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7/8 FCW results in Gainesville, Fla.: Second detailed report on Morrison, Team Black vs. Team Moxley, FCW injury updates, no Melina

Jul 9, 2011 - 9:34:59 AM
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FCW house show results
July 8, 2011
Gainesville, Fla.
Report by Ryan Pendry, PWTorch reader


Editor's Note: We're also looking for a report on the Saturday, July 9 FCW show in Eustis, Fla.

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Before the show, Bo Rotundo took pictures with every fan in the middle of the ring. There was a meet-and-greet autograph signing with John Morrison, Brett DiBiase, Calvin Raines, Husky Harris, Derrick Bateman, Ricardo Rodriguez, Titus O'Neil, Andy Leavine, Aksana, and Big E Langston. No Melina tonight as was advertised, but seeing so many others definitely made up for that.

Leavine, DiBiase, Morrison, Rodriguez, and Harris were especially friendly. Leavine didn't know whether his weekly vignettes on Raw would continue. DiBiase is still dealing with his knee problems and doesn't know when he will be back. He worked as a referee for a few of the matches tonight. Getting the opportunity to meet all of these Superstars within a few moments was truly special and I strongly encourage anyone in Florida to see a FCW show during their Summer Slamarama tour, where they will continue to do these meet-and-greets.

Kaitlyn, Richie Steamboat, Tom Prichard, and Norman Smiley were in attendance. I also got to talk to Eli Cottonwood for a good 20 minutes before the show, where we mostly discussed NXT and WWE's treatment of new stars over the past few years. I think I kept him in a good mood by not asking him about his mustache. He's still recovering from an arm injury and doesn't know when he will return.

(1) Richie Steamboat beat Brad Maddox after a superkick. Huge pops for Richie as his father watched on.

(2) Alexander Rusev (w/Raquel Diaz a/k/a Shaul Guerrero) beat DeSean Bishop after a rolling suplex similar to Doug Williams's Chaos Theory. Raquel did heel commentary on the live mic throughout the entire match, which drew heat from the crowd.

(3) Johnny Curtis beat Rick Victor after a diving leg drop. Big pop for Johnny.

(4) Aksana beat Naomi and Sonia in a triple threat match. Naomi and Sonia argued and got into a short brawl after the match. I was surprised that there weren't any other Divas on the show.

(5) FCW tag champions Calvin Raines & Big E Langston Donny Marlow & Roman Leakee after Raines and Langston cheated to win via a roll-up.

(6) Leo Kruger beat C.J. Parker after a big clothesline. Leo cut a heel promo in the middle of the match, talking about his African heritage.

(7) Titus O'Neil & Seth Rollins (Tyler Black) & Bo Rotundo beat Damien Sandow & Lucky Cannon & Dean Ambrose (Jon Moxley) in a six-man tag main event. The face trio win after a spear by Rotundo. Damien and Lucky did some heel work toward the fans before the match, then John Morrison came out to do some mic work to stick up for the fans. Rollins was the star performer of the night and seems ready for Monday nights. He did a great dive over the top rope, worked the crowd for the entire match, and seemed very motivated. This was my first time seeing Dean Ambrose (Jon Moxley) perform live, and he was very impressive. After the match, John Morrison entered the ring to celebrate with Rollins, O'Neil, and Rotundo.

After the excitement of being outside in the rain at the last FCW show I went to in Bradenton, this indoors show had a lot to live up to. With a great night of in-ring action and an amazing meet-and-greet, FCW once again exceeded my expectations.

[Torch art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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