Wrestling Grand Prix CEO Bob Backlund here, at your service. Welcome to the world of WGPX. Excuse me, 'Universe' would be much better terminology, as we do things a little differently around here. Hopefully, you've set your expectations high, because in Grand Prix, we only settle for the cream of the crop in the industry of professional wrestling. This, above all else, has been the deciding factor of our success since this company's proud founder, Antonio Inoki, first began this promotion in 1991. Today, we have evolved from our Puroresu roots, but it is still a heritage that we honor and pay tribute to at any given occasion.
In WGPX, there is an air of sportsmanship like no other, whether good or bad, every competitor fights his match as if it were the last one of his life. Interferences are rare, and rather than 'Sports Entertainment' style wrestling, here at Grand Prix, we want our matches to tell the story nine times out of ten. The odd man out in that equation will speak his mind via microphone, but if he does, this remains quite brief. Anything you need to say can almost always be told inside of the squared circle. So basically, we let our fists do the talking here...
We also approach terminology differently among how we determine the alignment of our competitors. For example, a traditional babyface in Grand Prix is almost always referred to as a 'Katakana,' meaning 'hero' in Japanese. Dually, a traditional heel is called a 'Kyoukan,' meaning 'villain.' This is more of a known secret among dedicated fans, and is almost never voiced through commentary, promos or elsewhere.
Rivalries in Grand Prix last much longer in order to give major and even sometimes minor feuds extra depth. Grudges between two or more wrestlers have gone on to last a year or more at a time, and still do occasionally to this day.
Transcribed here you will find the archives of my personal notes detailing the progression of our fine company, starting in the year of 2012. Obviously, there was no grand apocalypse, or I wouldn't have been able to detail anything beyond December 21st. Take that, ancient Mayan culture. But yes, back on topic - I've written down these events for the benefit of you, the mass of dedicated fans who live, eat and breathe our beloved sport. One day, this may be a collector's item. Or it could honestly just wind up catching dust in your Grandmammy's attic until your 37 years old and suddenly feel nostalgic.
Either way, we just want you to remember one thing - Wrestling Grand Prix CARES.
Today, Wrestling Grand Prix™ is the largest and most profitable wrestling company in North America, forever changing the landscape of the business within the United States upon it's inception some 24 years ago. It was the decade of the 1980's; an era that personified the virtues of glamor and excess like no other, and the business of professional wrestling was no different. Around this time, we saw the industry changing ground as the traditional territories of the National Wrestling Alliance began to lose the stranglehold over their own respective terrain.
Chiefly behind this revolution was a young hotshot promoter named Vincent K. McMahon Jr., whom had ceased the reigns to his fathers World Wrestling Federation (WWF) promotion at the decade's turn. The youthful McMahon had been respected at first just based on his namesake alone, but that would all soon take a change for the worse as the promoter began poaching talent from both the NWA and it's main competitor - the American Wrestling Association. As Vince and company began invading the venues of other already established territories within the industry, the final straw on the camel's back had been broken. The young Vince had a vision of where the industry could one day be, but unfortunately for him and his company, that dream and everything that could possibly come with it would sanctimoniously die with the help of two harrowing business catastrophes; 1.) The unfathomable failure that would be WrestleMania, and 2.) A steroid scandal that found itself going all the way to the hallowed hallways of United States Supreme Court. This media storm would proverbially set the business back twenty years. By the time the trial concluded, the young Vince was left with open hands and empty pockets. The dream of a global mainstream wrestling promotion had all been destroyed literally overnight...
After the indictment and the respective charges against McMahon and his promotion had been made, the WWF would soon close it's doors for good. The image of professional wrestling among American viewers had irrevocably been altered forever. Selling out seats had become even more difficult than before, as the pressure soon became felt all around. After the foreclosure of the nation's biggest company, the one's teetering behind it would find themselves declining as well like a row of perfectly aligned dominoes. First it was WCCW, then CWA, and eventually, even Verne Gagne and the AWA were crumbling to their knees. As if that weren't enough, in an effort to receive both attention and money, the red-handed Vince McMahon Jr. would later appear on a daytime talk show to reveal all of the business' dirty secrets, self-destructing kayfabe with just one interview. The business of professional wrestling in the United States had now hit an all-time low. Yet there was still a beacon of hope glimmering off into the distance. With most of it's main competitors now filing for bankruptcy, the National Wrestling Alliance began to re-consolidate it's former splinter promotions back into one whole organization as it had been in the past, fueling it's belief that it's business might be able to revive with strength in numbers.
But this wasn't done alone. The National Wrestling Alliance had been in dire need of assistance for the latter part of the decade, and received that helping hand from the most unlikeliest of sources - Japanese megastar, Antonio Inoki. Inoki, who was the founder of New Japan Pro Wrestling, was intrigued by the prospect of bringing the atmosphere of Japanese style Puroresu to the masses of the United States, but knew that in order for this to thrive, he would have to retain a semblance of American style wrestling with it. Inoki began to work with promoter Jim Crockett, Jr. to open a new territory within the National Wrestling Alliance centered around the East Coast area, specifically New York City. This early experiment was known as NWA Pure, but was soon changed after a promoter had referred to some of their Japanese talents being "as fast as a Formula-1 Grand Prix." Thus, NWA Grand Prix became the assumed name of the territory.
At this point, American wrestling fans were fed up with the cartoonish gimmicks and charades that had been so dominant in the era of the 80's, and were yearning for a more legitimate product, to which Grand Prix seemingly had the answers. Subsequently, Inoki and NJPW would also use NWA Grand Prix as a breeding ground for future talent within their own promotion. Despite McMahon dealing a huge blow to the legitimacy of kayfabe, the diehard wrestling fans who were forced to endure the near collapse of the entire industry began to come out of the wood-works in support of the territory. So much so that at the dawn of a new decade, Grand Prix would become so popular that it was able to stand on it's two legs and like so many other promotions before it, began to break away from the National Wrestling Alliance.
At the turn of the decade, the NWA was no longer the acronym behind Grand Prix, but rather, had become the now independent promotion's prime competitor within the United States. The promotion now referred to itself as "Wrestling Grand Prix" or "WGPX" for short. Around this time, the promotion reached new heights with a young and talented roster being pushed into the spotlight. This was also the golden age of tag team wrestling within the company, as teams such as The British Bulldogs, The Midnight Rockers, The Hollywood Blondes and Strike Force began to dazzle viewers with beautiful chemistry inside of the ring. Stars such as Big Van Vader, Curt Hennig, Jushin Thunder Liger and Ricky Steamboat now began finding themselves reaching the highlights of their careers in the early part of the decade.
During this time, the National Wrestling Alliance officially announced that it was filing for bankruptcy in 1993, unable to compete with Grand Prix and it's quality of talent. With NWA out of the way, Wrestling Grand Prix became the sole dominant promotion of the United States, exasperating this new-found status with the rise of cable television, as well as the advent of pay-per-view events. During this same year, WGPX celebrated it's status by debuting the promotion's now largest event of the year - the Grand Prix Climax. We also were bore witness to WGPX's first national tour, and two years later, the company went global, performing shows in Canada, Mexico, Great Britain and of course, Japan.
The stars that had called the stellar tag team division home in the early part of the decade now saw themselves rising as main event level stars in the mid-90's, most notably the likes of Davey Boy Smith, Shawn Michaels, Brian Pillman and "Stunning" Steve Austin. Before the turn of the century though, the company created it's largest draw in the form of former football player turned wrestler, Bill Goldberg, who's extensive winning streak and notoriously heated rivalry with top star, Big Van Vader, captivated audiences worldwide. Around this time, the promotion would begin to break away from it's Puroresu roots, establishing it's own hybrid style that Bill Apter would go on to dub "American Pure," a mix of both Puroresu and traditional American style.
At the turn of the century, Wrestling Grand Prix began to distance itself from New Japan Pro Wrestling, albeit, the two promotions continued to share workers and maintained a friendly relationship. This was due to the fact that Antonio Inoki had filed for the company to become privately shared, thus increasing revenue and reaching a bigger audience abroad. At this same time, former promoter Vince McMahon made his return to the business, targeting a market that WGPX had left wide open - sports entertainment. The more theatrical style was appealing to the younger target audience, as McMahon's renewed World Wrestling Federation began to find small success at the odds of Inoki and Grand Prix.
McMahon would begin to poach talent from the WGPX, such as Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin and most painfully of all, the company's largest draw - Bill Goldberg. With Goldberg gone, the WWF began drawing more attention, as the promotion was beginning to be considered as legitimate competition for Inoki and his promotion. Yet the WGPX did not waver, and remained the largest draw of the two companies as they began to harvest new talent for the future, most notably the likes of Brock Lesnar, whom, like Goldberg a decade before him, began dominating the competition with his large and intimidating stature. The highlight of Lesnar's arrival would ultimately be his infamous feud with puroresu legend, Kenta Kobashi, a feud that in fact would go on last for nearly a year.
One thing that did set WGPX apart from the WWF at this time was the fact that mixed martial arts had begun to gain steam in the country, a lot of which had been credited to Grand Prix in the first place, which, like puroresu, focused on martial arts strikes and submissions with pre-determined outcomes. WGPX capitalized on this boom, changing the ring to a more octagonal shape, as well as creating an atmosphere of intense festivity that is common among mixed martial arts fights. Culminating in 2006, Inoki's influence within NJPW began to wane, as WGPX officially severed ties from the company. Inoki would go on to sell his stock of the company to YUKE's. The following year, Inoki left Grand Prix to begin the Inoki Genome Federation, leaving the promotion in the hands of shareholder, promoter and former World Heavyweight Champion - Bob Backlund.
Grand Prix Network - A channel completely specified to WGPX competition, as well as providing information on what's happening in other wrestling promotions, albeit, ones not in direct competition with Grand Prix. Therefore, you will see no WWF on this station.
Grand Prix TV - Originally slotted for Saturday nights, Grand Prix TV is the main broadcast of the company and airs Tuesday nights, live on the SPIKE channel at 9 PM, with a re-run airing at 12 PM on Grand Prix Network. The show is a two hour broadcast, first debuting in 1995, replacing WGPX's original show which was simply named "Wrestling Grand Prix" after the promotion itself.
Cyberstrike - Introduced in 2005, Cyberstrike is a taped broadcast that airs weekly via the internet and can be streamed from either Netflix, Youtube or the company's website itself. This show lasts no longer than an hour and is usually reserved to give exposure to the company's younger, lesser known talent.
Green Prix - Similar to UFC's 'Ultimate Fighter,' this show follows 12 wannabe Grand Prix wrestlers, with each man trying to oust the other upon the scrutinizing watch of such legendary figures as Dean Malenko and Steve Austin.
Millenium Battle - This show takes place at the beginning of every year in January, and was first introduced in the year 2000. Every year since then, a battle royal is held to determine a wildcard position for the Grand Prix Glory Tournament.
Pride & Glory - One of the newer events in comparison to the WGPX pay-per-view calendar, Pride & Glory is a show held in March of every year and centers around the Grand Prix Glory League Series. Originally, the series finale was held at the Second City Showdown. The four competitors at the top of the league standings face one another in the main event of this show in an elimination style match, with the winner being able to face a champion of his own choosing.
Grand Prix World Cup - Held in May of every year since 2005. Traditionally, this card features participants from America facing off against wrestlers from around The World, though originally it was restricted between fighters from both America and Japan. The main event of this show is a five man tag team contest to determine which side will win the prestigious Grand Prix World Cup trophy.
Second City Showdown - An annual show held in Chicago and it's surrounding metropolitan area since 1995, the Second City Showdown celebrates the city and it's rich, traditional history within the business. This event usually takes place in July of every year, but has also been held in May and June on some occassions.
Juniors Cup Grand Prix - This event centers around the Juniors Cup Grand Prix Tournament and takes place in August of every year. The tournament itself usually takes up most of the card, but it is not uncommon for matches outside of the tournament to take place or even main event from time-to-time.
Fighting Spirit - Named in the likeness of New Japan Pro Wrestling's event of the same namesake, this show was introduced in 2003 and has been a mainstay of the calendar ever since. The event takes place in October of every year and, in the past, was used to promote lesser known NJPW stars to the American crowds.
Grand Prix Climax - Held in December of every year since 1993 in celebration of the company's success, this is the biggest show in the Wrestling Grand Prix calendar. The most important feuds of the year usually find themselves concluding at this very event.
WGPX World Heavyweight - Established in 1988 when the company first came to fruition, the WGPX World Heavyweight Championship is the most presitigous belt in the company, formerly held by the likes of legendary figures such as Big Van Vader, Bill Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Eddie Guerrero, Ricky Steamboat and many others. Although the word Heavyweight is associated with the belt, the title no longer has a weight restriction but is purely limited to Grand Prix's top stars.
(Current Champion - Brock Lesnar)
WGPX World Middleweight - The midcard title of the company, this belt is reserved for wrestlers weighing usually between 205-220 pounds, although it is not uncommon to see certain holders of the title weighing less than that. This championship is used as a stepping stone for future talent looking to access the top tier levels of the promotion. The belt was established in 1990, and has been held by figures such as Brian Pillman, Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels and many more.
(Current Champion - Cody Rhodes)
WGPX Pure - A championship re-introduced by Bob Backlund in 2008, this title first came to be in 1994 and centers around submission style competitors, meaning that the belt can only change hands upon a submission or referee decision. Esteemed mat technicians such as Bryan Danielson, Kurt Angle and William Regal have all once held this title.
(Current Champion - Nigel McGuinness)
WGPX World Juniors - Introduced at Grand Prix Climax 1993, this championship is reserved for competitors usually weighing below 205 pounds and is relevant to NJPW's Junior Heavyweight Title. The opening matches of most events usually center around the Juniors division, due to it's high-octane, fast paced style of combat. Wrestlers such as Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, Jushin Thunder Liger and Rey Mysterio Jr. have all called this belt their own at one time or another.
(Current Champion - Kenny Omega)
WGPX World Tag Team - These titles are primarily reserved for the tag team division and were introduced in 1988 when the company first came to be. Legendary teams such as The British Bulldogs, The Midnight Rockers, Strike Force, The Unstoppables and Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team have all once held these prestigious plates of gold.
(Current Champions - World's Greatest Tag Team)
SERIES, TOURNAMENTS & TROPHIES
The Inoki Cup - The most prestigious trophy in the company, the Inoki Cup was first introduced in 2000 as a means to honor the company's founder, Antonio Inoki. Unlike the other tournaments of the promotion, the Inoki Cup is a bi-annual affair. No title shots are earned by winning this trophy, although winning the Cup has garnered favor from bookers in the past. Sixteen competitors will ultimately compete for the honor of winning this trophy. The finale for the tournament is almost always held at Grand Prix's Millenium Battle event.
Grand Prix Glory League Series - An annual series based on a league format, this championship is usually reserved for mid-to-upper card talent that are looking to make a name for themselves. The series begins at the dawn of the new year, before finally concluding at the WGPX Pride & Glory event, with the final four top ranked competitors facing off in an elimination match to determine the champion. The winner of this tournament earns a shot at any title of their choosing. Despite minor differences in execution, this series bares similarities to NJPW's G1 Climax.
Grand Prix World Cup - While not a tournament, this is an annual match and event held since 2005. This match features five men facing off in a tag team match, pitting Team USA vs. The World. Originally, this began as a battle between Bob Backlund and Antonio Inoki for control over the company, with Inoki's interests being in taking the promotion to Japan. After Inoki sold the company in real life, Team Japan was disbanded in the annual event, with wrestlers from all over the world now facing off against the Americans. The winner of the five man tag team match ultimately wins the Grand Prix World Cup trophy.
Juniors Cup Grand Prix - Stylized after the NJPW's J-Cup, the Juniors Cup Grand Prix is a very prestigious tournament held once every year in the month of August, featuring a total of eight juniors division competitors. The tournament was first established in 1993 after the introduction of the World Juniors Championship in order to determine a number one contender for the title. Since then, this same format has remained the same, with the winner of the Juniors Cup Grand Prix trophy facing the current champion at the Grand Prix Climax.
Tatsumi Tag Team Invitational - This tournament was introduced in 1996 and is named in the likeness of former WGPX World Heavyweight Champion, Tatsumi "The Dragon" Fujinami. Unlike other tournaments within the company, a maximum of only four teams are allowed to compete, with each matchup being determined in a best of 3 series. Although it is an annual tournament, there is no set date for when the tournament begins or ends like other tournaments in the promotion, but is rather booked sporadically within the course of a couple months. The winning team earns a shot at the WGPX World Tag Team Titles.
The Caged Pyramid - This is a rare type of match that involves a 30 x 30'' octagonal caged ring a top several ascending platforms. The shape of this structure has been stylized as a sized-down pyramid. There are no disqualifications or penalties associated with this match type, and a winner can only be declared by pinfall, submission, or exiting down the length of the pyramid to the floor. In the ten years of it's creation, only two Caged Pyramid Matches have ever taken place - Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz, and Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle.
Pure Wrestling - This match is strictly reserved for those competing for the WGPX Pure Championship. Rules are as followed:
1.) Each wrestler has three rope breaks to stop submission holds and pinfalls during the match. After a wrestler exhausts his rope breaks, submission and pin attempts under the ropes by the opponent are considered legal. 2.) There are no closed-fist punches to the face allowed in a Pure match, only open-handed slaps or chops to the face are allowed. Punches to other parts of the body (save for low-blows) are permitted. The first use of a closed fist will get a warning, and the second will cause the wrestler to be penalized a rope break. If he is already out of rope breaks, he will be disqualified. 3.) A wrestler is subject to a twenty count by the referee if the wrestler goes to the floor.
Scramble Cage - This match is held inside a cage with wooden platforms in each of the corners for "high risk" moves. All men are allowed inside and outside of the cage. The match begins with two teams with another entering every two minutes. The match cannot be won until every team is in the match.
Malenko Match - Another rare contest, this type of match was invented in the mid 90's by dominant former WGPX Pure and Middleweight duel-Champion, Dean Malenko, as an attempt to gain more heat. The story is that Malenko had paid off officials within the Pure Division to allow him to bend the rules of the Pure Wrestling Match, by allowing closed-fists punches and an extra rope break. After his retirement, this came to be called a 'Malenko Match' and is usually reserved to benefit kyoukan wrestlers with a kyoukan referee.
CHIKARA - A company based in Philadelphia that appeals to a smaller demographic of fans looking for a more comedic relief to the serious combat of WGPX. While they are not sports entertainment by any means, CHIKARA recognizes itself as a perfect blend of puroresu, lucha libre and American style. Both promotions maintain a working relationship and have shared workers on several occasions.
Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) - Based in Philadelphia, they are the only advent of hardcore / ultraviolent wrestling in America. CZW appeals to a teenage-to-young adult audience looking for blood and chaos. The only promotion of it's kind, the company is perhaps one of the least profitable in the business today. Yet, since they arrived in 1999, CZW has still been able to retain a strong underground following that continues to grow.
New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) - Now operated by the company YUKE's, New Japan Pro Wrestling is the second largest promotion in the world, and remains not far behind WGPX. The promotion is famous for popularizing the style of Puroresu in it's native Japan, and was once the sister promotion of Wrestling Grand Prix, until founder Antonio Inoki broke away from both Grand Prix and the NJPW itself. While the two companies retain a healthy relationship, they no longer share workers or help promote the other promotion's events.
Ring of Honor (ROH) - Established in 2002, Ring of Honor was originally owned by Rob Feinstein and Gabe Sapolsky. In 2004, amidst a scandal within the promotion, the company was sold to Wrestling Grand Prix and it's shareholders. Since then, ROH has been used primarily as a developmental territory for the company and is centered around the Chicago metro area. Top performers in Grand Prix today such as Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, Nigel McGuinness, Samoa Joe and many others once called ROH home.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) - Despite not being a wrestling promotion, the UFC does owe a bit of it's success to the groundwork that Wrestling Grand Prix laid in the early 90's for sportive combat. Subsequently, retired UFC fighters have gone on to have a marginal amount of success working for WGPX, most notably the likes of Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock, both being former WGPX World Heavyweight Champions. Today, UFC remains both highly profitable, as well as being a gateway for former fighters to expand their career within the reaches of Grand Prix.
World Wrestling Federation (WWF) - The WWF, operated by Vince McMahon, originally foreclosed in 1985 amidst the wake of a steroid scandal. Yet, after establishing a career in broadcasting, McMahon was able to secure funds to bring the company back in 1999. While it does not dominate the business as we see it today by any means, the WWF is easily the second biggest promotion in the United States and third largest in the world. It focuses on a genre known as "sports entertainment" which is more aimed at storytelling and theatrics rather than pure combat. The WWF targets a younger audience than Wrestling Grand Prix, and is lead today by newly established stars such as John Cena, Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio Jr.
There are currently 64 workers signed to Wrestling Grand Prix's main roster, with another 30 assigned to the company's Ring of Honor developmental territory. In WGPX, wrestlers are divided by weight class. Heavyweights are classed as anyone weighing above 230 pounds. Middleweights are classed between 205-229 pounds, while Juniors are sectioned as anyone weighing below 205 pounds.
FACTIONS & TAG TEAMS
Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard / Karl Anderson)
CHAOS (Akebono / Shinjiro Otani / Shinsuke Nakamura / Toru Yano)
Defenders of the Crown (Brutus Magnus / Lance Storm)
Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero / Claudio Castagnoli)
Londrick (Brian Kendrick / Paul London)
Mi Rai (CIMA / KENTA)
The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley / Chris Sabin)
New Foundation (Bulldog Hart / Stampede Kid)
World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas / Shelton Benjamin)
January 22nd, 2012
Los Angeles, California - Staples Center
~ The STAPLES Center, live in the so-called "City of Angels." We can't help but notice that this esteemed structure has been filled perfectly to the brim at just over 19,000+ in attendance. Why are they here, you ask? Well, that answer is quite simple; to bare witness to the most exciting and unpredictable combat sport in the known world - Wrestling Grand Prix.
~ After a chilling hype video plays to introduce us to our much anticipated event, the haunting yet beautiful sounds of "Requiem for a Dream," by Clint Mansel now softly burgeons deep into the canals of our ears, as strobe lights softly pan around the stadium to this passionate and roaring Californian crowd.
~ As usual, both Dave Meltzer and Joe Rogan are on commentary duty for the big show tonight. We are welcomed with the information that tonight's event is indeed a record sellout here at the STAPLES Center. Dave and Joe recap our big feuds leading into this marquee event of the Grand Prix calendar year, making special note of Brock Lesnar vs. Ken Shamrock, as well as Bryan Danielson vs. CM Punk.
Our first match of the young evening pits current World Juniors Champion Kenny Omega against the challenger, Low Ki. Omega accomplished his dream of becoming WGPX World Juniors Champion one month ago in December at the Grand Prix Climax. The very man he defeated in the scramble match for the championship was Low Ki, who's dominant reign with the title was finished with an unlucky ACL injury that has kept him out of action for the last few weeks. Three weeks prior, Low Ki assaulted Omega from outside the crowd on an edition of Grand Prix TV, before lifting Omega's belt high into the air and declaring that here at Millenium Battle, he would guarantee his revenge. This match saw the champion furiously working away at Low Ki's still recovering ACL.
The finish to this match was particularly exciting, as Omega attempted the Ex Hadouken, but Low Ki ducked his head, sending Omega to the mat with a drop toe-hold. Low Ki pushed himself back up to stand on one leg, rolled a long his back - Dragon Sleeper! Omega aimed his hand out to the ropes in desperation, but he's too far away. Once noticing this, Omega began striking Low Ki repeatedly in the gut and then to the head as well once his abdomen began to constrict from this pain. Omega then took advantage by grabbing Low Ki around the waist and lifting him into the air for an Electric Chair, dropping Low Ki into a German Suplex! Omega keeps the suplex held in position for a bridged pin, before stealthily bending the weight of his right leg onto the weakened left one of his opponent, pinning it to the mat in order to secure the successful three count. After the match, Kenny Omega rolls out of the ring with his World Juniors Title, before gloating his victory along the grounded aisle entrance. Meanwhile, a shot of our referee bending down to check on Low Ki is shown, as the loser of our first match can be seen feverishly tending to his left ACL.
Result ~ Kenny Omega wins via pin w/ a Bridging German Suplex Time ~ 7:38
~ New Foundation, the team of both Bulldog Hart and Stampede Kid, are now seen warming up backstage. The shot then panels off into another split frame, where we see Mi Rai, the pairing of CIMA andKENTA, meditating in their locker room. Finally, we cut into a separate third frame, where the current WGPX World Grand Prix Tag Team Champions, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin (better known as World's Greatest Tag Team) are both silently making their way down the backstage area, eyes intently staring off into the distance as the other two separate panels of this split-frame shot now fade into the scene of Dave Meltzer and Joe Rogan sitting high atop the crowd in their commentary booth.
~ Both Mi Rai and New Foundation have been on a separate hot winning streak as of late. What Meltzer did not make note of is that two weeks prior, both of these teams attempted to settle this score with a #1 Contenders match. A double schoolboy pinfall between the likes of CIMA and Stampede Kid would confuse our referee, yet, the answer seemed all too clear in the mind of our company CEO Bob Backlund - a Triangle Tag Team Match. Both Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin, aka The World's Greatest Tag Team, have held their titles since August of last year. This is their fifth career reign as WGPX World Tag Team Champions.
Nearing the contest' finish, Stampede Kid leaps onto the top turnbuckle, signalling for the Double Jump Moonsault on a grounded Charlie Haas. Yet, before Kid can leap off the top turnbuckle, KENTA comes running a long the apron, tagging Kid on his shoulder to everyone's surprise. He then jumps onto the top rope, leaps towards Kid - Busaiku Knee Kick! Stampede Kid sells it like gold as he now slumps down a long the turnbuckle with his legs trapped like a monkey hanging upside down from a tree. KENTA then turns around as Charlie Haas comes charging forward. KENTA lifts Haas onto his shoulder, signalling for the Go 2 Sleep. Haas wiggles out of the move and lands on his feet, but KENTA isn't relenting, as he grabs Haas by the arm and neck, pulling him down to the canvas for the GAME OVER.
Haas extends his open hand out to tap the mat, but then slowly clenches back his fist. He begins shooting sideways punches to the head of KENTA. CIMA's now climbing the ropes, but Bulldog Hart comes charging down the apron, sending CIMA falling to the turnbuckle with a Big Boot from the side. He then grabs CIMA and tosses him back-first onto KENTA, breaking up the submission on Haas. Both men now sit wearily a long the mat, as both Hart and Benjamin now seem desperate for a tag back into this match. Both competitors now crawl their way over to the corner, Haas to tag in Benjamin, and KENTA to merely pull himself back up to stand. Haas is getting inches closer to Benjamin, he's within smelling distance - but no, Bulldog Hart comes running over before checking Benjamin off one of the eight sides of our octagonal-shaped ring! Hart bends his arm over the ropes, tagging himself in a long Haas' shoulders. He comes bolstering in as both KENTA and CIMA can be seen kneeled down. Hart goes for the clothesline, but KENTA lifts him onto his shoulders. He turns around to face his partner, Superkick from CIMA, followed by the Go 2 Sleep! Mi Rai gets the three!
A positive and huge reaction from the crowd now penetrates the STAPLES Center as both KENTA and CIMA are handed the WGPX World Tag Team Titles. The two partners then embrace in a brief hug before lifting the belts high above their heads. Outside of the ring, it's a different story, as both Shelton Benjamin and Stampede Kid remain kneeled down a long the concrete. As Charlie Haas frustratingly tends to his fallen partner, the scene concludes with the sight of Bulldog Hart laid out unconscious a long the center of the canvas.
Result ~ Mi Rai (CIMA & KENTA) wins via pin with a Superkick / Go 2 Sleep Combination Time ~ 12:46
~ We're now taken backstage, where current WGPX World Middleweight Champion, Cody Rhodes, is standing nearby with interviewer, David Penzer. A look of disgust can be easily spotted upon the face of the champion, as he snarls at the mere presence of Penzer drawing up a microphone to his face. Penzer asks Cody how he intends to combat such an experienced competitor like Akira Tozawa in their upcoming match, to which Rhodes responds: "You may notice that I no longer don a mask, Mr. Interviewer. You may notice that I am now no longer exposing my knees. You may also notice that I am not frightened by the mere mentioning of my opponent, and you'd be correct each and every time. After all, three times a charm. You ask me what it takes to defeat Akira Tozawa, but you and I both know the answer to that question - One... Two... THREE."
Cody Rhodes dominant reign as World Middleweight Champion has been anything but understated. Rhodes has held the belt since July of last year, and has had his eyes set on breaking Curt Hennig's year-long record with the title ever since. Akira Tozawa was still a kyoukan by the end of 2011, offering Rhodes assistance in a tag team match with Cody's then rival, Chris Hero. Rhodes and Tozawa made quite the formidable team in their first contest, looking as if they were about to defeat the Kings of Wrestling. Yet, both men would find themselves on the losing end of the match, with Hero hitting Tozawa with the KO before earning a three count for his team. Unable to accept anything short of success, Rhodes savagely lashed out at Akira after the match, successfully sending him to the mat with the Cross Rhodes. Since the grudge's beginning, this has been one of the most heated feuds in the company.
We are now bore witness to several minutes of Cody Rhodes dominating this match. As Tozawa is pulling himself up, Rhodes stands upon the second rung of the turnbuckle, before landing a Diving Bulldog on his opponent. He then pulls Tozawa back up, setting him up for the Cross Rhodes. Cody spins around to secure the rolling cutter finisher, but before Tozawa lands face-first to the mat, he links his arms around Cody's waist - Bridging Delayed German Suplex!!! Huge pop from the stadium as Tozawa keeps Cody a long the mat for the pin, but Rhodes somehow gets his shoulder up just before the three. Tozawa pulls Cody up and whips him into the corner. After he harshly hits the ropes, Tozawa comes charging up, landing a Running Knee Smash. He stands on the second rope, yelling "Hurray! Hurray! TOZAWA!!!" pounding his chest as Rhodes flattens a long the canvas. Tozawa's on the top rope - Diving Headbutt, but Rhodes springs up, catches Tozawa and lands a modified cutter a long the center of the ring! Rhodes hooks the leg and gets the three count, much to the dismay of our crowd!
Following this intense contest, Cody Rhodes is handed back his WGPX World Middleweight Title as Akira Tozawa lay broken a long the canvas. Rhodes then pushes our referee to the side as he attempts to raise Cody's hand back into the air. Cody now maniacally begins laughing as he falls to his knees, title still extended in the grasp of his right hand. As our cameras peer in even closer, we can hear Rhodes yelling "You will never be as great as this. You see this? Never. You are but a footnote to the masterpiece that is my career!" Rhodes then pulls Tozawa back up, dropping the belt to the center of the mat. He then grabs Tozawa by the back of the neck, bends him down - Cross Rhodes into the title. Our scene then concludes with Cody pulling the belt out from under Tozawa's midsection, before leaving the ring with a look of arrogant satisfaction.
Result ~ Cody Rhodes wins via pin w/ a modified Cross Rhodes Time ~ 13:04
~ Backstage, several members of the South Korean press are on hand outside of an unmarked locker room door. When this door opens, we see that none other than legendary kickboxer Hong Man Choi is making his way out into the corridor. Choi is being barricaded by the relentless reporters by his own personally hired bodyguards, as we notice that he is a dawning the same black robes he had once worn to the ring in K-1. As Choi can be seen making his way down the corridor with his personal entourage beside him, we quickly shoot over to a shot of Akebono doing the same. The crowd can now be heard roaring fiercely in the background as each competitor draws closer to the entrance of the ring.
MATCH #4 - Akebono vs. Hong Man Choi
- Battle of the Goliaths
As could be seen before this match began, there has been much hype and international publicity surrounding this contest between Akebono and Hong Man Choi, dubbed 'The Battle of the Goliaths,' by Bob Backlund. Neither Akebono or Hong Man Choi were to ever meet in K-1, making this a very special contest. Leading up to this date, both competitors have been weighed and analyzed to the finest degree of detail, including weigh-in's and press conferences that, at times, have become quite heated between the two. Yet, tonight, we will truly bare witness to which man, or Goliath for that matter, has the willpower and tenacity to prove themselves the better man.
Due to language barriers, there will be two referees for tonight's match. Earl Hebner, American, will be refereeing Akebono, with the other being a South Korean from K-1. We're told that this very referee has spent time with Grand Prix analyzing the rules and regulations of a wrestling match. Each referee demands that both Akebono and Hong Man Choi shake the others' hand, yet, neither man proceeds to move a muscle. Soon after, the bell sounds, as Choi now circles around the former Yokozuna. Choi strikes Akebono with a Muay Thai kick, but Taro blocks it with his forearm, then counters by thrusting Choi to the mat with a running shoulderblock. Taro runs to the ropes, bounces off. He goes for a body splash, but Choi rolls to the side. Cheer from the crowd. Choi now runs up to Akebono - he PUNTS him in the face! The crowd's cheers now turn into boos, as the Korean referee quickly grabs Choi like an ant on a hill, letting him know that another dirty maneuver like that could get the big man disqualified.
Choi pushes the ref to the side, motioning up to the ascending Akebono as if he's still in a kickboxing bout. Earl Hebner stands in the way of Choi, signalling that he cannot strike until Taro stands back up. Choi pushes Hebner as well - eye rake from Akebono! Meltzer and Rogan now comment that it seems like neither competitor plans on fighting this match clean. Akebono grabs Choi, pivoting from his hip. He's going for an M64 (falling hip toss) but Choi counters with an elbow to the side of Taro's head. He strikes with another elbow! The Korean official tries yet again to break it up, but Choi pushes him to the side. Lifting knee shots to the jaw of Akebono! He grabs the former sumo by his wrist and whips him to the other side of the ring. Choi's lifting back his arm, but Akebono sends him to the canvas with a Running Body Press instead! Akebono hooks the leg, but Choi comes back with those elbows to the head before either ref reaches the three. Each ref then warns both men that one more dirty move will cost one of them this match.
Each competitor is now slow to pull themselves up. Hong Man Choi ascends to the corner of one of the turnbuckles, with Akebono now standing to his feet from a parralel angle. Akebono's charging full speed for the Body Avalanche... KNOCKOUT PUNCH!!! Akebono folds to the canvas as the crowd pops in pure excitement. Hong Man Choi falls to his knees and hooks the leg. The South Korean referee reaches three - but Earl Hebner was at two!? The Korean ref now signals that Hong Man Choi has won this match, but Hebner is protesting it. Both of our commentators seem quite confused.
Result ~ ??? Time ~ 10:22
~ Both referees can now be seen holding the wrists of each respective competitor, standing horizontal from one another in similarity to a judge's decision announcement in boxing. CEO Bob Backlund now appears from the curtain with a microphone. He goes on to explain that he was playing close attention to this match from start to finish. Backlund then says that, obviously, he should have checked who he was hiring to conduct this match on Hong Man Choi's behalf.
~ Then, Backlund says, maybe he should be keeping eyes on Choi himself as well. Backlund announces that, unfortunately, he has decided to call this match as a No Contest thanks in part to the Korean officials' incompetence. When this becomes translated to Hong Man Choi, he becomes enraged, throwing the official to the ground and yelling! Backlund ducks for life and descends to the outside of the ring. Choi grabs Earl Hebner by his collar, until Akebono shoves Hebner away, pushing Choi. The two then descend to the mat in an epic brawl! Backlund yells for several referees to arrive and break up this madness, but even that isn't to any avail, as both Akebono and Hong Man Choi proceed to escape their clutches multiple times. Eventually, order is regathered, as both men are now seen being held apart and escorted from out of the squared circle and to the backstage of the curtains.
~ "The Kentucky Gentleman" Chuck Taylor now arrives, walking around the crowd with a bible extended above his head, and a donation box tucked under his armpit. Taylor's got a microphone, too, and he's not too shy to use it for his own benefit. He informs the crowd that he's been praying for everyone's souls since he arrived in the bowels of Sodom. Chuck Taylor then also says he had heard the voice of God last night, telling him he was born to win the Grand Prix League Series. He then hops the guardrail, climbing into the ring as one dollar bills begin to flood out from the crease in the box.
MATCH #5 - 20 Unnamed Participants - Glory League Battle Royal
As we stated earlier, Chuck Taylor was the first one out to the ring. As has always been done traditionally, the Juniors division will start out first, progressing to the Middleweights, and then finally to the big brutes at Heavyweight. Masa Takanashi comes out to combat Taylor first, flashing him two fingers between his mouth and tongue, and yeah, you know the gesture. Chucky T has a near heart attack, praying and moving his the edge of his right hand from side-to-side, then down and up a long his chest to signify a cross. Too bad this distracts him, as Takanashi nails Taylor with a Thrust Kick! Knife edge chops to the chest of Chuck as both men stand a long side the ropes.
The bell sounds three times and out comes Samuray Del Sol, speeding down the ramp and flipping onto the apron. He jumps onto the ropes with both feet- Headscissors Takedown into DDT onto Takanashi! Chuck Taylor comes rushing over, but is met with a palm thrust to the neck from Del Sol, who now quickly charges for the ropes. Big Boot from Taylor to Del Sol. He turns to face Takanashi, now standing and backing up into the corner.
Three rings again from the bell. AKUMA slowly stalks the ramp as he makes his way to the ring. Taylor's returning those knife edge chops to Masa Takanashi that he'd been receiving earlier in the match. AKUMA reaches his destination as Samuray Del Sol gets back up to his feet. Del Sol's climbing on the turnbuckle next to AKUMA. AKUMA runs up and gives him a sole kick to the stomach! Del Sol's lurching forward now - Shoot kick to the face, sending the luchadore tumbling down to the floor below!
Elimination #1 - Samuray Del Sol
Bell sounds, and here comes Mistico from out of the crowd! He grabs the fallen Samuray Del Sol by his head, pulling him up and tossing him over the guardrail. Meanwhile, Chuck Taylor attempts the irish whip on Tanahashi. Reversal. Taylor smacks his back harshly on the turnbuckle. Masa's running full speed ahead. Chucky T goes for the comeback clothesline, but Takanashi manages to duck just in time and reverse this one with a Cross Armed DDT! Nice spot to keep the crowd healthy.
AKUMA now attempts to enter the ring, but Mistico is tugging at his boot. AKUMA tries to shake him off like a bad case of the bed bugs, but Mistico manages to use his foot for leverage to pull himself up onto the apron. Forearm strikes to the shoulders of Mistico from AKUMA, giving him his own form of leverage. AKUMA wraps the arm of Mistico behind his neck. He lifts him up for an exploder suplex, but Mistico falls back to his feet on the apron. Mistico grabs AKUMA by the tights, he's attempting to pull him out of the ring, but no, AKUMA's squirming around like a worm! He lands on one knee behind the ropes, then slowly lifts himself up with one foot. He's got Mistico clutched in what looks to be the set up for a Muscle Buster... he hooks his arm around the crease of the back of his knee, wait a minute - Mistico projects himself off with just the firm push of his boot off the top rope, sending AKUMA crashing to the canvas with a modified Springboard Spinning DDT! Huge pop from the audience.
Takanashi's got Chuck Taylor lifted up to his feet. Repeated knife edge chops to the throat. Takanashi grabs him by the back of his hair, goes to throw Taylor over the ropes - no! Taylor grabs him by the arms and pulls him down for a Cross armed Double Knee Backbreaker! Takanashi pops up from the canvas like a spring, bouncing into the ropes and falling over to the concrete, just as Chuck Taylor clasps his hands and begins thanking the lord for his bounty.
Elimination #2 - Masa Takanashi
Here comes TAKA Michinoku! He's pounding his fists and eager for a fight, and this crow'ds eating it up. Taka slides under the ropes, just as Mistico turns around to face his backside. Mistico runs towards Michinoku and slides beneath his legs. Taka turns around, ducks the Enziguiri - he's still got Mistico by the leg. Taka swings it to the side and grabs the lucha by his neck instead. Inverted backbreaker! Inverted backbreaker! Arm trap bridge, Taka rolls around the ring... he then positions himself a long the mat, locking in the Cobra Clutch for the rarely used Dick Killer!
AKUMA waltzes towards Chuck Taylor, punting him relentlessly in the midsection. He now runs to the ropes, bounces off.. Running low-angle Dropkick to the top of Chucky T's head! Taylor nearly falls to the floor, but with prime instincts, grabs the bottom rope, hoisting himself upwards like a monkey on a branch! AKUMA motions to the ropes. He leans over to grab Taylor, but Taylor bends himself up and over AKUMA back inside of the ring! Arched Big Boot to the back of AKUMA's head sends him tumbling to the ground!!!
Elimination #3 - AKUMA
Time for the Middleweights. Three rings on a bell is a charm, as Tito Ortiz now menacingly appears from the tunnel leading down the entrance ramp. A collective sounds of cheers and jeers now occupy the STAPLES Center, as the other competitors battling it out within the ring remain unaware of his presence. Taka Michinoku has his Dick Killer still locked in on Mistico. Ortiz flattens his knees to the canvas and begins repeatedly striking Taka with elbows to the back of the head! Lifting knee shots to the chin! Ortiz throws Taka Michinoku over the rope!
Elimination #4 - Taka Michinoku
Here comes Mistico, wearily approaching the rope-leaning Tito Ortiz. Mistico bounces off the ropes from the side, comes charging perpendicular to Ortiz. Ortiz goes to grab him, but Mistico reverses with a Tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Transition for the single arm takedown, but Ortiz grabs him by the tights and slams him to the canvas with a spinebuster. He lifts Mistico back up to his feet. Chuck Taylor's jumping over the ropes onto the apron. He leaps onto the top rope - Springboard Back Elbow, but Tito Ortiz ducks! Taylor nails Mistico right across the neck, sending both of them tumbling over the top!
Eliminations #5 & #6 - Mistico & Chuck Taylor
Michael Modest and Kofi NahajeKingston then come out to the ring, working together as a team to face off against Tito Ortiz. Nonetheless, their combined efforts are in vain, as Ortiz does nothing but dominant the entire exchange.
The bell rings three once again, as we now see that Austin Aries has arrived. Aries grabs Michael Modest by the back of his head and slams it into the turnbuckle, albeit, keeping his periropheal firm on the direciton of Ortiz. Speaking of which, Ortiz is striking Kingston with a Ground and Pound a long the side of the apron. The referee gets between Aries as Kingston struggles to keep his head up, near inches from falling to the floor. Aries lands a Death Valley Driver on Modest, now beginning to shove him from out beneath the ropes and out of this match.
Ortiz grabs Kingston by the head and pulls him up to stand. He hooks Kofi's arm behind his neck, lifting him up for a suplex. Aries pulls up Modest. He's going for a Brainbuster. Roundhouse kick to the side of Ortiz's head from Kingston! Ortiz stumbles, Kofi's still standing a long the ropes! Trouble in Paradise on Ortiz, reverse chokeslam facebuster on Aries! Both Modest and Kingston stand up, look at one another, smile real big; 1.. 2.. 3! Double BOOM Drop!
Bell sounds; it's Christian Cage. He slides into the ring and nails Michael Modest from behind with an ax-handle. Kingston's charging forward to Cage, flying forearm smash - Cage grabs Kofi in midair! Gutbuster! As Michael Modest turns and begins to run from Cage's side, he turns around and lands a Pendulum Overhead Kick to the side of his head, sending Modest flying over the ropes!
Elimination #7 - Michael Modest
Ortiz is up to his feet and approaching Cage. Muay Thai kick to the side of the abdomen, hard chops to the shoulders from Ortiz. Cage is up against the ropes. Feint kick attempt, but Cage grabs Ortiz by the leg. Implant DDT, but Ortiz slams Christian to the mat. Multiple jabs to side of the ribs from Tito, but Cage still has his arm hooked around his head. Headbutt from Cage! And another! Elbow shots to the ribs, now Ortiz is bringing Christian back up to stand. Here comes Kofi, back up to his feet - Scissored Armbar from a running Austin Aries! Ortiz goes to slam Cage into the mat with a package piledriver, but Christian is relentless, pummeling away on the former MMA fighter's back. Ortiz slams Cage into the turnbuckle!
Aries pulls Kofi Nahaje Kingston up for a Russian Leg sweep. The bell now sounds three times and here's Tyler Black! Big cheer from the crowd. Black now slowly approaches the ring, stretching out and cracking his knuckles as reaches the ramp's end. Aries has the armbar locked on Kofi, he's going for the Fireman's carry gutbuster, but Kingston reverses it with a headscissors! Ortiz is rifling away punches to the midsection of Christian. Kofi back up to his feet, Dropkick to Aries. Tyler Black now stands on the apron, ducking his leg underneath the second rope to enter.
Ortiz backs up to charge at the cornered Christian Cage. He goes for the shoulderblock, but Cage ducks to the side. Cage turns to the side - Superkick from incoming Tyler Black! Ortiz is running towards him - Belly to back Suplex! Double foot stomp from Kofi on Aries. He's running to Tito Ortiz, grabs him, flips - SOS, but Ortiz counters slams him to the mat with a package piledriver! Both men are now laid out a long the ring. Tyler Black now grabs Austin Aries up by his head. Eye rake from Aries! He jumps to the turnbuckle, leaps off for a body splash - Black catches him in midair. He walks to the ropes, then scoop slams Aries to the outside!
Elimination #8 - Austin Aries
The bell rings instantly, as now, we move on to the last eight Heavyweight entrants. But a wait minute, this isn't right. The lights are dimming in and out all a long the stadium. Static now can be heard penetrating both our eyes and ears, as we soon see the large HD video trons around the building splicing the static image for all to see. Suddenly, numbers now begin a countdown a long the InokiTron screen - 1... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6... 7... 8... 9... 10... 11... 12... 13.
Lights darken, the bell sounds three times - AND LIONHART RETURNS! THE CROWD IS GOING WILD! After a year of absence, Chris Jericho slowly appears from the curtains, back turned to the crowd with arms raised high. Meltzer and Rogan comment upon their disbelief, until Meltzer questions why Chris has arrived here, being a Middleweight competitor, when clearly, the round for Middleweight entrants had ended. We soon receive our answer.
Chris Hero comes running down the aisle, pushing Jericho down to the ramp. The crowd reaction for Hero becomes dreadfully mixed in response to this as Jericho's music is now stopped. Chris Hero grabs him by the head and pulls him up - KO, square in the nose of the Canadian rock star! Jericho slumps to his knees, head tucked to the side of Chris Hero, whom now faintly takes his right palm to disgrace himself with the service of pushing Jericho back to the ground. Several security guards now approach Hero, who simply raises his arms up to show the peace. These same guards now escort Hero to the backstage area amidst an overwhelming amount of confusion from the audience.
Back inside the ring, we see that Tyler Black and Kofi Nahaje Kingston are now working together against the likes of Tito Ortiz and Christian Cage. Kofi's whips Cage to the other side of the ring. He goes for a spinning heel kick, but Christian ducks. Cage bounces off the other end of the ropes, Kingston turns around - SPEAR! Meanwhile, Tyler Black has Tito Ortiz pinned up against the turnbuckle. Black's going for the Big Boot, but Ortiz ducks, forcing Tyler to land his groin directly on the top rope. The referee seems distracted... it's Austin Aries on the apron! He's grabbing the ropes and pulling them up and down, raking Tyler Black's family jewels on the ropes, the cruel bastard! Once Aries stops, Black falls in-between the ropes and lands a long the apron as Aries continues to viciously kick him...
Our fourteenth competitor now appears from the ramp - Claudio Castagnoli is here and the fans light up! Claudio walks up as medical personnel begin to flood around the fallen form of Chris Jericho. Tito Ortiz and Christian Cage now begin working together to take down Kofi. Ortiz and Cage with the double clothesline, but Kofi ducks. He jumps over the ropes, lands on the apron, jumps back on the ropes - Springboard double clothesline to Cage and Ortiz! Kofi rolls a long his back and snaps back up as the crowd continues to cheer. Kingston then runs up as we see Austin Aries still kicking the side of Tyler Black - DROPKICK! Aries is sent flying from the apron, landing his full mass painfully a long the guardrails! Kingston claps his hands together twice, but on the third time, he stops to notice that Castagnoli is now inside the ring, who begins staring down Kingston.
Tito Ortiz slowly rises to his feet, as does Tyler Black who now ascends the top turnbuckle as the crowd slightly begins to resonate high volumes of adulation for what they are about to see. Ortiz is running! Wait, Tyler's turning his back to him - PHOENIX SPLASH! A huge Los Angeles cheer for the awesome spot. Castagnoli and Kingston are now circling around one another. They lock shoulders. Claudio overpowers Kofi and has him up against the corner. But Christian Cage comes up from behind and nails Castagnoli in the back of the head! Kofi's climbing the ropes. Wait, here comes Tyler Black - Big Boot to the back of Christian Cage's head! Both he and Claudio now tumble over the ropes, but Cage is on top of Castagnoli - he falls to the floor as Castagnoli bends himself upright on the apron!
Elimination #9 - Christian Cage
Kofi leaps off the top rope and goes for the Spinning DDT on Tyler Black. Turnbuckle Powerbomb! Black backs up - Superkick! Kingston's chin now falls to the top rope. We now see that a stretcher is being pulled down the entrance ramp by more EMT's, who are now proceeding to escort Jericho away from the action. The bell rings three times and now we are welcomed by Drew Galloway. "The Chosen One" now makes his way to the ring to the sound of cheers as Tyler Black pulls Tito Ortiz up to his feet. Military press by Tyler Black - but Tito's got life again and begins hammering jabs to the side of Black's head! Tyler regains his composure as he closes near the ropes - he tosses Ortiz to the floor!
Elimination #10 - Tito Ortiz
Galloway is on the apron now. He crosses through the ropes as Tyler Black turns around. Claudio Castagnoli and Kofi Kingston surmise the other corners of the ring, as all four men now stand together, staring one another down in the hopes that someone else will be initiating the first move. Suddenly, commotion seems to overcome the area of EMT's outside of the ring, as we see hear someone yelling to their heart's content. It's Chris Jericho! He's ripping off the straps of the stretcher and pushing away anyone whom dares get in his way. The stretcher now falls to the ground with Jericho still seemingly latched inside.
All four competitors now turn their attention back to one another. Castagnoli and Kingston lock up once again, as does Tyler Black and Drew Galloway. Turning back to Jericho, we see that he's pushing and kicking EMT's away from him. Finally, he's able to unstrap himself and stand back up, blood now pouring down the crease of his nose with a slightly fresh gauze half-sticking a long the length of his forehead. A look of pure rage fills Jericho's face as he now slowly approaches the ring.
Castagnoli reverses Kingston's irish whip as Jericho ascends the apron. Jericho's in - CODEBREAKER to Kofi! He pulls Kingston up by the scrap of his hair and violently tosses him to the floor!
Elimination #11 - Kofi Nahaje Kingston
Castagnoli pops up on Jericho now. Very European Uppercut, but Jericho ducks and sends Claudio's neck to the ropes with a drop toe-hold! Tyler Black has Drew Galloway up against the turnbuckle. Harsh knife edge chops to the chest now follow from Black. Jericho ascends to the ropes, motioning for Castagnoli to stand back. Diving European uppercut from Jericho, but Claudio ducks and grabs him by the waist! Castagnoli slams Jericho's back to the canvas with a spinebuster variation, but keeps his arms locked around the back of Jericho's knees.
Claudio now centers himself a long the canvas. Giant swing, but Jericho lands his feet on the turnbuckle! Jericho flips around - Spinning Heel kick! Tyler Black whips Galloway to the corner, but Galloway reverses. Jericho has landed into both Castagnoli and, inadvertently, Tyler Black as well, knocking both men down to the canvas!
Galloway's running towards Chris Jericho, who sends the "Chosen One" to the mat with Dropkick. The bell sounds a total of three times, and here comes Shinsuke Nakamura rushing down the ramp before sliding into the ring with gusto! He's rifling away punches a long the temple of Chris Jericho, and he's even got 'Lionhart' backed up against the ropes. Nakamura side steps for a Boma Ye, but Claudio Castagnoli comes charging for the side for a Bicycle Kick! Nakamura ducks underneath of it and runs for the ropes. Tyler Black springs to his feet. Jumping corkscrew roundhouse to the side of Nakamura's face!
Castagnoli runs for Tyler Black, but here comes Chris Jericho from the side to land a running one-handed bulldog. Black pulls Nakamura up and leans him against the turnbuckle. Black jumps onto the second turnbuckle and begins squaring punches to the head of his opponent! Drew Galloway slowly approaches before tapping Tyler Black upon the shoulders, Black turns around - EGO TRIP, but Galloway sends Black over the ropes and landing on the apron! Black's chin bounces off the top rope in the facebuster transition... Big Boot from Galloway sends Tyler Black falling to the ground!
Elimination #12 - Tyler Black
Chris Jericho is down on one knee as Drew Galloway turns around. Jericho leaps up for another Codebreaker, but Galloway grapevines Jericho's legs with his arm! Galloway's lifting him up for Thee Move.. but a chop block from Shinsuke Nakamura to Galloway sends him falling on his back! Jericho's up on his feet and running for the ropes to land a Lionsault - BOMA YE! Chris Jericho gets scooted a long the ring like hitting a strike on a bowling pin. Claudio Castagnoli is standing back up and flips Nakamura around, as the two now trade chops with one another.
The bell rings, and here's Dos Caras Jr.! now steadfastly entering the ring, before pulling Shinsuke Nakamura to the side in order to take on Castagnoli. Nakamura now turns his attention to the weakened Chris Jericho, pulling him up by the scuff of his hair. Nakamura tosses Jericho to the ropes, but the dormant Drew Galloway meekly grabs Shinsuke Nakamura by the ankle, allowing Chris Jericho time to recover his strength and nail Shinsuke repeatedly with sharp kicks to the sternum! Knee to the face, Jericho hooks the arm - Powerbomb! And another! And ANOTHER! Jericho lifts Nakamura up a fourth time.. and VIOLENTLY tosses him over the ropes!
Elimination #13 - Shinsuke Nakamura
Dos Caras Jr. now has Castagnoli up against the ropes, open chops to the chest. Claudio grabs Caras by the shoulders, throws him to the ropes in place before returning him the favor. Chris Jericho now grabs Galloway by the head and pulls him up to stand. Jericho then shoves Galloway viciously back to the mat before sitting upon the top turnbuckle behind him. He motions for Galloway to stand back up - Missile Dropkick, no, Galloway reverses, grabbing Jericho by the legs for a Tilt-a-whirl Gutbuster! He lifts Chris back up, short-arm clothesline!
Castagnoli leans back from Dos Caras Jr. - Roaring Swiss Uppercut, but Dos Caras ducks, grabs Castagnoli by the extended arm.. Double Knee Armbreaker to Castagnoli, who now wiggles around the ring, tending to his right arm! Drew Galloway's now trying to force Chris Jericho's way out of the ring with sharp kicks to the back, but here comes Dos Caras.. Step-up Enziguiri to the back of the head! Galloway tumbles over the top rope, lands on the left side of his waist - BIG side kick from Chris Jericho's boot to the face of Drew Galloway, sending him onto the floor and out of this match!
Elimination #14 - Drew Galloway
Here's Wade Barrett chalking his way down the ramp as the bell rings three for the millionth time now. Both Meltzer and Rogan inform us that we now have two entrants left to go for this match. Barrett slides into the ring just as Dos Caras Jr. is pulling Chris Jericho up to his feet as he remains knelt down long the apron. Claudio Castagnoli is charging from the other side to bring Dos Caras down - Leaping elbow smash!
Barrett grabs Dos Caras from behind and shoves him back down to the mat. Dos Caras pops up. Barrett pulls him into a fireman's carry, he's signalling for the Wasteland - no! Chris Jericho leaps onto the ropes, leaps off and lands a Springboard Plancha to bring both men down to the mat to the ecstatic pleasure of this audience!
Castagnoli's running for Jericho. Jericho goes for a clothesline, Claudio ducks - Alpamara Waterslide, but Jericho manages to wiggle out and land back onto the canvas. Knee shot to the head of Claudio! A right knee now to the head of Jericho! He now pulls both knees up for a Codebreaker... but Claudio's clutching his tights and lifting him up for the powerbomb reversal. Jericho traps his legs around Claudio's neck - Jericho Spike!
The bell sounds once more and out comes Matt Morgan to several harsh boos. Morgan stands fiercely a long the edge of the ramp as he stretches out his arms, then jolts to the ring full-speed and slides in. Clothesline to Chris Jericho! Carbon Footprint to the side of Wade Barrett's face! He pulls Dos Caras Jr. up and whips him to the turnbuckle.. Body Avalanche! Here comes Claudio Castagnoli.. military press! Castagnoli's wiggling all about before Morgan throws him right over the ropes!
Elimination #15 - Claudio Castagnoli
Matt Morgan turns around, and Jericho's back up to his feet! He's rifling away punches to the head and shoulders of the big man! He's got Morgan up against the ropes - but Dos Caras Jr. pushes Jericho aside so he can get a piece for himself! Morgan grabs Dos Caras by the throat - Sitout Chokeslam! Jericho with a front dropkick to the grounded Morgan! Jericho and Wade Barrett now pull Morgan up by his head.
The two competitors whip Morgan to the other side of the ring. Double Clothesline and the fans are actually cheering for these two kyoukans! Elbow drop from Jericho, knee drop from Barrett. They pull Matt back up to his feet and whip him into the turnbuckle. Jericho's going to charge, but Barrett ducks to his knees and low blows him on his way over, citing the crowd into jeers! Jericho falls desperately to his knees as he tends to the family jewels.
Dos Caras now slowly pulls himself up to his feet with the leverage of the ropes. The bell now rings three, and the crowd's already excited as Meltzer and Rogan re-acknowledge that this will be the last entrant of the match. It's Samoa Joe! The fans are in a frenzy as he jettisons down the ramp and into the ring. Wade Barrett rushes over, but Joe's rifling away with knife-edge chops to his chest! Elbow to the head and Barrett sinks to the mat like a fish out of water!
Dos Caras charges from the side - Lariat! Caras' chin lands harshly against the bottom rope, forcing him into limbo between the ropes and the apron. Matt Morgan comes running with the Big Boot, and Joe dodges it, hitting a reinvigorated Chris Jericho instead! Morgan turns around - he's going for a clothesline, but Samoa Joe ducks and sends him to the rope with a drop toe-hold! Running knee to the back of Morgan's head, followed by a CCS Enziguiri! He rolls over the bottom rope and tumbles to the ground!
Elimination #16 - Matt Morgan
Huge cheer for the elimination of Matt Morgan as Samoa Joe turns around, inciting all other competitors to challenge him. Here comes Wade Barrett - leaping elbow smash, but Joe ducks out of the way, forcing Barrett to slam his armpit against the top rope! Clothesline from Samoa Joe, Barrett's out!
Elimination #17 - Wade Barrett
We're now down to three men left in this contest, with Samoa Joe looking like he has the current advantage in this one. Joe now slowly stalks the form of Chris Jericho as he remains grounded from that Matt Morgan big boot that Joe had so narrowly avoided just a mere minute prior. He grabs Chris Jericho by the hair of his head and pulls him up to stand. Sidewalk slam followed by a Samoan Elbow. He now waltzes over to Dos Caras Jr. who remains grounded a long the apron.
Samoa Joe leans over the top rope to grab Dos Caras by the head. Back fist from a revived Dos Caras! Chris Jericho's up to his feet as well! Spinning Wheel Kick to the back of Joe's head as he's now against the top rope! Dos Caras springs up to his feet - Uppercut! Joe stumbles backwards - Dropkick from Jericho! Joe's tumbling over, and Dos Caras gives him a Step-up Enziguiri for good measure! Joe's tumbling out of the ring!
Elimination #18 - Samoa Joe
We're now down to two men left in this match. Dos Caras Jr. stares down Chris Jericho, but Jericho is actually stepping back and eventually, assumes a seated position against the turnbuckle. A perplexed Dos Caras now slowly enters the ring. He motions for Chris Jericho to move towards him, but 'Lionhart' isn't even budging. Wait a minute... it's Chris Hero! He slides into the ring, but.. WHAT!? NO! KO to the back of Dos Caras Jr.'s head! The crowd is stunned. Hero grabs Dos Caras by his arm before he fully slumps to the mat and throws him over the top rope! It was all a ruse!
Elimination #19 - Dos Caras Jr.
Result ~ Chris Jericho wins via interference from Chris Hero, eliminating Dos Caras Jr. Time ~ 24:01
~ The fans and our commentary team are shocked as Chris Hero now lifts the arm of Chris Jericho high into the air! Harsh boos now center down to the ring as both men bask in the glory of cheating their way into victory.
~ We now take a break away from this trickery as we zoom to the backstage area where Kurt Angle is ready for an interview. Angle says it's important to retain American values as his number one priority here in Grand Prix. He says that it anguishes him to see the American public cheering so passionately for a man that, seventy years ago, they would have booed out of the arena. Angle says his ancestors didn't wage war so that a Japanese competitor could grace the rings of the red, white and blue.
~ Quick shot of Hiroshi Tanahashi warming up for this match in the locker room as the fans go balistic. Tanahashi then stands to his feet, cracks his neck, flexes his wrists and then ascends towards the door and then to the corridor as the cameras follow him on his way to the ring...
MATCH #6 - Kurt Angle vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
- The Ultimate Rematch
As has been documented before, these two waged a brutal rivalry with one another years ago during Kurt Angle's first and only career expansion into New Japan Pro Wrestling. Tanahashi was victorious in their last meeting, a match that lasted nearly half an hour and took each man nearly just as long to regain their footing after everything was said and done. Weeks prior before the dawning of the new year, Tanahashi made his WGPX debut to challenge Angle to a rematch. Angle gladly accepted, but said he would do so on the terms that this would be a friendly contest. A week later on Grand Prix TV, both Tanahashi and Angle teamed together against the likes of New Foundation, a match which both men lost due to the former Olympic Gold Medalist walking out on the match, thus turning Angle back into a kyoukan.
There's a heated staredown before the bell rings, and rightfully so. Hiroshi Tanahashi pounds away at his chest like a bull seeing red as it scrapes it's heels against the dirt. The bell sounds and we're off! Each man ties one another up in a test of strength that sees both of them careening all around the ring. Tanahashi plays on sound psychology, flipping himself around and sending Angle to the mat with a Rolling German Suplex! He keeps his hands locked around the waist and follows with another. A third German Suplex then follows, this time with a Kinkasan Suplex it for the pinfall that Angle kicks out on at two.
Angle's back up to his knees and staring Hiroshi down as the fans applaud. Angle rushes over towards Tanahashi - Shining Wizard! Tanahashi with the pin attempt yet again, but Angle kicks out! This continues for a few more minutes as Kurt Angle is struggling to find a way to get Tanahashi to the mat. Finally, this clarity comes when Hiroshi attempts a Dragon screw, with Angle rolling a long the mat before taking hold of Hiroshi's right leg and bringing him down with him! ANKLE LOCK!
Tanahashi squirms in pain as Angle begins ruthlessly punting away at the outer thigh of his opponent, attempting to weaken the submissive leg of Hiroshi Tanahashi! Somehow, Hiroshi pulls himself up with both hands, flips around and pushes Angle up against the ropes! Cheer from the crowd as Tanahashi slowly finds his way up to stand. Another Shining Wizard! An Enziguiri! Angle is slumped over the middle rope as Tanahashi tends to his ankle. He now finds his way up to stand, but Angle kicks him in the ankle, clutches him by the tights - ANGLE SLAM!!! The Olympic Gold Medalist gets himself a three count for a surprisingly clean victory!
Result ~ Kurt Angle wins via pin w/ an Angle Slam Time ~ 9:53
~ But Kurt Angle isn't finished just yet. He begins violently kicking away at that very ankle well after the bell has rung, even resorting to grabbing a steel chair from the outside and striking that tendon repeatedly, something we rarely see here in Grand Prix! The fans continue to boo as Tanahashi rolls around in agony, before countless referees hit the ring to escort Angle to the outside, as we can hear him yelling "I beat you clean, sushi boy! I BEAT YOU CLEAN!!!" as he slams the steel chair down to the concrete floor outside of the ring...
~ We are now presented with an advertisement from our sponsors before we see that Bob Backlund is backstage talking on his cell phone. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the camera shot, but soon, we see that the Grand Prix Owner is being accompanied by defending 2010 Inoki Cup winner, Bryan Danielson. As the crowd proceeds to boo, we see that Danielson is carrying that very trophy with him as they both begin to make their way through the entrance ramp and into the center of the building.
~ Both Dave Meltzer and Joe Rogan now give us the backstory on this tournament final, displaying a bracket for us that details how both Bryan Danielson and CM Punk got here. They also remind us that since the cup was introduced in 2000, no competitor has won it twice, let alone in two consecutive tournaments.
MATCH #7 - Bryan Danielson vs. CM Punk
- 2012 Inoki Cup Grand Finale
Last year, CM Punk was a ruthless kyoukan who was under the tutelage of defending Inoki Cup Champion, Bryan Danielson. When Punk announced to Danielson of his interest to qualify for the tournament, Danielson took it as a betrayal before eventually turning on his former protege and costing him the qualifying match. Unfortunately for Danielson, a competitor was out with an injury and due to circumstances, Punk was given an opportunity against Danielson to earn his way back into the tournament, a match that CM Punk obviously went on to win.
Before the bell sounds, Bob Backlund pulls up a chair and remains seated a long the ring as Danielson offers a handshake to Punk, who simply responds with laughter accompanied by a sarcastic grin. Both competitors then grapple a long one another's shoulders, with Punk gaining the early strength advantage. Arm wringer into a hammerlock, Punk goes for the back suplex but Danielson breaks the hold with a series of elbow shots. Danielson then switches around to the back of Punk - German Suplex lands. We see this continue for the next several minutes - Punk reverses, Danielson executes. Eventually, the mentor gets the LeBell Lock in on his former pupil, contorting Punk within the center of the canvas as he tries desperately to extend his arm out in order to reach the ropes. A mere half a minute later and he succeeds.
Danielson is forced to break the hold, and responds with frustration by stomping Punk continuously a long the edge of the ring. Eventually, he kicks Punk out from the bottom rope and onto the hard floor below, setting his challenger up for a contout by the referee. Danielson now proceeds to gloat to the crowd amidst a harsh, negative reaction from the crowd as the countout continues. Once the ref reaches seven, Punk finally stands tall to his feet, forcing himself up a long the apron. Bryan turns around, throws a punch, but Punk ducks, headbutting his opponent in the mid-section! He then leaps onto the top rope.. Springboard Clothesline! Punk's got the pin, but Bryan kicks out just before the three. Punk whips Danielson into the corner, runs full speed ahead. Knee lift, but Danielson moves out of the way just in time as Punk violently bashes his right knee against the top of the turnbuckle.
Danielson scoops him down for a schoolboy pin, but Punk rolls his way out right at two. Unfortunately for him, Danielson is savvy, and clutches his former protege just in time to once again lock in the LeBell Lock. Punk's extending out that arm, he's trying his hardest not to tap. Wait a minute! Punk begins lifting himself up, striking Danielson with pin-pointed elbows to the chest! He breaks the hold! Punk grabs Danielson by the arm, flips over his back, rolls him into an armbar.. then locks in the Anaconda Vise! The crowd's going crazy... Danielson is reaching for the ropes. He's almost there... no! Punk pulls him back to the center. Danielson keeps fighting, keeps inching his way even closer.. and he gets it! He grabs the bottom rope and officially breaks the hold.
A frustrated CM Punk now wearily stands tall before motioning to Bryan Danielson to do the same. Seconds following, Danielson does just that before charging at Punk. He goes for the clothesline, Punk ducks underneath. He lifts him onto his shoulders for the Go To Sleep, but Danielson wiggles out. Punk turns around - Roundhouse kick to the chest that could possibly be heard from miles away! Another roundhouse, and yet another! Kick to the gut.. Dragon Suplex.. no! Punk reverses with a Hurricanranna as he soon begins dishing out punches to the top of Danielson's head. Punk lifts him up for the Go To Sleep once again... but Danielson wiggles out for a second time! Discus Elbow Smash!!! NO! Punk ducks under it, Danielson turns around.... STEP-UP ENZIGUIRI! Danielson drops to the mat, Punk grabs him by the arm and lifts him onto his shoulders... GO TO SLEEP! This one's over and these fans are standing tall on their feet, applauding what they've just had the privilege of witnessing!
Result ~ CM Punk wins via pin w/ Go To Sleep Time ~ 17:35
~ After the match, the arm of CM Punk is lifted high into the air as Bob Backlund approaches the ring applauding. Streamers now fall down from the rafters as the lights begin to dim. A handful of men in suits now make their way down the entrance with the prestigious Inoki Cup being delivered upon a pillow made of felt. Punk is then handed the trophy, as he proceeds holding it high above his head while standing tall upon the nearest turnbuckle to the mass and frenzied response of these loving fans! We then pan to a shot of a disgruntled Bryan Danielson making his exit out of the ring and returning to the backstage.
~ Meltzer and Rogan give us a quick video package highlighting the heated feud between current WGPX World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar, and the challenger, Ken Shamrock. Rogan comments that in all the years he's been doing this, never has he anticipated a match of this magnitude.
~ Backstage shot of Brock Lesnar warming up, the World Heavyweight Title firmly strapped around his waist as he makes his way down a lengthy corridor. Several crowd members can be heard cheering him in the background.
Both Ken Shamrock and our current World Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar, make their way down to the ring in typical Grand Prix fashion as Michael Buffer himself welcomes us to tonight's main event match. Each competitor stands nose-to-nose from each other as this rabid crowd are in a frenzied pace, lacking patience for the biggest match of this late evening. Soon after, the referee retrieves Lesnar's World Heavyweight Title, hoisting it up into the air for all to see. Moments following, the bell rings, and each man takes their respective corner as a sign of mutual respect.
They tap gloves, and the match is underway! Shamrock shoots a right hook instantly after the good sportsmanship, but Lesnar has the piece of mind to dodge it and grapple Ken by the shoulders, inevitably pushing his mass all the way up against the turnbuckle. Lesnar lets off, and Shamrock lands a jab from the right hand, then a jab from the left! Unfortunately for him, a knee lift to the midsection puts a stop to this sudden offensive. Turnbuckle thrust, another, and then another. Shamrock's crumpled down to one knee now as Lesnar hooks the wrist. Irish whip reversed from Shamrock, sending Lesnar crashing into the turnbuckle. Shamrock comes running from behind, body splash.. but Lesnar moves out of the way just in time! Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex from Lesnar! He quickly scoots over to Shamrock, hooking the leg... but Ken kicks out right at two.
Lesnar pulls Shamrock up, placing him in position for a Powerbomb.. no! Shamrock reverses with a flip, but Lesnar grabs him by the tights as he lands onto the canvas! He pulls Shamrock down by the tights, lifts himself up.. ground and pound from Lesnar, and this audience is already standing tall to their feet! Lesnar pulls Shamrock up.. Powerbomb! He lifts him back up again.. a second Powerbomb! Lesnar keeps this one bridged as the ref drops down to the make the count, but Shamrock still manages to find the strength to kick out. Shamrock rests himself a long the turnbuckle as he wobbles on one leg. The 'War Machine' looks disgruntled and agitated at this point in the match, he's running full speed! Turnbuckle thrust, but Shamrock meets him with a knee to the face! Huge cheers from the crowd as Shamrock lands another, then a right hook to send his opponent to one knee! REAR NAKED CHOKE!
The crowd rises to their feet as Shamrock drops down to tighten in this fantastic submission. Lesnar breaks a hand loose, he's reaching for the ropes.. and he gets it! Shamrock keeps the submission locked in despite this, as the referee approaches to warn him of it's illegality. Soon enough, the ref could care less, as Lesnar displays his awesome strength by pulling Shamrock up and slamming him to the mat with a takedown! Shamrock still has that choke locked in! Takedown again from Lesnar! And another! Finally, Lesnar breaks the hold, jettisoning himself from Shamrock's clutches as he falls straight to his back. Lesnar pulls himself back up, his opponent still grounded as the fans continue to pour on more cheers and applause for what's been nothing short of an exciting contest up until now!
Brock now motions for his opponent to stand back to his feet, at which he eventually complies. Both competitors now slowly rotate around one another, and this match continues in the very way in which it began as both men grapple one another's shoulders. Lesnar has the strength advantage again, pushing his opponent back into the turnbuckle. Thrust from Lesnar.. NO! Roundhouse Kick catches him right at the last minute! Lesnar drops to the mat, and Shamrock hooks the leg!.... but Lesnar manages to kick out right before the three! A frustrated Ken Shamrock now switches over to the ankle of Lesnar, he's going for the Ankle Lock! But Brock reverses and kicks him away. Shamrock charges forward, Lesnar's on one leg - Spear! Lesnar with the cover, but Shamrock manages to get the shoulder up just in time.
The big guy now switches to that arm of Shamrock once again.. he's looking to lock in the Kimura.. no! Shamrock rolls over the side of Lesnar's back, squeezing his legs between his elbow and locking in an armbar in reverse! Lesnar's pulling Shamrock up... leg scissors takedown, and Shamrock STILL has that armbar locked in! He's got it deep, Lesnar's motioning as if he's ready to tap.. no! Brock pulls himself up to stand, a jab to the left of Shamrock's face, he blocks it, a jab to the right, Ken blocks it again! WOAH! Big fist to the center of the face, and there comes another and another! Lesnar breaks the hold, he flips over the front of Shamrock... KIMURA LOCK! Lesnar pulls himself down, pushing even more weight on top of that arm of Ken Shamrock! He's got it deep, very deep... and Shamrock taps! That's it folks, Shamrock tapped to Lesnar!
Result ~ Brock Lesnar wins via submission w/ Kimura Lock Time ~ 22:05
~ The bell defiantly sounds, but Lesnar still has that Kimura locked in! The bell repeats over and over as both Dave Meltzer and Joe Rogan commentate in confusion. Finally, the ref is able to pull Lesnar out of the submission, but not before Brock ceremoniously pushes the bystander back-first onto the canvas.
~ Lesnar now grabs his title, stripping it from the clutches of ring announcer Michael Buffer as he climbs over the guardrail and bravely treads through this sea of humanity! Finally, Lesnar reaches the midway point of the crowd before turning back around with his title to face the cameras. Brock then hoists the title high into the air, as our show finally reaches it's conclusion with the sight of a tired, broken down Ken Shamrock as CEO Bob Backlund and several medical personnel surround the ring to tend to the fallen challenger!
Just gonna let you know, you need to post the full show in one post. I can edit it for you once the rest is posted.
Ah, I should have read the rules, my bad. No worries though, already took care of it myself. Apparently, I lost my Lesnar vs. Shamrock match (I guess that will teach me to save matches in separate files)so now I've got to write that from scratch. So yeah, a little delay on the main event, but it shouldn't take me too long to get it finished for those of you that are possibly interested.
~ Fans all over the internet and around the water cooler cannot seem to stop talking about the intense and brutal contest we were privileged to witness last night in the first-ever match between defending World Heavyweight Champion BROCK LESNAR and the veteran challenger, KEN SHAMROCK. While Shamrock failed to come out the victor, a strong argument has been made for his eligibility in remaining the number one contender for Lesnar's belt. We'll try our best to keep you up to date with the latest news regarding this story...
~ Regarding last night's controversial no contest ending to the AKEBONO / HONG MAN CHOI match that had been dubbed the so-called 'Battle of the Goliaths,' CEO BOB BACKLUND was keen in addressing reporters last night in the Millenium Battle post-show press conference that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, he will be booking a rematch between the two to settle the score. Unfortunately, Backlund failed to set a date for this supposed contest but did go on to say that this time, there will only be one referee calling the match - himself.
~ Announced from the usually quiet Board of Directors themselves, this weekend's main event on Grand Prix TV will apparently feature the winner of the Glory League Battle Royal, CHRIS JERICHO, going up against HIROSHI TANAHASHI, who is looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Kurt Angle last night. No reports have confirmed to what detail the relationship between Chris Jericho and CHRIS HERO entails.
~ Also, don't miss Cyberstrike, which, as always, can be streamed live on your computer from the comfort of your own home (via Netflix or Youtube) as NIGEL MCGUINNESS looks to defend his WGPX Pure Championship against the one and only TAKA MICHINOKU!