June 25, 2012 - Monday Night Anarchy - Manchester, NH

Attendance: 6,519 (65%)

Clips from last week’s show are shown, highlighting Adam Cole’s victory against CM Punk in a steel cage match. Josh Daniels welcomes everyone to Manchester, 20 days away from the Justice pay-per-view. It is announced that X-Division Champion Chris Sabin will face Colt Cabana in a non-title match; Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd and Eddie Edwards will also be in action, against Rami Sebei and Michael Tarver; and Women’s Champion Nikki Bella will also be in action.

Adam Cole’s music plays as he walks on-stage carrying the Golden Opportunity briefcase. He enters the ring and grabs a microphone, soaking in the boos from the crowd. Cole says that he’s pretty sure everyone in the arena saw what he was able to accomplish last week. For those who didn’t, Cole has the clip play on the Titantron. When the clip ends, Cole says that for the last three months, he has been fighting CM Punk, all because Punk felt cheated out of the Heavyweight Title. Cole says he might have had a part to play in it; but, over three months, he proved that CM Punk didn’t deserve the Heavyweight Title. The same way, back at WRestleocalypse, he proved that he WAS deserving of his Golden Opportunity. Cole says the one man he hasn’t heard from since that night is Randy Orton. Cole says the only reason Orton became champion in the first place was because of him. Cole says he has received no mention from Orton: no thank you. No gratitude for allowing him to ascend to where he’s at. So, Cole says that he is out here to challenge Orton, for the Heavyweight Title, at Justice. He says he is NOT using his Golden Opportunity, because he shouldn’t have to. Cole says he has proven himself deserving of a title shot; and he wants Orton to come out and accept his challenge… now.

Instead of Randy Orton, Kurt Angle’s music begins to play, receiving a mixed reaction from the crowd. Angle walks on-stage – the stitches still showing in his head – and tells Cole that he gave a great speech. But, Angle seems to remember, two weeks ago, asking for a fair match against anyone; and who accepted? Adam Cole. Angle says he’s not sure what the definition for “fair” is in Cole’s dictionary, but it’s not using objects at ringside to bust Angle open and leave him to get counted out! If Cole wants to prove that he’s truly worth of getting a title shot, he should give Angle what he’s asking for… and make it a number one contender’s match. Then, Angle says, if Cole beats him tonight, he walk take pride in knowing he earned it, and didn’t sink to deplorable actions to get it.

Cole says that Angle must have gotten a concussion two weeks ago, and is still feeling the effects of it. He says, if Angle is serious, he will certainly take pride in kicking his ass tonight. Cole accepts the match, as his music plays.

Backstage, Brie Bella and Leva Bates are seen speaking, when Nikki Bella confronts them. Nikki tells Brie that bringing in Leva to be her muscle was cute at Turning Point. Now, she’s just become a nuisance. Nikki says that she wants to see what Leva can do inside a ring, herself. Nikki challenges Leva to a match at Justice, and just to make things interesting, says she will put the Women’s Title on the line. Nikki walks away as Brie and Leva look at each other, shocked.

Commercial Break

Grizzly Redwood vs. Alex Riley

Tonight was the first night the fans got to see Alex Riley since he debuted with Chris Hero in a short-lived tag team. He is looking to become a mainstay on the roster in the future, and his first opponent was the debuting Grizzly Redwood. Dressed in a flannel shirt and jeans, Redwood carried an axe with him to ringside, getting a mixed reaction from the crowd. Redwood, despite his size, gave Riley more of a match than he was expecting, causing Riley to take things seriously as time went on. Once he was focused, Riley went to work on Redwood, before connecting with a flying cross body for the 1-2-3.

Alex Riley pinned Grizzly Redwood after a flying cross body press in 10:09.
Rating: * ¼

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Ric Flair is seen walking backstage, drinking from a bottle of water, when he is attacked by Michael Tarver! Flair tries to fight back, but Tarver rocks him with a right hand, before throwing him into a door. Flair slumps the ground, while Tarver stomps on him. Suddenly, AJ Styles comes in and takes out Tarver. The two trade blows, until HWL officials rush in and break them up. Tarver taunts Flair as he walks away, while Styles tends to his manager.

Non-Title Match
Maryse vs. © Nikki Bella

Earlier in the evening, Nikki Bella offered up her Women’s Title in a match against Leva Bates at Justice, which stunned some in the audience. Nikki, herself, was stunned when Maryse was announced as her opponent tonight. These two spent time together in the WWE, and know each other quite well. Maryse did not show any signs of ring rust after being out of the ring since last October. Things didn’t get better for Nikki, as LEVA BATES made her way to ringside. The distraction helped Maryse take control, dropkicking Nikki outside the ring. While Maryse kept the referee from giving a ten-count, Leva clotheslined Nikki and whipped her into the ring apron, before rolling her back into the ring. Maryse worked over Nikki’s back, and hit a backbreaker for the 1-2-3.

[Non-Title Match]:
Maryse pinned Nikki Bella after a backbreaker in 6:03.
Rating: ¾*
[Leva Bates interfered against Nikki Bella.]

After the match, Bates slid into the ring and continue to attack Nikki’s back. Leva tossed Nikki back outside the ring, dragging her, by the hair, to the time keeper’s table. Leva picked up the Women’s Title and said it was going to be hers at Justice, accepting Nikki’s challenge. Bates then pushed Nikki to the ground and walked away as Anarchy went to commercials.

Commercial Break

Santino Marella vs. AJ Styles

Earlier tonight, AJ came to the rescue of his mentor Ric Flair, who was being attack at the hands of Michael Tarver. A lot of questions still rose from that situation, and the announcers wondered where AJ’s mind was at, as he came down to the ring without “The Nature Boy”. Some questions were answered, as Styles gave out very aggressively; Otunga found himself to be a victim of circumstance tonight. Thought Otunga held his own, picking up a couple near falls, Styles ended the match with a Styles Clash for the 1-2-3.

AJ Styles pinned Santino Marella with the Styles Clash in 6:14.

Quickly, after the match, the camera shows backstage, where Kofi Kingston is seen attacking Kevin Steen in the locker room. Kofi lands forearms to Steen’s back, but Steen is able to push Kofi away. Getting back to his base, Steen and Kofi share punches as other wrestlers get out of the way. Steen takes a good shot to the face, and Kofi lands kicks to his sides and midsection. Steen drops to one knee, holding his stomach, as HWL officials rush in and pull Kofi out of the locker room.

Commercial Break

A preview for “Justice” is shown, as “Band of Brothers” by Hell Yeah plays in the background. Justice will be live, from Wichita, Kansas on July 15th.

Returning from the break, The British Invasion, The A-List Knockouts, and Jesse Neal make their way to the ring. Brutus Magnus grabs a microphone and says that he’s had a week to think over what John Cena said last Monday night; and he’s out here to respond in-person. Magnus agrees with Cena, that not every small battle victory leads to domination in a war. But, Magnus says that it’s hard to take threats seriously from a general who doesn’t stand with his army. Magnus says that he’s also glad that the doctors only gave Cena a two-week recovery time, because Magnus can’t wait to get his hands on Cena at Justice.

Before Magnus can continue, Steve Corino, Claudio Castagnoli, Rami Sebei and Michael Tarver run down to the ring, and a five-on-four brawl ensues. Tarver and Castagnoli double-team Jesse Neal, wearing him down, before tossing him over the top rope. With the brawl now even, Rob Terry works over Rami Sebei, tossing him through the ropes to the outside. Terry attacks Corino from behind, who had been brawling with Magnus in the corner. While Terry and Corino fight, Michael Tarver connects with a low blow on Terry. Tarver goes to work on Magnus, still in the corner, as Castagnoli hits Terry with a running European uppercut! In a show of strength, Castagnoli lifts Terry up, dumping him to the concrete. David Otunga and Chris Hero come to the rescue of Magnus, but Rami Sebei re-enters the ring with a stair chair, connecting shots to both their backs! Corino, Castagnoli, and Sebei stomp on Otunga and Hero, before turning their attention to Magnus. Castagnoli asks for the chair, as Corino and Sebei lift Magnus up, holding him by the arms. Castagnoli connects with a vicious chair shot to Magnus’s head, crumpling him to the canvas. Corino, Castagnoli, Sebei and Tarver stand in the ring, surrounded by carnage, as officials rush down to the ring.

Backstage, Alisha Hicks asks Chris Sabin about having to defend his X-Division Title against Christopher Daniels at Justice. Sabin says that he and Daniels have had many matches in the past, and that if there’s anyone that knows what he can do in a ring, it’s Daniels. However, Sabin knows what Daniels can do, too. Sabin promises that their match is going to be one that’s talked about for a long time.

A preview for the next episode of PCW Wrestling is shown.

Commercial Break

Non-Title Match
Rami Sebei & Michael Tarver vs. © Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards

The fans were fully behind the Tag Team Champions, after the heinous actions taken by their opponents before the match started. Sebei and Tarver, however, were still fueled by the earlier events, and were looking to pick up a huge victory heading into Justice. Sebei and Tarver gave everything they had, isolating both Kidd and Edwards during the match. But the resolve of the champions allowed them to make the necessary tag just in time. Frustrated with how the match was going, Sebei and Tarver started to lose focus. A dropkick by Kidd, that sent Sebei crashing down to the concrete, was the final straw. Sebei picked himself up from the floor and made his way up the ramp, as Tarver jumped off the ropes to join him, while the referee counted them both out.

[Non-Title Match]:
Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards defeated Rami Sebei & Michael Tarver when Kidd defeated Sebei by countout in 11:25.
Rating: ***

After the match, Kidd and Edwards watched Sebei and Tarver walk through the curtain, as Anarchy went to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Alisha Hicks asks Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton who he would rather defend the title against at Justice: Kurt Angle or Adam Cole. Orton says that Kurt’s a former title holder, so he knows what it takes to get to this spot. He says that Cole has impressed him. Orton says he won’t give credit to Cole for getting him the belt, because Orton never asked for his help. He says that Cole has worked his way up the ladder; that he’s on the cusp. Orton says not a matter of who he wants to face. It’s a question of, out of those two, who wants it bad enough?

Non-Title Match
Colt Cabana vs. © Chris Sabin

A week after finding out who he’d be facing at Justice, Chris Sabin stepped into the ring with Colt Cabana, who was preparing to challenge for the Tag Team Titles on July 15th. Sabin was dominant from the start, but that advantage went away as MARTIN MALDONADO appeared at ringside. Maldonado watched as Sabin hit the Cradle Shock on the concrete floor, before blasting Sabin with a shot to the back. Maldonado rolled Cabana back into the ring before the referee admonished him from ringside. Sabin slowly made his way into the ring, as Cabana took over. But Sabin was able to fight back, slipping into a backslide. Unbeknownst, Maldonado ran down from the back, breaking up the pin and disqualifying Cabana!

[Non-Title Match]:
Chris Sabin defeated Colt Cabana by disqualification in 4:04.
Rating: ** ¼
[Martin Maldonado interfered against Chris Sabin.]

After the match, Maldonado continued his assault on Sabin, as timekeeper rang the bell. Maldonado threw Sabin through the ropes, and followed him outside, where he stomped on the champion before throwing him into the steel ring steps. Maldonado grabbed a chair, but was met with a kick to the stomach, which caused him to drop it. Sabin picked up the chair, and attempted to hit Maldonado with it, only to get low-blowed. Maldonado grabbed the chair and cracked it over Sabin’s skull! Maldonado repeatedly hit Sabin in the back with the chair, bending it. Maldonado cleared off the announce table, before picking Sabin up and putting him through the table with a spinebuster. Maldonado stood over Sabin, as a small spot of blood showed from Sabin’s mouth, as Anarchy went to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, a recap is shown of the show’s opening segment between Adam Cole and Kurt Angle.

No. 1 Contenders Match
Kurt Angle vs. Adam Cole

These two have shown to not have the kindest relationship over the past few weeks, and earlier tonight Kurt Angle put Adam Cole in a precarious position: challenging him not only to a “fair match”, but to a match for the right to face Randy Orton at Justice. It was a very stiff match from the start. There was no technical wrestling or high spots in the early going. But neither man could put their opponent away. Not having any luck, Cole used the referee as a distraction, pulling him in front of an Angle clothesline, rolling Angle up for a delayed two-count. Angle fought back, but faced the same issues trying to put Cole away, as well. Later in the match, as the referee tried to break up a brawl in the corner, Angle low-blowed Cole before hitting the Angle Slam. However, Cole kicked out just before three, shocking Angle. Sensing the end was near, Angle clamped on the Ankle Lock, forcing Cole to tap out, ending the match.

[No. 1 Contenders Match]:
Kurt Angle made Adam Cole submit to the Ankle Lock in 12:34.
Rating: *** ½

After the match, Angle stood on the turnbuckles, celebrating his victory, as Cole was checked by the referee. The announcers congratulated Angle on becoming No. 1 Contender, saying he now has a date with Randy Orton – for the Heavyweight Title – at Justice. Anarchy goes off the air as Angle continues to celebrate inside the ring.

Card rating: ***

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