Credit Rafi Stern and Pwinsider.com:
WWE returned to the Westchester County Center on 9/22.
The show opened with AJ Lee coeing out to make an announcement but she was cut off by CM Punk and Paul Heyman interrupting her. Punk said he doesn't need to work tonight because John Cena is hurt and is not there to compete. AJ tells him the fans will decide what match he was have and it will be against the Big Show. The choices were Best Two out of Three Falls or a Lumberjack Match and they had the fans voting via text messaging.
*Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara defeated the Miz and Tensai via Swanton bomb on Tensai.
After the match Miz grabbed the mic and says he never lost and is tired of partners losing and holding him down. He says he could beat Rey. Rey comes down the ramp and they start a match...
*Rey Mysterio defeated the Miz via a 619 in a non-title match.
*Michael McGuillicuty defeated Dean Ambrose. The crowd wasn't into this match but Ambrose got a decent reaction from people who knew him.
*WWE United States champion Antonio Cesaro defeated Zack Ryder. A solid match that went back and forth. Crowd was very pro Ryder.
*Damien Sandow defeats Justin Gabriel.
*In a match with special guest referee Aksana, WWE Divas champ Eve defeats Leyla. Match had great spots that the crowd enjoyed. They both were doing a split on the mat while throwing punches at each other. Solid match by both performers. Eve caught Layla with a neckbreaker after she almost nailed Aksana, who purposely stepped in the way. Layla pushed Aksana away, allowing Eve to nail the finisher.
*Brodus clay defeats Heath Slater with a splash and danced with some kids.
*Big Show defeated WWE champ CM Punk via DQ when Punk nailed him with the WWE title belt. The fans decided it's a lumberjack match. The match starts and CM punk is trying to escape, but gets thrown back by Ryder and Gabriel. There was a nice spot with a chokeslam attempt turned into a DDT delivered by Punk. A few chops from Big Show to Punk. Punk tried escaping a few times and even ran up the aisle, but kept getting thrown back in. Big Show hit his chokeslam finisher on Punk but Damien Sandow put Punk's foot on the rope. Show nailed several heels who got on the apron. The lumberjacks started fighting with each other. Heyman slid Punk the belt and he nailed Show. Punk worked over Show. Rey hit the ring to make the save but was clobbered with the belt. Cara then hit the ring and was laid out as well. Punk celebrated on the buckles but Show recovered behind his back and KO'd Punk as he came off the ropes. Show left with the Luchadors. An unconscious Punk was dragged to the back by officials as Heyman screamed concern.
Overall, it was a poor show. Not a lot of talent compared to a lot of shows I've gone to.
-- Here are the SHINE 3 iPPV results from 9.21.12:
* Santana defeated Sienna Duvall via pin
* Leva Bates defeated Kimberly via pin
* The West Coast Connection (Tracy Taylor and Su Yung) defeated Rainbow Bright (Gabby Gilbert and Luscious Latasha) via pin
* Taylor Made (with Allysin Kay and April Hunter) defeated Greek Barbie via pin
* Jayme Jameson defeated Mercedes Martinez via pin
* Jessicka Havok defeated Mia Yim via pin
* Allysin Kay (with Taylor Made and April Hunter) defeated Christina Von Eerie via pin
* Jazz defeated Rain via submission
* It was announced that SHIMMER Champion Saraya Knight will be at SHINE 4 to defend the SHIMMER title against Jazz.
-- Here are the TNA house show results from Winston-Salem, NC on 9.21.12:
Credit: Chris Shore and prowrestling.net:
I was cautiously optimistic as the wife and I headed to the LJVM Annex for my first ever-live TNA show. All of the reports we get from TNA live events are good, but those usually come from TNA fans, and sometimes fans can be blinded by their fandom. Not that I'm not a fan of TNA, but house shows are a horse of a different color than what you see on TV and PPV and you never know what you are going to get.
Roughly 700 people joined us for the show, a respectable showing from numbers I have heard from other house shows. Anybody in the area who has any idea about the size of the company doesn't anymore as TNA runs in the Annex, or old coliseum, here in Winston. That's not a knock on the company, but it does put things in perspective as to the difference in crowd sizes with both WWE, which fills the actual coliseum in the next town over when they come, and ROH which couldn't sell enough tickets at this same venue and had to cancel the show.
My first reaction on sitting down was anger I did not bring my camera. Four house lights had been strung to hang just above the ring to light it, and the look was incredibly old school. TNA has a basic ramp with a few lights, but less lights than ROH travels with. The vast majority of fans were on the floor, which were VIP seating. VIP ticket holders also got to be part of a meet and greet earlier in the day.
Jeremy Borash's voice introduced SoCal Val. I say his voice because Borash is in the UK. I don't know if it was recorded in pieces and the sound guy waited for crowd response before playing the next, or if Borash just has a feel for how crowds would react, but it played out perfectly, a rare event for recorded audio. Val looked great and did a good job of getting the crowd hyped up. The crowd had decent energy, but held back a lot until the main event when they went nuts. More on that later.
Right out of the gate, Val did something strange, and it was my only gripe with how the show was run. She announced that four people would get to meet RVD later, and that to be eligible, you needed to head to the Direct Auto Insurance table, "right now." As fans rushed over to the table near the entrance, Val announced the first match. It is a small error, but I can't understand sending the fans away... (Continues on next page)