August 8, 2011 - Monday Night Anarchy - Uncasville, Connecticut

Mohegan Sun Arena
Attendance: 9,600 (96%)

Interview:
The man who will be challenging Cody Rhodes for the Heavyweight Title at Unbreakable, AJ STYLES, came down to the ring, with Ric Flair, Chelsea, Matt Morgan and Mr. Anderson. Styles said that Cody Rhodes was mistaken, and had everything all wrong, when it came to people being upset about Styles said two weeks ago. Styles repeated that there were only two elite Superstars in the HWL, and that Rhodes was a long way from being considered his equal. Styles said that everyone knew that Rhodes had an easy road to travel to win his second Heavyweight Title; and that he didn’t have to put his body on the line like Styles and Desmond Wolfe did at last year’s Unbreakable, in a Ladder Match. Styles said that no one was upset about his comments, because no one had come to say anything about them. Styles then looked over to Morgan and Anderson, standing in the corner, and they both had their heads down, avoiding eye contact.

Anderson finally motioned for a microphone and said that he didn’t have a problem with Styles saying that he and Wolfe were elite Superstars, and that Rhodes hadn’t gotten to their position yet. And, he said that he let Styles’ words roll over his back, two weeks ago, when Styles said that Cody Rhodes didn’t beat anyone significant on his way to winning his second title. But now, Anderson said that, the more he hears Styles repeating himself, the more frustrated he’s getting, knowing that someone he considers a friend doesn’t think they’re on the same level. Anderson said that if Styles thinks so little of him, then Anderson will just walk out of the ring, and their partnership will be over.

The two men get face-to-face with each other, as the crowd begins to come alive. Ric Flair quickly interjects, and tries to reason with both of them. Flair suggests that they all go backstage and discuss what’s going on, away from the cameras and fans. Styles and Anderson agree to talk, but don’t take their eyes off each other as Flair, Morgan and Chelsea leave the ring.

Commercial Break

Steve Corino pinned Tommy Dreamer with the Sliding Lariat in 0:13:12.
Rating: *** ¾

This match was a great way to start off the show from the Mohegan Sun Arena, as Tommy Dreamer made his return to the Northeast, where his iconic status remained, to take on Steve Corino. Both men gave the crowd what they wanted tonight, and neither of them give in to the punishment handed out by their opponents. The match went outside the ring, where both men used the surroundings to their advantage, but it was Corino who gained the upper hand after reversing an irish-whip, sending Dreamer into the ring post. Back inside the ring, Corino worked over Dreamer’s head, softening him up for the Sliding Lariat, before picking up the 1-2-3.

After the match, Corino exited the ring and made his way up the ramp, when he is chop-blocked, from behind, by NATALYA. Natalya begins to work over Corino leg, as the crowd goes crazy. She locks in the Sharpshooter, and Corino quickly taps out against the steel stage, but to no avail. HWL officials rush out to the stage and pull Natalya off of Corino, and escort her to the back. They tend to Corino as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Interview:
Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with X-Division Champion, Alex Shelley, and asks for a response to comments made by Tyson Kidd last week. Shelley says that it’s great that Kidd is going to take responsibility for his career from now on; and that he’s going to be the only one to blame when it doesn’t go as well as he planned. Shelley says that Kidd has named him as his first target, and that Kidd his coming after the X-Division Title, but Shelley says that neither of those things bother him. He says that Kidd is a great athlete, and they’ve put on some memorable matches in the past. But, Shelley says, that he just finished putting away Evan Bourne - a man who has known Shelley for years; a man who could react to Shelley before he knew what was coming - and, now, he’s expected to be concerned about Tyson Kidd. Shelley says that he doesn’t mind being Kidd’s first target, because he loves being hunted. Shelley says that, this time, the hunter is going out by himself for the first time, and that Kidd shouldn’t be surprised when he shoots himself in the ass.

Maryse defeated Nikki Bella by countout in 0:02:29.
Rating: ¼*

Maryse picks up a fairly easy victory tonight, as she moved out of the way of a flying clothesline attempt by Nikki Bella, to the concrete floor. After the match, officials tended to Bella as Maryse celebrated her somewhat cheap victory.

Segment:
Backstage, watching on a monitor, BRIE BELLA sees her sister being tended to by officials at ringside. Horrified, she heads towards the stage, but is blindsided by DAFFNEY, who hits Brie with a steel pipe! As Brie lays on the floor, holding her stomach, Daffney tells her that, at Unbreakable, they will facing each other in a “Dog Collar Match”; and says that it’s the perfect way to show who the most dangerous bitch in the HWL is. Daffney walks away, laughing, as the camera stays on Brie. Anarchy goes to commercials…

Commercial Break

Interview:
Kurt Angle comes out to the ring, and responds to the comments made by Randy Orton last week. Angle says that Orton was either heavily medicated, or still in shock from the injury he suffered, when he spoke last week, claiming that the reason Angle his rematch against Cody Rhodes was because Orton had gotten to him. Angle says, again, that he does not have to give his explanation for losing at Justice to anyone; and that Orton is kidding himself if he thinks he’s gotten inside Angle’s mind. Angle says that Randy Orton hasn’t even been on Anarchy since he went down with his injury, and that all he’s been good for, is wasting everyone’s time with video messages. Angle says that he won an Olympic Gold Medal with a “broken freakin’ neck” in 1996, and that nothing would keep him from stepping inside an HWL ring. Angle calls Orton weak, before saying that he will accept the challenge for a match at Unbreakable, and says that Orton should he Angle doesn’t end his career.

Commercial Break

Chris Hero & David Otunga defeated Evan Bourne & Kaz when Hero pinned E. Bourne after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:26:11.
Rating: ***

The number one contenders stepped into the ring with the team of Evan Bourne and Kaz, a week after issuing their challenge to Skip Sheffield and Rob Terry for Unbreakable, but got a lot more than they bargained for. Bourne and Kaz, who were making their first appearance as a team, worked surprisingly well together, and were able to hold their own against dominant up-and-comers. As the match found it’s way outside the ring, Chris Hero and Kaz were brawling, when Shane Hagadorn tried to give his charges the advantage by hitting Kaz in the back. Kaz turned around shoved Hagadorn to the ground, getting a huge roar from the crowd; but it was an opening that Hero used to whip Kaz into the ring post, before rolling him back inside the ring. But, somehow, Kaz was able to fight back, and after tagging in Bourne, the sides were even once again. Sensing the need to do something, anything, to help his team out, Hagadorn jumped onto the apron, distracting the referee as Hero used a loaded elbow pad to knock Bourne to the ground. Hagadorn quickly jumped off the apron and the referee counted 1-2-3. The crowd booed as Hagadorn and Otunga entered the ring, celebrating their victory.

The celebration was short-lived as the HWL Tag Team Champions made their way on-stage. Rob Terry told Hero and Otunga that, if they wanted to make their mark in the Tag Team Division, they would have to do it under the Champions’ terms. Terry said that he and Sheffield accepted their challenge at Unbreakable; and that their match would be a Tables Match. All four men stared at each other as Anarchy went to commercial Break.

Commercial Break

Segment:
Backstage, AJ Styles is seen getting ready for the main event, when he is approached by “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan. Morgan told Styles that he held his tongue when everything went down, earlier in the night, because he wanted to talk to Styles personally. Morgan said that Styles has been acting differently since naming himself Number One Contender, and that it’s not sitting well with Morgan or Mr. Anderson. Morgan said that history can not be rewritten, and because of that, he will always be known as the first-ever HWL Heavyweight Champion. Morgan said that, if anyone knows how much of a competitor he is, it’s AJ, because they tore each other apart for that belt. Morgan said that Styles needed to think about what he was saying, and walked away as Styles stared off into the distance.

Tyson Kidd pinned Adam Cole after hitting him with a steel chair in 0:12:01.
Rating: ***
[Yoshi Tatsu interfered against Adam Cole.]

Adam Cole was looking to use the momentum he gained last week, by attacking Yoshi Tatsu after his match with Kurt Angle, to help pick up a win over Kidd here tonight. Kidd was hoping to match the victory by X-Division Champion, Alex Shelley, last week, as they get closer to their Leather Strap Match at Unbreakable. Things quickly turned in the favor of Kidd, as TATSU came down to ringside just moments after the match started, distracting Cole from the onset. Tatsu tried interfering early on, tripping Cole as he ran unto the ropes, but the referee only gave Tatsu a stern warning before allowing the match to continue. Cole, trying to keep eyes in the back of his head, was able to keep the match even until Tatsu slid a steel chair into the ring, before jumping onto the apron to distract the referee. Kidd cracked the chair of Cole’s head, tossing it outside the ring, before making the cover. With Cole unconscious, Tatsu jumped off the apron, and the referee counted to three.

After the match, Kidd celebrated a tainted victory as Tatsu looked on from ringside, smiling evilly at Cole’s prone body.

Commercial Break

Interview:
Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Peter Bradshaw, who says that he has something to say about the on-going situation between Adam Cole and Yoshi Tatsu. Bradshaw announces that, after what has happened over the last few weeks, Cole and Tatsu will face each other at Unbreakable, in a Chairshot Survival Deathmatch.

AJ Styles pinned Colt Cabana with the Styles Clash in 0:10:11.
Rating: *** ¾

This match was signed, last week, after these two men took part in a four-man brawl after their tag team match on Anarchy. Cabana had said that he let the pressure of having Flair and Chelsea at ringside get the better of him last week, and he caused his team the match. Tonight, he came out strong, giving Styles everything he could. But, the self-proclaimed “Elite” Superstar in the HWL took everything Cabana gave him, and dished it right back. Styles gained the upper hand after hitting the Pele kick, before hitting the Styles Clash to pick up the victory.

Card rating: ***

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