November 14, 2011

Attendance: 8,540 (61%)

The show starts off with Josh Daniels standing in the middle of the ring. He says that over the past two weeks, the fans have heard from both Kurt Angle and Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles, getting their comments on the Triple Threat Match for the title this Sunday night at Wicked Games. Daniels says the fans will hear from the third participant in that match, tonight, before he introduces CM PUNK to the ring. Punk comes down to the ring, paying no mind to the mixed reaction he gets from the crowd. He enters the ring and stands on the turnbuckle, making an "X" with his arms. Punk gets off the turnbuckle and joins Josh.

Josh says that Punk has had two weeks to listen to what his opponents had to say, and to formulate his thoguhts; and that, tonight, Punk has the chance to let the world know them. Punk says that, for the last two weeks, he's sat in the back and listened to Angle and Styles blame each other for the position they find themselves in. Punk says that they're both right: that the blame shouldn't just go to one of them, but both of them. Punk says that both Angle and Styles had the chance to take Punk out of the Triple Threat Match, three weeks ago, but their egos got in the way. Punk says that he's glad that the one thing he doesn't have to worry about is the size of his ego, or having people around him, telling him how good he is. Punk says that he's very aware of how good he is; and, because of that, his name will forever be in the record books for every company he's ever worked for.

Punk says that he called himself "The Best in the World", because he was - and is - just that. Just because he doesn't have a title around his waist, at this time, doesn't mean that he can't step foot into the ring - day in and day out - and put on the match of the night against anyone in the back. Punk says that he's often asked if he regrets his decision to walk away from the HWL early in the year. Punk says no. He doesn't regret any decision he's made. But, he would have regretted standing by and letting Angle walk over his chance at becoming Heavyweight Champion. Punk says that he knows Angle is just pissed off about the way he lost the title - on two separate occasions - to Cody Rhodes. Punk says that Angle knows he lost both matches legitly, and it eats at him.

Punk says the same thing has happened with Styles. Punk says that AJ couldn't have been happier to face Rami Sebei at "Unbreakable", because he didn't have to face Cody Rhodes. And, when he did have to face Rhodes, he hired Angle and his goon to take him out. Punk laughs and says that Angle and Styles have spent so much time worrying about Cody Rhodes, that they haven't thought that someone else was lurking in the shadows, just waiting for their chance to shock the world. Punk says that's a specialty of his, and that he plans on doing it again, this Sunday at "Wicked Games".

Commercial Break

[Wicked Games Tournament - Round One]:
Rami Sebei and Steve Corino battled to a double countout in 0:09:23.
Rating: ** 1/2

The first of the final two first-round matches started things off tonight. Both men were coming off victories last week, but tonight the winner would move on, and earn a place in the next round in Sunday's tournament. This was a fast-paced match, with both men trading blows back and forth, neither one wanting to let the other take control. Things started to get out of control when both men found their way outside the ring, and brought the ringside area into play. Steve Corino's forehead was busted open as he was whipped into the ringpost. Blood began to pour from the cut as he and Sebei started an all-out brawl outside the ring. Sebei and Corino made no effort to get back into the ring as they continued to brawl up the ramp. The referee had no choice but to count both men out!

Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels said that now, the winner of the Alex Shelley-Kaz match would automatically move on to the quarterfinals this Sunday night in Charlotte. They also said that they would have updates concerning the situation when they could get them.

Commercial Break

Backstage, CHRIS HERO and DAVID OTUNGA are seen sitting in their locker room. They look up as SHANE HAGADORN enters the room, before getting to their feet, startling Hagadorn. Hero wants to know what Hagadorn's doing. Hagadorn says that he knows he's not the first person either one of them wants to see, but that he wanted to come and apologize for what he did last week. Otunga reminds Hagadorn that he cost them the Tag Team Titles, and that's something that can't be easily looked past. Hagadorn apologizes again, and says that he's willing to do whatever he can to make it up to them. Hero tells Hagadorn that they will consider it. But, for now, it was in Shane's best interest to leave them alone. Hagadorn says he's sorry one last time, before leaving the locker room. Hero and Otunga look at each other and shake their head…

Hamada pinned Daffney after an inside cradle in 0:06:50.
Rating: ***

Since coming into the HWL, Hamada has had her struggles inside the ring, going winless in her first two matches. Tonight, she looked to get off his losing streak, but she had to contend with the "Demonic Princess" Daffney. The former Women's Champion was definitely not going to be a pushover for the Japanese newcomer, and she was anything but tonight. Hamada got the offense in the early part of the match, hitting moves in quick succession, keeping Daffney from taking over. But, Hamada couldn't put Daffney away with her array of impressive moves. Daffney took control of the match after kicking Hamada in the stomch as he run off the ropes. Daffney landed a number of kicks and punches, trying to wear down Hamada, eventually hitting a DDT for a two-count. Daffney shot up, and started arguing with the referee, leaving Hamada on the canvas. Still fresher than her opponent, Hamada rolled Daffney up with an inside cradle for the 1-2-3!

After the match, Hamda slid out of the ring, celebrating her victory as Daffney screamed and slammed her hands onto the canvas. Daffney rolled into a corner and started ripping at her hair, while looking at the referee and screaming "I hate you! I hate you!" Josh Daniels asked what had gotten into Daffney. Scott Michaels said that the outburst was the "weirdest thing I've ever seen."

Commercial Break

"Anarchy" returns, showing a graphic for the "Wicked Games" pay-per-view. Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels run down the tournament matches, as well as the Triple Threat Match for the Heavyweight Title.

Back inside the arena, the crowd cheers as RANDY ORTON makes his way down to the ring. Orton poses on the turnbuckles before grabbing the microphone. Orton says that throughout the entire time he's been in the HWL, he's been able to count on one hand the number of times he has challenged for the Heavyweight Title. Once. He says that, this Sunday night, there are six men all vying for the chance to do the same thing. But, Orton says that there are only three of them that have never tasted championship gold - of any kind - in the HWL. Those three, Orton says, are the ones that the winner of the Triple Threat Match has to look out for. Orton says that he has been silent for too long, and that, at "Wicked Games", he will do everything in his power to walk away as the new Number One Contender.

Commercial Break

The Conglomerate (Matt Morgan & Rob Terry) defeated Colt Cabana & Yoshi Tatsu when R. Terry defeated Y. Tatsu by countout in 0:04:05.
Rating: ** 1/4
[Ric Flair interfered against Yoshi Tatsu.]

After suffering very importnt losses last week, Ric Flair accompanied Morgan and Terry to the ring, as they once against stepped into the ring against Colt Cabana and Yoshi Tatsu. This time around, neither Morgan nor Terry was going to fall victim to two straight loses, as they took their aggression out on Tatsu from the start. It wasn't long until Terry hoisted Tatsu into the air and dropped him onto the concrete at ringside. And, while Terry distracted the referee, "The Nature Boy" stalked Tatsu as he slowly got to his feet. Just before he rolled into the ring, Flair rocked Tatsu with a low blow. Inside the ring, Cabana bolted for the referee, to get his attention, but Morgan cut him off with a vicious clothesline! Cabana rolled out of the ring, as Terry and Morgan allowed the referee to count Tatsu out.

After the match, with Cabana still incapacitated, Flair went to work on Tatsu's legs, before locking in the Figure Four Leglock on the concrete! Terry and Morgan stood by, laughing, as the referee tried to force Flair to break the hold. With Tatsu screaming in pain, Terry and Morgan were able to persaude Flair to break the hold, and move away from the scene. The crowd rained boos on the trio as they made their way, triumphiantly, up the ramp. At ringside, officials tended to Tatsu as "Anarchy" went to commercials.

Commercial Break

Heavyweight Champion AJ STYLES is seen walking through the backstage area, flanked by Matt Morgan and Rob Terry, when he is approached by KURT ANGLE. Angle looks at Morgan and Terry, shakes his head and says that it's a shame that the top guy in the company has to travel around with back-up. Annoyed, Styles demands to know what Angle wants.

Angle says that he wants to know where Styles got the nerve to think that it was a good idea to try and "take out" Martin Maldonado last week. Angle looks at Morgan and says that it wasn't his fault he couldn't get the job done. Morgan charges for Angle, but is stopped by Styles, who says it's not Morgan's battle to fight. Styles then says that Angle is a smart man, just like himself. Styles says that Angle was Champion before; and that just like Angle did during his reign, Styles has to have his own best interest in mind.

Angle says that, for once, he agrees with Styles. But, he says, that instead of worrying about Maldonado - if he wins the tournament - Styles should be focused on the man standing in front of him. Out of nowhere, Angle clocks Styles, knocking the Champion to the ground. Seconds later, Angle is fighting off both Morgan and Terry - but only for a moment - before they take over. MARTIN MALDONADO runs over and blindsides Morgan, knocking him to the ground.

Maldonado and Terry start brawling in the hallway, until RIC FLAIR runs in and chop-blocks Maldnado's leg, sending him to the ground. Flair, Terry and Morgan - who has gotten back to his feet - begin attacking Maldonado, as Styles - also standing back up - shouts out orders. HWL officials show up, breaking up the assault, as The Conglomerate run away from the scene. The officials tend to Angle and Maldonado as the camera goes to ringside

[X-Division Title Match]:
Adam Cole pinned Evan Bourne with the Panama Sunrise in 0:17:35.
Rating: *** 1/4
(Adam Cole retained the X-Division Title.)

Evan Bourne was looking to get his hands on Adam Cole tonight, and the chance to get redemption for the attacks that the X-Division Champion had delivered for the past few weeks. Bourne had been looking for this match for weeks - ever since injuring his arm against Cole - and was eager to get back into the ring as soon as he was cleared for action. The downside to his decision was that he left Cole a huge target, and in a match with no disqualifications, Cole set in on making Bourne's arm a point of attack. Every chance he could, Cole went after Bourne's arm, foring the challenger to scream out in pain, and taking Bourne off his game in the process. Bourne was able to fight back throughout the match, using his speed and feet to initiate the offense. But that was soon figured out as Cole started going after Bourne's knees, doing his best to keep Bourne from gaining any form of offense. With the match firmly in-hand, Cole placed Bourne on the turnbuckle before hitting the Panama Sunrise to pick up the victory.

After the match, Bourne laid in the ring, writhing in pain, as Cole slid under the bottom rope and grabbed the X-Division Title. The referee tended to Bourne as Cole made his way up the ramp, holding the title belt in the air. Scott Michaels said that the match was a brutal reminder of what the X-Division means to the men on the HWL roster. Josh Daniels said that even though he should be commended for his guts tonight, that Evan Bourne probably did more damage than good by coming out so soon after being cleared by doctors. At ringside, Bourne is helped out of the ring by the trainers as "Anarchy" goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

[Wicked Games Tournament - Round One]:
Kaz pinned Alex Shelley after a springboard cross body press in 0:11:36.
Rating: *** 1/4

The final First Round match of the "Wicked Games" Tournament saw Kaz and Alex Shelley square off. Ever since his partner left the HWL, Alex Shelley has been a frequent name in the mix when it comes to the Heavyweight Title. With a victory tonight, he would've become one step closer then getting back into the title hunt. But Kaz had other ideas, as both men came out fast and furious after the bell. For the better part of the match, the action went back and forth, with neither men sustaining an advantage over the other. The turning point in the match saw Kaz counter an Air Raid Crash with a sunset flip for a near-fall. Kaz stayed on Shelley, and hit a spinning DDT in the center of the ring. Kaz then ran into the ropes and hit a sprinboard cross body press, pinning Shelley for the 1-2-3!

After the match, Kaz got to his feet and celebrated the victory, as the crowd cheered. Kaz waited in the corner, as Shelley get to his feet, visibly upset about losing. Kaz offered his hand, but Shelley walked past him and left the ring. Kaz looked on as Shelley walked up the ramp, before turning back to the crowd and continuing the celebration as "Anarchy" went off the air.

Card rating: ***

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