August 21, 2011 - HWL Unbreakable - Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo Dome
Attendance: 16,650 (90%) - "Yellow Belly", Thrice

Fireworks explode from the stage set-up, inside the Fargodome, as 16,000+ fans scream and cheer. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone the campus of North Dakota State Universtiry, for the second annual Unbreakable pay-per-view. They go over the list of seven matches scheduled for tonight, including the 10-Man Battle Royal that will kick things off…

HWL Owner, Peter Bradshaw makes his way to the ring, as the smoke clears from the fireworks display, and enters the ring as the crowd rumbles with anticipation. Bradshaw says that, as promised, tonight will begin with a 10-Man Battle Royal. The winner of the Battle Royal will then face AJ STYLES, in a Ladder Match, for the vacant HWL Heavyweight Title. Bradshaw leaves the ring, joining Josh and Scott at the broadcast booth as Anna Walker begins the introductions…

Rami Sebei won a 10-Man Battle Royal:
X Colt Cabana threw out Brutus Magnus after a fist to the midsection in 0:01:42.
X Matt Morgan threw out Evan Bourne in 0:07:54.
X CM Punk threw out Eddie Edwards after a chokehold in 0:09:17.
X Mr. Anderson threw out Cabana in 0:11:09.
X Tommy Dreamer threw out Morgan after a roundhouse right in 0:13:16.
X Kaz threw out Anderson after a kick to the midsection in 0:13:33.
X Punk threw out Kaz in 0:16:33.
X Sebei threw out Punk in 0:20:08.
X Sebei threw out Dreamer after a hiptoss in 0:22:37.
Rating: *** ¾

The crowd was shocked to see former TNA Superstar, BRUTUS MAGNUS appear in tonight’s Battle Royal; but they exploded when CM PUNK - making his second return to the HWL - was announced as a participant. Magnus didn’t last very long as he was incapacitated by a punch from Colt Cabana, that he couldn’t stop himself from being thrown over the top rope. The second elimination happened after RIC FLAIR interfered, on behalf of Matt Morgan, pulling down the top rope and eliminating Evan Bourne. Bourne was irate as he was accompanied by an official backstage. Punk was fortunate enough to get two eliminations tonight, throwing Edwards of the top rope - and Kaz a few minutes late. But, for most of the evening, Punk was focused on Rami Sebei, as they did battle throughout the entirety of the match. Sebei’s two eliminations just happened to be the biggest of the night, as he eliminated Punk and “The Hardcore Legend” to earn the right to face AJ STYLES in tonight’s main event, for the Heavyweight Title.

After the match, Sebei celebrated in the center of the ring - exhausted from the 20+ minute battle. Josh and Scott congratulated Sebei on the win, and mentioned that tonight is only his second event as a member of the HWL roster; and he has the opportunity to become the Heavyweight Champion.

—Backstage, STEVE CORINO Is seen making his way towards the stage, when he is confronted by RIC FLAIR, MR. ANDERSON, and MATT MORGAN. The three men start making jokes about Corino getting slapped by Natalya on Monday night, and about revoking his “Man Card” if he loses to her tonight. Corino pushes through the three of them, and continues walking, as Flair, Anderson and Morgan keep laughing at his expense.

— Also backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Women’s Champion, DAFFNEY, and asks about her Dog Collar Match against Brie Bella. Daffney says that she is the most hardcore women’s athlete to ever step into an HWL ring. Daffney says that she has dominated her opponents ever since winning the title, and that she gets enjoyment out of finding different ways to torment the “pretty girls” of the HWL. Tonight, she says, that Brie Bella will have no place to hide from Daffney’s wrath.

[Submission Match]:
Natalya made Steve Corino submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:11:20.
Rating: *** ¾

For weeks, Natalya had demanded that she be allowed to step into the ring with a male Superstar, but every request was denied by Peter Bradshaw. Two weeks ago, Natalya took matters into her own hands, attacking Corino, and locking in the Sharpshooter on the steel stage, injuring Corino’s leg. Corino demanded that Bradshaw make the match, and tonight, Natalya got her wish. Corino came down to the ring, still hobbling on his injured left leg, and once the match started, it was obvious that both the injury and the idea of fighting a woman was making him rethink his decision. Natalya, though, took full advantage of Corino’s indecision, and showed no problems making contact with Corino. Natalya focused on his injured leg for most of the match, wearing him down. When Corino had had enough humiliation, and finally started returning shots, it was too late. Natalya locked in the Sharpshooter, and 16 seconds later, Corino tapped out.

After the match, Natalya celebrated in the center of the ring, as Corino rolled outside, getting laughed at by fans sitting in the first few rows. Josh and Scott wondered if this would be the most embarrassing moment of Corino’s career.

— Backstage, BRIE BELLA is seen with her sister, Nicole, and Alisha Hicks. Brie, still sporting a bandage around her ribs, says that she cannot afford to be afraid of Daffney. She says that Daffney has tried everything she can to injure Brie, even going as far as to hit her with a steel pipe, in the ribs. “But, no matter what,” Brie says, “I am going t stop at nothing to win the Women’s Title.” Brie and Nikki walk away as the camera shows the parking garage…

— A black pickup pulls into the parking garage, coming to a stop just a few feet from one of the many arena entrances. The driver’s side door opens and the crowd starts to anticipate who is arriving, as the sound of squealing tires is heard in the background. Seconds later, another black pickup slams into the front end of the first one, sending the driver’s side door whipping into the person who was getting out. The body of RANDY ORTON falls out, onto the concrete, with a large gash running along his forehead, as the camera shows a person - wearing a black hood - running away from the second truck. The crowd gasps in shock as Orton lays motionless on the floor. HWL officials - and medical personnel - tend to Orton as a search begins for the drive of the second pickup.

— As Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels try to come to grips with what they just witnessed, YOSHI TATSU is seen in the locker room, packing back and forth, and speaking in Japanese. The “Chairshot Survival Deathmatch” between Tatsu and Adam Cole is hyped before the camera goes back to the ring…

[Dog Collar Match for Women’s Title]:
Brie Bella defeated Daffney after touching all four turnbuckles in 0:09:06.
Rating: ***
(Brie Bella won the HWL Women’s Title.)

This match has caused a lot of talk in the HWL locker room, because of Daffney’s obsession with dismantling the other Vixens. Brie Bella had taken the task of being Daffney’s next opponent, and challenger for the Women’s Title. But, tonight in Fargo, no one was expecting what they saw from Brie inside the ring. She came out swinging, unafraid of the torment and pain that Daffney had caused her over the weeks leading up to this match. Daffney tried to fight back, but Brie connected with the Bella Buster before dragging Daffney around to all four turnbuckles, and winning the match.

After the match, Brie was releases from her collar, and awarded the Women’s Title, as a stunned crowd watched on. Brie left the ring as the official checked on Daffney, also taking her collar off as well.

— A video piece is shown, highlighting the back-and-forth attacks by both Yoshi Tatsu and Adam Cole, in the weeks leading up to the pay-per-view. The final video shows Yoshi Tatsu handing TYSON KIDD a steel chair, leading to Kidd’s victory over Adam Cole two weeks ago.

[Chairshot Survival Death Match]:
Adam Cole pinned Yoshi Tatsu after a cross-body block in 0:12:51.
Rating: *** ½

Yoshi Tatsu has apparently found comfort with his new, meaner mindset as he came out to the ring almost smiling before the match. Yoshi took full advantage of the fact that there were no disqualifications in this bout, taking out referee Brian Hebner just moments into the match, and brutalizing Cole outside the ring. Yoshi made very good use of the chairs supplied for this match, bending one over Cole’s back after repeatedly bringing down on him in front of the broadcast table. When replacement referee, Chad Patton, came down to the ring, Yoshi wasted zero time throwing him into the guardrail, which allowed Yoshi to inflict even more damage. But, it seemed that Yoshi spent too much time trying to get the referee incapacitated, because it allowed Cole to stage a comeback, as he took one of the dented chairs from ringside, and planted it squarely across Yoshi’s neck! Cole rolled a wobbly Tatsu back into the ring, just as Brian Hebner was getting back to his feet, and connected with a cross-body block to pick up the 1-2-3.

After the match, Cole slowly got back to his feet and celebrated his victory, as HWL officials rushed down to tend to the three other men.

— Backstage, CHRIS HERO and DAVID OTUNGA are seen with Shane Hagadorn and Alisha Hicks. Alisha asks about their up-coming tight match against Skip Sheffield and Rob Terry. Hero states that he and Otunga have been one of the most impressive - if not THE most impressive - tag team to ever grace the HWL; and they haven’t even won the Tag Team Titles. Hero says that changes tonight, because he and Otunga have never been more prepared, more focused on a match like they are tonight.

Otunga says that Sheffield and Terry may have gotten in a quick sneak assault on them last week, but says that Sheffield and Terry didn’t win the fight. Otunga says that tonight is going to be the final battle in their war with the Tag Team Champions; and that when this battle is finished, there will be two new men standing at the top of the mountain, looking down at the undeserving men occupying the HWL roster, who all they want is a chance to taste championship gold. Otunga says that tonight, he and Chris Hero will finally be acknowledged as the best tag team in the HWL.

— Also, backstage, KURT ANGLE is seen entering the arena, when he is approached by Ted Hanson. Hanson tells Kurt about the incident involving Randy Orton earlier in the evening, and says that due to his condition, Peter Bradshaw has announced that their Stretcher Match has been cancelled. The crowd groans at the announcement as Angle shakes his head. He says that it’s a shame that someone who would do something like that to Orton; and hopes that it was just an accident. Angle says that he will be thinking about Orton, and wishing him the best. Angle says that there are more important things that a wrestling match before walking away.

— Going back to the locker room, Alisha Hicks is seen with RAMI SEBEI. Alisha asks how Sebei is feeling after surviving the 10-man battle royal to start the show, knowing that he now has to face AJ Styles for the Heavyweight Title in a Ladder Match, later tonight. Sebei says that he never would’ve expected this to be happening in only his second event with the HWL, but that he saw his opportunity in the battle royal and had to seize it. Sebei says he’s happy things worked out, and that he is just looking forward to putting on a great match with AJ, and if the opportunity presents itself, to walk out of Fargo as the new Heavyweight Champion.

— An advertisement for the next HWL pay-per-view: Hostile Takeover is shown. The event will take place, September 18th, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

[Table Match for the Tag Team Titles]:
Chris Hero & David Otunga defeated Skip Sheffield & Rob Terry when Hero put R. Terry through a table in 0:15:05.
Rating: *** ¾
(Chris Hero & David Otunga won the HWL Tag Team Titles.)

The last time we saw these four men, they were brawling their way through the crowd in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at Monday Night Anarchy. Tonight, tables were laid out all around the ringside area, in preparation for tonight’s match. The Champions came out, looking confident, as did the challengers. Hero and Otunga have quickly been making a name for themselves over the past couple months, and tonight they were trying their hand at becoming Tag Team Champions. This match, as thought, went all over the place, as both teams were trying to put each other through a table. The end of the match saw Rob Terry go for the Big Boot, but Shane Hagadorn grabbed his leg. As Terry finally turned around, Hero caught him in the Hero’s Welcome, and sent “Big Rob” crashing through the table for the victory!

After the match, Hagadorn ran over and grabbed the title belts, as Skip Sheffield began to make chase. Hagadorn, Otunga and Hero ran up the ramp, and celebrated their victory as Sheffield fumed inside the ring.

— TYSON KIDD is seen getting ready for his match, when he is confronted by NATALYA. Natalya says that she knows she and Kidd haven’t seen eye-to-eye for a while, but they are family. Natalya wishes Kidd good luck in his match before walking away…

— Also backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Peter Bradshaw, who announces that, due to his injuries, Randy Orton has been taken to a local hospital to be checked out. Bradshaw says he will have more information tomorrow night on Monday Night Anarchy.

[Strap Match for X-Division Title]:
Tyson Kidd pinned Alex Shelley with the Springboard Elbowdrop in 0:11:07.
Rating: *** ½
(Tyson Kidd won the HWL X-Division Title.)
[Bret Hart interfered against Alex Shelley.]

Tyson Kidd had been trying to find himself, and restart a singles career, after parting ways with David Hart Smith and Natalya. Tonight was his first major test, as he stepped into the ring against Alex Shelley, who had made unwelcome comments about Kidd’s mentor/trainer, Bret Hart. With the leather strap tied around both men’s hands, Shelley wasted no time in using it as a weapon. Shelley looked determined to injure Kidd, or end his career, as he wrapped the strap around Kidd’s neck and flung him over the top rope. Choking off his air supply, Shelley was forced to let go after the referee pushed him to the canvas, dropping Kidd to the concrete floor. Shelley argued with the referee, as Kidd slowly regained his breath and footing outside the ring. As Shelley turned away from the referee, Kidd tugged the strap, and pulled Shelley over the top rope, where Kidd regained the upper hand. Kidd continued working over Shelley back inside the ring, until Shelley ducked a clothesline attempt, and clotheslined Kidd with the strap. Kidd lay, gasping for air on the canvas, as Shelley slowly made his way around the ring, hitting the first two turnbuckles. Kidd slowly started getting to his feet as Shelley touched the third turnbuckle, but he stopped in his tracks as “THE HITMAN” BRET HART emerged from the crowd and stood at ringside. Shelley backed away from the ropes, and turned into a Springboard Elbowdrop from Kidd, who quickly made the cover, winning the X-Division Title!

After the match, Kidd celebrated with the title, as Bret Hart entered the ring and joined in the celebration. Josh and Scott were ecstatic that “The Hitman” had apparently joined the HWL.

— Backstage, AJ STYLES is seen getting ready for his match, when he gets a slap on the back from RIC FLAIR. Flair tells Styles that he was planning on giving him a pep talk before the main event, but Styles is a two-time Heavyweight Champion; one of only two men to ever have that distinction. Flair says that Styles has the chance to become the only three-time Heavyweight Champion, so he doesn’t need any advice. But, Flair does say that Rami Sebei proved that he shouldn’t be taken lightly. Styles assures Flair that he has everything under control. Flair says he knows, but that he will have Styles’ back the moment he needs it. Flair walks away a Styles continues getting ready.

— A video is shown recapping the 10-man battle royal from the start of the show, and the eventual winner - Rami Sebei.

— A second ad for the Hostile Takeover is shown. The event will take place on September 18th, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

[Ladder Match for vacant Heavyweight Title]:
AJ Styles defeated Rami Sebei in 0:34:22.
Rating: *** ½
[Rob Terry and Skip Sheffield interfered against Rami Sebei.]

Rami Sebei earned the right to challenge AJ Styles for the Heavyweight Title, in his very first pay-per-view event, and certainly got a lot more than he had bargained for. Sebei and Styles both put their bodies on the line in this match, that saw a lot of high spots that included the ladder - one spot seeing Styles being pushed off the ladder and getting his legs caught between the ring ropes. Sebei then tried to climb the ladder, as Ric Flair and Chelsea untangled Styles’ feet. But, as Sebei was nearing the top of the ladder, ROB TERRY ran down from the ring, and pushed the pulled Sebei off and connected with the Big Boot! Terry left the ring as Styles slowly got to his feet and re-entered the ring. Styles tried to climb the ladder, but was having trouble with his footing, and Sebei was able to bring Styles off as the match continued. Rob Terry and Ric Flair continued to insert themselves into the match, but none of their attempts seemed to do any good, as Sebei was able to thwart them off. Later in the match, Sebei connected with the Brainbustah(!) on Styles, as the crowd’s excitement built. As Sebei climbed to the top of the ladder, SKIP SHEFFIELD entered the ring, and pushed the ladder over, sending Sebei crashing through the announce table!! Terry stood the ladder back up, and assisted Styles as he climbed up the rungs, grabbing the Heavyweight Title for the third time.

After the match, Styles, Terry, Sheffield, Flair and Chelsea celebrated inside the ring, as HWL officials rushed to ringside to tend to Sebei. Unbreakable goes off the air with all five standing in the center of the ring.

Card rating: *** ¾

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