WWE/TNA Week in Wrestling: May 12th to May 18th

Chris Jericho's serious side returned this past week on WWE Monday Night Raw. - Photo by Andrea90 of 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.

WWE

Raw (May 13th)

  • Fandango and Chris Jericho started the show with a dance off. But disaster struck when Summer Rae twisted her ankle. However, she was feigning the injury and it was a set up so Fandango could attack Jericho from behind and lay him out.
  • Ryback squashed Zack Ryder with the Shell Shock.
  • The Prime Time Players defeated Tons of Funk when illegal man Darren Young hit Brodus Clay in the throat with his hair pick and Titus O'Neil rolled up Clay from behind for the pinfall victory.
  • Teddy Long announced that the injured Dolph Ziggler wouldn't be stripped of the World Heavyweight Championship. Instead, Jack Swagger and Alberto Del Rio would have an I Quit match for the number one contendership at Extreme Rules.
  • Kofi Kingston pinned Damien Sandow with the Trouble in Paradise.
  • Mark Henry demonstrated how he would win his strap match at Extreme Rules against Sheamus on interviewer Josh Matthews. This eventually led to the Irish fella coming out with his own strap and chasing Henry out of the ring with it.
  • Randy Orton pinned Antonio Cesaro with the RKO.
  • The Miz submitted Heath Slater with the figure four leglock.
  • In a Six Man Tag Elimination Match between The Shield and Team Hell No & John Cena, the babyfaces won when Cena was the sole survivor. Kane was the first man eliminated when he was disqualified for using the cover to the announcer's table as a weapon on Dean Ambrose. Ambrose then eventually pinned Daniel Bryan with the Headlock Driver. It was then time for Superman Cena to overcome the odds. First Roman Reigns was eliminated by disqualification when he speared Cena to save Ambrose from the Attitude Adjustment, then Seth Rollins was pinned with the AA and finally Ambrose was disqualified when his henchmen saved him from Cena's STFU. After the match, The Shield took Cena out with their triple power bomb finisher, which led to Ryback coming out to opportunistically nail his opponent at Extreme Rules with a chair shot to his injured ankle.
  • Jack Swagger defeated Big E Langston via count out when Langston was back dropped over the barricade when he went for a charge outside the ring. After the match, Alberto Del Rio did a run in, but Swagger beat him down and put him in the ankle lock. However, Ricardo Rodriguez made the save by hitting Swagger with a bucket, allowing Del Rio to recover and lock the arm bar on the Real American. Langston broke the hold up, but Alberto still cleaned house with an enzuigiri on Big E and a clothesline over the top on Swagger.
  • AJ Lee submitted Natalya with the Black Widow (an octopus-esque hold). During the match, Kaitlyn, who was doing colour commentary with the Bella Twins, received another gift from her secret admirer.
  • Chris Jericho cut a full on serious mode promo on Fandango saying that the dancing and jokes are over with.
  • Triple H called out Brock Lesnar (with Paul Heyman, of course) and eventually goaded him into a stare down and a brawl inside the steel cage surrounding the ring, which Hunter got the better of to close the show.

NXT (May 15th)

  • Summer Rae pinned Natalya when Paige accidentally cost Natalya the match. The finish saw the Anti-Diva come out and jump on the apron while Natalya attempted to apply the Sharpshooter on Rae, which led to Rae pushing Natalya into Paige and pinning her with a schoolgirl.
  • Newcomer Sami Zayn complimented interviewer Renee Young on her wardrobe in a promo to set up his debut next week against Curt Hawkins.
  • Bray Wyatt sporting a new look by wearing a white plastic face guard and a leather butcher's apron squashed Danny Burch.
  • During a segment where they teased tension between tag team partners Bo Dallas and Adrian Neville and possibly a heel turn by young Bo, it was announced that there would be a battle royal in two weeks that will determine the number one contender for the NXT title.
  • Conor O'Brian defeated Briley Pierce and Sakamoto in a handicap match when O'Brian pinned both men after a tandem Russian legsweep facebuster.
  • Corey Graves cut his usual promo about how his father motivated him by being kind of a dick, he's a tough loner and how his opponents will "stay down". Bray Wyatt interrupted Graves to tell him that the "greatest war in the archetype of mankind" is going on right outside Corey's door and he doesn't realise that NXT already belongs to the Wyatt family, which was the way to set up a match between the two for next week.
  • Big E Langston pinned Damien Sandow with the Big Ending to retain the NXT Championship.

Main Event (May 15th)

  • Kane defeated Seth Rollins via disqualification when Dean Ambrose attacked Kane immediately after he had hit the chokeslam on Rollins. After the match, The Shield went for the triple power bomb on Kane but The Usos surprisingly made the save.
  • In a non-title match, Sin Cara pinned WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett when he reversed a power bomb attempt into a successful roll up.
  • Cody Rhodes pinned Justin Gabriel with the Cross Rhodes.

Superstars (May 16th)

  • Sin Cara pinned Michael McGillicutty with a senton bomb.
  • Cody Rhodes pinned Alex Riley the Disaster Kick.

Smackdown (May 17th)

  • The show opened with MizTV featuring special guests The Big Show and Randy Orton. Show vowed to knock Orton out in front of his home town fans at Extreme Rules, which Orton said he'd never let happen. Cue Zeb Colter with Jack Swagger to get some promo time, declaring that this Sunday would represent the beginning of the uprising it would be the start of Jack Swagger's America and everyone would say "we the people" when he makes Alberto Del Rio quit. Of course, Del Rio then came out to tell Colter to shut up. Mark Henry then joined the fun to predict that people would remember the pay-per-view for him throwing, dragging and beating Sheamus like no one had ever beaten him before. This led to Sheamus coming out to say some words towards Henry before running in with his strap and clearing the ring of the heels with the help of Del Rio and Orton.
  • After the break, Teddy Long made the shocking announcement that tonight's main event would be Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus vs. Mark Henry, The Big Show & Jack Swagger.
  • Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns beat The Usos when Reigns pinned Jey Uso with a spear. After the match, The Shield beat down the Usos until Kofi Kingston made the save.
  • The Miz was welcomed back to Smackdown by Teddy Long, which led to Damien Sandow showing up, telling Miz that no-one would have missed him if he had stayed gone and proposing "The Damien Sandow Show" as the obvious replacement for MizTV. Long then booked the obvious match for later.
  • Tons of Funk defeated The Prime Time Players with the double splash when Brodus Clay pinned Darren Young.
  • Chris Jericho submitted Antonio Cesaro with the Walls of Jericho. After the match, Summer Rae came out and distracted Jericho, which allowed Fandango to attack him from behind, but Jericho made a comeback and Fandango ran off. Cesaro then tried to attack Jericho, but he got hit with the Codebreaker for his troubles.
  • In a typical pre-tape promo from Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger, Colter asked if Dolph Ziggler was really hurt or if he was just afraid, in between the usual xenophobic schtick.
  • The Miz submitted Damien Sandow with the figure four leglock after failed interference from Cody Rhodes who was out doing colour commentary for the match.
  • Kaitlyn pinned Aksana with a spear.
  • Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus defeated Mark Henry, The Big Show & Jack Swagger when Orton pinned Swagger with the RKO. The heels were then left retreating after each took kicks to the head.

TNA

TNA Impact Wrestling (May 16th)
  • Hulk Hogan started the show voicing his disappointment with AJ Styles walking away from Kurt Angle & Sting last week and figured that he must have joined Aces & 8s, before announcing Styles vs. Angle for Slammiversary. He then thanked Abyss for saving Team TNA's bacon last week and called him out to the ring, but we got Joseph Park instead who said he was shocked watching TV last week that his brother would finally return after months of looking for him. This led to an appearance by Devon and D'Lo Brown who demanded Abyss's presence. Park challenged Devon to a match, but D'Lo piped up wanting the fight instead, so Hogan booked Park vs. D'Lo for later. Devon still wanted Abyss somewhere down the line though.
  • James Storm was drinking backstage by himself and was asked about what was next for him after being attacked by some combination of Bad Influence, Bobby Roode and Austin Aries last week. Storm only said: "Watch. Just watch."
  • They announced a Bound for Glory Series Gut Check spot that would be decided by a four-man tournament with the finals at Slammiversary. The first semifinal would be Christian York vs. Jay Bradley later on. York did an interview saying he's not in TNA to be a wrestler, he's there to be a world champion. Good luck with that!
  • Bobby Roode defeated Chavo Guerrero by disqualification when James Storm spit beer in Roode's face. Surprisingly Storm didn't hit Roode over the head with his beer bottle after the match.
  • Kurt Angle challenged AJ Styles to an immediate fight, but Mr. Anderson showed up instead, said that next week Styles would be patched in as a member of Aces & 8s and dared Angle to show up during the ceremony. Angle pummelled Anderson until AJ showed up. They had a brief stare down before Styles hit Angle with an enzuigiri, while Anderson applauded.
  • Jay Bradley did a promo saying that since he got accepted to Gut Check, he no longer has to worry about a 9-to-5 job and gets to live and breathe wrestling 24/7. BWAHAHAHAHA!
  • Jay Bradley pinned Christian York with the Boom Stick.
  • James Storm left Hulk Hogan's office, where The Hulkster had supposedly informed him that his actions earlier had repercussions. That upset Storm, who was still pissed about being attacked last week. Storm was asked what's next, and he said "Just keep watching."
  • Meanwhile, Aces & Eights were looking forward to "patching in" AJ next week. Mr. Anderson told D-Lo that he had to kick Park's ass and Brown said he was set to do it.
  • Brooke Hogan complimented Mickie James on her new CD "Somebody's Gonna Pay". James was upset with Brooke about not getting a match at Slammiversary. Brooke informed her that Taryn Terrell and Gail Kim would fight instead at the pay-per-view, and instead gave James a TNA Knockouts title shot against Velvet Sky next week. Bully Ray then appeared and told Brooke to tell her father that when he calls Sting out to the ring tonight, it won't be as much a contract signing as it will be a contract negotiation. Brooke still wanted a divorce, but Ray shot back that he won't divorce her until death do us part. Brooke then stormed off.
  • An injured Velvet Sky pinned Gail Kim with a schoolgirl. After the match, Kim did another steel post assisted figure four leglock on Sky.
  • Kenny King pinned Petey Williams with the Royal Flush in a three-way that also included Chris Sabin to retain the X Division title.
  • Christopher Daniels was worried about facing Hernandez with the possibility of James Storm interfering and wanted Kazarian to have his back.
  • D-Brown thanked Mr. Anderson for stopping Bully Ray from hitting him over the head with a hammer last week, but Anderson proceeded to browbeat him for his selfishness and incompetence.
  • Hernandez pinned Christopher Daniels (with Kazarian) with the pounce period when Daniels was distracted by James Storm drinking beer. After the match, Storm announced that Hogan told him that at Slammiversary there would be a four-way tag team match. Guerrero and Hernandez would defend their belts against Bad Influence, Bobby Roode and Austin Aries, and Storm and a partner of his own choice.
  • Joseph Park pinned D-Lo Brown when Brown bloodied Park up with punches, Park briefly morphed into Abyss and hit the Black Hole Slam.
  • In the contract signing between Sting and Bully Ray, Sting vowed to make Ray bleed at Slammiversary and thus he wanted a No Holds Barred match on the show. Ray agreed on one condition that if Sting should lose, then he would never ever wrestle for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship again. Hulk Hogan interrupted, asking Sting not to do this, but his mind was already made up and the two future opponents then started slugging away at each other.
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