October 14, 2012 - HWL Downfall - Las Vegas, NV

Attendance: 6,990

“Tempest” by Deftones plays as a video package for the pay-per-view is shown. Pyros go off inside the arena as Josh Daniels and Scott Michaels welcome everyone Sin City. Seven big matches have been scheduled for tonight, and they send things to the ring for the first match of the night.

Adam Cole pinned Mike Sydal after a Yakuza kick in 0:43.
Rating: *

A number of weeks ago, Sydal picked up what many would say was a fluke victory over Cole on Anarchy. Ever since that night, the former Heavyweight Champion has vowed to get his loss avenged. Tonight, Cole did just that, coming out and dominating Sydal, hitting the Yakuza kick to pick up that victory in less than a minute!

Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Leva Bates and Brie Bella. She asks Leva whether the loss on Monday night changed how she feels heading into tonight’s match against Kaitlyn. Bates looks at Brie, who lowers her head, and says that no, she doesn’t feel any different. Kaitlyn didn’t pin her on Monday and she isn’t going to pin Leva tonight.

Women’s Title Match
Kaitlyn defeated Leva Bates by count out in 7:31.
Rating: -1/4*
(Kaitlyn retained the Women’s Title.)

Ever since losing the title to Kaitlyn last month in a Triple Threat Match, Leva Bates has been on a mission to get the title back. With the help of Brie Bella, Leva had done everything she could to make Kaitlyn’s life miserable leading up to tonight. In the lead-up to tonight, Kaitlyn got some assistance from ODB, who teamed with Kaitlyn this past Monday night. However, ODB was not at ringside to counter the presence of Brie, but it would turn out that Kaitlyn was fine on her own. Leva came out swinging early, dominating the match. But, Kaitlyn was able to switch momentum after ducking a clothesline and sending Bates outside the ring. Kaitlyn rammed Bates’ shoulder into the ring post. She then hit a fireman’s carry, sending Bates down onto her injured shoulder! Kaitlyn rolled back into the ring and dared Brie to help Bates back into the ring. Brie struggled with the decision, and by the time she acted, the referee had counted Leva out!

A preview for the next pay-per-view, Wicked Games, is shown as “Temper Temper” by Bullet For My Valentine plays in the background. The HWL will invade the United Kingdom with a sixteen-man tournament to crown a new number one contender for the Heavyweight Title. Wicked Games will be Sunday, November 11th, LIVE from London, England!

A video package is shown highlighting the feud between Jesse Neal and Ted DiBiase, Jr.

Jesse Neal defeated Ted DiBiase, Jr. by disqualification in 23:31.
Rating: ***

Jesse Neal returned two weeks ago after suffering an injury at the hands of DiBiase, Jr. Neal had claimed that the third-generation star was a sore loser after being unable to defeat Neal on the Anarchy in which the attack happened. Tonight, DiBiase, Jr. came out with a vicious streak, that Neal didn’t really have an answer for. However, Neal’s resiliency was enough to quickly frustrate DiBiase, Jr. as the match wore on. A number of near falls saw DiBiase, Jr. come inches from picking up the victory, but Neal was able to kick out each time. The end of the match saw DiBiase Jr. lock in a sleeper hold for nearly 45 seconds, but Neal was able to reach the ropes – much to the amazement of the crowd. Right after, DiBiase, Jr. connected with the Dream Street for what was to be a sure pinfall, only to have Neal kick out at two-and-a-half. Enraged, DiBiase, Jr. shoved the referee and attacked Neal. The referee quickly called for the DQ as HWL officials rushed to the ring, pulling the two men apart.

A highlight package is played, showing moments from the Tag Team Title tournament. Highlights from The Independents’ victory over Colt Cabana and Edwin Colon, in the Number One Contenders’ Match at Hostile Takeover is shown. After the package is done, Alisha Hicks is seen with Claudio Castagnoli, Steve Corino, and Shane Hagadorn. Hagadorn says that his men may not have won the tournament to become the champions, but they earned their right to be here tonight. Hagadorn reminds everyone that he once managed The A-List Knockouts; and that there’s a reason why he left them for greener pastures. He didn’t have confidence in Chris Hero or David Otunga. But, the men standing with him tonight, he has all the confidence in the world that they will walk out of Las Vegas carrying gold. Consider it… their lucky night.

Tag Team Title Match
AJ Styles & Kofi Kingston defeated The Independents (Claudio Castagnoli & Steve Corino) when Styles pinned Castagnoli with the Styles Clash in 17:44.
(AJ Styles & Kofi Kingston retained the Tag Team Titles.)

Clearly a favorite for Match of the Night… these two teams put on one hell of a show for the Vegas crowd! Castagnoli and Corino pulled out all the tricks they could, including getting Hagadorn involved in the match. But, in the end, no underhand tricks were going to work, as Styls connected with the Styles Clash for a clean victory in the middle of the ring. A successful title defense for the champions, as they now await who’s next in line for a shot at their belts.

A preview for the next pay-per-view, Wicked Games, is shown as “Temper Temper” by Bullet For My Valentine plays in the background. The HWL will invade the United Kingdom with a sixteen-man tournament to crown a new number one contender for the Heavyweight Title. Wicked Games will be Sunday, November 11th, LIVE from London, England.

Backstage, Alisha Hicks is seen with Alex Riley, moments before his X-Division Title Match. Riley says that Kevin Steen thinks he can bully people around and get away with it because he’s the X-Division Champion. Riley says that, last week, Steen crossed a line and that tonight, with the idea that “anything goes”, he is going to do things to Steen that have never done before. Riley says that he wants the X-Division Title, but if he somehow doesn’t win it, Steen will always remember what happens in Vegas.

X-Division Title Match
Kevin Steen pinned Alex Riley after a Flatliner in 12:20.
Rating: ** ¾
(Kevin Steen retained the X-Division Title.)

In a match with the only rule being that pinfalls and submissions must take place inside the ring, both of these men left a trail of destruction at ringside. Early on in the match it looked as if it was going to be Riley’s night, as Steen missed a plancha from the apron, crashing down onto the concrete. Riley took control at that point, but was unable to put away the champion. As the match made it’s way back outside the ring, Steen evened things up with a vicious chair shot that dented the chair. For good measure, Steen whipped Riley hard into the ring post. Steen brought in a set of ring steps and sent Riley crashing down on them with the Backpack Piledriver in a sickening display. Somehow, out of sheer instinct, Riley kicked out. Steen then, mercifully hit a Flatliner for the 1-2-3.

A video package is shown of the War of Words between John Cena and CM Punk leading up tonight’s match. In comments made earlier in the evening, Cena repeated the idea that Punk was just waiting for the right time to come back and chose to do it against Cena, so everyone would forget that he couldn’t win back the Heavyweight Title. In Punk’s comments, he says that Cena is a narcissist, who clearly still thinks he can get away with whatever he wants because he was the biggest ass-kisser of the McMahon family. Punk reminds Cena that he hasn’t done a damn thing since coming to the HWL, and that won’t change after tonight.

John Cena pinned CM Punk with the F-U in 19:02.

Cena picked up a huge, much-needed victory tonight in a match that had the crowd standing on their feet. If the Tag Team Title Match wasn’t MOTN, then this one surely was. The Vegas crowd got to see two of the biggest stars of the past five years go at it for nearly 20 minutes, in what will surely go down as a classic match. Punk and Cena left everything they had inside the ring, and after an F-U from Cena, Punk was unable to kick out before the three-count. Both men lay on the canvas as the crowd chanted “This is awesome!”

A preview for the next pay-per-view, Wicked Games, is shown as “Temper Temper” by Bullet For My Valentine plays in the background. The HWL will invade the United Kingdom with a sixteen-man tournament to crown a new number one contender for the Heavyweight Title. Wicked Games will be Sunday, November 11th, LIVE from London, England.

A video package plays, highlighting the feud between Chris Hero and Kurt Angle. After the video, Alisha Hicks asks Chris Hero how he’s feeling heading into what could be the biggest match of his career. Hero says that he’s had a lot of big moments in his career but stepping into the ring with an Olympian for the Heavyweight Title is definitely in the Top Three. Hero says he’s here to prove to all kids that are just like he was growing up… wanting to be anything they could be. Hero says that, at some point, Angle was looked up to by young kids everywhere, as an example of what they could be. Now, he’s the greatest example of what not to be.

HWL Heavyweight Title Match
Kurt Angle made Chris Hero submit to the Ankle Lock in 15:14.
Rating: ½
(Kurt Angle retained the HWL Heavyweight Title.)
[Randy Orton interfered against Kurt Angle.]

Chris Hero came into this match with the weight on his shoulders of having to dethrone the Olympic Gold Medalist to win the Heavyweight Title. But, once the bell rang, things quickly turned against the Champion, as RANDY ORTON made his way to ringside. Angle had to contend with Hero inside the ring, as well as Orton outside. Hero and Angle put on a great match, but whenever Hero got too close for comfort, Angle found a way to send him outside the ring. Orton would routinely help Hero to his feet, which quickly irritated Hero. Orton would also pick his spots to distract Angle, which quickly drew the ire of the referee. Late in the match, Orton was caught trying to interfere against Angle as Hero was getting to his feet outside the ring. The referee
Demanded Orton to leave the ring, which he did begrudgingly. As Hero re-entered the ring, Angle hit a low blow behind the ref’s back, and put Hero in the Ankle Lock. Suffering two types of pain, Hero had no choice but to tap out, which garnered a round of boss from the Vegas crowd. After the match, Angle celebrated with the title as Orton watched on from the top of the stage.

Card rating: *** ½

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