January 17, 2011

Attendance: 7,409

…Morgan connected with his second Carbon Footprint, in three weeks, and pinned Rhodes… crowning himself as the new number one contender for the Heavyweight Title. After the match, KURT ANGLE appeared on-stage, with the Heavyweight Title…

KA: “Well, well, well. I guess I should come out here and give you the credit you deserve, Matt. Apparently, you were right; karma had already struck, and you came out here and did exactly what you said you were going to do. Congratulations on earning your shot at me, and the Heavyweight Title. This is going to be your one last shot at me, Matt, and with the title on the line, you better make it worth your while. Because, on January 30th, I plan on keeping this title around my waist. And, when I make you tap out, or pin your shoulders to that canvas, I will know that I am finally finished with you, once and for all.”

The two of them stare at each other, from across the ring, as Anarchy goes off the air.


“Headstrong” by Trapt begins to blare through the arena as fireworks shoot from the stage. The camera pans around the crowd as Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Mobile, Alabama; just 13 days away from Brutality. It is announced that, due to the events that took place last week, Evan Bourne will team up with X-Division Champion, D'Angelo Dinero, to take on the team of Adam Cole and Montel Vontavious Porter. Also, in tonight's main event, Ted DiBiase will take on Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, in a non-title match.

Matt Morgan's music hits as “The Blueprint” makes his way out to the ring, dressed in street clothes. He grabs a microphone and stands in the center of the ring, as the crowd continues to boo him…

MM: “You know, I could think of a few things I'd rather be doing then standing here in the middle of this disgrace you people call a home town. But, I also thought that I'd come out and give you worthless hicks the chance to see your soon-to-be new Heavyweight Champion, since it's obvious you won't be able to afford the pay-per-view in two weeks. I've been running some ideas over in my mind since last Monday night, knowing that Brutality is my last chance to step into the ring with Kurt Angle, and I have come out here tonight to inform Kurt – and you pathetic people – of my decision. Now, Kurt, I know you've got your hands full later tonight, but I hope your ears are burning right now – or that you're paying attention to the words I'm about to say. Kurt, at Brutality, I want our match to mean something. I want our last match to give us both the opportunity to get out all the aggression and anger out of us. I want our last match to be the chance for me to beat you to a bloody pulp, in front of all your fans, and to walk away with the Heavyweight Title over my shoulder for the second time. Kurt, at Brutality, I want our match to be a Falls-Count-Anywhere, Street Fight! No submissions, no count-outs. The only way either of us can win is by beating the living hell out of each other and hearing the referee count to three. Kurt, my decision has been made. I just hope you're ready to accept what happens to you in two weeks…”

Morgan leaves the ring as Anarchy goes to commercials…


(1) Alex Shelley vs. Tyson Kidd (w/Natalya)

The X-Division was in full force to start the program as Alex Shelley stepped into the ring with one-half of the Tag Team Champions, Tyson Kidd. Kidd started the match with the upper hand, having Natalya at ringside, which made Shelley a little hesitant to reach into his bag of tricks. Kidd started off the match in control, but missed a springboard elbowdrop, that Shelley took advantage of. Shelley had Kidd positioned in the center of the ring with a side headlock, and ran into the ropes, only to be tripped by Natalya. The referee quickly called for the bell and awarded the match to Shelley as Kidd looked on in disbelief.

Alex Shelley defeated Tyson Kidd by disqualification in 0:04:38.
Rating: * ½

Backstage, AJ STYLES and MR. ANDERSON are seen sitting on a metal chairs, while Chelsea stands in a corner, looking down at the floor, as Ric Flair paces back and forth in front of them…

RF: “Do either one of you want to explain what took place out in that ring last week? I've been in this business for longer then you two have been alive, and I don't think I've ever seen a sorrier display inside a wrestling ring! And, you two call yourselves your number one contenders for the Tag Team Titles?”
AS: “Ric, it's not that simple. You know I could've kicked out, but I hurt my back…”
RF: “AJ… AJ… AJ. You, of all people, shouldn't be making excuses. You're a two-time Heavyweight Champion here, and you're telling me that a hurt back was keeping you from kicking out last week? AJ, do you take me for some kind of a fool? I'm the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair! I saw something in you two, and wanted to take you under my wing. But, you need to prove to me that both of you want it. Hell, I've already gotten you a title reign, AJ; and, now you're lined up to get shots at the Tag Team Titles.”
MA: “Ric, listen…”
RF: “No, Ken. You should be just as upset as I am about this, but you're not. You were close. You had your shot at the Heavyweight Title, and came up short. Now, just like AJ, you have a shot at the Tag Team Titles, and you're out there losing to the Usos! I would love to know what's going through your minds right now, but I'm not sure I want to know what you're thinking. All you two need to know, is that there is more then you could ever imagine riding on your match at Brutality. You two need to step it up, or you're never going to hold those tag team titles!”

Flair walks away from the two, and out of the locker room, as the camera goes to another area of the arena, where Randy Orton is seen getting out of his car in the parking lot. As Orton closes the driver's side door, EVAN BOURNE comes out of nowhere and attacks “The Viper”! Bourne throws Orton into his car, denting the door. Orton falls to the concrete as Bourne stands over him…

EB: “Randy, I really hope you change your mind about this match, because there are a lot of people who want to do what I just did. Just say yes, Randy. You got yourself into this mess…”

Bourne walks away as the camera focuses on Orton's motionless body…

(2) Gail Kim vs. © Natalya – Non Title Match -

Strong match from these two veteran Vixens. They've been in the ring with each other numerous times, and each time they have put on very entertaining matches; and this time was no exception. Natalya came out swinging, and held the advantage for a good portion of the match, until Kim connected with a flying cross body to the outside of the ring! Kim kept on the attack, knowing that a win over the Women's Champion would be huge for her chances of challenging for the title once again, but Natalya proved why she had been champion for so long, as she quickly regained the advantage – reversing an irish whip into the ring apron – and began to focus on Kim's lower back. In no time, the match resumed inside the ring as Natalya locked in the Sharpshooter, and Kim quickly tapped out from the pain.

Natalya made Gail Kim submit to the Sharpshooter in 0:12:52.
Rating: ***


Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with the HWL Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle…

AH: “Kurt, earlier tonight, Matt Morgan came out to the ring and issued a challenge to you, for a Street Fight at Brutality.”
KA: (smiling) “.. because he wants to hurt me. Alisha, you know it, I know it, and everyone sitting out in those seats tonight, knows that Matt Morgan's just running his mouth to hear himself speak; all he's doing is blowing hot air! Matt Morgan wants to hurt me. He had his chance to hurt me the two previous times we fought, and he surely had his chance to do so last month, inside that steel cage. Now, I'm aware that he has beaten me, but he has never broken me. Matt knows I have his number, and that, at Brutality, that's going to be no different. And, it doesn't matter what type of match we're in. But, since he's already chosen what match he wants, I have an obligation to go out there and give it to him…”

Angle walks away from Alisha, leaving her standing in front of the camera, as the scene switches to another area backstage, where SARITA confronts NATALYA…

Sarita: “Listen, I know we haven't gotten along in the past; in fact, I don't really think anyone in the back cares for anything you, but I wanted to say you're welcome.”
Natalya: (looking oddly at Sarita) 'And, what exactly am I thanking you for?”
Sarita: (scoffs) “I think you know exactly what you should thank me for. If it weren't for me, you wouldn't have gotten the chance to do what you did against Velvet Sky…”
Natalya: “Whoa, whoa. I don't need your help to handle Velvet Sky. If anything, you should be thanking me, because if I hadn't come down there, and you didn't take advantage and distract the referee, you may – or may not – have beaten her. So, in fact, you're welcome.”

Natalya smirks at Sarita and turns to walk away, leaving Sarita fuming as the camera goes back to ringside…

(3) Adam Cole/Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Evan Bourne/(c) D'Angelo Dinero

After last week's all-out brawl between these four me, Peter Bradshaw thought it'd be best to put them in a match, in the hopes of having them finish what they started seven days ago. Dinero and Porter will meet at Brutality for the X-Division Title, and earlier tonight, Evan Bourne sought out, and attacked, Randy Orton – who found his way down to the ring during the match – leaving Adam Cole as the only participant with no pre-match baggage. Both teams, in their first matches together, were very impressive, but Bourne was caught more than once looking over his shoulder at “The Viper”. Outside of interfering early on in the match, Orton stood at ringside, watching as Bourne was able to connect with a flying forearm on Porter to pick up the victory. After the match, Orton made his way up the ramp, applauding Bourne's victory, but saying nothing about the attack.

Evan Bourne & D'Angelo Dinero defeated Adam Cole & Montel Vontavious Porter when E. Bourne pinned MVP after a flying forearm in 0:19:19.
Rating:
[Randy Orton interfered against Evan Bourne.]

Backstage, TYSON KIDD and DAVID HART SMITH are seen talking inside their locker room, as NATALYA storms in, still upset from her confrontation with Sarita. Kidd and Smith stop talking as she enters…

Natalya: “What?”
DHS/TK: “Nothing.”
Natalya: (staring at them) “What were you two talking about? Was it about me?”
TK: (looking at Smith and taking a deep breath) “Nat, we've been talking about it for a couple weeks now, and after tonight, we figured it was about time that we tell you. We've been getting tired of constantly losing matches because of your interference…”
DHS: “What we're trying to say, Nat, is that we think you should take some time off, and stay backstage for couple weeks. With you being at ringside for our matches, and then having to wrestle you own, we can only imagine how wore out you must feel…”
Natalya: (narrowing her eyes at them) “Heh. Do you two realize the night I've had? And, you're telling me that you want me to stay backstage, because I'm costing you matches? You two clearly don't see all the stuff I do for you! Think about all those times you could've had those tag team titles taken away from you; only to keep them around your waists. And, why is that? Because you can't lose the belts by disqualification!”
TK: “Would you like to keep your title, and keep winning matches by disqualification, Nat?”
Natalya: “No, fine. You guys are right. I've made it look like you can't win without me. I get it. So, I will gladly do you a favor, and sit out for the next couple weeks, so you can go out and do what you need to do. But, in return, there's something I want you two to do for me…”

Natalya turns towards the camera and puts her hand in front of the lens, pushing the cameraman out of the locker room, as Anarchy goes to commercials.


Alisha Hicks is seen with CODY RHODES, backstage, as Anarchy returns…

AH: “Cody Rhodes, last week, you came up just moments short of earning a shot at the Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle, at Brutality. After such a hard-fought match against Matt Morgan, what are your thoughts as you go forward?”
CR: “My thoughts going forward? Alisha, it's simple. I came up short last week to Matt Morgan, and I get to sit backstage and watch him challenge for the title in a match that should be mine! I made some mistakes last week, and I put myself in this position; but, I promise you, that you're going to hear about Cody Rhodes and the Heavyweight Title for a long time to come.”

Rhodes walks away from Alisha, as the camera goes back to ringside…

(4) Kaz vs. Mr. Anderson (w/Ric Flair)

Last week, Mr. Anderson attacked Kaz during his match with Eddie Edwards. Tonight, Peter Bradshaw gave Kaz the chance to get even with Anderson; but Kaz had to be concerned with “The Nature Boy” standing at ringside. Anderson started off the match strongly, using Kaz's concern to his advantage. The match made it's way outside the ring, where, surprisingly, Ric Flair backed away from the action, allowing Anderson to control the match on his own. Back in the ring, Kaz was able to stop Anderson's momentum, and connected with the Wave of the Future! This gave Flair the opportunity to put himself in the match, as he placed Anderson's foot on the rope, breaking the three count. Kaz, furious, got to his feet and started demanding Flair enter the ring; all the while, Anderson got to his feet and composed himself. As Kaz turned around, he was met with a kick to the gut, as Anderson followed up with the Mic Check, for the 1-2-3. After the match, Anderson rolled out of the ring, as he and Flair celebrated the victory as they walked up the ramp.

Mr. Anderson pinned Kaz with the Mic Check in 0:17:31.
Rating: ¾

A preview for “Brutality” is shown, highlighting the matches that will take place on January 30th, live from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

Backstage, the camera shows RIC FLAIR and MR. ANDERSON making their way to their locker room, as KAZ comes from behind and takes out Flair! Kaz and Anderson begin to brawl in the hallway as HWL officials rush over and try to break up the fight. The two are eventually separated, and escorted off to other areas of the arena, as Anarchy goes to commercials…


(5) Ted DiBiase vs. © Kurt Angle (Non Title Match)

After agreeing to the Street Fight stipulation, for his match against Matt Morgan at Brutality, Kurt Angle brought the Heavyweight Title to the ring for this non-title match against Ted DiBiase. DiBiase looked poised to cause a huge upset, as he shocked Angle – and the fans – with his aggressive style tonight. Angle looked lost in the ring, and on more than one occasion, resorted to using an illegal low blow to stop his opponent's momentum. Angle was able to legitimately fight back, eventually, hitting an Angle Slam, but deciding to not go for the cover. Instead, apparently wanting to prove that he can withstand the action of a Street Fight, Angle brought DiBiase outside the ring, and used the surroundings to wear him down. After whipping DiBiase into the steel ring steps, Angle rolled him under the bottom rope, and quickly entered the ring, locking in the Ankle Lock. DiBiase stretched out, in vain, trying to reach the ropes, but Angle pulled him into the center of the ring, and dropped down, forcing DiBiase to use what was left of his strength to escape. DiBiase was unable to do so, and tapped out, awarded Angle the match. After the match, Angle celebrated in-ring with the Heavyweight Title as Anarchy went off the air.

Kurt Angle made Ted DiBiase submit to the Ankle Lock in 0:18:20.
Rating: *** ¼

Card rating: *** ¾

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