February 27, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA

A highlight package is shown from the AJ Styles-CM Punk match from last week, ending with Punk hitting the G.T.S. for the victory. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Philadelphia.

Randy Orton comes out to the ring and wants to talk about trust. Orton says that Philadelphia is the city that made Rocky Balboa great. So much so, that a statue stands in the city to honor him. Orton says that he still finds it amazing that they built a statue for a movie character. Orton says that when there's no one else to look up to, you make your own idols. Orton says, whether or not Rocky was real or fictional, he still had people he could count on. His trainer, Mickey, always had the best intentions, and always believed that Rocky could beat anyone he stepped into the ring with. Orton said that he had a woman that would follow Rocky everywhere he went. Rocky had people that he trusted, and who had his best interests in mind at all time.

Orton says he sees himself in the same light as Rocky. He never looked up to Rocky, for one, because he was just a character; but, two, because Orton had a family to idolize. Orton says that he was proud to say he was his father's son, or his uncle's nephew. The Orton name has been synonymous with success in the wrestling business. Orton says that his family had always been there to support him, even when he was starting out. Through injuries and setbacks, Orton was always told he could achieve more. Orton believed those words because they came from people he trusted. Orton says that CM Punk doesn't know the first thing about trust.

Orton says that Punk would even say that he was an outcast growing up. Being straight-edge didn't bring him a lot of friends, Orton says. Orton says he's heard the same story before, of how Punk had no one to believe in but himself, and that he made it to where he is today by his own blood, sweat, and tears. Orton says that, even though he got to where he is by himself, once Punk got here, he surrounded himself with people who he thought would watch out for him. Orton names off Luke Gallows, Serena, and Colt Cabana as people who CM Punk has had in his life, who ultimately couldn't be trusted. Orton asks Punk whether or not he truly believes that Cabana can be trusted this time around — with the biggest match of Punk's career hanging in the balance. Orton says that trust - not ability - will be the reason there's a new Heavyweight Champion crowned at Wrestleocalypse.

Commercial Break

Number One Contenders Tournament Match
#4 Alex Shelley vs. #5 Kaz

Alex Shelley and Kaz came into this match quite familiar with each other, having faced off in the past, both in the HWL and elsewhere. Tonight, with the chance to advance in the X-Division Tournament, they would taking out all the stops to ensure a victory. Kaz started off the match strong, showing that he was able to slow down the pace of a match. Shelley also proved this point by locking Kaz in a cross-face submission. Kaz was able to reach the ropes, but Shelley continued to work over Kaz. Shelley connected with The Dominator, but only got a 2-count. Shelley continued to work over Kaz as both men found themselves outside the ring. Shelly whipped Kaz into the ringsteps before rolling him underneath the ropes. Before Shelley could re-enter the ring, CHRIS SABIN jumped the barricade, and hit Shelly in the back with a steel chair. Sabin laid the chair on the ground and planted Shelley with a DDT on top of it. Sabin rolled Shelley back into the ring, and Kaz collapsed on top as the referee counted the 1-2-3.

Kaz defeated Alex Shelley via pinfall in 0:10:11.
Rating: ¼

After the match, Chris Sabin placed his arms on the apron and stared at Alex Shelley, as Kaz was announced the winner. Sabin then left the ringside area as Josh and Scott talked about the stunned reaction from the crowd upon seeing Sabin’s return to the HWL.

Commercial Break

Coming back from the break, Chelsea is seen walking through the backstage area, when she is confronted by AJ Styles. Styles tells Chelsea that she had a lot of nerve saying what she said to AJ last week. And, to make things worse, AJ says, she showed up in support of Brutus Magnus. AJ grabs Chelsea's arm, but before he can speak, Magnus attacks him from behind. Magnus lands a number of shots to Styles. Magnus whips Styles into the concrete wall. Styles slumps to the ground, and Magnus tells him to never put his hands on Chelsea again. Magnus and Chelsea walk off…

Eve Torres vs. Melina

Two weeks ago, Eve Torres and Melina made their debuts in a battle royal for the chance to challenge Hamada at Wrestleocalypse for the Women’s Title. Tonight, the two newest Vixens squared off, to see what they could do as the only two in the ring. The differences between the two were apparent from the start, as Melina has been known to have had much more experience in the ring, and she showed that by controlling a better portion of the match. Eve has experience in the ring, but not at the same level as her opponent. However, that did not stop her from being resourceful when the match went outside the ring. Eve ducked a clothesline and rammed Melina’s back into the guardrail, before rolling Melina back into the ring, and working the area over. Melina struggled to get to her feet, and Eve made the cover for the 1-2-3.

Eve Torres defeated Melina via pinfall in 0:05:32.
Rating: **

Commercial Break

Steve Corino, Jesse Neal, and Shane Hagadorn come out to the ring, to a huge ovation of boos from the crowd. Hagadorn says he knows why the fans are angry: because their beloved, ragtag team didn't get the job done last week. In fact, Hagadorn says, the crowd is probably angry because he, Corino, and Neal pulled one over on them. Hagadorn says that, in reality, all they did was delay the inevitable. Hagadorn says that there's only one team deserving of a Tag Team Title match, and that's the team with the rematch clause in their contracts. Hagadorn says that the team might look a little different, but Corino and Neal were the two that defended the titles at Best of the Best, and they are the ones that should challenging Kurt Angle and Martin Maldonado at Wrestleocalypse.

Peter Bradshaw appears on-stage, with a microphone, and says that Hagadorn is correct: Corino and Neal were the ones who defended the titles two weeks ago. But, Bradshaw says, that he is the one that makes the final decisions in the HWL. Bradshaw says that David Otunga has been itching to get his hands on Corino and Hagadorn, ever since Hagadorn screwed Otunga out of the Tag Team Titles last year. Bradshaw says that Otunga will get his chance to get his hands on one of them, tonight, in a Number One Contenders tag match. Bradshaw tells Hagadorn that he can consider himself fortunate, because Bradshaw is banning him from ringside for that match.

Hagadorn goes ballistic inside the ring, saying that Bradshaw can't do that, and that the owner is making a huge mistake. Bradshaw calls for HWL officials to come out to the ring and escort Hagadorn backstage, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Number One Contenders Match
David Otunga & Santino Marella vs. Steve Corino & Jesse Neal

Santino and Otunga started off the match, working over Jesse Neal, keeping separated from Corino across the ring. Santino went for the Cobra early on, but Neal was able to get out of the way. Santino locked in a number of submission holds, forcing Neal to use a lot of his energy reaching for the ropes. Santino attempted a belly-to-back suplex, but Neal raked his eyes, tagging in Corino.

Corino fought both Santino and Marella, allowing Neal time to rest. Otunga reversed an irish whip, clothesline Corino out of the ring. Corino countered a bodyslam attempt, as Neal comes from behind and attacks Otunga. Marella makes the save as all four men begin brawling outside the ring. Corino takes advantage, and whips Otunga into the guardrail, entering the ring at the count of 6.

Corino works over Otunga as he enters the ring. Otunga fights back with a number of punches, tagging in Marella. Marella and Corino go toe-to-toe, trading shot. Corino hits a fisherman’s suplex for a two-count. Corino works over Marella, hitting a DDT in the center of the ring. Corino power bombs Marella for another two-count. Corino throws Marella to the outside, and connects with a baseball slide. Neal comes over, he and Corino double-team Marella. Otunga makes the save, and all four men brawl once again.

Back in the ring, Marella tags out to Otunga. Otunga works over Corino. Corino lands a backward kick, and a Northern Lights suplex for a two-count. Otunga hits an armdrag takedown, and Corino begs off. Otunga whips Corino through the ropes. Otunga uses the ring steps to his advantage, before rolling Corino into the ring at 8. Corino reverses a suplex. Corino low blows Otunga as Otunga gets to his feet. Corino hits a DDT for a 2 ½-count. Corino locks in an abdominal stretch, but Otunga reaches the ropes. Corino hits the Sliding Lariat, for a 2-count, as Otunga gets his foot on the ropes. Corino works over Otunga. Otunga reverses an irish whip, hitting a shoulderblock. Otunga with a headlock, but Corino reaches the ropes. Corino reverses an armdrag takedown and tags in Neal.

Neal and Corino with the double team. Otunga ducks a flying shoulderblock from Neal. The bell sounds, but the referee lets the match continue. Neal and Otunga go back and forth. Otunga blocks an armbar submission, and hits The Verdict for a 2 ½. Otunga makes the tag to Marella and hits The Cobra for the 1-2-3.

David Otunga & Santino Marella defeated Steve Corino & Jesse Neal when Santino pinned J. Neal with the Corba in 0:21:25.
Rating: ** ¾

After the match, Otunga and Marella celebrate their victory as Steve Corino drags Jesse Neal out of the ring. Josh and Scott announce that Kurt Angle and Martin Maldonado now know who they will be defending the titles against at Wrestleocalypse.

Commercial Break

Backstage, Alisha Hicks is shown with Women's Champion, Hamada, and a male interpreter. Alisha asks how Hamada feels about having her first title defense be at the biggest pay-per-view of the year. Hamada and the interpreter speak. The interpreter says that Hamada is honored to be defending the Women's Title at Wrestleocalypse. Hamada has wrestled in front of large audiences before, so she is used to that experience; but there will always be butterflies. Alisha then asks about Hamada's opponent - Eve Torres - who won a battle royal, last week, to earn a shot at the title. The interpreter says that Hamada congratulates Eve on earning a title shot with her first match in the HWL. Hamada says that Eve will not be as fortunate at Wrestleocalypse, because there will not be anyone else to do the work for her. Hamada says that she will test Eve's skills, and walk out victorious.

Also backstage, in the Conglomerate's locker room, Ric Flair confronts Rob Terry. Flair toys with Terry saying that he's almost through, but if Terry really wants out, he still have to do what he's told. Terry looks like he wants to say something, but doesn't. Flair tells him to go find Brutus Magnus, and take care of him. Flair walks out of the room, as Terry fumes with anger and disgust.

Number One Contender Tournament Match
#3 Jesse Neal vs. #6 Steve Corino (w/Shane Hagadorn)

Before the match, Neal, Corino, and Shane Hagadorn all come down to the ring. Hagadorn says that he personally feels slighted by Peter Bradshaw, because he was forced away from ringside, and had to watch his team lose the chance to challenge for the Tag Team Titles. And, now, he is being forced to stand at ringside and watch Neal and Corino fight each other for a chance at a possible X-Division Title shot. Hagadorn says it's outrageous, and hopes that Bradshaw is feeling good about himself.

Back and forth to start the match. Corino locked in a headlock before hitting a Northern Lights suplex for a 2-count. Corino stays on Neal, hitting a Flatliner, followed by the Sliding Lariat for another 2-count. Neal with a quick burst of offense after reversing an irish whip; but Corino blocks a forearm to the back, and hits a fisherman suplex for a 2-count. As Neal gets to his feet, Corino hits a low blow. Corino works over Neal, sending him outside the ring. Corino hits another Flatline out the concrete, before rolling Neal into the ring at 4. Corino continues to work over Neal, hitting a second Sliding Lariat for a 1-count. Neal counters a clothesline with a crucifix for a 2 ½. Neal and Corino go back and forth. Neal hits a springboard cross body press for a 2-count. Neal works over Corino. Neal blocks a Northern Lights suplex by Corino, and runs into the ropes, as Hagadorn pulls them down! Neal rolls back into the ring a 6. Neal and Corino go back and forth. Neal blocks a lariat, and tosses Corino through the ropes. Neal rams Corino’s lower back into the guardrail, before whipping him to the ring steps. Neal slams Corino’s face into the ringsteps, causing a wound to open up. Corino starts to bleed as Neal rolls him into the ring. Neal covers Corino for the 1-2-3.

Jesse Neal defeated Steve Corino via pinfall in 0:15:51.
Rating: ** ½
[Shane Hagadorn interfered against Jesse Neal.]

After the match, Neal got to his feet and rolled out of the ring, staring as Hagadorn entered the ring to check on Corino. Josh and Scott wondered what Hagadorn’s interference in this match might do to their working “relationship”, and what that means for their chances of regaining the Tag Team Titles, somewhere down the line.

Commercial Break

A preview for Wrestleocalypse 2 is shown.

Kurt Angle vs. Randy Orton

These two men have taken part in matches against each other that, one day, will go down in the history of the HWL. Tonight, they rekindled that fire in Philadelphia. Orton started out early, surprising Angle with an RKO attempt, but Angle was able to get out of it. Orton with a flying cross body for a 2-count. Angle reversed a clothesline into a sleeperhold. Orton reaches the ropes, breaking the hold. Angle connects with a belly-to-back suplex for a 2-count. Orton and Angle work each other over, getting mixed reactions from the crowd. Orton attempts an RKO, but Angle reverses it into a backslide for a 2-count. Angle and Orton continued to battle back and forth. Angle hooked Orton with the Ankle Lock, but Orton was able to quickly reach the ropes, breaking the hold. Angle ran into the ropes, only to fall to the concrete as Orton moved out of the way. Orton left the ring and landed a series of stomps onto Angle, before throwing him into the broadcast table. Orton slams Angle’s head into the table, before saying “this is what Punk can look forward to!” Orton rolled Angle back into the ring, and re-entered. Orton connected with an RKO, and made the cover. Orton lifted up at two, breaking the count. Orton backed into the corner, and stalked Angle until he get to his hands and knees. Orton hit a running kick to Angle’s head, before covering the Tag Team Champion for the 1-2-3.

Randy Orton pinned Kurt Angle after a running kick to the head in 0:18:45.
Rating: *** ½

After the match, Orton stood over Angle’s body, posing to the crowd, as boos rained down from the seats. Josh and Scott thanked everyone for tuning in, and Anarchy went off the air with Orton standing in the center of the ring.

Card rating: ***

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