Week of 3/17/2014 - 3/23/2014 (Thursday - Sunday)

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    Date: March 20, 2014
    Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
    Commentators: William Regal, Todd Phillips, Byron Saxton

    Things have been looking up in Florida over the last few weeks after a few down weeks leading up to Arrival. The big story at the moment is Bo Dallas wanting his title back from Adrian Neville and the title match takes place next week. Other than that we've got the Divas arguing as usual, likely leading up to a good match or two. Let's get to it.

    This week's show was available early so it looks like it's going to be a week by week thing.

    Mojo Rawley vs. Bull Dempsey

    Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots is here and in a Mojo shirt. Dempsey hammers away in the corner and slams Mojo down. A knee drop gets two and we hit the chinlock complete with forearms to the chest. Rawley throws him into the air for a big crash and drives Bull into the corner with a three point stance. Some splashes in the corner set up Hyperdrive to pin Bull at 2:24. Dempsey got in too much offense but at least it wasn't as long this time.

    Sheamus is in action tonight.

    CJ Parker doesn't like Mojo Rawley because he's hyped up on fast food and probably throws his trash out of the window. They meet next week.

    Tyler Breeze vs. Sami Zayn

    No match as Corey Graves jumps Sami while Zayn is high fiving a little girl. Sami gets sent head first into the post and the trainer comes out to check for a concussion.

    Sheamus says it feels magical to be back in NXT but Aiden English interrupts in song. He says he's using NXT as a stepping stone to the brighter lights of Broadway. Sheamus says it's funny that Aiden said stones because it's clear Aiden's stones haven't dropped yet. That can be fixed tonight because Sheamus will talk to JBL and get a match made between the two of them.

    Adam Rose vs. Camacho

    Renee Young jumps in on commentary and asks why she isn't in the party. She dances a bit in one of the few things you'll see her do outside of hold a microphone and smile a lot. Regal offers to take her to one of Rose's parties but she says she might ask for Rose's autograph and be too fangirlish. Rose, for lack of a better term, prances around the ring before Camacho grabs his arm. The fans think Rose is awesome and he rolls away from Camacho in appreciation.

    Rose leans into the ropes and rocks his feet into the air to stop Camacho in his tracks. Camacho didn't hit the feet but he's not sure what to do with Rose. He takes Rose into the corner and chops away, drawing a PARTY POOPER chant. Hey Raw crowds: take notes from NXT on how to be amusing. Rose gets caught in a chinlock and then sent into the corner so Camacho does the prance. Adam is MAD and jumps on Camacho with right hands to the head. He nails a spinebuster and gyrates in the corner (Renee: “That's a very erotic warmup.”) before the Slice (complete with a CHOO CHOO!) gets the pin at 5:00.

    Bayley vs. Sasha Banks

    Natalya and Charlotte are the seconds here. Bayley dances around to start as Byron Saxton goes into some bizarre metaphor about stealing chicken and rice. Regal: “I have no idea what you just said.” Bayley runs Sasha down and steals her sunglasses. Phillips: “Hug Life?” She sits on Sasha's back and crosses her arms as Banks freaks out.

    Back up and Bayley charges into a boot in the corner as Sasha takes over. She stomps Bayley down and puts on a chinlock for about five seconds. Sasha throws her outside but Natalya prevents any shenanigans from Charlotte. The distraction from Natalya lets Bayley get a rollup pin at 4:33.

    Aiden English vs. Sheamus

    This week's song is about being in the center ring of NXT before going to the WWE. Sheamus gets a great reaction before the match but Aiden says he built this theater. He's going to use this company to make his way to Broadway but Sheamus doesn't think he'll make it there. Sheamus sings us an Irish song and the fans are WAY into it until English jumps him. Sheamus says ring the bell and the chase is on. Aiden catches him coming in and stomps away but Sheamus sends him into the corner and hits the forearms to the chest.

    The Brogue Kick misses with English bailing to the floor as we take a break. Back with both guys on the floor and Sheamus throwing English into the barricade. Aiden tries to run but manages to send Sheamus face first into the steps. A clothesline puts Sheamus down and they head inside for a chinlock.

    Regal alters English's character a bit by saying Broadway means the top of the WWE. He finally admits he has a man crush on English as Sheamus slugs back from his knees. Sheamus pulls himself to the top rope but Aiden slams him down into a neckbreaker (nice move) for two. Back to the chinlock and Sheamus is in trouble. Sheamus powers to his feet and throws English down. A few shoulder blocks set up the Brogue Kick for the pin at 7:44.

    Sheamus brings a kid over the barricade and has him do the Sheamus pose to end the show.

    Mojo Rawley b. Bull Dempsey – Hyperdrive
    Adam Rose b. Camacho – Slice
    Bayley b. Sasha Banks – Rollup
    Sheamus b. Aiden English – Brogue Kick

    Impact Wrestling
    Date: March 20, 2014
    Location: Impact Zone, Orlando, Florida
    Commentators: Tazz, Mike Tenay

    The big story coming out of last week is the seemingly face Bully Ray destroying all of the former Team Roode (minus A Double). It also seems that Willow is the dark side of Jeff Hardy and will allow Hardy to get revenge on people that have hurt him in very un-Jeff like ways. As for tonight, the main story is Joe vs. Magnus II with Eric Young and Abyss chained together at ringside. Let's get to it.

    We open with Eric Young trying to fight Abyss in the back. It goes badly for the small man until ODB tries to make a save with a pipe. That also goes as well as you would expect but Eric comes back with a trashcan to the back. The brawl continues as they head further into the back and Eric is sent through some chairs. Young finds a chain and whips Abyss into the arena until they get to ringside with Abyss taking over.

    Eric dives into the ring and hits a suicide dive but he can't follow up. Abyss hammers on him again and takes Young inside where he sets up a chair. Young gets slammed face first onto the chair in a sick looking crash. Abyss goes for the chain but Young bites him in the head and hammers away but charges into a Black Hole Slam. Just hurting Young isn't enough so Abyss wraps the chain around Young's throat and chokes him out on the ropes.

    Bobby Lashley vs. Ethan Carter III

    This is joined in progress after a break. Ethan has some flashier gear now with red and blue trunks and white boots. Lashley runs him over with a hard shoulder block and drops Carter with a suplex. Ethan gets pummeled in the corner but avoids a charge to put Lashley in some trouble. It's short lived though as Lashley slams Ethan off the top.

    Carter comes back with some right hands in the corner but gets run over by raw power again. Lashley loads up the spear but Carter bails to the floor. Another clothesline drops him out there but he's able to get in the referee's face long enough to kick Lashley low. Carter tries to walk out on the match but Willow jumps him for the DQ at 5:47.

    Jeff loads up the Pillmanizer on the ankle via the ladder but Ethan gets away. Lashley doesn't seem to mind Willow costing him a match.

    Bully Ray is outside Dixie Carter's office in Nashville as she called him there for a meeting.

    Joe comes in to see MVP and vent some frustrations. He blames MVP for the title loss at Lockdown and thinks MVP has cost him the match tonight by letting Young get taken out. MVP promises to find someone to take Eric's place tonight.

    Angelina Love thinks Velvet has had enough time to make a decision so it's time to find out where she stands.

    Ethan yells at Magnus for not having his back and terminates the Carters' business relationship with the champ. Magnus doesn't care because he got everything he needed out of Dixie. All he needs is Abyss and Joe will find that out tonight.

    Gunner comes out and says he's proud of what he did at Lockdown. He went to war with one of the toughest men in this company and came out on top. He's also proud of serving this country and for all of the men and women that served with him. The Marines taught him to never give up and his dad taught him the same thing. Gunner's dad is in the front row and Gunner thanks him for everything he's done. They hug and here's James Storm for an interruption.

    Storm thinks he should get an introduction to Gunner's dad but Papa Gunner doesn't seem too enthusiastic. James goes off on Gunner for crying on the video about Gunner a few weeks back. Gunner's grandfather must be glad that he's dead to see his son and grandson become huge disappointments. Gunner snaps but takes the Last Call. Storm handcuffs Gunner's arms to the ropes and goes after his dad with a beer bottle to the head.

    We immediately cut to Gail Kim saying if Tapa doesn't win tonight, she's gone for good.

    The Bro Mans and Zema talk about going to a club last night before going in to see Sanada and Tigre Uno. There's a language barrier but Zema has wrestled in Mexico and Japan so he speaks lucha libre and strong style. Apparently Sanada and Tigre think the Bro Mans are awesome and agree to lay down in two minutes. That's Zema's translation at least.

    Gail Kim vs. Lei'D Tapa

    If Tapa loses she's gone because Gail says so. Tapa sends Gail across the ring to start before catching her in a spinebuster. Gail counters a powerbomb into a modified dragon sleeper but Tapa powers out. Kim gets slammed face first onto the mat but gets up at two. Some kicks to the leg have Tapa in trouble and Eat Defeat is enough for the pin at 4:04.

    Willow loudly says he has no issues in playing games with MVP over the title match, so he won't chain himself to Abyss. Why try to change when you can embrace the confusion?

    Here's Angelina to ask Velvet for an answer. Velvet thanks Angelina for being a mentor but doesn't like the idea of being a follower to Angelina's leadership. Angelina says it was just because she was the veteran and praises Sky for the success she had while Angelina was gone. Love says one is a lonely number but Sky isn't sure about trusting someone after the drama with Sabin. Then she says the team is back together and they hug.

    Angelina says hang on because we need the third piece. She invites Madison Rayne to the ring but Rayne doesn't seem too thrilled. Angelina introduces all three names and Madison sees the problem: she doesn't want to be the third girl that the others brought in as a favor. Love tries to get her to change her mind but Madison says she's out.

    Magnus isn't worried about the title match tonight because he has Abyss. He may be a monster but even monsters react to money. Joe comes up and says he'll make Magnus tap tonight. Al Snow comes in and breaks it up before things go too far.

    Tag Team Titles: Bro Mans vs. Wolves vs. Sanada/Tigre Uno

    Bro Mans are defending. Before the Wolves arrive, the champions try to get Tigre Uno and Sanada to lay down but Tigre says no and the champs are knocked to the floor. The Wolves show up and jump the Bro Mans but the other challengers hit baseball slides to the Bro Mans out as we take a break. Back with everything breaking down until it's Davey grabbing a rollup on Sanada for two. Off to Eddie as the Wolves rapid fire kicks and chops to put Sanada against the ropes.

    Tigre breaks up a double charge and Sanada is almost immediately back up with no apparent damage. Robbie tags himself in but Eddie rams him head first into Davey as the Wolves stay in control. Tigre comes in to face Robbie and walks into a clothesline as the champions take over. Jesse comes in and gorilla presses Tigre as Zema plays sound effects. Robbie gets two off a knee drop but Tigre comes back with a Rey Mysterio sitout bulldog.

    A double tag brings in Sanada to work over Jesse but Zema grabs the X-Division Title for a qiuck photo op. Sanada dives on Zema, leaving Tigre to climb the ropes and armdrag Davey down. A powerbomb/Backstabber combo from the Wolves gets two on Tigre but the Bro Mans make the save and hit the Bro Down on Tigre for the pin at 9:58.

    Angelina is worried about Madison being angry. Velvet says go talk to her.

    Kenny King of the Night promo.

    Angelina goes to talk to Madison and talks down to her again. Madison says no again but Angelina grabs her by the hair and destroys Madison before saying she and Velvet are the real Beautiful People.

    MVP will be chained to Abyss tonight.

    We get a video on Knux of all people, who says he's heard from a woman he's been involved with before and thinks it must be serious if she's calling him. Knux tells us about his family running a carnival and how his dad isn't cool with Knux's career path. To be continued.

    Bully is still at Dixie's office and we get a quickly edited video of him lecturing an off camera Dixie. She has her chair turned against the wall as Ray talks about how everyone hates her. Ray goes on about Dixie coming to New York and offering him money to screw over Team MVP but Ray didn't respect her enough for that. He whips the chair around and of course there's no one there. Bobby Roode jumps Ray from behind and rams Ray into a wall. Bully is stunned so Roode hits him with a poster to really knock him out.

    Abyss has something planned for Joe and MVP tonight. He shows Magnus the tacks in his hand.

    TNA World Title: Magnus vs. Samoa Joe

    MVP and Abyss are chained together at ringside and Magnus is defending. Joe sends Magnus to the floor before throwing the champion back inside for rapid fire punches and an enziguri in the corner. Back from a break with Magnus in control and putting Joe on the mat for a chinlock. Joe fights up but gets caught with a knee to the ribs.

    A powerslam puts Magnus down but Joe can't follow up. He grabs the Clutch but Magnus breaks free with a jawbreaker, knocking the referee down in the process. Abyss goes for the tacks but MVP sends Abyss into the post and throws the bag of tacks up the ramp. Abyss comes back with a chair and stops a charging Joe with a chair shot. Magnus adds a top rope elbow to retain the title at 11:43.

    Ethan Carter III b. Bobby Lashley via DQ when Willow interfered
    Gail Kim b. Lei'D Tapa – Eat Defeat
    Bro Mans b. Wolves and Tigre Uno/Sanada – Bro Down to Tigre
    Magnus b. Samoa Joe – Top rope elbow


    Lei'D Tapa is done with TNA.

    Impact got a .86, the worst number since Thanksgiving. This is likely due to the NCAA Tournament.

    Date: March 21, 2014
    Location: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
    Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield

    HHH is back to being full evil as we only have five shows left before Wrestlemania. Other than that we're looking at another story building show tonight with Kane talking about replacing Shield, the battle royal needing more names and Bray Wyatt being creepy and getting in Cena's head. Speaking of Cena, he's facing Luke Harper tonight. Let's get to it.

    Opening sequence.

    There's a fourway tag team match tonight for a shot at the Usos, presumably at Wrestlemania.

    Here's Kane to open things up. He introduces us to a video from the end of Raw with HHH ending the YES Movement. Back live and Kane says the blame is on all of the fans who cheer for Bryan and convince him that he's bigger than WWE and the Authority. Everyone learned a lesson on Monday when they saw that no one is greater than the Authority.

    What people need to understand is that some people are just better than others. HHH is better than Daniel Bryan and the Authority is better than all of you. Kane is shouting this at the fans but calms down and pulls a letter out of his pocket. It's from HHH who has asked Kane to read it to us. The letter is delayed by a YOU SOLD OUT chant before Kane reads the standard corporate apology as the fans boo it out of the building.

    Fandango vs. Fernando

    Yes, one of the Matadores is getting a singles match. This is joined in progress after a break with Fandango chopping the masked man down. We hit the chinlock on Fernando but he avoids a middle rope knee drop. A standing hurricanrana and a springboard back elbow gets two on Fandango but a Summer distraction lets Fandango get in a cheap shot. Torito freaks out because Summer is in a red dress and the chase is on, allowing Fernando roll up the dancer for the pin at 2:35.

    Damien Sandow vs. Dolph Ziggler

    Sandow jumps him to start and drives in knees to the chest. A Russian legsweep and knee drop have Ziggler in even more trouble as the announcers talk about the battle royal. Ziggler escapes a backdrop and shakes his h\ips a bit before dropkicking Damien outside. Dolph gets back on the top but Damien kicks him down, sending Ziggler's head onto the steps with a sick thud. That made me cringe.

    Back in and Damien hammers away at the head while screaming at Ziggler to stay down. We hit the chinlock for a bit before Sandow drops some more knees. Dolph is sent outside and into the barricade to give Damien a two count. Back to the chinlock for a bit but Dolph fights up with his jumping DDT. Ziggler hammers away in the corner and gets two off a neckbreaker. Sandow gets in a few right hands but Ziggler comes back with the Fameasser for the pin at 5:53.

    The Wyatts appear on screen and Luke says he is John's reaper tonight. Bray pops up and says John being afraid of Bray makes sense. Wyatt was born of the world's hatred and feeds on hate. The buzzards are circling overhead and Bray is Cena's torment waiting down below. Cena's fear is Bray's power and the power is his control. Run.

    Slam City preview.

    Shield vs. Real Americans vs. 3MB vs. Ryback/Curtis Axel

    One fall to a finish and it's Ambrose/Rollins and McIntyre/Mahal here. The announcers talk about everyone being a heel here as Ambrose works on Axel to start. An elbow drop gets two but it's off to Mahal who has about the same success as Axel. Rollins comes in to work on Jinder's arm but Ryback tags Mahal and runs Seth over. Rollins knees his way out of a vertical suplex and Shield clotheslines Ryback outside. Axel is sent out as well and Shield hits stereo suicide dives as we take a break.

    Back with 3MB double teaming Ambrose to give Mahal a two count. During the break, Cesaro swung Ambrose into the barricade in a painful looking crash. Ryback comes back in to stay on Dean with a splash getting two. The Meat Hook drops Ambrose but Swagger tags Ryback to get a quick two. The Vader Bomb into the double stomp from Cesaro gets two and Cesaro locks a chinlock on Dean.

    Ambrose fights up and hits a clothesline on Cesaro followed by a DDT on Swagger. Rollins and Mahal come in off double tags and Seth cleans house. A Blockbuster drops Mahal and Seth follows up with a flip dive to take out Ryback. Heath Slater breaks up the Black Out but gets speared by Reigns. The Black Out connects on Mahal but McIntyre makes the save at the last second. Everything breaks down and Kane runs in for the no contest at 8:17 shown of 11:47.

    Reigns and Kane fight up the ramp until the New Age Outlaws show up to help Kane. Ryback, Axel and the Real Americans lay out Rollins and Ambrose as Reigns is triple teamed. Kane chokeslams the other members of Shield as well as the beatdown goes on for awhile. It looks like Shield vs. Kane/Outlaws at Wrestlemania which doesn't do much for me. I can't buy the Outlaws as a real threat to Shield no matter how they spin it.

    Time for MizTV with the focus on the battle royal. Miz officially throws his name in the hat and guarantees victory. The guest tonight is Big Show who Miz describes as the odds on favorite. Big Show talks about the comparisons to Andre the Giant over his career and says winning the battle royal will cement his legacy. Miz brings up Big Show's nine losses at Wrestlemania so Big Show threatens to pop Miz's head open.

    Perhaps out of fear, Miz brings out some of the other entrants in the battle royal, including Titus O'Neil, Kofi Kingston, Alberto Del Rio, Big E. Langston (Miz throws in the Langston), Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, Goldust and Sheamus. The Irishman thinks we should have a battle royal of our own right now. Miz thinks everyone should get Big Show but they fight each other instead with Miz bailing to the floor.

    Sheamus and Big Show throw out everyone on their own in about a minute and a half until they're the only ones left. They fight for a bit until Big Show blocks a Brogue Kick and puts him on the apron. Miz comes back in as Show dumps Sheamus. A chokeslam gets rid of Miz and Big Show stands tall. This wasn't a match but it did its job well.

    Big E. vs. Alberto Del Rio

    Non-title. Big E. takes him into the corner and hammers away but gets spun around in the corner, setting up the double stomp to the chest. We hit the chinlock for a bit but Big E. fights up. He charges into a pair of boots in the corner and gets two off a Backstabber. Del Rio avoids a charge to send Big E.'s shoulder into the post and the low superkick gets the pin at 2:48. What is it with Del Rio beating Big E. so easily when they fight?

    Santino is upset that he and Emma have been having issues trying to go on a date. He complains to the makeup lady and talks about how much he cares for Emma as she's behind him. Emma surprises him and they bump heads as Santino falls out of a chair.

    Mr. T. Hall of Fame video.

    Summer Rae/Natalya vs. Bella Twins

    AJ is on commentary and seems to be ok with Tamina now. Nikki takes over on Natalya to start but Summer tags herself in. Summer sends her to the apron as AJ talks about how the match is a trainwreck. Brie comes in as the heels get in an argument, setting up the Bella Buster to Summer for the pin at 2:20. Nothing here at all.

    We go back to Main Event for the Undertaker's response to Paul Heyman. Undertaker choked Heyman down and told Heyman that he'll slay the Beast in New Orleans. Lesnar and Undertaker will both be on Raw.

    Video on the Streak.

    Kane thanks those that helped him take out Shield. Ryback and Axel are granted a Tag Team Title match but Zeb wants to know what they're getting. The Real Americans are granted a shot as well (no date was given for either shot), leaving only 3MB. Kane puts them in the battle royal. The Band leaves and the Outlaws come in. Kane is pleased with both of them and that's about it.

    Lane/Rusev do their thing.

    Daniel Bryan's shoulder is damaged and needs rest but he's not missing any live events and will be on Raw.

    John Cena vs. Luke Harper

    Before the match we get the Eminem music video on Cena vs. Wyatt from Raw. Harper drives Cena into the corner to start but John comes out with right hands. Harper avoids a charge in the corner though and gets two off a neckbreaker. The LET'S GO CENA chants dominate their counterparts as Luke puts on a chinlock. Back up and Cena counters the shoulders with an atomic drop followed by a big boot for two. The ProtoBomb and Shuffle connect as Rowan is at ringside.

    Harper escapes the AA and kicks Cena's head off for two. John slaps on the STF but Luke bites his way out of it. Harper's powerbomb is countered into a hurricanrana but Luke one ups him with a running hurricanrana of his own. A Michinoku Driver gets two on Cena but a third big boot is countered into the AA for the pin at 5:29.

    Cena bails as the other Wyatts hit the ring.

    Fernando b. Fandango – Rollup
    Dolph Ziggler b. Damien Sandow – Fameasser
    Ryback/Curtis Axel vs. Shield vs. 3MB vs. Real Americans went to a no contest
    Alberto Del Rio b. Big E. – Superkick
    Bella Twins b. Summer Rae/Natalya – Bella Buster to Summer
    John Cena b. Luke Harper – Attitude Adjustment




    Nothing either.

    Quick Results

    Monday Night Raw
    Real Americans b. Usos – Neutralizer to Jey
    Sheamus b. Titus O'Neil – Brogue Kick
    Daniel Bryan b. Randy Orton – Pin after a spear from Batista
    Goldust b. Fandango – Final Cut
    Funkadactyls b. Tamina Snuka/AJ Lee – Split legged moonsault to AJ
    Big E./Big Show/Dolph Ziggler/Mark Henry b. Alberto Del Rio/Damien Sandow/Curtis Axel/Ryback – Chokeslam to Sandow
    Bray Wyatt b. Kofi Kingston – Sister Abigail

    Mojo Rawley b. Bull Dempsey – Hyperdrive
    Adam Rose b. Camacho – Slice
    Bayley b. Sasha Banks – Rollup
    Sheamus b. Aiden English – Brogue Kick

    Impact Wrestling
    Ethan Carter III b. Bobby Lashley via DQ when Willow interfered
    Gail Kim b. Lei'D Tapa – Eat Defeat
    Bro Mans b. Wolves and Tigre Uno/Sanada – Bro Down to Tigre
    Magnus b. Samoa Joe – Top rope elbow

    Fernando b. Fandango – Rollup
    Dolph Ziggler b. Damien Sandow – Fameasser
    Ryback/Curtis Axel vs. Shield vs. 3MB vs. Real Americans went to a no contest
    Alberto Del Rio b. Big E. – Superkick
    Bella Twins b. Summer Rae/Natalya – Bella Buster to Summer
    John Cena b. Luke Harper – Attitude Adjustment

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