October 22, 2012 - Monday Night Anarchy - Denver, CO

Commentators: Josh Daniels & Scott Michaels
Attendance: 14,406

-Highlights are shown from last week’s episode, including Claudio Castagnoli and CM Punk advancing in the Wicked Game tournament; Kazarian and Luke Gallows becoming Number One Contenders for the Tag Team Titles; and John Cena becoming Number One Contender for the HWL Heavyweight Title. Inside the arena, Josh Daniels welcomes everyone to Denver, three weeks away from Wicked Games in London, England! Tonight, two more First Round matches will take place.

-HWL Heavyweight Champion, Kurt Angle comes out to the ring address his challenger at Wicked Games, John Cena. Angle calls Cena a punk for how he won his match last week, stating that everyone could see he was using the ropes. Angle says that Cena should do the right thing and give up his title shot but knows he won’t because Cena is selfish. Angle says Cena doesn’t deserve a match against Angle. Suddenly, Cena’s music begins to play, drawing Angle’s attention to the ramp. Cena slides into the ring, from behind, and attacks Angle. Cena lands a few punches before lifting Angle up and hitting the F-U in the center of the ring. Cena exits the ring, leaving Angle laying on the canvas, as Anarchy goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Edwin Colon defeated Shannon Moore by disqualification in 10:36.
Rating: (3 stars)
(Eric Young no-showed.)

Moore was coming off a big victory against Adam Cole last week, but was taken off his game when his scheduled opponent, Eric Young, failed to showed up tonight. Instead, Moore squared off against Edwin Colon, in what shoud have been an easy victory for Moore on paper. However, Colon showed that his abilities inside the ring are better than what his record may indicate. After failing to put Colon away with a crucifix, Moore shoved the referee which led to an immediate DQ. After the match, Moore went after Colon, but JESSE NEAL ran down to the ring and pulled his partner out of the ring. It was announced that Moore will get another shot to face Young, next week.

Commercial Break

-Backstage, ODB is seen with Alisha Hicks. ODB says that Brie Bella had no reason to show up at ringside last week during her match. She looks into the camera and tells Brie that if she has something to say, she can say it in the ring at Wicked Games, if Brie is woman enough to accept the challenge.

Non-Title Match
© Kaitlyn defeated Nikki Bella by count out in 20:50.
Rating: DUD

These two women are no stranger to each other, as it was Nikki Bella whom Kaitlyn defeated for the Women’s Title two months ago. This was a brutal match, that showcased both women’s ability to take – and give – punishment in and out of the ring. Nothing was off limits on ringside, but both women used whatever they could get their hands on. Ultimately, on one of the trips outside the ring, Kaitlyn connected with a spear, smacking Nikki’s head against the concrete. Kaitlyn rolled back into the ring as the referee counted Nikki out.

Commercial Break

Wicked Games Tournament – First Round
© Kevin Steen pinned Christopher Daniels with the Package Piledriver in 21:43.
Rating: (5 stars)

This was an “instant classic” match! The crowd was on its feet throughout this rematch – if you could call it that – between Steen and Daniels, who met two months ago for the X-Division Title. Steen walked away the winner in that contest, but Daniels was determined to have a different outcome tonight. Daniels and Steen gave this match everything they had. Daniels looked like he had things in control for the early part of the match, but it became evident that he was running out of ideas after Steen kicked out of the Best Moonsault Ever for the third time! Steen would come up short on several pinfall attempts, including a Package Piledriver early in the match. But, taking advantage of Daniels’ draining resolve, Steen hit a second Package Piledriver for the 1-2-3. Steen would not wait and see who he would face in the Quarterfinals: Rami Sebei and Randy Orton.

Commercial Break

-Returning from the break, Alisha Hicks asks AJ Styles and Kofi Kingston about facing Kazarian and Luke Gallows at Wicked Games. Styles says he tips his cap to Kazarian and Gallows for being in the right place at the right time. Styles praises their ability to show up when it meant the most, and now they have a shot at the Tag Team Titles. Before Kofi can speak, TED DIBIASE approaches and says that he and Eric Young more deserving of a title shot than Kazarian and Gallows. DiBiase says they will prove it in two weeks, challenging Styles and Kingston to a match. Kingston tells DiBiase that Young couldn’t even make it to the arena tonight. How can DiBiase be sure he would show up for their title match? Styles and Kingston walk off, leaving DIBiase speechless.

Commercial Break

Non-Title Match
© AJ Styles & Kofi Kingston defeated The British Invasion (Brutus Magnus & Rob Terry) when Kofi pinned R. Terry after a dropkick in 16:20.
Rating: (2.75 stars)

After being challenged by Ted DiBiase in a backstage interview, Styles and Kingston came with a point to prove, both to DiBiase and Eric Young, but also to their challengers at Wicked Games, Kazarian & Luke Gallows. Magnus and Terry have been a cohesive unit, even though they’ve gone through their own ups and downs over the years, and they gave the champions a competitive match-up. But, in the end, Kingston ended things after a stiff dropkick for the 1-2-3.

Commercial Break

-A preview for next week’s show is played, announcing that Jay Briscoe will take on Bobby Roode, and Eddie Edwards will face Matt Morgan in first round matches for the Wicked Games tournament.

Wicked Games Tournament – First Round
Randy Orton pinned Rami Sebei after a flying forearm in 12:57.
Rating: (2.75 stars)

Randy Orton was determined to become number one contender last week, but was cheated out of that chance by John Cena, who used the ropes to help defeat “The Viper”. Orton used whatever aggravation he had from last week and took it out in a very stiff match against Rami Sebei tonight. Orton used a hard flying forearm to pick up the victory, and move one step closer to a Heavyweight Title Match. He will face X-Division Champion Kevin Steen in the quarterfinals in London.

Commercial Break

Non-Title Match
© Kurt Angle pinned Steve Corino after a flying forearm in 27:44.
Rating: (3.75 stars)

Kurt Angle showed incredible fortitude in tonight’s main event. After being attacked by John Cena at the beginning of the night, questions arose of whether or not Angle could handle Steve Corino. Corino gave Angle everything he had in his arsenal, but Angle kept fighting back. Eventually, Angle was able to put Corino in the Ankle Lock but be grabbed the ropes to break the hold. The damage was down already by that point, and Angle connected with a flying forearm for the victory. After the match, JOHN CENA shows up on the stage and tells Angle he’s impressed with Angle’s win tonight. Cena says he’ll just have to kick Angle’s ass a little harder next week! The show goes off the air as Cena drops the mic and walks off stage, leaving Angle in the ring.

Card rating: *** ¼

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