January 30, 2011

Attendance: 11,956 (61%)

Fireworks shoot off from the stage area as “World So Cold” by Three Days Grace blares through the arena. The thousands of fans in attendance cheer and scream, holding up home-made signs and other HWL merchandise, as cameras pan around the ringside area. At the broadcast table, Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Miami, and to the first-ever BRUTALITY pay-per-view. They announce that seven big matches will be taking place tonight, including the Heavyweight Title match between “The Blueprint” Matt Morgan and “The Olympic Gold Medalist” Kurt Angle. Josh takes time out of the introduction to apologize to the at-home audience, and to everyone who was in attendance at Monday Night Anarchy, as the planned matches between AJ STYLES and KAZ did not take place. Scott says that an altercation, that was too graphic to view on the network, took place between Styles, Kaz, Mr. Anderson, and Yoshi Tatsu. A video plays showing the four men brawling in the backstage area, when RIC FLAIR appears in-view, with a tazer in his hand. Flair is seen tazing both Kaz and Tatsu – as the crowd inside the arena groans at the visual – before Styles and Anderson assault them with items found nearby. After the video plays Josh announces that, after the show, Kaz and Tatsu were taken to a local hospital, and are reportedly during well. Scott says that no official word has come down from Peter Bradshaw about the matter, but that everyone is expecting something tomorrow night, live from Jacksonville…

(1) Alex Shelley vs. Evan Bourne

For weeks, both of these men were trying to prove which one wanted to step into the ring with Randy Orton more. Bourne had fallen victim to Orton's RKO last month at Cage Rage, and Alex Shelley found himself victimized shortly after the same match. Shelley seemed poised to be the front-runner, as he and Orton had been tag team partners for the better part of the summer but Bourne came out swinging, wanting to step into the ring with another main-tier superstar. Lots of fast-paced action filled this match, and left the crowd speechless, as both men put their bodies on the line just for the chance to step into the ring with “The Viper”. Bourne had been wearing Shelley down all match long, and seemed to have had the match in-hand on multiple occasions; however, he wound up complaining about slow counts, before ultimately turning his attention to the referee, and throwing him outside the ring out of sheer frustration! The referee, once gaining his composure, called for the bell, and awarded the match to Shelley! The two men began to brawl in the center of the ring until HWL officials rushed down to the ring and separated them.

Alex Shelley defeated Evan Bourne by disqualification in 0:15:50.
Rating: ** ½

Backstage, Alisha Hicks asks Velvet Sky about her title match against Natalya. Velvet says that she has been on the losing side of two Women's Title matches in the past year. She says that she was the last one eliminated from the Battle Royal “way back in April”, and that she lost to Natalya for the vacant title just two weeks later. Velvet says that she has what it takes to win the Women's Title; and, with all the “crap” being said by Natalya over the last few weeks, she has more motivation then ever to walk away as Champion. Velvet says that tonight is her big opportunity, and that the third time is going to be the charm.

Abyss is seen, standing alone in a darkened hallway, underneath the American Airlines Arena. He says that he is looking forward to facing Tommy Dreamer again tonight, because he agrees there is unfinished business between the two of them. Abyss says that he was keeping quiet, watching Tommy Dreamer beg and plead to get back into the ring with him, because Abyss knew that Dreamer wouldn't stand for leaving their match end in a double count-out. Abyss says that he doesn't care what kind of match Peter Bradshaw has chosen for tonight, because there's very little that he hasn't felt throughout the years. Abyss says that, tonight, Tommy Dreamer will regret his “need” to face him again.

(2) Velvet Sky vs. © Natalya (Women's Title Match)

Week after week, Velvet Sky and Natalya had been trying to get the better of each other, leading up to this very match. Velvet appeared to have found her groove in the ring, and seemed to have found a new positive energy after re-forming her friendship with Angelina Love. On the other hand, the longest-reigning Women's Champion in HWL history, found herself stuck with the issue of figuring out who she wanted to deal with more over the last couple weeks. Velvet was the one gunning for the title; but the champion felt that Sarita had crossed a line, claiming that if it weren't for her, Natalya would not have been able to get the upper hand on Sky two weeks ago. Tonight though, that quesiton was answered by Sarita, who made her way to the ringside area just as the match got under way. She grabbed a chair and swung it at the back of Natalya's head, sending the champion straight into a Beauty Mark by Velvet. The referee counted to three, and the HWL crowned a NEW Women's Champion!

Velvet Sky pinned Natalya with the Beauty Mark in 0:00:57.
Rating: **
(Velvet Sky won the HWL Women's Title.)
[Sarita interfered against Natayla.]

A preview for the up-coming pay-per-view, Best of the Best, is shown. The event will take place, live, from Richmond, Virginia on February 27, 2011.

Backstage, Ted Hanson asks Tommy Dreamer about finally getting the rematch, with Abyss, that he had been wanting. Dreamer says that he had heard what Abyss said, earlier in the evening, and that “The Monster” was right: he can't live with himself, knowing that he and Abyss's match ended in a double count-out. Dreamer says that he has never been one to let a match end like that without wanting to find out who is better. Dreamer says that, tonight, he's going to show the fans what made him famous during the heyday of ECW; and, that tonight, Abyss will find out who wants it more.

In the locker room, David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd are shown stretching, when Natalya storms into the locker room, kicks their chairs to the ground and pacing back and forth. Natalya says that she didn't expect anything else, but to see Smith and Kidd lose on Monday night, because they need her out there to keep the titles around their waists. Smith tells Natalya, that if she feels that way, she should make sure she's at ringside for tonight's title match. Natalya says that it was their decision not to have her at ringside; and even if they begged, she wouldn't be there, because she had “more important” things to worry about. Natalya stormed back out of the locker room…

(3) Tommy Dreamer vs. Abyss (Chairshot Survival Death Match)

Tommy Dreamer got his wish for tonight, but it appeared to be more then he had bargained for. A few weeks ago, these two squared off against each other on Monday Night Anarchy, only to have their match end in a draw. Dreamer pleaded with Peter Bradshaw to sign their rematch for tonight, with a stipulation that fitted their styles. The Chairshot Survival stipulation was added, and “The Monster” Abyss took full advantage of it, connecting with a vicious shot to Dreamer's head with a baseball bat, just seconds into the match! Dreamer began to bleed profusely – covering the mat as the match went on – but was able to garner enough energy to connect with multiple Dreamer DDT's. However, Abyss kicked out after every attempt, and began to wear down Dreamer as he continued to lose blood. Abyss finally connected with the Black Hole Slam for the 1-2-3. After the match, HWL officials and medical personel tended to Dreamer as Abyss made his way up the ramp.

Abyss pinned Tommy Dreamer with the Black Hole Slam in 0:13:07.
Rating: *** ¼

Backstage, AJ Styles, Mr. Anderson, and Ric Flair are seen with Alisha Hicks. Flair says that they had all seen what happened on Monday night, when The Hart Dynasty lost on Anarchy. He says that it can only be blamed on the fact that Natalya was not out there to save them from defeat; it certainly wasn't because Skip Sheffield and Rob Terry were the better team. Flair says that they all felt that Styles's and Anderson's stock rose after Monday, knowing that Natalya was not going to be at ringside again tonight. Flair says that, with no distractions at ringside, the titles are there for the taking.

A preview for the up-coming pay-per-view, Best of the Best, is shown. The event will take place, live, from Richmond, Virginia on February 27, 2011.

Randy Orton is seen backstage, in his ring gear, and is asked by Ted Hanson how he feels about stepping into the ring against his former tag team partner, Alex Shelley. Orton says that he's made his thoughts known about the possibility of facing Shelley tonight. He says that Shelley must have something to prove, or else he wouldn't have done whatever he needed to to get into the ring again. Orton says that he has proven, time and time again, that he's not a tag team wrestler; he doesn't want the burden of carrying someone on his shoulders. He says that he's not out to share the spotlight with anyone; that he wants to be the top guy in the HWL. Orton says that Shelley doesn't share that same desire, and that's why he's so comfortable being a Tag Team Champion, where as Orton will not be satisfied until he's Heavyweight Champion.

(4) AJ Styles/Mr. Anderson (w/Chelsea & Ric Flair) vs. © The Hart Dynasty (HWL Tag Team Title Match)

For the second match in a week, the tag team champions came down to the ring without Natalya, who they had told to stay backstage on Monday night. After coming up short, in a shocking fashion, to Skip Sheffield and Rob Terry, they were more determined to walk out of Miami with the belts over their shoulders. But their opponents tonight, who have had Ric Flair in their ear for some time now, looked poised to come away with the belts themselves. There was plenty of great action in the match, and the ever-present risk of Flair, and Chelsea, standing at ringside. However, in a shocking scene half-way through the match, KAZ and YOSHI TATSU made their way to the ring, and started making things a little more difficult for the challengers. The Hart Dynasty took advantage of the duo's presence, trying to pick up the victory on multiple occasions, only to have Chelsea – who had found her way to the other side of the ring – was able to repeatedly place Styles' and Anderson's foot on the bottom rope; keeping their chances alive. However, that chance quickly faded as Tatsu jumped up on the apron, distracting the referee, as Kaz slid a steel chair into the ring. David Hart Smith connected with a shot onto AJ's head, before hitting a Saito Suplex in the center of the ring. Chelsea and Flair could only watch, hopelessly, as the referee counted to three, and awarded the victory to the Tag Team Champions.

After the match, Flair was fuming as Kaz and Tatsu retreated to the backstage area. Chelsea was seen on the ground, at ringside, holding her head in shame at the result of the match. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels said that the both thought things weren't over between those two teams.

The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd) defeated AJ Styles & Mr. Anderson when D.H. Smith pinned Styles after a Northern Lights suplex in 0:22:46.
Rating: ½
(The Hart Dynasty retained the HWL Tag Team Titles.)
[Yoshi Tatsu interfered against AJ Styles.]
[Yoshi Tatsu inrefered against Mr. Anderson.]
[Chelsea & Ric Flair interfered against Tyson Kidd.]
[Chelseas interfered against David Hart Smith.]

Alex Shelley is seen backstage, when he is confronted by Ted Hanson, who asks for a response to Randy Orton's comments. Shelley says that he did have something to prove to Randy Orton tonight, and that is that Shelley isn't going to stand around and have someone he called a “friend” walk all over him. Shelley says that Orton may have goals of becoming Heavyweight Champion – and has been a Heavyweight Champion multiple times – but, that every one who enters the business dreams of becoming Heavyweight Champion. Shelley says that he's no different from everyone else, but that his desire tonight, is to beat Randy Orton, and hopefully shut “The Viper” up, once and for all.

Also backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with the X-Division Champion, D'Angelo Dinero, and asks for this thoughts on facing Montel Vontavious Porter tonight. Dinero says that he's had numerous people come after him, all wanting to take the X-Division Title away from him, but that no one was able to do it. He says that, way back in August, he defeated MVP for the belt, and hasn't let go of it since then. Dinero knows that MVP is determined to take back the belt, but says that he will fail again, tonight, like he has in all his other attempts.

A preview for the up-coming pay-per-view, Best of the Best, is shown. The event will take place, live, from Richmond, Virginia on February 27, 2011.

(5) Alex Shelley vs. Randy Orton

These two former tag team partners squared off tonight, after Alex Shelley defeated Evan Bourne for the right to face “The Viper”. Shelley stated that he wanted to end Orton's reign of terror over the X-Division wrestlers, and that he wouldn't accept anything less then victory tonight. He came out quickly, after the bell rang, and reversed an Orton suplex attempt into a small package, but only got a two-count. Back and forth action continued for a short time, until Orton locked in a choke hold in the corner, wearing down Shelley. Orton then connected with a belly-to-back suplex, before running into the ropes and hitting a flying forearm. Orton went for the quick cover, and shockingly, Shelley was unable to kick out! Orton was awarded the match as the crowd booed wildly.

After the match, Orton fell to the canvas, stalking Shelley, as he slowly got to his feet. Then, out of nowhere, Orton connected with the RKO in the center of the ring! Orton rolled out of the ring, and made his way backstage, as the referee tended to Shelley.

Randy Orton pinned Alex Shelley after a flying forearm in 0:01:04.
Rating: **

Backstage, Alisha Hicks asks Montel Vontavious Porter for his thoughts about tonight's X-Division Title Match. Porter says that he has been gotten sick and tired of watching other, more talented, athletes jump into the ring with D'Angelo Dinero, and not be able to take the X-Division Title away from him. Porter says that it's a good thing, because he has the chance to regain the title from the man who took it from him. Porter says that he knows Dinero inside and out, and that will help him leave Miami as the new X-Division Champion.

Also backstage, Matt Morgan tells Ted Hanson that he fully understands the stakes in tonight's main event against Kurt Angle. Morgan says that he's not worried about this being the last match the two can have, because he knows that he's going to take care of Angle, and walk away with the Heavyweight Title. Morgan says that he has never known Angle to be a brawler; that Angle wants to make his opponents submit. Morgan says that, with the title on the line, and in the final match between them, there is nothing Morgan won't do to become a two-time Heavyweight Champion.

(6) Montel Vonatvious Porter vs. © D'Angelo Dinero (X-Division Title Match)

D'Angelo Dinero has proved himself to be a very consistent champion since winning the title over the summer, and tonight, he stepped into the ring with the man he defeated to begin his second reign. Montel Vontavious Porter, for weeks, had claimed to be the one who would take the title away from “The Pope”, and tonight he had his chance, but came up just short. The match went all over the ringside area, and saw MVP knock himself unconscious after a falling hard onto the concrete outside the ring. This allowed “The Pope” to show his “thug” side, by introducing a baseball bat, and assaulting MVP with it. Eventually, Dinero sent MVP into the ring, connected with an STO, and picked up the victory.

D'Angelo Dinero pinned Montel Vontavious Porter after an STO in 0:11:01.
Rating: *** ½
(D'Angelo Dinero retained the HWL X-Division Title.)

Backstage, Kurt Angle tells Ted Hanson that he knows Matt Morgan is going to stop at nothing to get the Heavyweight Title, and that he doesn't blame him. Angle says that he would do the same thing if he were in Morgan's shoes, but that Angle has what it takes to actually keep the title. Angle acknowledges that he wasn't much of a brawler, but says that, throughout his career, he's proven that he can surprise people when they least expect it.

A video package is shown, highlighting the matches during the pay-per-view.

(7) Matt Morgan vs. © Kurt Angle (Heavyweight Title Match)

Angle came out quick, hitting a surprise DDT just after the bell rang, and tried to follow it up with a flying dropkick, but Morgan pushed him away. The reversals continued as Morgan attempted to run Angle into the turnbuckle, but the Champion blocked it and went for a hiptoss, only to have it blocked with an elbow-smash. Morgan hit a powerslam and went for the cover, only getting a two count. A chokeslam by “The Blueprint”, before another cover attempt, again only getting a two-count. CODY RHODES made his way down to the ring as Morgan connected with another powerslam, and again, Angle kicked out at two.

Morgan saw Rhodes at ringside; and the two began to share words. Angle stunned Morgan with anKurt elbow, before whipping him into the ropes and taking him down with an enzuigiri. Angle connected with a DDT, but instead of going for the pin, decided to inflict more damage. Angle runs into the ropes, attempting a flying forearm, but Angle pushes him away and tries to catch his breath. Angle reversed a choke attempt, but Morgan re-reversed it with a Gorilla Press. However, Angle was able to slide down Morgan's back and connect with a forearm. Angle grabbed Morgan and tossed him through the ropes, to the outside.

Angle is handed a keyboard from someone in the crowd, and smacks Morgan in the back with it! He hits a flying forearm, and goes for a cover, but only gets a two-count. Angle swings the keyboard again, breaking it over Morgan's head, before throwing Morgan over the guardrail and into the crowd. Angle starts to choke Morgan with his boot, and struggles to get out of the hold, before Angle releases it after 40 seconds. Angle plays to the crowd as Morgan gets to his feet, and surprised Angle with a kneelift. Morgan throws Angle back over the guardrail, before jumping onto the railing and attempting a dropkick, which Angle sidesteps. Angle throws Morgan into the announce table, knocking Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels out of their seat! Angle picks up the remains of the keyboard and smashes it into Morgan's head, causing a small trickle of blood to run down his forehead. Angle attempts to hit Morgan again, with the keyboard, but Morgan grabs it; Morgan attempts to use the weapon as well, but Angle grabs it back; Angle connects with a shot to the head as the crowd goes crazy!

Angle continued to hammer away at Morgan, with the keyboard, before throwing him back over the guardrail and into the first row of chairs. The crowd scatters away as they begin to brawl in the seats. Morgan catches Angle in a choke lift, dropping Angle to the concrete after 21 seconds. Morgan whips Angle into the guardrail repeatedly, working on Angle's back, hoping to take away the Olympic Slam. Cody Rhodes hands Angle a weapon from underneath the ring, and Angle connects, stunning Morgan. Angle chokes Morgan with the weapon, until Morgan connects with a low-blow, and sends Angle to the concrete with a belly-to-back suplex! Morgan goes for the cover, but only gets a two-count. Morgan whips Angle back into the guardrail, before attempting another Gorilla Press. Again, Angle slides out of the move, and whips Morgan into the guardrail. Angle repeatedly pushes Morgan's back into the railing, before hitting a back elbow into Morgan's jaw.

Angle continues the assault on Morgan's back, before taking his leg out with a dropkick to the knee. Angle goes for the cover, and gets only a two-count. Angle, again, whips Morgan into the guardrail, as Rhodes hands him a baseball bat. Angle sizes Morgan up, before swinging the back into “The Blueprint's” gut, dropping him to his knees. Angle elbowdrops Morgan's back, before picking him back up, and whipping him – again – into the guardrail. Angle keeps up the assault, using the railing and the baseball bat to wear down Morgan. Angle sends Morgan back over the guardrail, to ringside, and connects with a kick to the midsection, followed by a blatant low-blow. Josh Daniels says that Angle is showing a sadistic side tonight, as he lifts the bat above his head and comes down with it over Morgan's back. Angle continues to use the bat to his advantage, before choking Morgan with it on the ramp. Angle wastes no time as Morgan gets back to his feet, dropping him with a European uppercut. Angle reverts back to using the bat until Morgan attempts a roundhouse right, but Angle blocks it.

The fight continues, back over the guardrail, as the two men fight their way into the upper section of the lower bowl. Angle swings the bat, but Morgan ducks under, and grabs Angle by the throat. Using all the strength left in him, Morgan blocks off Angle's airway as the referee checks his arm. It falls once… and twice… but Angle is able to keep his arm up the third time, before kicking Morgan in the gut to release the hold. Morgan falls to his knees, blood dripping from his forehead, as Angle walks around trying to catch his breath. Angle is handed another weapon, by someone in the crowd, and hits the unexpecting Morgan with it. Angle uses the weapon, repeatedly, before hitting a jawbreaker! Angle holds his head, walking around the small area near the seats, and is handed a pair of brass knuckles. Angle hits Morgan with them, before sending him flying into a row of chairs!

They fight their way back down to the guardrail, where Morgan shocks Angle with a shot to the head with the baseball bat, left behind from earlier. Morgan covers Angle, but still, only gets a two-count. Morgan steps over the guardrail, and enters the ring, as Angle slowly follows him. Morgan connects with the Carbon Footprint, and goes for the cover. Angle, somehow, is able to kick out at two! Morgan whips Angle into the ropes, and Angle connects with a clothesline, and quickly locks in the Ankle Lock! Morgan, using his surroundings, quickly grabs the ropes, forcing Angle to break the hold. Back and forth action, as Morgan continues to bleed more and more; Angle whips him into the ropes, but Cody Rhodes pulls down the top rope, sending Morgan crashing onto the concrete at ringside. Angle rolls out of the ring, and whips Morgan into the ring post!

Back in the ring, Angle attempts a fireman's carry, but Morgan blocks it; Morgan attempts a powerbomb, but is too worn down to lift up Angle. Angle runs into the ropes and hits a flying forearm, and goes for the cover. The referee counts to three, and the bell rings, as Angle is announced the winner!

After the match, Angle and Cody Rhodes share a glance as Rhodes retreats up the ramp, clapping his hands at Angle's victory.

Kurt Angle pinned Matt Morgan after a flying forearm in 0:19:45.
Rating: ¼
(Kurt Angle retained the HWL Heavyweight Title.)
[Cody Rhodes interfered against Matt Morgan.]

Card rating: *** ½

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