August 6, 2012 - Monday Night Anarchy - Portland, OR

Monday Night Anarchy
August 6, 2012
Rose Garden – Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 12,425

Kurt Angle comes out to the ring and says it’s obvious that he is the only man in professional wrestling that has any integrity or class. Angle says he’s nothing like Adam Cole, who store Angle’s Heavyweight Title victory away from him. Angle then says that he would have thought Randy Orton was better than that, but he was proven wrong last week. He says that Randy Orton is scared to have Angle added to their match on Sunday because Orton knows that Angle can beat him. This brings out RANDY ORTON, who stands on the stage and says that he’s not afraid of anything, certainly not Angle. Angle questions whether that’s true, and says if it is true than Orton will put up his shot at the Heavyweight Title one last time, tonight. Orton agrees to the match, and both men stare at each other as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, the camera shows Colt Cabana entering the arena. As he walks through the hallway, he is blindsided by Ted DiBiase, Jr.! DiBiase lays out Cabana and says he’ll see Colt on Sunday night before walking away.

Also backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Peter Bradshaw. Alisha asks what prompted Bradshaw to change his mind on allowing Nikki Bella to be a part of the Women’s Title Match this Sunday. Bradshaw said that, usually, he will take the referee’s decision, trusting that they make the right call. But after viewing video of the match, it’s evident that Brie Bella acted as her sister, Nikki, in order to secure a victory for Leva Bates. Despite the referee’s call during the match, Bradshaw had no choice but to allow Nikki another chance at the Women’s Title.

Becky Bayless vs. Nikki Bella

Nikki Bella received the good news, last week, that she would be added to the Women’s Title Match this Sunday at Unbreakable. Tonight, she stepped into the ring with PCW call-up, Becky Bayless. Becky made a name for herself in PCW for being quite the instigator, but there was no problem with that tonight. Becky held her own, and tried to make a comeback late in the match, but the damage had been done by Nikki. A stiff forearm smash ended the match, as Nikki picked up the win heading into Sunday night.

Nikki Bella pinned Becky Bayless after a forearm smash in 6:03.
Rating: DUD

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, a recap of the show’s opening is played. Backstage, Adam Cole tells Alisha Hicks that he’s going to be facing one of the other in six days, but he’s not worried about it. He says there’s not much else that needs to be said besides the fact that he’s already beaten Orton. And, whether it’s due to Orton’s interference or not, he’s already beaten Angle as well.

Ink, Inc. (Jesse Neal & Shannon Moore) vs. The A-List Knockouts (Chris Hero & David Otunga)

It was announced that there would be, starting next week, an eight-team tournament to crown the new Number One Contenders for the Tag Team Titles. Both of these teams will be taking part, and they gave a good preview of what’s to come next week. Both teams started out strong in the early going, but Hero and Otunga have gelled well as a team since forming last year. Neal and Moore haven’t team that much since coming over to the HWL, and appeared to be figuring out their system as the match went along. For any offense Neal and Moore had, Hero and Otunga had a stronger response. As the match wore on, though, Neal and Moore started to make a comeback, but it was too little too late. Otunga hit a belly-to-back suplex on Moore to pick up the win.

Chris Hero & David Otunga defeated Jesse Neal & Shannon Moore when Otunga pinned Moore after a belly-to-back suplex in 9:56.
Rating: **

Commercial Break

A recap of the attack on Tyson Kidd by The Briscoes is shown. The announcers give an update that Kidd is at home, in Calgary, resting, but is planning on being at Unbreakable this Sunday night. It is also announced that Mark Briscoe suffered an undisclosed injury during the melee, and will be out for an indefinite amount of time.

Eddie Edwards vs. Jay Briscoe

A week after having both of their respective partners taken out, for differing reasons, Edwards and Briscoe squared off just six days before their Tables Match for the Tag Team Titles. Edwards came out strong to start the match, but Briscoe was able to fight back. Briscoe and Edwards hit big moves, back and forth, on each other, hoping to gain an advantage. Both men started to slow down towards the end of the match, as it was clear they were getting winded. Edwards brought Briscoe to the canvas, and started choking Briscoe out of frustration for what happened to his partner, Tyson Kidd. The referee pulled Edwards away, allowing Briscoe to catch his breath and regain his composure. As Edwards got away from the referee, Briscoe connected with a stiff kick to the back of Edwards’ head, picking up the victory.

After the match, Jay fall onto the canvas, exhausted from the match. He lifted himself onto the ropes, leaning against the bottom turnbuckle, and stared at Edwards with a crooked smile on his face.

Jay Briscoe pinned Eddie Edwards after a kick to the back of the head in 8:17.
Rating: ** ½

Backstage, Christopher Daniels tells Alisha Hicks that he is looking forward to his rematch for the X-Division Title. Daniels says that he learned a lot by being in the ring with Maldonado at Justice, and will use that to his advantage on Sunday night.

Commercial Break

Matt Morgan, hobbling from the attack last week, comes to the ring and calls out Claudio Castagnoli. Morgan calls Claudio a coward for hiding behind Shane Hagadorn and letting his friends do his dirty work. Castagnoli makes his way to the ring and calls Morgan a hypocrite. He reminds Morgan that he once aligned himself with Ric Flair. Morgan says he doesn’t need anyone to do his work for him. Claudio says he doesn’t either, before kicking Morgan’s injured leg. Claudio beats down Morgan, and for the second week in a row, leaves him lying in the ring as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Matt Morgan is seen being helped backstage by the training staff. Kofi Kingston and AJ Styles are there, wishing him well, when JOHN CENA approaches. Cena looks at Morgan, smirking, before turning to Kingston and asking if he has anything better to do than being Morgan’s cheerleader. Kofi looks ready to fight. Cena laughs and says he’ll see Kofi in the ring.

Non-Title Match
Alex Riley vs. © Martin Maldonado

Maldonado made shockingly short work of Riley tonight, hitting a devastating dragon suplex for the 1-2-3 in under 20 seconds!

After the match, Riley lay motionless inside the ring, as Maldonado celebrating by holding the X-Division Title in the air.

[Non-Title Match]:
Martin Maldonado pinned Alex Riley after a dragon suplex in 0:18.
Rating: *

Commercial Break

A final preview for Unbreakable is shown, with “This Is Gonna Hurt” by Hoobastank playing in the background.

Kofi Kingston vs. John Cena

John Cena has certainly been showing a different side of himself since joining the HWL roster. He’s cut the “fan-friendly” shtick that made him popular during the early part of his career and has embraced a more antagonistic approach to the HWL faithful. He hasn’t shown up much on Anarchy since his debut, but when he has, he’s made a point to get under someone’s skin. Tonight, that person was Kofi Kingston. After their backstage confrontation, Kofi came out looking determined to take the fight to Cena, and that’s exactly what he did. Kofi and Cena gave each other everything they had during this match. Cena hit an “AA” on Kofi, but somehow Kofi was able to get a shoulder up, shocking Cena. Kofi fought back, and just as both men were winding down, he went for a Trouble in Paradise, only for Cena to duck. Cena hoisted Kofi up for a second “AA” for the 1-2-3.

After the match, Cena’s hand was raised in victory, and it was obvious that he did not expect that type of competition from Kingston. Cena smirks and says “You can’t see me!” before leaving the ring to a chorus of boos.

John Cena pinned Kofi Kingston with the Attitude Adjustment in 11:21.
Rating: *** ¼

Commercial Break

The beginning of the show is recapped, and Adam Cole is seen backstage, watching a monitor in the dressing room.

Number One Contenders Match
Randy Orton vs. Kurt Angle

The rivalry between Randy Orton and Kurt Angle has been going strong for over a year now, and the recent situation surrounding who is the rightful number one contender has only aggerated that feud. Angle and Orton both feel like they have legitimate points to back up their arguments for who should face Adam Cole at Unbreakable. Tonight, Angle wanted one more shot at proving he was better than Orton. In the ring, both men let their dislike for each other out. Orton used the ringside area as his own house of punishment, throwing Angle into the ring steps and crushing his throat against the metal barricades. But even the physical torment Orton was inflicting wasn’t enough to keep Angle down. Angle found that reserve that helped him win Olympic Gold and fought back. Neither Angle nor Orton attempted their finishers in this match, but Angle was able to execute a flawless belly-to-belly suplex. However, unbeknownst to the referee, Angle grabbed a handful of Orton’s trunks as 1-2-3 was counted!

After the match, Angle celebrated his victory, as Orton got to his feet in disgust. Orton grabbed the referee and started to plead his case until Angle knocked him to the canvas with a forearm to the neck. Angle went to work on Orton, eventually grabbing Orton’s ankle in the center of the ring. Orton’s screams of pain could be heard throughout the arena, as the referee tried to force Angle to release the hold. Angle fell to his back, wrenching the hold even tighter. After the officials and HWL personnel were unable to get Angle to release the hold, the referee called for the match’s decision to be reversed! Angle released the hold and got into the referee’s face, arguing that he had won the match fairly. As the personnel attempted to separate Angle and the referee, ADAM COLE rushed down to the ring and cracked Angle in the back of the head with the Heavyweight Title! Cole rolled out of the ring and ran up the ramp, looking at the carnage in the ring.

[Number One Contenders Match]:
Randy Orton defeated Kurt Angle due to the referee’s decision in 8:50.
Rating: ***

Anarchy goes off the air with Adam Cole staring into a ring filled with HWL officials.

Card Rating: ** ½

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