May 28, 2012 - Monday Night Anarchy - Little Rock, AR

Attendance: 14,240 (83%)

Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Little Rock, just two weeks away from Turning Point. Tonight, the Tag Team Champions will be in non-title action against Tyson Kidd and a mystery opponent. Also, Kurt Angle takes on The Golden Opportunist Adam Cole. And, in the main event, Chris Sabin will face Kaz for the right to challenge Matt Morgan for the X-Division Title in two weeks.

Kevin Steen vs. Kofi Kingston

Last week, Kevin Steen made his singles debut, picking up a huge victory over Steve Corino. Steen was ready to keep his winning ways going, as he stepped into the ring against Kofi Kingston, tonight. Kofi, having suffered a loss two weeks ago against Hagadorn’s new tag partner, Claudio Castagnoli, was looking shake off that hard-fought loss with a victory of his own. Steen had control for most the match, but Kofi was determined to not go down in consecutive matches. Kofi stunned Steen with the Trouble in Paradise for the 1-2-3.

Kofi Kingston pinned Kevin Steen with the Trouble in Paradise in 6:08.
Rating: ** ¼

Backstage, Alisha Hicks is with HWL Women’s Champion Nikki Bella. Alisha asks why Nikki thinks she was attacked by her sister, Brie, two weeks ago, after winning the Women’s Title battle royal. Nikki says, at first, she thought it was just because Brie had lost the title the night before; that she was still stressed over how their match at Fully Loaded ended. But, the more Nikki thought about it, the more she realized that Brie is just jealous of her. Nick says that it’s OK though, because they are going to settle things in two weeks.

The interview ends as Nikki’s cell phone signifies receiving a text. Nikki reads the text and, in a hurry, says she has to go.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels talk about the ending of the previous match, as the video shows Kingston hitting the Trouble in Paradise for the win.

Backstage, Alisha Hicks congratulates Kingston on his victory. Kingston says that he knows anything can happen in this business. Kofi says he’s been overlooked, and says it’s his fault for not sticking his neck out, demanding the attention he can get. Kofi says he’s hopeful that tonight change that.

In the Vixens’ locker room, Nikki Bella is seen dialing a number in her cell phone. Nikki starts getting agitated, as the person on the other end does not pick up. Nikki puts the phone down, shaking her head, and exits the locker room.

Tiffany vs. Brie Bella

A week after coming up short against Women’s Champion Nikki Bella, Tiffany got a chance to redeem herself against former champion, Brie. Brie, on the other hand, was still looking to make an impression as she heads into a match against her twin sister for the Women’s Title in just under two weeks. For the second straight week, Tiffany looked strong, improving in the ring. However, with retribution as a motivated, Brie was no match tonight. She connected with the Bella Bomb for the 1-2-3.

Brie Bella pinned Tiffany with the Bella Bomb in 5:09.
Rating: -3/4*

Backstage, Ric Flair and AJ Styles are seen entering the arena.

Also backstage, Alisha Hicks is with Tyson Kidd, who is preparing for tag team action. Alisha says that Kidd’s partner has been kept a secret all night long; and asks if Kidd knows who it is. Kidd says that he’ll find out when everyone else does.

Josh and Scott hype the Number One Contenders match later tonight, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Brie Bella is seen walking back to her dressing room after her match moments ago, when she is stopped by Nikki. Nikki says that she received a text message from their mom, but she didn’t answer when Nikki tried to call her back. Brie smiles and begins to laugh. Brie tells Nikki that their family has been with Brie since the weekend; and that Brie was the one sending the text message. Brie says she knew Nikki would come running, thinking their mother wasn’t safe. Nikki slaps Brie across the face and walks off, as Brie looks on enraged.

Non-Title Match
Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards vs. © Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon

The crowd in Little Rock was in for a surprise as Eddie Edwards returned to the HWL tonight, joining Tyson Kidd to take on the Tag Team Champions. Edwards and Kidd – who had never teamed before tonight – looked impressive; but the shock of a returning superstar wasn’t enough to discourage Cabana or Colon. The champions have been on a roll as of late, but there has been no word on who their opponents will be at Turning Point in two weeks. Whoever they might be, they will have tough competition waiting on them.

[Non-Title Match]:
Colt Cabana & Edwin Colon defeated Tyson Kidd & Eddie Edwards when E. Colon pinned E. Edwards after a legsweep in 6:04.
Rating:

Backstage, Jesse Neal interrupts a conversation between Brutus Magnus and Rob Terry. Neal says that he has an offer for them, and wants to talk about it privately. Anarchy goes to commercials as Terry and Magnus consider…

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Ric Flair, AJ Styles, and Matt Morgan make their way down to the ring. Flair says that everyone has been asking why AJ got himself counted out last week. Flair says that they would usually keep their in-house decisions to themselves, but because it’s such a hot topic, they’d enlighten everyone. Flair says that the world knows that, at Turning Point, AJ will challenge Randy Orton for the Heavyweight Title. Flair says that he didn’t want to spoil the main event to pay-per-view in a match that meant very little in the grand scheme of things. Flair says that all the people that are upset that they didn’t see Orton and AJ go after one another, are the same people that will be disappointed when Styles walks out of Turning Point as the new Heavyweight Champion.

Matt Morgan steps away, asking for a microphone, causing Flair to stop talking. Morgan says that since Flair brought up Turning Point, Morgan has something to say. Morgan says Flair and AJ came out, two weeks ago, trying to clear the air between them, saying that the winner of their number one contenders match didn't matter, as long as a member of The Conglomerate came away as champion. Morgan says that that explanation would’ve worked – and he would’ve been fine with it – had Styles not used a steel chair to get the victory. Morgan looks at Styles and says he’s been waiting for two weeks for AJ to give him a reason, and he’s tired of waiting.

AJ looks around, as the crowd begins to stir. Before AJ can give an answer, Flair steps in between them and says that they need to handle this amongst themselves, not in front of 14,000 people. AJ leaves the ring, followed by Flair, as the crowd begins to boo. Morgan watches from inside the ring as Flair and Styles walk up the ramp. Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning back from the break, Matt Morgan stops AJ Styles backstage. Morgan wants to know what AJ and Flair are thinking, avoiding Morgan’s question. Morgan says he’s coming to AJ as a man, asking someone who calls himself a friend and teammate something that could change everything, and is not getting an answer. Morgan tells AJ that, if he’s a man, he’ll give Morgan an answer. Styles looks at Morgan and walks away, without saying a word.

Also backstage, Jesse Neal is seen walking away room The British Invasion’s locker room, when he is attacked by Rami Sebei and Michael Tarver. Sebei and Tarver do a number on Neal, leaving him lying in the hallway, as the camera goes to ringside.

Kurt Angle vs. Adam Cole

Last week, Adam Cole watched at ringside as CM Punk took on – and defeated – his former friend, Rami Sebei, after issuing a challenge for any stipulation Punk could think of for their match at Turning Point. Tonight, Cole brought his Golden Opportunity briefcase to the ring, as he got set to take on a very frustrated Kurt Angle. Angle came into this match after getting pinned by Santino in tag team action last week. But, before anything could really come of the match, CM Punk made his way down the ramp, waving at Cole. Cole, seeing Punk at ringside, begged for Punk to enter the ring. Distracted by Punk’s appearance at ringside, however, Cole got wrapped up into a small package by Angle for the 1-2-3!

After the match, Punk slid into the ring as Cole got to his feet, and rammed his shoulder into the turnbuckle. Punk went after Cole, landing lefts, rights, and kicks as the HWL officials ran down to ringside. Punk whipped Cole into the turnbuckle, and followed it up with a running high knee. Punk did it again, across the ring, before hitting the G.T.S in the center of the ring. Punk went outside the ring, pulling out a table from underneath. Punk brought the table back inside the ring, setting it up in the corner, as the crowd filled with anticipation. Punk grabbed Cole and whipped him into the table, breaking it into pieces as the crowd goes crazy! Punk calls for a microphone, and says that, just like tonight, at Turning Point, Cole will find himself laying on the canvas as Punk is announced the victor… in a Tables Match. Anarchy goes to commercial as Punk stands triumphant in the center of the ring.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Matt Morgan is seen talking to Ric Flair backstage. Morgan wants to know why AJ is avoiding him and his questions. Morgan says that AJ listens to Flair, and asks Flair to do something. Flair says he’ll talk to AJ and try to get to the bottom of it.

Also backstage, Alisha Hicks stops CM Punk as he prepares to leave the arena. Alisha asks for comment on Punk’s earlier attack on Adam Cole. Punk stops and says that he doesn’t need to make a comment; he made it – loud and clear – in the center of the ring. Punk turns and walks away as the camera goes back to ringside.

Michael Tarver vs. Rob Terry

These two men took part in the eight-man elimination match last week, but never got the chance to get their hands on each other. Tonight, just 13 days away from their tag match at Turning Point, they got a chance to size each other up, one on one. Both men are known for their brawling, so there was not many high-risk moves to take the crowd by surprise. However, those moves were not needed, as Tarver and Terry were out to see who could inflict the most punishment before Turning Point. Tarver looked impressive tonight, but Terry’s experience help him take control late in the match. Terry connected with the Freakbuster for the 1-2-3.

Rob Terry pinned Michael Tarver with the Freakbuster in 8:03.
Rating: * ¼

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Brutus Magnus confronts John Cena backstage. Magnus wants to know what Cena’s problem is. Cena says his problem is that Magnus cost him a chance at the X-Division Title. Magnus tells Cena to stop sounding like a baby. Cena punches Magnus, and the two begin to brawl in the hallway. After a moment, security comes in and separates the two, as Cena tells Magnus that this isn’t over.

Also backstage, Alisha Hicks tries to get a comment from Adam Cole, after the attack by CM Punk earlier. Cole, holding the back of his head and stares at Alisha, saying nothing. Cole shakes his head and walks off, leaving Alisha standing in silence.

As Alisha continues to stand backstage, Ric Flair and AJ Styles walk past, exiting the building.

A preview for TURNING POINT is shown, with “Beyond the Stars” by Evans Blue playing in the background. TURNING POINT will be live, June 10th, from Phoenix, Arizona – only on pay-per-view!

Commercial Break

X-Division Title – Number One Contenders Match
Chris Sabin vs. Kaz

Kaz found himself in a similar situation tonight, as he has been a challenger for a title shot on numerous occasions during his tenure in the HWL. Chris Sabin, on the other hand, is a former Tag Team Champion; but he has never been given the shot for singles gold. Tonight, both men had the shot to earn themselves a match with Matt Morgan for the X-Division Title at Turning Point. Making the most of his opportunity, Sabin came out swinging. Never knowing how many more chances he could get to challenge for a title, Sabin did all he could to get the better of Kaz in this match. Successfully – and shockingly – Sabin was able to hold the advantage for a majority of the match. But, as Kaz as shown in the past, he’s not going down without a fight. Kaz landed a stunning superkick, out of nowhere, early in the match; and then found most of his success outside the ring. With no rules in place – except that pinfalls must take place inside the ring – Kaz used everything he could to even the score against Sabin. But, no matter how much Kaz tried to come back, Sabin appeared to have his number. Sabin took control of the match, for good, when he connected with an enzuigiri to Sabin’s face, possibly giving Kaz a concussion. Sabin went to work on Kaz, and connected with the Cradle Shock, but only got a two-count. Sabin, furious, pushed the referee down to the canvas and viciously attacked Kaz. As the referee made it back to his feet, Sabin placed Kaz on the turnbuckles, and hit a top rope hurrancarana for the 1-2-3.

Chris Sabin pinned Kaz after a top-rope hurrancarana in 16:58.
Rating: ** ¾

After the match, Sabin celebrated in the center of the ring, and posed in the corners, as Anarchy went off the air.

Card rating: **

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