Flashback Friday (08.26.16)

Throughout WWE’s history, we’ve witnessed so many entertaining and historic matches. There have been moments where we laughed, celebrated to the point where the noise ordinance was broken, and shocked us to the point where we were left speechless.  I want to honor these amazing moments and those who created them by creating a blog segment called Flashback Friday.

backlash2001This match takes place at Backlash on April 29th, 2001 in Rosemont, IL.  The WWE Universe was graced with the presence of The Duchess of Queensbury as she overlooked Commissioner of WWF William Regal and Chris Jericho as they fought in the first ever The Duchess of Queensbury Rules Match!

William Regal came out to the ring first to properly introduce the fans to The Duchess of Queensbury. After The Duchess came out, accompanied by two body guards and sat on her throne (oh yes, she came prepared), Chris Jericho made his way out to the ring.  Prior to the match beginning, he had to poke a little fun at The Duchess stating she thought she looked like a little more like William Regal.  After the jokes resulted in laughs from the fans and a sour scowl from Regal, the match began.

No one knew what The Duchess of Queensbury Rules Match entailed and it seemed like it was made up along the way. The Duchess of Queensbury knew however, and had Howard Finkel notify the fans – and Jericho – as the match progressed.  For example, Chris Jericho connected a Lionsault into a pin on William Regal and the bell rang because the time limit for round one had ended.  Another instance is when Jericho locked in the Walls of Jericho and William Regal tapped, The Duchess informed Howard Finkel who shared the information that you cannot win by submission.  Another rule was that there are no disqualifications which we learned when Regal hit Jericho with The Duchess’ scepter.  It was as if this match was rigged in his favor as he connected several chair shots to Jericho, not only to break up the Walls of Jericho he had on The Duchess, but to release the anger Regal had for treating royalty with such distaste and disrespect.

Winner: William Regal

 

I know some wrestling fans personally who do not like humor involved in matches, but I think they make it more entertaining! You get to watch skillful wrestling and have a few laughs at the same time.  If that is something you enjoy, then I recommend you watch this match.

You can watch this match and pay-per-view along with many more only on the WWE Network!

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Flashback Friday (08.19.16)

Throughout WWE’s history, we’ve witnessed so many entertaining and historic matches. There have been moments where we laughed, celebrated to the point where the noise ordinance was broken, and shocked us to the point where we were left speechless.  I want to honor these amazing moments and those who created them by creating a blog segment called Flashback Friday.

RoyalRumble2012This week’s Flashback Friday takes place at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in St. Louis, Missouri on January 29th, 2012.  Interim General Manager of Monday Night Raw John Lauranaitis was feuding with WWE Champion CM Punk at the time and had made statements that he would rig the Championship match so Punk’s opponent, Dolph Ziggler, would be crowned our new Champion.  These statements sparked Chief Officer of Operations Triple H to question Lauranaitis and his position of Interim General Manager.  As a result, Lauranaitis was under review.  Let’s see what role John Lauranaitis played in this match where WWE Champion CM Punk faced Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Championship!

Before the opponents came out to the ring, John Lauranaitis made his way out to the ring in a sleeveless referee uniform. He was originally scheduled to be the acting official in tonight’s Championship match but with his title of Interim General Manager of Monday Night Raw being under review, he felt it was best to act as an official from outside the ring and asked that another referee come out to act as an in-ring official in his place.  Another referee came out and soon Dolph Ziggler (along with Vickie Guerrero) followed by WWE Champion CM Punk made their way to the ring.  Before the match began, Lauranaitis threw Vickie Guerrero out of the arena, preventing her from being ringside for Dolph Ziggler.  After that was taken care of, the match was under way.

Dolph and Punk went back and forth trying to connect their signature maneuvers on one another with no success, as they would each counter the others. At one point, CM Punk did hit Ziggler with an Anaconda Vice where Ziggler tapped out, but the referee was injured due to Ziggler throwing Punk into him.  As the fans did the three count, Lauranaitis was outside checking on the referee.  Punk tried getting Lauranaitis in the ring, but he stated he could not as he was tending to the referee.  Ziggler took advantage and rolls up on Punk who then rolls up on Ziggler for the pin but again, no acting official was in the ring.  This leads to Punk and Lauranaitis bickering back and forth until Ziggler breaks it up in which CM Punk immediately connects the GTS.  When this happened, Punk accidentally hit Lauranaitis in the back of the head with Ziggler’s feet while he was tending to the referee, who was now laying in the ring.  As Punk made the pin, the acting official was still coming to so Punk had no choice but to break it.  He told Lauranaitis from inside the ring “Next GTS is for you, clown shoes!” (that had me laughing every time!) Ziggler is able to get out of the next GTS and attempts to hit Punk with The Famouser but with no success.  Punk hits his final GTS of the evening and as the referee begins to count, John Lauranatis jumps in to count alongside him.  CM Punk retains his title at WWE Champion.

Winner: CM Punk

 

You can watch this match, pay-per-view among many more on the WWE Network for just $9.99 a month!

Flashback Friday (08.12.16)

Throughout WWE’s history, we’ve witnessed so many entertaining and historic matches. There have been moments where we laughed, celebrated to the point where the noise ordinance was broken, and shocked us to the point where we were left speechless.  I want to honor these amazing moments and those who created them by creating a blog segment called Flashback Friday.

TabooTuesday05This match occurred at Taboo Tuesday on November 1, 2005 in San Diego, California.  Six of WWE’s most talented and undeniably beautiful women competed in a “Fulfill Your Fantasy” Battle Royale for the WWE Women’s Championship.  Donning nothing but lingerie, Mickie James, Maria, Ashley Massaro, Victoria, Candice Michelle and current Women’s Champion Trish Stratus all took to the squared circle for an action-packed match!

After each lovely lady made their way into the ring and the bell rung, the Battle Royale immediately began.  There was no woman without an opponent as everyone pretty much attacked each other right off the bat.  Although Mickie James was one of the six women competing for the Women’s Championship, you wouldn’t think so by the numerous times she assisted her idol, Trish Stratus throughout the match.  For example, Mickie James helped Trish Stratus eliminated the first woman, Maria.  After that occurred, Ashley successfully eliminated Candice Michelle after she was boasting to the fans after putting Ashley in an Upside Down Choke Hold; this maneuver also put Candice at risk for elimination.  Although Candice thought she had dodged it, that certainly wasn’t the case.  Mickie James once again assists Trish by going after Victoria after Victoria hit Trish with a Tilt-A-World.  After Victoria is able to bat off Mickie James, Ashley strikes.  Victoria shortly eliminates Ashley by catapulting Ashley over the top rope and onto the ground, leaving herself and two other women in the competition.  Victoria takes on both Mickie James and Trish Stratus, but Mickie James comes to the aid of her idol by eliminating Victoria – and herself – from the Royale!  When Mickie James threw her shoulder into the mid-section of Victoria, Victoria’s body went through the middle rope and Mickie James went down with her.  That didn’t phase Mickie though, as she gave Trish Stratus a thumbs up as she was holding her mid-section on the ground.  Even during Todd’s interview with Trish after the match ended, Mickie James gushed over Trish and the way she “owned” Victoria towards the end of the match.

Winner: Trish Stratus

 

This match and pay-per-view, among many others, are available to watch on The WWE Network for only $9.99 a month!

 

 

Flashback Friday (08.05.16)

Throughout WWE’s history, we’ve witnessed so many entertaining and historic matches. There have been moments where we laughed, celebrated to the point where the noise ordinance was broken, and shocked us to the point where we were left speechless.  I want to honor these amazing moments and those who created them by creating a new blog segment called Flashback Friday.

nowayout2002This match took place at No Way Out on February 17, 2002 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  From what commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler had said prior to the match, he thought this feud had developed from jealousy, one man jealous of the other’s attention from fans and rising within the company.  This “jealous” man was not green with envy but rather, decked out in gold.  That’s right, my man Goldust took on Rob Van Dam in singles action!

Goldust was leading the majority of this match, taking matters into his own hands as he wasted no time and attacked RVD as soon as he got in the ring.  However, RVD did gain a little of momentum by throwing Goldust’s head off the apron and barricade.  Although painful, this didn’t discourage Goldust as he regained control of the match.  This led to many shots to RVD by either punches, slaps, chops or kicks.  At one point, Goldust does this cool – yet painful looking – maneuver by putting RVD sitting on the top rope, taking his head and pulling it back.  Goldust continued to increase his intricacy in maneuvers by flipping RVD’s neck into the top rope as well as The Camel Clutch.  All this time, The WWE Universe was behind Rob Van Dam with chants of “RVD!” filling the arena on several separate occasions.  This of course, motivated RVD to counter Goldust’s Camel Clutch and try to connect his signature 5 Star Frog Splash on the bizarre one.  The first attempt did not connect but the second one did, allowing RVD to pick up the pin and the win.

Winner: Rob Van Dam

 

This match and pay-per-view, among many others, are available to watch on The WWE Network for only $9.99 a month!

Flashback Friday (07.22.16)

summerslam2013Throughout WWE’s history, we’ve witnessed so many entertaining and historic matches. There have been moments where we laughed, celebrated to the point where the noise ordinance was broken, and shocked us to the point where we were left speechless.  I want to honor these amazing moments and those who created them by creating a new blog segment called Flashback Friday.

This week’s Flashback Friday once again takes place at SummerSlam on August 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  This match happens to be one of my favorite matches of all-time and when you read about it, you’ll know why.  It’s “The Best vs The Beast” CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar!

Brock Lesnar, accompanied by manager and friend Paul Heyman, makes his way to the ring. Shortly after, CM Punk makes his way to the ring.  The WWE Universe is undeniably behind Punk as “CM Punk!” chants fill the arena.  As soon as the bell is rung, CM Punk wastes no time and charges at Brock Lesnar.  However, Lesnar is quick on his toes and picks up Punk and puts him in the corner.  Brock goes to town on Punk’s mid-section by thrusting his shoulder into it repeatedly. Although Punk was punching Brock’s back, it didn’t even faze The Beast as he continued to throw his shoulder into Punk’s mid-section.  Although Punk is able to connect a Forearm several times to the face of Lesnar, Brock picks up Punk again, puts him back in the corner of the ring and returns to throwing his shoulder into Punk’s mid-section.   Punk is able to climb to the top turnbuckle but before Punk is able to jump, Brock punches him, takes Punk by the head and throws him clear across the ring.  The brutal strength of Lesnar is just fascinating as he makes it all seem so effortless!  Brock continues to focus on the mid-section of Punk by kicking him as Paul Heyman watches ringside with a devious smile on his face.  Brock gets Punk back into the corner and immediately these two begin pushing against each other’s faces, stretching them out in pain although Punk is the only one making us aware he is in pain.  If Brock is, he certainly didn’t show it.  Punk is finally able to break Brock’s hold on him by punching Brock several times in the face.  Punk gets a kick in the mid-section of Brock’s before Brock yet again puts Punk in the corner and throws his shoulder repeatedly into the mid-section of Punk! This occurs two more times before Brock decides to switch it up a bit and applies pressure to the chest of CM Punk.  Brock does a little trash talking – or yelling in his case – at Punk telling him “This is MY house!”  As Brock is about to put Punk in the corner once again, Punk kicks Lesnar and as he stumbles back, Punk hits Brock with a High Knee to the face.  Punk connects another High Knee to Brock which sends him out of the ring.  Punk runs and leaps in between the ropes and onto Lesnar while Paul Heyman watches nervously on the opposite side of the ring.  Punk removes one of the steel steps to hit Lesnar with it but as he steps up to do so, Lesnar throws his body into the steps and Punk’s head hits the steps.  Brock grabs Punk and hits him with a few knees to the mid-section before setting up for the F5.  As Brock has Punk on his shoulders, Punk is able to maneuver his way out and throws Brock face first into the ring post!  Punk climbs up onto the top turnbuckle and jumps onto Lesnar.  Punk then jumps off of announce team’s table and onto Lesnar!  Punk then sets his sights on Paul Heyman who falls as he is trying to get away from Punk.  As soon as Punk gets his hands on Heyman, Lesnar comes charging full speed and punches Punk’s back.  Lesnar kicks Punk in the mid-section and throws him into not one but both announce tables!  Lesnar takes the top cover off one of the announce tables, places it on Punk’s back and steps on it, breaking it in half and inflicting pain on Punk.  Paul Heyman is laughing at the sight of Brock’s destruction on Punk.  Brock hits Punk with a Suplex before throwing him back into the ring and Brock quickly following.  Punk is able to hit Lesnar with kicks to the mid-section before Brock punches Punk so hard that he goes flying face first onto the mat.

Punk is able to get up and walks to the corner of the ring but Lesnar quickly gets up, turns Punk around and hits Punk in the mid-section with his shoulder. Lesnar then takes Punk into the center of the ring and puts him in a Bear Hug Lock which further increases the pain Punk is feeling in his rib and mid-section.  Punk is able to break the Bear Hug Lock by throwing his elbow into Brock’s face several times.  Punk bumps the ropes and Brock catches Punk with a knee to the mid-section.  Paul Heyman screams at Punk to stay down in which Brock keeps Punk down by connecting his knee to Punk’s knee.  Then Brock pushes Punk’s face down as he is continuing to dig his knee into Punk’s mid-section until the referee breaks it up.  Brock then picks Punk up and puts him in another Bear Hug Lock as Paul Heyman looking on, once again showing his approval by once again wearing that devious smile.  Punk throws his elbows one by one behind him towards Brock’s face in order to break the Bear Hug Lock.  Punk is able to get out of the hold and punches Brock in the face followed by a kick to the mid-section.  Punk makes his way up onto the top turnbuckle where he jumps and Brock catches him and throws him down hard onto the mat.  Paul Heyman is instructing Brock to “finish him” and “show him who is The Beast”.  Brock picks up Punk and connects Punk’s rib to his knee twice.  Brock tries to pin Punk not once, not twice, but three times – all to which Punk kicks out at two each time.

As Brock puts Punk into a Headlock, The WWE Universe get behind him by chanting his name as loud as they can.  This motivates Punk as he hits Brock with elbows to his mid-section to break the hold and then does the unthinkable: he bites Brock’s ear!  Punk resumes his focus on the mid-section by kicking it several times followed by connecting his forearm to Brock’s face several times.  Punk once again climbs onto the top turnbuckle and you can see Brock is a little out of it as he staggers and falls to one knee on the mat.  This time, Punk successfully connects with Brock as he jumps off the top turnbuckle.  Brock is now in the corner of the ring in which Punk connects a High Knee to his face.  Punk then goes to the opposite corner of the ring, runs and connects another High Knee to Brock’s face.  Punk tries to go for a third High Knee which Lesnar counters but Punk is able to connect a Round House Kick to Lesnar’s face!  Punk again goes for the top rope, jumps and connects with Lesnar, tries to pin The Beast but he kicks out two.  Punk announces it’s time to “Go To Sleep” but Brock immediately counters and puts Punk in a F5 who counters and hits Brock with another Round House Kick that knocks Brock down.  Punk then tries to set up the GTS but Brock gets off Punk’s shoulders and hits him with The Kimono.  Brock then brings Punk down to the mat and Punk immediately locks in an Armbar and hits Brock in the face repeatedly with his leg.  Brock tries to counter and immediately ends up in a Triangle.  Brock is able to get on his feet with Punk holding on and hits Punk with a Powerbomb but Punk still does not let go of his hold.  Brock hits Punk with another Powerbomb, this time resulting in Punk breaking the hold.  Brock then pins Punk who kicks out at two.

The fans are going crazy with “This is awesome!” chants at the sight of this incredible match.  Brock hits Punk with a Suplex three times along with a forearm to the face.  He tries to pin Punk but Punk kicks put at two.  Brock leaves the ring, makes his way to where Lilian Garcia is sitting and grabs a chair to take back into the ring with him.  As he turns around, Punk is on the top turnbuckle, jumps and Brock holds up the chair which hits them both; Punk in the ribs and Brock in the head.  Punk now has possession of the chair and hits Brock in the back with it twice.  Both men make their way back into the ring and now Brock has possession of the chair.  As Brock is about to hit Punk with it, Punk hits Brock in between the legs with a low blow.  Punk takes control of the chair and climbs up to the top turnbuckle with it in hand.  He jumps off the top turnbuckle and connects the chair with Lesnar’s face.  He then pins Brock who kicks out at two.  Punk hits Brock with the chair twice and as he is about to hit Brock once again, Paul catches the chair.  Punk grabs Paul’s tie and Brock gets up and sets Punk up for the F5, but Punk will not let go of Paul’s tie.  Both men are screaming at Punk to let go but he refuses, which results in Brock having to forfeit his attempt at the F5.  As Brock does this, Punk successfully connects the GTS onto Brock, pins and Paul breaks up the pin at two and punches Punk several times in the back.  As Punk sets his eyes on Paul, Paul is able to get out of the ring and as Punk is distracted, Brock tries to hit Punk with the F5 but Punk counters with an incredible DDT!  Punk pins Brock but Brock kicks out at two.

Punk puts Brock in a Headlock and Paul comes into the ring with the chair to hit Punk but Punk breaks his hold and sets his attention to Heyman.  Punk has his foot on the chair Paul brought into the ring, preventing him from picking it up.  Punk punches Heyman in the face and puts him in a Headlock.  Brock breaks this up by hitting Punk in the back with the chair three times, followed by the F5 onto the chair and the pin.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

 

The ruthless aggression both The Best and The Beast inflicted on one another, pushing their bodies to the limits, and the entertainment value – including Heyman – provided just made it one of my all-time favorite matches.  I strongly encourage you to watch it for yourselves.  It really sucks you in, investing all of your attention into it that you’re screaming and hollering right along with the fans who had the privilege of seeing it live.  I wouldn’t be surprised that after watching it yourselves, it will become one of your all-time favorites as well.

This match and pay-per-view, among many others, are available to watch on The WWE Network for only $9.99 a month!

Flashback Friday (07.15.16)

Throughout WWE’s history, we’ve witnessed so many entertaining and historic matches. There have been moments where we laughed, celebrated to the point where the noise ordinance was broken, and shocked us to the point where we were left speechless.  I want to honor these amazing moments and those who created them by creating a new blog segment called Flashback Friday.

summerslam89On this week’s Flashback Friday, we go allllll the way back to 1989 for the second annual SummerSlam pay-per-view taking place in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  Today, we relive The Honky Tonk Man taking on “The American Dream”, Dusty Rhodes!

The Honky Tonk Man comes out to the ring accompanied by “The Mouth from the South” Jimmy Hart with Dusty Rhodes coming out to the ring shortly after. The Honky Tonk Man begins to break out some dance moves in the ring, which Jimmy Hart further encourages him by saying “Show them how you dance” in his megaphone.   Whether Dusty felt Jimmy was talking to him or wanted to show the fans what he was made of, Dusty busted out some moves!  He got the fans going and the match quickly began by the two gentlemen locking arms.   With arms still locked, Dusty gets Honky Tonk into the corner of the ring.  The referee breaks up the Armlock and Dusty walks away.  While Dusty’s back is turned, Honky Tonk goes charging at him but Dusty hits Honky Tonk with a Back Drop.  As soon as Dusty was about to hit The Honky Tonk Man with an Elbow, Honky Tonk rolls out of the ring and joins Jimmy Hart ringside.  The referee begins to count out Honky Tonk who rolls back into the ring at three.  Dusty gets Honky Tonk’s arm and puts it in an Armbar, putting pressure on it with his elbow!  Jimmy Hart is talking to Honky Tonk through his megaphone, trying to motivate him in hopes of getting him out of the Armbar.  Dusty breaks the lock up himself so he could take his hands and viciously rub them in Honky Tonk’s hair!  Anyone and everyone who knows Honky Tonk knows you neeeevvvveeerrrr mess with his hair!  This infuriated Honky Tonk to no one’s suprirse and goes to punch Dusty in the face who counters and hits Honky Tonk with an Atomic Drop followed by an Elbow to the face.  Dusty puts Honky Tonk into the corner of the ring, gets his feet on the second rope and hits Honky Tonk with ten punches, with the fans counting each one.  Dusty then gets ahold of Honky Tonk’s ankle and begins twisting it, putting some very uncomfortable pressure on his leg.  Jimmy is speaking to Honky Tonk through the megaphone once again trying to motivate Honky Tonk out of the maneuver.  Dusty is annoyed by this and tells Jimmy to shut up, which of course Jimmy ignores and keeps on talking.  Clearly, Jimmy’s motivational words worked as Honky Tonk is able to punch Dusty and put him in headlock.  Honky Tonk punches Dusty’s head twice but on the third strike, Dusty is able to counter.  Dusty then puts Honky Tonk into a headlock and punches The Honky Tonk Man.  Dusty then bumps the ropes, Honky Tonk ducks and Dusty jumps over him going to bump the ropes again but Jimmy Hart interferes and grabs his leg.  Dusty goes out of the ring and after Jimmy gets done doing what he does best – talking – to the fans, he turns around to see Dusty behind him.  He quickly walks away from Dusty who is following him and makes a beeline to into the ring!  Jimmy threw down his megaphone and the referee had to step in between Jimmy and Dusty.  At this time, The Honky Tonk Man got his hands on Jimmy’s megaphone to use at the opportune time.  This opportune time occurred just seconds later, as Dusty turns his back on a distracted referee and is hit in the mid-section with the megaphone.  Honky Tonk throws the megaphone out of the ring, pins Dusty but Dusty kicks out at two.

Honky Tonk kicks Dusty in his mid-section to the point where Dusty falls next to the ropes and Honky Tonk continues by kicking his side. The referee breaks it up and as the referee is distracted, Jimmy pushes Dusty’s head down on the apron then walks away before the referee notices what happened.  Honky Tonk then puts Dusty in a Reverse Chin Lock which Dusty rallies up the fans by throwing up his arms several times.  Dusty is able to get out of the Reverse Chin Lock with an elbow to Honky Tonk’s mid-section.  Dusty once again bumps the ropes and The Honky Tonk Man catches him with a knee to the mid-section.  Dusty falls to the mat, barreling in pain.  Honky Tonk hits Dusty with a Double Ax Handle Blow to the back with Jimmy Hart verbally applauding Tonk’s actions through the megaphone.  Honky Tonk then puts Dusty in a Sleeperhold which results in Dusty falling lifeless on the mat.  The referee begins to lift Dusty’s arm which falls twice but on the third, Dusty keeps it up.  Although Dusty is still in the Sleeperhold, Dusty gets to his knees and once to his feet, he is able to punch Honkey Tonk in the mid-section.  Dusty then picks The Honky Tonk Man up, slams him on the mat, tries to connect an Elbow Drop but Honky Tonk moves out of the way.  The Honky Tonk man tries to pin Dusty but he kicks out at one.

The Honky Tonk Man puts Dusty back into a Reverse Chin Lock and Dusty is able to get up and get Honky Tonk into the corner of the ring. He hits Honky Tonk with blows to the mid-section using his shoulder and Honky Tonk kicks Dusty’s mid-section in order to get out of the corner of the ring.  Dusty and Honky Tonk exchange punches.  Dusty is then taking the lead, punching a wobbly Honky Tonk Man and hits him with a Double Shot to the head.  Dusty takes Honky Man and puts him in the corner of the ring; Dusty goes charging at Honky Tonk but Honky Tonk moves and Dusty hits the ring post.  Honky Tonk then tosses Dusty out of the corner of the ring and goes colliding into the referee.  With the referee down, The Honky Man sees this as the perfect opportunity to get the upper hand in the match.  He kicks Dusty in the head, picks him up and instructs Jimmy to get his guitar.  Jimmy does as he’s told and as he goes to hit Dusty, he moves and ends up hitting The Honky Tonk Man instead!  The Honky Tonk Man falls down flat on the mat which Dusty takes this as a perfect opportunity to hit him with an Elbow followed by the pin.

Winner: Dusty Rhodes

 

This was such an entertaining match. It’s undeniable how these men became legends in the industry as their personas were larger than life.

This match and pay-per-view, among many others, are available to watch on The WWE Network for only $9.99 a month!

Flashback Friday (07.08.16)

badbloodThis week’s Flashback Friday takes place at the Bad Blood pay-per-view that was held on June 13, 2004 in Columbus, OH.  I’m excited to announce that this is the first Flashback Friday blog post I’ve written that all of the opponents are women!   After your intrigue in this match has set in, I’m sure you’re wondering why I said “all” and not just “opponents” and there is an answer for that.  The answer being is this is not a one-on-one match or a Triple Threat match, it’s a Fatal 4Way!  Yes, you read right! This is a Fatal 4Way where the current Womens Champion Victoria puts her title on the line against Lita, Trish Stratus and Gail Kim!

The show starts off with Trish Stratus making her way to the ring, accompanied by Tyson Tomko. Gail Kim is next time to come out followed by The Womens Champion Victoria then Lita.  All four women are in the ring and Trish becomes the focus of her opponents.  She quickly gets out of the ring where then the focus is now on Gail Kim. Lita and Victoria team up to try and hit Gail with a Double Clothesline which Gail is able to counter but Victoria is successful in connecting a Clothesline to Gail the second attempt. As Victoria continues to hit Gail with Clotheslines and chops to the chest, Lita makes her way out of the ring to work on Trish Stratus. Lita and Trish exchange punches before Tyson gets in between them, stopping Lita from further punching Trish. Back in the ring, Victoria throws Gail over her and then hits her with a Body Slam. Victoria does a little booty shake before she does a back flip onto Gail, who is laying flat on the mat. Victoria attempts to pin Gail to retain her title but both Lita and Trish break up the pin.

Lita then begins to punch Gail in the corner of the ring while Trish throws Victoria outside of the ring. Trish then pulls Lita off of Gail so she can begin punching her. After Gail hits Trish in the mid-section with her knee, Lita runs and uses Trish’s back to step over her and hit Gail with a Clotheslines. Gail rolls out of the ring in pain, leaving Trish and Lita to duke it out. Punches are exchanged between the two before Trish hits Lita in the mid-section with her knee. She tries to Lita in the face but Lita is able to move out of the way just in time. Lita then rolls Trish up, does a Bridge Maneuver and as the referee begins to count, Tyson pulls Lita off of Trish by grabbing and pulling her head. The referee notices Tyson’s interference and throws him out from being ringside! The ref told Tyson that if he doesn’t leave, he will immediately disqualify Trish from the match. Tyson leaves and as Trish watches him walk away, Lita grabs Trish by the hair and hits her with the Twist of Fate. As Lita pins, Gail breaks it up.

Victoria then makes her way back into the ring and kicks Gail in the mid-section followed by a Sidewalk Slam. Victoria pins Gail but Lita breaks the pin at two. As Lita is making her way to Victoria, Trish rolls Lita up but Lita kicks out of her pin at two. Lita punches Trish then grabs Trish’s head by her legs and flips Trish! Trish rolls out of the ring and Gail quickly tries to put Lita in her signature maneuver but Victoria breaks the hold. Victoria slaps Gail in the face and after Gail bumps the ropes, she hooks in her signature maneuver, The Satellite Maneuver, on the Womens Champion. Trish breaks it up and then the two women go at it by slapping each other. Gail then tries to put Trish in a Sleeper Hold but Victoria breaks it up. Victoria and Lita begin throwing punches at one another which then leads to Victoria flipping Lita above her. Lita then throws Victoria into the corner of the ring and as Lita is charging at her, Victoria does the same which results in an ugly collision. Victoria, clearly in pain, rolls out of the mat and Gail makes her way back in, making them the only two opponents in the ring. Gail goes charging at Lita, who is in the corner of the ring at this time, but Lita counters and hits Gail with an elbow to the face. Lita tries to pin Gail but Gail kicks out at two.

Lita then connects two Clotheslines back to back on Gail. Gail is able to throw Lita in the corner of the ring, where she goes running at Lita but Lita moves, resulting in Gail hitting the ring post so hard, so almost fell out of the ring entirely! Lita pulls Gail back in and connects an amazing (and I mean amazing) DDT to Gail. Lita is about to pin Gail which surely would have resulted in a victory, however Trish sneaks back into the ring and rolls Lita up and pins Lita to become a 5x Womens Champion!

Winner: Trish Stratus

 

What a sneaky little minx! Trish struck at the most opportune time to become the first 5x Womens Champion. Clearly, all the women were upset (Gail couldn’t because she was laying their practically lifeless on the mat) except for Trish, of course. Trish had a deviously happy smile painted across her face as she held the Womens Championship high above her.

This match and pay-per-view, among many others, are available to watch on The WWE Network for only $9.99 a month!