Posts tagged 'Black Machismo' Jay Lethal
Posts tagged 'Black Machismo' Jay Lethal
We fade in via a video montage reminding us of the conclusion of last week’s edition of Wednesday Night Turmoil. It was a night where the KWF General Manager invited World Champion AJ Styles and new KWF recruit Brock Lesnar to the ring, and Edge announced that Lesnar’s first pay-per-view match would be against AJ for the Title at KWF Royal Rumble. The night ended, for the second week in a row, with an F5 from Brock on the World Champion. ♫Wednesday Night Turmoil’s opening video♫ «< click to watch) plays and we come Live into the Oil Palace. The crowd are on their feet for the entrance of ♫Ooooohhhh Yeeaaahhhhhh!♫ «< click to play) ‘Black Machismo’ Jay Lethal and meanwhile, Jim Ross and William Regal bring us in on commentary. Regal reflects on how Turmoil concluded last week and he says that it’s nice to see that Edge is no longer playing favorites in the KWF. JR says: “Oh Mister Regal, I never thought Edge was playing favorites at all. AJ’s worked hard to get to where he is and I think that’s Styles’ biggest gripe with the GM in this instance. In fact most of the locker room has actively told Edge this past week that they don’t feel that Lesnar has any right to walk in here and get a Title shot right away.” Regal: “Well we’ll soon be hearing from the GM. There’s an interview lined up with JB and I think Edge should really lay down the law. Don’t take jip from the locker room Edge, it’s your show and it’s a bloody good one.” Lethal receives a great reception from the audience and the comms tell that KWF’s in the Oil Palace for the very first time. Austin Aries makes his entrance and the crowd boo. The comms tell that we have Lethal vs. Aries right now, Del Rio will take on R-Truth in a Hardcore match later on and as well as the Chickbusters vs. The Bellas, we’re going to be treated to a battle between two Royal Rumble participants; Mr. Anderson versus the British Invasion leader Wade Barrett.
‘Black Machismo’ Jay Lethal vs. Austin Aries
The bell rings and Lethal waves his arms a-la the late great Macho Man Randy Savage. Austin Aries smiles and they walk up to one another for a collar and elbow tie-up. However, it’s not all fun and games as Lethal would make it seem because Aries quickly puts on a side headlock and he takes Lethal to the canvas. Aries gets off him, stands up to drop a hard elbow, then another before going against the ropes, but when he comes back Lethal’s up and he lifts Aries by his leg for a flapjack. Aries lands hard on his stomach and uses the ropes to pull himself to his feet. But as he turns round, Lethal’s ready for him and so Aries dives out of the ropes and takes a moment to catch his breath. Lethal waves his arms once more and the fans loudly cheer in appreciation. Soon Aries gets back in the ring and tries to get some momentum going his way, but Lethal grounds him with a suplex and this leads to him waving his arms for the fans again. He covers for One, Two, but only Two and the match goes on. Regal: “This is what I don’t like about Jay Lethal. He’s always done this ‘Black Machismo’ gig in the KWF and I think it’s made it tougher for him to really identify who he wants to be. I mean, the man can go places, but why not keep your eye on the ball and focus on winning matches? That’s what this business is all about.” JR: “Winning matches comes with the persona William. And it’s not like Lethal’s mocking the Macho Man or putting his name down at all. I know for a fact that before Savage passed away, he was very happy with what Lethal was doing and Jay has continued his rendition of the Macho Man to pay respect to his memory and give the fans what they want. Lethal’s an excellent superstar. Finely conditioned and a great competitor in the ring. I personally believe that the Macho Man tribute boosts his confidence and thus does lead him to winning more matches.” We watch as Aries has gotten himself a foothold in this contest while the comms were in discussion. Aries shows off his showmanship side and performs his Pendulum Elbow, all the while flipping off the fans and then getting Two on a cover. JR says that Lethal does his Macho Man rendition for the fans, whereas Aries is a pompous show-off. Regal: “Well while you say the Macho Man ‘bit’ makes Lethal a better wrestler. I’d say Aries’ attitude of not giving a monkeys about these fans makes him live up to his status of being the greatest man that ever lived.” JR: “A self-proclaimed status.” The arrogant Aries goes to the top turnbuckle to attempt a Macho-like diving elbow. However, Lethal rolls out of the way and Aries crashes to the canvas. The tables turn and Lethal is able to drop Aries with a Lethal Injection and now the fans go wild as Lethal performs a proper Macho diving elbow and he covers for ‘One!’ count the crowd, ‘Two!’ and ‘Three!’
Winner: ‘Black Machismo’ Jay Lethal.
♫Lethal’s music♫ «< click to play) hits and the Oil Palace cheers and applauds for his performance. JR tells that Lethal has only once won the KWF X-Division Title and in 2013, he’ll surely be after the Gold again. ‘Black Machismo’ celebrates up the ramp, getting his year off to a good start and Aries kicks the ropes, frustrated at the loss back in the ring. JR: “And ladies and gentlemen I’m just being told that both Lethal and Aries will be in the KWF Royal Rumble! Throughout 2011, we had a few superstars burst out of the X-Division to try their hand at other levels. Daniel Bryan went for Tag Gold and even now, we’ve got Christopher Daniels and Kazarian in a tag team. Lethal and Aries are going to be in the Rumble – and that could mean an X-Division superstar could main event WrestleMania!” Regal: “Yes but that’s not all Jim. (He listens intently). Folks we’re just hearing that the man you just mentioned, Daniel Bryan, he’ll be in the Rumble, Alex Shelley will be in it and so too… will Styler! The Brit with the Busby Kick! Fantastic! With Styler in the Rumble and Wade at number 30, I predict a fine victory for the Brits and it will be Wade Barrett who main event’s WrestleMania! Excellent. Yes, this is brilliant news.”
We come to our weekly round-up of what happened on last week’s edition of Wednesday Night Turmoil. It was the first show of the year and we were Live in New York City’s Madison Square Garden – an arena that has been core to many wrestling memories. The Rated R GM saw fit to put on one hell of a show and as we already covered, Brock Lesnar was the man at the centre of attention when the night ended. However, it could be argued that it was Edge who was centre of attention given that the ultimate opportunist announced the KWF Title match for Royal Rumble. We witnessed an angry side to Gambit as Kazarian slapped the backside of Kelly Kelly and the distraction led to a loss for the Cajun. There was X-Division tag action, Alberto Del Rio challenged Sheamus for his Hardcore Title and the evening’s main event match was Randy Orton putting up the Intercontinental Title against Big Show! To take in all this and more, click HERE to read January 2nd’s KWF Turmoil!
We go to Jeremy Borash and, as promised, JB has an interview lined up with KWF’s General Manager Edge. Edge doesn’t receive the usual cheer he gets when he comes on screen and Borash says that many of the fans are asking the question: “Has Edge turned on AJ Styles?” Edge: “JB I understand that people feel that way and I’m disappointed in that because it’s not the case at all. AJ and I have been friends for quite a while and when it comes to Brock Lesnar, I didn’t intend to screw AJ over. This past week I have had calls, e-mails, tweets and texts from everyone from John Cena to Little Jimmy. They’re all asking about the terms to Brock signing back to KWF and JB I’ll tell you the same thing I’ve told everybody; the move is good for business and that’s all there is to it.” JB questioningly asks Edge about Brock’s pat on his back last week, but Edge says that Brock Lesnar thinks he has the rule of the KWF just because he’s getting his Title match. Edge, toward the camera: “Thanks Brock. Patting me on the back, establishing our relationship and having all the fans doubt me and who I am as a man. Well Brock you’re signed with the KWF now and while you may think you have me in your pocket, big man you got another thing coming. I didn’t tell AJ about you signing to the company and I put him against you in a Title match at the Rumble because it was good for business. Now, Brock, as my employee, I’m putting you in a main event match right here tonight!” The fans cheer as JB gets excited. Edge goes on: “Brock, in the KWF, everyone’s on a level playing field and considering the volume of complaints I got to the terms of your contract, the least I can do, in the interest of fairness is put you through a similar amount of pain as you’ve put AJ through these past two weeks. My KWF World Champion was F5’d at the last Turmoil of 2012 and the first Turmoil of 2013. You think you can get away with that Brock? No. You’re now an active wrestler just like everyone else and therefore, you face consequences for your actions when you face a Monster tonight.” JB: “Monster? Brock Lesnar’s going to face a Monster?! Which Monster would that be Edge?” Edge smiles: “You know, Abyss.” The scene cuts to reactions from the audience and the comms are in shock. JR: “Lesnar’s making his second coming in the KWF and he’s against Abyss, tonight?! This is huge!” Regal: “It’s bloody out of order is what it is! What the flibbering hell does Edge think he’s doing?! I thought he was going to be fair now?” JR: “Fair? Did you think two unprovoked F5’s were fair?! Wow, I can’t believe this. What a main event we have set for tonight. Lesnar versus Abyss, oh my God!”
We come back from commercials and Ricardo Rodriguez is in the ring, introducing Alberto Del Rio. JR and Regal tell that this upcoming match will be a Hardcore contest and Del Rio will have a chance at showing what he can do when it comes to survival in an extreme wrestling contest. Regal: “I think he’ll survive just fine Jim. R-Truth’s no Hardcore competitor himself. This’ll just be like a sparring contest in my view.” JR: “Oh I’m not so sure about that. Truth’s always up for a fight and don’t let his whacky wherewithal fool ya. Truth wouldn’t be here if he couldn’t cut it in the KWF and I think he may well surprise Del Rio tonight.” As R-Truth makes his entrance alongside Little Jimmy, he gets in the ring and asks for a mic. The referee ensures that Del Rio stays toward a corner. Truth looks toward the fans: “Oil Palace Texas!” the crowd cheer. “Wha” – but ohh no, Del Rio blindsides Truth and decks him from behind.
Alberto Del Rio vs. R-Truth – Hardcore match
The Mexican Aristocrat is wasting no time as he gets to work on Truth. The fans boo but Regal says “How stupid do you want to be? Fancy playing to the fans like that when you’ve got a competitor like Alberto Del Rio stood right next to you waiting for a Hardcore match.” JR: “Good forbid one should assume someone would have any sporting integrity.” Regal: “Are you joking? Del Rio has integrity coming out of his backside.” Del Rio is stomping Truth in the corner, and then orders Ricardo to look under the ring for weapons. Regal: “Now that’s resourceful, get Ricardo to get the weapons for him, then he can continue to pound on Truth.” Ricardo pulls out a steel chair, and slides it into the ring. Del Rio picks it up and swings at Truth as he gets to his feet, but Truth ducks it and slaps Del Rio across the face, sending the chair flying. He comes off the ropes and nails a Lie Detector. The fans cheer as Ricardo panics and looks under the ring for more weapons. Truth looks down and yells for Lil’ Jimmy to get him a weapon too. He sees the chair and picks it up, before looking down again and saying “Thank you Jimmy.” He strokes an imaginary head as Regal says “Barmy, he’s absolutely barmy.” Truth then waits for Del Rio to get to his feet and jabs him in the gut. He then backs off before swinging for the fences, but Alberto rolls out of the ring. Truth follows, but Ricardo then steps in the way of his employer. The fans urge Truth to nail Ricardo, and it seems that he is about to, only for Del Rio to come round on the blind side and clobber him with a 2x4. He places it across Truth’s neck from behind and starts choking him out. The fans boo as Truth loses consciousness. Del Rio rolls him back in to the ring and follows, looking cocky and taking his time. Truth begins to stir again, but Del Rio slams him in the arm with the wood. JR: “My God! He’s gonna break his damn arm!” Regal: “He always softens the arm Jim, just setting up for the Cross Armbreaker, only this time he has a two-by-four to help him.” He soon drops the weapon and waits for Truth to get to his feet, before applying the Cross Armbreaker and forcing the tap.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio.
Del Rio lets go eventually and celebrates his win. Regal: “Now tell me that he can’t be Hardcore Champion. He’s so refined and elegant, but he can still break a man with a weapon with the greatest of ease.” JR: “He is certainly a dangerous individual, and he’ll have silenced a lot of doubters tonight. But remember, at the Royal Rumble he’ll be facing Sheamus, a man who has been Champion for several months and who loves nothing more than beating on cocky, brash individuals just like Del Rio.”
We cut to Edge’s skybox where the General Manager is surrounded by KWF Chicks. They’re badgering and pestering him, all trying to talk to him at once, and they’re all asking for the same thing – a shot at AJ’s Women’s Championship. Edge: “Ladies, ladies, please, one at a time, and that’s not the first time I’ll have to say that this evening I hope (he smiles cheekily at the camera, breaking that third wall as if to give a wink to the fans).. Look, as it happens, I do still need a match for the Women’s Title at the Royal Rumble, and seeing as that is less than two weeks away, here’s what I’m going to do. I believe in equal opportunities here in the KWF, and each and every one of you deserves to get a shot really. Some of you may remember two years ago there was a special one off match where the KWF Chicks had their own Royal Rumble match, and the winner went on to have a Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania. Well this year we are going to have another Chick Rumble, but this time the winner will not get a Title shot at Mania, because by winning the Rumble, they will become the New KWF Women’s Champion!” All the Chicks look impressed and excited. Edge continues “There will be fifteen participants, and a Chick can only be eliminated by being thrown over the top rope and down to the floor, none of this going through the middle rope crap.” Eve Torres pipes up: “Isn’t that a little unfair on AJ as Champion, I mean, surely she’ll have to enter at number one if she’s defending?” Edge: “Actually, no. Nobody will enter at number one, because all fifteen of you will start the match in the ring, last Chick standing wins.” Velvet Sky says: “Wait, isn’t that just a Battle Royal?” Edge: “Shhh!” The Chicks converse about Edge’s decision as we fade out.
We come to a video package highlighting the journey made by Jack Evans from the Indy circuit to the KWF’s X-Division. The Californian debuted in Ring of Honor in November 2003, and straight away started to showcase his high-flying talents and innovative moveset, and rivaled with current KWF superstars Samoa Joe and Evan Bourne. He would become part of a faction known as Generation Next alongside Alex Shelley and Austin Aries, and one particular highlight for Evans was his performance in a tag match against CM Punk and Colt Cabana. Evans would soon move to TNA where he became a part of Team Canada (despite being American), but this stint was short lived. He competed in the fabled Dragon Gate promotion before returning to ROH, and in 2006 featured in the short-lived MTV series Wrestling Society X. In 2008, Evans joined AAA where he became a part of The Foreign Legion, ironically under the leadership of Konnan. Evans enjoyed much success in Mexico, winning Tag and Cruiserweight Gold. However, last year he appeared on KWF television for the first time, wowing audiences with his high-risk moves and picking up enough victories to force himself into the picture for the X-Division Title. Last month he was interrupted by current Champion Rey Mysterio and his former leader from AAA, Konnan. Evans didn’t argue, but instead went straight to Edge and got himself booked in a Title match for Starrcade. Evans impressed at the final pay-per-view of 2012 and looked set to become X-Division Champion, only for Konnan to get involved and cost him that chance. However, Edge decided that Evans deserved a rematch, and so at the Royal Rumble it will be Evans versus Mysterio again, with Konnan banned from ringside. How far can Jack Evans go in the KWF? Can he defeat the great Rey Mysterio for the X-Division Title? Time will tell as the KWF Royal Rumble draws near.
When we return from commercials it is time for Chick action as ♫the music of Women’s Champion AJ Lee♫ «< click to play) hits. She is followed by her Chickbuster pal Kaitlyn as JR talks up the state of the KWF Chicks. “Women’s wrestling is probably as competitive as it’s ever been. We have a popular Champion, and in just a week and a half we’ll be treated for a 15-Chick over the top rope Royal Rumble.” Regal: “I am enjoying the Chick Division at the moment Jim. They give it their all every night, and unlike elsewhere, they’re never told to hold anything back. If they want to try and show up the men, well I say good luck to them. Ms Lee could probably beat several of them the way she’s going at the moment.”
AJ & Kaitlyn vs. The Bellas
As the match begins with Kaitlyn up against Brie Bella, the commentators recap the recent history between AJ and her BFF. JR: “They came into the KWF as best friends, The Chickbusters, as they so affectionately called themselves, and both have enjoyed success. AJ Lee became Champion, but then lost the Title to Madison Rayne. The Queen Bee took it a step further and viciously attacked AJ after the match, injuring her and putting her on the shelf. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn had become the prize in a war between Panther and Dolph Ziggler, through no choice of her own, and was effectively ‘won’ by King Dolph when he defeated the Black Cat at the Sovereignty pay-per-view last summer. Kaitlyn was forced to be Dolph’s Queen, but shunned his repeated advances, so instead he decided to punish her. He appointed The Beautiful People as additional Queens and they helped make Kaitlyn’s life a living hell. However, Dolph still held a flame for the Houston Chick, and arranged for her to win the Women’s Title from Madison, thanks to help from Angelina Love and Velvet Sky. In an effort to free her from Dolph’s Kingdom, Panther cut a deal with Madison Rayne, which Kaitlyn agreed to, by which she would forge a false rivalry with Rayne and put her Title and Queen-ship on the line. Kaitlyn lay down as soon as the match began and handed the win to Madison. She had lost the Women’s Title, but she had won her freedom and ran back into the arms of Panther. However, a returning AJ Lee was furious that her friend had been in cahoots with the Chick who had savagely injured her, and found it very hard to forgive Kaitlyn for what she felt was betrayal. Kaitlyn spent weeks trying to explain that she also detests Rayne, and that it was simply the only way she could be free of her oppressive surroundings under King Dolph. The two would clash at Survivor Series when they were the last two left in the Women’s Title elimination match. Lee won after a hard fought battle, and that seemed to an end to any ill feeling as they embraced afterwards. Now, with AJ as Champion, Kaitlyn will get a chance, along with thirteen other Chicks, to take the Title from her at the Royal Rumble, and the Bellas could be looking to get an early advantage by softening the Champ up here tonight.”
The match itself has gone back and forth, with Kaitlyn starting well, but some twin magic after the Bellas caused a distraction led to the fresh Nikki coming in and taking control. She worked over Kaitlyn and tagged well with Brie, isolating the Texan. The Bellas attempt a double suplex, but it’s blocked, and then Kaitlyn shows a superb amount of strength to hit both with a double suplex of her own. The fans cheer as she crawls across and is able to make the hot tag to AJ. The Women’s Champ comes in and is all fired up. She hits a series of flying clotheslines on both Bellas, before firing Nikki into the corner. Kaitlyn comes back in and throws Brie into the corner to join her sister, and then she launches AJ into them. JR: “Great teamwork from the Chickbusters there!” Regal: “When they’re on the same page they can be quite formidable.” The referee has lost control and he tries to restore order, as Kaitlyn lifts Nikki up in a Fireman’s Carry, before dropping her onto her knees. AJ heads to the top rope before pointing in the air and doing a Macho Man style hand movement, and then coming off to nail a Flying Elbow. JR: “That’s the second time we’ve seen that move tonight, clearly a tribute to her old trainer Jay Lethal!” Lee pins and gets a simple Three.
Winners: The Chickbusters.
AJ and Kaitlyn hug as they celebrate their victory. JR: “What an impressive win, and just like at Survivor Series, they worked so well as a team. That will give them both a great advantage in the Chick Rumble.” Regal: “It’ll be every woman for herself Jim, but you’re right. They could team up and ensure that they are the last two remaining, just like at Survivor Series. It promises to be a fascinating evening.” Kaitlyn lifts AJ onto her shoulder as Lee holds the Women’s Championship and the fans cheer them out.
Backstage we have a camera crew following Brock Lesnar and he bursts into the General Manager’s skybox. “Edge! What the hell do you think you’re doing? I’m not going up against Abyss tonight, my first match back is for the Title, it says so in my contract!” Edge: “No genius, it says that your first pay-per-view match is for the Title, but when it comes to Turmoil’s you’re an active KWF wrestler just like any other superstar and therefore the match tonight goes ahead.” Brock shouts angrily and he says that facing Abyss isn’t like facing AJ Styles: “They’re two completely different wrestlers to handle. What am I supposed to do?” Edge: “Well in UFC you had all heavyweight type fights so I’m sure you can handle Abyss. Oh wait, you were thinking that Styles is Champion so you can walk in here and take the Belt by swatting him away like a fly right? Well for starters, you’re a sucker if you believe that. AJ Styles will be able to compete with you toe to toe at the Rumble and Brock, after what you did to him over the last two weeks, the least you can deal with now is Abyss.” Brock becomes increasingly angry again, as Edge suggests that Lesnar better go and get ready. Brock storms out and now, we hear the fans cheer in the background as the scene fades on Edge.
We go to a clip of Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian in a strip club. Daniels pays more attention to his Appletini than any of the ladies, but then Kaz stands up: “Man this sucks, these girls are no good.” Daniels: “Well what did you expect?” Kaz: “I don’t know. I was looking for a hottie to fit my every need, like Kelly does for Gambit. But none of these chicks can even swing around a pole all that well. Kelly’s the best at it man.” Daniels gets Kaz to sit down and the two of them stare intently at the strippers/pole dancers on stage. Daniels says that none of these girls live up to K2 because she was once an exhibitionist. “Think about it man. She may as well have been a hooker. When she debuted in ECW it was all about her stage show, her ass and oh look, when Why So Serious leave KWF, she goes back to stripping – she’s a common whore. You don’t want any piece of that.” Kaz: “Man, but that’s why I do. She seems so easy and I just want a chance at pinging her G-string and showing her my Flux Capacitor.” Daniels: “Nice.” Kaz: “I mean, I can’t get her out of my head. When she was in that pod in the Impact Zone the other week, honestly dude, she drove me wild. Imagine what it’s like to actually have a girl like her.”Daniels says that Kaz isn’t going to find a girl like Kelly here and the only real Barbie out there belongs to Remy LeBeau. Kaz concedes that perhaps the only way Kelly will take real notice of him is if he and Daniels challenge for the Tag Team Titles. Daniels continues sipping his Appletini and Kaz asks the barman for a Scotch. They clink glasses and Kaz finally agrees with Daniels: “Tag Titles here we come.”
Back Live at ringside JR and Regal tell that Why So Serious, especially Gambit, won’t be happy about what Kaz and Daniels have said here. JR: “These two are playing with fire. First Kaz harasses Kelly and now they call her such ugly names. It’s not right.” Regal: “But come on Jim, they’re not exactly lying. She must be easy if she’s so comfortable with taking her clothes off. And hey, these gentlemen are brave. They’re finally going to challenge for the Tag Titles!” JR: “Well I think they’re cowards for not being here tonight. Kaz slaps Kelly on the butt last week and tonight he’s not in the building? Smells like chicken to me.” Wade Barrett makes his entrance with Layla and soon we watch as Mr. Anderson comes out on stage. He introduces himself via his drop-down mic and the fans cheer him as he makes his way down to the ring. JR: “Two Royal Rumble participants about to collide folks. This one should be a slobberknocker.” Regal: “Haha, for Wade yes. He’ll lay waste to Anderson and make a real statement here. The British Invasion are going to have a special year Jim, I can feel it.”
Wade Barrett w/ Layla vs. Mr. Anderson
Layla’s at ringside and she claps as the bell rings and Barrett locks up with Anderson. The two of them push and try to outpower one another. Barrett is the stronger and he forces Anderson into the corner, but Anderson pushes him off and then thumbs him in the eye. Regal: “Git! He can’t do that!” JR: “Haha, that’s Mister Anderson for ya. Self-stated a-hole and he lives up to it every time he’s on your television screens folks. Wade Barrett best beware that a challenge from Mister Anderson is no easy feat.” Regal: “Of course it’s not Jim. Wade would have done his homework for this match. Anderson had a great run last year. He competed for the Intercontinental Title and the World Title – but he didn’t win. He failed and he’ll fail at the Royal Rumble and, as we’ll witness first hand, he’ll fail here tonight.” JR: “Oh that’s a bald faced lie. Anderson was the Intercontinental Champion last year William and true that he didn’t end the year well. However, he’s in the same boat as everyone else come Rumble time. The Royal Rumble is a chance at a clean slate. A chance to establish how one’s year will go and Anderson, well if you’re an a-hole like he is then I’m sure we can’t underestimate him tonight or during the Rumble match.” We watch as this contest unfolds and we witness an intriguing match-up. Barrett tries to ground Anderson and maintain control over him with a rear chinlock, but Anderson in turn uses this against Barrett to turn the momentum of the match, flipping Barrett over and putting on a bow and arrow. Layla looks on as the contest continues in this manner and Regal says that he’s surprised at how much of a mat wrestling match this has turned out to be. JR: “Perhaps Mister Regal, both these gentlemen are gearing themselves up for the Royal Rumble. I mean, to be eliminated out of the match one has to go over the top rope and both feet must hit the ground. With the way this match has gone, it seems that Barrett and Anderson are practicing for the Rumble, ensuring that they cover all their bases and making sure that they can maintain a mat-based offense, all the while knowing that while they’re so close to the canvas, they can’t be eliminated.” Regal: “Jim that’s possibly the most profound technical wrestling strategic thing you’ve ever said. But the match that’s on right now is what counts and there’s no over the top rope stipulation here. Come on Wade, enough with this, put him away.” Low and behold, Barrett does grasp the opportunity to out-wit Anderson. Having been on the canvas so long, Anderson may have thought that this is how the contest would pan out. But Barrett has other things in mind and when both men are back to their feet, *WHAM* ‘Ohhhh!’ gasp the crowd as we see a shocking Bull-Hammer Elbow shot, right to the jaw of Anderson and Barrett covers, hooking the leg for One, Two and Three.
Winner: Wade Barrett.
Regal: “Ho ho hoo, what a move! Fantastic! Anderson didn’t see that coming Jim, did you see that? That was great!” JR: “An impressive statement made here no doubt and dare I say that Wade Barrett may well be favorite to win the Rumble match. He’s on good form. His faction is in order and they win their matches. Barrett is full of confidence going into the pay-per-view, and of course he’s entering at number Thirty.” Barrett celebrates with Layla as Regal stands to applaud while the rest of the audience boo.
We are backstage once more with JB who says that he has his second very special guest of the evening. “Ladies and gentlemen, earlier tonight I had the opportunity to speak to KWF General Manager Edge, and now will you please welcome my guest at this time, he is The Icon, simply knows as the man they call Sting!” Sting steps into shot and JB’s first question… “Right off the bat, no pun intended, has to be… what did you make of the bizarre and eerie events on Turmoil in Madison Square Garden last week as The UnderTaker brought a casket to the ring, along with his druids, and along with The Absolute Lashley. The Phenom then ordered Lashley to get into the casket, which he did. How did you react to those scenes Sting?” The Stinger thinks for a moment. “JB, that was a very unsettling moment. As you and everybody else knows, I have been trying to get Lashley to snap out of this spell that Taker has him under. He has been tortured, ordered around, and basically used by the Deadman, and then he was cast aside like an unwanted Christmas sweater. I’m starting to think that Taker might be right, and that there is no element of Bobby left in there, he is just a soulless monster. But having said that, there was a moment last week, just for a second. If you watch the footage again, just as UnderTaker orders Lashley to get in the casket, there’s a look. Lashley looks at the casket and then back at Taker. To me, that look was saying “Please, don’t make me do this.” and for a second, I thought that would be the moment, but then he went and got in it anyway, the lid was shut, and perhaps so were my chances of ever saving Bobby’s soul. But come on JB!” Sting says, becoming more upbeat. “Ask me about the Royal Rumble! Ask me how the Stinger is going to throw 29 men out of the ring and win the Royal Rumble match for the second time in three years!” JB asks him if he’s confident ahead of the Rumble, to which Sting replies. “You better believe it! I’ve never felt more confident! Whoever gets in my way, whether it’s Kurt Angle, John Cena, Rob Van Dam, Abyss, Panther, The Miz, or even The Absolute One himself, I will do whatever it takes to ensure that I am victorious. At WrestleMania, Stinger’s going to headline the show and the Rumble, it’s gonna be Showtime!” Sting looks pumped and he exits as the scene fades out.
We come to a dark video. It pans out and we see smoke around a floor. All of a sudden, a body flies into the smoke from above and crashes to the floor, then another, then several more. It’s raining bodies as the camera pans up to a wrestling ring, where a shadowy figure is launching people over-the-top rope. A voiceover says “Thirty men enter… one man heads to the main event of KWF WrestleMania!” We then come to images of the past three KWF Royal Rumbles, showing Samoa Joe winning in 2010, The Icon Sting triumphing in 2011 and then The Phenomenal AJ Styles emerging victorious this year. The video comes back to the shadowy man tossing people from the ring. He turns to the camera and we cannot determine who it is, but the shot slowly zooms into his face, and all we can see are his eyes. A question mark appears over his head, and we see quick action of the likes of King Dolph, Wade Barrett, Kurt Angle, Sting, Samoa Joe, Daniel Bryan, Zack Ryder, Panther, John Cena, Rob Van Dam and many more. The screen goes back to the smoking floor, where we see a graphic: KWF Royal Rumble, coming January 20th 2013.
♫Brock Lesnar’s music♫ «< click to play) hits and we are back Live here in Tyler, Texas for our main event of the evening. Regal says that he has chills, given how it’s been almost two years since Lesnar’s last KWF match and given how rarely we see Abyss compete. JR agrees, stating that the last time we saw Abyss in a match was the two-on-one Handicap match he had against The Dudley Boys: “and against them he was thrown through a flaming table – only to get up and walk out of the arena on his own accord. Abyss is arguably the most unaccounted for Monster in the KWF. We have a playing field that includes The UnderTaker, The Absolute Lashley and Kane, and sometimes Abyss may well be forgotten.” Regal: “But he shouldn’t be Jim. The man can take punishment like no other and given that he’s a part of that freak show Why So Serious, Abyss is a character not to be messed with. I didn’t agree with how this match came about, but this is a blockbuster main event, no doubt about it.” Abyss makes his entrance and the crowd cheer, giving him a superstar reception.
Brock Lesnar vs. Abyss
Lesnar bounces on the spot, doing his trademark motion. Abyss stands there and gets ready for a lock-up, but no, Brock punches him. Lesnar digs him in the gut, once, twice and then he impressively forces him toward the corner. JR: “Good Lord, what mighty strength. Lesnar’s roaring fearlessly into this contest.” Brock lays in shoulders to Abyss, but quickly the Monster fights back. He levels Brock with a headbutt and when Brock comes back, Abyss clobbers him down with a hard clothesline. Regal: “Brock began this match using his UFC techniques, but Abyss has shown him exactly the level of power that he’s got. What a fascinating contest we have here.” Lesnar gets up and tries to tackle Abyss down. Abyss elbows him hard on the back of his neck and he then underhooks one arm to lift Lesnar and take him over for a modified suplex. Brock doesn’t allow the cover, rolling out of the ring immediately and he holds the back of his neck in pain. Regal: “Having Lesnar face Abyss may not have been the cleverest move on the part of Edge. What if Brock’s not at a hundred percent at the Rumble? That wouldn’t be fair would it?” JR: “A hundred percent? What about AJ? Styles has conquered CM Punk twice and he’s taken two F5’s and you’re wondering about Brock’s welfare? No, after this tough test against Abyss, I think Lesnar and Styles will be on an even keel going into their World Title encounter.” Lesnar steps back toward the apron, but then drops down to the floor again. Abyss roars and then exits the ring as the arena rumbles as the Monster pursues the former Ultimate Fighting Champion. Abyss carries heavy weight though and Lesnar is far more agile, stepping onto the ring-steps before flying off to level an oncoming Abyss with a clothesline. Lesnar then quickly mounts Abyss’ torso and lays into him with lefts and heavy rights. He stands up, looking toward the audience and they boo as we go to our final commercial break of the night.
When we come back the crowd are going wild as Abyss has Lesnar atop the top turnbuckle and he performs an almighty superplex and both men go crashing to the canvas. The comms review, that during the break Lesnar had taken control of the match and had managed to bring Abyss back into the ring. However, perhaps trying too hard on his first match back in the KWF, Lesnar didn’t go for a cover and he went to the top turnbuckle. An uncharacteristic move, but not unbeknownst to Lesnar’s Pro Wrestling arsenal. He took too much time to get up there though and Abyss has now countered with this outstanding superplex. We watch Live as Abyss gets to his feet and on the far side, Lesnar gets up too. They come at loggerheads in the middle of the ring. A right from Lesnar. A right from Abyss. Lesnar, Abyss, Lesnar, Abyss, ‘Booo!’’s and ‘Yayyyy!’’s from the crowd and the atmosphere is electric, but wait, an invasion – Gambit, The Joker, out from the crowd and into the ring. They tackle Brock down and stomp away at him. Regal: “What on earth is this?!” JR: “Good God almighty, an all out attack. A full court press from Why So Serious!” The referee calls for the bell, throwing the match out.
Result: No Contest.
Brock Lesnar is down and he’s continuously getting booted and pummelled by KWF’s Tag Champs, Gambit and Jeff ‘The Joker’ Hardy. Some sections of the crowd are booing and JR doesn’t blame them, stating that this match could’ve gone either way, but Why So Serious have spoilt it. We watch as Kelly Kelly and Christy ‘Harley Quinn’ Hemme make their way down the ramp and as they get in the ring, Gambit and Joker have Brock on his feet. They double Irish-hip him and feed him to a spine-shattering Black-Hole Slam from Abyss. Hardy then laughs as he goes to the top turnbuckle, waves his arms old-school Hardy style, and then flies off for a Swanton Bomb on the defenceless Lesnar. Brock is laid out and Why So Serious line up in the middle of the ring to a very indifferent reception from the crowd, most of whom are stunned not just at the attack, but at the severity of it as well. JR: “I don’t understand this at all. What have Why So Serious got to do with this? Abyss could have won the match.” Regal: “Jim, look at Abyss, d’you really think he’s bothered about that? From his reactions I think he knew all along that The Joker and the rest of them would be out here. I don’t think a win or loss meant squat to Why So Serious here at all. I don’t see what the point of this is though. The main event’s been ruined and the number one contender to the World Title is laid out.” JR finishes the as the show fades out: “What the hell is going on?”