June 11, 2012 - Monday Night Anarchy - Tucson, AZ

Attendance: 6,029 (78%)

Highlights from last night’s Turning Point pay-per-view are shown. Pyros explode inside the arena as Josh Daniels welcomes everyone to Tucson. Scott Michaels joins him at ringside as it is announced that the Tag Team Titles will be on the line, when Colt Cabana and Edwin Colon defend against Tyson Kidd and Eddie Edwards.

Peter Bradshaw and Earl Hebner make their way out to the ring. Hebner is seen holding his neck, as a result of being thrown out of the ring by Randy Orton during last night’s main event. Bradshaw grabs a microphone and says he isn’t going to waste any time before demanding that Randy Orton join them in the ring. Orton’s music hits, and the Heavyweight Champion appears on-stage, showing remorse for his actions, as he walks the ramp and enters the ring. Bradshaw says that what Orton did last night is not something a champion on his roster should ever do. Bradshaw says that he’s been thinking things over, and he had debated stripping Orton of the title, but instead chose to fine him and send him home.

Orton gets a microphone and agrees with Bradshaw. Orton says that his actions last night were not right, and that he crossed a line by putting his hands on an official. Orton apologizes to Hebner. Orton apologizes to the audience, and says that they will never see that type of action out of him again. Orton turns to leave the ring, when AJ Styles’s music begins to play.

Styles makes his way to the ring. AJ says it’s funny that Orton is getting sent him a little bit poorer, because of what AJ made him do last night. AJ says that he got into Orton’s head, making him snap when he could quite put AJ away. AJ gives credit to Orton for winning the match, saying he’s lucky he didn’t get disqualified before the other referee counted the three. Orton gets into AJ’s face, and Bradshaw demands to know why AJ is out here. AJ says he came out to announce that he is going to reveal his motive behind his treatment of Matt Morgan, as he promised, but only when he feels the time is right. Orton tells AJ he’s wasting everyone’s time, and leaves the ring. Bradshaw is seen looking at Styles, shaking his head, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Alisha Hicks asks Kevin Steen about his attack on Kofi Kingston last week. Steen says that, two weeks ago, Kofi beat him in the center of the ring. Steen says he was letting Kofi know that, even if he did lose, he wasn’t going to back down from a fight. Steen walks off.

Also backstage, AJ Styles is stopped by Matt Morgan. Morgan demands to know what Styles’s reasons are, or he’ll beat them out of Styles. Styles tells Morgan that he has a history of failure when the stakes are high. Styles says Morgan hasn’t sniffed a Heavyweight Title reign since the company first started; and asks how Morgan can be a challenger for the belt when he couldn’t beat Chris Sabin last night. Morgan attacks Styles, and they brawl before HWL officials can break them apart. Morgan stares at Ric Flair before walking away.

Kevin Steen vs. Claudio Castagnoli (w/Shane Hagadorn)

Just before coming to the ring, Steen made it clear that he was not going to back down after losing to Kofi Kingston two weeks ago. Steen set out, looking for redemption tonight, against a familiar foe. Steen and Castagnoli know each other well, having spent time in the independent circuits together, earlier in their careers. It was going to be a hard fight for Steen, but his opening came after Castagnoli reversed a Samoan Drop into a crucifix, for a two count. Castagnoli got into the referee’s face, threatening him, which allowed Steen to regain his composure. Steen connected with a superkick as Castagnoli turned around, before heading to the top rope, where he hit a moonsault for the 1-2-3.

Kevin Steen pinned Claudio Castagnoli after a moonsault in 5:09.
Rating: *** ½

After the match, Steen gets his hand raised by the referee, but stops when he sees KOFI KINGSTON standing on-stage. Smirking, Steen motions for Kingston to come to the ring. With his attention on Kingston, Steen is blindsided by STEVE CORINO and JOHN CENA. They attack Steen, as Kingston makes his way down the ramp. Cena hits the F-U on Steen, who rolls out of the ring. Cena and Corino turn their attention to Kingston, who stops at the bottom of the ramp, looking on, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the back, Randy Orton is seen walking out of the arena.

The camera changes to show John Cena, Steve Corino, Rami Sebei, Michael Tarver, and Shane Hagadorn standing in the ring. Cena says that the word “stable” is thrown around a lot in wrestling, when it comes to groups of men or women all fighting for the same cause. Cena mentions Degeneration-X, Evolution, The Four Horsemen, and The Conglomerate. Cena says there’s nothing stable about these groups, because after a certain amount of time, cracks begin to form, and they eventually crumble upon themselves; The Conglomerate just being the latest to follow the trend. Cena says that he has aligned himself with men that have all be held down in the HWL. Men who are more powerful than their placement on the roster would have you think. Cena says that this group has proven – and will continue to prove – that will be a force to reckon with.

The British Invasion’s music hits. They come out to the stage, along with Jesse Neal, Chris Hero, and David Otunga, to a huge cheer. Magnus says that no one in that ring has gotten a clean victory since joining together, but realizes that’s not what they’re about. Magnus says that Cena is on the verge of starting a war he may not win. Magnus warns Cena to look at who he is trusting to watch his back, because history shows that his time is coming.

Cena stars to speak, but is cut off as Peter Bradshaw returns to the stage. Bradshaw says that the time for talking is over, and signs a match between Hero and Otunga and Corino and Cena. Bradshaw demands that everyone clear out of ringside, or they will be sent home as well. Bradshaw leaves the stage, as Hero and Otunga make their way down the ramp.

A preview for JUSTICE is shown, as “Band of Brothers” by Hellyeah plays. JUSTICE will take place, live from Wichita, Kansas on July 15th!

The A-List Knockouts (Chris Hero & David Otunga) vs. Steve Corino & John Cena (w/Shane Hagadorn)

Despite their differences in PCW, Chris Hero and David Otunga recreated the A-List Knockouts to take on a nemesis they know all too well, and John Cena, who was making his first appearance inside an HWL ring since being eliminated from the X-Division Battle Royal.

Cena and Otunga started things off. Otunga ducked a clothesline attempt, and locked Cena in an armbar submission. Otunga hits a powerslam for a two-count, getting a good reaction from the crowd. Otunga tags in Hero, who bodyslams Cena as he gets to his feet. Otunga reenters the ring. He and Hero take Cena down with double forearms. Corino enters the ring, tossing Otunga out of the ring. They work over Hero before Cena tags in Corino. Corino and Cena miss a double elbowsmash, and Hero connects with a double clothesline. Hero with a dropkick on Corino. Hero works over Corino, and attempts a Russian legsweep, but Corino counters with an elbow. Hero comes back with a powerslam for a two-count. Corino blocks an STF attempt, and the two share blows. An eye gouge by Corino allows him to tag Cena in. Distracted, Cena hits a running neck snap. Cena says “You can’t see me”, and hits the Attitude Adjustment for the 1-2-3.

Steve Corino & John Cena defeated Chris Hero & David Otunga when J. Cena pinned Hero with the Attitude Adjustment in 4:05.
Rating: ** 3/4

After the match, Cena got to his feet, holding his elbow. Daniels and Michaels speculate what could be wrong, and review the ending of the match, but don’t find any sign of injury. Cena slowly exits the ring as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, AJ Styles is seen entering Peter Bradshaw’s office, still feeling the effects of his confrontation with Matt Morgan earlier in the show. Styles tells Bradshaw that he wants to face Morgan, in the ring, tonight. Bradshaw says that Styles will be in action – in the main event – but not against Morgan. Instead, Styles will be facing the man who beat Morgan last night… new X-Division Champion, Chris Sabin.

Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Kurt Angle. Alisha asks Angle how he felt about the outcome of the Tables Match between CM Punk and Adam Cole last night at Turning Point. Angle says that he didn’t have a rooting interest in who won the match, either way. He says that both Punk and Cole have proven to not have the same integrity that he does. Angle questions how hard it is to find someone willing to put on a match, where the winner is the one who truly earned it.

As Angle asks this question, Adam Cole walks past. Cole stops and turns back to Angle, and says that Angle has turned himself into a broken record the last few weeks. Cole tells Angle that he went through hell – and a table! – last night; but if it’ll shut Angle up, Cole will agree to give him the match he’s requesting. Cole shakes his head and walks away as Angle fumes.

HWL Tag Team Title Match
Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards vs. © Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon

The champions were not happy as they made their way to the rings, after thinking that they got away with a coup last night at Turning Point. Kidd and Edwards were ready for a chance to finally face Cabana and Colon in a fair fight for the belts; and both were looking to add another title reign to their histories. Edwards started the match, shocking Colon as he ducked a clothesline, locking in a crucifix for a two-count. A lot of face-paced action followed, with a number of quick tags, leading to a stiff elbow from Cabana to Kidd for a one-count. Kidd and Cabana continue to share blows, until Cabana misses with a clothesline, but is able to backdrop Kidd over the ropes. Kidd is back in after a five-count. Cabana works him over, but Kidd is able to fight back, making enough space to tag in Edwards, who clears house. Cabana tags in Colon. Edwards gets the better of Colon, and locks in the Achilles Lock. Colon has no choice by to tap, losing the titles for his team!

[HWL Tag Team Title Match]:
Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards defeated Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon when Edwards made Colon submit to the Achilles Lock in 5:04.
Rating: *** ¾
(Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards won the HWL Tag Team Titles.)

After the match, Colon rolls out of the ring, as Kidd and Edwards are awarded their title belts. Kidd and Edwards celebrate with the titles, in the ring, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Tyson Kidd and Eddie Edwards are seen celebrating their victory. From behind, Colt Cabana and Edwin Colon attack them with steel chairs, knocking the new champs to the ground. Cabana and Colon connect with chair shots to the heads of Kidd and Edwards. Cabana says that they will be invoking their rematch clause at Justice.

Also backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Brie Bella and Leva Bates. Alisha welcomes Leva to her first Anarchy. Leva says she’s glad to be on the main roster, but she’s sorry she’s not debuting as the PCW Women’s Champion. Leva thanks Brie for seeing enough in her to request her services last night at Turning Point. HWL Women’s Champion, Nikki Bella walks up to the two of them, takes a look at both Leva and Brie, and tells Leva to watch her back. Nikki looks at her sister before walking away, as the camera goes back to ringside.

Kurt Angle vs. Adam Cole

All Kurt Angle had wanted for the last couple weeks was a fair match against another superstar on the roster. After having those matches taken from him by way of countout or disqualification, all things looked like they would be leading to Angle getting his match tonight, against Adam Cole. Cole, in the words of the announcers, was crazy for accepting this match, after being through hell and back 24 hours after his Tables Match with CM Punk. But, somehow, Cole was able to give Angle his much-wanted match, and looking good in the process. During the match, as both men battled outside the ring, Cole connected with a knee that busted Angle’s nose. Blood ran down Angle’s face as the match continued, until Cole connected with a fisherman’s suplex into a backbreaker. Angle rolled under the bottom rope and was counted out, as the announcers questioned his physical condition.

Adam Cole defeated Kurt Angle by countout in 11:35.
Rating: ** ½

After the match, CM Punk’s music plays, as Punk walks down to the ring. Punk says it must feel good to win after getting put through a table last night. Cole demands that Punk get in the ring and finish things. Punk tells Cole that they will finish things, but in a match that is fitting for the end of their rivalry. Punk challenges Cole to a Cage Match, next week, to finally determine who wants to come out on top the most. Punk drops the microphone as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Brie Bella and Leva Bates are seen walking backstage. Leva tells Brie that she can’t go into her match without knowing what Nikki Bella meant by what warning Leva about Brie. Brie insists that Nikki is just trying to play mind games with Leva, and that she has nothing to worry about.

Also backstage, Peter Bradshaw informs Alisha Hicks that, at Justice, there will be a rematch for the Tag Team Titles.

Leva Bates vs. Sarita

Twenty-four hours after making her debut in the HWL, Bates saw her first in-ring action against the former Women’s Champion. Bates seemed flustered, at first, having never competed against Sarita in the past; but the nerves quickly subsided, and Bates connected with an enzuigiri for the 1-2-3.

Leva Bates pinned Sarita after an enzuigiri in 5:18.
Rating: * ¼

After the match, Bates celebrates in the ring, as the announcers talk about her getting off to a good start. As Leva gets off the turnbuckle, she is startled by Nikki Bella – standing in the center of the ring. Bates falls to the canvas and rolls out of the ring, quickly making her way up the ramp. Anarchy goes to commercials as Nikki watches from the ring.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Alisha Hicks catches X-Division Champion Chris Sabin on his way to the ring. Sabin says that he’s on Cloud Nine tonight, after winning the title last night at Turning Point. Sabin says that he has a history with both Matt Morgan and AJ Styles, so he’s not concerned with what might be thrown his way. Sabin says he’s going to tear the house down tonight.

Kurt Angle is seen leaving the trainer’s room, with gauze in his nose, when he stops. Across the hall, CM Punk is seen laughing. Punk says that he would probably feel sorry for Angle’s bad luck, if it weren’t for the fact that Angle put him through a table last week. Punk says that he can’t take any of the credit for Angle’s nose getting busted, but says that he’s glad karma kicked Angle’s ass. Punk walks off as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Non-Title Match
AJ Styles (w/Ric Flair) vs. © Chris Sabin

The past 24 hours have been rough for AJ Styles. During that time he has lost his shot at the Heavyweight Title, come clean to his best friend about why he took the underhanded he did to beat Matt Morgan, got into an altercation with Morgan, and was placed in the main event tonight. It was clear that Styles was going to have something to prove when he came out to the ring.

Sabin, on the other hand, had quite the past 24 hours. He became the new X-Division Champion and was informed that he’d be headlining Anarchy against the three-time Heavyweight Champion. Sabin’s “cloud nine” was certainly growing as the night progressed. Sabin looked good from the onset of the match, as Styles seemed to still be flustered by the events that took place earlier. Sabin nearly put the match away early, causing Styles to roll out of the ring. The shock of a possible loss – and harsh words from Ric Flair – straightened Styles out, and after reentering the ring, the match was much more even. Both men put on a match that had the crowd on their feet by the end. The history that Sabin spoke of played a part, when Sabin was able to quickly get out of a Styles Clash attempt. Styles continued to fight, but it appeared that his mind was beginning to head elsewhere, and Sabin regained control of the match. Sabin connected with the Cradle Shock for a huge victory to end the night.

[Non-Title Match]:
Chris Sabin pinned AJ Styles with the Cradle Shock in 17:33.
Rating:

After the match, Sabin celebrates with the X-Division Title inside the ring, as Anarchy goes off the air.

Card rating: ** 3/4

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