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Starrcade was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event held from 1983 to 2000 by the National Wrestling Alliance and later World Championship Wrestling as their flagship event equal to the World Wrestling Federation’s WrestleMania. From 1983 to 1987, Starrcade was produced by Jim Crockett Promotions, the dominant promotion of the NWA, on Thanksgiving. In 1988, JCP was sold to Ted Turner due to financial problems, and became WCW. After a fiasco in organizing the pay-per-view events because of rival WWF’s ultimatum to cable television providers to not carry Starrcade, instead carrying WWF’s inaugural Survivor Series on Thanksgiving, WCW held the remaining events in December, with the shows from 1988 to 1990 held under the NWA banner. From the 1960s to the 1980s, it was tradition for JCP to hold major professional wrestling events on Thanksgiving and Christmas. In 1983, JCP created Starrcade as their supercard to continue the Thanksgiving tradition, and spread it across its territory on closed-circuit television.It popularized broadcasting on closed-circuit television and was financially successful. From 1987, Starrcade was broadcast on pay-per-view, the first NWA event to do so. In the Keystone Wrestling Federation, Starrcade has always held great standing and is still a yearly spectacular pay-per-view event. At KWF Starrcade 2010, Samoa Joe went against his old faction the Main Event Mafia and he defeated Chris Jericho for the WCW Championship. The very same night saw The Rock win his first ever TNA World Heavyweight Championship vs. The Monster Abyss. Starrcade 2011 saw a night of unifications, a night where the KWF dawned new Title Belts and unified Championships all across the industry and we said goodbye to some Titles as well. There was a unification match between the WWE and TNA Tag Team Championships. There was a King of the Mountain Open Invitational match to determine the last WCW Champion ever. The Divas and the Knockouts Titles were united and the WWE and TNA Titles were unified – who became the KWF World Champion?… John Cena. Now we come toward the conclusion of 2012 and we continue the stupendous Starrcade tradition as our main event will see a second match between arguably the two very best wrestler’s in the world today. It’s a Part II match between CM Punk and The Phenomenal AJ Styles, a first-fall to a finish contest where the winner will be deemed the undisputed KWF World Champion. This is KWF Blogs… Welcome to Starrcade!
We pan and zoom into the arena as the pyro’s around the huge Starrcade sign on the stage explode. The fans go wild as JR and William Regal introduce us to the pay-per-view. JR: “Welcome everyone to Birmingham, Alabama! Welcome everyone to the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center! Welcome everyone to KWF Starrcade! What a night it promises to be William at this, our last pay-per-view of the year.” Regal: “Absolutely. Eight matches of the very highest caliber await us here tonight, including Randy Orton defending his Intercontinental Title against The Miz, Queen Madison being given the chance to win back her Women’s Championship from AJ Lee, and X-Division Champion Rey Mysterio will be trying to put that little upstart Jack Evans in his place as he defends his Title. Should be a splendid evening of action.” JR: “But that’s not all. We will also be treated to Sheamus and Mr. Anderson in a Hardcore Title match, and there will be two Survivor Series rematches. The Dudleys will look to win back the KWF Tag Team Championships from Why So Serious in a Tables match, and in our main event of the evening, AJ Styles versus CM Punk for the KWF World Heavyweight Championship. They fought out one of the all time great Ironman matches last month, but tonight it’s first fall to a finish, and it promises to be one hell of a rematch. But let’s kick things off with a hotly anticipated encounter and hand it to our ring announcer Justin Roberts.” Roberts announces that our first match-up is scheduled for one fall, and the ♫music of Samoa Joe♫ «< click to play) hits. The fans cheer as we are set for a grudge match that has been several months in the making. JR explains how Joe and Daniel Bryan were paired up by Edge as he sought a team to take the Tag Titles from The Dudleys. Both were willing, but came up short. As they had more matches as a Tag Team, they started to lose regularly, and both blamed the other. Joe dropped Bryan and joined up with Alex Shelley to get another shot at the Tag Titles, which angered the Bearded Dragon. Then at Survivor Series, Edge decided to put Bryan in the same five-man team as Joe, and again there was friction. Both men think they’re better than the other, and tonight we’ll find out just who. Daniel Bryan makes his entrance and the fans cheer him as equally loud as they cheered Joe. The comms agree that this will be an excellent way to begin Starrcade.
Samoa Joe vs. Daniel Bryan
Both men are looking fired up for this, and come chest-to-chest. Bryan is not fearful of squaring up to his larger opponent and former Tag partner. They soon get down to business and circle one another, before a lock-up. Joe goes behind before the duo exchange arm bars. Bryan slaps Joe’s arm away and they circle again. JR praises the idea of Edge to put this match on first as the fans are pumped for this clash. JR: “These KWF fans were on their feet before the bell had even rung.” They lock up again, and Joe forces Bryan down to the mat, but Bryan kicks his way out of any hold. Bryan is very much on defense early on, but he’s frustrating Joe, and Regal makes the observation that this could well be Bryan’s intention, to enrage the bull and cause him to make a mistake. The match is like a game of chess as they feel one another out, and Regal is loving every minute of it. “Pure wrestling fans will be in their element watching this, just look at these two men. On another night in another scenario this could be a main event match for the KWF World Title. I don’t like either of these men on a personal level, but by Jiminy they can wrestle!” Bryan is now on top and is working through an array of submission holds, mostly working the legs. He goes for a Muta Lock, but pulls the arms instead of the head. Joe is in pain and the fans applaud the innovation of KWF’s Bearded Dragon. However, Joe manages to roll the maneuver and get free. Bryan hits a series of kicks to the back and chest, but as he goes for one more, Joe grabs his leg, before pulling him down and twisting Bryan like a pretzel before putting on a Boston Crab. He sits down on it and actually grabs the upper legs instead of the ankles. Joe is trying to match Bryan in the submission wrestling department, and Regal and JR are purring at ringside as the match goes back and forth. Joe is soon on top again and hits a backbreaker, getting a near fall. Bryan then fights back and they exchange chops. Joe steps it up and slaps Bryan, and calls him a disrespectful punk. JR mentions how Joe believes that Bryan never listened to him while they were a team: “Joe acknowledged that Bryan is very talented, but said he simply refused to listen to instruction.” Regal: “Simply put, Bryan thinks he’s at the top of his game, but you never stop learning Jim. Even me. I’ve learned a lot from this match already, like the fact that even these two aren’t too proud to straight up slap someone. Haha, it’s brilliant.”
Joe works over Bryan some more on the canvas and soon has him in an STF. Bryan uses his knowledge of submission maneuvers to work his way out of it. The duo then trade blows again, but from nothing, Bryan hits an enziguiri, and now both men are down. The Bearded Dragon gets up first and has some momentum as he goes against the ropes and hits a version of the shining wizard. He covers and gets Two. He picks Joe up and takes him to the corner, managing to get him up on the turnbuckles and hits an almighty superplex. He follows this with a diving headbutt. He hooks the leg, but Joe kicks out at the last second. They exchange more slaps, and then punches, then from nowhere, Joe applies the Kokina Clutch. Bryan struggles but seems to be stuck fast. He looks like he might be about to tap, but the man of a million submissions finds a way out of it as he rolls Joe over. Both men get to their feet, but they’re soon down again as Bryan applies the LeBell Lock! Now Joe is in pain and reaching for the ropes. He can’t get to them, and Bryan leans back on the move. He could be about to pick up a big win, and Joe raises his hand to tap, but no, he doesn’t tap. He uses the hand to grab Bryan by the face and rake the eyes. Regal: “Joe’s ferocious side coming out, he’ll win by any means.” This breaks the hold. Both men are exhausted, and Joe pulls himself up by the corner. Bryan gets his sight back and sees him, before racing over and attempting a running dropkick, but Joe moves and Bryan slams legs first into the turnbuckles. Joe then maneuvers him so that he lifts him up in position for the Muscle Buster, and he slams him down to the canvas. Joe covers and gets One, gets Two, and that’s all she wrote!
Winner: Samoa Joe.
A tired Joe is victorious and has his hand raised by the referee. Regal is applauding: “Great match, well done lads.” Joe looks down at Bryan as JR questions whether he’s finished with his opponent: “We saw a rake of the eyes, a desperate maneuver to get Bryan to release the LeBell Lock. I wonder if there’s still going to be some heat between these two?” Bryan slowly comes to, and Joe offers his hand. Bryan looks up at him, then shakes it as Joe pulls him to his feet. They give one another a knowing nod of respect, and the fans chant and applaud both these supreme athletes. JR: “That’s nice to see. I think Bryan understands Joe’s desperation.” Regal: “He does, and on some level I think Bryan’s confident that he could have defeated Joe on another night. That’s how equal both these men are. I’ll tell you what though, there’s no shame in losing to a Muscle Buster. That move hurts!” JR: “What a match though William, and a handshake afterwards. What a start to Starrcade!”
We head backstage where AJ Lee is getting ready for her Title defense later on tonight. She is slipping on her black and yellow bangles as Kaitlyn walks into shot. They bump their fists together and hug seeming to be ‘Chickusters 4 Life’ again after their recent disagreements. AJ: “How’s Panther doing after Wednesday night?” Kaitlyn: “He’s not bad. He’s eating solids again, but nothing was bruised except his pride… and his spine, his arms, his face, his knees, his butt… actually he’s pretty much purple all over right now.” AJ: “Ouch, well err, give him my best.” Kaitlyn asks AJ if she’s ready to beat Queen Madison tonight. AJ: “Oh yeah. Now that I’ve got this Belt I’m not going to give it up without a… err… fight… err… sorry.” There’s an awkward silence, but they power through it as Kaitlyn wishes AJ luck and they fist bump again. “I know you’ll kick her ass sis-ski. She’s a terrible Queen, so dropkick that crown off her head and send her packin’.” AJ agrees to do just that and Kaitlyn exits.
We’re back at ringside where JR says he’s glad to see any differences between AJ and Kaitlyn have been resolved. ♫Randy Orton’s music♫ «< click to play) hits and the fans cheer him as he makes his way to the ring. Orton looks intense, more-so than normal and the comms take us to a clip of what happened this past Wednesday night on Turmoil. JR: “Orton was being interviewed by Jeremy Borash, and out of nowhere, The Miz attacked Randy from behind. He nailed him with a Skull-Crushing Finale and as I stated on Wednesday night folks, The Miz has made a huge mistake by provoking The Viper. This isn’t just a match with the Intercontinental Gold on the line, Miz has made it personal and he better watch out because Orton is seething.” ♫Miz’s music♫ «< click to play) hits and there’s a chorus of boos as he steps out onto the stage. He slowly makes his way down the ramp, Orton not once taking his eyes off him.
Randy Orton vs. The Miz – KWF Intercontinental Championship
The Miz gets into the ring and the referee takes this moment to show us the Intercontinental Championship. Orton stands motionless for the moment, but as soon as the bell rings he’s after The Miz! Miz backtracks and goes between the ropes. The ref tries to hold Orton back, but he lifts Miz’s legs and ends up dumping him to ringside. The audience laugh at the manner in which Miz is scurrying away from The Viper and we watch as Orton exits the ring to seek out his challenger at ringside. JR: “Come on Miz, you wanted this match, Orton gave it to you and now you’re being a coward.” Regal: “Jim you surprise me with your words. Didn’t you see what Miz did on Wednesday? Don’t you realize what he’s doing now? He’s made Orton angry, but it’s all part of the plan.” JR: “What plan?” Regal: “The plan where Miz gets Randy to fight with so much anger that Orton eventually makes a mistake. All Miz has to do in the meantime is limit the damage upon himself. It’s all about endurance. He’s got to outlast Randy, make him tire through the chase and then counter when Orton makes a mistake.” JR: “If Orton makes a mistake. And William, that may have been Miz’s plan, but I for one don’t believe he’s cunning enough to pull it off.” With that though, as the chase continues through the match, Orton does make the mistake of going at Miz at full speed and Miz counters back in the ring, sending the Champion shoulder-first into the ring-post. He takes him to the canvas with a school-boy and puts his feet on the ropes for leverage, getting One, Two – but Orton kicks out. Regal: “See, plan in action right there.” JR: “Sure, but it didn’t win him the match.” Regal: “Not yet.”
Miz uses his time on top cleverly. He doesn’t goad the audience and he doesn’t lay off Randy for a second, maintaining his control and focus on getting the job done. JR: “This is a different side to Miz that I don’t think we’ve ever seen in the Keystone Wrestling Federation. He’s really taken Randy out of his game here and I’m quite shocked, I didn’t think Miz had this kind of performance in him.” Regal: “Well Jim, give the man credit. Orton poked at him when he said that Miz had accomplished nothing in the KWF. I think that brought a slap of reality to Miz and while Orton was merely making an observation, I believe Miz is even more motivated now, not to only win the IC Title, but to perform at the very top level he can. I’ll tell you, if he pulls this off, people are going to have to respect him because defeating Randy Orton is no easy feat.” Back to the action, Orton’s trying to get himself back in the match. He manages to get to his feet and elbow Miz away, but Miz comes back by going behind Orton, performing his backbreaker and then a neckbreaker and now Orton’s down again and he may be in trouble. Miz covers, gets One, gets Two – but Orton kicks out. Miz gets up to dig a knee into Orton’s back and he then kneels behind him to clutch his arm and dig fast elbow shots right into Orton’s shoulder. JR: “That’s a target for Miz in this contest. Orton damaged that shoulder earlier in the match, slamming it into the ring-post and Miz is out to prey on that, possibly injuring the shoulder in the process.” Orton fights back, again managing to get back to his feet, but Miz is tenacious, grabbing him by the shoulder and driving his arm down into the canvas. The fans boo as Miz covers again. One, Two – but Orton pops the shoulder up. Miz gets to his feet and now he’s frustrated, yelling at the ref that he should have had a Three-count. Regal says he’s impressed with Miz’s performance, but then we watch as Orton is back up. The Viper, as resilient as ever and he clotheslines Miz down. Miz gets up and Orton clotheslines him again. Miz gets up and then a back elbow sends Miz toward the ropes. Orton is fast to latch onto his upper body and the crowd scream and cheer as Orton sets to perform his patented DDT. His eyes tell the story about how much he wants to down Miz with the move, but no, Miz fights back and he stands on the apron to yank Orton’s arm/shoulder right over the top rope. The crowd boo as Orton whiplashes back toward the centre of the ring. Miz gets back in the squared circle and he grabs Orton from behind. JR: “Skull-Crushing Finale, Skull-Crushing Finale – this could be it!” Regal: “Come on Miz! Come on Miz!” but no, “Ahhh!” yell both the comms as Orton counters and *BAM* RKO! An RKO out of nowhere and Randy covers as the crowd count along with the ref; ‘One!’ ‘Two!’ ‘Three!’
Winner and Still KWF Intercontinental Champion: Randy Orton.
♫I hear voices in my head, they council me, they understand, they talk to me!♫ «< click to play) the crowd go wild as KWF’s Apex Predator is victorious! Regal: “What the, I mean, Jim, what just happened? Miz was in control of this whole thing, Orton can’t surely win like that, this is unfair!” JR: “Unfair? On what grounds? This is Professional Wrestling Mister Regal and you should know better than most that a match can turn on the flick of a dime. You’re right, The Miz was in control and he did perform out of his boots here tonight. But it wasn’t enough. Orton got the ultimate revenge for Miz’s attack on Turmoil and that was to retain his Intercontinental Title. To be a Champion, you have to have that resilience, the ability to win even when you’re not at your best and especially when the Gold is on the line. Orton’s done that tonight and he’s proven that one can think they have him exactly where they want him, a man can think that they have Orton down and out, but no, that’s not how it is because The Viper strikes when he’s at his most vulnerable and what an RKO that was! Amazing show by Orton. He may have been on the back foot, but did you notice, he hadn’t tried the RKO all match long.” Regal: “That’s because he couldn’t Jim. The Miz was on top all the way through!” JR: “But when Orton decided to strike, that’s when it mattered and that’s what led to victory. I won’t take anything away from The Miz, I agree with you that this was arguably one of his best KWF performances ever. But it wasn’t enough, not enough when you’re facing KWF’s Apex Predator, Randy Orton. Wow, what an Intercontinental Champion we have!” Orton holds his shoulder as he climbs the turnbuckles to celebrate as the reigning Intercontinental Champion.
Backstage we join Jeremy Borash and he’s standing by with his guest at this time, Mr. Anderson. JB: “Ken, you’re in for a fight against the Celtic Warrior Sheamus tonight and that match will be for the Hardcore Championship. What do you make of Sheamus’ message that he sent to you on Turmoil this past week?” Anderson: “Message? What that little gym segment where he tore the place apart as if to tell me that was his little ‘work-out’ before wrestling matches? Please, that big idiot can’t intimidate me. This match tonight is Hardcore rules and as the old saying goes Bore-ass, the bigger they are… the dumber they are, and the harder they fall. I’m taking the Hardcore Title tonight because I’m going to end 2012 on top. Sheamus, fella, you’re just in the wrong place, at the wrong time. See ya out there my Celtic fiend.” Anderson walks off the scene as JB says: “Well folks that’s Mister Anderson and he looks surprisingly confident going into his Hardcore Title challenge against Sheamus later on here tonight. JR, William, back to you.”
At ringside we watch the crowd cheer as we hear ♫the music of Why So Serious♫ «< click to play) and we see Gambit and Jeff ‘The Joker’ Hardy emerge on stage. They make their way down to the ring as the comms discuss Mr. Anderson’s stance on Sheamus. JR: “Sheamus has been a fine Hardcore Champion and I know that Belt means a lot to him. If Mr. Anderson thinks a couple of chair shots and a Mic-Check will get the job done, I’m afraid he’s sadly mistaken.” Regal: “Oh agreed Jim. But Anderson’s the type of man to have a game plan. I’m eager to see what it is and how that works out for him.” The comms notice that Kelly Kelly nor Christy ‘Harley Quinn’ Hemme are at ringside and Regal says that this is probably because we’re set for a Tables match and of course, The Dudleys have a history of putting Women through Tables. The Joker removes his coat and Gambit too gets out of his trench. They give the Tag Titles to the referee and then out come The Dudley Boys. They bring a Table with them and the ringside camera man shows us that there are Tables ready everywhere for this upcoming Tag Title contest. JR: “This is Bubba and Devon’s rematch folks. They asked for Tables match and they’ve got it, and they want their Tag Titles back right here tonight.” Regal: “Indeed they do Jim, but I hope people remember what Joker said on Turmoil when he made you pee your pants when he joined us at commentary during the main event. He said that The Dudleys showed the worse they could do when they threw Abyss through a Table – then he said it looked like fun, and that after seeing that, Joker and Gambit are fully prepared for what The Dudleys are going to bring here to this match tonight. Why So Serious have actually seemed to do some scouting work in preparation for this and I’m surprised at that. I think it means they care about being the Champions.” JR: “Or does it mean that they want it that badly, to defeat The Dudleys at their own game?”
Gambit & The Joker vs. The Dudleys – Tables match for KWF World Tag Team Championships
The bell rings and the comms remind us that this isn’t a normal tag team contest. JR: “A Tables match means that you win by putting one of the opposition through a Table. So there’s no need for tags, as it’s essentially a tornado match William.” Regal: “Yes Jim and remember why Edge brought Why So Serious back to this company in the first place. It was so they could defeat The Dudleys and Jeff Hardy was Edge’s go-to person because he knew The Dudleys inside out to be able to defeat them. Gambit and Joker Hardy delivered on that, they won the KWF World Tag Team Titles at Survivor Series, but tonight’s a whole new game. It’s a Tables match and Jeff Hardy for one, has been in plenty of these matches along with The Dudley Boys.” JR: “But then William, what was Jeff talking about on Turmoil? I mean you mentioned the idea of Why So Serious scouting The Dudleys before this match, but Jeff already knows The Dudleys inside out, he already knows what it’s like to be in Tables matches with them. Was he lying? I mean, was there an ulterior motive when Gambit and The Joker didn’t save Abyss from going through a flaming table two Turmoil’s ago? I don’t think we know the full story here and what Why So Serious have done, what they do, compared to what they say, well it’s not making any sense at all.” Regal: “Therein lies the rub of Why So Serious. You seem surprised Jim, I mean come on, isn’t that the whole point of this organization? That they’re so unpredictable, so weird and crazy that nothing about them makes sense? I mean, putting aside what Joker Hardy says and what Why So Serious do, I’m more intrigued to know why Kelly and Christy haven’t been present at ringside lately. They weren’t on Turmoil for the six-man main event and they’re not at ringside tonight. There’s more intrigue upon that than anything else if you ask me.” JR: “It’s all a head-game with Why So Serious isn’t it, and we’re buying into it William. With all that we’ve discussed and how we’ve concluded that it doesn’t make sense, imagine how The Dudleys feel? What’s going through their minds after what Joker said on Turmoil and how the Why So Serious girls aren’t at ringside tonight? Gambit and The Joker must’ve thrown Bubba and Devon right off their game.”
The tornado-style tag battle had begun with a slug-fest, both teams swinging hard right hands at one another, but The Dudleys won that battle, proving that they’re the stronger of the two teams. Devon had led Gambit to ringside where he threw him toward a folded table against the barricade at ringside and Gambit was slow to get up, holding his back from the pain. Bubba-Ray and The Joker battled in the ring and now we watch as Bubba has Hardy cornered. He rips his custom shirt off him and then slaps Joker right on the chest, an open palm frying-pan-like slap and the sound of it echoes throughout the arena. Joker steps out of the corner afterward and he’s laughing! He drops to the canvas and holds his chest, but he’s hysterically cracking up. The comms wonder what kind of mindset one has to take punishment like that and then laugh about it, but Bubba’s not amused and he waits for Joker to get up to then take him down with a mighty big boot! Hardy’s laid out and he looks to be out cold. Bubba takes this time to go to ringside to grab himself a Table, but Gambit’s there, back on his feet having fought back against Devon. We see Devon’s by the stairs and he’s hurt, as split-screen replays show that Gambit had come back against him and performed a Double-Arm DDT right on the stairs and while Gambit landed on the floor, Devon’s head hit the stairs and he’s busted open. Gambit takes it to Bubba at ringside and the two go back and forth, but Bubba takes control as he gets Gambit into a Full Nelson, “Bubba Bomb? Bubba Bomb’s coming!” yelps Regal, but no, instead Bubba lifts Gambit for a version of the Full Nelson Slam and he sends him sidewards, sprawling into a Table laid against the barricade. ‘Ohhhh!’ gasp the crowd as JR says: “The more The Dudleys target Gambit’s back, the easier it’s going to be to put him through a Table!” Back in the ring we see that The Joker’s on his feet. He’s looking around, eerily almost and Bubba doesn’t notice that he’s up. Bubba goes to Devon to get him to focus and he tells his brother to get a Table. He and Devon then grab one from against the barricade, but as they set to slide it in the ring Joker Hardy comes at them, using the ropes to add a bounce and he dropkicks through the middle and bottom rope to send the Table back in The Dudleys’ faces. Hardy goes out at The Dudleys and he lays right hands into Devon’s face, right over the bloody gash. He then turns to see Bubba getting up. He backs up, runs, leaps atop the barricade and then front-flips off the surface to almost leg-roll and calf kick Bubba right over the head! An amazing move and the crowd go wild for it.
Meanwhile on the far side, Gambit’s up and he slides a Table into the ring. He sets it up, but both his opponents and his partner are at ringside. Gambit exits the ring, and he and The Joker then work together to bring Bubba back into the squared circle. Devon though, he slides a Table in on the far side and he holds his position by the ring apron, almost ducking so that Gambit and Joker don’t realize he’s back in the match. Gambit and Joker set Bubba for a double-suplex through a Table, but as they execute, Devon’s in and he moves the Table out the way. Joker goes at Devon, but Devon digs a knee right into Joker’s gut. Gambit then sets for a Mardi-Gras, but Devon ducks under, counters and grabs LeBeau from behind to administer his Saving Grace finisher. The fans are loving the action, but boo as The Dudleys set to take control now. Devon wipes the blood from his face and gets Bubba back into the match. They set another Table up and position it by the corner. Bubba clobbers The Joker and feeds him to Devon who holds him while Bubba goes to the top turnbuckle. He sets himself in position and Devon then lifts The Joker into super-powerbomb position. Devon and Bubba look set to execute, but as Bubba jumps off the Table is moved! *BAM* the Powerbomb connects – but only with canvas and when the camera’s pan back round we see that Christy and Kelly had moved the Table! The crowd laugh as Christy then begins to flirt with Devon, but he’s not having any of it. He’s furious that the match isn’t over and we then see Bubba get up. Christy’s in trouble here as Devon grabs her by the hair, but in the meantime Kelly’s gotten Gambit back up and he comes back into the match to save Harley Quinn. He elbows Devon away and then *BAM* Mardi-Gras! Bubba-Ray gets Mardi-Gras’d right over the top rope and he tumbles down to ringside. Gambit tries to turn his attentions on Devon, but Devon runs to knee him in the back and he sends LeBeau hard against the ropes and the whip-lash leads to Gambit being hurt. Devon turns round to turn his attentions to The Joker, but instead of seeing Joker there he sees Abyss! JR: “The Monster! He crawled out from under the ring!” yelps JR and Devon runs to attack Abyss, but “Ohhhh!” gasp both comms as Abyss catches him and lays him out with a BlackHole Slam! The crowd go nuts as Abyss then picks Devon up and lays him across the Table that was set much earlier in the match. Harley Quinn wakes Joker up to get him to his feet and as he stands he laughs. He walks over to Abyss and puts his arms out. Regal: “What’s he trying to do, hug him?!” The fans watch as Abyss looks at his leader, but then he grabs him by the throat, lifts him up and smashes him through Devon and through the Table! The referee calls for the bell, The Joker’s technically put Devon through, the match is over!
Winners and Still KWF World Tag Team Champions: Jeff ‘The Joker’ Hardy and Gambit.
♫Why So Serious’ music♫ «< click to play) hits and the comms can’t believe what we’ve just seen. JR: “Was Abyss angry William? It’s so hard to put this together here, but remember, Gambit and The Joker didn’t save him from being put through that flaming Table two Turmoil’s ago. Do you think he holds some resentment toward them for that?” Regal: “I’m not so sure Jim. I think Joker was telling the truth when he said Abyss wanted that Handicap match against The Dudleys that night. But look, look at this now…” We see Christy ‘Harley Quinn’ Hemme kneel by The Joker and he’s hurt after the chokeslam through Devon/the Table, but he’s laughing. Abyss stands there, breathing heavily and then we see Kelly Kelly. She’d gone to ringside to grab the Tag Titles and she comes back in the ring with Gambit. Kelly gives a Belt to Harley and Gambit looks like he’s saying something to Abyss. Joker’s still laughing and suddenly Abyss holds out his arm to pull Joker to his feet. A show of unity from Why So Serious and we then see Abyss laugh as Kelly and Harley hold up the Tag Team Titles. The fans cheer as Gambit pats Abyss on the back and the comms wrap up. JR: “I don’t believe this. The whole thing was a ruse. Abyss versus The Dudleys in a Handicap match, Gambit and Joker not saving him, the girls not being at ringside; it was to throw The Dudleys off their game and it threw us William. There’s no split ranks or backstabbing within Why So Serious, this was all part of their plan.” Regal: “And these nut bar fans like them for that Jim. They’re over the moon cheering for them and hey, d’you know what, I’m not surprised at how this has turned out. Edge brought this lot back into this company because they would defeat The Dudleys, and tonight they’ve done it at The Dudleys’ own match, the Tables match. They’re an extremely tight-nit group and all the while The Joker would maintain that they don’t ever make plans, they ride the tides of chaos, well, this certainly all worked out for them and people should be more wary of Why So Serious now. The unpredictability just hit a whole new level. And it’s a level no one will ever understand.” Abyss stands in the middle, Joker and Harley to his left, Gambit and Kelly Kelly to his right. Why So Serious retain the KWF World Tag Team Titles.
We come to a dark video package reminding us of the birth of The Absolute Lashley. Bobby Lashley was a fun loving Thundercat back in the early days of the Keystone Wrestling Federation. He was an integral part of Edge’s T-cat faction, but at Survivor Series of 2010, Lashley was eliminated in a traditional Survivor Series elimination tag match at the hands of Wade Barrett and the World Elite. The Thundercats went on to win that match, but Lashley was thereafter nowhere to be seen, with none of his friends being able to contact him for months. WrestleMania 2011 came around and it was Kurt Angle who was set to challenge the Streak of The UnderTaker. A Beast showed up that night to save Taker’s Streak and the man we once knew as Bobby Lashley had been molded into The Absolute One. The UnderTaker revealed that he had abducted Lashley and tortured him to a point where he knew nothing of pain. Lashley was taken in, hand-picked by The UnderTaker as his apprentice and for a long time, Lashley proved how great he was. The Absolute One helped The Dark Side reign supreme as The UnderTaker went on to hold the WWE Championship through much of 2011, eventually coming to a showdown at Survivor Series 2011 when Lashley and The Deadman took on the challenge of Triple H and Shawn Michaels. The reunited DX won that match and went on to pastures new. The Dark Side however was not done. Lashley struck up a rivalry with Taker’s brother, the Masked Demon Kane and UnderTaker meanwhile went on to cost CM Punk the KWF Championship and take him on at KWF WrestleMania earlier this year. Taker won the match and as Lashley and Kane went back and forth throughout this year, their score stands at 1-1. Come the turn of Survivor Series 2012, Kurt Angle had the nerve to challenge Lashley, call him up on costing him the victory against Taker back at Mania of 2011. Lashley accepted the match and he dominated until The UnderTaker returned – to lay out his apprentice. On the following Turmoil The UnderTaker stated that no mere mortal should ever be gutsy enough to challenge the Dark Side and thus Lashley was no longer seen worthy enough to be The UnderTaker’s apprentice. Taker said that Lashley wasn’t as feared as he should be and stated that The Absolute One should have gone on to dominate the KWF by now, but instead he’s nowhere near the KWF Title. The following week, Lashley’s response was to attack Sting as The Icon returned to the KWF. Sting went on to challenge Lashley to a match, tonight here at KWF Starrcade…
We’re back at ringside with JR and Regal as they build up to our next match for the KWF Women’s Championship. JR: “AJ Lee won the Title at Survivor Series when she survived nine other women, including the Chick she faces tonight. Queen Madison is looking to win back the Belt she lost that night, and their rematch is up now!” Regal: “Oh goody, I love it when the Chicks battle, especially when one of them is Royalty. Long live our gracious Queen, long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen!” The crowd boo as Queen Madison enters with King Dolph.
AJ Lee vs. Queen Madison Rayne w/ King Dolph – KWF Women’s Championship
AJ dominates the early proceedings as she looks determined to get this match over with quickly. JR: “There’s a lot of frustration being let out in those shots. Remember, it was Madison who put AJ on the shelf several months ago, but finally the spunky Jersey girl gets her one-on-one, and she’s throwing her from pillar to post here.” She hits a dropkick, followed by a clothesline. At no stage does she go for a cover as she seems to want to punish the Queen Bee. JR and Regal remind us of the reasoning behind AJ and Kaitlyn’s slight awkwardness earlier. It stemmed from when Kaitlyn was King Dolph’s Queen, against her will, but had won the Women’s Title thanks to aid from Ziggler and The Beautiful People. However, Panther hatched a plan with Madison that would lead to Rayne defeating Kaitlyn for the Title, in a match which also included the stipulation that Rayne would take Kaitlyn’s Queen-ship. The Houston native went along with the ruse to get out of Dolph’s clutches, but when AJ returned, she was miffed that her Chickbuster friend was willing to hand the Title to the same Chick who had viciously attacked AJ and injured her. They have since made up, and it was Kaitlyn who AJ pinned at Survivor Series to win back the Women’s Championship. Back to the match, Lee is still dominating the challenger, and King Dolph is concerned at ringside. As AJ sets up for a suplex, Dolph gets up on the apron and tells the referee that AJ has a weapon on her. Lee tilts her head and drops Rayne. She goes over to Dolph and smiles at him – but then attempts to slap him, but Dolph drops down to the outside. The referee tries to calm the Champ, but Madison has recovered sufficiently to grab AJ from behind and administer a neckbreaker.
Madison is now in complete control, and the crowd boo as she works AJ over slowly while verbally abusing her in the process. She has AJ’s head between her legs and repeatedly slams her against the canvas, winking to her King as Regal says: “The glory of a Rated R Queen.” She tells AJ how she’s just a girl competing in a Woman’s Division, and that she has been keeping the Title warm for her. She starts pulling Lee’s hair and is taking shortcuts. The official warns her of a Disqualification, but Dolph yells from the outside and says he’ll have the referee fired if he interferes, pointing to his crown as an authority. JR: “Yeah right, because Edge will go for that. Who does Dolph think he is?” Regal: “That’s King Dolph! He’s the master of the KWF Kingdom and you shall bow to him Jim, all these people should be bowing to him too. He’s the King! Long live the King!” Madison slaps AJ as she gets to her feet, and nails her with a DDT, covering and getting only Two. AJ attempts to fight back, but every time she starts to get on top again, Dolph gets on the apron and allows Madison to regain charge. As Ziggler is on the apron yelling at AJ as Madison has her in a Boston Crab, there is a cheer from the fans as Kaitlyn is racing down the ramp. She grabs Dolph by the ankles and pulls him off the apron, causing him to smash his face where the canvas meets wood and steel. Kaitlyn then kicks Dolph in the nether regions and the fans cheer again. Madison is outraged and goes to the ropes to yell at Kaitlyn. She simply looks back at the Queen and waves in a royal manner at her, mocking the challenger, before sticking her middle fingers up at her. Regal: “What?! That’s no way to address a Queen!” JR: “I think it’s quite fitting for this Queen Bee, and we all know what ‘B’ stands for.” Madison is appalled, but doesn’t have much time to react as AJ rolls her up from behind in the Schoolgirl Roll-up of Doom! The referee counts One, Two and Three!
Winner and Still KWF Women’s Champion: AJ Lee.
AJ celebrates as ♫her music♫ «< click to play) hits and the referee hands her the Women’s Championship Belt. Kaitlyn gets in the ring and hugs her BFF, raising her arm. Meanwhile, Madison is furious on the outside, and is screaming at King Dolph. Ziggler doesn’t seem too fussed and heads back up the ramp with Rayne yelling at him in chase. JR points out how Ziggler has always seen his crown as the biggest prize in wrestling and so has never seen the need to go after Titles, but Rayne clearly doesn’t feel the same way: “Madison sees that Women’s Title as her crown, but King Dolph is more concerned about his own looks after this loss.” Regal: “Well the man should be on GQ magazine covers and I think our poor King may have cracked a tooth. What was Kaitlyn doing out here in the first place?!” JR: “She came out to even the numbers and good for her. The King put her through hell when she was Queen and now Kaitlyn gets to see her best friend regain the Gold. The KWF fans will be happy with this result.” AJ and Kaitlyn simultaneously chant “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and so do the fans.
We go backstage once more with JB: “Ladies and gentlemen please welcome my guest at this time, he is the KWF Heavyweight Champion of the World, welcome to Starrcade, AJ Styles.” AJ steps into the picture. Borash asks him about the conclusion to Turmoil this past Wednesday night: “You were almost left for dead there AJ, CM Punk wasn’t very forthcoming in saving you from Bubba-Ray and Devon.” AJ: “I know JB, I know. But you know what, I can’t tell you I wouldn’t have done the same thing. I mean, these past few weeks Punk and I have been wrestling every night we can and it’s almost a case of us trying to one-up one another. Now I’m giving Punk the benefit of the doubt, and that’s as far as I think it goes when we talk about how The Dudley Boys almost beat the hell outta me on Turmoil. Punk was probably thinking that me getting roughed up would favor him tonight, but that didn’t happen and I’m at a hundred percent.” JB: “You mention how it didn’t happen AJ, but that was thanks to Why So Serious. What do you have to say about that?” Styles smiles: “That main event was put together by Edge and I know what he was thinking; Champions against challengers, a no-brainer when it comes to the main event right? ‘cept I wasn’t too fond of the idea of having to trust those Why So Serious clowns. I didn’t trust’m and as for them saving me, well it was more a case of them getting’ at The Dudleys as far as I’m concerned.” AJ goes on to say that he’s not holding any grudge against Punk for not saving him, “because whether you’d have saved me or not Punk, tonight, the result stays the same. I’ve come in here as Champion and I’m leaving as Champion!” Styles exits the scene as JB hands it back to ringside.
♫It’s a shame that they lost their heads, a careless man who could wind up dead♫ «< click to play). Out comes the Hardcore Champion Sheamus as we get set for his Title defense against Mr. Anderson. The comms tell that they can’t wait for Styles versus Punk Part II later tonight, but now it’s time for some blood and guts as we expect a straight up fight between Sheamus and Mr. Anderson. Sheamus is cheered upon his entrance and the comms go split-screen to show us exactly how he wrecked a gym in his warm-up to coming here and defending the Hardcore Gold tonight. JR: “Sheamus’ strength is incredible and I don’t know how anybody can compete with his ferocious Irish temper William. If when he’s down, he gets back up and hits you twice as hard as you hit him. What’s Anderson supposed to do tonight?” Regal: “Survive would be the first word that comes to mind, but let’s not discourage Anderson here Jim. He’s been around long enough to know that he can’t simply wrestle this match and win. He’s going to have had to think about how to defeat Sheamus and as I mentioned earlier, Anderson simply must have a game plan for this one.” Anderson enters to announce himself as usual and we watch as he makes his way down to the ring. JR comments that Anderson doesn’t look at all nervous, but Regal says: “He has to show that front. If Sheamus knows that Anderson’s intimidated then he’ll feast on that and the match will already be half gone. I wonder how this is going to go.”
Sheamus vs. Mr. Anderson – Hardcore match for the KWF Hardcore Championship
The bell rings and Regal wonders why Sheamus is so laid back considering how brash Anderson is and considering how Anderson Mic-Checked him on Turmoil a few weeks ago. JR: “I think Sheamus knows what he’s doing at all times. He may have a smile on his face and he may seem nonchalant at times, but when it comes to the Hardcore Title, he’ll defend that with his life.” We see Anderson bad-mouth Sheamus in the early goings and he steps toward him to give him a ‘friendly tap’ on the jaw. Sheamus’ expression changes and Anderson smiles. Anderson then sets to fluff Sheamus’ hair, but Sheamus grabs him by the wrist and the crowd scream as Anderson swings his other arm at him, but Sheamus grabs that one as well and then he smashes him with a headbutt hard into his chest. Anderson hits the canvas, holding his chest and the back of his head. JR: “Sheamus paying homage to his former tag partner Vladimir Kozlov there.” Regal: “Da!” Sheamus goes after Anderson as the A-hole exits the ring. Sheamus follows him, but as he does, Anderson counters by using camera cables to trip Sheamus up. The Celtic Warrior tries kicking the cables away, but Anderson ties his legs together by the ankles, almost like in a Rodeo. Regal: “Haha, genius move! No one saw that coming!” JR: “Aww, Anderson’s living up to arse-holian status and he’s fighting dirty here. If Sheamus can’t get out of the cables then he’ll be easy pickings.” Sheamus tries and tries to pick at the cables, but Anderson is swift to stop him by then focusing on his hands. He goes by the ring apron and reaches under to find a steel chair. He sees Sheamus trying to untie the cables and decides to smash the chair over his arms. He then smashes it over Sheamus’ head and the shots echo throughout the arena. Nor the crowd nor the comms can believe how Anderson has taken control here. However, he cannot win the match on the outside and he realizes that as he finds it difficult to lift Sheamus and get him back toward the ring.
As he gets Sheamus to his feet though, the Celtic Warrior begins to fight back and he levels Anderson with right hands before bouncing his head off the ring apron. Anderson is sly though and as he hits the floor, he throws himself at Sheamus’ legs and tackles him down, right by the steel stairs. The comms remind us that Anderson has to get Sheamus in the ring, but Anderson knows that he can’t have Sheamus fighting back every time he’s on his feet. He goes by the ring apron again and this time pulls out a Kendo stick. We see Sheamus still trying to get out of the camera cables. Anderson swings the Kendo stick and goes toward Sheamus. He measures but ‘Ohhhh!’ gasp the crowd as Anderson gets hit right in the gut – and it’s by the camera! Sheamus hadn’t had been loosening the cables, he was pulling the camera toward himself and so he used it as a weapon and now Anderson is down at ringside too. Sheamus has some time and finally, he does let himself loose of the cables. He gets to his feet and picks up Anderson’s Kendo stick. He waits until Anderson stands and then *WHACK* *WHACK* *WHACK* Anderson is in all kinds of pain as Sheamus swings for him over and over. Anderson crawls back into the ring and Sheamus follows. Anderson is on his knees. He backtracks and pleads to Sheamus not to hit him, but then he tries for a low-blow – but Sheamus blocks it! Sheamus stares a hole right into Anderson’s eyes. He lets go of his arm, takes a step back and *BAM* ‘Ohhhh!’ gasp the crowd again as Sheamus damn near decapitates Mr. Anderson with a Brogue Kick! Anderson’s head bounces back off the canvas and Sheamus covers for the inevitable Three.
Winner and Still KWF Hardcore Champion: Sheamus.
Sheamus stands up over Anderson. He still has the Kendo stick in his grasp and he looks at Anderson, but there’s no movement. Anderson is laid out cold. ♫Sheamus’ music♫ «< click to play) hits and the crowd chant and cheer for the Hardcore Champion. The referee gives him his Title and Sheamus raises the Belt in one hand and the Kendo stick in the other. The comms review the match and tell that Anderson was in control for large portions of the contest, Regal: “And he did have a game plan as I had expected Jim. He was trying to take Sheamus’ legs away from the match, but the thing is, he didn’t do any damage to them, so when Sheamus finally broke free, his legs were in full health.” JR: “You’re right there William. If Anderson had executed an amputation of sorts, he may have won the match comfortably. I mean, he did well and he pushed Sheamus as far as he could.” Regal: “But what a Brogue Kick Jim. No run-up, no pounding the chest, no momentum whatsoever, it’s like the move was already loaded and like a canon it went off in Anderson’s face. An amazing move, and like Miz against Orton earlier, a challenger can think they have control all they want, but a Champion will always find a way. What an ending, and I think Anderson’s still laid out haha.”
We come to a video package highlighting Sting’s path in the Keystone Wrestling Federation. We see that he was a part of the Impact SmackDown roster when KWF first started and we had Impact SmackDown on Friday nights and TNA RAW on Monday’s. The two shows were devised in a similar format to WWE’s brand split and yearly Draft’s would occur to shake up the rosters. Sting had much success on Impact SmackDown, twice becoming the TNA World Heavyweight Champion and having some memorable rivalries with the likes of Bill Goldberg, Batista, and The Rock. He rivaled Why So Serious’ Abyss before he won the 2011 Royal Rumble and went on to defeat Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania of that year. After losing the Championship to the Masked Demon Kane, Sting renewed a rivalry against Ric Flair and he defeated the Nature Boy at Sovereignty 3. The Icon then went on to Captain Team Impact SmackDown, for Ric Flair, against Hulk Hogan and TNA RAW at the 2011 Survivor Series pay-per-view. Little did Sting or TNA RAW Captain Stone Cold Steve Austin know that Hogan and Flair had planned to sabotage all proceedings and use the pay-per-view to turn KWF Blogs into a one-program-a-week show. Hogan and Flair were in cahoots all along. At Starrcade last year, Sting upset the Hogan/Flair party, becoming the last ever WCW Champion in a King Of The Mountain match that was tailored for Jeff Jarrett to win. This didn’t please the co-Chairmen and they then decided to fire some of The Icon’s friends, including Goldberg and Harlem Heat. Even Kevin Nash was told to walk. It wasn’t until WrestleMania that Austin and Sting defeated Hogan and Flair and gave control of the company back to the Board of Directors, who immediately gave the day-to-day running of the business to newly appointed General Manager Edge. Sting went quiet after that, slowing down, knowing that the company was in good hands and realizing that he wasn’t at the age to be able to wrestle every week anymore. Steve Austin did the same, taking time away from KWF Blogs, but making sure that Edge knew he was watching. The Rated R GM didn’t disappoint the Rattlesnake or The Icon and KWF Blogs was/is in the best hands. Now though, after almost nine months without competing, Sting had returned on KWF Blogs to announce that he will be participating in the Royal Rumble match of 2013. However, The Dark Side had other thoughts concerning Sting’s return and The Absolute Lashley took it upon himself to make a victim of Sting. A year after being crowned the last ever WCW Champion, Sting perhaps has to face his deadliest ever opponent. Lashley will be out to prove his worth to his master, The UnderTaker. Can Sting conquer the Beast? We find out tonight, Live right here at KWF Starrcade.
It’s time for X-Division action as we are reminded of the moment on Turmoil just a few weeks ago when Rey Mysterio and Konnan came down to the ring for some mic time, and arrogantly ordered Jack Evans to exit just after he’d been wowing the fans with his high flying. Evans calmly exited, but what we didn’t find out until a couple of weeks later was that Evans headed straight to Edge’s office and asked for a Title shot at Rey for Starrcade. Edge decided to accept his request, and Rey and Konnan were apoplectic. We come back to JR and Regal. JR: “Rey has always dismissed the younger generation of X-Division superstars, with many believing he is simply jealous of their abilities to fly around the arena while an aging Mysterio has had to adjust himself to be more of a mat-style wrestler, though he seems to be cheating a lot more than wrestling these days with that thug Konnan in his corner.” Regal: “Don’t be so biased Jim. Rey Mysterio is a legend in the cruiserweight division, and these young whipper-snappers should learn some manners and show him the respect he deserves. Konnan is merely there to make sure any disrespectful punks like Evans get what’s coming to them.” JR: “That explains why he viciously attacked Evans this past Wednesday for no apparent reason other than to soften him up for tonight.” Regal: “Exactly, it was brilliant. Haha!”
Rey Mysterio w/ Konnan vs. Jack Evans – KWF X-Division Title
Mysterio is looking confident as he gets in the face of Evans. The Californian just stands there and takes the abuse that Rey is spouting at him in Spanish. Rey pushes him in the face, and Evans stumbles back. He looks at Rey, before performing some breakdancing. The crowd cheer Evans’ antics as Rey looks on bemused as Evans kips up and hits him with a roundhouse kick, sending Mysterio rolling to the outside. The fans cheer louder as Evans smirks at Rey and Konnan. Rey gets back in the ring but early on it’s clear that he is struggling to keep up with Evans. JR reiterates how the younger X-Division generation is worrying Mysterio because he knows he can’t keep up anymore, but Regal says nothing is more valuable than experience. “Besides, Jack Evans is 30, he’s not exactly a kid himself. One slip from the top rope and he could snap a bone. That’ll soon stop him from jumping around so often.” Evans is electrifying the crowd though as he looks determined to win his first ever KWF X-Division Championship. He hits Mysterio with a front flip kick, a springboard tornado kick and an Ode to Blitzkrieg part two as he covers and gets a near fall. Evans looks to be in top form in this, the biggest match of his career, and Konnan is looking concerned on the outside. Evans heads out to the apron, about to attempt another high risk move. But as he leaps up onto the top rope, Konnan grabs the bottom rope and springs it back. The knock-on effect causes Evans to fall off the top rope and land awkwardly on his shoulder. JR: “That’s a damn outrage! Come of ref, get that guy outta here!” Regal: “It was an accident. Evans was clumsy and fell, it’s not Konnan’s fault.” Mysterio takes advantage and covers, but Evans kicks out after Two.
Mysterio is on top now and slows the pace right down as he works Evans over. He fires him into the corner and follows up with a running dropkick to the stomach. He hangs him up in a tree of woe, and hits kicks to Evans. The referee counts to four and Rey backs off, before racing over and hitting a low dropkick to the face of his opponent. Rey is in control and he knows it. He kicks imaginary dust onto Evans in a show of disrespect. JR: “He should be concentrating on beating Evans, not humiliating him.” Regal: “He’s Rey Mysterio, he can do both.” The crowd boo Mysterio and Regal says: “So many people yap on about the respect within the X-Division. How our wrestlers all respect one another because they put their lives on the line with the moves they do. What about respect for Rey? He’s a pioneer of the original cruiserweights and there wouldn’t be an X-Division without him.” JR: “But they do respect him William. Look at how Evans exited the ring on Turmoil when Rey and Konnan interrupted. He could have stood his ground, he could have even started a fight, but he stepped aside and let Rey have the spotlight. And let’s not beat around th bush here. Rey Mysterio is the worst culprit of disrespect. He couldn’t take it. He couldn’t take how others were flying higher than him and he couldn’t adjust his own game well enough to still be able to compete with the likes of Evans. Rey’s time as a top competitor maybe should be over by now, but because the fans cheered Evans, Amazing Red, Sin Cara and Justin Gabriel louder than they cheered Rey, Mysterio’s jealousy came out and he teamed with Konnan because Konnan reminded him that there is still a way to win. That way is cheating and underhanded tactics and that goes against all the respect of our X-Division.” Mysertio hits a leg drop, and kicks more dust on Evans, then brushes his hands off, but he’s taken too long this time and Evans rolls him up, getting Two. Rey was caught by surprise there, and races after Evans, but gets tripped and ends up on the middle rope. JR: “6-1-9 position! Do it Jack! Do it!” Evans comes off the far ropes and looks as if he is about to attempt a 6-1-9, but Konnan pushes Rey off the middle rope. Evans doesn’t stop though and instead of spinning round the ropes to hit Rey, he springboard corkscrews off the top rope and lands on Konnan on the outside! The fans cheer at the top of their lungs and chant ‘This is awesome!’ Evans slides back in the ring and executes some more moves that get the crowd on their feet including a running 450 splash, a handstand enziguiri and also nails the 630-Senton from the top rope, but as he pins, Konnan pulls the referee out of the ring. The fans boo as the official tells Konnan that he has got to leave the ringside area. JR: “Good! It’s about time he got thrown out of here!” Konnan is outraged, then looks in the ring and tells the referee that Evans just hit Rey with a foreign object. We can see that Evans did no such thing, but the official slides back in and asks Evans, who pleads his innocence, then checks on Rey. As he does, Evans goes over and gets in Konnan’s face, leaning through the ropes and telling him to “march his ass” to the back. Just then, as Rey distracts the ref, Konnan smashes Evans in the face, and we see that he in fact has brass knucks on! JR: “That dirty dastardly Konnan! He had the foreign object all along!” Regal: “Haha, brass knucks, classic!” Evans falls onto his back and is out cold, as Rey drags himself to the top rope. The referee didn’t see Konnan’s attack as JR is fuming at ringside. Rey flies off the top rope and hits a Splash, covering and getting Three.
Winner and Still KWF X-Division Champion: Rey Mysterio.
Konnan races around ringside to get Rey’s Belt. He slides in the ring and picks up a battered and bruised Mysterio. He hands him his Title and raises his hand. JR: “That damn Konnan! He was supposed to leave, but he ended up winning the match for Mysterio! What a disgrace!” Regal: “As you know, I love me some brass knucks, and that was pure genius from Konnan. Not his fault both the referee and Evans are morons.” Evans is still out cold as Konnan and Mysterio celebrate as they exit. The ref checks on Evans as the comms review replays of what was an awesome match-up.
We’re with JB and he’s with KWF’s Rated R General Manager up in Edge’s Skybox. Edge takes JB out on to the balcony and as the spotlight hits them the crowd cheer for the appearance of Edge. JB: “They love you boss, how does that feel?” Edge: “A reception like that never gets old JB, but let me tell you this, I’m with them tonight. I’m a fan of what’s going on and I’m a fan when it comes to eagerly anticipating our two main events.” JB: “Edge you’ve been responsible for everything good that’s happened in the KWF over the last nine months. We’ve been to South Africa, Canada a couple of times and we’ve toured as many small arena’s in the United States as we possibly can, then come to massive venues like this place when it comes to pay-per-views (the crowd cheer). What do you have in mind next? The Rumble’s coming, and then WrestleMania, how can KWF Blogs get any better?” Edge: “There’s always room for a few things in wrestling JB. One of them is a return. We had that with Sting and he’s wrestling up next. The next thing would be, oh I don’t know a nipple slip from one of our Chicks. Haha, but in all seriousness, we will be going into 2013 with the intent on putting on the best shows, matches and stories for all our fans to read worldwide. And JB, seeing as you mentioned Canada, you know the Royal Rumble pay-per-view will be held in Montreal right? That’s going to be the first time the Rumble’s been outside of the US since it’s inauguration! It’s going to be great.” The fans cheer and JB excitedly asks Edge who else he has lined up to compete in the Rumble match, but Edge pulls him away from the balcony as the interview ends due to the lights going out in the arena.
♫*BONG!*… we hear the music of The Absolute Lashley♫ «< click to play) and the audience feel a collective chill as smoke fills the arena floor and Lashley enters in the motion of his master, The UnderTaker. The comms tell that Lashley is going into this contest knowing that he hasn’t satisfied The Deadman in terms of dominating this business. Tonight, if Lashley puts Sting away then perhaps his next move will be to go after the KWF World Heavyweight Championship. The Absolute One raises his hands and the arena lights return to normal. There’s an eerie calm in the arena and suddenly the lights dim out again. We hear thunder and then the sound of drumsticks clacking against one another before ♫Sting’s music♫ «< click to play) kicks in and the fans begin to cheer. We see the shadow of The Absolute Lashley in the darkness and a spotlight then shines upward toward the rafters. There he is, The Icon! The crowd cheer louder as Sting goes vintage for Starrcade and he’s lowered down to the arena floor right by the announce table. JR: “Wow, what a reception! And Sting looks like he’s going old school here William.” Regal: “Yup, he dealt with Hollywood Hogan’s New World Order in this very manner once upon a time and I think he’s gone down that route to conquer The Absolute Lashley here. Psychologically this is immense because it tells Lashley that he’s not dealing with just any wrestler off the roster. This is Sting. He’s been around the block a thousand times and he’s taken on beasts and monsters throughout his whole career. Sting’s showing Lashley that he’s not afraid of him and that is vital because the Dark Side often has half the match won before the contest even starts.” JR: “You’re absolutely right William. By the manner in which The UnderTaker or The Absolute Lashley enter, their opponent is usually scared stiff and the match is half won, as you say, because of the successful mind game that the Dark Side plays. But with Sting the mind game is flipped, and he’s done this on purpose tonight. He usually enters on stage and waves to the fans, acknowledging them as he comes to the ring. Not tonight, the Stinger’s lowered himself from the rafters and he has that blank expression on his face. Wow, the atmosphere in this arena is intense. What an ovation for Sting and what a match this should be. Sting’s all business here and he’s not going to go down without a fight. How fitting for Starrcade.” Sting gets into the ring after unbuckling himself. The fans cheer for him as he removes his trademark long black trench coat. The Absolute One slowly steps toward the centre of the ring and he and Sting come face to face.
The Absolute Lashley vs. Sting
*Ding-Ding-Ding* goes the bell and the two lock up for but a second before Lashley forces Sting toward the ropes and lays a knee into his gut. Lashley smashes forearms over Sting’s upper back, but Sting instinctively moves toward the corner. This allows him to turn and swing a right hand at Lashley. The crowd cheer as Sting hits him once, then backhands him, then another straight right hand and Sting steps out of the corner, toward Lashley. The crowd volume rises as Sting is then emphatic, picking Lashley up and performing a scoop slam! He looks like he wants to cover, but Lashley sits up, just like The UnderTaker and in one swift movement, he’s back on his feet. The Icon sets for a right hand again, but Lashley catches his arm and pulls Sting in toward his chest. He hooks Sting’s other arm as well and then drives two hard headbutts into his chest before wrapping his arms around Sting’s upper body and taking him up and over himself for an over-the-top belly-to-belly suplex! A statement by Lashley, a show of immense strength, but then as the Absolute One turns around, Sting’s back to his feet. JR and Regal are giddy at what they’re seeing. JR: “Aww, my God, William these men aren’t going down easily, and listen to the fans in here. The roof’s about to blow off this place and it’s because of how resilient these two are. The presence of Lashley and the fact that Sting won’t stay down. My God, I’d initially thought Sting was the underdog in this, but I truly don’t know who’s going to win here.” Regal: “Oh Sting has his own presence Jim and The Icon’s no mug, we know that. But I must disagree with you on one thing, Sting is the underdog and Lashley’s power, well I think that will prove to be too much for Sting in the end. What a match we have on our hands.” Sting and Lashley go back and forth, both men taking turns on top, but neither sustaining any offense that can gain them any momentum for a pin and cover. The comms discuss what Lashley has to prove here. JR: “It’s not just about winning the match in my view. The UnderTaker spoke about dominance and striking fear into the opponent. He wasn’t impressed by how Kurt Angle thought he could challenge Lashley and now, I suspect he won’t be too happy by the manner in which Sting hasn’t backed down from Lashley here either.” Regal: “Yes, that’s all well and true Jim, but I think a victory here is important for Lashley the Beast, and Lashley the man. If he defeats Sting tonight imagine how much momentum and belief that will give him going into the Royal Rumble. Lashley will strike fear into others, he already does, The UnderTaker just wants him to step up now and I believe he wants to see the KWF Championship around Lashley’s waist.” JR: “Do you really believe Taker wants that? It sounded to me, by the way he spoke, that he’s already made his mind up about Lashley. I think The UnderTaker’s given up on Lashley as his project, his apprentice and if Lashley beats Sting, and if he wins the Royal Rumble, I don’t think that will be enough for Taker.” Regal: “It won’t Jim, not until he becomes Champion. I just wonder what is going through the mind of the Beast. I wonder what he’s thinking. I mean, he’s as scary, if not scarier than Taker. I just think we have a locker room of ballsy wrestlers that will compete for this company because they know that this is the be all and end it all. Once upon a time, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Shawn Michaels and Triple H all faced The Deadman at one point or another. Is it any different now? The superstars backstage are scared of Lashley, but it doesn’t mean they won’t bloody well have a go at him when they get the chance. This is a blimmin’ wrestling industry after all.”
We watch as Lashley backs Sting into the corner and he levels him with UnderTaker-like strikes and they get faster and harder and Sting’s insides must feel like they’re being put through a washing machine right here. JR: “What strength, what power by Lashley once again.” The Absolute One performs a suplex on Sting, but surprisingly Sting gets up. However, he’s much slower now than the speed he got up at the beginning of the match. The comms tell that Sting’s mind is probably telling him that he can keep up with Lashley, but so far, The Absolute One has been relentless and he hasn’t put a pause on his attacks in this match at all. Sting is not one to be taken lightly though, and he backs Lashley toward the corner and he sets for a Stinger Splash. The crowd cheer as he hits the move, but Lashley catches him! The audience gasp as Lashley carries Sting and walks out of the corner! JR: “Jesus! What is this William?” Regal: “That’s a bear hug if I’ve ever seen one Jim and look at this, this is The Absolute Lashley as his very best. He’s adapted to his opponent, he’s not bought Sting’s enigma and he’s ignored the fans’ noise so that he can focus and that’s The Dark Side at work Jim. Logic, normality and other such things go out the window. Sting just nailed this beast with the Stinger Splash, d’you realize what that’s supposed to be prelude to? It’s supposed to lead to the DeathDrop, or the Deathlock. It’s supposed to lead to a victory, but not tonight, not against The Absolute Lashley!” Lashley squeezes Sting’s guts and the audience murmur as Sting looks to be fading. The ref raises Sting’s arm, but it drops. He raises it again, and it drops again. The fans rumble now, they want The Icon to wake up and as the ref raises the arm for one final time Sting is responsive! He begins to move and he claps his hands/arms around Lashley’s head. He does it again, then again before Lashley finally lets go. Sting drops to his feet, hitting Lashley with lefts and rights. He goes backward against the ropes and comes back with a clothesline – but Lashley doesn’t go down. Sting backs up toward the ropes for another running clothesline, but Lashley’s monstrous, he counters to turn Sting round and pick him up over his shoulder. Regal: “Powerslam, powerslam Jim, this could be the beginning of the end!” Lashley carries Sting around the ring and he makes a stand by the corner before attempting a running powerslam, but wait, JR: “By God, look at Sting! Look at Sting!” The Icon slips over the back of Lashley as he runs and he clutches him by the head and drops backward and *BOOM* “Scorpion DeathDrop!” yell both the comms and Sting makes the cover! ‘One!’ count the crowd, ‘Two!’ and ‘Three!’
Winner: the man they call Sting.
The crowd go wild as ♫Sting’s music♫ «< click to play) plays and JR says: “Wow! Wow! Just like that, in the manner of a split second, the match turned and Sting has done it! Sting has defeated The Absolute Lashley!” Regal: “And by some way to do it as well Jim. Look at him, Sting’s won and he’s walking out of here the victor. The UnderTaker would have wanted for Lashley to have at least beat him so bad that he couldn’t walk for a while. But Lashley’s lost and lost on Sting’s terms. Taker won’t be impressed by this at all.” Sting is at the top of the ramp by now and he acknowledges the fans, waving to them and then yelling “Whoooo!” before stepping out to the back. His music stops and we concentrate on Lashley back in the ring. The Absolute One sits up. But as he does, the fans nor the comms have the chance to respond before we hear *BONG!*… The lights go out and a chill feels the arena. *BONG!* the lights come back on and Lashley’s on his feet. Right in front of him is The UnderTaker! We hear JR whisper: “Taker’s here! Taker’s here at Starrcade!” Regal: “Shhh Jim! Look at this…” The UnderTaker has a mean expression on his face and he looks at Lashley in disgust. Lashley looks as if he’s about to bow to his master, but as he sets to kneel Taker grabs him by the throat. The Deadman rolls his eyes to the back of his head and he unleashes an almighty chokeslam on his apprentice! The entire arena seems to shake as Lashley’s body gets buried into the canvas! We see the response from various members of the audience and Alabama is in collective shock. The UnderTaker raises his arms in an evil manner and we hear, via the arena speakers, his evil Ministry cackle before *BONG!*… the lights go out. When they come back on, The UnderTaker is gone. We zoom in on the black mask of The Absolute Lashley. His eyes open…
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, Joe, 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.
We’re at ringside with JR and Regal as they take a deep breath and reflect on what we’ve just seen. JR says that he’s happy for Sting; “This will do a great deal for Sting’s confidence going into the Royal Rumble. But William, what must UnderTaker think of Lashley now?” Regal: “He’s probably feels a sense of bitter disappointment Jim and by the way Lashley just took that chokeslam, not even fighting back, I think Lashley himself knows that he’s not lived up to what The UnderTaker expected. The question is, what now? Does Lashley continue to try and impress UnderTaker or does he break away and find his own identity away from The Dark Side.” JR: “Aww William, I don’t know, but by the way in which Lashley has been molded into the beast that he is, I don’t think he knows anything of normality. I don’t think he can be Bobby again. And if he can’t, he’s going to be stuck in his own personal hell, no pun intended.” We see a shower of gold pyro raining onto the stage. The audience get to their feet and begin to cheer as we see imagery of The Phenomenal AJ Styles on the Starrcade tron. ♫The Champ’s music♫ «< click to play) hits and we see AJ race out from under the pyro and the crowd go wild as we get set for our World Title bout. It’s AJ Styles versus CM Punk, Part II for the KWF World Heavyweight Championship! Regal: “We’ve mentioned the word normality Jim and this is as straight-forward as it gets. Two of the very best wrestler’s in our industry going at it once again, but this time it’s one fall to a finish and this time, AJ’s the one going into the match as Champion.” JR: “Yes William, you’re right and I myself believe AJ to be a better defender of the Belt than Punk was in his time as Champ. That can only be proven here tonight, but CM Punk maintains that in a single-fall match, he can beat AJ. We’ve gone one heck of a match coming up and folks, get your popcorn for this one, this may turn out to be slobberknocker of the year.” Styles receives a huge ovation upon his entrance and he bounces in the ring, moving in his usual pre-match routine. His music cuts and he looks toward the fans who all stand and applaud. He looks toward the stage and ♫cue Punk’s music♫ «< click to play). Out comes his challenger to just a loud a response. Punk has a confident smile on his face as he yells “It’s clobberin’ tiimmmeee!” as he makes his way to the ring. AJ hands his Title to the referee and we’re just about ready for our main event of the evening.
AJ Styles vs. CM Punk Part II – KWF World Heavyweight Championship
Punk rolls his wrists and it looks like he’s saying a few words to AJ before the bell rings. The referee checks their boots and wrists before signaling toward the timekeepers corner and calling for the bell. Styles bounces and skips sideward as Punk prepares to lock up, but AJ instead stops and steps toward the centre of the ring. He holds out his hand for a shake and Punk grabs it to quickly let go, but AJ keeps a hold of it. He pulls Punk toward himself and now it looks like Styles is saying a little something. Regal: “Much has been made about the contrasting attitudes of these two Jim. Punk believes himself to be the best in the world, but AJ Styles is the World Champion, and he won’t tell you that, you’ll just see that Championship Belt around his waist.” JR: “It’s testament to this industry that we have two superstars, two pure athletes, wrestlers that have so much of a following worldwide and William, no one was surprised that AJ won the Ironman match against Punk last month at Survivor Series.” Regal: “No one should be and nor should they be if Punk was to win here tonight. Both these two have every single fan in this arena and all over the world pulling for them tonight. They’re both on equal terms in more ways than one and it all means that we get to see a worldy match here tonight Jim. This is going to steal the show, and so it should, it’s Starrcade’s World Title main event!” AJ and Punk go back and forth in the early going. Typically they trade arm-drags, hip-tosses and snapmares, with both trying for early pin attempts. Regal: “Kicking out of pins means that you tire. You don’t want to lose the match, so you have to exert that energy, that’s why both men are going for pin attempts early on. They know it won’t lead to a victory, yet, but it may help later as their opponent tires.” Styles has a pin attempt on Punk, but Punk kicks out and he’s back up to his knees. He trips AJ and covers for One, Two – but Styles kicks out. Punk sets to go at him again, but AJ, in one swift move kips up from the canvas, lifts his legs over Punk’s shoulders, around his neck and he takes him over for a modified headscissor. JR: “That’s AJ Styles folks! Phenomenal, and what a move that was, Punk didn’t see it coming!” Punk rolls to ringside after that move and he looks to take a breather. However, before he can gather himself he looks up and out the sky comes Styles – a running flip dive over the top rope and Styles connects with Punk at ringside! The crowd can’t believe it and begin to chant ‘Holy Sh*t!’ ‘Holy Sh*t!’ ‘Holy Sh*t!’ Regal: “That was a holy you-know-what moment if I ever saw one. What a move by Styles again Jim!” AJ gets to his feet and the crowd applaud as the contest continues at ringside.
AJ maintains his offense at ringside, but Punk uses his surroundings to get himself back in the contest. He performs a Russian Legsweep into the barricade and then rolls in and out of the ring to restart the ref’s count. Punk climbs the apron now. He waits for Styles to get up and AJ doesn’t see him coming as Punk runs off the apron to nail AJ with a jumping running knee and Styles’ head gets rocked as both men hit the floor. Regal: “Smart, really smart move by Punk.” JR: “He’s using his surroundings and he’s modifying his moves to make them count William. He’s studied Styles and he knows he can’t lay off him for too long, or else AJ will get back into the match. He has to make every hit count and he’s really impressed me here. That jumping knee reminded me of his running knee to the temple in the corner, a move I’m sure he’ll try to execute later in the match.” Regal: “Yes, absolutely Jim and this is what the challenger has over the Champion. To adapt, to change his own offense to ensure a victory. Punk’s done his homework for this, that’s for sure. He’s showing that he’s a thinking man’s wrestler and I love the dynamic we have here. This is brilliant.” Punk eventually rolls Styles back into the ring. He makes the cover, One, Two – but Styles gets the shoulder up. Punk looks at the ref, but the knee to the head evidently wasn’t enough to keep Styles down. Punk gets AJ up and feeds him some trash talk as the comms agree that this is part of CM Punk’s game. He provokes Styles and AJ swings for him, but that’s what Punk wants as he ducks the hit and counters with a backhand chop, a front smack with the left hand, a spinning backhand from the right hand and AJ’s on dream street here. Regal: “That’s Punk’s Muay Thai combination. I’ve felt that in my time and I’ll tell you, it’s a good prelude to going Going To Sleep that’s for sure.” JR: “Punk’s again showing us his intelligence William. He wanted Styles to swing for him so that he could counter in this way. Another show of great ability, know-how and credentials of CM Punk.” However, AJ doesn’t go down to the combination and he begins to fight back with right hands of his own. He throws himself away from Punk and goes against the ropes to come back – but Punk catches him with a Tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! ‘Ohhh!’ gasp the crowd, as Punk decks Styles and covers; One! Two! – Styles kicks out! Punk hooks the leg and covers again; One! Two! – another kick out by the Champion!
Punk sits by Styles’ body and rubs his hands over his head. Regal: “This is frustrating him Jim. He’s not used to not getting his own way.” JR: “True William, but no one can question the heart, the pure heart and fight in AJ Styles. Some people are born Champions in this world and AJ Styles is one of those select few people. Styles will keep fighting, he’ll keep kicking out. As long as he’s still breathing, there’s no quit in the Phenomenal One.” Punk now feels that he’s in for the final stretch and he latches onto AJ for an attempt at the Anaconda Vise. He tries to lock it on, but AJ counters and he throws Punk over his shoulder and out through the ropes. Punk lands hard at ringside, but doesn’t want to show AJ that he’s weakened. He gets up onto the apron and measures as AJ gets to his feet. Punk uses the top rope to spring himself up and off it to jump for a flying clothesline, but AJ jumps in fine form and *BAM* dropkick, right on the kisser! ‘Ohhh!’ gasp the crowd as Regal says: “Jesus Christ! What a move, what a counter that was. Punk didn’t see it coming!” JR: “AJ’s heart and his fight proving true once again!” AJ gets to his feet and turns toward the fans to stretch his arms and taunt. The fans cheer for him as Styles now tries to finish Punk off. He gets him up and sets for a Styles Clash attempt. He hooks one leg over an arm, and tries hooking the other, but Punk counters and takes AJ down to the canvas. Regal: “The Vise! The Vise! The Anaconda Vise!” and this time Punk has it! The move is locked in and Punk pulls back on it with all his might. JR: “This could be it William. Punk has been out-thinking AJ throughout this entire contest. He may finally have his victory here.” Regal: “Yes and he’s maintained that a single-fall match would mean that he’d win, but look at AJ Jim, that heart that you were talking about, he’s not tapping!” Indeed he’s not and AJ scraps and crawls and finally he reaches and gets two fingers on the bottom rope. The fans cheer and chant. Half of them chanting AJ’s name, the other half screaming for CM Punk. Punk lets go of the move and we watch as both superstars soon pull themselves to their feet.
Punk and Styles both equally look exhausted. They meet at the centre of the ring and AJ swings a right hand. Punk hits a right as well. AJ swings again and goes all the way round. Punk grabs him from behind and lifts him for a back drop, but Styles flips over and lands on his feet. Punk turns round and AJ jumps to kick and connect with a side-volley! Punk gets rocked, and turns on the spot, but doesn’t go down. AJ stands up and Punk lifts a leg to boot him right upside the temple! ‘Ohhhh!’ go the crowd, but as AJ turns on that connection, he goes half-way round and jumps to flip backward and *BAM* “Pele!” yell JR and Regal and now both men are down. The arena rumbles as the comms review replays of that sequence. AJ and Punk are both down, but in unison the fans clap. They clap and clap louder, equally trying to get both heroes to their feet here. Regal: “Jim this is incredible. Have you ever seen two superstars as equally bloody adored as this?! This crowd is going bonkers!” JR: “Yes and listen to them William, listen!” *Clap!*… *Clap!*… *Clap*… ‘This is Wrestling!’ goes the chant and AJ and Punk begin to stir. Both finally getting up and it seems as though it’s happening in slow motion. AJ goes to grab Punk, but Punk rushes him toward the corner. He hits Styles with rights and then Irish-whips him toward the opposite corner. Punk then has the fans backing him as he runs to successfully connect with his patented high knee, right to the jaw of AJ. Punk has Styles where he wants him now, but he’s slow to set for the follow-up bulldog. He attempts it, but AJ holds on to the top ropes. He backs himself up to sit atop the top turnbuckle. Punk climbs with him and hits him with rights, and he leaps to attempt a Frankensteiner – but, JR: “Oh my God! AJ’s caught him! AJ’s caught Punk!” Styles moves Punk’s legs under his arms and the crowd cheer in anticipation as Styles clutches Punk’s left arm under his right ankle. He does Punk’s right arm under his left ankle and he then leaps off to perform a super-Starrcade-worthy Styles Clash! The fans go absolutely berserk as AJ holds on to the move as he connects. He turns himself and this turns Punk over onto his shoulders and the referee is there for ‘One!’ ‘Two!’ ‘Three!’ *Ding-Ding-Ding!*
Winner and Still KWF Heavyweight Champion of the World: AJ Styles.
JR: “Styles wins! Styles wins! AJ Styles has done it! He’s gone one fall, and he’s defeated CM Punk to retain the World Heavyweight Championship!” ♫Styles’ music♫ «< click to play) kicks in and every single fan in the crowd is on their feet. The comms stand to applaud and as the referee grabs the World Title, he hands it AJ and we see the General Manager Edge, standing in his Skybox and he too is applauding. AJ Styles raises his World Title! The comms review the umpteen replays of what happened during the match and they declare that this contest could have gone either way, but no one, no one was to kick out of that kind of Styles Clash. The fans continues to cheer as an overwhelmed AJ climbs the turnbuckles and he raises his World Championship Belt. JR: “What a night William, what a night! I’m so proud to have been part of this and what a way to end KWF’s pay-per-views in 2012.” Regal: “This kind of match just raises the bar Jim and what a night it has been indeed. We’ve seen every Championship be retained, Sting’s defeated The Absolute Lashley and we’ve ended the night just as we began. Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan put on a wrestling clinic and then we had this World Title bout. God, I can’t wait for Turmoil this Wednesday Jim. And hey, it’s nearly Christmas, nearly the New Year – roll on the Royal Rumble!” KWF’s Starrcade fades as JR finishes: “Thank you for joining us folks, good night!” We fade out on the image of an exhausted Styles on the turnbuckles raising his Title.