January 31, 2011

Attendance: 9,100 (65%)

A video package is shown from Brutality, ending with Kurt Angle standing victorious over Matt Morgan. “Headstrong” plays as fireworks shoot from the stage area. Cameras pan around the arena as Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone from Jacksonville, 24 hours removed from Brutality. It is announced that, tonight, because of the events that took place last night, Alex Shelley and Evan Bourne will face off, again, in a rematch. Also tonight, Yoshi Tatsu will face AJ Styles; and Peter Bradshaw has announced that if anyone interferes in the match, they will be suspended for 30 days(!)

Kurt Angle comes out to the ring, carrying the Heavyweight Title over his shoulder, as the crowd begins to chant his name. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels comment on the hellacious match Angle and Matt Morgan too part in last night, and on the mean streak Angle showed throughout. Inside the ring, Angle soaks in the cheers as he pats the title over his shoulder. Angle says that last was everything he could have hoped for, and that the match ended the only way it should have: with Angle retaining the Heavyweight Title. Angle praises Matt Morgan, giving him credit for putting his body on the line, all for the chance to walk away with the Heavyweight Title. But, Angle says that he has, once again, proved that Matt Morgan doesn't have what it takes to be the face of the Horizon Wrestling League.

Angle then turns his attention away from “The Blueprint”, saying that its time to move on, and focus on defending his title against other, worthy opponents. Angle says that he has always been known as a fighting Champion, and that whoever wants to step into the ring with him should get ready for the fight of their life. Suddenly, the arena goes dark, and the camera flashes show figures fighting inside the ring. When the lights come back on, ABYSS is seen, standing over Angle, in the center of the ring. The crowd roars in disapproval while Abyss leaves the ring, and the camera focuses on Angle's body.

Commercial Break

(1) Alex Shelley vs. Evan Bourne

Twenty-four hours after these two faced off, for the right to face Randy Orton at Brutality, Alex Shelley and Evan Bourne once again stepped into the ring. Last night's match ended as Evan Bourne got himself disqualified, after becoming unhappy with the calls he was getting from the referee, giving Shelley the right to face his former tag team partner. But tonight, there wasn't going to be a disqualification handed down, as both men came out showing that they were either going to make the other tap out or pin their shoulders to the canvas. Shelley picked up the victory after hitting the Sliced Bread #2 for the 1-2-3.

Alex Shelley pinned Evan Bourne with the Sliced Bread #2 in 0:10:57.
Rating: ** 1/4

Commercial Break

Backstage, Natalya storms through the hallways, screaming for Sarita to show herself. The former Women's Champion spots Alisha Hicks, and says that, if Peter Bradshaw is listening, she wants a match with Sarita now(!) Natalya says that Sarita is going to be taught a lesson for interfering in her match last night, and for costing her the Women's Title. Natalya then storms off again…

(2) Vixen Battle Royal (#1 Contender Match)

All five Vixens were introduced to the crowd, receiving various responses from the crowd. Newcomer, Michelle McCool starts off strong, eliminating Angelina Love, before turning her attention to Sarita. McCool connects with a leg lariat, stunning Sarita, before throwing her over the top rope. Daffney and McCool battle across the ring. Daffney kicks McCool to the canvas, and is attacked from behind, by Natalya. After a short brawl, Natalya tries to throws Daffney over the top rope, but doesn't succeed. Natalya then takes Daffney down with a hiptoss, and McCool starts to work over Daffney. McCool gets in a lot of good offense, but a low-blow by Daffney brings her momentum to a halt. Daffney grabs Natalya, and tries to throw her over the top rope, but to no avail. Back and forth action between them, before Natalya counters an armbar with a facerack, backing Daffney into the corner. McCool whips Natalya into the ropes, and they connect with a double clothesline. Daffney takes advantage, wearing down both Vixens, individually, before McCool hits a Northern Lights suplex. Daffney reverses an irish whip, and takes McCool down with a kick to the midsection, but is blindsided by Natalya, once again. More back and forth brawling, before Daffney throws Natalya over the top rope, leaving herself and McCool as the only two remaining. Both Vixens wore each other down: Daffney connected with a beautiful Frankensteiner off the top rope, but wasn't able to muster the strength to throw McCool over the ropes. The end of the match saw McCool lock in a camel clutch, that nearly caused Daffney to pass out. McCool let go of the hold, and easily dumped Daffney outside the ring, becoming the new challenger for Velvet Sky and the Women's Title.

Michelle McCool won a 5-Vixen Battle Royal:
x M. McCool threw out Love in 0:00:06.
x M. McCool threw out Sarita after a leg lariat in 0:00:19.
x Daffney threw out Natalya after a headsmash into the turnbuckle in 0:06:21.
x M. McCool threw out Daffney after a camel clutch in 0:09:43.
Rating: ** 3/4

Commercial Break

Peter Bradshaw makes his way to the ring, getting a mixed reaction from the crowd. Bradshaw congratulates everyone who won their matches at Brutality, last night, and said that he couldn't have asked for a better way to start off 2011. He says that, even though last night was a success, it's time to look forward. Bradshaw says that he is already looking to the date of March 27, 2011, because that will be the biggest night in the history of the HWL – outside of it's reemergence last April. Bradshaw announces that, on that night, the HWL will be in Detroit, Michigan for the first-ever WRESTLEOCOLPYSE pay-per-view. He says that he's hoping that night will become one of the bigggest events of the year for the HWL, but that there is still a pay-per-view taking place before then.

Bradshaw announces that, on February 27th, the HWL will be holding it's first-ever “Best of the Best” event, to determine the number one contender – and the challenger – for the Heavyweight Title at WRESTLEOCOLPLYSE. He says the winner will be decided by a 15-man Battle Royal. Bradshaw says that, in the weeks leading up to the pay-per-view, there will be smaller battle royals to determine the order of entry. He says that, starting next week, there will be three, five-man battle royals. Those that win their respective battle royals, will then take part in a Triple Threat Match to determine who will enter at number 15 on February 27th. Bradshaw thanks the crowd for their time, and says that he can not wait until next week, before leaving the ring. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels speculate as to whether or not the fans will find the set-up confusing; but insist that it will make things very interesting over the next few weeks.

Commercial Break

(3) The Usos (w/Tamina) vs. Skip Sheffield/Rob Terry

Sheffield and Terry had this match one, on multiple occasions, only to have Tamina put Jimmy Uso's foot on the ropes to break up the pinfall. The match went past the 20-minute time-limit, but finally saw Sheffield force Jimmy Uso to pass out due to an airplane spin. After the match, Sheffield and Terry got on the microphone and said that they have been winning matches continually over the past few weeks, and that they want to be recognized for it. Sheffield says that they have already beaten The Hart Dynasty, in a non-title match, which should make them the new number one contenders for the Tag Team Titles. Sheffield says that, if the Dynasty is ready for another fight, they will put the belts on the line at Best of the Best…

Skip Sheffield & Rob Terry defeated The Usos (Jiimmy & Jey) when Sheffield defeated Jiimmy when Jimmy passed out in an airplane spin in 0:23:23.
Rating:
[Tamina interfered against Skip Sheffield.]

Commercial Break

Backstage, “The Viper” Randy Orton, tells Alisha Hicks that he did what he needed to do, last night at Brutality; and that now, he can look forward to putting all of his focus on winning the battle royal on February 27th, and becoming the number one contender for the Heavyweight Title. Orton says that he doesn't care who the champion is, because after Best of the Best, they will no longer have the title.

(4) Yoshi Tatsu vs. AJ Styles (w/Chelsea & Ric Flair)

AJ came out very strong tonight, just 24 hours after coming up short in his bid to win the Tag Team Titles with Mr. Anderson. This match was supposed to take place last week, but due to an all-out brawl between Styles, Anderson, Tatsu and Kaz, Peter Bradshaw signed a re-match for tonight. Styles dominated for most of the match, but wasn't able to put Yoshi away. Again, the match went beyond the time-limit, but it was the extra time that Yoshi needed to pull out the victory, as he pinned Styles after a German suplex. After the match, in a shocking turn of events, Yoshi turned on the referee and threw him outside the ring. Yoshi turned his attention back to Styles, but Ric Flair and Chelsea pulled him out before any more damage could be done. Yoshi stayed in the ring, fuming, as Anarchy went to commercials.

Yoshi Tatsu pinned AJ Styles after a German suplex in 0:24:03.
Rating: 1/4

Commercial Break

(5) Cody Rhodes vs. Abyss

Abyss made his intentions clear, earlier tonight, by attacking Kurt Angle. Cody Rhodes was looking to continue making his point, that he was ready for the main event in the HWL. Rhodes's point was dimmed a little, when Matt Morgan came down to ringside, and blindsided Rhodes with a chairshot to the back. After the match, Morgan entered the ring to continue his assault on Rhodes, as “The Monster” left the ring. The crowd went crazy as Kurt Angle appeared behind Abyss. Angle tried to life Abyss up for an Angle Slam, but “The Monster” slid out of the move and fell to the steel stage, shocked by Angle's appearance. Angle mouth the words “this close” to Abyss as HWL officials rushed down to the ring, to break up Morgan's attack on Rhodes.

Cody Rhodes defeated Abyss by disqualification in 0:02:39.
Rating: ** ½
[Matt Morgan interfered against Cody Rhodes.]

Card rating: *** 1/2

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