September 25, 2012 - PCW Wrestling - Chicago, IL

Attendance: 4,845

Commissioner Rex Butler makes his way down to the ring as the show comes on the air. Butler says that the card for Hollywood Hatred is shaping up to be one of the better shows of the year. But, Butler says that there’s one thing that has not been decided yet… who will face Chris Hero for the Television Title! Butler announces that, tonight, there will be a Fatal Four Way match. The winner of this match will then face Drew McIntyre, next week, for a chance to challenge for the TV Title at Hollywood Hatred. Butler announces the four participants: David Hart Smith, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga and The Big Show.

Commercial Break

Martin Kirby defeated Alex Payne via pinfall in 10:06.
Rating: **
[Wade Barrett interfered against Alex Payne.]

Martin Kirby made his singles debut last week with a very impressive victory over Drew McIntyre. This week, he stepped in the ring against Alex Payne, who has been struggling as of late. On paper, Kirby would have had no problem defeating Payne, but matches aren’t won on paper. Payne proved to be a tougher opponent than Kirby had been expecting, and nearly picked up an upset on a couple occasions. However, Kirby fought back and took advantage late. He threw Payne out of the ring but the referee stopped him from going after him. This allowed Wade Barrett to show up and clock Payne with the Tag Team Title belt. Barrett rolled Payne back into the ring, where Kirby made the easy pin for the victory. Kirby leaves the ring, grabbing his title belt, and joins Barrett in the aisle, to a round of boos, as the show goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Brooke Barlow is seen with Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix. Brooke asks how Beth is feeling this week after she and Bayley came up short last week against Kelly Kelly and Tamina. Before Beth can answer, Tamina interrupts the interview and tells Beth to get used to coming up short because that’s exactly what she’s going to do at Hollywood Hatred. Tamina says she’s a forced to be reckoned with, and that soon the Women’s Title will be around her waist. Beth goes to respond, but Tamina slaps her across the face. The two women begin brawling. Beth holds her own until Tamina throws her into a steel loading door. Beth lays motionless on the ground as Tamina limps away.

Melina pinned Nikki Bella with the Sunset Split in 8:24.
Rating: * ½

Since joining the PCW roster, Nikki Bella has been a little less than champion-like. Coming into this match, Nikki was still looking to pick up her first victory, and a victory over Melina would be a good step in the right direction. Melina, on the other hand, comes into this match looking to solidify herself atop the list of women vying for a shot at the Women’s Champion – whether that be Beth Phoenix or someone else- when the time comes. That goal seems to propel Melina as of late, and it did so tonight, as she picked up a victory over the HWL Women’s Champion after hitting the unique Sunset Split.

Commercial Break

Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder defeated The All-Night Express (Rhett Titus & Kenny King) when C. Hawkins pinned R. Titus after an STO in 10:39.
Rating: ** ½

In the on-going drama between Titus and King, they’ve had their ups and downs as it concerns their aspirations of acquiring the Tag Team Titles. Last week, King had his chance to earn at a shot at the Heavyweight Title. That fell through, but King had promised he would be ready to go this week. The only thing that it seems he and Titus were not ready for were Hawkins and Ryder, who were making their debuts tonight. Hawkins and Ryder used a number of double teams to keep their opponents separated, singling out Titus throughout the match. Interestingly, whenever the referee’s back was turned, either Hawkins or Ryder would work on untying the corner padding in the turnbuckle. This would be instrumental as, while the referee was trying to get King back onto the apron, Ryder sent Titus into the corner with a Snake Eyes, only for Hawkins to hit the STO for the victory! After the match, Hawkins and Ryder leave the ring to a chorus of boos. They make their way up the aisle as the show goes to commercials.

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Alfred Pressley and James Westerfield welcome Kazarian, who is live, via satellite, from his home in California. Kazarian announces that he’s doing fine after the attack by Martin Kirby and Wade Barrett two weeks ago. He says that the doctors have told him he could return to action soon, but no time table has been set just yet. Kazarian calls out Kirby and Barrett and says that their actions two weeks ago – and what they did earlier tonight – only prove how childish they are. He says that Kirby and Barrett are afraid that Kazarian and Luke Gallows will beat them for the Tag Team Titles, so they’re doing everything they can to make sure that doesn’t happen. Kazarian promises to be back, stronger, and ready to make Kirby and Barrett pay.

Fatal 4 Way Match
Justin Gabriel defeated David Hart Smith, David Otunga, and The Big Show:
X D. Otunga beat D.H. Smith via disqualification in 3:03.
X Show beat D. Otunga via disqualification in 7:10.
X J. Gabriel beat Show vs. the 450 Splash in 9:22.
Rating: **

It all came down to this! Four men battling for the chance to face Drew McIntyre, next week, with a shot at the Television Title on the line. Questions abound as to what condition McIntyre will be in after the attack by Wade Barrett earlier tonight but tonight, his challenger was crowned. In a match with such huge implications, it was shocking to see second-generation star Smith get disqualified for not breaking the referee’s five count. Smith shared words with the referee as he was escorted to the back. But it would appear that the DQ bug infected Otunga from that point. In a match with The Big Show, it’s always best to find a way to get him off his feet. But Otunga’s decision to use a chair, hitting Show in the back of the knee, is not advisable. The move that Otunga escorted from the match as well, wasting his chance for a shot at championship gold! This left a hobbled Big Show and the speedy Gabriel in the ring. After the chairshot, Show was not able to move around as quickly, and this allowed Gabriel to use speed to his advantage. Gabriel wobbled Show with a second-rope dropkick before chop-blocking him to the canvas. This set up Gabriel’s 450 Splash was he hit for the victory! After the match, Gabriel exited the ring and celebrated in the aisle as the show went off the air.

Card Rating: **

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