TV REPORTS FCW TV REPORT 5/31: Ricky Ortiz wins a battle royal, Jennifer Hudson's fiance makes in-ring debut, new FCW tag champs
Jun 15, 2009 - 11:44:30 AM
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Florida Championship Wrestling TV Report
May 31, 2009
Aired on the Bright House Sports Network
Report by Cody Endres, PWTorch contributor
-Announcers Dusty Rhodes & Josh Mathews open the show by hyping up the "challenge" that will be set forth by FCW President Steve Keirn tonight to determine whether Fletcher Chase or Abraham Washington will be the new General Manager. Dusty also mentions the debut of Dawson Alexander.
1 – JUSTIN ANGEL vs. KRIS LOGAN
Tiffany is the ring announcer for this show, so you can imagine how the introductions sound. Dusty said this would be a barn-burner. After an initial exchange of moves, both men attempt a dropkick and we have a standoff. Logan connects with a dropkick to Angel's knee and then hits a flatliner from a kneeling position. Logan attempts a monkey flip, but Angel lands on his feet. Angel with a huracanrana for a nearfall. Mathews said these two would make a good tag team. Dusty said Mathews would make a good General Manager and that he might jump on top of the desk, get naked, and chant "We Want Josh!" Well that was random. Logan hoists Angel up in a powerbomb position and then drops him on his knee for a nearfall. Logan misses a legdrop off the second rope. Angel goes to town on Logan with various kicks. Logan hits a backwards Olympic Slam for another nearfall. Angel retaliates with a Blue Thunder Driver. Angel goes for a springboard moonsault off the second rope, but Logan lifts his knees up. Both men exchange punches in the middle of the ring. Angel counters a tilt-a-whirl into a DDT. Angel climbs up top and hits his 450 splash for the win.
WINNER: Justin Angel in 5:14. Very exciting match between these two young workers. Logan has some very innovative offense.
-An FCW Spotlight video aired with Fletcher Chase conducting a sit-down interview with Wes Brisco. Brisco will be making his FCW debut next week. Brisco, being the son of Gerald Brisco, is a second generation wrestler and also a former professional wakeboarder. He became a professional wakeboarder at the age of 18 and traveled the world. His goal in FCW is to become a champion and one day make it to WWE.
2 – TROY JACKMAN vs. DAWSON ALEXANDER
Alexander is the fiance of Jennifer Hudson and is making his FCW TV debut. He also looks quite jacked up. Mathews said People Magazine, Star Magazine, and TMZ were all paying attention to this match. Both men exchange slams. Jackman botches a hot shot attempt on the ropes. Alexander battles out of a headlock and nails a jumping shoulder tackle. Alexander then gives Jackman The Verdict (Batista's spinebuster) for the quick win.
WINNER: Dawson Alexander in 3:26. Speaking of Batista, Alexander is reminiscent of him.
-FCW President Steve Keirn stood in the ring with both Abraham Washington and Fletcher Chase. Keirn said that after the challenge, fans would be able to vote online for Washington or Chase as the new General Manager. To test their match-making abilities, both men will have 10 minutes to come up with a match for tonight's show. The only catch is they can't use anyone who has already appeared this week. Keirn told Fletcher he would be first. Washington said Keirn was out of his geriatric mind. Washington wanted to book a match between himself and Keirn immediately. Since Keirn is probably carrying some sort of illegal contraband, Washington orders one of his security guards to pat him down. Keirn locks the guard in a sleeper hold. Suddenly, Sheamus O'Shaunessy runs in and clears the ring of Washington's security team. Sheamus shakes Keirn's hand and leaves the ring. As dumb as these segments are, Washington can definitely talk and has a real future as a manager. Unfortunately, FCW doesn't care about managers - just ask Jim Mitchell.
-A video package aired recapping the Johnny Prime and Alex Riley feud
3 – ALEX RILEY & BEVERLY vs. JOHNNY PRIME & ANGELA – Mixed Tag Team Match
The divas start the match. Angela bridges out of a pin and Beverly stomps her foot in frustration. Angela works over the arm of Beverly. Beverly responds with a hard slap to the face. Angela connects with a hurancanrana before hitting a slap of her own. The men tag in. Riley throws Prime shoulder first into the ringpost. Riley dominates the next several minutes working over Prime's injured shoulder. Prime fires back with a big boot. The divas tag back in. As the men battle on the outside, Angela hits Beverly with an inverted DDT for the victory.
WINNERS: Johnny Prime & Angela in 5:06. Nothing to see here.
-FCW Champion Drew McIntyre joins Dusty & Mathews on commentary. Fletcher Chase hits the ring to announce the match he's decided on. Chase bragged about his intellect before revealing that there will be a 10 man battle royal to determine a number one contender to the FCW Championship. The winner will face McIntyre next week.
4 – 10-MAN BATTLE ROYAL – Winner is #1 Contender to FCW Title
Participants are: Sweet Papi Sanchez, Sheamus O'Shaunessy, Bo Rotundo, Yoshitatsu, Ricky Ortiz, Eric Escobar, Lupe Santiago, Brett DiBiase, Dylan Klein, and Mr. Tarver. McIntyre said most of these men didn't have girlfriends. A group of the guys teamed up to toss Sanchez out of the ring since he was the biggest man. Sheamus clotheslines Klein to the floor to eliminate him. Yoshitatsu, Santiago, Rotundo, & DiBiase are all eliminated in rapid fire succession. Sheamus & Escobar both go over the top rope and battle each other on the apron. Sensing an opportunity, Tarver runs to the ropes and knocks both men to the floor. Ortiz sneaks up behind Tarver and tosses him out for the win.
WINNER: Ricky Ortiz in 4:33 to become the #1 Contender to the FCW Title. About as good as those Rumble preview matches we've seen on Raw over the years.
-Abraham Washington is in the ring to select his match. Washington said the main event would be for the FCW Tag Team Titles. He brought out his brothers from a different mother, Trent Beretta & Caylen Croft. Washington banned Johnny Curtis from the ring, forcing Tyler Reks to defend the tag titles in a handicap match.
5 – TYLER REKS vs. TRENT BERETTA & CAYLEN CROFT – Handicap Match for FCW Tag Titles
Apparently Reks won't put up a fuss about the match, he just walked right out with both titles. Beretta & Croft jumped in and out of the ring to take advantage of Reks' confusion. Beretta with a senton splash for a nearfall. In an act of desperation, Reks hits a running dropkick on Croft. Reks faceplants Croft, but Croft kicks out of the cover. Reks executes a jumping elbow drop for a nearfall. Beretta jumps off the top and Reks turns it into a powerbomb. Croft surprises Reks with a schoolboy for the win.
WINNERS: Trent Beretta & Caylen Croft in 4:11 to capture the FCW Tag Team Titles. Why would Reks even come to the ring for this match?
-Advertised for the next show: Wes Brisco's FCW debut and Drew McIntyre defending the FCW Title against #1 Contender Ricky Ortiz.
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