Report by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
Week two from Trent Richardson’s new home (ROLL TIDE) opens up with highlights from last week and then the members of BFG Series discuss the last chance Gauntlet for tonight. Hernandez says he realizes he can’t win but he can sure ruin someone else’s chances. Bradley says that a certain organization has paid him a lot of money to ruin a certain individual’s night. Park says he will do Park, Park, & Park proud tonight.
Aces & Eights music hits and Bully Ray leads the group down to the ring. Bully says he wants to start off tonight by telling the people something. He says that Aces & Eights are in total control, and his brothers are the best bunch that a president can have. He says he’s proud of each and every one of them because without them he would be nothing. Ray says they do everything together and though last week he might have been a little harsh towards them they’re past that now. Ray hugs each of them except for Anderson and tells Tito that the fans are just jealous of him as they chant “Tito sucks.” Ray looks over at Anderson and says that he is the best VP he could ask for and he has more love for Anderson than he had for his own brother Devon. They hug and Ray says they’re taking care of business tonight by Knux destroying Chris Sabin later tonight and then Wes & Garett are going to beat the Tag Team Champions. Ray then says that his buddy Anderson is going to win the Gauntlet and get into the Final Four. Ray says he’s going to beat Sting up just like he did at Slammiversary.
Ray says everyone else can split but he is going to sit at ringside while Knux beats up Chris Sabin.
Chris Sabin vs. Knux w/Bully Ray & Miss Tessmacher
This is our first chance to see Sabin in the ring since he lost the World Title to Ray at Hardcore Justice. Sabin ducks a tieup attempt from the much bigger Knux and then leaps up and grabs him in a side headlock. Knux shoves him into the ropes and connects with a shoulder block. Knux taunts Sabin by holding up the A&8 symbol and then Sabin dares Knux to do a test of strength with him, but as Knux obliges Sabin kicks him in the gut. Sabin ducks a clothesline and then a hits a sliding dropkick to the leg of Knux. Sabin hits another dropkick to the knee. As Knux retreats to a corner Sabin comes charging at him with a Running Back Elbow. Sabin then ties Knux’s leg up in the ropes and twists it. Sabin dropkicks the knee again and then puts him in a Half Crab. Knux kicks him off and then walks into a kick to the knee from Sabin. Sabin lights up Knux with chops and kicks and then he hits the ropes but eats a nasty Cross Body from Knux! 1…2…NO Sabin kicks out! Knux puts the boots to Sabin and then hits a Shortarm Clothesline. Knux hits a second Shortarm Clothesline for another nearfall. Sabin fights back but eats a Big Boot as he bounces off the ropes. Knux then drops Sabin down across the top rope and chokes him in the ropes. Knux catapults Sabin throat first into the ropes and covers him for another nearfall. Knux puts Sabin in a chinlock but Sabin fights it off only for Knux to hit him in the ribs and then drop him with a Back Suplex. Knux climbs up top and dives off with a Guillotine Leg Drop! 1…2…NO Sabin kicks out again! Knux chokes Sabin in the ropes again and then he goes for a Running Body Guillotine, but Sabin moves out of the way. Sabin grabs Knux’s leg as it’s hanging in the ropes and hits a Dragon Screw Legwhip! Sabin climbs up top and dives off the top with a Missile Dropkick! Bully grabs a hammer from Taz and hands it to Knux, but Sabin dropkicks his knees out from under him. Sabin then grabs the hammer and nails Knux with it!
Winner: Knux via DQ
Sabin argues with the referee after he gets disqualified saying Knux is the one that brought it in. Sabin talks trash to Bully at ringside.
Mickie James is shown backstage.
A replay of Sabin belting Knux with a hammer is shown. Backstage Sabin freaks out while Velvet Sky tries to console him. Velvet says he doesn’t need a hammer to win but Sabin says something has to chance and keeps saying “this is not right.” She says he’s better than that but Sabin says he’s not the one that brought the hammer in the ring. Sabin apologizes for yelling at her but says this is crap and walks away.
Mickie James comes out to the ring looking as good as ever. Mickie has some type of trophy in her hand. Mickie says that when she saw Cleveland, OH on her schedule she was excited, and says that it’s home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame which she will be in one day. Mickie says she decided to prepare an amazing performance for tonight and says she even had smoking monkeys. She says she was offended not being invited to the VMA’s but when who needs the VMA’s when you have the MJA’s and holds up the little trophy with her picture on it. She says the way the media treated her “good friend” Miley after her embarrassing performance at the VMA’s was pathetic. She says that Miley is just trying to come out of her shell and she understands what it feels like to be a massive star in the music world as well as the greatest Knockouts Champion in history. Mickie says apparently people don’t like the way “we twerk it” or at least the way Miley does it and she should have called Mickie before doing that.
ODB interrupts Mickie and asks if Mickie is really talking about Miley Cyrus in the home of Rock & Roll. ODB says the one thing that Mickie needs to be worrying about is ODB taking her title. Mickie says she’s a star and ODB isn’t and then she hits ODB from behind! Mickie taunts ODB with the title but then ODB clotheslines her! ODB picks up the belt and raises it over Mickie. Mickie pulls it away from ODB and tells her to never touch that title again. Mickie gets in ODB’s face and oDB kicks her and then snatches her shirt off. Mickie barely had a top on to begin with. ODB says Mickie will never be Rock & Roll and ODB is soon to be the champ.
Backstage JB is with the two men that will begin the Gauntlet, Jay Bradley & Hernandez. Bradley says there may not be a lot in the BFG Series may not have a lot for him to gain but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any value. He says a particular organization made him an offer tonight and he’s not opposed to being business partners with Hernandez. Bradley tells Hernandez to think about it and then he walks away.
Sting is shown arriving earlier today.
The Gauntlet Match is worth twenty points in the BFG Series and is the final BFG Series match before the Semifinals and Finals beginning next week.
Gauntlet Battle Royal
“Super Mex” Hernandez vs. Jay Bradley vs. “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. “A-Double” Austin Aries vs. “The IT Factor” Bobby Roode vs. “Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels vs. Kazarian vs. Joseph Park w/Eric Young vs. “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. Magnus vs. Mr. Anderson
Bradley stops Hernandez as he gets in the ring and reminds him of his proposition and asks him if he’s down with the idea of joining forces to get rid of a certain person. Hernandez slaps Bradley and then chops him repeatedly. Hernandez hits a Corner Splash and then a shoulder block before lifting Bradley HIGH up in the ropes with a backdrop. The next man in is JOSEPH PARK! Park is accompanied by Eric Young to the ring. Bradley nails Park with a body shot and then starts beating on him in the corner. Bradley chokes Park and then tosses him into the opposite corner, but Park explodes out with a shoulder block. Park hits a shoulder block again and then hits the ropes but eats a back elbow from Bradley. Bradley tries to eliminate Park but Park lands on the apron and holds onto the ropes. Bradley sets up for the Boom Stick on Park but Hernandez destroys him with the Get Off Me! Hernandez tries to eliminate Bradley as the next man in is MR. ANDERSON. Anderson runs out and clotheslines Hernandez and then starts punching Park repeatedly on the apron.
During the break SAMOA JOE makes his entrance and destroys everyone in the ring. Back from the break AJ STYLES makes his entrance as the brawl continues in the ring. Styles hits the ring and DESTROYS Park with a Flying Forearm that sends both men over the ring. Park is ELIMIANTED but Styles saves himself and rolls back in the ring. Styles lays into Hernandez with chops and kicks and then hits him with a series of shoulder blocks in the corner. AJ whips Hernandez into Anderson in the corner and then starts stomping on Bradley. Joe tosses Anderson over the top but he lands on the apron. Joe forearms Anderson repeatedly but Anderson catches Joe with a jawbreaker onto the top rope to cut him off. Hernandez hits AJ with a big backdrop as Anderson rakes Joe’s eyes in the corner. The next man in is KAZARIAN. Kaz goes right after AJ and tries to eliminate him to no success. Joe destroys Anderson in the corner with chops and headbutts. Joe goes for the Muscle Buster but Anderson blocks it and fights Joe off. Anderson tries to headbutt Joe but he shrugs it off and kills Anderson with a Leaping Enziguri that knocks him off the top to the floor eliminating him! Kaz hits a Snap Suplex on AJ Styles and then Joe goes after Bradley. A replay shows Anderson’s head hitting the guardrail on the way down pretty hard. AJ hits a Back Suplex on Kazarian. The next man in is DANIELS! Bad Influence double teams AJ in one corner and then they do the same to Joe in the opposite corner. Kaz holds AJ as Daniels punches him repeatedly. Daniels rakes Joe’s eyes and then chokes him in the ropes. Daniels holds Joe as Kaz punches him. Bad Influence whips Joe into the ropes and attempt a double clothesline but Joe ducks it and DESTROYS them with a Double Clothesline of his own. Joe tosses Daniels over the top but Kaz grabs him and saves him from elimination. Bad Influence Double Hip Tosses Hernandez over the top eliminating him! The next man in is JEFF HARDY!
Back from the break BOBBY ROODE makes his entrance. Roode comes in and saves Daniels from elimination and starts beating on Hardy. Bradley tries to eliminate AJ by throwing him over the top but AJ saves himself and then ducks a clothesline and Backdrops Bradley over the top eliminating him! Tenay wonders if Bradley was paid to try and eliminate AJ. EGO beat on the other three guys in the ring and Roode almost eliminates AJ until AJ started pulling on Roode’s ear. AJ hits the Phenomenal Dropkick on Kaz! The next man out is AUSTIN ARIES! Aries dives over the top onto Bad Influence with a Plancha! Roode hits Aries from behind and EGO starts to beat on him. Daniels tries to eliminate AJ but AJ holds onto the ropes while Hardy attempts to eliminate Roode. Joe and AJ take turns chopping Daniels. Roode tosses Aries over the top but Aries holds onto the ropes with his legs. The final entrance into the Gauntlet is MAGNUS! Magnus lays out each member of EGO and then catches a Cross Body attempt from Daniels and hits the Tormentum! Magnus tries to eliminate Daniels but Kaz stops him. Bad Influence almost eliminates Magnus but Joe pulls Magnus away and starts beating on Daniels and Kaz. Joe goes for a clothesline on Daniels but Daniels drops down and Joe goes over the top. Joe grabs the apron with his arm keeping him from going over but then Kaz runs over and flips Joe sending him over the top to eliminate him! Hardy tosses Kaz over the top but he holds onto the ropes and as Hardy tries to kick him off Roode grabs Hardy from behind and tosses him over the top eliminating him! That means unless Roode, Magnus, or Aries win this match then Hardy is likely knocked out of the Final Four. AJ uses his feet to catapult a charging Kaz over the top eliminating him! Magnus tries to eliminate Roode but Daniels saves Roode and shoves Magnus over the top eliminating him! The final four of this match is AJ, Daniels, Roode, and Aries. Daniels and Roode whip AJ into the ropes and then lay him out with a Double Back Elbow. Roode holds Aries as Daniels goes for a clothesline but Aries ducks and then lays Daniels out with the Roaring Elbow! Aries goes for the IED on Roode but Roode snatches him out of midair and dumps him over the top! Aries lands on the apron and hits a shoulder block through the ropes to Roode! AJ then comes flying out of nowhere leaping off the back of Roode into a Flying Forearm to Aries knocking him off the apron eliminating him! Roode charges at AJ but he drops down and Roode goes flying over the top eliminating him! It’s down to just AJ and Daniels! They exchange right hands and then AJ whips Daniels into the corner. AJ charges at Daniels but Daniels backdrops him. AJ lands on the apron and then hits the Springboard Flying Forearm! AJ clotheslines Daniels and then hits a back elbow and a spinning heel kick! AJ hits a neckbreaker over his knee and then goes for the Styles Clash, but Daniels blocks it and goes for a clothesline. AJ ducks and hits the Pele! AJ clotheslines Daniels over the top eliminating him!
Winner: AJ Styles
AJ wins 20 points moving him into first place and knocking Jeff Hardy out of the Final Four. AJ will be joined by Austin Aries, Magnus, and Bobby Roode in the Final Four at No Surrender.
Backstage Bully Ray bitches at Anderson saying he’s disgusted at Anderson and says there is a picture of Anderson in the dictionary next to “disappointment.” He says Knux won his match and Wes & Garett will win theirs. Bully asks Anderson what he’s done for the club lately and Anderson screams at him that he’s been busting his ass for the club. Ray reminds Anderson that he’s the president which means he’s above Anderson. Ray says he saw what Ray did to his own brother and then asks Anderson what makes him think he won’t hit him with a beer bottle and then a rip the colors off his vest and piss on them. Ray tells Anderson not to forget who he is and to fall in line. He tells Anderson not to disappoint him again ever.
AJ says he gets to pick who he can wrestle in the Final Four and says that he is a leader. AJ says he will win the BFG Series and he’s going to face Bully Ray and take everything that he has.
Footage of what happened last week with Bully and Hogan is shown.
Sting and Rampage talk backstage about Sting never getting another World Title shot again. Sting says he owes a Bully a thank you for doing what he did because it made him realize he needed a family. Sting says he’s confident he can take Bully out tonight because his family has his back. Sting says that he’s been on a “rampage” for a lot of years and now they can go on a rampage together.
Gunner & “Cowboy” James Storm vs. Aces & Eights (Wes Brisco & Garett Bischoff)
Wes and Garett attack the champs on the ramp. Storm tosses Garett over the top into the ring while Gunner and Brisco brawl at ringside. Storm tosses Bischoff out of the ring and they start brawling at ringside as well. Storm slams Bischoff into the guardrail and then pours beer all over him as Gunner tosses Brisco into the apron and then clotheslines him. Storm tosses Bischoff into the ring and Gunner comes in as well. The champs whip Bischoff into the corner and then Storm whips Gunner into a clothesline on Bischoff. Storm hits a Bulldog on Bischoff for a nearfall. Storm hits a Scoop Slam and then hits a Knee Drop for another nearfall. Storm goes for a Suplex but Brisco hits him from behind. Bischoff clotheslines Storm and then puts the boots to him. Garett hits a series of shoulder blocks on Storm in the corner. Brisco holds his foot up as Garett slams Storm into it. Wes tags in and then whip Storm into the corner and then Bischoff whips Storm into a clothesline from Brisco for a nearfall. Wes hits the ropes and charges at Storm but Storm gets his boot up and then goes for a clothesline but Brsico catches him with an elbow and grabs Storm’s arm and falls over the top rope into a Hanging Armbar! Bischoff slams Storm to the mat by his hair and Brisco covers him for a nearfall. Brisco slaps Storm repeatedly upside the head and then goes for a Scoop Slam but Storm blocks it and hits the Backstabber in desperation! Storm reaches for the tag but Brisco grabs his boot to stop him. Storm kicks him away and tags in Gunner as Brisco tags in Bischoff as well. Gunner hits a clothesline on Bischoff followed by a back elbow and then a headbutt. Gunner hits a Running Knee followed by a Uranage Backbreaker! 1…2…NO Brisco breaks it up! Storm comes in and whips Brisco into the corner. Storm charges at Brisco but gets backdropped over the top. Storm lands on the apron and then hits a Leaping Enziguri to the back of Brisco! Gunner catapults Bischoff into a Spike DDT from Storm which is a move Beer Money used to do. Gunner covers Bishcoff for a nearfall. Gunner lifts Bischoff up into the air as Storm sets up for their finish, but Wes trips him from the outside. Wes slams him into the ring post and then forearms Gunner in the face as Bischoff rolls him up! 1…2…NO Gunner kicks out! Brisco brings in one of the tag belts but the referee stops him. Gunner knocks Brisco out of the ring but as the referee is doing away with the belt Bischoff hits him from behind with a chain! 1….2…3!
Winners: Bischoff & Brisco via pinfall
Roode, Magnus, and Aries are in the ring and then AJ Styles makes his entrance. Because AJ has the most points he gets to pick who his opponent is in the Final Four. AJ gets in Roode’s face but then goes over to Aries and gets in his face as well. AJ says that Aries is the biggest blemish on his BFG Series matches and says he was the one guy AJ didn’t want to lose to. Aries says “but ya’ did” and AJ says that’s right which is why he picks Aries to face in the Final Four. Aries says he’s not big on making predictions and he doesn’t make promises he can’t keep. Aries says there will be a winner when they face each other… and that’s the fans. He wishes AJ luck and then Roode snatches the microphone from JB.
Roode says a wise man once said “I love when a plan comes together” and there is a reason he aligned himself with Daniels and Kaz. He says there is a reason EGO became a group and it was this reason, to get into the Final Four. He says he’s in the Final Four and as far as he’s concerned he’s facing the weakest link. He says that Magnus may have beaten him early in the tournament but he is a different man and next week will be a different week. Roode says he will walk into BFG as the BFG Series winner and take back his World Title. Roode and Magnus stare each other down and then Magnus takes the microphone away.
Magnus says they earned their points at each other’s expense but the difference is he didn’t need a couple of muppets to help him win his points. He says he did it himself and Roode may have forgotten the fact that he has a family so the playing field will be even because he has the MEM while Roode has EGO. Magnus says he will go through Roode and then Aries or AJ and go onto BFG to become the World Champion for the first time in his career.
Bully comes out to the ring with Tito, Tessmacher, and Anderson, and espite members of A&8 being with Bully, Sting comes out alone. JB does boxing style intros. Bully grabs the microphone and reminds Sting that this is Non-Title and asks Sting if he remembers Slammiversary and the fact that he beat Sting so now he can never get another shot at the belt again. Ray says “screw you and screw your best friend Hogan” but then Hulk Hogan walks out onto the stage. Hogan says that as of now Tito Ortiz is banned from ringside and then has security escort Tito out. Bully bitches about that ruling and then he changes the match to No DQ!
No DQ Match
Bully Ray w/Miss Tessmacher & Mr. Anderson vs. “The Icon” Sting
Sting attacks Ray at the bell with a Stinger Splash and then tosses him over the top to the floor. Sting hits Bully with a chair as we go to a break.
Sting continues to hit Bully with the chair beating him all around ringside. Bully rolls back in the ring and Sting follows him with the chair, but as he goes to hit Bully with it Bully low blows him. Bully then Splashes Sting for a nearfall. Bully chases the referee away with the chair and then hits Sting with it. Bully slams Sting on top of the chair and then goes out to the floor and grabs something from Taz. It’s a box cutter which allows Bully to cut away the ring apron and then pull up the canvas. Bully hits Sting with the chair again and then continues pulling up the ring canvas. Bully taunts the crowd which allows Sting to recover and trip Bully and lock in the Scorpion Death Lock! Bischoff runs out and attacks Sting from behind. Brisco and Knux run out as well and beat on Sting. Samoa Joe leads the rest of MEM out to the ring and the brawl is on! MEM clears the ring leaving just Sting and Bully in the ring as they fight up the ramp. Sting goes for the Stinger Splash but Bully moves and goes for the Piledriver on the exposed boards, but Sting blocks it and backdrops Ray! Sting avoids a splash and then goes for the Stinger Death Drop onto the exposed board, but Ray holds onto the ropes to block it. Bully goes for a Big Boot but Sting ducks it and then locks in the Scorpion again! Anderson pulls out his hammer and starts to hand it to Ray but holds it just out of reach and then laughs throws it to the referee. Bully taps!
Winner: Sting via submission (Scorpion Death Lock)
Sting looks on in shock at Anderson as Tessmacher checks on Bully.
Anderson taunts Bully asking him why he couldn’t win on his own while holding the World Title. Anderson asks Bully, mockingly, if he knows who he is and then says he’s the guy that faces Bully next week for the belt! Anderson says he’s Bully’s worst nightmare and the next champion….MISTERRRRRRRR ANDERSON….ANDERSON!