July 09, 2012 - Monday Night Anarchy - Minneapolis, MN

Target Center
Attendance: 15,869 (83%)

Josh Daniels welcomes everyone to Minneapolis for the final Anarchy before Justice, this Sunday. Josh is joined by Scott Daniels. They announce a ten-man battle royal to determine who will face Christopher Daniels for the vacant X-Division Title this Sunday night. Also, the Tag Team Champions will be in action, as they face off with Claudio Castagnoli and Michael Tarver in a non-title match.

AJ Styles’ music plays, and “The Phenomenal One” walks out with Ric Flair by his side. Styles and Flair enter the ring, and Styles says over the past week he has been laughed at and looked down upon, because of the actions that took place last week. Styles says he’s still trying to rack his brain, figuring out what Michael Tarver’s problem is with him; but one thing he is crystal clear about – after last week – is that Matt Morgan has some explaining to do. Styles says that last week was nothing but a setup, put together by Morgan and Tarver, all in an attempt to take Styles out. Styles says that he and Flair have been the target of their attacks for too long; and Styles demands that Morgan come out and own up to it like a man.

Matt Morgan’s music plays, and “The Blueprint” wastes no time getting into the ring, getting into Styles’ face as the two share words. Flair tries to separate the two men, but Morgan puts a hand on Flair’s chest, pushing “The Nature Boy” out of the way. Morgan grabs Styles’ arm, bringing the microphone up, and says that Styles and Flair have lost their minds. Whichever one of them put the idea into Styles’ head that Morgan was working with Tarver is insane. Morgan says he doesn’t know what Tarver wants with either Styles or Flair, but it’s none of his business. And, one thing’s for sure: Morgan doesn’t need anyone’s help to beat the hell out of Styles this Sunday at Justice. Morgan exits the ring, leaving Styles and Flair standing…

Backstage, Grizzly Redwood is seen with Alisha Hicks. Alisha congratulates him on his stunning victory over CM Punk last week. Redwood says that he still can’t believe it happened. It’s not every day that someone walks into a new company and gets a win over a former Heavyweight Champion. Clearly, the lumberjack mentality – of never giving up until a job is finished – helped him succeed.

Before Redwood can finish, he is attacked from behind by CM Punk. Punk and Redwood share punches, until Punk hits a knee to the stomach. Punk tosses Redwood into some travel cases, causing Redwood to disappear behind one. Punk turns, stares at Alisha, and walks off as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Returning from the break, Matt Morgan is seen walking back from the stage, and is stopped by Claudio Castagnoli and Shane Hagadorn. They stare at each other for a moment, before Castagnoli says that it looks like he has something Morgan is struggling to even get close to. Claudio then holds up the PCW Heavyweight Title before pushing past Morgan as we go to ringside.

Alex Riley vs. CM Punk

Alex Riley is seen standing in the ring, as CM Punk’s music plays. Punk wastes no time entering the ring, and as soon as the bell rings, he goes after Riley. Punk lands a number of blows to Riley’s head, before tossing him through the ropes. Punk continues his assault on Riley, whipping him into the ringpost and guardrail. Punk rolls Riley back under the ropes and re-enters the ring, where he wastes no time applying the Anaconda Vice. Riley quickly taps out, ending the match.

CM Punk made Alex Riley submit to the Anaconda Vice in 3:48.
Rating: ** ½

After the match, Punk leaves the ring and makes his way up the ramp.

Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Peter Bradshaw. Bradshaw announces that, due to the events that took place in last week’s main event, tonight’s main event will see Steve Corino and John Cena teaming up to take on Kurt Angle and Heavyweight Champion, Randy Orton.

In the Vixens’ locker room, Brie Bella is standing with Leva Bates. Brie says that she is disgusted and offended by what Maryse had to say last week. Brie says the only woman that will control the Women’s Division is going to be her. She promises it that it will not be her sister, Nikki; and it definitely will not be Maryse.

Josh and Scott announce that Rami Sebi versus Kofi Kingston is coming up after the break.

Rami Sebei vs. Kofi Kingston

Before the match begins, Kevin Steen makes his way to the announce table. He tells Josh and Scott that he wants to get a good look at Kofi before their match this Sunday at Justice. After making his way to the ring, Kingston seemed to be distracted by Steen’s appearance at ringside. He kept his focus on Sebei once the bell rang, but the both men quickly found themselves outside the ring. As Kofi neared the announce table, Steen stood up and took his headset off. The two men stared down each other just long enough for Sebei to regain his composure and attack Kingston from behind. Sebei rolled Kingston back into the ring, and started to work him over. Kingston fought his way back, and connected with a surprising Trouble In Paradise for the 1-2-3!

Kofi Kingston pinned Rami Sebei with the Trouble in Paradise in 6:06.
Rating: ***

After the match, Steen gets up from the table once again, and shares words with Kingston. From behind, Sebei sends Kingston through the ropes with a dropkick to the back. Sebei leaves the ring as Steen comes over and stands landing punches on Kingston. Kofi fights back, and barely misses hitting Trouble in Paradise on Steen. Steen backs away, staring at Kingston, as we go backstage.

Backstage, a frustrated Ric Flair is seen walking through the hallways, when he comes across Michael Tarver preparing for his match. Flair stops Tarver and says that he doesn’t know what he and Matt Morgan have planned, but he and Styles will get to the bottom of it. Tarver says that Flair’s clearly taken too many shots to the head, or that he’s just senile. Tarver says he and Matt Morgan are not working together. He tells Flair that he and Styles can look for anything they want, but all they’re find are a couple of ass-whippings. Tarver walks by Flair, who is fuming, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Non-Title Match
Claudio Castagnoli & Michael Tarver (w/Shane Hagadorn) vs. © Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards

Six days before defending the Tag Team Titles at Justice, Tyson Kidd and Eddie Edwards stepped into the ring with a very frustrated Michael Tarver, and Claudio Castagnoli – who was flying high after winning the PCW Heavyweight Title. Castagnoli and Tarver took quick advantage, using their size to wear down the smaller champions. Kidd and Edwards fought their way back into the match, but as they were gaining momentum, COLT CABANA and EDWIN COLON came down to ringside, distracting Edwards. Edward had words for the duo, but turned into a European Uppercut by Castagnoli for the 1-2-3.

[Non-Title Match]:
Claudio Castagnoli & Michael Tarver defeated Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards when Castagnoli pinned Edwards after a European Uppercut in 9:43.
Rating: ** ¼

After the match, Cabana and Colon are seen applauding themselves for their efforts, as we go backstage.

Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with a smiling John Cena. Alisha asks why Cena is smiling, and Cena says that he’s happy about what they just witnessed. Castagnoli and Tarver just defeated the Tag Team Champions. If anything, that should put them in line for a title shot, but Cena says that’s most likely not going to happen, because they are associated with him. Cena says tonight is going to be a huge night for everyone fighting for their cause. The icing on the cake will be when Cena and Steve Corino defeat Kurt Angle and Randy Orton later tonight. Cena walks off as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Returning from the break, Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton makes his way down to the ring. Orton says that he’s lost matches before during his career; it’s just a part of being in this business. But, what he will not stand for – especially as HWL Champion – is having someone cost him a match; something that Kurt Angle did last week. Orton says that Peter Bradshaw has forced he and Angle to team up tonight. Orton says that Bradshaw must be out of his mind if he thinks that he and Angle can coexist as a team.

Kurt Angle’s music begins to play, interrupting Orton, as Angle walks onto the ramp. Angle enters the ring and gets into Orton’s face. Angle grabs the microphone from Orton and says that he doesn’t like Orton, but he agrees with him. Angle says that he didn’t come to Minneapolis to team with Orton; he came here to fight. Angle says he doesn’t want to wait until Sunday night to make Orton tap out.

Before the two men could come to blows, Peter Bradshaw quickly appears on-stage, screaming for them to leave each other alone. Bradshaw says that he doesn’t care what either Kurt Angle or Randy Orton want; what he says goes around here. Bradshaw tells Angle and Orton that if the main event does not happen, and they cannot work as a team, then they will both be suspended and there will NOT be a Heavyweight Title match this Sunday night. Bradshaw walks off-stage, leaving Angle and Orton staring at each other, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Returning from the break, a preview for Justice is shown, as “Band of Brothers” by Hellyeah plays. Justice will take place this Sunday, live from Wichita, Kansas, only on pay-per-view!

Jacqueline vs. Brie Bella (w/Leva Bates)

The fans gave Jacqueline quite the warm reception tonight, as she debuted in the HWL. However, the reception she got from Brie Bella was not as warm. The veteran fought hard, giving Brie all she could give, but it appeared that ring rust was taking a toll on her. Brie took advantage of a couple mistakes made my Jacqueline, and connected with the Bella Buster for the 1-2-3.

Brie Bella pinned Jacqueline with the Bella Buster in 6:03.
Rating: * ¼

After the match, backstage, Kurt Angle approaches Randy Orton. Angle tells Orton to break a leg tonight, because if he doesn’t, Angle is going to break is ankle on Sunday night. Angle laughs and walks off as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Steve Corino & John Cena (w/Shane Hagadorn) vs. Kurt Angle & © Randy Orton

Corino and Orton started things off. Corino with a number of punches, but Orton shook them off, hitting a snap mare. Backing into the corner, Angle tagged himself in. Orton and Angle share words, as Cena runs into the ring, knocking Orton through the ropes. Cena and Corino work over Angle, before the referee forces Cena back to the apron. Corino goes to work on Angle, landing a series of kicks. Orton tags himself back in, as Angle is sent into the ropes, and hits Corino with a dropkick. Angle and Orton, once again, share words.

Orton works over Corino’s upper body, Corino ducks a clothesline attempt and tags in Cena. The crowd roars as Cena and Orton stare each other down. Cena and Orton trade lefts and rights, before tying each other up. Cena pushes Orton into the corner, where Angle tags himself back in. Angle and Cena trades blows. Cena ducks and lifts Angle up for an Attitude Adjustment. Angle slides off and Cena with an Angle Slam! Angle goes for the pin, but Corino breaks it up. Corino stomps on Angle. Back to his feet, Angle fights off Corino, only to get chop-blocked by Cena. Cena tags in Corino, who goes straight Angle’s injured leg. Angle grabs hold of Corino’s leg, rolls through, and locks on the Ankle Lock in the center of the ring. Cena enters, but gets clotheslined by Orton. Orton tosses Cena out of the ring just as Corino submits.

Kurt Angle & Randy Orton defeated Steve Corino & John Cena when K. Angle made S. Corino submit to the ankle lock in 11:08.
Rating: ** ¾

After the match, Orton stalks Angle from the corner. As Angle gets to his feet, he turns into an RKO by Orton! Orton stand over Angle, holding the Heavyweight Title, as Anarchy goes off the air.

Card rating: ** ¼

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