednesday Night Turmoil, where the KWF was born. July 8th 2009 saw one of the most spectacular nights in our industry as the KWF brought together the defunct rosters of WWE and TNA Wrestling, and created the greatest literary entertainment show known to man!” William Regal comes in: “Don’t oversell it JR, our writers’ heads are big enough as it is, but it certainly has been quite an incredible three years. On the telly you fans have witnessed almost 1000 episodes of WWE Monday Night RAW. TNA Wrestling celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year and KWF is 3 years old. Fantastic. I can’t wait to see what the next twelve months hold.” JR: “Indeed. And we just want to take this moment to thank you, the fans, for reading every single week, whether it was TNA RAW, Impact SmackDown or Wednesday Night Turmoil, without you, this doesn’t happen, we don’t do this if you don’t read it, so thank you everybody for your loyal support. And please do keep spreading the word about this brand of literary sports entertainment. Now let’s get you some wrestling action!” JR goes on to mention that we will officially celebrate the third birthday of the KWF at Sovereignty 4 on July 22nd, before breaking down tonight’s card, including a hotly anticipated number one contender’s match for the Women’s Title between fierce rivals Mickie James and Melina, X-Division action as ‘Black Machismo’ Jay Lethal warms up for his Title shot against Austin Aries at Sovereignty when he takes on Sonjay Dutt, Samoa Joe will face Devon Dudley ahead of the big KWF Tag Title match at Sovereignty, and we have a mouthwatering main event fit for the occasion, as the two guys who will lock it up at the next PPV for the KWF World Championship, team up! It will be The Phenomenal AJ Styles and The Whole F’n Show Rob Van Dam versus King Dolph Ziggler and Hardcore Champion, The Big Show! “How will those two get along after their jaw-jacking last week on The Cutting Edge?” JR asks. Regal: “Well I hope they’re concentrating on the match, and not on the fact that our General Manager announced that they will face off at Sovereignty for the Title in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match! Quite astounding, and enough to put anyone off their stride.”
JR calms himself down as ♫the music of CM Punk♫ «< click to play) hits. The fans go wild and the man who used to call himself ‘Best in the World’ heads to the ring. JR reminds us that one of the most highly anticipated matches in KWF history has been set for Sovereignty 4, as CM Punk will take on the returning Kurt Angle. “Two of the greatest wrestlers this business has seen will collide.” Regal: “It’s not that highly anticipated JR. Punk has been on a losing streak to rival the Houston Astros.” JR: “True, but they won on Saturday night to break that streak, and Punk will be believing he can do the same at Sovereignty.” Punk enters the ring and has a mic in hand. “Ever since I challenged Kurt Angle to a match at Sovereignty Four, people have actually stopped me in the street and told me I’m crazy. CM Punk, a man who up until WrestleMania people were willingly calling the Best in the World, wearing t-shirts and chanting to that effect. Now I’m crazy for wanting to take on an Olympic Gold Medalist one-on-one. Honestly, I can’t say I blame them. I’ve lost every match I’ve had ever since that night on the Grandest Stage of them all when I got beaten by The UnderTaker. In the build up to that match, The Deadman kept on reiterating over and over again how he wanted to face me because I was the very best competition he could have had. If anyone was going to end Taker’s Streak it was me, the Best in the World. Well look at what happened, he beat me, and not only that, I have gone on a losing streak which not only has people ridiculing the very notion that I am the Best in the World, but that I’m even good enough to compete at this level anymore. But this isn’t the first time in my career that I’ve had people doubting me. There were doubts when I walked into the gym and was the only guy not to have veins popping out of every muscle. When I turned up on ECW and was the only guy who didn’t drink. When I had to beg and plead with a certain former Chairman to get a WrestleMania match on the undercard against Rey Mysterio, and it took me hi-jacking a Live Monday Night RAW just to get the recognition to eventually become Champion. Now I’ve been knocked down, taken down a peg or six, but it’s okay, because I am CM Punk, and I’ve made a career out of proving doubters wrong. And so that is why at Sovereignty Four, I don’t want Kurt Angle in a one-on-one single fall match. If I win that match, there’s a big window for people to say it was a fluke, or bad call by the referee. No, I want Kurt Angle, one-on-one, in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match!” The crowd cheer, as pretty quickly, ♫Angle’s music♫ «< click to play) hits and the Olympic Gold Medalist comes out to the stage. Angle: “Hold it right there Punk. First of all you challenge me to a match, and like the gracious and noble Olympian that I am, I accept, even though I will likely end your career at Sovereignty. Then, you make excuses for your losing streak, claiming that UnderTaker cursed you or something…” Punk interrupts: “I am not making excuses for anything Kurt! My losing streak is all on me, I get that, but all I’m saying is form is temporary, class is permanent.” Kurt laughs and shakes his head. “There you go again. Just face it Punk, you’re not that good, you were never that good, it was all hype. I am ‘that’ good, and as for your little challenge, not only do I accept, but instead of best out of three falls, why not make it a Three Falls match!?” The crowd murmur as the comms wonder what Angle’s getting at. He continues: “We go for Three Falls no matter what. Three Falls, because beating you in two would be fine, but when I beat you three to zero, maybe then you’ll realize that it’s time for CM Punk to leave the building. I know how much you suck and I’m tellin’ you, I will beat you Three-Nothing Punk, I guaran-damn-tee it” Punk can’t believe the audacity of Kurt, but decides to take him up on his offer. They stare intently at one another while JR and Regal comment. “Punk and Angle in a Three Falls match, first ever time we’ve had it William. As Kurt said, he thinks he can beat Punk Three to Nothing. He wants to humiliate him, and while beating him in a two-out-of-three falls match would be big, this would be a real kick in the teeth for Punk if Angle were to pull it off.” Regal: “And the form Punk has been in, he may well do that. I don’t think Punk has thought this through.” Punk looks on with a steely determination as Angle exits.
When we return from commercials we hear ♫the music of The Miz♫ «< click to play), and the outspoken superstar heads to the ring. He gets on the mic and the fans start to boo before he has even spoken. “Shut up! It’s my time now! I have been ignored for long enough! Ever since Edge took over I have been overlooked time and time again, when we all know that my name should be top of the card! I have main-evented WrestleMania, I have beaten John Cena at WrestleMania, I am a former WWE Champion, and I deserve more TV time, more Blog-time and for that matter, I deserve a Title shot.” Miz turns around and looks up to the Skybox where Edge is usually situated. He demands that Edge provide him with an opponent, so he can show the world exactly what they’ve been missing, and prove to Edge that he has been ‘wrong as usual’ to overlook him. We can’t see Edge, but soon after Miz’s request; ♫It’s a shame that they lost their heads, a careless man could wind up dead!♫ «< click to play) The Celtic Warrior Sheamus emerges, and comes down to the ring for an apparent match with Miz, who doesn’t look as cocky and brash as he did a few moments ago. JR: “What Miz failed to mention was that all his accomplishments have come in World Wrestling Entertainment, not on KWF Blogs. If Miz wants to make it big here he better be able to back up that mouth of his.” Regal: “Oh give him a chance JR.”
The Miz vs. Sheamus
As the match begins, JR reminds us how these two faced off on Turmoil just over two months ago as the Celtic Warrior defeated the Awesome One in a King of the Ring qualifier. Sheamus went on to reach the Final of the KOTR Tournament, only to come up short against Dolph Ziggler in an epic encounter. He looks mean and angry here as Regal points out how he may not have gotten the anger from losing that night out of his system. “The King of the Ring Final, a number one contenders match for the Intercontinental Title, a number one contenders match for the KWF World Title – Sheamus has lost them all. I mean we talk about CM Punk not doing so well, Sheamus here needs to answer for his run of losses in my opinion.” Sure enough it is the Irishman who is the aggressor early on, firing Miz with rights in the corner. He launches him across the ring, slamming his back into the turnbuckles. JR: “Well, Miz did ask for more TV/(Blog) time and a chance to prove himself, so here he has it, proving that he can consistently get his backside handed to him by Sheamus.” Regal can’t argue as Sheamus is totally dominant here, picking Miz up and slamming him down with a running powerslam. He continues to work over the shaken Miz as he has him on the apron, before ramming his famous forearms across the chest of his opponent ten times. He hits an Irish Curse backbreaker, before covering and getting a near fall. JR praises Miz’s guts for kicking out, but believes he is simply putting off the inevitable. Sheamus heads to the apron, before launching himself over the top rope to shoulder barge Miz down. He gets to his feet and beats his own chest, chanting “Brogue! Brogue! Brogue!” He sets up for the Brogue Kick, but as he goes for it, Miz ducks and *BAM!* Skull Crushing Finale! JR: “From outta nowhere! And Miz covers! One… Two… and… NO!” Sheamus gets his shoulder up at the last split second. Miz can’t believe it, but still seems dazed after the beating he has taken so far. He wearily lifts Sheamus and hits him with a few shots, followed by a knee into a neckbreaker. He covers again, getting another near fall. Regal comments on how impressed he is that Miz has gained control of this match having been dominated for so long. Miz shoots Sheamus into the corner, before hitting his trademark running clothesline, throwing Sheamus back down into the middle of the ring as he sits on the middle ropes looking out to the crowd. He tells Sheamus to get up, but the Irishman is struggling. He lifts him himself, propping him upright in the middle of the ring. He seems to be measuring him up for something, then races against the ropes before *BAM!* Brogue Kick! Sheamus hooks the leg and gets One, gets Two and gets Three!
Sheamus has his hand raised as ♫his music♫ «< click to play) hits again. JR: “Well I guess it was Sheamus’ turn to hit a move out of nowhere, difference being he put his opponent away. There’s certainly no losing streak with Sheamus, he’s full of confidence with this victory here.” Regal: “Where did that come from? I mean honestly, he looked out on his feet, but as Miz was winding up for a big move, Sheamus booted him in the mush. Blimey.” Miz is out cold as Sheamus exits victoriously up the ramp.
We are shown a video recap of the events occurring on last week’s Wednesday Night Turmoil. It was the night of July 4th and while most were in a great mood, KWF’s General Manager Edge was having an evening full of problems. During the show we witnessed Panther and Kaitlyn defeat Layla and Drew McIntyre. Kurt Angle addressed CM Punk and Tyler Reks competed against the Hardcore Champion, the Big Show. We saw a clash of titans as Mark Henry faced The Absolute Lashley. Lashley a beast, who emphatically made an example of Henry, showing his adversary Kane that he may be set for the same fate at Sovereignty 4. Christian Cage put the Intercontinental Title on the line and The Cutting Edge returned to accommodate World Champion AJ Styles and number one contender; RVD. To catch up with what happened click HERE and Read July 4th’s Wednesday Night Turmoil!
Backstage we see Mick Foley walking the halls and KWF interviewer Jeremy Borash catches up with him. Foley is in a good mood and he says that he’s looking forward to Sovereignty 4. JB gets down to business though and asks: “Mick you’re still the Hardcore Ambassador here in the Keystone Wrestling Federation. Have you been in touch with Edge? Do either of you have any ideas as to who is going to be next in line to challenge Big Show for the Hardcore Championship?” Mick smiles and says: “JB, I’m always talking to Edge. At the moment there are no front runners who want to try take the Hardcore Belt off Show. But there are always superstars that want to compete, who want to excel and who want the opportunity at perhaps a new way of wrestling.” JB: “So basically, superstars want to compete for the Hardcore Title, but don’t necessarily want to face Big Show?” Foley: “Exactly. We’re looking for someone to step up JB, that’s all I can tell ya for now.” JB thanks Mick for his time and sends it back to ringside.
JR and Regal discuss the state of the Hardcore Championship while ♫Samoa Joe’s music♫ «< click to play) hits and the former Hardcore Champion makes his entrance. The comms concur that no matter who challenges Show next, they’ll have to be at the top of their game because not even Samoa Joe could defeat the World’s Largest Athlete. Regal: “Big Show’s been most impressive as Hardcore Champion Jim. I personally can’t wait to see whom he decimates next.” ♫The Dudleys music♫ «< click to play) hits and out comes Devon. The crowd boo him, but cheer as Joe’s not waiting around. He exits the ring and goes at Devon at the foot of the ramp. Devon tries to fight back, but Joe rams him back-first into the ring apron and then rolls him into the ring.
Samoa Joe vs. Devon Dudley
*Ding!-Ding!-Ding!* goes the bell as the referee is immediately down for a cover. Joe gets One, gets Two – but Devon kicks out. Regal: “Come on Joe you idiot. You can’t defeat Devon that easily.” JR says that The Dudleys have been in the form of their lives, defending their KWF World Tag Team Championships month after month. “Now Edge has found a new team to try take the Gold from them and I like how Joe and Bryan look, they could defeat The Dudleys at Sovereignty 4.” Regal: “You’re getting way ahead of yourself Jim and so are these pathetic Pepsi Center fans. Joe’s a singles competitor and so is Bryan. Yes they’ve won tag team matches, but key word is team and as far as I remember; they haven’t pulled off a double-team move yet. The Dudleys will find them to be raw, granted, but if they wrestle their game – which they always do – then Bubba Ray and Devon will still be Tag Title holders come the end of Sovereignty 4.” The contest at hand goes in Joe’s favor in the early going, but Devon manages to bide his time as he goes to ringside. Joe follows, but Devon lures him into a drop-toe-hold and Joe’s head bounces off the bottom step of the steel stairs. The crowd boo as Devon gets Joe up and back into the ring. He covers and he has his foot on the rope for leverage, but the referee sees it and refuses to make the count. JR says that this is singles competition, telling us that it’s Joe versus Devon tonight and next week we’ll be seeing Daniel Bryan against Bubba Ray Dudley on Wednesday Night Turmoil. “Normally Devon may have gotten away with a foot on the rope. In a tag team match the referee has all kinds of distractions. But not tonight. In singles competition Devon is out of his element and Samoa Joe is called the Samoan Submission Machine for a reason and there it is William (Joe fights back to grasp Devon in the Kokina Clutch) this one’s over!” Devon taps out and the crowd chant as if banging drums ‘Joe!’ ‘Joe!’ ‘Joe!’ ‘Joe!’ ‘Joe!’ ‘Joe!’ ‘Joe!’
Winner by way of Submission: Samoa Joe.
Joe gets hand raised and Devon rolls out of the ring and to the arena floor. JR talks up how impressive Joe was, but Regal defends Devon stating that tapping out was the smartest thing to do. “Why should Devon exert himself for our GM and for these people? It’s the Gold that matters. Joe has this win under his belt, but I’m telling you, The Dudleys will be the ones walking away with the Gold at Sovereignty 4.”
We are backstage where King Dolph is walking the halls. He has his crown on and he walks in his robe with scepter in hand. He soon smiles as he sees Kaitlyn outside the Chicks locker room. “Hey Kaitlyn, how’s the shoulder feeling after last week?” Kaitlyn looks a little worried about seeing him, but answers: “Err, good thanks. I can lift Hornswoggle all the way over my head again now so…” Dolph: “Hey, that’s great. I was really worried about you. Unlike that animal of a tag partner of yours. Panther’s actions were irresponsible and reckless, and he didn’t even care about you enough to check if you were okay.” Kaitlyn: “Well he actually had a busted knee and couldn’t walk, so I guess that might be an excuse.” Dolph: “That’s no excuse. Your shoulder was already hurt when he tried to show off by taking out McIntyre and geniusly injure himself.” Kaitlyn: “Really? You’re gonna lecture people about showing off? You?” Dolph: “So where is he? Off on promotional stuff again? While I, King Dolph, am in the main event here in Den…” Dolph gets a hand on his shoulder, and turns around to see Panther standing right behind him, looking very pissed off. Panther: “I thought I told you two weeks ago to back off?” Dolph: “Well I thought I told you, it’s not your decision to make. I asked Kaitlyn to be my Queen, and she hasn’t given her answer yet, so as far as I’m concerned, it’s fair game.” Kaitlyn: “Game? I’m not Buckaroo over here.” Panther: “She doesn’t need to give you an answer, you know full well what it is Ziggles.” Dolph: “Don’t call me Ziggles, it’s King Dolph to you, peasant!” Panther: “You really wanna do this? You want to prove who the better man is? I know I do, so how about it then Ziggles, once and for all, me versus you at Sovereignty Four?” Dolph pauses, then looks over at Kaitlyn and smiles. “Tell you what, I’ll face you at Sovereignty, and the winner… gets Kaitlyn!” Kaitlyn looks appalled at the suggestion. “Excuse me?! Yuck, can’t believe I just said that. Anyway, I am not some prize to be won like a stuffed toy at a carnival!… Hello?!” She is frustrated because neither man appears to be listening to her, they are just staring intently at one another, until Panther says “Done!” and storms off. Dolph blows Kaitlyn a kiss, before heading off down the hall in the opposite direction to Panther. Kaitlyn is left gobsmacked. She looks down and sees Hornswoggle holding a box of Buckaroo, clearly wanting a game. She sighs and says “Not now” before walking off. Hornswoggle is left looking sad as JR and Regal evaluate what just went down. Regal: “So it’ll be Panther against King Dolph at Sovereignty, and the winner gets Kaitlyn?” JR: “I wouldn’t be so sure William. Kaitlyn certainly doesn’t seem to be willing to be a prize. And so she shouldn’t. She’s a beautiful woman, not a Title Belt!” Regal: “Oh I dunno JR, I wouldn’t mind having her wrapped around my waist, wahey!” JR: “Goodness, the girl could be your Grand-daughter.” Regal: “Ha, she could be your Grand-daughter. Ageist!”
We’re back at ringside and ♫Mickie James’ music♫ «< click to play) hits. The crowd cheer as the tron rises and James makes her entrance. JR: “Ladies and gentlemen we thank you for being with us. This is Wednesday Night Turmoil and we’re about to see this rivalry between Mickie James and Melina come to a head right here in this upcoming number one contenders match-up.” Regal: “Ahh yes Jim, nothing better in the summer than two peaches battling it out within those yellow KWF ring-ropes. I’m glad Edge put this match together, I’ve been looking forward to seeing these two Chicks finally meet in the ring.” JR reminds us that Melina returned to the KWF last month and she’s often got in Mickie James’ face, one even costing her the KWF Women’s Championship. Now James has an opportunity at getting another shot at AJ’s Title. Can she overcome the devious hellcat Melina? We find out next Live on Wednesday Night Turmoil!
Mickie James vs. Melina – number one contenders match for the Women’s Championship
Melina gets a chorus of boos upon her entrance and Regal is warped into a trance as he compliments the KWF Board. “Appointing Edge as the General Manager was always an iffy decision with me, but this whole Rated R thing is genius. These Chicks come out baring some finely tanned skin each and every week.” JR: “Aren’t you married?” Regal: “Err, well I err.” JR: “Never mind.” The match gets underway and we can tell by Mickie’s expression that she’s sick and tired of all the intrusions from Melina in her matches and her attacks backstage. Regal says that it’s a two-way street because Mickie has also started scruffs with Melina outside of the ring. JR says: “That’s true, but it’s never been from behind and never has Mickie cost Melina a match. Unlike Melina, who cost James the Women’s Championship at The Great American Bash.” The comms tell that these two Chicks have had plenty of run-ins in the past and in the KWF it came to a point where they respected one another so much that they became friends. But since coming back from injury, Melina’s been trying to take the spotlight that she felt Mickie stole. The spotlight that James was basking in while Mel was down and out, and in Melina’s eyes, the fact James never called to see how she was or sent a get-well card has irked Melina and now she wants to take everything that’s precious to Mickie – including the next opportunity at the Women’s Championship.
The contest goes back and forth throughout. The audience are at the edge of their seats as we see the differing styles of Melina and Mickie James unravel. Regal: “I love how Melina screams when she slams Mickie’s face into the canvas Jim. Almost like it’s an exclamation point on the move. It’s very entertaining.” JR: “It’s ear-deafening is what it is.” Melina covers after a bulldog and gets Two. She then stomps away at James, but Mickie has enough energy to dropkick her opponent in the knees and Melina goes face first into the bottom turnbuckle. James gets up and tries to corner Melina, but Mel fights back, putting Mickie toward the corner. Mickie then comes back with her patented headscissors takedown out the corner and this may be the move she needs to swing momentum completely. She crawls for a cover, gets One, gets Two – but no, Melina kicks out and the action continues. Both Chicks battle to their feet and Mickie sets for a spinning back kick, but Melina catches her leg and slams her toward the canvas so that she’s doing the splits. The crowd gasp ‘Ohhhh’ as JR says that Melina’s used to that kind of flexibility, but Mickie’s certainly not. Mel then opportunistically leans over Mickie to grab her from behind. She rolls her out of the splits and backward into a pinning predicament. Mickie’s legs are motionless and her shoulders are canvas-bound and Melina gets the Three.
The crowd boo as Melina gets to her feet and arrogantly poses and taunts the audience. Mickie James is consulted by the referee and she looks ever so disappointed. JR says that Melina showed her vicious side, countering a kick that sent Mickie into the splits. “She probably couldn’t kick out because of how much that hurt.” Regal besmirches: “Oh well boo hoo. Isn’t that the whole point of a counter Jim? What we’re meant to feel sorry for Mickie because Melina defeated her? Haha, this is just the beginning. Melina’s back and she’s well and truly on fine form. She’s number one contender now and AJ better watch out at Sovereignty 4. She hasn’t faced a hellcat like Melina yet.”
We’re in the Skybox of KWF General Manager Edge. He’s on the phone to someone. “Okay so it’s confirmed. Next week, Turmoil is emanating from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and to celebrate in true Rated-R style, we’re going to have a Chick Fatal-4-Way match between four of the loveliest Canadians you can imagine. Angelina Love, Gail Kim, Maryse and Natalya. I know, they’re gonna love it. Alright, hey I’ll probably see you there right?.. You’re gonna come?„ Awesome, I look forward to it. See ya. Ay! Haha.” Edge hangs up and turns to see a folded armed Madison Rayne standing behind him looking none too happy. “What’s up Honey Kitten?” Madison: “I couldn’t help but notice that you’re putting on a huge Chicks match in Calgary next week, and that I’m not part of it.” Edge: “Yeah, well I don’t know how to say this Madison but… you’re not Canadian.” Rayne turns away. “When I became your… Assistant, I was so happy to finally have a chance to get to know you better, get to know the real Edge. But I guess I figured that maybe you’d get to know me better, see my potential and give me chances. Not hand them to me on a plate, but to just let me show you and the world that I can beat anyone.” Edge: “And you’ll get chances, just like everyone else. It’s just that next week is a special Canadian show, a preview to Sovereignty, and I thought it would be a good idea to have an all-Canadian match-up. But don’t worry, you’ll get your chance soon enough.” He gives Madison a hug and reassures her. We hear JR say he’s still not convinced by Madison and her motives for trying to get so close to the General Manager. Regal says that JR just doesn’t understand love.
We hear ♫the music of Kane♫ «< click to play) overplaying a video package that takes us through a timeline of the Big Red Monster’s career. October 5th 1997: we hear a soundbite of Vince McMahon: “That’s gotta be Kane! That’s gotta be Kane!” as Paul Bearer introduced the world to the brother of The UnderTaker. Kane debuted at WWF’s Badd Blood: In Your House pay-per-view, interfering in a Hell in a Cell match between Taker and the Heart-Break Kid Shawn Michaels. It was one of the most memorable debuts in the history of this industry. The UnderTaker’s expression is unforgettable and we watch the scene of Kane ripping off the Cell door before slinging the referee like a discus into the side of the Cell. Kane steps over the top rope and adjusts his glove before standing face to face with his brother. Kane’s mask, his attire is incredible, red and black and it covers almost his entire body. He marks his debut by Tombstoning The UnderTaker all the way to hell! Kane and The UnderTaker feud the following year, during which time their history vis-à-vis one another was expounded. Kane won his first competitive match against Mankind at Survivor Series of ‘97. In weeks prior on WWF’s Monday Night RAW, Kane had randomly attacked several other superstars including Ahmed Johnson, the Hardy Boyz, Flash Funk, and Cactus Jack/Mankind’s alter ego, Dude Love. The UnderTaker initially refused to face him, saying he would not fight his own “flesh and blood.” After a brief partnership, Kane betrayed his brother when he cost him the WWF Championship; against Shawn Michaels at the 1998 Royal Rumble. After the match, Kane locked The UnderTaker in a casket and set it on fire, though it was later revealed that Taker managed to escape the casket without being seen before the fire was lit. This provoked The UnderTaker into returning to face Kane at WrestleMania XIV. Kane was defeated by The UnderTaker after three Tombstones. After the match Kane and Paul Bearer attacked The UnderTaker. They continued to feud until Unforgiven, when The UnderTaker defeated Kane in an Inferno match. On May 19th 1998, Bearer was revealed to be an employee at the funeral home in Death Valley owned by Taker’s parents. When Kane and The UnderTaker were children, claimed Bearer, The UnderTaker “accidentally” burned down the funeral home, killing their parents and leaving Kane with physical and mental scarring. At the time, though The UnderTaker thought that Kane had perished in the fire. During an episode of RAW thereafter, Kane and Bearer ostensibly exhumed the parents’ bodies and brought them to the arena. Bearer, who survived the fire, hid Kane in a mental asylum as he grew up and went on to form an alliance with The UnderTaker. After suffering mistreatment at the hands of The Deadman, Bearer opted to bring Kane into the WWF in order to gain vengeance upon Taker. Kane is portrayed as being psychotic, demented, extremely violent, twisted, disturbed, unstoppable, isolated and at peace with insanity. It was revealed that Paul Bearer is Kane’s father, a half-brother to The UnderTaker.
Like his half-brother, Kane is able to summon fire and bolts of lightning at will. The wrestling world finds this out as Kane’s path continues. Kane went on to bounce in and out of rivalries with The UnderTaker and he often won Championships as his career progressed; defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Title on June 28th 1998 and twice holding the Tag Team Championships with Mankind. He had stints in factions such as The Corporation, D-Generation X and he even had a girlfriend, Tori. As part of a tag team with DX’s X-Pac, Kane famously used an electrolarynx to aid him to speak. He became popular with the fans and Tori somewhat humanized him. His first unaided words were the DX slogan “suck it.” Kane and X-Pac won the WWF World Tag Team Titles twice. X-Pac though turned on Kane, as did Tori and the Big Red Monster went on to tag with Rikishi at WrestleMania 2000 against ‘Pac and Road Dogg where he would gain Vengeance for X-Pac and Tori’s betrayal. Kane’s mask changed over time to show the lower part of his face. A part where he would go on to freely speak. He again bounced in and out of cohesiveness with his brother. At Royal Rumble 2001 Kane entered 6th, lasted almost an hour and eliminated eleven other superstars before finally losing as runner up, getting eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin. This Royal Rumble match was a milestone for Kane. He went on to become a Hardcore Champion. Then he and Taker dominated the tag team scene as the Brothers of Destruction until The Two-man Power Trip (Stone Cold and Triple H) broke his arm. Kane then returned to defeat Triple H for the Intercontinental at May 20th’s Judgment Day pay-per-view 2001. This made Kane a Grand Slam Champion, the first in fact to hold WWF/E’s Hardcore Title, Tag Team Titles, Intercontinental Title and WWF/E Championship. The Brothers of Destruction were then an essential part of the WCW/ECW Invasion storyline through 2001-2002 where he rivaled Big Show, Kurt Angle and the New World Order. Kane also had Tag Title victories with The Hurricane and later Rob Van Dam. A de-emphasized story between Kane, Triple H and Katie Vick happened in between his two Tag Title runs. WWE then had Eric Bischoff make Kane remove his mask completely on June 23rd’s RAW, 2003. In an interview with Jim Ross at Conseco Fieldhouse, it became apparent that Kane’s facial scars were actually mental scars. At the end of this interview, Kane, believing that he was being mocked, attacked JR and set him on fire. The unmasking rendered Kane emotionally unstable, on one occasion drove him to Tombstone Linda McMahon (Vince McMahon’s wife) on the RAW stage. This action sparked a feud between Kane and Linda’s son, Shane, with Kane defeating Shane in a Last Man Standing match at Unforgiven 2003, and an Ambulance match at Survivor Series on November 16th that year. During the latter event, Kane interfered in a Buried Alive match between Vince McMahon and The Undertaker, helping McMahon bury The Undertaker and win the match. The following month at Armageddon, Kane competed in a Triple-Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship against Triple H and defending Champion Bill Goldberg, a match which Triple H won. Royal Rumble, January 25th 2004: Kane took part in the Royal Rumble match. He was eliminated after hearing the *BONG* from The UnderTaker’s entrance music, distracting and distressing Kane and enabling Booker T. to eliminate him. Over the following weeks, Kane repeatedly insisted that The Undertaker was “dead”, only to be met with various paranormal incidents such as a rainstorm localized over the ring in which he stood. The UnderTaker finally returned at WrestleMania XX with Paul Bearer at his side, defeating Kane.
Kane then became less of a monster and less feared by all. Without a mask and without upper body attire, Kane’s level as a superstar was diminished. But in the Keystone Wrestling Federation, Kane has never been unmasked. He has never shown the lower part of his face; always wearing his original mask and his original attire. The KWF is where the very best of Pro Wrestling past, present and original come together and the original Kane is very much a part of our organization. In 2010 Kane rivaled Matt Morgan and former KWF superstar Outlaw and the three of them fought over the Intercontinental Championship. Kane then left for some time before returning in time KWF WrestleMania 2011 where he competed in the Money in the Bank Ladder match. At that very same pay-per-view, The UnderTaker maintained his WrestleMania Streak by defeating Kurt Angle. This was where we were introduced for the first time to The Absolute Lashley. Kane and Taker’s paths would rarely cross as the Keystone Wrestling Federation maintained a strict two-show dynamic where, at the time, TNA RAW and Impact SmackDown would have their separate set rosters. As it turns out, The Absolute Lashley is The UnderTaker’s protégé and Taker goes on to admit that he abducted Lashley after Survivor Series 2010. Bobby Lashley was not seen from November 2010 until WrestleMania 2011 and Taker had turned him into a beast in his very own image. The Absolute One had a black DareDevil-like mask on. He performed moves like The UnderTaker, he even sat up like The UnderTaker (and just like Kane too). April 24th 2011:Kane defeats Bill Goldberg in KWF’s opening match at the Turbulence pay-per-view airing from Lyon, France. KWF ReBirth, May 22nd 2011: Kane defeats Sting and Shawn Michaels in separate matches on the same night. This is where the KWF dub him as the Masked Demon. This is where he becomes feared more than he ever was before. This is where Kane raised the (then) TNA World Heavyweight Title. Kane was successful in retaining the Belt via various defences until he lost it in an Elimination Chamber match on Sunday 24th July 2011 at KWF’s Sovereignty 3. A year has passed since and Kane had gone on to be courted by Why So Serious. The Masked Demon would slowly shake his head, refusing to join Jeff ‘The Joker’ Hardy’s stable. At KWF Casino Warfare 2011 Kane lost to The Joker in a number one contenders match for the TNA World Championship. He went on to compete for the Title again, at KWF Survivor Series 2011 where he was unsuccessful in a Joker’s Playground match against Joker, CM Punk and Chris Jericho in a Fatal-4-Way. Meanwhile, through the summer of 2011 and toward winter, The UnderTaker rivaled Triple H for the WWE Championship and The Absolute Lashley clashed with former Thundercat friend AJ Styles. Lashley and Taker would go on to lose to D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) at the very same Survivor Series where Kane lost the Joker’s Playground match. Kane was not pinned though. Instead he was goaded away from the match by Why So Serious’ Monster Abyss. The contest was famously won by CM Punk. We fast forward to the 2012 KWF Royal Rumble where The UnderTaker returns to cost CM Punk the KWF Championship and The Absolute Lashley competes in the Royal Rumble match. Taker goes on to dub Punk a worthy challenger to his WrestleMania Streak (a match which Punk lost) and of course, fresh in our memories is the fact that The Absolute Lashley and Kane faced off at KWF WrestleMania 2012. Lashley won the match and Kane was thereafter replaced by an urn, signaling that the Masked Demon’s soul had been bottled. Neither The UnderTaker nor Kane had been seen since ‘Mania, and Taker’s still off the scene, but after AJ Styles knocked the urn from Paul Bearer’s hands in the build-up to The Great American Bash; it was soon apparent that this marked the returning of Kane. Kane came back at the Bash, interfering in Styles and Lashley’s Hell in a Cell match, ripping the Cell door from its hinges just like he did on his 1997 debut. It was the rebirth of Kane and now we are on our way to Sovereignty 4. Will Kane get retribution? Can he defeat his brothers own hand-picked protégé? It’s Kane versus Lashley Part II on July 22nd’s Sovereignty 4!
Back at ringside the crowd are quiet and the comms are stunned after re-living the history of Kane. The comms concur that The Absolute Lashley has the advantages of Paul Bearer and the teachings of The UnderTaker as well as a WrestleMania victory over Kane. However, Kane was reborn after the drop of the urn. His soul was released and his appearance at The Bash was remarkably like the one in ’97. Their match at Sovereignty 4 could be a show-stealer. What a night that will be. The air changes as we hear ♫Ohhh Yeeeaaahhhh♫ «< click to play) the music of Jay Lethal. ‘Black Machismo’ makes his Macho-like entrance and the audience are on their feet as we get set for some high octane X-Division action. Regal: “That trip down memory-Kane made my heart stop, but the X-Division will light it up for sure.” JR: “You’re not wrong William. Lethal versus Sonjay and that’s next!”
‘Black Machismo’ Jay Lethal vs. Sonjay Dutt – Austin Aries on commentary
We’re back from commercials and the match is already underway with these two former friends trading move for move in this exhibition of X-Division wrestling. The comms tell that during the break the X-Division Champion Austin Aries has joined them on commentary. Aries and Regal get along, mocking JR as this contest unfolds. A jumping calf kick from Lethal takes down Dutt and Lethal goes top turnbuckle and targets his opponent. Dutt is up quickly, but he can’t avoid Lethal who nails him with a double sledge from way up high. Lethal covers, gets One, Two – but Sonjay kicks out. JR: “Sonjay Dutt and Jay Lethal have been ever-present in the KWF. Dutt was released by TNA though, only to recently return as part of their Ring Ka King project and now back on Impact Wrestling. ‘Black Machismo’ was released by TNA last year and so far has not been recruited by WWE or back in TNA. These two gentlemen once had a great friendship, but it was tarnished as they fought over Knockout So Cal Val in TNA. In the KWF neither of them have held the X-Division Title, but Lethal has his chance coming at Sovereignty 4 against” Aries cuts in: “Against me, against Austin Aries, A-Double – JR, I’m the greatest man that ever lived, they know who I am and they don’t care about either of these superstars. Doesn’t anybody get it yet? I defeated Daniel Bryan, I defeated him twice as a matter of fact and nobody will take this Championship from me. Jay Lethal thinks he’s got it all figured out; ride the wave of the fans and help their momentum get him to the top. I don’t know, maybe he thinks some kind of Macho Man divine intervention will help. But nothing will work. I’m the greatest man that ever lived and I do not intend to drop this Belt for anybody.” Regal applauds Aries’ confidence and we watch on as Sonjay Dutt gets back into the contest. He takes Lethal down with a tornado DDT from out the corner and now he sets for his new finisher; the moonsault into a double foot-stomp – but no, as he goes to execute, Lethal rolls out the way and Dutt slams his feet into the canvas. Sonjay turns to run at Lethal but gets caught in a Lethal combination! The crowd roar as we see Austin Aries stand up. Lethal heads to the top rope and succeeds in driving Sonjay right in the heart with a Macho-like diving elbow! He hooks the leg, gets ‘One!’ ‘Two!’ and ‘Three!’
Winner: ‘Black Machismo’ Jay Lethal.
♫Jay Lethal’s music♫ «< click to play) hits and the referee raises his hand. We see Austin Aries try to come in and attack, but Lethal is vigilant to it. The crowd cheer as Aries backs off the apron and he frowns angrily, disappointed that he couldn’t get at Lethal from behind. JR: “Aww, he was trying a cheap shot was Aries, just like he did to Daniel Bryan before his last Title defense.” Regal: “Shut up JR, you don’t know what Mister Aries is thinking. He was testing the water that’s all. The man is as confident and conscientious as they come. He won’t let Lethal take that Belt at Sovereignty 4.
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 its 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, and the date of Sunday July 22nd 2012 appears at the bottom.
We’re backstage with JB for another interview. “What a spectacle Sovereignty Four is going to be. So many matches already confirmed such as Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan against The Dudleys for the KWF Tag Team Titles, Jay Lethal versus Austin Aries for X-Division Gold, AJ Lee will take on Melina in defense of her Women’s Championship, Kurt Angle will be up against CM Punk in a Three Falls match, King Dolph faces Panther, and of course the main event that everybody wants to see, The Phenomenal AJ Styles defends his KWF World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. What a night it promises to be when the KWF officially celebrates its third anniversary, it’s going to be like another WrestleMania! But ladies and gentlemen, joining me at this time is a man who will not have to defend his Title in his home country of Canada, I am of course talking about the Intercontinental Champion, Christian Cage.” Christian steps in and JB asks him about his ad hoc Title defense against Zack Ryder last week. Christian says he doesn’t understand why he’s been so scrutinized simply for giving a popular guy a chance to shine. “I didn’t have to give Ryder a Title shot, but I like the kid, and so I acted like the noble Champion I am and gave him a chance.” JB says that Edge’s opinion is that Christian set up his own Title shot against what he considered to be an easy opponent so that Edge couldn’t give him a harder match at Sovereignty. Christian: “Well that’s very disrespectful to Zack Ryder if I may say so, and yes, I now have twenty-three days before I have to defend this Title again, but that’s besides the point. I know that ever since Edge became GM around here he’s been on a bit of a power trip, but that’s understandable. But I am the Intercontinental Champion, I am Captain Charisma, heck, I’m the vital element and I’ll decide what’s good for this Belt.” He exits.
JR states his belief that Christian is showing classic signs of jealousy, suggesting that he is trying to avoid Edge making any decisions for him. Regal argues that he’s well within his rights to invite competition and put the Belt on the line, but JR agrees with Edge’s theory that Cage is simply trying to beat Edge to the punch by naming a challenger “who never really had any chance of beating him. Ryder has potential, but Christian fought that match to stop Edge from putting him up against a real challenger at Sovereignty.” Before Regal can come back, the ♫music of the Big Show♫ «< click to play) hits, and we’re ready for our main event.
Big Show & King Dolph vs. Rob Van Dam & AJ Styles
Both Van Dam and Styles get huge pops from the Denver crowd, and they don’t seem too fazed about teaming up, although there is a little disagreement about who is going to start the match. Eventually, AJ smiles and concedes as RVD will tie up with Ziggler. They lock it up, and Dolph goes on the attack, but Van Dam picks him off with kicks, several of them, finishing with a spinning back kick to the face and Dolph flies over the top rope and to the outside. Big Show yells at Dolph to get up as RVD faces Styles and does the ‘Rob Van Dam!’ thumb-taunt as we head to commercial.
When we return, AJ has Dolph down in a headlock in the centre of the ring. JR explains that he tagged himself in and now Van Dam is forced to watch on from the sidelines. Dolph manages to work his way out of the headlock, but gets taken down but a headscissors from Styles, and then a standing dropkick. AJ is breaking out all the moves in an attempt to outdo Van Dam. There are momentary glances every now and again, but the distraction proves costly as Ziggler reverses an attempted back body drop with a swinging neckbreaker. RVD shrugs his shoulders as both Styles and Ziggler are down and Dolph crawls across, making the tag to KWF’s Hardcore Champion. The World’s Largest Athlete comes in and immediately Chokeslams Styles! He covers and gets One, gets Two, but no, RVD comes in to break it. JR: “Some sort of teamwork between Styles and Van Dam, but the KWF Champion looks in trouble here.” Big Show shows his own Title credentials as he works AJ over, pummeling him in the corner, before hitting open palmed slaps across the chest, followed by a bodyslam. The referee tells him off for not having eased up in the corner and this is where Regal says: “That’s exactly why Big Show is the Hardcore Champion. There are no rules, no badgering referees that get in your ear all the time.” Show looks dominant as he struts around the ring, clearly feeling confident and proud that he is pounding the KWF Champion. He puts his hand across AJ’s throat again, but Styles breaks free with a series of kicks to the legs. Show swings with a right hand, but Styles ducks and JR shouts “Pele!” Show falls down like a tree, onto one knee as the crowd cheer and AJ is able to make the tag to Van Dam. RVD comes in and also uses kicks to take down the Big Show, including a side kick from the top rope. This sets Show up nicely for Rolling Thunder, which Van Dam hits to delight the fans. He heads to the top rope to go for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Ziggler races across to push him off. Van Dam lands hard on the outside, as Styles races over to knock Dolph off the apron. By the time RVD is back in the ring, Show is up. He goes for a WMD, but Van Dam ducks and comes off the ropes. Styles makes another blind tag as Van Dam gets thrown to the outside by Show, who then turns and gets a face full of AJ as Styles flies off the top rope and hits a forearm smash. Show stumbles back against the ropes, and King Dolph makes the tag. AJ doesn’t see this as he nails a dropkick on Show which sends him to the outside. He then notices RVD doing something. Van Dam is reaching under the ring and is pulling a ladder out. Styles asks him what the hell he’s thinking as the referee is doing the same. RVD places the ladder on the outside, and is climbing up it. JR: “Is he gonna? No, Five Star from off the ladder on the outside? Right on the Big Show?” That seems to be Van Dam’s plan, despite neither being the legal man. Regal: “Clearly getting some practice in ahead of Sovereignty, TLC and all that.” AJ is yelling at RVD to get down, until *BAM!* Zig-Zag from behind and Dolph covers AJ, getting One, Two and Three!
Winners: King Dolph and the Big Show.
♫King Dolph’s music♫ «< click to play) hits as Van Dam looks in the ring to see that his team have lost. He frowns and holds his arms out and says “What the hell?” Ziggler is ecstatic that he pinned the KWF Champion and we watch as Big Show rolls out the ring and makes to exit. Dolph Ziggler yells toward the camera, sending a direct message to Panther: “You see?! You see that Panther?! I am the King! And at Sovereignty, Kaitlyn will become my Queen, and there’s nothing you can do about it!” He celebrates off up the ramp, as RVD gets down from the ladder. He shakes his head, picks it up, slides it into the ring, then sets the ladder up in the corner of the squared circle. The music stops as he just looks down at Styles, emotionless. He then looks up at the ladder, and begins to climb. JR: “Lord no, don’t do this Rob! Your battle is at Sovereignty, not now.” Regal: “This is fantastic, it’s about time we saw some belly fire from these two. Do it Rob! Make your move!” Van Dam stands atop the ladder, as some fans are chanting for him to jump. He doesn’t take his eyes off of AJ, and then just sits down on top of the ladder, places his chin in his hands and continues to stare down at the World Heavyweight Champion. JR: “Thank God it appears that common sense has prevailed here, but Van Dam was seriously thinking about it. He’s just looking at Styles, but what is he thinking? Is he picturing how he’s going to beat AJ at Sovereignty, in fact he could be in this exact position come January 22nd.” Regal: “And you know he’s going to jump if given half a chance then. He’s a tease is what he is JR, a big tease!” JR signs us off, thanking everyone for reading as usual, and saying that next week’s show live from Calgary will be the last before the big one, Sovereignty 4. “Goodnight folks, from Denver.” As we fade out, Styles is just getting to his feet, and all of a sudden sees Van Dam, who is still staring down at him. They just look towards one another as Wednesday Night Turmoil fades out.