May 9, 2011 - Monday Night Anarchy - Denver, CO

Monday Night Anarchy
May 9, 2011
Pepsi Center - Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 14,267 (74.7%)

The closing moments from last week’s episode are shown, when Randy Orton connected with the RKO on Cody Rhodes for the victory, as Abyss and Kurt Angle brawled outside the ring.

“Headstrong” blares through the arena as fireworks shoot from the stage! The fans go crazy as the camera pans around, while Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone to Denver, just 20 days from Fully Loaded. Tonight, it’s announced, that due to an order by Peter Bradshaw, Adam Cole will defend the X-Dvision Title against Yoshi Tatsu in a rematch from Rebellion. Also tonight, in another rematch from Rebellion, AJ Styles and Mr. Anderson will square off against the Tag Team Champions, The Hart Dynasty, in a non-title match.

Cody Rhodes appears on-stage, limping on his injured leg, as the crowd showers him with cheers. Josh Daniels explains that the injury occurred last week, during the tag team match, as Rhodes makes his way to the ring. Rhodes grabs a microphone and says that he doesn’t want to spend too much time doing what he needs to do, because his leg is causing him pain; and he wants to rest up for Fully Loaded. Rhodes says that Fully Loaded was the reason he came out to the ring; but most importantly, he came out because he was ready to name his price for Kurt Angle to pay off his debt. Rhodes says that, two weeks ago, he came out and save Kurt Angle - not for any personal gain, but because that’s just what good-hearted people do. He says that his outlook changed slightly, last week, when Angle offered to repay him in any way Rhodes wanted. Rhodes says that he had a week to think about it, even after getting injured and falling victim to an RKO. Rhodes says that it didn’t take long for him to come to a decision, because the decision was already made for him. He says that he has been on the cusp of making it big in the HWL for months now; that he has beaten some of the biggest names on the roster, but has had nothing to show for it. Rhodes says that that is the way that Angle can repay him: by giving him a shot at making it big. Rhodes says that Angle’s debt will be paid, at Fully Loaded, if Angle faces him, one-on-one, for the Heavyweight Title. Rhodes drops the microphone and slowly leaves the ring as the arena comes alive with buzz.

Commercial Break

Davey Richards defeated Derrick Bateman by countout in 0:07:08.
Rating: *** ¾
[Ric Flair interfered against Davey Richards.]

A lot seemed to be going on in this match, as Anarchy got underway with one-half of the American Wolves waiting to see who his opponent was going to be. The crowd gave a mixed response as Derrick Bateman - the former PCW star - was announced. The match was fairly even throughout, but things became a little one-sided as “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair returned, and made his way down to the ring, distracting Richards. With the distraction, Bateman was able to show off some good offense, locking in an airplane spin for just under 30 seconds! But, when that wasn’t enough to put Richards away, Flair threw in a steel chair, that Bateman used, but only got a two-count for the effort. Richards was able to fight back, sending the match outside the ring, where he whipped Bateman shoulder-first into the ring steps, before re-entering the ring. Bateman laid on the concrete, riving in pain as the referee counted him out.

After the match, Davey Richards stood in the center of the ring, staring down Ric Flair, as the Nature Boy showed his disgust in not being able to keep Richards from winning. Josh Daniels said that The American Wolves might have Flair’s number, as they apparently know his tricks up to this point.

Commercial Break

A car is seen pulling into the parking lot, in the bottom of the arena, as the crowd begins to murmur with anticipation. The car comes to a stop as Randy Orton gets out of the driver’s seat, and the crowd’s murmur turns to boos. Orton takes a few steps away from the car, when he is blindsided by a steel pipe to the gut! “The Monster” Abyss appears into view, attacking Orton, and striking him with the pipe on the ground. Abyss grabs Orton by the shirt collar and whips him into the side of his car. Orton slumps down to the ground as Abyss stands over him, striking him in the forehead. Abyss opens the car door and puts Orton’s torso inside, before slamming the door onto him. Orton’s body slumps back to the ground as Abyss tells him that he will be the one to take care of Orton’s “little problem” at Fully Loaded.

Kyle O’Reilly pinned Evan Bourne with the Brain Buster in 0:12:12.
Rating: *** ¼

Kyle O’Reilly was coming off an impressive victory over Eddie Edwards last week as he stepped into the ring with the high-flying Evan Bourne tonight. Bourne hadn’t been in the ring since losing to Adam Cole at Wrestleocolypse in April; and he came out ready to fight. However, Bourne showed to a little rusty due to the time away from the ring, as O’Reilly capitalized on a few of his mistakes. After working over Bourne outside the ring, O’Reilly rolled him back inside before hitting the Brain Buster, and picking up his second-straight victory.

Commercial Break

Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Daffney, who is seen looking around with a sadistic smile on her face. Before Alisha can ask the question, Daffney says that she’ll be more than happy to share her thoughts on what Velvet Sky had to say last week. Daffney says that Velvet is making a mockery of everyone else’s ability to understand reason. She says that Velvet can claim, that at Rebellion, she was taking advantage of the rules; but she and everyone else knows that Velvet was just running away from Daffney. She says that this time around, Velvet had the chance to prove that she was worthy of being called Women’s Champion, but she chose to tuck her tail and get counted out. Daffney says that, if Velvet hadn’t ran away, Alisha would be talking to the new Women’s Champion. She promises that, if Peter Bradshaw grants the number one contenders match, that after Fully Loaded, she would finally be holding her first piece of championship gold.

Commercial Break

AJ Styles & Mr, Anderson and The Hart Dynasty fought to a no-contest.

After witnessing the return of “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and his failed attempt at costing Davey Richards his match earlier in the evening, The American Wolves continued to show that they were one step ahead of Flair and his charges. As Styles and Anderson made their way to the ring, set to face the Tag Team Champions in a non-title rematch from a couple months ago, Richards and Eddie Edwards attacked, immobilizing Styles and Anderson. As their victims rolled on the floor in pain, Edwards told them to send a message to “The Nature Boy”; that message: his tricks are getting old and played out; and he’s no longer one of the smartest men in wrestling…

Commercial Break

Backstage, Peter Bradshaw tells Alisha Hicks that the on-going saga surrounding Daffney, Natalya, Velvet Sky and the Women’s Title has finally gone far enough. He says that the war of words between Daffney and Natalya, although enticing and fun to watch, doesn’t prove who should be the number one contender for the Women’s Title. Therefore, Bradshaw says that, next week on Anarchy, Daffney and Natalya will face off to determine who gets a title shot against Velvet Sky at Fully Loaded.

No-Countout-No-DQ-Match
Adam Cole pinned Yoshi Tatsu after a German suplex in 0:10:33.
Rating: ***
Yoshi Tatsu was fortunate enough to be given a second chance at facing Adam Cole for the X-Division Title, after Peter Bradshaw agreed that Cole had a hold of Yoshi’s trunks during their match at Rebellion. Yoshi should’ve come up with all cylinders pumping, but he seemed almost unsure of whether or not he wanted to be in the ring tonight, causing Josh Matthews and Scott Michaels to wonder if there was something deeper going on with him. Cole took advantage of Yoshi’s distracted state and made quick work of him, hitting a German suplex for the victory.

After the match, Adam Cole rolled out of the ring, grabbing his X-Division Title, and made his way up the ramp. Inside the ring, Yoshi Tatsu slowly got to his feet and exited the ring, as the crowd looked on in confusion.

Commercial Break

Cody Rhodes defeated Rob Terry by disqualification in 0:08:02.
Rating: * ¾

Cody Rhodes started off having a huge evening tonight, as he began the show demanding a title shot against Kurt Angle at Fully Loaded. Throughout the night, questions were asked if Angle would agree to the payment of his “debt” to Rhodes; and there was no answer as Rhodes stepped into the ring with “The Freak” Rob Terry in tonight’s main event. Rhodes protected his injured left leg, sensing that Terry would focus in on it, keeping his bigger opponent off his game. Even with the injury, Rhodes was the quicker of the two; and he even managed a few aerial moves throughout the match. Those moves caused Rhodes to get to his feet a little slower than Terry, and ultimately, that led to Rhodes getting caught in the corner as “The Freak” tried to choke him out. But, Big Rob’s aggression got the better of him, as he refused to heed the referee’s five-count and got disqualified as a result.

After the match, Big Rob pushed the referee to the canvas and continued to choke out Cody Rhodes. Rhodes sunk to the canvas, and Big Rob began to attack his injured left leg! Rhodes begged and pleaded for Terry to stop, struggling against the ropes, until KURT ANGLE ran down to the ring and attack Terry from behind! The two men brawled in the middle of the ring until Angle whipped Terry into the ropes, ducked a clothesline, and connected with the Angle Slam! Terry rolled out of the ring as the crowd went nuts. Angle checked on Rhodes, making sure he was alright, before calling for a microphone. Angle says that, what he just did, should be enough to call off the debt. But, because Angle sees potential in Rhodes, he agrees to the match at Fully Loaded. He says that Rhodes gets his chance to enter the realm of “big time”, but not to expect Angle to take it lightly on him… injured leg or not. Angle drops the microphone and leaves the ring as Rhodes slowly staggers to his feet and watches from the ring.

Card rating: ** 1/2

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