January 03, 2011

Attendance: 5,891 (51%)

… Rhodes brought the match back inside the ring, where he set Angle up for the Cross Rhodes. As he hit the move, Morgan left the announce table and grabbed Angle's leg, making him unable to kick out of the finisher. Rhodes covered Angle as the referee counted to three! Morgan then slid into the ring, and as Rhodes turned around, connected with the Carbon Footprint…

“Headstrong” plays through the arena as fireworks shoot from the stage. Cameras pan around the arena, showing the mostly-filled seats and the cheering crowd. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to the fist Anarchy of 2011, and wish everyone a Happy New Year. They discuss the possible explanations that Matt Morgan might have, concerning his actions last week, before announcing that Morgan is scheduled to face Cody Rhodes, later tonight, to determine the number one contender for Kurt Angle's Heavyweight Title.

MATT MORGAN makes his way to the ring, in street clothes, receiving a roar of boos from the crowd. He says that the crowd can waste their breath, booing him, but that it wasn't going to make a difference; and it wasn't going to change what happened last week. Morgan says that, ever since he was in TNA, he was continuously looked over for chances to challenge for the Heavyweight Title. Morgan said that he could be just as conniving as anyone else in the back, and that he proved that last week. He says that he has been getting asked, everywhere he goes, why he did what he did to Kurt Angle last week; essentially forcing himself to face Cody Rhodes for the Number One Contenders spot. Morgan says that its a simple two-part explanation. First, he says that he just wanted to ensure that Angle lost his first match after winning the Heavyweight Title. Morgan says that he's dealt with Angle plenty of times before, and that he's seen fame and championships go to Angle's head. He says that, he did what he did, to prove that anyone can lose – on any given night – and to not take it for granted. Secondly, Morgan says that he isn't bothered by the idea of facing Cody Rhodes; that he doesn't think of Rhodes as a legitimate threat to take Morgan's title shot away from him. Morgan says that he's so sure that he'll beat Rhodes tonight, that he guarantees victory – getting another round of boos from the crowd.

PETER BRADSHAW makes his way on-stage, interrupting Morgan's comments, and saying that he had no other choice but to come out and burst Morgan's egotistical bubble. Bradshaw says that, due to Morgan's little “stunt” last week, Cody Rhodes received a concussion, and will NOT be competing tonight. But, Bradshaw says that Morgan WILL be competing, and announces that he will be facing RANDY ORTON in tonight's main event. Bradshaw also announces that the Number One Contenders match will take place next week, when Rhodes is cleared to compete. Bradshaw leaves the stage as Morgan looks on in shock.

Commercial Break

Non-Title Match
Daffney vs. © Natalya

Last week, Natalya set down the gauntlet for Velvet Sky, promising to defeat Love one more time, in order to keep the Women's Title around her waist. Tonight, she had her first match since Caged Rage, and stepped into the ring with the “Demonic Princess”. Natalya started off very strong, wanting to send a message to Velvet, but the match got out of control once the Vixens made their way outside the ring. Daffney turned the tide, using her surroundings to get the better of the Women's Champion. Daffney whipped Natalya into the ring steps, and as Natalya turned back around, she fell victim to the Lobotomy on the concrete floor! Daffney rolled back inside the ring as the referee counted to ten. After the match, VELVE SKY and ANGELINA LOVE come out to the stage. Velvet says that she's taking Natalya's words to heart, and going to watch what she says; she says that she has to tell Natalya that she doesn't need to focus on their match at Brutality, but that she needs to focus on her matches from week to week instead.

Daffney defeated Natalya by count-out in 0:09:37.
Rating: * ½

Commercial Break

ROB TERRY is seen doing a set of push-ups, backstage, as SKIP SHEFFIELD approaches, slapping Terry on the back as he stands up. Terry quickly turns, and stops short of hitting Sheffield, looking at him eye-to-eye. Terry says that he doesn't know Sheffield, and that he doesn't necessarily like him either, but that they have no choice but to team up tonight. Sheffield says that he's just trying to make a name for himself; to prove that he's deserving of another shot after getting hurt a few months back. Terry turns around and says that Sheffield better not get hurt again, because its not just his record that's on the line tonight.

“The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer vs. “The Monster” Abyss

There was a lot of hype – and hope – running through the arena in the lead-up for this match, as the possibility of destruction was very high. Dreamer came out strong at the beginning, but Abyss countered that with his power and size. However, both men made their way outside the ring, and began brawling at ringside, paying no attention to the referee's count. Both men were counted out, and the crowd their their disapproval known, but both men continued to brawl outside the ring as the bell rang. HWL officials made their way down to the ring and were able to separate both men and escort them backstage.

Abyss and Tommy Dreamer battled to a double count-out in 0:04:02.
Rating: *

Commercial Break

ALEX SHELLEY comes out to the ring, as Anarchy returns back from commercials. Shelley says that, a few months ago, he had to say goodbye to his partner because he was just tired of the business; he had to say goodbye to being the longest-reigning tag team champions in the history of the HWL. Shelley says that he had overcome that issue, slowly, but teaming up with Randy Orton helped ease the shock. Shelley says that he and Orton had plenty of chances to walk into this ring and walk out with the Tag Team Titles; but, for whatever reason, that never happened. Shelley says that all changed, just a couple weeks ago, when Orton decided to interfere in the X-Division Fatal Four Way. Shelley says that, not only did Orton attack Evan Bourne and Yoshi Tatsu, but that he attacked Shelley after the match! Shelley says that he wants Orton to come down to the ring, and explain himself, because as of two weeks ago, their partnership is officially over!

After a few moments, RANDY ORTON made his way to the ring, getting into the face of Alex Shelley, and snatching the microphone from his hands. Orton says that he's not going to waste any time, apologizing to Shelley for what happened, because he wasn't sorry. Orton says that he came out here, two weeks ago, to prove a point; that he is getting sick and tired of being held down by some tag team has-been, who's partner left him – and the business – while on the top of the division. Orton says he wasn't tired of the business, but that he was tired of having to make sure Shelley didn't screw things up and cost them the titles. Orton says that he was never afforded that luxury, and had to find out first-hand, that Shelley wasn't worthy of being his partner. Orton says that he isn't fazed at all by Shelley ending their partnership, because he can now go back to challenging for the Heavyweight Title. Orton slams down the microphone and starts to head out of the ring…

Shelley stops Orton, by saying that he's not satisfied with Orton's answer; and says that there's only one way to resolve the issue. Shelley then challenges Orton to a match at Brutality, saying that, if Orton has the “balls”, he'll try and beat Shelley in a fair fight. Orton smirks at Shelley's request and leaves the ring, giving no answer.

Commercial Break

Non-Title Match
Skip Sheffield/Rob Terry vs. © The Hart Dynasty

A lot of questions surrounded the teaming of Sheffield and Terry tonight, as they stepped into the ring against the Tag Team Champions. Terry got a quick pin-fall attempt, but complained to the referee about a slow count after Tyson Kidd kicked out at two. With the referee down, both teams did whatever they could to pick up an advantage, but neither team was sustain it. Bad timing led the champions to a loss as, while the referee was getting to his feet, NATALYA tripped Sheffield. The referee called for the bell, awarding the match to Sheffield and Terry. After the match, Smith and Kidd double-teamed Sheffield for just a minute, before Terry entered the ring and cleared house, much to the surprise of the crowd! The Hart Dynasty and Natalya walked away from the ring, disgusted, as Sheffield and Terry stood in the ring, triumphant.

Skip Sheffield & Rob Terry defeated The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd) when Sheffield defeated D.H. Smith by disqualification in 0:07:29.
Rating: **
[Natalya interfered against Skip Sheffield.]

Commercial Break

A preview for next week's “Anarchy” announces the Number One Contenders Match between Cody Rhodes and Matt Morgan.

X-Division Match
Evan Bourne vs. Montel Vontavious Porter

A new chapter in the quest to name the new number one contender for the X-Division Title started tonight, a week after Porter challenged D'Angelo Dinero to a match at Brutality. Tonight, though, Porter returned to the hardcore stylings of the division against Evan Bourne, who was out to make a name for himself. Bourne came out strong tonight, showing off his aerial abilities – skills that the HWL fans haven't seen on a regular basis – and kept Porter from using his slight strength advantage. The match made its way to the outside, where Bourne used the ring steps and guardrail to wear Porter down. Bourne brought Porter back into the ring and connected with a moonsault to pick up the victory. After the match, Bourne celebrated on the ramp as the crowd applauded his performance.

Evan Bourne pinned Montel Vontavious Porter after a moonsault in 0:10:48.
Rating: ** ¾

Commercial Break

“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan vs. “The Viper” Randy Orton

Earlier in the evening, Peter Bradshaw announced that, because of Morgan's actions over the past couple weeks, he would be stepping into the ring with Randy Orton. “The Viper”, who just recently started to show a much darker Quickly after the bell rang, the match was taken outside the ring, where Orton showed his dark streak, ramming Morgan's head into the ring post – opening up a small cut on Morgan's forehead – before taking “The Blueprint” back inside. Orton stalked Morgan as he got to his feet, and connected with an RKO, but was only able to get a two-count out of the attempt. Morgan fought back, as the blood started to run down his face, and gave Orton a fight that his previous victims were unable to do. Morgan sent Orton down with a massive clothesline, and attempted the Hellevator, but Orton slid down Morgan's back and escape to the outside. Back outside, they brawled near the announces table, and nearly got counted out, before re-entering the ring. With Orton's back turned, Morgan set up for the Carbon Footprint, but Orton ducked the move, kicked Morgan in the gut, and planted him with a DDT. Orton, again, stalked Morgan, and quickly “punted” him in the head. With the crowd in shock, Orton picked up Morgan and gave him a second RKO. Orton made the cover as the referee counted to three. After the match, Orton stood victorious over Morgan, as Anarchy went off the air.

Randy Orton pinned Matt Morgan with the RKO in 0:08:13.
Rating: **

Card rating: ** 1/4

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