March 28, 2011

Attendance: 13,908 (63%)

Kurt Angle comes out to the ring, 24 hours after successfully defending the Heavyweight Title in a Triple Threat Match against Alex Shelley and Randy Orton. He says that he wouldn’t be like the other champions, who have come out to the ring, after defending their belts under similar circumstances, and say that the odds were stacked against them; and they beat the odds. Angle said that he has no reason to say that the odds were stacked against him, because they weren’t. He says that Alex Shelley earned his shot at the title, but was also handed a perfect chance to get retribution on someone he once called a friend. And, Angle said that he noticed the interference by CM Punk, but says that Randy Orton deserved it, for brain-washing Colt Cabana into costing Punk his match earlier in the evening. Angle says that, if reality, the odds were stacked against Randy Orton, but only because he stacked them himself. Angle says that all he did was take advantage of it, like any other champion would do. He says that now, after Wrestleocolypse, he knows that there’s a seven-foot monster, backstage, just waiting for the chance to take the Heavyweight Title from him. Angle says that, whenever and wherever that Abyss wants a shot, Angle will be ready to put up a fight.

Randy Orton’s music begins to play as “The Viper” makes his way down to the ring. Orton congratulates Angle for his retention of the Heavyweight Title, but warns Angle to take that praise with a grain of salt. Orton says that, just a few moments ago, Angle even admitted that the odds were stacked against Orton; making it impossible for him to get a fair shot at the Heavyweight Title. Orton admits that he may have played a part in the outcome of CM Punk’s match last night, but that it doesn’t matter anymore, because Punk bagged his bags and went back home. Orton says that, unlike Punk, if something doesn’t go his way, he’ll keep fighting until he gets what he wants; and what he wants is a fair shot at Angle and the Heavyweight Title. Orton says that Angle can worry about Abyss for the next six months; but that Orton is ready to take the belt from him tonight.

Orton drops the microphone, and Angle drops the belt, as the crowd begins to roar. But before anything can happen, Peter Bradshaw comes out to the stage, and tells Orton that if he wants a match with Angle, it’ll have to wait. Bradshaw says that Angle is already booked in a match, against Mr. Anderson, later tonight; so if both of them want to settle things, there is no better place to do it then at REBELLION. Bradshaw leaves the stage, and Orton and Angle stare at each other inside the ring, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Women’s Title Match
Michelle McCool vs. © Velvet Sky

Michelle McCool earned her second chance to face Velvet Sky for the Women’s Title, last night, after winning a Vixen’s Battle Royal at Wrestleocolypse. But tonight, again, she was unable to use that chance to take the belt off the champion, as Velvet hit the Beauty Mark to pick up the victory. After the match, Daffney made her way to the stage, and says she has been biding her time, staying out of the public eye for some time, waiting for the chance to come and take the title away from the “beautiful” champion. She says that she and Velvet have a long history in the HWL, but never once, has the Women’s Title played a part in it. Daffney tells Velvet to keep that in mind, and watches as McCool attacks Velvet from behind, before leaving the stage. McCool leaves the ring to a roar of boos, as the referee tends to Velvet in the ring.

Velvet Sky pinned Michelle McCool with the Beauty Mark in 0:13:46.
Rating: **
(Velvet Sky retained the HWL Women’s Title.)

Commercial Break

Backstage, Mr. Anderson - with Ric Flair, AJ Styles and Chelsea - tells Alisha Hicks that he knows perfectly well, the reason behind Kurt Angle’s attack on him, last week. Anderson says that, two weeks ago, Angle got lucky when Randy Orton interfered in their match, because he knew that Anderson was capable of beating him in the center of the ring. And, because of that, Angle did whatever he could to keep Anderson from winning a shot at the Heavyweight Title. Anderson says that tonight, he will have another chance to prove how pathetic the Heavyweight Champion really is without someone coming to the ring to save him. Anderson says that, just like Randy Orton, he wants a fair shot at Kurt Angle tonight; and if Orton decides to show up at ringside, then he will have to deal with it himself.

Colt Cabana vs. Cody Rhodes

Twenty-four hours after costing CM Punk his match at Wrestleocolypse, Colt Cabana stepped into the ring with the man he helped win. This was a very fast paced match, with Cabana hitting a lot of high-risk offense. The tide turned when Rhodes turned a top-rope Frankensteiner into a power bomb for a two-count. Cabana rolled outside the ring, and the match continued until Rhodes threw Cabana into the guardrail, apparently injuring his lower back. Rhodes rolled back into the ring as Cabana was counted out. After the match, the referee went to check on Cabana, as Kyle O’Reilly ran down to the ring and attacked Rhodes from behind! Before Rhodes could retaliate, O’Reilly left the ring, having left his mark. Rhodes fumed inside the ring as Anarchy went to commercials.

Cody Rhodes defeated Colt Cabana by countout in 0:10:34.
Rating: ** ¼

Commercial Break

X-Division Champion, Adam Cole comes out to the ring, and says that he once again proved that no matter how much the fans like his opponent, and no matter how hard they cheer for them during their match, they just don’t have what it takes to beat him. Cole says he’s already made a mockery of the longest-reigning X-Division Champion in the history of the HWL; and last night, he taught Evan Bourne a lesson about stepping out of his comfort zone before it was time. Cole says that he’s starting to think there aren’t many more people he has to go through before taking over “The Pope’s” record. He says that he’s not out to waste any time, because he doesn’t feel like wasting his breath so that the fans of Auburn Hills can hear him talk; but, he says, that he’s out to do something that everyone seems to be doing nowadays: issuing another open challenge. He says that he’s already beaten the former champion, and the top contender for the belt. and wants to know who wants the next shot.

Yoshi Tatsu’s music hits, as he wastes no time getting down to the ring, with a microphone of his own. Through broken English, Tatsu says that he has paid his dues, and has done everything he needed to do to try and make a name for himself in the HWL. He says that he has been fed up with the lack of opportunity he has been given over the past few eeks, and that he is going to take it himself. Tatsu says that he accepts Cole’s challenge, and wants a title shot at REBELLION.

Cole begins to laugh, hysterically, at Tatsu, as the crowd roars with boos. Cole says that, he thinks Yoshi accepted his challenge, but isn’t quite sure, because he thought he was watching a real-life Godzilla movie. Cole says that Tatsu has paid his dues, but because he has no real talent, he hasn’t been able to do anything more then be half of a lacking tag team, with Kaz. Cole gets closer into Yoshi’s face while, from the ramp, Kyle O’Reilly slides behind Yoshi and attacks him with a steel pipe! The crowd roars with boos as O’Reilly celebrates the attack. Cole gets down on the canvas and tells Yoshi that, if he can deal with what he has coming to him, then he can have his title shot at REBELLION.

From the ramp, Kaz runs down, forcing Cole and O’Reilly to scatter, causing the fans to cheer. Kaz tends to Yoshi as JD and SM remind the at-home audience that they must now compete in a tag-team match, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Yoshi Tatsu/Kaz vs. The American Wolves

The Auburn Hills crowd was shocked as Davey Richards - Eddie Edwards’ partner from Ring of Honor - debuted tonight, reforming The American Wolves. They found themselves in a good position to capitalize on Yoshi Tatsu’s attack before the match, but Kaz fought with everything he had to even the score, while Yoshi valiantly fought through the injury. The Wolves resorted to underhanded tricks, after failing to put away either of their opponents in legit ways; but even those tactics weren’t enough to give themselves a victory. Both Richards and Edwards began to physically assault the referee after getting, what they felt, were numerous slow counts. After the final near-fall, Edwards connected with a belly-to-belly suplex on the referee, and was quickly disqualified by another official, who came down to take over the match. After the bell sounded, The Wolves went to attack Yoshi, but Kaz went to the broadcast table and grabbed a chair, evening things up. The Wolves left the ring, to a roar of boos as Kaz stood over Yoshi in the center of the ring.

Yoshi Tatsu & Kaz defeated The American Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) when Y. Tatsu defeated E. Edwards by disqualification in 0:32:07.
Rating: ¼

Commercial Break

Backstage, Peter Bradshaw tells Alish Hicks that, due to the “utterly disturbing” altercation he just saw between Adam Cole and Yoshi Tatsu, there will be a Tornado Tag Team Match next week, between the teams of Yoshi Tatsu and Kaz and Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole.

Non-Title Match
Jey Uso (w/Tamina) vs. © Adam Cole

After hearing that Peter Bradshaw signed him to a tag match next week, Adam Cole came out to take on Jey Uso. Cole had control for the majority of the match, even after Tamina interfered and was not ejected from ringside. Cole managed to come back from the attack, and connect with the Panama Sunrise. But before he could get the pinfall, Tamina re-entered the ring and assaulted him with a steel chair! The referee quickly called for the bell as Jey Uso slowly made his way to his feet and rolled out of the ring - with Tamina - as Cole got up, looking for a fight. After the match, Cole got on the microphone and said that he didn’t care about the tag team match that Bradshaw had signed for next week, because he and O’Reilly were going to do the same thing to Yoshi Tatsu as they did earlier tonight.

Adam Cole defeated Jey Uso by disqualification in 0:12:40.
Rating: ** ½
[Tamina interfered against Adam Cole.]

Commercial Break

Non-Title Match
Mr. Anderson (w/Ric Flair & Chelsea) vs. © Kurt Angle

Mr. Anderson was out for payback tonight, as he got his second chance against Kurt Angle. But, “The Viper” Randy Orton did not heed Anderson’s warning earlier in the show, and made his way to ringside seconds after the bell rung. Orton stalked Angle from outside the ring, making his way to the time-keeper’s table, and grabbing a chair as Ric Flair pulled down the top rope, causing Angle to fall to concrete at ringside. Anderson made his way outside the ring as the two men began to brawl, until Orton bent the chair around Angle’s back, causing the referee to call for the disqualification. Orton quickly dropped the chair and began brawling with Anderson and Flair as the crowd went crazy. HWL officials rushed down to the ring and broke up the fight, as the referee tended to Angle outside the ring. Anarchy goes off the air with Anderson and Orton screaming at each other.

Kurt Angle defeated Mr. Anderson by disqualification in 0:04:55.
Rating: ** ¾
[Randy Orton interfered against Kurt Angle.]

Card rating: ** ¾

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