April 09, 2012 - Monday Night Anarchy - Albuquerque, NM

Tingley Coliseum
Attendance: 9,488 (82%)

CM Punk starts the show off, by coming down to the ring. Punk says that he’s not out here to cause any trouble. God forbid Peter Bradshaw tries to kick him out of the arena again. Punk says that he heard what Adam Cole had to say last week, and did some soul-searching. Punk says he came out tonight to share his thoughts, and respond to the comments made by Cole. Punk sits on the top turnbuckle as the video footage starts to play.

The video shows Punk, sitting in his hotel room in Denver, the television flashing behind him. Punk says he just heard from Adam Cole had to say about him. Punk agrees with Cole. Punk says that he is bitter and angry at himself for what took place at Wrestleocalypse. But one thing Punk is not, is jealous. Punk says that it is a shame that someone, who had nothing to do with the match, had the biggest impact on its outcome. Punk says that he didn’t need help to win the title, but he thought he needed help to retain in. Punk says he’s not mad at Colt Cabana for what happened, because Colt was simply trying to help. Punk says he’s mad for putting himself into a situation where something could go wrong… and it did. Punk says he is desperate to get the Heavyweight Title back, because it wasn’t directly his fault he lost it in the first place. Punk says that he doesn’t threaten people, because he’s never backed down from a fight. Punk says that Adam Cole is being forced to stick his nose into something that it doesn’t belong. Punk says that what goes down at Rebellion is strictly between himself and Randy Orton. Punk knows what power comes with being named referee for a match, and says that he will do whatever he can to keep his hands off of Adam Cole at Rebellion. But, Punk says that Cole will get a first-hand look at what he has coming for him, because Punk will do to Orton, at Rebellion, what he can’t do to Cole just yet. The video ends as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Coming back from the break, Alisha Hicks is seen with Michael Tarver. Tarver says that the last few weeks haven’t been that great for him. Losing the Golden Opportunity Match has stuck with him, and he’s trying to get back up from that. Tarver says last week things started looking up, when it was said he and Claudio Castagnoli would be taking part in the tag team tournament; and when Peter Bradshaw personally named him as Chris Sabin’s opponent this Sunday. Tarver says that there is no greater honor then having your boss acknowledge your work. Tarver says that there is added pressure, to not let the owner down; but that he has never buckled under pressure, and won’t start this Sunday.

Santino Marella & David Otunga vs. Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon

Tonight’s first match, in the tournament to determine who would face Kurt Angle & Martin Maldonado this Sunday for the Tag Team Titles, saw the debut of Edwin Colon, as he teamed up with Colt Cabana. Cabana and Colon worked quite well as a team – in their first match together, with such a huge opportunity on the line – that it appeared to have taken Marella and Otunga off their games. Cabana and Colon connected with a double dropkick outside the ring on Marella that signaled the end. Cabana rolled Marella into the ring as Colon made the cover to advance to tonight’s finale.

Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon defeated Santino Marella & David Otunga when E. Colon defeated Santino via pinfall in 0:10:07.
Rating: ** ½

After the match, Cabana and Colon celebrated inside the ring as the camera goes backstage.

Backstage, Ted Hanson asks Jeff Hardy and Kaz about the chance to challenge for the Tag Team Titles, Sunday at Rebellion. Hardy says that he knows what it’s like to be a tag team champion – on multiple occasions – but that there’s nothing like the feeling of winning gold again. Kaz says that during his time in the HWL, he’s had his chances to bring home Tag Team titles, but has never been able to do it. He says that, with a proven champion like Jeff Hardy, his chances are sky high.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Alisha Hicks introduces the returning Eve Torres. Eve says that she’s sorry that Alisha was attacked last week, by someone who’s letting the compassion that other people show for one another cloud the way she thinks people view her. Eve says that just because Nikki Bella doesn’t care how her, doesn’t mean that others don’t. Eve is stopped by Brie Bella. Brie says that Eve is sorely mistaken if she thinks she can do anything to either one of the Bellas. Brie says that she’s going to be the next Women’s Champion, and Nikki is going to embarrass Eve this Sunday night.

Claudio Castagnoli & Michael Tarver vs. Jeff Hardy & Kaz

Two former Tag Team Champions took part in this match, hoping to eventually add another notch to their championship history. Jeff Hardy is well-known for being a part of one of the greatest tag teams in wrestling history; and Claudio Castagnoli came into the HWL after having been a part of the most successful tag teams in PCW history. In a match that should have pitted these two teams in a fair environment, things were shaken up as CHRIS SABIN, who cracked Tarver in the back with a steel chair! This allowed Hardy and take advantage, dropping Tarver with a DDT. Hardy connected with the Swanton Bomb for the 1-2-3.

Jeff Hardy & Kaz defeated Claudio Castagnoli & Michael Tarver when J. Hardy pinned Tarver with the Swanton Bomb in 0:10:26.
Rating: *** ¼
[Chris Sabin interfered against Michael Tarver.]

After the match, Castagnoli jumped off the apron, going after Sabin. Sabin jumps the barricade and makes his way through the crowd. Castagnoli looks on, furious, as the camera shows Hardy and Kaz leaving the ring, celebrating on the other side of ringside.

Backstage, Alisha Hicks knocks on the Vixens’ locker room door, trying to get a word from Brie Bella. Brie opens the door, and Alisha asks about her confrontation with Eve moments ago. Brie says that Alisha was there, and is nothing but a dumb blonde, if she didn’t understand that Brie already got her point across. Brie says that, whether or not Eve listens to her, everyone will listen to what she has to say after Sunday night, when she becomes a three-time Women’s Champion. Brie slams the locker room door as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Coming back from the break, Ted Hanson asks Kurt Angle and Martin Maldonado who they would like to see win tonight, and face them on Sunday night. Angle says that it doesn’t matter who wins tonight, because they will not be able to take the belts away from he and Maldonado at Rebellion. Maldonado wishes both team good luck, saying that they’ll need it, before the two walk away.

Non-Title Match
Nikki Bella vs. HWL Women's Champion Hamada

Six days away from facing Eve Torres at Rebellion, Nikki Bella stepped into the ring with the woman who beat her for the Women’s Title two months ago. Nikki was looking for revenge, or at least a boost, to send her into Sunday night on a high note. Nikki was impressive in this match, keeping the Japanese ring technician on her toes. Nikki picked up a number of near falls throughout the match, coming within inches of a huge non-title victory. But, EVE TORRES returned to Anarchy tonight, coming out to the stage, distracting Nikki. Nikki began shouting at Eve, before turning around and getting hit with a leaping swinging DDT. Hamada made the cover for the 1-2-3.

[Non-Title Match]:
Hamada pinned Nikki Bella after a leaping swinging DDT in 0:10:07.
Rating: *** ¼

After the match, Eve is shown watching the scene as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Steve Corino and Shane Hagadorn come out to the ring, as the show returns. Corino says that Jesse Neal has things all wrong. Corino says he is bitter. Not because he and Neal weren’t able to retain the Tag Team Titles, or win them back; but because he and Hagadorn had wasted their time trying to find a reliable partner to fill in for Eddie Edwards, and the best they could get was Neal. Corino says that, for 112 days, he and Edwards were the greatest team in the HWL. Corino says that Neal hasn’t been great a day in his life; and that a victory over Corino – something that isn’t bound to happen – won’t change his standing. Corino says that Hagadorn saw the writing on the wall when it came to “that other team” he managed. Corino says that Hagadorn knew that Corino and Edwards were going to be a tough act to follow. Corino says that Hagadorn has the utmost confidence in him, and that no one is going anywhere any time soon. Corino says, right now, he doesn’t really need anyone by his side, or watching his back. Corino says he’s focused on teaching Neal a lesson, and that’s what will happen on Sunday night.

Backstage, Alisha Hicks asks Ric Flair about Matt Morgan’s non-title match against CM Punk. Flair says that there’s no forgetting what has happened between The Conglomerate and CM Punk. Flair says that Punk has had his moments in the sun against Morgan and AJ Styles; but things are different now. Flair says that Morgan is a champion and Punk isn’t. Flair says that he doesn’t like to see mistakes repeat themselves, but that CM Punk is the least of his worries right now. Alisha then asks Flair about Styles and Morgan’s match, this Sunday, against The British Invasion. Flair says that the actions that take place in the ring on Sunday will speak louder than anything he can say here and now. Flair walks away as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Steve Corino (w/Shane Hagadorn) vs. Martin Maldonado (w/Kurt Angle)

Last week, Steve Corino cost Kurt Angle a victory by coming down to ringside and attacking Jesse Neal. This week, Corino stepped into the ring with Angle’s partner, Martin Maldonado. Angle was at ringside, making sure that Corino or Hagadorn were unable to do anything to sabotage the match. The action in the ring was very even, as Corino and Maldonado went after each other. Corino took over, late in the match, and connected with the Sliding Lariat, but Maldonado was able to kick out before the three-count. Corino tossed Maldonado outside the ring, hoping to wear him down, but JESSE NEAL come down to ringside, chasing Corino over the barricade and through the crowd. Angle helped Maldonado into the ring, as the referee counted Corino out.

Martin Maldonado defeated Steve Corino by countout in 0:12:14.
Rating: ** ¾

Ater the match, Shane Hagadorn ran up the ramp, heading back towards the locker room, as Anarchy went to commercials.

Commercial Break

A preview for Rebellion is shown, with “War of Change” playing in the background. Rebellion is this Sunday, April 15th, live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey!

Non-Title Match
X-Division Champion Matt Morgan (w/Ric Flair) vs. CM Punk

The long-standing feud between CM Punk and The Conglomerate was revisited tonight, just six days before Punk challenges for the Heavyweight Title at Rebellion. From the start, it was obvious that neither Morgan nor Punk liked the other, as they went toe-to-toe without flinching. An appearance by RANDY ORTON at ringside took Punk off his game, allowing Morgan to take advantage. Morgan worked over Punk, getting cheered by Flair, and as Orton watched from ringside. Punk fought his way back, ducking a Carbon Footprint attempt, only to get smashed in the back by a steel chair shot from Orton as he ran into the ropes. Morgan connected with a second Carbon Footprint, but Punk was able to kick out. With encouragement from Flair, Morgan grabbed Punk and started choking him out in the corner. Morgan did not break the count, and was disqualified.

CM Punk defeated Matt Morgan by disqualification in 0:15:49.
Rating: ** ¾
[Randy Orton interfered against CM Punk.]

After the match, Morgan and Flair left ringside, their backs turned away from the action inside the ring. Orton slides into the ring as Punk slowly stands up, holding his throat. Orton attacks Punk from behind, catching the challenger to his title off guard. Punk tries to fight his way back, but he gets caught coughing from the attack by Morgan. ADAM COLE runs down to the ring, getting in between Punk and Orton. Cole says that they will get their hands on each other Sunday. Orton slowly leaves the ring, looking at Cole. Cole exits the ring, and stands at ringside, as Punk slowly gets to his feet. Anarchy goes to commercials, showing all three men staring at each other.

Commercial Break

Tag Team Tournament Final
Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon vs. Jeff Hardy & Kaz

Kurt Angle and Martin Maldonado were at ringside for tonight’s main event, wanting to get a first-hand look at the team that would be facing them on Sunday night. At the match started, Maldonado said that neither team had a chance of beating them for the Tag Team Titles; Angle was quick to point out that neither team had really proven themselves, but they had both shown capable of being of championship caliber. Hardy and Kaz looks determined to knock off the newly-formed team, picking up a couple near falls in the open minutes of the match. But swift tags, and keeping Kaz isolated helped Cabana and Colon take control. Cabana connected with the Colt .45, but Hardy pulled him off during the pinfall. Colon ran over, clearing himself and Hardy over the top rope as Cabana caught Kaz with a flying cross body for the 1-2-3.

[Number-One Contenders Match]:
Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon defeated Jeff Hardy & Kaz when Cabana pinned Kaz after a flying cross body press in 0:15:07.
Rating: *** ½

After the match, Colon reentered the ring, joining Cabana in celebration. At ringside, Angle and Maldonado stood, placed their titles over their shoulders, and applauded the winners. Anarchy goes off the air showing the champions looking at the ring.

Card Rating: ***

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