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Ja’ Von’s Impact Wrestling Live Report (6/7/18)

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Quick Results:

Z & E(c) vs Drago and Aerostar(Impact Tag Team Championships): STILL Impact Tag Team Champions Z & E via pinfall

LAX vs The Cult of Lee: LAX via pinfall 

Rohit Raju vs Brain Cage: Brain Cage via pinfall

Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards(Unsanctioned Street Fight): No Contest or To Be Continued 

Play by Play:

Impact Wrestling opens with a recap of Under Pressure from last week.

Z & E(c) vs Drago and Aerostar(Impact Tag Team Championships):

Drago makes his way to the ring followed by his partner Aerostar. The Impact Tag Team Champions Z & E make their way to the ring to defend their titles. DJZ and Drago start the match off. Collar and elbow tie up with Deago getting the better of the exchange by taking down DJZ and wearing him down with a leg submission. DJZ breaks free and eventually locks in a wristlock on Drago. DJZ brings Drago down to the mat for a quick one count. Drago gains control of the match and tags in Aerostar. DJZ gets free then tags in Andrew Everett.

Aerostar walks the ropes then exits the ring. Everett follows him out but then gets caught with a kick from Aersostar on the way back in. Aersostar still in control of the match tags in Drago and they hit a couple of tag team maneuvers for a quick two count. Drago and Aerostar are still in the ring but Everett escapes by jumping over Drago to tag in DJZ. DJZ then goes on the attack and takes care of both men and sending Aersostar to the floor. Drago regains control of the match quickly and gets a nearfall on DJZ. Drago then wears down DJZ wear a chinlock. DJZ tries to fight free from Drago and as we go to break Drago hits a back body drop to DJZ sending him to the floor. Back from break and Drago has a leg submission on DJZ then tags in Aerostar which allows for DJZ to tag in his partner. Everett then uses his speed to his advantage taking out both guys then hitting a running moonsault on Aersostar. Drago comes back into the ring and catches Everett and hits a powerbomb. DJZ then catches Drago on the rop tope and hits him with a springboard sunset flip powerbomb. Z & E look to hit a double springboard moonsault on Drago but come up empty. Aersostar ther hits a double springboard dropkick on Z & E sending Everett to the floor. Drago hits a suicide dive on Everett then followed by DJZ diving off the top rope then followed by Aersostar. Down the stretch DJZ hit the ZDT on Drago then Everett hits either a 630 or 720 on Aerostar for Z & E to retain their tag team titles.

After the match Don Callis calls the move a 730 by Everett.

Winners and STILL Impact Tag Team Champions: Z & E via pinfall

The story of Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards is played to hype up the main event for tonight.

Back from break and Sonjay is accusing Petey Williams of attacking him last week and Petey says he’s going home.

Impact shows a recap of Su Yung defeating the Demon Bunny last week to win the Knockouts Championship.

LAX is shown in their clubhouse playing dominos and Diamante is now back and wondering where is K-dog and Homicide. King walks in and asks Diamante about her knee but it seems that Diamante doesn’t trust King.

LAX vs The Cult of Lee:

The Cult of Lee make their way to the ring. LAX make their way to the ring for the match.  LAX gets the jump on The Cult of Lee. They begin to stomp mudholes in bot Trevor Lee and Caleb Konley. Santana and Caleb are the legal men for the start of the match. Santana is lighting up Caleb’s chest with knife edge chops then tags in Ortiz. Ortiz then tags back in Santana who hits a driving stomp on Caleb who is draped over Ortiz’s knee.

Caleb breaks free and is able to tag in Trevor and they begin to take control of the match and send LAX to the floor. Trevor then tags back in Caleb who wears down Sanatana and gets a one count. The Cult of Lee begins to jawjack with LAX throwing them off their game as they gain control of the match. Santana finally gets control of the match by hitting Trevor with a rolling cutter and tags in Ortiz. Caleb tags in by gets caught in a pinning combination but reverses it and Ortiz kicks out. Santana then holds up Caleb looking for a double team maneuver but Trevor trips up Ortiz and Caleb takes out Santana. The Cult of Les is in control for a bit before LAX gain control of the match again. Down the stretch Santana hits a huge cutter on Caleb Konley for the win.

Winners: LAX via pinfall

The Fact of Life:

Eli Drake makes his way to the ring for the return of The Fact of Life to name the top 5 dummies of Impact Wrestling. Eli Drake says his show The Fact of Life is the most requested show. Eli then names the top 5 dummies of Impact. Number 5: The fans of Impact. Number 4: Austin Aries. Number 3: Impact Management. Number 2: The fans of Impact. Number 1: Moose.

Eli says that people are saying that Moose is on a roll but reminds the fans that he beat Moose when both of their cases were on the line. Eli says that he beat him next week he and Moose will face off to determine Aries’ challenger at Slammiversary. Moose makes his way to the ring to response to Eli calling him a dummy. Moose then reminds him that he lost his tag titles and world title match then calls him a dummy and a loser. A brawl breaks out and Eli is standing tall after hitting The Gravey Train and dumping the podium on Moose.

Rohit Raju vs Brain Cage:

Rohit makes his way to the ring. Brain Cage makes his way to the ring for the match. Rohit starts the match by mocking Cage and then shoves him in the face which angers Cage. Cage then throws him in the corner then hits Weapon X for the quick victory.

After the match the X-Division Champion Matt Sydal makes his way to the ring. Matt says that Cage may look strong and jacked but when he looks through his third eye he sees inter weakness. Sydal tries to get him to forfeit his title opportunity and join him so he can make the machine better. Cage responses by hitting him with an F5 that sends him out of the ring.

Cage then stands tall with the title over his head in the ring.

Winner: Brain Cage via pinfall 

Next Week: Matt Sydal(c) vs Brain Cage(X-Division Championship)

Moose vs Eli Drake(#1 Contender’s Match)

Eddie Edwards pulls up to the spot in the woods where he is going to meet Sami Callihan. He tells the cameraman to film everything no matter what happens.

Josh Mathews has a Skype call with the new Impact World Champion Austin Aries while he is on vacation. Josh ask Aries about who he would like to face at Slammiversary. Aries says that Eli is unable to beat him and Moose has a mediocre football career and has yet to achieve that in wrestling. Josh then ask Aries about how he used a lowblow to win the world title last week. Aries asks him how Ric Flair won his 16 world titles. He then goes onto say that he is the only one who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to get the job done. Josh ask Aries again who he thinks will win the match next week and Aries says Eli because Drake isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty to get the job done but also says that he doesn’t take anything away from Moose calling him a big guy due to his stature. Josh then let’s Aries go back to enjoying his vacation and ends the call.

Impact shows a recap of the Slammiversary press conference from this past Monday.

A video is played showing how the rivalry between Tessa and Madison started and what happened last week.

McKenzie Mitchell interviews Tessa Blanchard backstage. Tessa says that sheis a winner and makes things happen. She also says that a loser is someone who relives their glory days. Keira Hogon interrupts the feudand reminds Tessa of her first post last week which sparks a fight between the two in which Tessa stands tall in the end. Following the brawl Tessa Blanchard and Keira Hogan will face off in a NO DQ Match next week.

Moose is shown backstage and is pissed about what went down on The Fact of Life earlier tonight. He says that he is going to destroy Drake next week and head to Slammiversary.

Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards(Unsanctioned Street Fight):

Eddie Edwards is in the woods looking and calling out Sami Callihan. Eddie runs into Jake Christ who is preached in a tree crying out “Everything.”

He walks a little more then sees Callihan with the oVe cam and begins to chase him but runs into Jake Christ again. Eddie and him get into a fight which Eddie quickly wins and he chokes out Jake.

Eddie makes his way to back to the cars and hears a car alarm go off. Dave Christ pops out of the truck and jumps Eddie but Eddie quickly takes care of him and slams a the trunk door on his head and leaves him there.

Eddie finally finds Sami and the brawl is on. They run at each other with a kendo stick and a bat with Eddie getting the better of the exchange they then begin to brawl all over the woods. Sami picks up an animal skull and tries to use it against Eddie but Eddie  moves out of the way. Eddie then tries to hit him with a kendo stick but Sami ducks. Eddie then drives a tree branch into his skull which busts him open.

Tommy Dreamer and his wife Alisha Edwards pull up in a car pleading for Eddie to stop. Eddie turns around to find that Callihan has disappeared which makes Eddie more mad and he hits Dreamer with the baseball and ask for his wife Alisha to come with him to look for Sami but she stays behind to check on Tommy as Eddie wanders off to look for Sami alone as the show goes off the air.

Winner: No Contest or To Be Continued 

My Take: The show itself was not the best one we have since from the post Redemption era of Impact. It was basically full of video packages and backstage segments with only four matches. The matches of the night were the Tag Team Championships Match and the fight between Sami Callihan and Eddie Edwards in the woods.

My Score: 6/10


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Ja’ Von’s Impact Wrestling Live Report (6/21/18)

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Quick Results:

Z & E vs LAX(Impact Tag Team Championships): AND NEW Impact World Tag Team Champions LAX via pinfall 

KM vs Scott Steiner: Scott Steiner via submission 

Madison Rayne vs Taya Valykire: Madison Rayne via pinfall

oVe vs Pentagon Jr. &Fantasma: Pentagon Jr. & Fantasma via pinfall 

Play by Play:

Tonight’s episode is in memory of Leon White aka Big Van Vader.

Impact opens with a cold opening that recapped everything that happened last week.

Impact tonight kicks off with the Tag Team Championship Match.

Z & E vs LAX(Impact Tag Team Championships):

LAX make their way to the win to challenge for the tag team titles. Z & E make their way to the ring to defend their titles. Both teams meet on the ramp and begin throw hands with each other.

Santana is in control of Andrew Everett while Ortiz throws a chair in the face of DJZ. Santana continues to throw Everett face first on the guardrail while Ortiz continues to hit DJZ with a chair. Santana brings Everret back in the ring but Andrew regains control and sends Santana to the outside followed by a dive to the outside taking him out. DJZ looked to follow up but to no avail. Both teams finally get things situated and the legal men in thering are DJZ and Santana. DJZ begins to wear down Santana with a submission but Santana fights free and DJZ tags in Andrew. Everett goes on a small tear but eventually gets grounded by LAX. Santana tags in Ortiz and they hit a suplex backbreaker combo which gets Ortiz a two count. LAX continues the double team maneuvers on Everett which leads to Santana tagging in. Santana goes on a roll which leads to a nearfall. Ortiz is tagged in a hits a northern lights suplex for a nearfall. Everrett is able to fight back and tag in DJZ. DJZ brings the fight to LAX which leads to Everrett to get back in the ring and the duo begins hitting double team maneuvers. Andrew launches off of DJZ’s shoulders hitting a sunset flip powerbomb on Santana and DJZ gets a two count. Ortiz gets back in the ring and eats a pele kick from Andrew for his troubles. DJZ Irish whips Ortiz into Everrett who hits a facebuster and DJZ goes for the cover on Sanatana for a nearfall as we go to break. Back from break Z & E are in control until they side step Everrett and LAX take out both guys which lead to Santana getting a two count on DJZ. LAX looks to stay in control but Everrett get back on the apron and tags himself in with a blind tag. They both go on the attack and Everett and DJZ hit moonsaults on Ortiz. Everett goes to the top for a tope rope move but Santana pulls DJZ out of the ring which distracts Andrew as he misses the move and LAX hits the Street Sweeper for the pinfall victory.

Winners AND NEW Impact World Tag Team Champions: LAX via pinfall 

Jimmy Jacob’s and Kongo Kong are backstage and begin to explain their actions from last week. Jacobs says that Cage walks around thinks that he always gets what he wants. Jimmy says he’s a princess and gets what he wants. He says that Cage has a vulnerability.  Jimmy also says what he wants is to show the world that the machine is no match for the monster.

Back from break and we see a video package of how KM and Fallah Bahh got together and how they came to blows like week. KM comes to the ring and says that he took Fallah Bahh under his wing. He goes on to say that he is bigger than Impact Wrestling and they should rename the company “KMpact Wrestling.”

He says that Bahh is tough headed and doesn’t listen then calls out Fallah Bahh. Fallah Bahh makes his way to the ring. Fallah reaches in his tights and grabs a note and hands it to KM. KM reads the note and it states that he isn’t going to wrestle him but a wrestler who is on standby.

KM thinks its Standby Wrestler Richard Justice but it turns out to be Scott Steiner.

KM vs Scott Steiner:

Scott Steiner makes his way to the ring.

KM gets the jump on Scott Steiner but Stiener regains control and hits a overhead belly to belly on KM. The match spills to the outside and Stiener begins to lay in the punches tr hen Irish whips him into the steel stairs. Scott brings him back in the ring and KM begs for him to stop but Stiener doesn’t fall for it and kicks him in the midsection. Scott tosses him into the corner and continues to lay in the kicks. KM gets control of the match for all of a second then while in the corner Stiener drops KM face first then locks in the Stiener Recliner for the submission victory.

Winner: Scott Steiner via submission

Back from break and we are shown a recap of what happend at the recent press conference in Toronto where they announced Austin Aries will defend the world title against Moose at Salmmiversary. Moose says he has been waiting 15 years for this opportunity and will beat Aries and become the world champion. Aries announced the merger of the grand championship and world championship. He then goes to run down his resume and says that this isn’t his second career after he failed his first.

They then play a video package hyping Slammiversary.

Eddie Edwards recently went home to find himself. We see Eddie pull up to his house and tries to get in but is locked out of the house. Eddie calla his wife but she doesn’t answer the phone.

Eddie is going berserk and knocks down the door and grabs a beer to find that the house is empty. Eddie is going frantic calling out his wife’s name but no one is home. Eddie then looks in a mirror but only sees Sami Callihan. Everything that happend in the woods begins to play in his mind over and over driving Eddie crazy as he destroys the mirror and blames everything on Sami saying “You did this. You know you did this.”

Back from break and we have oVe and the oVe cam. Sami is tried of people stickingvtheir noise in their business. Callihan says they are going to make an example of Pentagon and Fantasma.

Madison Rayne vs Taya Valykire:

“Lucha Royalty” Taya Valykire makes her way to the ring.

Madison Rayne makes her way to the ring for the match. Collar and elbow tie up with Taya getting the advantage with the go behind and slams Madison down to the mat. Rayne gains control of rhe match as she side steps Taya who went for a splash in the corner. Rayne slises betwen the legs of Taya but then gets caught by Taya who regains control of the match and brings her back down to the mat. Taya follows it up with a powerslam which gets her a two count. Taya puts Madison into the corner and kicks the inner leg of Madison. Tya then puts her on the top rope and lays in the forearms. Rayne counters with a kick and lands a missle dropckick and both ladies are down. Both ladies get up but Madison is still in control and lays in the forarmans. Taya is tocked but looks for a clothesline and Rayne ducks and hits a ripcord cutter on Taya for a nearfall. Rayne looks for a tilt a whirl headscissors but Taya stops her and gets tossed in a conrer and hits Madison with her backside followed by a meteora. Madison then fifhts back and counters into a schoolgirl for a two count and looks to follow up with the northern lights but Taya stops her and stomps her head into the mat for a two count. Madiosn fights back and hits an enzguri followed by Cross Rayne for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Madison Rayne via pinfall

After the match Madison grabs a mic and says that its always exciting to come back home to the Impact Zone. She says she didnt intend to be an in-ring competitor when she returned. She says he has been making career moments by defeating Tessa Blanchard and Taya Valykire. Madison says that Impact Management promised her that if she can beat Taya tonight that she will challenge for the Knockouts Championship.

She is dedicating the match to ger daughter and fans. After the announcement Rayne is interrupted by some domonic laughter of Su Yung.

Back in ththe clubhouse LAX and King are celebrating their tirle victory. Konan returns and he says that he needs to talk with King.

Back from break Konan says things arent making sense and asks him what’s going on. King says that he has everyone looking into it. Konan ask about Homicide and King says that Homicide is answering to him right now.  Konan suspects everyone right now and threatens King if he found out he had anything to do with his attack.

The mystery attacker name is Killer Kross and he says fear is a funny thing and that most men feared fear. Kross says that everyone is asking why but he says why not. He also says there is no continuity in this place and he did what he had to do. He wants to tear the place down and says he is the new beginning.

A vignette is played for the Desi Hit Squad saying they are coming soon.

GWN Flashbsck Moment of the Week: 

Sonjay Dutt vs Low-Ki for the X-Division Championship

oVe vs Pentagon Jr. & Fantasma:

 

oVe make their way to the ring accompanied by Sami Callihan. Fantasma opens out and waits for his partner on the. Pentagon and Fantasma run to the ring and get the jump on oVe. They kick them into separate corners and send Jake Christ to the floor. Dave Christ is alone in the ring with Pentagon as Pentagon hits a chop on the chest of Dave. Jake Christ comes into the ting to save his brother but gets stop in his tracks. Jake is put in the corner and eats a chop for his troubles. Pentagon goes for an irish whip but Jake Christ couters and Fantasma taga himself in while Jake Christ is out on the floor. Fantasma then hits The Arrow from the depths of Hell on Jake Christ. Pentagon then goes on the attack on Dave Christ. Fantasma brings Jake back in the ring while Pentagon is dealing with Dave. The referee is also on the outside with Pentagon and Dave which allows for Callihan to hit Fantasma in the back of the knee with his baseball bat. oVe is in control as we go to break. Backfrom break and Jake Christ is in control of Fantasma. Jake drags him to his corner and Dave tags in. Dave stays in control ofthr match and takes out Pentagon then gets a one count on Fantasma followed by wearing him down with a chinlock.  Dave then tags in Jake and they both hit kicks on Fantasma. Fantasmathen fights back and hits a tilt a whirl backwards then a headscissors for a two count. Jake Christ then fights back and gains control of the match again then tags in his brother. Dave begins to weardowns Fantasma. Dave then tags in Jake again and he locks in a leg submission on Fantasma. Jake then drops the knee of Fantasma on the mat then knocks Pentagon off the apron. Jake Christ is able to lay in a forearm but Fantasma fights fre and tags in Pentagon as Jake tags in Dave. Pentagon then hits a slingbalde on each Christ Brother. Pentagon looks to take out both Dave and Jake Christ but Jake Christ fights back and lays a superkick and roundhouse. Jake follows up with a tombstone but Pentagon fights free. The Christ brothers do get Pentagon in the corner and land a suplex into a powerbomb but in tje final stretch of the match Pentagon fights back and takes out Dave Christ and hits the Pentagon Driver on Jake for the pinfall victory.

Winners: Pentagon Jr. & Fantasma via pinfall

After the match there is a post match brawl where Sami hits Pentagon on the side of the head with his baseball bat. They then look to rip the mask off of Pentagon but Fantasma makes the save with a steel chair. oVe stand tall on the ramp to close ththe show.

Next Week:

Ja’ Von’s Thoughts: I enjoyed the show a lot we got to see tons of progression. Another championship match was made for Slammiversary. Speaking of championship matches we saw new tag champions crowned tonight. Overall this was a really good show and expect the viewership to either be up or stay steady.

My Score: 7/10

 

 

 


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Ja’Von’s Impact Wrestling Live Report (6/14/18)

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Quick Results:

  • Rebel vs Taya Valykire: Taya Valykire via pinfall 
  • The Cult of Lee vs KM & Fallah Bahh: Cult of Lee via pinfall 
  • Moose vs Eli Drake (#1 Contender’s Match): Moose via pinfall 
  • Tessa Blanchard vs Kiera Hogan (No Disqualification): Tessa Blanchard via pinfall 
  • Jake Christ vs Fantasma: Fantasma via pinfall
  • Matt Sydal (c) vs Brain Cage (X-Division Championship): Matt Sydal retains via countout

Play by Play:

Impact opens with Moose walking into the arena in Philadelphia for his #1 Contender’s match against Eli Drake. Also they run a video package hyping the double main event for tonight’s show.

Grado kicks off Impact along with his girlfriend Katerina Lee making their way to the ring for a match. Grado and Katerina go to the corner to do their signature entrance but Eddie Edwards comes out of nowhere with a kendostick. He yanks Grado off the ropes and hits him with the kendostick to the back then tells Katerina to get out of the ring.

Eddie then says he had Callihan dead to rights last week in the woods and blames Tommy Dreamer for allowing Sami to escape and calls him out to the ring. Tommy tries to calm Eddie down and says they have a show to run but Eddie doesn’t care. Eddie calls Tommy shellfish for not allowing him to end Sami. Dreamer says you already beat him and tells him to move on. Eddie says he hasn’t spoken to his wife since Eddie was arrested. Dreamer says he has been talking to his wife which upsets Eddie and he backs Dreamer up into the corner. Dreamer is forced to push Eddie down to the mat which enrages Eddie some more and he hits Tommy with the kendostick and says Dreamer made him do it.

Back from break and Dreamer is backstage and is pissed with management. He says he is tired of being disrespected and is done with Impact.

Rebel vs Taya Valykire:

Rebel makes her way to the ring for her match.

“Lucha Royalty” herself Taya Valykire makes her way to the ring for the match.

Collar and elbow tie up with Taya getting the advantage with a wristlock but Rebel gets free with a cartwheel. Some back and forth ending with Rebel rolling Taya eitha crucifix for a one count. Rebel tries again with a roll up but Taya counters and sits down for a two count. Taya pushed Rebel in the corner and begins to go to work on her with a splash and couple of elbows. Taya throws Rebel into another corner and attempts a splash but Rebel counters with an elbow strike. Taya stunned for a moment but regains control of the match with shoulderblocks in the corner and wearing her down. Taya goes to show off a bit mocking Rebel and gets caught but immediately regains control of the match hanging Rebel on the ropes and begins choking her then choke her in the corner. Rebel fights back and gains control of the match. She hits Taya witha forearm strike then a running kneestrike off the ropes and gets a two count. Rebel then looks to be go for a split legged moonsault but Taya gets back up and quickly hits The Road to Valhalla and tells her welcome back b**** and gets the pinfall victory.

Winner: Taya Valykire via pinfall

After the match Taya grabs the mic and tells the fans to clap for Madison Rayne since she is back in the Impact Zone. Taya says things have change since Madison was here last. She says this is her kingdom and next week she will show Madison why she is not only Lucha Royalty but also Knockouts Royalty.

GWN Moment of the Week:

AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels for the X-Division Championship

McKenzie Mitchell interviews Matt Sydal backstage and asks him how he will beat the undefeated Brain Cage. Sydal says yes he does look like a big dude but he says he sees something different inside of Cage. He says that last week he asked him to forgo his championship match and join him but he refused. He goes on to say he see things from a higher prescriptive and will win tonight.

Back from break and we get oVe with oVe cam. Sami says that last week was a win for them cause Eddie is now losing his mind and EVERYTHING. He also announced Jake Christ vs Fantasma for tonight.

The Cult of Lee vs KM & Fallah Bahh:

The Cult of Lee make their way to the ring for their tag team match. KM and Fallah Bahh make their way to the ring for the match.

Trevor Lee and Fallah Bahh kickoff the match. Collar and elbow tie up but Fallah gets the advantage and tosses Lee into the ropes. Lee then tags in Caleb but Fallah stands in the ring rubbing his belly and laughing . Collar and elbow tie up again this time Lee tries to help but to no avail. KM then gets involved and they take down The Cult of Lee which sets up for a double sandwich move. Fallah Bahh and KM then roll on top of both Lee and Konley TWICE each. Fallah goes to lift up Caleb but he rakes the eyes of Bahh and slides out the back. Fallah accidentally hits a samoan drop on KM which leads to Trevor taking him out then Caleb slides in to get the pinfall victory.

Winners: The Cult of Lee via pinfall

After the match KM is mad about what had just happen. KM calls Fallah a loser and he will always be one then pushes him down and leaves the ring.

Impact plays a video package of what happend last week on The Fact of Life and how we got to Drake vs Moose for tonight in a #1 Contender’s match.

Back from break we see LAX in the clubhouse celebrating their win from last week. King sees that next week they will be challenging for the tag titles. Diamante is still not trusting King but they all share a shot together and leave. King is left alone in the clubhouse and sits in Konan’s chair.

Moose vs Eli Drake(#1 Contender’s Match):

Moose was coming in the ring finishing his entrance but Eli Drake gets the jump on Moose with a shot to the back. Moose is then brought to the corner and Drake begins to put the stomp to him. Moose then fights back and sends Drake to the outside. Moose follows him to the floor and looks to slingshot Drake into the guardrail which he does. He then attempts a running splash but Eli counters and Moose crashes and burns. Moose then fights back and runs around the ring setting up for something big but gets caught by Eli who hits him with a death valley driver on the apron. Back in the ring Moose gets Drake in the corner and begins to light up his chest with rapid fire chops. Drake gains control of the match again and looks to hit blunt force trauma but Moose stops him with a headbutt that sends him into the corner. Moose then hits a couple of running delayed dropkicks then hits the go to hell for a nearfall. Drake comes back with a huge move of his own for a nearfall. Back and forth we go then Drake finally connects with Blunt force Trauma. Drake goes for another move but Moose counters with a big clothesline and both guys are down. Drake gets to his feet first and looks to hit a springboard moonsault but comes up empty. Drake fights back and looks to set up for the torture rack but instead hits a neckbreaker.

Drake then sets up for a superplex which he hits and only gets a two count. Moose is now favoring his neck as Drake looks to set up for the Gravey Train but Moose slips out and pushes Drake into the corner. Moose then rolls up Drake but the ref doesn’t see the shoulders on the mat so the pin isn’t counted. Drake escapes but ends up getting speared for his troubles which leads to Moose picking up the pinfall victory and becomes #1 contender to the World Championship.

Winner and #1 contender to the Impact World Championship: Moose via pinfall 

Tessa Blanchard vs Kiera Hogan(No Disqualification Match):

Tessa makes her way to the ring for the match.

Keirs makes her way to the ring and gets the jump on Tessa. She drags Tessa to the floor and begins to repeatedly slam her head into the apron. Back in the ring Tessa crawls to the corner and Keira hits her with a splash bottom first into the corner. The match spills back out to the floor where Tessa gains control of the match slamming Kiera face first onto the ramp. Tessa brings her back in the ring and hits her with a Sido suplex for a two count. Tessa then locks in an abdominal stretch which Kirea turns into a crossbody for a one count. Kirea looks to be in control but Tessa turns the match around and puts Hogan in the corner and begins tolay in the rights. Kirea hung up in the corner which allows for Tessa to bring in a chair but Hogan fights back for just a bit. Tessa regains control and hits the hammerlock DDT for a two count. Tessa then jawjacks the ref for counting too slow. Tessa then puts Kirea back in the corner and begins to lay into her some more but the ref admonishes her and pulls her off Hogan. Tessa then is mad again and jawjacks the ref again. Tessa turns around and gets a chair to the face for her troubles. Tessa tries to fight back and grabs the chair but Hogan stomps her hand to stop her. Kirea then hits a bulldog on Tessa on top of the chair but Tessa kicks out. Down the stretch the chair comes into play again as Tessa hits Kiera face first off the chair to pickup the win.

Winner: Tessa Blanchard via pinfall

Back from break se see a recap of everything that has happened since the mystery attacks has begun. Josh Mathews accuses Petey Williams as the attacker but they still don’t officially know who it is yet.

Jake Christ vs Fantasma: 

Jake Christ with his brother Dave Christ makes his way to the ring for his match. Fantasma makes his way to the ring for the match.

Back from break and we see Jake Christ get the jump on Fantasma by hitting him with a big running boot sending him into the corner. Jake tries to tear at the mask a bit before hitting multiple shoulderblocks. The ref backs Jake off Fantasma which allows for Dave Christ to get a cheap shot in. Jake Christ begins to wear down Fantasma with a headlock then transitions into a dragon sleeper but Fantasma gets to the ropes to break it up. Jake throws Fantasma into the corner and begins to whitewash his face then irishwhips him into the opposite corner but Fantasma counters. Dave Christ tries to distract Fantasma allowing for Jake to roll him up but Fantasma counters for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Fantasma via pinfall

After the match oVe and Sami Callhian attack Fantasma and look to take his mask until Pentagon Jr. shows up to make the save. Pentagon takes out oVe then goes face to face with Sami Callihan until Callhian decides to retreat.

Matt Sydal (c) vs Brian Cage(X-Division Championship):

Brain Cagemakes his way to the ring to challenge for the X-Division Championship. Matt Sydal makes his way to the ring to defend his championship. The bell rings and Matt begins to jawjack Cage and uses his speed to side step Cage multiple times. Cage finally catches him and hits a suplex but Sydal lands on his feet. Cage then drops Sydal which sends him to the outside of the ring. Cage tries to grab Matt by his hair but to no avail. Sydal slides between Cage’s legs to get back in the ring. Cage catches Sydal and tosses him into the corner and begins to lay in the rights. Jimmy Jacobs and Kongo Kong come out to the ringside area which causes a distraction for Cage.

Matt Sydal uses it as an opening to gain control of the match. Sydal wears him down with submissions but Cage fights out and gains control of the match. Cage hits an overhead suplex which sends Sydal to the outside. Sydal then tries to come into the ring from another side of the ring but gets caught and suplexed back into the ring. Down the stretch Cage still in control of the match goes to the outside to get Sydal and throws him back in the ring. The ref’s back is turned which allows for Kongo Kong to send Cage into the steel steps. The ref then calls for the bell as Cage has been counted out and Sydal retains the X-Division Championship.

Winner and STILL X-Division Champion: Matt Sydal via countout

After the match we cut to backstage and Fallah Bahh has been attacked and Petey Williams is holding the calling card of the mysterious attacker. Sonjay along with officials and a cop catch him with the calling card and assume that he is the attacker. Sonjay then tells the cop to arrest Petey and take him out of the Impact Zone. On the way out the cop attacks Petey and shows his face. He then says that Petey should be accountable for the attacks then stands over him with the calling card to end the show.

Ja’ Von’s Take: The show was pretty good overall. We got to see more storyline progression and found out the main event for Slammiversary: Austin Aries (c) vs Moose(Impact World Championship). Tonight was also huge because we finally saw who the mystery attacker is but no name was announced. We also saw Brain Cage taste defeat for the first time since coming to Impact. I predict that Impact will see another bump in viewership this especially since the NBA Finals are over

Next Week: Z & E vs LAX(Impact Tag Team Championships)

Taya Valykire vs Madison Rayne

My Score: 7/10


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In anticipation of the next watch-along episode of the 2MB Wrestling Podcast, I thought it might be fun to give them a plug and look back at my Royal Rumble ’92 review! Clearly, this will always be remembered for Ric Flair’s historic WWF Championship win, but how did the rest of the card stack up? Let’s get to the action!

Match #1: The Orient Express (Kato & Tanaka) w/Mr. Fuji vs. The New Foundation (Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart & ‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart)
Owen & Kato will kick things off, The Rocket with a wristlock out of the lock-up, Kato counters to one of his own and Owen flips out to recapture the hold. Kato switches to a hammerlock, Owen flips himself up and over, pushes into the ropes for a roll-up, Kato hangs on and The Rocket rolls through. Kato charges and Owen leapfrogs over, scores with an armdrag and begins to work over the limb with an armbar. He switches back to a wristlock, they lock knuckles and Kato takes The Rocket down to the canvas for 2 counts, Owen bridges to his feet, springs off the ropes and hits another arm drag.

The Rocket with a hurricanrana for a count of 2, catches Kato in an another armdrag and tags out, The Anvil maintaining control with an armbar of his own. Kato tries to punch his way out of it, gets backed into the corner and then tossed across the ring, Neidhart shooting him across for a hiptoss off the rebound, Kato blocks and attempts his own, but gets shoved to the mat. Tanaka tags in and tries to slam The Anvil, can’t get him up and gets shoved away, Tanaka to the ropes for a shoulder block, but doesn’t budge Neidhart and he hits the mat.

Tanaka goes back to the well again and it still isn’t working, The Rocket re-enters and drops a 2nd rope elbow following a Neidhart spinebuster for a 2 count. Owen gets another 2 off a backbreaker, Tanaka goes to the eyes to get an opening, whips The Rocket to the corner and charges in, Owen hopping up and flipping over to avoid it and elevates Tanaka with a back body drop. He looks to follow with a boot, Tanaka catches the foot and The Rocket brings the other around with an enzuigiri before bringing Neidhart back in. Owen sends Tanaka to the corner, whips The Anvil at him with a spear, Kato hits the ring and The Orient Express look to double team sending Neidhart to the corner, but getting leveled by a double clothesline.

Owen gets a tag and climbs up top, The Anvil with a double noggin knocker and The Rocket follows with a double crossbody for a near fall. Kato stays in and gets sent to the ropes for a spinning heel kick that gets 2, Owen follows with a snap suplex for another near fall, then tries to unmask his opponent. Kato rolls to the outside to escape, slides back in and they tie-up, The Rocket with a side headlock, gets pushed off into the ropes and Tanaka delivers a cheap shot. Kato baits Neidhart into the ring to distract the official, Tanaka drapes Owen over the 2nd rope and Fuji delivers a cane shot to the throat.

Tanaka keeps the ring and grabs a rear chinlock, delivers open-hand shots to the neck, Kato with a superkick off the tag and he gains a count of 2. He shoots The Rocket in for a back elbow for another 2, Fuji getting the ref’s attention which allows his guys to double team in the corner, Tanaka stepping back in and whipping Owen sternum-first into the turnbuckles for a near fall. He looks to send him back across, The Rocket reverses, rushes in and meets a superkick that gets a 2 count, Kato tagging in and grounding the high flyer with a rear chinlock. Owen battles to his feet to break the hold, hits the ropes and ducks a couple of shots, scores with a crucifix and nearly gets a pinfall, Kato stopping the momentum quickly and bringing Tanaka in.

He drops a headbutt to the lower abdomen and slaps on a rear chinlock, The Rocket fights his way up again, hits the ropes and scores with a shoulder knockdown, goes back to the ropes and Tanaka levels him with a flying forearm that gets 2. He sends Owen into the corner and charges in, The Rocket gets a boot up, crawls to make a tag, but Kato comes in and holds the referee as it happens. Neidhart isn’t allowed in, Fuji stands his cane up in the corner, The Orient Express shoot The Rocket into it behind the official’s back and Kato covers, but still can’t finish him off.

Kato starts to work over the arm, plants Owen with a hammerlock slam, tag to Tanaka and he drops a headbutt to the shoulder before grabbing a hammerlock. Owen gains his footing and pushes Tanaka off to the ropes, Tanaka with a shoulder knockdown, back to the ropes and The Rocket catches him with an overhead belly to belly suplex, Kato breaking up the count at 2. Tanaka tags out, Kato draws The Anvil in to hold the referee, Tanaka steps in and The Orient Express send Owen to the ropes for a double clothesline.

Kato covers and only gets 1 by the time the ref gets there, grabs an armbar and makes a tag, Tanaka with a superkick and he baits Neidhart back in. The Orient Express with an elevated seated senton for a near fall, Kato tags back in and they shoot The Rocket to the ropes, he ducks a double clothesline and takes them both out with a dropkick. The Anvil finally gets a tag, Owen slingshots him into the ring with a double shoulder tackle, Neidhart slamming Tanaka & Kato, then elevating Tanaka with a back body drop.

The Rocket comes in and whips Neidhart into Kato with a shoulder, Kato spills to the outside, The Anvil returns the favor and shoots Owen into a suicide dive on Kato. Neidhart slams Tanaka back in the ring, Owen scales the turnbuckle and The New Foundation hits the Rocket Launcher for the victory.
Winners: The New Foundation (Owen/Rocket Launcher)

  • EA’s Take: An exciting opening contest between four veterans that really showcased the strong points of both teams. After The Anvil had fallen victim to Ric Flair’s Figure Four during a match 2 months prior, he exited as The Beverly Brothers made their way to the ring. The Beverlys would take advantage of a weakened Neidhart and ambush him, causing him to miss a month with ‘injury’. Upon his return, he sought revenge on The Beverlys, returning with backup in the form of the returning Owen Hart. The Rocket previously worked as The Blue Blazer under a mask, briefly working for WCW before coming back to the WWF as himself. The youngest Hart brother shows in this match that he’s every bit as talented as Bret in the ring, arguably more talented with his high flying offense to go with the technical wrestling. The New Foundation showed a little promise, but are mostly remembered for their horrible bright ‘Hammer pants’ ring gear, breaking up just a few weeks later when The Anvil would be fired for unprofessional conduct.

Backstage: Lord Alfred Hayes shows us video, explaining what happened two days ago at an event in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bret Hart would defend his IC Title against doctors orders, losing the championship to The Mountie. The new champion would attack The Hitman following the win, drawing out Roddy Piper to make the save. The Mountie would appear to leave, but as Piper checked on Bret he would get clobbered with the title, setting up our title match tonight. Sean Mooney is in the locker room with The Mountie & Jimmy Hart, The Mouth Of The South claiming Bret Hart isn’t actually sick from the flu, but from losing his title. The Mountie isn’t happy to be defending his title on two days notice, but he’s a man and will proudly defeat Roddy Piper. “Because The Mountie always gets his man.” ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is with the challenger ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper in the interview area. Hot Rod talks about the champion wanting to take his integrity, but unfortunately he doesn’t have any. He’s come here to win two titles tonight and he can’t do that until he wins the first one.

Match #2 for the WWF Intercontinental Championship: WWF Intercontinental Champion The Mountie w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper
Hot Rod throws his kilt over the champion’s eyes and goes on the attack, the bell rings and we’re underway with Piper unloading on Mountie with rights and lefts. The Mountie gets sent into the ropes, he hangs on and slides out under the bottom rope, Roddy heads out on the other side and blindsides the champion on the floor, then stalks him around ringside. Mountie puts Jimmy in front of him, uses the distraction to score with right hands, rolls Piper back in and chokes him against the ropes. He whips the challenger to the ropes, leapfrogs over him and looks for a monkey toss, Hot Rod has it scouted and stomps him between the eyes.

He drives The Mountie head-first into the top turnbuckle, plants him with a running bulldog, the champion getting his foot on the ropes at a count of 2. Hot Rod pulls Mountie to his feet and pokes him in the eye, grabs a side headlock, the champion pushes him to the ropes and Jimmy Hart grabs Piper’s leg. The distraction doesn’t help and the two guys exchange right hands, Roddy sending Mountie to the ropes for a dropkick, but the champion avoids it and hooks the leg for a 2 count. The Mountie rams Piper head-first into the turnbuckle multiple times, bites him on the forehead and whips him to the ropes for a jumping back elbow, gaining another count of 2.

He dumps the challenger on the outside, Piper pulls himself to the apron, buries a shoulder to the midsection and sunset flips in for a near fall, then unleashes a flurry of fists on the champion. Mountie attempts to pull Hot Rod outside by the tights, Roddy hangs onto the apron and keeps the pressure on with more right hands, then sends The Mountie to the ropes for a back body drop. He whips the champion in again and buries a punch to the midsection, Mountie swings wildly with a right hand, Hot Rod ducks it and splits him with an atomic drop, then tosses The Mountie over the top.

The champion hangs onto the ropes and pulls himself back in as Jimmy gets to the apron to distract the challenger, Mountie looks to ambush Roddy from behind, but Hot Rod side-steps it. Jimmy Hart gets drilled and drops to the floor, Piper slaps the Sleeper Hold on The Mountie, the official checks the arm and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Intercontinental Champion: ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (Sleeper Hold)

  • After The Bell: The Mouth Of The South has the Shock Stick and looks to attack Piper from behind, Hot Rod avoids it and grabs the prod, Jimmy squirming away and leaving Mountie in the ring. Roddy gives the now-former champion a taste of his own medicine and zaps The Mountie.
  • EA’s Take: Piper’s matches are always just…semi-controlled chaos would be the best way to describe it. A really quick set-up to this contest as Bret dropped the title due to being in contract negotiations with the company. The Mountie would receive a rematch on an episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event, but was unsuccessful leading to a big WrestleMania match for the championship between Bret & Piper. This would serve as Roddy’s only title win of his illustrious career in the WWF for many years, as he was one of the very few guys that didn’t need a championship. Being Roddy Piper was kind of it’s own title.

Backstage: Lord Alfred Hayes enters into Hulk Hogan’s locker room for a quick word, The Immortal One speaking about how he will have no friends in tonight’s Royal Rumble to get the WWF title back around his waist. ‘Mean’ Gene is in the interview area standing by with The Bushwhackers & Jamison. Luke says this is the final plane for ‘The Beverly Sisters’ and they have a surprise for The Genius. Butch says when they’re finished with all 3 of them they will feed the rest to Jamison.

Match #3: The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake) w/The Genius vs. The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) w/Jamison
The Bushwhackers do a lot of posturing to the crowd before chasing The Beverlys out of the ring and starting a “Sissy” chant for The Genius. Beau and Luke finally get things started, Beau with a stiff right that draws Butch in, The Beverlys immediately taking advantage with a double team. Beau hammers Luke across the middle rope, Blake chokes him behind the ref’s back and Beau shoots Luke to the ropes. He misses a right hand, Luke with a kick to the midsection and he bites Beau on the backside. Blake steps in to stop it and is met by Butch, The Bushwhackers clear the ring with double forearms and march around the delight of the fans.

The Beverlys regroup, Butch takes the ring and Beau slides in to tag out. Blake offers a handshake and Butch looks to the crowd to make a decision, allowing Blake the opportunity to attack him from behind. Blake stomps away, Butch pulls himself to his feet, reverses an irish whip to the ropes and buries a knee to the breadbasket. He plants Blake with a bulldog, all 4 guys are in now and The Bushwhackers shoot The Beverlys into one another from opposite corners, then score with double clotheslines to clean out the ring again. Blake Beverly ducks underneath the ring, Beau to the apron on the other side to provide a distraction, Blake slides in from behind and gets caught.

Beau tries the same thing to no avail, Luke catches Blake and sinks his teeth into hey keyster, reverses a whip to the ropes and Beau unsuccessfully attempts a cheap shot. Blake gets caught coming from behind with a shot to the ribs, gets sent to the ropes, hangs on and ducks to the outside. Butch drops off the apron and pokes him in the eyes, it draws the official’s attention and Beau clocks Luke from behind in the ring. Blake slides in and hangs Luke across the top rope, Beau delivers a double axe to the lower back and stays in, dropping an elbow for a 1 count. Blake re-enters and The Beverlys drive Luke spine-first into the turnbuckles, Blake cracking him with a backbreaker and dropping a headbutt to the spine for a count of 2.

He baits Butch into the ring, makes a tag and hangs Luke across the top again, Beau landing on the lower back with a seated senton. Beau sends Luke in for a back body drop and gets caught with a kick, hooks Luke’s leg and drags him to his corner to make a tag, Blake coming in and hanging Luke with a hotshot. Blake hits the ropes and scores with a clothesline, Beau tags in and makes a nonchalant cover for 2, Luke countering with a schoolboy and he almost steals a victory, but gets tossed outside for his troubles. The Genius comes around ringside and slaps Jamison across the face, Beau shooting Luke hard into the turnbuckles back inside.

He heads to the 2nd rope and connects with a double axe handle, Butch saves the match, The Beverlys switch without a tag and Blake hits Luke with a neckbreaker, following up with a leg drop. He tags out and Beau shoots Luke into the corner, charges in, but Luke rebounds out with a clothesline, crawling to his corner to make a tag as Blake comes in. Butch with a flurry of shots, turns Blake inside out with a clothesline, Beau steps in and gets dropped. He hooks Blake in a side headlock and rams him into his partner, sending Beau to the outside.

Butch hits the ropes for a flying forearm on Blake, covers and Beau slides in to stop the count at 2, but gets dumped back out for his troubles. Luke attempts to get involved and is stopped by the referee, Butch with an irish whip, Blake reverses and Beau trips Butch from the outside. Blake covers for 2 with Luke making the save, the official works him back to his corner allowing The Beverlys to double team, Blake holding Butch as Beau comes off the top with a double axe, Blake with the cover for the 3 count.
Winners: The Beverly Brothers (Blake/Interference)

  • After The Bell: The Bushwhackers aren’t finished and they send The Beverlys to the ropes for double back elbows, then hit them each with the Battering Ram to clear the ring. The Genius yells at them from the apron, gets dragged into the ring and Luke holds The Genius for Jamison to deliver shot, but he merely kicks him in the shin and then the backside.
  • EA’s Take: A lot of pre-match antics got this one started slowly, eventually boiling down to what I recall almost every Bushwhackers match being. The Beverly Brothers are higher on the pecking order and continue to ascend so they get the duke here, but Jamison gets the last laugh in the end. I don’t know a whole lot about Jamison, I remember him as a character from The Bobby Heenan Show. He was a total buffoon and fit right in with The Bushwhackers, but is really a forgettable personality that never really amounted to anything. These two teams would continue to collide until the Summer, when The Beverlys would set target tag team gold.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is joined by WWF Tag Team Champions The Legion Of Doom in the interview area. Animal spouts off about how they will face all challengers and that includes The Natural Disasters tonight. Hawk asks if Gene knows what makes them sick, answering that Earthquake & Typhoon throwing their weight around disgusts him.

Match #4 for the WWF Tag Team Championships: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. WWF Tag Team Champions The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal)
Hawk & Typhoon lock-up and we’re underway, each guy holds their own, they tie-up again and there’s no advantage. Hawk grabs a side headlock, gets pushed off to the ropes, tries a shoulder block and Typhoon doesn’t budge. Hawk goes back to the well getting the same result, hits the ropes again and staggers him with a forearm. He goes upstairs and finally takes the big man off his feet with another forearm shot, covers and Earthquake breaks the count at 2. Quake tags in and goes nose to nose with Hawk, Hawk with a standing dropkick and it barely budges Earthquake.

The big guy looks to comeback with his own dropkick, Hawk side-steps it and follows with a fist drop before tagging out. Animal gets in Quake’s face now, they exchange shots with neither getting the advantage, Earthquake using a kick to the ribs to get the edge. He shoots Animal to the ropes, Animal ducks a couple shots, both guys thinking clothesline and connect, doubling down. Animal up first, lifts Quake for a slam, but can’t hold the weight and Earthquake falls on top for a near fall.

Typhoon tags in, The Natural Disasters send Animal to the corner, Quake whipping Typhoon in for a splash. He calls for another, this time Animal sticks his boot up, then explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. He tags out, Hawk in from the top with a shot to the shoulder, pummels Typhoon with right hands, the big man turns the tide and sends him to the ropes, both attempting a clothesline and they both hold their ground. Hawk finds no success off a 2nd attempt and the third is no better, getting caught in the air and split with a backbreaker. Typhoon whips Hawk hard into the corner, Quake re-enters and drops a big elbow to the lower back, gaining a 2 count.

Earthquake makes the tag, Typhoon using his body weight to punish the lower back, then grabs a bearhug, Hawk fights out and goes to the 2nd rope, but gets caught back in the hold. He tags out and Quake keeps on the spine area, then goes back to the bearhug and drives him spine-first into the turnbuckles. Earthquake shoots him across, rushes in for a splash, Hawk side-steps it, comes off the 2nd rope with an elbow and the big man topples over. Animal gets the hot tag, Earthquake reverses a whip to the ropes, misses a right hand and Animal scores with a shoulder tackle.

Typhoon steps in to stop the momentum, The Natural Disasters try a double back suplex, Animal flips out, lands on his feet and knocks them both to the outside with a double clothesline. The brawl is on with all 4 guys going at it on the outside, the referee counts, Typhoon sliding into the ring just before the 10 count.
Winners: The Natural Disasters (Count-Out)

  • After The Bell: The Natural Disasters grabs the titles and hold them up as if they’ve won them, Hawk grabs a chair on the outside and comes in from behind, clocking them in the back. Typhoon spills to the outside, Hawk tosses Animal the chair, whips Earthquake at him and Animal whacks him over the head to clear the ring.
  • EA’s Take: Another subpar tag team match here, after the showing we got from The New Foundation & Orient Express in the opener, it was going to be hard to top. It was definitely watchable, but these 4 don’t exactly fit the bill of what you’d call a “good worker”. The count-out victory seems a little unusual, but moving forward it would be the start of a change in the division. The LOD would lose the titles just a few short weeks later to Ted DiBiase & IRS, now known as Money Inc. Jimmy Hart had taken the team on and used The Natural Disasters’ rematch to get Money Inc. the title shot, angering The Disasters and leading to a face turn. The LOD would take a very brief hiatus from the company following the title loss, returning at WrestleMania with a face from their past by their side.

Backstage: In the locker room is Sean Mooney who welcomes in The Natural Disasters & Jimmy Hart. Jimmy claims that they should be the champions and he’s going to get his lawyer to deal with this. The Disasters are incensed that eventhough they won, they didn’t gain the titles and promise to next time the teams collide.

Backstage: Gene Okerlund is in the interview area with the new WWF Intercontinental Champion ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. Hot Rod says only in America can a guy win the IC Title and still have a shot at the world title in the same night. He’s dedicating this one to Colt. We go back to Sean Mooney in the locker room and he speaks about the opportunity coming up in the Royal Rumble. He comes across Shawn Michaels and talks about the opportunity that was taken away from Marty Jannetty, directing us to the video of Shawn turning on Marty on Brutus Beefcake’s Barber Shop. Michaels says he doesn’t know what the big deal is, he saved him from getting 29 other beatings in the Rumble. It’s time that everyone finds out what he’s known all along and that’s that he is the hottest thing the WWF has ever had.

Backstage: Lord Alfred Hayes joins Ric Flair outside his dressing room, Flair telling us that he’s drawn #3 in the Rumble match. He knows it’s not a great number and he’ll have to last close to an hour to become WWF Champion, but that makes no difference to him. We go back to ‘Mean’ Gene who introduces us to pre-recorded comments from some of the participants in the Royal Rumble including ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, Sid Justice, The British Bulldog, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan and more.

Match #5 – Royal Rumble for the WWF Championship

  • Entry #1 is The British Bulldog. Entry #2 is ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase. The MDM slides right in and goes after Davey, Bulldog catches him with right hands, shoots him into the corner and charges in, running into a back elbow. DiBiase takes the opening and hammers The Bulldog, sends him to the ropes for a clothesline, then plants him with a vertical suplex. He follows it up with a gutbuster, another vertical suplex and tries to toss him over, Davey Boy hanging onto the apron, MDM doesn’t realize it, turns around and gets clotheslined over the top. ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase has been eliminated…
  • Entry #3 is Ric Flair. He steps in and lets out a “Woo!”, locks up with Bulldog and gets powered to the canvas. Flair looks to shoot Davey to the ropes, it’s reversed and Bulldog lifts Flair with a military press. Flair sneaks in a boot, sends Bulldog to the corner, Davey Boy rebounds out with a clothesline and flattens him. Ric goes to the eyes to create an opening, irish whip to the ropes and The Bulldog drops him with another clothesline as the clock counts down….
  • Entry #4 is Nasty Boy Jerry Sags. Sags comes in and gives Flair a hand with Bulldog. They send Davey Boy into the corner for a double clothesline, he explodes back out with one of his own, throws Sags over the top. Sags hangs onto the apron, turns to the crowd and has some words with the front row, The Bulldog dropkicks him from behind and he falls to the floor. Nasty Boy Jerry Sags has been eliminated….
  • Entry #5 is Haku. The British Bulldog has to deal with another 2 on 1 situation, Haku holding him up for Flair chops, but then Haku goes after Ric, chasing him out of the ring under the bottom rope. Haku turns his attention back to Davey Boy as Flair slides back in, Bulldog gets spiked with a piledriver, Flair going to Haku’s eyes right after and drops a knee. Haku turns the tables, works over Flair in the corner, goes back to The Bulldog and gets elevated to the outside as the clock ticks away. Haku has been eliminated.
  • Entry #6 is Shawn Michaels. Shawn slides in and Flair cuts him off at the pass, Michaels fires back, shoots him into the corner and flips him with a back body drop. He lays Flair out with a superkick, Davey Boy clobbers him, whips him to the ropes and slams him with a military press, then flattens Shawn with multiple clotheslines, nearly eliminating him. No allies here as everyone’s after everyone, 10…9…8…7….
  • Entry #7 is ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana. Bulldog finally has some sort of ally, Tito hitting the ring and delivering a series of rights and lefts to Flair. The 4 pair off, Flair planting El Matador with a back suplex, then drills The Bulldog with a low blow. He turns back to Tito, sends him to the ropes, Santana ducks a shot and connects with the Flying Forearm as the timer hits zero….
  • Entry #8 is The Barbarian. The heels have a 3-2 advantage now, Barbarian & Flair trying to dump Bulldog out, but he’s able to remain on the apron, clutching to the ropes for dear life….
  • Entry #9 is ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich. Now the sides are even and Von Erich is right on Flair, dropping him with a Tornado Punch. Michaels gets clocked with one for his troubles, then gets catapulted into the top turnbuckle by Davey Boy. The faces and heels split-off into pairs as the next entrant makes his way out….
  • Entry #10 is Repo Man. Repo sneaks his way around ringside and picks his moment to slide into the squared circle, ambushing The Tornado from behind as Santana hits Barbarian with a crossbody. Punches and chops get thrown from every which direction as the 10 count ticks down….
  • Entry #11 is Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine. The Hammer goes right after the other master of the Figure Four, exchanging chops with Flair….
  • Entry #12 is Nikolai Volkoff. The ring’s really starting to full up now with 9 guys in the ring., Flair tries to drop a knee on Valentine, The Hammer blocks it and slaps on the Figure Four as Repo Man back body drops Nikolai over the top rope. Nikolai Volkoff has been eliminated….
  • Entry #13 is Big Boss Man. The Boss Man a house of fire with right hangs for everyone in the ring as Repo Man tosses out The Hammer. Greg ‘The Hammer Valentine has been eliminated. Boss Man nearly uppercuts Michaels over the top, Repo tries to attack from behind and Boss Man subsequently ends his evening. Repo Man has been eliminated. The Bulldog pummels Flair in the corner, Flair ducks a clothesline and elevates Davey Boy over the top. The British Bulldog has been eliminated. The Tornado goes immediately after Flair, tries a heavy right hand and suffers the same fate as Bulldog. ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich has been eliminated. Michaels & El Matador duke it out on the other side as the timer starts, they jockey for position with neither getting the edge, forcing each other to fall out to the floor. Shawn Michaels & ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana have been eliminated….
  • Entry #14 is Hercules. The ring has quickly trimmed down from 9 to 4, Flair & Barbarian high-five, Flair turning on him with a chop that has little affect. Barbarian sends him to the ropes and plants him after a military press, looks to eliminate him, but Hercules comes up from behind and dumps him over, Flair hanging onto the ropes. The Barbarian has been eliminated. Boss Man clobbers Hercules from behind immediately, both guys spill over the top, Flair thinks he’s left alone, but Big Boss Man hangs on and slides in under the bottom rope. Hercules has been eliminated.Flair turns to see Boss Man, pokes him in the eye and sends him to the ropes, Boss Man ducking a clothesline and delivering one of his own. He scores with right hands, staggers Flair near the ropes, charges in for a splash and misses, spilling over the top to the apron, then down to the floor. Big Boss Man has been eliminated….
  • Entry #15 is WWF Intercontinental Champion ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. Flair is not thrilled that Piper’s out, trying to beg off to no avail. Hot Rod unleashes a barrage of shots in the corner, whips him across and tosses him with a back body drop. He sends Flair out through the ropes following a dropkick, Piper is out after him, drives his head off the barricade and throws Flair back in the squared circle. Roddy’s onslaught continues with punches from the 2nd rope, Flair tries to power out with an inverted atomic drop, Piper blocks and levels him with a clothesline. He puts Flair in an airplane spin, slaps on the Sleeper Hold and Flair fades away as the next man hits the ring….
  • Entry #16 is Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts. The Snake rolls in and sits in the corner, watches Hot Rod put Flair out and then attacks him from behind. Roberts puts a beating in Roddy in the corner, chokes him on the bottom rope and helps Flair up, only to deliver a short-arm clothesline. He calls for the DDT, Piper explodes out of the corner with a clothesline to prevent it, Flair locking Jake in the Figure Four. Hot Rod attacks them both and it costs him, The Snake and Flair now teaming up on him as #17 comes to the ring….
  • Entry #17 is ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan. Hacksaw evens the odds for Piper, decapitates Flair with a clothesline out of the corner, turns his attention to Jake and then brawls with Piper. Flair gets involved drawing Roddy’s attention, plants Piper with a back suplex as Roberts splits Duggan with an inverted atomic drop….
  • Entry #18 is Irwin R. Schyster. IRS takes his time getting to the squared circle, Hacksaw grabs his tie and hammers away with heavy rights, Schyster going to the eyes to stop the momentum….
  • Entry #19 is ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka. The Superfly steps in and cracks Flair with a headbutt, sends him to the ropes and fires away with knife-edge chop….
  • Entry #20 is The Undertaker. The Deadman creeps his way to the ring, slides in and tosses Snuka out with one big shot. ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka has been eliminated. Taker chokes Flair in the corner, Hacksaw tries to intervene and gets caught with a low blow….
  • Entry #21 is ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. Macho sprints to the ring looking for Roberts, but The Snake escapes under the bottom rope, Undertaker grabbing Savage by the throat. The Snake attempts a short-arm clothesline to Macho, Savage avoids it and drives an elbow between the eyes, unleashing a flurry of stiff punches to the forehead. He climbs up top and drills Jake with a double axe handle, delivers a knee to the back that sends him flying to the outside, then hops over the top to the floor after him. Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts has been eliminated. Savage chokes the life out of The Snake, Undertaker comes outside through the ropes, grabs Macho and throws him back inside, the officials allowing it as Savage wasn’t thrown over the top, but went out on his own accord….
  • Entry #22 is The Berzerker. Berzerker takes shots at everyone as he enters the ring, Hacksaw ducks one, splits him with an atomic drop and scores with a clothesline, Flair hooking Macho on the apron to suplex him out, Savage blocks and brings Flair in the hard way….
  • Entry #23 is Virgil. Virgil can’t wait to get his hands on IRS, walks right into a double team and gets caught by the throat by Undertaker. Flair gets involved and draws The Deadman’s attention, Berzerker shoots Virgil to the ropes and floors him with a big boot as the countdown begins….
  • Entry #24 is Colonel Mustafa. The Colonel enters and chokes Hot Rod on the top rope, Berzerker spikes Virgil on his head with a piledriver as the battle rages on….
  • Entry #25 is ‘The Model’ Rick Martel. The ring’s filling up again, Macho & Mustafa exchanging shots near the ropes, Savage ducks down and lifts him up and over. Colonel Mustafa has been eliminated….
  • Entry #26 is Hulk Hogan. The arena erupts as Hulkster enters the ring, cracks Taker & Berzkerer with a double noggin knocker, then another for Undertaker & IRS. All 3 team up and trap Hogan in the corner, Hulk fights his way out, clotheslines The Undertaker and he flips over the top, landing on his feet outside. The Undertaker has been eliminated. The Berzerker looks to ambush Hulk and pays for it, getting back body dropped and joining Undertaker on the floor. The Berzerker has been eliminated. Hogan shreds his shirt, wraps it around The Model’s neck and tosses him across the ring, Virgil scores with a crossbody on Duggan near the ropes and they both tumble over the top rope. Virgil & ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan have been eliminated….
  • Entry #27 is Skinner. The Alligator Man rips at Piper’s eyes on the way in as Hogan attempts to toss Flair, Schyster making the save. Hulk drops Flair & Skinner with clotheslines as the buzzer sounds….
  • Entry #28 is Sgt. Slaughter. Skinner has Hot Rod in trouble near the ropes as Slaughter walks to the ring, Martel picks him up from behind and sends Skinner packing. Skinner has been eliminated. Piper & Hogan duel reminding us of years past, The Model gets involved and suffers for it as the clock starts the countdown….
  • Entry #29 is Sid Justice. Sid comes in and hammers IRS with boots, The Hulkster stalks Flair and ends up caught in a double team, giving Flair the advantage….
  • Entry #30 is The Warlord. The final entry is in now, Flair ducks outside under the bottom rope, drags Hulk out with him and attempts a vertical suplex on the floor. Hogan blocks and delivers one of his own, back in the ring Sarge is hammering Sid in the corner, whips him across, Justice reverses and Slaughter’s momentum takes him up and over. Sgt. Slaughter has been eliminated. Hulk throws Flair back in, whips him to the ropes and plants the big boot to the chin, Schyster tosses Piper on the other side, Roddy hangs onto the apron, grabs IRS’ tie and pulls him over the top. Irwin R. Schyster has been eliminated. Hogan & Sid team up and dump The Warlord over. The Warlord has been eliminated. Piper & The Model jockey for position against the ropes, neither man can gain control, Justice comes from behind and shoves them both, sending them spilling to the outside. ‘The Model’ Rick Martel & ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper have been eliminated. We’re down to the final four, Hogan/Flair & Sid/Macho pairing off, Justice picks Savage up, Flair escapes Hulk by going to the eyes, drives a knee in Sid’s back and Macho falls out to the floor. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage has been eliminated. Justice & Hogan go 2 on 1 against Flair, sending him into the corner, Flair’s turned inside-out and nearly gets eliminated. The Hulkster tries to kick him off the apron, Sid grabs Hogan from behind and sends him to the outside. Hulk Hogan has been eliminated. Hogan can’t believe Justice turned on him, arguing with Sid from the floor. He grabs Justice by the wrist and pulls him towards the ropes, Flair comes to and flips Justice over to become the new champion.

Winner and NEW WWF Champion: Ric Flair

  • After The Bell: Hulk chases the new champion out of the ring as Heenan is going crazy on commentary and leaves to go celebrate, Sid is back in the ring behind Hogan and shoves him. The Hulkster pushes back and they go face to face, WWF referees and officials swarm the ring to step in between them and prevent them from going at it. We go the interview area with Gene Okerlund, WWF President Jack Tunney presenting Ric Flair the title with Mr. Perfect & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan standing behind him. Flair speaks about this being the greatest moment of his career, stating that the WWF Title is the most prestigious in wrestling and holding it means you rule the world. People can talk about Hogan, Savage, Sid or anyone else, but now it’s Flair and we can all pay homage to the man. “Wooooo!”
  • EA’s Take: Now this is how the Royal Rumble should be booked every year, a great Rumble match that was entertaining from beginning to end. The title was on the line for the first time in history making the contest the more important and star-studded than it had ever been. This goes down as arguably one the best Rumble matches in history with the list of Hall Of Famers involved, the excellent booking and weaving of storylines. Ric Flair gains his first WWF Title and cuts one of the most memorable promos of his career and for once the last few guys standing in the match actually made sense with Savage, Hogan, Sid & Flair. This is also the first time I remember Hogan actually getting some boos, a good portion of the crowd was on Sid’s side in all the aftermath. You’d think that after all this time the WWF would go with Flair/Hogan heading to WrestleMania, it was the dream match years in the making and everyone wanted to see it, it only made sense. That wouldn’t be the case however as Sid would make a full-fledged heel turn and clash with Hogan, while Flair would prod Macho Man with accusations about Elizabeth. To this day no real reason has ever been given as to why Flair/Hogan never happened, looking back it was a big blunder for the company not to capitalize on the opportunity and the match would never take place in the WWF.

EA’s Finisher: This card goes down in history as one of the most remembered in WWF history, obviously all due to the Royal Rumble and Ric Flair’s 1st WWF Championship. The undercard did what it needed to do, but was loaded with tag matches. Our opener was excellent and featured a lot of innovation from Owen Hart, making it hard for the following tag contests to impress in the same way. Roddy Piper gains his first title in the WWF as well, just adding to the historical impact of the event. This would really become the benchmark for other Royal Rumble matches going forward and although the title wouldn’t be up for grabs in it for another 24 years, another stipulation would be added going forward, cementing the Rumble as must-see for all fans in the future.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Royal Rumble Match
2 – The New Foundation vs. The Orient Express
3 – The Mountie vs. Roddy Piper


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