WWE/TNA Week in Wrestling: May 5th to May 11th

Abyss finally made his return to TNA last week. - Photo by AlexPfau of Flickr via Wikimedia Commons.

Catch up on all the results from WWE and TNA television shows with the latest Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling!

Hello, Cagesiders! Welcome to the Cageside Seats Week in Wrestling once again!

What happened last week? Find out below, Cagesiders.


Raw (May 6th)

  • The show started with a video revealing that Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman had invaded WWE headquarters earlier that day.
  • John Cena then cut a rambling promo about how nothing will stop him from facing Ryback until Vickie Guerrero interrupted him, wanting to know his and Ryback's thoughts on the stipulation for their match at Extreme Rules. Cena didn't care what the stipulation was, so Ryback chose a Last Man Standing Match.
  • Randy Orton pinned Damien Sandow with the RKO. After the match, Orton was knocked out by the Big Show as he was about to get backstage.
  • Chris Jericho and Tons Of Funk were out to judge Fandango's dancing and wrestling. Unsurprisingly, his dancing didn't go down too well. This led to R-Truth defeating Fandango by count out when Fandango decided to leave after R-Truth busted out some of his own dance moves during the match and the judges gave him much better scores.
  • Daniel Bryan challenged Ryback to a rematch in order to prove that The Shield's ambush on Smackdown wasn't effective, but Ryback turned him down. Kane then made the same challenge, which Ryback accepted, as Kane isn't the monster he used to be.
  • Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler by disqualification when Big E Langston broke up Del Rio's arm bar on Ziggler and threw him into Jack Swagger who was doing commentary. After the match, Swagger laid out both Del Rio and Ziggler with a ladder.
  • Kaitlyn's mystery admirer texted her while she was with The Funkadactyls, who warn her he is probably a stalker that wants to lock her up in a basement. Natalya said she would get The Great Khali to go undercover to find out who it is. After they all left, the Bella Twins came out from behind the curtain. Hmm...
  • The Shield defeated The Usos & Kofi Kingston when Dean Ambrose pinned Kingston with the headlock driver.
  • Antonio Cesaro pinned Zack Ryder with the Neutralizer. After the match, Cesaro asked for stiffer competition and called out the whole roster, including NXT.
  • Via satellite, Brock Lesnar with a cocky Paul Heyman destroyed Paul "Triple H" Levesque's office with a sledgehammer. Heyman said he is the voice of reason for Lesnar, but he isn't going to be there anymore after Hunter's Pedigree and is instead going to encourage his protégé to utterly destroy HHH at Extreme Rules. Triple H then came out to say he doesn't care about them destroying his business office, his other office is the ring and that in this office he fights back.
  • Kaitlyn & The Funkadactyls defeated The Bella Twins and AJ Lee when Kaitlyn pinned AJ with a spear.
  • Mark Henry talked trash about Sheamus, which led to the Irish fella coming out, the two bickering and almost coming to blows when they were disturbed by Sheamus' opponent for the night Wade Barrett.
  • Sheamus pinned Wade Barrett with the Brogue Kick. After the match, Mark Henry whipped Sheamus with a belt and hit the World's Strongest Slam on the outside.
  • Ryback pinned Kane with the Shellshock. After the match, The Shield surrounded the ring, Daniel Bryan came out to protect Kane, John Cena hit the ring too and Ryback looked like he would help the babyfaces against the mercenary heel trio, but instead he hit Cena with a chair.

NXT (May 8th)

  • Damien Sandow pinned Baron Corbin with the Silencer. After the match, Sandow challenged Big E Langston to a NXT Championship match.
  • Paige pinned Bayley with the Paige Turner. After the match, Summer Rae attacked Paige from behind.
  • Damien Sandow interrupted a promo by Big E Langston to issue his challenge face to face, which Langston accepted in a way that made fun of Sandow's intellect.
  • Sakamoto vs. Briley Pierce ended in a no contest when Conor O'Brian brutally laid out both men.
  • Summer Rae interrupted Natalya shilling the upcoming E! Divas show to complain about about how everyone is jealous of her appearing on Raw and that she doesn't understand why since she is just doing her thing and representing them as the first lady of NXT. This led to Natalya challenging her to a match next week.
  • It was announced that Sakamoto and Briley Pierce would face Conor O'Brian in a handicap match next week.
  • Kassius Ohno submitted Camacho with the Kassius Clutch (a double arm trap inverted cravate chinlock). After the match, Ohno apologised to William Regal for his actions over the past two months and stared down Bray Wyatt when the Wyatt Family came out for their main event match.
  • Luke Harper & Erick Rowan defeated Adrian Neville & Bo Dallas to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions when Harper pinned Dallas with a spinning lariat.

Main Event (May 8th)

  • Randy Orton pinned Antonio Cesaro with the RKO in a really good match.
  • Justin Gabriel & The Usos defeated 3MB when Gabriel pinned Drew McIntyre with the 450 splash.

Superstars (May 9th)

  • Ted DiBiase pinned Michael McGillicutty with the Dream Street.
  • Cody Rhodes pinned Justin Gabriel with the Cross Rhodes.

Smackdown (May 10th)

  • Chris Jericho got the ball rolling with his Highlight Reel interview segment where special guest Ryback discussed his change in attitude and how fans don't respect him anymore, whilst arguing with Y2J. Teddy Long then came out to announce that the main event of the show would be Ryback vs. Chris Jericho. Ryback then sucker punched Jericho.
  • Kofi Kingston pinned Cody Rhodes with the Trouble in Paradise.
  • It was announced that Triple H & Brock Lesnar would have a face-to-face confrontation on next week's Raw (May 13th).
  • Zeb Colter described the upcoming match between Jack Swagger and Big E Langston as "A Real American" battling against "Affirmative Action".
  • In a no disqualification match, Jack Swagger and Big E Langston went to a no contest when Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio, who was doing commentary, ended up getting involved and attacking each other with ladders. Del Rio managed to take out all his foes and then climbed on top of the ladder holding the World Heavyweight Title belt.
  • Dean Ambrose (with Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) defeated Daniel Bryan (with Kane) by disqualification when the referee missed Reigns' interference whilst he was distracted by Kane and Rollins brawling on the outside, but turned around to see Kofi Kingston hit the ring to even up the odds.
  • A taped segment aired in which Mark Henry showed off his strength by pulling two tractor trailers.
  • The Big Show pinned Tensai with the WMD. After the match, Clay tried to help Tensai, but Show speared him. Randy Orton then hit the ring and laid out Show with an RKO.
  • Kaitlyn and Natalya were backstage trying to figure out who Kaitlyn's secret admirer was. The Great Khali showed up wearing a Rey Mysterio mask. That was his attempt to go undercover and hide his identity.
  • Chris Jericho defeated Ryback by disqualification when Ryback crotched Jericho on the turnbuckle post. After the match, Ryback grabbed Jericho and clotheslined him onto and over the announcers table.

Saturday Morning Slam (May 11th)

  • Alicia Fox was this week's guest colour commentator.
  • Santino Marella pinned Jinder Mahal with the Cobra Strike.
  • Randy Orton & Sheamus defeated The Prime Time Players when Orton pinned Darren Young with the RKO.


TNA Impact Wrestling (May 9th)

  • Kurt Angle started the show by asking AJ Styles if he's going to join TNA against Aces & 8s. When he got no response, Angle told Styles that he's not asking anymore, he's demanding an answer. Sting grabbed the mic off Angle and empathised with AJ, saying that he's also been in the same place, when he was hanging out in rafters and acting all mysterious but it's about doing the right thing and that's what Styles needs to do now. Sting extended his hand to AJ, but he ignored that gesture too, which led to Kurt getting into AJ's face and screaming at him "I'm tired of this crap! You're either with us or against us!" When Styles walked away, Kurt started brawling with him on the ramp way. This allowed Ken Anderson, Devon and Bully Ray to sneak attack Sting and lay him out with the 3D.
  • AJ Styles stormed out of the building after an interviewer asked him how he could leave the TNA guys out there high and dry like that.
  • Mickie James & Velvet Sky defeated Tara & Gail Kim when Sky pinned Tara with the In Yo Face. After the match, Kim laid out Tara in a fit of rage. Then, she locked in a Figure Four around the ringpost before ODB pulled her off.
  • Aces & 8s were gloating about their successful attack on Sting earlier when D-Lo Brown turned up late, having not been told that a group meeting was planned. Bully Ray, teased that Brown was about to get fired from the group after losing to Kurt Angle in an I Quit match last week, invited everyone else to the ring for a club meeting. Brown was left looking crestfallen.
  • Bad Influence gave their referee tonight James Storm a six-pack of beer backstage in his dressing room as a bribe, to remind him of what Bobby Roode did to him and to attempt to get him to join their gang, but Storm resisted the temptation.
  • Bully Ray told D-Lo Brown to: "Turn in your colors right now. Take off that cut off your back and put it in my hands right now." D-Lo refused twice, so the guys behind him rip his vest off anyway. D-Lo offered to take Magnus out to get his cut back, but Ray told him that he'd have to sit next to the timekeeper ringside while Magnus takes on Doc and he "better hope Doc wins if you want any chance of getting back in Aces and 8s."
  • Magnus pinned Doc with a rollup when D-Lo screwed up again and accidentally tripped up Doc. D-Lo was left looking all ashamed of himself again.
  • After the commercial break, Bully Ray told the rest of his gang members to hold D-Lo down while he threatened him with a hammer, but Mr. Anderson said they should just give him a job he can do, which would be washing the bikes of everyone in the group.
  • Hulk Hogan wanted to be Sting and Kurt Angle's partner, but they talked him out of it. Hulk said he's got a wildcard that could change the game completely but Sting and Angle weren't happy about the "if" part of the equation, so they recruited Magnus instead and sold Hogan on the idea.
  • Austin Aries and Bobby Roode also took a beer to James Storm with Roode apologising for beating him the way he did and always being jealous of Storm because he's the one who made the Beer Money tag team what it was. Storm took the beer, got in a dig at Roode's expense that his loss to Aries wasn't a fluke and walked off, leaving Roode livid.
  • Austin Aries & Bobby Roode vs. Bad Influence went to a no contest when special guest referee James Storm hit the Last Call on both Christopher Daniels and Aries, and walked out on the match.
  • Backstage, Aces & 8s took out Magnus.
  • Kenny King did a segment where he pretended to be nice to Chris Sabin, but eventually turned on him by calling him Frail Sabin and saying that he has a stupid haircut and that this is the closest he'll ever get to the X Division title as long as he is the champ, sucka!
  • We cut to the back and see Austin Aries & Bobby Roode fighting with Bad Influence and getting hustled out of the way by referees and security personnel. Then we see James Storm lying on the ground hurt.
  • Team TNA (Sting, Kurt Angle & ?) defeated Aces and 8s (Bully Ray, Devon & Mr. Anderson) when the third man turned out to be Abyss and he pinned Anderson with a chokeslam through a table.

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