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Ben Ortiz vs. Sonjay Dutt
Ortiz is a student of the HOH Academy I believe. He’s a burly guy. He attacked Dutt as he played to the crowd and choked him with his own ring vest. Ortiz drilled Dutt with a series of rights in the corner but Dutt came back with several kicks to the legs. Ortiz absorbed them and dared Dutt to do more. Dutt fired himself up, getting the crowd clapping, and nailed a springboard dropkick off the ropes for a two count.
Dutt nailed several kicks but was caught leaping off the ropes and dropped across the top rope. Ortiz nailed a side slam and scored a two count. He worked over Dutt’s back and nailed him with a running punch off the ropes while Dutt was in the sitting position, scoring a two count.
Ortiz continued working over Dutt’s back and nailed him with a running Avalanche followed by a running Superman punch in the corner. He covered Dutt for another two count. The crowd clapped to rally Dutt. Dutt made a comeback and nailed a running Yakuza kick in the corner, then hit a tornado DDT.
Ortiz sent Dutt into the corner but was nailed with a back elbow. He clobbered Dutt and scored another two count. Dutt made a comeback with a backflip into a double stomp and scored the pin.
Your winner, Sonjay Dutt!
Good opener. Ortiz reminded me of a younger Bam Bam Bigelow. He had some nice power moves and hit things with a nice intensity.
Matt Striker vs. Lance Anoa’i
Striker came out and began complaining to the crowd that they are here to chant for Hardcore and ECW, but they are both dead. Some fans chanted for ECW, but he chided them for not chanting HOH and said what they should be chanting for Sports-Entertainment. Fans chanted that and Striker said that if Vince McMahon was watching, “I’m still credible.” He was doing Roddy Piper-like mannerisms.
Striker turned his attention to Lance and ran down his family tree, then said in a few years he’ll have a grass skirt and fat ass. Lance said Striker was mad that he’s going to get a job and Striker couldn’t keep one. Striker nailed him with a right hand and suplexed him over, then double stomped him across the chest for a two count.
Striker worked over Lance and hit an exploder into the corner. He covered him for a two count. He scissored Lance’s waist and wore him down on the mat, rolling him over on his shoulders several times for two counts. The story here is the cocky heel veteran vs. the young babyface upstart.
Lance made a comeback and came off the top with a splash but missed and Striker rolled him up and hooked the tights, scoring the pin.
Your winner, Matt Striker!
Striker posed like Jimmy Snuka to mock Lance, who attacked him and tossed him back into the ring. He nailed a superkick, laying Striker out on the ramp.
Good old school style match that told a story.
Carlito & Rosita vs. Stevie Richards & Tara
Richards and Tara came out to the old Victoria “Tatu” song that she used in WWE. I popped for that.
The crowd chanted BWO at Richards. He and Carlito started out. Richards is playing his heel WWE persona. They locked up and he pushed Carlito into the corner. They broke clean and Richards said, “I’ll show you, you see.”
Richards slapped Carlito and he slapped Richards down. They slugged it back and forth. Carlito nailed a dropkick and Richards ran to Victoria, cowering in the corner. He tagged in Tara.
Tara wanted to wrestle Carito but he balked. She slapped him and nailed several hiptosses on him, then slammed him, then nailed a standing moonsault on him for a two count.
They locked up and Carlito ended up holding her in a sexually intimate position, and broke it laughing. Richards tagged in and dared Rosita to tag in. The crowd chanted “Yes!” to this. She was game and tagged in. She got in Richards’ face, which was great since she’s so much smaller. Richards got on his knees to mock her so she kicked him in the face and challenged him.
Richards easily grabbed her for a sideslam. She turned it into a head scissors. Tara hit the ring and was nailed with a Thesz Press and drilled with punches. Tara was sent into Richards but when Rosita went to rebound off the ropes, he tripped her.
Tara worked over Rosita and raked her on the mat, then drilled her with a series of shoulderblocked in the corner. Rosita caught her with a sunset flip for a two count, but Tara drilled her face first into the mat, then slammed her. Richards tagged in and covered Rosita in an insulting position, then pulled her up. He teased ramming her into the buckles but she slipped off his shoulders and rolled him up for a two count.
Richards and Tara regained control. Tara drilled her down to the mat from a Fireman’s Carry position. Tara went for a superplex but was fought off. Rosita leapt off with a leaping rana. She Matrixed out of a clothesline attempt and nailed a stunner for a two count.
Tara went for the Widow’s Peak but Rosita slipped out and nailed a neckbreaker. Carlito and Stevie tagged in and fought back and forth. Carlito nailed a springboard elbow off the ropes for a two count. All four battled in the ring.
Stevie and Tara nailed stereo kicks and laid them both out. Carito wiped out the referee in the process. Tara went up for a moonsault but Stevie insisted he get to do it. He went up and changed his mind and called for….The Blue Meanie!
Meanie came to the ring and climbed up. Well he couldn’t get up so they pushed him up like Richards used to do in ECW. It took forever so Carlito and Rosita recovered and laid them out. Meanie was still taking forever, so Carlito went outside and spit the apple on him. He fell off the ropes. Rosita nailed a moonsault on Stevie and scored the pin after a new referee hit the ring.
Your winners, Rosita & Carlito!
A good back and tag match with some funny comedy mixed in. A good undercard so far, much better than HOH2 was at this point.
After the match. Tara was so angered, she hit the Widow’s Peak on the new referee.
Hardcore Rumble – Pinfall, Submission and Over the Top Elimination
The first two competitors were John Redbeard and Joe Caldo. A lot of the competitors will be HOH Academy students. They are doing entrances every minute. They battled back and forth. Redbeard nailed a suplex and whipped Caldo into the corner. Caldo reversed it and took him down with a leg lariat for a two count.
A third competitor, a masked man named Robert Castillo, hit the ring. He covered Caldo. Redbeard slammed him and Castillo nailed a swanton on him for a two count. The next competitor out was King Danza. He had a manager and attacked arrogant.
They all worked over Caldo in the corner. The referee, who was female, tried to stop them and Redbeard shoved her down hard. The next wrestler out was the referee, Brooke Danielle. She slapped Redbeard and ripped off her shirt to reveal an outfit. She nailed a drop toehold and eliminated Castillo. Caldo and Redbeard eliminated each other. Danza grabbed Brooke and pressed her over the top to the floor into the arms of Redbeard.
Next out was D3 who was in the ring with Danza. He nailed a nice dropkick on Danza, avoided a charge in the corner and hit a handstand into a splash off the top for a one count. D3 nailed a moonsault for a two count. Next out was Harley Cruise. He was a burly guy and teamed with Danza to beat down D3.
Next out was Little Guido, who cleaned house on Danza and nailed the Sicilian Slice on him. Guido teamed with D3 to work on Cruise. Next out was Nick Owens. He nailed a nice powerslam on D3.
Next out was Danny Doring, who was doing commentary. He came out fixing his tights. He hit an awesome Alabama Jam on Owens for a pin, eliminating him. Next out was Devito!
Devito entered the ring and met Doring and Guido in the middle. They all embraced, being former ECW talents, then turned on each other. Devito and Doring nailed a double flapjack on Guido. Doring turned on him, hitting the Bareback and Guido rolled him up for the pin. Devito was eliminated. Doring tossed Guido. The crowd chanted, “bullsh**” at that.
Next out was a wrestler named FUNGUS. Doring was tossed out. D3 took out Caldo and Danza. Fungus snapped his neck over the top. Next out was Anthony Michaels. They all battled. Next out was David Sizzle. He missed a few spots but was trying to do some high flying stuff.
CJ Mirror was out next. Mint Mike Mitchell hit the ring next . The ring was not filling up so they all battled. Out next was the masked Silent Assassin. He nailed a nice double chokeslam.
Bill Carr was up next. He’s gotten around a bit, including NYWC. He began clobbering everyone with nice clotheslines. He powerbombed CJ Mirror into the buckles and pinned him. Our next was Hale Collins, who got a nice pop as he’s popular in these parts.
Collins hit the ring and clotheslined Harley Cruise over the top to the floor, then took out the Silent Assassin and King Danza. Out next was Shooter Schultz, who hit the ring and raked everyone’s backs. Next out was Vik Dalishus. Larry Dallas and Monique were managing him.
Vik hit the ring, killed D3 and eliminated him. Vik and Collins, who feuded in NEW in the same venue, began brawling all around the ring. He nailed a dropkick but was attacked by Carr, who killed him with a great clothesline. They all battled.
Last out was Spike Dudley, who nailed Acid Drop on Shultz and Carr and pinned them. He was tossed over the top. Collins and Vik were left. Collins had him beaten down and went to the top. Monique got in the ring to block him and Collins grabbed her hair, only it was a wig. He was distracted long enough by that shock, that Vik shoved him over the top to the floor.
Your winner, Vik Dalishus!
Luke Gallows (with Amber O’Neale) vs. MVP
They locked up and ended up muscling each other to the floor and around the ringside area. They returned to the ring where Gallows slapped him and grabbed a side headlock. MVP fought back and they battled to the outside, where Gallows was slammed into the guard rail.
MVP brought him back to the ring and drilled him in the back with a hard kick, followed by a leaping kick to the face. Gallows made a comeback and stomped the hell out of him. He peppered him with punches to the face and mid-section in the corner. He nailed him with a short arm clothesline for a two count.
Gallows nailed a series of elbows. He held him down but MVP fought back. They battled back and forth and went to the floor. MVP made a comeback and nailed an awesome belly to belly overhead suplex. He nailed the Ballin’ elbow for a two count.
MVP nailed a neckbreaker for a two count. Gallows came back with a big chokeslam for a two count. Gallows nailed him with a chair for a two count. Gallows missed a charging knee in the corner. MVP nailed the shining wizard for the pin.
Your winner, MVP!
Good back and forth slugfest. I liked this one a lot.
Homicide & Eddie Kingston (with Amber O’Neal) vs. Devon & Matt Hardy (with Reby)
Homicide and Devon started out. Devon and Hardy is such a weird pairing, by the way. They started slow. Kingston and Hardy tagged in. Outlaws, Inc. controlled Hardy and tagged in and out.
Devon tagged in and nailing a running splash in the corner on Kingston for a two count. Kingston has dropped a lot of weight. The crowd chanted for Tables. Devon elbowed Homicide off the apron but was pulled down and crotched to the ringpost as Kingston distracted the referee.
Homicide tagged in and choked the hell out of Devon against the ropes. Devon was elbowed by Kingston and snapmared into an rear chinlock. Devon elbowed his way out but was nailed with a lariat for a two count. Kingston and Homicide nailed a double shoulderblock on Devon for a two count.
They knocked Hardy off the apron and continued beating on Devon. Devon came back with a Bubbaslam on Kingston and fought to make the hot tag to Hardy. Hardy tagged in and cleaned house on Homicide, including the Sidewinder.
Hardy nailed Kingston with a clothesline and bulldogged him as he clotheslined Homicide down. Devon tossed Kingston to the floor and slammed him into the ringside table. Homicide choked out Hardy in the corner. Hardy came back with the Side Effect but Amber attacked him. Sky hit the ring and they battled back and forth. Amber caught her going for a kick and slammed her leg down, forcing Sky to split her legs. She then kicked her in the face. Sky came back with a DDT.
Hardy slammed Homicide and called for the Wazzup headbutt off the top. The crowd went nuts for this. Devon told Matt to get the tables. Hardy instead got a ladder and began nailing Homicide and Kingston. Hardy nails an elbow off the ladder. Devon sets up a ladder and they nailed a double Uranage through the table and score the pin.
Your winners, Matt Hardy and Devon!
A solid tag match.
After the match, Hardy took the mic and said that they gave the people what they wanted. Hardy said that he was stepping out of the Matt Hardy character and said that he has more respect for Devon and Bubba than anyone else. Hardy then paid tribute to his wife, nothing this was the venue where they met and that he loves her. He thanked her for sticking with him through thick and thin. Devon closed it out by testifying.
Kevin Steen vs. Rhino
They began slugging it out right away. They battled to the floor. Steen slammed Rhino into the guardrail. He began arguing with a fan, which allowed Rhino to recover and nail him from behind. Rhino removed a piece of the guard rail but Steen attacked him. Rhino battled him off and they returned to the ring.
Steen attempted to suplex Rhino inside the ring but Rhino battled back and Steen nailed a DDT into the ring. He preened to the crowd and began stomping away at Rhino, then choked him against the ropes. Steen argued with the crowd, allowing Rhino to make a comeback.
Steen began ripping at Rhino and tearing at his face and choking him against the ropes. Steen rebounded off the ropes and locked in a chinlock. He controlled Rhino. Rhino made a comeback and they battled back and forth. Rhino nailed a belly to belly suplex.
Steen nailed a missile dropkick off the ropes, then hit a running cannonball into the corner. Steen grabbed a chair and brought it into the ring. He wedged it between the turnbuckles. He went to whip Rhino into it but Rhino nailed him with an F5.
Rhino went for the gore but Steen moved and Rhino ate the chair in the corner. Steen hit a move but Rhino kicked out. He hit the gore for a two count. He brought the guard rail into the ring. The crowd chanted “ECW.”
He went to nail Steen but was shoved down into the rail. Steen covered him for a two count. He grabbed another chair and went for a move but Rhino grabbed him for a belly to belly on the rail, the belly to belly suplexed him on the open chair. Rhino went for the gore but got kicked. He rebounded and gored Steen for the pin.
Your winner, Rhino!
Alex Reynolds vs. Tony Nese vs. Petey Williams
They started off strong with some good back and forth wrestling. Williams took Reynolds up and over with a head scissors takedown, then hit a leaping rana off the ropes. Williams nailed a dropkick into Reynolds,who was draped against the ropes.
Reynolds made a comeback and went for a double leap dive to the floor but missed. Williams hit a dive to the outside. Nese hit a reverse flip dive over the top, which woke the crowd up.
Back in the ring, Nese chopped away on Reynolds. Nese nailed a flying leg lariat for a two count. Williams returned to the fray and nailed a series of moves but was laid out by Nese and hit with a double springboard quebrada. Reynolds drilled Nese, hit Williams with a knee, then covered Nese for a two count.
Reynolds continued working over Nese, who fired back with shots. Reynolds covered Nese for a two count, then locked in a rear chinlock. Nese nailed a superkick and went for another but Reynolds sidestepped it and drilled him for a two count.
Reynolds went for a suplex but Nese blocked it. He went to rebound off the ropes but Reynolds caught it. Nese battled back with a suplex. Williams hit the ring with a codebreaker to the face of Reynolds. He set up for the Canadian Destroyer. He then hit a rana to the outside on Nese.
Williams was nailed with a roaring elbow by Reynolds. They went into some awesome back and forth stuff with Nese. Reynolds drilled Nese with two knees and nailed a moonsault for a two count. He locked in a body scissors around Nese’s neck. Williams grabbed Nese for a Sharpshooter and turned then both over/ They made it to the ropes.
All three battled back and forth, nailing kicks. Williams and Nese both went for superkicks and their legs got intertwined. They all went for kicks at the same time and laid each other out. The crowd chanted, “This is awesome.”
Nese caught Reynolds on the top but was shoved off. Reynolds went for a tornado DDT but was caught and muscled back up. Nese nailed a rana off the top for a two count. He was tossed out and Williams tried to set up for the Canadian Destroyer. Nese returned and they ended up hitting a crazy combo into the buckles.
Williams nailed the Destroyer. The crowd chanted, “This is awesome.” Reynolds nailed a Destroyer like move on Williams,who kicked out a t one. Williams made a comeback but Reynolds elevated and nailed him with a knee for a two count.
They battled to the top, where Reynolds was nailed with a top rope Destroyer and pinned. Nese hit a 450 splash off the top and scored the pin on Reynolds.
Your winner, Tony Nese!
Some really good, flashy stuff here.
Tommy Dreamer & Terry Funk vs. X-Pac & Lance Storm
Waltman cut a promo and basically said he was going to beat up Funk because it was best for business. Lance said that in this building, he broke Dreamer’s back and he has something just as evil set for tonight. He called out Angelina Love and Justin Credible, saying he was having them in his corner tonight.
Dreamer came out and got a great pop. Funk came out to Desperado and there was a huge, long Terry chant and standing ovation. Dreamer got choked up and hugged Funk.
Dreamer and Waltman tied up. Waltman crotch chopped him and Dreamer nailed a right hand. He hiptossed Pac, who tagged in Lance. Dreamer and Storm went back and forth. Dreamer caught him with a back elbow. Storm challenged Funk to get in the ring.
Funk tagged in and drilled Waltman and Storm with a bunch of punches and DDT’d Storm for a two count. Dreamer and Funk doubleteamed Storm. Funk went to the outside and attacked Credible, throwing him into the rails. He and Credible brawled to the back.
Meanwhile, Dreamer was beaten down and double teamed by both of their opponents. Funk returned to the ring with Beulah McGuillicuty. Waltman naile the Bronco Buster on Dreamer. Storm and Dreamer went back and forth. Storm worked him over. Funk tried to come in and help but the referee stopped him.
Dreamer came back with a double clothesline. Funk was tagged in and nailed a bunch of punches and headbutts. He put the spinning toehold on Waltman. Dreamer did the same to Storm. Dreamer and Storm battled to the floor. Funk got a trash can lid from somewhere and began beating Lance and Waltman with it. Dreamer tossed a trash can in and Funk walloped Waltman in the head with it several times.
Dreamer pulled Lance out to the floor. Everyone battled on the floor. Dreamer rang the ring bell on Storm’s privates. Waltman choked Funk at ringside but was slammed into the guard rail.
Storm went for a superkick but Dreamer caught him and nailed the Spicoli Driver. Love broke it up and Dreamer grabbed her but Lance nailed him and held her. Love was going to attack Dreamer but Beulah attacked her and they had a catfight. Lance clotheslined Beulah and went to put the Sharpshooter on her. Dreamer threw him out and piledrove Love.
All this time, Waltman was beating Funk down outside the ring, then returned and nailed Dreamer, covering him for a two count. Funk tried to return but was caught up in the camera cord and snapped himself backwards.
Funk tossed a ladder into the ring. Funk did the airplane spin with the ladder and walloped Waltman and Storm. Funk drilled Waltman with the ladder and scored the pin.
Your winners, Tommy Dreamer and Terry Funk!
The crowd chanted “Thank you Terry!”
Dreamer took the mic and said he has an announcement before everyone leaves. He said that they had a great show again thanks to the fans. He said a 69 year old man with a torn abdominal stole the show. Dreamer said that this will be the last time you see them tag and it’s been a hell of a run from 1995 on, so thank you very much.
Funk said that Dreamer is a great man and gives him more credit than he deserves. He said that Dreamer was there to stay from day one. Funk said that not many people knew it but he knew that Dreamer had it, because he knew Dreamer loved the profession that Terry’s father taught him.
Dreamer said that by the size of this house, they are of this house, they are onto something and that’s the next show…and then BULLY RAY hit the ring from the crowd and laid out both Funk and Dreamer. He began whipping them with a chain.
Bully grabbed the ring mic and said, “Do you know who I am?” He kept whipping Dreamer and Funk. He told Dreamer that he was his best friend in the world but Dreamer doesn’t invite him to HOH? “That’s how you do me?” He attacked Dreamer. He invited Dreamer to come back here on December 30th – One Night Only – TNA presents Old School. He challenged Dreamer to face him in an Old School Street Fight with Falls Counting Anywhere in the business.
Ray said that he wouldn’t miss this in the entire world. He said he was going to destroy Terry Funk and no one can do a damn thing about it. Spike Dudley hit the ring and went for the Acid Drop but Bully tossed him and attacked him.
Devon hit the ring. They teased fighting but instead hit Dreamer with 3D. Bully said that he’s been waiting for this moment his entire career. He told Devon they were going to piledrive him through the table.
ENTER SANDMAN HITS.
Sandman hit the ring and caned the Dudleys but was overwhelmed. He was caned and left laying. Bubba said this is what happened when you mess with the best tag team in the world. He said tonight was House of Hardcore 3D. He and Devon walked out.
The heroes recovered. Dreamer said that HOH is going to kick the “living sh**” out of TNA.
Dreamer thanked Funk and said the ring is his because he earned it more than anyone in the business. They left Funk in the ring.
Funk said that he hopes everyone has a safe trip home because he loves them all so damn much. He said that he thinks of them all. This is the House of Hardcore, and “by God, it’s a resurrection of hardcore….and its going to be here forever….FOREVER…..FOREVER…..FOREVER….AMEN!”
They closed with Funk leaving to Desperado.