TNA returns to the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana on September 24th, 2011. Go to http://wherewrestlinghappens.tk or http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com for info about upcoming wrestling shows worldwide.
According to his Facebook, Trevor Murdoch's offer from the WWE to return to the company has now been pulled. He wrote the following on Facebook:
Well I got a call from Johnny Ace saying they weren't going to go threw with my contract. He told me "budget cut's". I say bullsh**. I think I'm done with pro wrestling. Anybody know of any job opening's?"
WWE Monday Night Raw on September 5th, 2011 will be held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com and http://facebook.com/prowrestlingevents for info about wrestling shows worldwide.
In his new blog, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross wrote the following:
"CM Punk's show closing promo on MNR is still seemingly the talk of the wrestling biz. It was the best promo that I've heard on TV in years. Can't say it was the definitive 'best ever' but it ranks among the best that I can recall. Steve Austin, who cut some memorable promos in his day, was extremely impressed with Punk's work as were several other great promo men such as JBL and Mick Foley."
"Normally when a talent is extremely passionate about a topic or an issue and speaks from their heart and not from a memorized document, the promo has a fighting chance at being stellar."
"The first thing that must be in place for a promo to be great is that it must be natural ala from the heart and not from memory plus the talent must believe in what they are saying and not simply verbally filling time. Every promo must have a reason for taking place much akin to why most matches occur especially on PPV or in TV main events"
"Talking on a wrestling show should be special, and that means all talk, and with the special meaning that all talk should have a purpose. Too much talk for talk's sake waters down the product, slows the process and disconnects with many viewers especially when it is obvious that the talents that are talking are not skilled and/or are simply reciting what they've memorized."
"Punk says that he is leaving after the MITB Ladder Match PPV in Punk's hometown of Chicago in July. He also says he's leaving WWE with the WWE Title. Those two elements certainly should make for some compelling TV on Monday Night Raw. Whether Punk wins or doesn't win the WWE Title is a hill I choose not to die upon but Punk staying in WWE is something that I personally hope happens in some shape, form or fashion. punk has as much to say about that eventual decision as anyone and as we have seen if one can predict what Punk's going to do next then take those instincts to Vegas and make some big money."
"Punk's promo was reminiscent of the Attitude Era but it was totally PG. PG can be edgy but it doesn't need to travel an uncreative, low road to be attitudinal or cool. "
Throughout the history of Professional Wrestling and Sports Entertainment there have been some unforgettable Heels. These are the Superstars that made us boo louder than we ever had before. Through the use of a bad guy character, these Superstars were able to get themselves over and develop baby faces who would forever change wrestling. A good heel turn can take a beloved fan-favorite and turn them into a despicable villain over the course of a single match, promo or vignette. On this edition, host Sean Beckerman goes to the “dark side” as he looks at some of the greatest heel turns of all time. Listen to audio clips featuring classic interviews and monumental moments for each dastardly heel. Some of the Superstars featured are: Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, Bob Backlund, Sgt. Slaughter, CM Punk, and many many more... so buckle up and take a trip back down memory lane and go Beyond the Bell on the SNS Radio Network!
The show started with Bully Ray, Scott Steiner, and Gunner from Immortal coming to the ring. Mr. Anderson eventually came out. Ray lets Anderson know that he is either with them or against them. Steiner and Gunner also have something to say to Anderson. They mention the handicap match that Immortal has against Sting and Kurt Angle later tonight. Sting's music hits and the lights in the Impact Wrestling Zone go out. The lights go back on and Kurt Angle ends up in the ring and lays out the members of Immortal before having a stare down with Anderson
In a Bound for Glory Series Match: Crimson defeated Bobby Roode match via Red Sky.
Abyss is backstage with a towel over his head. They cut to Brian Kendrick in his robe meditating wearing while Abyss' mask.
In the ring, a now fully clothed Brian Kendrick comes to the ring wearing Abyss' mask. Kendrick calls out Abyss, who is still wearing the towel over his head. Kendrick cuts a cryptic promo on why Abyss wears a mask and he mentions their match at Destination X. Kendrick gives the mask back to Abyss, who puts it on. After putting the mask on, Abyss beats up Kendrick and hits Shock Treatment followed by a Black Hole Slam. Abyss goes outside and grabs a chair and is about to hit Kendrick with it, but Amazing Red, Generation Me, and Alex Shelley make the save while Abyss leaves the ring.
Kurt Angle is walking around backstage until he sees Sting, who is laughing. Sting cuts a promo talking about next week’s Midsummer Nightmare Impact.
In an X Division Showcase Qualifying Match, Jack Evans defeated Tony Nese and Jesse Sorensen via 630 Splash.
The Contract match at Destination X is set and it will be Jack Evans vs. Low Ki vs. Zema Ion (Shiima Xion) vs. Austin Aries.
In a Handicap Match, Velvet Sky defeated ODB and Jackie. Because they are still not ‘under contract’, ODB and Jackie did not get entrances and entered from the backstage area. ODB went to hit Velvet with a chair and accidentally hit Jackie. Velvet kicked the chair into ODB, and hit a Snap DDT on Jackie for the three count.
In a Four Corners Survival Match, Rob Van Dam defeated AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, and Jerry Lynn. The match featured a lot of action with Rob Van Dam or Jerry Lynn squaring off with AJ Styles or Christopher Daniels. Van Dam and Lynn did have a brief sequence against each other during the match. The finish came when Jerry Lynn hit a Kryptonite Krunch on Christopher Daniels followed by Rob Van Dam hitting a Five Star Frog Splash on Daniels and getting the three count.
In a Bound For Glory Series Match, Devon and D’Angelo Dinero defeated James Storm and Matt Morgan when Devon pinned Storm. Prior to the match, Devon tried to keep Dinero from going near his kids who were at ringside. During the match, Matt Morgan pulled James Storm off of Devon because he wanted the points for the series. Morgan took a fall to the outside and appeared to be injured. While the referee was distracted, Dinero hit Storm with the TNA tag title and tagged in Devon and allowed Devon to get the pinfall. Devon appeared to be confused about the situation.
Backstage, Hulk Hogan attacks Sting with a baseball bat.
In a handicap match, Bully Ray, Abyss, Scott Steiner, and Gunner defeated Kurt Angle and Sting. Due to the attack by Hulk Hogan, Sting did not make his way to the ring for the match. Angle had the upper hand for most of the match. Mr. Anderson's music played and he came out and got on the apron in Kurt's corner. Kurt tagged him in, and Anderson looked to hit the Mic Check on Ray, but stopped and turned around and hit it on Angle. He dragged Angle to the corner so Anderson could tag out, and Bully Ray pinned Kurt Angle.
After the match, Anderson jumped into Immortal's arms and was hoisted in the air by Abyss. Hulk Hogan came out to the stage and applauded.
Smackdown begins with Christian trying to set up a contract signing for a world title match at MITB ppv. Teddy Long points out Mark Henry, not Christian pinned Orton in last week and Henry gets a match. If Henry wins, he might get the title shot. Obviously Christian is pissed. He's banned from ringside. Orton versus Henry is up first. Ends with both men outside on the floor with ref counting when Big Show's music hits. No Show to be seen but Henry is distracted. Orton RKO's him at 8 count and gets in ring to win the match.
Henry then trashes the sound board and throws the audio technician off the stage.
Daniel Bryan defeated Dibiase with a guillotine choke. Good match as always.
Backstage, Christian and Teddy are back to talking about the contract and Teddy accused Christian of being the one to play the Big Show's music. Teddy sets up the contract signing and a match between Christian and Sin Cara.
Video package on Khali turning on Rajin Singh 5 weeks ago.
Christian defeated Sin Cara in an OK match with the killswitch. Sin Cara hit his entrance. Started out ok but Cara started botching some moves. Had some good acrobatic moves though.
Cody defeated the Intercontinental Champ Ezekiel Jackson when Ted Dibiase interfered. OK match.
Kane defeated Wade Barrett with the chokeslam. Decent match. Kane even did a cross-body.
Contract signing. Christian has lawyer. Both say they are going to win and that they can't beat each other. Orton signs but when Christian goes to sign Sheamus comes out of the crowd and hits the brogue kick on both. He tears up the contract and leaves the ring with Orton and Christian down and out. That's the end of the taping
According to PWInsider, CM Punk's entire promo at the end of RAW this week was improvised by Punk and not scripted. Nobody in the back knew what Punk was going to say until he said it live on RAW.
WWE officials told Punk to go out and say in his own words why he was leaving the company, why he wanted the WWE Title and why he wanted to leave with it in his possession. There was a discussion that when officials felt Punk was going too far, they would pull the plug on the segment and cut his mic.
It's said that Punk was upset months ago when Triple H came back to feud with The Undertaker and while some of his comments on RAW towards Vince McMahon were well thought out to appear not as a shoot to the average viewer, most believe that Punk's comments towards Triple H and John Laurinaitis were strictly a shoot.
Word also is that Punk had some notes for his speech jotted down on his wrist tape.
As far as his contract status, Punk's deal apparently expires the second week of July but he signed an extension to work through Money in the Bank. Still with last night's new storyline development, sources maintain that Punk is leaving at Money in the Bank.
TNA Wrestler Kurt Angle tweeted the following regarding CM Punk's promo on Raw:
CM Punk had classic promo last night. Good for Him. But if U ever say another word about Me again, Ur toast! If U don't believe Me, try Me! You know what i mean bro, stop being a kid while talking crap on twitter, Find my number and call me like a man. I just want Peace.