CM Punk - William Regal - Stone Cold Steve Austin - Kofi Kingston - Austin Aries Samoa Joe - Kurt Angle - Christopher Daniels - Kazarian - Jeff Hardy Randy Orton - Daniel Bryan - Tyler Black - Dolph Ziggler - Edge - Antonio Cesaro The Undertaker - Chris Jericho - AJ Styles - The Hurricane - Eddie Edwards Davey Richards - Shelton Benjamin - Charlie Haas - Zack Ryder - Curt Hawkins Billy Gunn - Road Dogg Jesse James - Alex Shelley - Chris Sabin
The American Wolves(Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards) Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team(Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas) The Connection(Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins) New Age Outlaws(Billy Gunn & Road Dogg) The Motor City Machine Guns(Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin) Bad Influence(Kazarian and Daniels)
HPW World Champion: TBD HPW United States Champion: TBD HPW Tag Team Champions: TBD
The inaugural show opens with the owner of HPW, Roddy Piper standing in the middle of the ring. He welcomes everyone to the show and says that he has spent money to bring a new alternative to the world of professional wrestling. He then introduces the new Commissioner of HPW, Mick Foley! Foley makes his way out to the ring to cheers and thanks everyone. He says that Roddy Piper and himself have put together a roster of talent, that can't be matched. He says that his first announcement is to crown the first ever HPW World Champion in 4 weeks, at the very first payper view. That show will be titled "Coronation". He says that 8 names have been drawn at random to participate in the crowning of the champion. There will be 4 matches tonight, involving those 8 men. That will then narrow it down to 4 men, who will then face next week in two singles matches, with those winners facing off at Coronation to crown the first ever World Champion. Those 8 men are...
William Regal Steve Austin Edge Jeff Hardy Daniel Bryan Kurt Angle Chris Jericho Samoa Joe
Mick Foley says one of those men, will be World Champion...
"Cult of Personality" by Living Colour interrupts Foley as CM Punk makes his way out to the ring with a microphone.
CM Punk: Really, that's the 8 men? It shouldn't really surprise me that once again, CM Punk is held down in a company. I mean, look at that list of guys. You got an alcoholic redneck, a known drug abuser, an alcoholic gold medalist, a fat samoan, pretty much just 8 guys that I'm better than. Yet I have to take a backseat? Give me one good reason why I am not in this tournament.
Mick Foley: Look, Punk. You had just as much of a chance of getting into this thing as everyone else. I entered every one's name into the drawing, those were the first 8. Maybe you can set your sights on the United States Title?
CM Punk: Maybe you can kiss my ass. I'm better than being United States Champion, and you're gonna regret not letting me in this tournament.
Punk drops the microphone and leaves the ring as Mick Foley stands watching him leave.
The camera's then go to the announce table where we see the team of Jim Ross and Paul Heyman. Ross says this should be a packed show, to which Heyman agrees. They talk about CM Punk's threat to Mick Foley, and wonder what he meant by what he said. Heyman says it could be bad news for HPW.
World Title Tournament Samoa Joe vs Jeff Hardy
A great start to the tournament. Both guys brought everything they had, with Jeff Hardy using his high flying offense to keep Joe guessing. Hardy was throwing everything at the samoan, but Joe kept coming. Hardy went for a running splash in the corner, but Joe caught him with a huge STO slam that sent Hardy crashing on the back of his neck. Hardy staggered up and was caught with a barrage of shots to the face from Joe, finishing up with a spinning backfist that dropped Hardy. Joe moved in for the kill, trying for the Coquina Clutch, but Hardy turned the attempt into a roll up that nearly got him the win. As Joe got up from the near loss, Hardy kicked him in the gut at went for the Twist of Fate, but as he spun around, Joe grabbed him in the Coquina Clutch and fell back to the mat with Hardy. Joe locked his legs around Hardy's waist and he had no choice but to tap out. Winner: Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe released the hold and got to his feet, as the referee raised his arm in victory. The crowd applauded as Joe left the ring.
Matt Striker is backstage standing with Chris Jericho
Striker: Chris Jericho, you are one of the 8 lucky men who was selected to participate in this tournament to crown the first World Champion. What are your thoughts?
Jericho: It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how much this tournament means. It means being the first champion, in history! And I will do everything within my power to do just that, because I am the best in...
CM Punk walks up and interrupts him
CM Punk: I hope you aren't going to say "Best in the World", because that would be a lie. I'm the best in the world, and the fact that I'm not in this tournament is bullshit.
Jericho: What do you want, Punk? You gonna cry some more about how this isn't fair? Suck it up and earn a shot at whoever the first champion is, don't just stand around pissing and moaning.
Jericho and Punk have an intense stair off, before Punk storms off as Jericho smiles
World Title Tournament Chris Jericho vs Edge
A great match up. There were many near falls throughout the match. Jericho went for an early Lionsault, but Edge was able to roll out of the way, which saw Jericho land on his feet. Edge then charged at him for the spear, but Jericho jumped over him, sending Edge off the ropes. Edge bounced back as Jericho turned around and caught him with a northern lights suplex into a pin, that almost got the win. The two got to their feet at the same time, and Edge caught Jericho with a boot to the face. Edge controlled the match for a few minutes after that, even hitting a huge Edgecution that got a close two count. Edge then backed up to the corner, signaling for the Spear. As Jericho got to his feet, Edge charged in, but was caught with a huge Codebreaker. Jericho covered him, but he just kicked out. Jericho looked surprised, but then picked Edge up, who shoved him away, and then nailed a huge Spear! Edge hooked the leg, but Jericho kicked out! Edge slammed his hand on the mat in frustration, and then tried for a second Spear as Jericho got up, but he met Edge with a kick to the face, that rocked him. Edge staggered back, and then Jericho leaped up, nailing a second Codebreaker for the win. Winner: Chris Jericho
Jericho go to his feet and had his arm raised by the referee as his music played. Jericho extended his hand to the fallen Edge, helping him to his feet. They shook hands and then Edge raised Jericho's arm.
The camera's went backstage to Mick Foley's office. He is standing with The American Wolves.
Foley: I've seen some footage of you guys and I knew I had to bring The American Wolves to HPW. I just want you to know, I am considering you two for a shot at becoming the first HPW Tag Team Champions.
Richards: That means a lot, and it would be a honor to hold those titles. We want to face the best talent here in HPW to earn then.
Edwards: Yeah, we want to face the best competition. We want to prove why we are the best team in wrestling.
Foley: I'm glad to hear that, because your first match in HPW will be next week. It's going to be The American Wolves taking on a legendary tag team who I have had many wars with in the past. Next week, it's The Wolves taking on The New Age Outlaws!
The American Wolves nod in an approving manner
World Title Tournament Daniel Bryan vs William Regal
Another great match. It was a very stiff, hard hitting match up. Both men gave each other their best shots and both kept coming. Bryan took control off a series of rapid kicks to the chest of Regal. Bryan was very in control, until Regal used shady tactics to gain the advantage. Regal remained in control, keeping Bryan grounded. Regal gave Bryan a big butterfly suplex, but wasn't able to keep him down long. Bryan started building a comeback, nailing Regal with his best kicks. Bryan finished off the comeback with a big running knee to the head and went for the pin, but Regal was able to kick out just before the three. Bryan got to his feet and looked to signaling for the Lebell Lock. He moved in towards Regal, but he shoved Bryan back, who bumped into the referee, staggering him back. Regal then pulled a pair of brass knuckles from his trunks and knocked Bryan out with them. Regal quickly stored them away as the referee turned around to see him pinning Bryan for the win. Winner: William Regal
Regal exits the ring, with a smirk on his face as Bryan laid unconscious in the ring. Regal exited to boos from the crowd as the referee checked on Bryan.
Jim Ross: William Regal stole this damn match from Bryan!
Paul Heyman: He's just doing what he has to, to survive! Regal is a smart, smart man.
Jim Ross: Of course you would agree with his actions, Paul.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin is shown backstage leaving his locker room as Matt Striker approaches him
Striker: Stone Cold, you are about to face Kurt Angle with the chance to move on in the tournament...
Austin: You're damn right, son! Stone Cold is about to go out there, open a big ol' can of whoop ass, drop Kurt Angle with a Stone Cold Stunner, and then walk my ass right into being the first ever HPW World Champion. And that's the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so!
Kurt Angle is then shown in a different area of the arena, watching the interview, and then walking off.
Main Event World Title Tournament "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs Kurt Angle
A great main event. Angle used his wrestling background to try and keep Austin down, but Austin's brawling style proved to be more effective. Austin worked over Angle with a series of punches, backing him into the corner, and then stomping a mudhole in him. Austin lifted Angle up out of the corner, whipped him off the ropes, and went for a Lou Thesz Press. Angle caught Austin in mid move, and turned it into a belly to belly suplex. Angle kept control for a few minutes, working over Austin's legs, trying to set up for the ankle lock. He was unable to get the hold on, so attempted an Angle Slam instead. Austin countered out of the Angle Slam, and went for the Stunner, but Angle caught him foot and turned him over, locking him in the Ankle Lock. Austin tried to fight free, but Angle kept the hold on tight. He pulled Austin to the middle of the ring and wrenched the hold. Austin crawled towards the ropes, but Angle kept pulling him away. Austin finally got the rope break, but Angle left the hold on, but broke right before the referee's five count. Austin dropped the hold and then argued with the referee. Angle then turned back towards Austin but got caught with a kick to the gut and then a huge Stunner for the win. Winner: Stone Cold Steve Austin
Austin celebrated the win as Jim Ross said that Kurt Angle took his eyes off Austin for a second, and it cost him advancing in the tournament. Austin stood on the middle rope doing his signature pose, when CM Punk's music hit. Punk walked out on the ramp and clapped as Austin got down off the ropes and stared at him. Punk looked on with a smirk as Angle attacked Austin from behind and went for the Angle Slam, but Austin countered and dropped him with another Stunner. Jim Ross and Paul Heyman wondered what Punk is thinking, interrupting Austin's celebration.
The first show ends with Austin in the ring staring a hole through Punk, who stood on the stage giving him a sarcastic congratulations.
Next week on Episode 2
The American Wolves vs New Age Outlaws World Title Tournament Semi-Finals: Samoa Joe vs Chris Jericho World Title Tournament Semi-Finals: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs William Regal
The show opens with a recap from last weeks show, and then the cameras open in the arena as the official theme of HPW, "Light Up The Sky" by Thousand Foot Krutch plays. The camera pans through the audience before cutting to Jim Ross and Paul Heyman at the announcers booth. They talk about last weeks show, and go over the card for tonight. Ross says at the conclusion of tonight's show, we will know the main event of Coronation in 3 weeks!
Opening Match Austin Aries vs Kofi Kingston A great opening match up from two up and coming stars. Both men brought their A game, looking to get recognized for a shot at becoming the first United States Champion. Aries got control early on, using quick attacks to ground Kofi. Kofi would end up fighting back with a series of kicks and chops, throwing Aries off his game. Aries left the ring to take a breather, but Kingston came flying out of the ring with a huge flipping senton. The crowd cheered Kofi on as he through Aries back in the ring. Kofi came back in, but was met with a stiff kick to the head as Kofi was bent over coming through the ropes. Kofi dropped to his knees, and then Aries quickly lifted him up and dropped him on his head with a Brainbuster for the win. Winner: Austin Aries
Aries grabbed a microphone after the match
Aries: Is that the best I can get? I'll be honest, I was expecting more from Kofi. I had heard a lot about the guy, and that was disappointing. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, I am the greatest man that ever lived, after all. This goes out to you Mick Foley, I want in whatever match you have planned for the United States Title. I don't care who I have to beat, I'll beat 'em.
Aries drops the mic and leaves the ring to a mixed reaction
The camera's show a shot from earlier in the day, of Stone Cold arriving. As he walks in the building, we see CM Punk step out from behind a vehicle, watching him.
Matt Striker is standing with Chris Jericho
Striker: Chris, last week you knocked off Edge in a hard fought match. Tonight you face Samoa Joe, what's your gameplan?
Jericho: Like I'm just gonna say it for everyone to hear? Samoa Joe is a bad dude, there's no doubt. But he's not a sexy beast, bay-bay! Tonight, Samoa Joe finds out why Chris Jericho is the best in th...
CM Punk walks up, interrupting Jericho like last week
Punk: Again, I hope you're not going to refer to yourself as the best in the world, Christopher. That belongs to me. If it wasn't for Mick Foley's bias towards me, I'd prove it to you in this World Title Tournament, but I'm not in it.
Jericho: You are the best in the world, Punk. The best in the world at crying like a bitch.
Jericho walks past Punk as Punk looks pissed
World Title Tournament Semi-Finals Samoa Joe vs Chris Jericho A great 15 minute match. Joe brought his hard hitting style and didn't take it easy on Jericho. Jericho showed that he could hit just as hard. The two exchanged stiff blows, with Joe getting the upperhand with a huge running kick to the face of Jericho. Joe worked over Jericho with various submission holds, trying to pick up the win, but Jericho wouldn't give in. Joe had Jericho set up in the corner at one point, attempting the Muscle Buster, but Jericho fought him off and then came off the top rope with a huge cross body, nearly getting the win. Jericho then worked over Joe's back, preparing for the Walls of Jericho. Jericho almost had the hold locked in, but Joe was able to use his power to shove Jericho off. Jericho met Joe as he got to his feet with a kick to the gut and then whipped him into the corner. Jericho yelled "Come on bay-bay!" and charged towards the corner, but was caught with a huge STO slam, sending Jericho down on the back of his head. Joe looked to be going for the Coquina Clutch, but Jericho had enough awareness to fight him off, by shoving him away. Joe came back at Jericho but got nailed with a huge Codebreaker! Jericho went for the pin, but when he got to two, he was pulled from the ring with force by CM Punk. Punk got in the ring before Jericho could get up, and as he was getting up, Punk gave him a shining wizard. Punk smiled and then lifted him up and got him on his shoulders for the GTS, but Samoa Joe staggered up and attacked Punk. Punk dropped Jericho as Joe hammered him with forearms, sending him out of the ring. Joe then turned into a Codebreaker from Jericho, but the referee was still out. Jericho threw the referee back in the ring, but was attacked from behind on the outside by Punk. Punk gave him a GTS before leaving ringside. The referee came to and saw Joe laying in the ring, and Jericho on the outside, and started his ten count on Jericho. Jericho was unable to answer the count. Winner: Samoa Joe
Joe staggered up, wondering what happened as the referee raised his hand in victory.
Jim Ross: CM Punk has screwed Chris Jericho here tonight!
Paul Heyman: He sure has, and I love it. CM Punk told Mick Foley he was going to regret not putting him in the tournament.
The camera's go backstage where we see CM Punk looking happy with himself, when he is approached by Mick Foley.
Foley: You look pretty happy with yourself, Punk.
Punk: Oh, I am. I told you something like this could happen.
Foley: Yeah, I guess you did. So let me tell you what's going to happen. Next week, you're going one on one with someone who could very possibly be the first World Champion, Samoa Joe!
Punk: You can't do that!
Foley: I can do whatever I want, I'm the commissioner. Good luck next week, you're gonna need it.
A video airs showing The American Wolves and Mick Foley segment from last week, before their debut
Tag Team Match The American Wolves vs The New Age Outlaws A really good match up. The Outlaws used their veteran knowledge to control the match early on, but The Wolves wouldn't back down. The young, up and comers used their speed and agility to build a comeback against the veterans. Edwards battled with Road Dogg, before getting a hot tag to Richards who came in on fire. He dropped Road Dogg with a big drop kick and then Edwards took out Gunn as he came in. Richards finished off Gunn with the DR Driver II for the win. Winners: The American Wolves
Jim Ross: This could be the beginning of a new legendary tag team.
Paul Heyman: These guys just decimated a very decorated team, and they did it with ease.
The American Wolves stand tall, as The New Age Outlaws meet them in the middle of the ring. They offer a hand shake, and the Wolves accept.
Jim Ross: What great respect The Wolves have shown by accepting the handshake.
A recap of last weeks Steve Austin and Kurt Angle match is shown before the main event starts
World Title Tournament Semi-Finals "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs William Regal Another great main event. There weren't a lot of near falls, and it was more of a fight, than a match. They brawled around ringside, breaking the ten count, and then brawling some more. They finally got back in the ring, and Regal used dirty tactics to take out Austin's knees. He worked over the knees for a few moments, but Austin fought back into the match. Austin almost got the Stunner, but Regal shoved him off, and then nailed Austin with a running knee to the head, that almost got him the win. Regal argued with the referee, as CM Punk was shown walking down to ringside. Punk got up to the ring, when Chris Jericho came running down and attacked him from behind. Their fighting distracted the referee and Regal. As Regal turned back around, he got hit with a huge Stunner! Austin went for the pin, but the referee was out of the ring trying to break up Jericho and Punk. Austin yelled at the referee, and then left the ring. Austin grabbed the referee and threw him back in the ring as Jericho and Punk still brawled. Austin covered Regal, but he was able to kick out before the three. Austin got pissed, and then went for another Stunner, but Regal shoved him off again. Punk then jumped up on the apron, but got decked by Austin. Regal then came up behind Austin and rolled him up, and used the tights for the win. Winner: William Regal
Regal quickly left as Austin sat in the ring pissed off. Jericho entered the ring with Austin, as Punk sat on the outside, up against the barricade with a smile on his face. Jericho said "I was trying to help you..." but he ended up eating a Stunner. Punk came in behind Austin, and got him up for the GTS, but he fought off his shoulders, and went for a Stunner. Punk shoved him away and quickly rolled out of the ring. The show ended with Austin standing in the ring pissed off that he's out of the tournament, as Punk backed up the aisle, still smiling.
A potential Punk/Foley feud sounds good. Joe winning by tapout was dominant and awesome. Looking more like Y2J/Punk with Foley as referee, my prediction. Jericho winning was perfect. I don't think the American Wolves segment really added much to the show. Really glad you're pushing Regal, I hope you push him far. Austin/Angle sounds fantastic. Austin winning is good. I'm confused since you're setting up Punk/Foley, Punk/Y2J and Punk/Austin all at once. I guess it's Punk vs. The World and he's on his own.
Good win by Aries. Punk/Austin setup is cool. Y2J/Joe should be fantastic, and the buildup you have for Punk with everyone is intriguing. Joe gets the win, which is huge. Punk/Joe should be good. I hope you keep his momentum going. Regal beats Austin! Holy crap! I want Regal to be champ. I see Y2J vs. Austin vs. Punk in the future. Good show, great ending.
A video recaps last weeks show, with CM Punk costing Chris Jericho and Stone Cold their matches in the World Title Tournament. The opening video then airs with "Light Up The Sky" by Thousand Foot Crutch playing. The camera's open into the arena as Jim Ross starts to welcome everyone to the show until he is cut off by the music of Stone Cold. Austin makes his way to ring, looking upset and grabs a mic. He starts to talk, but the microphone won't work. A ringside worker hands him another one.
Austin: You gonna give me a piece of equipment that works, son, or am I gonna have to whip your ass! CM Punk, you can come out here and talk about how you're the best in the world, and bell ache that you aren't in the title tournament, all you've done since coming to this company is cry! You sit there and talk about how Mick screwed ya, how everybody screwed ya. The bottom line is, son, last week you screwed the wrong man. So I think there's only one thing we gotta do, CM Punk, I hereby challenge you..to a match...at Coronation!
Austin is cutoff by Chris Jericho's music, who walks out on the stage with a microphone, and makes his way to the ring.
Jericho: Listen, listen. I was in the back and I hear your complaints, Steve. But you're not the only man CM Punk screwed over last week. So before you come out here challenging CM Punk, I think I deserve to face him at Coronation.
Austin: I thought you learned your lesson last week, Chris. Coming out here, sticking your nose in Stone Cold's business, that'll get your ass dropped with another Stone Cold Stunner, son.
Jericho: Oh is that a fact? Well, how are you going to manage that while I have you locked in the Walls of Jericho? Huh, Steve?
The two star getting intense, when Mick Foley makes his way out.
Foley: Ok, that's enough. I'm the commissioner around here, and I don't need you two starting an impromptu brawl. Now, I hear what both of you are saying, you both have fair points. So, here's what we're going to do. Live, next week, it's going to be Chris Jericho, going one on one with Stone Cold Steve Austin! And the winner of that match, will face CM Punk at Coronation!
Austin: Next week, Chris Jericho versus Stone Cold? Well, there's only one thing I gotta say about that...
Austin then kicks Jericho in the stomach and drops him with a Stunner. Austin's music plays as he leaves the ring, walking past Mick Foley, as Jericho lays in the ring.
Jim Ross and Paul Heyman talk about the blockbuster match just announced for next week, with Heyman saying this match means bad news for CM Punk, and it's not fair at all.
Christopher Daniels vs The Hurricane
A good opening match, that saw Hurricane getting the crowd on his side. He used his mix of comedy to entertain the crowd, but Daniels would have none of it, using heelish tactics to stop Hurricane. Daniels would nail his signature Last Rites, but Hurricane was able to kick out. Daniels looked aggravated, grabbing Hurricane, who quickly pushed Daniels away and then nailed a huge superkick that nearly got him the win. Hurricane went for the Eye of The Hurricane, but Daniels reversed it into the Angel's Wings for the win. Winner: Christopher Daniels
Daniels stands in the ring after the win, as an unknown man enters the ring. Daniels looks at him as he picks Hurricane up. He let's him go, he staggers towards Daniels, who hits another big Angel's Wings. Daniels then grabs a microphone.
Daniels: This is a turning point, a benchmark, a milestone for HPW. Because they need us. Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to my partner, Frankie Kazarian. Let me as you how this sounds, my man. Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian. World Tag Team Champions, of the world.
Kazarian: That's sexy.
Daniels and Kazarian leave, stepping over The Hurricane
CM Punk is shown arriving backstage, when Matt Striker informs him that Mick Foley announced that Stone Cold and Chris Jericho will face next week. Punk looks happy, until Striker says that the winner faces him at Coronation. Punk shoves Striker out of the way, looking very upset.
Tag Team Match Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team vs The Connection
A solid tag team bout, with both teams looking to impress. The American Wolves were shown watching the match from the stage. Hawkins and Ryder got a very positive reaction from the crowd, they even controlled the match. Ryder looked to be going for his Broski Boot in the corner, but Haas grabbed him from the outside, which allowed Shelton to take control. Shelton worked over Ryder, until he got the hot tag to Hawkins who came in with a flurry of attacks on Haas and Benjamin. Hawkins looked to be going for the Laugh Riot on Benjamin, but Haas hit him from behind. While the referee was getting Haas and Ryder out of the ring, Benjamin low blowed Hawkins. He then drug him to the corner, tagged in Haas, and they nailed Wrestling's Greatest Finisher for the win. Winners: Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team
Haas and Benjamin left the ring, coming face to face with The American Wolves, who made their way to ringside. The two teams had some words, but Haas and Benjamin eventually left.
CM Punk is shown backstage barging into Mick Foley's office
Punk: Just what in the hell are you doing?!
Foley: It's nice to see you too, Punk.
Punk: Who do you think you are, putting me into a match at Coronation, without my approval?
Foley: Last I checked, I was the guy put in charge of running things. You work for me, remember? I don't have to ask you for your permission to put you in a match with two guys that you've screwed over.
Punk: Mick, just keep digging yourself a hole. Every action you make, just makes things worse. Remember that.
Punk storms out of the office
Singles Match AJ Styles vs Tyler Black vs Dolph Ziggler
A great match, from three big fan favorites. The crowd was into the match the entire time. No one had a clear advantage in the match, with all three men scoring near falls, only for them to be broken up. Styles attempted a springboard 450 splash on Ziggler, but Ziggler avoided it, sending AJ crashing to the mat. As AJ got to his knees, Black nailed him with the Avada Kedavra and went for the pin, but Ziggler broke it up. Ziggler went for the Zig Zag on Black, but Black fought him off, and then nailed Ziggler with God's Last Gift for the win. Winner: Tyler Black
Black had his arm raised in victory, as AJ Styles entered the ring. AJ offered a handshake, which Black accepted. Black offered his hand to Ziggler, but Ziggler walked away instead.
Mick Foley then came out on the stage
Foley: That match, that is what I want to see here in HPW. So we're going to do it again, only we're going to add another man to it. At Coronation, for the United States Title, it will be AJ Styles vs Dolph Ziggler vs Tyler Black vs Austin Aries in a Fatal Fourway Elimination Match!
The crowd cheers loudly for the announcement, as Foley tells everyone to "Have a Nice Day!"
Chris Jericho is standing backstage with Matt Striker
Striker: Chris Jericho, earlier tonight Mick Foley announced you will face Stone Cold next week, with the winner facing CM Punk at Coronation, and then Stone Cold gave you a stunner, what are your thoughts?
Jericho: My thoughts? My thoughts are that I should be smarter than to give Austin an opening, and I paid for it. But next week, there won't be any surprise stunners, just Chris Jericho leaving Austin laying with a Codebreaker, and then going to Coronation, to face CM Punk.
Jim Ross and Paul Heyman announce that Mick Foley just signed a huge tag team match for next week. It will be The Motor City Machine Guns going against Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, collectively known as Bad Influence. And the winning team will join The American Wolves and Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team at Coronation in a match to determine the first ever HPW World Tag Team Champions!
Main Event CM Punk vs Samoa Joe
A great main event, that saw both guys give it their all. Joe used his power to stop CM Punk, but Punk wouldn't stay down. He brought it to Joe with stiff kicks, but Joe retaliated with some of his own. Punk attempted to leave the match, but Chris Jericho walked out on the stage, causing Punk to go back to the ring. The match continued on, with neither one getting a clear advantage. Joe went for the Muscle Buster, but Punk fought out and attempted to get Joe up for the GTS, but Joe slid off his back and locked in the rear naked choke! Punk fought for the ropes as Joe held the hold on for close to a minute, but Punk was able to finally get to the ropes. Punk rolled out of the ring, but Joe followed. He came at Punk, who tripped him into the stairs, banging his head off of them. Punk rolled Joe back in the ring, and then went for the GTS, but Joe was able to once again slide off his back, and lock on the rear naked choke! Punk struggled, as Joe wrenched on the hold. It looked like Punk was going to tap, and then the bell rang. Joe released the hold, thinking Punk had tapped, but the referee informed him he hadn't. The referee then talked to the ring announcer, who informed the referee that the 15 minute time limit had expired. Winner: Time Limit Draw
The crowd booed as CM Punk rolled from the ring, while Joe stood in the ring. William Regal then came in from the crowd behind Joe and attacked him. Joe and Regal brawled out of the arena as CM Punk watched. Punk then laughed, but Stone Cold's music hit. Punk's smile turned to a frown, as Austin came running to the ring. Austin and Punk started trading shots, until Jericho hit the ring. Punk quickly rolled from the ring, as Jericho entered. Austin turned around and got nailed with the Codebreaker. Jericho stood over him, as Punk came back in and nailed the GTS on Jericho. Punk fells to his knees with his arms out over the fallen Austin and Jericho. Punk smiled until the lights went out.
The lights stayed off for ten seconds and then a video came on the big screen. It showed very dark areas, such as rainy roads and a dark, empty room. A little girls voice then spoke..
"Did you hear the one about the man who can't be destroyed? He's been buried alive. He's been set on fire. He's been carried away. But he keeps. coming. back. Don't be afraid, be terrified."
The ominous music stops, as Punk still sits on his knees watching
The little girls voice then says "Now back from the dead...He's here...."
The arena then goes silent for a second and then "American Bad Ass" by Kid Rock starts playing as the place goes nuts. As the song gets to the part that says "I. Am. American Badass!", The Undertaker walks out on the stage. Punk still sits on his knees in awe as Undertaker stands on the stage. The show ends with a shot of The Undertaker pointing towards the ring, with CM Punk looking shock.
Awesome setup with Jericho/Austin/Punk to start, this feud is intriguing. Jericho/Austin next week will be good, I predict them both facing Punk at Coronation, though. Nice win for Daniels, him and Kazarian teaming should be cool. Punk upset at the Austin/Y2J match backstage is cool. Glad WGTT picked up the win. Punk and Foley in the office is a cool segment, you're really hyping up the Punk/Austin/Jericho feud. Black winning was good. The fourway at Coronation should be good. Undertaker's debut is huge, I'm wondering what happens in the Punk/Y2J/Austin thing now. Really cool.
A recap of last weeks show, with Undertaker's debut is shown before the opening video rolls. The camera's then open on the arena, with Mick Foley making his way to the ring.
Mick Foley: I'm not going to take up a lot of the time, but I just wanted to come out here and address the main event in person. After last weeks time limit draw, I can't afford for something like that to happen in tonight's main event. I also can't afford for the match to end in a disqualification, I want there to be a decisive winner to face CM Punk at Coronation. So therefore, I am making the match between Stone Cold and Chris Jericho, a no time limit, no disqualifications match!
Mick Foley's music plays as he leaves the ring, but is interrupted half way up the ramp by CM Punk
Punk: Do you really think making those changes to the match isn't going to keep me from doing what I want? If I want to show my face in that match, I'm going to. And there is nothing...NOTHING you can do about it, Mick.
Foley: Punk, let me make myself clear. If you attempt to do anything to ruin this main event, you will regret it.
Punk: Is that a threat, commissioner?
Foley: No. That is a promise. Have a nice day!
Foley walks off, leaving Punk looking annoyed. Punk then throws the microphone he was holding down and storms off.
Jim Ross and Paul Heyman talk about what Undertaker's role is, and why he showed up last week targeting CM Punk. Ross says that Punk has made quite the enemies here in HPW, and it's not looking pretty for him.
Opening Match Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston
A good opening bout. Kingston used his flashy moves to throw Bryan off his game, but it was only temporary. Kofi would miss a big cross body, which allowed Bryan to make a comeback. Bryan gave Kingston a series of brutal kicks to the chest, and a final one to the head, but he would only get a two count from the pin attempt. Bryan looked to be going for the Lebell Lock, but Kingston countered it into a roll up, nearly picking up the win. As Bryan and Kingston got back to their feet, Kingston went for the Trouble in Paradise, but Bryan evaded it, and locked Kofi in the Lebell Lock as he turned back towards Bryan. Kofi tried to fight free but ultimately tapped out. Winner: Daniel Bryan
Bryan had his hand raised in victory, and then he asked for a microphone. Bryan said that he wanted to be considered as the first challenger for the US Championship after Coronation.
Matt Striker is shown backstage standing with William Regal
Striker: William Regal, you have found yourself in the finals of the tournament to crown the first World Champion here in HPW, but you have to go through Samoa Joe. Your thoughts?
Regal: Samoa Joe. That dirty, filthy, disgusting individual. How on earth am I expected to get in the ring and show the class that I always show, when I have to face a savage, such as Samoa Joe. I would like to say I would give him a thrashing of a life time, but he would probably bloody well enjoy that! All I know, is that when I finish with him, he is going to be left in tears. He is going to face someone who is barbaric, sadistic, and also has one thing that no other wrestler in HPW has, and that's the power of the punch. And when he feels it...he won't bloody like it, you know?
Regal walks off, leaving Striker looking interested in the match at Coronation
Singles Match Kurt Angle vs Jeff Hardy
A great match up. Angle used his wrestling abilities to try and ground Hardy, but it wasn't going well for him. Hardy would use his speed and daredevil moves to keep Angle guessing. Hardy would nail him with the whisper in the wind that almost got the surprise win. Hardy went for the twist of fate, but Angle countered it into a series of german suplexes that kept Hardy down. Angle built his come back and started working on the leg of Hardy, trying to set up for the Ankle Lock. Angle went for the move, but Hardy rolled through, sending Angle banging his head of the turnbuckles. Angle staggered back right into a Twist of Fate, but he would only get a two count off the pin. Angle stayed down, as Hardy took to the top rope. Hardy came off going for the Swanton, but Angle rolled out of the way at the last second. Angle pulled himself up as Hardy staggered to his feet, Angle quickly nailed him with the Angle Slam and went for the pin, but Hardy just kicked out before three! Angle slammed his hand on the mat in anger, and then went for the Ankle Lock, but Hardy again rolled through. Angle came back towards Hardy, but he caught him with a kick to the gut and went for the Twist of Fate again, but Angle dropped down, grabbing the leg. Angle locked in the Ankle Lock and wrapped his legs around the leg he had the Ankle Lock on. Hardy tried to fight, but had no choice but to tap. Winner: Kurt Angle
Angle got to his feet, celebrating the win. Hardy staggered up, as Angle approached him. He extended his hand to Hardy, who accepted and then left the ring. Angle continued the celebrate the hard fought win. Angle stood in the ring with his arms raised, but was then attacked from behind by Randy Orton! Orton then gave him a huge RKO in the middle of the ring. Orton stood over Angle as Jim Ross noted that this was Orton's debut in HPW.
A video promo airs, showing Samoa Joe sitting in a locker room
Joe: The fans demanded it, and HPW brought it to you. The fans demanded Samoa Joe. This is a pro wrestling company, filled the finest pro wrestlers in the world. No matter what the cost, no matter how many times he hits me hard, I'm gonna hit him back harder. No matter the outcome at Coronation, I am going to know one thing, I gave it my all for the sport I love. Here's to you Regal, you better believe that I'm coming for you.
Kurt Angle is shown in the back, angrily making his way into Mick Foley's office
Angle: Did you see that, Mick?! Did you see what that punk, Randy Orton did?!
Foley: I did, Kurt, I did. And I was just about to come find you, because Randy Orton has already been to see me. He demanded to face you at Coronation in his in ring debut, here in HPW.
Angle: Good! Because I'm gonna break his lanky ass in half!
Angle kicks the door open and leaves the office
Randy Orton is shown in a different part of the arena, with Matt Striker
Matt Striker: Kurt Angle was just in Mick Foley's office, very upset with your attack on him. In his words, he "I am going to break his lanky ass in half"...
Orton takes the microphone from Striker
Orton: Is that supposed to scare me, Kurt? You're gonna break me in half? To tell you the truth, Kurt, I feel sorry for ya. You went from nearly defeating Steve Austin a couple weeks ago, to struggling to put away Jeff Hardy. It's like the equivalent of starring in a block buster movie, to starring in porn. Granite, I bet a lot of these people watching love their porn, and they should, because it's the closest they'll ever come to having sex. But I'm not about that, Kurt. I want to reach the top of the mountain, the top of the ladder, and what I'm saying is, I want to face the best. I don't want to face the Kurt Angle who struggles to beat some drug addict like Jeff Hardy, and at this moment that's who I will be facing this Sunday. But, Kurt, you'll be facing a legend in the making, Randy Orton. I attacked you tonight in hopes of facing that old Kurt Angle, that ruthless Kurt Angle. I attacked you in hopes of facing that Kurt Angle who will break my ankle and not think twice about it. So I'm begging you Kurt, bring your A game, or don't come at all.
Orton walks off looking very smug
Tag Team Match Motor City Machine Guns vs Bad Influence
A great tag team bout. Neither team looked to have the advantage over the other. There were a lot of quick tags, until Sabin missed a corner dropkick on Daniels, which allowed Bad Influence to take control. They kept Sabin cut off from getting the tag to Shelley, with a lot of quick tags and double team moves. Kazarian came in off a tag and started working on Sabin's knee while gloating. Kazarian focused his attention to Shelley, daring him to get in the ring. Kazarian then went back to Sabin, who blasted Kazarian with a huge enziguri as he turned around. Sabin then crawled towards Shelley as the crowd cheered him on. Sabin nearly got there, but Kazarian grabbed his leg. Sabin popped up, nailing another enziguri and finally got the tag! Shelley came in on fire, nailing Kazarian with a series of strikes. Daniels attempted to come in, but Shelley dropped him with attacks too. Shelley looked to be on the way to securing victory for the team until Haas and Benjamin made their way down. They got in the ring, attacking both teams! Haas attacked Shelley as Benjamin attacked Kazarian as the referee called for the bell. Winners: No Contest
WGTT put the boots to them, until The American Wolves ran down. A four team brawl then erupted until Mick Foley came out.
Foley: Stop it! Stop it, now! I will not lose control of this show. I promised a tag team championship match for Sunday, and dammit that's what we're gonna have! So now, it will be The American Wolves versus Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team versus Motor City Machine Guns versus Bad Influence in a fatal fourway ladder match!
The crowd goes nuts for the announcement with Bad Influence and WGTT looking uninterested
CM Punk is shown in a darkly lit room
Punk: Being on the outside, looking in, you might think that this feud I have started with seemingly everybody is about me wanting to be world champion, but it's not. It's much more deep rooted than that. It's about looking up to somebody and then having everything you believe shattered right before your eyes. It's about fallen heroes, it's about the death of a person that motivated me to join a wrestling school. You see, Steve, you became an anti-hero, except you are against everything I believe in. But that made me train so much harder. I drove up and down roads for little or no money. I have sacrificed again and again, and for what? Because someday, I knew I would be face to face with my nemesis. My anti-hero. Somebody who is against everything I believe in. I've been suffering for too long, I've been hungry for a long time and they haven't been feeding me. Tonight, I end my suffering with your demise. You're not going to make it to Coronation. You're going to find out exactly why Straight Edge Means I'm Better Than You.
Main Event "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs Chris Jericho
A great main event, with both men looking determined. Austin turned the match into a brawl, using the no dq stipulation to his advantage. The two brawled all around the ring, with Austin in control. Austin slammed Jericho's head off the announce table, before throwing him back in the ring. He looked to got for a Stunner, but Jericho shoved him off and then dropped him with a big enziguri to the back of the head. Jericho then took control, working over Austin's back, trying to wear him down for the Walls of Jericho. Jericho gave Austin a big back breaker, and then locked on a came clutch. Jericho looked to be attempting the Walls, but Austin used his legs to shove Jericho off. Austin then quickly got to his feet and met Jericho with a barrage of punches of the jaw. Austin then whipped him off the ropes, but Jericho reversed it, only for Austin to come back with the Lou Thesz Press. Austin drove his fists into Jericho's face and then got to his feet, looking to be ready for the Stunner. Austin moved in, but then CM Punk came into the ring from the crowd. The two started brawling, with Austin getting the upperhand. Austin threw Punk from the ring, and then turned into a Codebreaker from Jericho! Jericho went for the pin, but Punk came back in attacking Jericho. Punk got him up on his shoulders and dropped him with the GTS. Punk left the ring as both men were laid out, he backed up the ramp, but Undertaker walked out. Punk then stopped, and backed back down to the ring as Mick Foley walked out.
Foley: Punk, I warned you. I told you not to get involved. So now, as commissioner of HPW, I have made what was going to be a one on one match, a triple threat. You will now face both, Stone Cold and Chris Jericho at Coronation.
Punk: That's bullshit! You can't do that!
Foley: I wasn't finished. Because in that match, there will be a special ringside enforcer to ensure there's no funny business.
Foley then stops and looks at The Undertaker who has looks down the ramp at Punk. Foley then tells Punk to "Have a Nice Day!" as the show comes to and end with Punk looking worried.
Austin/Y2J no time limit, no DQ sounds great. The intensity between Punk and Foley is great. D-Bry winning is great, especially by submission. Loved the Regal promo, I'm a huge fan of you pushing him. Angle/Hardy sounded great, and Orton debuting to attack Angle. After your CM Punk/Austin fueding, now you're doing Angle/Orton at your PPV like me as well haha? Good promo by Orton. WGTT ruining the tag match is pretty awesome, and the fourway tag ladder match sounds like a highlight of the PPV. Punk, as always, has an amazing promo. Triple threat title match at Coronation sounds EPIC! Especially with Undertaker as special enforcer. Awesome show! Best one yet.
The show opened with a video package highlighting all of the matches on the card as “Paint The Seconds” by Chevelle played in the background. The camera’s then opened on the arena as fireworks blasted off around the stage. The camera’s panned through the crowd and then the music of Dolph Ziggler hit to signal the start of the first match. All four men in the United States Title match made their way out.
United States Championship Dolph Ziggler vs AJ Styles vs Tyler Black vs Austin Aries
A great opening contest that saw all four men bring everything they had. The first elimination came when Aries tried for his signature 450 splash, but caught nothing but empty canvas. As Aries staggered up, Black caught him with a sick running curb stomp for the elimination. The remaining three battled for a few more moments, until Black nailed a huge phoenix splash on Ziggler, but before he could go for the pin, Styles grabbed him and nailed the Styles Clash for the elimination. Styles and Ziggler had a standoff and then traded punches and elbows, with Styles getting the upperhand on Ziggler. He whipped him into the corner and then followed in with a huge running, flying elbow to the face that dropped Ziggler to the mat. Styles then went up top and came off with the Spiral Tap, but Ziggler would roll out of the way at the last second. As Styles got up, Ziggler went for the Zig Zag, but somehow Styles fought him off, nailing a huge pele kick. As Ziggler staggered around, Styles kicked him in the gut and went for the Styles Clash, but Ziggler fought free. He worked his way behind Styles and nailed a big Zig Zag, but only got a two off the pin. Ziggler slammed his hand on the mat in anger and then quickly worked his way to the corner. As Styles got up, Ziggler came at him with a Superkick, but Styles ducked it and then kicked him in the gut. Styles went for the Styles Clash, but as he lifted Ziggler up, he turned it into a hurricanrana with a rollup for the surprise win.
Winner & New Champion: Dolph Ziggler
Styles stayed on his knees with his head in his hands as Ziggler was awarded the title in front of him. Ziggler held the belt high as Styles got to his feet. He offered a handshake to him, which Ziggler accepted. Matt Striker then entered the ring to get a quick word with Ziggler.
Striker: Dolph Ziggler, congratulations. You are the first ever HPW United States Champion. Your thoughts?
Ziggler: My entire life, literally since I was five years old, I have done things that people not only can’t do, but they can’t hang with me. I can come out here to the ring and do what I do better than anyone in the business. And I know it sounds like I say it a lot, but I do it every single night, I swear, every night! Every night I deliver! Everything I do is to become better! The best, ever! And I’m not gonna stop until I reach that point. I will not be outshined.
Ziggler exits with the title over his shoulder as Jim Ross talks about Ziggler’s confidence and how he could be the future of this business
Mick Foley is shown in the back, watching the show from his office when he receives a phone call. It’s never revealed who he is on the phone with, but the look on his face doesn’t look good. Foley walks off looking irritated. He exits his office to see CM Punk standing right outside.
Foley: What did you do now, Punk?!
Punk: Whatever do you mean, Mick.
Punk smiles at him
Foley: I just got a phone call. Apparently someone has tampered with The Undertaker’s motorcycle, leaving his role as enforcer in the three way uncertain.
Punk: Oh. Well, that sounds unfortunate. But you know these things happen.
Foley: If I find out you did this, you will have hell to pay.
Punk: I’ve been here at the arena since noon, Mick. Besides, tampering with motorcycles? I’m so above that.
Punk walks off smiling as Foley goes back in his office and slams the door
A recap of Randy Orton’s promo from last week is shown before the next match, and then Kurt Angle is shown walking with intent through the back. Randy Orton makes his way out and then Kurt Angle does the same.
Grudge Match Randy Orton vs Kurt Angle
Another great match, with many close calls. Angle used his technical wrestling ability to control the match early on, but Orton would make a comeback after countering Angle’s belly to belly suplex into one of his own. Orton kept the control for a few minutes, but Angle’s wrestling was too much. He eventually got control back and started to attack Orton’s ankle. As Orton grasped at his ankle, Angle continued punishing it. He tried for an ankle lock, but Orton shoved him away and quickly left the ring. Angle followed and charged at Orton, who evaded a clothesline and sent Angle slamming face first into the ring post and then falling hard to the floor. Orton slid back in the ring as Angle looked up and was busted open. Angle slowly staggered back onto the ring apron. Orton then grabbed him on the apron in a ddt position with his feet hung on the ropes. Orton dropped Angle on his know bloody head with a stiff ddt, but only got a two count from the pin. Orton looked surprised, but kept on Angle. As Angle fought to his feet, Orton went for the RKO, but Angle dropped down and grabbed his ankle, locking in the hold! Orton fought for the ropes as a bloody Angle twisted his ankle while yelling at him to tap. Orton pulled for the ropes, but Angle pulled him away. Orton looked to almost tap, but at the last second rolled through the move, sending Angle slamming his bloody head into the corner turnbuckles. Angle stumbled back in a daze as Orton leaped into the air and nailed Angle with a vicious RKO for the win.
Winner: Randy Orton
The crowd was stunned. They were for sure Angle would kick out, but didn’t. Orton stood tall over the fallen, bloody Angle with his arm raised by the referee. Orton then left the ring and grabbed a steel chair, before coming back in the ring. The referee tried to stop him, but Orton pushed him away. Orton dropped the chair and then pulled Angle up. As Angle stumbled around, Orton dropped him on the chair with a sick RKO. The crowd began to boo as Orton smeared blood from Angle’s head across his chest and then started to lift him up again, but Jeff Hardy came running down the aisle. Orton quickly exited the ring as Hardy stood over the fallen body of Kurt Angle. Orton backed up the ramp as Hardy stared him down.
A replay of the match is shown, while Jim Ross talks about how despicable Orton’s actions are
Samoa Joe is shown warming up backstage when Matt Striker approaches him to get an interview, but Joe stops him.
Joe: Matt, tonight isn’t the night for talking. The talking is over. Tonight is the night to fight. Tonight…William Regal…gets choked out.
A William Regal promo is then shown
Regal: I’m in the late autumn of my near thirty year career. And lately I’ve been pondering over the legacy of William Regal, what’s it all been about? I’m a vicious, and sadistic, and spiteful fighter, but I’ve never achieved the one thing I have coveted the most, and that is to become the World Heavyweight Champion. But that…that is about to change.
Back in the arena ringside workers are setting up for the four way tag team ladder match as all four teams make their way to the ring.
World Tag Team Championships Ladder Match The American Wolves vs Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team vs Bad Influence vs Motor City Machine Guns
An awesome match up with a lot of daredevil maneuvers. At one point all four teams were battling on top of ladders in the ring, when they all tumbled at the same time, leaving the ring and ringside area looking like a crime scene with bodies everywhere. Shelley nearly had the win for his team until Daniels came in and stopped him. The two battled on top of the ladder, until Benjamin came in with a springboard dropkick that sent the ladder falling over, with both men crashing to the mat. Benjamin then looked to win the match, but Richards came in, stopping him with a huge sunset flip powerbomb off the top of the ladder. Edwards then climbed the ladder, looking to win, but Haas came in to stop him. Haas and Edwards traded punches on the ladder, with Edwards knocking him off the ladder. As Haas fell, Richards caught him with a kick to the head in midair. Both of the Wolves were on the ladder, looking to have the match won, when Benjamin came in, knocked the ladder over, and then quickly set it up, climbed up, and pulled the belts down.
Winners & New Champions: Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team
Haas and Benjamin left ringside with the titles, as the other three teams looked on in pain and upset. The Wolves looked the most upset; knowing they almost had the match won. Haas and Benjamin shouted they were the best as they stood atop the ramp.
The camera’s go backstage where Mick Foley is shown on the phone once again. He tells the person on the phone that if Undertaker doesn’t make it, there will still be an enforcer in the triple threat.
A video package highlighting the history between Jericho, Punk, and Austin over the weeks is shown. The Undertaker has still not arrived as the three men make their entrances. Mick Foley comes out before the match starts and informs everyone that there is a new enforcer, and it’s himself! And that’s not all, it is now a No DQ match!
Triple Threat No DQ Special Enforcer: Mick Foley “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs CM Punk vs Chris Jericho
An excellent match that the crowd was into the entire time. Jericho and Austin worked together, beating on Punk through the beginning of the match, much to the delight of the crowd, but that partnership dissolved quickly when Jericho hit Austin with a dropkick, after Punk had been sent out of the ring. Jericho worked over Austin’s knees, but he wouldn’t stay down. Austin fought back with a series of punches on Jericho and almost got him with a Stunner, but Jericho shoved him away as Punk came back in with a springboard clothesline that dropped Austin. Jericho and Punk then went at it, with Punk getting the advantage off a thumb to the eye. Punk worked over Jericho with various kicks, but Jericho fired back with some of his own. The two traded kicks, but then Austin came back at them and dropped both with a double clothesline. Austin looked to be going for the Stunner on Jericho, but he shoved Austin off towards Punk, who got Austin up for the GTS, but Austin slid off the back of Punk. Austin shoved Punk towards Jericho who leaped up, nailing him with a Code Breaker, but Punk smartly rolled out of the ring. Jericho and Austin then went at it again as Punk slowly got up. Punk grabbed a chair from ringside and tried to enter the ring with it, but Foley took it from him. Punk then decked Foley and grabbed the chair from him. Punk entered the ring and blasted Austin and Jericho with chair shots to the head, but Foley came in behind him. Punk turned around and Foley started blasting him with punches. Foley grabbed the chair from him as Punk dropped to his knees and begged for mercy. As Foley looked like he was going to clobber Punk, two men in rubber masks made to look like CM Punk entered the ring behind him. The two men viciously assaulted Foley, as Punk took the chair. Jericho staggered up and got blasted with another huge shot to the head. Punk then dropped the chair as Austin stumbled up. Austin slowly turned around as Punk got him up for the GTS and connected! Punk went for the pin, but Austin kicked out! Punk looked shocked and then grabbed the chair. As Austin got up again, Punk blasted him with the chair again and then quickly followed by getting him up for the GTS again. Punk went for the pin and this time it was enough.
Winner: CM Punk
The two masked men left through the crowd as Punk smiled in the ring, happy with the outcome. Foley looked up at Punk as he had his arms out and left the ring. Foley looked pissed as Punk walked up the ramp. Punk yelled “Best in the World!!” as he left.
Jim Ross and Paul Heyman discussed what had just gone down. Ross said he is disgusted in Punk, and he should be ashamed. Heyman said Punk is a smart, smart man and will do whatever it takes to win. No matter the cost.
A hype video for the World Title match is shown, and then both men make their way out.
World Championship Samoa Joe vs William Regal
Another great match with two stiff, hard hitting styles. Both men gave each other everything they had, with neither getting a clear advantage. Regal tried to use his vicious style to get an advantage, but Joe shrugged it off. Joe fired at Regal with just as vicious and stiff shots. The tide turned when Joe went for a huge suicide dive, but Regal would evade it, sending Joe crashing into the barricade. Regal then took control for a while. He worked over Joe’s head and neck, looking to set up for the Regal Stretch. Regal had a unique hold locked in, but Joe was able to break free and build some momentum. Joe fought to his feet with a series of chops. Regal tried to fire back with his own, but they didn’t faze Joe. Joe used power and surprising speed to make a comeback. He was able to get Regal set up in the corner, looking for the Muscle Buster, but Regal fought him off and then came off the middle rope with a diving knee to the head that almost got him the win. Joe staggered to his feet as Regal charged in with an attempted running knee, but Joe caught him with a quick snap powerslam and a close two count. Joe fired with some stiff kicks to the chest of Regal as he was getting up, and then whipped him into the corner. Joe followed in, going for a running kick, but Regal got his feet up. Regal then rolled him up and put his feet on the ropes for leverage, but Joe was able to kick out! Regal looked angry and then started trying to take the turnbuckle pad off, but the referee stopped him. As the referee was busy with the padding, Regal pulled the brass knuckles out of his trunks. He went to strike Joe with them, but Joe instead caught him with huge kick to the jaw. Regal then dropped the knuckles and Joe whipped him to the corner. Joe followed in with a huge running boot to the face in the corner, Joe then quickly set Regal up in the corner, getting him into position for the Muscle Buster. Joe nailed the move and then, instead of going for the pin, locked in the coquina clutch. Regal tried to fight free, but eventually gave in.
Winner & New Champion: Samoa Joe
Joe released the hold and then got to his knees as the referee handed him the championship. Joe got to his feet and threw his arms in the air, with the title held high. Confetti rained down as Joe stood in the middle of the ring, as the first ever champion.
The show ended with William Regal walking up the ramp looking back at Samoa Joe, who was standing in the middle of a rain of confetti with the World Title.
Ziggler winning the US title is good. I had guessed he would have. The promo after the match helped build him up too, and made it slightly less.... I don't know... random? For a lack of better word. It helped show character and helps me like the choice, so good work. Punk messing with Taker's cycle is kinda cool. Randy went over Angle at both of our PPVs, poor Angle. Orton/Hardy should be good. Glad you included a Regal promo, helps keep the title match from being overshadowed. WGTT winning is cool. This Punk storyline is confusing, in a good way. It's really intriguing. The masked men attacking Foley sounded cool, and him winning the title is awesome. Joe winning the title was good, I thought Regal was to win so it helps with unpredictability. I hope you keep pushing Regal/Joe and make the title look strong. Good show.