March 05, 2012 - Chicago, IL

A recap of last week's main event is shown. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to The Windy City, Chicago. Randy Orton's music plays, as "The Viper" makes his way to the ring.

Orton starts talking about his victory over Kurt Angle last week, when he is interrupted by CM PUNK appearing on the Titantron. Punk apologizes to the fans of Chicago, saying that he loves his hometown, but just had something to do, down the road in St. Louis. The camera pans out to show Punk standing in front of Orton's home. Inside the ring, Orton is irate, as the crowd goes crazy.

Punk says that he was fascinated by Orton's speech about lineage last week, and says while talking down about Punk's, Orton forgot to talk about his own family's. Punk says that Orton was destined to be a big name in professional wrestling, because of who his father was. Punk says that Orton can't deny that, if not for his father's legacy in the business, Randy would have had to work his way to the HWL, just like everyone else… and that his chances of making it might not have been so high. Punk points to the house and says that Orton's "lineage" paid for it. Punk says that it also paid for Orton's cars, and everything his wife and daughter have. Punk says that Orton lives the life of a superstar, because his father helped make it possible. Punk says that's where things differ between the two of them.

Punk says that his lineage is non-existent. No one in his family has ever stepped foot inside a wrestling ring. Punk says that everything he has, everything he has won - including the HWL Heavyweight Title - was a product of his own blood, sweat, and tears. Punk says that he doesn't want handouts or for anyone to feel sorry for him, because he doesn't feel sorry for himself. Punk says he has become famous due to his own hard work, and in two weeks, he'll be headlining the biggest event on HWL's calendar, against a man who doesn't deserve the title shot he's getting. Punk then says that Orton's possessions will look much, much different when "The Viper" returns home. The Titantron goes black as Orton leaves the ring, running backstage…

Commercial Break

Randy Orton is seen barging into Peter Bradshaw's office, demanding that he be allowed to leave, to make sure that his family is safe. Bradshaw says tells Orton that St. Louis police have been notified and are on their way to Orton's home, but that Orton has a match tonight, and can not leave until he has competed. Orton threatens to hit Bradshaw, before leaving his office, slamming the door behind him.

Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with CHRIS SABIN. Alisha says that everyone is wanting an explanation for Sabin's return, and the attack on Alex Shelley. Sabin says that the only person responsible for what happened to Alex Shelley is Peter Bradshaw. Sabin says that he left the HWL because he was tired of being held down by Bradshaw, who saw more potential in Shelley than in himself. Sabin says that Shelley did nothing with the potential Bradshaw saw, and says that he will outdo anything his former partner accomplished. Sabin says he will not be held down again, and be coming back, he says Bradshaw is regretting the decision he made.

#1 Contenders Tournament Match
(#3) Jesse Neal vs. (#2) Martin Maldonado

Last week, Jesse Neal moved on in the tournament, despite having Shane Hagadorn interfere on behalf of Steve Corino. Tonight, he fought one-half of the men responsible for defeating Neal and Corino for the Tag Team Titles. Neal kept his head on a swivel during this match, making sure he wasn’t blindsided again. Even with his concerns, Neal took the fight to Maldonado, controlling the match from the get-go. They made their way outside the ring, where Neal whipped Maldonado into the ring steps. Neal ran into the steps, as Maldonado moved out of the way, hitting his knees on the steel. Maldonado worked over Neal’s leg, before whipping him into the guardrail. Maldonado used the ring steps on Neal, before rolling him back under the ropes. Maldonado went for the cover, but only got a 2-count. Maldonado then hit a dragon suplex for the 1-2-3, advancing to the final round next week.

Contenders Tournament Match:
Martin Maldonado pinned Jesse Neal after a dragon suplex in 0:08:08.
Rating:

Commercial Break

AJ Styles and Ric Flair make their way to the ring, to a roar of boos from the crowd. Flair says that they have some footage they'd like everyone to see. A video plays, showing Brutus Magnus walking into a hotel lobby, somewhere in Philadelphia. As he walks down the hallway, after checking in, he is attacked by Rob Terry. Terry smashes Magnus into the elevator doors, and into the wall, breaking a mirror and table. Terry opens the elevator and throws Magnus into it, tossing his luggage in after him. Terry leaves the hotel as the video stops. Flair says that Magnus must be getting close to regretting his decision to stick his nose in AJ's business. Flair says that what's happened to Magnus so far, is only a taste of what's going to happen to him at Wrestleocalypse. Styles then gets on the microphone and asks Chelsea - who isn't at ringside - why should would be interested in a man who can't defend himself, instead of a man who is a mulit-time Heavyweight Champion.

Goldust vs. AJ Styles (w/Ric Flair)

AJ Styles has found himself in a situation, attacking Brutus Magnus, over Magnus’s contact with Chelsea over the past few weeks. Goldust had his biggest test since joining the main roster, but he held his own against the multi-time Heavyweight Champion. Goldust attempted the Final Cut onto the concrete, but Styles reversed it into a suplex, turning the tide in the match. Styles rolled Goldust back into the ring, and started working over his lower back. Styles hit a clotheslines and a Pele kick. Styles taunted the crowd, with Flair cheering him on from ringside. Styles connected with the Styles Clash, but as he went for the cover BRUTUS MAGNUS came through the crowd and broke up the pinfall!

AJ Styles defeated Goldust by disqualification in 0:07:24.
Rating: * ¾
[Brutus Magnus interfered against AJ Styles.]

After the match, Styles and Magnus brawled inside the ring. Ric Flair came from behind, hitting Magnus in the back, as he and Styles double-teamed Magnus. Styles grabbed Magnus’s arms, but Magnus got away before Flair could connect with a right hand, hitting Styles instead. Magnus grabbed Flair and tossed him over the top rope. The crowd went crazy as Magnus turned his attention to Styles. Magnus hit The Tormentum on Styles. Magnus stood over Styles as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Coming back from the break, Randy Orton is shown breaking down CM Punk's locker room door, and destroying the contents inside. Orton says that Punk is going to pay for his actions in the worst way possible.

HWL Tag Team Champions, Kurt Angle and Martin Maldonado make their way to ringside, as Daniels and Michaels hype their title defense against David Otunga and Santino Marella at Wrestleocalypse. Maldonado joins them at the broadcast table, as Angle grabs a microphone.

Angle says that, for years, he has stressed the importance of living life by three simple principles: having intensity, intelligence, and integrity. He says that he has also given credit where it was due. Angle says that David Otunga and Santino Marella have epitomized the word integrity over the past few weeks, not wanting to give up in the face of adversity. Angle says that Otunga and Marella showed those skills in PCW as well, winning multiple titles during their time there. But, Angle says that they’re on a different playing level now. Angle says he admires their tenacity, and their goal of becoming champions in the HWL, but he questions whether or not it’s something they can accomplish against higher-class competition.

Kurt Angle vs. Santino Marella

After the comments made by Angle before the match, Marella came out wanting to prove the Olympic Gold Medalist wrong. But Marella’s eagerness hurt him, as Angle was able to take advantage of a mistake, gaining control of the match. Angle used his mat skills to work over Marella’s leg and angle, setting up for the Ankle Lock. Angle sent Marella over the ropes, landing awkwardly, and nearly re-reentering the ring at the count of 8. Marella fought back, locking Angle into an armbar submission. Marella worked over Angle’s arm, before stunning Angle with a dropkick. Marella hit a flying headbutt from the middle turnbuckle for the 1-2-3.

Santino Marella pinned Kurt Angle after a flying headbutt in 0:12:05.
Rating:

After the match, Marella rolled out of the ring, limping on his ankle, as Angle looked on disgusted by his loss.

Commercial Break

Backstage, Matt Morgan confronts Rob Terry in the Conglomerate locker room. Morgan says that things would have been a lot easier if Rob was able to play a bigger role in their grand plan. Morgan said that Terry was just a weak link, and that if Terry can do what he’s told, it’ll be better for everyone. Terry tells Morgan that he’s blinded by the lies that Styles and Flair tell him; and that they’re only looking out for themselves. Terry says that neither one of them give a damn about Morgan. Terry starts to leave the locker room, when Morgan attacks him from behind, throwing him into the lockers. Morgan beats Terry down, and says that things will be different after he becomes X-Division Champion.

#1 Contenders Tournament Match
(#8) Matt Morgan (w/Ric Flair) vs. (#5) Kaz

The Blueprint and Kaz squared off to determine who will face Martin Maldonado, next week, to see who will face Rami Sebei at Wrestleocalypse. Morgan and Kaz aren’t strangers to each other, as they have met before with a title shot on the line. Kaz had Morgan well scouted, and took advantage early with his speed, getting a two-count with a cross body press. Kaz kept up the attack, but the tide turned when Morgan planted Kaz with a shoulder block. Morgan connected with a Big Boot for a two-count, before tossing Kaz outside the ring. With no rules, Morgan used everything at ringside to his advantage, wearing down the smaller Kaz. Morgan whipped Kaz into the guardrail, before rolling Kaz back into the ring and getting the pinfall.

Contenders Tournament Match:
Matt Morgan defeated Kaz via pinfall in 0:12:36.
Rating: ** ¾

After the match, Morgan and Flair celebrated the victory as Daniels and Michaels talk about the history between Morgan and Maldonado, and what could possibly unfold with no rules, next week on Anarchy.

Commercial Break

A preview for Wrestleocalypse 2 is shown, with “The Crazy Ones” playing in the background. Wrestleocalypse 2 will be held LIVE on March 18th, from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana!

Colt Cabana vs. Randy Orton

“The Viper” had been a man enraged from the beginning of the evening, wanting nothing but to get his hands on Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk. Instead, Orton was allowed to take his aggression out on Punk’s self-proclaimed friend, Colt Cabana. Even with Orton looking for revenge, Cabana was able to hold his own throughout this match. Cabana wore down Orton, and tossed him outside the ring, where Cabana connected with the Colt .45 onto the concrete floor! Instead of defeating Orton by countout, Cabana rolled Orton back into the ring and went for the pinfall, but Orton got his foot on the ropes to break the count. Cabana kept up the offense, until Orton connected with a DDT out of nowhere, giving himself time to breathe. Orton worked over Cabana, as a “CM Punk” chant began from the crowd. Orton connected with a clothesline, and stalked Cabana, before hitting the RKO for the 1-2-3.

Randy Orton pinned Colt Cabana with the RKO in 0:11:37.
Rating:

After the match, Orton left the ring, quickly heading backstage as the cameras follow him. Daniels and Michaels talk about how badly Orton wants to get his hands on Punk, as Orton is shown making his way through the backstage area. As Orton enters the parking garage, CM PUNK attacks him from behind! Punk and Orton brawl as officials try to break them up. Punk and Orton push the officials away, continuing their brawl. Punk lands a kick to the midsection, and hoists Orton up with the G.T.S. Punk hits the G.T.S. on the truck of a car in the parking garage, before walking away, as officials tend to Orton. Anarchy goes off the air as Punk walks away.

Card rating: *** 1/2

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