February 13, 2012

A highlight video from Best of the Best is shown. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Los Angeles. It is announced that Kaz and Evan Bourne will face Tag Team Champions Kurt Angle and Martin Maldonado in a non-title match tonight. Also, David Otunga will face Randy Orton in tonight's main event.

CM Punk's music plays and the Heavyweight Champion comes out to the ring. Punk says that he has been telling everyone that he was the Best in the World after making a name for himself in "that other company", and coming back to the HWL. Punk says that he proved that when he defeated Kurt Angle and AJ Styles in a Triple Threat Match in November. Punk says he proved it again, last night, after defeating the "second-rate" X-Division Champion, Rami Sebei. Punk says that Sebei doesn't deserve to be on the same level as Punk, and that it was obvious last night…

Randy Orton's music interrupts Punk. Orton is on-stage with a microphone. Orton says that Punk has a lot of nerve, coming out here tonight, and saying that Sebei doesn't deserve to be on Punk's level. Orton says that he sat in the back and watched their match last night. Orton says he saw Punk getting his ass handed to him! (crowd cheers) Orton says that if anyone in the back deserves to be on Punk's level, it would be Sebei, just based on what he showed in the ring last night. Orton says that Punk can't possibly believe that he's the Best in the World when he had his "buddy" Colt Cabana interfere last night. Orton calls Punk a coward, who used help to get a victory, because he was afraid of having to face two people at Wrestleocalypse. Orton warns Punk that he should still be worried. Orton says that Punk has a lot coming to him; and that Orton will never forget the last time they were in the ring, and how that match ended. Orton says that he's not the only one Punk has to worry about though. Orton reminds Punk that, one year ago, Orton was the one who got Colt Cabana his spot on the HWL roster. Orton says that Cabana is still indebted to "The Viper" for that courtesy. Orton wants to know if Punk can trust Cabana or not. Orton leaves the stage as his music plays. Punk stands in the ring, questioning…

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, a "Countdown to New Orleans" screen is shown. Daniels says there are 34 days left until the HWL invades The Big Easy. Michaels says that New Orleans is one of his favorite cities, and that Wrestleocalypse is going to be amazing. A recap of the Orton-Punk confrontation is shown.

In the ring, HWL Owner Peter Bradshaw announces that a six-Vixen battle royal will take place tonight, to determine who will get a Women's Title Match at Wrestleocalypse. Bradshaw leaves the ring and joins Daniels and Michaels at the broadcast table.

#1 Contenders Match
Vixens Battle Royal

The Bella Twins, Natalya, Velvet Sky, and new Vixens Eve Torres and Melina are introduced before the bell rings. The longest-reigning Women’s Champion in the history of the HWL, Natalya, was on a roll at the start of this match. She made very quick work of Velvet Sky and Nikki Bella, eliminating both of them within the first ten minutes of the match. Melina is the third Vixen eliminated, after being clotheslined over the top rope by Natalya. Brie Bella, Natalya and Eve Torres were the last remaining women in the match. Brie and Natalya went after each other, as Eve watched on from the corner. Brie attempted to throw Natalya over the top rope, only to have Natalya hang on. As Brie celebrated the elimination, Eve ran over and dropkicked Natalya in the back, forcing her to lose her grip and fall to the concrete! Eve and Brie went toe-to-toe with each other for the remainder of the match, with neither woman wanting to give an inch. Brie nearly eliminated Eve on a couple occasions, only to have Even hold onto the ropes and slide back in. The end of the match saw Eve side-step a dropkick attempt by Brie. Eve whipped Brie into the ropes, hitting a drop-toe hold, before grabbing Brie and throwing her over the top rope!

[6-Vixen Battle Royal]:
Eve Torres won the 6-Vixen Battle Royal:
•Natalya threw out Sky in 0:01:03.
•Natalya threw out Nikki in 0:06:01.
•Natalya threw out Melina in 0:13:25.
•Eve threw out Natalya in 0:14:20,
•Eve threw out Brie after a drop toe hold in 0:21:42.
Rating: *** ¼

After the match, Eve celebrates his victory as Daniels says it’s quite the way for Eve to start her time in the HWL. Michaels wonders what might be going through Eve’s mind right now, knowing that she is heading to the biggest event of the year, challenging for a title. Eve leaves the ring as “Anarchy” goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, a replay of Eve Torres’s victory in the battle royal is shown. Daniels and Michaels announce that the Women’s Title Match between Eve and Hamada has been signed for Wrestleocalypse.

Backstage, Brutus Magnus is seen walking through the arena with Chelsea, when he is attacked by AJ Styles. Magnus attempts to fight back, shoving Styles into the concrete wall. Styles lands a few blows to Magnus’s head, before grabbing him, and slamming Magnus’s head into a door. Magnus crumples to the ground as Styles stomps on him. Chelsea screams for Styles to stop. Styles backs away from Magnus and stares at Chelsea before walking away. Chelsea tends to Magnus, as officials rush over, as we come back to ringside.

Jeff Hardy vs. Colt Cabana

Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels questioned what had gotten into AJ Styles. They quickly moved to the comments made by Randy Orton earlier in the program, about CM Punk being able to truly trust his friend, Colt Cabana. As the match began, it was clear that the comments had also had an effect on Cabana, himself. Daniels said it looked like Cabana wasn’t fully into the match, as Jeff Hardy dominated from the start. Michaels said that what Orton said had clearly hit home, and Cabana was wondering whether or not Punk could trust him. Hardy held control for a good portion of the match, when CM PUNK appeared on-stage. Daniels and Michaels wondered what Punk was doing on-stage, while in the ring, Cabana began to fight back against Hardy. Cabana had a short burst of offense – when it was badly needed – and connected with the Colt. 45 for the victory.

Colt Cabana pinned Jeff Hardy with the Colt .45 in 0:12:18.
Rating: ¼

After the match, Cabana celebrated his victory as Punk walked off stage and into the back, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

As Anarchy returns, Colt Cabana catches up with CM Punk backstage. Cabana asks if Punk believes what Randy Orton said earlier tonight. Punk says he isn’t sure, and that Orton made some interesting points. Cabana says that he and Punk have known each other for years. Punk cuts Cabana off and congratulates Cabana on his victory before walking off…

X-Division Champion, Rami Sebei, comes out to the ring. Sebei says that last night was both a success and a failure for him. It was a success, because once again, he got to headline a pay-per-view against the Heavyweight Champion. It was a failure, because he was unable to leave victorious. Sebei says that the result of the match is questionable, but nothing can be done about it. Sebei says he knows, in his head, that he gave CM Punk a fight that Punk was unprepared for. Sebei says he lost the match, but the fans know that the result could have been much different. Sebei says he will do his best to turn his attention away from the “travesty” of last night, and focus on being the best X-Division Champion the HWL has ever seen…

Sebei is interrupted as Peter Bradshaw joins him in the ring. Bradshaw says that he, too, thinks that things could have gone the other way last night, but that it’s true: there’s nothing that can be done about it. Bradshaw says the fans, CM Punk, and himself know what happened. Bradshaw commends Sebei for coming out and taking the high road, and wanting to be a dominant champion. Bradshaw says that, as of right now, there is no clear-cut challenger for the X-Division Title; but that will change. Bradshaw announces that, starting next week, an eight-man tournament will begin. The winner of the tournament will face Sebei for the X-Division Title at Wrestleocalypse 2. Bradshaw leaves the ring as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Non-Title Match
Kaz/Evan Bourne vs. © Kurt Angle/Martin Maldonado

Twenty-four hours after becoming the new HWL Tag Team Champions, Kurt Angle and Martin Maldonado stepped into the ring against Kaz and Evan Bourne. Neither Kaz nor Borne were a part of the finish last night, and Peter Bradshaw had given them one final chance against the champions. Kaz and Bourne were determined to come out victorious tonight, and they were able to hold their own for a better part of the match. But the strength of Angle and Maldonado was too much for their high-flying offense. Using a combination of power and double-teams, the champions were able to keep Kaz and Bourne grounded. The champions picked up the victory after Maldonado connected with the Gringo Killa on Kaz for the 1-2-3.

[Non-Title Match]:
Kurt Angle & Martin Maldonado defeated Kaz & Evan Bourne when Maldonado pinned Kaz with the Gringo Killa in 0:13:30.
Rating: ¼

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, a preview for “Wrestleocalypse II” is shown. “The Crazy Ones” by Stellar Revival plays in the background, as Daniels and Michaels hype the Heavyweight Title Match between Randy Orton and Champion CM Punk. “Wrestleocalypse II” will be live from New Orleans, Louisiana on March 18th, only on pay-per-view.

Backstage, Ric Flair confronts Rob Terry in the Conglomerate locker room. Flair wants to know what Terry was thinking, walking away from Matt Morgan last night. Terry asks Flair what the point is of them being grouped together. Terry says that The Conglomerate has gone nowhere since AJ Styles lost the Heavyweight Title, and that all Flair ever cared about was making sure Styles stayed champion. Terry tells Flair that he wants out. Flair tells Terry that if he wants out, he has two choices. One, to leave, and know that every member of The Conglomerate will be after him, for turning his back on them. Or two: to earn his way out. Flair says that if Terry does what is asked of him, from now until Wrestleocalypse, Flair will hand-pick an opponent for him. If Terry wins, he is free to leave, and can wipe his hands of The Conglomerate once and for all. Flair leaves the locker room as the camera goes back to the ring.

Alex Shelley vs. Jesse Neal (w/Shane Hagadorn)

A night after being introduced as Shane Hagadorn’s new charge, and Steve Corino’s new tag team partner, Jesse Neal made his singles debut tonight. Daniels and Michaels talked about how the new partners were going to coexist, especially after the lengthly title reign that Corino enjoyed with Eddie Edwards. At ringside, Hagadorn didn’t seem too concern with that future, even as Alex Shelley gained the advantage at the start of the match. Neal was able to fight back, throughout the match, showing his tenacity. Both men connected with a double clothesline. But it was Neal who got to his feet first, and connected with a stiff back elbow. Neal made the cover for the 1-2-3.

Jesse Neal pinned Alex Shelley after a back elbow in 0:08:04.
Rating: ** ¼

Commercial Break

David Otunga vs. Randy Orton

Randy Orton started off the evening by dropping a seed of doubt into the mind of Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk. Throughout the night, Punk appeared to be running things over in his head, as Orton prepared to take on David Otunga. Punk made his way to ringside early on in the match, but stayed quiet as he was content to just watch the action at first. After Orton whipped Otunga into the corner, and followed him in with a clothesline, Punk wrapped a steel chair around Orton’s back. Taking nothing away from Otunga’s effort, for the rest of the match, Orton had to worry about Punk at ringside. Otunga looked impressive, holding his own against Orton. Otunga was able to connect with The Verdict on two occasions, but Orton was able to kick out – barely – each time. Orton took Otunga down with a back elbow and went for the cover, only to have Punk slide into the ring and break up the pin attempt. The referee had no choice but to call for the bell.

Randy Orton defeated David Otunga by disqualification in 0:14:13.
Rating: ** ½
[CM Punk interfered against Randy Orton.]

After the match, Punk connected to attack Orton. As Otunga rolled out of the ring, licking his wounds, Punk whipped Orton into the ropes, and connected with a dropkick. Punk picked up Orton and hit the G.T.S. in the center of the ring. Punk stood over Orton’s body as Daniels and Michaels said goodnight from Los Angeles.

Card rating: ***

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