May 30, 2011 - Monday Night Anarchy - Newark, NJ

Monday Night Anarchy
May 30, 2011
Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey
Attendance: 11,340 (63%)

“Lies of the Beautiful People” plays in the background as still photos are shown from last night’s FULLY LOADED event. Photos include: Adam Cole retaining the X-Division Title; The American Wolves defeating AJ Styles and Mr. Anderson; Daffney winning the Women’s Title; the post-match attack by Abyss on Randy Orton; Cody Rhodes winning the Heavyweight Title; and finally, Abyss’s attack on Rhodes, and Abyss holding up the Heavyweight Title…

“Headstrong” plays through the arena as fireworks light up the darkness. As the lights come on, the camera pans the audience, and Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to the home of the New Jersey Nets. They say that Fully Loaded was a great show, and that no one was expecting to see what they did at the close of the show, as “The Monster” Abyss cashed in his Golden Opportunity and defeated new champion Cody Rhodes to win the Heavyweight Title! It is announced that Rhodes will be in action tonight, facing David Hart Smith.

The lights in the arena turn off as Abyss makes his way to the ring, holding the Heavyweight Title over his shoulder. He enters the ring and stands, silently, as the rain of boos crashes down on him. Emotionless, Abyss adjusts the belt on his shoulder before saying that what he did last night was not meant to shock the crowd; they all knew he would cash in the Golden Opportunity. It was just a matter of when. Abyss says that, last night, even though he neither beat or lost to Randy Orton, he did get the last laugh. He says that Orton quickly became a distant memory, Abyss turned his attention to the Heavyweight Title Match. Abyss said that he was going to cash in his chance last night, no matter who won, because he had been toying with the moment for too long. He said that things couldn’t have worked out better for him, because he got Cody Rhodes at the pinnacle of his career, and ruined the greatest moment of his life. Abyss says that, that moment, was his Golden Opportunity; and because of that, he stands in the ring as the new Heavyweight Champion. He says that he can now start looking forward, away from the likes of Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes, but is quickly interrupted as Rhodes appears on-stage…

Rhodes applauds Abyss for using the Golden Opportunity to pull a fast one over himself and the rest of the HWL. He admits to not thinking Abyss had the ability to do something like that, and says that he’s wrong for doubting him. Rhodes asks Abyss if he really thinks he’s “done” with Rhodes after what took place last night. He says that he wasn’t even champion for ten minutes, and that he’s gotten just a small taste of what it’s like to be champion - something he’s not ready to hand over so easily. Rhodes says that he will see Abyss again, using his rematch clause to challenge Abyss for the Heavyweight Title at Turning Point! The two men stare at each other, while the crowd goes crazy, and Anarchy goes to commercials…

Commercial Break

Alex Shelley pinned Kyle O’Reilly with the Sliced Bread #2 in 0:19:26.
Rating: *** ¾
[Adam Cole interfered against Alex Shelley.]

Before the match began, Alex Shelley came out to the ring, to get one nagging issue off his chest. Shelley said that, for weeks, he had been trying to tell Adam Cole that he was doing nothing buy burying the X-Division Title to sooth his own massive ego. Shelley said that he and Cole could’ve gone out and settled things like men, but instead, O’Reilly came down to help Cole retain the title. Shelley said that Cole was still a disgrace to the title, and would continue to be until it was taken away from him.

After the bell rang, ADAM COLE wasted no time making his way to the ring; and he made sure he was a consistent distraction for Shelley throughout the contest. The match started with back and forth action, with Shelley taking control early on. Shelley connected with the Dominator for only a two-count. Shelley then ran into the ropes, only to have Cole pull them down, sending Shelley crashing to the concrete below! Cole stepped aside as the referee started his 10-count. Shelley, slowly made it back to the ring at nine, and O’Reilly quickly pounced, connecting with the Brain Buster in the center of the ring! O’Reilly quickly covered, but Shelley kicked out at two, infuriating O’Reilly. As O’Reilly argued with the referee, Adam Cole slid a steel chair into the ring, but Shelley grabbed it first, and waited for O’Reilly to run around. However, O’Reilly blocked the shot, and used the chair on Shelley instead! The referee threatened O’Reilly before throwing the chair out of the ring, as O’Reilly went for the cover. Another two count! Both O’Reilly and Cole got into the face of the referee as Shelley slowly pulled himself up to his feet and caught his breath. Cole, in a fit of rage, jumped off the apron as O’Reilly turned around and was met with the Slice Bread #2! Shelley covered O’Reilly for the three-count!

After the match, Cole looked into the ring in shock as Shelley was announced the winner. Shelley, still showing signs from the chair shot, raised his arms in victory and flashed a huge smile in the direction of the X-Division Champion. Cole pounded the ring apron as Shelley exited the ring, getting a great reaction from the crowd.

Commercial Break

A video is shown from last week, of KAZ to a local jailhouse and posting bail for YOSHI TATSU after his incident with the therapist. Kaz asks Yoshi what happened, but Yoshi said nothing in response, heading out the front door and getting into Kaz’s car. The video ends as Kaz thanks the police officer and exit’s through the front as well. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels begin to wonder why we’re beginning to see a different side of Yoshi now, when there has been nothing to provoke his behavior…

Maryse pinned Nikki Bella after an elbowsmash in 0:18:30.
Rating: ½*

These two Vixens met again, for the second time tonight, as Nikki Bella was looking to continue her winning ways against the French Canadian superstar. Both Vixens put their bodies on the line, nearly going the distance in this match. Maryse came out strong, hoping to even up things with Nikki after coming up short in their last match. Maryse, countless times, pushed the limits of the referee, holding in choke holds until four before breaking them, being sure to not get herself disqualified. The repeated chokes against the ropes, though, had the necessary effect on Nikki, as she was unable to mount any sizeable comeback. Nikki fell victim to an elbow that connected with her temple, and she went down in a heap. Maryse quickly made the cover as the referee counted the three.

Commercial Break

The American Wolves are seen backstage, celebrating their victory over AJ Styles and Mr. Anderson last night at Fully Loaded, when they are approached by Alisha Hicks. Eddie Edwards says that they were going to take tonight - since they weren’t in action - to celebrate their win. He says that the Wolves were given their first big test for last night: Styles and Anderson, who have been taught by the “Dirtiest Player in the Game”, Ric Flair. Edwards says that Flair knows every trick in the book - and some that haven’t even been written yet - but that none of the low-down things any of them did could stop them from picking up a victory last night.

Davey Richards says that Styles, Anderson and Flair were so threatened by the thought of what the Wolves could do, that they kidnapped him in order to try and gain an advantage last night. Richards says that even after being kidnapped and being left in the dark, without food for God knows how long, he and Edwards still walked out of Fully Loaded victorious. He says that, because of that, they were setting their sights on bigger goals: mainly, the HWL Tag Team Titles. Richards says that the Hart Dynasty has been a dominant force in the division since Day One; and that they’ve claimed to have defeated everyone that crossed their paths. But, there is one team that they haven’t stepped into the ring with yet. And, when they step into the ring, with the American Wolves; the dynasty will end…

Commercial Break

Colt Cabana & Derrick Bateman defeated Yoshi Tatsu & Kaz when Cabana pinned Kaz after a backbreaker in 0:08:25.
Rating: *** ¾

The on-going saga between Yoshi Tatsu and Kaz continued to play out earlier tonight, but there was hope in the arena that they would be able to come out strong against the quickly rising duo of Cabana and Bateman. This was a very fast-paced match, with Bateman proving to be the power member of the foursome. Yoshi and Kaz show flashes of impressive offense, but Cabana and Bateman seemed to be more then they could handle. The ending of the match saw Yoshi tag out to Kaz, and then walked away from the ring! The crowd booed as Kaz turned, in shock, to see his partner standing on the stage. Kaz turned around and was met with a neck breaker by Cabana. Colt then connected with a thunderous backbreaker and made the cover as the referee counted the three.

After the match, Cabana and Bateman celebrated their victory as Yoshi walked through the curtains backstage. As Kaz slowly got to his feet, Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels speculated at what could possibly happen next between these two men…

Commercial Break

Backstage, “The Demonic Princess” Daffney is shown, walking through the hallways, with the Women’s Title around her waist. As she turns the corner, NATALYA attacks her from behind! Natalya continues the assault, leaving Daffney motionless on the floor, and says that Daffney should cherish every moment she has with the belt, because it will soon be back around Nataly’s waist, where it belongs. Natalya walks away as the camera focuses on Daffney’s body…

Davey Richards defeated Tyson Kidd by disqualification in 0:07:58.
Tyson Kidd suffered a neck injury. He will be out for two weeks.
Rating: ***
[Natalya interfered against Davey Richards.]

Earlier tonight, The American Wolves said that they were setting their sights on the HWL Tag Team Titles, after coming off a victory against AJ Styles and Mr. Anderson, last night at Fully Loaded. The crowd was given a preview of that possible match-up tonight as Davey Richards stepped into the ring with Tyson Kidd. Richards showed am impressive display of offense, but insisted on taking the match outside the ring on three separate occasions. There, he used the ring steps to his advance, repeatedly ramming Tyson Kidd’s knees into the steel. Also outside, Richards whipped Kidd into the guardrail, causing him to land awkwardly on his shoulder and neck; and for the rest of the match, Kidd appeared unable to use his left arm. Back inside the ring, NATAYLA had seen enough, and slid into the ring with a steel chair, crushing it into Richards’ back. The referee quickly called for the DQ as Natalya dropped the chair and helped Kidd out of the ring.

Commercial Break

David Hart Smith pinned Cody Rhodes with the Saito Suplex in 0:19:02.
Rating: ** ¼
[Natalya interfered against Cody Rhodes.]

Cody Rhodes came into this match fuming after having the Heavyweight Title “stolen” from him last night at Fully Loaded. He stepped into the ring with David Hart Smith, who was trying to avoid the same fate as his tag team partner. With Natalya at ringside, Rhodes found himself in a mismatch, but he took the fight to his slightly larger opponent. Rhodes seemed impervious to pain tonight, taking the onslaught that Smith gave him, but still managing to connect with three separate Cross Rhodes attempts! Smith kicked out of the first two, but had help from Natalya on the third, as she put his foot on the rope to break the three-count. Smith was able to fight back, taking the match outside, and using the ring to his advantage. Back inside the ring, Smith set up Rhodes for a superplex, but Rhodes pushed him off. As Rhodes stood, attempting and elbow from the second rope, the lights in the arena went out. When the lights came back, Rhodes was staring at the stage, waiting. When no one came out, Rhodes turned around and was met by a Saito Suplex! Smith made the cover and picked up the victory.

After the match, Smith and Natalya exited the ring as Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels wondered if there was a technical glitch, or if “The Monster” Abyss was beginning to play mind games with Cody Rhodes…

Card rating: ** ½

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